A Page -- Aug. 28, 2011

While still building; Archbishop Hoban has four third-year runners in girls and boys cross country charges

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AKRON – With six experienced runners returning for at least one more season on the boys’ side and seven coming back on the girls’ side, Hoban High at least knows it will have packs of experienced Student/Athletes running for this cross country season.

With already the Dick Malloy Invitational under their belts, the Knights are now getting ready for their next race, the McDonough Invitational in Forest Hill Park on Cleveland’s East Side on the 17th of next month.

“We’re still building the program,” said Archbishop Hoban Head Coach Joe Zampino. “We are improving each week. The squad knows that it is getting better and that’s what counts.”


Leading the boys’ group are third-year runners James Axson (Jr.) and Max Moore (Sr.). Also back for a third overall season and second varsity campaign are juniors Eric Maynard and David McHenry and senior Sam Stitzel. Brian McMahon also ran enough varsity races last year to letter.

Three-year veterans Allie Weiss and Liz Santucci, both seniors, lead the Knights’ girls’ division. Others are seniors Melissa Shaffer, Erin Drake and Molly Fahey, and sophomores Sarah Davies and Casey Surblis.

Sophomore Katie Frego is running cross country for the first time.

In all, Zampino, along with new assistant coaches Roger Carlson, Mark Gramley and Kaitlyn Chrostowski, has 43 S/As in the combined squad for both sexes.

The Knights will be at the Medina Cross Country Festival the first week of October and in the North Coast League Meet Oct. 15 followed by the districts.

Paul Sonego’s two touchdown runs give North Ridgeville win in season football opener

Paul Sonego’s two touchdowns led North Ridgeville High football to a 34-7 win over Westlake Friday.

Sonego scored on runs of 57 and 13 yards, the first giving the Rangers their first lead and second the advantage for good.

P.J. Bunevich also scored twice on quarterback keepers and Zack Bowden notched the insurance score.

Toledo St. John earns a spot in today’s Ohio Jesuit Cup title match; Titans will try to become first non-Greater Cleveland area team to ever win the tourney; Evan Lee, Nick Gramza do scoring honors

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Jesuit Editor


CLEVELAND (OHIO CITY) – St. John Jesuit High School boys soccer out of Toledo earned a spot in today’s championship match of the Eighth Annual Ohio Jesuit Cup with Saturday’s 2-1 win against Walsh Jesuit here on the Wasmer Field pitch.

The Titans will try to become the first non-Greater Cleveland area team to win the tournament since the tourney went to a championship format in 2005.


The Titans and Warriors began attacking hard from the get-go and what appeared to be headed toward a high-scoring match turned out to be more of a defensive battle once the final second in the 80thminute ticked.

All the scoring took place in the first half and St. John never trailed the entire match.

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Evan Lee

Junior Nick Gramza gave St. John the lead with a goal in the eighth minute of the first half, but that Titan advantage was short-lived.

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One minute later, Walsh tied it on a goal by senior Chase Mueller.

The match winner came at 28:14 when Titan senior co-captain Evan Lee found himself in an odd-man rush and in a straight on situation with the goalie and merely used his speed and footwork to bury it for the match-winner.

St. John took somewhat of a defensive presence the second half so as not to tire out the forces and subsequently get caught off guard in a lethargic moment but were still on the attack and kept the pressure on the Walsh back third.

Still, the final 51 minutes went scoreless and the Titans found themselves in a rematch of last year’s Division I state semifinal match with St. Ignatius, a title match to be played at 3 today.

Nick Gramza

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This tournament features not only four of the finest institutions in the nation academically, but the top soccer outfit nationally and three of the top eight soccer programs in the state.

Earlier this month, St. Ignatius, the host school here this year, was named the National Champion of High School Soccer for the 2010 season. The Wildcats were one of four teams nationally to go undefeated and untied and then after eight months of analysis, they were proclaimed national champion.

It was St. John that St. Ignatius had to get by last fall in the state semifinal match in nearby Rocky River before going on to win the state title a few days later.

Walsh, made it to the state’s Final Four in Division II before getting eliminated in a tight battle with Revere. Walsh has moved up to Ohio’s Division I for this season and could meet any and all of the other three teams here on the post-season tournament trail.

