A Page -- June 8. 2010

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As school year ends, baseball team's state 

title extends St. Edward's string of at 

least one sports team championship

to 17 consecutive school years

 June 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD – With Sunday’s state Division I championship in baseball, St. Edward has now gone 17 consecutive school years in which it has won at least one state team title.

With the wrestling team not repeating as state champs for the 14th consecutive year, the school was in jeopardy of keeping the string alive since no other winter sports or fall sports team won a title this school year. The track and tennis teams did not have enough depth to do it this spring, as well.

The baseball title is the third in school history in the sport and 40th overall team state title for all sports. The last time some St. Edward Student/Athletic team did not win a state title was during the 1992-93 school year.

The Eagle wrestling program, which owns 25 of those 40 titles, did hit a dry spell in the mid 1990s, but the hockey team, which owns 11 of the other 15 stat titles, picked up the slack by winning state titles in 1994, 1995 and 1996 while the wrestling team was taking a hiatus from winning state team titles.


In fact, the late Howard Ferguson, who built St. Ed into a national wrestling title passed away in the fall of 1989. During the next seven years, the Eagles won only one team state title in wrestling until Greg Urbas rebuilt it to the point of even surpassing the dominance of the earlier years, winning it every year from 1997 to 2009.

The start of that wrestling string also spurred the beginning of the spreading of the Student/Athletic talent in the school. The hockey team had already established a great deal of success by then, but in 1998 the school claimed three state titles (wrestling, basketball and baseball), a feat not matched by many, St. Ignatius having been .one of the few others who have.  The hockey team made it to the Frozen Four that year, falling two steps short of making St. Ed the first school in the country to win three state titles during the same sports season. It nearly happened again in 2008, but the basketball team lost in the final game of the state tourney, which could have meant three state titles on three consecutive weekends, since wrestling and hockey did it the two previous weekends.

Although not consecutive, the state winning success has been consistent for 33 years now. Since 1978, the school went only three school years without winning a state team title of any kind (1988, 1991 and 1993). Winning at least one team title in 30 of 33 years is hard for any school to match.

The school is only six miles from St. Ignatius, which has won 24 state team titles in varsity sports (with a host of crew state, regional and national titles in club). St. Ignatius holds the record for winning a state title in nine of the 11 boys’ varsity sports offered by the OHSAA, with swimming taking second twice and bowling having not won one yet.

In fact the 1990-91 school year is the only one since 1977-78 that neither a St. Ed nor a St. Ignatius team won a state title. Mark Avcollie’s Wildcat wrestling team unseated Ferg’s Eagles in 1988 for the team title, breaking a string of 10 consecutive state wrestling titles by St. Ed.

During the 1992-93 school year, the other year St. Ed did not garner a team title, Chuck Kyle’s Wildcat football team won its second of five consecutive state titles.

In 2008, Kyle joined Ferguson, Urbas and retired Ed’s’ hockey coach Bob Whidden in coaching 10 team state championships in the same sport in one school. Coach Kyle had an asterisk by his name regarding this feat. After Kyle’s track team won the team state title in 2001 and his football team followed five months later with another title, his teams had achieved 10 but in two different sports (nine in football and one in track).

The St. Ed trio of Ferguson, Urbas and Whidden winning 10 state titles (three at one school each with 10 in the same sport) could be a national record. The jury is still out on that one.

Perhaps at some point, those outside the Western Reserve circle will drop the "Lakewood" state-wide reference to the school when writing or verbally communicating about it. There is no other high school in the state named St. Edward, so the "Lakewood" preface to the school's has become superfluous, silly and clumsy. The athletic success should have by now etched the name all over the state and leave no doubt as to which school is in discussion.  

Incidentally, it was the 2001-2002 school year that St. Ignatius won three state titles (football, golf, baseball). Kyle’s track title came in 2000-01 school year and can’t be counted toward 2001-02. Nonetheless, it did give the school three during one calendar year.

