Tuesday, 03 November 2015 18:45

AUDIO DeMarco To Leopards: Physicality Wins

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The Louisville Leopards will look to keep their season going against Poland Seminary in the Division III playoffs this coming weekend.

Head Coach John DeMarco joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about the matchup with the Bulldogs Friday at  7:30pm.

DeMarco says his team will have to match Poland's physicality in the trenches on Friday night.

"They don't have that big running back like they've had in the past, they have a smaller, shiftier guy, who's quick, and can make good cuts, but we're going to have to be physical," DeMarco said.


 Last season, Poland defeated the Leopards 41-21 in the playoffs.

With winter meetings and Spring Training just a little over 100 days away, the Cleveland Indians are looking to make some important strides into getting where they want to be.

Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus made an in-studio visit to the Sam Bourquin show to talk about what he feels will get the Indians over the hump.

When asked about how the young kids who came up towards the end of the season, Rosey said they played inspired baseball and finished strong.

"It gives you some hope for next season," Rosenhaus said. "Sometimes it's how you finish a season that doesn't start out as promising and how you battle to finish it out."


 The Indians finished the season 81-80 without making the postseason, a disappointment no doubt, but a building block for future development and growth.

Many people say that when the team unloaded veteran players like Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, and brought up youngsters like Fransisco Lindor, Abraham Almonte, and Giovanni Urshela, they meshed well with leaders like Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis.

"I think it wasn't until those players (Bourn and Swisher) left that guys like Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis took ownership of the team and said 'This is our club,' and they were encouraged to do so by Chris Antonetti and Terry Francona, so that made a big difference," said Jim Rosenhaus.


Monday, 02 November 2015 17:35

AUDIO Smith, Sammy B Recaps 2015 MLB Season

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The baseball season has finally come to a close as the Kansas City Royals have captured a World Series title with a defeat of the New York Mets 4 games to 1.
Doug Smith, MLB writer for RantSports.com joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the win for the Royals and the numerous storylines that go along with a smaller market team winning it all.
"It goes to show  you, if you do baseball smart, you can win," Smith said.
"They put a lot of stock into winning this year after getting there last season and they made a lot of smart baseball moves."
Looking ahead to next season, Smith says the Detroit Tigers will make a push after a disappointing season this year.

Monday, 02 November 2015 17:09

AUDIO Bulldogs Win Big, Prepare For Playoffs

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The "War of 1894" had an exciting finish last Saturday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium with Canton McKinley taking the win over Massillon 30-28, but the moxie of the Bulldogs proved to provide the winning formula for coach Dan Reardon's team.
Reardon joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about the win in his first year as head coach, the 7-3 record in 2015, and what it was like for his team to win that important game.
Coach was particularly impressed with the play of his quarterback, junior Dominique Robinson.
Reardon said he was happy with his team's progress this season, and the extra practice time for the younger players will help his team not only in the playoffs, but down the road.
"The main reason why we do it is to get those kids in competitive situations," Reardon explained. "It's something I've done in the past, and it's something we're doing again this year."
The Bulldogs will play at Toledo Whitmer in the playoffs Saturday for the first round of the OHSAA State Tournament. 

Friday, 30 October 2015 16:48

AUDIO Beaven, Weir, Sammy B Talking Week 10

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It seemed like just yesterday Sam Bourquin and the Akron Beacon Journal's Michael Beaven were talking about summer scrimmages, now for tonight, it's week 10 of the high school football season.

Beaven joined Sammy B on a "Feel Good Friday" to talk about the Week 10 matchups, as well as some of the teams fighting for a playoff berth.

One of the key AkronCity Series games  will be Ellet, led by coach Joe Yost, against the Bob Sax-coached Garfield Golden Rams.

"Jataris Grant is one of the key players for Garfield," Beaven said. "He's a good athlete,  and he's good in the open field."


 Other teams looking to impress this season in Week 10 before the playoffs include Mogadore, Stow, Hoban, and Buchtel.

There are currently four undefeated teams in the Akron area, with Stow, Hoban Buckeye, and Woodridge all unblemished.

