A Page -- Aug. 3, 2010

Jake Cooper moves over from 

Orange to be boys' soccer coach at 

Nordonia; Knights coming off their 

best season in school history

August 3, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


MACEDONIA – Jake Cooper moves over from being the long-time coach at Orange High to the being the new head boys’ soccer coach at Nordonia High School, connecting his wealth of experience as a head coach with the Knights’ veteran crew.

Upon completing his tenure (in the truest sense of the term as he was there for 10 years) as the Lions’ coach, Cooper moves south down 271 here to head up the Knights, bringing an entirely new staff with him. Along with him comes Andrew Elsoffer, who will be the assistant head varsity coach, the same post he held with the Lions for six years. Mark Politi becomes the new JV coach and Jeremy Johnson has also been added as a second assistant coach.

The new coaching quartet inherits an experienced group of 10 players off the 2009 team, including six seniors with two three-year lettermen among them.


The Knights are led by seniors Trevor Hawks and Andrew Mendez, both three-year lettermen. The other seniors include Scott Danner, Ricky Zapora, Justin Politi, and Brandon Richards. All three are lettermen. Danner has lettered twice.

Other lettermen returning are juniors Josh Bodziony, Marcus Perry and Josh Hathaway, and sophomore Ryan Bauer.

 Perry, Hawks, and Bauer all made first team all conference in 2009.

Knights varsity

The new coaching staff also has the luxury of a hefty throng of incoming players (JVs, transfers, IRs, freshmen, etc). Those adding depth to the full complement already here are with their year in school listed after there names: Kyle Dea11, Tyler Fenn11, Alec Groff 10, Vadic Patel 12, Tim Nicholl 12, Sebastian Wilson12, and Sean Tyrell 12.

Nordonia has been on the up and up in boys’s soccer, having turned in its first .500 season in school history in 2009.

“Having that many returning players is a plus,” Cooper said. “We have a lot of speed and are very athletic; this group here is an extremely hard working team.”

Cooper has set clear goals for the boys, which are to win the league (division) and get at least past the first round of the playoffs. Last year the Knights lost in the first round to Brunswick.


2009 JV team, many of who are moving up to varsity

Despite a healthy number of guys back from last year’s unit that finished 2-2-1 in the Lake Division of the Northeast Ohio League, the Knights still lost 11 players to graduation.

“We will have almost a whole new line-up,” Coach Cooper said. “In order to make a run for it, our technical skill needs to be improved. This team has a lot of confidence; they believe they can win.

“This group is motivated and hard working. It may take awhile for the boys to get used to the new coaches; however, we have a good group of seniors who should lead the way to a good season.”

Changes in playing facilities are also set for the new season as the Knights will be playing on a new turf field. The old field had a press box so small, that one needed to go outside just to change his mind.

Cooper’s career record with Orange was 91-66-28. The Knights would love to win one more match than last year and thereby giving their new coach his 100th career win.


Crestwood, Ill. — The Lake Erie Crushers rallied late but ultimately fell 7-5 to the Windy City ThunderBolts in game one of their three-game set Tuesday at Standard Bank Stadium.

The Crushers grabbed the lead in the top half of the third to open the scoring. Wayne Bond led off with a walk and Dom Duggan followed with a sharp single to left before Jodam Rivera advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Bond scored on Raphael Turner’s groundout to short and Duggan trotted home on a single by Andrew Davis to give the Crushers a 2-0 lead.

Windy City broke through against Roberts in the fourth, cutting lead in half when J.T. Restko’s double into the right-center field gap brought Zach Aakhus in, leaving the score at 2-1.

The ThunderBolts would pull ahead in the bottom half of the sixth and chase Crushers starter Josh Roberts from the contest in the process. Jeremy Hamilton scored to tie the game when Aakhus bounced into a double play, leaving the bases clear with two outs. The ThunderBolts rallied with two down however, loading the bases on singles by Pete Paris and Restko and a walk for Mike Torres. That brought up third baseman Nick Kuroczko, who laced a ball down the right field line to score two and give Windy City the lead.

Roberts was lifted after Kuroczko’s single in favor of Ronnie Morales, who was greeted by Brandon Anderson’s three-run home run to cap the six-run sixth and give the ThunderBolts a 7-2 advantage.

