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The Knights of St. Thomas Aquinas will be squaring off against Tuscarawas Central Catholic Friday in Division IV hoops action, in hopes of keeping their dream season going.
Head coach Matt Hackenberg joined the Sam Bourquin Show Thursday to not only talk about that big matchup, but what got them to this point.
"I think what you're going to see Friday night is two teams that are trying to accomplish the same kinds of things with their schemes," said Hackenberg.
"There's a little bit of a different delivery method on how we do that, but we pride ourselves on the same kinds of things, being fundamental, pressure defense, and perfecting the details of the game."
Coach says it was a complete team effort,but it was the steady play of the seniors for the Knights who stepped up against Warren JFK for a 61-51 win.
Game time is at the Canton Fieldhouse Friday night at 7 p.m.
State Representative Emilia Sykes joins Ray to talk about the revised language in the state transportation bill targeting local hiring goals. The language in the bill would affect the hiring of Akron residents for the Sewer Project. Sykes says that it would greatly effect other cities throughout the state as well. Getting the Senate to change the language was not easy.
Sykes tells Ray that many cities of Ohio joined together to get the situation cleared up. They held a press conference to decided what was best for everyone. This process has been wavering for some time and Sykes says that this is not over. There will be more to work on and she expects to have to confront this issue again.
The University of Akron's Dr. John Green joins Ray to talk about the possibility that Governor Kasich may run for president. Dr. Green mentions Governor Kasich's recent public appearances. He's been throughout the country and is gaining a lot of attention.
Dr. Green says that the publicity is starting to produce stories of this possibility. He touches on some of Governor Kasich's accomplishments and qualities that would make him a great candidate. Dr. Green also tells Ray about Kasich's bipartisan relations. He tells Ray that, as a congressman, he had more opportunity than he does now as Governor because the Republicans have control of Ohio government. Ray asks Dr. Green about Kasich's confidence in front of people and cameras.
Dr. Green tells Ray that Governor Kasich had a reputation for allowing debate and being open to discuss decisions. However, a decision did need to be made and he tended to come off as abrasive and being somewhat uncomfortable in front of people. This is something that could be bad for the Governor's run for presidency. Dr. Green mentions that, as governor, Kasich has not shown any abrasiveness. Dr. Green says that Governor Kasich now needs to work on getting his name out and becoming well known.
Ohio State is looking to get to the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, but they have a tough task ahead of them Thursday afternoon in Portland against a battle-tested VCU Rams team.
Jeff Svoboda, who covers the Bucks for the Buckeye Sports Bulletin chatted with Brad Russell on the Average Sports Show to talk about the game and the tournament as a whole. He even got a chance to cover the tournament a couple of times over his career.
"You try to not only get as much of your work done as possible, obviously, but you try to get a feel for the city that you're in, maybe try a food that you can't get anywhere else, so you try to take in as much of the experience as you can," he said.
Jeff's been to some notable cities such as Pittsburgh and New Orleans to cover the tournament action in the past.
As far as the Buckeyes, they will have their hands full with VCU and their "Havoc" style of defensive pressure despite star guard Briante Weber being out with a torn ACL.
"They like to pressure you, get up into you, create turnovers, and get uncontested layups off of those turnovers," said Jeff Svoboda from Buckeye Sports Bulletin.
The Rams of VCU are coached by Shaka Smart, who was a former assistant under coach Keith Dambrot at the University of Akron. Tune into 1590 WAKR for coverage of the Buckeyes and the Rams beginning at 4p.m.
Tom McBride, head coach of the Lake Blue Streaks chatted with WAKR's Sam Bourquin about the upcoming matchup in the Regional Finals against Garfield Heights at the CSU Wolstein Center tonight at 8 p.m.
McBride said his team is battle-tested and ready to go, saying they overcame some adversity, as most teams do to go to where they are currently.
"They stayed with it, they went through some tough times with snowed-out games and we had 14 practices before we played again," said McBride.
Coach says his team is ready for the electric atmosphere at Cleveland State's Wolstein Center, and that they'll be focused when they take on Garfield Heights.
"We're familiar with the surrounding environment, and it feels like we should be ready to play another game," he said.
The Blue Streaks defeated Green to move ahead in the tournament.
The Mustangs of Tuslaw will tussle with the Vikings of Villa Angela-St. Joseph tonight in the Division III action tonight at the Canton Memorial Fieldhouse.
