A Page -- July 30, 2011

Shoregal spikers appear ready for new season after winning Youngstown State Team Camp title over the summer

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON LAKE -- After winning the championship of the Youngstown State Team Camp, Avon Lake’s girls’ volleyball team would love nothing more than to segue right into making a serious bid for the Southwestern Conference title as well.

The Shoregals have the power to do it as they return four All-SWC selections from last year’s squad plus other experienced Student/Athletes.

Leading that group of some of the league’s best is Danielle Donelan (right side/senior /5’ 9”). Among her accolades in 2010 were 1st Team SWC and 2nd Team All-Lorain County. She averaged 6.1 kills per game.

Complementing Donelan is setter Whitney Craigo (junior/5’ 11”). Craigo earned 2nd Team SWC with a 98 percent in setting and 4.5 assists per game.

Also back is middle hitter Christine Bohan (junior/5’ 11”) after earning honorable mention All-SWC. Bohan had a 28 percent kills’ efficiency with 75 blocks.

Another one of the best volleyball S/As in the league back for the Shoregals is Isabelle Wagner (Junior/5’ 9”). She was honorable mention All-SWC as an outside hitter.

Those returning who add depth are Katie Mihalik  (MH/sophomore/5’ 11”), Lauren Bakaitis (OH/Sophomore/5' 7"), Erin Kearns (Defensive Specialist/Senior/5' 7") and Kathleen Durisek (DS/Junior/5' 6").

One promising newcomer is Heather Smith (senior/Libero). Smith is a transfer from Christian Community School.

“Smith is a great passer and defensive player,” Shoregals coach Dan Berkeimer said.

Avon Lake opens against Berea on Tuesday, August 30, in Berea.



 After its best season in 11 years, Nordonia boys’ soccer eyeing continuation of upward climb; Josh Hathaway returns with 25 points from 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


MACEDONIA – With three All-Northeastern Ohio Conference selections, two Student/Athletes who contributed 15 points or more, and six S/As who pitched in with at least three points, Nordonia High’s boys’ soccer team is at least bringing back its scoring punch from a year ago.

The Knights are on the rise after posting their first winning season (9-7-2) in 11 years during the 2010 campaign.

Leading the throng of seven returning lettermen/regulars is Josh Hathaway, who registered 25 points last season. Hathaway (11th grade/2 letters earned) notched 10 goals and 5 assists on the way to garnering first-team NOC accolades.

Anchoring the defense is Ryan Bauer (11/2). Bauer scored 1 goal on his way to earning first-team all-conference honors in the NOC.

Another double-digit scorer was Josh Bodziony (12/1). He racked up 15 points on 6 goals and 3 assists, numbers which helped him catch the eyes of some on the way to Honorable Mention NOC.

Versatile Marcus Perry (12/2) scored 3 goals and passed off for 1 assist. When changing shirt colors, he had 66 saves in goal along with 4 shutouts.

Others returning who contributed to the varsity’s winning season were Kyle Dea (12, 1) with 2 goals, Roy Rudder (10/1) with one 1 assist and Alec Groff (11/1).

Those moving up from the JV team or otherwise new to the varsity are Andrew Bradley (10), Noah DeJesus (11), Brice Bostjancic (10), Jimmy Embrescia (9), Nick Kaczmarek (10), Jermane Muse (9), Josh Weyrick (10), and Neil Murton (10).

In addition to turning it around to winning form in ’10, the Knights beat Midview in the first round of playoffs for the soccer program’s first post-season win in 8 years.

Nordonia will have nearly an entirely new lineup of opponents in 2011 as the

Knights are moving to the Suburban League.

“The SL is a very tough conference for boys’ soccer,” said Knights Coach Jake Cooper. “While we have a lot of our scoring back, we will be very young with only 3 seniors on the roster.”

Cooper is in his second season with the Knights after spending eight years as the Orange High head man.