A Page -- Aug 6, 2010

Veteran captains Emily Fiegelist and 

Maggie Waickman lead an Our Lady 

of Elms tennis team that bears great 


August 6, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AKRON – Our Lady of the Elms’ tennis team has two of its top players over the last three seasons returning, which, along with having depth, is an incentive to have the belief that a successful season is looming once the girls take the courts for regular season play beginning next week.

OLEHS Coach Walter Jacoby has the luxury of having two three-year letter winners to lead the group of returning Panthers. Seniors Emily Fiegelist and Maggie Waickman bring three years of varsity experience to the unit and have been designated by coach Jacoby as the team captains.

The Panthers also have back juniors Lauren Young and Annie King, two and one-year letter winners respectively.

Filling in the roles of the departed seniors will be newcomers Katie Kuzmishin at second singles and Emma Burkholder at second doubles. Both are freshmen.


“We have great depth even though we have a young team,” Jacoby. “The new girls are experienced players even though they still need to adjust to the high school game. It is a major asset to have our two captains. They and the rest of the group are all hard hitters.”

Coach Jacoby has set two chief goals for the girls: 1) Do well in the Private School League, and 2) Qualify the maximum number of players for districts.

“We are deeper in quality than we have been for the last few years,” Jacoby said. “Many players played full time during the summer. I think this will be our best year in quite a few years and hopefully will be a harbinger for good things to come.”

He added that there should be no reason that the girls could not win more matches than last year, when the Panthers turned in an 8-15 mark.

“They hope that all the hard work they put in during the summer will really pay off,” the coach said. “Perhaps our only weakness is that we need more match experience.”

Now in his 10th season as the coach of at the Elms, Jacoby has been building for quite some time with a plus-.500 season certainly not out of reach.

“We have great students,” Jacoby said. “As usual in girls’ tennis, they are all high academic achievers.”

Cara Hathaway, the No. 2 girl in the 

league in '09, leads quartet of 

seniors returning for Akron 

Springfield golf

Aug 6, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AKRON – With four seniors returning, Akron Springfield’s girls’ golf team is hoping to be a major challenger for the title in the Greater Akron Girls Golf League, which next week begins its second year of existence.

Coach Dodi Zbuka will have back a senior core of players comprised of Nicole Pitingoro, Kaylin Whitehead, Taylor Patterson, and Tara Wyatt. Also returning to the varsity is sophomore Cara Hathaway. They come in as the front runners for the five starting spots unless one or two of the newcomers presents a very competitive challenge.

Having emerged as the leader of that group is Hathaway, who came in second in the AGGL in the overall individual scores last year.


Incoming gals looking for starting spots are sophomore Kristin Davis, and freshmen Emma Kraus and Skie Brown.

“We are still building skill levels,” said coach Zbuka. “Most players have joined the team as first-time golfers. They have come a long way and have worked hard to improve.”

Regardless of whether they excel on the course outside, the Springfield gals do succeed in their courses in the classroom inside – the one that counts the most.

“As students the team excels,” Zbuka said. “Most are on the Honor or Merit Roll and two are post-secondary students.”

B-W men's soccer team needs about 

another half step by end of 

season to win OAC crown

Aug. 6, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA - Fresh off one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Baldwin-Wallace College men's soccer team will look to take another step forward and earn it's first ever Ohio Athletic Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010.

"Our expectations are high but guarded," said ninth-year Head Coach Reid Ayers, the winningest coach in B-W men's soccer history with 92 victories (92-53-11 overall). "We gained a lot of valuable experience last season and are counting on a strong carryover this season. As in most years, the OAC is loaded with talented teams and we are hoping to be amongst the best of those."

Last season, B-W finished with a 13-7-1 overall record, including a 7-1-1 slate and second-place regular season finish in the OAC. B-W's seven OAC wins were the most in school history. By virtue of their second-place finish the Jackets hosted their first ever home OAC Tournament game and the earned their first OAC Tournament win, a 1-0 victory over rival John Carroll University in the OAC Quarterfinals. B-W also had an eight game unbeaten and untied streak during the season.


In addition, Ayers' team finished as the 10th ranked team in the NSCAA Great Lakes region and earned recognition from the NSCAA for the fifth consecutive year for Team Academic Achievement. B-W also played in its first ever televised game, a 4-0 win over Muskingum University on October 17, which was broadcast on regional cable outlet SportsTime Ohio.

Ayers' squad returns 17 lettermen and six starters from last year, including senior captain and center midfielder Jeff Grater (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls).

Grater, who has started all 40 contests during the last two years, scored three goals and added three assists in 2009. For his efforts, Grater was named first-team All-OAC and third-team NSCAA All-Great Lakes region.


Joining Grater in the midfield is returning starter and junior Andrew Thompson (Huron) as well as sophomores Pat Brennan (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) and Justin Peterson (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams). Thompson scored three goals and added three assists in 2009.  Brennan, the team's Rookie of the Year in 2009, scored four goals and led the team with six assists. Peterson's lone goal was the game-winner in the 74th minute versus JCU in the OAC Quarterfinals.

