Tuesday, 25 October 2016 18:12

AUDIO Cavs Lift Curtain, Repeat In Mind

The promise has been delivered, now it's time for the Cavaliers to deliver once again this 2016-17 season.

Radio play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers John Michael dropped by the "Q" to pay a visit to Sam and Aaron ahead of tip-off between the Wine and Gold and the Knicks.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 16:44

AUDIO Indians/Cubs World Series: Game 1

It's finally here. Game #1 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs has fans of both the Cubbies and the Tribe in a frenzy.

Senior Communications Coordinator for the Indians Curtis Danburg joined Brad Russell and Sam Bourquin on site fom the corner of Carneigie and Ontario ahead of the 8:08 first pitch.

 

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East and Buchtel will be squaring off Saturday in a Week 9 matchup crucial to the City Series and the top spot in that conference.

Dragons head coach Marques Hayes spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell from the Iron Grill Friday to break down that matchup and discuss his team's season thus far.

 

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Friday, 21 October 2016 16:47

AUDIO Mogadore Wildcats Set For Waterloo

The Mogadore Wildcats are having another strong season and will be primed for a Week 9 showdown with Waterloo High School.

Matt Adorni, the head coach of the Wildcats, spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell on Friday to talk about his team.

 

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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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The Cleveland Indians are heading to the Fall Classic.  They now await the winner of the Chicago Cubs and the LA Dodgers and will play the winner of that series on Tuesday,

Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes discussed the ALCS and previewed the Tribe with Brad Russell.

 

For the full interview, click here.

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Friday, 14 October 2016 18:07

AUDIO Andre Knott Talking ALCS Game #1

In-game reporter for the Cleveland Indians Andre Knott from STO spoke with Brad Russell and Sam Bourquin ahead of the ALCS Game #1 in Cleveland between the Blue Jays and the Tribe.

 

For the full interview with Andre, click here.

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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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Derrick Mason from 102.5 The Game spoke with Brad Russell Thursday to discuss the upcoming game between the Titans and the Browns this Sunday.

 

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016 19:49

AUDIO Walsh Jesuit Prepared For Hoban

The Walsh Jesuit Warriors will be ready for a Week 8 tilt with Hoban on Friday.

Scott Biegie joined Brad Russell on Wednesday to talk about the game and what the Warriors have been up to.

 

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016 18:38

AUDIO Martinez: Jays, Indians ALCS: Exciting

The Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays will be set for an ALCS showdown on Friday, and we got the Toronto perspective from Blue Jays television play-by-play man Buck Martinez, who joined the Brad Russell Show to talk about the series and what he antcipates will happen.

 

For the full interview, click here.

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Former Indians Manager Mike Hargrove spoke with Brad Russell Tuesday to talk about the Tribe's win in the ALDS over Boston and their upcoming series with the Blue Jays in the ALCS coming up on Friday.

 

For the full interview with Mike Hargrove, click here.

Cleveland.com's Zack Meisel offered his thoughts as well on the Indians and what the Tribe needs to do to defeat Toronto in the ALCS.

  

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Monday, 10 October 2016 17:48

AUDIO Doerschuk: Browns Still A Ways Away

The Browns fell to 0-5 at the hands of the New England Patriots Sunday and are once again searching for answers at the quarterback position due to injuries.

Browns beat reporter Steve Doerschuk from the Canton Repository joined Brad Russell to talk about the team and their preparation for Tennessee this Sunday.

 

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Thursday, 06 October 2016 18:59

AUDIO Rosenhaus, Petraglia Break Down ALDS

Trevor Bauer and and Rick Porcello are set to toe the rubber tonight for Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series.

Jim Rosenhaus, Tribe broadcaster joined Sam and Brad to talk about the squad's mentality heading into this game.

 

Mike Petraglia of WEEI Radio in Boston talked about things from the Boston perspective, including David Ortiz who is retiring after the season.

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Thursday, 06 October 2016 18:20

AUDIO Indians and Sox Set For Game 1

It's finally here. The wait is over and the Cleveland Indians and their fans are ready to "Rally Together " at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario for the ALDS. 

Terry Francona, the Indians' manager spoke to the media prior to the game, saying starting pitcher Trevor Bauer will be ready for the Red Sox lineup tonight. 
 
