A Page -- Aug. 20, 2012


Mags Takes Home Silver at River


Rocky River -- Along with Coach Chris Johnson, the Magnificat’s tennis team believes it will be a force to be reckoned with in the state once again, and hopes to return to the Final Four in Columbus as well as the State Individual Tournament.    

            In arguably the toughest tournament in Northeast Ohio, the Magnificat Blue Streaks Varsity A Tennis team showed its depth once again as its placed 2nd out of eight teams in the Rocky River Invitational, which was held on August 17th at Tri-City Park. The River tourney is a proven battleground with fierce competition.  The Blue Streaks topped rival Westlake, which placed 3rd.  North Canton Hoover, the 1st-place team, edged out Mags by just four points.  

            Emily Witt, the First Singles player for Mags and a junior, finished second in her bracket by having big wins over Hoover and Kenston, but fell in the final to Westlake’s Lauren Golick.  “I am very happy with my level of play, especially beating Mandy Marchant (of Kenston) who defeated me last year.  This tournament is a great warm-up for the rest of the season,” said Witt. 


            Another notable win for Magnificat came with the doubles duo of senior captains Sarah Patrick and Veronica Johnson, who also earned 2nd at the First Doubles spot.

“This tournament showed how much the singles spots have improved since last year.  They are much better prepared for the upper level competition this year.  It also was a good barometer for our doubles teams.  Our strengths and weaknesses were both revealed so now it is time to hit the practice court to prepare for the remainder of the season,” said head coach Chris Johnson.

            This week, the Blue Streaks go head to head with the Westlake Demons on Thursday at 4:30pm at the Westlake Recreation Center.  There they hope to add another win

Mount Union Football Team Visits Carnation Festival Days in the Park

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's football team spent Saturday night at the Alliance Carnation Festival Days in the Park at Silver Park.

The Purple Raiders had just finished their first week of camp and head coach Larry Kehres had an idea of having the team dinner at the annual local festival that features food tents from local churches and civic organizations.

The activity gives the players a chance to get off campus and break up the camp routine while also supporting the local community.

Mount Union will host Photo/Media Day on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 1:30 pm in Mount Union Stadium. The public and media are welcome as individual and team photos will be taken and available for sale to the public by Cockrill's Photography.

The Raiders will scrimmage at Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College next Friday, Aug. 24 at 10:30 am while the first game of the season will be the following Saturday, Sept. 1 at No. 13 ranked Franklin College in Franklin, Ind.

Oberlin Field Hockey Enters a New Era

Oberlin, Ohio - The Oberlin College field hockey team enters the 2012 season with the goal of keeping the program moving in the right direction. The Yeowomen are coming off of a 7-11 season in 2011, marking the team’s most wins in a year since 2007.

New head coach Anna Baeth takes over the reins of the team after being hired last spring and has lofty goals in year one. A former assistant coach at Mount Holyoke, Baeth brings a strong defensive background to the team. In her two seasons on staff the Lyons won a total of 27 games, which included a 16-5 record and an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) title in 2011.

“We are looking forward to turning a corner for Oberlin field hockey,” Baeth said. “Our record last year demonstrates that we have the ability to win significant games in the conference, but this year our focus is going to be on winning by larger margins and more consistently.”

The Yeowomen return two All-NCAC selections in junior midfielder Karin Yoshida and senior goalkeeper Kiran Puri. In 2011, Yoshida led the team with 12 goals and 26 points and will look to increase those totals even more this year. The Himeji, Japan, native is also the main initiator on penalty corners having triggered 142 of the team’s 155 attempts. Puri looks to be a dependable force in the net in 2012, as she finished at the top of the conference in saves last season with 205. Second-year goalie Carmen Azevedo is also expected to push for time in the cage.
Karin Yoshida 

Other returning offensive threats include sophomores Jodi Helsel and Claire Yeske, junior Lindani Johnson, and senior Eloise Reid. Helsel is coming off of a sensational freshman season where she finished second on the team in points with 20, scoring seven goals and adding six assists. Yeske netted two goals in 2011 and recorded six assists. Johnson comes into her junior season after finding the back of the net seven times last season and facilitating her teammates with two assists. Reid finished the year with 11 tallies after cashing in four goals and capitalizing on assist opportunities on three occasions.

