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Kent Roosevelt names Tim King football coach

By Michael Beaven Published: May 30, 2014

Kent Roosevelt High School announced on Friday the hiring of Tim King to be the Rough Riders head football coach.

The announcement is pending approval by the Board of Education in June.

King takes over for longtime coach John Nemec, who recently resigned and accepted a position with the University of Akron football team as Director of Player of Personnel on Terry Bowden’s staff.

King is a former position coach and defensive coordinator with Kent Roosevelt and has also coached at the college level as a defensive backs and outside linebacker coach for John Carroll University, where he attended during his playing career. King was a three-time lettermen and two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference player.

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Hudson beats Aurora 4-1 in a Division I baseball regional semifinal

By Michael Beaven Published: May 29, 2014

The eighth continues to be the winning inning for the Hudson baseball team.

Hudson scored three runs in the eighth Thursday to defeat Aurora 4-1 in a Canton Division I regional semifinal at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium.

The Explorers three-run eighth comes a week after a five-run eighth in an 8-3 victory over Walsh Jesuit in a district final.

“It is better late than never,” Hudson coach Buddy Dice said with a smile.

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Jackson tops Mentor 3-2 in Division I regional semifinal baseball game

By Michael Beaven Published: May 29, 2014

Jackson (23-5) denied Mentor (17-8) of a steal of home plate in the seventh inning to preserve a 3-2 win Thursday night in a Division I regional semifinal baseball game at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium.

Jackson senior left-hander Tim Turner earned his first save by getting the final two outs, which included tossing out sophomore Andrew Valeri attempting to steal home on a double-steal with one out where junior Tyler Thompson went from first to second.

“Hudson beat us on that earlier in the season, so we worked on it a little bit,” Turner said. “I just saw my first baseman [senior Brennan Dingler] pointing at home and I kept my composure and got the ball down to [senior catcher AJ Kloehn] who put the tag on him.

“It was a huge risk. It was shocking.”

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Audley McGill set to coach Garfield boys basketball team, leave Firestone girls team

By Michael Beaven Published: May 27, 2014

Audley McGill is returning to his alma mater, Garfield, to coach the Golden Rams boys basketball team.

Joe Howard, the Akron Public Schools Program Manager of Interscholastic Athletics, said Monday that McGill is leaving the Firestone girls basketball team after serving as the Falcons coach from the 1999-2000 season to the present.

“At Firestone he took over a very successful program under Jill Hanigofsky and continued it,” Howard said. “He has always been very successful in the City Series, and he wants to take that a step forward at Garfield, which is his alma mater. As he has stated, he wants to re-instill that Ram Pride.”

McGill, a 1986 graduate of Garfield, guided the Firestone girls team this past year to the City Series regular season title and a runner-up finish to Kenmore in the one-game final.

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Top area boys tennis players set to compete in district tournaments

By Michael Beaven Published: May 22, 2014

The district boys tennis tournaments are set for this weekend and several area players are in the mix to earn a spot at the state tournament the following weekend in Columbus.

Here is a quick look at the area players who will be playing:

DIVISION I - At Oberlin College in Oberlin

Competition starts on Thursday at 9 a.m. and on Saturday at 9 a.m.

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Norton, Springfield ready for Division II district baseball games in Canton

By Michael Beaven Published: May 21, 2014

Norton and Springfield have taken different routes to reach Thursday’s Division II district semifinal baseball games at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium in Canton.

Norton (13-4) is the No. 1 seed and will meet No. 4 Canton South at 2 p.m.

Springfield (10-11) is the No. 8 seed and will meet No. 6 Alliance at 5 p.m.

The winning teams will play in the district final at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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OHSAA adopts new football point differential rule that allows clock to run

By Michael Beaven Published: May 21, 2014

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors is adopting a rule that many other states also utilize in lopsided football games.

Starting this upcoming season, if a team is ahead by 30 points or more in the second half of a game than a running clock will take place.

“First and foremost, this was proposed out of concern for player safety,” said Beau Rugg, the OHSAA’s assistant commissioner in charge of football, wrestling and all officiating.

“Lopsided games aren’t good for anybody. The risk of injury goes up and it can be a tense situation for coaches and players. The length of games is also a topic of conversation at the national level. This is just the right thing to do.”

