A Page -- Feb. 3, 2012

North Ridgeville’s Mitch Bugala signs letter of intent for football to Gannon

North Ridgeville High School senior Mitch Bugala signed a letter of intent Thursday to study and play football at Division II Gannon.

Bugala, an All West Shore Conference, All Lorain Count and All District selection as a tackle for the Rangers, will move on and probably play nose tackle but will also get rotations at both left and right defensive tackle as well.

Bugala joins a growing list of North Ridgeville Student/Athletes who have moved on to the next level in recent years.

Watch videos of North Ridgeville Student/Athlete Mitch Bugala’s signing and interview by clicking link:

https://sites.google.com/a/studentathletecleveland.com/student-athlete-cleveland/ridgeville-student-athlete-mitch-bugala-s-signing-and-interview

Former Ranger Jordan White just finished a career at Western Michigan and statistically was the top receiver in the country and should go as a fairly high draft pick.

John McGraw, a former Ranger running back for Coach Jeff Riesen, just finished a fine career at Baldwin-Wallace, where he was part of a great turnaround and an interesting offensive back rotating system.

Also, former Ranger Michael Mees became the instant starting quarterback at Heidelberg as a rookie freshman, leading the Student Princes to their best season in 22 years. His brother James Mees also is returning to college football after a year off and after a fine year in Division III.

Bugala with parents during signing

Moreover, on the basketball side, Drew McGhee has been a key cog at Miami of Ohio.

Bugala and friends

Bugala adds to this ongoing statement that North Ridgeville High is serious about moving its Student/Athletes on to the next level to both study and play sports.

Undecided on a major, Bugala is leaning toward and curriculum in sport management.

Listen to audio of North Ridgeville Student/Athlete Mitch Bugala’s signing interview by clicking on link and download:

 

https://sites.google.com/a/studentathletecleveland.com/student-athlete-cleveland/audio-of-north-ridgeville-student-athlete-mitch

The 300-pound tackle squats 465 pounds and averaged about four tackles a game this past season.

He was also looking at California, Pennsylvania and narrowed his choices between the two.

Gannon went 4-7 in 2011 and is looking for S/A's like Bugala to help to turn more successes than that in coming years.

Westlake's LaMattina goes over 1,000 points in Mount Union 


win


ALLIANCE, Ohio – Mount Union junior point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) became the 12th player in school history to go over 1,000 career points in the No. 10 ranked Purple Raiders 87-56 win over Muskingum in an Ohio Athletic Conference game at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

LaMattina


Mount Union (19-1, 12-1 OAC) won its 14th straight game, 20th straight at home and stays in first place in the conference.



LaMattina led the Raiders with 17 points while junior guard Tierney Allen (Alliance/Alliance) had a career-high 15 points and senior guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) had 14 points.


Defensive Struggle Leads #18 Hillsdale Past Lake Erie, 64-40

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College held GLIAC leader #18 Hillsdale College to just 64 points, over nine points under its season average, but the Chargers defense was even better limiting the Storm to a season-low 40 points in a 64-40 win at the Jesse Philips Arena in Hillsdale, Mich. 


The win improved Hillsdale to 18-2 overall and 12-1 in GLIAC play while Lake Erie roundballers dropped their seventh straight contest falling to 7-12 and 2-10 in the GLIAC. 

Hillsdale had a balanced scoring effort led by forward Brad Guinane with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.  


The Storm was topped by senior guard Brandon Smith (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford/Cuyahoga Community College) with eight points, including a three-pointer.


Ferrell Scores 15 As B-W Men Defeat Otterbein, 84-76, in 


Westerville

WESTERVILLE, OHIO  –  Sophomore forward Tyler Ferrell (Brunswick) scored 15 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team defeated hostOtterbein University, 84-76, tonight (Wednesday, February 1 2012) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Rike Center. This was the second and final regular season meeting between the teams as B-W swept the season series.

With its victory, B-W improves to 12-8 overall and 7-6  in the OAC and won for the fourth time in its last five games. Otterbein dropped to 6-14 overall and 3-10 in the OAC.

