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Norton’s Cara Cook, Jaclyn Fortner sign to play college basketball

By Michael Beaven Published: April 29, 2013

Norton seniors Cara Cook and Jaclyn Fortner have signed national of letter intents to play play women’s college basketball.

Cook signed to attend Clarion University of Pennsylvania and Fortner Fortner signed to attend Hiram College in Ohio.

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Akron native Evan Payne signs to play basketball at LMU

By Michael Beaven Published: April 29, 2013

Akron native Evan Payne has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball on scholarship at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif.

Payne, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, has attended four high schools in the past three years: Walsh Jesuit, Huntington Prep in West Virginia, Firestone and Kingdom Prep Academy in Georgia.

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STVM senior Andy Farrell signs with Trine for baseball

By Michael Beaven Published: April 29, 2013

St. Vincent-St. Mary senior Andy Farrell has signed a national letter of intent to continue his academic and baseball careers with Trine University, a Division III school and a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Farrell is set to earn his fourth varsity letter this spring with St. V-M as a pitcher. He has compiled a 2.74 ERA for the Fighting Irish.

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Buckeye names Mark Pinzone football coach

By Michael Beaven Published: April 29, 2013

Buckeye has selected Mark Pinzone as its football coach.

Pinzone, the former head coach at Parma Heights Holy Name, will be introduced as the Bucks coach May 14 at a regularly scheduled board meeting.

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Tennis showdown today between Copley & Highland

By Michael Beaven Published: April 29, 2013

The Copley and Highland boys tennis teams will square off at 4 today indoors at the Paramount Tennis Club in Medina.

The teams have established themselves as the top teams in the Suburban League.

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Green’s Dan Fanelly set to play basketball for College of Wooster

By Michael Beaven Published: April 29, 2013

Green senior Dan Fanelly is sticking with his initial commitment to the College of Wooster.

Fanelly, a 6-foot-6 two-sport athlete, has decided he will continue his academic and basketball careers at Wooster.

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Kempt, Conley & Berger star in North-South Football Classic games

By Michael Beaven Published: April 29, 2013

Massillon seniors Kyle Kempt and Gareon Conley star in Divisions I-III all-star game

Massillon quarterback Kyle Kempt and wide receiver Gareon Conley enjoyed a nice game of pitch and catch Saturday in the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association’s 68thannual North-South Classic at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.

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Several area football players tabbed to play in Ohio North-South Classic

By Michael Beaven Published: April 26, 2013

The Ohio North-South Classic

What: Two high school all-star football games in April.

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Miller, Minter advance to National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City in May

By Michael Beaven Published: April 26, 2013

Akron residents Eric Miller and DeMarkus Minter have qualified for the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City, Utah May 11-18.

Miller and Minter both won titles recently at the 85thCleveland Golden Gloves tournament in Brook Park.

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Roundup: Hoover's Luke Grandjean, Buchtel's Tymeon Ollison get offers

By Ohio.com Published: April 22, 2013

Kent State reportedly offered North Canton Hoover junior wide receiver/safety Luke Grandjean, according to Scout.com. Grandjean, who is 6 feet 3 and 185 pounds, is also receiving interest from Cincinnati, Akron and Columbia, according to the website.

A second-team all-state safety in 2012, he had six interceptions and also caught 34 passes for 623 yards and six touchdowns for the Vikings, according to Scout.com.

Buchtel sophomore Tymeon Ollison reportedly received his first offer from Toledo, according to Scout.com.

Ollison, who is a is 5 feet 8 and 160 pounds, according to Scout.com, also has had interest from Akron, Michigan and West Virginia.

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The annual Touchdown Club Winter Sports Banquet set for Monday at Guy’s Party Center in Akron.

By Michael Beaven Published: April 21, 2013

The annual Touchdown Club Winter Sports Banquet is set for Monday night (April 22) at Guy’s Party Center in Akron.

Ed Kalail said the festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. and over 130 student-athletes and coaches will be honored. Tickets are $30 and can be ordered by contacting Jill Hanigofsky at 330-848-8946.

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Woodridge senior Mitch Hepburn signs to play soccer at Belmont Abbey

By Michael Beaven Published: April 19, 2013

Woodridge senior forward Mitch Hepburn has signed a national letter of intent to play college soccer at Belmont Abbey, a Division II school in North Carolina.

Hepburn was a tri-captain this past season for a Woodridge boys soccer team that posted a 14-2 overall record and an 8-0 mark in the Portage Trail Conference County Division. 

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Firestone senior Patrick Schultz signs to play golf at Malone

By Michael Beaven Published: April 19, 2013

Firestone senior Patrick Schultz has signed to play golf and continue his academic careers at Malone University.

Schultz is set to play for Pioneers men’s golf Ken Hyland after putting together a standout career at Firestone. He will get partial athletic and academic scholarships to attend Malone, a Division II school.

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Three area football chosen for U.S. Army All-American Bowl

By Ohio.com Published: April 19, 2013

Three area football players in the 2014 class have been nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

St. Vincent-St. Mary linebacker Dante Booker, Massillon offensive lineman Nathaniel Devers and Massillon defensive back Marcus Whitfield are three of 26 players statewide to be nominated. There are 400 players nominated across the country.

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Touchdown Club set to hold winter sports banquet April 22

By Michael Beaven Published: April 11, 2013

The annual Touchdown Club Winter Sports Banquet is set for April 22 at Guy’s Party Center in Akron.

Ed Kalail said the festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. and over 130 student-athletes and coaches will be honored. Tickets are $30 and can be ordered by contacting Jill Hanigofsky at 330-848-8946.

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Jeff Durbin steps down as Lake football coach after 23 seasons

By Michael Beaven Published: April 11, 2013

Jeff Durbin has stepped down as the Lake High School football coach after 23 seasons.

Durbin guided Lake to 14 appearances in the state football playoffs and to three state championship games. The Blue Streaks won five regional titles and won the Federal League four times while being the league’s smallest school.

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Jackson's Griffin brothers to reunite again at Mount Union

By Michael Beaven Published: April 10, 2013
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Jackson senior Miles Griffin has made a commitment to play basketball at the University of Mount Union.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Griffin, as he joins older brother Stevie Griffin on the Purple Raiders basketball team that is coached by Mike Fuline, who completed his second season at Mount Union coach after coaching at Jackson and guiding the 2009-2010 Polar Bears team to the Division I state boys basketball title.

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Mark Mittiga is sticking with the Walsh theme for baseball

By Michael Beaven Published: April 10, 2013

Mark Mittiga is set to graduate from a Walsh and attend another Walsh soon.

Mittiga, a senior at Walsh Jesuit High School, has made an oral commitment to continue his academic and athletic career at Walsh University. He will play for Cavaliers coach Tim Mead on the school’s NCAA Division II baseball team.

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Video: Northwest track recovers from relay baton drop

By Ron Ledgard Published: April 10, 2013

Northwest track relay team recovers from a baton drop to beat Massillon on April 9.

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Akron native Darius Carter commits to Final Four participant Wichita State

By Michael Beaven Published: April 5, 2013

Akron native Darius Carter has orally committed to play Division I college basketball at Wichita State University next season.

Carter is a sophomore forward at Vincennes University, a junior college in Indiana. He will have two years of eligibility to play at Wichita State, which is a Final Four participant this weekend.

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