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Ravenna’s McPherson qualifies for national motocross race

Tom Nader June 15, 2024

9th annual Bailey Simons Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament is Saturday

Tom Nader June 13, 2024

Hiram College announces plans for three new sports

Tom Nader June 13, 2024

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Ravenna’s McPherson qualifies for national motocross race

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Jacob McPherson’s next race will be against the world’s best amateurs at the most prestigious competition in the motocross circuit. The 15-year-old sophomore at Ravenna High School recently qualified for the 43rd annual Monster Energy AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, […]

9th annual Bailey Simons Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament is Saturday

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The ninth annual Bailey Simons Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday at Rootstown High School. The tournament is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and will feature six different teams. Waterloo is the event’s reigning champion, with Crestwood, Field, Mogadore, Rootstown Blue and Rootstown White […]

Hiram College announces plans for three new sports

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Hiram College announced on Saturday that it will introduce three new sports beginning in 2025. The three sports are men’s ice hockey, women’s lacrosse and women’s bowling. “This is a historic period for Hiram athletics and its new total of 26 varsity sports,” Director of Athletics Scott Pohlman […]

Boys and Girls Track and Field: All-time event leaderboard (updated 2024)

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD ALL-TIME PORTAGE COUNTY RUNNING EVENTS 110 HURDLES G. Heffner, Field, 14.0 (1975) John Oliver, Garfield, 14.05 (1999) Olaun Simmons, Kent Roosevelt, 14.3 (1999) Rob Licursi, Crestwood, 14.4 (1987) Roger Dietz, Rootstown, 14.5 (1957) Pavel Henderson, Ravenna, 14.61 (2023) Joe Divoky, Southeast, 14.6 (2002) John Eskridge, Rootstown, 14.70 (1970) Denoah Wright, Ravenna, […]

Boys Tennis: 2024 All-Suburban League

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS 2024 ALL-SUBURBAN LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Vincent Cannata, Aurora     COACH OF THE YEAR David Heideman, Revere     FIRST TEAM Vincent Cannata, Aurora Finn Keenan, Revere Sam Lazbin, Revere Luke Butcher, Highland Dan Choi, Revere Truman Voris, Revere Colin McDonald, Revere Sawyer Suzener, Highland Chris Cifani, Aurora   […]

Baseball: 2024 All-Suburban League American Division

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 2024 ALL-SUBURBAN LEAGUE AMERICAN DIVISION PLAYER OF THE YEAR Dominic Trivisonno, Aurora     COACH OF THE YEAR Kenny Linn, Tallmadge     FIRST TEAM Dominic Trivisonno, Aurora, catcher, senior Zach Williams, Aurora, pitcher, senior Evan Chmielewski, Copley, pitcher, senior Keagan Gilbride, Tallmadge, pitcher, senior Josh Misener, Copley, catcher, senior Shane Cope, […]

OHSAA approves 14 requests from schools to ‘move up’ a division

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors announced on Wednesday that it has approved 14 requests to move up a division from a lower division for the 2024-25 school year. The requests came from 11 different schools and included specific requests for fall and winter sports. […]

Waterloo Vikings: Spring 2024 All-Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   All-Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference honorees from Waterloo High School for the spring 2024 season.     GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD FIRST TEAM 4×100 Relay: Siena Ross, Ava Reynolds, Courtney Eisenbraun, Tess Rodenbucher SECOND TEAM 4×200 Relay: Siena Ross, Chloe Guth, Courtney Eisenbraun, Tess Rodenbucher HONORABLE MENTION Tess Rodenbucher, […]

1948 Rootstown High School football

The 1948 Rootstown High School football team. The team was coached by John Small and finished the year with a 1-6-2 record, with the following results: Week 1: Brewster, 0-26 Week 2: Freedom, 18-6 Week 3: Windham, 6-6 Week 4: Garrettsville, 0-0 Week 5: Randolph, 6-25 Week 6: Atwater, 7-35 Week 7: Suffield, 0-19 Week […]

Ravenna names Brian Coman as new football coach

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Ravenna High School has announced the hiring of Brian “Fuzz” Coman to be its new varsity football head coach. Coman, who will be formally approved by the Ravenna Board of Education on June 24, is a 1988 graduate of Ravenna and was a standout multi-sport athlete for the […]

Par for the Course: Portage Sports Golf Tournament announces participating high-school athletes

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The Portage Sports Four-Person Scramble Golf Tournament, set for June 29 at Sunny Hill Golf Course in Brimfield, will provide a fun event for all golfers with the chance to meet some of the best athletes in Portage County and use their skills to advance the foursome around the […]

Portage County Bowling Scoreboard: Sunday, June 9, 2024

PORTAGE COUNTY BOWLING SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2024 ADULT LEAGUES KUMERLELE DOUBLES: Larry Stout 211, Thomas Prater 705, Nancy Zolgus 175, Robin Wise 473. PERFECT FIT TRIO SPRING: Drew Beitzel 244, Joey Hardin 916, Zoe Bevilacqua 214-746. PERFECT FIT TRIO SUMMER: Taz Moore 296, Troy Allison 943, Marissa Perrine 267-891. HAV-A-BAL 9 PIN: Men _ […]

Crestwood Red Devils: Spring 2024 All-Chagrin Valley Conference

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor All-Chagrin Valley Conference honorees from Crestwood High School for the spring 2024 season. FIRST TEAM SOFTBALL Bella Hunter, infield, senior Grace Harper, utility, freshman BASEBALL Jake Eyerman, utility, sophomore GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD Runner of the Year: Livia Martini Field Event Athlete of the Year: Lilly O’Bryant Coach of […]

Baseball: 2024 All-Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Gray Division

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 2024 ALL-MAHONING VALLEY ATHLETIC CONFERENCE GRAY DIVISION     PLAYER OF THE YEAR Dylan Simpson, LaBrae     COACH OF THE YEAR Ed Anthony, LaBrae     FIRST TEAM Carson Fife, Champion, pitcher, senior Dylan Howell, Champion, infield, junior Shane Hixson, Champion, infield, junior Ethan Feezle, Crestview, pitcher, senior Zach Davis, Crestview, […]

Softball: 2024 All-Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Gray Division

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL 2024 ALL-MAHONING VALLEY ATHLETIC CONFERENCE GRAY DIVISION PLAYER OF THE YEAR Gabby Gradishar, Champion     COACH OF THE YEAR Cheryl Weaver, Champion     FIRST TEAM Arianna Jones, Brookfield, catcher, senior Cadence Huffman, Brookfield, infield, senior Jasmine Hubbard, Brookfield, outfield, senior Mileena Williams, Campbell, catcher, junior Ramani Adams, Campbell, pitcher, sophomore […]

2024 Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association All-Ohio teams

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL OHIO HIGH SCHOOL FASTPITCH SOFTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION 2024 ALL-OHIO     DIVISION I FIRST TEAM Carsyn Cassady, Watkins Memorial, pitcher, senior Jordyn Wycuff, Watkins Memorial, catcher, senior Andrea Day, Hilliard Darby, infield, senior Ashley Mowery, Lancaster, infield, junior Kendall Brown, Lancaster, catcher, sophomore Kylan Brock, Tri-Valley, infield, senior Sydnie Watts, Austintown Fitch, […]

2024 Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Ohio teams

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL OHIO HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL COACHES ASSOCIATON 2024 ALL-OHIO     DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jake Hanley, Mason COACH OF THE YEAR: Matt Stricker, North Royalton     FIRST TEAM Brady Sasse, North Royalton, pitcher, senior Zion Theophilus, Archbishop Moeller, pitcher, junior Keegan Holmstrom, Grove City, pitcher, senior Dan Tome, St. […]

Softball: 2024 All-Portage Trail Conference

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL 2024 ALL-PORTAGE TRAIL CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Shelbie Krieger COACH OF THE YEAR Jeff Fankhauser, Mogadore FIRST TEAM Shelbie Krieger, Rootstown, senior Katie Gardner, Mogadore, senior Miranda Timko, Southeast, freshman Olivia Kidd, Mogadore, senior Addie Christy, Mogadore, junior Lily Hotchkiss, Mogadore, junior Emma Full, Lake Center Christian, senior Morgan Muncy, Southeast, […]

Baseball: 2024 All-Portage Trail Conference

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 2024 ALL-PORTAGE TRAIL CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Harrison Coblentz, Lake Center Christian     COACH OF THE YEAR Shane Byler, Lake Center Christian     FIRST TEAM Harrison Coblentz, Lake Center Christian, senior Nathan Bryant, Lake Center Christian, sophomore Freddy Bolchalk, Warren JFK, junior Cole Reese, Mogadore, junior Caleb Hadley, Warren […]

Girls Track and Field: 2024 All-Portage Trail Conference

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD 2024 ALL-PORTAGE TRAIL CONFERENCE     ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Melanie Plecko, Rootstown     COACH OF THE YEAR Kim Kreiner, Mogadore     FIRST TEAM Melanie Plecko, Rootstown, senior Brooklynn McIntyre, Rootstown, senior Sarah Stock, Lake Center Christian, senior Colbie Curall, Rootstown, sophomore Ari Tompkins, Mogadore, junior Gianna […]

Youth Baseball and Softball Scoreboard: Monday, June 3, 2024

YOUTH BASEBALL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2024   10U DIVISION SUFFIELD CHARGERS 14, STREETSBORO BLUE 3 Top Pitchers: (SC) Jackson Buso, Hunter Lackey. Top Hitters: (SC) Ben Dussel, double, single, two RBI; Emerson Kisamore, home run, single; Luka Royer, home run, two RBI; Jackson Buso, triple, single, two RBI.     YOUTH SOFTBALL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, […]

The story of Russ Swartz: A life with basketball, lots of wins and emotions

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Basketball has always been important to Russ Swartz. Ever since he can remember. Back to the days when he was just a toddler running around the gymnasium inside Springfield High School, where his dad was a coach. The love started to grow there. And it has never stopped. […]

Boys and Girls Track and Field: Final 2024 event leaderboards

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TRACK AND FIELD 2024 PORTAGE COUNTY LEADERS RUNNING EVENTS 4X800 RELAY Field (B. Silk, S. Silk, Shutty, Pruszynkski), 7:56.32 Streetsboro (Ivory, Tiller, Puleo, Hodge), 8:19.38 Aurora, 8:55.78 Crestwood, 9:06.6 Kent Roosevelt, 9:08.96 Rootstown (Fillmore, Baughman, Burrell, Reuting), 9:09.2 Garfield, 9:31.15 110 HURDLES Logan Border, Field, 15.00 Aiden Rodstrom, Rootstown, 15.10 James Durham, […]

Baseball and Softball: Final 2024 statistical leaders

2024 HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STATISTICAL LEADERS HITTING BATTING AVERAGE Jack Eye, Windham .686 Jake Eyerman, Crestwood .571 Austin Biggin, Rootstown .537 Colin Hensley, Aurora .500 Nate Muncy, Southeast .481 Eric Geddes, Garfield .468 Grady Eader, Field .459 Alex Carter, Garfield .452 Brett Epple, Streetsboro .447 Mav Wood, Southeast .447 Jake Hopkins, Mogadore .429 Scott Wilson, […]

Boys Track and Field: 2024 All-Portage Trail Conference

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TRACK AND FIELD 2024 ALL-PORTAGE TRAIL CONFERENCE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Jacarie Corner, St. Thomas Aquinas     COACH OF THE YEAR Larry Bailey, Rootstown     FIRST TEAM Jacarie Corner, St. Thomas, Aquinas, freshman Deuane Earley, Warren JFK, junior Gianni Damicone, Rootstown, junior Jason Garvin, Mogadore, freshman Gavin Bertka, Southeast, senior […]

Baseball: OHSAA state tournament pairings and schedule

2024 Baseball State Tournament Pairings Home team listed first. All games at Canal Park, Akron. All games on the NFHS Network and the OHSAA Radio Network. Pairings shown with final state rank by Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association. Division II Parma Padua Franciscan vs. No. 6 Hamilton Badin, Friday, June 7, 10 a.m. Wintersville […]

Garfield’s Hunt wins three state championships, Streetsboro’s Sobie wins two

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Saturday’s finals at the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s state championships turned into a special day for Garfield’s Conner Hunt and Streetsboro’s Milena Sobie. Hunt won the state championships in the Seated Division in the 100, 400 and 800. Sobie, a senior, won the state championships in the […]

Track and Field: 2024 OHSAA state championship roundup

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Mogadore girls 4×200 relay team came as close to winning a state championship as you could ever train for. The group of Julie Tompkins, Brook McIntyre, Katie Lane and Ari Tompkins finished as runners-up in the Division III race, losing to Coldwater by seven-hundreths of a second. The […]

Portage County Bowling Scoreboard (June 2, 2024)

PORTAGE COUNTY BOWLING SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2024   LEAGUES KUMERLEE DOUBLES: Lou Drouhard 205, Thomas Prater 662, Michelle Prater 158, Robin Wade 440. PERFECT FIT SUMMER TRIO: Bradley Woodrum 300, Bob Smolko 992, Lisa Osborne 248-549. SUMMER FUN TRIO: Fred Endres 275-667, Robin Farquhar 104-525. HAV-A-BALL 9 PIN: Men: Jon Marshall 300-810, Women: Abby […]

Par for the Course: Portage Sports tourney announces cash prize

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Golfers and teams competing in the Portage Sports Four-Person Scramble on June 29 at Sunny Hill Golf Course will have the opportunity to take advantage of the skills offered by talented Portage County athletes and win a $500 cash prize awarded to the champion team. Registration is $300 per […]

