Monday, 22 August 2016 08:11

Top 15 High School Football Power Poll

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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



Friday, 19 August 2016 17:53

AUDIO Camp Days: Woodridge High School

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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. 

Friday, 19 August 2016 17:36

MULTIMEDIA Camp Days: North Vikings

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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.


Thursday, 18 August 2016 18:29

AUDIO Jeff Zillgitt Talks USA Men's Basketball

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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."


Thursday, 18 August 2016 18:12

AUDIO Bronze Medalist Murphy Talks Rio

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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. 


Wednesday, 17 August 2016 19:03

AUDIO: Mary Taylor on Aetna Leaving OH Exchange

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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.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 17:46

MULTIMEDIA Camp Days: East Dragons

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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.


Wednesday, 17 August 2016 17:13

AUDIO Sara Shookman Talks Rio Olympics

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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. 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 08:34

Tom Leopold Discusses Career In Acting, Comedy Writing

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He began his career as an actor, working with such greats as Steve Allen and Donald O'Connor. The second wave of his career brought him on the other side of the camera, writing for Seinfeld and Cheers.

So is Tom Leopold pleased with his life and career? Why wouldn't he be?

Tom joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, hosted by Tony Mazur, to discuss his five decade-long career, whether it was acting as Ted Knight’s son on The Ted Knight Show (not to be confused with his later sitcom, Too Close For Comfort) or writing Chevy Chase’s post-SNL comedy special. Both Tom and Tony are fans of old showbiz periphery, so Tom also talked about his crosswalk encounter with Groucho Marx and seeing George Jessel perform at the end of his life.

Aside from the acting and writing, Tom assists with the website ComedyWire, and has also hosted radio shows on his conversion to Catholicism.

The finishing touches are going into the new Firestone High School. Though not everything will be completed by the first day of school, according to the superintendent of Akron Public Schools, the bulk of the project will be all done.

David James, the APS superintendent, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to gloss over the Firestone/Litchfield project. James says this has been a process directly from listening to the community as far as input in the school. He believes this building will serve a larger purpose for the surrounding community, not just for the students.

The open house at the new facility will be on August 28th.

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