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Gilmour X Country  

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Joining the nine freshmen as a rookie is Tad Resch. John Brett, Bredna Coyne, Tom DeSilvio, Max Gubanc, Ryan Hall, Matt Lohiser, Mike Palumbo, Paul-Henry Schoenhagen, and Alex Ulatowski.

“Our young runners will need to develop more and learn how to run like veterans,” Lindley said. “Several have raw talent, but need to adjust to running on the high school level.”

The Lancers do have four talented 2009 slots from graduating seniors that will need to be filled.

He has well-rounded individuals in that large throng of runners that would make any wild wolf pack in the wilds jealous of their human counterparts.

“Our team is made up of outstanding Student/Athletes,” Lindley said. “We do not rank our students at GA, but most are leaders in class, taking challenging courses, including many AP classes.  They are also dedicated to service in the community, helping at the food bank, soup kitchens, tutoring inner city kids, and many other activities.”

This all translates to heightened chances of doing well on the running courses and in setting high standards.

“We want to do the very best we can and put the utmost effort in every day in the classroom, in practice and in competition,” the coach said. “That is all we can ask.”

The group also has veteran leadership at the very top. Lindley is in his 14th season and Assistant Coach James Chappelle in his 8th season at Gilmour.

In 2009, the Lancers were District runners-up and 7th at regional championships.

Euclid X Country  

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One sophomore who is likely to be in the scoring five for the Panthers is Amanda Gibson, who has already broken the 25-minute mark and is a hair off the 24-minute mark.

Erin Rambo and Tchnavia Spencer are in the fold to provide senior leadership.

“Emily Sweet is certainly one to keep an eye on,” said coach Yoe. “She had an impressive season last year with a career personal record of 20:01.  She just missed qualifying for state and is driven this season to accomplish that goal.  Emily has grown tremendously as a Student/Athlete and as a leader since last year.”

With two years of high school running still ahead of her, Sweet already serves as captain and according to the coach has emerged as a leader and role model.

“Emily completes each workout with perseverance and a drive that should carry over in each of her races,” said Yoe. “She is showing more determination, strength, and motivation everyday in practice, which is key to securing one of the qualifying positions for the state meet.”

Katherine Hoggett ended the season last year with a time of 21:16 and was close to qualifying for regionals.

“With hard work and dedication, she can reach that goal this season,” said the coach. “I have confidence in her.”

With the many new additions to the Euclid girls’ team, it is obvious they must work on rebuilding the team unity and cohesiveness from last year.

“The new runners are inexperienced with race strategy, but are anxious to begin competing so they can grasp a better understanding of cross country,” the coach said.

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Leading that junior class are Mikey Jackson Smith (middle hitter with 2 varsity letters), Alexa Malinowski (MH, 1 ltr.), Jordan Guidish (Outside Hitter, 2), and Emily Glor (Setter/OH, 2)

“I think these juniors have matured as a team and I'm looking forward to watching them compete this season,” Bus said.

The senior leadership will come from Terra Sotto, a setter and defensive specialist.

Paxton Cole, who is a right side hitter, and Alex Lavelle, a libro and outside hitter, are two sophomores that also figure into the plans.

Newcomers who might have an impact are Amanda Chow (Fr., OH/DS) and Taylor Sotto (Fr, RS/DS).

Sine last season, many of the players have kept up during the off season.

“In comparison to previous years, 6 of our 9 varsity players have JO experience,” Bus said. “We also have more height than in  previous years.”

Some movement on the team from last year includes Cole possibly hitting OH instead of RS , which could also see Glor hitting outside while Terra Soto helps with setting.

Case Reserve booters  

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Case Western Reserve finished last season at 7-8-4 while playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules. The Spartans played five teams ranked in the top 25 in the nation and compiled a 1-2-2 mark with ties coming against then No. 2-ranked Ohio Wesleyan University and then No. 9-ranked University of Rochester.

Back to lead the Spartans is junior midfielder Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, OH/Valley Forge) and junior back Niro Wimalasena (Mason, OH/William Mason).


Bell (pictured right), led Case Western Reserve with seven goals and 16 points en route to being named first-team All-UAA. Wimalasena was a second-team All-UAA pick after helping lead the defense to seven shutouts and a  1.00 goals against average. Also back is junior goalkeeper Ben Yabrow (Marietta, GA/George Walton Comprehensive), who totaled 62 saves and a 1.10 GAA.

“If we can mature as a team and stay a little more focused and disciplined defensively, we should be able to improve to where we want to be,” noted Palmer.

