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Hudson need McKinley to lose today

By izzy Published: October 31, 2009

Hudson is in the eighth and final playoff spot in Division I, Region 2. That is thanks to Perrysburg's 42-12 loss to Maumee, Toledo St. John's 40-21 loss to Toledo Central Catholic and Thursday Amherst Steele loss to Avon Lake.

There is only one team that can send the Explorers (8-2) home - Canton McKinley. The Bulldogs are the 15th team in the region, but mathematically still have a chance this afternoon at 2 McKinley beats rival Massillon at Fawcett Stadium.

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Buchtel defeats Garfield 14-8

By mdyer Published: October 30, 2009

Buchtel defeated Garfield 14-8 Friday night to win the City Series football championship at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field on the campus of the University of Akron.

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Barberton's North commits to Toledo for baseball

By mikeb Published: October 30, 2009

Barberton High School senior Jacob North has made an oral commitment to continue his academic and baseball career at the University of Toledo.

North led the Magics last season with a .500 bating average. He had 36 hits, eight doubles, one triple, five home runs, 35 RBI, scored 24 runs and stolen 10 bases in 11 attempts.

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Buchtel & Garfield meet tonight for City Series football title

By mikeb Published: October 30, 2009

The Buchtel and Garfield football teams meet tonight at 7 p.m. on the campus of the University of Akron.

The winner of tonight’s matchup on Summa Field within InfoCision Stadium will finish the season with a perfect record within the City Series and earn the City Series title.

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Football state playoff picture after nine weeks

By mikeb Published: October 30, 2009

Here is a look at the high school football state playoff picture heading into the final week of the regular season, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association computer ratings.

The top eight teams in each region advance to the regional quarterfinals. Local schools are listed with their record after nine weeks and are posted by division and region, according to who has clinched a playoff spot, who is in right now and who is on the bubble with a chance. Schools that have been mathematically eliminated are not included.

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Report: Miller orally commits to Buckeyes

By mdyer Published: October 30, 2009

Canton McKinley junior defensive Steve Miller has reportedly made an oral commitment to play football at Ohio State, according to JJHuddle.com

Miller, who is 6-4 and 235 pounds, also had offers from Florida, Michigan State and Purdue. He had 116 tackles as a sophomore.

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Taylor keeps Ravenna in playoff picture

By mikeb Published: October 30, 2009

Ravenna hosts Springfield tonight with a Portage Trail Conference Metro Division title and a possible state playoff appearance at stake.

The Ravens (7-2, 6-0) defeated Field 39-0 last week and currently are ninth in the Division II, Region 5 standings. The top eight teams in each region advance to the regional quarterfinals.

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Woodridge in the hunt for first state playoff football spot

By mikeb Published: October 30, 2009

Woodridge wraps up its regular season tonight with a Portage Trail Conference County Division game at Waterloo.

The Bulldogs (7-2, 6-1) are hoping to qualify for the state football playoffs for the first time in school history. Woodridge is currently sixth in the Division IV, Region 13 and a win should help them stay in the top eight and make a regional quarterfinal appearance.

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Matthews leads Springfield into Week 10

By mikeb Published: October 30, 2009

Springfield looks to finish off its surprise season with a win tonight at Ravenna.

Spartans sophomore Dillon Matthews rushed for 218 yards and four touchdowns in a 33-15 win over the visiting Coventry Comets last week.

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Mogadore seeks home playoff game

By mikeb Published: October 30, 2009

Mogadore hosts East Canton tonight knowing it has a clinched a spot in the state playoffs.

The Widlcats are currently fifth in the Division VI, Region 21 standings and are hoping to get into the top four spots and host a playoff game.

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Roosevelt needs win to keep playoff hope strong

By mikeb Published: October 30, 2009

Kent Roosevelt hosts Norton tonight with a chance to reach the Division II state playoffs.

