A Page -- Feb. 24, 2012

David Shapiro is Beachwood High School Male Student/Athlete of the Week


High School Varsity Wrestling

This week's Bison Athlete of the Week is, Senior Wrestler and team Captain, David Shapiro. This past weekend, Shapiro led the Bison Wrestling team to its first Division III Sectional Team Championship since 2003.

He dominated the 160lb weight class by pinning all three opponents in the first period.  In the finals he pinned John Didonato, from Villa Angela St. Joe's in 1:29, with relative ease. This is his second consecutive Sectional Championship. 

Shapiro enters the District tournament, ranked 4th in the State and has a record of 36-3. "David is an excellent team leader. He leads by example and he has emerged as our vocal leader. Our younger wrestlers look up to David. As a wrestler, he is getting better and stronger each week. I am confident he will wrestle at his best, when it matters most. Shapiro has been training very hard for the next two weeks and his hard work will pay off at Districts and States. I am so proud of him. He has has an outstanding career at Beachwood and I hope all of his goals come to fruition this season, explains Head Coach Dugan Bentley.

Shapiro was Captain of the Football team and is a member of the Beachwood Orchestra. He is also an honor student. He will be attending Ohio University in the Fall. 

Other members of the wrestling team to advance to the Districts are: Sammy Gross (113lbs/Soph/1st at Sectionals), Aaron Friedman (120lbs/Sr./2nd at Sectionals), (Andrew Kitay (132lbs/Soph/2nd at Sectionals), Ryan Harris (138lbs/Soph/1st at Sectionals), Gordon Hong (145lbs/Soph/4th at Sectionals), Grant Blumenthal (152lbs/Sr./1st at Sectionals), Paully Flowers (170lbs/Soph/4th at Sectionals)

The Division III District Wrestling Tournament begins this Friday at Garfield Heights High School at 4:00PM and will continue on Saturday at 10AM and the Finals will begin at 6PM. 

Elizabeth Morris named the Female Student/Athlete of the Week at BHS


High School Varsity Swimming

This week's Bison Athlete of the Week is, Senior Swimmer, Elizabeth Morris. Elizabeth led the Bison Swim team to a great performance at the Sectional Swim meet this past weekend. Individually Elizabeth placed 10th in the 100 Fly, 11th in the 200 Freestyle where she advanced to the District meet. She had impressive swims as she helped the 200 Medley and Freestyle Relay’s qualify for districts. Both relay’s placed 9th.

Morris has been a four year letter winner and standout on the swim team over the past four years. Her freshman year she was a state qualifier for the Bison relay team which was comprised of Emi Hitomi, Shani Fox and Laura Tramer. She was a member of two relay teams which currently hold the school record in the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle relay, both of which were set in 2010. 

“Elizabeth has had an outstanding career at Beachwood.  She ranks as one of the top girl swimmers in our school history. Elizabeth is a hard worker with a lot of determination and passion for the sport of swimming. She is a strong and powerful swimmer with a positive attitude. 

Morris, who has been deaf since birth, fell a little short in reaching state competition in both the butterfly and breaststroke last season but is determined to make her final attempt her best. Her condition doesn’t limit her ability to lead the team in any way. “She’s able to lead through her work ethic. She does a good job through her interpreter to help talk to the other kids. And the other kids have taken up sign language to communicate back to her,” Head Coach, Brad Burget said. She has the skills and mindset to advance to the State meet and I hope she does it. She will have to be at her best this upcoming weekend at Districts in order to advance. She is peeking at the right time. The District meet is this Saturday, at noon at Cleveland State University.

She will be joined at the District meet by fellow teammates, Lindsey Guth (50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 200 Medley Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay), Aliyah Patterson (200 Medley Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay), Harley Schoen (200 Medley Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay), Wes Darvin (100 Breast and 200 Medley Relay), Kauner Hooper (200 Medley Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay), Kei Hitomi (200 Medley Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay), Max Schoen (200 Medley Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay and and 200 Freestyle Relay), and Cory Hersh (200 Medley Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay)

Former John Carroll and St. Ignatius Student/Athlete Rudy Kirbus is featured coach of the week in Beachwood


High School Basketball - Assistant Varsity and Head Freshman Coach

Former St. Ignatius and John Carroll University standout Rudy Kirbus, recently joined the Beachwood High School Basketball staff for his first season as our Head Freshman Boys Basketball and Varsity Assistant Coach. 

