A Page -- Aug. 24, 2010

Three-time Coach of the Year Matt Lindley

Gilmour's girls cross country team 

adds depth to district runners-up 

team from 2009

Aug. 24, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GATES MILLS – Gilmour’s girls’ cross country team needs to run just a little bit harder and a little closer together this season and if so should make it to States.

After finishing fifth at the regional last year, the Lancers have to move up only one spot in order to qualify to state this year.

“We can have a fantastic year and have a lot of fun,” said Lancer coach Matt Lindley, now in his 14th season of coaching Gilmour’s cross country team. “The team is focused and ready to do what they are capable of. We have a nice mix of veteran leaders who have been through the fire along with talented newcomers who will add to the team.  Can we be a contender?  Yes, though the season is long and many things can happen.”


With a dozen returning runners from the team that won the Independent School League and finished second in the district, Gilmour appears to have depth and experience, but a lot of those “veterans” are only sophomores.

The returning runners are Caitlin Brett- (Sr.), Marisa Celeste (Sr.), Kiera Finelli (Sr., capt.), Colleen Kelly (Sr.) Jenna Radcliffe (Sr.), Holly Rapp (Jr,) Rachel Staton (Jr., capt.),  Alexis Anton (So.), Meghan Pryatel (So.), Vicky Belkin (So.), Hope Herten (So.), and Maggie Dick (So.).

“Depth should be a bit stronger with this year’s squad. The newcomers will add a lot of firepower to our pack,” said Lindley, a 1989 graduate of Gilmour. “Our confidence level is very high. The girls are excited and anxious to get the season started. They have worked hard all during the offseason doing long runs in order to get ready.”

The incoming runners include Erin Abdalian (Jr.), Danielle Lawrence (Jr.), Halle Markel (Fr.) and Rachel Novinc (Fr.).

“We have a tight varsity pack led by outstanding front runners,” Lindley said. “We have excellent team chemistry and work ethic.”

Lindley is also loaded with S/As who take a lot of advance placement classes, achieve high marks and go on to a lot of Catholic, other private, East and West Coast, and other prestigious colleges.

“In addition to having fun; our goals for our Student/Athletes are to become better people, serving God and our fellow human beings; and work together to the best of our abilities,” Lindley said.

Our individual goals are simple: see above.”

Team members are also dedicated to service in the community, helping at food banks and soup kitchens, tutoring inner city children and participating in many other mission-based and volunteer activities,

Lindley added that the key this year will be to keep the injuries to a minimum even though he has the depth to fill in for any and every one who might be out for any given amount of time.

The annual Gilmour Academy Invitational will be on Friday, Oct. 10. This always brings strong competition to Gates Mills.

Since beginning in 1997, Lindley’s girls’ teams have made five trips to the OHSAA Division III State Meet, earning a championship in 2006 and a runner-up finish in 2007.  His teams finished third in 2005, fifth in 2008 and 10th in 2001.

Under his direction, the Lancer girls have earned 11 consecutive conference championships, including seven MAC-8 titles from 1999-2005 and four Independent School League (ISL) titles from 2006-2010.

Lindley has earned much recognition for his efforts, which upon his development of the program, has turned a small group of 10 runners into a highly-competitive squad of nearly 50 Student/Athletes.  He has been named Greater Coach of the Year three times and District Coach of the Year twice.


Seeking first bowl bid since 1972

 This is the third in a series of features on football teams in the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference

Aug. 24, 2010

By Ken Mather

About The Golden Flashes

CLEVELAND -- Let's get the ugliness out of the way early. Kent State hasn't earned a bowl bid since 1972. It has managed just one winning record in the last 22 seasons -- and that was a 6-5 mark in 2001.

But seventh-year coach Doug Martin doesn't just see the light at the end of the tunnel. He feels the heat -- the good sort of heat -- that comes from having a veteran team laced with all-league performers. His experienced group started last season 5-4 before finishing with losses to Akron, Temple and Buffalo.

