A Page -- March 17, 2010






USA national team to include 

Strongsville's Danielle Hubka



By Jenny Popis

Cleveland (March 17, 2010) - The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Team, a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and the reigning Olympic gold medal winner, takes on second-ranked and two-time defending FIFA Women’s World Cup title holders (and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup host nation) Germany on Saturday, May 22, atCleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, in a clash of the two best women’s national teams on earth. Kickoff is set for 6p.m. ET.

Danielle Hubka, a former Strongsville High star and current member of the University of Maryland's team, has just been called in to the USA national team and will be back in town for that match.

Danielle Hubka

Danielle Hiubka


Abby Wambach, who leads the current squad with over 100 career international goals, goalkeeper Hope Solo and the rest of the U.S. Women look to make it three straight wins against rivals Germany after defeating them 1-0 late last year in Augsburg, Germany, and then again just two weeks ago, 3-2, in the championship game of the 2010 Algarve Cup in Portugal.


As a special benefit to our members and friends and to encourage you to enthusiastically support the event this May, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (in conjunction with U.S. Soccer) is offering you the opportunity to order tickets for the game ahead of the general public. The private sale starts this Thursday (March 18) at 11 a.m. E T and ends late Thursday night (technically Friday, March 19, at 2 a.m. ET). Tickets become available to Visa® cardholders on March 18 at 12 p.m., followed by the general public sale on March 19 at 10 a.m.


Ticket prices are $18 Endlines; $25 Corners; $36 Sidelines; $48 Midfield; $65 VIP Midfield; $90 Front Row Seating (limit six (6) tickets per purchase); and $150 On-Field Seats (limit six (6) tickets per purchase—buyer keeps the chair!) Prices do not include convenience and handling charges (additional through Ticketmaster).


This private sale is available by clicking the May 22 event listed on the following link (Note: The May 22 event will be listed prior to the start of the private sale): http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/832829


To participate in the private sale, you must enter (in ALL CAPS) one of the following passwords in the space designated on theTicketmaster.com order page.


General Fan Sections:  C1SPORTS

Germany Fan Sections:  G3SPORTS


Visit ussoccer.com for additional details about this spectacular event. Be sure to share this presale offer with others in time for them to take advantage! Visit the “Schedule & Tickets”section of ussoccer.com for more details.

Former college coach Layne 

Richards takes over at Perry; boys' 

track team saddles him with depth, 


March 17, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




PERRY – With 21 lettermen returning to the circle, Perry (Lake County) will at least have depth on its side when entering boys’ track meets that have several points available to win.


Among those returning are junior Ryan Beyer, senior Brien Croff, senior Bryan Dziak, sophomore Bryan Grusell, senior Zachj Hurlimann, senior Matt King, sophomore Andrew Kuharik, sophomore Shane LaPlante, Shane, senior Dean Light, Junior Mike Lutes, senior TJ Mitchell, junior Nick Nelson, junior Mickey Parker, senior Erik Petrecca, senior Garrett Roberts, sophomore Jake Wallie, junior Rob Russell, Jon Talbot, senior Brian VonLehmden, and senior Alex Zazac.



“We have depth,” said Perry coach Layne Richards. “We have an outstanding upper class that brings experience to our large number of incoming athletes.”



The Pirates should be strongest in the distance events. Those runners are coming off a fine fall when they qualified to states in cross country as a team.


Richards does have a group of achievers within his group at large at Perry. Roberts holds the school record in the pole vault, Petrecca in the long jump and Hurlimann in the 400-meter run. Outside the track and the field and within the walls of the school, Mitchell is the senior class president at Perry.


The only drawback is that Hurlimann is the only returning member of the 3,200 relay team so Richards is looking for other runners to mix and match into those other three slots.


Richards is a new head coach to the Pirates. Richards is as former assistant coach for three years at Perry High School. Prior to that he was an assistant coach for Miami University in women’s track and field, and was also an assistant at Southern Utah University for both the men’s and women’s track and field teams.

High jump, sprints and sprint relays

is where experience lies for North 

Ridgeville's girls' track team

March 17, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




NORTH RIDGGEVILLE – With proven high jumpers Danielle Daveant and Rachell Beckett back in camp, North Ridgeville’s girls’ track team will be strong in the field events, but the Rangers also have some runners who gained valuable experience last year.


