A Page -- Aug. 28, 2010

St. Ed shakes off late 

Mentor rally to win first 

game of Charity 

Doubleheader, 35-28


Aug. 28, 2010, 5:15 p.m.  EDT

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND (LAKEFRONT) -- St. Edward won the game but Mentor attained solace in demonstrating tenacity and resilience as the Eagles and Cardinals opened the doubleheader of the High School Football Charity Classic with St. Ed hanging on for a 35-28 win this afternoon at The Stadium.


Mentor hade one last chance, driving to inside the St. Ed 5-yard line, but then fumbled. Phil Smith recovered the fumble for the Eagles to end the game.

Watch a short video St. Edward coach Rick Finotti praise his players after their facing adversity successfully late in the game in The Stadium today by clicking and downloading.


The Big Green Machine of St. Edward made it look easy on its first drive. After starting from scrimmage its own 43-yard line, the Eagles went 57 yards in 11 plays and 5:36 to take a 7-0 lead.


Reggie Terrell ran in from a yard out and Mike Dinunzio kicked the extra point with 6:24 to go in the inaugural stanza of the game.

Reggie Terrell

Listen to post-game interview of Student/Athlete Reggie Terrell from today’s St. Ed-Mentor football game in The Stadium conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:



After the St. Ed defense forced Mentor to punt, the Eagles offense made it look even easier the second time around with the ball. Quarterback Kevin Burke wheeled all the way down the right sidelines all by himself on a misdirection play on the first play from scrimmage on the Eagles’ second possession.

Game MVP Kevin Burke

Listen to post-game interview of Student/Athlete Kevin Burke from today’s St. Ed-Mentor football game in The Stadium conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:



Burke’s 59-yard run capped naturally a 1-play, 59-yard drive and Dinunzio’s kick made it 14-0 with 3:28 to go in the first quarter.

It looked it was going to be more of the same as Mentor was forced to punt again, but a muffed return and Mentor recovery gave the Cardinals a first down at the Eds 40.


Mentor capitalized on the mistake, slicing the deficit in half as the second quarter started on a 1-yard run by Mike Korecz with 11:24 to play in the second 12.


Colin McManamon made a circus catch off a Burke pass for a 36-yard gain, leaping high in the air and dodging a defender all in the same motion. It set up some more dazzling running on the Burke scrambles, capped by a five-yard TD run in which he stretched out the ball to break the plane as he went down on the 1-yard line.


McManamon's dad and five uncles all were Student/Athletes in football among other things at St. Ed before him.

Listen to post-game interview of Student/Athlete Kevin McManamon from today’s St. Ed-Mentor football game in The Stadium conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


As Mentor’s defense was out to lunch on St. Edward’s first three offensive possessions, the Eagles had a 21-7 lead with 9:21 to go in the first half.


Eds just ran through the Mentor defense on its fourth possession with Terrell Bates running in from 22 yards for the score that made it 28-7 with 5:08 to go in the half. A Burke-to-McManamon aerial for a 14-yard gain was the big play in the drive that made it 4-of-4 for the St. Ed offense.

Watch a short video of Mentor Cheering section at The Stadium today by clicking and downloading:


A Korecz TD plunge and Greg Klisuric PAT in the last minute of the half made it 28-14 at the midway point.


Watch a short video St. Edward’s Quincy Jones field a punt in practice at The Stadium today by clicking and downloading I:

Mentor drove to near midfield to start the second half, but an Avery Bailey interception ended the minor threat and gave Eds good field position once again near its own 40 even with a holding penalty tacked on at the end of the play.
St. Edward might be the only team in the area with two running backs who have the same name – only one is a first name and one a surname. The running of Reggie Terrell, Terrell Bates and Burke manufactured a fifth TD, this one with 4:36 to play as the Eagles continued slapping around the Mentor the defense in the second half, batting 1.000 (5 for 5, save the nonchalant waning seconds of the first half) with a quarter and some change left to play, all of it translating into a 35-14 lead.

Watch a short video of Mentor do reps in practice at The Stadium today by clicking and downloading:

To keep the upset hopes alive, Mitch Trubisky, who came in to play quarterback threw a TD pass to the first-half QB, Colton Wallace, to make it 35-21 with two minutes to go in the third.
Trubisky (right) during warmups

That put a charge into the Mentor defense, which finally heard the alarm clock go off and forced the Eagles to punt in the next offensive series.

Watch a short video St. Edward break huddle  in practice at The Stadium today by clicking and downloading:

The Cards narrowed it to 35-28 on yet another Korecz TD run with 8:10 left to play.

Spartan runners ready 

to cross on over to the 

other side

Aug. 28, 2010

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND – With accomplished groups of returning runners and top-five rankings in the preseason regional polls, the Case Western Reserve University men’s and women’s cross country teams each enter the 2010 season with high expectations.

