• ATHLETICS


    The Canton City School District has a proud tradition of athletic excellence. We offer 23 varsity high school sports and 13 middle school sports. We work to maximize accessibility for all.  We will not only coach skills needed to be successful in the specific activity, but also to be successful citizens of our community.  We model the value of community service and of giving back and we work to inspire students to dream of the “doors” that sports can open for them.

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    Participation Numbers:

    Fall (2019) : 250 athletes

    Winter (2018-19) : 160 athletes

    Spring (2018-19) : 178 athletes


    2018-19 Athletic Scholarship Signees

    Jasper Robinson (FB) - Kent State University

    Kierstan Bell (GBK) - Ohio State University

    Alijah Curtis (FB) - Army

    Jordan Gardener (FB) - Wheeling Jesuit

    Andrew McClellan (FB) - Saginaw Valley St.

    Vanessa Sales (GBK) - Malone

    Davis Reinhard (TR) - Tiffin


    Athletic accomplishments


    McKinley Football 2019:

    Outright Federal League Champs 

    County and Federal League Coach of the Year Marcus Wattley

     

    2018-19

    Alijah Curtis was presented with the 2019 Art Teynor Award by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association at their annual awards banquet in Columbus.

    The Art Teynor Award is awarded to the top player in the state and considers athletic, academic, and character components in the selection process.

    Alijah is the first Stark County player to win the award since McKinley's Kenny Peterson won it in 1997. Alijah will Head to West Point in the fall and play football for Army.

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    Kierstan Bell named a 3-time Miss Ohio Basketball and to the McDonald’s All America Team in 2019. She is the first woman and only the second McKinley player to be chosen for this honor.

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    McKinley sophomore Marissa Kurzinsky finished 10th in the OHSAA Div 1 State Diving Meet and All-Ohio Honors with her performance.


    McKinley bowlers, both the Girls and Boys Varsity, qualified to Districts as a team and the Boys Varsity won the Federal League for the third straight year.


    Brooke Tucker, Cody Forrester, and Jacob Keim made 1st Team Federal League and Federal League All Conference. 

    Lauren Barth and Isaiah Heaton made 2nd Team Federal League and Federal League All Conference. 

    Nate Stephens made Honorable Mention for Federal League and 2nd Team Federal League All Conference.

    Congratulations and thank you to Head Coach Kim Heaton, and the staff of Chris Albrecht, Rebecca Shrewsbury, Brett Heaton, and Wiley Currence for your dedication!


    McKinley senior Wrestler Micha Clemson became a two-time state qualifier.

     


    McKinley senior Davis Reinhard, competed last week at the indoor state track championships in the pole vault. His qualifying height was 13' 4". The McKinley record is 14' feet. 


    ATHLETIC FACILITIES

    Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium

    Formerly, Fawcett Stadium, which was completed in 1939 and demolished in 2016, Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium was dedicated in August of 2017.  The stadium is the annual host of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Game and hosts the OHSAA State Football Championships. This NFL caliber stadium is the home field of the McKinley Bulldogs thanks to our partnership with the PFHOF.


    Canton Memorial Field House

    Opened in 1950, the historic Canton Memorial Field House is home to the McKinley basketball and volleyball teams. It was designed by the Osborn Engineering Company of Cleveland, a firm well-established in stadium design; other projects by Osborn included New York's original Yankee Stadium, Milwaukee County Stadium, Chicago's Comiskey Park, and Cleveland Municipal Stadium. It was built by the Melbourne Brothers Construction Company, whose other contributions to Canton include the Bliss Tower, the Timken Stables and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Field House hosts McKinley home basketball and volleyball games, along with countless OHSAA tournament games, concerts, and community events. 


    In 2018, the district, in partnership with the Greater Canton Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, was proud to host the Ohio Historical Marker dedication ceremony to commemorate a speech given by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Canton Memorial Field House on March 20, 1964.  

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    C.T. Branin Natatorium

    The “Nat.', as it is commonly referred to as,  was completed in 1974. It features seating for 2400 spectators, eight 25 yard lanes and eight 50 meter lanes.  It has a 14 foot diving area with two one meter diving boards and one three meter diving board. It has been the home of the OHSAA Boys State Swim Competition since 1976 and the Girls since 1980.  This event is currently contracted through 2025.  

     

    Frank “Turk” Alberta Locker Room

    The 26,500 sq.ft. facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art weight room, training room, freshman, varsity & seasonal locker rooms, equipment room and multiple sport staff offices. 

    Student athletes and coaches will began using the facility in August of 2020. The Frank “TURK” Alberta Locker Room is located at 2323 17th St., NW, Canton, OH 44708

     

     

  • 2019 FALL ATUDENT/ATHLETE HONOREES

    SPORTS RECOGNITION:

    FOOTBALL:

    All Ohio:

    1st team: 

    Lameir Garrett

    Joseph Saipaia


    2nd team:

    DJ Owens

    Tyson Durant


    3rd team:

    Brian Pinkney


    All NE Ohio Inland District

    First Team

    Tyson Durant

    Brian Pinkney

    Lameir Garrett

    Joseph Saipaia

    DJ Owens

    Elijah Wesley

     

    Honorable Mention

    DayJour Garrett

    Emmanuel Powell

    Chamber Stokes-Williams

    Jalen Ross

     

    Offensive Player of the Year-Lameir Garrett

    Coach Of the Year- Marcus Wattley, Sr.

     

    All Stark County-WHBC

    Xavier Black

    Brian Pinkney

    Lameir Garrett

    Emmanuel Powell

    Joseph Saipaia

    Bradley Newman 

    Jasper Robinson

     

    WHBC Team MVP- Lameir Garrett 

    WHBC Coach of the Year- Marcus Wattley, Sr.

     

    All Federal League

    First Team:

    Tyson Durant

    Joseph Saipaia

    Lameir Garrett

    Chamber Stokes-Williams

    Brian Pinkey 

    Elijah Wesley

     

    Second Team:

    DJ Owens

    Emmanuel Powell

    Jalen Ross

    Jasper Robinson

     

    Honorable Mention:  

    Jonah Lytle

    Bradley Newman

     

    Player of the Year-Lameir Garrett

    Coach Of the Year- Marcus Wattley, Sr.


    All County- Repository

     

    Football:

    Brian Pinkney

    Lameir Garrett

    DJ Owens

    Iosef Saipaia

    Tyson Durant

     

    Girls Soccer: Brittany Gardner

    Boys Soccer- Pruitt Mil


    Soccer-Boys

    Federal League

    First Team-Pruitt Miller

    Honorable Mention-Ty Ohlinger


    Volleyball

    Federal League

    First Team-Asia Henderson

    First Team All Stark County-Asia Henderson

    Honorable Mention All Stark County- Khali Petrik

    Second Team District IV

    Asia Henderson

    HM District IV

    Deleaun Dabney


    Tennis-Girls

    Federal League

    Second Team Singles:

    Madeline Dodson

    HM Singles:

    Josie Lloyd