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Former Iggy AD Dale Gabor Appointed to Oversee Pair of OHSAA Sports

Cleveland native, athletic administration hall of 

famer, to supervise cross country and track & 



By Tim Stried

COLUMBUS – Dale Gabor, an athletic administrator at Cleveland St. Ignatius High School for 25 years and a 2010 inductee into the Northeast District Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame, has been appointed by the Ohio High School Athletic Association to serve as the Association’s administrator for the sports of cross country and track & field, OHSAA Commissioner Dr. Dan Ross has announced.


Gabor, who last year was appointed the OHSAA’s director of track and field officiating, will oversee the sport regulations and tournament regulations for those two sports in addition to serving as head rules interpreter. He will also assist in managing the state tournaments in those two sports.

Dale Gabor


From 1983 to 2008, Gabor (pronounced “guh-BOAR”) oversaw the St. Ignatius athletic department that won a total of 20 state championships and expanded many of its facilities. During that time, he served for 11 years on the OHSAA’s Northeast District Athletic Board and was a member of the OHSAA Board of Directors during the 2007-08 school year. Gabor, who earned three degrees from John Carroll University in Cleveland, is a lifetime member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and is also an instructor in the OHSAA’s Fundamentals of Coaching program.


With Gabor’s appointment, the OHSAA now has two non-current staff members who are sport administrators. Former OHSAA assistant commissioner John Dickerson, who retired in 2008, is the OHSAA’s administrator for golf, a sport that he oversaw for 14 years while at the OHSAA.

With depth, experience and carry-

over success, Mentor's volleyball 

team is a prime contender in the 

Lake Erie League

Aug. 27, 2010

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


MENTOR –  A team that finished a respectable 14-10 overall and 7-1 in the Lake Erie and made it to the districts in 2009, Mentor’s volleyball team is returning three Student/Athletes who contributed to that success but more importantly the trio returns with one more year of experience, setting the bar higher for this season.

“We are a bit younger, but our athleticism, drive, and teamwork should all play into a good season result,” Mentor coach Doug Mekinda said. “Our goals remain the same: Play hard throughout the season trying to win the league along the way to being in peak form for the run to State.”


Mekinda, now in his second season at the helm of the Cardinals, has a team made up of those who have both pieces of the Student/Athlete model together. Virtually ever S/A on the team is on the honor roll. In theory, a transfer over to the athletic component also takes place.

“All of that helps us as their cognitive ability is very high,” Mekinda said. “Most of our players hold numerous school and community leadership rolls as well.”

The veterans include Lauren Downs (Outside Hitter, Senior, 5’9”, 207 of 246 Hitting with 64 Kills, 93 of 104 Serving, 64 Digs), Kara Berger (Middle Blocker / Outside Hitter, Junior, 5’10”, 225 of 261 Hitting with 92 Kills, 119 Blocks, 216 of 232 Serving with 121 Points), and Emily Royer (Outside Hitter / Middle Blocker, Junior, 5’10”).


“Emily returns this year as an integral all-around player on this squad whose consistency on offense and defense should reward our team,” Mekinda said. “Lauren is a great leader of this squad, has made tremendous strides in the off-season, and is ready to make her mark. Kara will be a dominant force in the middle this year both offensively and defensively, and looks to be trying to earn herself a spot in our backrow defense as well.

With only half the starting lineup returning, Mekinda and crew will have to look to the incoming players and those moving up from the JV and freshman teams. No worry since the JV team had a great season last year, and also has some more talent to its already sizable base with those who will not be moving up to varsity or at least as regulars/starters again this year. But the lingering types are few and far between since most of the JV team is comprised of freshman.

 “Those who moved up to varsity will be immediate impact players for us,” Mekinda said.

On top of a heavily laden freshman JV team, Mentor also has two outright freshman teams.

“Both of our freshman teams did well last year, and we are looking for them to continue the tradition of mastering the system to get to the next level,” the coach said.

