A Page -- Nov. 14, 2011 -- AM Edition

167-point man Paddy Spellacy

Group that won states as a sophomore class is now a senior group for Ignatius hockey team primed to bring state trophy back to Cleveland

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND (OHIO CITY) – With the most prolific scorer in the state returning, St. Ignatius has to be the favorite to win the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League’s Red North Division and thereby be the odds-on-favorite to follow with a state title.

Paddy Spellacy, the Wildcats’ first-line center iceman the past three seasons, will be the Student/Athlete opponents they know who they have to stop to have an outside chance at beating the Wildcats this season.

Spellacy (SR, 3 varsity letters so far, 35 goals, 30 assists, 65 points in 2010-’11 and 92-75-167 for his career, has already reset all the SIHS records books.

Mike Abood

He has plenty of experience around him as well with Michael Abood (SR, 3 letters, 20-42-62) and Colton Riemenschneider (SR, 2 letters, 13-28-41) also returning for another season.

Colt Riemnschneider

In goal, back will be some-time starter Matt Kovesdy (SR, 3 letters, 8 wins, 2 losses, 7 shutouts, 0.80 GAA, .952 save %).

 Liam Geither

Returning to the second line are Miles McQuinn, (JR, 1 letter, 48-33-81, which are all single-season school records), Liam Geither (SR, 2 letters, 26-44-70) and Taylor Wolf (SR, 2 letters, 6-2-8).


Miles McQuinn

Others back who moved up to the varsity last year are Eamonn Walsh (SR, 1 letter, 4-2-6), Paul Zickes (SR, 1 letter, 3-3-6), Andrew Steed (SR, 2 letters, 3-6-9), and Will Smith (SR, 2 letters, 6-16-22).

Will Smith

Still others with varsity experience expecting to get more shifts this season are Alex McNulty (JR, 1 letter, 0-4-4), Zak Shockley (SR, 1 letter, DNP last year, had taken last 2 years off to pursue baseball scholarship, got one to Marshall, back now after lettering as frosh), Joe Malone (JR, 1 letter, 0-8-8), Nick Rimpf (JR, 2 letters, 1-1-2) and Beck Schultz (SO, 1 letter, 0-0-0).

JV guys now in varsity mode are Harry Smith (SO, 0 letters), Danny Brogan (SO, 0 letters), Jack Wiegandt (FR, 0 letters), and Bobby Fricker (SR, 0 letters).

St. Ignatius was the last Cleveland area team to win a state title doing so in 2010.

“We have experience, skill, speed,” said 8th-year head coach Pat O’Rourke. “We should be a strong contender for all of our goals; our JV team is very strong, as well, and should not lose many games. We nhave a arge group of seniors who won states as sophomores, then slipped up last year; redemption is the goal.”


After going 30-7-0 in 2010-11, the Wildcats will be vying to win the Red North for 4th time in 5 years, as well as win the Baron Cup, which would be two great inroads to a Final Four Berth and a State Championship.

As well as the others, Ignatius welcomes back Shaker Heights into the Red North this year after a five-year absence by the Red Raiders.

The tourney schedule has the Cats going to Miami (Ohio) and St. Michael (ONT) this year, as well as playing 5 games at Progressive Field.

O’Rourke has added Robert Gramc from Lake Catholic to our staff. O’Rourke is in his 15th year on staff as well as his 8th as varsity head coach. Paul Chase is in his 4th year on staff, while Keith Abood is in his 3rd, Joe Geither in his 2nd and Bryan Schoenholz in his 1st.


As is always the case in a Jesuit school, this group Wildcats also excels in the classroom.

“Overall, we have a strong group of students, including many honor roll and National Honor Society members,” said O’Rourke.  “One team member, senior Jacques de Villiers, who is out for the season battling cancer, is a National Merit Scholar.  We are dedicating this season to him.”