Junior Evan Shimensky rushed for a 32-yard touchdown and threw an 86-yard touchdown pass to junior Nicholas Sacchini to guide the visiting Rough Riders (7-2, 4-2) over Crestwood 27-7 last week.

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Smith leads Norton into Week 10

By mikeb Published: October 30, 2009

Norton concludes its season tonight at Kent Roosevelt.

The Panthers defeated Southeast 17-8 last week behind the rushing of Steve Smith. He gained 102 yards and scored two touchdowns to guide the host Panthers (4-5, 3-3).

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Last game for seniors

By RonPreps Published: October 29, 2009

For all of those seniors and their families who will take part in their final football game this weekend, this column by David Lee Morgan Jr. is for you.

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Garfield prepares for Buchtel

By mdyer Published: October 28, 2009

Garfield plays Buchtel in a highly-anticipated football showdown for the City Series title at 7 p.m. Friday at the University of Akron.

The Rams (6-3, 5-0 City Series) are coming off a 37-12 over Kenmore last week. Garfield coach Bob Sax said senior running back Tyson Gulley missed last week's game with flu-like symptoms. Sax said other running backs stepped up last week in his absence.

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Walsh Jesuit to play in Cincinnati in 2010

By mdyer Published: October 28, 2009

The Walsh Jesuit football team plays host to Cincinnati La Salle Friday night.

Walsh will travel to play La Salle in Cincinnati in 2010, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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Gridlocks Week 10

By mdyer Published: October 28, 2009

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Hudson grid coach knows his team needs help

By izzy Published: October 28, 2009

Tom Narducci hopes to be working next week. The Hudson football coach knows that Senior Night at Dante Lavelli Field against Lakewood might be the team's swan song. Even if the Explorers beat the Rangers, it might not be enough to get them into the playoff. Coming into the is week, Hudson sits in the eighth and final spot in Division I, Region 2.

"We need a few things to happen, like Perrysburg, Toledo St. John's and some other teams too lose and maybe get lucky that Medina knocks off Brunswick (No. 6 in the region), which is possible because they've played pretty well in the second half of the year," Narducci said.

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Report: Ohio State offers Medina sophomore

By mdyer Published: October 27, 2009

Medina sophomore basketball standout Kenny Kaminski has reportedly been offered by Ohio State, according to JJHuddle.com's Ohio High Magazine.

The report said Kaminski also has offers from Michigan State and Indiana.

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Falls will play at Stow; Bulldogs and Roosevelt may be at KSU in the future

By izzy Published: October 27, 2009

Good news for parents and players at Stow High School. While the field itself is not in good condition, athletic director Cyle Feldman said the Bulldogs will host rival Cuyahoga Falls Friday night as scheduled.

"We have rescheduled 15 events because the field was in poor shape. But we talked to parents, looked at the forecast this week and we decided to keep it here," Feldman said. "It wasn't an easy decision. You have band parents, football parents, senior band and football parents concerned here because it is Seniior Night. The players weren't as worried about it."

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Playoffs!? It is the week of yes and no

By izzy Published: October 26, 2009

It is Week 10 and there is no room for bad play or flu. In many cases, it is essentially  a playoff week for teams, meaning win or go home. Unlike other sports, football pairs down the number of post season schools to only one out of seven. The top eight teams in each region qualify for the playoffs with the first four teams hosting a home game. Here are some of the big games for area teams:

*Massillon (7-2) at Canton McKinley (5-4)- The Tigers sit pretty at the No. 2 spot in Division I, Region 2. McKinley, with coach Ron Johnson on the hot seat, is in the 13th spot in the region.  The state's oldest rivalry bold down to this - Massillon win ensures home field; McKinley win gives them a shot with some help, of reaching the post season.

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Twinsburg focused on the playoffs

By izzy Published: October 25, 2009

When an underdog team like Stow has a chance to shine in the spotlight of TV, it would be easy for a heavy favorite like the Twinsburg football team to let down.