The incoming players: (transfers, freshmen, returners) include Jackie Ritt (Sophomore Outside Hitter, Helped lead the JV squad last season, and played through the District Tournament with the varsity), Alyssa Mack (Junior Setter / Outside Hitter, Integral part of the JV last season, and is looking to lead the varsity this season), .Lauren Detering (Junior Setter, looks to share the setting duties of this year’s varsity),.Gabby Barrett (Junior Outside Hitter / Middle Blocker, Hallie Gatto (Junior, Defensive Specialist),. Leah Poole (Junior Outside Hitter), Kathy Ferrante (Sophomore, Middle Blocker / Outside Hitter), and Savannah Austin (Freshman Setter / Outside Hitter).

“Jackie and Alyssa will move up as young leaders,” Mekinda said. “Lauren’s a solid setter and Gabby’s explosive offense and blocking ability will be a key to this year’s season. Hallie will run and control our defense in the back row. Leah worked hard in the off-season to become a solid all-around player for us. Kathy shows huge promise to our offense and defensive blocking this season. Savannah will be a great utility player this year, learning everything she can along the way.”


Having this strong feeder system, gives Mekinda somewhat of a cushion when it comes to moving players up and down, the larger creating a more competitive situation.

“Our depth is right where we want it right now, and it should fill out by mid-season with a couple more players stepping up,” Mekinda said. “We should be a contender for the league again this year. and we believe our chemistry will get stronger throughout the season.  We will have a very tough District again this season to get through.”

The Cardinals added a couple more home matches this year, but the schedule remains the same with the exception of adding Beaumont in place of South.

“We hope to win a few more games (as well as matches) than last season,” Mekinda said. “We have had a very good pre-season doing very well in the 96 team Toledo Area Tournament and continue to mature as a team.

“The team’s confidence level is high. We just have to make sure we translate that into closing games out. The coaching staff and the players think that we may turn out to be a little bit better than others may think. We have to learn to play smart with great defense”

Height in the Mentor program is not favorable, so the Cardinals will have to be quicker and match-up better than their opponents.

“Most of our players are playing in familiar positions,” said Mekinda, who has been coaching volleyball for 20 years. “We will change the lineup based on our opponents.”

Sophomore Student/Athletes leading 

Avon boys' golf

Aug. 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON – If one year of high school golf counts as “experience,” then Avon’s golf team his an experienced trio leading the team, since the three who have emerged as the team front runners so far are sophomores.

Tenth graders Preston Olson, Joe Clifton and Danny Kelley have been stroking with ferocity for the Eagles. Olson and Clifton are returning starters and Kelley is new to varsity golf.

2007 Varsity Football

“We are a young but competitive team this year; I like the group of sophomores that I have,” Avon coach Jeff Stevens said. “Preston, Joe, and Danny played well in the tournaments with rounds in the low 80’s.  I can tell that they put in a lot of time over the summer and I am sure they will continue to get better as the season progresses.”


Still, the coach is looking for continuity.

“I don’t have a guy that can consistently break 80 like I have had in the past, but our team scores have been better,” Stevens said. “I am hoping that one of the guys will break 80 next week at Avon Oaks or Eagle Creek.”

Other returning regulars are Matt Mohl (12th), Mike Mooibroek (11) and John Schatschneider (11).

“To compete for a conference championship we have to win at home and play better at their courses,” Stevens said. “I’m not sure if that will happen this year but I do think the future looks promising.  These guys don’t worry too much about their averages, they just want the team to succeed.”

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Another key incoming player is Nick Lee  (11) while other remaining players include Adam Rink (12), Alan Eschweiler (11), Sam Stepchuck (10), Mike Meckes (10) and Matt Lawrence (10).



By Harry Plumer

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Lake Erie Crushers began the final road series of the season with an 8-3 defeat at the hands of theKalamazoo Kings

The Crushers opened the scoring in the first inning. Dom Duggan led off the game with an infield single and stole second for his 40th steal of the year. Duggan moved to third on a groundout and crossed the plate when Andrew Davis reached on an error.

