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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
A report commissioned by the Knight Foundation has a lot of Akronites talking.
Some of its numbers were not at all what local officials and groups expected.
The administration of Akron mayor Dan Horrigan considers it a wakeup call...and the mayor's chief of staff James Hardy compares it to the Blue Ribbon Report recently delivered to the mayor...
"They both show that we need to make signfiicant changes in the way we think, the way we operate as a city, and the way we engage as a community," Hardy tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "to change our trajectory."
Hardy says that there are good things listed about Akron in the most recent report, but says the status quo "is just not acceptable anymore".
The lack of growth among the numbers of Akron's young professionals surprised Nicole Mullet, who heads up Torchbearers and the "ArtsNow" group.
"But it also gave us a starting point so that we actually understand what's happening in the city, so we can't fix it if we don't know what's broken," Mullet says.
Mullet suggests that some young professionals just aged out of the 25-34 year old age group, and others may be finding more affordable housing outside of Akron, in suburbs like Cuyahoga Falls...instead of in Akron's neighborhoods.
Someone from Medina County will be racing for a legendary NASCAR team this year.
Matt Tifft, originally from Hinckley, will race in 13 Xfinity Series races starting in Richmond in April, racing for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Tifft says it all started, after he went to races with his father, with go kart racing before he became a teenager.
"I actually started when I was about 11 years old in go kart racing over at Barberton Speedway," Tifft tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "and I just kind of did that for about half a year, and started racing all around the Ohio and Pennsylvania areas with road course go karts."
Tifft says that success last year at a race in Kentucky caught the attention of the Gibbs team.
"We opened enough eyes there, and proved that we were able to compete in a high caliber ride like that," Tifft tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "so, you know, that really opened up the doors."
The Xfinity Series is NASCAR's 2nd tier race series, right below the Sprint Cup Series.
Tifft isn't just waiting for April.
He'll be racing this weekend in the #24 car for JGL Racing in Saturday's Xfinity race at Daytona.
In the NFL, there is no offseason, and one of the NFL's biggest names is in the news.
Peyton Manning, two-time Super Bowl winner and Denver Bronocs quarterback was accused of sexual assault by a former trainer while playing at the University of Tennessee in the late 1990's.
Sobleski explains his stance on the issue, saying that nothing being reported here is new.
"We have one writer who basically stumbled upon this case for the first time in his life, and reported it from a first person perspective and it really wasn't," Sobleski said.
Manning has denied any wrongdoing in the matter. The university has been recently named in a Title IX lawsuit regarding sexual assault cases.
Brent also touched on NFL free agency, saying that there's some things the Browns need to look at including Alex Mack possibly bolting or addressing wide reciever in free agency.
"One of the guys you might look at is Bengals WR Marvin Jones," Hue (Jackson) likes him, and he would be a good #2 opposite Josh Gordon," he explained.