The Dunk for Diabetes Tournament will be going on Sunday, complete with six games and three local teams participating.
One of the teams is the Ellet Orangemen and coach Mark Fisher joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about their game against Warren Harding, as well as their crucial City Series Matchup with Buchtel.
Coach Fisher says that their matchup with Harding should be an exciting one for the fans and his team.
"We're going to try and put our best foot forward and be prepared for a good Warren Harding team," Fisher says. "We don't know too much about them, but we know they have some good athletes."
The Orangemen are paced by 6 foot 8 forward A.J. Gerari, and have a few more solid players who have had experience playing in big games.
The main question many Cavaliers fans are asking themselves after last night's lopsided loss to the Golden State Warriors is simple: What went wrong?
Joe Vardon covers the Wine and Gold for Cleveland.com. He joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday and discussed how they need to look themselves in the mirror and get tougher against the league's top teams.
"I think there has to be some kind of pause and reflection here," Vardon said. "You can't have the payroll the Cavaliers has and turn in stinkers like that."
Golden State defeated the Cavs 132-98 last night at the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.
The Warriors shot over 50 percent from beyond the arc and over 50 percent from the floor. J.R. Smith had a solid floor game with 14 points before getting ejected. "These guys need to hold themselves accountable," Vardon says.
The Cavs will take on the Brooklyn Nets tomorrow at 7:30pm. You can hear the game on 1590 WAKR.
After their defeat of Streetsboro Monday night, the Barberton Lady Magics basketball team is looking to do even bigger things on the hardwood the rest of the season.
Head coach of the Lady Magics Greg Whitmer joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about that win and the young ladies that make the team go.
"It was a good night, our kids played hard, and after they made some adjustments we went out there and came out with a victory," Whitmer said.
The team is now 8-8 on the season with 6 more games to go.
Some young players have contributed for the Magics this season, sophomores Macy Ries and Jenna Kelley.
Barberton will have 9 days off before their next game and coach Whitmer says on the practice floor, they will get back to basics and work on some fundamentals and teaching moments.
"Hopefully it's going to be a blessing in disguise and we'll come out of here healthy and energized," he says.
A Canton man who has devoted his life to teaching youth has fallen ill in South Korea and his family and close friends have stepped up to help bring him back.
Jerry "Snaps" Lipkins has been living in Jeonju, South Korea and teaching the children of the last four years and now must be brought back home in order to receive some urgent medical care.
Randy Sistrunk, a close friend of Jerry's joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a Friday to alert him of his condition.
"He's been teaching English in South Korea, and spent time in South Korea, and Thailand," Sistrunk explained. "He became sick in Thailand and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and interstitial lung disease."
Lipkins graduated from Canton McKinley and Ohio State University. He would need to be brought back due to the fact that there are no genetic matches in South Korea.
Sistrunk along with family and many others immediately took actionwith a GoFundMe account so they can get him back to the United States to get his lung transplant. The procedure costs around $200,000, and over the last five days, over $14,000 has been raised to help bring Jerry home.
More information can be found by clicking the GoFundMe link in the story. All Huntington Bank locations are also accepting donations for the Jerry Lipkins Emergency Fund.
The NFL Playoffs have moved to the divisional round and looking to get one step closer to the championship game.
Sean Tomlinson, an NFL writer for the Bleacher Report joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a "Feel Good Friday" to break down the games as well as discuss other headlines in the National Football League, including the Rams' move from St. Louis to Los Angeles.
Starting with the Saturday games, Tomlinson says the Kansas City/New England matchup on Saturday is not a good matchup for the Patriots, considering their offensive line problems coupled with the Kansas City defense.
"Justin Houston (KC Defensive End) is a scary man coming off the edge," Sean explained. "It helps New England has some pieces back, but it'll be the proverbial nailbiter."
Sean says the Green Bay/Arizona game should work in favor of the Cardinals, who terrorized Aaron Rodgers in the regular season with multiple sacks.
For the Panthers and Seahawks Sunday, along with the Steelers and Broncos, Tomlinson said both matchups will be exciting.
"You can never underestimate (Steelers quarterback) Ben Roethlisberger's ability to come back from injuries and lead an injured team," he said.
January has been a crazy time in the NFL, with the Rams moving to L.A, and the possibility of the San Diego Chargers moving to La-La Land as well.
"I highly doubt San Diego will stay put, Tomlinson said.
The Browns have made headlines with the hiring of Hue Jackson from the Cincinnati Bengals and plan on making more headlines in the 2016-17 season with more competitive play on the field and more cohesion amongst front office, coaches, and players.
Zac Jackson from ProFootballTalk.com joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the hire and what it means for the organization.
"It's an A hire," Jackson said. "That said in the context of he hasn't hired an assistant yet or anything like that, but he understands the AFC North, he understands the importance of a quarterback, so his experience is a plus."
Jackson also said the former Bengals offensive coordinator has an unshakeable confidence that will permeate throughout the locker room.
Friday night at the Canton Memorial Fieldhouse, the Canton McKinley Bulldogs and the Jackson Polar Bears will get together for part two of their basketball series.
Rick Hairston joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about the matchup, and the atmosphere surrounding the game.
