A Page -- Aug. 24, 2012

St. Edward, Glenville to begin gridiron season Saturday in Lakewood Stadium

St. Edward, the 2010 big-school state champion, and Glenville will open the football season Saturday in Lakewood Stadium.

This will be the 11th matchup between St. Edward and Glenville.

This will be the third straight year the teams will meet. Last year the Eagles beat the 2010 Senate League Champs 17-14 at Cleveland Browns Stadium as the main event during the 2011 Charity Game series.

St. Ed’s leads the series with an 8-2 mark. They also have a 2-1 playoff advantage against Glenville.

Glenville will look to get back into the playoffs after missing the post season last year.

The Tarblooders were 7-0 vs Senate league foes but were 0-3 against non conference teams. Glenville lost 12 starters from last year but return eight, (five on offense and three on defense.)

Some key players to look for include Senior Chris Overton QB/WR, Linebacker Christopher Worley 6-3, 190, and Junior Quarterback Quan Robinson


The Big Green Machine will look rebound after a second round exit in the playoffs to West Side rival St. Ignatius. The Eagles will look to reload on offense after graduating 8 offensive starters, as well as 6 on the defensive side of the ball.

The cupboard will not be bare in the all important skill positions as running backs Dwayne Aaron and Kenny Butler who combined for 2000 yards will carry the rock for the Eagles.

 Quarterback Ryan Fallon threw 14 touchdowns and almost 1400 yards last year and will look to one of the fastest runners in the state in wide receiver Anthony Young.

A new defensive scheme will showcase some tough-nosed defenders. Dominic Abounader, Lavontae Robinson and Solomon Warfield will be a huge key for the Eagle defense.

St. Ed’s has made the playoffs 10 of last 12 years. The Eagles have lost 14 starters lost to graduation including the whole offensive line.

Won first state football championship with an undefeated 15-0 record in 2010.

Since 1978 the school has won 46 state titles and 11 national championships in various sports. 2011-12 St. Ed’s won state titles in rugby, wrestling and indoor and outdoor track and field.

The Eagles football teams boasts champions in other sports from 2011.

Dwayne Aaron, Anthony Young, Shaun Crawford, Aaron Zedella were on the track team that captured the school’s first state championship.

Dominic Abounder was a member of the state championship wrestling team.

Glenville has won 15 straight Senate Football Titles, but has lost 12 starters lost to graduation with 5 starters back on offense with lots experience at the skill positions.

Six of the Tarblooder players are being eyed by a number of D1 schools

They have made playoffs in 11 of last 13 years. They were the first CMSD team to make the playoffs in, doing so in 1999 and to win a playoff game, doing so in 2000.

All 10 of the Eagles Football games will be streamed over the internet once again this season.

Adam Mendoza will once again handle the play-by-play duties and Carmen Angelo will offer color commentary as they begin their sixth season of calling St. Edward football.

Mendoza also calls the play-by-play of St. Edward basketball and hockey games as well as wrestling.

Carmen Angelo is the morning news anchor at WTAM 1100 Cleveland.

Most games will have a video stream and can be seen at SEHS.Net or Ihigh.com/Stedward. The duo will also handle the call of the Glenville and Ursuline games for Foxsportsohio.com/prepzone.

Storm Men's Soccer Picked Fourth in GLIAC South in Coaches' Preseason Poll

BAY CITY, Mich.-- The Lake Erie College men's soccer team was picked to finish fourth in the South Division of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) by the head coaches in the division, in the annual preseason poll announced Thursday (Aug. 23). The Storm finished in fifth place last season, with a 5-5-2 conference record, missing a playoff spot by a single point.

The Storm return several key players from last season including All-GLIAC First Team selection Randy Dansoand Willy Cognee, the 2011 GLIAC Rookie of the Year.

Lake Erie received 22 points in the poll. Affiliate member Notre Dame College is the preseason favorite to win the division, receiving seven first-place votes and 43 points. Ohio Dominican University is projected to finish second in the division, with three first-place votes and 38 points, followed by Walsh University with 27 points. Saginaw Valley State University is the favorite to win the North Division, with five first-place votes and 42 points.

The Storm kick off the season at Maryville University (Mo.) on August 31st.

