A Page -- Nov. 17, 2010

Comets vie to keep train rolling in Bob 

Boulton against coach Jim McQuaide's 

former team, St. Edward

Nov. 17, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


After traveling to Warren to promptly eliminate Fitch from the tournament, Solon’s undefeated football team returns to Cuyahoga County Saturday for the regional championship against St. Edward on Byers Field in Bob Boulton Stadium.

The Eagles have in common with the Comets not only a 12-0 record, but also share in the concept that St. Ed is one of the three programs current Solon coach Jim McQaide has been the head coach of during the past 15 years. The other team, LaSalle, finished 9-2, losing its last two after rattling off nine straight wins to have McQuaide’s teams and former teams 27-0 going into the final week of the season.


Since one win and one loss will be added to that total this week, the best his three teams can finish this season is 36-2 and the worst 34-3. Sounds like pretty good fantasy league scenario or if nothing else another bit of trivia that will be forgotten by at least the whole world by this time next year.

Last week’s outing was a laugher for the Comets as the ran all over Fitch, 41-0, in Warren, where three current Comet coaches were either coaches, Student/Athletes or both at one time or another in their careers.

In fact, Solon was laughing even before the halftime break was reached, providing all the offense its fans needed and then some, bolting out to a 34-0 lead.


Solon got started early in the first quar-ter with a blocked Fitch punt that set up a 5-yard Chris Humphrey touchdown run. There was no turning back from there, as Solon scored five times in the first half and once in the second.


Chris Humphrey, on rushes of 5-yards and 11-yards, reached the end zone three times. Kyle Hammonds, on rushes of 2-yards, 1-yard, and 33-yards, put points up on the board. Defensively, the Comets held the opposing offense to no points for the fourth time in 2010.


Jovon Johnson led the Comets in tackles with 12 on the night. Interceptions and fumble recoveries from Darian Hicks, Cory Stuart, CJ Hanna, and Seth Willis sent the Comets home with a 41-0 win.


The Solon Comets are one of only four undefeated teams in Division I. Another one of those four teams is the St. Edward Eagles. (Hilliard Davidson and Pickerington Central share the same undefeated status as well.)

“We need to make sure that going into this game on Saturday that we are focused on what we need to do and only that,” said Solon Head Coach Jim McQuaide. “Our guys have played extremely well the last two weeks and we need to do the same this week.”

As another note of trivia, McQuaide coached one of the only St. Edward wins over St. Ignatius during the 12990s decade, an overtime win in 1996 in Lakewood Stadium. Last week’s win over Fitch was the 150th career coaching victory.

The only common opponent the Comets and Eagles have this year is Mentor. The Eagles beat the Cards the first week of the season, 35-28 and the first week of the playoffs, 35-21 The Comets dropped the Cards the third week of the season, 31-21.

Of St. Edward’s 12 win, seven have been against other private schools and five against public schools. All 12 of Solon’s wins were against public schools.

Yeowomen Place Three on All-NCAC Teams

NCAC Women

 – Three Oberlin College women’s soccer players received all-conference recognition from the North Coast Athletic Conference, the league office here announced.

Highlighting the trio Yeowomen who were honored is All-NCAC Second-Team selection, Lois Immerman. The senior from Elmira, New York, netted two goals this past season from her midfield spot. No matter whom Oberlin was playing, it was clear that Immerman was always one of the hardest-working players on the field. This is her third all-conference honor, having earned second-team accolades in 2009 and honorable-mention honors in 2008.

The junior tandem of Lori Sako and Ryann McChesney were also named as All-NCAC Honorable-Mention selections. 
Ryann McChesney

McChesney, who started all 18 games, tied for the team lead in points with eight, with three goals and two assists on the season. She also earned honorable-mention accolades last fall. 

Sako tied for the team-lead in goals with three – including one-game winner. The Seattle, Washington, native was a second-team selection in 2009 and has now scored 10 goals over the last two seasons. 

Olmsted Falls alumna Julie Radigan, 

North Olmsted alumna Brittany 

Donelan, Midview grad  Lauren 

Gauvreau honored for success in both 

components of Student/Athleticism

Nov. 17, 2010

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AUSTINTOWN – Olmsted Falls High alumna Julie Radigan, North Olmsted grad Brittany Donelan and Midview alum Lauren Gauvreau head up the area women who received recognition today from the Ohio Athletic Conference league office here for both their academic and volleyball achievements at their respective colleges.