"We've got the best team we've had," Martin said. "We've got an experienced, quality quarterback and we've got a pretty solid defense here. That seems to be the recipe for success in this conference."

The Golden Flashes also have standout running back Eugene Jarvis back for his sixth year. Jarvis, who'll be a team captain for a school-record fourth season in a row, received special dispensation from the NCAA after suffering a lacerated kidney in Week 2 last year at Boston College.

"Getting him back was a huge lift for us," said Martin, who doubles as his team's offensive coordinator.

Martin believed he had something special in Spencer Keith (6-3, 215) when he recruited him out of Little Rock, Ark. in Feb. 2009, but he never thought Keith would prove him right so quickly.

Kent State started the 2009 season with Giorgio Morgan (6-4, 207) at the controls, but he tweaked his ankle in the opener and the problem became a bigger injury during the Week 2 loss to Boston College. Senior backup Anthony Magazu took over, but he hurt his elbow.

That thrust Keith into the fray, and he didn't stop improving until he separated his throwing shoulder in Week 11 against Temple. Despite making just seven starts, he finished the year with Kent State's freshman records for passing yards (2,147) and touchdown passes (14) as he all but mastered the team's West Coast offense.

"He really played fantastic," Martin said. "We knew mentally he'd pick things up quickly because he was a 4.0 student, but he had great anticipation of people coming open."

Keith returned from his injury to continue riding the learning curve during spring ball.

"You could see him just blossom this spring," Martin said. "He just understands the offense and the defense. He can really put the ball in tight spots. I guess the best compliment I can give him is the team voted him to be a captain."

Morgan, a junior who saw spot action in four more games after Keith gained control of the starting job in 2009, will compete in the fall with freshman Cedric McCloud (6-2, 234) for the right to be Keith's backup. Morgan has a better grasp of the offense and a big arm. The athletic McCloud was recruited by Kent State out of high school, but he spent a semester at Central Carolina Sports Academy before arriving in time for spring ball.

With Eugene Jarvis' return for a sixth year, the Golden Flashes are blessed with an embarrassment of riches in the backfield as junior Jacquise Terry (6-0, 183) and sophomore Dri Archer (5-7, 162) also are the goods.

"It gives us a lot of flexibility," Martin said. "It gives us the ability not to beat up one guy. There'll be plenty of footballs for all of them."

Jarvis (5-5, 170) enters his final year with 666 carries for 3,426 yards and 23 touchdowns as well as 70 career receptions for 743 yards and four scores. He needs 654 rushing yards this season to break Ashton Whatley's Kent State career record of 3,989 yards. "He's got vision and quickness," Martin said. "He makes people miss."

Terry blossomed after Jarvis suffered his lacerated kidney in Week 2 last year. During a six-game stretch in the middle of the season, Terry posted games of 110, 109 and 103 yards. For the year, Terry rushed 138 times for a team-high 649 yards (4.7 ypc) and four scores. He also embraced his wide-receiver roots by catching 17 passes for 205 yards.

"He's really good as a receiver," Martin said. "We can play two of the three at the same time, because Jacquise could easily play wide receiver."

Martin used Archer judiciously as a true freshman, but he proved to be electric when he touched the ball. In Week 10 against Akron, Archer caught eight passes for 90 yards and one of his four TDs. In the regular-season finale against Buffalo, the Laurel, Fla., native carried 10 times for a season-high 93 yards and also returned three kicks for 115 yards.

"Dri Archer is just pure speed," Martin said. "He was a 10.6 100-meter guy in high school."

When the 2009 season ended, Martin assumed sophomore Tyshon Goode (6-1, 182) would enter the 2010 season as Kent State's top receiver. Goode jumped right into the lineup at split end as a true freshman and led the Golden Flashes in catches (53), yards (755) and touchdowns (five).

But then redshirt junior Sam Kirkland (6-1, 191) started to harness his potential. He caught just 25 passes for 254 yards and two scores in his first two seasons. But at the end of spring ball, Kirkland was presented with the Don Nottingham Cup that goes to the offense's most improved player.

