The Wadsworth Grizzlies started off the 2011 High School football season with an impressive victory over Ashland 45-16 last Friday night.
Big things are expected from the Grizzlies this season. Wadsworth head coach Greg Dennison has 23 seniors on his roster this season. The offensive backfield has three seniors: tailback Jack Snowball, fullback Bret Baughman and quarterback Jon Kuss.
Both Snowball and Kuss had over 100 yards rushing in last Friday's game. Snowball and Baughman each scored two touchdowns against the Arrows. Plus, the Wadsworth defense forced three Ashland turnovers in the game.
Another advantage for the Grizzlies this year is the offensive line. Dennison said Wadsworth lost only one of their five offensive linemen from last season.
Dennison said he was happy to come away with a victory against Ashland because 'that team is going to win a lot of games this year'.
This week, the Grizzlies will face the Generals of Wooster High School at Art Wright Memorial Stadium on Friday night. Dennison says Wooster 'will spread us out like Ashland, but they will run a bit more than Ashland. They have a ton of speed everywhere'.
There are perks to being teammates with Peyton Hillis, Madden cover boy.
The Browns' battering back has passed out advance copies of Madden 12, the popular football video game, in Cleveland's locker room. Hillis appears on the cover of the latest edition, which will be released today.
Hillis dished out the videos to the Browns aswell as first-year coach Pat Shurmur.
Shurmur has never played the game, but said his son, Kyle, is ``somewhat of an expert.'' Shurmur joked that his son is interested``to see what I look like on the game, too.''
Hillis earned the Madden cover in a fan vote, beating out Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick in the final.
Not all the Browns were excited about getting the video early. Quarterback Colt McCoy said he wasn't ``much of a gamer,'' but planned to get Hillis to sign his copy.
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Carlos Santana homered and David Huff and four relievers combined to limit the Oakland Athletics to five hits in the Cleveland Indians' 2-1 win last night.
Huff (2-2) gave up three hits over six scoreless innings to win for the first time in six starts, since beating Minnesota in hisseason debut on July 18th.
Chris Perez worked a perfect ninth for his 30th save in 34 chances for Cleveland, which has won three of four.
Santana hit his 20th homer to give Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning against Brandon McCarthy (7-7), who lost for thesecond time in nine starts since July 15th. It was only the eighth homer allowed by the right-hander and seventh without a runner onbase.
Mohamed Massaquoi finally put on a helmet, pads, and caught passes at Cleveland Browns training camp.
The third-year wide receiver took part in passing drills yesterday. It was his first football-related action since arriving at camp with his left foot in a cast, protecting an injury that remains undisclosed.
Massaquoi is expected to be a key receiver for second-year quarterback Colt McCoy. In 15 games last season, he had 36 catches for 483 yards and two touchdowns. That was slightly less than his production as a rookie in 2009.
After being picked by Cleveland in the second round out of Georgia, Massaquoi tied for the team lead with 34 catches, good for 624 yards and three TDs.
The Browns have several players out with a variety of injuries as they prepare for their final exhibition game, Thursday in Chicago against the Bears.(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
The remnants of Hurricane Irene are in the eastern part of Canada heading back out to sea.
In its wake, Hurricane Irene caused plenty of property damage up and down the Atlantic Coast. Plus, the heavy rains from Hurricane Irene are causing flooding in coastal areas from North Carolina to Vermont.
Thomas Schmidlin, Professor of Geography at Kent State University, says there was a good reason for the heavy rains in New Jersey, New York and Vermont. Schmidlin says Hurricane Irene slowed down when it hit the New Jersey/New York shore, allowing more rain to fall in that area.
When the Hurricane headed up the Atlantic Coast to New England, the heavy rains continued. Vermont's Governor is calling it the worst flooding in his state in about a century. Hundreds of roads are closed in Vermont and the state has lost at least three historic covered bridges.
