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Falls loses quarterback for season

By izzy Published: September 30, 2009

Cuyahoga Falls has been struggling this season at 1-4. Now add the loss of quarterback Adam Gammell to the mix.

The junior's season ended when he suffered a broken elbow in the Week 4 win over Brush, 16-13.

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Week 6 Football Picks

By jim Published: September 29, 2009

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Garfield prepares for East

By mdyer Published: September 29, 2009

Garfield football coach Bob Sax believes his team hasn't put together a complete game this season. The Rams (2-3) are coming off a loss to Massillon last week. Garfield plays East (0-5) at noon Saturday at Buchtel.

Sax said despite East's record, the team has playmakers on the field.

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Toneo Gulley could play Saturday

By mdyer Published: September 29, 2009

Garfield sophomore RB Toneo Gulley (ankle) could play Saturday afternoon in the Rams game against East at Buchtel.

"We are hoping to get Toneo back this week from an ankle injury," Garifield coach Bob Sax said in an e-mail.

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Stow grid coach seeks upset of Explorers

By izzy Published: September 29, 2009

It has not been an easy season for Marty Tinkler. The Stow football coach is hoping his 0-5 team can recover from its latest loss, a 27-14 setback to Garfield Heights (4-1) and knock off invading Hudson (4-1), which suffered its first defeat of the season, 28-14, to undefeated Solon.

"Obviously, you never think about being 0-5 despite our schedule. Its our Homecoming came and we've played with them the last two years, winning at home two years ago and we lost a good game at their place last year," Tinkler says.

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Medina faces ultimate nemesis Friday - Strongsville

By izzy Published: September 29, 2009

There is a good feeling these days at The Bee Hive. Medina completed its independent portion of its schedule at 3-2 after a 30-14 win over Normandy.

"We are having fun just throwing the ball all over the place," says Battling Bees coach Greg Reed.

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Lugo leaves Field, heads to Streetsboro

By mikeb Published: September 29, 2009

Field football coach Patrick Youel confirmed that standout senior running back Jay Lugo has left Field High School and is now a student at Streetsboro.

Youel said Lugo is “moving to Streetsboro due to certain circumstances” and that “it's a private matter.”

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Louisville football update

By mdyer Published: September 29, 2009

Louisville coach Paul Farrah said in an e-mail this morning that he expects senior Bobby Swigert could return to the team by the postseason if the Leopards get there.

Several media reports, including the Canton Repository and Alliance Review reported recently that Swigert suffered a foot injury earlier in the season. Swigert is one of the nation's top college recruits in the 2010 class.

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Is It A Trap Game?

By admin Published: September 29, 2009

You're hearing the term ``trap game'' more these days. It refers to a team that is favored to win overlooking a particular (underdog) team to get ready for a big game the following week.

In the case of St. Vincent-St. Mary (4-1), ranked No. 5 in this week's Associated Press Division III state poll, could this be a trap game this week?

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Green Shouldn't Be Blue

By admin Published: September 29, 2009

I covered Green's 49-21 home loss to Wadsworth Friday and two things stood out- Wadsworth (5-0, 2-0 in the Suburban League) is loaded with outstanding offensive talent, and Green (0-5, 0-2) is, too.

Now, I know what you're thinking. ``Is he on some kind of medication?''

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WRA Remains Upbeat Despite Being Winless

By admin Published: September 29, 2009

You have to admire Western Reserve Academy football coach Chris Monsiletto for not getting down through the first four games (0-4) and not letting his players and staff get down.

WRA showed signs of improvement last weekend. The Pioneers lost to Berlin Center Western Reserve 42-0, Bedford St. Peter Chanel 42-7, Blair 30-7 the first three weeks and 44-28 to Warren J.F.K. last week.

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Manchester Getting Job Done

By admin Published: September 29, 2009

At the beginning of the season, long-time Manchester coach Jim France sounded like this was going to be some kind of rebuilding season. Like the team was going to have a tough year. Maybe that was France's way of keeping his team focused because the Panthers (4-1, 2-0) have been solid through the first five games.

One reason for the team's success, according to France, has been the play of senior quarterback and captain Steve King, who has thrown for almost 700 yards with eight touchdowns.

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Twinsburg coach says win was about tough practices

By izzy Published: September 29, 2009

Twinsburg coach Mark Solis attributes the Tigers 21-9 win at Brunswick to some tough practices he ran leading up to the game.

"It is something you can't do all the time, but against a team like Brunswick we felt we had to work extra hard. After our practices on Tuesday and Wednesday, the players said to me, 'Coach, those were really tough practices,'" Solis says.  

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Observations on Week 5 of football, City Series

By izzy Published: September 29, 2009

Here's my thoughts on high school football now that we are at the halfway point of the season.

*I was disappointed that only 2,500 people came out to the first City Series game at InfoCision Stadium at Summa Field, though North and Kenmore aren't big schools. Still, I would bet that crowd was two or three times bigger than it might have been at the Rubber Bowl.

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State volleyball poll

By mdyer Published: September 28, 2009

Several area teams are ranked in the state volleyball poll this week. Orrville is ranked No. 7 in the Division III poll. Smithville is ranked No. 10.

