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Minerva forward to play for Marquette

By mdyer Published: June 30, 2010

Minerva forward Chelsie Butler has orally committed to play for the Marquette women’s basketball program, according to Tom Jenkins of the Ohio Girls’ Basketball Report.

Butler, who will be a senior this upcoming season, was Division II second-team all-state last season.

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Report: Marshall offers Reed

By mdyer Published: June 28, 2010

Canton Timken TE/DE Rakim Reed has reportedly been offered by Marshall, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

Reed, who is 6-4 and 205 pounds, also reportedly has an offer from Pittsburgh.

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Zips offer Brumbaugh

By mdyer Published: June 28, 2010

Green DE Dylan Brumbaugh (6-5, 255) was offered by Akron at the Ohio State camp on Saturday, according to Green coach Tom Stacy.

Brumbaugh also has offers from Marshall and Youngstown State.

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Bourquin released by Tigers

By jcfortun Published: June 25, 2010

Canton South graduate, and former Ohio State Buckeye, Ron Bourquin was released by the Detroit Tigers organization Wednesday.

Bourquin, a second round selection by the Tigers in 2006, appears to be a casualty of post MLB draft shuffling, which is ordinary among major league organizations.

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Report: Defensive end commits to Youngstown State

By mdyer Published: June 25, 2010

Austintown Fitch DE Steve Zaborsky has reportedly made an oral commitment play football at Youngstown State, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

Zaborsky, who will be a senior this season, is 6 feet 2 and 225 pounds, according to the website.

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Report: Kent State offers WR

By mdyer Published: June 22, 2010

Kent State has reportedly offered senior-to-be WR/DB Zach Rogers (6-0, 195), according to ScoutingOhio.com.

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Report: Zips offer offensive tackle

By mdyer Published: June 22, 2010

The University of Akron has reportedly offered Lakewood St. Edward senior-to-be offensive tackle Geoff Mogus (6-5, 285), according to ScoutingOhio.com.

Mogus also reportedly has offers from schools that include Toledo, Ball State, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Ohio, Bowling Green, Air Force, Vanderbilt, Illinois, West Virginia and Northwestern.

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LeBron James makes dramatic appearance in Akron

By mikeb Published: June 19, 2010

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James made a dramatic appearance Saturday afternoon at InfoCision Stadium on the campus of the University of Akron.

James walked through a side entrance into a nearly empty stadium and made his way down to the playing field after thousands of fans were already gone or leaving the "LeBron Appreciation Day" event that was sponsored by several area businesses.

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Report: Zips offer Smith

By mdyer Published: June 18, 2010

Buchtel junior-to-be WR Corey Smith (6-0, 170) has reportedly received a verbal offer from the University of Akron, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

Smith also has offers from Toledo and Miami (Ohio).

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Murphy reportedly commits to Indiana

By mdyer Published: June 18, 2010

St. Vincent-St. Mary senior-to-be strong safety Mark Murphy (6-2, 195) has reportedly made an oral commitment to play at Indiana, according to Rivals.com and ScoutingOhio.com.

Murphy also reportedly had offers from Arizona, Air Force, Akron and Kent State.

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Smith reportedly commits to Ohio State

By mdyer Published: June 18, 2010

Massillon senior-to-be WR Devin Smith (6-2, 175) has reportedly made an oral commitment to Ohio State, according to ScoutingOhio.com and other reports.

Smith, one of the state's top players in the 2011 class, also reportedly had offers from Kansas, Purdue, Penn State, Illinois, Boston College, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Michigan and others.

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WRA to play in Browns High School Invitational

By jcfortun Published: June 17, 2010

The Cleveland Browns will welcome 15 high school football teams to the club’s Berea Training Facility on Saturday, June 19, for the inaugural Cleveland Browns High School Invitational starting at 9:00 a.m.

Teams will be divided in to three flights (five teams in each flight) and each team will play a 7-on-7 style tournament in their respective flight. Following flight play, teams will be seeded and play in a single elimination bracket. Teams participating in this year’s invitational include:

Bedford Bearcats
Berea Braves
Cleveland Glenville Tarblooders
Cleveland John Adams Rebels
Cleveland John F. Kennedy Eagles
Cleveland John Hay Hornets
Napoleon Wildcats
Normandy Invaders
North Olmsted Eagles
Olmsted Falls Bulldogs
Perry Pirates
Cleveland Rhodes Rams
Spencerville Bearcats
West Geauga Wolverines
Western Reserve Academy Pioneers

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Brumbaugh to attend Akron senior camp

By mdyer Published: June 15, 2010

Green senior-to-be DE Dylan Brumbaugh (6-5, 255) will attend the University of Akron senior camp, according to Green coach Tom Stacy.

