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

The East-West legacy lives despite great efforts to push it in the Orwellian Memory Hole; McLaughlin’s Wildcats, Felton’s Mustangs prove once again that history cannot be completely erased

Only two Cleveland area teams won high school soccer state championships over the weekend and both were coached by individuals that came out of the most comprehensive soccer club in the history of Ohio.

Mike McLaughlin coached St. Ignatius to its fourth state championship in school history and Jon Felton coached Strongsville girls to the school title. Both were in the big school divisions. Cleveland was shut out of a championship in the other four divisions.

McLaughlin (L),  Fleton (R)

Both McLaughlin and Felton once played for the East-West Soccer Club of Aurora and later Solon, a club that morphed into the East-West Ambassadors, which had the corner on athletic diplomacy and White House support through several presidential administrations.

Although the mainstream media hacks (MMH) have been successful in writing East-West out of history, the memories of the great accomplishments of this club have hardly found their way to the Orwellian Memory Hole.

East-West was the first club to make it to the McGuire Cup Final Four (National Championship Tournament) three consecutive years, the first to house Ukranian soccer players (from the then USSR) in the homes of American Student/Athletes (1989) since the revolution from 1917, the first to accumulate $1 million in college scholarship money for its Student/Athletes, the first to have its members on both the national championship women’s and men’s teams in the same year (North Carolina and Indiana in 1988), the first to have international send offs from five different U.S. Presidents, and the first to have an All League goalie in the English Premiere League (Brad Friedel) come through its programs.

The MMH has done a great job of hiding these facts, but the truth will always stand somewhere regardless of how the powers that be could control the present by controlling the past and thereby controlling the future.

Both McLaughlin and Felton were S/A players for US, out of North Olmsted/St. Ignatius and Elyria, respectively, starting out in the Under-16 program in the 1980s and continuing into East-West’s U-18 and U-23 teams and both aided in the coaching while still collegiate S/As and later while as professional coaches.

This is the second time this remarkable feat has happened. In 2005, Cleveland was shut out of a state championship in three of the then five divisions. The only titles coming back to Cleveland were both in Division I – McLaughlin’s Wildcats and by Felton’s Mustangs.

Yes, how and by whom a Student/Athlete does matter, particularly when it comes to that S/A giving back to other S/As later in life. There is no doubt that McLaughlin’s and Felton’s teams win because of their professional roots in soccer.

Long live East-West!

Wright State Rolls to 80-56 Win Over Kenyon

The men's basketball team open the home portion of its schedule with a win Sunday afternoon as the Raiders defeated Kenyon 80-56 at WSU's Nutter Center.

The Lords scored the first five points of the contest before WSU answered with a 10-0 run, half of those coming from Armond Battle.  The margin was still five until an 11-1 burst over a three-minute span, including five by John Balwigaire, put Wright State up 25-10 with 7:26 remaining in the first half.  Another 10-0 run extended the lead to 19 before the Raiders went into the half up 42-24.

WSU Women Defeat Ball State in Season Opener

Behind a 24-3 first-half run, the women's basketball team won its season opener Sunday with a 74-55 decision over Ball State at WSU's Nutter Center.

Mercedes Miller gave Ball State a 13-10 lead with a three at the 13:14 mark of the first half, but the Raiders followed with the 24-3 run over the next nine minutes, 10 of those points coming from Kim Demmings and eight by Breanna Stucke, to go up 34-16. 

Raider Men's Soccer Drops 1-0 Heartbreaker in HL Finals

The men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to Loyola in the Horizon League championship game Sunday in Valparaiso, Indiana.

The lone goal of the contest came at the 2:36 mark of the first overtime as Eric Marofske scored his first goal of the season on a shot from 10 yards out on an assist from Eric Nock.

Olmsted Falls' Julie Radigan named All Great Lakes Region

(LEXINGTON, Ky.)—Mount Union senior setter Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) was named to the All-Great Lakes Region First Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Radigan, who was a First Team All-Ohio Athletic Coference selection earlier this season, advances to the All-American ballot.