 He also discussed his catcher rotation, which was a subject of debate.
 
"We thought that having a third catcher could potentially impact us more than having one more pitcher," Francona said.
 
 
Red Sox skipper John Farrell also spoke to the media about his club leading into the series, saying they're focused and ready to go.

First pitch set for 8:08pm on 1590 WAKR.

 

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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 19:25

AUDIO Dr. Chad Stephens Talking Concussions

Dr. Chad Stephens spoke with our own Brad Russell about concussions, football, the NFL concussion protocol, and what is being done to make the game safer.

"The difficult dichotomy is how do we keep the game physical enough to attract attention, but yet to make it safe for the players," he said.

 

For the full interview with Dr. Stephens, click here.

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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 18:42

AUDIO Tom Rinaldi Talks "Red Bandanna"

ESPN Correspondent and author Tom Rinaldi joined the Brad Russell Show to talk about his new book the "Red Bandanna" and some of the journalistic endeavors he's been on during his career.

The Red Bandanna is the story of Welles Crowther and his heroic actions during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

 

The full interview with Tom and Brad can be heard here.

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The Jackson Polar Bears are rolling this 2016 season and are looking to go 7-0 on the season after a defeat of the GlenOak Golden Eagles last Friday night.

Tim Budd the head coach of the Polar Bears joined Brad Russell to talk about his squad, and his young quarterback Jaret Pallotta who threw 5 TD's against the Golden Eagles.

 The Polar Bears will square off against McKinley during Week 7.

 

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Brad Russell spoke with Steve Doerschuk from the Canton Repository to talk about the Browns being winless, but showing promise in some spots.

 

The Browns will take on the New England Patriots Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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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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Thursday, 29 September 2016 19:27

AUDIO Lake Ready For McKinley

Dan DeGeorge, the head coach of the Lake Blue Streaks joined the Brad Russell Show to talk about his squad and the tough week-in-week-out matchups in the Federal League.

 

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 19:06

AUDIO GlenOak Set For Jackson Friday

Scott Garcia, head coach of the GlenOak Golden Eagles spoke with Brad Russell about the team's matchup against the Jackson Polar Bears in Week 6.

 

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 18:53

AUDIO Josh Gordon Going To Rehab

The saga of embattled Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has continued as he has decided to enter an in-patient rehab facility.

Brad expressed his frustration and disappointment with Gordon.

Gordon was slated to come back after his most recent suspension, and through a statement released by Gordon himself, he said he needed to step away from the game "to gain full control of his life"

Scott Petrak from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram spoke with Brad about Gordon and his latest misstep.

 

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 19:58

AUDIO Nate Ulrich Talking Browns

Nate Ulrich from the Akron Beacon Journal joined the Brad Russell Show Wednesday to talk about the Browns, rookie quarterback Cody Kessler, and some of the growing pains seen in this season thus far.

The Browns take on Washington this Sunday. You can catch the game on 97.5 WONE.

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 09:20

AUDIO Stow Looking For 6-0

The Stow Bulldogs have been rolling this high school football season and are looking to stay undefeated as they have a Week 6 matchup on the road against Twinsburg.

Head Coach Mark Nori of Stow spoke with Brad Russell to talk about his team, and his offense, which put up over 500 yards of offense last week.

 Nori says Twinsburg has some solid athletes on both sides of the ball, and his players have to be ready for whatever wrinkles the Tigers may bring to the field.

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Friday, 16 September 2016 16:51

AUDIO Green & McKinley AD's Talking Football

Ahead of their matchup on the gridiron tonight in Green, athletic directors Erich Muzi of Green and Greg Malone of McKinley joined Brad Russell and Sam Bourquin live from the Skyway Drive-In Restaurant in Green.

 

 The two teams will begin Federal League play tonight at 7 p.m.

 

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Thursday, 15 September 2016 18:14

AUDIO Indians Lose In Walk-Off Fashion

The Cleveland Indians lost this afternoon on the South Side of Chicago 2-1 dropping to 84-62 on the season.

Chris Assenheimer from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram joined the Brad Russell Show Thursday to talk about the loss and what the Indians need to do to sew up that AL Central moving forward.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 19:14

AUDIO Stow Set For Grizzlies Friday

Undefeated Stow will begin Suburban League play Friday against the Wadsworth Grizzlies led by Justin Todd.

