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Louisville senior WR commits

By mdyer Published: March 31, 2009

Louisville senior WR Brandon Mathie has committed to play at Mount Union. Mathie was all-state, all-district, all-county and all-league for the Leopards. He had 67 receptions for 974 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

Mathie joins Louisville quarterback Neal Seaman at Mount Union.

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Dayton basketball standout to visit Akron

By mdyer Published: March 31, 2009

Dayton Jefferson junior center Adreian Payne told Rivals.com he will visit Akron "in a couple of weeks."

Payne (6-10, 215 pounds) reportedly has interest from some of the nation's top programs including Cincinnati, Florida, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Ohio State, Tennessee, Xavier and others.

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Solon junior OL has offer

By mdyer Published: March 30, 2009

Solon junior OL Brandon Nelli (6-4, 235) has an offer from Toledo, according to Rivals.com. He also reportedly has received interest from Indiana, Bowling Green and Ohio University.

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Canton McKinley football update

By mdyer Published: March 30, 2009

We spoke with Canton McKinley football coach Ron Johnson this morning. Here are some topics we discussed:

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St. V-M wins Division II boys basketball state title

By mikeb Published: March 28, 2009

St. Vincent-St. Mary won the 2009 Division II boys basketball state championship Saturday with a 59-53 victory over Dayton Thurgood Marshall in the Schottenstein Center's Value City Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.

Senior Daylen Harrison led the Fighting Irish (23-4) with 21 points and four rebounds. Harrison made four free throws in the final 10 seconds to help secure the win.

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McKinley graduate wins NCAA Division II basketball title

By mikeb Published: March 28, 2009

The University of Findlay men's basketball team won the NCAA Division II championship game Saturday afternoon, with a 56-53 overtime victory over Cal Poly Pomona in Springfield, Ma.

The Findlay Oilers completed the perfect season with a 36-0 record.

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Canton McKinley sophomore with three offers

By mdyer Published: March 27, 2009

Canton McKinley sophomore DE Steve Miller (6-5, 218) has offers from Florida, Michigan State and Purdue, according to a report from Bucknuts.com.

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Gulley picks up two more offers

By mdyer Published: March 27, 2009

Garfield junior RB Tyson Gulley (5-9, 175) picked up offers from Miami (Ohio) and Central Michigan this week, according to Garfield coach Bob Sax.

Gulley also has offers from Akron, Ball State, Kansas, Toledo and Ohio University.

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Pittsburgh showing interest in Snow

By mdyer Published: March 26, 2009

Canton McKinley junior LB Jewone Snow (6-3, 237) has been hearing from Pitt lately, according to Rivals.com.

Snow, one of the state's top players in the 2010 class, has offers from Pitt, Illinois, Cincinnati, Indiana, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue and West Virginia.

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Solon junior schedules visits

By mdyer Published: March 25, 2009

Solon junior DE Darryl Baldwin (6-6, 245) has made a schedule of unofficial visits in April.

Baldwin, who is rated the No. 5 player overall the 2010 class by Ohio High Magazine, has offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Stanford, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Akron.

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Walsh Jesuit junior gets national honor

By mdyer Published: March 24, 2009

Walsh Jesuit junior RHP Tyler Skulina (6-6, 235) has been named to the Perfect Game USA High School Underclassmen All-American team.

Skulina, who has orally committed to play at Virginia, is the only area player on the list. There are two other players in Ohio.

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Twinsburg senior commits to Walsh

By mdyer Published: March 24, 2009

Twinsburg senior Ashley Winston has signed to play golf at Walsh University. She plans to major in middle school education at the NAIA Division II school.

Winston lettered four years at Twinsburg.

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Erick Howard update

By mdyer Published: March 20, 2009

North Canton junior RB Erick Howard - the 2008 Mr. Football award winner - continues to draw significant college interest.

Howard, who is 5-10 and 210 pounds, told Rivals.com he has offers from Akron, Kent State, Colorado, Cincinnati and possibly Michigan State.

