Morning Huddle: All-Ohio baseball selections mired in controversy


JJ’s Morning Huddle: A daily dose of News, Notes & Nuggets from around the state

• “It’s a joke,” says Mayfield coach Don Ramer on the All-Ohio selections
• Springfield loses football coach to UFL

• Cameras will be rolling at Akron’s soapbox derby

• Fox Sports Ohio releases high school football schedule

• Daequan Cook holds court in Dayton

All-Ohio baseball a joke? After the 2010 Division I All-Ohio baseball team named three MLB draft picks as mere “honorable mentions” on the 2010 Division I All-Ohio baseball team, a few critics are fired up. “It’s a joke,” says Mayfield coach Don Ramer. “All-Ohio in baseball, the way it is done now, is not an honor. It’s like you have to part of a good ol’ boys club to get your players the proper recognition, and that’s not right. The system needs to be changed.” Three MLB draft picks in St. Edward seniors Stetson Allie and Alex Lavisky and Mayfield senior Tim Wetzel were among a number of players snubbed on the list. “I’m not saying the media is always right, or even close,” adds Bill Tilton, “But I do know this. There is no way if the media voted on All-Ohio baseball the way we do for football and basketball, that Allie, Lavisky, Wetzel and Longo are embarrassingly omitted from the D-I team.”

Get on your soapbox: Cameras will be rolling at next month’s Soap Box Derby Championships in Akron. Corbin Bernsen (of L.A. Law) is filming a movie, “25 Hill,” as a way to rekindle interest in the derby. The annual championships have been hit by budget woes, and Bersen’s hoping the film could turn that problem around. Here’s the synopsis posted anonymously on IMDB: “An 11-year-old boy whose derby dreams are left in pieces when his soldier father is killed in Afghanistan … boy teams up with a father figure whose own son, a firefighter, died in the line of duty. … The two help each other find redemption and revive the derby.”

On the tube: Like watching high school football from the comfort of your man cave? You’re in luck. Fox Sports Ohio just released their football schedule. Highlights include Edgewood vs. Wyoming at 8 p.m. on Aug. 26, La Salle at Lakota East at 7:05 p.m. on Sept. 9, and Anderson at Winton Woods at 7:05 p.m. on Oct. 21. Click for more games.

Daequan in Dayton: Miami Heat guard (and Dayton Dunbar graduate) Daequan Cook’s been hitting the hardwood for his two-day basketball camps in Dayton. Recent homicides in the city have helped drive home the importance of the camps for him: “It made me realize why I needed to come back and put on my camp,” he said. “It’s important to find ways to keep kids out of the streets.” His mother echoes the sentiments: “The dreams Daequan had when he was younger are the same ones these kids have today. They just need a place to keep them alive.”

Headed to the UFL: After one season as the football coach at Springfield High School, Vince Marrow is headed for the United Football League where he’ll serve as a tight ends coach. “I was torn,” Marrow says. “The process started a while ago. I had other job offers from colleges and other pro teams. I was pretty solid here, but there was talk around town about the levy and possibly some teachers being let go. I thought they might (eventually) do away with my position.” The former NFL pro starts his new job immediately.

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