Aaron Coleman

Aaron Coleman

Aaron has been working with RCRG since August of 2008 covering various news and sporting events. He graduated in 2003 from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron. He then went onto the University of Akron in May of 2008 with a degree in Radio/TV & Media Productions and a minor in Psychology. It was at WZIP & ZTV where Aaron developed a passion for radio especially Sports Radio. While attending the University of Akron you could hear Aaron on Sundays doing the "Sports Power Talk" program. Aaron covers City Hall, County Council and Akron School Board beats and handles traffic updates weekday afternoons on 1590 WAKR, 97.5 WONE and 94.9 WQMX. You can contact Aaron through the newsroom 330-864-6397 or email acoleman@rcrg.net

On this edition of the Tee it Up Tuesday segment Brad decided to take a swing at the  Raymond C. Firestone Public 9 Course on Swartz Road in Akron.

Brad caught up with the golf pro and general manager at Firestone, Dan Dauk to talk about the course and what golfers can expect when they hit the links this spring and summer.

"The course is challenging for the scratch golfer, but also for seniors and juniors, and anyone looking to play the game," Dauk said.

"The course is 9 holes, and if you're looking for an economical way to play golf, come on out to Firestone."
The course was bulit 20 years ago and is owned and maintained by Firestone Country Club, home of the World Golf

Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Dauk says his favorite hole is 8 because of it's picturesque setting, which really highlights the course and makes it unique.

The course is located at 600 Swartz Road in Akron and is a part of the Players Golf Card, sponsored by the Rubber City Radio Group.

With the decision on Deflate-Gate coming down yesterday from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the New England Patriots are faced with the loss of their franchise quarterback for the first four games of the 2015-16 campaign.

Matt Burke, Sports Editor of Metro Boston joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the decision and what Patriots fans are feeling about the punishment.

Burke discussed his initial thoughts when the ruling first came down."I think I was like everybody here," I was absolutely floored," he said.

"I thought two games maximum (for a suspension) would have been what he (Brady) would have received,  I thought he should've at least got one, but the other stuff was kind of interesting, the million dollar fine and and the draft picks."

The Patriots and Tom Brady will appeal the suspension.

 

One of the hottest teams in the region in high school baseball is the Wadsworth Grizzlies and one of the key components is senior infielder Riley Campbell.
 
Campbell joined the Sam Bourquin Show Tuesday to talk about his season, the group of young men that he takes the diamond with, and breaking the school's stolen base record.
 
Campbell broke the record of 59 stolen bases set by former Major League ballplayer Scott Fletcher. He says the coaches give him the green light to run whenever he gets the chance to get on base.
 
He says his team is a special group that prides itself on working hard and playing the right way.
 
"We just come on out there with a passion to play, we try to take each game one at a time," Campbell said.
 
The Grizzlies are 23-0 on the season and they'll be playing tomorrow in the Division I Sectional Final against the winner of Copley and Ellet.
 
When asked what he would miss most about donning the Wadsworth uniform after the Grizzlies' season comes to a close, he says he'll miss his teammates, some of whom have played together for many years now.
 
"I'll miss the guys," he said. "We have a good group in here."

The fastest growing high school sport in the state of Minnesota may surprise some folks, and other states are taking notice.
One of the key sports for youngsters in Minnesota is clay-target shooting and many young people are taking it up as a varsity sport.

Jim Sable from the Minnesota State HS Clay Target League joined Brad Russell on the Average Sports Show Monday to shed some light on the league and why the sport is growing so fast.


Sable says the kids love the program for many reasons, but two main ones stood out according to him.

"We wanted to be able to earn a varsity letter, and we want our picture in the yearbook," Sable said with a laugh.

Teamwork, gun safety, and fun are three of the key components to the league, and the growth of the league is also aided by the young people getting on social media and telling their friends about this fast-rising sport.

"You don't have to be big, strong, fast, or agile, but it's really fun," Sable says. "That's what these kids are telling their friends."

The ongoing drama surrounding the New England Patriots, Tom Brady, and "Deflate-Gate" has now come to a close after the NFL announced that their franchise QB would be suspended for four games.

Rich Hill from Pats Pulpit.com (from the SB Nation family of sites) joined Brad Russell on the Average Sports Show to talk about the suspension and where the Patriots will go from there.

"My original thought were just how loaded everything was (in the Wells Report), everything was carefully worded, and they (the investigators and the league) had a goal in mind of what they wanted to conclude at the end," Hill said.