In addition to Ferrell, junior guard Ben Umbel (Poland/Seminary) and sophomore forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) each scored 13 points for the Yellow Jackets.  Otterbein was led by All-OAC senior center Chris Davis who scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.


Oberlin men stunned by Allegheny


Meadville, PA – The Oberlin College men’s basketball team dropped a critical North Coast Athletic contest at Allegheny College on Wednesday night by the score of 64-44.

The Yeomen were never really in it from the start and were unable to regroup as they shot just 30.1-percennt (17-of-56) from the floor. Andrew Fox was the lone Yeomen in double figures as he finished with 15 points to go along with 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season. Freshman Austin Little chipped in with nine points in the loss.


Spartan Men Host Brandeis and NYU as Part of Throwback Weekend; Watch It Live

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team (8-10 overall, 0-7 UAA) looks to snap an eight-game losing skid and notch a pair of University Athletic Association victories at Horsburgh Gymnasium this weekend when it welcomes the Judges of Brandeis University (Mass.) (11-7 overall, 5-2 UAA) on Friday, February 3 at 8:00 p.m. and the No. 19 nationally-ranked Violets of New York University (15-2 overall, 5-2 UAA) on Sunday, February 5 at noon as part of the seventh annual Throwback Weekend.

Live Statistics - http://livestats.prestosports.com/casewesternreserve/

Live Video: http://tv.case.edu/athletics
(Ron Jantz, play-by-play; Ed Daugherty, color)

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS

After matching the best 10-game start in program history (8-2), the Spartans have dropped eight in a row, including two on the road last weekend at Brandeis (78-74 OT) and NYU (89-80). Despite the losses, junior forward Austin Fowler averaged 21.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and four assists during the two games with his second and third-consecutive double-doubles. For the season, the Spartans have been outscored by an average of 73.1 ppg to 71.5, but have outrebounded the competition, 37.0 rpg to 34.4. As a team, Case shoots .454 from the field, including .400 from three-point range, and .720 from the free throw line. 

CASE WESTERN RESERVE LEADERS

Austin Fowler leads the team in scoring at 15.4 ppg and is third in rebounding at 6.9 rpg. David Thompson is second on the squad in scoring at 12.8 ppg and ranks second on the team and fourth in the UAA at 7.7 rpg. Senior forward Tom Summers is third in scoring at 10.8 ppg, while leading the UAA in rebounding at 7.9 rpg. Freshman forward Dane McLoughlin is the top freshman scorer in the Association averaging 10.6 ppg with a team-high 30 three-pointers. Freshman guard Julien Person averages 6.9 ppg and is second on the squad in assists at 2.7 per game and blocked shots at 1.0 per game. Freshman point guard Jordan Dean checks in at 6.2 ppg and averages a team-best 3.8 assists per game.

MILESTONE WATCH

Senior forward Tom Summers, the UAA's top rebounder at 7.9 rpg, has a shot at two significant milestones by season's end. With 916 career points, Summers is 84 points shy of joining the CWRU 1,000-point club and would need to average 12 points per game over the final seven to reach 1,000. Also with 671 career rebounds, Summers is 82 rebounds away from Carson Oren's (2002-06) record of 753 and would need to average around 11.8 per game to reach the milestone. This season, Summers has five double-doubles and is riding a streak of six-straight games with double-digit scoring.

THROWBACK WEEKEND

As part of CWRU's seventh annual Throwback Weekend, the Spartan men are wearing uniforms commemorating Western Reserve University (Red Cats) on Friday and Case Institute of Technology (Rough Riders) on Sunday. WRU and CIT federated in 1967 to become Case Western Reserve University.

DIAPER DANDIES

Three of Case Western Reserve's top-six scorers are freshmen with forward Dane McLoughlin averaging 10.6 ppg and guards Julien Person and Jordan Dean averaging 6.9 ppg and 6.2 ppg, respectively.

SCOUTING THE JUDGES

The Judges have won three-consecutive games including an 80-67 victory at home versus Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) last Sunday. Five players scored in double-figures, including Derek Retos with 12 points on four-of-five shooting from three-point range. Including last Friday's win versus Case Western Reserve, the Judges are 3-0 in overtime games this season. For the year, Brandeis has averaged 69.8 points per game while allowing the exact same amount by its opponents and outrebound the opposition 34.1 rpg to 33.2 rpg. Brandeis shoots .467 from the field, including .427 from three-point range, and .702 from the free throw line.