The three were named Academic All OAC First Team. The academic award winners are selected by the OAC faculty representatives. To be eligible for Academic All-OAC, a Student/Athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative gpa, be a starter or key reserve and be in at least her second year of participation in the sport.

Donelan, playing and studying at Heidelberg, is a senior accounting major with a 3.96 gpa. Capital’s Gauvreau is a junior social studies/economics major with a 3.98 gpa. A Mount Union junior, Radigan is carrying a 3.9`1 while studying to become an intervention specialist.

Left to right - Jacki Street, Hupertz, Suzy Street

Receiving All Academic Honorable Mention were Midview’s Suzy and Jacki Street (Heidelberg), Beaumont’s Monica Hupertz (Mount Union). Both Streets are business majors, with senior Suzy carrying a 3.55 and sophomore Jackie and 3.9. Hupertz has a 3.51 in broadcast communications.

CSU could start season with five wins for 

the first time; must travel to the Bayou to 

do so

Nov. 17, 2010

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State's men's basketball team  will take to the road for the first time in the 2010-11 season when the Vikings travel to Lafayette, La. to take on Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday, Nov. 19 beginning at 7:05 p.m. CST (8:05 p.m. in Cleveland) in the Cajundome.

The Vikings (4-0) have equaled the best start in school history, defeating Bryant (71-57), Iona (78-68), Kent State (69-66) and Urbana (83-49) in a 74-hour span over the weekend to claim the title of the 2010 World Vision Classic.  A win over UL-Lafayatte will allow CSU to break the school record of four consecutive wins to start a seaon, which was originally set in both 1963-64 and 1985-86.  

UL-Lafayette is off to a 1-1 start after falling to New Mexico State (92-76) and defeating Louisiana College (91-66).  This will be the third series meeting with UL-Lafayette with each team winning on its home court during the 1989-90 season.

The win over Urbana on Monday allowed CSU to improve to 4-0 and allowed the Vikings to equal the school record for consecutive wins to start a season.  Cleveland State opened both the 1963-64 and 1985-86 seasons with four straight wins.  CSU has never been 5-0.

Four wins during the opening weekend of the season has propelled Cleveland State up nine spots - from 25th to 16th - in the latest  CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, which was released on Tuesday (Nov. 16).

The Vikings more than doubled the 127 points  they received in the first poll, picking up 270 votes to edge Portland (267) for 16th place.

Gonzaga took over the top spot in the poll, receiving 20 first place and 755 total points to edge Butler, who received 11 first place and 753 total points.  A new poll is released every Tuesday throughout the season.






St. Ed one of only four D-I teams still 

undefeated; only 12-0 private school in 

the ranks; second-year coach Rick 

Finotti striving to become fourth man

to lead Eagles to state title game

Nov. 17, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


St. Edward is one of only four Division I football teams in the state that is still undefeated and the only private school still unbeaten. With a win over one of those public schools, Solon, it might get a chance to see one of the other two in the final game of the year in two weeks down in Stark County.

The Eagles face Solon, which has an identical 12-0 record, Saturday in Bob Boulton Stadium and on Byers Field. The winner earns the regional championship and the right to go on to the state’s Final Four to play the Whitmer-St. John winner in the semis next week, probably either at Ashland University or Bowling Green State University. Pickerington and Davidson, also both undefeated, are meeting in one of the other regional finals for the right to play the Cincinnati regional champion in the semis.


Both of these teams come into the game with potent offenses. St. Ed has been held to under 30 points in only two games (by Elder and St. Xavier). Solon has been held to under 30 points only once (by Brunswick).  

Defensively, the Comets have posted four shutouts (including three in their most recent six games).

The difference comes in the playoff path so far. Solon has had a relative easy time of it, outscoring its two opponents, 72-7, while St. Ed was in a tight battle for at least three quarters two weeks in a row, including having to come from behind after being down at the half against Glenville last week.

Still, the Eagles have faced the more formidable of opponents in the playoff season. They had to top Mentor, which is perennially in the playoffs, and Glenville, which hasn’t missed a post-season appearance in almost two decades. Brecksville-Broadview and Fitch do not have much of a playoff history (one state title game appearance in 40 years between the two of them) although the Austintown boys do get in it off and on over the decades.