This is a vote of confidence for the benefits of single-sex schools when it comes to academic and athletic achievement. Also, 99 percent of St. Ed grads and 100 percent of Ignatius grads enroll in college within one year after graduating. Similar success records can be found at the Rockefeller-founded, secular, all-boys University School. Also Magnificat, Hathaway Brown and Beaumont have similar Academic/Athletic duo success for girls.

Former St. Ed baseball Eagle Brian 

Harrison ready to bring B-W

baseball into a new era
June 8

By Nick Minerd

BEREA --  Baldwin-Wallace College Athletic Director Kris A. Diaz has announced the hiring of Brian Harrison, most recently an assistant coach at the University of Dayton, as the College's new head baseball coach. Harrison is the 10th head coach in the history of the Yellow Jacket baseball program and succeeds the legendary Bob Fisher '63, who retires after 42 seasons as head coach and 51 years at his alma mater.

Harrison returns to Greater Cleveland where he grew up in Westlake, Ohio and was a prep standout at St. Edward High School.

"Brian comes highly regarded from all of his previous coaching stops," said Diaz. "He is an energetic young coach with a passion for the game of baseball, but more importantly a passion for developing his student-athletes both on and off the field.

"Coach Harrison has led programs that value discipline, effort, passion, trustworthiness and communication," said Diaz. "He believes in those core values to develop his baseball student-athletes academically, athletically and socially to prepare them not only for the challenges of college athletics, but also for their future careers and life in general.  We look forward to Brian joining the Yellow Jacket family and continuing to build upon the tradition of excellence established within our baseball program by Coach Fisher."

Coach Harrison comes to B-W following a three-year stint at the University of Dayton where his responsibilities included hitting, outfielders and recruiting.  While at Dayton, the Flyers improved offensively in almost every category. In 2009, Dayton won its first Atlantic 10 Conference Championship in school history behind the 21st ranked offense in all of NCAA Division I baseball.

Prior to his time at Dayton, Coach Harrison served as the head coach at NAIA Urbana University and turned the Blue Knight program into a winner. After going 7-43 in 2005, he coached the Knights to a 37-21 record and a second-place finish in the American Mideast Conference's South Division and a fourth-place finish in the Region IX Tournament in 2006. For his efforts, Coach Harrison was named AMC South Division Coach of the Year. The 30-win difference was one of the best single-season turnarounds in NAIA history. Coach Harrison did it again in 2007 by leading Urbana to a 32-21 record. That marked the fourth time in five years as a head coach that Harrison's teams amassed 30 or more victories in a single season.

Prior to Urbana, Coach Harrison was head coach at nearby Cuyahoga Community College, located in Parma Heights, Ohio. In his first season in 2003, Coach Harrison's Challengers came within one victory of the school record and had their first winning season in eight years. The team improved its win total from 16 in 2002 to 35 in 2003 and set 15 school records in the process.  He also served as an associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds from 2004-2005.

As a standout collegiate player at NAIA Shawnee State University, Coach Harrison had more than 40 career homeruns and 200 RBI. He earned NAIA All-America honors after leading the Bears to a fifth-place finish at the 2000 NAIA College World Series and was later named to the Shawnee State Hall of Fame.  He then continued his baseball career at the professional level for two years before deciding to join the coaching ranks.

Coach Harrison, his wife Traci and their son Braden currently reside in Fairborn, Ohio and will be relocating to Greater Cleveland in the near future.






Shaw named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team

June 8, 2010
By Ryan Mouch

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer 
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Oberlin, Ohio – Recent graduate and track & field star Clara Shaw was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team. She will now be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-American team. 

The Roseville, Minnesota native, who graduated with a degree in Biochemistry, finished her college career with a grade point average of 3.82. The NCAC Outdoor Distance Runner of the Year was recently named as the school’s most recent NCAC / John N. Stern ScholarlAthlete Award winner. The award was established in 1992 recognizing athletes who performed with distinction on a varsity team or teams, achieving a grade-point average of 3.2 or above, and demonstrating strong character and high ideals. 

