After 38 seasons as the head coach of the Ellet Orangemen football team, Joe Yost resigned from his position Friday morning.
Athletic Director of the Akron Public Schools, Joe Vassalotti joined the Sam and Brad Show on Friday to talk about his legacy for the Ellet community and how he impacted the lives of many young people.
Vassalotti coached against Yost during his own coaching journey. He said when people think Ellet, and especially Ellet football, you think Joe Yost.
Yost won 234 games as the Ellet head football coach and accumulated many other accolades throughout his coaching career including multiple City Series Championships.
Vassalotti said Yost plans on taking some time to himself and still being active in the Ellet community.
Joe Yost could not be reached for comment.
The full interview can be heard here.
Marquise Bridges, Ellet High School football standout running back, spoke with the Sam and Brad Show Wednesday to talk about the commitment to go play for the University of Akron Zips.
Hoban standout Todd Sibley talked about his commitment to Pittsburgh on the Sam and Brad Show.
Sibley was a key catalyst in the Knights' back to back state titles in 2015 and 2016.
Canton McKinley Bulldog Kadeem Trotter joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about signing with Syracuse for National Signing Day to play his college football for the Orange in 2017.
Copley High School's Weston Bridges spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about his commitment to Michigan State University during the special National Signing Day edition of the show.
Bridges said he was sold on Michigan State from the jump, saying he appreciated the tradition at running back, a position he plays.
Griffin Baumoel of Canton Central Catholic talked with Sam and Brad about his commitment to serve his country and play football for the United States Naval Academy.
Griffin was part of the team that won the State Championship for the Crusaders this year in Division V.
National signing day is here and various players from the area made their commitment to play college football and continue their education.
D'Amonte King of STVM spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday about his commitment to the University of Toledo.
Donte Taylor Jr, also of St. Vincent-St Mary joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about his commitment to Miami (OH).
Taylor converted from quarterback to cornerback during his time at STVM. He will play in the defensive backfield for the RedHawks in 2017.
The Crusaders of Canton Central Catholic defeated Manchester in the first round of the Division V playoffs and will face Sullivan Black River on Saturday.
Jeff Lindesmith, head football coach of the Crusaders spoke with Sam Bourquin on Wednesday.
The two rivals meet yet again on the gridiron in the Division III playoffs at Infocision Stadium-Summa Field.
Tim Tyrrell, the head coach of the Archbishop Hoban Knights joined the Sam Bourquin Monday to talk about the matchups.
Marcus Wattley, the head coach of STVM, discussed his team's mindset heading into their 4th meeting with Hoban over the last two years.
Jim France, longtime coach of the Manchester Panthers spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell ahead of their matchup with Canton Central Catholic in the first round of the playoffs this Saturday night.
Marques Hayes, the head coach of the East Dragons caught up with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell Friday before their tussle with Garfield Friday night as they fight to win a City Series title and get a playoff berth.
Lake football head coach Dan DeGeorge spoke with Brad Russell about their cross-town rivalry with Green to close out Week 10 of the high school football season.
Head coach Nate Moore of the Massillon Tigers spoke with Brad Russell about the 127th edition of the Massillon/McKinley football rivalry.
Dan Reardon of McKinley joined Sam Bourquin to talk about the McKinley side of things.
East and Buchtel will be squaring off Saturday in a Week 9 matchup crucial to the City Series and the top spot in that conference.
Dragons head coach Marques Hayes spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell from the Iron Grill Friday to break down that matchup and discuss his team's season thus far.
The Mogadore Wildcats are having another strong season and will be primed for a Week 9 showdown with Waterloo High School.
Matt Adorni, the head coach of the Wildcats, spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell on Friday to talk about his team.
Tony Gotto, the head coach of the Barberton Magics spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell as they broadcasted from the Iron Grill in Akron ahead of a great Week 9 in high school football.
