The Hudson Explorers are coming off a big league win over the Wadsworth Grizzlies yesterday 6-1 and things are moving in the right direction in Hudson.
Buddy Dice, the head coach of the Explorers joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his club and what they've been doing well.
"The kids that came out in the offseason have done everything in the offseason to prepare themselves with what they're doing now, and everything appears to be on the upswing for us."
Hudson is 11-5 on the season, and appear to be battle-tested heading into the tournament.
The pitching staff has performed well, led by seniors Michael Moreland and Doug Erb, who is 1-1 with an ERA under 3, and several junior pitchers who are gaining experience and getting some quality starts.
As the NFL Draft nears closer to Thursday, the Browns have many options at #8. One of those players could be former Florida DB Vernon Hargreaves III.
Vernon's former coach at Wharton HS in Tampa, FL David Mitchell joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk with him about what kind of player and person Vernon was in high school.
He said what stood out about him right away was his athleticism and ability to process information and get the little things down.
"Everybody knew no matter where the ball was, he would be there," Mitchell said. "He was a very mature player."
He was a defensive star at Florida, and at cornerback, he has that confidence you need to be out there on the island and make plays.
"He comes from a great family, great young man, and he's got his head on straight," Mitchell said.
The Browns traded from #2 to #8 and he might be in play for the Browns, but coach Mitchell said it would be nice to see him play for the hometown Buccanneers if possible.
Cedar Point and SportsForce Parks are teaming up to create a great sports complex to host various outdoor events just a stones' throw away from the roller coaster capital of the world.
Recently, there was a groundbreaking earlier this month to create the new complex, which will be set to open in 2017.
Tony Clark, Director of Communications for Cedar Point joins the Sam Bourquin Show to explain why this is a win-win not only for the youth sports community, but for the community of Sandusky as well.
"This has been in the works for a while," Clark said. "The groundbreaking was very exciting, and this is a great opportunity not just for our community here, but for Northeast Ohio."
The $23.5 million complex will be situated on Route 6 on the site of the former Griffing Sandusky Airport.
The new complex will house fields for baseball, softball, lacrosse, and soccer.
Clark says this will be a tremendous benefit to the youth sports folks and their families coming into town, who may have gone to a tournament in a more remote location, but with Cedar Point very close by to the new sports park, it brings people to the area who may not have come before.
"We can combine the sports experience for the youth, as well as the park experience for the families that can make an extended stay out of it," he said.
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.
After the Cleveland Indians swept the Detroit Tigers over the weekend in Motown, the team has shaken off those slow starts that plagued them in the past and are looking to pick up some more wins as they continue their road trip.
Matt Lyons, the Lead Writer and Managing Editor of Let'sGoTribe.com joined the Average Sports Show to talk to Brad about what the sweep did for the Tribe's confidence moving forward and what the injury to Carlos Carrasco does for the rotation and the clubhouse.
When asked about Carrasco's impact, Lyons said they should be in good shape
"They do have 1-4 a solid rotation with Tomlin and Anderson in the back," Lyons said. "When he's needed Trevor Bauer will step in, and he's a good 3 or 4 starter when he's on his game."
The Indians will face the Minnesota Twins at Target Field for a series before heading to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies. The Tribe is now 9-7 on the season.
As the draft approaches for the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, it would not surprise many to see them again trade down from #8, but they could stay at that spot and pick up either another lineman, or perhaps an Ohio favorite.
Tom Reed from the Cleveland Plain Dealer says that if the Browns stay at 8, they could take Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, or they could solidify the trenches with Jack Conklin, the offensive tackle out of Michigan State, or go with Ronnie Stanley, the tackle out of Notre Dame.
Reed says it's all about what the Browns want, and what their needs are.
"There's a lot of range there, with things they can do with that #8 pick," Reed explained.
He says that they might take a look at quarterback later in the first round, either Paxton Lynch out of Memphis or local product from Walsh Jesuit, Connor Cook (who played collegiately at Michigan State).
The Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the NBA Playoffs and now they await the winner of the Boston/Atlanta series, which is now tied at 2 apiece.
Mike Petraglia, Boston sports reporter for WEEI Radio in Boston joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the series, the ebbs and flows, and the quality coaching job done by Brad Stevens in Beantown.
Mike says that it's been entertaining watching this series at the TD Garden, with a raucous crowd that's always behind their team 100 percent.
"It's been a great atmosphere," he said.
He says he gives the edge in the series to the Celtics because of the way they've been playing as of late and their leadership on the bench from Stevens and the leadership on the floor from guard Isaiah Thomas.
Mike also talked about the ruling that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serves a four game suspension for his role in the Deflategate situation.
The Cleveland Browns are just four short days away from selecting #8 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, and while many people think they will trade down, it is also possible the Browns will stay at that spot and pick a quality player there.
Scott Petrak, who covers the Browns for the Elyria Chronicle Telegram joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about where Cleveland may go with their Top 10 selection, and what's going on in the minds of the brain trust as we get closer and closer to Draft Day in Chicago.
