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2022-23 Ravenna boys basketball preview

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2022-23 Mogadore girls basketball preview

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2022-23 Mogadore boys basketball preview

Tom Nader November 30, 2022

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2022-23 Ravenna boys basketball preview

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

Football: Final 2022 statistical leaders

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

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

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

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022

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

2022-23 Mogadore girls basketball preview

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

2022-23 Mogadore boys basketball preview

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

2022-23 Kent Roosevelt boys basketball preview

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

2022-23 Kent Roosevelt girls basketball preview

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

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

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

Ice Hockey: Rough Riders capture tournament title at DiPaolo Tournament

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

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

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

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022

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

Football: Northeast Inland All-District teams announced

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

2022-23 Garfield girls basketball preview

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

2022-23 Garfield boys basketball preview

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

2022-23 Field girls basketball preview

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

2022-23 Field boys basketball preview

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

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

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

1924 Deerfield High School football

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

2022-23 Crestwood boys basketball preview

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

2022-23 Crestwood girls basketball preview

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

2022-23 Aurora boys basketball preview

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

2022-23 Aurora girls basketball preview

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

High School Scoreboard: Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022

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

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Nov. 25, 2022

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

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

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

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022

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

Ice Hockey: Roosevelt opens play at DiPaolo Tournament on Friday

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

1987 Windham High School baseball

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

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

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

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

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

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022

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

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

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

Crestwood grad Jakacki named NCAC Player of the Week at Hiram

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

Girls Basketball: Cats dominate fourth quarter to top Bombers

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

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Nov. 21, 2022

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

Snowstorm drops curtain on Mogadore football’s special season

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

High School Football: State Semifinal pairings and locations announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Portage Quizbowl Scoreboard: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

Girls Basketball Box Score: Rootstown 57, Field 37

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

Relentless Rovers use rebounds, defense to topple Falcons

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

Charlie Voth finds home and history with Rootstown boys soccer

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

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

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

Remembering Persh Rohrer

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

High School Football: Regional Final pairings and game locations announced

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

Box Score: Mogadore 41, Cuyahoga Heights 10

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

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

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

1922 Mogadore High School football

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

High School Volleyball: All-Metro Athletic Conference team announced

Honoring the Veterans coaching in Portage County

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

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

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

All-Portage Trail Conference: Football

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

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

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

2022-23 Kent Roosevelt High School Ice Hockey Preview

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

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

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

1922-23 Kent Roosevelt High School boys basketball

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

Crestwood Red Devils trade sports for community leaf clean up

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

High School Football: All-Metro Athletic Conference teams announced

Mogadore girls cross country makes history at Fortress Obetz

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

High School Football Playoffs: Regional Semifinal pairings and locations

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

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

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

Mogadore captures thrilling playoff victory over Canton Central Catholic

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

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

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

Bill Wise and a life of loving Mogadore football

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

Beshara looks to bring stability to Field boys basketball program

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

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

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

Misenko brings enthusiasm, determination as new Field girls basketball coach

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

1986 Windham High School football

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

Streetsboro Middle School cross country competes at state championships

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

Portage County celebrates 100 years of football

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

Kent Cyclones to host Free Hockey Nights this month

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

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

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

Streetsboro sophomore Makayla Claflin’s inspirational fight to defeat leukemia

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

High School Football: Regional Quarterfinal Playoff Pairings

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

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

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

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

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

Early deficit dooms Rootstown in first-round loss to United

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

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

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

Expanded high school football playoffs remains a divided conversation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1947-48 Kent Roosevelt High School boys basketball

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

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

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

Fall 2022: A season filled with record-breaking performances

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

Ravenna hires Courtney O’Donnell to coach girls basketball program

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

Photo Gallery: Field girls soccer vs. Buckeye

Mogadore JV youth football wins Super Bowl championship

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

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

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

High School Football: Playoff Tickets Punched

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

Mogadore girls XC wins third straight district championship

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

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

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

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

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

Tenorio, Liepins lead Aurora to big win over Revere

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

Garfield scores 49 unanswered points to run away from Liberty

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

Windham, Chase Eye celebrate Senior Night in special victory

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

Turnovers, penalties spell trouble for Ravens again

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

Mogadore controls Rootstown in PTC championship showdown

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

Fall 2022 All-Metro Athletic Conference Teams

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

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022

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

High School Football Central: Week 10

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

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

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

Field 7th Grade volleyball wins Metro Athletic Conference championship

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

Lovejoy returns home to coach Ravenna baseball

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

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

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

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022

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

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

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

1983 Waterloo High School football team

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

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

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

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Oct. 17, 2022

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

Thank you, Windham

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

Golfers Retherford, Pendergast earn All-Ohio honors

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

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

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

Middle School Scoreboard: PTC Cross Country Championships

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

High School Football: Week 9 Scoreboard

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

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

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

Turnovers doom Ravenna in 45-6 loss to Woodridge

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

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

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

Rootstown victory sets up Week 10 championship showdown with Mogadore

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

Streetsboro Middle School girls cross country win MAC title

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

High School Football Central: Week 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022

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

Crestwood girls soccer scores first league championship since 2016

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

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

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

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

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

1969 Crestwood High School football

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

Portage Youth Girls Softball celebrates fall league champions

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

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

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

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022

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

High School Football: Updated computer playoff rankings

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

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

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

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Oct. 10, 2022

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

Waterloo girls soccer celebrates first league title in school history

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

Crestwood Middle School soccer wins CVC championship

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

Cleveland Pear Trees: A Southeast golf tradition

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

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

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

Windham dominates second half for ‘much needed’ victory

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

Field finally finds itself on winning side of close game

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

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Oct. 7, 2022

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

Garfield continues dominance of MVAC opponents

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

Quick-start Cardinal blanks Crestwood 40-0

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

Coontz sets single-game rushing record in Rovers win

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

Ravenna snaps four-game losing streak in dominating fashion

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

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

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

High School Football Central: Week 8

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

Waterloo girls soccer enjoying historic season

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

Field boys, girls soccer advance in MAC Tournament

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

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022

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

1918 Garrettsville High School Boys Basketball

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

The 2022 Volunteers of the Year

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

Rootstown girls celebrate back-to-back championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Oct. 3, 2022

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

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

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

High School Volleyball: State Poll (Oct. 2)

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

Mogadore girls XC wins CVNP Invitational

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

Rockets claim thriller over Falcons on emotional night in Brimfield

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

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Sept. 30, 2022

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

Top-ranked Eagles shut out Rootstown in PTC showdown

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

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

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

Turnovers, penalties doom Ravens in loss at Coventry

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

Blasiole’s big night gives Crestwood big win over Wickliffe

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

Gamebreaking plays carry G-Men to dominating victory

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

High School Football Central: Week 7

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

1966 Windham High School football

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

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

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

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022

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

Outpouring of support continues in aftermath of Brimfield fatal car accident

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

True family atmosphere lifts Mogadore’s cross country program

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

High School Football: Updated Statistical Leaders

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

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022

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

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

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

St. Thomas cancels Week 7 football matchup with Southeast

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

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

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

Field girls soccer’s Cassie Wilde sets career scoring record

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

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

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

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

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

Middle School Scoreboard: Monday, Sept. 26, 2022

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

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

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

Photo Gallery: Field Youth Football at Crestwood

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

Streetsboro middle school XC places third at Malone

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

High School Volleyball: State Poll (Sept. 25)

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

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Sept. 23, 2022

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

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

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

Aurora completes fourth-quarter comeback to top Tallmadge

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

G-Men use powerful rushing game for another victory

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GARFIELD 54, CHAMPION 14 In what is becoming a weekly occurrence, the Garfield G-Men rushed for more than 300 yards in a win. On Friday, it was 385 yards on the ground, in only 40 attempts, to lead the team to a 54-14 Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference road […]

Career night from Williams carries Southeast over Windham

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   SOUTHEAST 42, WINDHAM 20 Quarterback Randy Williams had a career game to lead the Pirates to a non-league victory over Windham on Friday at Freedom Field in Palmyra. Williams had a hand in five of the Pirates’ six touchdowns in the game. Four of the them came on […]

Rootstown bounces back for dominant victory over St. Thomas

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   ROOTSTOWN 56, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 8 The Rovers bounced back in a major way from a 33-14 loss at Conneaut last week. Rootstown scored an impressive 48 points in the first half on its way to a rout of the visiting Knights on Friday’s Homecoming Night for […]

Berkshire runs away from Crestwood 42-8

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BERKSHIRE 42, CRESTWOOD 8 The Badgers used an impressive 29-point second quarter to pull away from Crestwood on Friday night, and the Red Devils could never recover. Berkshire had gained a 6-0 lead after the first quarter, but the second-quarter eruption allowed the Badgers to secure a comfortable […]

High School Football Central: Week 6

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Welcome to Week 6 of the high school football season! There are some interesting games on the slate tonight. I will be at Portage Community Bank Stadium’s Harry Gilchrist Field in Ravenna, where the Ravens will host the Field Falcons in a Metro Athletic Conference showdown. In […]

Photo Gallery: Norton at Field volleyball

High School Roundup (Sept. 22): Field-Rootstown soccer match called early because of player injury

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   FIELD 2, ROOTSTOWN 1 The game was called with 10 minutes remaining in the second half after a Field player was injured while challenging a ball in the air alongside a Rootstown player. The Falcons’ player landed awkwardly and was attended to on the field before being taken […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2022   BOYS SOCCER FIELD 2, ROOTSTOWN 1 (At Field) ROOTSTOWN 0-1—1 FIELD 1-1—2 First Half — 1. (F) Cedric Martin. Second Half — 2. (R) Nathan Pastor (Brady Fillmore); 3. (F) Garit Greene. Shots on Goal — Field, 11-8. Corner Kicks — Field, 8-2.   RAVENNA 4, PERRY […]

High School Football: Updated statistical leaders

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2022 STATISTICAL LEADERS OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Attempts-Yards Cody Coontz, Rootstown 129-1,180 Jayden Hakin, Waterloo 89-672 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 88-584 Chase Eye, Windham 41-509 Keegan Sell, Garfield 59-500 Matt Geier, Aurora 55-484 Alex Tenorio, Aurora 55-462 Drexal McAmis, Field 60-461 Jesse Grace, Garfield 57-442 Mason Williams, Mogadore 39-394 Colby Benjamin, Streetsboro 78-390 […]