Home Run Derby champions crowned in Ravenna

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Home runs took center stage in Ravenna on Saturday, with the high school baseball program’s annual derby that showcased multiple age divisions from youth to alumni. Sparked by Ravens varsity head coach Lee Lovejoy, the annual event pulls in players of all ages in a fun-filled afternoon. In […]

Boys Tennis: 2024 All-Metro Athletic Conference

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS 2024 ALL-METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Lucas Foote, Norton     COACH OF THE YEAR Phil Seenes, Norton     FIRST TEAM Lucas Foote, Norton, junior Ivan Vasich, Coventry, sophomore Jackson Davis, Norton, senior Parker Upton, Woodridge, junior Dhevan Sivapatham, Cloverleaf, senior Zach Pickett, Norton, junior Luke Martell, Norton, […]

Youth Baseball and Softball Scoreboard: Thursday, May 30, 2024

YOUTH BASEBALL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2024 10U DIVISION SUFFIELD CHARGERS 12, ROOTSTOWN 5 Top Pitchers: (S) David Paul Duma, Jace Bachus, Ben Dussel. Top Hitters: (S) Ben Dussel, triple, two singles, four RBI; Jace Bachus, triple; Jackson Buso, double, three RBI. 11U DIVISION GARFIELD 17, NEWTON FALLS 5 Top Pitchers: (G) Thompson, 4 strikeouts; […]

Rootstown’s McIntyre earns All-Ohio status in discus, shot put

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Brooklynn McIntyre had a special day on Thursday. The Rootstown senior earned All-Ohio status in a pair of Division III events at the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s state championship track and field event in Dayton. McIntyre qualified for a berth at the state finals in both the discus […]

Baseball: 2024 All-Metro Athletic Conference

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL 2024 ALL-METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE     PLAYER OF THE YEAR Grady Eader, Field     PITCHER OF THE YEAR Landon Homan, Field     COACH OF THE YEAR Joe Peterson, Field     FIRST TEAM Grady Eader, Field, junior Landon Homan, Field, junior Landon Moritz, Coventry, junior James Evans, Ravenna, junior Jack […]

Softball: 2024 All-Metro Athletic Conference

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL 2024 ALL-METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE     PLAYER OF THE YEAR Destiny Ruggiero, Springfield     PITCHER OF THE YEAR Maddie Burge, Field     COACH OF THE YEAR Beth Dyer, Field     FIRST TEAM Destiny Ruggiero, Springfield, senior Maddie Burge, Field, junior Abagale Gray, Cloverleaf, junior Madison Burkhart, Coventry, senior Ava […]

Track and Field: 2024 OHSAA State Championships Preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Portage County will be well represented at the OHSAA’s state championship meet in Dayton. The three-day event begins on Thursday and will continue on Friday before closing on Saturday. Here is a complete list of all of the state qualifiers from all three divisions: Division I State Qualifiers: https://milesplit.live/meets/568366 […]

Girls Track and Field: 2024 All-Metro Athletic Conference

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD 2024 ALL-METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE     TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Riley Evans, Cloverleaf     FIELD EVENT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Morgan Hallet, Norton     COACH OF THE YEAR Garth Gucker, Cloverleaf     FIRST TEAM Shot Put: Morgan Hallet, Norton, senior Discus: Morgan Hallet, Norton, senior […]

Boys Track and Field: 2024 All-Metro Athletic Conference

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TRACK AND FIELD 2024 ALL-METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Garrett Tiller, Streetsboro     FIELD EVENT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Robert Melzer, Ravenna Trevor Dixon, Field     COACH OF THE YEAR Scott Mercer, Woodridge     FIRST TEAM Shot Put: Robert Melzer, Ravenna, junior Discus: Camden Radeschi, Field, […]

2001 Crestwood High School softball

The 2001 Crestwood High School softball team were champions of the Portage County League. The team finished with a 26-3 overall record and were 13-1 in the PCL. The team included Kelly Bukas, Michelle Penney, Stephanie Moore, Lindsey Harper, Amy Iamarrino, Sherry Murdock, Amber Murdock, Kaitlyn Guyette, Brittany Vanderink, Danielle Robine, Leanne VanAuken and Amanda […]

Longtime Field softball assistant Bob Bauer makes profound impact

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Field softball team doesn’t go anywhere without Coach B’s bucket. A gift from standout alumni Megan Schmidt, the white bucket acts as Bob Bauer’s perch, where he calls pitches for the Falcons’ staff while sitting as close to home plate as possible. The bucket is decorated with a […]

Youth Baseball and Softball Scoreboard: Sunday, May 26, 2024

YOUTH SOFTBALL SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2024 10U DIVISION SUFFIELD (GEIGER) 9, SUFFIELD FALCONS 7 Top Pitchers: (S) Sophia Uminski, 15 strikeouts; (SF) Tegan Lightfoot, 15 strikeouts. Top Hitters: (S) Nellie Dunlap, double, two runs; Izzy Confer, double, two RBI; Eliana Reagan, single, two runs. (SF) Lizzy Daves, single, two RBI; Aria Meyers, RBI; Lilly […]

Softball: OHSAA State Tournament pairings and schedule

2024 Softball State Tournament Pairings Home team listed first. All games at Firestone Stadium, Akron. Pairings shown with final state rank by Ohio Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association. Division IV No. 1 Strasburg-Franklin (28-3) vs. No. 2 Minster (29-1), Thursday, May 30, 10 a.m. No. 8 Viena Mathews (23-8) vs. Monroeville (23-6), Thursday, May 30, 12:30 […]

Par for the Course: Juniors compete at Northern Ohio PGA event in Ashland

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The Ashland Golf Club in Ashland hosted the first of several 36-hole junior events hosted by the Northern Ohio PGA. Juniors receive recognition for their place overall as well as in age divisions. In the Girls 11-19 age division, Gracyn Vidovic of Aurora fired a 5-over-par for 36 holes […]

Aurora’s Barner returns home before start of NFL career

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Before officially making his home out west in Seattle, AJ Barner found time to come back to first home in Aurora. The Greenmen football alumni, who was drafted in the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks after a national-championship season with the University of […]

Track and Field: 2024 OHSAA state championship qualifiers

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TRACK AND FIELD 2024 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS FIELD Lucas Pollard, junior, 300 hurdles, 39.18 seconds, 3rd place at Youngstown Regional Trevor Dixon, sophomore, 6-5, 1st at Youngstown Regional Trevor Dixon, sophomore, 21-1.75, 3rd at Youngstown Regional 4×800 Relay (Evan Pruszynski, Billy Silk, Lucas Pollard, Sean Silk), 8:00.06, 5th at Youngstown Regional (at-large […]

Boys Lacrosse: Southeast still alive in postseason during breakout year

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The Southeast High School boys lacrosse team is still alive in the regional tournament. The Pirates topped Aurora and will play against Hunting Valley University School, the No. 1 seed in the regional tournament, on Thursday at 6 p.m. Karl Mesaros, coach of the Pirates, is looking forward to […]

Youth Baseball Scoreboard: Tuesday, May 21, 2024

YOUTH BASEBALL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2024 COACH PITCH 1 SUFFIELD FALCONS 16, LAKE 7 Top Hitters: (S) Luka Blake, two singles, double; Leo Budd, four singles, RBI; Rhett Appleby, four singles, RBI; Leo Moore, four singles; Johnny Meyers, three singles, double, three RBI; Colton Delp, four singles, two RBI; Weston Aronhalt, four singles, two […]

Abilities Week takes center stage at Southeast

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   For the second year in a row, Southeast hosted an Abilities Week that expanded to a district-wide event this year and closed with an inclusive basketball game. The opportunity to showcase Abilities Week across the entire district was led by the coordination of Christina Hemberger, who is a […]

Track and Field: Portage County’s regional qualifiers

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Here is a list of high school boys and girls track and field regional qualifiers from Portage County, along with their event, result and placement at the district meet.     AURORA BOYS Andrew Snyder, high jump, 11-6, 4th place Leo Sesuraj, long jump, 21-1, 2nd place Jaxson […]

Bowling Scoreboard: Sunday, May 19, 2024

PORTAGE COUNTY BOWLING SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2024 LEAGUES PERFECT FIT SUMMER TRIO: Derrick Simon 278, Jolson French 969, Marissa Perrine 258-919. KUMERLEE DOUBLES: Larry Stout 242, Ray Weinman 621, Liz Hickman 166, Michelle Prater 483. PERFECT FIT TRIO SPRING: Jason Kalbaugh 300, Ron Elwood 945, Zoe Bevilacqua 225-753. HAV-A-BAL 9 PIN: Men _ Vince […]

Par for the Course: Russ aces No. 10 at Paradise Lakes

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Josh Russ of Rootstown scored his first ace playing at Paradise Lake Golf Club in Suffield in the Friday Night League. Russ took a score of one on the card for the tough 10th hole, traveling the 144 yards to the cup over the water on the par 3 […]

Track and Field: Updated Event Leaderboard (May 17)

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TRACK AND FIELD 2024 PORTAGE COUNTY LEADERS RUNNING EVENTS 4X800 RELAY Field (B. Silk, S. Silk, Shutty, Pruszynkski), 8:11.0 Streetsboro (Ivory, Tiller, Puleo, Hodge), 8:19.38 Aurora, 8:55.78 Crestwood, 9:06.6 Kent Roosevelt, 9:08.96 Rootstown (Fillmore, Baughman, Burrell, Reuting), 9:09.2 Garfield, 9:31.15 110 HURDLES Aiden Rodstrom, Rootstown, 15.10 Logan Border, Field, 15.17 Lucas Pollard, […]

Baseball and Softball: Updated Statistical Leaders (May 17)

2024 HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STATISTICAL LEADERS HITTING BATTING AVERAGE Jack Eye, Windham .686 Jake Eyerman, Crestwood .571 Jayden Coffie, Streetsboro .565 Austin Biggin, Rootstown .537 Colin Hensley, Aurora .500 Nate Muncy, Southeast .481 Grady Eader, Field .472 Eric Geddes, Garfield .468 Alex Carter, Garfield .452 Scott Wilson, Streetsboro .451 Brett Epple, Streetsboro .447 Mav Wood, […]

Youth Baseball Scoreboard: Thursday, May 16, 2024

YOUTH BASEBALL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2024 COACH PITCH SUFFIELD FALCONS 21, LAKE 14 Top Hitters: (S) Luka Blake, three singles, RBI; Rhett Appleby, single, double, two RBI; Leo Moore, single, two doubles, RBI; Johnny Meyers, two singles, RBI; Colton Delp, three singles, double, two RBI; Weston Aronhalt, four singles, two RBI; Easton Knapp, three […]

OHSAA member schools vote approval for six referendums

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Ohio High School Athletic Association member schools passed all six proposed revisions to the OHSAA Constitution and Bylaws in votes that were made public by the athletic organization on Thursday. Each member school has one vote for each of the referendums and the vote is officially casted by […]

1965 Ravenna Rams JV youth football

The 1965 Ravenna Rams youth football team and cheerleaders. The football team photo includes: Front row left to right: John Nottingham, Brant Shearer, Tom Ayers, John Hairston, Bill Smith, Russ Svoboda, Brent Bolyard, Tom Tortorella, Dan Heasley, Paul Lansky, Dennis Smith, Ken Yonker. Second row left to right: John Jordan, Ralph Swartout, Jim Coll, Dave […]

Ravenna ESPYS celebrate school’s great athletes, moments, memories

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Ravenna High School athletic department hosted its 9th annual ESPYs event on Tuesday. The event was initiated by Ravenna social studies teacher and boys soccer coach Matt Wunderle in 2016 as a regal and exciting replacement to the school’s annual Letterwinner’s Dinner. Tuesday’s prestigious and formal-dress event captured […]

Southeast baseball celebrates program resurgence in 2024

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Baseball has been a bit different for the Southeast Pirates this spring. Different from last year. Different than the last six seasons, actually. It was back in 2017 when the Pirates celebrated its last season above .500. That season’s group finished with a 10-7 overall record and were […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2024 SOFTBALL BEREA DIVISION III DISTRICT SEMIFINAL COLUMBIANA 7, ROOTSTOWN 1 (At South Range) ROOTSTOWN 000-000-1—1-3-2 COLUMBIANA 100-321-X—7-7-0 Batteries: Krieger and Hammerschmidt. Gamble and Perkins. WP — Gamble (12 strikeouts). LP — Kreiger (7 strikeouts). Top Hitters: (R) Silveus, single, run; K. Hammerschmidt, single; Thomas, single.     MACEDONIA […]

Track and Field: Metro Athletic Conference Championships results

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TRACK AND FIELD METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2024 TEAM STANDINGS 1. Woodridge 158; 2. Field 131; 3. Cloverleaf 92; 4. Streetsboro 81.5; 5. Ravenna 62; 6. Norton 56.5; 7. Coventry 25; 8. Springfield 14. INDIVIDUAL RESULTS RUNNING EVENTS 4×800 RELAY (7:53.84) — 1. Woodridge (Griffiths, Jansen, McAllister, Su); 2. […]

