The Canton McKinley boys' basketball program has a new head coach. 

Andy Vlajkovich, who came over from Warren, will now be taking over the Pups. He spoke with Sam and Brad on Tuesday. 

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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.


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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 17:15

AUDIO Thom McDaniels To Receive Top Honor

Former Canton McKinley Bulldogs head coach Thom McDaniels will be honored tonight by being inducted into the Canton McKinley Hall of Fame.

The legendary coach spoke with Sam and Brad Wednesday. McDaniels won over 200 games at McKinley.


The dinner will be at Tozzi's on 12th in Canton at 6 p.m.

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Dan Reardon, the head coach of the McKinley Bulldogs spoke with Sam and Brad ahead of the War of 1894 between the Bulldogs and Massillon Tigers.


On the other side, Nate Moore, head coach of the Massillon Tigers talked about what the rivalry means for his team.


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A former Canton McKinley H.S. swim coach now says he did have a sexual relationship with a student, and more than once, back when he was coaching her. 

Samuel Seiple, 57, says that between May, 2014 and November, 2015, he sexually assaulted the girl who was 16-years-old at the time. 

The 8-month-long investigation by the Stark County Sheriff's Office revealed evidence of potentially other victims, but Seiple has only been charged in this case. In court on Monday, Seiple pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of a minor. He was sentenced 180 days in jail, but 178 days of the sentence were suspended. The Canton Repository is reporting the judge's thought was that the two days in jail would help Seiple "understand what it's like to be a criminal." 

Seiple began working at Canton McKinley in 1994. The Canton City School district says he submitted his resignation on August 11, 2017. 

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Canton McKinley Bulldog Kadeem Trotter joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about signing with Syracuse for National Signing Day to play his college football for the Orange in 2017.


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Friday, 16 September 2016 16:51

AUDIO Green & McKinley AD's Talking Football

Ahead of their matchup on the gridiron tonight in Green, athletic directors Erich Muzi of Green and Greg Malone of McKinley joined Brad Russell and Sam Bourquin live from the Skyway Drive-In Restaurant in Green.


 The two teams will begin Federal League play tonight at 7 p.m.


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Tuesday, 23 August 2016 19:33

AUDIO McKinley Prepares For Hoban Week 1

Federal League power Canton McKinley is looking to build off of last year's successful season and prepare to face a tough Archbishop Hoban team in Week 1 

Head Coach Dan Reardon joined the Brad Russell Show Tuesday to talk about what challenges the defending state champs bring to the football field. 

 "We have a big test, and we're excited about it," Reardon said. "We know we have to play our best ball game to have a chance to contain those guys."

The game will be played Friday at Canton Central Catholic's Lowell Klinefelter Field.  The Bulldogs will be returning 29 lettermen including some big-time talent including quarterback Dominique Robinson , linebacker Kadeem Trotter, and defensive back Reggie Corner.

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Monday, 22 August 2016 19:43

AUDIO Hoban Ready for McKinley In Opener

The Archbishop Hoban Knights are looking to defend their state title as the season kicks off Friday night against the Bulldogs of Canton McKinley.

Tim Tyrrell, the head coach of the Knights joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about his club, the hard work they put into the offseason, and not being complacent.

 "We have been trying to break the mold and not staying stagnant, living by the saying 'If it ain't broke, break it,' saying that constantly trying to get better is something each and every player needs to do.

Hoban will be led by senior quarterback Danny Clark, and running back Todd Sibley, among others.

The Knights will open up with McKinley August 26, and Coach Tyrrell knows his team will have their hands full with Dan Reardon's athletic and physical squad.


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Monday, 22 August 2016 08:11

Top 15 High School Football Power Poll

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1 Hoban      4-0  Knights over Ursuline 56-28 @. St V
2 Massillon   4-0 Tigers capitalized on Motclair's mistakes  Vs. Firestone  
3 Wadsworth 4-0 Late TD puts Grizz on top  Vs.Cuyahoga Falls 
4 Barberton 4-0 Haywood looked good in win  Vs Copley 
5 Canton McK 4-0  Canton McK wins battle of the bulldogs  Vs. Hoover 
6 StV 3-1 Keys Jr puts up 154 rush yards in win  Vs. Hoban  
7 Perry 4-0 Panthers run strong in 2nd half  Vs.Louisville
8 East 3-1 East falls short on road vs Dover  @ Lake Catholic
9 Lake  3-1 Leopards to much for Lake  @ Jackson 
10 Revere  3-1 Minutemen fall to Barberton   @ Highland 
11 Manchester  3-1 Panthers win big over Tuslaw  Vs. Triway 
12 Highland  3-1 Highland rolls up 63 points Vs. Revere 
13 CVCA  3-1 Tucker comes up huge for CVCA  @ Northwestern 
14 Mogadore  3-1 Wildcats rack up 49 points in win  @ Meadowbrook 
15 Norton  3-1 Scott helps Norton to win  Vs. Colverleaf 



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One of the area's better teams will be getting ready to strap it up and hit the gridiron for the 2016 football season.

Dan Reardon, the head coach of the Canton McKinley Bulldogs joined Sammy B to talk about his team and how they are preparing themselves for the season.

"We're going to be a pretty veteran team," Reardon said. "We have right around 30 lettermen coming back and we have 8 guys coming back on defense, so  that's going to be a strength."

One of the key returnees on offense is quarterback Dominque Robinson, who is committed to play his college football at Miami-OH.

Reardon says his signal caller is a good leader on and off the football field.

"He was voted as a captain as a junior and it will probably be a unanimous vote this season," Reardon said. "He's a good student and a good kid,  and he still has a tremendous amount of upside as a quarterback."

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016 20:09

AUDIO Dan Reardon Talks McKinley Camp

The Canton McKinley Bulldogs are moving at a fast pace this offseason with the new practice fields, the newly renovated Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, and a new camp set to kick off

Dan Reardon, the head coach of the Bulldogs joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the camp and some of the big things that are happening with the Pups as of late.

"We are starting our camp tomorrow morning, it runs from 9 until 12:30 both  Wednesday and Thursday," Reardon said.  "It's our second annual camp and we'll have our players working the camp, as well as some former players and coaches with McKinley ties."

Last year 150 kids came to the camp, and Reardon expects more to join the fun the next two days.

For the full interview with Sam and Coach Reardon, including the football camp this summer, click here.

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One of Ohio's biggest rivialry football games between two of Stark County's most well-known teams is going to be brought to life in the form of a documentary to showcase just how intense the rivalry is.

Ted Bowersox, the Executive Producer of the documentary'Timeless Rivals' joined Sammy B to talk about the Massillon/McKinley rivalry and how he gathered the interviews and footage from past games to make one of the most talked about games of the year into something special for many generations of Bulldogs and Tigers.

"This will be like E:60, 30 for 30, something along those lines where we'll have B-roll of games and interviews with coaches like Earle Bruce and Thom McDaniels," said Bowersox. "It's foing to be really special."

For Bowersox, who grew up in Canton and whose father was a McKinley football historian, it was truly a labor of love.

"All the coaches and people we interviewed did a great job and they were really professional, he explained.

Bowersox along with filmmaking partner for 'Timeless Rivals' Dave Jingo have been looking to do this documentary for several years now and started filming on April 28.   They are looking to have it released in 2017.


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Tuesday, 16 February 2016 17:11

AUDIO Rick Hairston's Bulldogs Ready For STVM

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."


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Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:23

AUDIO Polar Bears, Bulldogs Ready For Showdown

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.


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Wednesday, 28 October 2015 15:49

AUDIO Tigers and Bulldogs Renew Rivalry

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.


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