Photo Gallery: Metro Athletic Conference Boys Golf Tournament

Middle School Scoreboard: Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2022 8TH GRADE FOOTBALL AURORA 14, BARBERTON 8 (At Aurora) BARBERTON 0-8-0-0—8 AURORA 0-0-0-14—14 SCORING SUMMARY Aurora Luke McGovern 65 pass from Ryan Ziegler Luke McGovern 48 pass from Ryan Ziegler   8TH GRADE VOLLEYBALL MOGADORE DEF. LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN, 25-12, 25-6 (At Lake Center Christian) MOGADORE — Daneilla […]

Garfield boys golf celebrates MVAC championship

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Any competitive golfer will remember a few strokes they left on the course that could have helped for a better round. For the Garfield G-Men, they had to carry it around for an entire year. That is not easy. At the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Tournament in […]

Ravenna girls tennis sets sights on MAC Tournament

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Ravenna girls golf coach Brittney O’Donnell had two simple goals for her team this season: Win and learn from each match. The Ravens have done a little bit of both and have shifted their sights to the Metro Athletic Conference Tournament, which will be hosted by Ravenna […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2022 GIRLS SOCCER WATERLOO 3, GARFIELD 1 (At Garfield) WATERLOO 1-2—3 GARFIELD 1-0—1 First Half — 1. (W) Kaira English (Olivia Boyle); 2. (G) Laura McCoy. Second Half — 3. (W) Boyle (English); 4. (W) Carletta Henry (Sophia Wood). Goalkeepers/Saves — (W) Grace Yarian/4.   BOYS SOCCER GARFIELD 3, […]

High School Roundup (Sept. 21): Garfield boys golf wins MVAC tournament championship

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS GOLF MVAC TOURNAMENT The Garfield G-Men captured the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference championship on Wednesday, shooting a 365 team score at Salem Hills. Danny Ensinger was the low round for the G-Men with an 86, while Landen Gedeon and Dillan Paul each carded 92s. Liam Mielcarek gave […]

Kent Roosevelt to honor Campana, Nemec

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Kent Roosevelt High School will honor two of its legendary football coaches on Friday, Sept. 30, as part of the district’s Homecoming festivities. Longtime historic coaches Tom Campana and John Nemec will be honored during the pregame of the Rough Riders’ scheduled league matchup with Aurora. Nemec and […]

Charles Chevrolet’s Getting to Know: Garfield volleyball’s Ali Korosec

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

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2022   BOYS SOCCER FIELD 5, COVENTRY 1 (At Coventry) FIELD 3-2—5 COVENTRY 1-0—1 First Half — 1. (F) Garit Greene (Wyatt Race); 2. (F) Gar. Greene (Rate); 3. (F) Kyle Schoenbeck (Gar. Greene); 4. (C) Name not reported. Second Half — 5. (F) Liam Waffen (Luke Lonzrick); 6. […]

High School Roundup (Sept. 20): Wilde sets career goals record for Field girls soccer

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS SOCCER FIELD 9, COVENTRY 2 It was a historic night for Field High School senior Cassie Wilde. And what a week, in general. On Friday night, Wilde was announced as the Homecoming Queen. On Tuesday night, she scored a hat trick to highlight the Falcons’ decisive road […]

High School Football: OHSAA Playoff Rankings (9.20.22)

    OHSAA Releases First Weekly Football Computer Ratings Regular-season entering Week 6 COLUMBUS – The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the first official weekly football computer ratings Tuesday. The computer ratings are released every Tuesday beginning in the fifth week of the season, leading up to the final report on Sunday, Oct. 23, when […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Rootstown football’s Cody Coontz

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor When you ask Cody Coontz to talk about himself, he speaks politely, but softly. His voice is filled with confidence, but his modest personality does not allow him to get excited. Even though his statistics would justify it. However, when you ask Coontz to talk about his coaches and […]

Bradley Keck: Portage County football’s uniform and helmet guy

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Look good, feel good, play good. It is not a new mentality. It is one, though, that has certainly gained new meanings over the last 20 years. Or, at least, the last 16 years for many of Portage County’s football teams. That is how long they have been […]

High School Football: Associated Press State Poll

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE POLL   DIVISION I Rank, Team (First-place votes), Record, Points Cincinnati Moeller (18), 5-0, 202 Centerville (2), 5-0, 154 Lakota West (1), 5-0, 147 Lakewood St. Edward, 4-1, 132 Springfield, 4-0, 105 Dublin Jerome, 5-0, 89 Cincinnati Elder, 4-1, 86 Fairfield, 5-0, 75 Cleveland St. Ignatius, 3-1, 32 Cleveland […]

Middle School Volleyball Scoreboard

Editor’s Note: All middle school coaches are invited to email results — across all sports — to Tom Nader at tomnader@portagesports.com. All results received will be included in upcoming Middle School Scoreboards!   MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD 7TH GRADE VOLLEYBALL MOGADORE DEF. ST. THOMAS AQUINAS, 25-3, 25-4 (At Mogadore) MOGADORE — Emma Butler, 18 points, 10 […]

High School Roundup (Sept. 19): Southeast soccer, volleyball pick up wins

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS SOCCER SOUTHEAST 1, ALLIANCE 0 A set piece helped lead the Pirates to the narrow victory over the Aviators on Monday night. Emmi Smallfield sent a direct kick toward the frame from about 40 yards away that was aided by a Sophia Fischer header, which placed the […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Sept. 19, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, SEPT. 19, 2022   GIRLS SOCCER SOUTHEAST 1, ALLIANCE 0 (At Southeast) ALLIANCE 0-0—0 SOUTHEAST 0-1—1 First Half — No scoring. Second Half — (SE) McPeak (Fischer). Shots on Goal — Alliance, 16-14. Goalkeepers/Saves — (SE) Katie Long/9.   VOLLEYBALL SOUTHEAST DEF. RAVENNA, 25-8, 25-18, 25-16 (At Ravenna) SOUTHEAST — Norah […]

Streetsboro girls golf celebrates MAC Tournament championship

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Improving your golf game during Northeast Ohio’s gruelingly long winter months can be a challenge. But not if you are the Streetsboro girls golf team. Through a fundraising effort, the Rockets purchased an indoor golf simulator, then cooperated with the district to customize space for it in […]

1929 Rootstown High School Football

The 1929 Rootstown High School football team is pictured in front of the school, which as pictured is currently the district’s middle school — which was formally the high school. I only have last names for the players pictured. If anyone has more information on this team, please reach out to me by email at […]

Photo Gallery: 8U Fall Ball Softball

Brimfield Elementary is the host site for the Portage Girls Youth Softball League’s fall-ball season. On Sunday, a number of area teams were on the diamond for double-headers as the league heads toward its postseason tournament. A special thank you to Ralph Graham for submitting the photos.  

High School Volleyball State Poll

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL STATE POLL SEPT. 18, 2022 DIVISION I Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (20), 333 Olentangy Liberty (14), 326 Magnificat (2), 283 Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy (1), 242 Mount Notre Dame, 168 Olmsted Falls, 144 Jackson (2), 117 Dublin Coffman, 93 St. Joseph Academy, 77 Sylvania Northview, 59 Others receiving votes: Bishop Watterson 48, Amherst […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 2022   BOYS SOCCER ROOTSTOWN 5, GRAND VALLEY 4 (At Rootstown) GRAND VALLEY 1-3—4 ROOTSTOWN 3-2—5 First Half — 1. (R) Nathan Pastor; 2. (R) Brady Fillmore (Simon Halszi); 3. (R) Pastor, PK; 4. (GV) Jordan Briggs, PK. Second Half — 5. (R) Derek Schindler (Pastor); 6. (GV) Jameson […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Sept. 16, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2022   AURORA 69, CUYAHOGA FALLS 0 (At Cuyahoga Falls) AURORA 27-28-14-0—69 CUYAHOGA FALLS 0-0-0-0—0 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER A — Unverferth 28 pass from Geier (Trivisonno kick), 10:06 A — Fromwiler 14 pass from Geier (Trivisonno kick), 7:01 A — Tenorio 9 run (Trivisonno kick), 4:39 A — […]

Aurora dominates Cuyahoga Falls for 69-0 triumph

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Aurora Greenmen exploded for 69 points on Friday in a rout of host Cuyahoga Falls. Aurora (4-1) scored 27 points in the opening quarter, 28 more in the second quarter and 14 in the third quarter before a scoreless fourth quarter. Seven different Aurora players scored touchdowns, […]

Photo Gallery: Cloverleaf at Field

Shannon Eldreth/Special to Portage Sports Field High School Homecoming Queen Cassie Wilde and King Garit Greene. Shannon Eldreth/Special to Portage Sports Shannon Eldreth/Special to Portage Sports Shannon Eldreth/Special to Portage Sports Shannon Eldreth/Special to Portage Sports Falcons sophomore running back Drexal McAmis turns up the field for extra yardage. Shannon Eldreth/Special to Portage Sports Field [...]

Grace, Sell lead G-Men to lopsided win over Newton Falls

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Garfield G-Men dominated early, then cruised to a convincing 40-7 road victory over Newton Falls on Friday. Garfield, which is now 4-1 overall, led 26-0 after the first quarter and 40-0 by halftime. In the first two quarters of play, the G-Men had churned out 300 […]

Chase Eye’s huge night carries Windham to win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Windham Bombers got off to a slow start on Friday, but finished strong to turn a close game at halftime into a more comfortable 39-22 non-league win at St. Thomas Aquinas. The Bombers outscored the Knights 27-6 in the second half after they trailed 16-12 at halftime. […]

Early deficit dooms Rootstown in loss at Conneaut

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Rootstown Rovers fell behind 21-0 by the second quarter on Friday and could never recover in a 33-14 non-league loss at Conneaut. In their first loss of the season, the Rovers trailed 21-6 at halftime and were outscored 12-8 in the fourth quarter in a game they […]

Late-game magic gives Crestwood thrilling victory

    By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Crestwood Red Devils secured a thrilling 21-17 league victory at Beachwood on Friday night when quarterback Charlie Sommer threw the game-winning touchdown to Jonas Honeycutt with 3:09 to play. The 44-yard touchdown took a 17-14 deficit and turned it into a 21-17 lead on a […]

Rockets return to basics in complete victory over Ravenna

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It requires precise execution and attention to details to maximize the potential of a multiple-spread option offense. Through the first four weeks of the 2022 season, the Streetsboro Rockets had moved the ball and they had scored points, but there was a crispness that was missing from […]

Under Review with Adam Loudin: Officiating Mechancis (Part 2)

