A Page -- Aug. 26, 2010

The above photo of the Avon tennis group does NOT include the varsity,
but shows how deep the program is S/A 11-30.

In just five years, Avon tennis has 

gone from small program to one of 

deepest on West Side and in Lorain 

County; one of the favorites for


Aug. 26, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON – If it doesn’t win a league championship or send any Student/Athletes to state or even win a single match, Avon’s girls’ tennis program will go through this season and probably into the next season as one that sheds a positive light on the community.

And This is the varsity group (F-L-2-R, Ramadugu, Miranda Williams,
Mostardi, Halle Mentler,  Laura Schmitz B, Coach Aston, Bertrand, Meghan
Kelly, Maria Dobos, Monroe, Rice, Coach Mathie

Why is this so? Simply because of a high interest level, a lot of girls are participating in the program. Avon has enough warm bodies to field a full varsity team and also outfit full Varsity B and JV units, and still have enough left over for a few exhibition matches here and there.

On top of the numbers, Coach Robin Aston, now in her fifth season as the head gal, has a group of multifaceted girls who excel academically as well as athletically and are involved in other non-sports clubs.


“All the girls on the varsity tennis team have high GPAs,” Aston said. “They are involved in extracurricular activities as well, such as JSA and Drama Club.”

This also relates directly to tennis.

“The academic talents they show carries over in the great character and sportsmanship I see on the court,” Aston said. “It is a privilege to work with such great girls.”


The academic achievements are not in basket weaving either. One of the top players for Avon, Kirtana Ramadugu, is in honors classes and excels in the hard sciences.

“All 7 of my girls will be on the high/ honor roll at Avon High School this year,” Aston added.

Ramadugu is joined back in the fold by Carmela Mostardi (11th grade 2-year letter winner), Rachel Bertrand (12th, 2-letter), Ashley Rice (12, 2 year), and Megan Monroe (11 1 year letter).


Mostardi broke a school record last season as a first singles player when she won the singles championship at the West Shore Conference tournament. It was the first time Avon High has ever had a first singles champion in tennis.


In addition, in 2009 the doubles team of Ramadugu and Monroe set the school standard, going into the record books as the first Avon doubles team to win the championship in the WSC.


With Avon, it’s not all about veterans only either.

Freshmen Halle Mentler and Laura Schmitz have been the components of the second doubles unit this year.



“Our doubles teams play together during the off season and know each others’ games,” Aston said. “This has an advantage when they communicate well and get along well.”

Coach Aston

The Eagles (12-3 in 2009) are in great shape to win or at least challenge for the West Shore Conference title this season after coming in second last year. They have the experience to be contenders for winning the Lorain County Amateur Athletic Association (LCAAA) tourney, which includes all high schools in Lorain County that have a tennis team.

Now that the Eagles are in Division I, Aston and Athletic Director Erich Frombach has ramped up the level of competition on the non-conference slate. This year they are playing Lakewood for the first time, Elyria Catholic and defending state champion Magnificat. Two of these matches can also be considered prelude matches since EC and Lakewood will join the WSC in two years.

“Ours is a seasoned team with a high confidence level,” Aston said. “Those who pushed hard in their practice off season have shown great potential already to be winners. Our team is conditioning harder this season.”


The one major change this season is that the 2009 second doubles team from last year, Rachel Bertrand and Ashley Rice, has been moved to the singles positions.

Young Coach Mathie

Aston takes care of her own too evidenced by the new assistant coach, Erica Mathie, who is an alumna of Avon varsity girls tennis team. 

Oberlin College Cross 
Country Teams
Draw Preseason Rankings

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8/26/2010 10:29:39 AM
By Mike Mancini

New Orleans – Both the Oberlin College men’s and women’s cross country teams found themselves amongst the top tier of teams in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes Region Preseason Rankings that were released on Tuesday. 


The Yeowomen, who won the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship a season ago, drew the No. 3 spot in the region, trailing Hope and Calvin, whom claimed spots 1-and-2.



Pitch snafu from last October long 

behind it, Strongsville's girls' 

soccer team ready to take care of 

unfinished business this year

Aug. 26, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


STRONGSVILLE – Due to a pitch conditions snafu in the playoffs and a few “upsets,” along the tournament trail, Strongsville’s girls’ soccer team did not achieve its ultimate goal last season, so the Eagles have some unfinished business to take care of this season.

Led by fourth-year varsity players and three-year letter winners Jackie Campo (committed to U) and Chelsea Slater (committed to Marshall), veteran Mustang coach Jon Felton has a seasoned group returning to learn from last year’s upset experiences and maintain their billing as one of the top 15 ranked teams in the country intact all the way through the last match in Columbus in November.

