A Page -- March 14, 2010

In a “Wildcat” final, St. 

Ignatius scores early,


penalty virus and then 

explodes en route to state 

hockey championship


March 14, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




COLUMBUS – A ten-year wait is finally over as St. Ignatius used strong special teams play, stingy defense and goaltending, and a balanced offensive attack for a 4-1 victory over Sylvania Northview in the state high school championship hockey game this afternoon here in Nationwide Arena.


It is the second state hockey championship in school history and first under coach Pat O’Rourke, the fourth man to coach the school to the state’s Frozen Four in the last 15 years. The other state title came in 2000 under Scott Pick.


Special teams kept the Wildcats in the lead for all but the opening minutes of this one. After they had spent nearly two periods killing penalties, the Wildcats finally took advantage of one of Northview's two-minute minors, which served as “momentum shifter” in an otherwise tight game.


Although Iggy had been hanging on to a 1-0 lead for nearly two periods as well as playing the penalty-kill game on more intermittent intervals than any coach wishes to be saddled with, Northview had established some momentum in the solace of doing what just about no other team had been able to do all season – shutting down the potent Paddy Spellacy-Mike Wells-Liam Geither line (79 goals, 86 assists coming into the weekend).

Listen to the post game interview of Paddy Spellacy, Josh Potts and Sam Nader by clicking on the download



Remember, it was Northview that tied Iggy 0-0 in the St. Ignatius Christmas Tournament in Brooklyn last December.


The second goal this afternoon was pivotal. The attack that produced it was set up by an interference penalty on Northview’s Tyler Harding that opened an Iggy power play at 9:48 of the second.

Listen to Pat O'Rourke by clicking link



Although they did not get a power-play goal, the Cleveland Cats did get the next-best thing. Just as the penalty ended, Chris Knoth sent a pass up to Spellacy and then Nolan Schade skated over to screen the goalie. Spellacy took the puck in the center just a foot over the blue line and fired the puck between the circles.


The puck redirected off Knoth’s stick and into the goal at 11:50 to give St. Ignatius a 2-0 lead that stood until the end of the period. It was Knoth’s second goal of the season and Spellacy’s 34th  assist of the season and third of the Frozen Four tourney.


By the end of the second, Ignatius had been dominating the game offensively and defensively with a 24-10 advantage in shots on goal. They allowed only two shots in the second period.


The St. Ignatius second forward line scored the first goal of the game. Sophomore Colton Riemenschneider scored the goal at 3:31 of the first period with assists from senior John Jeziorowski, and junior Pete Bobulsky.


It was Riemenschneider’s fifth goal of the season. Jeziorowski has been starting on the first line with Wells and Spellacy the last week, perhaps a measure to cross the defense but has been with his regular mates as well such as in this situation.


The St. Iggy Wildcat penalty unit shut the door on Northview when one minute after the Riemenschneider goal, Iggy had to skate a man down due to a slashing penalty. It gave them good practice for the rest of the period as the early goal stood the rest of the first period.


With having to kill penalties most of the first period, St. Ignatius had to settle for the early goal and barely hung on to the 1-0 lead when the first intermission came.


Penalties on Ignatius put Northview into two more power plays in the first period. The interference and holding penalties overlapped, putting Northview in a 5-on-3 for 35 seconds. Iggy was able to kill both and was even able to get into a power play late in the period on a hooking penalty on Northvierw, the man-ad carrying over into the second frame.

St. Ignatius outshot Northview, 13-7, in the first period. The power play that carried over for Iggy produced nothing in the second period in terms of goals.


More of the same haunted the Cleveland Wildcat variety (Northview’s nickname is also the Wildcats) in the second period. Spellacy was whistled for hooking and slashing on the same play at 2:39 of the second. He had to serve the penalties in succession as opposed to concurrently, putting the Cats down a man for four minutes.


