A Page -- Nov. 4, 2010

After major escape in Strongsville, Solon 

hopes to keep perfect season going; 

Brecksville-Broadview Heights 2-2 against 

teams with eight or more wins this season

as playoffs begin

Nov. 4, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SOLON = For the second consecutive season, Solon High enters the football playoffs after posting a perfect 10-0 regular season record, hosting Saturday night’s game against Brecksville-Broadview Heights in the friendly confines of Stewart Field, where it rarely loses.

The Bees sneaked in through the back door after all the points shook out the final weekend, outdistancing next-door neighbor North Royalton for the eighth and final seed. If the Bees expect to pull off the major upset, they will have to play off the idea that the Comets might still be stinging from narrowly escaping Pat Catan Stadium with a three-point overtime win over Strongsville that required last-second heroics in regulation, and that the Comets might still be in the frame of mind that “we can be defeated.”


Or it could work the other way with the anger of Strongsville messing with their perfect record getting channeled into this week’s game and result in a Comet rout, highly typical of this season’s end results for opponents with seven games getting decided by a four-or-more touchdown margin of victory for Solon.


The Bees on the other hand come into the contest with a 7-3 record. This is actually an old series with the two schools having met 33 previous times. With that in mind, B-BH historically has had the Comets’ number, holding a 19-13-1 lifetime advantage.

However, it has been the proverbial “long time” since the two clubs last met, Solon winning in 1988, also in the playoffs, which ended in a 14-0 decision, also in the first round.

The Bees have had quite a turnaround this season after sporting a 2-8 record in 2009, Coach Jason Black’s first season guiding B-BH. It was an off year as the Bees typically have been slugging it out with Avon Lake for the Southwestern Conference title since joining the SWC five years ago.

Despite earning the No. 1 seed in Region I of Division I, Solon is still ranked only No. 2 by the mainstream Cleveland media in the Greater Cleveland area while maintaining a No. 7 state ranking by the wire services. B-BH is about where it should be in the Greater Cleveland rankings at a No. 8.


Against Strongsville, down eight points and no time remaining, Solon’s Chris Humphrey scored from 25 yards out on a called run. Humphrey threw to Jovon Johnson for the two-point conversion and the game was tied at 28 at the end of regulation.

Chris Humphrey intercepted Strongsville’s quarterback in the first series of overtime to allow Alex Knight the shot at a 33-yard field goal. The Comets won the outright Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division title and remain unbeaten in 2010.

Last week, B-BH creamed Westlake, 35-3, dousing the Division II playoff hopes of the Demons, who have had a revolving door of head coaches since letting Vern Long go over a decade ago, but still enjoyed a winning season for the first time in many moons.

One thing Brecksville-BH has to its advantage is that it has had success against good teams, owning the only loss on Royalton’s 9-1 record and one of the two losses on Avon Lake’s 8-2 mark.

On a trivia note, the last three schools Solon Head Coach Jim McQaide was the head coach of (St. Edward, LaSalle and Solon) finished the regular season with a combined record of 29-1. A loss the final week of the season by LaSalle marred the perfect record of his current program and the two programs the coach left in good hands albeit quite a few years ago. All three are in the Division I playoffs.

Rocky River's Richard Pattison, St.Ignatius alum 

Bryan Connelly earn Academic-All District for 

Carnegie Mellon; second time for Pattison

By Mark Fisher

Nov. 4 - (PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – The Carnegie Mellon University football team had five members named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team Thursday, November 4. Four are first team honorees that will move onto the national ballot for recognition on the ESPN Academic All-America team. To be nominated for the award, a student-athlete must be a starter or significant reserve and maintain a GPA of 3.3 or better.


Carnegie Mellon is part of District II which is comprised of non-NCAA Division I Colleges in the states of Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Rocky River native Richard Pattison


Repeating as first team selections are seniors Richard Pattison (Rocky River, Ohio) and Justin Pratt (Bethel Park, Pa.).  Pattison was honored as first team punter and Pratt as one of the two first team running backs. Senior defensive back Brandon Van Tassel (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) and sophomore offensive linemen Bryan Connelly (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) join Pattison and Pratt on the first team.  Senior outside linebacker Mike Shedlosky (Bridgewater, N.J.) was the fifth Tartan honored, as he was selected to the second team.

Bryan Connelly

Iggy guy, Bryan Connelly


Pattison is a chemical engineering major and has a 3.88 GPA.  Pattison has placed nine of his punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and ranks nationally with an average of 40.4 yards per punt.  During his career, he has placed 34% of his punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and has a career-long of 68 yards last season at Kenyon.  This is his third time landing a spot on the all-district team as he earned first team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America a year ago.

