A Page -- Nov. 2, 2010

Hudson's boys' swimming team returns 3/4 

of All American medley team, 10 NOC All 

Academics and one Academic All American

November 2. 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


HUDSON – With a host of proven swimmers and divers returning from last year’s team that finished fourth in the district, Hudson High should have one of the top boys’ swimming teams in this area.

The Explorers return five state qualifiers and nine district qualifiers in one of the largest programs in the area, typically claiming more district qualifiers than most other high schools.

However, they had a better year in 2008-09, finishing second at districts, and are hoping to at least return to that No. 2 spot.

“Our team has worked very hard and has been gaining confidence as they have steadily improved over the past four years,” said coach Matt Davis. “They know they can improve on their personal bests 100 percent in the post season and compete with the best in the state.


Coach Davis

The top three swimmers back for the Explorers are Jimmy Dagley, Adam Motter, and John Zucca. They made up three-fourths of the 200-yard medley relay team that achieved All-American status last year.

Zucca is a senior and the other two juniors. Zucca is a three-year state qualifier; Motter and Dagley are two-year state qualifiers. Dagley was also on the district champion 200 freestyle relay team.

Other key returning swimmers are two-year state qualifier Marty Haas (Jr), and two-time district and one-time state qualifier Alex Lindroth (Sr).


Also expected to lead among the senior group are two-time district qualifiers Nick Bockanic and Kevin Carrabine. Other district qualifiers back in the fold are Cooper Goeke (Jr.), and Ryan Hutcheson (so), Kyle Mazurek (Sr).

Other upperclassmen who contributed enough to letter and are returning with more experience are senior Alan Xia, sophomore Patrick Choi, and senior Christian Jaekle.

The Explorers were 7-2, won the sectionals and took 10th in the state in 2009-10.

Davis, a Hiram College alumnus, is in his fourth season as the boys’ coach with his teams in previous seasons at the school posting a 28-14 overall record.

“Our lack of number could be a concern; all of our divers will be new,” Davis said. “Kyle Schroeder is the new diving coach this season.

The younger swimmers coming up to the varsity as they were Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division JV champs last year.

Most important, Davis has an intelligent group of boys with a team GPA of 3.36, 10 NOC All Academic selections and one Academic All American.

NDCL gymnasts lack depth but have the 

wits to learn quickly and compensate

Nov. 2, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CHARDON – Although this is a rebuilding year and the group as a whole lacks depth, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s gymnastics team still expects to be competitive in the district.

“We do not have as many girls as we had last year and are- working on building the team,” said Lions coach Gina Gastaldo. “We lost some key seniors from last year to graduation.”


Two veteran performers NDCL does return are Allison Pschirer (senior) and Mariah Salloum (sophomore).

Gymnastics Team

Last year's team photo (Salloum is first, left, bottom row and Pschirer is first, left, back row) 

A promising freshman the Lions have is Rachel Galaska.

“This group of girls work very well together,” said Gastaldo. “We can become a successful team if they all do well individually. They have to potential to individually perform well and thereby improve as a team as the season goes on.”

While building confidence due to lack of depth will be one task, Gastaldo is working on getting the girls better on bars and developing consistency on the beam.

All the girls will attempt to be all-around performers. They work in the off season with Gastaldo in the same club/gym.

Whatever they lack in natural ability, they can make up for by learning new techniques, which should not be too much of a challenge mentally since the team has collective GPA of 3.5.

Walsh Jesuit alumnus Pat Brennan, Medina 

graduate Jeff Bonezzi, Stow alum Jeff Grater 

named Academic All District for B-W

Nov. 2, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA-- Three Baldwin-Wallace College Men's Soccer standout Student/Athletes, senior center back Jeff Grater (Stow/ Stow-Munroe Falls), sophomore midfielder Pat Brennan (Akron/ Walsh Jesuit) and senior midfielder Jeff Bonezzi (Medina/ Senior) have been named to the ESPN Academic All-District IV teams.  Grater and Brennan were selected to the first-team and now qualify for the national ESPN Academic All-America ballot and Bonezzi was tabbed to the third-team.

Walsh product Pat Brennan

"This is outstanding and indicative of three young men who have excelled both academically and athletically," said ninth-year Head Coach Reid Ayers. "All three are excellent students first, team and campus leaders second and outstanding soccer players.  All of our younger Student/Athletes look up to these three as role models.  The trio is accomplishing exactly what we want all of our young men to accomplish. We are extremely proud of each of them."