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Baldwin Wallace baseball team ready for NCAA Division III World Series

By Michael Beaven Published: May 20, 2014

The Baldwin Wallace University baseball team will play in its first NCAA Division III World Series at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin.

BWU will meet Emory (Ga.) University on Friday at 2:15 p.m.

BWU has a school-record 29 victories and 18 losses under coach Brian Harrison. The Yellow Jackets tied for fourth during the OAC regular season and finished second at the OAC Tournament. They won last weekend’s NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional with victories over Misericordia (Pa.), Haverford (Pa.), Susquehanna (Pa.) and Wesleyan (Conn.) in Moosic, Pa.

Junior Kyle Chontos is BWU’s top hitter with a .380 average, five home runs, 49 RBI and 45 runs. Chontos, sophomore Mark Zimmerman (Green), senior Brad Gugliotta (Twinsburg) and sophomore Hunter Handel (Green) earned first-team All-OAC honors.

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OHSAA members approve 14 referendum issues, including competitive balance proposal

By Michael Beaven Published: May 16, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio High School Athletic Association member schools passed 14 proposed Constitution and Bylaw revisions, Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D., announced Friday following ballot counting.

One item, regarding a proposed Constitution revision that would make it mandatory for schools to return a ballot, is a virtual tie and will be recounted next week. The OHSAA’s annual referendum voting period is from May 1-15, with approved items going into effect August 1 unless otherwise noted.

After a total of 820 ballots were mailed in late April, 737 were returned for a voter turnout of 90 percent. Only 83 member schools did not return a ballot.

Highlighting the referendum voting was approval of a Competitive Balance Plan that makes modifications on how schools are placed in tournament divisions in team sports. The plan, approved by the membership after three similar proposals were narrowly defeated between 2011 and 2013, passed 411 votes to 323 votes (56 percent to 44 percent, with three ballots abstaining). It will become effective during the 2016-2017 school year.

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Akron Public Schools sets spring athletic championship dates

By Michael Beaven Published: May 15, 2014

Consistent rain this week has changed many schools schedules, including members of the the City Series.

Joe Howard, the Akron Public Schools Program Manager of Interscholastic Athletics, announced the following City Series championship dates:

The track and field championship meet will be held today (Friday) as planned at Ellet High School. The field events start at 4 p.m., running preliminaries start at 5 p.m. and running finals start at 6 p.m. The Buchtel, East, Ellet, Firestone, Garfield, Kenmore and North girls and boys teams will be competing.

The tennis championship has been moved to Monday (May 19) at Hyre Park Courts. Matches will start at 2 p.m. The Ellet, Firestone, Garfield, Kenmore and North boys teams will be competing.

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Coventry senior Devin Elekes commits to Ashland for baseball

By Michael Beaven Published: May 15, 2014

Coventry senior Devin Elekes has a signed a letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic careers at Ashland University as a member of the baseball team.

“Baseball isn’t just a game; it’s a way of life,” Elekes said. “I am very excited to play for Ashland at the collegiate level.”

Elekes has contributed to the Comets baseball program for four years as a hitter and pitcher for coach Wilmer Caraballo.

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A look at area teams in state baseball rankings

By Michael Beaven Published: May 15, 2014

The Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association has Walsh Jesuit No. 1 in the latest Division I state rankings.

Walsh is also ranked No. 6 in the nation in the CBS MaxPreps Xcellent 50 rankings.

Hudson is sixth in the Division I state poll, Jackson is seventh and Wadsworth is 16th.

In the Division II state poll, Woodridge is No. 5.

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A look at area teams in state softball rankings

By Michael Beaven Published: May 15, 2014

The Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association released its state rankings and North Canton Hoover is No. 2 behind Lebanon in Division I.

Hoover has won three Division I state titles in a row.

Brecksville-Broadview Heights is fourth in Division I and Walsh is ninth.

Tallmadge is No. 10 in the Division II poll and Windham is No. 8 in the Division IV poll.

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Two area teams in state tennis rankings

By Michael Beaven Published: May 15, 2014

Jackson and Copley are the only ranked tennis teams in the latest Ohio Tennis Coaches Association state poll.

Jackson is No. 7 in Division I and Copley is No. 9.

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College recruiters keep tabs on Buchtel, Firestone football players

By Michael Beaven Published: May 15, 2014

Buchtel and Firestone will continue their friendly rivalry Friday in the City Series track and field championships at Ellet.

And they will continue it in football and several other sports next year too.

