Jackson senior Evan Bailey will be heading south for college.
He has given an oral commitment to play basketball on scholarship at the College of Charleston.
Bailey, who is 6-foot-6 and 195 pounds, has been an impact player at Jackson as a shooting guard and small forward since his freshman season.
“That is just a great place down there with really good facilities,” Bailey said. “I like their style of play, and the guys down there are really good. I think we can have a good team.”
Bailey averaged about 18 points and eight rebounds last season for the Polar Bears and around 20 points and eight rebounds the season before. He was an Associated Press Division I All-Ohio third-team selection in each of those seasons.
“Evan is a hard worker and a great student,” Jackson coach Tim Debevec said. “He is always in the gym working on his game. He is well-deserving of a Division I scholarship. He has gotten better each year, and we expect big things out of him this year.”
Jackson posted a record of 17-7 last season and 15-7 the season prior. The Polar Bears won sectional titles both seasons, were Federal League champions his sophomore season and second in the league his junior season.
Bailey, 18, was recruited by Harvard, Princeton, Pennsylvania and Cornell and received scholarship offers from Miami (Ohio), Kent State and Toledo. He has a 4.4 grade-point average and scored a 29 on the ACT.
“I shoot the ball well and I can defend a lot of positions pretty well,” Bailey said. “I think I rebound from the perimeter pretty well. I need to work on getting stronger, quicker and on my handle [of the ball] a little bit.”
Charleston is coached by Doug Wojcik, who will be entering his second season after compiling a 24-11 record last year. Wojcik previously was Tulsa’s coach from 2005-2012 and served as an assistant from 1990-2005 with stints at the U.S. Naval Academy, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Michigan State.
Wojcik played college basketball at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1983-1986. He played with former NBA star David Robinson and helped the Midshipmen to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1984, 1985 and 1986. Navy posted a record of 82-17 during those three years with Wojcik as the starting point guard.
Bollas commits to KSU
Aurora senior football player George Bollas has given an oral commitment to continue his academic and athletic careers on scholarship at Kent State University.
Bollas, a duel-threat quarterback, led Aurora to a 12-2 overall record last year. The Greenmen advanced to the Division II playoffs and defeated New Philadelphia, Kent Roosevelt and Chardon before bowing out to eventual state champion Toledo Central Catholic in a state semifinal game.
Aurora, which is Division III this year, is 2-0 this season with wins over Twinsburg and Ravenna. Revere hosts Aurora at 7 tonight.
The Summit County Cross Country Coaches Association’s runners of the week are Melinda Renuart of Walsh Jesuit and Patrick Ferguson of Tallmadge in Division I and Woodridge’s Madison Spreitzer and Andrew Stewart in Division II.
Jackson junior golfer Landrie Grace is continuing to have a season to remember.
Polar Bears coach Teal Harvey said Grace has compiled an average score of 17 under par in nine 18-hole tournaments this season. She is averaging 70.2 shots per round of 18 and has earned the medalist honor six times.
The North Canton Hoover girls tennis team is ranked No. 4 in the Division I state coaches poll.
Hoover, which is 13-0 overall and 5-0 in the Federal League, is the only school in the Akron Beacon Journal five-county coverage area ranked in any of the divisions.
“We have eight girls who rotate in and out of singles and doubles,” Hoover coach Ryan Shaffer said. “We are led by our four seniors.”
Vikings seniors are Nicolette Bourlas, her twin sister, Natalie Bourlas, Abby Warburton and Monica Albertson. North Canton Hoover’s four underclassmen are junior Alivia Arnold, sophomore Lynn Daugherty, sophomore Makayla Sutter and junior Kaitlin Kaye.
Hoover is going for its third consecutive Federal League title.
“The Bourlas twins finished fourth at district in doubles after winning the sectional title last year,” Shaffer said. “They qualified for state together. Alivia Arnold finished third at the district, was a quarterfinalist at the state tournament with Lauren Daugherty, Lynn’s older sister who graduated.
“These girls have a pretty good track record. They finished ninth in the state two years ago and last year they were fifth. I think they have could have advanced even further in the team tournament, but Warburton got mono midseason. That weakened our lineup considerably.
‘‘She was out for five weeks, and came back and tried to play at the end, but she never really recovered from mono until December.
“Our B Varsity is also having a great season. I am really happy with where the program is.”
Tiger Trail dedication
The public is invited to the Tiger Trail dedication Friday before the football game between Cuyahoga Falls and Kent Roosevelt. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 5:45 p.m.
The finished entrance is the first phase of a $150,000 project, paid for with donations and money raised through brick sales by the Cuyahoga Falls Schools Foundation.
Foundation President Gordon Griffiths said bricks are still being sold at $2,500 for the largest and $100 for the smallest.
They can be purchased online at www.tigerlegacy.org or through several Cuyahoga Falls High organizations that receive a percentage of their sales.
Griffiths said the dedication Friday is to “let people know we’ve accomplished our first goal.”
Brick sales are expected to raise $250,000, with half going to the foundation treasury for scholarships and small capital projects for the schools.
Most recently, the Cuyahoga Falls Schools Foundation gave out 47 scholarships worth $117,000 and funded a greenhouse, weight room and electronic sign at the high school.
They’ve also funded upgrades to Bolich Middle School’s track.
Correspondent Gina Mace contributed to this report. Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or email@example.com. Read the high school blog at http://www.ohio.com/preps. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MBeavenABJ and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sports.abj.