As a high school athlete at St. Ignatius, Kirbus set school records on the football field and basketball court. In basketball, he was voted All-District three times and All-State three times as a Forward. He currently holds the record as the All-time career leading scorer at St Ignatius. As the starting quarterback for three season, he earned All District honors twice and was voted First team All- State twice.  

Coming out of high school, in 2006, Rudy was one of the top college recruits in the area. He decided to continue his education and athletic career at John Carroll University. During his freshman year he was the Blue Streaks starting quarterback on the football team and starting forward on the basketball team.  He helped lead the basketball team to three conference championships and  played in three NCAA tournaments.  He was voted 1st Team All-OAC Conference twice and as a senior he was selected as a D3Hoops.com All-American. In 2010, Rudy graduated from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History.

Prior to arriving at Beachwood, for three seasons, Kirbus was the Quarterbacks Coach for his alma mater, St. Ignatius, where he coached them to a Division I State Championship in 2008. This experience was by far, his greatest coaching moment. 

In 2010, he spent one year as a front office intern with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles as a Talent Scout. In 2011 he was hired and currently works for the NCAA Mid-American Conference as their Football/Bowl Operations and Championships Department Assistant. He works on game-day operations for MAC bowl games and championship tournaments in volleyball, baseball, softball and men's and women's basketball for NCAA Division I colleges.

His favorite thing to do during his free time is coach and play golf.  “Playing golf is fun but coaching kids is the most rewarding experience as person can have. I truly enjoy coaching. I still have a very competitive spirit and it affords me the opportunity to remain competitive while shaping the lives of young men in sports that have made a huge impact on my life. Coaching at Beachwood has been a fantastic experience for me. The kids are so bright and they have a keen sense of the game of basketball. They understand and appreciate hard work and striving to be the best. The boys basketball team as a ton of young talent with a lot of potentia; they are a great group of kids. Working with Head Coach, Jason Pecjak has been a great learning experience and a lot of fun for me. I have known Jason for many years and he is a tremendous coach and a really god guy. He is one of the best young High School coaches in the State of Ohio. I love what he is doing with these kids and I am glad I am part of his coaching staff,” explains Rudy Kirbus.


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Case Reserve S/A Jessica Nuhfer

Case Reserve Swimming & Diving Honored by CSCAA for Hard Work in the Classroom

CHICAGO, Ill. – After producing six school records at the University Athletic Association Championship this past weekend, the Case Western Reserve University women's swimming & diving team is now being honored for its performance in the classroom. For the second-consecutive year, the Spartans were named to the annual College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team list.

During the 25th-Annual UAA Championship at Case, the Spartan women finished seventh in a field loaded with nationally-ranked squads and broke four individual school records as well as two relay marks.

While their accomplishments in the pool have been more than noteworthy, the Spartans are also getting it done in the classroom.

According to the CSCAA compiled report for NCAA Division III, the team posted a team grade point average of 3.31 for the fall semester.

Earlier this winter, a total of nine women's swimming student-athletes were honored as UAA All-Academic honorees. To be selected, a student-athlete must have a 3.3 GPA and be of sophomore or higher status academically.

The Team Scholar All-American award is presented to college and university swimming & diving teams that have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The distinction is presented annually to teams achieving this standard in the fall semester, and in the semester of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (Winter/Spring).

The CSCAA is the oldest coaches' organization in America. In addition to Scholar All-American Awards, the CSCAA recognizes All-American Swimmers and Divers at the NCAA National Championships each year.

Spartan Men Land a Spot on CSCAA Scholar All-American Team List

CHICAGO, Ill. – After a school-record tying finish at the University Athletic Association Championship this past weekend, the accolades continue to roll in for the Case Western Reserve University Men's Swimming & Diving program. For the second-consecutive year, the No. 14 nationally-ranked Spartans have been named to the annual College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team list.

