About David Sprouse

David is a professional sports photographer and writer for multiple outlets. He gets to bring fans closer to the sports they love by covering high school, college, ameture and professional sports teams such as the CSU Vikings, Cleveland Monsters, Cleveland Gladiators, Lake County Captains, as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Browns and Indians. David can also be heard doing color commentary on allsportscleveland.com and as a music DJ on wixyradio.com. He is also an instructor at the Ohio Media School where he teaches all things broadcasting. In his spare time, David enjoys leading worship, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. David has worked for iHeart Media, WMMS, WMJI and WHK radio and The Lorain Journal as a sports reporter. He hopes to continue and advance in his career, leaving his mark on the broadcast industry by inspiring new broadcasters to realize their potential and fostering relationships with professionals throughout the landscape.

OHSAA State Wrestling Champions Crowned

Story written by Tim Whelan

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – On the final night of the 2017 State Finals. Wrestling season has come to a close and we have some champions I’d like to point.

First up, Division I. Freshman Julian Tagg (106 lbs.) of Brecksville-Broadview Heights. Tagg seek and claimed his first state title in his high school career. An impressive victory over Zach Shupp. A Junior from Fairfield. Tagg won his match 5-1. In his road to glory, he had one tech. fall, and a pin that got him to the Semi-Finals.

Next up, Junior Matt Fields (126 lbs.) of Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit. Matt allowed a total of eight points the who tournament. Matt won his finals match 4-0 over Jamien Hood. A Senior from Mason.

To wrap up Division I, Senior Nick Kiussis (160 lbs.) from Brunswick. Nick won his match 10-3 over Brendan Price. A Senior from Elyria. Nick was on cruise control from beginning to end. Allowing only seven points.

We now jump over to Division II. Where we will acknowledge two St. Paris Graham Local wrestlers. First up, Junior Mitch Moore (132 lbs.). Mitch is now a 3-time state champion. As I said earlier today, Mitch took on Ben Pusiuk. Senior from Carollton. Why it was a very tough match between the two, Mitch came out on top 2-0.

Next up, Junior Rocky Jordan (152 lbs.) from St. Paris Graham Local. For Rocky, he won his match against Sid Ohl. A Senior from Ashland. Rocky Claimed his second state title as he won 8-0. A decisive win to say the least.

To wrap it up, We go to Division III. Where we now have a 4-time state champion heading to Ohio State University next year. His name is Kaleb Romero (170 lbs.) from Mechanicsburg. Kaleb won his final high school match in style. Pinning his opponent in the first period. He faced Brett Vonderwell. A senior from Delphons St. John’s. Kaleb receive a stand ovation. Or as Austin Carr Color Commentator for the Cleveland Cavaliers would say a “Stand O”! Kaleb saluted the crowd with spelling O-H to the mostly a Buckeye faithful. Get ready Buckeye Nation, we’ve got a potential amazing wrestler coming our way again.

Team winners:

Division I: Lakewood St. Edwards with 151.0 points

Division II: St. Paris Graham Local with 232.5 points

DivisIon III: Mechanicsburg with 118.5 points

Preview OHSAA State Wrestling Finals

Story written by Tim Whelan—

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Wrestling is coming to a closed. It’s been another exciting year of wrestling. But now is the time, State Finals time. For the very lucky wrestler’s will be crown champion tonight.

Starting with Division one, in the 113-weight class Senior Braken Mead from Liberty vs Freshman Bryce Hepner from Lakewood St. Edwards. This should be a very exciting and heart stopping matchup. I expect this match to be low scoring tonight. Though I originally thought this could be a high scoring match.

The big story headline tonight will be; Can the Freshman beat the Senior? Only time will tell.
We skip ahead now to the 132-weight class in Division one. Zackary Donathan from Mason vs Allan Hart, a returning state champion of Lakewood St. Edwards. St. Eds has continue its dominants once again this year. I have Allan Hart as the close favorite for this matchup.

In the 160-weight class for Division one, Senior Nick Kiussis from Brunswick will wrestle Brendan Price, Senior from Elyira. This should be a spectacular match. Senior vs Senior. Who will end their career on top? This will be more a defensive match. Whoever gets the first takedown could very well win this match.

Let’s skip ahead to the 132-weight class of Division two. Where Junior Mitch Moore of St. Paris Graham Local vs Ben Pasiuk, Sophomore of Carrollton. Mitch is seeking his third straight state title. This is a match I expect Mitch Moore to control and win lopsidedly. Mitch has a phenomenal tournament and should have no problem tonight.

At the 152 weight-class in Division two, undefeated Junior Rocky Jordan of St. Paris Graham will be facing Sid Ohl, a Senior from Ashland. There might be some pressure involved in this one. Not because of the obvious that it is the finals. But because for Jordan this is about continuing the family legacy.

