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WR Hammond to transfer from Boardman to Harding

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Dayne Hammond (1) has traded in his Boardman Spartan football uniform for one worn by the Warren Harding Raiders. Hammond, a Division I prospect who earned fi rst team all-conference honors last fall, declined to comment on why he decided to transfer to Harding.

By Joe Scalzo

scalzo@vindy.com

Last Thursday, following an afternoon practice at Boardman High School, new Spartans head coach Mark D’Eramo was talking about senior wideout Dayne Hammond’s growth over the past few months, a maturation that coincided with a three-week missions trip to Africa.

“You just don’t come back the same when you see all that,” D’Eramo said of Hammond’s trip. “That was one of the best things for him as a young man.

“He really developed as a leader.”

Whether D’Eramo knew it or not, Hammond’s days as a Spartan were numbered.

Hammond (6-6, 185), a Division I prospect who earned first team all-conference and all-district honors last fall, transferred to Warren Harding for reasons that aren’t clear.

In an email, Hammond politely declined to answer questions, writing, “I transferred simply for the opportunity of a Warren environment.”

On his Facebook page Monday, Hammond had already updated his high school to Warren Harding.

Hammond, whose older brother Chase is a receiver at Wisconsin, has FBS offers from Ball State and Toledo and has also been offered by FCS-member YSU.

D’Eramo did not respond to requests for comment Monday and first-year Harding coach Rick Rios said he didn’t want to comment until Hammond actually joined the team.

“I’ve heard the story but I’ve yet to see it,” Rios wrote in a text message. “To my knowledge they were moving in town today but I have no further comment yet.”

According to OHSAA bylaw 4-7-2, exception 1, if a parent or legal guardian makes a “bona-fide legal change of residence from one public school district to another school district,” the student will be immediately eligible for athletics at the new school.


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(105 comments)

Really, who cares? Glorifying 17-year olds over a school transfer only inflates their ego. Good frickin' Lord, now we have sportswriters confirming such info through the kid's Facebook page. Hey Scalzo, how many high school athletes and coaches are you following on Twitter, huh!?

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(216 comments)

Suspicions arise when a transfer of a key player happens so close to the start of the school year. Way to be "a leader," Dayne!

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(107 comments)

I could only imagine why he wanted out of Boardman. What about when Darryl Clark went to Boardman and they would not let him play Quarterback!!!!!! Hmmmmmmm.

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(82 comments)

Something has driven this young man away from Boardman for reasons he, his family, and his Coach know.
I like kids to stay at their schools, but if something happened behind the public's view then we must respect his/family decision.
Good Luck at your new school and I hope it is a positive experience for the young man.

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(175 comments)

Thank goodness he did not go to Mooney, that would be recruiting!

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(15 comments)

Look this kid was giving a opportunity to go on a mission from a charity drive the school helped raise funds for it. And he practised with his team leaves that night has the pkaybook and the next day he moved without telling anyone till a few hours after a scrimmage game. Sorry for the people defending him. But stop drinking the kool aid. This is a complete disrespect to Boardman and the community. I don't want to hear the bull from Mooney or Ursuline and there hogwash. I know what the schools are doing .... But as far as public school Powerhouses are no better. Open enrolled is a recruiting tool for them. If the state would investigate high profile transfers then I would have no problem. The ohsaa do next to nothing cause there just allowing schools to run a muck. Could you imagine if the school would have been say Poland Mooney Ursuline?

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(5 comments)

Boardman should not say or do anything about the transfer considering their quarterback Polifrone made a suspicious August transfer from Struthers to Boardman last year with a "change of custody". What goes around comes around Boardman.

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(107 comments)

I don't feel sorry for Boardman, after all in their hey-day, they had their moment in the sun. Now what? Is school enrollment down? Maybe the coaching isn't that great. When is the last time that they have been rated in the state for anything? After all, thats where all the money is if you read the vindicator. Thats where everyone wants to live if you read the Vindy. Should not have problems being at the top of all sports based upon the numbers.

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(6 comments)

rumppy. Boardman is rated "EXCELLENT" in academics according to the state of Ohio. Maybe thats why he left?? Just sayin!

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(961 comments)

Should have to wait a year BEFORE he could play. this would stop a lot of "jumping" from schools.

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(5 comments)

Personally, I am glad to see him go. He got away with so much at Boardman. He threatened to go to Warren last year, too bad he didn't! He has a real ego problem and never had to do what everyone else had to do. I'm sure a lot of people will not miss him. I do not care how good they say you are, without character you will not go far.
Go Spartans, have a good year!