Head coach Mark Nori spoke about the Bulldogs with our own Brad Russell on 1590 WAKR.

 

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 18:48

AUDIO Brandon Sneed Talks Urban Meyer Article

Brandon Sneed from the Bleacher Report joined Brad Russell on the show today to talk about the article he wrote entitled I'm Not The Lone Wolf' speaking about Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.

The article chronicled Meyer and his mental health issues that he experienced during his coaching career.

You can check out the article here.

 

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Antonio Castro from Phil Steele.com broke down the Top 25 in College Football including a discussion of the #3 team in the land, the Ohio State Buckeyes.

 

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Monday, 12 September 2016 19:27

AUDIO Hakem Dermish Talks Browns Loss

After the Browns' 29-10 loss to the Eagles in Week 1, the team is looking to regroup and get ready for the Ravens next Sunday with Josh McCown stepping in for an injured RGIII.

Hakem Dermish, with News Channel 5 Sports, spoke with WAKR's Brad Russell about the squad.

 

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Friday, 09 September 2016 18:08

AUDIO OSU Prepares For Tulsa

After a 77-10 beat down of Bowling Green last week in Ohio Stadium, they will be facing a Tulsa Golden Hurricane team who will be fast-paced and diverse on offense, making sure they strike quickly and often.

Tim Shoemaker from 11 Warriors joined Brad Russell Friday to talk about the matchup and the offensive playmakers surrounding  QB J.T. Barrett.

 

Kickoff is set for 3:30pm on 1590 WAKR.

 

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Friday, 09 September 2016 15:52

AUDIO Falls & Barberton Battle For Bell

The Barberton Magics and Cuyahoga Falls Black Tigers will be in their "Battle for the Bell" tonight at Clifford Stadium in Cuyahoga Falls.

Cuyahoga Falls Head Coach Sean Flaherty spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell about what challenges the Magics bring for his ballclub.

The Black Tigers are 1-1 on the season.

For Barberton, head coach Tony Gotto says his team will be prepared to go on the road and take care of business.

 

The Magics are 2-0 heading into Week 3.  These two teams have played since 1911. 

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Friday, 09 September 2016 15:18

AUDIO Stow Gearing Up For Solon

As the undefeated Stow Bulldogs are looking to maintain that mark, they will have a big matchup with Solon tonight.

Mark Nori the head coach of the Stow Bulldogs joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell from White House Chicken in Barberton to talk about their week 3.

Nori says the key to his team's success in the young season is controlling the lines of scrimmage both offensively and defensively.

 

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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 21:35

AUDIO Copley Looking For 3-0

After a pair of wins over Twinsburg and Firestone to start the season, the Copley Indians will be looking to get a third win on the young season against Lake Friday night.'

Copley head coach Scott Chouinard joined Brad Russell on 1590 WAKR to talk about the matchup against the Blue Streaks and how they can best use their athletes in space both offensively and defensively.

 

The Indians will square off against Barberton in Week 4 to begin Suburban League play.

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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 17:48

AUDIO World Champ Miocic Set For UFC 203

As we get closer to UFC 203, the MMA world takes center stage in Cleveland, Ohio Saturday with a series of excellent matches.

UFC World Heavyweight Champion and Cleveland native Stipe Miocic joined the Brad Russell Show to talk about his title defense against Alistair Overeem.

 

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 19:46

AUDIO Lake Blue Streaks Looking For 2-0

Coming off a Week 1 win, the Lake Blue Streaks are looking to go 2-0 on the young season.  Head coach of Lake Dan DeGeorge spoke with 1590 WAKR's Brad Russell  about their week 2 matchup with Dover.

 

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The curtain has been lifted on the high school football season and one of the key matchups tonight will pit a pair of Bulldogs, Green and Stow here in Week 1 .

Green High School Athletic Director Erich Muzi joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell from Menches Brothers in Green to talk about the upcoming game and what's to come this season.

"We've (as an athletic staff) spent all week preparing for this game against our cross-town rival Stow, and they've got great fans, they were great hosts last year, and we want to reciprocate that," Muzi said.

"Our maintenance team has put together a great facility, and it's going to pop tonight, so hopefully people will be really pleased."

