Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:02

1590 WAKR Student Athletes of the Week

This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is junior basketball player Lukas Swartz of Mogadore High School. 

Lukas says the love of basketball came from his family growing up.
“My dad and my uncle played in college and I always grew up with a ball in my hands, and I've played ever since I was little," he said.
He says playing for his dad, Russ Swartz is a interesting and fun dynamic.
“I enjoy it a lot because he'll help me a lot, and at home, we talk basketball a lot."

The head coach had this to say about Lukas as a player and a person.
“Lukas is a hard worker both in the classroom and on the court,” Swartz said. “He wants to be the one best player and more importantly be the best person he can possibly be, and with that he is very team oriented and always puts the success of the team first.” 
In addition to being a member of the basketball team, Lukas plays baseball, and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Our next 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Hope Murphy, a junior basketball player from Mogadore High School. 
She says that working with her coaches and teammates is a true joy as they get ready to compete on the hardwood.
“We have come a long way from where we started this year," Murphy said. "We're a young team."
Her head coach Jennifer Ritch said she is a true leader on and off the court.
“Hope is a fantastic student athlete that always gives 100% whether on the basketball court, cross country course or track,” she explains.
“She is a great leader and she brings tenacity and toughness to our team, always putting her teammates first and is a perfect representative of what a Mogadore Wildcat is all about.”
In addition to being a three sport athlete, Murphy is a member of the National Honor Society and Junior Akron Leadership.
“It's opened me up to a lot of different professions and situations that have been very eye-opening to me."
We wish Lukas and Hope the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 10:19

Ray Horner Podcast - 11/6/2018

:17 - It’s election day! We covered the most crucial and series topic of our time: is a hot dog a sandwich?

3:46 - We had the Browns covered for you, as well. Our Browns guy, Fred Greetham from the Orange & Brown Report, talked about Gregg Williams’s first game as interim head coach, and how the team looks as they take on the Atlanta Falcons before the bye week.

12:42 - In this sports-heavy show, Ray talked Tribe with broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus. The GM meetings are going on in Major League Baseball, and Rosey discussed the state of the Indians, including the reports of possible trades of core players.

31:52 - The East Dragons are 9-2 on the season, and they’re set to take on Canfield this week. Head coach Marques Hayes talked about his strong football team.

35:14 - We head to Mogodore to talk to head coach Matt Adorni. The Wildcats are 10-1 on the season and they are set to take on McDonald.

39:15 - Speaking of “futbol,” Ray heads north to Richfield as he chats with boys soccer coach Nick DePompei and his Minutemen.

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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.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016 17:55

AUDIO Mogadore Football Rolling Along

The Mogadore Wildcats are looking to make some noise in 2016, and are looking to let some young players make a name for themselves after some heavy losses in graduation.

Matt Adorni of the Mogadore Wildcats joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about his team and what they have coming up this season.

He knows there will be some youth all the way around, but there were some experienced players who played key roles in 2015.

"Every coach, every position group has some new faces, so we had to stay on our toes and do our own thing and our own jobs and not worry about the team as a whole," he said.

The Wildcats will face Linsly in Wheeling, West Virginia August 27 for the season opener, and then they will head home to take on Gilmour Academy.

For the full interview with Coach Adorni, click right here. 

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There are 28 teams vying for an opportunity to play for a state championship in Columbus and among them are locals Hudson, Archbishop Hoban, Canton Central Catholic, Perry, Stow and Mogadore.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the fourth round playoff pairings and sites Sunday and the games are slated to be played Friday and Saturday.

The Stow Bulldogs (12-0) are one of five teams making their first final four appearance. They'll match up against St. Edward (12-1) in Parma on Saturday at 7:30 p.m..

Canton Central Catholic (9-3) is coming off of a 33-6 victory over Columbiana Crestview. Canton Central Catholic will compete against Milan Edison at Wooster Triway Jack Miller Field on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Hudson (11-2) is coming off their best season in school history with a 13-1 record. The Explorers will look to upend Perry (11-2), as they will face off in Solon at Stewart Field on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Mogadore (12-1) is no stranger to playoff football. The team is making its 17th final four appearance. The Wildcats will take on Danville Friday at Orrville's Red Rider Stadium at 7:30 p.m..