Brumbaugh has scholarship offers from Marshall and Youngstown State, according to Stacy.

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Report: Murphy adds offer

By mdyer Published: June 15, 2010

St. Vincent-St. Mary senior-to-be strong safety Mark Murphy (6-2, 195) has reportedly added an offer from Air Force, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

Murphy also reportedly has offers from Akron, Kent State, Arizona and Indiana.

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Ohio State offers Smith

By mdyer Published: June 15, 2010

Massillon senior-to-be WR Devin Smith (6-2, 175) has reportedly been offered by Ohio State, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

Smith also reportedly has offers from schools that include Kansas, Purdue, Penn State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Boston College, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Toledo, Cincinnati, Indiana, Miami University, Bowling Green, Ball State, Michigan State and Michigan.

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Report: Marshall offers Brumbaugh

By mdyer Published: June 14, 2010

Green senior-to-be DE Dylan Brumbaugh (6-5, 255) has reportedly been offered by Marshall and Youngstown State, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

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Kent State offers QB

By mdyer Published: June 14, 2010

Kent State has offered Cincinnati La Salle senior-to-be QB Drew Kummer, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Kummer, who is 6-3 and 205, also has offers from Marshall, Miami (Ohio) and Youngstown State.

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Olack commits to Pittsburgh

By mdyer Published: June 11, 2010

Massillon senior-to-be WR Justin Olack has reportedly made an oral commitment to play at Pittsburgh, according to published reports including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Olack (6-3, 195) also had offers from Illinois, Indiana, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo, according to the Post-Gazette.

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Report: Smith adds another MAC offer

By mdyer Published: June 11, 2010

Buchtel junior-to-be WR Corey Smith (6-0, 170) has reportedly added an offer from Miami (Ohio), according to ScoutingOhio.com. Smith also reportedly has an offer from Toledo.

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Basketball stars Alston and Howard competing for youth Olympic spots

By izzy Published: June 10, 2010

Colorado Springs, Colo.  -  Thirty-six athletes are participating in the 2010 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship/Youth Olympic Games Team Trials this week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., including 10 who helped USA Basketball capture gold at the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mexico City.

The 36 athletes will battle for one of 12 roster spots on the 2010 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship Team or one of four positions on the 2010 USA Youth Olympic Games Team.

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Walsh Jesuit's big three all selected in MLB Draft

By jcfortun Published: June 9, 2010

The Ohio high school baseball season ended Sunday, but Walsh Jesuit’s trio of dynamic senior players is still finding ways to put themselves in the school record books.

Seniors John Fasola (Los Angeles Dodgers, 36th round, 1,102 overall), Greg Greve (San Francisco Giants, 45, 1368) and Tyler Skulina (Oakland A’s, 46, 1385) were all selected in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft Wednesday.

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Report: Kent State offers tight end

By mdyer Published: June 9, 2010

Pickerington North junior TE Darien Bryant (6-4, 215) has reportedly been offered by Kent State, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

Bryant also reportedly has offers from Maryland, Toledo, Marshall, Ohio, Miami (Ohio) and Air Force, according to the website.

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All-state softball teams

By mdyer Published: June 9, 2010

Several area softball players have been named to the coaches’ all-state team this spring.

Division I

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New York Mets draft Firestone graduate Jonathan Kountis

By mikeb Published: June 8, 2010

The New York Mets selected Firestone High School graduate Jonathan Kountis in the 19th round Tuesday of the Major League Baseball Draft.

"This is a great feeling," said Kountis, who was tabbed with the 572nd overall pick. "When my name got called, I was like on cloud nine."

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Report: Toledo offers Buchtel WR

By mdyer Published: June 8, 2010

Buchtel junior-to-be WR Corey Smith (6-0, 170) has reportedly been offered by Toledo, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

It is the first offer for Smith, who should be one of the area's top players in the 2012 class this upcoming season.

