A Page -- Nov. 9, 2010 -- High Schools

Solon's boys' basketball starting 

lineup to get an entire face lift; Chris 

Cromity is only returning regular; 

Comets to have less depth

Nov. 9, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SOLON – Short of the depth it had last season, Solon’s boys’ basketball team will have less rotation in its lineup and rely more on its starters and sixth and seventh men this season.

In addition, the Comets will be moving Chris Cromity from the 2 guard to the point guard spot, as a result of all five starters from the 12-10 Solon team from 2009-10 graduating this past spring.

“We have four players returning who were in our rotation last year and we expect them to provide leadership to the players who are moving up in our system,” Solon coach Sean Fisher said. “I believe we have multiple players who can shoot the ball well from the perimeter.  There is very good chemistry between the players; they get along very well together.”

Cromity, a 6-4 senior guard, is a returning letterman who averaged 6 points per game and 2 rebounds per game. Cromity was an All Northeast Ohio Conference Honorable Mention.


His chief supporting cast will include fellow seniors Liam O’Brien, (6-5 forward, returning letter winner, 3 ppg, 2 rpg), DeAndre Payton (6-3 post, returning letter winner, 3 ppg, 3 rpg), Christian Jackson, (6-0 guard, returning letter winner, 3 ppg, 2 rpg), Alex Giterman (6-0 guard, returning letter winner), and Brandon Marshall (5-11 guard, returning letter winner).

Two juniors who will factor into the regular lineup are Nate Brillhart (6-1 guard) and Kareem Oldham (6-3 forward). Brillhart was on the varsity last year and Oldham will be moving up from JV, replacing his brother Calvin, who is now a redshirt walk-on freshman at the University of Akron.

“We need to improve greatly on the defensive end from what I’ve seen in the offseason,” Fisher said. “We also have to find ways to overcome our lack of size on the inside. We have good size at the perimeter positions, but not much in the post; therefore, we will need to do a good job rebounding from all five positions.”

The Comets finished 5-5 in the River Division and would like to be a league contender as well as being the regional power it was four-six years ago during the Dallas Lauderdale/Steve Valentino years.

“We believe we can win a league title this year,” Fisher said. “We expect to be in the race for a league title, and to position ourselves for a top 4 seed in our district tournament at Euclid. It will come only with the defensive improvement.”

The only change in the schedule this season is that the Comets will open up with Cleveland Heights and Garfield Heights. “That should be a good challenge for our team,” Fisher said.

In addition to an NOC divisional title, the Comets would like to go further in the tournament after defeating Mayfield, 61-47, in the semi and losing to #4 seed Shaw, 73-62, in sectional final last March.

Moreover from the athletic talent his Student/Athletes possess, Coach Fisher also has academic achievers. Last year more than 2/3 of the varsity roster had GPAs over 3.0, and the Comets had multiple gold & silver award winners from the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association.

GlenOak's girls' basketball team 

spent a lot of time playing hoops

over the summer all over the state; 

Krista Ross becomes new 

coach; Golden Eagles expect to 

improve on winning '09-'10 season 

and surprise some folks

Nov. 9, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH CANTON – After turning in a decent 12-9 season last year, GlenOak’s girls’ basketball team will start afresh this season with a new head coach in Krista Ross.

The Golden `Eagles spent a lot time this past summer getting ready for the new coach and new season as they we went to Kent State, Olentangy, and Wooster for camps and competition, and played in the Green and Jackson Leagues.

GlenOak High School Golden Eagles Softball

We have the ability to run a big front or a small fast front,” said Ross. “We will surprise a lot of people. The girls have been working hard.”


Ross does inherit better than a half dozen regulars from last year’s Golden Eagle outfit.

Those returning include Nancy Osborne- (Sr., shooting guard), Angela Darnley (guard/forward), Katie Gaetano (forward), Quinn Repp (power forward), Faith Wagner (shooting guard), Ashley Rininger (Post) and Eileen Thompson.

Also, those moving up or moving in and will be in supporting roles as well as compete for more responsibilities include Emily Evans (point guard), Emily Dean (guard), Tasia Asberry-(forward), and Anicia Clayton.

“Our goal is to improve from each game and be the best that we can be,” Ross said. “We have experience if we can stay healthy. We will have different line-ups depending on who we will face each night. Our JV team should be strong this year and we look to them for experience for next year.”

The Golden Eagle hoops gals also have the front end of the Student/Athlete dualism together as well. Several of the club’s Student/Athletes are in NHS, as well as others that are in the sports med program that is an elite and demanding program here at GlenOak.

Lynn Wess takes over as Green

girls' coach after 23 years in boys' 

basketball; Bee Gee committed 

Logan Pastor  to lead cohesive 

senior group 

Nov. 9, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


UNIONTOWN – With athleticism, senior leadership and team chemistry, Green High School’s girls’ basketball team has most of the key components to have another winning season after winning a district title and league co-championship in 2009-2010.