Meyer and Jee Honored by the IWLCA

Oberlin, Ohio - Oberlin College women’s lacrosse players Ilyssa Meyer and Seung Yun Jee were honored by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association as they were named to the 2012 Division III Academic Honor Roll on Wednesday.

Meyer and Jee are among a group of 246 student-athletes of at least junior status academically from 94 institutions to be included on the IWLCA’s Academic Honor Roll. The list includes student-athletes from the 2011 National Championship team, as well as several All-Americans.

Meyer, a native of Marlboro, New Jersey, is studying Comparative American Studies at Oberlin. In addition to her academic excellence, she has been a key contributor to the Yeowomen lacrosse team from the time she stepped onto campus as a freshman. In her three years on the team, Meyer has started in 44 games while scoring 95 goals and dishing out 17 assists for a total of 112 points. She spent this summer interning at the White House.

A recent graduate from Oberlin, Jee is originally from Seongnam City, South Korea. In the spring, Jee graduated with a degree in neuroscience. On the lacrosse field, she played in 38 games and started in 20. In her three-year career, Jee scored two goals, recorded two assists and four points before graduating early after just three years. 

These two individual academic awards come days after the Oberlin College lacrosse team was honored by the IWLCA as one of 61 NCAA Division III schools as an All-Academic team. 

Horizon League Announces Men’s Basketball Conference Schedule

Horizon League play begins on Wednesday, Jan. 2


INDIANAPOLIS -- The race for the Horizon League men’s basketball title will begin on January 2, 2013 as the League announced its conference men’s basketball schedule on Thursday. Each of the nine Horizon League teams will play the others twice - for a total of 16 conference games - over a nine-week span culminating on March 2.

Among the highlights of the schedule is the rematch of the Horizon League Championship between Detroit and Valparaiso on Sat., Feb. 16. As part of ‘Rivalry Week,’ ESPN2 will carry the game, in which tournament MVP Ray McCallum leads the Titans to the ARC to take on defending League Player of the Year Ryan Broekhoff and Valparaiso. The Titans took home their first League title since 1999, 70-50, last March 6.

ESPN has confirmed that Sat., Feb. 9 will feature either Valparaiso at Cleveland State or Detroit at Green Bay on ESPN2, with the time to be determined.

Key matchups loom throughout the schedule, including the opening weekend, when Valparaiso hosts Cleveland State on Fri., Jan. 4. The next day, Detroit will host Green Bay in the first of eight Horizon League Games of the Week, which air at 2 p.m. EST.

Among other highly anticipated matchups, Detroit will head to Youngstown State (Jan. 10) and Cleveland State (Jan. 12), while the following week will see Green Bay hosting the Penguins (Jan. 17) and Vikings (Jan. 19). Valparaiso’s trip to Calihan Hall will occur on Thurs., Jan. 17.

Rivals will square off on the final weekend of January, with Green Bay traveling to Milwaukee (Jan. 25) and Youngstown State taking on Cleveland State (Jan. 26) in another Game of the Week.

Sat., Feb. 16 will see the intra-city rivalry between Loyola and UIC, with the Ramblers celebrating the 50th anniversary of its national championship team.

All nine Horizon League teams will be participating in the Sears BracketBusters before the final week of the year pits Youngstown State at Valparaiso (Feb. 26) before the Crusaders and Green Bay help close the regular season on March 2, along with Youngstown State at Wright State in the Game of the Week.

The Horizon League Tournament will begin on Tues., March 5, with three first-round games. The winners, along with the No. 3 seed, will be in action on Fri., March 9, with semifinals set for the following day. ESPNU will carry both semifinals, at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. ET. The Horizon League Championship will air on Tues., March 12, at 9 p.m. ET, on ESPN or ESPN2.

As part of their long-term partnership, the Horizon League and ESPN are finalizing national television selections for the coming season. An announcement regarding the full slate of Horizon League-ESPN telecasts should be released in the coming month.

All five First Team All-Horizon League players – Broekhoff, McCallum, Kevin Van Wijk (Valparaiso), Alec Brown (Green Bay) and Kendrick Perry (Youngstown State) – return in 2012-13.

