A Page -- Nov. 6, 2010


St. Edward eliminates Mentor for 

11th straight win; Glenville up next

in the regional semifinals

Nov. 6, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD – St. Edward kept its undefeated season going with a 35-21 win over Mentor in the first round of the Division I football playoffs tonight here on the turf field in Lakewood Stadium.

The third-seeded Eagles (11-0) will play second-seeded Glenville next week in the regional semifinals.

After an exchange of strong offensive series by both teams, St. Ed threatened first, driving into the Red Zone midway through the first period, but a sack by Kurt Laseak and Tom Strobel pushed the Eagles back and Mike DiNunzio had to attempt first a 44-yard field goal (wide left) attempt and after that was nullified by a dead ball foul missed a 48-yard attempt (short).

The Eagles got a break after Mentor started driving on offense when Tom Lally recovered a fumble at the Mentor 41.


It set up the eventual 11-yard scoring strike from Kevin Burke to Colin McManamon with 1:57 to go in the quarter. DiNunzio remained perfect for the season on PATs and Eds led 7-0.

Listen to post-game interview with St. Ed Student/Athlete Tom Lally from tonight’s Eagles-Cards game, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


 Burke also hit McManamon for 18 yards in the drive.

Not to be outdone, the Cardinals answered right back, driving 72 yards for a score. They used scores of personnel at the skills positions to do it, giving the ball to Mike Korecz, Warren Ashton and Colton Wallace. The latter of the three scored on a five-yard run with nine minutes to go in the half. Greg Kusuric’s kick tied it at 7.

Watch a few short videos of tonight’s Eagles-Cards game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading

The Eagles rolled up their second lead of the night later in the quarter, making it 13-7 on a 22-yard TD run by Terrell Bates and 14-7 on DiNunzio’s kick with 2:12 to go in the half. Bates had three runs of 10 yards or more in the drive.

The Eagles just escaped with the seven-point lead at the end of the first half. After going into the two-minute defense, calling two timeouts while Mentor had the ball, forcing a punt.

After a St. Ed deep back let the ball inadvertently hit him on the punt, at appeared as if Mentor recovered the muff on the sidelines near the Eds 40, but he was ruled out of bounds once he had control of the ball.

With no time outs left and just over a minute to play in the half, Burke ran the two-minute drill, getting his club all the way down to the guests’ 9-yard line with five seconds to play.

Then the Mentor special teams rose to the occasion, as Jared Donovan blocked DiNunzio’s 26-yard field goal attempt and the Cards nearly returned the loose ball all the way with no time left on the clock.

 Burke completed passes to Quincy Jones, Bates, and Chris Connors in the drive.

They key statistic in the first half was number of plays for 10 or more yards in which St. Ed had a sizable advantage over the Cards, 12-4.

Another one is number of yards gained on first downs, with the Eagles picking up 89 on their first-down plays and the Cards garnering only 23 on their total first down plays in half one.

In addition, another indicator of how St. Ed dominated offensively in the first half was total plays and number of yards in the opponents’ territory. Eds ran 22 plays for 146 yards in Cardinal land in the first 24 minutes, while the visitors managed only seven plays for 52 yards on Eagle real estate during the first two twelves.


Burke was 9 of 12 for 93 yards in the air while Mitch Trubisky missed on only two of his throws for the red and white, completing 6 of 8 for 60 yards.

The Eagles had the ball for 15 and a half minutes and the Cards for eight and a half during the front half of play.

Using a hurry-up offense and shuffling the ball among different “Cards” in the skill positions again, Mentor drove 77 yards after the opening kickoff in the second half to tie the score.

Wallace, Ricky Hanzlik, Korecz and Ashton all got the call on the drive and all came through with the big plays. On second and goal from the hosts’ two-yard line, the ball was snapped directly back to Wallace, who knifed into the end zone for the score with 7:20 to go in the third.

