A Page -- Aug. 6, 2011

Mount Union Placekicker Tyler Almeida 

of Elyria Named to Mitchell Award 

Watch List

CHICAGO -- Mount Union senior placekicker Tyler Almeida (Elyria/Elyria) has been selected to the watch list for the 2011 Fred Mitchell Award that recognizes the nation's outstanding placekicker. 

A year ago, Almeida started all 15 games converted 74-of-76 extra points and 16-of-20 field goals. He had a career-long field goal of 34 yards twice (at John Carroll, Sept. 18 and vs. Ohio Northern, Oct. 2). 

He was named a preseson All-American earlier this summer by The Sporting News. The Watch List includes place-kickers from more than 750 eligible colleges. He is one of 50 placekickers at all levels on the watch list. 
The Award's Selection Committee Chairman Chris Kearney said, "These place-kickers are terrific on the football field and off the field representing their schools, their football teams, their conferences. going into the 2011 college football season."

"We look forward to following their accomplishments during the next few months." Fred Mitchell added, "It is a pleasure to include these fine young men on the Watch List for this Award. We are delighted to recognize them based on outstanding performance in the community and expectations

The annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award (also known as the Fred Mitchell Award) is provided to the nation's top collegiate place-kicker among more than 600 FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA football teams. '

The Award is named for Fred Mitchell, the record-setting placekicker, Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Famer, author, philanthropist and Chicago Tribune sports columnist. The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award will be chosen based on excellence on the football field and in the community. 

The Award's Watch List is released in August, top performers are recognized monthly during the college football season, and the winner (who is not required to be on the Watch List) is announced in mid-December. 

The school of the Award winner receives scholarship funds and the Fred Mitchell Award trophy will be presented in February at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.

North Ridgeville’s golf team made big stride in moving to next level in ’10; Rangers now hope to move one stroke further

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – After finally getting a Student/Athlete to qualify to the district tournament, North Ridgeville High’s boys’ golf team has at least reached a level of respectability, but now the trick and challenge will be to turn it all away and become at least a league power, if not a sectional and district contender.

“Last year was the first time we had someone qualify for the district tournament and we would like that to happen again,” said Rangers coach Mike Belpulsi, who has built this program from the bottom up over the past five seasons.  “As a team, we need to stay away from big numbers.”

Season Preview

Belpulsi, who is assisted by Jim Brandenburg, led the boys to a 7-7 record in the West Shore Conference last season. The conference is getting even tougher with Elyria Catholic joining this year and Lakewood next school Student/Athletic season.

Emerging as the team leaders this year are seniors Christian Kelch and Matt Musci.

“We are looking for Christian and Matt to be our team leaders,’’ Belpulsi said.  “They are the only letter winners returning.”

However, those contributing to the varsity part time while adding experience for themselves on the JV team and who are returning are Austin Rolfe (JR), Matt Findlay (JR), Dennis Millgard (SO), Garrett Orseno (SO), Dan Musci (SO). Two of those will need to emerge with some decent no. 3 and no. 4 scores and avoid those dreaded “big numbers” in order for the Rangers to be able to compete for the WSC crown.

As usual in the West Shore, Bay and Rocky River will be the teams to beat. The Rockets and Pirates were league dominators in the old and larger (in terms of school enrollment) Southwestern Conference for a number of decades.

“We think we can finish in the middle of the pack,” the coach said.

The only Division I school in the WSC, they will be joined by another D-I school and another team that happens to go by the nickname “Rangers” next season in Lakewood, which also will bring to three the number of teams with purple in the school colors in the league.

Gilmour Academy has several coaching 


Gilmour Academy has the following head coaching positions available:
Middle School volleyball
Middle School coed soccer
Middle School boys basketball
Middle School girls basketball
Freshmen boys basketball
Varsity boys lacrosse
Varsity girls lacrosse
Interested applicants should send a resume to athletic director Kristy Booher at booherk@gilmour.org