Hoban (12-1) won the Division VII regional title Friday, after they defeated St.Vincent St. Mary for the second time this season by a score of 24-21. Hoban will play Zanesville in the state semi-final at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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(OHSAA News Release) OHSAA Releases Fourth-Round Football Playoff Pairings and Sites
Link to full notes packet included; 28 schools are one step away from playing for a state championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2015 OHSAA football playoffs have now reached the fourth round, with 28 teams remaining for this weekend's state semifinals and the opportunity to play for a state championship. The fourth round also marks the regional finals for Division I, which has only two regions. Neutral sites were selected by the OHSAA on Sunday for the 14 games around the state this Friday and Saturday.

Playoff Format and Schedule
Unless otherwise noted, Divisions II, III, V and VII will play at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays during the playoffs, while Divisions I, IV and VI will play at 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

Inside the State Semifinal Matchups
See the full notes packet at:

Ticket Information
Fans are encouraged to buy their playoff tickets in advance at the participating schools, which keep a percentage of the revenue. For state semifinal playoff games, tickets are $8 presale and $10 at the gate. All-session ticket books are currently on sale for the state championship games Dec. 3, 4 and 5 at All-session ticket books in the club level, which are the chair-back seats on the west side of the stadium, are $105 each (good for all seven games) and also permit indoor access in the Huntington Club before, during and after each game. All-session reserved ticket books on the east side of the stadium, which don't include indoor access, are $84 each. Single game tickets will go on sale November 29 and cost $10 at the state finalist schools, or at the gate before each game for $15 (club level) and $12 (reserved).

Looking Ahead to the State Championships
The state championships are Dec. 3, 4 and 5 in Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Of the four divisions that play their playoff games on Friday nights (II, III, V and VII), one will be selected to play its state championship game on Thurs., Dec. 3. The other three will play their state championship games on Fri., Dec. 4. Divisions I, IV and VI will play their state championship games on Sat., Dec. 5. Specific game times will be announced on the OHSAA's twitter account ( the Friday and Saturday nights of the semifinals (around 10:45 PM).

Five Schools Make First "Final Four" Appearance
Five schools are making their first trip to the state semifinals, including Stow-Munroe Falls (Div. I), Perrysburg (Div. II), Milan Edison (Div. V), Grandview Heights (Div. VI) and Fort Recovery (Div. VII). Edison, in fact, hadn't won a playoff game prior to this season. Fort Recovery had only one playoff win prior to this year, while Stow, Perrysburg and Grandview Heights all had just two playoff wins.

Schools Build on Impressive History
Several schools this weekend are adding another "final four" appearance to an already impressive resume. Chief among them are Mogadore (Div. VII), which is making its 17th appearance, and Steubenville (Div. IV), which is making its 16th appearance. Other semifinal regulars include Maria Stein Marion Local (Div. VI) making its 14th overall (fifth in a row and nine of last 10 years) and Coldwater (Div. V) making its 13th overall (seventh in a row). Trotwood-Madison (Div. III) is back for the sixth year in a row and Kirtland (Div. VI) is back for the fifth year in a row. Also noteworthy is Middletown Bishop Fenwick, which made eight semifinal appearances in the first 16 years of the playoffs (1972-1987), and is now back for the first time since then.

Compare and Contrast: Divisions II and IV
When the OHSAA expanded the football playoffs to seven divisions in 2013 and made Division I smaller (largest 72 schools in the state), one of the resulting effects was that many schools that used to be "small" Div. I schools were now in Div. II. That fact is evidenced again this year as the Div. II state semifinalists are all making their first or second appearance in the "final four." Compare that to the semifinalists in Div. IV, which have combined to make 42 appearances.