“Our goal is to compete at the highest level and to improve overall from the past seasons,” said Felton, an expert at moving his Student/Athletes to the next level with more than three dozen former Mustangs now playing at some level of college soccer. “We have speed all around, creativity, confidence, experience, and size.”

To go with Campo, Slater and the rest of the veterans, the Mustangs welcome the likes of Emily Ogle, Paige Amadio, Nicolette Griesinger, Lizzie Ehrnfelt, Kelly Novak, and Alyssa Pejic to add depth with experience already within the group. Ogle, Griesinger and Ehrnfelt are freshmen, Amadio a sophomore.

“With all the new young faces, we have good depth,” Felton said.

Other senior multiple-year letter winners include Cailynn Moore, Kristin Schweisthal, Nicole Heiser (committed to Georgia Southern), and Megan Giesen (committed to Buffalo).

Ashley Meier

Those who have also earned more than one letter include Megan Waskowski, Leah Sandercock, Erin Peskura, Ashley Meier and Alexis Manoa. All are juniors except Manoa, who is a sophomore.


Strongsville is the type of program that will go anywhere just to find competition. This year the Mustangs are heading out to Utah this season to compete against the best teams Utah has to offer.


Also among new opponents is Magnificat High School, which like Strongsville, has competitive teams and Student/Athletes in all the sports it sponsors, in addition to soccer.

“With more home games this year, we will hope to dominate with help from our amazing fans,” Felton said.

Before the Mustangs can concern themselves with the sectionals, districts, regionals and states, they have to focus on their division in the Northeastern Ohio Conference.

“We are a league contender while trying maintain team chemistry with new and returning players,” Felton said. “Every day we work hard to be a better team and if this comes to form in practice,  we will be developing better during our games,” Felton said. “Ultimately we would like to compete at the highest level in the nation.”

The synergies of the group dynamics has proved to be at work in past years for Strongsville, and this year should be no different.

“We have all the confidence and support we need while still staying modest,” Felton said. “We tell all our girls, ‘A big part is believing in yourself and your teammates in order to win.’ They have bought into the system.”

Still, all of what has been built through group work could break down with one small misunderstanding when something needed to be conveyed and never was.

“There is always room to improve,” Felton said “Some of our areas would include talking/communication among players on and off the field.”

The Stangs have made a couple of changes on the pitch for this season. Leah Sandercock  is now playing a right midfielder.  Also, Erin Peskura is now the Stangs’ deep center defender.

“We sub with spot on changes to provide a quick break for the starters who need it,” said Felton.

This group can also learn what it does not yet know to succeed. It has a team GPA of 3.2 and last year won a regional award for both components of the Student/Athletic model.

Notre Dame begins a new era 

Saturday: Division II varsity college 

football in Cuyahoga County

Aug. 24, 2010

By Andy Barch
SOUTH EUCLID -- At 7 on Saturday night, a new era begins as Notre Dame College presents the passion and pageantry of college football for the first time in it’s 88-year history. One-hundred eight Notre Dame players — wearing the Falcon Blue and White—take the field as Notre Dame hosts the Lakers of Mercyhurst College (Pa.) in the inaugural game of NDC Football.


These 108 Notre Dame football players have come to Korb Field for this inaugural game from places like Arizona, Australia, Quebec and Coral Springs. And from the cities and towns in Northeast Ohio that make up the home of football — Canton, Massillon, Cleveland, Youngstown.

Falcon Cody Schuster, an Elyria Catholic alum

They’ve come to play college football on College Road. To To build something special from the ground up. To be first.



Oberlin Volleyball Picked Fifth in NCAC Preseason Poll

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8/26/2010 11:09:00 AM
By Mike Mancini

WESTLAKE – The Oberlin College volleyball team received 33 points and was selected to finish fifth in the annual North Coast Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the league office announced today. 

The Yeowomen, who are coming off a record-breaking season by setting the school record for conference wins (7) and tying the overall wins record (15), were just one point back of Allegheny in the balloting. 



Freshmen score half of North 

Ridgeville's 8 goals; Kayla Zingale 

attains hat trick in first high school 

match; Rangers ramble through 

Open Door, 8-0

Aug. 26, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ELYRIA – Freshman Kayla Zingale opened up her high school soccer career with a hat trick to lead North Ridgeville to an 8-0 win over Open Door here tonight.


Senior Jordan James added two goals, and senior Paige Gorzelanczyk, junior Kaleigh Asp, and freshman Elizabeth Browning one each for the Rangers.


James had two assists, Zingale, Gorzelanczyk, Isabella Mercurio, Shayna Asp, Kaleigh Asp, and Pyle each had one assist.


The Rangers outshot OD, 26-0. Samantha Wiles did not have to make any saves in goal while avoiding yawning for 80 minutes.

Ridgeville led 4-0 at the half.


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