Wednesday, 24 April 2019 10:43

Ray Horner Podcast - 4/24/2019

:17 - The Joe Biden phenomenon, or lack thereof, seems to have died down, even though if he ran for president, he’d be the frontrunner as of April 2019. The panel talked about how Biden’s allure may have faded, either due to his touchy-feely displays of affection or him being "too safe" a candidate for the Left.

8:09 - The Indians’ offensive struggles continues, and just how much solid ground is the pitching staff standing on? Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus joined the show to discuss the state of the team.

13:39 - The Dru Joyce Classic is happening on Saturday, featuring teams from all over the planet coming to Akron. The man behind the tournament, Dru Joyce himself, joined the program to promote the festivities.

19:50 - One of the most common injuries with younger athletes are stress fractures. Akron Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Joe Congeni has seen his share of them over the decades, and he stopped by to break down the breakdowns.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 10:16

Ray Horner Podcast - 3/20/2019

:17 - As soon as we signed off yesterday morning, the Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout agreed to a historic 12-year, $430 million to keep him in Anaheim. As with each one of these signings, what will this mean for the future of Francisco Lindor in a Tribe uniform?

10:37 - Like the Buchtel Griffins, the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish boys basketball is also headed to Columbus for the state tournament. Head coach Dru Joyce brought his players in studio for an interview ahead of their matchup against Olentangy Liberty.

23:32 - Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was one of the many free agents available for the taking, and the Indians took him. Ray and Tony briefly discussed the signing.

27:21 - Governor Mike DeWine announced a new budget for student wellness in the state of Ohio, which amounts to $550 million in 2020 and 2021 for schools. Akron Public Schools superintendent David James talked about how this affects his school district.

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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Theresa Damm, a senior basketball player from Our Lady of the Elms High School.

She says she got into basketball at an early age and as a senior leader, she wants to lead her team not only vocally, but by example as well.

"We have a young team, a lot of freshmen, so it's going to be a lot of them (the coaches) coaching, but also myself helping out the younger players learning the game," she says.

Coach John Reed echoed that sentiment as he offered his take on Theresa both as a player and as a person.

"She is a role model on and off the court and we are looking for her to model and teach the younger ladies how to play the game and how to do things the "Elms" way,"
he explained.

On the court, she will be expected to lead as well, Reed says.

"This will be her 4th year in the program in which she excels in every facet of the game and she has the ability to handle the ball and to post up."

Damm says that the Elms community is a very close one and they encourage leadership and being involved all across the board.

"Everybody really gets a fair shot at leadership and to have a voice, and to speak and be heard," she explained.


 Theresa is also her class vice president, and is involved in community activities such as volunteering at the Haven of Rest and the American Red Cross.

Upon graduation in the spring, Theresa plans on attending the University of Akron to study criminal justice and participate in the ROTC program. 

Our next 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Nick Llewellyn, a senior football player from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

Nick says that the brotherhood amongst the football players and especially his fellow seniors was one of the things he most enjoyed during his time with the Fighting Irish.

"Not much has changed with our group, we were always fighting and shooting  for what we want, that was the main thing that kept us going all the way through."

He said that the alumni who played for the Irish also helped  guide the team as well.

"Everyone comes back and the whole school supports you, and it's a great family atmosphere," he said.

Llewellyn's coach, first year head coach Bobby Nickol talked about his grit and toughness on the football field.

"He's an Unbelievably hard working player and gives every ounce of his 160 pound frame to play a position meant for 200 pound guys," Coach Nickol said.

Nick 13 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception on Friday, their last game of the 2018 season.

As a young man, Nickol says Llewellyn is just as impressive.

"He has 4.0 GPA and is going to be highly successful in anything he chooses to do in life," Nickol continued. " He is the definition of a STVM student athlete."


 Nick is a two-sport athlete as a football player and a wrestler.

In addition to those things, he is also a Peer Minister, a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Irish Athletes for Christ, among other clubs and groups.

We wish Nick and Theresa the best in all of their future endeavors. 


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Executive Producer and Director of "The Akron Holy War"  Anthony Fanelli spoke with Sam and Brad Thursday to talk about the premiere of the documentary on the high school football rivalry between the Knights and the Fighting Irish on the gridiron.

Fanelli, a 2002 Hoban graduate played in the rivalry and is currently living in California.


The documentary's premiere will take place at the Akron Civic Theatre on Sunday, September 17 at 7pm.

For more information, click here.   

The official trailer for the film can be seen below.


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Monday, 27 March 2017 16:39

MULTIMEDIA STVM Brings Home Title #7

Dru Joyce II and senior guard Jayvon Graves joined Sam and Brad in the studio Monday to talk about their state championship win over Wauseon 45-30 in Columbus.


 For a peek at the video version of the interview, take a look below.


Graves, a University at Buffalo basketball commit, scored 25 points in the final game of the season. 

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 15:05

AUDIO STVM Ready For Hoover, Tournament

The Fighting Irish of STVM will be getting ready to face the Vikings of North Canton Hoover tonight at LeBron James Arena.

The Irish are coming off a big win last week against Jackson, but they're not looking in the rear view. Coach Dru Joyce II of the Irish joined Sam and Brad Tuesday.


For the full interview, click here. 