Lake Erie extended the advantage in the third. Casey McGrew opened the inning with a single up the middle and scored as Dom Duggan laced an opposite field triple into the right field corner. The Crushers squandered an opportunity to score more, leaving runners at second and third in the frame. 

Starting pitcher Matt Smith did not allow a hit until the bottom of the fifth for the Crushers. Kalamazoo broke though against Smith in the sixth, scoring four times to take the lead. J.J. Sferra and Eric Suttle posted consecutive singles before Matt Greener knocked in the first run with an RBI single to chop the lead in half. With one out, Brendan Murphy drove a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right to put the Kings ahead 4-2. 

Dom Duggan again helped Lake Erie slice into the lead in the top of the eighth. Duggan walked leading off the inning and recorded his second steal of the night. He moved to third on a Raphael Turner single and crossed the plate as Lee Huggins lifted a sacrifice fly to right with one out. The Kings answered immediately in the bottom of the frame, batting around and plating four runs to extend the lead to 8-3.

Dom Duggan recorded a pair of hits in the game and scored two runs. He reached base three times. Raphael Turner also reached twice in the game.

The series continues tomorrow night with another 7:05 pm affair. RHP Alberto Rolon (2-4, 2.87) seeks his first win as a starting pitcher against LHP Alex Szymanski (0-1, 3.79) for Kalamazoo.


Ø       Ronnie Morales has not allowed a run since August 8 against Oakland County, a span of seven appearances and 11.2 innings

Ø       Dom Duggan posted his 12th multi-stolen base contest of the year

Follow Oberlin Athletics Live Online in 2010-11
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8/27/2010 12:35:23 PM
Oberlin, Ohio – With the start of the 2010-11 athletics season just days away, fans are reminded that there are multiple ways to follow Oberlin athletics online. 

Once again this fall all home volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer games will feature live video streaming courtesy of the Webcast Group. And new in 2010, all home soccer games will also have live statistics so you will always know what the score is. Fans will be able to get the links on the calendar section of goyeo.com or by visiting the team’s respective schedule page. 

Thanks to a myriad of proud sponsors, Oberlin College football returns to the airwaves of AM-1320 WOBL for another fun and exciting season of Yeomen football. WOBL Sports Director Brian Deitz will handle the play-by-play duties for all 10 games and longtime color analyst Don Vincent will join him in the booth. For those fans outside of the listening area, all games will also be streamed live online courtesy of loraincounty.com. The Courtyard by Marriott Pregame Show gets underway a half-hour before kickoff each week. “The Jeff Ramsey Show” brought to you by Lorenzo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant begins Wednesday, September 1, at 8:30 p.m. and will continue each week throughout the season. It will also be streamed on loraincounty.com

Live statistics of all five home games will also be provided. The athletics department is looking into the possibility of video streaming all of the home games, but nothing has been confirmed at this time. 

Looking for even more ways to keep up with the Yeomen and Yeowomen? Than join our fan page on facebook, where you will get access to exclusive video interviews with the coaches and players throughout the season. Also be sure to sign up for our free text message score service as scores and results of all Oberlin athletics events can be sent to your phone free of charge (text message rates do apply). 

The season starts September 1 with home games for volleyball (4 p.m.), field hockey (4:30 p.m.) and women’s soccer (5 p.m.), so come out and support Oberlin athletics! 

2010-11 Oberlin Athletics Sponsors 
Lorenzo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, Jack Matia Honda, Ohio Educational Credit Union, Courtyard by Marriott, Domino’s Pizza, Park Lanes Bowling & Lounge, The Oberlin College Office of Communications, The Oberlin College Recreation Center, The Yeozone Team Store by Kohlmyers Sports, The Heisman Club, Brewsters at the Oberlin Inn, Motel 6 of Amherst, and Allied Waste.




