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Old 11-13-17, 06:10 PM
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2017/2018 Akron City Series...

Lots of new faces at the helm, two schools combining teams and plenty of questions surrounding this years version of Akron City Series basketball.

Give us your thoughts on the new coaching appointments, players to watch, top games and top teams as we head for the start of the season...
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Old 11-13-17, 08:44 PM
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Lots of new faces at the helm, two schools combining teams and plenty of questions surrounding this years version of Akron City Series basketball.

Give us your thoughts on the new coaching appointments, players to watch, top games and top teams as we head for the start of the season...
I am intrigued as to how Kenfield handles its merger. Football was badly handled on the part of APS. Kenfields struggles there were not for want of talent. And they will have the talent to put something together in basketball. it depends on what APS does.


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Old 11-14-17, 05:45 AM
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I am intrigued as to how Kenfield handles its merger. Football was badly handled on the part of APS. Kenfields struggles there were not for want of talent. And they will have the talent to put something together in basketball. it depends on what APS does.


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Matt Kersten, an asst. from Norton, is now the head coach. Garfield's best player last year is now at Ellet. Neither Garfield or Kenmore appeared to have much young talent last year.
On the surface it looks like they have their work cut out for them. Bodies shouldn't be an issue though.
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Old 11-14-17, 06:46 AM
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Here's the Ellet varsity roster from their Facebook page...

2017/2018 Ellet Orangemen boys Varsity roster

#1 Trevin Carter (Soph.) 6'0" G
#2 Stephen Zampelli (Sr.) 5'9" G
#3 Storm Cherry (Jr.) 5'11" G
#4 Griffen Malick (Sr.) 6'2" G
#10 Tyler Brown (Sr.) 6'0" F
#11 Jonah "JoJo" Carter (Sr.) 5'11" G
#13 Jesse Nance (Jr.) 5'11" G
#23 Johnny Osby (Sr.) 6'3" F
#24 Matt Turley (Sr.) 6'4" F
#30 Adonis Jordan (Soph.) 5'10" G
#32 Alfred Johnson III (Sr.) 6'7" C
#33 Anthony Jordan (Jr.) 6'2" F
#44 Tariq Williamson (Soph.) 6'3" F
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Old 11-14-17, 02:53 PM
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Whats Ellet's schedule for this season?
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Old 11-14-17, 08:58 PM
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Whats Ellet's schedule for this season?
Scrimmages
11/16 @SVSM vs. St.V, Richmond Hts. & Canfield
11/17 @ Mass. Perry Rotary Preview vs. TBA
11/18 @ Highland vs. Highland & Hoban
11/24 @ Ellet vs. Mansfield St. Peters

Regular Season
12/02/17 vs. Brecksville (Joe Siegferth Classic @ Firestone HS)
12/05/17 TALLMADGE
12/08/17 AK. NORTH
12/09/17 vs. Bedford (Greynolds Classic @ Barberton HS)
12/12/17 @ Ak. Firestone
12/15/17 AK. EAST
12/23/17 UNIONTOWN LAKE
12/27/17 @ Massillon Perry
12/29/17 @ Green
01/05/18 WOODRIDGE
01/09/18 HUDSON
01/12/18 GARFIELD-KENMORE
01/16/18 @ Massillon Washington
01/19/18 AK. BUCHTEL
01/23/18 @ Ak. North
01/26/18 AK. FIRESTONE
01/30/18 @ Ak. East
02/02/18 @ Garfield-Kenmore
02/09/18 @ Ak. Buchtel
02/16/18 AKRON CITY SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP
02/13/18 @ Wadsworth
02/20/18 @ Massillon Jackson

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Old 11-14-17, 08:58 PM
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Anxious for info on the other City teams.
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Old 11-14-17, 09:49 PM
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Its a pretty challenging schedule id say.

Here is my city series outlook for right now;

Ellet
Buchtel
East
Kenmore Garfield
Firestone
North
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Old 11-16-17, 02:34 PM
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I am intrigued as to how Kenfield handles its merger. Football was badly handled on the part of APS. Kenfields struggles there were not for want of talent. And they will have the talent to put something together in basketball. it depends on what APS does.


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It is hard to compete when Coventry/Barberton some Copley takes their best athletes.
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Old 11-16-17, 03:21 PM
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It is hard to compete when Coventry/Barberton some Copley takes their best athletes.
And even that is a complicated issue. People are transferring out of Akron Public because Akron Public Schools, especially Kenfield are struggling academically. But Akron Public is struggling because many of the students come from families that are struggling...and me calling them families in many cases may be generous, it can be tough when dad isn't committed to the family. There is no simple fix. So yes, many students will bail to the suburban(ish?) schools, and if they cant move, they will open enroll.

With that being said, even with all that crap, you and I both know Kenfield could have put a better product out on the field in football, if not for the alleged incompetence of the APS board regarding coaching. Kenmore also did have a very decent Basketball team last year that did make the district finals. Even with many athletes leaving to the private schools or Coventry. This Kenfield merger should be capable of a lot, if they are well coached. That is assuming of course that the former Kenmore players can get along well with the Garfield players. I do wish the best for Kenfield this season.

P.S BigWorm, when mentioning Copley, Barberton, and Coventry, how could you miss the elephants in the room, that is SVSM and Hoban? They're the ones doing all the recruiting...not us. You're barking up the wrong tree.
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Old 11-16-17, 07:58 PM
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I got to the scrimmage late tonight, saw Ellet's last three 10 min. quarters.

Ellet 17
Richmond Hts. 12

SVSM 16
Ellet 15

Ellet 12
Richmond Hts. 10

I did hear Ellet dropped their first two, one each to both teams, didn't get scores.

Pretty standard first scrimmage for each team. Sloppy play at times and a mishmash of players on the court. Glorified practice.
Richmond Hts. was pretty athletic. A little undisciplined. Didn't shoot well.

SVSM - Looked the most polished of the three teams but just as sloppy at times. Not much height or crazy athleticism but they play smart.

Ellet - looked like a team trying to find 4 new starters. Didn't shoot particularly well early. Full court press gave both opponents trouble in the last two quarters.
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Old 11-17-17, 07:50 AM
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And even that is a complicated issue. People are transferring out of Akron Public because Akron Public Schools, especially Kenfield are struggling academically. But Akron Public is struggling because many of the students come from families that are struggling...and me calling them families in many cases may be generous, it can be tough when dad isn't committed to the family. There is no simple fix. So yes, many students will bail to the suburban(ish?) schools, and if they cant move, they will open enroll.

With that being said, even with all that crap, you and I both know Kenfield could have put a better product out on the field in football, if not for the alleged incompetence of the APS board regarding coaching. Kenmore also did have a very decent Basketball team last year that did make the district finals. Even with many athletes leaving to the private schools or Coventry. This Kenfield merger should be capable of a lot, if they are well coached. That is assuming of course that the former Kenmore players can get along well with the Garfield players. I do wish the best for Kenfield this season.

P.S BigWorm, when mentioning Copley, Barberton, and Coventry, how could you miss the elephants in the room, that is SVSM and Hoban? They're the ones doing all the recruiting...not us. You're barking up the wrong tree.
Most of their kids are coming from the Ellet/East/North area
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Old 11-17-17, 10:59 AM
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You'd be surprised how many SVSM and Hoban kids come out of Firestone Park. Also a very significant portion of SVSM kids are coming out of Firestone/Buchtel as well.

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