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Video: Gridlocks Week 6 – Analyzing the top area high school football games

By mdyer Published: September 29, 2011

Beacon Journal sports writer George Thomas, Michael Beaven, Jonas Fortune and Jim Isabella break down this week’s top high school football games.

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Wooster pitcher/first baseman reportedly commits to Ohio State

By mdyer Published: September 28, 2011

Wooster senior left-handed pitcher/first baseman Luke McGeee has reportedly made a verbal commitment to play baseball at Ohio State, according to the Prep Baseball Report (prepbaseballreport.com).

McGee, who is 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, is ranked the state’s No. 85 player in the 2012 class, according to Prep Baseball Report.

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West Virginia may be after Massillon's Kyle Kempt

By mdyer Published: September 28, 2011

Massillon junior quarterback Kyle Kempt reportedly took an unofficial visit to West Virginia this past weekend during the West Virginia vs. LSU game in Morgantown, according to Rivals.com.

Kempt has offers from Stanford, Tennessee, West Virginia, Toledo and Bowling Green, according to Rivals.comm

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Jessica Porvasnik makes a hole-in-one

By mikeb Published: September 27, 2011

Highland junior Jessica Porvasnik shot her first career hole-in-one Tuesday during a practice round at Pine Hills Golf Course in Hinckley.

Porvasnik used a 9-iron club to ace the No. 16 hole, which is a par-3 and 115 yards.

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Football: OHSAA Playoff Computer Rankings

By gthomas Published: September 27, 2011

The following list includes area football teams that are currently ranked high enough to make the post season and may include those just on the outside looking in.  The top eight teams will make the state playoffs.  Here are this week’s computer rankings as provided by the Ohio High School Athletic Association:

Division I, Region 2
No. 1:  Canton GlenOak
No. 5:  Canton McKinley
No. 6:  Massillon Jackson

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Irish Dedicate Season to Late Volunteer

By gthomas Published: September 27, 2011

Many people in the Akron area never knew who Al Letta was.
But to the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish family, he remains in their memories.  The volunteer equipment manager for the football team passed away Aug. 1 at the age of 82 and since the season started, the football team has worn a sticker on their helmets in honor of him.
Additionally, the team sends out a rememberance in cyberspace via its Twitter feed dedicating each game in Letta’s memory.
Letta was selected an Irish Crusader and honored by Mayor Don Plusquellic with a proclamation in 2008, according to St. V-M athletic director Andy Jalwan.
“He was just as much a part of the team as any coach or player,” he said.

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Walsh Jesuit's Rardin on Victory Over Mentor Lake Catholic

By gthomas Published: September 26, 2011

Last Saturday the Walsh Jesuit left Mentor with plenty to smile about.
The Warriors beat the Lake Catholic Cougars 14-12 behind defense, an aspect of the team’s game that had been missing in previous efforts – consistent defense.
“The defense finally played four solid quarters,” coach Gerry Rardin said via phone Monday afternoon.
The win impresses and has a huge impact on its ranking with respect to computer points.  So far this year, the Cougars beat Ursuline and Youngstown Moody, two highly regarded teams.
“They were 4-0 and beat some very good teams,” Rardin said.  “We knew we were going to have to play a complete game.”
Rardin said that he knew that his team had to have a consistent passing game because Ursuline and Moody were unable to run on the Cougars. He got it from quarterback Nick Wargo, who tossed for 193 yards and a touchdown on 17-of-26 passing.  Wargo still has not thrown a pick this year.
In the process, Wargo got his outside receivers involved, connecting with them for 13 of his passes.  Crissean Caver caught seven passes and Doug Lewis six.
“It was good to get the ball to those guys,” Rardin said.

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Preview: Another Holy War as St. V-M Takes on Hoban

By gthomas Published: September 23, 2011

Game:  St. Vincent-St. Mary Irish (4-0) vs. Archbishop Hoban Knights (0-4)

When: 7 p.m at InfoCision Stadium

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APS STEM Athletes Will Play in Home Cluster

By izzy Published: September 23, 2011

Akron Public schools will open STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) High School in the 2012-13 school year, which will get an influx of top students from all seven of its current high schools.

The school won't need a nickname or mascot for its sports because none will be offered at the school itself.