In Division I, Cloverleaf is ranked No. 8. Wadsworth is No. 13.

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First City Series crowd about 2,500; gates in front are not open

By izzy Published: September 28, 2009

The first City Series football game between North and Kenmore played the University of Akron's  InfoCision Stadium at Summa Field drew an estimated crowd of 2,500, according Joe Howard, program manager of interscholastic sports for Akron Public Schools.

Some fans groused about gates at the facilities not being open underneath the scoreboard by the parking lot on Exchange Street. Gates are open on the north side next to the Louis and Frieda Stile Athletic Field House. There is also parking available next to the field house. 

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A reason for Medina's Rymer to get looks from college grid coaches

By izzy Published: September 28, 2009

In his first two years at Medina High School, Danny Rymer did not play football. Last year as a junior, he came out and made the team.

It looks like it was a very good decision. The senior wide receiver is now getting looks from Mount Union College and several Mid-American Conference schools.

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LeBron, Willie and Coach Dru On Jimmy Kimmel

By admin Published: September 24, 2009

If you're a LeBron James fan, you'll want to catch the Jimmy Kimmel Live show Friday night. LeBron will be a guest, along with former St. Vincent-St. Mary teammate Willie McGee and St. V-M coach Dru Joyce.

LeBron has been on a media tour promoting his new book ``Shooting Stars'' as well as his upcoming movie ``More Than A Game,'' written and directed by Akron native and filmmaker Kris Belman.

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Gridlocks: Week 5

By beaconphoto Published: September 24, 2009

Akron Beacon Journal sports writers David Lee Morgan, Jr., Michael Beaven, Jonas Fortune and Jim Isabella discuss high school football match-ups in Gridlocks: Week 5.

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Knights coach hopeful despite injuries

By izzy Published: September 23, 2009

Nordonia is 1-3 and coach Al Huge would like to quit seeing so many players coming off the field this year with injuries.

"Our quarterback Zach Lewis was carried off field on a stretcher, but he is OK. Our lineman, Aaron Highberger, tried to play on one leg and our running back John Spooney had a bad ankle and hardly played," says Huge after a 26-14 loss to North Royalton.

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Falls finally finds victory formula against Brush

By izzy Published: September 23, 2009

On the surface, Brush was 3-0 and at their home turf of Korb Field facing Cuyahoga Falls, which was 0-3.

Mismatch, right?

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Was Green's scheduling a bad idea?

By jcfortun Published: September 23, 2009

Perhaps this is the price that Green must pay. The tough schedule featuring Lake, Garfield and GlenOak, coupled with an overtime loss to Cloverleaf last week, has left the Bulldogs in an 0-4 hole.

Was the tough scheduling worth it this season?

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Tallmadge moving forward

By jcfortun Published: September 23, 2009

The excuse of being a youthful team simply doesn’t apply to Tallmadge anymore.

``Its midway through the season now. You can’t say you’re a young team anymore,’’ Tallmadge coach Joe Vassalotti said. ``Now we have to learn how to win.’’

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Springfield football enjoys 3-1 start

By mikeb Published: September 23, 2009

The Springfield Spartans football team is addicted to winning games this season.

Springfield defeated Southeast 34-20 this past Friday and improved their record to 3-1 this season under second-yard coach Kevin Vaughn.

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Field confident after wins over Northwest & Roosevelt

By mikeb Published: September 23, 2009

The Field football team is on a roll right now after two impressive wins at Northwest and at Kent Roosevelt.

Field coach Patrick Youel was extremely pleased with his team’s performance this past Friday when the Falcons defeated the Rough Riders 31-13.

“We just came out, we had a great game plan from our coaching staff and our kids came me out and executed it very well,” Youel said. “We had an offensive line that dominated. We had six kids that rushed for 318 yards on 51 carries.”

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Just relax, Barberton

By jcfortun Published: September 23, 2009

Barberton started the season 2-0, but have dropped their last two games, albeit to tough competition in Roosevelt and Copley. So how will they recover now? Can they bounce back?

``We just have to keep playing,’’ Barberton coach Brian Staats said. ``We have to put four quarters together and keep playing… We stay the course and good things will happen eventually.’’

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Bryant suffers injury in Roosevelt's first loss

By mikeb Published: September 23, 2009

The Kent Roosevelt team entered this past Friday with a perfect 3-0 record.

The Rough Riders ended that evening with a loss to visiting Field and one of their star players out with an injury.

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Babbitt helps guide Mogadore to 4-0 start

By mikeb Published: September 23, 2009

Mogadore improved their record to 4-0 overall this past Friday with a 28-7 victory over host Rootstown.

Senior quarterback Drew Babbitt threw three touchdown passes and the Wildcats defense was stingy, limiting the Rovers to just 55 yards rushing and 84 yards passing.

“I liked our defense,” Mogadore coach Matt Adorni said. “We forced them to five three-and-outs in the first half. We played physically up front.

“Jake McAvinew had a phenomenal game both ways. He had 10 tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown.”

Mogadore took a 21-0 lead into halftime after neither team scored in the first quarter.

“Offensively, it took us a little more time to get rolling,” Adorni said.