 

Stow Athletic Director Cyle Feldman also joined the program and he talked about some of the goings-on with Stow athletics and how excited they are to kick off the high school season with this cross-town rivalry.

 "The buzz is good," Feldman said. "We got pretty far (last season), but we're looking to advance."

 

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016 19:43

AUDIO Camp Days Firestone High School

The season is just around the corner, the pads are going to pop, and the Firestone Falcons are getting ready for St. Vincent-St Mary in week 1.

Our own Brad Russell caught up with Firestone head coach Eric Mitchell before the season to talk about his goals and expectations in 2016.

"We have playmakers on offense, we want to get our kids in space, and defensively we want to get after people, and we want to put our kids in the best position to make some plays for us."

Some of the young men looking to do some big things in 2016 include Zuriel Sanders and Demonte Swain, among others, who were All-City selections in 2015.

The Firestone Falcons will begin the non-conference slate with the Fighting Irish in Week 1, Copley in Week 2, Norwayne in Week 3 before starting city play against the Garfield Golden Rams. 

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016 19:33

AUDIO McKinley Prepares For Hoban Week 1

Federal League power Canton McKinley is looking to build off of last year's successful season and prepare to face a tough Archbishop Hoban team in Week 1 

Head Coach Dan Reardon joined the Brad Russell Show Tuesday to talk about what challenges the defending state champs bring to the football field. 

 "We have a big test, and we're excited about it," Reardon said. "We know we have to play our best ball game to have a chance to contain those guys."

The game will be played Friday at Canton Central Catholic's Lowell Klinefelter Field.  The Bulldogs will be returning 29 lettermen including some big-time talent including quarterback Dominique Robinson , linebacker Kadeem Trotter, and defensive back Reggie Corner.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016 17:46

MULTIMEDIA Camp Days: East Dragons

One of the teams that is looking to improve upon last year's campaign is the East Dragons under the direction of fifth-year head coach Marques Hayes. 

Hayes spoke with WAKR's Brad Russell about his team heading into 2016 and what he's looking for his team to do.

When asked about the most rewarding part of coaching the Dragons is getting things going on the field.

 

 "We have some fantastic expectations for this season, and we're looking to do some big things," he said.  "We ask those seniors to leave a legacy behind for the younger guys coming up behind them."

Two of the seniors expected to help the Dragons this year are defensive end De'Andre Brimage and running back Jemarulin Suggs, who are both committed to the University of Akron.

The Dragons will start the season August 26 against the Jackson Polar Bears.

 

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016 17:40

AUDIO Indians Prepare To Face ChiSox

The Indians are ready to face the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field tonight to start a three-game series.

Ryan Lewis, Indians beat writer for the Akron Beacon Journal joined Brad Russell from Booth 4 at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario just ahead of tonight's game.

Tonight's pitching matchup will feature the Tribe's Corey Kluber going up against Jose Quintana of the White Sox. Lewis anticipates both of these pitchers making it tough on opposing hitters.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm and pregame starts at 6:37pm on 1590 WAKR. For the full interview with Ryan Lewis and Brad Russell, click right here.

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After an Ohio High School Athletic Association investigation into the Massillon Washington football program,  the Tigers will be on probation for three years due to alleged recruiting violations.

Director of Commuications for the OHSAA, Tim Stried joined Brad Russell Monday to talk about the situation, what that means for the team, and head football coach Nate Moore.

He said the sanctions affect the school and the OHSAA and their interaction.

"Whenever a school's on probation, there's a heightened awareness that the school's had some violations, and  there's an increase in communication between the OHSAA and the school," he said.

If the Tigers make the playoffs in 2016, Moore is suspended from coaching the team throughout the duration of the playoffs.  The school is also facing a $5,000 fine and some of the penalties extend to some student-athletes as well.

For the full interview with Brad and Tim Stried, click here.

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Monday, 15 August 2016 18:20

MULTIMEDIA Camp Days: Ellet Orangemen

The Ellet Orangemen will be ready to contend for the City Series Title in 2016, balancing toughness and competitiveness on the gridiron.

Longtime coach of the Orangemen, Joe Yost joined Brad Russell on City Series Media Day last week to talk about his team and their makeup heading into the season.

