Heading into the State Tournament, the Wadsworth Lady Grizzlies have been playing well and continue their dominance in the Suburban League.
Andy Booth, the head coach of the Lady Grizzlies joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a Thursday to talk about his club and their win over Nordonia last night 57=35.
"The mood right now is pretty good," Booth said. "It was a great defensive effort from our kids, we played very well."
The Lady Griz are 14-0 in the Suburban League for the 2015-16 year and the seniors for this years class have never lost a Suburban League game.
"We're fortunate to just have a group of kids that just know how to play basketball," Booth said. "We know how to adjust on the fly and we're a cerebral team."
One of the teams to watch in area high school basketball is the undefeated Copley Indians, who are coming off a win against North Tuesday.
Mark Dente, the head coach of the Indians joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his club and what they've been doing to stay healthy, keep improving, and look for ways to improve on the mental aspect of the game.
They will be playing the Aurora Greenmen tomorrow, but over the last couple weeks, many players have stepped up for Copley.
"Austin Brenner, our junior guard has been putting up some amazing stats, with 19 points against Highland," Dente said.
Even with an undefeated record, the Indians still have some more work to do.
"We're not very big, so we'll have to get out and run, work on our rebounding, and we'll be fine."
Copley is currently the #2 seed in the Division I Alliance district.
The ongoing saga with Johnny Manziel continues, and it appears as though the former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A & M will go down as one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history because it appears he can't shake his demons.
WFAA's Dale Hansen joined me to talk about Manziel and the downward spiral that he's been on, and what can possibly save him.
Hansen says he doesn't quite understand the public's fascination with "Johnny Football."
"Johnny Manziel to me is the Kim Kardashian of the NFL," Hansen explained. "He's famous, but he hasn't done anything, and I happen to be one of those 'old guys' who doesn't understand it," he says.
He says that quarterbacks and other NFL players have struggled in their early years, but worked hard to be great. Hansen also says that the drinking and the partying for which Manziel has been known for has overshadowed what he's been accomplishing as a football player and he's the only one who can reverse his fortunes.
Dale Hansen was one of the reporters who broke the story on SMU's cheating scandal in the 1980's. One of the players at the center of the scandal was David Stanley, who succumbed to drugs and alcohol abuse. Dale says he sees some eerie parallels between Manziel and Stanley.
Professor Tom Sutton from Baldwin-Wallace University talked with Jasen today about the New Hampshire primary, the upcoming primaries, and the candidates on the bubble.
The Northeastern Buckeye Conference announced this week that they will disband in 2 years and Louisville High School will be looking for a new home.
NBC Commissioner Jim Carmichael joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the move and what it means for the schools involved including Louisville.
"The league bylaws say the league will be in place for two years, and then they will break apart," Carmichael said.
The other schools in the NBC are Alliance, Marlington, Carrollton, Canton South, Minerva, Salem, and West Branch.
Carmichael, who was not at the meeting when NBC officials made the vote to disband says he's not sure of the future of Louisville being in a new league. (Writer's Note) Calls to Louisville athletic administration were not returned as of Friday.
Carmichael said in talking to other league officials the main reason for the move was competitive balance across the sports, mainly football.
The Buchtel Griffins are coming off a big win over Firestone earlier in the week, and will have another stiff challenge ahead of them Friday night when they take on East.
Steve White, the head coach of the Griffs joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about his squad, their standing in the City Series, and the young men who have done their job on the hardwood.
The Griffins beat the Falcons 80-74 on Tuesday evening.
"I was very proud of the kids," White said. "We shot 80 percent from the free throw line, and we did a good job with our half court press."
Coach White says he likes the makeup of his team and their unselfishness on the court shows on game night.
"You never know what's going to happen, you never know who's going to step forward," he said.
It's been an interesting NBA Season thus far, and with the Golden State Warriors and reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry playing at a high level, it doesn't appear that they can be stopped.
Grant Hughes, NBA Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about Curry's 51-point outing on Wednesday night.
Hughes said the only way to slow Curry and the Warriors as a unit is to take them out of their game and slow down their transition game.
"You have to slow it down, muddy the game up a little bit, and be physical, Hughes said.
Hughes also commented on the Cavaliers' recent happenings, including their loss to the Hornets last night and their expectations as a team after the recent firing of David Blatt and the insertion of Tyronn Lue to the head coach position.
On National Signing Day, many athletes signed their name on the dotted line to continue their academic and athletic careers.
One such athlete is Jackson High School senior quarterback Jake Palotta, who will play football at Dartmouth. He said he was thankful to spend four years at Jackson, and is ready for the rigors of the Ivy League.
"Dartmouth was the first school that offered me," he said. "My father and I visited all the Ivy League schools, I liked the coaching staff, the campus, I just felt the most comfortable there."
Palotta, a three sport athlete, not only excels on the football field, but also on the basketball court and the baseball diamond.
Jake says there's a chance he may play baseball for the Big Green, but he says he'll see what happens once he hits campus.
A proposal to move the Cleveland Browns training camp to Columbus is attracting some political controversy.
An article by Cleveland.com's Brent Larkin unveiled a plan that would have Ohio taxpayers to help pay for the Browns to move their training camp closer to Ohio State.
Larkin tells WAKR.net that wording highlighting a facility for youth in the proposed state funding plan was worded that way for a reason.
"The way they worded this, they clearly wanted this to slip through unnoticed, Larkin tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol. "I blame the business leaders in Columbus for that, far more than I blame the Browns."
State Representative Mike Dovilla represents Berea. He says it's not just about his district.
"If we allow this to happen, and allow for one region of the state, to steal taxpayer money and send it to another for a private function like this...it ought to be funded privately, if that's what they wish to do," Dovilla tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol, "It's Berea that's on the chopping block today, it could be your hometown tomorrow."
The team itself has weighed in on the controversy.
A Browns statement confirms the talks to relocate training camp to Columbus, but the team says it'll hold training camp in Berea this year.
The team says "Columbus is a good location" for the team's training camp for "multiple reasons", but says the reported Columbus project is being considered by leaders there as a "serious option"...and that they're in discussions with what the team calls "potential partners".
The Browns say they will "throughly evaluate all options" and will continue to hold open practices in Berea for fans.
The team also says it would "incur all the costs associating with moving and holding operations" at a site away from Berea.
(Cleveland Browns, statement) "When we first explored the potential opportunity to hold training camp out of town, we conveyed that we would make the decision based on what is best for our football operations and their preparation for the season. Our football group believes it would be a positive, as it is for nearly a dozen teams in the NFL. In relocating training camp, we would incur all the costs associated with moving and holding our operations at a remote site. Clearly, we need a facility from which to operate and are in discussions with potential partners. Columbus approached us regarding creating a site that would serve area youth for recreational purposes the 11-plus months a year that we are not using the space, but those are discussions and plans that Columbus leaders are working through, which we will review as a serious option. Columbus is a good location for us for multiple reasons, including to give more convenient opportunities to our fans across Ohio to experience their team in person. We will continue to thoroughly evaluate all options while remaining committed to hosting open practices for fans at our year-round facility in Berea. The 2016 Browns training camp will be held in Berea."