Adorni said Babbitt looked poised and confident as the game progressed.

“He missed a couple of reads early, but I thought he came on strong in the second quarter,” Adorni said. “He put the ball where it needed to be.”

Senior Matt Traugh caught two touchdown passes after sophomore Dustin Owens caught his first varsity touchdown to open the open the scoring.

Adorni also praised the play of junior linebackers Joe Scolaro (12 tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss) and Kodey Chance (nine tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss, two interceptions).

Senior two-way linemen Andrew Monea was also vital with seven tackles, a sack and with his blocking on offense.

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Woodridge rebounds from loss, triumphs over Windham

By mikeb Published: September 23, 2009

Woodridge entered Week 4 after a frustrating loss to Chagrin Falls the previous week snapped a three-game winning streak.

The Bulldogs (3-1) entered the win column again with a thorough 62-6 win over visiting Windham, who dropped to 0-4.

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Ravenna's running attack key to win over Norton

By mikeb Published: September 23, 2009

Ravenna evened its record at 2-2 with a dominating 41-0 victory over visiting Norton this past Friday.

The Ravens led 7-0 at halftime and then took charge of the game with 14 points in the third quarter and 20 points in the fourth quarter.

“What I liked seeing in the second half, was the fact that the ball was dispersed evenly,” Ravenna coach Jim Lunardi said. “We had three guys who rushed for over 100 yards.”

Senior Zach Thomas (nine carries, 115 yards), junior Stephen Wilmington (8 carries, 102 yards) and senior Parnell Taylor (four carries, 105 yards) led the rushing attack. Taylor rushed for two touchdowns and caught another touchdown pass.

Wilmington and sophomores D.J. Jones and Brandon Holt each rushed for one touchdown apiece.

Lunardi had nothing but positive things to say about his offensive line. The five starters are: senior left tackle Dan McCoy, junior left guard Micky Neija, junior center Greydon Pavlik, junior right guard Nick Winn and sophomore right tackle Matt Benson.

Lunardi also praised junior running back/linebacker Dee Mack for providing a “spark” and gaining 77 yards on four carries.

Additionally, Lunardi stressed the importance of turnovers and penalties. He said both areas hurt the Ravens in their losses.

“We seemed to be our worst enemy with turnovers,” Lunardi said. “If we eliminate turnovers and penalties we are a pretty good team.”

Jones, who was a key cog on a 10-0 freshman team last season with around 40 touchdowns, has really impressed the coaching staff with his speed at running back and linebacker.

Lunardi said Jones, Mack, McCoy, Benson, Winn, senior corner back Colton Collage, sophomore linebacker Dylan Tirpak and junior defensive end Josh Chechek

“We’re playing well as a whole team defensively,” Lunardi said. Collage “is playing good defense for us he has four interceptions.”

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Is Copley a contender?

By jcfortun Published: September 23, 2009

Don’t let anyone know it, but Copley is currently 3-1 and near the top of the Suburban League conference. Who would think it? Little is said about the Indians, although they have already beaten Jackson and Barberton.

Are people not talking about Copley because they lack the marquee names and overall collection of talent that Wadsworth (4-0) does?

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Report: Ausperk visited Louisville

By mdyer Published: September 23, 2009

St. Vincent-St. Mary senior OL Bryant Ausperk recently made a visit to the University of Louisville, according to Rivals.com. Ausperk is listed as 6 feet 8 and 295 pounds.

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State volleyball poll

By mdyer Published: September 23, 2009

Cloverleaf is ranked No. 8 in the Division I state coaches' volleyball poll this week. Wadsworth is ranked No. 10.

In Division III, Smithville is ranked No. 5.

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Report: Snow to visit Purdue this weekend

By mdyer Published: September 23, 2009

Canton McKinley senior LB Jewone Snow will reportedly visit Purdue this weekend, according to Rivals.com.

Purdue plays host to Notre Dame on Saturday.

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Ohio State and Michigan State pursuing Medina's Kaminski for hoops

By izzy Published: September 23, 2009

Imagine how heady it is for a sophomore to look up and see Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo watching him practice -  football.

Kenny Kaminski is the Battling Bees' tight end. However, the 6-foot-7 Medina sophomore is grabbing attention in the basketball world, including assistant coaches from Ohio State.

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Narducci gets a kick out of victory; Hudson faces unbeaten Solon next

By izzy Published: September 23, 2009

Hudson coach Tom Narducci was getting ready for a second overtime period Friday at Strongsville. The Explorers had taken a 35-28 lead in OT as quarterback Richie Piekarski scored on a run up the middle, but the Mustangs scored a touchdown and just need an extra point to tie the game.

"I was talking to my offensive coordinator about the next series and I looked up and the poor kicker pulled his kick left. He could have made 100 kicks that night, but I swear that was the only one he was going to miss," Narducci said.  "This is was a big win for our program. This is the first time we have beaten them."

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Bees ready for Invaders after fending off Stow Bulldogs

By izzy Published: September 23, 2009

After defeating Stow, the Medina football team (2-2) faces a big  - and we do mean very big - challenge in playing Normandy (2-2).