The Griffins and Falcons both feature several talented players that college football coaches and recruiters will keep tabs on in 2014.

Buchtel coach Ricky Powers said Deric Rucker, Tavaris Bushner, Terrance Gainer, Brandon Dixon and Marquis Sims are seniors-to-be who are receiving interest from colleges.

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Two St. V-M seniors select colleges for golf

By Michael Beaven Published: May 15, 2014

St. Vincent-St. Mary girls golf coach John H. Noethen announced two seniors will continue their academic and athletic careers at the college level.

The two golfers are Emily Roberts and Lexi Chisholm. Roberts has committed to play at Capital University and Chisholm has committed to the University of Mount Union.

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Walsh Jesuit ready to break ground on $1.5 million athletic project

By Michael Beaven Published: May 15, 2014

Walsh Jesuit High School will break ground on a $1.5 million turf and track project on May 23 at 2 p.m. at Conway Memorial Stadium.

The renovations will include a state-of-the-art synthetic turf field for the football team, an all-weather polyurethane 400-meter track and new field and meet equipment.

The football field will be named in honor of benefactors and alumni parents, Ron and Nancy Marhofer, and the track will be named in honor of benefactors and alumni parents, Marilyn and John Volpe.

Walsh Jesuit alumni Chris Scala (class of 1975) and Lou Ciraldo (class of 1971) provided project oversight and alum, Chris Wynn (class of 1979) donated many hours in design for the new complex.

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Coventry senior Jimmy Holmgren commits to Mount Union to play basketball

By Michael Beaven Published: May 14, 2014

Coventry senior basketball player Jimmy Holmgren has committed to attend Mount Union and continue his career.

Holmgren, a 6-foot-1 and 160-pound guard, played three years on the Comets varsity team and was a two-year starter.

“I am real excited about going to Mount Union,” Holmgren said. “I was either going to go to Geneva College [in Beaver Falls, Pa.] or Mount. If I would have gone to Geneva, I would have probably gotten a lot more playing time, but it is farther away and Mount has a better team. I am planning to work hard and hopefully get some playing time as a freshman.”

Holmgren helped Coventry to a 12-11 record in the 2012-2013 season and to a 15-9 record in the 2013-2014 season. The Comets reached the Division II district semifinals this year, their first district appearance since 1991, said coach Lynn Wess.

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Firestone’s Reilly Dougherty commits to play soccer at St. Bonaventure

By Michael Beaven Published: May 13, 2014

Firestone High School senior Reilly Dougherty has signed with St. Bonaventure University to play on the Bonnies women’s soccer team.

Dougherty was named MVP at Firestone in each of the past three seasons. She was also recognized as the City Series Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and was selected to the All-City Series Academic Team three times.

“I chose St. Bonaventure because I am comfortable with the size of the campus and I am really comfortable with the player and coach,” Dougherty said. “I like their style of play where they are able to change the way they play in an instant.

“They move the ball around and they always set themselves up for multiple options. That sets up the opportunity for creativity to happen, which I like.”

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Twinsburg announces five athletes who sign with colleges

By Michael Beaven Published: May 13, 2014

Twinsburg Athletic Director Mark Maslona announced five seniors have signed national letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers in college.

The five students are:

• Matthew McAdoo, Cleveland State University, golf.

• Cameron Dial, Lake Erie College, football.

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Woodridge announces five athletes who sign for college

By Michael Beaven Published: May 13, 2014

Woodridge Athletic Director Nick Mayer announced five seniors will sign a national letter on Friday to continue their academic and athletic careers in college.

The five students are:

• Allyson Dryer, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, cross country and track field.

• Timmy Faiken, Heidelberg University, cross country and track and field.

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Highland High School graduate Jessica Porvasnik qualifies for U.S. Women's Open

By Michael Beaven Published: May 13, 2014

Ohio State University freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik has qualified for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.

Porvasnik, a 2013 Highland High School graduate, filled the time gap between the NCAA Regional and NCAA Championship Finals by qualifying for the Open. Porvasnik shot back-to-back rounds of 73 to place second at one of 24 sectional qualifying sites across the globe (four international locations were added for the first time ever this year). The top-3 at the Butler Country Club in Butler, Pa., on May 12 earned the chance to compete in the LPGA’s oldest major championship (1950-present).