Case Reserve S/A Sam Geiger

Last weekend, the Spartan men matched the best finish in program history with a third-place performance at the UAA Championship. In addition, second-year Head Coach Doug Milliken and assistant Emily Wylam were named the conference's Men's Coaching Staff of the Year for the second-straight winter.

While their accomplishments in the pool have been more than noteworthy, the Spartans are also getting it done in the classroom.

According to the CSCAA compiled report for NCAA Division III, the men's team posted a team grade point average of 3.07 for the fall semester.

Earlier this winter, the squad produced nine Academic All-UAA selections -- students of sophomore of higher status with a minimum GPA of 3.3.

The Team Scholar All-American award is presented to college and university swimming & diving teams that have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The distinction is presented annually to teams achieving this standard in the fall semester, and in the semester of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (Winter/Spring).

The CSCAA is the oldest coaches' organization in America. In addition to Scholar All-American Awards, the CSCAA recognizes All-American Swimmers and Divers at the NCAA National Championships each year.

Denison Men & Women Favored In 2012 Lacrosse Preseason Coaches' Polls (2/23)

CLEVELAND -- The Denison men's and women's lacrosse squads were tabbed as the favorites in the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference preseason coaches' polls.

The Big Red women, who won their NCAC-leading 16th crown in 2011, earned six of seven available first-place votes from league coaches for 47 points.  Wooster, which topped Kenyon in the 2010 NCAC Tournament championship game, was selected to finish second in the poll after earning the final first-place vote and totaling 37 points. The Big Red and Fighting Scots will be aiming for a rematch in the NCAC Tournament championship game in 2012.  Kenyon (32) finished third in the poll, followed by Allegheny (31), Wittenberg (26), Ohio Wesleyan (14) and Oberlin (9).

The Denison offense returns three of its top five scorers from a year ago, including junior Alex Thurner (Cincinnati, OH/Summit Country Day), who recorded 39 total points (32g, 7a). Junior Olivia Shiland (South Hamilton, MA/Hamilton-Wenham) and junior Molly Sbrega (Portland, ME/Deering) are back as well, and will provide experience for the offense after collecting 38 points (30g, 8a) and 37 points (29g, 8a) last season, respectively. The Big Red are led by first-year head coach Kristin Ramey, who was named Denison's ninth head coach in June of 2011.

Denison leads all NCAC squads with 16 conference championships in 27 seasons (1985-1994, 1996 ,1999-2001 and 2011).  Wooster has collected six conference titles (2002-04, 2007, 2009-10), while Oberlin has earned three (1995, 1997-98) and Ohio Wesleyan has garnered two (2005 and 2008). 

The Big Red men, who posted a 4-1 league mark and an 11-4 overall record last spring including a share of the NCAC championship, earned five of six available first-place votes from league coaches to total 35 points. Ohio Wesleyan, which finished 2011 in a three-way tie for first-place, is predicted to finish second this season after collecting the final first-place vote and 31 points. Wittenberg, the third member of the first-place trio, and Kenyon tied for third after totaling 18 points each. Wooster (16) and Oberlin (8) round out the preseason poll at fifth and sixth, respectively.

The Denison offense will rely on a bevy of youth after losing its top four goal-scorers to graduation with 19 newcomers and 27 returning letterwinners. On defense, senior preseason All-American Nick Farrell (New York, NY/Millbrook School) returns after scooping up 29 ground balls while starting all 15 games last season. Senior Cory Couture (Coronado, CA/Coronado) returns after a 2011 campaign that featured 14 goals, 11 assists and 16 ground balls, earning him honorable mention All-NCAC honors. Junior goalie Nick Petracca (Manhasset, NY/Loomis Chaffee) is coming off of a season where he earned the starting spot in goal early on in the campaign, and was named second-team All-NCAC after posting 92 saves and finishing with a 5.95 goals against average, which ranked in the top-five nationally. Denison head coach Mike Caravanna is in his fourth season of his second tenure at the helm of the Big Red program. In 18 total years as head coach of the Big Red, he holds a career record of 180-76 to go along with seven NCAC titles and 11 trips to the national tournament. In 1999 and 2001 Denison advanced to the semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament.

