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Ross Fiorello steps down as East basketball coach

By Michael Beaven Published: March 27, 2013

Ross Fiorello has resigned as East boys basketball coach after nine seasons.

Fiorello compiled a 116-87 record at East and said he is leaving on “great terms” with the administrators and players. He said he does not rule out coaching in the future, and cited living and teaching in Canton and having to commute to coach in Akron as a reason.

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St. V-M freshman VJ King selected to 2013-14 USA Basketball Developmental National Team

By Michael Beaven Published: March 27, 2013

St. Vincent-St. Mary freshman VJ King has been selected to the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team.

He is one of 23 of the nation’s top 16-and-under male basketball players.

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Marlington senior Lucas Strouble earns basketball honor

By Michael Beaven Published: March 27, 2013

Marlington senior Lucas Strouble has been selected to play in the Ohio North-South All-Star game at Capital University’s Capital Center in Columbus on April 21.

Strouble has been picked to play in the Division I and II game at 5 p.m. Tickets are $8.

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St. V-M boys basketball defeat Vincent Warren 70-51 in Division II state semifinal

By Michael Beaven Published: March 22, 2013

COLUMBUS: St. Vincent-St. Mary senior Nick Wells and his Fighting Irish teammates are one win away from cutting down the nets they really want, the nets from Columbus.

Wells, freshman VJ King and junior Jalen Hudson each scored in double figures Thursday to guide St. V-M to a 70-51 victory over Vincent Warren in a Division II state semifinal boys basketball game before a crowd of 10,561 at Value City Arena in Schottenstein Center.

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Wheeler, Utley & Heflin qualify for NCAA wrestling championships

By Michael Beaven Published: March 20, 2013

Three wrestlers from an area high school have qualified for the NCAA Division I wrestling championships, which will be contested from Thursday through Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

The three competitors are Ohio State red-shirt junior Nick Heflin (Perry), North Carolina sophomore Alex Utley (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) and Kent State red-shirt freshman Sam Wheeler (Copley).

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Greater Akron Basketball Coaches Association to host all-star game Wednesday at Walsh Jesuit

By Michael Beaven Published: March 20, 2013

The Greater Akron Basketball Coaches Association will have its 26th annual boys all-star game Wednesday at Walsh Jesuit High School.

Joe Wojcik and John Norris said the finals of the free throw contest, 3-point shootout and slam dunk contests start at 6 p.m. The all-star game is set to follow at 7 p.m.

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Women’s Tri-County Basketball Coaches Association to host all-star games Monday at Barberton

By Michael Beaven Published: March 20, 2013

The Women’s Tri-County Basketball Coaches Association is hosting two all-star games Monday at Barberton High School.

Norton coach Brian Miller said there will be two games and a 3-point shootout. At 5:30 p.m., there will be the preliminaries for the 3-point shooting contest. The final will be later in the evening.

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Twinsburg's Ashley Morrissette named Ms. Basketball

By Ron Ledgard Published: March 13, 2013

Ashley Morrissette’s greatest gift is her ability to make her teammates better.
Since she plays for arguably the best team in Ohio, it follows in logical progression she would be an easy pick as the 26th winner of the Associated Press Ms. Basketball award, emblematic of the top player in the state.
“I would say that I’m an all-around player,” she says when asked to describe her game. “I can shoot if you leave me open, I can take it to the hole. I play really good defense and I’m also a distributor for my teammates. I like to make other players around me better.”
Since her team, Twinsburg, has won the last two Division I state championships and enters this weekend’s big-school state tournament at Value City Arena with a spotless 28-0 record and the AP’s No. 1 ranking in the regular season, she must be pretty good at what she does.
Her coach, Julie Solis, also said that she lifts the level of the rest of the Tigers. But she said Morrissette is much, much more than just someone who pads her stats on a great team.
“She’s the kid who hits big-time shots. She wants the ball in her hands,” she said. “But when it’s not necessary, she’s definitely making everybody around her better. Her passing, her vision — she’s got a lot of strengths.”
A 5-foot-9 senior, Morrissette averaged 19.1 points, 6.5 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 steals while shooting 50 percent from the field and 82 percent at the line.
Twinsburg plays Lewis Center Olentangy Orange in a state semifinal at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Ohio State’s Value City Arena.
Few players ever get to step into the bright lights of a state tournament game. Morrissette, a Purdue recruit, appreciates that she’s been surrounded by players and coaches who have helped her spend many glowing moments of her career there.
“Winning the first one really motivated me to keep winning,” she said. “I just didn’t want to win the first one and then fall off. I wanted to continue on with that habit of winning.”
Of course, that draws the attention of everyone, from college scouts to other coaches and players.
“I really think that winning the second one and then to try and come and win the third one has really just been way harder than winning that first one,” she said. “Because now people know and they scout and they’re looking for your tendencies. It gets harder every game. They change up their defenses a lot and you just have to work around it.”
Morrissette had 22 points and eight rebounds in last year’s state championship win over Kettering Fairmont.
“I feel that I’ve been very lucky to even participate in one state championship,” she said. “To say that I’ve participated in three state tournaments, I just feel that all the hard work and all the hard summers have paid off.”
Morrissette was selected by a media panel from around the state. Others considered included Columbus Northland’s Alexis Peterson, Amanda Cahill of Clyde, Solon’s Kristen Confroy and Karli Bonar of Shadyside.