With Week 8 of the high school football season in the books and teams looking to sew up playoff spots in Week 9, the season has been rolling for a few of our area teams.
Michael Beaven, high school sports reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal spoke with Sam Bourquin Monday to talk about some of the top teams in the City Series, the Federal League, and some of the parochial schools in the area.
For the full interview with Michael Beaven, click here.
Matt Adorni from the Mogadore Wildcats joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell to talk about their Week 8 matchup against Garrettsville Garfield.
The Wildcats defeated Southeast 42-10 in Week 7.
Mark Nori, head coach of the Stow Bulldogs joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell live from Dontino's on E. Cuyahoga Falls Avenue to discuss his team's battle with Cuyahoga Falls this evening.
Stow is looking to bounce back after a week 7 loss to the Hudson Explorers.
Jeff Lindesmith, the head coach of the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders spoke with WAKR's Sam Bourquin about the upcoming Week 8 matchup against Tim Budd's Jackson Polar Bears.
Friday night's game marks the first contest between these two on the gridiron since 1992.
The Buchtel Griffins are set for a physical matchup with the Ellet Orangemen Friday night at Infocision Stadium.
Ricky Powers, head coach of the Griffs, joined Sammy B on Thursday to talk about his team and what he sees with Ellet.
The Archbishop Hoban Knights will have a physical matchup on their hands with the Walsh Jesuit Warriors this Friday night.
Tim Tyrrell, the head coach of the Knights spoke with Sammy B on Wednesday to talk about his group of young men and what to expect against Walsh.
For the full interview with Tim and Sam, click here.
The Ellet Orangemen are prepared to avenge last week's loss to the East Dragons, and they will be facing off against Ricky Powers and the Buchtel Griffins.
Joe Yost, the head coach of the Orangemen, spoke with Sam Bourquin on Wednesday to talk about his ballclub.
The Ellet Orangemen are undefeated heading into their game with the East Dragons and head coach Marques Hayes.
Longtime Ellet head coach Joe Yost joined Sam Bourquin Wednesday to talk about his team, including his offense led by seniors Garrett Haverstick and Marquise Bridges.
The Jackson Polar Bears are rolling this 2016 season and are looking to go 7-0 on the season after a defeat of the GlenOak Golden Eagles last Friday night.
Tim Budd the head coach of the Polar Bears joined Brad Russell to talk about his squad, and his young quarterback Jaret Pallotta who threw 5 TD's against the Golden Eagles.
The Polar Bears will square off against McKinley during Week 7.
The Barberton Magics are primed for another Suburban League showdown this Friday.
Tony Gotto, the head coach of the Magics spoke with Brad Russell about Week 6.
Scott Garcia, head coach of the GlenOak Golden Eagles spoke with Brad Russell about the team's matchup against the Jackson Polar Bears in Week 6.
As we head into Week 6 of the high school football season, the Copley Indians head to Tallmadge to take on an old Suburban League foe.
Scott Chouinard, the head coach of the Copley Indians spoke with Sam Bourquin about where his team is at after the first five weeks of the season.
For the full interview with Coach Chouinard, listen below.
Alan Vanderink, the head coach of the Tallmadge Blue Devils joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell to talk about the game and the family culture he's building over in Tallmadge.
Hoban senior quarterback Danny Clark has now decommitted from the Ohio State University and many people are asking what's next for the young man after his high school career has ended.
Bill Greene who covers Ohio high school football for Scout.com talked with Sam Bourquin about where Clark may end up playing his college football.
For the full interview with Bill Greene, click here.
The Jackson Polar Bears are undefeated at 5-0 and will be looking for 6-0 when they square off against the GlenOak Golden Eagles this Friday night.
Jackson head football coach Tim Budd joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about his squad, their effort, and what they've been doing.
Budd says GlenOak is going to be a challenge from a physicality standpoint.
"I think we're going to have to play our best football, without a doubt." Budd said.