On the defensive side, Oberlin returns junior defender Marissa Blackwell who led the conference in 2011 with five defensive saves. Junior defender Hannah Christiansen also returns after she finished last season tied with Yoshida for fifth in the league with three defensive saves.

The Yeowomen go into the 2012 season expecting great leadership and performances from a mixture of veteran upperclassmen and young talent on the rise. With the addition of Baeth and first-year players Taylor SwiftKendra Lian, and Dyaami D’Orazio, the Oberlin field hockey team is focused on making headway within the conference.

“We have a talented group of experienced players on this team from the goal all the way to our forward line,” Baeth said. “With their skill set  combined with the talent of our newcomers, I believe we have the right mix of players to take us to the next level.”

The Yeowomen begin the regular season at home against Bethany on September 1 and conference play on September 8 at Denison.

Shoremen stun Polar Bears on late D.J. Murdock goal

In a tough, hard fought non-conference match, Avon Lake traveled to 2011 Regional Semifinalist Jackson to open the 2012 season.  

Much of the game was back and forth with tough play and both teams generating
a few chances.  In the first half, Avon Lake controlled the first 15-20 minutes but the final 20 minutes was dominated by the Polar Bears but the half ended 0-0.

In the second half, the Shoremen went down to ten players after a second yellow card.  

The Polar Bears kept up the intensity and the Shoremen fought back.  With 5:51 left in the match, DJ Murdock scored on a corner to give the Shoremen the lead despite playing a man down.

Goalkeeper Kane Adams came up big for the Shoremen and kept the clean
sheet and earning his first Varsity victory.

Avon Lake Shoremen at Jackson Polar Bears
Boys Soccer

Score at half:
Avon Lake 0 Jackson 0

Final Score:
Avon Lake 1 Jackson 0

AL: 1-0-0
J: 0-1-0

AL: DJ Murdock (5:51 left in 2nd half)
J: none

AL: 9
J: 12

AL (Kane Adams): 7
J: (Michael Metzger) 5

AL: 3
J: 2

AL: 13
J: 7

Avon-Avon Lake Fit to be Tied

Avon Lake traveled to Avon for their annual local derby and played to a
1-1 draw in the season opener for both teams.  The two
teams played to a scoreless first half in which Avon Lake had the decidedly
better scoring opportunities and even had a ball
deflect off the crossbar. 

In the second half, Freshman forward Maggie
O'Donnell scored first for the Eagles at the 60:00 minute
mark.  Her goal came after a mad scramble in front of the Avon Lake net on
a ball which just eluded the fingers of Shoregal goalkeeper
Abby Rogers.  She was assisted by senior Macey Slunski. 



Avon seemed to
take control of the game after this point, but then Avon Lake
junior Emily O'Connor stole a ball in the Avon defensive third of the
field.  She was able to dribble through multiple Avon defenders to
score the equalizer on a shot to the right upper 90 of the Avon goal with
only 7:26 remaining.  Despite spirited play by both teams over
the last few minutes, the game was destined to end in a tie.  Last year's
game ended in a tie also and there have been 4 ties in the all
time series which Avon Lake leads with a 7-3-4 record.

The game also featured the coaching debuts of Danie Schnaufer for Avon and
Daegen Duvall for Avon Lake.  Not only were the head
coaches new, but both teams were hit hard by graduation with 2011 District
champion Avon losing 8 players and Avon Lake losing
12 players.  Not surprising with all the new personnel on the field that
the game ended in a tie.  In goal for Avon Lake was senior
Abby Rogers who recorded 3 saves and for Avon senior Kayla Wysocki made 5

As would be fitting, the JV game also ended in a 2-2 tie with junior Molly
Jeffries and sophomore Kayla Osberg scoring for the Shoregals.


Girls Soccer

Avon Lake vs. Avon

Game Date:    Saturday Aug. 18, 2012

Final Score:
Avon Lake (AL) - 1        Avon (A) - 1

AL    0-0-1            A    0-0-1

AL    Emily O'Connor        A    Maggie O'Donnell

AL    None              A    Macey Slunski

Shots on Goal:
AL    6            A    4

AL    Abby Rogers - 3 saves

A    Kayla Wysocki - 5 saves

AL    13            A    7

Corner Kicks:
AL    3            A    1

AL    2            A    0

AL    11            A    8

AL    0            A    0