As the weather transitions from warm temperatures to cold, area high school athletes are moving forward from the regular season to the postseason in several sports this week.
Athletes and coaches in girls and boys cross-country, girls and boys soccer, girls volleyball and girls field hockey are set to start competing in playoffs this week with state tournaments to follow later this month or next month.
Division I boys and girls golf concludes this weekend with state tournaments and so does Division I and II girls tennis players.
The Division II and III boys and girls golf seasons are complete following state tournaments this past weekend.
Football heads into Week 8 of the regular season with a host of teams dreaming to hoist a state championship trophy in the first week of December.
Four area Division I volleyball teams capped off perfect records within their respective leagues this past Thursday: Akron Firestone, Kent Roosevelt, Jackson and Wadsworth.
Jackson (19-3, 12-0) is the No. 1 seed in the sectional-district at Lake after winning the Federal League championship. Sophomore Brooke Bailey, junior Stephanie Spencer and senior Jen Slogar give the Polar Bears an imposing trio at the net as each girl is 6 feet or taller. Seniors Rachel Seifert and Kate Regas are consistent players along with sophomore Kelly Klimo.
Federal League rivals North Canton Hoover and GlenOak are among other teams in the sectional-district at Lake.
Wadsworth (19-3, 14-0) is the No. 1 seed in the sectional-district at Barberton following a perfect run through the Suburban League. Senior Peyton Booth and sophomore Jodi Johnson are versatile and athletic in a Grizzlies lineup that also features seniors Erin Zita, Ciera Koons and Andrea Beavers and junior Maria Sansonetti.
Firestone (18-4, 13-0) will also be competing at Barberton in the postseason following an undefeated season in the City Series. The Falcons are seeded No. 4 behind Wadsworth, Medina and Highland. Seniors Sara Davis and Rachel Ashley are key servers and attackers at the net for Firestone, which also relies on juniors Destynee Lovejoy, Janelle Perry, Dara Perry and Taliyah Carter.
Roosevelt (20-2, 12-0) swept through the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division and is seeded second in the sectional-district at Stow. Seniors Cortnee Bowser and Hayley Chlad are two of the Rough Riders four players that stand over 6 feet. Seniors Mylane Bella-Smuts and Megan Lavins are also pivotal players with juniors Emily Slattery and Katelyn Gonos.
Hudson (16-6, 9-1 Northeast Conference Lake Division) is seeded No. 1 at Stow and led by seniors Krissy Mummey, Celia Cristofoli and Georgia Lindner. Canfield and Stow are the third and fourth seed, respectively.
Whitfield nabs offers
Massillon senior football player Marcus Whitfield added a scholarship from the University of Akron, according to ScoutingOhio.com
Whitfield, a 6-foot-2 and 185-pound wide receiver, also has scholarship offers from Toledo, Bowling Green, Kent State, Ohio and Buffalo.
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