"They run the ball 90 percent of the time with their wide receiver splits from the line are about three yards. They are big and tough and their running back (Jack Squirek) is a physically tough runner with great speed," said Medina coach Greg Reed

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Week five high school picks

By jim Published: September 22, 2009

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Walsh Jesuit's Fasola headed to Kansas State

By mikeb Published: September 22, 2009

Walsh Jesuit senior Johnny Fasola, 17, has made an oral commitment to continue his academic and baseball career with Kansas State University.

Fasola, a Hudson resident, is 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. He will be entering his fourth year as a Walsh starter as a third baseman and right-handed pitcher.

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City Series Opens At InfoCision Stadium

By admin Published: September 22, 2009


North football coach Kenneth Johnson and his Vikings team can't wait until Friday. Kenmore coach Tom McKinnon and his squad feel the same way.

The two teams will face each other in the opener of City Series play but even more notable is the fact that the two teams will be the first City teams to play at the University of Akron's magnificent InfoCision Stadium.

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St. V-M's Motley Gets His Kicks On The Field(s)

By admin Published: September 22, 2009

St. Vincent-St. Mary junior Chris Motley can't help but like the game of football. He's the grandson of NFL Hall of Famer and former Browns running back and linebacker (1946-1953) Marion Motley, who passed away in 1999.

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Buchtel's West Virginia Trip Special

By admin Published: September 22, 2009


A few weeks ago, the Buchtel Griffins played against Wheeling Central Catholic and the Griffins defeated the Maroon Knights 50-17 in the inaugural game of the Wheeling Hospital's Rally in the Valley, which featured 10 teams from three states.

But Buchtel coach Ricky Powers said the team and coaching staff got more than just a win.

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Walsh's Durant Has The Right Attitude

By admin Published: September 22, 2009


Walsh Jesuit football coach Gerry Rardin said other players on his team, and other players in the area, for that matter, can learn something from his starting offensive tackle, 6-foot-5, 285-pound senior Zach Durant.

Last year, Durant didn't play much for Rardin because the Warriors had two major Division I recruits playing up front. So Durant's time was limited. But he didn't let that stop him from showing Rardin that he was willing to do whatever it took to get on the field.

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Firestone's Flossie Fired Up

By admin Published: September 22, 2009


The Firestone Falcons lost to Massillon last week 42-21 but Firestone coach Tim Flossie said he couldn't have been more happy with the way his team, led by Jeremy Mingo battled at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

``We were in it up until almost the fourth quarter,'' Flossie said.

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2012 players to watch

By mdyer Published: September 22, 2009

MaxPreps.com has a Top 100 list for the class of 2012. Two area football players are on that list.

Hoban DL Greg McMullen (6-5, 215) and GlenOak RB Brionte Dunn (6-1, 225) are names to watch this season and beyond.

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AP football poll

By mdyer Published: September 22, 2009

Three area teams are in the AP Division I state football poll this week. Brunswick is No. 7, followed by No. 8 Massillon and No. 9 Solon.

In Division II, Louisville is ranked No. 1 with a 4-0 record. In Division III, St. Vincent-St. Mary is No. 8.

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Thoughts on high school football after four weeks

By izzy Published: September 21, 2009

We are week from the halfway point of the high school football season. And it has been thrilling and exciting, let alone unpredictable. Here are some observations:

*It was great to have over 10,000 fans attend the first high school football game at Summa Field at InfoCision Stadium to watch the Holy War between St. Vincent-St. Mary and Archbishoo Hoban. It was one of the most physical games in recent memory.

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Report: Zips offer junior DE

By mdyer Published: September 21, 2009

Mentor Lake Catholic junior DE Chase Hounshell has reportedly been offered by Akron, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

It is reportedly the second offer for Hounshell, who is 6-5 and 245 pounds.

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Friday Night Spotlight

By beaconphoto Published: September 18, 2009

Focuses on arch-rivals St. Vincent-St. Mary and Archbishop Hoban playing at InfoCision Stadium.

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Randolph leads Wadsworth defense

By jcfortun Published: September 18, 2009

Everyone knows the Wadsworth offense is explosive and features many moving parts and many special players, but what about the defense?

Wadsworth coach Greg Dennison said that unit is one of the areas that could be improved on, but senior middle linebacker Bart Randolph is doing his best to make sure that unit is succeeding as well.

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Green should still be in conference mix

By jcfortun Published: September 18, 2009

On paper the start to Green’s season hasn’t looked very good, but some area coaches still think they are team that could be a factor in the Suburban League.

``Green is 0-3 but their non conference schedule was pretty tough,’’ Revere coach Terry Cistone said, fully expecting the Bulldogs to be a factor.

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Revere's Flegal still recovering

By jcfortun Published: September 18, 2009

Revere (2-1) enters its conference slate with one of its best players still unable to give it a go. Senior linebacker Dave Flegal is still recovering from a bulging disc in his back.

``He is close, but he is not back yet,’’ Revere coach Terry Cistone said.

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Highland selects a quarterback

By jcfortun Published: September 18, 2009

Medina Highland (2-1) has settled on a starting quarterback in Jeremy Scholle. The 6-foot, 155 pound sophomore provides a dual threat option for the Hornets and secured the position in a week two win over Buckeye. In that game Scholle was 14-19 for 180 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed 15 times for 120 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

``He is learning each and every practice each and every snap,’’ Highland coach Tom Lombardo said.