Porvasnik will be one of 156 golfers vying for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open trophy between June 19-22. The field will be whittled down from an all-time record of 1,702 entries accepted, shattering the previous record of 1,420 that was set last year.

Additionally, for the first time both the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens will be contested on the same course, occurring in consecutive weeks on Pinehurst No. 2 at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.

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Revere state champion boys soccer players commit to colleges

By Michael Beaven Published: May 11, 2014

Three players from the Revere boys soccer team that won the 2013 Division II state championship have finalized their college plans.

Revere soccer coach Sandor Jakab announced seniors Brandon Taylor, Joel Gerberich and Jordon Marich have committed to playing at the next level.

Taylor is headed to Marshall University, Gerberich to Niagara University and Marich to John Carroll University.

“This is a great opportunity for each one of them to continue their playing career,” Jakab said. “Each university appears to be a really solid fit for them so that they can continue to succeed academically and athletically. I think this an extension of our Revere High School program, and that they will represent themselves and our program well at the college level.”

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St. V-M boys soccer players select colleges

By Michael Beaven Published: May 11, 2014

St. Vincent-St. Mary seniors Stephen Dages and Brendan Luebbering have committed to the University of Mount Union to continue their academic and athletic careers.

St. V-M soccer coach Philip Alvord said Dages and Luebbering were senior captains.

Dages is a three-year varsity letter winner.

“Stephen was the leading scorer for the Fighting Irish with eight goals and six assists,” Alvord said. “He was named first-team all-district, second-team All-Ohio and was elected to the GASCA All-Star Game. Stephen plans to study Mechanical Engineering.”

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Four St. Vincent-St. Mary seniors commit to play college baseball

By Michael Beaven Published: May 7, 2014

St. Vincent-St. Mary baseball coach Anthony Boarman announced four senior baseball players have committed to play college baseball.

The four players are pitcher Corey Whaley (Marietta College), catcher Zac George (Ohio Northern University), infielder Calvin Miller (College of Wooster) and outfielder Jeff Dehnke (Walsh University).

“These guys have a special place with me,” Boarman said. “Being able to watch them grow and mature in the program, in the classroom, and in life is my favorite part of coaching. I’m confident that they will be very successful on and off the field at the next level. I am very proud to have had the opportunity to coach these four young men.”

Whaley is out this season due to a knee (ACL) injury that was suffered in March. He was a key player the previous three seasons for the Irish, and Boarman said he has “served a crucial role as a leader in the dugout this season.”

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Walsh Jesuit baseball team reaches 20-win plateau again

By Michael Beaven Published: May 7, 2014

The Walsh Jesuit baseball team upped its record to 20-0 overall and 6-0 in the North Coast League Blue Division with a 5-0 win Tuesday over visiting Mentor Lake Catholic.

Walsh coach Chris Kaczmar said junior Ty Shoaff, a University of Missouri recruit, pitched six shutout innings and struck out 10 to get the victory. Shoaff allowed two hits and improved to 6-0 on the year as the Warriors reached the 20-win plateau for the 17th time in the past 18 years. Walsh junior Connor Regan pitched a perfect seventh inning.

Warriors junior Azim Qadri had three hits in the game, including two doubles and a run batted in. Senior Nate Romans, an Ohio State recruit, had two hits, including an RBI double. Sophomore Dominic Canzone and senior Kyle Holdsworth, an Ashland recruit, also hit RBI singles.

Junior Blake Jenkins hit two home runs in Walsh’s 10-1 win at Mentor Lake Catholic on Monday. Jenkins has six home runs this season. Junior Dominic Mittiga had three hits and junior Ryan Feltner, an Ohio State recruit, pitched five innings to improve to 5-0.

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Norton continues undefeated run in boys tennis

By Michael Beaven Published: May 7, 2014

There have 16 been times this season where the Norton boys tennis team has taken the court to compete against an opponent.

And all 16 times Norton has come out on top when the scores are added up.

Norton continued its run at perfection with victories over visiting Canton Central Catholic on Friday, host Woodridge on Saturday, visiting Kent Roosevelt on Monday and host Field on Tuesday.

The Panthers (16-0, 12-0) will play in the Portage Trail Conference Tournament at 8 a.m. Thursday at Ravenna.

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Copley wins Suburban League boys tennis tournament

By Michael Beaven Published: May 6, 2014

Copley boys tennis coach Mark Ullman guided the Indians to first place in the Suburban League Tournament on Monday at Medina High School.