Track and Field: PTC Championships results

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TRACK AND FIELD PORTAGE TRAIL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2024 TEAM STANDINGS  1. Rootstown 121; 2. Mogadore 100; 3. Warren JFK 90; 4. Southeast 89; 5. Lake Center Christian 57; 6. St. Thomas Aquinas 31. INDIVIDUAL RESULTS RUNNING EVENTS 4×800 RELAY (8:57.72) — 1. Rootstown (B. Fillmore, Baughman, Burrell, Reuting); 2. […]

Youth Baseball Scoreboard: Monday, May 13, 2024

YOUTH BASEBALL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024 COACH PITCH 2 SUFFIELD FEARLESS FALCONS 8, SPRINGFIELD 7 Top Hitters: (SFF) Nickson Sexton, single, double, run; Luke Smith, two singles, two runs; Leland Zappie, two singles, double, three runs; Zach Peters, three doubles, five RBI, two runs; Weston Trainer, double, single, two RBI.     11U DIVISION […]

Track and Field Report: A season of bad weather opens to a run toward the postseason

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The start of the 2024 track and field season was filled with a lot of rain and cold weather. Far from peak running conditions. However, track runners in Northeast Ohio are ready for anything. Teams continued to train for league meets in late April and May’s race toward […]

Youth Softball Scoreboard: Monday, May 13, 2024

YOUTH SOFTBALL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024 10U DIVISION SUFFIELD 13, MOGADORE WILDCATS 9 Top Pitchers: (M) Zoey Straight, 6 strikeouts. Top Hitters: (M) Keira Francis, single, two RBI; Haleigh Rambler, single; Harper Walker, single; Josie Fournier, single.     SUFFIELD FALCONS 15, ROOTSTOWN HOT SHOTS 11 Top Pitchers: (S) Carly Nader, 5 strikeouts; Tegan […]

Softball: Final OHSFSCA State Poll (May 13)

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL OHIO HIGH SCHOOL FASTPITCH SOFTBALL COACHES ASSOCAITION FINAL STATE POLL MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024 DIVISION I Rank, School, Points Walsh Jesuit, 119 Watkins Memorial, 117 Anthony Wayne, 97 Austintown Fitch, 94 Lancaster, 72 Hilliard Bradley, 61 Centerville, 44 Perrysburg, 36 Lebanon, 28 Holland Springgieldf, 23 DIVISION II Canfield, 110 Granville, 84 Kenton […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, May 13, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, MAY 13, 2024 BASEBALL LOUISVILLE DIVISION II SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL SALEM 2, KENT ROOSEVELT 1 (At Salem) ROOSEVELT 000-001-0—1-2-1 SALEM 000-100-1—2-8-2 Batteries: Page and Schromm. Rhodes and Burt. WP — Rhodes (9 strikeouts). LP — Page (6 strikeouts). Top Hitters: (KR) Smith, single; Haney, single; Spears, run.     MASSILLON DIVISION III […]

A mission fulfilled: Jackie Peterson lived, sacrificed to provide for her son Joe

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Up the stadium bleachers he ran. With a football in his hand. His cleats click-clacking on each board. The football game was not over yet, but the game could wait. Something far more important had hit his heart. He had to find his mom. Joe Peterson had just […]

Par for the Course: Current, former Kent State golfers celebrate success

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The Northern Ohio PGA started its junior series of tournaments at Trumbull Country Club in Warren. Gracyn Vidovic, of Aurora, an OHSAA state qualifier for the Greenmen in 2024, earned a third-place victory in the girls 16-to-19 age division. Vidovic fired a 2-over-par on the tough fairways at Trumbull […]

Boys Tennis: Aurora’s Cannata advances to district tournament

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Vincent Cannata qualified for the OHSAA’s Division I boys tennis district tournament. Cannata worked his way through the individual bracket on Friday at Solon to finish third, among the top-four players advancing to the next level. “He played great,” said his coach, and father, Vincent Cannata. When the tourney […]

Portage County Bowing Scoreboard (May 12)

PORTAGE COUNTY LEAGUE SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2024   PERFECT FIT TRIO: Ron Elwood 279, Joey Hanlin 279-1,022, Zoe Bevilacqua 268-865. KUMMERLEE DOUBLES: Rudy Jones 257, Ray Weinman 654, Robin Wise 172, Michelle Prater 493. HAV-A-BALL 9 PIN: Men—Jon Marshall 300-844, Jon Morrison & Kevin Zolgus 300; Women _ Brooklyn Horner 234-678; Boys _ Lucian […]

Softball: 8th annual Gold Glove Award winners

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor As important as a batter that hits for power and average, having a player star on the defensive side of the field is a luxury that coaches wish they could share across all nine positions. These are the players that make the difficult plays look easy. The players that […]

Baseball and Softball: Updated statistical leaders (May 10)

2024 HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STATISTICAL LEADERS HITTING BATTING AVERAGE Jack Eye, Windham .689 Jake Eyerman, Crestwood .571 Austin Biggin, Rootstown .522 Eric Geddes, Garfield .492 Nate Muncy, Southeast .481 Grady Eader, Field .472 Alex Carter, Garfield .466 Scott Wilson, Streetsboro .451 Brett Epple, Streetsboro .447 Mav Wood, Southeast .447 Ethan Rinehart, Field .438 Caden Kolesar, […]

Baseball: 8th annual Gold Glove Award winners

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   As important as a batter is that hits for power and average, having a player star on the defensive side of the field is a luxury that coaches wish they could share across all nine positions. These are the players that make the difficult plays look easy. The […]

Youth Baseball Scoreboard: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

YOUTH BASEBALL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2024 COACH PITCH 2 SUFFIELD FALCONS 18, MOGADORE 7 Top Hitters: (S) Nickson Sexton, three singles, duble, four runs; Timmy Schlarb, three singles, three runs; Leland Zappie, two doubles, two singles, two RBI, three runs; Zach Peters, four singles, two RBI, two runs; Maddox Bashlor, four singles, two RBI, […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2024 SOFTBALL FIELD 14, RAVENNA 0 (At Field) RAVENNA 000-00—0-0-7 FIELD 614-3X—14-8-1 Batteries: K. Sterba and M. Sterba. Bey and Hindle. WP — Bey (8 strikeouts). LP — Sterba. Top Hitters: (F) Gressman, single, double; Bey, double; Pollard, double.     BASEBALL GARFIELD 10, CHALKER 0 (At Chalker) GARFIELD 601-111—10-6-1 […]

Softball: OHSFCA state poll (May 8)

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL OHIO HIGH SCHOOL FAST PITCH SOFTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION STATE POLL WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2024 DIVISION I Rank, School, Points Watkins Memorial, 109 Walsh Jesuit, 107 Austintown Fitch, 85 Anthony Wayne, 81 Lancaster, 80 Hilliard Bradley, 49 Centerville, 37 Holland Springfield, 32 Lebanon, 29 Perrysburg, 23 DIVISION II Canfield, 109 Granville, 91 Kenton […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Aurora softball’s Sam Petrash

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Q: Hometown? A: Maple Heights, Ohio. Q: High school? A: St. Peter Chanel. Class of 1985. Played baseball. Q: College? A: University of Dayton. Class of 1989. Degree in business administration. Q: Current occupation? A: Project manager. Q: What inspired you to become a coach? A: The opportunity to […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, May 7, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2024 SOFTBALL AURORA 7, HIGHLAND 3 (At Highland) AURORA 203-200-0—7-7-1 HIGHLAND 101-001-0—3-7-1 Batteries: Metzger and Schechterman. Brewster and Riedy. WP — Metzger (6 strikeouts). LP — Brewster (6 strikeouts). Top Hitters: (A) Metzger, double, two RBI, run; Retton, home run, double, two singles, three RBI, two runs; Unverferth, two […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Windham baseball’s Jack Eye

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   One of the goals that drives Jack Eye is that he wants to be a better baseball player than his father. That is not the easiest goal to achieve considering his dad Jake Eye starred at Windham, then Ohio University, before being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in […]

OHSAA announces 2024-25 winter sports division alignments

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced its preliminary divisional breakdowns and regional-tournament representation for the 2024-25 winter sports tournaments on Monday. The OHSAA Board of Directors approved the new divisions and tournament representation for all winter sports except wrestling at its April board meeting, which included the previously […]

Youth Baseball Scoreboard: Monday, May 6, 2024

YOUTH BASEBALL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, MAY 6, 2024 COACH PITCH 1 SUFFIELD FALCONS 22, SPRINGFIELD 15 Top Hitters: (SF) Luka Blake, three singles, three RBI; Leo Mudd, two singles, double, RBI; Rhett Appleby, three singles, RBI; Leo Moore, two singles, double, two RBI; Johnny Meyers, four singles, RBI; Colton Delp, four singles, two RBI; Weston Aronhalt, […]

Indoor Soccer: Crunch, Invaders announce reunion event in Akron

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Canton Invaders and Cleveland Crunch have announced a 40-year reunion game that will be played on Saturday, May 25, at the Goodyear Hall in Akron. The event is being billed as a “Night of Soccer Legends.” The Invaders were formed in 1984 and at one point won five […]

Youth Softball Scoreboard: Monday, May 6, 2024

YOUTH SOFTBALL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, MAY 6, 2024 10U DIVISION MOGADORE WILDCATS 10, ROOTSTOWN FIREHOUSE 10 Top Pitchers: (M) Haleigh Rambler; Zoey Straight, 10 strikeouts. Top Hitters: (M) Harper Walker, single; Noah O’Karma, single; Charleigh Thiry, single. SUFFIELD BOWMAN 11, SUFFIELD FALCONS 9 Top Pitchers: (SB) Avery Bowman, 8 strikeouts. (SF) Tegan Lightfoot, two strikeouts; Carly […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, May 6, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, MAY 6, 2024 SOFTBALL ROOTSTOWN 3, WESTERN RESERVE 0 (At Rootstown) WESTERN RESERVE 000-000-0—0-4-2 ROOTSTOWN 000-210-X—3-5-1 Batteries: Krieger and Hammerschmidt. WP — Krieger (14 strikeouts). Top Hitters: (R) White, double, RBI; Krieger, single, run; Silveus, single, run; Thoams, run.     MANCHESTER 9, FIELD 5 (At Field) MANCHESTER 300-300-3—9-13-2 FIELD 000-320-0—5-8-1 […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, May 4, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2024 SOFTBALL AURORA 10, GREEN 2 (At Green) AURORA 231-112-0—10-15-0 GREEN 200-000-0—2-4-2 Batteries: Bohanan, Metzger (6) and Schechterman. Liszewski and Spada. WP — Bohanan. LP — Liszewski. Top Hitters: (A) Bohanan, triple, two singles, two RBI, run; Metzger, three doubles, two RBI, two runs; Schechterman, three doubles, two RBI, […]

Local Bowling League Scoreboard (May 5)

STRIKING A BALANCE SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2024 LEAGUES SUMMER FUN TRIO: Gavin Guy 279-727, Robin Farquhar 179, Corky Farquhar 494. HAV-A-BALL 9PIN: Adults _ Dale Hahn 278-803, Abby Smith 264-717; Youth _ Will Brown 254-602, Emily Morrison 232-598. PERFECT FIT TRIO: Joey Hardin 300-959, Zoe Bevilacqua 249-805. KUMERLEE DOUBLES: Thomas Prater 236, Ray Weinman […]

Par for the Course: Portage Sports Scramble Tournament introduces unique elements

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   PORTAGE SPORTS GOLF SCRAMBLE Tom Nader, Portage Sports publisher, announced the first Portage Sports Four-Person Scramble Tournament this week — scheduled for Sunny Hill Golf Course in Brimfield on Saturday, June 29. Registration is $300 per team ($75 per person) and will offer many traditional golf event competitions, including […]

Baseball and Softball: Updated Statistical Leaders (May 3)

2024 HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STATISTICAL LEADERS HITTING BATTING AVERAGE Jack Eye, Windham .689 Jake Eyerman, Crestwood .571 Jayden Coffie, Streetsboro .565 Caden Kolesar, Field .512 Colin Hensley, Aurora .500 Scott Wilson, Streetsboro .481 Eric Geddes, Garfield .468 Alex Carter, Garfield .452 Caleb Miller, Southeast .450 Grady Eader, Field .432 Carter Little, Field .429 Josh Boldin, […]

Track and Field: Updated Event Leaderboards (May 3)

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TRACK AND FIELD 2024 PORTAGE COUNTY LEADERS RUNNING EVENTS 4X800 RELAY Field (B. Silk, S. Silk, Shutty, Pruszynkski), 8:11.0 Streetsboro (Ivory, Tiller, Puleo, Hodge), 8:24.77 Aurora, 8:55.78 Crestwood, 9:06.6 Kent Roosevelt, 9:08.96 Rootstown (Fillmore, Baughman, Burrell, Reuting), 9:09.2 Garfield, 9:31.15 110 HURDLES Aiden Rodstrom, Rootstown, 15.10 Logan Border, Field, 15.17 Lucas Pollard, […]

Boys Tennis: Metro Athletic Conference Tournament results

BOYS TENNIS METRO ATHLETIC CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT (At Ravenna High School) TOURNAMENT STANDINGS: Norton 50, Cloverleaf 37, Woodridge 32, Ravenna 27, Field 26, Coventry 21. SEASON RECORD: Norton 10-0, Cloverleaf 7-3, Ravenna 4-6, Coventry 4-6, Woodridge 4-6, Field 0-10. FINAL OVERALL STANDINGS: 1. Norton, 2. Cloverleaf, 3. Woodridge, 4. Ravenna, 5. Coventry, 6. Field. FIRST SINGLES: […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, May 2, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2024 BASEBALL WATERLOO 8, RAVENNA 7 (At Waterloo) RAVENNA 211-020-1—7-10-7 WATERLOO 102-103-1—8-8-1 Batteries: Miller, Welling (6) and Fuller. Simons, Hurst (7) and Russell. WP — Simons (9 strikeouts). LP — Welling. Top Hitters: (R) Fuller, double, single, twoRBI; Jennings, two singles, three runs; Hysell, isingle, two RBI, run; Eldredge, […]

