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Phoenix News · Oberlin XC Championship Report


Megan Dobos ran a great race for Phoenix girls on Thursday. She ran a personal best by 1 min 36 sec, finishing in 22:34 for a 23 place finish. (2 places away from PAC honorable mention).

Phoenix boys cross country: nearly everyone ran a personal best or season best. Jonathan and Jeremy lead the team finishing 23rd and 24th (2 & 3 places from PAC honorable mention) in 18:34 and 18:38 – personal best by 12 and 41 seconds.

Also, running well was Cannon Byron-Dixon and Nik Vayda ran season best times by 49 and 16 seconds and running personal bests: Mattias Fritz by 12 sec, Ewan Inglis by 24 sec.

Next meet is the District on Saturday, October 21 @Medina.


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Multiple Teams · OB takes down the Longhorns


Oberlin 40, Lutheran West 27

A slow start by the Phoenix was not enough to douse their fire, as Oberlin overcame a 14-0 deficit to top the host Longhorns and improve to 3-5 on the season. After falling behind on a 37-yard punt return by Jeremy Geye and a 54-yard pass from Rory Zakareckis to Shawn Naim, Oberlin used its dual-threat quarterback Devan Yarber to take over the game. Yarber was 5-for-15 for 131 yards and two touchdowns, adding 36 carries for 245 yards and a pair of touchdowns, to help bring the Phoenix back for a conference victory. Also scoring for Oberlin was Jeremy Austin on a fumble recovery, Aaron Arnold on a pair of receptions and Ravon Eisom on a 44-yard run.


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Multiple Teams · Oberlin Senior High School Varsity Football beat Lutheran West High School 40-27


Friday, October 13, 2017

7:00 PM

Oberlin Senior High School
AWAY
40

Lutheran West High School
HOME
27

Game Recap

Oberlin 40, Lutheran West 27

A slow start by the Phoenix was not enough to douse their fire, as Oberlin overcame a 14-0 deficit to top the host Longhorns and improve to 3-5 on the season. After falling behind on a 37-yard punt return by Jeremy Geye and a 54-yard pass from Rory Zakareckis to Shawn Naim, Oberlin used its dual-threat quarterback Devan Yarber to take over the game. Yarber was 5-for-15 for 131 yards and two touchdowns, adding 36 carries for 245 yards and a pair of touchdowns, to help bring the Phoenix back for a conference victory. Also scoring for Oberlin was Jeremy Austin on a fumble recovery, Aaron Arnold on a pair of receptions and Ravon Eisom on a 44-yard run.

Box Scores

1
2
3
4
Oberlin Senior
8

8

12

12

Lutheran West
14

6

7


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Multiple Teams · Oberlin Senior Girls 7th Grade Volleyball falls to Brookside High School/Middle School 2-0


Saturday, October 14, 2017

9:00 AM

Brookside High School/Middle School
AWAY
2

Oberlin Senior High School
HOME
0

Game Recap

Final

Box Scores

1
2
3
4
5
Brookside /Middle School
25

25

Oberlin Senior
11

9


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Phoenix News · Event Recap: Week of October 7 – October 13


Saturday, Oct 7th

No event results

Sunday, Oct 8th

No event results

Monday, Oct 9th

Girls 7th Grade Volleyball
vs. Fairview Park High School
W 2 – 0 SUMMARY
Girls 8th Grade Volleyball
vs. Fairview Park High School
L 1 – 2 SUMMARY
Girls Varsity Volleyball
vs. Brooklyn High School
L 0 – 3 SUMMARY

Tuesday, Oct 10th

Girls Varsity Volleyball
vs. Fairview Park High School
L 0 – 3 SUMMARY

Wednesday, Oct 11th

Girls 7th Grade Volleyball
vs. Clearview High School / Durling Middle School
L 1 – 2 SUMMARY
Boys Middle School Football
vs. Columbia High School
W 12 – 2 SUMMARY
Girls 8th Grade Volleyball
vs. Clearview High School / Durling Middle School
L 1 – 2 SUMMARY
Boys Varsity Soccer
vs. Columbia High School
L 1 – 4 SUMMARY
Girls Varsity Soccer
@ Columbia High School
L 6 – 1 SUMMARY

