Archbishop Hoban High School has named Meredith Smith as its girls volleyball coach and Cassie Scala as its boys tennis coach.
Smith comes to Hoban after nine winning seasons coaching at all age levels, most recently as the coach of the New Philadelphia Tuscarawas Central Catholic volleyball team. Smith’s 2014 TCC team won the Inter-Valley Conference (IVC) championship and went undefeated in their league. The Saints were Division IV regional finalists and finished with a record of 23-5. Smith earned the IVC Coach of the Year.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Archbishop Hoban community and I am looking forward to working with such extraordinary and talented young ladies,” Smith said Thursday.
Smith is a graduate of Ohio University and received her M.A. degree from the University of Akron. She works part time as a speech-language pathologist. Coach Smith and her husband, Jon, are very active in their community and serve on several committees and boards. They reside in North Canton with their two daughters, Lainey and Ainsley.To read more or comment...
Tom Lombardo will remain as Highland’s football coach after saying no to overtures from Massillon to be the Tigers coach, according to multiple media reports.
Lombardo did not apply for the open position, and was instead approached by Massillon.
Lombardo guided the Hornets to an 8-3 mark in 2014 and has a 61-28 record in eight seasons at Highland. The 2013 Hornets went 13-1 overall, 7-0 in league play and were a Division II state semifinalist. That Highland team defeated Massillon in a playoff game.
Lombardo cited family and the opening of Highland’s new stadium in 2015 as reasons to stay. He has led Highland to five playoff appearances and two league titles.To read more or comment...
Sophomore Rachel Chessar made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points Wednesday night to guide host Archbishop Hoban to a 74-56 girls basketball victory over Kenmore.
Junior Nora Minter added 13 points in the Knights (10-4) win over the Cardinals (9-5).
Elsewhere Wednesday, one of Hoban's rivals, Walsh Jesuit, welcomed back a key player in senior Lilli Piper, a University of Akron recruit for basketball and softball.
Piper returned to the lineup for Walsh in a game at Mentor after being out for over a month and a half due to a broken wrist. Mentor prevailed 62-47 over Walsh. Anna Hall scored 17 points for Walsh and Piper contributed 14 points. Mentor is 11-2 and Walsh is 7-8.To read more or comment...
The Peters boys at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy are continuing to score in bunches on the basketball court this season.
Brothers Michael Peters and Nate Peters each scored in double figures to lead CVCA to a 77-41 victory over host Indian Valley on Tuesday.
Michael scored 25 points and Nate scored 19 points. Their cousin, Luke, added nine points as the Royals improved their record to 9-2 overall and 8-1 in the PAC-7.
Michael and Nate's older brother, Bob Peters, previously starred at CVCA. The three boys' father is Jay Peters and he is the Royals coach.To read more or comment...
The St. Vincent-St. Mary boys basketball team maintained its No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press Division II state poll, and is still located in the national polls.
St. V-M (12-0) is No. 6 in the USA Today Super 25 boys basketball rankings and No. 7 in the MaxPreps boys basketball Top 25 national poll.
Josh Williams, Henry Baddley, Jibri Blount, Johnnie Robinson and Jayvon Graves are consistently playing well under the guidance of coach Dru Joyce II.
The Irish return to the court at home Saturday night against Dayton Thurgood Marshall.To read more or comment...
Walsh Jesuit senior Joey Tupta has committed to play football at the University of Akron.
Tupta, 18, is 6-foot-1 and 256-pounds. He said UA has recruited him to play halfback.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity,” Tupta said. “Ever since I was little, I grew up going to games. I have always loved Akron football. This was pretty much my dream situation with the way it worked out.”
Tupta, who has a 3.7 grade-point average, lives in Ellet community right by Rubber Bowl, which was formerly the home for Zips football before the opening of on-campus InfoCision Stadium.To read more or comment...
St. Vincent-St. Mary boys basketball coach Dru Joyce II has written a book titled "Beyond Championships" that features a foreword by Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.
Joyce penned the book with Chris Morrow.
Joyce took over as the St. V-M boys basketball coach in the 2001-2002 season and has coached the Fighting Irish to the present. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach to Keith Dambrot, who is currently the University of Akron men's basketball coach.
Dambrot coached James during his freshman and sophomore years, and then Joyce coached the future NBA Most Valuable Player and champion during his junior and senior years.To read more or comment...
The Classic in the Country XII will feature another solid group of girls basketball games at Berlin Hiland this weekend with a total of 20 games scheduled to take place between Saturday and Monday, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
10 a.m.: Ironton vs. Convoy Crestview, 11:40 a.m.: Columbus Eastmoor Academy vs. Revere, 1:20 p.m.: Wadsworth vs. Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame, 3 p.m.: Springfield Kenton Ridge vs. Millersburg West Holmes, 4:40 p.m.: Toledo Rogers vs. Kettering Archbishop Alter, 6:20 p.m.: Newark vs. Mason, 8 p.m.: Reynoldsburg vs. Berlin Hiland.
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North Canton Hoover will host the 12th annual Mercy Medical Center Classic Boys High School Basketball Showcase this weekend.
The schedule Saturday features three games: 2 p.m. Northwest vs. Fairless, 4 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Garaway, 6 p.m. Hoover vs. Wooster.
Sunday’s games are Green vs. Massillon at 4 p.m. and Lake vs. Olmsted Falls at 6 p.m.To read more or comment...
+ East coach Joe Wojcik confirmed that senior Derik Lewis, junior Domonick Holley and senior Darius Griggs are no longer on the Dragons boys basketball team due to personal reasons.
“Sophomores Damon Butts and Jemarulin Suggs are our two captains and leaders now,” Wojcik said. “We are a young and inexperienced team.”
East enters Friday 0-11 overall and 0-4 in the City Series.
+ Firestone coach Dave Milo confirmed that senior Reggie Rogers has left the Falcons boys basketball team (8-4, 4-0).To read more or comment...