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(782 comments)

I think he was afraid of all the drugs that are so prevalent in Boardman, that's why he went to Warren. Prior to the tax levy the Vindy and the networks made it a point to say that there are 200 herion houses in Boardman. I see more students leaving to go to Warren, Chaney and East. You watch in a year or two Boardman schools will be asking for a property tax levy. It's only $300 on a house that's worth $100,000. That's like giving up 7 cups a coffee a month as my school board neighbor would say.

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(4 comments)

WOW!!! I think some of you need to look at Boardman...it is 2011 and there is still prejudice, politics, discrimination still going on in that township. Dayne Hammond transferring is the best move his family could have made. Boardman politics go all the way back to their little league football, basketball, and baseball...if you're not part of the coaching staff, teaching staff, administrative staff (98% white) you will not excel for whatever reasons. All the students of color are limited on what they do and where they play. They are playing in positions they will never play. Boardman is still looking for the great ----- hope and it is not going to happen even the college and professional teams have to have diversity to WIN.

I remember one game last year Chase and Dayne Hammond was apart of a major comeback for the football team when they were losing and the very next game they were limited on the passes that was thrown to them...Boardman is going to miss that 6'6 frame, especially at safety because Dayne was better defensively then offensively. Also, Dayne had offers at colleges and universities, he can verbal right now...he does not need Warren Harding for that...it is already established. You don't have to have an ego because you know you are good at something...Character...while your trying to define character for him... define it for the coaches at Boardman who play mind games with these students...how many board members, council members, well established members of the community, teachers, principals of the school children make the team because their parents are in those positions...and they can't even play the sport...we are teaching great lessons in Boardman...Yes, I think it is a slap in Boardman''s face he chose Warren Harding over Mooney or Ursuline! GO DAYNE! GO HARDING!

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(6 comments)

People are strange!

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(23 comments)

egnin1 you said it all and this has been my main point. HE USED BOARDMAN and did it poorly. Talking with kids there was a real problem with this kids aditude. Screw the politics or other crap one4u2read says, every school has them no matter where you live, its life. They all play mind games and they all teach those so called "great life lessons". It stinks but it is something we deal with, Harding has it too. If this kid comes out and say he just decided to leave at midnight on so and so day hes a liar. He was given an offer that will come out to get a chance to play D1, at a big school something that has not happened to him yet. Now with all the crap he has pulled lets see if someone will still take him if he does not have a stellar year. You can only play ball so long and as it was pointed out Boardman is rated as an "EXCELLENT" school, far higher than Harding. The stupid A$$ED comments about the drugs are just that STUPID. Boardman has drugs as do Poland, Canfiled, Austintown and Warren its just that FINALLY the police and schools are THE FIRST to do something about them and not act like they do not exist. I only hope that this drug testing is only the start. They will lose more athletes I am sure but a smart team with a clear head will always find a way to beat doped up studs in the end.

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(107 comments)

homesobrien, who said anything about the education. That was not the topic of conversation. Stay on subject my man. We all no that education comes first. But like everything else in Bdman, if you are a certain person(coaches , administrator,etc) you are given things but they are not earned. You know it and so does everyone else. I go back to my orginal statement " What have they won on a state level? You have the numbers. Just answer the question. Why aren't they in the top 10 in the state? You have as you say the facilities, coaching and most of all the number of students.

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(6 comments)

Its ammazing to see how after all these years how jealious some people from other communities and schools are of Boardman. It is kinda of complimentary if we think of it! As fo Joe Scalzo, he should be assamed of himself for glorifying these actions on the front page. Seems like he has his pwn aggenda? I wonder of this would have been another school if he wpuldnt have burried this article on the back pages or even put it in at all?

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(4 comments)

What former players or coaches are going to say something good about a super stud that has left their team...not I, because I am mad as hell he left!!! YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE CHARACTER OF THE kids and coaches you are talking too because they must be jealous now. Because if you are a real team player, then you want some super stars on the team to make you play better and have the team look better. Up until this point his accolades spoke for themselves. He doesn't owe those coaches anything...it's a dictatorship at Boardman...if you don't fall in their circle you are going to be screwed...he seen how they played his brothers, his friends, and how they were going to play him...all for what...Boardman coaches need to earn respect...not dictate respect...As for his parents, they made a wise decision...why have him stay and play at Boardman when we all know what the outcome was going to be...he received the highest honors on the team last year and he still on the back burner coming into this season. Now he will be at a place where Coach Rios will be able to showcase and teach him the game so that he is successful on the next level which Boardman wouldn't even have tried to do for him. Coach Rios is a disciplinarian and he is not going to tolerate undisciplined players (that is what Boardman coaches say about the colored boys). Dayne is not running away from discipline...just the coaches at Boardman who have trouble distinguishing between discipline and undercover discrimination.

