A Page -- Aug. 17, 2010

With three Academic All District 

candidates, size, tourney experience, 

Magnificat's volleyball team in good 

position to return to Nutter Center in 


Aug. 17, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor                     


ROCKY RIVER – With three Academic All District and one Academic All American candidate, the usual complement of polished on-surface Student/Athletes and the tradition/family/faith foundation all in place, Magnificat’s volleyball team has the makings of yet another regional qualifier, if not state qualifier and title contender.

Brittney Balser, who will be a Student/Athlete in volleyball at Duke next fall, is both an Academic All District and All-American candidate. Balser, an outside hitter, will begin her fourth year on the varsity and will also serve in the leadership role as the team captain.

Brittney Balser

“We are lucky to have very dedicated students, to the classroom, their families and to Magnificat volleyball,” said Mags coach Mike Cannon, who is in is 11th year coaching at Mags and sixth as the varsity coach. 

District candidates for All-Academic honors include Brittany Flynn, Halle Kearney, as well as Balser.


With that kind of nucleus, the Blue Streaks expect to return to the Ervin K. Nutter Center in Dayton in November. Mags (24-4 in ’09) was a state semifinalist last year.

Flynn, also a three-year letter winner, will be a captain and after the school year ends will move on as an S/A at Edinboro, where she will play volleyball.

Photo from berecruited.com

Kearny, a 6 foot-3 inch two-time letter winner, will play at the University of Georgia next fall. 

“Halle really has improved in all areas,” said Cannon.

Also sharing some of the leadership duties is Sarah Gulasey. “Sarah has plenty of experience and is a good leader,” said Cannon.

Junior Grace Conroy will be a setter. “She has great technique from the setting position,” Cannon said. “She has leadership skills and is much improved.”

Also a setter, Elise Sako is a senior who is a candidate for the Coast Guard Academy. A two-year varsity player, Elise has come back with renewed energy; she is ready to compete,” Cannon said.

Another junior is Maddie Koz, who comes from the long line of Kozes (more than a dozen) who have been Student/Athletes at various West Side schools dating all the way back to the early ‘70s at Lakewood High. This Koz is an outside hitter and defensive specialist. “Maddie is a great athlete and a good competitor,” said Cannon.

Senior Jenn Misenick is one of the more versatile players on the team. “Jenn can play multiple positions,” Cannon said.  “She quietly plugs away for us,” Cannon said of the two-year varsity player.

Junior Clare Schirmer is expected to see more time as a middle blocker this season. Cannon said: “She dressed for the playoffs in 2009 and started in our state appearance. She is a great blocker and is improving offensively everyday. She leads by example.”

Other juniors expected to step it up a notch this year are Dana Feddrix, Faith Bindernagle, Rikki Kucinski, and Ashley McCormick.

“Ashely is very experienced with good serve receiving; she’s looking to break out in 2010,” said Cannon. “Rikki is a team player with a great serve. Dana is good at both serving and serve receiving. Faith is a solid defensive specialist with a good serve.”

The only sophomore on the varsity roster is Cayley Balser, a middle blocker who Cannon said is promising.

In addition to intelligence, Mags will be able to topple opponents with size. “We can play big this year; blocking is much improved and our offense has taken great strides,” Cannon said.

With just a couple steps away from winning the state title last year, Mags could go all the way with just a few improvements.

“The depth of our defense has improved,” Cannon said. :”Our serve receive will be much better this season. The defensive players bring a diverse range of skills. We feel we have improved our ball handling for the 2010 season.”

With all other things in place, the Blue Streaks now just need to execute.

"We are confident the pieces are there. Our attention to details and accountability will be the difference maker," Cannon said. "This team gets along well and realizes the need they have for each athlete.

Jacobs Stepping Down to Take Position at Springfield
Kiki  Jacobs
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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8/17/2010 5:01:07 PM
Oberlin – Oberlin College Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator Kiki Jacobs is stepping down to take a similar position at Springfield College in Massachusetts, Delta Lodge Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard announced on Monday. 

Jacobs has been so vital to the operations of the athletics department since her arrival at Oberlin in 2006. She has supervised all of Oberlin’s head coaches and 22 varsity teams relating to budgets, NCAA compliance, scheduling, and transportation. She also played in a key role in special events and was the department’s liaison with many constituents across campus. 

"Working with Kiki Jacobs has been my professional pleasure for the past four years,” Karlgaard said. “She is an outstanding administrator and a tireless worker. Much of the progress we've made since 2006 has been a direct result of Kiki's management. We'll miss her, but we know she'll enjoy her new role at Springfield."

