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Magnificat field hockey has the corner on experience; 11 seniors lead a veteran group for the Blue Streaks

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – In terms of won-loss record, Magnificat’s field hockey team might have had a mediocre season in 2010, but the young Blue Streaks learned a lot and are ready to take those insights into the 2011 campaign.

Magnificat (5-7-2 in 2010) returns more than a dozen Student/Athletes and has a experience in its corner with all of them either juniors or seniors.

Back to the varsity for Mags are Cali Majoy (Sr), Caroline English (Jr), Elizabeth Michael (Sr), Emma Gallagher (Sr), Jackie DiGeronimo (Jr), Joanna Kilbane Myers (Jr), Jordan Lempke (Jr), Julianne Blamble (Sr), Julie Seelie (Jr), Kathleen Carey (Sr.), Maggie Conti (Sr), Margot Dayton (Jr), Maria Minotti (Jr), Mary Kathleen Hutchinson (Jr), and Mary Margaret Whitney (Sr).


Those new to the varsity this season are Grace Vinesky (Goalie, Sophomore), Maddie Herman (Jr), Rebecca Schmitz (Jr.), Moira Antall (Sr), Kara Kilbane (Sr), Marymargaret Mineff (Sr), Bridget Corrigan (Sr).

“Our strengths would have to be that we have 11-returning seniors and our team speed,” said Blue Streaks Coach Oksana Fedorova.  “We plan to improve upon last season’s record and look to develop stick skills at a greater level.  With many returning players we are looking to improve overall team performance.”

Still it is not too early to consider the upcoming seasons as well.

“Overall, our outlook is very positive,” said Fedorova, now in her fifth season as the head gal at Mags.  “We will be working on developing team chemistry and looking to develop our younger players- especially those on JV as we will be graduating 11 seniors at the end of this year.”

New assistant coaches to Mangificat circles are Amanda Hutchinson (Assistant Varsity), Julie O’Brian (Head JV), and Madeline Hutchinson (Assistant JV).

Comets, Red Raiders to open football season with matinee

SHAKER HEIGHTS -- After three weeks of double sessions and two scrimmages, the Solon Comets will kick off the 2011 campaign on Saturday here.

The Comets and Raiders will square off for the third consecutive year in the season opener. Solon will put a 20 consecutive regular season winning streak on the line Saturday afternoon.


The 2010 season saw Solon earn its second consecutive NOC Valley Division title. The Comets finished the regular season with a 10-0 record and an appearance in the regional finals. Shaker Heights ended 2010 with a 2-8 recorand looks to rebound in 2011.

This 2011 Solon squad features 12 players with at least one year of starting experience: 

DT/OG Nate Hoff, WR/DB 

Tres Barksdale, LB/RB

Nick Davidson, Center/DE Austin

Stock, DE/TE Michael Dunn, Corner/

WR Darian Hicks, DT/OG Vince Hill, P/

K Alex Knight, Corner Justin Kresevic,

DE/OT Ryan Pastor, DB/RB/Long

Snapper Ryan Schwenke, and WR/DB

Cory Stuart

Shaker will try to pull off what has not happened in eight years Saturday. 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 seven straight seasons.

Captains Davidson (L) and Barksdale

The 2011 Solon Football squad will be led by captains Tres Barksdale, Nick Davidson, Nate Hoff, and Ryan Schwenke. Last season, Barksdale started at Wide Receiver, named Honorable Mention All-League, and had 20 catches for 383 yards and 4 touchdowns.

 In 2010, Davidson started at Linebacker, named to the AP All-Ohio Third Team, AP All-District First Team, NOC Defensive MVP, and had 150 tackles-44 solos, 82 assists, 24 TFLS, and 1 fumble.

In 2010, Nate Hoff started at Defensive Tackle and Offensive Guard, given Special Mention on the AP All-Ohio Team, named First Team All-District and All-League, and had 62 tackles-9 solos, 32 assists, 21 TFLS, and 1 fumble.


Ryan Schwenke started for the Comets in 2010 at Strong Safety and Long Snapper, and was named Special Mention AP All-District, First team All-League, and

had 88 tackles-30 solos, 48 assists, 10 TFLS, 3 INTs-1 for TD, and 3 fumbles.

RedHawks Cruise to Second Straight 4-0 Win

Freshmen Kelsey Dinges and Emily Hyde each tally first career goal; NDCL alumna Katy Dolesh assists on winning goal, scores third goal of season
OXFORD, Ohio For the second straight game, the Miami University women’s soccer team put on a dominating performance which resulted in a 4-0 victory, as four different RedHawks tallied a goal to down visiting Morehead State Sunday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field. The RedHawks (2-0-0) are off to a 2-0 start for the second consecutive season after a 4-0 win over IUPUI in Friday’s season opener while the Eagles (1-1-0) suffered their first loss of 2011.


