Executive Producer and Director of "The Akron Holy War"  Anthony Fanelli spoke with Sam and Brad Thursday to talk about the premiere of the documentary on the high school football rivalry between the Knights and the Fighting Irish on the gridiron.

Fanelli, a 2002 Hoban graduate played in the rivalry and is currently living in California.

 

The documentary's premiere will take place at the Akron Civic Theatre on Sunday, September 17 at 7pm.

For more information, click here.   

The official trailer for the film can be seen below.

 

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 18:36

AUDIO Tony Gotto Talking Magics Football

Tony Gotto head coach of the Barberton Magics football team discussed his team as they prepare for Week 4.

 

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 15:29

AUDIO East Looking For Win Over Dover

Marques Hayes, the head coach of the East Dragons spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell ahead of their matchup Friday against the Dover Tornadoes.

 

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Marcus Wattley head coach of STVM spoke with Sam and Brad about the physical matchup with Buchtel on Saturday.

 

Buchtel head coach Ricky Powers also joined to talk about the game and their win last week over Columbus Beechcroft.

 

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Tallmadge head football coach Alan Vanderink spoke with Sam and Brad heading into their Week 3 matchup against Coventry.

 

Both teams are 2-0 heading into their inter-conference game.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 15:12

AUDIO Hudson & McKinley Ready For Week 3 Showdown

Two powers head into Week 3 undefeated as the McKinley Bulldogs and Hudson Explorers get ready to tangle at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Friday.

Hudson head football coach Jeff Gough spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the Explorers as they prepare for the Bulldogs and their athleticism.

 

McKinley head coach Dan Reardon joined the show as well to talk about the game from their perspective.

 

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 16:52

AUDIO Coventry Looking For 3-0 Against Tallmadge

Head Coach of the Coventry Comets Ed Egan spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday to talk about their Week 3 matchup against Tallmadge Friday.

 

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 15:45

AUDIO Wadsworth Grizzlies Ready For Wooster

Justin Todd, the head coach of the Wadsworth Grizzlies spoke with Sam and Brad Thursday to talk about their Week 2 matchup with the Wooster Generals Friday night. 

 

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Our 2017 Camp Reports conclude with the Springfield Spartans and head coach Kevin Vaughn.

 

The Spartans were 5-5 in 2016 and they are looking towards their goals for this year, which include the playoffs.

Thanks to our friends at Northern Ohio Honda Dealers for sponsoring our Camp Reports and we look forward to going out to visit with these coaches next year in 2018!

 

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017 07:19

AUDIO 2017 Camp Reports: Norton Panthers

Our 2017 Camp Reports conclude with the Norton Panthers and head coach John Tanksley as he spoke with WAKR's Aaron Coleman.

 

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Jim France, longtime head coach of the Manchester Panthers spoke with Sam and Brad to preview the Panthers upcoming season. 

 

The Panthers open up the 2017 season against Chippewa after a 7-4 campaign in 2016.

 

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 10:13

MULTIMEDIA 2017 Camp Reports CVCA Royals

Our 2017 Camp Reports continue with the CVCA Royals and head coach Dan Larlham. 

 

The Royals open up the 2017 season with Crestwood. 

 

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Our two-a-days with Camp Reports continue today with the Archbishop Hoban Knights who are looking for another state title in Division III. 

Tim Tyrrell, the head coach of the Knights spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the upcoming season.

 

The Knights will open up the season with St. Ignatius on Thursday.

 

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Our Camp Days at 1590 WAKR continue with the STVM Fighting Irish and head coach Marcus Wattley to preview the 2017 season. 

The Irish open up the season this Thursday with Tri-Valley. Camp previews are brought to you our friends at the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers. 

 

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Our 2017 Camp Days continue as we head to Tallmadge High School and check in with coach Alan Vanderink of the Blue Devils.

We also headed south to Coventry High School, where coach Ed Egan and the Comets are looking to make some improvements in 2017.

 

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We went "two-a-days" with our 2017 Camp Reports as we took a visit to Mogadore to catch up with Matt Adorni of the Wildcats to talk about their upcoming season.

 

We also made a visit to Hudson to check in with Jeff Gough of the Hudson Explorers to talk Hudson football in 2017.

 

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 12:20

MULTIMEDIA 2017 Camp Reports: Cuyahoga Falls

Sam and Brad headed out to Cuyahoga Falls High School to speak with first-year head coach Shane Parker to talk Black Tiger football.

 

Parker spoke about instilling a culture of winning at Falls High and he says it all starts with accountability on and off the field.

 

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Sam and Brad caught up with Highland High School assistant coach Mike Nettling to preview the 2017 season. 

 

The Hornets return 31 seniors off of last year's 6-4 squad.  Our Camp reports are brought to you by the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers. 