But after leading at halftime 14-0, the Tigers finished off the Bulldogs, 38-0, on the FS Ohio Thursday Game of the Week.

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Friday Night Spotlight

By beaconphoto Published: October 23, 2009

Sportswriter David Lee Morgan Jr. shines the Friday Night Spotlight on the Highland at Copley High School football game.

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Walsh Jesuit in state final four

By mdyer Published: October 23, 2009

The Walsh Jesuit girls' tennis team will play Columbus Academy in the Division II state team tournament Sunday at Hilliard Davidson. The winner plays either Indian Hill or Lexington. The state final will be after 1 p.m.

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Springfield looks to secure winning record

By mikeb Published: October 23, 2009

Springfield heads into tonight’s Week 9 game against visiting Coventry seeking a win that will guarantee a winning season and keep alive chances of qualifying for the state playoffs.

The Spartans are looking to rebound from a 19-12 loss to host Kent Roosevelt in Week 8. The Spartans are 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the Portage Trail Conference County Division.

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Woodridge and East Canton square off in key PTC Metro game

By mikeb Published: October 23, 2009

Woodridge hosts East Canton tonight in a key Week 9 matchup with Portage Trail Conference Metro Division and state playoff ramifications.

The Bulldogs (6-2, 4-1) will look to rebound against the Hornets (5-3, 4-1) after losing last week to Rootstown 34-32.

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Top 25 Ohio High School Nicknames

By admin Published: October 22, 2009

Hey everyone! This is my column that's running in the Akron Beacon Journal Friday, but it's posted on Ohio.com now, as you can see. Thanks to everyone who submitted votes for their favorite high school nicknames. If there are other crazy nicknames from out of state, post them so we can all get some laughs. Thanks again!

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State soccer poll

By mdyer Published: October 22, 2009

The Jackson boys' soccer team is ranked No. 3 in this week's Division I state soccer poll. The final regular season poll was released earlier this week.

In Division II, Revere is ranked No. 5. In Division III, CVCA is ranked No. 4.

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Gridlocks Week 9

By mdyer Published: October 21, 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 9.

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Garfield football update

By mdyer Published: October 21, 2009

Garfield plays at Kenmore at 2 p.m. Saturday and the Rams insist they need get better and reduce turnovers during the game.

Garfield (5-3) defeated Firestone 27-6 last week.

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Gulley focused on season

By mdyer Published: October 21, 2009

As we reported earlier, Garfield senior RB Tyson Gulley is pretty certain on three official visits he will take to college programs once the season is over. Gulley is also considering two additional visits.

Garfield coach Bob Sax said Gulley prefers not to make the schools known just yet.

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Twinsburg coach not satisfied with Hudson victory

By izzy Published: October 21, 2009

Though his team scored two second half touchdowns to beat Hudson in a NOC River Division showdown, 14-7, coach Mark Solis made it clear there was a lot of errors to correct this week in practice.

"I know looking at the tape of the first half , we need to do a lot of coaching this week," Solis said.

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Black Tiger football team hits the big three

By izzy Published: October 21, 2009

The last time the Cuyahoga Falls football team reached the three win mark in a season was 2003. So the 16-14 win over Lakewood in the Homecoming game at Clifford Stadium was a big step for coach Mike Miller's rebuilding of the football program.

"Winning is contagious just like losing is contagious," Miller said.

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Hudson grid coach says team, Twinsburg both bogged down in big game

By izzy Published: October 21, 2009

Tom Narducci is honest and a good analyst in evaluating his Hudson's football tram's 14-7 loss to Twinsburg at Dante Lavelli Field.

"The weather the past three weeks has hurt our spread offense because we wanted to throw the ball more," Narducci said. "But it took away from Twinsburg's strength, too. Dion Johnson (running back) had trouble running at times."

