Weekly Roundup: Feb. 14 - Feb. 20, 2014

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Weekly Roundup gathers the top 5 news and 5 sports stories of the week every Friday. Here are the stories you don't want to miss:

NEWS:

Atwater house fire claims pets, no residents injured (gallery)

A century-old home on S.R. 183 in Atwater was rendered a total loss after a fire late Saturday morning.

No one was injured in the blaze at 772 S.R. 183, which was reported to the Atwater Fire Department at 11:40 a.m., Assistant Fire Chief Jesse Baughman said.

Police say man shot, killed himself after shooting his way into Cuyahoga Falls House

Police say a man who had threatened to kill two women died after shooting himself when police confronted him at a Cuyahoga Falls house where shots had been heard Sunday night.

The 22-year-old man was from Rittman, according to Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack Davis. The Summit County Examiner’s Office said Monday morning the man’s name was not being released pending notification of his family.

Hundreds rally at Kent State after Westboro Baptist Church threatens to protest university

Hundreds of students and equal rights supporters gathered at the Kent Student Center at Kent State University Wednesday evening expecting to encounter members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

However, no one affiliated with the religious group notorious for its anti-gay stance appeared to show up.

Kent school board considering additional restructuring

In addition to closing Franklin Elementary School, a move estimated to trim $1.3 million from the Kent School District's budget, several other cost-saving measures are under consideration as well.

On Tuesday, Superintendent Joseph Giancola outlined the proposals, which are intended to stave off a forecasted $7.6 million budget deficit in fiscal year 2017 that grows to $16 million in 2018.

Two injured in I-76 rollover crash (with gallery)

Two men were transported to Akron City Hospital following a rollover crash on Interstate 76, about one-half mile east of S.R. 44, in Rootstown Sunday.

Their SUV may have experienced a tire blowout and rolled several times before landing upright. Trooper Nathan Krug of the Ravenna post of the Ohio Highway Patrol said the driver and passenger both were injured, though none of the injuries were believe to be life-threatening.

SPORTS:

Former Kent State golfer Ben Curtis, wife Candace give back to Kent through "Birdie Bags" program

Nine months ago, Ben and Candace Curtis put a plan in motion to help feed some of the less fortunate families in their beloved hometown of Kent.

Thanks to their generosity, and to the incredible support they've received from the community, that plan has truly hit the ground running.

Conner Nemec becomes latest in family tradition to find success on wrestling mat

Coming from a long line of family tradition on the mat, Conner Nemec has distinguished his high school wrestling career through hard work and a mounting list of accomplishments.

So far Nemec has been a two-time state qualifier, a one-time state place-winner and a four-time Portage Trail Conference champion.

Charlestown resident Jim Eskridge inducted into Norton Athletic Hall of Fame

Jim Eskridge smiles when he talks about shoveling snow off the outside courts in his Akron neighborhood.

As a youngster, Jim and older brother John, would spend endless hours shooting hoops regardless of the weather.

Girls Basketball Report: Kent Roosevelt, Streetsboro celebrate record-setting seasons

As the last week of regular-season girls basketball wrapped up in the Portage Trail Conference Kent Roosevelt discovered it would finish as league champion for the first time since 1990 and only the fifth time in school history -- sharing the Metro Division title with Ravenna.

This feat was accomplished in Roosevelt's last regular-season game against Crestwood, where the Rough Riders also managed to break the single-season school wins record, collecting their 15th victory. The Rough Riders currently sit at 16 wins after defeating the GlenOak Golden Eagles Saturday in a tournament game.

Aurora wrestlers win wrestling sectional title; Crestwood earns third

Two of northern Portage County's finest wrestling schools feasted during the first weekend of the state individual wrestling tournament.

Wrestling at the Division-I level for the first time in school history proved to be no issue for Aurora. The Greenmen claimed the team title Saturday at the Division I sectional tournament at Austintown Fitch.

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