Walsh Jesuit senior Joey Tupta has committed to play football at the University of Akron.
Tupta, 18, is 6-foot-1 and 256-pounds. He said UA has recruited him to play halfback.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity,” Tupta said. “Ever since I was little, I grew up going to games. I have always loved Akron football. This was pretty much my dream situation with the way it worked out.”
Tupta, who has a 3.7 grade-point average, lives in Ellet community right by Rubber Bowl, which was formerly the home for Zips football before the opening of on-campus InfoCision Stadium.To read more or comment...
St. Vincent-St. Mary boys basketball coach Dru Joyce II has written a book titled "Beyond Championships" that features a foreword by Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.
Joyce penned the book with Chris Morrow.
Joyce took over as the St. V-M boys basketball coach in the 2001-2002 season and has coached the Fighting Irish to the present. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach to Keith Dambrot, who is currently the University of Akron men's basketball coach.
Dambrot coached James during his freshman and sophomore years, and then Joyce coached the future NBA Most Valuable Player and champion during his junior and senior years.To read more or comment...
The Classic in the Country XII will feature another solid group of girls basketball games at Berlin Hiland this weekend with a total of 20 games scheduled to take place between Saturday and Monday, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
10 a.m.: Ironton vs. Convoy Crestview, 11:40 a.m.: Columbus Eastmoor Academy vs. Revere, 1:20 p.m.: Wadsworth vs. Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame, 3 p.m.: Springfield Kenton Ridge vs. Millersburg West Holmes, 4:40 p.m.: Toledo Rogers vs. Kettering Archbishop Alter, 6:20 p.m.: Newark vs. Mason, 8 p.m.: Reynoldsburg vs. Berlin Hiland.
SUNDAY’S SCHEDULETo read more or comment...
North Canton Hoover will host the 12th annual Mercy Medical Center Classic Boys High School Basketball Showcase this weekend.
The schedule Saturday features three games: 2 p.m. Northwest vs. Fairless, 4 p.m. St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Garaway, 6 p.m. Hoover vs. Wooster.
Sunday’s games are Green vs. Massillon at 4 p.m. and Lake vs. Olmsted Falls at 6 p.m.To read more or comment...
+ East coach Joe Wojcik confirmed that senior Derik Lewis, junior Domonick Holley and senior Darius Griggs are no longer on the Dragons boys basketball team due to personal reasons.
“Sophomores Damon Butts and Jemarulin Suggs are our two captains and leaders now,” Wojcik said. “We are a young and inexperienced team.”
East enters Friday 0-11 overall and 0-4 in the City Series.
+ Firestone coach Dave Milo confirmed that senior Reggie Rogers has left the Falcons boys basketball team (8-4, 4-0).To read more or comment...
Twinsburg’s girls basketball team topped NOC rival and host Solon 48-45 in overtime Thursday.
Jasmine Bishop scored 13 points and Dasja Anderson contributed 10 points to lead the Tigers (10-2, 2-1) over the Comets (10-2, 4-1).To read more or comment...
The 28th annual Bill Dies Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Firestone will take place Friday and Saturday.
Brecksville has won the Bill Dies team title at Firestone in each of the past six years.
Here is a quick glance at this tournament:
Total teams: 43.To read more or comment...
The 29th annual Top Gun Wrestling Tournament at Alliance will take place Friday and Saturday.
The Top Gun will have a different team champ this year with last year’s champ, Clovis (Cal.), not scheduled to compete. Perry will be at Alliance in a venue it has placed second at five years in a row, and Claymont was third last year after placing first the year prior.
Here is quick glance at this tournament:
Total teams: 48.To read more or comment...
The Coventry girls basketball team scored a big PTC Metro win Wednesday night following a 47-42 result over visiting Kent Roosevelt.
Senior Chloe Baird scored 15 points to lead the Comets (10-1, 5-1) over the Rough Riders (11-3, 4-2). Seniors Courtney Basinger and Emily Cerepak both scored nine points for Coventry coach LaMont Wilson. Junior Karli Morisak scored eight points and freshman Maisha Biddings chipped in six points.
Brianna Rock paced Kent with 20 points and Alex Marsinek scored 13 points.To read more or comment...
Veteran coach Tim Flossie spoke with the Akron Beacon Journal regarding today’s decision by the Akron Public Schools to post the Firestone football coaching position as open on its website:
“I am upset at the lack of balance in the Akron Public Schools report because all the statements made in this case were taken by the Akron Public Schools. They made no mention to a number of statements that were favorable to myself and corroborated my version of what happened.”
“We sent a letter from the athletic trainer at Firestone High School who was totally impartial as it related to the event which goes along with my story and they failed to even mention it in the letter I received Oct. 20.”
“There were numerous statements from the football players that were notable in their inconsistencies regarding the incident. There are numerous versions accounted for between these student-athletes.”To read more or comment...