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Ultra-rare 7-point possession catapults Roosevelt over Aurora

Tom Nader February 4, 2023

Special week for Windham’s Chase Eye ends with 1,000-point milestone

Tom Nader February 4, 2023

Kent Roosevelt graduate Riley Larkin joins Ohio State football staff

Tom Nader February 3, 2023

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High School Scoreboard: Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL COVENTRY 48, FIELD 46 (At Field) COVENTRY (48) — Juersevich 1 0-0 3; Austin 4 2-2 10; Keenan 0 0-2 0; Clark 9 0-0 20; Futrell 1 0-0 3; Wilcox 1 0-0 2; Edwards 5 0-6 10. Totals 21 2-10 48. FIELD (46) — Braxton Baumberger […]

Ultra-rare 7-point possession catapults Roosevelt over Aurora

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Kent Roosevelt head coach Curtis Black saw something brand new on Friday night. A seven-point play. There was no better time for it, either. Black’s Riders were struggling to find any kind of offensive rhythm in the second half of their road game at Aurora, then, boom, seven […]

Special week for Windham’s Chase Eye ends with 1,000-point milestone

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It has been a special week for Windham High School boys basketball senior Chase Eye. On Tuesday, Eye posted the first triple-double of his career. In the victory over Lordstown, Eye scored 28 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out 10 assists. On Friday night, though in […]

Kent Roosevelt graduate Riley Larkin joins Ohio State football staff

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Riley Larkin is officially living a dream come true. The Kent Roosevelt graduate and former Rough Riders football standout can now call himself an Ohio State Buckeye. Larkin was hired by head coach Ryan Day to be an offensive assistant, with the intention to hyper-focus on the Buckeyes’ running […]

Rootstown girls basketball captures second straight PTC title

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Thursday became a night for champions for the Rootstown Rovers girls basketball team. With the program’s 55-24 victory over St. Thomas Aquinas, the Rovers captured their second consecutive Portage Trail Conference title. Thursday’s triumph clinched at a least share of the crown for Rootstown, which travels to Southeast […]

1964 Randolph High School football

The 1964 Randolph High School football team posted a record of 6-2-1 and were runners-up in the Portage County League — in one of the last seasons before merging with Atwater to form Waterloo High School. The Tigers, whose school colors were black and yellow, results were: Week 1: North Lima, 6-8 Week 2: Kent […]

National Signing Day across Portage County

Nova was the videoly that we all wanted to read in the Sixties because every issue brought something new and relevant to our lives: extraordinary fashion by Molly Parkin; innovative layouts and photographs by Harri Peccinotti; articles about the Pill and our new sexual freedom and a different take on beauty, fashion and celebrity – for one incredibly complicated story, we revamped the Queen. Our editor, Dennis Hackett, always thought outside the box a

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL TUESDAY TALLMADGE 72, FIELD 45 (At Field) TALLMADGE (72) — Hurst 4 0-0 9; Davis 6 2-2 15; Riefsnyder 4 1-2 10; Murray 1 0-1 2; Vanko 2 0-0 5; Jascoe 3 2-2 9; Eisaman 2 0-0 5; Rusinko 2 1-2 6; Ewers 2 0-0 4; […]

Girls Basketball: OHSAA Tournament first-round matchups

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A look at the tournament matchups for high school girls basketball.   DIVISION I Medina Region 1 Northeast 2 District No. 28 Kent Roosevelt at No. 6 Hoban, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.   DIVISION II Barberton Region 5 Northeast 1 District      • No. 23 Ravenna […]

Crestwood junior wrestler JP Wrobel joins 100-win club

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Celebrating milestones with his wrestlers never gets old for Crestwood High School wrestling coach David Wrobel. Last week’s milestone had a little extra special feeling, though, as he watched his son JP reach the 100-win milestone in his junior season. “I have witnessed JP’s hard work throughout high […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Feb. 1)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2022-23 STATISTICAL LEADERS BOYS BASKETBALL Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 20.6 Chase Eye, Windham 20.1 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 20.0 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 19.2 Joe Crawford, Field 14.9 Layne Miller, Mogadore 14.8 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 13.7 Michael Phillips, Southeast 13.5 Anthony Podojil, Waterloo 12.7 Nick Coffman, Mogadore 12.7 Braxton Baumberger, Field 12.3 […]

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Waterloo boys basketball coach Jason Wise

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Waterloo High School boys basketball head coach Jason Wise, who is in his 10th […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL 8TH GRADE STREETSBORO 41, COVENTRY 30 (At Streetsboro) COVENTRY (30) — Not reported. STREETSBORO (41) — P.J. Robinson 5 8-9 19; Adian Monroe 4 0-0 8; Colton Cox 0 0-1 0; Brady Long 3 0-0 6; Brennan James 1 0-0 2; Kyle Giacomo 1 4-6 6. […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Mogadore boys basketball’s Nick Coffman

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   There are competitors, then there is Nick Coffman. A player addicted — in a healthy way — to competition so much that he never wants to lose. Ever. In anything. At any time. “Even in practice, you see it. Nick is going as hard as he can, […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL STREETSBORO 59, SPRINGFIELD 19 (At Streetsboro) SPRINGFIELD (19) — Bre Ruggiero 0 2-2 2; Rhion Kendall 0 1-2 1; Kayla Gaspar 2 2-2 7; Kendall Wilderman 1 0-0 3; Sydney HIllyard 1 1-2 4; Kendall Crytzer 0 2-6 2. Totals 4 8-14 19. STREETSBORO (59) — […]

Eastern Ohio Wrestling League championship results

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 2023 EASTERN OHIO WRESTLING LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS   TEAM SCORES  1. Austintown Fitch 183.5; 2. Canfield 154.5; 3. Louisville 148; 4. Howland 142.5; 5. Beaver Local 139; 6. South Range 130.5; 7. Salem 122; 8. Garfield 118.5; 9. Marlington 108; 10. Boardman 103; 11. West Branch 87; 12. Conneaut 86; […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL HIGHLAND 57, KENT ROOSEVELT 51 (At Kent Roosevelt) HIGHLAND (57) — K. Morgan 10 4-6 27; Vankirk 2 0-0 4; Weber 1 1-2 3; Miller 3 3-3 10; Shondel 2 2-6 7; Madison 1 4-6 6. Totals 19 14-23 57. KENT ROOSEVELT (51) — Stewart 0 […]

High School Roundup (Jan. 27): Ellington hits game-winning 3 to lift Riders to win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS BASKETBALL KENT ROOSEVELT 55, HIGHLAND 53 Tyrel Ellington hit the game-winning 3-pointer from the top of the key, then a defensive stand in the game’s closing seconds gave the Rough Riders a thrilling victory over Highland on Friday in Kent. Ellington’s heroics were set up by him […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

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Tigers knock off state-ranked Wildcats in thrilling PTC battle

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   This is a week that had been building for the Lake Center Christian Tigers boys basketball team. The young goup, which features no seniors on its roster, has been growing up on the job this season and Friday may have been the jumping point for the next step. […]

1964 Rootstown High School football

The 1964 Rootstown High School football team finished the Portage County League season with a 4-4-1 record. The Rovers’ slate and results included: Week 1: Minerva, 14-14 Week 2: Streetsboro, 30-8 Week 3: Kent State, 22-8 Week 4: Field, 14-6 Week 5: Crestwood, 8-14 Week 6: Randolph, 8-14 Week 7: Windham, 8-20 Week 8: Southeast, […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL NORTON 53, FIELD 51 (At Norton) FIELD (51) — Mckayla Miller 4 0 11; Abby Harlin 2 0 4; Delilah Rahe 12 4 30; Mollie Matthews 0 1 1; Ally Harlin 1 0 3; Maddie Jacobs 0 1 1; Anna Harlin 0 1 1. Totals 19 […]

Streetsboro’s Anthony Perez becomes latest to reach 100-win milestone

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   For the second time in as many weeks, the Streetsboro wrestling program celebrated a 100-win performer. Just after senior Donovan Paes reached the milestone, fellow Rockets senior Anthony Perez joined the club by earning the 100th victory of his career while the team competed at Twinsburg last Friday. […]

Roosevelt’s ice hockey team seeks momentum heading toward Baron Cup

By Jim Smith Portage Sports Correspondent   “Play hard, play smart and stay out of the penalty box,” is the message Kent Roosevelt ice hockey head coach Brad Edwards has been sharing with his team as they skate toward the finish of their regular season. The Rough Riders will attempt to extend their two-game winning […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Jan. 26)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2022-23 STATISTICAL LEADERS   BOYS BASKETBALL Player, School Average Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 20.0 Chase Eye, Windham 19.9 Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 19.7 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 18.6 Joe Crawford, Field 15.6 Layne Miller, Mogadore 15.1 Michael Phillips, Southeast 13.9 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 13.7 Anthony Podojil, Waterloo 12.7 Carlos Bruton, Windham 12.6 Braxton Baumberger, Field […]

Thank you, Mom and Dad — as told by Portage County’s basketball coaches

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Signs of appreciation seem to peak for parents when their children are in school. When they are competing across multiple sports, filling up daily schedules with games, practices, training sessions and more. And, rightfully so. Especially when their children are too young to be their own mode of […]

Portage Quiz Bowl scoreboard, update and championship scenarios

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   PORTAGE QUIZ BOWL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2023   SECOND DIVISION—NORTH ROUND SEVEN Rootstown 2395, Streetsboro 135 ROUND EIGHT Rootstown 225, Streetsboro 75 CURRENT STANDINGS Bedford 8-0 Rootstown 8-0 Bio-Med 3-5 Kenston 3-5 Ravenna 2-6 Streetsboro 0-8   UPCOMING SCHEDULE AND CHAMPIONSHIP SCENARIOS Tuesday, Feb. 7 All matches […]

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Roosevelt athletic director Ben Dunlap

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Kent Roosevelt High School athletic director Ben Dunlap. Q: What schools did you attend growing […]

Mogadore boys basketball use 3-pointer to top rival Field

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS BASKETBALL MOGADORE 73, FIELD 58 The Wildcats caught fire from long distance, burying 11 3-pointers on their way to a double-digit non-league road victory over the Falcons. Will Butler, Layne Miller and Dillon Pendergast all hit a trio of 3s each, while Nick Coffman canned the other […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Garfield girls basketball’s Mandy Cardinal

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Being identified as a player that blends in is not necessarily what anyone would seemingly want to hear. For a freshman, though, it actually can come as a compliment. At least, that is exactly how veteran Garfield girls basketball coach Aaron Gilbert meant it when talking about freshman Mandy […]

Basketball: Associated Press state polls (Jan. 23)

BOYS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE POLL The Top 10 teams in the boys Associated Press Ohio high school basketball polls of the 2022-23 season, with first-place votes in parentheses, won-loss record and total points: DIVISION I  1. Lakewood St. Edward (14), 13-0, 166 2. Centerville (5), 14-2, 147 3. Brecksville-Broadview Heights, 13-1, 127 4. St. […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL WEST BRANCH 50, ROOTSTOWN 28 (At West Branch) ROOTSTOWN (28) — Colbie Curall 1 1-2 3; Kylie McColloch 1 0-0 2; Lindsay  Smith 2 0-0 6; Melanie Plecko 1 2-4 4; Aubrey Kline 3 0-0 7; Porter Smith 1 0-0 2; Sasha Nichols 2 0-0 4. […]

Basketball: Complete standings update (Jan. 23)

BOYS BASKETBALL PORTAGE TRAIL CONFERENCE Team Overall, League Mogadore 11-2, 5-1 Warren JFK 10-2, 5-1 St. Thomas Aquinas 10-4, 5-1 Lake Center Christian 6-8, 2-4 Southeast 4-10, 1-5 Rootstown 3-13, 0-6   METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Team Overall, League Ravenna 12-3, 9-2 Woodridge 7-8, 7-2 Norton 7-7, 6-4 Coventry 7-9, 6-5 Streetsboro 5-10, 5-5 Cloverleaf 5-8, […]

Roosevelt boys swim and dive team captures Suburban League title

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   There is never a better day to post a personal best than on championship day. When nearly your entire team does it, you celebrate in a big way. The Kent Roosevelt High School boys swim and dive team got to live that celebration, capturing the Suburban League championship […]

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Girls Basketball: Falcons, Rockets earn victories

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS BASKETBALL STREETSBORO 51, ROOTSTOWN 36 A top team from the Metro Athletic Conference, in the Rockets, travelled to face the top team in the Portage Trail Conference, in the Rovers, on Saturday in Rootstown. Streetsboro (11-5) rode the momentum from a big first quarter throughout the game […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL STREETSBORO 51, ROOTSTOWN 36 (At Rootstown) STREETSBORO (51) — Olivia Wilson-Johnson 2 1-3 6; Carra Tiller 1 0-1 2; Maiya Taylor 1 0-0 2; Sydney Abbuhl 1 0-1 2; Carlee Bedford 3 2-2 11; Naomi Benson 7 2-3 16; Ella Kassan 1 0-2 2; Reanne Barzal […]

High School Roundup (Jan. 20): Eye brothers lift Bombers to road victory

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS BASKETBALL WINDHAM 51, MAPLEWOOD 39 The Bombers overcame a sluggish third quarter to pick up a double-digit Northeastern Athletic Conference victory over Maplewood on the road on Friday. Chase Eye once again paced the Bombers with 16 points, with his younger brother Jack Eye joining him in […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 77, LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 68 (At Lake Center Christian) ST. THOMAS AQUINAS (77) — Leishman 10 13-17 31; Card-Tarver 9 5-7 24; Kimbrough 3 0-0 6; Jeter 2 1-2 6; Kelley 2 2-2 6; Grogan 1 0-0 2; Freeman 1 0-0 2. Totals […]

Ross leads balanced Ravens to big victory over Falcons

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Field High School’s gymnasium is a good place for Ravenna’s Mason Ross. Two years ago, then a sophomore playing on the JV team, Ross shot incredibly well to lead his team to a win, which earned him some of his first meaningful varsity minutes of his career in the […]

Portage Quizbowl League: Round Seven and Eight Results

Portage Quizbowl League Round Seven First Division Garfield 640, Aurora 265 Hudson 375, Cloverleaf 355 Brunswick 390, Western Reserve Academy 175 Second Division — North Bedford 715, Kenston 90 Bio-Med 410, Ravenna 120 Second Division — South Lake Center Christian 245, Field 235 Waterloo 325, Southeast 270 Mogadore 435, Windham 85 Round Eight First Division […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL KENT ROOSEVELT 45, FIELD 33 (At Field) KENT ROOSEVELT (45) — Katie Keller 0 5-6 5; Julia Nash 1 0-0 2; Ari Crockett 5 3-4 15; Maddie VanDamme 1 0-0 2; Taylor Dunlap 3 0-4 6; Claire VanDamme 2 1-2 5; Saniya Motley 1 0-2 2; […]

Girls Basketball: Rovers, acting coach Joe Leonard, step up to all challenges

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Joe Leonard saw everything he needed to see this summer to know that the Rootstown girls basketball team was comprised of tough players that loved the game. Playing at the Eastern Ohio Camp during the off-season, the Rovers played a handful of games outdoors in sweltering and unforgiving […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Jan. 19)

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High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL TUESDAY MARLINGTON 72, SOUTHEAST 52 (At Marlington) SOUTHEAST (52) — Garrett Sprutte 9 6-8 25; Matt Donovan 1 0-2 2; Ian Carter 2 0-1 4; Michael Phillips 4 2-3 10; Carson Dunn 2 0-0 6; Evan Riffle 1 0-0 2; Brady Corley 1 1-1 3. Totals […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL 7TH GRADE STREETSBORO 42, FIELD 17 (At Field) STREETSBORO (42) — Anderson 0 1-2 1; Morris 3 1-6 8; Whitmayer 2 0-0 4; Brown 1 0-0 2; Gill 1 0-0 2; Hodge 7 1-2 15; Podboy 4 0-0 8; Dixon 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 3-10 […]

1903 Ravenna High School football

Unfortunately, the only information I have on this photo is that it is of the 1903 Ravenna High School football team. Player identifications, coaches, season results, etc., are all pieces of information I am missing. If you have any information on this team, please email me at tomnader@portagesports.com.

