Monday, 18 March 2019 10:06

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/18/2019

:17 - For the first time since 1997, the Buchtel Griffins boys basketball team is heading to states. Head coach Matt Futch brought some of his players in studio to preview their Thursday matchup in Columbus.

13:16 - Tony the producer is back from his week in California, and he talked about his trip from the suburbs of San Diego to hiking in the Hollywood Hills. He even got to hang out at the famed Comedy Store and ran into Kevin Spacey.

18:46 - As always on Mondays, Dr. Gary Riggs stops by to answer questions on your pets. Specifically today, Ray and Dr. Riggs mentioned the coughing and runny nose from dogs this time of year.

30:18 - Could yoga be banned in certain religious circles due to its history? The panel discussed it.

37:46 - And finally, we have our Business of the Week, which is brought to you by HEARINC. and TLC Catering. Today, we honored Matt Minarik from Restora Health in Broadview Heights.

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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Imani Jackson, a senior basketball player from Buchtel High School.

Jackson says the team dynamics are strong, an aspect of playing at Buchtel she enjoys.
“We have fun when we're at practice," Jackson explains. "The girls are fun, we're laughing throughout practice, even though we're out of breath," she said with a laugh.
Her head coach Brian Neugebauer says Imani is an integral part of the team for the Lady Griffs.
“She is a leader that has become vocal and assertive over time,” he said. 

“She has a high work ethic and through that work has improved all aspects of her game.”
Neugebauer says that leadership and and overall drive to excel carries over
away from the court. 

“Imani is in the Nursing Program at Buchtel CLC, maintains an accumulative GPA of 3.8, scored a 24 on her ACT & is an overall outstanding individual.”

Our next Male Student Athlete of the Week is Addison Singletary, a junior basketball player from Buchtel.
He transferred from Kenmore-Garfield High School after spending two years there, and his new teammates at Buchtel embraced him from the start before the season even began.
“They were very welcoming and it's been a great experience," he said. 
His coach, Matt Futch, a 2002 Buchtel graduate said Singletarty is a great young man on and off the court.
“He is a tremendous kid who has an unbelievable work ethic in the classroom and on the court,” Futch explains.

“He is a very coachable young man and a joy to be around. “
 "Addy" holds a 3.5 GPA currently and says one of the highlights from his time at Buchtel was helping with the youth clinic earlier in the year.
We wish Imani and Addison the best in all of their future endeavors.
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Thursday, 16 August 2018 14:38

2018 Camp Reports Buchtel Griffins

Buchtel Head Coach Ricky Powers joined 1590 WAKR to talk about his ballclub for our Thursday edition of Camp Days.


They open up the 2018 season against Avon. 


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This week the 1590 WAKR Coaches Spotlight shines on Officer Howard Vaughn, the head coach of the Buchtel Griffins' baseball team. 

 Coach Vaughn discussed how he is bringing baseball to the youngsters and helping young people.

"I started in coaching six years ago and I saw a dying Buchtel baseball program, and I wanted to get it back started," he said. 

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The City Series Boys' Basketball Championship will be taking place tomorrow at Firestone High School in what will be another competitive matchup.

First-year Buchtel head coach Matt Futch spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell ahead of the contest Friday.


Ellet head basketball coach Mark Fisher joined the show as well, talking about his team and how they can avenge an earlier loss to the Griffins this season.


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Thursday, 19 October 2017 09:52

AUDIO Buchtel Preparing For East Showdown

Buchtel head football coach Ricky Powers spoke with Sam and Brad about the upcoming matchup with the Griffins and East Dragons Friday.


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Marcus Wattley head coach of STVM spoke with Sam and Brad about the physical matchup with Buchtel on Saturday.


Buchtel head coach Ricky Powers also joined to talk about the game and their win last week over Columbus Beechcroft.


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Monday, 07 August 2017 10:41

AUDIO 2017 Camp Reports: Buchtel Griffins

WAKR wraps up our City Series camp previews with Ricky Powers and the Buchtel Griffins.  The Griffins open up the season against Columbus Beechcroft August 25.


Buchtel finished 4-6 in 2016.

Stay tuned for our Camp Previews brought to you by our friends at Northern Ohio Honda Dealers as we move to the Suburban League and the Copley Indians. 

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 16:17

AUDIO Kenmore Ready For Buchtel In Playoffs

Brian Dawson, head coach of the Kenmore Cardinals previewed tonight's playoff matchup between themselves and the Buchtel Griffins tonight.


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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 16:33

AUDIO Buchtel's White Talks 300th Win

Head boys basketball coach of the Buchtel Griffins Steve White talked about garnering his 300th win of his career over the weekend, as well as tonight's matchup with Kenmore. 

White said his team is focused on getting better each and every day, holding each other accountable.

For the full interview, click here.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 18:25

AUDIO Steve White Talking Griffin Hoops

Buchtel head boys basketball coach Steve White joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his team's play heading into the holidays.

The Griffs are 3-2 on the year and will face Stubenville coming up.


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Wednesday, 12 October 2016 17:43

AUDIO Ellet Prepared For Buchtel Week 8

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.


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Thursday, 22 September 2016 18:02

AUDIO Buchtel Griffins Set To Roll Against Eagles

The Buchtel Griffins have been fighting hard,  playing hard, and finding themselves as a team. They'll have a tough task on their hands against Lakewood St. Edward on Saturday.

Buchtel head coach Ricky Powers spoke with Sam Bourquin Thursday about his expectations for the program, getting better, and how his young men have responded to challenges.


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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 17:51

AUDIO Buchtel Preparing For State Tournament

Tournament time in the high school ranks is here and one of the Akron City Series' household names will be prepared for the slate ahead of them.

Steve White, the head coach of the Buchtel Griffins joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about the makeup of his team and what's been going on with the Griffs on the hardwood.

He says he and his team will do some scouting tonight as Tallmadge will be playing Alliance, and then Buchtel will play the winner of that matchup either Friday or Monday.

He says his team is starting to play their best basketball heading into the tournament.

"We got better as the season went along," White explained. "You always hear Coach (Keith) Dambrot say, 'Just get better, just get better,' and that's what we've been doing, we beat a very good CVCA team Saturday night here at Buchtel, and we've just been getting better."

He (White) says that he thinks his team can survive and advance, they just have to come to play when the game lights come on.

He also says his team's confidence is high and that they can go toe-to-toe with anyone if they play their game.


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Thursday, 04 February 2016 22:05

AUDIO Buchtel Griffins Flying High

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.

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