“Our goals are to contend for Suburban League title, contend for district championship, and contend for regional championship,” Green coach Lynn Wess said. “Without a doubt, our team strengths are leadership of our seniors, athletic girls all around, and great team chemistry throughout the lineup.”


Wess has beefed up the schedule in order to make his gals more competitive for the SL and post-season tourney. The Bulldogs have added Hathaway Brown, McKinley, Mentor, Howland, Hudson, and Bedford to the non-league schedule.


The returning players who will be in key varsity roles are (seniors) Logan Pastor (committed to Bowling Green), Melissa Weinz, Morgan Jackson, and Kristie Chabra; and (juniors) Lydia Corle, Jasmine Reale, Alexa Marciniak; and (sophomores) Erica Rector, and Taylor Saddler.

“All seniors besides Pastor (D-I) are capable of playing Division III college next year,” Wess said. ”Our confidence level is very high in the pre-season. If we stay injury free and continue to improve, our confidence will grow.”

Still, the Bulldogs areas we need to improve on the interior defense and rebounding, which contributed to some of the setbacks last season.

“We also need to find an inside presence on offense, said Weiss, who takes over the Bulldogs this season after 23 seasons as a boys varsity coach with Coventry, Hillsdale, and Chippewa. He brings success and a winning attitude to the program. His teams have amassed 264 career wins for him.


The JV/freshman team is young and inexperienced, byt might have to grow up fast if injuries begin riddling the team or the regulars are unable to get the job done adequately.

“A couple of these players will have to step up and be contributors next year, so they will have to get ready this season,” Wes said. “In that group are some promising players.”

This group of Bulldog gals should have no problem grasping the new concepts Wess has been and will be introducing. The seniors have a combined 3.8 grade point average and, as Student/Athletes, rank high in their senior class.

Gilmour’s John Chaney to Sign with Eastern Michigan; Lancers' Top Golfer to study entrepreneurship

By Kristy Booher

GATES MILLS – Nov. 9, 2010: Gilmour Academy senior John Chaney will sign an NCAA National Letter of Intent at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 10, in Gilmour’s new Athletic Center.  Chaney will play golf for Eastern Michigan University, which has won two of the last four Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championships.  Chaney, who plans to study entrepreneurship or sales and marketing, also considered offers from several other Division I teams, including Cleveland State University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Toledo.    


Eastern Michigan was Chaney’s choice for many reasons.  He believes Bruce Cunningham, the school’s men’s head golf coach is “phenomenal,” adding that “the team plays a very competitive national schedule.”  The team has either placed a team or an individual in the last six NCAA Tournaments.  Also factoring into the decision was the fact his mom attended the school and he felt EMU was “still close enough to home.”

Shaker Heights resident John Chaney

A resident of Shaker Heights, Chaney began playing golf when he was 3 years old and at the same time, began competing with the Cleveland Barons, a peewee youth hockey team.  Chaney remained active in the sport of hockey throughout his freshman year of high school, competing on the Lancer’s Varsity B team.  He then decided to give up hockey in order to pursue golf year round in an effort to increase his chances at competing at the collegiate level.  


Chaney competed for the Gilmour golf team his first two years at the school, earning Breakout Player of the Year honors both seasons.  Although he did not compete for the school team during his final two years, he remained active on the golf scene, competing individually for national tours such as the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT), the PGA Junior Series and the Future Collegiate World Tour (FCWT).  He turned in many impressive performances throughout the past two seasons.  Last year, he tied for 11th place in the Ping Phoenix Junior Tournament with rounds of 72-72-70.  He shot a 72 at the IJGT Penn State Junior Tournament, finishing second out of 50 participants.  This year, he followed that performance with a 219 (72-70-77) at Penn State to finish third among 85 golfers, also earning the honor of being the 36-hole leader.


During the 2010 IJGT Tournament of Champions, Chaney tied for fourth place out of 100 after totaling 150 (75-75) and went on to total a 214 (71-72-71), which was good enough for a seventh-place tie at the AJGA Nashville Franklin Junior Tournament. Additionally, Chaney was the runner-up at the 2010 Lakewood Country Club Championship while competing against adults.


Recently, Chaney was on hand in Sunbury, Ohio, to cheer the Gilmour Lancers boys golf team on to its fifth Division III State Championship in program history.


Gilmour Academy is a Catholic, independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school.   It is sponsored by the Brothers of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Ind., and offers a Montessori preschool program and traditional Kindergarten through Grade 12.  A boarding program is offered to students in Grades 7 through 12.  The athletic program is one of the most comprehensive in the state of Ohio, offering 23 varsity sports (12 for boys and 11 for girls) with the only girls prep hockey team in the state.  That total expands to 50 teams with the addition of junior varsity, freshmen and middle school teams.  More than 70 percent of students participate in at least one sport out of the variety offered.





St. Ignatius, No. 1 ranked team in

the country, tops St. John in state 

semifinal,Titan keeper ejected for 

roughing up Matt 


Nov. 9, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – St. Ignatius, the No. 1 ranked team in the country, advanced to the Friday’s title match with a 5-2 win over St. John Jesuit, in front of 3,500 fans in the Division I boys state soccer semifinals tonight here on the pitch in the athletic complex at Rocky River High School.