“We have a dedicated hard working athletes who train hard and excel in the classroom although our numbers are small, around thirty, we expect to be competitive in all events The strengths of the team are in the sprints and sprint relays,” said Ridgeville coach Dan Rademaker  “We should do well in the high jump and throws, but need more depth in the field events.


Becket also runs the sprints. Other returning sprinters include seniors Celesa Rose, Brittany Schneider and, Kayla Vidoni, who also does the long jump. Sophomore Isabella Mercurio is also one of the key sprinters.


Providing senior leadership are Annalyse Frederick in the shot and disc, Becca Lamb in distance, Jackie Lucas in  jumps, and Danielle Spooner in sprints.


Top newcomers for the Rangers include freshmen Brianna Balduff in hurdles and Erin Meinert in the sprints.

In the distance races, Ridgeville has sophomores Kelsey Sikon and Caityln Tipple. Also running the distances are Kelsey Sikon, Tessa Comnick and Taylor Lowrey.

Top juniors back include Kiley Fletcher in the pole vault, Kemi Osundina in  hurdles Morgan Rogers in the distance.


“Lack of depth in the field events is a concern, especially in the throws, but we should do well in the high jump,” Rademaker said.


The coaches are John Pieschalski for sprints, Andy Wright for throws, Lucky Varouh for hurdles and Kevin Drapcho distance. 

Ledgemont has three all-league 

performers back and looks to compete

for NAC softball crown

March 17, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




After losing only one non-league game in 2009 while posting a 14-5 overall record and returning a good nucleus of players, Ledgemont’s softball team is primed to compete for the Northern Athletic Conference championship year along with making a good bid in the post season.


The Redskins were 9-4 in the NAC last year but lost their first sectional game and are working to improve on both this year.


“We should be able to hold our own this year in the NAC with a returning a core of experienced varsity players,” said Ledgemont coach Dan Rogge.


The senior quintet of Alicia Smychynsky (1B, 5’6”, 986 fielding on 66 chances), Paige DeLong (3B, 5’6”), Danielle Santell (P, 5’5 435 batting average, 594 slugging, 23 stolen bases, and NAC all conf. 1st team), Stephanie Ziegler (SS, 4’11, .594 batting average, .650 on base percentage, 725 slugging, 22 swipes of bases, and NAC all conf. 1st team), and Erica Ziegler (C 5’5”) should provide enough leadership to make serious league and post-season challenges.


Emily McGlone, a 5-3 catcher, is the only returning regular in the this year’s junior class. The rest of the squad will be made up of sophomores.


The sophomore class is led by All- NAC second-team selection Jannelle Jirousek, 5’6” center fielder/shortstop who batted 439 and stole 19 bases.


Other sophomores vying for positions are Haylee Smychynsky, a 5-2 2B/OF; Emma Vincent, a 5-2 1B/OF; Rachael Cipolla, a 5-4 left fielder; Sarah Morgan, a 5-4 catcher; Kara Boehnlein, a 5-5 pitcher;’ and Traci Stegh, a 5-10 RF/1B.

Dummermuth makes NAIA Division 

II All-America Third Team


March 17

By Andy Barch

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- Notre Dame sophomore forward Eric Dummermuth had one of the greatest single seasons in the history of Notre Dame College, and on Wednesday, it was announced that he made the 2009-10 NAIA Division II All-America Third Team


The Dover, Ohio, native was the only sophomore to crack any of the three All-America teams, and he becomes just the second player in the history of the program to receive All-American honors (Jerome Pierce). 

Eric Dummermuth

 Dummermuth (32)

Dummermuth set new single-season scoring and rebounding marks for Notre Dame, averaging 22.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 35.7 minutes per contest, shot 57.7 percent (244-for-423) from the field and made 73.6 percent (184-for-250) of his attempts from the free-throw line.  


Earlier this season, Dummermuth became the sixth player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.  The sophomore sensation powered the Falcons to an AMC North title and a 19-12 record, earning five AMC Player of the Week awards along the way. The former First Team All-Ohio prep selection posted 20 double-doubles on the season and now has 34 such games in his two seasons on College Road. He was one of 10 AMC players selected to the circuit’s First Team.