Luckily, Northview was called for cross checking 1:44 into Spellacy’s four-minute service in the sin bin. The Wildcats were able to kill the rest of the time on the back end of the 4-on-4 skate that also shook out nothing in terms of goals for either side.


The 2-0 lead did not last long into the third period. Just to make things interesting, Northview made it a one-goal game again and stole back some momentum for a stint via a Mark Hall goal at 1:19 of the third, making it 2-1.


Spellacy put out that fire at 4:57 with his 43rd goal of the season and second of the weekend tournament. No one took the body to him and he was left wide open in front of the net to take shot. Wells picked up his second assist and third point of the weekend as well as his 58th assist of the season on the goal that made it 3-1.


After a holding penalty on Northview, Sam Nader, who did not play the first time the two teams met this year but was a hound on defense in this one, scored the power-play goal with a helper from Spellacy, who notched his second assist of the game and 35th of the season on the play that made it 4-1 at 6:13 of the third.

Northview coach Mike Jones, forward Mark Hall after falling to Ignatius in state title game -- click below




High School Hockey Fans can view video on the state 

championship from the St. Ignatius Broadcasting Club 

through the link below:












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(John Malloy, on far right, joking with his assistants)

Gilmour's John Malloy 

receives annual state honor 

as distinguished high school 

hockey coach

March 14, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




COLUMBUS – Gilmour Academy’s Director of Ice Hockey Coaching and Head Varsity A Coach John Malloy has been named the 2010 Coaches Sportsmanship Award winner and was so honored during today’s state championship festivities in the arena here.


Malloy becomes of the 15th man to receive this award since its inception in 1996. Elyria Catholic Head Man Dave Phiel earned the award last year.


Other area coaches to receive the award have been Padua’s Doug Hauser (2007), Trinity’s Mark Ferfolia (2005), North Olmsted’s Tim Murphy (2003), Shaker’s Mike Bartley (2001), Euclid’s Rich Homovec (1999), and Brooklyn’s Stan Budzick (1997).


Malloy arrived at Gilmour in 1998, one year after the school began its hockey program and began building its one-of-a-kind hockey facility on its school campus.


Prior to coming to Gilmour, Malloy built a powerhouse at Cleveland Heights that emerged as state runners up in 1986, state champs in 1987, and state Frozen Four semifinalists in 1984, 1991 and 1994. 


His 2008 Gilmour team made it all the way to the state championship game before falling to St. Edward. The irony there was that the coach for the opposing team was the same guy who was the goalie for St. Edward in 1987 when his Tigers beat the Eagles in the state title game in Brooklyn – Robbie Whidden.  Moreover on trivia side, both St. Ed and GA are founded on the Brothers of Holy Cross philosophy.


In between his tenures at Heights and Gilmour, Malloy coached and taught for a couple years at Rocky River High.


Malloy played and coached hockey at Miami of Ohio.


His Gilmour team again this season was one of the best in the state and Midwest region, taking University School to double overtime before falling in the district title game in Kent last week.

Rocky River's Greg Soltes scores two 

goals, Lake's Andrew Gazdak one in 

all-star game

March 14, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




COLUMBUS -- The North/East Senior All-Star Team waited for two and half periods to get “goal oriented,” but when it did it went out with a bang this morning here in Nationwide Arena in a warm-up to the state championship game.


The North/East Team scored all three of its goals in the last six minutes of the game in the 7-3 loss to the South/West All Stars.


Lake Catholic’s Andrew Gazdak broke the shutout with a goal at 9:19 of the third period with assists coming from Rocky River’s Greg Soltes and Amherst’s Shamus Sorrell.


Soltes and Gazdak collaborated again at 13:47, with the former doing the goal scoring and the latter the assisting. It was an all-Lake Catholic playmaking effort as the Cougars’ Corbin Hartory also got in on Soltes’ goal with an assist.


As John Belushi said in Animal House, it was not over yet. Soltes made it a multiple-goal game for himself by lamping the light at 14:26 with an assist from Gazdak, closing out the scoring for the morning.