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Upsets prompted by flu; playoffs in sight

By izzy Published: October 21, 2009

Talked to several coaches this week and privately they worried, but not about game plans or executions. Rather it is about the health of the players, not just in football, but in various sports.

Between the normal strains of flu and the H1N1 virus, coaches are sweating about the availability of their players. Last weekend we saw two good examples of how sicknesses could change entire seasons.

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Long time assistant Tomei leaving Revere football

By jcfortun Published: October 20, 2009

An era is coming to an end at Revere High School. A week after head football coach Terry Cistone announced he will be leaving the football program at the end of the season, long time assistant Fred Tomei announced he will be leaving as well.

Tomei has been with the Revere football program for 23 seasons and has been coaching lineman for most of that time. The Offensive Lineman of the Year Award is named in his honor.

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Meyer excelling at Ohio State

By jcfortun Published: October 20, 2009

Ohio State freshman Julian Meyer, a Revere graduate, is putting together a solid first season in Columbus.

Meyer placed fifth overall in the Buckeyes first place finish in the Mountaineer Open in Boone, NC. He placed sixth in the All-Ohio Championships in Delaware, Ohio. The Buckeyes also won that event.

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Revere's Galbraith orally commits to CSU

By jcfortun Published: October 20, 2009

Revere senior baseball player John Galbraith has orally committed to continue his academic and baseball careers at Cleveland State University next season.

Galbraith, 6-foot-2 185 pounds, is expected to be a three year started for the Minutemen. He hit .381 last season with 17 RBI. An infielder, as a sophomore he hit .356 with 12 doubles and 23 RBI.

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Revere Captures Title; Wheeler Strong In Suburban League Championship

By admin Published: October 19, 2009

BY DAVID LEE MORGAN JR.
Beacon Journal sportswriter

During the regular season, Revere boys cross country coach Dave Parry knew he would have a team that could compete for a league title.

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Gulley considering visits

By mdyer Published: October 19, 2009

Garfield senior running back Tyson Gulley is pretty certain on three official visits he wants to take once the season is over, according to Garfield coach Bob Sax. Gulley is also considering two more visits.

Recruits are allowed five official visits during their senior year.

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Tuck & Boedicker share college honor

By mikeb Published: October 18, 2009

Local high school graduates Harvie Tuck IV and Zach Boedicker were recently named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division Co-Offensive Player of the Week.

Tuck, a freshman tailback at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), is a graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary.

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Firestone and Garfield set for InfoCision Stadium meeting

By mikeb Published: October 16, 2009

Firestone and Garfield will meet tonight for a key City Series game at InfoCision Stadium on the campus of the University of Akron.

Both teams feature impressive rushing attacks. The Golden Rams (4-3, 3-0) boast the Gulley brothers, senior Tyson Gulley and sophomore Toneo Gulley. The Falcons (3-4, 2-1) counter with junior Cody Grice.

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Woodridge wins with offense, defense and coaching

By mikeb Published: October 16, 2009

The Woodridge football team is one of the hottest teams in the area with a 6-1 overall record and a 4-0 mark in the Portage Trail Conference County Division. The Bulldogs secured home wins against Mogadore (52-7) and Garrettsville (42-0) the past two weeks.

I put together a story for the Akron Beacon Journal for this past Thursday’s sports section. Here are some additional comments that were left out of the story:

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Springfield travels to Roosevelt for key PTC Metro game

By mikeb Published: October 16, 2009

Springfield will travel Kent Roosevelt tonight and attempt to win their second consecutive Portage Trail Conference Metro Division game.

The Spartans defeated visiting Crestwood 33-14 last Friday after a 16-13 loss to visiting Field the previous Friday.

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Boosinger and Boggs guide Field to perfection in PTC Metro

By mikeb Published: October 16, 2009

Field looks to stay undefeated in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division when they host Southeast (1-6, 1-3) tonight.

The Falcons (6-1, 4-0) defeated host Norton 32-7 last week. Mike Boosinger and Patrick Boggs each rushed for two touchdowns, and Boosinger returned an interception for a touchdown.

