A Page -- Aug. 21, 2012

St. Joe's tennis blanks Strongsville

Saint Joseph Academy 5, Strongsville 0
Singles:  Drapac d. Peskura 6-3, 6-1; Kahl d. Rowe 6-1, 6-2; Saracina d. Balasubramanium 6-4, 6-2.
Doubles:  Violand/Ruebensaal d. Sherman/Kahn 6-3, 6-1; Rouse/Powers d. Tan/Sridharan 0-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Three LEC Student/Athletes Named to OFC Preseason All-Ohio Team

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Lake Erie College football team garnered its first preseason awards on Friday (Aug. 17) with three players being named to the OhioCollegeFootball.com Preseason All-Ohio FCS/DII Team presented by the Ohio Army National Guard.
Sam Marcotte 

Senior kicker/punter Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) was the Storm's lone first team selection. Marcotte enters the season with 187 career points.

Fifth-year senior offensive lineman Mike McElligot (Warrensville Heights, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel), an All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) pick in 2011, and senior defensive lineman Taylor Leppla(Cambridge, Ohio/Cambridge) were both second-team picks.

The Storm opens the 2012 campaign on Thursday night, Aug. 30, with "The Battle of Lake Erie" at Gannon University. Kickoff for the Captain's Wheel trophy is at 7 p.m.

For the complete 2012 OFC Preseason All-Ohio FCS/DII Team, click here.

Solon, Shaker Heights to begin football season Friday on Stewart Field

Friday night marks the opening of the 2012 football season and the ninth meeting between Shaker Heights and Solon. This is the fourth year in a row that these two schools have met in a Week One matchup. Even though Shaker Heights begins play in the Northeast Ohio Conference this school year, the result of this game will not count toward overall conference standings.

Friday night’s game against Shaker Heights will be only the third season opener at Stewart Field in the last ten seasons. Solon came away with an overtime win against Strongsville in 2004 as Steve Valentino intercepted a pass in the end zone to deny the Mustangs a game tying opportunity that would have sent the game into a fourth overtime. In 2010, Solon shut out Shaker Heights, 35-0, and went on to win its next 11 games to earn a spot in the Division I, Region 1 final.

The Comets are undefeated in Week One games dating back to 2004. Wins against Strongsville, Twinsburg, Canton McKinley, and Shaker Heights have allowed Solon to begin the year with a 1-0 record for eight straight seasons. Shaker Heights has been Solon’s Week One opponent the last three years and in those games, Solon has outscored the Raiders, 88-13.

Second year Head Coach Jarvis Gibson will bring his Shaker squad to Solon on Friday night to begin the trek to improve upon last year’s 2-8 finish. Shaker looks to be a much improved team and will return numerous players on both sides of the ball. While extremely excited to kick off the 2012 season, Solon Coach Jim McQuaide recognizes the challenge that Shaker Heights will bring this week.

 “We need to start out on a high note Friday night to set the tone for this season,” said Coach McQuaide. “We know Shaker is as fired up as we are to get the season underway and we need to do what we do best, running and hitting, in order to be successful. Our fans are a huge help to us and make Stewart Field a great place on Friday nights. We’re excited to be at Solon the next three weeks, so let’s start off strong.”


The 2012 Solon Football squad will be led by captains Drew Barksdale, George Berry, CJ Hanna, Darian Hicks, and Ryan Pastor. Last season, Barksdale started at Wide Receiver, was an alternate at Quarterback, had 8 catches for 126 yards, and 50 carries for 339 yards and 5 touchdowns.

He was 10/18 passing for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns. Drew has committed to Boston College to play football starting in 2013. In 2011, George Berry started at Outside Linebacker, was an alternate at Tailback, named Honor-able Mention All-District, named Honorable Mention All-League, had 79 tackles and 2 interceptions, and carried the ball 61 times for 347 yards and 5 touchdowns. CJ Hanna was a starter at Linebacker for the Comets in 2011.

He finished the year with 97 tackles-24 solos, 55 assists, 18 TFLs, and 1 interception. Darian Hicks, a future Michigan State Spartan, started at Corner and Wide Receiver in 2011. He finished the season with Second Team All-District and First Team All-Conference honors. He had 41 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 25 catches for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns. Darian was Solon’s lead kick returner in 2011 and racked up 530 yards on 12 returns and scored 4 touch-downs. Ryan Pastor started at Offensive Tackle and Defensive End last year. He finished with 18 tackles-4 solos, 9 assists, 5 TFLs, and 1 fumble recovery.