Dummermuth’s All-American honor marks his second post season award.  Earlier this month, Dummermuth was named to the American Mideast Conference’s first team, along with fellow Falcon Nick McCartney.


“This is a great and very deserving honor for Eric, he has a tireless work ethic that continues to make him a very special player,” said Head Coach Kevin Bille. “We are very proud of him and look forward to his next 2 years in the Blue and White.”


The All-America teams were comprised of three ten-man teams, and several honorable mentions.  Steve Briggs from Oklahoma Wesleyan was named the State Farm/NAIA National Player of the Year after leading his team back to the national semifinals and averaging over 21 points per game. Briggs and Nathan Menefee (Evergreen State) are the lone repeat members of the first team.


Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 3/16/10


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Seth Harrison, South Euclid, 3/4, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Jim Berezne, Streetsboro, 3/5, Pawnee Lanes;

Al McKinley, Cleveland, 3/5, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Jose Malave, Cleveland, 3/6, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Derek Clay, Cleveland, 3/6, Brookgate Lanes;

James SmithGarfield Heights, 3/7, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Tim Voytko Jr., Lakewood, 3/7, Brookgate Lanes;

Robert Kinnaird, Berea, 3/8, Brookgate Lanes;

Dave D’Entremont, Middleburg Heights, 3/8, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Melissa Brenders, Parma, 3/11, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Michelle Leonard, Parma, 3/10, Brookgate Lanes;

George Javorek, 3/10, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Bob Driscell Jr., Parma, 3/10, Fairview Lanes;

Dave Vance, Cleveland, 3/11, Brookgate Lanes;

Norm Loescher, Russell, 3/12, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Cody Zalar, 3/12, Roseland Lanes;

Dave Mikesina, Strongsville, 3/12, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Tim Voytko Jr., Lakewood, 3/14, Brookgate Lanes;

Carl Heinl, Cleveland, Heights, Red Circle Lanes;

Steve Cuglewski Jr., Parma, 3/15, Brookgate Lanes;

Larry Korkowski, Brooklyn, 3/16, Cloverleaf Lanes;



    299 Games

Ralph Miller, Akron, 3/5, Buckeye Lanes;

Daniel Guinn, Brook Park, 3/6, Madison Square Lanes;

Gary Tylicki, Cleveland, 3/9, Bradnan’s Recreation;

Steve Wild, Brunswick, 3/10, Seven Hills Lanes;

Mike Craddock, Brook Park, 3/11, Freeway lanes of Parma;

Steve Caglewski Jr., Parma, 3/12, Brookgate Lanes;

Billy, Lego, Cleveland, 3/12, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Brandon WhiteCleveland, 3/14, Cloverleaf Lanes;



    298 Games

Tom Camiola, North Olmsted, 3/7, Brookgate Lanes;

Gary Kostal, Garfield heights, 3/7, Brookgate Lanes;



    800 Series

Robert Wade, Cleveland, 3/5, Buckeye Lanes (808);

Robert SteeleParma, 3/5, Freeway Lanes of Parma (804);

Bret Van Dyke, Cleveland, 3/10, Freeway Lanes of Parma (826:

Tim Voytko Jr., Lakewood, 3/14, Brookgate Lanes 9814);

Jim Smith, Garfield Heights, 3/14, Cloverleaf Lanes (802);

Bill Keagan, Westlake, 3/15, Freeway Lanes of Parma (802);

Softball Falls at Albion
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By Mike Mancini

Albion, Mich. – The Oberlin College softball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader this afternoon at Albion College. The Yeowomen were upended 6-0 in the lid-lifter and fell in the nightcap by a 10-3 count. 

“We did some good things today, but we still have a lot to improve on,” Head Coach Adrienne Davis said. “We are looking forward to building off these game and improving each and everyday.” 

After getting blanked in the first game, the Oberlin offense was able to break through in game two. The Yeowomen (0-6) wasted no time in getting on the board as sophomore Megan Widmer came through with a two-run single to left field in the top of the first inning to send Julia Chauvin and Kristen Dixplateward.

Unfortunately, the Britons (3-5) would answer back with a six-run first to create another uphill climb for the Yeowomen. 

Oberlin would cut the lead in half in the top of third inning as Chauvin added her ninth RBI of the season with a single up the middle that scored Sophie Schacht who started frame with a single of her own. 

