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PLAIN TOWNSHIP

RECIPE BUILT FOR SUCCESS


By Joe Scalzo
Repository sports writer
I think what GlenOak
provided is unique to high
chemistry.
But the kids, as far as the

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school, but it was a very willingness to be coached
wenty-five years similar experience to going and put the effort in, I dont
ago, fresh off a to Ohio State, which is the see that much of a differ-
sprinting career at ultimate melting pot. ence between here and
Malone College, No one benefits from that Hoover or Perry. We do the
Scott Ferrell began his high diversity more than Fer- same things, run the same
school coaching career at rell, who has built a track system. And while youve
GlenOak. powerhouse at GlenOak. got kids from Section 8
The school was even Since 1993, when he started housing and kids from
younger than he was it as the girls track coach, the elaborate homes that have
started in 1975 as a merger Golden Eagles have won five furnaces, if you didnt
between Glenwood and 16 Federal League titles, know them and just sat
Oakwood and, in many 13 district titles and four down and talked to them,
ways, put the plain in Plain regional titles. Eight of you wouldnt know the
Township. Stark Countys 34 track difference.
Students were still split records are held by GlenOak
into two (old) high school most in the county. Facilities
campuses. The basketball Thats one benefit to In 2006, GlenOak
gym was small. The football having such a diverse moved into its new 114-
stadium was crummy. And, school system it makes acre campus, which now
while the Golden Eagles it perfect for the track and includes a multi-purpose
were competitive (or better) field team, said Ferrell, football stadium, new
in most sports, they had a who took over the boys softball and baseball fields,
fraction of the following program in 2000. You new tennis courts and a
youd find at, say, McKinley have sprinters, distance spacious gymnasium, not
or Hoover. runners, throwers and to mention a public library,
Not anymore. everything in between. 900-seat theater and a
From 1991 to now, Of course, there are video studio. Even the
theres such a huge differ- times when that diversity cross country course is one
ence, Ferrell said. The REPOSITORY FILE makes things challeng- of the best in the state. It
way the school has changed n Future NBA stars C.J. McCollum (with ball) and Kosta Koufos (31) were teammates on the GlenOak High ing. Girls basketball coach hosted the Mid-American
is unbelievable. You go to School basketball team. They advanced to the Division I state semifinal against St. Xavier in this 2007 game. Paul Wackerly, who has Conference tournament
the store now and you see lived his entire life in Plain last fall.
have won three league titles area offers such an intrigu- work with different people.
people wearing all kinds of Township (although he Compared to some
(football, boys track, girls ing mix of black and white, Some people are raised one
GlenOak stuff. graduated from Aquinas), county schools, GlenOak
track) and placed second rich and poor. Perhaps way, other people are raised
Its still young com- said the community isnt feels like a small college.
in three others (volleyball, no district matches Plain another way. Its hard to
pared to the other Federal quite as close-knit as North Were in just the 10th
baseball, softball). Locals socio-economic bring everyone together,
League powerhouses and Canton or Perry, his two year of the high school, so
The Golden Eagles also mix. Thats especially but in football its easy
its taken time to adjust to previous stops. were continuing to catch
have two current NBA play- true of its sports teams, because theres always one
the merger, but its really Its a lot more individu- up to where a lot of the
ers (Kosta Koufos and C.J. which bring together play- common goal.
coming into its own. alized, he said. Even the people around the county
McCollum), one NFL player ers from a wide range of Dustin Fox, who played
With about 2,200 stu- parents, theyre just not are, said Scott Garcia, the
(Brian Hartline) and a tail- backgrounds. cornerback on Ohio States
dents, GlenOak is the as close. A lot of people schools football coach and
back at Ohio State (Brionte We usually have the 2002 national cham-
third-largest high school dont know each other, athletic director. Were
Dunn). best of both worlds, said pionship team before a
in Stark County behind they dont hang out with continuing to improve
So, what makes GlenOak GlenOak senior Brennon four-year NFL career, said
McKinley and Jackson. each other and even in the our facilities and expand
so good? Here are three Tibbs, who was the starting attending GlenOak made
It also is one of the most bleachers, you see parents on what we have. We just
major factors. quarterback on the football for an easy transition to
successful athletically, sitting in different spots. put in tennis courts last
team and is a starting guard college.
boasting five state champi- Diversity It takes time to build that year, were continuing to
on the basketball team. We A lot of times kids go to
onships while winning the chemistry, that family- improve our stadium and
While there are more have big players, we have high school and theyre very
Federal Leagues all-sports type thing. I think thats our softball and baseball
racially diverse school fast city players. We have sheltered, because every-
trophy six times. (Only why the track team has fields, and our track and
districts in Stark County pretty much everything you body is just like them,
Jackson and Hoover have done so well. Its more cross country facilities are
McKinley and Alliance, for need. And it helps because said Fox, who was also a
won more). Over the past of an individual thing. probably the best in the
instance maybe no other you have to learn how to standout on the track team.
year, the Golden Eagles It doesnt require team state.

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