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List of area wrestlers who advanced to state semifinal round earlier today

By Ryan Lewis Published: February 28, 2014

Below is a listing of all area wrestlers who have advanced to the Ohio state wrestling semifinal round. That round will take place at 6:30 p.m. tonight, with the finals taking place at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. 

The list includes 20 Div. I wrestlers and three returning state champions, one in each division (Rodriguez, Perry; Adkins, St. V-M; Linton, Rootstown). 

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State Wrestling Scouting Box

By Michael Beaven Published: February 26, 2014

STATE WRESTLING SCOUTING BOX

What:Ohio Division I, II and III state wrestling tournament.

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Akron's Darius Carter Jr. helps Wichita State to No. 2 in men's basketball polls

By Michael Beaven Published: February 25, 2014

The Wichita State men’s basketball team is ranked No. 2 in the country with Akron native Darius Carter Jr. playing a key role.

Carter, a Firestone graduate, is averaging 8.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game for the Shockers (29-0 overall, 16-0 Missouri Valley Conference). He has appeared in 28 games with six starts and is making 52.9 percent of his shots from the field.

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Division I swimming: Hudson's Palazzo wins two state titles, Walsh's Gresser wins one

By Michael Beaven Published: February 22, 2014

CANTON: Hudson junior Ross Palazzo won two Division I state swimming championships Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium and Walsh Jesuit freshman Hanna Gresser won one state title.

Palazzo won the 200-yard individual medley in 1 minute, 48.75 and then triumphed in the 100 breast stroke in 55.19. The state titles are his second in a row in each event.

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Jackson's Landrie Grace commits to golf at High Point University

By Michael Beaven Published: February 22, 2014

Jackson junior Landrie Grace has made a commitment to continue her academic and golf careers at High Point University in North Carolina.

“High Point is a Division I program with about 4,200 student enrollment,” Jackson coach Teal Harvey said. “They are a member of the Big South Conference and Landrie will be receiving a full-ride athletic scholarship to play golf.”

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Firestone senior Brennan Williams commits to Akron for football

By Michael Beaven Published: February 20, 2014

Firestone senior Brennan Williams has committed to attend the University of Akron and plans to play for the Zips football team in 2015.

Williams will enter UA as a non-qualifier academically, Firestone coach Tim Flossie said, but will get the opportunity to get his grades up and compete for a spot in two years.

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City Series boys basketball postseason championship scouting box

By Michael Beaven Published: February 20, 2014

City Series boys basketball postseason championship

Buchtel (14-4, 11-1) vs. Ellet (18-2, 10-2)

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Nordonia senior Stephen Romanik wins second Division I state diving title

By Michael Beaven Published: February 20, 2014

CANTON: Nordonia senior Stephen Romanik won his second Division I boys state 1-meter diving championship in a row Thursday at C.T. Branin Natatorium.

Romanik scored 565.10 points following his 11 dives. The score is a personal best and school record, topping his 557.80 at the district meet last week.

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State swimming & diving scouting box

By Michael Beaven Published: February 19, 2014

Where: C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Schedule for today: 9 a.m. – Boys Division I diving finals. 5 p.m. – Girls and boys Division II swimming preliminaries for all events.

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APS hires Kemp Boyd to coach Kenmore football team

By Michael Beaven Published: February 19, 2014

The Akron Public Schools has hired Kemp Boyd to be the head football coach at Kenmore High School.

Boyd takes over a Cardinals team that went 3-7 overall and 3-3 in the City Series last year under first-year coach Jason Knapp, who resigned earlier this year.

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North seeks to fill football coach position

By Michael Beaven Published: February 19, 2014

North High School is seeking a head football coach.

Akron Public Schools Program Manager of Interscholastic Athletics Joe Howard said Wednesday that Mike Laktash has resigned as coach following four seasons.

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Garfield set to host Buchtel, Ellet in City Series boys basketball championship Friday

By Michael Beaven Published: February 18, 2014

Buchtel and Ellet will meet in the City Series boys basketball postseason championship at 7 p.m. Friday at Garfield High School.

Joe Howard of the Akron Public Schools said Tuesday that the game was originally scheduled for Kenmore, but a leak in the roof of the gymnasium caused the move.

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Hoover swimmer Stephen Watson commits to Ohio State

By Michael Beaven Published: February 17, 2014

North Canton Hoover senior Stephen Watson has committed to continue his academic and swimming careers at Ohio State University.

Watson is a Division I state qualifier for the fourth year in a row in multiple events. He will compete in the 50-yard freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay at C.T. Branin Natatorium this weekend in Canton.

