A Page -- Dec. 6, 2010

Un-Murphy's Law spurred 

unlikely first state football 

championships for two schools, 

St. Ed and Maple, with a 

combined 35 state wrestling 

titles; Mayor Summers should 

recognize Eagles as 

"transposition experts"

Dec. 6, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD – Regarding the state football championships won by Maple Heights High and St. Edward High over the weekend, it looks like someone found the antidote to “Murphy’s Law.”

Yeah, Murphy’s Law, the one state states, “If something can go wrong, it will.” For both the Mustangs Friday and Eagles Saturday, it just so happened that “if something could go right, it did.”

Without being a direct descendent of Nostradamus, predicting the odds of the likelihood of the unlikely is just a long session of head-to-wall banging.


Still, the odds must have been very slim that two schools that have won 35 big-school state team championships in wrestling over the past 55 years would win their first football championships on the same weekend. Yet it did happen and both with 15-0 records, Maple in Division II and Eds in Division I.

Some irony exists here. Coach Mike Milkovich’s Maple wrestling teams won 10 state titles between 1956 and 1974. St. Ed, first under the late Howard Ferguson and since the 1990s and currently under Greg Urbas, St. Ed won 25 on the mats from 1978 to 2009.

When the Maple dynasty ended, the St, Ed wrestling dynasty began. Both have had some good football teams all along, St. Ed more than Maple, but for some reason that football title for either team kept being evasive.


"I grew up in Cleveland with that constant thinking that if something can go wrong, it will,” said St. Ed coach Rick Finotti in the press room after the game in Canton. “This group was able to go through the season completely outside of that zone of thinking. Everything was about being positive, not worrying about what someone else is doing, but just doing what we do best and good things we believed were destined to follow.” To hear the audio of this interview click here:


It’s funny, because the late Eagles wrestling coach, known by most as just “Ferg,” once said to this reporter 25 years ago, “We don’t scout other teams’ wrestlers. In most cases we don’t even know their records. Our guys who win do what they do in every match regardless of whom they are wrestling.”

Thus, some of the greatest upsets came out of that program during the 1970s and 1980s and has continued so until now. Also, some of them were upset, but those were only upset because they paid more attention to special wrestling reports and newspaper predictions than they did on their own “stuff.”

The title was Maple’s first of any kind since the last wrestling title in 1974. St. Ed has won 40 other state team titles – all of them ever since that first wrestling one in 1978. Football is perhaps the most coveted of all team state championships and while it returns to the West Side of Cleveland after a one year absence, this time it is a different school from the previous 10 (all since 1988) 100 blocks west of St. Ignatius.

“We don’t want to take anything away from the wrestling, hockey, baseball and basketball championships St. Edward has won,” said Finotti. “Football is different. There is a lot about football that turns a boy into a man that is hard to find in other sports. All different kinds of guys play football, guys of various sizes, various personalities, various talents and a host of other things that bring a lot of different guys together in a program.. A boy playing football really grows from being on that field for 15 weeks in a season like this.” To hear the audio of this interview click here:


Also, no teams are larger in numbers than football teams – basketball has 12, hockey 20, wrestling 14, baseball `15 and so on, but football can have anywhere from 40 to 140.

What is more amazing is that the St. Ed program won only four games last year and were nowhere near ranked in the top 100 in the nation. By midseason, they cracked the top 50 in some polls and by the end of the regular season the top 40 in some polls. The Eagles were No. 2 in most national polls coming into this past weekend and now have a case for a national championship.

Mike Summers, who will take over as Lakewood Mayor soon, should have shingles hanged at West 117th, Lakewood Heights Boulevard and Riverside Drive if for no other reason, based on what Fiinotti said in that pres conference. Here is why.

It was not until five years ago that the city of Lakewood would even recognize the many championships won by St. Edward. It took a new mayor, Tom George, to finally get a shingle hung on Franklin and 117th honoring the then 33 state titles won by the school.

Lakewood has been a city in ill-repair for a good 14 years now. Businesses have left the community in droves, crime has increased and the number of renters to owner-occupied homes has spiraled upward.