Miami Wins Shootout After 3-3 Draw with No. 4/5 Michigan

Smith scores twice, tallies three points along with Czarnik



OXFORD, Ohio – Trailing 2-0 after one period, the Miami hockey team rallied to tie No. 4/5 Michigan, 3-3, before picking up the extra point in the CCHA standings with a shootout win Saturday night in front of a boisterous crowd at Steve Cady Arena. The RedHawks (5-6-1, 3-4-1-1 CCHA) are now unbeaten in their last five games (4-0-1) against the Wolverines (7-3-2, 3-3-2-1 CCHA) for the first time in program history and extended their season-long unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1).


Junior Reilly Smith and freshman Austin Czarnik led Miami with a combined six points, having a hand in each score. Smith’s two-goal, one-assist performance was his second multi-goal game of the season and 11th of his career while Czarnik’s two assists and one goal gave him a career-high three points.


“We kind of hit rock bottom after the Lake Superior State series (Oct. 27-28), and we have been working to build ourselves back up one step at a time,” Smith said. “Having a lot of young guys on the team, it’s tough to just go right out there and win. The young guys have been developing really well the past two weeks and are really the game-changers for us right now.”


Michigan took the lead midway through the first period when junior Chris Brown tipped home a Phil Di Giuseppe point shot 10:58 into the game. A.J. Treais earned the second assist on the play. Di Giuseppe then tallied a goal of his own at 14:45 of the opening frame after a scramble in front of the Miami net allowed Di Giuseppe to shovel in a rebound off a shot from Treais, giving the Wolverines a 2-0 advantage.


“In the first period, Michigan came out and executed better than us,” head coach Enrico Blasi said. “I thought we did a pretty good job responding in the second period. We started to be more urgent and have more energy in our play, and it carried our team through the third period.”


Smith was finally able to solve Michigan goaltender Shawn Hunwick at 6:08 of the second period. Czarnik won the faceoff in the offensive zone to Hunwick’s right and pushed the puck to Smith, who flipped the puck over the Michigan goalie’s right shoulder to cut the lead to 2-1.


The RedHawks thought they tied the game 37 seconds later when freshman Tyler Biggs deflected a pass from senior co-captain Alden Hirschfeld past Hunwick. The goal, however, was disallowed following a review after officials ruled the deflection had come off Biggs’ skate in the crease.


Miami had another apparent goal waived off with two minutes left in the middle period when the puck rolled past Hunwick after a pileup in front of the net. The officials determined that they had already whistled the play dead, however. The RedHawks finished the period down 2-1, despite outshooting the Wolverines 15-4 in the second stanza.


The Red and White finally got the equalizer to stick when Czarnik capitalized on a rebound after a Smith wrist shot at 5:49 of the third period. Smith intercepted a pass at the Wolverines’ blue line and fired a shot on net. Hunwick made the initial save, but Czarnik was there to send the rebound into the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2.


Miami tacked on another third-period goal, this time on the power play, when Smith deflected a shot from senior Matt Tomassoni into the Michigan goal, giving the RedHawks a 3-2 lead with 12:13 remaining in the game. The ‘Hawks had sustained pressure in the offensive zone on the power play, generating opportunities before Smith and Tomassoni connected for the go-ahead goal.


The Wolverines found a way to tie the game with 3:54 left to play in regulation when Zach Hyman took a bad angle shot from the right side of Miami’s goal with Reichard fully extended on the ice. Reichard appeared to cover the puck, but it snuck under his pad and trickled over the goal line after Hyman poked it through to level the game at 3-3. Mike Chiasson and Lee Moffie had the assists for the Wolverines.


In the overtime period, neither team could light the lamp despite generating chances. Michigan outshot Miami in the extra frame, 4-3, but both Hunwick and RedHawk senior netminder Cody Reichard preserved the tie to force the shootout.


After each team failed to score on their first three shootout attempts, Miami sophomore Bryon Paulazzo skated up ice to his right, cut back across the front of the net to fake a lefty forehand shot before stopping and spinning around in front of Hunwick to send a backhand shot into the yawning cage and put Miami ahead 1-0 in the shootout, sending the Miami crowd into a frenzy.


“It’s a move I’ve been doing for about 10 years now,” Paulazzo said. “I did it about three times in juniors, and it worked. Last year I tried it, but the goalie poke checked me, so I knew I’d come back and try it again this year. I always try that shot in practice and all the guys said I can’t do it in the game. So it was great to finally bury it.”




