A Page -- Aug. 30, 2010

Coughlin Field, named after 1962 Eagle All Ohioan Tom Coughlin

No. 10 in the nation Strongsville, 

No. 10 in Greater Cleveland 

St. Edward to meet Wednesday in 

Coughlin Field

Aug. 30, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD – Strongsville’s boys’ soccer team, ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 2 in the Greater Cleveland area, will try to keep its shutout string going while St. Edward, ranked No. 10 in Greater Cleveland, will try to get into the win column when the two teams meet Wednesday night here in Coughlin Field.

The Mustangs have outscored their two opponents 10-0 this season, registering victories over Copley (6-0) and Shaker Heights (4-0).

This rivalry has its origins that date back to 1984 in the Greater Cleveland High School Soccer League, the forerunner to all high school soccer leagues in the area as the various all sports leagues were still adding schools and developing soccer leagues on a year-to-year basis.

Although Strongsville dominated in the earlier years, St. Edward has battled to make it a more competitive series the last five years. The Eagles won the 2007 and 2008 matches by scores of 2-1 and 3-1 respectively.

The Mustangs bounced back last year’s match by a slim 1-0 decision. The Stangs won the six consecutive meetings prior to 2007, all but one those matches by exactly two goals (they won 3-0 in 2001).

The Mustangs defeated Shaker Heights in their home opener 4-0.  In only the 2nd meeting between the Red Raiders and Mustangs Strongsville dominated the match from start to finish.  The ‘Stangs got on the scoreboard in the 9th minute when SR F Vlad Lekarev converted off a SR MF Michael Cook corner kick.


Strongsville maintained possession throughout but could not break down the Red Raiders off the run of play. It would be re-starts that would prove to be Shakers’ undoing on the evening.


Just after the halftime break, SR D Nate Langhals converted a well-placed free kick from 24 yards out, curling the ball in around the wall and in past the near post.  Langhals would team up with Cook for the third goal in the 54th minute as he converted the corner service to put the game out of reach. Lekarev would cap off the scoring in the 60th minute heading in JR MF Mario Suarez’s well-placed corner.  SR GK Justin Fink earned his first win and shutout in the nets making just two saves.


Bryan Wolanski had a hat trick in the win over Copley. David Murrow, Cody Mizerik and Lekarev also scored goals.


St. Ed started the season last week with a 1-0 loss to Bay.

Minerva's Meghan Simmons named 

assistant softball coach at Mount

Aug. 30, 3010

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE--The University of Mount Union has named Meghan Simons assistant softball coach.

Simons is very familiar with the Purple Raiders as she started the last 122 games for Mount Union wrapping up as the team's top hitter (.415 batting average) in 2010 on her way to All-OAC First Team and All-Central Region honors. 

She also was part of a 2008 squad that set the school single-season win record, won the OAC Tournament and made it to the semifinals of an NCAA Regional.

The Minerva, Ohio, native also lettered in basketball at Mount Union before graduating with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

CSU's Kailey Klein signs with a 

Romanian club

Aug. 30, 2010

By Greg Murphy

CLEVELAND - Kailey Klein, the all-time leading scorer in Cleveland State women's basketball history and a three-time first team All-Horizon League selection, has signed a professional contract to join Satu Mare of the Division A League in Romania.

Kailey Klein


Klein departed her hometown of Cherry, Ill., on Monday (Aug. 30) afternoon and will arrive in Romania to begin training for the season, which runs from mid-October through mid-May.

The team plays a 35 game schedule with one or two games each week.

Satu Mare finished fourth in the Division A League last season.



Shoregals notch ninth and 10th 

wins, now 6-1 in SWC; Corynn 

Krieg, Alison Flint medal with 40s

Aug. 30, 2010

Avon Lake’s golf team moved to 6-1 in the Southwestern Conference and 10-1 overall via an SWC Tri Match tonight that included Midpark and Westlake in addition to the Shoregals at the  Sweetbriar par-35 set of 9.

