A Page -- Aug. 31, 2011

SHHH! Padua alumnus Danny Molls, the 10th leading tackler in the nation, to lead University of Toledo defense – in a quiet, exemplary role

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND (PUBLIC SQUARE) – Now that he is a junior, a seasoned one at that, Padua alumnus Danny Molls will take on more of a leadership role for the University of Toledo defense albeit a lead-by-example kind of signal calling.

A third-year starter for the Rockets, the inside linebacker from North Royalton was the second-leading tackler in the Mid American Conference in 2010 and will get things underway tomorrow night (Thursday) when his Rockets open the season at home in the Glass Bowl against New Hampshire.

Danny Molls

“I have known the Molls family for a long time, going all the way back to when I was a teammate of his dad Andy at the University Kentucky,” said Berea native and UT Head Coach Tim Beckman during the weekly MAC teleconference here. “Danny is a quiet guy but he certainly leads by example. He will be counted on to lead more this year now that he is a junior and has been in the program for three years.

This is Beckman’s third season as the head man for the Rockets. They went from 5-7 his first season to 8-5 including a bowl game berth in 2010. His every intention is to keep bringing to a level higher as each season passes.

Molls’ 143 tackles in ’10 was not only good enough for top two in the MAC but also for the top 10 in the nation. However, he is the only returning linebacker from last season.

Coach Beckman

“Danny is a throwback, quiet, doesn’t say a whole bunch but tries to lead by example since he is not a rah, rah guy,” Coach Beckman said. “He loves the game, studies the game hard and plays the game hard. He is one of the players that is going to have the key lead roles during the 2011 season.”

A third-team All-MAC selection in 2010, Molls is the kind of player that coaches love to have on their sides because he does everything he can to make his team better.

The Rockets do have others with game experience returning at linebacker, particularly in the outside slots so Molls will not have a totally green group to lead.

Molls will not only be the leader of the linebacking crew but probably the whole defense as well.  Also slated to start on the defense tomorrow night is St. Edward alumnus Diauntae Morrow at free safety.

Morrow (L), Owens (R)

Offensively, Beckman did note that he does plan on using a quarterback rotation system and fans could wind up seeing all three quarterbacks, including Glenville alumnus Terrence Owens, who took over as the regular starter halfway through last season.

“We have a lot of talented guys at that position just as we do at a lot of positions,” Beckman said. “That’s why we have practice – to see who wants to be the starter. Being a starter is a privilege, not a right.”

Owens showed flashes of greatness during the second half of ’10.

“T.O. took over and did a fine job for us, doing a great job in helping us win a big rivalry game here,” Beckman said. “He has won football games’ he’s proven that he can win. He does the best job of hitting the people down field with his passes. This is good because we have had to play three or four quarterbacks a year due to injuries and those types of things.”

Magnificat bounces Avon in Coaches’ Cup

The varsity A Magnificat High Blue Streaks shut out Avon 5-0 in a first round match of the State Team Tournament Monday

The most exciting match came at first doubles with Kelly Plagens and Annie Foliano rallying to defeat Carmela Mostardi and Megan Monroe, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.

Magnificat moves to 6-1 on the season.

Singles: Emily Witt d. Abby Schwartz 6-0, 6-0; Lauren O'Malley d. Melissa Cirilo 6-0, 6-1; Maddy Lugli d. Madisyn Rini 6-1, 6-1.

Doubles: Kelly Plagens/Annie Foliano d. Carmela Mostardi/Megan Monroe 3-6, 7-6, 7-6; Jess Hollis/Abby Lawless d. Halle Mentler/Annie Deluca.

Kayla Zingale’s hat trick leads North Ridgeville to rout of Lorain

Kayla Zingale’s hat trick led North Ridgeville’s girls’ soccer team to a 6-0 win over Lorain High Monday.

Also scoring goals were twins Kaleigh and Shayna Asp and Sumer Cape.

Sam Wiles had six saves in goal for the Rangers.

