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Gridlocks Playoff Edition Week 4

By jim Published: November 26, 2009

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Revere's Galbraith headed to CSU

By mikeb Published: November 25, 2009

Revere senior John Galbraith recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and baseball careers at Cleveland State University.

Galbraith, a 6-foot-2 and 185-pound shortstop/third baseman, is a two-time All-Suburban League performer (2008 second team and 2009 honorable mention). He hit .381 with 17 RBI as a junior and hit .356 with 12 doubles and 23 RBI as a sophomore.

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Report: Kent State receives another commitment

By mdyer Published: November 25, 2009

ESPN.com is also reporting today that Lebanon senior defensive lineman Elias Sayre has orally committed to play football at Kent State.

Sayre, who is 6-5 and 260 pounds, also had an offer from Air Force.

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Report: Reynoldsburg DL commits to Kent State

By mdyer Published: November 25, 2009

ESPN.com is reporting Reynoldsburg senior DL Roosevelt Nix (5-10, 240) has orally committed to play at Kent State. The Web site said Nix also had offers from Air Force, Ball State and Eastern Michigan.

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Walsh Jesuit juniors receiving college interest

By mdyer Published: November 25, 2009

Walsh Jesuit juniors - QB Connor Cook and OL-DL Adam Redmond - are receiving Division I college interest, according to Walsh coach Gerry Rardin.

Walsh finished 5-4 this past season.

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Report: Pitt offers Reed

By mdyer Published: November 25, 2009

Canton Timken junior tight end Rakim Reed has reportedly been offered by Pittsburgh, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

It is the first offer for Reed, who is 6 feet 4 and 205 pounds.

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Gulley to visit Central Michigan in December

By mdyer Published: November 24, 2009

Garfield senior RB Tyson Gulley will visit Central Michigan in December, according to Garfield coach Bob Sax.

Gulley took an official visit to Syracuse last weekend.

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Four area football teams play tonight

By mikeb Published: November 21, 2009

Here is a schedule and notes for tonight’s football games that involve area high schools:

(All games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.)

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Walsh's Berry headed to Dayton for baseball

By mikeb Published: November 21, 2009

Walsh Jesuit senior Ryan Berry, 18, has accepted an academic and baseball scholarship from the University of Dayton.

Berry, a 6-foot, 215-pound first baseman, helped the Warriors win the 2008 Division II state championship as a sophomore. As a junior last season, he helped Walsh to a Division II state runner-up finish.

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Walsh's Caponi to play baseball at Duquesne

By mikeb Published: November 21, 2009

Walsh Jesuit senior Marco Caponi, 17, has accepted an academic and baseball scholarship from Duquesne University.

Caponi, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound shortstop/second baseman, helped the Warriors win the 2008 Division II state championship as a sophomore. As a junior last season, he helped Walsh to a Division II state runner-up finish.

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Carroll to coach Firestone girls track & bowling

By mikeb Published: November 21, 2009

Tim Carroll, 27, was recently named the coach for girls track and field and girls bowling at Firestone High School.

Carroll is a graduate of Firestone and the University of Akron. He has been an assistant coach at Firestone for the past four years for the boys track and field and cross-country teams.

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Twinsburg's Dufour picks Cleveland State for baseball

By mikeb Published: November 21, 2009

Twinsburg senior Frank Dufour III has committed to continue his academic and baseball careers at Cleveland State University.

Dufour, 6-foot-3 and 210-pounds, is a right-handed utility player. He batted .286 last season for the Tigers and posted a 1-0 pitching record with one save.

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Twinsburg's Harris play basketball for Miami U

By mikeb Published: November 21, 2009

Twinsburg senior Jon Harris signed a letter of intent to continue his academic and basketball careers at Miami University in Oxford.

Harris earned a full scholarship to play basketball for the RedHawks after scoring 261 points in 19 games last season. He also grabbed 168 rebounds and made 51 percent of his shots from the field and 73 percent of his free throws.

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Waterloo's Pusateri to play baseball at UA

By mikeb Published: November 21, 2009

Waterloo senior Jon Pusateri has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Akron beginning in the fall of 2010.

Pusateri, a right-handed pitcher, earned All-Portage Trail Conference County Division honors during his sophomore and junior seasons for the Vikings. He struck out 53 batters in 45 innings as a junior and compiled a 5-0 record for a Vikings team that won a school-record 21 games as a sophomore in 2008.

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Bowling season starts today

By mdyer Published: November 20, 2009

Boys and girls bowling teams are allowed to begin the season today across the state.

Teams were allowed to start practice and hold their first scrimmages on Nov. 13.

