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Solon girls volleyball  

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“We should be strong in our passing and defense,” Fitzgerald said. “We have several junior varsity girls that could improve and compete for varsity time. WE need to build a lot of confidence in these girls.  They have a lot of potential.”

Those new or relatively new to varsity volleyball at Solon are Julie Ludwig (freshman, Outside hitter: will start this year), Jessie Lim (soph., Defensive Specialist), Megan Materna (sr., Middle hitter), Sara Wolk (jr., Middle Hitter), Shelby Miller (junior, DS), Ali Pinney (jr, DS), and Monica Chehade (soph, Setter).

The Comets have a strong freshman hitter in Ludwig and are looking for a sizable offensive output from Kristi Tekavec.

“We do not have a lot of power hitters, and we are young,” Fitzgerald said. “We are going to work on playing smart and consistent.”

Fitzgerald is happy to be back in the saddle again as the coach.

“I was the varsity coach at solon for 13 years and took 2 years off to be with my young children at home.  After the coach who took over quit this past spring I was approached to come back and here I am.  I took the job knowing that I have a strong staff.”

Two of her assistants came back also to help coach: Jessica Tresko will be the varsity assistant and Lisa Grimm the 8th grade boss.

Leah Hirsch

Mount gals in community service  

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Dean and four others helped seal fences around the park in order to prevent water damage while Hirsch headed a group of five which used yellow paint to cover several wooden parking barriers.

"It was a nice team bonding experience; we got to know our freshmen a little bit better. It got us out of our comfort zone," Dean said.

The women enjoyed combining their efforts toward a worthwhile cause outside of the gymnasium.

"None of us are good at this kind of stuff," Hirsch said. "So, there was no pressure and no competition. It was nice to just relax."

Schroeder headed a group of nine. The faction had the largest job: working on the main wooden barrier, which is connected by stone pillars, on Union Avenue. The women removed the stain and then re-stained the wood portion.

"A lot of community members were driving by and thanking us," Schroeder said. "It humbles us to know we're giving back to the community."

"Roni's project would have taken a few people a number of days," Hirsch added.

Dean finished her fellow captain's thought: "It took us only five hours."


The Purple Raiders will be heading back inside soon. In 2009, the program had its first taste of NCAA Tournament action and will be hungry for another appearance.

Mount Union will open the season at the Midwest Classic. 

It will take on Hope and Thiel on Sept. 3 at Calvin and then Cornerstone and Calvin on Sept. 4 at Hope.


Aug. 20, 2010

By Harry Plumer

AVON - The Lake Erie Crushers opened a three-game series against the Southern Illinois Miners by dropping a 7-3 decision tonight in extra innings before front of a crowd of 4,262. 

Southern Illinois struck in the first inning against Lake Erie starter Travis Risser. Stephen Head lined a triple off the wall in center with one away and crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Nate Hall to give the Miners a 1-0 advantage.

Lake Erie battled back in the third. Trae Gore worked the count full before drawing a walk from Southern Illinois starter and 2008Frontier League Pitcher of the Year Ryan Bird. Dom Duggan immediately followed with a double to move runners to second and third. Raphael Turner knotted the score with a sacrifice fly to knock home Gore. 

The Crushers opened a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Lee Huggins led off with a single and was replaced at first on a fielder's choice by Casey McGrew. Joel Collins and Jodam Rivera followed with singles. Rivera's basehit stopped an 0-22 slump and drove home McGrew to put Lake Erie ahead. Lee Huggins doubled to lead off the sixth inning and scored as Joel Collins dropped a one-out double into short right to push the lead to 3-1.
Lee Huggins

Travis Risser pitched seven innings for the Crushers, but did not factor in the decision, allowing just the first inning run. He scattered three hits, walked two, and struck out three. Risser posted 14 consecutive outs over 13 batters between the third and seventh. 
Travis Risser


The West Division leading Miners managed to tie the game in the top of the ninth, scoring twice without a hit. Stephen Head and Nate Hall drew walks to begin the frame before Lenell McGee was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jereme Milons and pinch-hitter Todd Martin tied the game with consecutive sac flies to center. 

Michael Stalter led off the 10th for Southern Illinois with a bloop single to left while Kent Gerst followed with a walk and Will Block was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch enabled the go-ahead run to score. Jereme Milons tripled in three more and the Miners had scored six unanswered runs to lead 7-3. 

The Crushers placed runners at first and third in the bottom of the 10th but could not make up the difference. Lee Huggins finished 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored while Joel Collins recorded three hits as well. 

The homestand continues with another game against Southern Illinois tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. RHP Josh Roberts (7-5, 3.07) starts for the Crushers against RHP Randy Johnson (0-0, 4.05).