"He had some games last year where he was incredible," Martin said. "He had an 86-yard reverse for a touchdown against Bowling Green, but he was just inconsistent. But going into this year, he's everything that we imagined he could be."

Goode, Kirkland and fifth-year senior Anthony Bowman, Jr. (5-10, 168) give the Golden Flashes three speedsters who stretch the field. "We have three guys who can change the game in a hurry," Martin said. Bowman and fifth-year senior Leneric Muldrow (5-7, 178) will share time at H-back. Bowman caught six passes for 115 yards last year, while Muldrow contributed four catches for 62 yards.

Junior Kendrick Pressley (5-11, 187), who caught 21 passes as the starting flanker last season, and sophomore Matthew Hurdle (6-3, 185), a converted quarterback, will see lots of snaps as the backups to Goode and Kirkland.

"Pressley is really good with the ball after the catch," Martin said. "Hurdle has a world of ability, but he's still learning the position."

Junior tight end Justin Thompson (6-1, 220) played as a true freshman, but he suffered an ACL injury that robbed him of momentum and knocked him off the depth chart. But after a monstrous spring, Thompson is the starter. He's regarded equally good as a blocker and receiver.

"He looked like the player that we signed," Martin said.

Senior Jon Simpson (6-5, 237) caught seven passes for 66 yards and two scores last year as the starter. Fifth-year senior Pat Reedy (6-4, 240) started 11 games at right tackle in 2009, but the Kent State coaches moved him to tight end to take advantage of his athleticism on the line. His transi-tion was slowed by a torn pectoral muscle that kept him out of spring ball.

Kent State welcomes back three starters that should pave the way for the Golden Flashes' explosive skill players. Junior center Chris Anzevino (6-2, 305), who has started 24 consecutive games, earned one of the 37 spots on the Rimington Award watch list.


"He's got tremendous strength. He's close to a 460- or 470-pound bench press guy," Martin said. "He has good feet and is pretty quick."

Yet Anzevino might not be the team's best overall lineman. That accolade could belong to sophomore left tackle Brian Winters (6-5, 305), who started all 12 games at right tackle as a true freshman.

Hudson native Brian Winters

"He's got great size and really runs well," Martin said. "He's a guy who could be an NFL player one day."

Redshirt junior Michael Fay (6-4, 294) returns at left guard after starting 20 games in the last two seasons. Martin regards him as someone who really knows the game, which makes sense when one considers Fay won the team's Leo Strang Award that goes to the upperclassmen with the best cumulative GPA.

Redshirt sophomore Josh Kline (6-3, 304), who played every game off the bench in 2009, began the spring as Anzevino's backup. He remains the No. 2 center, but his primary gig will be as Kent State's starting right guard.

"We felt he was one of our most athletic linemen," Martin said.

With incumbent right tackle Pat Reedy shifted to tight end, redshirt sophomore Kent Cleveland (6-4, 294) jumps into the lineup there. Cleveland started the 2009 opener at left tackle before settling into a reserve role.

If there's an issue with the line, it's depth; the next four linemen all are rookies. Tackles Tyler Arend (6-5, 295) and Bryan Wagner (6-5, 301) and guard Max Plunkett (6-8, 318) are redshirts while backup guard Tom Pizzurro (6-4, 285) competed in spring ball after spending the fall at prep school.

Kent State defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis' crew prefers to be billed as a 3-4 alignment, but it tends to act like a 4-3 because senior "buck" Monte Simmons (6-3, 226) is such a great pass rusher.

The linebacker-turned-defensive end recorded eight sacks and 16 tackles for loss last season -- both totals good for the top three in the MAC -- and needs 9.5 sacks this year to break Justin Parrish's school record of 25. Simmons earned second-team All-MAC honors last year, but he sat out the spring after injuring his quadriceps while running the 40-yard dash for pro scouts.