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Report: Kent State offers Macer

By mdyer Published: June 7, 2010

Twinsburg senior-to-be wide receiver/defensive back Aaron Macer (6-1, 185) has reportedly been offered by Kent State, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

Macer also reportedly has offers from Akron, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo.

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Report: Toledo offers Lowdermilk

By mdyer Published: June 7, 2010

Carrollton senior-to-be quarterback Johnny Lowdermilk (6-2, 200) has reportedly added an offer from Toledo, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

Lowdermilk also reportedly has an offer from Miami (Ohio).

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Gulley to play in Big 33 game

By mdyer Published: June 7, 2010

Garfield RB Tyson Gulley (Syracuse signee), a 2010 graduate, will play in the Big 33 all-star game on June 19 in Hershey, Pa.

The all-star game annually features top players from Ohio vs. Pennsylvania.

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Hillsdale wins Division III state softball title

By mikeb Published: June 7, 2010

Hillsdale earned another state championship in softball on Sunday.

The Falcons (29-5) defeated West Liberty-Salem 2-1 in the Division III championship game at Firestone Stadium.

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Walsh Jesuit state runner-up in Division II baseball

By mikeb Published: June 6, 2010

Please keep refreshing for updates on the Division II state baseball championship game

Walsh Jesuit vs. Plain City Jonathan Alder at Huntington Park, Columbus

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Perry wins Division I state softball title

By mikeb Published: June 6, 2010

Perry won the Division I state softball title with a 10-0 victory in six innings over Grove City on Saturday at Firestone Stadium.

The Panthers (27-3) were unranked in the final state coaches' poll and the Greyhounds (28-5) finished first.

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State track: Boys results

By nulrich Published: June 5, 2010

The following are local boys results from the second and final day of the state track and field meet in Columbus. We updated with partial local results from the finals throughout Saturday.  We fell behind on our updates while chasing athletes down for interviews toward the end of the meet, but you can find complete results by clicking here.

Final team results (updated at 8:16 p.m.): Warren Harding won the team title with 47 points. Wadsworth had the best performance among locals with a fourth-place finish.

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State track: Girls results

By nulrich Published: June 5, 2010

The following are local boys results from the second and final day of the state track and field meet in Columbus. We updated with partial local results from the finals throughout Saturday.  We fell behind on our updates while chasing athletes down for interviews toward the end of the meet, but you can find complete results by clicking here.

Final team results (updated at 8:19 p.m.): Reynoldsburg won the team title with 56 points. Medina had the best finish among local teams, tying for third place.

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Follow our live coverage from the second day of the state track meet

By nulrich Published: June 5, 2010

Good morning. This is Nate Ulrich of Ohio.com and the Akron Beacon Journal. I'm in Columbus at the state track and field meet today with fellow sports writer Jim Isabella. Stay tuned to this blog for updates throughout the second and final day of the meet. Also, check out our preps twitter page for results of local athletes.

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Hillsdale defeats Piketon 6-2 at Div. III state softball semifinal; plays in championship game 7 p.m. Saturday

By izzy Published: June 4, 2010

Hillsdale had several clutch hits and took advantage of a shaky Piketon defense as the Falcons defeated the Red Streaks 6-2 in the Division III state softball semifinal at Firestone Stadium. 

In the first inning, Kelsey Dropsey singled and scored on triple by Rashel Louis for 1-0 lead in bottom of the first inning.

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Pleasant Hill Newton Local defeats E. Canton 7-3 at Div. IV state semifinal

By izzy Published: June 4, 2010

Pleasant Hill Newton Local capitalized on on error and several bunt singles to score three runs in the top of the sixth inning and another in the top of the seventh to break a 3-3 and defeat East Canton 6-3 Friday afternoon at the Division IV state semifinal softball game at Firestone Stadium.

 The Hornets committed five errors and outstanding bunting technique by the Indians made all the difference.

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East Canton ready to play state softball semifinal; Perry to face Grove City Saturday in Div. I final

By izzy Published: June 4, 2010

Overcast skies still plague Firestone Stadium as East Canton gets ready to play Division IV state semifibal softball game against Pleasant Hill Newton Local.

The winner plays defending Division IV state champion Strasburg-Franklin at 4 p.m. Saturday. S-F (26-6) defeated New Riegel (24-7) 5-1 on a three-hitter by the combine efforts of Carly Clark and Kasey Gerber with 12 strikeouts. Gerber, Erin Metzger, Melissa Sibley, Karlu DiBacco and Ariel Jones each had an RBI for S-F.

