• Two Strongsville athletes to play at Iowa
• Big Ben back in rare form
• Solon vying for top spot in Northeast Ohio
• La Salle WR Rodriguez Coleman commits to UC
• Seven games to watch in Week 7 in the Akron area
Two Strongsville athletes to play at Iowa: Six-foot-five, 245-pound tight end Ray Hamilton will see at least one familiar face on Iowa’s campus next fall. That of Aaron White, a 6-9 basketball player, who made an oral commitment Monday to play post at the school next year. White averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists last year for the Mustangs, and he picked Iowa over Boston College, Duquesne, Northwestern and St. Bonaventure. Hamilton committed to play football for Iowa earlier in the year.
Big Ben back in rare form: A former Findlay High School wide receiver-turned-quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger is finally back at practice with Pittsburgh Steelers. A month’s suspension from the NFL had him tossing passes at high school stadiums with a private quarterbacks coach. He was throwing more passes than normal to make up for the lack of gametime. “Ten seconds were all Ben Roethlisberger needed to prove to the Pittsburgh Steelers he wasn’t affected by his month away from the NFL,” the AP writes. “On the first pass he threw Tuesday in his first post-suspension practice, Roethlisberger found fast wide receiver Mike Wallace far downfield for an over-the-shoulder catch of a perfectly thrown football.” Big Ben’s big return will come in a home game against Cleveland on Oct. 17.
Solon vying for top spot in Northeast Ohio: Solon’s often overshadowed by perenniel powerhouse Glenville in Northeast Ohio, but the Comets have made a pretty convincing case as a force to be reckoned with. They’re off to a 6-0 start, and the latest addition to their record was a convincing win over Mayfield. That puts Solon in the No. 2 slot in the computer rankings for Division I, Region I. They’re behind Glenville. There could be a rematch in the making. The Comets won their first 12 games last season before falling to Glenville 28-27 in the Region 3 championship game.
La Salle WR Rodriguez Coleman commits to UC: Talk about a good weekend for Cincinnati La Salle wide receiver Rodriguez Coleman. On Friday night, Coleman had six receptions for 93 yards in a win over Walsh Jesuit. Sunday, the UC Bearcats offered him a scholarship. He accepted the same day. “Rod is a great fit at UC because of his receiving skills,” La Salle coach Tom Grippa told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He’s a top-flight player.”
Seven games to watch in Week 7 in the Akron area: Walsh (4-2) plays at St. Vincent-St. Mary (5-1) at 7 p.m. on Friday in a big battle between two private schools. “It’s hard to think the Warriors and Irish can top last year’s game,” writes SportsInk. “In that one, Walsh went 66 yards in 36 seconds to kick a game-winning field goal as time expired in a 17-14 victory. This year is a different story, however, as STVM comes in on a five-game winning streak, while the Warriors are still smarting from a loss to Cincinnati La Salle.” SportsInk picks six more important Akron-area battles here.
Seventh AP football poll has Glenville on top: The Tarblooders have won their last four games 185-25, and they’re unlikely to be toppled from the top of the Division I polls after this week. They’re taking on the winless Lincoln West. Here are the Top five teams from each division in the latest AP football poll:
|4||Lakewood St. Edward||2||6-0||221|
|Compare to the Division I JJHuddle Power Poll Rankings|
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|Compare to the Division IV JJHuddle Power Poll Rankings|
|3||Hamler Patrick Henry||1||6-0||239|
|4||Richwood N. Union||2||6-0||225|
|Compare to the Division V JJHuddle Power Poll Rankings|
|1||Delphos St. John’s||32||6-0||365|
|2||Maria Stein Marion Local||6-0||286|
|Compare to the Division VI JJHuddle Power Poll Rankings|