"He has a long frame and a great knack for rushing the passer," said Rekstis, a Bay High alum who went on to play for and coach under Jim Tressel at Youngstown State before coming here. "He's a great, great effort guy. We would like to get him lined up as much as we can to an open side. We've created a couple wrinkles in our package for him to pick guys he can take advantage of."

Bay Village native Pete Rekstis

Undersized senior nose guard Quinton Rainey (5-11, 235) is the line's other returning starter. He posted 29 tackles and a pair of sacks in 10 starts. "Tremendous burst off the ball," Rekstis said. "He's a very good player against zone run teams. They have a hard time blocking him one-on-one."

Redshirt junior defensive tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen (6-3, 304) could be the key to the defensive front's success. He played a reserve role the last two years while trying to avoid his weight ballooning to the 320-pound range. He stayed around 300 pounds during the spring, and his level of play blossomed accordingly. "We're looking for him to be our most dominant player," Rekstis said. "He's as athletic as anybody we've had. He probably has the best potential to go to the next level because of his size and strength."

Senior Zach Williams (6-3, 255), who began his career at MAC East rival Buffalo, vaulted over redshirt junior Lee Stalker (6-2, 254) during spring ball to earn the defensive end spot opposite Simmons. Williams made five starts in 2009 and rolled up six TFL and 3.5 sacks after transferring in from a junior college. Stalker posted 12 tackles and one sack in a reserve role last season. "They're traditional '5-technique' guys," Rekstis said. "Both guys are strong players."

True sophomore Dana Brown (6-1, 274) serves as the top backup at both tackle spots after contributing 12 tackles and a half sack as a reserve last season. Sophomore Jake Dooley (6-2, 236) and redshirt freshman C.J. Steward (6-1, 224) are battling to back up Simmons at "buck."

First-team All-MAC middle linebacker Cobrani Mixon (6-1, 240) began his career in the Maize and Blue, but he's back for one last go-round in the Navy Blue and Gold. Mixon led the Golden Flashes and ranked 34th nationally last year with 9.9 tackles per game. His 108 tackles including 10.5 for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

"He has a great feel for the game," Rekstis said. "He doesn't take any bad steps. He's extremely strong in his hands and upper body, which protects him from blockers. He's a tremendous tackler. He's got it all. I don't have to coach him a whole bunch."

Mixon even helps Kent State's defense when he's not on the field. When he sat out spring ball as a precautionary measure after offseason knee sur-gery, the coaches used his absence to give weak-side starting linebacker Dorian Wood (6-1, 235) his snaps in the middle. "He had a great knowledge of the defense, but he had to make all the adjustments and calls and I think that benefited Dorian," Rekstis said. "We've never had a season where all three linebackers make it through the season, so it created some flexibility."

With Mixon healthy this fall, Wood returns to his starting job on the weak-side. Wood started nine games last fall and finished with 58 tackles and nine TFL. Senior Will Johnson (6-0, 198), who began his career in the secondary before making three starts at linebacker in 2009, enters this season as the starting strong-side linebacker. Johnson has just 38 tackles on his three-year register.

"He's got to prove he can make some plays," Rekstis said. "He got a lot of reps in the spring and got better, but he needs to continue to do so this fall."

True sophomore Luke Batton (6-0, 220) waits in the wings if Johnson falters ... or he might simply play so well he needs to be on the field. After posting 26 tackles as a true freshman, Batton spent the spring at weak-side linebacker with Wood in the middle. Batton's father, Ben, played at Kent State as well and served as a captain of the 1979 team.

"He's very talented, very headsy," Rekstis said. "I consider him a starter."

Junior Byron Tyson (5-10, 213) and redshirt freshman Garrett Piggott (6-1, 218), who entered the spring in the secondary, are next in line at the outside spots. Tyson has made nine career tackles.

Kent State's front and linebackers look good, but this could turn out to be the defense's most productive group. Rekstis, who focuses on the secondary, welcomes back three starters with All-MAC potential and a fourth guy who saw extensive time before missing the 2009 season.

