A Page -- Dec. 18, 2010 -- High Schools

Holy Name is hottest hockey team in 

area; Namers are first to reach 

double-digit wins; 2-0 in holiday

tourneys, Green Wave the favorite 

in Sylvania this weekend

Dec. 18, 2010

By Norm Weber





BROOKLYN – One of the hottest high school hockey teams in the area right now, for a change is not in the Red North Division, whose tenants have won 18 of the past 25 state championships and 11 of the last 12.

The Namers are in the Red Division this season after moving up from the White (mid-level of play) from last season and from the Blue (lowest tier) of four years ago.

After winning its own Thanksgiving Day Tournament for the first time, and doing so in cardiac-like fashion, the Namers have scorched the ice and became the first club to reach 10 wins this season.


The Green Wave, who are playing at tournament in Sylvania this weekend to test how they stack up against teams from the western half of the state, are 11-2 overall and 1-1 in the Red South Division, the second level of competition within the upper Red tier of high school hockey.

After going 4-0 in the tournament, the Namers have played three Red North caliber teams, taking out Lake Catholic, 3-2, and falling to Padua, 9-2, among the current residents. Shaker Heights, which has been in the Red North every year except the past three, nipped the Namers, 2-1, in an intra-divisional Red South match-up.

The Namers were also 6-3 winners over Mentor, also one of the upcoming programs that rapidly moved through the Blue and White ranks and into the Red.

Since the Green Wave is 6-0 against out-of-area teams and 2-0 in tournaments (including a championship in last weekend’s Benedictine Christmas Tournament), they have to be the favorites in the Sylvania Tourney this weekend.

The scoring has been distributed evenly among the three lines with sixth guys already in double figures in points.

Joe Baker

Joe Baker leads in two of the three scoring categories with 21 points and 14 goals and is second in the third with seven assists.

Popovich (L) and Fassbender (R)

Right behind him in scoring is Dave Fassbender and Steve Popovich, both with 16 points, although each attained them in rather variant ways. Fassbender has 12 goals and four assists while Popovich’s have come on seven goals and nine assists.

Higgimbotham (left) and Bucell

Jamie Bucell and Tim Higgimbotham are tied for fourth in goals scored with five each.


Bucell is tied for the team lead with Popovich and Joe Meehan. The three have combined for 27 assists that have been divided evenly – each with nine.

A Ferry-Barry-Haas connection 

enables Mags to overcome River's 

height advantage to win battle of 

Wager Road; first Streaks victory in 

intra-city rivalry in many moons

Dec. 18, 2010

By Norm Weber

Editor, Student/Athlete-Cleveland



ROCKY RIVER – Magnificat opened up a six-point lead early in the first quarter, battled all attempts by Rocky River to overtake the lead and kept building on the margin each quarter, keeping momentum all the way to a, 49-34, victory in an intra-city battle today here in the Magnificat High School Gymnasium.

It marked the first time a Magnificat team had defeated a Rocky River team in at least a decade, since the rivalry was just renewed three years ago after a long hiatus. The Pirates won the first two battles in the renewed series between the two schools less than a five-minute walk apart of each other.


Listen post-game interview with Magnificat Student/Athlete Steph Haas, conducted by Norm Weber and Tim Warsinskey, at the Blue Streaks-Pirates game, by clicking and downloading


It was the Barry-Ferry-Haas connection that paced the Blue Streaks offensively with Maddie Barry, Steph Haas and Christine Ferry scoring in double figures. Haas led the attack with 18 points, while Ferry added a dozen and Barry 11.

Maeve Kessler (30) is defended by Barry

Mags conceded a decent amount of height in this game with not one 6-foot player on the team, while River had Ciera Kessler, Maeve Kessler, and Hannah McCue all at or just shy of 6 feet, but the Blue Streaks made up for it with quickness and defense.

Ferry (11) Takes a Free Throw  (All Action Photos by JPM Photog)

Sterba (13) defended by McCue (22)

In the first period, Magnificat took a 12-6 lead on back-to-back baskets by Emily Sterba, but then River pulled to within one, 12-11, on a three by Allyson Helleis and a two by Hannah McCue. 

Helleis (3)

Mags held a 14-11 lead after one quarter.


Listen post-game interview with Magnificat Student/Athlete Christine Ferry, conducted by Norm Weber and Tim Warsinskey, at the Blue Streaks-Pirates game, by clicking and downloading


The Blue Streaks opened up an eight-point lead in the second quarter, 21-13, when Haas hit a three and Ferry fired a pass inside to Barry, who converted for two on the next trip down the floor.


Listen post-game interview with Magnificat Student/Athlete Maddie Barry, conducted by Norm Weber and Tim Warsinskey, at the Blue Streaks-Pirates game, by clicking and downloading


A three by Ferry with 1:30 to go in the half gave Mags an11-point lead, 26-15. The Blue Streaks held a 26-17 lead at the half after the Pirates’ Ciara Kessler put up the last points of the half.