The Spartans will once again face a difficult slate of competition in 2010 that features three teams ranked in the preseason top 25. The Spartans open versus Hiram College on Wednesday, September 1 at Case Field in ClevelandKickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


 Aug. 22, 2010

Written and Researched For S/A-Cleveland by Evan Meyer – Sports Vault

TONIGHT’S FIRST UPS-The 2009 Frontier League Champion Lake Erie Crushers have given the Southern Illinois Miners all they can handle in their first four meetings of the 2010 season.Last night at All Pro Freight Stadium,the Men of Crush came back from a first inning 1-0 deficit to build a 3-1 lead.

 But for one of the few times in the second half,the bullpen failed the Crushers as the Miners used a couple of walks and a hit batsman to load the bases with no one out.They used a couple of sacrifice flies to tie the game.Then in the tenth the Miners showed why they have been the top team in the Frontier League for a majority of the season as they scored four runs in the top of the tenth inning to take the victory

Josh Roberts

Roberts -- starting the makeup game today

 The Red Black and White have lost four of their last five games and have fallen to six games below .500 their worst mark of the season.A torrential downpour postponed Saturday’s game making this the first ‘true’ doubleheader of the season.In game one Josh Roberts takes to the middle of the diamond for the Crushers looking for his eighth win of the season while the Miners counter with right-hander Randy Johnson who is making his third start since joining the team earlier in the month.In the nightcap Matt Smith looks for his team leading ninth win as he faces rightie Brett Scarpetta

Matt Smith

Smith, nightcap pitcher



By Harry Plumer

AVON, Ohio - The Lake Erie Crushers kept the Southern Illinois Miners celebration plans on ice by sweeping a doubleheader on Sunday night, winning 2-1 and 3-1 behind strong starting pitching. 


The Crushers opened the doubleheader by tripping Southern Illinois 2-1. Josh Roberts twirled his second complete game of the season. Roberts owns both Lake Erie complete games this season.

Lake Erie struck in the bottom of the fourth inning to open a 1-0 lead. Casey McGrew led off the inning with a single to right that bounced over the shoulder of Southern Illinois right-fielder Lenell McGee, leading to a triple. McGrew scored moments later on awild pitch.

Southern Illinois was able to equal the contest in the top of the fifth against Roberts. Brendan Akashian led off the inning with a walk and with one out scored on a single off the bat of Will Block. Another wild pitch helped the Crushers nab a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Lee Huggins led off with a single, was sacrificed to second, moved to third on a grounder to the right side, and crossed the plate on Southern Illinois starter Brett Scarpetta's second wild pitch of the night.

Roberts struck out three, walked one, hit one, and scattered five hits in the victory. Three of the five hits for Lake Erie were for extra bases. 


Matt Smith matched a franchise record with 10 strikeouts in game two, throwing 6.2 innings to secure his ninth victory and the sweep despite just two Lake Erie hits.

Southern Illinois and Lake Erie traded first inning runs in similar fashion. Jereme Milons led off the game by drawing a walk for Southern Illinois, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a groundout. Dom Duggan led off for the Crushers with a single, stole second, and scored on an Andrew Davis sacrifice fly.

The Crushers took the lead with two unearned runs in the fourth. Andrew Davis walked and with one out Casey McGrew reached on a two-base error. Trae Gore drove in the go-ahead run with a fielder's choice and pinch hitter Matt Sutton greeted reliever Chris Allen with a sacrifice fly.

Southern Illinois, leaders of the West Division, owned a magic number of two entering play on Sunday and one following a Gateway loss earlier in the evening. The Miners loaded the bases in the seventh before Jeff Cinadr entered and ended the game as Milons flew out.

The Crusher will have Monday off before opening the final roadtrip of the year on Tuesday night at Washington. RHP Alberto Rolon (2-4, 2.85) climbs the hill for the Crushers opposite RHP Justin Edwards (5-1, 3.58).


Ø       Kevin Skogley struck out 10 batters in an 8-0 win over Florence on July 5, 2009 at All Pro Freight 

Ø       The first complete game of the season for Josh Roberts was also a seven-inning affair






2009 Men's Varsity Soccer

Walsh Soccer  

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With confidence, going all the way is certainly a reasonable expectation.

“We will contend for state if we stay healthy,” Kissner said. “We must stay healthy.”

Last year key players who were missed during times of injury and who are among the seven returning varsity players are Nick Parianos (So., F, 6G/5A – injury missed 8 matches), James Milli (So., injured most of the season, missed 13 matches) and Ryan Krause (Sr., D, 1G , 4th year). Half of the Warriors’ matches were played with one, two or all three of these gentlemen missing and out nursing injuries.