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Ravenna basketball coach Marlon Jones

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Ravenna High School boys basketball head coach Marlon Jones, who is in his fourth […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL STREETSBORO 66, CLOVERLEAF 14 (At Streetsboro) CLOVERLEAF (14) — Saige Foky 0 1-2 1; Julia Armogida 0 0-2 0; Emma Hibler 2 0-2 4; Meghan Cavey 1 0-1 2; Mackenzie Seiwerth 1 0-0 3; Emma Malinowski 1 0-0 2; Alyson Croft 0 2-2 2. Totals 5 […]

OHSAA announces support for Esports state tournament

Press release submitted by the Ohio High School Athletic Association   COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced a partnership with nonprofit organization Esports Ohio and to support and promote its annual state tournament in May. There are currently 250 schools that have teams affiliated with Esports Ohio. Esports Ohio was created by […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Ravenna basketball’s Maykai O’Neal

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Maykai O’Neal is talented enough to be the leading scorer on a team. The focal-point player. The spotlight would be bright, but it would only shine on him. And that is not what he is about. Nor is the rest of his team as head coach Marlon Jones […]

Springfield Youth Girls Basketball League: Tournament pairings

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The regular season is over and its on to tournament time for the Springfield Youth Girls Basketball League. Below are the first-round tournament pairings, which include a separate consolation and championship bracket for each age division.   THIRD/FOURTH GRADE CONSOLATION No. 18 Springfield Red vs. No. 17 field, […]

Rootstown wrestling makes history at Bill Dies Memorial

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Rootwstown High School wrestling program made history on Saturday. In the 35 years of the Bill Dies Memorial Wrestling Tournament, no Division III team had ever ascended to the very top of the standings and won the championship. Until now. The Rovers accomplished the feat by scoring […]

Basketball: Associated Press state polls (Jan. 16)

BOYS BASKETBALL The top 10 teams in the Boys Associated Press Ohio High School Basketball Poll for the week of Jan. 16, 2023. First-place votes are in parenthesis, followed by win-loss record and total points. DIVISION I 1. Lakewood St. Edward (9) 9-0 119 2. Centerville (5) 12-2 115 3. Akr. SVSM (1) 11-3 100 […]

High school girls basketball popularity drops nationwide — Portage County also impacted

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The popularity of girls basketball is declining. In the fall, the National Federation of State High School Associations presented data that dropped basketball to the fourth-most popular sport among girls. And that participation numbers had dropped 19 percent since 2002. In girls sports, track and field has the […]

Aurora Harmon Middle School wrestling team performs well try-meet

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Aurora Harmon Middle School wrestling team celebrated its first home event of the season last week. Official team scores were not kept — in order to pair up wrestlers from all four teams to get in as many matches as possible. If scores had been kept, however, […]

Streetsboro’s Paes reaches 100-win milestone

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Add Donovan Paes to the long list of Streetsboro High School wrestling standouts that have achieved the 100-win milestone. Paes, a senior, accomplished the feat earlier this season and it simply continued to follow the trajectory that he showed to the coaching staff as an underclassmen. “Donovan has […]

High School Scoreboard: Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL SATURDAY BERKSHIRE HOOPFEST CHIPPEWA 55, STREETSBORO 46 (At Berkshire) STREETSBORO (46) — Olivia Johnson-Wilson 2 1-2 6; Maiya Taylor 1 0-0 2; Carlee Bedford 4 0-2 10; Naomi Benson 4 4-6 12; Ella Kassan 1 3-4 5; Madelyn Hajec 3 3-6 11. Totals 15 11-20 46. […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL RAVENNA 39, STREETSBORO 31 (At Ravenna) STREETSBORO (31) — Charles Ivory 3 1-2 7; Colby Benjamin 0 0-4 0; Dakari Reese 1 0-0 2; Brevyn Nobles 5 1-2 12; Jack Batten 1 1-3 4; Jackson Gula 2 0-0 4; Bryan Nobles 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 […]

Burst of special plays keeps Ravenna’s special season rolling

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A special minute that featured successive clutch plays kept a special season rolling for the Ravenna boys basketball team. After jumping out to a 17-5 lead in the first quarter, the Ravens stood up to a relentless Streetsboro Rockets team the rest off the way, to secure a […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL STREETSBORO 55, RAVENNA 13 (At Ravenna) STREETSBORO (55) — Olivia Johnson-Wilson 3 0-0 6; Cara Tiller 2 0-0 5; Maiya Taylor 1 0-0 2; Sydney Abbuhl 2 0-0 5; Kayleigh Lilly 1 0-0 2; Carlee Bedford 2 2-2 7; Naomi Benson 8 3-4 19; Reanne Barzal […]

Roosevelt graduate Kayla Fischer drafted 16th overall in NWSL Draft

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Kent Roosevelt graduate Kayla Fischer is now a professional soccer player. The Rough Riders alumni (Class of 2018) was drafted by Racing Louisville FC on Thursday night in the National Women’s Soccer League. The league was founded in 2012, currently includes 20 teams and is considered one of […]

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Waterloo wrestling coach John Foster

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Waterloo High School wrestling head coach John Foster, who is in his second season leading […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Jan. 12)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2022-23 STATISTICAL LEADERS BOYS BASKETBALL Player, School Average Chase Eye, Windham 20.9 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 20.7 Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 20.1 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 17.2 Layne Miller, Mogadore 14.7 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 13.6 Nick Coffman, Mogadore 13.5 Michael Phillips, Southeast 13.3 Joe Crawford, Field 13.3 Jack Batten, Streetsboro 13.1 Anthony Podojil, Waterloo 12.7 […]

High School Roundup (Jan. 11): Rootstown girls basketball keeps rolling along

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS BASKETBALL ROOTSTOWN 67, MOGADORE 48 The Rovers continued their strong play this season, racking up their 12th win in 13 games with a road victory over the host Wildcats on Wednesday in Mogadore. It was a balanced effort for Rootstown, which is now 5-0 in the Portage […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 42, WINDHAM 33 (At St. Thomas Aquinas) WINDHAM (33) — Mariah Woods, 21 points; Briah Daniel, 7 points; Abby Simpson, 2 points; Brielle Jones, 3 points. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS (42) — Smith, 15 points; Smith, 2 points; Carter,12 points; Sochten, 9 points; Gibson, […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL 7TH GRADE STREETSBORO 27, CLOVERLEAF 12 (At Cloverleaf) STREETSBORO (27) — Dallas Morris 4 0-2 9; Nolan Hunt 1 0-1 2; Cam Whitmyer 1 0-0 2; Noah Hodge 1 0-0 2; Alan Podboy 4 1-5 9; Issac Dixon 1 0-0 3. Totals 12 1-8 27. CLOVERLEAF […]

Heppe, Lewis help return youth basketball to Waterloo

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Youth basketball is back at Waterloo. Both the boys and girls youth programs had fallen dormant over the past few years for a variety of reasons, including crippling financial constraints to rent gym space at the district as the result of failed school levies, as well as COVID. […]

High School Wrestling Report (Jan. 11)

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   High school wrestling is in full swing and many of the area’s programs have celebrated quite a bit of success already. Here is a peek around Portage County:   AURORA • The Greenmen have celebrated a dual-meet win over St. Ignatius, as well as a fifth-place finish at Solon. […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL 7TH GRADE STREETSBORO 33, RAVENNA 8 (At Streetsboro) RAVENNA (8)— Not reported. STREETSBORO (33) — Jake Andeson 2 0-0 5; Dallas Morris 3 0-0 7; Zariah Cook 1 0-0 2; Darnell Brown 2 1-1 5; Noah Hodge 4 0-0 8; Alan Podboy 2 0-2 4; Isaiah […]

High School Roundup (Jan. 10): Falcons earn first league win of season

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS BASKETBALL FIELD 58, SPRINGFGIELD 44 The Falcons were able to avenge an early season loss to the Spartans earning a victory on Monday in a Metro Athletic Conference matchup. Braxton Baumberger led the way with 24 points, while Manny Smith neared a double-double with eight points and […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL RAVENNA 72, CLOVERLEAF 50 (At Ravenna) CLOVERLEAF (50) — Novak 3 2-2 9; Brunson 0 0-2 0; Mason 4 0-0 10; Palodevic 1 0-0 2; Hutchinson 0 2-2 2; Forbes 8 2-5 18; Cooley 1 1-2 3; McConnell 1 2-3 4; Letner 1 0-0 2. RAVENNA […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Field girls basketball’s Delilah Rahe

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   There are many ways to measure the success of a player. Whichever way you wan to do it, Delilah Rahe has it covered. Statistically, the Field girls basketball standout leads the area in scoring and is among the top five all major statistical categories area-wide. On her team, […]

High School Roundup (Jan. 9): Streetsboro win snaps Norton’s 72-game win streak

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS BASKETBALL STREETSBORO 49, NORTON 42 The Rockets snapped the Panthers’ incredible 72-game league-winning streak on Monday night in Streetsboro with a seven-point Metro Athletic Conference victory. With the game tied 33-33 entering the fourth quarter, the Rockets used a 16-9 fourth quarter to pull out the win. […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL STREETSBORO 49, NORTON 42 (At Streetsboro) NORTON (42) — Acord 8 5-6 23; Kropp 4 0-0 10; Osolin 1 0-0 3; Hallett 1 0-2 2; Farrell 1 1-2 3; Tatka 0 1-3 1. Totals 15 7-13 42. STREETSBORO (49) — Olivia Johnson-Wilson 2 0-0 5; Maiya […]

1924 Brimfield High School football

The 1924 Brimfield High School football team. Unfortunately, I don’t have any player identifications or season results, but it does not take away from how great the photo is! If you have any information about this team, please email me at tomnader@portagesports.com.

Basketball: Complete standings update (Jan. 8)

BOYS BASKETBALL PORTAGE TRAIL CONFERENCE Team Overall League St. Thomas Aquinas 7-3,4-0 Mogadore 8-2, 3-1 Warren JFK 5-1, 2-1 Lake Center Christian 5-5, 2-2 Southeast 3-6, 0-3 Rootstown 1-11, 0-4   METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Team Overall League Woodridge 6-5, 6-0 Ravenna 9-3, 6-2 Norton 6-4, 5-2 Streetsboro 4-7, 4-3 Coventry 4-8, 3-5 Springfield 4-5, 2-4 […]

Harmon Middle School places fourth at Portage County Wrestling Tournament

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The (Aurora) Harmon Middle School wrestling team placed fourth overall at the Portage County Tournament, which was hosted by Streetsboro. The Greenmen finished with 179 team points, which was 10 points behind third-place Garfield. It was Harmon’s first tournament of the season. Austen Terrano and Gabe Martinez won […]

High School Scoreboad: Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, JAN. 7, 2023 WRESTLING PORTAGE COUNTY TOURNAMENT (At Streetsboro) TEAM RESULTS  1. Rootstown 257, 2. Streetsboro 251.5, 3. Garfield 1244.5, 4. Aurora 111.5, 5. Mogadore 110.5, 6. Field 99, 7. Crestwood 96.5, 8. Waterloo 90., 9. Southeast 85, 10. Ravenna 72.0. CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES 106 — Anthony Sindelar (Str) def. Mason King […]

Majestic Mogadore: Beautiful ball movement sparks Wildcats over Pirates

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The identity of the Mogadore boys basketball team immediately shifted when senior Mason Williams was ruled out for the remainder of the season for surgery to repair an injured shoulder that had plagued him for years. Williams likely would have celebrated his 1,000th career point and 700th career […]

High School Roundup (Jan. 6): Alhassan shoots Waterloo to seventh straight win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS BASKETBALL WATERLOO 38, MINERAL RIDGE 35 A second-half comeback fueled by the offensive touch of senior Navarre Alhassan lifted the Vikings to their seventh consecutive victory. The win for Waterloo came on the road and after the team 22-13 at halftime. Waterloo, however, held the Rams to […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Jan. 6, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 71, ROOTSTOWN 44 (At Lake Center Christian) ROOTSTOWN (44) — Brady Fillmore 6 0-0 14; Mason Lisi 2 0-0 5; Cameron Mahone 1 2-2 4; Cole Hostetler 4 0-0 8; Ryan Piscitani 3 1-2 7; Joe Weaver 1 0-0 2; Kyle Weese 1 […]

Portage Sports Basketball Preview Edition is now available!

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It is here! The first Portage Sports High School Boys and Girls Basketball Preview Edition is now available! I am very excited to present the publication to all of the great communities in Portage County. It is my intention that the preview is only the first of many […]

VanKirk named new Windham softball head coach

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A Windham Bomber is coming home. Thomas VanKirk was recently named the new head coach of the Bombers’ softball program. The 1987 Windham graduate had spent the last two seasons as a head coach at Garfield in 2021 and Mathews in 2022. Both teams had success, winning league […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL WEDNESDAY 8TH GRADE STREETSBORO 41, NORTON 21 (At Norton) STREETSBORO (41) — P.J. Robinson 4 0-0 11; Logan Fincham 2 0-0 4; Jake Szczecinski 1 0-0 2; Adrian Monroe 6 0-0 14; Kyler Jackson 0 1-2 1; Colton Cox 1 0-0 3; Brady Long 1 0-0 […]

High School Roundup (Jan. 5): Daniel scores career-best 30 in Windham win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor GIRLS BASKETBALL WINDHAM 52, ST. JOHN 38 The Bombers’ Briah Daniel poured in a career-high 30 points to highlight the team’s double-digit victory over St. John on Thursday. Mariah Woods added nine points to help Windham’s effort. After grabbing a small 12-11 lead after the first quarter, the Bombers […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL WOODRIDGE 46, FIELD 35 (At Woodridge) FIELD (35) — Mckayla Miller 2 0-0 4; Abby Harlan 1 3-6 6; Delilah Rahe 5 1-6 11; Maddie Jacobs 3 0-0 8; Ally Harlin 2 0-2 4; Olivia Bey 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 4-14 35. WOODRIDGE (46) — […]

Preview: 2023 Portage County Wrestling Tournament

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The 10 schools that are participating in this year’s Portage County Wrestling Tournament may be in five different leagues, but they are coming together again this weekend. For the third consecutive year, schools from around Portage County are snapping back to their roots in a wrestling tournament that […]

Basketball: Updated Statistical Leaders (Jan. 5)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2022-23 STATISTICAL LEADERS   BOYS BASKETBALL Player, School Average Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 22.4 Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 20.1 Chase Eye, Windham 19.9 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 17.2 Layne Miller, Mogadore 15.5 Joe Crawford, Field 13.9 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 13.9 Michael Phillips, Southeast 13.3 Anthony Podojil, Waterloo 12.7 Nick Coffman, Mogadore 12.6 Lucas Churchill, Windham […]

Southeast football, Corley and Dunn earn prestigious academic honors

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   More than two months since its last game of the season, the Southeast football team continues to celebrate honors. The most recent may be the most prestigious yet. Southeast named a 2022 Academic All-Ohio Team by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. The Pirates were one of […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL KENT ROOSEVELT 53, AURORA 37 (At Kent Roosevelt) AURORA (37) — Stask 3 0-0 7; Barbour 0 1-2 1; K. Feckner 2 0-0 4; Manav 1 0-3 3; Witting 2 0-0 4; Rogge 1 0-0 3; Unverferth 2 0-0 5; Hemming 3 2-2 8; Pierce 1 […]

Jakacki and Lieberth: An unbreakable, genuine friendship

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   When Josh Jakacki is talking, it is not unusual for Bob Lieberth to finish his sentence. When Lieberth is talking, Jakacki can do the same. Nothing rude is going on here. It is just two best friends who know each other so well that their brains travel down […]

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Streetsboro boys basketball coach Nick Marcini

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Streetsboro High School boys basketball head coach Nick Marcini, who is in his 19th […]

High School Roundup (Jan. 3): G-Men snap five-game losing streak behind Gedeon’s career high

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS BASKETBALL GARFIELD 63, CHAMPION 40 Preston Gedeon’s career-high 28 points helped the G-Men snap five-game losing streak and drop the Flashes by double-digits on the road. Gedeon’s night included 10 made field goals, including a pair of 3s, while also connecting on 6-of-10 from the free-throw line. […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL STREETSBORO 58, SPRINGFIELD 15 (At Springfield) STREETSBORO (58) — Olivia Johnson-Wilson 3 0-0 9; Cara Tiller 1 0-0 2; Maiya Taylor 3 1-2 9; Raegan Herndon 2 0-0 5; Carlee Bedford 1 0-0 3; Naomi Benson 7 2-6 16; Ella Kassan 3 3-5 9; Reanne Barzal […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Southeast basketball’s Garrett Sprutte

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   When Garrett Sprutte first started playing basketball, there was some self-doubt on how good of a player he really was. The reality is, he was a good player all along, but he simply didn’t know it. Sprutte starting playing the game as a third-grader, but landed on a […]

What’s next for Portage Sports in 2023 (and how to win a signed Nick Chubb jersey!)

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Happy New Year! Welcome to the first day of 2023, which just so happens to also be the first day of month No. 6 for Portage Sports. The first five months have come and gone quickly for me, but they have been fun! My hope is that you found […]

Victory over G-Men part of special trajectory for Waterloo boys basketball

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor It seems that something special is building in Atwater. Just listen to the words that Waterloo boys basketball coach Jason Wise used to describe his team’s current trajectory following Friday’s 47-33 victory over Garfield. Maturity. Discipline. Unselfishness. Determined. Focused. That is language that will bring a bright smile to […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 30): Windham picks up home victory over Champion

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS BASKETBALL WINDHAM 67, CHAMPION 51 Bombers senior Chase Eye scored 25 points to highlight a double-digit home triumph for the Bombers over the Flashes. Eye hit for nine field goals total, including four 3-pointers. Carlos Bruton joined him in double figures, scoring 14 points for the Bombers, […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Dec. 30, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2022 BOYS BASKETBALL SOUTH RANGE 45, SOUTHEAST 38 (At South Range) SOUTHEAST (38) — Garrett Sprutte, 13 points; Ian Carter, 7 points; Michael Phillips, 7 points;  Carson Dunn, 3 points; Evan Riffle, 8 points. SOUTH RANGE (45) — Jimmy Powell, 2 points; Nate Lewis, 5 points; Dylan Turrey, 7 […]

1943-44 Kent Roosevelt High School boys basketball

The 1943-44 Kent Roosevelt High School boys basketball team finished the season with a 13-8 overall record. The team included: Front row left to right: Paul Spangler, Glenn Barber. Second row left to right: Carl Gilcrest, Jack Ruble, Jack Adams, Dick Lane, Fred Klaisner, Bob Howard, Jack Kost, Glenn Pierson. Third row left to right: […]

Springfield Youth Girls Basketball League Update (Dec. 30)

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Springfield Youth Girls Basketball League is currently on its holiday break, with its last set of games played on Dec. 18, but no games scheduled to be played again until Jan. 8. Here is an updated look at the standings for each of the age divisions.   […]

Girls Basketball: 2022-23 All-Glue Girl Team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Winning teams make winning plays. It seems like such a simple idea. But in order to make winning players, you need winning players. Players that are willing to do whatever it takes no matter how big or small the spotlight is for their efforts. Some of those players […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 29): Ravenna boys basketball collect historic 800th program win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS BASKETBALL SOUTHEAST 63, FIELD 50 Garrett Sprutte continued his high-scoring performances, leading his Pirates to a non-league victory over the visiting Falcons on Thursday in Palmyra. Sprutte scored a game-high 30 points, hitting on 10 field goals and converting 10-of-13 free throws. He was joined in double […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2022 BOYS BASKETBALL SOUTHEAST 63, FIELD 50 (At Southeast) FIELD (50) — Braxton Baumberger 3 5-6 14; Grady Eader 3 0-0 8; Manny Smith 2 0-4 4; Joe Crawford 6 0-2 16; Matthew Stayer 3 0-0 8. Totals 17 5-11 50. SOUTHEAST (63) — Garrett Sprutte 10 10-13 30; […]