Last year, the Horizon League sent a conference-record five teams into postseason play. Over the last 11 seasons, the League’s NCAA Tournament winning percentage is the best among all non-Power 6 conferences.

The composite League schedule follows.

Wednesday, Jan. 2
Youngstown State at UIC
Loyola at Valparaiso

Thursday, Jan. 3
Green Bay at Wright State
Milwaukee at Detroit

Friday, Jan. 4
Cleveland State at Valparaiso

Saturday, Jan. 5
Youngstown State at Loyola
Green Bay at Detroit
Milwaukee at Wright State

Monday, Jan. 7
UIC at Cleveland State

Wednesday, Jan. 9
Cleveland State at Wright State
Loyola at Green Bay
Valparaiso at UIC

Thursday, Jan. 10
Detroit at Youngstown State

Friday, Jan. 11
Wright State at Loyola

Saturday, Jan. 12
Detroit at Cleveland State
UIC at Green Bay
Valparaiso at Milwaukee

Wednesday, Jan. 16
Loyola at UIC

Thursday, Jan. 17
Valparaiso at Detroit
Cleveland State at Milwaukee
Youngstown State at Green Bay

Saturday, Jan. 19
Cleveland State at Green Bay
Youngstown State at Milwaukee
Wright State at Valparaiso
UIC at Detroit

Monday, Jan. 21
Wright State at Detroit

Wednesday, Jan. 23
Loyola at Cleveland State
Wright State at Youngstown State
Green Bay at Valparaiso
Milwaukee at UIC

Friday, Jan. 25
Green Bay at Milwaukee

Saturday, Jan. 26
Cleveland State at Youngstown State
Detroit at Loyola
UIC at Wright State

Wednesday, Jan. 30
Valparaiso at Youngstown State
Milwaukee at Loyola
Detroit at Wright State

Thursday, Jan. 31
Green Bay at UIC

Friday, Feb. 1
Youngstown State at Detroit
Milwaukee at Valparaiso

Saturday, Feb. 2
Cleveland State at UIC
Green Bay at Loyola

Monday, Feb. 4
Loyola at Wright State

Tuesday, Feb. 5
Youngstown State at Cleveland State
UIC at Valparaiso

Thursday, Feb. 7
Loyola at Youngstown State
Wright State at Green Bay
Detroit at Milwaukee

Saturday, Feb. 9
Valparaiso at Cleveland State
Detroit at Green Bay
Wright State at Milwaukee

Sunday, Feb. 10
UIC at Youngstown State

Tuesday, Feb. 12
Cleveland State at Detroit
Loyola at Milwaukee
Valparaiso at Wright State

Friday, Feb. 15
Green Bay at Cleveland State
Milwaukee at Youngstown State

Saturday, Feb. 16
Detroit at Valparaiso
UIC at Loyola

Sunday, Feb. 17
Milwaukee at Cleveland State
Green Bay at Youngstown State

Tuesday, Feb. 19
Valparaiso at Loyola

Wednesday, Feb. 20
Wright State at Cleveland State
UIC at Milwaukee

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 22-24 - Sears BracketBusters
Home: Loyola, UIC, Valparaiso, Wright State,   Youngstown State
Road: Cleveland State, Detroit, Green Bay, Milwaukee

Tuesday, Feb. 26
Youngstown State at Valparaiso
Green Bay at Milwaukee
Loyola at Detroit
Wright State at UIC

Friday, March 1
Cleveland State at Loyola

Saturday, March 2
Youngstown State at Wright State
Detroit at UIC
Valparaiso at Green Bay

Tuesday, March 5
Horizon League Tournament 1st Round:
Game 1 - No. 9 seed at No. 4 seed
Game 2 - No. 8 seed at No. 5 seed
Game 3 - No. 7 seed at No. 6 seed

Friday, March 8
Horizon League Tournament 2nd Round:
Game 4 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner
Game 5 - No. 3 seed vs. Game 3 winner

Saturday, March 9
Horizon League Tournament Semifinals:
Game 6 - Game 5 winner vs. No. 2 seed
Game 7 - Game 4 winner at No. 1 seed

Tuesday, March 12
Horizon League Championship

Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7 

Case Reserve men's soccer returning four starters, 13 lettermen in all

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Despite graduating one of the most successful senior classes in program history, the defending University Athletic Association Champion Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team maintains lofty goals in 2012 behind four returning starters and 13 letterwinners.