Most recently Jacobs served as the Co-Director of the 2010 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships. She also completed an 18-month Fellowship with the NCAA where she got the opportunity to grow professionally by working with many elite athletics administrators at the highest level of her profession.

“I would like to thank Joe Karlgaard for taking a chance on a novice administrator four years ago,” Jacobs said. “Joe and I developed a great working relationship and friendship since my arrival. I have learned a lot at Oberlin and worked with some great people at the College and the NCAC. I won't forget my time in Oberlin, my work within the athletic department and across campus. I am looking forward to new challenges at Springfield College and the opportunity to be closer to family. 

At Springfield, Jacobs will be responsible for several aspects of athletics operations, including monitoring NCAA, conference, and Springfield College compliance, eligibility for over 900 student-athletes, as well as marketing and promotions, and the NCAA/Champs Life skills program.

Jacobs' last day at Oberlin College is September 1.:

Heidelberg Picked to Win 2010 OAC 

Volleyball Title

Aug 17, 2010

By Lindsay Miller

Austintown, OH - Heidelberg, under the direction of 11th-year Head Coach Jason

Miller, was picked to win the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) title by the League

coaches. This season, the Berg will look to remain among the nationally ranked, defend its

OAC Regular-Season Championship, produce its first OAC Tournament title, while making

its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships.

Heidelberg will look to experienced hitters, junior All-OAC performers

Jackie Reinhart (New Riegel) and Venessa Haase (Miamisburg),

along with sophomores Jacki Street (Grafton/Midview) and Marian

Bevington (Celina/Parkway). Haase returns after leading the offense

with 369 kills and is followed by Reinhart with 292 and Street at 264.

Midview alumna Jacki Street

Also contributing in serves was Reinhart with 81 service aces and Haase with 61.

Leading the way on defense will be two-time OAC Libero-of-the-Year Brittany

Donelan (North Olmsted). 

North Olmsted High grad Brittany Donelan (top OAC libero)

She will be flanked by returning starter senior Suzy Street

(Grafton/Midview), as well as Reinhart and Haase who play the entire rotation.

 Donelan registered 689 digs and has moved into the OAC’s career record book. Providing another solid element to the defense is Street and Bevington. As freshman the duo combined for 159 blocks.

Grafton native Suzy Street

The Berg will kick the season off with a non-conference match at the College of

Wooster on Sept. 1 before its first tournament of the year at Ohio Northern Sept. 3-4.

Coaches Poll

Rank School (First-PlaceVotes) Points

1 Heidelberg (7) 79

2 Ohio Northern (3) 74

3 Otterbein 59

4 Mount Union 57

5 Capital 40

6 Marietta 39

7 John Carroll 38

8 Muskingum 36

9 Baldwin-Wallace 19

10 Wilmington 9

Jacob Forsythe shoots a four-under-

par-68 at Massillon's Legends, 

leads CVCA to President's title

and shatters own school record


August 17, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


MASSILLON -- Jacob Forsythe shot a 68 today to earn tournament medalist and lead Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy to the championship of the President’s Athletic Conference Preseason Tournament championship, the Legends Golf Course here.


Forsythe broke CVCA's school record shooting 4 under par for a low score of 68 (previous record was set last year, a 2 under par for a low score of 70, also shot by Jake Forsythe at Silver Lake Country Club).

Will Vanbuskirk, (81) Pete Richards (83)-and Dan Criswell (81) followed Forsythe for the Royals. Criswell and Vanbuskirk were tied for sixth while Richards took eighth.



Mitchell Rice shoots 79 to lead Lake 

Ridge to championship of 18-team 

Hillsdale Invitational today

Aug. 17, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor                     


JEROMESVILLE, OHIO -- Mitchell Rice shot a (79) and Spencer Scheeler an 81 today to lead Lake Ridge boys’ golf team to the championship of the Hillsdale Invitational, here at Mohican Hills GC.

The Lions roared across the course with a team score of 333, outdistancing runner up New London by three strokes. Nick Nemetz shot an 84 and Thomas Tavolara 89 to add to the Lions’ 333.

Eighteen teams participated in the tourney. Grant Weaver with a 69 was the overall medalist, leading his Waynedale team to third place. Clear Fork was fourth and Smithville fifth.




Bay alumna Kristen DeWees, John 

Carroll's Rachel Grdina, Mount's 

Kylee Kolesar, two B-W Academic all-

league picks head up local contingent 

in OAC women's soccer; Lakewood's 

Moran twins enter into multiple-sport 

Student/Athletic-hood at The Berg

Aug. 17, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AUSTINTOWN – While defending regular-season and tournament champion Otterbein would be the odds-on favorite to repeat as Ohio Athletic Conference women’s soccer champs, John Carroll and Ohio Northern will be the two teams that will be pushing the Cardinals the most while Baldwin-Wallace and Mount Union will be battling to get into the upper tier and possibly surprise some fans by challenging for the one of the titles.

