The high school football season has reached the midway point of the regular season.
If the playoffs started this weekend, the five-county area would have 20 playoff participants and another tied for the final spot in its region.
The top eight teams in each region will qualify for the regional quarterfinals. There are a total of six divisions and 24 regions.
Here is a list of the schools and where they sit in the computer ratings:
Region 2 — 2. Canton McKinley (4-0) 11.5927, 4. Massillon (4-1) 10.75, 5. GlenOak (4-1) 10.65, 6. Hudson (4-1) 10.15, 7. Brunswick (4-1) 9.95, 8. Nordonia (4-1).
Region 5 — tie-3. Tallmadge (4-1) 9.35, tie-3. Copley (4-1) 9.35, 6. Kent Roosevelt (4-1) 8.0, 7. Aurora (4-1) 7.55.
Region 9 — 3. Ravenna (3-2) 6.95, 5. Woodridge (3-2) 6.2, 6. Norton (4-1) 5.85, 7. St. Vincent-St Mary (4-1) 5.7182.
Region 11 — 2. Marlington (5-0) 10.45.
Region 13 — 2. Norwayne (5-0) 8.1384, 4. Streetsboro (4-1) 7.35.
Region 17 — 6. St. Thomas Aquinas (4-1) 6.85.
Region 19 — 2. Hillsdale (4-1) 6.9.
Region 21 — 1. Mogadore (5-0) 9.2, tie-8. East Canton (3-2) 4.0.
City Series golf today
The City Series boys golf championship will start at 9 a.m. today at Mud Run Golf Course in Akron.
Ellet, Firestone, Kenmore and North will participate in the 18-hole event.
Firestone won the past two City Series championships under coach Dave Milo, and features seniors Philip Martin and Patrick Schultz.
Martin earned the City Series medalist honor as a sophomore and a junior.
Ellet won the previous six City Series titles under coach Lonnie Kammer before Firestone started its current run.
Junior Ben Cockerham and senior Aaron Beckert are Ellet’s top players.
The Falcons defeated the Orangemen in two dual matches this season.
The Summit County Cross Country Coaches Association selected four runners of the week.
In Division I, the runners of the week are Kyle Mau of Hudson and Melinda Renuart of Walsh Jesuit. The Division II runners of the week are Matt Wojcik of Woodridge and Rachel Iacofano of St. Vincent-St. Mary.
Walsh more than Yu
The Walsh Jesuit girls soccer team has more than just senior midfielder Sandra Yu to keep opponents nervous.
Yu, a Notre Dame recruit, is certainly a key component to the Warriors’ attack with seven goals and eight assists this season.
Walsh coach Dino McIntyre said Yu and senior defenders Abbey Filicko and Sarah Kornick are tri-captains. Juniors Kaitlyn Semelsberger and Emily Rogers also start as defenders.
Senior forward Kennedy Payne has eight goals and one assist, and sophomore forward Halle Stelbasky has seven goals and three assists.
Sophomore Libby Grace and freshman Lauren Demarchi both log significant minutes as the goalkeepers.
Other top players for the Warriors are freshmen Gabby LoPresti and Christina Trickett, sophomore Maddie Filicko and seniors Maddy John and Renee Mirka.
“[Winning] state, that is our goal every year,” Yu said. “I honestly think we can do it. I feel like we are bonding very well as a team. The chemistry is there. We have the heart and desire to win it all.”
Yu was on Walsh’s 2010 Division I state championship team.
McIntyre also said that juniors Jessica Hlosek and Maddy Anzelc are out for the season due to knee injuries.
•?The girls soccer teams from Firestone and Ellet dedicated their match Wednesday to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.
Members of Ellet’s band and Firestone’s boys soccer team also participated.
As a national effort by the American Cancer Society, the Making Strides campaign aims to educate people about ways to reduce their risk for breast cancer, celebrate those who have battled the disease and empower communities to join the fight. Events throughout the year will lead up to an annual walk (Oct. 7 in Akron this year).
Money raised goes toward finding cures and promoting wellness, and the Akron Education Association (AEA) is a sponsor.
For more information, contact Lisa O’Rourke, an APS Local Professional Development Committee consultant, at 330-761-3070 or email@example.com.
•?Green High School will host a Kick for the Cure event Saturday when it hosts North Canton Hoover for girls and boys soccer matches.
The event, which starts at 1 p.m., is designed to raise money for cancer research.
The Bulldogs and Vikings varsity teams in each gender will play matches at night. The girls match will start at 5 p.m., and the boys match will follow at 7 p.m.
•?Highland High School will host a Volley for the Cure match on Oct. 2 against Cloverleaf.
This fall, more than 800 Ohio high school girls volleyball teams will participate in this worthy cause to honor those who have and are battling breast cancer.
This fundraising event will be held during the junior varsity (5:30 p.m.) and varsity (7 p.m.) volleyball matches. Both volleyball teams are coming together to work toward a common goal — raising money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
Fans are encouraged to wear a Volley for the Cure T-shirt or deck themselves out in pink. Admission prices are $4 for students and $6 for adults.
Fisher remains at Ellet
After a search and interview process, Mark Fisher will remain the boys basketball coach at Ellet High School.
“Mark Fisher has been retained as the basketball coach at Ellet,” said Joe Howard, the Akron Public Schools Program Manager for Interscholastic Athletics.
“Mark has done a nice job the past two years, and we are looking forward to a third year of his service to the city.”
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