A Page -- Sept. 17, 2012

Columbus Teams Best Mags

By Emily Witt

The Blue Streak Tennis Team does not shy away from competition, even if it means running into the hot bed of tennis in Columbus.  On Saturday, you could find Magnificat’s Varsity A Tennis Team at Upper Arlington High School, taking on the highly talented tennis programs of Upper Arlington and Columbus Bishop Watterson.  Their first match versus the Arlington Bears ended in a 4-1 loss, as UA claimed all but one of the positions with convincing two-set victories.  

Emily Witt, Mags’ first singles player, secured her win over UA’s Elaine Cloern to stop the Bears from shutting out the Streaks.  Cloern, who was the winner last year against Witt, had the tables turned this time around.  “This win felt really good.  I came down here wanting to avenge the loss from last year, and accomplished my goal.  She is one of the top players in Ohio, so to be able to rise up and play at her level was great,” said Witt. 

Even after the loss, Magnificat, led by Coach Johnson, Coach McKeever, and the tri-senior captains, pumped themselves up to prepare for another hard match against Bishop Watterson.   The Blue Streaks started off shaky, with all the first sets won by Watterson.  

By the second sets, however, the team was fighting to stay alive.  Both doubles spots were a tug of war, going into third sets.  Magnificat managed to win at second doubles with the pair of Miranda Manimbo and Miranda Farinacci who pulled out a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win.  Witt, battling Lauren Ghidotti, the State Doubles Finalist from 2011, pushed her efforts to the max to win the second set.  Witt stayed strong through the third set, and succeeded in a come from behind win.  

“This match was my hardest, especially with her tremendous power and topspin.  Her shots were amazing.  I just had to fight for every point, because I knew she was not going to give me one.  I kept repeating to myself, ‘One point at a time,’” said Witt. 

The team also moved on earlier in the week in the Team State Tournament with a win over Highland.  The Blue Streaks also had a great victory over the always competitive Kenston Bombers on Thursday. 

Solon, Normandy to play in football cross over game Friday

Friday night, the Solon football Comets return to Stewart Field to take on Normandy in the second of two Northeast Ohio Conference cross-over games. The result of this game will not count toward overall league divisional standings.

Normandy enters after losing at Garfield Heights last week, 40-21. The Invaders’ only win this year has come against Akron East. Solon and Normandy meet for the second time in each school’s football histories. Last year, Solon was victorious, 48-0, at Byers Field.

The Solon Comets traveled to North Royalton’s Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium last Friday night and returned with a hard fought loss. The Comets were down 14-6 heading into the half and bounced back to end the third quarter up by a point. North Royalton scored one touchdown in the fourth to take a seven point lead and the Bears never turned back. Solon fell to 2-2 on the year while North Royalton takes a 4-0 record into Week Five.

Solon enters this week holding a 9-0 record in Week Five games in the 10-year “Run and Hit” Era. The Comets have captured wins against Cuyahoga Falls, Brush, Hudson, and Normandy in those games. Five of the nine wins have come in games played at Stewart Field.

In last week’s 25-18 loss to North Royalton, Solon had an 18-17 lead entering the fourth quarter. Last week’s loss was only the second time in 77 games (since 2003) that Solon has given up a lead in the final quarter of play.

This week marks Home-coming at Solon High School and one will not want to miss the events planned for Friday night. Please be in your seats by 6:35 as the 2012 Solon High School Homecoming ceremonies will take place during the marching band’s pre-game show.

The first half of the 2012 regular season will conclude on Friday night at Stewart Field against the 1-3 Normandy Invaders. Solon will put a 2-2 record up against Normandy in the second NOC crossover game of the year. The Comets lost last week to North Royalton but as we have seen in all four games, guys are working and playing harder each week.

The Invaders’ minds are set on avenging their 48-0 loss last year to Solon and they present a big challenge to the Comets. Preparation for Normandy begins with under-standing the reasons for last week’s setback and moving on.

“Win or lose, every week, every game, and every play is a learning opportunity,” said Solon Head Coach Jim McQuaide. “We take those opportunities and grow from them in order to move on to the next opportunity. Our guys are well aware of what needs to be done to be successful and we must execute on that.”

Twinsburg's Weller named MAC player of the week for second time this season, Massillon's Schott also gets the honor

East Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton

Junior quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) helped lead Ohio to a thrilling 27-24 come-from-behind win at Marshall Saturday night as the Bobcats improved to 3-0 on the year. Tettleton went 20-of-35 through the air for 200 yards, completing passes to nine different receivers. He also passed for three touchdowns and did not throw an interception as he improved to 13-4 as a starter. Tettleton has now thrown three or more touchdowns in five games throughout his career. Dating back to last season, Tettleton has not thrown an interception in his last 129 attempts.


Defensive Player of the Week:  Bowling Green DT Chris Jones

Senior defensive tackle Chris Jones (Brownsburg, Ind.) had four tackles, 2.0 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss in the Falcons’ 27-15 loss to Toledo. Jones, who also added a forced fumble, was part of a Falcon defensive line that held Toledo to just 130 yards on the ground, 50 yards below their season average.


Special Teams Player of the Week:  Ohio K Matt Weller

Senior kicker Matt Weller (Twinsburg, Ohio) connected on a pair of field goals, including the game winner from 38-yards out as Ohio improved to 3-0 on the year. He was also a perfect 3-for-3 on extra points. On kickoffs, Weller averaged 59.8 yards per kick and posted a pair of touchbacks.



West Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch

Junior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) passed for 342 yards and four touchdowns while completing 18-of-27 passes to lead Northern Illinois to a 41-40 victory over Army Saturday at West Point.  Lynch’s 342 passing yards is the seventh-highest single game total in school history while his four touchdown passes tie for the eighth-most at Northern Illinois.  The junior added 125 yards rushing on 13 carries and a touchdown.  He totaled 467 yards of total offense on the day, which ranks third all-time at Northern Illinois, and was responsible for five total touchdowns.   Lynch hit Martel Moore from eight yards out for the game-winning touchdown pass with 4:29 left in the game after a 13-play, 72-yard drive.  He also threw touchdown passes of 31 and 69 yards on the day.  He scored on an 88-yard touchdown run. 


Defensive Player of the Week:  Toledo DB Cheatham Norrils

Sophomore defensive back Cheatham Norrils (Toledo, Ohio) had a season-high seven tackles and picked off his first career interception in a 27-15 win over Bowling Green.  Norrils added his interception in the second quarter and the Toledo offense converted the turnover into a touchdown to open a 17-0 early lead.


Special Teams Player of the Week:  Ball State K Steven Schott

Senior kicker Steven Schott (Massillon, Ohio) nailed a 42-yard field goal as time expired to secure a 41-39 win at Indiana, which marked the third consecutive win against Indiana. Schott also connected on his second field goal of 50 yards or more when he hit a 51-yard field goal in the second quarter. Schott hit all five of his extra point attempts to extend his PAT streak to 50, the second longest in Ball State history behind only Ian McGarvey’s 63.