A Page -- Aug. 7, 2010

With freshman sensation James 

Strange, veterans Mark Parsons and 

Tyler Jastromb returning, Kent 

Roosevelt's golf team will give it a 

shot to turn in another 21-0 season

Aug. 7, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENT -- With Portage Trail Conference Metro Division 2009 MVP James Strange still having three more seasons left in the bank, Kent Roosevelt’s golf team is looking at the up-and-up this season and possibly the next two as well.

Strange earned the top individual honor in the PTCMD as a freshman by finishing as the team and/or match medalist for most of the Rough Riders’ matches last year. His immediate impact along with the stellar showings of the others translated into a team accomplishment that would be tough to top. The Rough Riders finished 21-0 during the regular season, qualified to districts and just missed making it to the state tournament by a few strokes.


Coach Brent Pfeiffer also has the luxury of having back a pair of senior leaders that have been mainstays to the program in Mark Parsons and Tyler Jastromb. Both are 3 year letterman and both earned 1st team all PTC honors in ’09.

Newcomers vying for the other two starring spots with their grad in school after their names are: John Sopko (11), Kegan Wise (10), Adam Hutterer (10) and Meghan Finley (11).

“Our strength this year will be the return of our top 3 players from last year. James, Mark and Tyler were the core of our team,” said Pfeiffer, who is assisted by Bryan Harvey and Zach Longanecker, the latter of the two being a new addition. “We have a lot of younger players who will get the opportunity to play this year. We will need some of the younger players to step up if we are going to accomplish our goals this year.”

The Riders’ team goals are very simple this year: 1) Win the Portage Trail Conference regular season, tournament and title, and 2) Qualify for the State Championship. The whole package is attainable.

“We were 21-0 last year and I expect us to be close to that record again this year,” coach Pfeiffer said. “It is very difficult to be undefeated in any sport or in any league, so to expect that would be unrealistic, but we are going to work towards it. With the experience of our top 3, we are fairly confident that we can achieve all of our goals with a lot of hard work and the dedication of the players.”

A lot of coaching will have to take place to get a fourth scorer, who can come close to the third guy on a day-to-day basis in order to keep that winning streak alive.

“Our last 3 spots on the team (4, 5 & 6) have very limited experience so we will need to develop this talent and continue to develop the younger players,” said Pfeiffer.

A co-ed program, Roosevelt has had some past success that goes back even further than the 2009 season. Alumna Mandi Morrow took the left turn down Crane Road, less than a mile from the high school, to move on to Division I college golf and is playing on the team at Kent State University.

Also, Pfeiffer has been the head coach for 8 seasons here and his teams have turned in an overall record of 136-17.

While there are other fine Student/Athletes at TRHS who handle both of the components well, the golf team at Roosevelt annually boasts one of the highest team GPAs in the school.

Euclid's Mike Preston, Elyria's Mario 

Walton, Dalton's Andrew Miller 

among the top returning offensive 

skill players back for Heidelberg;  

The Berg has 35 total Cleveland 

area S/A's on grid team

Aug. 7, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


COLUMBUS – Heidelberg University’s football program continues to make the climb upward and is doing it with an increasing number of Cleveland-area Student/Athletes.

The Student Princes, who for years incessantly finished in or near the basement of the Ohio Athletic Conference, were picked in both the media and coaches’ poll to finish fifth in the league at the OAC Media Day here in Ohio State Stadium this week.

While they graduated their two explosive Cleveland-area running backs, the Student Princes still have area S/As who will help the continuing rise the program. The Berg played a home game on the actual campus for the first time in decades last year and is making great strides in getting the student body to rally around the team.


One of those backs, Jemar Lewis, a Bedford alumnus, has remained on and will serve as a graduate assistant coach.


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Dalton’s Andrew Miller will return at quarterback and he will be throwing a lot to Euclid’s Mike Preston, who returns at wide receiver, along with Elyria’s Mario Walton. All three are expected to be primary contributors to the team’s offensive output this year.

Snapping the ball to Miller will be Elyria native Ryan Morgan, who will return as the starting center.


Defensively, great things are expected from Keystone graduate Andy Fadenholz at linebacker and Euclid’s Tony Gordon at cornerback.


Other locals who are in the Berg camp this year include Southview’s Brad Jones, Amherst’s Tyler Levanduski, Twinsburg’s Cory Eden, Lutheran West’s Mike Berardinis, St. Ignatius’ Sam Driscoll and Luke Roberts, Garfield Heights’ Dale Perkowski and Chance Ferrell and Delvon Graham, Vermilion’s Kris Horton, Euclid’s Quintin Rembert and Matt and Shane Byrne, Ravenna’s Steve Fejedelem, Lake Catholic’s Jim Sheehan, Clearview’s Zach Anderson, North Olmsted’s Kamran Arif, Hoban’s Kyle Brett, Cloverleaf’s Adam Cepik, Garfield’s Brad Dopson, Woodridge’s Cam Hilling, Bedford’s Mitch Kelly, River’s Andy Krause, Forge’s Ed Louludis, Euclid’s Bill Nunnally, Mayfield’s Nick Taddeo, Brunswick’s Mitch Villwock, Brush’s Wuane Wimbush, and St. Edward’s Germany Woods.