The other veterans returning are Michael Brennan (Sr., MF, 1G/2A, 4th year), Keith Grafmeyer (Sr., D, 1G/4A, 4th year), Matt Spittler (Sr., MF, 4G/3A, 4th year), and Brent Townsend (Sr., F, 8G/2A and team team’s leading goal scorer).

Some changes are looming as the season is set to begin this week with a match against Woodridge Tuesday and the Jesuit Cup Tourney (Walsh, St. Ignatius, St. Xavier, St. John) over the weekend.

“Our plan is to move Grafmeyer from midfielder to defender and Parianos from forward to midfielder,”: Kissner said. “It should solidify us defensively.”

While the Warriors scored a lot of goals, they also gave up a lot.

“We need to improve our defensive numbers,” Kissner said. “We allowed 26 goals last year. We need to cut that to about 12; then we’ll contend for a state title – that’s our goal.”

In order to improve, Kissner has beefed up the already strong schedule by adding more D-I opponents that include St. Xavier (regular season), St Edward, Highland, and Marlington. They will also play DeSales at Columbus Crew Stadium.

Among the newcomers expected to have a varsity impact are Jordon Marich (Fr., MF), Ben Kunkel (Fr., D), and Max Eicher (Fr., MF).

“A strength/fitness program and playing premier competition in off season should help the injury problem of last year,” said Kissner, whose teams at Walsh have posted a lifetime record of 430-122-85 fr him.

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"There's appreciation for what can happen when you do things right," Bowling Green offensive coordinator Warren Ruggiero said. "We got things going off on the right foot last year."

"We got ourselves in some shootouts where we would have liked to have played better on defense," Elko said. "The one thing I thought we did a lot of last year was we made stops when we needed to. We gave ourselves chances to get back into some of those games."

Because of heavy graduation losses, the Falcons had plenty of work to do during the spring. The sessions were productive -- the Bowling Green coaches found answers to many of the more important questions.

"We got a lot done," Ruggiero said. "We're certainly young. We got the younger guys a lot of work in our base offense. We didn't have any major injuries. We were certainly pleased coming out of it."

Elko, who joined the Bowling Green staff after three successful seasons at Hofstra, has to replace a mass of starters for the second consecutive year. In 2009, Bowling Green's defense had eight new starters. This year, he needs to find seven.

Spring was a critical time for Elko's defense, just as it was for Ruggiero's unit.

"It went well," Elko said. "As a coaching staff, we certainly had to earn our paycheck a little bit. [There were] a lot of new faces in new places. I think the kids took to the system well. Second year in it made it a little bit easier."

Elko worked with Clawson at Richmond. There is familiarity among the coaches, and it continues to grow each day they are together.

"It was a very easy transition into the second year," Elko said.

All the Falcons have to do is replace a guy who threw for 10,000 yards and 70 touchdowns during his career. Tyler Sheehan saved his best for last, throwing for 4,051 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2009. He threw only seven interceptions.

"We went into the spring with four guys competing for the job," Ruggiero said.

Because they didn't know who was going to be the starter, the coaches couldn't load up one guy with reps on the first string. So, they created a fair mix of plays for each of the quarterbacks.

"We kept things pretty simple and let it kind of play out," Ruggiero said.

Redshirt freshman Matt Schilz (6-2, 184) led at the end of the spring.

"He throws the ball very well," Ruggiero said. "He's got enough athleticism. He's picked up our offense. I think he got comfortable with things."

Another redshirt freshman, Kellen Pagel (6-3, 201), will push Schilz during training camp and into the season.

"Kellen has some decent athletic ability," Ruggiero said. "Maybe a little more, but not much [than the others]."

The only quarterback with experience is sophomore Aaron Pankratz (6-6, 221). He is more of a traditional drop-back passer than Schilz or Pagel. He hit 5-of-13 passes in 2009 against Boise State.

"He certainly throws the ball well," Ruggiero said.

The new quarterback will have a safety valve at tailback. Senior Willie Jeter (5-8, 170) ran for 770 yards and nine touchdowns in 2009.

"We're going to have to run the ball well," Ruggiero said. "Willie's got a big job ahead of him, and we've got to keep him healthy. He'll certainly be one of the leaders on the offense. He did a nice job during the spring."

Jeter also caught 42 passes for 407 yards and another score. He was fourth on the team in receptions.

"He has a lot of shake and has very good hands," Ruggiero said. "We try to get him involved in the passing game and in the screen game as much as possible."

Sophomore John Pettigrew (5-10, 183) and redshirt freshman Erique Geiger (5-9, 203) are competing for the backup job. Pettigrew had seven car-ries in 2009 for 24 yards.

