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Girls basketball - Wadsworth 58, Reynoldsburg 48: Jodi Johnson guides WHS to Division I state final

By Michael Beaven Published: March 11, 2016

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).

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Akron Public Schools Board of Education approves hiring of Sonil Haslam to coach North football team

By Michael Beaven Published: February 10, 2016

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.

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2016 Football Signing Day: List of area high school players with college selection

By Michael Beaven Published: February 3, 2016

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 mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com 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 Christian

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Scuffle in Copley, Massillon boys basketball game leads to confusion

By Michael Beaven Published: February 3, 2016

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.

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Kenmore senior Dorell Daniels-Vaught commits to play football at the University of Akron

By Michael Beaven Published: February 2, 2016

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.

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East senior Domonick Holley Jr. commits to play football at the University of Akron

By Michael Beaven Published: February 2, 2016

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.

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Archbishop Hoban senior Anthony Christian commits to play football at Rhode Island

By Michael Beaven Published: February 2, 2016

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. 

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Buchtel senior Derrick Harvey Jr. commits to play football at SSU

By Michael Beaven Published: February 1, 2016

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.

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Archbishop Hoban senior Tyler Gilchrist commits to play football at the University of Akron

By Michael Beaven Published: January 28, 2016

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.”

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State football finals set to return to Canton in 2017 & 2018

By Michael Beaven Published: January 28, 2016

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.

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