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|1||Barberton||9-0||Magic win 49-9 over Kent Roosevelt||@ Highland|
|2||Wadsworth||9-0||Grizz stay undefeated with win over Brecksville||@ Hudson|
|3||Hoban||8-1||Knights win big 49-0 over ND||@Benedictine|
|4||Stow||8-1||Stow wins route 8 rivalry for 10th stright season||@Brecksville|
|5||Highland||8-1||Tallmadge late rally not enough to beat the Hornets||vs. Barberton|
|6||Canton McK||8-1||Perry ground game grinds out win vs Bulldogs||vs. Massillon|
|7||Perry||8-1||Curtis and Panthers ground game to much for Bulldogs||vs. GlenOak|
|8||Jackson||7-2||Jaret Pallotta throws 2 TDs and runs for another||@Hoover|
|9||Hudson||8-1||Explorers beat Tigers||vs. Wadsworth|
|10||Woodridge||8-1||Mason Lydic throws for 4 TDs||@Springfield|
|11||East||7-2||Late FG puts Buchtel over the Dragons||@Howland|
|12||Mogadore||8-0||Wildcats win big again||@Rootstown|
|13||Manchester||7-2||Panthers win. Coach France with win 381||vs. CVCA|
|14||Coventry||7-2||Treon Sibly rushes for 2 TDs||vs. Norton|
|15||Tallmadge||6-3||blue Devils late push not enough to beat Highland||@Revere|
The Woodridge Bulldogs are looking to repeat as PTC Champions, and under head coach Jeff Decker, they have raised the level of competitiveness on the football field.
When there's a locker room of exciting kids who understand the team concept, it makes things a lot easier.
Decker spoke with us earlier in the week to talk about what the Bulldogs will bring in 2016.
Decker said with the young men buying in and holding themselves accountable, it translates to game days.
First-year head coach Sonil Haslam of the North Vikings is ready to hit the ground running as they prepare for the 2016 season.
Haslam caught up with Brad Russell during City Series Media Day to talk about his squad and how they're looking to get better on the practice field and how that will translate to game day.
'We just want to be a high-accountability team," Haslam said. "We want to make sure we're leaders in the school and when kids see that, they want to emulate that kind of behavior."
Some of the leaders who coach Haslam will be counting on in 2016 include Javon Banks and Le'Eire Evans.
The Vikings will start the 2016 season against Beaver Local August 26 before opening up City Series play against the defending champion Buchtel Griffins on September 17.
The United States men's basketball team got a well-rounded performance during their game Wednesday against Argentina 105-78, and despite some defensive shortcomings, Team USA is ready for more challenges ahead.
Jeff Zillgitt from USA Today joined us in the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about the team's run throughout the Rio tournament and what they will have to do in order to beat Spain in the semifinals Friday afternoon.
"There are defensive shortcomings, Serbia, Australia, France, there's no denying that," Zillgitt said. "But when you talk about Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Paul George, I'm not sure that Spain has enough to stop those guys from getting whatever they want offensively."
Zillgitt says he's been impressed with Paul George, who plays for the Indiana Pacers in the NBA, his leadership and unselfishness on the court.
"He doesn't need to start, I like what he has to offer, and it's impressive coming off his injury that kept him out most of the year."
One of the highlights of this year's Olympic Games came from one of our local athletes as University of Akron track and field athlete Clayton Murphy won the bronze medal in the 800 meters.
Murphy joined the Brad Russell Show to talk about his experience in Rio as well as what's been going on with him since winning the bronze earlier in the week.
"At 40 meters I think I realized that I had medaled and I don't think it's hit me yet," Murphy said. "I'm just enjoying every moment of it, and I don't know if I'll ever get the chance to medal again or make another Olympic team, but I'm just enjoying it."
He says one of the highlights of being in Rio was meeting Carmelo Anthony of Team USA Basketball and the opening ceremonies, where all of the countries come into the stadium with their country's flag surrounded by the other athletes.
Aetna announced this week that it would no longer offer health insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act exchange in Ohio and several other states, leaving around 20,000 Ohioans to find new health care plans during the open enrollment period this fall. Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, who is also the director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, joined Jasen to talk about what the move means for people who currently have Aetna insurance and what she thinks needs to change about the Affordable Care Act.
