A Page -- Aug. 19, 2011

St. Edward joins Bay as only Cleveland-area schools with bragging rights to Hermann Trophy winners; however, Coach Dore` has this year’s Eagles focused on team accolades only

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD – While St. Edward becomes the second West Side high school to lay claim to a Hermann Trophy winner among its alumni, there will be hardly any free wheeling and individualist focus on this year’s St. Edward soccer team.

Eagles alumnus and Lakewood resident Darlington Nagbe joins Bay Village native and Bay High alumnus Brad Friedel (1992 season, UCLA) as a Hermann Trophy winner (top collegiate soccer player in the country), setting an example to the current St. Ed Student/Athletes of what could be accomplished when team focus as the No. 1 priority. Nagbe led the Akron Zips to the national championship in November.

Two Hermann Trophy winners with Lakewood ties (Friedel --R -- was born in Lakewood Hospital in '71)

“The fall of 2011 will be the epitome ‘TEAM’ in every aspect of our game,” said St. Edward coach Tony Dore`.  “We have an extremely committed group of players.  We will be a disciplined, fit team eager to regain its reputation as one of the best D-1 schools in the Cleveland area.”

St. Ed was playing head-to-head on the same pitch and some times beating now three-time defending state and one-time national champion St. Ignatius during the Nagbe era and up until a couple years ago when the Eagles hit what be termed a “rebuilding” phase and mediocrity (in terms of w/l record), but now the time has come hit that state power stage once again.


Last year the Eagles were 6-8-3 at the varsity level, but the JV-1 team had one of its most successful seasons in many years.  Many of these Student/Athletes have moved up to Varsity for the 2011 season

“Our team has set a few goals which we will not disclose at this time,” Dore` said. “I will say that losing the ‘cup’ did not sit well with our players and they want it back.”

Like nearby Avon Lake, St. Edward is not one to wuss out against tough competition and is willing to schedule to the best in order to get better.

“Once again, we have one of the toughest schedules in all of Cleveland;  I put the difficulty of our schedule up against anyone else’s in the state,” Dore` said.  “Last year we played more than 10 teams that were ranked in the top 10 in Ohio in their respective divisions.  If anything, it is tougher than last year.”

Most of the members of this varsity team were S/As on the Eagle JV-1 team and some on the JV-2 team in 2010 but have come together now as a full flock ready to fly and act as one.

Adam Al-Natsheh, Andrew Bradley, Chris Gerace, and Sean O'Donnell are the only returning seniors from the ’10 varsity. The junior class will be the dominant class in this ’11 Eagle contingent.  Juniors Mikey Bowden, Zac Cairns, Bobby Daggett, Stuart Ford, Kevin Murray, and Antal Petrik will be the core of this year’s team.

Two other juniors, Ronan Forrestal and Nikolai Dhillon, will also move up to solid varsity action this season. Seniors moving up as first-year varsity players who are expected to make an impact after extended JV play are Joshua Brogan, Austin Heider, and Zach Klepek.

Sophomore Braeden Davis will return for his second varsity season while freshmen Greg Moilov and Matt Ramser are slated to make varsity contributions early.

Others new to the varsity are sophomores Nate Brown and Pat Darby, and freshman Julian Castro.

“We feel that we have enough talent to compete for a district championship this year,” Coach Dore` said. “Most people are looking past us this year as many think our best year(s) will be the 2012 season and beyond that time.  We just might surprise a few teams this season.”

Coach Jim Duffy will move into the varsity assistant position after leading his JV team to the school’s best JV record in the last 5 years.  New to the program is Coach Mitch Boyer, who was a standout defender at Cleveland State University.

The Eagles also excel well in the antecedent of the “Student/Athlete” concept with the current members carrying a combined cumulative GPA of 3.5, which is where it has been for seven years running now.

Miami Hockey to Hold Inaugural Pro Camp Next Week

Rocky River native Carter Camper among several former RedHawks to train in Oxford from Aug. 22-26
OXFORD, Ohio – Twelve former RedHawks who now play ice hockey professionally will return to Oxford Aug. 22-26 for Miami Hockey’s inaugural pro camp, where they will have the chance to improve their skills on the ice that they once called home.

Among those scheduled to attend the camp are four players with NHL experience as well as five of six members of the class of 2011. New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (’06), Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (’09), Colorado Avalanche forward Justin Mercier (’09), who spent last year with the Avs’ AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, and San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels (’11), who played mostly with the AHL’s Worcester Sharks in his first year, will all be participating in the camp. In addition to Wingels, Boston Bruins prospect Carter Camper, Phoenix Coyotes prospect Andy Miele, Vincent LoVerde, who plays for the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL, and Anaheim Ducks draft pick Justin Vaive will all represent the class of 2011 at the pro camp.
Carter Camper

Also taking part in Miami’s inaugural pro camp will be Minnesota Wild prospect Jarod Palmer and Brandon Smith of the CHL’s Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees from the class of 2010. Joining Martinez and Mercier at the camp from the class of 2009 will be forward Gary Steffes of the CHL’s Tulsa Oilers and Los Angeles Kings goaltender prospect Jeff Zatkoff.