The last time the two teams met was in the state playoffs in 2000, with Solon winning by two TDs and making it all the way to state title game that year before falling to Upper Arlington for all the marbles. The two schools met only two other times on the gridiron, both times in the mid 1980s when the Eagles were coached by the late Al O’Neill and the Comets by Jack Ruvolo, who was also the head coach at Parma High and went on to college coaching after yielding the Solon job to Byron Morgan, the current NDCL coach.

St. Ed won both those games under O’Neill with his power offense that specialized and field and clock domination, even though the Comets otherwise went on to have great seasons both years.

Last week the Eagles defeated top ranked Glenville 42-22. Again, they will have to post an “upset” against Solon, the regional computer-points champion.

(l to r), Burke, Bates, Terrell

Senior RB Terrell Bates, Reggie Terrell and QB Kevin Burke rushed for a combined 224 yards and 3 touchdowns. After getting challenged in the first half, the Eagles scored 28 consecutive points in the second half on the Cardinals.

Cory Blackstock led a quartet of defensive backs that turned in interceptions for the Eagles last week. Blackstock’s pick went for an 85-yard TD return.

Phil Smith, one of four Eagle inrterceptors

The Eagles have a 25-10 advantage against opponents in the turnover ratio this season. Any success the Solon group would have in this game would hinge on taking care of the ball on offense and using its shut-out minded defense to home in on forcing Eagle mistakes.

On the coaching side, Eds’ Rick Finotti is the head man of a West Side team who used to coach at an East Side school (Mayfield) and Comets coach Jim McQuaide is a man heading up an East Side team who used to coach a West Sid team (St. Ed).

O'Neill (L) and Finotti (R)

With two more wins this month, Finotti would become the fourth St. Ed head coach to lead the Eagles to a state title game (Mike Currence ’75, O’Neill ’86, and John Gibbons '03).


Senior Place Kicker Mike DiNunzio is 57 for 57 on extra points and is 10 of 14 on field goals. He hit on two 37-yard field goals against St. Xavier. His longest is 40 yards, which was against Elder.

Kelley Clark becomes new Mount Union 

women's soccer coach 

Nov. 17, 2010

By Lenny Reich

The University of Mount Union has named Kelley Clark its new head women's soccer coach.

Clark is eighth women's soccer coach in school history and takes over for Melissa Joseph who recently resigned.

"We are all confident in Kelley's ability to motivate our student-athletes on and off the field," commented head softball coach and senior women's administrator Sandy Douglas.  "I know her hard work and dedication will move our women's soccer program forward."


Clark spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Mount Union and has been responsible for several administrative duties including recruiting and travel accommodations while serving as the head coach of the Purple Raiders' junior varsity squad.

"I look forward to meeting the opportunities and challenges of coaching the women's soccer team at Mount Union," commented Clark. "We have great facilities, programs, faculty and staff. I look forward to continuing to work on building our program."

She previously has served as a co-director of the soccer program at Camp Danbee in Hinsdale, Mass. in 2007 and has also been an instructor at Raider Soccer School Summer Camps since 2008.

A native of Corry, Pa., Clark played three years of soccer at NCAA Division II California University of Pennsylvania, was named to the 2006 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Honor Roll and graduated with a degree in sports management in May of 2008.

Kadi Tabbed NCAC Swimmer of the Week
By Mike Mancini
Westlake - Oberlin College senior Sara Kadi was named as the NCAC Swimmer of the Week, the league office announced this week. 

Kadi, a native of Piedmont, California, won the 400 individual medley (4:51.347) and 100 free (55.40) in a 145.5-77.5 decision over John Carroll. Kadi also won the 200 free (1:59.66) and 100 free (55.04) in the Yeowomen’s loss to Wooster, 147-87.

It is the fourth time a Yeowoman has won Swimmer of the Week honors, since the conference office started giving out the award last season. Kadi also earned the honor on November 15, 2009.

She and the rest of the Yeoswimmers will host NCAC foe Allegheny on Friday night at 6 p.m. 

Oberlin to Host One-Day 
Tennis Showdowns

Oberlin –
 The Oberlin College tennis teams will be hosting two one-day showdown events for both men and women. The women’s event will take place on December 4, while the men’s event will be on December 5. 

For the women’s event, singles play will begin at 9 a.m. with doubles action slated to start at approximately 1 p.m. On Sunday at the men’s event, doubles play will start at 9 a.m. with singles played scheduled to begin at noon. 

