A Page -- Aug. 9, 2010

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With Vinborg, Poe and Urbancsik all

hovering around 40, Mentor should 

repeat as LEL boys' golf champs and 

possibly make a run to states

Aug. 9, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


MENTOR – With sub-40/9-hole golfer Cory Vinborg and five others who regularly shoot in the low to mid 40s, Mentor’s boys’ golf team should be a strong contender to advance out of districts and place at state in Division I.

A three-year letterman, Vinborg’s average for nine holes is 39. His teammates are not far behind, giving the Cardinals a strong nucleus as the regular season begins this week, Mentor beginning today at the Brunswick Invitational.

The other five guys who will compete heavily for the other four starting spots with an intent to shoot somewhere near Vinborg on a day-to-day basis (not out of reach for any of them) include Allan Poe (11th grade, 1-yr. letterman, 41.1 average), Alex Urbancsik (12, 1 yr., 40.6), Joe Hess (12 1 yr., 42.5), Adam Way (12, 43.0) and Jake Leber (12, 44.4).


“We have a strong nucleus of seniors with playing experience and a focused group of players,” Mentor coach Dennis Bender said. “Our playing experience should help us this year.”

The Cardinals are in their second year under Bender. They swept through the Lake Erie League with a 12-0 record in 2009 and are poised to win it again this year now that it has been settled that it will remain in the league for now and in future years as the proposal to become an independent was rescinded when it was announced that Warren Harding, a school with comparable overall athletic success, is expected to join the LEL.

The Cardinals, who were 18-7 overall last year, have added George Polinsky as an assistant coach. He has been coaching golf for 30 years.

Among Student/Athletes new to the program, the Cards have Mike Fowle (11th grade), James Pritchard (11), Niko Ruhe (10), Garret Graehling (10), Tyler Winslow (10), Brandon Kasberg (9), Sam Wilson (9), Kyle Langdon (9), and Mike Spisak (9).

The Cardinals have moved Mentor Invite to Stonewater, and have also been invited to Kiely Cup at Canterbury, and Aurora Invite at Barrington.

Baldwin-Wallace College sets 

its 2010-11 SportsTime Ohio 

Broadcast Schedule

Aug. 9

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO - During the 2010-11 academic calendar, the Baldwin-Wallace College athletic department and sports information office will combine with S&S Video Productions to broadcast 14 Yellow Jacket athletics events, including 10 home contests, on regional cable sports giant SportsTime Ohio (STO). Historically, B-W has broadcast more of its athletics events on national and cable television than any other school in Division III athletics.

B-W, in conjunction with S&S Video Productions of Wakeman, Ohio, will tape and produce the games that will be given to SportsTime Ohio to air. The broadcasts have the capability of reaching a minimum of 3.4 million households in the SportsTime Ohio family of networks and many more via Dish and Direct TV access. The 2010-11 year will mark the fourth straight year that B-W and S&S have teamed to broadcast athletic events.



North's George Grady, Hoban's

Joe Williams, Hoover's 

Tarek Nusseibeh, Green's Kyle 


lead Cleveland area 


for Marietta football 

August 9, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


COLUMBUS – As usual, Marietta College has its normal sizeable share of Cleveland area students and, by extension, Student/Athletes from Greater Cleveland, and the football team is no different going into the 2010 season.

Joe Williams

Hoban alum Joe Williams

Although the Pioneers were picked to finish ninth by the both the media and the coaches at the annual Ohio Athletic Conference Media Day, they have had competitive teams in recent years and are hoping to turn the corner.

George Grady

North's George Grady


Key area players expected to play a big factor in the Marietta football fortunes this year are on defense, with Eastlake North grad George Grady and Hoban alumnus Joe Williams both returning as staring linebackers. William is a senior and Grady a sophomore.

Tarek Nusseibeh

Tarek Nusseibeh 

Also, Hoover alum Tarek Nusseibeh returns as a starter on the defensive line.



Lake Ridge girls tennis team might be 

young but advanced quickly in one 

year as a group; Diana Colegrove 

finally eligible after transfer

Aug. 9, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Lake Ridge’s tennis team will be a sophomore-dominated one when it takes to the courts to begin the regular season next week.

The only non-sophomore who will be in the starting lineup when the Lions begin the season next Wednesday at home against Rocky River is Diana Colegrove, who actually will be in only her second season of high school tennis even though she is a junior.

Colegrove played at Avon High as a freshman, and transferred at the end of the summer last year but had to sit out the season because of the minutia involved in transferring from a public to private school, which is not the same as transferring from a private to a public, or something or other in semblance of some Leninist credo.


At any rate, Lake Ridge coach Sean Hicks is very happy to have Colegrove in the fold since she was on the fast track in the rapidly growing Avon program.

All five sophomores gained valuable experience as 14-year olds playing varsity last fall, enough to win their first varsity letters. Rachel Rice (7-7 at Singles), Olivia Miraldi (4-4 at Singles), Marissa Beals (3-8 at Doubles), Alexandra Ridel (3-5 at Doubles), and Anjani Kapodia (2-7, Doubles) make up the “veteran” sophomore group for the Lions.

“This team has a lot of young players with a full year of varsity tennis under their belts and the passion to improve,” said Hicks. “Another key point to me is that these girls know one another, they like one another, and they want to play the game together. That is a huge benefit that these girls support one another throughout the season.”

Hicks knew he would have to start the season last year with a brand new team and realized that going with an all freshman lineup that the girls would have to take their lups, but that the upside is that he could have them together for four years.

