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Chris Brennan scores 50th goal to become Copley boys soccer all-time leader

By Michael Beaven Published: September 4, 2015

Copley senior Chris Brennan enters the weekend as the all-time leading scorer in Indians boys soccer history after scoring two goals Tuesday in a 9-0 win over visiting Barberton.

Brennan has 50 career goals heading into Saturday’s match at 5 p.m. at Whitehouse Anthony Wayne.

“Chris Brennan is already the most decorated player in Copley High School history,” Indians coach David Antal said. “The fact that he now holds the record for most goals in a career isn’t Earth shattering. It is more of a formality. He is a wonderful young man with an incredible knack for scoring goals. This record only reaffirms Chris as one of the finest soccer players in the history of Copley High School.”

Antal, a 1995 Copley graduate, is second on the list with 49 goals. Skye Harter (2015 graduate, 47 goals), Josh Williams (2006 graduate, 45 goals) Jeremy Sheldon (1997 graduate, 36 goals) and Dan Revesz (2007 graduate, 36 goals) round out the top five.

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High school football: Top Week 2 matchups to keep in mind

By Michael Beaven Published: September 4, 2015

Week of 2 of the high school football season is here.

GlenOak defeated host Massillon on Thursday night.

Here are some top Akron-area matchups on Friday night:

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Twinsburg hires Phil Schmook to be boys basketball coach

By Michael Beaven Published: September 3, 2015

Twinsburg Superintendent Kathryn Powers announced the hiring of Phil Schmook as the Tigers new high school boys basketball coach.

“The Twinsburg Tiger Basketball program is one that is deeply steeped in pride,” Powers said in a prepared statement.

“We recognize that our community members, alumni, students, family and staff want the best for our student-athletes and we want to ensure that our student-athletes display integrity, sportsmanship and loyalty each and every time they step on the court.

“During the interview process, the committee learned exactly what coach Schmook would bring to the Twinsburg Tiger Basketball program. Coach Schmook has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the game combined with his dedication and his vision for the future. We believe Coach Schmook will take the Twinsburg Tiger Basketball program to the next level.”

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Hoban hires Andy Capraruolo as baseball coach, Frank Voss as softball coach

By Michael Beaven Published: September 2, 2015

Archbishop Hoban Athletic Director Joe Beyer announced the hiring of Andy Capraruolo as Hoban’s new baseball coach and Frank Voss as the Knights new softball coach.

Capraruolo takes over the baseball program after Jim Diestel stepped aside following seven seasons as coach with a 112-75 record.

“Coach Capraruolo is a baseball guy through and through,” Beyer said. “He most recently coached at Stow-Munroe Falls High School from 2012-2014. Before that, he was an assistant coach at Kent State University from 2007-2009. He also coached a year at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and has been a head coach for the Lake Erie Bulldogs Baseball Club since 2010.”

Diestel went over 100 wins in 2015 after leading two teams to Columbus. Hoban went 19-9 in 2011 and finished as Division II state runner-up. The 2013 Knights went 20-11 and was a Division II state semifinalist. His teams won two North Coast League Blue Division championships, five sectional titles, two district crowns and two regional titles.

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2015 football - Week 1: Ellet at Springfield

By Michael Beaven Published: August 27, 2015

Ellet at Springfield

7 p.m. Friday.

Ellet players to watch: Jacob Jones, Sr., OT-MLB; Garrett Haverstick, Jr., QB; Cameron Brake, Jr., WR-CB; Marquise Bridges, Jr., TB-LB; Cade Brodie, Jr., C.

Springfield players to watch: Tracy Jordan, Jr., OL-DL; Niko Ballantyne, Sr., OL-DL; Zach Weaver, Jr., QB-DB; Justus Baker, Sr., RB-LB; Zach DiLauro, Soph., RB-LB.

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High school football preview section coming Friday; new league pages up now on

By Published: August 27, 2015


A special section previewing the area high school football season is coming in Friday's Akron Beacon Journal and It includes player features, league previews and team capsules.

To get ready for this high school football season, we've launched new pages on dedicated to the leagues in our coverage area. Check them out here:

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Perry High School hires Rick Rembielak as baseball coach, assistant AD

By Michael Beaven Published: August 27, 2015

Perry High School has its new baseball coach, and his name should be familiar to many people in the Akron and Kent communities.

Rick Rembielak was approved by the Perry Local Schools Board of Education on Thursday to guide the Panthers in baseball and to serve as an Assistant Athletic Director.

Rembielak, 55, recently completed his fourth season as the University of Akron baseball coach, but was seeking a job after UA decided to eliminate the Zips baseball program in a cost cutting move.

“I feel very fortunate obviously getting an opportunity so late in the process,” Rembielak said to the Akron Beacon Journal on Thursday. “School has started already. This was a position they were kicking around. They wanted to instill an Assistant Athletic Director at some point, and I feel very fortunate to get this opportunity.

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2015 Football - Week 1: Canton McKinley at Hoban

By Michael Beaven Published: August 26, 2015

Canton McKinley at Archbishop Hoban

7 p.m. Thursday.

McKinley players to watch: Dominique Robinson, Jr., QB-P; LePear Toles, Sr., WR; Shaquille Perry, Sr., WR; Joe Corner, Jr., DE; Reggie Corner, Jr., LB.

Hoban players to watch: Todd Sibley, Jr., RB; Danny Clark, Jr., QB; Jonah Morris, Sr., WR-LB-DB; Jacob Kepler, Sr., OL; Dane Kersh, Sr., LB.

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Akron native Tyrell Sutton helps rush Montreal to CFL win

By Michael Beaven Published: August 21, 2015

Akron native Tyrell Sutton, 28, continues to have success in the Canadian Football League as he helped the Montreal Alouettes defeat the host British Columbia Lions 23-13 Thursday night at BC Place in Vancouver.

Sutton, a graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School and Northwestern University, rushed for 111 yards on 14 carries and had four receptions for 43 yards. He caught a 2-point conversion pass from reserve quarterback Tanner Marsh to help the Alouettes beat the Lions on their field for only the second time in the past 15 meetings.

Montreal starting quarterback Rakeem Cato, a Marshall University product, completed 16-of-19 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown.

Sutton’s 111 rushing yards is not quite his best performance as a pro. He rushed for 135 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown last season on Nov. 2 when the host Montreal Alouettes defeated the Toronto Argonauts 17-14.

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Hoban's Joe Lutz steps down with over 20 years of track & field coaching experience

By Michael Beaven Published: August 19, 2015

Archbishop Hoban High School girls track and field coach Joe Lutz has decided to retire.

Lutz, a 1966 Hoban graduate, is stepping down after coaching for over 20 years.

During his time at Hoban, Lutz was a seven time North Coast League Coach of the Year and he coached six individual state champions.

“Coach Lutz was so generous to so many of his athletes in ways most people do not realize,” said Michael Del Medico, Hoban’s former Athletic Director who is now the school’s Vice President of Planning and Advancement.

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