A Page -- Aug. 25, 2010


After a 12-win season, Solon looking 

to continue business as usual; 

Shaker expecting to get back on 

winning track in Stewart Field Friday

Aug. 25, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SOLON – Solon High’s football team has some unfinished business to take care of while Shaker High’s team is bound to turn around a rare sub-.500 season when the two teams square off at 7 Friday in Stewart Field.

The Comets went 12-0 last year before falling in the regional championship game/state quarterfinals by one point to Glenville, 28-27, and would like to extend the season two more weeks this year starting with Friday’s contest against the Red Raiders. Shaker Heights, which several times joined the Comets in the Division I playoffs in the 1990s and 2000s, had a rather odd 1-9 season last year as it was reloading.


This is the 7th meeting between Solon and Shaker Heights. Friday’s meeting between Solon and Shaker Heights is an independent game and does not count toward league standings for either team. Shaker is looking for an upset as Solon has won all six previous meetings.

Solon quarterbacks coach and offensive Coordinator Thom McDaniels

The Red Raiders and Comets last met during Week 1 of the 2009 season in Shaker Heights Week 1, 2009 in Shaker Heights with Solon taking a 19-0 win home.

Shaker ended the season with a 33-6 loss to Lake Erie League foe Maple Heights, which went on quite a run in the Division II playoffs the four weeks following that game.

Jim McQuaide is in his eighth season at Solon and Anthony Watkins in his third season at Shaker, which turned in a more respectable 5-5 his rookie year as the Shaker coach, which could be the minimum expected out of the Red Raiders this season.

McQuaide’s Solon teams have turned in a combined 62-19 overall record over the years. Counting his time at St. Edward and the years prior to that, McQuaide is 138-81 as a head coach.

This will be the Red Raiders’ only road game in the next four weeks. The will be hosting Avon Lake, University School and Warrensville Heights the next three weeks.

The 2010 Solon squad features eleven players with at least one year of starting experience. QB/DB Chris Humphrey, RB/DB Kyle Hammonds, OL/DL Nathan Hoff, OL/DL Sam Camiener, OL/DL David Corrigan, RB/LB Jovon Johnson, TE/LB AJ Hicks, WR/DB Tres Barksdale, RB/LB Nick Davidson, OL/DL Austin Stock and RB/DB CJ Jackson return after being significant parts of the Comets’ 2009 success.

Gilmour football still rebuilding, but 

appears to have confidence to turn 

close losses into close wins and get 

back on normal Lancer track

Aug. 25, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GATES MILLS – After a run in which they made several appearances in the post-season playoffs in the middle of the century’s first decade, Gilmour’s football team experienced a rare season last year in which it won an out-of-character two games the whole season.

To start the new decade, the Lancers are hoping to get back to the winning ways that produced multiple seasons of double-digit wins during the ‘00s.


Still, it’s still a learning process for the Lancers who graduated many of the players from two of the team’s most successful seasons in program history, including 2008-09 when the team went 10-2 overall with just one loss in the regular season and 2007-08 when the team went 9-2 overall, also with just one loss in the regular season. Both of those years, the Lancers made trips to the Division V Regional Semifinals.

“Our main goal is to put together a winning season,” said head coach Matt Simon, who took over the program just last year. “We don’t have a lot of depth. We’re very young and will be looking for those younger players to mature quickly.”

Coach Simon

Among the key players back for the Lancers are Frank Pines (SR, FB/LB), Matt Debick (SR, QB), John Harper (SR, RB/SS), Cameron Carmen (SR, OL/DL), Matt Lamosek (SR, OL/DL), Leland Bent (SR, LB/OL) and Owen Brodhead (JR, TE/LB).



Oberlin Athletics to Host a Memorial Celebration in Honor of Joe Gurtis
Joe Gurtis
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College athletics department in conjunction with the family and friends of the late Joe Gurtis will be hosting a memorial celebration in his honor on Friday, August 27 in the John W. Heisman Room, located on the second floor of Philips Gym.