Up front, Ayers once again returns the potent scoring duo of junior Carlin Vandendriessche (Medina/Senior) and senior Tyler Leister (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls).


Vandendriessche had one of the best scoring seasons in B-W men's soccer history in 2009. His 13 goals tied the school-record and he added four assists for 30 points, good for fourth all-time. The 13 goals, which included six game-winners, and 30 points each ranked third in the OAC. In just two seasons, Vandendriessche has racked up 22 goals and five assists.

Leister has proven to be a formidable goal scorer during his three years in the Brown & Gold as he scored eight goals last season, including a hat-trick against Muskingum. He enters his senior season with 22 career goals and seven assists.  Also back at forward is junior Noah Eubanks (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) and sophomore Thomas Kramer (Columbus/Worthington Kilbourne). Eubanks had two goals and one assist in 2009. Kramer chipped in with a goal.

"The returning veterans have done a great job in leading our young players during the offseason," said Ayers. "Grater is a very valuable player and we are counting on him to run the midfield. We have potentially the most creative and dynamic group of attack players in my time at B-W and we should score a lot of goals. Proven guys like Vandendriessche, Leister, Thompson and Brennan will need to carry the group if we are to build on last year's success."

On defense, senior starters Andrew Kelley (Westerville/St. Francis DeSales) and Jeff Bonezzi (Medina/Senior) return to anchor the back four. The duo helped the B-W defense to 10 shutouts last year, while conceding only 21 goals in 21 contests. Bonezzi also added a goal and three assists and Kelley scored a goal.

In goal, B-W loses three-year starter and 2009 OAC Goalkeeper of the Year Russ Mika to graduation and thus sophomores Ryan Hulings (Centerville) and Johsua Gresh (Canton/North Canton Hoover) should compete for the top spot between the pipes.  Hulings appeared in five games and made eight saves in 2010.

"Our backline will be a bit inexperienced but we will be counting on the senior leadership of Kelley and Bonezzi to get us through in the beginning," said Ayers. "I do think we have two talented goalies in Hulings and Gresh and we are looking forward to good competition for that job."

B-W will open the season with seven road contests including the season-opener at Alma (Mich.) College on Wednesday, September 1 at 5:30 p.m. The Yellow Jacket home-opener is slated for Saturday, Sept. 18 versus Grove City (Pa.) College at 7:00 p.m. The Jackets open Ohio Athletic Conference play at Marietta College on Saturday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m.

"We play a long and grueling schedule," noted Ayers. In order for us to be successful, we have to stay healthy and be in top form at the peak of the season. We must have all of our players continuing to develop and taking on greater roles than they did last year."


A "Tom Terrific" deal has emerged at 

John Carroll based upon tradition 

of old high school rivalry; Zagorski 

and Arth on coaching staff provide 

stable local pipeline

Aug. 6, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


COLUMBUS – Add a pair of guys named Tom to the coaching staff and something might come of it that could be even more than a “Terrific” situation.

John Carroll Football Coach Regis Scafe is hoping that his “Tom Terrific” combination could be the impetus for turning around the football program from the 3-7 campaign it had last year to the type of one it had  eight years ago when it went 12-2, losing only to Mount Union twice, including the national semifinal contest.

Benedictine and Case Western Reserve alumnus Tom Zagorski will begin his third season as an assistant coach, but first in a full-time capacity after two years as a graduate assistant. The Brooklyn native will continue as the offensive line coach but will also handle the kickers and special teams.

St. Ignatius and John Carroll alum Tom Arth has been added to the staff to be the quarterbacks’ coach and co-offensive coordinator.


 Listen to interview of Coach Arth conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


“It is good having both of them on our staff because they know a lot of the high school coaches, particularly at the Catholic schools, where we usually get a lot of our players,” said Scafe, who grew up in South Collinwood and attended Catholic schools all the way through St. Joseph High until also attending Case Reserve. “When they talk to the kids who might think of coming here, a lot of those young guys know who they are because they heard of them from their dads, older brothers or the media. It creates a great situation for us.”

Throughout the 90 years of John Carroll football, the school has always attracted Student/Athletes wanting to play football from its sister high school, Arth’s alma mater at St. Ignatius, where the college was actually physically located from 1886-1935. A good number of Bennies guys have also moved along to JCU the past 80 years due to its closeness to the college in terms of location.

“It does help having gone through both schools and since a lot of the guys we get are looking for the good educations, the Jesuits have a strong reputation for providing that,” said Arth, an All-American who set 16 passing and total offense records while a QB at Carroll. “There are not that many Jesuit high schools (Iggy, Walsh Jesuit, Toledo St. John, St. Xavier) and colleges in Ohio so to have that connection right here is a big help in getting the right guys into our program.”

Other programs such as Lake Catholic, St. Edward, Holy Name, VASJ, Hoban, Walsh, St. V, Trinity, Padua, etc. also send a good number of S/As into the JCU grid program. Both Zagorski and Arth played against most of these schools and therefore most of high school coaches would know them.