When Rekstis talks about senior safety Brian Lainhart (6-1, 207), he nearly trips over his tongue in excitement. Lainhart enters the 2010 season as the Football Bowl Subdivision's active leader in interceptions with 15. He deserved his 2009 first-team All-MAC honors after piling up 87 tackles, seven interceptions and four forced fumbles.

"Since the day he got on campus, he made plays," Rekstis said. "I'm going to make sure I enjoy this year, because I'm going to miss him a ton. He's wearing me out every day on new things he can do and work on. He's no joke. He's a rock-solid cat now."

Safeties are interchangeable in Kent State's system. Lainhart might be an All-American candidate, but senior safety Dan Hartman (6-2, 205) isn't far behind. He started all 12 games last year and racked up 72 tackles, six TFL, four interceptions and nine pass breakups.

"He and Brian take pride in being a safety tandem," Rekstis said. "He's very athletic; a safety that quietly gets things done. It'll be exciting to watch them."

Junior Josh Pleasant (5-10, 181) returns as the boundary corner. He produced 73 tackles, 11 pass breakups and one interception in 2009 and has the potential to reap All-MAC honors this fall.

The Kent State coaches weren't sure who would handle the other corner ... and then they learned during the summer that fifth-year senior Kirk Belgrave (6-1, 205) made the grade after sitting out last season with grade issues. Actually, Belgrave went home for the fall semester before returning with renewed drive.

"He worked his fanny off," Rekstis said. "I'm proud of him. He's a special player. He watched two guys out of our secondary make it to the NFL as corners [Jack Williams and Usama Young]. He has the same skill set as those guys. He knows he's as talented as them." Belgrave started six games in 2008 en route to 40 tackles and one interception.

Junior Norman Wolfe (5-8, 163) is a former walk-on who battled his way into a role as the nickel back. He's also the third cornerback. The Golden Flashes need some unproven guys to provide depth. The list of candidates includes sophomore safeties Leon Green (5-11, 204) and Zack Gonosz (5-10, 203) as well as redshirt freshman corner Darius Polk (6-0, 183).

Kent State is excited to give Eugene Jarvis extra touches as the punt returner. He had five returns for 77 yards (15.4 ypr) in last year's opener before getting hurt. If he needs a rest, incumbent returner Leneric Muldrow (13 returns, 126 yards) is available.

Senior Anthony Bowman handled most of the kickoff returns last year. He averaged 22.0 yards per return, but that included a touchdown against Miami (Ohio).

Sophomore Freddy Cortez (6-0, 200) returns to handle every aspect of the team's kicking game. After a slow start, Cortez converted 13-of-15 field-goal attempts in MAC action. He also nailed 24-of-26 extra-point tries and served as the kickoff man for Kent State's coverage team that led the nation with just 15.3 yards allowed per return.

Cortez had three of his 19 field-goal attempts blocked and never tried any 50-yarders.

Junior Matt Rinehart (5-9, 171) became the second Kent State punter in 58 years to receive first-team All-MAC honors.

He averaged 40.9 yards, which isn't a monstrous number, but he dumped 17 punts inside the 20-yard line and helped Kent State rank second in the MAC in net punting (35.8).

Kent State loves to hit Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy for hardened prep-school players -- the school signed five Hargrave alums in this year's class alone -- but saves most of its other scholarships for Ohio-bred preps with a few splashes in Florida's deep pool of talent.

The Golden Flashes have enough veterans that they can afford to redshirt most of their freshmen this season, but they're expecting Reynoldsburg, Ohio's Roosevelt Nix-Jones (6-0, 240) to jump on the two-deep at defensive tackle.

Mount hires new assistant running 


August 24, 2010 

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE--The University of Mount Union has named Judy Bataille assistant women's track and fieldand cross country coach.

Bataille just finished a stellar track and field career at fellow Ohio Athletic Conference member at Heidelberg University.  

She was a three-year team captain that was a two-time NCAA Division III Indoor Track National Champion in the 55 meter dash.  She finished her running career as a three-time indoor All-American in the 55 meters (2008-10) and an outdoor All-American in the 100 meter dash in 2009.  

