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Morning Announcements: Setting up Monday’s high school sports coverage for …

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Welcome to the 2014 portion of the school year. Over the holiday break, the Northeast Ohio Media Group’s high school sports staff became complete with its 12th full-time hire.

We are excited to bring you lots of coverage and new multimedia features from our 170-school, seven-county coverage area.

Starting today we will be posting a daily rundown previewing the day’s coverage plans.

Look for the posts every Monday through Saturday. Each post will also have links to the previous day’s coverage.

The posts – called Morning Announcements – will give high school sports fans a look at what will be posted that day and night at cleveland.com/hssports in all sports.

Let’s get started.

Check cleveland.com/hssports today for:

Updates on game postponements as Northeast Ohio goes into chill zone

The frigid temperatures mean school closings, which mean several games are bound to be postponed. Reporter Nubyjas Wilborn will be compiling a list of Monday and Tuesday postponements, along with makeup dates when available.

Boys basketball

A regular slate of Friday games plus the Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic meant it was a busy weekend for boys basketball. There’s plenty of coverage on Monday to get you caught up.

At 11 a.m., the latest edition of the Top 25 boys basketball rankings will be released. While St. Edward is still No. 1, there was plenty of movement in the rest of the poll as seven of the top 10 teams lost this past week.

A video breaking down the poll will feature reporters David Cassilo and Bill Landis and is hosted by Nubyjas Wilborn.

Just minutes after the poll is released, Cassilo will reveal his poll talking points that discusses the decisions that went into making the poll this week.

Monday marks the debut of the weekly Associated Press state poll, which comes out at 6:30 p.m. Expect plenty of Northeast Ohio teams to be ranked toward the top of Division I, II and III.

Like we do with our own poll, we’ll be breaking down the state poll. Included will be why we decided to vote the way we did this week.

After all of the games conclude tonight, we’ll have a post with all the scores from across the state.

Girls basketball

Get caught up on all the big girls basketball games and developments from the holiday week last week from reporters Mark Kern and Stephanie Kuzydym.

Check back tonight for box scores and recaps if any games are played locally, as well as a list of scores throughout Ohio.

What’s the best way to spend a day like today when school is closed due to weather?


There were several big wrestling events over the weekend and reporter Scott Patsko will recap the highlights and go beyond the box scores.


A new week means a new list of top swimming performers. Check the latest compilation of top 10 times and diving scores from the season throughout Northeast Ohio


Reporter Robert Rozboril will look back on the top hockey games from the previous week and bring fans up to speed on what’s happening with teams across the region.


We expect a light night of games but any box scores that come in will be posted, with highlights on as many competitions as possible.

Question of the day

Wrestling reporter Scott Patsko will be asking who is the best pound-for-pound wrestler in Northeast Ohio this season in the High School Sports Question of the Day.

Don’t miss Sunday’s high school sports coverage

Yesterday was a rare busy Sunday with the five-game Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic in boys basketball at Baldwin Wallace. The Northeast Ohio Media Group had coverage from each game, as well as three slideshows and nearly 20 videos.

Here’s all the game coverage:

Brunswick 67, Richmond Heights 52: See game story by Tim Bielik here. Also check out a separate post of video coverage by Lexi Pluym here.

No. 4 St. Ignatius 59, No. 3 Central Catholic 52: See game story and videos by David Cassilo and Nathaniel Cline.

No. 5 Shaker Heights 81, No. 14 Cleveland Heights 77 (OT): See game story by Bill Landis here. Don’t miss a separate post of videos from the game by Lexi Pluym.

No. 1 St. Edward 91, No. 6 Mentor 49: See game story by Tim Bielik here.

No. 9 Medina 71, No. 16 Warrensville Heights 67: See game story by David Cassilo here. And watch several videos from the game here, including this one below, by Lexi Pluym.

And that’s not all. Make sure to check out observations, analysis and notes from all fives games that took place on Sunday, and don’t forget to see all of the great videos that include game footage and interviews with players and coaches.

Contact high school sports reporter David Cassilo by email (dcassilo@cleveland.com) or Twitter (@dcassilo). Or log in and leave a message in the comments section below.

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