We end the preview with Division three 170-weight class. Senior Kaleb Romero of Mechanicsburg, against Senior Brett Vonderwell from Delphos St. John’s. Why is this a match to keep an eye. Kaleb will be wrestling for his fourth straight title. Looking to conclude his career as a four time state champion in Division three wrestling.

Updated team standings:

Division One: Lakewood St. Edwards with 143.0 points. Followed by Elyria (113.5), Liberty (112.0), Wadsworth, and Brecksville-Broadview Heights.

Division Two: St. Paris Graham Local with 205.5 points. Followed Canfield (81.0), Wauseon, Cuyahoga Falls CVCA, and Carollton.

Division Three: Mechanicsburg with 104.5 points. Followed by Oak Harbor (83.0), Genoa Area, Rootstown, and Milan Edison.
Tonight’s Finals begin at 5:30 pm.

Monsters’ Locked Down By Iowa’s Stalock 3-0

CLEVELAND – The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters, were defeated by the Iowa Wild in front of 10,687 fans at The Q on Friday by a final score of 3-0.

With the loss, the Monsters are now 20-18-1-3 this season and with a .524 points percentage, currently sit alone in fifth place in the AHL’s Central Division standings.

The Wild potted the opening period’s lone score at 13:03 when Mario Lucia held Iowa’s offensive blue line following a Monsters clearing attempt and wired home an unassisted, even-strength goal to make it 1-0 Wild through 20 minutes of play.

In the second, Iowa extended their lead to 2-0 at 6:31 when Christoph Bertschy deflected a bouncing puck past Cleveland net-minder Anton Forsberg at even-strength and the Wild capped a 3-0 victory with a Teemu Pulkinen empty-net score at 18:17 of the third.

Forsberg fell to 13-10-2 in net for the Monsters this season by virtue of a nine-save performance while Iowa’s Alex Stalock improved to 15-10-4 between the pipes for the Wild by posting a 27-save shutout, his third of the season.

The Monsters’ loss dropped Cleveland out of fourth place in the Central Division for the first time since December 28th of last year, as the Monsters held the Wild to a single-game season low of 12 shots on goal in defeat.

The win was Iowa’s franchise-record fifth consecutive victory and extended the Wild’s franchise-best road winning streak to eight games, matching the Providence Bruins’ league-wide season-long mark.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Saturday rematch vs. the Wild with full coverage, live from The Q, underway at 7:00 pm on SportsTime Ohio, 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.

Johnny Manziel Signs Autographs For Fans At Mall In Texas

KATY, Texas – Johnny Football continues on his road to recovery and finds himself signing autographs for an hour and a half at a local mall sports memorabilia store.

This is his second autograph session, the first coming during Super Bowl weekend.

Fans and jokers alike joined the former Cleveland Brown as he signed over 150 autographs and sold professional photographs for $99 as he shook hands as well as took pictures with fans.

Texas A&M Alumni appeared to give him support as he has made it evident that he is trying to clean up his life in hopes of repairing his reputation and possibly, one day return to the NFL.

Spectators were the only ones able to speak with Manziel, as he declined to comment to media personnel. Read the entire article as reported by ESPN from Thursday’s event here and see the video.

Pranksters even took pictures with him posing in their favorite Johnny Football moments from 2016.

The Scooby-Doo costume and the ridiculous stack of cash from a night at the casino before his last trip to Las Vegas where he was seen rolling them up…

I bet after signing all of those footballs, helnets and jerseys, he still had a stack of money similar to this upon leaving, but I bet you he remembers it this time and his eyes are open in more than one way.

Continued wishes for good luck on his journey into sobriety, which he says he has accomplished without professional help. As I alluded to in my last article about Johnny, he wants to thank all of the people who helped get back to where he is today.

Lake County Captains – A New Look Is On The Horizon For Classic Park

Eastlake, Ohio – There is a new look coming to Classic Park in Eastlake. A new video board will be erected as part of the renovations coming to the park that The Lake County Captains call home.

The Captains enter their 15th season and made a major announcement, revealing plans to construct a brand new video board, which will cover approximately 1,100 square feet, roughly three times the size of the old scoreboard.

Eastlake Mayor Dennis Morley (R) and Judy Moran (L) are spearheading efforts for Miracle Field, were on site to introduce plans to guests attending.

Another exciting announcement during the Hot Stove event detailed a plan to create a “Miracle League Baseball Field and Inclusive Playground” for Special Needs children in Lake County, which will allow developmentally disabled kids to play baseball and other sports on a specially made playing field, the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio.

The Hot Stove event was held Thursday evening at the new field house where season ticket holders gathered to hear from the front office and new manager Larry Day. Day was the hitting coach for the Lynchburg Hillcats, also an affiliate of Cleveland.

