Northeast Ohio Huddle: Coach sues, gets his job back; Riggs back at Perry


Northeast Ohio Huddle

After a 5-year legal battle, Dave Riggs is back at Massillon Perry to
coach the mats. The legendary wrestling coach has spent the past five years in a legal battle with personnel from the district. It was recently settled at $450,000. Riggs wasn’t the only one who had a big week in Northeast Ohio…here’s who else did too.

After a 5-year legal battle, Dave Riggs is back at Massillon Perry to coach the mats.

The legendary wrestling coach was hired to coach his old team, reported the Canton Repository.

Riggs started the current Perry success in 1986 and coached 30 state finalist wrestlers.

The past five years he was in a legal battle with Perry Local Superintendent John Richard and the district’s attorney, Mary Jo Shannon Slick with a defamation suit. It was recently settled at $450,000.

Riggs replaces Brent McBurney, who took over when Riggs was dismissed.


Kaila Barber, Midpark Girls’ Track and Donovan Robertson, Berea Boys’ Track: History was made by both Barber and Robertson at the Southwestern Conference Meet last week at Baldwin-Wallace.

No one in the history of the league had won four individual events. In 75 years of boys’ competition, only eight boys had won three individual and one relay while in 37 years of girls’ competition, 11 girls had won three individual events with one relay. Barber, a junior and Robertson, a sophomore, both won four individual events in record-setting fashion.

Robertson won the 110 hurdles in a meet record of 14.22 and the 300 hurdles in a meet record of 37.91. He also won the 100 and 200.

Barber set the meet record in the long jump at 18 feet, 5.75 inches and the 200 in 24.54, beating twin sister Jade’s record. Jade sat out with a hamstring injury. She also won the 100 in record time of 11.95, making her the first girl to run faster than 12 flat. She also set a meet mark in the 300 hurdles in 42.61 seconds.


Stow Softball: Stow shocked a 1-loss Hudson team 3-1 in its Division I district semifinal at Firestone Park in Akron. Stow improves to 19-9 on the year and dropped Hudson to 24-2.

Sarah Parsons, Alex Shaver and Stephanie Little had back-to-back-to-back singles in the first inning for a 1-0 lead and added a run in the second after sinlges by Chelsea Carlson and Julie Rooney were aided by an error to plate a run.

An insurance run was scored on two doubles by Parsons and Shaver in the fifth frame.

Carlson tossed an efficient game with three strikeouts and only three hits allowed to the Explorers.


Great Gorman: Alliance Marlington’s Jessi Gorman jacked two homers in her team’s 9-2 win over Canal Fulton Northwest.

Hammerin’ Hoover:
The North Canton Hoover lacrosse team was recently named the top seed in the North-Central Ohio regional club tournament.

In just its second year of existence, the team has 13 wins and is led by Gina LaRocca with 48 goals, Samantha Stultz with 38 and Emily Bergent with 35 goals.

Emily VanVranken has 28 goals and 34 assists.

Krafty Krakora:
Avon’s Kevin Krakora won the 100, 200 and set the meet record in the 400 (51.26) in helping his team win the West Shore Conference title with 149.50 points.

Totally Todaro:
Massillon Jackson’s Abby Todaro hit a homer and single with six RBIs in a 13-6 win over Uniontown Lake.

Crusaders Roll:
Canton Central Catholic topped Waynedale 4-1 in a sectional championship to advance to its 17th-straight district.

Taylore Baker had 12 strikeouts and added two hits at the plate to lead the Crusaders.

The next game, Central Catholic beat Wooster Triway 5-0 in the district semifinal as Baker improved to 8-2 on the year. He also hammered a homer, double and single.

Crowe to B-W:
Mentor boys’ basketball senior standout Jaron Crowe has committed to play collegiate basketball at Baldwin-Wallace next year. He helped his Cardinals to their first regional by scoring 18.9 points, 6.8 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game.

Bashin’ Blackiston:
Canton Timken sophomore Tyler Blackiston had three hits in a doubleheader with Akron Manchester. He set the record for single-season hits at 36 with his second hit and now has 37 after the third hit.

Super Sutton:
T.J. Sutton of Canton GlenOak ran his record to 6-0 with a 8-4 win over Massillon Jackson in which he only gave up four runs, all in the seventh inning after giving up three hits through the first six innings as his team gave him an 8-0 lead.

Strikeout Swipas:
Warren Champion’s Lindsay Swipas struck out 17 and had a perfect game through five innings in her team’s 6-1 Division III district semifinal win over Pymatuning Valley. She struck out 12 of her first 15 outs.

Hoover Handy at Doubles:
In doubles action at the Division I sectional at Oberlin last week, North Canton Hoover took the top two spots in doubles action.

Nick Fockler and Justin Carpenter, the No. 1 doubles tandem, knocked off teammates Chris Albertson and Brandon Schillig in the championship.

Messy Game:
In Vienna Mathews’ 19-11 win over Warren JFK in a Division IV sectional game, the two teams combined for 26 hits and 12 errors. Rick Sommers and Corey Lumley both homered for the winners.

Crafty Corbin:
Ashland’s Shaina Corbin helped lead her Arrows track team to the Ohio Cardinal Conference title with four record-setting wins.

She set a new meet record by 2.5 seconds in the 800 in 2:20.57 and by seven seconds in the mile at 5:12.59. She was also on the record-setting 4-by-400 team (4:08.11 breaking 4:08.48) and 4-by-800 tem (9:49.42 instead of previous mark of 10:01.68).

McKenzie in at Canton South:
Jamey McKenzie was named girls’ basketball coach at Canton South. He coached nine total years at Massillon Perry with the last eight as freshman boys’ basketball coach. He also coached three years at Fairless in Navarre.

Zappin’em Zappitelli:
In Mentor Lake Catholic’s 19-0 win over Orange in a Division II district semifinal, Lake Catholic pitcher Bonnie Zappitelli pitched a 5-inning no-hitter.

Ross in at GlenOak:
While she graduated from its rival, North Canton Hoover, in 2000, Krista Ross is now in charge of the Canton GlenOak girls’ basketball program. After stints with a small college called Bridgeport and a Florida community college, she was at a private school in Florida before her hire at GlenOak.


Warren Champion vs. Columbiana, Softball, Division III Regional Semifinal at Massillon Community Park, Tonight, 5 p.m.: Champion is one of the top teams in the state and have just one loss, in its final regular season matchup against Ashtabula Edgewood. Columbiana beat Hillsdale to reach the final.

Stow vs. Akron Ellet Softball, Division I District Final at Firestone in Akron, Tonight, 7:45 p.m.:
Stow was the upset winner over Hudson while Ellet edged Cuyahoga Falls 1-0.

District Tennis Tournaments:
Division I takes place Friday at Oberlin College while Division II takes place at Weis Park starting at 9 a.m. with semifinals and finals Saturday in Canton.

District Track Meets:
On Friday, Division I meets start at 4 p.m. at Amherst, Austintown-Fitch, Lakewood, Mentor and North Canton Hoover. At 3:30 p.m., Ravenna’s D-1 meet starts with running events at 5 p.m.

Also on Friday, Division III at Independence starts at 3 while at Creston Norwayne, action heats up at 5:30.

In Division II at Midview High in Grafton, action is at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Also on Saturday is Division II at Orrville at 11, Division II at Painesville at 10 a.m. and Division II at Pymatuning Valley at 10:30 a.m.

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