A Page -- July 24, 2010

St. Ignatius (white) gets set to tip off against Nairobi

John Hay girls, St. Ignatius get into 

basketball finals; Cory Schneider, 

Russell Stack of US claim runners

up honors in pool; Mayfield's

Nick Dilorio takes second on court

July 24, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GATES MILLS – The Cleveland area was able to get a team into the finals of both basketball championships, claimed the runner-up in tennis and collected a few runners-up ribbons in swimming in today’s finals of the Inaugural World School Games, here at Gilmour Academy.

St. Ignatius advanced to the the boys’ hoops finals against Nairobi, while John Hay got into the girls’ finals against China. Mayfield’s Nick Dilorio went down in the tennis finals to Hong Kong’s Jeff Leung, 6-1, 6-2. University School’s Cory Schneider took second in the 100-yard breaststroke and the Preppers’ Russell Stack took the runner-up spot in the 50 freestyle. Both Schneider and Stack lost their races to Chinamen.

Nick Dilorio serving against Leung

“China brought a team, both girls and boys, comprised of the best in that whole country,” said US coach Brian Perry. “We knew we could give them a good race in a few events. Still, this was a great experience, putting up my guys against International competition. We have a sister school in China but have not really had a full-fledged athletic exchange with them. The coaches form both Kenya and China would like to do an exchange of Student/Athletes with us.

“For the first time, we at least got some Cleveland teams in this. We need to get the word out and get schools from all over the States into this. We are happy to have been able to have a go at it in an event like this.”

Perry brought 11 swimmers, including half of his state placers from last season. The other half was at a national meet at Purdue. Stack swam the fly on the 2010 state champion medley relay team. He also advanced to state in two individual events. Schneider placed third in the state in the breast in March.

Watch two short videos of US’s Cory Schneider swimming in lane one in the World School Games by clicking and downloading


Three US swimmers get ready for their next race, the 400 free relay

John Hay just graduated its first class last month after the new John Hay was built four years ago and the name was reinstituted into the Senate. However, Hay did not start up athletics until two years ago due to the high academic standards required for acceptance (minimum 3.6 GPA in middle school).
John Hay (green) against Kenya

This emphasis on the first half of the Student/Athlete concept has played into Hay Coach Norman James’ favor. He said that it is easier to coach players “who listen well because they are all good students” and thereby can bread a winning culture. John Hay is No. 1 in Cleveland in terms of academics, with most of the students and by extension Student/Athletes on the pre-med and science paths.

Listen to interview of John Hay Coach Norman James in the World School Games conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Xingi High School from The People’s Republic of China was clearly the class of the girls’ basketball tourney, beating all four of its opponents by more than 50 points, including John Hay, 100-21, in the title game. Xingi has won the national championship in each of the past seven seasons.

In order to get to the finals, John Hay, which was sponsored for this event by the Police Athletic League of East Cleveland, topped Alliance, Kenya, 57-51, in the semis. In the early going, Hay bolted out to a 24-10 lead and built it to 21, 38-17, by halftime.

Watch short video of John Hay’s Charaea Forts make a layup against Kenya in the World School Games by clicking and downloading


The Hornets hit a dry spell in the second half (20-minute halves by International rules) as Kenya shaved a 45-27 deficit to 47-35 in a four-minute time span. As Kenya scrambled to get more points Andrea Owens came up with some key rebounds and was able to hit the outlet and find guards Kezia Reynolds and Shyanne Beard break loose for key layups as the Kenyans could not get back on defense.

Watch short video of John Hay move the ball around before getting it into Andrea Owens for the layup against Kenya in the World School Games by clicking and downloading


After James called a timeout after Kenya cut it to 47-35, Beard broke open for a quick basket to make it 49-35.The relentless Kenyan team would not give up, cutting it to 10, 49-39, with 6:52 to play.

Then Reynolds broke loose, using speed to get down and get the layup to hike it to 12 again. After Kenya cut it to 55-43, Beard broke away again to score the Hornets’ final basket at 2:13. The late Kenya rally was not enough to overcome the double-digit lead Hay maintained most of the game.

