Sam and Brad caught up with Brookledge Golf Club General Manager Scott Nickol to talk about his course for Tee It Up Friday.

 

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Former Tallmadge head boys basketball coach Michael Bluey spoke with the Sam and Brad Show to talk about his new venture, coaching the boys basketball team at North Canton Hoover.

Bluey served as an an assistant at Jackson High School before becoming the head coach at Tallmadge. 

 "Opportunities like Hoover don't come around very often," Bluey said. 

 "It's a diamond in the rough,and I'm certainly excited to get started."

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After over thirty years and 369 wins under his belt, John Gramuglia has decided to pass the torch.

The head coach of the Wadsworth wrestling team joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to look back on his decorated career with the Grizzlies. Gramuglia felt this was the right time to step aside and give the program some new blood. He feels the program must continue to evolve, and knows it is in good hands.

Gramuglia will not be going far. Though he won’t be head coach anymore, he plans on guiding the team in a less hands-on role, and will help further develop the youth program.

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Former Marshall Thundering Herd and NFL Quarterback Chad Pennington spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the advice he's given to Browns QB Baker Mayfield.

Chad spoke about the jump from college to the pros and that they have to be patient with themselves.

 

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The City Series boys' baseball championship is set for 5pm at the University of Akron. 

Ellet head baseball coach John Sarver joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about his ballclub.

 

 Firestone is ready for the matchup as well. Coach Jeff Sloan also joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about his team as well.

 

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Jackson head baseball coach Bill Gamble joined the Sam and Brad Show Tuesday to talk about the district final matchup between the Polar Bears and the Massillon Tigers at Thurman Munson Stadium this afternoon.

Game time is set for  5 p.m.

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A very unpredictable spring has led to a brutal allergy season for many. Patients are desperate for relief, and many want to know the balance between under and overmedication. Two specialists from Cleveland Clinic/Akron General joined the Ray Horner Morning Show in the thick of allergy season. First, Dr. Tim Brown discussed the priciness of treatments and how and where to find them. Dr. Bela Faltay, an allergy specialist, talked about inexpensive over-the-counter remedies and allergy shots.

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The second edition of Tee it Up Friday takes us to Chenoweth Golf Course as we speak with owner Brian Todd.

Todd says they take great pride in making sure the greens are well taken care of for people to play a challenging, yet fun course.

Chenoweth is located right off Arlington Road, just of I-77.

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Longtime sports columnist for the Boston Globe Dan Shaughnessy spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the upcoming series between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

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The Tallmadge Blue Devils and coach Kenny Linn have captured another Division II sectional title after an 11-0 defeat of Canton South.

Coch Linn joined the Sam and Brad Show Thursday afternoon.

 

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This week the 1590 WAKR Coaches Spotlight shines on Officer Howard Vaughn, the head coach of the Buchtel Griffins' baseball team. 

 Coach Vaughn discussed how he is bringing baseball to the youngsters and helping young people.

"I started in coaching six years ago and I saw a dying Buchtel baseball program, and I wanted to get it back started," he said. 

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The Canton McKinley boys' basketball program has a new head coach. 

Andy Vlajkovich, who came over from Warren, will now be taking over the Pups. He spoke with Sam and Brad on Tuesday. 

 (Photo Credit for SoundCloud Photo: Canton Repository) 

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Newly named Executive Director of the Ohio High School Athletic Association spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about his position and what he plans on doing once Dr. Dan Ross steps away later in the year.

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Tuesday, 08 May 2018 16:48

Fred McLeod Talks Cavaliers' Sweep

Cleveland Cavaliers TV play-by-play man for FOX Sports Ohio Fred McLeod joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the Cavaliers'  sweep over the Toronto Raptors last night at the Q.

The Wine and Gold await their opponent for the Eastern Conference Finals, either the Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers.

 

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The snowblowers have been put away, and the snow brushes have been sent to the trunks. The focus in May shifts from the chilly weather to sunburn.

