A Page -- Aug. 22, 2010


With 19 runners, Gilmour's boys' 

cross country team almost has 

enough for three teams; depth could 

push runners beyond the regional 

this year

Aug 22, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

GATES MILLS – Gilmour Academy boys’ cross country coach Matt Lindley has the kind of problem one would like to have as the team director in said sport, which oftentimes can make huge difference in team placing in the big meets.

Lindley, who is also the Lancers’ girls coach, has a lot of depth, meaning that not only does he have the luxury of a different starting seven emerging from meet to meet, but also that the scorers could be different within each meet, and if the No. 5 runner is having a bad day, any of a number can come in and close the gap between Nos. 4 and 5.


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“Our depth is much stronger than it was last year, but with so many new runners, it remains to be seen who will rise to fill all of the holes, but many are capable,” said Lindley. “The newcomers will add a lot of firepower to our pack.”

Lindley has nine (Count ‘em – 9) freshmen and a new sophomore to add to his already long list of returning runners. Among the nine returning Lancer runners are senior captains James Miller- Sr. (capt.)

Kevin Vargo and junior captain Benjamin Radcliffe.

“Our team is focused with excellent leadership at the front,” Lindley said. “Our leaders are experienced and positive role models.”

Also returning are senior Seamus Finucane, juniors Brad Gazdag and Nate Klein, and sophomores Charlie Hoge, Tommy Hollis, and Austin Oberfled.

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Juniors to lead Lake Ridge volleyball 

team; wide schedule gives the

Lions diversity of foes


Aug 22, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – With a junior class as its nucleus, Lake Ridge Academy’s volleyball team is set to take on its wide array of challengers that spreads eastward to Willoughby, westward to Sandusky and southward to Orrville.

Also the Lions have added to the schedule two East Side schools similar in nature to LRA in Hathaway Brown and Hawken.

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“Since we are not in a league, we have more opponents than we otherwise would,” said Lake Ridge coach Sue Bus. .”We have some tough competition this year against St.Mary's, Firelands and Black River.”

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BOWLING GREEN FALCONS 

GRID 

FORECAST



Strongsville's Pagel pushing for 


starting QB spot


Note: This is the first in a series of grid previews for the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference 


Aug. 21, 2010

By Ken Mather

About The Falcons

Five games into his first season at Bowling Green, a bowl game was the farthest thing from Dave Clawson's mind.


 

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Bowling Green had played close against Missouri, Marshall and Ohio, but lost the three games by a combined 21 points. Bowling Green had played not so close against Boise State, losing by 35 points. The lone win in the first five games came in the opener against Troy.


"It was interesting because there were a lot of times where we could have packed it in," defensive coordinator Mike Elko said. "We let the lead go against Missouri in the fourth quarter. That went from a game where we could have made some big-time headlines to heartbreak. To our kids' credit, they hung with it."

Strongsville's Kellen Pagel pushing for

starting QB spot as redshirt freshman

By the end of the season, Bowling Green's first five opponents had all qualified for bowls. And so had the Falcons, who won six of their final seven to earn a berth in the Humanitarian Bowl.

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Euclid's girls' cross country team 

defers to track sprinters to fill void of 

departed seniors; Junior Emily Sweet 

to lead the Panthers

Aug. 22, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

EUCLID -- With the loss of eight seniors (4 varsity starters) from last season through graduation, the Euclid girls’ cross country team is facing a rebuilding year.

“We have welcomed five new Student/Athletes all brand new to cross country,” Euclid coach Julie Ann Yoe said. “All of these new runners have participated in track competing in sprint and mid-distance events. They will embark upon distance running with hopes of becoming stronger athletes physically and mentally.”


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The top returning runner is regional qualifier Emily Sweet, who is just two seconds from breaking the 20-minute mark for a personal best. She’ll be joined back by fellow juniors Katherine Hoggett (21:16) Artia Gunn (25:17) and Daisy Childs (29:52).

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Walsh played .500 ball with injured 

players and tough schedule but still 

made it to regional in 2009; with good 

health, Warriors eye another state 

crown

Aug 22, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

CUYAHOGA FALLS – After an out-of-character year for a Walsh Jesuit boys’ soccer team, the Warriors are expected to be back on track this season and could be back enough to emerge as a serious contender for the Division II state championship.

At 7-8-4, the Warriors had only their second losing season since the program’s inception in 1978.


On paper, the record shows that the Warriors might have been mediocre, but they did make it to the regional tournament, meaning they lost the majority of their regular season games, which could only translate into a tough schedule taking its toll on a day-to-day basis.

2009 District Champs!

2009 District champs

Also injuries played a factor for a team whose season ended with a 2-1 loss to Lake Catholic in the Division II regional semifinals.\


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“The majority of players have worked very hard to become physically stronger which should lessen the chance for injuries,” Walsh coach John Kissner. “That alone will help their confidence.”

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2010 SPARTAN MEN'S SOCCER PREVIEW


Spartans return six starters


Aug. 22


By Nick Minerd


CLEVELAND -- The Case Western Reserve University men’s soccer team returns an experienced group, including six starters, as it looks towards a successful and competitive campaign in 2010. The Spartans will look to regain the form that has produced a top-20 national ranking in three of the past four seasons.


“We definitely want to improve from last year,” said seventh-year head coach Dan Palmer. “Last year was a disappointment based on our performance from the previous seasons.”


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