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  1. Indians Michael Brantley takes full swings in latest comebackSat, 25 Feb 2017 04:24:30 +0000
    GOODYEAR, Ariz.: Indians outfielder Michael Brantley participated in regular batting practice for the first time in training camp this year, a significant step in his latest comeback from a shoulder injury.Brantley took 120 swings in an outdoor batting cage Friday as several Indians coaches and medical director Lonnie Soloff watched intently. Brantley had been limited to soft-toss workouts, but he was able to take full cuts against normal pitches.“He looks real good,” batting coach Ty Van Burkleo said. “If you didn’t know he was rehabbing, you’d think he was just getting ready for the day. His volume is up. He looks really good. The ball’s coming off his bat nicely.”The 29-year-old Brantley played in just 11 games last season as he was unable to make a full recovery following offseason surgery on his right shoulder. He had another operation in August to relieve tendinitis in his biceps.Brantley has been pleased with his progress, and the AL champion Indians are taking a cautious approach after so many setbacks last season.“I don’t think he could do anything differently, the way he went through it,” Van Burkleo said. “He’s worked his butt off from the beginning to get where he is now. We just hope there’s no setbacks. Right now, he’s feeling real good and there’s not any issues. Hopefully, it stays that way.”An All-Star in 2014, Brantley initially injured his shoulder diving for a ball on Sept. 22, 2015. More...
  2. Kevin Love expects to return to court in plenty of time to help Cavaliers in playoffsSat, 25 Feb 2017 04:24:18 +0000
    Kevin Love called his arthroscopic surgery a minor procedure on Friday, and said he believes he’ll be back in plenty of time to get his rhythm and legs ready for the playoffs.Still, the Cavaliers forward sounds as if he’ll need the full six weeks to be healthy and ready.“As far as how I feel now, I feel great. But I’ll go through all the protocol,” Love said. “I’ll be back here on the floor, getting the stitches out, before that getting the swelling down. It’s all just part of going through it. But it was very minor so I feel better. I was out walking within a few days. They gave me a cool cane for the first two days. So I feel good.”Love said he first felt the knee bothering him before the final game he played in, which was at home against Denver on Feb. 11. He was diagnosed with a loose body in his knee and had arthroscopic surgery to repair it.He has already started shooting, but he can’t yet do any lateral movements. He is hopeful he’ll get the stitches out this weekend.“We got to let those stitches and sutures and everything heal up pretty good. At least for the first two weeks,” Love said. “It shouldn’t be too long before I’m moving around pretty well.”Love and J.R. Smith should be back on the floor around the same time. General Manager David Griffin said Thursday that Smith is on schedule and perhaps even slightly ahead of schedule. That would put both of them back on the court by the end of March and give them both at least a couple of weeks to find their rhythm before the start of the postseason.“I don’t know what the [plan is] as far as other guys resting or me resting going forward,” Love said, “but I imagine between J.R. and myself, we’ll get out there and get our wind and be ready to go.”Coach Tyronn Lue gave Kyrie Irving the day off practice Friday, but LeBron James was a full participant. With 12 out of 17 games on the road in what will be a grueling travel month of March, Lue has remained adamant he’s going to rest guys next month — including James, who is likely to get some games off. The Cavs play three sets of back-to-backs in March, beginning next weekend at Atlanta and Miami. “We’re gonna rest guys coming in March. We’re gonna rest guys and the other guys got to step up like we’ve been doing all season,” Lue said. “We’ll be ready, but we’ll have a decent amount of cushion, I hope, when we rest those guys so it’s not a specific game or whatever we’re ahead. It’s just we’ve got to be ready to rest guys when it’s time to rest.”ShowtimeLue has deep connections to the Lakers after beginning his career there and said he’s happy to see Magic Johnson back with the team. Johnson was named the team’s president of basketball operations this week and his first move was removing Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak from their positions of authority within the organization.“I feel bad for Mitch and Jim that that had to happen, but I mean I like seeing Magic back involved with the Lakers,” Lue said. “Not costing someone else their job, but for him to be back — him, Shaq, Kobe, guys that are now around basketball so much — they are the face of the Lakers.“Just having them involved is big. It’s big for the franchise. He can recruit guys, he can get guys to come play for him. Whatever he does turns to gold. His smile, personality is infectious. And guys want to play for a great. So I think it was a good move.”Jason Lloyd can be reached at jlloyd@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Cavs blog at www.ohio.com/cavs. More...
