Our 1590 WAKR G&G Fitness Coach of the Week this week is Bill Gamble of the Jackson Polar Bears. He is the head baseball coach for the Polar Bears.

He talked about the team his run has been on, winning 50-plus Federal League games and getting ready for the post season.

Coach Gamble says his team is getting close to where he wants them to be, despite their tremendous success.

"We know the pitching is elite, we know that every play is going to matter the further and further we go in the tournament," he says. 


Stay tuned for the Coach of the Week next week on the Sam and Brad Show.

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 16:08

Tallmadge Seeking Another State Title

Sam and Brad caught up with Tallmadge baseball coach Kenny Linn to talk about his team making another run to the State Final Four in Columbus.


The Semifinal matchup is set for Friday at 7pm against Dayton Chaminade-Julienne. 

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Jackson head baseball coach Bill Gamble joined the Sam and Brad Show Tuesday to talk about the district final matchup between the Polar Bears and the Massillon Tigers at Thurman Munson Stadium this afternoon.

Game time is set for  5 p.m.

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This week the 1590 WAKR Coaches Spotlight shines on Officer Howard Vaughn, the head coach of the Buchtel Griffins' baseball team. 

 Coach Vaughn discussed how he is bringing baseball to the youngsters and helping young people.

"I started in coaching six years ago and I saw a dying Buchtel baseball program, and I wanted to get it back started," he said. 

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Sam and Brad spoke with Tallmadge head coach Kenny Linn to talk about the school's baseball title in Division II.

It's the first state championship for the Blue Devils in 15 seasons and coach Linn discussed the key cogs in this year's special season.


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Sam and Brad spoke with Jackson Polar Bears head baseball coach Bill Gamble about the team's state championship victory in Columbus this weekend over Strongsville.


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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 15:03

AUDIO Polar Bears Prepare For State

Sam and Brad spoke with Jackson high school baseball coach Bill Gamble on Tuesday afternoon as his team prepares to face Lakota West in the State Tournament. 


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Tim Stried from the OHSAA spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell to talk about the new regulations in high school baseball as it relates to pitch counts.


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The Canton Central Catholic Crusaders won in walk-off fashion yesterday, and they're looking to make even more noise in the state baseball tournament in Division III.

They got it done yesterday over Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 3-2, and head coach Doug Miller was certainly proud of his group, although the job is not finished in 2016.

Miller caught up with Sam Bourquin Wednesday to talk about the contest and how the Crusaders are off to the regionals.

"Our senior right-hander Jake Vance, boy what a game," Miller said. "Mooney's a great team, they scored 17 runs the night before against Crestview in the district semis, and he held them to three hits, and it's enough to move on."

CCC won on a walk-off by senior Clay Davies in the bottom of the 7th.

The Crusaders will move on to the Massillon regionals after winning their 12th district title since 1988.


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The Ellet Orangemen are having a solid year at 13-7 overall and 9-0 in the City Series, and they plan on riding their pitching into the State Tournament.

Baseball coach John Sarver joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about his club heading into tournament play, and he says they've been having some timely hitting to go along with that pitching this season.

"We've done very well in the City," Sarver said, referencing the team's undefeated record in league play.  "Our pitchers Derek Cook, Joe Williams, and Matt Cody have been good all year, so the pitching has carried us."  

Cook, a senior, and Williams and Cody, both juniors, have been at the top of the rotation for the Orangemen all year.

Ellet will take on the North Vikings in a league game before playing Austintown Fitch at home tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

The Orangemen will travel to Kent on Thursday if they get past Austintown Fitch on Wednesday.


Sarver says he credits the players and the coaching staff for being mentally tough and paying attention to detail despite the weather causing games to be moved around and so forth. "You have to be a little mentally tough to play in this weather, and I think our young kids have that."

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After many years as the head coach of the Canton Central Catholic boys' baseball team, a familiar face will no longer be seen at the field that bears his name after the school year ends.

Doug Miller will be leaving CCC after 34 years of coaching and 37 years at the school at the end of the school year after signing a buyout.

Joe Scalzo from the Canton Repository joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a Friday to talk about the situation and where Miller and the school go from here.

Scalzo said that when he spoke to Miller for his story in the Rep , there was a somber tone in his voice.

"Obviously Doug isn't a fire breathing Central Catholic guy, he just wants to coach baseball, and he's very upset by this."

He also pointed out that the beloved coach was one of the most popular figures not only in the school, but in the Canton community as well. 

The Crusaders won a state championship in baseball last season, and he won his 700th career game earlier this week.

CCC and Jackson will play this Saturday.

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Thursday, 28 April 2016 17:24

AUDIO CCC's Miller Gets Win # 700

One of the most well-known and successful baseball coaches in Ohio and Stark County history picked up his #700th career win yesterday against Lake Center Christian 1-0.

Canton Central Catholic's Doug Miller joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the milestone, what it means to him, and the multitude of alumni and former players who called, texted, and congratulated him on this tremendous accomplishment.

Miller said it was a good feeling to get win number 700 in his 35-year coaching career. But he says its all about the young men out there on the diamond that make that win and all the ones before that truly magical.

"It's been a pretty good run, lots of good players, and I heard from a lot of guys from different eras and that makes it special."


The Crusaders play the Jackson Polar Bears at noon on Saturday in what should be a fantastic contest. CCC is 16-1 on the campaign this season.

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The Jackson Polar Bears are rolling at 13-0 and with their experience on the diamond, they could be heading towards some big things this spring.

Head Coach of the Polar Bears Bill Gamble joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about his club and what they've been doing as of late, and what they are looking to do moving forward.

 The Polar Bears are coming off a 10-0 win over Aurora Monday, and with this year's team, there's a lot of strengths to discuss.

"We're throwing strikes,  we're throwing it well, and picking it, and getting off the field," Gamble says. "I think that's a big deal, even as the weather turns and everybody gets a little more of that baseball fever and the tournament nears, you still got to be able to throw and pick it."

Jackson returns 16 young men and they understand the concepts and the culture set by the coaching staff, according to Gamble.

"Guys are competing like heck for playing time, for starts, and it all starts with our competitive practices."

The Polar Bears will play McKinley this week before taking on Doug Miller's Canton Central Catholic team on Saturday.

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