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Mogadore's Gary Strain (36) leads the Mogadore Wilcats onto the field before their Division VI regional semifinal game against Berlin Center Western Reserve at Ravenna Stadium. Mogadore won 28-7 and is preparing for this weeks regional final against Youngstown Christian.(Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
Mogadore High School principal Russ Swartz shows off a 1954 state championship trophy in the school's new trophy case on . The names of all 20 players are inscribed on the trophy. The tradition of football excellence and community support is all over the tiny community as the Mogadore Wildcats prepare to take on Youngstown Christian on Friday. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
The tradition of football excellence and community support is all over the tiny community as the Mogadore Wildcats prepare to take on Youngstown Christian on Friday. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
The tradition of football excellence is evident by the many state championship banners in the Mogadore High School gym. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
TORONTO: When Chris Bosh and LeBron James joined together with the Miami Heat six years ago, they left behind two franchises that disintegrated into irrelevance. Without their franchise pillars, both the Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors became also-rans. They took far different paths to get here, but both teams have returned to the top of the Eastern Conference.