Ø       Wayne Bond entered defensively in left in the eighth and popped out in the ninth

Ø       Jake Krause pinch ran for Casey McGrew in the eighth and stayed in the game at second

B-W girls golf  

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Hamilton led B-W in the fall of 2009 with a 91.56 stroke average per round and shot a season-best 85 in the first round of the B-W Yellow Jacket Invitational. During the spring season, Hamilton averaged 96.56 per round, good for second on the team. Her best round of the spring was an 89 in round two of the OAC Tournament as she finished tied for 17th (97+89=186) individually.

Kapusta averaged 97.11 per round in the fall of 2009 and shot a season-best 93 in the first round of the Gannon (Pa.) Fall Invitational.  During the spring, Kapusta averaged a team-best 95.56 strokes per round with a best round of 85 during the second day of the OAC Tournament. Kapusta was B-W’s top scorer at the Championships, placing 14th (94+85=179) overall.

Brooke Hamilton

“With Brooke and Rebecca each placing in the top 17 at OACs , we are looking for them to continue to get better and help push our team to new limits,” noted Strickland. “They played in our No. 1 and No. 2 spots the entire year, so they will bring much needed experience to such a young roster.”

Strickland also will count on the experience of his two returning seniors, Nicole Carlone (Canton/St. Thomas Aquinas) and Sam Migalski (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional).
Aquinas alumna Nicole Carlone 

Carlone, a three-year letterwinner and B-W’s captain last year, had her best season as a collegian last fall as she averaged 100.89 per round. She also carded a career-best 91 on the second day of the Yellow Jacket Invitiational. In the spring, Carlone averaged 105.29 strokes per round and finished tied for 27th as an individual at the OAC Tournament (96+107=203). Carlone’s 96 in round one at the OAC Tournament was a season-best.

Migalski, a two-year letterwinner, played seven rounds of golf in the fall of 2009 and averaged 105.00 strokes per round. Her best round of 2009, a 96, came on the second day of the Yellow Jacket Invitational. In the spring, Migalski recorded a stroke average of 107.14. Her best round came at the Mount Union Spring Invite, where she posted a score of 101 on the first day. Included in that round was a hole-in-one on the par-3, 129-yard 15th-hole at Tannenhauf G.C. in Alliance. She also has a career-low 88 to her credit that she shot as a freshman during the spring season at the Wilmington College Invite.

CVCA alumna Sarah Terrill

Also back for the Yellow Jackets are sophomores Sarah Terrill (Cuyahoga Falls/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) and Emily Eighmy (Erie, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and junior Caci Lewandowski (Sharon Center/Medina Highland).

Terrill competed in three fall tournaments posting a stroke average of 110.33. In the spring, she played in all five tournaments and averaged 110.22 per round. Terrill’s best round of the year came at the Mount Union Spring Invite where she shot a 99 on the first day. She placed 28th (100+101=201) at the OAC Tournament.

Eighmy played in every round last season, averaging 107.33 strokes in the fall and 112.78 in the spring. Her best round of the year came on day one at the OAC Championships, where she shot a 99. At the OAC Tournament, Eighmy finished tied for 31st (99+105=204).
Highland alumna Caci Lewandowski

Lewandowski averaged 107.33 in the fall of 2009, shooting a season-best 100 on the second day of the Yellow Jacket Invitational. She missed most of the spring campaign. Her career-best of 96 came as a freshman during the fall season.

Strickland also welcomes a recruiting class of six freshmen golfers, including Sarah Allred (Akron/Green), Mary Crisafio (Pittsburgh, Pa./The Linsly School), Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/Christian), Rebecca Jones (Hilliard/Darby), Miranda Rockich (Akron/Green) and Emilee Woolf (Ravenna/Senior).

“We have a very good freshman class and we feel like anyone of them can step up and be a big time contributor,” said the head coach. “They have the talent to make us a very strong team, but there is always a learning curve when getting acclimated to college golf. The quicker they become acclimated and settle in, the quicker they will reach their full potential and help us achieve some of our bigger goals.”

B-W opens the 2010 fall season by hosting the Yellow Jacket Invitational at Sweetbriar Golf Club<http://www.sweetbriargolfclub.com/> in Avon on September 11-12. The fall schedule features five tournaments and the spring schedule is tentatively scheduled for five as well. The 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament is scheduled for April 16-17 at Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance.

“The key to our success this year will be how quickly this young team (with 10 players sophomores or younger) responds to the challenge of playing the schedule we have set for them,” said Strickland. “We play in a strong conference and have a tough schedule that includes Division II teams and many of Division III’s top 25. We are basically throwing this young team “into the fire” and we will see how they respond. I’m confident they will respond extremely well and I’m looking forward to seeing what they accomplish this year.”