  

 Yost, who has been patrolling the sidelines at Ellet for 38 years, says the most rewarding part of his job is the relationships he's bulit over the course of his time teaching and coaching.

"It's been the thrill of my life and a great privlege in my life to spend quality time with so many great people," Yost said. 

Yost will have a solid amount of returning talent of of last year's 6-4 team including Marquise Bridges and Garret Haverstic, amongst others.

He says the team has been made aware of being good stewards in the community, and that being a role model for the young kids in Ellet and Akron as a whole is something to take seriously.

"They have that responsibility," he says.

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Friday, 12 August 2016 14:48

MULTIMEDIA Camp Days: Buchtel High School

The Buchtel Griffins are ready to defend their City Series Title in 2016 and are working hard to improve upon that mark this season.

Buchtel Head Coach Ricky Powers spoke with Brad Russell during City Series Media Days to talk about the Griffins and how they're going to stack up against the rest of the City Series.

"We want to win it all," Powers said. "That's our plan that's what we set to do and our opponents, we want them to know who they're playing against."

The Griffins are coming off a 9-2 season in 2015, in which they did not make the state playoffs. They will face Columbus Beechcroft in the opening week of the season on August 26.

 

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With the NFL season starting up very soon, many people will be setting up their fantasy football lineups and looking to make some hay.

Fantasy football expert Zack Zander, the Original Football Nerd, joined Brad to break down the wide receivers and there's a lot of depth there, including the top of the list, which includes Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown, New York's Odell Beckham Jr, and Atlanta's Julio Jones.

 

Zack also mentioned some sleepers that could garner you some points in your fantasy league and if you draft them late, they could pay some big dividends down the line.

 

For next Thursday, Zack will preview the running backs.

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Friday, 12 August 2016 09:01

MULTIMEDIA Camp Days: Kenmore High School

The Kenmore Cardinals are ready to roll in 2016, and under coach Kemp Boyd, they look to be competitive as ever in the City Series.

Coach Boyd joined Sam Bourquin during City Series Media Day and he likes what he's seen from his group of young men so far leading up to this season.

"I feel like we have a good football team,  I feel like they've bought in and have been working hard, and as a coach, that's all you can ask for."

 

Coach Boyd is looking for his team to display maximum effort on the practice field, on game days, and to show a good effort in the community and represent the school and the community with class.

The Cardinals start the season against Cleveland East Tech at home.

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Two key members of the Indianapolis Colts organization will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend in Canton, and one former Colt offered his thoughts on the men he took the gridiron with.

Former Colts linebacker Gary Brackett joined the Brad Russell show to talk about Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison being inducted into football's greatest fraternity and what he's doing after a solid 9-year career in pro football.

Gary said that playing for Coach Dungy was a truly special time in his life.

"He had very good values and morals as a coach," Brackett said. "He was very mild mannered, but very prepared and effective, and we always had a great game plan for whoever we were playing."

Brackett helped the Colts win Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears. He came into the league with the Colts in 2003. 

 

Now after retiring from pro football in 2011, Gary is involved with his restaurants and the Gary Brackett Impact Foundation. 

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Thursday, 04 August 2016 19:23

MULTIMEDIA Camp Days:Tallmadge High School

First year head football coach at Tallmadge High School Alan Vanderink is excited about the 2016 season, and he says the staff and the players are getting ready to lace up the cleats and get after it in the Suburban League.

Alan spoke with us during Suburban League Media Day and he says the league is a competitive and well-balanced league.

 

"There's no weeks that you can take off," Vanderink said. "That's good for our coaches and our young people."

He says the community has been behind him 100 percent since he got the job at Tallmadge, coming over from the Copley staff, where he served as an assistant. 

  

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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 18:03

MULTIMEDIA Camp Days: Highland High School

The Highland Hornets are coming off a strong 2015 season, and are ready to go in 2016.

Mike Gibbons, the head coach of the Hornets spoke with us at Suburban League Media Day and what it's like to be in such a tough, competitive league.

"You have to be ready to go," Gibbons said.

"Any time we tell our kids we can beat anybody, but if we're not prepared, anybody can beat us," Gibbons explained.

The Hornets will lean on a strong senior class, many of whom played during the 2015 campaign, when they went 6-4 in 2015.

 

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