Mogadore graduate Hope Murphy’s decorated college career now includes prestigious BW honor

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Hope Murphy’s college running career that has been filled with accolades earned one more. As prestigious as they come, too. Murphy, a 2021 Mogadore High School graduate, was named the 2023-24 Baldwin Wallace Women’s Senior Athlete of the Year. Murphy, a senior majoring in hospitality and tourism management […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, May 1, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2024 BASEBALL KENT ROOSEVELT 6, HIGHLAND 5 (At Kent Roosevelt) HIGHLAND 020-300-0—5-10-1 ROOSEVELT 010-230-X—6-8-2 Batteries: Myser, Cope (4), Ganda (6) and Toth. Page and Schromm. WP — Page (3-3). LP — Myser. Top Hitters: (KR) Schromm, double, RBI, three runs; Smith, single, two runs; Estep, double, run; Baggetta, two […]

Track provides life of happiness for Rootstown coach Rodstrom

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A few weeks ago, Kyle Rodstrom saw an interesting statistic flash across his television screen. In the totality of an athlete’s life, sports competition, on average, will only account for 3 percent of their lives. The purpose of the stat was to offer perspective that a person’s impact […]

1949 Deerfield High School basketball

Portage Sports reader Laura Lindberg shared this great photo of the 1949 Deerfield High School boys basketball team from the Deerfield Historical Society. Many of the player identifications are missing, but Laura shared that No. 10 is her father Jesse Carver, while No. 33 is Paul Richey and No. 55 is Gale Diehl. Laura said, […]

OHSAA announces preliminary fall sports divisions

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced its preliminary divisional breakdowns and regional tournament representation on Tuesday for the upcoming fall sports season. The announcement came after the OHSAA Board of Directors approved the new divisions and tournament representation last week during its April board meeting, which included […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Waterloo baseball’s Jeremy Randles

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   “Getting to Know” is a regular Portage Sports feature created to spotlight the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to become tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Waterloo High School baseball head coach Jeremy Randles, who is in his second season leading the […]

Youth Baseball Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 30, 2024

YOUTH BASEBALL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2024 COACH PITCH 2 GARRETTSVILLE GOLD 11, GARRETTSVILLE GOLDEN EAGLES 10 Top Hitters: (GE) Grayson Allen, three singles, three RBI; Tucker Norton, four singles, RBI; Lucas Nieves, four singles; Landon Wade, three singles, two RBI. (GG) Isiah Paes, double, two RBI. Defensive Standout: (GE) Grayson Allen.     GARRETTSVILLE […]

Youth Softball Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 30, 2024

YOUTH SOFTBALL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2024 COACH PITCH 2 SUFFIELD STORM 12, SUFFIELD HOT SHOTS 2 Top Hitters: (SS) Aurora Stutzman, two singles, home run, three RBI. (SH) Harper Ilg, three singles, RBI. 10U DIVISION SOUTHINGTON 9, CRESTWOOD DIAMOND DEVILS 9 Top Pitchers: (S) Adalynn Presley. Top Hitters: (S) Myra Miranda, single; Annaleigh Kren, […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 30, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2024 BASEBALL WINDHAM 20, SOUTHINGTON CHALKER 1 (At Chalker) WINDHAM 252-0(11)—20-13-1 CHALKER 001-00—1-1-4 Batteries: Eye and McCune. WP — Eye (11 strikeouts). Top Hitters: (W) Eye, two doubles, two singles, four RBI, three runs; Ridenbaugh, three singles, two RBI, two runs; McCune, two singles, three RBI, four runs; King, […]

Softball: OHSFSCA state poll (April 30)

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL OHIO HIGH SCHOOL FASTPITCH SOFTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION STATE POLL TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2024   DIVISION I Rank, School, Points Watkins Memorial, 122 Walsh Jesuit, 106 Anthony Wayne, 94 Lancaster, 89 Austintown Fitch, 80 Hilliard Bradley, 55 Holland Springfield, 39 Lebanon, 31 Amherst Steele, 20 Centerville, 19 DIVISION II Canfield, 109 Granville, 90 […]

Baseball: OHSBCA state poll (April 30)

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL OHIO HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION STATE POLL TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2024   DIVISION I Rank, School, Points, Record Archbishop Moeller, 280, 18-0 Mason, 219, 17-3 Olentangy  Berlin, 190, 17-3 Springboro, 182, 12-1 Grove City, 157, 16-3 Olentangy Orange, 134, 15-3 North Royalton, 58, 14-3 Pickerington Central, 56-15-2 Kettering  Fairmont, 54, 16-3 […]

‘Pirates on the Move’ community group enjoys Southeast’s new track

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   At the opening ceremonies for the new Southeast High School track last week, Superintendent Bob Dunn announced the track would be open to the community to use when athletes at the high school were not using it for competition or practice. “The community was instrumental in helping Southeast build […]

Red, White and Bowl raises scholarship money for Northern Ohio Folds of Honor

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer Spins Bowl in Kent welcomed the first Red, White and Bowl sponsored by the Northern Ohio Folds of Honor to raise scholarship funds for the families of fallen military and first responders. The evening was filled with families from northern Ohio supporting the organization, while enjoying three hours of bowling, […]

Kent Roosevelt’s 17th annual David Starkey Classic set for this weekend

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   For the 17th season, the Kent Roosevelt High School baseball team will host the David Starkey Memorial Baseball Classic. Games are schedule to begin this weekend and will be played in honor of Starkey, who graduated from Roosevelt in 1991 and was a standout member of the Rough […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, April 29, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2024 BASEBALL STREETSBORO 11, NORTON 0 (At Streetsboro) NORTON 000-00—0-4-3 STREETSBORO 121-7X—11-8-3 Batteries: Lewis, Williams (3), Saffel (4) and Senderak. Pincoe and Epple. WP — Pincoe. LP — Lewis. Top Hitters: (S) Boldin, home run, four RBI, run; Pincoe, two singles, two runs; Batten, triple, two singles, three RBI, […]

Striking a Balance: White’s Senior Doubles League concludes season

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   White’s Senior Doubles concluded their season with an awards ceremony to honor high scores and champions. The league had three 300 games in the final half: Fred Endres, Tabitha Schlupe and Jack Steele. Honored for most improved average was: Barbie Hamric 129 to 138 and Jack Steele 183 to […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, April 27, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2024 SOFTBALL GAME ONE FIELD 12, LAKE 2 (At Lake) FIELD 054-003—12-13-2 LAKE 000-101—2-9-6 Batteries: Gressman and Hindel. Ury, Greathouse (4) and Dutton. WP — Gressman. LP — Ury. Top Hitters: (F) Gressman, two doubles; Sutkowy, three singles; Ulrich, two singles, Rahe, two singles, home run. (L) Barr, home […]

Par for the Course: Kent State women’s golf wins 25th straight MAC Tournament

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   PORTAGE COUNTY SENIOR AMATEUR Once played in conjunction with the Portage County Amateur, the Senior Portage County Amateur split into a stand-alone tournament in 2011 as the field for both tournaments grew. Holding two separate tournaments also allowed golfers who loved the competition to compete in both the Amateur […]

Aurora graduate AJ Barner drafted by Seattle Seahawks

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Aurora High School graduate AJ Barner, who won a national championship at the University of Michigan this past season, was drafted in the fourth round (121st overall pick) of the NFL Draft on Saturday by the Seattle Seahawks. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end began his college career at Indiana […]

Streetsboro grad Mike Hall drafted by Cleveland Browns

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor It was only four short years ago that Michael Hall Jr. was terrorizing quarterbacks across Portage County. Now, after a successful career at Ohio State University, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive lineman, is a member of the NFL. Better yet, he received the opportunity to stay home. The Cleveland Browns […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, April 26, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2024 SOFTBALL WOODRIDGE 10, RAVENNA 7 (At Ravenna) WOODRIDGE 104-104-0-10-14-1 RAVENNA 120-012-1—7-17-1 Batteries: Not reported.     FIELD 12, NORTON 1 (At Norton) FIELD 130-206—12-14-3 NORTON 000-100—1-7-5 Batteries: Burge and Weis. Mullet, Messed (2) and Drener. WP — Burge. LP — Mullet. Top Hitters: (F) Burge, sigle, double, home […]

Boys Tennis: Aurora finishes as runner-up at Suburban League Tournament

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer The Aurora boys tennis team earned the runner-up spot in the Suburban Boys Tennis League Tournament hosted by Highland High School on Friday in Medina. The Greenmen’s Vincent Cannata proved his top seed was well earned, as he worked his way through the bracket and ultimately defeated Luke Butcher, of […]

Football: OHSAA announces divisional assignments for 2024

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced its divisional breakdowns and regional assignments on Thursday for the upcoming 2024 high school football season. The OHSAA places the largest 70 schools in the state in Division I, then divides all the reamining schools as equally as possible into Divisions […]

Baseball and Softball: Updated Statistical Leaders (April 26)

2024 HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STATISTICAL LEADERS   HITTING BATTING AVERAGE Jack Eye, Windham .692 Jake Eyerman, Crestwood .571 Jayden Coffie, Streetsboro .565 Caden Kolesar, Field .512 Colin Hensley, Aurora .500 Scott Wilson, Streetsboro .481 Eric Geddes, Garfield .441 Grady Eader, Field .432 Nate Muncy, Southeast .429 Ronnie Skye, Mogadore .429 Carter Little, Field .429 Josh […]

Track and Field: Updated Event Leaderboard (April 26)

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TRACK AND FIELD 2024 PORTAGE COUNTY LEADERS RUNNING EVENTS 4X800 RELAY Streetsboro (Ivory, Tiller, Puleo, Hodge), 8:24.77 Field, 8:32.14 Aurora, 8:55.78 Crestwood, 9:06.6 Kent Roosevelt, 9:08.96 Rootstown, 9:09.2 Garfield, 9:31.15 110 HURDLES Aiden Rodstrom, Rootstown; Logan Border, Field, 15.20 Lucas Pollard, Field, 15.4 James Durham, Crestwood, 16.12 Micah Sheller, Kent Roosevelt, 16.64 […]

Youth Baseball Scoreboard: Thursday, April 25, 2024

YOUTH BASEBALL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2024 COACH PITCH 1 SUFFIELD FALCONS 16, SUFFIELD SLUGGERS 0 Top Hitters: (SF) Easton Knapp, three singles, double, two RBI; Leo Moore, two singles, two doubles, four RBI; Colton Delp, single, RBI; Cyrus Waldeck, two singles, triple; Kayson McGlothlin, single; Johnny Meyers, three singles, three RBI; Luka Blake, two […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, April 25, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2024 BASEBALL MOGADORE 9, STREETSBORO 7 (At Streetsboro) MOGADORE 320-301-0—9-10-2 STREETSBORO 000-007-0—7-7-1 Batteries: (M) Thiry, Smith (5), Constantine (7) and Hopkins. Epple, Pollock (3) and not reported. WP — Smith. LP — Epple. Top Hitters: (M) Constantine, double, two singles, three RBI, three runs; Buso, triple, single, three RBI, […]

1957 Windham High School football

A two-page spread from the 1957 Windham High School yearbook that was shared on a Windham alumni Facebook page. Shown are all of the Bombers’ senior lettermen from the 1957 season. The Bombers finished the 1957 season with a record of 6-0-1. Here is a look at the week-by-week results: Week 1: Ravenna Township, 32-13 […]

Coached by Dean Olson, Ohio Girls Wrestling Club was ahead of its time 20 years ago

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Dean Olson has watched the rise of girls wrestling with a smile, but also without surprise. “It has been unbelievable to see,” he said. Twenty years ago, Olson was at the forefront of the sport in Portage County. At a time when it still would catch spectators off […]

Southeast formally cuts ribbon on new all-weather track

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The opening ceremony for the new Southeast Local Schools’ all-weather track hit all the right notes as school officials, board members, community members and a who’s who in the Portage County track community gathered to help the Pirates celebrate on Tuesday. The band was in the bleachers to play […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 23, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2024 BASEBALL FIELD 15, STREETSBORO 6 (At Streetsboro) FIELD 020-430-6—15-13-0 STREETSBORO 110-000-4—6-11-4 Batteries: Homan, Kolesar (7) and Rinehart. Batten, Wilson (5), Pollock (5), Atkin (6), Coffie (6) and Epple. WP — Homan. LP — Batten. Top Hitters: (F) Clapp, single, three RBI; run; Eader, two singles, two RBI, two […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Roosevelt softball coach Luke Darrah

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   “Getting to Know” is a regular Portage Sports feature created to spotlight the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to become tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Kent Roosevelt High School softball coach Luke Darrah, who is in his sixth season leading the […]

Softball: OHSFSCA state poll (April 23)

