Sunday, December 14, 2014

How a consolidated eastern Geauga high school's enrollment compares for athletics

The latest consolidation proposal for school districts in Geauga County features Berkshire, Cardinal, Ledgemont and Newbury forming one school on the Kent State-Geauga campus.

Where would this put the new school in the Ohio High School Athletic Association enrollment figures? Let’s take a look.

These numbers are based on the OHSAA’s 2013-14/2014-15 enrollment figures (the competitive-balance plan will be implemented for 2016-17).

If the new school was in session this year, its OHSAA figures would be 474 boys and 441 girls, 915 total. It would be in Division II for football and Division I for everything else.

Here’s where that fits in with some comparable schools:

Geneva 647

West Geauga 675

Kenston 758

Aurora 787

Chardon 792

Madison 863

Bedford 906

Eastern Geauga consolidated 915

Mayfield 1,067

Painesville Riverside 1,067

Eastlake North 1,074

Brush 1,093

Willoughby South 1,111

No word on what the school would be called. But here’s to hoping the nickname would be Maple Leafs, as it was for Burton High back in the day.

Another issue would be how conference lineups would be affected. The new-look CVC would lose Berkshire and Cardinal, and the NAC would lose Ledgemont and Newbury.

Beyond that, it's all speculation. The new-look CVC and Western Reserve don't even start until 2015-16.

-- Howard Primer

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Need Twitter followers? Call Johnny Manziel

The managers of the Cleveland State men's basketball team started a Twitter feed earlier this month.

For most Twitter users, gaining followers can be a challenge at first. But a certain Cleveland Browns backup quarterback boosted the Vikings managers' account.

Johnny Manziel stopped by practice on Nov. 18 and posed for this picture:

That's a great start to building a following.

"Well we just made the account a week ago but since the Johnny pic has been up we've got close to 100 new followers lo," the account tweeted to me.

As of the end of the night on Nov. 20, they had 247 followers.

-- Howard Primer

Friday, September 5, 2014

TV networks need to pressure MLB to shorten games

For all the things television networks control in sports, I wish they would enforce their will on the length of baseball games.

For example:

On Sept. 2, the Tigers beat the Indians, 4-2, in a nine-inning game that lasted 3 hours, 52 minutes.

On Sept. 3, the Indians beat the Tigers, 7-0, also in nine innings, but in 2:37.

The latter worked out a lot better for the Indians. But also for fans who didn't spend an extra 75 minutes waiting for something to happen.

Networks decide what time games start, which games are broadcast and, in the case of college football bowls, what games happen.

If the TV executives can do all the above, they should also be able to tell their Major League Baseball counterparts: "Quit the excessive mound timeouts, get in the batter's box, and get your time of game down from 3:08."

- Howard Primer

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

News-Herald high school football preview covers from the past 10 years: 2013

First day: With the OHSAA expanding to seven divisions, area playoff regions were shuffled.

Second day: Mentor takes to the offense with quarterback Conner Krizancic. From left, Brandon Fritts (1), Jake Berardinelli (18), Brandon Ray (60), Matt Zolcak (50), Jimmy Swider (63), Drew Noble (70), Mitch Morrison (72) and Corey Plavcan (8). In back, from left, Jerrell Jackson (20), Krizancic and Eddie Daugherty (40).

Third day: Area coaches Cliff Walton of Hawken, Larry Pinto of Mayfield, Steve Trivisonno of Mentor and Mark Iammarino of Chagrin Falls.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

News-Herald high school football preview covers from the past 10 years: 2012

First day: Mentor's Mitch Trubisky and South's Kareem Hunt with their fathers, Dave and Kareem Sr.

Second day: Reigning Division V state champion Kirtland. Coach Tiger LaVerde seniors: back row, left to right, Logan Georsky, Scott Eilerman and Evan Brettrager. Middle row: Bobby Matthews, left, and Ben Nye. Front row standing: Josh Iammarino and Damon Washington. Sitting: Alex Skiljan. The Hornets were state runner-up that season.

Third day: The first family of area football: John Gibbons, center, with son-in-law Tom Lombardo and  sons Tom and Mike.

Monday, August 25, 2014

News-Herald high school football preview covers from the past 10 years: 2011

First day: The digital revolution hits area football, led by Lake Catholic running back Louie Vettel

Second day: Mentor goes five wide with Jimmy Maffitt, Cameron Kavan, Brandon Fritts, Mitch Trubisky, Conner Krizancic and Warren Ashton

Third day: Geneva and University join the Premier Athletic Conference.

Fourth day: Ledgemont's Brad Seiler and Kirtland's Damon Washington were must-follows. Washington and the Hornets won the Division V state championship that year.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

News-Herald high school football preview covers from the past 10 years: 2010

First day: Area quarterbacks take flight, including Perry's Mitchell Hokavar, South's Ray Russ, Kirtland's Paul Guhde and North's George Gresko.

Second day: Lake Catholic's Chase Hounshell and Tom Strobel were ready to dig in to the season.

Third day: Ready to go for a ride with Kenston's Pat Porter, Ledgemont's Danny LaRosa and Lake Catholic's Richie Sanders?