Last week against Lake, they held te Blue Streaks to 13 points and held their star running back Joel Francis to just 37 yards rushing.
The Stow Bulldogs have been rolling this high school football season and are looking to stay undefeated as they have a Week 6 matchup on the road against Twinsburg.
Head Coach Mark Nori of Stow spoke with Brad Russell to talk about his team, and his offense, which put up over 500 yards of offense last week.
Nori says Twinsburg has some solid athletes on both sides of the ball, and his players have to be ready for whatever wrinkles the Tigers may bring to the field.
After months of legal wrangling, Thayer Munford, the Massillon Tiger football player, is now eligible to play high school football starting Week 8.
Chris Easterling, sports editor for the Massillon Indpendent spoke with Sam Bourquin Wednesday to talk about the proceedings in court today and what this means for Munford moving forward.
Thayer orginally played for Coach Nate Moore while playing at Cincinnati LaSalle, before moving up to Massillon to live with Coach Moore and his wife, who were granted legal custody of him.
The Lake Blue Streaks are getting ready to face off against Federal League foe Jackson during Week 5 of the high school football season.
Dan DeGeorge, head coach of the Lake Blue Streaks joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about how they plan to match up with the Polar Bears.
Friday's Week 5 is set for some big matchups including the "Battle For the Bell" between Copley and Revere.
Mike Murphey, the head coach of the Minutemen joined Sam Bourquin on Wednesday to talk about the game, how his kids are preparing themselves for the game, and what they've been doing in 2016.
The Archbishop Hoban football program is under investigation for alleged recruiting violations and the program is now on probation for the next two seasons.
Tim Stried from the OHSAA spoke with Sam Bourquin about the ongoing investigation.
Stried also touched on the latest with Massillon and the Thayer Munford case as well.
For the full interview, click here.
The Archbishop Hoban football program and head coach Tim Tyrrell are under the microscope of the Ohio High School Athletic Association and with the rival STVM Fighting Irish coming up this Friday, the team is looking to eliminate distractions.
High School sports reporter Tim Rogers spoke with Sam Bourquin Tuesday to talk about the alleged recruiting violations and what the Knights are facing from the OHSAA.
The violation stems from Coach Tyrrell allegedly initiating contact with a student at St. Hilary during 2015.
The school is on probation for the rest of the 2016-17 school year and for the following school year. Coach Tyrrell is also not allowed to coach the team if they make the playoffs this season.
Coming off a big win over Barberton in Week 4, the Copley Indians are ready to face rival Revere in the Battle for the Bell this week.
Indians head coach Scott Chouinard says this game is a rivalry that runs deep and is important for the entire Copley community.
Copley is 3-1 heading into the game with the Minutemen, who are also 3-1 on the season.
For the full interview with Coach Chouinard, click here.
Ahead of their matchup on the gridiron tonight in Green, athletic directors Erich Muzi of Green and Greg Malone of McKinley joined Brad Russell and Sam Bourquin live from the Skyway Drive-In Restaurant in Green.
The two teams will begin Federal League play tonight at 7 p.m.
Undefeated Stow will begin Suburban League play Friday against the Wadsworth Grizzlies led by Justin Todd.
Head coach Mark Nori spoke about the Bulldogs with our own Brad Russell on 1590 WAKR.
The undfeated Barberton Magics will be taking on the Copley Indians to begin Suburban League play in Week 4 in the high school football season.
Head coach of the Magics Tony Gotto spoke with Sam Bourquin Wednesday afternoon.
You can hear the full interview of Coach Gotto here.
The Magics come in with a record of 3-0 and the Indians are 2-1 on the season.
As Ohio State gets ready to travel to Norman to take on the Sooners, the Buckeyes will be ready to play a fast, physical game on Saturday.
Myron Patton, the Sports Director of KOKH in Oklahoma spoke with Sam Bourquin about the matchup between the two teams, what's at stake, and how the bluebloods of college football, like Oklahoma and OSU, should match up early in the season.