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Adorni reflects on Mogadore's televised win over Northwestern

By mikeb Published: September 18, 2009

The Mogadore football team heads into a Week 4 game at Rootstown tonight with a 3-0 record.

Mogadore defeated visiting Northwestern 28-7 this past Thursday in a game that was televised on Fox Sports Ohio.

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Orrville's dominant win over Copley pleases Davault

By mikeb Published: September 18, 2009

Orrville coach Doug Davault was pleased with the way his Red Riders played in a 32-13 victory over visiting Copley this past Friday in a Week 3 game.

The Red Riders improved their record to 1-2.

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Akron Girls Golf League Prepares For Championship

By admin Published: September 17, 2009

The newly-formed Greater Akron Girl's Golf League will hold its first league championship tournament 9 a.m. Saturday at Mud Run Golf Course.

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Garfield football update

By mdyer Published: September 16, 2009

Garfield (1-2) opens City Series competition against North at noon Saturday at Buchtel. Garfield coach Bob Sax said the Rams are healthy for Saturday's game with no major injuries.

Sax believes the Rams haven't put together a complete game on both sides of the ball yet. He wants to reduce the penalties that have created third-and-long situations.  Garfield is coming off a 27-14 loss at St. Vincent-St. Mary last week.

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State bowling update

By mdyer Published: September 16, 2009

The location of the state bowling tournament could be announced at the OHSAA Board of Directors meeting Oct. 8, the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting.

The tournament will be held next March. It won't be at Tiki Lanes in Lancaster this season.

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Video: Gridlocks Week 4

By Dan Published: September 16, 2009

Click here to get every pick this week from Beacon Journal sports writers David Lee Morgan Jr., Jonas Fortune, Michael Beaven and Jim Isabella.

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Stow grid coach encouraged by Bulldogs performance

By izzy Published: September 16, 2009

Stow football coach Marty Tinkler is a realist.

The Bulldogs lost Friday night to Massillon, 31-14, though they were tied at 7  in the first half.

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Nordonia Knights not shielded from injuries

By izzy Published: September 16, 2009

We present the reason those of us who make high school football predictions on various teams preface it by saying, "if everyone stays healthy..."

Exhibit A - The Nordonia Knights.

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Walsh Jesuit football update

By mdyer Published: September 16, 2009

Walsh Jesuit (2-1) plays host Mentor Lake Catholic at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mentor High School.

"Lake Catholic is very solid across the board," Walsh coach Gerry Rardin said in an e-mail. "We have to run and throw effectively. We need to do well on defense."

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Basketball clinic

By mdyer Published: September 16, 2009

From East girls' basketball coach Mike Eberhart:

The Akron East Girls Basketball Staff is conducting a basketball clinic at the former Central-Hower High School building this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Cost is FREE. Grades 6,7,8 allowed to attend.

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Week 4 High School Picks

By mdyer Published: September 15, 2009

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State soccer poll

By mdyer Published: September 15, 2009

Jackson is No. 3 in the Division I boys' state soccer poll. It is the season's second state poll. Copley is ranked sixth in the poll.

In Division II, Revere is No. 3, while Highland is tied for No. 10.

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AP state football poll

By mdyer Published: September 15, 2009

Louisville is ranked No. 1 in Division II as the season's first AP state football poll was released Monday night. The Leopards are 3-0 this season.

Also in the Division II poll, Kent Roosevelt is No. 3 and Aurora is No. 6.

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Black Tiger coach: stop the big play

By izzy Published: September 15, 2009

Cuyahoga Falls coach Mike Miller knows his team's biggest problem.

"We need to stop the big play on defense. We also need to make a big play on offense," the Black Tiger mentor says.

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State volleyball poll

By mdyer Published: September 14, 2009

Smithville is ranked No. 3 in Division III as the first state girls' volleyball poll was released this week. Smithville has a 7-1 record with two first-place votes.

Orrville is ranked No. 11 in Division III.

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Reminders of 911 were at Jackson-Hudson game

By izzy Published: September 14, 2009

The eighth anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 were in evidence Friday night prior to the Hudson at Jackson football game.

A haunting reminder of those attending events days and weeks after 9-11 was a policeman at the entrance of Robert Fife Stadium checking bags and other such items.

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Week 3 football scores

By RonPreps Published: September 11, 2009

Ashland 45, Tallmadge 7

Aurora 28, Twinsburg 21

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State bowling update

By mdyer Published: September 11, 2009

The location of the state bowling tournament is expected to be announced early next week, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The OHSAA has previously said this season's tournament won't be at Tiki Lanes in Lancaster next March.

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Chippewa's Busson is a dual-threat quarterback

By mikeb Published: September 11, 2009

Chippewa senior Colby Busson had a phenomenal game last Friday in a 62-56 loss to host Keystone.

Busson lines up at quarterback and is a dual threat. He rushed for three touchdowns and 179 yards on 18 carries, passed for 196 yards and three touchdowns and also returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.