Richard Pattison



Pratt currently leads the team in rushing and scoring with 518 yards and nine touchdowns.  The senior, ranks 14th on the Tartans' career rushing list with 1,292 yards and needs 14 more to move into 13th.  The mechanical engineering major has a 3.74 GPA and earlier this season rushed for a career-high four touchdowns against Hiram.  In his four years, he has 22 career rushing touchdowns and a career average of 4.2 yards per carry.


Connelly was honored as an offensive lineman.  The civil engineering major carries a 3.74 GPA in the classroom, while playing a major part in helping the Tartan s have a nationally ranked rushing attack, as the team averages 262.9 yards per game.  Connelly also played a factor in the Tartans rushing attack that set a school record with 585 yards rushing and 679 yards of total offense against Hiram earlier this year.

Walsh Jesuit alumnus Joey Baum 

among Four Spartan Football 

Student/Athletes Named ESPN 

Academic All-District


By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND – The Case Western Reserve University football team landed four players on the 2010 ESPN Academic All-District IV team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today, Thursday, November 4. Included in the four were first-team selections in senior quarterback Joey Baum (Dalton, OH/Walsh Jesuit) and junior defensive end Richard Doolin (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park). Both will now become eligible for Academic All-America voting.


All four of the Spartan selections were first-time honorees.

Joey Baum


In addition to Baum and Doolin, two seniors, wide receiver Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep) and placekicker Sam Coffey (Middletown, OH/Lakota East), were additionally selected as second-team picks.



Baum, who boasts a 3.93 grade point average as a political science and international studies double-major, has had a breakout season in leading the Spartans to a 7-1 record in his first year as starting quarterback. He has completed 168-of-256 passes for 2,028 yards with 19 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. Baum also leads the University Athletic Association in touchdowns, passing average (253.5 yards per game) and pass efficiency (151.2). Baum also is a three-time UAA All-Academic pick.


An accounting major with a 4.0 GPA, Doolin has accounted for 27 tackles and a career-high 7.5 sacks. Ranked third in the UAA in sacks and 13th nationally, Doolin was chosen to the UAA All-Academic and Second-Team All-UAA squads as a sophomore.



Carrying a 3.30 GPA as a finance major, Homyk has turned in one of the finest careers ever for a Spartan wide receiver. In 2010, he has totaled 72 catches for 964 yards (120.5 yards per game) to go along with nine touchdowns. Leading the UAA in nearly every receiving statistical category, Homyk is sixth nationally in receptions per game (9.00) and seventh in total receiving yards and receiving yards per game. Last week against the University of ChicagoHomyk broke the school-record for receptions (70) in a season. He already owns the single-season school record for receiving touchdowns (12) and is approaching numerous other single-season and career marks.



Coffey, an economics major with a 3.45 GPA, owns plenty of turf in the school-record book as well with two single-season and two career kicking records. His 57 extra points in 2008 and 12 field goals in 2007 stand as the highest totals in Case Western Reservefootball history. He also is the Spartan career leader in extra points (188) and field goals (35). Coffey is a three-time First-Team All-UAA selection and two-time Academic All-UAA pick.


The Spartans are back in action this Saturday, Nov. 6 versus Washington University (MO) at 12:00 p.m. at Case Field in Cleveland.


The ESPN Academic All-American squad will be announced by CoSiDA on Tuesday, November 23. Last year, a combined seven Case Western Reserve student-athletes earned ESPN Academic All-America honors. The amount was tied for fourth-most in the nation for all Divisions. 


Mount  to take on top-seed Berg in OAC 

volleyball tourney

Nov. 4

By Josh Reilly

TIFFIN -- The Mount Union volleyball team is slated to compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournamentsemifinals for the seventh consecutive year on Friday when it takes on host, and top-seed, Heidelberg in Seiberling Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

In their regular-season matchup with The Berg, the Purple Raiders dropped a 3-2 decision (22-25, 25-17, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13) in Tiffin. Heidelberg has won each of the last four meetings -- all of which went the full five sets. Mount Union's last win in the series happened on Oct. 27, 2007.

Walsh Jesuit Alumna Sarah Dean

The Purple Raiders are led by three seniors -- Sarah Dean (Strongsville/Walsh Jesuit), Monica Hupertz(Willoughby Hills/Beaumont) and Roni Schroeder (Shelby/Shelby) -- and junior Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls).

Olmsted Fa;ls Alumna Julie Radigan

Fourth-seeded Mount Union earned its way into the OAC championship weekend with Tuesday's 25-15, 25-18, 25-10 quarterfinal sweep of fifth-seed Baldwin-Wallace.