The camp will be conducted by Miami’s coaching staff of head coach Enrico Blasi, associate head coach Brent Brekke, assistant coach Nick Petraglia and volunteer assistant coach Brian Kaufman. During the camp, players will partake in skill sessions/stations, small area games, scrimmages and other drills from 1:15-4 p.m. at Steve Cady Arena each afternoon except Tuesday (Aug. 23), which has ice time slated to start at 7 a.m. From Wednesday to Friday, current RedHawks are also scheduled to scrimmage the pros towards the end of the ice time.

In addition to on-ice workouts, the players will be lifting each morning at the Gross Student-Athlete Development Center. An alumni dinner with current RedHawks will take place Thursday evening while a golf outing is also set to take place during the pro camp.

Spectators are welcome to watch the on-ice workouts at Steve Cady Arena each afternoon, except Tuesday, when players will be on the ice in the morning.

Flyers Win All Four Games On European Exhibition Tour
The University of Dayton men’s basketball team completed a very successful exhibition tour in Europe Wednesday, with a 79-49 win over ESC Trappes of the French National 2 League.  UD went 4-0 on the trip, defeating the Netherlands National U-23 team, and three professional teams.

Senior guard Paul Williams and junior forward Josh Benson each scored 16 points to lead the team in scoring.  Senior guard Josh Parker scored 13 points and junior guard Kevin Dillard added 11.  Freshman big man Alex Gavrilovic led the team in rebounding for the second straight game with 12 and Parker had a team-high seven assists. 

Dillard and Parker scored in double figures in all four games.  Dillard was the high scorer in the first three games and averaged 13.0 points a game. Parker was right behind, averaging 11.5 ppg.

The Flyers will fly home on Thursday, and the team will have a short break before classes start on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Wright State Men's Soccer Ties at Ohio State

The Wright State men's soccer team opened exhibition play with a 1-1 tie at Ohio State Wednesday night.

The Buckeyes took the early lead with a goal at the 37:28 mark of the first half beforeJustin Laird tallied the lone goal of the night for the Raiders at the 68:58 mark of the second half on an assist by Brian Cothern.

"Ohio State is a very good team and was a great test for our group," said WSU head coachBryan Davis.  "The best part about the night was seeing a lot of players in a very tough environment.  Though it is certainly something to build on, our guys are focused on the vast amount of areas we need to improve."

Laird and Tim Sampson each recorded two shots for the Raiders while, in goal, Corey Whisenhunt and Craig Feehaneach played a half with Whisenhunt notching two saves and Feehan one.

Wright State closes out the exhibition portion of its schedule on Saturday, August 20, against Cincinnati State at the Athletes in Action complex in Xenia.  The Raiders kickoff the regular season against Marshall on Friday, August 26, also at AIA.  Both matches start at 7:00.

Lake Erie picked to finish fifth in GLIAC
August 18, 2011 

PAINESVILLE – The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) unveiled its 2011 preseason coaches poll on Thursday, Aug. 18, in conjunction with the launch of the conference's football media day website.

Now in its second year as a member of the conference, Lake Erie College was picked to finish tied for fifth in the South Division, sharing the spot with the University of Findlay.  The Storm registered 36 points in the voting, just two shy of Ohio Dominican University.

Last year, its first in the GLIAC, Lake Erie posted a 3-7 league record (3-8 overall) and finished fourth in the South Division, with victories over Ohio Dominican, Findlay and Tiffin University.

Wayne State University received 10 first-place votes and is picked to repeat as South Division champion. Ashland University was second in the voting, receiving the other four first-place votes.

In the north, defending conference champ Grand Valley State was picked to win the division, claiming 13 first-place votes and 85 points. The Lakers, who begin the season ranked nationally in the top five, visit Jack BrittMemorial Stadium on Oct. 15.

The complete poll listing is below.  To visit the GLIAC interactive football media day site, including season previews and interviews with each head coach, click here.   

2011 GLIAC Preseason Coaches Poll
South Division

Rank School (1st Place Votes)
1. Wayne State (10)80
2. Ashland (4) 73
3. Hillsdale 66
4. Ohio Dominican38
5. Lake Erie36
7. Tiffin13








North Division

Rank School (1st Place Votes)
1. Grand Valley State (13) 85
2. Michigan Tech (1) 67
3. Saginaw Valley State 44
4. Northern Michigan 43
5. Northwood 38
6. Ferris State 37
7. Indianapolis 29









Pirates top Rangers in WSC tennis action

Rocky River was a 4-1 West Shore Conference tennis winner over North Ridgeville.