The point is that no matter what it is – a private business, a government and social group – entities involving large groups of people tend to experience more success when led at the top by individuals who have played team sports in their pasts. They just have a better knack for reaching common goals and understanding the differences in people. In the end, the groups former team=sports Student/Athletes tend to get better results when leading groups.

Summers wore number 53 when he played for the Lakewood Rangers football team in the early 1970s. The 53 is the transposition of the 35 wrestling titles Maple and St. Ed have won combined. It is time to transpose things in Lakewood and this football championship is the start of it.

When Summers was a sophomore in 1969, Lakewood High went 0-10. At a different Lakewood high school, a different Italian-American guy, Angelo Privitera, came in to be the new coach and new Rocky Balboa but with the same message as Finotti’s – that anyone can play at this game and anyone can win.

Summers’ Rangers team might have only won two games in 1970, but it was two more games than the previous year and sent one of Summers’ teammates, Pete Cusick, to Ohio State on a scholarship. Cusick also went on to become a pro. As a matter of fact, the Rangers went on to win even more games Summers’ senior season.

Kevin Burke

St. Ed quarterback Kevin Burke, whose great uncle (Brian Burke)  incidentally was the Lakewood High head coach 20 years ago, was asked in the press conference about college and his answered that he wasn’t even thinking about it; that all of his focus was on winning this championship. To hear the audio of this interview click here:


And now the ball is in Summers’ court with a chance to turn the city who grew up in back into the city that, well, “he grew up in,” and take the positive image St. Ed has created and develop other great positive aspects out of the city, riding on the coattails of the Eagles.

Olmsted Falls wins Findlay Duals 

Wrestling Tourney; Coach McGrain 

surpasses 300 mark for career dual 


Five Bulldog Student/Athletes went undefeated over the weekend as Olmsted Falls claimed the championship of the Findlay Duals Wrestling Tournament.

Adam Binggeli

Those posting spotless records for Falls were Chase DuPratt 5-0, Alex Bevilacqua 5-0, Adam Binggeli 5-0, Nick Sommer 5-0 and Alan Binggeli 5-0.

Bevilacqua (L) and Sommer

In thrilling fashion the wrestlers came from behind to defeat Wapakoneta in the finals of the Findlay Duals 34-31.  The squad trailed in this dual meet by as much as 19 points and many key victories rallied the comeback, but none was bigger than Alan Binggeli's pin at 171. 

When Alan pinned his opponent to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the evening, Olmsted Falls fans roaring with cheers filled the Findlay gymnasium.  The victory finished off a 5-0 performance on the day and the Team Championship.

Alan Binggeli

"The kids competed hard at Findlay,” said Bulldogs Coach Bill McGrain.  "The Wapakoneta win was a genuine accomplishment.  The Wapakoneta group has its entire team returning, a team that went 20-1 last year, with 3 State placers returning, so that was a huge win for us.  Our kids are hungry to win, and we look forward to continued improvement as we move through the schedule."

The five wins on the day gave coach McGrain a special package on St. Nicholas Day weekend. It pushed him over the 300-win mark all time as a coach. He came into the weekend with his teams having compiled 296 dual wins over the years.

Coach McGrain

In addition to the 5-0 guys, other fine weekends were turned in by P.J. Mueller 4-1, Nick Asadorian 4-1, L.J. Yurick 3-1, Kyle Kokitka 4-1

Here is a run down of the team scores: Olmsted Falls 34, Wapakoneta 31; Olmsted Falls 60, Fostoria 12; Olmsted Falls, 69:, Bluffton 9; Olmsted Falls 44, New Haven, Indiana 18; and Olmsted Falls 56, Eaton 16.

St. Ed alum Germany Woods 

Named Ohio Freshman Football 

Player of The Year

By Morgan Hawley

Tiffin, Ohio – December 6, 2010 – Freshman tailback Germany Woods (Cleveland, Ohio / St. Edward) of the Heidelberg Universityfootball team has been voted the OhioCollegeFootball.com Co-Freshman of the Year for NCAA Division III institutions that sponsor football in the state of Ohio. Woods shares the honor with Richard Barners of the College of Wooster.

