A Page -- Dec. 14, 2010

The 2010-11 Walsh Jesuit Warriors

Walsh Jesuit dressing a dozen frosh, 

sophomores per game; early 

experience needs to be channeled 

into big plays for Warriors to

compete for Red North title under 

new head coach Pat McEndry

Dec. 14, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CUYAHOGA FALLS – Former Boston College goalie Billy Switaj’s assignment when hired to be the Walsh Jesuit hockey coach was to get the program to the highest level of formidability as possible within five years and that has been accomplished so now Pat McEndry has taken over full reigns as the head varsity coach.

Last season, the Warriors‘ first in the elite Red North Division (the most competitive in the state), Switaj gave McEndry the autonomy to run the team. Switaj served more as a director of coaching while McEndry called all the shots.

Now McEndry, who was a Student/Athlete in upstate New York during this college playing days, is officially the head coach. Switaj is still around as a coach emeritus of sorts, but can now fully concentrate on running the ice rink at Kent State (Walsh’s home ice) and family life.

At one time or another last year, the McEndry-led Warriors either defeated or were in the game when the final whistle blew against each of the other five Red North teams, who have combined for 18 state championships in the last 25 years.

However, this year the Warriors are young and inexperienced. So far, they have posted a record of 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the Red North.

“We are the youngest team in the Red North,” McEndry said. “Even though the players are inexperienced, they are willing to work to achieve. They are not afraid to go the extra mile.”

Pat McKendry

Coach McEndry

They do return a nucleus of four players in senior Captain Nate Myeroff, senior Greg Shupe, senior Colin Marshall, and senior goalie Joe Brodar.

“In order to remain a competitive team and beat the teams we have lost to so far our young players who are getting valuable playing experiences need to take what they have learned so far and step it up and make the turn,” said McEndry. “We can be a league contender even though we are young. Our young players have been thrust into action and are expected to perform.”

This very young team has 5 freshmen and 7 sophomores dressing for most games. Walsh is not as deep as it has been in the past.

Those within that youthful dozen who have stood out in the first eight games are freshman Jamie Studer (goalie), freshman forward Dawson DiPietro, freshman forward Todd Lambert, and freshman forward Chris Gaul.

“Experience and success breed confidence,” McEndry said. “We will learn a lot this season. Some games will go great; others not so great. We just need to remain constant in our approach. We expect to play hard and give ourselves a chance to win every game, beyond that we cannot make outcome expectations. We have to ‘stay the course’ with regard to our process and plan.”

The current record of the team should not be an indicator of how good it could be. The Warriors were 20-game winners last year with an overall 20-10-2 record last season.

“We will need to be mentally tough as we go through the season to manage the ‘highs and lows’ of the season,” the coach said. “Our approach must not change. Our JV team was and is still in the developmental process. Our program is growing and the team will evolve as planed.”

Bill Switaj


Overall, this is McKendry’s 7th season at the school. He has been with the program since day one, serving as Switaj’s assistant coach the past six years. Switaj and McEndry have put together a program record of 102-58-11 in 6 seasons. That was the level of formidability the Walsh decision makers were looking for – teams that have won almost twice as many games as they have lost.

Still, the Warriors graduated the top 3 scorers in school history -- (1) Daniel Filice, (2) George Wright, and (3) Vince Gaglione – from last year’s 20-win team that fell to Gilmour in the district semifinals.

Jim Underwood


McEndry’s promotion made way for Jim Underwood to be promoted to assistant varsity coach.

Bulldogs to get big test at 

Willoughby South Rebel 

Invitational this weekend

Dec. 14, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OLMSTED FALLS – The undefeated Olmsted Falls High wrestling team will get one of its biggest tests of the season this weekend in the Willoughby South Rebel Invitational.

The Bulldogs (7-0) will be faced with their first elimination/invite type of tournament of the season. They were in the Findlay Duals two weeks ago.