Dr. Jim Libecco from Allied Dermatology in Fairlawn joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss proper skincare as the weather warms up. Dr. Libecco stresses the use of sunscreen when being exposed to any sun for an extended period. Application for sunscreen should be a half hour before exposure, and should be used every two to three hours. Peak hours for sun are between 10 AM and 4 PM.

Per Dr. Libecco, a checkup with a dermatologist or primary care physician is suggested once a year.

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The first edition of Tee it Up Friday during golf season takes us to the Lyon's Den in Canal Fulton!

Sam and Brad caught up with Andy Lyons to talk about the course, the amenities, and what to expect when you enter the Lyon's Den. 

"We're a very family oriented golf course," Andy explained. "It is 5300 yards with plenty of hills and water."

 

For more information on the Lyon's Den, click the highlighted link. 

 

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Sam Amico of Amico Hoops discussed last night's win from the Cavaliers over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

 

Game #2 is tomorrow in Canada. Join time is 5:30 and tip-off at 6 on 1590 WAKR. 

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 08:48

AUDIO: Kenmore To Get a Facelift

While downtown Akron is getting renovated, other neighborhoods are seeing facelifts of their own. One of those areas seeing the revitalization is Kenmore.

John Buntin, the owner Kenmore Komics and president of the Kenmore Chamber of Commerce, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the present and future of the boulevard, from the businesses to the street itself. The city of Akron is investing in the area, and Buntin feels this partnership with the city will be highly beneficial down the road. In fact, Buntin and others are attempting to get a historical listing for the district to take advantage of federal tax dollars.

Buntin says the first priority on the list to improve Kenmore is to repave the street, which will occur sometime in June.

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The first week of May is Law Week with the Akron Bar Association. On Monday to kick off the week, the Ray Horner Morning Show welcomed a slew of attorneys to speak about their expertise. Dean Carro - Akron Bar Association

Farhad Sethna - Immigration

Linda Ulinski - Estate & Will Planning

Debora Ruby - Marital Law

Nancy Holland - Workplace Harassment

Elizabeth Knowles - Immigration & Human Rights Law

Jeff Laybourne - Defense Attorney

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The Voice of the Browns Jim Donovan caught up with Sam and Brad today to talk about the 2018 draft class for John Dorsey, Hue Jackson and company.

 

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This year's 2018 Male and Female Student Athletes of the Year are Tyler Dawson of Springfield High School and Lexi Shultz of Ellet High School.

This crop of athletes was honored at St. George's Fellowship Centre in Fairlawn during the Student Athlete of the Year Banquet.

Both Tyler and Lexi were humbled and honored to receive the $1,000 scholarships during the annual event.

Dawson plans on studying accounting at the University of Akron.

He says one of his favorite memories as a student athlete was playing with his fellow seniors, most of whom he has played with since he was 12 years old.

“I wouldn't change anything I did,” Dawson explained.

 

 

Tyler was a two-sport athlete, playing both football and basketball at Springfield High School.

Lexi Shultz, our second scholarship winner was a two-sport athlete playing both volleyball and softball for Ellet High School.

She says that she learned a lot of lessons throughout her time at Ellet, including those from Coach Chuck Shuman, her softball coach.

“The biggest thing I took from him was even when things get rough, just keep going, keep your head up,” she said.

 

 Shultz plans on studying Exercise Science at the University of Akron and becoming a physical therapist.

Congratulations to both Tyler and Lexi, and also a special thanks goes to our sponsors, NECA, IBEW( International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), Akron Children's Hospital, Dominion, and St. George's Fellowship Centre.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 17:11

Jordan Bastian Assesses Indians Club

MLB.com reporter for the Cleveland Indians Jordan Bastian asessed the Cleveland Indians during the Sam and Brad Show Wednesday.

He talked about the team's dreadful loss to the Cubs yesterday.

The Tribe and the Cubs will go at 7:10pm tonight in downtown Cleveland. 

