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High school notebook: CVCA’s Peters signs to play college basketball

By Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal sports writer

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Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy senior Bob Peters signed a national letter of intent to continue his academic and basketball careers at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Peters, a Cuyahoga Falls resident, is playing in his fourth year of varsity basketball and is a two-time first team All-Northeast Ohio Inland District selection. He is averaging around 17 points per game for his career and already has surpassed the 1,000-point mark.

“We are excited about Bob’s future with our program,” IWU coach Greg Tonagel said. “He comes in with a great understanding of how to play the game. He is a versatile player on both ends of the floor who has a toughness about his game that will translate well to our level.”

Peters plays for his father in high school, CVCA coach Jay Peters.

“Bob has been one of the most satisfying players to coach on a daily basis because he works so hard and is such a competitor,” Jay Peters said. “He has developed into a complete player who can score in a lot of different ways, pass, defend and make his teammates better. We are very excited that Bob has chosen to continue his development spiritually, academically and athletically at IWU.”

Highland names coach

The Highland Local School District named Jay Grissom as its coach for baseball. He replaces Jeff Rollyson, who recently stepped down after nine years as head coach for the Hornets.

Grissom comes to Highland with nearly 10 years of coaching experience, most recently serving as an assistant to Rollyson from 2009-2011.

“Since I am familiar with the majority of players, and their parents, I am hoping that this will be a seamless transition for the team and my new coaching staff,” Grissom said. “I am eager to take the first steps necessary toward another winning season.”

Grissom also co-founded and served as coach and organizational manager of the Ohio Scrappers, a travel baseball organization in Medina in 2011, and spent three years as the coach for 18U and 14U age levels of Aspiring Athletes, a travel baseball organization based in North Royalton. He coached football, basketball and track and field at Chippewa Local Schools from 2004-2006.

“Coach Grissom brings a wealth of coaching knowledge and training techniques that will be well suited to our ever-competitive varsity squad,” said Highland Athletic Director Curt Johansen. “He is results-oriented and focused on player development and team building, and we are excited to welcome him back to Highland.”

Rollyson compiled a 158-149 record in 12 total seasons as a coach at three schools. He posted a 130-107 record in nine seasons at Highland, a 15-29 mark in two seasons at Fairless and a 13-13 record in one season at Firestone. He also was an assistant coach for five seasons between Firestone, Green and Highland.

“I’m leaving the door open to maybe return to coach at the high school level,” Rollyson said. “My sole reason for stepping down is to spend more time with my kids and to coach my kids; Nolan [11], Brady [7] and Alaina [5]. You can’t get those years back with them.”

Rollyson, 43, is a 1988 Ellet High School graduate and a University of Akron graduate after playing baseball for the Zips from 1989-1992. He played minor-league baseball and has an education degree from UA and a master’s degree from Marygrove College (Mich.). He will continue to teach health and physical education at Highland Middle School.

“I am most proud of the fact that I came into a situation where they had not had a winning season since 1987 and I was able to come and create a culture of winning,” Rollyson said. “I taught them how to win games. I think the program is in real good shape for me to step away, and with Jay coming in to take over I think it will be a smooth transition for the kids and for Jay since he was an assistant coach under me.

Highland made regional appearances in 2007 and 2008 and won the Suburban League championship in 2012.

Milo’s unique look

Firestone boys basketball coach Dave Milo recently got a first-hand look at two future opponents as a television color analyst during the “2012 Play 4 Cancer Shootout.”

“I was asked to do three games at Jackson High School with David Bacon on Time-Warner Cable this past Saturday night [Dec. 15],” Milo said. “I have been in broadcasting since 1980, but I haven’t done a high school game since I began coaching at Firestone High School in 2004. I have done some University of Akron games and some Kent State University games on Time-Warner Cable, and a few college games in Cleveland, but not high school.

“The three games were Brunswick against Pickerington Central, Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph against Westerville North and Jackson hosting Lakewood St. Edward.”

Firestone hosts St. Edward at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and plays against Brunswick at Walsh University at 1 p.m. Jan. 26.

“I always like to talk to the coaches before the game to get a feel for what they run, both offensively and defensively,” Milo said. “I was lucky the coaches knew who I was. When I introduced myself they laughed. Coach [Joe] Mackey at Brunswick was very cordial and a pleasure to talk to.

“I had never met coach [Eric] Flannery at St. Ed but we have a whole group of mutual friends. He was great to talk to.”

Milo said Mackey and Flannery were both comfortable with him broadcasting the games.

“I have a first-hand scouting report,” Milo said with a laugh. “It was fun. I had a ball.

“It was different broadcasting the games. I have been a play-by-play man and a color man, but it was different trying to write down notes on the two teams while talking about what was happening in the game. David, doing play-by-play, was very patient with me.

It was a different experience, and there definitely is no pressure in the broadcast booth like there is as the coach on the sideline.”

Edwards signs for college

Tallmadge coach Kenny Linn said senior Kody Edwards signed a national letter of intent to continue playing baseball next year at Wheeling Jesuit College in West Virginia.

Edwards, who is 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, was an All-Suburban League performer as a sophomore. He is a team captain and a three-year letter winner who plays second base and third base and pitches.

Edwards has a career .300 batting average and has batted in 33 runs.

He has contributed to the Blue Devils winning consecutive Division II district titles the past two years and also was the starting place kicker and a defensive tackle helping the football team win the Suburban League title for the third year in a row.

Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the high school blog at http://www.ohio.com/preps. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MBeavenABJ and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sports.abj.