Once again Albion would respond with a big offensive output – this time adding four runs in the home-half of the inning to effectively put the game out of each. 

The Yeowomen are schedule to have their home opener on Saturday afternoon when Heidelberg comes town for doubleheader action. The first pitch is set for 1 p.m.

Mount Union baseball

team posts 8-5 win at Walsh

March 17

By Lenny Reich

(NORTH CANTON, OH)--Mount Union's baseball team did not need any luck, but timely hitting and solid outing by virtually the entire pitching staff in an 8-5 win today at Walsh in North Canton, Ohio.

The Purple Raiders were clinging to a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning with two outs and bases loaded when junior Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) hit a bases clearing double that made it 6-2.  Ferrell would later score two hitters later as senior Connor Nell (Powell/Olentangy) would drive him on his third hit of the day, a single to left field to put the score at 7-2 as Mount Union went on to the victory.

Senior Alan Krontz (Kent/Field) would drive in a pair of runs while juniors Ty Wood (Hudson/Hudson) and Matt Tracy (Pittsburgh, PA/Central Catholic) each drove in a run to finish the Raiders day at the plate.

Seven Mount Union pitchers would combine to scatter five Walsh hits.  In fact, the Raiders first three pitchers kept the Cavs hitless for the first 5.2 innings.  Mark Sabatino (Mayfield Heights/Mayfield) got the start and the senior improved to 2-0 on the season.

Mount Union, now 5-2 overall, hosts Westminster (PA) in a home opener doubleheader Saturday at 1 pm at Clowson Field.

Walsh gals sweep Mount on the road

March 17

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE, OH)—There were no four-leaf clovers in the outfield at 23rd Street Field in Alliance today as Mount Union dropped a pair of games to Walsh, 7-0 and 4-1, in their home opener today.

Walsh University Cavaliers


Mount Union drops to 7-5 overall, while Walsh moves to 5-7 overall.


The Purple Raiders lone run on the day came on a solo home run Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) in the loss in game two, but that was all the offense as sophomore pitcher Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) went seven innings and gave up 14 hits and allowed just four runs.

Mara Palombaro.jpg

Mara Palombaro


In the opener, junior right fielder Jill Rader (Ashland/Ashland) went three for three with a double and two singles and freshman designated player Jasmine Bentley (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) went two for three with two singles, but the Raiders failed to get a run across in a 7-0 loss. 



Holy Name alumna Krystal Sherry had three hits and drove in three runs in the double header for Walsh.

Mount Union stays home to host Malone Thursday at 3 pm at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.


North Royalton High alum 


Richert Places 13th to Earn 

Fifth All-American Honor

BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College junior diver Todd Richert (North Royalton) earned the fifth All-American honor of his career by placing 13th on the three-meter board at the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championship meet on Wednesday, March 17 at theUniversity of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Richert qualified for Wednesday's consolation final with 382.85 points in the prelims. He then scored 405.65 points in the finals.

As a sophomore last season, Richert placed sixth in the one-meter event and 14th in the three-meter. As a freshman in 2007-08, he was 12th on the three-meter board and 13th on the one-meter. He is the only athlete in the history of the B-W swimming & diving program to earn multiple All-American awards.

Richert also competes in the one-meter event of this year's championships on Friday, March 19. Yellow Jacket freshman Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) competes in the women's one-meter dive tomorrow and the three-meter event on Saturday, March 20. Finals for each event begin at 6:00 p.m.


St. Ed nips St. Ignatius in regional 

final to make it a clean sweep over 

arch West Side rival 


March 17, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND – In the third edition this winter of the Holy War, St. Edward and St. Ignatius were tangled in a classic battle that went all the way down to the wire before St. Edward came up with an overtime win, 53-49, in the regional basketball semifinal game tonight here in front of 6,400 fans in the Wolstein Center.

The win meant a clean sweep, 3-0, for the Eagles over their arch rivals from the same side of town.


After trailing most of the game and not having the lead since the fifth minute of the game, St. Ignatius sent it into overtime on a lay up by Tom Parker with one second left in regulation. The Eagles and Wildcats went into extra minutes tied at 45.

In the OT, St. Ed stayed poised and never relinq