A Page -- Aug. 11, 2010

AndersOn, AndersOn, and 

AndersEn among the experienced 

and deep group of University School 

cross country runners

Aug. 11, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


HUNTING VALLEY – With 40 runners, University School Cross Country Coach Kirt Komocki has a great competitive situation within that group so that seven could emerge by the end of each week and then carry over to the big meets to produce a different top five pack each week, maximizing scoring.

Among the returning runners for the Preppers are three guys with the same surname but spelled two different ways. That trio includes Lyle Anderson and Lloyd Anderson, and David Andersen. All three are juniors.

The high depth level of experienced runners does not stop with the Anderson(ens). Komocki has seven seniors in Hersh Agarwal, Diego Axon-Sanchez, Tyler Kirby, Evan Meisler, Sam Ruddock, Luke Sober, and Nick Witchey.


Age is not the only determining factor in who gets slotted in the seven starting varsity spots. A second trio of juniors to go with the aforementioned one is comprised of Will Moore, Repton Salisbury, and Alex Schraff. Sophomore Tim Jacobs also saw some varsity action last year.

The largest group in that depth luxury is the freshman helping. The Preppers’ most promising frosh are Jakob Weisblat, Jack Brice, Phineas Callahan, Walker Chiefee, Hale Douthit, Will Gorman, Jack McGee, and Michael Ruddock.

"We need to run as a pack and constantly challenge each other to force that pack to move up in key meets,” Komocki said. “Currently, we are a team without a lot of major running experience.  Early-season races will therefore help us develop the necessary tenacity and confidence to be successful.”


Coach Komocki

The Peppers are not looking too far ahead of themselves.

“Making Regionals is always important to our team; however, we are not going to finalize our end-of-the-year goals until we run a race or two,” Komocki said. “We plan on being competitive and running our best in the most important races. Other than that, it is far too early to judge.”

Scheduling changes for this year include going to VASJ Invite instead of Boardman, and Cloverleaf instead of Medina, due to the desire to compete in a local race and SAT Testing, respectively.

“We will use early-season races and practice sessions to determine who will field our strongest lineup come Districts,” the coach said.

Komocki, who moves into the head job after being an assistant last year, will be assisted by Jack Somers, Mark Lyons and Clark Turner, who is also serving as the head track and field coach. 1991 Komocki is a graduate of University School as well. Prior to returning to his alma mater, he coached cross country (head) and track and field (assistant) at Hawken School from 1996-2003

US had a decent year in 2009. The Preppers had only 2 weekday dual meets last year, which they won.  As a team, US placed 4th in Districts, and 8th at Regionals. The Peppers’ top runner, Greg Jantzen, won the conference, district and regional meets, and advanced to States. Jantzen is now running at the University of Virginia.

With three alumni now running the in college ranks, US rarely runs dry on talent. The JV team won an invitational last year and placed in the top half of every field.  Komocki expects these Student/Athletes to step to the varsity team and keep it a competitive situation within the team this fall.

In a school where virtually every young man goes on to college upon graduation, many of those to East Coast schools, the cross country team has several talented students academically.

“From my experience, Student/Athletes in endurance sports are usually excellent students in the classroom,” the coach said. “Our group is no exception. We have a spirited collection of individuals who excel both academically and in the arts.”

Two of the runners have won prestigious awards for musical composition and performance, while two others are gifted jazz players.  The group also includes some outstanding orators and debaters, and classicists.

“This healthy blend of individuals like this in our presence makes practices especially interesting,” Komocki said.

Avon Lake native Alex Trzeciak 

and B-W teammate Sam Burris 

receive Scholar/Athlete status 

from ITA

Aug. 11, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA - Two Baldwin-Wallace College men's tennis Student/Athletes, senior Sam Burris (Wooster/Senior) and junior Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake), have been named Scholar/Athletes by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

In order to earn ITA Scholar/Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).


Trzeciak is a mathematics and economics major with a 3.72 GPA. He earned his second straight All-Ohio Athletic Conference honor, a first-team nod, for his play on the court in 2009-10. He posted a 17-8 record while competing strictly at the number one singles position. Trzeciak was 8-1 during OAC competition and was a part of B-W's No. 2 doubles duo that posted a 17-6 record. In two seasons, Trzeciak is 39-11 overall in singles play and 37-12 in doubles. Trzeciak also was named Academic All-OAC At-Large in 2010.






Chambers-less Magnificat cross 

country team striving to three-peat as 

state champs

Aug. 11, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – It has been a long time since a Magnificat cross country or track and field team started the season without Maddie Chambers as a part of the field, but all good things must come to an end and the Blue Streaks will have a new lead runner for the first time in four years.

