A Page -- Aug. 29, 2011

When it comes to a Mentor/Baldwin-Wallace Student/Athletic football pipeline, the defense never rests; Ryan Dugan, J.J. Laseak, John Harasyn, Max Wagner bleed Cardinal red and Yellow Jacket brown

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BEREA -- When it comes to football-playing Student/Athletes at Mentor High School, the “Cuyahoga River Curse” does not apply; those old Cardinal boys will go cross town any day to extend their S/A careers.

J.J. Laseak, Ryan Dugan, John Harasyn, and Max Wagner are all members of the Mentor state runners up team from four years ago and are now integral parts of the Baldwin-Wallace College defense. They have gone against the trend and opted with the program on the West Side with strong historical roots in academic/football success, forgoing all the eastern menu picks such as Lake Erie College, Notre Dame College, John Carroll, Case Reserve, and Mount Union.


“Berea is a town that is just as quaint as Mentor,” said Harasyn, an outside linebacker for the Yellow Jackets. “We feel as if we are still in Mentor when we are here. Everything is close and it being west of the river is a non factor.”

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Cardinal/Yellow Jacket foursome comes out of one of the four most formidable public school football/overall academic-athletic programs on the North Coast. Mentor is to the northeast what Solon High is to the southeast, what Strongsville is to the southwest and Avon Lake is to the northwest – public schools with both academic and athletic programs comparable to the private school titans and ones that rarely wimp out when it comes to scheduling Catholic-school powers in various sports.

All four agree that they were well prepared for B-W through the Mentor academic and athletics programs, bringing a winning team attitude with a unique individualist spin.


 “Coach ‘Triv’ (Steve Trivisonno, Mentor head coach) taught us mental and physical toughness so that we were ready when we came here,” Wagner said.

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They all realize that they are getting the private school part on the back ends of their total Student/Athletic programs and the combined B-W/Mentor (as well as East/West) experience is preparing them for fruitful futures – Wagner and Dugan in exercise science and business, Laseak in history and education and Harasyn in law and politics.

Although Harasyn has not specifically designated defense law as a focal area for a future vocation, he and his mates could be considered the F. Lee Bailey of small-college football.  With the likes of these Mentor lads, truly “the defense never rests” here in Berea with the Mentor Four.

F. Lee Bailey, considered by many the most prolific defense attorney of the 20th century

Laseak, a linebacker, had several outstanding games in 2010, getting named the Ohio Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week and Dick Miller Community Night Player of the Game against Capital.

Dugan, a senior defensive back who was a captain last year, has 11 career interceptions and could break the school record for career picks this season. He has been named Second-Team All OAC each of the past two seasons.

L to R -- Dugan, Wagner, Laseak, Harasyn

Both Wagner and Harasyn have taken advantage of a learning opportunity at B-W that the late Joe Carlo made such a central part of the learning experience for a B-W football guy and a legacy that lasts till this day. Wagner spent one year and Harasyn two years with the B-W JV team before becoming varsity starters last year. Instead of collecting pines during inactivity, they learned the depths of football through active roles in college JV ball.

Although Wagner, a 270-pounder, became injured after starting the first two games at defensive tackle and involuntarily had to do some pine collecting, he was able to enjoy morally in the success of the great turnaround in restoring the order, when the Yellow Jackets went from 3-7 in 2009 to 7-3 in 2010.

After learning about how to become a turnaround catalyst while in the JV ranks, Harasyn was well heard from in 2010 when it came to involvement in tackles -- and the unconventional spelling of the surname spoke volumes as well. They won’t forget.

J.J. Laseak (L), Margo Laseak (R)

Often what is discussed with the S/A programs here is the “B-W family.” That one is taken literally by Laseak, whose sister Margo is an S/A in the B-W soccer program. Laseak started in D-I ball at Bowling Green and learned what really west of the river really means and thus came home two years ago.

Also against the grain of current-day youth’s knack for unduly blocking out the past, Laseak’s passion for history lies in his appreciation of it and understanding that what has come before his birth is relevant and will always serve as a learning opportunity.

“B-W has a lot of football history and football by its nature is a very historic game,” Laseak said. “We learn by studying old time football and from the mistakes made by football players and teams from an earlier time. That’s how we learn and get better.”


The Mentor-B-W football history probably began with Paul Burger six years ago. Burger played defense like a man possessed, injected with wild animal hormones. Burger was an influence on Dugan and also former Cardinal/Jacket Scott Goodwin sent Dugan a letter five years ago. The rest followed Dugan’s lead from there.