Ohio Wesleyan leads all North Coast teams with 18 championships in 27 years. Denison follows with 12, Wittenberg has two while Wooster and Kenyon each can boast one championship. The NCAC has had tri-champs three times, first in 2000 when the Big Red, Bishops and Lords shared the title, then in 2004, when Denison, OWU and Wooster each had a piece of the crown, only to have it happen again last year when Denison, Wittenberg and Ohio Wesleyan shared the top spot. The conference also saw Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg share the conference crown two seasons ago.

Founded in 1983, the Westlake-based North Coast Athletic Conference is made up of nine academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate member, Earlham College (field hockey). DePauw University will join the North Coast beginning with the 2011-12 academic year. The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.

Stow’s Ben Bowser, Cuyahoga Falls’  Kris Brooks named All PAC Swimming


Name School Cl. Hometown/High School
Mike Barringer Westminster College Sr. Boardman, OH/Boardman
Clay Beckner Grove City College Sr. Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg Area
David Bossert Grove City College So. Colorado Springs, CO/Pine Creek
Ben Bowser Grove City College Sr. Stow, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls
Kris Brooks Westminster College Sr. Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Cuyahoga Falls
Mark Brooks Westminster College Sr. Youngstown, OH/Boardman
Christian Dehli Grove City College So. Moneta, VA/Stauton River
Eric Fairchild Grove City College Jr.. Corry, PA/Corry
Collin Foster Grove City College Sr. Columbus, IN/Columbus East
Louis Gabriele Grove City College So.. Mahwah, NJ/Don Bosco Prep
Kirk Gagliardo Grove City College Sr. Gurnee, IL/Warren Township
Dan Gutmann Westminster College Jr. Cranberry Township, PA/Seneca Valley
Nick Hamilton Grove City College Sr. Crescent, PA/Moon Area
Alan Nedley Westminster College Jr. White, PA/Connellsville
Jake Pletz Westminster College Fr. Venetia, PA/Peters Township
Nicholas Smith Westminster College Fr. Indiana, PA/Indiana
Justin Weifenbach Washington & Jefferson College Sr. Coraopolis, PA/Montour
Joe Woodman Saint Vincent College Fr. State College, PA/State College

Brooks (L), Bowser (R)

Name School Cl. Hometown/High School
Jim Bossert Grove City College Fr. Colorado Springs, CO/Pine Creek
Michael Boutwell Washington & Jefferson College Sr. Winchester, VA/John Handley
Steven Brooks Westminster College Fr. Boardman, OH/Boardman
Logan Dorminey Saint Vincent College Jr. North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin
Dan Giles Westminster College Sr. Issaquah, WA/Issaquah
Josh Kim Grove City College Sr. Frederick, MD/New Life Christian
Richie Klimek Grove City College Fr. Oakdale, PA/South Fayette
E.J. Leuschner Grove City College So. Holland, MI/Holland Christian
Zach Ligus Saint Vincent College Fr. North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin
Matt Linebaugh Saint Vincent College So. New Castle, PA/Shenango
Mike Magdic Washington & Jefferson College Fr. Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny
Jake Meyers Washington & Jefferson College Fr. Richboro, PA/Council Rock North
Andy Rish Washington & Jefferson College Sr. North East, PA/Cathedral Prep
Ben Satre Grove City College Fr. Hockessin, DE/Homeschooled
Ian Smyth Grove City College Jr. Troy, PA/Troy
Dave Starr Westminster College Fr. Pittsburgh, PA/Plum
Will Stiglitz Westminster College Jr. Franklin, PA/Cranberry
John Szott Washington & Jefferson College Jr. Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park
Adam Walker Grove City College Jr. Lexington, KY/Homeschooled
Jonathan Weeks Washington & Jefferson College Sr. Donora, PA/Ringgold

