The districts have been decided, and regional play begins Tuesday. Zac Jackson and Ken Rector look back at some of the top district games and look ahead as just two games separate the 64 remaining teams across four divisions from their state tournament dreams.
Longtime Garfield Heights coach William "Sonny" Johnson joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson to discuss chasing a third straight state tournament berth, pursuing scholarships for his players, raising potential superstars and what he's still learning along the way.
Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph Coach Babe Kwasniak joins the podcast to discuss his team's pursuit of a fifth straight state title game appearance, sitting in the chair that once belonged to his father, why he misses tournament doubleheaders and his journey coaching basketball around the world before returning home seven years ago.
Ken Rector and Zac Jackson get you caught up on what's happening in the Canton, Copley and Stow district tournaments on the Stark State Local Tournament Roundup Show. They also check on the local D3 and D4 teams chasing a trip to the Fieldhouse, preview the big Jackson-Copley game Wednesday night and dive into some of the other intriguing matchups at the district semifinal level.
TJ Peatross of NEOhioSpotlight.com and Zach Fleer of 270Hoops.com stop by to help preview the top teams, top players and the best potential matchups on the Div. III/IV State Tournament Preview Show, presented by Stark State College. If you're headed to college -- or back to college -- check out StarkState.edu for more than 280 available degree and certificate programs including the new two-year sports management program.
TJ Peatross of NEOhioSpotlight.com and Zach Fleer of 270Hoops.com stop by to help preview the top teams, top players and the best potential matchups on the Div. II State Tournament Preview Show, presented by Stark State College. Headed to college — or back to college? Check out more than 280 available degree and certificate programs at StarkState.edu.
TJ Peatross of NEOhioSpotlight.com and Zach Fleer of 270Hoops.com stop by to help preview the top teams, top players and the best potential matchups on the Div. I State Tournament Preview Show, presented by Stark State College. Headed to college -- or back to college? Check out more than 280 available degree and certificate programs at StarkState.edu.
We inch closer to March Madness with a visit from longtime Manchester head coach Gene Schindewolf, who discusses the traits his best teams from four different decades have shared, the nerves he still feels on game days and coaching different generations. Later in the podcast Nate Schindewolf, one of the greatest players in Summit County history, joins the discussion to talk about playing for his dad, coaching his own son and some of his favorite memories from his playing career.
Garrettsville Garfield Coach Andy Olesky is the latest guest, and Olesky talks with Ken Rector and Zac Jackson about building a program, the realities of small-school basketball, his coaching mentors and his long-term vision.
Rittman Coach Chad Bever is the guest on the latest On The Bench Podcast. Bever shares insight on game-by-game preparation, his excitement for the upcoming sectional/district tournament and discusses his path from longtime assistant coach to taking over a rebuilding job at Rittman.
Michael Snowbarger, head coach of the 18-0 Wooster Generals, joins the show to talk about his team's dream season, his time away from coaching and the really big games that lie ahead. Then, Ken Rector and Zac Jackson dive into the loaded Canton Div. I district tournament and break down the process of the tournament seeding and draws across Northeast Ohio.
First-year Coventry head coach Mike DiFalco joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson to discuss his team's hot streak, his first head coaching job, what he learned in six years under Keith Dambrot and the emergence and potential of Coventry sophomore guard Jarmond Hogg.
First-year GlenOak coach Matt Hackenberg joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson on the podcast to talk about navigating the brutal Federal League, establishing his philosophies and adjusting to his new job after winning four district titles in four seasons as head coach at St. Thomas Aquinas.
Green Coach Mark Kinsley joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson on the latest podcast. Kinsley talks about his young team, life in the loaded Federal League, the progress of Kaleb Martin and his longevity in the coaching business.
Ken Rector and Zac Jackson are joined by T.J. Peatross of NE Ohio Spotlight and by Wadsworth coach Mike Schmeltzer, who discusses his team's upward trajectory, adjusting after a slow start, embracing high expectations and the remade Suburban League schedule his team faces.
Ken Rector and Zac Jackson are joined by T.J. Peatross of NEOhioSpotlight.com, Matt Goul of Cleveland.com and Joe Scalzo of the Canton Repository for the first media roundtable. They discuss the top players, surprise teams and trends throughout the area. NOTE: This episode was recorded before the games played on Friday 1/20.
Massillon Jackson Head Coach Tim Debevec joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson for a wide-ranging discussion on his talented 2016-17 team, his coaching career, lessons learned from Jack Greynolds Sr., dealing with the spotlight and what both he and his current players learned from Jackson's 2010 state title team.
Longtime Stow coach Dave Close joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson and discusses his career, the traits he believes his best teams have shared, coaching different styles and maintaining high standards.
On a special edition of the podcast, Fairmont State (W.V.) head coach Jerrod Calhoun joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson to talk about his team's 14-0 start, how NCAA Div. II programs construct their rosters, what he sees in high school basketball across several states and his coaching influences.
Longtime Archbishop Hoban coach T.K. Griffith joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson on the podcast. Griffith discusses his current team's win streak, his personal longevity and desire to stay, team growth, and coaching against some guy named LeBron James.
Ken Rector and Zac Jackson fire up the podcast machine to talk high school hoops. On this edition they examine the monster that is the Federal League, discuss Copley's winning steak, look ahead to the Flyin To The Hoop and Mercy Medical Center Classic and examine the top 10 of the NEOhioSpotlight.com rankings.
Mike Fuline, head basketball coach at the University of Mount Union, joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson to talk about his program, his coaching career and the importance of local recruiting. Fuline also offers some important advice to players -- and parents -- who may be exploring college basketball options.
Mark Dente, coach of the undefeated Copley Indians, joins Ken Rector and Zac Jackson to talk about his program's regular season win streak, taking the program to the next level, coaching his sons and last year's five-overtime loss in the district semifinals.