Head Coach of the St. Vincent-St, Mary Fighting Irish Dru Joyce II spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about their Division II state title win over Trotwood-Madison over the weekend.

The title was their second in as many years and their eighth overall. 


Published in Sam and Brad
Friday, 24 June 2016 06:08

VIDEO Akron Loves The King

So much to share from last night -- Akron as you've never seen it or heard it, all for King James.

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Some accounts pegged the crowd at 30,000 people but others were in the 20,000-25,000 range after Lock 3 topped capacity of more than 7,000 packed in standing room only for the LeBron James Hometown Hero Celebration sponsored by the City of Akron and LeBron James Family Foundation.

Overflow crowds on South Main Street went into Canal Park and packed every seat to watch the ceremony on the stadium's big video screen, then enjoyed the fireworks show at the conclusion.

It was an all-Akron affair and more personal, unlike the massive parade and ceremony that drew 1.3 million people to Cleveland Wednesday. Local performers included the Miller South Choir; speakers included Mayor Dan Horrigan, who renamed the stretch of South Main from West Market south through downtown as "King James Way" to formative coaches Dru Joyce II and Keith Dambrot.

Others such as Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James noted the transformative impact on Akron LeBron's had, including programs for local elementary and secondary school students but also millions allocated to support scholarships at the University of Akron.

The Kenmore High School football team was on hand in their stylish Nike uniforms -- gifts thanks to LeBron last year.

One note for the summer: LeBron announced he will not take part in the basketball competition at Rio this summer, opting instead for rest. It's not like The King has anything to prove in the Olympics; even there, he makes history with two gold and one bronze medal with Team USA, one of only three players to play three Olympics. He's also the Team USA basketball all-time leading scorer, too.


Published in Local
Tuesday, 08 March 2016 09:32

AUDIO: Dru Joyce On STVM Playoff Run

The St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish have been on a terror this season, compiling a record of 20-4 and routinely posting 70 points or more per game.

Dru Joyce, the head coach of the Fighting Irish, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss their playoff run and to preview their matchup versus Youngstown-Ursuline. Coach Joyce has a very deep team, and can play 12 guys a game, as opposed to most high school teams, who will sometimes just dress 7-9 players.

The Irish take on Ursuline on Thursday evening at the Canton Civic Center in the regional semifinals.

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