Freshman Kelsey Dinges (Smithton, Ill.) put Miami on the board just over 11 minutes into the contest with her first career goal after some stellar passing set up the score. Junior Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) and senior Giselle Mangal (Mississauga, Ont.) carried the ball down the right side, passing to each other until Kodiak dished to sophomore Katy Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio), who connected with Dinges in the middle of the field. Dinges took a few dribbles and fired from just outside the 18-yard box as the ball hit the inside of the goal post and slowly rolled in to give the ‘Hawks a 1-0 advantage.

Katy Dolesh



Miami would almost score again in the opening half, but an Eagles defender headed the ball off the goal line to keep it a 1-0 contest at halftime. Despite leading by just one, the RedHawks outshot MSU 14-2 in the first 45 minutes, as Miami didn’t allow a shot until the 19th minute, but Eagle keeper Katie Blevins made five saves to keep the match close. Miami also earned three of its four corner kicks in the first stanza while Morehead State earned just one all day.


The RedHawks would open the game up in the second half, as Kodiak doubled Miami’s advantage in the 63rd minute, after she was robbed in the first half by a strong save from Blevins. Mangal pressured Blevins into a bad clearance that went right to sophomore Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.), who dribbled up the left flank where she found Kodiak camped in front of the net for a one-time finish.


Freshman Emily Hyde (Barrington, Ill.) then made it 3-0 Miami in the 74th minute with her first career goal. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) booted the ball upfield and Dinges flicked the ball forward with her head, leading to a breakaway for Hyde, who slotted the ball into the far corner of the net just past a diving Blevins. Dinges picked up the assist, the first of her Miami career, giving her a three-point match.


“I thought all of our kids did well today, not just the freshmen,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “I’m certainly pleased with how quickly they’re picking up the system. Every day they seem to understand what their roles are and how we play. Emily Hyde and Kelsey Dinges getting their first collegiate goal, that’s always a thrill.”


Just over five minutes later, Miami capped the scoring to make it 4-0. Senior Courtney Clarke (Scarborough, Ont.) dribbled down the right side past a defender and into the penalty box, where she was taken down, earning the ‘Hawks a penalty kick. Dolesh took the kick for Miami, calmly burying it in the right side of the goal for her third goal of the young season.


The RedHawks finished with a 25-6 edge in shots, as Norenberg needed to make just three saves, all in the second half, to earn her second straight clean sheet and improve to 2-0. Blevins took the loss while finishing with seven saves. Miami has now allowed just nine shots, including only four on goal, in its first two games combined.


“I’m really pleased with two straight shutouts. You just can’t ask any more of our defense,” Kramig said. “Haley Clark has been superb. Not only has she been a great player in the back but you also get great leadership. She has really stepped up, especially for someone who hasn’t played center back in a couple of years.”


The RedHawks look to remain undefeated when they hit the road for the first time in 2011, traveling to Cincinnati for a contest with Xavier on Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. Miami then continues further south, facing Eastern Kentucky on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 1 p.m.

Lake Ridge downs North Ridgeville in “battle of Ridgeville” tennis

Lake Ridge Academy was a 5-0 winner over North Ridgeville Monday.

Winning at singles for Lake Ridge were Berthy Feng, Rachel Rice and Marissa Beals.

 August 22, 2011

Lakeridge Academy:  5

N. Ridgeville: 0

First Singles:

B. Feng (LA) defeated K. Watson (NR) 6-1, 6-0

Second Singles:

R. Rice (LA) defeated C. Ashcraft (NR) 6-3, 6-0

Third Singles:

M. Beals (LA) defeated T. Wishner (NR) 7-5, 5-7, 10-5 (tiebkr.)

First Doubles:

T. Bandygpadyay/O. Miraldi (LA) defeated E. Alter/A. Ferrara 6-2, 4-6, 6-1

Second Doubles:

A. Kayeodra/A. Ridel (LA) defeated D. Ozello/L. Kennett (NR) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)

 Mags Varsity B wins “battle of Rocky River” tennis

Magnificat’s Varsity B tennis team was a 4-1 winner over Rocky River’s Varsity B team.

Mags swept the singles with Anne Gacad, Miranda Faranacci and Katie McCabe all winning in straight sets.

Magnificat Varsity B (4) def. Rocky River (1)

Magnificat B season record 4 and 0


1.  Anne Gacad (M) def. Jenna Inks (R) 6-3, 6-1

2.  Miranda Faranacci (M) def. Allyson Helleis (R) 6-1, 6-2

3.  Katie McCabe (M) def. Lene Qures (R) 6-0, 6-0


1. Chloe McClellan/Gabby Abraham (R) def. Kennedy Nock/Mary Grace Brandt (M) 6-3,

6-4 10-4

2.  Deeya Basu/Erin Coyne (M) def. Mary McHale/Maddie Fitsimmons (R) 6-3, 6-1

Callie Powers, Brooke Kahl, Claire Violand 

rally to help St. Joe to sweep of Brush

St. Joseph’s tennis team was a 5-0 winner over Brush Monday.

