High School Sports Rewind: Dec. 10-Dec. 15

High School Sports Rewind: Dec. 10-Dec. 15

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High School Sports Rewind: Dec. 10-Dec. 15

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Relive some of the biggest happenings from
the past week in Northeast Ohio prep sports.

— At its year-end meeting during the state
finals in Stark County, the directors of the Ohio High School Football Coaches
Association voted
to split the Ohio North-South Classic into two separate all-star games
. One
will feature players and coaches from Divisions I-III while the other will
feature players and coaches from Divisions IV-VI. Both contests will be held at
Dayton’s Welcome Stadium on April 27.

— Massillon Perry recently hired Keith
Wakefield as its next head football coach
. Wakefield previously guided the
program from 1982-2003 and posted a 157-72 record.

— Labrae recently hired
John Armeni as its next head football coach
.

— Kirtland standout senior two-way player
Damon Washington recently orally
committed to attend Miami University in fall 2013 and to accept an athletic
scholarship
to join the RedHawks’ Mid-American Conference football team.

— Akron Firestone swimmer Mark Belanger
recently signed
a binding national letter of intent with Ohio State University
, officially
agreeing to attend OSU in fall 2013 and to join the Buckeyes’ swim team on
scholarship.

— North Canton Hoover swimmer Robert
Tolson recently signed
a binding national letter of intent with Cleveland State University
,
officially agreeing to attend CSU in fall 2013 and to join the Vikings’ swim
team.

— Ryan Williams recently resigned
as Beachwood’s head football coach
, citing a desire to pursue other
opportunities.

— Jerami Hodgkinson recently resigned
as Coventry’s head football coach
, citing a desire to spend more time with
his family.   

— Tricia Poszgai recently resigned
as Wickliffe’s head softball coach
.

— Sandy Valley football and wrestling
coach John Groff recently announced his plan to
retire from teaching and coaching at the end of the school year
.

— The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
announced on Friday that it will close
St. Peter Chanel High School following the 2012-13 school year
.

— Walsh Jesuit senior swimmer Danielle
Margheret recently orally
committed to attend the University of Notre Dame in fall 2013
and to accept
an athletic scholarship to join the Fighting Irish’s swim team.

— Orrville senior girls basketball player
Hannah Plybon broke
the school’s all-time career scoring record in the Red Riders’ 62-32 win at
Lexington
on Dec. 13. Her 25-point performance brought her career total to
1,483 points.

— Cortland Lakeview junior girls
basketball player Allie Pavlik broke
the school record for points in a girls hoops game
with her 47-point
performance against Campbell Memorial on Dec. 13.   

— Akron Firestone senior swimmers Katie
Miller and Mark Belanger each
won two events apiece at the ninth annual Canton City Schools Christmas
Invitational
on Saturday. Belanger set meet records in the 200-yard
freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle. Miller set a meet record in the 100
butterfly.     

— Gilmour Academy junior Macie McNichols
finished first in the 100-yard freestyle event at the 38th Viking Invitational
swim meet on Saturday by besting
the meet record – set by McNichols in 2011 – by finishing in 51.06 seconds
.
Massillon Jackson’s Chase Kinney set
school and meet records in the 50-yard freestyle at the same event
by
finishing in 23.24 seconds.   

Have a news item for a future “High
School Sports Rewind” story? Email it to vdorsey[at]wkyc.com.

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