A Page -- Nov. 7, 2010

With almost entire cast from regional 

finalist team returning, Rocky River 

girls basketball team a sure favorite 

to win West Shore Conference and 

make a run to States

Nov. 7, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – After making it all the way to the regional finals last year, Rocky River’s girls’ basketball team expects nothing short of the best for this season after graduating only two seniors from last year’s team.

“We have very high expectations for our Pirates due to the consistent success of the program,” said River coach Mike Sislowski. “The program is very deep.  Losing one starter from last year’s team and adding the dynamic younger sister of the graduate.  “

Katie McNally is that younger sister of the graduated Molly McNally, and will be instrumental in aiding an already strong cast for the Pirates, 21-5 in 2009-10.

“Katie McNally will bring length and shooting,” said Sislowski. “The roster is extremely deep with a defensive first frame of mind.”

Juniors Hannah McCue and Allyson Helleis will be expected to continue their growth as two of the best in the Greater Cleveland Area.  Possess a great balance of post and perimeter players.


McCue averaged 17.5 points a game and 9.7 rebounds per game in 09-10 season.  The junior was 2009-2010 Special Mention All-Ohio, 2009-2010 Northeast Lakes District Division II 1st Team, 2009-2010 West Shore Conference 1st Team, and 2009-2010 West Shore Conference MVP.

Helleis, also a junior, was a 2009-2010 Northeast Lakes District Division II Honorable Mention and 2009-2010 West Shore Conference 2nd Team. She averaged 4.5 assists per game last season. 

“Allyson is a tenacious leader at point guard whose signature is her ability to control a ballgame and unbelievable leadership skills,” the coach said. “We are counting on Allyson to become a big-time scorer this season after a long season of hard work.”

Maeve Kessler, one of three Kessler sisters who have been multiple-sport Student/Athletes at River over the past seven years, will provide senior leadership.

 Kessler was named 2009-2010 Northeast Lakes District Division II Honorable Mention and 2009-2010 West Shore Conference Honorable Mention.

“Maeve is a dominant post player with great moves in the paint,” the coach said.

Another senior, Emily Townsend, was a 2009-2010 West Shore Conference Honorable Mention.

“Emily is an aggressive defender who typically takes the opponents best ball handler,” Sislowski said.

Senior Jane Schwarz was also a key contributor on 2010 Regional Finalist Team.

“Jane is a natural leader who consistently knocks down the open shot,” noted Sislowski.

To better prepare for a long post-season run, River has added Walsh to its regular season non-conference schedule that already consists of: Westlake, Strongsville, Mentor, Magnificat, and Elyria.

“Possess a great balance of post and perimeter players,” the coach commented. “The girls believe that with hard work anything is possible. Internal growth with be responsible for the improvement of our team.  The challenge is for the girls who have laid the groundwork of the program to improve within themselves.  A great off-season of hard work has put them in position to take the program to heights never before reached in Rocky River.”

They also have the mental toughness needed to succeed in basketball.

Collectively, the returning varsity players have over a 3.7 gpa.

“They are absolute leaders of the school,” Sislowski said.

They are looking to continue streak of four consecutive league titles and another exciting run in the post season.

Garretsville girls to rely on team 

speed, diligent defense to build a 

winning season

Nov. 7, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GARRETSVILLE -- With quick guards, Garretsville Garfield’s girls’ basketball team will used team speed and diligent defense to improve upon last year’s 9-12 season.

The G-Women return three starters.  Also in six of the twelve losses from last season were by three baskets or fewer.  This year’s team will be the deepest Garfield has had in the last four seasons.

Experience has been a term used in the Garfield camp the past two weeks of for the first time in many years. 

“Also last years disappointing season provides motivation to this squad, coach Aaron Gilbert said. “A lack of size will hurt us if they play a team with a true post presence. Also consistence is a word that last year’s team lacked.  If early success can fuel the fire, we could be in for a productive season.”

Senior Justine Eakin(7.8 points per game, 3.5 rebounds PG and 2.7 assists PG) will lead the team at the point guard position, but will share time with Junior Darian Roberts.


“Both are similar players which will help keep a rhythm to the team’s offense,” the coach said.

These two guards will allow Garfield to play at a high tempo throughout the season.

