Babbitt, Schuster earn CVC Sportsmanship Awards
By Steve Hare -April 19, 2020
Hannah Babbitt and Sam Schuster were named Fairport Harding’s 2020 Chagrin Valley Conference Senior Sportsmanship Award winners.
Babbitt earned four letters in both volleyball and softball for the Skippers and she also was a member of the cheer squad.
In addition to recording the 1,000th dig of her career in the fall, Babbitt earned the school’s Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2018 and 2019. She was named second-team All-CVC in volleyball and softball in 2019 and earned honorable mention all-conference honors in 2018.
Babbitt also excels in the classroom.
She earned a CVC Scholar-Athlete Award in 2019 and 2020 while taking College Credit Plus courses at Lakeland Community College. Babbitt is a member of the National Honor Society, the FHS Class President and a Student Ambassador who has committed over 1,000 hours of community service. She was named the Spanish 3 and History Student of the Year.
Schuster earned three varsity letters in football, one in basketball and four in baseball.
He was named second-team All-CVC in baseball following the 2018 and 2019 seasons and first-team All-Lake County in 2018 and 2019. The Lake County Touchdown Club recognized Schuster in 2019 and he was named the Fairport Offensive Player of the Year in 2019 and the Special Teams Player of the Year in 2018. Schuster earned honorable mention All-CVC honors for football in 2018 and 2019.
A member of the National Honor Society, Schuster is a CVC All-Academic honoree and CVC Scholar-Athlete. He is a member of the Dean’s List at Lakeland Community College and was named the Social Studies Student of the Year.
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PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Chipps finished his senior year with a bang, rolling a 689 at the Division II state tournament to place seventh among individuals. He also helped lead the Skippers to a runner-up finish in the team tournament. Chipps tied for 19th at the D-II Nautica District with 599 pins and placed second at the Wickliffe Sectional with a score of 609.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Jerry Rich, Fairport
The Skippers continued their run of area dominance through the 2019-20 season, a campaign that culminated in a runner-up finish at the D-II state tournament. Four of Rich's bowlers placed among the top 26 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. Fairport picked up the Nautica District title by 109 pins and rolled up a 3,996 team score at the Wickliffe Sectional to claim that championship by a 563-pin margin.
Ryan Chipps, So., Fairport
A key cog on the Skippers' state runner-up team, Chipps rolled 638 to finish 12th at D-II state; 9th at Nautica District with 622 and rolled 608 for 3rd at Wickliffe Sectional
Connor Hulett, Jr., Fairport
Placed 24th at D-II state with 603; knocked down 349 pins to finish 45th at Wickliffe Sectional
Joe Justinger, So., Fairport
Rolled 600 to take 26th at D-II state; tied for 19th with 599 at Nautica District and rolled 647 to win Wickliffe Sectional title
Fairport: Mike Rentz, Matt Oravecz, Christian Nelson
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Congrats to our FHS Skipper Bowling team!!! 2020 OHSAA Division II State Runner-ups!!!
Congratulations to the Skippers Boys Bowling Team as they win again! This time at Wickliffe Lanes 2/8/20
Division II Sectional Champions!!!!
Way to Go Coach Rich, Coach Chipps & The team!
Name: Kara McFadden
School: Fairport Harding
Stats: Scored 68 points with 11 3-pointers, eight assists, eight rebounds, three steals and five blocked shots in three games.
Coach’s Quote: “Kara is my freshman point guard who had a career-high 30 points and six 3-point shots made against Richmond Heights,” Fairport coach Ed Reed said.
Mrs. Edixon-Congratulations to our second-grade teacher, Mrs. Edixon for getting her Donors Choose project funded! Mrs. Edixon asked for donations to give her students a classroom library to improve fluency and grow their knowledge of the world around them. She will receive over $800 worth of supplies to help her second grade students become better readers. Way to go and thank you to all that made a donation for these books!
Mrs.Slovenkay- Mrs. Slovenkay is excited to announce that a project she submitted to Donors Choose has been fully funded, thanks to several community members and a corporate match sponsorship through Lockheed Martin. The materials she requested will be directly connected to three different IB inquiries and will address several academic content areas. The materials will arrive in January and the fifth graders will be utilizing them for their inquiry into how light travels and its effect on life on Earth. THANK YOU to everyone that helped spread the word and a special shout-out to those that donated to make this project possible.