For the full interview with Myron Patton, click here.
The Barberton Magics and Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers will be in their "Battle for the Bell" tonight at Clifford Stadium in Cuyahoga Falls.
Cuyahoga Falls Head Coach Sean Flaherty spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell about what challenges the Magics bring for his ballclub.
The Black Tigers are 1-1 on the season.
For Barberton, head coach Tony Gotto says his team will be prepared to go on the road and take care of business.
The Magics are 2-0 heading into Week 3. These two teams have played since 1911.
As the undefeated Stow Bulldogs are looking to maintain that mark, they will have a big matchup with Solon tonight.
Mark Nori the head coach of the Stow Bulldogs joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell from White House Chicken in Barberton to talk about their week 3.
Nori says the key to his team's success in the young season is controlling the lines of scrimmage both offensively and defensively.
After a pair of wins over Twinsburg and Firestone to start the season, the Copley Indians will be looking to get a third win on the young season against Lake Friday night.'
Copley head coach Scott Chouinard joined Brad Russell on 1590 WAKR to talk about the matchup against the Blue Streaks and how they can best use their athletes in space both offensively and defensively.
The Indians will square off against Barberton in Week 4 to begin Suburban League play.
The STVM Football team is off to a 2-0 start and after winning a defensive struggle against Walsh Jesuit, the Irish will prepare to face Canada Prep in Week 3.
Irish head football coach Marcus Wattley joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about his club heading into the matchup with Canada Prep, saying his offensive and defensive playmakers are stepping up and showing out.
For the full interview with Coach Wattley, click right here.
Week 2 of the high school football season is underway and two neighboring communities will be squaring off on the gridiron.
Coming off a Week 1 win over Twinsburg in the Suburban League, the Copley Indians are riding high thanks to a pair of seniors making plays on offense in running back Weston Bridges and quarterback Austin Brenner.
Copley Head Coach Scott Chouinard joined the Sam Bourquin show ahead of the Firestone game tomorrow.
For the full interview with Coach Chouinard, listen below.
Coming off a Week 1 win, the Lake Blue Streaks are looking to go 2-0 on the young season. Head coach of Lake Dan DeGeorge spoke with 1590 WAKR's Brad Russell about their week 2 matchup with Dover.
It's going to be a battle down at Dowed Field on Friday night as the Archbishop Hoban Knights take on the Eagles of Lakewood St. Edward.
St. Ed's coach Tom Lombardo joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about their matchup with Hoban and what he learned about his kids in their first game against Pine Richland.
"This group will improve faster because they're more mature, but the more reps we have, the more experience we have," Lombardo said.
"We lost a lot due to graduation from last year's team."
The Eagles are the defending Division I State Champions and Friday's matchup will pit them against Division II state champ Hoban, who is coming off a 42-14 win over Stark County power Canton McKinley.
Coach Lombardo says that Hoban's the real deal.
"They can run it, they can throw it, they're well coached, so it'll be a good challenge for us."
For the full interview with Coach Lombardo, click here.
The Hoban Knights are ready for a big challenge coming up in Week 2, but coming off a 42-14 win over Canton McKinley down at Lowell Klinefelter Field, they feel pretty good about themselves.
Head Coach Tim Tyrrell, the head coach of the Knights joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about their team and what they need to do to clean up some mistakes as they prepare for Lakewood St. Edward's.
"I think our kids were ready for McKinley," Tyrrell said. "We made too many mental mistakes with the offsides and things."
Defending Division I State Champions St. Edwards comes up next for Hoban and he knows Tom Lombardo's team won't beat themselves.
"They play as a team," Coach Tyrrell said. "They're constantly running to the football on defense and they take what the defense gives them on offense."
Tyrrell says that his line is going to have to fire off the ball and running back Todd Sibley and quarterback Danny Clark will have to bring their A game as well.