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Highland girls' golf team playing in prestigious invitational Satuday

By mdyer Published: September 23, 2011

The Highland girls’ golf team will travel to suburban Cincinnati Saturday to compete in the prestigious St. Angela Merici Invitational.

The tournament starts at 1:30 p.m. at O’Bannon Creek Golf Club in Loveland, Ohio. There will be 17 teams competing, including several top teams from around the state and one team in Northern Kentucky.

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Thursday Night Lights Preview: Buchtel vs. East

By gthomas Published: September 22, 2011

Game:  Buchtel (1-3, 1-0) vs. East (0-4, 0-1)

Where:  InfoCision Stadium at the University of Akron

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Video: Gridlocks Week 5 – Analyzing the top area high school football games

By mdyer Published: September 22, 2011

Beacon Journal sports writer George Thomas, Michael Beaven, Jonas Fortune and Jim Isabella break down this week’s top high school football games.

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Stow's David Walker is bound for Northeastern

By mikeb Published: September 21, 2011

Stow-Munroe Falls High School senior David Walker has committed to Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. to continue his academic and basketball careers on scholarship.

Walker, a 6-foot-6 point guard, led Stow to a 22-3 record last season. The Bulldogs won the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division championship with a 14-0 mark and made an OHSAA Division I Regional final appearance last season after winning sectional and district titles.

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Walsh Jesuit's Ross Martin selected for Under Armour Game

By mdyer Published: September 21, 2011

Walsh Jesuit senior kicker Ross Martin has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 5 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

"He is our first player to play in this game," Walsh coach Gerry Rardin said.

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Orrville not taking 1-3 Mansfield Senior lightly

By mdyer Published: September 21, 2011

Orrville football coach Doug Davault knows what Mansfield Senior is capable of this Friday night.

Despite Mansfield Senior's 35-28 loss to Clear Fork last week, the Division II squad still put up 22 points in the fourth quarter last week.

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Following bye, Walsh prepared for undefeated Mentor Lake Catholic

By mdyer Published: September 20, 2011

Walsh Jesuit football coach Gerry Rardin said the Warriors enjoyed their bye week and rested well mentally and physically.

Now, it’s time to get back to football. Walsh (2-1) plays at Mentor Lake Catholic at 7 p.m. Saturday. Lake Catholic (4-0) is ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press Division III state poll. Lake Catholic defeated host Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 27-22 last week.

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Struggling Garfield needs to worry about itself, coach says

By mdyer Published: September 20, 2011

Garfield football coach Bob Sax said the Rams need to worry about themselves with an 0-4 record and take care of the football this week against North (0-4).

“We have not been able to do that at all this season,” Sax said. “We are very young team and we continue to be our own worst enemy. Turnovers and penalties at key moments have cost us good drives and potential scoring opportunities.”

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Woodridge Boosters Hosts Annual Fundraiser Oct. 22

By mdyer Published: September 16, 2011

The Woodridge Booster Club will host its annual reverse raffle and fundraiser from 6-11 p.m. at  Emidio’s Banquet Center, 48 E. Bath Road. Proceeds from the annual fundraiser go to the Woodridge High School football program.  A $75 ticket will include a buffet-style dinner by Emidio’s, dessert, raffle number, open bar and beverages. Dinner only tickets also are available for $35. For tickets or information, call Jack and Laura McCoy at 330-819-8860.

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Game Preview: Mogadore at Woodridge

By gthomas Published: September 16, 2011

Game: Mogadore (2-1) at Woodridge (2-1)

Time: 7 p.m.

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Video: Gridlocks Week 4 – Analyzing the top area high school football games

By mdyer Published: September 16, 2011

Beacon Journal sports writer George Thomas, Michael Beaven, Jonas Fortune and Jim Isabella break down this week’s top high school football games.

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Marlington's Dymonte Thomas reportedly commits to Michigan

By mdyer Published: September 12, 2011

Marlington junior safety Dymonte Thomas has reportedly made a verbal commitment to play at Michigan, according to Rivals.com and ScoutingOhio.com.

