A fixture at Ellet High School for nearly four decades, Joe Yost has decided to call it a career. Yost called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about his long tenure with the Orangemen, which included 23 winning seasons and a collection of shared and outright City Series titles. Why retire now? “I just thought it was the right time,” says Yost.
After 38 seasons as the head coach of the Ellet Orangemen football team, Joe Yost resigned from his position Friday morning.
Athletic Director of the Akron Public Schools, Joe Vassalotti joined the Sam and Brad Show on Friday to talk about his legacy for the Ellet community and how he impacted the lives of many young people.
Vassalotti coached against Yost during his own coaching journey. He said when people think Ellet, and especially Ellet football, you think Joe Yost.
Yost won 234 games as the Ellet head football coach and accumulated many other accolades throughout his coaching career including multiple City Series Championships.
Vassalotti said Yost plans on taking some time to himself and still being active in the Ellet community.
Joe Yost could not be reached for comment.
The full interview can be heard here.
Marquise Bridges, Ellet High School football standout running back, spoke with the Sam and Brad Show Wednesday to talk about the commitment to go play for the University of Akron Zips.
Mark Fisher, head coach of the Ellet Orangemen spoke with Sam Thursday to talk about his ballclub heading into the holidays.
The boys are 6-0 on the young season heading into the holiday tournaments.
The Buchtel Griffins are set for a physical matchup with the Ellet Orangemen Friday night at Infocision Stadium.
Ricky Powers, head coach of the Griffs, joined Sammy B on Thursday to talk about his team and what he sees with Ellet.
The Ellet Orangemen are prepared to avenge last week's loss to the East Dragons, and they will be facing off against Ricky Powers and the Buchtel Griffins.
Joe Yost, the head coach of the Orangemen, spoke with Sam Bourquin on Wednesday to talk about his ballclub.
Ellet High School will open again for students Wednesday.
Ellet High has been closed this week after cleanup crews spent the past few days clearing smoke and water damage from Saturday night's fire inside a construction classroom on the first floor.
Containment walls were built around areas directly affected by the fire, allowing students to return to classes in the rest of the building.
The investigation into what caused the fire continues.
(Earlier coverage) Ellet High School remains closed Tuesday as clean-up crews continue to ready the school for students after Saturday night's fire inside a construction classroom on the first floor.
Akron City Schools Communications Director Mark Williamson says it's a matter of safety for the students of Ellet. While the fire was mostly contained to that one classroom, smoke spread throughout the building and left a lingering smell which could be harmful to anyone occupying the building. Water damage is also a factor, as fire crews used their hoses to extinguish the blaze. Williamson says there is potential to continue clean-up efforts while students are back in the classrooms, containing certain affected areas with containment walls, but they want to be sure it's completely safe before doing so.
They expect to have the clean-up wrapped up soon, but they're not rushing things at Ellet High. The investigation into what caused the fire, meanwhile, continues. Fire investigators have not designated the fire as accidental, nor as arson, as of Tuesday.
UPDATE 3:58 PM 9/12/16: Akron Public Schools announced Monday afternoon that Ellet High School will be closed again Tuesday, as cleanup continues.
(Previous coverage) Ellet High School will be closed Monday as smoke damage is assessed following a late-evening fire Saturday that apprently started in a room used for building maintenance and the school's construction program.
Firefighters were alerted by an alarm triggered around 11:00 p.m.
Damage estimates haven't been released but the worst of the fire was contained to the room and adjoining area, although firefighters did find hallways filled with "light smoke" on their arrival at 304 Wolf Avenue. AFD responded with multiple alarm calls that included four fire engine trucks, a medical unit, a pair of battalion commanders and additional shift commander on site as well as an arson investigator. Firefighters used a foam truck which also doubles as a ventilation truck to help exhaust the smoke from the building.
Akron Public School opted to keep the school closed tomorrow while clean-up and investigation into the cause continues.
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(Akron Fire Department)Akron Fire responded to a private alarm at 304 Wolf Ave Ellet High School. Companies on scene
investigated the building and found light smoke in the hallways. The alarm was upgraded to 2nd alarm that includes 4 Engines ,2 Ladder trucks, 2 Battalion Commanders, Med unit, Shift Commander, and Arson investigator. After a search of the building room to room, Firefighters were able to locate the fire and extinguish it.
Foam Truck 660, which is also a large commercial ventilation truck, was called in to assist in ventilating the smoke from the building. Unknown at the time of this press release of the extent of the damages or where at in the building was effected most.
Week 2 of the high school football season is underway and two neighboring communities will be squaring off on the gridiron.
A student was found with a gun at Ellet High School late Wednesday morning.
Akron police say that a school staffer discovered the concealed gun on a 17 year-old male student.
"He was confronted by both the Akron officer at the school there, and staff members," Capt. Dan Zampelli tells WAKR.net, "and the 17 year-old immediately put his hands up, and allowed the officer to retrieve the weapon which was on his person at the time."
Capt. Zampelli says the student had a loaded, 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun, which has been confiscated.
He says the student faces felony charges of carrying a concealed weapon and carrying a firearm into the school. The student was sent to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.
The school was placed on lockdown for about an extra 40 minutes as a precaution.
No one was hurt, and classes were not disrupted at Ellet High.
In an unrelated incident, Miller South was locked for about 3 minutes early this afternoon, because Akron police were searching for someone outside the school.
(Previous coverage) Akron Public School officials say a student was found with a gun at Ellet High School late Wednesday morning.
Not many details have been released, but officials say the school was locked and place on what admintrators call a "Safe School Watch" for about an hour around 10:35 a.m. after a tip from a staff member.
Police confronted the student within five minutes of the lockdown and recovered the weapon without incident.