Northeast Ohio Huddle: Football coaching openings just keep coming


Northeast Ohio Huddle

As far as resignations are going around Northeast Ohio on the gridiron, Girard’s Bud McSuley is one that will be missed. McSuley called it quits this week after 13 years of leading the Indians
to an 84-54 record. In the past two seasons, Girard was 20-2 and this
year finished with its first-ever undefeated season at 10-0. He’s not the only one to move on either…now there are six schools looking for new coaches.

As far as resignations are going around Northeast Ohio on the gridiron, Girard’s Bud McSuley is one that will be missed.

McSuley called it quits this week after 13 years of leading the Indians to an 84-54 record. In the past two seasons, Girard was 20-2 and this year finished with its first-ever undefeated season at 10-0. They would beat Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in the first round of the playoffs at home before falling to Peninsula Woodridge in the second round.

McSuley has been a football coach in some capacity for 30 years, starting in 1980. He is a 1976 Boardman High graduate.

Normandy is also looking for a new grid coach after Rich Turner called it quits after seven seasons and a 46-29 record. The Invaders made three playoff appearances under Turner including a Division II regional runner-up finish in 2007.

Barberton is also without a football coach with the resignation of Brian Staats, who was 8-22 in three years at the school.

Medina, Stow and Painesville Riverside are also Northeast Ohio big schools looking for a new grid coach.


Nate Tait, Brush Boys’ Basketball and Demetrius Steadwell, Euclid Boys’ Basketball: In the championship game of the Brush Holiday Tournament, Tait put on a scoring clinic while Treadwell was named MVP, earning them co-POW honors.

Tait hit for 40 points on 15 of 25 shooting from the floor and added seven rebounds, five assists and five steals.

The 6-foot-7 Treadwell scored the nod as tourney MVP with his 33-point, 20-rebound performance that was nearly beaten by teammate Garrison Davis’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer that won the game. He also had 19 points.

Tait tied the game with two free throws with 17 ticks remaining and had 15 of his team’s 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Tait added 21 points in a loss to Solon later in the week.


Canton Timken Boys’ Basketball: Timken poured on the points in a win over Principals’ Athletic Conference and previously-undefeated in the league Wooster Triway. The Trojans won 112-70 to improve to 5-0 in the PAC and are 7-1 overall, losing to undefeated Warren G. Harding to start the year.

The points were the second-most in school history since the team scored 114 in the 1975-76 season. The Trojans have also now won 31-straight PAC game.s

Against Triway, 11 Timken players scored with seven of those hitting double digits. Cory Porrini had 17 while Jehvon Clarke, Preston Robinson and Adonte Collier each had 14. Thomas Carter added 12, Chase Polk 11 and Evander Walton 10. Heck, even Rakim Reed added nine and Desmond Rorie seven solid points.

Timken was an amazing 47 for 78 from the field (60.3 percent).

Timken also earned a big Stark County rivalry win over Massillon Perry 77-71. Carter had 16 points in the first 16 minutes for the Trojans and had a career-high 25 for the game. Porrini chipped in 23 points, five boards and four dimes and Polk added 13 points. Timken was 31 of 41 from the free throw line for the game, including 19 of 24 in the final eight minutes.

Perry was led by James Toth, who scored all 17 of his points in the final frame.


Great Grooms: Magnolia Sandy Valley’s Danielle Grooms scored 40 points and had 15 rebounds in her team’s 80-20 win over Kidron Central Christian.

Lovely Lowe:
Kingsway Christian’s Andrew Lowe re-set his own school record for most points in a single game by scoring 37 in a 57-52 win over Canton Heritage Christian. His previous record was 34 points.

He also added 16 boards.

A New Beau:
Navarre Fairless senior Beau Wenger has been outstanding for the Falcons this year. Last week he went 8-0 at 215 pounds in winning his weight class at the Wheeling Park Duals. He also was runner-up at the Ironman Tournament at Walsh, losing only to the No. 2 ranked wrestler nationally by Amateur Wrestling News, Tank Knowles of Santa Ana (Calif.). The match was only lost 9-4.

Happy Harding:
Warren G. Harding, who made the state championship last year in Division I, is off to a scorching 8-0 start this year and got that eighth victory 75-34 over Farrell (Pa.).

In the game, Harding was up 21-0 to start the game and finished with a bang. Fred Williams led the scoring with 20 points and added six rebounds and five assists.

The seventh victory was over Massillon, 73-51 last week.

In the game, Warren Harding used tremendous balance with Tre Brown hitting for 19, Angel Gonzalez 16, Kennis White 14 and Williams 13.

Rippin’ Ryker:
In Minerva’s 60-50 overtime loss to rival Alliance Marlington, Minerva’s Ryker Locke hit 6 of his first 8 three-pointers and scored 18 points in the first 12 minutes of the game (but only 21 total). But he was shut down in the second half and overtime, attempting not a single field goal in the third and going 0 for 7 in the fourth and overtime.

Unruly Ursuline:
Youngstown Ursuline was 13 of 31 from long distance in a 60-55 loss to Berkshire, finding that its 4 of 12 performance from 2-point range was the difference. Ryan Strollo, just a freshman, had five treys for 15 points to lead Ursuline.

Charity Stripe Solon and Saints:
In Solon’s 82-80 upset of Lyndurst-Brush, the Comets hit 15 of 21 free throws in the final two minutes to preserve the win. Jake Voigt hit 6 of 7 of those free throws on his way to 10 points for Solon.