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Veteran high school football and basketball official Adam Loudin, a 2006 Waterloo High School graduate, has partnered with Portage Sports to help share some officiating perspectives in a weekly series titled “Under Review.”   TODAY’S TOPIC OFFICIATING MECHANICS (Part 2 of 2) Read Part One here.   There […]

High School Football Central: Week 5

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The season has reached its halfway point. Hard to believe, isn’t it? I will be at Quinn Field at Rocket Stadium in Streetsboro, where the Rockets will host the Ravenna Ravens in a key Metro Athletic Conference matchup. Full coverage will be posted to portagesports.com later tonight, […]

High School Football: Updated statistical leaders

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2022 STATISTICAL LEADERS FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2022   OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Attempts-Yards Cody Coontz, Rootstown 95-1,005 Jayden Hakin, Waterloo 66-557 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 76-507 Matt Geier, Aurora 55-484 Drexal McAmis, Field 60-461 Keegan Sell, Garfield 53-411 Alex Tenorio, Aurora 52-395 Mason Williams, Mogadore 39-394 Jesse Grace, Garfield 51-382 Colby Benjamin, Streetsboro […]

High School Roundup (Sept. 15): Pastor nets four goals in Rootstown soccer win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS SOCCER ROOTSTOWN 7, RITTMAN 0 Nathan Pastor scored four goals to lift the Rovers to a home victory over Rootstown on Thursday. Pastor’s four goals were part of a first-half offensive explosion for Rootstown, which allowed the team to build out a 6-0 lead by halftime. Also […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2022   VOLLEYBALL SEBRING McKINLEY DEF. WATERLOO, 25-19, 25-18, 25-14 (At Sebring) WATERLOO — Isabella Kozma, 4 kills, 1 block, 4 aces, 6 points; Brilyn Eddy, 2 kills, 5 assists, 1 block, 1 ace, 3 points; Lexi Eddy, 4 digs, 2 kills, 1 assist; Miranda Long, 9 assists, 1 […]

Major golf champion Ben Curtis takes over at Kent Roosevelt

    By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   When Brent Pfeiffer resigned as the head coach of the Kent Roosevelt boys golf program in May, it meant a new era in Rough Riders golf. Brent had taken over the program that his father Dick had established and between the two of them, had amassed […]

Aurora football develops deep QB tradition

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A lot has changed for Aurora football in Bob Mihalik’s 22 years of coaching. He entered in 2001 with a program that had a roster of 42 high-school players. In 2022, the Greenmen roster is 104 deep and the middle school has more on the way, with […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2022   VOLLEYBALL TUESDAY MOGADORE DEF. SOUTHEAST, 25-12, 14-25, 25-18, 19-25, 15-5 (At Mogadore) MOGADORE — Zoey Ruppel, 11 points; Hennessy Brake, 6 kills; Brooklyn McIntyre, 25 digs.   BOYS GOLF SOUTHEAST 166, LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 169 (At Olde Dutch Mill) LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN (169) — Dylan Maninga 38, […]

Getting to Know: Southeast boys soccer coach Curtis Ahrens

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

The story of how Larry Bailey became Coach Bailey

    By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   God’s plan for Larry Bailey was to fish and play baseball. Or, at least, that is what he once thought. Turns out he has always loved those things, but Bailey’s impact has extended far beyond those two hobbies. He has reached thousands of students and athletes […]

1922 Hiram High School boys basketball

The 1922 Hiram High School boys basketball team was champions of the Portage County League. The team included (left to right) John Hopkins, Edgar Hurd, Sherman Leach, Frank Hurd, Kenneth Hurd and Hugh Arnold.

Middle School Cross Country: PTC Super Dual Results

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2022 BOYS CROSS COUNTRY PTC SUPER DUALS (At Southeast) INDIVIDUAL RESULTS MOGADORE — 11. Scotty Shaffer 13:58; 17. Jack Lane 15:39; 18. Everett Massey 18:28. ROOTSTOWN — 1. Brayden  Dougherty 11:53; 5. Jamie Lee 13:07; 6. Tycho Smolk 13:34; 8. Isaac Simkanin 13:46; 12. Nigel Wright 14:05; 13. Brayden […]

High School Roundup (Sept. 13): Ravens erupt for four goals in soccer win over Coventry

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS SOCCER RAVENNA 4, COVENTRY 0 The Ravens erupted in the second half for all four goals to turn a scoreless deadlock at halftime into a convincing victory on the home blue turf in Ravenna. Nick Iurato scored a pair of goals for Ravenna (2-1-1 MAC), while Mason […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2022   GIRLS GOLF MONDAY LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 208, ROOTSTOWN 244 (At Sable Creek) ROOTSTOWN (244) — Audrey Foster 47, Alex Biggin 65, Anna Drago 63, Ava Miller 69, Lily Matthews 73. LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN (208) — Leah Starcher 44, Faith Varga 51,  Taylor Goodspeed 55, Charley  Collins 59, […]

High School Football: OHSAA Playoff Rankings

  OHSAA Releases First Weekly Football Computer Ratings Regular-season entering Week 5 COLUMBUS – The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the first official weekly football computer ratings Tuesday. The computer ratings are released every Tuesday beginning in the fifth week of the season, leading up to the final report on Sunday, Oct. 23, when 448 […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Crestwood volleyball’s Zoe Babnik

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Volleyball is a sport that frequently introduces chaos all while riding the undulating peaks and valleys of emotions. It is easy to get pulled in by the undertow, but the special players recognize it all and still move forward unhinged. Like Crestwood junior libero Zoe Babnik. Longtime Red […]

High School Football: Associated Press State Poll

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE POLL MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2022   DIVISION I Rank, Team (first-place votes), record, points St. Edward (14), 4-0, 186 Cincinnati Moeller (4), 4-0, 165 Centerville (1), 4-0, 115 Lakota West, 4-0, 112 St. Ignatius, 3-0, 93 Springfield (1), 3-0, 73 Cincinnati Elder, 3-1, 67 Cincinnati Princeton, 4-0, 60 8. […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Monday, Sept. 12, 2022

Note: All results are invited to be reported by email to tomnader@portagesports.com   MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD   BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RAY SWEENY INVITATIONAL (At Champion High School) 5. STREETSBORO — 4. Ares Miller 13:32.3; 5. Ty Zipprich 13:35.9; 12. Troy Mazer 14:15.1; 26. Isaac Sullivan 19:19.52; 31. Tyler Schramm 20:16.3; 32. Lukas Vodopic 22:32.4.   […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Sept. 12, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2022   BOYS GOLF ROOTSTOWN 177, LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 183 (At Sable Creek) ROOTSTOWN (177) — Cole Hostetler 39; Austin  Biggin 41; Lane McKenzie 47; Mitchel Weber 53; Luke Flowers 53; Carson Flowers 50. LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN (183) — Dylan Maninga 38; Jacob Spickard 46; Ethan Lamiell 51; Corban […]

High School Volleyball: State Poll

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL STATE POLL MONDAY, SEPT. 12, 2022   DIVISION IV Rank, Team, Points (First-place votes) New Bremen, 464 (40) Marion Local, 335 (1) Calvert, 255 (6) Mohawk, 221 Leipsic, 212 Fort Loramie, 204 Shekinah Christian, 164 Newark Catholic, 132 Seneca East, 107 Shenandoah, 99 Russia, 89 Newton Local, 52 (1) Miller City, 44 […]

Jim Lunardi determined to take Ravenna sports to new heights

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   For the first time in forever, Jim Lunardi is spending a fall season without football. Just how many years has he lived without playing or coaching football? “Zero,” he answers with a laugh. Lunardi grew up playing the game, starred at Willoughby South High School, won national championships […]

High School Roundup (Sept. 10): Waterloo volleyball wins over Mathews in five games

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   VOLLEYBALL WATERLOO DEF. MATHEWS, 25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 26-28, 15-9 The Vikings scored a five-game home victory, in thrilling fashion, on Saturday. The tiebreaker difference of six points was the most of any game differential for the day, with games one, two and four all decided by two points. […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, SEPT. 10, 2022   FOOTBALL WINDHAMN 50, ST. JOHN 12 (At St. John) WINDHAM 22-8-14-6—50 ST. JOHN 12-0-0-0—12 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER SJ — Miller 58 run (conversion run failed), 11:21 WIN — Churchill 14 pass from C. Eye (C. Eye conversion run), 10:17 WIN — J. Eye 1 run (conversion […]

Windham football captures long-awaited first win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Windham Bombers waited two weeks for this. After a long list of injuries forced the program to cancel its Week 3 matchup, the Bombers then had to wait an extra in Week 4 to get back into action, playing on Saturday instead of Friday like the majority […]

‘Playoff atmosphere’ fills Mogadore’s thrilling win over Liberty-Benton

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It may have only been Week 4 of the regular season on Friday, but you could have fooled Mogadore head coach Matt Adorni. “Tonight’s game had a playoff atmosphere,” he said. “It was like a playoff war.” The Wildcats were victorious, topping Liberty-Benton 33-28 in a game that […]

Defense, run game lift G-Men over LaBrae

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Garfield G-Men authored what may turn out to be, arguably, the most dominant win of the 2022 high school football season in Portage County. The final score of 34-0, at LaBrae, shows an impressive win, but even still hides just how dominant the victory was. Defensively, the […]

Rootstown win features 1,000-yard milestone for Coontz

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The dominance of Rootsown’s rushing attack was on display for the fourth consecutive week. The result was a commanding 48-6 victory over Pymatuning Valley and a milestone. Rovers senior running back finished the game with 262 yards and combined with his 741 yards through the first three weeks, […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Sept. 9, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2022   FOOTBALL CLOVERLEAF 42, RAVENNA 17 (At Cloverleaf) RAVENNA 3-0-14-0—17 CLOVERLEAF 14-7-7-14—42 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER CLO — Hitchcock 3 run (Petrocci kick), 8:55 RAV — Myers 28 field goal, 2:12 CLO — Kemp 50 run (Petrocci kick), 1:51 SECOND QUARTER CLO — Campbell 3 run (Petrocci kick), […]

Ravens falter in Week 4 in loss to Colts

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   In Week 3, first-year Ravenna football coach Joe Callihan praised his team for their best practice of the season. While proud, he had somewhat expected it because it was Kent-Ravenna week. Callihan’s perspective was that he figured his squad would be extra locked in to prepare for their […]

Falcons storm way to dominant win over Spartans

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Field Falcons left little in question on Friday night. After “what if” moments clouded tough losses in Week 1 to Mogadore and Week 3 at Rootstown, the Falcons took care of business early and often inside Kenneth Lohr Stadium on their way to a convincing 49-0 Metro Athletic […]