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL OHIO HIGH SCHOOL FASTPITCH SOFTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION STATE POLL TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2024 DIVISION I Rank, School, Points Watkins Memorial, 124 Anthony Wayne, 107 Lancaster, 90 Walsh Jesuit, 85 Austintown Fitch, 74 Holland Springfield, 46 Hilliard Bradley, 43 Lebanon, 40 Amherst Steele, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, 22 DIVISION II Canfield, 115 Granville, 98 Unioto, […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Field softball’s Maddie Burge

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Maddie Burge is forever ready to do whatever it takes for the Field softball team. A year removed from battling through a season of injuries, Burge has re-established herself as the team’s pitching ace at the perfect time for her Falcons. After a 13-win freshman season as the program’s […]

Baseball: OHSBCA state poll (April 22)

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL OHIO HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION STATE POLL MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2024   DIVISION I Rank, Team, Points, Record Archbishop Moeller, 250, 10-0 Mason, 218, 11-1 Olentangy Orange, 181, 10-1 Olentangy Berlin 156, 13-2 North Royalton, 118, 12-1 Grove City, 93, 12-3 Springboro, 64, 13-1 University School, 45, 10-1 Kettering Fairmont, 32, […]

Ravenna’s Joe Callihan resigns as football coach

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Ravenna High School football head coach Joe Callihan announced his resignation from the position last week. The 2023 season was Callihan’s second leading the Ravens. He posted a 6-14 overall record, with back-to-back 3-7 records the previous two seasons. The Ravens were 4-10 in conference play and split the […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, April 22, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2024 BASEBALL ST. JOHN’S 13, WINDHAM 1 (At St. John’s) WINDHAM 000-100-0—1-3-4 ST. JOHN’S 517-0X—13-12-0 Batteries: King, Hopper (4) and McCune, Cales. Wychok and Seuerino, Hernandez. WP — Wychok. LP — King. Top Hitters: (W) Eye, double, single, run; Paolella, single; Cody, RBI. (SJ) Campbell, double, single, three RBI, […]

Column: A rush of nostalgic summer baseball memories

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Many have memories that can transport them back to the baseball or softball diamond. Each spring, it is easy for those memories to come rushing back with a wave of nostalgia. The smell of the cut crass. The gritty feel of the dirt. The popping sound of the […]

Youth Baseball Scoreboard: Sunday, April 21, 2024

YOUTH BASEBALL SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2024 COACH PITCH 2 GARRETTSVILLE GOLDEN EAGLES 12, JACKSON-MILTON 11 Top Hitters: (G) Grayson Allen, four singles and four RBI; Landon Wade, three singles and RBI; Rowdy Pridemore, three singles, double and three RBI; Eli Rusch, four singles and three RBI; Tucker Norton, four singles. Defensive Standouts: (G) Rowdy […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, April 20, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2024 BASEBALL SATURDAY WEST LAKE 8, AURORA 1 (At West Lake) AURORA 000-001-0—1-6-1 WEST LAKE 110-042-X—8-9-0 Batteries: Bonnett, Cifani (2), Kilway (6) and not reported. Not reported. WP — n/a. LP — Bonnett. Top Hitters: (A) Pfiffner, two singles; Hach, single, RBI, run; Embrescia, single; Hensley, single; Larrance, single. […]

Par for the Course: 94 years of Portage County golf history tees off in July

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   It’s the one that started it all. The Portage County Amateur has been a part of the golf landscape since 1930. The Amateur was the original tournament, but now has expanded to include stand-alone tournaments for seniors, juniors and kids and includes divisions for women as well, reflecting the […]

Bowling Scoreboard: Sunday, April 21, 2024

BOWLING SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, APRIL 21, 2024 ADULT LEAGUES WHITE’S THURSDAY SENIOR TRIOT: Troy Allison 256, Fred Endres 697, Larry Stout 207, Raymond Weinman 600, Patti Andrews 188, Tabitha Schlupe 651, Pam Perry 185, Robin Wise 496. PERFECT FIT TRIO: Joey Hardan 279-891, James Bender 267-928, Alex Rudolph 252, Bob Szarka 852, Zoe Bevilacqua 223-740, Laura […]

Crestwood spotlights five at College Signing Day celebration

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Crestwood High School recognized five seniors on its College Signing Day on Friday morning in the school library. Volleyball’s Zoe Babnik and Jazmyn Stevens, boys basketball’s Charlie Schweickert, softball’s Bella Hunter and track and field’s Lilly O’Bryant were all part of the special event. All five signed their official […]

Track and Field: Updated Event Leaderboards (April 19)

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TRACK AND FIELD 2024 PORTAGE COUNTY LEADERS RUNNING EVENTS 4X800 RELAY Field, 8:32.14 Aurora, 8:55.78 Crestwood, 9:06.6 Kent Roosevelt, 9:08.96 Rootstown, 9:09.2 Garfield, 9:31.15 110 HURDLES Aiden Rodstrom, Rootstown, 15.20 Lucas Pollard, Field, 16.01 James Durham, Crestwood, 16.12 Logan Border, Field, 16.13 Micah Sheller, Kent Roosevelt, 16.64 Anthony Schwind, Mogadore, 17.11 Derek […]

Baseball and Softball: Updated Statistical Leaders (April 19)

2024 HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STATISTICAL LEADERS HITTING BATTING AVERAGE Mav Wood, Southeast .750 Jayden Coffie, Streetsboro .688 Cohen Richardson, Southeast .667 Brandyn Bogucki, Garfield .600 Jake Eyerman, Crestwood .571 Braden Craft, Streetsboro .571 Scott Wilson, Streetsboro .550 Caden Kolesar, Field .531 Colin Hensley, Aurora .500 Caleb Miller, Southeast .500 Logan West, Southeast .500 Carter Oyster, […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, April 18, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2024 BASEBALL GARFIELD 13, STRUTHERS 2 (At Newton Falls) GARFIELD 221-125—13-13-0 STRUTHERS 100-010—2-7-2 Batteries: Carter and Pesicek. Carnahan, Pastella (3), Moore (6) and McMurray. WP — Carter. LP — Carnahan. Top Hitters: (G) Geddes, double, single, three RBI, two runs; Hill, double, three singles, four RBI; Carter, two singles, […]

Women’s Basketball: Kent State gives contract extension to Starkey

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Kent State University announced on Thursday that it extended the contract of women’s basketball coach Todd Starkey through the 2029-30 season. Starkey just recently completed his eighth season with the Golden Flashes, and he has posted seven winning seasons, earned five postseason berths and won more than 20 games […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, April 17, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2024 BASEBALL BRISTOL 10, WINDHAM 2 (At Bristol) WINDHAM 101-000-0–2-2-4 BRISTOL 213-004-X—10-12-1 Batteries: Paolella, King (3) and McCune. Picke, Miller (2) and Swagsr, Musson. WP — Picke. LP — Paolella. Top Hitters: (W) Paolella, two singles; Eye, RBI; McCune, two runs; King, RBI. (B) Picke, double, two singles, two […]

Rootstown hires Tom Hannan as new football coach

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Rootstown has turned to one of Portage County’s all-time winningest coaches to take over the high school’s football program. Tom Hannan was board approved on Wednesday to become the next coach of the Rovers, taking over for Chris Knopick, who resigned after three seasons leading the program. Knopick […]

Softball: OHSFSCA state poll (April 16)

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION STATE POLL TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2024 DIVISION I Rank, School, Points Lancaster, 106 Watkins Memorial, 87 Anthony Wayne, 84 Walsh Jesuit, 77 Austintown Fitch, 72 Holland Springfield, 58 Amherst Steele, 54 Centerville, 53 Lebanon, 39 Hilliard Bradley, 37 DIVISION II Canfield, 103 Granville, 70 Unioto, 64 Indian Lake, 54 Jonathan […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2024 BASEBALL STREETSBORO 4, WOODRIDGE 1 (At Woodridge) STREETSBORO 010-011-1—4-8-1 WOODRIDGE 000-000-1—1-3-2 Batteries: Craft, Batten (7) and Epple. Heisler, Johnston (7) and Anderson. WP — Craft. LP — Heisler. Top Hitters: (S) Wilson, single, run, RBI; Batten, home run, RBI, run; Coffie, double, RBI. (W) Duffy, single, run; Iglegeart, […]

Sarchione Garrettsville Chevrolet’s Getting to Know: Streetsboro track coach Rob Kidd

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor “Getting to Know” is a regular 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 Streetsboro High School track and field coach Rob Kidd, who is in his sixth season leading the […]

Crestwood track and field coaching legend Don Faix

For the 19th year, the Crestwood High School track and field program hosted its annual invitational to honor legendary and respected coach Don Faix, who died in 2001 after an illustrious career with the Red Devils. Faix is a member of both the Ohio Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Halls of Fame, as […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Garfield baseball’s Eric Geddes

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   One of the most alluring tags a Major League Baseball prospect can receive is being identified as a five-tool player. The stamp is used to describe a rare player that is exceptional at all five of the important physical tools of the game: Speed, throwing, fielding, hitting for […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, April 15, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2024 BASEBALL LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 10, SOUTHEAST 2 (At Southeast) LAKE CENTER 012-230-2—10-6-1 SOUTHEAST 000-001-1—2-3-5 Batteries: Maninga, Shelly (7) and Smilek. Muncy, Muccino (5) and Blankenship. WP — Maninga (3-0). LP — Muncy. Top Hitters: (LCC) Tanner Norman, two doubles, two RBI; Harrison Coblentz, two singles.     RAVENNA […]

Column: An All-Star sized thank you

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   After a few days to reflect on the first Portage Sports High School Basketball All-Star games, I felt it was important to revisit the night to address a few things that helped turn the night into success. It was an amazing night, the stars were shining bright and […]

Baseball: OHSBCA state poll (April 15)

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL OHIO HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION STATE POLL MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2024     DIVISION I Rank, School, Points, Record Archbishop Moeller, 299, 11-0 Mason, 268, 11-1 Oletangy Orange, 219, 10-0 North Royalton, 180, 9-1 Grove City, 111, 9-3 Butler, 75, 9-3 Lancaster, 67, 9-1 […]

Par for the Course: Junior golfers will take center stage in July

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   It is a busy three days for junior golfers with the 10th Kids Am at Sunny Hill on July 21 and the 18th Matt Mishler Junior Portage County Amateur set for July 22-23. The Junior Am tees off at Windmill Lakes in Ravenna on July 22 with girls and […]

Bowling Scoreboard: Saturday, April 13, 2024

BOWLING SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2024 ADULT LEAGUES WHITE’S SENIOR DOUBLES: Larry Stout 265-555, Mario Laramee 225-650, Robin Wise 201-526, Betsy Mako 183-491. PERFECT FIT TRIO: Troy Allison 269, Bob Szarka 267-950, Alen Rudolph 920, James Bender 259, Joey Hardin 876, Zoe Bevilacqua 231-807. WHITE’S SENIOR TRIO: Tom Walker 263, Fred Endres 725, Raymond Weinman […]

Track and Field: Updated event leaderboard (April 12)

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TRACK AND FIELD 2024 PORTAGE COUNTY LEADERS RUNNING EVENTS 4X800 RELAY Field, 8:32.14 Aurora, 8:55.78 Crestwood, 9:06.6 Kent Roosevelt, 9:08.96 Rootstown, 9:09.2 Garfield, 9:31.15 110 HURDLES Aiden Rodstrom, Rootstown, 15.55 Lucas Pollard, Field, 16.01 James Durham, Crestwood, 16.12 Logan Border, Field, 16.13 Micah Sheller, Kent Roosevelt, 16.64 Anthony Schwind, Mogadore, 17.11 Derek […]

Baseball and Softball: Updated statistical leaders (April 12)

2024 HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STATISTICAL LEADERS HITTING BATTING AVERAGE Jayden Coffie, Streetsboro .889 Mav Wood, Southeast .750 Cohen Richardson, Southeast .667 Jack Pincoe, Streetsboro .667 Scott Wilson, Streetsboro .667 Caden Kolesar, Field .571 Jake Eyerman, Crestwood .571 Braden Craft, Streetsboro .571 Colin Hensley, Aurora .500 Caleb Miller, Southeast .500 Kayden Smith, Field .500 Logan West, […]

Basketball: Portage Sports All-Star Games feature thrilling finishes

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Portage Sports High School Basketball All-Star Games filled Ravenna High School’s James Coll Gymnasium with energy on Wednesday night. In the inaugural edition of the games, both the boys and girls contests came down to the final seconds. For the girls, it was Team South that defeated […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, April 10, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL 2024 PORTAGE SPORTS ALL-STAR GAME TEAM SOUTH 85, TEAM NORTH 84 (James Coll Gymnasium, Ravenna) TEAM SOUTH (85) — Jackson Eichler 2 0-0 4; Corey Lehner 4 0-0 9; Garrett Sprutte 12 3-4 28; Cameron Mahone 4 2-2 10; Layne Miller 4 0-0 10; Manny Smith […]

Portage Sports All-Star Basketball Games tip off tonight (April 10)

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The first Portage Sports All-Star basketball games will tip off tonight (Wednesday, April 10) at Ravenna High School. This will be the first public event for Portage Sports, and I am excited to bring it to everyone. Both the boys and girls basketball games will be hosted at Ravenna […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Garfield baseball’s Mike Paes

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   “Getting to Know” is a regular 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 Garfield High School baseball coach Mike Paes, who is in his 10th season leading the G-Men. […]