The shooting guard position will be shared by Junior Katie Kaiser (3.8, 2.9, 0.6) and Senior Emily Hartman (5.9, 4.7,1.3).

Hartman is a 3-year letter winner and has proven to be a more than capable guard.

Sophomore Jackie Tabor (3.7, 2.0, 0.6) will share time at the other guard position.  Playing as a freshman should help her in this her sophomore campaign.

Seniors Chelsea Cook, Elizabeth Elium, Laura Sanicky (1.1, 2.3, 0.3) and Kendall Morrison (4.2    , 6.0, 1.0) share time at the post position.  Junior Olivia Duvall will also see time at this position.  Morrison gives the Lady G-Men a legitimate shot blocker that could help control the painted area.

“The team will rely on a commitment to defense and a pressure defensive philosophy to stay competitive in each ball game,” Gilbert said.  “A motion style offensive system should play off of the team strength as well.  Look for us to try and get out and run more this year than in the past.  With many returning players, the stage is set for a break out year for this team.”

Massillon, Dalton numbers up for this 

season; veteran coach Dave Rotthoff 

expects improved times from 

veterans and to get upcoming 

swimmers up to speed

Nov. 7, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


MASSILLON – With a high number of Student/Athletes interested in competing in swimming this year, Massillon High should be one of the more competitive teams on both the boys’ and girls’ side.

“We Should have good depth and are looking forward to the experienced Student/Athletes to step up and try to qualify for the state meet,” David Rotthoff. The Massillon coach who also doubles as the Dalton High coach.. “We have a lot of new Student/Athletes with good potential. We’d liked the experienced swimmers and divers to post better times and to give the new ones a good learning experience.”


The Tigers will continue to compete in the north east aquatic conference.

Among the returning Tiger swimmers are Lara Beck  (sr.), Rich Brugh (sr., letter winner, 3-year swimmer), Dakota Carpenter ( jr.) Nathan Dean 2 years), Mariah Harris, Makenzi Henry, Meghan Henry, Meghan Hickey 3 letters, district qualifier), Emily James , 3-year letter winner),  (Priscila Klein letter winner), Adam Klinger, Cassie Lilli (2 letters, district qualifierr),  Nick Luckring, Bradley Murphy (letterman), Jim Mutigli  (2 letters), Matt Mutigli (letterman), Lauren Ricker (3 letters, district qualifier), Katie Runser (2 letters), Kara Straight, Abigail Weinberg, Isaac Wiseman (letter) , Ashley Young (letter), and Jacob Zeltman (district qualifier).

Wiseman and Zeltman are Dalton high school Student/Athletes.

The newcomers include   Sarah Beaty, Klyie Byers, Katrina Colandros, Garrett Dean, Taylor Fry, Austin Gregg, Jewel Haskins, Kim Hufmann, Rebecca Klein, Taylor Spicocchi, Lauren Troyer, and Taylor Young.

“They have been improving on a steady basis,” said Rotthoff, who has been coaching Massillon High for 26 years now and nearly 40 years swimming coaching experience.  “They are getting the strength to compete at a higher level.”

The Tigers and Bulldogs did a lot of work over the summer swimming with the Massillon aquatic club

“WE hope to improve the win column,” the veteran coach said.  “It should help with the boys numbers going up. The main thing is that we have Good students   good parents  good work ethics.”

They also do well in school. Rotthoff has four Academic All America candidates among his squad.

St. Jude wins Division I City CYO 

Middleweight championship with 

overtime win over Gesu: Justin

Taylor gets winning 

TD, Danny Brenner kicks winning 

extra point 

Nov. 7, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BEDFORD – In overtime, St. Jude won the Division I Middleweight CYO City Championship with a 14-12 win over Gesu today here in Bearcat Stadium.

With the score tied 6-6, St. Jude had the ball first. The Gesu defense stiffened, putting the Jaguars in a third and 13 situation at the 23.

Watch a few short videos of today’s Bulldogs-Jaguars game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


That’s when quarterback Jake Kuchta threw a lateral to the left sidelines to Justin Taylor, who went all the way down the left sidelines into the end zone, breaking loose from four-would be tacklers along the way.