The event, which will run from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., will allow those to gather and discuss their memories of Joe. It is open to anyone who wishes to attend and will hopefully serve as a meet-and-greet between people of both past and current generations of Oberlin athletics. 

Many mementos and photos will be on display to illustrate Gurtis’ wonderful work as a coach, administrator, teacher and athletics director. Pastries and beverages will be provided. 

Gurtis worked at Oberlin College from 1965-1989. He passed away on July 15.

Two Alexes tally as Avon Lake 

opens SWC season with win over 


Aug 25, 2010

To open the Southwestern Conference boys’ soccer season tonight, Avon Lake doubled up on Berea, 2-1. However, the Braves kept the Shoremen honest as the score at half: was Avon Lake 1, Berea 1.


A pair of guys with the same first name wound up scoring the goals for Avon Lake: Alex Strimbu and Alex Yungvirt did the punching it across the line honors for AL.


Berea’s goal was scored by: Jack Kehl.


Assists for Avon Lake were credited to John Frie and Nick Stephenson. In terms of goalie saves, Avon Lake’s: Bryce Stuart had 3 and Berea’s: Yusko 7.


“It was a great opening round SWC match,” said Avon Lake coach Dan Ogilvy. “Berea scored 3 minutes into the game on a nice breakaway goal by Jack Kehl. He caught Avon Lake’s backline off guard.”


Shoremen battled back with Yungvirt’s equalizer right before half after a great dispossession and transition pass by defender John Frie. Nick Stephenson found Alex Strimbu for the game winner during half number two.

Two of SWC's best square off as 

Demons and Comets settle for a tie

Aug. 25

Two of the Southwestern Conference’s best met right off the bat tonight as the boys’ league soccer season opened and as usual, it was a hot one with Amherst 1 and Westlake tying 1-1.

Amherst’s goal came from - Connor Klekota (unassisted), while Westlake’s came from Dane Rimko (unassisted, PK).

In the battle of boys in green, Westlake had the edge in shots, 11-8.

Maximo Meggitt had 10 saves for the Comets and Alex Ferrell 5 for the Demons.

Overall, Amherst is 1-0-1 and Westlake is 1-0-1.Halftime score was Westlake 1, and Amherst 0.

Four different goal scorers produces 

4-2 win for Amherst JV outfit

Amherst doubled up Westlake in boys JV soccer tonight, 4-2

Amherst goals were scored by Marcus Schmitz assisted by Dalton Sweet, by Dalton Sweet assisted by Marcus Schmitz, by Zach Levit unassisted, and Tommy Wesley assisted by Marcus Schmitz

Niko Malobabic had seven saves for Amherst.

Amherst JV record - 2-0

Mags varsity B goes 

to 4-1 with 3-2 win 

over Hudson varsity B

Magnificat Varsity B tennis team improved to 4-1 with tonight’s 3-2 win over Hudson’s VB unit.

Mags swept the singles matches with Emily Witt, Veronica Johnson and Cate Gisser all winning in straight sets.


1. Emily Witt (M) d. Katie Wiley (H) 6-1, 6-2

2. Veronica Johnson (M) d. Connie Chen (H) 6-4, 6-2

3. Cate Gisser (M) d. Ivy Shi (H) 6-1, 6-2

4. Vanessa Kreiss (H) d. Kendall Nock 8-5


1. Pagie Madison/Caela Keis (H) d. Sarah Patrick/Taylor Halen (M) 6-3, 6-1

2. Kathy Abraham/Jenna Kresak (H) d. Katie McCabe/Rachelle Abdelnoir (M) 6-4, 6-4

3. Kara Sosinski/Emily Axelrod (H) d. Josie Miller/Tayo Pedro 4-6, 7-6, 13-11

4. Ashley Spellacy/Nora Hudac (M) d. Miki Orlini/Victoria Ripepi (H) 8-3

PSA crew surfaces for Ignatius; Matt 

Foldesy scores four goals after red-

shirt transfer year; Wildcats top 

US; Coach McLaughlin can thank old 

friend Friedel

Aug. 25, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND (OHIO CITY) – St. Ignatius coach Mike McLaughlin can thank his former teammate Brad Friedel from the old East-West Soccer Club for tonight’s 8-0 win over University School in an all-boys-school battle here in Wasmer Field.