For Stark County, Josh Wier of the Canton Repository says that the Perry GlenOak matchup ought to be a good one, in addition to the "War of 1894" between Massillon and McKinley.

"That game can go either way for sure," Wier said of the battle between the Tigers and the Bulldogs.


Thursday, 29 October 2015 19:32

AUDIO Brad's Triple Play Taking Off

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On the Average Sports Show, we like to interact with our listeners especially on Wednesdays for a "Triple Play Wednesday"

Brad puts out three questions that get people's brains working on a Hump Day, and he decided yesterday to put Scott Wynn of WQMX to the test.  Questions were as follows: Best rivalry in sports, worst halloween candy, and Browns wins for the rest of the season, over or under 3.

"Ohio State vs Michigan has to be the best rivalry in sports," Wynn said. "Even though Michigan hasn't been as good for some time, it's still a rivalry," he said.


 Scott says circus peanuts are the worst kind of Halloween candy, and he says the Browns will have less than three wins in their last 9 games.

You can hear Scott every morning from Monday through Friday on Wynn, Kay, and the Morning Crew on 94.9 WQMX.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:49

AUDIO Tigers and Bulldogs Renew Rivalry

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The War of 1894 will be taking place yet again at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, and with the Massillon Tigers and McKinley Bulldogs getting ready to tussle, both coaches expect to see 100% effort from their young men Saturday afternoon.

Nate Moore, the head coach of the Tigers joined 1590 WAKR to talk about the rivalry, his team battling through adversity throughout the season, and what it's going to take to stop McKinley's playmakers.


 Moore said that by containing McKinley dual-threat QB Dominique Robinson and limiting touches for other Bulldog playmakers, the Tigers should be alright.

"The quarterback is a good athlete, he has a good arm, so we have to stay disciplined defensively," he said.

For McKinley, head coach Dan Reardon says his team is playing good football and will have to maintain focus in a rivalry game and not let the emotion surrounding it cloud them from executing.


Tuesday, 27 October 2015 17:43

AUDIO Massillon, McKinley Primed For Showdown

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It's Week 10 of the high school football season and Massillon and Canton McKinley are ready to hit the gridiron this weekend once again.

Chris Easterling from the Massillon Independent joined the Sam Bourquin Show to break down the matchup and talk about what's at stake for both teams in addition to bragging rights.


 McKinley has their playoff spot locked up, while Massillon needs a win to keep their season alive. The Tigers are coming off a tough loss to the Irish of St. Vincent-St. Mary, while McKinley is coming off a win over the Green Bulldogs.

Easterling says that both quarterbacks Seth Blankenship of the Tigers and Dominique Robinson of the Bulldogs will dictate this game, and whoever makes the most crucial throws and the fewest mistakes will lead his team to a victory at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.


Tuesday, 27 October 2015 16:00

AUDIO Bulls,Cavs Ready To Tangle Tonight

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The Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers will get the NBA season started later tonight and both teams are excited to start fresh and get to the elusive NBA Championship.

Dave Daniels from RantSports.com joined the Average Sports Show to talk about the matchup from the Bulls perspective, saying that the long and short tem success of Fred Hoiberg's squad depends on the health of key players such as Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.


 The Cavs and Bulls will tip things off on your home for the Wine and Gold, 1590 WAKR.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 15:09

AUDIO Benedictine,Hoban Primed For Battle

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It will be a clash of the titans in Week 10 of the high school football season as Archbishop Hoban High School and Cleveland Benedictine will tee it up on the gridiron Saturday night.

Benedictine coach Joe Schaefer joined the show to talk about the matchup with Hoban, saying that they have athletes to defend all over the field.


 The Bengals are 9-0 on the season, along with the Hoban Knights, so both teams will be facing a huge test prior to the playoffs, which start next week.

Schaefer said his team has been doing well along both lines, offensively and defensively, and that play in the trenches is crucial to his team's success.

For Archbishop Hoban, Tim Tyrell says that defensively, his team needs to be sure to keep everything in front of them and stay disciplined with all of the athletes at the quarterback, receiver, and skill positions for Benedictine.


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