Nobody has ever caught passes like Freddie Barnes. Not at Bowling Green. Not anywhere.

Barnes destroyed the Football Bowl Subdivision reception record with 155 grabs last season. The previous record was 142. In the Humanitarian Bowl, Barnes caught 17 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns.

"I think he was a good example for the younger kids," Ruggiero said.

Going into the 2009 season, Bowling Green lost four of its top six receivers, forcing Barnes to become a super go-to guy.

Two of the players lost before last season are back and ready to go. Seniors Tyron Pronty (6-0, 189) and Calvin Wiley (5-11, 201) are projected starters.

Pronty was off to a good start in 2009, catching six passes against Troy. But he suffered a foot injury against the Trojans and was lost for the season.

"It's nice to have those guys back," Ruggiero said. "You would hope they are both going to go play and be ready to go."

The leading returning receiver is junior Adrian Hodges (5-11, 191), who caught 46 passes for 417 yards and two scores in 2009.

"This spring, he really did a nice job," Ruggiero said.

Junior Kamar Jordan (6-3, 189) redshirted in 2009.

"He's a very talented kid who we are hoping will continue to pick up the system and make a splash," Ruggiero said.

Junior Justus Jones (6-2, 198) caught 13 passes for 143 yards last season.

"He put in a nice, solid performance for us last year," Ruggiero said. "He's getting better."

Junior Ray Hutson (6-2, 198) had 28 grabs for 289 yards and two touchdowns. He missed the spring with an injury but is expected back.

At tight end, fifth-year senior Nick Rieke (6-4, 257) is competing with redshirt freshman Alex Bayer (6-4, 228).

"Those two guys will certainly play their share of football this year," Ruggiero said. "Tight end is a very big position in our offense. There is a fair amount of time when we actually have two on the field."

The Falcons return two starters from a unit that helped produce 30 or more points in eight games last season.

One of the returning starters is senior Tyler Donahue (6-6, 300).

"He's a good player and did a nice job for us last year," Ruggiero said. "We have a lot of new faces on offense. He's one of three guys who has his job."

Sophomore Blaec Walker (6-6, 300) is the leader at left tackle. He filled in for a handful of games during the 2009 season.

"He had some solid playing experience for us," Ruggiero said.

The backup spots at tackle might be filled by guards and incoming freshmen.

The starting right guard will be sophomore Chip Robinson (6-6, 327). He played some as a backup in 2009.

Converted defensive lineman Nick Torresso (6-2, 283) a senior, is competing for the other guard spot with junior Scott Lewis (6-2, 294). Lewis played four games at left guard in 2009.

The other returning starter is junior center Ben Bojicic (6-5, 294), who enters his third year in the middle of the line.

"He's a talented kid," Ruggiero said. "He needs to have a big year for us. Up front, it's going to be interesting. He's going to have to lead that unit. We lost some very good players to graduation."

The least of defensive coordinator Mike Elko's worries are up front, where three starters are back.

The best of bunch is senior end Angelo Magnone (6-3, 252), who led the line with 43 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2009.

"He's a tough kid," Elko said. "He comes from the Steubenville program in Ohio, which is a tremendous high school program. He does a lot of what we ask him to do. He's a very physical player. He does a good job rushing the passer. We're hoping he has a tremendous senior year and really elevates his game."

The other end spot will be filled by fifth-year senior Darius Smith (6-3, 230), who made 36 tackles in 2009.

"He played quite a bit as our third end last year," Elko said.

The backups at end include redshirt freshmen Ted Ouellet (6-3, 240), Dylan Farrington (6-5, 216) and Ronnie Goble (6-3, 226), plus true freshman Bryan Thomas (6-3, 230).

"Farrington is probably the most talented of the nonstarters," Elko said. "He's just got to do some stuff this summer to make sure he's around."

Both starters return at tackle. Junior Kevin Alvarado (6-2, 274) had 28 tackles and 2.5 sacks last season.

"Alvarado was a kid we thought started to become a really good player as the year went on," Elko said. "Early in the year, our D-line struggled, and I think he would admit he struggled a bit. We think he's going to be one of the better defensive tackles in the conference this year. Hopefully, he continues to grow."

Sophomore Chris Jones (6-2, 274) started six games as a true freshman.

"He had a tremendous spring, maybe a little bit better than Kevin did," Elko said. "He played against [Mike] Iupati from Idaho, who was a first-round draft pick, and held up in the bowl game, which we thought was impressive. He has a world of potential."

Backing up Alvarado and Jones at tackle is sophomore Jordan Roussos (6-4, 290), who started in the Humanitarian Bowl in place of Alvarado.