Last year, St. Ignatius won the Jesuit Cup with a championship match win over Walsh, played in Toledo. The Wildcats have won it three of the past four years, doing so in 2009 with a championship match win over St. Xavier played in Cincinnati and in 2007 with a win in the title event in a shootout here over Walsh.

Walsh won it in 2008 with a win over St. Ignatius on its home pitch in Cuyahoga Falls. Walsh won it in ’06 in Toledo and Ignatius in ’05 in Cincinnati. Ignatius was also national champion in ’05. The 2004 tournament was merely a round-robin format with no real champion determined.

The tournament will remain in the Cleveland area for the 2012 season when Walsh again becomes the host before heading to the Queen City in 2013 when St. X hosts.

The Ohio Jesuits hold a Cup tournament each Student/Athletic year in soccer, ice hockey and baseball.

Miami Hockey Wraps Up Inaugural Pro Camp

Thirteen former RedHawks participate in week-long camp



OXFORD, Ohio – Several former RedHawks now making a name for themselves in the professional ranks returned to Oxford this past week, Aug. 22-26, for Miami Hockey’s inaugural pro camp, to help get them ready for the upcoming season, reunite with former teammates and coaches and make an impact on the current RedHawk hockey team.

Rocky River native Carter Camper


Throughout the week, a total of 13 hockey alumni participated in the camp. Among those that took part were five out of six members of the class of 2011 in Carter Camper, Vincent LoVerde, Andy Miele, Justin Vaive and Tommy Wingels, who left Miami following his junior year to sign with the San Jose Sharks. Also in attendance were NHL defensemen Andy Greene (’06) of the New Jersey Devils and Alec Martinez (’09) of the Los Angeles Kings, as well as goalies Charlie Effinger (’08) and Jeff Zatkoff (’09). Also joining Martinez and Zatkoff from the class of 2009 was Justin Mercier while Jarod Palmer, Brandon Smith and Gary Steffes represented the class of 2010.


“It was a great experience. The coaches and the current players appreciate having us back here. As much as they appreciate it, we felt the same way. We love being back here. We appreciate the invite and love coming back,” Wingels said. “It’s cool as alums to see the younger guys and see them go through what you went through a couple years back. It’s a great tradition and I look forward to it next summer. I know the guys have talked about how great it was and they can’t wait for this to happen again in the future.”


“Just to be back skating on the ice is a great experience. To see so many familiar faces is a lot of fun too,” Effinger noted. “I was fortunate enough to play with I think all the pros that were here this week. It was a good experience and good to meet some new faces too because the team this year is a good-looking group of guys that push each other and make each other better.”


While the pros were put through drills and workouts each day by Miami’s coaching staff of head coach Enrico Blasi, associate head coach Brent Brekke and assistant coach Nick Petraglia, the alumni also scrimmaged the current varsity RedHawks Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, giving them a taste of what it takes to compete at the next level.


“I think back to when I was a freshman and Andy Greene, I remember when he graduated and went to play for New Jersey. Seeing him come back, there were a couple of days my sophomore and junior years where he’d come back and skate with the team and that meant a lot to me and also showed me what I need to do, realizing I’m going to have to play against that type of guy at the next level,” Mercier said. “I kind of want to return the favor and show these incoming freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors that might make that jump the next year, that it’s not only for me to get in shape but to help them out to.”


While the ice at Steve Cady Arena was being fixed for much of the week, forcing the pros to practice on the B-pad Monday through Thursday, by Friday Steve Cady Arena was ready for the pros, which led to exciting scrimmages between the veterans and the varsity squad. Although the pros won each scrimmage throughout the week, Friday’s finale went to overtime before the alumni pulled through.


Despite being Miami’s first pro camp, all the players benefited from the experience.


“The coaching staff put together goalie drills that Jeff Zatkoff and I did every day. They were awesome,” Effinger remarked. “To work one-on-one with Coach Petraglia and Coach Brekke and have drills customized to the goaltenders was an excellent opportunity. The goalie tandem they have here now (Connor Knapp and Cody Reichard) has benefited a lot from the hard, long hours they’ve put in with Coach Petraglia over the last three years. You can tell these guys are great young goalies.”


“It’s fun. It’s a great group of guys and everyone that comes to Miami is a great guy,” said Miele, the 2011 Hobey Baker Award winner – Miami’s first. “It’s fun to hang out with everyone and play against them. It’s light-hearted but at the same time it’s very competitive. It was good and I definitely benefited from it and am glad I came.”


