This week's G & G Fitness Coach of the Week goes to Barberton Magics Boys Basketball Coach Jackie Greynolds Jr.

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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Cameron Fitzsimmons, a senior wrestler from Barberton High School. 

Cameron says he got into wrestling at a young age and grew to love the competition on the mat.
“I have been wrestling since I was 5 years old and the sport has taught me so much. Its taught me discipline, determination, leadership and it has made me a better person overall and I thank my teammates and coaches for that." 
He says that the grind of working with his coaches and teammates is something he enjoys.
“Barberton wrestling is one of a kind, every athlete is dedicated and willing to learn everyday, “ he said.
“We have the best coaches in the area that do everything in their power to make sure we meet our goals as a team."
As of this writing, Fitzsimmons has a 24-8 record in the 2018-19 season and 8 losses. He’s also the recipient of the Dave Cline Award as well. 
He is also a member of the National Technical Honors Society and College Credit Plus.
Upon graduation in the spring, Cameron plans on studying Business Management in college. 
Our next female student athlete of the week is Madison Goodrich, a junior bowler from Barberton High School.
She says she got into bowling in the second grade and stuck with it ever since then.
“It was just a second-grade league just to get out of the house, and I stuck with it."
She says she leads by example and vocally and as a left handed bowler, she has a unique perspective.
“It's a little bit of both, I can show the other left handed bowlers what to do and actually show them some things, plus I can talk to them as well," she said. 
In addition to being a bowler she’s also a member of the color guard and Teens Against Cancer over at Barberton 

Her coach Ed Sitko said that her leadership carries both in competition and in life.
“As a bowler, Madison is a talented young lady, she was given the gift of being left handed. This year she has positioned herself as a team captain with her bowling ability and team attitude, “ he explained.
“As a person, she truly cares about her friends and teammates. I am thankful to have her on the team, and glad she has one more year left. “
Theres also a unique family aspect as well.
“It has to be hard for her to have me as her coach and step-dad, she has the normal pressures of the sport and a little more.”
We wish Cameron and Madison the best in all of their future endeavors. 
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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 10:11

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/31/2018

:17 - A local invention is looking to change the way seniors can get in and out of cars. It’s called Slide N Ride, and it will be available for purchase at Acme Fresh Markets. Slide N Ride got some help from students at Archbishop Hoban, and the inventor and students talked about their process in studio.

16:15 - Speaking of Hoban, the Knights continue to be one of the best football programs in the state, headed by coach Tim Tyrrell. He talked to Ray about his upcoming matchup against Mayfield.

22:56 - Julie Barnes from Summit County Children Services called into the show less than a week before the election to discuss Issue 8. For the first time in three decades, there is a levy renewal, and she discussed it.

27:04 - The 7-3 Manchester Panthers are set to take on Sandy Valley on Friday. Jim France talked to Ray about his program.

32:37 - Dr . Joe Congeni stopped by to talk about Kevin Love and his toe injury that may sideline him for over a month.

41:37 - Time now for the Academic Exam, brought to you by the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Today, Hannah and Cara from Barberton High School faced off.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:14

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/24/2018

:17 - Last week, candidate for Lt. governor, Betty Sutton, joined us. This week, Jon Husted called into the program. He is the running mate alongside AG Mike DeWine. Husted talked to Ray about the campaign in general and how he sees Ohio in the present and future.

10:14 - Dr. Joe Congeni, whose speciality is sports medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital, stopped by the studio to talk about injuries and prevention. One topic was on the mistake of NFL officials picking up their flags after Baker Mayfield was conked in the head on Sunday. Another is confusion over the Nick Bosa injury, which has caused him to forego the rest of his Ohio State career.

17:21 - Madi and Josh are two students from Coventry High School, and they competed in our Academic Exam! How’d they do? How’d YOU do? Powered by the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

29:14 - The Barberton football team keeps rolling along, and they take on Highland this Friday. Head coach Tony Gotto is back this week after being suspended for a game, and he joined Ray to talk about his Magics.

32:36 - The 2018 World Series has begun, and the Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the contest. Do you care? Will Middle America be watching?

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 10:22

Ray Horner Podcast - 10/3/2018

:30 - If there’s an open storefront in a shopping plaza, it’ll probably be a Halloween store come October. Ray kicks off the show talking about Halloween costumes and what the panel’s favorites were over the years. Tony brings up the point about how Halloween has become the New Year’s for Millennials as far as parties go.

11:11 - Yesterday, Ray chatted with Tony Gotto, head coach of the Barberton Magics about their matchup versus Ellet. The Orangemen head coach Chuck Shuman gave his thoughts on Friday’s big game.

15:19 - Each Wednesday, Dr. Joe Congeni from Akron Children’s Hospital stops by to discuss sports medicine. A hot topic these days has been concussions in football, but what about soccer? How about the other sports?

26:39 - The Western Reserve Playhouse continues to thrive, and for the next few weekends, Little Women will be on stage. Dawn Yamokoski and her crew were in studio to give us a taste of the production.

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Barberton head coach Tony Gotto spoke with the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the matchup with Norton tonight to kick off the high school football season. 


Norton head coach Kevin Pollock spoke with the Sam and Brad Show to talk about their end of the rivalry.


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Sunday, 05 August 2018 14:00

2018 Camp Report: Barberton Magics

The high school camp reports have begun as we take a trip to the Magic City of Barberton to catch up with head coach Tony Gotto and players Gavin Krska and Kionnie Dukes.

Coach Gotto talked with Sam and Brad during the Gridiron Gathering about the expectations of the season after a fantastic 2017.

The video with Gavin and Kionnie can be seen below.  The Magics open up the 2018 season with the neighborhood rival Norton Panthers.