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Longtime sportscaster and the radio voice of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Don Criqui spoke with Sam and Brad to talk Notre Dame offensive linemen Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey for our Know Your Prospect segment.

He also talked a little Browns as well, offering his thoughts on what can get them turned around.

 

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The uncertainty on the future of the Akron Racers has been a topic of speculation for months. However, a recent settlement has provided a sliver of clarity for 2019.

Joey Arrietta joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to update the listeners on the goings on these last few months. Like the Cleveland Browns in 1996, the goal for Joey was to retain the Racers name, colors, and tradition, and that has been the case for the Racers, as well. The new incarnation of the Racers will not have any connection to the Cleveland Comets.

Looking back on what has been built since 1999, Joey is proud of the potential for a new team in 2019. She looks forward to speaking with local businesses and investors, especially with the lure of historic Firestone Stadium and the Racers foundation.

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It was announced some weeks back at Matthew Wilson, then-president at the University of Akron, was stepping down from his position, and the search continues to fill those big shoes.

In the meantime, Dr. John Green, director of the Bliss Institute and professor of political science, has been named as the interim president at the University of Akron. Dr. Green joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his appointment to his new position and how he plans on keeping business going as a new president search goes on. One of the strong points of Dr. Green being the president has been his tenure at the college, which has been more than thirty years.

Dr. Green also praised the job Matthew Wilson did after the fallout of Scott Scarborough two years prior.

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CBS Broadcaster Jim Nantz joined the Sam and Brad Show Monday afternoon to talk about being named the 2018 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational Ambassador of Golf.

Nantz was truly humbled by the distinction, saying he truly enjoys coming to Akron's Firestone Country Club.

"Of all the awards I've received in my life, this one really stands out."  Nantz explained.

Nantz will recieve the Ambassador of Golf award  Wednesday August 1 at Firestone's South Course. 

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Former Ohio State Buckeye and NFL player Ray Ellis spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the death of his former coach Earle Bruce.

Bruce passed away at the age of 87 and coached the Buckeyes from 1979-1987.

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This week's 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week is Zane Patterson from Woodridge High School.

Zane is a three-sport athlete for the Bulldogs, and with it being the spring sports season, he is currently on the baseball team. He is known for his skills on the pitcher's mound, but also plays first base when he is not pitching. However, Mother Nature has not been too kind to baseball teams in Northeast Ohio, and many teams have not been able to get on the field much.

Outside of baseball, Zane is also a member of the golf and bowling teams at Woodridge.

Patterson is all set as far as college goes, as he will be attending The Ohio State University to study economics. For the remainder of high school, he is a member of the National Honors Society and the Academic Challenge team.

Zane is a big Cleveland Indians fan, and his favorite player is Francisco Lindor.

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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Kaitlyn Hill, a senior softball player from East Community Learning Center.

She's been a starting pitcher for the Dragons since freshman year, earning three varsity letters.

Her coach Sarah Kramer says Kaitlyn is a leader both on and off the field

“I rely on her to get messages out and just be a role model for the new players that have come out,” Kramer explains.

“She's a 3.9/4/0 student, and she leads by example both on and off the field.”

Kaitlyn is a member of the National Honor Society, a commanding officer in the ROTC, in addition to both participating in bowling and softball for East.

Hill says she enjoys being a part of the Dragons softball team and working with her coaches and teammates, especially some of the younger players.

“Half of these girls are first year players,” Hill explained. “You just have to be patient and work with them a lot, and keep reminding them to have positive attitudes.”

Among some of Hill's honors include being named Akron Beacon Journal Player of the Week and was also a team MVP during her career.

Upon graduation this spring, Hill plans on attending the University of Akron to study accounting.

We wish Kaitlyn the best in all of her future endeavors.

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EL Pitcher of the Week for your Akron Rubberducks Shane Beiber joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about his hot start to the season.

 

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Tom Withers of the Associated Press joined Sam and Brad to talk about last night's win over the Pacers in Game #2 of their playoff series.