B-W Men’s Soccer Team Defeats Capital University 3-2, in Quarterfinals of OAC 


By Jeff Miller

Bexley, OH -- The  Baldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference foe Capital University, 3-2, today (Tuesday, November 1, 2010) in the quarterfinals of the OAC Tournament at Bernlohr Stadium in Bexley, Ohio.

With the win, B-W has now won four straight games and improves to 12-5-4 overall.  The Yellow Jackets will advance to  OAC semifinals for the second straight season and will face the #2 seed Ohio Northern University Polar Bears on Thursday, November 4th in Ada, Ohio at 2:00 p.m.   The winner of tonight’s match between the #5 seed John Carroll University and the #4 seed the University of Mount Union  will advance to the other semifinals match to face #1 seed Heidelberg University on Thursday, November 2nd in Tiffin, Ohio at 7:00 p.m.  With its loss, Capital ends its season at 13-6 overall.




Spartan Men’s Soccer Defender Niro Wimalasena Named ESPN The Magazine 

Academic All-District


By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND, OH – Case Western Reserve University junior defender Niro Wimalasena (Mason, OH/William Mason) has been selected as a First-Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV honoree, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Today, Tuesday, November 2. By virtue of his first-team nod, Wimalasena now becomes eligible for Academic All-America voting.


Wimalasena carries a 3.71 grade point average as a chemical engineering major and has played in 18 matches with 17 starts this season. A team captain, he has notched a goal and an assist from the backline, while helping the team post six shutouts as a leader of the Spartan defense.


A 2009 All-Great Lakes Region and University Athletic Association selection, Wimalasena is a member of the Gamma Sigma Alpha honor societyand serves as public relations director for the Case Association of Student-Athletes (CASA).


The Academic All-America teams for men’s soccer will be announced on Wednesday, November 17.


Last year, a combined seven Case Western Reserve Student/Athletes earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors. The amount was tied for fourth-most in the nation for all Divisions. 

Oberlin College Athletics Joins Movember Movement
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Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College athletics staff has elected to join the fight against cancer by joining the “Movember” movement. 

The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember. 

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days. 

The funds raised through Movember’s US campaign benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The PCF uses the money raised by Movember to fund research that is accelerating the discovery of better treatments and ultimately finding a cure for prostate cancer. One such program is the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s research, which has recently made a significant breakthrough. They identified 24 different kinds of prostate cancer and how aggressive each is. This should enable scientists to soon be able to answer the agonizing question facing men with prostate cancer: does their cancer need immediate treatment, and if so what is the best treatment, or can it be left alone? 

LIVESTRONG uses the money raised by Movember to fund important programs to support young adults and their families battling and surviving cancer.

Each week members of the athletics staff will have their pictures taken and posted online so supporters from across the world can see those Mo’s grow!

The athletics staff is asking that everyone join our team, Yeo Mo’s. When we say everyone, we do mean everyone' student-athletes, fans, parents, alumni, friends, etc. We could use everyone’s support in fighting this great cause. To join our team and to make online donation, visit our team page herehttp://us.movember.com/mospace/978646/.

John Carroll men beat Mount Union in a 


Nov. 2

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE, Ohio--No. 5 seed John Carroll twice rallied from deficits to tie the match at 3-3 then advanced in a shootout, 5-4 to upset No. 4 seed Mount Union in the quarterfinals of the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Tournament Tuesday at Mount Union Stadium.

Senior Andrew Fatigati hit the decisive shot in the shootout as John Carroll (11-8-1) advances to play No. 1 seed Heidelberg Thursday at 7 pm in Tiffin, Ohio.

Mount Union (10-6-3), in the tournament for the first time since 2003 and hosting a game for just the third time in school history, was led by freshman Thomas Beck (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) who scored all three of the Raiders goals.

His first score was a header off a free kick from sophomore Leo Hicks (Leetonia/Cardinal Mooney) in the 27th minute and the Raiders took that lead into the half.

Beck then made it 2-0 as he put a penalty kick past Blue Streak keeper Carl Contrascier in the 51st minute.

Just 2:21 later, Kyle Buxman got John Carroll on the board as he kicked in a rebound, then Buxman assisted Kevin McKamish's game tying goal in the 71st minute.

Beck then gave Mount Union a 3-2 advantage as he took a though ball from Hicks and put it in from 15 yards out.

