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High School Bowling Report: Portage County sends two individuals, one team to state tourney

Tom Nader February 26, 2024

Girls Basketball: All-Women’s Tri-County Basketball Coaches Association teams

Tom Nader February 25, 2024

Wrestling: Sectional tournament results

Tom Nader February 25, 2024

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High School Bowling Report: Portage County sends two individuals, one team to state tourney

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   When the Northeast Division II District championship concluded at Rebman Lanes in Lorain, Portage County bowling fans had a lot to cheer about. One team and two individuals rolled their way into the top-four qualifiers and are now planning their excursions to the OHSAA Division II State Championship Bowling […]

Girls Basketball: All-Women’s Tri-County Basketball Coaches Association teams

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL ALL-WOMEN’S TRI-COUNT COACHES ASSOCIATION TEAM   DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE YEAR Anna Hurst, Stow     COACHES OF THE YEAR Bob Podges, Stow Pam Davis, Hoban     UNDERCLASSMEN OF THE YEAR Caitlyn Holmes, Ellet     FIRST TEAM Jenna Slates, Green, junior Haley Hajdu, Revere, senior Olivia Klanac, Medina, […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, FEB. 24, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES Division II Sectional Final: Aurora 51, Lutheran East 36 Division II Sectional Final: Canton South 52, Field 36 Division II Sectional Final: Streetsboro 67, Niles McKinley 22 Division II Sectional Final: Crestwood 52, Glenville 15 Division II Sectional Final: Woodridge 60, Bay 51 Division II […]

Wrestling: Sectional tournament results

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING SATURDAY, FEB. 24, 2024   ROOTSTOWN DIVISION III SECTIONAL TEAM STANDINGS 1. Rootstown 257.5; 2. Sal. Southern 150.0; 3. Crestwood 141.5; 4. Chippewa 128.5; 5. United 122.5; 6. Loudonville 119.0; 7. Jackson-Milton 112.0; 8. Clearview 106.0; 9. Norwayne 80.0; 10. B.C. Western Reserve 65.0; 11. Elyria Catholic 58.0; 12. Canton C.C. 41.0; […]

Youth Boys Basketball Scoreboard: Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024

YOUTH BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, FEB. 24, 2024 THIRD GRADE FIELD WHITE 17, FIELD GRAY 13 Field White — Oliver Farwell, 4 points; Mason Few, 4 points; Luca Pennino, 4 points; Abel Edsall, 3 points; Broderick Kline, 2 points. Defensive Standouts — (FW) Broderick Kline. Special Effort Players — (FW) Abel Edsall.     FOURTH […]

Striking a Balance: Carden and Moore are latest to roll 300s

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Spins Bowl continues to host league bowlers that are finding their way to perfect games. This week, Denny Carden and Rich Moore both achieved the 12-strike game in the Garden Spot League. Derrick Simon and Patrick Adolph rolled the high series, a 789, and Alicia Yacono bowled the best […]

Girls Bowling: Rootstown advances to state championship for first time ever

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The Rootstown Rovers varsity girls bowling team bowled their way to the fourth and final team qualifying spot at the OHSAA Division II District on Saturday. Rootstown rolled a 3,616 series that was only 18 pins shy of third place and 182 pins short of the championship. The outstanding […]

G-Men find offensive outlet in big rival win over Bombers

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Garfield football is known for punishing teams with its relentless single-wing rushing attack. On Friday, it was the G-Men boys basketball team that went the other direction and aired it out. In a gameplan that head coach Andy Olesky said his team implemented after seeing something on film […]

Bowling: Rootstown junior Justin Miller qualifies for state tournament

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Rebman Lanes in Lorain proved to be the perfect place for Rootstown’s Justin Miller to bowl. The junior qualified for the OHSAA’s Division II state tournament as an individual, bowling an outstanding 760 series to win the district tournament and advance to Columbus. Miller almost took the team with […]

Swimming: Riders’ 200 Medley Relay places ninth at state championships

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Kent Roosevelt is enjoying success as swimmers compete in the OHSAA State Swimming Championships at C.T. Branim Natatorium in Canton. The 200 Medley Relay team, including Adam Springer, Drew Vecchio, Kadin Pyka and Jack Puhalla, won the B final and finished ninth in the state for the relay. The […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Feb. 23, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, FEB. 23, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES Garfield 79, Windham 51 Twinsburg 55, Aurora 52 Warren JFK 93, Rootstown 61 Mogadore 53, Lake Center Christian 42 Southeast 60, St. Thomas Aquinas 55 Geneva 79, Crestwood 62     BOX SCORES TWINSBURG 55, AURORA 52 (At Twinsburg) AURORA (52) — Patton 0 5 […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Feb. 23)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2023-24 STATISTICAL LEADERS BOYS BASKETBALL SCORING Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 28.1 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 19.7 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 19.0 Layne Miller, Mogadore 18.9 Carlos Bruton, Windham 17.6 Cooper Carnahan, Aurora 16.3 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 14.8 Cameron Mahone, Rootstown 14.8 Grady Eader, Field 13.4 Corey Lehner, Mogadore 12.4 Curtis Ross, Ravenna […]

State Swimming: Aurora’s McCrae places fourth in Division II diving

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The first two days of competition at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, featured the state-qualifying diving athletes for both Division I and Division II. On Tuesday, divers from Aurora High School competed in the Division II diving competition. Aurora’s Colten McCrae had an outstanding tournament, finishing fourth among the […]

Seven basketball standouts celebrate 1,000-point scoring milestone

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Seven scoring phenoms have celebrated reaching the 1,000-point milestone during the 2023-24 boys and girls basketball seasons. Three of the seven are still only juniors, but all seven have authored special high-school careers that now place them in a special category in their respective schools’ history. Here is a […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCORES DIVISION II SECTIONAL SEMIFINALS Field 62, Buchtel 43 Streetsboro 88, Buchtel 7 Aurora 64, Padua Franciscan 52 Howland 78, Ravenna 9 West Branch 56, Coventry 18 Crestwood 49, Jefferson Area 28 DIVISION III SECTIONAL SEMIFINALS Rootstown 63, Lakeview 19 DIVISION IV SECTIONAL SEMIFINALS Mogadore […]

Ohio high schools will get spring vote on ‘playing up’ to Division I

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A proposal was approved for a spring vote that would allow Ohio high school teams the opportunity to play up to Division I, on a sport by sport basis, if they desired for a season. The new referendum was one of five items that the Ohio High School […]

1974 Suffield Red Devils cheerleaders

The 1974 Suffield Red Devils “C” Team youth cheerleaders. The team included (front) Laura Young and (back row left to right) Judy Masters, Diana Abdoo, Kristy Linn, Dee Dee Horak, Theresa Hoskin and Kim Smith.

Fairway at Twin Lakes set to publicly unveil new golf simulator

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer How many times have you peered out your window and thought about playing golf even though the weather is not ideal? You may have a cart cover and a heater, but, naturally, ice on the greens or left over snow keeps the course unplayable. And sometimes the golf course just […]

Boys Basketball: Associated Press state poll (Feb. 21)

BOYS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE POLL WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21, 2024   The top-10 teams in the boys Associated Press Ohio high school basketball polls of the 2023-2024 season. First-place votes are in parenthesis — followed by the team’s record and total points collected by media votes.   DIVISION I 1. Cin. Moeller (8)                             20-1     108 […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Roosevelt wrestling’s Chris Dunfee

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   “Getting to Know” is a standard Portage Sports feature created to spotlight 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 wrestling coach Chris Dunfee, who is in his first season leading the […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, FEB. 20, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES Kent Roosevelt 49, North Royalton 46 Southeast 50, Waterloo 37 Mogadore 52, Akron Garfield 44 Poland Seminary 38, Streetsboro 30 Youngstown Chaney 63, St. Thomas Aquinas 52 Bristol 76, Garfield 39 Rootstown 59, Windham 44   BOX SCORES KENT ROOSEVELT 49, NORTH ROYALTON 46 (At […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Crestwood basketball’s Charlie Schweickert

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   When it comes to offense, the Crestwood boys basketball team has a saying: “Let it rip.” The three words encompass how the Red Devils like to play the game. And how the coaching staff, led by head coach Josh Jakacki like to coach the game. “We don’t have […]

Bowling Roundup: Streetsboro’s Stevens, Clark qualify for district tournament

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The Streetsboro Rockets had a successful sectional, sending two individuals to districts after the final frame was bowled at Roseland Lanes in Oakwood. Both Connor Stevens and Kendall Clark (448) earned qualifying spots among the top-four individuals not on qualifying teams and will bowl in the Division I District […]

Girls Swimming: Late start doesn’t slow Roosevelt’s Houk on way to state championships

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Athletes across Ohio are traveling to Canton this week after qualifying for the OHSAA Division I and Division II state swimming and diving championships. Local swimmers and divers from both Aurora and Kent Roosevelt will be competing at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, which is the largest swimming […]

Crestwood supports ‘warrior’ Fannin after scary head injuries

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Inside one of the scariest moments of his life, all Ty Fannin could think about was his team. Laying on his back, having just regained consciousness after experiencing a seizure from hitting his head on the court, Fannin looked up at his coach Josh Jakacki and asked, “Did I […]

2023-24 All-Quiz Bowl Team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor 2023-24 All-Quiz Bowl Team PLAYER OF THE YEAR Philip Yao, Aurora FIRST TEAM Philip Yao, Aurora — 168.75 points per game Cooper Kelly, Southeast — 116.50 ppg Micah McConahay, Lake Center Christian — 85 ppg Logan Walgenbach, Mogadore — 70.50 ppg Vincent Goodyear, Waterloo — 66 ppg Teddy Brunn, […]

High School Bowling Report: Area teams, individuals prepare for district tourney

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   This is an important week for bowlers as qualifiers to the Division II district tournaments will bowl for the opportunity to advance to the state tournament. Portage County is well represented at the Division II district tournaments. Three teams will bowl at Rebman Recreation in Lorain, the Rootstown boys […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, FEB. 17, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON STREETSBORO 41, CANFIELD 38 (At Canfield) STREETSBORO (41) — Olivia Johnson-Wilson 1 0-2 2; Sydney Abbuhl 2 6-8 11; Naomi Benson 9 3-3 21; Ella Kassan 2 0-0 4; Carlee Bedford 0 1-2 1; Madelyn Hajec 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 10-15 41. CANFIELD […]

1918 Kent High School girls basketball

The 1918 Kent High School girls basketball team. No other information is currently known about this team. If you know of any player identifications, schedule or season highlights, please email me at tomnader@portagesports.com.

Youth Basketball Scoreboard: Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024

YOUTH BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, FEB. 17, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL SECOND GRADE ROOTSTOWN (KAVALI) 20, FIELD (JARVIS) 16 Field — Ben Paparone, 6 points; Caiden Nelson, 4 points; Aiden Doubrava, 4 points; Carson Terry, 2 points. Defensive Standouts — (F) Ben Paparone. Special Effort Players — (F) Colton Cain.     ST. PATRICK’S (ASHE) 26, FIELD […]

Striking a Balance: Garrettsville’s Zerucha wins sold-out USBC singles tourney

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The Bowl Portage USBC Handicap Singles held at Kent Lanes was sold out, with 60 bowlers competing in the qualifying, seeking a spot in the stepladder finals. The ultimate champion was Mark Zerucha, of Garrettsville, who finished third in the qualifying and moved to the top-four stepladder finals, working […]

Winning basketball: Mogadore captures seventh league title in nine years

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Friday ended in a special way for the Mogadore boys basketball team. One by one, players climbed up the ladder and snipped a piece of the net in a postgame championship celebration that has happened with plenty of regularity for the Wildcats. With the Wildcats’ 63-46 victory over […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Feb. 16, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, FEB. 16, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES Kent Roosevelt 56, Copley 53 Mogadore 63, Rootstown 46 Woodridge 55, Field 53 Streetsboro 67, Coventry 43 Crestwood 63, Waterloo 45 Warren JFK 67, Southeast 23 Cuyahoga Falls 70, Aurora 61 Newton Falls 61, Windham 24 Norton 80, Ravenna 34     BOX SCORES WOODRIDGE […]

Rootstown celebrates 100-win milestones for quartet

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The 2023-24 high school wrestling season has been a bit of deja vu for the Rootstown Rovers. Another league championship. Make that nine consecutive and 13 in the last 14 years. Also, additional career win milestones to celebrate. Make it four for this season alone, with Will McEwuen, Tristen […]

Wrestling Report: Champions, milestones and more as postseason nears

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It has been an exciting high school wrestling season and league tournaments, as well as the postseason are both just around the corner. Here is a peek around Portage County:   CRESTWOOD The Red Devils finished second overall in the Chagrin Division of the Chagrin Valley Conference, finishing […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Feb. 16)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2023-24 STATISTICAL LEADERS BOYS BASKETBALL SCORING Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 29.2 Layne Miller, Mogadore 20.6 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 19.7 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 19.6 Carlos Bruton, Windham 17.6 Cooper Carnahan, Aurora 16.3 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 14.8 Cameron Mahone, Rootstown 14.8 Grady Eader, Field 13.5 Curtis Ross, Ravenna 11.9 Corey Lehner, Mogadore […]

OHSAA approves division expansion for seven sports

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors unanimously approved division expansion on Thursday for seven sports. The approval came at the board’s normally scheduled meeting and will expand divisions for volleyball, girls soccer, boys soccer, girls basketball, boys basketball, softball and baseball. The new divisions will […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, FEB. 14, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES Southeast 46, St. Thomas Aquinas 36 Crestwood 54, North Olmsted 39 Streetsboro 53, Ravenna 6 Woodridge 56, Field 44 Rootstown 62, Warren JFK 29     BOX SCORES STREETSBORO 53, RAVENNA 6 (At Streetsboro) RAVENNA (6) — Miriyha Sandifer 1 0-0 2; Jalysia Thompson 2 […]

Girls Basketball: Rockets make history with first-ever championship

By Jacob Shondel Correspondent Being a part of history, but also setting a new standard for the Streetsboro girls basketball team is something coach Carl Singer had visions of. Wednesday, the Rockets defeated Ravenna 53-6 to capture the program’s first league championship in school history. “Coming into the season, I knew we had a special […]

Durham’s shooting clinic leads Crestwood to rout over Field

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor It was Youth Night at Field High School on Tuesday night so it was only fitting that one of the most electric performances that Portage County has seen this year came from the youngest player in Crestwood’s starting lineup. Red Devils freshman point guard Brody Durham delivered a career […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, FEB. 13, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD Aurora 71, West Geauga 69 Crestwood 71, Field 43 Tallmadge 64, Woodridge 60 Streetsboro 45, Kent Roosevelt 34 Waterloo 50, Rootstown 40 Southeast 79, Garfield 57 Mogadore 83, Windham 30 Coventry 66, Chippewa 52     BOX SCORES CRESTWOOD 71, FIELD 43 (At Field) CRESTWOOD […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Aurora gymnast Hannah Salgado

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Sometimes you just know. That’s how it was for Gina Gastaldo from the moment she met Hannah Salgado. “From the day I met her, I knew she was an incredible gymnast,” the Aurora gymnastics head coach said. That was four years ago when Salgado was a freshman. Now […]

Basketball: Associated Press state poll (Feb. 12)

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE POLL MONDAY, FEB. 12, 2024 The top-10 teams in the boys Associated Press Ohio high school basketball polls of the 2023-2024 season. First-place votes are in parenthesis — followed by the team’s record and total points collected by media votes. DIVISION I 1. Cin. Moeller (6)                         20-1 140 […]

Girls Bowling: Rootstown wins sectional title; Garfield, Ravenna’s Raffa and Southeast’s Smith advance to district

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The Rootstown girls bowling team made a statement at the Division II Tri-County Sectional, earning a berth into the district tournament. To get there, the Rovers won the sectional by 250 pins over runner-up qualifier Triway. Four of the Rovers’ bowlers landed in the top 10 of the tournament, […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Feb. 12, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, FEB. 12, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL ROOTSTOWN 67, WINDHAM 24 (At Rootstown) WINDHAM (24) — Mariah Woods 0 4-4 4; Briah Daniel 4 6-6 15; Abby Simpson 0 0-2 0; Lorena De Oliveira 1 0-0 2; Terra McCall 1 0-0 3. Totals 6 10-12 24. ROOTSTOWN (67) — Colbie Curall 5 3-3 […]

Boys Basketball: OHSAA Tournament first-round pairings announced

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced its 2023-24 boys basketball tournament draws on Sunday. Here are the dates for all of Portage County’s teams.   AURORA Division I, Northeast 3 Feb. 28 — No. 50 Kent Roosvelt at No. 37 Aurora, 7 p.m.     CRESTWOOD Division […]

Youth Boys Basketball Scoreboard: Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024

YOUTH BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, FEB. 10, 2024 THIRD GRADE FIELD BLACK 26, FIELD WHITE 10 Field Black — Rylan Peterson, 16 points; David Paul Duma, 7 points; Kolton Bowman, 2 points; Leo Reuting, 1 point. Field White — Luca Pennino, 6 points; Johnny Walker, 2 points; Mason Few, 2 points.     FOURTH GRADE […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, FEB. 10, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL ROOTSTOWN 57, GARFIELD 19 (At Garfield) ROOTSTOWN (57) — Colbie Curall 3 1-4 7; Addy Germann 2 0-0 5; Abby White 2 1-3 5; Kelsey Bittecuffer 3 0-0 9; Melanie Plecko 1 2-2 4; Porter Smith 1 0-0 2; Brooklynn McIntyre 4 1-2 9; Sasha Nichols […]

Par for the Course: Mark your calendars for this year’s Portage County Amateurs series

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Mark your calendars for the annual Portage County Amateurs, four tournaments that welcome golfers from preschool to seniors at Portage County area golf courses.     The 94th Portage County Amateur tees off at Windmill Lakes on July 27 plays the final round at Raccoon Hill on July 28. […]

Striking a Balance: Portage County quartet roll best team game in the nation

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Bowling in the Roofing Guy League, the mixed team of Scott Hensley, Courtney Martin, Neil Martin and Brian Glass rolled the best team game in the league, a 1,091. Portage County USBC board members knew it was better than that. The game bowled by team was tied for the […]

Boys Bowling: Rootstown, Ravenna’s Stefansic, Garfield’s McIe, Field’s Dilworth all advance to districts

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Portage County bowlers competing at the Tri-County Sectional at Spins Lanes on Friday demonstrated their strength as many will continue their bowling season, advancing to the Division II District. The Rootstown Rovers qualified as a team to the district that will be held at Rebman Lanes in Lorain on […]