With new coach in Dan Gilliam, West G. 

hockey seeks to become contender in newly 

aligned Blue Central this season

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CHESTERLAND – West Geauga’s hockey team has nowhere to go but up after finishing 2010-11 in the last slot in the Blue Central, the developmental division of Greater Cleveland High School hockey.

“Our group is hard-working, always gives it their best effort and has longevity on its side,” said West G. Coach Dan Gilliam. “We are striving to win the division with a new attitude this season, but we know we have to take it one game at a time.”

Despite finishing 1-17 overall last season, gaining a divisional title is not a far-fetched goal, which is one of the reason the league maintains this division. Brooklyn, CVCA, and Brush had all gone from seasons of near extinction and obscurity to winning the division or at least coming close to doing so and others like Lakewood and West G. have been down and up and down and back up again so a turnaround is highly likely here.

The key returning Student/Athletes for the Wolverines are Seth Martin (senior 4 letters), Collin Czehut (senior 4 letters), Toni Erne (senior 4 letters) and Ben Podlogar (senior, 4 letters).

Newcomers expected to fill out the second line and get in the rotation on the defensive pairs are James Kern (sophomore), John Sternen (freshmen), Andrew Todaro (freshmen), Michael Beleik (freshmen).

“This is the season to put West G. back on the map for a contender in their division,” Gilliam said. “We have had a difficult time the past two seasons, but a different approach has been taken to start this season.”

By bringing in a new  head coach in Dan Gilliam, along with  his knowledge of the game and his experience of coaching, the Wolverines have made the first step in the right direction.

“This team is made up of a group of players that strives to succeed in the class room and on the ice,” Gilliam said. “They perform highly in the class room which brings their endless effort to the ice even more remarkable. They understand that to play our sport it is a privilege, and they understand and practice daily that is always about a team as a whole.”

 GPA’s on this team range from 4.5 to 3.0.

Gilliam is assisted by Chuck Bolt and Kurt Wells.

Mount Union makes D-III playoffs; first time in 

32-team alignment that only one Ohio team 

has made it 

No. 2 ranked University of Mount Union hosts Benedictine (Ill.) University in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs Saturday, Nov. 19 at noon at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

Mount Union just completed its sixth straight undefeated regular season with a 28-0 win over Muskingum and earned an automatic bid into the 32-team tournament by winning its 20th straight Ohio Athletic Conference championship.

Hiram College Football Defeated by Ohio Wesleyan University in Season Finale

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College football team lost a 49-5 decision against Ohio Wesleyan University today (Saturday, Nov. 12) the North Coast Athletic Conference and season finale at Charles A. Henry Field on Senior Day.  [Game Stats]


With the loss, the Terriers end their season with a 1-9 overall record and 1-5 in the NCAC.  The Battling Bishops end their season at 4-6 overall and 3-3 NCAC.

Mount ends season with 28-0 win over Musky

NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Matt Piloto (Rotonda West, Fla./Lemon Bay) threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns as No. 2 ranked Mount Union completed its sixth straight undefeated regular season with a 28-0 shutout at Muskingum Saturday in New Concord.

OHSAA Releases Football Regional Final Pairings


COLUMBUS, Ohio  The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the football regional final pairings and sites Sunday. The pairings below include the seeds, schools and updated records.


Football Tournaments Information and Brackets: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/2011/2011coverage.htm

OHSAA Weekly Football Press Release: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/sports/2011FootballRelease4.pdf


Complete Coverage from the Volleyball State Tournaments:


Complete Coverage from the Boys and Girls Soccer State Tournaments:



Division I - Regional Final Pairings

All games Sat., Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., unless noted

Region 1
1 Mentor (11-1) vs. 2 St. Ignatius (10-2) at Lakewood Stadium
Region 2

1 Whitmer (12-0) vs. 7 Wadsworth (11-1) at Sandusky Strobel Field at Cedar Point Stadium
Region 3

1  Davidson (11-0) vs. 2 Pickerington Central (9-2) at Ohio Wesleyan University Selby Stadium
Region 4

4 Moeller (9-3) vs. 3 St. Xavier (9-3) at University of Cincinnati Nippert Stadium


Division II - Regional Final Pairings

All games Fri., Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., unless noted