Things got testy midway through the second period when St. John keeper Connor Walsh let his frustrations get the better of him getting himself ejected with a red card for tripping Wildcat Matt Foldesy who was on his way to scoring the Wildcats’ fourth goal of the night.

Matt Foldesy

With the Cats coasting with a 3-1 lead at 65:04, Foldesy outran the entire St. John defense as he had done about a half dozen tines earlier in the match and Walsh, realizing he was going to get beat, came out of the 18-yard box and tripped the fleeting Foldesy.

Foldesy had to be carried off the field and the Wildcats could not connect on the free kick. No penalty kick was awarded since the foul occurred outside the box.

Ryan Ivancic then beat the new Titan goalie, Tyler Waldren at 66:15 on a breakaway to make it a 4-1 game.


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


After three goals were scored by the two clubs in the first eight minutes of the match, the two clubs played a lot of defense the 32 remaining minutes of the first half with no serious scoring threats surfacing although the Wildcats did knock on the door with a few quality opportunities and had control, taking a 2-1 lead into the locker room at the halfway point.

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead at 4:42 when junior Matt Foldesy used his speed to get about 10 feet beyond the last St. John defender and go all alone at Titan keeper Connor Walsh and easily bang it home from about 10 yards out

The second one looked even easier as Foldesy took a cross pass from Nate Fahey inside the 18-yard box and without getting checked slammed it past Walsh and to the back of the net at 6:31 to make it 2-0.



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


The two-goal lead was short lived, however, as Cat keeper Brendan Cash was beat at 7:24 on a header by Evan Lee off an assist from Rushi Nalk.

Again in the second half, offense was the name of the game in the early going, the Wildcats taking a 3-1 lead at 43:23 when Foledsy sent a corner kick into the pack. Greg Kurtz emerged dropped it right in from under the basket for the goal.


Greg Kurtz

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


Luke Blades took a 30-yard shot at 9:50 that he missed just wide on that could have given the Cats another 2-goal lead.

Blades launched another bomb at 15:42, a 45-yard rifle that Walsh grabbed and tucked into his midsection.

The Cats had a setback at 24:30 when Fahey had to be helped off the field after taking a hard hit in the groin from the ball.

Fahey was able to shake it and re-enter the match four minutes later. Fahey took a cross at 39:28 and had his defender beat but stumbled on the turf and was not able to get the shot on goal, instead sending it wide.

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


Blades sent one in from 25 yards out when Walsh vacated the goal at 32:54 but missed wide on the open net.

Tyler Sanda rammed a left-foot shot from straight on at Walsh at 34:57, but the Titan keeper was able to make the stop on the scoop.

Sanda was sent a pass by Foldesy at the 38-minute mark, but could not get around the defender to get to the ball to even set up a shot.

The Wildcats finally got their first corner kick at 39:10. Foldesy sent the ball in and after it came back out top, Ryan Ivancic took a whack at it but went high on the attempt.

St. John’s Ryan Peterson had a shot right in front of the goal in the third minute but Ivancic was there on defense to distract him, causing him to shoot wide.

In the second half, just moments before Kurtz’s goal, Fahey sent a pass inside the 18-yard box to Ivancic at the point. The Wildcats senior fired a line drive at the goal, but Walsh was able to get his hands on it to make a great slap save.

On one trip down in the 48th minute, both Foldesy and then Ivancic on the rebound had hard shots on goal, but Walsh was there to make leaning and diving stops on both.

After a foul on Ignatius, St. John botched a golden opportunity at 52:19 when on a direct free kick, but Brendan Cash in goal was able to bat the shot on goal away and then Jim Papadimas hit the post on the follow up, resulting in a goal kick for Cash.

Late goals in the match were added by Iggy’s Preston Spurrier and St. Jack’s Peterson.

St. John (21-1) came into the match with a 20-match winning streak, including the most recent eight by shutout, including all six of its playoff matches.

On the other side, St. Ignatius has shut out its three most recent opponents and has given up only two goals in five previous playoff matches this season. Among the Wildcats’ 20 wins this season, 13 have come by shutout.  The Titans also have 20 wins this season (the only loss on the record of the Toledo boys coming at the hands of the Cats in the Ohio Jesuit Cup the first week of the season) with 17 of those coming by shutout.

The Wildcats (21-0) have won the their last 21 matches, going down in defeat the last time in the state title match last November in Columbus to Lincoln High School, which is from the Greater Columbus area.

In the all-time series between the two schools, this was the 29th meeting with Ignatius winning 15 of the previous meetings while seven of them have ended in ties. The Wildcats had won seven of the last nine meetings with the other two ending in ties. Seven, including one of the ties, were Wildcat shutouts.

The last time a St. John team beat a St. Ignatius team was in 1998, a 3-0 Titan triumph. Between 1986 and 1998, St. John was 7-4-2 against Ignatiu 


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