In Tuscarawas Central Catholic’s 63-52 overtime win over Magnolia Sandy Valley, the host Saints outscored Sandy Valley 28-11 in the fourth quarter and overtime and caused three SV players to foul out as they shot 35 free throws to just 10 for the game for the losers.

The winners outscored Sandy Valley 20-8 at the charity stripe. Brandon Sweet tossed in 19 points to lead TCC.

Parks and Ride:
Ashtabula Lakeside’s Emilio Parks exploded for 21 points and 19 rebounds in his team’s 61-53 win over Eastlake North.

Nasty Nunzio:
Wellsville’s Nunzio Lombardozzi showed in his team’s 71-69 loss to McDonald that points aren’t always the only thing to focus on in a game, although he did score. Lombardozzi hit for 14 points but stuffed the stat box with nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals.

Zach Puntel led McDonald with 18 points.

There Is Hope:
Hope Mancini hit for 40 points as her Mayfield girls’ team beat Stow 75-63. Mancini hit five 3-pointers and was 15 of 19 at the charity stripe.

Talk About a Turnaround:
The last time Bristol and Lordstown played, Lordstown shot 75 percent in the first half en route to a 59-35 win. The second time around, the result was a bit different as Bristol earned its first win of the year after nine straight losses, beating Lordstown 36-34. Dakota Fusselman had a jumper with 10 ticks left as the deciding bucket. Brianna Sloan had 12 points to lead Bristol while Lordstown was paced by Lindsey Harrison’s 21 points.

Geneva’s Taylor Webb was awesome on the glass in her team’s 55-47 win over Chardon. She added to her 17 points with 24 big rebounds.

Wild Time at the Falls:
Newton Falls found itself ahead of Salem by 20 points late in the game but Salem fought back and made it nine points but could not keep momentum as Newton Falls ended the game with a 59-49 victory.

There were three amazing efforts in the contest as Salem’s Ryan Wolfgang hit two of his five triples for the game and 16 of his team-high 27 points in the fourth quarter.

Newton Falls was led by Brian Sole with four 3-pointers and 10 of 11 free throws en route to 24 points. Teammate Cody Dillon also had 24 points but his came by way of 9 of 12 accuracy from the field, including hitting all three of his 3-point attempts.

Big Scorers:
When Niles beat Austintown-Fitch 87-79, five players came up huge and kept the scoreboard moving. Fitch’s DeAndre Richardson led all scorers with 30 points and teammate Will Mahone added 26 as he and Richardson scored 56 of their team’s 79 points.

Niles was led by Ryan Frantz’s 28, Joe Moss’s 19 and David Allen’s 17 as they accounted for 64 of the 87 points.


First Annual Cleveland Scholastic Play By Play Classic at Cleveland State University, Sunday: This event features some special games matching top teams from Northeast Ohio. The schedule includes Olmsted Falls against Buchtel starting things off at 10:30 a.m., Regina vs. state power Mt. Notre Dame in girls’ basketball at 12:15 and Mentor boys vs. Warren G. Harding at 1:45 in a game of two Division I unbeatens and two explosive offenses.

St. Edward faces Toledo Libbey at 3:30 and Cleveland Benedictine faces Garfield Heights at 5:15. St. Ignatius boys and Cleveland Central Catholic tangle at 7.

University School at Bowling Green, Ice Hockey, Saturday, noon:
Hunting Valley University is one of the top teams in Northeast Ohio and Bowling Green has held down competition for years state wide.

Mayfield Big 8 Wildcat Invitational, Wrestling, Sunday, 10 a.m.:
This 1-day tourney features some of the top big-school wrestling programs in Northeast Ohio, particularly the Cleveland-area. Host Mayfield won it last year with 279 points but got tough challenges from Ignatius, Strongsville, Harrison and Bedford St. Peter Chanel.

Garaway at Hiland Boys’ Basketball, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
Not far from one another down Route 39, these two small-school programs are two of the best and share undefeated records in the Inter-Valley Conference. While both feature marquee Division I recruits in Hiland sophomore Dylan Kaufman and 6-foot-8 Garaway junior Paul Honigford, both also feature fantastic teammates such as 6-foot-7 Hiland guard Noah Boyd and 6-foot-3 sophomore Jake Troyer at Garaway.

Perry Pin City Wrestling Tournament, Today and Saturday, 9 a.m.:
No, it’s not the Division I wrestling power Perry from Massillon, but it is one of the top middle-sized school tournaments to start the New Year off near Mentor, Ohio, in Lake County.

Tuscarawas Valley at Akron Manchester Girls’ Basketball, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.:
Tusky Valley is undefeated in the Principals’ Athletic Conference, seemingly taking the mantel of the league’s best team from Manchester but look out Trojans, these Panthers are not going to give up the title lightly.

Ohio Duals at St. Paris Graham, 10 a.m.:
Many of the top teams in Northeast Ohio will be traveling to Graham to compete with the state’s best.

Chippewa Wrestling Invitational, Tonight at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m.:
Taking place in Doylestown, some of the better small-school wrestling programs in the Western region of Northeast Ohio will be competing.

Cleveland Benedictine at St. Edward’s Boys’ Basketball, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
Benedictine and St. Ed’s are two of the top teams in Northeast Ohio and will present a big-school, smaller-school showdown.

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