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Setting up high school sports coverage for Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014: Morning …

CLEVELAND, Ohio — From boys and girls basketball to wrestling and everything in between, there is plenty still going on in high school sports today despite the frigid temperatures that have kept many schools from opening the past couple of days. 

Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find on cleveland.com today and tonight. Look for these Morning Announcements posts every Monday through Saturday to set you up for the day in high school sports.

Highlights of what’s being posted today at cleveland.com/hssports:

Where we’ll be:

Reporter David Cassilo will be covering the Villa Angela-St. Joseph boys basketball at Central Catholic game and will bring you all of the highlights from the game. Central Catholic great Earl Boykins will have his jersey retired before the game. We will have photos and video capturing the historic occasion. 

Reporter Bill Landis will have up-to-the-minute coverage of the boys basketball game between Gilmour and St. Edward

Reporter Nate Cline will be at the state wrestling duals semifinalsand final at Padua. The Region 11 match will feature Bay/Padua vs. St. Vincent-St. Mary/Tallmadge. The action is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. 

Boys basketball 

See what teams will be featured in this week’s edition of the Fastbreak boys basketball game of the week live audio webcast. You, the readers, told us what games you think we should cover and we have based our decision about where to send hosts Chris Fedor and Dan Labbe along with sideline reporter Robert Rozboril solely on your input. 

ESPN has released new national boys basketball player rankings by class. Reporter David Cassilo will tell you which local players are on that list. 

Be sure to check out the weekly boys basketball Full Court Press podcast, which will go live at 10 a.m. This week’s podcast features Cleveland Central Catholic coach Jonathan Harris and East Tech coach Brett Moore and will be presented by Cassilo, Mark Kern and Bill Landis.

Check out the latest weekly Top 10 rankings in the race to determine who is the cleveland.com boys basketball player of the year. This post will be complete with videos from 3rdcoasthoops.com as well as a poll to get feedback from you. 

For our weekly spotlight, reporter Lexi Pluym will have a fun, offbeat profile piece on some local boys basketball players complete with our “off the court” videos, which focuses on matters that go beyond the baselines. 

Pluym will highlight key players from Mentor and Shaker Heights who will renew their rivalry Friday, including Shaker Heights’ Esa Ahmad and Rosel Hurley and Mentor’s Kade McClure, Conner Krizancic and Caleb Potter.

Girls basketball

There will be plenty of posts recapping highlights and going beyond box scores from Wednesday’s big night of girls basketball, including reaction, embedded Tweets from players, notes, links to our coverage and coverage from other media outlets past few days and more, courtesy of reporters Mark Kern and Stephanie Kuzydym. 


To set up some of the big wrestling meets coming up Thursday-Saturday, reporter Scott Patsko will have his weekly weigh-in post with notes, embedded Tweets from wrestlers, links to our coverage and coverage from other media outlets past few days and other goodies. 

Later tonight, check for a collection of recaps and box scores from Thursday’s busy night of wrestling along with links to events we covered that have separate, more extensive stories. 


With playoff season right around the corner, reporter Robert Rozboril will highlight some of the goings-on of the past week as well as touching on some of the biggest upcoming hockey matchups scheduled to take place Thursday-Sunday. The post will be complete with various game/team notes, embedded Tweets, links to our coverage and coverage from other media outlets past few days and a poll. 


Be on the lookout for a number of football recruiting snapshots as part of daily series leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 5. These will be complete with videos and aggregation and be done by reporters Bill Landis and Joe Noga. 


Reporter Mark Kern will challenge you to think with our High School Sports Question of the Day. Will you have an answer? 

As usual, we will have live, up-to-date box scores and highlights from bowling, gymnastics, hockey and swimming taking place on Thursday. 

We’ll also have live box scores and recaps from several of the day’s boys and girls basketball games. 

Want to know what’s happening around the state in boys and girls basketball? Look for statewide boys and girls basketball scores from the Associated Press to be posted right on cleveland.com as soon as they become available later in the day. 

Take a look at Wednesday’s coverage:

No. 4 St. Vincent-St. Mary girls basketball knocks off No. 5 North Royalton, 60-51

Ranking of top area wrestlers by weight classes: The Starting Lineup for week of Jan. 29, 2014 (video, poll)

St. Edward wrestling beats Wadsworth to repeat as dual team tournament regional champion (slideshow, video)

No. 3 Solon girls basketball pulls away late to beat No. 9 Walsh Jesuit, 75-65 (video)

Brecksville wrestling continues dominance in state dual regional finals at Willoughby South (video)

What is most the most stressful part of postponing games? High School Sports Question of the Day

Dual team state wrestling tournament: Regional semifinal and final roundup for Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

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