Harvey’s speed, physicality wear down Crestwood

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   You can spend all week at practice preparing for your opponent, but preparing for speed is an entirely different thing. Understanding formations, adapting to coverage schemes, learning tendencies. Check. Check. Check. Re-creating the top-end speed that of your opponent? Coaches will never have a great answer for […]

High School Football Central: Week 4

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Here we go! Week 4! For most of the area’s team, this is the week that kicks off league play. For smaller conferences like the Portage Trail Conference, league play waits until later. The start of league play, though, means the quest for a league championship starts tonight. […]

High School Football: Updated Statistical Leaders

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2022 STATISTICAL LEADERS   OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Attempts-Yards Cody Coontz, Rootstown 75-744 Jayden Hakin, Waterloo 60-399 Mason Williams, Mogadore 39-394 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 59-394 Braxton Baumberger, Field 57-347 Keegan Sell, Garfield 45-311 Matt Geier, Aurora 41-296 Nate Blasiole, Crestwood 62-286 Colby Benjamin, Streetsboro 48-252 Jesse Grace, Garfield 42-230 Alex Tenorio, Aurora […]

Under Review with Adam Loudin: Officiating Mechanics

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Veteran high school football and basketball official Adam Loudin, a 2006 Waterloo High School graduate, has partnered with Portage Sports to help share some officiating perspectives in a weekly series titled “Under Review.” TODAY’S TOPIC OFFICIATING MECHANICS (PART 1 OF 2) There are five officials on a varsity football […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, SEPT. 8, 2022   GIRLS SOCCER SOUTHEAST 5, WARREN JFK 0 (At Southeast) Score at Halftime: Not reported. GOALS Southeast — Cami McPeak 3, Anna Keto 1, Sophia Fischer 1. ASSISTS Southeast — My Sutcliffe 2, Sarah Craver 1.   ROOTSTOWN 3, NORTON 2 (At Rootstown) Score at Halftime: Not reported. […]

High School Roundup (Sept. 8): Windham volleyball captures thrilling victory

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   VOLLEYBALL WINDHAM DEF. LORDSTOWN, 19-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-5 After narrowly losing the first two games to Lordstown on Thursday, the Bombers led a spirited rally to win the next three and win the Northeastern Athletic Conference game in five. Windham earned a hard fought 25-23 win in […]

High School Football: 9th annual All-Trench Team

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor It takes a special mindset to play on the offensive line. By choosing to play on the line, players have already made a sacrifice. They have given up the spotlight. They have excused themselves from the record books. They have removed any chance of being listed in the statistical […]

Aurora girls tennis celebrates perfect start

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Fall has been a season of perfection for the Aurora girls tennis team. Thirteen matches have resulted in 13 victories. Head coach Dania Rinicella anticipated her team would have a successful season, but even she would not have predicted an undefeated start to the year. “I knew we would […]

Photo Gallery: Field Middle School Football

The Field Middle School football teams picked up a pair of wins on Wednesday at Kenneth Lohr Stadium in Brimfield. The seventh-grade Falcons defeated West Branch 22-12, while the eighth-grade team scored a 48-6 triumph over Springfield.

Middle School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2022   BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TUESDAY SOUTHEAST VS. RAVENNA AND WATERLOO (No team scores recorded) SOUTHEAST — 1. Caden Dillon 13:37; 2. Natalie Campbell 13:55; 6. Micah Craver 14:21; 7. Anastasia Sutliff 16: 23; 10. Jonathan Mix 20:47; 11. Sydney Schoenbaechler 21:33. WATERLOO —  3. Evan G. […]

High School Roundup (Sept. 7): Waterloo, Garfield soccer programs net victories

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS SOCCER GARFIELD 2, MINERAL RIDGE 0 Goals in each half stood up for the G-Men in a Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference road victory on Wednesday night. Ethan Bittence netted a first-half goal for a 1-0 halftime lead for the G-Men (2-2-1), then the insurance goal was popped […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2022   VOLLEYBALL TUESDAY FIELD DEF. RAVENNA, 25-15, 25-12, 25-5 (At Ravenna) FIELD — Harlin, 10 assists; Dyer, 8 assists; Francis, 10 kills; Herndon, 7 kills. JV Score — Field def. Ravenna.   GIRLS SOCCER WATERLOO 10, BROOKFIELD 3 (At Brookfield) WATERLOO 5-5—10 BROOKFIELD 1-2—3 GOALS Waterloo — Kaira […]

Streetsboro honors Hall of Fame inductees

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Streetsboro High School formally inducted its Athletic Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 on Friday during the pregame of the Rockets’ football game. The class included former head coaches Tom Fesemyer (track and field) and Bill Smerglia (volleyball), along with athletes Dorian Williams, Alex Todd, Jaclyn Hess and […]

1966 Garfield High School boys track and field

The team photo of the 1966 Garfield G-Men boys track and field team. Front row left to right: D. Brunn, D. Williams, captain D. Klock, P. McKlintock, G. Sisson, S. Watson, R. Dean. Back row left to right: Coach Ostlund, A. Hardesty, M. Webb, D. Pinney, D. Krupansky, C. Barton, J. Monroe, R. Adams, K. […]

Origins of Portage County’s football stadiums

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A football stadium can hold a special place in your heart. Simply because of some bleachers and a large patch of grass, people from all over your community gather for a few hours to be together. An example of the power of sports. That it can bring people […]

Getting to Know: Ravenna cross country coach Ashley Williams

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to prepare them to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Ravenna girls track and field and cross country head coach Ashley Williams, […]

High School Soccer: OSSCA State Poll

BOYS SOCCER OHIO SCHOLASTIC SOCCER COACHES ASSOCIATION STATE POLL Team, Record, Points DIVISION I St. Ignatius, 5-0-0, 150 Centerville, 4-0-0, 129 Dublin Jerome, 2-0-2, 122 Mason 2-0-1, 111 Copley 2-0-2, 109 Olentangy Liberty 2-1-1, 89 Archbishop Moeller, 2-0-2, 85 Strongsville 3-0-1, 83 Anthony Wayne 5-0-1, 71 Jackson 3-2-0, 55 St. Charles Prep School 2-1-2, 42 […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2022   SOCCER SOUTHEAST 3, LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 2 (At Lake Center Christian) SOUTHEAST 2-1—3 LCC 0-2—2 First Half — 1. (SE) Cole Bruno (Grace Wheeler); 2. (SE) Elliott Smallfield. Second Half — 3. (LCC) name not reported; 4. (LCC) name not reported); 5. Dylan Dorsey.   GIRLS CROSS […]

High School Roundup (Sept. 6): Julian, Dunfee lead Crestwood to dominant boys soccer win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS SOCCER CRESTWOOD 10, CARDINAL 1 The Red Devils authored a dominating performance on Tuesday night, with a lopsided victory over visiting Cardinal. Jayden Julian continued his strong start to the season, scoring four more goals in the triumphant effort. Gavin Dunfee also had a had trick for […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2022   VOLLEYBALL GARFIELD DEF. NEWTON FALLS, 25-21 25-19, 17-25, 25-9 (At Garfield) GARFIELD — Gabby Barnard, 14 kills, 26 digs; Madeline Shirley, 27 assists; Hannah Kernig, 9 kills; Kyla Grace, 48 digs; Mandy Cardinal, 10 kills.   NEW MIDDLETOWN SPRINGFIELD DEF. WATERLOO, 25-14, 25-12, 25-11 (At New Middletown […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Field boys soccer’s Garit Greene

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Ever find yourself inside the whirlwind of a week? The ones that feel like a blur because one day’s busy schedule blends into the next day’s hectic series of events. And someone, the following day is even busier than those two days were. Welcome to the world of […]

Football: Mogadore, Rootstown ranked top 10 in the state

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL   ASSOCIATED PRESS STATE POLL RELEASED: SEPT. 5, 2022   DIVISION I Rank (1st place votes), record, points Lakewood St. Edward (11), 3-0, 148 Cincinnati Moeller (3), 3-0, 125 Cincinnati Elder, 3-0, 88 Lakota West (1), 3-0, 78 Centerville (1), 3-0, 73 Cleveland St. Ignatius, 3-0, 58 Cincinnati Princeton, 3-0, 50 Springfield, […]

Waterloo golf focused on chance at first title in 33 years

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It is well documented that Michael Jordan had to fight his way through the Detroit Pistons to achieve the championship level that his legacy is forever attached to. He had three years of playoff exits to the Bad Boys. The Waterloo boys golf team knows a bit of […]

1974-75 Windham at Field boys basketball

Members of the 1974-75 Field High School and Windham High School basketball teams battle for a rebound during the Portage County League season that year. The Bombers were champions of the PCL in 1974-75.

Photo Gallery: Ashley White Invitational (middle school and high school XC)

  All photos by Shannon Eldreth of Eldreth Photography

High School Roundup: Southeast girls soccer wins fifth straight

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS SOCCER SOUTHEAST 7, UNITED 2 The Pirates battled to an even 1-1 game at halftime, then erupted for six total goals in the second half to storm their way to a 7-2 home victory over United. Southeast (5-1) broke the game open by scoring four goals in […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, SEPT. 3, 2022   FOOTBALL FRIDAY MOGADORE 37, MANCHESTER 7 (At Memorial Stadium, Mogadore) MANCHESTER 0-7-0-0—7 MOGADORE 6-31-0-0—37 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER MOG — Williams 3 run (kick failed) SECOND QUARTER MOG — Collin Lehner 21 run (kick failed) MOG — Williams 1 run (kick failed) MOG — Williams 22 pass […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, SEPT. 3, 2022   GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY MARLINGTON ASHLEY WHITE INVITATIONAL (At Marlington) TEAM RESULTS 1. Jackson 56; 2. Marlington 100; 3. Oakwood 102; 4. Tallmadge 122; 5. CVCA 143; 6. Salem 176; 7. North  Canton 182; 8. Alliance 198; 9. Indian Valley 208; 10. Streetsboro 226; 11. Field 252; 12. […]

Mogadore football rolls to victory over Manchester

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Mogadore Wildcats used a 31-point second quarter as part of scoring all 37 of their points in the first half to capture a decisive victory over visiting Manchester on Friday. Mason Williams scored three touchdowns in the first half, including a 3-yard run in the first quarter […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Sept. 2, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2022   FOOTBALL RAVENNA 42, KENT ROOSEVELT 21 (At Roosevelt Stadium, Kent) RAVENNA 7-7-21-7—42 KENT ROOSEVELT 7-7-0-7—21 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER RAV — Henderson 4 run (Myers kick), 10:25 KR — McCann 1 run (Young kick), 2:32 SECOND QUARTER RAV — Williams 6 run (Myers kick), 10:43 KR — […]