Although the atmosphere was somewhat more relaxed than an NHL camp, the pros felt it was very comparable to other training camps.


“I think it’s similar to other camps I’ve been to,” Wingels said. “We have the facilities to workout. We had a trainer and an equipment guy to help us and great coaches. They put us through some high-tempo practices against some real good players so I think it’s definitely comparable to what guys have been doing this summer and it’ll be good to get us ready for the start of the season.“


“I thought it was amazing. The idea when Coach Petraglia and Coach Blasi talked to me at alumni weekend earlier in the summer, I told them I thought it was awesome and this year they finally had enough guys,” Mercier said. “As far as the structure of the camp, they really had our best interests at heart. They really focused on getting us prepared for our upcoming training camp.”


The camp wasn’t exactly like other camps, however.


“This camp is special because everyone here has gone through the same four-year commitment that is Miami Hockey. It’s a special place to play,” Effinger noted. “I know people talk a lot about the Brotherhood but it really is a great place and it’s such a supportive community; Oxford, the university, they really support the hockey program and it’s a great place to develop as a young man, so to come back was great.“


“It’s unbelievable. None of us would be where we are today if it wasn’t for this program and the time we spent here,” Wingels remarked. “So to come back to the place where you spent a lot of your life and a lot of development as a person and a player, it’s special. For me, almost our whole class was here with the exception of Pat Cannone, but the rest of us were here and there’s nothing like seeing those guys again. I think it’s something we’ll look forward to every summer, counting down the days until we have this again.”


As Miami continues to develop more pro players, the pro camp will only continue to grow and evolve.


“Miami has over the last couple years shown that they’ve become a force to be reckoned with in the NCAA Tournament. They’re producing top players now and you see that at this camp,” Mercier said. “When you get to the next level, it’s the top players and being able to skate with some of the best college kids in the country, and even more so the pros from Miami that have made it, it really couldn’t be any better.”


“I’d love to be back next year just to see new faces and old friends and also get better,” Effinger said. “We challenged each other this week and this camp’s only going to get better and better and grow in the future.”

Wright State Women's Soccer Defeats Eastern Kentucky

A second-half goal by Sarah Gross lifted the Wright State women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Eastern Kentucky Friday night at the Athletes in Action complex in Xenia.

Gross tallied her game-winner at the 58:01 mark as after Brittany Persaud had a corner kick from the left side, Gross knocked in the shot off a rebound.

Brooke McCurdy registered her second shutout of the season as she recorded two saves.

Wright State, which is 3-0 for the first time since starting 3-0 in 1989, puts its undefeated mark to the test Sunday night at 6:00 when the Raiders take on #7 Ohio State at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. OSU enters the match with a 2-1 mark after falling 1-0 at Missouri Friday night.

WSU Volleyball Drops Opener at Toledo; Padua alumna Carly Molls makes collegiate debut for Rockets

The Wright State volleyball team dropped its season opener in three sets to host Toledo Friday night at the Blue-Gold Invitational.

The Raiders trailed just 19-16 in the opening set before the Rockets scored five straight to take control. Toledo then jumped out to a 10-2 advantage in the second set and broke away from a 9-9 tie in the final set to claim the match.

Toledo outhit WSU .408-.117 in collecting 48 kills compared to 26 for the Raiders.

Dani Branco, in her Wright State debut, led the way with eight kills while Heidi Splinter added six. Libero Jessica Levy chipped in 12 digs.

Padua alumna Carly Molls made her collegiate debut for the Rockets. Molls played in all three sets and registered her first service ace as a collegiate S/A. She also had five digs.

WSU closes out the tournament Saturday with a pair of matches, taking on Oakland at noon followed by Niagara at 5:00.

Mainstay Aly Ales leads mixed group of upper/underclassmen for Solon girls’ golf

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SOLON – Led by fourth-year varsity Student/Athlete Aly Ales and three others with extended varsity playing time, Solon girls’ golf is a mix of experience and eager relative newcomers and totally green newcomers.

Ales is a three-year letter-woman and will be aided along the leadership lines by Tiffany Li (Sr., 1 letter earned) and Grace Gutierrez (Sr., 1 letter earned), and with the younger ranks by Alexis Gray (Soph., 1 letter earned).