OHSAA member schools to vote on six referendums

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Ohio High School Athletic Association member schools will vote on six proposed changes to the organization’s bylaws during the annual referendum voting period, which lasts from May 1 to May 15. The results of those votes will be formally announced by the OHSAA on May 16. For any […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 9, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2024 BASEBALL FIELD 9, NORTON 8 (At Norton) FIELD 004-210-2—9-10-2 NORTON 242-000-0—8-9-1 Batteries: (F) Yutzy, Kolesar (3) and Rinehart. (N) Mattei, DeDomenic (3), Lewis (4), Meyer (7) and Fuller. WP — Kolesar. LP — Lewis. Top Hitters: (F) Rinehart, four singles, four RBI; Kolesar, double, two runs; McAmis, single, […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Aurora softball’s McKennah Metzger

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   There is a lot of pressure on a softball pitcher. And it is easy to feel it. Inside the circle, with every pitch, the spotlight is on. With each pitch, a new wave of emotion, pressure and accountability. As physically demanding as the position is, there is a […]

Baseball: OHSBCA state poll (April 8)

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL OHIO HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION STATE POLL MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2024     DIVISION I Rank, School, Points, Record Archbishop Moeller, 278, 7-0 Jackson, 206, 6-1 Mason, 194, 7-1 Grove City, 123, 6-2 North Royalton, 116, 6-0 Sylvania Northview, 80, 5-0 Springboro, 62, 5-0 Troy, 61, 7-2 Butler 57, 6-1 North […]

Track and Field: 19th annual Don Faix Invitational Scoreboard

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD SCOREBOARD MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2024 BOYS CRESTWOOD 19th ANNUAL DON FAIX INVITATIONAL (At Bridget Franek Track, Crestwood High School, Mantua) TEAM STANDINGS  1. Field 129; 2. Aurora 89; 3. Ravenna 57; 4. Painesville Harvey 54; 5. Orange 56; 6. Cuyahoga Falls 39; 7. Garfield 36; 8. Kent Roosevelt 35; 9. […]

High School Scoreboard: Sunday, April 7, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2024 BASEBALL KENT ROOSEVELT 5, CUYAHOGA FALLS 0 (At Kent Roosevelt) CUYAHOGA FALLS 000-000-0—0-2-0 KENT ROOSEVELT 000-131-X—5-6-1 Batteries: (CF) Glenny, Weirs (5), Smith (6) and not reported. (KR) Page and Schromm. WP — Page (2-1). LP — Glenny (0-1). Top Hitters: (CF) Eggleton, single; Watson, single. (KR) Maccarone, double, […]

Par for the Course: All four Portage County Amateurs return in 2024

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. First on the calendar is the 10th Kids Amateur on July 21 at Sunny Hill Golf Course in Brimfield. The popular event welcomes more than […]

Striking a Balance: Bowling Scoreboard

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer     BOWLING LEAGUE SCOREBOARD WHITE’S SENIOR DOUBLES LEAGUE Men: Jack Steele 300-659, Fred Endres 269-734, Mario Laramee 255-685, Jerry Losh 239-570, John Roberts 214-560, Don Morrow 211-607. Women: Tabitha Schlupe 235-672, Cathy Lisic 208-665, Patti Andrews 198-459, Betsy Mako 194-491, Pam Fife 193, Jane Roop 192-481. GARDEN SPOT: Sean […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, April 6, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2024 BOYS TENNIS WEDNESDAY COVENTRY 2, FIELD 2 (At Field) First Singles — Ivan Vasich (C) def. Kaden Schrader; Second Singles — Andrew Naugle (C) def. Mason Long; Third Singles — Field by default; First Doubles — Kyle Lamp/Vincent Tie (C) def. Bryce Cannon/Walter Siegfried, postponed due to weather; […]

OHSAA expands 7-on-7 football opportunities

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced that football 7-on-7 competition is now permitted at any time prior to and after the football season, other than the 28-day no-contact period immediately after the season. Previously, 7-on-7 competition was not permitted until May 15. Full practice and hitting are […]

Northeast Ohio Baseball/Softball in need of umpires

The NEO Umpires organization is currently seeking anyone interested in becoming an umpire for local youth baseball and softball teams this spring. Games range from ages 6 to 15 years old. The pay ranges from $50 to $60 per game, which are approximately 2 hours long. The Northeast Ohio Baseball and Softball league includes 324 […]

Golf simulator donated to Windham in honor of Pete Bennett

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Pete Bennett had a special childhood in Windham. It is where he fell in love with the game of golf. A love that persisted throughout his life. All the way until his death on Aug. 10, just months after winning a local tournament, at the age of 74. “Pete […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, April 4, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2024 BOYS TRACK AND FIELD ROOTSTOWN 72, CRESTWOOD 55 ROOTSTOWN 102, COLUMBIA 22 CRESTWOOD 78, COLUMBIA 44 (At Rootstown) FIELD EVENTS Shot Put — 1. Siglow (R) 42-7; 2. Doering (C) 40-10.5. Discus — 1. Doering (C) 124-8; 2. Damicone (R) 123-4.5. High Jump — 1. Wurm (C) 5-6; […]

Baseball and Softball: Updated Statistical Leaders (April 5)

2024 HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STATISTICAL LEADERS   HITTING BATTING AVERAGE Mav Wood, Southeast .750 Cohen Richardson, Southeast .667 Kayden Smith, Field .571 Caden Kolesar, Field .571 Colin Hensley, Aurora .500 Caleb Miller, Southeast .500 Logan West, Southeast .500 Carter Oyster, Southeast .500 Caleb Brastine, Field .500     HITS Mav Wood, Southeast 6 Colin Hensley, […]

Waterloo’s Kaira English perseveres through knee surgery, recovery

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   In many ways, senior seasons are supposed to be filled with celebrations, crowning moments and goodbyes. For Waterloo’s Kaira English, her goodbye came sooner than expected. And it shaped a senior season that was considerably different than she could have expected. Absent of soccer. Absent of basketball. One […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Aurora baseball’s Trent Dalton

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   “Getting to Know” is a regular 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 Aurora High School baseball coach Trent Dalton, who is in his third season leading the Greenmen. […]

1950 Rootstown High School football: Brothers on the gridiron

The 1950 Rootstown High School football team featured five different sets of brothers on its roster. They included: • Clarence and Harley Hogue • Bob and Roger Ward • Jim and Ronnie Staley • George and Merrill King • Don and Richard Cheatwood In an article that was published by the Record-Courier following the end […]

Baseball: OHSBCA State Poll (April 1)

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL OHIO HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION STATE POLL MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2024     DIVISION I Rank, School, Points, Record Archbishop Moeller, 257, 4-0 Jackson, 202, 5-0 Mason, 199, 5-1 Olentangy Berlin, 83, 3-0 Marysville, Sylvania Northview, 79, 5-0 — Olentangy Liberty, 66, 3-1 Hoban, 65, 2-0 Pickerington North, 59, 4-0 Grove […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, March 30, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2024 GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD SATURDAY NEWTON FALLS TIGER INVITATIONAL (At Newton Falls) TOP THREE TEAM SCORES  1. West Branch 162; 2. Field 124; 3. Western Reserve 51 FIRST-PLACE FINISHERS (Field only) RUNNING EVENTS 400 Meters — 1. Raegan Slusser, 1:05.9 800 Meters — 1. Maddie Adams, 2:42 FIELD […]

Boys and Girls Lacrosse: Southeast 2024 Season Previews

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer Lacrosse is often found at Division I and private schools as they compete as a OHSAA sport. However, the sport has found a home at Southeast High School, with the boys competing for the past 11 years and the girls in only their third season. SOUTHEAST BOYS LACROSSE 2024 SEASON […]

Fun Masters-style event caps off Pirates Play Golf youth program

  By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Pirates Play Golf, the after-school program that teaches youth the game of golf throughout the winter at Southeast Elementary School, recently concluded its second session with a Mini-Masters Tournament and presentation of awards. The young golfers proceeded through a series of skills, including putting and full swing, demonstrating […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, March 29, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2024 BASEBALL CHIPPEWA 11, RAVENNA 6 (At Ravenna) CHIPPEWA 410-032-1—11-10-X RAVENNA 010-140-0—6-9-X Batteries: (C) Oyler, Hegarty (5) and Warner. (R) Hysell, Jennings (5) and Fuller. Top Hitters: (C) James Evans, two singles, RBI. (R) Connor Welling, double, two singles, three RBI; Jeriah Miller, two singles, two runs.     […]

Crestwood awarded Portage Sports Golden Basketball Trophy

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Portage Sports Golden Basketball Trophy for the 2023-24 season was presented to Crestwood High School on Thursday afternoon by Portage Sports owner Tom Nader. Nader delivered the trophy to Crestwood, and its “Crestwood Crazies” student section, at a pep assembly that was coordinated by the Red Devils. The […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, March 28, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, MARDCH 28, 2024 SOFTBALL ROOTSTOWN 9, PAINTSVILLE 2 (At Rootstown) PAINTSVILLE 001-001-0—2-2-0 ROOTSTOWN 001-143-X—9-11-2 Batteries: (P) Music and Webb. (R) Krieger and Hammerschmidt. WP — Krieger (1-0, 15 strikeouts). LP — Music. Top Hitters: (R) Krieger, home run, triple, single, two RBI, two runs; White, two singles, two RBI, two runs; […]

Boys Basketball: Division I-II All-Ohio teams

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Division I and Division II high school boys basketball All-Ohio teams. The teams are selected through a voting process coordinated by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.     DIVISION I  Player of the Year: Marcus Johnson, Garfield Heights Coach of the Year: Anthony Calo, Lewis Center Olentangy […]

2024 High School Girls Track and Field Previews

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Portage County high school girls track and field previews for the 2024 season.     AURORA Head Coach: Greg Cicero, 24th year (2nd at Aurora). Coaching Staff: Mark Dingman, Megan Watt, Alexus Loze, David Kindall, Tom Nalepa, Jenna Schadle, Brendan Gallagher. 2023 Record: 3-1 dual meets, 3rd place […]

2024 High School Boys Track and Field Previews

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Portage County high school boys track and field previews for the 2024 season. AURORA Head Coach: Chris Radtke, 8th year. Coaching Staff: Greg Cicero, Mark Dingman, Brendan Gallagher, Dave Kindall, Alexus Loze, Tom Nalepa, Jenna Schadle, Megan Watt. 2023 Record: 3-1 Suburban League American Conference, 4th at Suburban League […]

Boys Basketball: Division III-IV All-Ohio

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Division III and Division IV high school boys basketball All-Ohio teams. The teams are selected through a voting process coordinated by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.     DIVISION III Players of the Year: Colin White, Ottawa-Glandorf; Jesse McCulloch, Cleveland Heights Lutheran East Coach of the Year: […]

2024 High School Softball Season Previews

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Portage County high school softball team previews for the 2024 season.     AURORA Head Coach: Sam Petrash, 7th year, 84-38 career record. Coaching Staff: Rob Kennedy, Sarah Ross, Jerry Gattozzi, Glenn Galang, Cayla Mazzola. 2023 Record: 23-5 overall, 13-1 Suburban League American Conference. Returning Letterwinners (11): Madeline […]

Boys Bowling: Rootstown’s Miller wins Singles State Championship

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer Rootstown junior Justin Miller traveled to Columbus to compete in the State Singles 11th Grade Championships that were hosted at HP Lanes on Sunday. Miller started his competition with qualifying games of 221, 255, 168, 246 and 215 for an 1,105 score total, which was good for runner-up in qualifying. […]

Boys Tennis: 2024 Aurora Greenmen season preview

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   A season preview for the 2024 season for the Aurora High School boys tennis team.     AURORA Head Coach: Vincent Cannata, 2nd year, 17-4 career record. 2023 Highlight: Vincent Cannata, a senior this season, advanced to the district tournament as a junior. 2024 Season Outlook: Coach Cannata is […]

2024 High School Baseball Season Previews

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Portage County high school baseball team previews for the 2024 season. AURORA Head Coach: Trent Dalton, 3rd season, 31-16 career record. Coaching Staff: Jake Knapp, John Scott, Alan Krontz, Collin Witherspoon, Scott Williams. 2023 Record: 17-9 overall, 11-3 Suburban League American Conference. Returning Lettermen (12): Dominic Trivisonno, sr.; Nate […]

Girls Basketball: Division I-II All-Ohio

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Division I and Division II high school girls basketball All-Ohio teams. The teams were selected through a voting process coordinated by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.     DIVISION I Player of the Year: Berry Wallace, Pickerington Central Coach of the Year: Demarris Winters, Lyndhurst Brush First […]

Crestwood to re-dedicate Memorial Fieldhouse to honor four KIA in Vietnam

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Tim Benner wants his community to remember. Worried that history would be lost in time, the Crestwood High School graduate (Class of 1975) stepped forward to remind the school board that the district’s field house was originally dedicated as a memorial to four boys that died serving our […]

Rootstown, Southeast compete at NAQT state championships

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The NAQT’s small school state championships were hosted in Upper Sandusky this past weekend, including competition between 32 teams from 25 different schools from 21 counties. Here is a peek at the local results (with a special thank you to Greg Bossick for helping share information): SOUTHEAST 4-5 […]

2005 Rootstown High School boys soccer

The 2005 Rootstown High School boys soccer team were champions of the Portage Trail Conference. The Rovers finished the season with an overall record of 11-2-5. The team included: Front row left to right: Travis Nader, Brad Luli, Mike Weigand, Sam Ebie, Ben Rizzo, Kevin Varner, Neil Luketic. Second row: Brady Riemenscheider, Matt Langston, Erik […]