She also holds the Ohio Athletic Conference record in the 55 meters at 7.07. 

Lake Ridge stays unbeaten in boys' 

golf with tonight's win over 

Cuyahoga Heights

Aug. 24, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 Lake Ridge’s boys’ golf team improved to 2-0 with today’s 159-196 win over Cuyahoga Heights at Astorhurst GC.

The Lions’ Nick Nemetz shot a 38 to earn match medalist honors. He was followed by Mitchell Rice (39), Spencer Scheeler (39), and Thomas Tavolara (43).

The Redskins had Aaron Chopka (44), Matt Vitanza (45), Jimmy Schafer (52), and Nick Orr (55).



Bennies, Latin, Iggy have storied 

histories in Cleveland Charity Games; 

modern era more metropolitan in 

including outlying counties

Aug. 24, 2010

By Norm Weber, Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

and Wally Mieskoski, Cleveland High School Sports Historian

BEDFORD – There was a time that the Charity High School Football Games on the lakefront meant the championship for the city of Cleveland and while no longer serving as such in its renewed, modern form, it still melds various traditions and brings together some of the best programs all in one spot and one weekend, and to kick off the regular season while the weather is still warm in late August.

This weekend will have a different twist in that Saturday’s double header in The Stadium will have St. Edward playing Mentor in the matinee and the Eagles’ arch-rival St. Ignatius playing Lake Catholic in the nightcap. So we have two West Side teams only five miles apart of each other against two Lake County teams located only two and a half miles from each other


Also, for nostalgia fans, a prelude to Saturday’s double header will have Benedictine hosting Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Friday night in Bedford Bearcat Stadium, both schools with storied histories in Charity Games although this year’s game is not necessarily connected to the Charity event.

At one point, for more than a dozen consecutive years it was the Bennies-Latin game that decided who (see below) would go to the Charity Game, and in many cases face St. Ignatius. Sadly, the Bennies-Latin series was interrupted for 29 years after Latin closed as a single-sex school. It later revived in the alliance with Notre Dame, but it was not until 2007 that the two schools played again and it was in none other than the Charity Game, the opener to the Avon Lake-Avon nightcap game.

Since the renewal, Bennies and Latin met three times, with Bennies winning twice and holding a one-game edge in the all time series 24-23-21. Latin won last year and can tie it up again with a win Friday.

However, most alumni of CL and alumnae of ND and current students and recent graduates of the combined school prefer to keep the all-time series separate, so Bennies holds a 2-1 edge against NDCL, still leaving the Lions with a chance to tie it Friday.

 Another St. John will be playing in this game for Bennies. Ben St. John is a senior WR/DB and is from the third generations of St. Johns who have played for Bennies in games against Latin/NDCL.

The following is a summary Wally yarned prior to the ’07 game (more on the other two games following the summary)



At one time, the biggest football rivalry in the Greater Cleveland area was Benedictine-Cathedral Latin.

Much like the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry in the Big Ten, the championship was almost always at stake when these teams met. This "catfight" between Benedictine and Cathedral Latin was usually played for the East Senate championship and a spot in the Charity Game.

One newspaper reporter from the Cleveland Press wrote in a 1965 pre-game article, "You better get there early for the East Senate football season - it might be over in two hours. Defending champion Benedictine and Cathedral Latin collide in their first league game. The winner stands an excellent chance of zipping through the rest of the league schedule undefeated." Benedictine won that game 27-20. And, yes, they won the East Senate title and later won the Charity Game. 

When the last game in the series between these two East Side Catholic all-male schools was played in 1978, the all-time series appropriately ended with a 22-22-1 record. In June 1979, Cathedral Latin School closed.

The Building that housed the old Latin

In the mid-to-late 1980's, Cathedral Latin joined with Notre Dame Academy to form Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, a co-ed school in Chardon. 

The series began in 1930, the second year that Benedictine began playing football. That first game was won by Cathedral Latin 26-6. 

