It is a nice luxury to have when you coach a team with multiple scoring options.
Coventry boys basketball coach Lynn Wess knows the feeling this year as his Comets are 17-4 overall and won the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division with an 11-1 mark.
Junior Bryce Hargrove leads the Comets at around 18 points per game, and is one four players averaging double figures with junior Conner Wess (16), junior Shane Sturm (12) and sophomore Dustin Burkhart (11) being the others. Senior Will Morisak rounds out the starting five and averages six points per game.
“We are averaging 70 points per game as a team,” Wess said. “I have four players average in double figures so we are very balanced. Any given night, any of the four can score 20 points.”To read more or comment...
The St. Vincent-St. Mary boys basketball team will look to cap an undefeated regular season Saturday when Canton McKinley visits the LeBron James Arena.
St. V-M Athletic Director Andy Jalwan said the evening will be Senior Night for Johnnie Robinson, Joshua Williams, Jibri Blount and RJ Jones; and will also feature recent alums Doran Grant, Dante Booker Jr. and Parris Campbell Jr. who helped the Ohio State football team win a national championship last month.
Grant is a 2011 St. V-M graduate, and Booker and Campbell are 2014 St. V-M graduates. The three will be recognized at halftime of the game, which is set to tip-off at 7:30 p.m.
St. V-M’s basketball team is 21-0 under coach Dru Joyce II, and is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Division II state poll and No. 3 nationally in the USA Today Super 25 and the CBS MaxPreps Xcellent 25 polls.To read more or comment...
Firestone High School has hired Matt Brooks to coach its baseball team after recently selecting him to coach its girls soccer team as well.
Brooks, 36, was Nordonia’s baseball staff last year as a freshman coach and also served as a Firestone assistant girls soccer coach.
“We’re looking forward to having Matt Brooks coach our baseball team,” Firestone Athletic Director Brian Fuller said.
“No. 1, he is a young guy with a lot of energy, and he’s been coaching out at Nordonia with his brother-in-law Drew Hoisington. No. 2, we’re excited because he is a teacher in the building and he has a familiarity with the kids. I know the kids are very excited to have him as the coach and are ready to move forward with this baseball season.”To read more or comment...
Southeast topped host Mogadore 75-52 Wednesday to clinch the Portage Trail Conference County Division outright girls basketball championship.
Sophomore Danielle Norquest scored 22 points to lead Southeast (19-3, 11-1) to another league title. Coach Bob Dunn has guided Southeast to outright PTC County titles this year and two years ago, a shared title with Mogadore last year.
Freshman Natalie Zuchowski and sophomore Emma Rankin both scored 12 points Wednesday for Southeast. The Pirates also got 10 points from senior Madison Dunn and nine points from sophomore Riley Norquest.
"I'm really proud of this group because we lost six seniors from last year that graduated," Bob Dunn said. "We start four underclassmen along with one senior and this group has kept the tradition going. . . . I'm blessed to work these kids. We really have a balanced team with players who play well together."To read more or comment...
The Kent Roosevelt girls basketball team clinched its second consecutive Portage Trail Conference Metro Division championship in a row Wednesday.
Senior Brianna Rock scored 14 points and senior Kasey Nielsen contributed 13 points to lead the host Rough Riders to an 83-38 win over the Norton Panthers.
Roosevelt (17-5, 10-2) led 33-8 after one quarter and never looked back under coach Craig Foreman. Senior Elaine Britt and junior Kayla Bennett both scored 11 points and freshman Kayla Fischer added nine points for the Rough Riders.
Roosevelt will host Green in a North Canton Division I sectional tournament game at 1 p.m. Saturday.To read more or comment...
Manchester’s girls basketball game with Waynedale was one of several events cancelled Thursday due to the extreme cold temperatures and snow that have hit Northeast Ohio.
Panthers coach Tucker Pappas said he and his team will turn their attention to the postseason where Manchester (16-5) is seeded No. 4 in the Division III Wooster sectional-district behind Chippewa, Tuslaw and Orrville.
Manchester will play at Orrville at 7 p.m. Feb. 25.
Pappas said Manchester’s starting lineup features senior Alex Klein and includes seniors Emma Kreakbaum, Brittani Porter and Allie Richmond and junior Grier Cowles.To read more or comment...
Veteran coach Denny Schrock led Chippewa’s girls basketball team to a 61-24 win at Smithville on Tuesday, giving the Chipps an undefeated regular season.
Junior Ashley Richardson led the Chipps (22-0, 14-0 WCAL) with 20 points. Junior Carly Koncz (15 points) and sophomore Taylor Richards (10 points) also scored in double figures for Chippewa, which outscored Smithville 24-0 in the first quarter.
Chippewa is the No. 1 seed in the Wooster Division III sectional-district. The Chipps will open the postseason by hosting Black River at 7 p.m. Feb. 25.To read more or comment...
The Wadsworth girls basketball team won its 75th Suburban League game in a row Wednesday night with a 55-36 victory over host Highland.
Junior Jodi Johnson scored 21 points to lead Wadsworth (19-3, 14-0), which has won six Suburban League titles in a row. Five of the six titles have featured 14-0 records under coach Andrew Booth.
Senior Aubrey Virgin also reached double figures for the Grizzlies with 14 points.
Senior Sydney Bowers scored six points and junior Jenna Johnson scored five points. Sophomore McKenna Banks scored three points. Freshmen Lexi Lance, Sophia Fortner and Peyton Banks added two points apiece.To read more or comment...
Walsh Jesuit announced Tuesday it has hired Scott Beigie as its football coach.
Beigie, a 2005 Walsh graduate, succeeds Gerry Rardin, a 1972 Walsh graduate, who retired as Warriors coach following 35 seasons.
“I am deeply humbled to be given the opportunity to lead the Walsh Jesuit football program into the future,” Beigie said in a prepared statement. “I would like to thank Coach Rardin in particular for offering me the opportunity seven years ago to return to my alma mater as a young coach and learn from a group of dedicated men that have been a great influence in my life. As the head football coach, I promise to lead with a respect for the traditions of the past, a vision for the future, and a sincere commitment to the school mission, the football program and the student-athletes.”
Beigie, who was named Walsh’s Assistant Athletic Director in 2014, and is also a guidance counselor at the school, played for Rardin. He completed his eighth coaching season this year, with the past seven as a Walsh assistant and one prior to that on the Cleveland Heights sidelines.To read more or comment...
The Coventry boys basketball enters this week knowing it has clinched the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division championship.
Coventry coach Lynn Wess said the Comets 82-77 victory over Ravenna on Friday coupled with Norton's victory over Field allowed the Coventry to wrap up its first league championship in boys basketball since 1957-1958.
The Comets are 15-4 overall and 10-1 in the PTC MD. Kent Roosevelt, Field and Norton all are two games behind Coventry in the standings.
Coventry hosts Field at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Falcons are the only team to beat the Comets in league play this season as the Comets swept the Rough Riders and Panthers.To read more or comment...