Revere senior Jason Tretter will continue his academic and football careers on scholarship at Purdue University.
Tretter is a 6-foot-7, 305-pound offensive tackle. He was an Associated Press Division II second-team All-Ohio selection as a senior and first-team All-Suburban League.
“When I went there I felt comfortable with the coaching staff, the university and all the players,” Tretter said. “It is obviously the Big Ten and I feel comfortable with that. I feel like the program is on the upswing.”
Darrell Hazell is Purdue’s new coach after guiding Kent State to an 11-3 record this past season and its first bowl appearance in 40 years.
Tretter, 18, said Hazell offered him a scholarship at KSU. Hazell and Boilermakers offensive line coach Jim Bollman recruited Tretter to Purdue.
Tretter missed all of his junior year when he injured his left knee and suffered tears in his posterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and medial meniscus. He will play in the All-Ohio North-South game in April.
“This is a huge accomplishment to come back from the injury and not let it bring him down,” said Phil Heyn, who coached Tretter at Revere. “The opportunity to play Big Ten football at an outstanding academic and athletic university is special.”
Tretter has a 3.7 grade-point average and scored a 29 on his ACT. He plans to major in biology at Purdue and pursue a career in the medical field.
Tretter also had offers from KSU and Toledo, and had interest from Virginia, Duke, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Harvard and Yale.
“His recruitment slowed for a bit, but once he was 100 percent again and able to demonstrate his skill level during the season, schools began to take serious interest again,” Heyn said.
CVCA win streak hits 10
The Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy boys basketball team has won 10 games in a row under coach Jay Peters.
Seniors Bob Peters and Caleb Kleibscheidel lead the Royals (13-2 overall, 8-1 PAC) in scoring on most nights.
CVCA defeated Canton Timken on Friday, and also holds wins over Manchester and Archbishop Hoban. CVCA hosts Fairless tonight.
Kempt selects Oregon State
Massillon senior quarterback Kyle Kempt is headed to Oregon State to continue his academic and football careers on scholarship.
Kempt, who is 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, finished last season as Massillon’s all-time leader in passing yards with 6,034 yards. He played three seasons as Tigers quarterback and surpassed Justin Zwick’s career passing yards record of 5,741.
Kempt passed for 3,056 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior, completing 194-of-292 passes. Kempt threw 10 interceptions en route to leading Massillon to a 9-1 regular season and a pair of wins over rival Canton McKinley. The Tigers finished 11-2 after falling to Toledo Whitmer in a Division I regional final.
Oregon State is coached by Mike Riley. The Beavers were 9-4 in 2012 and ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll (19) and the Associated Press (20). Kempt chose Oregon State after backing out of his commitment to the University of Cincinnati following a coaching change.
Blackledge leads Hoover
Senior Harrison Blackledge had 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead North Canton Hoover to a 70-57 boys basketball win over Bishop Kearney (N.Y.) in the Dunk 4 Diabetes on Sunday at Walsh University.
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