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Orrville's Hannah Plybon is Division III Ohio Player of the Year

By Michael Beaven Published: March 13, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The 2012-13 Associated Press Division III All-Ohio girls basketball team, based on the recommendations of a media panel:

DIVISION III

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Division IV All-Ohio girls basketball team features area players

By Michael Beaven Published: March 13, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The 2012-13 Associated Press Division III All-Ohio girls basketball team, based on the recommendations of a media panel:

DIVISION IV

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Twinsburg's Ashley Morrissette is Division I Ohio Player of the Year

By Michael Beaven Published: March 12, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The 2012-13 Associated Press Division I All-Ohio girls basketball team, based on the recommendations of a media panel:

DIVISION I

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Division II All-Ohio girls basketball team features area players

By Michael Beaven Published: March 12, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The 2012-13 Associated Press Division II All-Ohio girls basketball team, based on the recommendations of a media panel:

DIVISION II

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Canton McKinley's Eric Glover-Williams adds another offer

By Ohio.com Published: March 11, 2013

Arkansas has reportedly offered Canton McKinley sophomore athlete Eric Glover-Williams, according to Scout.com.

He also reportedly has offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan State, Ohio State, Tennessee and Pittsburgh, according to Rivals.com.

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North Canton Hoover girls basketball game postponed

By Ron Ledgard Published: March 5, 2013

Due to the winter storm moving into Ohio today, the girls basketball regional game at Otterbein University between North Canton Hoover and Reynoldsburg has been postponed until Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

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Nine area wrestlers crowned state champions in Columbus

By Michael Beaven Published: March 3, 2013

COLUMBUS: The following Akron-area wrestlers won state championships or placed second Saturday night at Value City Arena at Schottenstein Center:

DIVISION I

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Thirty-two area wrestlers still in running for state titles

By Michael Beaven Published: March 1, 2013

COLUMBUS: The following Akron-area wrestlers advanced to the state semifinals at 6:30 tonight at Value City Arena at Schottenstein Center with victories today:

DIVISION I

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Friday’s Division III State Championship Quarterfinals Update

By Michael Beaven Published: March 1, 2013

COLUMBUS: The following Division III Akron-area wrestlers advanced to the state semifinals tonight at Value City Arena at Schottenstein Center with victories today:

106 pounds: Sebastian Vidika, Black River, Jr.

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Friday’s Division II State Championship Quarterfinals Update

By Michael Beaven Published: March 1, 2013

COLUMBUS: The following Division II Akron-area wrestlers advanced to the state semifinals tonight at Value City Arena at Schottenstein Center with victories today:

113 pounds: Ryan Bennett, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Soph.

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Friday’s Division I State Championship Quarterfinals Update

By Michael Beaven Published: March 1, 2013

COLUMBUS: The following Division I Akron-area wrestlers advanced to the state semifinals tonight at Value City Arena at Schottenstein Center with victories today.

106 pounds: Jose Rodriguez, Perry, Soph.; Josh Heil, Brunswick, Fr.

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Revere’s state qualifier Stephen Suglio continues to pin down competition

By Michael Beaven Published: March 1, 2013

Revere senior wrestler Stephen Suglio is in the zone.

The pin zone.

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Hudson's Coleman, Tiley explore Division I state mats

By Michael Beaven Published: March 1, 2013

Junior Michael Coleman and senior Danny Tiley are Hudson’s lone two state qualifiers, and both won opening round Division I matches 7-2 in their first state appearance Thursday at Value City Arena at Schottenstein Center in front of 11,084 fans.

“I am excited for both of them,” Hudson coach Joe Caniglia said. “They both worked very hard to get to this point and took advantage of the opportunities that they had. They were a little nervous about their first round matches with it being there first time down here, but they settled in and won.”

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CVCA's Tomasello wins opening match, seeks fourth state title

By Michael Beaven Published: March 1, 2013

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy senior Nathan Tomasello won his opening match at 120 pounds via a technical fall Thursday at Value City Arena at Schottenstein Center in the Division II state tournament.

A crowd of 11,084 fans witnessed Tomasello, an Ohio State recruit and three-time state champion, improve his record to 48-0 this season.

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Perry's Bavery & Tayse focused to defend Division I state titles

By Michael Beaven Published: March 1, 2013

Perry junior David Bavery and senior JoJo Tayse both won their first match Thursday as they each attempt to win a second consecutive Division I state wrestling championship.

The Panthers duo shined at Value City Arena at Schottenstein Center in front of 11,084 fans.

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Highland senior Adam Kluk scores opening round victory

By Michael Beaven Published: March 1, 2013

Highland senior Adam Kluk earned a 10-5 victory over Cuyahoga Falls senior Joey Repasky in a local-versus-local opening round match at 195 pounds in the Division I state wrestling tournament Thursday at Value City Arena at Schottenstein Center in front of 11,084 fans.

“I know that he is a tough kid and that state is like starting a whole new season,” Kluk said. “I just had to go out there and believe in myself and get a win.”

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Waynedale challenges to defend Division III state wrestling title

By Michael Beaven Published: March 1, 2013

Delta held the lead in the Division III team standings following Day One of the state wrestling tournament with 16.5 points Thursday at Value City Arena at Schottenstein Center in front of 11,084 fans.

Waynedale, the Division III state champion last year, is fourth at 12.5 points.

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