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DeAmonte' King & Myles Williams of St. V-M set to play football in college

By Michael Beaven Published: January 30, 2017

St. Vincent-St. Mary senior football players DeAmonte’ King and Myles Williams have made their college decisions.

King has committed to play at Toledo and Williams is headed to Walsh.

King, a wide receiver, originally committed to play at West Virginia, but has since flipped his pledge to Toledo. Williams is a running back.

Three other St. V-M football players made their decisions earlier – Justin Sampson and Malik Woolridge are headed to the University of Akron and Donte Taylor is set to go to Miami (Ohio).

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Akron football gains commitments from Aurora's Bubba Arslanian & Hudson's Jonah Wieland

By Michael Beaven Published: January 30, 2017

The University of Akron football team has received commitments from two more area high school standouts.

Aurora senior Bubba Arslanian and Hudson senior Jonah Wieland have pledged to play for Zips football coach Terry Bowden and his staff.

Arslanian played linebacker and running back for Aurora. Wieland served as a punter and offensive lineman for Hudson.

Aurora and Hudson each put together successful seasons that included appearances in the Division II playoffs in 2016.

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Akron couple set to match up to $50,000 in donations before year end to help Firestone project

By Michael Beaven Published: December 15, 2016

Akron couple Stewart Moritz and Maura O’Shea are challenging the community, alumni and others to make a donation toward a new athletic complex that would go along with the new Firestone-Litchfield Community Learning Centers.

Amy C. Wong, the President of Dot Org Solutions LLC, said Moritz and O’Shea will match all donations dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, if made before the end of 2016.

Funds raised will kick off phase I of the Firestone High School booster clubs’ fundraising effort to upgrade the new sports facility. The original plans through the city and state’s school rebuilding project include a cinder track and grass infield.

The Firestone booster club’s are hoping that private support can help upgrade the facility to include an eight-lane, all-weather track, a sodded soccer field, bleachers and a concession stand. The new facility is set to be on the grounds of the former Firestone High School, which is currently still standing on Rampart Ave. 

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St. V-M basketball set to host third annual LeBron James Classic

By Michael Beaven Published: December 15, 2016

The third annual LeBron James Classic is set for this weekend at St. Vincent-St. Mary.

The Classic is slated to benefit the LeBron James Family Foundation, and is sponsored by the Akron Hilton, Goodyear, AMEX, Dr. Mike Magoline and Crystal Clinic.

James, 31, is an Akron native who graduated from St. V-M in 2003 as a three-time state champion in basketball and has become a star with the Cavaliers and Heat. James is a 12-time NBA all-star who has won three NBA championships, three NBA Finals MVP awards, four NBA MVP awards and two Olympic gold medals.

The Classic is set to feature 10 high school games, five on Saturday and five on Sunday. It is important to note that all game times after the first game each day are approximate.

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St. V-M, CCC combine to suspend 27 players following fight that ended boys basketball game

By Michael Beaven Published: December 8, 2016

The fight on the court this past Saturday night between the St. Vincent-St. Mary and Cleveland Central Catholic boys basketball teams has been reviewed, and each school is handing down punishment.

The physical season opening game at CCC was called to a sudden halt with the Irish leading the Ironmen 70-53 with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter when a scuffle between multiple players, and then a subsequent fight involving players and spectators who rushed the floor occurred. A sold out crowd of over 1,000 was at the game.

CCC (0-1) has decided suspend all 15 of its varsity players for the next two games, and St. V-M (1-0) has decided to suspend eight varsity players and four junior varsity players two games apiece as well.

Stay tuned to the Akron Beacon Journal and for more on this developing story.

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Boys basketball: Fourth quarter fight ends St. V-M season opener with CCC; Irish win 70-53

By Michael Beaven Published: December 5, 2016

A fight on the court Saturday night overshadowed the season opening boys basketball game between St. Vincent-St. Mary and host Cleveland Central Catholic.

Senior Jayvon Graves led St. V-M with 26 points in a game that was called to a halt with the Irish leading the Ironmen 70-53 with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter. A scuffle between multiple players, and then a subsequent fight involving players and spectators who rushed the floor ended a physical game before a sold out crowd of over 1,000.

St. V-M returned to Akron with a win, and CCC received a loss. Now each team is waiting to see if any punishments will be handed out to players.

St. V-M coach Dru Joyce II and CCC coach Jordan Duke both said the brawl started after a foul was called. Coaches and police restored order moments later.

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Canton Central Catholic 16, Coldwater 13: Crusaders win Division V football state championship

By Michael Beaven Published: December 3, 2016

COLUMBUS: The third time proved to be the charm for Canton Central Catholic.

Following two years in a row in which CCC finished as the Division V football state runner-up to Coldwater, the Crusaders got over the hump and defeated the Cavaliers 16-13 in dramatic fashion on Saturday before a crowd of 5,954 at Ohio Stadium.

Senior quarterback Jack Murphy and senior Tee Rupp connected on a 55-yard touchdown pass with 58 seconds remaining to propel CCC (11-3) over Coldwater (13-2). Senior Dan Mills kicked the extra point to conclude the scoring in a defensive struggle.

“It was a 5-yard out,” Rupp said of the winning pass play. “I was supposed to get out of bounds, but I broke the tackle and I saw open field ahead of me, so I just kept running and my teammate threw a great block. It was a perfect play.”

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Hoban 30, Trotwood-Madison 0: Knights win second Division III football state championship in a row

By Michael Beaven Published: December 3, 2016

COLUMBUS: Archbishop Hoban senior Todd Sibley rushed through the Trotwood-Madison defense on Saturday, and then went for a stroll all around Ohio Stadium.

Sibley rushed for a touchdown, accepted the Division III state championship trophy on the field with his fellow captains and then sprinted over to the Hoban student section to celebrate a 30-0 victory before a crowd of 7,396.

At a quick glance, it was tough to determine if he chewed up more yards in the game or during the aftermath, which included belting out the alma mater while sitting on a ledge in front of his classmates.

“There are so many things to take away from this,” Sibley said. “We are a hard working group of people and we love each other. . . . We just embraced this moment.”

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Perry, Hoban, CCC ready for title games. Take our poll and let us know who is most likely to win

By Dan Kadar Published: December 1, 2016

It's state title week in high school football and three Akron-area teams have a chance for a trophy.

Things for our local teams start tonight with Perry (12-2) playing Cincinnati La Salle (12-2) at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. As Michael Beaven writes, Perry is in the title game even with a predictable offense.

Archbishop Hoban stars Todd Sibley and Danny Clark suit up for the Knights (13-1) for the final time on Saturday. Hoban will play Trotwood-Madison (12-2) at 3 p.m. in the Division III state final at Ohio Stadium.

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Firestone defeats Buchtel 19-7 in football

By Michael Beaven Published: October 29, 2016

Firestone 19, Buchtel 7 – Senior Jordan Jones tossed a touchdown pass and rushed for a touchdown to guide the Falcons (4-6, 4-2 City Series) to a football victory over the host Griffins (4-6, 4-2) on Saturday afternoon.

Firestone junior Justin Moore caught the touchdown pass from Jones, and also blocked a punt that sophomore Josh Mitchell scooped up in the end zone for a touchdown.

Senior Kurt Jones rushed for Buchtel’s touchdown.

East (7-3, 6-0) is expected to make the playoffs in Division III. After utilizing a tiebreaker based on point differential between the games between Buchtel, Ellet and Firestone, it was determined that Firestone and Ellet (8-2, 4-2) will play in the City Series Postseason Final on Thursday at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium.

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