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By now, many people have heard about the story of former Massillon Washington varsity baseball coach Neall French being relieved of his duties after allegations of having drugs in his car during a traffic stop in Cleveland March 9.
Chris Easterling , a sports writer for the Massillon Independent joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about French's arrest and the school's plans for their baseball program moving forward.
"Massillon (City Schools) to its credit moved quickly to sort of wash its hands of the situation," Easterling said.
"But they've made no bones that they're moving forward and they don't want him anywhere near the program."
French was to alleged to have crack cocaine and pills in his possession at the time of his arrest. He is currently on leave from the school.
Easterling tells WAKR that Jason Hathaway is the currently the interim coach of the baseball team.
Baseball season is here and a couple of local teams are looking to make a statement this spring.
The Tallmadge Blue Devils and the Ellet Orangemen baseball teams are the subject of today's Spring Sports Spotlight on the Sam Bourquin Show.
Kenny Linn, the Tallmadge Baseball coach talked with Sam about his young club, and what they need to do in order to take the next step.
"We're down to three seniors," Linn said. "One of those seniors had mono so we're down to two, They've shown that they can compete, they've got good size, and we've been playing well."
The Blue Devils are 3-3 on the young season, and just came off a successful stint in North Carolina, playing some talented teams there.
John Sarver, the Ellet Baseball coach joined the show, and like many other baseball and softball coaches, he's rolling with the punches as it relates to Mother Nature and getting games in.
"We got two of the scrimmages in (one against Tallmadge), and then we got three regular season games in, but we'd like to get as many games in as we can, because there's so many guys on the team that need to play and pitch, and get innings in."
The Orangemen have a couple of senior pitchers and a couple of underclassmen pitchers they're looking to get some work according to Sarver, and he hopes the weather holds up so they can show what they can do on the varsity level.
Ellet will play Firestone,East, and Springfield coming up in the next few days on the diamond.
The Orangemen have a young squad, with senior pitchers, but some sophomores cracking the starting lineup in the field.
"A lot of our guys who are sophomores, Matt Edwards, Matt Cody, Steve Cody, Joe Williams, and they really have stepped up, got some big hits, and have done some things for us."
The Mayor of Barberton, Bill Judge, joins Ray to talk about building a new housing development. First, Ray asks how Barberton is holding up with all of the extra water from the seasons. Judge says that there has been a lot of progress within the past few years. He talks about the new housing development being built.
Mayor Judge wants to help Barberton grow. There will be ten homes built in the new development. He says he is pleased with the progress that has been made but there is always more that needs to be done. Judge says that businesses and residents won't move into Barberton until these issues are addressed. It is important to eliminate as much flooding as possible. It's also important to add more homes. He is excited to see Barberton grow.
Councilman Mike Freeman joins Ray to talk about last night's Ward 9 meeting. Freeman talks about the feedback he received from residents at the meeting.
One of the biggest concerns is keeping the money going towards the construction company in Akron. He also mentions that the residents have a lot of concerns about their water bill. There was a presentation demonstrating how to properly read a water bill, helping residents better understand their bills. Freeman says that he felt as if the residents were satisfied with the meeting.
Councilman Bob Hoch joins Ray to address the controversy between himself and Mayor Plusquellic. Hoch said that everything seemed to be calming down, referring to being uninvited to the City of the State Speech. About two weeks later information was released suggesting that Hoch is a threat to the Mayor.
Hoch tells Ray where the allegations are coming from and explains the conversation. He tells Ray that he may have been a little worked up at the suggestion that he shouldn't ask questions about what the mayor wants but he was not threatening his life. He explains more that he would not threaten the mayor or ruin his speech.
The Canton Charge are ready to take on the Sioux Falls Skyforce tomorrow night at the Canton Civic Center in playoff action, and their coach Jordi Fernandez discussed how they keep the players engaged and the wins coming.
Coach Fernandez joined Brad Russell on the Average Sports Show Tuesday to talk about his team and their growth and development.
"For all of us, the team concept has always been the number one thing, even when we're losing or when we're winning," Fernandez said.
"We've always tried to play the right way, making sure guys are doing their best to try and help the team win, that what's worked great for us."
As far as Sioux Falls, they pose some challenges for the Charge, but coach Fernandez says he's confident in his team's ability.
"They are one of the best offensive teams in the league, they shoot the three very well, so if we control the glass and limit their three-point shooting, we'll be in good shape," he explained.
Owner of the Rubber Ducks, Ken Babby, joins Ray to talk about the home opener. Babby tells Ray that they have a few trips up their sleeves. There will be a lot to look forward to at the home opener. Babby takes a minute to talk about the Cleveland Indians. He also tells Ray what new, creative foods that have been added to the menu at the stadium. One item that has been added and getting a lot of attention is the White Castle Sliders.
Cleveland Indians Vice President of Public Relations, Bobby DiBiasio, joins Ray to talk about the season ahead! Bobby tells Ray that crew did a great job getting players contracts with the Indians. He says it's similar to the 90's when they signed many young players to the team and they were also moving into a new stadium too. Bobby tells Ray about the new stadium.
Bobby tells Ray about all of the new food available. He also says that it's more open and natural light floods through. Fans are right on top of the action on the field as well. Bobby further describes the food and drinks available at the new stadium. He mentions a few new security measures.
The Canton Charge are gearing up for their first-round playoff matchup against Sioux Falls on Wednesday, and one rookie is playing a big role in that success.
Guard Joe Harris of the Canton Charge and the Cleveland Cavaliers joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his journey as a pro player and how this season has been a learning experience for him.
"I'm still a rookie (even with Canton), and there's a lot of young guys there in Canton, and when you're there, you are just one of the guys," says Harris.
"When I'm up with the Cavaliers, they treat you like more of "the rook", but it's a great atmosphere with a bunch of veterans in that locker room."
Harris says the game experience he's been able to gain in Canton has truly helped his game, along with the practice reps and mental reps he's picked up in Cleveland.
Harris and the Charge will face Sioux City at the Canton Civic Center Wednesday at 8 p.m.
For today's Spring Sports Spotlight, we took a look at one of the most consistent teams throughout the years, the North Canton Hoover girls' softball team.
Jerry Goodpasture, the coach of the Lady Vikings joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the team and what they'll bring to the table this season.
"Well we're hoping to improve, we lost quite a few kids, " Goodpasture said.
"Right now we feel we'll have a pretty good infield, right now we have to work on our outfield play."
Goodpasture says that what he does like out of his team thus far is their hitting and their defense, they just have to maintain that consistently over the course of the season.