Football teaminks cornerback
YOUNGSTOWN -- Anton Rush, a cornerback from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., has signed a national letter of intent to play football at Youngstown State University.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Rush had an outstanding two-way career for the Pioneers. During his senior year, he had 65 tackles, including 32 solo stops, while intercepting seven passes and recording 17 pass breakups.
Rush caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the second overtime against Belleville in the district final.
He was a first-team all-conference and all-area selection as a corner and earned All-Metro West and honorable-mention all-state accolades.
Panthers promote Fitch grad Trgovac
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mike Trgovac, an Austintown Fitch High graduate, was promoted to defensive coordinator by the Carolina Panthers this week.
Trgovac, who coached the defensive line last season, takes over for Jack Del Rio. Del Rio was hired as coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Jan. 16.
"Mike did an outstanding job last season as a position coach and I believe he will be equally successful as defensive coordinator," Carolina coach John Fox said. "He is a great student of the game, knows our personnel, and is familiar with our defensive system."
The Panthers defensive line finished with 39 of the Panthers' 52 sacks last season. Defensive end Julius Peppers was the AP's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and defensive tackle Kris Jenkins was an All-Pro.
"I think it was important for the players to know that what has been successful to this defense will not change," Trgovac said. "We want to continue to improve within this framework and system."
Trgovac, 43, came to Carolina last season from Washington, where he helped lift the Redskins to fourth in overall defense in 2000 after the Redskins had finished 31st the previous season.
In eight seasons as an NFL assistant coach, Trgovac has assisted with four units that have finished in the top five in defense and another that ranked in the top 10.
Western Reservehires coaches
BERLIN CENTER -- Western Reserve Local Board of Education expanded its coaching ranks by hiring several coaches for its softball, track and baseball programs.
At its Thursday meeting, the board hired district residents Thomas Shugart and Jeff Young and Canfield resident Katie Tieche to share one contract as assistant softball coaches. The three will share a $2,780 stipend.
Teacher Mark Morris of Salem is assistant varsity boys track coach and district resident Brad Speece will serve as assistant varsity girls track coach. Each will receive $2,780 for their duties.
District resident Sarah Speece and school employee Mary Speece will share one contract as junior high track coaches. They will share a $2,780 stipend.
The board also approved Michael Fortunato of Canfield and district resident Frank Miranda Jr. to serve as unpaid assistant baseball coaches. District resident Lew Speece and teacher Michele Berg will serve as unpaid assistant high school track coaches.
Students, instructorheaded to Greece
SALEM -- Twelve students, as well as owner-instructor Mike Viola of Salem Self-Pro Martial Arts, will represent the country as part of the U.S. Martial Arts team in March 2004 in Athens, Greece.
Viola earned the honor at the World Cup Tournament in Cancun, Mexico, in late January.
The Martial Arts alliance, U.S Martial Arts Team, AJKA and the International Martial Arts League endorsed the qualifying tournament. Athletes had to place in the top three of their division to qualify for Greece.
Westminster hasswimmer of week
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Westminster College senior swimming standout Craig Guthoerl was named NCAA Division III Men's Swimmer of the Week by the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
Guthoerl, a freestyle-breaststroke-individual medley specialist, posted three wins for the Titans in their 139-84 victory over Grove City Tuesday.
He captured both the 200 freestyle and 200 breaststroke while swimming a leg on the winning 400-medley relay.
LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Fame jockey Johnny Longden, who won the Triple Crown aboard Count Fleet in 1943 and was the only man to ride and train a Kentucky Derby winner, died Friday on his 96th birthday in Banning, Calif.
MIAMI -- San Francisco 49ers cornerback Mike Rumph was acquitted of drunken driving Friday following a four-day trial.
He had faced a maximum sentence of six months in jail.
Miami Beach police said they stopped Rumph's car early July 6 after he left a South Beach nightclub.
* Defensive coordinator Jim Mora and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp will stay with the 49ers on new coach Dennis Erickson's staff.
The 49ers also will retain offensive line coach Pat Morris and QB coach Ted Tollner. The rest of Erickson's staff could be completed by next week, the coach said Friday.
Vindicator staff/wire reports