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2017 Signing Day: List of area high school football players with college selection

By Michael Beaven Published: February 1, 2017

Here is an alphabetical list of local high school football recruits for 2017 that have made a college commitment. Please note this list is compiled through information obtained from high school coaches, athletic directors and colleges. Some athletes have received scholarships and some are scheduled to be walk-on players. If you see any inaccuracies or that a player is missing, email mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com with pertinent information. The Akron Beacon Journal will publish athletes in other sports who have made college commitments per usual in the coming days. This will be updated throughout Wednesday.

MOST RECENT UPDATE: 5:30 p.m.

— Compiled by Michael Beaven via information submitted by high school coaches, athletic directors and colleges.

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Springfield set to host PTC college recruiting seminar open to all area athletes

By Michael Beaven Published: February 1, 2017

Springfield High School is set to host the Portage Trail Conference Academic Engagement & Collegiate Recruiting Seminar at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 2.

Crestwood Athletic Director Bob Dean said the PTC applied for and received a grant from the NCAA “Get the Word Out” program.

“This is a service that we need to provide for our families,” Dean said. “The most common questions we receive from student-athletes and their parents are about the academic rigor as a college athlete and the basics of the recruiting process. There is so much to know and too much misinformation out there. Now is the time to serve our families as best we can by putting them in touch with the best information available.”

Springfield Athletic Director Kevin Vaughn said the event is open to all area high school student-athletes, their parents, coaches, administrators and guidance counselors. Interested attendees must register online at https://goo.gl/forms/GdRTxQQ2bgmkdEv73.

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Woodridge seniors Kasey Kelleher & King Alfred Sanders set to play football in college

By Michael Beaven Published: January 30, 2017

Woodridge senior long snapper Kasey Kelleher has earned a preferred walk-on spot with the Oklahoma football team.

Kelleher is also experienced as a lineman for Woodridge.

Addittionally, Woodridge senior running back King Alfred Sanders has committed to play college football at Wayne State.

Stay tuned to the Akron Beacon Journal and ohio.com for more on this developing story.

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Hoban seniors Jabari Taylor & Arison Sanders pledge to play football in college

By Michael Beaven Published: January 30, 2017

Archbishop Hoban senior football players Jabari Taylor and Arison Sanders have made their college decisions.

Taylor has committed to play at Cincinnati and Sanders is headed to Slippery Rock.

Taylor and Sanders each were key defensive players on the Hoban football team, which won Division III state championships in 2015 and 2016. Sanders was a starter on both teams and Taylor was a starter on this past year’s team.

Hoban senior Todd Sibley (Pittsburgh) and Danny Clark (Kentucky) made their college decisions earlier. Sibley is a running back and Clark is a quarterback. Both players played key roles on the two Hoban state championship teams.

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Six Copley High School seniors pledge to play football in college

By Michael Beaven Published: January 30, 2017

Six players from the Copley football team have made the decision to play in college.

Weston Bridges was the first Indians player to commit when he pledged to Michigan State University in the summer of 2016.

Since then, five other Copley players have made their plans official – Austin Brenner (Ashland), Jaylon Doss (Malone), Zafeer Muhammad (Charleston), Jacob Williams (Tiffin) and Alex Zelch (Notre Dame College).

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DeAmonte' King & Myles Williams of St. V-M set to play football in college

By Michael Beaven Published: January 30, 2017

St. Vincent-St. Mary senior football players DeAmonte’ King and Myles Williams have made their college decisions.

King has committed to play at Toledo and Williams is headed to Walsh.

King, a wide receiver, originally committed to play at West Virginia, but has since flipped his pledge to Toledo. Williams is a running back.

Three other St. V-M football players made their decisions earlier – Justin Sampson and Malik Woolridge are headed to the University of Akron and Donte Taylor is set to go to Miami (Ohio).

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Akron football gains commitments from Aurora's Bubba Arslanian & Hudson's Jonah Wieland

By Michael Beaven Published: January 30, 2017

The University of Akron football team has received commitments from two more area high school standouts.

Aurora senior Bubba Arslanian and Hudson senior Jonah Wieland have pledged to play for Zips football coach Terry Bowden and his staff.

Arslanian played linebacker and running back for Aurora. Wieland served as a punter and offensive lineman for Hudson.

Aurora and Hudson each put together successful seasons that included appearances in the Division II playoffs in 2016.

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Akron couple set to match up to $50,000 in donations before year end to help Firestone project

By Michael Beaven Published: December 15, 2016

Akron couple Stewart Moritz and Maura O’Shea are challenging the community, alumni and others to make a donation toward a new athletic complex that would go along with the new Firestone-Litchfield Community Learning Centers.

Amy C. Wong, the President of Dot Org Solutions LLC, said Moritz and O’Shea will match all donations dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, if made before the end of 2016.

Funds raised will kick off phase I of the Firestone High School booster clubs’ fundraising effort to upgrade the new sports facility. The original plans through the city and state’s school rebuilding project include a cinder track and grass infield.

The Firestone booster club’s are hoping that private support can help upgrade the facility to include an eight-lane, all-weather track, a sodded soccer field, bleachers and a concession stand. The new facility is set to be on the grounds of the former Firestone High School, which is currently still standing on Rampart Ave. 

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St. V-M basketball set to host third annual LeBron James Classic

By Michael Beaven Published: December 15, 2016

The third annual LeBron James Classic is set for this weekend at St. Vincent-St. Mary.

The Classic is slated to benefit the LeBron James Family Foundation, and is sponsored by the Akron Hilton, Goodyear, AMEX, Dr. Mike Magoline and Crystal Clinic.

James, 31, is an Akron native who graduated from St. V-M in 2003 as a three-time state champion in basketball and has become a star with the Cavaliers and Heat. James is a 12-time NBA all-star who has won three NBA championships, three NBA Finals MVP awards, four NBA MVP awards and two Olympic gold medals.

The Classic is set to feature 10 high school games, five on Saturday and five on Sunday. It is important to note that all game times after the first game each day are approximate.

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St. V-M, CCC combine to suspend 27 players following fight that ended boys basketball game

By Michael Beaven Published: December 8, 2016

The fight on the court this past Saturday night between the St. Vincent-St. Mary and Cleveland Central Catholic boys basketball teams has been reviewed, and each school is handing down punishment.

The physical season opening game at CCC was called to a sudden halt with the Irish leading the Ironmen 70-53 with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter when a scuffle between multiple players, and then a subsequent fight involving players and spectators who rushed the floor occurred. A sold out crowd of over 1,000 was at the game.

CCC (0-1) has decided suspend all 15 of its varsity players for the next two games, and St. V-M (1-0) has decided to suspend eight varsity players and four junior varsity players two games apiece as well.

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