A Page -- Aug 18, 2010

Lake Ridge Golf Team

Two more smooth strokes in 

October could put Lake Ridge golf 

team into state tournament; Lions' 

purrs in '08 became roars in '09

Aug. 18, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – When Andrew Edgar took over the boys’ golf program a couple years ago at Lake Ridge Academy here, he knew he would have to build from the bottom up, which is what he has done, meaning that this just could be the  year the Lions could go all the way down to the state tourney.

Lake Ridge is one of the smallest schools in the state in terms of total enrollment, which means nearly every student is a Student/Athlete of some kind. With that in mind, over the last three years the athletics area has made strides to move its S/As to the next level, which has meant that the various Lions teams have not been afraid to schedule much bigger schools.

This was evident the other day when the Lion linksmen took on Cleveland Heights, a long-time Division I school and in one of the largest school districts in all of the Greater Cleveland area. In the battle for the Cat’s Den, the kitty Lions came out on top of the big whiskered ones, on the Highland Golf Course.


“We just need to maintain our competitive focus in each match/tournament,” Coach Edgar said. “We scheduled a mix of D-I, D-II and D-III schools and would like to at least get into the middle of the pack in the big 18-hole tournaments against some of the bigger schools.”

When building a program of any kind, a coach generally finds that in his first few years, he is going to have a lot of underclassmen, which is what Edgar had and now he has a team that graduated no seniors, meaning they have been together for quite some time now.

“We have great junior and senior leadership,” Edgar said. “We have balanced scoring and competitive experience, especially in top three spots.”

The Lions are led by Nick Nemetz, a 3-year varsity letter winner. Nemetz is joined in the top three by Spencer Scheeler (Senior, 2-year Varsity) and Mitchell Rice (Junior, 2-year Varsity).

The two other starters and upperclassmen leaders are Chris Huebler (Senior, 1-year Varsity) and Thomas Tavolara (Junior, 1-year Varsity).

Newcomers include David Radulovich (senior, but did not play last year) and Ryan McCarthy (freshman).

“The guys have the motivation to achieve team goals,” Edgar said. “We have healthy competition for the top five spots. The two newcomers will provide better opportunities for a quality 4th score.”

Those goals are: win every dual/tri match (11); finish in top half of 18-hole tournaments (Mix of Division 1, 11, and 111 teams); win Division 111 Sectional at Pine Hills/Qualify for Division 111 District Tournament; finish in top 2 at Division 111 Districts/Qualify for Division 111 State Tournament; and finish in top two-thirds (2/3) at Division 111 State Tournament

Based on the previous showing, those goals are not out of reach. In ’09, the Lions posted 10-3 record in dual/tri matches, finished 3rd in Division 111 Sectional at Pine Hills (Team Qualifier for Districts), and finished 3rd in the Division 111 District at Seven Hills. The Liones missed state berth by two strokes.

For the second consecutive season, Edgar is assisted by Freddie Nelson. Because of how much they improved last year under Edgar and Nelson, the Lions were invited to more 18-hole tournaments this year.

“We have better balance and lower scores from top three,” said Edgar, whose team finished in the top 25 in the state in D-III last year. “We are solid and have potential contribution from positions 4-7. We have high expectations for building on last year’s success. We should be one of the better NE Ohio Division 111 golf teams.”

The Lions are sticking to the game plan of strong course management.

“The team knows it has ability to do something special and has a good level of confidence and perspective on what it will take to achieve goals,” Edgar said. “They do well at Balancing fun with focus and managing expectations/pressure.”

Despite the small size of the school, Lake Ridge has full varsity and JV golf programs.  The coaches have encouraged others and are expecting to have four more  incoming freshman who have reasonable golf experience.

“Still, many questions stills exist as to who will step up for next year from the JV group,” Edgar said.

Purple Raiders picked for fourth

in OAC volleyball

By Lenny Reich

August 18, 2010 

AUSTINTOWN--Mount Union's volleyball team ranks fourth in the Ohio Athletic Conference preseasoncoaches poll, which was released by the league this week.

Walsh Jesuit alumna Sarah Dean to start fourth season at Mount

Defending OAC regular season champion Heidelberg tops the poll with 79 points and seven first place votes.  The other three first place votes went to defending OAC Tournament champion Ohio Northern in second with 74 points, while Otterbein is in third with 59 points, just two ahead of the Purple Raiders.



With three players in three different 

years in school leading the Shoreman 

pack, Avon Lake should again be 

SWC contender in boys' golf

Aug. 18, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON LAKE – With three golfers shooting consistently in the low 80s and two in the mid 80s, veteran Avon Lake boys’ golf coach Amy Manco should again have a Shoreman unit that will contend for the Southwestern Conference and sectional titles.

The Shoremen were SWC runners-up, finished in the top four at sectionals and qualified to districts in 2009.

“We played at Red Tail against almost all the best teams in the state,” Manco said. ”That is a good reality check for our players and it gives them a look at what to strive for as we move along here in the season.”

Manco has one guy in each of the three high grades in that low ‘80s club. Senior Collin Holmes (2 letters), junior Andrew Lombardi (2 letters) and sophomore Brendan Aussem (1 letter) have been finishing in the top three in the matches so far this season.

Right near them and battling for the fourth scorer spot have been sophomores Zach Sharb and Clay Sharb.


Pushing all five of them is sophomore Austin Kryc.

“Austin played a ton of golf this summer and really improved his game,” Manco said. “We have some depth and the guys a tight group. They get along well and feed off one another.”

The JV had a decent year last year and the current ones are accomplishing things, but Manco is short on spots to move them up into at this juncture.

Getting a good shot at the SWC crown and returning to districts certainly is do-able.

“We need to improve on our consistency to reach these goals and others,” Manco said. “

With the consistent play of Manco’s Student/Athletes and some moving to the next level in college golf over the years, tourney directors have taken notice. The Shoremen were invited to the Kiely Cup this fall at Canterbury.

“What an honor that is,” said Manco. “Also the SWC changed its format so we have a pre-season tourney now too, giving us more preparation for the post season.”

Although the Shoremen have the talent and the tough schedule, the mental aspect of golf can make the difference between a “good” and “great” season.

“All of it comes down to winning the brain game,” Manco said. “We have high expectations and are setting goals to get there. We need to be consistent and improve our short game.”

Lacrosse Will Join 2011 Continental Cup International Youth Sports Festival



By Jenny Popis

Cleveland, OH (August 18, 2010) – The 2010 Continental Cup International Youth Sports Festival was a huge success as 3,000 athletes from 6 continents and 16 different countries traveled to Cleveland this past July to compete in the AC Milan Continental CupCleveland Indians Charities Continental Cup and the Cleveland Cavaliers Continental Cup tournaments. The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission is pleased to announce that lacrosse will be added in 2011 joining soccer, baseball and basketball.



International recruitment for lacrosse is underway with teams from Iroquois Nation, Peru , England and Wales already slated to participate. An estimated 40 boys and girls teams in U16 and U18 age groups from across the globe are expected to compete in the lacrosse tournament next summer from June 30 – July 3. Registration is currently open and welcome to premier, club and school teams.















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