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Berg coach Mike Hallett

Watch short video of Berg coach Mike Hallett talking about some of his Cleveland area players  by clicking and downloading


Oberlin S/A Track Teams Honored by the USTFCCCA as All-Academic Academic Teams
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New Orleans, La. – The Oberlin College men’s and women’s track and field teams were named as an All-Academic Academic Team, the Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced this week. 

To earn the award, a team must have a minimum GPA of 3.1 or better throughout the school year. The Yeomen were one of 68 men’s teams to be bestowed the honor as they checked in with a team GPA of 3.21.

The Yeowomen, who were one of 106 teams to earn the accolades, registered the highest GPA of any school in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) with a mark of 3.44.

“This award speaks to the type of athletes we have here at Oberlin College,” Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said. “Our athletes work extremely hard in the classroom and on the track, and I couldn’t be more proud of the work they put in day and day out.”

Springfield's boys' golf team is short 

on numbers and experience but has 

a cohort group that is talented and 

building cohesiveness

Aug. 7, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 AKRON – Although it is still thin on numbers, Springfield’s boys’ golf team at least is maintaining some continuity with one senior back for his fourth season and four varsity freshman all returning for a second season.

The Spartans still are trying to develop players in the “’tween” ages and younger so that they could be ready once they could come to the high school and subsequently spur a greater competitive situation once they get to the high school.

“Springfield is gradually increasing its numbers as each year passes,” Spartan coach Jack Morgan said. “We are in the midst of trying to assemble a youth golf program, which would help immensely.”


The Spartans won four matches last year and have a total of six boys in the program. Three-year letterman David Honeck will be the experienced leader and will be joined back this season by 2009 lettermen Brett Slater, Matt Ford, Drew Scheck, and Garrett Masters. All four are sophomores. The only newcomer is freshman Tyler Ross.

“Our youth is a strong positive factor for the 2010 Akron Springfield Spartans golf team,” Morgan said. “We are young but talented, and will be looking to compete for a conference championship.”


Although winning a Portage Trails Conference title would be a realy boost to the program, the Spartans would be happy to get to or over .500 this season.

“Our team goals are to win more matches than we lose this season and improve on our 4-14 record from last year,” Morgan said. “All five of our returning players have the potential to become all league standouts this season. Our expectations are at least the upper division in the league and win more matches than last year. If the Spartans are to become contenders in our conference we need to get off to a great start to build up the confidence of our young group.”

What the players may lack in experience, they can make up for with smarts as virtually all of them have a GPA above 3.0. They can learn to overcome obstacles and turn the corner.

“Improvements need to come from the mental aspect of the game of golf as well as more improvement in the short game of golf with all of our players,” said Morgan, who now begins his second season as the coach. “We are just now starting to believe that we can win.”

The next level is also coming into focus at Springfield. Alumni are getting into college Student/Athlete situations with Cody Cutright now at Walsh University and Jonathan Roan at Ohio University, where her is trying to walk on as a player.”

Getting To Know Akron's Mike Thomas

The 2010 MAC Football season is quickly approaching and as part of its preview, the league would like to give an inside look into the lives of its Student/Athletes.


This is the 22nd installment in a series of articles on Student/Athletes from the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference 

Aug 7, 2010

By Ken Mather
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Akron's Mike Thomas

2010 Football Summer Preview: Getting To Know...

The 2010 MAC Football season is quickly approaching and as part of its preview The MAC would like to give an inside look into the lives of its Student/Athletes. One can find the schedule of Student/Athletes we will preview by scrolling to the bottom of the page or by clicking the "Getting To Know" advertisement on the front of the MAC homepage or football page. Fans can also stay up-to-date with our player features via TwitterFacebook or tje new fan blog at MACFootballNation.com

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Getting To Know...Akron's Mike Thomas
Mike Thomas is a senior linebacker for the Akron Zips. Thomas was the Zips' defensive captain last season. He ranked second on the team with 71 tackles, including 2.5 for loss. He recorded six pass break ups last season, which ranked him second on last year's team. Thomas had his first double-digit tackle performance of 2009 at Northern Illinois, getting 10. Below is a closer look at the Akron linebacker...

1. Why did you choose Akron? 
I chose Akron because of the opportunity that was presented.

2. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far as an athlete? 
Walking on at Akron and then earning a scholarship.

3. What are your goals for this season? 
To have a winning season.

4. What were you up to this summer? 
Taking summer classes, working out and getting better.

5. What would your superhero name be? 
Iron Mike

6. What is your favorite campus hangout? 
The athletics field house.

7. Who was your greatest athletics influence? 
My mom.

8. The artist that takes up most of my iPod? 

9. What reality TV show would you most like to be on? 
The T.O. Show

10. What is your favorite holiday?