NR          6

Lorain    0

Half 4-0


NR: 21

Lorain: 6


NR: Wiles 6

Lorain: Montanez  15


NR:  Zingale 3, K. Asp, S. Asp, Pyle


NR:  Zingale, Cape, Griffiths, Graham

Rice leads Lake Ridge to double win

In a tri-match Monday, Lake Ridge boys’ golf was double winner over Fairview and Brooklyn.

Lake Ridge’s Mitchell Rice was medalist with a 33 on the Springvale public course.

Boys Golf         M 8/29

Lake Ridge/Brooklyn/Fairview

Springvale GC

Team Scores:   Lake Ridge (159), Fairview (181), Brooklyn (194)

LR:  Mitchell Rice (33); Thomas Tavolara (40); Ryan McCarthy (41); Dan Fulop (45)

FA:  T. Straka (38); T. Cain (43); K. Haagensen (45); J. Brousek (55)

BR:  M. Anderson (39); B. Blaine (48); R. Baker (49); A. Csornok (58)

Medalist:  Mitchell Rice – LR (33)

Team Record:  LR (2-1)

Wright State Men's Soccer Wins 1-0 at IUPUI

The Wright State men's soccer team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 1-0 win at IUPUI Monday night.

The lone goal of the contest came at the 70:34 mark of the second half as Brian Cothern fed Justin Laird with a pass to the middle. Laird then connected from 18 yards out as the ball went inside the right post.

Craig Feehan posted his second shutout in as many games as the freshman goalkeeper posted two saves.

"Tonight is a credit to the players, they prepared hard all week and did a great job of recovering after a game on Friday," said assistant coach David Korn. "They showed tremendous character and composure tonight and that is a credit to how hard they train and how well they get along off the field."

"This was definitely a team win," said head coach Bryan Davis. "It was one of those nights where the team that found a moment was going to come out with a win. Credit to Justin for a class finish and to Brian, our captain, with a fantastic assist. Back to work Wednesday to prepare for a tough tournament, starting with a strong Kentucky squad."

Wright State heads to Lexington, Kentucky, this weekend for the UK Invitational, taking on the host Wildcats on Friday, September 2, at 7:30, followed by Evansville on Sunday, September 4, at noon.

Raiders Fall in Final Game in Italy

A 42-19 middle two quarters was too much to overcome as the Wright State men's basketball team fell Pallacanestro San Maruno 67-57 in their final game in Italy Monday.

WSU jumped out to a 14-5 advantage and led 18-12 after a period, only to fall behind 37-31 at the break. Pallacanestro San Maruno then extended the margin to 54-37 heading into the final quarter.

AJ Pacher paced the Raiders with 13 points while Matt Vest had 12 and Reggie Arceneaux 10.

Amateur Bowling Notes

The team will arrive back in the States Tuesday evening.

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 8/29/11


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Mark Paul, Cleveland, 8/16, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Scott Sonnenborn, Elyria, 8/28, Buckeye Lanes;

John Marx, Brook Park, 8/29, Seven Hills Lanes;



    299 Games

Albert Gregory, Maple Heights, 8/15, Southgate Lanes;



    298 Games



    800 Series

Bernard WarrenParma, 8/24, Buckeye Lanes (803);







North Ridgeville volleyball starts off season with three straight wins; Rangers set for West Shore Conference action beginning this week

North Ridgeville High volleyball opened the season last week with three victories and stand at 3-0 in matches coming into this week’s action, starting with Tuesday night (Aug. 30) against Avon in the West Shore Conference opener.

The Rangers opened with wins over Columbia, Berea and Fairview, in shutouts. In best of three matches against the Braves and Raiders, the Rangers won 2-0 twice and in a single match five-setter (gamer), Ridgeville scalped the Warriors, 3-0.

Heather Snyder had 23 assists on the week, while Kimly Pham had 17 digs, Katie Borges seven kills and Jessica Lentz five service aces.