Listen to post-game interview with St.  Jude Student/Athlete Justin Taylor from today’s Buldogs-Jaguars game, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading



Danny Brenner kicked the two point conversion (kick is 2 and run is 1 in CYO) and the Jaguars had a 14-6 lead.


Kris Oliver’s runs gave Gesu a first down and a TD, but the PAT kick went wide even though it was high and long enough to tie it. 

St. Jude scored first on a 61-yard touchdown by Taylor midway through the first quarter.

Both teams played sound defense the rest of the half, as it remained 6-0 in favor of St. Jude.


Orlando Diggs intercepted a Gesu pass with 1:55 left in the half to douse a scoring threat by the Bulldogs in St. Jude territory.

Gesu stifled St. Jude’s first drive in the second half, aided by tackles for loss by Danny Volpe and Lenny Soeder.


Grant Williams partly blocked a Gesu punt, giving the Jaguars the short field at the Gesu 25.

Listen to post-game interview with St.  Jude Student/Athlete Grant Williams from today’s Buldogs-Jaguars game, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Jacob Kuchta hit Williams over the middle for a 14-yard gain and a first and goal. The Jaguars drove to the three-yard line, but then fumbled and Ryan Wenger recovered for the Bulldogs with two minutes to go in the third period.

Oliver began driving the Bulldogs out of the hole with a couple first down rus, but then Jack Klinghsirn intercepted to give the ball back to the Jaguars at the Gesu 28 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Two-way lineman DeAdam Hall

Oliver, Wenger and Danny Volpe turned in a key tackle for loss back to the 34 and St. Jude gave up the ball on downs.

After Danny Volpe took Gesu into St. Jude territory on a 14-yard run, Williams came through with a tackle for loss back to the St. Jude 43 with three minutes to play.

Gesu quarterback Connor Lesko threw a 44-yard TD pass to Jack Cook to tie the game 6-6 with 2:14 left in regulation. The extra-point attempt failed.

Cook then intercepted a pass to give possession back to the Gesu offense in St. Jude territory but Gesu offense ran out of time, sending it into overtime.

St. Jude is in Elyria and Gesu in South Euclid.

B-W Wrestlers Finish Fourth at the 

Season-Opening Messiah (Pa.) 

Tournament; Woodridge alum 

Scavuzzo & Stoll Win Titles

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team finished fourth of nine teams competing today (Saturday, November 6, 2010) at the annual Messiah College Invitational Tournament in Grantham, Pennsylvania. This was the season-opener for the Yellow Jackets.

The Yellow Jackets had 59 total points and were led by senior 174-pounder Andrew Scavuzzo (Cuyahoga Falls/ Woodridge) and senior 197-pounder Tristan Stoll (Milan/ Edison) who each were the champion of their respective weight classes.

Andrew Scavuzzo

Scavuzzo was seeded first at 174 pounds and compiled a 4-0 record with one pin, one major decisions and two decisions en route to his individual title. He dominated No.2-seed Davin Okerblom of Messiah in the championship match by a score of 11-2. Stoll was seeded second at 197 pounds and compiled a 4-0 mark with a pin and three decisions. He dominated Russell Jones of Messiah in the title match by a 15-7 count.


Also placing for the Yellow Jackets were senior 165-pounder Korey Leonhard (Kinsman/ Pymatuning Valley) and sophomore 197-pounder Joe Georgian (Eastlake/ Villa Angela-St. Joseph) as each grappler placed fourth in their respective weight classes. Leonhard posted a 3-2 record and had a Georgian 2-2 mark.  Also posting a winning or .500 slate werejunior Jeremy Dombrady (Copley) was 3-2 at 125 pounds, freshman Andrew Taylor (Columbus/ Worthington Kilbourne) was 3-2 at 133 pounds, freshman Tyreese Brown (Cleveland/ Glenville) was 2-2 at 133 pounds, junior Grant Steward (Columbus/ Worthington Kilbourne) was 2-2 at 141 pounds, sophomore Danny Huffman (Maple Heights) was 2-2 at 149 pounds and junior Ryan Jones (Uniontown/ Lake) was 2-2 at 285 pounds.

The Yellow Jacket grapplers are back in action next Saturday, Nov. 13 when they travel to University CircleOhio to compete at the annual Case Western Reserve University Duals. Action begins at 10:00 a.m.  The first home match is on Tuesday, Nov. 30 against NCAA Division II Tiffin University in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center at 7:30 p.m.

















