Morning Huddle: Kenton Ridge grad loses brutal MMA bout


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

• Kenton Ridge grad Finney loses MMA bout

• Basketball standout transfers to Miami (Ohio)
• Springfield Holland lands new football coach

• OSU to hold football ‘recruitment camp’ for seniors

• Plain Dealer names baseball, softball all stars

Stop the bout: Springfield native and Kenton Ridge High School graduate Jan Finney lost in a weekend MMA bout against Brazilian Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos. The savage bout left Finney bloody and nearly incapacitated, leading some to question the match’s referee, Kim Winslow. One commentator writes it “was closer to something from Clockwork Orange than a prize fight.”

From Penn State to Miami: Basketball star and Middletown High School graduate Bill Edwards Jr. is biding his time before he can play again. After transferring from Penn State to Miami University in Oxford, Edwards will have to sit out one season. In the meantime, he’s been coaching his younger brother’s AAU team and the Middies’ varsity summer team. “It was fun (at Penn State) and a good learning experience,” he says. “Going to play in front of thousands of fans every night was great, but I just wanted to be closer to home.”

A mid-summer coaching change: After former NFL player and University of Toledo standout Vince Marrow resigned his post as head football coach at Springfield (Holland) high school, the school scrambled to pick a replacement. They found one in the squad’s defensive coordinator for the past seven years, Rob Materni. A Springfield alumnus, Materni will try to improve last year’s 3-7 record. “I’m very excited about the opportunity, that’s for sure,” said Materni, a 36-year-old Holland resident and first-time head coach. “This has always been in the back of my mind.”

Recruits R Us: Ohio State will hold a ‘recruitment camp’ this coming Saturday for high school football players entering their senior year. For $75, students can receive instruction from The Vest himself. Or something like that. “When you go to the one-day camp, you know it’s kind of a meat market and you’re just going down there to be evaluated,” says Rogers’ football coach Rick Rios.

All stars: The Cleveland Plain Dealer has named their standout baseball and softball players for the year. Elyria’s Kristen Boros landed the 2010 high school softball Player of the Year award, and St. Edward pitcher Stetson Allie nabbed the 2010 high school baseball Player of the Year award. “It meant so much to win state for the second time,” Allie says. “I remember throwing my glove in the air and being on the bottom of the pile celebrating. It was a feeling I can’t describe. Maybe pure happiness.” No doubt he’s happy with his POY award, too. Dozens of other players were also named to the paper’s all star softball and baseball teams.

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