Thursday, Oct 12th

Girls 8th Grade Volleyball
vs. Firelands Local Schools
N/A
Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
vs. Clearview High School / Durling Middle School
W 2 – 0 SUMMARY
Girls 7th Grade Volleyball
vs. Brooklyn City Schools
W 2 – 0 SUMMARY
Girls Varsity Volleyball
vs. Clearview High School / Durling Middle School
W 3 – 0 SUMMARY
Girls Varsity Soccer
@ Sandusky City Schools
W 0 – 1 SUMMARY

Friday, Oct 13th

Boys Varsity Football
@ Lutheran West High School
N/A

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Multiple Teams · Devan Yarber thriving with new coach, position


 

Trust. It’s something Oberlin’s football team has been lacking the past few years thanks to a revolving door of coaching changes.

Mike Akers is trying to change all that.

It’s a slow process. It took a while for Akers, in his first year as the Phoenix coach, to get his players to believe but once he got senior quarterback Devan Yarber to buy in, things have improved.

“It took a couple weeks for me to put the trust in the coaches and the coaching staff,” Yarber said. “We’ve had a lot of coaches. Some of them were bad, some were good but (Akers) and his staff are great for us. If we’d have had them our freshman year, a lot of changes would have been made and we’d have won a lot of games. I think we would have made the playoffs this year if he’d been our coach all along.”

“We’ve got about 32 kids out,” Akers said. “My first day here we had four kids in the weight room. They starting filtering in through word of mouth. We’ve picked up some kids even after the season started and they’re playing for us. You have to understand, there’s only 120 boys in this whole school.”

Akers has taken a page out of Dave McFarland’s coaching book. McFarland coached at Oberlin for a number of years and had some success. He’s now doing the same thing at Lorain.

Akers has been an assistant under McFarland in the past.

“You’ve got to look at from their side,” Akers said of the Oberlin players. “How many coaches have they had here in the last five years — three, four? I’m the fourth, maybe, I don’t know. A couple weeks ago, a couple of our juniors didn’t think we were staying. As a staff, we go together. I’ve taken these guys wherever I’ve been. They didn’t figure it out until I asked for sweatshirt sizes for next year. Aaron Arnold (junior split end and defensive back) said ‘I think you guys might be staying.’ It was hard for them to trust us at first.”

Akers brought along Tom Hicks and Aaron Huff from his previous coaching jobs. He also has veteran Ed Dohonas helping out along with Adam Thompson, David Payne, Bob King, Jason Yarber and Isaac Johnson. Payne and Yarber are Oberlin alumni.

One of the first moves Akers made was moving the 5-foot-9, 160-pound Yarber, who is also a key player on the basketball team, to quarterback.

“Devan was a tailback for us last year,” Akers said. “Our thinking was why have another kid hand him the ball where he can just put it in his hands? He’s a pretty good thrower.”

“At first, when he put me at quarterback, I didn’t think I could do it,” Yarber said. “Last year I played running back. I didn’t think I had a good arm but he just said he chose the best athlete and he gave us the playbook. I just like the plays — any way for me to make plays.”

“The ball’s in his hands every play,” Akers said. “He makes the decisions. If he wants to keep it, he keeps it. He calls a lot of our offense. Everything’s called at the line of scrimmage.”

Yarber credits his father, Derrick, who was a standout quarterback for Oberlin, in shaping his game.

“He could throw 100 yards,” Yarber said. “Every time he gets the ball, it’s a touchdown. Ever since I was young, he’s been teaching me how to play. All about the game, giving me tips — how to throw it, how to run. How I’m supposed to lead my team. I get all my game from him.”

Yarber has the ability to run or throw for the Phoenix. He’s rushed for 794 yards on 103 attempts with seven touchdowns and thrown for 414 yards, completing 25 of 56 attempts with four touchdowns.

Keep in mind, Yarber missed two games.

“I like the position a lot,” Yarber said. “I get to lead the team. I get to call out what plays we want to run. I get to switch up a lot of things. That’s what’s best for me.

