A Page -- Aug. 19, 2010


Coach Yurick is far right during the signing of current Zip/former Bulldog 
Taylor Ballard. Nikki Altenweg is far left.

"Maniacal" work ethics, heavy club 

experience, Student/Athletes to 

college ball, promising 

newcomers, change adaptation all 

making Olmsted Falls a contender 

in SWC girls' soccer race

Aug. 19, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

OLMSTED FALLS – With two of its alumnae moving on to Division II and Division I college play last year and this year, respectively, Olmsted Falls girls’ soccer program is on an upsurge and with plenty returning this year, should be a challenger in the Southwestern Conference.

The Bulldogs’ program moved two girls named Taylor, Taylor Yurick and Taylor Ballard, to Lake Erie College in 2009 and University of Akron in 2010, respectively, and there is more to come from the southwest corner of Cuyahoga County.

Olmsted Falls High School logo

“This is by far the most talented team we have fielded,” said Olmsted Falls coach Kelly Yurick. “We are finally to the point at which every varsity player and several JV players have club experience.”


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With club and premier experiences, the girls will also face many more college opportunities beyond their years here at Falls, although such outside activity is not necessarily a prerequisite for moving to the next level.

The team is being led this year by senior captains Lauren Payne and Tori Alai, and junior Reillee Dupratt.  All 3 are returning letter winners. Alai, a center midfielder, suffered an ankle injury last year that inhibited her play all season but all indications are that she is definitely past that, as she performed up to capacity during the indoor and spring/summer seasons.

“She is playing her best soccer ever,” Yurick said. “She has really taken control. “She is fantastic in theair and making great touches on every ball she gets to. She is stronger and more physical than ever and really owning the center of the field. I am looking to get her more involved in the attack and want her to be a little more selfish on the offensive end.”

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With the top six Student/Athlete golfers 

back for another season, North 

Ridgeville's girls' golf team expecting to 

put more wins on the board in league 

matches

Aug. 19, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Although only in its second season of varsity girls’ golf, North Ridgeville High is hoping that the initiation season provided enough of an idea of what it needs to do to stack up against the more formidable opponents in the West Shore Conference.

The Rangers at least have coaching experience on their side. For all sports, Head Girls Golf Coach Norm Frindt is now in his fourth decade of coaching at the school.


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“This is our 2nd year as team with the top players playing together,” Frindt said. “We need to improve as a team overall with the areas of ball striking and consistency at the top of the list.”

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Reilly Named Assistant Sports Information 

Director at Mount Union

Aug. 19

By Lenny Reich reichl@mountunion.edu

ALLIANCE--Josh Reilly has been named assistant sports information director at University of Mount Union.  

He will aid sports information director Leonard Reich in all facets of sports information for Purple Raiders' 21 intercollegiate athletic teams and serve as the primary media contact for the men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming, women’s basketball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and golf teams.

“We are fortunate to get someone with Josh’s knowledge and experience to work with our coaches and student-athletes,” commented Reich.  “I know he will bring much to the sports information office and Mount Union as a whole.”

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JOSIE HENRY NAMED SOFTBALL COACH AT CASE WESTERN RESERVE


Aug 19, '10


By Nick Minerd


CLEVELAND -- Case Western Reserve University Director of Athletics Dave Diles has announced the hiring of Josie Henry as the Spartans’ new head softball coach. Henry spent the last four years as an assistant coach at Cleveland State University.

Henry


“Josie distinguished herself as a highly talented coach with a great understanding and appreciation of our student-athletes, department and university,” said Diles. “I was, and am, particularly pleased with her expressed vision for the advancement of the softball program.  The search committee did an exceptional job in supporting this search and attracting a superb coach with outstanding leadership characteristics.”


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SEASON PREVIEW: 2010-11 Baldwin-Wallace 

College Men's Golf

Aug 19, '10

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – After a third-place finish at last year’s Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Tournament, the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s golf team will rely on four returning letterman in its quest for an OAC Championship in 2010-11.

Mentor High Alum Matt Weiss

“Our goal as a team is to compete to win the OAC title,” said second-year Head Coach Tom Heil.  “We have a talented group of upperclassmen and very good senior leadership. I look forward to having the chance to compete for a title.”

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ROCKY RIVER DEFEATS LAKE RIDGE IN TENNIS

Aug 19

NORTH RIDGEVILLE  -- Rocky River defeated Lake Ridge Academy today, 5-0, in girls' tennis. First names of the Student/Athlete participants were not made available to the press.

1st Singles
A. Riegelsberger (RR) d. D. Colegrove (LRA) 6-2, 6-1

2nd Singles
S. Armstrong (RR) d. R. Rice (LRA) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1

3rd Singles
J. Inks (RR) d. A. Ridel (LRA) 6-1, 6-2

1st Doubles
C. McClellan/A. Helleis (RR) d. O. Miraldi/A. Kapodia (LRA) 6-2, 6-2

2nd Doubles
G. Abrahams/A. Copa (RR) d. T. Hresko/M. Beals (LRA) 6-2, 6-3

Played at Lake Ridge Academy, North Ridgeville



 





Loaded Strongsville has four 

Academic All Ohio Candidates, an 

Academic All American Candidate, a 

dozen seniors who have been 

together for a dozen years, and a 

chunk of its scoring and defensive 

nucleus to start soccer season


Aug. 19, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

STRONGSVILLE – While making it to the state semifinal match and falling in a close battle to the then No. 1 ranked team in the country in front of 4,000 fans at Rocky River High might seem like a tough act to follow, but Strongsville’s boys’ soccer program has no such notion.

