Kyle Mottice, a 2014 Jackson High School graduate, has committed to continue baseball career at the University of Cincinnati.
Mottice helped Jackson win the Division I state championship in baseball in June as a leadoff hitter and middle infielder.
Mottice led the Polar Bears with a .488 batting average and 32 runs scored as a senior. Jackson also won a Federal League championship, and sectional, district and regional titles on its way to earning the state title.
Mottice played the role of a catalyst during Jackson’s run under coach Bill Gamble, as he hit safely and scored in each of the Polar Bears six district, regional and state tournament games. He went 13-for-23 at bat with seven runs scored and five runs batted in. In the regional wins against Mentor and Hudson, he went 6-for-8.To read more or comment...
The Akron Beacon Journal 2014 High School Football Preview section will be available in print and online at ohio.com on Friday.
The section includes coverage of several area teams with feature stories on players and teams, league preview stories, capsules on teams and several pictures.
Included in the coverage are public schools in the City Series, the Suburban League, the Portage Trail Conference, the Northeast Ohio Conference, the Federal League and the PAC-7, as well as area schools in other leagues, Independent schools and Catholic and Christian schools.
The section includes feature stories on players from Firestone, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Nordonia, Hudson, Green, Manchester and Jackson.To read more or comment...
Here is a look at the Week 1 football matchup between Firestone and host Archbishop Hoban. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Thursday.
League: City Series. 2013 record: 2-8, 2-4.
Coach: Tim Flossie, ninth season at Firestone and 34th overall. Coach’s record: 32-41 at Firestone; 193-153-3 overall.To read more or comment...
Here is a look at the Week 1 football matchup between Garfield and host St. Vincent-St. Mary. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Thursday.
Garfield Golden Rams
League: City Series. 2013 record: 5-5, 3-3.
Coach: Bob Sax, 13th season. Coach’s record: 66-55.To read more or comment...
Here is a look at the Week 1 schedule for the 2014 high school football season:
Firestone at Archbishop Hoban
Garfield at St. Vincent-St. Mary
Massillon at Perry, 7:30 p.m.To read more or comment...
Walsh Jesuit senior baseball player Azim Qadri has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career at Ohio State University.
Qadri, an outfielder, helped Walsh to an undefeated regular season and a No. 3 ranking in the CBS MaxPreps Xcellent 50 national rankings. Walsh lost to Hudson in a Division I district final in May.
Qadri, a Hudson resident, played a key role on Warriors teams that won the 2013 and 2014 North Coast League Blue Division championship. He posted a batting average of .386 as a junior and led the team with a .531 batting average as a sophomore.
“What a true joy it has been having Azim Qadri as a member of Walsh Jesuit baseball for four years,” Warriors coach Chris Kaczmar said. “He has a great heart, he is an extraordinary ambassador to our program and the game of baseball, and he possesses an abundant set of tools and truly has a great deal of potential for success at the next level.To read more or comment...
CBS MaxPreps has tabbed Archbishop Hoban sophomore Todd Sibley Jr as a member of its Preseason Sophomore All-American Football Team.
Sibley, a running back, is also listed as a “sleeper pick” on the publication’s Sophomore Player of the Year Watch. He is praised for displaying “uncanny power as a freshman” last year and “breakaway speed.”
Hoban opens the 2014 football season at home against Firestone at 7 p.m. on Aug. 28.To read more or comment...
The CBS MaxPreps Midwest preseason regional computer rankings include three area football teams, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Hudson and Massillon.
St. V-M is ranked No. 12, Hudson checks in at 20th and Massillon is 21st.
The Midwest rankings include schools from the following states: Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Lakewood St. Edward and Archbishop Moeller are No. 1 and 2, respectively in the rankings. Other schools in the top 25 are Mentor (ninth), Loveland is (14th), Austintown Fitch is (22nd).To read more or comment...
It appears that the Wadsworth High School football team will take the field for its 2014 season opener at Ashland on Aug. 29 without coach Greg Dennison.
Wadsworth Athletic Director Brad Musgrave said Wednesday that Dennison is resting at home following a recent surgery.
“Greg had surgery to remove a kidney a week ago yesterday, Aug. 12,” Musgrave said. “He is doing pretty well. He was supposed to be their one night and it went very well from what I have been told. It was an arthroscopic surgery that took about one hour. The cancer was contained to his kidney and it did not spread, so he does not need chemo or radiation.”
Musgrave said he has not been in contact with Dennison since Aug. 11. He has received updates from Dennison’s son, Adam Dennison, a senior at Wadsworth.To read more or comment...
Walsh Jesuit senior baseball player Riley Minorik has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career at Bowling Green State University.
Minorik, a shortstop and Akron resident, is a three-year varsity player who has helped Walsh win North Coast League Blue Division championships in 2013 and 2014. The 2014 Walsh team compiled an undefeated regular season, was ranked No. 3 in the CBS MaxPreps Xcellent 50 national baseball rankings and then lost to Hudson in a Division I district final.
Minorik was named to the NCL-Blue honorable mention team as a junior after posting a .328 batting average with two home runs and 11 runs batted in.
“One comment that resonates most from college scouts about Riley Minorik is that he consistently plays the game the right way, and that he stands out with respect to his effort and passion,” Walsh coach Chris Kaczmar said in a prepared statement.To read more or comment...
Sara Davis, a 2014 Firestone High School graduate, has signed to play volleyball at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.
Davis, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker-middle hitter, earned four varsity letters between being a reserve as a freshman and a starter as a sophomore, junior and senior. She was named City Series Player of the Year as a senior helped Firestone win the City Series regular season percentage championship and playoff title.
Davis finished her high school career with 815 kills, 240 digs, 173 service aces and 131 solo blocks. She also set a school record for kills in a match with 38.
“Sara has been a huge asset to our team over the past few years and I have enjoyed working with her and watching her grow,” Firestone coach Stacey Myers said. “She is one of the best athletes that I have been blessed to work with. Her leadership and enthusiasm will be greatly missed by coaches and teammates.”To read more or comment...
The Hudson Hawks Organization and the Hudson Chapter of the Special Olympics will sponsor the 9th Annual Challenger Football Game on Saturday (Aug. 9).
The game will highlight those special athletes from the Hudson Chapter Special Olympics organization in a football game to showcase their love for the game and their special athletic talents.
“Last year’s event was a great success,” said Mark Guadagni, one of the game’s organizers. “The community came out in full force and we all witnessed some great football by some very special athletes. We also had many special guest from the city of Hudson, radio and TV personalities and former pro athletes from the Cleveland Browns who all contributed to this very special event.”
The game this year will be held again at The Scott Malson Memorial Field near Hudson Middle School, starting at 4 p.m. A gathering of the community, athletes and guests starts at 3 p.m.To read more or comment...
The Inaugural Steve Pryseski Memorial Golf Open is set for Sunday (Aug. 10) at Sunny Hill Golf Course in Kent.
The event honors Pryseski, a former teacher and coach at Ellet, and an athletic official in the Akron Public Schools that passed away last year. It will have a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., and will have contests such as closest to the pin, longest drive and putting skill.
A granite marker at the landscaping on the 17th hole will be dedicated in memory of Steve at 8 a.m.
Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and the Ellet Student Athlete Pryseski Scholarship Fund.To read more or comment...