BRANDEIS LEADERS

Ben Bartoldus averages a team-best 12.3 ppg to go along with 3.1 rebounds. Derek Retos, one of the nation's most prolific three-point shooters in the country, averages 12.2 ppg and is 54-of-113 (.478) from beyond the arc. Vytas Kriskus checks in at 11.4 ppg on 25-of-50 (.500) from three-point range and 5.4 rebounds per game. Youri Dascy averages 10.1 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds.

Storm women pull out thrilling victory


HILLSDALE, MICH. – Erasing a five-point deficit in the final 40 seconds, the Lake Erie College women's basketball team pulled out a thrilling 66-64 victory on the road Wednesday night (Feb. 1) at Hillsdale College in the final game of a three-game road swing in the last six days.


Lake Erie (14-5, 8-4 GLIAC), which trailed by as many as 15 in the second half, was behind 64-59 with 40 seconds to play.  Senior center Stephanie Rogers (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) made a lay-up with 29 seconds to go and after reigning Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division Player of the Week Lea Jones missed the front end of a one-and-one, classmate Britt Busson (Wadsworth, Ohio/Wadsworth) hit a three-pointer with 17 seconds to go to pull even at 64-64.


A turnover by Hillsdale (10-10, 6-7 GLIAC) gave the Storm the ball back and senior forward Jen Caiola (South Russell, Ohio/Chagrin Falls) was fouled and hit both free throws to give Lake Erie since midway in the first half.


The Chargers had a final shot to tie the game, but Jones' lay-up attempt was blocked by Rogers and Caiola corralled the loose ball as time expired. 


The ending allowed the contest to come full circle for Lake Erie.  The Storm hit five three-pointers in the opening minutes and led 23-15 with 10:39 left in the first half.  But the well dried up for the visitors as the Storm missed their next seven field goal attempts and found themselves down six, 39-33 at halftime.


The Chargers then opened the second half on an 11-2 run to take a 50-35 lead with 14 minutes to go.  That's when the Storm slowly began chipping away at the lead, doing most of their damage at the free throw line.  Lake Erie went 12-of-14 at the stripe in the second half and held Hillsdale without a basket for over four minutes down the stretch to get back into the game.


Rogers once again stuffed the stat sheet, leading the Storm with 15 points, including a nine-of-10 performance from the foul line. She also pulled down eight rebounds, blocked four shots, handed out three assists and picked up two steals.  


Graduate senior Alyssa Wagers (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) recorded her sixth double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.  Behind the duo of Wagers and Rogers, the Storm had a 41-36 advantage on the glass – the first time in eight games Lake Erie held the rebounding advantage.


Caiola added 13 points, scoring 11 of them in the first half, while Busson chipped in with 10.  Both players, along with senior guard Cate Cianchetti (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls) hit three three-pointers in the game.


The Storm finished 19-of-22 (86.4%) from the foul line, making up for a 35.2% (19-of-54) from the field.  Lake Erie also committed 20 turnovers in the contest, five more than they forced.

Hillsdale, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, had three players score in double figures, led by Chelsea Harrison's game-high 16. Katie Bildner added 13 and Jones finished with 10 points and six assists.


The win clinched a winning season for Lake Erie for just the fourth time in school history.  The 14 wins are the third most in program history.  Lake Erie went 2-1 in the three games away from home in the last week.


The Storm, which has now won four-of-five, returns home on Saturday, Feb. 4, to host Ohio Dominican University at 1 p.m.


Aurora's Jessica Baker, Cortland's Lauren Schattinger sign letters of intent to Miami

OXFORD, Ohio – In her third year at the helm of Miami University women’s track and field and cross country, head coach Kelly Phillips continued her mission of building the top program in the Mid-American Conference by signing four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday. Kala Allen, Jessica Baker, Mary Davis and Lauren Schattinger became the newest RedHawks and will begin competing for Miami during the 2012-13 season.

Baker and Schattinger hail from Ohio, while Allen is from New York and Davis from Indiana. Allen and Schattinger are both sprinters while Davis is a distance runner and will also run cross country and Baker is a high jumper.