The Eagles would have none of it, answering back with a scoring drive of their own after the kick off, moving it into the end zone with a chunk of the yardage gained by Reggie Terrell after Terrell Bates had to come off the field with an injury in the series.

Terrell (the guy whose last name it is) scored on a 13-yard run after a pitch on the option by Burke. Terrell gained 25 of the last 27 yards on the drive.

One big pass play had Burke hitting Quincy Jones for a 21-yard game to get the Eagles inside the Cardinal 30.

The 21-14 Eagle lead stood for most of the rest of the third quarter, but after getting a short field after a Mentor punt, the Eagles added seven more and took their first two TD lead, going up 28-14 with 37 seconds left to play.

Burke gained 27 yards on the keeper to get the Eagles into the Red Zone and then after a couple Terrell runs, Bates came back in and scored on the two-yard run.

Mentor’s offense went to work again at the start of the final 12-minute frame, mixing the pass and run to pick up first downs and drive into Eagle territory.

Shane McManamon

 Listen to post-game interview with St. Ed Student/Athlete Shane McManamon from tonight’s Eagles-Cards game, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


However, the Eagle defense swung back. On a fourth and one at the Eagle 43, the Cards went for it but Shane McManamon wrapped up Wallace in the backfield.

Terrell added a fourth-quarter touchdown for Eds and Korecz one for the Cards. 

Greg Kuhar

Listen to post-game interview with St. Ed Student/Athlete Greg Kuhar from tonight’s Eagles-Cards game, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


 Defensively, Deonte Gibson had a first-half sack while Shane McManamon and Greg Kuhar had a second-half sack for St. Ed.Laseak had a second-half sack for Mentor

Josh Hood and Joe Kasper had tackles for loss for Mentor. Lally, Shane McManamon, Avery Bates and Greg Kuhar had tackles for losses for the Eagles.

Case Reserve loses second straight

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND, OH – Washington University (MO) blocked a pair of field goals in the final four minutes as the Case Western Reserve University football team dropped a second straight University Athletic Association heartbreaker by a score of 14-13 on a cold and wet Saturday afternoon, November 6, at Case Field.


Yeomen Win in Conference Finale
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin – On a cold day at Savage Stadium the Oberlin College football team was able to outlast the visiting Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops 16-12.

The Yeomen ground game continued to impress with their fifth straight 100-yard plus performance. Junior Drew Mixter spearheaded the attack with 94 yards on 18 carries, while rookie Moses Richardson added 53 yards on a career-high 18 carries. 



Mount Union tops B-W, 41-13, to 

clinch 19th consecutive OAC title; 

Collinwood High alum 

Cecil Shorts III scores three TDs

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO --   Senior All-American wide receiver Cecil Shorts III caught a pair of touchdown passes and returned a kickoff for a TD as the No.2-ranked the University of Mount Union football team defeated host and rival Baldwin-Wallace College, 41-13, today (Sunday, November 6) on Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium before 5,985 fans on Seniors’ and Parents’ Day in Berea. 
Shorts caught TD passes of 12 and 16 yards and returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score in his first action in three weeks due to an injury. For the game, he caught four passes for 45 yards and the two TD.
The victory was the 52nd straight during the regular season for the Purple Raiders, 9-0 overall, who also clinched at least a tie for the OAC title at 8-0.  The regular season title tie is Mt. Union’s 19th straight and 22nd overall.  

With its loss, B-W falls to 7-2 overall and 6-2 in the OAC and ends its regular season next Saturday in University Heights against OAC and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll Universityin the Annual Battle for the Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Trophy.

The Purple Raiders and the Yellow Jackets were tied 13-13 after one quarter, Mt. Union led 20-13 at halftime and 27-13 after three stanzas. Overall, Mt. Union outgained the Yellow Jackets, 337-200.
Iggy alum Kevin Johnson (31)

In the first quarter,   B-W opened the scoring when freshman wide receiver/defensive back Kevin Johnson (Garfield Heights/ St. Ignatius) caught a 50 yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Ryan O’Rourke (Avon) and senior placekicker Brad Pollock (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) added the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 12:59 remaining.  The drive capped a four-play and 80-yard drive.