McKamish then sent one just over the hands to the far post of Raider keeper Jon Critell (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney) in the 87th minute to tie the contest.

After a pair of overtime periods, John Carroll then edged out Mount Union in penalty kicks.

John Carroll held a 26-20 lead in shots and 8-6 edge in corner kicks as Contrascier had six saves, while Critell had five saves for Mount Union.

The other OAC quarterfinal was also an upset on Tuesday as No. 6 seed Baldwin-Wallace defeated No. 3 seed Capital, 3-2.  The Jackets play Thursday at 2 pm at No. 2 seed Ohio Northern in the other semifinal.

 John Carroll (11-8-1) vs. Mount Union (10-6-3)
 Date: Nov 02, 2010  Attendance: 225
 Weather: 45 F, cold

 Goals by period       1  2 OT O2 SO  Tot
 John Carroll........  0  3  0  0  0 -  3
 Mount Union.........  1  2  0  0  0 -  3
  1.  26:09 MTU Thomas Beck (Leo Hicks) - header off of free kick to far post
  2.  50:51 MTU Thomas Beck Penalty kick
  3.  53:12 JCUM Kyle Buxman (unassisted) - goal off of rebound
  4.  70:17 JCUM Kevin McKamish (Kyle Buxman) - shot past keeper from 12 yds out
  5.  78:32 MTU Thomas Beck (Leo Hicks) - through ball to shot from 15 yds out
  6.  86:58 JCUM Kevin McKamish (unassisted) - shot from 30 yds to far post

 John Carroll: 2/Y 3/Y 22/Y 17/Y 18/Y
 Mount Union: 8/Y 15/Y 12/N 4/Y 21/Y
 John Carroll wins shootout 5-4

 Shots: John Carroll 26, Mount Union 20
 Saves: John Carroll 6 (Carl Contrascier 6), Mount Union 5 (Jonathan Critell 5)
 Mount Union is the No.4 seed; John Carroll is the No.5 seed
 John Carroll advances on PK's (5-4) to play at No. 1 seed
 Heidelberg Thursday at 7 pm

2010 OAC Men's Soccer Tournament

Tuesday, Nov. 2
(5) John Carroll 3, (4) Mount Union 3 (John Carroll advances 5-4 on PK's)
(6) Baldwin-Wallace 3, (3) Capital 2

Thursday, Nov. 5
(5) John Carroll at (1) Heidelberg, 7 pm
(6) Baldwin-Wallace at (2) Ohio Northern, 2 pm

Saturday, Nov. 7
Championship (Highest seed hosts at 2 or 7 pm)

Running back/DB Corey Jones is 

Beachwood High Student/Athlete of the 


Sophomore @ Beachwood High School
Varsity Football - Running Back/Safety

This week's Bison Athlete of the Week is sophomore, varsity football player and second-year letterwinner, Corey Jones. Corey was instrumental in leading the Bison football team to a 20-19 victory over the Hawken

Hawks. Corey carried the ball 15 times for 109 yards and had one rushing touchdown. His touchdown occurred seconds before the end of the first half as he scored on a beautiful 57-yard rushing touchdown,

which turned out to be the winning touchdown.

Corey Jones

His eight tackles last weekend give him 54 on the year.

Only a sophomore, he was called on to play both ways against Hawken. "Corey will be looked to for leadership this off season and in the next two years as he helps lead a very young Bison football team," Williams said.

The Bison capped off the season with a 5-5 record and a 2-2 record in the conference. This is the first time in 14 years that the Beachwood football team finished .500 or better in two straight seasons. The Bison will return nine starters on offense and nine starters on defense next season, which makes for a very bright and exciting future for Bison football. Corey is also a member of the High School Basketball team.


Hudson's girls' tankers have enough depth 

(19 returning district qualifiers) and smarts 

(10 NOC Scholars) to improve from No. 2 to

1 in both NOC and District

Nov. 2, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


HUDSON – Three school record holders, 19 district qualifiers and three Academic All Americans returning for another swimming season, a three good reasons to believe that the Hudson High girls are ready to plunge into a season to remember.

The Explorers won the sectional, claimed runners-up honors in the district and finished 16th in the state as a team in 2009-10.

“We are deep with a strong senior class,” said Explorers’ coach Matt Davis, whose girls’ teams have had a 36-7 record in his four seasons as their coach. “The only thing is that we are short on sprinters and need to develop that area quickly.”