One of the teams that is looking to improve upon last year's campaign is the East Dragons under the direction of fifth-year head coach Marques Hayes.
Hayes spoke with WAKR's Brad Russell about his team heading into 2016 and what he's looking for his team to do.
When asked about the most rewarding part of coaching the Dragons is getting things going on the field.
"We have some fantastic expectations for this season, and we're looking to do some big things," he said. "We ask those seniors to leave a legacy behind for the younger guys coming up behind them."
Two of the seniors expected to help the Dragons this year are defensive end De'Andre Brimage and running back Jemarulin Suggs, who are both committed to the University of Akron.
The Dragons will start the season August 26 against the Jackson Polar Bears.
The 2016 Rio Olympics is starting to wrap up in Brazil, and a familiar name is observing the Games and bringing some unique stories and perspectives.
WKYC-TV's Sara Shookman joined us on the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about what she's seen during the Olympics and how some of our local athletes have done so far in Rio.
She's said that covering the games has been an incredible experience for her, living out her dream as a journalist.
"These athletes, they all have stories," Shookman said. "You don't get to this level without some sort of conflict, and how they've perserverd and overcame that."
An Akron native and Manchester High School grad, Shookman has covered the 2016 Rio Olympics as well as the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014.
One of the highlights of her Olympic experience in Rio was catching up with University of Akron track athlete Clayton Murphy on capturing the bronze medal in the 800 meter dash.
For the full interview with Sara, click here.
The Indians are ready to face the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field tonight to start a three-game series.
Ryan Lewis, Indians beat writer for the Akron Beacon Journal joined Brad Russell from Booth 4 at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario just ahead of tonight's game.
Tonight's pitching matchup will feature the Tribe's Corey Kluber going up against Jose Quintana of the White Sox. Lewis anticipates both of these pitchers making it tough on opposing hitters.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm and pregame starts at 6:37pm on 1590 WAKR. For the full interview with Ryan Lewis and Brad Russell, click right here.
The Cleveland Indians are looking to make a postseason push, and the key to any successful baseball organization is a solid farm system that develops prospects in hopes of them making an impact with the big league club.
Carter Hawkins, Cleveland Indians Director of Player Development joined myself and Brad Russell live from Progressive Field Tuesday to talk about the Indians prospects coming up as well as the day-to-day operations of the player development staff.
"It's been busy from a logistical standpoint, just making sure our rosters are filled at the minor league level, but it's been worth it, we've been doing well with our player development making sure our guys are prepared and ready to help out at the major league level."
As the Indians continue to make that postseason push, they will be without Abraham Almonte for the postseason, so they are going to have to look within their development system to fill that gap.
For the full interview with Carter Hawkins, click here.
The City Series is one of the toughest leagues around Northeast Ohio, and the Garfield Golden Rams are ready to get things rolling into 2016.
Bob Sax, the head coach of the Rams joined our own Sam Bourquin during City Series Media Day to talk about his squad and how he plans on coaching his kids up and winning some games.
"I'm excited every year," Sax said. "We have a lot of guys returning, about 5 on each side of the ball, a lot of guys with playing experience, and we look forward to seeing what we have out there."
The Golden Rams will start out the 2016 season August 26 against the Lake Blue Streaks.
After an Ohio High School Athletic Association investigation into the Massillon Washington football program, the Tigers will be on probation for three years due to alleged recruiting violations.
Director of Commuications for the OHSAA, Tim Stried joined Brad Russell Monday to talk about the situation, what that means for the team, and head football coach Nate Moore.
He said the sanctions affect the school and the OHSAA and their interaction.
"Whenever a school's on probation, there's a heightened awareness that the school's had some violations, and there's an increase in communication between the OHSAA and the school," he said.
If the Tigers make the playoffs in 2016, Moore is suspended from coaching the team throughout the duration of the playoffs. The school is also facing a $5,000 fine and some of the penalties extend to some student-athletes as well.
For the full interview with Brad and Tim Stried, click here.