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High school notebook: Archbishop Hoban’s Jimmy Martter commits to Harvard University

By Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal sports writer

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Archbishop Hoban High School senior Jimmy Martter is headed to Harvard University upon graduation in the spring.

Hoban coach Ralph Orsini confirmed Wednesday that Martter has committed to attend Harvard to play football.

Martter, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound tight end, had 22 receptions for 259 yards and six touchdowns this season.

“I think it is a great story with Jimmy,” Orsini said. “When he came to school at Hoban, one of his goals was to go to an Ivy League school and play football. I am very happy for him. To get the opportunity to receive an Ivy League education is fantastic.”

Martter has a 3.86 grade-point average. He earned three letters on the Knights football team and was a two-year full-time starter.

Flip the script

The Ellet boys basketball team encountered two buzzer-beating shots in its first two games and came away with a 1-1 record.

Jake Fisher made a layup as time expired to give Ellet a 69-68 overtime victory over host Tallmadge on Tuesday night.

“We were down by 1,” Ellet coach Mark Fisher said. “Dakota Johnston passed it in to Jake, who took it all the way down and made a layup as time expired. It was an and-one, but he didn’t need to shoot the free throw because the game was over.”

Springfield beat host Ellet 65-64 last Friday when Collin Floyd made a 3-pointer from the top of the key as the buzzer sounded. Jake Kitchen led the Spartans that game with 21 points.

The Orangemen led 55-43 after three quarters Tuesday, but the Blue Devils forced overtime by holding an 18-6 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Jake Fisher led Ellet with 15 points and eight assists Tuesday. Dionte Williams added 15 points, including a tying 3-pointer with 1:04 left in overtime. Johnston and Christian Bolling both scored 12 points for the Orangemen.

Andrew Francesconi paced Tallmadge with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Francesconi made a layup with 6.8 seconds left in regulation.

Honored by Browns

The St. Vincent-St. Mary state championship football team will be among those recognized Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium when the Browns play the Kansas City Chiefs.

Highland coach Tom Lombardo is one of 10 finalists for the Cleveland Browns Coach of the Year honor. The winner will be announced at halftime and receive $8,000 for the school’s football program.

Separate tournaments?

There appears to be another competitive balance vote for high school athletics coming in the near future.

Triway Local School District Superintendent David W. Rice said Monday that he and other superintendents in Wayne County have collected about 110 signatures from high school principals in the state of Ohio to submit to the Ohio High School Athletic Association and Commissioner Daniel B. Ross for a vote.

Rice said that a petition needs 75 signatures to proceed at the state level. A petition also needs to have at least five signatures from each of the six athletic districts that the OHSAA has set up.

The concern that Rice and others see is between the athletic competition between public and nonpublic schools. They want there to be public school state tournaments and nonpublic school state tournaments.

“This started in December of 2009 and we are trying to find a way to level the playing field,” Rice said. “Statistically, about 18 percent of the schools in the state of Ohio are private schools and of that group of schools, they win 40 percent of the tournaments [from 2000 to 2010].”

There have been two different proposals that have been brought to a vote for principals of Ohio schools in May 2011 and May 2012 and neither passed.

Rice said he expects a new proposal to be on the ballot in May 2013, as long as the signatures of the principals on the petition are verified.

“I expect those signatures to be verified and for their to be a vote in May of 2013,” Rice said.

The athletic proposal to address competitive balance in OHSAA tournaments failed 339-301 in May 2012 and 332-303 in May 2011.

It is interesting to note that not all high school principals voted on this matter. More than 20 percent of eligible principals abstained. A majority vote is needed.

Rice is in his 13th year as Wooster’s superintendent. He worked for 10 years at Chillicothe High School and for 10 years in the Cloverleaf school system before his current position. He served as an industrial arts teacher and coached football, basketball and baseball at Chillicothe, and was an assistant principal at Cloverleaf High School and then an assistant superintendent in the system.

Boedicker steps down

Perry High School is looking for a new varsity football coach.

Keith Boedicker turned in his resignation to the Perry Local Schools on Monday.

“After considerable deliberation, Coach Boedicker believes this is in the best interest of the school’s program and for his family,” Perry Athletic Director Todd Sutton said. “His first-class attitude and genuine care and concern for his players has been appreciated.”

Boedicker completed his third season as Perry coach after guiding the Panthers to a 4-6 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the Federal League. He posted a 13-17 record during his three seasons at Perry from 2010-2012.

Boedicker spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons as an assistant coach at Baldwin-Wallace College after serving as coach at Nordonia for 11 seasons. He led the Knights to a 92-32 record and five playoff appearances, including Division II state semifinals twice in 2002 and 2006, one Division II state runner-up finish in 2002, and he is a member of the Nordonia Hall of Fame.

Boedicker, a 1978 Wadsworth High School graduate, was a three-year starter at Baldwin-Wallace College. He earned All-Ohio Conference honors twice.

Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com.



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