A Page -- Oct. 1, 2010

Undefeated HB Field Hockey team to 

get big test this weekend against 

defending state champ Watterson

Oct. 1, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SHAKER HEIGHTS – With yesterday’s 8-0 win over Magnificat, Hathaway Brown’s field hockey team remained undefeated at 9-0-1 and are primed to make a strong run at the state championship.

The Blazers made it to the Final Four last year after winning the Kent Regional with a 6-0 win over Shaker Heights, but then lost in the state semis, 2-1, to Gahanna Columbus Academy.

Prior to the semifinal match, the Blazers had outscored their three playoff opponents, 19-0. This year is no different as they get ready for the sectionals that begin later this month.

“We have a well-rounded team from the goalkeepers through the defense and the midfield and up to the forward line; each player is confident and strong in her position,” said HB coach Sydney Van Der Merwe. “We have a few fast players on the team, which helps us when we are in attack they can get up there and attack, and when there is a turnover they can track back and help defend. When our starters are not on the field other players can step into their role with no issues and we can continue as we are playing the game. We are lucky to have such versatile players as any player can start the game and make an impact from the start.”


The Blazers still have five matches left over the next two weeks before the playoffs begin including two key ones this weekend downstate. Saturday, in Columbus, they will play Bishop Watterson, the defending state champion.

“Our team goal is to take each game and build from that game to the next; we have our sights on advancing deep into the post season and hopefully making a competitive run at the state title,” said Van Der Merwe.

This weekend’s matches against Watterson and Thomas Worthington will be excellent preparation for the upcoming run that is expected. Experience might work in favor of this unit in the run t the states.

HB has 6 seniors that have played field hockey since they were in middle school as well as taken part in the futures program which has helped them improve and develop as field hockey players. The group is led by Sydney Kirby, who already had passed the 50 goal mark before this season started. The school record holder for career goals is on the pace of getting back to All American first team.

With the underclassmen, they too have played field hockey in middle school and they all have and will be taking part in the futures program. The Blazers have 5 sophomores on the Varsity team. Last year they all played on the JV team and were 3 of the 5 pulled up for post season.

“Many of our sophomores start which is a testament to their mentality and maturity,” the coach said. “The freshmen are also a very talented group and they bring their own strengths to the team.”

In a way, HB is both experienced and young.

“As a group, I think we are very well balanced in terms of experience; each player has a unique style of play and it is hard to find the right players that counter act one another,” the coach said. “As we practice and play more games, the team is settling in and starting to find each other. There are obstacles to overcome this season and we are figuring out as a team how to overcome these obstacles and triumph at the end of the season.”

Still, it will be imperative for HB to do well in the next five matches to have the momentum going into the playoffs.

“With a strong finish to the regular season, we hope to be able to play long into the postseason and make a run at the state title,” said Van Der Merwe. “This year in my mind we can win states, but the team has to believe in themselves before they can go out there and do it. As a coaching staff we are working hard on the team’s confidence level and working on believing in themselves.

“We respect all the teams and we know that they are going to come out playing hard against us and we just have to keep our patience and believe in what we can do and what we can control.”

Right now, Van Der Merwe is preparing the younger players for the pressures that arrive once tourney time is in session.

“The new players in the team need to find their feet and overcome their nerves when they are playing the game, ,” Van Der Merwe said I know that they want to prove themselves and by doing this they make mistakes on the field which could cost us a goal and even a win! We need to learn to finish in the shooting circle, by means of we look to pass the ball to a team mate for them to take a shot at goal instead of themselves having s shot at goal, I think they are worried that they might miss the goal.”

Van Der Merwe added a new assistant this year in Emily Yates, who played her field hockey at DePauw.

The Blazers are on a better pace than they were last year, when they finished 13-4 as a varsity unit and 8-1 as a JV team.

Strongsville's boys soccer team to 

get big test in St. Louis this 

weekend; Stangs vying to "arch" 

back into national rankings

Oct. 1, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Strongsville’s boys’ soccer team is getting a big test this weekend, as it is in St. Louis for the Gateway Classic in the hopes that a good showing would get the club back into the national rankings, where it was to start the season.