Kevin Lower, the coach of the Mustangs, joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about their ride to the tournament.
"We have some quality players who play hard and play for each other," Lower said. "We've been playing phenomenal basketball, it's been a fun ride, and we'd like to keep it going."
The Mustangs are coming off an emotional win against rival Fairless to get to the Vikings.
Attorney Mike Kaplan joins Ray to talk about what to do and what not to do when hiring a contractor. Kaplan tells Ray that this is a society where you need to be careful when spending large amounts of money. He says that contracts are your best bet for safety.
Kaplan tells Ray that buyers need to research before spending large amounts of money. Check surrounding areas also. Make sure that the person you're working with is reliable. Kaplan tells Ray that spending an hour with a lawyer to prevent expensive issues in the future.
Chippewa Girls Basketball Coach Denny Schrock joins Ray to talk about the Lady Chipps. Schrock tells Ray that the girls are currently 28-0. He tells Ray about their game tonight and what he is expecting from the opposing team.
Schrock tells Ray that he has not noticed any added pressure on the girls to keep their winning streak going. He says that the team can win from losing too. Coach tells Ray that this team is one of the most complete teams he's had. Schrock expands on his players, their positions and how they improve the team.
ODOT's Justin Chesnic joins Ray to talk about the coming construction season. Chesnic tells Ray that there are many things to come for Akron. There will be twenty-one projects valued at 170 Million dollars. Chesnic tells Ray about some of the major projects.
Chesnic says there will be construction on I-271, therefore there will be closings and lane restrictions that will last some time. A big one for Akron will be re-constructive work on the Kenmore leg. Each direction will be closed for a month, one in June and the other in July. He talks about some bridge removals on I-76. They will be relocating Johnson and Spicer and will be widening State Route 18 and also the ramp I77 N to I-277 W. These projects and others are very expensive jobs and will take time and money.
High School tournament basketball is in full swing, and many teams are looking to create the "madness" themselves.
Three of our local coaches spoke with Sam Bourquin Tuesday about their run in the tournament, and the desire to keep the season going.
One of those teams is the Mogadore Wildcats, lead by head coach Russ Swartz. He says his team is peaking at the right time, especially after a nice win over Richmond Heights 72-60.
"Our kids were focused," Swartz said. "They were very focused all week, but it's kind of funy because it's a loose, carefree focus, they're not nervous, they're confident, they were ready to go all week."
Mogadore will square off against Tuscarawas Central Catholic in the Division IV regional semi-final tonight at 6:15pm from the Canton Memorial Field House.
Coach Swartz says that their opponent is very similar to them defensively, and are fundamentally sound both in the frontcourt and backcourt.
"It should be a very good matchup, and obviously one we look forward to," Swartz explained.
Another team making some noise in Division III is the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders and coach Matt Creamer, who says his team is laying the foundation for success not only now, but in the future as well.
The Crusaders will be playing in the regional semifinal against Youngstown Ursuline on Wednesday.
"The good thing is, with these kids, they understand what they have to do," Creamer said.
"We're very balanced and we spread the wealth, and I think that's a tough team to look forward to playing in the tournament."
CCC lost to Ursuline earlier in the season by 10 points. Coach Creamer says one of the keys to stopping them is trying to hold Division I recruit Mark Hughes in check.
The Medina Bees and head coach Chris Hassinger are looking forward to their matchup Wednesday against Shaker Heights at 6:15pm, and they will rely on solid team defense and good play from their seniors.
"It's been rewarding to watch all of these kids have success," Hassinger said.
"Our seniors buying in and coming into practice and going to work, and keeping the rest of the team focused has been key for our team."
History Professor Dr. Kevin Kern joins Ray to talk about the history of St. Patrick's Day. Kern points out that St. Patrick was not even Irish. He was born in Britain and was enslaved and taken to Ireland. He Signed up at a monastery after his escape.
St. Patrick used the majority of his life to convert the people of Ireland from Paganism to Christianity. The three leaf shamrock was used to illustrate the idea of the trinity. St. Patrick died on March 17 and has been revered in Ireland since before his death and it will continue on. Dr. Kern tells Ray that many Irish moved to the United States and celebrated St. Patrick's Day to show Irish solidarity.
Although St. Patrick's Day is an Irish Holiday, it is celebrated most in New York and Boston. Dr. Kern tells Ray that Boston actually gets the holiday off of work. He explains how Boston made this happen.