Boys Basketball: Rovers snap 26-game league losing streak in dramatic fashion

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   If recent history had its way, Friday would have simply been another game that the Rootstown boys basketball team was not supposed to win. Trailing by four points with only 15 seconds remaining in regulation, the Rovers seemed destined to discuss another outcome that featured a valiant effort, […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Feb. 9, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, FEB. 9, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES Streetsboro 54, Springfield 45 Rootstown 66, Southeast 64 (OT) Norton 59, Field 44 Crestwood 90, Wickliffe 57 Lake Center Christian 69, Warren JFK 65 Garfield 57, Brookfield 55 Barberton 58, Kent Roosevelt 50 Mogadore 69, St. Thomas Aquinas 50 Waterloo 51, Sebring McKinley 41 Pymatuning […]

Pirates Play Golf youth program tees off for seventh year

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   This is the seventh year that future golfers for the Southeast Pirates have gathered in the school’s elementary gymnasium and cafeteria to swing their first club or hone their skills. The popular “Pirates Play Golf” program holds two sessions, with the first group including elementary students as young as […]

Quiz Bowl: Final results update for 2023-24 season

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor     First Division Round Nine Aurora 400, Rootstown 75 Southeast 415, Cloverleaf 155 Hudson 390, Garfield 80 Round Ten Aurora 395, Rootstown 145 Southeast 475, Cloverleaf 55 Hudson 635, Garfield 0 Final Standings Aurora, 10-0 — Champions Hudson, 8-2 Southeast, 6-4 — Top Small School Rootstown, 4-6 Cloverleaf, […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Feb. 9)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2023-24 STATISTICAL LEADERS BOYS BASKETBALL SCORING Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 28.3 Layne Miller, Mogadore 20.6 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 20.1 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 19.5 Carlos Bruton, Windham 17.6 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 15.1 Cameron Mahone, Rootstown 14.8 Cooper Carnahan, Aurora 14.8 Grady Eader, Field 13.6 Curtis Ross, Ravenna 11.9 Corey Lehner, Mogadore […]

Streetsboro athletic secretary Debbie Stockard announces retirement

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Debbie Stockard has always been perfectly fine with working behind the scenes. She has never sought the spotlight. She has never wanted any of the attention. In her heart, both belonged to her Streetsboro Rockets student-athletes and coaches. Where the irony enters, is that as the school’s athletic secretary, […]

Girls Basketball: Rootstown captures championship three-peat

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Rootstown High School girls basketball team captured its third consecutive league championship on Wednesday with a 66-46 victory over host Mogadore. The win for the Rovers clinched at least a share of the Portage Trail Conference title, with the opportunity to win the crown outright set for […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, FEB. 7, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES Warren JFK 71, Southeast 42 Streetsboro 59, Nordonia 40 Rootstown 66, Mogadore 46 Grand Valley 54, Windham 26 Berkshire 48, Garfield 29     BOX SCORES STREETSBORO 59, NORDONIA 40 (At Nordonia) STREETSBORO (59) — Olivia Johnson-Wilson 0 1-2 1; Cara Tiller 1 0-0 3; […]

Basketball: Updated standings (Feb. 7)

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   An updated look at the area’s high school boys and girls basketball standings.   BOYS BASKETBALL PORTAGE TRAIL CONFERENCE Mogadore 14-3, 6-1 Warren JFK 14-4, 6-1 St. Thomas Aquinas 9-7, 4-3 Lake Center Christian 13-5, 4-3 Southeast 8-9, 1-6 Rootstown 3-14, 0-7     METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Norton […]

2000 Field High School cross country

The 2000 Field High School boys and girls cross country team included: Front row left to right: Meagan Hughes, Jessica Schaffner, Sheena Lemmons, Brandy Ricketson, Beth Harry, Heidi Dressler. Middle row left to right: Nick Schuck, Brad Sinick, Dee Cramer, Michelle Merth, Dawn Hollis, Meghan Mollie, Scott Sinick, unidentified runner, Jason Patch. Back row left […]

Roosevelt ice hockey celebrates teachers with special recognition game

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Kent Roosevelt ice hockey team roster included an additional 16 members last Thursday. Each special guest was in uniform, but none found their way on the ice. Instead, the group were special guests to the Rough Riders players as part of Teacher Appreciation Night. Each Roosevelt ice […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Roosevelt ice hockey’s Brad Edwards

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor “Getting to Know” is an ongoing series created to spotlight 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 ice hockey coach Brad Edwards, who is in his fourth season coaching the Rough Riders. […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, FEB. 6, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES Field 71, Rootstown 60 Revere 57, Aurora 48 Crestwood 75, Orange 58 Garfield 62, Crestview 40 New Middletown Springfield 53, Waterloo 42 Southeast 60, Cardinal 26 Mogadore 81, Ravenna 53 Coventry 68, Tusky Central Catholic 44     BOX SCORES REVERE 57, AURORA 48 (At […]

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

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Basketball seasons are long. With as many positives that are celebrated, there are just as many layers of stress and periods of physical and mental exhaustion. They are all ingredients in helping the maturity of a team and its players across a season that begins in October and […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Feb. 5, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, FEB. 5, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES Tallmadge 66, Ravenna 17 Kent Roosevelt 62, Willoughby South 35 Mogadore 39, Maplewood 21 Rootstown 58, St. Thomas Aquinas 55 (OT) Brookfield 44, Garfield 28 Boardman 62, Warren JFK 47 Canton Central Catholic 52, Southeast 47 West Branch 54, Norton 20   BOX SCORES KENT […]

Basketball: Associated Press state poll (Feb. 6)

BOYS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE POLL TUESDAY, FEB. 6, 2024 The top-10 teams in the boys Associated Press Ohio high school basketball polls of the 2023-2024 season. First-place votes are in parenthesis — followed by the team’s record and total points collected by media votes. DIVISION I 1. Garfield Hts. (5)                            19-0     135 2. St. […]

Girls Basketball: OHSAA Tournament first-round pairings announced

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced its 2023-24 tournament draws on Sunday. Here are the dates for all of Portage County’s teams.   AURORA Division II, Northeast 1 Feb. 21 — No. 46 Padua Franciscan at No. 15 Aurora, 7 p.m.     CRESTWOOD Division II, Northeast […]

1924 Brimfield High School football

The 1924 Brimfield High School football team. The team included: Front row left to right: Harold Rymer, Goodman Roach, Erich Schurman, William Guth, John Urban, Lynn Jones and George Rymer. Back row left to right: G.H. Donaldson, Harold Bauer, Herman Bauer, Russell Smyth, James Adams, Howard Ebie, Glen Warner and coach Andrew Ambrose.

Quiz Bowl Scoreboard: Monday, Feb. 5, 2024

First Division   Round Three Rootstown 200, Garfield 100 Round Four Rootstown 225, Garfield 130 Round Seven Aurora 470, Hudson 175 Round Eight Aurora 465, Hudson 275 Standings   Aurora, 8-0 — Champions Hudson, 6-2 Southeast, 4-4 Rootstown, 4-4 Cloverleaf, 2-6 Garfield, 0-8 — relegated Second Division – North   Western Reserve Academy has been […]

Youth Boys Basketball Scoreboard: Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024

YOUTH BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, FEB. 3, 2024 THIRD GRADE FIELD WHITE 26, ROOTSTOWN 8 Field White — Luca Pennino, 18 points; Broderick Kline, 6 points; Johnny Walker, 2 points. Defensive Standouts — (F) Johnny Walker. Special Effort Players — (F) Luca Pennino.     SIXTH GRADE WATERLOO 38, RAVENNA 19 Waterloo — AJ Heppe, […]

Mogadore mourns death of coaching legend Bill Rosato

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Portage County football legend Bill Rosato died this weekend at the age of 92. His son, Thom Rosato, announced on Sunday that his father had “called his last play.” Rosato was a true titan in the sport and spent more than 50 years volunteering as a youth football coach […]

High School Bowling Report: Champions crowned at MAC, Suburban League tournaments

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Portage County bowling teams have almost concluded conference tournaments. On Saturday, Ravenna, Field and Streetsboro competed in the Metro Athletic Conference championship at Spins Bowl in Akron and Kent Roosevelt concluded their conference season at the Suburban League Tournament. The Ravens were led by Jake Stefansic, who bowled the […]

Striking a Balance: Senior bowlers continue to shine

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The senior bowlers at Spins are giving the younger bowlers a lesson as Bill White’s Senior Trio and Whites Senior Doubles continue to demonstrate how to bowl. This week, Don Morrow had an outstanding 754 series with a 279 game. The series was 145 pins over his overage. He […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, FEB. 3, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL STREETSBORO 57, CHAGRIN FALLS 44 (At Streetsboro) CHAGRIN FALLS (44) — Abby Kay 4 0-0 9; Avery Russell 5 7-8 18; Amelia Bencko 4 3-4 11; Elena Goodwin 1 0-2 2; Lilly Stukus 1 2-4 4. Totals 15 12-18 44. STREETSBORO (57) — Olivia Johnson-Wilson 3 […]

Defensive-minded Rockets win thriller over Woodridge

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The importance of defense has been magnified for the Streetsboro boys basketball team in 2023-24. It has long been a staple of Nick Marcini’s coaching philosophy, but with this year’s Rockets still yet to eclipse 60 points scored in a single game, the emphasis to be a strong defensive […]

Boys Basketball: Crestwood wins title to complete program turnaround

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Crestwood boys basketball team’s ride home from Kirtland on Friday night was approximately 45 minutes. Once the Red Devils returned to Mantua, there was still work to do, though: A trip into the gymnasium to cut down the nets to celebrate a historic night. Crestwood defeated the […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Feb. 2, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, FEB. 2, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD (Not all teams submitted box scores) Streetsboro 42, Woodridge 39 Coventry 71, Field 59 Aurora 73, Highland 59 Crestwood 67, Kirtland 64 Mogadore 77, Southeast 62 Newton Falls 60, Garfield 38 Waterloo 37, McDonald 33 Warren JFK 81, St. Thomas Aquinas 36 Bristol 72, Windham […]

Celebrating 50 years of Kent Roosevelt ice hockey

By Jim Smith Correspondent In 1973, the Theodore Roosevelt ice hockey team earned recognition as a varsity sport and because of that recognition, the Kent State Ice Arena has been a special place for Rough Rider players, coaches, students and the Kent community for five decades. And the history of the program, celebrating its 50th […]

Quiz Bowl Results and Standings Update (Feb. 2)

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor First Division Round Seven Southeast 455, Garfield 100 Rootstown 210, Cloverleaf 180 Round Eight Southeast 420, Garfield 60 Rootstown 265, Cloverleaf 175 Standings Aurora, 6-0 Hudson, 6-0 Southeast, 4-4 Rootstown, 2-4 Cloverleaf, 2-6 Garfield, 0-6 Rescheduled games January 30 Aurora at Hudson Rootstown at Garfield Second Division – North […]

Learn how to win this Mark Price autographed jersey!

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor New Portage Sports subscribers in the month of February will have a chance to win a framed autographed jersey of Cleveland Cavaliers legend Mark Price. Portage Sports is locally owned and operated and is not supported by a powerful national media mogul. Our company was created to serve public […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Feb. 2)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2023-24 STATISTICAL LEADERS BOYS BASKETBALL SCORING Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 28.6 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 20.1 Layne Miller, Mogadore 19.0 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 18.9 Carlos Bruton, Windham 18.1 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 15.4 Cameron Mahone, Rootstown 14.8 Cooper Carnahan, Aurora 14.2 Grady Eader, Field 12.4 Curtis Ross, Ravenna 11.9 Nick Hopper, Windham […]

Southeast graduate Jenna Fesemyer hosts clinic for adaptive sports

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The second Wheelchair Track and Field clinic for middle school and high school students with a permanent disability, as well as parents and coaches, was hosted by Jennifer Fesemyer, an alumnus of Southeast High School, in conjunction with the Ohio High School Athletic Association and Columbus Parks and Recreation […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Aurora gymnastic’s Gina Gastaldo

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   “Getting to Know” is an ongoing series created to spotlight 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 gymnastics coach Gina Gastaldo, who is in her 17th season coaching the sport.   Q: […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL MOGADORE 40, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 38 (At St. Thomas Aquinas) MOGADORE (40) — Julie Tompkins 3 3-6 10, Amelia Morris 3 2-2 8, Brook McIntyre 2 3-4 9, Ari Tompkins 1 4-6 6, Ava Miller 0 2-2 2, Olivia Kidd 0 5-6 5. Totals 9 19-26 […]

Basketball: Associated Press state polls (Jan. 31)

GIRLS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE POLL WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31, 2024   The top-10 teams in the girls Associated Press Ohio high school basketball polls of the 2023-2024 season. First-place votes are in parenthesis — followed by the team’s record and total points collected by media votes.   DIVISION I 1. Pickerington Cent. (4)                    17-3    104 […]

Wrestling: Southeast to honor 1973 state championship team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Southeast welcomes back wrestling royalty on Wednesday night. The Pirates’ 1973 state championship team will be recognized and honored as part of the team’s dual meet with Liberty at Southeast High School. Wednesday will feature a full slate of wrestling action, with Southeast beginning action with a youth […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, JAN. 30, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL WINDHAM 53, SOUTHINGTON CHALKER 14 (At Chalker) WINDHAM (53) — Makenzi Blockinger 1 1-4 3; Sydnie Sweet 0 0-0 0; Mariah Woods 9 3-5 21; Briah Daniel 5 1-2 11; Abby Simpson 2 0-0 5; Lorena DeOliveira 3 0-0 6; Tearra McCall 2 0-0 5; Skylor […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Jan. 29, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, JAN. 29, 2024 BOYS BOWLING TALLMADGE 2,179; KENT ROOSEVELT 2,124 (At Kent Lanes, Kent) TALLMADGE (2,179): Bryce Elijah 171-167 338, Conner Faith 168-218 386, Bobby Higham 159-179 338, Brandin Ullman 200-179 329, Jamese Weeks 143, Evan Gergezy 120. GAMES: 841-863 1,704; BAKER: 137-182-156 475. KENT ROOSEVELT (2,124): Aidan Broyles 171-170 341, […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Crestwood basketball’s Hannah Ward

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Shooting 10,000 shots is a tough thing to do. Making 10,000 shots is a completely different story. A story that Hannah Ward can tell. The Crestwood junior girls basketball standout wrote that story between June and September, becoming the first player in coach TJ Henderson’s career to accomplish the […]

High School Bowling Report: Teams prep for league tournaments

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   This is the week that Portage County teams compete in their conference championships on the heels of the Portage Trail Conference crowning the Rootstown Rovers boys and girls teams the victors. This weekend, the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference, Metro Athletic Conference, Suburban League Conference and the Chagrin Valley Conference […]

Youth Girls Basketball Scoreboard: Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024

YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, JAN. 28, 2024 THIRD GRADE TALLMADGE 15, FIELD RED 9 Field Red — Lacey Moore, 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals; Cora Stoicoiu, 6 rebounds, 3 steals; Kassidy Bey, 1 point, 4 rebounds; Kiley Gallatin, 1 point, 2 rebounds; Tegan Lightfoot, 5 rebounds; Aria Meyers, 1 rebound.     FOURTH […]

Bowling: Rootstown boys, girls complete PTC championship three-peat

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   It’s becoming a habit. For the third straight year, the Rootstown Rovers boys and girls varsity bowling teams captured the Portage Trail Conference bowling championships and earned the overall PTC league title. Marching through the season undefeated, both teams also topped the leaderboard at the final bowling tournament of […]

Striking a Balance: Spotlight shines on youth leagues

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The youth were back on the lanes at Spins Bowl in Kent, with many juniors owning high games and series for the week to lead their teams. In the Bumper Division, Bryson Horner rolled a high game of 104 on his way to a two-game set of 206 to […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, JAN. 27, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL JACKSON 54, STREETSBORO 36 (At Streetsboro) JACKSON (54) — Ashley Lahmers 5 0-0 13; Madison Lepley 6 1-2 14; Megan Campbell 5 1-1 11; Ashley Helle 3 1-2 10; Lexi Pizer 3 0-0 6. Totals 22 3-5 54. STREETSBORO (36) — Olivia Johnson-Wilson 3 1-2 8; […]

Youth Boys Basketball Scoreboard: Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024

YOUTH BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, JAN. 27, 2024 THIRD GRADE FIELD WHITE 24, FIELD RED 7 Field White — Broderick Kline, 6 points; Johnny Walker, 6 points; Luca Pennino, 6 points; Oliver Farwell, 4 points; Abel Edsall, 2 points. Defensive Standouts — (FW) Broderick Kline. Special Effort Players — (FW) Luca Pennino, Noah Yaworski.   […]

Crestwood finds chemistry, continues hot streak

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor So much has changed for the Crestwood boys basketball team over the last 357 days. To rewind for a second, when the Red Devils lost to the Cardinal Huskies for the second time last season, on Feb. 3, 2023, the loss dropped the team to 4-14 overall. Crestwood went […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Jan. 26, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, JAN. 26, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES *Indicates no box score submitted Streetsboro 53, Field 40 Crestwood 62, Cardinal 37 *Waterloo 42, Mineral Ridge 24 *Campbell Memorial 63, Garfield 46 *Mogadore 63, Warren JFK 53 *Barberton 57, Aurora 58 *Tallmadge 53, Kent Roosevelt 41 *Coventry 74, Ravenna 54 *Windham 57, Lordstown 46 […]

Rootstown girls bowling completes undefeated PTC season

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The Rootstown girls varsity bowling team celebrated Senior Night with a Portage Trail Conference victory over the Southeast Pirates on Thursday. The win clinched an undefeated league season for the Rovers. Topping the Pirates by over 400 pins, the Rovers were led by Mal Butcher’s high game of 192, […]

Janzig family creates hockey wonderland in Aurora

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Most enjoyed the fact that Thursday’s temperatures leapt over 40 for the first time in weeks. The Janzig family, along with their neighbors, including the Phillips and Joy families, were not so thrilled. The slightly warmer weather meant ice melting around Northeast Ohio and that meant the loss of […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, JAN. 25, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL STREETSBORO 62, FIELD 46 (At Field) STREETSBORO (62) — Olivia Johnson-Wilson 4 1-2 10; Maiya Taylor 3 0-0 7; Sydney Abbuhl 5 0-0 12; Kaileigh Lilly 1 0-0 2; Naomi Benson 8 0-0 16; Ella Kassan 5 0-0 10; Carlee Bedford 1 1-2 4; Madelyn Hajec […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Jan. 26)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2023-24 STATISTICAL LEADERS BOYS BASKETBALL SCORING Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 28.6 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 19.8 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 18.8 Carlos Bruton, Windham 18.1 Layne Miller, Mogadore 17.9 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 15.3 Cameron Mahone, Rootstown 14.8 Cooper Carnahan, Aurora 14.2 Grady Eader, Field 13.1 Curtis Ross, Ravenna 11.9 Nick Hopper, Windham […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL FIELD 63, RAVENNA 50 (At Ravenna) FIELD (63) — Grady Eader 4 4-5 13; Trevor Dixon 5 0-2 11; Landon Wilmoth 1 1-2 4; Brayden Ronowski 1 1-2 3; Ben Stayer 6 4-4 16; Sam Confer 1 1-1 3; Manny Smith 2 1-2 5; Nick Papiska […]