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McAvinew and Simonetti pace Mogadore

By mikeb Published: October 16, 2009

Mogadore improved its record to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the Portage Trail Conference County Division with a 39-15 win at Streetsboro last week.

Junior Jake McAvinew and rushed three touchdowns and senior Mike Simonetti rushed for one touchdown.

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Ravenna seeks to stay perfect in PTC Metro

By mikeb Published: October 16, 2009

Ravenna looks to stay undefeated in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division when they travel to Coventry (0-7, 0-4) tonight.

The Ravens (5-2, 4-0) defeated visiting Kent Roosevelt 29-28 in a rivalry game that went to overtime this past Friday.

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Busson guides Chippewa's rushing attack

By mikeb Published: October 16, 2009

Colby Busson will attempt to lead host Chippewa to a win over Wayne County Athletic League foe Norwayne (4-3, 2-2) tonight.

Busson guided the Chipps to a 22-6 win over host Rittman this past Friday with two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter. Busson also successfully rushed for a pair of two-point conversions.

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Walsh's Foschia headed to Duquesne for volleyball

By mikeb Published: October 16, 2009

Walsh Jesuit senior Allison Foschia, 17, recently made an oral commitment to continue her academic and volleyball career at Duquesne University.

Foschia, a 6-foot outside hitter will sign a National Letter of Intent in November and accept a scholarship.

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Walsh graduate Danko to play baseball at Ohio U

By mikeb Published: October 16, 2009

Walsh Jesuit graduate Drew Danko is continuing his academic and baseball career at Ohio University.

Danko, a 2009 Walsh graduate and left-handed pitcher, earned a spot with OU’s baseball team following a walk-on tryout.

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Cistone to step down at Revere

By jcfortun Published: October 15, 2009

Revere football coach Terry Cistone will be stepping down from his position as head football coach at the end of the football season.

Cistone cited a willingness to spend more time with his family as a main reason for his departure.

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Gridlocks: Week 8

By jim Published: October 14, 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 8. See their picks here.

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Basketball season is coming

By mdyer Published: October 14, 2009

Practice can officially begin Oct. 30 for area girls' basketball teams. Boys' basketball teams are allowed to practice on Nov. 6.

The first girls' basketball games will be Nov. 27. The first boys' basketball games are Dec. 4.

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Gridlocks: Week 8 high school picks

By mdyer Published: October 13, 2009

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Twinsburg and Hudson both healthy for Friday clash

By izzy Published: October 13, 2009

Both Twinsburg coach Mark Solis and Hudson coach Tom Narducci report their teams are in good shape physically as the teams prepare for Friday's Northeast Ohio Conference River Division battle in Hudson.

Narducci said Dante Lavelli Field should be in good shape.

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Hoover's Howard racking up records

By Dan Published: October 13, 2009

This past Friday turned out to be a memorable night for North Canton Hoover senior running back Erick Howard.

Against Austintown Fitch, Ohio's reigning Mr. Football broke the Stark County rushing record.

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Great Experience At Pebble Beach

By admin Published: October 13, 2009


Ellet junior golfer Jeff Cockerham enjoyed a great experience last month when he played in the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

Cockerham was paired with pro John Cook and the two made the cut and played in the champions round and paired with Tom Watson and his junior partner.

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City Woes

By admin Published: October 13, 2009

It's been a few years since a City Series football team qualified for the state playoffs. In 2004, both Buchtel and Garfield made the playoffs and Garfield, led by former Ohio State star running back Chris ``Beanie'' Wells, played (and lost) to Copley in the first round of the Division II playoffs.

Copley was led by running back Delone Carter, now a running back at Syracuse University.

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State volleyball polls

By mdyer Published: October 13, 2009

Tuscarawas Valley is No. 1 in the Division III state volleyball this week. The team has 23 first-place votes. Orrville is No. 7 in the poll.

