his week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Emily Andrassy, a senior basketball player from Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

Emily says she started playing basketball from an early age, and has enjoyed the game ever since.

“My parents are very athletic, but I’ve always been athletic and I enjoyed playing outside with my neighbors,” she said.

As a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain both junior and senior year, Emily said that even though she can motivate her teammates vocally, she mostly leads by example on the practice floor, and on game day.

"I probably lead more by example, but I try to be more vocal, but it’s all about coming to practice and working hard.”

 

 Her head coach Bob Podges had some great words for Andrassy and what she brings to the court.

"Emily is the heart and soul of our team," he said. "She's our best defender with an oustanding competive spirt."

The leadership qualities that she displays on the court also are on display off the court as Andrassy participates in the Freshman Mentorship program, something she takes a great deal of pride in.

Upon graduation in the spring, Emily plans on attending Kent State University.

Our next Male Student Athlete is Jackson Carlson, a senior basketball player from Stow High School.

He said he too fell in love with the game of basketball from an early age.

"My dad put a basketball in my hand since I before I can remember, and I’ve always been around the sport and loved it,” he said. 

As a two-sport athlete for Stow (basketball and baseball), Carlson says he enjoys being with his teammates and working with them towards a common goal.

Coach Dave Close, the longtime coach of the Bulldogs, said that Jackson has grown as a player and as a person.

"He is a young man who has worked very hard to improve as a player and as a junior, he did not receive a lot of playing time. But he rolled up his sleeves and worked hard 
the entire off-season to become a better and more well-rounded player," he said. 

He also works hard off the court as well to become a more well-rounded person as well.

"He too has volunteered at Open M and has volunteered in the summer helping to teach youngsters 
the game of basketball," Close said.

 

 Carlson plans on majoring in education when he attends college in the spring, He says helping youngsters is something he's really interested in.

"I always liked being around students and want to coach as well,” he explained.

We wish Emily and Jackson the best in all of their future endeavors. 

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Stow Athletic Director Cyle Feldman joined the Sam and Brad Show live on site to discuss the upcoming Stow/Cuyahoga Falls game as well as the upcoming events surrounding the Stow athletic program.

 

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Aaron DeBord, the head coach of the Stow Bulldogs baseball team spoke with Sammy B to talk about a proposal from the OHSAA to extend the baseball season into mid-June.

This stems from the unpredictable nature of Ohio's weather and how this could benefit teams in the area.

 

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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: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/sports/2015FBRelease5.pdf

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 http://go.osu.edu/OHSAAFB. 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 (www.Twitter.com/OHSAASports) 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: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/sports/2015FBRelease5.pdf

Playoff Coverage Home: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/2015/2015FTcoverage.htm

OHSAA Football Online Home (composite schedules, AP polls and notebooks, playoff information, etc.): http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/default.asp

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 OHSAA.org 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 OHSAA.org. 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: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/media/FBMediaPressBoxMemo.pdf

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: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/media/rates/BroadcastRates.pdf
The playoff broadcast form is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/BroadcastAgreementForms.pdf

Statewide Broadcast List: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/OHSAAFootballRadioListing.pdf

Playoff History Database: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/history/FT/FootballParticipants.pdf

Media Advisory: Fall Tournaments Information: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/sports/20151001MediaAdvisory.pdf

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: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/Radio/radiohome.asp

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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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