  3. High school scores, summaries and schedules Sat, 25 Feb 2017 04:17:10 +0000
    REPORTING 
SCORESSchools are encouraged to report scores by email at bjsports@thebeaconjournal.com, by fax at 330-996-3629 or by phone at 330-996-3800. Please report scores from home and away games and from wins and losses and include statistics from both teams. Let your athletic director and coach know if you do not see your school’s result.NOMINATE 
ATHLETESCoaches are encouraged to submit nominations for the High School Spotlight by noon on Mondays. Please email bjsports@thebeaconjournal.com with the nominee’s name, school, grade, accomplishments for the week and, most important, a color headshot (a jpeg image).basketballBOYSScoring SummariesARCHBISHOP HOBAN 78, NDCL 33Hoban 26 22 14 16 — 78NDCL 8 9 8 8 — 33ARCHBISHOP HOBAN (20-2, 10-0) — Houser 8-0-19, Gurley 7-0-18, Cross 1-0-2, Salopek 1-0-2, Bickley 3-2-9, Tipton 0-1-1, Cuppett 4-1-9, Reece 1-4-7, Snyder 1-0-2, Easterlind 4-1-9. Totals: 30-9-78.NDCL (8-14) — Perovsek 1-0-2, McMahon 3-0-8, Bissler 0-2-2, Sablar 2-0-4, Carney 1-3-5, King 1-2-4, Zocker 1-0-2, Petti 1-0-2, Zienka 1-2-4. Totals: 11-9-33.3-point goals: Gurley 4, Houser 3, McMahon 2, Bickley, Reece. Fouls: AH, 14-12. Rebounds: AH, 31 (Gurley 11); NCDL, 19 (Sablar 5). Turnovers: NDCL, 17-8. JV score: Archbishop Hoban, 60-40.KENMORE 73, NORTON 49Norton 12 13 10 14 — 49Kenmore 16 18 22 17 — 73NORTON — E. Booth 2-0-4, Scott 1-2-4, Cheatham 2-0-4, Roberts-Lane 0-3-3, A. Booth 1-0-2, Rienart 6-0-15, Marks 5-0-10, Warner 1-0-3, Wolverton 2-0-4. Totals: 20 5-6 49.KENMORE (14-7, 7-5) — Brown 3-5-13, Taylor 10-0-25, Salter 3-1-7, Woods 6-3-19, Tipton 1-0-2, Lawrence 3-1-7. Totals: 26 10-14 73.3-point goals: Taylor 5, Woods 4, Reinart 3, Brown 2. Fouls: Nor., 15-6. TALLMADGE 76 AURORA 43Aurora 11 8 16 8 — 43Tallmadge 24 17 18 17 — 76AURORA (7-15, 2-10) — Sobol 1-0-3, Huffman 4-0-8, Walker 1-0-3, Boyle 1-0-3, Blunt 7-0-14, Elsawy 2-0-4, Bizjak 1-0-2, Arnold 3-0-6. Totals: 20 0-3 43.TALLMADGE (13-8, 9-3) — Lee 3-0-9, Rensel 2-0-6, Boyd 1-0-2, Seeker 4-0-10, Francesconi 11-2-25, Taylor 4-0-11, Hussing 2-0-4, Grassie 1-0-2, Stauffer 3-0-7. Totals: 33 2-2 76.3-point goals: Lee 3, Taylor 3, Rensel 2, Seeker 2, Franceconi, Stauffer, Sobol, Walker, Boyle. Fouls: 7-7. JV score: Tallmadge, 47-33.RITTMAN 66, ROOTSTOWN 43Rittman 24 13 14 15 — 66Rootstown 13 6 15 9 — 43RITTMAN — Swartz 6-4-17, Zuchak 6-0-17, Bauman 5-2-12, C.Stuart 3-0-8, Ramsier 2-0-4, Ringer 1-0-3, J.Stuart 1-0-3, Riley 1-0-2. Totals: 25-46 6-7 66.ROOTSTOWN — England 6-0-13, Hulch 5-0-10, Moore 4-1-9, Shank 2-0-5, Steger 1-1-3, Conner 1-0-2, Shipp 0-1-1. Totals: 19-41 3-8 43.3-point goals: Zuchak 5, C.Stuart 2, Swartz, Ringer, J.Stuart, England, Shank. Fouls: Rit., 12-11. Rebounds: Rit., 20 (Swartz 6); Roo., 25 (Moore 10). Turnovers: Roo., 13-9.STOW 51, NORTH ROYALTON 48Stow 10 14 16 11 — 51North Royalton 15 9 10 14 — 48STOW (17-4, 13-1) — Wright 0-1-1, Rice 6-5-20, Lindsay 2-3-8, McMurray 5-2-13, Kollar 2-2-7, Harvey 0-2-2. Totals: 15 15-28 51.NORTH ROYALTON (11-11, 6-8) — Neczypor 2-0-6, Abumamdeh 2-0-6, Kyle 2-6-10, Bunsey 3-2-10, Glass 3-0-6, Coberly 2-0-4, Lewton 2-0-6. Totals: 16 8-9 48.3-point goals: Rice 3, Neczypor 2, Abumamdeh 2, Bunsey 2, Lewton 2, Lindsay, McMurray, Kollar. Fouls: Nor., 18-9. Rebounds: Sto., 28 (Kollar 8); Nor., 24 (Glass 7). Turnovers: Nor., 14-11. JV score: Stow, 45-35.JACKSON 77, ELLET 68Jackson 22 21 14 20 — 77Ellet 19 21 12 16 — 68JACKSON (20-2) — Nicolas 5-2-16, Dingler 1-2-4, Pallotta 3-2-9, Shew 1-1-3, Young 9-7-27, Hill 8-2-18. Totals: 27-16-77.ELLET (18-4) — Zampelli 2-0-6, Bridges 2-3-7, Kline 3-0-9, Williams 1-2-4, Jones 5-2-14, Smith 1-0-2, Johnson 2-1-5, Gareri 6-8-21. Totals: 22-16-68.3-point goals: Nicolas 4, Kline 3, Zampelli 2, Jones 2, Young 2, Pallotta, Gareri. Fouls: Ell., 16-13. Rebounds: Jac., 33; Ell., 27. JV score: Ellet, 51-44.GREEN 59, COPLEY 57Copley 12 14 19 12 — 57Green 18 12 18 11 — 59COPLEY (21-1) — Hill 1-0-2, Roberts 4-12-20, Brenner 4-0-11, Emich 5-2-12, Williams 1-2-4, Plescher 2-0-5, Pugh 1-0-3. Totals: 18 16-22 57.GREEN (9-12) — Simmer 1-0-2, Martin 7-3-18, Staudt 4-1-12, Phillips 1-0-2, O’Neil 2-1-5, DeMuesy 10-0-20. Totals: 25 5-7 59.3-point goals: Brenner 3, Staudt 3, Plescher, Pugh, Martin. Fouls: Gre., 18-13. Rebounds: Cop., 21 (Emich 4); Gre., 34 (Martin 9). Turnovers: Gre., 13-11. JV score: Green, 57-55.BRECKSVILLE 49, HUDSON 38Brecksville 10 7 15 17 — 49Hudson 6 12 12 8 — 38BRECKSVILLE — Dimitrijeus 2-4-9, Rose 6-0-12, Stevens 2-0-5, Wiglusz 1-0-3, Jakouljevic 0-1-1, Seibert 2-0-6, Bazil 5-3-13. Totals: 18 8-15 49.HUDSON (8-14, 3-11) — Wallace 1-0-3, McClure 7-5-20, Saeger 0-1-1, Spitz 1-0-3, Burdett 4-3-11. Totals: 13 9-16 38.3-point goals: Seibert 2, Dimitrijeus, Stevens. Wiglusz, Wallace, McClure, Spitz . Fouls: Hud., 17-15. JV score: Hudson, 56-47.CUYAHOGA FALLS 48,
TWINSBURG 44 (OT)Twinsburg 12 5 10 17 0 — 44Cuyahoga Falls 9 6 16 13 4 — 48TWINSBURG — Fitzgerald 6-0-13, Moore 3-0-8, Cusma 2-2-8, McElrath 4-0-8, Newsom 0-2-2, Campbell 1-1-3, Wanton 1-0-2. Totals: 17 5-9 44.CUYAHOGA FALLS — Gainer 8-0-16, Tofil 5-2-12, Vassalotti 1-2-4, Davis 3-2-8, Siegferth 2-0-4, Brazile 0-2-2, Campbell 1-0-2. Totals: 20 8-16 48.3-point goals: Moore 2, Cusma 2, Fitzgerald. Fouls: Twi., 17-14. JV score: Cuyahoga Falls, 56-43.NORTHWEST 67, TUSLAW 38Tuslaw 12 7 13 6 — 38Northwest 14 22 18 13 — 67TUSLAW (11-11) — Lamp 2-0-5, Z. Yost 1-2-5, J. Yost 1-2-4, Fraelich 6-4-16, McFarren 1-0-2, Patterson 2-0-4, Mummertz 0-2-2. Totals: 13 10-12 38.NORTHWEST (14-8) — Hippli 1-0-2, Fennel 7-1-16, Zellers 1-1-4, Wormald 12-0-31, Blankenship 0-2-2, Workinger 4-0-8, Landrum 0-2-2, Luhring 1-0-2. Totals: 26 6-12 67.3-point goals: Wormald 7, Fennel, Zellers, Lamp, Z. Yost. Fouls: Tus., 15-14. JV score: Tuslaw, 58-48.REVERE 63, BARBERTON 59Revere 19 14 14 16 — 63Barberton 19 10 9 21 — 59REVERE (11-11) — Albert 7-0-16, Boyer 3-4-10, Leyden 1-2-4, Tretter 4-5-13, Nance 3-5-12, Dame 1-1-3, Grayem 2-0-5. Totals: 21 17-26 63.BARBERTON (10-12) — Greynolds 7-3-19, Soyars 3-0-6, Littlejohn 2-1-6, Ries 6-2-15, Turnbaugh 5-3-13. Totals: 23 9-16 59.3-point goals: Greynolds 2, Albert 2, Nance, Grayem, Littlejohn, Ries. Fouls: Bar., 20-17. Rebounds: Rev., 31 (Nance 12); Bar., 30 (Greynolds 8). JV score: Barberton, 53-35.ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY 72,
CANTON MCKINLEY 54Canton McKinley 17 14 5 18 — 54STVM 11 13 23 25 — 72CANTON MCKINLEY — T. Straughter 2-0-4, Chandler 0-2-2, D. Straughter 8-2-23, McChallup 1-0-2, Johnson 2-3-7, Leavell 1-0-2, McCollum 2-2-6, Williams 1-0-2, Smith 3-0-6. Totals: 20-9-54.ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY (17-5) — Walter 0-3-3, Wooldridge 2-2-8, Graves 10-3-23, King 1-0-2, Williams 6-1-18, Thomas 0-3-3, Painter 2-0-4, McDay 1-1-3, Sampson 3-0-6, Addison 1-0-2. Totals: 26-13-72.3-point goals: Williams 5, D. Straughter 5, Wooldridge 2. Fouls: McK., 21-16. Rebounds: McK., 31; STVM, 20 (Williams 4). Turnovers: McK., 28-11. JV score: St. Vincent-St. Mary, 61-55.MOGADORE 86,
LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN 65 (OT)Mogadore 13 19 14 15 7 — 68LCC 20 10 16 15 4 — 65MOGADORE (16-5, 9-2) — Ramirez 3-1-8, Swartz 4-2-13, Jaber 6-1-16, Fisher 4-2-11, Coffman 1-0-2, Dunn 8-2-18. Totals: 26-8-68.LAKE CENTER CHRISTIAN (13-9, 7-5) — Miller 6-8-20, Bancroft 3-0-9, Ritenour 9-0-18, Ickles 3-6-12, Triplett 1-0-2, Underation 1-2-4. Totals: 23-16-65.3-point goals: Swartz 3, Jaber 3, Bancroft, Fisher, Ramirez.NORDONIA 89, WADSWORTH 86 (2OT)Wadsworth 20 21 8 13 11 13 — 86Nordonia 20 9 15 18 11 16 — 89WADSWORTH (16-6) — Blackburn 2-1-5, Szalay 5-15-26, Mills 1-0-3, Risher 1-1-3, Justice 8-0-21, Simmons 1-0-2, Hardy 1-0-3, Black 3-4-12, Casey 4-3-11. Totals: 26 24-35 86.NORDONIA (7-15, 5-9) — Jo. Jones 0-2-2, Ju. Jones 8-5-23, Smith 7-0-18, Petros 5-3-14, Piotrowski 2-0-5, Alders 1-0-2, Harp 1-0-2, Lebak 2-0-4, Evans 7-5-19. Totals: 33 15-25 89.3-point goals: Justice 5, Smith 4, Black 2, Ju. Jones 2, Szalay, Mills, Hardy, Petros, Piotrowski.VILLA ANGELA-ST JOSEPH 65,