Virtually all the explosives the Wildcats needed came in the first half by Cat performers who started their high school careers at the now-defunct Brad Friedel’s Premier Soccer Academy in Lorain.

Watch short video Student/Athletes in action tonight in Ignatius-US soccer match by clicking and downloading:


Once the school owned by the goalie for Aston Villa in the British Premiere League folded last year, all the Student/Athletes at the school had to transfer to regular schools and McLaughlin lucked upon defenseman Zach Martin from Avon Lake, forward Matt Foldesy from North Olmsted and goalkeeper Brendan Cash from Westlake.


The West Side lake shore suburban trio spun together a highlights film in the first 40 minutes of the match to break open a 3-0 halftime lead, which was more than enough for the No. 4 ranked team in the country to put away the Preppers.

Watch short video Student/Athletes engage in opening kick off in action tonight in Ignatius-US soccer match by clicking and downloading:


Off a restart at 6:14, Martin took the ball in the back from 20 yards out and cranked a shot past Prepper keeper Alex Spectorsky to make it 1-0.

Listen to post-game interview with Student/Athlete Zach Martin conducted by Norm Weber from tonight’s Ignatius-US soccer match by clicking and downloading:


The lead stood for another 15 minutes or so and two teams went back and forth until the Wildcats put together a quick bang-bang to take a 3-0 lead.

First Foldesy, whose uncle Dennis played for North Olmsted High in the mid-1980s (during an era when the Eagles made going to the state Final Four an annual habit), and dad, Dan, and uncle Don were state champion wrestlers at St. Edward in the late 1970s, did the family name justice by taking a cross pass from Nate Fahey and applied a wicked left foot to the ball that zipped past Spectorsky with enough speed on it, making it 2-0 at 22:03.

Before the night would be over, Foledsy would have a hat trick-plus and the Wildcats would have a rout.

Listen to post-game interview with Student/Athlete Matt Foldesy conducted by Norm Weber and Eddie Dwyer from tonight’s Ignatius-US soccer match by clicking and downloading:


Martin (far left and getting attacked by the sun) and Foldesy (third from
left) at a PSA press conference two years ago

Just 28 seconds later, at 22:31, Tyler Sanda, took a pass from Ryan Ivancic and made it 3-0, just as the Preppers were getting set to recover from the second goal.


Preppers warming up before the match

In the 33rd minute, US had a golden opportunity to score when Prepper Captain Tom Poplar fired a hard shot to the left of Cash, who dove to his left and with an outstretched left arm was able to get his left hand on the ball and deflect it to just left of the post and keep the shutout going.

Listen to post-game interview with Student/Athlete Brendan Cash from tonight’s Ignatius-US soccer match by clicking and downloading:



St. Ignatius added insurance goals at 51:04 and 52:40 when Foldesy scored his second and third goals of the match.

Fahey scored his second goal and Foldesy a fourth goal, both prior to the 55th minute to make it 7-0, at which time Jax Morgan replaced Cash in goal and wound up sharing the shutout. Phill Buzzelli scored the eighth goal during mop-up time.

Foldesy, Cash and Martin were leaning toward St. Ignatius, while also looking at St. Edward and their respective public schools three years ago while in eighth grade, but wanted to get the international exposure by going through Friedel’s school, which would not allow its S/As to play for high school teams while also within the academy.

Listen to post-game interview with US coach John Ptacek from tonight’s Ignatius-US soccer match by clicking and downloading:


When interviewed about it two years ago, McLaughlin was gracious and said that he was close to having them but wished them well, understanding that he had similar opportunities with East-West 25 years ago

East-West, which was based in both Aurora and Solon during most of the 15 years of its existence, is the only club to have made it to the McGuire Cup, the national Final Four for boys under 19, three consecutive years, with McLaughlin and Friedel both playing big parts of those successes. East-West could have won the national championship one of the years McLaughlin participated, but club owner Tom Furth, as a matter of principle, sent three other key players home from Connecticut that weekend for drinking alcohol.

