A Page -- Aug. 10, 2011

Mount Union picked to win OAC; B-W tabbed for 3rd, John Carroll 5th

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CANTON – As expected, Mount Union was again tabbed by both the coaches and media in the Ohio Athletic Conference to finish as league champion for football. Baldwin Wallace was picked to finish third and John Carroll fifth by the media and seventh by the coaches. 

Baldwin-Wallace will be led by Avon High product Ryan O’Rourke, St Ignatius alumnus Kevin Johnson and Mentor native Ryan Dugan. O’Rourke led off his first season last year with a bang, earning OAC offensive player of the week the first week of the season, quarterbacking the Jackets to a non-league win. 

Dugan (R)

Dugan, a senior last year, was approved for another season by the NCAA and will be back as a super senior in his fifth season. The former Mentor Cardinal will lead the defense and is closing in on the school record for most career interceptions.

Listen to interview of Mentor’s/B-W’s Ryan Dugan and watch video clips of Dugan’s interview as well by clicking links.


 Coach Snell

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Johnson might be the most versatile Student/Athlete on the team, making the big plays on defense, offense special teams also as a rookie last year.

Mount Union will be led offensively by Louisville High alumnus Neal Seaman, who quarterbacked the Purple Raiders to the national championship game last season. He was injured in the NCAA national title game, but is healed and is returning at full strength.

Protecting Seaman and anchoring the offensive line is Villa Angela-St. Joseph product Antonio Tate, a 6-4, 260-pound junior.

Coach Kehres

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Key defensive S/As back for Mount include Twinsburg’s Matt Fechko, Walsh Jesuit alum and Academic All American Alex Ferrara, and Medina’s Chaz Jordan.

John Carroll will have a veteran and strong local make-up when running the ball on offense with seniors Corey Castro from Olmsted Falls and Cleveland Heights graduate Chris Creel returning at running back. Kirtland’s Ben Madden will be the tight end.
Coach Scafe

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JCU will have an even stronger stay-home presence on defense this season.

Note this story could also be found at the national Student/Athlete-Jesuit


Regulars/starters back on defense for the Blue Streaks include Nordonia High alum Mike Cannell, Gilmour grad D.J. Debick, St. Edward product Mike Green, St. Ignatius alumnus Emmett Lydon, Holy Name’s Matt Ostry, Painesville’s Brian Schneider and Brunswick native Dan Valore.

Arbogast (L) and McEvoy

Listen to Academic All District Derrick Arbogast and double Academic All OAC (baseball/football) Brett McEvoy about the tight relationship between academics and athletics by clicking links


Among those expecting to make a dent for Capital is Twinsburg native Matt DeMore on the offensive line.

Heidelburg has 1,000-yard rusher Germany Woods, a St. Ed graduate, back at running back. Key players defensively for the Student Princes are Keystone alumnus Andy Fadenholz, Garfield Heights’ Delvon Graham and Euclid’s Tony Gordon.

Marietta’s tight end will be Normandy grad Dave Hughey, who will be joined on the starting line by Hoover grad Tarak Nusseibeh.

Gaston Hayes, an excellent shot putter and discus thrower in track and field, will be back on the defensive line. The Rhodes High grad was among the leading tacklers in the OAC last season.


Eastlake’s George Grady is also back on defense for Marietta and will probably be a starting linebacker.

Muskingum’s defense will be led by GlenOak alumnus Alex Thomas, who returns for his fourth season at linebacker. He led the team in tackles with 4 in 2010.

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The Muskies also have Akron North’s Antowan Logan returning as a starting wide receiver. Logan led the club with 28 catches, three of those going for touchdowns.

Ohio Northern has as returning starters Kyle Smith from Kirtland at center and Brecksville/Broadview High alum Mike Prokovich at defensive tackle.

Back as a wide receiver and grad student for Otterbein is Cloverleaf High grad Steve Kuzyk, an honorable mention all OAC pick who finished ninth in the league in reception yardage.



Mount Union Has OAC-Best Five Named to USTFCCCA Women's All-Academic Track & Field Team

NEW ORLEANS -- Mount Union women's track and field athletes Anna Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer), Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul), Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak), Annie Patton (Darlington, Pa./Blackhawk) and Kelsey Shonk (Columbus/Bishop Hartley) have been named to the All-Academic Team by the United Stated Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

GlenOak alumna Emily Mazzaferri 

The Purple Raiders five selections were more than any other Ohio Athletic Conference institution.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 and have met an NCAA automatic or provisional qualifying marks in an individual or relay event. 

Participation in an NCAA Championship also fulfills the athletic component of All-Academic qualification.

Jones claimed All-American honors in the javelin as a junior this past season. 


Mahoney was named OAC Sprint Athlete of the Meet as a sophomore this past season won the 400 meter dash in an OAC-record time of 56.10, the 200 meter dash in 25.52, ran the second leg of the winning 4x100 meter relay (48.55) and was the anchor on the winning 4x400 meter relay quartet (3:56.32).  

She went on to be an All-American in the 400 meters as well as being an Academic All-OAC and Academic All-American.

Mazzaferri was part of the OAC Champion 4x400 meter relay team as a freshman.

Patton earned All-OAC honors in the javelin and was an Academic All-OAC and Academic All-District selection.

Shonk won the OAC discus title and participated in the NCAA Championships as a junior in 2011.

The five led Mount Union to its second straight OAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship.

Andrew Bieber wins Davis/CVCA Invite; 

Canton Central Catholic wins team battle;


Chase Johnson paces Walsh, Zach Mosholder 



Gilmour’s Andrew Bieber was match medalist and Canton Central Catholic won the team championship Monday in the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Boys’ High School Golf Invitational.

Bieber shot a 70 to lead all golfers at Silver Lake Country Club in the 22-team event sponsored by Davis Eye Center.

The Top three teams received trophies. Tallmadge took second-place hardware and Walsh Jesuit third.

Central Catholic was led by Logan Lagodich and Walsh by Tyler McHugh, both with a 74 and in a tie for second.

Will Bethune (St. Edward) was fourth, followed by Steve Vanckunas (CCC), Zach Mosholder (Tallmadge), Chase Johnson (Walsh Jesuit), Andrew Hinton (Aurora), Dom Patella (Cardinal Mooney), Cale Patterson (Cuyahoga Falls) and John Coughlin (University Schools).

Gilmour Academy has several coaching 


Gilmour Academy has the following head coaching positions available:
Middle School volleyball
Middle School coed soccer
Middle School boys basketball
Middle School girls basketball
Freshmen boys basketball
Varsity boys lacrosse
Varsity girls lacrosse
Interested applicants should send a resume to athletic director Kristy Booher at booherk@gilmour.org