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 51VA-St. Joseph 20 19 10 16 — 65STA 18 12 12 9 — 51VILLA ANGELA-ST. JOSEPH — Gaffney 5-1-11, Newlon 3-0-8, Botler 3-6-14, Lawler 1-2-4, McGeary 3-7-13, George 1-1-3, Higgins 3-2-8, Hill 2-0-4. Totals: 21-42 19-23 65.ST. THOMAS AQUINAS — Newman 3-0-7, Sommers 4-0-8, Hoffman 1-0-3, Knott 2-1-6, Moore 2-0-4, Duplin 6-3-16, Knox 3-1-7. Totals: 21-54 5-10 51.3-point goals: Newlon 2, Butler 2, Newman, Hoffman, Knott, Duplin. Fouls: STA, 15-13. Rebounds: VASJ, 28 (McGeary 9); STA, 22 (Knox 8). Turnovers: VASJ, 14-11.ScheduleSaturday’s Games(All games 7:30 p.m., unless noted)Chippewa at LucasMogadore at CrestwoodEnd of Regular SeasonTournament ScheduleTuesday’s GamesStow Division II SectionalRavenna at Cleveland Benedictine, 7 p.m.Revere at Cleveland East Tech, 7 p.m.Streetsboro at CVCA, 7 p.m.Chagrin Falls at Crestwood, 7 p.m.Canton Division II SectionalCanton South at St. Vincent-St. Mary, 7 p.m.Marlington at Alliance, 7 p.m.Northwest at Buchtel, 7 p.m.North Ridgeville Division II SectionalCloverleaf at Parma Heights Holy Name, 7 p.m.East Division II SectionalCarrollton at Buckeye Local, 7 p.m.Cambridge at Minerva, 7 p.m.Warsaw River View at New Philadelphia, 7 p.m.Beaver Local at Indian Valley, 7 p.m.Wooster Division III SectionalChippewa at Norwayne, 7 p.m.Triway at Rittman, 7 p.m.Black River at Northwestern, 7 p.m.Columbia at Smithville, 7 p.m.Orrville at Waynedale, 7 p.m.Salem Division III SectionalCrestview at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7 p.m.Tuslaw at Hanoverton United, 7 p.m.Waterloo at Manchester, 7 p.m.Columbiana at Canton Central Catholic, 7 p.m.Warren Division III SectionalBurton Berkshire at Rootstown, 7 p.m.Youngstown Liberty at Garrettsville, 7 p.m.Struthers Division IV SectionalEast Canton at Wellsville, 7 p.m.Vienna Mathews at Canton Heritage Christian, 7 p.m. Barberton Division IV SectionalOpen Door Christian at Kidron Central Christian, 7 p.m.Hillsdale at Mogadore, 7 p.m.Cle. Whitney Young at Dalton, 7 p.m.Mapleton at Cuyahoga Heights, 7 p.m.Wednesday’s GamesCanton Division I SectionalPerry at Jackson, 7 p.m.Barberton at Copley, 7 p.m.Dover at Green, 7 p.m.GlenOak at Massillon, 7 p.m.Copley Division I SectionalHudson at Firestone, 7 p.m.North at Wadsworth, 7 p.m.Nordonia at Cuyahoga Falls, 7 p.m.Walsh Jesuit at Highland, 7 p.m.Elyria Division I SectionalMidview at Strongsville, 7 p.m.Alliance Division I SectionalEast at Youngstown East, 7 p.m.Kent Roosevelt at Warren Harding, 7 p.m.Solon Division I SectionalAurora at Twinsburg, 7 p.m.Strongsville Division I SectionalLakewood at North Royalton, 7 p.m.GIRLSTournament
ScoreboardThursday’s Late ResultsAkron Division I Sectional Canton McKinley 69, Youngstown East 18Euclid Division I SectionalAurora 65, Maple Heights 57Twinsburg 61, Cleveland John Hay 21Medina Division I SectionalWooster 62, Cuyahoga Falls 58Strongsville 59, Highland 47Macedonia Division II SectionalLaurel Academy 53, Cle. East Tech 36Tournament
ScheduleSaturday’s GamesWooster Division III Sectional FinalsOrrville at Northwestern, 1 p.m.Waynedale vs. Tuslaw, 1 p.m.Triway at Chippewa, 1 p.m.Fairless at Loudonville, 1 p.m.Struthers Division III Sectional FinalCanton Central Catholic at Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, 1 p.m.Ravenna Division III Sectional FinalsLeavittsburg LaBrae at Garrettsville, 1 p.m.Creston Division IV Sectional FinalsRootstown at Lake Ridge Academy, 1 p.m.Mogadore at Rittman, 1 p.m.St. Thomas Aquinas at Kidron Central Christian, 1 p.m.East Canton at Dalton, 1 p.m. More...