Future to past -- Kasper (L), Burger (R)

Now this season freshman safety Joe Kasper from Mentor High has joined this B-W defense that refuses to rest. The boys expect more to follow.





Shoremen, Mustangs battle to a tie in a high-caliber high school soccer match

In a battle of the two of the premier boys’ high school soccer teams, Avon Lake and Stronsgville played to a 2-2 draw over the weekend.

Bryan Wolanski scored both Mustang goals while James Darkow and Alex Yungvirt each lit the lamp for the Shoremen.


“It was a great game all around with 3 great goals from run of play and 1 from a PK,” Avon Lake Coach Dan Ogilvy said. 

Avon Lake 2 Strongsville 2


Avon Lake 1-0-1

Strongsville 1-0-1


Strongsville: Bryan Wolanski 2 (1 was a PK).  AL: James Darkow, Alex Yungvirt

Goalies: Strongsville, Ian Simpson (8 saves); AL, Zac Strimbu (6 saves)

Assists for Avon Lake: James Darkow, Alex Yungvirt

Score at half: Avon Lake 1 Strongsville 0

Shots for Avon Lake: 11 

Shots for Strongsville:   8

Corners for Strongsville: 4

Corners for AL: 2

Golden Shoe remains in middle of railroad tracks as Avon and Avon Lake play to 0-0 tie

Avon travelled to Avon Lake to battle in the annual Golden Shoe game.  The

teams played a hard-fought game which ended in a 0-0 draw. 

“There was excellent play by both goalies,” Avon Lake coach Kiko Lopez said.

Coach Lopez

For Avon, Holly Kraus made 8 saves and the Shoregals Dana Strimbu stopped 5 shots.  Both teams remain undefeated on the season as they now sport identical 1-0-1 records.

It was Strimbu’s second shutout in goal this season.

Girls Soccer

Avon Lake vs. Avon

Game Date:    Saturday August 27, 2011

Final Score:
Avon Lake (AL) - 0        Avon (A) - 0

AL    1-0-1            A    1-0-1

AL    None            A    None

AL    None            A    None

Shots on Goal:
AL    8            A    5

AL    Dana Strimbu - 5

A    Holly Kraus  - 8

AL    12            A    12

Corner Kicks:
AL    3            A    9

AL    0            A    0

AL    3            A    5

Yelllow Card:    AL: O'Connor    A    None

AL    0            A    0

Therese Haiss leads Solon cross country with championship in the GlenOak Invitational; Comets take second as a team

Saturday the Solon Comets Girls’ Cross Country Team took 2nd place in the GlenOak Invitational. 

The Comets were led by Therese Haiss, who wound up leading the entire pack and finishing as the top individual.

 Haiss (11th grade) won her first invitational. 

 How they finished:1. St. Vincent, 56  2. Solon, 95  3. Green, 111  4. Louisville, 116  5. Cuyahoga Falls, 120  6. St. Vincent, 141  7. Twinsburg, 183  8. Canfield, 194  9. Canton Glenoak, 243  10. Lakewood, 255

 Top Individuals: 1. T.Haiss (Sol) 19:15; 2. Rosetti (SVSM) 19:54; 3. Roehlig (Gre) 19:56; 4. Rankin (Lou) 20:02; 5. Aamoth (Sol) 20:10; 6. Scourfield (CF) 20:19; 7. Hainer (CF) 20:20; 8. Mendiola (SVSM) 20:33; 9. Sollenberger (SVSM) 20:38; 10. Aldrich (Twi) 20:40

WSU Volleyball Drops Three-Set Decision to Niagara

The Wright State volleyball team fell in three sets to Niagara to wrap up play at the Blue-Gold Invitational Saturday in Toledo. The Purple Eagles won the match 25-20, 25-15, 25-16.

Niagara held the lead throughout the match until WSU went up 3-1 in the third set on a kill by Alaina McAuley. The Purple Eagles, though, regained the lead with five straight points and gradually pulled away to end the match.

Heidi Splinter and McAuley each had seven kills to lead the way for WSU while Jessica Levy had 14 digs. Splinter was selected to the All-Tournament Team as she recorded 29 kills and 38 digs in the three matches.

Wright State (0-3) opens the home portion of its schedule on Tuesday, August 30, as the Raiders host IPFW in a 7:00 match at the C.J. McLin Gymnasium.