The St. Vincent St. Mary Fighting Irish will take on the Walsh Jesuit Warriors on Friday August 31st. This annual matchup dates back to 1969 with Walsh Jesuit leading the all-time series 21-15. The schools are separated by a mere 10 miles in Summit County, Ohio and battle every year for the right to bring “The Bell” back to their campus. The Irish and Warriors have combined to win 5 of the 7 state titles that belong to Summit County; the last one coming in 1999.


Jordan Hargrove
St. Vincent St. Mary


Joseph Weber

St. Vincent St. Mary

Joe is a varsity letterman in football, basketball, and track. He is a peer minister, a member of Mu Alpha Theta, and the National Honor Society. Joe plays tight end and line-back and carries a 3.77 GPA.
Gabe Heydinger

Walsh Jesuit

Gabe is a returning letterman on the football team and a 2-year letterman in track. He is a student ambassador and a member of the National Honor Society. He plans to study pharmacology in college.


Bill Sparhawk

St. Vincent St. Mary

Bill is honored to have played for the Irish in the first ever match-up between St. V-M and Walsh Jesuit in 1969. The game was played right here at Green Street Stadium. Bill played in that game as a junior and started at the left offensive tackle position. Both ST. V-M and Walsh were excellent teams that year. The Irish were led by coaches John Cistone and Fred Malligio. The top players were TB Warren Sharpe and Offensive Tackle Dan Boarman. Walsh was led that year by coach Bill Ricco and quarterback Greg Koss and offensive guard Richie Kase. The stadium was packed by 7PM for a 8 PM kickoff. The Fighting Irish won the game 26-9 in a classic high school football contest. After graduating, Bill attended Indiana University in 1973 along with Irish head coach Dan Boarman. After graduating from Indiana, Bill taught and coached football in Scottsburg, IN. After that, he returned to Akron to work locally in the Polymer Industry for the past 30 years.
Dan Larlham

Walsh Jesuit

Dan played in 3 Walsh Jesuit/St Vincent St Mary’s rivalry contest and helped secure victories in all 3. He was Captain of the ’98 team. After graduatin, Dan spent a year on football scholarship at Michigan State before transferring to Baldwin College. At Baldwin he started for 4 years and playe din all 42 games. He accounted for 101 touchdowns in his career there. After his college career he returned to Walsh Jesuit where he currently coaches as the Defensive Coordinator and is the Dean of Students


What was expected to be a close game between these two parochial rivals turned into a massacre for the Warrios of Walsh Jesuit. St. Vincent and St. Mary's destroyed the Warriors 49-10. The 49 points Walsh allowed was the most in program history and the most lopsided defeat suffered since 2004.