Barberton High School rising senior Kobie Booker has committed to play football at the University of Akron.
Booker, 18, is 6-foot-1 and 257-pounds. He plays all the defensive line positions, linebacker and tight end for Magics coach Tony Gotto, and has been a starter the past two years as a sophomore and junior.
“Akron is recruiting me to play D-line and linebacker, and the coaches said maybe every once in awhile some fullback on goal line and short yard situations,” Booker said. “I love the opportunity to play at Akron. I want to put on for the city.”
Booker said UA defensive line coach-recruiting coordinator Todd Stroud and safeties coach Mike Woodford were the two coaches he talked with the most recently after receiving a scholarship offer from the Zips. Booker also holds a scholarship offer from the Air Force Academy.To read more or comment...
Garfield High School junior Marcus Kidd plans to stay in his hometown following his decision to commit to play football at the University of Akron.
Kidd, 17, is a 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive and defensive lineman in the fall for Rams coach Bob Sax. Kidd said the Zips recruited him to play offensive tackle.
“I think this is a great opportunity to play for my home team,” Kidd said. “I want to help make them a better team. I am just blessed to have this offer.”
Kidd, who has lettered in football and track and field in the shot put and discus throw, said he saw the Zips football team play last year and likes what the campus has to offer. He has a 3.5 grade-point average and plans to major in business and pursue a career in physical therapy.To read more or comment...
Coventry High School junior Dusty Burkhart has committed to play football at the University of Akron.
Burkhart, 17, is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver and defensive back in the fall for Comets coach Ed Egan. Burkhart said the Zips recruited him to play wide receiver.
“I felt like U of A is the best for place for me because there coaches made me feel like I was wanted,” Burkhart said. “They have a good environment and they really believe in me as an athlete. I felt a lot of trust within the program.”
Burkhart said he has attended UA football games and is friends with current Zips player Devon Jones, who also starred at Coventry.To read more or comment...
Brian Miller has resigned as the Norton Athletic Director, but will remain the Panthers girls basketball coach.
“I want to thank everyone at Norton, in the media and in the athletic arena for all your support over the years,” Miller said Wednesday. “I have enjoyed being the athletic director at Norton and I will continue to support the Panthers. This is an opportunity for me to take a step back and enjoy coaching and teaching and to watch my kids grow up.
“Being the AD takes a lot of dedicated time and effort, and after having discussions with our Superintendent Mr. Dave Dunn and Principal Mr. Ryan Shanor, I feel even better about my decision to step down at this time in my life effective May 31, 2016.”
Miller expressed his thanks to Norton Board of Education members, coaches and employees in the school district.To read more or comment...
Ron Wright is stepping away from his position as football coach at Hudson for the 2016 season, but plans to return to guide the Explorers in 2017.
The Hudson City School District announced Wednesday that Wright is leaving the sidelines “due to personal and family health concerns and commitments.”
Wright has guided Hudson to state semifinal appearances in each of the past two seasons. The Explorers were a Division II state semifinalist in 2015 and finished with an 11-3 record after being a Division I state semifinalist in 2014 and posting a 13-1 record.
Amy White and Ray Ebersole in the Hudson Athletic Department released an email stating that: “The Hudson City School District has tremendous respect for coach Wright and knows that this is a very difficult decision for him. However, he has demonstrated his need to put family first not only in his own life but also in the lives of his players and coaching staff. Coach Wright is an exemplary role model for the Hudson High School football program, and we look forward to his return in 2017-2018.”To read more or comment...
The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that the Division I football playoffs will move from two regions to four regions beginning in 2016 following a 9-0 vote by the OHSAA Board of Directors.
Division I will now have the same format as Divisions II through VII with four regions. Tim Stried of the OHSAA said the decision will place “a greater emphasis on the regional championship games and decrease travel.”
Division I will still have 32 playoff teams out of a field of the 72 largest high schools in Ohio. Each region will have 18 teams.
“Changing Division I to four regions is a great decision for many reasons,” said Beau Rugg, OHSAA Assistant Commissioner and the state’s football administrator.To read more or comment...
High school basketball fans seeking to see a couple more games should head to Malone University on Wednesday night for the 28th annual William Heichel Memorial Plain Rotary All-Star Classic.
Event organizer David Kraft said the basketball classic pits girls’ and boys’ all-star teams inside Osborne Hall. Players from Stark County, Summit County, Portage County and Medina County are scheduled to participate.
The girls’ all-star game will start at 6:30 p.m., and the boys’ all-star game will start at about 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $6 at the door and good for both games. Advanced tickets are available for $5 by contacting Kraft at 330-455-9489. All proceeds go to scholarships for high school students and funding of community projects.To read more or comment...
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School announced Wednesday it has hired Justin “Harry” Lester as its wrestling coach.
Lester, a former Akron resident, is a four-time state champion from 1998-2001 while attending Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
Lester currently resides in Colorado Springs where he is training with the U.S. Army WCAP for the Olympics. He has 10-years of experience competing with Team USA, 2005-2010 and 2011-2016.
“It has always been my passion to give back to wrestling,” Lester said in a prepared statement. “I feel it is my responsibility to give every bit of knowledge of the sport back to any athlete who wants to learn.”To read more or comment...
COLUMBUS: St. Vincent-St. Mary concluded its 2015-2016 boys basketball season as Division II state runner-up Saturday in Columbus.
New Concord John Glenn defeated St. V-M 76-72 before a croewd of 14,643 at Value City Arena inside the Schottenstein Center.
Drew Rackley led John Glenn with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Matt Weir scored 18 points and Tanner Slack scored 15 points.
Jayvon Graves led St. V-M with 18 points and eight rebounds. Henry Baddley scored 16 points and John Williams scored 14 points.To read more or comment...
COLUMBUS: St. Vincent-St. Mary senior Henry Baddley and junior Jayvon Graves turned Thursday’s Division II state semifinal boys basketball game into an impromptu slam dunk contest.
Baddley and Graves each had their hands on the rim multiple times with two hand jams and one hand jams inside Ohio State University’s Value City Arena.
Their explosive leaping ability coupled with depth allowed St. V-M to defeat Cincinnati Aiken 85-68 before a crowd of 7,998 spectators.
St. V-M (26-3) will play in the Division II state final at 2 p.m. Saturday against either New Concord John Glenn or Bay Village Bay, who are scheduled to tip-off at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.To read more or comment...