The hosts continued to pull away in the third period, building two 16-point leads and keeping McCue, who came into the game average 19 points and 10 rebounds a game in check.

Barry (20)

Watch a few short videos of today’s Blue Streaks-Pirates varsity game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Then McCue connected and converted with an old-fashioned three-point play to cut it to 12, 37-25, with 57 seconds to go in the quarter.

She followed that with a three-point shot from long range to start the fourth quarter, cutting it to a 38-28 River advantage with seven and a half minutes to play.

Haas (14) -- JPM Photog

McCue had only six points up to that old-fashioned three-point-play late in the third but wound up with 16 points.
Megan  Barilla (22)

Pirate JVs brush off late Mags 

rallies to post OT win

Dec. 18,  2010

By Norm Weber, Editor




ROCKY RIVER – Rocky River High School’s JV basketball team was a 39-36 overtime winner over Magnificat in an intra-city battle today here in the Magnificat High School Gymnasium.

After getting shut out the first five minutes of the second half, Mags used the steal and transition baskets to create its second-half comeback.

Bridget Pryatel (44), Katie Kocher (32), Annie Swartz (22)

River had a 16-12 lead near the end of the first half but then the Blue Streaks’ Sarah Scelza hit one from the corner to make it a one-point game at halftime.

Later it was changed to a two-point goal and River started with a 16-14 lead in the third period, which it transformed into an eight-point advantage, 22-14 on a basket by Meghan Ittu with 3:10 to go in the third.

Mags battled back and off a forced turnover, Madeline Corner tied it at 24-24 with five seconds to go in the period. River, however, would take the lead again going into the final period of regulation when Katarina Kucinic hit a buzzer shot.

Meghan Ittu (24), Madeline Comer (32) (JPM)

A pair of free throws by Annie Swartz gave River a six-point lead in the fourth, 30-24.

Mags used its press to battle back and then Alexis Setta hit three pointer from the left of the top of the key to tied it, 34-34, and send it into overtime.

Alexis Setta (22)  making buzzer-beater and celebrating -- By JPM Photog

Watch a few short videos of today’s Blue Streaks-Pirates JV game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Again River used its tight defense to deny the Blue Streaks any scoring in the OT frame until one second remained.

River hit three free throws and then a Swartz basket with 1:18 to go in the OT pretty much sealed it, giving River a 39-34 lead and its stingy defense to take care of the rest.

Scelza (24) Kucinic (40)

A fastbreak basket by Scelza did narrow it to three and Mags had the ball again with one second to go and a chance to make it four periods in a tow to end with a buzzer basket, but a 30-footer fell short.


















North Ridgeville's Jordan White is

half of top pass-catching tandem

in the nation; Kent State's

Jacquise Terry among Academic

All-District picks from the MAC

Dec. 18, 2010

By Ken Mather


CLEVELAND -- The first two of four bowl games involving colleges from the Mid American Conference based here are being played today as the Bobcats of Ohio and Northern Illinois have started off the Bowl season in the New Orleans and Humanitarian Bowls, respectively.  

 Western Michigan Receiving Duo Tops In The Nation...Western Michigan’s receiving duo of Jordan White and Juan Nunez combined for 185 catches for 2,410 yards this season.  White and Nunez are the only receiving duo in the nation at the FBS level, and only duo in MAC history, to each record 90 or more receptions this season. 

Jordan White


White finished the year with 94 receptions for 1,398 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Nunez added 91 catches for 1,032 yards and 10 touchdowns.



 Flashes’ Jarvis Ends Career As School’s Third Leading Rusher...Senior running back Eugene Jarvis ended his Kent State career by notching his 18th career 100-yard rushing performance in a 28-6 win over Ohio.  Jarvis had 21 carries for 106 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown burst to secure the win.  The performance moved him past Josh Cribbs for third place all-time in Kent State career records with 3,720 yards on the ground.  In addition, his 26-yard touchdown run was also his 26th rushing touchdown of his career--good for fifth in school annals.

For results of today’s MAC bowl games and all of today’s college activity go to today’s college pages on Student/Athlete-Cleveland, the B and C pages, by clicking the following links:




 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District First Team Selections...Ten (10) Mid-American Conference football Student/Athletes have been named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District First Team.


Pos., Name, School, Yr., Hometown, GPA, Major

WR Briggs Orsbon, Ball State, Jr., (Convoy, Ohio), 4.00, Business

OL Josh Violanti, Buffalo, Jr., (Lackawanna, N.Y.), 3.88, Political Science

LB Matt Berning, Central Michigan, Sr., (Duisburg, Germany), 3.80, Marketing

DL Sean Murnane, Central Michigan, Sr., (Green Oaks, Ill.), 3.44, Marketing

WR Cody Wilson, Central Michigan, So., (Rochester, Mich.), 3.91, Undeclared

TE Ben Thayer, Eastern Michigan, Sr., (Kalamazoo, Mich.), 3.60, Secondary Ed.

