COLUMBUS: The Wadsworth girls basketball team is headed to the Division I state championship game.
Following a slow start Friday, the Grizzlies rallied to defeat the Reynoldsburg Raiders 58-48 in a state semifinal game inside Value City Arena at Ohio State University.
Senior Jodi Johnson scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Wadsworth (27-1).
Junior Brooklyn Pannell scored 19 points to pace Reynoldsburg (23-6).To read more or comment...
Akron Public Schools announced Wednesday that Sonil Haslam has been named the North football coach.
Members of the APS Board of Education approved the hiring of Haslam as North’s football coach Monday at a regular meeting.
“Coach Haslam has coached for over 20 years at a variety of Akron-area public and private schools, most recently working as assistant head coach in 2015 at Firestone High School,” APS Athletic Director Joe Vassalotti said. “He has been employed for the past 12 years at Akron’s YMCA Phoenix School, where he is the Transition Coordinator.”
Haslam worked under coach Eric Mitchell at Firestone.To read more or comment...
Here is an alphabetical list of local high school football recruits for 2016 that have made a college commitment. Please note this list is compiled through information obtained from high school coaches and athletic directors. If you see any inaccuracies or that a player is missing, email firstname.lastname@example.org with pertinent information. This will be updated throughout Wednesday.
MOST RECENT UPDATE: 6 p.m.
Name Position High school College
Andrew Alekna OL-DL Coventry Cincinnati ChristianTo read more or comment...
An intentional foul and scuffle with 1.4 seconds to go in the third quarter of Saturday’s boys basketball game between visiting Massillon and undefeated Copley has caused confusion.
Copley’s Brian Roberts intercepted a pass and was trying to attempt a 3-point shot as time was close to expiring when he was fouled aggressively by Massillon’s Dyson Berry. Players and coaches from both teams rushed the court, and after referees regained order, they ruled that Berry’s foul was intentional.
Berry and Massillon teammate Toddy Broyles were ejected along with Copley’s Larnell Nealy. Copley, which won the game 96-63, proclaimed that the ref ejected the wrong player. By OHSAA rules, ejected players must serve a two-game suspension.
“There was bumping, but no punches were thrown,” Copley Athletic Director Jim Borchik said. “There was minimal pushing. Larnell Nealy did nothing. Daniel Ester did push a kid, but the officials ruled that Larnell pushed the kid and they ejected him.To read more or comment...
Kenmore senior Dorell Daniels-Vaught has committed to play football at the University of Akron.
Daniels-Vaught will be a walk-on. He is 6-foot and 200-pounds.
“This is a great opportunity,” Daniels-Vaught said. “I think a lot of people don’t take advantage of the in house schooling because they want to go away for college. They feel as though they need to go away to get the college campus experience, but I feel like staying at home will be great. I will get to see family and friends, and save money.”
Daniels-Vaught played quarterback, wide receiver and outside linebacker at Kenmore. He said the Zips are looking at him as a wide receiver.To read more or comment...
East senior Domonick Holley Jr. has committed to play football on scholarship at the University of Akron.
Holley, who is 6-foot-2 and 160-pounds, played wide receiver, cornerback and safety at East.
“It feels good that I will be able to play with friends from the city,” Holley said. “Akron is a great fit. It feels like I will be at East. I will be close to home and see my family everyday and communicate with the people I see everyday.”
Holley earned four letters in football and is on pace to earn his second letter in basketball.To read more or comment...
Archbishop Hoban senior Anthony Christian has pledged to play football at the University of Rhode Island.
Christian, an Akron resident, is 6-foot-4 and 210-pounds. He helped guide the Hoban Knights to a 14-1 overall record in 2015 and a win over Toledo Central Catholic in the Division III state championship game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus as a wide receiver and defensive back.
He told the Akron Beacon Journal on Tuesday that Rhode Island recruited him to play wide receiver.
Christian’s senior year in football at Hoban was his only year on the varsity. He is about to earn his fourth letter on the Knights basketball team.To read more or comment...
Buchtel senior Derrick Harvey Jr. has committed to play football on scholarship at Savannah State University.
Harvey, 18, helped guide Buchtel to a 9-2 record this past season. The Griffins went 6-0 in the regular season against City Series foes to win the percentage title and then topped East in the City Series postseason final game.
Harvey contributed as a wide receiver and defensive back for Buchtel coach Ricky Powers.
Harvey said Savannah State intends to play him on offense as a wide receiver.To read more or comment...
Archbishop Hoban High School senior Tyler Gilchrist has committed to play football at the University of Akron.
Gilchrist, an Akron resident, helped guide the Hoban Knights to a 14-1 overall record in 2015 and a win over Toledo Central Catholic in the Division III state championship game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
“I just want to say thank you to all the teams that invested their time into me,” Gilchrist wrote on his public Twitter account.
“It has been a blessing to be able to have the opportunities that I’ve had. With that said I have decided to further my education and athletics at The University of Akron. I truly feel this is the best decision for me, and I believe Akron is going to give me the best opportunity to be successful. Thank you everyone who believed in me along the way.”To read more or comment...
The state football championships are set to return to Northeast Ohio in 2017 and 2018.
OHSAA Commissioner Dan Ross announced Thursday morning in Columbus that the tentative plan is to bring the state football finals back to Stark County. The games have been played at Ohio Stadium the past two years, and will take place in Columbus in 2016.
“The plan is for 2017 and 2018, we’ll be back in Stark County and then back here [in Columbus] in 19 and 20,” Ross told the Canton Repository. “The contract for both of those is not finished yet, but we are in the process of doing that.”
Ross said that Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton (formerly Fawcett Stadium) will be the host venue for all seven games, barring any construction complications.To read more or comment...