Woods Earns Top Honor from OCF


Joining Woods as OCF honorees is the senior trio of quarterback Andrew Miller (Dalton, Ohio / Dalton), wide receiver Mike Preston (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) and right guard Nate Kater (Villa Hills, Ky. / Covington Catholic). The group earned a spot on the offensive first team.



Double-digit winners, undefeated CSU hard courters to host Hokies

December 6, 2010

By Brian McCann

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State will put the nation's best record on the line this week when the Vikings return to the Wolstein Center to host West Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Dec. 7 beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

Joe Latas

Chanel alum, CSU center Joe Latas

The Vikings carry a school-record 10-0 mark into the contest after sweeping the Wisconsin trip for the first time since 1999-2000, upending Green Bay, 83-75, on Dec. 2 and blitzing Milwaukee, 82-59, on Dec. 4 to become the first Division I team to win 10 games this year. 



Josh Buttrey leads North 

Ridgeville's boys' high school JV 

bowling team to win over Amherst

Josh Buttrey 189-173 (362) and Tyler Davis 181-180 (361) to lead North Ridgeville’s boys’ JV bowling team to a 2,046-1,900 win tonight over Amherst High at Rebman Recreation Center.

Also pacing the Rangers were Joey Casement 179-158 (337), Logan Gedeon 181 (181), Alex Scullin 176 (176), Jim Bradley155 (155), and Zack Pulvino 145 (145).

The ‘Herst was led by Steve Werner 176 - 168 (344). Werner was followed by Cody Congelio 174-133 (307), Justin Starbuck 173 (173), Louie Shukart 168  (168),, Aaron Brown150 (150), Collin Oursler 150 (150), and Andrews Cser 143 (143).

Yeowomen Edge Spartans in Overtime
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin – Sophomore Allison Anderson scored a career-high 38 points and the Oberlin College women’s basketball team needed every last one to edge out Case Western Reserve University 79-78 in overtime on Monday night.

It wasn’t just Anderson who willed the Yeowomen to victory as first-year Ashley Young turned in her best collegiate performance with 17 points and nine rebounds. The Columbus, Ohio, native went 6-of-8 from the floor, which included an impressive 5-of-6 performance from 3-point land.

John Marshall High alumna  Syrea Thomas also continued her impressive season by adding 14 points in the win.







December 6, 2010 

By Nick Minerd

GAMBIER, OH – The Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team erased a 21-point second-half deficit and a five-game losing streak, rallying to beat beat Kenyon College 58-54 on Monday, December 6 at Tomsich Arena.

The Spartans improved to 2-5 overall as sophomore forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) led the offense with 18 points and eight rebounds, while senior center Eric Duerr (Gibsonia, PA/Pine-Richland) chipped in with his first double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and tallying 13 rebounds. 

Sophomore guard Tim Chung (Cypress, CA/Los Alamitos) and senior wing Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH/St. Edward) both added nine points.

Baldwin-Wallace College Basketball Player 

Amanda Schroeder and Swimmer Angela

Musille,  a GlenOak Alumna, Are OAC Players 

of the Week

By Jeff Miller

BEREA – Baldwin-Wallace College senior Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) and freshman Angela Musille (Canton/ GlenOak) are this week’s (December 6, 2010) Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week and Women’s Swimmer of the Week, respectively, for her efforts last weekend.


This marks the third time in Schroeder’s career that she has earned the honor, and it is the second time this season for Musille.

Schroeder, a two-time first-team All-OAC player as well as an Academic All-OAC selection, earned her honor for scoring 43 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and making seven steals as the Yellow Jackets defeated Heidelberg University (67-50) and Kenyon College (73-63) last week. She connected on 14-of-21 shots from the floor for 66.7 percent, including 3-of-5 shots from three-point range for 60%, and canned 12-of-14 foul shots for 85.7%. Schroeder also had one assist and two blocked shots for the 5-1 overall Yellow Jackets.


In addition, Schroeder’s 43 points last week now give her 1,072 in her career to rank her eighth on the all-time scoring list.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action this Saturday, Dec. 11 when they travel to Wilmington, Ohio to play the Wilmington College Quakers in the first game of a women’s and then men’s doubleheader at 2:00 p.m. The B-W and Wilmington men meet at 4:00 p.m.