Bennies Bengals get offensive and 

defensive scores set up by special teams 

to take 30-13 win over ND-Latin Lions; 

lead renewed series, 3-1

By Norm WeberStudent/Athlete-Cleveland Editor 
Aug. 27, 2010, 9:30 p.m. EDT

BEDFORD -- A 16-0 lead Benedictine forged by halftime through the strength of its timely defensive play held up through the second half and the Bengals opened up the season with a 30-13 win over Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin tonight here in Bedford Bearcat Stadium.

Since the series has been renewed, Bennies now holds a 3-1 advantage over the Lions in games. The series was tied at 22-22 and some ties when the old Latin closed in 1978.

ND-Latin began making a game of it in the second half, cutting its deficit to 10-points by marching down on a 71-yard scoring drive after the opening kick off of the second half. Mike Strumbly, who wound up with 90 yards scrambling, sneaked over from the one for the score. The big play in the drive was a 50-yard run by Randy Dameron that put the Lions inside the Bennies 30-yard line. Strumbly completed a pass to Tim Helton that gave the Lions a first-and-goal at the 1, setting up the signal callers sneak score.

The Lions went for two to cut the deficit to eight but failed and the Bengals clung to a 16-6 lead with 7:08 left in the third quarter. 

Defensively, Donny Gress turned in a big play for the Lions in the second half with a sack. It enabled the defense to turn back a drive and move the ball back over to the offense.

On the running and passing of Strumbly, the Lions were able to move down to the Bengal 25 at the end of the third quarter. The Lions moved into the Red Zone to start the final stanza. A key play in the drive was a completion to Jake Miller to set up a first down.

Listen to post-game interview of NDCL coach Byron Morgan conducted by Norm Weber and Jay Kron from tonight’s Bennies-Latin football game in Bedford Bearcat Stadium by clicking and downloading:


The Lions drove all the way down to the 3-yard line of the Bengals, where they had a third and goal. Dameron got the call and Dameron had the answer – a 3-yard run for a TD. Nick Matick kicked the extra point to make it 16-13 with 8:41 to go in the fourth quarter.

Dameron would have 100 yards rushing before the night ended.

The ND-Latin defense was then called on to hold the Bengals so the offense could get the ball back and possibly tie it with a field goal. While the Lion defense had shades of doing so, the Bengals finally busted it open and answered the Lions’ second touchdown this time.

 Listen to post-game interview of Student/Athlete  Ty Wilcosky conducted by Norm Weber from tonight’s Bennies-Latin football game in Bedford Bearcat Stadium by clicking and downloading


Ty Wilcosky threw to Miller for a 44-yard gain to put the Bengals into the Red Zone and then a few plays later scampered in on the quarterback keeper to make it 22-13. Justin Bonchek’s kick made it 23-13, as it stood a two-score game with six minutes to play.

 Listen to post-game interview of Student/Athlete Jimmy Valentino from tonight’s Bennies-Latin football game in Bedford Bearcat Stadium by clicking and downloading:


A key tackle for loss by Jimmy Valentino on a third-down play by ND-Latin thwarted a drive that had the Lions at midfield. An errant throw on fourth down then turned the ball over on downs and put the Bengals into position to waste time, but instead the new Bennies put the ball in the air – and from there into the hands of Lion DB Carl Blatnik.

Valentino wound up with three solo tackles and 17 assists. Wilcosky completed 10 of 15 pass attempts for 188 yards. 

The Lions had new life on the Blatnik interception with 4:29 to play. Marshall Howell dittoed Blatnik by intercepting a Latin pass to dim any hopes the Lions might have had, dwarfing a potential roar into a meow.

The Bengal roar, however, got louder, as Bryan Lacey scored an insurance tally on a cat prance of 32 yards with 2:32 to close out the scoring. Owen Reilly dashed any hopes of a late Lion score by turning in an interception for the Bengals with just over a minute to play.

Listen to post-game interview of Bennies coach Art Bortnick conducted by Norm Weber and Jay Kron from tonight’s Bennies-Latin football game in Bedford Bearcat Stadium by clicking and downloading:


Benedictine led at halftime, 16-0.

