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APS announces Mitchell as Firestone football coach; Fuller thanks Flossie for service

By Michael Beaven Published: March 31, 2015

Members of the Akron Public Schools Board of Education approved the hiring of Eric Mitchell to be the Firestone High School football coach Monday at a regular meeting.

“I am really excited about the opportunity,” said Mitchell, a physical education teacher at Shaker Heights Middle School. “This is one of the jobs I have interviewed for before, and I have been eyeing this one for quite some time. I think that Firestone has great, quality kids in the building, and I think that with these student-athletes we can implement our offense and defense quickly to where they can learn it fast and play it fast.”

Mitchell, 48, is a 1984 graduate of Garfield High School where he played defensive back and running back under now retired coach Bill McGee. Garfield won City Series championships in 1982 and 1983, and was Division I state runner-up in 1983 following a semifinal win over Mentor Lake Catholic and a final loss to Cincinnati Princeton.

Mitchell played defensive back and returned punts and kickoffs at Glenville State College in West Virginia until graduating in 1989.

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Jackson senior Tyler Dunn commits to play basketball at the University of Akron

By Michael Beaven Published: March 28, 2015

Jackson High School senior Tyler Dunn has decided to stay close to home and pursue an opportunity to play basketball at the University of Akron.

Dunn, a 6-foot and 180-pound point guard, committed to play at Walsh University in October before changing his mind and selecting to go to UA as a preferred walk-on.

“When I made the decision to reopen my recruitment I was looking for a place that will give me more of a challenge,” Dunn said. “Akron is my dream school and I pretty much grew up there with my dad.”

Dunn’s father is Joe Dunn, a radio broadcaster who announces UA football and men’s basketball games with Steve French.

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Akron Public Schools set to hire Eric Mitchell as Firestone football coach

By Michael Beaven Published: March 24, 2015

The Firestone football team has a new coach and his name is Eric Mitchell.

Ron Linger, the Akron Public Schools Interim Program Manager of Interscholastic Athletics, confirmed Tuesday that Mitchell will lead the Falcons football team in 2015.

“Eric Mitchell has been hired, pending board of approval at the March 30th meeting,” Linger said. “His background check is complete. His coaching resume is outstanding being at the different places he has been, Brush, Warrensville Heights and Lutheran East. He also has experience as a track and field coach at Firestone and he is a community person within the Firestone community. He is well-known and respected within the Firestone community.”

Linger described Mitchell as a “well-rounded guy” who has also coached girls basketball.

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Garfield's Jatairis Grant intrigues colleges with ability, earns offers

By Michael Beaven Published: March 24, 2015

Garfield junior two-way player Jatairis Grant has received scholarship offers from Kent State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Miami (Ohio), Toledo and James Madison.

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Nordonia's Terek Zingale holds four scholarship offers

By Michael Beaven Published: March 24, 2015

Ohio University has offered a scholarship to Nordonia junior offensive tackle Terek Zingale.

Zingale also has offers from Akron, Bowling Green and Toledo after helping Nordonia win the 2014 Suburban League championship and finish as state runner-up in Division II.

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Walsh’s Jack Wohlabaugh holds over a dozen scholarship offers, including one from Michigan

By Michael Beaven Published: March 24, 2015

Michigan is the latest college to offer a scholarship to Walsh Jesuit junior offensive guard Jack Wohlabaugh.

Wohlabaugh helped Walsh reach the Division II playoffs in 2014. He also has offers from the University of Akron, Boston College, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Kent State, Kentucky, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota, Purdue, Syracuse, Toledo and Western Michigan.

His father, Dave Wohlabaugh, is a retired NFL offensive lineman who played for the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams. He played in college at Syracuse.

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Michigan joins Ohio State, Kentucky & Akron in offering Hoban's Sibley a scholarship

By Michael Beaven Published: March 23, 2015

Archbishop Hoban sophomore running back Todd Sibley Jr. has received a football scholarship offer from the University of Michigan.

This is the fourth offer for Sibley. Ohio State, Kentucky and Akron were the first three colleges to offer Sibley a scholarship.

OSU beat Michigan and Wisconsin to end December as Big Ten champions, and then won the national title in January following a semifinal win over Alabama and a final win over Oregon.

Sibley rushed 190 times as a sophomore for 1,576 yards and 17 touchdowns. He averaged 8.29 yards per carry.

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State wrestling update: 13 Akron-area wrestlers ready to compete for title tonight

By Michael Beaven Published: March 14, 2015

COLUMBUS: The following Akron-area wrestlers have advanced to Saturday night’s final round of the state tournament at Ohio State University’s Value City Arena.

Each of these wrestlers won a first round match Thursday and then triumphed in quarterfinal and semifinal matches Friday to reach a state championship match.

The final round for Division I, II and III is scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

DIVISION I

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Several Akron-area wrestlers advance to state semifinals

By Michael Beaven Published: March 13, 2015

COLUMBUS: The following Akron-area wrestlers have advanced to Friday night’s semifinal round of the state tournament at Ohio State University’s Value City Arena.

Each of these wrestlers won a first round match Thursday and then triumphed in a quarterfinal match Friday. They are all two wins shy of winning a state championship.

The semifinal round for Division I, II and III is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The championship matches are set to start at 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

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Canton McKinley selects Dan Reardon to coach football

By Michael Beaven Published: March 12, 2015

Canton McKinley High School has named Dan Reardon as its football coach.

Reardon coach Youngstown Ursuline High School’s football team from 2004-2011 and compiled a record of 53-6. He guided Ursuline to state championships in 2008, 2009, and 2010, and was named the Paul Brown-National Football Foundation Coach of the Year, the first in Ohio history to win three years in a row.

He has been coaching in Colorado since 2012, according to a press release from McKinley.

“Dan Reardon wants to be here at Canton McKinley and he will play a highly important role in uniting our two high school programs,” Superintendent Adrian Allison said Thursday in a press release. “Most importantly, he understands that when we say ‘student-athlete,’ the role of student comes first.”

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