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Report: Kent Roosevelt player signs with Bowling Green

By mdyer Published: November 18, 2009

Kent Roosevelt senior forward Cameron Black II has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Bowling Green, according to Cleveland.com.

The report said Black averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4.5 blocks last season.

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Gridlocks: Playoffs Week 3

By Dan Published: November 18, 2009

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Gulley to visit Syracuse this weekend

By mdyer Published: November 17, 2009

Garfield senior RB Tyson Gulley will take an unofficial visit to Syracuse this weekend, according to Garfield coach Bob Sax.

Gulley is considering a visit to Central Michigan next week.

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Kent State offers defensive end

By mdyer Published: November 17, 2009

Kent State offered a scholarship to Middletown senior defensive end Rashad Frazier (6-6, 225) on Monday night, according to Cincinnati.com.

Frazier also has offers from Bowling Green and Miami University.

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Top AP Poll football teams out in Division I and II

By izzy Published: November 16, 2009

The top Division I and II  teams in the final Associated Press Football Poll, which is voted on by sports writers and broadcasters, have been sent home after the first two weeks of  the playoffs.

In Division I, three of the top five teams are gone - No. 1 St. Ignatius, No. 4 and 5 Cincinnati St. Xavier and Cincinnati Moeller.

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Canton McKinley among teams to watch

By mdyer Published: November 16, 2009

The Canton McKinley girls' basketball team is ranked No. 4 in the Ohio Girls' Basketball Report Super 10 preseason rankings. The Bulldogs are the third Division I team behind Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame and Toledo Start.

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Cincinnati-area forward signs with Kent State

By mdyer Published: November 16, 2009

Aiken senior forward Kenny Knight (6-7, 225 pounds) has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Kent State.

Aiken is in the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference. The school is planning a signing ceremony this morning.

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Playoffs take wild turns

By izzy Published: November 15, 2009

The best prediction I made all year was on SportsTime Ohio's high school football playoff preview. I said this would be the wildest playoff year ever and there is plenty of evidence to back it.

*Four No. 8 seeds remain as we head to the regional finals, including Canton McKinley. And who would think that McKinley and Massillon would meet again in the regional final after Week 8 when the Bulldogs were 4-4? 

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Woodridge confident, ready to play Girard

By mikeb Published: November 14, 2009

The Woodridge High School football will play its second state playoff game in the history of the program at 7 p.m. tonight against undefeated Girard at Lake High School.

The Bulldogs defeated host Martins Ferry 49-28 this past week in a Division IV, Region 13 quarterfinal matchup.

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Practice field at Buchtel is a big issue

By izzy Published: November 12, 2009

The Akron school board has a problem.  The school district wants to build the new Buchtel High School on the site of its practice and softball fields which allows students to stay in the current high school building until the new one is completed.

The problem is members of the community want the field saved.

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Twinsburg's Southworth headed to Appalachian State

By izzy Published: November 12, 2009

Twinsburg basketball player Hillary Southworth has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Twinsburg coach Julie Solis.  The senior transferred from Regina High School in South Euclid last season to play for the Tigers.

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Walsh Jesuit’s Taylor Koenig commits to Georgetown

By jcfortun Published: November 11, 2009

Here is the press release:

Walsh Jesuit’s Taylor Koenig commits to Georgetown

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Cloverleaf's Forsythe picks American University

By jcfortun Published: November 11, 2009

Cloverleaf Senior basketball player Brooke Forsythe has signed a letter of intent in the early signing period to continue her academic and athletic career at Division I American University.

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Gridlocks: Week 2 Playoff Edition

By jim Published: November 11, 2009

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Twinsburg likes chances, but warns offense needs to deliver

By izzy Published: November 11, 2009

In the Division I, Region 2 battle of the Tigers, Twinsburg coach Mark Solis is realistic about his team's chances of beating Massillon in the regional semifinal on Saturday.

"We had five turnovers against Brunswick and still win . I like our chances if we have ball security. But if we don't play well on offense, Massillon will smoke us," Solis said.

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Report: Walsh baseball player commits

By mdyer Published: November 10, 2009

Walsh Jesuit baseball player Marco Caponi has reportedly made a commitment to play at Duquesne, according to JJHuddle.com's Ohio High Magazine.

The Web site said Caponi is the fourth Walsh player to commit from the 2010 class.

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Report: Grant visited Michigan State

By mdyer Published: November 10, 2009

St. Vincent-St. Mary junior CB Doran Grant reportedly took an unofficial visit to Michigan State last weekend, according to Rivals.com. Grant is one of the state's top players in the 2011 class. He has several Division I offers.