Avon Lake had the co-match medalists in Corynn Krieg and Alison Flint, both who shot 40s. Kara Goodwin followed with a 43, while Kelly Bruce shot 47 for the Shoregals, who totaled 170.

Westlake (4-2 SWC) had Kayla Waitrovich 42, Olivia Serrat 45, Sam Brunner 43 and Sarah Bates 54 for a total of 184.


Midpark (1-4 swc) had Jennifer Tomasko 43, followed by Anna Czekaj 53 and Nicole Schierbaum 68.

Jaguars remain unbeaten with 

win over Braves; Mikolcic 

attains the hat trick 

Aug. 30, 2010

CLEVELAND (WEST PARK) -- Tonight, for the second game in a row, sophomore Niki Mikolcic recorded a hat trick as the Saint Joseph Academy Jaguars defeated the Berea Braves 3-1.


Senior Captain Jackie Bova recorded an assist.  Senior Captain Goalie Samantha Zogheib recorded five saves.


Playing in front of Zogheib was a tough defense led by sweeper senior Katelyn Seroka, juniors Laura Mayer and Abby Leigh, and sophomore Lauren Brooks.
The SJA varsity improves its record to 2-0-1.

Jaguar Gold JV team is a winner 

over Braves; Saturday's JV match 

at the Falls will pit husband and 

wife coaching on opposite 


Aug. 30, 2010

CLEVELAND (WEST PARK) -- The St. Joseph JV Gold defeated the JV Braves 4-1.  Freshmen Nicole Rave led the scoring attack with two goals.  Freshmen Caroline Becker and Ali Decrane each added one goal to create a mild cushion for the defense.

Next up, the Jaguars travel to face the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs on Saturday evening.   The JV game will be a grudge match between Jaguar JV Coach Jim Harter and his wife, the Bulldog JV Coach Paula Harter and a SJA Alum.  JV game is at 5:00 pm followed by the Varsity game at 7:00 pm.

Scots, Jackets to renew series after 

27-year hiatus; 33rd Lee Tressel 

Shriners' game on special Thursday 

night this week

Aug. 30, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BEREA – A special Thursday Night Edition of Division III College Football will grace Tressel Field in the George Finnie Stadium in three days when the Ohio Athletic Conference and North Coast Athletic Conference butt heads in the form of Baldwin-Wallace against The College of Wooster.

The Austintown-based OAC and Westlake-based NCAC are the dominant small college conferences in the Cleveland area and this certainly will be a clash of polished Student/Athletes on the playing field as the young men on both sides of the field excel highly academically as well as athletically.

Although the schools were friendly rivals when both were in the OAC and relatively a part of the Northeastern Ohio region, this will be the first meeting between the Yellow Jackets and Fighting Scots since 1983, the prior to portions of OAC dissolving into the newly formed NCAC.

The Scots and Jackets have had some battles over the years. B-W holds a slight edge in the lifetime series, which stands at 9-8-1, so the Scots would love nothing better than to come into town and tie up the record for safekeeping for at least one year.


In all likelihood, the starting quarterback will be Avon High graduate Ryan O’Rourke, who just transferred to B-W after a year at Division II Slippery Rock State. O’Rourke was 1-1 as a starting quarterback as a freshman at The Rock after serving as a four-year varsity starter at QB at Avon High.


Also expect to see John Masters at quarterback. The Hoban alum has been battling closely with O’Rourke in camp even though he does not have as much starting experience at the high level as O’Rourke has.

The Scots will also be relatively green at quarterback with All-NCAC performer NCAC Austin Holter, who accounted for 27 total touchdowns (20 passing, seven rushing), threw for a school-record 2,106 yards and ran for 767 more. Junior T.J. Atkinson and freshman Richard Barnes are the frontrunners at QB entering the 2010 season.

Lining up behind O’Rourke, and/or Masters, will be the trio of running backs at different times, at the same time, and in different formations and locations on the field, which has become a B-W trademark for three years running now. Parma native Tim Miker, North Ridgeville product John McGraw and Kyrell Crook could be expected to be seen  coming out of the backfield as runners, blockers and receivers with equal frequency.