A picture of the Strongsville soccer program could be in the dictionary next to the phrase “consistently top tier.”

Mustangs coach Tobey Cook, now in his third decade of coaching the boys, has taken his boys to nearly a dozen regional tournaments and to expect anything less out of this year’s edition would be nothing short of ridiculous.


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Also nationally ranked at the time, Strongsville had its season end that November night in Rocky River against St. Ignatius, which met its fate later that week in a huge upset loss to Gahanna Lincoln in the title match in a “neutral” setting.

Going all the way into the state throne room via the end tilt in the “neutral” setting for the Mustangs is certainly not out of reach this season. They do have their top scorer back, as well as two of their top three playmakers, a veteran defensive nucleus, and two senior goalies whose first names both end in the same five letters but are not the same names.

The league and non-league, schedules are loaded this year for the ‘Stangs. Dotted on the list all over August, September and November are household soccer names like North Royalton, Ignatius, Solon, St. Edward, Stow, Copley, Mentor, Westlake, Medina, Hudson and others.

Lekarev

They will be ready when the season opens Wednesday against Copley. Vlad Lekarev, who led the Mustangs in scoring (33) and goals (15) in 2009, will be back on the attack but will also play some defense. He had five multiple-goal games last season. As a gauge as to how significant his scoring is, the Mustangs were 17-2-3 overall last year but were 9-0-0 in matches in which Lekarav scored at least one goal.

Wolanski

Also, the team’s No. 3 scorer, Bryan Wolanski, is back for another season. Wolanski, still only a junior, was second only to Lekarev in goals scored with 10 and tallied 22 points in all. The Stangs were 6-0-0 in matches in which Wolanski scored at least one goal.

Langhals

However, the scoring returning to the team does not stop with the Nos. 1 and 3 guys. Also, the fifth- (David Murrow) and sixth- (Nate Langhals) best scorers on the team return.  Murrow was the top playmaker on the club last year with 10 assists, winding up with 14 total points. Langhals also had 14 points on four goals and six assists, making him the second-most returning playmaker next to Murrow. The Stangs also did not lose a match or settle for a tie when either Langhals or Murrow scored a goal.

Murrow

A good cluster of this year’s senior class at Strongsville have been playing together for a dozen seasons going all way back to U-8 in youth travel and club. Also in that unit along with Lekarev, Langhals and Murrow are keepers Austin Early and Justin Fink, midfielders Jeff Petit and Mike Chips, forwards Mike Cook and Mwoyo Chinoda, midfielder/forward Jamie Jindra and a quartet of defenders: Cody Mizerik, Chris Hoffman, Kyle Rottinger, and Travis Bosanac.

Boasnac

Even though they also take a midfielder presence at times, Bosanac and Hoffman combined for 10 points last year, reinforcing that some of the scoring comes from the third zone as well.

Hoffman

Besides Wolanski, there are only three non-seniors on the team. Juniors Jarrod Nadzan, Chris Mir Salimi and Mario Suarez will move up to varsity after splitting time between JV and varsity last year. Suarez was the only one who saw any significant amount of varsity time last year.

“We are looking forward to a very good season,” Cook said. “The guys are confident, but staying focused from game-to-game and improving on overall consistency as a team will be the hardest part for them. Just about every position is about the same as it was last year except for goalie.”

Neither “_ustin”goalie saw any varsity time of any significance last year.

With that long of a senior grocery list, the team might have found it hard to pick captains but as it shook out Langhals, Lekarev and Hoffman will be Tri-Captains.

In addition to the tough Northeastern Ohio schedule, the Mustangs will be taking their annual out of state trip, migrating to St. Louis for the Gateway City Soccer Classic the first week of October. There they will play Chaminade College Prep School out of St. Louis and Greensboro Day School from North Carolina.

The lactic and durable Les Szabo 

Cook will be assisted by Les Szabo, a former college women’s coach who has been prepping soccer Student/Athletes since the 1970s, and J.R. Muth.

Muth

The talented S/As are still coming for Cook and Co. The JV B team went 12-1-1 and JVA unit went 13-1-2 in 2009. Six players who received significant time on JVA are on Varsity this year

They ‘Stangs were 4-0-1 in the NOC Ohio Valley Division last year.

While Cook’s teams have earned him 300 wins as a high school coach and last year’s unit helped him get over 300 (303-78-62), he still is looking for win No. 300 from his Lunn Road post. His first 19 wins were at Lake Ridge. If the ‘Stangs could get him 16wins this year, this will be the one for No. 300 in green.

Coach Cook

In the classroom, Cook’s Student/Athletes have also been A-I. This year is no different. Collectively the team will receive Academic All-Ohio honor. At least four players will receive Academic All-Ohio Honors. Lekarev will be Academic All-American Candidate

 

 

 

 

 

 

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