Mt. Union quickly responded to tie the score at 7-7 when senior All-American wide receiver Cecil Shorts took the ensuing kickoff 80-yards for the TD just 18 seconds later and sophomore PK Tyler Almeida hit the extra point.
Collinwood grad Cecil Shorts III 

The Purple Raiders took their first lead of the game  at 13-7 senior tight end when Kyle Millercaught an 11-yard TD pass from sophomore QB Neal Seaman at the 4:12 mark of the first stanza, but Almeida’s kick was blocked Johnson.  The play capped a 9-play and 52-yard drive in 3:39. 
The Yellow Jackets tied the game at 13-13 with 1:18 left in the first quarter when junior running  back Tim Miker (Parma/ Senior) scored on a one-yard run, but Pollock missed the PAT kick wide left. The play capped a 5-play and 50-yard drive in 2:44. The drive was set up by a 49-yardkickoff return by Johnson.

Mount Union regained the lead at 20-13 with 8:36 left in the first half when Shorts caught a 12-yard TD pass from Seaman and Almedia added the PAT.  The score was set up when the Purple Raiders recovered a fumbled punt at the 12-yard line.
Louisville alum Neal Seaman

In the third quarter, Mt. Union extended its lead to 27-13 at the 12:20 mark when it marched 71 yards with the kicoff and Short caught his second TD pass from Seaman, this one a 16-yarder. Almedia added the PAT.
Mt. Union scored its final TD when sophomore defensive back Nick Driskill picked off his fourth pass of the season and returned it 45 yards for a score. Almedia’s PAT kick made the final score 41-13.

In addition to Shorts for Mt. Union offense, Seaman completed 16-of-24 passes for 203 yards with three TD and one interception. The game’s leading rusher was Mt. Union’s Murray with 170 yards in 32 attempts with a TD.  Miller led the receiving corps with five grabs for 85 yards and a TD. The defense was led by Driskill and senior linebacker Sam Kershaw with 10 tackles each. In addition, sophomore defensive end Charles Dieuseul had nine stops and three quarterback sacks and OAC sack Leader, senior Lambert Budzinski, had seven tackles and two sacks. The Mt. Union defense forced four turnovers and sacked O’Rourke six times.
Parma High alum Tim Miker

B-W was led offensively by Miker and O’Rourke. Miker ran for a team-high 56 yards in 17 attempts with a TD.  O’Rourke completed 12-of-22 passes for 166 yards with a TD but was picked off three times.  The Jacket defense was led by junior linebacker J.J. Laseak (Mentor) with 13 tackles, including three tackles for loss, a QB sacks and a forced fumble. In addition, senior All-OAC linebacker Ryan Kish (Amherst/ Steele) had seven tackles and now stands 10th all-time in school history with 260 in his career.

CSU to host B-W in an all-

Cleveland college exhibition men'

basketball game Monday

November 6, 2010                                

By Brian McCann

Viking Basketball To Host Baldwin-Wallace For Only Exhibition Game
CSU To Host World Vision Classic From Nov. 12-15 To Open Regular Season

Cleveland, Ohio - Cleveland State will put three weeks of preseason practice behind them on Monday (Nov. 8) when the Vikings host Baldwin-Wallace beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center in their only exhibition contest of the year.

"It will be good to go out on Monday and play against Baldwin-Wallace," CSU head coach Gary Waters said.  "Practice has gone well, but we have reached the point where we need are ready to face a live opponent to get ready for the regular season.djsd


Thrill of Victory Resonates with 


Football Family

By Morgan Hawley

Tiffin – November 6, 2010 – The 2010 home finale for the Heidelberg University football team offered a thrilling Ohio Athletic Conference game that saw the host ’Berg post a 37-35 victory over John Carroll University.

