Nordonia football coach Jeffrey Fox confirmed that rising senior Denzel Ward gave a commitment to play football on scholarship at Ohio State University on Thursday.
“Denzel committed today,” Fox said. “They have been recruiting him since the spring and have been keeping in touch. He went down there [to Columbus] for a one day camp and had a very good performance.
“He was considering a couple of other schools, but he was very excited and he committed on the spot when they offered him a scholarship. This is very exiting news for Denzel.”
Fox said Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer and defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs like Ward’s “cover skills and speed” as a cornerback.To read more or comment...
North Canton Hoover (28-3) took down previously undefeated Lebanon (32-1) 5-3 in a Division I state semifinal at Firestone Stadium today.
Kelly Dillow came away with the deciding hit, a three-RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning that put Hoover on top 5-3 for the first time in the game.
Senior Tara Thacker threw all seven innings and was solid except for a three-run third inning that gave Lebanon a 3-0 lead.To read more or comment...
Where: All games are at Huntington Park in Columbus.
Who: Area teams Jackson, Orrville and North Royalton.
Division III: Orrville (18-12) vs. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (28-2) at 4 p.m. today in a state semifinal. The other semifinal features Coldwater (28-4) and Wheelersburg (24-6) at 7 p.m. The Division III state championship will be at 1 p.m. Saturday.
A look at Orrville: The Red Riders feature seven seniors: Wes Stauffer, Stuart Schley, J.T. Perez, Chandler Smith, Kyle Ritchie, Layne Scheufler and Chad Harrison. Stauffer is 6-0 pitching with a 1.12 ERA. Schley is 5-4 with a 1.71 ERA pitching and is batting .330 with seven homers, 32 RBI and 24 runs scored. Perez is batting .400 with three homers and 28 RBI. Sophomore Christian Trowbridge also starts along with freshmen Austin Domer and Zach Ramsdell. “We wanted to make to it state,” Orrville coach Scott Marshall said. “The last several years, we have improved every year. We have seven seniors and five of the seven started as a freshmen.” Orrville won its third district title in a row two weeks ago and earned its state berth with a regional title last week. The Red Riders were a district semifinalist in 2011, a regional semifinalist in 2012 and a regional finalist in 2013. Orrville beat Tuslaw and Canton Central Catholic at district and Independence and Youngstown Ursuline at regional. Orrville swept North Royalton in a doubleheader.To read more or comment...
Where: Firestone Stadium in Akron.
Who: Area teams North Canton Hoover, Tallmadge and Manchester.
Division II: Tallmadge (24-3) vs. Lima Bath (27-1) in a state semifinal at 10 a.m. today with Newark Licking Valley (27-4) and Plain City Jonathan Alder (27-1) set for 12:30 p.m. The Division II state championship will be at 10 a.m. Saturday.
A look at Tallmadge: The Blue Devils feature senior Kirsten Lightel who is 22-2 pitching with a 0.48 ERA and 232 strikeouts in 159⅔ innings, and is batting .310 with 12 RBI. Sophomore Kali Stroud (.343, four home runs), junior Joanna Catalano (.341 with 27 RBI and seniors Mackenzie Gershom (.333) and Taylor Phillips (.311) are each hitting over .300. Seniors Tori Young, Nicolette Williams, Emily Bratnick and Brandy Wakefield also start along with sophomore Lexi Philen. Coach Ed Seeker said senior Sierra Bennett (.500) could pinch-hit this weekend after missing most of May with a knee injury. “We don’t feel comfortable putting her in to play defensively, but she has been working out and swinging and running,” Seeker said. “If we can get an opportunity where we feel we can get her in to pinch-hit, we will definitely consider that.” Tallmadge won state titles in 1998, 1997, 1993, 1989, 1988, 1987 and 1981.To read more or comment...
Former Canton McKinley High School boys basketball star Bryant Bowden is set to be named the head coach of his alma mater.
Canton City Schools Superintendent Adrian Allison announced Monday he will recommend Bowden as the next boys basketball head coach to the Board of Education at a 6 p.m. meeting on June 16 at McKinley.
“Coach Bowden has a special passion for the youth of Canton and for McKinley basketball,” Allison said in a press release.
“He has a unique understanding of the success and tradition of McKinley Senior High School basketball. Most importantly, his vision for the program is consistent with the district’s vision of ensuring that the young men under his care understand that they are students first and athletes second. He is an excellent role model for our students.”To read more or comment...