Region 5

1 Walsh Jesuit (10-1) vs. 3 Aurora (11-1) at Solon Stewart Field

Region 6

1 Avon (10-1) vs. 7 Tiffin Columbian (10-2) at Fremont Ross Harmon Field at Don Paul Stadium
Region 7

1 Cols. Marion-Franklin (12-0) vs. 2 Dresden Tri-Valley (11-1) at Gahanna Lincoln Stadium

Region 8

1 Trotwood-Madison (12-0) vs. 2 Kings Mills Kings (12-0) at Dayton Welcome Stadium


Division III - Regional Final Pairings

All games Fri., Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., unless noted.

Region 9

1 Chagrin Falls (12-0) vs. 6 St. Vincent-St. Mary (10-2) at Bedford Bearcat Field

Region 10

5 Elida (9-3) vs. 3 Cols. Eastmoor Academy (10-2) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field

Region 11

4 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (8-3) vs. 2 Dover (11-1) at Canton Fawcett Stadium

Region 12

1 Springfield Shawnee (12-0) vs. 3 Plain City Jonathan Alder (12-0) at Hilliard Bradley Athletic Complex


Division IV - Regional Final Pairings

All games Sat., Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., unless noted

Region 13

1 Girard (11-1) vs. 3 Creston Norwayne (11-1) at Green InfoCision Field

Region 14

1 Kenton (12-0) vs 3 Cols. Bishop Hartley (11-0) at Mansfield Arlin Field

Region 15

5 Coshocton (10-2) vs. 2 Johnstown-Monroe (12-0) at Zanesville Sulsberger Stadium

Region 16

5 Day. Chaminade Julienne (9-3) vs. 3 Clarksville Clinton-Massie (10-2) at Mason Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium


Division V - Regional Final Pairings

All games Fri., Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. unless noted

Region 17

1 Kirtland (12-0) vs. 3 Columbiana Crestview (11-1) at Warren G. Harding Mollenkopf Stadium

Region 18

5 Hamler Patrick Henry (10-2) vs. 7 Hicksville (10-2) at Lima Stadium

Region 19

1 Bucyrus Wynford (12-0) vs. 2 Lucasville Valley (12-0) at Westerville Central Warhawk Field

Region 20

5 Coldwater (9-3) vs. 6 West Jefferson (10-2) at Piqua Alexander Stadium-Purk Field


Division VI - Regional Final Pairings

All games Sat., Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., unless noted

Region 21

1 Berlin Center Western Reserve (12-0) vs. 2 Shadyside (9-3) at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium

Region 22

1 Leipsic (11-1) vs. 2 Delphos St. John’s (9-3) at Findlay Donnell Stadium

Region 23

5 Beallsville (10-2) vs. 2 New Washington Buckeye Central (10-2) at Reynoldsburg Raider Stadium

Region 24

1 Maria Stein Marion Local (10-2) vs. 6 Minster (9-3) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field

'Berg Men's Cross Country Team Places 12th, Women 26th at 

NCAA Great Lakes


OBERLIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University men's cross country team placed 12th
among 35 teams and the women came in 26th place of 36 teams today at the
NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championship at Woodchip Trail in
Oberlin, Ohio.  Sophomore Drew Avsec (Geneva) paced the men's team by coming
in 27th place in a field of 243 runners in a personal-record time of
25:55.20 and junior Bobbi Custer (Woodstock/Triad) topped the women's team
in a time of 23:15.64 for a 66th place finish in a field of 251 competitors.

By finishing in the top 35, Avsec earned All-Great Lakes region honors.

Revenge is Sweet for Storm as Lake Erie Clips Ashland, 45-42, in Season Finale

PAINESVILLE, OHIO –  Senior quarterback Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) capped off his stellar career with a game for the ages as the Lake Erie College football team, trounced on the road in last year’s finale, avenged that loss with a thrilling 45-42 victory Saturday (Nov. 12) over Ashland University on Senior Day at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville.