1914 Ravenna High School football

The 1914 Ravenna High School football team finished the season with a 6-3-1 overall record. The team’s week-by-week results included: Week 1: Hiram, 35-0 Week 2: East Tech, 0-72 Week 3: Oberlin Academy, 6-6 Week 4: Warren, 20-6 Week 5: Akron West, 7-35 Week 6: Medina, 7-2 Week 7: Chagrin Falls, 33-0 Week 8: Wadsworth, […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Roosevelt swim coach Corey Spicer

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   “Getting to Know” is an ongoing series created to spotlight 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 swimming and diving coach Corey Spicer, who is in his third season leading the […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, JAN. 23, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL MOGADORE 64, LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 51 (At Mogadore) LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN (51) — Warder 7 5-8 23; Hulse 1 0-0 2; Norman 7 0-0 16; B. Miller 2 5-8 9; Lynch 2 0-0 4. Totals 19 10-16 51. MOGADORE (64) — Corey Lehner 3 1-2 7; […]

Basketball: Associated Press state polls (Jan. 22)

BOYS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE POLL MONDAY, JAN. 22, 2024   The top-10 teams in the boys Associated Press Ohio high school basketball polls of the 2023-2024 season. First-place votes are in parenthesis — followed by the team’s record and total points collected by media votes.   DIVISION I 1. Olentangy Orange (2)             14-0     83 […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Jan. 22, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, JAN. 22, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL HATHAWAY BROWN 47, FIELD 37 (At Field) HATHAWAY BROWN (47) — Anna Morgan 2 0-0 4; Jane Kennedy 3 1-2 7; Emily Morgan 3 4-8 10; Maggie Castellano 1 0-1 2; Molly Castellanos 8 8-8 24. Totals 17 13-19 47. FIELD (37) — Mckayla Miller 2 […]

Youth Girls Basketball: Scores, Standings and Tournament Schedule (Jan. 21)

YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SPRINGFIELD YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL LEAGUE SUNDAY, JAN. 21, 2024 SCORES THIRD GRADE Tallmadge 33, Field Black 2 Manchester 26, Waterloo 6 Norton 18, Rootstown 9 Field Red 24, Springfield 1 Mogadore 12, Streetsboro 2     FOURTH GRADE Coventry 23, Marlington 7 Field Red 26, Norton 23 Streetsboro 29, Springfield 14 […]

High School Bowling Report: League tournaments emerge on the horizon

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Portage County’s high school bowling teams are looking toward the end-of-season conference tournaments as regular-season schedules are almost complete. The first postseason tournament is the Portage Trail Conference as teams will roll-off in three regular games and six Baker games on Saturday at Spins Bowl in Kent. The Rootstown […]

Striking a Balance: Double perfection for Tabitha Schlupe

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Tabitha Schlupe of Stow is often found at the top of the leaderboard in several leagues at Spins Bowl in Kent. Schlupe not only participates in leagues, but also competes in Professional Women’s Bowling Association tournaments, including the Ohio Queens, PWBA in North Carolina and PWBA in Myrtle Beach. […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, JAN. 20, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL CRESTWOOD 44, GRAND VALLEY 39 (At Grand Valley) CRESTWOOD (44) — Brody Durham 1 1-2 3; Augie Schweickert 1 2-2 4; Dekota Johnson 4 0-0 10; Charlie Schweickert 8 0-1 20; James Durham 2 0-0 4; Steven Lincoln 1 0-0 3. Totals 17 3-5 44. GRAND […]

2000-01 Field High School boys basketball

The 2000-01 Field High School boys basketball team, which was coached by Craig Nettleton, included: (From left to right) Ray Barry, Nick Walinski, Steve Kuzemchak, Micah Schumacher, Nate Burton, Paul Banner, Todd Reschke, Steven Gay, Ben Wanchik, Jesse Bruce, Bobby Douglas and Tim Knapp.

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, JAN. 18, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL TALLMADGE 63, AURORA 58 (At Aurora) TALLMADGE (63) — Ewers 0 2 2; Davis 11 4 28; Reifsnyder 2 0 5; Taylor 2 3 8; Jascoe 0 2 2; Eisaman 2 2 7; Rusinko 3 5 11. Totals 20 18 63. AURORA (58) — Ben Lukasik […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Jan. 19)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2023-24 STATISTICAL LEADERS BOYS BASKETBALL SCORING Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 27.4 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 19.1 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 18.8 Carlos Bruton, Windham 18.1 Layne Miller, Mogadore 17.9 Cooper Carnahan, Aurora 15.2 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 15.2 Cameron Mahone, Rootstown 14.8 Grady Eader, Field 13.1 Curtis Ross, Ravenna 11.9 Nick Hopper, Windham […]

Swimming and Diving: Rough Riders celebrating special season

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Kent Roosevelt High School boys and girls swimming and diving seasons have been perfect. Literally. Both programs are undefeated. And both programs captured titles at the Suburban League Championships earlier this month. Head coach Corey Spicer said off-season training offered a peek at what he thought could turn […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, JAN. 17, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL SPRINGFIELD 59, FIELD 52 (At Field) SPRINGFIELD (59) — Eckenrode 1 4-6 7; Thomas 1 0-0 3; Berger 1 0-0 2; Ahern 7 4-6 24; Hahn 5 2-2 12; Farmer 0 1-2 1; Siegferth 2 1-2 6; Gaspar 2 0-2 4. Totals 19 12-20 59. FIELD […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Rootstown basketball’s Bobby Staudt

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   “Getting to Know” is an ongoing series created to spotlight 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 Bobby Staudt, who is in his first season leading the Rovers’ program. […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, JAN. 16, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL SUNDAY BERKSHIRE HALL OF FAME HOOPFEST STREETSBORO 45, EASTLAKE NORTH 13 (At Berkshire High School) STREETSBORO (45) — Olivia Johnson-Wilson 1 0-0 2; Maiya Taylor 1 0-0 3; Sydney Abbuhl 3 0-0 7; Kaileigh Lilly 1 0-0 2; Naomi Benson 7 1-1 15; Ella Kassan 4 […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Mogadore basketball’s Layne Miller

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   There is a visible calmness to Layne Miller. So noticeable that it could be mistaken for an absence of intensity. Even Russ Swartz, a 35-year coaching veteran, had to learn Miller’s characteristic tendencies and how his peace and confidence complemented a desire to win. “He has always been […]

Basketball: Associated Press state polls (Jan. 15)

BOYS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE POLL MONDAY, JAN. 15, 2024   The top-10 teams in the boys Associated Press Ohio high school basketball polls of the 2023-2024 season. First-place votes are in parenthesis — followed by the team’s record and total points collected by media votes. DIVISION I 1. St. Ignatius (5)                        11-3     85 2. […]

Youth Boys Basketball Scoreboard: Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024

YOUTH BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, JAN. 13, 2024 THIRD GRADE MOGADORE 24, ROOTSTOWN 10 Mogadore — Sawyers Ryan, 8 points; Carter Wunder, 4 points; Gauge Campbell, 4 points.     FIELD WHITE 25, KENT 16 Field White — Broderick Kline, 12 points; Mason Few, 6 points; Abel Edsall, 4 points; Luca Pennino, 3 points. Defensive […]

Youth Girls Basketball Scoreboard and Standings: Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024

YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, JAN. 14, 2024 SCORES THIRD GRADE Norton 22, Waterloo 2 Tallmadge 32, Streetsboro 10 Manchester 28, Field Black 1 Mogadore 15, Springfield 1 Field Red 20, Rootstown 5     FOURTH GRADE Mogadore 25, Field Black 10 Field Red 20, Rootstown 7 Manchester 25, Cloverleaf 11 Coventry 14, Southeast 10 […]

1920 Atwater High School boys basketball

The 1920 Atwater High School boys basketball team. Portage Sports supporter Lynn Harvey provided a bit of information on this team, according to the Atwater Speedometer from May 1920. The team included three seniors: Thornton Douthitt, James Rhoads and Paul R. Day. Any additional information about this team is welcome! Email me at tomnader@portagesports.com.

High School Bowling Report: Rovers host, win sectional preview tournament

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer The Rootstown Rovers hosted the 18th annual Rover Sectional Preview Tournament at Spins Bowl this past weekend, with Division-I teams competing on Saturday and Division-II teams on Sunday. Although some teams were unable to make it to the tournament this season due to the unfriendly weather that hit Northeast Ohio, […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, JAN. 13, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL KENT ROOSEVELT 48, FIELD 46 (At Kent Roosevelt) FIELD (46) — Mckayla miller 2 0-0 5; Abby Harlin 1 4-6 6; Delilah Rahe 10 1-2 23; Tia Ulrich 1 0-0 3; Ally Harlin 2 0-3 5; Sarah Balzar 2 0-0 4. Totals 18 5-11 46. KENT […]

Striking a Balance: Lang narrowly misses perfect 300 game

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Former manager of Spins Bowl, Keith Lang, just missed a 300 in the Perfect Trio League. Lang rolled a 299, leaving that pesky single pin on the final ball. High series was tossed by John Kertis, putting four games together for a 1,052. The women in the league shared […]

Shooting advice from Rod Swartz sparks Graham, Wildcats

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   For a player seeking advice on how to pull out of a shooting slump, it would be difficult to find someone better to work with than legendary Mogadore high-scoring alumni and current assistant coach Rod Swartz. That player was Devin Graham. And Swartz, who scored 1,494 career points […]

Roosevelt finds win through ‘playing the way we want to play’

By Phil Keren Correspondent   Strong guard play and scoring in transition played key roles in Kent Roosevelt’s 51-43 win over Copley on Friday night. Kent Roosevelt (7-5, 4-3 in Suburban-American Conference) head coach Curtis Black praised the decision making of his guards. “They made all the right looks,” said Black. “…We had guys playing the […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Jan. 12, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, JAN. 12, 2024 SCORES (Games with asterisks did not have box scores reported) Mogadore 71, Rootstown 51 Crestwood 58, Berkshire 47 Aurora 49, Cuyahoga Falls 43 *Woodridge 56, Field 42 *New Middletown Springfield 43, Waterloo 40 *Warren JFK 74, Southeast 41 *Crestview 55, Garfield 54 *Windham 62, Maplewood 52 *Kent Roosevelt […]

Ravenna Superintendent Laura Hebert inducted into National Lacrosse HOF

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Laura Hebert was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in Maryland on Jan. 6, the crowning achievement in an incredible 30-year career in the sport. Hebert, who was named the Ravenna School District Superintendent in 2021, was recognized by the Hall of Fame committee as a “truly […]

1993 Field High School football

The 1993 Field High School football team finished the season with a 1-9 record, with six of the losses coming by two touchdowns or less. Here is a look at the Falcons’ week-by-week results: Week 1: Tallmadge, 0-17 Week 2: Manchester, 0-29 Week 3: Springfield, 7-35 Week 4: Liberty, 6-19 Week 5: Crestwood, 26-7 Week […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Jan. 12)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2023-24 STATISTICAL LEADERS   BOYS BASKETBALL SCORING Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 27.5 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 19.3 Layne Miller, Mogadore 18.2 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 18.1 Carlos Bruton, Windham 18.1 Cooper Carnahan, Aurora 15.2 Cameron Mahone, Rootstown 14.8 Grady Eader, Field 14.5 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 14.5 Curtis Ross, Ravenna 11.9 Nick Hopper, […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, JAN. 11, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL STREETSBORO 81, CLOVERLEAF 47 (At Cloverleaf) STREETSBORO (81) — Olivia Johnson-Wilson 4 0-0 9; Cara Tiller 1 0-0 3; Maiya Taylor 4 1-1 9; Sydney Abbuhl 3 0-0 8; Kaileigh Lilly 6 0-2 12; Kendall Epple 1 0- 3; Naomi Benson 9 0-0 18; Ella Kassan […]

OHSAA’s Board of Directors announce schedule for division-expansion meetings

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors held its standard January meeting on Thursday in Columbus. Of note from the meeting:      • The OHSAA plans to conduct in-person meetings in each of its districts later this month, and into February, to discuss division expansion in […]

Girls Basketball: 2023-24 All-Glue Girl 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 […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL 7TH GRADE STREETSBORO 48, RAVENNA 22 (At Ravenna) Streetsboro — Levert, 21 points; Krezeminski, 9 points; Sanford, 4 points; Simpson, 2 points; Detero, 2 points; Alexander, 10 points. Ravenna — Tay Askew, 2 points; Kael Jordan, 2 points; Royce Sims, 8 points; Bryce Ransom, 6 points; […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL KENT ROOSEVELT 56, BARBERTON 37 (At Kent Roosevelt) BABERTON (37) — T. Miller 4 2-5 14; T. Crews 1 1-2 4; A. Anzaldi 1 0-1 3; V. Miller 1 0-0 2; A. Curry 1 2-5 4; K. Witwer 3 0-0 8; B. Valencia 0 2-2 2. […]

Field High School to install field turf at Kenneth Lohr Stadium

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Field High School’s Kenneth Lohr Stadium is getting a new look in 2024. Installation of field turf, as well as new LED lighting, speakers and a drainage system, was school-board approved on Monday. The project, which will cost an estimated $1.3 to $1.4 million, has been set for […]

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 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 […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Field boys basketball coach Alex Blake

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   “Getting to Know” is an ongoing series created to spotlight 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 boys basketball coach Alex Blake, who is in his first season leading the Falcons’ program. […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Monday, Jan. 8, 2024

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, JAN. 8, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL 8TH GRADE FIELD 35, RAVENNA 22 (At Ravenna) Field — Jaelyn Mallet, 2 points; Audrey Richmond, 23 points; Aubrey Homan, 3 points; Peyton Schock, 5 points; Brynn Williams, 2 points. Ravenna — S. White, 9 points; N. Walker, 1 point; L. Clark, 2 points; C. Foster, […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, JAN. 9, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL FIELD 67, ACADEMY FOR URBAN SCHOLARS 31 (At Field) ACADEMY FOR URBAN SCHOLARS (31) — Taylor 2 0-2 4; Wilson 1 0-0 2; Young 2 0-0 6; Rouan 2 0-0- 5; Hawkins 6 1-2 14. Totals 13 1-4 31. FIELD (67) — Grady Eader 3 5-6 […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Rootstown basketball’s Nadia Lough

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A basketball gymnasium is usually a noisy place. The echo of many bouncing basketball’s. The squeak of basketball shoes changing directions. The swell of a coach’s voice yelling instructions and motivations. Amongst the audio chaos, Rootstown junior standout Nadia Lough finds bliss. She finds peace. And it has […]

Basketball: Associated Press state polls (Jan. 8)

BOYS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE POLL MONDAY, JAN. 8, 2024 The top-10 teams in the Associated Press Ohio boys high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses. won-loss record. and total points: DIVISION I 1. St. Ignatius (3) 9-2 77 2. Findlay                         8-0       69 3. Garfield Hts. (2)          9-0        67 (tie) Cin. Moeller (2)       9-0        67 […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Jan. 8, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, JAN. 8, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL FIELD 65, INDEPENDENCE 23 (At Field) INDEPENDENCE (23) — Rini 2 0-0 4; McGhee 1 0-0 3; Priebe 1 2-2 4; Johnson 1 0-0 3; Gibbons 2 0-0 4; Spencer 2 1-2 5. Totals 9 3-4 23. FIELD (65) — Nema McAmis 1 1-1 3; Mckayla […]

Crestwood, Streetsboro cheerleaders perform at Citrus Bowl

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Members of the Crestwood and Streetsboro High School cheerleading squads performed as part of the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Jan. 1. For the Red Devils, squad members Emmy Grebb, Deanna Stahl, Emma Sayre, Ella Sayre, Makenna Tyburski, Bree Rogan, Madi Ashby, Alivia Pruszynski, Jade Davis and Audrey Julian […]

High School Bowling Report: Rootstown places second at G-Men Classic

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The Rootstown Rovers’ girls bowling team traveled to Sky Lanes for the annual G-Men Classic and brought home the second-place trophy. Rootstown was led by Natalie Hammerschmidt’s 215-561 and Payton Curall’s 229-541 on the way to the runner-up spot. The Rovers only lost to Boardman in the Baker finals. […]

Wrestling: Portage County Tournament results

PORTAGE COUNTY TOURNAMENT WRESTLING RESULTS AT RAVENNA HIGH SCHOOL     MIDDLE SCHOOL TOURNAMENT FRIDAY, JAN. 5, 2024 TEAM STANDINGS  1. Streetsboro 265.5; 2. Aurora 175; 3. Crestwood 155; 4. Rootstown 125; 5. Kent Roosevelt 121; 6. Ravenna 94; 7. Mogadore 80; 8. Southeast 77; 9. Garfield 58.5; 10. Waterloo 53; 11. Field 20. INDIVIDUAL […]

Crestwood High School unveils new Wall of Fame

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Crestwood High School athletic director Troy Spiker recently unveiled the school district’s new Wall of Fame, which celebrates All-Ohio student-athletes. The project has spanned about a year and a half and included the help from coaches, administration, community members, booster club members and students. The result was growing […]

Ice Hockey: Roosevelt sweeps Aurora in ‘Battle of Portage County’

By Jim Smith Correspondent   The Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders completed a two-game sweep in the “Battle of Potage County” series after defeating the Aurora Greenmen 6-1 at The Pond Ice Arena in Chagrin Falls on Sunday afternoon. Roosevelt defeated Aurora 8-2 in the series’ opening game last Thursday. In what seemed like a deja […]

Youth Girls Basketball Scoreboard: Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024

YOUTH GIRL BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, JAN. 7, 2024 SCORES THIRD GRADE Field Red 18, Norton 8 Tallmadge 20, Springfield 2 Mogadore 15, Rootstown 7 Waterloo 13, Field Black 10 Manchester 22, Streetsboro 4     FOURTH GRADE Streetsboro 27, Manchester 10 Springfield 14, Southeast Maroon 9 Mogadore 32, Cloverleaf 6 Field Black 24, Coventry 7 […]

Striking a Balance: Leagues restart competition with turn of new year

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   White’s Senior Doubles started their league over again, beginning on Jan. 2, with 32 teams for 64 total bowlers. Earning high series among the men was Wade Morrow, a substitute bowler competing with his dad, Don Morrow. The son rolled a 178-684 series. His dad grabbed the third-high-game-series, 246-570. […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, JAN. 6, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL FIELD 45, BUCHTEL 42 (At Buchtel) FIELD (45) — Mckayla Miller 2 1-2 6; Abby Harlin 3 0-0 8; Delilah Rahe 7 2-2 16; Ally Harlin 5 2-7 13; Sarah Balzar 1 0-2 2. Totals 18 5-13 45. BUCHTEL (42) — Aaliyah Goblen 1 0-0 2; […]

Youth Boys Basketball Scoreboard: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024

