A Page -- Nov. 27, 2010

Holy Name's Steve Popovich

Holy Name gets into title game of 

own tourney with dramatic come-

from-behind win; Steve Popovich 

scores winning goal in waning 

seconds

Nov. 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Editor

Student/Athlete-Cleveland

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

www.studentathletecleveland.com

BROOKLYN --- With a dramatic come-from-behind victory and last second heroics this morning, Holy Name punched an early ticket to tomorrow’s championship game in the Sixth Annual Holy Name Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Hockey Tournament here in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center.

At 14:56 of the third period (3.2 seconds left on the clock), Steve Popovich scored the winning goal after a scramble in front of the net as the Green Wave topped Bowling Green High, 3-2, in second-round round-robin play.

 Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Holy Name Student/Athlete Steve Popovich from today’s Green Wave-Bobcats game, by clicking and downloading

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By virtue of the win, Holy Name goes into tonight’s game against St. Michael with a 2-0 record, good enough for four points, which would out the Namers at the lowest No. 2 after tonight’s play is all completed.

The winning goal was set up when Joe Baker picked up the puck in the neutral zone and wound up in an odd-man rush, forcing the BG defense to panic. Baker was dragged down and the slashing call put the tourney hosts into the power play at 13:49 of the third period.

Watch a few short videos of today’s Green Wave-Bobcats game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading

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Goalie Sam Pikus had been standing on his head in the second period and Marcus Wok on his head in the third for the Namers, saving shot after sot to shut down the Bobcats.

On the other end, the Namers were opportunistic with Popovich, who figured in on all three goals today, scoring the game winner.

Holy Name, which is yet to win its own tournament in five pervious tries,  

In the early going, Holy Name fell behind when Bowling Green High scored at 5:01 of the first period.

The Namers found themselves in a short-hand situation at 12:54 of the first period, but the special teams were able to kill the penalty, enabling them to go into the intermission sitting on only a one-goal deficit, 1-0.

In the second period, the Green Wave came out more aggressive, attacking the goal more and taking a 2-1 lead.

Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with Holy Name Student/Athlete Joe Baker from today’s Green Wave-Bobcats game, by clicking and downloading

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Joe Baker

First, Joe Baker tied it, 1-1, with an even-strength goal that was assisted by Steve Popovich at 0:51 of the second period.

Josh Ross

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Then the Green Wave got into a power play and took full advantage of it, with Josh Ross scoring the p-p goal at 3:53 of the second period. The goal that gave Holy Name a 2-1 lead was assisted by Jamie Bucell and Popovich.

The Bobcats got it right back when they also were opportunistic on the power-play, tying it with a p-p goal at 10:36, making it a 2-2 game, which was where it stood once the second intermission hit.

Bowling Green, a six-time state champion in Ohio, came into the game with an 0-0-1 record in the tourney after a 5-5 tie with St. Michael (Ontario) last night and needing a win for any hopes of getting into tomorrow’s championship game while Holy Name came in 1-0 with yesterday’s win over Perrysburg.

Beliveau Legal feels right at 

"home" on the Brooklyn ice in

a foreign country; lives up to 

historical significance of his

first name by 

registering a hat trick

Nov. 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Editor

Student/Athlete-Cleveland

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

www.studentathletecleveland.com

BROOKLYN – St. Michael center iceman Beliveau Legal felt right at home this morning in leading his team to a 11-3 win over Perrysburg in the Sixth Annual Holy Name Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Tournament.

Legal scored a hat trick on the same ice here in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center, where he played his Bantam hockey and where he began his high school career two years ago as a freshman with the Namers.

The Legal family 16 months ago moved back to Canada, where Legal is a Student/Athlete at St. Michael in Niagara Falls.

Legal

Legal found the familiar surroundings pleasant and had some time to catch up with old friends both in Brooklyn and at HNHS.

The difference between playing hockey in the States and Canada: “Hockey is a game here, but it is a way of life up there.”

Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with St. Michael Student/Athlete Beliveau Legal from today’s St. Michael-Perrsyburg game, by clicking and downloading

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St. Michael came back from being down 5-1 yesterday to earning a 5-5 tie and in position to get into tomorrow’s championship game.

