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By Michael Beaven Published: May 21, 2015

Michael Peters of CVCA signs to play basketball at BW

By Michael Beaven Published: May 19, 2015

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy senior Michael Peters has signed with Baldwin Wallace University to continue his academic and basketball careers.

Peters helped CVCA win a Division II district championship in 2013, and finish as district runner-up in 2014 and 2015. He was named to the Associated Press All-Ohio Division II Third Team as a senior and an All-Ohio Special Mention selection as a junior. He also earned earned All-Northeast Ohio Inland District First Team honors as a senior and junior and was an All-NEO Inland District Special Mention as a sophomore.

Peters, a Cuyahoga Falls resident, averaged 20.4 points per game and 5.7 rebounds as a senior and was named the PAC-7 Player of the Year. He finished his career with 1,376 points, which is No. 2 in CVCA school history. 

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Hoban junior Jonah Morris commits to Michigan State for football

By Michael Beaven Published: May 12, 2015

Archbishop Hoban junior Jonah Morris announced on his Twitter account that he has orally committed to play football at Michigan State University.

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

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Nordonia plans to hire Kirk Culler to be boys basketball coach

By Michael Beaven Published: May 12, 2015

Nordonia is planning to hire Kirk Culler to be its boys basketball coach.

Knights Athletic Director Rob Eckenrode said Tuesday that Culler will be recommended to the Nordonia Hills City Schools Board of Education at a Board meeting on May 18.

Culler is a 1990 Stow High School graduate who played basketball for coach Dave Close. He was a starter on the Bulldogs 1989-1990 team that reached a Division I state semifinal after winning sectional, district and regional titles.

Culler served as an assistant coach at Cleveland St. Ignatius for the past seven years. He was previously the head coach at Eastlake North and Lakewood.

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Hoban selects Joe Beyer as Athletic Director, Michael Del Medico moves to new position within school

By Michael Beaven Published: May 11, 2015

Archbishop Hoban High School announced Monday that Joseph Beyer has accepted the position of Athletic Director, effective July 1.

Beyer takes on this role as Michael J. Del Medico, currently Executive Director of Advancement and Athletics, assumes a full-time focus at Hoban as Vice President of Advancement and Planning.

Beyer has served as Coordinator of Athletic Operations for Hoban since May 2014. He earned a bachelor of science in education degree in sport and leisure studies, with a coaching specialization, and a master’s degree in sport and exercise management, both from Ohio State University. He has 11 years of experience working in athletic management at the collegiate level and 10 years of experience working OHSAA championships and high school events. He also has served as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Akron in the area of sport management.

“As evidenced from his past year with us, Joe is a gifted administrator who genuinely embraces our Holy Cross mission and values,” Hoban President Dr. Todd R. Sweda said. “We look forward to his continuing the athletic program’s positive trajectory, especially as we anxiously await the construction of our state-of-the-art health and fitness center this fall.”

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Copley sweeps through Suburban League in tennis

By Michael Beaven Published: May 6, 2015

Copley completed the perfect sweep as a team by winning all its Suburban League regular season matches and then won the conference tournament Saturday at Medina.

Indians coach Mark Ullman relies on Gavin Aten, Carlos Martinez and Matt Kromalic in singles, Kevin Du and Doug Moore and Simon Nabors and Brad LeHoty in doubles.

Cloverleaf’s Austin Hanna won the first singles title Saturday by defeating Aten 6-2, 6-4.

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Crestwood's Gabe Surgeon, a UA recruit, returns to baseball field

By Michael Beaven Published: May 6, 2015

Crestwood senior Gabe Surgeon has returned to playing baseball after suffering a knee injury while playing football. Red Devils baseball coach John Bakalar said Surgeon went 6-for-9 at bat with four RBI and four runs scored in his first three games of the season.

Surgeon, who plans to play football and baseball at the University of Akron, suffered a torn ACL in Crestwood’s final regular season football game against Field in 2014. Despite the injury, he returned to the field to play quarterback for coach Pete Thompson the next week to play in a playoff game, which the Red Devils lost to Bay Village Bay.

Surgeon earned the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division Offensive Player of the Year honor and was a special mention in Division IV.

Surgeon was named a Division II All-Ohio first-team outfielder last season after hitting .604 with 14 runs scored and 14 RBI in 17 games. He also went 2-1 pitching with a 4.67 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 24 innings.

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Garfield freshman Camryn Woodley continues to impress in softball

By Michael Beaven Published: May 6, 2015

Camryn Woodley is making an impact as a freshman on Garfield’s softball team.

Rams coach Jim Noall said she entered the week with a .579 batting average and a .680 on-base percentage. In three games last week, she pitched and won two games, including a no-hitter in one of the games. She went 6-for-8 at bat with 10 RBI and four runs scored.

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CVCA senior Ryan Adams signs to run at Furman University

By Michael Beaven Published: May 6, 2015

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy senior Ryan Adams has signed to continue his academic and running careers at Furman University in Greenville, S.C.

Adams was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the Optimist Track and Field Meet this past Saturday at Austintown Fitch after winning the 1,600-meter race in a time of 4:11.51 and the 800-meter race in a time of 1:51.13. His 1,600 time is a school record, meet record and stadium record, and his 800 time is a meet record and stadium record.

Adams, a Hudson resident, has been a standout for the Royals in cross country and track and field, and has experience in state meets in each sport under the guidance of coaches Rick Lyons, George Hallis and Jeff Port.

Adams earned All-Ohio honors in cross country in 2012 (finishing 23rd), 2013 (seventh), and 2014 (second).

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Adams, Lawson won twice at Optimist Track and Field Meet at Austintown Fitch

By Michael Beaven Published: May 4, 2015

CVCA senior Ryan Adams and Stow senior T.J. Lawson won two events apiece Saturday in the 35th annual Optimist Track and Field Meet at Austintown Fitch.

Adams won the 1,600-meters and 800, and Lawson won the long jump and high jump.

Lake’s Jacob Kernell (3,200) and Streetsboro’s Dakari Carter (100) also won a boys event. Copley’s 800 relay won with Aulden Knight, Weston Bridges, Jared Davis and Kyle Boles, and Massillon’s 400 relay was victorious with Jeff Koch, Austin Jasinski, Justice Kemp and Deionne Harper.

On the girls side, Garrettsville’s Lauren Jones (discus) and Edith Svonavec (shot put), Aquinas’ Athena Welsh (1,600), Stow’s Sam Shaver (200), Firestone’s Janelle Perry (long jump) and Green’s Macee Erikson (pole vault) won. Twinsburg won the 400 relay with Lauryn McKinley, Emmarie Foote, Brianna Sanborn and Raquel Jones.

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