Name School Cl. Hometown/High School
Keyton Kalakewich Washington & Jefferson College Sr. Edwards, CO/Charleroi
Ulysses Laman Washington & Jefferson College Fr. Grove City, PA/Grove City
Ross Nappi Washington & Jefferson College Fr. Mount Lebanon, PA/Mount Lebanon
Pat O’Toole Washington & Jefferson College Jr. Butler, PA/Fox Chapel
Joey Weiland Washington & Jefferson College Jr. Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny

Twinsburg’s Amanda Marlow, Akron’s Bethany Haver named PAC First Team for swimming and diving



Name School Cl. Hometown/High School
Janele Baglia Grove City College So. Grove City, PA/Grove City
Tori Baker Grove City College Fr. Fairfax, VA/Robinson
Sierra Beecher Westminster College Sr. Newville, PA/Big Spring
Lauren Cassano Grove City College Fr. Venetia, PA/Peters Twp.
C.J. Corcoran Washington & Jefferson College Sr. Harleysville, PA/Souderton
Christine Dunleavy Saint Vincent College Sr. Wolford, MD/LaPiata
Bethany Haver Washington & Jefferson College Sr. Akron, OH/Akron Firestone
Caitlin Lehberger Westminster College Sr. New Wilmington, PA/Wilmington Area
Charlotte Lima Washington & Jefferson College Fr. Brooklyn, NY/Choate Rosemary Hall
Amanda Marlow Westminster College So. Twinsburg, PH/Twinsburg
Angela Palumbo Grove City College Jr.. Washington, PA/Trinity
Jenna Richert Grove City College Sr. Sewickley, PA/Quaker Valley
Kait Riesmeyer Grove City College Jr. McMurray, PA/Peters Township
Jenny Ryan Grove City College Jr. State College, PA/State College
Jessica Sweitzer Washington & Jefferson College Fr. Laurel, MD/Seton Keough
Alyssa Taylor Saint Vincent College So. Latrobe, PA/Greater Latrobe
Brittany Vogel Washington & Jefferson College Sr. Butler, PA/Butler
Kate Wilt Grove City College Sr. Bellefonte, PA/Bellefonte
Abbey Woodward Washington & Jefferson College Sr. Beaver, PA/Beaver

Marlow (L), Haver (R)

Name School Cl. Hometown/High School
Kristi Baur Grove City College So. North Wales, PA/North Penn
Sara Boldt Washington & Jefferson College Fr. Kentwood, MI/East Kentwood
Larissa Cassano Grove City College Sr. Venetia, PA/Peters Twp.
Katie Custer Saint Vincent College Jr. Pittsburgh, PA/North Hills
Maggie Dempsey Saint Vincent College Sr. North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin
Erin Erdley Westminster College So. Meadville, PA/Cochranton
Kianna Hedjazi Chatham University FY Monroeville, PA/Gateway
Natalie Keibler Grove City College Jr.. Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park
Emily Kompare Westminster College Sr. Glenshaw, PA/Shaler
Rosemarie O’Connor Washington & Jefferson College So. Staten Island, NY/Curtis
Keegan Reed Grove City College Fr. Greencastle, PA/James Buchanan
Sarah Robbins Saint Vincent College Fr. Ducansville, PA/Hollidaysburg Area
Marina Rozick Westminster College Fr. Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny
Emma Rudolf Grove City College Fr. Birchrunville, PA/Homeschooled
Michelle Shimrock Grove City College Jr.. Willoughby, OH/Willoughby South
Jess Smrekar Saint Vincent College Fr. North Huntingdon, PA/Norwin
Carrie Whisel Westminster College So. Boiling Springs, PA/Boiling Springs
Ashley Wyland Westminster College Fr. Pittsburgh, PA/Taylor Allderdice
Willoughby South's Shimrock

Name School Cl. Hometown/High School
Madison Peticca Washington & Jefferson College Fr. Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional
Ellie Tecza Washington & Jefferson College Sr. Pittsburgh, PA/Schenley