Special thanks to our sponsors with the Northeast Ohio Honda Dealers and City Barbeque for the Gridiron Gathering.

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Sam and Brad spoke with Jackie Greynolds Jr. to talk about the Barberton Magics and the upcoming Greynolds Classic tournament on Saturday.

All the matchups are at Barberton High School at the Purple Palace.

Here is the full lineup of games:

Cuyahoga Heights vs St. Thomas Aquinas 11am

Northwestern vs Woodridge 12:45pm

Ellet vs Bedford 2:30pm 

Firestone vs Cleveland John Marshall 4:15pm

Hoban vs Wadsworth 6pm 

Barberton vs St.Martin De Porres. 7:45pm 


All proceeds from the event go towards community programs in Barberton as well as stroke research, as Jack Greynolds Sr, for whom this tournament is named. He passed away from a stroke in 2005. 

The elder Greynolds led Barberton to a state title in 1976.

For more information, click here. 


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Monday, 06 November 2017 18:57

AUDIO Barberton Looking To Remain Unbeaten

Sam and Brad caught up with Barberton head football coach Tony Gotto as they prepare for their playoff matchup with Bedford Friday night. 


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Tony Gotto, the head coach of the Barberton Magics, spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about their 9-0 season heading into week 10 against the Highland Hornets.


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Tony Gotto, head coach of the Barberton Magics joined the Sam and Brad Show to discuss the upcoming game with Copley tonight at  7 p.m.


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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 18:36

AUDIO Tony Gotto Talking Magics Football

Tony Gotto head coach of the Barberton Magics football team discussed his team as they prepare for Week 4.


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Monday, 14 August 2017 14:22

AUDIO 2017 Camp Reports: Barberton Magics

For today's edition of Camp Days we head to the Magic city of Barberton as we speak with Tony Gotto ahead of the 2017 football season. 


The Magics made the playoffs in 2016 and Coach Gotto spoke about his expecations for the upcoming season. Our camp reports are brought to you by Northern Ohio Honda Dealers. 


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The Barberton Magics are getting ready to hit the hardwood tonight against Kent Roosevelt in a Suburban League tilt.

The Magics will be getting ready to head to Copley for a playoff matchup against the Indians in March.

Head coach for Barberton Jack Greynolds Jr says things are going well in the Magic City for his team.

For the full interview, click here. 

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 17:35

AUDIO Barberton Basketball Pushing For More

The Barberton Magics are doing well so far this basketball season, winning their last game against Northwestern in the final game of the Greynolds Classic at the Purple Palace.

Head coach of the Magics Jackie Greynolds Jr. joined Sam Bourquin Tuesday to give us an update on his team.


For the full interview, click here.

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Friday, 04 November 2016 18:12

AUDIO Barberton & Aurora Ready To Tangle

The Barberton Magics are back in the playoffs and will square off against Suburban League foe Aurora in the first round.

Tony Gotto, head coach of the Barberton football team spoke with Aaron Coleman earlier today ahead of their battle with the Greenmen.


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Tony Gotto, the head coach of the Barberton Magics spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell as they broadcasted from the Iron Grill in Akron ahead of a great Week 9 in high school football.


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Thursday, 29 September 2016 19:32

AUDIO Tony Gotto Talking Barberton Football

The Barberton Magics are primed for another Suburban League showdown this Friday.

Tony Gotto, the head coach of the Magics spoke with Brad Russell about Week 6.


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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 18:01

AUDIO Barberton Getting Ready For Copley

The undfeated Barberton Magics will be taking on the Copley Indians to begin Suburban League play in Week 4 in the high school football season.

Head coach of the Magics Tony Gotto spoke with Sam Bourquin Wednesday afternoon.

You can hear the full interview of Coach Gotto here.

 The Magics come in with a record of 3-0 and the Indians are 2-1 on the season.

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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 17:27

AUDIO Barberton Football Off To Quick Start

After a 2-0 start to the season, the Barberton Magics are looking to beat their rival Cuyahoga Falls on the gridiron this Friday night to move to 3-0 on the young season.

Barberton head coach Tony Gotto spoke with our own Sam Bourquin on Tuesday to discuss the matchup.


Gotto says the team has been doing well defensively, keyed by players such as Cobie Booker and Keye Thompson, among others. The Black Tigers are 1-1 heading into their matchup with Barberton. You can catch the full interview with Tony Gotto below.


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Few communities have as rich a sports culture as Barberton. Now, there is an opening with some large shoes to fill.

On Wednesday, Ken Rector, the long-time head coach of the Magics, announced his retirement from coaching the basketball team. Ken called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his decision and what he has going forward.

Ken says he put a lot of thought into his decision to step aside and, with his kids in college, he felt this was the right time to leave. He wanted to make sure the program is where he wanted it to be and ensure the Magics’ tradition continues.

Does Ken have another coaching job lined up? "I’ve never even looked at any other positions,” he says.

Ken grew up in Barberton, and getting the head coaching job some 20 years ago was “a dream.” However, he plans to continue teaching at Barberton.

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Hal Naragon may not be a household name nationwide, even with baseball die-hards, but he is widely respected in the local community.

Naragon joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his honor of being named to the Walk of Fame in his hometown of Barberton. He was a Magic back in the 1940s, and he talked about how happy he was to be given this honor.

Hal touched on his town, saying “Barberton has always been good to me.” He gave praise to Mayor Bill Judge: “Downtown Barberton is on the move, and it’s good to see again."

The former Indians and Twins catcher played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball. Because of that, Naragon shared his thoughts on the passing of baseball broadcasting legend Joe Garagiola. Though they played in separate leagues, Hal said Joe was "a very friendly person.”

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