The Crushers had a rally of their own in the eighth, stringing together three hits against the ThunderBolt bullpen. Davis singled and Drew Saylor walked before Joel Collins and Lee Huggins connected on consecutive RBI-singles to bring them around. Arden McWilliams’ sacrifice fly scored Huggins to bring the Crushers within two at 7-5.

North Ridgeville golf still thin on 

numbers but continues to make climb 

toward higher tier of WSC

August 3, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Although thin on numbers, North Ridgeville’s golf program continues to grow and is hoping to move up to the upper tier of the West Shore Conference this season, which begins in a week.

The Rangers have only five golfers in the squad, but are hoping that the small group can become close-knit enough to string together four scores close enough to one another to produce a winning total from match to match.


Albeit small, Ridgeville at least has some experience on its side with two lettermen returning from the 2009 team, led by three-year varsity letterman Mitch Clark. Fellow senior Jim Bradley also brings varsity, top-four experience back as a one-year letter winner.

New players coming into the program are juniors Christian Kelch, Ryan Beard, and Matt Musci.

“We, as a team, want to contend for the WSC title,” Ridgeville coach Mike Belpulsi said.  “It will be a challenge because Bay and Rocky River have a really good team.  As individuals, we want to improve everyday.”

That means the junior threesome will need to get up to speed fast.

Our biggest weakness is that we have a very young and inexperienced group,” said Belpulsi, now in his sixth season as the team’s coach.

The Rangers have come around from where they were when Beluplsi took over, when just winning a match or two was a challenge. They played near .500 golf in the WSC last year, posting a 6-8 record in seeing each team in the league twice.

Yeomen Picked Eighth by OCF

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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin – The website ohiocollegefootball.com picked the Oberlin College football team to finish eighth in the North Coast Athletic Conference as announced in its annual NCAC preseason poll on Tuesday. 

The Yeomen are coming off injury-riddled season that saw them finish 2-8 overall and 2-5 in the league. However, the experience many of the players received last year by being forced into action could pay large dividends in 2010. The Yeomen return 42 letterwinners and over 20 starters from last year’s team.

“We never look too much into these preseason polls,” Head Coach Jeff Ramsey said. “We know what we need to do to win games and we are going to work our tails off to do just that.”
Oberlin’s offense should a get lift under center with the return of Josh Mandelat the quarterback position. He missed the entire 2009 season with an injury he suffered in preseason camp.

Reigning NCAC Champion Wittenberg was atop of the OCF NCAC Poll followed by Wabash and Wooster. The complete poll can be viewed below. 

The conference will be releasing its preseason coaches’ poll tomorrow. 

The Yeomen being their season on September 4 at Kenyon College. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. 

OCF 2010 NCAC Pre-Season Poll
1) Wittenberg
2) Wabash
3) Wooster
4) Allegheny
5) Denison
6) Ohio Wesleyan
7) Kenyon
8) Oberlin





Aug. 3, 2010

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE, Ohio--Ohio Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, will be the site for the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Football Media Day Wednesday, August 4.  OhioCollegeFootball.com will provide a LIVE VIDEO webcast of the event starting at 10:30 am.

Defending conference champion University of Mount Union enters the season ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in national preseason polls.  The Purple Raiders claimed their 21st overall and 18th consecutive OAC title in 2008.

At the media day, each of the OAC's 10 head coaches will give a preview of their team's upcoming season, while a student-athlete from each institution will take a couple of questions at the podium from conference commissioner Tim Gleason.

After lunch the conference's preseason media and coaches polls will be announced, supervisor of football officials, Steve Furnisswill go over rule changes along with answering questions, followed by coaches and players being made available for one-on-one interviews.

The first-ever Bill Nichols Media Service Award named in honor of long-time Cleveland Plain Dealer writer will be presented to Ron Miller of the Cambridge Daily-Jeffersonian and Ohio State head football coach and former Baldwin-Wallace quarterback Jim Tressel is slated to appear.

Highlights from the event and interviews with coaches and players will be featured on a one-hour television show produced by the OAC and shown on regional cable sports network SportsTime Ohio.

For more information or to make reservations for the event, contact OAC Information Director Lindsay Rickel at 330-259-9090 andlrickel@oac.org<mailto:lrickel@oac.org>

OAC Football Preview on SportsTime Ohio

Tuesday, August 24 - 11:30 am
Thursday, August 26 – 8 am
Saturday, August 28 – 2 pm