Lakota East's Azariyah Bryant Selected as LaRosa's MVP of the Week
FEATURED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
(photo compliments of LaRosa's MVP program)
NAME: Azariyah Bryant
SCHOOL: Lakota East High School
SPORT(S): Track & Field
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: “Contributing to a state-winning team.”
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5'8" -150 lbs.
RESIDENCE: Liberty Township
PARENTS: Derrick & Maria
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: "My dad."
FUTURE GOAL “Become a Neuropsychologist”
Lakota East senior Azariyah Bryant is a star track & field competitor, who has won eight GMC championships in individual and relay events, and holds numerous school and conference running records.
Success began early in her varsity career. As a freshman, she was a member of the 4x100 relay team that won the district, regional and Ohio state championship (in a state-record time of 45.82.) She also was part of a state runner-up 4x200 relay team and, individually, was third at state in the long jump. It helped boost the Lakota East girls’ team to its first-ever Ohio state team championship.
Last season as a junior, Azariyah won both the 100 and 200 dashes at the GMC Championships and was regional champion in the 100. She was named GMC Co-Runner of the Year and first team all-city (Enquirer). At the Ohio state championships, she finished third in the 100 (12.05), although she had the fastest qualifying time in that event at 11.80. At this year’s GMC Championships, she won the 100 dash in a league-record time of 11:82, the 200 dash in a league-record time of 24.19, and was on the winning 4x100 relay team (47.73). She was named GMC Runner of the Year for the second straight year. At this season’s district championships, she won the 100 (11.78) and the 200 (24.89) dashes, then won those same events at the regional championships along with a 4x100 relay. She capped it all off at the Ohio state championships when she won the 100 dash in 11.60 and the 200 dash in 23.94.
A super student with a 4.3 GPA, Azariyah will compete in track & field next year at the University of Illinois. Her favorite athlete is Allyson Felix, favorite entertainer and most-like-to-meet is Drake, favorite book is The Princess Saves Herself in this One (by Amanda Lovelace) and favorite movie is Polar Express.
Azariyah is very athletic and a strong runner blessed with overall talent. Explosive, fearless and very coachable -- these are the attributes that make Azariyah special.” – Rodney Heath, Varsity Track & Field Coach
DICK'S Sporting Goods Salutes GMC Baseball "Coach of the Year" Mason's Curt Bly
On the strength of his program leadership and success, Mason Head Coach Curt Bly, was honored by his conference peers as the 2022 GMC "Coach of the Year". The Mason Comet diamond juggernaut finished the ever-tough conference schedule with a impressive 17-1 record (27-5 overall) to gain their 4th consecutive GMC title (shared or outright). Winners of Southwest District Sectional and District Championships, the Comets then outlasted the Lebanon Warriors in Regional semi-finals in extra innings (11) and to further add to the impressive list of accomplishments, the Comet contingent took down #1 seed Moeller Crusaders 4-1 in the OHSAA Regional Finals. Mason's magical run came to an end in the OHSSA "Final Four" at the hands of Grove City 4-1. Without question, the 2022 baseball season brought out the best of Comet baseball and in recognition of his leadership, Curt Bly a two-time GMC "Coach of the Year".
Head Coach Curt Bly - Mason "Coach of the Year"
(Photo compliments of Mason SID, Dan Hilen)
DICK'S Sporting Goods Honors GMC Baseball Standouts
DICK'S Sporting Goods appreciates the achievements of GMC Baseball achievers. As selected by conference head coaches, the Greater Miami Conference "Co-Athletes of the Year" represent a blend of diamond versatility with both young men being accomplished on the mound and at the plate.
Toeing the pitching rubber, Brenden Garula from the Mason Comets, led the GMC in pitching wins with 9 victories and strikeouts with 99. To underscore his pitching effectiveness, his E.R.A. was a stellar 1.75. While at the plate, Brenden's batting average was an impressive .367 followed by a .465 on base percentage. This combination of skills earned Brenden Garula, a 2-time first team all-GMC performer, the title of "Greater Miami Conference Co-Player of the Year".
Brenden Garula - Mason GMC "Co-Athlete of the Year"
(Photo compliments of Mason SID, Dan Hilen)
Andrew Edrington of the Princeton Vikings is another example of an outstanding multi-faceted baseball athlete. From the mound, this two-time first team all-conference performer, Andrew was fourth in the GMC in strikeouts with 75 K's followed by an impressive 2.73 E.R.A. On the offensive side of the diamond, Edrington helped the Viking cause by hitting at .461 clip good for #2 in the GMC. His on base percentage of .528 and a slugging percentage of .577 solidified his honor as the 2022 "GMC Co-Athlete of the Year".
Andrew Edrington - Princeton "GMC Co-Athlete of the Year"
(Photo compliments of Princeton Athletic Department)
GMC "Pitcher of the Year" honors were earned by Mason Comet ace, Noah Samol, who brought home 6 GMC wins (2nd in the conference), supported by a stingy 1.14 earned run average. To further lend credibility to his honor as the "ace of the conference" Noah backed his ERA performance with 78 K's good enough for third in the league. This leader of the Comet pitching staff was duly honored by conference head coaches as the 2022 GMC "Pitcher of the Year".
Noah Samol - Mason Comets GMC "Pitcher of the Year"
(photo compliments of Mason SID, Dan Hilen"
Vignesh Gogineni - Mason State Champion Selected as LaRosa's MVP of the Week
Mason Baseball Advances to State "Final Four"
Press Release From Mason Sports Information Director Dan Hilen:
BASEBALL RETURNS TO STATE
COMETS MEET GROVE CITY FRIDAY
(Photo and Graphics compliments of Mason SID, Dan Hilen)
Ticket information below
The Regional Champion Mason Baseball team meets Grove City (25-7) in the Division I state semifinal at 1 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Akron's Canal Park. The Greyhounds defeated 2021 state champion New Albany 2-0 on Saturday. GC will be making their first state tourney since back-to-back appearances in 2011 and 2012. Mason and Grove City last played each other on March 5, 2014, with the Comets winning the regular season contest 12-2.
The Comets last appeared in the State Final Four in 2018, falling 1-0 to Anthony Wayne HS in the semifinals. Former Head Coach Ken Gray took Mason to state in 1987 (DAA) and finished as state runner-up.
The winner of Friday’s game will play Sylvania Northview or Chagrin Falls Kenston in the state final at 4 p.m. June 11.
Tickets are $10 for students and $13 for adults for State Semifinal and State Championship games at Canal Park and one ticket will provide admission for the day; however, please know that there is no stadium re-entry. Children under the age of 5 are permitted complimentary admission.
All tickets will be sold online. There will be no physical tickets sold at the gate. Should you arrive without previously purchasing a ticket, you may go to our ticketing website and purchase a ticket for admission.