"These open events are a great way to bring our extended tennis community together to have some low-key tennis competition at our beautiful facilities,” Head Women’s Tennis Coach Constantine Ananiadis said. “In addition, we're also able to raise some funds for our program. We're grateful to the ITA & USTA for giving us the opportunity to host a men's and a women's event this year and we look forward to have them back for many years to come."

The one-set tournament is open to all players of any age and skill level. Both tournaments are non-sanctioned, meaning it doesn’t count for any rankings and you are not required to be a current USTA or ITA member. 

The format is round-robin style with no elimination. Entrants can play up to three different sets/matches for singles and doubles. Set tie breaks will be played at 6-6 for all matches. 

For non-Oberlin students, faculty or staff, the entry fee is $15 dollars for singles play and $7.50 per person for doubles. For those affiliated with the College, the cost is $10 dollars for singles play and five dollars per person for doubles. To register for either event, please contact Head Women’s Tennis CoachConstantine Ananiadis at 440-775-6752 or via email atconstantine.ananiadis@oberlin.edu.


Hoban alumna Rachel Tecca scores 

game-high 21 points in Zips' setback

Nov. 17, 2010

By Erin Dugan

Akron at IUPUI, 7 pm
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The University of Akron women's basketball team will wrap up its brief two-game road trip to start the season at IUPUI Wednesday. The Zips and Jaguars will tip off at 7 p.m. Akron suffered a 69-54 defeat in its season opener at IPFW Monday night despite a game-high 21 points from sophomore Rachel Tecca. 


The Zips shot better than 40 percent (23-for-53) from the floor, 30 percent (3-for-10) from 3-point land and dominated the paint with a 38-22 point advantage but couldn't overcome 26 turnovers that led to 19 points for the Mastodons. Junior Natasha Williams set career highs with seven points and nine rebounds. Freshman Carly Young, who started at forward for UA, recorded seven points and six rebounds in her first game. The Jaguars (0-1), who are under the direction of first-year head coach Austin Parkinson, endured a 64-45 setback to Wright State in their home opener last Friday. Sophomore forward Kerah Nelson, who had nine points and nine rebounds against the Raiders, is a Summit League Preseason Second Team honoree. IUPUI, which finished 3-26 a year ago, was picked to finish ninth out of 11 teams in the Summit League's preseason poll.

Miami at Eastern Kentucky, 5:30 pm
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After a very competitive showing against ninth ranked Kentucky, the Miami women's basketball team hits the road for the first time when it travels to Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game. This will be the 999th game in the history of the Miami women's basketball program. The RedHawks will play in their historic 1,000th game on Saturday when they travel to Miami (Fla.). Through 998 games, the RedHawks are 552-446 for a winning percentage of .553. Despite the relative youth of this season's team, it is apparent that it fields some of the best shot blockers in school history. The RedHawks set a new single-season school record with 147 blocks in 2009-10. With 42 blocks last season, Kirsten Olowinski set a new Miami freshman single-season record. That broke a record set only the year before by current junior Rachael Hencke when she had 27. The Colonels won their opener 74-61 over Chicago State on Friday. Alex Jones led EKU with 19 points and nine rebounds. Eastern Kentucky was 12-17 last season with an 8-10 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference. They fell in the first round of the OVC Tournament to Tennessee-Martin. Jones was the Colonels leading scorer and rebounder a season ago, averaging 12.0 points and 8.7 boards in 2009-10.

Youngstown State at Bowling Green, 7 pm
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The Bowling Green State University women's basketball team, after a win in the 2010-11 home opener, returns to venerable Anderson Arena for the second time in three days ... the Falcons of coach Curt Miller face Youngstown State University in Wednesday (Nov. 17) action, with tipoff set for 7:00 p.m. at Anderson. The Falcons will enter the Youngstown State game with a record of 1-1 ... BGSU suffered a 63-62 loss at Evansville Friday night (Nov. 12), in the regular-season opener ... but, the Brown and Orange bounced back with a 79-53 win over Creighton in Monday's (Nov. 15) home-opening contest ... senior Lauren Prochaska is averaging a team-high 19.0 points per game, and is tied for the team lead with 8.0 rebounds per contest ... classmate Tracy Pontius has 16.0 ppg, while another senior, Maggie Hennegan, has 9.5 ppg and is tied with Prochaska for the rebounding lead, with 8.0 rpg... Hennegan had a double-double at UE, with 12 points and 10 boards.