Thomas, who is considered one of the state’s top players in the 2013 class, had offers that included Michigan State, Michigan, UCLA, Tennessee, West Virginia, Illinois and Notre Dame, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

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Game Preview: Garfield Rams at Tallmadge Blue Devils

By gthomas Published: September 9, 2011

Game: Garfield Rams (0-2) at the Tallmadge Blue Devils (0-2)
Time:  7 p.m.
What to look for:  You can expect two desperate teams scrounging to get back into the race for the playoffs.
So far this season:  The Garfield Rams are still gelling as a team, but they need to get to it quick.  You have to wonder if coach Bob Sax’s team will be able to given that his team’s defensive unit has given up better than 40 points in their first two games.
Fate has victimized coach Joe Vassalotti’s Blue Devils in two close losses.  You can overcome one of those, but what about two?  Which is most devastating?  My guess is we’ll find out tonight.  Last week they lost to Ellet on a last-second reception at the end of the game.  Beat Garfield and they right the ship.  Fall and there’s something deeper going on with the Blue Devils.

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North WR DeShawn Dowdy adds Maryland offer

By mdyer Published: September 8, 2011

North wide receiver DeShawn Dowdy has added an offer from Maryland, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

Dowdy, who is 6 feet 4 and 222 pounds, also has offers from Akron, Kent State, Western Michigan, Toledo, Miami University, Iowa State, Cincinnati and West Virginia.

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Walsh Jesuit girls' soccer gets high national ranking

By mdyer Published: September 8, 2011

The Walsh Jesuit girls’ soccer team is ranked No. 14 nationally by the ESPN Rise Powerade Fab 50 rankings this week. Walsh had been ranked No. 19.

Medina is ranked No. 45 nationally in the poll.

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Video: Gridlocks Week 3 – Analyzing the top area high school football games

By Dan Published: September 8, 2011

Beacon Journal sports writer Michael Beaven, Jonas Fortune and Jim Isabella break down this week's top high school football games.

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Orrville's Stewart Turner commits to Ball State

By mdyer Published: September 7, 2011

Orrville senior defensive back Stewart Turner made a verbal commitment to play football at Ball State, according to Orrville coach Doug Davault.

“He verballed on Saturday when he was at the game,” Davault said.

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Hudson LB Ben Gedeon will reportedly visit Michigan

By mdyer Published: September 7, 2011

Hudson junior linebacker Ben Gedeon is reportedly scheduled to visit Michigan this weekend, according to Scout.com.

Michigan plays host to Notre Dame on Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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Hoban's Lewis Speaks About Season-Ending Injury

By gthomas Published: September 6, 2011

Archbishop Hoban defensive end LaTroy Lewis lost his season doing one of the things he does best – getting after the ball.

The senior and University of Tennessee recruit said he was going after a fumble midway through the third quarter in his team’s loss against Cleveland Benedictine when he broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot.

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Preview: St. V-M at the Walsh Jesuit Warriors

By gthomas Published: September 2, 2011

Game: St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighthing Irish (1-0) at the Walsh Jesuit Warriors (1-0)
Time:  7 p.m.
What to look for:
The Irish rolled over Cincinnati Purcell last weeked in Cincy by a score of 61-13 courtesy of their speed, speed and more speed.  Behind senior running bacsk  Sae’von Fitzgerald and Mike Pruiett Jr.   But they will be looking for revenge against the Warriors, who beat them on their home field last season.
But the Warriors have quarterback Nick Wargo at quarterback, a senior, who got an offer from  the University of Cincinnati despite having sat behind another D-I recruit, Connor Cook.  If the game should get close, however, Walsh has one fo the best  high school placekikers in the country in Duke recruit Ross Martin. Expect this backyard brawl to be close.

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Kent State baseball recruit playing on ESPNU Sunday

By mdyer Published: September 2, 2011

Pickerington Central senior quarterback Nick Jensen-Clagg will lead his teammates out on the field at Ohio Stadium at noon Sunday in a nationally-televised game on ESPNU against Cincinnati St. Xavier in the Kirk Herbstreit National Kickoff Classic in Columbus.

Northeast Ohio fans should take note. Jensen-Clagg is verbally committed to play baseball at Kent State.

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Video: Gridlocks Week 2 – Analyzing the top area high school football games

By Dan Published: September 1, 2011

After the jump, see the picks for each game this week.

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