Musille earned her award for winning one event individually, breaking school records in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke events and helping the 200-yard medley relay team to a second place finish at the nine-team SUNY-Fredonia Invitational Meet last weekend in Fredonia, New York. On Saturday, Musille set the 100-yard breaststroke record with a 1:08.59 timing and claiming the individual title and then set the 200-yard breaststroke standard in the prelims on Sunday with a 2:30.29 timing.


Aurora High alum Dee Brizzolara 

named UAA Offensive Player of

the Year

Dec. 6, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Aurora High alumnus Dee Brizzolara has been named the Offensive Player of the Year for football in the University Athletic Association.

Brizzolara, playing wide receiver for the University of Chicago, which dethroned Case Western Reserve as a UAA league champions by snapping the Spartans’ three-year regular season undefeated string.


Brizzolara, a sophomore and the 2009 UAA Rookie of the Year, caught 56 passes for 956 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season. In three conference games, he averaged 153 receiving yards with six touchdown receptions.

Among Brizzolara's six scores were the winning TD with 1:18 remaining in Chicago's 24-20 win over Case Western Reserve University and the Maroons' lone touchdown in their 13-10 victory over Washington (Mo.) University in the game that decided the conference title. He scored five touchdowns (3 receiving, 1 punt return, 1 kickoff return) and accumulated 432 all-purpose yards as Chicago defeated Carnegie Mellon University 61-22.

Also on the Maroons’ track team, Brizzolara Won three UAA track & field titles (400-meter relay outdoor; 1,600-meter relay indoor and outdoor.

In football last year, Brizzolara became first Chicago modern era receiver to log at least 1,000 yards in a season (1,028 yards on 50 catches).

He led the NCAA in all-purpose yards per game (220) in 2009.

Nordonia grad Zach Boedicker 

closes out career at Gannon 

as second on the all-time list in 

total offense; Shaw grads Cook, 

Minor named to All PSAC First 


Dec. 6, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Nordonia High alum Zach Boedicker closed out his collegiate career with another fine season as the quarterback for Gannon University.

Boedicker was second on the team in net yards rushing with 597 (he had nearly 1,000 gross but lost 340 mostly on sacks), and completed better than half of his passes (127-251).

Head Shot


He threw for 1,700 yards and a dozen touchdowns this season.

The 2,000-plus yards moved him up to second on the all-time list at the school in total offense with 5,772 yards for his career.

Boedicker was also second on the team in scoring with 42 points and was the leading non-kicker scorer.

One candidate to replace him at quarterback next year is Aurora High grad Ty Watson, who was beneath him on the depth chart this season.

Ty Watson


Also for Gannon, Shaw High grad Chris Cook was second on the team in interceptions with four and first in interception return yardage with 122.

Cook also returned eight punts for 57 yards and a seven-yard average.

He also had four kick returns for 8 yards. He was also fifth on the team in tackles with 55.

Right behind Cook in interceptions was fellow former Cardinal Kevin Minor with three for 106 yards and a TD. Cook also returned one for a TD.

Head Shot


Minor was second on the team in tackles with 75 and also had three sacks.

Both Minor and Cook were named to the First Team Defense on the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference all-league team.

Chris Cook


Cleveland Heights alum Jon Hardy returned six kicks for 102 yards.

Jon Hardy


Walsh Jesuit alum Bryan Kelly had 15 tackles for the Gannon.

Bryan Kelly


Former Oklahoma State 

Student/Athlete (football, wrestling), 

current psychologist, MA, 

photographer Jerry Sherk to share 

Cardiac Kids Photo Exhibit, talk at 

B-W next Tuesday for charity

Dec. 6, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA --  From 1970 through 1981, former Cleveland Browns All-Pro defensive tackle Jerry Sherk was one of the most dominating defensive linemen in the National Football League.  Today, the former “Cardiac Kid” would like to share some of the memories from one of the most successful times in Browns history with you and a few of his closest friends.


As a psychologist, Sherk created a school-based group mentoring program that uses sports to teach young people how to reach goals in academics and life, promoting the Student/Athlete philosophy of athletic success through academic success and thereby ultimately attaining life success thr9ugh the conjunction.