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Louisville's Bobby Swigert headed to Boston College

By mikeb Published: November 10, 2009

Louisville senior Bobby Swigert has orally committed to continue his academic, football and baseball careers at Boston College.

Boston College recruited Swigert to play wide receiver in football and shortstop in baseball, Louisville football coach Paul Farrah said.

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Tyrell Sutton makes NFL debut

By mikeb Published: November 10, 2009

Akron native Tyrell Sutton made his NFL debut Sunday with the Carolina Panthers.

Sutton, a graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School and Northwestern University, rushed for 15 yards on three carries and had one reception for 11 yards as a starter at fullback. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Panthers 30-20 in the game played at the Louisiana Superdome.

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Walsh Jesuit's Caponi commits to Duquesne

By jcfortun Published: November 9, 2009

Walsh Jesuit’s Marco Caponi, 17, has accepted academic and athletic scholarships to Duquesne University, where he will play NCAA Division I baseball for Head Coach Mike Wilson.

When Caponi signs a National Letter of Intent this week, he will become the fourth member of the Class of 2010 to advance to collegiate baseball and the 39th Walsh Jesuit baseball player in the last 14 years to advance to the Division I level.

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Football playoffs - anybody surprised?

By izzy Published: November 9, 2009

After Week One of the five weeks of football playoffs, here are my observations looking back and moving ahead.

*The Federal League rematch of Canton McKinley and Canton GlenOak will be a different game. The Bulldogs were the eight seed going into top seeded Toledo Whitmer and demolished the Glass City bunch, which did not surprise me, McKinley has found its swagger and I expect them to beat GlenOak this time.

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Wrestling, bowling teams prepare for season

By mdyer Published: November 6, 2009

The official start of practice for bowling and wrestling teams happens next week across the state. Wrestling and bowling teams can begin practice Nov. 13.

Bowling can start the regular season Nov. 20, while wrestling can begin Dec. 4.

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Garfield football team looking ahead to 2010

By mdyer Published: November 6, 2009

The Garfield football team finished with a 6-4 record this season and coach Bob Sax said the Rams are looking forward to 2010.

"We lose four starters from this year's team, so we are really excited about next year," Sax said. "But we need to have a good offseason and continue to come together as a team."

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Report: Swigert visited Boston College last week

By mdyer Published: November 6, 2009

Rivals.com is reporting that Louisville senior WR Bobby Swigert (6-1, 175) visited Boston College last weekend. The Web site said Swigert plans to make a college decision sometime soon.

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Zips showing interest in Cincinnati basketball player

By mdyer Published: November 6, 2009

Cincinnati Aiken 6-foot-2 sophomore guard William Moore is getting interest from Akron, Kent State, Xavier and West Virginia, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Moore has been offered by Ohio University.

Aiken senior 6-1 point guard Kenny Knight made an oral commitment to Kent State earlier this year.

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26 local schools set for Week 1 of football playoffs

By mikeb Published: November 6, 2009

OHSAA Regional Quarterfinal Football Pairings (Local Teams Only)

Friday Night Games (All games start at 7:30 p.m.)

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Video: Gridlocks Playoff Edition

By Dan Published: November 6, 2009

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Ohio State softball clinic

By mdyer Published: November 5, 2009

The Ohio State softball fastpitch winter clinic will be Jan. 23-24 in Columbus. The clinic will be held at the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility. More info at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

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By izzy Published: November 5, 2009

Here are my thoughts on this week's playoff games:

*The best games - North Canton Hoover at Massillon in Division I and Ravenna at Lake Catholic in Division II.

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Boys' basketball practice starts Friday

By mdyer Published: November 4, 2009

Area boys' basketball teams can start practice on Friday, per OHSAA rules. Girls' basketball practice started Oct. 30.

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The day McKinley rose up and ended Hudson's playoff hopes

By izzy Published: November 4, 2009

When you are a writer, you see things from different angles than the public, particularly fans that follow one high school team.

On Saturday, Canton McKinley defeated Massillon, 35-21, which is always special in and of itself. Here were the Bulldogs, a team that had blown a 34-2 lead two weeks earlier in a 38-34 loss to North Canton Hoover, reaching the playoffs on third level points.

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26 area teams make high school state football playoffs

By mikeb Published: November 1, 2009

Here is a look at the 26 area high school football teams that qualified for the state playoffs after 10 weeks of regular season play, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association computer ratings.

The top eight teams in each region are in the regional quarterfinals. Local schools that qualified are listed by division and region.

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