Allen, a native of East Amherst, N.Y., comes to Oxford after a successful high school career at Williamsville East High School. She holds six school records as well as two Western New York records in the 300m (39.57) and 400m (54.61). Allen claimed gold medals in the Empire State Games in 2008 and 2010 in the 400m as well as golds in the 4x400m and 4x100m relays in 2010 as well. She was the Western New York indoor 300m champion three times, 600m champion twice, the Western New York Outdoor 400m champion four times, and the 100m champion in 2011. Allen also competed in numerous national meets claiming sixth place in the 400m at the 2010 U.S. Track & Field Junior Championships and was a finalist in the 100m, 200m, and 400m at the 2010 Youth Outdoor National Championships. She also lettered once in both cross-country and soccer.

Baker, a high jumper from Aurora, Ohio, earned four letters at Aurora High School under coach John Kudley. She holds the school record in the high jump, clearing 5-8. At the 2010 Ohio State Championships, she tied for fifth while placing fourth in the high jump last year at state. She was named All-Ohio as a sophomore and junior and also garnered Academic All-Ohio honors.

Davis, a distance runner from Indianapolis, Ind., earned four letters in track and cross country at Bishop Chatard High School. As a Trojan, Davis broke the school record with a time of 5:00 in the 1600m. She was a state qualifier all four years in both track and cross country and was named to the Indiana All-Star team this past year. In cross country, Davis was named all-state in both her junior and senior seasons after a ninth-place finish and 16th-place finish, respectively. For track, Davis was on the state runner-up 4x800m relay team her freshman year and finished seventh in the 1600m her senior year. She was also named academic all-state.

Schattinger, a sprinter from Cortland, Ohio, comes to Oxford after a strong career at Lakeview High School. As a Bulldog, Schattinger earned four letters in track and captains her team this season. She is a three-time all-region, All-Ohio and Academic All-Ohio selection with her senior year still to go. She has posted marks of 12.02 in the 100m and 24.88 in the 200m.

Several of Miami’s freshmen this year have contributed greatly during the indoor season, which resumes for the RedHawks Feb. 10-11 at the Akron Invitational.


Cassie Pawlak leads North Ridgeville High girls bowling to win over Open Door

North Ridgeville’s girls bowling team was a 1,000-pin winner versus Open Door at Rebman’s on Wednesday.

Cassie Pawlak led the way for North Ridgeville with a 377 series for two games

That was the Rangers’ last match for the season.  Ridgeville finished 7th in the North Shore Conference with a record of 9-6.  The conference tournament is Saturday, Feb. 4 at Rebman’s Lanes at 5pm. The sectional tournament is Feb 12 at Brunswick Zone.  The guys bowl at 9am, ladies bowl at 2pm.

North Ridgeville:

Alexis Jalowiec             92-127     =   219

Danielle Cayet              130-152   =    282

Amber Kessler              125-156   =   281

Chelsea Jelenek            145-116   =   261

Cassie Pawlak              182-195   =  377

Game totals                  674-746   =  1420

bakers                          128-148   =    276

Grand total                    802-894  =   1696

Open Door:  only has 2 bowlers

Emily Schwarz             102-149   =   251

Kristen Csuti                 161-159  =   320

game totals                   263-308      571

bakers                            77-31         108

grand total                    340-339   =  679

Lairson Scores 16 As B-W Women Defeat 

Otterbein, 73-54, In Final Regular Season 

Meeting


BEREA, OHIO  –Sophomore guard Jessica Lairson (Louisville) scored 16 points to lead three Yellow Jacket players in double figures as B-W defeated Otterbein University, 73-54, tonight (Wednesday, February 1, 2012) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Ursprung Gymnasium.  This was the second and final regular season meeting between the teams and was B-W’s “Hoops for the Cure” Game.
  
Lairson

With the victory, the Yellow Jackets improved their record to 13-7 overall and 8-5 in the OAC while the Cardinals fall to 14-6 overall and 8-5 in the OAC.

