A Page -- Dec. 23, 2010

St. Edward alum Alex Pace, 

Nordonia's  Brandon Thomas 

representing area in Hawaii Bowl 


Dec. 23, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Cleveland will have some representation in post-season college football activity tomorrow, but the only college football game slated over the next two days is the Christmas Eve showdown between Hawaii and Tulsa in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

Tulsa will be represented by Shaker Heights native and 2010 Ohio Big-School State Champion St. Edward alumnus Alex Pace, and by Nordonia High graduate and Cleveland native Brandon Thomas in the Hawaii Bowl scheduled for 8 eastern time tomorrow night from Honolulu.

Alex Pace
St. Ed alum Alex Pace
Pace is a 6-foot-3-inch, 254-pound defensive lineman. The cinematography major is a red-shirt freshman. He played on the defensive line and at tight end for the Eagles

Thomas is a 6-5, 296-pound offensive lineman who has been a starter at tackle for the Hurricanes the past two seasons.

Brandon Thomas
Nordonia product Brandon Thomas

During the 2009 season, Thomas started all 12 Tulsa games, splitting time at right and left tackle.

This year Thomas has split time as a starter in all 12 games at right tackle. The communications major has been part of an offensive line that has provided great pass protection for Tulsa quarterbacks, who have averaged less than one interception per game.

Thomas and his mates have provided enough pass protection for Hurricane quarterbacks to avoid throwing the erratic passes than any offensive coordinator or head coach needs to see, but also protected the QBs from going down, posting five games in which opposing defenses have registered only one sack.

The junior is also part of an offensive line that has paved the way to a unit that has amassed an average of 500 yards of real estate per game.

Pace and Thomas were also a part of this year’s team that posted the first victory over Notre Dame University in school history.

Case Reserve Student/Athlete Kris Vaci, a Mentor High alumna





Dec. 23, 2010

By Nick Minerd

KANSAS CITY, KS – The Case Western Reserve University men’s and women’s soccer programs were each honored with the 2010 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award and men’s junior defender Niro Wimalasena (Mason, OH/Mason) was named to the Scholar All-East Region team, announced by the NSCAA today.

Niro Wimalasena

Avon product Ryan Galik, a Spartan S/A

The NSCAA Team Award is given to programs with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better. Case Western Reserve was one of just 133 schools from all divisions throughout the nation to have both its men and women honored. Both teams have now earned the award in seven consecutive seasons.

Spartan Soccer S/A Vinny Bell, a Forge alumnus

Western Reserve alumnus Renee Silva, a CWRU soccer S/A

The Spartan women finished the season with a 3.21 GPA under fourth-year head coach Tiffany Crooks and the men finished at 3.17 for seventh-year head coach Dan Palmer.

Independence resident Erica Sackett, a Spartan S/A

Ashley Debeljak, Spartan forward from Beachwood

Wimalasena, a chemical engineering major with a 3.71 GPA, also was tabbed as a first-team ESPN Academic All-District IV selection in the fall. In 19 games at defender, he scored a goal and an assist and helped lead the Spartans to six shutouts en route to being named second-team All-University Athletic Association.

Walsh Jesuit alumna Kendra Williams, a CWRU midfielder

Westlake High grad, CWRU/SA Maeve Goede

The Spartan soccer programs combined to produce 30 UAA All-Academic selections in the fall. Each team had 15 of 22 (68.1 percent) eligible student-athletes post a GPA of 3.3 or better at one of the most academically elite institutions in the nation.

Normandy alum Becca Vaughan, a Spartan striker

Oberlin native Mickey Schmid, S/A at C. Reserve

Mount Union baseball team to hold camps next month

December 23, 2010 

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The University of Mount Union will host a series of three baseball camps this January.

A prospect camp for boys (grades 10-12) will be held on Sunday, January 16.  The prospect camp is open to all players regardless of skill level who are looking to improve: Offensive Skills, Pitching/Catching Drills and Infield/Outfield Drills.

A hitting camp for boys (grades 4-12) will be held on Sunday, January 23.  The camp will feature: Swing Mechanics, Tee Drills and Bunting/Base Running drills.

A pitching/catching/defense camp for boys (grades 4-12) will be held on Sunday, January 30.  The camp will feature: Throwing Mechanics, Pitching/Catching Skills, Infield/Outfield Skills.

All the camps will be in the Peterson Field House on campus in Alliance. 

Attending an individual camp is $50 per camper and if a camper comes to both the hitting and pitching camp it will cost $90.

Each camper receives a free T-shirt and individualized instruction from Mount Union coaches and players.

For more information contact: Evan Agona, Assistant Baseball Coach at (330) 829-6650 oragonaem@mountunion.edu


Evan Harcourt, Andrew Bell each

do the deuce as 

Brecksville-Broadview tops Avon

Lake in White Division play, 6-5; 

Shoremen make it interesting at

end of skate

Dec. 23, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – Brecksville-Broadview Heights High posted a 6-5 win over Avon Lake in a Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League White West Divisional hockey game tonight here in Hamilton Arena.

