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There is a lot going on this week, be it in Stark County or across the region. Here’s a look at five things to keep an eye out for over the next few days:

I feel drafty

For years, the NFL Draft was almost considered Cleveland’s Super Bowl. That’s understandable when you’ve got one playoff appearance and only two successful seasons, from the return of Brown’s expansion in 1999 to the 2019 season.

The irony comes this week when The draft will take place on the north coast for the first time from Thursday evening. Arriving in Cleveland comes just months after the Browns ended their best season since 1994 – 11-5 regular season, a wild card win against the Steelers – and keep an eye out for actually making the Super Bowl next season.

That means The Browns will be ranked 26th in the first round on Thursday. This will, apart from any trades, postpone the time of your selection hours after the start at 8pm.

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Losing some sleep to stay up to see a late first-round election is a fair compromise to see good football in the fall.

The start times for the second and third rounds on Friday are at 7 p.m. The last four rounds on Saturday start at 12 noon.

Hoover's Colin Fizgerald returns a shot by CVCA's Alex Stout in Hoover on Friday April 9, 2021.

Hoover Jackson Week

One of the most intense rivalries in the Bundesliga resumes this week when neighbors Hoover and Jackson meet at not one, not two, but three different sporting events. Technically, you could even say there are four, considering that one of them is a two-pronged meeting between boys and girls.

Get started on the Jackson tennis courts on Monday. The polar bears and Vikings will both bring unbeaten records to the game, with Jackson 3-0 and Hoover 4-0.

On Tuesday, the rivalry will shift to the track at North Canton Memorial Stadium, where the Vikings and polar bears will have first place on the line for both boys and girls. Both boys’ teams are 3-0 in the Bundesliga, while Jackson’s girls are 3-0 and Hoovers 2-1.

Hoover will also host a girls lacrosse showdown between the two rivals on Tuesday.

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Massillon graduate Aidan Longwell, featured during a 2018 baseball game against Louisville, will be one of four 2020 class seniors honored ahead of the Tigers' baseball game against Canton South on Monday.  Amir Alkire, Heath Manson and Robbie Page are the others.

Better late than never

Spring 2020 was one that most high school spring athletes – and everyone – would prefer to forget. This is especially true for seniors in the 2020 class who never had a chance to make their final season.

Schools across the state have tried to do something for these seniors since those seasons were eliminated. On Monday, Massillon will do his part for four baseball players Amar Alkire, Aidan Longwell, Heath Manson and Robbie Page, who graduated last spring without their final season.

These four will be honored ahead of the Tigers’ game against Canton South on Monday at Ducky Schroeder Field. The detection starts at 4:30 p.m. and the game starts at 5:00 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.massillonschools.org under the Athletics tab. The cost is $ 3 for adults and is free for students.

Carter Magyarics of Northwest scores during his game against CVCA in the Northwest on Monday April 19, 2021.

Titan-ic collisions

Northwest and Triway will play in two games on Monday that will have a crucial impact on the PAC-7 baseball and softball races.

The teams will meet for the first home-and-home baseball game in Triway this week. They both top the league 5-1 along with CVCA after Northwest and CVCA split a pair last week.

Northwest and Triway will meet again on Wednesday at Canal Fulton. CVCA plays Orrville at home this week.

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On Monday, the stake of softball diamonds is much higher in the Northwest, as there is a chance there is a first place among the Titans. Northwest, 6-1 in the league, are one game behind Triway – 7-0 in the league, 16-1 overall – after losing 11-1 at Shreve last Thursday.

A defeat in the northwest would leave the titans at least two games ahead of everyone else in the softball race.

Orrville's Catrine Race is one of the people who helped the Red Rider girls set a 4-0 PAC-7 record.  Orrville will face the undefeated Northwest on Tuesday.

Leader of the PAC route

The two best teams in the boys ‘and girls’ rankings will be represented at two different track meetings on Tuesday.

Fairless is hosting CVCA for a dual on Tuesday. The Falcons boys are 4-0 while the Royals are 4-1.

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Northwest and Orrville will also be part of a triangle with Triway to the northwest on Tuesday. The girls from Orrville come into play with a 4-0 record, while the girls from the northwest are 3-0. The Titans are victorious on the girls’ side.

Duplicate results are half the total score to determine the PAC-7 champion. The other half is based on the results of the league meeting on May 13th in Triway.

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