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Newness and youth are key components to the 2011 Beaumont golf team; Sister Erin Zubal takes over as coach; mainstay Alexa Brown returns as senior leader

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND HEIGHTS – For Beaumont School’s golf team, the 2011 Student/Athletic season marks the beginning of a new league membership and a new head coach, and along with that the Blue Streaks are expecting to make their presence known with a youth-laden unit.

Beginning this fall for all Student/Athletics, Beaumont will be in the realigned North Coast League as a sister school to Benedictine, which has also dropped its independent status this S/A school year. The co-ed Walsh Jesuit is the other new member of the NCL.

In golf, the Blue Streaks will have a new coach in Sister Erin Zubal, an alumna of The Ohio State University.

Beaumont has only one senior in Alexa Brown, who is now in her fourth year as a golf S/A for the Blue Streaks.

“The Beaumont golf team is a positive group of young women who each bring a different strength to the team,” Coach/Sister Zubal said. “They are positive and affirming of one another, encouraging each other member of the group in practice and competition.  While they are a young team overall, they bring a wealth of experience and insight to the game. 

“These girls are a team of great young women who are strong students as well as athletes.  The team is looking forward to the season.”

All Beaumont golf S/As have grade point averages well above 3.0.


“All players are strong students who succeed in the classroom as well as on the golf course,” Coach/Sister Zubal said.

The loan junior on the club is Anna Grushetsky, who is a first-year varsity golf S/A.

“Anna is newer than most here to the game of golf,” Coach/Sister Zubal said. “However, she is eager to contribute and compete with her teammates.  Anna has a lot of potential and enjoys the game.  She will be a great contributing member of the team.”

With no other juniors or seniors on team, Grushetsky could be expected to also grow in the game fast and aid the veteran Brown in the leadership responsibilities of the team.

“Alexa is a great leader for the team who is a model to her fellow teammates both in competition and sportsmanship,” Sister Erin said. “Alexa is a strong competitor who is expected to compete well her senior year.”

Five others among the top eight on the varsity roster are all sophomores, a group that includes Elizabeth Mosier, Cassandra Heathcote, Jennifer Corrado, Katharine Corrado, and Maia Huggins. Mosier and Heathcote are returning for their second varsity seasons and could also begin contributing by leading as a well as playing.

“Lizzie is a consistent player who is expected to make great contributions to the team this year,” Coach Zubal said.  “While Lizzie is young, she has a competitive spirit and positive attitude that make her a great asset to the team.”

Heathcote is one sophomore with great potential.

“Cassandra is a strong player who is ready to build on her success from last season,” Sister Erin Zubal said.  “She will be an asset to the team this year and years to come.”

The Corrado sisters are first-year varsity golf S/As.

“Jennifer is eager to start competing this season,” Coach Zubal noted. “Her passion for the game and her desire to succeed make her a great asset to the team.”

Also ready to jump into the varsity mold with enthusiasm is Jennifer’s sister.

“Like her sister, Katherine is excited about the season and ready to compete,” the coach said. “Her calm demeanor and competitive spirit will benefit her as she contributes to the team’s success throughout the season.”

Huggins is also in her first varsity season.

“Maia is new to the game of golf, but she loves the game and is ready to contribute and compete while still working on her game to be a more consistent golfer,” Zuber said. “Maia works hard and will be a positive contributing member to the team.”

New to both the school and the varsity golf program is Samantha Cumley, a freshman.

“Even though Samantha is the youngest member of the team, she brings experience of the game and is eager to start her first varsity season at Beaumont School,” the coach explained.  “Samantha’s positive attitude and excitement for the season make her a great asset to the team.”

The gals are also eager to compete in the NCL.

“The team will strive to improve on last year’s season and represent Beaumont well in the North Coast League,” said Zuber, who takes over as coach for long-time Blue Streaks coach Amy Harrison.

“I look forward to continuing to build on the great foundation that Amy has started here at Beaumont,” Zuber concluded. 









































Cross Country State Championships to move to Hebron this fall

By Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Information Services, tstried@ohsaa.org


OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting Highlights – August 4, 2011


COLUMBUS, Ohio  The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met Thursday in Columbus for its first meeting of the 2011-12 school year. The following are highlights from the meeting. The complete set of meeting minutes will be posted later at OHSAA.org.


