After coaching the boys' basketball team at St. Thomas Aquinas the past few seasons, Matt Hackenberg has decided to take a new challenge with the GlenOak Golden Eagles.
Matt Hackenberg joined Sam Bourquin on Wednesday afternoon to talk about the Federal League, the jump to Division I, and the new move he made in his career.
"I'm really excited about the Federal League, it's something that certainly jumped out to me, the chance to compete against great coaches, great players, great programs," he said.
"I want to see how we stack up, and I want to build something that can get to the level of some of those top programs with a little bit of time and effort."
Matt said he enjoyed his time at St. Thomas and he appreciates the support he had from that community, but he felt it was time for a change, and he's looking to put his imprint on the GlenOak basketball team and the school and community as as a whole.
"This was a big picture type of move and I want to see how I can build this program," he said
After last night's 31-point beatdown of the Toronto Raptors, the Cleveland Cavaliers just keep on rolling, and it doesn't appear to end very soon.
Josh Weir from the Canton Repository took in Game 1, and he joined Sammy B to talk about the game and if the Raptors have enough firepower to make it a series.
Weir says that LeBron James at 31 years of age is looking quite good and with these short series and blowout wins, it helps him rest and aids his basketball future.
"This is how they have to play to really maximize his career," he says. "With the balance they're playing with right now it's beautiful for the Cavs and really, really good long-term for LeBron."
The Cavaliers and Raptors will play Thursday night at the Q at 8:30pm. You can catch the action on 1590 WAKR.
The Wine and Gold only made 7 threes in Game 1, but there's something to be said of how those big dunks can swing momentum for the Cavs.
"You just can't do what they did last night, the Cavs will just eat them alive, you can't guard LeBron one-on-one."
The Canton Central Catholic Crusaders won in walk-off fashion yesterday, and they're looking to make even more noise in the state baseball tournament in Division III.
They got it done yesterday over Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 3-2, and head coach Doug Miller was certainly proud of his group, although the job is not finished in 2016.
Miller caught up with Sam Bourquin Wednesday to talk about the contest and how the Crusaders are off to the regionals.
"Our senior right-hander Jake Vance, boy what a game," Miller said. "Mooney's a great team, they scored 17 runs the night before against Crestview in the district semis, and he held them to three hits, and it's enough to move on."
CCC won on a walk-off by senior Clay Davies in the bottom of the 7th.
The Crusaders will move on to the Massillon regionals after winning their 12th district title since 1988.
After days of waiting, it's finally here. The Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors will take place tonight at the Q.
Rick Noland from the Medina Gazette joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the matchup.
"The only way I can see the Raptors winning this series and even this might not be enough is Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRosan have to play out of their minds four times," Noland said.
"If those guys don't play 25-point, 30-point games a night, Toronto just doesn't have enough firepower to contend with Cleveland."
The Raptors took out the Miami Heat Sunday in Game 7 to set up their matchup with the Cavaliers, and they are confident heading into this series.
Josh Lewenberg from TSN-Radio in Toronto also joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the team's versatility and how they are playing their best basketball at the right time.
One of Ohio's biggest rivialry football games between two of Stark County's most well-known teams is going to be brought to life in the form of a documentary to showcase just how intense the rivalry is.
Ted Bowersox, the Executive Producer of the documentary'Timeless Rivals' joined Sammy B to talk about the Massillon/McKinley rivalry and how he gathered the interviews and footage from past games to make one of the most talked about games of the year into something special for many generations of Bulldogs and Tigers.
"This will be like E:60, 30 for 30, something along those lines where we'll have B-roll of games and interviews with coaches like Earle Bruce and Thom McDaniels," said Bowersox. "It's foing to be really special."
For Bowersox, who grew up in Canton and whose father was a McKinley football historian, it was truly a labor of love.
"All the coaches and people we interviewed did a great job and they were really professional, he explained.
Bowersox along with filmmaking partner for 'Timeless Rivals' Dave Jingo have been looking to do this documentary for several years now and started filming on April 28. They are looking to have it released in 2017.
The Black College Football Hall of Fame is coming to Canton and one former HBCU and NFL star is excited to see it be a part of the new-look Hall of Fame in the future.
Former Grambling State and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams joined Sammy B on a "Feel Good Friday" to talk about what it's like to have a significant part of African-American history and college football history come to the Hall of Fame City.
"For this to happen, it's a blessing," Williams said. "I take my hat off to Dave Baker and Joe Horrigan for allowing us an opportunity to be a part of this."
The Black College Hall of Fame was based in Atlanta and was spearheaded by Williams and former NFL player James Harris.
Many former coaches and players are honored in this Hall of Fame, and Williams, along with many other former black college greats are grateful for the opportunity to have their history told and preserved for generations down the road.
You can check out the Pro Football HOF's release on this exciting collaboration below.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are preparing for the Eastern Conference Finals and they're looking to bring their first ever title to Northeast Ohio and the first title for any sports team since 1964.
Dan Shaughnessy, a sports columnist for the Boston Globe joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the column he wrote in the Globe about the Wine and Gold and how the public needs to root on this talented collection of players to win it all.
Dan says because the NBA's best player, LeBron James is playing at his usual high level, and the team is healthy, it's a recipie for success.
"You need two or three really good players to win an championship, and when you have a healthy Kyrie and a healthy Love, you have a chance to win it," he said.
The Big three dynamic sets the table for everything, and the team is jelling on and off the court.