That’s not to say that the two-time defending big-school state champions will not have a group of competitive runners that will make a good run at three-peating as the cream of the crop in Ohio. Nothing is over until the Mags runners say it is over. Certainly they have learned a lot from running with the national class runner and will channel into their own era that begins now.

Chambers, a six-time state champion (cross country and track), has moved on to become a Student/Athlete at Georgetown. She is one of five runners from last year’s team to continue as a college runner.

The return group is led by senior Katherine Stultz, who has quite a cross country and track resume,` herself, already. She was a member of 2008 & 2009 State XC championship teams. Her 2009 XC Season Best time: 19:00 at Midwest Meet of Champions.

Stultz -- Photo Courtesy of ESPN Rise

Stultz has been a member of the 2008 & 2009 Nike Cross National Team Qualifier. At Mags, she was also a member of 2010 Indoor State Championship Team  She placed in three events at the indoor meet: 4x800m 1st place, 1600m 5th place: 5:09 & 3200m 4th place: 11:23.  She was also a member of the 2010 Penn Relays 4x800m Relay Team that took 9th place overall (9:13.14).


Also bringing back state championship experience is junior Abbie Marquard, who was also a member of the 2008 & 2009 State XC Championship Teams. In 2009, her season best time was 19:11, which came at State Championships.

Like Stultz, Marquard was a member of the 2008 & 2009 Nike Cross National Team Qualifier, a member of the 2010 Indoor State Championship Team (Individual Event: 4x400m 5th place overall), a member of the 2010 Penn Relays 4x400m Relay Team (Overall time: 3:59.08), and a member of 2010 Runner-Up Outdoor State Championship Team She ran the: 400m & 4x400m at the outdoor state meet. Her 2010 Outdoor Season Best Time for 400m was 58.44 at Regional Meet.

The top sophomores for the Blue Streak are Macey Walker (2009 XC Season Best Time: 19:54 and 2010 Outdoor Track Best Performance: 3200m 11:58.71) and Katherine Kerr (2009 XC Season Best Time: 20:28, and 2010 Outdoor Track Best Performance: 800m: 2:21).

Seniors expected to step up and help Stultz with the leadership responsibilities are Laura Hogan (2009 XC Season Best Time: 20:44 and 2010 Outdoor Track Best Performance: 1600m: 5:27.43) and Courtney Kishbaugh (2009 XC Season Best Time: 20:43  and 2010 Outdoor Track Best Performance: 1600m: 5:33.34).

“While we graduated 5 seniors of the most successful girls XC team in the history of Ohio, we have several talented and eager Student/Athletes ready to step-up into the ranks,” said Mags coach Anjanette Arabian Whitman, who is now in her ninth year as the coach. “The 2010 Outdoor Track Season gave many younger members of the team the chance to get ready for their opportunity to shine in the upcoming 2010 XC season. The 2010 ladies hope to continue the team’s tradition of success.”

Photo Courtesy of ESPN Rise

The Blue Streaks will start the season Aug. 28 at the GlenOak Invitational and then will return to the West Side Labor Day Weekend for the Early Bird Invite at Lorain Community College.

Corrie Nicklas (Magnificat Class of 1991) has returned this season as an assistant coach after serving in a similar role here from 1995 to 98.

Kathy Manning returns as in assistant for her 12th season of coaching the Blue Streaks

OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting Highlights; four Cleveland schools close, leaving fewer over teams competing in the area as the high school season begins 

By Tim Stried

August 11, 2010


COLUMBUS, – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met last Thursday morning at the OHSAA office in Columbus for its first Board meeting of the 2010-11 school year. The following are highlights of the meeting. The complete set of minutes will be posted to OHSAA.org at a later date.


-          The OHSAA’s total number of member schools for the 2010-11 school year is 828 high schools. Four new schools were admitted last spring (St. Clairsville East Richland Christian, Granville Christian, Cincinnati Oyler and Cincinnati Riverview East Academy), two schools consolidated into one (Lorain Admiral King and Lorain Southviewconsolidated into Lorain) and seven schools closed (Cleveland East, Toledo Libbey, Perrysville Louis Bromfield, South Euclid Regina, Cleveland South and the two previously mentioned Lorain schools that consolidated).

-          The OHSAA imposed penalties against one member school during the last month that violated OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations. The list of infractions is always included in the complete meeting minutes that will be posted to OHSAA.org, but media members may request the list prior to it being posted by contacting Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Information Services.





Aug. 11, 2010

By Harry Plumer

NORMAL, Ill. - The Lake Erie Crushers were nipped by the Normal CornBelters in the middle game of a series tonight, falling 2-1. 

The CornBelters took a 2-0 lead by scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth. Normal strung together three straight hits with one out against Lake Erie starter Travis Risser. Steven Alexander and Mike Dufek singled before Ben Petralli doubled deep to center to score both runners. 



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