2015 Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout Preview

One of the most popular trends in high school basketball today is the running of holiday classics and invitational events meant to attract big-name schools with intriguing match-ups that otherwise wouldn’t happen. Ohio More »

Buckeyes to Repeat? Hold That Thought.

According to Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, and just about everyone else, the 2014 Buckeyes were about a year away from being really good. I was one of the people that More »

Choosing College Football’s Top 4

The college football bowl season is almost over. After Sunday, all that will be left is the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 12 between Oregon and Ohio State. Of course More »

Kirtland Impresses in Regional Championship

In the last 5 1/2 seasons, the Kirtland Hornets are an astounding 74-2 dating back to October 2, 2009. During that span the Hornets have 2 state championships and a state runner-up. More »

My First Season as a Head Baseball Coach

Several years ago I had been an assistant coach for the Triway varsity baseball team under current head coach Sean Carmichael. After my 4 years there in charge of outfielders, bunting, base-running, keeping More »

Breaking Down OHSAA’s Competitive Balance

After three consecutive years of failure to pass, the OHSAA’s newest proposal in an attempt toward “competitive balance” was passed by its members schools. It’s been a long time coming, as competitive More »

 
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2015 Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout Preview

One of the most popular trends in high school basketball today is the running of holiday classics and invitational events meant to attract big-name schools with intriguing match-ups that otherwise wouldn’t happen. Ohio is home to many of such events, such as “Flyin’ to the Hoop” in Dayton, “Greynolds Classic” in Barberton, and the newly-established “Lebron James Classic” in Akron, just to name a few. But if I had to recommend one event, it would be the “Dunk4Diabetes” at Walsh University in North Canton, OH.

Who should be the preseason #1 team in 2015? Ohio State or TCU?

Buckeyes to Repeat? Hold That Thought.

According to Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, and just about everyone else, the 2014 Buckeyes were about a year away from being really good. I was one of the people that subscribed to that thought. Boy, were we wrong. Coach Meyer hit it on the nose in his post-game comments when he raved about how improved his team was, especially considering how the season started; by season’s end, the team’s glaring weaknesses had become strengths.

College Football Playoffs

Choosing College Football’s Top 4

The college football bowl season is almost over. After Sunday, all that will be left is the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 12 between Oregon and Ohio State. Of course all the typical bowls (and a few oddly named ones) went on as usual, but this year there was something new – the College Football Playoff. All season long the talk was who would make the top 4 teams to be in the inaugural bracket. Now that we’ve gone through that process and seen the first round of games, there might be some things we can learn, or ask.

Kirtland's triple-I formation was dominant all night

Kirtland Impresses in Regional Championship

In the last 5 1/2 seasons, the Kirtland Hornets are an astounding 74-2 dating back to October 2, 2009. During that span the Hornets have 2 state championships and a state runner-up. Their 2 losses sinde mid-2009 were to two 15-0 state championship teams, Youngstown Ursuline and Coldwater (one of their state titles was also over Coldwater). If Loudonville were to knock off the Hornets in the Division VI Region 19 championship game, it would have joined elite company. They hung tough with Kirtland for part of the first half, but a few mistakes helped get Kirtland going, and the Hornets never slowed down, grinding out the convincing 31-14 victory to advance to the Division VI state semi-finals against Lucasville Valley next Friday.

Loudonville defensive stand against Northwestern

Loudonville Redbirds 2014 Football Playoff Capsule

What an exciting season it’s been! At the start of the season locals weren’t really sure how many area teams would step up from being “good” to being “great.” After 10 weeks, it appears we’ve been luckier than initially expected, with five area teams making the playoffs. One of those teams – the Loudonville Redbirds – came into the season knowing they had what it takes to make a truly memorable season. After going 10-2 a season ago, they lost a senior RB that was a big piece to the puzzle, but others have filled in to make this team possibly even better in 2014. Now in the playoffs, Loudonville has its sights set high. Continue reading for a breakdown of Loudonville’s week 11 opponent and what the rest of the bracket looks like.

Hillsdale Falcons football team huddles

Hillsdale Falcons 2014 Football Playoff Capsule

What an exciting season it’s been! At the start of the season locals weren’t really sure how many area teams would step up from being “good” to being “great.” After 10 weeks, it appears we’ve been luckier than initially expected, with five area teams making the playoffs. One of those teams – the Hillsdale Falcons – was coming off a sub-par season due to injuries, but knew within their locker room that they had what it took to have a special year. The Falcons kept proving the skeptics wrong all year until everyone bought into what they were selling. Eventually the co-WCAL champs, Hillsdale has now made it into the playoffs in arguably the most loaded region in Ohio. Continue reading for a breakdown of Hillsdale’s week 11 opponent and what the rest of the bracket looks like. (Tom E. Puskar / Ashland Times-Gazette photo)

Chippewa football team enters field carrying American flag

Chippewa Chipps 2014 Football Playoff Capsule

What an exciting season it’s been! At the start of the season locals weren’t really sure how many area teams would step up from being “good” to being “great.” After 10 weeks, it appears we’ve been luckier than initially expected, with five area teams making the playoffs. One of those teams – the Chippewa Chipps – were the favorites to win the WCAL coming into the season, but nobody was really sure how high the Chipps could take their season. Playoff aspirations were certainly in the picture, and the kids, under the direction of head coach Mike Bohley, have stepped up to the plate when needed for a memorable season. Continue reading for a breakdown of Chippewa’s week 11 opponent and what the rest of the bracket looks like. (Mike Schenk / The Daily Record photo)

The Triway Titans 2014 football team enters the field

Triway Titans 2014 Football Playoff Capsule

What an exciting season it’s been! At the start of the season locals weren’t really sure how many area teams would step up from being “good” to being “great.” After 10 weeks, it appears we’ve been luckier than initially expected, with five area teams making the playoffs. One of those teams – the Triway Titans – have had their eyes set on the playoffs since losing in the 2nd round last year to Kenton. With most of its players back from that historic season, this team worked harder than ever in the off-season, and it has paid off with another PAC championship, 10-0 record, and another berth into the playoffs. This time around the Titans hope to improve upon last year’s final result, but it all starts in week 11. Continue reading for a breakdown of Triway’s week 11 opponent and what the rest of the bracket looks like.

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Wooster Generals 2014 Football Playoff Capsule

What an exciting season it’s been! At the start of the season locals weren’t really sure how many area teams would step up from being “good” to being “great.” After 10 weeks, it appears we’ve been luckier than initially expected, with five area teams making the playoffs. For one team, even with high expectations coming into the season, it was an exciting adventure, and a relief, to watch the Wooster Generals put it all together down the stretch to secure a playoff spot. Keep reading for a breakdown of the Generals, their opponent Hamilton Township, and a review of the rest of the bracket.

The Daily Record Football Picks (artwork courtesy The Daily Record)

Final 2014 DR Pick Contest Standings

Week 10 of the high school football season marked the end of the Daily Record Pick Contest. Over the course of the regular season, I’ve been following along with the contest, making my picks weekly along with the 9-person panel from the newspaper. In 2013 and 2012 I finished 1st and 2nd, respectively. This year I started off slowly and was at the bottom of the barrel for a few weeks. I was out of contention for the top spot, but was able to climb back for a respectable finish. Congratulations to the veteran Mike Plant and the WQKT broadcaster Seth Imhoff, who tied for the 2014 Daily Record Pick Contest title! Keep reading for not just a tally of the final standings, but also a breakdown of how each panelist did by level: high school, college, and the NFL.