"We didn't take care of the ball in the first game," Hairston said. "We remember Jackson is a good basketball team, and they have more than just Kyle Young and Logan Hill."
Jackson won the first matchup by ten points in the early part of the season.
"You really have to play well to beat this team because they play with a certain amount of swagger and confidence."
The Polar Bears on the other hand are looking forward to getting on the road and playing a solid team. Tim Debevec joined the Sam Bourquin Show as well.
"It should be an exciting night, and you'll see something good from both teams."
He says his team is going to have to play better than they did in their first meeting in order to beat the Bulldogs.
"They have a lot of talent, it's going to be a big game for us.
Many people remember the tragic events surrounding November 14, 1970, in which Southern Airways flight 932 crashed en route to the Marshall University campus in Huntington, WV.
The crash killed all 75 members on board, including the team, coaches, support staff, and boosters for the football program.
Former Marshall football assistant coach Red Dawson was one of a handful of members from the staff not on the plane that day. Dawson joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about his book, "A Coach in Progress: A Story of Survival and Revival."
"It was hard times, for a long, long time," Dawson said. "It didn't leave for a while, we tried to go forward, and that's what we've tried to do."
The story was depicted in the 2006 film We Are Marshall. The Thundering Herd have bounced back on and off the football field, and the community of Huntington has embraced them fully.
Dawson will be at the Dover Public Library in Dover, OH Friday January 15 at 7 p.m.
The Browns coaching search has come to a close as Hue Jackson becomes the team's 8th head coach since their rebirth in 1999.
Steve King from BrownsDailyDose.com joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about the move and the fact that the new braintrust of Jimmy Haslam, Sashi Brown, and Paul DePodesta found their guy, the man they believe will get the Browns franchise where it needs to go.
"They felt that if he went to New York, he was gone," King said. "Hue had an interview in New York for the Giants job, he had a good conversation with Jimmy Haslam, and how he's the coach, so it was a good move that the Browns got the guy they wanted."
The Browns have made Hue Jackson their new head coach, and now it's time to hit the ground running.
Scott Petrak from the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the Browns' new head man and what he plans to do in order for the team to be competitive in the NFL.
Petrak says one of the things he wants to establish early is who the next General Manager is going to be. The next move is to establish who will quarterback the team.
"The question is if not Johnny (Manziel) then who?" Petrak asks. "You have to establish that position with who you want to draft."
Jackson comes from Cincinnati as the offensive coordinator for the Bengals.
The high school basketball season is in the middle of January, and there's just a little bit of time left before the postseason starts.
Tim Cole, the head coach of the Springfield Spartans boys' basketball team joined the Sam Bourquin Show and talked about how his first season is going with the Spartans.
"The kids have bought in, they're having a lot of fun, the parents have bought in, and every day they (the players) are coming in , ready to work hard, and they're enjoying it."
The Spartans have been relying on senior post player Jordan McLane to provide not only hustle and muscle, but also be a leader for his teammates on the floor.
He's really learned how to make his teammates better," said Cole of McLane.
The Spartans have games coming up against Streetsboro at home on Friday as well as Ravenna and Cloverleaf next week.
The Cleveland Browns are still searching for a head coach and there are a few solid candidates out there from Sean McDermott from the Carolina Panthers, to Hue Jackson from the Cincinnati Bengals, Whoever it is, it will be a unique and challenging experience, due to the new front office structure and the implementation of analytics in choosing a roster and making football decisions.
Steve King from BrownsDailyDose.com joined the Sam Bourquin Show on Monday to talk about the ongoing search.
"I think its going to be one of the guys everyone is talking about, (Matt) Patricia, (Teryl) Austin, and Hue Jackson," King said. "There might be some coordinators for teams who are still in the playoffs, but those guys are the ones most people are talking about."
The Malone University Pioneers have a new head football coach.
Fred Thomas is the new man in charged of the football team after former coach Eric Hehman took a job at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois.
Thomas joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about the new position and how he plans to put his stamp on the program.
"It's been pretty busy," Thomas said. "We had our first team meeting yesterday, we start weight training soon, and we will hit the ground in recruiting."
Fred plans on recruiting the Canton area along with some of the other area Ohio athletes and some speedy kids out of Florida. He also said the revamping of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium will be a selling point for recruits.
"With effort and toughness, I think that will breed success," Thomas explained.
The Kardiac Kids will always hold memories for Browns fans for a long, long time and one of their former players wrote a book about how they captured the hearts of sports fans in Northeast Ohio during that time.
Former Browns punter and kicker Don Cockroft made an appearance at the40th annual RV Supershow at the I-X Center in Cleveland to talk about the book and the frustrations that he and former Browns alumni and fans have been experiencing as it relates to the team.
"I'm very proud of the book," Cockroft said. "It took about four years to put the book together, put together all the interviews, and so forth." The name of the book is the 1980 Kardiac Kids: Our Untold Stories.
The book is over 600 pages and can be seen here.
As a former player, Cockroft feels the same frustration as Browns fans all over the country and in Ohio.
"I just hope and pray Jimmy (Browns owner Jimmy Haslam) makes the right decisions," he said."