Of course, he is named after Hockey Hall of Famer Jean Beliveau so there is always that added pressure to perform on the ice, but so far he has handled it well  -- both here and up there.


Three goals by sophomores put 

St. Ignatius into title game of the 

Jesuit Cup; youngsters McQuinn, 

Avdey make statement in new 

varsity roles

  Nov. 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Editor

Student/Athlete-Cleveland

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

www.studentathletecleveland.com

KENT -- In a battle between the state champions from 2006-07 (St. John) and 2009-10 (St. Ignatius), the Wildcats, on the strength of three goals by sophomores were a 4-1 winner this afternoon here in the Kent State University Ice Arena, in second-round play of the Ohio Jesuit Cup.

The Wildcats were playing East Side Jesuit rival Walsh Jesuit tonight in the final game of round-robin play and could wind up playing the Warriors in the title game tomorrow.

Sophomore Miles McQuinn scored two goals, classmate Mike Avdey one and junior Colt Riemenschneider the other one.

Then later this evening, SI beat Walsh, 5-0, to advance to Jesuit Cup final vs. this same Toledo St. John team at 1:30 tomorrow. Against  the Warriors, Josh potts had 17 saves for the shutout, McQuinn had two more goals for four on the whole day and Liam Geither, Paddy Spellacy and Riemenschneider all had one goal each.

McQuinn

Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with St. Ignatius Student/Athlete Miles McQuinn from tonight’s Wildcats-Titans game, by clicking and downloading

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Against St. John today, St. Ignatius played like one would expect defending state champs would by  bolting out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period.

Junior Colt Riemenschneider wasted no time in making it a 1-0 game by scoring an unassisted goal at 1:05 of the first period.

Riemenschneider

 Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with St. Ignatius Student/Athlete Colt Riemenschneider from tonight’s Wildcats-Titans game, by clicking and downloading

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After about eight minutes of strong defensive play on both sides, the Cats made it 2-0 when sophomore Miles McQuinn scored at 9:23 off passes from Riemenschneider and Liam Geither.

The Wildcats then dug a hole for themselves with back-to-back penalties, thrusting the Titans into a two-man-advantage power play. They took advantage six seconds after the 5-on-3 started by making it 2-1, which was where the score stood at the first intermission.

Considering that the Wildcats spent most of the second-period on special teams, they didn’t come out of the period in too bad of shape, scoring another goal and holding a 3-1 advantage with 2/3 of the game in the books.

St. Ignatius spent a good chunk of the time in the 15-minute period killing penalties as it took four two-minute minors in the period. One was a double minor that carried over into the third period.

Sophomore Mike Avdey scored the goal at 6:11 of the second period with Jason Petraska and Kevin Joseph assisting.

Avdey

Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with St. Ignatius Student/Athlete Mike Avdey from tonight’s Wildcats-Titans game, by clicking and downloading

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As it turned out, the Cats wound up killing all penalty time, burning off the early and mid-period ones and then getting to the end of the second with no damage done in the final 1:16 of man-down play, which was all then capped in the third with the denial of a Titan goal in the final 2:44 of the short-hand deal.

McQuinn made it 4-1 with his second goal of the day, coming at 7:57 of the third off an assist from Geither.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Edward will be going to the state 

football championship game next 

week after second-half pounding

of Whitmer tonight in semifinal

 Nov. 27, 2010

10:10 P.M. EST

By Norm Weber

Editor

Student/Athlete-Cleveland

normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

www.studentathletecleveland.com

 MASSILLON – St. Edward High School will be playing in the big-school state championship football game next week in Canton by way of a win over Whitmer in the Division I state semifinal game tonight here in Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

After being tied 7-7 at the half, St. Ed just dominated in all phases of the game in the second half, coming out on top, 23-13, in the end.,


Whitmer pulled off the surprise to start off the game by executing the on-side kick and then recovered at midfield.

That didn’t make the St. Ed defense too happy. First, Sam Martello pushed the Panthers back on a tackle for loss and then the reverse gear continued with a second-down sack by Deonte Gibson.

The Panthers wound up with a negative 15 yards on their first offensive possession.


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Apparently, that on-side kick also did not make the Eagle offense too happy either. They marched right down the field after the punt and took a 7-0 lead with 6:40 to play in the first quarter.