In addition to Lairson for B-W, junior guard Megan Frisina (Corry, Pa./Corry Area) scored a season-high tying 11 points and junior forward Nancy Coulter (Washington Court House/Miami Trace) tallied 10 points.  Otterbein was led by  junior forward Hannah Day scored 12 and senior guard Kristi Kotterman contributed 10.
Logan Gedeon’s 264 game, 434 series help enable the Rangers to swing the open door
Logan Gedeon rolled a 434 series in a high school bowling match between North Ridgeville and Open Door held at Rebman’s that was won by the Rangers by 108 pins.

Boys Varsity

North Ridgeville

Glenn Waligora 191 - (191)

Logan Gedeon 264-170(434)

Tyler Davis 203-177(380)

Alex Scullin 203 - (203)

Ryan Kordish 194-203(397)

Joey Casement - 167(167)

S.A.W.        - 163 (163)

Baker Games 160-177 (337)

Game 1 1215

Game 2 1057

Grand Total Pins 2272

Open Door

Kody Beiswenger 189-179(368)

Jeff Cox 170-204(374)

Kendal Everson 162-179(341)

Uriel Manning - 178(178)

Ricky Baker 153 - (153)

Nick Kerecz 233-(233)

S.A.W. - 153(153)

Baker Games 212-152(364)

Game 1 1119

Game 2 1045

Grand Total PIns 2164

Boys JV

North Ridgeville

CJ Schneider 171-190(361)

Caleb Barbosa 139-192(331)

Donny Ciryak 177-126(303)

Joe Harnden 177-231(408)

Nico Dennis 140-176 (316)

Baker Games 150-183(333)

Game 1 954

Game 2 1098

Grand Total Pins 2052

Open Door does not have a Boys JV team.

Stefanov and Watkins Score a Combined 56 Points in Hiram Hoops Win Against Kenyon College

HIRAM, OHIO -- Sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munore Falls) and Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) scored a combined 56 points, with Stefanov posting a career-high 30 points, as the Hiram College men's basketball beat Kenyon College, 96-79, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 1) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]

  
Stefanov (L), Watkins (R)


With the win, the Terriers improve to 12-8 overall and 5-6 in the NCAC. The Lords fall to 9-11 overall and 3-8 NCAC.

Kenyon scored the game's first two points on a pair of free-throws, but Hiram then scored five straight points on a layup by junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) and a three-pointer by junior guard Justin Wisniewski (Macedonia/Nordonia) to give the Terriers a 5-2 lead and never trailed in the game again. Near the midway point of the opening half, Hiram recorded its first double-figure lead of the game of 11 points, 20-9, on a triple by senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) and would eventually lead by as many as 13 points in the period, 28-15, on a jumper by Stefanov with 7:10 left before halftime. The closest the Lords would get in the half was eight points, 33-25, at the 3:52 mark, but the Terriers extended the margin back to double-digits and took a 41-29 advantage into the locker rooms.


Kenyon narrowed the gap to nine points, 46-37, early in the second half, but Hiram then went on a 17-7 scoring run that ended in a jumper by Watkins to give the Terriers their largest lead of the game at 19 points, 63-44, with 11:53 left to play. Hiram would find itself up by only 10 points, 85-75, at the 2:38 mark as Kenyon began to foul in a final effort to gain some ground. The Terriers made eight-of-10 free-throws to end the game, including a stretch of seven straight, to end the threat of a further Kenyon comeback and went on to claim the 96-79 victory.


Both teams shot well from the floor with Hiram shooting 54.8 percent (34-of-62) overall and Kenyon shot 52.2 percent (35-of-67). The difference in the game came at the free-throw line as the Terriers took 22 attempts and made 19 (86.4 percent). The Lords ended up shooting four-of-five (80.0 percent) at the charity stripe.


Kenyon was led in scoring by Brian Lebowitz with 18 points on nine-of-16 shooting (56.3 percent). Ikenna Nwadibia was second with 15 points and was followed by Anthony Chun with 13 points. Rounding out the high scorers for the Lords was John Bray with 11 points.


Hiram was led by Stefanov's 30 points on nine-of-14 shooting (64.3 percent), including four-of-seven (57.1 percent) from behind the arc, and a perfect eight-of-eight at the free-throw line. Watkins was second with 26 points and Wiegand added 14 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds. Sheppard completed the list of double-figure scorers for the Terriers with 10 points.


