After 30-plus years of coaching, Canton McKinley boys basketbal coach Rick Hairston is hanging up his whistle.
Hairston joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about his retirement and what he plans to do moving forward.
Friday night the Canton McKinley Bulldogs will be taking on St. Vincent-St. Mary in their regular-season finale at the Fieldhouse before tournament play begins.
Head coach of the Bulldogs' boys basketball team Rick Hairston joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his team being prepared for the Irish and how his team is coming together on the hardwood.
"We got a lot done today," coach Hairston said. "We went through a little stretch where it was pretty tough for us."
The Bulldogs lost to Hoover and Lake, losing their shot at winning the Federal League title, but have reeled off five wins in a row, including an 89-74 win over Warren Harding most recently.
When it comes to STVM, Hairston says the young men are excited to play the Irish and are prepared for the challenge ahead.
"They're an outstanding ball club, they shoot it very well, and they're very athletic," said Hairston. "We just have to make sure we get out and guard the perimeter."
Friday night at the Canton Memorial Fieldhouse, the Canton McKinley Bulldogs and the Jackson Polar Bears will get together for part two of their basketball series.
Rick Hairston joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about the matchup, and the atmosphere surrounding the game.
"We didn't take care of the ball in the first game," Hairston said. "We remember Jackson is a good basketball team, and they have more than just Kyle Young and Logan Hill."
Jackson won the first matchup by ten points in the early part of the season.
"You really have to play well to beat this team because they play with a certain amount of swagger and confidence."
The Polar Bears on the other hand are looking forward to getting on the road and playing a solid team. Tim Debevec joined the Sam Bourquin Show as well.
"It should be an exciting night, and you'll see something good from both teams."
He says his team is going to have to play better than they did in their first meeting in order to beat the Bulldogs.
"They have a lot of talent, it's going to be a big game for us.
Jackson and McKinley will tip things off in boys' high school hoops tomorrow, in what is expected to be a very good matchup of two well-coached and disciplined teams.
Coach Rick Hairston of Canton McKinley joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to talk about the game and how his team is doing so far this young season.
Hairston says senior star LePear Toles is expected to play against the Polar Bears despite sustaining a brusied knee in the game against Green at the Canton Memorial Fieldhouse.
"He's going to be fine," Hairston said. "He made a visit to the doctor, and he shoud be good to go."
Speaking about the Polar Bears, Coach Hairston says that they'll face a stiff challenge from Jackson.
"Tim Debevec does a beautiful job of getting his kids to play the way, the style he wants them to play," he said. "They play the way we do, they press, they have lots of talent."
For the Jackson Polar Bears themselves, Coach Debevec (who also joined the Sam Bourquin Show) said that his players will have to bring their best effort against the Bulldogs Friday night at home.
"We're excited for that, we've been practicing well,and we should be ready."
"They (McKinley) have a lot of depth, lot of skill, we just have to go execute and see what happens."