“I think the biggest thing with Frankie during that (50-game hit-streak) was not only did he have that streak, but he’s also a catcher. The catcher side of it made him have to prepare for the opposing lineup, so he couldn’t be consumed by (the thought of) getting a hit and thinking about a hit-streak,” said Day.

Next to Day was long time Cleveland Indians pitcher Greg Swindell who the team is looking to for leadership and coaching of the young pitchers in the Single-A Indians affiliate.

Swindell shows off his prized possession World Series ring that he is so fortunate to have today.

2017 will be the first full season for many of the Tribe’s promising prospects to make their step towards reaching the show.

Former-Captains Francisco Lindor, Roberto Perez, Tyler Naquin, Cody Allen, Corey Kluber, Ryan Merrit, and Jose Ramirez all played huge roles in the Cleveland Indians’ magical run to the World Series.

Onlookers and faithful fans enjoyed a delicious meal, raffles and a walk down memory lane with Swindell who spoke of his journey to where he is today and what his plans and expectations would be for the Captains organization.

Be sure to stay tuned to All Sports Cleveland and allsportscleveland.com (available on the TuneInRadio app) for complete coverage of all home games as they have become the official media partner of the Lake County Captains.

We are looking forward to another exciting season of Captains baseball as were these fans, shown below, who welcomed us to join them for conversation and stories past seasons and their excitement of the upcoming season that starts on April 8, 2017.

Slicker and Sue share a photo and are eager to get things under way.
Pat can hardly wait for the season to start.

Additional photos from the event.

2017-18 OHSAA Football Championship Returns To Canton Football Hall Of Fame

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The OHSAA announced yesterday that the Ohio High School Athletic Association StateFootball Championship will be moving back to Canton at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. After Thursday’s 9-0 vote the tentative agreement to return to Canton was solidified. The seven games will be played at the new facility in Canton.

The games were played in Canton for twenty-four years in Stark County from 1990-2013. The last three championships (2014, 2015 and 2016) were played at Ohio Stadium allowing for the renovations to take place at the Canton facility.

“When we first secured the state championships in 1990, we assured the OHSAA that Stark County would produce what would ultimately become the gold standard for high school football,” President & CEO Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Dennis Saunier said. “For the nearly a quarter century, players, coaches, students and fans experienced a well organized community that embraced the spirit of high school excellence.
“With completion of Tom Benson Stadium and the building of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, the experience will be the best in the nation. Welcome home OHSAA.”

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Big Rivalry Set For Friday – Listen Live On ASC

GATES MILLS, OhioThis Friday brings a rivalry game to a LIVE broadcast on AllSportsCleveland.com with The Voice of Gilmour Academy, Isaac Pastrana on the call.

Pregame startsat 6:00 pm and tipoff at 7:30 pm with the Gilmour Academy Lancers playing host to their longtime rival University School.

Use the TuneIn Radio app and search allsportscleveland and hear all the action and up to the minute commentary as these two teams battle it out on the hardwood.

NEO Sports Insiders Welcomes Sam Amico To The Reporting Staff

NEO Sports Insiders is excited to welcome our friend Sam Amico to the team!

Sam will continue to provide excellent coverage of the Cavaliers and will also dive into other local Cleveland sports stories.

Follow Sam @AmicoHoops on Twitter and be on the lookout for his latest reports on the Cavaliers’ quest to repeat as NBA champions in 2017!

Indians Welcome Edwin Encarnacion To Cleveland

Edwin Encarnacion is expected to have his physical with  The Indians doctors this Wednesday. There is also, a press conference scheduled at Progressive Field that will announce the official signing of Edwin Encarnacion and meet the media sometime on Thursday to officially announce his three-year $65 million deal with the Indians.

Monsters’ Assistant Captain Called To Columbus For 5th Time This Season

POSTED BY: DAVID SPROUSE JANUARY 1, 2017


CLEVELAND -The Cleveland Monsters announced Saturday that the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets recalled second-year Monsters left wing Markus Hannikainen for the fifth time this season.

Columbus was able to string yet another win together in the New Year’s Eve matchup with a 4-2 victory to bring the total to 15 straight for the first-place Blue Jackets.

In 24 appearances for the Monsters this year, Hannikainen ranks second on the team in goals (9) and sixth in points (14) with eight penalty minutes and a +4 rating to his credit.

A 6’1”, 189 lb. left-handed native of Helsinki, Finland, Hannikainen, 23, posted a -1 rating in five appearances for the Blue Jackets this season and has a -3 rating to his credit in nine career NHL games played spanning the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns.

Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road clash vs. the Texas Stars with full coverage, live from H-E-B Center at Cedar Park in Cedar Park, TX, underway at 8:30 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.