Game-saving tackle by Klimak gives Rockets win over Struthers

A thrilling overtime victory on Friday for Streetsboro was sealed by Cohen Klimak, whose tackle stopped a 2-point conversion short and gave the Rockets the victory over Struthers. Preston Hopperton continued his strong play with three touchdowns in the game, while Colby Benjamin reached the end zone twice and the Rockets’ other score was by […]

Fast start propels Aurora over Twinsburg

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Aurora Greenmen raced out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and pushed the advantage out to 28-7 at one point in the second quarter. The result was a 42-23 victory over the host Twinsburg Tigers on Friday. The Greenmen (2-1) ran for 320 yards as […]

Late fourth-quarter TD lifts JFK over G-Men

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Rootstown rallies in fourth quarter (again) for win over Field

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It is not a trend that Rootstown wants to keep, but it has worked the last two weeks. For the second straight game, the Rovers used a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to capture comeback victories over their opponents. Last week it was Champion and on Friday it was […]

Thunderous second half catapults Ravenna to rival win over Roosevelt

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Ravenna senior quarterback M’Kell Williams made the impossible become possible on Friday night. In a game-changing play that sparked a thunderous second half for the Ravens, the team captain turned what appeared to be a sure disaster into a momentum-shifting touchdown run that left most wondering, “How?” And even […]

High School Football Central: Week 3

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Welcome to High School Football Central! Tonight is Week 3 of the season. We only get 10 guaranteed Friday nights in the fall — so enjoy them. Back before the start of the season, I wrote a column challenging everyone to enjoy all of the little things. Don’t lose […]

High School Football: Statistical Leaders

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2022 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 2022 STATISTICAL LEADERS   OFFENSE RUSHING Player, School Attempts-Yards Cody Coontz, Rootstown 49-560 Jayden Hakin, Waterloo 39-289 Preston Hopperton, Streetsboro 37-253 Drexal McAmis, Field 32-203 Nate Blasiole, Crestwood 38-198 Matt Geier, Aurora 28-194 Jesse Grace, Garfield 30-180 Braxton Baumberger, Field 38-178 Keegan Sell, Garfield 22-158 Colby Benjamin, Streetsboro […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Sept. 1, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SEPT. 1, 2022   FOOTBALL AURORA 30, CUYAHOGA FALLS 0 (At Aurora) CUYAHOGA FALLS 0-0-0-0—0 AURORA 16-8-6-0—30 SCORING SUMMARY Not reported.   GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY MAPLEWOOD OSCAR GRANT INVITATIONAL (At Maplewood) RAVENNA — Liv Stroh 16:55; Helaina Collins 18:06; Paige Boehlke 22:38; Torrie Butner 25:59.   BOYS CROSS COUNTRY MAPLEWOOD OSCAR GRANT […]

High School Roundup (Sept. 1): Garfield volleyball sweeps way to victory

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   VOLLEYBALL GARFIELD DEF. LIBERTY, 25-14, 25-18, 25-20 The G-Men earned a three-game sweep over Liberty on Thursday on the road in Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference play. Gabby Barnhard had 15 kills and 16 digs, Madeline Shirkey had 31 assists and Kyla Grace had 35 digs for Garfield. Montana […]

High School Scoreboard: Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, SEPT. 1, 2022   BOYS CROSS COUNTRY EAST CANTON LEE STERNBERG INVITATIONAL (At East Canton) TEAM SCORES  1. East Canton 27; 2. Mogadore 49; 3. Tuslaw 101; 4. Dalton 104; 5. Garaway 114; 6. Harrison Central 135; 7. Malvern 175; 8. Mogadore B 178. MOGADORE — 4. Alejandro Navarrete 18:05.1; 5. […]

1922-23 Kent Roosevelt High School boys basketball

The 1922-23 Kent Roosevelt High School boys basketball team. The squad included (last names only): Front row: Mascot “Ikey” McSherry. Middle row: Diehl, Cone, Salter, Gundrum, N. MacDermott. Back row: Manager Behr, Van Hyning, M. MacDermott, Quier, Steigner, Pownall, coach McCaskey.

Origins of Portage County’s school nicknames

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Ever wonder the story behind your school’s nickname? The history and story that goes with it? Here are the interesting tales of how they all came to be.   AURORA Nickname: Greenmen The History: The origin of the nickname “Greenmen” actually is connected to the Cleveland Browns. Aurora […]

All-time Kent Roosevelt-Ravenna football scores

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Kent Roosevelt and Ravenna football teams will meet on Friday for the 108th time. The all-time scores put the rivalry, which is regarded as one of the most prestigious in the entire state of Ohio, remarkably close, with Ravenna leading the all-time series 53-51-3. The two […]

Mogadore football’s Pendergast makes history

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A bit of history was made during Mogadore’s 48-13 victory over the Columbus Crusaders on Saturday. After 26 years, the Pendergast name was responsible for delivering points as a place-kicker for the Wildcats. In the historic 1996 state-championship football game — considered by many in the area and […]

Streetsboro to induct six new members into Athletic Hall of Fame

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Streetsboro High School athletic department will induct six new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame during a pregame ceremony on Friday when the Rockets host Struthers. Former head coaches Tom Fesemyer (track and field) and Bill Smerglia (volleyball), along with athletes Dorian Williams, Alex Todd, Jaclyn Hess […]

Photo Gallery: 2022 Kent Roosevelt-Ravenna Captains Luncheon

The 2022 Kent Roosevelt-Ravenna Captains Luncheon was presented by Brimfield Insurance and hosted by NEOMED in Rootstown on Wednesday morning. Members of both schools’ football, cheer and band teams were present as part of the event. Also in attendance were administrators from both schools, including Superintendent George Joseph of Kent Roosevelt and Superintendent Laura Hebert […]

Middle School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD   SOCCER SOUTHEAST 9, CAMPBELL MEMORIAL 1 (At Southeast) GOALS Southeast: Dylan Dorsey 4, Cole Bruno, Dom Fiorentino, Tristan Finch, Jake Schaffner, Korbin Klatka.   GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY BILLY GOAT INVITATIONAL STREETSBORO: Allison Haber 17:34.1; Abigail Hoffman 19:35.5; Addison LaGuardia 16:19.2; Lola Maglionico 19:37.6; Kaelyn Malloy 16:29.2; Sunnia Rivera-Mckenzie 15:47.2; Diana Collazo […]

High School Scoreboard: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2022   BOYS GOLF ROOTSTOWN 178, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 260 (At Sunny Hill) ST. THOMAS AQUINAS (260) — Riley Hawkins 56; Anthony Ranalli 71; Derek Pribula 65; Jimmy Thieret 68. ROOTSTOWN (178) — Cole Hostetler 40; Austin Biggin 45; Lane McKenzie 42; Mitchel Weber 51; Luke Flowers 62; Anthony […]

Best friends and football: The story of Dubinsky, Schmauch and the Jordans

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   As a late-August night sky draped its darkness over Ravenna, a light billowed out from the barn of Jake Schmauch’s house. The laughter and chatter of voices danced out the raised door like it always has. For decades. Football is the spotlight topic and four forever friends are […]

Kent Roosevelt opens new gymnasium with volleyball win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The first athletic event inside the new Kent Roosevelt High School gymnasium did not disappoint. The Rough Riders’ varsity volleyball team captured a thrilling five-game triumph over Barberton by final scores of 18-25, 25-19, 16-25, 25-13, 15-13. Kent Roosevelt High School athletic director shared some images from the historic […]

High School Roundup (Aug. 30): Crestwood volleyball earns three-game sweep

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor VOLLEYBALL CRESTWOOD DEF. WICKLIFFE, 25-22, 25-12, 25-23 The Red Devils won for the second time in as many nights — and again by a three-game sweep. Jazmyn Stevens highlighted the victory with six points, one ace, seven kills, 15 assists and 10 digs. Abby Guyette also turned in an […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2022   BOYS GOLF RAVENNA 163, FIELD 177 (At Sunny Hill) RAVENNA (163) — Marcus Gibson 37, Landon Skilton 40, Abbie Rutherford 41, Carson Schueller 45, Jacob Champ 73. FIELD (177) — Kyle Cooper 42, Deegan Yutzy 44, Nick Cultrona 45, Caiden Lay 46, Bryce Cannon 48, Byler Hammelman […]

Getting to Know: Aurora girls soccer coach Domenica McClintock

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to prepare them to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Aurora girls soccer head coach Domenica McClintock, who is in her 11th […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Waterloo soccer’s Kaira English

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Kaira English that walks the hallways of Waterloo High School is quiet and reserved, but always full of gentle smiles. On the soccer field, English transforms. “It is like it comes out of nowhere,” Kaira’s mother Nichole English said. English is lightning quick, powerful shot, graceful with […]

Middle School Scoreboard: August 29, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2022   7TH GRADE VOLLEYBALL CLOVERLEAF DEF. STREETSBORO, 25-9, 25-14 (At Streetsboro) STREETSBORO — Taylor Lovejoy, 6 points; Gabby Vasko, 3 points; Ella Simpson, 3 points; Aaliyah Hearns, 2 points; Alivia Simmons, 2 points; Leyna Fincham, 2 points; Maria Gerome, 2 points; Alexa Cain, 1 point; Londyn Smith, 1 […]

High School Roundup (Aug. 29): Waterloo’s English scores historic 100th goal

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS SOCCER WATERLOO 14, COLUMBIANA 4 Monday’s victory included a historic milestone for Waterloo junior standout Kaira English, who scored the 100th goal of her career in a commanding victory over Columbiana. English scored four goals total on Monday and also added in three assists. Olivia Boyle also […]

High School Scoreboard: August 29, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2022   GIRLS TENNIS CLOVERLEAF 4, FIELD 1 (At Cloverleaf) First Singles — Ava Baldwin (C) def. Mia Hudson, 6-1, 6-1; Second Singles — Gabby Collihan (C) def. Jillian Foxs, 6-2, 6-1; Third Singles — Vanessa Sweitzer (C) def. Mackenzie Boley, 6-1, 6-0; First Doubles — Brynn Lilley/Anjali Sivapatham […]

Matt Furino: A beacon of light through faith, family and football

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Faith and football are two words that sit strongly on Matt Furino’s heart. They can work independent of each other, but it is when they come together that he feels that he is acting as the beacon of light he was put in his position of leadership to […]