The senior avearaged 10.11 asists per set to rank second in the OAC and 29th in the nation. She also had a team-best .298 hitting percentage while averaging 1.13 kills per set, 2.14 digs per set, and recording 48 blocks.

Four Earn Regional and Academic Honors

TIFFIN, Ohio-Senior two-time Ohio Athletic Conference player of the year
Jackie Reinhart (New Riegel) was selected to the American Volleyball Coaches
Association All-Great Lakes Region team and the Capital One/College Sports
Information Directors of America Academic All-District VII second team to
lead a group of four Heidelberg University volleyball players who earned
all-region or academic all-district honors.

Junior two-time All-OAC outside hitter Marian Bevington (Celina/Parkway)
joined Reinhart, who is making her second appearance on the all-region team,
as an All-Great Lakes Region selection, while senior three-time All-OAC
outside hitter Venessa Haase (Miamisburg) was named honorable mention.

Sophomore second-team All-OAC middle hitter Amber Welfle (Norwalk/St. Paul)
also joined Reinhart on the Academic All-District VII second team.

Cleveland State’s Brown Picks Up First Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week Accolade

Senior led Vikings to road win at No. 7 Vanderbilt


INDIANAPOLIS -- Helping Cleveland State collect the biggest upset of the early college basketball season, D’Aundray Brown (Youngstown, Ohio/Ursuline) has been named the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, for the week of Nov. 7-Nov. 13. The accolade is the first of Brown’s career.


In his first game since March 2, 2010, Brown led the Vikings to a 71-58 win at No. 7 Vanderbilt, recording a career-high 18 points, eight rebounds and seven steals as Cleveland State (1-0) snapped the Commodores’ 20-game home winning streak over non-conference foes.


Buffalo (1-0) at Duquesne (1-0), 7:00 PM
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The Bulls look to begin the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season.  UB is  making its first trip to Duquesne since January 17, 1996, a game the Bulls won 75-66. The  Bulls are coming off a 65-54 win over Niagara on Friday night. The Bulls got a lot of production out of their senior class on Friday night against Niagara. The four seniors, Beth Christensen, Brittany Hedderson, Ephesia Holmes and  Teresa  Semalulu combined for 43 of UB’s 65 points in the win.  While Hedderson averaged in  double figures last season, none of the other three seniors averaged more than 2.0 points per game. Duquesne enters tonight’s game with a 1-0 record following a 74-70 win over St. Francis (PA) on Friday night.  The Dukes led by as many as 19 in the game before holding on for the victory.  Alex Gensler had 33 points in the game, including an 8-for-13 performance from behind the arc.  Vanessa Abel added 16 points and seven assists in the win.

Marygrove College (0-1) at Eastern Michigan (1-0), 7:00 PM
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Behind a record-setting, 42-point performance from senior guard Tavelyn James (Detroit, Mich.-Mumford), the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team opened up their 2011-12 campaign with an 83-53 road win over Northeastern University today, Nov. 11, at Solomon Court in Boston, Mass. It is the first 30-point victory over an opponent since the Eagles' 85-40 victory over Ohio, Jan. 26, 2011. The Detroitnative had previously set the EMU single-game record with a pair of 40 point efforts in wins over Buffalo (Feb. 3, 2010) and Toledo (March 2, 2010).  With the prolific total, James became the first Mid-American Conference women's basketball player ever to score 40-or-more points in their team's first game of a season. Western Michigan University's Carrie Moore (41 vs. Detroit - Nov. 17, 2006) and Casey Rost (40 vs. UMKC - Nov. 26, 2003) each reached the 40-point plateau in their team's third game of the season. 

Chris Osborne Named OAC Wrestler of the 


TIFFIN, Ohio.-Heidelberg University sophomore 141-pounder Chris Osborne
(McComb) was named Ohio Athletic Conference wrestler of the week, announced
today by the league office.  Osborne posted a 3-3 record for the week,
including matches against three NCAA Division I opponents.