The scoring got started for the night by the defense. After Benedictine took the opening kick off and drove to the NDCL 1-yard line, the Lion defense held and the Bengals turned it over on downs.

Listen to post-game interview of Student/Athlete Joe Nawalaniec conducted by Norm Weber from tonight’s Bennie s-Latin football game in Bedford Bearcat Stadium by clicking and downloading:


However, it put the Bennies defense in “good field position.” Joe Nawalaniec and Kelvin Blake tackled NDCL quarterback Mike Strumbly in the end zone for a safety, giving the Bengals a 2-0 lead at the halfway mark of the first quarter. Nawalaniec got to him first and Blake finished him off.

The NDCL defense also spent a decent amount of time in the Bengal offensive backfield in the first half. The Lions registered five tackles for loss in the first quarter. Those getting in on those defensive “push-backs” included Kyle Flynn, Johnnie Lemons, Josh Dasch, Andrew Evans, Dan Driscoll, Randy Dameron, and Dan Wood.

Special teams set up the defensive score to break the scoreless deadlock in the first quarter. Marshall Howell returned the opening kickoff 76 yards to the NDCL 19-yard line. Bennies mixed the pass and run to get it inside the 5-yard line.

However the push-back defense of the Lions forced the Bengals to go for it on 4th-and-1 from the 1-yard line, but to no avail and to the dismay of the home Bengal fans.

Benedictine threatened again early in the second quarter. Blake turned a Ty Wilcosky pass into a 44-yard gain after it looked like he pick-pocketed the ball out of the defensive back’s grasp and scampered a few extra yards to stretch the ball past midfield. Again, the Latin defense stiffened.

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NDCL drove into Bennies territory in the late minutes of the first half, but again it was the defense with the score. Nawalaniec picked up a fumble and ran 42 yards for the score with 1:41 left in the half and then Bonchek’s kick made it 16-0.

With just over a minute to go in the half, NDCL moved into scoring position in a rather queer way. Strumbly threw an interception to Howell, who then had the ball stripped away and it was recovered at the Bennies 23 by Kevin Tyransky with 1:12 to go.

The Bennies defense held and took over on downs.

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Aug. 27, 2010

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND – Case Western Reserve University has announced that two games during the upcoming 2010 football season will air via tape delay on regional cable network SportsTime Ohio. The two games include the September 4 opener versus John Carroll University and the October 2 Homecoming contest versus Allegheny College (PA).

Case Western Reserve’s award-winning MediaVision team will work in conjunction with Classic Teleproductions of Twinsburg, Ohio to produce and tape the games which will be given to STO to air.



OC's Suggs to be inducted into his 
High School Hall of Fame
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By Mike Mancii
Oberlin – Former NFL Running Back and current Oberlin College Assistant Coach Lee Suggs will be inducted into the inaugural class of the William Fleming High School Hall on September 3. 

Suggs, a native of Roanoke, Virginia, was a standout prep star at the school in both football and track. During his senior season of 1998 he rushed for 2,918 yards and 30 touchdowns en route to earning All-America honors from bothSuperPrep and PrepStar. His work on the gridiron also helped carry the Colonels to the state championship game that season.

Miami Redhawks undergoing 


Aug. 27, 2010

This is the fourth in a series of articles about teams in the Cleveland-based Mid-American Conference

By Ken Mather

About The RedHawks

CLEVELAND -- When assessing Miami's talent this season, don't start with the returning starters. There's a good chance they won't start this fall.

Brad Bednar

Mentor's Brad Bednar started every game at center last year for Miami

Year One of the Michael Haywood Era in Oxford was ugly. The RedHawks couldn't run or stop the run, couldn't protect the quarterback, turned the ball over a ton and fell way behind early in games.

The coaching staff knew the main problem -- lack of speed -- but couldn't do much about it. You can't coach speed -- you have to recruit it.


So they did. The staff welcomes in 23 recruits this year, as well as three players who transferred from BCS-conference schools and sat out last season.


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