-          The Board voted unanimously to move the 2011 cross country state finals to National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio, from its previous home at Scioto Downs Racetrack in Columbus. Crowds in excess of 10,000 have annually attended the cross country state finals during its 26-year stay at Scioto Downs, making it the largest attended cross country event in the nation. The 2011 state finals will be held November 5 and include three girls races and three boys races. Additional details will be provided in a separate press release next week.

-          The Board approved the 2011-12 school membership list, which includes 826 member high schools. One new school was admitted (Columbus International, part of Columbus Public Schools), while two schools did not renew membership (Youngstown Chaney and Barnesville Olney Friends).

-          Three schools were recently penalized for violating OHSAA bylaws or regulations.

-          More than 140 school administrators attended the OHSAA’s New Administrator’s Workshop Tuesday, August 2, in Columbus, where OHSAA bylaws and regulations were explained. The annual workshop is a beneficial resource for attendees and is often attended by veteran administrators.

-          The Board approved the spring sports divisional alignment and representation. The divisional breakdowns will be posted at OHSAA.org (under ‘Member Schools’) and will be reflected in each schools’ information within myOHSAA by August 15.

-          A policy for the use of motorized golf carts by disabled spectators during OHSAA tournament contests was approved by the Board and will be posted on the golf website at OHSAA.org.

-          The OHSAA Joint Advisory Committee on Sports Medicine has selected its 2011 Outstanding Team Physician Awards. The two recipients are Dr. Carl Berasi from Columbus St. Francis DeSales High School and Dr. David Mouch from Cincinnati LaSalle High School. Of note, the OHSAA was the first state association to have a Joint Advisory Committee on Sports Medicine.

-          The financial reports for the 2011 ice hockey and wrestling state tournaments were presented to the Board. The ice hockey state tournament (four teams, held at Nationwide Arena) drew a total of 3,349 fans and operated at a loss of $13,633. The wrestling state tournament (five sessions held over three days at the Jerome Schottenstein Center) drew a total of 61,856 fans and provided a profit of $134,769. Of note, the attendance at the state wrestling tournament has fallen each of the last nine years after peaking at 75,582 in 2003.

-          The regional and state tournament officials calculations were presented to the Board. The OHSAA proportionally assigns officials to regional and state tournaments based on how many Class 1 officials reside in each of the six districts. Of note, there are more than 16,000 officials in Ohio.


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New Name for Boise-Based Game Formerly Known as the Humanitarian Bowl

Boise, ID  – The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was unveiled today as the new name for the Humanitarian Bowl which features a top selection from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The nation’s longest-running outdoor cold-weather Bowl, played since 1997, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. MST at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho and televised on ESPN.

The Idaho Potato Commission signed a six-year naming rights deal to sponsor the Bowl, beginning immediately and running through the 2016 game. As part of the package, the Bowl will be featured prominently in national and regional marketing campaigns conducted by the Commission. Four of the top five potato-consuming states are represented by the WAC and MAC conferences: New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

“We’re proud to support a bowl that has become a national showcase for the State of Idaho,” said Frank Muir, President and CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission. “It’s the perfect opportunity to reinforce the health and quality benefits of Idaho potatoes to a national audience while supporting a game that has generated significant funds for the local economy and associated charities.”

“Our new title sponsor ensures the longevity of the Bowl and means that fans around the country will continue to see exciting games on the blue turf in Boise,” said Kevin McDonald, Executive Director of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl continues the tradition of commodity-named bowl games with connections to a state’s top agricultural export. The Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl all took their namesakes from products critical to their respective state’s economic health. Idaho has been the nation’s largest producer of potatoes every year since 1957. The “Famous Potato” slogan was initiated by the Idaho Potato Commission and added to the State’s license plates in 1948.

Tickets for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will go on sale to the general public through Idahotickets.com or the Bronco Stadium ticket office on Oct. 1, 2011. Reservations for premium ticket packages are currently available, which include prime ticket locations, hospitality benefits in tent village and corporate exposure. For more information contact the Famous Idaho Bowl office at (208) 424-1011.

About the Bowl

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl recognizes the positive impact teams, coaches and student-athletes have in their communities and their leadership roles in promoting humanitarian efforts. Each year, the Bowl generates nearly $1 million in direct economic impact for the facilities and charities involved. For more information, visit www.famousidahopotatobowl.com.

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