Highlighting Osborne's week was an appearance in the 141-pound quarterfinals
of the Michigan State Open in East Lansing, Mich




Gilmour once again expects to be tournament tough with large array of independent tourneys on schedule; John Tobbe and Oliver Flesher are veteran team leaders

Last season once again, Gilmour hockey proved that independence and individuality is the best way to go when trying to accomplish a winning culture and again Lancer high school hockey is primed to be one of the best in the city, state, region and continent.

Gilmour, hosted its own hockey tournament last season during the same week the Baron Cup was going on on the West Side. Through playing stiff competition in Gates Mills, both Padua (Kent) and Gilmour (Brooklyn) made it to championship games whereas the vaunted Red North (from the Baron Cup Tourney) had only one in championship games (St Ed's).

In an all-Brothers of Holy Cross state semifinal (an effort to eliminate the imbalance of Cleveland area teams dominating state tourneys), Gilmour lost to St. Edward in several overtime periods.


Back from the Final Four team and on the Varsity A team (the top 20 players in the school go to the boys’ prep team) are seniors Jordan ROBINSON, Alex HALUSKA, Nick ALEVA, Joey LENCEWICZ, John TOBBE, and Oliver FLESHER.


Flesher will be back for his third year in goal. The 5 seniors will be the apex of the team, sparked by John Tobbe, leading point player, and #1 Goalie in Flesher.


Other veterans back are junior Jason MUSARRA, and sophomores Ryan HALL, Benny CLARK, James FORSYTHE, Mason SCHMITT, and Matthew RAY. They all split time between the Varsity A and Varsity B teams among the three prep-level teams at Gilmour.

Those vying for varsity A regulars status are Alex Rupp (fwd, 12th grade), Nick Panzo (fwd, 11), Matt Moore (Def, 11), Alex Aleva (fwd, 11), Ryan Curtin (fwd, 10), and Alec Hooper (def, 10).

“We should have good team speed as well as solid depth at all positions,” said Gilmour Coach John Malloy, who is one win away from his 500th career coaching victory. “The question mark is on who will step up to add some scoring as well as on the young defense’s ability to develop quickly enough to help.”

The Lancers were 35-game winners and at 35-9-2 had one of the best overall winning percentages in the state.

“We respect the game, each other and the opponents,” Malloy said. “We strive to compete fairly and earn every win.”

The Lancers are hosting a tournament at Progressive Field on the outdoor rink Dec. 2-4.

“We play an independent schedule playing in a lot of tournaments,” Malloy said. “We play a strong schedule during the year in hopes of being well prepared for the State tournament at the end of the year.”

That the Lancers were one season ago. They achieve academically as well.

“Most of our Student/Athletes are capable of an exceptional academic standing and all are good students and will have strong college options after graduation as our graduates demonstrate each and every year,” Malloy said.

Cleveland's Germany Woods & Euclid's Tony 

Gordon Named OAC Players of the Week

TIFFIN, Ohio-Heidelberg University sophomore second-team All-Ohio Athletic
Conference running back Germany Woods (Cleveland/Lakewood St. Edward) and
senior cornerback Tony Gordon (Euclid) were named OAC offensive and
special teams player of the week, respectively, announced today by the league
office.  Woods broke the Berg's single-season school rushing record and
Gordon scored on a 50-yard fumble recovery in the Student Princes 48-21 win
over rival Ohio Northern University on Saturday.

Woods, who is getting the player of the week nod for the second time in
2011, entered Saturday's contest needing 84 yards to break Bryce Tuohy's
record of 1,331 yards.  Woods tallied 173 yards on the ground on 24 carries
and scored a season-high three touchdowns to finish the season with 1,421
yards, which led the OAC.  He eclipsed Tuohy's 1989 mark by 90 yards in 238
attempts, 68 less than Tuohy's 306.

Woods rushed for 100 or more yards in eight of 10 games this season and has
passed the century mark in 12 of his last 14 contests dating back to last
season.  Through 20 career games, Woods has rushed for 2,455 yards and 21
TDs and averages 122.8 yards per game.