A Page -- Aug. 27, 2012

Avon Lake, Kenston tie in boys’ soccer

In an afternoon matinee, the Shoremen and Bombers battled to a 1-1 draw.  After a draw for the first half, Nick Astalos struck first for the Bombers about ten minutes into the second half.

A ball misjudged by the Shoremen defense that bounced in the box was tapped in by Astalos.  After about 15 minutes of back and forth, the Shoremen made an adjustment and scored immediately.  

Dan Furrer got on the end of a great pass from Alex Strimbu to pull the Shoremen even.  The final 10 minutes went back and forth but the match ended in a draw.


Avon Lake Shoremen at Kenston Bombers
Boys Soccer

Score at half:
Avon Lake 0 Kenston 0

Final Score:
Avon Lake 1 Kenston 1

AL: 1-1-1
K 1-0-1

AL: Dan Furrer
K: Nick Astalos

AL: 6
K: 8

AL (Kane Adams): 5
K: (Will Sachdeva) 3

AL: 2
K: 8

AL: 7
K: 7

North Olmsted blanks Amherst on the pitch

North Olmsted 1 Amherst Steele 0

Goal by Stephen Newport assisted by JJ Ball

Amherst GK...Josh Daugherty - 3 saves
NO GK...Alec Deanna - 2 saves

NO record - 2-1
Amherst record - 1-3


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Wittenberg University emerged as the preseason favorite in balloting by North Coast Athletic Conference volleyball coaches in the 2012 preseason poll.

The Tigers, who captured the program's first-ever National Title last fall, earned eight of the possible nine first-place votes from the league coaches to total 80 points. Hiram, which earned the final first-place vote, finished second on the poll with 65 points, while DePauw (62) and Wooster (61) finished third and fourth, respectively. Kenyon also cracked the top five in fifth-place with 44 total points, followed by Denison (32), Allegheny (24), Oberlin (20) and Ohio Wesleyan (17).

Wittenberg will once again be led by head coach Paco Labrador. In nine seasons at the helm of the Tiger volleyball program, Labrador has compiled an overall record of 296-41 (.878), including an impressive mark of 114-2 in NCAC matches. The Tigers posted an overall record of 37-3 in 2011 and capped off their magical season with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 28-26) victory over Christopher Newport in the national championship match. Wittenberg returns six letterwinners and two starters from a year ago, including senior libero Christina Gilene (Milford, OH/McNicholas) and senior setter Hallie Donathan (Tipp City, OH/Tippecanoe). Gilene, who earned All-Great Lakes Region honors in 2011, recorded a team-high 603 digs (4.90 per set), while Donathan was a versatile member of the squad as she tallied 602 set assists, 195 digs and 23 service aces. In addition, sophomore Meghan Vodopich (Canton, OH/Massillon Perry) is also expected to provide key production in 2012 after she set the program record with 69 aces along with adding 628 set assists and 180 digs in her freshman campaign.

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.