Back to School Subscription Drive

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   One of the important elements to Portage Sports is to create an opportunity to give back to Portage County. After all, the county’s communities have given so much to me. So for the month of September, I am launching a “Back to School Subscription Drive” here. Here is how […]

Field girls soccer falls to Stow’s speed and creativity

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Speed and creativity can be a lethal combination on the soccer field. The Field Falcons girls team were witness to both on Saturday in a 9-0 non-league loss at Stow. A physical Bulldogs team scored less than four minutes into the contest and they remained on the attack […]

High School Roundup (Aug. 27): Ravenna, Roosevelt cross country teams begin seasons

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   CROSS COUNTRY GLENOAK INVITATIONAL The Kent Roosevelt boys and girls cross country programs opened their seasons on Saturday at the GlenOak Invitational. The girls placed 13th out of 26 teams, with Jeanie Barzellato, Emma Arthur, Nevaeh Hersman, Maddie Baron and Evie Caldwell scoring points. The boys finished 16th […]

High School Scoreboard: Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, AUG. 27, 2022   BOYS SOCCER FIELD 1, LOUISVILLE 0 (At Louisville) FIELD 0 1 — 1 LOUISVILLE 0 0 — 0 GOALS Field: Gavin Greene.   GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY SALEM EARLY BIRD INVITATIONAL (At Salem) TEAM RESULTS Salem 27; 2. Fayetteville Perry, 50; 3. Heartland Christian 95; 4. West Branch […]

Windham football cancels Week 3 game

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Before the start of the season, Windham football head coach Jake Eye said the success of his team’s season would be based on staying healthy. It is a mindset that all football teams across all regions worry about, but it is especially the case for the Bombers based […]

Photo Gallery: Crestwood 28, Minerva 0

The Crestwood High School cheerleaders celebrate a luau theme on Friday at Jack Lambert Stadium in Mantua. Sheila Mathers/Special to Portage Sports Crestwood celebrates a first-half touchdown. Sheila Mathers/Special to Portage Sports Crestwood players celebrate a first-half touchdown. Sheila Mathers/Special to Portage Sports Crestwood quarterback Charlie Sommer looks for an open receiver during the second [...]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, August 26, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2022   GIRLS SOCCER FIELD 2, TALLMADGE 2 (At Tallmadge) FIELD 2 0 — 2 TALLMADGE 0 2 — 2 First Half: 1. (F) Delilah Rahe (Cassie Wilde); 2. (F) McKayla Miller (Wilde). Second Half — 3. (T) Name not reported; 4. (T) Name not reported. Shots on Goal […]

Dominant defense lifts G-Men over Lakeview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Garfield G-Men turned in a dominating performance defensively to secure a 17-7 victory on Friday over Lakeview. For the game, the G-Men held Lakeview to just 45 yards of total offense on 35 total plays run. Garfield (2-0) had to grind it out still, though, and held […]

Ravens give head coach Joe Callihan first career win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Ravenna Ravens gave first-year head coach Joe Callihan his first career win on Friday night with a 14-7 triumph over Warren Howland. The Ravens scored all 14 of their points in the second quarter, but the defense was able to make it hold up by holding Howland […]

Rootstown celebrates comeback victory over Champion

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   A spirited fourth-quarter comeback lifted the Rovers to their second win in as many weeks to open the season. Trailing 9-0 at halftime and 22-12 after three quarters, Rootstown (2-0) scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to come away with the 25-22 victory over host Champion. The final […]

Focused Falcons capture bounce-back win over Pirates

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor In a game of inches, the Field football team was interested in anything but on Friday night. One week removed from being painfully reminded of how close a win can turn into a loss, when they were stopped just inches short of the goal line on the game-winning 2-point […]

High School Football Central: Week 2

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Welcome to High School Football Central! Each Friday morning throughout the season, this will be the post that connects all the dots for you. We will include scores from the previous week, schedules for tonight’s games, standings updates and more. It will be a complimentary piece to the weekly […]

Under Review with Adam Loudin: Helmet to Helmet Contact

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Getting the call right is extremely important to Adam Loudin. The 2006 Waterloo High School graduate has been working toward that perfection since beginning his basketball officiating career in 2007. A year later, he jumped onto the gridiron to begin his football officiating career. His desire to transition […]

High School Roundup (Aug. 25): Second-half surge lifts Rootstown boys soccer to win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   BOYS SOCCER ROOTSTOWN 2, GARFIELD 0 The Rovers broke open a halftime tie with a pair of goals in the second half. The first one came from Blake Postlethwait on an assist from Brady Fillmore. Fillmore doubled up the score with another Rootstown goal. Simon Halaszy had the […]

High School Scoreboard: August 25, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2022   GIRLS TENNIS WEDNESDAY KENT ROOSEVELT 3, STOW 2 (At Stow) First Singles — Yulan Wang (KR) def. McKenna Hoffstetter, 7-5, 6-4; Second Singles — Leah Bentley (S) def. Naomi St. Clair, 6-2, 6-0; Third Singles — Kamryn Martin (S) def. Cami Rankin, 6-4, 6-2; First Doubles — […]

Streetsboro’s Tevepaugh rides for cancer awareness

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Cycling for more than 100 miles across terrains of varying difficulties would likely seem tough to most people. But when each push of the pedal is a reminder of someone that has been lost to a terrible disease that has no definitive cure, the perspective changes drastically. Suddenly, […]

2022 High School Girls Cross Country Preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor High school girls cross country preview capsules for the 2022 season. Editor’s Note: Missing schools have not submitted their information to Portage Sports at this time.   CRESTWOOD RED DEVILS Head Coach: Karlie Poole, 4th year. Coaching Staff: Jim Schweickert. 2021 Recap: 2nd in Chagrin Valley Conference. Returning Letterwinners […]

2022 High School Boys Cross Country Preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor High school boys cross country preview capsules for the 2022 season. Editor’s Note: Missing schools have not submitted their information to Portage Sports at this time. CRESTWOOD RED DEVILS Head Coach: Jim Schweickert, 12th year. 2021 Recap: 4th place Chagrin Valley Conference. Returning Lettermen (6): Augie Schweickert, soph.; Josh […]

Middle School Scoreboard: August 24, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2022   8TH GRADE VOLLEYBALL STREETSBORO DEF. RAVENNA, 25-6, 25-15 (At Streetsboro) STREETSBORO — Khloe Cutright, 12 points; Morgan Novak, 9 points; Carman Marcini, 7 points; Katelyn Maxwell, 6 points; Emily Gorecki, 5 points; Sophia Kassan, 4 points; Sara Koyan, 2 points; Ava Scisciani, 2 points; Gabby Salyer, 2 […]

Southeast girls soccer nets 4-2 win over Cardinal Mooney

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor GIRLS SOCCER SOUTHEAST 4, CARDINAL MOONEY 2 The Pirates fell behind 2-0 before scoring four unanswered goals to score the non-league victory. Southeast managed to tie the score 2-2 on a pair of goals by Cami McPeak and then took a 3-2 lead into halftime. Mya Sutcliffe scored the […]

High School Scoreboard: August 24, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2022   GIRLS SOCCER SOUTHEAST 4, CARDINAL MOONEY 2 (At Southeast) CARDINAL MOONEY 2 0 — 2 SOUTHEAST 3 1 — 4 First Half — 1. (CM) Abigail Markey; 2. (CM) Maggie McGlone; 3. (SE) Cami McPeak; 4. (SE) McPeak; 5. (SE) Mya Sutcliffe. Second Half — 6. (SE) […]

1980 Ravenna Rams youth football

The 1980 Ravenna Rams youth football “A Team.” Before the rebranding of the Ravenna youth football program to the nickname Ravens and to the same blue, red and white school colors as the high school — the organization was know as the Rams. The program colors were designed around the Cleveland Browns with orange, brown […]

Patrick Youel, his OTOV Dudes and his loving friendship with Matt Furino

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Southeast football coach Patrick Youel will find himself in a tough situation on Friday. As the leader of his Pirates, he wants nothing more than to notch his second win of the season in as many weeks. “I love to win,” Youel said. Youel, though, is one of the […]

Trent Jakacki transfers to Hiram College

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Trent Jakacki is coming home. The Crestwood High School graduate has made the commitment to play men’s basketball at Hiram College beginning in the 2022-2023 season. “I am really excited to be back in my hometown,” Jakacki said. “It will be special to be so close to my family […]

Middle School Scoreboard: August 23, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2022   7TH GRADE FOOTBALL AURORA 34, COPLEY 32 (At Aurora) Aurora — Ethan Yim, 3 rushing touchdowns and 1 receiving touchdown; Nico Picone, 1 rushing touchdown; Mathew Huth, 1 passing touchdown; Marc McGovern, two 2-point conversions; Graham Walton, interception.   7TH GRADE VOLLEYBALL MOGADORE DEF. FIELD, 25-23, 25-19 […]

High School Roundup (Aug. 23): Wilde’s five-goal game lifts Falcons over Spartans

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS SOCCER FIELD 13, SPRINGFIELD 0 The Falcons dominated on Tuesday for their first Metro Athletic Conference victory of the season over the visiting Springfield Spartans. Of the 16 shots on goal for the Falcons, 13 found the back of the net, with senior Cassie Wilde leading the […]

High School Scoreboard: August 23, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2022   GIRLS SOCCER FIELD 13, SPRINGFIELD 0 (At Field) SPRINGFIELD 0 0 — 0 FIELD 7 6 — 13 Goals — (F) Cassie Wilde 5, Olivia Kessler 3, McKayla Miller 1, Delilah Rahe 1, Ally Harlin 1, Mickey Herendeen 1. Assists — (F) D. Rahe 2, Ally Harlin […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Windham football’s Chase Eye

  By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Chase Eye’s heart has never matched his body. As a freshman, Windham’s Eye fit more into the famous line from the movie Rudy than he did anything else. Five-foot-nothing. A hundred and nothing. If that’s all you saw, though, you were missing the real Chase Eye. Eye’s […]

Getting to Know: Rootstown football coach Chris Knopick

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to prepare them to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Rootstown football head coach Chris Knopick, who is in his second […]

Middle School Scoreboard: August 22, 2022

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2022   7TH GRADE VOLLEYBALL STREETSBORO DEF. NORTON, 25-17, 25-13 (At Norton) STREETSBORO — Lena Fincham, 13 points; Alivia Simmons, 5 points; Taylor Lovejoy, 3 points; Ella Simpson, 2 points; Chloe Stiftar, 2 points.   8TH GRADE VOLLEYBALL STREETSBORO DEF. NORTON, 25-21, 25-23 (At Norton) STREETSBORO — Chloe Cutright, […]