In Division I, Cloverleaf is No. 9.

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State soccer polls

By mdyer Published: October 13, 2009

Revere is No. 3 in the Division II boys state soccer poll this week. Revere entered the week with a 10-1-3 record. Hoban (10-1-3) is No. 8 in the poll.

In the Division I boys soccer poll, Jackson is No. 4 with a 12-1 record. Copley is No. 10.

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Hoban's Sokol signs with Walsh University

By mikeb Published: October 12, 2009

Archbishop Hoban senior Krissy Sokol recently signed an NAIA National Letter of Intent to continue her athletic and academic career at Walsh University.

Sokol intends to play volleyball and track and field at Walsh. Sokol leads the Knights volleyball team in kills, blocks and service aces this season.

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District brackets set for girls tennis

By mikeb Published: October 12, 2009

The high school girls tennis season continues this week with district competition.

The Division I district tournament at Oberlin College features two singles players and one doubles unit from the area. Firestone's Christine Coffman and Jackson's Trisha Conlan are top seeds in singles, and Revere's Natalie Robson and Brittany Miller are a top doubles tandem.

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Akron, Kent State show interest in Cincinnati player

By mdyer Published: October 12, 2009

Cincinnati Colerain senior QB Greg Tabar was scheduled to visit Youngstown State this past weekend. Tabar has already made visits to Akron and Kent State.

Colerain is a Division I football power in suburban Cincinnati.

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Big games, big gambles, big surprises on the gridiron

By izzy Published: October 11, 2009

What a week that was and what a game coming up. As you read my thoughts, remember this - to reach the football playoffs, eight teams in each of the four regions in each division get their ticket punched. The top four teams host first round home games.,

Let's go:

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Video: Friday Night Spotlight

By Dan Published: October 10, 2009

Jonas Fortune fills in for David Lee Morgan Jr. and shines the Friday Night Spotlight on Lake at GlenOak.

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Woodridge ready for Garrettsville after win over Mogadore

By mikeb Published: October 9, 2009

The Woodridge football team enters Week 7 fresh off an impressive 52-7 victory over visiting Mogadore this past Friday.]ep

“The first positive would be the win,” Woodridge coach Eric Ervin said. “Mogadore is a great football team with a great football coach (Matt Adorni). We were expecting a much closer game, one that may come down to the wire, but our kids just went out and executed. To be honest, that may have been our best complete game of the season.”]ep

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Springfield hopes for rebound win after close loss

By mikeb Published: October 9, 2009

Springfield looks to rebound from a 16-13 loss this past Friday at home to Field.]ep

The Spartans dropped to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division, and Field upped its marks to 4-2, 3-1.]ep

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Polasky leads collective Field effort

By mikeb Published: October 9, 2009

Field coach Patrick Youel likes to emphasize the importance of “team.”]ep

The Falcons displayed that this past Friday with a 16-13 victory at Springfield. The Spartans fought hard, but the Falcons made the biggest plays during the game.]ep

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Orrville seeks to control Ashland

By mikeb Published: October 9, 2009

Orrville hosts Ashland in a Ohio Cardinal Conference showdown game tonight.]ep

Each team is 3-0 in the OCC. Ashland is 5-1 overall and Orrville is 4-2.]ep

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Norton confident after win over Coventry

By mikeb Published: October 9, 2009

Norton hosts Field tonight after defeating Coventry 43-21 last Friday.]ep

Norton coach Matt Parrill said he was pleased with his team’s performance.]ep

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Ravenna ready to host Roosevelt

By mikeb Published: October 9, 2009

Ravenna enters tonight’s rivalry matchup with visiting Kent Roosevelt with a perfect record in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division.]ep

The Ravens (4-2, 3-0) defeated host Crestwood 40-0 last week by rushing on every offensive play. That’s right, Ravenna never attempted a pass in the entire game.]ep

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Kent Roosevelt set to visit Ravenna

By mikeb Published: October 9, 2009

Kent Roosevelt enters tonight’s rivalry matchup with host Ravenna after defeating Southeast 33-0 last week.]ep

The Rough Riders, 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division, will have to stop the Ravens (4-2, 3-0) potent rushing attack.]ep

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State bowling location announced

By mdyer Published: October 8, 2009

The OHSAA Board of Directors approved Shawnee Lanes in Chillicothe today as the state tournament site for the boys and girls state bowling championships, which will be March 5-6.

