Friday, 12 April 2019 17:16

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 4.12.19

On the Feel Good Friday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:

Jonah Rosenblum of the Record Courier on the Portage Trail Conference (19 seconds) 

NFL Draft hopeful and Barberton grad John Cominsky on the draft process (around 13 minutes) 

ESPN's Brian Windhorst on his new book: LeBron INC: The Making of a Billion Dollar Athlete. (around 30 minutes) 

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This week our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Jamie Matheson, a senior soccer player from Barberton High School.
Jamie says soccer is a family affair and she shares that love of the game with her sisters.
“My two younger sisters played and they started playing first and I went to the games and I wanted to play and never stopped,” she said. 
Jamie currently plays for the Magics with one of her sisters and she enjoys that experience.
“We’re harder on each other, but it works well, we like each other, and we like playing together.”
As a captain, Matheson says she leads both vocally and by example, depending on what the team calls for. Head Coach Scott Kelley said Jamie is a standout player for the Magics.
“She anchors our defense with impressive speed and incredible vision of the game,” Kelley said. 
That excellence also transfers away from the pitch as well according to Kelley.
“Off the field, she has earned a 3.68 GPA, and is involved in several BHS clubs and community activities,” he said.
Jamie is actively involved in Student Council, Helping Hands, and Ski Club. Upon graduation in the spring, Jamie plans on attending the University of Akron, where she looks to major in Financial Planning.
We wish Jamie the best in all of her future endeavors. 
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This week our 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Nick Plucinski, a junior football player for Barberton High School.

Nick enjoys the community of Barberton and how they get behind the Magics football team.
“The support is helping us out on our journey through the season,” Plucinski said. 
A two-sport athlete, Nick plays football for coach Tony Gotto and baseball coach Steve Fasig. Gotto had some great words for the junior linebacker who had a big impact in Week 1 against neighboring rival Norton.
“He had the play of the game when he blocked the overtime extra point to seal the deal,” Gotto said.
Gotto also spoke to his academic success as well, pointing to his sophomore year in which he played baseball.
“As a sophomore last spring during baseball season, Nick was an all-district catcher and batted .460 while maintaining a 3.95 GPA.”
Nick is also a part of the Drug Free Club at Barberton High School, and he prides himself on working hard both on the field and in the classroom.
“It’s very hard, but you have to stay up and grind it out,” he says. 
We wish Nick the best in all of his future endeavors. 
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:55

Norton-Barberton Shooter Injured, Arrested

The 911 call came in to Norton Police just about 7 p.m. Tuesday; reports of a man with a long rifle standing underneath a covered storage unit at the Barber Road Storage facility in Norton. 

There were no reports of "shots fired" at the time. 

Norton Police, Barberton Police, and the SWAT team comprised of officers from Norton, Barberton, and New Franklin Police departments, arrived within minutes. The suspect, 41-year-old David Michael Havrilek, was there with an assault-style rifle waiting for police and opened fire when they arrived. Police returned fire. The exchange lasted several minutes and Havrilek was injured in the shootout. Police then were able to take him into custody and then he was transported to Akron General Medical Center. 

There is no word yet on the charges Havrilek, an Akron resident, is facing, but he is no stranger to the law. He has a criminal history, including charges for felonious assault and domestic violence, among others. 

Norton Police Chief John D'alessandro said in a press conference following the incident that "the good guys" prevailed Tuesday night. It was Chief D'alessandro's ascertation that Havrilek was attempting to lure responding officers into a wooded area near the storage facility, but officers responded in accordance to their training and did not take the bait. 

Barberton High School and Middle School were placed on lockdown, while the Barberton Sports Complex and two area businesses were evacuated. The all-clear was given and the lockdowns lifter at about 8:37 p.m. 

While the situation was still "active," an Ohio Highway Patrol helicopter was deployed and officers used infrared to confirm that there was not a second suspect. There was no second suspect, just Havrilek. 

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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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Thursday, 02 February 2017 10:25

Barberton Teacher Suspended For Slur

Barberton City Schools has suspended a male high school teacher after reportedly using a racial slur directed at a student. 

Superintendent Patty Cleary notified parents of the situation Tuesday about 4 p.m., saying that other students heard the comment. She said the teacher, whose name has not been released, is on administrative leave while they investigate the situation. 

No other information was made available at this time. 

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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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The high school football season is just weeks away and many teams are looking to improve off of last year's success and one of those teams that is looking to do just that is the Barberton Magics.

Tony Gotto spoke with me during Suburban League Media Day to talk about his squad, the tough Suburban League slate, and some of the key young men who will be playing under the lights for the Magics this year.

 "We've had a great offseason and we're looking forward to the season," he said.

The Magics were 7-3 in 2015 and are continuing to build their program with tough kids who play disciplined football.


Barberton High School FB Preview from Aaron Coleman on Vimeo.

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Thursday, 09 June 2016 16:27

AUDIO Greynolds Excited To Return Home

A familiar name will be patrolling the sidelines in Barberton this coming basketball season, and he hopes to bring the "magic" back to one of the area's more known programs.

Jackie Greynolds, Jr. will be the next head coach of the Barberton boys' basketball team, and he plans on making his imprint on the program.

"I'm really excited," Greynolds said. "It really hasn't sunk in yet, and it doesn't matter who my dad was, if you don't get the job done."

Jack Greynolds Sr., Jackie's dad was a legendary coach of the Magics who guided the team to a state title in the 1976.

For the full interview with Coach Greynolds, click here.

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