Last fall, the Spartans finished one of the best seasons in program history at 15-5 overall and 5-2 in the UAA. The team earned a share of its second UAA Championship and reached the NCAA Championship Tournament Second Round for the second time in team history.

All-UAA senior forward Eric Erb is one of four returning starters in 2012.

As a team, Case set school records for goals (52) and assists (50), while producing two All-Americans as well as the UAA Most Valuable Player and Co-Rookie of the Year.

The team will have to withstand significant losses in each of facet of the game, specifically on offense with the departure of four-year starter Vinny Bell, who was a two-time UAA Most Valuable Player and All-American.

Hoping to fill the scoring void will be the All-UAA duo of sophomore forward Patrick O'Day (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior) and senior forward/midfielder Eric Erb (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington).

During his rookie season, O'Day tallied 31 points on 11 goals and nine assists, ranking second in the UAA in all three categories. The conference's Co-Rookie of the Year, O'Day scored the game-winning goal in his collegiate debut versus Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.) early last September, and he added a score in the team's NCAA Tournament First Round victory versus DePauw University (Ind.) in mid-November.

Erb, also a two-time second-team Ohio College Soccer Association Academic All-Ohio honoree, played in 19 matches with 16 starts. Erb was third on the squad with 21 points on nine goals and three assists while ranking second with four game-winning goals.

In the midfield, Case returns a pair of starters in seniors Ross Twanmoh (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and Kostis Theoharides (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) in addition to a three-year contributor in Rene Silva (Hudson, Ohio/Western Reserve Academy).

Twanmoh started all 20 contests and produced nine points on two goals and five assists with a game-winner. Theoharides started each match alongside Twanmoh and tallied a pair of scores with four helpers. Theoharides' first goal came at a key moment when the Spartans rallied to defeat Emory University (Ga.) in mid-October. Silva saw action 16 matches with five starting nods and totaled two goals and two assists.\

Defensively, the team loses four-year starter and All-American back Niro Wimalasena as well as three-year starting goalkeeper Ben Yabrow.

Expected to lead the backline is senior Sam Kuehnle (Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills), who has started all 39 matches during the past two seasons. In addition to helping the team to eight shutouts and a 0.98 goals agains average, Kuehnle tied for third on the squad with four assists.

Back between the pipes is senior goalkeeper Ryan Koepka (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township), who served as Yabrow's back-up for two seasons. Sophomore Jay Darby (Flower Mound, Texas/Argyle) also returns with playing experience.

Koepka logged over 208 minutes of action in seven matches and recorded nine saves. Darby saw 18 minutes of action in a pair of contests last fall.

The team also returns five letterwinners with significant playing experience in sophomore backs Ryan Meyer (Lebanon, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) and Bairdy Hansen (Cazenovia, N.Y./Manlius Pebble Hill), senior midfielder Aaron Mayer (Merritt Island, Fla./Merritt Island), junior midfielder Elshaday Belay (Houston, Texas/Bellaire) and sophomore forward/midfielder Ryan Finstad (Rochester, Mich./Rochester Stoney Creek).

Meyer scored a goal in 19 matches played, while Hansen appeared in 16 contests with two shots. Mayer played in 10 contests with a trio of shots, Belay played in 11 matches and Finstad saw action in 13 contests with an assist.

In addition to the cast of returnees, a deep and talented freshman class will be expected to contribute immediately. Overall, 24 newcomers join the fold this fall.

The Spartans open the 2012 regular season on Friday, August 31 versus Washington & Jefferson at 7:00 p.m. at Case Field. The ultra-competitive UAA schedule opens at home versus New York University as part of CWRU's Homecoming Weekend festivities on Sept. 29.


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio Wesleyan emerged as the favorite in the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference women's soccer preseason poll based on balloting from the league coaches.