  4. Summa names former executive to serve as interim leaderSat, 25 Feb 2017 04:03:56 +0000
    Summa Health has hired one of its former executives to lead it out of an ongoing crisis that has hurt its reputation, upended its relationships with hundreds of local physicians and is threatening to destroy its medical education program.Dr. Cliff Deveny, 56, takes over as the health system’s interim president and CEO on March 13.Deveny grew up in Akron, graduated from Firestone High School and spent about 20 years of his career at Summa before leaving in 2011.When he got the phone call asking if he was interested in the CEO job at Summa, “My heart said, ‘You have to do this,’ ” Deveny said.Summa’s full board of directors never interviewed anyone else because Deveny has the qualifications, skill set and familiarity with Summa and Northeast Ohio they were seeking, Chairman James McIlvaine said.Deveny was serving as Summa’s vice president of physician alignment and president of its physician practice when he left the health system in 2011 for an administrative position with Colorado-based Catholic Health Initiatives, the nation’s third-largest nonprofit health system. He has been president of Locus Health, an IT medical software company in Virginia, since November.“Cliff jumped to the top of the chart very, very fast,” McIlvaine said, citing Deveny’s commitment to collaboration with colleagues, commitment to medical education and expertise in changes to the way health care is provided and funded.Deveny replaces Dr. Thomas Malone, who resigned as president and CEO of Summa on Jan. 26, three weeks after more than 240 physicians signed a no-confidence letter calling for his departure. Malone agreed to stay on for up to 60 days.McIlvaine said the board took action to hire Deveny on Thursday, which was planned to coincide with Malone’s last day. The incoming and outgoing Summa leaders haven’t spoken, Deveny confirmed.The interim CEO contract is for one year, though McIlvaine said the board hopes to hire a permanent leader quickly and expects Deveny to be a candidate. His salary wasn’t disclosed.From now until Deveny arrives March 13, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Brian Derrick will serve as temporary interim CEO.Deveny takes over during a tenuous time for Summa, which is Summit County’s largest employer with about 7,000 workers.While the health system’s finances have improved during the past three years, changes in the way Summa does business have left many employees and patients uncertain about where Summa is headed.Winning over doctors, nurses and staff — many of whom say they feel demoralized and angry — won’t be easy.Deveny acknowledged he has personal and business ties to the head of the emergency medicine physician staffing firm that abruptly took over the contract for Akron City Hospital and Summa’s other ERs, causing an uproar in the hospital and community.Dr. Dominic Bagnoli is the CEO of US Acute Care Solutions (USACS), the staffing agency brought in Jan. 1 to take over Summa’s five emergency departments after contract negotiations with its longtime ER physicians failed days before.The change prompted some to cry foul because Bagnoli is married to Dr. Vivian von Gruenigen, Summa chief medical officer, and has had several business dealings with friend Dr. Mark Terpylak, another Summa executive.Both von Gruenigen and Terpylak, as Summa executives, had some role in the failed ER negotiations that ultimately led to Bagnoli’s company getting a contract with Summa.Summa has steadfastly denied wrongdoing and an outside law firm it hired to investigate found no conflicts of interest.Yet many doctors and nurses have said they remain skeptical.More questions aheadSumma’s incoming leader Deveny — who was hired, in part, to restore trust among the staff — will certainly face more questions.Deveny talked openly about friendships and business ties to Bagnoli and Terpylak.“I lived here 40 years and, as a private physician, developed relationships before joining Summa,” Deveny said.He said he never lost contact with connections in Akron or at Summa.His relationships with Bagnoli and Terpylak didn’t stir criticism before he left Summa, Deveny said, and he hopes transparency will help him avoid any mistrust now.Deveny — who said he and Bagnoli have only discussed Summa in generalities — said he disclosed all his business ties to Summa’s board before he was hired and the board has a plan in place to help him prevent any conflicts of interest.Deveny, Bagnoli and Terpylak were original investors in Escallate, a medical billing company that has since become a subsidiary of USACS. Both Deveny and Terpylak’s interests in Escallate ended in 2015 when USACS was created with the help of a New York private equity firm.Deveny and Bagnoli also both sat on the board of Stat Doctors — which offered online patient consultations with physicians — before it was bought out in 2015.Deveny and Terpylak, who both worked as OB-GYNs, founded Matrix Management Solutions in 1998 to help physician practices like their own function better. When Deveny joined Summa’s executive ranks in 2002, he was advised to divest, which he did. The company was acquired in 2012. In addition, Deveny and Bagnoli are part of a small group of investors who have worked for years with Akron developer Joel Testa on projects in the area.Moving forward, Summa’s board chair and new interim leader said the health system’s overall direction won’t change — but the culture will, shifting back to a time before Malone when employees could question authority without fear of retaliation or losing their jobs.Neither Deveny nor Summa board chair McIlvaine criticized Malone. McIlvaine praised Malone for “turning around a ship that was having financial difficulty” during his two years as CEO because of his laser focus.Deveny said he knows many employees are hurt and angry, although he hasn’t been privy to what led to them losing trust.“People are looking for a sense of purpose and their own legacy,” Deveny said. “My job is to make sure we create a culture and an environment they feel attached to.”Deveny’s first meeting Friday was at 7 a.m. with Summa’s medical executive committee, which represents about 800 doctors — a move that Dr. John Zografakis, a Summa-employed surgeon and medical staff president, said “spoke louder than what he said.”Frank discussionThe discussion included Summa’s hostile culture and Deveny’s potential conflicts, Zografakis said.