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Buchtel senior Derrick Harvey Jr. commits to play football at SSU

By Michael Beaven Published: February 1, 2016

Buchtel senior Derrick Harvey Jr. has committed to play football on scholarship at Savannah State University.

Harvey, 18, helped guide Buchtel to a 9-2 record this past season. The Griffins went 6-0 in the regular season against City Series foes to win the percentage title and then topped East in the City Series postseason final game.

Harvey contributed as a wide receiver and defensive back for Buchtel coach Ricky Powers.

Harvey said Savannah State intends to play him on offense as a wide receiver.

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Archbishop Hoban senior Tyler Gilchrist commits to play football at the University of Akron

By Michael Beaven Published: January 28, 2016

Archbishop Hoban High School senior Tyler Gilchrist has committed to play football at the University of Akron.

Gilchrist, an Akron resident, helped guide the Hoban Knights to a 14-1 overall record in 2015 and a win over Toledo Central Catholic in the Division III state championship game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

“I just want to say thank you to all the teams that invested their time into me,” Gilchrist wrote on his public Twitter account.

“It has been a blessing to be able to have the opportunities that I’ve had. With that said I have decided to further my education and athletics at The University of Akron. I truly feel this is the best decision for me, and I believe Akron is going to give me the best opportunity to be successful. Thank you everyone who believed in me along the way.”

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State football finals set to return to Canton in 2017 & 2018

By Michael Beaven Published: January 28, 2016

The state football championships are set to return to Northeast Ohio in 2017 and 2018.

OHSAA Commissioner Dan Ross announced Thursday morning in Columbus that the tentative plan is to bring the state football finals back to Stark County. The games have been played at Ohio Stadium the past two years, and will take place in Columbus in 2016.

“The plan is for 2017 and 2018, we’ll be back in Stark County and then back here [in Columbus] in 19 and 20,” Ross told the Canton Repository. “The contract for both of those is not finished yet, but we are in the process of doing that.”

Ross said that Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton (formerly Fawcett Stadium) will be the host venue for all seven games, barring any construction complications.

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OHSAA announces plan to implement competitive balance in 2017-2018 school year

By Michael Beaven Published: January 28, 2016

The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s competitive balance plan will begin a year later than originally expected.

Member schools passed the plan through referendum vote in May 2014, and initially the OHSAA planned to collect roster data during the current 2015-2016 school year and begin the plan during the 2016-2017 school year.

OHSAA Commissioner Dr. Dan Ross announced Thursday that competitive balance will commence during the 2017-2018 school year. Activating the plan in the fall of 2017 will coincide with the start of the OHSAA’s next two-year enrollment cycle, and will also allow for additional time to test the roster data collection software.

“Waiting to implement competitive balance with the next two-year cycle makes sense and will give us more time to test the software and train our schools,” Ross said in a statement.

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Archbishop Hoban senior Jonah Morris commits to play football at Indiana University

By Michael Beaven Published: January 25, 2016

Archbishop Hoban High School senior Jonah Morris has committed to play football on scholarship at Indiana University.

Morris, an Akron resident who is 6-foot-4 and 196-pounds, helped guide the Hoban Knights to a 14-1 overall record in 2015 and a win over Toledo Central Catholic in the Division III state championship game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

“I want to thank God, my family and all the colleges that believe in me and gave me a chance to play for their university,” Morris wrote on his public Twitter account.

“I have finally come across the school that’s best for me, and I feel I have the best chance to achieve my ultimate goal of making it to the NFL a lot sooner, as well as receiving a great degree. I will be joining the No. 1 [ranked] passing offense in the Big Ten.”

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East’s Jemarulin Suggs & Deandre Brimage commit to play football at the University of Akron

By Michael Beaven Published: January 21, 2016

East juniors Jemarulin Suggs and Deandre Brimage have decided to stay in their hometown for college, after both committed to play football at the University of Akron.

Suggs and Brimage are both members of East’s boys basketball team currently under coach Murray L. Hooten III, but their best sport is football.

“I think this is a great opportunity for them,” East football coach Marques Hayes said. “Those guys are extremely hard workers. They have put the time in and they have been patient with the recruiting process. They have talked to numerous schools and both like the University of Akron. They saw what the school is doing and they both said they want to make sure they can help put their own city on the map.”

Hayes, who played football at UA after growing up in Flint, Mich., just completed his fourth season as East’s coach.

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State champion Hoban football players transition to winter sport

By Michael Beaven Published: December 18, 2015

Several members of the Division III state championship Archbishop Hoban football team are on a Knights winter sports team.

Hoban Athletic Director Joe Beyer said senior Anthony Christian and sophomores Garrett Houser, Nate Bauer and Jake Saus are on the varsity basketball team. The varsity wrestling team includes senior Nicholas Lewis, juniors Blake Bishop, Ean Tucker and John Bozzelli and sophomores Kentrell Stovall, Cade Thomas and DaViaun Pete.

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Walsh's dynamic duo in swimming continues to succeed

By Michael Beaven Published: December 18, 2015

Walsh Jesuit juniors Hanna Gresser and Carly Hart each put together solid performances at the Ned Reeb Invitational in Columbus this past Saturday.

Coach Wally Lutkus said each girl swam on the 200-yard medley relay that placed first in 1:47.47, and both took part in the 400-yard freestyle relay that was fifth in 3:39.65.

Gresser led off the 200 medley relay in a backstroke split time of 26.22 seconds, won the 100 butterfly with a meet record time of 56.32, was second in the 100 backstroke in 56.50 and anchored the 400 freestyle relay with a split of 52.16.

Hart swam the breastroke leg of the 200 medley relay and clocked a 28.97 seconds, finished sixth in the 200 individual medley in 2:09.71, placed first in a meet record time of 1:03.37 in the 100 breast stroke and posted a split of 55.16 in the 100 freestyle.

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56th North Canton Holiday Wrestling Invitational this weekend at Hoover

By Michael Beaven Published: December 18, 2015

The 56th North Canton Holiday Wrestling Invitational is this weekend at Hoover High School. Area schools scheduled to compete include CVCA, Green, Highland, Hoover, Jackson, Lake, Louisville, Marlington, Minerva, Northwest, Tuslaw and Wadsworth.

SCHEDULE

Wrestling begins Friday at 5 p.m. with preliminary rounds.

Saturday features more prelim rounds at 9:30 a.m., the semifinals at approximately 11:30 a.m., the parade of champions at 5:45 p.m. and the finals at 6 p.m.

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12th annual Canton City Schools Christmas Invitational is Saturday

By Michael Beaven Published: December 18, 2015

The 12th annual Canton City Schools Christmas Invitational is Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Area schools scheduled to compete include Alliance, Aurora, Brecksville, Brunswick, Canton McKinley, Chippewa, Copley, CCC, CVCA, Cuyahoga Falls, Firestone, GlenOak, Green, Highland, Hoover, Hudson, Medina, Hoover, Orrville, Perry, Revere, Stow, Twinsburg, Wadsworth, WRA and Wooster.

SCHEDULE

The swimming preliminary heats start at 8 a.m.

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