Dean made 25 digs to build upon the program's all-time career mark -- she now has 2,423 -- while also setting the new single-season mark (762).





St. Ed and Mentor to meet for a second time 

this season, but only this time to avoid 

elimination in playoffs

Nov. 4, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD – There’s something about St. Edward’s football team and making the playoffs and it involves the familiar. That’s right, the Eagles will host Mentor in the first round of the playoffs here Saturday in Lakewood Stadium.

The Eagles defeated Mentor the first week of the regular season downtown at The Stadium. The last time a St. Edward football team made the playoffs, two years ago, it played the same team two weeks in a row, St. Ignatius, falling to the Wildcats in the last regular season game and the first playoff game that year. This time in the case of seeing the same opponent twice the pattern goes first week regular season, first week playoff season, instead of back-to-back.

The Cardinals proved that once again playing a tough schedule is the most logical way of getting into the playoffs, as they got in with a 7-3 record despite a host of teams sporting records with eight and nine wins this season. In Region 1 of Division I, Mentor is one of only three teams making the playoffs that don’t have at least nine wins. One team with eight wins (Parma) and one team with nine wins (North Royalton) failed to make the playoffs in the region. Others in other regions and divisions with eight or more wins were also shut out of the playoffs.


Actually, the Eagles and Cardinals will have met as many times this season as they have met in the history of time prior to this campaign. They have met only two other times, with the Cardswinning in the most recent meeting prior to this season last year in the regular season and the Eagles taking the other one, 13-10, in the playoffs in Byers Field seven years ago for the rights to go the state’s final four. Mentor won the other meeting prior to this season.

St. Edward dominated the first half in Week 1 this season, incessantly driving down the field at will against the Cards, but the Mentor defense grew up fast, turning in a much better second half as the offense almost came all the way back to win after being down by four touchdowns.

Mentor will go to the air against Eds, with quarterback Mitch Trubisky having enjoyed a 1,000-yard passing season during the regular campaign. That is not he only thing as the Carss mix in the run as well with a 1,000-yard rusher in Mike Korecz.

However, the St. Ed defense has held five of its last six opponents to under 100 yards in total rushing. Colton Wallace has caught 29 passes for over 600 yards.

St. Ed will try to dominate with its offensive line, which averages near 300 pounds per player. The Eagles also mix both well with Kevin Burke leading the passing attack behind center. The running attack is led by two guys named Terrell, Reggie Terrell and Terrell Bates.


Burke has thrown at least one TD pass in eight of 10 games and Colin McManamon has caught at least one pass in all 10 contests. After missing a few games with an injury, Bates returned last week and promptly turned in a 100-yard game on the ground.

Burke has completed 60 percent of his passes this season.

The Eagles also have one of the best special teams units within miles of here. Kicker Mike DiNunzio is perfect on extra points attempts this season (46 of 46) and near perfect on field goal attempts (10 of 13).


Last week’s win against St. Ignatius snapped a four-game losing streak against the arch West Sid e rivals and completed the fifth undefeated regular season in school history. Eagles teams have now posted undefeated seasons in three different decades, doing it twice in the 1970s and then after a dry spell in the ‘80s and ‘90s did it twice again in the ‘00s. With starting the ‘10s with a spotless record, the chances of the dandy deuce during this decade is highly likely.

St. Ed leaped up three spots in the national polls after the win over Iggy, hiking u to 37th in the ESPN/Rise rankings.

Three Eagles have reached the double digit mark in TDs scored with Burke and both Terrells having at least 10 TDs. Reggie leads with 12 while Burke has 11 and Bates 10 despite missing a chunk of quarters this season.

East Canton has a new coach and almost 

entirely new cast of characters from last 

year's 23-1 boys' basketball team, but they 

are still academic achievers and with a team 

GPA of 3.85 will learn how to win in one way 

or another

Nov. 4, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


EAST CANTON -- After a 23-1 season that included a district championship, East Canton’s boys’ basketball team will have a tough act to follow, but have the smarts to learn how to do it again even without the graduated seniors.

While coach Chad Pado has a relatively young team with only one senior among his four returning regulars, the Hornets do have a team GPA of 3.8, ranking among one of the best in the state, and history has proven that know-how in the classroom often translates to success on the playing surface.

On the other hand, the three juniors that are returning to the fold as regulars are two-year lettermen and do have the experience as if they were seniors.


 Mascot photo for East Canton high school.

The Wizards are led by senior Ryan Burfield, a three-year letterman. He’ll be complemented by juniors Sam Elseser, Brandon Shultz, and Justin Whitacre.

Newcomers to the EC varsity are seniors Ian Mundy and Chase Shrum, giving the team a veteran element in terms of age yet lacking in varsity minutes with EC.