Shaker native Natalia Cabrera

2010 Spartan Cross Country Preview

The Spartan women return four runners with national meet experience, two all-region performers and an All-American in seniorJustine Jeroski (Murrysville, PA/Franklin)The Spartans placed third at the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Championshipand went on to a 15th-place showing at the NCAA Division III Championship Meet.


Shoremen fall to Coffman, 3-0

In the opener of the Columbus Crew Elite Games Series tonight, Coffman HS moved to 2-0 on the season with 3-0 win over Avon Lake…The first 25 minutes were very competitive and went back and forth.  Coffman scored both first half goals off of 50/50 balls after corner kicks.  

 “A great time was had by all,” said AL coach Dan Ogilvy.…

The score at half: was Dublin Coffman 1, Avon Lake 0. In terms of goalie saves for Avon Lake,: Bryce Stuart  had 1 and Zac Strimbu four.


Lake Catholic is surprise of 

the day at the Stadium; upsets 

IGGY, 28-21

Aug. 28, 2010, 10:15 p.m.  EDT

 By Norm Weber 

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND (LAKEFRONT) – Lake Catholic was the biggest surprise today in front of the 20,025 fans at The Stadium.

 The Cougars used both timely defense and a patient offense in taking 10-time Big-school state champion St. Ignatius in the, 28-21, in the second game of today’s High School Football Charity Double Header in The Stadium.

The turning point came when Ignatius was driving in Lake Catholic territory in the second quarter. Matt Hoyer dropped back to pass, but Lake Catholic’s Richie Sanders stepped in front of the intended receiver and had nothing but 60 yards of daylight in front of him on the way to the end zone.

 The Cougar state-qualifying sprinter just raced to the end zone with eight and a half minutes left in the half to give Lake Catholic a 14-7 lead.


St. Ignatius wasted no time in striking gold. Upon the opening kickoff of tonight’s nightcap, the Wildcats marched right down the field to take a 7-0 lead before the game was even four minutes old.


Junior quarterback Matt Hoyer found David Joseph over the middle on post pattern, Joseph snared in the picture-perfect pass, and then he dashed the remaining 30 yards to the Dawg Pound for a 7-0 lead with 8:24 left.

 Lake Catholic matched that score on its first possession, but did it more methodically and with a longer duration, the tying TD finally coming inside eight seconds of the second quarter on a scoring strike from Bryan Blondeaux to Tommy Michaels.

 Michaels was interfered with on the pass in the end zone but made the catch anyway.

Watch a short video Lake Catholic warm up for Charity Game in The Stadium today by clicking and downloading


It could have been worse for St. Ignatius but heady defensive plays were turned in by Mike Svetina (interception) and Kevin Ryan (fumble recovery) to thwart Lake Catholic threats.

The St. Ignatius offense dittoed its first half opening gun splurge by scoring on its first possession of the half and again it was Hoyer to Joseph, this time a 38-yard strike on a sideline pattern to make it 14-14 with 7:24 to go in the third. 2:19


Sanders gave the Cougars the lead back again with a touchdown at the 2:19 mark of the third period.

Sanders then did it again for an insurance score at 9:16 of the fourth giving Lake Catholic a 28-14 lead.

Cloverleaf's girls' cross country 

team finishes third at Lexington 

Invitational; Janelle Shaffer fifth 


Saturday, August 28, 2010

LEXINGTON -- The Cloverleaf Lady Colts ran to a top three finish at the Lexington Invitational this morning.

The Colts were paced by Senior Janelle Shaffer who finished 5th overall with a time of 22:20.  Freshman Ashley Murray was just three places back in 8th with a time of 22:51. 

Senior Sierra Hollopeter was third for the Colts, finishing 22nd overall with a time of 24:34.  Rounding out the top five were Senior Katlyn Donnelly 25th overall, 25:00, and Sopomore Bridget Read who finished in 27th position with a time of 25:13.

Sophomores Leah Casey, Jordan Lance, and Tricia Rice finished in 34th, 39th, and 41st place respectively, while Freshman Lindsey Ferguson and Sopomore Kate Schwanke were 54th and 55th.

 "Janelle and Ashley ran smart races", said Coach Bill Reedy.  "Janelle passed two ladies in the final mile and Ashley ran a great race in her first varsity high school race."  Our 3rd-5th runners were only 39 seconds apart, and if they can close the gap on our top two runners, they can expect to do even better.

 "Bridget Read ran a gutsy race today and it was her third best time ever despite the hilly course."   "The ladies worked hard and earned the third place trophy.  Several of our ladies came up after the race and expressed a desire to do hill workouts.  This shows a work ethic and a desire to improve", added Coach Reedy.