YOUTH BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, JAN. 6, 2024 FOURTH GRADE WATERLOO 34, FIELD REICHLEY 11 Field — Bryce Feeman, 5 points; Ellis Knapp, 4 points; Beckett Stoicoiu, 2 points. Waterloo — Austin Graening, 20 points; James Marsh, 10 points; Mateo Murphy, 4 points. Defensive Standouts — (F) Parker Jones. (W) Mateo Murphy. Special Effort Players […]

Boys Basketball: Southeast dominates fourth quarter to run past Rootstown

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Through the first three quarters of Friday’s game between Southeast and Rootstown, there were 13 lead changes. A back-and-forth game with neither team backing down from adversity. The fourth quarter had zero lead changes. Southeast led 44-43 entering the fourth quarter and never relinquished the lead. In fact, […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Jan. 5, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, JAN. 5, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL FIELD 49, SPRINGFIELD 42 (At Field) SPRINGFIELD (42) — Kayla Gaspar 3 0-0 6; Rhian Kendall 0 1-2 1; Kendal Wilderman 3 1-2 8; Destiny Ruggiero 7 1-6 16; Sydney Hillyard 5 0-2 11. Totals 18 3-12 42. FIELD (49) — Mckayla Miller 0 1-4 1; […]

Girls Basketball: Streetsboro takes first round showdown over Norton

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Streetsboro girls basketball team scored a big Metro Athletic Conference victory on Friday, topping the Norton Panthers 45-38 in Streetsboro. The showdown featured the top two teams in the league, with both the Rockets and Panthers entering Friday’s contest with undefeated league records. The two teams battled […]

Girls Basketball: Rootstown’s success dates back 10 years with 3 different coaches

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   At 11-0, few girls basketball teams in the state have started the 2023-24 season like Rootstown. The Rovers have dominated the beginning half of their schedule, winning games by an average margin of victory of 33.4 points per game. Off-season and preseason work certainly played an integral role […]

Ice Hockey: Roosevelt takes ‘Battle of Portage County’ over Aurora

By Jim Smith Correspondent The Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders skated to an 8-2 victory against the Aurora Greenmen in the first of a two games “Battle of Portage County” series on Thursday night at the Kent State University Ice Arena. The teams represent the only varsity ice-hockey programs in the county. After Aurora’s Will Pfiffner tallied […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Jan. 4, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, JAN. 4, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL NORTON 63, FIELD 37 (At Field) NORTON (63) — Hunter 6 0-0 12; N. Willig 2 0-0 4; Duncan 1 0-0 2; B. Willig 3 1-2 7; Hardy 3 1-1 9; Lewis 2 1-2 7; Dobbins 8 6-8 22. Totals 25 9-13 63. FIELD (37) — […]

1982 Kent Roosevelt High School football

The 1982 Kent Roosevelt High School football team finished the season 5-5 and is remembered by retired Hall of Fame head coach John Nemec as one of his most memorable seasons. After beginning the season 0-5, the Rough Riders won their final five games of the season. Following the team’s fifth loss in a row […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Jan. 5)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2023-24 STATISTICAL LEADERS   BOYS BASKETBALL SCORING Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 27.5 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 19.5 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 18.6 Layne Miller, Mogadore 17.2 Grady Eader, Field 15.0 Cooper Carnahan, Aurora 14.3 Cameron Mahone, Rootstown 13.6 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 12.3 Jack Batten, Streetsboro 11.4 Zach Pannetti, Aurora 11.1 Charles Ivory, […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3, 20224 GIRLS BASKETBALL ROOTSTOWN 69, MOGADORE 22 (At Rootstown) MOGADORE (22) — Julie Tompkins 0 2-2 2; Ari Tompkins 2 6-10 11; Ava Miller 0 1-2 1; Amelia Morris 2 2-6 6; Rylee Clark 1 0-0 2. Totals 5 11-20 22. ROOTSTOWN (69) — Colbie Curall 2 1-2 9; […]

Waterloo survives fourth-quarter collapse, tops Windham in OT

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   When Jackson Eichler scored to open Wednesday’s overtime period, it was a reminder to the Waterloo Vikings and their head coach Jason Wise that the ball did actually still fit. It also jumpstarted a dominant extra session that led to the Vikings’ 57-44 non-league road victory over the […]

Wanda Hoffman makes history, impact with Crestwood volleyball

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   In October, Crestwood coach Wanda Hoffman made Ohio volleyball history. She became just the 32nd coach in state history to earn 500 career wins. Only one other coach in Portage County, Mary Tarka with 750 wins, has reached the milestone. “She is my idol. I am trying to […]

Mogadore girls basketball perseveres through wave of adversity

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Mogadore girls basketball team is tough and determined. It is a good thing, too, because not a single moment of the season has been easy for the Wildcats. Currently, of the team’s program-wide 14-player roster, only nine are physically able to play. Between injuries and illnesses, head coach […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Ravenna wrestling’s Eric Kline

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   “Getting to Know” is an ongoing series created to spotlight 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 wrestling coach Eric Kline, who is in his second season leading the Ravens’ program.   […]

High School Bowling Report: Rovers shine at holiday tournament

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Many bowling teams had practices and continued to hone their games over the holiday break, while several competed in tournaments offered to keep teams sharp for the hard push in January toward OHSAA postseason events as well as conference finals.   CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT Spins Bowl in Springfield hosted […]

Wrestling: Waterloo D3 Classic Results

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING WATERLOO D3 CLASSIC (At John Herchek Court at Fred Brookover Gymnasium, Atwater) FINAL TEAM STANDINGS Garfield, 162.5 points Manchester, 115 Southeast, 101.5 Mogadore, 100 Martins Ferry, 97 Jackson-Milton, 86 Waterloo, 82.5 United Local, 82 Tuscarawas Valley, 78.5 St. Paul, 65 Conneaut, 64 Sandy Valley, 43 Alexander, 40 Chippewa, 34 Grand Valley, 27 […]

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

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The blueprint of what a leader looks like can be found inside Garrett Sprutte’s timeline for Friday, Dec. 29, 2023. Right in the middle of the school’s holiday break, the Southeast senior’s Pirates were scheduled to host the Ravenna Ravens. By the early afternoon hours, sitting at home, […]

Par for the Course: Golf in the winter? Yes, you bet!

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Happy New Year. As the holiday season draws to a close it has been a unique Christmas in December for golfers with the outstanding weather making it perfect to hit the fairways across the greater Portage County area. Fairways at Twin Lakes in Kent, Raccoon Hill in Kent and […]

1978 Kent Roosevelt boys golf

The 1978 Kent Roosevelt High School boys golf team became district champions. The team was coached by Dick Pfeiffer. The team included (left to right): Coach Pfeiffer, Todd Sandomierski, Jeff Bentley, Kirk Dennis, Ken Lane, Todd Dennis and assistant coach Jerry Johnson.

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, DEC. 30, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL KENT ROOSEVELT 53, CRESTWOOD 36 (At Crestwood) KENT ROOSEVELT (53) — Danica Banks 1 0-0 2; Julia Nash 2 0-0 5; Maddie VanDamme 4 0-0 8; Lindsay Wills 0 2-2 2; Arie Wilson 1 0-0 2; Zariyah Taylor 9 4-5 22; Claire VanDamme 4 4-6 12. […]

Basketball: Updated standings (Dec. 30)

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL STANDINGS UPDATE SATURDAY, DEC. 30, 2023   PORTAGE TRAIL CONFERENCE Lake Center Christian 6-0, 2-0 Warren JFK 7-1, 2-0 St. Thomas Aquinas 4-2, 1-1 Southeast 4-2, 0-1 Mogadore 3-3, 0-1 Rootstown 2-5, 0-2     METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Norton 7-1, 4-1 Coventry 5-3, 3-2 Cloverleaf 5-4, 3-2 Woodridge 4-5, 3-2 Streetsboro […]

1975 Windham High School football

The 1975 Windham High School football team finished the season with a 2-8 overall record. The team’s schedule included: Week 1: Southeast, 6-14 Week 2: Field, 6-14 Week 3: Rootstown, 7-6 Week 4: Garfield, 0-24 Week 5: Crestwood, 0-17 Week 6: Waterloo, 6-16 Week 7: Mogadore, 20-0 Week 8: Streetsboro, 13-27 Week 9: LaBrae, 16-36 […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Dec. 29, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, DEC. 29, 2023 BOYS BOWLING ROOTSTOWN 2,563, AUSTINTOWN FITCH 2,424 (At Spins Bowl, Kent) ROOTSTOWN (2,563): Caleb Stevens 201-184 385, Anthony Cambareri 189-189 378, Elijah Birch 174, Justin Miller 234-211 445, Nick Moorehead 194-235 429, Ben Kline 183. GAMES: 992-1,002 1,994; BAKER: 216-193-158 569. AUSTINTOWN FITCH (2,424): Daniel Jones 173-278 451, […]

Pirates follow defense, Sprutte to win over Ravens

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Offensive consistency has been a struggle this season for the Southeast boys basketball team. There have been moments of scoring bursts, but there have also been moments of scoreless droughts. Head coach Matt Dillon knows that is a sign of his team’s youth. While he waits for his […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Dec. 29)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2023-24 STATISTICAL LEADERS     BOYS BASKETBALL SCORING Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 29.5 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 20.3 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 16.8 Layne Miller, Mogadore 16.0 Grady Eader, Field 15.0 Cooper Carnahan, Aurora 14.3 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 13.5 Jack Batten, Streetsboro 13.0 Cameron Mahone, Rootstown 12.6 Blake Mullaly, Rootstown 11.4 Zach […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, DEC. 28, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 71, FIELD 52 (At Field) LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN (71) — Baker 1 0-0 3; Hernandez 2 0-0 4; Underwood 1 1-2 3; Cook 4 0-0 11; Halse 3 0-0 7; Norman 5 7-9 18; Stokes 1 0-1 2; Miller 3 1-2 7; Lynch […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Rootstown wrestling’s Anthony Anderson

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   “Getting to Know is an ongoing series created to spotlight 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 coach Anthony Anderson, who is in his first season leading the Rovers’ program.   […]

High School Bowling Report: Adolph, White helped lead push for bowling as varsity sport

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Bowling practice continues over the holidays with only a few matches and tournaments scheduled. This week, the column focuses on two people who were instrumental from the beginning of high-school bowling in Portage County from the beginning.   TERRY ADOLPH There is a change in high-school bowling in Portage […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Windham basketball’s Carlos Bruton

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Things were always going to be different for Carlos Bruton this season. Head coach Cody Apthorpe knew it. He just needed to make sure that Bruton knew it, too. With a maturity that exceeds his tenure as a second-year varsity basketball head coach, Apthorpe approached Bruton in the […]

Striking a Balance: Remembering bowling pioneer Doris Roe

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   It was sad news for the greater Portage County bowling community with the news of the death of Doris Roe, Portage County Hall of Fame member and so much more. The biography, including her induction into two Halls of Fame, Portage County and Tri-County, don’t really tell the story […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, DEC. 23, 2023 WRESTLING WATERLOO D3 CLASSIC (At John Herchek Court and Fred Brookover Gymnasium Atwater) CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS 106 pounds — Cameron Lewicki (Gar) dec. over Braeden Martin (SE), 6-1 113 — Luke Kauffman (Gar) dec. over Asher Crissey (SV), 7-5 120 — Jase Mahoney (MF) tech. fall over Domonic Kemble […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Dec. 22, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, DEC. 22, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 51, ROOTSTOWN 41 (At Rootstown) LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN (51) — Brody Zook 4 0-0 12; Jace Hulse 3 0-2 6; Tanner Norman 4 2-2 11; Xander Stokes 3 1-2 7; Chase Gingerich 2 0-0 4; Braidon Miller 1 1-4 3; TJ Lynch 3 […]

Bombers reach team agreement, then rally for win over Grand Valley

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Four minutes into Friday’s game, Cody Apthorpe was seeing the same style of basketball that led his Bombers to back-to-back double-digit losses to Bristol and Southeast in the team’s last two games. He had seen enough. He called his second timeout of the first quarter in an attempt to […]

Rootstown sets forth proper procedure to hire coach for girls wrestling program

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The proper procedure has begun to officially hire the first-ever coach of the Rootstown High School girls wrestling program. The program is new to the district this season, with girls in previous seasons being part of the boys team. The necessary procedure also resets the program overall, which temporarily […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, DEC. 21, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL COVENTRY 50, FIELD 46 (At Field) COVENTRY (50) — Ryan Dinan 2 0-0 5; Luke Futrel 1 0-0 2; Jayden Keenan 4 4-6 13; Alex Meinen 9 1-3 20; Victor Singfield 2 0-0 4; Reggie Edwards 1 4-4 6. Totals 19 9-13 50. FIELD (46) — […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Dec. 22)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2023-24 STATISTICAL LEADERS BOYS BASKETBALL SCORING Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 29.5 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 20.3 Layne Miller, Mogadore 16.0 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 15.0 Grady Eader, Field 14.2 Cooper Carnahan, Aurora 14.2 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 13.5 Jack Batten, Streetsboro 12.8 Cameron Mahone, Rootstown 12.6 Jack Batten, Streetsboro 12.0 Blake Mullaly, Rootstown […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL KENT ROOSEVELT 50, TWINSBURG 40 (At Kent Roosevelt) TWINSBURG (40) — T. Dye 6 2-5 16; C. Fletcher 4 0-0 12; M. Sweeney 2 0-0 5; G. Taylor 1 0-1 2; J. Anderson 1 2-2 4; L. Young 0 1-2 1. Totals 14 5-10 40. KENT […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL 7TH GRADE FIELD 37, WOODRIDGE 28 Field — Paxson Silveus 2 2-2 6; Mason Fulst 3 2-2 9; Grady Peterson 2 3-3 9; Tristan Zeman 2 0-0 5; Colton Herchick 3 0-0 6; E. Jackson 1 0-0 2. RAVENNA 26, NORTON 23 Norton — Tay Askew […]

Basketball: All-time career wins for coaches in Portage County history

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The most recent Portage Sports historical project was to create a list of the all-time career wins for high school boys and girls basketball coaches. Admittedly, the list for both boys and girls may be missing a name or two that was inadvertently and innocently overlooked. If that is […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, DEC. 19, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL HIGHLAND 50, AURORA 48 (At Highland) AURORA (48) — Zach Pannetti 5 5 15; Brock Habbyshaw 2 0 5; Cooper Carnahan 11 2 24; Josh Harrell 1 2 4. Totals 19 9 48. HIGHLAND (50) — Albright 5 0 12; Sooy 1 0 3; Radigan 2 […]

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

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A life without basketball? Delilah Rahe is not interested in thinking about it. In fact, she struggles to find the words to describe what her life would be like without her favorite sport. Fortunately, thanks to her third-grade self, she doesn’t have to find the words. By the […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Dec. 18, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, DEC. 18, 2023 GIRLS BOWLING SOUTHEAST 1,566, ALLIANCE 1,554 (At Spins Bowl, Kent) SOUTHEAST (1,566): Ally Smith 137-174 311, Rebekah Wood 177-128 299, Lily Seem 111-108 219, Odyssey Cadle 104-97 201, Julia Smith 47-62 112. GAMES: 570-575 1,145. BAKER: 159-119-143 421. ALLIANCE (1,554): Campbell Dosa 126-162 288, Georgia Gordon 127-96 223, […]

Girls Bowling: Southeast narrowly edges Alliance

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   SOUTHEAST 1,566, ALLIANCE 1,554 It was the closest match of the season so far as the Southeast Pirates beat the Alliance Aviators by 12 pins on Monday. Competing at Spins Bowl in Kent, Southeast was getting beat by Alliance at the end of the regular games. Down by 49 […]

High School Bowling Report: Field boys, girls steadily improving in first year

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   It is always exciting when a new sport is added to the roster of a school’s athletic choices. That was the case this season when the Field Falcons added boys and girls bowling. Field competes in the Metro Athletic Conference and they are steadily making progress. At the beginning […]

Youth Girls Basketball Scoreboard: Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023

YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, DEC. 17, 2023 SCORES THIRD GRADE Streetsboro 15, Field Black 5 Field Red 24, Waterloo 3 Tallmadge 26, Rootstown 4 Streetsboro 15, Field Black 5 Manchester 11, Springfield 3 Mogadore 17, Norton 6 FOURTH GRADE Mogadore 19, Streetsboro 12 Field 13, Springfield 8 Coventry 15, Cloverleaf 9 Marlington 19, Ravenna […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, DEC. 16, 2023 WRESTLING WEDNESDAY ROOTSTOWN 51, GARFIELD 27 (At Garfield) Note: Only Rootstown winners were reported. 113 — Ely won by pin 120 — McEwuen win 132 — Marzec win by pin 138 — Malek win by pin 144 — Lee win by pin 150 — Paulus win by pin […]

Youth Boys Basketball Scoreboard: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023

YOUTH BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, DEC. 16, 2023 THIRD GRADE ROOTSTOWN 15, KENT 12 Rootstown — Brock Bellar, 9 rebounds. Defesive Standouts — (R) Jacob Weber. Special Effort Players — (R) Calvin Sharp. FIELD (BLACK) 29, FIELD (RED) 9 Field Black — Cruz Sugg, 2 points; Leo Reuting, 3 points; Rylan Peterson, 14 points; David […]

Striking a Balance: Junior-Senior Tournament champions crowned

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   An exciting week of bowling this past week included the final results of the Portage USBC Junior-Senior Trio Tournament and the conclusion of the White’s Senior Doubles League for this year.   PORTAGE USBC JUNIOR-SENIOR TOURNAMENT The champions of the Junior Senior Trio was the team of Nick Kurtzman, […]

Falcons put on defensive clinic, led by Miller, in win over Comets

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It can be amazing what a box score doesn’t tell you. A quick glance at the Field girls basketball team’s box score from Friday’s dominant 55-12 victory over Coventry shows junior Mckayla Miller scored four points. If you stopped there, you would inaccurately suppose that she had little […]

Southeast offense fails to keep up in loss at Lake Center Christian

By Phil Keren Correspondent   Southeast played tenacious defense, but struggled to score on a consistent basis in a 52-37 road loss to Lake Center Christian on Friday night. Lake Center Christian came into the game averaging 75 points per game, but were held to 52 thanks to a strong defensive performance from the Pirates. […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Dec. 15, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, DEC. 15, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL CRESTWOOD 39, KIRTLAND 38 (At Crestwood) KIRTLAND (38) — K. Boyd 0 2 2; B. Bradac 0 2 2; A. Fleming 1 0 2; A. Dumstruff 1 0 3; E. Ridgeway 2 0 4; P. Dolovacky 2 0 5; K. Sayle 1 0 2; L. Palagyi […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Southeast boys golf coach Mike Jenior

