A Page -- Aug. 11, 2011

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Perennial Academic All Ohio team and continual SWC champions Avon Lake football set to do it with brawn, brains again

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON LAKE – One of the prolific overall Student/Athletic programs in the state, Avon Lake High’s football boys will once again be one of the district’s best both on the field and off the playing surface.

The Shoremen have a string of consecutive years of getting honored as team Academic All Ohio, including the last three seasons as one of the top three in the state in overall grade-point average.

On the field, the 2010 season was another one that had the bell ringing on Memorial Field by the lake often as the Shoremen won yet another Southwestern championship and made still one more trip to the post-season playoffs.

Season Preview

As it has been on offense for the past 45 years at Avon Lake, the Shoremen will be a team focused on ball, field and clock management and dominance. Still, the inside word has it that the Shoremen have some boys coming up who could throw the ball so be not surprised by a sizable deviation from trademark Avon Lake football soon.

Veteran Dave Dlugosz, who has been a part of the Avon Lake program as either an S/A or a coach for most of those 45 seasons (save a few at St. Edward in the mid and late 1980s), will return once again as the head coach.

He’ll have key skill position players back in Brad Brill (5’10, 195, SR, LB/FB), Brett Bass (5’11, 190, SR, DB/WR), Mike Butrey (5’10, 185, SR, DE/WR), Dontez Smith (5’7, 185, SR/TB), Mickey Steiner (5’11”, 170 SR., TB/DB), and Chris Jedlicka (5’10, 190, SR, QB).

However, for an S/A at Avon Lake, the glamour positions are found on the offensive line followed by the defensive line; otherwise, the keeping the ball out of the opponents’ hands by mastering the clock would not be possible.

Anchoring that vaunted offensive line is the mammoth T. K. Burk (6’5”, 300, SR, OT). Not counting the tight end, the five men up front for the Shoremen weigh a combined 1,300 pounds.

Others include Ryan Pivcevich (6’1”, 230, SR, O/DLINE), Nick Stueber (5’11”, 220, 0/DLINE), Mac Wightman (6’3, 280, SR, O/DLINE), and Jake Young (6’3”, 255, SR., O/DLINE).

Having two 1,000 rushers in any given year by an Avon Lake has been nothing unusual with this type of muscle and manhandle-ability. Complementing with muscle and size to the linemen and ball handling abilities to the skill players is Nick Skuggen (6’2, 212, SR. FB/LB).

“We expect to continue this success both in the classroom and on the field,” said Dlugosz, whose team finished 8-3 last season. “Our formula is a combination of team unity, program commitment and traditional success.”

The Shoremen will be challenged since they will move up from Division II to I this season and compete in Region 2, a tough collection of traditional powerhouses the likes of Massillon, McKinley, GlenOak, Brunswick, Hoover, Perry (township) and Jackson.

“We are excited about the challenge,” Dlugosz said. “We plan to defend the SWC successfully and get hot in the playoffs. We expect to win every time we take the field.

“Immediately, our team goals remain the same: win the opener and protect ‘Our House.’”

Niki Schroeder shoots a 37, 2-over-par to lead Shoregals past Bulldogs

Avon Lake’s girls’ golf team triumphed over Olmsted Falls, 187-215, in a Southwestern Conference match on the Emerald Woods, par-35 course Monday.

Corynn Krieg

The Shoregals (1-0) was led by match medalist Niki Schroeder (37), who was aided in the team victory by Corynn Krieg  (41), Bridget McCoy (54), and Mallary Koeth (55).

























Laurel returns plenty of experience to the tennis courts; Gators have returning state qualifiers and all 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


The fall of 2011 bodes well for the gals from “Gator Country” as Laurel School for Girls’ tennis team is returning several standout players with lots and lots of experience on the courts.

Those veteran Student/Athletes coming back for more experience and leading include Alison Biltz (Senior), Kate Scheer (Senior), Gaby Sferra (Senior), Janet Oliva (Junior), and Kaylie Patacca (Junior).

Last season Biltz was a State Qualifier in doubles.  She and her partner lost to eventual state runners-up Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, in DIV. II’s in a long three setter.

Four-year veterans Biltz and Kate Scheer will serve as Gator team captains for the ’11 season.

The 2011 Gator outfit will also introduce some new players to the high school scene.  These (3) freshman are well known by fellow USTA tournament players: Danielle Buchinsky (Freshman), Hannah Cseplo (Freshman), and Ann Marie Smetona (Freshman).

Season Preview

“These young ladies will have an immediate impact on an already veteran squad,” Gator Coach Walter Oden said.

Other up-and-comers to watch include Claire Hilton (Sophomore), Hiba Elbuluk (Junior) and Lily Ganske (Sophomore).

“These girls are showing their ability to make an impact on the team after their first week of tryouts,” Oden observed. “We make no predictions as to our results this year.  On the other hand, we guarantee heart and effort in every match.”


Case Reserve Spartans Tied for Second in UAA Football Preseason Poll

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The Case Western Reserve University football team tied for second in the University Athletic Association Preseason Coaches' Poll released today. The Spartans have won three of the last four conference titles (2007-09).

Defending champion University of Chicago (Ill.) received three first-place votes, while Case and Washington University (Mo.) each picked up one. Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) was chosen fourth.

"Our number one goal each year is to win the UAA and this is the toughest I have seen the conference in my time here," said eighth-year head coach Greg Debeljak. "We know we will have to consistently improve each week if we want to reach that goal."

The Spartans, preseason favorites for four straight seasons from 2007-10, return 30 lettermen and a total of 13 starters – eight on defense, four on offense and one on special teams. The squad was 8-2 in 2010 with a 1-2 mark in UAA action.

The 2011 season opens on Saturday, September 3 with Case at local-rival John Carroll University at 7:00 p.m. at Don Shula Stadium. The Spartans' home-opener at Case Field is Sept. 10 versus the University of Rochester (N.Y.) at 7:00 p.m.

Brendan Aussem leads Avon Lake to championship of Ranger Invite

Brendan Aussem won medalist honors today to lead Avon Lake to the championship of the Ranger Invitational in Avon Oaks Country Club, in boys’ high school golf.

Aussem shot a 69 to lead the Shoremen, who totaled 304 strokes. Strongsville was second (308, followed by Olmsted Falls (314), Amherst (321), Rocky River (329) and host North Ridgeville (331).

Pulling up the rear were Avon, Midview, North Olmsted, Elyria, Elyria Catholic, Lakewood, Keystone, Northwestern, Cloverleaf and Lorain.

In the individual rankings, Stronsgville’s Ryan Maatz and Ridgeville’s Christian Kelch shot 73s, followed by Avon Lake’s Zach Sharb (74), River’s Tim Smith (75), Falls’ Steve Johnson (75) the Mustangs’ Matt Krause 76), the Shoremen’s Andrew Lombardi (77), and the ‘Stangs’ Paul Minko (77).

Chris Richardson

 Northewestern was led by Tyler Bodager, North Olmsted by Pat Needles, Lorain by Conner Anderson, Keystone by Scott Wolfe, Lakewood by Chris Richardson, Elyria by Kevin Koepp, Cloverleaf by Cody Giesler, EC by Kevin Laing, Avon by Preston Olsen, and Amherst by Mike Campana, Bob Greuter and Connor Morris.


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