The Indians won two out of three singles matches and won both doubles brackets.

Copley’s Andrew Ong and Gavin Aten won in first and second singles, respectively. Matt and Nick Adzema won in doubles play along with Max Juszczec and Matt Kromalic.

Revere finished second in the tournament with Noah Hendrickson and Matt Harris placing second in first and second singles, respectively. Revere’s Bharat Kumar was first in third singles and Copley’s Kevin Du was second.

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Wadsworth, Highland plan event to raise money for ALS

By Michael Beaven Published: May 6, 2014

Retired Medina County administrator Bruce Lorincz said host Wadsworth and Highland will raise money Wednesday to donate to the ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter when the school’s baseball teams meet at 4:30 p.m.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It is commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Gehrig, a baseball legend with the New York Yankees, passed from ALS in 1941.

Wadsworth is a hot team in the Suburban League following its two five-inning victories over Tallmadge, 14-1 and 12-1. Pitchers Nick Bebout and Eric Perebzak both got a win. Alex Laikos, Will Rock, Mason Egleston, Greg Young, Kyle Pennington, Riley Campbell and A.J. Robinson led the Grizzlies offense to 21 hits between the two games.

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Black River names softball venue "Dorothy Chapman Field"

By Michael Beaven Published: May 6, 2014

The Black River softball team officially named its field “Dorothy Chapman Field” on Monday in honor of Chapman, who formerly played as a catcher and outfielder in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Chapman, who was born Nov. 21, 1918 and passed on Aug. 2, 1981, lived in Spencer Township as an adult and her six children went through the Black River school system.

Her maiden name was McAlpin and she carried the last name Maguire when she played professional baseball from 1943-1949 for the Racine Belles, Milwaukee Chicks, Grand Rapids Chicks and Muskegon Lassies. She was a member of three championship teams, Racine in 1943, Milwaukee in 1944 and Muskegon in 1947.

Retired Black River administrator Bruce Lorincz said Sherry and Doug Scheck were instrumental in putting together the idea for Black River to honor Chapman. The Scheck’s are teachers at Black River and their daughter, Bailey, is a softball player.

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Hoban girls lacrosse team wins 10 in a row

By Michael Beaven Published: May 6, 2014

The Archbishop Hoban girls lacrosse team (11-2) has won 10 matches in a row.

Hoban has defeated Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (10-5), Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (12-3), Orange (8-4), Mentor Lake Catholic (9-7), Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (15-1), Avon Lake (15-5), Solon (16-0) and Beachwood (14-1).

Hoban also beat St. Vincent-St. Mary twice by scores of 18-1 and 17-1.

Senior Ellen Lauterjung and sophomore Kara Miller, Ellie Durkin and Jenna Kaczmarczyk have been consistent goal scorers for coach Ken Orihel, and sophomore Kelly Reece has been effective at stopping shots as the goalie.

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John Nemec retires at Kent Roosevelt, accepts spot on University of Akron football staff

By Michael Beaven Published: May 5, 2014

Coach John Nemec announced he is retiring as the Kent Roosevelt football coach Monday morning to his players.

Nemec, who has been at Roosevelt for 38 years, has been the school’s head football coach for 29 years. He was also an assistant football coach for six years under Ed Becker and athletic director for three years at Roosevelt.

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Woodridge hires Jeff Decker to coach football

By Michael Beaven Published: May 2, 2014

Woodridge High School has hired Jeff Decker to be its football coach.

Decker joins Woodridge after serving as a Chagrin Falls assistant for the past six seasons.

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St. V-M football team bids farewell to seniors, reloads with talented returnees

By Michael Beaven Published: May 1, 2014

The St. Vincent-St. Mary football team will transition next season to life without two Ohio State University recruits and two University of Akron recruits.

Yes, linebacker Dante Booker Jr. and running back Parris Campbell Jr. are heading to OSU and linebacker-running back Newman Williams and defensive lineman Travonte Junius are going to UA, but the cupboard isn’t exactly bare for St. V-M.

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Massillon names Cassie Schrock as its girls basketball coach

By Michael Beaven Published: May 1, 2014

Massillon Washington High School has named Cassie Schrock as its girls high school basketball coach.

Massillon Superintendent Rik Goodright recommended hiring Schrock for the position earlier this week to the Board of Education and she was approved by a 5-0 vote.

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