St. Justin Martyr-St. Mary Magdalene 

blanks Sacred Heart to win city 

CYO Middleweight title

Nov. 7, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BEDFORD --- Being opportunistic after forcing turnovers on defense, St. Justin Martyr-St. Mary Magdalene’s offense used the big play featuring five different players scoring touchdowns and toppled Sacred Heart of Jesus, 32-0, to win the Middleweight Division II CYO City Championship today here in Bedford Bearcat Stadium.

St. Justin Martyr/St. Mary Magdalene capitalized on the first turnover of the game. Malik Lozada picked up a Sacred Heart fumble and returned it 29 yards to the 20-yard line.

The Blue Eagles took only six plays to make it 6-0. On his first carry of the game, Micah Shelby-Shorter ran in from five yards out, but the extra point failed.


Listen to post-game interview with St.  JM-MM Student/Athlete Micah Shelby-Shorter from today’s Blue Eagles-Jaguars game, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Brandon Hozian carried twice in the drive to get the Blue Eagles a first down and closer to the goal.

In a bizarre play, Sacred Heart quarterback Toby Leahy  threw a pass that was batted in the air by Shelby-Shorter that Leahy caught himself. Unfortunately for Leahy, he didn’t get any yardage out of it.

Another turnover gave the Jaguars the ball, to make it 1-1 on the turnover ratio. Dequan Washington intercepted the ball at midfield. He had to reach for the ball that came over his head with his back to the offense, making a circus-like catch.

In a stellar defensive series in the second quarter, Sacred Heart linebacker Brady Wells had two consecutive tackles for loss, first throwing the Blue Eagles offense two yards and then on the next play back for another seven.

However, St. JM-MM quarterback T.J. McKiernan made up for the losses, first running for 17 yards on the keeper and then on fourth and three, tossing to Anthony Ward, who gained 15 yards and a first down.

Then McKiernan ran 28 yards for the score on a wide open field on the left sidelines. Ryan Newlong blocked the extra point to leave the score 12-0 with 1:20 left in the half.


Listen to post-game interview with St.  JM-MM Student/Athlete T.J. McKiernan from today’s Blue Eagles-Jaguars game, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


St. JM-MM wasted no time to pad the lead in the second half. On the first offensive series of the third quarter, the Blue Eagles made it 20-0 in 55 seconds on a 62-yard pass from McKiernan to Reggie Kendig and a kicked extra point by Anthony Ward (kicks are worth two points and runs one point in CYO).


Listen to post-game interview with St.  JM-MM Student/Athlete Reggie Kendig from today’s Blue Eagles-Jaguars game, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


It was Wells again on the tackles for losses in the third quarter. As a result, St. JM-MM was faced with a third and 43 yards to go for a first down from at its own two-yard line.

Again, the Wells defensive heroics went for naught as Malik Lozada was able to bust out of a pack and run 98 yards for a TD, making it 26-0 with fewer than two minutes to play in the third.


Listen to post-game interview with St.  JM-MM Student/Athlete Malik Lozada from today’s Blue Eagles-Jaguars game, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Then Lozada went on defense and got the ball back for the offense by recovering a fumble.  



Jeff Scavnicky then became the fifth Blue Eagle to score a TD on the day, running 48 yards for the score that made it 32-0. 

Listen to post-game interview with St.  JM-MM Student/Athlete Jeff Scavnicky from today’s Blue Eagles-Jaguars game, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Dererk Pardon recovered a fumble for the Blue Eagles to end the first half.

Watch a few short videos of today’s Blue Eagles-Jaguars game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading

St. JM-MM is located in Eastlake and SHOJ is in South Euclid.



Nov. 7, 2010

By John Kenny

Coming off a very successful 2010 campaign, which included a 12-4-1 record and a Southwestern Conference championship, a number of Avon Lake High Shoregal soccer players have earned postseason honors.


Jillian Strimbu

Making All Southwestern Conference First Team were  Jillian Strimbu (Jr.) and Emily O'Connor (Fr.). In addition, the Shoregals placed two others on the All Southwestern Conference Second Team in Cheyenne Lukstein (Jr.) and Dana Strimbu (Jr.).