Watch short video of two Ohio City teams, St. Ignatius and St. Martin de Porres, in the semis of the World School Games by clicking and downloading


St. Ignatius (White) against Nairobi

Ignatius had defeated Nairobi in round-robin play yesterday but just didn’t have it today as NIS was able to run out to a 12-2 lead. The Wildcats began pressing and got four points back and had a chance to cut it to four, but then NIS used the running game to build a bigger lead, opening up a 22-point lead toward the end of the first half. Iggy had a short bench with only two subs and were just worn down by the Africans.

Watch short video of St. Ignatius in finals against Nairobi in the World School Games by clicking and downloading


Watch short video of St. Martin (White) against Gilmour in consolation finals against Nairobi in the World School Games by clicking and downloading


Three of the final four teams in the boys’ tourney were from Cleveland. Ignatius beat Ohio City’s St. Martin de Porres in the semis, 65-39, and then the Lions bounced back top Gilmour, 40-39, for third place. St. Martin also took third in the girls’ play with a 36-34 win over St. George’s, an all-girls’ school from Zambia.

Watch short video Nick Dilorio in the World School Games by clicking and downloading


Mayfield's Dilorio

Listen to interview of Nick Dilorio in the World School Games conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading

Tennis nearly had an all-Cleveland final, but Beachwood’s Dylan Heiser lost in split sets to Jeung. Those who did not make the finals were able to play exhibition doubles matches. For this, Solon’s David Pendergast.

“He played a great doubles match,” said Mike Sandercock, the tourney director for tennis. “He move around well and he communicated well. He only missed one serve.”

Pendergast will be a sophomore for the Comets. He played doubles on the JV team but is expecting to move up next spring. Solon’s varsity advanced two doubles teams to state this year.

The WSGs this year included high schools/prep schools from three different continents. No schools from any European countries participated.









Getting To Know Ohio U’s Marcellis Williamson

Marcellis Williamson is a senior defensive lineman for the Ohio Bobcats. Find out more about him in our latest "Getting To Know" feature.

The 2010 MAC Football season is quickly approaching and as part of its preview, the league would like to give an inside look into the lives of its Student/Athletes.


This is the 18th installment in a series of articles on Student/Athletes from the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference 


By Ken Mather

July 24, 2010

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Williamson finished the 2009 season with 46 tackles, including 12 solo stops on the Bobcat D-Line.

2010 Football Summer Preview: Getting To Know...

The 2010 MAC Football season is quickly approaching and as part of its preview The MAC would like to give an inside look into the lives of its Student/Athletes. One can find the schedule of Student/Athletes we will preview by scrolling to the bottom of the page or by clicking the "Getting To Know" advertisement on the front of the MAC homepage or football page. Fans can also stay up-to-date with our player features via TwitterFacebook or tje new fan blog at MACFootballNation.com

Be sure to visit www.mac-sports.com on Friday, July 30 to watch live video interviews with the league's head coaches and Student/Athletes as it kicks off the season with the 2010 MAC Football Preview at Detroit's Ford Field.

Getting To Know...Ohio's Marcellis Williamson
Marcellis Williamson is a senior defensive lineman for the Ohio Bobcats. Williamson finished the 2009 season with 46 tackles, including 12 solo stops on the Bobcat D-Line. He added six and half tackles for loss, one and half sacks and recovered two fumbles. Williamson helped the Ohio defense rank second in the MAC in scoring defense and first in turnover margin last year. The 6'1", 340-pound Williamson is a native of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Below is a closer look at the Ohio defensive lineman...

1. Why did you choose Ohio University? 
Ohio was really interested in me and was the first school to come see me play. Devlin Culliver was my head coach in high school and he played at Ohio as a cornerback. He told me not to pass up this opportunity.

2. What is your greatest accomplishment off the field? 
I really just try to focus on helping our younger guys and to be a role model for them. I want them to stay disciplined and understand what it takes to be a student-athlete at Ohio University.

3. What are your goals for this season?
I want Ohio to be the #1 overall defense in the MAC and to stay #1 in forcing turnovers. I want us to get further than we did last year by winning the MAC Championship and winning our bowl game.

