The athletic foyer at Canfield High School was filled to capacity on Feb. 24 as Nick Reinthaler signed his letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Westminister College this fall. Nick is one of CHS’s dual sport athletes who played varsity football and baseball as well as being a key player for the Roth Brothers in the Canfield Baseball Club’s Summer B League.
“He’s the kind of young man you want to have around,” said Roth Brothers coach Tim Mulligan. “He gives 100 percent. Westminister is lucky to get a young man like Nick.”
According to his parents, Joe and Linda Reinthaler, Nick started playing baseball at age three.
“He started playing in the back yard with a plastic ball and bat,” Joe said. “When he was little, it was all he wanted to do.”
At age five, Nick joined the T-ball league at CBC and worked his way up through the age brackets and last year competed in the Summer B League while also handling two sports in high school.
On the gridiron, Nick is a two-year letter winner. He has earned all-conference honors as a senior offensive lineman and team captain.
“His efforts contributed greatly to the Cards sharing an All-American Conference Red Division title, achieving a combined 17-5 win-loss record over the past two years plus earning a berth in last fall’s Division II playoff regional final,” said CHS Athletic Director Greg Cooper.
On the diamond, Nick earned his first varsity baseball letter as a junior, playing primarily first base. Cooper said he was a “major element” on the Cards' winning the AAC Red Division title last year while running up an impressive 18-3 record.
Nick’s abilities don’t end on the sports field though. He carries a 3.9 GPA and stands 22nd in his class of 276 students. He is also a two-year National Honor Society member and more recently received another special honor.
“We were informed Feb. 23 that Nick Reinthaler and Donnie Allison were awarded Academic All Ohio status,” Cooper said during the signing. “Donnie and Nick were two of 111 recipients out of 35,000 football players in Ohio to receive this status. It is a tremendous accomplishment for these two fine student athletes.”
It was that kind of commitment to a sport that had more than 10 National Association of Collegiate Athletics division schools looking to recruit Nick. In essence, he had his choice, but chose to stay closer to home and go with the Westminister Titans.
“I like the campus and it is close to home,” Nick said. I plan to major in pre-med biology and Westminster has an excellent program for that. I also like coach Carmen Nocera.”
Nick will attend Westminister on a partial athletic scholarship as well as a partial academic scholarship.
Nick was joined at the signing by his younger brother Domenic, a freshman at CHS. He said he also plans a dual sports career in football and baseball like his older brother. He will have some tough shoes to fill if he follows Nick’s path.
“I’ll try to be as good as Nick,” he said.
Proud parents Joe and Linda Reinthaler, along with younger brother Domenic, watch as Canfield football/baseball stand-out Nick Reinthaler signs his letter of intent to play baseball with the Westminister Titans this fall.