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   “Getting to Know” is an ongoing series created to spotlight 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 golf coach Mike Jenior, who is in his 7th season as the leader of […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Dec. 15)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2023-24 STATISTICAL LEADERS BOYS BASKETBALL SCORING Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 29.5 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 20.3 Grady Eader, Field 14.8 Cooper Carnahan, Aurora 13.5 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 13.5 Jack Batten, Streetsboro 12.0 Aiden Rodstrom, Rootstown 11.8 Cameron Mahone, Rootstown 11.8 Blake Mullaly, Rootstown 11.3 Trevor Dixon, Field 10.8 Zach Pannetti, Aurora […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL RAVENNA 63, FIELD 59 (At Field) RAVENNA (63) — Curtis Ross 7 1-4 15; Dylan Carrozzi 3 0-0 7; Nigil Williams 5 2-4 12; Jaxon Kelly 3 6-6 12; Bryant Thompson 2 0-0 5; Dean Baker 3 3-5 9; Austin Marshall 0 3-4 3. Totals 23 […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL 8TH GRADE MONDAY GARFIELD 36, WINDHAM 25 Windham — K. Sanders, 5 points; M. Jones, 21 points.     FIELD 41, GARFIELD 17 Garfield — Payton Soltis, 12 points; Leah Hill, 2 points; Olivia Bailey, 2 points; Lola Lake, 1 point. Field — Jaelyn Mallet, 6 […]

Hopperton, Sell complete historic football careers

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Portage County has been the home of a long list of very special high school football players. Standouts that caught the spotlight of statewide attention. Phenoms with decorated four-year careers that rewrote school history books. Two more authored their historic final chapters in 2023. Garfield’s Keegan Sell. Streetsboro’s […]

OHSAA considers division expansion in multiple sports

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced on Wednesday that it is studying tournament-division expansion for volleyball, boys soccer, girls soccer, boys basketball, girls basketball, softball and baseball. The OHSAA is expected to hold multiple statewide meetings in January to present data on the idea, while also collecting […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL AURORA 39, KENT ROOSEVELT 35 (At Aurora) KENT ROOSEVELT (35) — Julia Nash 5 0-0 11; Arie Wilson 1 0-2 2; Zariyah Taylor 8 0-1 16; Claire VanDamme 3 0-0 6. Totals 17 0-3 35. AURORA (39) — Sam Stask 6 0-0 16; Julia Miller 0 […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, DEC. 12, 2023 GIRLS BOWLING MONDAY BERKSHIRE 1,310, SOUTHEAST 1,101 (At Spins Bowl, Kent) BERKSHIRE (1,310): Alie Rychaiski 129-115 244, Abby Bartholomew 79-127 246, Megan Passow 93, Charlotte Connors 94-81 175, Mac Conrad 109-140 249, Mattie Davis 64. GAMES: 504-527 1,031; BAKER: 102-82-95 279. SOUTHEAST (1,101): Abby Smith 1147-128 275, Odyssey […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Aurora basketball’s Sam Stask

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Long before Sam Stask became the on-court leader for the Aurora girls basketball team, head coach Erika Greenberg simply knew her as a youth player that would come into the gym to shoot around. Greenberg says she knew then that the Stask’s future was going to be a special […]

Windham announces 2023 Athletics Hall of Fame induction class

By George Belden Portage Sports Contributor   The Windham High School Athletic Hall of Fame will open its doors once again this month, as the HOF Committee has selected two athletes, two coaches and one administrator for enshrinement. The Windham Hall of Fame has been inducting new members since 1995 and the HOF will include […]

Wrestling: 2023-24 Rootstown Rovers season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   THE COACH Jeremy Anderson 20th year overall; 1st year at Rootstown     THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Al Marzec. 2022-23 Record: 14-1, Portage Trail Conference champions; 1st place at Dies, Division III sectional championship, Division III district championship, 2nd at OHSAA Dual Meet State Championship. Returning Lettermen (10): […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Monday, Dec. 11, 2023

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, DEC. 10, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL 7TH GRADE ROOTSTOWN TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT SATURDAY CHAMPIONSHIP GAME FIELD 29, RAVENNA 22 Ravenna — Tai Askew, 1 point; Kael Jordan, 10 points; Royce Sims, 3 points; Bryce Ransom, 2 points; Aiden Nartker, 4 points; ZayInne Sanders, 2 points. Field — Paxson Silveus, 8 points; Mason Fulst, […]

Portage Quiz Bowl Scoreboard (Dec. 10)

First Division Round Three Aurora 435, Cloverleaf 195 Hudson 390, Southeast 210 Garfield v Rootstown, postponed to January 9 Round Four Aurora 665, Cloverleaf 10 Hudson 520, Southeast 165 Garfield v Rootstown, postponed to January 9 Round Five Hudson 420, Cloverleaf 140 Southeast 490, Rootstown 105 Aurora 545, Garfield 30 Round Six Hudson 370, Cloverleaf 165 […]

Bowling Report: Special individual performances across Portage County

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Several Portage County bowlers are already collecting hardware and building their resume early in the bowling season. Others are leading their teams to victory over opponents with high games and high series.   ABBY SMITH, SOUTHEAST The Southeast Pirates are off to a solid start to their season, picking […]

Wrestling: 2023-24 Waterloo Vikings season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   THE COACH John Foster 3rd year     THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Deagan Foster, Bill Jackson, Tyler Brown. 2022-23 Notable Finishes: 2nd at Malvern Invitational; 4th at D3 Classic; 3rd at Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Tournament. Returning Lettermen (8): Rex Fryer, sr.; Aidan King, sr.; Jayden Hakin, sr.; […]

Wrestling: 2023-24 Southeast Pirates season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   THE COACH Shane Kuberry 2nd year 9-10 career record     THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Andy Mesaros, Mike Richeson, Barry Sapp, Owen Martin, Mike Kemble. 2022-23 Record: 9-10. Returning Lettermen (9): Preston Bello, sr.; Lauren Carver, sr.; Deian Longgood, jr.; Kian Romeo, jr.; Brice Schoenbaechler, jr.; Dominic Kemble, […]

Wrestling: 2023-24 Ravenna Ravens season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   THE COACH Eric Kline 2nd year 3-10 career record     THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Shawn Bonfine, Maddison Davis, Jeremiah Sanders, Brad Hager, Darshon Saunders, Shane Michael, Mike Prikryl, Eric Kococheck, Jeff Davis. 2022-23 Record: 3-12. Returning Lettermen (4): Carter Prissy, Ryder Denning, Cameron Boykin, David Davis. Lettermen […]

Wrestling: 2023-24 Mogadore Wildcats season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor THE COACH Duane Funk 11th year THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Sherman Benedum, Joey Hancock. Returning Lettermen (14): Travis Hummel, sr.; Kasey Pruitt, jr.; Cole Reese, jr.; Breadan Manley, jr.; Blake Hershberger, jr.; Matthew Plum, jr.; Matthew Trusky, soph.; Dylan Benedum, soph.; Mia Gaetjens, sr.; Sidney Fortner, jr.; Lizzy Terry, […]

Wrestling: 2023-24 Garfield G-Men season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   THE COACH Dan Andel 7th year     THE TEAM Coaching Staff: John Bond, Logan Kissell, Ken Sell. Returning Lettermen (7): Camron Lewicki, Vince D’Amico, Deacon Sommer, Keegan Sell, Aiden Kissell, Andrew Borecki, Ivan Trent. Lettermen Lost (4): Hunter Andel, Grayson Hoover, Ian Hunt, Joseph Sparks.     […]

Wrestling: 2023-24 Field Falcons season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   THE COACH Dave Tenney 21st season overall; 7th season at Field     THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Clark Bookman, Mason Brained, TJ Fox. 2022-23 Record: 2-5 duals. Returning Lettermen (10): John Riley, Mason Long, Joe D’Amico, Carter White, William Nienhius, Brady McCoy, Broc Sclimenti, Owen Wymer, Spencer Hunt, […]

Wrestling: 2023-24 Crestwood Red Devils team preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   THE COACH Dave Wrobel 23rd season 208-136-2 career record     THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Derek Wrobel, Marco Berquist, Conner Nemec, CJ Novotny, Nick Vespucci. 2022-23 Record: 3-4 duals; 1-1 Chagrin Valley Conference. Returning Lettermen (8): JP Wrobel, sr.; Drake Rennecker, sr.; Gavin McIntyre, sr.; Blake Baumgardner, sr.; […]

Wrestling: 2023-24 Aurora Greenmen season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   THE COACH Jeremy Johnson 9th year overall; 2nd year at Aurora     THE TEAM Coaching Staff: Tony Tritto, Jarrod Brezovec, Cameron Kelly, Scott Meyer, Tim Rooney, Mike Trav. 2022-23 Record: 3-2 duals. Returning Lettermen: 9. Lettermen Lost: 4.     SEASON OUTLOOK Aurora’s core group of wrestlers […]

Youth Boys Basketball Scoreboard: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023

YOUTH BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, DEC. 9, 2023 THRID GRADE FIELD BLACK 32, ROOTSTOWN 13 Field — Cruz Sugg, 2 points; Leo Reuting, 3 points; Rylan Peterson, 15 points; David Paul Duma, 8 points; Kolton Bowman, 4 points. Defensive Standouts — (F) Jorden Montz, Easton Barton. Special Effort Players — (F) Kolton Bowman, David Paul […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, DEC. 9, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL HIGHLAND 63, KENT ROOSEVELT 51 (At Kent Roosevelt) HIGHLAND (63) — R. Kildoo 5 0-0 12; K. Morgan 6 2-4 17; G. Weber 5 0-0 13; E. Miller 3 4-6 12; B. Palette 1 1-2 3; E. Gausman 2 2-5 6. Totals 22 9-17 63. KENT […]

Striking a Balance: Youth leagues return from Thanksgiving break

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Juniors were back competing in leagues following the Thanksgiving break. Here is a recap on their return. SPINS BOWL JUNIORS Ryan Kertis made a statement as he returned to the oldest-junior league, rolling a high game of 204 on his way to a 536 series to lead the boys […]

Waterloo grits out win over Garfield in budding rivalry clash

By Phil Keren Correspondent   Some hustle plays down the stretch keyed Waterloo to a 40-38 road victory over Garfield on Friday night. “We needed to get one,” said Waterloo head coach Jason Wise. “We have seven of our first eight games on the road … we needed to find a way, before we get […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Dec. 8, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, DEC. 8, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL AURORA 49, TALLMADGE 45 (At Tallmadge) AURORA (49) — Torren Pride 1 0 3; Ben Lukasik 2 1 5; Brock Habbyshaw 1 0 3; Josh Harrell 5 0 12; Johnny Trivisonno 1 0 3; Cooper Carnahan 7 1 15. Totals 17 2 49. TALLMADGE (45) — […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (Dec. 6)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2023-24 STATISTICAL LEADERS   BOYS BASKETBALL SCORING Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 29.5 Jack Batten, Streetsboro 16.0 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 16.0 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 13.0 Trevor Dixon, Field 11.5 Charles Ivory, Streetsboro 10.0 Grady Eader, Field 9.5     REBOUNDS Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 15.0 Manny Smith, Field 7.0 […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, DEC. 7, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL STREETSBORO 51, NORTON 46 (At Norton) STREETSBORO (51) — Charles Ivory 4 2 11; Michael Berry 3 4 10; Jackson Gula 0 4 4; Preston Laryea 3 0 6; Ethan Laryea 1 0 2; Jack Batten 6 2 18. Totals 17 12 51. NORTON (46) — […]

Kent Roosevelt’s fall 2023 All-Suburban League honorees

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The following student-athletes were honored as All-Suburban League for the fall 2023 season. BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Second Team: Cor Asp. Honorable Mention: Carter Slack. BOYS GOLF Player of the Year: Liam Curtis. First Team: Liam Curtis. Second Team: Christian Mineo. Honorable Mention: Rowan Baynes. BOYS SOCCER Player of the […]

Football: Division I All-Ohio team

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ALL-OHIO DIVISION I     Ohio Offensive Players of the Year: Marquise Davis, Cleveland Heights; Danny Stoddard, Medina; Jordan Marshall, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller Ohio Defensive Player of the Year: Paul (P.J.) Nelson, Cincinnati Princeton Ohio Coaches of the Year: Wade Bartholomew, Lewis Center Olentangy; Mac Stephens, Cleveland Heights First Team Offense QB: […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL 7TH GRADE FIELD 31, RAVENNA 21 (At Brown Middle School, Ravenna) FIELD (31) — Paxson Silveus, 6 points; Mason Fulst, 2 points; Grady Peterson, 5 points; Oscar Pollack, 1 point; Cole Schumacher, 8 points; Chase Berthed, 2 points; Kamren Brastine, 5 points. RAVENNA (21) — Tai […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL TUESDAY SOUTHEAST 43, LOWELLVILLE 29 (At Lowellville) SOUTHEAST (43) — Case Myers 5 0-0 10; Garrett Sprutte 10 7-8 28; Cohen Richardson 2 1-2 5. Totals 17 8-10 43. LOWELLVILLE (29) — Michael Ballone 1 3-3 5; Braylen Dabney 1 0-0 2; Matt Lucido 1 2-4 […]

Football: Divisions II and III All-Ohio teams

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL DIVISION II ALL-OHIO TEAMS   Ohio Offensive Players of the Year: Brodey Berg, Cincinnati Anderson; Luke Hamilton, Avon Ohio Defensive Player of the Year: Dorian Pringle, Massillon Washington; Jordan Pritchard-Sewell, Akron Hoban Ohio Coaches of the Year: Mike Elder, Avon; Nate Moore, Massillon Washington First Team Offense QB: Grant Kinnee, Whitehouse Anthony […]

1993-94 Southeast High School boys basketball

The 1993-94 Southeast High School boys basketball team were champions of the Portage County League. The Pirates were coached by Russ Swartz, alongside assistant coaches Ted McDivitt and Rod Truman. The team roster included: Front row left to right: Tim Honeck, Brad Pettitt, Joe Dillon, Jason Gorham, Eric Dillon, Keith Montgomery. Middle row left to […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, DEC. 5, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL KENT ROOSEVELT 62, FIELD 35 (At Kent Roosevelt) FIELD (35) — Trevor Dixon 2 6-8 10; Grady Eader 3 3-4 12; Manny Smith 1 0-0 3; Brayden Ronowski 0 1-2 1; Nick Papiska 1 1-1 3; Ben Stayer 1 2-6 4; Dylan Jackson 1 0-0 2. […]

Football: Divisions IV and V All-Ohio teams

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL DIVISION IV ALL-OHIO   Ohio Offensive Players of the Year: D’Shawntae Jones, Cleveland Glenville; Poochie Snyder, Canton South Ohio Defensive Player of the Year: Tayshawn Banks, Cincinnati Taft Ohio Coach of the Year: Matt Dennison, Canton South First Team Offense QB: Logan Lesch, Sandusky Perkins, 6-1, 195, sr.; Brayden DeVito, Shelby, 5-11, […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Monday, Dec. 4, 2023

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, DEC. 4, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL 8TH GRADE SATURDAY ROOTSTOWN TIPOFF TOURNAMENT ROOTSTOWN 23, RAVENNA 22 (At Rootstown) RAVENNA (22) — Ethan 1 0-0 2; Ryan 1 1-1 3; Jonny 1 0-0 3; Jeremiah 1 0-0 2; Kenny 1 0-0 3; Divarian 4 1-5 9. ROOTSTOWN (23) — Giulietto 0 1-2 1; […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Dec. 4, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, DEC. 4, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL SOUTHEAST 50, SPRINGFIELD 27 (At Southeast) SPRINGFIELD (27) — Gasper 2 1-2 5; Kendal 2 1-1 6; Frient 0 1-2 1; Wilderman 1 4-7 7; Nillgard 2 3-7 8; Holmes 0 0-2 0. Totals 7 10-21 27. SOUTHEAST (50) — Alexandra Hrkach 1 0-0 2; Lexie […]

Football: Division VI and VII All-Ohio teams

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL DIVISION VI ALL-OHIO TEAMS   Ohio Offensive Player of the Year: Michael Osborne, Versailles Ohio Defensive Player of the Year: Rocco Alfieri, Kirtland Ohio Coaches of the Year: Jason Peters, Grandview Heights; Jeff Richards, Bluffton; Jason Wallick, Sugarcreek Garaway   First Team Offense QB: Austin Buescher, West Jefferson, 6-4, 165, so.; Trevor […]

Youth Girls Basketball Scoreboard: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2023

YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, DEC. 3, 2023 THIRD GRADE Tallmade 22, Norton 6 Springfield 14, Field Black 13 Streetsboro 10, Waterloo 6 Field Red 15, Mogadore 6 Manchester 20, Rootstown  FOURTH GRADE Rootstown 18, Field Black 10 Manchester 12, Springfield 8 Norton 36, Cloverleaf 7 Mogadore 27, Southeast Maroon 8 Southeast Gold 28, Ravenna […]

High School Bowling Report: Roosevelt’s Darko, Rootstown’s Curall make history

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   It was a busy week for bowling teams in Portage County as individuals and teams achieved success on the lanes.   A 300 GAME It didn’t take in the young season for a high-school bowler to roll a 300 game. The feat was accomplished by Brayden Darko, of Kent […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, DEC. 2, 2023 GIRLS SWIMMING & DIVING KENT ROOSEVELT 112, LAKE 62 (At Kent Roosevelt) 50 Freestyle — 2. (KR) Trinity Heath. 100 Freestyle — 1. (KR) Trinity Heath. 200 Freestyle — 1. (KR) Gabriella Melin; 2. (KR) Natalie St. John. 500 Freestyle — 1. (KR) Gabriella Melin; 2. (KR) Jeanie […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, DEC. 2, 2023 BOYS BASKETBALL 7TH GRADE ROOTSTOWN TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT RAVENNA 23, ROOTSTOWN 12 (At Rootstown) RAVENNA (23) — Jordan, 7 points; Sims, 3 points; Ransom, 4 points; Norther, 5 points; Summers, 2 points; Sanders, 2 points. ROOTSTOWN (12) — Israel McCants, 2 points; Sam Klem, 4 points; Doug Nichols, 1 […]

Youth Boys Basketball Scoreboard: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023

YOUTH BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, DEC. 2, 2023 THIRD GRADE FIELD WHITE 28, FIELD 6 Field White — Luca Pennino, 8 points; Oliver Farwell, 8 points; Broderick Kline, 4 points; Abel Edsall, 4 points; Mason Few, 2 points; Johnny Walker, 2 points; Noah Yaworski, 2 points. Defensive Standouts — (FW) Oliver Farwell. Special Effort Players […]

Sprutte sparks Southeast to season-opening victory over Field

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Patience can be a difficult skill for a high school basketball player to understand. Even once understood, it can be even more challenging to exercise it inside of games. On Saturday, patience paid off for Southeast senior standout Garrett Sprutte. In the Pirates’ season and home opener against […]

Striking a Balance: Grund rolls Perfect Fit Trio’s second 300 game

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   League play continues to find teams and individual standouts in the bowling lanes of Portage County. With holiday parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations in the future of bowlers, they are still focused on solid scores to lead the leagues.   PERFECT FIT TRIO Jeremie Grund rolled a 300 […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Dec. 1, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, DEC. 1, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL CLOVERLEAF 60, RAVENNA 38 (At Ravenna) CLOVERLEAF (60) — Madi Young 2 0-0 4; Emma Hibler 8 2-3 19; Mackenzie Seiwerth 2 0-0 6; Brooke Gucker 0 3-4 3; Saige Foky 3 3-4 9; Karoline Kreider 0 1-2 1; Merrin Crow 1 0-0 2; Evie Barth […]