High School Roundup (Aug. 22): English notches hat trick to lift Waterloo soccer to win

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   GIRLS SOCCER WATERLOO 9, NEWTON FALLS 1 Scoring came quick for the Vikings in Monday’s lopsided road victory over Newton Falls on Monday. Junior Kaira English netted a hat trick and added an assist, while Mya Bennett also had a multi-goal game with two goals. Rose Couts, Sydney […]

High School Scoreboard: August 22, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2022 BOYS SOCCER CANTON SOUTH 1, WATERLOO 0 (At Waterloo) CANTON SOUTH 0 1 — 1 WATERLOO 0 0 — 0 First Half — No scoring. Second Half — 1. Canton South (name not provided).   BOYS GOLF RAVENNA 172, HUBBARD 177 (At Pine Lakes, Hubbard) RAVENNA (172) — […]

High School Schedule: Aug. 22-27

AUG. 22 GIRLS GOLF Garfield at CVCA Southeast at Warren JFK Invitational Solon at Kent Roosevelt Woodridge at Rootstown GIRLS TENNIS Southeast at Salem Crestwood at Beachwood Field at Norton BOYS GOLF Southeast at Lake Center Christian Kent Roosevelt at Green Invitational Ravenna at Hubbard Rootstown at Mogadore Waterloo, N.M. Springfield at Lowellville Streetsboro at […]

1953 Mogadore High School football

The 1953 Mogadore High School football team. The team included: Front row: Paul Murphy. Second row left to right: Marvin Anderson, Gino Calcei, Earl Blackstone, John Blackburn, Ed Wilson, Mickey Dragash, Eli Maravich, Jack Dragash. Third row left to right: Jim Murphy, assistant coach Dick Hammond, Dave Adolph, Harry Taylor, manager Fred Viall, Bob Wood, […]

1930 Rootstown High School football

The 1930 Rootstown High School football team were league champions. Pictured in front of the current middle school building, which served as the high school at the time, the team is shown and includes (with last names only): Front row left to right: Ulrich, Bowland, Wawrin, Kelley, Yarian. Second Row left to right: Student manager […]

High School Scoreboard: Aug. 20, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD SATURDAY, AUG. 20, 2022   BOYS SOCCER CRESTWOOD 9, RITTMAN 0 (At Jack Lambert Stadium, Mantua) RITTMAN 0 0 — 0 CRESTWOOD 4 5 — 9 Crestwood Goals: Elijah Jurisch 2, Jayden Julian 2, Gavin Dunfee 2, Kyle Shelmhamer 1, Luke Wilcox 1, Sam Wright 1. Crestwood Assists: Elijah Jurisch 3; Jayden […]

High School Roundup (Aug. 20): Crestwood soccer rolls to 9-0 rout over Rittman

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor BOYS SOCCER CRESTWOOD 9, RITTMAN 0 The boys soccer season got started in a big way for the Red Devils on Saturday afternoon with a rout of visiting Rittman. Crestwood jumped out to a 4-0 halftime lead before it grew to 9-0 in the second half. Sophomore Elijah Jurisch […]

Southeast scores opening night road win over Brooklyn

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   The Southeast Pirates began their 2022 season with a road victory at Brooklyn on Friday night. After a scoreless first quarter, the Pirates took a 14-0 halftime advantage on a pair of rushing touchdowns by Randy Williams in the second stanza. Austin Mejia then ran the third-quarter kickoff […]

High School Scoreboard: Week 1 Football

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2022 FOOTBALL MOGADORE 27, FIELD 26 (At Kenneth Lohr Stadium, Brimfield) MOGADORE 0 7 6 14 — 27 FIELD 0 6 0 20 — 26 SCORING SUMMARY FIRST QUARTER No scoring SECOND QUARTER FIE — Baumberger 2 run (kick blocked), 4:24  MOG — Stephenson 9 pass from Cameron (Constantine […]

Fourth-quarter surge lifts G-Men to rout of Cardinal

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Garfield G-Men used a huge fourth quarter to pull away from the visiting Cardinal Huskies to score a 40-12 opening-night victory. Leading just 19-12 entering the final quarter, the G-Men scored 21 straight points in the final 12 minutes to turn a close game into a sizable triumph. […]

Coontz rushes for 318 yards in Rootstown win over Crestwood

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor It would be hard to imagine a better start to a season than what the Rootstown Rovers and senior running back Cody Coontz put together on Friday night versus Crestwood. There were a lot of boxes to checkmark, starting with the win, which was a 33-0 shutout for the […]

Daetwyler’s huge game lifts Rough Riders over Firestone

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   It was a special opening night of the 2022 season for Kent Roosevelt senior Donovan Daetwyler. He did a little bit of everything, spotlighting a 35-6 victory over visiting Akron Firestone. Daetwyler had his fingerprint on practically every facet of the game. He rushed for two touchdowns, had […]

Second-quarter lull dooms Bombers in loss to Lisbon

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Lisbon David Anderson dominated the time of possession, number of plays ran and, ultimately, the final score on opening night for the visiting Windham Bombers. It was David Anderson that scored the 40-25 victory in a game that saw the Devils run twice as many plays and have the […]

Ravenna falls short in opener vs. Lorain

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Lorain scored a go-ahead touchdown with 2:38 left in the game to escape with a 16-8 victory over Ravenna on Friday night in the opening game for both teams. The host Ravens had tied the score 8-8 on a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback M’Kell Williams to Maykai O’Neal. […]

Wildcats win 27-26 thriller over Falcons

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor In a pile of red and white jerseys, everyone’s eyes quickly shifted to the men wearing white and black. The Field football team had just scored a touchdown, going 80 yards in less than a minute and were attempting a 2-point conversion for the win with 7 seconds remaining. […]

High school football: Enjoy all the little things tonight

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor High school football will unite communities tonight. And the game itself will be the main attraction. But the beauty of Friday nights is not just the game itself, but all of the little things that are part of it all. The sound of the band as you walk from […]

Kent Roosevelt to showcase dedications on Opening Night

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Groundbreaking in Kent has taken on a pair of meanings over the last two years. Both will be honored prior to the start of Friday’s home football opener as part of a dedication to recognize all of the new athletic facilities the school has unveiled. Groundbreaking for the multi-facet, […]

2022 Windham Bombers football preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   High school football preview capsule for the Windham Bombers’ 2022 season.   Head Coach: Jake Eye, 5th year; 17-17 career record. Coaching Staff: Rob Penney, defensive coordinator, linebackers, quarterbacks; Jerry Kiser, offensive and defensive line; Tim Murton, offensive and defensive line; Larry Jones, running backs and defensive backs. […]

2022 Waterloo Vikings football preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   High school football preview capsule for the Waterloo Vikings’ 2022 season.   Head Coach: Mike Devies, 8th year; 20-52 career record. Coaching Staff: Nathan Peters, offensive coordinator; Jeff Sharkey, defensive coordinator; Jon Jarrett, offensive and defensive lines; John Foster, wide receivers and linebackers. 2021 Recap: 3-7 overall record; […]

2022 Mogadore Wildcats football preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   High school football preview capsule for the Mogadore Wildcats’ 2022 season.   Head Coach: Matt Adorni, 19th year; 179-44 career record. Coaching Staff: Jason Dannemiller, defensive coordinator; Larry Murphy, offensive and defensive lines; Ben Kobus, wide receivers, defensive backs and special teams coordinator; Billy Rosato, running backs and […]

2022 Streetsboro Rockets football preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   High school football preview capsule for the Streetsboro Rockets’ 2022 season.   Head Coach: Pete Thompson, 11th year (5th at Streetsboro); 79-39 career record. Coaching Staff: Coular Clendenning, defensive coordinator and linebackers; Jim Lovejoy, running backs; Pete Smith, quarterbacks; Jared Tuma, wide receivers; Ben Cipa, offensive line; Wezlee […]

2022 Southeast Pirates football preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   High school football preview capsule for the Southeast Pirates’ 2022 season.   Head Coach: Patrick Youel, 13th year; 68-55 career record. Coaching Staff: Mike Stiles, offensive coordinator; Rick Reynolds, defensive coordinator; Elliott Thomas, special teams coordinator; Brett Butcher, assistant head coach; Bready DeRemer, co-special teams coordinator; Marc Frisone, […]

2022 Rootstown Rovers football preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   High school football preview capsule for the Rootstown Rovers’ 2022 season.   Head Coach: Chris Knopick, 2nd year; 5-6 carer record. Coaching Staff: Randy McCoy, defensive coordinator and linebackers; Mark Knopick, offensive line, defensive line and special teams coordinator; Zach Davis, defensive backs and wide receivers; Jacob Rosario, […]

Getting to Know: Crestwood football coach Jack D’Amato

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Our “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to prepare them to be tomorrow’s leaders. Today, we get to know Crestwood football head coach Jack D’Amato, who is in his third […]

2022 Ravenna Ravens football preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   High school football preview capsule for the Ravenna Ravens’ 2022 season.   Head Coach: Joe Callihan, 1st year. Coaching Staff: Brad Crislip, defensive coordinator and defensive line; George Tompkins, defensive backs; Devin Shipp, inside linebackers; Keith Fife, outside linebackers; Steve Both, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks; Les Carney, wide […]

2022 Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders football preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   High school football preview capsule for the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders’ 2022 season.   Head Coach: Alan Vanderink, 4h year; 11-15 record at Kent Roosevelt; 32-36 career record. Coaching Staff: Bryan Kover, defensive coordinator; Al Ehlert, linebackers; CJ Dennison, defensive backs; Gary Kanaga, defensive line; Al Hodakievic, offensive […]

2022 Garfield G-Men football preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   High school football preview capsule for the Garfield G-Men’s 2022 season.   Head Coach: Mike Moser, 10th year as head coach (21st season overall at Garfield); 64-31 career record. Coaching Staff: Mike Paes, passing coordinator/quarterbacks/defensive backs; Jarrod Lewis, defensive coordinator; Randy Ward, offensive line and linebackers; Howie Moore, […]