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Monday, 14 August 2017 14:22

AUDIO 2017 Camp Reports: Barberton Magics

For today's edition of Camp Days we head to the Magic city of Barberton as we speak with Tony Gotto ahead of the 2017 football season. 

 

The Magics made the playoffs in 2016 and Coach Gotto spoke about his expecations for the upcoming season. Our camp reports are brought to you by Northern Ohio Honda Dealers. 

 

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Our 2017 Camp Report takes us to Stow High School where the Bullodgs are looking to improve after a 10-2 season in 2016.

Mark Nori, head coach of the Bulldogs spoke with Sam and Brad during the Gridiron Gathering to preview the campaign.

 

Our Camp visits are brought to you by our friends at Northern Ohio Honda Dealers. 

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Sam and Brad caught up with Justin Todd, head coach of the Wadsworth Grizzlies to talk about the upcoming football season.

 

Our Camp reports are brought to you by our friends at the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers.  Tomorrow, we head to Stow to catch up with Mark Nori and the Bulldogs.

 

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 12:53

MULTIMEDIA 2017 Camp Reports: Revere Minutemen

Our Wednesday edition of Camp Days takes us to Revere High School, where we visit with Mike Murphey, head coach of the Minutemen.

 

The Minutemen were 5-5 a year ago and will have to replace some key players, but do return some key linemen on both sides of the ball.

Our Camp Reports are sponsored by our friends at the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers. Coming up tomorrow we take a trip to Wadsworth as we stick with the Suburban League! 

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Our first trip to the Suburban League takes us to Copley where we catch up with Scott Chouinard of the Indians.

 

The Indians finished 8-3 in 2016 and are looking to get even better in 2017.

 

Tomorrow we head to Revere and catch up with Mike Murphey and the Minutemen.  Camp reports are sponsored by Northern Ohio Honda Dealers. 

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Monday, 07 August 2017 10:41

AUDIO 2017 Camp Reports: Buchtel Griffins

WAKR wraps up our City Series camp previews with Ricky Powers and the Buchtel Griffins.  The Griffins open up the season against Columbus Beechcroft August 25.

  

Buchtel finished 4-6 in 2016.

Stay tuned for our Camp Previews brought to you by our friends at Northern Ohio Honda Dealers as we move to the Suburban League and the Copley Indians. 

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Aaron Nelson, assistant coach of the Firestone Falcons in for Eric Mitchell, spoke with Sam and Brad to talk Firestone Falcons football ahead of the 2017 season.

 

The Falcons are looking to make it back to the city championship again this year after losing to the Ellet Orangemen in 2017.

 

Our Camp reports are sponsored by the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers.

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Our 2017 Camp Days continue with the Kenmore /Garfield Golden Rams and Coach Kemp Boyd.

This is the first year as a merged school for Kenmore and Garfield, and Coach Boyd has done a great job so far of bringing these young men together.

 

  The Golden Rams start out the season with three non league games, Coventry, Barberton, and Springfield before opening up league play against Ellet.

 

Camp reports are sponsored by the Northern Ohio Honda Dealers. 

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 12:42

MULTIMEDIA 2017 Camp Reports: North Vikings

Akron North head football coach Sonil Haslam joined Sam and Brad to talk about the upcoming football season. 

J.J. Banks and LeErie Evans, two of the Vikings' senior leaders joined Coach Haslam to discuss the strides they are making in 2017.

 

North will open up the high school football season on the road against Beechwood August 25.

 

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 09:18

MULTIMEDIA 2017 Camp Reports: East Dragons

Sam and Brad caught up with East head coach Marques Hayes to preview the 2017 season for the Dragons. 

  

  The Dragons will open up the 2017 campaign with the Coventry Comets. 

  

East made the state playoffs for the first time in school history last season and send three players off of last year's squad to play for Coach Terry Bowden at the University of Akron. 

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MULTIMEDIA 2017 Camp Reports: Ellet Orangemen

Sam and Brad caught up with Ellet High School football coach Chuck Shuman to preview the Orangemen in 2017.

 

The Orangemen are looking to get back to the City Series Championship for the second year in a row.

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Tim Stried from the OHSAA spoke with Sam and Brad Tuesday to talk about the changes coming to the OHSAA in both playoff format and Divisions I-VII.

 

For the full interview, click here.

 

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Ellet High School has a new football coach, a familiar face to fans of the Orangemen.

Longtime assistant coach Chuck Shuman joined the Sam and Brad Show and Sam Bourquin Monday afternoon to talk about being named the coach and what he looks to bring to the program.

 

Shuman takes over for coach Joe Yost, who was the head man at Ellet for 38 years.  Shuman was an assistant coach for 32 of those years.

 

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A collection of high school football talent from across the Buckeye State will descend upon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Saturday.

Tournament Director Steve Channell spoke with Sam and Jay Brophy to talk about the event and what fans can expect tomorrow afternoon.