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State track: Boys results

By nulrich Published: June 4, 2010

Final update at 7:50 p.m. -- The following are local boys results from Friday's state track meet in Columbus.  We'll be updating with results from the finals. The finals for several events will also be held Saturday. For the complete results, click here.

Division I

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State track: Girls results

By nulrich Published: June 4, 2010

Final update at 7:50 p.m. -- The following are local girls results from Friday's state meet in Columbus. We'll be updating with results from the finals. The finals for several events will also be held Saturday. For the complete results, click here.

Division I

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Follow our live coverage from the state track meet

By nulrich Published: June 4, 2010

Good morning. This is Nate Ulrich of Ohio.com and the Akron Beacon Journal. I'm in Columbus at the state track and field meet today with fellow sports writer Jonas Fortune. Stay tuned to this blog for updates throughout today and Saturday. Also, check out our preps twitter page for results of local athletes.

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Division I state softball semifinal moves to 10 a,m, Friday; DIV and DIII Friday schedules revamped

By izzy Published: June 3, 2010

The Division I state semifinal softball game between Grove City and Liberty Township Lakota East at Firestone Stadium has been postyponed. Officials are trying to remove excess water from the infield after a heavy shower hit around 6 p.m. and lasted 20 minutes, but the teams were never able to take the field.

The game has been moved to 10 a.m. Friday at Firestone Stadium.

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Perry defeats Holland Springfield 5-0 in DI softball semifinal

By izzy Published: June 3, 2010

Shelbi Tilton's RBI single and Jayla Saibene hit a two-run double into the gap in right center field in a three-run fourth inning and  Perry goes on to defeat Holland Springfield  5-0 lead at the Division I softball state semifinal at Firestone Stadium.

Panther pitcher Casi Rohr finished strong, retiring 12 straight batters and the final trio on strikeouts. Rohr, a junior, had 10 strikeouts and gave up just three hits  and two walks, both in the first inning.

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Perry softball team in Division I state semifinal

By mikeb Published: June 3, 2010

STATE SOFTBALL SCOUTING REPORT

Perry (25-3) vs. Holland Springfield (23-6)

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Poland Seminary wins DII semifinal in 7th; Perry game starts at 3:30

By izzy Published: June 3, 2010

A bases-loaded error on a force play at home plate with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Poland Seminary a 5-4 win over New Concord John Glenn  in the Division II state softball semifinal at Firestone Stadium.

A solo home run by Jenna Modic of Poland Seminary in the bottom of the third inning give the Bulldogs 1-0 lead over New Concord John Glenn after four innings.

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Hebron Lakewood wins DII semi; Poland Seminary, New Concord begins

By izzy Published: June 3, 2010

Defending Division III champion Hebron Lakewood(28-5)  has moved up to Division II and survived its semifinal game with a 5-4 come from behind win over Greenville (30-3) Thursday morning at Firestone Stadium.

The Lancers trailed 4-3 after the Green Wave scored four in the top of the sixth, but put two on the board iin the bottom of the inning. Left fielder Chelsea Brewer, was hit by a pitch, had two hits including a triple and RBI, catcher Caitlin Houk walked twice, doubled and drove in a run, and winning pitcher Alyssa Patznick (21-3) had a hit and drove in a run. 

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Grant ranked No. 23 nationally

By mdyer Published: June 3, 2010

St. Vincent-St. Mary junior DB Doran Grant is ranked the nation's No. 23 player overall and Ohio's top player in the 2011 class in the Rivals.com Rivals100 national rankings.

Grant has several high-profile scholarship offers including Ohio State, Southern California, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame, according to Rivals.com.

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Murphy adds offers from Akron, Kent State

By mdyer Published: June 1, 2010

St. Vincent-St. Mary junior strong safety Mark Murphy (6-2, 195) has reportedly added offers from Akron and Kent State, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

Murphy also reportedly has offers from Indiana and Arizona.

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Report: Smith adds another offer

By mdyer Published: June 1, 2010

Massillon junior WR Devin Smith (6-2, 175) has reportedly added an offer from Kansas, according to ScoutingOhio.com.

Smith also reportedly has offers from schools that include Purdue, Penn State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Boston College, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Indianan, Michigan, Michigan State and others.

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