A Page -- Aug. 22, 2012

Defending state football champion St. Ignatius looking for first win ever against Mooney; Cards, Cats open up at The Stadium

Defending big-school state champion St. Ignatius football will open the season Saturday in Cleveland Browns Stadium against Cardinal Mooney out of Youngstown.

The Wildcats will be looking for their first ever win against the Cardinals. The two teams have met only twice, with Mooney winning by 7-0 in 1980 and 14-9 in 1981.

The Cardinal Mooney Cardinals came to George Finnie Stadium on the campus of Baldwin Wallace riding the wave of a 22-game winning streak and were the defending D-2 state champions.

It was the Homecoming game for the Wildcats and the Saint Ignatius offense showed a toughness against the reigning champion Cardinals.

Twice in the first half the Wildcats would get inside the Cardinals 5-yard line but were unable to score.

In the first quarter the Wildcats took the opening kickoff and drove to the Cardinals 3-yard line before being turned away on a fourth down attempt by Bill Mawby. In the second stanza, Mawby was again stopped on a fourth down play - this time at the 1-yard line.

Saint Ignatius did get some points in the second quarter. Matt Petrus brought down the Mooney quarterback in the endzone for a safety and a 2-0 lead. Mooney countered with touchdowns to close out the second quarter and to open the third.

Trailing 14-2, the Wildcats closed to within 5 on a 1-yard TD run by QB Bill Koehler

For the game, Koehler was impressive - throwing for 194 yards on 17 of 29 passing. But the Wildcats had 3 drives stall inside the Mooney 5 yard line and were 0-3 on 4-th down conversions. The loss was the third straight for the Wildcats; Saint Ignatius ended the 1981 season at 5-5. 

Both teams are defending state champions from 2011.

The St Ignatius Wildcats defeated the Pickerington Central Tigers, 34-13, in a rockem, sock-em Division I state championship game in Fawcett Stadium. The title is theschool's 11th in 12 tries. The 11 titles are the most in Ohio history.

The second half belonged to the Wildcats and their defense, which bent but never snapped. Led by the steady play of senior linebacker Zack Ryan, senior safety Mike Svetina and a secondary that held the Tigers to 87 passing yards in the second half, the Cats shut the door.

With a 20-13 lead, St. Ignatius' fortunes took a major turn when it forced a fumble on the fourth play of the third quarter and junior Zach Baker recovered at the Pick Central 28. Senior Tim McVey, who led all ball carriers with 115 hard-earned yards on 24 carries, scored his second touchdown of the game on a one-yard plunge six plays later.

The score was set up with quarterback Eric Williams' 18-yard pass to Conor Hennessey along the Ignatius sideline and a scintillating run of 12 yards by McVey, who broke several tackles to get the ball to the 2.

After jumping out to a 20-0 lead, the Wildcats stumbled briefly and Pick Central, playing in its second state championship game, climbed to within striking distance with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter.

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney used an explosive 2nd quarter and a balanced offensive attach, to defeat the Springfield Shawnee Braves 21-14 in the Division III State Title game on December 2 to win the school's 8th state championship.

The Cardinals scored on three consecutive 2nd quarter possessions to take a commanding 21-14 lead to the halftime locker room.

Oberlin Volleyball Enters Year Two of Transition

Oberlin, Ohio – In her first year at the helm of the Oberlin College volleyball program, Head Coach Erica Rau improved the culture within the team and now in year two she hopes that her tireless efforts will result in more victories.

Rau’s first-year on the sidelines was plagued by multiple injuries to key players, but a healthy Yeowomen squad could make headway within the North Coast Athletic Conference this season.

Oberlin is led by the senior tandem of Laura Jessee and Chinwe Okona. Despite playing in just 11 of the team’s 28 matches a season ago, Jessee still led the Yeowomen with 3.09 kills per game and tied for the team lead with 22 total blocks en route to earning All-NCAC honors. Okona did an admirable job trying to fill Jessee’s shoes as she led the team with 190 kills for an average of 2.11 per game.

“We are happy to have Laura back and healthy,” Coach Rau said. “It was clearly evident last year when she returned how much of a better team we became. Chinwe is also a great leader for us both on and off of the court.”

The sophomore trio of Christine AntonsenJenna Bange and Emma Kimmel gained valuable experience as rookies last fall and should add even more production this year. Antonsen was another offensive force for the Yeowomen, totaling 157 kills to go along with a team-best 27 service aces while playing in all 28 matches. Bange, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, will be counted on to orchestrate the Oberlin offense once again as she dished out 468 assists in 2011. Kimmel did a little bit of everything in her first-year, recording a team-best 195 digs while checking in fourth on the squad with 63 kills. She also added 18 aces.