4. How did you get started playing football?
My dad was my coach growing up. That is all that my four brothers and I were doing in the summer...playing football for him. From there, I just stuck with it and, since then, I've always loved the game of football.

5. What would you like to be doing in ten years? 
I want to be somewhere making great money, preferably in the NFL.

6. What would your ideal job be? (outside of playing sports professionally)
I want to coach football, preferably defensive line, at my high school back home.

7. What's the best part of being a Division I athlete?
The best part is being part of a team, a legacy, making history and being an inspiration for others (young kids) that look up to you.

8. What is something people don't know about you?
Sometimes, I might come off as too nice or generous. I'm a Pisces, so I'm supposed to be laid back a little, but I don't want to my kindness to be interpreted as weakness.

9. Who was your greatest athletic influence?
It would have to be my brother Denayne Dixon. He just graduated with a criminal justice degree from Edinboro University. In high school, he was one of the top tight ends in Erie and now he's playing for the Erie Storm (American Indoor Football Association). He's gone the furthest so I'm trying to emulate him.

10. What is one movie you could watch over and over again and not get sick of?
I'd say Any Given Sunday. I really like the storyline and theme and how it talks about brotherhood and fighting for the next man. It emphasizes that the game is about inches. I still get chills every time they go out for the championship game in that movie.

Avon Lake's Grabowski Promoted to 

Offensive Coordinator, Jochum 

Added to Football Coaching Staff at 


By Nick Minerd

BEREA - Baldwin-Wallace College Head Football Coach John Snell has completed his full-time offensive staff for the 2010 season by promoting Keith Grabowski to offensive coordinator and adding Mark Jochum as the Yellow Jackets' new offensive line coach.

Grabowski, 1992 graduate of the College, enters his second season on the Yellow Jacket coaching staff. He served as quarterbacks coach during his first season in 2009.

"Keith has done a great job in our program with recruiting and working with our quarterbacks and offense," said Snell. "He understands our offense and has experience calling plays. He has worked very hard over the past year to help improve our program and he certainly deserves the opportunity to be our offensive coordinator."

"We had a great offseason and we worked hard at putting together a system that fits our personnel," said Grabowski.  "Personally, I am grateful and excited about the opportunity to lead the offense. With all of the work we did in the offseason, it feels like a natural progression to be able to step in and keep things moving forward."

Keith Grabowski

In 2009, Grabowski guided then senior quarterback Anthony Gardner, who turned in an All-Ohio Athletic Conference season before signing to play professionally in France. The Yellow Jacket offense ranked fourth in the OAC at 378.4 yards per game and sixth in scoring at 24.6 points per game.

Prior to coming to B-W, Grabowski made head coaching stops at Brookside High School in Sheffield Village, Brush High School in Lyndhurst and Ashtabula Lakeside High School. He also was at the helm of the Amherst Steele football program from 2004-07 and was named the 2004 Southwestern Conference Coach of the Year and Lorain County Co-Coach of the Year. Grabowski led the 2004 Comets to the second-best record in school history and the program's second playoff victory all-time. Grabowski coached on the Amherst staff for three seasons before taking over in 2004 and ran the football program at Fairview High School from 2001-2003.

Jochum, a native of Euclid, graduated from John Carroll University in 2002 and received the team's "Unsung Hero Award" for his leadership and dependability as a senior offensive lineman. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education, Jochum spent two seasons as an intern at JCU and served as offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and assistant strength and conditioning coach. In 2005, he accepted a similar position at Franklin (Ind.) College and coached there for three seasons.

"Mark is a Cleveland St. Ignatius guy and he is very well respected as an O-line coach," noted Snell. "I spoke to six different people and they all described him as a tireless worker and a great O-Line coach. I have known him for a long time and he has done a great job wherever he has been. We feel that Mark will be an excellent addition to our staff and football family."

"B-W is a great fit for me," said Jochum. "I wanted to get back to my roots in Cleveland and still be able to coach at a top program like B-W. I'm excited to compete against a lot of the guys that I am familiar with in the toughest Division III conference(OAC) in the nation."

The Yellow Jackets open the season on Thursday, September 2 versus the College of Wooster at 7:00 p.m. on Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium in Berea. The game will be televised by regional cable giant SportsTime Ohio.