Tuesday, 23 February 2016 07:58

AUDIO: RubberDucks Owner Makes Forty Under 40 List

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On Monday, the Sports Business Journal came out with their Forty Under 40, a list of forty professionals under the age of 40 who have made an impact on the business side of athletics.

Ken Babby, owner of the Akron RubberDucks, was included on that list, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss this honor. Ken talked about his life growing up in Washington DC, how the RubberDucks are contributing to the community, and how he’s taken the Akron blueprint down with him to Jacksonville.

The Ducks owner also touched on what is to come for Canal Park in 2016, specifically the home opener on April 14th and the Eastern League All-Star Game on July 13th. Babby will receive this award in Los Angeles in April.

Monday, 22 February 2016 17:55

AUDIO Polar Bears Ready For Tourney

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The Jackson Polar Bears have put the cap on an impressive 2015-16 campaign, and they are ready for a deep run in the Division I State Basketball Tournament.

Tim Debevec of the Jackson Polar Bears joined Sam Bourquin Show on Monday to talk about how his club has done this season, and how their challenging out-of-conference slate has helped them get ready to face some tough teams in D-I.

 "I thought we had a tremendous year with the schedule we had, the non-league schedule, it was disappointing not to win the (Federal) League this year, but at least we won a share, and we'll be ready for the tournament," Debevec explained.

Led by young men like Kyle Young and Logan Hill, the Polar Bears have been coming on strong, but coach Debevec says the fun starts now.

"We're excited about it, and hopefully we can make a long tournament run."

 

Monday, 22 February 2016 17:32

AUDIO Copley Indians 22-0, Still Working

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The Copley Indians are now 22-0 on the season after their defeat of Green last weekend, a big boost for his squad as they head into the playoffs.

Mark Dente, the head coach of the Copley Indians' boys basketball team joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about the season, preparing for the playoffs, and the special group of young men who made this season special.

"It was definitely pretty exciting," said Dente. "I mean obivously it's something you dream about, but don't ever expect to have happen."

He said it was special to be able to get the seniors a standing ovation as they walked off the court, and that by beating Green, who is a tough opponent, served as an exciting conclusion to a special regular season for the Indians.

 

Dente said the home crowds at Copley have been great and he appreciates the support of the community and the student body throughout this season. The Indians have East coming up Wednesday, and he knows they're going to get the Dragons' best effort.

 He says that the kids have done a great job handling their business on the court, and that they are prepared for tournament play.

"I sense that this (22-0) is not enough for them, and I know they're going to be ready for the tournament."

 

The Canfield hockey team, who was slated to move on in the playoffs, are instead heading back to Mahoning County due to a forfeiture. This scenario occurred because a Cardinals player was also on a club team, which by rule is not allowed and results in a forfeiture. The Twinsburg Tigers will instead move on.

Tim Stried, Director of Information for the OHSAA, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to explain the situation. Stried says the member schools voted this rule into place, as coaches and administrators believed it would give an unfair advantage to other student athletes by playing on a high-level travel team. He also believes there’s a safety concern had this rule not been in effect.

Stried also shared his thoughts on the playoff structure for girls and boys basketball. This comes off the heals of a massacre at Gilmour Academy, where the Lancers took down their opponent, 108-1, in boys basketball.

February as you know is Black History Month, and the Cleveland Browns put a special program on for the student athletes from inner-city Cleveland at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Former Browns wideout Steve Sanders joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about being one of the panelists at the event, and what it means for him to give back to the community and touch people's lives.

Sanders said he was excited to be a part of that special group.

"It was a great time at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it's just an iconic place, so they toured for about 45 minutes, they listened to us for about an hour, and we were able to give them our knowledge and talk to them about sportsmanship and leadership," he said. "It was an outstanding afternoon."

 He was joined by former Browns Greg Pruitt and Felix Wright on Thursday afternoon.

Sanders recalled playing for coach Urban Meyer while at Bowling Green, and he said that he picked up a lot from Coach Meyer, including being a better person away from the playing field.

I got a chance to share that with the audience yesterday, and I could just see their faces light up when I mentioned Urban Meyer, and I told the kids it was his mission to make everyone on that team (at Bowling Green) better in life."

Sanders played with the Browns from 2006-2008.  After football, Steve's authored a book as well as  traveling around the country speaking with various coaches and athletes about personal development.

In addition, he's also done some analyst work with WKYC-Channel 3 in Cleveland, talking about the Browns.

 

Friday, 19 February 2016 18:51

AUDIO Jim Ballard Talks NFL QB Prospects

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With the NFL Draft coming up in just a short amount of time, the Browns will assuredly take a look at a quarterback in April.

Former Division III national champion Jim Ballard, who played quarterback at Mt. Union joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a Feel Good Friday to talk about some of the signal callers like OSU's Cardale Jones, Cal's Jared Goff, and North Dakota State's Carson Wentz.

"The quarterback position is so objective and subjective by all the scouts in the NFL," says Ballard. "Things I might look for in a quarterback might not be a big deal to other scouts," he says.

One of the players who might get a look in the 2nd or 3rd round is former Walsh Jesuit star and Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook, who has all the physical tools, but questions arise about his leadership, seeing that he was not voted as a captain his senior season in East Lansing.

 

Friday, 19 February 2016 17:24

AUDIO Bray Wyatt Talks WWE "Fastlane"

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One of the big events ahead of WrestleMania 32 is the WWE "Fastlane" event coming up at the Quicken Loans Arena Sunday.

WWE Superstar Bray Wyatt joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show Friday to talk about his character, what it's like gracing the squared circle in front of thousands, and offering his take on what it will be like to perform live.

"The crowds they travel, just to see the pay-per-view, so they're always a little bit more riotus," he said. "It's true probably with any sporting event, the louder the crowd is, the more response they get from the athletes performing."

As the leader of the "Wyatt Family" Bray says he enjoys the day-to-day grind of the professional wrestling business, and he'll be on hand when the Wyatt Family takes on Ryback, Kane, and Big Show in a six-man tag-team match.

 

Friday, 19 February 2016 09:35

UAtoZ - February 13 Segments

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Friday, 19 February 2016 09:30

UAtoZ - February 6 Segments

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Friday, 19 February 2016 09:25

UAtoZ - January 30 Segments

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