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High school football preview section coming Friday; new league pages up now on

By Published: August 27, 2015


A special section previewing the area high school football season is coming in Friday's Akron Beacon Journal and It includes player features, league previews and team capsules.

To get ready for this high school football season, we've launched new pages on dedicated to the leagues in our coverage area. Check them out here:

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Perry High School hires Rick Rembielak as baseball coach, assistant AD

By Michael Beaven Published: August 27, 2015

Perry High School has its new baseball coach, and his name should be familiar to many people in the Akron and Kent communities.

Rick Rembielak was approved by the Perry Local Schools Board of Education on Thursday to guide the Panthers in baseball and to serve as an Assistant Athletic Director.

Rembielak, 55, recently completed his fourth season as the University of Akron baseball coach, but was seeking a job after UA decided to eliminate the Zips baseball program in a cost cutting move.

“I feel very fortunate obviously getting an opportunity so late in the process,” Rembielak said to the Akron Beacon Journal on Thursday. “School has started already. This was a position they were kicking around. They wanted to instill an Assistant Athletic Director at some point, and I feel very fortunate to get this opportunity.

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Akron native Tyrell Sutton helps rush Montreal to CFL win

By Michael Beaven Published: August 21, 2015

Akron native Tyrell Sutton, 28, continues to have success in the Canadian Football League as he helped the Montreal Alouettes defeat the host British Columbia Lions 23-13 Thursday night at BC Place in Vancouver.

Sutton, a graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School and Northwestern University, rushed for 111 yards on 14 carries and had four receptions for 43 yards. He caught a 2-point conversion pass from reserve quarterback Tanner Marsh to help the Alouettes beat the Lions on their field for only the second time in the past 15 meetings.

Montreal starting quarterback Rakeem Cato, a Marshall University product, completed 16-of-19 passes for 154 yards and one touchdown.

Sutton’s 111 rushing yards is not quite his best performance as a pro. He rushed for 135 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown last season on Nov. 2 when the host Montreal Alouettes defeated the Toronto Argonauts 17-14.

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Hoban's Joe Lutz steps down with over 20 years of track & field coaching experience

By Michael Beaven Published: August 19, 2015

Archbishop Hoban High School girls track and field coach Joe Lutz has decided to retire.

Lutz, a 1966 Hoban graduate, is stepping down after coaching for over 20 years.

During his time at Hoban, Lutz was a seven time North Coast League Coach of the Year and he coached six individual state champions.

“Coach Lutz was so generous to so many of his athletes in ways most people do not realize,” said Michael Del Medico, Hoban’s former Athletic Director who is now the school’s Vice President of Planning and Advancement.

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Canton McKinley Football Hall of Fame announces 2015 members

By Michael Beaven Published: August 19, 2015

The Canton McKinley Football Hall of Fame announced its 2015 class Wednesday, and also said it plans to celebrate the 1997 Bulldogs team in October that won the Division I state championship and was recognized as the USA Today national champions.

The 2015 class includes: players Kenny Peterson, DeMarlo Rozier, Jamar Martin, Les Thompson, Matt Curry, Rashan Hall and James Gamble; support staff Tom Peloso and broadcaster Scott Davis.

“I am very pleased to announce our new members of the Canton McKinley Football Hall of Fame,” McKinley Hall of Fame Director J.R. Rinaldi said in a prepared statement.

“We continue to celebrate the tradition of Canton McKinley High School with this year’s class of inductees.

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APS set to have a City Series championship football game in November

By Michael Beaven Published: August 17, 2015

With permission from the OHSAA, the City Series is bringing back an old Akron tradition.

Akron Public Schools Athletic Director Joe Vassalotti said the City Series will have a championship football game scheduled for the weekend of November 6-7, 2015.

The game will include the top two teams in league play that do not qualify for the OHSAA football playoffs. The specific site, date and time will be announced later.

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Ellet graduate Laura Lakins commits to play softball at Akron

By Michael Beaven Published: June 30, 2015

Laura Lakins has decided to stay close to home for college.

Lakins, a 2015 Ellet High School graduate, has committed to play softball at the University of Akron.

Lakins, a 5-foot-8 first baseman, plans to join the Zips as a preferred walk-on with an academic scholarship already in tow. She anticipates majoring in secondary education, and pursuing a career as a high school English teacher and softball coach.

“I am super excited,” Lakins said. “I grew up watching Akron softball and the thought of being able to wear the uniform is really unbelievable. I am happy that coach [Julie] Jones gave me this opportunity and I am ready to make the most of it.”

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Garfield senior-to-be Jatairis Grant commits to play football at Toledo

By Michael Beaven Published: June 29, 2015

Garfield senior-to-be Jatairis Grant has committed to play football at the University of Toledo, according to high school coach Bob Sax.

Grant will be entering his fourth year as a starter for the Golden Rams on offense and defense. He plays wide receiver and defensive back.

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LA Lakers select Larry Nance Jr. with 27th pick in NBA Draft

By Michael Beaven Published: June 25, 2015

The Los Angeles Lakers selected Larry Nance Jr. with the No. 27 pick Thursday in the first round of the NBA Draft.

Nance was picked by the Harlem Globetrotters on Tuesday, but will likely sign with the Lakers and start his pro career.

Nance, a 2011 Revere High School graduate, led the University of Wyoming to their first NCAA Tournament berth in 13 years this past season as a senior. His father, Larry Nance, played in college at Clemson and then in the NBA from 1981-1994 with the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He made three all-star appearances and won the 1984 slam-dunk title.

The younger Nance was named to the All-Mountain West Conference First Team and All-Defensive Team while leading the Cowboys in points per game (16.1), rebounds per game (7.2) and blocks per game (1.2).

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Harlem Globetrotters draft former Revere, Wyoming star Larry Nance Jr.

By Michael Beaven Published: June 23, 2015

Larry Nance Jr. would love to be selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

But if the NBA and a possible career abroad don’t work out, Nance can play for the Harlem Globetrotters if he wants to.

In anticipation of their upcoming 90th anniversary tour, the Globetrotters held their ninth annual player draft Tuesday and Nance was one of the players they selected.

The Globetrotters are all about “basketball and family entertainment.” The organization “searches the world for superb athletes with a flair for entertainment who also epitomize the Globetrotters’ ambassadorial spirit.”

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