Mount's comeback attempt falls short


NEW CONCORD, Ohio—The Mount Union men's basketball team was unable to rally from an 11-point halftime deficit in falling on the road to Muskingum, 63-60, Wednesday night.


The Purple Raiders (8-12, 4-9) took an 8-0 lead in the opening four minutes of the game on a pair of baskets by freshman Stevie Griffin (Canton/Massillon Jackson) and senior Matt Wier (New Castle/Mohawk), but Muskingum answered with an 18-3 run of their own. Mount Union managed just 1-of-14 on three-pointers and 8-of-32 from the field overall to trail 30-19 at halftime.

Lake Erie announces signing class

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Looking to replace his first true senior class, Lake Erie College head football coach Mark McNellie began restocking the program with the signing of 16 student-athletes to letters of intent on National Signing Day Wednesday (Feb. 1).  The 16 signees represent the first members of the Storm 2012 recruiting class.

"We feel this is our best recruiting class ever, one that is deep, talented, versatile and very, very skilled," McNellie said. "We turned away some guys who in the past would have been at the top of our list. Very excited about how it turned out."
 

The Storm took advantage of its location within one of the nation's high school football hotbeds as 13 players come from within the state of Ohio, including 10 from Northeast Ohio.  Three players are from out of state, representing Indiana, West Virginia and Florida. 


There are 10 players committed to the Storm's spread-wing offense, including a pair of quarterbacks, two lineman and six skilled position players, while three others are expected to take a spot in the defensive front or backfield. Another three are listed as "athletes" who can play outside on both sides of the ball.

"As a staff, we are trying to go out and find people who are good fits for Lake Erie College," McNellie added. "We are young enough as a program where we can address some needs and areas of concern, but more so we try to get the best possible athlete.  We think we struck gold with a couple of guys who play a number of positions. The more versatility guys have definitely helps us in the fall with limited travel roster size and things like that. We are lucky we found some great athletes who fortunately have some experience at a number of positions."
The Storm won its final two games of 2011 but loses 27 seniors, including five all-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference players.  However, Lake Erie is expected to return 41 letterwinners next season.
Lake Erie opens the 2012 campaign against traditional nonconference rival Gannon University in Erie, Pa. on Thursday night, Aug. 30.
Additional student-athletes will be announced at a later date once they are cleared for release through the Department of Athletics' compliance office.
LAKE ERIE COLLEGE 2012 FOOTBALL SIGNING DAY COMMITMENTS 
 

Name

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown/High School/Previous School

Evan Adams

Fr.

ATH

5-8

165

North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton

John Banyasz

Fr.

QB

6-3

207

Columbia Station, Ohio/Columbia

Anthony Bilial

Fr.

RB

5-7

165

Painesville, Ohio/Riverside

Dan Cunningham

Fr.

WR

6-2

190

Independence, Ohio/Holy Name

Brandon Davis

Fr.

DB

6-1

180

Lorain, Ohio/Lorain

Xavier Dowdell

Fr.

DB

6-1

170

Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville

Tyler Eden

Fr.

QB

6-3

220

Mentor, Ohio/University School

Drew Ervin

Fr.

RB

6-0

220

Wellston, Ohio/Jackson

Richard Graves

Fr.

WB

5-8

165

Kent, Ohio/Kent Roosevelt

Tom Johnston

Fr.

OL

6-6

260

Carmel, Ind./Guerin Catholic

Tyson McNelly

Fr.

DB

5-11

175

Jackson, Ohio/Jackson

Aturo Morgan

Fr.

ATH

6-1

165

Lakewood, Ohio/Lakewood

Almonte Patrick

Fr.

OL

6-3

245

Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights

Courtney Pinkston

Fr.

WB

5-10

170

Ocala, Fla./West Port

Matt Romanello

Fr.

ATH

5-10

170

Peterstown, W.Va./James Monroe

Zaide Whitley

Fr.

WB

6-0

180

Portsmouth, Ohio/Portsmouth

 

Evan Adams
Athlete (5-8, 165 lbs.)
North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton

Three-year letterman at North Royalton High School… led Bears in both receptions and receiving yards.