“We had a very open and frank discussion, which is wonderful because that was something we were unable to do with the previous leadership,” Zografakis said.Dr. Michael Bage, an independent cardiologist, former Summa medical staff president and author of the no-confidence letter seeking Malone’s resignation, said Deveny deserves a chance.“Dr. Deveny must move forward rapidly and decisively to restore the trust which has been lost and to heal the deep wounds,” including with all physicians, said Bage, an investor in Western Reserve Hospital, which has been in a protracted legal battle with Summa.While rebuilding trust with Summa staff, Deveny also will push forward major efforts pursued by his predecessor, Malone.Summa will move further away from fee-for-service medicine — where doctors and health systems make money based on how many patients they treat or tests they perform — and follow a national trend toward “population health,” with payments based, in part, on how healthy it’s keeping patients.Summa still is pumping $350 million into its facilities, including construction of a new six-story tower on its main campus on the edge of downtown Akron.And Summa, McIlvaine reiterated, will stick by its ER contract with USACS, despite the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education this month putting Summa on probation and stripping it of its ability to train up-and-coming emergency medicine physicians.Summa has hired a New York legal firm that specializes in appealing accreditation council rulings. It will file the appeal by March 10.Deveny, who starts work at Summa three days later, will not be involved in Summa’s appeal.Win or lose, however, he said Summa will be committed to medical education, even if there is a break in its emergency medical residency.“It’s unfortunate a community jewel has been sidelined going forward,” Deveny said. “We’re going to make sure people are proud of this place,” he said. “We owe it to the community to step up to fill that narrative. We have to make sure people sing the praises of Summa again.”Amanda Garrett can be reached at 330-996-3735 or agarrett@thebeaconjournal.com. Betty Lin-Fisher can be reached at 330-996-3724 or blinfisher@thebeaconjournal.com. More...
  5. UA student charged with killing roommates cat; student is first in Summit County charged under Goddards LawSat, 25 Feb 2017 04:03:44 +0000
    University of Akron student Gillian Strait was sitting in class when she got an urgent text from one of her roommates.She needed to go to the vet. The roommate had lost his temper with her kitten, Leo.When Strait arrived at Highland Veterinary Clinic, she learned it was too late. Leo had died from severe head trauma.Strait was saddened by the loss and furious with her roommate, whom she said Leo was scared of and tried to avoid. She decided to cooperate with the Humane Society officer — alerted by the vet — and seek justice for her beloved orange tabby.Strait’s roommate, Matthew McCullough, 20, has been charged with animal cruelty for the Feb. 14 incident. He is the first person in Summit County to be prosecuted under Dick Goddard’s Law, which made it a fifth-degree felony to harm a pet.“I’m really hoping he’s found guilty and has to pay for what he did,” said Strait, 19, a sophomore majoring in music. “I understand accidents happen. It doesn’t seem to be an accident.”McCullough was expected to receive a summons Friday and is scheduled to be arraigned at 12:30 p.m. March 3 in Akron Municipal Court. He could face six months to a year in prison.“I have nothing to say about the matter,” McCullough said Friday when a Beacon Journal reporter knocked on his door. Dick Goddard’s law, named for the retired Fox 8 weatherman who pushed for it, became effective in September. Several other people in Ohio also have been charged under the law, including a 19-year-old woman in Cuyahoga County who admitted to slamming an 8-week-old puppy to the ground. The puppy suffered a broken neck and died. The woman will be sentenced March 6.The incident involving Leo happened at the off-campus apartment on Carroll Street that Strait and McCullough shared with three other UA students.Strait and her friends had adopted Leo last October after finding the then-7-month-old kitten left behind by prior residents. Strait took the kitten to the vet for vaccinations and had him neutered.Strait said Leo was friendly and playful and sought attention from anyone who visited. She said the kitten didn’t like McCullough, though, and hid when he came into the apartment. She said she had asked McCullough to stop tormenting her pet, especially after the kitten relieved himself on the floor a few times after encounters with McCullough.Tim Harland, the senior humane officer with the Humane Society of Summit County, said McCullough told the staff at Highland Veterinary Clinic that he got upset and threw Leo into the wall. He said the kitten was dead when McCullough brought him in.Harland talked to staff at the clinic, who had alerted him about the incident, got the medical records and spoke to McCullough and Strait. After consulting with the Akron Prosecutor’s Office, he decided McCullough should be charged under the new, tougher cruelty law.“It was a case study almost of the Goddard Law,” Harland said.McCullough told his former roommates that Leo bit, scratched and defecated on him and he became upset and threw the kitten. This account doesn’t make sense to Strait, though, because her pet avoided McCullough. She also said McCullough had no fresh scratches or marks on him.“We don’t really know what happened,” said Strait, who has since moved to a different apartment. “We’re thinking something more went on.”Diane Johnson, president and CEO of the Humane Society, hopes this case serves as a warning that animal cruelty is being treated more seriously than when it was only a misdemeanor. She says the Goddard Law was a good first step and hopes eventually to see the penalties increased even more.“These pets, they are vulnerable animals,” she said. “They can’t defend themselves. I don’t think the laws are strong enough.”Johnson praised the Highland Veterinary Clinic for alerting her agency right away.“We rely on the public’s help in finding these cases,” she said. “Tim and the other humane officer are diligent about pursuing them. We take this very, very seriously.”Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at 330-996-3705 or swarsmith@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow on Twitter: @swarsmithabj  and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/swarsmith. More...