"If I had to bet, I'd say they'd stick at 8," Petrak said. "That's because there's so many moving pieces, you have to find the right trading partner, the right guy has to be there at 8 for somebody to want to move up, but I really think that trading down is obviously a pretty good option."
The Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles swapped the #2 and the #8 overall picks in the first round last week. The Browns have 12 picks in 2016.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons will be squaring off in their playoff matchup tonight in Auburn Hills, in front of a raucous crowd, who hasn't seen a playoff home game in seven years.
Joining the show from Auburn Hills, Dave Zavac from Fear The Sword joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show and he says the Cavs are loose and ready to go tonight in Michigan.
"I think the Cavs are ready," Zavac said. "They had their intro playing in the locker room, so they're feeling good heading into tonight."
Dave doesn't seem to think Stanley Johnson's comments will bother LeBron James or the rest of the team, and that they will come out focused and prepared for the task at hand.
The Cavs and Pistons will tip things off at 7 p.m. on 1590 WAKR.
One of the area's better high school baseball teams is off to a hot start, and things are looking up.
Greg Pickard, the head coach of the Wadsworth Grizzly baseball team joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his team and what they've been doing on the diamond.
"Things are going well, we're 12-2 right now, we've been dodging the rain, we've been hitting well, and have been pitching really well too," Pickard said.
The Grizzlies have had to get a few make-up games in with the rain and snow in the early part of the season and are led by three seniors at the top of their pitching rotation.
"Chris Byers and Cameron Deemer have been doing well for us, as three-year starters, and then Ross Thompson, who worked in last year, has had a great year, including a win over Brecksville."
The Grizzlies will be at Canal Park this coming Sunday against Medina Highland at 2 p.m.
The Cavaliers and the Pistons will tip it off in Auburn Hills, Michigan for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series, and the Wine and Gold is tuning out the noise and getting ready for the task at hand.
Sam Amico from Amico Hoops.net joined the Sam Bourquin Show on a Feel Good Friday to talk about the matchup and what his thoughts are going into this contest.
Amico said the Cavs have to be more physical then they have been all series.
"It's about coming out and not only matching their energy, but setting the tone early, and being more physical," Amico explained.
"The Cavs can't get caught up in the crowd getting on them, and they need to come out and show the Pistons they can be tough and physical."
Aaron McMann from MLive Media Group offered his perspective from the Detroit side of things, saying it's been awhile since the Pistons have hosted a playoff game, and he knows the atmosphere will be raucous at the Palace tonight.
Aaron says the Pistons will play tough, hard-nosed basketball, and it all starts from their leading scorer in the regular season, Reggie Jackson.
"I don't think he's hit his plateau yet, but he's a guy that wants to win, and for Stan to put the offense on his shoulders, it says a lot."
The Cavs and the Pistons play tonight at 7pm on 1590 WAKR.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are up 2-0 against the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, and the Wine and Gold are tuning out the noise and playing their game.
Brendan Bowers from SLAM Magazine joined the Average Sports Show to talk about the series and what the Cavaliers are doing to ensure their success in the second season.
Bowers likes the matchup from a competitiveness standpoint.
"It's been a great start so far, I like the energy level from the Cavaliers, and I like to see that continue to build throughout the series."
The Pistons have had a chip on their shoulder the size of Lake Michigan, and with Stanley Johnson's comments about being in LeBron' James' head, they haven't backed down from Cleveland.
Brendan says it doesn't matter what's said as long as the Cavs play their game, space the floor, and play quality defense.
Yesterday, the NFL was buzzing as the Cleveland Browns and the Eagles have swapped first-round picks, with Philadelphia selecting at #2 overall, and the Browns moving down to the #8 overall pick.
Andrea Hangst from the Orange and Brown Report joined Brad Russell in the Average Sports Show to talk about her initial thoughts on the move and what it means for the Browns moving forward.
"Right now it looks like a big win to me, they have 12 picks this draft, they have an additional first round pick next year, they have a second rounder in 2018, I think it's a really smart move when you look at all the picks they acquired from Philadelphia," she said.
"That brings a lot more value to the team I think, potentially at least than anyone they could have picked with that second overall selection."
Hangst believes the Browns could select UCLA linebacker Myles Jack with the #8 pick. He does bring some health concerns with the knee, but can stop the run and work in coverage as well. Another possibility could be Ohio State star Ezekiel Elliott, who could provide playmaking ability at the running back position.
The Ellet Orangemen boys' baseball team is doing well on the diamond, and coming off of a good week, they are looking to continue to get better.
John Sarver, the head coach of the Orangemen joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his young team and what they need to do to have success in the City Series.
"I like the makeup of our team, we lost four senior pitchers, so we're young in that area, we have a good defensive team and a good hitting team," he said.
Ellet only has one senior pitcher in Dustin Franklin, but coach Sarver says the young pitchers in the rotation have talent on their side, and with the experience they've been gaining this year, it has proven to be invaluable.
Ellet will face nearby rival Tallmadge this weekend, and he knows Kenny Linn's kids will be competitive on Saturday.
"He's always going to have his kids playing good defense, hitting the ball well, and have good pitching," Sarver said. "Kenny's always tough.