The team to beat for Hudson will be Solon. The Comets took the No. 1 spot ahead of the Explorers in both the district and Valley Division of the Northeast Ohio Conference.

The Explorers, 8-1 last year, earned Davis District Coach of the Year honors last year.


Leading the bright (3.6 team GPA, 27 All NOC Academic Scholar selections) throng of girls is Hannah Hornis, a 3-year state qualifier, and school record holder (100-yard butterfly and 100-freestyle).

Complementing Horris in the leadership role is Hope Bagarus, (Sr. 3 -Year District Qualifier, 1 Year State Qualifier), along with Haley Turner (SR 2 -Year District Qualifier, 1 Year State Qualifier), Maggie McCue (SR, 3 Year District Qualifier, 1 Year State Qualifier.), Katie Mailey (SR 3 Year District Qualifier, 2 Year State Qualifier),  Stephanie Malloy (SR, 3 letters, 2 Year District Qualifier), Ally Zeleznik (SR, 3 letters, 2 Year District Qualifier), and Amy Shirk (SR, 3 letters, 2 Year District Qualifier).

Returning from the school record holding 200 medley relay team are sophomores Connie Gan (1 Year State Qualifier, NOC Meet recorder holder – 100 Fly), Natalie Hill (1 Year District Qualifier, 1 Year State Qualifier) and Laura Murphy (1 Year State Qualifier).

Leading the junior contingent is two-year district qualifier Rachel Speakman. Other top juniors are Sara Crane (2 letters, 1 Year District Qualifier), Shannon Justice (1 letter, 1-Year District Qualifier), `x Taryn McLaughlin (1 Year District Qualifier), and Carrie Shortman (2 letters, 1 Year District Qualifier).

Other returning letter women are Francesca Bankovich, Caroline Bevan, Anastasiya Duz, Marscha Hornis (soph. 1 Year District Qualifier), Molly Morgan, Rachel Shaw, Chloe Skinner, Rachel Skully and Taylor Kelly and Emily Arther (soph. 1 Year District Qualifier).

“We would like to win our league and district, but the girls have the confidence to get at least back into the top two in both,” Davis said.


Massive second-half attack enables Revere 

to post 2-0 regional semi final win over Elyria 

Catholic; Ben Deighton, Dylan Coleman 

score goals

Nov. 2, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – Using a relentless second-half attack, Revere came away with a 2-0 win over Elyria Catholic in the boys’ Division II Soccer Regional semifinal tonight on the pitch here in the athletic complex at Rocky River High School.

The Minutemen will play the Lexington-Lima Shawnee winner Saturday at a site that is yet to be determined, but in all likelihood somewhere west such as Ashland, Wooster, Shelby, Tiffin or Findlay.

These two teams were made up of almost opposite demographics, Revere made up of three-fourths seniors and EC two-thirds juniors.

The experience seemed to pay off at the onset of the second half, as the scoreless deadlock was finally broken by Revere’s Ben Deighton with a high shot from 30 yards into the upper left corner of EC keeper Frank Sanabra at 41:02.


Listen to post-match interview with Revere Student/Athlete Ben Deighton from tonight’s Minutemen-Panthers match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


It came moments after a flurry in front of the goal. Trent Sample had a shot on goal that Sanabra saved and after and getting the ball back the Minutemen went right on the attack, but Sample and Dylan Coleman having shots at an open goal with Sanabra out defending.

Panther junior defenseman Seth Wechter was able to clear out the ball, but the Minutemen were right on time with bouncing right back on the attack for the third time in less than a minute, leading up to the score.

Watch a few short videos of tonight’s Minutemen-Panthers match, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


In the 47th minute, the Minutemen were back at it, drawing a foul and two corner kicks. Deighton took all three restart kicks, the closest to a goal coming on the second corer with John Stanoch missing way high on the header.

Deighton had another restart after an EC foul in the ninth minute, but Ryan Zero just missed the lead pass in front of the goal.

EC did not have much on the attack in the first 10 minutes of the second half until Tyler Morris was able to have a straight on, long shot, but it did not have enough on it as Brandon Holvey was able to field the soft shot cleanly in goal.


Listen to post-match interview with Revere Student/Athlete Dylan Coleman from tonight’s Minutemen-Panthers match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Meanwhile Revere kept pressuring and finally put home goal No. 2 at 55:51 when Dylan Coleman hit the back of the net with a 20-yard bullet with a pass from Nick Gallo.