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notes from OHSAA's September meeting

By jcfortun Published: September 10, 2009

The Ohio High School Athletic Association sent an e-mail about its board of directors meeting from September. Here are the notes from the meeting:

The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met Thursday at the OHSAA office in Columbus for its regularly scheduled September meeting. The following are highlights of Board action. Complete minutes will be posted at ohsaa.org in the coming days.

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Video: Gridlocks Week 3

By Dan Published: September 10, 2009

Twinsburg gridders hope one is better than two

By izzy Published: September 9, 2009

Question: when is it better to have one instead of two?

According to Twinsburg coach Mark Solis, it is when his Tigers play on just one side of the ball. At least that is his hope as the Tigers travel to Aurora to face last year's Division III state champions. Last year, the Tigers defeated the Greenmen in Twinsburg, 27-6, which made Aurora 1-2 at the time before they ran the table and took the state title.

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Stow football coach sees benefits to hosting Massillon

By izzy Published: September 9, 2009

Marty Tinkler says he sees nothing but positive things coming from hosting Massillon Friday night at Stow.

"Certainly financially this helps the program with a big crowd. It also helps us increase the profile of the program," said the Bulldog coach. "If you want to be the best, you have to play the best."

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Falcons Still Learning To Fly

By admin Published: September 9, 2009

Despite losing 28-7 last week at Northwest, Firestone coach Tim Flossie said he was encouraged by his team's effort.

``We lost the ball four times inside Northwest's 30,'' Flossie said. ``(Northwest) is a solid team, we just missed our opportunities.''

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State soccer poll

By mdyer Published: September 9, 2009

Walsh Jesuit is ranked No. 2 in the Division I girls' state soccer poll this week. Walsh is behind reigning state champion Cincinnati St. Ursula.

Medina is fourth and Jackson is eighth in the poll. In Division II, St. Vincent-St. Mary is sixth.

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Highland honored for sportsmanship

By jcfortun Published: September 9, 2009

Here is the press release:

For Immediate Release

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Louisville's Farrah is coach of the week

By jcfortun Published: September 9, 2009

The Louisville Leopards made quite a statement last weekend when they pummeled North Canton Hoover 34-13 and are collecting the accolades because of it.

Louisville coach Paul Farrah was named the Cleveland Browns NFL High School Coach of the Week by two members of the Browns and three media members.

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New League Exciting For Coaches And Players

By admin Published: September 9, 2009


Six area schools are enjoying being part of a new league.

Archbishop Hoban, CVCA, Firestone, Our Lady of the Elms, Springfield and St. Vincent-St. Mary are all members of the newly formed Greater Akron Girls Golf League.

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Firestone Volleyball Player Accepts Division I Offer

By admin Published: September 9, 2009

Firestone senior volleyball player Gretchen Von Koenig has accepted a full athletic scholarship to further her athletic and academic career at New Jersey Institute of Technology, a Division I school in Newark, N.J.

Von Koening, the City Series Player of the Year last season, said she will major in architecture.

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Buchtel Wins In Week 2 For First Time Since 2005

By admin Published: September 9, 2009

With last week's 50-17 win against Wheeling (W.Va) Central Catholic, Buchtel (1-1) won in the second week of the season for the first time since 2005, when they beat Warren Harding 18-10. The Griffins also won in Week 2 the year before, when they defeated North Canton 20-16.

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McMullen Probable Against Louisville

By admin Published: September 9, 2009

Hoban sophomore defensive end Greg McMullen is probable for the Knights' game Friday at Louisville.

McMullen (6-foot-5, 255 pounds) broke his wrist this summer and has been out all preseason. He had surgery on his wrist and missed the first two games of the season.

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Hoban's Defense To Face Another Tough Test

By admin Published: September 9, 2009

Archbishop Hoban is 2-0 and will face a strong Louisville team Friday led by senior quarterback Bobby Swigert.

Hoban put together wins against Garfield and Walsh Jesuit and the defense did a nice job in both games of not allowing big plays.

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Black Tiger football team hurting from slow starts

By izzy Published: September 8, 2009

After two games, Cuyahoga Falls have fallen into a bad habit. The Black Tigers have fallen behind early in its two losses to Barberton and Boardman, the latter a 35-0 loss Friday.

"We have played better in the second half, but we cannot afford to start off so slowly,"  says Falls coach Mike Miller.

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Medina football team makes quick improvement

By izzy Published: September 8, 2009

Medina football coach Greg Reed saw his team make  a  quantum leap in its 30-0 shellacking of Brecksville.

"It's funny when you run the ball, catch the ball, tackle and make plays," he said with a laugh. "Seriously, we just executed very well."

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Sportsmanship Should Always Be Top Priority

By admin Published: September 8, 2009

We all make mistakes in our daily lives, like backing into a mailbox while pulling the family car out of the driveway just before school.

On the football field, it's the same thing.

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Report: Snow schedules official visit

By mdyer Published: September 8, 2009

Canton McKinley senior LB Jewone Snow has reportedly scheduled an official visit to Purdue on Sept. 26, according to ESPN.com.

Snow also reportedly told an ESPN affiliate that he wants to take an official to West Virginia.