Ridgeville Overall Record-- 3-0

Saturday, August 27

North Ridgeville defeated Columbia 25-21, 25-17

North Ridgeville defeated Berea 25-13, 25-15

Monday, August 29

North Ridgeville defeated Fairview 25-19, 25-14, 25-13

Heather Snyder: 23 assists

Jessica Lentz: 5 aces, 13 digs, 5 kills

Kaitie Borges: 5 digs, 7 kills

Katarina Kovach: 6 kills

Kimly Pham: 17 digs

Explorers top Blue Streaks in high school field hockey action

In a season-opening match, Hudson’s field hockey team was a 6-0 winner over Magnificat Monday.

Grace Vinesky made five saves in goal for the Blue Streaks.

             1st 2nd    Final

Hudson       1   2      3

Magnificat     0   0      0


Hudson: B. Haller, K. Merrill, H. Alvey

Goalie Saves

Arsham (Hudson)-3

Vinesky (Magnificat)-5

 Lake Ridge takes down Lutheran West in rematch of ’10 district semifinal; Sam Potoczak scores fourth goal of the season

Lake Ridge Academy paid a call to Lutheran West Monday afternoon, and as good guests should always do, they brought a gift, taking home a 5-2 win to move to 2-1 on the season.

Twenty-eight seconds into the contest, they gave up a goal to Longhorn junior Madison Ross.  And to prove their sincerity, the Lions allowed a second Ross goal just one minute and twenty-four seconds later. 

Lafayette-bound Sam Potoczak

The Longhorns, being gracious hosts, returned the favor.  At the 35:51 mark, senior Sam Potoczak dribbled in, spotted fellow senior Devin Sponseller to the left of Lutheran West goalie Kara Villwock, and fed her a pass for the first LRA goal.  A minute and six seconds along in the contest and Potoczak rifled a shot in for her fourth goal of the season. 

Not to be outdone, Sydney Clark of Lake Ridge broke free behind the Longhorn defense and scored just thirty-four seconds later.  With a mere six minutes and forty-nine seconds gone in the game, the score was already 3-2 and it seemed like the game was going to be a high-scoring nightmare for the goalies and a stats padding bonanza for the offense. 

Strangely enough, such was not the case as the rest of the half was scoreless thanks mainly to Lutheran West's trapping, step up defense that continuously caught the relatively new and inexperienced Lake Ridge strikers off-side and frustrated.

The second half scoring began with Clark's second goal of the game on a deep pass from Kayla Daniel at 34:05.  The final score came with 1:09 left in the game when Selena Benz, in her first varsity game, took a pass from Clark and scored from the left side on Lutheran West's junior goalie Emily Wilkens, who replaced Villwock for the second half.

Lions goalie Kyndall Wellons, who seems to be getting more comfortable in her position, shrugged off the team's shaky start and two goal deficit to record eight saves for the victory and play her best game of the year so far.

The next Lions match is at home on September 7 and will be against 2010 Division II state runner-up and perennial powerhouse Hathaway Brown.

Warriors blank Lions

In high school tennis Monday, Fairview was a 5-0 winner over Lake Ridge.

Fairview d. LRA 5-0

Singles: Neumayer (F) d. Feng (LRA) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (9-7); Etterling (F) d. Colegrove (LRA) 6-0, 6-1; Shihada (F) d. Beals (LRA) 6-0, 6-3. 

Doubles: Watts/Filkill (F) d. Miraldi/Bandyopadhyay (LRA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1; Chen/Hislop (F) d. Al-Haddad/Ridel (LRA) 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Two girls named Aly(i) share medalist honors as Strongsville golf betters Solon

Two girls with different spellings of their first names shared medalist honors Monday as Strongsville girls’ golf was a 169-185 winner over Strongsville.


Aly Ales of the Comets and Ali Jakubecz  of the Mustangs shot low scores of 40.


Strongsville 169, Solon 185

At Grantwood

1. (tie) Ales (So), Jakubecz (St) 40; 3. Mindyas (St) 42.

Solon Scores:

Aly Ales 40

Alexis Gray 49

Tiffany Li 49

Grace Gutierrez 47

Meagan Crowl 59

Leah Wilson 58

Solon is now 3-2 overall (1-2 in NOC Valley)