"He's put on a lot of good weight and had a really good offseason in the weight room," Elko said. "He was a kid who came in as a 260-pound defensive end. He's got a tremendous upside, and he'll play an awful lot. We look at him as a kid we have to get on the field."

The fourth tackle is redshirt freshman Jairus Campbell (6-5, 278).

The top three tacklers and the two leaders in sacks from a year ago have departed.

"All new," Elko said. "Second year in a row. It's easier than it was last year. Last year, we had kids who were learning to start for the first time and learning a new defense. This year, at least they know the defense. Now, they've got to learn how to start.

"We have a more athletic group. I think we have a chance to be a better group. It's just going to be a matter of making sure when the lights come on that these kids can do it."

Fifth-year senior Eugene Fells (6-1, 228) will fill one outside linebacker spot. Fells had 44 tackles, including a sack, in 2009. He's got the right nickname -- his coaches and teammates call him "Champ."

"He's the best of the group, the most experienced of the group," Elko said. "He's a kid who may have even earned a starting role last year. He got hurt five days into training camp and that injury lasted throughout the duration of camp."

Sophomore Dwayne Woods, Jr. (6-1, 217) will start at middle linebacker.

"He played a decent amount last year," Elko said. "We're expecting good things from him. He has tremendous potential. Probably the best potential of anyone we've had at linebacker since we've been here."

Opposite Fells on the outside will be senior Calvin Marshall (5-11, 205).

The top reserve at linebacker is redshirt freshman Paul Swan (6-1, 207). Others in the mix include junior Jason Rice (5-11, 195) and fifth-year senior Ryan Crow (6-1, 213). Rice moved to linebacker from running back.

Elko will be looking for more turnovers from his secondary. The Falcons ranked 87th nationally with just nine interceptions in 2009. Four of those came from departed starter Roger Williams.

The lone returning starter is junior cornerback Adrien Spencer (6-0, 185).

"The kids we have coming back played a little bit early last year," Elko said. "[Spencer] started as a true sophomore and got a little bit of baptism under fire. He really dedicated himself this offseason. Hopefully, he becomes a leader at the cornerback position."

The other likely starter is fifth-year senior Rob Lorenzi (5-8, 168), who played in six games last season. The junior college transfer suffered a broken foot that limited his time.

"He's very quick, very good cover skills," Elko said.

The top reserves at cornerback are redshirt freshmen Cameron Truss (5-11, 186) and Aunre' Davis (5-10, 171).

"There will be some youngsters playing this year, that's for sure," Elko said.

The most experienced safety is junior Keith Morgan (6-0, 206), who was seventh on the team with 68 tackles.

"Certainly, he's a kid who is familiar with playing football in the MAC," Elko said. "He had a very good spring."

The other starting safety will be junior Jovan Leacock (5-10, 205). Leacock came to Bowling Green as a walk-on wide receiver from College of the Canyons.

"We watched him go through winter workouts, and we had a major hole at safety," Elko said. "We asked him to go over. He had never played safety before. He took to it."

Backup safeties include sophomores Lane Robilotto (6-1, 187) and Jonathan Davis (5-11, 182).

Barnes was more than a standout receiver. He was also the team's top returner. He'll need to be replaced on punts.

Even with Barnes, the team was just 70th nationally in punt returns. That's a number Clawson wants to see improved. On kickoff returns, the team was even worse (103).

The Falcons are also looking to shore up their coverage units after finishing 94th in net punting and 88th in kickoff coverage.

Sophomore Jerry Phillips (6-1, 206) returns after hitting 8-of-13 field goals and all 17 extra points in 2009. His long field goal was from 44 yards.

Competing with Phillips for playing time will be redshirt freshman Matt Oczypok (5-11, 168) and sophomore Stephen Stein (6-0, 180).

Jerry Phillips will be the first shot to replace departed Nick Iovenelli, who averaged 37 yards last season.

Pagel, who is competing for the starting quarterback job, is also a candidate at punter.

Ruggiero will be looking for and expecting help at receiver from a pair of newcomers. Redshirt freshman Jordan Hopgood (6-0, 195) and Hudson Valley Community College transfer Eugene Cooper (5-10, 178) will have a chance to move into the rotation.

"They got a lot of reps in the spring," Ruggiero said.

On the defensive line, Elko will look to freshman Bryan Thomas to provide depth at end. Thomas racked up 17 sacks his senior year at Washington (Pa.) High School.

In the secondary, former Columbus Brookhaven standout Rylan Ward (5-11, 195) and Jerry "Booboo" Gates (5-11, 210) will get long looks.

"We're going to be counting on the true freshmen coming in to add depth at safety," Elko said. "They're all going to get a try."