Late-game big plays lift Spartans over Rovers in OT

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Bobby Staudt has a vision for his Rootstown boys basketball team. On Friday, he saw glimpses of that vision. The Rovers, however, were left with glimpses of a win that ultimately drifted out of reach. Right there to snag up the victory was Springfield. The Spartans erased a double-digit […]

Rough Riders struggle in season-opening loss to Explorers

By Phil Keren Correspondent   The Kent Roosevelt boys basketball team had a tough start to their 2023-24 season on Friday night, but head coach Curtis Black is confident that his team will bounce back. “We’ll get better from here,” said Black, after his team lost to Hudson 53-30. “We’ll definitely get better.” On the […]

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 Windham Bombers season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Cody Apthorpe 2nd year 15-10 career record     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Terry Peterson, JV; Austin Peterson, assistant; Dave Apthorpe, assistant.    • 2022-23 Record: 15-10 overall; 9-5 Northeastern Athletic Conference.    • Returning Lettermen (6): Anthony Wiley, sr.; Jake Collins, sr.; Carlos […]

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 Waterloo Vikings season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Jason Wise 11th year 122-124 career record     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: John Herchek, assistant; Gavin English, JV.    • 2022-23 Record: 16-9 overall; 8-6 Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference.    • Returning Lettermen (4): Drew Flarida, sr.; Jackson Eichler, sr.; Kyle Werbeck, sr.; […]

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 Streetsboro Rockets season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Nick Marcini 14th year 173-122 career record     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Bruce Thomas, assistant; Phil Starks, JV; Tyler Shank, freshmen; Ron Estes, freshman assistant.    • 2022-23 Record: 8-16 overall; 7-7 Metro Athletic Conference.    • Returning Lettermen (5): Michael Berry, sr.; […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 2023 BOYS BASKTEBALL 7TH GRADE WEDNESDAY FIELD 35, SPRINGFIELD 15 (At Field) SPRINGFIELD (15) — Baggott 0 0-2 0; Woodward 0 0-2 0; Garrison 1 0-0 2; Hahn 1 0-0 2; Woods 0 1-2 1; Kunkler 2 2-3 6; Wilson 1 0-0 2; Roberts 1 0-0 2; Parker 0 […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL CLOVERLEAF 46, CRESTWOOD 37 (At Crestwood) CLOVERLEAF (46) — M. Young 1 0 2; E. Hibler 3 2 8; B. Gucker 0 1 1; S. Foky 6 3 19; K. Kreider 1 0 2; M. Crow 1 0 2; E. Barth 6 0 12. Totals 18 […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Southeast girls basketball’s Ashley Callihan

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   “Getting to Know” is an ongoing series created to spotlight 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 girls basketball coach Ashley Callihan, who is in her first season as the leader of […]

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 Southeast Pirates season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor HEAD COACH Matt Dillon 7th year (2007-2013; 2023) THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Zeddie Pollock, JV; Doug Craver, assistant; Scott Garrett, middle school; Nick Dillon, middle school.    • 2022-23 Record: 7-17 overall; 3-7 Portage Trail Conference.    • Returning Lettermen (1): Garrett Sprutte, sr.    • Lettermen Lost […]

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 Rootstown Rovers season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Bobby Staudt 1st year 0-0 career record     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Chuck Palmer, assistant; Matt Patrick, assistant; Mike Fillmore, JV.    • 2022-23 Record: 4-19 overall; 0-10 Portage Trail Conference.    • Returning Lettermen (3): Joe Weaver, sr.; Aiden Rodstrom, sr.; Cameron […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL SOUTHEAST 40, FIRESTONE 37 (At Firestone) SOUTHEAST (40) — Lexie Morris 3 4-7 10; Bailey Long 1 0-0 2; Emerson Small field 7 3-6 17; Bailey Morris 1 0-0 2; Claire Dillner 0 3-4 3; Jenna Canale 1 0-2 2; Elliott Smallfield 1 1-2 3. Totals […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL 7TH GRADE FIELD 32, SPRINGFIELD 3 (At Springfield) FIELD (32) — Ryann Huddleston, 4 points; Brynn Williams, 16 points; Alison Church, 4 points; Emma Knapp, 4 points; Piper Eisenman, 2 points; Sophia Confer, 2 points. SPRINGFIELD (3) — Brianna C., 3 points. CLOVERLEAF 34, RAVENNA 17 […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, NOV. 28, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL FIELD 34, CANTON CENTRAL CATHOLIC 33 (At Canton Central Catholic) FIELD (34) — Mckayla Miller 1 1-2 3; Delilah Rahe 8 4-6 20; Ally Harlin 5 1-5 11. Totals 14 6-13 34. CANTON CENTRAL CATHOLIC (33) — Sarah Belden 3 0-0 8; Emily Schmidt 1 0-0 […]

1971 Ravenna Rams youth football

The 1971 Ravenna Rams junior varsity youth football team pictured at the bottom of the hill of the team’s field at Brown Middle School. Name identifications are unknown. If you have information about this team, please email me at tomnader@portagesports.com.

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 Ravenna Ravens season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Marlon Jones 4th year 32-34 career record     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Jordan Jones, JV; Davante McKinney, assistant; Michael Boltz, freshman; Larenzale Askew, freshman assistant.    • 2022-23 Record: 18-6 overall; 11-3 Metro Athletic Conference.    • Returning Lettermen: None.    • Lettermen […]

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 Mogadore Wildcats season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Russ Swartz 15th  year at Mogadore; 35th year overall 258-109 at Mogadore; 480-315 overall     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Rod Swartz, JV; Anthony Ricci, assistant; Nate Robinson, strength and conditioning.    • 2022-23 Record: 20-6 overall; 7-3 Portage Trail Conference.    • Returning […]

Girls Basketball: 2023-24 Windham Bombers season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor HEAD COACH Jim Collins 6th year 28-123 career record THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Dougle Hankins, JV; Zach Burns, middle school; Larry Jones, middle school.    • 2022-23 Record: 7-16 overall; 6-12 Northeastern Athletic Conference.    • Returning Letterwinners (3): Mariah Woods, sr.; Briah Daniel, sr.; Abby Simpson, […]

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Curtis Black 2nd year 9-14 career record     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Rod Moxley, Jr., Rich Graves, DJ Hickle, Will Yount.    • 2022-23 Record: 9-14 overall; 6-8 Suburban League.    • Returning Lettermen (9): Tyrel Ellington, sr.; Jeremiah Lepp, sr.; Grant Leslie, […]

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 Garfield G-Men season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Andrew Olesky 13th year 139-143 overall     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Tommy Bissler, assistant; Matt Hill, assistant and JV.    • 2022-23 Record: 7-16 overall; 4-10 Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference.    • Returning Lettermen (4): Preston Gedeon, jr.; Nick Edic, jr.; Aidan Hill, […]

Girls Basketball: 2023-24 Streetsboro Rockets season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Carl Singer 9th year 101-89 career record     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Ira Campbell, Bryan Bedford, Scott Clark.    • 2022-23 Record: 19-6 overall; 12-2 Metro Athletic Conference.    • Returning Letterwinners (11): Ella Kassan, sr.; Maiya Taylor, sr.; Maddy Hajec, sr.; Cara […]

Girl Basketball: 2023-24 Southeast Pirates season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Ashley Callihan 1st year 0-0 career record     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Hannah Harnar, assistant; Lisa McCann, JV; Mike Stiles, 8th grade; Dean Dunlavy, 7th grade.    • 2022-23 Record: 15-7 overall; 6-2 Portage Trail Conference.    • Returning Letterwinners (4): Alexandria Morris, […]

Football: OHSAA to keep state championships in Canton through 2026

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced on Monday that the high school football state championships will remain in Canton through 2026. The OHSAA signed a new three-year contract with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to keep the finals to be played at Tom Benson Hall of […]

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 Field Falcons season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor HEAD COACH Alex Blake 1st year 0-0 career record THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Noah Dockus, assistant; Matt Farley, assistant; Nick Pollack, JV.    • 2022-23 Record: 2-21 overall; 1-13 Metro Athletic Conference.    • Returning Lettermen (6): Manny Smith, sr.; Nick Papiska, sr.; Grady Eader, jr.; Mikai […]

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 Crestwood Red Devils season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Josh Jakacki 23rd season 286-196 career record     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Bob Lieberth, assistant; Jake Lieberth, assistant; David Mayle, JV; Mason Jakacki, middle school.    • 2022-23 Record: 5-17 overall; 1-9 Chagrin Valley Conference.    • Returning Lettermen (8): Dekota Johnson, jr.; […]

Girls Basketball: 2023-24 Rootstown Rovers season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Joe Leonard 2nd year at Rootstown; 4th year overall 17-6 at Rootstown; 30-29 overall     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Brian Layton, assistant; Thano Kapolis, assistant; Angela Gibson, JV; Erica Moore, JV.    • 2022-23 Record: 17-6 overall; 8-0 Portage Trail Conference.    • […]

Girls Basketball: 2023-24 Ravenna Ravens season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor HEAD COACH Courtney O’Donnell 2nd year 5-18 career record THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Tyler Conley, assistant.    • 2022-23 Record: 5-18 overall; 1-13 Metro Athletic Conference.    • Returning Letterwinners (5): Abby Schofield, sr.; Breena Kainrad, jr.; Jaylynn Walker, jr.; Lou White, soph.    • Letterwinners Lost […]

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 Aurora Greenmen season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Cody Calhoun 1st year at Aurora; 6th year overall 0-0 at Aurora; 34-78 overall     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Austin Nupp, assistant; Tim Keyes, JV; Adam Whitacre, freshmen; Jeff Fromwiller, 8th grade; Dom Massa, 7th grade.    • 2022-23 Record: 3-20 overall; 2-10 […]

Girls Basketball: 2023-24 Mogadore Wildcats season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Jennifer Ritch 10th year 100-115 career record     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Bill Ritch, assistant; Tom Pollock, JV; Ann Murphy, middle school; Mike Murphy, middle school.    • 2022-23 Record: 15-10 overall; 4-4 Portage Trail Conference.    • Returning Letterwinners (9): Brook McIntyre, […]

Girls Basketball: 2023-24 Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Craig Foreman 18th year 169-217 career record     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Kate Swango, Jaclyn Mahoney, Jeremy Bish, Leah Reeves, Greta Wilker.    • 2022-23 Record: 10-13 overall; 4-10 Suburban League.    • Returning Letterwinners (6): Arie Wilson, sr.; Maddie VanDamme, sr.; Zariyah […]

High School Bowling Report: Rootstown boys, girls have strong showing at Ravenna Invitational

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The Rootstown Rovers varsity girls team didn’t just start their season, they are demonstrating they are a team to beat. Competing in the Ravenna Ravens Invitational at Spins Bowl in Kent on Saturday, Rootstown finished in fourth place following the stepladder finals, losing only to Nordonia in three Baker […]

Girls Basketball: 2023-24 Garfield G-Men season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH Aaron Gilbert 17th year 279-171 career record     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Andy Cardinal, assistant; Madison Hartung, assistant; Taylor Smith, assistant.    • 2022-23 Record: 23-3 overall; 12-2 Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference.    • Returning Letterwinners (7): Zoey May, sr.; Kali Tasker, sr.; […]

Girls Basketball: 2023-24 Field Falcons season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HEAD COACH John Misenko, Jr. 2nd year at Field; 8th year overall 14-11 at Field; 103-64 overall     THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Mariah Siedler, assistant; Tessa Ludwick, JV.    • 2022-23 Record: 14-11 overall; 7-7 Metro Athletic Conference.    • Returning Letterwinners (10): Olivia Bey, […]

Girls Basketball: 2023-24 Crestwood Red Devils season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor HEAD COACH T.J. Henderson 2nd year 14-31 career record THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Tom Henderson, assistant and freshmen; Ashley Folks, JV.    • 2022-23 Record: 4-19 overall; 1-7 Chagrin Valley Conference.    • Returning Letterwinners (4): Lilly O’Bryant, sr.; Hannah Ward, jr.; Maddie Dustman, jr.; Abby Guyette, […]

Girls Basketball: 2023-24 Aurora Greenmen season preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor HEAD COACH Erika Greenberg 16th season 195-137 career record THE TEAM    • Coaching Staff: Matt Witting, assistant; Trent Dalton, JV.    • 2022-23 Record: 9-15 overall; 5-9 Suburban League.    • Returning Letterwinners (9): Sam Stask, sr.; Kailey Feckner, sr.; Brooke Manav, jr.; Julia Miller, jr.; Anna Blum, jr.; […]

Striking a Balance: Worthy, Hensley raise averages in Roofing Guy League

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Many leagues in Portage County took a break this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but there were still several notable games and series accomplished.   IMPROVING ON AN AVERAGE Dexter Worthy tossed the high game (279) and Scott Hensley the high series (726) in the Roofing Guy League […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, NOV. 25, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL ROOTSTOWN 60, BEAUMONT 39 (At Beaumont) ROOTSTOWN (60) — Coblie Curall 6 6-8 21; Addy Germann 2 0-0 5; Abby White 1 1-2 3; Kelsey Bittecuffer 3 2-4 8; Porter Smith 2 1-2 5; Brooklynn McIntyre 2 0-0 4; Sasha Nichols 1 0-0 2; Nadia Lough […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22, 2023 GIRLS BASKETBALL ROOTSTOWN 49, FIELD 45 (At Rootstown) FIELD (45) — Mckayla Miller 1 0-0 2; Tia Ulrich 1 2-2 5; Abby Harlin 1 1-4 4; Morgan Stoicoiu 0 0-0 0; Delilah Rahe 8 4-5 20; Carlee Fafrak 0 0-0 0; Averi Weis 0 0-0 0; Ally Harlin […]

Defensive pressure pushes Rovers past Falcons in opener

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Rootstown girls basketball team’s pressure defense is unrelenting. It is frenetic. And it comes in waves. The Rovers featured a nine-player rotation on Wednesday, with all nine creating havoc on ball-handlers to set the tone for what became a thrilling 49-45 victory over the visiting Field Falcons […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Rootstown girls basketball’s Joe Leonard

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   “Getting to Know” is an ongoing series created to spotlight 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 girls basketball head coach Joe Leonard, who is in his second season leading the Rovers. […]

Football: 2023 Northeast Inland All-District teams

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The 2023 Northeast Inland All-District high school football team. The All-District team recognizes players from Ashland, Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties. The teams are selected by a media panel of journalists from all of those same counties.     Division I FIRST TEAM […]

Girls Golf: 2023 All-Portage Trail Conference team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The All-Portage Trail Conference boys golf teams for the 2023 season. The teams are established through a selection and voting process coordinated by league coaches.   GOLFER OF THE YEAR Taylor Blazek, Southeast, junior     COACH OF THE YEAR Cindy Fesemyer, Southeast     FIRST TEAM Taylor […]

Boys Golf: 2023 All-Portage Trail Conference team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The All-Portage Trail Conference boys golf teams for the 2023 season. The teams are established through a selection and voting process coordinated by league coaches.   GOLFER OF THE YEAR James Morgan, Southeast, sophomore     COACH OF THE YEAR James LaPolla, Warren JFK     FIRST TEAM […]

Girls basketball’s 2023-24 season tips off on Wednesday

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The 2023-24 high school girls basketball season officially tips off on Wednesday night. Five different games are featured on the opening-night slate that include Portage County teams. All with a 7 p.m. start scheduled.    • Crestwood at Garfield    • Field at Rootstown    • Springfield at […]

Bowling Roundup and Scoreboard: Monday, Nov. 20, 2023

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   ROUNDUP BOYS BOWLING RAVENNA 2,371, STREETSBORO 1,733 (At Spins Bowl, Kent) Carson Schueller set a new two-game record for the Ravens as he rolled games of 279 and 263 for a 542 series. Schueller tossed 11 strikes in a row to start his 279 game, just missing the 300 […]

Football: Final list of 2023 statistical leaders

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2023 STATISTICAL LEADERS   OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Att.-Yards Dawson Morgan, Rootstown 306-2,195 Nate Blasiole, Crestwood 276-1,780 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 160-1,461 Keegan Sell, Garfield 127-1,389 Cohen Klimak, Streetsboro 166-1,303 Eric Geddes, Garfield 122-1,226 Austin Marshall, Ravenna 141-1,105 Antonio Mejia, Southeast 164-1,053 Enzo Catania, Aurora 139-985 Case Myers, Southeast 114-963 Jayden Hakin, Waterloo […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Nov. 20, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD     MONDAY, NOV. 20, 2023 BOYS BOWLING MAC PRESEASON CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT (At Spins Bowl, Kent) TOURNAMENT CHAMPION: Springfield 4,022 TOP-FIVE SERIES: Ryan Slusser, Springfield 706; Wade Allen, Coventry 698; Logan Calo, Norton 695; Jacob Robinson, Norton 681; Jeriah Miller, Ravenna 662. INDIVIDUAL HIGH GAME: Ryan Slusser, Springfield 279. TEAM STANDINGS: Springfield […]

Youth Girls Basketball Scoreboard: Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023

YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SPRINGFIELD YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL LEAGUE TEAM SCORES THIRD GRADE Tallmadge 20, Field Red 8 Streetsboro 12, Springfield 6 Manchester 11, Norton 1 Rootstown 16, Field Black 10 Mogadore 23, Waterloo 5 FOURTH GRADE Mogadore 26, Manchester 12 Field Red 31, Southeast Gold 5 Southeast Maroon 9, Coventry 6 Rootstown 26, Cloverleaf […]

Bowling Report: MAC Preseason Tournament begins season

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   And just like that, the OHSAA’s winter sports season, including high-school bowling, has started. Many teams enjoy the bulk of their schedule beginning in December, with conference play in December and January prior to the OHSAA state tournaments. However, a few tournaments are early with the competitive bowling season […]

Girls Bowling: 2023-24 Season Preview

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   It’s time for the high school bowling season and athletes take over area lanes in the afternoon following school and at tournaments scheduled on the weekends. Portage County has a rich history of bowlers advancing far into the postseason and this year will be no different as many teams […]

Boys Bowling: 2023-24 Season Preview

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   It’s time for the high school bowling season and athletes take over area lanes in the afternoon following school and at tournaments scheduled on the weekends. Portage County has a rich history of bowlers advancing far into the postseason and this year will be no different as many teams […]

Football: OHSAA playoffs state semifinal pairings and game locations

OHSAA Football State Semifinal Pairings All games on Friday, November 24, at 7 p.m. Pairings shown with Associated Press state rank. Designated home team listed first. Note there are several changes from initial release on Nov. 14. Division I Springfield (9-5) vs. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (10-4) at Piqua Alexander Stadium No. 6 Hilliard Bradley (13-1) […]