Boys Basketball: 2022-2023 All-Glue Guy Team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Winning teams make winning plays. It seems like such a simple idea. That is not always the case, though. But in order to make winning plays, you need winning players. Players that are willing to do whatever it takes no matter how big or small the spotlight is for […]

Windham to induct Miller, Kiser into Hall of Fame

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Note: Key information provided by respected Windham historian and alumni chapter president George Belden. A special and sincere thank you from Portage Sports to George Belden.   The Windham Hall of Fame will induct two new members this weekend. Jerry Miller and Jerry Kiser are the Class of […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Dec. 29)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2022-23 STATISTICAL LEADERS   BOYS BASKETBALL Player, School Average Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 22.4 Chase Eye, Windham 20.3 Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 19.7 Michael Phillips, Southeast 15.1 Tyrel Ellington, Kent Roosevelt 15.0 Mason Williams, Mogadore 15.0 Nick Coffman, Mogadore 14.0 Joe Crawford, Field 13.9 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 13.9 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 13.0 Aidan Hill, […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 28): Rahe’s double-double leads Falcons over rival Cats

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS BASKETBALL FIELD 48, MOGADORE 40 The Falcons won their rivalry showdown over the Wildcats on Wednesday in Mogadore. Delilah Rahe scored a game-high 25 points, hitting a total of 11 field goals along the way. She also had a game-high 14 rebounds. She was the only Falcons […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL FIELD 48, MOGADORE 40 (At Mogadore) FIELD (48) — Mckayla Miller 3 0-1 7; Abby Harlin 1 0-2 2; Delilah Rahe 11 3-10 25; Maddie Jacobs 3 0-2 7; Ally Harlin 2 1-4 5; Oliva Bey 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 4-19 48. MOGADORE (40) — […]

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Rootstown wrestling coach Craig Wise

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Rootstown High School wrestling head coach Craig Wise, who is in his 12th year […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 27): Rootstown boys capture first win of the season

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS BASKETBALL KENT ROOSEVELT 63, RAVENNA 34 The Rough Riders claimed the rivalry matchup in dominating fashion on Tuesday in Kent. Roosevelt was led by Lexie Canning’s 17 points, while Katie Keller had 15 points and Arie Wilson another 10 for the Riders. Canning added eight rebounds, while […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL KENT ROOSEVELT 63, RAVENNA 34 (At Kent Roosevelt) RAVENNA (34) — Clark 0 3-4 3; Carney 2 2-2 8; Laudato 4 0-3 8; Walker 0 1-1 1; Sandifer 1 0-0 2; Farris 2 8-16 12. Totals 9 14-27 34. KENT ROOSEVELT (63) — Keller 7 0-0 […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Roosevelt ice hockey’s Brooke Binder

By Jim Smith Portage Sports Correspondent   The Kent Roosevelt ice hockey team has played 17 games in span of 33 days thus far in their 2022-23 campaign. That equates to 51 periods of ice hockey. As the sole goaltender on the Rough Riders’ roster, sophomore Brooke Binder has played nearly every minute — she […]

A Christmas column from Portage Sports to you

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Merry Christmas! With lifestyles that move quicker every year, my hope is that the holiday season has given you an opportunity to slow down. To spend extra time with your family without distractions. To celebrate longstanding traditions. To create new traditions that were either intended or unintended. To […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL STREETSBORO 57, KENT ROOSEVELT 36 (At Streetsboro) KENT ROOSEVELT (36) — Katie Keller 1 0-0 2; Julia Nash 3 0-0 7; Ari Crockett 2 0-0 6; Maddie VanDamme 1 0-2 2; Saniya Moxley 1 1-2 3; Lexi Canning 4 2-2 14; Zariyah Taylor 1 0-0 2. […]

Guardians hire Field graduate Michael Poole to be pitching coach

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Michael Poole is staying in Arizona, but he is coming home, too. The Field High School graduate (Class of 2013) proudly announced last week that he has been hired by the Cleveland Guardians as a pitching coach. Poole is joining his hometown team and his favorite team, but […]

Basketball: Updated Statistical Leaders (Dec. 22)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2022-23 STATISTICAL LEADERS BOYS BASKETBALL Player, School Average Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 22.4 Chase Eye, Windham 20.3 Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 19.7 Michael Phillips, Southeast 15.1 Tyrel Ellington, Kent Roosevelt 15.0 Mason Williams, Mogadore 15.0 Nick Coffman, Mogadore 14.0 Joe Crawford, Field 13.9 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 13.9 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 13.0 Aidan Hill, Garfield […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 21): G-Men, Riders girls basketball both win big

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS BASKETBALL GARFIELD 52, FIELD 31 The G-Men put on a non-league clinic on Wednesday in a convincing win over the Falcons in Brimfield. Garfield stormed out to a 21-5 lead after the first quarter, which ballooned to 34-11 by halftime. The G-Men won the third quarter, too, […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2022 GIRLS BASKEBALL GARFIELD 52, FIELD 31 (At Field) GARFIELD (52) — Laura McCoy 9 2-3 25; Zoey May 1 0-0 2; Mandy Cardinal 7 1-2 17; Madeline Shirkey 1 5-7 7; Karleigh Clelland 0 1-2 1; Maggie Fogel 0 0-1 0. Totals 18 9-15 52. FIELD (31) — […]

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Mogadore boys basketball coach Russ Swartz

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Mogadore High School boys basketball coach and high school principal Russ Swartz, who is […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 20): Southeast completes stunning second-half rally

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS BASKETBALL SOUTHEAST 59, WINDHAM 58 Southeast completed a spirited second-half comeback to stun Windham on Tuesday in Palmyra. The Pirates trailed by 19 at halftime but stormed all the way back by outscoring the Bombers 40-20 in the second half to complete the thrilling victory. Windham had […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2022 BOYS BASKETBALL SOUTHEAST 59, WINDHAM 58 (At Southeast) WINDHAM (58) — Lucas Churchill, 15 points; Carlos Bruton, 18 points; Jack Eye, 4 points; Chase Eye, 14 points; Dylan McCune, 3 points; Zack Turk, 4 points. SOUTHEAST (59) — Garrett Sprutte, 26 points; Matt Donovan, 3 points; Ian Carter, […]

1912 Ravenna High School football

The 1912 Ravenna High School football team sits in front of the old high school on Clinton Street for a team photo. No specific team names were available. Unfortunately, the only names I had available that are included in the photo, but I was not sure which player they match up to, are Clyde Heisler […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Crestwood basketball’s Dekota Johnson

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The story is really only beginning for Dekota Johnson. Just a sophomore, the Crestwood boys basketball standout has already emerged as a dynamic offensive score, but head coach Josh Jakacki insists that his underclassmen is still an unfinished product. Furthermore, Johnson has already shown the desire and work […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 19): Southeast girls win in Cleveland; Field boys win first this season

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS BASKETBALL SOUTHEAST 35, MOGADORE 34 In a game played at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhosue in Cleveland, it was the Pirates that claimed the narrow one-point victory in a Portage Trail Conference matchup. Only four Pirates scored in the game, but all four made solid contributions, with Cami […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Dec. 19, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL SOUTHEAST 35, MOGADORE 34 (At Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland) MOGADORE (34) — McKenna Whitehead 5 1-2 13; Jocelyn Lawrentz 1 0-0 2; Brook McIntyre 3 2-6 9; Ari Tompkins 3 0-0 6; Olivia Kidd 0 4-6 4. Totals 12 7-14 34. SOUTHEAST (35) — Anna Keto […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 17): Rootstown girls win seventh straight

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS BASKETBALL ROOTSTOWN 51, CANTON SOUTH 33 The Rovers won their seventh consecutive game with a double-digit non-league triumph over Canton South in Rootstown on Saturday. Nadia Lough scored 17 points and six rebounds to lead the effort, while Brooklynn McIntyre added 12 points for the Rovers, who […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL CANTON CENTRAL CATHOLIC 39, MOGADORE 33 (At Canton Central Catholic) MOGADORE (30) — Julie Tompkins 1 1-2 3; McKenna Whitehead 2 1-3 5; Jocelyn Lawrentz 2 0-0 4; Brook McIntyre 1 5-7 7; Ari Tompkins 3 4-4 10; Olivia Kidd 0 1-3 1. Totals 9 12-21 […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 16): Ravenna boys win fifth straight

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS BASKETBALL RAVENNA 59, SPRINGFIELD 50 The Ravens won their fifth consecutive game on Friday with a 59-50 victory over the Spartans in Ravenna. Ravenna is now 5-1 in the Metro Athletic Conference. The team’s five straight wins have come against Cloverleaf, Streetsboro, Field, Coventry and then Springfield […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Dec. 16, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2022 BOYS BASKETBALL RAVENNA 59, SPRINGFIELD 50 (At Ravenna) SPRINGFIELD (50) — Trenton Stevens 5 1-2 13; Amp Ahern 10 2-4 24; Braden Farmer 2 0-2 4; Collin Siegferth 1 0-0 3; Logan Gaspar 2 0-0 4; Anthony Berger 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 3-8 50. RAVENNA (59) — […]

Aurora announces new boys basketball coach

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Aurora High School formerly announced that Joe Nowak will be the boys basketball team’s new head coach. The selection is pending approval from the Board of Education. Nowak would replace Greg Rodi, whose abrupt resignation was accepted by the district on Tuesday, which was a game day. Tuesday’s […]

Bombers celebrate Marty Hill Night with dominant win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It may have been Marty Hill Night, but it was the Bombers who finished under the spotlight on Friday night. And that is just the way the legendary and forever humble coach would always want it. Hill was honored between the girls and boys varsity games for his […]

Cayden and Carter Foreman: Best friends through it all — even painful injuries

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Carter and Cayden Foreman are two brothers that like to do everything together. Play sports, train and hang out. That is the fun stuff. Unfortunately right now, the siblings are on the other side of things as they both are on the injured list and rehabbing serious injuries. Their […]

Waterloo set to host Division III wrestling showcase event

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Waterloo High School is set to host one of the largest wrestling tournaments in Northeast Ohio this weekend. The Waterloo Division III Classic, a two-day event that will begin on Friday, will feature 28 teams in an event that has been hosted in Atwater since 2014. The origins […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Dec. 15)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2022-23 STATISTICAL LEADERS   BOYS BASKETBALL Player, School Average Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 21.3 Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 17.8 Michael Phillips, Southeast 15.8 Tyrel Ellington, Kent Roosevelt 15.0 Mason Williams, Mogadore 15.0 Joe Crawford, Field 14.6 Nick Coffman, Mogadore 14.0 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 13.0 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 13.0 Aidan Hill, Garfield 12.8 Jack Batten, […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 14): McIntyre’s 27 lead Wildcats to PTC win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS BASKETBALL MOGADORE 66, WARREN JFK 38 Junior Brook McIntyre scored 27 points to highlight the Wildcats’ Portage Trail Conference victory on Wednesday in Warren. McIntyre hit 11 field goals, including three 3-pointers, for her season-high total. Amelia Morris joined McIntyre in double-digits, finishing with 10 points. Jocelyn […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL MOGADORE 66, WARREN JFK 38 (At Warren JFK) MOGADORE (66) — Julie Tompkins 2 1-2 5; McKenna Whitehead 2 2-2 6; Katie Holler 0 2-4 2; Amelia Morris 3 4-4 10; Jocelyn Lawrentz 4 2-4 10; Brook McIntyre 11 2-5 27; Ari Tompkins 1 4-6 6; […]

Aurora accepts resignation of boys basketball coach Rodi

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Aurora High School abruptly announced the resignation of boys basketball varsity head coach  Greg Rodi on Tuesday morning. The district sent out an official press release with the announcement, which read: After two years as the Aurora High School varsity head basketball coach Greg Rodi has turned in […]

Cody Apthorpe is ready to carry Windham basketball to its next chapter

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Cody Apthorpe may be in his first season as the head coach of the Windham boys basketball team, but his connection with the program has roots to even before he was born. The Apthorpes and Bombers basketball date back decades together and Cody’s opportunity to lead the program […]

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Crestwood boys basketball coach Josh Jakacki

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Crestwood High School boys basketball coach and Kent Roosevelt football assistant coach Josh Jakacki, […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 13): Ravens continue hot start to season

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS BASKETBALL RAVENNA 62, COVENTRY 40 The Ravens buried nine 3-pointers to highlight their Metro Athletic Conference victory on Tuesday, which improved the team to 3-1 in the league. Only Woodridge currently has a better MAC record at 3-0. Ravenna was led by Mason Ross’ 12 points, while […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2022 BOYS BASKETBALL RAVENNA 62, COVENTRY 40 (At Coventry) RAVENNA (62) — O’Neal 3 0 6; Carozzi 0 2 2; Miller 2 1 5; Henderson 5 0 11; Haven 4 0 10; Gibson 2 0 6; Ross 4 2 12; Treadwell 1 0 2; Moneypenny 3 0 6. Totals […]

Portage Quizbowl Scoreboard: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022

Round Three Second Division — South Field 280, Windham 40 Round Four Second Division — South Field 275, Windham 15 Current Standings  Second Division — South Southeast 5-1 Waterloo 4-2 Lake Center Christian 4-2 Mogadore 3-3 Field 2-4 Windham 0-6

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Mogadore basketball’s Brook McIntyre

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A competitive spirit can do special things. In the case of Brook McIntyre, it has a way of making her the biggest player on the court despite standing just 5-foot-2. The Mogadore junior has already showcased all of the skills necessary to be one of Portage County’s premier […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 12): Garfield girls continue dominating performances

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS BASKETBALL GARFIELD 55, CAMPBELL MEMORIAL 13 The G-Men rolled to another Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference victory, defeating Campbell Memorial on the road. In Garfield’s last two league games — triumphs over LaBrae and Campbell — the team has outscored its opponents 105-25. On Monday, it was Laura […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Dec. 12, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL GARFIELD 55, CAMPBELL MEMORIAL 13 (At Campbell Memorial) GARFIELD (55) — Laura McCoy 8 0-0 18; Zoey May 1 2-2 4; Kali Tasker 0 1-2 1; Mandy  Cardinal 7 2-4 16; Madeline Shirkey 4 0-0 8; Kolby Fresch 1 0-0 2; Karleigh Clelland 3 0-0 6. […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Monday, Dec. 12, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL 8TH GRADE STREETSBORO 36, WOODRIDGE 15 (At Streetsboro) WOODRIDGE (15) — Jacob 1 1-3 3; Mayer 2 0-0 4; Singer 1 0-0 2; Hengserberger 3 0-0 6. Totals 7 1-3 15. STREETSBORO (36) — Marcini 2 0-0 4; Hoffman 1 0-0 2; DeToro 4 1-1 9; […]

2022-23 Aurora girls gymnastics preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Aurora High School girls gymnastics team recently opened its 2022-23 season and head coach Gina Gastaldo enters with enthusiasm. With a full team that features “more depth than we have ever had,” along with standouts Hannah Salgado, Kaitlin Zgonc and Kassidy Fry, the Greenmen have optimistic hopes. […]

1980-81 Southeast High School girls basketball

The 1980-81 Southeast High School girls basketball team. If you have information about the players in the photo, please email me at tomnader@portagesports.com.