"I just don't think there's anyone that's infallable and you have the best player, so you have a chance to win any series."
You can rean Dan's story here.
One of the most popular Browns in team history was known for wearing #19 and that begs the question: Should his number be retired?
Mark Podolski who writes for the News-Herald and the Morning Journal joined the Sam Bourquin show to offer his thoughts on the matter and what Bernie meant to Cleveland and the Browns organization.
To Podolski, he says it's an open and shut case.
"To me it's a no-brainer," he said. "I just think there's an argument that can be made that he's the most beloved players in franchise history, he certainly wasn't the best player in team history, but to me that says a lot about a player's association with a team and what the fans think about him."
Mark's column can be read here.
As a Cleveland sports fan, you've seen it all and heard about it all: The Shot. The Drive. The Fumble. We can go on and on. One film captures all of it and will run you through the gamut of emotions.
'Believeland' will debut Saturday May 14 at 9:30pm as part of the ESPN 30 for 30 series and will document all of those Cleveland Sports moments and talk to some of the key people that were a part of those moments in one way or another.
Branson Wright from the Cleveland Plain Dealer co-produced the film and he joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about the film and what it means for all of the fans of Cleveland sports who have memories of these events and what place they have in our own personal history.
He says it was a thrill for him to co-produce the film, and as a Cincinnatti native and having worked in Cleveland for quite some time, he knows about what Cleveland sports fans have felt for their teams their whole lives.
"It's that passion that makes it second to none," Wright said.
You can see the trailer for the documetary 'Believeland' here:
In the world of college football, realignment of conferences has been one of the hot topics, and the divide between the Power 5 and the Group of 5 conference schools will grow even wider.
Ryan McGee, senior writer for ESPN joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about some of the rumors and what conferences and college football will look like moving forward.
He says the Big 12 will be one of the conferences that will look to expand first.
"The movement is coming and I think it's going to start in the Big 12, and the dominoes are going to fall, like they did a couple of years ago," he said. "Expansion means more money."
Texas and Oklahoma, the mainstays in the Big 12 would have teams like SMU, Tulane and others in a 16-team conference, and he projects Notre Dame would be in a 16-team Big Ten. You can look at Ryan's article here.
This weekend, a local MMA fighter will be looking to bring a championship to Northeast Ohio, the heavyweight championship of the world.
Stipe Miocic, who fights out of Independence, Ohio, near Cleveland will be taking on current titleholder Fabricio Werdum in UFC 198 in Brazil on Saturday, May14.
He says that he's going make sure Werdum stays out of his comfort zone during their matchup.
"I'm not going to do what he wants, I'm going to dictate what I'm going to do in that cage, and I'm going to push the pace and I'm going to make him feel uncomfortable in every aspect of the game," Miocic says.
Stipe, a Northeast Ohio native, knows there hasn't been a Cleveland sports championship in over 50 years, but he says he's going to let it all hang out on Saturday.
"I'm going to give it everything I've got," he says.
This summer, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy will be giving young football players a chance to show their skills and improve upon them in front of former NFL players and coaches.
David Hill, National Director of Player Development for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about the Academy and what the players will expect while in Canton.
"It's going to be an opportunity for both some of the top prep players in the country and some of the top youth players in the country to improve their skill sets, and it's a training opportunity being done by some of the best coaches from all around the league," Hill said. "It's a fantastic opportunity for a young player."
The Academy will take place down at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in two sessions from July 10-13 and July 14-17 .
Hill said the most important aspect of the Academy will be the character and life lesson development.
"I do think that the game offers those opportunities, it's always been that way, and it's going to be more emphasized there being a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
For more information or to nominate an athlete, visit here.
This week, Brad decided to make his way out to Norton to visit Loyal Oak Golf Course for the latest edition of Tee it Up Tuesday.
Dan Sutter, the manager at Loyal Oak says the course prides itself on treating people that come in like they are family.
"It's a family-owned course, since 1963," Sutter said. "We have openings on the weekends that are open for tournaments, and you can still play in a league during the week if possible."
Loyal Oak Golf course is located on South Cleveland-Massillon Road in Norton and is also very involved in developing golfers at the youth level.
Sutter said that by getting the youngsters involved in the game early, it gives them a rewarding sense of spreading the love and appreciation of the game.
You can find Loyal Oak on the 2016 Players Golf Card.
For additional information on Loyal Oak, click here.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been rolling in these playoffs, the players are really coming together both on and off the floor, and it couldn't come at a better time, as they await their Eastern Conference Finals opponent.
Chris Haynes, who covers the team for Cleveland.com joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the Wine and Gold and how they got to this point both on and off the floor.
Haynes says forward Kevin Love has come out of his shell and he's playing confident and loose basketball.
"This year for some reason, he's trying to get to know his teammates and get comfortable," he explained. "He's a homebody and he stays to himself, and last year it seemed like LeBron James kind of tried to force that team chemistry, because he's of the belief that if you get along off the court, you'll do better on the court."
Chris recalled when the team was in Atlanta, they were not cloistered in dark corners of restaurants, they were not closed off, but eating on outdoor patios and letting everyone see them.
He says that it's been apparent that the off court chemistry has been crucial to their success on the hardwood during these playoffs.
Chris says the Cavaliers have been resting, getting treatment, and watching some game tape as of late, but he says with the long week off, they'll have to stay crisp in their offensive sets.
"They're going to make sure they're not going too hard, but they're trying to keep their conditioning up."