Game #3 will be Friday night in Indianapolis. You can hear it on 1590 WAKR.

 

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Color Analayst for the UCLA-IMG Sports Network Matt Stevens spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about Josh Rosen for our Know Your Prospect segment.

Stevens, a former Bruin quarterback, said that Rosen is "another Aaron Rodgers" and is the best QB in the draft.

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On Monday, Akron City Council announced the age for the sale of tobacco products have been raised from 18 to 21. Originally proposed by Tamiyka Rose, Akron becomes the tenth city in the state of Ohio to become a “Tobacco 21” town.

Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to share his thoughts. Though he understands any pushback the city could receive, the mayor feels this is a larger part of the evolution of the culture, and by curbing the use of tobacco, it will help promote a healthier society. Jeff Fusco is a part of city council, and he felt that the lack of availability of the products, based on research, would lessen the amount of teen smoking rates.

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 07:52

AUDIO: Experts Speak on Syria Strike

On Friday, President Trump announced the United States carried out a strike on Syria, coming off the heels of a chemical attack that occurred on its own citizens earlier in the week. So what is next? Was this a one-time message-sending strike, or could this lead to a full-scale war?

The Ray Horner Morning Show welcomed three international experts to speak on this subject.

Dr. John Green

Jeff McCausland

Dr. Steven Hook

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Veteran broadcaster Jay Crawford joined the Sam and Brad Show Monday to talk about his new venture doing the play-by-play for the Cleveland Browns' preseason games on News 5.

He also talked about the Cavs' loss in Game  #1 of the playoffs and how the lack of chemistry and synergy on the court is worrysome at times.

 

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Jensen Lewis, fomer Tribe pitcher and current host on Indians Live on Sports Time Ohio, spoke with Sam and Brad to talk Tribe on 1590 WAKR. 

The Indians will be taking on the Minnesota Twins in Puerto Rico starting Tuesday for a quick-two game series.

 

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There's a lot of questions about the Cavaliers after their 18-point loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game #1 of the NBA Playoffs

Fox Sports Ohio's TV play-by-play voice Fred McLeod offered his thoughts.

 

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Mackenzie Hance of Lake High School is this week's 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week.

Mackenzie is a member of the Blue Streaks girls basketball team who just wrapped up their regular season 5-10, and are getting ready to start tournament play Saturday against Louisville. Mackenzie who is a junior has lettered in basketball all three years of high school and was the leading scorer in 2016 and 2017.

Even as an Junior Mackenzie knows the importance of leadership. " Being a junior I just really want to be a leader for the younger girls on the team." Mackenzie is also a leader off the court as part of the mentor program at Lake where she volunteers her time to help younger students at the school.

Health Tech is Mackenzie's favorite subject in school but wants to learn more about the medical field before fully committing to studying it in college.

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Tyler Hays from Copley High School is the 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week for April 13th-20th.

While he may not look like baseball hall of famer Randy Johnson, his tall presence on the mound for the Copley Indians would remind one of the Big Unit.

Baseball has been in Tyler’s blood from a young age, and he added pitching to his repitour when he was ten. When he’s not on the mound, Tyler is in right field or a large target at first base.

Spring baseball in Ohio is not always cooperative due to inclement weather, but Tyler is not deterred. "I’m just always trying to stick to my routine no matter what,” he says. "If I’m supposed to start and my game gets canceled, I just push everything back a day to maintain my focus."

Tyler has lettered varsity in all four years at Copley. He has been named first-team All-Suburban League twice, looking to make it a third, and was named to the All-District team his junior year.

A resident of Copley from a young age, Tyler has enjoyed his time at both the school and the town.

"I love it, it’s been great to me all thirteen years I’ve been here,” says Tyler. "The school system, I love it here. If someone asked me if I could go anywhere else, I’d say nowhere. Copley is the place for me."