Update: Springfield Youth Girls Basketball League

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Springfield Youth Girls Basketball League is now five weeks into its season and features a number of Portage County teams, including Field, Mogadore, Ravenna, Rootstown, Southeast, Streetsboro and Waterloo. The league is separated into three age divisions: 3rd/4th Grade, 5th Grade and 6th Grade. Here is a look […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 10): Garfield boys win second straight; McIntyre leads Mogadore girls

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS BASKETBALL GARFIELD 56, BERKSHIRE 53 The G-Men used a 24-point third-quarter offensive explosion to propel them to a non-league victory over Berkshire on Saturday in Garrettsville. Senior Jackson Sommer buried four 3-pointers in the avalanche that helped turn the momentum to Garfield’s favor to break open what […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2022 BOYS BASKETBALL GARFIELD 56, BERKSHIRE 53 (At Garfield) BERKSHIRE (53) — Alec Yalanty 3 0-0 7; Miles Miler 3 2-2 9; Jack Hastings 6 7-10 20; Gavin Hipp 2 0-0 6; Mason Mendolara 4 0-0 11. Totals 18 9-12 53. GARFIELD (56) — Vinnie Grandizio 1 5-8 7; […]

2022-23 Waterloo Vikings wrestling preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   THE COACH John Foster 2nd year   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Deagan Foster, varsity assistant; Tyler Ernst, varsity assistant; Isaaiah Smith, varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: 5-2 duals; 3rd in EOWL Division 4; five district qualifiers; two state qualifiers. Returning Lettermen (8): Dublin Porter, Jeremiah Willis, Rex Fryer, Aidan […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 9): Ravenna stays hot with MAC win over Field

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS BASKETBALL RAVENNA 62, FIELD 50 The Ravens were fueled by an offensive first half that gave them a 35-22 halftime lead, which the Falcons could not chip away throughout the second half. It was Ravenna’s third win of the season and it was led by three scorers […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Dec. 9, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2022 BOYS BASKETBALL RAVENNA 62, FIELD 50 (At Ravenna) FIELD (52) — Braxton Baumberger 2 6-8 11; Drexal McAmis 2 0-0 4; Manny Smith 3 0-0 6; Trevor Dixon 2 2-6 6; Joe Crawford 6 4-6 19; Caleb Gartner 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 12-20 50. RAVENNA (62) — […]

Waterloo uses identified identity to top rival Rootstown

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Waterloo boys basketball team’s season is only three games old, but they know who they are. The Vikings have an identity and it is built around five playing as one. Offensively, head coach Jason Wise knows his team’s success relies on sharing the basketball and having multiple […]

Darrah’s All-Star Academy continues to produce standouts

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The idea for Luke Darrah to launch his own baseball and softball training academy spawned from multiple angles. As a coach, he had already established himself as a respected coach in Northeast Ohio, winning the 1991 state championship while coaching at Hoban. As a player, he had earned the […]

2022-23 Streetsboro Rockets wrestling preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   THE COACH Josh Zupancic 7th year 63-67 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Brady Marlow, assistant; Jim Kuchta, assistant; Steve Benes, assistant. 2021-22 Record: 14-9 overall, 4-3 Metro Athletic Conference, 3rd at MAC Tournament, 3rd at Portage County  Tournament, 2nd at sectional, 9th at district. Returning Lettermen […]

2022-23 Southeast Pirates wrestling preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   THE COACH Shane Kuberry 1st year 0-0 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Andy Mesaros, varsity assistant; Mike Richeson, varsity assistant; Barry Sapp, varsity assistant; Owen Martin, varsity assistant. Returning Lettermen (5): Joe Kline, sr.; Adam Peelish, sr.; Lauren Carver, jr.; Preston Bello, jr.; Kian Romeo, soph. […]

Basketball: Statistical Leaders

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2022-23 STATISTICAL LEADERS   BOYS BASKETBALL Player, School Average Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 21.3 Tyrel Ellington, Kent Roosevelt 15.0 Mason Williams, Mogadore 15.0 Joe Crawford, Field 14.7 Nick Coffman, Mogadore 14.0 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 13.0 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 13.0 Aidan Hill, Garfield 12.8 Jackson Sommer, Garfield 11.5 Layne Miller, Mogadore 10.0 Gavin Leslie, […]

Portage Quizbowl Scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022

Portage Quizbowl League Round Five   First Division Garfield 740, Western Reserve Academy 110 Hudson 550, Brunswick 105 Aurora 440, Cloverleaf 340 Second Division — North Kenston 335, Bio-Med Science Academy 170 Rootstown 505, Ravenna 15 Second Division — South Mogadore 235, Field 150 Lake Center Christian 255, Waterloo 245 Southeast 460, Windham 35 Round […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 8): Benson scores career high; G-Men win 500th all-time game

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor GIRLS BASKETBALL STREETSBORO 72, FIELD 59 Sophomore Naomi Benson scored a career-high 34 points and also pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds to highlight a key Metro Athletic Conference victory for the Rockets on Thursday in Brimfield. Ella Kassan also scored in double figures for the Rockets with 13 […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL STREETSBORO 72, FIELD 59 (At Field) STREETSBORO (72) — Olivia Johnson-Wilson 2 0-0 5; Cara Tiller 1 0-0 2; Maiya Taylor 1 0-0 3; Sydney Abbuhl 3 1-2 7; Carlee Bedford 3 0-1 8; Naomi Benson 14 6-9 34; Ella Kassan 5 3-4 13. Totals 29 […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL 7TH GRADE SOUTHEAST 31, BRISTOL 14 Southeast — Lylia Lavigna, 14 points; Alivia Coss, 10 points; Grace Wheeler, 4 points.   FIELD 27, STREETSBORO 16 Streetsboro — Taylor Lovejoy, 2 points; Cara Thomson, 6 points; Ella Simpson, 4 points; Alivia Simmons, 4 points. Field — Peyton […]

1924 All-Portage County League football team

A listing of the 1924 All-Portage County League high school football team.

Mogadore grad Zeddie Pollock finds new home at Southeast

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   One of the best football and basketball players in Mogadore history is now a Southeast Pirate. Zeddie Pollock was hired before the start of the school year to be a middle school teacher, while also joining the Pirates’ football and boys basketball coaching staff. Pollock graduated from Mogadore […]

2022-23 Rootstown Rovers wrestling preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor THE COACH Craig Wise 12th year 181-38 career record THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Al Marzec, assistant coach. 2021-22 Record: 8-5 overall; Portage Trail Conference champions; third place at district tournament, with six qualifiers. Returning Lettermen (14): Dominic Duvall, Nathan Lee, Brian Youngblood, John Mays, Nick Malek, Tristen McKibben, Will […]

2022-23 Ravenna Ravens wrestling preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Eric Kline 1st year 0-0 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Madison Davis, Shawn Bonfine, Tom Parker, Jeremiah Sanders, Brad Hager, Shane Michael, Mike Prikryl, Spencer Schoepe. 2021-22 Record: 1-7 Metro Athletic Conference. Returning Lettermen (5): Cory Cole, Sean Loucks, Donovan Mack, David Davis, Alex […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2022 BOYS BASKETBALL 7TH GRADE STREETSBORO 36, CANTON CENTRAL CATHOLIC 21 STREETSBORO — Christian Hunter 1 0-0 2; Dallas Morris 3 1-2 8; Zaciah Cook 0 0-2 0; Nolan Hunt 1 0-0 2; Noah Hodge 2 0-0 4; Alan Podboy 5 2-4 12; Isaac Divin 1 0-0 3; Rasmeet […]

Lough leads Rootstown girls basketball to sixth win in seven games

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS BASKETBALL ROOTSTOWN 59, WARREN JFK 39 The Rovers won their sixth game of the season to improve to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Portage Trail Conference with a lopsided win over the Knights. After falling behind 12-10 in the first quarter and shooting only 4-of-18 in […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL ROOTSTOWN 59, WARREN JFK 39 (At Rootstown) WARREN JFK (39) — A. Darney 3 0-0 7; G. Hadley 6 2-3 16; A. O’Dille 2 0-0 4; L. Whetzel 1 0-0 2; M. Meyer 1 0-0 2; S. Norman 0 0-1 0; H. Meyers 3 0-0 8. […]

Football: All-Ohio Division II and Division III teams announced

COLUMBUS — The Division II and III football All-Ohio teams were announced Wednesday by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. On Monday, the Division VI and VII All-Ohio teams were announced, followed by the Division IV and V teams on Tuesday. The Division I All-Ohio team will be announced on Thursday. DIVISION II ALL-OHIO Offensive Player of […]

2022-23 Mogadore Wildcats wrestling preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Duane Funk 10th year   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Logan Penix, varsity assistant; Joey Hancock, varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: Third-place finish in the Portage Trail Conference. Returning Lettermen (9): Travis Hummel, Owen Roberts, Matthew Plum, Kasey Pruitt, Cole Reese, Ronnie Skye, Tyler Shellenbarger, Mia Gaetjens, Hanna […]

2022-23 Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders wrestling preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Gary Kanaga 37th year 227-106 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Jason Shaw, varsity assistant; Josh Heatwall, varsity assistant; Ryan Fankhauser, varsity assistant; Tim Ford, varsity assistant; Lukas Kimble, middle school coach; Chris Dunfee, youth head coach and middle school assistant; Dave Tillett, youth assistant […]

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Rootstown basketball’s Cody Calhoun

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Rootstown High School boys basketball coach Cody Calhoun, who is in his fifth season […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 6): Ravens, Wildcats net boys basketball wins

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS BASKETBALL RAVENNA 44, STREETSBORO 39 The Ravens trailed 26-18 at halftime to the Rockets on Tuesday night, but used a second-half rally to pull out a spirited Metro Athletic Conference victory on the road. Ravenna’s best offensive quarter came in the third (15 points) and pushed the […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2022 WRESTLING SATURDAY MALVERN INVITATIONAL (At Malvern High School) TEAM SCORES Malvern 181 United 172 Waterloo 170.5 Tusky Valley 156 Jackson-Milton 155 Louisville 137 Southern Local 124 Liberty 90 Wellsville 79 Carrollton 75 Western Reserve 54 Jackson 49 SCC 44 United 42 Carrollton 37 East Palestine 29 Canton Central […]

Football: All-Ohio Division IV and Division V teams announced

COLUMBUS — The Division IV and V football All-Ohio teams were announced Tuesday by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. On Monday, the Division VI and VII All-Ohio teams were announced. The Division II and III teams will be announced on Wednesday, followed by the Division I All-Ohio team on Thursday. DIVISION IV ALL-OHIO Offensive Player of […]

1993 Field High School boys soccer

Seniors from the 1993 Field High School boys soccer team stand with head coach Jim Lipocky at the team’s end-of-season banquet. Pictured (left to right) are Bill Hall, Jason Schindler, Dennis Klingensmith, Eric Kandell, Lipocky, John Rorabaugh, Craig Waller and Derek Losh. Waller remains the program’s all-time leading scorer with 84 goals. He went on […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Waterloo basketball’s Ryan Wise

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Jan. 4, 2022, became a defining snapshot into Ryan Wise’s basketball career. A junior at the time, he posted a triple-double in a come-from-behind victory over Jackson-Milton that included 17 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. Once the shortest player on the court at 5-foot-3, Wise had grown […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Monday, Dec. 5, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2022   GIRLS BASKETBALL 7TH GRADE CLOVERLEAF 25, STREETSBORO 16 (At Cloverleaf) STREETSBORO — Taylor Lovejoy, 4 points; C’Niyah Ivory, 4 points; Ella Simpson, 6 points; Mhear Dhillon, 2 points. CLOVERLEAF — Riley, 2 points; Seiwerth, 8 points; Reho, 2 points; Bogacki, 9 points; Todd, 3 points.   8TH […]

2022-23 Garfield G-Men wrestling preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Dan Andel 7th year THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Shane Hoover, varsity assistant; John Bond, varsity assistant; Ken Sell, varsity assistant; Logan Kissell, varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference champions; Eastern Ohio Wrestling League division champions. Returning Lettermen (12): Grayson Hoover, sr.; Ian Hunt, sr.; […]

2022-23 Field Falcons wrestling preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH David Tenney 7th year (20th season overall)   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Clark Bookman, varsity assistant; Mason Brainard, varsity assistant; TJ Fox, middle school coach, varsity assistant. Returning Lettermen (5): Robert Atha, Joe D’Amico, Carter White, William Nienhius, Brady McCoy. Lettermen Lost (5): Gavin White, Justin […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Dec. 5, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2022 BOYS BASKETBALL TRINITY 55, CRESTWOOD 43 (At Crestwood) TRINITY (55) — K. Hughes 3 1-3 9; A. Duncan 0 1-4 1; C. Bell 1 1-3 3; E. Snow 4 0-2 8; D. Locklear 4 3-3 13; J. Thompson-Seay 1 0-0 2; Q. Haynes 5 0-1 11; S. Wood […]

Football: Division VI and VII All-Ohio teams announced

COLUMBUS — The Division VI and VII football All-Ohio teams were announced Monday by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. On Tuesday, the Division IV and V All-Ohio teams will be announced, followed by the Division II and III teams on Wednesday. The Division I All-Ohio team will be announced Thursday.   Offensive Players of the Year: […]

Waterloo to honor longtime volunteer Mike Rogers

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Tuesday will be Mike Rogers Night in Atwater. The longtime Waterloo boys basketball clock operator will be honored for his longtime volunteer service when the Vikings host the Mogadore Wildcats inside Fred Brookover Gymnasium. Fittingly, the coach Rogers played for during his career. Rogers graduated with the Class […]

2022-23 Crestwood Red Devils wrestling preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Dave Wrobel 22nd year Career Record: 205-134 in duals, 38 state qualifiers, 19 state place-winners, one state champion. THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Derek Wrobel, Marco Berquist, Conner Nemec, Dominic Stuber. 2021-22 Record: 3-7 dual meets, 6th (of 20) at Chagrin Valley Conference Tournament, four district qualifiers […]

2022-23 Aurora Greenmen wrestling preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Jeremy Johnson 8th year overall; 6th year at Aurora THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Tony Tritto, varsity assistant; Aaron Grossman, varsity assistant; Scott Meyers, varsity assistant; Jarrod Brezovec, varsity assistant; Austin Ceferatti, varsity assistant; Tim Rooney, varsity assistant. 2021-22 Results: Division II state runner-up; Division II Dual […]

2022-23 Windham boys basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Cody Apthorpe 1st year 0-0 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Terry Peterson, junior varsity and varsity assistant; Dave Apthorpe, freshman and varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: 9-9 overall record; 6-6 Northeastern Athletic Conference. Returning Lettermen (3): Chase Eye, sr.; Zack Turk, sr.; Lucas Churchill, sr. […]

2022-23 Windham girls basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor HEAD COACH Jim Collins 5th year 21-107 career record THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Dougle Hankins, junior varsity; Zach Burns, junior high; Larry Jones, junior high. 2021-22 Record: 4-15 overall record. Returning Letterwinners (4): Sara Barker, sr.; Angelina Digrino, sr.; Mariah Woods, jr.; Brian Daniel, jr. Letterwinners Lost (1): Brooke […]

2022-23 Waterloo girls basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Kevin Longanecker 9th year   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Leah Luli, varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: 20-2 overall; 14-0 Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference; sectional champions. Returning Letterwinners (6): Abby Mazur, sr.; Rose Couts, sr.; Jewel Lilley, sr.; Kaira English, jr.; Lilly Foster, jr.; Kaylee Webb, jr. Letterwinners […]

2022-23 Waterloo boys basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor HEAD COACH Jason Wise 10th year 106-117 career record THE TEAM Coaching Staff: John Herchek, varsity assistant; Gavin English, junior varsity and freshman. 2021-22 Record: 6-16 overall; 6-8 Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference. Returning Lettermen (7): Navarre Alhassan, sr.; Ryan Wise, sr.; Anthony Podojil, sr.; Aiden Hall, jr.; Drew Flarida, […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 3): Kent Roosevelt boys, Rootstown girls net wins

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS BASKETBALL KENT ROOSEVELT 58, FIELD 41 Tyrel Ellington and Charlie Martin led the Rough Riders to a road victory on Saturday over the Field Falcons in Brimfield. Ellington scored 17 points, while Martin added 14 for the Rough Riders in the non-league contest. Jeremiah Lepp chipped in […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, DEC. 3, 2022 BOYS BASKETBALL BRISTOL 60, GARFIELD 57 (At Garfield) BRISTOL (60) — Jayden Miller 2 0-1 4; Croc Thorp 1 2-4 4; Kaden Ashley 3 0-0 9; Jack Berry 3 0-0 6; Mikey Burbach 6 0-0 13; Trevor Wendenhall 10 3-6 24. Totals 25 5-11 60. GARFIELD (57) — […]

Garfield, Windham communities honor Max May on special, emotional night

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It was always clear that Friday was about more than just a game. Whether he wanted the spotlight or not, the night belonged to Garfield senior Max May. Looking around Garfield High School’s near-capacity gymnasium quickly proved that. The bleachers were filled with fans from both communities sitting […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 2): Henderson powers Ravenna to road win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   RAVENNA 65, CLOVERLEAF 56 The Ravens scored their first win of the season in a road victory at Cloverleaf on Friday. Senior Pavel Henderson led all scorers in the game with 22 points, while the Ravens also received a double-digit scoring efforts from senior Emmanuel Miller (14 points) […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2022 BOYS BASKETBALL WINDHAM 63, GARFIELD 43 (At Garfield) WINDHAM (63) — Lucas Churchill 5 0-1 10; Anthony Wiley 1 0-2 2; Carlos Bruton 6 0-3 12; Jack Eye 2 1-2 5; Chase Eye 10 2-3 24; Zack Turk 3 0-0 8; Cam Hardrick 0 2-2 2. Totals 27 […]

Bombers top G-Men in emotional night in Garrettsville

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   After a scattered first quarter that included eight turnovers, a 4-of-13 shooting performance and a 13-8 deficit, first-year Windham boys basketball head coach Cody Apthorpe demanded that his team take care of the ball. The Bombers responded with their best eight minute of the young season. And it […]

2022-23 Southeast girls basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Craig Nettleton 5th year at Southeast (26th year overall) 53-17 at Southeast (355-219 career record)   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Ashley Callahan, junior varsity and varsity assistant; Hannah Harnar, varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: 15-7 overall; 7-3 Portage Trail Conference. Returning Letterwinners (4): Cami McPeak, sr.; Anna […]

2022-23 Southeast boys basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Mike Matisi 5th year 20-60 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Doug Craver, junior varsity; Zeddie Pollock, varsity assistant; Tyler Chaney, varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: 12-12 overall; 5-5 Portage Trail Conference. Returning Lettermen (4): Carson Dunn, sr.; Evan Riffle, sr.; Michael Phillips, sr.; Garrett Sprutte, […]

2022-23 Streetsboro girls basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Carl Singer 8th year 82-83 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Ira Campbell, varsity assistant; Scott Clark, varsity assistant; Bryan Bedford, varsity assistant; Julie Taylor, varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: 18-7 overall; 10-4 Metro Athletic Conference; Sectional champions. Returning Letterwinners (7): Reanna Barzal, sr.; Ella Kassan, […]

2022-23 Streetsboro boys basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Nick Marcini 12th year 165-106 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Phil Starks, varsity assistant; Bruce Thomas, varsity assistant; Rocky Orr, junior varsity; Tyler Shank, freshmen; Stephen Laird, varsity assistant; Jeremy Vecchio, varsity assistant; Ron Estes, varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: 17-7 overall; 13-1 Metro Athletic […]

High School Roundup (Dec. 1): Falcons, Rockets, Rovers all capture girls basketball wins

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS BASKETBALL ROOTSTOWN 59, EAST CANTON 13 The Rovers ran out to a rout of the Wizards on Thursday in Canton. Rootstown, now 4-1 overall, established a 21-6 lead after the first quarter and then held East Canton scoreless in the second quarter to take a 36-6 lead […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL ROOTSTOWN 59, EAST CANTON 13 (At East Canton) ROOTSTOWN (59) — Kelsie Hamrick 2 2-2 6; Kylie McColloch 1 0-0 2; Abby White 3 1-1 7; Lindsay Smith 3 0-0 6; Addy Germann 1 0-0 2; Melanie Plecko 1 0-0 2; Aubrey Kline 2 1-2 5; […]

