Nice article about a good camp that draws some top drawer coaches but it overlooks the fact that Mooney's football program has been plagued by recent troubling incidents (a cigars/alcohol victory celebration and a recruiting violation) and has to deal with not fitting into any local conference/some schools declining to play them in any sport.. The article could have been so much more than just a fluff piece about their camp, especially since Coach Fecko, unlike in the past incidents, was available to the press for comment.
July 3, 2013 at 9:59 a.m.
For what's it's worth (not much), it seems to me that the powers-that-be at Cardinal Mooney are hunkered down, not saying anything and just waiting for this to blow over without any public accounting, just like their champaign and cigars episode when they won the state title a few years back. I'll bet dollars to donuts the issue won't come up once in all the press coverage they get for their upcoming football camp, despite all the principal characters in this most recent affair being there.
June 24, 2013 at 6:33 p.m.
You can personally not like Joe Scalzo's reporting but I think most would agree he's one of the best sports writers in the Valley. You're way too harsh on him. As for who high schools choose to play, that's their business and they should pick their games with whomever's best for them in mind. That decision isn't made solely by the AD. In fact, his/her input may not even be the main determining factor. Reread the comments the Canfield AD made at the time and you'll see he was careful not to defend or criticize the decision to stop playing Mooney.
May 18, 2013 at 9:31 p.m.
This case was clearly one where the family involved moved their child from one school to another for what was primarily athletic purposes. The arguments made otherwise are smoke screens. The OHSAA tried to simply enforce the rules under which its member schools have agreed to operate. The Bilas family, Judge Krichbaum and, by extension, Cardinal Mooney have inappropriately gamed the system. I would have hoped that this inequity would have been prevented but apparently previously-established rules can be ignored if you hit the right buttons and obscure the true state of affairs.
October 24, 2012 at 4:19 p.m.
Good game with all-out efforts by both teams. Congratulations Lady CARDS. Hats off to West Branch for displaying class all afternoon, on off the court.
March 4, 2012 at 2:26 p.m.
It appears the comment referred to above about the softball players and their parents needing the medicine they received referred to them receiving frank and unbiased evaluations by the coaching staff of the players' abilities following try-outs. Sounds fair to me,...
January 23, 2012 at 10:55 p.m.
Good athlete, nice young man; he represents Poland Seminary H/S well in all regards and is a competitor. Wish him the best at KSU; they got a good one,...
January 15, 2012 at 3:34 p.m.
Despite all the negativism rampant on this site by what appears to be a minority disaffected but overly-vocal few, the VINDICATOR recently reported that Canfield is ranked 51st out of 611 “Traditional Public School Districts.” Canfield ranks first in Mahoning County (South Range is next 79/611 and Poland is next as 83/611) and second in Trumbull and Mahoning Counties (Maplewood Local ranks 39/611).
The average per pupil cost of this top group of 51 is $11,481. Canfield spends only $8,905 per pupil– a total of $2,576 less per pupil compared to the average spent by the top ranked 51 school districts and contradicts claims of financial mismangement. With the ranking of 51/611 districts, Canfield is in the top 8% of districts in the state. “This is proof that the citizens of the Canfield Local School District receive an outstanding return on their educational investment. We are proud to provide a high quality education for all of our students. These data prove that we are doing what our district is supposed to do,” said Superintendent Zambrini.
Canfield's individual building rankings were impressive as well. Canfield High School ranked 58/736 high schools; Canfield Village Middle School ranked 75/643 middle schools; CH Campbell ranked 84/1,745 elementary schools; and Hilltop ranked 115/1,745 elementary schools.
Superintendent Dante Zambrini stated that, “Our teachers teach with rigor, our students study very hard, and (my addition: "most") parents are supportive of students being challenged in classes with rigor and homework. We believe that we are doing what any high performing district ought to do.”
November 18, 2011 at 5:46 p.m.
I predict the Hydes will get their requested records (likely a big bundle of e-mail messages and other documents) in a few days. They are probably going to reveal that the coach in question has had her share of critics. The records are also likely to show that these critics allowed their dissatisfaction with the coach's coaching decisions to cause them to look for ways to get at the coach even though her style and disciplinary standards, although not "warm and huggy", were not unusual. The School System will probably be shown to have reviewed all allegations properly and given them the attention they warranted. Those who are most strident in complaining are likely those parents who felt their kids were better than others or who expected special treatment and couldn't accept that the school's coaching staff had a different professional opinion. The coach has been the subject of harassment, to include vandalism for several years
November 6, 2011 at 2:58 p.m.
Glad to be able to provide some details in response to the number of coaches hired: The wrestling coaches coach the high school varsity and JV teams plus the middle school team. The hockey program is self-supporting; no school money pays for their coaches. The 3 cross country coaches coach the boys' and girls' varsity team plus the middle school boys' and girls' teams. Of the 2 boys' tennis coaches, one is a booster organization-supported position (no school money). Of the girls' tennis coaches, one is a booster organization-supported position (again, no school money involved) and the other is an unpaid volunteer slot. The school system actually cut the number of coaches a few years back (along with several other positions) but the booster groups were willing to help restore them by paying for them.
November 1, 2011 at 10:23 p.m.