Coach McNellie's comments:  "Evan plays equally well at running back and the slot receiver. He has shown great ability to make big plays and will be a threat as a receiver coming out of backfield."
High School Highlight Reel


John Banyasz
Quarterback (6-3, 207 lbs.)
Columbia Station, Ohio/Columbia

Four-year starting quarterback at Columbia High School… was a two-time first-team All-Patriot Athletic Conference and all-county performer… threw for over 5,000 yards in his career… as a senior was named Lorain County Offensive Player of the Year, first-team all-district and third-team All-Ohio… threw for over 2,100 yards and 18 touchdowns his final season… led team to playoffs as a junior when he threw for over 1,600 yards and 23 touchdowns… also played basketball at Columbia.

Coach McNellie's comments:  "John is a great athlete who has started at quarterback for four years in high school.  He brings and element of speed to the position while still having an accurate arm. We are excited for him to jump into the competition at quarterback in the fall."
High School Highlight Reel


Anthony Bilial
Running Back (5-7, 165 lbs.)
Painesville, Ohio/Riverside

Three year varsity player at nearby Riverside High School… as a senior earned first-team All-Premier Athletic Conference and All-Lake County honors on offense as he scored 10 total touchdowns… also received honorable mention all-district and was named to the News-Herald All-Star First Team… also runs track. 

Coach McNellie's comments:  "Anthony is a slasher and speedster at tailback who also excels in the return game.  He's a local product that we have had our eye on for a long time and we couldn't be more excited to keep Anthony in Painesville."
High School Highlight Reel


Dan Cunningham
Receiver (6-2, 190 lbs.)
Independence, Ohio/Holy Name

Three-year varsity starter and letterman at Holy Name High School… scored 19 career touchdowns receiving and returning… named first-team All-North Coast Conference and second-team all-district as a senior… winner of "Namer Award" as Holy Name's most valuable player.

Coach McNellie's comments:  "Dan is a tall, long receiver that is a homerun threat. He runs extremely well for a receiver with his size. Will present match-up problems for smaller defensive backs."
High School Highlight Reel


Brandon Davis
Defensive Back (6-1, 180 lbs.)
Lorain, Ohio/Lorain

Named first-team All-Lorain County and second-team All-Morning Journal Team… was also third team all-district as a senior at Lorain High School… selected to play in North-South All-Star Game… also a member of basketball and track teams.

Coach McNellie's comments:  "Brandon had the most athletic workout we saw this year. He has the potential to be a star on either side of the ball. Playing in North-South game this year after completing just his first year of football is an indication of the potential he has. Brandon has Size, speed and ball skills, he possesses the whole package.
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Xaiver Dowdell
Defensive Back (6-1, 170 lbs.)
Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville

Started at safety at traditional Cleveland power Glenville High School.

Coach McNellie's comments:  "Xavier is a downhill defender from the safety position. He has a nose for the football. Expect him to show up at the point of attack and make plays. He comes from a traditionally strong program that makes us better in the secondary right now."
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Tyler Eden
Quarterback (6-3, 220 lbs.)
Mentor, Ohio/University School

Two-year starter at quarterback at University School… threw for over 40 touchdowns in his career and rushed for 17 more… as a senior named first-team all-district after throwing for 25 touchdowns and running for 10 more.

Coach McNellie's comments:  "Tyler possesses great size and athletic ability and was a guy targeted by a lot of schools.  He has the potential to break a game open with his legs or his arm. We are extremely excited for him to get involved in our quarterback competition."
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Drew Ervin
Running Back (6-0, 220 lbs.)
Wellston, Ohio/Jackson

Four-year varsity performer in both football and track at Jackson High School… as a senior was named co-Player of the Year in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League after leading team to undefeated regular season and regional semifinal appearance and was picked for the annual North-South All-Star Game… two-time All-SEOAL pick and a three-time league All-Academic selection… all-district first team and All-Ohio honorable mention accolades as well… regional sprint finalist in track as well. 