Admission for the two games is only $10, with all-star players in Divisions 4-7 playing against each other at 12 noon and Divisions 1-3 all stars playing against each other at 4pm.

The event is put on by the Ohio HS Football Coaches Association.

For more information, click here.  or visit their Facebook page.

 

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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.

 

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 17:49

AUDIO Marquise Bridges Ready To Be A Zip

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.

 

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:57

AUDIO Todd Sibley Talks Pitt Commitment

Hoban standout Todd Sibley talked about his commitment to Pittsburgh on the Sam and Brad Show.

 Sibley was a key catalyst in the Knights' back to back state titles in 2015 and 2016.

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Canton McKinley Bulldog Kadeem Trotter joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about signing with Syracuse for National Signing Day to play his college football for the Orange in 2017.

 

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 15:44

AUDIO Weston Bridges Talks MSU Commitment

Copley High School's Weston Bridges spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about his commitment to Michigan State University during the special National Signing Day edition of the show.

Bridges said he was sold on Michigan State from the jump, saying he appreciated the tradition at running back, a position he plays.

 

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Griffin Baumoel of Canton Central Catholic talked with Sam and Brad about his commitment to serve his country and play football for the United States Naval Academy.

 Griffin was part of the team that won the State Championship for the Crusaders this year in Division V.

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National signing day is here and various players from the area made their commitment to play college football and continue their education.

D'Amonte King of STVM spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday about his commitment to the University of Toledo.

 

Donte Taylor Jr, also of St. Vincent-St Mary joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about his commitment to Miami (OH). 

Taylor converted from quarterback to cornerback during his time at STVM. He will play in the defensive backfield for the RedHawks in 2017.

 

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 17:53

AUDIO CCC Ready For Black River

The Crusaders of Canton Central Catholic defeated Manchester in the first round of the Division V playoffs and will face Sullivan Black River on Saturday.

Jeff Lindesmith, head football coach of the Crusaders spoke with Sam Bourquin on Wednesday.

 

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Monday, 07 November 2016 17:57

AUDIO STVM, Hoban Ready For Playoff Clash

The two rivals meet yet again on the gridiron in the Division III playoffs at Infocision Stadium-Summa Field.

Tim Tyrrell, the head coach of the Archbishop Hoban Knights joined the Sam Bourquin Monday to talk about the matchups.

Marcus Wattley, the head coach of STVM, discussed his team's mindset heading into their 4th meeting with Hoban over the last two years.

 

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Friday, 04 November 2016 18:29

AUDIO Jim France, Manchester Ready For CCC

Jim France, longtime coach of the Manchester Panthers spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell ahead of their matchup with Canton Central Catholic in the first round of the playoffs this Saturday night.

 

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Friday, 28 October 2016 17:28

AUDIO East Battling For Playoff Berth

Marques Hayes, the head coach of the East Dragons caught up with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell Friday before their tussle with Garfield Friday night as they fight to win a City Series title and get a playoff berth.

 

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 19:03

AUDIO Lake and Green Renew Rivalry

Lake football head coach Dan DeGeorge spoke with Brad Russell about their cross-town rivalry with Green to close out Week 10 of the high school football season.

 

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Thursday, 27 October 2016 19:00

AUDIO Massillon/ McKinley Renew Rivalry

Head coach Nate Moore of the Massillon Tigers spoke with Brad Russell about the 127th edition of the Massillon/McKinley football rivalry.

 

Dan Reardon of McKinley joined Sam Bourquin to talk about the McKinley side of things.

 

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East and Buchtel will be squaring off Saturday in a Week 9 matchup crucial to the City Series and the top spot in that conference.

Dragons head coach Marques Hayes spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell from the Iron Grill Friday to break down that matchup and discuss his team's season thus far.

 

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Friday, 21 October 2016 16:47

AUDIO Mogadore Wildcats Set For Waterloo

The Mogadore Wildcats are having another strong season and will be primed for a Week 9 showdown with Waterloo High School.

Matt Adorni, the head coach of the Wildcats, spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell on Friday to talk about his team.

 

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Tony Gotto, the head coach of the Barberton Magics spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell as they broadcasted from the Iron Grill in Akron ahead of a great Week 9 in high school football.

 

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Monday, 17 October 2016 17:57

AUDIO Beaven: Area HS Teams Making Moves

With Week 8 of the high school football season in the books and teams looking to sew up playoff spots in Week 9, the season has been rolling for a few of our area teams.

Michael Beaven, high school sports reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal spoke with Sam Bourquin Monday to talk about some of the top teams in the City Series, the Federal League, and some of the parochial schools in the area.

 

For the full interview with Michael Beaven, click here.

 

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Matt Adorni from the Mogadore Wildcats joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell to talk about their Week 8 matchup against Garrettsville Garfield.

 

The Wildcats defeated Southeast 42-10 in Week 7.

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