For the Pirates, Lene Query and Jenna Inks were singles winners

Gabby Abraham and Mary McHale won at first doubles, while Rachel Rudy and Amy Lam won at second doubles for River.

All Rocky River wins came in straight sets.

Ridgeville’s only win came at first singles with Kelsey Watson rallying to post a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Shannon Armstrong.










Danielle Lawrence returns from fine ’10 post-season run to lead Gilmour girls’ tennis

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GATES MILLS -- Led by 4-year letter winner (after this season), district qualifier and 2010 Lancer Award winner Danielle Lawrence, Gilmour’s tennis team expects to make a decent run in the Coaches’ Cup as well as fire off a decent dual record and post-season individualist run to states.

Lawrence is expecting company to the districts and eventually to states this season.

“Our goals include qualifying three players or more to the districts,” said 10th year head coach Cyndi Smith. ““We have consistent players who will need to focus every match and take nothing for granted.”

The Lancers are about half-half on the experience barometer with four Student/Athletes returning to the varsity level from last year’s squad and four new S/As either moving up from the JV/Varsity B programs or new to the school/HS tennis.

Season Preview

Fellow seniors joining Lawrence back in the saddle are Erin Abdalian and Lubby Althans. Junior Sarah Abdalian is also back from the ’10 varsity outfit.

Seniors Kristin Caja and Isabel Fehn, and juniors Jacquelyn Schmidt and Meghan Mahale are new to the Lancer varsity this season.

“I have confidence in my players’ ability to do well and reach our goals,” said Smith.

There is not much change in the GA schedule. Lakewood is new to the schedule this season, a dual on the Rangers’ home courts scheduled to be played this week.

The graduated Ali Althans (’10 season ’11 graduating class) has moved on to become an S/A at Case Western Reserve University.

Smith is in her 10th year with the Gilmour Academy tennis program as the head coach of the varsity girls’ A team.

She also spent time as the head coach of the junior varsity boys’ tennis team. On the girls’ side, Smith has had a total of three players qualify for the State Tournament in the most recent three seasons, including Jen Snyder (’08, Final 16 in 2007), Lauren Davis (State Champion in 2008) and Ali Althans ('11 – quarterfinalist in 2009).

As a team, the Lancers finished third in the state in 2008. Last season, three players advanced to the district playoffs, including Althans and Kristina Snyder ('11) in doubles and Lawrence ('12) in singles.

One notable point in the 2010 season came when the Lancers defeated Walsh Jesuit in a dual match, the first ever girls’ tennis victory by a GA team over a Warriors team.

Blue Streaks top Eagles; Emily Witt rallies to defeat Carmela Mostardi at first singles

Magnificat’s varsity A tennis team was a 4-1 winner over Avon Thursday.

The big match came at first singles, in which the Blue Streaks’ Emily Witt defeated two-time defending West Shore Conference singles champion Carmela Mostardi in three sets.

Mostardi (C) with two friends from Rocky River High's team

Witt went down after one set, but then rallied to win the final two sets and earn the team point for Mags

Jessica Hollins was also a singles winner for Mags. Doubles winners for the Blue Streaks were Josie Miller and Abby Lawless (2nd) and Veronica Johnson and Annie Foliano.

Singles:Witt d. Mostardi 2-6,6-4,6-2; Hollis d. Cirilo 6-1,6-2; Deluca(A) d. Patrick 3-6,6-3,7-6.                                                       Doubles:Foliano/Johnson d. Monroe/Schwartz 6-1,6-3;Lawless/Miller d. Mentler/Rini 7-6,7-6

Lake Ridge Academy boy booters looking to bounce back after very challenging, obstacle-ridden ‘10

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Although the 2010 season was a rebuilding year for Lake Ridge boys’ soccer, the Lion Student/Athletes learned a lot, and some of them who are old enough recall being part of an LRA program still playing matches at regional time and realize such extended play in October and November is still possible for them and their younger mates.

“We are looking to improve on team development from last year, win one game one post season,” said LRA coach Everett Palache. “Two things we have going for us are intelligence and tactics.”

Season Preview

Six Student/Athletes return as regulars/starters for the Lions. Jay Clayton, senior; Jay O'Neil, Junior; Mike Leake, Senior; Matt Plecha, Senior, Eoin M., Junior, Eli B., Senior will be the apex of the ’11 edition of the Lake Ridge Lions.

Top incoming freshmen S/As included Josh Scofield and Colin Howell.