RB Jacquise Terry, Kent State, Jr., (Phenix, Ala.), 3.66, Aeronautics

DB Kevin Culver, Ohio, Sr., (Thornville, Ohio), 3.57, Accounting

P Ben Armer, Western Michigan, Jr., (Janesville, Wis.), 3.68, Business

OL Phillip Swanson, Western Michigan, Sr., (Grand Haven, Mich.), 3.85, Journalism

Area Student/Athletes for OU in today's bowl game include Hoover alum Brian Albrecht, Nordonia alum Ryan Clark, Aquinas alum John DiBattista, Woodridge Alum Andy Fay, Barberton's Kyle Snyder, GlenOak grad Justin Szink, North OImsted alumnus John Taylor, Twinsburg's Matt Weller, and Warrensiville High product  Marcellis Williamson.

Brian AlbrechtJustin SzinkKyle Snyder

L to r -- Albrecht, Szink, Snyder

John TaylorMatt WellerMarcellis Williamson

L to R -- Taylor, Weller, Williamson

Former Shaker Heights Red Raider Perez Ashford is playing tight end for Northern in the other game.

Perez Ashford


Toledo teams dominating Padua 

Christmas Tournament; St. Ed will 

likely be the Cleveland team to get

into tomorrow's title game in

Hoover Arena

Dec. 18, 2010

By Norm Weber





STRONGSVILLE – Through the first two days and three rounds of the Annual Padua Christmas Hockey Tournament here on the Hoover Arena Ice in the IceLand USA Complex, the Toledo-area teams have dominated play.

Among the Cleveland teams, St. Edward is the most likely one that will get into tomorrow’s championship game.

The four Cleveland teams in the tourney were grouped in one flight and the four Toledo teams in the other. Each team gets four round-robin games, one against each team in the other flight with the East and West Flight winners meeting in the finals.

Watch a few short videos of tonight’s Eagles-Northview game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


St. Ed was tied with Lake Catholic and Padua going into its final game tonight against Northview, last year’s state runner-up to Ignatius. All three had four and a half points but Eds still had five points available in tonight’s game while the other two teams had three games already in the books.

Two points were awarded for each win, one for each tie, one for each period won and one half for each period tied.

On the strength of a pair of Riley Egan goals, St. Ed opened up a 2-0 lead in the first and held on to win the period and then held a 5-2 advantage over Northview after two periods to gain a second point.

On the other rink, University School, last year’s Padua Christmas Tourney champ, was playing catch up. The Preppers had only 1 ½ points coming into their third game, the 9:15 p.m. affair, and were playing, St. John, state runners up two years ago.

The Preppers picked up a point by winning the first period, 3-1, and had an upper hand in the second period, and despite giving up a goal in the last minute of the second period, still held a 5-2 lead and picked up a second standings’ point for winning the period.

Watch a few short videos of tonight’s Preppers-St. Jack game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


During the final two games tonight was about the only time the whole weekend that two Cleveland teams were dominating and winning simultaneously.

Despite holding a 5-2 lead after two periods against Northview, the Eagles had a hard time staying out of the penalty box and avoiding the allowance of special teams’ goals, enabling Northview to get back into it.

Eds had a 5-4 lead in the final two minutes and was stuck in a short-hand situation, but scored an open-net goal to make it 6-4 with just over a minute to play. Eds still wound up losing the period, but ended the day with 8 ½ points, nearly clinching a spot in the title game.

In order to get in to the title game, Padua or Lake Catholic need near miracles. The Bruins or Cougars must pick up four points by winning a morning game and at least two periods, and St. Ed needs to get shut out of standings’ points in its morning game by losing the game and all three periods, or the Eagles will be in the title game tomorrow at 3.

As of the third period against St. Jack tonight, US still had a chance of representing Cleveland/East in the title game but blew it in the third period and is now in the same boat as Padua and Lake.

After leading 5-2 after two periods and clinging to a 6-5 lead late in the third period, the Preppers gave up a goal in the waning seconds and had to settle for a 6-6 tie and only three standings’ points.

In the standings, St. Ed has 8 ½, Padua 5, US 4 1/2, and Lake Catholic 4 ½.

The only other games won by Cleveland teams were the three games played against Findlay, a 3-2 win by Lake, a 4-3 triumph by St. Ed and a 2-1 win by Padua.

Danny O’Sullivan had two goals to lead the St. Ed win over Findlay. Mike Bartholomew and Clay Jarrell had the other goals. Egan and Josh Greenaker each had two assists.

Tommy Michaels’ hat trick charged the Cougars’ win over Findlay. Andrew Mitch attained a playmaker by assisting on all three goals. Joey Duffy assisted on two of them.

Nick Placko and Matt Hartman scored the Bruins’ goals in the win over Findlay.

Tomorrow morning’s games have Lake Catholic playing St. Francis, US playing Findlay, St. Ed playing St. John and Padua playing Northview.

In the West flight, St. Francis has 13 points, St. John 11, Northview 10 and Findlay three and a half.