Girls Basketball: Division III-IV All-Ohio

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Division III and Division IV high school girls basketball All-Ohio teams. The teams were selected through a voting process coordinated by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.     DIVISION III Player of the Year: Kamryn Grant, Columbus Africentric Coach of the Year: Rocky Houston, LaGrange Keystone First […]

Wrestling: 2023-24 All-Portage Trail Conference

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The 2023-24 All-Portage Trail Conference wrestling team. WRESTLERS OF THE YEAR Tristan McKibben, Rootstown Mia Gaetjens, Mogadore COACH OF THE YEAR Anthony Anderson, Rootstown FIRST TEAM 106 pounds: Mason King, Rootstown, sophomore 113: Alex Ely, Rootstown, sophomore 120: Will McEwuen, Rootstown, senior 126: Dominic Kemble, Southeast, sophomore 132: Nate […]

Striking a Balance: Endres, Schlupe sit atop doubles leaderboard

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Fred Endres and Tabitha Schlupe were again at the top of the men’s and women’s leaderboards in the White’s Senior Doubles League. Endres rolled a nice 265 on his way to a 657 series, while Schlupe led all women, rolling a 224 high game and 629 high series. Ed […]

Folds of Honor bowling event coming to Kent to raise scholarship money

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer Families bowling for an outstanding cause. That’s the goal of the first Red, White and Bowl scheduled for Spins Bowl in Kent on April 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Northern Ohio Folds of Honor, the event raises money to provide life-saving educational scholarships to the spouses […]

Mogadore Madness: Basketball card scavenger hunt brings excitement to hallways

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor March Madness has found its way to Mogadore. Or, at least, a form of it has. Introduced by English teacher and girls basketball coach Jennifer Ritch, a March Madness Scavenger Hunt has taken over the hallways of Mogadore’s school building. Designed to bring a little bit of fun to […]

1977 Ravenna Rams “A” Farm Team

The 1977 Ravenna Rams youth football “A” Farm Team included: First row left to right: Manager D. Samaco, J. Gauding, S. Berry, D. Elkins, J. Leigh, S. Emery, T. Mendleson, M. White, L. Rutter, manager T. Emery. Second row left to right: F. Samaco, M. Sangston, J. Costello, P. Williams, T. Miller, T. Moore, J. […]

Column: Mogadore’s McIntyre shows what it means to care

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor With only seconds remaining and the game’s outcome determined, Mogadore girls basketball head coach Jennifer Ritch seized the opportunity to give her starters, especially her seniors, a fitting, deserved and deliberate exit moment. An opportunity to specifically recognize their careers and improbable season of success that was continually threatened […]

Roosevelt notes program progress in year two under coach Black

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Kent Roosevelt boys basketball coach Curtis Black has a direction he wants to take the program. His players are moving in the same direction. As a coach, there may not be a better feeling. Black recently completed his second season as the leader of the Rough Riders’ program. […]

Girls Bowling: 2023-24 All-Portage Trail Conference

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The 2023-24 All-Portage Trail Conference girls basketball team.   BOWLER OF THE YEAR Natalie Hammerschmidt, Rootstown, senior     COACH OF THE YEAR Andy Day, Rootstown     FIRST TEAM Natalie Hammerschmidt, Rootstown, senior Payton Curall, Rootstown, senior Emma Day, Rootstown, junior Elli Campbell, Rootstown, senior Maggie Frick, […]

Boys Bowling: 2023-24 All-Portage Trail Conference

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The 2023-24 All-Portage Trail Conference boys bowling team.   BOWLER OF THE YEAR Justin Miller, Rootstown     COACH OF THE YEAR Thom Butcher, Rootstown     FIRST TEAM Justin Miller, Rootstown, junior Nick Moorhead, Rootstown, junior Anthony Cambareri, Rootstown, junior Caleb Stevens, Rootstown, sophomore Sean Boveington, Rootstown, […]

Basketball: Portage Sports proudly announces All-Star Games

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Portage Sports is proud to announce the first Portage Sports High School Basketball All-Star Games! When: Wednesday, April 10, 2024 Time: 5:45 p.m. girls; 7 p.m. boys Where: Ravenna High School Cost: $3 preorder (Venmo @PortageSports); $5 day of; All kids 10 and under are free Who: South vs. North […]

Girls Basketball: Portage wins WTCBCA All-Star Game vs. Summit

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Women’s Tri-County Basketball Coaches Association hosted its annual high school girls basketball All-Star Game on Monday at Norton High School. The Portage All-Stars defeated the Summit All-Stars by a final score of 68-56. The two teams battled relatively even throughout the entire game, but it was the second […]

Girls Bowling: 2023-24 All-Metro Athletic Conference

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The 2023-24 All-Metro Conference girls bowling team.   BOWLER OF THE YEAR Melaena Martin, Springfield     COACHES OF THE YEAR Melinda Weakland, Springfield Mike Sayre, Norton     FIRST TEAM Melaena Martin, Springfield, junior Madalyn Mullet, Norton, junior Madison Knox, Springfield, sophomore Alannah Raffa, Ravenna, sophomore Emily […]

Boys Basketball: State Tournament Pairings

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor       The 2024 OHSAA high school boys basketball state-tournament pairings; All games are at the University of Dayton Arena. Home teams are listed first. Pairings are shown with current record and final Associated Press state rank, if applicable. Friday games will be broadcast on Spectrum Channel 314. […]

Boys Bowling: 2023-24 All-Metro Athletic Conference

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The 2023-24 All-Metro Athletic Conference boys bowling team.   BOWLER OF THE YEAR Logan Calo, Norton     COACH OF THE YEAR Aaron Rose, Coventry     FIRST TEAM Logan Calo, Norton, senior Jacob Robinson, Norton, junior Wade Allen, Coventry, freshman Rylan Slusser, Springfield, freshman Connor Stevens, Streetsboro, […]

Striking a Balance: Madden, Morrison, Simon among youth bowling standouts

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Dominic Madden led the Spins Bowls Juniors League, tossing a 200 high game and a 527 high series. The girls high set was rolled by Emily Morrison, a 179-457. The youngest bowlers on the lanes are always happy when they find success with a strike, a spare or one […]

Girls Basketball: 2023-24 All-Portage Trail Conference

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The 2023-24 All-Portage Trail Conference girls basketball team.   PLAYER OF THE YEAR Nadia Lough, Rootstown     COACH OF THE YEAR Joe Leonard, Rootstown     FIRST TEAM Nadia Lough, Rootstown, senior Colbie Curall, Rootstown, sophomore Ava Darney, Warren JFK, senior Brooklynn McIntyre, Rootstown, senior Didi Ryan, […]

Garfield’s champion: The story of Tyler Lutz’s fight against cancer

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The 1957 Chevy in Tyler Lutz’s garage has always been a labor of love. Found in a field about six years ago, it has been a piece of history that he has always gravitated to. The car is now stripped down to the bare metal and it is […]

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 All-Portage Trail Conference

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The 2023-24 All-Portage Trail Conference boys basketball team. PLAYER OF THE YEAR Layne Miller, Mogadore, senior COACH OF THE YEAR Russ Swartz, Mogadore FIRST TEAM Layne Miller, Mogadore, senior Garrett Sprutte, Southeast, senior Nick Ryan, Warren JFK, junior Matt Warder, Lake Center Christian, senior Bronson Gilyard, St. Thomas Aquinas, […]

Basketball: Final 2023-24 Statistical Leaders

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2023-24 STATISTICAL LEADERS BOYS BASKETBALL SCORING Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 28.3 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 20.4 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 20.2 Layne Miller, Mogadore 17.9 Carlos Bruton, Windham 17.6 Cooper Carnahan, Aurora 16.3 Cameron Mahone, Rootstown 15.4 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 14.0 Grady Eader, Field 13.3 Corey Lehner, Mogadore 13.0 Curtis Ross, Ravenna […]

Wrestling: 2023-24 All-Metro Athletic Conference

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The 2023-24 All-Metro Athletic Conference wrestling team. WRESTLER OF THE YEAR Steven Duffy, Woodridge COACH OF THE YEAR Mark Mole, Cloverleaf FIRST TEAM 106 pounds: Jarreau Walker, Streetsboro, freshman 113: Aidan Carone, Streetsboro, senior 120: Logan Letner, Cloverleaf, sophomore 126: Anthony Sindelar, Streetsboro, sophomore 132: Omar Leon, Springfield, sophomore […]

Girls Basketball: 2023-24 All-Metro Athletic Conference

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The 2023-24 All-Metro Athletic Conference girls basketball team.   PLAYER OF THE YEAR Naomi Benson, Streetsboro     COACHES OF THE YEAR Carl Singer, Streetsboro Brian Miller, Norton     FIRST TEAM Naomi Benson, Streetsboro, junior Andie Osolin, Norton, senior Delilah Rahe, Field, junior Cameron Hoover, Woodridge, senior […]

1966 Atwater High School cheerleaders

The 1966 Atwater High School are shown before the start of a basketball game, warming up in the hallway, and included (left to right) Barbara Twark, Dorothy Wiley, Nancy Combs, Mary Jo Muratore, Donna Weber. It was the last year for Atwater High School before it merged with Randolph High School to form Waterloo High […]

Waterloo boys basketball coach Jason Wise resigns

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Jason Wise has spent the last 30 years coaching basketball at Waterloo High School. On Tuesday, the longtime coach and Vikings graduate announced his resignation. Wise has spent the last 11 seasons as the program’s head coach. He has posted a career record of 137-131 and winning back-to-back […]

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 All-Metro Athletic Conference

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The 2023-24 All-Metro Athletic Conference boys basketball team. PLAYER OF THE YEAR Luke Dobbins, Norton COACH OF THE YEAR BJ Sanderson, Norton FIRST TEAM Luke Dobbins, Norton, senior Anthony Ahern, Springfield, senior Logan Forbes, Cloverleaf, senior Buddy Willig, Norton, sophomore Reggie Edwards, Coventry, sophomore Evan Duve, Woodridge, senior Jack […]

Basketball: 2023-24 Northeast Inland All-District

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The 2024 Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association All-Northeast Inland District basketball teams honor the top players and coaches from parts of Stark, Summit, Portage, Medina, Wayne, Trumbull, Columbiana, Mahoning and Ashland counties. The teams are selected by a media panel from those areas.     BOYS BASKETBALL DIVISION I […]

Garfield two-time state champion Keegan Sell reflects on thrilling title

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Keegan Sell would not have wanted it any other way. Tie score. Eleven seconds remaining. State championship on the line. If you wanted to dream up a dramatic scenario, the Garfield senior standout’s 190-pound state-championship battle with Liberty Center’s Xander Myers had it all. Even late-match heroics. And […]

Wrestling: 2023-24 All-Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The 2023-24 All-Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference wrestling team.   WRESTLER OF THE YEAR Keegan Sell, Garfield     COACH OF THE YEAR Dan Andel, Garfield     FIRST TEAM 106 pounds: Camron Lewicki, Garfield 113 pounds: Luke Kaufman, Garfield 120 pounds: Jayden Scott, Jackson-Milton 126 pounds: Landon Andel, […]

Girls Basketball: 2023-24 All-Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The 2023-24 All-Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference girls basketball teams.   GREY DIVISION PLAYER OF THE YEAR Isabella Meyer, Champion     COACHES OF THE YEAR Mandy Rowe, LaBrae Mike Cole, Champion     FIRST TEAM Isabella Meyer, Champion, senior Kayla Haynie, Champion, senior Bailey Wellman, Brookfield, senior Luvrain […]

Chris Knopick announces resignation as Rootstown’s football coach

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Rootstown High School football head coach Chris Knopick announced his resignation on Monday. Knopick spent three years as the Rovers’ coach and posted a record of 21-12. After taking over the program in 2021, Knopick’s Rovers posted a 5-6 record. In 2022, the Rovers were 7-4 and Knopick led […]

Boys Basketball: 2023-24 All-Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The 2023-24 All-Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference boys basketball teams. SCARLET DIVISION PLAYER OF THE YEAR Jackson Eichler, Waterloo COACH OF THE YEAR DJ Aldish, Lowellville FIRST TEAM Gage Hawley, Waterloo, junior Michael Ballone, Lowellville, senior Michael Lucido, Lowellville, senior Ryen Romigh, Jackson-Milton, junior Sean Guerriero, Springfield, senior Dom Ricciardi, […]

Garfield’s Keegan Sell repeats as wrestling state champion

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   For the second consecutive year, Garfield’s Keegan Sell is a state champion. Sell concluded his remarkable season, which he posted an overall record of 54-1, with an 11-6 decision over Liberty Center’s Xander Myers on Sunday in a Division III, 190-pound state final. The win came in thrilling fashion, […]

High School Bowling Report: Season concludes, but excitement for next season already looms

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   The OHSAA bowling season wrapped up this weekend with the Division I state tournament at H.P. Lanes in Columbus. It was an exciting season for Portage County teams, earning success at the sectional and district tournaments, with the Rootstown varsity girls, along with Rootstown’s Justin Miller and Garfield’s Sierra […]

Wrestling State Championships: Complete statewide tournament results

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING OHSAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS   STATEWIDE RESULTS DIVISION I 1. St. Edward 226.5; 2. Perrysburg 137.5; 3. Mass. Perry 132.5; 4. Dub. Coffman 88.5; 5. Brecksville 77.5; 6. La Salle 67.0; Olen. Liberty 67.0; 8. Wadsworth 65.5; 9. Moeller 62.0; 10. Springboro 40.5; 11. Nordonia 37.0; 12. Med Highland 30.0; 13. Whitmer 29.5; […]

Girls Basketball: State semifinal tournament pairings

GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE SEMIFINAL TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS   All games at University of Dayton Arena. Home team listed first. Pairings shown with final Associated Press state rank. All games available at OHSAA.tv and on OHSAA Radio Network. Championship games televised by Spectrum News 1. State tournament coverage: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Basketball-Girls/Girls-Basketball-2023-24/2024-Girls-Basketball-State-Tournament   Division IV No. 7 Loudonville (26-2) vs. […]

Boys Basketball: Regional semifinal tournament pairings

BOYS BASKETBALL REGIONAL SEMIFINAL TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS   Home team listed first. Division I southwest district championship games are Sunday, March 10. All boys basketball regional tournament games streamed live by the NFHS Network at www.NFHSNetwork.com. Log on and search ‘Ohio’ for listings. Brackets and tournament coverage at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Basketball-Boys/Boys-Basketball-2023-24/2024-Boys-Basketball-State-Tournament-Coverage   Division I Region 1 Akron Archbishop […]

1957-58 Rootstown High School wrestling

The 1957-58 Rootstown High School wrestling team included: Front row left to right: Bob Haley, Phil Reed, Frank Smith, Bill Messaros, Wayne Pratt, Paul James, Dale Pratt, Buddy Howel, Freddie Mehling. Back row left to right: Coach Clarence Boyle, Frank Mehling, Bill Slide, Dave Pratt, Gordon Hall, Bob Fair, Albert Farris, Jeff Eldridge, Charles Miley.