The Jaguars rallied in two of the five matches, Callie Powers coming back after being down one set to win at second singles and the doubles team of Brooke Kahl and Claire Violand were down a set at first doubles before coming back and winning two sets.

Saint Joseph Academy 5, Brush 0

Singles:  Wagner d. Kozono 6-4, 7-5; Powers d. Broome 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Drapac d. Jones 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles:  Violand/Kahl d. Bloomberg/Straub 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; DeGidio/Saracina d. Shapiro/Lippert 6-3, 6-3.

Mitch Rice shoots 79; Lake Ridge takes ninth in Calvert Invite

Mitchell Rice shot a 79 to lead Lake Ridge to a 9th-plac finish Monday in the Calvert Invitational on the Mowhawk course, in Tiffin.

Warren JFK took second, Norwalk St. Paul eighth and Lutheran West 10th.

Boys Golf

Calvert Invitational

At Mohawk Golf and CC (Tiffin, OH)

How they finished:  1. Lima Central Catholic  320;  2. Warren JFK  323;  3. Fremont St. Joe  327;  4. Woodmore  331;  5. Sugarcreek Garaway  333;  6. Calvert  346; 7. Liberty Benton  352;  8.  Norwalk St. Paul  358;  9.  Lake Ridge  363;  10. Lutheran West  378;  11. Mansfield St. Peter  396;  12. Sandusky St. Mary  45

Top Individuals:  1. Troyer (SG)  70;  2. Dudley (Fr SJ), Klaus (LCC)  77;  3.  Goodridge (LCC), Lapolla (JFK)  78;  4. Rice (LR), Zatko (W)  79











Walsh Jesuit boys’ soccer is young but has stellar mainstays heading up all three fronts; Warriors excited about entry to NCL, D-I

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CUYAHOGA FALLS – With a state-level performer heading up all three fronts of the pitch, Walsh Jesuit’s boys’ soccer team has at least a trio forming a nucleus that could lead for a fun regular season and long post campaign.

The Warriors have Second Team All Stater Nick Parianos returning to his forward slot, defensive stalwart James Milli returning to fullback, and the speedy Chase Mueller moving from defense to midfield, where he will have an opportunity to create more.

Parianos, a junior who also plays midfield as well as striker, scored 12 goals and had eight assists in 2010. Milli, also a junior, has received statewide respect as a hound dog on defense.


“James Milli is one of the best defenders in the state,” said Walsh coach John Kissner, now in his 34th season as the head man for the Warriors.

Mueller is a senior co-captain.

“We are moving Chase because he has great speed and is an excellent playmaker,” Coach Kissner said.

Jack Heupler is returning as a starting defenseman and will also serve as a senior co-captain along with Mueller. Kissner said, “Heupler is a solid defender.”

Another junior returning to his starting slot in the midfield is Victor Trifiro. Heupler chipped in with one goal and two assists while Trifiro notched four goals and two assists.

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Two incoming freshmen expected to make an early impact are Brian Hughes and P.J. Renz. Both are midfielders.

“Brian is a great talent who is very skilled and has a lot of speed,” Kissner said. “P.J. is also very talented. They will start and/or see a lot of playing time.”

Walsh might return five starters but relatively speaking is still a very young team. The current varsity roster has five freshmen, four sophomores, eight juniors and five seniors. Among the entire varsity clan, 10 are now and only a dozen have some varsity experience.

Still, the Warriors are coming off another fine season in 2010, finishing 18-4 and making it all the way to the state semifinals in Division II before falling to Revere, 2-1.

“We might surprise some folks along the way as long as we stay healthy and Parianos and Milli remain free to do their things,” Coach Kissner said.

One major change on the schedule for the Warriors this season is that they will be playing for something during the regular season since this is their first season as one of the two (boys’ side) new members of the North Coast League, guaranteeing matches annually against schools like Hoban, Lake Catholic, NDCL and Padua.

“We hope to improve during the regular season and be in top form once the post season hits,” Kissner said. “We do have a lot of new faces, but they will be all new to the rest of the league, a league in which we should be a contender. If the young players learn and develop quickly, we will have depth, which will be crucial.”

In addition, enrollment has been increasing at Walsh; thus, the Warriors will move up to Division I this season.

Kissner has a new assistant this season in Scott Zackarof, a 2003 alumnus of WJHS.

Dave Laguardia is now in his seventh season as the JV A coach and Paul Znidarsic in his sixth as the JV B boss.