Striking a Balance: Perfect Games fill up Portage County lanes

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer White’s Senior Doubles League had something to celebrate during Halloween week as bowlers have been throwing outstanding games and series. Fred Endres rolled a 300 game and finished with a 748 series to lead the league. Jack Steel rolled a 269 and Dave Senerchia, subbing in the league, had a […]

State power Kirtland eliminates Mogadore from playoffs

By Phil Keren Correspondent   It’s awfully tough to beat a team that does not have a weakness. That was one of Mogadore head coach Matt Adorni’s observations after his Wildcats lost to Kirtland 42-0 in the Region 21 championship game Friday at Nordonia High School. “They completely dominated us tonight,” said Adorni. “We knew […]

Girls Soccer: 2023 All-Portage Trail Conference team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The All-Portage Trail Conference girls soccer teams for the 2023 season. The teams are established through a selection and voting process coordinated by league coaches. PLAYER OF THE YEAR Andrea Ryan, Warren JFK, freshman COACH OF THE YEAR Kayla Zoccole, Warren JFK FIRST TEAM Natalie Opritza, Rootstown, goalkeeper, senior […]

Boys Soccer: 2023 All-Portage Trail Conference teams

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The All-Portage Trail Conference boys soccer teams for the 2023 season. The teams are established through a selection and voting process coordinated by league coaches.   PLAYER OF THE YEAR Nick Ryan, Warren JFK, junior     COACH OF THE YEAR Anthony LaDenko, Warren JFK Caleb Schroll, Lake […]

Records and milestones set throughout fall 2023 season

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The fall 2023 curtain has not officially dropped all the way. The Mogadore football team is the only fall team still alive in postseason play, with the Wildcats set for their showdown with the Kirtland Hornets on Friday night in a regional championship between two Division VI powers. Like […]

Boys Cross Country: 2023 All-Portage Trail Conference team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The All-Portage Trail Conference boys cross country teams for the 2023 seasons. The teams are established through a selection and voting process coordinating by league coaches. RUNNER OF THE YEAR Carter Evans, Southeast, senior COACH OF THE YEAR Larry Bailey, Rootstown FIRST TEAM Carter Evans, Southeast, senior Ryan Keren, […]

Girls Cross Country: 2023 All-Portage Trail Conference team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The All-Portage Trail Conference girls cross country teams for the 2023 seasons. The teams are established through a selection and voting process coordinating by league coaches.   RUNNER OF THE YEAR Gianna Ritchie, Lake Center Christian, sophomore     COACH OF THE YEAR Diana Morris, Mogadore     […]

1921-22 Ravenna Township High School girls basketball

The 1921-22 Ravenna Township High School girls basketball team. If you have additional information about this team, including player name identifications or season results, please email me at tomnader@portagesports.com

PTC plans to move forward as five-school league in 2024-25

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   By the end of the spring 2024 athletic season, the once 16-team Portage Trail Conference will diminish to just five member schools for the 2024-25 school year. Southeast was the latest school to announce its departure, choosing to leave the league to join the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference’s […]

Volleyball: 2023 All-Portage Trail Conference team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The All-Portage Trail Conference volleyball teams for the 2023 seasons. The teams are established through a selection and voting process coordinating by league coaches.   PLAYER OF THE YEAR Tori Wilson, Lake Center Christian, senior     COACH OF THE YEAR Cassie Braden, Rootstown     FIRST TEAM […]

OHSAA relaunches ‘Respect the Game’ program to promote sportsmanship

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced plans on Wednesday to expand on its “Respect the Game” program that was first introduced back in 2004. The announcement reaffirms that organizations’ commitment to protect and promote sportsmanship across the state and intends to allocate resources to fulfill the expansion. The […]

Portage Quizbowl League Results: Monday, Nov. 13, 2023

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Results from the first match day of the Portage Quizbowl League.   FIRST DIVISION ROUND ONE Cloverleaf 275, Garfield 65 Hudson 500, Rootstown 55 Aurora 560, Southeast 160     ROUND TWO Cloverleaf 300, Garfield 40 Hudson 525, Rootstown 15 Aurora 380, Southeast 285     FIRST DIVISION […]

Football: 2023 All-Portage Trail Conference team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The All-Portage Trail Conference football teams for the 2023 season. The teams are established through a selection and voting process coordinated by league coaches.   OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Dawson Morgan, Rootstown, senior Zeke Cameron, Mogadore, senior     DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Tony Karp, Rootstown, […]

Recalling Mogadore golf’s historical state championship three-peat

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The banners in the Mogadore High School gymnasium proclaim back-to-back-to-back state championships. Readers might think this is a football story, but, in fact, it is the remarkable athletes from the 1971, 1972 and 1973 varsity golf teams who brought home the consecutive OHSAA trophies. Historically, the only Portage County […]

Girls Tennis: 2023 All-Metro Athletic Conference team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The All-Metro Athletic Conference girls tennis teams for the 2023 season. The teams are established through a selection and voting process coordinated by league coaches. PLAYER OF THE YEAR Katarina Jovanovic, Norton, junior COACH OF THE YEAR Phil Seenes, Norton FIRST TEAM Katarina Jovanovic, Norton, junior Jameson Jordan, Ravenna, […]

1925 Kent Roosevelt High School girls basketball

The 1925 Kent Roosevelt High School girls basketball team played their way to the Trolley League championship. Unfortunately, there is no additional information available to help tell the story of this team and its players. If you have any information, please email me at tomnader@portagesports.com.

Girls Golf: 2023 All-Metro Athletic Conference team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The All-Metro Athletic Conference girls golf teams for the 2023 season. The teams are established through a selection and voting process coordinated by league coaches.   GOLFER OF THE YEAR Samantha Clark, Streetsboro, senior     COACH OF THE YEAR Dan Brodnik, Cloverleaf Tim Foster, Streetsboro     […]

Boys Golf: 2023 All-Metro Athletic Conference team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The All-Metro Athletic Conference boys golf teams for the 2023 season. The teams are established through a selection and voting process coordinated by league coaches.   GOLFER OF THE YEAR Ryan Dinan, Coventry, senior     COACH OF THE YEAR Jack Morgan, Springfield David Dinan, Coventry     […]

Bowling Report: Field introduces boys and girls bowling for 2023-24

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   It is always exciting when a new sport is added to a school’s athletic department roster. That is the case this season for the Field Falcons, as the sports of both girls and boys bowling becomes a student option for competition this season. “Over the years, students had expressed […]

Youth Girls Basketball Scoreboard: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023

YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, NOV. 11, 2023 SPRINGFIELD YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL LEAGUE 3RD GRADE DIVISION SCORES Streetsboro 13, Rootstown 11 Springfield 12, Waterloo 8 Manchester 15, Field Red 14 Tallmadge 18, Mogadore 13 Norton 16, Field Black 10 4TH GRADE DIVISION SCORES Mogadore 15, Springfield 2 Field Red 24, Field Black 11 Streetsboro 30, […]

Football: Regional final pairings and game locations

OHSAA Football Regional Final Playoff Pairings Designated home team listed first. Pairings shown with regional seed and overall record. All games on Friday, November 17, at 7 p.m., unless indicated otherwise.   Division I Region 1 1 Lakewood St. Edward (11-1) vs. 6 Medina (9-3) at Parma Byers Field at Robert Boulton Stadium Region 2 […]

Girls Soccer: 2023 All-Metro Athletic Conference team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Metro Athletic Conference girls occer team for the 2023 season. The teams are established through a selection and voting process coordinated by league coaches.   PLAYER OF THE YEAR Kate Lasker, Woodridge, senior   COACH OF THE YEAR Ryan Willard, Streetsboro   FIRST TEAM Laney Klein, Streetsboro, […]

Boys Soccer: 2023 All-Metro Athletic Conference team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The All-Metro Athletic Conference boys soccer team for the 2023 season. The teams are established through a selection and voting process coordinated by league coaches.   PLAYER OF THE YEAR Jackson Davis, Norton, senior   COACH OF THE YEAR Matt Davis, Norton Aaron Cummings, Cloverleaf   FIRST TEAM […]

Bowling Scoreboard: Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023

BOWLING SCOREBOARD SPINS BOWL, KENT (Season league high games and series. Scoreboard will have each week high games and series going forward.)   YOUTH LEAGUES BUMPERS: Boys—Bryson Horner 117, Dylan Smith 96, Matthew Briggs 88; Bryson Horner 190, Dylan Simon 188, Matthew Briggs 167. Girls—Lilly Renkel 135, Olivia Lexington 98, Baylee Baldwin 97; Lilly Renkel […]

Striking a Balance: Tournaments on the horizon; 300 games cracking pins

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   It is a busy time for the sport of bowling, with leagues in full swing at Spins Bowl and Kent Lanes in Kent and Sky Lanes in Garrettsville. High-school bowling competition gets underway this week and plans are set for the first tournaments sponsored by the Portage County USBC. […]

High School Football Scoreboard: OHSAA Regional Semifinals

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FRIDAY, NOV. 10, 2023 OHSAA PLAYOFFS REGIONAL SEMIFINALS     DIVISION III, REGION 9 CHARDON 31, AURORA 0 (At Jerome T. Osborne Stadium, Mentor) CHARDON 0 24 7 0 — 31 AURORA 0 0 0 7 — 7 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER No scoring. SECOND QUARTER CHA — Sacerich 20 field goal, […]

Mogadore rolls into regional final with win over Mineral Ridge

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Mogadore Wildcats overcame three turnovers on Friday night to knock off Mineral Ridge and advance to the Division VI, Region 21 championship game. The Wildcats earned the 21-7 victory, which offers an opportunity for a rematch with Kirtland in the regional-title game. The Cats and Hornets met […]

Perry ends Garfield’s magical football season

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   What does it feel like to play the Perry Pirates? After 48 minutes of playoff football against the top-seeded juggernaut, Garfield head coach Mike Moser felt like he could offer a pretty succinct synopsis. “It is like holding on for dear life on every single play,” the veteran […]

Girls Cross Country: 2023 All-Metro Athletic Conference team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The All-Metro Athletic Conference girls cross country teams for the 2023 season. The teams are established through a selection process amongst league coaches.   RUNNER OF THE YEAR Reese Reaman, Woodridge, senior   COACH OF THE YEAR Jeff Howard, Woodridge   FIRST TEAM Reese Reaman, Woodridge, senior Marissa […]

Boys Cross Country: 2023 All-Metro Athletic Conference teams

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The All-Metro Athletic Conference boys cross country teams for the 2023 season. The teams are established through a selection process amongst league coaches.     RUNNER OF THE YEAR Sam Su, Woodridge, senior   COACH OF THE YEAR Jeff Howard, Woodridge   FIRST TEAM Sam Su, Woodridge, senior Parker […]

Volleyball: 2023 All-Metro Athletic Conference team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The All-Metro Athletic Conference teams for the 2023 season. The teams are established through a selection process amongst league coaches.   PLAYER OF THE YEAR Sidney Scherler, Cloverleaf, senior   DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR Catie Patterson, Woodridge, junior   COACH OF THE YEAR Leslie Flohr, Norton   […]

Legendary Mogadore youth football coach Ralph ‘Ruf’ Pierce’s next play call: Retirement

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Ralph “Ruf” Pierce fell in love with football when he was just shy of 2 years old, chasing every minute he could find to spend time with his dad. His hero. “I just always wanted to be with him,” Pierce said. So by the time he was 2 […]

Football: 2023 All-Metro Athletic Conference team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The All-Metro Athletic Conference teams for the 2023 season. The teams are established through a selection process amongst league coaches. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro, senior DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Noah Willig, Norton, senior LINEMAN OF THE YEAR William Nienhius, Field, senior COACH OF THE […]

Girls soccer POY Hallis leads collection of All-CVC Red Devils

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Crestwood Red Devils were well represented on the All-Chagrin Valley Conference teams for the fall 2023 seasons. Here is a listing of all of the student-athletes that were honored, including girls soccer Player of the Year Erin Hallis. FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM Nate Blasiole, junior Gavin McIntyre, senior SECOND […]

Fall 2023 All-MVAC honorees from Garfield, Waterloo

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference recently announced its all-league teams for the fall 2023 season. Here is a look at the honorees from Garfield and Waterloo that were recognized for their stellar seasons. ALL-MAHONING VALLEY ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SCARLET DIVISION FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM Jayden Hakin Landon McClain SECOND TEAM Bobby […]

Seven Bombers (football, volleyball) named to All-NAC teams

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Windham Bombers landed seven players on All-Northeastern Athletic Conference teams during the fall 2023 season. In football, Jack Eye and Anthony Paolella earned First Team honors, while Carlos Bruton and Jace Heil were both named Honorable Mention. On offense, Eye, a junior, finished the season with 684 […]

Golf: Northeast Ohio All-District team announced

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer The Northeast Ohio District Golf Coaches announced the athletes named to its All-District golf teams and, as expected, Portage County golfers were rewarded for their outstanding play on the fairways this season. Kent Roosevelt’s Liam Curtis and Aurora resident Chris Pollak (Hoban) led the honorees on the boys Division I […]

Youth Girls Basketball Scoreboard: Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023

YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, NOV. 5, 2023 SPRINGFIELD YOUTH GIRLS BASKETBALL LEAGUE 3RD GRADE DIVISION SCORES Rootstown 20, Springfield 3 Field Red 26, Field Black 1 Tallmadge 41, Waterloo 2 Manchester 11, Mogadore 2 Norton 18, Streetsboro 8 4TH GRADE DIVISION SCORES Springfield 14, Southeast Gold 2 Rootstown 17, Southeast Maroon 8 Field Red […]

High School Bowling Report: Setting up coverage for the 2023-24 season

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The high school bowling season is, quite literally, right around the corner as coaches and teams were permitted by the OHSAA to start practicing on Nov. 3, with the first competitions getting underway Nov. 17. Portage County has teams playing across several leagues, including the Portage Trail Conference (Rootstown, […]

OHSAA announces regional semifinal pairings and game sites

OHSAA Football Regional Semifinal Playoff Pairings Designated home team listed first. Pairings shown with regional seed and overall record. All games on Friday, November 10, at 7 p.m., unless indicated otherwise.   Division I Region 1 1 Lakewood St. Edward (10-1) vs. 4 Canton McKinley (9-3) at Parma Byers Field 2 Cleveland Heights (11-1) vs. […]

Cross Country State Championships: Field runs to best finish of Conroy’s career

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor To accurately measure how special the Field boys cross country season was, consider that the Falcons’ seventh-place finish on Saturday at the Division II state championship is the program’s seventh-best in school history. For a program as rich in tradition as Field’s, it is a remarkable accomplishment. The seventh-place […]

Portage Sports introduces Striking a Balance bowling column

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   As the regular golf column comes to an end (unless specific stories of winter tournaments and golfers’ successes warrant), bowling takes over. And you can anticipate seeing this column publish weekly on Portage Sports every Sunday throughout the bowling season. Leagues, youth and adult, are in full competition mode […]

Par for the Course: Dropping the curtain on the 2023 golf season

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   This is the final Par for the Course column for the season. It was an exciting season for golfers with new events on the schedule, including the first Junior Ohio Cup at Westfield Country Club between the Northern Ohio and Southern Ohio PGAs, another successful series of Portage County […]

High School Football Scoreboard: Regional Quarterfinals

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FRIDAY, NOV. 3, 2023 OHSAA PLAYOFFS SCOREBOARD Division III: Aurora 30, Gilmour Academy 27 Division IV: West Branch 31, Streetsboro 28 Division V: Garfield 56, Harrison Central 35 Division VI: Mineral Ridge 17, Rootstown 9 (no stats reported) Division VI: Mogadore 29, Pymatuning Valley 8 (no stats reported)     DIVISION III, […]

Streetsboro falls in playoff heartbreaker at West Branch

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Streetsboro head coach Pete Thompson had real concerns about the start of the 2023 season. Not because he didn’t believe in his talented group of players, but because he knew his Rockets football team would experience four difficult weeks of football against four talented football teams. During the […]

G-Men continue domination, pickup road playoff win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The train that is the Garfield G-Men keeps picking up steam. On Friday, in a Division V regional quarterfinal, the G-Men rolled past Harrison Central by a final score of 56-35. The triumph sets up a Week 13 matchup with Perry, which is the No. 1 seed of […]

Aurora’s playoff win is coach Mihalik’s 200th career win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Aurora celebrated a team win on Friday night and also a coaching milestone. The Greenmen knocked off Gilmour Academy 30-27 in a Division III regional quarterfinal showdown, using a fourth-quarter touchdown run of 15 yards by Brandon Liepins to top the Lancers and advance to next Friday’s regional semifinals. […]

Goodbyes are never easy for high school football seniors

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Just like the last two Fridays, tonight will turn into a difficult night for many football players. For the last time, they will put on their helmets and pads. A revered action that will never truly be duplicated again. For most of the players, football will always be […]

Football: Updated statistical leaders (Nov. 3)

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2023 STATISTICAL LEADERS OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Att.-Yards Dawson Morgan, Rootstown 280-2,045 Nate Blasiole, Crestwood 276-1,780 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 160-1,461 Cohen Klimak, Streetsboro 166-1,303 Keegan Sell, Garfield 82-1,126 Austin Marshall, Ravenna 141-1,105 Antonio Mejia, Southeast 164-1,053 Enzo Catania, Aurora 139-985 Case Myers, Southeast 114-963 Jayden Hakin, Waterloo 200-930 Eric Geddes, Garfield 69-859 […]

1920 Aurora High School football

The 1920 Aurora High School football team finished the season with a 7-2-1 regular-season record. The team included (front row left to right, last names only): Wolfe, Oswald, Hartwell, Krause, Miller (captain), Zents, Tauring, Brewster, Forsythe. (Back row left to right, last names only): Superintendent J.F. Koeppe, Pearson, Colebrook, W. Stutzman, P. Stutzman, T. Truce, […]

Cross Country: Southeast’s Julia Wheeler state championship preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Portage County will be represented at the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s cross country state championships by two teams and one individual. Regional qualifiers for the 2023 race were the Field boys in Division II, the Mogadore girls in Division III and Southeast sophomore Julia Wheeler for the Division […]

Cross Country: Mogadore girls state championship preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Portage County will be represented at the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s cross country state championships by two teams and one individual. Regional qualifiers for the 2023 race were the Field boys in Division II, the Mogadore girls in Division III and Southeast sophomore Julia Wheeler for the […]

Cross Country: Field Falcons boys state championship preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Portage County will be represented at the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s cross country state championships by two teams and one individual. Regional qualifiers for the 2023 race were the Field boys in Division II, the Mogadore girls in Division III and Southeast sophomore Julia Wheeler for the Division […]