Coach McNellie's comments:  "Drew brings an element of size and power to the tailback position.  He can run through, over, and by defenders on every carry.  He also was an outstanding linebacker in high school and has the ability to contribute in multiple ways."
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Richard Graves
Wing Back (5-8, 165)
Kent, Ohio/Kent Roosevelt

A two-time all-conference receiver and athlete at Kent Roosevelt High School… named first-team All-Portage Trail Conference and all-district as a senior and also received third-team All-Ohio recognition… named team most valuable player in 2011.

Coach McNellie's comments:  "Flat out, he's a game breaker.  Richard scores touchdowns from the backfield, from the slot and from the wide receiver position.  He has the ability to make guys miss in space and the speed to pull away from defenders. He's a very explosive threat with the ball in his hands."
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Tom Johnston
Offensive Line (6-6, 260 lbs.)
Carmel, Ind./Guerin Catholic

Two-year varsity player at Guerin Catohlic… served as a team captain on regional championship team.

Coach McNellie's comments:  "Tom is a big and powerful offensive lineman with a mean streak. He has only played two years of football, but his size and tools suggest that his best football is still out in front of him. Tom will get better with each snap that he takes."
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Tyson McNelly
Defensive Back (5-11, 175 lbs.)
Jackson, Ohio/Jackson

Threee-year varsity player at Jackson High School where he holds single season and career records for catches, yards and touchdowns… earned first-team All-Southeast Ohio Athletic League and all-district honors as a senior and was honorable mention All-Ohio after helping Ironmen to undefeated regular season and regional semifinal appearance… also earned all-region honorable mention and was named Academic All-SEOAL twice… also plays basketball at Jackson.

Coach McNellie's comments:  "We were attracted to Tyler for more than just his great last name.  He's another top athlete that could play well on either side of the ball. He will be counted upon to bring help to the secondary, and we feel like he could play both safety and corner very well."
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Aturo Morgan
Athlete (6-1, 165 lbs.)
Lakewood, Ohio/Lakewood

Three-year starter at quarterback at Lakewood High School… as a senior was named first-team All-Southwestern Conference and honorable mention all-region… displayed great versatility by scoring touchdowns via pass, run and kick return.

Coach McNellie's comments:  "Arturo is another highly athletic skill guy who plugs in on either side of the ball.  He has clip after clip of athletic highlights full of big plays.  Outstanding jumping ability and ball skills set him apart from competition."
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Almonte Patrick
Offensive Lineman (6-3, 245 lbs.)
Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights

Three-year varsity player and two-year starter at Maple Heights High School… played on team that made three playoff appearances, including a pair of state championship game appearances… started at left tackle for 2010 state championship team and played at center as a senior… also a state-qualifying and placing wrestler who is expected to compete at heavyweight on the mat for the Storm.

Coach McNellie's comments:  "Almonte is a physical presence on the offensive line. He can play both center and tackle. His dominating heavyweight wresting skills carry over to make him a force on the football field."




Courtney "C.J." Pinkston
Wing Back (5-10, 170 lbs.)
Ocala, Fla./West Port

Enrolled at Lake Erie for spring semester… was a first-team all-conference and All-Marion County selection as a senior at West Port High School.

Coach McNellie's comments:  "C.J. is a speedster from the Sunshine state.  He can play multiple offensive positions and is a threat to go the distance on every touch.  He can also provide lockdown ability defensively at the corner position.  We are excited to see what he can bring to the table this spring."
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Matt Romanello
Athlete (5-10, 170 lbs.)
Peterstown, W. Va./James Monroe

Honorable mention All-West Virginia selection at running back at James Monroe High School… served as a team captain… also a member of the track team.

Coach McNellie's comments:  "Matt is another multi-talented skill player that could line up in almost every position and make big plays. He possesses great vision and is outstanding broken field runner."
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Zaide Whitley
Wing Back (6-0, 180 lbs.)
Portsmouth, Ohio/Portsmouth

Versatile performer who played six different positions at Portsmouth High School… earned first-team All-Southeastern Ohio Athletic League, all-district and all-area honors as a senior and was named honorable mention All-Ohio.

Coach McNellie's comments:  "Zaide proved to be a game breaker on both offense and in the return game.  He brings pure speed while having more size than a lot of skill guys.  He played a physical brand of football on the defensive side of the ball that will translate great to the skill positions."
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