“We are really going to rely on our second-year players to play a major role for us this year,” Rau added. “I think it helped that they all played in a lot of matches last season and come into this year knowing what to expect.”

Juniors Kristen Johnson and Meredith Siefert fought through injuries last season but still combined to add 83 kills and 42 blocks with each of them finishing tied for second on the team with 21 denials.

Oberlin welcomes three newcomers in Molly PowersShavonne Stanek and Maddy Dunn. Powers should see significant time from day one, controlling the Oberlin defense, while Dunn will contribute upfront. Stanek will spell Bange at the setter position.

“I am excited about this group of first-year players,” Rau said. “All three of them are highly talented and could instantly fill defined roles within our team.”

The Yeowomen open the season on August 31 as part of the St. Vincent College Classic against Pitt-Greensburg. The home portion of the schedule begins on September 15 against La Roche College and conference play commences on September 19 against Hiram.

Mags varsity B blanks River's B team

Magnificat Varsity B (5) def. RRiver VB (0)
Magnificat seasonal record: 2 and 0
1. ann Gacad d. Megan Schwitis 6-0, 6-0
2. Claire Coyne d. Sydney Bowel 6-3, 6-4
3. Sophie Wood d. Nim Pavlik 6-0, 6-1
1. Erin Coyne/Sarah Oskowski d. Mina Chericki/Radel chen 6-3, 6-3
2. Deeya Basu/Shannon Hollis d. Lauren Simon/Lene Quey 6-0, 6-0

Mount Union Names Will Jaques Assistant Men's Soccer Coach

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The University of Mount Union has named that Will Jaques assistant women's soccer coach under.

Jaques, a 2011 Marietta College graduate, joins sixth-year head coach John Witkowski's staff for the 2012-13 season after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater last year.

He was a three-year letterwinner at Marietta, scoring one goal in 34 career games. In 2008, the Marietta won its first-ever Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament match and advanced the the final.

Jaques was a multi-sport athlete for the Pioneers. In addition to soccer, he played one year each of tennis and club lacrosse.

A native of South Yarmouth, Mass., Jaques earned a bachelor's degree in history from Marietta in 2011. He has spent the last five summers as the soccer coordinator and group leader for Cape Cod Child Development in his hometown.


Jaguars shut out Arcs

Saint Joseph Academy 5, Brush 0
Singles:  Drapac d. Ambrozic 6-0, 6-1; Kahl d. Kaufmann 6-3, 6-2; Saracina d. Weinstein 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles:  Violand/Ruebensaal d. Woodruff/Adell 6-2, 6-1; Rouse/Powers d. Anderson/Pace 6-3, 6-2.


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio Wesleyan, the defending NCAA Division III National Champion, emerged as the preseason favorite in balloting by North Coast Athletic Conference men's soccer coaches.

The Battling Bishops, who made their NCAA-record 34th trip to the Div. III national tournament last fall, collected nine first-place votes cast by league coaches for 99 total points. DePauw, which also competed in the 2011 NCAA tournament, was second in the balloting after securing the final first-place vote and accumulating 84 total points, while Hiram placed third with 72 points. Allegheny and Denison were deadlocked in fourth-place with 63 points, while Kenyon finished just shy of the top five in sixth-place with 62 points. Oberlin was seventh with 42 points, followed by Wittenberg (31), Wabash (20) and Wooster (14).

OWU will once again be led by legendary head coach Jay Martin, who is now the winningest coach in college men's soccer (all divisions) with an overall record of 608-115-49. The Battling Bishops, who are ranked first in the 2012 NSCAA Div. III preseason poll, claimed the 2011 national championship after finishing the season with an overall record of 23-2-0. OWU did lose a majority of its offensive production from a year ago to graduation, but the defense will once again be anchored by senior goalie Paul Hendricks (Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne) who accumulated 74 saves and allowed just 22 goals in 2110.09 minutes of action for a goals-against-average of 0.94. On the offensive side of the ball, junior Matt Shadoan (Dublin, OH/Scioto) returns as the leading scorer after totaling 20 points in 2011 on six goals and eight assists.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference is made up of ten academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate member, Earlham College (field hockey).  The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.
Senior co-captain Chris Kelly is one of three all-region performers on the roster this fall.