  6. Things to Do, Feb. 25: Garden talk, Rubicon Cinema, historic debate and a double featureSat, 25 Feb 2017 03:58:35 +0000
    Learn about Garden AffairThere will be a Garden Affair program at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St. Among the topics covered will include beekeeping, Akron’s seed sharing library and container gardening. The program is free. Call 330-643-9075 for more information. Examine historic debateThe Lincoln-Douglas Debate of 1858 will be examined at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Warehouse on the Canal, 239 N. Canal St., Canal Fulton. For historical accuracy, the original language will be used as suggested by the NAACP. The event is free. For more, call 330-879-8326 or visit www.trappedatthewarehouse.com.Watch classics on big screenGreat Lakes Science Center will feature the The Princess Bride and Stand by Me on its big dome. The Princess Bride will be shown at 6 p.m. Saturday followed by Stand by Me at 8 p.m. Beer, wine and other concessions will be available. Tickets are $10 for a single movie or $9 per movie for the double feature. Visit GreatScience.com for more information.See Rubicon Cinema featuresThe Rubicon Cinema will present Jerome Hiller’s In the Stone House and Gov Haim’s Shame on Everyone at 8 p.m. Saturday. The Blue Sky Studio is at 943 Dopler St. in Akron. For more, email rubiconakron@gmail.com. More...
  7. Heres what people are saying about Summas new leaderSat, 25 Feb 2017 03:58:19 +0000
    Here’s how people are saying about the appointment of Dr. Cliff Deveny as Summa’s interim president and CEO:Dr. Michael Bage, an independent cardiologist, former Summa medical staff president and author of the no-confidence letter seeking resignation of former CEO:“I believe that everyone deserves a chance. We must come together as a medical community to save the institution and restore the public’s trust. The culture of Summa must once again focus on delivering the highest quality patient care, medical education and professional collegiality.“Dr. Deveny must move forward rapidly and decisively to restore the trust which has been lost and to heal the deep wounds. He must reach out not only to Summa-employed physicians and staff, but also to private community physicians who have long been an integral part of the Summa family. Dr. Deveny must demonstrate that his prior business relationships will not affect his decision-making and that he will always place Summa’s best interests about those of his prior partners.”Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro: “The appointment of Dr. Cliff Deveny as the interim president and CEO of Summa Health System is exciting and positive news for our county’s largest employer. I have had the opportunity work with Dr. Deveny in the past, and I am optimistic that he brings with him an energy, intelligence and sense of community needed to keep Summa a strong and stable anchor and influence in our county.“In large part, our local economy and identity is based on our vibrant health care industry. For years, Summa Health System has been at the forefront of that industry, and has grown to become Summit County’s largest employer. For the success of our County, and our region, it is critical that Summa continue to grow and prosper. I have full confidence that under Dr. Deveny’s leadership, Summa will get back on track, and will continue to be a leader in providing quality health care to Summit County’s residents.…” Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Council President Marilyn Keith: “Summa Health is a trusted community anchor in the midst of a challenging transition. Not only is Summa the largest employer in Summit County…it is a key partner in the economic and physical health of our community. It is essential that Summa remain independent and financially strong. As an institution, Summa has been on a promising upward trajectory in recent years, and has committed to making significant investments in Akron - including a new six-floor, 300,000-square-foot facility expansion downtown. In short, the ongoing success of Summa is vital to the wellbeing of Akron and our region.“History has shown that no organization is immune to the growing pains that arise when longstanding patterns and practices are replaced with new ways of thinking. The only way to weather these storms is through transparent, honest governance focused on making the best decisions — even when those decisions prove difficult. As we move forward, we must foster an open community dialogue to ensure that all of Summa’s many stakeholders feel invested in the future success of this important civic asset.“As mayor and council president, we know that transformational leadership requires vision, compassion, wisdom, and courage. An Akron native, Dr. Cliff Deveny brings a wealth of experience and goodwill to the position as Summa’s new CEO. He has invested two decades of his career at Summa and will be a strong and focused voice for the hospital. Dr. Deveny knows this institution, and he knows Akron.…” Dr. Dale Murphy, independent internal medicine physician, past president of the medical staff and former vice president of medical affairs:“I’m cautiously optimistic. I think the one thing that Cliff brings to the table is he does know most of the players. Some of the players have changed over time. That’s something he’s going to need to assess and move forward. He does know the community. He’s an Akron guy. There’s a lot of positives there. We’ll give it a chance and try to move forward. Nobody wants to see Summa fail.“I think people are willing to give him a chance. The proof is going to be can he really deliver on some of this stuff we know is not good right now.”Dr. Hitesh Makkar, Summa medical staff vice president, part of the critical-care specialist group whose contract with Summa recently wasn’t renewed:“He has a good grasp on what’s going on here. He knows all of the players. He knows what needs to be done. I was also very clear in saying this place has had a very intimidating culture. He said that’s not acceptable. “I am pleasantly surprised by what he said. It’s now time to follow him, go behind him and make sure we bring Summa where it needs to be. He acknowledges it’s a community asset.… The key is going to be transparency and he’s promised that.”Dr. Bob Schaal, independent internal medicine physician, former president of medical staff, and member of the Summa board of directors for five years when Deveny was an executive: “He’s a good guy and is interested in patient care. He’s got a big task here. He has to decide what’s more important — the institution or his friends and business partners.” More...
