Weekly Roundup: March 7 to March 13, 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:

Shooting in Franklin Township kills boy, 11
Portage County sheriff's detectives are investigating a shooting that claimed the life of an 11-year-old boy in a Franklin Township residence Wednesday.

The alleged shooter is a 15-year-old juvenile, a relative of the victim, according to detective Lt. Greg Johnson.

Ravenna Theater planned for Do It Center site
A downtown Ravenna site that housed a movie theater a century ago is expected to house a theater again.

Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. has closed on the former Paul's Lumber building on North Chestnut Street. NDS plans to renovate the Paul's building into a multiplex theater, and to demolish the Portage Tire building directly behind it on North Meridian Street.

Highway Patrol warns of New Milford/S.R. 5 dangers
The Ravenna Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol plans to increase enforcement near the recently redesigned New Milford Road and S.R. 5 intersection after noticing motorists ignoring its new traffic pattern.

Last fall, the Ohio Department of Transportation wrapped up a $1.1 million project at the intersection to eliminate through traffic and left turns from New Milford Road to cut down on crashes.

Marc's may move into Kent plaza
A long-vacant Kent shopping plaza once anchored by a Tops Friendly Market grocery store could be home to a new Marc's supermarket in the future.

The property, which is locally known as the Tops Plaza and located at 1590 S. Water St., was acquired Feb. 27, according to Portage County records, for $600,000 -- significantly less than its $3.04 million county-appraised value.

Kent State student wins date with Olympic skier Nick Goepper
Not every college student from a small town in the Midwest can say they've dated an Olympian.

But Annie Rogers, a zoology major at Kent State University and 2010 graduate of Tallmadge High School, will be able to do that after she meets skier Nick Goepper sometime within the next month or so.

SPORTS:

Kent State's Joel Nielsen offers support for Senderoff, O'Banion
On the morning after a bitterly disappointing 2013-14 Kent State basketball season came to a close with a pair of first-round Mid-American Conference Tournament losses, Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen expressed support for both of his head coaches.

Third-year leader Rob Senderoff's Golden Flashes men's squad closed a 16-16 season with a 71-64 loss at Miami. The final win total was the lowest since 1997-98, and Kent State failed to advance to MAC tourney play in Cleveland for the first time since the event was moved to the city in 2000.

Marie Case has career night as Kent State wins MAC regular-season gymnastics title
Kent State senior standout Marie Case won the all-around with a career-best 39.600, leading the Golden Flashes to a 196.225-195.925 victory over Bowling Green on Thursday night at the M.A.C. Center to wrap up the Mid-American Conference regular-season gymnastics championship.

Fittingly, Case's career effort came on Senior Night as the Golden Flashes honored their three seniors: Case, Nikki Moore and Ashley Transue.

Norton's Bryce Swartz lights up community with his smiles, determination
Portage Trail Conference Metro Division champion Norton concluded its 2013-14 season Saturday night at Alliance with a 79-76 setback to the Aviators in tournament play.

It has been another special season for the Panthers, with head coach Rod Swartz guiding his team to their third straight division title and fourth in the six years as the head coach of the Panthers.

Woodridge's Eric Ervin will not return as head football coach
In his 10 years as Woodridge head football coach, Eric Ervin transformed the Bulldogs from a team at the bottom of the Portage County League to a perennial playoff contender at the top of the Portage Trail Conference.

However, Ervin will not be back for an 11th year.

Redhawks eliminate Kent State men from MAC tournament
The most frustrating Kent State men's basketball season in well over a decade came to a sudden close Monday night.

Miami senior guard Quentin Rollins made a pair of tough shots in the final two minutes, helping his team hold off a late charge by the Golden Flashes and capture a 71-64 victory in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament at Millett Hall in Oxford.

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