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A dozen Greater Cleveland High 

Schools, 16 Student/Athletes, Coach 

Beckman give Toledo Rockets a 

Cleveland flavor in Little Caesars 


Dec. 24, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Northeastern Ohio will be well represented in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl pitting Toledo against Florida International Sunday, as 16 players and the head coach all have strong ties to the Greater Cleveland area.

A dozen different Cleveland area high schools have at least one player on the Toledo roster. Glenville has the most with three. Head Coach Tim Beckman is a Berea native. His father, Dave Beckman, still has close ties with Baldwin-Wallace’s students, Student/Athletes and football program and is semi retired as a football scout.

Carlson (Left) , Elliott (right)
Beckman has used his ties to Cleveland to his advantage even though he has been heading up the program for two years, quickly transforming it into a Mid American Conference contender and Bowl team.

Among those in the Toledo program are Erik Carlson (Jackson High School/Canton native), Jayrone Elliott (Glenville), James Gordon (Glenville), Nick Ihasz (Bedford High), Justin Jones (Benedictine), Kevin Kowalski (Nordonia/Macedonia) Aaron Maslowski (Medina), Colin McHugh (Lutheran West/ Lakewood), Danny Molls (Padua/North Royalton),  Jeff Myers (Massillon High), Diauntae Morrow St. Edward/Cleveland),  Morgan Williams (McKinley/Canton) Danny Noble (Elyria), Terrance Owens (Glenville), Tyler Phillips (Medina) and Ben Pike (Mentor).

Gordon (L), Ihasz
The five who have made the most noise have been Molls, Kowalski, McHugh, Owens and Noble.

Kowalski, whose older brother was a standout Student/Athlete at the D-III level for B-W, has been the cornerstone of an offensive line that has given strong protection to Owens and blown open holes for the other offensive backs. 

Jones (L) and  Kowalski
McHugh earned his eight seconds of Andy Warhol fame when he snapped the winning field goal in the big upset win over Michigan two years ago and has been the long snapper ever since then.

A tireless worker, McHugh works hard on his game on his own and also is notable in the citizenship area serving in various volunteer, outreach and Christian capacities. 

Maslowski ((L), and McHugh

Molls has been the apex of the Rocket defense and is in the top three on the team in nearly every defensive category, which helped earn him all league honors.

Molls is second on the team in tackles with 133 (one behind leader Archie Donald), tied for first in interceptions (3), second in tackles for loss (9.5), first in lost yardage on TFLs (49), third in sacks (4), first in lost yardage on sacks (37), first in return yardage on interceptions (58), third in pass breakups (4), second in pass bat downs (7), and tied for first in fumbles recovered and second in forced fumbles.

Molls, Myers
Morrow has intercepted two passes this season as a defensive back.

Noble has been the starting tight end and has caught several key passes throughout his career, including those thrown by Owens.

Morrow (L) Noble
Noble has caught 16 passes for 198 yards and four TDs for an average of one TD for every four catches.

Owens sat out last season (in terms of game time) and was a redshirt freshman. Then because of injuries took over as the starting quarterback and led the Rockets through the stretch run and to the bowl game. One week he earned MAC Offensive Player of the Week Award.

Owens (L) and Williams
Owens has completed 60 percent of his passes (82-136) and has thrown for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns in just six games.
Williams, a running back, has carried 80 times for 280 yards rushing. The third-leading rusher on the team, Williams is averaging 3.6 yards per carry.

Tim Beckman Bio

Pike (left), Beckman

Two schools with mounds of 

success on the mats, St. Edward 

and Maple Heights, to fly high in 

Monday’s Indy Bowl; former Eagle 

Lamendola, former Mustang 

Wright on AF Academy team

Dec. 24, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Two Cleveland high schools, St. Edward and Maple Heights, that have come to be known over the decades for their strong wrestling programs and traditions and who won their first ever state football championships on back-to-back nights earlier this month in Stark County, ironically again are the two area schools that will be represented in Monday’s AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl.

Former Maple Heights standout Anthony Wright and former Eagle Lamendola are members of the Air Force Academy team that will take on the Ramblin’ Wreck of Georgia Tech in Monday’s bowl game from Shreveport.

Ken Lamendola
Lamendola is a 6 foot-2 inch, 230-pound linebacker. The senior from Westlake became a starter last year, but halfway through the season was shelved with an injury and has been hobbled by them ever since. He could wind up with another season of eligibility after this one due to his missed time.

Wright is a 5-10, 190-pound defensive back and a mainstay in the Falcons’ defense. He has been a starter ever since his freshman season, including starting all 13 games last year and all 12 this season.

Anthony Wright, Jr.

Wright’s seven interceptions in 2009 rank as the third most in a single season by any Falcon in the history of the program. He has the second longest return of a interception for a TD (88 yards) in school history.

This year he has two interceptions and five pass breakups and is ranked among the team leaders in tackles. Already Wright is ranked in the top 10 in school history in total tackles.

Wright has a string of 35 consecutive games started at cornerback for the Falcons.

As many as a half dozen 

Cleveland-area Student/Athletes 

could see action in Tuesday's 

Champs Bowl

Dec. 24, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


More than a half dozen young men will represent the Greater Cleveland area in Tuesday’s Champs Sports Bowl, which will have North Carolina State doing battle with West Virginia.

Jewone                             Snow                               Chris                              Snook

Snow (left), Snook

All seven area Student/Athletes are members of the Mountaineers’ football program. Playing for WVA are Benedictine alumnus Najee Goode, Massillon High graduate Justin Turner, McKinley product Jewone Snow,  Medina’s Chris Snook, Akron native Nate Majnaric, Chardon’s Joe Madsen, and Shaw High grad Darwin Cook.

Joe                                Madsen                             Najee                              Goode

Madsen (left) and Goode

Goode is ranked third on the Mountaineers in tackles for loss with 8.5 and second in tackles for loss yardage with 35 push-back real estate.

The former Bengal quarterback is also tied for fourth on the club in sacks with three and third in pass breakups with four.

Darwin                             Cook


Cook is tied for second on the team in fumbles recovered.


Madsen has been the starting center on a team that has given good pass protection to the Mountaineer quarterbacks, who have averaged slightly above a half of an interception per game.


Madsen has been able to get the ball back to the signal callers, who have thrown only a few erratic passes for a total of seven interceptions this season.