After graduation, Tyler will take the Ohio Turnpike out west to Bowling Green State University, where he will be a member of the Falcons’ baseball team next spring. He plans on majoring in criminal justice.

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Grace Hete is this week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week.

Grace is a junior at Revere Highs School, and is a member of the girls basketball team. Grace first tried her hand at basketball in the fourth she was encouraged to play by her father and friends due to her height. It wasn't long before grace was hooked on the game and the relationships that were built while playing it.

"Playing over the years, I love the people I got to know and got to be friends with," says Grace. "That's why I've stuck with it."

Grace also works very hard in the classroom. She wants to continue to play basketball in college and wants to study dermatology. Being only a junior, she is still keeping her options open for college.

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:09

UA's Kest Stepping Away From The Sideline

After 12 seasons coaching at the University of Akron, 34 overall, head women's basketball coach Jodi Kest is retiring.

She joined Sam and Brad Thursday to talk about her career and latest ventures. 

We at 1590 WAKR wish Jodi the best in all of her future endeavors. 

 

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Paul Keels, the "Voice of the Buckeyes" discusses some of the notable Ohio State draft-eligible players for our Know Your Prospect segment,

 

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The Board of Directors had their meetings this morning and Tim Stried from the OHSAA spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about some of the divisional breakdowns and competitive balance in boys and girls basketball.

Also Tim discussed the proposal passed during the meeting to extend the baseball season in high school athletics by one week.

 

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 16:42

Sam Amico Talks Cavaliers, 2018 Playoffs

NBA writer Sam Amico from Amico Hoops.net spoke with Sam and Brad Thursday to talk about the Cavaliers as they get ready for the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

He also offered his thoughts on who needs to step up for the Wine and Gold during the second season. 

 

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Fox Sports Ohio Golf Analyst  Jimmy Hanlin talked a little golf with Sam and Brad Thursday including the news of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational moving from the South Course to Memphis in 2019.

 He also discussed Masters winner Patrick Reed and what's next for him. 

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This week has shown some uncertain futures for two long-time staples in the Akron area.

Dan Horrigan, the mayor of Akron, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss a few local topics, one of them being the sale of the Akron Beacon Journal to GateHouse Media. Horrigan believes in a strong local newspaper to hold the politicians accountable, and has said the Beacon is part of the fabric of the city. Once the sale goes through, the mayor wants to sit with the new owners to discuss their approach to journalism and the business community.

Horrigan also touched on the Bridgestone Invitational, which will leave town after 2018. The mayor is disappointed that the Bridgestone will not return for 2019, especially with how it affects the local economy and the Northeast Ohio Golf Charities. He says the city will work on bringing a new tournament to town, with the hopes of the top golfers in the world coming back, as well.

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 17:30

Know Your Prospect: Baker Mayfield

Radio Voice of the Oklahoma Sooners football program Toby Rowland spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about Baker Mayfield for our Know Your Prospect segment. 

 

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For this week's edition of the Coaches Spotlight, we headed over to Stow-Munroe Falls High School to catch up with head baseball coach Aaron DeBord.

 

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For the fourth-straight year since LeBron James has returned from South Beach, the Cleveland Cavaliers are embarking on another playoff run.

John Michael, the radio voice of the Cavs, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to preview the playoffs and the team’s opponent. Michael says the rotations and matchups will depend on their opponent, and regardless, Tyronn Lue will typically rotate nine players in the game. The final game of the season will mark the first time in LeBron’s career he will have played in all 82 contests, and Michael made a case for him being the MVP.

The Cavs’ voice also talked about other potential foes in the Eastern Conference, including young and hungry teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers.

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Monday, 09 April 2018 17:37

Know Your Prospect: Denzel Ward

For this week's edition of our Know Your Prospect interview, we went just north of 303 to speak with Jeff Fox, the head coach of the Nordonia Knights to talk shoutdown cornerback Denzel Ward.

The NFL Draft is less than three weeks away, and Ward is making a name for himself at some local combines and workouts.

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