A rarity in college football, expect to see Euclid High grad Devon Jennings to be playing both offense and defense for B-W, both at wide receiver and in the secondary.

B-W’s defense will be led by defensive back Ryan Dugan, the Mentor native who led the OAC in interceptions last year, and linebacker Ryan Kish (Amherst), who was an all-league performer last year.


B-W’s special teams are headed up by place kicker Brad Pollock, a Brecksville-Broadview Heights alumnus.

Jacket head coach John Snell is 6-2 in season openers Snell's Yellow Jackets defeated Allegheny (Pa.) College in the opener from 2002 through 2005 and then beat Augustana (Ill.) College in both 2006 and 2007.

Snell succeeds a trio of great coaches who have reached the century club at B-W. Three former B-W legends -- Ray E. Watts '23, Lee Tressel '48 and Bob Packard '65 -- are the only three football coaches in college football history who have won 100 or more games at the same school.

The late Bob Packard

The Wooster defense is led by Rocky River’s Chris Aukerman, who had 43 tackles, nine tackles for loss and four sacks at defensive end last year.


Thursday’s contest will also serve as the Annual Al Koran Shriners Day. The Shriners, a long-running fraternal organization made up of benevolent men, have used their fundraising proceeds to aid burn victims. This is the 33rd Annual Lee Tressel Shrine Classic.

Lake Ridge still unbeaten in golf; 

Mitch Rice is medalist in win over 


Aug. 30

Lake Ridge Academy Boys Varsity Golf team remained among the unbeaten ranks with tonight’s 160-180 win over Wellington, in a 9-hole Dual Match Cherry Ridge GC.

Lake Ridge (5-0) was led by Mitchell Rice, the Match Medalist who shot a 35. Rice was followed by Nick Nemetz (40), Thomas Tavolara (42), and Spencer Scheeler (43).

The Dukes had Freddie Senghas (39), Dylan Barris (45), Anthony Cwalina (45), and Logan Spence (51).

Northern looking for third straight 

bowl bid; Shaker's Perez Ashford No. 

1 flanker

 This is the sixth in a series of features on teams in the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference

Aug 30, 2010

By Ken Mather

About The Huskies

Jerry Kill and his loyal assistants, most of whom shared Kill's ascent from Southern Illinois to Northern Illinois in Dec. 2007, have led the Huskies to two bowls in their first two seasons at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.

That achievement certainly counts for something -- two-time MAC champ Central Michigan is the league's only other school to play in bowls the last two years -- but the Huskies' shortcomings have been exposed in the postseason.

Perez Ashford

Shaker Heights product Perez Ashford

In their 2008 Independence Bowl loss to Louisiana Tech and their 2010 International Bowl loss to USF, the Huskies combined for just one touchdown and two field goals. The coaches spent their first two full recruiting years trying to add game-breakers on offense and speedsters on defense -- and they're almost to the point where they believe they've stocked the roster and built some depth.



Ranger soccer girls blank new Lorain 


Aug. 30, 2010

NORTH RIDGEVILLE -- North Ridgeville’s girls soccer team improved to 2-1 with a 2-0 win over Lorain High tonight.

Jordan James and Kayla Zingale scored the Rangers’ goals.

Shelby Pyle and Shayna Asp tallied the assists.

Samantha Wiles had two saves for Ridgeville Theresa Forbush had 17 for the Titans.

In JV action, Ridgeville came up with the 3-0 win over Lorain consolidated (combined Southview and King).

Ridgeville boys move to 2-2 with 2-0 

win over Holy Name

Aug. 30, 2010

North Ridgeville’s boys’ soccer team evened its record at 2-2 wth tonight’s 2-0 win over Holy Name.


Goal scorers for North Ridgeville were Anthony Grazetti and Nate Wade.


Zach Wiles and Mitch Kennard notched assists.



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