Salem announces inductees
SALEM — The Salem High School Athletic Hall of Fame will induct three individuals, two coaches and one team into its Class of 2022.
New inductees include Paul Roelen (Class of 1937, cross country); Bob Magyaros (1985, football); Ben Eisel (2010, football and track); Coach Roger Zeigler, girls basketball from 1988-2000 and 2014-16); Coach Steve Stewart, girls basketball from 2000-06 and 2013-14); and the 2007 Salem boys track team, which was the Division II state runner-up.
The induction buffet dinner and ceremony will be held Sept. 1 at the Salem Community Center beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Cost is $35 per person, $25 for children ages 2-10 and free for children under 2. Reservations can be made at the Salem Community Center, by phone at (330 332-5885 or at salemcommunitycenter.com by Aug. 25 or until sold out.
EOAC meet in East Palestine
EAST PALESTINE — The fourth Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference Track and Field Meet will be held Saturday at Reid Stadium.
The United boys won the first three years, while United’s girls have won the last two titles.
Field events will start at 10 a.m. with the boys discus and high jump. girls shot put and boys and girls long jump.
The running events will start at 11 a.m. All events are timed finals.
York gets tips from a legend
BEREA (AP) — Browns rookie Cade York’s first experience kicking inside FirstEnergy Stadium came on a clear, calm, picture postcard kind of day.
Phil Dawson warned him it’s rarely so idyllic.
“He just mentioned that there are going to be days that are tough,” said York, who called Dawson, the popular, longtime Cleveland kicker, shortly after the Browns selected him in the fourth round of the recent NFL draft.
During their 40-minute conversation — “we talked about a lot,” York said — the confident 21-year-old got educated by Dawson on the Browns, Cleveland’s football passion and the city’s unpredictable weather.
Not only was Dawson an incredibly accurate kicker, but he became something of an amateur meteorologist during his 14 seasons (1999-2012) with the Browns.
Through trial and error he learned to read the tricky winds off Lake Erie, famously making a field goal against Buffalo during blizzard-like conditions by aiming at the corner pylon in the end zone to account for the gusts.
On his first day in Cleveland, York made sure he got in some kicks — even if the conditions were pristine.
“It was pretty nice,” York said. “Nicer than most games at LSU, honestly, so excited to see what it’s like when it’s windy.”
The Browns and their fans are excited about York, whose powerful leg (he made 15 of 19 field goals over 50 yards) and penchant for making clutch kicks made him irresistible for a team that has had major special teams issues in recent years.
Last season, Chase McLaughlin started well but stumbled down the stretch with some misses costing Cleveland possible wins during a dismal 8-9 season. So when his turn came around to pick in the fourth round, Browns general manager Andrew Berry snatched York, the highest kicker selected in the draft since 2016.
York is a relative newcomer to kicking. He played soccer in high school — “center back that could kick the ball pretty hard, and had a good shot” — but a strong performance during a summer kicking camp brought interest from several college programs and opened his eyes to a new future.