Euclid High alum Mike Preston


Down four with six minutes to play, Heidelberg ran off just over five minutes off the clock before Andrew Miller (Dalton, Ohio / Dalton) connected with Mike Preston (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) for a 15-yard touchdown to put the Berg on a top, 37-35. A failed point after left an opportunity for JCU to position itself for a 41-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining, but the Blue Streaks could not capitalize and its gave the Berg its third win in a row.


The victory improves Heidelberg to 5-4 overall and evens its OAC record at 4-4, while John Carroll falls to 4-5, 4-4. The five wins marks the most wins by the Berg since finishing with five in 1997 and it snaps a 16-game losing streak to JCU.


Avon boys take third in Division I  

state cross 
country championship

The Avon boys competed in the 2010 OHSAA State Cross Country Championship today. In their first State meet performance as a team, they ran some AMAZING races.
Academic All Ohioan and now Cross Country
All Ohioan Tyler Kvach

The boys captured third place as two runners, senior Tyler Kvach and freshman Austin Fasciana, earned ALL-Ohio honors. Tyler broke his own school record as he ran 15:54.7 to finish 6th place overall. Austin ran a huge PR (16:18) to finish 17th place.
All Ohio Eagle Freshman
Austin Fasciana

Austin had the fastest time for a freshman in ANY division. Other Avon runners were senior Sam Bickely in 39th (16:44), sophomore Blake Pecoraro in 43rd (16:47), senior Ayoub Kirresh finished 89th (17:23), junior Jacob Betts in 120th (17:59), while senior Matt Hawkins finished 123rd (18:01).

The boys finished third overall in the team standings; #1 Woodridge (80), #2 Akron St. Vincent St. Mary (102), #3 Avon (111), #4 Elyria Catholic (145). This ties as the highest finish for any Avon athletic's performance at the state meet level. The Girls Cross Country Team also finished 3rd in 1988. Kvach along with Pecoraro earned Academic-ALL Ohio honors.





CLEVELAND, OH – The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team earned its best finish at the University Athletic Association Championship since the 2000 season by claiming fourth place on Saturday, November 6 at Horsburgh Gymnasium. The fifth-seeded Spartans swept eighth-seeded University of Rochester (NY) on day two of the championships before succumbing to a 3-1 loss at the hands of second-seeded New York University.

With its 2-2 performance at the 2010 UAA Championships, Case finishes the season at 24-10 overall and 6-5 in the UAA. The 24 victories matches last season’s total, which was the best for the program since a 29-10 campaign in 1997. The season was highlighted by an 11-match win streak and a victory versus No. 1 nationally-ranked Washington University (MO).

“We are excited that we were able to take a step forward,” said head coach Karen Farrell. “To finish fourth in a conference that has four nationally-ranked teams is quite an accomplishment. We have created a great foundation heading into next season and hopefully we can continue to grow.”

Case started slow versus Rochester, but still won the first set by a score of 25-14. Case then ran away with the remaining sets, winning by scores of 25-8 and 25-19.

Junior middle hitter Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, OH/Stephen T. Badin) led the offense with an 11-kill performance, while every player on the Spartan roster saw playing time.

Mags alumna Rachel Gulasey

Sophomore setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, OH/Geneva) paced the offense with 31 assists, while sophomore libero RachelGulasey (Cleveland, OH/Magnificat) and senior outside hitter Beth Karpinski (Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake) each contributed 10 digs to lead the defense.

Avon Lake alumna Beth Karpinski

NYU, the 15th-ranked team in the nation, came into the match following a 3-0 loss at the hands of third-seeded Washington.

The Spartans fell behind early after dropping the first two sets 25-14 and 25-21, but kept their season alive with a clutch 25-23 win in set three. NYU, however, proved to be too much in the fourth set and took the match by a 25-20 decision.

McCutchan once again led the Case attack with 19 kills, while Karpinski totaled 10. Freeman and Gulasey led the defense with 26 and 23 digs, respectively.

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