A Page -- Aug. 28, 2012

Barksdale (L), Hicks (R)

Solon and Glenville, two of the top ranked teams in the Cleveland area, to meet on Stewart Field turf Friday

Friday night’s game at Stewart Field will feature two of Northeast Ohio’s top football teams. Solon and Glenville will square off in the fifth overall game against each other. The game will be televised in tape delay by SportsTime Ohio. Dave Bacon will call the action with Frank Stams providing color analysis.

Last Friday night against Shaker Heights, the Comets went into the locker room at the half feeling like they had control of the game as they were holding a 10-0 lead. The Raiders scored in the third to make it 10-7 but the 4th quarter turned into an instant classic.

With 6:15 to go in the game, Shaker Quarterback Jimmie Pope found receiver Melran Leach who took off for an 82-yard touch-down. With 2:22 to go in the game, the Raiders scored again, as Pope connected with Nolan Jackson-Daniel to increase their lead to 21-10. The Comets answered right away with Drew Barksdale throwing a 46-yard pass to Darian Hicks. The next series, Solon’s defense forced Shaker into a 3 and out situation. With :19 left in the game, Darian Hicks once again found the end zone on a 38-yd reception from Drew Barksdale. Michael Stanton caught the 2-point conversion pass and Solon came away with a 24-21 win.

Friday night the Solon Comets will host Head Coach Ted Ginn and the Glenville Tarblooders. Solon and Glenville have entered into a two-year agreement that will bring the Tarblooders to Solon this week and also Week Two in 2013.

After a thrilling win last week against Shaker Heights, the Comets are back to work and preparing to take on Glenville. The Tarblooders enter the second week of this young season after losing to St. Edward, 42-14. During that game, Glenville was 10/20 passing for 99 yards and racked up 73 yards on the ground.

Twenty-one of St. Edward’s 42 points came off of Glenville turnovers. This week, Solon looks to improve upon their performance and knows that Glenville will do the same.

“We had a very exciting win last week,” said Solon Head Coach Jim McQuaide.  “An exciting win doesn’t always mean that we did everything we were supposed to, or to the best of our ability. We need to work hard this week to continue getting better as this is a very good Glenville team that will be here on Friday.”

The last time Glenville and Solon met was in the 2009 playoffs. The teams played for the Division I, Region 1 title and Glenville sneaked by Solon with a 28-27 win. Both of these teams are used to playing in big games and Friday night should not disappoint.

Streaks Sink Pirates, Down Demons; Mags takes second at Cardinal Doubles Classic

Magnificat’s Varsity A tennis team was the victor against both of its neighbors this week in regular-season matches.  

On Monday, the Blue Streaks just missed sweeping Rocky River as they had a decisive 4-1 win against the Pirates.  The sole win for River came at first singles, where Isa Quinones bounced Tess Moran of the Blue Streaks. 

The real test for Mags came later in the week, where they crossed paths with Westlake.  At the Demons’ home courts, Magnificat had a thrilling 4-1 victory which ended all doubts of whether the Blue Streaks were going to be a top contender in the State once again. 

Emily Witt battled state ranked Westlake’s Lauren Golick at first singles, at which Golick pulled out the lone Demon win.  Both the second and third singles matches were won by Lauren O’Malley and Tess Moran of Magnificat. 

The real excitement came at doubles, where both matches went into a nail-biting third set.  Even though the Streaks lost both first sets in each doubles match, the partners of Sarah Patrick and Veronica Johnson as well as Katie McCabe and Miranda Manimbo displayed their mental toughness as they roared back to win the second and third sets to secure another team win. 

Mags wrapped up the week with a fantastic finish at the Cardinal Doubles Classic held in Canfield.  The team placed 2nd overall as they encountered some of the best doubles matches in the state with teams from Upper Arlington, Hathaway Brown, and Canfield. 

Hawken bests HB, Solon in golf

Hawken 173; Hathaway Brown 185; Solon 202
at Punderson on Thursday 8/23
Solon Scores:
Alexis Gray 47
Rachel Markle 50
Leah Wilson 51
Alyssa Gray 54
Meredith Joseph 61
Shannon Finnerty 61