Also coming back with some varsity experience are Meagan Crowl (Sr., 0 letters earned), Leah Wilson (Jr., 0 letters earned), Victoria Ma (Jr., 0 letters earned), and Laura Jurewicz (Soph., 0 letters earned).


Those new to the varsity and/or entire program are Anna Weingarten (Sr.), Meredith Joseph (Jr.), and Brittany Holub (Soph.).

“This group has good leadership, a desire to win, high-level coachability, and undaunted perseverance,” said Solon Coach Damien Kopkas. “Our goals are to qualify for districts as a team, compete in Valley Division of NOC, and at least have one individual qualify for state.”

The Comets (7-5 overall and 6-4 in NOC Valley Division in 2010) lost outstanding talent to transfer and graduation; thus, the hope by charges is to contend in league and tighten up on the consistency. 

“The more consistent we become, the greater our potential to succeed,” Coach Kopkas said. “This group of girls is highly intelligent and is very accomplished in the classroom; many of these girls are ranked highly in their individual classes.”

St. Ignatius will try to win third consecutive Ohio Jesuit Cup today; Saturday’s win over St. X puts Cats in title match for fifth straight year

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Jesuit Editor


CLEVELAND (OHIO CITY) – Host St. Ignatius will try to win its third consecutive Ohio Jesuit Cup for soccer today at 3 when it takes on St. John Jesuit here on the Wasmer Field pitch. The Wildcats earned a spot in the title match with Saturday’s 3-1 win over St. Xavier.


 St. Ignatius (3-0) scored first when Nate Fahey took a rebound off the post and nailed it home at 17:44 for the 1-0 lead.

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The 1-0 Wildcat lead stood for nearly 20 minutes, but the Cats doubled the lead at exactly 37:00 when senior co-captain Matt Foldesy eased in a penalty kick.

The 2-0 Iggy lead stood for most of the rest of the time until halftime, but then senior co-captain Zach Martin got into the act in the waning seconds of the half to make it 3-Oh with 40 minutes to go.

Instead of staying in hotels, motels or youth hostels, Student/Athletes on the teams from St. John and St. X stayed in the homes of their St. Ignatius opponents to carry on the spirit of the Jesuit Brotherhood.

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CWRU Mourns the Loss of Robert Del Rosa (1936-2011)

CLEVELAND (U DISTRICT) -- Case Western Reserve University and the world of collegiate Student/Athletics lost one of their most beloved figures on Thursday evening as the legendary Bob Del Rosa passed away from complications of a late summer surgery. Del Rosa, 75, was entering his 50th year with the CWRU athletic department and his 46th season as head wrestling coach.

Surrounded by his family, and supported by an early evening visit from his team, Del Rosa passed away peacefully around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.

"While no words can adequately describe Coach D.'s unequaled contributions to our department and University, I find comfort knowing that all of us are richer personally for knowing him," said Director of Athletics Dave Diles. "The professional lessons we all gained through witnessing his education, support and mentoring of countless young people will serve us well and keep his legacy alive."

Del Rosa was a constant in a Case Western Reserve athletics program that has seen significant change during the past five decades. In addition to serving as wrestling coach, he also spent time as head coach of Spartan football, baseball and tennis as well as serving as the department's compliance director.  

Del Rosa's wrestling program has produced four national champions, 37 national qualifiers, 18 All-Americans and 35 NCAA Scholar All-Americans. In 1996, Del Rosa was inducted into the Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame. He was later inducted into the CWRU Spartan Club Hall of Fame in 2006.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Del Rosa was a three-year letterwinner and a captain for the 1958 Bearcat football team.

Del Rosa is survived by his wife, Ann, of Mentor, Ohio, and their two sons, Scott and Jim.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalized.

Lake Erie College Wrestling Adds Second Wave of Recruits

PAINESVILLE – After signing 13 student-athletes earlier this summer, Lake Erie College head wrestling coach Kevin Hoogenboom has put the wraps on his second recruiting class with the addition of seven talented grapplers to the Storm program.

"There's a very good mix of experience and talent with these seven wrestlers," Hoogenboom said. "We still have a young squad and this will add leadership to our team and increase the competition for starting spots."

