Nick Shook on Fantasy Football: Last-minute picks and some surprises

By Nick Shook
Beacon Journal copy editor
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Week 1 is just about here, finally, which means it’s time to set your lineups. If you’ve yet to draft, you still have time, and I still have some advice for you, for both now and a few weeks later.

We’ll keep this opening section brief this week, because you won’t struggle too much with setting your lineups. Your drafts, projections, and countless hours of studying will help you with that. Continue reading

Nick Shook on Fantasy Football: Ignore the preseason games at your own risk; there are gems to be mined

By Nick Shook
Beacon Journal copy editor
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The NFL season is fast approaching. More importantly, fantasy football is coming, the time of year fantasy sports players have been anxiously awaiting.

Fantasy football magazines have been sitting on shelves for more than a month. Draft kits have been ordered and are sitting in the backs of UPS trucks nationwide. It’s time to start building that big board. Continue reading

Donald Trump adds to the excitement for locals interested in the Republican debate in Cleveland

By Nick Shook
Beacon Journal staff writer

As the nation’s political eye turns toward Cleveland on Thursday for the first debate between Republican presidential candidates, voters in the Akron area are getting comfortable in front-row seats.

The Beacon Journal visited some areas that are high on the list of likely Republican voters to check the mood. All of those interviewed were eager to see the candidates debate, saying that though they couldn’t get tickets, they’ll be watching closely from their televisions at home. Continue reading

St. Vincent-St. Mary 68, Mentor Lake Catholic 52: Jalen Hudson leads Irish to Division II regional final

By Nick Shook | Special to the Beacon Journal
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CANTON: It took nearly all 32 minutes of play before the result was no longer in question, but St. Vincent-St. Mary continued its march to Columbus on Thursday night.

St. V-M outlasted pesky Mentor Lake Catholic to advance to the Division II regional final with a 68-52 win at the Canton Civic Center. Continue reading

Sports With Shook: Nate Ulrich on Dri Archer [Feb. 24, 2014]

Cleveland Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich joined Sports With Shook on Monday to discuss the NFL Combine. Ulrich discusses the impressive workout of Kent State graduate Dri Archer with host Nick Shook and compares him to the Browns’ Travis Benjamin, calling Archer faster. Tune into Sports With Shook every Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. only on Black Squirrel Radio.

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Ellet 65, Buchtel 55: Orangemen hand Griffins first City Series loss

By Nick Shook | Special to the Beacon Journal
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Saturday night’s showdown between Buchtel and Ellet was supposed to be a must-see battle between the top two teams in the City Series.

The first half lived up to expectations, with both teams trading baskets before Ellet claimed a four-point halftime lead.

The second half was a much different story. Continue reading