A Page -- Aug. 15, 2011

After finest season in school history, Lake Ridge is reloading but does return one of area’s best in Mitch Rice

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


After finishing 10th in the Division III State Golf Tournament last fall, Lake Ridge lost 4 Varsity seniors to the 2011 graduation, but Mitchell Rice returns and will no doubt be one of the areas top Division III golfers and is expected to provide consistent low scoring throughout the season.

The Lions had the school’s best year ever in ’10, notching an 11-0 record in dual/tri matches, and also earning the Hillsdale Invitational Team championship, the LCAAA Tournament title and the Division III Sectional crown at Pine Hills (Team Qualifier for Districts).

They also finished 2nd in the Division III District at Seven Hills (Advanced to State Tournament), and 10th at Division III State Golf Tournament (Northstar GC, Sunbury).

“There are many questions about who will step up and fill some of the void left especially by graduating seniors Spencer Scheeler and Nick Nemetz,” Lake Ridge coach Andrew Edgar said.  “We will be younger and less experienced overall, but we still have positive team leadership and a desire to continue the trend of program success.  I anticipate a slow start but am still expecting us to be competitive as a team at the Div III level towards end of season.”


Rice, senior and 3-year varsity letterman, has the lowest individual varsity stroke average the past 3 years, and is the 2-time defending Sectional medalist (Pine Hills GC).

In 2010, he was 1st Team All-Northeast District (Div III) after swinging for a 9-hole stroke average of 38.1 and 18-hole average of 79.3.

Sharing in the leadership role with Rice is Thomas Tavolara (Senior, 2-year Varsity), who offered a consistent varsity contribution last year and played in State Golf Tournament.

“Tom is a positive team leader,” Edgar said.

Tavolara had a 9-hole stroke average of 42.2 and an 18-hole one of 90.6.

Also back is Ryan McCarthy (Sophomore/1-year Varsity).

“Ryan continues to steadily improve,” Edgar said.

McCarthy’s numbers: 9-hole stroke avg. (43.4)/18-hole stroke avg. (89.6).

Incoming Players from the ’10 JV group are Danny Fulop (Sophomore), Roger Peckham (Sophomore), John Bennett (Senior), and Rahil Patel (Senior).

The Lion team strengths include Mitchell Rice, senior leadership, 18-hole tournament experience against quality competition, and simply motivation to maintain pattern of success.


“We are sticking to the game plan of smart golf course management, consistency and quality during practices, and balancing fun with focus, Edgar said. “We are managing new expectations and pressure for younger players.”

The top five goals for the Lions are 1) maintaining competitive focus the entire round of matches/tournaments, 2) finishing as one of the top Div III teams in all 18-hole tournaments, 3) finishing in Top 3 Div. III Sectional/Qualifying for Div. III District Tournament, 4) finishing in Top 5 at Division III District Tournament, and 5) advancing Rice as an individual to Division III State Tournament.

After Rice, the Lions are not quite as deep as last year due to only 3 returning varsity players. Thus, Several JV players are getting an opportunity this year to compete for Varsity spots

“We are continuing trend of competing against larger (Division I and II) and quality teams in general,” Coach Edgar said. “This team is excited to establish its own identity and continue the program’s level of success. We have a good level of confidence and realistic perspective on what it will take to achieve goals.”

Despite the small size of the school, Lake Ridge has full Varsity and JV golf programs.

“We are trying to build level of competitive experience at the current JV level,” Coach Edgar said.






























Bieber, DeFino return from Gilmour’s defending state title golf team; Lancers will rely on younger group to also post high scores for repeat performance

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GATES MILLS – With two of the top 30 high school Student/Athletic golfers in the state in 2010 returning for the ’11 season, defending state champs Gilmour Academy could make a case for yet another run at the small-school state title.

Andrew Bieber, who this past spring posted one of the top three scores nationally among S/As from East of the Rockies in a post-school-year tournament, leads the list of returning Lancers. Bieber also finished fourth in the state individually in ’10.


Bieber, now a junior who averaged 37.3 as a sophomore, will be joined in the leadership role by senior Duncan DeFino, a three-year letterman who finished 29th in the state while averaging 41.3 in ’10.

A 1st-team all Ohio selection, Bieber was also 1st-team all NE Ohio, and District medalist, shooting a low-round 69. DeFino was 2nd team all NE Ohio with a low round of 77.

As a team, GA had quite a year in ’10 in terms of wins and losses along the way to the state title, posting a match record of 11-0, tournament compilation of 74-10 and post-season mark of 33-0.

Also returning are Jake Althans (So. 1 letter earned), Jeff Hurt (Jr.), Matt Dagg (Jr.), Connor Moriarty (Sr. 2 letters) and Doug Weisman (So.).

Newcomers for the ’11 Lancer season are freshman Tom Negrelli, Alex Althans, Justin Hallal, Jack Kennedy, and Christian Sheffler, and junior Nathan Coyne.

“We return three players with a combined five state tournament appearances,” said eighth-year Lancer Head Coach Charlie Tremont. ““Our goal is to win the sectional and district tournaments. We should be competitive against primarily Division I and II opponents.”

The All-Catholic Invitational hosted by Gilmour will be on Sept. 19 at Legend Lake at 8 a.m.

“We have a young team, which I expect to improve as the season progresses,” said Tremont. “Our younger players need to gain tournament experience.”

Some of the key losses through graduation include two-time state medalist Alex Andrews, four-time letter winner Greg Calabrese, and three-time letter winner Matt Oliver.

However, the JV team was very competitive in 2010 and has some of the aforementioned S/As to offer as replacements for the losses via graduation.

Tremont is in his eighth consecutive year as the head coach of the Gilmour Academy varsity golf team and his 10th year overall with the program.

In the most recent seven seasons, his teams have earned six sectional and district championships and six top eight state championship finishes while compiling a match record of 50-24 and a tournament record of 418-188.

His 2010 squad earned the program’s fifth Division III State Championship after beating its closest competitor by 22 strokes.

The ’10 club    set a school record when it won its fifth team Boys Golf State Championship in school history,