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Tallmadge girls host meet, win track & field title

By Michael Beaven Published: April 13, 2015

The Tallmadge girls won the Bill Barry Invitational at Tallmadge on Friday with 119 points. St. V-M was second with 101 and Lake third at 70 out of eight teams.

Tallmadge’s Lexi Zehner won the pole vault at 8-0 and the Blue Devils also had several second and third place performances under coach Mike Srodawa.

Sara Foster of St. V-M won the 100 hurdles in 17.04 and the 300 hurdles in 49.36. Brandie Snow of Lake won the high jump in 5-0 and the long jump in 16-3½.

Willoughby South won the boys field with 129 points. Lake was second at 116 and Tallmadge third at 78.

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Woodridge set to receive Sportsmanship Award

By Michael Beaven Published: April 13, 2015

Woodridge High School has been chosen to receive the Winter 2015 Sportsmanship Award by the Touchdown Club of Greater Akron. Recipients for the award are chosen based on sports teams that exhibit respectful conduct both on and off the field.

“This is a great achievement for Woodridge to be recognized for our remarkable conduct,” Woodridge Athletics and Activities Director Nick Mayer said. “Our students always carry themselves in a positive, professional manner both on and off the field. I am very proud they are getting noticed and to be a part of such an outstanding district.”

The Sportsmanship Award is given to one high school from Portage and Summit Counties for fall, winter and spring sports seasons. There are 42 schools within the counties that are eligible for the award. In order to receive the award, everyone who participates in sporting events must show good conduct. This includes the cheerleaders, coaches, teams and the student body.

“I would like to extend sincere congratulations to the coaches, student athletes, fans and district staff for this accomplishment,” Woodridge Superintendent Walter Davis said. “Our student body is made up of an incredible group of respectful people. We should all be honored to receive this award.”

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Hudson baseball tops Stow in extra innings Tuesday, hope to play again Wednesday

By Michael Beaven Published: April 8, 2015

Hudson 3, Stow 2 – Travis Wood hit an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning that scored Matt Wallace to lift the host Explorers (4-1, 1-0) over the Bulldogs (1-3, 0-1) Tuesday in a Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game, according to Hudson coach Buddy Dice.

Hudson ace pitcher Ian Swan (1-1) tossed a complete game to earn the win. Swan struck out seven, and allowed six hits and two runs.

Stow’s Jake Dohar pitched 6 1/3 innings, but finished with a no decision. Dohar struck out two, and allowed five hits and two runs. Jeremy Parton paced the Bulldogs offense with two RBI singles.

Hudson’s Mac Schoenman and Sean Cahill hit an RBI single in the third and seventh innings, respectively. Joe Charpentier and Jake Stuursma both scored a run for the Explorers.

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Malone set to host high school all-star basketball games Wednesday

By Michael Beaven Published: April 1, 2015

The 27th annual William Heichel Memorial Plain Rotary All-Star Classic is set for today (Wednesday) at Malone University’s Osborne Hall.

Event organizer David Kraft said the basketball classic pits girls’ and boys’ all-star teams from Stark County and Summit County. The Summit County team also has players from Medina and Portage County. All players are seniors.

Schedule: The girls’ all-star game will start at 6:30 p.m., and the boys’ all-star game will start at about 8:30 p.m.

Tickets: $6 at the door and good for both games. Advanced tickets are available for $5 by contacting Kraft at 330-455-9489. All proceeds go to scholarships for high school students and funding of community projects.

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APS announces Mitchell as Firestone football coach; Fuller thanks Flossie for service

By Michael Beaven Published: March 31, 2015

Members of the Akron Public Schools Board of Education approved the hiring of Eric Mitchell to be the Firestone High School football coach Monday at a regular meeting.

“I am really excited about the opportunity,” said Mitchell, a physical education teacher at Shaker Heights Middle School. “This is one of the jobs I have interviewed for before, and I have been eyeing this one for quite some time. I think that Firestone has great, quality kids in the building, and I think that with these student-athletes we can implement our offense and defense quickly to where they can learn it fast and play it fast.”

Mitchell, 48, is a 1984 graduate of Garfield High School where he played defensive back and running back under now retired coach Bill McGee. Garfield won City Series championships in 1982 and 1983, and was Division I state runner-up in 1983 following a semifinal win over Mentor Lake Catholic and a final loss to Cincinnati Princeton.

Mitchell played defensive back and returned punts and kickoffs at Glenville State College in West Virginia until graduating in 1989.

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Jackson senior Tyler Dunn commits to play basketball at the University of Akron

By Michael Beaven Published: March 28, 2015

Jackson High School senior Tyler Dunn has decided to stay close to home and pursue an opportunity to play basketball at the University of Akron.

Dunn, a 6-foot and 180-pound point guard, committed to play at Walsh University in October before changing his mind and selecting to go to UA as a preferred walk-on.

“When I made the decision to reopen my recruitment I was looking for a place that will give me more of a challenge,” Dunn said. “Akron is my dream school and I pretty much grew up there with my dad.”

Dunn’s father is Joe Dunn, a radio broadcaster who announces UA football and men’s basketball games with Steve French.

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Akron Public Schools set to hire Eric Mitchell as Firestone football coach

By Michael Beaven Published: March 24, 2015

The Firestone football team has a new coach and his name is Eric Mitchell.

Ron Linger, the Akron Public Schools Interim Program Manager of Interscholastic Athletics, confirmed Tuesday that Mitchell will lead the Falcons football team in 2015.

“Eric Mitchell has been hired, pending board of approval at the March 30th meeting,” Linger said. “His background check is complete. His coaching resume is outstanding being at the different places he has been, Brush, Warrensville Heights and Lutheran East. He also has experience as a track and field coach at Firestone and he is a community person within the Firestone community. He is well-known and respected within the Firestone community.”

Linger described Mitchell as a “well-rounded guy” who has also coached girls basketball.

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Garfield's Jatairis Grant intrigues colleges with ability, earns offers

By Michael Beaven Published: March 24, 2015

Garfield junior two-way player Jatairis Grant has received scholarship offers from Kent State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Miami (Ohio), Toledo and James Madison.

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Nordonia's Terek Zingale holds four scholarship offers

By Michael Beaven Published: March 24, 2015

Ohio University has offered a scholarship to Nordonia junior offensive tackle Terek Zingale.

Zingale also has offers from Akron, Bowling Green and Toledo after helping Nordonia win the 2014 Suburban League championship and finish as state runner-up in Division II.

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Walsh’s Jack Wohlabaugh holds over a dozen scholarship offers, including one from Michigan

By Michael Beaven Published: March 24, 2015

Michigan is the latest college to offer a scholarship to Walsh Jesuit junior offensive guard Jack Wohlabaugh.

Wohlabaugh helped Walsh reach the Division II playoffs in 2014. He also has offers from the University of Akron, Boston College, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Kent State, Kentucky, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota, Purdue, Syracuse, Toledo and Western Michigan.

His father, Dave Wohlabaugh, is a retired NFL offensive lineman who played for the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams. He played in college at Syracuse.

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