2022-23 Rootstown girls basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor HEAD COACH John Zelenak 5th year at Rootstown (10th overall) 56-34 at Rootstown (113-104 career record) THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Cayenne Jordan, varsity assistant; Joe Leonard, junior varsity; Nia Lough, varsity assistant; Dana Beale, eighth grade; Brittany Kidd, seventh grade. 2021-22 Record: 15-8 overall; 8-2 Portage Trail Conference; league […]

2022-23 Rootstown boys basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Cody Calhoun 5th year 30-59 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Chuck Palmer, varsity assistant; Matt Patrick, varsity assistant; Austin Nupp, junior varsity. 2021-22 Record: 7-16 overall; 1-11 Portage Trail Conference. Returning Lettermen (3): Cole Hostetler, sr.; Aiden Rodstrom, jr.; Brady Fillmore, jr. Lettermen Lost […]

2022-23 Ravenna girls basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Courtney O’Donnell 1st year 0-0 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Maddy Raynard, varsity assistant; Tyler Conley, junior varsity and varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: 6-15 overall; 3-11 Metro Athletic Conference. Returning Letterwinners (6): Kyla Carney, sr.; Mary Laudato, sr.; Faith Haris, jr.; Hannah Huff, soph.; […]

2022-23 Ravenna boys basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Marlon Jones 3rd year 14-28 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Jordan Jones, junior varsity and varsity assistant; Devante McKinney, varsity assistant; Michael Boltz, freshman; Corey Gibson, freshman assistant. 2021-22 Record: 7-14 overall; 2-11 Metro Athletic Conference. Returning Lettermen (5): Pavel Henderson, sr.; Mason Ross, […]

Football: Final 2022 statistical leaders

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2022 STATISTICAL LEADERS   OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Attempts-Yards Cody Coontz, Rootstown 293-2,322 Mason Williams, Mogadore 164-1,413 Chase Eye, Windham 124-1,279 Jayden Hakin, Waterloo 206-1,178 Drexal McAmis, Field 169-1,156 Alex Tenorio, Aurora 158-1,021 Nate Blasiole, Crestwood 220-1,018 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 127-915 Jesse Grace, Garfield 99-838 Keegan Sell, Garfield 98-811 Pavel Henderson, Ravenna […]

High School Roundup (Nov. 30, 2022): Rovers win showdown between reigning league champions

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS BASKETBALL ROOTSTOWN 49, MOGADORE 40 In a showdown between the co-champions of the Portage Trail Conference last season, it was the Rovers that scored the early season statement victory over the Wildcats on Wednesday night in Rootstown. The Rovers jumped out to a 19-11 first-quarter lead, then […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL TALLMADGE 29, KENT ROOSEVELT 26 (At Tallmadge) KENT ROOSEVELT (26) — Katie Keller 3 0-0 8; Ari Crockett 0 1-2 1; Claire VanDamme 4 0-0 8; Saniya Moxley 1 0-2 2; Lexie Canning 2 2-2 7. Totals 10 3-8 26. TALLMADGE (29) — Lexi Gray 3 0-0 […]

2022-23 Mogadore girls basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Jen Ritch 9th year 85-100 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Bill Ritch, varsity assistant; Erika Johnson, junior varsity and varsity assistant; Tessa DiFrancesco, varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: 14-8 overall; 8-2 Portage Trail Conference; co-league champions (Rootstown). Returning Letterwinners (9): McKenna Whitehead, sr.; Jocelyn Lawrentz, […]

2022-23 Mogadore boys basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Russ Swartz 15th year at Mogadore (35th overall) 238-108 at Mogadore (460-309 career record)   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Rod Swartz, junior varsity and varsity assistant; Anthony Ricci, varsity assistant; Nate Robinson, varsity assistant; Jeff Fankhouser, eighth grade; Tom Pollock, seventh grade. 2021-22 Record: 17-7 overall; […]

2022-23 Kent Roosevelt boys basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Curtis Black 1st year 0-0 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Rod Moxley, varsity assistant; Rich Graves, junior varsity and varsity assistant; DJ Hickle, freshman and varsity assistant; Will Yount, freshman assistant and varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: 13-10 overall; 9-5 Suburban League American Conference. Returning […]

2022-23 Kent Roosevelt girls basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor HEAD COACH Craig Foreman 17th year 159-199 career record THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Kate Swango, varsity assistant; Jaclyn Mahoney, junior varsity; Ashley Shaheen, freshman; Jeremy Bish, varsity assistant; Leah Reeves, varsity assistant; Kevin Hockett, strength and conditioning. 2021-22 Record: 9-14 overall; 4-10 Suburban League American Conference. Returning Letterwinners (7): […]

Charles Auto Family Getting to Know: Southeast basketball’s Mike Matisi

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Southeast High School boys basketball coach Mike Matisi, who is in his fifth season […]

Ice Hockey: Rough Riders capture tournament title at DiPaolo Tournament

By Jim Smith Portage Sports Correspondent   Sporting events are typically settled by players and coaches adjusting or acclimating to various situations. Such was the case when the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders adjusted following a bus ride exceeding four hours to the Goggin Ice Center in Oxford for the DiPaolo Memorial Tournament this past weekend. After […]

High School Roundup (Nov. 29): Rahe’s big double-double lead Field girls to win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor GIRLS BASKETBALL FIELD 47, SPRINGFIELD 27 Falcons sophomore Delilah Rahe had a monster game with 30 points and 15 rebounds to lead her team to a Metro Athletic Conference victory over the Spartans in the league opener for both teams. Rahe buried 12 field goals, including a 3-pointer, and […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL FIELD 47, SPRINGFIELD 27 (At Field) SPRINGFIELD (27) — Bre Ruggiero 1 0-0 2; Rhian Kendall 0 2-4 2; Kayla Gaspar 1 1-1 3; Kendall Wilderman 3 3-4 10; Destiny Ruggiero 4 1-4 9; Isabella Mijalkovic 0 1-2 1. Totals 9 8-15 27. FIELD (47) — […]

Football: Northeast Inland All-District teams announced

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL NORTHEAST INLAND ALL-DISTRICT The team is selected by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and its media members and includes a coverage area of Ashland, Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne Counties.   DIVISION I FIRST TEAM  Offense  Ends—Brennen Schramm, Medina, 6-2, 195, sr.; Austin Knowles, Medina, 6-1, 185, jr.; […]

2022-23 Garfield girls basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Aaron Gilbert 16th year at Garfield (19th overall) 215-139 career at Garfield (256-168 overall)   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Taylor Smith, varsity assistant; Andy Cardinal, varsity assistant; Madison Hartung, junior varsity. 2021-22 Record: 19-7 overall; 11-3 Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference; district champions. Returning Letterwinners (5): Madeline […]

2022-23 Garfield boys basketball preview

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Andrew Olesky 12th year 132-126 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Tommy Bissler, varsity assistant; Matt Hill, junior varsity and varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: 15-10 overall; 7-7 Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference, sectional champions. Returning Lettermen (3): Jackson Sommer, sr.; Vinnie Grandizio sr.; Carter Bates, […]

2022-23 Field girls basketball preview

    By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH John Misenko 1st year (7th overall) 89-53 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Tessa Ludwick, varsity assistant; Mariah Siedler, junior varsity and varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: 8-15 overall and 4-9 Metro Athletic Conference. Returning Letterwinners (9): Anna Harlin, sr.; Olivia Bey, jr.; Mickey […]

2022-23 Field boys basketball preview

    By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Steve Beshara 1st season (15th overall) 118-216 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Noah Dockus, varsity assistant; Brandon Costanzo, junior varsity and varsity assistant; Caleb Kaut, varsity assistant; Alex Blake, varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: 5-18 overall and 3-11 Metro Athletic Conference. Returning Lettermen […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Streeetsboro basketball’s Naomi Benson

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It is an exciting time for the Streetsboro girls basketball program. The Rockets are building the type of sustainable success that has forever eluded the program. After setting a new single-season win record a year ago and a roster filled with bright futures, Streetsboro is on the verge […]

1924 Deerfield High School football

The 1924 Deerfield High School football team. No team record or player names were available. Photo courtesy of the Portage County Historical Society.

2022-23 Crestwood boys basketball preview

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Josh Jakacki 22nd season 279-183 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Bob Lieberth, varsity assistant; Jake Lieberth, junior varsity and varsity assistant; Matthew Dente, varsity volunteer; Mason Jakacki, middle school coach; David Mayle, middle school coach. 2021-22 Record: 1-22 overall. Returning Lettermen (12): Josh […]

2022-23 Crestwood girls basketball preview

  Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH T.J. Henderson 2nd season 10-13 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Wanda Hoffman, junior varsity; Lilly Hoffman, varsity assistant; Walt Bainey, varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: 10-13 overall; 8-9 Chagrin Valley Conference. Returning Letterwinners (4): Elaine Guyette, sr.; Hannah Ward, soph.; Maddie Dustman, soph.; Abby Guyette, […]

2022-23 Aurora boys basketball preview

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Greg Rodi 3rd year 16-28 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Deion Morrison, varsity assistant; Dominic DeMartini, junior varsity; Tim Keyes, freshman. 2021-22 Record: 12-12 overall; 4-10 Suburban League American Conference; Sectional champions. Returning Lettermen (1): Zach Anzells, sr. Lettermen Lost (7): John Ugran, […]

2022-23 Aurora girls basketball preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Erika Greenberg 15th season 186-122 career record   THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Matt Witting, varsity assistant; Trent Dalton, junior varsity and varsity assistant. 2021-22 Record: 12-10 overall, 10-4 Suburban League. Returning Letterwinners (11): Bailey Hemming, sr.; Hannah Rogge, sr.; Grace Barbour, sr.; Cailyn Ries, sr.; Sam […]

High School Scoreboard: Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, NOV. 27, 2022 BOYS BASKETBALL FRIDAY NEWTON FALLS 53, RAVENNA 41 (At Newton Falls) RAVENNA (41) — Maykai O’Neal 4 3-4 13; Emmanuel Miller 3 0-0 6; Pavel Henderson 1 1-2 1; Justice Haven 3 5-7 13; Marcus Gibson 1 0-0 3; Mason Ross 1 0-2 2; Bryce Moneypenny 0 1-2 […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Nov. 25, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, NOV, 25, 2022 BOYS BASKETBALL CHIPPEWA 68, ROOTSTOWN 31 (At Rootstown) CHIPPEWA (68) — Nick Tsimpris 3 0-0 7; Brendan Donnelly 3 0-0 7; Caleb Gasser 6 0-0 14; Russell Gabor 2 0-0 5; Logan Toler 3 0-0 6; Tillman Brown 2 1-2 5; Ethan Douglas 9 6-9 24. Totals 28 […]

Rovers falter under Chippewa’s pressure in season-opening loss

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It would be difficult to dream up a worse matchup for the Rootstown boys basketball team to open its season against than the Chippewa Chipps. The Rovers’ lack of depth and experience in the backcourt was already an understandable concern entering 2022-23. The program lost all five starters […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, NOV. 24, 2022 GIRLS  BASKETBALL TUESDAY NORTON 68, STREETSBORO 52 (At Norton) STREETSBORO (52) — Olivia Johnson-Wilson 1 0 3; Sydney Abbuhl 3 2 8; Carlee Bedford 2 0 4; Naomi Benson 9 6 24; Ella Kassan 2 3 7; Maddy Hajen 3 0 8. Totals 19 11 52. NORTON (68) […]

Ice Hockey: Roosevelt opens play at DiPaolo Tournament on Friday

By Jim Smith Portage Sports Correspondent   After the Kent Roosevelt ice hockey players and coaches celebrated the traditional Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, they boarded a bus on Friday morning to travel for more than four hours to participate in what has become a Rough Riders icers’ tradition since 2014: The DiPaolo Memorial Hockey Tournament […]

1987 Windham High School baseball

  The 1987 Windham High School baseball team, which was coached by Bill Pozsgai were Portage County League champions, as well as district champions. Pozsgai was named Portage County League Coach of the Year.

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Kent Roosevelt girls basketball coach Craig Foreman

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Kent Roosevelt High School girls basketball coach Craig Foreman, who is in his 17th […]

High School Roundup (Nov. 22): Falcons, Riders collect first girls basketball wins

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS BASKETBALL FIELD 42, MANCHESTER 37 The Falcons rebounded from their opening-season loss to Rootstown on Friday by turning around just four days later and defeating the Manchester Panthers in Brimfield. So much that went against the Falcons in Friday’s loss to the Rovers was turned around on  […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL FIELD 42, MANCHESTER 37 (At Field) MANCHESTER (37) — Madison Mayer 1 2-4 4; Mackenzie Moss 4 0-0 10; Courtney Perry 0 2-2 2; Jessica Haney 4 3-5 11; Rylie Ptroff 3 4-6 10. Totals 12 11-17 37. FIELD (42) — Abby Harlin 5 1-3 11; […]

A basketball family: Field’s Harlin sisters form special bond on the court

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   For more than a year, opponents of the Field girls basketball team have probably felt like they were seeing double. Well, triple, actually. With identical twins Abby and Ally Harlin, alongside older sister Anna, the Harlin family is responsible for three-fifths of the Falcons’ starting lineup. For […]

Crestwood grad Jakacki named NCAC Player of the Week at Hiram

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Crestwood High School graduate Trent Jakacki was announced as the North Coast Athletic Conference’s best player for last week. The 6-foot-2 guard earned the league’s Player of the Week honors after leading the Hiram College Terriers to three victories. Jakacki averaged 22 points per game in wins over […]

Girls Basketball: Cats dominate fourth quarter to top Bombers

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Mogadore girls basketball team opened their season on Monday with a road victory over Windham. The Wildcats used a big fourth quarter to close the door on the win, outscoring the Bombers 20-5, on their way to a 53-35 non-league victory. Reigning Portage Trail Conference Player of […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Nov. 21, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2022   GIRLS BASKETBALL MOGADORE 53, WINDHAM 35 (At Windham) MOGADORE (53) — Julie Tompkins 1 0-0 2; McKenna Whitehead 6 0-2 12; Amelia Morris 2 0-0 4; Jocelyn Lawrentz 3 1-4 7; Brook McIntyre 8 1-2 19; Ari Tompkins 2 1-2 6; Olivia Kidd 1 0-0 2. Totals […]

Snowstorm drops curtain on Mogadore football’s special season

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Standing near the 30-yard line at Nordonia High School’s Boliantz Stadium on Saturday night, a snow squall engulfed myself, Mogadore football head coach Matt Adorni and reporter Jonah Rosenblum during our postgame interview. Kirtland had just eliminated Mogadore in the Division VI, Region 21 championship. The wind was blustery […]

High School Football: State Semifinal pairings and locations announced

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the football state semifinal playoff pairings and sites Sunday afternoon. Division I, II, III and V will play on Friday, while Division IV, VI and VII will play on Saturday. All games kick off at 7 p.m. Designated home team listed first. Pairings shown with overall won-lost […]

Box Score: Kirtland 30, Mogadore 0 (Division VI Regional Final)

DIVISION VI, REGION 21 REGIONAL FINAL KIRTLAND 30, MOGADORE 0 (At Boliantz Stadium, Nordonia High School) MOGADORE 0-0-0-0—0 KIRTLAND 15-15-0-0—30 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER KIRT — Gogolin 9 run (Alfieri run), 8:50 KIRT — Alfieri 26 run (Barisic kick), 0:58 SECOND QUARTER KIRT — Gogolin 51 run (Barisic kick), 7:48 KIRT — J. LaVerde 1 […]

Ice Hockey: Kent Roosevelt wins season-opener over Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin

  By Jim Smith Portage Sports Correspondent   The Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders ice hockey team opened its 2022-23 Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League (GCHSHL) season with a 4-2 Blue East Division victory against Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (ND-CL) on the road at Mentor Ice Arena on Saturday. Each of the game’s six goals were […]

Kirtland ends Mogadore’s playoff run in regional-title showdown

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor It is not often that Mogadore football enters a game as the underdog. It is not often, though, that any team has to play an opponent like Kirtland. The Hornets have compiled a successive run of dominance unlike anything the state has ever seen. Thirteen consecutive regional-final appearances, 11 […]

Portage Quizbowl Scoreboard: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022

PORTAGE QUIZBOWL LEAGUE SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2022   ROUND ONE FIRST DIVISION Garfield 575, Hudson 145 Cloverleaf 485, Brunswick 75 Aurora 650, Western Reserve Academy 90   SECOND DIVISION — NORTH Rootstown 435, Kenston 55 Ravenna 190, Streetsboro 100 Bedford 410, Bio-Med Science Academy 200   SECOND DIVISION — SOUTH Southeast 325, Field 110 […]

Girls Basketball: Aurora erupts in second half to rally over Kenston

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Aurora girls basketball team came alive in the second half to rally for an impressive 56-49 victory over host Kenston on Friday. The Greenmen trailed the Bombers 27-11 at halftime, but rebounded to score 22 and 23 points in the third and fourth quarters, respectively. Sophomore Brook […]

Southeast offense comes alive in second half to win girls basketball season-opener

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   In a low-scoring game, the Pirates found a burst of offensive output in the second half to pull off a 38-34 victory over Jefferson Area on the road on Friday. The Pirates had scored just 10 points by halftime, but used the third quarter to come alive with […]

Girls Basketball Box Score: Rootstown 57, Field 37

ROOTSTOWN 57, FIELD 37 (At Field) ROOTSTOWN (57) — Kelsie Hamrick 0 3-5 3; Kylie McCulloch 1 0-0 2; Abby White 2 3-3 7; Lindsay Smith 1 0-0 2; Aubrey Kline 2 0-0 4; Porter Smith 2 0-0 5; Brook McIntyre 6 0-2 12; Nadia Lough 7 8-13 22. Totals 21 14-23 57. FIELD (37) […]

Relentless Rovers use rebounds, defense to topple Falcons

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Rootstown’s shooting numbers would not indicate a team that could find themselves on the winning side of the scoreboard. In Friday’s season-opener, the Rovers shot just 21-of-59 (36 percent) from the floor, connected on 14-of-23 (61 percent) free throws and found range on only 1-of-6 (17 percent) of [...]