In goal, Cleveland Heights’ Liam Robinson saved 12 of 14 shots on goal, Elyria Catholic’s 8 of the 11 he faced in one period of play, and University School’s Jamie Regan 12 of the 14 fired at him in the third period. One of the goals scored on Robinson came off a penalty shot.

Chinn and Norton Lead Way as B-W 

Track Teams Compete at Coastal 

Carolina Meet

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO –  Junior Kim Chinn (Zanesville/ West Muskingum) won two events and hit NCAA provisional qualifying standards in each and senior Erin Norton (Lakewood/ Senior) reset her own school record in the hammer throw as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams ended its week of spring break by competing yesterday and today (Friday and Saturday, March 12-13, 2010) at the unscored Coastal Carolina University Invitational Meet in Conway, South Carolina.

Lakewood High alum Erin Norton

Chinn highlighted the meet for B-W as she won both the 1500-meter run in an NCAA Division III national provisional qualifying time of 4:38.15 and captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a national qualifying time of 11:06.21.

Kim Chinn

Norton tossed the hammer a school-record 144-feet and six inches to break her own mark of 140’1” set last spring. In fact, in addition to Norton, two other Yellow Jackets broke the previous school mark as freshman Stefani Graber (North Royalton/ Padua Franciscan), who threw the hammer 141’8”, and junior Rachel Marinucci (Brunswick), who threw it 141’4”, each eclipsed Norton’s previous career-best.

The Yellow Jackets spent the early part of this week training in both Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida and then compete next weekend at North Carolina Charlotte in another unscored meet. The official spring outdoor season begins on Saturday, April 3 when they travel to Marietta College to compete in an OAC Split Squad Meet.

In addition for the women, senior D’Arcy Hlavin (Berea) placed third behind Chinn in the 1500 meters with a timing of 4:44.10, sophomore Kara Kasper (Amherst/ Steele) was third in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.10 seconds and freshman Sarah Rospert (Milan/ Edison) was ninth in the 10,000 meters in 40:09.44. Junior Karin Coyne (Columbia Station/Columbia) was 10th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 19:44.21.

Amherst's Kara Kasper

The men were led by sophomore Drew Beck (Canandaigua, N.Y./ Canandaigua Academy) placed fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:55.17 and sophomore Zach Szablewski (Tiffin/ Calvert) was sixth in the 10,000-meter run in 33:37.30. Freshman Mitchell Supan (Medina/Walsh Jesuit) was seventh in the discus with a throw of 149'6" and sophomore Miles Moore (Gettysburg, Pa./Delone Catholic) recorded a fouth place finish in the shot put with a mark of 47'3.50".

Oberlin Softball Gets Setback Twice 
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By Mike Mancini

Danville, Kent. - The Oberlin College softball team completed its first weekend of competition by falling to DePauw University 11-0 and Centre College 12-5 this afternoon at the March Mayhem Tournament in Danville, Kentucky. 

After getting blanked by the Tigers, the Yeowomen played a much better contest against the host Colonels. “Our offense is doing a good job, but we need to limit the amount of runs we allowed through these first few games here,” Head Coach Adrienne Davis said. 

Julia Chauvin, who belted a home run yesterday, had another fine day at the plate as she went 2-for-3 with two RBI’s in the nightcap. Sophomore Katie Baldonieri also went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI’s – including a run-scoring double for her second two-base hit of her young career. 

“Everyone played an important role in our game against Centre,” Davis added. “Everyone was able to work on some things that will us get better as the season moves along.”

Oberlin is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday afternoon when it travels to Albion College for 3:30 p.m. twinbill.

Yellow Jacket Teams All Enjoy 

Spring Trips South, Locals Grads 

Fare Well

March 14

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA - Eight Baldwin-Wallace College sports teams each returned to Berea on Sunday after a successful spring break trip south.