St. Ignatius named national soccer champion again; Wildcats to host annual Ohio Jesuit Cup this weekend

CLEVELAND (OHIO CITY) -- On November 12, 2010, the Saint Ignatius Wildcats defeated the Centerville Elks at Columbus Crew Stadium to earn their fourth OHSAA Soccer State Championship.  After the game, the team was joined by ESPN Rise's Sheldon Shealer.  Shealer, the long time compiler of the Powerade Fab 50 national soccer rankings, announced that when the final soccer rankings were posted the following week, Saint Ignatius would be declared ESPN Rise Fab 50 National Champions. 

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Late this summer, Shealer went one step further than he did in November.  With all three seasons (fall, winter and spring) of soccer completed in the United States, ESPN Rise went back to the drawing board to decide which team would be named the boy's soccer national champion for the entire school year. 

Among the four unbeaten teams in the country (all playing in the fall season), Saint Ignatius rose to the top again. 

Citing the Wildcats outstanding play in the state tournament (nine goals in the final two games set an OHSAA Division I record for most goals in the semifinal and final since the OHSAA Tournament began in 1976) and the incredible 63-1-3 record the team has had over their past 67 matches (dating back to the 2008 state championship season), Shealer placed the Wildcats at the top of rankings again.  He also made note of the Wildcats goal differential over the course of the season, finishing with 114 goals scored to only 13 allowed.  Saint Ignatius edged great teams from Jordan (NC), Sacramento Jesuit (CA) and DeMatha Catholic (MD). 

The article made note of some of the Wildcat's standouts including left back Luke Blades (academic All-American), midfielder Yianni Sarris (All-American), midfielder Ryan Ivancic, midfielder Matt Foldesy and keeper Jackson Morgan.  Foldesy and Morgan will return on the 2011 team which hopes to earn a fourth consecutive berth in the OHSAA State Championship game.

The overall super ranking national championship adds to the soccer program's recent accolades.  In the fall the 'Cats earned their fourth state title (2004, 2005, 2008, 2010) and their second NSCAA national championship (2005 and 2010).  The Wildcats also wrapped up their ninth consecutive season as NSCAA Team Academic All-Americans.

For more on the Wildcats' Super Ranking National Championship, go online to check the article out on ESPN Rise.

Saint Ignatius will begin defense of the state and national championships against the Padua Bruins on August 20.  In the first few weeks of the season the Wildcats will host the Ohio Jesuit Tournament and a showcase against Louisville (KY) Saint Xavier and New York Saint Anthony on the turf of Wasmer Field.

St. Ignatius, which was national champion in soccer in 2005, will host the annual Ohio Jesuit Cup this weekend, a tourney that includes St. Xavier out of Cincinnati, St. John out of Toledo and St. Ignatius and Walsh Jesuit out of Cleveland.


 Jessica Porvasnik shoots a 73 to lead Highland to win in Walsh Invite; Hollis, Kelley lead Mags to second place

Jessica Porvasnik shot a match-medalist score of 73 to lead Highland High golf to a championship Monday in the Walsh Invitational, on the Sliver Lake Country Club course.


Hollis (L), Kelley (R)

Magnificat claimed two of the top four golfers which helped the Blue Streaks earn second place. Jillian Hollis shot a 75 and Cara Kelley a 77 for the Streaks.

Walsh  Invite

Silver Lake CC
5660 yds 8/22/11

Highland               318
Magnificat              323
T Roosevelt           348
Canfield                349
Walsh Jesuit         350
Strongsville           350
Medina                351
Wadsworth           366
Stow                    378
Ashland               379
Hathaway Brown   385
St Joseph            397
Hudson               412
Nordonia              422
Pauda                 423
Beaumont           451

Jessica Porvasnik Highland 73
Jillian Hollis Magnificat       75
Ashley Yarborogh HB        76
Cara Kelley  Magnificat      77

Avon Lake wins golf “battle of Lorain 

County” with win over Amherst; Schroeder’s 

41 paces Shoregals

Nikolette Schroeder’s match-medalist score of 41 at Sweetbriar Monday was strong enough to pace Avon Lake to top Amerhst, 194-243, in Southwestern Conference golf.

Emily Majzun  had a team-best 54 for the Comets

Amherst @ Avon Lake  Sweetbriar par 36

Avon Lake 3-1 SWC, 5-1 Overall

Avon Lake

Nikolette Schroeder 41
Corynn Krieg   43
Mallary Koeth  54
Taylor Browns 56
Total 194
Emily Majzun   54
Jennifer Sutton 57
Maddie Miller    60
Sam Camera   72
Total   243

Avon Lake 194  Amherst 243  N. Schroeder 41 (AL), C. Krieg 43 (AL)