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Louisville prepares for Carrollton

By mdyer Published: October 8, 2009

Louisville plays Carrollton Friday night in meeting of two undefeated football teams with 6-0 records.

Louisville is coming off a 42-7 win over host West Branch last week.

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Miller plans to visit Kent State Oct. 30-31

By mdyer Published: October 8, 2009

Orrville senior WR/DB Sam Miller (6-0, 183) says he plans to visit Kent State on Oct. 30-31. Kent State recently offered Miller.

Miller said he would like to visit Toledo either this weekend or next weekend.

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Garfield prepares for Ellet

By mdyer Published: October 8, 2009

 Garfield plays at Ellet at 7 p.m. Friday and Rams football coach Bob Sax is still looking for a complete game from his squad this fall.

Garfield (3-3) is coming off a 23-0 win over East last week. Ellet (2-4) defeated Firestone 20-6 last week.

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Video: Gridlocks Week 7

By Dan Published: October 7, 2009

Find all the picks by Beacon Journal sports writers David Lee Morgan Jr., Michael Beaven, Jonas Fortune and Jim Isabella below this post.

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Week 7 football picks

By Dan Published: October 7, 2009

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Football thoughts going into Week 7

By izzy Published: October 6, 2009

Was just thinking about what is ahead. There are some interesting twists that can and are happening.

*Just looking at the City Series favorites, Garfield and Buchtel and the road ahead. Because neither team has beaten a very good team in the independent portion of the schedule, the winner of the big game in Week 10 at InfoCision Stadium may not reach the playoffs. Garfield is the No. 18 in Division II, Region 5 and Buchtel is No. 11 in Division III, Region 9. Only the top eight teams in each region reach the playoffs.

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Walsh's Rubright headed to Providence

By mikeb Published: October 6, 2009

Walsh Jesuit senior Corey Rubright, 17, has made an oral commitment to continue her academic and softball career at Providence College.

Rubright, a 5-foot-9 right-handed pitcher, has compiled a 27-16 record and a 1.00 ERA following three seasons as a starter. She also posted a .393 batting average in 2009 and has 50 RBI over the past three seasons. Rubright won the team MVP award as a sophomore and junior.

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Stow may be without starting quarterback and running back

By izzy Published: October 6, 2009

Stow coach Marty Tinkler says it simply.

"We just a need break; a big break," Tinkler said. "The kids are doing everything they can to get better; they are practicing and preparing as hard as they can."

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Walsh Jesuit prepares for SVSM

By mdyer Published: October 6, 2009

Walsh Jesuit plays host to St. Vincent-St. Mary at 7 p.m. Friday in a football game that is Homecoming for Walsh.

Walsh (3-2) had a bye week last week. The Warriors defeated host Padua Franciscan 28-21 on Sept. 25.

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Kentucky prep star considering Akron

By mdyer Published: October 6, 2009

Scott County (Ky.) senior power forward Dakotah Euton is reportedly considering Akron and Eastern Kentucky. The Louisville Courier-Journal said Euton had previously committed to the University of Kentucky.

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State soccer poll

By mdyer Published: October 6, 2009

The Revere boys' soccer team is No. 3 in the Division II state soccer coaches' poll this week. Revere had a 8-1-3 record going into this week.

Hoban (8-1-3) is No. 10 in the Division II poll. In Division I, Jackson is No. 5 with a 10-1-0 record. Copley is No. 8 with a 9-1-2 record.