Information on Neutral Sites
There are many factors that go into determining playoff sites, such as quality of field surface, seating capacity, quality of lighting, size of locker rooms and their distance from field, press box size, parking spaces available, and a separate locker room for officials. After all those factors are taken into consideration, it must be confirmed that the site is available and willing to host a playoff game on the date needed. Not all sites are available when requested by the OHSAA.

Related Information
Fourth-Round Playoff Notes Packet:

Playoff Coverage Home:

OHSAA Football Online Home (composite schedules, AP polls and notebooks, playoff information, etc.):

2015 OHSAA Football Playoffs – Fourth Round Pairings
Home team listed first. Pairings are shown with seeds and overall records.
Game times subject to change. Brackets at will show any changes.

Division I, State Semifinals/Regional Finals – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28
Home Team listed first.

Region 1
1 Lakewood St. Edward (12-1) vs. 2 Stow-Munroe Falls (12-0) at Parma Byers Field

Region 2
1 Cincinnati Colerain (12-1) vs. 3 Huber Heights Wayne (13-0) at Mason Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium

Division II State Semifinals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27
Home Team listed first.
1 Massillon Perry (11-2) vs. 5 Hudson (11-2) at Solon Stewart Field
2 Perrysburg (13-0) vs. 1 Cincinnati La Salle (11-2) at Piqua Alexander Stadium, Purk Field

Division III, State Semifinals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27
Home Team listed first.
1 Akron Archbishop Hoban (12-1) vs. 3 Zanesville (12-1) at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium
2 Toledo Central Catholic (11-2) vs. 3 Trotwood-Madison (10-3) at Sidney Memorial Stadium

Division IV, State Semifinals – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28
Home Team listed first.
1 Steubenville (12-0) vs. 5 Youngstown Ursuline (8-5) at Boardman New Spartan Stadium
1 Middletown Bishop Fenwick (13-0) vs. 1 Columbus Bishop Hartley (9-3) at Wilmington Alumni Field

Division V, State Semifinals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27
Home Team listed first.
1 Milan Edison (12-1) vs. 3 Canton Central Catholic (9-3) at Wooster Triway Jack Miller Field
3 Coldwater (13-0) vs. 1 Wheelersburg (13-0) at Xenia Doug Adams Stadium

Division VI, State Semifinals – Games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28
Home Team listed first.
1 Kirtland (12-1) vs. 3 Grandview Heights (12-1) at Mansfield Madison Ram Field at StarTek Stadium
1 Maria Stein Marion Local (12-1) vs. 2 Defiance Tinora (11-1) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field

Division VII, State Semifinals – Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27
Home Team listed first.
1 Danville (13-0) vs. 2 Mogadore (12-1) at Orrville Red Rider Stadium
3 Fort Recovery (11-2) vs. 1 McComb (12-1) at Lima Senior Spartan Stadium

Media Information
Credentials for Playoff Games
For the first four rounds of the playoffs, media must contact the host site's media coordinator by 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Contact information for the media coordinator for each game will be posted within the brackets at Media coordinators will work with the athletic director at the schools and follow the OHSAA's press box priority seating scale, which is posted at:

Playoff Telecasts and Broadcasts
SportsTime Ohio and Time Warner Cable will make their game selections by noon on Mondays. They have exclusivity of the games they select. Other games are available for tape-delay telecasts, which can be shown beginning at 11:30 PM the same day of the game. Rights fees for audio broadcasts and delayed-video telecasts are posted at:
The playoff broadcast form is posted at:

Statewide Broadcast List:

Playoff History Database:

Media Advisory: Fall Tournaments Information:

Championships on the OHSAA Radio Network
Now in its sixth year, the OHSAA Radio Network will broadcast the football state championship games. Stations that commit to carry several state championship game broadcasts from the network will have their rights fees waived throughout the playoffs. The championship games will be available from Skyview Satellite and online. Please contact Tim Stried at the OHSAA for more information or see:

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Pairings out for state football Round 4: Friday has Hudson-Perry in Solon; Hoban-Zanesville in Massillon; Milan Edison-CCC at Triway; Danville-Mogadore in Orrville. Saturday has Stow-St. Ed's in Parma.

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