Four of the recruits are transfers and three are straight from the high school ranks. Four are in the middle weight classes, an area where the Storm lacked depth in its inaugural season.
Tyler Eastman

The list of the seven student-athletes is as follows:

Name Class Weight Hometown/High School
Jacob Brown So./So. 157 Jefferson, Ohio/Pymatuning Valley/Waldorf
Tyler Eastman Fr./Fr. 165/174 Sliver Lake, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls
Jake Hosking Fr./Fr. 157 Milford, Mich./Lake Fenton
Adam Horovitz Fr./Fr. 141/149 Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood
Tom McVicker So./Fr. 125 Forest Hills, Pa./Forest Hills/Penn Hills
Isaac Morisette So./Fr. 133 Clawson, Mich./Southgate/Oakland
Justin Tripp Sr./Jr. 197 Bedford, Ohio/Bedford/Cuyahoga CC

Lake Erie opens its second season on Nov. 5 with its annual Black vs. Green Preview Night and begins competition on Nov. 12 at the University of Mount Union Invitational.
Jackson alum Derek Zuniga scores only goal in Wright State's Soccer Win; Raiders Take Opener Over Marshall

Derek Zuniga's penalty kick proved to be the difference as the men's soccer team opened the season with a 1-0 win over Marshall Friday night at the Athletes in Action complex in Xenia.

Former Polar Bear Derek Zuniga

Marshall was whistled for a yellow card as Zuniga was tackled in the box, setting up the penalty kick at the 54:39 mark of the second half. Zuniga connected to the left to put the Raiders up for good.

In a match that saw the two squads combined for 27 fouls, shots were at a premium as both attempted eight on the night.

St. X, St. John to meet in title match of Ohio JV Jesuit Cup soccer tourney

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Jesuit Editor


CLEVELAND (OHIO CITY) – St. Xavier High School out of Cincinnati earned a trip to the championship match of the JV Ohio Jesuit Cup soccer tournament with a 2-1 semifinal win over host St. Ignatius Saturday here on the Wasmer Field pitch.

 St. Xavier took a 1-0 lead with a goal at 24:30 and the Bomber advantage stood until halftime.

Then St. Ignatius was opportunistic, getting awarded a penalty kick when St. X was called for a hand ball inside the 18-yard box.

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Christopher Pietrow took the penalty shot at 44:00 and buried in the corner to the right of the keeper to tie it, 1-1.

St. X scored the game winner at 64:35.

The Bombers play St. John in the JV title match today at 9 a.m. Walsh plays St. Ignatius in the consolation match at 1.

Wright State Volleyball Falls to Oakland

The Wright State volleyball team dropped a four-set decision to Oakland Saturday at the Blue-Gold Invitational in Toledo.  The Golden Grizzlies won the match 25-9, 25-20, 21-25, 25-19.

Oakland tallied 10 straight points to break away from a 7-4 edge in the opening set and then used a 12-2 run to erase a 15-12 WSU lead in the second set.  The Raiders led throughout in winning the third set, only to see the Golden Grizzlies take control in the fourth set to win the match.

Oakland (2-0) outhit WSU .338-.158 and had a 63-43 kill advantage.

Heidi Splinter led the Raiders with a double-double effort of 16 kills and 23 digs while setter Ashleigh Lucco dished out 38 assists and libero Jessica Levy recorded 10 digs.

Wright State (0-2) wraps up play in the tournament Saturday at 5:00 against Niagara.

Ridgeville, Tigers tie in boys' soccer

North Ridgeville's boys' soccer team moved to 1-1-1 with Saturday's 0-0 tie against Cleveland Heights.

Andrew Sismour had six saves in goal in getting the shutout for the Rangers. 

Boys Soccer


NR, 0 – CLHTS, 0



NR – Sismour 6

CLHTs- Meesig 10


North Ridgeville Record 1-1-1

 Raiders Fall in Third Game in Italy

The men's basketball team could not recover from 67 percent first-half shooting by Fulgor Forli in falling 93-63 Saturday.

Forli hit 12 of 18 shots in the opening two quarters, including eight of 15 from three-point range, in building a 57-27 advantage.  WSU, meanwhile, was seven of 31 from the field and one of four from behind the arc.

Cole Darling paced the Raiders with 13 points while Reggie Arceneaux had 12 andTavares Sledge 11.

Wright State wraps up play in Italy on Monday afternoon against Pallacanestro San Maruno starting at 1:30 Eastern time.  Fans can follow the game with a live blog starting at 1:00.  That blog, along with other blogs, photos and video on the Italy trip can be found by clicking here.