Shaw posted an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 2:14.51 in the 800 meters to finish her season at the Gator invite at Allegheny College. The CoSIDA Academic All-American team voting will begin today. The final ballot will then be tallied and posted at a later date.

Midpark's Barber is double 

individual winner, Chambers leads 

Mags to second place in D-I Girls' 

state track

June 8, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



COLUMBUS – Senior Maddie Chambers led Magnificat to a second-place team finish in the Division I state track meet over the weekend by winning the mile run and anchoring the 3,200-meter  relay team to a second place finish behind Hoover.


Erin Riley, Mary Whitmore and Katherine Kerr joined Chambers on the relay team. The Vikings had Erin Garfield, Kelsey Peare, Hannah Christ and Allison Peare run two seconds faster than the Blue Streaks to take first.


GlenOak’s Kandace Thomas won the 100 dash and anchored the  


Buchtel won the 800 relay with Unity Sykes, Ji Esha Thomas, Arnita Johnson and Kachay Hullum, who also won the state title in the 400 dash..


Kaila Barber was a double state champ, getting crowned for the 300 hurdles and the long jump for Midpark.  Natalie Zidd won the half mile for Highland.


Also, in the field events, Taylor Buirke won the high jump for Medina,  which tied Midpark for third place in the team race. Hoover took fifth.

Wadsworth's Hiltner, Strongsville's 

Alexander and Muff, Massillon's 

Smith, Berea's Robertson win 

individual state titles

 June 8, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



COLUMBUS – Glenville finished third and Wadsworth fourth in the Division I boys state track championships.


Wadsworth was led by its two-mile relay team of Jacob Sussman, Aaron Tipton, Russ McCune, and Jake Hiltner that won the state title in the race. Hiltner also had enough gas left the next day to win the state title in the open mile.


The Tarblooders were led by the 800 relay team of Justin Hardee, Quincy Downing, Shane Wynn and Latwan Anderson that rose to the cream of the crop on the Owens track.


Strongsville’s Colby Alexander, who will run at the University of Oregon in Eugene in the fall, won the sate title in the mile.


Sophomore Donovan Robertson claimed the state title in the 300 hurdles.


Field-event champs from the Cleveland area included Strongsville’s Deverin Muff in the high jump Massillon’s Devin Smith in the long jump.

Crushers get back on winning track

June 8

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ST. LOUIS – The Lake Erie Crushers overcame Sunday’s 25-1 loss to Gateway by starting a three game series here tonight with a 4-2 win over River City.

Jodam Rivera led the offensive attack with three hits while Travis Risser, who studied at both Coastal Carolina and James Madison, earned the win on the mound. Closer Alberto Rolon picked up the save.

Travis Risser


 Dom Duggan, who studied at  Coastal Carolina,scored three of the four Lake Erie Runs and Kent State alumnus Andrew Davis added two hits.

Dom Duggan


The Crushers opened the scoring in the top of the third inning.Duggan posted an infield single with one out and moved to second on a throwing error by the catcher. Duggan stole third and crossed the plate when Rivera singled past the diving River City first baseman. Rivera stole second and was later thrown out at the plate attempting to score on a single off the bat of Davis. 

Lake Erie built the lead to 3-0 with two runs in the top of the fifth. Joel Collins ignited the rally with a one-out single. Dom Duggan followed with a walk and Jodam Rivera singled to load the bases for Drew Saylor. River City starter Gary Moran left with blisters on his pitching hand following two pitches to Saylor. Diego Soto entered and issued a bases loaded walk to Saylor, forcing in a run. Soto unloaded a wild pitch to enable Duggan to score.

Duggan helped stretch the lead to 4-0 in the top of the seventh. Duggan drew a leadoff walk, stole second, and scored on a wild pitch. River City attempted to rally in the bottom of the inning as Scot Robinson led off with a solo homer to right. The Rascalspulled within 4-2 on an unearned run but left the bases loaded for the ninth time this season.