Charlie Voth finds home and history with Rootstown boys soccer

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Charlie’s Voth historic career at Rootstown almost never was. When he was offered the job back in 2001, his initial thought was to politely decline. It had nothing to do with Rootstown and everything to do with him. “I just didn’t know anything about Rootstown,” Voth admits. He […]

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Crestwood wrestling’s Dave Wrobel

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Crestwood High School wrestling head coach Dave Wrobel, who is in his 22nd year […]

Remembering Persh Rohrer

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Persh Rohrer would have been 104 on Nov. 11. When Persh died on Feb. 23, 2015, he was the oldest-working journalist in Ohio. Quite possibly, the oldest in the United States, to be honest. But I was never able to get the Associated Press and other various national […]

High School Football: Regional Final pairings and game locations announced

COLUMBUS – The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the football regional final playoff pairings and neutral sites Sunday afternoon. Division I, II, III and V will play on Friday, while Division IV, VI and VII will play on Saturday. All games kick off at 7 p.m.   Division I – all games Friday, 7 p.m. […]

Box Score: Mogadore 41, Cuyahoga Heights 10

DIVISION VI, REGION 21 REGIONAL SEMIFINAL MOGADORE 41, CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS 10 (At Tiger Stadium, Twinsburg) CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS 3-0-7-0—10 MOGADORE 0-21-13-7—41 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER CH — Wilson 29 field goal, 3:28 SECOND QUARTER MOG — Collin Lehner 15 run (Coffman kick), 11:54 MOG — Williams 11 run (Coffman kick), 8:26 MOG — Williams 32 run […]

Beauty in simplicity: Power run game once again leads Cats to playoff win

  By  Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Mogadore football found beauty in simplicity on Saturday. After an opening possession that resulted in a three-and-out, and that head coach Matt Adorni admitted was built too much on trying to deceive its opponent, the Wildcats abruptly pivoted to a steady diet of run plays from their […]

1922 Mogadore High School football

The 1922 Mogadore High School football team was the first in school history to win a league championship and the first in school history to post an undefeated record with a full season (the 1916 team played the school’s first-ever football and won to go 1-0 and the 1919 team was 2-0). The Wildcats finished […]

High School Volleyball: All-Metro Athletic Conference team announced

Honoring the Veterans coaching in Portage County

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Veterans Day is a day designated to celebrate, honor and remember those that have served our country and fight to protect us and our freedoms. Many have given the ultimate sacrifice. We are lucky to have these brave men and women as our patriots and heroes. Portage County […]

High School Football: Updated statistical leaders (Nov. 10)

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2022 STATISTICAL LEADERS   OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Attempts-Yards Cody Coontz, Rootstown 293-2,322 Chase Eye, Windham 124-1,279 Jayden Hakin, Waterloo 206-1,178 Drexal McAmis, Field 169-1,156 Alex Tenorio, Aurora 158-1,021 Nate Blasiole, Crestwood 220-1,018 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 127-915 Jesse Grace, Garfield 99-838 Keegan Sell, Garfield 98-811 Pavel Henderson, Ravenna 111-752 Colby Benjamin, Streetsboro […]

All-Portage Trail Conference: Football

Aurora sits in second place in Suburban League’s All-Sports Trophy standings

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Aurora Greenmen sit in second place overall in the Suburban League American Conferfence’s All-Sports Trophy standings following the fall 2022 seasons. Medina Highland leads the race with 111 points earned, while Aurora is second with 88. The points were earned based off from each team’s finish within […]

All-Portage Trail Conference: XC, Soccer, Volleyball and Golf

2022-23 Kent Roosevelt High School Ice Hockey Preview

  By Jim Smith Portage Sports Correspondent   The Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders ice hockey team enters the 2022-23 season playing in a different Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League (GCHSHL) division than last season, with a roster of players possessing a wide range of on-ice experience. Head coach Brad Edwards enters his third season […]

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Garfield coach Aaron Gilbert

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Garfield High School girls basketball and girls soccer head coach Aaron Gilbert, who is […]

1922-23 Kent Roosevelt High School boys basketball

  The 1922-23 Kent Roosevelt High School boys basketball team. The team roster included (first names not available): Front row: Mascot “Ikey” McSherry. Middle row: Diehl, Cone, Salter, Gundrum, N. MacDermott. Back row: Manager Behr, Van Hyning, M. MacDermott, Quier, Steigner, Pownall, coach McCaskey. The team’s game-by-game results included:  The group finished the season with […]

Crestwood Red Devils trade sports for community leaf clean up

A group of Crestwood High School student-athletes take a break from their leaf-cleanup project this past weekend to get a group photo.Special to Portage Sports   By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   This past weekend, the Crestwood Red Devils traded their athletic equipment for yard tools. Student-athletes across all sports volunteered their time to [...]

High School Football: All-Metro Athletic Conference teams announced

Mogadore girls cross country makes history at Fortress Obetz

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Mogadore High School girls cross country program made history on Saturday, becoming the first-ever group to qualify for the state championships as a team. The Wildcats had previously celebrated individual qualifiers, but never the entire team. Winners of the Division III Boardman Regional, the Wildcats took […]

High School Football Playoffs: Regional Semifinal pairings and locations

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the football regional semifinal playoff pairings and neutral sites Sunday afternoon. Division I, II, III and V will play on Friday, while Division IV, VI and VII will play on Saturday. All games kick off at 7 p.m. A team’s won-lost record, regional seed and state rank […]

High School Playoff Football Scoreboard: Friday, Nov. 4, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2022   DIVISION VI, REGION 21 REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL MOGADORE 19, CANTON CENTRAL CATHOLIC 14 (At Memorial Stadium, Mogadore) CCC 0-0-7-7—14 MOGADORE 6-6-0-7—19 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER MOG — Constantine 3 run (kick failed), 5:20 SECOND QUARTER MOG — Williams 2 run (run failed), 10:08 THIRD QUARTER CCC — […]

Mogadore captures thrilling playoff victory over Canton Central Catholic

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Mogadore Wildcats’ defense found itself in a variety of precarious situations on Friday night. Somehow, they delivered at all the right moments. It was only fitting that they were on the field with six seconds remaining and the game on the line. In a thrilling sequence, […]

Charles Auto Family presents Getting to Know: Aurora girls basketball’s Erika Greenberg

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Aurora High School girls basketball head coach Erika Greenberg, who is in her 15th […]

Bill Wise and a life of loving Mogadore football

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   At 91 years old, Bill Wise’s life has been filled with amazing experiences, and he has met incredible people. He has traveled around the United States, with permanent stops in Arkansas, Oklahoma and New York for either military or professional purposes. No matter where he has gone, what […]

Beshara looks to bring stability to Field boys basketball program

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor It has been more than four years since Steve Beshara has coached a basketball game and it has been seven years since the Field High School boys basketball program has had a coach for more than two seasons. Both Beshara and the Falcons are hoping to change that course. […]

High School Football: Updated Statistical Leaders (Nov. 2)

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2022 STATISTICAL LEADERS OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Attempts-Yards Cody Coontz, Rootstown 302-2,322 Chase Eye, Windham 124-1,279 Jayden Hakin, Waterloo 206-1,178 Drexal McAmis, Field 169-1,156 Nate Blasiole, Crestwood 220-1,018 Alex Tenorio, Aurora 146-978 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 127-915 Jesse Grace, Garfield 99-838 Keegan Sell, Garfield 98-811 Pavel Henderson, Ravenna 111-752 Colby Benjamin, Streetsboro 152-729 […]

Misenko brings enthusiasm, determination as new Field girls basketball coach

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   John Misenko is excited and determined. He plans to use both to establish consistency for a program that has now had three coaches in the last six seasons. He does not want to stop there, though. Misenko has a vision to rebuild a winning culture. “I am really […]

1986 Windham High School football

The 1986 Windham High School football team was crowned the champions of the Portage County League. The Bombers finished the season with an 8-2 overall record and were 6-1 in the PCL, with the only loss coming to Southeast. The team’s game-by-game results were: Newton Falls 32-3 Streetsboro 12-0 McDonald 6-13 Southeast 0-19 Rootstown 26-8 […]

Streetsboro Middle School cross country competes at state championships

  The Streetsboro Middle School cross country team competed at the state championship meet in Obetz on Oct. 23. The Rockets’ girls started the day in a field of 134 competitors in their heat. Sunni McKenzie led the team, placing 35th overall in a time of 13:43.3. The boys, who ran in the afternoon heat […]

Portage County celebrates 100 years of football

By George Belden Special to Portage Sports If the history of Portage County football was written in biblical language, it might read something like this: The Portage County Conference begat the Portage County League, which begat the Portage Trail Conference, of which Mogadore reigns supreme in 2022. But missing from that genealogy is the somewhat […]

Kent Cyclones to host Free Hockey Nights this month

The Kent Cyclones have partnered with the Kent Roosevelt High School ice hockey program to host Free Hockey Nights for all ages on Nov. 4 from 5:50 to 6:40 p.m., Nov. 5 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Nov. 11 from 5:50 to 6:50 p.m. All nights will be hosted at the Kent State […]

Portage County Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association’s All-Portage Team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Portage County Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association’s All-Portage honors for the 2022 boys soccer season. The association is comprised of high school boys soccer coaches in Portage County who volunteer to be participate. The association reaches out to coaches every year to encourage their participation.   TEAM OF THE […]

Streetsboro sophomore Makayla Claflin’s inspirational fight to defeat leukemia

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Time flies they say. Stacy Claflin knows that is not always true. Sometimes, time can trudge along. Painstakingly slow. “Two and a half years is a hell of a long time,” she said. Stacy and her husband Rod, Streetsboro residents, spent 845 days filled with grief, stress, hope [...]

High School Football: Regional Quarterfinal Playoff Pairings

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the football regional quarterfinal playoff pairings Sunday afternoon. Unless otherwise noted, all second-round games will be played on Friday, November 4, with kickoffs set for 7 p.m. Division I Region 1 8 Massillon Jackson (6-5) at 1 Lakewood St. Edward (10-1) 5 Cleveland St. Ignatius (7-3) […]

High School Cross Country Regional Results: Mogadore girls win D-III title

    BOYS CROSS COUNTRY BOARDMAN DIVISION III REGIONAL Note: Top-four teams and top-16 individuals advance to the state championships. TEAM RESULTS 1. Maplewood 80; 2. Black River 98; 3. East Canton 102; 4. McDonald 105; 5. Rittman 113; 6. Mineral Ridge 143; 7. Open Door Christian 152; 8. Canton Central Catholic 198; 9. Waynedale […]

High School Football Scoreboard: Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD FIRST-ROUND PLAYOFFS FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2022   DIVISION VI, REGION 21 FIRST ROUND PLAYOFFS UNITED 62, ROOTSTOWN 49 (At Robert C. Dunn Field, Rootstown) UNITED 20-21-7-14—62 ROOTSTOWN7-14-14-14—49 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER UNI — Courtney 75 run (Courtney kick), 11:36 UNI — Courtney 3 run (kick failed), 8:18 UNI — Knight 31 […]

Early deficit dooms Rootstown in first-round loss to United

Photo Gallery: United at Rootstown playoff football    By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Rootstown Rovers put themselves in a difficult position on Friday night in the first round of the playoffs. Hosting United, the Rovers fell into a deep 20-0 first-quarter hole after United broke the first play of the game for a [...]

Mogadore’s stunning run game leads to playoff win (filled with history) over Southeast

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Southeast Pirates entered Friday night’s first-round playoff matchup at Mogadore as the underdog in more ways than one. On the surface, Southeast was the No. 15 seed taking on the No. 2-seeded Wildcats in a Portage Trail Conference rematch from Week 8 of the regular season. […]

Expanded high school football playoffs remains a divided conversation

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Ravenna’s Matt Reedy introduces Scrub MD soap for wrestlers (and others)

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor As a high school and college wrestler, Matt Reedy accomplished it all. During his 2006-07 senior season at Ravenna, he was a perfect 51-0 and won the Division II state championship at 140 pounds. Furthermore, he finished his career with a school-record 168 wins. He earned a full-ride scholarship […]

Waterloo girls soccer’s historic season ends; English becomes county’s top goal-scorer

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Waterloo High School girls soccer team’s historic season came to an end on Thursday night, but not before a valiant effort that included two overtime periods and a penalty kick shootout. In a heartbreaking loss, the Vikings fell to the Lakeview Bulldogs, 3-2, in the Division III, Akron […]

Long lost piece of Windham history — celebrating the 1940 football team — finally found

  By George Belden Special to Portage Sports   It honors a unique event in the history of interscholastic sports in the United States. And it was being used as a doorstop. “It” is a plaque awarded to Windham High School in 1940 to commemorate the very first 6-man football game played between a high […]

High School Football: Updated Statistical Leaders (Oct. 27)

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2022 STATISTICAL LEADERS OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Attempts-Yards Cody Coontz, Rootstown 267-2,140 Jayden Hakin, Waterloo 206-1,178 Drexal McAmis, Field 159-1,109 Chase Eye, Windham 108-1,078 Nate Blasiole, Crestwood 220-1,018 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 122-902 Jesse Grace, Garfield 99-838 Alex Tenorio, Aurora 117-837 Keegan Sell, Garfield 98-811 Pavel Henderson, Ravenna 111-752 Colby Benjamin, Streetsboro 144-721 […]

1947-48 Kent Roosevelt High School boys basketball

  The 1947-48 Kent Roosevelt High School boys basketball team finished the season with a record of 15-3. The team included: Front row from left to right: Kenny Hill, Bud Lane, Don Tuttle, Arden Follin, Ed Shepherd. Back row from left to right: Coach Pierson, Titus Jackman, Rudy Oliva, Jim DeLeone, Charles Smith, Paul Amodio, […]

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Field softball and volleyball’s Beth Dyer

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Field High School volleyball and softball coach Beth Dyer, who is in her […]

Fall 2022: A season filled with record-breaking performances

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Across Portage County, the fall 2022 season was filled with memorable performances. In many cases, historic performances. A collection of remarkable student-athletes set school records and new marks for future players to strive for. Here is a look at all of the single-season, career and team records that […]

Ravenna hires Courtney O’Donnell to coach girls basketball program

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Courtney O’Donnell is coming home. The Ravenna High School graduate was recently hired to be the new girls basketball coach for the Ravens. O’Donnell played for the Ravens from 2010-2013 under head coach Sonny Tilden and will also be joining the Ravenna staff as a high school science teacher. […]

Photo Gallery: Field girls soccer vs. Buckeye

Mogadore JV youth football wins Super Bowl championship

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Mogadore Wildcats youth JV football team recently won the Super Bowl championship 13-0. The Wildcats team is coached by Chad Westfall, Luke Hakin, Mike Smith, Tim Thomas and Sam Kegg. The team roster includes: Henry Hakin, Kooper Thomas, Bo Kegg, Michael Whitehead, Chad Shaffer, Chase Westfall, Austin Lovell, […]

High School Football: Complete listing of first-round playoff pairings

COLUMBUS — Following the conclusion of the football regular-season Saturday night, the Ohio High School Athletic Association released the first-round playoff pairings Sunday afternoon. Unless otherwise noted, all first-round games will be played on Friday, October 28, with kickoffs set for 7 p.m. The top eight seeds in each region will serve as hosts for […]

High School Football: Playoff Tickets Punched

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Here is a look at the high school football teams from Portage County that qualified for the playoffs this year, along with their seeding and matchup. All first- and second-round games are played on Friday nights. Those games will be played on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. The top-16 […]

Mogadore girls XC wins third straight district championship

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Saturday was all about repeating history for the Mogadore High School girls cross country team. For the third consecutive year, the Wildcats won the team district championship at the Division III GlenOak event. With a slew of runners in the top 15, Mogadore took the title in […]

Kent Roosevelt’s Liam Curtis places 26th at golf state championships

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Kent Roosevelt sophomore Liam Curtis finished 26th overall this weekend at the Division I golf state championships. Curtis fired identical 80s on both the first and second day of the state tournament, which was hosted at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course. Curtis’ 80-80—160 feel just 12 shots […]

High School Football Scoreboard: Week 10 (Oct. 21, 2022)

    HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2022 FOOTBALL WEEK 10   NORTON 35, RAVENNA 14 (At Norton) RAVENNA 0-0-14-0—14 NORTON 14-7-7-7—35 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER NOR —Nipuelio 40 fumble return (Ludwig kick), 9:49 NOR — Tatka 1 run (Ludwig kick), 1:58 SECOND QUARTER NOR — Tatka 21 pass from Hippler (Ludwig kick), 0:18 […]

Tenorio, Liepins lead Aurora to big win over Revere

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Aurora Greenmen received a superb effort through the air by quarterback Brandon Liepins and another one from on the ground from running back Alex Tenorio to highlight a 42-7 victory over Revere on Friday. Liepins completed 18-of-24 passes for 279 yards and connected with five different receivers, […]

Garfield scores 49 unanswered points to run away from Liberty

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Entering Friday night, the Garfield G-Men had an outside chance of earning a Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Grey Division championship. First and foremost, they needed to win. They took care of that part, bouncing back from a slow first quarter to run away from visiting Liberty 56-27. Secondly, […]

Windham, Chase Eye celebrate Senior Night in special victory

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   On Senior Night, Windham senior Chase Eye rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns and threw three passes for touchdowns in a convincing 39-8 victory over North Baltimore. Eye scored the Bombers’ first touchdown of the night on a 15-yard run that put his team up 7-0. It […]

Turnovers, penalties spell trouble for Ravens again

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   For the second straight week, turnovers proved to be a costly nemesis for the Ravenna Ravens. One week removed from a loss to Woodridge that included seven turnovers, the Ravens had three more (two fumbles and an interception) on Friday in a 35-14 defeat at Norton. Ravenna also […]

Mogadore controls Rootstown in PTC championship showdown

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Mogadore football is synonymous with excellence. The Wildcats’ brand of football, though, can also be described as clean. They don’t make mistakes. If they do, they are few. If their opponent makes a mistake, the Cats are always ready to pounce. The newest example came on Friday night […]

Fall 2022 All-Metro Athletic Conference Teams

Editor’s Note: The 2022 All-Metro Athletic Conference football team will be released at a later time. The conference’s final regular season game is being played tonight (Friday, Oct. 21, 2022) and the team will be formed during the postseason.

