Athletic infractions and $10,000 in fines have been handed down to the Akron Public Schools, as a result of the Ohio High School Athletic Association's investigation into problems with eligibility at APS.

Tim Stied with the OHSAA says that 16 ineligible athletes were found at five of seven APS high schools.

"We had seven kids that didn't meet the academic requirements to be eligible," Stried tells WAKR's Sam Bourquin, "and there were seven kids that had transfered in that ended being eligible retroactively, but these schools had never requested an eligibility ruling for them in the first place."

The five high schools, according to an OHSAA document, are Buchtel, East, Firestone, Garfield and Kenmore.

Stried says they started looking into APS after realizing the district didn't run standard eligibility questions by them.

The Akron schools have instituted a new eligibility checking plan under new athletic director Joe Vassalotti, which will help knock down the OHSAA fine from $12,500 to $10,000.

Stried says he's confident that the Akron schools understand what needs to be done, and should be OK moving forward.

Thursday, 22 October 2015 14:11

AUDIO Zips' Men & Women Ready For Hoops

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The Akron Zips men's and women's basketball teams are getting ready for the 2015-16 season with the expectation of being competitive in the MAC.

 The teams held their annual Media Day on the campus of the University of Akron inside the Student Union. 
 
Men's basketball coach Keith Dambrot said his team is capable of playing with anyone in the country.
 
"We've got an experienced team, we shoot the ball well, and we're big and strong, so I have high expectations," Dambrot said. 
 
Akron returns four starters from last year's 21-14 campaign including seniors Pat Forsythe, Jake Kretzer, and Reggie McAdams.
 
 

  
On the women's side, Jodi Kest has her team prepared for the grind that is the regular season in the MAC. Her key players include seniors Anita Brown, Megan Barilla, and DiAndra Gibson, along with junior Hannah Plybon.
 
Kest says the program is making serious strides, and it all starts with working hard on the practice floor and studying the game.
 
"I think we have very good players," she says. "We don't have great size, and that scares me, so we have to stay healthy and outwork teams."
 
 
The Zips' women's basketball team is coming off a 22-9 season in 2014-15 and an appearance in the WNIT.
 
 

Almost five years ago, then-Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot in the face during a gathering in Tucson. Since then, her recovery has been slow, yet miraculous and promising.

Gabby and her husband, Mark Kelly, will be at EJ Thomas Hall tonight to "spread their message of courage and hope." Mark joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his relationship with his wife and her healing process.

Besides being the husband of a congresswoman, Mark is a retired astronaut and former US Navy Captain in the Gulf War, and he talked about his life as an astronaut.

With John Kasich busy on a run for Washington D.C., an opening in Columbus, Ohio may be a possibility. Three Republicans may be in the running for governor in 2016, one of which is Green's own Mary Taylor.

The Lieutenant Governor joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to address the rumors swirling around a run for governor. Her response? She is "seriously considering" it.

In addition to the running possibility, Taylor shared her thoughts on the controversial Issue 3, for which she is against.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 19:23

AUDIO Scott Petrak Talking Manziel, Browns

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The Cleveland Browns have had their struggles as of late. One particular Brown has been under fire as of late...again.
 
Scott Petrak from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about the latest incident involving Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel.
 
Petrak says his thought on the Manziel story is that discipline is still possible after the alleged incident involving his girlfriend. Speculation is out there that Manziel will either be traded or released in the near future.
 
"The Browns are going to follow the league's lead on this situation, and we'll see what happens after that," Petrak said.
 
 
The Browns will travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams this Sunday.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 19:08

AUDIO Embick, UA Ready For Sparty

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The University of Akron men's soccer team is up to their winning ways once again, and they will look to continue on the good path as they prepare to face Michigan State on Wednesday.
 
Head Coach Jared Embick joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his team heading into their showdown with Sparty.
 
Embick said the Spartans are a good test for his club, especially as the team is riding a six-game winning streak.
 
"We have a good balance between our attack and our defense," Embick said. "We're in a nice groove, we've just found the right combination that gives us a good flow on both sides of the ball."
 
The Zips, who are #5 in the country, will square off with the Spartans from Infocision Stadium-Cub Cadet Field at 7 p.m.

Secretary of State Jon Husted has never shied away from his criticism of Issue 3, which is the bill that, if passed, will legalize marijuana in Ohio.

Husted defended his use of calling the issue a monopoly on the Ray Horner Morning Show, and he feels that the entire proposal should be scrapped.

In addition to Issue 3, Husted was also asked about his thoughts on a possible gubernatorial run.

The Akron Public Schools are looking at implementing a new plan to ensure 100% compliance with the OHSAA regulations.

 

This proactive approach stems from a ruling during the 2014-15 school year when the OHSAA had determined the APS committed infractions as it relates to eligibility.


APS Athletic Director Joe Vassalotti joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about the plan and how to better educate parents, student-athletes, and others about the eligibility rules.


"We want to be transparent and do things right here and follow the bylaws of the OHSAA as exactly they should be."


Vassalotti says that among other items, building athletic directors will be checking eligibility earlier, as well as making sure student-athletes grade point average is where it should be.


He says by being 100% compliant, student athletes get the concept of doing things the right way.

"We need to follow through to make sure all paperwork is turned in in a timely manner, and ultimately we want them out there competing with their teammates."

Friday, 16 October 2015 08:49

UAtoZ - October 10 Segments

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This week's 1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week is senior volleyball player Baylie Huth from Mogadore High School.

Baylie says she enjoys playing volleyball with her teammates and playing for coach Calley Lasure.

"This year I've seen a lot of improvements, I love my team and we get along very well," Huth said. She says her goals for the team this year is to keep improving and make it to the district tournament.

In addition to starring on the volleyball court, Baylie also plays softball for the Wildcats.

Baylie says she plans on attending either Kent State University or the University of Akron upon graduation.

She says the balacing act of maintaining her studies and sports can be tough, but she makes time for it. "You have to make sure you get your work done," she says.

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