“Same thing on defense. I play safety and I still get to call the plays on defense. I’m just the team captain. He (Akers) believes in me.”

Yarber leads the team in tackles with 40, including 21 solo and three for losses.

Oberlin travels to Lutheran West tonight looking for its second straight win. The Phoenix hung on to beat Fairview 22-20 last week. Their other win was over Brookside. Four of Oberlin’s losses came to teams with a combined 23-5 record and the other was to 3-4 Trinity.

“We’ve played a tough schedule,” Akers said. “Four teams are 5-2 or better.”

After missing the previous two games, Yarber scored on an 80-yard run, threw a pass to Aaron Arnold for a 20-yard score and added an 8-yard TD run last week. Oberlin had a 22-7 lead going into the fourth quarter and hung on to win.

“I hadn’t played for two games,” Yarber said. “I just wanted to come out and give everybody a show. Let everybody know I’m back on the team. That I’m doing what I’m supposed to do and I can provide for my team. The last couple games, they’ve just been missing me.”

Prior to sitting out the Black River and Clearview games, Yarber had a huge night against Brookside. He piled up 476 total yards and five touchdowns. He rushed 29 times for 231 yards, scoring on runs of 62 and 41 yards, and was 7-or-11 passing for 245 yards with three TD passes, two to senior Justin Smith.

In the loss against Trinity, Yarber rushed for 171 yards, threw for 55, scored a pair of touchdowns and a 2-point conversion.

Yarber wants to keep everybody on the team positive and working hard through the final three games.

“Everybody gets frustrated,” Yarber said. “Even me at times. I just got to let everybody know, to keep your head, we got this. One bad play is not going to affect the rest of the game. Everybody has to do what their responsibility tells them. Line has to block, receivers have to catch the ball and I just got to keep my team in place.”

Contact Tim Gebhardt at 329-7135 or timothygeb@msn.com.


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Girls Varsity Soccer · Oberlin Senior High School Girls Varsity Soccer beat Sandusky City Schools 1-0


Thursday, October 12, 2017

7:00 PM

Oberlin Senior High School
AWAY
1

Sandusky City Schools
HOME
0

Game Recap

GAME STATS
Sandusky 2017 vs. Oberlin2017
10/12/17, 7:00 PM
Regular Season
Half 0-0
Final 0-1

Goal-
Oberlin- Janae Johnson

Saves
Oberlin- Selena Santiago 3
Sandusky- Hayberger 9

Box Scores

1
2
Oberlin Senior

1

Sandusky City Schools


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Multiple Teams · Oberlin Senior High School Girls Varsity Volleyball beat Clearview High School / Durling Middle School 3-0


Thursday, October 12, 2017

6:30 PM

Clearview High School / Durling Middle School
AWAY
0

Oberlin Senior High School
HOME
3

Game Recap

Sonja borgman -2 kills 3 digs
Lauren Sands 5 aces 11 kills
Karissa Rankin 2 Aces 4 kills
Mar’Reiyonna Froust 4 Aces12 digs
Bailey Wallace 4 kills 3 Aces

Box Scores

1
2
3
4
5
Clearview / Durling Middle School
14

18

15

Oberlin Senior
25

25

25


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Multiple Teams · Oberlin Senior High School Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball beat Clearview High School / Durling Middle School 2-0


Thursday, October 12, 2017

5:30 PM

Clearview High School / Durling Middle School
AWAY
0

Oberlin Senior High School
HOME
2

Game Recap

Fianl

Box Scores

1
2
3
4
5
Clearview / Durling Middle School
21

8

Oberlin Senior
25

25


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Multiple Teams · Oberlin Senior Girls 7th Grade Volleyball beat Brooklyn City Schools 2-0


Thursday, October 12, 2017

6:00 PM

Brooklyn City Schools
AWAY
0

Oberlin Senior High School
HOME
2

Game Recap

Oberlin 7th grade advanced to the PAC tournament on Saturday with a win tonight over Brooklyn.

Box Scores

1
2
3
4
5
Brooklyn City Schools
21

9

Oberlin Senior
25

25