There are all kinds of politics at Boardman...freshmen can't play varsity...In 2010 they had three boys over 6'2, athletic, fast, and seasoned football players and only one played. All three of those boys should have been wide receivers and Boardman should have been a force, but no...that was too many colored boys on the field. I'm not trying to bring out the race card...but if the talent is there black or white, they should play, no matter what grade level...quit trying to make players out of your chosen ones and play the best of what you have at all levels from kindergarten up to high school in every sport at BOARDMAN. Diversity is everywhere except at Boardman and they have the highest minority make up out of Canfield and Poland schools and Boardman still can't compete. Look at the Davis twins at Fitch you know they started at Boardman, but they told them they were too little for quarterback, running back, and receiver, but the two have verbally committed to the University Pittsburgh AS RECEIVERS...but you know the politics in Boardman!

As for the drugs. it’s not an issue...you all are trying to grab at straws to taint his name. but it won't affect anything, he comes FROM a good family and when the Head Coach from a Division 1 team comes and visit they will see...his brother is at Wisconsin now and he passed all of the character issues you all are bringing up...As I said before GO Dayne! GO Harding!

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(110 comments)

Warren has higher education, safer neighborhoods, nicer mall, and better looking girls. This is a no brainer move for him. Boardman is getting rough soon it will be known has Younsgtown South.

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(107 comments)

Bdman has alwalys been that way. They don't want to many people of color to represent them. Its a known fact. Its not about the race card. Its true. People are not always real with themselves. But, one thing for sure "you can't run away from your past history. It is there. It is their culture(Bdman).

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(2 comments)

KARMA Boardman!
Your starting QB left Struthers last July, stating a change of custody. But oddly he still lives in Struthers? Yeah i'm glad that WR left.

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(1 comment)

Harding has better education than Boardman? Hehe that's incredibly laughable. But that's for a different time...

Everyone thinks it's a no brainer to succeed in sports at Boardman. "There are 1,600 kids at Boardman, so you must have 800 male athletes." Wrong. It's more like majority of the kids walking the hallways have never played sports in their life, are in the band, are artists, welders or take part in other extra curricular activities. Now is that necessarily a bad thing? No, because it has developed a great, well rounded educational community, that if you combined education, sports, music, art and everything else, I would put Boardman up against any other school in the state. However, in the debate of sports it's not as clear cut as it seems. Yes Boardman has a really nice weight room, and maybe locker room, but has a football stadium built in the 1930's that doesn't even have a home team locker room. That's about it for facilities. The football program in particular has a power house lifting program winning the Columbiana meet I believe 6 years in a row? Coach Ogilvie brought back life to a program living at 0-10 to 2 playoff teams in 3 years and 4 straight winning seasons (went .500 in 2008). Now as far as rankings? Boardman ranked in the top 10 in Division 1 in the state early in the 2008 season and Top 10 again in 2007 season which lead to a playoff win against Euclid (14-0) and loss to Glenville (21-3).

But now back to the big school issue, of say maybe the 200 males in a grade, perhaps 40-50 are actually athletes, with anywhere from as low as 8 and as high as 20 play football. Of those, there is a movement in the Boardman community for more kids to play baseball. So you may, at most, get 20 athletes playing football, but they are rarely the best athletes in the grade or the biggest kids walking the hall. That being said, Boardman has consistently put together a tough group of undersized kids over the last few seasons that have competed in the second hardest high school football conference in the state. In case you forget, Boardman threw 5 int's and still lost a late game to State Champs Mooney by one score in 2009.

Boardman is a capable program and is just as tough and stronger than any other team in this area. Losing a player like Dayne is going to hurt anyone but having a kid on your team who is not fully committed will hurt any team at any level. Boardman will bounce back, but for people to say Harding is a better educational facility or family than Boardman, well that only tells me one thing about you...

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(341 comments)

Not so fast, The OHSAA said no. Ha!

posted 2 years, 11 months ago

(15 comments)

Yup he can Transfer to WGH for school. But he is not playing football there or anyplace most likely.. I mean if the parents moved to Warren why would they move back?? So there kid can play football for Boardman since that would be the only place he is eligible to play this year. But since the state now knows this and he already enrolled into WGH then he is doomed to not play this year at all. He has to sit a year.. Man whoever's choice this was either the parents or his was a bone headed move.. For once the state smelled a rat and did something about it...

posted 2 years, 11 months ago


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