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Getting closer to April 15

By mdyer Published: March 20, 2009

No, we aren't referring to tax day. April 15 is the start of the regular signing period for basketball players in the 2009 class. The final signing date is May 20.

Basketball had an early signing period Nov. 12-19 in 2008.

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Class of 2012

By mdyer Published: March 19, 2009

St. Vincent-St. Mary freshman forward Lorenzo Cugini, who is 6-feet-5, is named among the top seven players to watch in the 2012 class by Ohio High Magazine.

Any others that should be on that list from this area?

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Class of 2011

By mdyer Published: March 19, 2009

There are a couple of local boys' basketball standouts mentioned among the state's top prospects in the 2011 class by Ohio High Magazine.

St. Vincent-St. Mary junior power forward Jakarr Simpson is rated No. 7 in the state, according to the publication.

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Prep Talk

By Dan Published: March 19, 2009

Wadsworth junior getting interest

By mdyer Published: March 18, 2009

Wadsworth junior OT Ben Buzzelli (6-5, 290) is getting a lot of college interest, according to Wadsworth football coach Greg Dennison. Buzzelli doesn't have any offers yet.

He was fourth in the Division I state wrestling meet this month.

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Walsh Jesuit junior close to offer

By mdyer Published: March 17, 2009

Just heard from Walsh Jesuit coach Gerry Rardin that Tulsa is getting close to offering junior RB-DB Cameron Ontko (6-0, 215).  Ontko is one of the top local prospects in the 2010 class.

Ontko, who doesn't have any offers yet, has taken unofficial visits to Michigan State and Wisconsin. Ontko is getting interest from Big 10 and MAC programs.

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Cincinnati-area player gets Akron offer

By mdyer Published: March 17, 2009

Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller junior offensive tackle Jeff Tanner (6-4, 275) has been offered by Akron, according to Cincinnati.com. Tanner also has offers from Kent State and Ohio.

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Snow visits Michigan

By mdyer Published: March 16, 2009

Canton McKinley junior LB Jewone Snow (6-3, 237) attended Michigan’s Junior Day on Friday, according to Rivals.com. He also stayed to watch the Wolverines’ first spring practice Saturday.

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Louisville QB commits to Mount Union

By mdyer Published: March 16, 2009

Louisville senior QB Neil Seaman has committed to play at Mount Union. The 6-1, 205-pound player was an all-Ohio selection and Division II co-offensive player of the year last season.

He set school records for most passing yards (5,170), passing yards in a season (2,631), touchdowns in a season (29) and career (49) and total career yards (7,150).

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Highland senior to sign Wednesday

By mdyer Published: March 16, 2009

Highland senior kicker Eric Duale will sign with Duquesne University at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the high school's media center.

Duale has been offered a full athletic scholarship to Duquesne, which is located in Pittsburgh.

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Perry seniors commit

By mdyer Published: March 16, 2009

Perry seniors - QB John Hyde (6-1, 177) and OL-DT Zack Dice (6-2, 230) - have committed to play football at Notre Dame College in Cleveland.

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Boys' volleyball season is near

By mdyer Published: March 13, 2009

The start of boys' volleyball practice was scheduled for 73 teams across the state this week. The season opens March 28.

The state finals (Divisions I and II) will be held at Walsh Jesuit May 30-31.

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Schrock looking toward summer

By mdyer Published: March 13, 2009

Wadsworth junior WR Anthony Schrock (6-3, 196) plans to attend Ohio State's camp this summer, Wadsworth coach Greg Dennison confirmed. It was first reported by Bucknuts.com.

Schrock, who has an offer from Akron, also plans to attend camps at other schools, including Northwestern and Akron. The Zips continue to be among the favorites for Schrock.

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Highland junior RB one to watch

By mdyer Published: March 13, 2009

Highland junior RB-CB Aaron Maslowski (5-9, 177) was among the top performers at the National High School All-Star Combine last month in Berea, reports Rivals.com.