Adam Binggeli

In addition to sitting in the undefeated spot as a team, the Bulldogs also claim four undefeated individuals in the lineup with 112-pound wrestler Chase DuPratt (7-0), 135 grappler Alex  Bevilacqua (7-0), 152 pounder Adam Binggeli (7-0), and 171 Bulldog Alan Binggeli (7-0).

Alan Binggeli

Alex Bevilacqua (left) and Chase DuPratt 

The Bulldogs also have seven wrestlers with only one loss each including 103 starter P.J. Mueller (6-1), 119-pound guy Nick Asadorian (6-1), 130 wrestler Kyle Kokitka (6-1), and 160 regular Nick Sommer (6-1).

"The kids are working hard and are hungry for more winning,” Falls coach Bill McGrain said. “We have a solid nucleus returning this year, and the kids have worked hard in the off season. We look forward to the upcoming challenges of our schedule. South will be a good test.”

Olmsted Falls moved to 7-0 with a victories Thursday over Westlake, 61-6, and Cleveland Rhodes, 53-9.  The three teams competed in front of a huge home crowd at Olmsted Falls.  Olmsted Falls will travel to the Medina the weekend following the Willoughby South Rebel Invitational.

Olmsted Falls JV wrestling team

wins Eric Emery/Kiwanis Duals 


The Olmsted Falls JV wrestling squad went 4-0 at the Eric Emery/Kiwanis Duals to win the 8 Team Championship on Saturday. 

The final team finishes are as follows:  Champion Olmsted Falls, 2nd West Holmes, 3rd Willoughby South, 4th Waynedale, 5th Lorain, 6th Olmsted Falls Gold, 7th West Holmes Blue 8th Avon.

Hudson High alumna Sarah Watson 

scores 15 points, grabs four boards 

and blocks two shots to enable Tigers 

to snap losing streak

ANGOLA, Ind. — After three straight near-misses, resulting in narrow losses to Capital, Mount Union and Allegheny, the Wittenberg Tigers put it together at both ends of the court in a 69-38 victory at Trine.

The win moved the Tigers back to 3-4 overall on the 2010-11 season, heading into a weeklong break for first-semester finals. Wittenberg returns to action with two more games against Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association opponents at the Hope Classic, starting with Kalamazoo on Friday, Dec. 17. Trine is also 3-4 after suffering its second defeat against a North Coast Athletic Conference opponent this year - preseason favorite Denison beat the Thunder 91-44 earlier in the campaign.

It took more than three minutes for either team to make a dent in the scoreboard, but after junior Lyndsey Clark (New Carlisle, Ohio/Tecumseh) hit a three-pointer, the Tigers eased out to a 28-14 lead by halftime. Trine got no closer over the final 20 minutes as the lead slowly extended out to the final margin of 31.

The Tigers shot 57 from the field in the second half to finish at a season-best 50 percent for the game, including a 5-of-11 performance from three-point range. At the other end of the court, Wittenberg's defense was smothering, limiting the Thunder to 30 percent shooting for the game, including just 2-of-12 from long distance. Wittenberg also won the rebounding battle decisively, 41-21.


Individually, the Tigers showed greater balance in this game than in their previous five this season, as three players reached double figures in scoring and 10 players in all found their way into the scoring column of the boxscore. Junior Sarah Watson (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) led with 15 points to go along with four rebounds and two blocked shots, followed closely by senior Katherine Hueter (Columbus, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) with 13 points, seven boards, three assists and two steals. In addition, freshman Jaclyn Willoughby (Houston, Ohio/Houston) contributed 12 points and freshman Cassie Whitley (Xenia, Ohio/Xenia) had perhaps her finest collegiate game with six points, five rebounds and two steals in 15 minutes off the bench.