Among the 22 local Student/Athletes who will play key roles on the three local teams and the seven other outfits are five Academic All League selections.

Mari O'Neill

St. V alumna Mari O'Neill

John Carroll finished 6-2-1 in the OAC in 2009, just four points behind Otterbein. Local starters/regulars returning for the Blue Streaks this year are Perry’s (Lake County) Rachel Grdina, St. Vincent-St. Mary alumna Mari O’Neill and Gilmour grad Kristen Profeta.

Kristen Profeta


Grdina, a junior, is the leading returning goal scorer for the Streaks, hitting the back net with four shots last year. Profeta and O’Neill each scored a goal last year. The Blue Streaks also have back academic all-league selection Betsy Haigh.




The University of Mount Union won only two matches in the league last year but played around .500 ball outside the league. The Purple Raiders will have back one of their top scorers, Mentor High alumna Kylee Kolesar.


Padua alum Jamie Green

Kolesar scored five goals and had one assist last year. Also, Mantua native Katie Etling and Aurora’s Kelly Aughinbaugh combined for five goals last year. Cloverleaf alum Aly Rice (one goal in ’09), Wadsworth’s Jackie Lowedermilk, Marlington grad Alyssa Fitcraft and Padua alum Jamie Green return for the Purple Raiders. Also back is Academic all-league pick Dierdre Dick.




B-W has back South grad Linsey Clapacs, Triway’s Liz Rice, Mentor’ Margo Laseak, Amherst’s Angelica Meggitt and Stow’s Leigh Poiner. Clapacs is a three-year starter and Rice a Academicall league pick. Also Academic All-OAC first teamer Ellie Reinbrecht is back for the Yellow Jackets.

Liz Rice

Erin Panczyk is expected to fit into Marrietta’s plans this year. Panczyk is a sophomore midfielder from Twinsburg.

Erin Panczyk

Twinsburg's Erin Panczyk

Sophomore defender Noelle Kleppel is back for another season with Muskingum. As a freshman for the Muskies last year, Kleppel had a goal and an assist.



Ohio Northern finished just one point (17-16) behind Otterbein in the regular season standings, with its only loss coming at the hands of the Cards. Bay High alumna Kristen DeWees had something to do with that, earning first-team all-league honors as the Polar Bears’ keeper.

DeWees was 14-5-2 in goal with an 0.80 goals against average. She also made All-Region.


Padua product Lindsay Gilchrest

Anchoring the defense for the Bears will be Padua alumna Lindsay Gilchrest, who started all 21 matches last year, scoring one goal. Also from Padua is Alicia Palidova returning as a forward for her sophomore season.


Palivoda, also a former Padua Bruin

Palivoda scored three goals and had one assist in 14 matches last year.

Bridget Moran

For Heidelberg, the Moran Twins from Lakewood, Bridget and Carrie, decided to play soccer this season. The two sophomores, whose primary sport at The Berg is Fastpitch, will add overall talent in the back to the fold. Carrie is a keeper and Bridget a sweeper.

Carrie Moran

Tim Smith leads Rocky River to 

Ranger Invitational championship 

today at Avon Oaks

August 17, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON – Led by medalist Tim Smith, Rocky River won the Ranger Invitational Tourney Today here at Avon Oaks Country Club, hosted by North Ridgeville High.

Smith shot a 73 to outdo Brunswick’s Joey Bachman by two strokes. Smith’s Pirates combined for a 319i, five stroke’s better than Bachman’ Blue Devils.



Mags Varsity B tennis team opens 

season with shutout of Mentor

Aug. 17, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor                     


Magnificat’s varsity B tennis team opened the season tonight with a 5-0 win over Mentor.

In singles it was Emily Witt d. Morgan Dorsky 6-4, 6-1; Veronica Johnson d. Corinne Sackett 6-2, 6-1; and Kate Gisser d. Kristin George 6-0, 6-0.

Mags swept doubles this way: Kendall Nock/Sarah Patrick d. Stai Cortelezi/Libby Savage 7-5, 6-0; Ashley Spellacy/Josie Miller d. Betsy Csaszar/McKenzie Mavson 6-1, 6-1; Tayo Pedro/Rachelle Abdelnor d. Gabby Dutton/Elaine Kondra 6-0, 6-1


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