Maslowski had about 500 yards on 50 carries last season for Highland. He played behind Chris Snook, who has signed with West Virginia for next season.

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Crestwood junior getting interest

By mdyer Published: March 12, 2009

Crestwood junior WR David Czerny (6-0, 165) is getting letters from Dartmouth and Wooster, according to a report on Rivals.com.

Czerny did well in the vertical jump and 40-yard dash at the National High School All-Star Combine last month.

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Month of Michigan

By mdyer Published: March 12, 2009

It's been just over a month (Feb. 9) since Canton South junior WR Jerald Robinson (6-2, 175) made an oral commitment to play at Michigan.

Despite the high-profile commitment, South coach Moe Daniska said Robinson was able to re-focus on the current high school basketball season within the past month.

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Prep Talk - March 12

By Dan Published: March 12, 2009

Canton McKinley's Snow has several offers

By mdyer Published: March 11, 2009

Canton McKinley junior RB-LB Jewone Snow (6-2, 220 pounds) has offers from Illinois, Cincinnati, Indiana, Michigan State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue and West Virginia, according to Ohio High Magazine.

Snow is definitely one of the state's top linebackers in the 2010 class.

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Southwest Ohio player has Kent State offer

By mdyer Published: March 11, 2009

Middletown junior QB Caleb Watkins (6-3, 210) has been recently offered by Kent State, according to Cincinnati.com.

Watkins threw for a league-leading 2,089 yards last season along with 22 touchdowns. He rushed for 341 yards and three touchdowns.

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Perry, Wadsworth among nation's best

By mdyer Published: March 11, 2009

Perry is ranked No. 15 nationally in the season's final Amateur Wrestling News Prep 40 poll, which was released Tuesday. The Panthers were two spots beneath No. 13 Lakewood Edward, which won the Division I state title last weekend.

Wadsworth was the only other area team ranked in the poll. The Grizzlies finished 23rd.

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Firestone graduate earns MAC Wrestler of Year award

By mikeb Published: March 10, 2009

Jermail Porter, a 2004 Firestone High School graduate, recently earned the Mid-American Conference Wrestler of the Year award after the Kent State University fifth-year senior won the 285-pound MAC title in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Porter earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships with the win. This will be his third appearance at the tournament.

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Perry wrestlers headed to Big Ten schools

By mikeb Published: March 10, 2009

Perry seniors Sam White and Nick Heflin will continue their academic and wrestling careers at Big Ten colleges, Panthers coach Brent McBurney said.

White and Heflin each won a state title this past Saturday and helped Perry finish second as a team in the Division I team standings.

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Cincinnati-area player offered by Kent State

By mdyer Published: March 10, 2009

Archbishop Moeller junior offensive tackle Jeff Tanner has been offered a scholarship by Kent State, according to Cincinnati.com.

Tanner, who is 6-feet-4 and 275 pounds, also has an offer from Ohio University.

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Two juniors to watch at North

By mdyer Published: March 9, 2009

North junior WR-DB Deron Brown (6-3, 185) had the state’s top individual performance at the National High School All-Star Combine last month, according to Rivals.com. It tested speed and power performances for scouting purposes.

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Walsh Jesuit's Ontko with early interest

By mdyer Published: March 9, 2009

Keep an eye on Walsh Jesuit junior RB-DB Cameron Ontko (6-0, 215) as we get closer to this summer. Ontko is one of the top local prospects in the 2010 class.

While he doesn't have any offers yet, Ontko  has taken unofficial visits to Michigan State and Wisconsin, according to Walsh coach Gerry Rardin. Ontko is getting interest from Big 10 and MAC programs.

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Walsh Jesuit football update

By mdyer Published: March 9, 2009

The Walsh Jesuit football team has five seniors from the 2009 class with college commitments, Walsh coach Gerry Rardin said in an e-mail this morning.