Terrell Bates ran it in from six yards to cap the 78-yard drive. The zippy drive had the Eagles faced with only one third-down situation, which they readily converted on with a Kevin Burke quarterback keeper.

Mike DiNunzio converted for the PAT, making true on his 64th out of 64 attempts this season to remain perfect in that area.

Burke had to throw only one pass in the play, that a completion to Chris Connors.

Whitmer tied it, 7-7, with a TD in the first minute of the second period.


Whitmer drove to inside the 10-yard line in the final seconds of the half, but the Eagles defense stiffened, forcing a field goal attempt that went awry.

The Eagles defense turned in a big play to start the second half. Don Pavlov forced a Whitmer fumbled and Rob Coury recovered at the Panther 40 to give the Eds offense a relatively short field.

Pavlov

Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with St. Edward Student/Athlete Don Pavlov from tonight’s Eagles-Panthers game, by clicking and downloading

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The offense said “thank you” to the defense by responding in full with a quick TD.  The Eagles took only three plays to make it 13-7 with 9:20 to go in the third.

Burke hit tight end Sam Grant over the middle for a 30-yard gain and then ran to the left flag for a 22-yard TD run on the keeper.


Crucial to that score though was that DiNunzio missed his first PAT out of 65 tries this season when the kick was blocked, leaving the score 13-7.

Then came the special teams with the big play. Gibson bolted through and got his hand on the ball off the Panther punt, deflecting the ball and forcing a wimpy kick of 16 yards that gave the Eagles the ball at the Panther 44.

Gibson

Listen to post-game interview, conducted by Norm Weber, with St. Edward Student/Athlete Deonte Gibson from tonight’s Eagles-Panthers game, by clicking and downloading

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To put the Eagles into the Red Zone, Burke threw for a 30-yard gain to fullback Ryan Giachetti to the 6-yard line.

Giachetti

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 DiNunzio followed three plays later with a 23-yard field goal to make it 16-7 with 4:46 to go in the third period.

Whitmer coach Joe Palka argues a personal foul call 
on his defense during St. Ed's fourth scoring drive.

The Eagles were in decent position at the end of the third quarter with still a nine-point lead, 16-7, and holding the ball inside the Panther 10-yard line driving for more score.


Burke hit Quincy Jones on a toss pass to start the forth quarter to move it to a 23-7 game and then Tom Lally recovered a Panther fumble inside the St. Ed 10.

Westlake's Rosa LaMattina, 

Brunswick's Katie Crider, North 

Olmsted's Kori Wiedt, Nordonia's 

Brittany Kilgore spark win for 

#11 ranked Mount basketball team

November 27, 2010 

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- The 11th-ranked Mount Union's women's basketball team survived a game effort by Union (N.Y.) to claim a 61-49 decision on Saturday in a Woodcliff Hotel and Spa Invitational semifinal at St. John Fisher (N.Y.).


Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) led the Purple Raiders with 17 points and nine rebounds while Katie Crider(Brunswick/Brunswick) chipped in with 13 points.


LaMattina (L) and Crider


Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) added 12 points and six rebounds to the Mount Union effort. Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) grabbed seven rebounds.

Wiedt (L) and Kilgore


Mount Union twice trailed by seven points. With 6:39 left in the first half, the Raiders were down, 24-17, before going on a seven-point run. Crider buried a trey during the stretch.

Facing a 31-28 deficit, the Raiders bridged a 10-point run across both periods to take a 38-31 advantage early in the second half.


Erin Schmidt put in a layup and Wiedt nailed a three-pointer, sending the Raiders into halftime with a 33-31 lead. LaMattina then opened the second with a three and Wiedt followed with a layup.

The Dutchwomen (0-1) pulled even for the final time with 10:38 left in the contests when Amy Loya hit a three-pointer.


Mount Union then answered with eight straight points, including back-to-back three-pointers by LaMattina.


Union trimmed its deficit to three on two occasions during the final minutes.

Leading 52-49 with 2:56 remaining, the Raiders finished off the game with a nine-point run, led by five points from Crider.


Union's top performer was Lauren McCormick, who finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

The Raiders (2-0) will play in the tournament's championship game on Sunday. They are scheduled to take on host St. John Fisher, which defeated D'Youville, 75-60, on Saturday.

 

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