Cathedral Latin dominated the early games in the series, winning the first 15 games sometimes by scores of 60-0, 57-0, 47-0, 40-0, 32-0, 40-6 and 39-6 were common in those early years. In fact, in those first 15 games, Cathedral Latin outscored the Bengals by an average of 31.8 to 3.2 points per game. The Bengals scored in double figures only once in that span.

But in 1948, in front of a crowd of 20,037 at Cleveland Stadium, Benedictine defeated Cathedral Latin for the first time 15-0. Since that first win, the Bengals held the upper hand in this series. Later in 1948, the Bengals made a return visit to the Stadium, as they beat South 7-0 to win the school's first Cleveland City Championship.

That title game was played in front of a crowd of 45,117 - the largest in Benedictine history. One of the Bengals players in that game would make a number of return visits to Cleveland Stadium both as a player and later as a coach.

Chuck Noll continued to have extended family in Lakewood
during his entire tenure in Pittsburgh

After graduation from the University of Dayton, Chuck Noll (Benedictine Class of '49) played for the Cleveland Browns as a guard-linebacker and then later coached the Pittsburgh Steelers to many memorable wins over the Browns. In addition, Noll led the Steelers to four Super Bowl wins.

Editor's  note The same year (1948) of Noll’s high school heroics, Cleveland was deemed the “City of Champions” as the Browns won the championship of the All American Conference, the Indians won the World Series and the Barons won the Calder Cup.  Ironically, Noll took over the Steelers in 1969, when the Browns were still a powerhouse and dynasty, including an appearance in the NFL title game in ‘69. Noll’s Steelers were 1-13 in that same year followed by one of the greatest decades ever by any franchise while the Browns followed with their worst decade ever (under the pre-1998 franchise).

From 1952 to 1966, only Benedictine (12 appearances) or Cathedral Latin (3 times) represented the East Senate in the Charity Game. Benedictine was a member of the East Senate from 1937 until 1971 (football seasons). Latin dropped out of the Senate a few years before Benedictine. 

The 1957 Charity Game was crucial for Benedictine. Propelled by a mid-season 13-7 victory at Massillon, the Bengals led the wire service polls. A victory in the title game was necessary to clinch the state title - a first for Cleveland.

Benedictine defeated St. Ignatius 27-3 to win the game, the City Title and later was voted as Ohio football champions. It was Benedictine's first state football title. And at that time, there was only one state champion crowned in Ohio.


In 1965 and 1966, Larry Zelina (Benedictine '67) is the only two-time winner of the Charity Game's MVP award.


After falling behind in the all-time series 15-0, Benedictine rallied to take a brief lead. In 1973, after defeating Cathedral Latin 23-0, Benedictine clinched a state playoff spot for the first time and eventually defeated Ironton 38-13 to win the Class AA state title. That win over Latin tied the all-time series 20-20. In 1975, the Bengals topped Latin 33-14 to take the all-time series lead for the first time 21-20-1.  The last game was played in 1978 with a Latin victory 8-7 to end the series at 22-22-1.

St. Ed President Jim Kubacki is a St. Ignatius alum 

and former Cat QB


The Eagles and Cardinals met five years ago at Byers Field for the right to go to the state semis in the regional championship game. St. Ed won that semifinal game in a hard-fought battle, but then suffered its first loss of the season in week 14 to Massillon, the eventual state runners up.

While St. Edward and St. Ignatius have a date with each other the 10th week of this season, Mentor will also be seeing the Wildcats the first weekend of October in Byers, so this game will serve as a good scouting report for the Ignatius coaches if they didn’t have their own game to prepare for.

Ed’s will see Bennies in Lakewood Stadium the same night the Wildcats entertain the Cardinals.

St. Ed was a program that began getting involved in the Charity games in the late 1960s after they were no longer deciding the Senate championship and when it was part of the short lived Crown Conference, which Lake Catholic was also in briefly.

