A Page -- Aug. 20, 2010

Comets get old coach back; Solon 

volleyball gals set to put rebuild 

process in full gear

Aug.20, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SOLON – After going through a rough year of rebuilding while playing a tough schedule in a formidable league, Solon’s volleyball team will start the season next week with a new era under a new coach.

Missy Fitzgerald has returned as the head coach of the Comets after taking a two-year hiatus for domestic reasons.

The Comets went 4-21 last year, but that was uncharacteristic of a Solon volleyball team. Under Fitzgerald and since 1994, the Comets have accomplished the following: won 12 District Championships, 14 League Championships, 2 times State final 4, 7 times Regional Finals, 2009: District Runners Up, 2008: District Runners Up, 2007: Regional Runners Up, 2006: State Final 4, and 2005: District Champ.


Under the tutelage of Fitzgerald, the Comets teams have posted an overall record of 180-62 in 13 seasons.

“We have been rebuilding the past couple of years and are looking for big improvements for the future,” Fitzgerald said. “We are looking to compete in our league.  We are in the top division in the NOC and would like to challenge all teams we play against. We would like to be at least .500.  This would be a big improvement over 2 wins last season.”

Among the experienced players, Fitzgerald has Lindsay Joseph (sr., setter, 2 year starter), Chelsey Tekavec (jr., Outside hitter, 2 year starter, injured last season), Kristi Tekavec (soph., Outside Hitter/Middle Hitter, 1 year starter), Maddy Voigt (jr., outside hitter, 1 year starter) and Kaylee Kruse (soph., defensive specialist,1-year starter).



East Canton Volleyball team 

gets new coach and returns 

half its starting unit from 


Aug. 20, 2010

By Norm Weber         

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


EAST CANTON – While East Canton’s volleyball team lost three Student/Athletes to graduation, the Hornets still have a lot back to compete in their division of the Portage Trails Conference.

“This is a very athletic group of girls,” said Hornets first-year coach Dawn Vlacovsky. “We are a very young and growing team.”


The returning letter winners for the Hornets are Letitia Bittinger (12th grade), Amanda Wolfe (11th), Stephanie Marnin (11th), Abby Fogle (11th) and Maria Dimos (11th).

“We will count on some past letter winners to step up and take some important roles for the team, and the less experienced players to become more confident in their games,” the new coach said.

Among the newcomers are Hannah Butler (10th), Alyssa Chuckalouchak (10th), Megan Pragnell (10th), Jessyka Huprich (12th), and Jessica Horne (12th).

“We are looking forward to a very exciting season of volleyball,” Vlacovsky said.

Lost to graduation are Melissa Marnin, Courtney Mitchell, and Sam Wolfe.

For support, Vlacovsky willl have Asst Coach/ JV Coach Jes Ehmer, 8th Grade Coach: Connie Deremer and 7th Grade Coach: Niki Shadle.

Purple Raiders in Community Service

Aug. 20, 2010

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE—Mount Union's volleyball team opened its preseason Thursday morning by giving back to its local community. One day ahead of the squad's official report date, the Purple Raiders volunteered their efforts to the Alliance Department of Parks, Recreation and Public Lands at Silver Park.

Walsh Jesuit alumna Sarah Dean

The team was split into three different groups. Each group was led by one of the team's three senior captains:Sarah DeanLeah Hirsch and Roni Schroeder.




After a year together for the first 

time, Walsh Jesuit girls' golf team 

vies to keep school's statewide legacy 

going with their own era

 Aug.20, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CUYAHOGA FALLS – With two of its top three players returning from its 2009 state qualifying team and tradition on its side, Walsh Jesuit should again be one of the three top girls’ golf outfits in the Greater Cleveland area if not one of the top four in the state.

The Warriors do return Junior Co-Captain Julia Hoffman, Senior Co-Captain Alyssa Gilbert, Junior McKenzie Bell, Sophomore Julia Geiger, Junior Katie Farinacci, and sophomore Kennedy Fay. Although most of them were a part of the success last year, they are still developing experience.

“This is a young team as far as experience, since 2009 was the first year of varsity experience for the returning six,” said Walsh coach Bill Reilly. “Even though they were not expected to reach success in ’09, they were carried by Captain Ariel McNair to qualify for the state championship. This was a great confidence booster.”

Now it is time to see what they can do on their own and without McNair. Along the way they will either pushed or replaced by Walsh varsity rookies Kenzie Tartaglione (Fr), Rachel Reilly (So.), Karli Kennedy (Jr.), and Lexi Noonan (So).


Walsh’s team goals are to win Northeast Ohio Girls Independent League for the 5th year in a row, qualify for state championships, five top five finishes in major events and two tournament wins.

“We’d like to accomplish all those things, get three girls to make all conference, ask the girls to strive for at least two individual wins and to try to finish high enough to get on any all-tourney teams in the larger events in which we are participating,” Reilly said.

2009 Women's Golf

The 2009 Warrior state qualifying team

This group of girls when playing with one another has shown a pattern of jockeying back and forth in finishing positions. The top four might all alternate in and out of the #1 spot on the team on a match-by-match basis.

“We are expected to finish second or third in conference,” said Reilly. “We have a solid shot at third or fourth position in the district, which will again qualify us for states.”

The Warriors (10-2 last year) have won the league in each of the four years of its existence and may well repeat this time.

“The ’09 state tournament qualification was a great confidence builder, but the road to state will be tough,” said Reilly. “Jackson and Highland High School are dominant teams, and Perry, Hudson and Canfield also have a lot of talent, so it will not be easy.”

The Warriors have had an outstanding track record under Reilly, whose teams have compiled a 60-3 dual/tri record with 28 tournament wins, 4 conference championships., 3 sectional titles, 2 district crowns, 3 state qualifications. Two years ago they were state runners up and three years ago state champs.

Five former players are now playing college golf and two others are on the pro tour.

Also they excel during the day with at least three Academic All Ohioans each of the past three seasons.

“The Co-Captains each must elevate personal goals to achieve a level of success to lead the team to the state tournament,” Reilly said.

Old Brooklyn native Brooke 

Hamilton, Indy's Becca Kapusta to 

lead Yellow Jacket golfers

Aug. 20, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – With its entire roster returning from a year ago, and a talented group of newcomers, the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team enters the 2010 season looking to improve on last spring’s sixth-place finish at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.

St. Joe alumna Brooke Hamilton

“There is no question that we should be an improved team this season,” said third-year Head Coach Sean Strickland. “We have recruited our last two incoming classes with one goal in mind, and that is to restore the program back to where it started – at the top of the conference and competing at the NCAA Tournament.”


Strickland returns a nice mix of veterans and talented youngsters. Last season, four of B-W’s five golfers at the OAC Tournament were freshmen.

Expected to lead the way are sophomores Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/St. Joseph Academy) and Rebecca Kapusta (Independence).




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