 Bedevelsky rushed for a season-high 99 yards and a school single-game record-tying three touchdowns and completed 17-of-23 passes through the air for 262 yards and two touchdowns. One of those touchdowns went to fifth-year senior wideout Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) for what proved to be the winning points. James had six receptions for 114 yards.

Raiders fall in tourney to Juniata

ASTON, Pa.—The Mount Union volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to  No. 8 Juniata (Pa.) in an NCAA Tournament second round match at the Mirenda Center on the campus of Neumann University. The Purple Raiders end their season with a 25-8 record, tying the mark for second-most wins in program history.

The first nine points of the match went to Juniata. 

Natalia Cabrera and Corin Bowen Heading to NCAA Championship Meet

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Case Western Reserve University women's cross country will send its top two runners to this Saturday's NCAA Championship Meet as individual qualifiers. Senior Natalia Cabrera<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wxc/2011-12/bios/cabrera%20natalia%204t3h> (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and junior Corin Bowen<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wxc/2011-12/bios/bowen%20corin%20kgrv> (Midland, Mich./Bullock Creek) will compete at Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 19.
Natalia Cabrera

Shaker's Cabrera

Cabrera, now a four-time national qualifier, earned her spot in the meet by virtue of a sixth-place finish (21:55.68) at this past Saturday's NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Oberlin, Ohio. Bowen was 15th at the meet with a time of 22:15.99 and will be making her first appearance at the national meet.

Spartans' NCAA Tournament Run Ends with Tough 1-0 Loss Versus SUNY-Cortland

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The No. 19 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team saw its record-breaking season come to an end on Sunday afternoon as it fell 1-0 to State University of New York-Cortland in Round Two of the 2011 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament at Case Field. The Spartans, competing in national tournament for the first time in program history, conclude the season with a 13-4-3 overall record.

The Spartans' 13 wins and 11 shutouts this season are each school records. The Red Dragons (13-5-3) advance to the "Sweet 16."

After a scoreless first half, SUNY-Cortland broke through in the 68th minute when Caitlin Guerra collected the ball during a scramble in front of the net and knocked it past Spartan senior goalkeeperAnna Kennedy (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township). Kelly Wanser was credited with the assist on the score.

The Spartans best chance came with 5:37 left in regulation. Junior forward Kendra Simmons (Medina, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) laced a shot from 15 yards out, but Red Dragon keeper Pam Monnier dove to her right and got a hand on the ball, knocking it off the post and eventually out of bounds.

Kennedy was credited with five saves, while Monnier recorded eight stops.

Spartan Men Unable to Break Through versus Ohio Northern in NCAA Second Round

 The Case Western Reserve University men's soccer team had its NCAA Tournament run ended by No. 10 nationally-ranked Ohio Northern University, 2-0, in second round action on Sunday evening at Case Field.

The Spartans end the season at 15-5 overall and have a 2-1-1 record all-time in a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. Ohio Northern advances to the "Sweet 16" with an overall record of 20-2-2.

Case outshot ONU, 18-10, for the match and had several great looks at the net. But, clutch saves from ONU goalkeeper Mac Church and several shots hitting the posts kept the Spartans off of the scoreboard.

The Polar Bears scored the first goal of the contest in the 26th minute when Cameron Johnson knocked in a header following a free kick by Austin Windsor. Abrim Mueller added an insurance score in the 43rd minute via an assist from Christian Huelsman.

Three Spartans recorded three shots apiece, including All-American senior forward Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge), senior midfielder Kyle Alsup (Avon, Ohio/Detroit Country Day, Mich.) and freshman forward Patrick O'Day (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior).

In goal, senior keeper Ben Yabrow (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive) made two saves for the Spartans. Church recorded eight saves the Polar Bears.

Bell ends the most accomplished career in program history as the school's all-time leader for career goals (43), career points (101), goals in a season (20), and points in a season (50).

Case's 52 goals this season were a school record. The Spartans also captured the second University Athletic  Association Championship in team history.