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2022 VOLLEYBALL DIVISION III ORWELL SECTIONAL FINAL CRESTVIEW DEF. WATERLOO, 25-4, 25-3, 25-3 (At Crestview) WATERLOO — Lexi Eddy, 13 digs; Alayna Holmes, 1 dig; Miranda Long, 5 digs, 2 assists; Arianna Rebecchi, 3 digs, 1 kill; Brilyn Eddy, 4 digs, 1 assist; Isabella Kozma, 1 kill; Sophia Gonzales, […]

High School Football Central: Week 10

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Friday marks the final night of the regular season. Senior Nights, championship dreams, playoff berths. And, in some cases, good byes. Maybe in even more cases, tears. Sixteen teams in each region will qualify for the postseason, but for those that do not, Friday night will close out the […]

High School Football: Updated Statistical Leaders (Oct. 20)

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2022 STATISTICAL LEADERS OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Attempts-Yards Cody Coontz, Rootstown 241-2,039 Jayden Hakin, Waterloo 186-1,103 Drexal McAmis, Field 139-1,031 Chase Eye, Windham 98-961 Nate Blasiole, Crestwood 199-950 Jesse Grace, Garfield 90-788 Keegan Sell, Garfield 87-752 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 106-743 Randy Williams, Southeast 95-710 Pavel Henderson, Ravenna 100-689 Alex Tenorio, Aurora 99-679 […]

Field 7th Grade volleyball wins Metro Athletic Conference championship

The Field Middle School seventh grade volleyball team captured the Metro Athletic Conference championship on Wednesday, defeating Norton in thrilling fashion in a matchup that was hosted by Coventry. The Falcons rallied to win the first game, then dropped the second game to the Panthers. Norton held control of the third game for the majority […]

Lovejoy returns home to coach Ravenna baseball

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It always feels good to come home. Lee Lovejoy enjoyed everything about his time as the baseball head coach at Southeast High School, but the lure of coaching at his alma mater had his heart. Lovejoy is a Ravenna Raven again. The former Ravens right-handed pitching standout was […]

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Southeast football head coach Patrick Youel

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Southeast High School football coach, high school assistant principal and athletic director Patrick Youel, […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2022 VOLLEYBALL DIVISION IV, COLUMBIANA SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL WINDHAM DEF. LOWELLVILLE, 25-6, 25-13, 10-25, 22-25, 15-8 (At Windham) WINDHAM — Za’Nya Henderson, 36 digs, 7 aces, 17 points; Briah Daniel, 6 blocks; Kaneese Cunningham, 16 kills; Quinn Justham, 24 assists.   DIVISION II, STREETSBORO SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL CRESTWOOD DEF. FIELD, 25-23, […]

High School Football: Updated playoff rankings (Oct. 18)

COLUMBUS – The football regular-season has reached Week 10, and the Ohio High School Athletic Association released the second-to-last computer ratings on Tuesday. The final report will be released this Sunday, Oct. 23, when 448 schools – the top 16 in each region – will qualify for the playoffs. Top 16 schools from each region in the […]

1983 Waterloo High School football team

The 1983 Waterloo High School football team finished the season with a 5-5 overall record, with wins over United Local, Newton Falls, Woodridge, Garfield and Rootstown. The Vikings’ losses came to Mogadore, Crestwood, Streetsboro, Windham and Southeast. Full team results from the season were: Record: 5-5 Week 1: United Local 9-0 Week 2: Mogadore 6-7 […]

High School Football: Associated Press State Poll (Oct. 17)

DIVISION I Rank, Team Record Points 1. Lakewood St. Edward (11) 8-1 162 2. Lakota West (3) 9-0 155 3. Cin. Moeller (1) 8-1 137 4. Springfield (3) 7-1 126 5. Cin. Elder 7-2 70 6. Cin. Princeton 8-1 65 7. Gahanna Lincoln 8-1 60 8. Medina 8-1 46 9. Perrysburg 8-1 44 10. Dublin […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Oct. 17, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2022   BOYS SOCCER DIVISION III, AKRON 2 SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL CRESTWOOD 11, BROOKLYN 1 (At Crestwood) GOALS Crestwood — Jayden Julian 4, Elijah Jurisch 2, Gavin Dunfee 1, Kyle Shelhamer 1, AJ Brock 1, Kade Rotter 1, Copper Pausch 1. ASSISTS Crestwood — Jurisch 3, Dunfee 3, Shelhamer 1. […]

Thank you, Windham

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor My drive home from Windham last Friday night was an emotional one. Dating all the way back to my college courses at Kent State University, I was instructed on the importance to be an unbiased journalist. I am human, though. And there are moments that happen during a career […]

Golfers Retherford, Pendergast earn All-Ohio honors

    By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Like many times before this season, Saturday was filled with more history-making for Ravenna senior Abbie Retherford. Retherford, who was the first girls golfer to ever qualify for the state tournament, put together a clutch round of golf at the Ohio State University’s Gray Course to […]

Mogadore boys, girls run to league XC championships (with results)

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Mogadore ran to plenty of celebrations on Saturday at the Portage Trail Conference Cross Country Championships. Let the list begin. The girls program won the team championship. The boys program won the team championship. Alejandro Navarrete bested the field in 17:53 to earn 2022 Runner of the […]

Middle School Scoreboard: PTC Cross Country Championships

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, OCT. 15, 2022   GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY PORTAGE TRAIL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (At Southeast) TEAM STANDINGS 1. Southeast 26, 2. Mogadsore 46, 3. Warren JFK 74, 4. Lake Center Christian 81. INDIVIDUAL RESULTS 1. SOUTHEAST — 1. Jenna Canale 12:28; 3. Natalie Campbell 13:40; 6. Grace Wheeler 14:24; 7. Destiny Longgood 14:36; […]

High School Football: Week 9 Scoreboard

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, OCT. 14, 2022 FOOTBALL WOODRIDGE 45, RAVENNA 6 (At Woodridge) RAVENNA 0-0-6-0—6 WOODRIDGE 21-14-0-7—42 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER WOO — Wallace 48 pass from Howard (Feisthamel kick), 8:05 WOO — Novak 39 run (Feisthamel kick), 5:17 WOO — Mence 2 run (Feisthamel kick), 4:48 SECOND QUARTER WOO — Wallace 1 run […]

In battle of first place teams, G-Men fall short to Warriors

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   In a showdown for first place in the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference’s Grey Division, the G-Men fell short in a 35-14 loss to Brookfield. The Warriors scored in every quarter, including a 14-point first quarter, to keep distance from the G-Men. It is the most points allowed by […]

Turnovers doom Ravenna in 45-6 loss to Woodridge

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A dominant first half from the Woodridge Bulldogs doomed the visiting Ravens on Friday in Peninsula. Woodridge quickly built a big lead with a 21-0 first quarter, then followed it up with 14 more points in the second quarter for a 35-0 halftime advantage. The Bulldogs’ defense helped […]

Late-game heroics from Sommer and Honeycutt lift Devils to win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A 14-point fourth quarter lifted the Crestwood Red Devils to a thrilling 27-21 victory over Grand Valley on Friday at Jack Lambert Stadium in Mantua. Trailing 21-19 late in the fourth quarter, quarterback Charlie Sommer found Jonas Honeycutt for a 34-yard score with just 1:55 to play for […]

Rootstown victory sets up Week 10 championship showdown with Mogadore

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   On a night when senior running back Cody Coontz made history, the Rootstown football team repeated it. For the third time this year, the Rovers came from behind in the fourth quarter to capture the victory. Rootstown achieved wins in similar fashion over Champion and Field in successive […]

Streetsboro Middle School girls cross country win MAC title

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Streetsboro Middle School girls cross country team captured the Metro Athletic Conference championship on Thursday at Silver Creek Metro Park. The Rockets scored 37 points, which bested runners-up Field (53 points). Streetsboro was paced by the first-place finish of Sunnia McKenzie in a time of 14:25. […]

High School Football Central: Week 9

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The final two weeks of the regular season carry heavy championship implications. Many of tonight’s matchups will be critical in setting the stage for a title opportunity in Week 10. Included in those scenarios are Highland at Aurora, Norton at Field, Ravenna at Woodridge, Brookfield at Garfield […]

Middle School Scoreboard (Oct. 13): Metro Athletic Conference XC Championships

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, OCT. 13, 2022 BOYS CROSS COUNTRY METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (At Silver Creek Metro Park) TEAM STANDINGS 1. Cloverleaf 33, 2. Woodridge 41, 3. Streetsboro 72, 4. Field 81. INDIVIDUAL RESULTS 1. CLOVERLEAF — 2. Sean Reith 11:41; 3. Matthew Jenkins 12:19; 5. Reed Kilgore 12:25; 11. Clay Gucker 13:04; 12. […]

Field boys, girls XC finish third at MAC Championships (with results)

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The boys and girls final standings at Thursday’s Metro Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships were mirror images of each other. Woodridge ran to the titles, with Cloverleaf finishing as runners-up and the Field Falcons placing third overall amongst the field in the race held at the Silver […]

High School Roundup (Oct. 13): Crestwood, Windham volleyball pick up wins over former league rivals

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   VOLLEYBALL WINDHAM DEF. WATERLOO, 25-19, 27-25, 28-30, 21-25, 15-10 In a wild and tightly contested matchup between former league rivals, the Bombers prevailed in a thrilling five-game matchup. After jumping out to a 2-0 match lead, the Vikings battled to capture the third game in extended points at […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, OCT. 13, 2022 BOYS SOCCER ROOTSTOWN 3, CRESTWOOD 0 (At Rootstown) CRESTWOOD 0-0—0 ROOTSTOWN 1-2—3 First Half — 1. (R) Nathan Pastor, PK. Second Half — 2. (R) Landon Rodstrom (Pastor); 3. (R) Pastor (Jeremiah Dick). Shots on Goal — Rootstown, 18-11. Corner Kicks — Rootstown, 5-3.   VOLLEYBALL ROOTSTOWN DEF. […]

Crestwood girls soccer scores first league championship since 2016

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   After being named the new girls soccer head coach at Crestwood High School last summer, Tait Taylor’s message has not changed much. “I am the luckiest first-year coach.” Taylor brought his knowledge of the game into his new role, but his statement is more of a compliment […]

Aurora girls soccer nets season filled with ‘memories that will last a lifetime’

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   There is not one simple lens that defines success for the Aurora girls soccer coach. That is not the program head coach Domenica McClintock runs. Surely, the Greenmen’s win-loss record is a measurement for success and it stands tall at 10-4-1. It is mark McClintock and her […]

High School Football: Updated Statistical Leaders (Oct. 13)

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2022 STATISTICAL LEADERS OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Attempts-Yards Cody Coontz, Rootstown 204-1,854 Drexal McAmis, Field 139-1,031 Jayden Hakin, Waterloo 142-983 Chase Eye, Windham 79-806 Jesse Grace, Garfield 77-744 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 105-730 Nate Blasiole, Crestwood 156-696 Keegan Sell, Garfield 76-690 Alex Tenorio, Aurora 89-664 Randy Williams, Southeast 81-638 Pavel Henderson, Ravenna 87-608 […]

1969 Crestwood High School football

The 1969 Crestwood High School football team finished its season with an 8-1-1 overall record, finishing as Portage County League runners-up to Mogadore. Though the Red Devils tied the Wildcats during the regular season, Mogadore finished its season 9-0-1 to earn the championship banner. Crestwood’s 1969 season results included: Kent State 20-6 Aurora 22-8 Windham […]

Portage Youth Girls Softball celebrates fall league champions

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Portage Girls Youth Softball organization held its fall ball tournament this past weekend at Gracie Fields. The tournament featured four age divisions: 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U. Here are the championship teams and their rosters. 8U: Field Falcons Roster: Tegan Lightfoot, Lizzy Daves, Olivia Menagay, Lacey Moore, Kaylee […]

Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Kent Roosevelt girls soccer’s Samantha Spicer

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Kent Roosevelt High School girls soccer coach Samantha Spicer, who is in her first […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2022 BOYS SOCCER ROOTSTOWN 2, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 1 (At St. Thomas Aquinas) ROOTSTOWN 1-1—2 ST. THOMAS 1-0—1 First Half — 1. (R) Jeremiah Dick; 2. (STA) Marcus Miller, PK. Second Half — 3. (R) Nathan Pastor (Zach Hayes). Shots on Goal — St. Thomas Aquinas, 10-9. Corner Kicks […]

High School Football: Updated computer playoff rankings

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the official weekly football computer ratings Tuesday. The computer ratings are released every Tuesday beginning in the fifth week of the season, leading up to the final report on Sunday, Oct. 23, when 448 schools – the top 16 in each region – will qualify for the […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Garfield volleyball’s Madeline Shirkey

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Garfield senior volleyball standout Madeline Shirkey has hit assists milestones this season, both figuratively and literally. And it is quite fitting. In her four years as a starter for the G-Men, Shirkey has grown into the team leader by always putting the team first, building up the […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Oct. 10, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, OCT. 10, 20222 GIRLS SOCCER WATERLOO 6, CRESTVIEW 2 (At Crestview) WATERLOO 5-1—6 CRESTVIEW 1-1—2 First Half — 1. (W) Kaira English (Sydney Jackson); 2. (W) English (Rose Couts); 3. (W) English (Aracely Camacho); 4. (W) Couts (English); 5. (W) English; 6. (C) Wonner. Second Half — 7. (W) Olivia Boyle […]

Waterloo girls soccer celebrates first league title in school history

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Waterloo High School girls soccer team celebrated history on Monday night. The Vikings’ 6-2 victory at Crestview secured the first league championship in girls soccer program history. It has been a season filled with success, with the triumph lifting the Vikes’ overall season record to 14-0-1 […]

Crestwood Middle School soccer wins CVC championship

  The Crestwood Middle School soccer team won the Chagrin Valley Conference championship on Monday with a 1-0 victory over Perry.

Cleveland Pear Trees: A Southeast golf tradition

    By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Southeast Pirates golf program is forever connected to the Cleveland Pear Tree. The line of the trees that stretch down both sides of the first tee box at the Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course is part of a tradition that started nearly 10 years ago by […]

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Signing up for the Portage Sports Newsletter is easy and FREE! Just visit the homepage of the website, type in your email and click “Sign Up.” You will then get a verification email. The FREE newsletter is sent out each week on Monday mornings to help get your week started. The newsletter includes a variety […]

High School Volleyball: State Poll (Oct. 9, 2022)

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL STATE POLL OCT. 9, 2022   Rank, Team (first-place votes), points DIVISION I Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (35), 271 Rocky River Magnificat (4), 332 Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy, 290 Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame, 234 Olmsted Falls, 180 Cincinnati Seton, 155 Powell Olentangy Liberty, 121 Toledo St. Ursula Academy, 101 Cleveland St. Joseph Academy, […]

Windham dominates second half for ‘much needed’ victory

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Windham has never wanted any sympathy for the way the 2022 season has unfolded, but facts are facts. It has not been easy for the Bombers. An already small roster at the start of the season began to dwindle after a series of season-ending injuries to starting players began […]

Field finally finds itself on winning side of close game

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   For once, things went Field’s way. In a season filled with heartbreaking losses, short by inches and just simply bad luck, the Falcons finally found themselves on the other end of things. It took until Week 8, but a close game went their way in a thrilling […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Oct. 7, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, OCT. 7, 2022   WINDHAM 28, FAIRPORT HARDING 15 (At Ed Liddle Field, Windham) FAIRPORT 8-7-0-0—15 WINDHAM 14-0-14-0—28 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER WIN — C. Eye 1 run (J. Eye kick), 5:52 FH — Castellano 12 run (Hess run), 0:08 WIN — J. Eye 67 kick return (J. Eye kick), 0:00 […]

Garfield continues dominance of MVAC opponents

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Garfield G-Men racked up an astonishing 507 yards of total offense on Friday to continue their dominance through the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference. The offensive output helped push Garfield to a lopsided 62-22 victory at Columbiana Crestview on Friday. The win improved Garfield to 7-1 overall and […]

Quick-start Cardinal blanks Crestwood 40-0

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A 28-point first quarter by Cardinal spelled doom for the Crestwood Red Devils on Friday on the road. Cardinal went on to blank Crestwood 40-0 behind a 411-yard rushing performance. The Huskies scored six more points in the second quarter to take a 34-0 lead into halftime before […]

Coontz sets single-game rushing record in Rovers win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It was a historic night for Rootstown High School senior standout running back Cody Coontz, who set a new school record during the team’s 27-13 victory on the road at Grand Valley. Coontz rushed for 384 yards on 41 carries and scored all four of the Rovers touchdowns […]

Ravenna snaps four-game losing streak in dominating fashion

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Homecoming proved to be exactly what the Ravenna Ravens needed. The team snapped a four-game losing streak and did it in resounding fashion with a 55-12 Metro Athletic Conference triumph over the visiting Coventry Comets on Friday. The Spartans opened the game with the first score, but the […]

Under Review with Adam Loudin (and special guest Kyle Brown): The crisis in officiating

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Just like the rest of the country, Ohio has seen a steepening decline in high school and middle school officials. There are multiple reasons why. Portage County officials and Portage Sports contributors Adam Loudin and Kyle Brown provide some insight into the growing crisis. Crisis may seem […]

High School Football Central: Week 8

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Crestwood High School senior Jayden Julian is one of the many dual-sport student-athletes this fall. Julian, who is a wide receiver and kicker for the Red Devils’ football team, also plays soccer and set a new school record this week for career scoring. Julian scored the game-winning […]

Waterloo girls soccer enjoying historic season

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The journey can be a bit of a blur sometimes. Training days come and go. Game nights are here and then gone. The season’s end approaches faster than the wait for the season’s start. Along the way, though, there has been one common theme for the Waterloo […]

Field boys, girls soccer advance in MAC Tournament

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS SOCCER MAC TOURNAMENT NO. 4 FIELD 2, NO. 5 NORTON 0 After a scoreless first half, Delilah Rahe handled the scoring for host Field to lift the Falcons over the Panthers in the first round of the Metro Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday. Rahe’s first goal was […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2022 BOYS SOCCER MAC TOURNAMENT NO. 3 FIELD 4, NO. 6 WOODRIDGE 0 (At Field) WOODRIDGE 0-0—0 FIELD 2-2—4 First Half — 1. (F) Waffen (Stayer); 2. (F) Schoenbeck (Waffen). Second Half — 3. (F) Grimm (Waffen); 4. (F) Schoenbeck (Gavin Greene).   NO. 5 STREETSBORO 1, NO. 4 […]

1918 Garrettsville High School Boys Basketball

The 1918 Garrettsville High School Boys Basketball Team. Unfortunately, I don’t have any player names. If you do, please email me at tomnader@portagesports.com. Thank you!