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City Series girls basketball postseason championship set for Thursday night

By Michael Beaven Published: February 12, 2014

City Series girls basketball postseason championship scouting report

Teams: Firestone (14-6, 12-0) vs. Kenmore (13-8, 9-3)

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Hoban's Shane Wiedt commits to Akron for soccer

By Michael Beaven Published: February 12, 2014

Archbishop Hoban High School senior Shane Wiedt has committed to the University of Akron to continue his academic and soccer careers.

Wiedt was a two-time All-North Coast League selection as a sophomore and junior at Hoban. Instead of playing with the Knights as a senior, he competed for his club soccer team, the Cleveland Internationals of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.

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Copley elects to not renew contract for football coach Ron Viscounte

By Michael Beaven Published: February 11, 2014

Ron Viscounte will no longer being manning the sidelines as Copley High School football coach.

Copley has decided to let Viscounte go after seven seasons in which he compiled a record of 35-36 in seven seasons, including a 4-6 mark in 2013.

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Manchester to celebrate 1974 Class AA state championship boys basketball team Friday

By Michael Beaven Published: February 6, 2014

Manchester High School will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its 1974 Class AA state championship boys basketball team on Friday night between the varsity and junior varsity games against visiting Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.

The Panthers and Royals are set to meet in a Principals Athletic Conference game at 7:30. Before the tip-off, Manchester will commemorate the 1974 team, which was led by head coach Bernie Conley (deceased) and assistant coach Bill Just (deceased).

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Hillsdale senior Ryan Bee signs to play football at Marshall

By Michael Beaven Published: February 5, 2014

Hillsdale senior Ryan Bee has signed a national letter of intent to play football at Marshall University.

Bee, who is 6-foot-7 and 250-pounds, was a defensive end-wide receiver and tight end for the Falcons. He is set to play defensive end for the Thundering Herd.

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Report: Marlington's Shawn Kirk set to walk on as kicker at Akron

By Michael Beaven Published: February 5, 2014

Marlington senior Shawn Kirk has accepted a preferred walk-on offer to kick for the University of Akron football team, according to Fridaynightohio.com.

Kirk chose to pass on chances to play quarterback at other schools and kick at UA.

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2014 college commitment list for area high school football recruits

By Michael Beaven Published: February 5, 2014

Here is a list of local high school football recruits for 2014 that have made a college commitment. Please note that this list will be updated during Wednesday. MOST RECENT UPDATE: 4:45 p.m.

Name                           Position             Ht.             Wt.            High school              College

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Two Copley girls soccer players set to sign for college scholarships

By Michael Beaven Published: February 4, 2014

Copley High School seniors Beth Moore and Anna Haverchak have committed to continue their academic and athletic careers on soccer scholarships.

Moore is set to play at St. Bonaventure University and Haverchak is headed to compete for the University of Cincinnati. Moore is a goalkeeper and Haverchak is a forward.

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Copley senior Danny Beaton commits to St. Bonaventure for baseball

By Michael Beaven Published: February 4, 2014

Copley High School senior Danny Beaton has committed to play baseball at St. Bonaventure University.

Beaton, 18, plays second base for the Indians. He said the Bonnies recruited him as a middle midfielder.

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St. Thomas Aquinas athletes commit to Navy, Ohio State

By Michael Beaven Published: February 4, 2014

St. Thomas Aquinas Athletic Director Matthew Bing said two seniors will sign national letters of intent Wednesday, Nate Hawkins and Molly Pusateri.

Hawkins will sign with the United States Naval Academy to play football and Pusateri will sign with Ohio State University to compete in cross country and track and field.

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Buchtel senior Anthony Clark set to sign with Akron for football

By Michael Beaven Published: February 4, 2014

Buchtel High School senior Anthony Clark said Tuesday he will sign a national letter of intent Wednesday to play football on scholarship for the University of Akron.

Clark, 18, is 6-foot-4 and 265-pounds. He said UA recruited him to play strong side defensive end and provide a pass rush to opposing quarterbacks.

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Walsh Jesuit earns share of Great Lakes Hockey League regular season title

By Michael Beaven Published: February 3, 2014

Walsh Jesuit 4, Mentor Lake Catholic 3 -- Senior Mitch Hines scored the game-winning goal with 1:57 to go in overtime Monday to lead the host Warriors to a victory at the Kent State University Ice Arena.

The win allows Walsh (15-12-4, 7-1-2) to share the inaugural Great Lakes Hockey League regular season title with University School (22-4-6, 7-1-2).

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