Dana Strimbu

To make it an even half dozen, the Shoregals also had a couple make the All Southwestern Conference Honorable Mention group with  Taylor Nedrich (Jr.) and Annie Lyons (Jr.).

The Shoregals also gained some regional-wide accolades headed up by All Greater Cleveland Second Team selection Jillian Strimbu (Jr.).

Making the All Greater Cleveland Honorable Mention were Maddie Bernard (Sr.), Mary Donegan (Sr.), Lindsay Quintero (Jr.), Megan Braye (So.) , and Kailey McClain (So.).

Shoregals playing in the All Greater Cleveland Senior All-Star game are Mary Donegan and Sarah Hudson.

A number of Shoregals also received All-Lorain County honors led by All Lorain County First Teamers Jillian Strimbu (Jr.) and Emily O'Connor (Fr.)

Emily O'Connor

All Lorain County Second Team selections are Sarah Hudson (Sr.), Cheyenne Lukstein (Jr.) and Dana Strimbu (Jr.).


All Lorain County Honorable Mention picks are Taylor Nedrich (Jr.) and Danielle Liszka (Jr.)

Playing in the Lorain County Senior All-Star game for the Shoregals are Maddie Bernard, Jessica Murdock, and Morgan Srail.

The Shoregals were led in scoring this season by Jillian Strimbu (Jr.) with 15 goals and Emily O'Connor (Fr.) with 12 goals.  Morgan Srail (Sr.) led in

assists with 5, many coming off her unique flip throw-in trick. 

Sarah Hudson (Sr.) and Jillian Strimbu (Jr.) contributed 4 assists each.  Strimbu led in points scored with 34 and O'Connor was close behind with 26 points.

In the Shots on Goal category, Strimbu led with 38 and O'Connor had 23.  Cheyenne Lukstein (Jr.) was the starting sweeper all season and led the team with 9 blocked shots.

 Dana Strimbu was the starting goalie and recorded 101 saves along with 5 shutouts.

Spartan Wrestlers Open Season at 

Messiah Invitational

By Nick Minerd

GRANTHAM, PA – The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team kicked off its 2010-11 season on Saturday, November 6 at the Messiah Invitational, hosted by Messiah College (PA), by finishing sixth overall in a field of nine teams with 32 points.

Messiah and Waynesburg University (PA) tied for the team title with 105 points, while Elizabethtown College (PA) took third with 90 points. Baldwin-Wallace College finished fourth with 59 points, while Ursinus College (PA) scored seven more points (39) than the Spartans to finish fifth overall. Case defeated the United States Coast Guard Academy (30.5 points), the University of Maryland - Baltimore County (27 points) and McDaniel College (17.5 points).

Defending national champion Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, OH/Ravenna) got off to a quick start for the Spartans, winning four straight matches as the top-seed to claim the title in the 149-pound weight class. Dukes defeated Elizabethtown's Tye Boyer, the tournament's second-seed, in the championship match.

Freshman Frank Hu (Delaware, OH/Orange) had a solid debut for Case as well, going 2-1 in the championship bracket at 125 pounds. Hu was a winner against classmate Victor Pan (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) and Waynesburg's Jeff Swaney. Sophomore Evan McDowell (Bellaire, TX/Episcopal) also posted a 2-1 record in the 157-pound championship bracket, taking down Ursinus' Matthew Generotti and Elizabethtown's Henry Tucker.

West beats East in soccer all-star 

game; Eds' Stalker, Amherst's 

Strickler, Westlake's 

Konrad score West goals

Nov. 7, 2010

BEREA -- The West squad beat the East 3-0 in the annual Greater Cleveland All-Star soccer game on Sunday evening. Ian Stalker (Lakewood St. Ed's), Jon Strickler (Amherst Steele), and Cole Konrad (Westlake) each scored for the West side team.  

Toby Frolich (Lakewood St. Ed's) and Charlie Kemp(Lakewood) added assists.  Frolich and Nolan Escher (North Olmsted) split the shutout in goal. 

Alex DiScenna (Brecksville) and Bill Gamble (Brunswick) led the defense for the West side and Jake Russell (Twinsburg) turned in a fine performance in the goal for the East side.