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State volleyball poll

By mdyer Published: October 6, 2009

Orrville is No. 7 in the Division III state volleyball coaches' poll this week. Orrville received one first-place vote. Tuscarawas Valley is the top-ranked team in Division III.

In Division I, Brecksville-Broadview Heights is No. 8, followed by No. 9 Cloverleaf.

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St. V-M Girls Soccer Bounces Back

By admin Published: October 6, 2009

The St. Vincent-St. Mary girls soccer team suffered their first loss of the season last week to rival Archbishop Hoban 4-0, and lost bragging rights for the year.

But maybe that was a good thing.

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A Break From The City

By admin Published: October 6, 2009

Maybe a change of scenery will help East (0-6) this week. The Orientals will step outside of City Series play to face St. Thomas Aquinas (1-5) Friday. East is the only City team playing outside the league this week. But two other teams still have non-league games during the remaining four weeks.

Ellet will host Canton Central Catholic Oct. 23 during Week 9 and North will play at Warren Harding Oct. 30 in the Vikings regular-season finale.

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Crucial Week For Woodridge

By admin Published: October 6, 2009

I have to admit that I was extremely impressed with the Woodridge Bulldogs football team. In Woodridge's impressive 52-7 win last Friday at home against Mogadore which I covered, I watched senior quarterback Anthony Westren go 19-of-33 for 304 yards and four touchdowns.

I watched senior running back Anthony Kelly rush for a game-high 165 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns. I watched wide receiver A.J. Graham finished with five catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

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Report: Kent State offers Miller

By mdyer Published: October 5, 2009

Orrville senior WR-DB Sam Miller (6-0, 180 pounds) has been offered by Kent State, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

Miller also has offers from Toledo, Louisville and Western Michigan.

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Firestone junior reportedly offered by Akron

By mdyer Published: October 2, 2009

Firestone junior tackle Tommy Brown (6-5, 300 pounds) has reportedly been offered by the University of Akron, according to ScoutingOhio.com. The Web site said it's the first offer for Brown.

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Springfield set to face Field

By mikeb Published: October 2, 2009

Springfield and Field will square off tonight at 7 p.m. at Springfield.

Each team has a 4-1 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division.

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Roosevelt ready for Southeast

By mikeb Published: October 2, 2009

Kent Roosevelt coach John Nemec praised the play of junior quarterback Evan Shimensky.

“Evan had another outstanding week,” Nemec said. “In our win at Coventry he was 20 for-24 passing with two touchdowns, and had one rushing touchdown. Eight of our receivers caught the ball with sophomore Shakeel Howard's four catches leading the way.”

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Baldwin interested in January all-star games

By mdyer Published: October 1, 2009

Solon senior DE Darryl Baldwin has completed information for the high school football all-star games in January, but is still waiting to hear if he will be selected, according to Solon coach Jim McQuaide.

Two of the most noteworthy games are the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour All-America Game. They will be televised nationally by NBC and ESPN, respectively in January.

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Report: Tusky Valley volleyball player commits

By mdyer Published: October 1, 2009

Tusky Valley senior middle hitter Sarah Brown has reportedly made an oral commitment to play at Xavier, according to JJHuddle.com's Ohio High Magazine.

The Web site said Brown has 201 kills with 23 assists, 34 serving aces, 24 blocks and 164 digs this season.

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Gridlocks: Week 6

By beaconphoto Published: October 1, 2009

Akron Beacon Journal sports writers Michael Beaven, Jonas Fortune and Jim Isabella discuss high school football match-ups in Gridlocks: Week 6.

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State soccer poll

By mdyer Published: October 1, 2009

Jackson is ranked No. 3 in this week's Division I boys' state soccer coaches' poll. Copley is ranked No. 6.

In Division II, Revere is No. 4. In Division III, CVCA is No. 4.

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