Listen to post-match interview with Revere Student/Athlete Nick Gallo from tonight’s Minutemen-Panthers match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading



In the first half, EC had its first corner kick at the three-minute mark. Mike Sandler launched the kick, placing it right in front of the goal but the Panthers could not control it enough to get off a shot.

At 9:53, Dave Elwer was fouled just in front of the Revere 18-yard box, but was still able to draw a free kick for EC. The Panthers sent three guys past the ball before Ryan Lutke took the shot that keeper Brandon Holvey was able to save.

Elwer followed with a rebound shot off the loose ball, but again Holvey was able to save it.

The Minutemen had a golden opportunity when Mike Santucci was able to jitterbug around a defender inside the 18-yard box and pass it to Colin Romisher in the middle, drawing keeper Frank Sanabra out of the box. Despite the open net, Romisher still shot high by about six inches.

Gallo tried a crossing shot from the right sidelines and 18:52, but Sanabra was there to grab it with no damage done.

Elwer tried a header at 20:12 for the Panthers and went to the turf after getting defended well and the ball went nowhere near the goal.

Lutke launched a free kick at 22:10, but John Stanoch was able to clear it with the head while positioned 12 years in front of the Minuteman goal.

Vinnie Faraji apparently had Stancoh beat eight yards from the goal and got off an apparent shot on the goal, but it was whistled off because he pushed off on Stanoch.


Listen to post-match interview with Revere Student/Athlete John Stanoch from tonight’s Minutemen-Panthers match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Mike Santucci created an open shot from 25 yards at 25:42, but shot it over Sanabra’s head and over the crossbar as well.

Faraji missed on a header a minute later.

After a tripping on Revere, EC had a free kick at 32:15, with Lutke centering it to Faraji, who got it back out to Joe Jovanovski, who missed wide. Dylan Coleman had a shot from a decent angle at the other end, but Sanabra made the save on the shot on goal.

Elwer hit the post twice in the last six minutes of the match for a couple last-ditch efforts by the Panthers.




 The Viking Report

Winter Sports Begin To Take Over

Only Two Fall Sports Are In Action As Two More Winter Squads Begin Play

Nov. 2

By Brian McCann

The transition from fall to winter continues this week as two more winter sports begin play with only two of the seven fall sports seeing action.

Fresh off an NCAA Championship appearance a year ago, the women's basketball team will play the first of two exhibition contests when the Vikings host Slippery Rock on Wednesday, Nov. 3 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  CSU returns two starters from last year's team that won 19 games, including All-Horizon League guard Shawnita Garland.
Meghan Mental
Olmsted Falls High alumna Meghan Mental

The volleyball team closes its home schedule this week with a pair of league contests.  CSU will host Loyola on Friday, Nov. 5 beginning at 7:00 p.m. and then entertain Valparaiso on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 4:00 p.m.  Both matches will be played in Woodling Gym.  CSU is a win away from posting the 12th 20-win season in school history.



Mount volleyball team heads to semis after 

win over B-W; Beaumont alumna Monica 

Hupertz leads way with 15 kills

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's volleyball team is headed to its seventh straight Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal after its 3-0 sweep of Baldwin-Wallace today at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. The fourth-seed Purple Raiders won the quarterfinal by gaining a 25-15, 25-18, 25-10 decision over the No. 5 Yellow Jackets.


Monica Hupertz (Willoughby Hills/Beaumont) led the Raider attack with 15 kills while Roni Schroeder(Shelby/Shelby) put down 10. Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) added 39 assists to the Mount Union offense.

O Falls alumna Julie Radigan

On the defensive side, Sarah Dean (Strongsville/Walsh Jesuit) made 25 digs to build upon her all-time career mark -- she now has 2,423 -- while also setting a new single-season mark.  Now with 762 digs, Dean broke the previous record by Kristen Sagula, who had 740 in 2003.

Walsh product Sarah Dean

Also for the Raiders, Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) had 15 digs while Hupertz and Leah Hirsch(Frankfort/Adena) made three total blocks.

For Baldwin-Wallace (20-13), Colleen Bonacci recorded six kills while Casey Passen finished with 17 digs and 10 assists.

With the victory, the Raiders (21-10) advanced to a semifinal matchup against OAC regular season champHeidelberg (30-5). The teams will meet Friday in Tiffin at 7 p.m. That match will be preceded by the other OAC semifinal between second-seed Otterbein (26-5) and third-seed Ohio Northern (18-11).









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