During his 12-year pro career, Sherk was a four-time All-Pro and an AFC Defensive Player of the Year honoree. This event benefits the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities and its philanthropy of assisting youths to attend camps, both football and other. The CTCC group is a 501C3 charity, so your ticket to this event can be tax-deductible.

On Tuesday, December 14, at the Kleist Center for Art & Drama in Berea (next door to The George Finnie Stadium), Sherk will share some of the more than 40,000 
photographs he took while recovering from an injury during his Browns tenure.

 Joining Sherk on stage for the Exhibit in the John Patrick Theatre will be former “Cardiac Kids”: running back Greg Pruitt, Head Coach Sam Rutigliano, linebacker Robert L. Jackson, offensive tackle Doug Dieken and linebacker at Judge Dick Ambrose. 

The six Browns greats will view the photographs, tell stories and reminisce about their time as Cleveland Browns.




Bobcats looking to take the night out of the Owls and end three-game skid; Hoban alum Tenishia Benson still leads OU in soring, rebounding

December 6, 2010

By Erin Dugan

Temple at Ohio, 7 pm
Temple Game Notes | Ohio Game Notes | Live Stats 
Ohio is 2-4 after losing three straight, including a 54-44 defeat at the hands of the A-10's George Washington. Tenishia Benson leads the team with 13.3 points per game as well as 6.2 rebounds per game. 

Tenishia Benson


The Owls have won two straight games by a combined total of three points, defeating Rutgers 60-58 at home on Dec. 1 and going on the road to beat Auburn, 62-61 on Dec. 4. The victory at Auburn was the 50th career win for third-year head coach Tonya Cardoza.



Amherst tops North Ridgeville in boys' high school varsity bowling; Rangers' O'Sullivan has best series 

December 6, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


North Ridgeville’s Mike O'Sullivan had a match-high two-game series with 246-197 (443), but Amherst had three boys roll 400 series to emerge as the winners in high school bowling tonight.

Cody Sheets led the Comets with a180 - 246 (426), followed by Jake Pijor 185-222 (407), and Brandon Stamco 187-218 (405).

 The Comets, who had a team total of 2305, also had Casey Kozusko 227 (227), Gino DelMorico 189 (189), Shane Starbuck 172 (172), and Dave Schwarz 157 (157).

Also breaking 400 for the Rangers was Ryan Kordish with a 224-182 (406). They also had Brandon Becka 215-163 (378), Glenn Waligora 177-183 (360), Joey Peterson 174 (174), and Alex Gravely 154 (154) for a team total of 2251.

Ranger JV girls take forfeit win over 

Comets in high school bowling

North Ridgeville’s girls’ JV bowling team gained a victory tonight against Amherst, which did not have enough gals to fill out a JV team, so the forfeit win went to the Rangers.

 The Ranger gals did bowl against themselves. Their score are as follows:

 Lisa Adkins           133-86(219)

Alexis Jalowiec        66-76(142)

Alyse Fuller            98-120(218)

Arshiya Anand         90-87(177)

Nikki Gannon           80-127(207)

Baker Games          114-99(213)

Game 1 Total          581

Game 2 Total                595

Grand Total Pins       1176

The match was held at Rebman’s in Lorain.

Hoban alum, Mount 197-pounder Bill Schindel named Wrestler of the Week in the OAC

December 6, 2010 

By Lenny Reich

AUSTINTOWN -- Mount Union senior Bill Schindel (Tallmadge/Akron Hoban) was named Ohio Athletic ConferenceWrestler of the Week.

Schindel, a two-time All-American, dominated his competition in winning the 197 pound title at the Messiah Petrofes Invitational last weekend in Grantham, Pa.

The No. 4 ranked wrestler in his weight class in the nation, Schindel pinned his first three opponents then scored a pair of major decisions for the title as he helped lead the No. 29 ranked Purple Raiders to a second place team finish at the event.

Schindel and the rest of the Purple Raiders are back in action Friday night at 7 pm at Thiel (Pa.) College inGreenville, Pa




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