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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 16:52

AUDIO STVM, Joyce Ready For Hoban

Head coach of the STVM Fighting Irish Dru Joyce II spoke with Sam and Brad Tuesday ahead of their matchup with the Knights of Archbishop Hoban.


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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.


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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:58

AUDIO Irish Looking To Improve In 2016-17

Dru Joyce II, the head coach of the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish boys' basketball team, spoke with Sam Bourquin to talk about his team as they wrapped up another LeBron James Classic with a win over Warren Harding.


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Monday, 07 November 2016 17:57

AUDIO STVM, Hoban Ready For Playoff Clash

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.


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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 09:22

APD Looking For St. V Thief

Akron Police are looking for a suspect who was very clearly caught on CCTV breaking into the St. Vincent-St. Mary Field House and making off with a number of items. 

It happened back on October 16th, at 12:30 in the morning. Police have just released the video (below) and are asking anyone with information to call Detective Anthony at 330-375-2490. 

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Friday, 23 September 2016 17:17

AUDIO Holy War 2016 Set to Kick Off

The time has come. The teams are ready. St. Vincent-St. Mary and Hoban are set for another edition of the "Holy War."

STVM head football coach Marcus Wattley joined Jay Brophy to talk about tonight's matchup with the Knights. 
Also STVM athletic director and former player Willie McGee joined Sam and Jay to talk about the game from the administrative angle as well as the players' perspective. 
On the Hoban side of things, former Hoban running back and current CFL running back Tyrell Sutton talked about what it's like playing in this rivalry game.

Kickoff from Infocision Stadium is set for 7 p.m.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016 18:12

AUDIO STVM Fired Up For Firestone

August 26 at Green Street, the St. Vincent St. Mary Fighting Irish will be taking on Firestone in a "west-side" battle to start the high school football season.

First-year head coach Marcus Wattley joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about the upcoming season and his transition from assistant coach under the now-retired Dan Boarman to taking the reins as the head man.

Wattley says it's been a pretty solid transition, and it's been enjoyable to work with coaches and players who understand the expectations at St. Vincent-St. Mary.

"The kids are buying in the coaches are buying in and working hard, so we're ready," he said.

Wattley got the job in January, and he says he's been anxious to get out there and lead the Irish against Firestone in Week 1. 

 With offensive playmakers like Malik Wooldridge,  DeAmonte King, and quarterback Donte Taylor doing what they do on Friday nights for the Green and Gold, it will be tough on opponents says Coach Wattley.

 He says Firestone poses some challenges for the Irish on Friday night.

"They're good defensively, they have some athletes at the outside linebacker and quarterback position," he said. "Coach Mitchell is a good coach and he'll have those guys prepared on Friday."

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Monday, 20 June 2016 00:38

LeBron, Cavs Bring Home NBA Title

"Just a kid from Akron." 

LeBron James will always be "a kid from Akron," but those who share his hometown feel differently. He's the kid from Akron who led his basketball team to an NBA title -- ending Cleveland's 52-year sports drought. 

Inside St. Vincent - St. Mary High School, hundreds of fans came out to watch LeBron and his teammates capture the NBA title inside the Lebron James Arena.

"I'm completely speechless. I love that he said he's bringing the trophy home," said Stacey Hentosz. 

Emotions were high inside the same court where LeBron made headlines as a young superstar. One man fell to his knees to reveal an emotional celebration following the win and LeBron being named Most Valuable Player. 

Willie McGee, SVSM athletic director and LeBron's former high school teammate, said it was only fitting to hold a watch party at LeBron's alma mater. McGee said LeBron has given back a lot to the community and it was the community's turn to offer support.  

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If you were looking to go to Sunday night's Cavs Watch Party, you're out of luck both inside and outside the Q... because they're out of tickets. But there's another option in Akron.

But there will be a watch party for Sunday's NBA Finals Game 7 here in LeBron James' hometown of Akron, at his high school home arena.

The Cavs Watch Party at St. Vincent-St. Mary's LeBron James Arena on Sunday night. Admission will be $5 for adults and free for St. V students and children under 13.

Tickets will be sold at the door only - doors open at 7:15, and the game starts at 8.

There'll be a 20 x 12 screen brought in.

LeBron James Arena seats about 1,800 people, so those tickets will probably go fast.

Akron city officals are suggesting that fans watch Sunday night's game by patronizing establishments in the city...and it's probably likely that anywhere with a TV will be showing the game.


We will be hosting a CAVS WATCH PARTY for Game 7 of the NBA finals! Join your STVM friends, support alumnus LeBron James VM03, and ?#?witness? this moment in history at The LeBron James Arena!

Doors open at 7:15PM. Game starts at 8PM. Admission is $5 per adult. STVM students and children under 13 are FREE. Tickets sold at the door only!

The folks at FunFlicks Ohio Outdoor Movies are bringing in a 20x12 ft screen for an amazing viewing experience!

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016 07:09

AUDIO: Coach Boarman Steps Down At STVM

It's been a thrilling 26 years, but Dan Boarman has decided to hang it up.

Coach Boarman joined the Ray Horner Morning Show the day after his announcement to step down as head coach of the St. Vincent-St. Mary Fighting Irish. Boarman, who had a record of 206-96 during his head coaching career, told Ray he knew it was time. The coach was a 1970 graduate of St. Vincent High School.

Marcus Wattley, also a STVM alum, will take over the position.

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