“Our team goal remains constant, to improve our record each year, and become a  stronger force in our local and state tournaments,” said Hicks “As for our individual goals go, as always to we are striving to improve our girls’ tennis skills and knowledge, and in-turn making them stronger players.”

Lake Ridge is one of the smallest high schools in the state in terms of total enrollment, which means just about every student in the school is also a Student/Athlete.

“Something that we as a small school have to deal with is lower numbers then our larger counterparts; however, despite the lack of depth that we have, I truly believe we do make up for in an abundance of youthful experience and passion,” Hicks said. “This season is going to an extremely competitive one for my girls. They match up quiet well against other teams in our area; they should be one of the stronger teams this season.”

The Lions expect to have no worse than a .500 season, since the group has the tools to compete with the schools in the area. Paradoxically, they are young but beyond their years in a tennis sense, as well as an academic one.

Lake Ridge Academy

“Our team’s overall outlook is going to be mixed,” Hicks said. “We are an extremely young team; however, we are an experienced. All have played together last year and kept it up in the summer. Our success this year will be determined on how well we can build off the progress we made last year.”

Hicks is still building confidence in the group and getting them to believe in the “yes we can” approach.

“This will be the girls’ most difficult obstacle,” said Hicks. “The sooner learn that they are in upper crust in the area, the sooner they will show it.”

Still, some growing pains will carry over to this season simply because there is no Big Sis to defer to when the going gets tough.

“Just as our strength is our young passionate girls, it is our weakness,” Hicks said. ”We will not have that veteran leadership as we have had in the past. This team will go through its share of growing pains; however, it will only make them better in the long run.”

The coach has not announced a set lineup yet because one of their strengths as a team is that they are all swing players.

“The gift that I have with these girls is that they are able to play various positions,” Hicks said.  “In my eyes, that makes us an even more of a dangerous team.”

The Lions went 4-7 last year, which was double the win output the Lions had in Hicks’ first year. The 2008 team finished 2-6.

They are also fairing quite well in tournament play, finishing in the middle of the pack in both the sectionals and the Lorain County tourney, which includes a lot of Division I schools and larger D-II schools.

A dedicated group of Student/Athletes, the girls have the primary part of the package together as well. All have a better than 3.5 grade point average.

“Academics is one area in which I never have to worry about as a coach for this team,” Hicks said. “All of them are bright and study hard.”

All four Zangmeisters from Fairview 

Park finish in top three in 

triathlon/duathlon event at Findley 


August 9, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


FINDLEY – The Zangmeister family from Fairview Park proved to be one of the fittest families in Northern Ohio, based on their performance over the weekend at the Findley Lake Triathlon, in southern Lorain County near Wellington.

The Fairview Zangmeisters (L to R) Dr. John, Judy, Jessica, Jason

All four family members who have first name beginning with J finished in the top three overall in the events in which they competed.

Jessica Zangmeister, who runs for Indiana State University, was first overall female in her first ever duathlon (5k run, 16 mile bike, 5k run).

Judy Zangmeister, her mother, was the 3rd female overall in the duathlon.

Jason, Jessica’s brother, and Dr. John Zangmeister, the father, competed in the triathlon (1/4 mile swim, 16 mile bike, and 5k trail run), with Jason taking 2nd overall and the doc finishing 30 seconds behind him for the 3rd place trophy.

This puts them in line for the fittest family of Fairview award.


Aug. 9, 2010

Two strokes separate top four teams 

at CVCA Invite; medalist Jake 

McBride shoots 68 to lead champion 

Lake; Stow, US, Canton Central also 

bunched at top  

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SILVER LAKE – Two strokes separated the top four teams in the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy High School Boys Golf Invitational today here at the Country Club, to start off the high school golf season..

Lake won the tourney with a team total of 304, one stroke better than runner up Stow. University School and Canton Central Catholic tied for third with a 306.

Jake McBride led the tourney champs with a 68, which also earned him tourney medalist honors. Tyler Maranville (73), Billy Sheak (78)

and Brandon Bradford aided the team cause.

Ian Holt finished just two strokes behind McBride to earn top team honors for Stow. Holt was followed by Brandon Nixon (74), Max DeCheco (80), and Cody Nickson (81) to add up the second-place 305 score.

The Preppers had Will Reitan shoot a 71, Scott Smith a 73, Steve Kelly a 78 and John Coughlin an 84.

The Crusaders had Logan Lagodich shoot a 73, which was good enough for fourth place overall individually. He was followed in the team lineup by Junior Miller (77), Ryan Dowd (77) and Thomas Regula (79).

McBriade, Holt and Reitan were followed in the top 10 by CVCA’s Jacob Forsythe (71), Lagodich, Maranville, Smith, Walsh Jesuit’s Chase Johnson (73), Aurora’s Mitch Johnson (74) and Nixon.

Central Catholic was followed in the rankings by Walsh, Aurora, Revere, Jackson, SVSM, Mooney, CVCA, Hudson, Green, Orange, Lake Ridge Academy, Shaker Heights, Kenston, Cuyahoga Falls.

Even beyond the top four, the teams were bunched together. One stroke separated Walsh and Aurora, Jackson and St. V, Hudson and Green, and Green and Orange. Throw the Aurora Greenmen in with the latter two of all those pairs and it sounds like something from Irish history.

Max Pikunas (79) led Mooney, Cale Patterson Falls (82), Drew Shultz Green (84), Jackson Stroup Hudson (77), Steve Wonnell Kenston (84), Mitchell Rice

Lake Ridge (75), Josh Rapkin Orange (81), Josh Heckman Revere (76), Alec Coughlin Shaker (83), Hakmat Herro St. V (77),

























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