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St. V-M, CCC combine to suspend 27 players following fight that ended boys basketball game

By Michael Beaven Published: December 8, 2016

The fight on the court this past Saturday night between the St. Vincent-St. Mary and Cleveland Central Catholic boys basketball teams has been reviewed, and each school is handing down punishment.

The physical season opening game at CCC was called to a sudden halt with the Irish leading the Ironmen 70-53 with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter when a scuffle between multiple players, and then a subsequent fight involving players and spectators who rushed the floor occurred. A sold out crowd of over 1,000 was at the game.

CCC (0-1) has decided suspend all 15 of its varsity players for the next two games, and St. V-M (1-0) has decided to suspend eight varsity players and four junior varsity players two games apiece as well.

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

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Boys basketball: Fourth quarter fight ends St. V-M season opener with CCC; Irish win 70-53

By Michael Beaven Published: December 5, 2016

A fight on the court Saturday night overshadowed the season opening boys basketball game between St. Vincent-St. Mary and host Cleveland Central Catholic.

Senior Jayvon Graves led St. V-M with 26 points in a game that was called to a halt with the Irish leading the Ironmen 70-53 with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter. A scuffle between multiple players, and then a subsequent fight involving players and spectators who rushed the floor ended a physical game before a sold out crowd of over 1,000.

St. V-M returned to Akron with a win, and CCC received a loss. Now each team is waiting to see if any punishments will be handed out to players.

St. V-M coach Dru Joyce II and CCC coach Jordan Duke both said the brawl started after a foul was called. Coaches and police restored order moments later.

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Canton Central Catholic 16, Coldwater 13: Crusaders win Division V football state championship

By Michael Beaven Published: December 3, 2016

COLUMBUS: The third time proved to be the charm for Canton Central Catholic.

Following two years in a row in which CCC finished as the Division V football state runner-up to Coldwater, the Crusaders got over the hump and defeated the Cavaliers 16-13 in dramatic fashion on Saturday before a crowd of 5,954 at Ohio Stadium.

Senior quarterback Jack Murphy and senior Tee Rupp connected on a 55-yard touchdown pass with 58 seconds remaining to propel CCC (11-3) over Coldwater (13-2). Senior Dan Mills kicked the extra point to conclude the scoring in a defensive struggle.

“It was a 5-yard out,” Rupp said of the winning pass play. “I was supposed to get out of bounds, but I broke the tackle and I saw open field ahead of me, so I just kept running and my teammate threw a great block. It was a perfect play.”

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Hoban 30, Trotwood-Madison 0: Knights win second Division III football state championship in a row

By Michael Beaven Published: December 3, 2016

COLUMBUS: Archbishop Hoban senior Todd Sibley rushed through the Trotwood-Madison defense on Saturday, and then went for a stroll all around Ohio Stadium.

Sibley rushed for a touchdown, accepted the Division III state championship trophy on the field with his fellow captains and then sprinted over to the Hoban student section to celebrate a 30-0 victory before a crowd of 7,396.

At a quick glance, it was tough to determine if he chewed up more yards in the game or during the aftermath, which included belting out the alma mater while sitting on a ledge in front of his classmates.

“There are so many things to take away from this,” Sibley said. “We are a hard working group of people and we love each other. . . . We just embraced this moment.”

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Perry, Hoban, CCC ready for title games. Take our poll and let us know who is most likely to win

By Dan Kadar Published: December 1, 2016
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It's state title week in high school football and three Akron-area teams have a chance for a trophy.

Things for our local teams start tonight with Perry (12-2) playing Cincinnati La Salle (12-2) at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. As Michael Beaven writes, Perry is in the title game even with a predictable offense.

Archbishop Hoban stars Todd Sibley and Danny Clark suit up for the Knights (13-1) for the final time on Saturday. Hoban will play Trotwood-Madison (12-2) at 3 p.m. in the Division III state final at Ohio Stadium.

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Firestone defeats Buchtel 19-7 in football

By Michael Beaven Published: October 29, 2016

Firestone 19, Buchtel 7 – Senior Jordan Jones tossed a touchdown pass and rushed for a touchdown to guide the Falcons (4-6, 4-2 City Series) to a football victory over the host Griffins (4-6, 4-2) on Saturday afternoon.

Firestone junior Justin Moore caught the touchdown pass from Jones, and also blocked a punt that sophomore Josh Mitchell scooped up in the end zone for a touchdown.

Senior Kurt Jones rushed for Buchtel’s touchdown.

East (7-3, 6-0) is expected to make the playoffs in Division III. After utilizing a tiebreaker based on point differential between the games between Buchtel, Ellet and Firestone, it was determined that Firestone and Ellet (8-2, 4-2) will play in the City Series Postseason Final on Thursday at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium.

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Previewing and picking the best Week 10 high school football games (video)

By Ohio.com Published: October 28, 2016

It's the final week of high school football, and Scot Fagerstrom and Michael Beaven are back to make their picks.

 

 

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Previewing and picking the best Week 9 high school football games (video)

By Ohio.com Published: October 20, 2016

Michael Beaven and Scot Fagerstrom take a look at the best games in the area for Week 9 of high school football. Below the video, check out all their picks from the week,and the picks from deputy sports editor Rich Stallsmith.

 

 

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Previewing and picking the best Week 8 high school football games (video)

By Dan Kadar Published: October 13, 2016

It's already Week 8 of the high school football season, and there is a full slate of good games. Arguably the most notable game of the week is Archbishop Hoban at Walsh Jesuit.

On this week's Gridlocks video, reporter Michael Beaven and editor Scot Fagerstrom break down that game and some of the other top contests of the wekk.

Find their picks, and the picks from editor Rich Stallsmith after the video.

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Previewing and picking the best Week 7 high school football games (video)

By Ohio.com Published: October 6, 2016

Beacon Journal and Ohio.com sports writer Michael Beaven and sports editor Scot Fagerstrom are back to preview the best high school football games of Week 7.

It's a loaded week, with plenty of big matchups, so watch their preview video and see their picks below.

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