The 2022 Volunteers of the Year

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Inside every community, there are a group of volunteers that make athletic programs and organizations move. They are the go-getters. They are the ones that do it for no pay. They are the ones passionate about creating opportunities for kids. They are the ones that usually fall outside […]

Rootstown girls celebrate back-to-back championships

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Winners of the Portage Trail Conference championship in 2021, the Rootstown High School girls soccer team entered the 2022 season with one goal on their mind. Repeat. As many challenges that a championship season can present, winning a second consecutive title is that much harder. Rootstown fulfilled […]

High School Football: Updated Statistical Leaders (Oct. 6)

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2022 STATISTICAL LEADERS OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Attempts-Yards Cody Coontz, Rootstown 164-1,479 Jayden Hakin, Waterloo 142-983 Drexal McAmis, Field 120-928 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 96-721 Keegan Sell, Garfield 71-683 Jesse Grace, Garfield 70-662 Alex Tenorio, Aurora 83-629 Chase Eye, Windham 60-613 Randy Williams, Southeast 73-605 Nate Blasiole, Crestwood 133-604 Matt Geier, Aurora 71-543 […]

G-Men football thrives behind strength of single-wing offense

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The one thing all football teams try to avoid, ironically, set the course for a new era in football for the Garfield G-Men. Injuries. Coaches across the county, and region, forever fill preseason conversations with thoughts that begin with: “If we can stay healthy…” Diminishing roster sizes impact the […]

Charles Chevrolet’s Getting to Know: Streetsboro girls soccer’s Ryan Willard

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Streetsboro High School girls soccer coach Ryan Willard, who is in his 12th […]

High School Roundup (Oct. 4): Bittence scores five goals in Garfield boys soccer win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS SOCCER GARFIELD 7, BROOKFIELD 1 Ethan Bittence scored five goals and added an assist in a dominating victory for the G-Men in Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference play on Tuesday. Preston Gedeon and Aaron Gissinger added the other two goals for Garfield (6-6-1). Returning from injury, Andrew Wem […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2022 GIRLS SOCCER FIELD 2, WOODRIDGE 2 (At Woodridge) GOALS Field — Cassie Wilde, Savannah Rahe. Shots on Goal — Field, 13-6. Corner Kicks — Field, 6-4.   BOYS SOCCER FIELD 2, WOODRIDGE 0 (At Woodridge) GOALS Field — Kyle Schoenbeck, Gavin Greene. ASSISTS Field — Ben Stayer.   […]

High School Football: Updated Playoff Rankings (Oct. 4)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the official weekly football computer ratings Tuesday. The computer ratings are released every Tuesday beginning in the fifth week of the season, leading up to the final report on Sunday, Oct. 23, when 448 schools – the top 16 in each region – will qualify for the […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Ravenna boys soccer’s Nick Iurato

    By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Nick Iurato is the rare kind of soccer player that can predict the future. He can see things before they happen. Everything is crystal clear in his head, but nobody else’s. So the Ravenna High School senior typically plays the games seconds ahead of everyone else, […]

High School Football: Associated Press State Poll (Oct. 3)

AP State Football Poll DIVISION I 1. Cincinnati Moeller (17) 7-0 198 2. West Chester Lakota West (2) 7-0 172 3. Lakewood St. Edward 6-1 164 4. Centerville (1) 6-1 99 5. Springfield 5-1 79 6. Cleveland Heights (1) 7-0 74 7. Cincinnati Princeton 6-1 71 8. Dublin Jerome 6-1 65 9. Medina 6-1 62 […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Oct. 3, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, OCT. 3, 2022 GIRLS TENNIS FIELD 4, SOUTHEAST 1 (At Field) First Singles — Jordan Gruver (SE) def. Mia Hudson, 6-0, 6-0; Second Singles — Jillian Fox (F) def. Cassidy Timms, 6-3, 6-0; Third Singles — Mallory Cunion (F) def. Skylar Cutlip, 6-0, 6-4; First Doubles — Autumn Atha/Corinne Wirth (F) […]

High School Roundup (Oct. 3): Windham volleyball tops Bristol

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   VOLLEYBALL WINDHAM DEF. BRISTOL, 25-21, 25-23, 17-25, 25-23 Quinn Justham led the Bombers to a home victory over Bristol on Monday at Marty Hill Court. Justham finished the game with 22 assists, nine points and seven aces. She received plenty of help, too, with Julia Jones totaling 14 […]

High School Volleyball: State Poll (Oct. 2)

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL STATE POLL SUNDAY, OCT. 2, 2022   Rank, Team (first-place votes), points DIVISION I Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (29), 407 Rocky River Magnificat (12), 400 Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy, 305 Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame (1), 209 Olmsted Falls (1), 166 Cincinnati Seton, 150 Cleveland St. Joseph Academy, 144 Powell Olentangy Liberty (1), 113 […]

Mogadore girls XC wins CVNP Invitational

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Mogadore High School girls cross country team won the Maroon Division at the 37th annual CVNP Invitational on Saturday. The Wildcats finished with a team score of 41, besting runners-up Norwayne, which finished with 99 points. Rootstown finished fourth overall (128 points), Ravenna was seventh (178) […]

Rockets claim thriller over Falcons on emotional night in Brimfield

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Streetsboro Rockets scored in the game’s closing minute to pull out a 38-34 Metro Athletic Conference road victory at Field on Friday night. The last-minute touchdown erased a spirited comeback by the Falcons, who trailed by as many as 17 and 10 in the fourth quarter. The [...]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Sept. 30, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2022   CRESTWOOD 37, WICKLIFFE 7 (At Crestwood) WICKLIFFFE 7-0-0-0—7 CRESTWOOD 6-8-16-7—37 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER WICK — Name not reported 1 run (kick good) CRE — Blasiole 3 run (conversion failed) SECOND QUARTER CRE — Baker 30 pass from Sommer (conversion failed) CRE — Safety THIRD QUARTER CRE […]

Top-ranked Eagles shut out Rootstown in PTC showdown

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   For the second time in three weeks, turnovers hurt the Rootstown football team against a quality opponent. On Friday, it was a pair of interceptions and a pair of fumbles lost in a 33-0 Portage Trail Conference defeat to the Warren John F. Kennedy Eagles. The Eagles jumped […]

Retton’s four TDs highlight Aurora’s big win at Kent Roosevelt

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It was a special night for Aurora’s Sam Retton. Retton scored four touchdowns in the team’s convincing 56-13 Suburban League American Conference triumph at Kent Roosevelt on Friday. Retton’s first score came on a 9-yard pass from quarterback Matt Geier in the first quarter. The duo hooked up […]

Turnovers, penalties doom Ravens in loss at Coventry

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Turnovers and penalties doomed the Ravenna Ravens in Friday’s Metro Athletic Conference matchup at Coventry. In what turned into a 38-16 loss, the Ravens turned the ball over four times and had 19 penalties for 125 yards. Coventry had a pair of interceptions and also recovered two of […]

Blasiole’s big night gives Crestwood big win over Wickliffe

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor It was a special Homecoming Game for Nate Blasiole, who rushed for 226 yards and three touchdowns to carry the Crestwood Red Devils to a big 37-7 victory at Jack Lambert Stadium in Mantua. Blasiole scored from 3 yards out in the first quarter and added a pair of […]

Gamebreaking plays carry G-Men to dominating victory

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Garfield never settled into any kind of recognizable rhythm on Friday night, but rhythms don’t win football games. The lack of rhythm was only because of the team’s ability to break big plays, take advantage of short fields and score defensive touchdowns. The result was a resounding […]

High School Football Central: Week 7

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Field High School will be holding a memorial service for Donald Robinson III at tonight’s Week 7 Metro Athletic Conference game against Streetsboro. Robinson III, who was a student at Field Middle School and member of the Field Youth Football’s varsity team, died tragically last Friday in a […]

1966 Windham High School football

  The 1966 Windham High School football team was co-champions of the Portage County League, sharing the championship with Kent State High School. Both teams finished with 7-2 records. The Bombers regular-season schedule and results included: Field 24-29 Newton Falls 20-14 Rootstown 44-12 Randolph 24-0 Crestwood 40-8 Streetsboro 18-12 Southeast 10-12 Aurora 36-22 Garfield 12-7. […]

High School Roundup (Sept. 29): Ravenna, Field boys soccer teams earn shutout victories

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS SOCCER RAVENNA 3, CRESTWOOD 0 The Ravens posted their eighth shutout of the season on Thursday with a 3-0 triumph on the road at Crestwood. Nick Iurato scored a pair of goals, while Mikey Myers added Ravenna’s third goal. Diego Jasso was in goal for the shutout. […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2022   BOYS SOCCER RAVENNA 3, CRESTWOOD 0 (At Crestwood) RAVENNA 2-1—3 CRESTWOOD 0-0—0 First Half — 1. (R) Nick Iurato; 2. (R) Iurato. Second Half — 3. (R) Mikey Myers.   FIELD 5, MASSILLON 0 (At Field) MASSILLON 0-0—0 FIELD 2-3—5 First Half — 1. (F) Alex Grimm […]

Outpouring of support continues in aftermath of Brimfield fatal car accident

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Brimfield and Suffield Townships, along with neighboring communities, continue to provide an outpouring of support in the aftermath of last Friday’s car accident that resulted in the death of Donald Robinson III. Robinson III, 11, was a sixth-grader at Field Middle School and a member of the Field Youth […]

True family atmosphere lifts Mogadore’s cross country program

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Establishing a team culture that is built around being a family is something that all teams strive for. When your team is a family, that definitely makes it a lot easier. Amidst a season full of success to this point, the Mogadore cross country team is doing it […]

High School Football: Updated Statistical Leaders

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2022 STATISTICAL LEADERS   OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Attempts-Yards Cody Coontz, Rootstown 140-1,393 Jayden Hakin, Waterloo 89-672 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 100-639 Randy Williams, Southeast 73-605 Jesse Grace, Garfield 66-595 Chase Eye, Windham 52-592 Alex Tenorio, Aurora 77-586 Keegan Sell, Garfield 67-579 Matt Geier, Aurora 67-529 Drexal McAmis, Field 60-461 Colby Benjamin, Streetsboro […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2022   GIRLS SOCCER AURORA 5, BARBERTON 0 (At Aurora) BARBERTON 0-0—0 AURORA 3-2—5 GOALS Aurora: Ries, Johnson, Houth, Barbour, Hart.   WATERLOO 5, NEW MIDDLETOWN SPRINGFIELD 1 (At New Middletown Springfield) WATERLOO 0-5—5 SPRINGFIELD 0-1—1 First Half — No scoring. Second Half — 1. (W) Kaira English (Sydney […]

High School Roundup (Sept. 28): Aurora, Waterloo girls continue to pile up wins

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor GIRLS SOCCER AURORA 5, BARBERTON 0 The Greenmen posted an impressive shutout for their 10th victory of the season and the first of head coach Domenica McClintock’s career at Aurora. Overall, Aurora now stands at 10-2-1, with the tie coming on Monday in a 2-2 tie with West Geauga. […]

St. Thomas cancels Week 7 football matchup with Southeast

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The high school football matchup between Southeast and St. Thomas Aquinas for Week 7 of the season has officially been cancelled. Southeast High School athletic director Patrick Youel confirmed the cancellation on Wednesday morning. The Knights were scheduled to travel to Palmyra to take on the Pirates, but […]

Charles Chevrolet’s Getting to Know: Windham volleyball’s Lauryn Gintert

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Windham High School volleyball coach Lauryn Gintert, who is in her seventh season leading the […]

Field girls soccer’s Cassie Wilde sets career scoring record

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Cassie Wilde makes the goal-scoring look easy, but that is not always the case. Wilde, a senior, added to her historic career by becoming the Field High School girls soccer program’s all-time leading scorer last week in a victory over Coventry. Wilde collected her 68th career goal […]

High School Football: OHSAA playoff rankings (Sept. 27)

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the official weekly football computer ratings Tuesday. The computer ratings are released every Tuesday beginning in the fifth week of the season, leading up to the final report on Sunday, Oct. 23, when 448 schools – the top 16 in each region – will qualify for the […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2022 GIRLS SOCCER FIELD 2, NORTON 2 (At Field) NORTON 0-2—2 FIELD 0-2—2 First Half — No scoring. Second Half — 1. (F) Delilah Rahe; 2. (F) Cassie Wilde; 3. (N) Name not reported; 4. (N) Name not reported. RAVENNA 7, SPRINGFIELD 1 (At Ravenna) SPRINGFIELD 0-1—1 RAVENNA 4-3—7 […]

High School Roundup (Sept. 27): Scott scores hat trick in Ravenna girls soccer victory

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS SOCCER RAVENNA 7, SPRINGFIELD 1 Brynn Scott scored a hat trick to the lead the Ravens to a home Metro Athletic Conference victory over Springfield on Tuesday. The Ravenna triumph was also highlighted by NaCol Foreman and Avonlea Jefferson scoring their first goals of the season. Also […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Ravenna golf’s Abbie Retherford

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   You never know what could jumpstart the love of a sport. For Ravenna golf standout Abbie Rutherford, it was an unsuspecting trip to a sporting goods store. The shopping trip was actually not for her, but her dad, who was looking for a box of golf balls […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2022   CHAMPION DEF. WATERLOO, 25-76, 25-19, 25-17 (At Waterloo) WATERLOO — Isabella Kozma, 2 kills, 1 block; Brilyn Eddy, 3 kills, 2 digs, 5 assists, 1 ace, 1 point; Miranda Long, 1 kill, 8 assists, 5 points; Arianna Rebecchi, 1 kill, 2 blocks, 1 assist, 2 aces, 3 […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD   BOYS CROSS COUNTRY SATURDAY MALONE INVITATIONAL STREETSBORO 19. Ares Miller, 12:18 40. Ty Zipprich.   GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY SATURDAY MALONE INVITATIONAL STREETSBORO 9. Sunnia McKenzie, 13:36   7TH GRADE VOLLEYBALL MOGADORE DEF. WARREN JFK, 25-2, 25-9 (At Mogadore) MOGADORE — Emma Butler, 22 points, 21 aces; Ava Murphy, 8 points, 7 […]

High School Football: Associated Press State Poll (Sept. 26)

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE POLL   School, (first place votes), record, (total points) DIVISION I 1. Cincinnati Moeller (19) 6-0 (199) 2. West Chester Lakota West 6-0 (159) 3. Lakewood St. Edward 5-1 (143) 4. Cincinnati Elder 5-1 (118) 5. Dublin Jerome (2) 6-0 (111) 6. Centerville 5-1 (88) 7. Cleveland St. Ignatius 4-1 (55) 8. Cleveland Heights 6-0 […]

Photo Gallery: Field Youth Football at Crestwood

The Field Youth Football varsity team played with heavy hearts on Sunday in honor of teammate Donald Robinson III, who passed away in an automobile accident on Friday morning in Brimfield Township. The Falcons defeated Crestwood 27-0 in the game. Area youth football programs from all around Portage County also showed signs of support for […]

Streetsboro middle school XC places third at Malone

The Streetsboro Middle School cross country team placed third overall at Saturday’s Malone Invitational. Leading the way was a ninth-place finish for Sunnia McKenzie, who dropped almost a full minute off her time from last year. On Saturday, McKenzie ran a 13:36.4. Helping the Rockets’ high finish were also Dianna Collazo-Rivera and Morgan Vales, who […]

High School Volleyball: State Poll (Sept. 25)

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL STATE POLL SUNDAY, SEPT. 25, 2022   DIVISION I Rank, Team (first-place votes), points Rocky River Magnificat (11), 376 Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (13), 375 Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy (16), 344 Powell Olentangy Liberty (3), 241 Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame, 211 Cleveland St. Joseph Academy, 137 Massillon Jackson (2), 121 Bishop Watterson, 118 […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Sept. 23, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2022   FOOTBALL BERKSHIRE 42, CRESTWOOD 8 (At Berkshire) CRESTWOOD 0-8-0-0—8 BERKSHIRE 6-29-7-0—42 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER BER — Miller 3 run (kick failed) SECOND QUARTER BER — Miller 7 run (Mendolera run) BER — Miller 40 punt return (kick good) BER — Miller 1 run (kick good) CRE […]

Falcons close out Ravens in back-and-forth MAC showdown

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, it takes periodic reminders that Field running back Drexal McAmis is still just a sophomore. The hard running, but nimble-footed back emerged as a standout for the Falcons last season as a freshman and has continued to grow into a lead role this […]

Aurora completes fourth-quarter comeback to top Tallmadge

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   AURORA 31, TALLMADGE 30 The Greenmen captured a come-from-behind victory by scoring 10 unanswered fourth-quarter points to snatch the victory from the host Blue Devils on Friday night. In a critical Suburban League showdown, Tallmadge took a 30-21 lead into the fourth quarter, following a 35-yard Cameron Carvaines […]