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Flu presents new 'soap' opera

By izzy Published: September 7, 2009

The sports world is not isolated from concerns about the swine flu. The reminder came last weekend at the Malone Invitational Cross Country Meet at Malone University in Canton.

Several runners from the Streetsboro boys cross country were ill, one runner opting not to run at all.  As coach Gabe Swarts noted, "We were Purelling ourselves constantly."

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St. Vincent-St. Mary and North got talent; a great tribute to a legend

By izzy Published: September 7, 2009

Here's some thoughts after covering St. Vincent-St. Marys 51-14 win over neighboring North.

*Our sincerest congratulations to the Fighting Irish on putting on a first class show honoring former football coach John Cistone. As Akron mayor Don Plusquellic said, " I'm thrilled to be here to honor a legend." Cistone needled the mayor, a former Kenmore quarterback, "Don thought we should throw the ball more."

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Video: Hoban hosts Walsh

By beaconphoto Published: September 5, 2009

Friday night score list

By RonPreps Published: September 4, 2009

Archbishop Hoban 17, Walsh Jesuit 13

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East girls' basketball schedule

By mdyer Published: September 4, 2009

The East girls' basketball team opens the season with three City Series games this upcoming season.

East plays at Ellet on Nov. 30, followed a game at Garfield Dec. 3. East plays host to North on Dec. 7.

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Report: Ohio State offers Grant

By mdyer Published: September 4, 2009

St. Vincent-St. Mary junior RB-DB Doran Grant has been offered by Ohio State, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

Grant, who is 5-11 and 175 pounds also has offers that include Georgia, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan State, Michigan, and Stanford, according to the Web site.

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Green's Gamby chooses UA

By RonPreps Published: September 4, 2009

Green senior baseball player Kurt Gamby has made an oral commitment to the University of Akron. Gamby, 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, plays third base and first base, and he also pitches. He helped to lead Green to their first state final four appearance in Division 1 in 2009 along with the most wins in school history (25-4).

As a pitcher, Gamby had a 7-1 record last season, with a 1.56 ERA in 63 innings. Gamby posted a .440 batting average with four home runs, 33 RBI, .510 on-base percentage, and a .710 slugging percentage.

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Swigert passes Louisville past Hoover

By mikeb Published: September 4, 2009

Senior quarterback Bobby Swigert threw five touchdown passes to lead host Louisville to a 34-13 victory over North Canton Hoover on Thursday night.

Swigert, being highly recruited by several Division I colleges as a receiver, orchestrated the Louisville spread offense to near perfection.

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Massillon 2-for-2 on Thursday nights

By mikeb Published: September 4, 2009

Massillon opened the 2009 season with a pair of Thursday night games at home.

The Tigers won both after a 35-10 victory over GlenOak on Thursday night and a 42-20 triumph over Buchtel in Week 1.

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Jay & Jay guide Field into Week 2

By mikeb Published: September 4, 2009

Field travels to East Palestine Friday night for a Week 2 matchup after the Falcons dispatched visiting Waterloo 48-0 this past Friday/Saturday.

Senior tailback Jay Lugo rushed for three touchdowns in the victory and gained 237 yards on 12 carries. Junior quarterback Jay Wilson passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another.

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Pair of Anthony's lead Woodridge into Week 2

By mikeb Published: September 4, 2009

Woodridge secured a 33-14 victory over visiting Fairless this past Friday/Saturday after senior quarterback Anthony Westren passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another.

Senior Anthony Kelly rushed for two touchdowns for the Bulldogs, who led 27-7 at halftime.

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Roosevelt heads to Stow fresh off shutout win

By mikeb Published: September 4, 2009

Kent Roosevelt travels to neighborhood rival Stow Friday night for a Week 2 matchup after the Rough Riders defeated visiting Kenston 38-0 this past Friday/Saturday.

Junior quarterback Evan Shimensky threw three touchdown passes and completed 19-of-27 passes for 266 yards.

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Busson to Schickler guides Chippewa in OT win

By mikeb Published: September 4, 2009

Chippewa enters Week 2 of the football season following a thrilling overtime victory over host Norton this past Friday/Saturday.

Chipps senior quarterback Colby Busson threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Andrew Schickler in overtime to win the game after the Panthers converted a field goal to start the extra session.

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Report: Swigert considering Pitt

By mdyer Published: September 3, 2009

Louisville senior WR Bobby Swigert is reportedly considering Pittsburgh among his top college choices, according to ESPN.com. The Panthers were recently added to his list, according to the Web site.

The Web site said Swigert is also considering Stanford, Michigan, Nebraska and Boston College.

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Legendary St. V-M Football Coach To be Honored

By admin Published: September 3, 2009


St. Vincent-St. Mary is making Friday, Sept. 4, 2009 “John Cistone Day.”

Cistone, a 1950 graduate of St. Vincent High School and former coach for the Irish, led the program to four state championships. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with family, friends, former players and students meeting in the student center for a pre-game reception. Students will be wearing T-shirts bearing Cistone's name and image.

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Busy week for Grant

By mdyer Published: September 3, 2009

St. Vincent-St. Mary junior DB Doran Grant is getting quite the attention from college programs this week.

