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  Turner’s Off To State

Siblings Megan and Michael Turner of the Champion HS softball and baseball teams will be playing in state semi finals.

Champion’s Turner family has a big week ahead with Michael in Columbus and Megan in Akron

By Brian Dzenis

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Brian Turner has gone from carrying two buckets to watching two state tournaments.

The former New York Yankees farmhand has raised two Kent State commits that are key cogs in Champion’s Columbus-bound baseball and Akron-bound softball teams — Michael Turner and Megan Turner.

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Brian has been working with his kids on their hitting for years, carrying one bucket of softballs and one for baseballs. There isn’t a Turner recipe for hitting success, just put the work in.

“It’s kind of like a lifestyle for us. Everyday is softball and baseball,” Megan, a junior shortstop for the Golden Flashes said. “We dedicate a lot of time to this sport and obviously it’s helped our teams get to the state semifinals.

“We enjoy putting time into it,” she said.

Brian played the majority of his eight seasons in the minor leagues with the Yankees while also having shorter stints in the New York Mets and the Minnesota Twins’ systems. The former first baseman never went higher than Double-A, but did get to play alongside the likes of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada. He was drafted out of Orwell’s Grand Valley High School in the 40th round, appearing on 11 teams before returning to Northeast Ohio.

“My family is still here, that’s why I came back,” Brian said. “It’s where I was raised and where I wanted to be.

“My wife [Christy], she’s from North Carolina, so I don’t know if she would agree with that,” he said.

The advent of travel ball and winter workouts have made Michael and Megan into more developed players than Brian. He and his wife often travel separately to get their children to their respective teams.

“Michael is a better player that I was,” Brian…

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