Striking a Balance: Spotlight on Perfect Fit Trio and Garden Spot leagues

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   For the first time in many weeks, a perfect game was not reported except for the casino leagues. But high scores and successful series were still the norm on the lanes. Many of the leagues are looking toward the end of the season and the start of spring and […]

Wrestling: State championships day two statewide results

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING OHSAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY, MARCH 9 (At the Schottenstein Center, Columbus)     DIVISION I TEAM STANDINGS  1. St. Edward 198.5; 2. Perrysburg 109.5; 3. Massillon Perry 105.5; 4. Dublin Coffman 78.5; 5. Moeller 58; 6. Olentangy Liberty 51; 7. Wadsworth 50.5; 8. Brecksville 50; 9. La Salle 48; 10. Springboro 36.5; […]

Wrestling: State championships day one scoreboard

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING OHSAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS FRIDAY, MARCH 8 (At The Schottenstein Center, Columbus) DIVISION I TEAM STANDINGS 1. St. Edward 39.5 2. Mass. Perry 34 3. Perrysburg 25.5 4. Brecksville 22 5. Dub. Coffman 20 6. Olen. Liberty 15 7. Mentor 14 8. Wadsworth 13.5 9. La Salle 13 10. Springboro 11.5 11. Moeller […]

Girls Basketball: Streetsboro’s historic season ends in regional-final loss to Laurel

  By Jim Smith Correspondent   The historic season for the Streetsboro girls basketball team ended in the Division II Region 5 title game on the Jack Greynolds floor in the Barberton High School gymnasium Friday night. The Laurel Gators halted the Rockets’ tournament experience with a 53-32 victory. “It was an amazing ride. This […]

Wrestling: 2024 state championships preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s 87th annual wrestling state championships begins on Friday. In Portage County, 13 wrestlers qualified for the event, which will be hosted by Ohio State University at the Schottenstein Center. Rootstown leads the way with five state qualifiers, with Aurora producing the second-most […]

Determined resilience: The story of Mogadore girls wrestling standout Mia Gaetjens

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor A lot has certainly changed for Mia Gaetjens. So much so that she admits that the seventh grade version of herself would have no idea how to even react. “She would be so proud of me,” Gaetjens said. Now a senior, Gaetjens is in the midst of a historic […]

State qualifier Carver continues to pioneer female wrestling at Southeast

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Lauren Carver’s career has featured a series of firsts for female wrestling at Southeast. She is the program’s first pre-regional champion. The first regional champion. And first state qualifier. Carver, a senior, is actually now a two-time state qualifier and even still, she has been flying under the […]

Crestwood introduces ‘Dante’ as way to spark school spirit

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Holly Tayerle and Kim Krueger know what school spirit looks like. More specifically, as proud graduates, they know what Crestwood school spirit looks like. And they knew it was time to bring it back. “Our pep rallies had kind of fizzled out. The kids didn’t think they were […]

Girls Basketball: Rockets reach Elite Eight with thrilling comeback win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The magic is not over for the Streetsboro girls basketball team. In fact, Tuesday may have been the most magical night yet. The Rockets’ historic season added another memorable moment with a thrilling, come-from-behind, 45-42 victory over St. Vincent-St. Mary on Tuesday in a Division II regional semifinal hosted […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, March 4, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL SCORES TOURNAMENT — DISTRICT SEMIFINALS Division III: Lutheran East 108, Southeast 43 Division IV: Dalton 57, Mogadore 46 (OT) Division IV: Warren JFK 81, Hillsdale 49     SCHEDULE MARCH 5 Division IV: No. 8 Lake Center Christian vs. No. 19 Elyria Open Door Christian, 7 […]

Aurora gymnast Hannah Salgado wins state championship on beam

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Aurora High School gymnast Hannah Salgado’s decorated career reached its pinnacle on Sunday. Salgado, a senior, won the state championship in the beam event. Her score of 9.725 not only bested the field for this year’s competition, but it bested the all-time field at the event, setting a […]

Girls Basketball: OHSAA regional tournament pairings

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s high school girls basketball regional tournament pairings. The regional qualifiers are the final 64 teams remaining in the tournament overall, and inside each division, each team represents the “Sweet 16.” The state tournament will be held on March 14-16 at the University […]

Streetsboro girls basketball celebrate another first: A district title

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Streetsboro girls basketball team keeps adding to its season of firsts. Just two weeks ago, the Rockets celebrated the first league championship in program history. On Saturday, another celebration. The program’s first-ever district championship. Streetsboro earned the prestigious honor with a 49-36 victory over Norton in Division II […]

Wrestling: 2024 OHSAA state championship qualifiers

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Wrestlers that qualified for the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s state championship, which will be held at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus on March 8-10. Detailed state tournament information. DIVISION I AURORA Luke Green, 106 pounds, 2nd place Johnny Green, 113 pounds, 3rd place Drake Brasiel, 150 pounds, 4th […]

Youth Boys Basketball Scoreboard: Saturday, March 2, 2024

YOUTH BOYS BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2024 THIRD GRADE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD BLACK 33, FIELD WHITE 3 Field Black — Cruz Sugg, 2 points; David Paul Duma, 8 points; Rylan Peterson, 23 points. Field White — Broderick Kline, 2 points; Abel Edsall, 1 point.     SEMIFINAL FIELD BLACK 37, KENT 15 Field Black — […]

Girls Bowling: Rootstown finishes 4th overall at Division II state championship

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   It was a day to remember for the Rootstown Rovers’ girls bowling team. In their first trip to the OHSAA Division II State Championship in Columbus, the Rovers bowled their way to a top-four finish among the toughest teams in Ohio. “The girls fought all day,” said Andy Day, […]

Striking a Balance: USBC announces upcoming tournament schedule

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Amanda Kiss, Portage County USBC Association Manager, shared a look at the organization’s upcoming tournaments. On April 7, beginning at 1 p.m., Kent Lanes will host the annual Senior Memorial Tournament. April 13 will find the start of the Portage County USBC Open starting at 10 a.m. Then, the […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, March 2, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES TOURNAMENT — DISTRICT FINALS Division II: Streetsboro 49, Norton 36 Division II: Gilmour Academy 52, Aurora 39 Division IV: Loudonville 61, Mogadore 44 SCHEDULE TOURNAMENT — REGIONAL SEMIFINALS MARCH 5 Division II: Streetsboro vs. St. Vincent-St. Mary, 8:30 p.m., Barberton High School BOX SCORES STREETSBORO […]

Curtain falls on Mogadore’s season, but not before valiant effort vs. top-seeded Loudonville

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   At every turn this season, a new adversity was staring straight back at the Mogadore girls basketball team. And it started on the first night of the season. In the Cats’ opener, senior leader and scoring phenom Brook McIntyre, who had already eclipsed 1,000 points as a junior, […]

Crestwood’s historic season ends in sectional-final loss to Smithville

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor If only Crestwood could have bottled its offensive energy from the first 4 minutes of Friday’s sectional final. In those opening moments, the Devils’ offense was free flowing and junior Dekota Johnson was red-hot. The sharp-shooter buried his first four 3-pointers, with each one coming with a higher degree […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, March 1, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCORES — SECTIONAL FINALS Division II: Streetsboro 55, Marlington 47 Division II: Warrensville Heights 40, Woodridge 25 Division II: Coventry 42, Norton 38 Division III: Smithville 42, Crestwood 39 Division III: Southeast 58, Crestview 49 Division III: South Range 74, Garfield 46 Division IV: Mogadore […]

Boys Bowling: Rootstown’s Miller places 26th in Division II

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer   Rootstown’s Justin Miller advanced to the OHSAA’s Division II Boys Bowling State Championship and concluded his season in 26th place on Friday. The Rovers’ junior earned the spot among the 101 bowlers that qualified to the tournament as both individuals and on teams. Miller started his first game with […]

Wrestling: List of Portage County’s district qualifiers

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor A list of Portage County’s high-school wrestling district qualifiers. AURORA Luke Green, 106 pounds (sectional champion) Johnny Green, 113 pounds Nicholas Turba, 120 pounds Cole Munn, 126 pounds Michael Kennedy, 132 pounds Drake Brasiel, 150 pounds Cole Walton, 157 pounds Michael Wise, 175 pounds Austin Grossman, 190 pounds CRESTWOOD […]

Tompkins twins, McIntyre lead Wildcats with strong family bond

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The relationships between twin sisters Ari and Julie Tompkins and cousin Brook McIntyre are complicated. In a good way. The friendships are bookended on one side by love and on the other by an unbreakable bond — both of which are the types that only family members can […]

Basketball: Updated statistical leaders (March 1)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 2023-24 STATISTICAL LEADERS   BOYS BASKETBALL SCORING Player, School Average Garrett Sprutte, Southeast 28.1 Preston Gedeon, Garfield 19.9 Dekota Johnson, Crestwood 19.7 Layne Miller, Mogadore 18.4 Carlos Bruton, Windham 17.6 Cooper Carnahan, Aurora 16.3 Charlie Schweickert, Crestwood 14.8 Cameron Mahone, Rootstown 14.8 Grady Eader, Field 13.3 Corey Lehner, Mogadore 12.5 Curtis Ross, […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28, 2024 GIRLS BASKETBALL SCORES TOURNAMENT — DISTRICT SEMIFINALS Division IV: Warren JFK 53, Cornerstone Christian 42 Division IV: Mogadore 51, Salineville Southern 41 Division III: Keystone 48, Rootstown 43 Division III: Chippewa 69, Southeast 26 Division II: Gilmour Academy 63, Crestwood 32 Division II: Aurora 39, Edgewood 29 Division […]

Sarchione Chevrolet Garrettsville’s Getting to Know: Streetsboro girls basketball coach Carl Singer

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 Streetsboro High School wrestling coach Carl Singer, who is in his ninth season leading the Rockets. […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, FEB. 27, 2024 BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT — SECTIONAL SEMIFINALS SCORES Division II: Shaw 66, Ravenna 42 Division II: Woodrige 41, Salem 36 Division II: Norway 66, Field 25 Division II: Streetsboro 26, Cleveland Central Catholic 23 Division III: Garfield 55, Lakeview 44 Division III: Southeast 63, Beachwood 54 Division III: Perry […]

1986 Rootstown High School volleyball

Members of the 1986 Rootstown High School volleyball team pose underneath a spirit sign that was painted by the cheerleaders to support their classmates. The “WE BELIEVE” signage was hung inside the gymnasium, in various locations, throughout the 1980’s and into the late 1990’s.

Boys Basketball: Final Associated Press state poll (Feb. 26)

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE POLL MONDAY, FEB. 26, 2024   The top-10 teams in the final Associated Press high school boys basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, followed by win-loss record and total points.   DIVISION I Cincinnati Moeller (7), 21-1, 108 Cleveland St. Ignatius (4), 19-3, 87 Garfield Heights, 21-1, […]

Portage Quizbowl League teams invited to national championships

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A collection of Portage Quizbowl League teams have received a prestigious invitation by the NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournament) to compete in national tournaments. The invitation was the result of team results throughout the regular season — and further invitations may be extended following the Portage Quizbowl League […]

Bowling: Streetsboro’s Stevens, Clark narrowly miss opportunity for state

By Susan Jenior Staff Writer The OHSAA Northeast Division I District bowling tournaments were held Sunday and Monday, with opportunities available to advance to the state tournament. Streetsboro had two individuals in the events, Connor Stevens and Kendall Clark. Clark, a sophomore, rolled games of 150-164-119 on her way to a 433 to miss qualifying […]

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-COUNTY 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, junior Kennedy Morgan, Highland, sophomore Niera Stevens, […]

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 Rootstown […]

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 […]