The Battling Bishops, who are the defending NCAC tournament champions, earned six of a possible nine first-place votes from league coaches to compile 76 total points. Allegheny, which finished as NCAC co-champions with OWU a year ago, earned one first-place vote and finished second in the poll with 68 points, while Denison garnered the final two first-place votes and finished third with 61 points. DePauw racked up 50 total points to finish fourth on the poll, followed by Wooster (47), Kenyon (43), Wittenberg (31), Hiram (17) and Oberlin (12).

Ohio Wesleyan, which is 208-66-26 (.737) during the 15-year tenure of head coach Bob Barnes, will be vying for its 10th NCAC women's soccer title all-time this fall. On the defensive side of the ball, the Bishops will once again rely on junior goalie Hannah Zacharias (Marysville, OH/Marysville) who allowed just 17 goals in 1952:21 minute of action in 2011 for a goals-against-average of 0.78, while senior Jessie Huschart (Columbus, OH/Hilliard Davidson) returns this fall as the leading point scorer from a year ago after totaling 16 points with four goals and eight assists.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference is made up of ten academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate member, Earlham College (field hockey).  The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.

Yeomen Soccer is Poised for a Big Season

Oberlin, Ohio - The Oberlin College men’s soccer team looks to begin a championship caliber 2012 season on August 31 at home when they go up against Geneva at Fred Shults Field.

The Yeomen return two All-NCAC selections, junior Ari Schwartz and senior Justin Griffiths, who will be counted on to lead the offense this fall. Last season Schwartz recorded a goal and an assist for Oberlin, while Griffiths, a two-time all-conference selection, finished the season tied for second on the team in points with seven. Griffiths looks to be the Yeomen’s top offensive threat as he enters the 2012 season with 10 career goals.

“We expect another strong campaign from Ari Schwartz whose tireless work rate should cause problems for opponents,” Head Men’s Soccer Coach Blake New said. “We're hoping for Justin to lead our attack and return to the goal-scoring form of his sophomore season after battling through some injuries last season.”

After a season where they struggled to finish off scoring chances, Oberlin will also need seniors Matt CapozziAndrew Wise, and Ed Vitoria to increase their production. Last season, Capozzi tied All-NCAC teammate Griffiths for second on the team in points with seven, scoring two goals and three assists in 2011, while Wise added two assists.

“Matt should anchor the center of our midfield and be a key distributor of the ball,” New said. “We expect Andrew to contribute all over the pitch with his versatility and outstanding technique. Eddy is poised for a breakout campaign after some good flashes last season and a strong spring season.”

Much is also expected from sophomore Sam Winward, who saw significant time as a rookie, and junior Matt Tunzi to produce in the midfield and on the attack.

“After a quality first year Sam figures to be a fulcrum in the center of midfield and will be essential to turn possession into quality chances,” New added. “The continued development of  Tunzi as an attacking threat should help shoulder the goal-scoring burden this year.”

Even after losing two all-conference seniors, the Yeomen have a plethora of experienced talent coming back in 2012. Senior Aki Gormezano will lead the Yeomen defense, while junior goalkeeper Brandt Rentel is coming off of a sophomore season that ranked him in the top five in the conference in saves with 73.

“Aki is our organizer on the backline and is a reliable ball winner,” Coach New noted. “In goal we have a talented shot-stopper in Brandt, should build off of his experiences last season and be even more reliable this year.”

In addition to the returning veterans, there is a great deal of production anticipated from a number of rising underclassmen and newcomers.

“With productive spring seasons under their belts, we'll be looking for Joe GraybealEvan TincknellDennis Kachintsev, and Dylan Tencic to emerge as key contributors,” New said. “Those guys along with the additions of a talented freshmen class, headlined byJohn Ingham and Slade Gottlieb, should add quality and depth to our attack.”

Coming back from a 2011 season that did not end the way they had hoped, a talented Yeomen soccer team is ready for a successful 2012 campaign. In the NCAC Preseason Poll that was released earlier this week, Oberlin was picked to finish seventh in the league, but Coach New and company have much higher expectations than that.

The Yeomen will open the season with a run of five home games and will begin conference play on September 22 when they travel to Wabash.

Oberlin fans should also note that all home match with be streamed online free of charge on goyeo.com. All matches will also future live in-game statistics.