Michael Rentz was one of the News-Herald Players of the Week 12/5/19.
On the lanes, Led the Skippers to a first-place finish at the St. Ignatius Wildcat Classis with a 635 series. Recorded the second-highest series of the tournament and earned all-tournament honors.
Congratulations Michael Rentz!
FAIRPORT HARBOR – A school assembly at Fairport Harding High to welcome State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria Nov. 8 turned into a special surprise, especially for science teacher Nathan Yaussy.
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Fairport young but hopeful
November 18, 2019
Fairport Harding returns three starters and five others with varsity experience leaving the Skippers hopeful to show vast improvement from last season.
With just two seniors on the squad and six sophomores expected to play key minutes, the Skippers remain young but have the potential to be competitive this winter.
“We are very young and a work in progress, especially after the tough season we had last year,” ninth-year head coach Matt Cardina said. “However, we have matured on and off the court so I feel we have a strong potential to grow a lot this year and begin to learn how to win.”
What the Skippers lack in size they make up for with their speed and Cardina plans to use that quickness to his advantage.
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Congratulations to Mr. Nathan Yaussy Science Teacher for winning the 2019 Milken Award-Known as "The Oscars of Teaching". Click to read more & see photos.
Thank you to the Fairport Harbor Police Department, Sgt. Eric Miller, Fairport Harbor Fire Department, Painesville Police Department, Grand River Police and Grand River Fire Department for conducting our staff ALICE training refresher on Monday November 5, 2019. We appreciate your partnership in keeping our students, staff and community safe!
Fairport’s Cody Paugh hits the 1,000-yard mark in Senior Nigh win | Chagrin Valley Conference 10/26/19
CVC Article by Steve Hare:
Cody Paugh ran for 145 yards and a touchdown and he also threw for a score in leading Fairport Harding to a 45-6 win over visiting Richmond Heights in Friday’s Senior Night win.
“We’re proud of these seniors for their efforts tonight,” Fairport coach Cameron Ruff said. “They had a goal to win their Senior Night game and they accomplished that with a huge win over Richmond Heights. These seniors have led the way for this program to experience wins like these and we’re proud of their hard work.”
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Paugh, Schuster have their way in win over Brooklyn
By Steve Hare -October 12, 2019
Brooklyn scored first in Friday’s Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division contest at Fairport Harding on Friday but the Skippers dominated from there and beat the Hurricanes, 47-7.
“These kids made a statement this week,” Fairport coach Cameron Ruff said. “This was a must-win game and the kids rose to the challenge.”
The Homecoming win was the first for the Skippers in many years and they did it in impressive fashion.
“I’m most proud of our kids’ focus during their homecoming game and their response to Brooklyn going up 7-0 in the first quarter,” Ruff said. “Rather than become upset with each other after giving up a long score, they regrouped, communicated, and played their best football by scoring 47 unanswered points.”
Jamiar Tate opened the scoring with a 57-yard touchdown run to give Brooklyn a short-lived 7-0 lead.
Justice Bartley hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass from Sam Schuster but the Skippers failed to convert the two-point conversion and trailed 7-6.
Cody Paugh’s 67-yard touchdown run and Schuster’s two-point conversion gave Fairport a 14-7 lead it would not relinquish.
Paugh finished the night with 26 carries for 287 yards and three touchdowns. His career night was set up by the work of the offensive line.
“Our offensive line of Martin Mendoza, Mike Voiles, Quentin Piotrowksi, Deano Spiesman, Noah Greene, and Dillon Knesebeck put the team on their back and blocked great all night,” Ruff said. “They made room for our running backs all night and provided ample time for Sam to throw.”
Schuster added touchdown runs of 3 and 11 yards in the second quarter and a 21-yarder in the third quarter. Paugh scored on runs of 10 yards in the third quarter and a 48-yarder in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.
“This was Fairport’s first homecoming win in a long time,” Ruff said. “These kids deserve every minute of this victory because they played their hearts out.”
Fairport's long journey pays off with 50-0 win
BY TIM SHIRER
Back in August prior to the start of the high school football season Fairport was informed by Saint John that Saint John was playing eight man football this season. Fairport was not interested in the eight-man format, so the game was cancelled. Fairport Athletic Director Sandra Knight searched for a game. The only week three game she could find was out of state in Morgantown, West Virginia against the Trinity Christian Warriors. The Skippers made the three-and-a-half-hour trek to mountains in Morgantown and the Warriors were gracious host. But in the end the talented Skippers football team lead by head coach Cameron Ruff was to much for the Warriors and the Skippers prevailed in a shut out 50-0.