Tuesday was the first day that schools could officially offer scholarships to players in the class of 2011.

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Video: Gridlocks Week 2

By Dan Published: September 3, 2009

Click here to get every pick this week from Beacon Journal sports writers David Lee Morgan Jr., Jonas Fortune, Michael Beaven and Jim Isabella.

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Black Tigers fooled by Magics

By izzy Published: September 2, 2009

Cuyahoga Falls coach Mike Miller thinks part of the reason Barberton scored four touchdowns in the first of the Black Tigers' 35-14 loss at Barberton was simple confusion.

"We had problems with some things they did on offense. They came out with some new packages we had not seen before," Miller said.

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Pick winners in Thursday's games

By RonPreps Published: September 2, 2009

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Ready, Set, Play returns

By RonPreps Published: September 2, 2009

Our high school weekly section returns in the Akron Beacon Journal on Thursday with athletes of the week, features and football picks.

Here is a sneak peek at David Lee Morgan Jr.'s feature on the Copley boys soccer team.

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Garfield Still Upbeat After Yet Another Close Loss To Archbishop Hoban

By admin Published: September 2, 2009

Garfield football coach Bob Sax feels for his team, especially his seniors, after they lost yet another close, down-to-the-wire game with Archbishop Hoban (31-28) last Thursday.

What Garfield needs to do is forget about that game. The Rams have always been in a position to win the last four years but couldn't make the plays in the end. Still, it's about moving forward.

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CVCA To Study Lightening, Sort Of

By admin Published: September 2, 2009


CVCA athletic director Jay Tyree was in the same situation as many AD's last Friday evening when rain, lightening and thunder- but mainly lightening- forced numerous games to be suspended.

Tyree said the OHSAA rule is that once there is a lightening strike, you must wait 30 minutes from that moment before resuming the game.

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Long-Lost Shoe Going To Springfield

By admin Published: September 2, 2009


On Friday morning, around 9:30 a.m., longtime Ellet football coach Joe Yost, who is in his 31st season, will be making the short trek from Ellet to Springfield to deliver the ceremonial `Shoe'' that annually goes to the winner of this game.

Springfield won 23-13 at home and Yost was gracious in defeat.

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Manchester Senior Celebrates 50th

By admin Published: September 2, 2009

She reached her 50th- win that is.

Manchester senior Kristin Gainer reached her 50th career singles win Monday and is now the school's all-time leader in wins. She is 6-0 this season.

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Ellet's Cockerham To Play At Famed Pebble Beach

By admin Published: September 2, 2009

Ellet junior golfer Jeff Cockerham earned the prestigious honor through The First Tee of Akron of playing Pebble Beach this weekend at the Walmart First Tee Open.

The Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is an official Champions Tour tournament that pairs 78 junior golfers with 78 professionals.

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Rittman ends 27-game losing streak with 27-0 win

By mikeb Published: September 2, 2009

The Rittman football team broke a 27-game losing streak with a convincing 27-0 victory over host Conotton Valley this past Saturday.

First-year Rittman coach Brent Besancon said prior to the season that "obviously the goal is to just get the monkey off our back."

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Mogadore wins with strong first, fourth quarters

By mikeb Published: September 2, 2009

Mogadore was one of the few schools in the Northeast Ohio area that was able to complete its Friday night football game on Friday night.

The Wildcats game with visiting Mineral Ridge did have a delay of around an hour and a half due to lightning, yet the season opener for both schools ended at nearly 11:15 p.m., according to Mogadore coach Matt Adorni.

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Twinsburg coach sees better days for the Falcons

By izzy Published: September 1, 2009

It would be easy to dismiss Firestone's 51-6 loss to highly touted Twinsburg as a case of bad team taking on an outstanding one.

Tigers coach Mark Solis saw far more in the Falcons than fans might expect.

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McMullen Still Mending

By admin Published: September 1, 2009

It's still questionable whether Archbishop Hoban sophomore defensive end Greg McMullen will play against Walsh Jesuit Friday at Hoban's Dowed Field.

McMullen, who is 6-foot-5, 250 pounds and already being recruited by a host of major Division I colleges, had surgery on his wrist this summer and didn't play in Hoban's 31-28 win agains Garfield in the season opener.

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Springfield earns "The Shoe" over Ellet, snaps 34-game losing skid

By mikeb Published: September 1, 2009

It has been three days since the Springfield football team snapped the 34-game losing streak that the Spartans players, coaches and fans had endured for nearly four years.

Springfield defeated rival Ellet 23-13 this past Saturday after the game was started on Friday and then delayed later that evening due to lightning.

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Nordonia will shake things up against Wadsworth

By izzy Published: September 1, 2009

Nordonia coach Al Huge says it was big plays that bailed out the Knights and gave them a 34-19 win over inexperienced Tallmadge. The Knights had negative 21 yards on 20 carries.

"We hit some big passes and John Spooney (senior running back-defensive back) returned a kickoff 95 yards, but we can't get away without running the ball. We have some injuries so we are going to have to Aaron Highberger might have to play on the offensive line. We also hope to have (lineman) Jamil Pickens finally back," the coach says.

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