It's Mount Union and Whitewater in 

the Stagg Bowl for national 

championship again; 6th in a row

Dec. 14, 2010

By Lenny Reich

No. 2 ranked Mount Union and No. 1 ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater will meet for a sixth consecutive season in the NCAA Division III National Championship game -- the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl -- Saturday, Dec. 18 at 3:30 pm in Salem, Virginia. The game will be broadcast LIVE on television on ESPNU, ESPNU HD and locally on the radio on WDPN 1310AM and WRMU 91.1FM (Alliance), WFUN 970AM (Ashtabula) and WANR 1570AM (Warren/Youngstown).

Collinwood alum Cecil Shorts  III playing in final collegiate game

(Awaiting the NFL draft)

It will be the 14th Stagg Bowl visit for the Purple Raiders who have won the game 10 times including the 2005 (35-28), 2006 (35-16) and 2008 (31-26) games against Whitewater. Whitewater is making its sixth Stagg Bowl appearance and the Warhawks won two championships both over Mount Union in 2007 (31-21) and 2009 (38-28).


































Cleveland Touchdown Club, 

Student/Athletic Psychologist 

present photography show to 

benefit young Student/Athletes 

from low-income families and 

singles desiring to attend sports 


Dec. 14, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BEREA – One thing about Clevelanders is that they love their nostalgia  --whether it is through past heroic impressions down at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, football memory artifacts from the Football   Hall in Canton, their own Browns lore from the many retirees who live locally or the many great hjgh school  Student/Athlete tales garnered through the oral histories of the many old timers here.

Several local history lovers packed the Kleist Center here in the Baldwin-Wallace campus for the Cleveland Touchdown Club’s Jerry Sherk photo display charity show to benefit local youth who would like to attend sports camps in the summer but don’t have the wherewithal to do so.

Watch a few short videos of tonight’s the Jerry Sherk/Cardiac Kids/Cleveland Touchdown Club photo display charity benefit, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Sherk and his old friends provided history in analog while the former defensive tackle turned sports photo dog turned Student/Athletic Mentor/psychologist went through the slide presentation displaying his own photos.

Photo by Jerry Sherk

Sherk took up photography while he was on the injured reserve list in the late 70s and kept at it after retiring as a free lancer for the wire services and finally went back to school to get more degrees so he could aid youth/

Each former Brown had something to say about each photo, usually sharing an interesting anecdote but also a lot of humorous stories.

Jackson, Pruitt, Sherk use the natural drug of humor to enjoy one another/life

Before coming here in 1972, Greg Pruitt was a Student/Athlete at the University of Oklahoma. He remained here after retiring and went into business as did his fellow running back and namesake (but nto related) Mike Pruitt. One of his best stories was as a rookie going through the tunnel after the game thinking he was going to the right place but instead of the Browns’ wound up in the Steelers’ locker room.

Listen to former Oklahoma Sooner Student/Athlete Greg Pruitt reminisce at the Jerry Sherk/Cardiac Kids/Cleveland Touchdown Club photo display charity benefit, by clicking and downloading


Coach Cower as a Browns player (Photo By Jerry Sherk)

Robert L. Jackson was a Student/Athlete at Duke before coming here and during the summers played slo-pitch softball in Bay Village with several other Browns teammates including Bill Cower. Jackson still lives in Bay Village and even during his playing days was a strong advocate of youth/elementary Student/Athletes in the Little Southwestern Conference Football League. Like most Southern gentlemen, Jackson had a lot of light-hearted stories to tell.

O. Linemen Gene Hickerson (L) and Jackson (Photo by Sherk)

Listen to former Duke Blue Devil Student/Athlete Robert L. Jackson reminisce at the Jerry Sherk/Cardiac Kids/Cleveland Touchdown Club photo display charity benefit, by clicking and downloading


Robert L. Jackson (L) signs autographs
(S/A Photo by Norm Weber)

Listen to MC Doug Dieken introduce Jerry Sherk at the Jerry Sherk/Cardiac Kids/Cleveland Touchdown Club photo display charity benefit, by clicking and downloading Listen to MC Doug Dieken


Doug Dieken has also remained a fixture in Bay Village, long after retirement. Dieken had the corner on one-liners and quips, rivaled only by the guy sitting next to him on the stage, Sam Rutiigliano, and Lou Holtz. His son, Spencer Dieken, who now attends Miami University, four years ago was a Student/Athlete at St. Edward, which just won its first state championship ever 10 days ago.