The track teams trained in Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida and then competed in an unscored invitational meet at Coastal Carolina in Conway, S.C.  The baseball team had a 4-4 record in Winter Haven, Florida at the former home of the Cleveland Indians. The softball team had a 6-3 mark at the annual Tucson Invitational Games in Tucson, Arizona. The men's tennis team had a 5-1 record while the women's squad played an extremely diffucult schedule and were 3-3 in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The men's golf team placed seventh at the Spring Hill Invitational in Spring Hill, Alabama and the women were 13th at the Northern Illinois Invitational Tournament in Tampa, Florida.

Highlighting the track trip to Coastal Carolina was a double win by junior middle distance ace Kim Chinn and a record-breaking performance in the hammer by senior Erin Norton (Lakewood). Chinn won the 1500 meters in 4:38.15 and the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11:06.21, both NCAA Division III National Meet provisional qualifying times. And, not only did Norton's toss of 144-feet and six inches break her previous school mark of 140'1" set last spring, so did freshman Stefani Graber's (North Royalton) toss of 141'8" and junior Rachel Marinucci's (Brunswick) throw of 141'54.
Brunswick's Rachel Marinucci

Some other solid performances by locals included a third place finish in the 1500 meters by Berea grad and senior team-leader D'Arcy Hlavin, a seventh place showing by freshman Mitch Supan (Medina/ Walsj Jesuit) in the discus and a 10th place finish by junior Karin Coyne (Columbia Station) in the 5,000-meter run in 19:44.21. The first northern meet is on March 28 when B-W hosts the OAC Split Squad Meet at Finnie Stadium at 1:00 p.m. B-W also hosts the annual "Sparky" Adams  Meet on April 18 and the NCAA National Meet from May 27-29.
Columbia alum Karin Coyne

Pride of Walsh Jesuit Mitch Supan

In the final season in the 42-year coaching career of longtime Berea resident Bob Fisher (672-622 overall), the diamondmen utilized solid pitching to win four times, including a pair of shutouts, and batted .313 as a team and averaged 5.4 runs per game. One of the shutouts was tossed by Strongsville High product and current senior Justin Novak in a 5-0 win against longtime rival Wittenberg. In that game, Novak tossed a complete-game five-hitter and had six strikeouts and no walks. The other shutout was tossed by Strongsville grad and sophomore Josh Scott in a 1-0 win versus Eastern Nazarene (Mass.). The top local hitter was Medina grad Ben Stoper. The junior leftfielder batted .316 (six-of-19) with three runs scored, a double, one run batted-in and a stolen base.

The softball team hit .353 as a team and scored 74 runs (8.3 per game) in nine contests. Locally, junior shortstop Katrina Resek (Strongsville) led the way at .435 (10-of-23) with six runs scored, a double, one triple, seven RBI and two steals. In addition, senior 2B Lauren Sabolik (Strongsville) hit .217 (five-of-23) with four runs scored, four RBI and a steal. The first northern games are March 27 at Capital University at 1:00 p.m.

Freshman Joe Horvath (North Royalton) made quite an impression so far in his initial year of college tennis. To date, Horvath tops all Jacket singles players with an 11-1 slate while switching between the No.3, No.4 and No.5 positions. He has combined with two separate partners in doubles play for a 10-1 overal mark, including a 7-1 record with fellow freshman Ty Beaton (Bemus Point, N.Y.). The first northern match is Mar. 20 at Oberlin and first home match is Mar. 27 versus Capital at 1:00 p.m. on the "Pop" Collins Courts.
Royalton's Joe Horvath

Despite the difficult southern trip schedule in Hilton Head, senior No.6 singles player Katy Marshall (Medina) has compiled a 6-5 overall record this year, including a 4-2 mark down south. She also has combined with senior Andrea Essig (Ashtabula) for a 4-8 overall slate at No.3 doubles and the duo was 3-3 down south. The first northern match is against Division II Ashland on Mar. 20 at 11:00 a.m. and then an OAC match versus Marietta at 3:00 p.m.
Katy Marshall