Case Reserve cross presents mix of youth, experience

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Led by a trio of all-region performers, the 2012 Case Western Reserve University men's cross country team will feature a mix of accomplished returnees and plenty of fresh faces as the squad looks to move up the standings in the University Athletic Association and the Great Lakes region this fall.

Twelfth-year Head Coach Kathy Lanese returns five of her seven runners from last year's regional lineup as part of a deep, 37-person roster that hopes to improve on seventh-place finishes at last year's UAA Championship and NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship.

"We have two clear-cut goals this year—first is to improve our place at the UAA Championship and second is to get back up to one of the top spots in the region," said Lanese. "It is vital that we improve as a team race-to-race. Consistent improvement will help build confidence and take us to a new level of competition."

Back to lead the pack this fall are senior co-captains Chris Kelly (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) and Ethan Teare (Burton, Ohio/Berkshire), who have each earned all-region honors during their Spartan careers.

Kelly competed in six varsity races last season with a pair of top-10 finishes. A two-time UAA All-Academic selection, Kelly brought the field home at the season-opening Bill Sudeck Classic with a winning 6k time of 20:07.80. Kelly also finished fifth overall at the All-Ohio Championship with an 8k time of 26:03.30. In the final two races of the season, Kelly placed 24th at the UAA Championship and 44th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. During his sophomore season in 2010, Kelly was an all-region performer (31st overall) and just missed out on All-UAA honors (17th overall).

Teare progressed steadily over each week last fall and saved his best performances for championship season. Also a two-time UAA All-Academic honoree, Teare led the Spartans to the finish line in both the UAA Championship (18th/26:27.21) and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional with a season-best and all-region 8k (16th/25:31.83).

"Chris (Kelly) and Ethan (Teare) are both talented and seasoned runners with high aspirations," stated Lanese. "Each possesses the motivation to be a front runner, and we will be counting on them to lead us this fall." 

Lanese also expects significant contributions from juniors David Dixon (Atlanta, Ga./Lakeside) and Corey Williams (Massillon, Ohio/Perry) as well as seniors Ben Yavitt (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) and Phil Yeung (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair). Dixon and Yavitt were both in the lineup at regionals last season.

Overall, Dixon competed in six varsity races and was named UAA All-Academic. The third-year Spartan placed 42nd overall with a season-best 8k time (26:22.20) at the Calvin College (Mich.) Knight Invitational, while finishing 69th at the UAA Championship and 58th at the Great Lakes Regional.

Yavitt logged action in five races and finished 61st at the UAA meet (28:04.23) and 123rd at the regional meet (27:27.30), while Williams looks to build off of a strong track season this past spring.

Yeung did not compete during the cross country season last fall, but he also ran track in the spring. As a freshman in 2009, Yeung earned all-region honors via a 30th-place performance in a time of 26:46.

"David (Dixon), Corey (Williams), Ben (Yavitt) and Phil (Yeung) each made significant improvements on the track in the spring, and they are true leaders on the cross country course," noted Lanese. "A lot of our success as a team will depend greatly on how that quartet solidifies our scoring each week."

The Spartan roster figures to see plenty of competition for time on the course with five additional seniors in the mix in Paul Curtiss(Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor), Nathan Mercer (Peninsula, Ohio/Woodridge), Michael Perisa (Cortland, Ohio/Warren JFK),Brandon Riedlinger (Marion, Ohio/Marion Harding) and Paul Zackowski (Phoenix, Ariz./Valley Christian).

The junior class is also deep with Eric Dong (Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights), Mitchell Haynes (Henrietta, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta), Joseph Heebner (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery), Wyatt Hoch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) and Dishen Lin (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset). Sophomore Michael Harkins (Bensenville, Ill./Fenton) is also expected to compete for extended action.

"I believe there are several runners who have dedicated a great deal to training this summer and are waiting in the wings as contributing performers," noted Lanese. "I'm excited to see who steps up and joins our top performers this year."

The Spartans' annually daunting schedule begins on Saturday, September 1, with the 12th Annual Bill Sudeck Classic at Squire Valleevue Farm. Later that month, the All-Ohio Championships will be run on Sept. 29 at Cedarville University.

The UAA Championship will take place on October 27 at the University of Rochester (N.Y.), with NCAA Regionals at Anderson University (Ind.) on November 10 and the NCAA Championship at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Ind.) on Nov. 17.

"A key to our season is gaining critical race experience and forming a consistent nucleus of runners," said Lanese. "We'll need to evaluate our performances and build race-to-race. Most importantly, we need to maintain overall physical health and employ strong mental skills throughout the season."