Watch short video Student/Athletes in action II tonight in Ignatius-US soccer match by clicking and downloading: http://sites.google.com/a/studentathletecleveland.com/student-athlete-cleveland/in-action-ii-tonight-in-ignatius-us-soccer

NCAC Women's Soccer Special





Aug. 25

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- Denison University was tabbed the preseason favorite in balloting by North Coast Athletic Conference women's soccer coaches in the preseason poll.

The Big Red, who are the defending NCAC regular season champions, earned seven of eight first-place votes from league coaches to compile 63 points, edging defending NCAC tournament champion Wittenberg (57).  The Tigers collected the final first-place vote.  Allegheny (42) narrowly edged out Ohio Wesleyan (41) for third-place in the poll, while Wooster (33), Kenyon (27), Hiram (15) and Oberlin (10) rounded out places five through eight



Avon's soccer team is hoping the 33-

50-100 percent plan comes to fruition 

this year

Aug. 25, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON – In 2008, Avon made it 1/3 of the way to winning an outright West Shore Conference girls’ soccer championship and in 2009 made it ½ the way there, so if the time line moves along a continuum in any type of logical sequence, the Eagles should take it all this year – all by themselves.


Two years ago the Eagles shared the WSC title with Bay and Rocky River and last year with a 6-0-1 record shared it only with Bay, which has won or shared in every WSC girls soccer title ever.

“We have a few goals/expectations for this season and obviously we want to compete again for a third straight Conference title and we also want to get at least one game deeper in the State Tournament, ” said Avon Coach Tony DiMacchia.



The Viking Report. . .

A Look At What Is Happening In Cleveland State Athletics

The Return of the Vikings...

2010 Athletic Year Kicks Off With Soccer & 

Volleyball In Action
Aug. 25, 2010

Brian McCann

With all of CSU's approximately 300 student-athletes returning to campus this week for the start of the fall semester, the athletic year kicks off as well as three of the 17 Vikings sports are in action this week.

Fresh off a 3-2 win over Marshall in their season opener on Sunday (Aug. 22), the women's soccer team will remain at home for a pair of matches this week.  CSU will host Gannonon Friday (Aug. 27) beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Krenzler Field and then close out the weekend against Kent State on Sunday (Aug. 29) at 1:00 p.m.  The Vikings are in the midst of a five-game home swing to open the season, the most consecutive contests at home in program history.

The men's soccer team is a week away from opening its season, but will prepare for the upcoming campaign by playing a pair of exhibition contests.  CSU will play at Ohio State on Tuesday (Aug. 24) at 5:00 p.m. and then close its brief preseason slate at Cincinnati on Friday (Aug. 26) at 7:00 p.m.

The volleyball team, which returns four starters from last year's squad that went 26-8 and won the Horizon League regular season crown, will be in action when the Vikings travel to Greenville, NC for the East Carolina Classic.  CSU will face Liberty on Friday (Aug. 27) and Charlotte and host East Carolina on Saturday (Aug. 28).


Lake Ridge is double boys' golf 

winner; Fairview's Adam Sanders is 

match medalist 


NORTH  OLMSTED -- Lake Ridge Academy defeated Brooklyn HS and Fairview HS tonight 9-hole, high school Tri Match, at Springvale GC. Fairview’s Adam Sanders earned medalist honors.

Lake Ridge’s overall tecord is 4-0.

Individual Scores for the Lions were Mitchell Rice (38), Nick Nemetz (39), Spencer Scheeler (40), and Thomas Tavolara (40). for a Team Total: of 157.

Fairview’s Individual Scores went as such:Adam Sanders (36), Tim Straka (39), Connor Doyle (40) and Kevin Haagensen (43) for a Team Total of:158.

Brooklyn had Sean Blaine (40), Nathan Smith (43), Mark Anderson (44), Scott Huegel (73) for a Team Total:of 200

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