Soccer: All-Portage County Scholastic Coaches Association Teams

BOYS SOCCER ALL-PORTAGE COUNTY SCHOLASTIC SOCCER COACHES ASSOCIATION TEAM     TEAM OF THE YEAR Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders   COACH OF THE YEAR Paul Krzeminski – Streetsboro   PLAYER OF THE YEAR Elijah Jurisch – Crestwood (11)   FIRST TEAM Forwards ▪Amir Spratt – Kent Roosevelt (12) ▪Julian Rios – Ravenna (12) ▪Payton Krzeminski […]

OHSAA announces reduced tickets for high school football playoffs

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced on Monday that it was reducing all ticket prices for the current high school football playoffs. Tickets had been $12 for an adult and $9 for students if purchased by preorder online. However, tickets had all been $15 — for adults and […]

Skaggs wins Portage Sports Pigskin Picks championship

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Portage Sports introduced its Pigskin Picks for the 2023 high school football season. In total, 30 participants joined the competition and were required to select their expected winners for approximately 10 games per week through the 10 weeks of the regular season and the first week of the […]

2001 Field High School baseball coach Bob McCrackin

The Field Falcons’ baseball team won the 2001 Portage County League championship, capturing the program’s second consecutive league title in the process. The Falcons won the crown by defeating the Woodridge Bulldogs in the PCL championship game. Field athletic director Craig Nettleton (pictured at left) presents baseball coach Bob McCrackin the championship trophy. It was […]

Football: Regional Quarterfinal Playoff Pairings

FOOTBALL OHSAA REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS Pairings shown with regional seed and overall record. All games on Friday, November 3, at 7 p.m., unless indicated otherwise.   Division I Region 1 8 Canton GlenOak (7-4) at 1 Lakewood St. Edward (9-1) 12 Cleveland St. Ignatius (2-8) at 4 Canton McKinley (8-3) 7 Berea-Midpark (7-4) at […]

Volleyball and Soccer: 2023 Regional Tournament Pairings

VOLLEYBALL OHSAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS Brackets and Tournament Coverage: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Volleyball-Girls/2023-Girls-Volleyball/2023-OHSAA-Girls-Volleyball-State-Tournament-Coverage Note: Designated home team listed first   Division I Region 1 Cleveland St. Joseph Academy vs. Mentor at Hudson High School, Thurs., 6 p.m. Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin vs. Massillon Jackson at Hudson High School, Thurs., 7:30 p.m. Regional Final: at Hudson High School, Sat., […]

High School Golf Report: Southeast Board of Education honors Blazek

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer     Southeast junior Taylor Blazek was invited by the Southeast Board of Education to be recognized for her outstanding achievement during the 2023 golf season. The Board of Education presented Blazek with a Recognition of Excellence. Blazek was the first Southeast golfer ever to qualify for the state tournament. […]

Par for the Course: Kent State alum Steve Parker inducted into HOF

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Kent State Golden Flashes golf team member and alumnus Steve Parker, current head professional at Portage Country Club in Akron, was inducted into the Northern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame at the organization’s fall meeting. Parker, a former Northern Ohio PGA president, began his professional career in 1996 after […]

High School Football Scoreboard: First Round Playoffs

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, OCT. 27, 2023 PLAYOFFS — FIRST ROUND SCORES DIVISION III Aurora 41, Alliance 7 DIVISION IV Streetsboro 41, Beaver Local 20 (box score not submitted) Mentor Lake Catholic 38, Field 14 (box score not submitted) DIVISION V Garfield 56, Conneaut 13 Perry 56, Crestwood 0 DIVISION VI Rootstown 43, Southeast […]

Fast-start Rovers win first playoff game since 2017

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   In periphery ways, Friday’s first-round playoff game began to look much like Rootstown’s difficult loss to Mogadore one week prior. It was raining. The field was muddy and wet. A division rival was staring back at them from across the line of scrimmage. The Rovers were once again […]

Aurora’s Vidovic, Millard to tee off in inaugural Junior Ohio Cup

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The high-school golf season in Ohio concluded with the OHSAA state tournaments, but for Gracyn Vidovic and Brooklyn Millard, both of Aurora, one more tournament is on their schedule. The inaugural Junior Ohio Cup tees off Saturday and continues Sunday. The event welcomes 32 juniors, 16 from the Northern […]

Football: Average league game win-loss differential for Portage teams

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A look at the average win and loss differentials for league games only for all 12 Portage County teams for the 2023 high school football season.     AURORA Wins: 27.6 Losses: No league losses — undefeated league season.     CRESTWOOD Wins: 17.0 Losses: 28.5     […]

Stoney’s Pizzeria’s Week 11 Pigskin Picks

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The moment of truth for the 2023 Pigskin Picks Challenge! The final set of games for the group to select. This week’s Pigskin Picks are sponsored by Stoney’s Pizzeria and Game Room located in Windham. After the results are calculated from this week’s games, the winner will be officially […]

Football: Updated statistical leaders (Oct. 27)

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2023 STATISTICAL LEADERS OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Att.-Yards Dawson Morgan, Rootstown 255-1,865 Nate Blasiole, Crestwood 257-1,717 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 142-1,246 Cohen Klimak, Streetsboro 152-1,202 Keegan Sell, Garfield 82-1,126 Austin Marshall, Ravenna 141-1,105 Drexal McAmis, Field 176-1,043 Antonio Mejia, Southeast 151-1,010 Jayden Hakin, Waterloo 200-930 Eric Geddes, Garfield 69-859 Case Myers, Southeast 102-816 […]

2002 Ravenna High School football’s Ryan Mattie

Ravenna High School senior football standout Ryan Mattie dives across the goal line during a game from the 2002 season. From that year, Mattie was one of five Ravens players that earned First Team All-Western Reserve Conference South Division honors. The 2002 Ravens finished the season with a 3-7 overall record. The team’s game-by-game results […]

Portage County’s football programs navigate fluctuating enrollment figures

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor It is not unusual for school districts to navigate through fluctuating enrollment figures. Those numbers often have a lot less to do with a team’s on-field results and everything to do with what division they are categorized in by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The translation: Just because […]

Football: Q&A with OHSAA’s Tim Stried on playoffs schedule format change

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   In July, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced it was changing its playoffs scheduling format. In 2022, the first two rounds were played on Friday nights and the next three rounds were split between Friday (Divisions I, II, III and V) and Saturday (Divisions IV, VI and […]

Volleyball: 2023 statistical leaders

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL STATISTICAL LEADERS SERVICE RECEIVING Kenzington Miller, Mogadore, 688 Katie Blythe, Streetsboro, 416 Emerson Spiez, Aurora, 348 Brooke Gecina, Aurora, 346 Zoe Pastva, Rootstown, 343 Kylie Bailey, Southeast, 301 Audrey Fusci, Crestwood, 289 Zoe Babnik, Crestwood, 288 Ava Sheeler, Field, 270 Mady Stelzer, Field, 198 Taylor Ober, […]

Football: Final Associated Press state poll (Oct. 24)

FOOTBALL The final Associated Press state poll for the 2023 regular season.   DIVISION I School Rec Pts 1. Lakewood St. Edward (16) 9-1 198 2. Gahanna Lincoln (2) 10-0 163 3. Cincinnati Princeton (1) 10-0 139 4. Milford 10-0 119 5. Lewis Center Olentangy 9-1 100 6. Hilliard Bradley (1) 9-1 92 7. Pickerington […]

Ohio High School Football Notebook (Oct. 24)

Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association High School Football Notebook: Week 10 COLUMBUS – The regular-season wrapped up on Saturday night and the 2023 OHSAA football playoffs are set. Here are the top performances from around the state in the final weekend of the regular-season as compiled by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association for this week’s high […]

Cross Country: List of regional qualifying teams and individuals

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A look at the regional qualifiers for this week’s high school boys and girls cross country meets.     GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM QUALIFICATIONS DIVISION II STREETSBORO (6th place) Kendall Epple, 30th place, 22:18.60 Madi Campbell, 34th, 22:33.10 Cara Tiller, 50th, 23:24.40 Kenzie LaGuardia, 52nd, 23:27.70 Grace Thomson, […]

High School Golf Report: The 2023 season comes to a close

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The high school golf season has concluded, with the OHSAA’s Division I state championship providing the final competition in Columbus this past weekend. Portage County was well represented this season at the state tournaments, with four golfers advancing to compete on the Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet and […]

Football: Official OHSAA first-round playoff matchups

OHSAA Football First-Round Playoff Pairings Pairings shown with regional seed. All games on Friday, October 27, at 7 p.m., unless indicated otherwise.   Division I Region 1 16 Elyria (1-9) at 1 Lakewood St. Edward (8-1) 15 Euclid (1-9) at 2 Cleveland Heights (9-1) 14 Brunswick (3-7) at 3 Wadsworth (8-2) 13 Strongsville (3-7) at […]

Golf Roundup: Curtis, Vidovic, Kost close out memorable rounds at state final

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer When the boys and girls teams started the postseason looking toward the OHSAA State Championship Tournaments, there were 87 boys teams and 64 girls teams — plus a handful of individuals seeking a berth at the championship finals from the Northeast District. That is more than 440 boys and 330 […]

Par for the Course: Golf offers another reminder that it is all about family

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer Golf is a family. Rarely do I attend any tournament, golf outing, scramble or high-school match that someone doesn’t say, “Do you remember me?” Everyone considers their teams a family, but golf stretches farther than that. Golfers walk 18 holes with three golfers from other towns and other schools, often […]

Week 10 High School Football Scoreboard

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, OCT. 20, 2023 WEEK 10 SCOREBOARD Mogadore 27, Rootstown 0 Crestwood 28, Grand Valley 27 Garfield 60, Brookfield 25 Aurora 9, Highland 7 Southeast 25, Warren JFK 24 Pymatuning Valley 36, Windham 0 Waterloo 28, Bridgeport 12 Norton 39, Ravenna 16 Streetsboro 62, Coventry 7 Revere 26, Kent Roosevelt 0 […]

Football: Unofficial playoff seedings and first-round matchups

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Ohio High School Athletic Association will officially announce the final playoff computer rankings on Sunday. However, the forever trusted website www.joeeitel.com has become an accurate, but still unofficial, calculator for teams throughout the season. According to Eitel, who was featured in a Portage Sports story last fall, […]

Golf Roundup: Liam Curtis (Roosevelt) tied for seventh at state championships

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Kent Roosevelt junior Liam Curtis led the charge among Portage County golfers, finishing in a tie for seventh place on his first day of competition on the tough Scarlet Golf Course fairways on Friday. Curtis fired front and back nines of 35-38 for a 18-hole total of 73 — […]

Cats pounce on Rovers’ mistakes to capture PTC championship

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   As he stood in three inches of churned up mud and rain fell onto his green windbreaker, Mogadore football head coach Matt Adorni radiated an energy that only a championship night can produce. Adorni’s Wildcats had just completed a 27-0 shutout victory over previously undefeated Rootstown to capture […]

Crasi delivers heroics once again to lift Aurora to league title

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Dylan Crasi is creating a precedence for himself that will be impossible to maintain. For the second straight week, the Aurora senior made the game-winning play to help his team to a victory. On Friday, Aurora’s narrow 9-7 victory over Highland secured the Suburban League American Division championship. […]

Sell’s historic performance caps historic season for G-Men

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A historic season featured a historic finish. The Garfield G-Men completed a perfect 10-0 undefeated season on Friday with a commanding 60-25 victory over Brookfield. With it, the G-Men secured the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference championship. To get there, senior Keegan Sell provided the fireworks with a game […]

High School Football Central: Week 10

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The final week of the regular season. For some, the last Friday night ever for football. An emotional realization. For some, the chance to capture a championship. For some, the opportunity to secure at least a Week 11. For all, another special night for fall football! I will […]

Keegan’s Seasonal Services’ Week 10 Pigskin Picks

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The final week of the regular season is the second-to-last week for the Pigskin Picks Challenge. This week’s Pigskin Picks are sponsored by Keegan’s Seasonal Services, with owner Mike Keegan making this week’s selections for the Sponsorship Team. Before we look at this week’s list of games and each […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, OCT. 19, 2023 VOLLEYBALL DIVISION IV SECTIONAL FINAL MOGADORE DEF. CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN, 16-25, 25-14, 21-25, 25-20, 15-11 MOGADORE — Kenzington Miller, 29 digs, 2 assists; Jordin Twiddy, 13 kills; Kaitlyn Clester, 5 kills, 6 blocks; Kendall Barcus, 17 assists, 1 ace.   DIVISION IV SECTIONAL FINAL NEWTON FALLS DEF. WINDHAM, 25-17, […]

Mogadore-Rootstown set for Week 10 championship showdown

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Mogadore and Rootstown began scheduling each other as Week 10 opponents beginning regularly in 2015. Since that time, 2019 is the only year that they did not play each other in the final week of the regular season. The scheduling arrangement has coincided with a rebirth of a gridiron […]

Football: Updated statistical leaders (Oct. 20)

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2023 STATISTICAL LEADERS OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Att.-Yards Dawson Morgan, Rootstown 230-1,767 Nate Blasiole, Crestwood 235-1,636 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 135-1,174 Cohen Klimak, Streetsboro 147-1,105 Austin Marshall, Ravenna 125-919 Antonio Mejia, Southeast 127-858 Drexal McAmis, Field 126-808 Keegan Sell, Garfield 69-802 Enzo Catania, Aurora 108-769 Case Myers, Southeast 94-751 Eric Geddes, Garfield 67-728 […]

1973 Windham girls basketball PCL Sportsmanship Award

The 1973 Windham High School girls basketball team were the proud winners of the Portage County League’s Sportsmanship Award. Shown accepting the honor are (left to right) Diane Belden, Susie Capparell, Anne Ehrenberg and Michelle Warren. The photo was shared by George Belden on the Windham Alumni Facebook Page.

Boys and Girls Soccer: Stat leaders

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER STATISTICAL LEADERS GOALS Elijah Jurisch, Crestwood, 32 Amir Spratt, Kent Roosevelt, 19 Aaron Hart, Waterloo, 19 Payton Krzeminski, Streetsboro, 18 Nate Pastor, Rootstown, 17 Zach Pastor, Rootstown, 14 Kyle Shelhamer, Crestwood, 11 Derek Schindler, Rootstown, 8 Eli Christine, Streetsboro, 7 Brayden Ronowski, Field, 7 Alec Grimm, Field, 6 Mason Biltz, Waterloo, […]

Roosevelt’s Curtis sets new expectations in return trip to Columbus

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Going to the state tournament is always a goal of high-school golfers. Making a repeat trip back to state is special and often difficult to do. Liam Curtis, a junior member of Kent Roosevelt’s varsity golf team, has already accomplished the latter, qualifying a second year as an individual […]

Aurora’s Vidovic turns successful summer into state-final berth

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Gracyn Vidovic, an Aurora junior, is going to state. She earned that opportunity at the Brookledge Division I District, firing a 4-over-par 75 as the runner-up medalist and first individual qualifier. “I wasn’t putting great,” said Vidovic. “I managed to pick it up on the back nine and make […]

Family aspect takes golf to another level for Roosevelt’s state-bound Kost

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer Maddie Kost, a senior at Kent Roosevelt, realizes how important golf has been. “The experiences have been awesome,” said Kost. “My senior year has made me realize how fast everything goes. I’m embracing everything, every match and every tournament. “We were undefeated in matches this season,” Kost added. “It has […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Mogadore AD Steve Lutz

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   “Getting to Know” is an ongoing series that was created to spotlight 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 athletic director and teacher Steve Lutz.   Q: Hometown? A: Mogadore, Ohio.   […]

Ohio High School Football Notebook (Oct. 18)

COLUMBUS – We have reached Week 10 in the 2023 Ohio high school football regular-season. Here are the top performances from around the state as compiled by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association for this week’s high school football notebook. Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association High School Football Notebook – Week 9 * The Shelby Whippets earned […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, OCT. 16, 2023 BOYS SOCCER DIVISION III SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL ROOTSTOWN 7, LOUDONVILLE 1 Goals — (R) Nate Pastor 3, Blake Postlethwait 2, Zach Pastor, Derek Schindler. Assists — (R) Zach Pastor 2, Nate Pastor, Bryson Scarlett. Shots on Goal — Rootstown, 16-4. Corner Kicks — Rootstown, 6-2. Goalkeeper/Saves — Trent Gauer/3. […]

2023 Volunteers of the Year

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Volunteers are volunteers for a reason. In most cases, they do it because nobody else would. They do it for the love of their community and for the families that call it their home. They do it with energy and enthusiasm, almost always with a smile on their face. […]

Palmyra softball wins 12U fall ball championship

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The 12U Palmyra team completed an undefeated season with a tournament championship as members of the Portage Girls Softball fall league season. The team went 10-0 in the regular season and earned the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. In the tourney’s semifinals, Palmyra defeated Jackso-Milton by […]

Football: Updated playoff rankings (Oct. 17)

OHSAA Football Computer Ratings Top 16 schools from each region in the final report Oct. 22 will qualify for the playoffs. Division I Region 1 – 1. Lakewood St. Edward (7-1) 27.048, 2. Cleveland Heights (8-1) 25.3605, 3. Canton McKinley (7-2) 25.2828, 4. Wadsworth (7-2) 24.1552, 5. Mentor (6-3) 19.1212, 6. Medina (6-3) 17.2278, 7. […]

Football: Associated Press State Poll (Oct. 16)

FOOTBALL ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE POLL MONDAY, OCT. 16, 2023     DIVISION I 1. St. Edward (11)                  8-1 164 2. Hilliard Bradley (4)                      9-0 137 3. Pickerington North (1)                    9-0 129 4. Cin. Princeton                      9-0 107 5. Milford                                   9-0 105 6. Gahanna Lincoln                           9-0 93 7. Olentangy                    8-1 […]

Track and Field: 2024 state championships moved to Dayton

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Monday that the 2024 track and field state tournament will be held at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. The track surface at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University will be removed in May and replaced with a new track that will take several months to complete. […]

Father and son — Pat and Jackson Adolph — partner for bowling title

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Rootstown’s Pat Adolph has already established himself as one of the best bowlers in the area. So, it is no surprise that his son is also an awesome bowler. Put the two of them together at a USBC Adult/Youth Tournament and, no surprise to anyone, they both will come […]

High School Golf Report: Blazek’s state berth gave Fesemyer special memory

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Taylor Blazek, a junior at Southeast, represented her school and herself well at the state tournament as the first golfer for the Pirates to advance to the OHSAA event. “Some kids get nervous,” said the girls golf coach, Cindy Fesemyer. “Taylor was confident and steady. I was impressed with […]

Football: Week 9 Scoreboard

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, OCT. 13, 2023 FOOTBALL WEEK 9 SCORES Kirtland 56, Crestwood 6 Rootstown 35, Southeast 7 Aurora 35, Barberton 33 Streetsboro 76, Springfield 6 Garfield 56, Crestview 7 Mathews 14, Windham 6 Lowellville 40, Waterloo 18 Tallmadge 18, Kent Roosevelt 17 Norton 41, Field 0 Mogadore 53, St. Thomas Aquinas 6 Woodridge […]