Cloverleaf boys 5th 

at Lexington Cross 



Paul Hissong sets 

Colt pace

 Saturday, August 28, 2010

LEXINGTON -- The Cloverleaf Men’s Cross Country team finished 5th at the Lexington Invitational this morning.

 Junior Paul Hissong was the Colt’s top finisher with a 31st place finish overall.   Hissong’s time over the hilly 5K course was 19:32.  Junior Loren Talabac was second for the Colts and 37th overall with a time of 20:06.

Sophomore Chris  Markeson was third finishing in 43rd overall, clocking 20:27.  RJ Bechtel  45th, 20:29, and Josh Butt , 73rd, 21:59, rounded out the top five for the Colts.  Also competing for Cloverleaf were Mike Wendell, 87th, Josh Longsdorf, 116th, Ryan Pistor, 118th, and Brian Easterling, 145th. 

 “Despite being in the top 25% of the field, I know Paul felt like he did not run his best race”, stated Coach Reedy.   “We were not surprised with how well Loren Talabac ran today given his recent workout efforts.

“Chris Markeson did very well on limited distance-specific training, as he is sharing his time between cross country and soccer,” said Reedy.   The Colts were without the services of Dakota Duncan who is out with an injury. 

Olentangy Liberty won the men’s race.  Lexington was second and Marion Pleasant was third overall.


Mags shakes early jitters

to take volleyball match from 


in four

Aug. 28, 2010

 In a statewide volleyball battle, Magnificat came back from one game down to defeat Pickerington North today, 3-1.

North took the first game, 15-25, but then the Streaks bolted back to take three straight -- 25-21, 25-22, 25-14 -- and pocket the win.

Junior Setter Grace Conroy 19 Assists, while Sr. outside hitter Brittany Flynn was 25 of 26 on the serve receive (95%), had 16 digs and had seven kills.

Jr. libero Ashley McCormick was 15 of 18 in serve receive (84%), while Sr. Halle Kearney also had seven kills.

Sr. outside hitter Brittney Balser 16 Kills, while Sr. setter Elise Sako had 4 service aces. Jr. Ashley McCormick  led the club with 18 digs.

Mags varsity B tennis team hikes it 

up to 6-1 with win over St. Ursula

Aug. 28, 2010

Magnificat’s Varsity B tennis team ran its record to 6-1 today with a 5-0 win over St. Ursula’s B team.

Emily Witt, Veronica Johnson and Cate Gisser swept the singles matches with all three taking their opponents in straight sets.

The tightest match was at second doubles. Ashley Spellacy and Tayo Pedro had to battle to win the first set, 7-5, and then after losing the second set rebounded to win the rubber match.


Magnificat (5) def. St. Ursula (0)

Magnificat Varsity B season record 6 and 1


1. Emily Witt d. Lilly Rhode 6-0, 6-3

2. Veronica Johnson d. Olivia Capauarri 6-1, 6-3

3. Cate Gisser d. Christine Sowar 6-1, 6-4


1. Kendall Nock/Sarah Patrick d. Sarah Tapogna/Emma Shannon 6-4, 6-4

2. Ashley Spellacy/Tayo Pedro d. Sophie Rupp/Nora Elson 7-5, 2-6, 6-3

Heather Snyder shines in 

Ridgeville volleyball losses

Aug. 28

North Ridgeville’s volleyball team lost a pair in a tri-match with Berea and Columbia today.

Against Berea, Briana Lehman  had four kills, Heather Snyder 56/59 setting with 10 assist. She was also 6-for-6 serving.

Kimly Pham had 10 digs, Rachel Crow four kills, 4 kills. Whitney Hansen was 11 for 11 serving with  2 aces.

Against Columbia, Alex Ferrara was  9 for 9 serving. Lehman had three kills, Snyder was 9 of 9 serving with an ace and 71 of 71 setting with 11 assists. Crow had four kills.

Bobcats ready to 

become a winner

Aug 28, 2010

This is the fifth in a series of articles on teams 

in the Cleveland-based Mid American 


By Ken Mather

About The Bobcats
To put it kindly, Ohio doesn't have a storied football tradition. The Bobcats don't have any bowl victories on their résumé. They haven't won the Mid-American Conference championship in 42 years.

Matt Weller

OU kicker Matt Weller from Twinsburg

But sixth-year coach Frank Solich and his staff have built the program to the point where it's ready to become a big winner on a steady basis. Actually, the Bobcats believe they've been on this precipice for a few years. They planned on a big season in 2008, but an unofficial count of 18 season-ending injuries and an official count of 33 turnovers relegated Ohio to a 4-8 season.

Last year the Bobcats still suffered a fistful of important injuries, but the defense tied Texas for the national lead in turnovers forced (37) and the special-teams returners combined for five touchdowns as Solich's crew pushed its way to the MAC championship game for the second time in four years.


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