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CVC Article By: By Steve Hare -August 31, 2019
Fairport Harding used a balanced offense and stout defense to open the 2019 season with a 32-6 win over visiting Newbury on Friday.
Sam Schuster completed all five of his passes for 155 yards and one touchdown and the Skippers ran for 226 yards as a team.
“Our coaching staff is extremely proud of these kids for their efforts all winter and spring,” Fairport coach Cameron Ruff said. “Their hard work in the weight room has paid dividends for these kids in their development as football players and people. Their added strength has allowed us to block and tackle much better than we’ve done in the past. That showed tonight. We blocked and tackled with and executed the game plan.”
Cody Paugh led the ground game with 11 carries for 97 yards while Schuster added 64 yards on 10 carries. Jayden Alston carried three times for 41 yards and a score and Josiah Cooper scampered for 24 yards on five carries.
“Our offensive line brought great effort tonight,” Ruff said. “They paved the way for our running backs and provided time for our pass plays to get open. Quentin Piotrowski, Martin Mendoza, Dominic Knesebeck, Mike Voiles, Ethan Whitt, and Noah Greene did great blocking tonight. Sam Schuster ran with power and Cody Paugh averaged over nine yards per carry.”
The Skippers were equally effective in the passing game where Schuster spread out his five passes to four different receivers.
Justice Bartley caught one pass for 72 yards and a score, Damon Yahner hauled in one for 45 yards and Paugh had a 10-yard reception. Dillon Knesebeck recorded two catches for 38 yards.
Fairport’s defense shut down Newbury’s offense thanks in large part to six takeaways.
Bartley and Tai Malone both picked off a pair of passes.
Whitt led the defense with eight tackles and Dominic Knesebeck finished with three stops, a fumble recovery a blocked field goal and a defensive touchdown.
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Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Jessica Hibbard 00'
Steven Tokar 85'
Skip Lakia 73'
1961 Fairport Track Team State Runners-up
Friday, Sept 20-Hall of fame inductees will attend an assembly at Harding High, be introduced at Greig Field at 6:15.
Saturday, Sept 21 is the Induction Ceremony & Hall of Fame Banquet at the Fairport Harbor VFW at 6:00 pm Tickets are $25.00 each
Contact Scott Hribar at SHribar@fhevs.org for more information
PHOTOS: Fairport vs. Southington football scrimmage, Aug. 22, 2019
By Coleen Moskowitz
Photos from the Fairport vs. Southington football scrimmage, Aug. 22, 2019
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Lake Erie College, Fairport Harbor School District forge early college partnership 8/17/19 News-Herald
Students attending Fairport Harbor School District will have an opportunity to fast-track their education as the 2019-20 school commences.
The potential acceleration comes thanks to a partnership brokered between the district and Lake Erie College in Painesville to provide an Early College in High School program to students attending Fairport Harding High School.
Through the use of the state’s College Credit Plus program, students can earn up to 30 college credits at LEC while still attending high school. Students participating in the program will also be able to access LEC resources.
A huge thank you to all who came to support Fairport Football's inaugural All-Ohio Night with the legendary All-Ohioans. We appreciate the families & community members who joined. Thank you to Mike Nahorniak for the invitations & Rego's Brickhouse Pizza for dinner.
News-Herald June 2019
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The ninth class of The News-Herald High School Sports Hall of Fame was inducted during halftime of the Senior Bowl on June 14 at Mayfield. The 2019 honorees included Bob Ritley, John Matteucci, Kaayla Chones, Don Schutz, Tom Orosz and Cliff Hunt.
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Fairport is leaving the Chagrin Valley Conference after the 2020-21 school year, league commissioner Don Lewis confirmed to The News-Herald on April 26.
Earlier this week, Fairport was accepted into the Northeast Athletic Conference, Lewis said. There the Skippers will join Pymatuning Valley, Vienna Mathews, Newbury, Southington, Lordstown, Bristol, Bloomfield, Kinsman Badger, Windham and Maplewood.
"We're thrilled. I'm thrilled," said Sandra Knight, activities director at Fairport. "I know the head coaches are excited. I know the administration is on board. The board (of education) voted unanimously on April 23 to move into the NAC.
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