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Brunswick High Alumna Colleen Bednar 

Brunswick’s Colleen Bednar and Kaitlyn Holland Earn USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors For Lake Erie College

Second Academic award for each in the past two months

August 9, 2011 

PAINESVILLE – The Lake Erie College women's track and field teams earn individual Division II Track and Field All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).  Sophomores Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and Kaitlyn Holland(Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) were two of 311 student-athletes selected to the team.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met an NCAA automatic or provisional qualifying mark in an individual or relay event at some point in either indoor or outdoor seasons.

Bednar provisionally qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the long jump – an event she placed in the top four in at both conference meets - and both she and Holland ran on the Storm's 4x100-meter relay team that also provisionally qualified.  That same relay team won the Great LakesIntercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championship.

Earlier this summer, Bednar, an adolescent/early childhood education major, and Holland, a biology major, were named to the Spring GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Squad.

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

Olmsted Falls boys’ soccer is thin in numbers; but group has built cohesion and learned technique as the students of the game at the Erie camp

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OLMSTED FALLS – Historically, the Southwestern Conference is one of the toughest soccer leagues in the state, and this year should be no different for teams like Olmsted Falls’ boys, who know they will have a tough match each time they take the pitch in an SWC clash.

They are ready though.

“The summer schedule was one of the most demanding in the past four years, but will hopefully pay off this season, as I believe we are the fittest team we have had here in my five years,” said Bulldogs coach James Walchanowicz, who is in his 16th season as a head coach overall (here and elsewhere) with a lifetime record of 120-98-36.

Last season the Bulldogs did not win as much as the coach is typically used to, but at least avoided a losing season by finishing up in October at a decent 7-7-3 considering that almost half those matches were against SWC outfits.

Season Preview

“We also tweaked our system at our team camp in Erie, PA this summer and we hope to possess the ball more than our opponents,” Coach Walchanowicz said. “Our first 5 games will tell us where we are.”

This team camp has paid off, as the coaching staff has observed that this group is solid technically, has good chemistry and work rate, is eager to learn, and has expectations to win.

“Our off-season program has helped many of the players; they now have a good understanding of the game; each year we are trying to build upon the previous years,” Walchanowicz said.

The Bulldogs have set a goal for themselves by setting out to win three of their first five matches against some very good competition.

Although Olmsted Falls will again be low in numbers and lack depth, the program does have a very talented, hard-working group for the 2011 season.

“We have told ourselves that this year will mark a key point in the development of the program for our team has set some high expectations,” Coach Walchanowicz said. “We have a quality coaching staff with college playing experience and who care about the youth and program.  Both my assistants are good teachers of the game.”

Junior Jake Samsel and Adam Woodruff will complete for the time in the varsity net. 

“We have two blue-collar, hard-working keepers who want nothing more than to keep the ball out of the back of the next,” the coach said. “They work hard and are both very coachable.  I know many coaches who would love to have any one of them.  We have the potential to have some of the best goalkeepers in the SWC.”

Olmsted Falls will have Freshman Christian Klein, Sophomore Eric Skutt, Seniors Kyle Barber and Tim McClaren, Senior Mike Coury anchor the back line with help from Juniors Conner Bailey and Ryan Crozier.

The midfield this year will be comprised of Senior Ryan Hanks (All-SWC last year), Juniors Brad Sommer, Jon Levin, and Adam McQuillian and Sophomore Mike Payne.

At forwards, the ‘Dogs have a committee of players who all have strengths… Seniors Tyler Knapp and Brian Bildstein will be paired with Junior James Bildstein as target players.

With only 16 players in the varsity pound, Olmsted Falls lacks depth.

“With a team this thin, injuries are always a concern,” the coach noted. “We need to stay healthy; period. We are trying to hang our hat on playing good defense as a team this year.  If we stay consistent defensively, we should be able to give many of the teams in the SWC more than they are expecting.  We do need to reduce the number of soft goals we gave up last year and put away our chances.

“Unlike years past, the boys expect to win.  It is exciting.”

The soccer culture in Olmsted Falls is changing and the number of S/As with club experience is growing in the entire program both at the high school level and in the pre-prep ranks.

“We still have a handful of players who we do not play year-round who we are trying to teach the game and game experience in a relatively short period of time; need to prevent injuries,” the coach said.

As a team of priorities, the Bulldogs have higher goals than what they plan to accomplish on the pitch.

“Most importantly, however, we expect the team to be awarded the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the fourth consecutive year.   We will also be in the running for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-Team Academic Award,” Walchanowicz said.