“Though our overall numbers are up, our varsity experience is limited,” Pado said. “We will need to get tougher, gel as a unit, and develop our depth. Our newcomers will have to play well for us to repeat as conference champions.”


The Hornets went undefeated in the County Division of the Portage Trails Conference last year. As they did last year, this season they have a head coach named Chad, but it is a different guy, as Chad Pado replaces Chad Spurgeon this season as a first-year head coach of the Wizards.

“We have a LOT of work to do but our expectations are to compete to win our conference,” Pado said. “We aren’t as talented as we were last season, but we are riding the confidence of last season right now.”

In addition to Pado, Bill Garman becomes the new JV coach this season.

On top of the 3.85 team GPA, this group has two National Honor Society members and a senior class president.

ACHA Men’s Division I National 

Championships Return to Cleveland

 in 2012


By Jenny Popis

CLEVELAND, OH (November 4, 2010) – The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Kent State University are pleased to announce that the best in men’s ACHA college hockey will return to Cleveland March 3-7, 2012 at Hoover Arena in Strongsville. The nation’s best 16 teams will compete to be named American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division I National Champions. The ACHA Championships were last held in Cleveland in March 2009 when Lindenwood University was named the national champion.


"The ACHA is very pleased to bring the Men's Division I Championships back to Cleveland . We have developed a great partnership with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission since the 2009 Championships and are looking forward to showcasing top-level college hockey in our region once again in the beautiful Hoover Arena,” stated Chris Wilk, Executive Director of the ACHA. The event is expected to bring over $600,000 in economic activity to the local region.


The American Collegiate Hockey Association began as a men’s collegiate hockey organization for the 1991-1992 season and quickly grew to a league of over 150 teams in three men’s divisions. The Women’s Division 2 was added in 2006. The ACHA currently boasts five total divisions (Men’s Division I, II, and III; Women’s Division I and II) with over 420 teams representing 49 states across the nation. The purpose of the ACHA is to support quality, unity and regulation of intercollegiate hockey programs nationwide. More information on ACHA can be found at www.achahockey.org

Walsh Jesuit grad Alex Ferrara, Louisville's 

Neal Seaman among seven Mount grid guys 

to receive Academic All District honors

By Lenny Reich

DELAWARE, Ohio--A record seven University of Mount Union football players have been awarded ESPN Academic All-District IV honors as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.


Senior tight end Kyle Miller (Elida/Elida), senior linebacker Sam Kershaw (West Jefferson/West Jefferson), junior safety Alex Ferrara (Independence/Walsh Jesuit), sophomore defensive back Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood), and sophomore punter Zak Suhar (Cedarburg, Wis./Cedarburg) are all first team selections and will advance to the national Academic All-America ballot.

Junior offensive lineman Brett Ekkens (East Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) and sophomore quarterback Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville) both garnered second team honors.

To be selected Academic All-District, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve with at least a 3.30 grade point average. Academic All-District First Team selections advance to the national Academic All-American ballot.


Sports Information Directors within a district vote for the Academic All-District teams with members of the CoSIDA Academic All-American committee voting on the national ballot. District IV includes every NCAA Division II, III and NAIA institution in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama 




Avon's Phil Brua Named one of Oberlin Baseball Captains for 2011
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Oberlin, Ohio – First-year Head Coach Adrian Abrahamowicz has announced that seniors Phil BruaBrandon Cantrill and Grady Campion will serve as team captains for the upcoming season. 

“All three of these guys display the leadership qualities and work ethic to guide our team in the right direction,” Abrhamowicz said. “I fully expect them to be positive influences on everyone in and around our program.”

The Yeomen, who are coming off the best season in school history, return eight seniors who are poised to lead the team to its first-ever NCAC Tournament appearance. 

Brua, who was a First-Team All-NCAC selection and Third-Team Great Lakes Region honoree, was simply dominant on the mound for the Yeomen in 2010. A product of nearby Avon, Ohio, Brua set the school record for saves in a season (6) and tied the Oberlin mark for wins with a record of 6-3.

Cantrill was only one of two players to start in all 37 games last season. As the Yeomen’s main catcher he finished second on the team with a .328 batting average. Furthermore, the Collins, Ohio, native led the team with four home runs, while finishing second in slugging percentage (.543) and hits (38).

Campion, a left-handed pitcher from Bookline, Massachusetts, had his best season in 2010. He appeared in 10 games and made seven starts, working a total of 34 innings. The soft-tossing southpaw walked just seven and allowed just 21 earned runs. His best performance of the season came in a 9-3 win against Kenyon on April 3 when went six innings and allowed just two runs. 

The Yeomen will begin their season on March 5 at Transylvania.






















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