"It felt like they wanted to in whatever way they could,  come to the conclusion that Tom Brady knew about it in some capacity and they just wanted to penalize him for whatever role he had in that."


Brady will appeal the suspension. QB Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to start Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Big 10 Conference has been making some headlines recently, saying they're exploring the possibility of not letting freshmen be eligible to play in intercollegiate competition.

Ben Axelrod from the Bleacher Report joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about Commissioner Jim Delany's proposed plan for freshman ineligibility.

Axelrod disagrees with Delany's proposal, saying it would be bad business for the league.

"It's bad business from a recruiting standpoint," Axelrod said. "Many Big 10 coaches are saying they're losing out on recruits because of the buzz surrounding it."

Delany says this would not just be for the Big 10 conference to explore, but nationwide as well.

Axelrod says the idea behind the proposed move is for academic reasons, and also to curb the "one-and dones" in college basketball.

 

As spring sports season is turning the page to post-season play, many area baseball and softball teams will be looking to make a big tournament run.
Michael Beaven, high school sports reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to discuss the student-athletes that are making things happen.

"Starting with Division I in baseball, you have to start with Wadsworth, who is undefeated currently, they have some talented players like Riley Campbell, who is headed to Toledo," Beaven said.

 

  "Copley and Nordonia are two other Suburban League schools that are doing well in the Suburban League, you also have Walsh Jesuit, and Hudson, who have solid teams in Division I as well."

Some other Division II teams that have been making some noise on the baseball diamond include Akron Springfield, Woodridge, and Archbishop Hoban.

One of the notable stories of the high school baseball season is the aforementioned Campbell, who broke the state of Ohio's stolen base record for coach Greg Pickard's team.

"It's hard to tell who has the inside track to getting a deep run in the tournament, because of a number of factors, and the weather could be one of them, you never know what's going to happen."

On the softball side, in Division I, Wadsworth, Nordonia, Green,  have been making some noise in the Suburban League, along with Manchester, Norton, and Stow.

The team that's looking to continue their dominance is the Vikings of North Canton Hoover, led by coach Jerry Goodpasture.

"They know how to respond in pressure situations," said Beaven. "You always have to bring your 'A' Game.

 

Cuyahoga Falls' own Tanya Cross has tried to stay in good spirits, but times are very tough right now. Currently, Tanya is at 20-percent kidney function, and she's heading to Johns Hopkins to seek a donor.

Tanya discussed her uphill battle on the Ray Horner Morning Show on Wednesday, and Ray and everyone at WAKR is trying to do anything they can to help. For more information, check out Cheryl Powell's piece in the Akron Beacon Journal.

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 21:49

AUDIO Spring Spotlight Barberton Baseball

The Barberton Magics baseball team is looking for some mojo heading into tournament play, and appear to have what it takes to make some things happen as postseason play arrives.

Jeff Saylor, the head coach of the Barberton Magics joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about the squad, as well as what they need to do in order to be peaking at the right time.

"We're sitting at 12-7 right now, next Tuesday we will be facing N.Canton Hoover,"  Saylor said.

"We have three games the rest of this week, and that should prepare us for the tournament coming up."

Saylor says his pitching staff, led by four seniors has been key to their success, and situational baseball in terms of hitting was important as well for the Magics.

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 21:15

AUDIO Spirited Series Between Cavs, Bulls

The Cavaliers and Bulls are fighting to get to the Eastern Conference Finals, and LeBron James is looking to bring Cleveland its first NBA Championship.

Dave Daniels, NBA writer from Rant Sports.com joined me as I filled in for Brad Russell on the Average Sports Show to talk about how the Bulls and Cavs match up and what buttons needed to be pushed both offensively and defensively.

"I think it's going to be tough for the Bulls to defend LeBron," said Daniels.  "He seemed pretty disappointed in himself even though he almost had a triple-double."

 

 
As far as defending star point guard Kyrie Irving, Daniels said that's easier said than done.

"I would think the Bulls would want to push him off the three-point line,  as well as limit his trips to the foul line (where he scored most of his points).

"Nikki Goel from Cavs Nation.com said it was going to have to be a total team effort for the Wine and Gold to have success against the Bulls in the Eastern Semifinals.

One of the players who has to step up is big man Tristan Thompson, whose defense and rebounding have been key for the Cavs.

"With Tristan Thompson coming in, it's going to give LeBron more space on the floor, and it's going to be a more fast-paced game with better tempo," Goel said.