Dieken signing autographs (Photo by N. Weber)

Listen to Doug Dieken tell Gene Hickerson joke at the Jerry Sherk/Cardiac Kids/Cleveland Touchdown Club photo display charity benefit, by clicking and downloading



Rutigliano was the coach of the Cardiac Kids and had more confidence in Brian Sipe, now a coach of Student/Athletes at San Diego State, than the owner of the team. Rutigliano discussed how the secret to success is :”surround yourself with smart people.”

Listen to Coach Rutigliano discuss the importance of getting smart and having smart people around, the Jerry Sherk/Cardiac Kids/Cleveland Touchdown Club photo display charity benefit, by clicking and downloading 


Remember, the coach had the likes of Yale alumnus Calvin Hill and Duke grad Jackson among others around him at the time.

Former St. Edward Student/Athlete Tom Cousineau (right) signs autograph

Listen to former St. Edward Student/Athlete Tom Cousineau interview, conducted by Norm Weber, at the Jerry Sherk/Cardiac Kids/Cleveland Touchdown Club photo display charity benefit, by clicking and downloading


A native New Yorker, Coach Rutigliano has made Cleveland home for the three decades since the Cardiac Kids days. He has been an employee of Channel 3. Coach Sam might have been the first NFL head coach with a masters’ degree in psychology and might have been the first to implement group therapy for an NFL team with his Inner Circle program.

Dieken (Left) and coach Sam

Coach Sam might have had something to do with Sherk becoming a shrink as well. Rutigliano admitted that his favorite all-time Browns coach was Blanton Collier, whom he knew about while growing up as a boy in the Big Apple.

Listen Judge Ambrose interview, conducted by Norm Weber, at the Jerry Sherk/Cardiac Kids/Cleveland Touchdown Club photo display charity benefit, by clicking and downloading


Judge Ambrose (center) gleefully talks to young fan

Cuyahoga County Judge Dick Ambrose, who was known as “ Bam Bam” Ambrose during the Cardiac Kids days, said several Browns stay here after retirement even though they were not reared here because “the people here are better than anywhere.” He also said that football has physical component as well as mental, but said that nothing is more “mentally challenging than as a judge deciding whether someone should go to prison or not.”

For those who are innocent but getting judged, it’s a good thing that the NFL requires players to get a college education prior to becoming pros so that they have the strong mental faculties to make the right decisions.

Sherk discusses his photos with  fan (photo by Norm Weber)

Nostalgia, football, cold winters, judges, burning rivers, Johnny Carson jokes Ghoulardi, Mr. Jingeling, and Dennis Kucinich. Now there is something for the psyche to mull over for some time to come.

Three sheet cakes were delivered for the Sherk charity event.

Listen to the song, The 12 Days of Christmas of a Rutigliano Super Bowl Team, by clicking and downloading:


Green alum Amanda Rose named Scholar/Athlete of Month in OAC for academics/hoops success

December 14, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

How sweet it is for Mount Union women's basketball player Amanda Rose - who was named Ohio Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Month for December.


The junior from Uniontown, Ohio, is a two-time letterwinner who last season led the team in minutes played and rebounds as she helped the Purple Raiders to a 26-5 record, the OAC Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament that led all the way to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 12 seasons.

"My fellow teammates are reaping the benefits of those players that were here before us and worked hard to build up this program long before we started," commented Rose.

"I am very proud to be associated with such a great group of hard working women and being a member of this team is one of my greatest accomplishments."

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