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Archbishop Hoban senior Jonah Morris commits to play football at Indiana University

By Michael Beaven Published: January 25, 2016

Archbishop Hoban High School senior Jonah Morris has committed to play football on scholarship at Indiana University.

Morris, an Akron resident who is 6-foot-4 and 196-pounds, 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 want to thank God, my family and all the colleges that believe in me and gave me a chance to play for their university,” Morris wrote on his public Twitter account.

“I have finally come across the school that’s best for me, and I feel I have the best chance to achieve my ultimate goal of making it to the NFL a lot sooner, as well as receiving a great degree. I will be joining the No. 1 [ranked] passing offense in the Big Ten.”

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East’s Jemarulin Suggs & Deandre Brimage commit to play football at the University of Akron

By Michael Beaven Published: January 21, 2016

East juniors Jemarulin Suggs and Deandre Brimage have decided to stay in their hometown for college, after both committed to play football at the University of Akron.

Suggs and Brimage are both members of East’s boys basketball team currently under coach Murray L. Hooten III, but their best sport is football.

“I think this is a great opportunity for them,” East football coach Marques Hayes said. “Those guys are extremely hard workers. They have put the time in and they have been patient with the recruiting process. They have talked to numerous schools and both like the University of Akron. They saw what the school is doing and they both said they want to make sure they can help put their own city on the map.”

Hayes, who played football at UA after growing up in Flint, Mich., just completed his fourth season as East’s coach.

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State champion Hoban football players transition to winter sport

By Michael Beaven Published: December 18, 2015

Several members of the Division III state championship Archbishop Hoban football team are on a Knights winter sports team.

Hoban Athletic Director Joe Beyer said senior Anthony Christian and sophomores Garrett Houser, Nate Bauer and Jake Saus are on the varsity basketball team. The varsity wrestling team includes senior Nicholas Lewis, juniors Blake Bishop, Ean Tucker and John Bozzelli and sophomores Kentrell Stovall, Cade Thomas and DaViaun Pete.

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Walsh's dynamic duo in swimming continues to succeed

By Michael Beaven Published: December 18, 2015

Walsh Jesuit juniors Hanna Gresser and Carly Hart each put together solid performances at the Ned Reeb Invitational in Columbus this past Saturday.

Coach Wally Lutkus said each girl swam on the 200-yard medley relay that placed first in 1:47.47, and both took part in the 400-yard freestyle relay that was fifth in 3:39.65.

Gresser led off the 200 medley relay in a backstroke split time of 26.22 seconds, won the 100 butterfly with a meet record time of 56.32, was second in the 100 backstroke in 56.50 and anchored the 400 freestyle relay with a split of 52.16.

Hart swam the breastroke leg of the 200 medley relay and clocked a 28.97 seconds, finished sixth in the 200 individual medley in 2:09.71, placed first in a meet record time of 1:03.37 in the 100 breast stroke and posted a split of 55.16 in the 100 freestyle.

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56th North Canton Holiday Wrestling Invitational this weekend at Hoover

By Michael Beaven Published: December 18, 2015

The 56th North Canton Holiday Wrestling Invitational is this weekend at Hoover High School. Area schools scheduled to compete include CVCA, Green, Highland, Hoover, Jackson, Lake, Louisville, Marlington, Minerva, Northwest, Tuslaw and Wadsworth.

SCHEDULE

Wrestling begins Friday at 5 p.m. with preliminary rounds.

Saturday features more prelim rounds at 9:30 a.m., the semifinals at approximately 11:30 a.m., the parade of champions at 5:45 p.m. and the finals at 6 p.m.

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12th annual Canton City Schools Christmas Invitational is Saturday

By Michael Beaven Published: December 18, 2015

The 12th annual Canton City Schools Christmas Invitational is Saturday at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.

Area schools scheduled to compete include Alliance, Aurora, Brecksville, Brunswick, Canton McKinley, Chippewa, Copley, CCC, CVCA, Cuyahoga Falls, Firestone, GlenOak, Green, Highland, Hoover, Hudson, Medina, Hoover, Orrville, Perry, Revere, Stow, Twinsburg, Wadsworth, WRA and Wooster.

SCHEDULE

The swimming preliminary heats start at 8 a.m.

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Swimming & Diving: 41st annual Viking Invitational is Friday & Saturday at CSU

By Michael Beaven Published: December 18, 2015

The 41st annual Viking Invitational is Friday and Saturday at Cleveland State University’s Busbey Natatorium.

Area schools scheduled to compete include: Brecksville, Brunswick, Green, Highland, Hudson, Jackson, Medina, Nordonia, North Royalton, Strongsville, Walsh Jesuit and Wooster.

SCHEDULE

Friday: Diving starts at 6:15 p.m.

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Kenmore opens boys basketball season with 5-0 record

By Michael Beaven Published: December 16, 2015

The Kenmore boys basketball team is 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the City Series following its big 58-56 home win over previously undefeated Ellet on Tuesday.

Kenmore coach Brian Dawson talked about his team having more depth in the preseason, and that has turned out to be true.

Junior Demond Taylor led all scorers Tuesday with 22 points and senior Erik Palmer contributed 10 points. The Cardinals received scoring from five other players: senior Deneris Hopkins (nine), juniors Ja'vere Salter (seven) and Thomas Woods (six) and seniors Deonta Collins (two) and Anthony Spooney (two)

Kenmore will visit Buchtel (2-2, 2-1) in a league game at 7 p.m. Friday. Ellet (4-1, 2-1) will host Firestone (4-1, 3-0) in a league game at 7 p.m. Friday.

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St. V-M set to host second annual LeBron James Classic on Saturday & Sunday

By Michael Beaven Published: December 16, 2015

The second annual LeBron James Classic will be held this weekend at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School’s LeBron James Arena.

Cleveland Clinic and Akron General are two of the title sponsors of the event, which is named after James, a 2003 St. V-M graduate who stars in the NBA for the Cavaliers.

“I’m excited to be able to bring some of the best basketball talent in the country to my city of Akron,” James said in a press release.

“I remember how much I enjoyed playing in these tournaments when I was in high school, and they really opened a lot of doors for me and my teammates. That’s what we’re hoping to do with this event – to create a stage that showcases what these young players can do.”

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Barberton set to host 11th annual Greynolds Classic on Saturday

By Michael Beaven Published: December 10, 2015

Barberton High School will host the 11th annual K. Jack Greynolds Memorial Classic on Saturday with six boys basketball games featuring 11 area schools.

The schedule with approximate game times is:

11 a.m.: Archbishop Hoban vs. Lake Center Christian.

12:45 p.m.: Firestone vs. Norton.

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