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Football: 2017 Calendar with key dates

By Michael Beaven Published: June 7, 2017

2017 OHSAA Football Calendar

Monday, July 31 – practice begins

Monday, Aug. 21 – regular season begins

Tuesday, Sept. 19 – weekly computer point releases begin

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Football: 2017 Division & Region Breakdown

By Michael Beaven Published: June 7, 2017

… Football Divisional Breakdown …

+ The Akron-area will have eight teams in Division I in 2017 – Canton McKinley, Jackson, Strongsville, GlenOak, Stow and Perry in Region 1, and Brunswick and Medina in Region 2. Perry was the Division II state runner ups in 2015 and 2016 to Cincinnati La Salle, which remains in Division II for this upcoming season. Cleveland St. Ignatius, Lakewood St. Edward, Solon, Mentor and Austintown Fitch are also in Region 1.

+ Archbishop Hoban, which won Division III state championships in 2015 and 2016, has moved up to Division II and is assigned to Region 5 along with Ellet, Firestone, Brecksville, Hudson, Cuyahoga Falls, Walsh Jesuit, Twinsburg, Green, Barberton, Nordonia, Copley and Kent Roosevelt. Bedford, Warren Harding, Cleveland Benedictine and Mentor Lake Catholic are also in Region 5. North Royalton, Wadsworth and Highland are in a Region 6 that includes Midview, Toledo St. Francis De Sales, Toledo St. John’s Jesuit and Perrysburg. Region 7 features North Canton Hoover, Massillon, Lake, Wooster, Westerville South and Boardman.

+ The new Kenmore-Garfield will likely be a Division II, Region 5 football team in 2017. The OHSAA will determine the placement of the merged school in September when enrollment figures are figured out.

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Football: OHSAA announces playoff games in first four rounds will be on Friday nights in 2017

By Michael Beaven Published: June 6, 2017

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced the football regions and schedule format for the 2017 playoffs on Tuesday.

New in 2017, all playoff games during the first four rounds will be played on Friday nights, which is a change from having games spread out over Friday nights, Saturday afternoons and Saturday nights.

Also announced was the format for the state championship games, which will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

The new regions and playoffs format were approved last Thursday by the OHSAA Board of Directors at their June meeting as part of the 2017 football tournament regulations. New divisions were announced on April 6.

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Chuck Shuman set to be named Ellet football coach, pending APS board approval

By Michael Beaven Published: May 2, 2017

Chuck Shuman is set to take over the Ellet football team as head coach following a long run as an Orangemen assistant to Joe Yost.

Akron Public Schools Athletic Director Joe Vassalotti said Tuesday that Shuman has been selected as Ellet’s football coach, pending board approval on May 22.

Shuman, who turned 68-years-old on April 11, graduated from East High School in 1967 after playing football, basketball and baseball. He then played football at the University of Akron and earned degrees in 1971 and 1976.

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2017 Signing Day: List of area high school football players with college selection

By Michael Beaven Published: February 1, 2017

Here is an alphabetical list of local high school football recruits for 2017 that have made a college commitment. Please note this list is compiled through information obtained from high school coaches, athletic directors and colleges. Some athletes have received scholarships and some are scheduled to be walk-on players. If you see any inaccuracies or that a player is missing, email mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com with pertinent information. The Akron Beacon Journal will publish athletes in other sports who have made college commitments per usual in the coming days. This will be updated throughout Wednesday.

MOST RECENT UPDATE: 5:30 p.m.

— Compiled by Michael Beaven via information submitted by high school coaches, athletic directors and colleges.

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Springfield set to host PTC college recruiting seminar open to all area athletes

By Michael Beaven Published: February 1, 2017

Springfield High School is set to host the Portage Trail Conference Academic Engagement & Collegiate Recruiting Seminar at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 2.

Crestwood Athletic Director Bob Dean said the PTC applied for and received a grant from the NCAA “Get the Word Out” program.

“This is a service that we need to provide for our families,” Dean said. “The most common questions we receive from student-athletes and their parents are about the academic rigor as a college athlete and the basics of the recruiting process. There is so much to know and too much misinformation out there. Now is the time to serve our families as best we can by putting them in touch with the best information available.”

Springfield Athletic Director Kevin Vaughn said the event is open to all area high school student-athletes, their parents, coaches, administrators and guidance counselors. Interested attendees must register online at https://goo.gl/forms/GdRTxQQ2bgmkdEv73.

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Woodridge seniors Kasey Kelleher & King Alfred Sanders set to play football in college

By Michael Beaven Published: January 30, 2017

Woodridge senior long snapper Kasey Kelleher has earned a preferred walk-on spot with the Oklahoma football team.

Kelleher is also experienced as a lineman for Woodridge.

Addittionally, Woodridge senior running back King Alfred Sanders has committed to play college football at Wayne State.

Stay tuned to the Akron Beacon Journal and ohio.com for more on this developing story.

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Hoban seniors Jabari Taylor & Arison Sanders pledge to play football in college

By Michael Beaven Published: January 30, 2017

Archbishop Hoban senior football players Jabari Taylor and Arison Sanders have made their college decisions.

Taylor has committed to play at Cincinnati and Sanders is headed to Slippery Rock.

Taylor and Sanders each were key defensive players on the Hoban football team, which won Division III state championships in 2015 and 2016. Sanders was a starter on both teams and Taylor was a starter on this past year’s team.

Hoban senior Todd Sibley (Pittsburgh) and Danny Clark (Kentucky) made their college decisions earlier. Sibley is a running back and Clark is a quarterback. Both players played key roles on the two Hoban state championship teams.

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Six Copley High School seniors pledge to play football in college

By Michael Beaven Published: January 30, 2017

Six players from the Copley football team have made the decision to play in college.

Weston Bridges was the first Indians player to commit when he pledged to Michigan State University in the summer of 2016.

Since then, five other Copley players have made their plans official – Austin Brenner (Ashland), Jaylon Doss (Malone), Zafeer Muhammad (Charleston), Jacob Williams (Tiffin) and Alex Zelch (Notre Dame College).

Stay tuned to the Akron Beacon Journal and ohio.com for more on this developing story.

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DeAmonte' King & Myles Williams of St. V-M set to play football in college

By Michael Beaven Published: January 30, 2017

St. Vincent-St. Mary senior football players DeAmonte’ King and Myles Williams have made their college decisions.

King has committed to play at Toledo and Williams is headed to Walsh.

King, a wide receiver, originally committed to play at West Virginia, but has since flipped his pledge to Toledo. Williams is a running back.

Three other St. V-M football players made their decisions earlier – Justin Sampson and Malik Woolridge are headed to the University of Akron and Donte Taylor is set to go to Miami (Ohio).

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