Those players include:

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Gulley offered by Ball State

By mdyer Published: March 8, 2009

Garfield junior RB Tyson Gulley (5-9, 175 pounds) was offered by Ball State late last week, according to Garfield coach Bob Sax.

Gulley also has offers from Akron, Toledo, Ohio University and Kansas. He doesn't plan to have any unofficial visits scheduled soon.

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Final Live From Columbus - State Wrestling Tournament

By mikeb Published: March 8, 2009

Here is a final update from the 72nd annual State Wrestling Tournament at Value City Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.

Here is a list of area wrestlers that placed first or second at state Saturday. They are broken down by place, weight class, name, academic class, school, division and final season record.

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Live from Columbus - State Wrestling Tournament

By mikeb Published: March 7, 2009

Here is an update from the 72nd annual State Wrestling Tournament at Value City Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.

Here is a list of area wrestlers broken down by place, weight class, name, academic class, school and division that placed between third and eighth place Saturday.

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Live from Columbus - State Wrestling Tournament

By mikeb Published: March 7, 2009

Here is an update from the 72nd annual State Wrestling Tournament at Value City Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.

Here is a list of area wrestlers by weight class that won their championship preliminary match Thursday and then won their championship quarterfinal and championship semifinal matches Friday. These wrestlers will compete Saturday night in championship matches.

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North junior among tops in state

By mdyer Published: March 6, 2009

North junior WR-DE Deron Brown (6-feet-3, 185 pounds) is getting plenty of attention these days. Brown is rated the state’s No. 19-best player overall in the 2010 class by Ohio High Magazine.

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Live from Columbus - State Wrestling Tournament

By mikeb Published: March 6, 2009

Here is an update from the 72nd annual State Wrestling Tournament at Value City Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.

Here is a list of area wrestlers by weight class that won their championship preliminary match Thursday and their championship quarterfinal match Friday. These wrestlers will compete Friday night and the winners will advance to Saturday's championship matches.

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Circle your calendar

By mdyer Published: March 6, 2009

Just checking the unofficial North Canton 2009 football schedule. Looks like the Vikings will play at Youngstown Boardman in Week 6 this fall.

That will be an interesting matchup of teams featuring two of the state's most highly-recruited football players in the 2010 class. Boardman has junior defensive end J.T. Moore (6-3, 230), who has already orally committed to Ohio State.

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Cincinnati junior offered by Kent State

By mdyer Published: March 6, 2009

West Chester Lakota West junior cornerback Brandon Neal (5-10, 175 pounds) has been offered by Kent State, according to Cincinnati.com.

It is the first offer for Neal, who had a forced fumble and an intereception for the suburban Cincinnati school last season.

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Wadsworth's Schrock has more interest

By mdyer Published: March 6, 2009

Wadsworth junior WR Anthony Schrock (6-3, 196) has an offer from Akron, but interest from other schools has picked up, according to Wadsworth football coach Greg Dennison.

Schrock is rated the state's No. 23 player overall in Ohio High Magazine's Top 100 list for the 2010 class.

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Garfield's Gulley offered by Kansas

By mdyer Published: March 6, 2009

Garfield junior RB Tyson Gulley was offered by Kansas this week, according to Garfield coach Bob Sax.

Kansas offensive coordinator Ed Warriner is from Ohio in case you are wondering why the Jayhawks are recruiting this area.

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Prep Talk - March 5

By Dan Published: March 6, 2009

Kenmore, Buchtel, Wadsworth, Hoban and Smithville are just some of the schools mentioned by Akron Beacon Journal sports writers David Lee Morgan, Jr., Jonas Fortune and Michael Beaven in this weeks Prep Talk.

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Revere runner Meyer signs with OSU

By jcfortun Published: March 1, 2009

Revere High School cross country runner Julian Meyer signed a National Letter of Intent to run cross country and track for Ohio State University next year. Meyer, who was undefeated in ten cross country meets last fall before suffering a season ending injury the week before the State Cross Country Meet, was recruited by 95 colleges. He will study business at Ohio State.

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