After gaining a feel for the Shoremen’s approach the first half of the first period, the Bees went to work on offense, blasting out three unassisted goals in the final six and a half minutes of the first period, taking a 3-1 lead after the first 15 minutes were in the book.

Brecksville-Broadview Heights broke the scoreless deadlock at 8:31 of the first period when Andrew Bell rung up a goal for a 1-0 Bee lead.

Andrew Bell

Listen to post-game interview with Brecksville-Broadview Student/Athlete Andrew Bell, conducted by Norm Weber after the tonight’s Shoremen-Bees game, by clicking and downloading


Evan Harcourt followed him with the second goal of the night for the guests by hitting the back of the net with a shot right down the middle from the top of both circles at 10:11.

Evan Harcourt

Listen to post-game interview with Brecksville-Broadview Student/Athlete Evan Harcourt, conducted by Norm Weber after the tonight’s Shoremen-Bees game, by clicking and downloading


Harcourt (#11)

Kyle O’Donnell got into the B-BH scoring club with a goal at 13:18.

Kyle O'Donnell

Avon Lake at least answered O’Donnell’s tally with a goal a 13:45, which was scored by Alex Dillon, assisted by Logan Cherni.

Watch a few short videos of three of tonight’s six Bees’ goals, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


The Shoremen had a power play in the sixth minute of the first period, but could not accomplish anything with it against its fellow Southwestern Conference opponent.

Hiking the lead to a two-goal advantage, Brecksville-Broadview Heights scored a pair of goals in the second period, one of which was countered by the Shoremen.

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


Bell rung again midway through the second period, making it 4-1 with a goal at 7:41. Just 18 seconds later Mike Taylor made it 5-1 with a goal assisted by Ryan Iwaszkiw.



The Shoremen had an odd-man rush going when Cherni hit Justin Housley with a cross pass right in front of the crease. Housley connected with the short tapper at 12:12, cutting the hosts’ deficit to three, 5-2.

Already battling the elements of a short bench and skating only one and a half lines, Avon Lake dug a bigger hole by encountering a pair of simultaneous five-minute majors at 1:55 of the period.

Although the Bees controlled the puck in the Avon Lake back third the whole 115 remaining minutes of the period, the Shoremen defense and tender Ben Sherman stood to the challenge, keeping the puck out of the net the rest of the period, leaving it at 5-2 with 67 percent of the game in the books.


Avon Lake made it a two-goal game again for the first time since midway through the second when Cherni took a pass from Riley Tomer and scored at 1:22.

Harcourt got it back with his second goal of the night, this one coming at 4:57 of the third.

Watch a short video tonight’s second Shoreman goal, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


The Shoremen made it interesting in the end with a pair of late goals to turn it into a one-goal game at the final gun. Housley, Dillon, Cherni and Tomer collaborated on a couple goals in the final five minutes. The last one coming with six seconds to play came on the shorthand.

Ryan Kordish leads North Ridgeville 

boys past Wellington with 477

two-game series

With a pair of 200 games and near-500 series, Ryan Kordish 220-257(477) led North Ridgevile’s boys’ varsity bowling team to a 2,406-2,208 win over Wellington in high school bowling.

Also with 400 series for the Rangers were Joey Peterson 233-201 (434) and Mike O'Sullivan  221-188 (409). Also contributing for the Rangers were Brandon Becka 213-180 (393) and Glenn Waligora 202-170 (372).

The Dukes had Brandon Wallace 186-160(346), Tylar Rietz 189-158(347), Jacob Drennan 181-200(381), Lucas Rigger  171-210 (381), and Zach Vermillion  183-176(359).

Scott Bednarski, Alexis Jalowiec lead 

Ridgeville JV bowlers to double win 

over Wellington

Scott Bednarski 183-214 (397) led the North Ridgeville JV boys and Alexis Jalowiec 109-129 (238) led the Ranger JV girls to a double win over the JV units from Wellington.

The Ridgeville boys were 2,039-1656 winners and girls 1,046-521 victors over the Dukes on the Rebman lanes.

The Ranger JV girls also had Arshiya Anand 118-95 (213), Alyse Fuller 115-96 (211), and Nikki Gannon 134-99 (233).

Also contributing to the JV win for the lads were Josh Buttrey 162 (162), Joey Casement 168 (168), Tyler Davis 145 (145), Zack Pulvino 178-156 (334), Alex Scullin  172-149 (321) and Logan Gedeon 136 (136).

On the boys’s side, the Dukes had Mitch Farr  103-128 (231), Austin Washburn 138-149 (287), William Waite 126-110(236), Brandon Varner  112-168 (280) and Levi Shumaker 139-208 (347).

The Duchesses had Alexis Jalowiec 109-129 (238, Arshiya Anand 118-95 (213), Alyse Fuller 115-96 (211), and Nikki Gannon 134-99 (233).