Also, Bennies and Latin will be seeing a lot more of each other in coming years since next high school Student/Athletic season Benedictine will end its long standing as an independent and join the North Coast League along with Beaumont and Walsh Jesuit, as Elyria Catholic exits for the West Shore Conference. NDCL is a charter member of the NCL.


This will be Lake Catholic’s first appearance in a Charity Game. Conversely, St. Ignatius has been in a bunch, including a 1945 game against Latin that drew in 53,356 fans to the lakefront.

St. Ignatius met Latin again in the 1958 championship game in front of 28,000 fans.

However, it was the Bennies-Iggy matches in The Stadium that were some of the greatest of all time. This version of the Cat Fight took place in 1950, ’52, ’55, ’56, ’57, ’62, ’63, and ’64.

Brian Dowling run for yards against Harvard in 1967 edition of "The Game"

Former St. Ignatius quarterback Brian Dowling (10) played in Charity games in front of over 30,000 fans at the Stadium and like Kubacki played in Harvard-Yale games 

The Charity Games were also not only private schools. Iggy faced the now defunct Slavic Village (Cleveland) South in 1965 and ’66 and John F. Kennedy in ’68.

Bennies saw Marshall twice, Rhodes once and South once. Latin saw Lincoln (The Presidents, not Wolverines), Central, Cleveland Heights, and WesTech.

The largest crowd for a Charity Game was 70,955 on 27 Nov. 1946; they watched Cathedral Latin defeat Holy Name, 35-6.

Mags accepting entries for golf outing fundraiser Sept. 10

Aug. 24, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Magnificat High School’s golf team is hosting its annual golf outing fundraising event Sept 10 on the Legacy Course on Avon Lake’s Sweetbriar Golf Course.

The 18-hole scramble will begin at 11 a.m. and is open to anyone. The cost is $125 per golfer, $200 Hole Sponsorship, or the $500 Hole Sponsor Blue Streak Special that includes a foursome. The price for all entries includes a cart, beverages, lunch, dinner, and door and raffle prizes.

Those wishing to attend dinner only may do so at 5 p.m. for a $30 fee.

The Legacy Course was recently built, which added nine additional holes to the previously existing 18.

For more information call Julie Gibbons, 440-331-7227.

Case Reserve women's soccer team 

brings back a lot from 2009, looking 

for more of what made season great 

for Spartan fans

Aug. 24, 2010

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND – Following one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Case Western Reserve University women’s soccer team will rely on eight returning starters and a talented group of up-and-comers as it looks to take another step forward during the fall of 2010. 


The Spartans finished the 2009 campaign with an overall record of 9-6-3 and posted a 3-3-1 mark during University Athletic Association play. The winning season was Case’s first since 2003 and resulted in a No. 7 ranking in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Great Lakes Region. Head Coach Tiffany Crooks and her staff were honored as the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year



 Oberlin Men's Soccer Picked Fifth in Preseason Poll

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8/24/2010 11:42:19 AM
By Mike Mancini

Westlake – The Oberlin College men’s soccer team was selected fifth in the annual North Coast Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the league office announced this week. 

The Yeomen earned 40 points in the poll. Perennial national power Ohio Wesleyan took seven of the nine first-place votes to lead the way with 79 points. Kenyon (72) and Hiram (59) round out the top three. 


Wildcats, Preppers open season tomorrow in Wasmer

Aug. 24

CLEVELAND (OHIO CITY) Saint Ignatius starts another highly anticipated season with the home opener on Wasmer Field against the University School Preppers.  Saint Ignatius is currently ranked the #4 team in the ESPN Rise preseason poll, and will be led by tri-captains Yianni Sarris, Luke Blades (Davidson Commit), and Ryan Ivancic and head coach Mike McLaughlin.  

Live coverage of the first game of the season comes with live video as the Saint Ignatius Broadcasting Club brings the game to you online - go to www.sibn.weebly.com to check into the action.  The game starts at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, August 25th.

Then come here to Student/Athlete Cleveland before midnight for full four-fold coverage of the match -- text, audios, short videos and still pictures.

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