2022 Field Falcons football preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   High school football preview capsule for the Field Falcons’ 2022 season.   Head Coach: Matt Furino, 18th year; 92-83 career record. Coaching Staff: Mike Harris, defensive coordinator; Mike Brown, linebackers; George Wetzel, defensive line; Pat Herald, defensive backs; Damon Beasley, running backs; Dave Tenney, wide receivers; Darin Shackelford, […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, AUG. 16, 2022 GIRLS TENNIS FIRESTONE 4, FIELD 1 (At Firestone) First Singles — Llewelyn (F) def. Mia Hudson, 6-0, 6-0; Second Singles — Gerber (F) def. Fox, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8; Third Singles — Bethey (F) def. McHenry, 6-0, 7-6(7-5); First Doubles — Kemp/Fitzwater (F) def. Bey/Goodheart, 6-1, 6-1; Second Doubles […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Rootstown soccer’s Rylee Durbak

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Rylee Durbak was in Kindergarten when she first remembers realizing that her family was different than most of her peers. Teachers playfully commented that she was the last Durbak. The baby Durbak that essentially was the end of an education era at Rootstown. Now a senior, Durbak understands that […]

High School Calendar: August 15-21

HIGH SCHOOL CALENDAR   AUG. 15 GIRLS TENNIS Southeast at East Liverpool Liberty at Crestwood GIRLS GOLF St. Thomas Aquinas at Southeast Lake Center Christian at Rootstown BOYS GOLF Rootstown at Southeast Kent Roosevelt at Hudson Explorer Invitational Rootstown at Southeast Jackson Milton, McDonald at Waterloo Lordstown at Windham   AUG. 16 BOYS GOLF Newton […]

2022 Crestwood High School football preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   High school football preview capsule for the Crestwood Red Devils’ 2022 season.   Head Coach: Jack D’Amato, 3rd year; 10-10 career record. Coaching Staff: John Baldwin, defensive coordinator; Bruce Rininger, offensive coordinator; Jack Blasiole, special teams coordinator; Todd Smith, offensive line and defensive backs; Tom Sporich, offensive line […]

2022 Aurora High School football preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor High school football preview capsule for the Aurora Greenmen’s 2022 season.   Head Coach: Bob Mihalik, 21st year; 182-63 career record. Coaching Staff: Brian Wervey, linebackers and defensive coordinator; Victor Ricketts, offensive line; Jay Price, defensive backs and safeties; Brendan Gallagher, wide receivers; Jim Slagle, defensive line; Aaron Rataj, […]

Ravenna to honor all-time leading scorer Lauren Calhoun

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Ravenna High School will honor one of its all-time greats on Friday. Lauren Calhoun, who is the Ravens’ all-time leading scorer in basketball — boys or girls — will be recognized prior to the start of the school’s Week 1 football home opener against Lorain. Calhoun finished her career […]

High School Scoreboard: Monday, Aug. 15, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2022   BOYS GOLF WATERLOO 171, McDONALD 178, JACKSON-MILTON 197 (At Paradise Lakes) McDONALD (178) — Chris Ragazzin 38; Caleb Domitrovich 43; Avery Maybe 48; Josh Srock 49; Gavin Shriner 50; Marco Pecchia 56. JACKSON-MILTON (197) — Billy Sloan 46; Ryan Romigh 47; Hunter Schertzer 49; Aaren Romigh 55; […]

1951 Randolph High School football

PORTAGE COUNTY SPORTS MUSEUM The 1951 Randolph Tigers football team shared the Portage County League championship with Rootstown. All of the Tigers’ home games were played at Mogadore because of the construction of Randolph’s new gymnasium. Randolph’s 7-1 record included victories over Atwater, Garrettsville, Rootstown, Windham, Mantua, Southeast and Aurora. The team’s lone loss occurred at […]

2022 High School Volleyball Preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Preview capsules for Portage County volleyball teams for the 2022 season.   AURORA GREENMEN Head Coach: Tyler Price, 40-34 career record. Coaching Staff: Miguel Ramirez, Sharri Durdel, Rachele Kelly, Sarah Willis. 2021 Recap: 17-8 overall record; 10-4 Suburban League; 2nd place Suburban; sectional champions. Returning Letterwinners (6): Mia Devine, […]

The Portage Sports Shop is now open!

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor We are proud to announce that our shop is now open! It is filled with some Portage Sports apparel, but there are also some new designs that celebrate the county’s great communities. You can check everything out by clicking on the “Shop” link on the main website’s menu bar […]

High School Scoreboard: Friday, Aug. 12, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD FRIDAY, AUG. 12, 2022   GIRLS SOCCER STREETSBORO 4, SOUTHEAST 0 (At Southeast) First Half Score: Streetsboro 3-0. First Half Goals: 1. (Str) Addison Mrakovich (Madelyn Genovese), 39:44; 2. (Str) Genovese, 9:51; 3. (Str) Genovese, 29.7. Second Half Goals: 4. (Str) Genovese (Mrakovich), 28:00. Shots on Goal: Streetsboro, 12-9. Corner Kicks: Southeast, […]

Quick-passing Ravens notch victory over Pirates

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Watching the Ravenna boys soccer team in their season opener on Friday was practically the equivalent of watching math on a soccer field. Shapes, angles and calculate touches consistently created space an opportunities for the Ravens. The result was a commanding 4-0 victory over the host Southeast Pirates in […]

Electric Genovese highlights Streetsboro’s win over Southeast

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Class of 2022 was a historic one for the Streetsboro High School soccer team. A Metro Athletic Conference championship, with individual and team records abound. So, the natural question for the Rockets is who and how would the program stay atop the league after having lost so much […]

Field vs. Mogadore all-time football scores

Under Review with Adam Loudin: Offensive Holding

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Getting the call right is extremely important to Adam Loudin. The 2006 Waterloo High School graduate has been working toward that perfection since beginning his basketball officiating career in 2007. A year later, in 2008, he jumped onto the gridiron to begin his football officiating career. His desire to […]

Lee Horning lives for compassionate service for his Vikings

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor It has been 45 years since Lee Horning graduated from Waterloo High School, but there is not a day that goes by that he is not thinking about the school. And its staff. And its student-athletes. And its facilities. And how all those things can come together to make […]

Ravenna’s Wunderle relishes prestigious summer

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor A summer break for Matt Wunderle? Not exactly. l The Ravenna High School boys soccer coach and social studies teacher completed his school year, then just days later, traveled to Washington D.C. as part of the James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship program. Wunderle earned the prestigious opportunity after being […]

High School Scoreboard (Aug. 10, 2022)

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10, 2022   BOYS GOLF YANK HEISLER MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL (At Windmill Lakes, Ravenna) TEAM SCORES 1. Olmsted Falls 310; 2. Amherst Steele 312; 3. Brecksville Broadview Heights 330; 4. West Branch 335; 5. Rootstown 340; 5. Tallmadge 341; 6. Mogadore 342; 7. Marlington 344; T8. North Ridgeville, Ravenna, Manchester 345; […]

Getting to Know: Garfield basketball/golf coach Andy Olesky

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Our “Getting to Know” series is designed to help the community learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding Portage County’s student-athletes. Today, we get to know Garfield boys basketball and girls golf coach Andy Olesky. He has coached the G-Men basketball team for 11 seasons and […]

High School Scoreboard: Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022

HIGH SCHOOL SCOREBOARD TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2022 GIRLS TENNIS RAVENNA 4, MARLINGTON 1 (At Marlington) First Singles: Elizabeth Mason (M) def. Hannah Chrin, 6-2, 6-1; Second Singles: James Jordan (R) def. Tori Lane, 6-4, 6-3; Third Singles: Cadence Tackett (R) def. Annabelle Goodwin, 6-0, 7-6; First Doubles: Sunny Kawskay/Mary Laudato (R) def. Faith Savage/Zoey Maxwell, […]

Bonsky Heating and Cooling Athlete of the Week: Mogadore’s Dillon Pendergast

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor The Dillon Pendergast Invitational is not an event that you will find on high school golf schedules throughout Portage County. The event is the creation from the imagination of Mogadore High School senior standout Dillon Pendergast. While he has spent countless hours on area golf courses throughout his career, […]

Ravenna’s Greathouse named Athletic Trainer of the Year

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Jon Greathouse never expects to be the one on the stage. He never wants to be the one that has the spotlight shining down on him. That is where his student-athletes are supposed to be. This summer, though, the roles were reversed. And deservedly so. The 16-year Ravenna High […]

2022 High School Girls Soccer Preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor   Preview capsules for the 2022 high school girls season season.   AURORA GREENMEN Head Coach: Domenica McClintock, 11th year; 45-47-9 career record. Coaching Staff: Adam Gharky, assistant; Paul Frankmann, assistant; Kristen Lembo, assistant. 2021 Recap: 7-11 overall record; 4th in Suburban League. Returning Letterwinners (9): Bailey McGee, Brigid […]

2022 High School Boys Soccer Preview

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Preview capsules for the 2022 high school boys soccer season.   AURORA GREENMEN Head Coach: Ryan Conner, 21st year, 208-118-56 career record. 2021 Recap: 9-6-3 overall; 4-2-1 Suburban League. Returning Lettermen (10): Will Guzy, sr.; Bennett Winkler, sr.; Christian Viant, sr.; Felipe Machado, sr.; Alex Savukas, jr.; Jonah Shanholzter, […]

High School Schedule: Aug. 8—Aug. 13

AUG. 8 BOYS GOLF Brookfield at Garfield Kent Roosevelt at Suburban League Tournament Ravenna, Waterloo at MacLaren Invitational Rootstown at Warren JFK Invitational Field at Cloverleaf GIRLS GOLF Garfield, Southeast at Springfield Tournament Kent Roosevelt at Hudson Explorer Invitational Rootstown at St. Thomas Aquinas GIRLS TENNIS Southeast at Lordstown Crestwood at Orange   AUG. 9 […]

Meet Joe Eitel: High school football’s playoff legend

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor When it comes to high school football, there are plenty of names that come to mind. Legendary and influential coaches. Memorable, generational players. Names that bring back a rushing collection of nostalgia and enough stories to carry conversations for hours. Another name that carries weight throughout Ohio comes from […]

Southeast boys soccer celebrates alumni game

The Southeast High School boys soccer program celebrated its annual alumni game this past weekend. The game acts as a primary fundraiser for the team. The group coordinates the game as even-year graduates versus odd-year graduates. Last year, 32 former Pirate players participated and it was the “evens” that won, with the oldest-playing alumni being […]

Youth players capture Southeast HR Derby titles

By Tom Nader Publisher and Editor Southeast baseball coach Lee Lovejoy is about more than just winning games. He wants his program to be all-encompassing and part of that is to make a p riority to create opportunities to i