  8. Ohio bill outlawing marital rape gets no GOP support, againSat, 25 Feb 2017 03:05:18 +0000
    As an assistant prosecutor in Summit County, Greta Johnson made a habit of asking females on the witness stand if they had married their alleged rapists.“And that just seemed crazy to me. But it was a question I had to ask,” Johnson said. “I remember occasionally thinking, what if they were married? Would that have changed the situation?”The situation? Maybe not. Justice for the crime? Maybe.In Ohio, husbands or wives can rape their spouses so long as there is no force or threat of force. The “spousal exemption” means husbands can drug and rape wives, and avoid a first-degree felony rape charge.“As a former prosecutor,” said Johnson, who now represents part of Akron in the Ohio House, “I would argue that you could still try to prosecute under the forced rape statute, but unfortunately drugging and raping your spouse in Ohio is not illegal.”In her first term, Johnson introduced House Bill 234. It would have done away with this “spousal exemption” in Ohio’s criminal code. The bipartisan, bicameral Ohio Criminal Justice Recodification Committee explored this and agreed.But the 2015 bill died in a Republican-controlled committee, receiving no more than initial testimony from its Democrat sponsors, Johnson and Rep. Teresa Fedor of Toledo. Johnson suspects the bill failed for partisan reasons. Obstructing legislation offered by minority parties is common practice in Ohio’s history of making laws.But GOP members also pushed back on a provision of the bill that eliminated Ohio’s 20-year statute of limitations on rape and sexual assault cases. Johnson still thinks rape should be categorized with murder and aggravated murder as crimes that have no shelf life for prosecution.“I’ve always called rape murder of the soul. It changes people in fundamental ways. Nobody will ever be the same,” Johnson said. “The only thing [my clients] wanted was something I could never offer, which is the day before [the rape] happened.”But with more pragmatism in her second term, Johnson have compromised by dropping the provision on statute of limitations and instead crafted a cleaner bill that focuses on the marital rape exemptions.Still, no Republican has sponsored the bill, which was introduced Friday by Johnson and Rep. Kristin Boggs, D-Columbus, and co-sponsored by 10 Democrats. Next week, the bill will get numbered and assigned again to a Republican-controlled committee, this time chaired by Rep. Nathan Manning, a former prosecutor in North Ridgeville.Manning’s office said he was unavailable to comment on whether Johnson’s bill would have a chance. A staffer instead referred the Beacon Journal to House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, who sets the legislative agenda.Brad Miller, Rosenberger’s spokesperson, said that Republicans are not likely to co-sponsor unnumbered bills without seeing the full text. But Miller did say that it is “correct” that GOP members often co-sponsor other bills before they are introduced.“I know the speaker hasn’t had a chance to review anything with this bill or the caucus,” Miller said. “Most of this is really early in the process in terms of what might happen next.”Miller could not comment on why House Bill 234 had failed. He deferred to Johnson, “who is leading the charge” on outlawing marital rape.Miller did say that the current bill might get bipartisan support. As evidence, he referenced House Bill 1, which would authorize dating violence protection orders. That bipartisan bill was introduced by Manning and Rep. Emilia Sykes, a Democrat from Akron. It’s an example of what Miller called a “priority bill” on the current legislative agenda.Meanwhile, Ohio remains one of 13 states that treat spouses different than most charged with sexual imposition, gross sexual imposition, sexual battery or complicity to commit any of the above. More disturbing, Johnson said, is that Ohio is one of only eight states with a spousal exemption for rape. Most women, she said of her experience talking to victims, don’t even know they were raped until videos of the criminal act surface online. Their failure to recall the event is sometimes the result of being drugged, which would give exemption to matrimonial rapists.Doug Livingston can be reached at 330-996-3792 or dlivingston@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow on Twitter: @ABJDoug . More...
  9. Akron breaks another weather record Friday, high winds and storms expected after midnightSat, 25 Feb 2017 03:05:15 +0000
    The records for high temperatures kept falling all across Northeast Ohio on Friday in anticipation of them falling after storms sweep across the region early Saturday morning.Record highs were set at the Akron-Canton Airport around 2 p.m. when the mercury hit 75 degrees, breaking the previous record of 68 set in 1961.It was also the warmest February day ever recorded in Akron since weather records were first established back in 1887. The previous warmest day for the month was 72 degrees back in Feb. 26, 2000.Record highs were also recorded in Toledo, Cleveland, Mansfield and Youngstown.This marks the third day in a row a record temperature was recorded in Akron and the fourth time in a week history was made.Things will change in a hurry around 1 a.m. when storms — some of which could be severe — come in from the west.The National Weather Service says the biggest threat could be high winds — as high as 70 miles per hour — as the cold front sweeps across the region.Rain will hang around Saturday, and it will be windy with temperatures falling to the upper 30s by the afternoon.Temperatures will remain in the 30s on Sunday with a chance of snow showers in the evening.More spring-like temperatures are expected to return by Tuesday with highs in the 50s.Craig Webb can be reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3547. More...
  10. Barberton teacher who used inappropriate word during class resigns his postSat, 25 Feb 2017 03:05:12 +0000
    A Barberton High School math teacher has resigned his post following controversy that he used an offensive word during class.Superintendent Patti Cleary said on Friday that David Barnwell, who had been with the district since 1993, had resigned. Cleary described Barnwell as an otherwise exemplary teacher.“Mr. Barnwell’s personnel file is devoid of any discipline,” she said in a statement. “During the course of the investigation, Mr. Barnwell sincerely apologized for his use of the inappropriate word, saying he deeply regretted it.”The personnel file, which was provided to the Beacon Journal, almost solely included positive reviews of Barnwell’s teaching methods and activities. A few reprimands from supervisors were included, but nothing negative involved students.Barnwell could not be reached for comment.According to reports, Barnwell used the word during class earlier this month. Some reports indicated the word was directed at a student, but others said he used the word generally. Cleary declined to say what the word was, but said it would be “offensive to anybody who would hear it.”An investigation into the incident began shortly after the incident, with Barnwell being placed on paid administrative leave. More...
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