Listen to interview of Coach Zagorski conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


“Always I would like to see a lot of Bennies guys go here, and if not here, Case, my other school, but I also have good relationships with coaches at Lake Catholic, VASJ and some of the west side schools since I did grow up on the West Side,” Zagorski said. “We also have good relationships with a lot of the public high school coaches, but the names within the Catholic community get tossed around more and the name recognition works in our favor.”


Zagorski was the anchor of the offensive line at Case Reserve on the team that produced the school’s first undefeated regular season (10-0) with a 10-game schedule and as a combined entity in 2007, which was followed by two more undefeated seasons and a winning streak that is still intact.

“It also helps having had success in college at a Cleveland college,” Zagorski said. “The role model factor sometimes works well. They see I had a lot of success and consider it when making their decision.”

While Bennies and Iggy both produce a fair share of Division I college Student/Athletes, the two schools, along with the others locally, also produce good D-III candidates and a number of S/As who are looking for the academic piece first. It is not always the end of the line. Arth spent time as a pro in the European NFL and in the Arena League, and had a stint as a practice quarterback for the Indy Colts as an understudy to Peyton Manning. Also former St. Chris Grade School, St. Ed and B-W QB Anthony Gardner is now playing in the French pro league.

“St. Ignatius does have about 10 guys in the NFL, but we also have had guys go through schools like Carroll and move on,” Arth said. “I hope my success could at least motivate some of our players.”

While the St. Ignatius-St. Ed rivalry is one of the tops in the country, if not the most unique, it was Arth’s Iggy and Zagorski’s Bennies that were original rivals (while St. Ed and St. Joe were original rivals with both schools built in the early ‘50s). The Wildcats and Bengals began their football series in 1929, two years after Bennies was built. They played many great Charity games (this year's Charity event is Aug. 28, involving, Iggy, Eds, Lake Catholic, and Mentor) at the old Stadium over the decades including ones that attracted upwards of 50,000 fans.

The two stopped playing each other in the early 1990s when Benedictine’s enrollment kept shrinking and then they tried to renew it a few years ago, but it turned out to be a one-time only scenario as the Wildcats dominated the game.

“I know about that history and would love to see those two start playing each other again,” Arth said. “That would be good for high school football in Cleveland.”

Perhaps one of the greatest games in the annals of the Bennies-Iggy rivalry occurred in 1985 at John Marshall High School, which was the home field for the Wildcats until they moved to Lakewood a couple years later.

In both 1983 and 1984 the Bengals’ Larry Wanke, who also went on to study and play at John Carroll, threw late-game touchdowns to beat the Wildcats just seconds before the final gun was shot, 22-20 in ’83 and 16-14 in ’84.

 “We have to put the heat on Wanke,” St. Ignatius coach Chuck Kyle, both an Iggy and Carroll alum, told this reporter five days before the game. “He has been completing passes against us that I don’t think Dan Marino could have completed.”

 Coach Kyle, a lifetime SIHS/JCU guy

In a game in which the two teams combined for nearly 70 points, the lead changed hands six times before its was Wanke again, this time with his leg. As the final seconds wound down and the Wildcats clinging to a two-point lead, Wanke lined up to kick a long field goal, perhaps because a pass would have been less likely to make it into the end zone successfully. Wanke’s kick fell just short and the Wildcats finally broke the spell. This time St. Ignatius sneaked out with the two-point win, 34-32.

Crushers return to The Freight to 

begin home series tonight

Aug. 6

Written and Researched for S/A-Cleveland by Evan Meyer – Sports Vault


AVON -- TONIGHT’S FIRST UPS-The 2009 Frontier League Champion Lake Erie Crushers dropped their tenth consecutive road game Thursday night as they battled back twice against the Windy City Thunderbolts only to see the home team take their seventh straight from the Men of Crush in the bottom of the tenth when Gilberto Mejia’s RBI single off of Phil Rummel proved to be the margin of victory.


The Red Black and White are just 5-14 since the All-Star break and have dropped to four games below .500 for the first time since June 12th when they lost to Gateway 6-3.Tonight the Oakland County Cruisers who have been in first place in the Eastern Division for a majority of the season make their final visit to the intersection of Interstate 90 and Ohio Route 611 this season.Tonight starts with the resumption of a suspended game on July 24th the contest is tied 4-4 going into the top of the 14th inning.Then in the regularly scheduled game which will be seven innings in duration,right hander Travis Risser looks for his seventh win of the season.He will be opposed by southpaw Joe Rodriguez

Travis Risser



RHP TRAVIS RISSER (5-2 3.59 ERA)…Travis will be making his thirteenth start and 14th  appearance of the season

HIS LAST START came Monday night against Kalamazoo at All-Pro Freight Stadium  (5IP-3H-0R-0ER-1BB-2SO) He left the game scoreless but the Crushers got a homer from Arden McWillians then scored three runs in the eighth for a 4-0 victory (Jeff Cinadr with the victory)

TRAVIS is unbeaten in his last nine starts (5-0 4ND) and he has not lost since June 2nd at home to River City 2-1