The Lions, 2-12-2 in ’10, begin the regular season next week.

“It should be interesting season but has potential to be really special,” Palache said.

Forge alumnus Vinny Bell leads Case Reserve soccer men; Avon's Ryan Galik also in the cards
CLEVELAND (U District) -- With 18 letterwinners and eight returning starters, the Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team will aim to compete for a University Athletic Association Championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament during the fall of 2011.

The Spartans finished last season at 10-6-3 overall and 3-4 in UAA action while facing one of the nation's toughest schedules. The team placed fifth in the conference standings but was just one win shy of the league lead. The Spartans were also ranked as high as seventh in the NCAA Great Lakes Region and produced four All-UAA selections and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American.

"Our team recognizes how close we were to a national bid last season," said eighth-year head coach Dan Palmer. "Hopefully, that experience taught us not to assume success will come without us earning it. We are a year older and a year wiser – and I believe this team knows it will have to earn it every time they step on the field."
Bell (L) and Galik

Three of last year's All-Association picks return, led by the reigning UAA Most Valuable Player in senior forward Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge). Bell led the team and ranked among the UAA leaders with nine goals and 20 points en route to earning third-team All-American honors. He tallied a pair of game-winners and brought his career goals total to 23 -- fifth all-time in CWRU history.'

2011 Spartan Men's Soccer Preview

"Vinny (Bell) is a gifted athlete," said Palmer. "He has the ability to take over a game and I expect him to have another MVP-caliber season."
Bell is joined by second-team All-UAA senior defender Niro Wimalasena (Mason, Ohio/Mason) and honorable mention All-UAA senior goalkeeper Ben Yabrow (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive).

Wimalasena, a team captain, helped lead the defense to six shutouts, while recording a goal and an assist from the backline. A two-time second-team All-Association pick, Wimalasena also earned Capital One Academic All-District IV honors.

Yabrow was 9-6-3 in net with 67 saves, three shutouts and a 1.21 goals against average in more than 1,700 minutes between the pipes.

"Niro's (Wimalasena) leadership and organization of our defense are vital to our success," noted Palmer. "Benny (Ben Yabrow) is an All-UAA goalkeeper, but our depth at that position may allow us to move him to the field – depending on how everybody's strengths show."

Also returning from last year's starting lineup is senior midfielder Kyle Alsup (Monroeville, Pa./Detroit Country Day), junior forward/midfielders Eric Erb (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) and Rene Silva (Hudson, Ohio/Western Reserve Academy), junior midfielder Ross Twanmoh (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and junior back Sam Kuehnle (Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills).

Alsup scored three goals with two game-winners. Erb scored twice with one game-winner and a team-high tying five assists. Silva scored twice with a game-winner and an assist. Twanmoh tallied a goal and an assist. Kuehnle started all 19 matches on the backline and recorded three assists.

Other letterwinners with significant playing experience include senior forward/midfielder Mark Ilhan(Westlake, Ohio/Lutheran West), junior midfielders Kostis Theoharides (Brookline, Mass./Brookline),Aaron Mayer (Merritt Island, Fla./Merritt Island) and Marco Patrie (Atlanta, Ga./The Westminster School) and sophomore defenders Dominic Carusone (Kettering, Ohio/Dayton Carroll) and Ryan Galik(Avon, Ohio/Avon).Ilhan notched an assist in 18 matches last year. Theoharides tied for the team lead with five assists. Mayer played late in the season with time in six UAA matches. Patrie played in 13 matches. Carusone started once as a freshman and recorded an assist in 11 matches played. Galik also tallied one assist in 11 matches and made eight starts as a rookie.

"Experience can be invaluable if used effectively," said the head coach. "If our players can reflect on last season's experience correctly and take nothing for granted, we have the potential for a great season."

Even with an experienced roster, Palmer is also expecting the incoming freshman class to help the team achieve its goals of a UAA Title and NCAA Tournament bid.

"We brought in a very competitive class and there are a number of freshmen that will immediately challenge for playing time and even starting positions," said Palmer.

The Spartans open the season on Thursday, September 1 at Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.) at 7:00 p.m. Case's home-opener is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 6 versus Muskingum University at 7:30 p.m. at Case Field. The ultra-competitive UAA schedule opens on Saturday, October 1 at New York University.

"Statistically, the UAA is the strongest conference in the nation," noted Palmer. "In 2010, all eight teams were in the hunt for a national bid during the final week of the season and two of the top four-seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament came out of the UAA. I expect the league to be brutally competitive again in 2011 with each team capable of finishing in the top three.

Overall, our schedule is similar to last year – and we played more ranked opponents than anyone else in the country. We take pride in playing a difficult schedule and are excited for the challenge that lies ahead."