Professor Schmidlin says the warm water in the Atlantic Ocean helps to power the storm systems that come off the African coast. He says the further north hurricanes move, the weaker they become. Plus, Professor Schmidlin says when the warm water in the Atlantic Ocean starts to cool, the hurricane season in the Atlantic starts to slow down.
Volunteers from the Summit County Chapter of the American Red Cross have been deployed to North Carolina to help in the relief efforts from Hurricane Irene.
Pam Williams is one of the Summit County Volunteers in North Carolina, assisting residents in the Raleigh area.
Williams says there are some 500,000 homes in North Carolina without power because of Hurricane Irene. She says there is a constant caravan of utility trucks from around North Carolina and from neighboring states working to get power restored. But, Williams says in some cases, debris from the storm is blocking the roads, slowing the process down.
Williams says the number of North Carolina residents staying in Red Cross shelters is decreasing. She says as soon as residents discover that they can stay with family or friends, they leave the shelters.
What the Red Cross has been able to provide to thousands of residents is a hot meal. Williams says the Red Cross has a partner in the leaders with the Southern Baptist Church in providing meals.
As for when North Carolina residents might be able to return to their homes, Williams says it's too early for the Red Cross to say.
Williams says most of the damage she is seeing is caused by flooding. She says the ground around the Raleigh area was saturated by previous storms when the Hurricane hit.
Bad news on the injury front continues to pileup for the Cleveland Indians.
Outfielder Michael Brantley will have surgery to remove part of the hamate bone in his right hand and will miss the rest of the season. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list beforeyesterday's game against Kansas City.
Brantley played with tendinitis in his wrist for several weeks, but the soreness subsided with treatment and rest. However, herecently felt pain in his hand and was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday.
Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said tests revealed the fractured bone and that the normal recovery process takes six tonine weeks.
Brantley is the Indians' leadoff hitter. He batted .266 with seven homers and 46 RBIs in 114 games.
Bruce Chen overcame a shaky first inning to win his career-high fifth straight start and lead the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians yesterday.
Chen (10-5) allowed the first four batters of the game to reach base and walked Carlos Santana with the bases loaded to force inCleveland's only run.
The left-hander allowed five hits in 7 1-3 innings. He's 4-0 in his last five starts against the Indians. Mike Moustakas' RBI single broke a 1-1 tie in the third for the Royals, who held on to win after losing late leads in the first two games of the series.
Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save.
Justin Masterson took the loss. His record at 10-8.
The Indians host the Oakland A's tonight to begin a four game series at Progressive Field. David Huff will pitch for the Indians against Brandon McCarthy for Oakland.
The Summit County OVI Task Force had a busy late Saturday night and early Sunday morning at their checkpoint set up in the 300 block of West Exchange.
Of the 58 vehicles directed into the diversion area, 10 drivers were arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence. Seven other drivers were arrested for driving under suspension.
Four other drivers were arrested on a variety of charges, including child endangering, disorderly conduct, possession of drugs and for an outstanding warrant.
Authorities impounded nine vehicles at the checkpoint as well.
One individual arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence was also charged with four counts of child endangering. Police say four small children were passengers in the vehicle when it was stopped for OVI.
If you have either a friend or family member who died in the Vietnam War, you'll have a chance this weekend to honor their memory.
A traveling three-quarter sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be on display at the Catavolos Funeral Home and Rose Hill Burial Park located on West Market Street in Fairlawn.
Opening ceremonies will be at 6:30 Friday night. The wall will be open for viewing 24 hours a day through late Sunday night. Over 20,000 visitors are expected over the weekend.
Linda Lepke is the Office Manager for Catavolos Funeral Home. She says they began working on the project back in June to bring the traveling wall to Fairlawn.
Appearing on the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show, Lepke said computers will be accessible over the weekend on site to locate the name of your friend or loved one quickly.
The wall is 240 feet long and 8 feet high and contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans who either died in Vietnam or are missing in action.
Lepke says the Funeral Home wants to give back to the community and show that they support those who gave their lives in Vietnam.
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