Tonight the undefeated Mustangs are playing Chaminade College Preparatory School, ranked No. 2 in St. Louis, and tomorrow night will face Greensboro Day School out of North Carolina.

On Sunday they will visit The Arch and then take in a college match between Emory and WashU.


The Mustangs, ranked second in Greater Cleveland and fourth in the state in the Big School Division, are coming off a 4-0 win over North Royalton, which went into the books as their seventh shutout of the season.


Austin Earley earned his fourth shutout of the season in goal.


Offensively, the Stangs (9-0-1) were led by Vlad Lekarev, who scored two goals, including one on a penalty kick. Jamie Jindra and Mwoyo Chinoda also scored goals. It was Chinoda’s first goal of the season.


Jeff Pettit, Nate Langhals and Dave Murrow notched assists.


The boys JVB team took its record to 7-0-2 with a 6-0 victory over University School. Six different Mustangs accounted for the goals with Dean Hayes, Jacob Mizerik, and Michael Cuppage notching their firsts of the season. Ben Grossi and Matt Stephano were fairly untested in the net as the Mustang defense was strong. 


The Berg tries to get back on winning 

track in Bexley     

 Oct 1

By Morgan Hawley

'Berg (1-2, 0-2) @ Capital (1-2, 1-1)

Saturday, Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m. - Bernlohr Stadium (3,000) - Bexley, Ohio

Top Story: The Heidelberg University football team heads on the road this weekend for an Ohio Athletic Conference outing with Capital University at 1:30 p.m. in Bexley, Ohio.Heidelberg is in search of its first league win on the year and will look to snap a two-game losing streak when it faces the Crusaders. The Berg is coming off a hard fought 35-34 setback to Otterbein University on Sept. 25.

Despite career-highs in passing by Andrew Miller and two 100-yard receivers the Berg fell to the Cardinals in its second game of a two-game home stand. Its road trip will be short lived as the Berg returns to the friendly confines of Mayer Field for an Oct. 9 homecoming game with Muskingum University.


Notre Dame travels to Wilberforce

Oct. 1

By Andy Barch

The Notre Dame Falcons travel to Wilberforce, Ohio, to square off with an instate
foe, as NDC meets the Marauders of Central State University on
Saturday. The Falcons come into their game against CSU off a 40-13 loss at
Taylor (Ind.) a week ago (Sept. 25) and on a three-game losing streak. Notre
Dame was outscored in those three tilts (at Fairmont State-W. Va., vs. Walsh,
at Taylor), 112-27, but the Falcon offense has shown some signs of
improvement -- NDC averaged just 159.0 yards per game (total offense) over
its first two games and has averaged 279.7 over the last three.

Central State is on a two-game losing skid -- the Marauders come into
Saturday’s Buckeye-State battle off a 45-13 loss to NCAA-IAA Dayton a week
ago. The one-time NAIA juggernaut (CSU won three NAIA national
championships from 1990-95) is now one of five NCAA-II programs in the state of Ohio. 

Spartan Women Win Fifth Straight 

Title, Men Place Second at All-

Ohio XC Championships

Oct. 1, 2010

By Nick Minerd

CEDARVILLE, OH – The Case Western Reserve University women’s cross country team won its fifth consecutive title and the Spartan men were second at the 2010 Division III All-Ohio Championships on Friday, October 1 at the Elvin R. King Course at Cedarville University.

The women placed four runners in the top 20 to total 60 points on the 5k course and were followed in the top five by Oberlin College (68), Ohio Northern University (102), Denison University (147) and Kenyon College (160).

Former Red Raider Natalia Cabrera

Junior Natalia Cabrera (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) and senior Justine Jeroski (Murrysville, PA/Franklin) were third and fourth, respectively, with times of 18:10.80 and 18:11.10. Senior Andrea Fischione (Export, PA/Franklin) was 15th with a time of 19:05.10, freshman Brooke Simpson (Solon, OH/Solon) was 17th in 19:09.10, and seniorCindy Spahn (Wildwood, MO/Ursuline) rounded out the scoring in 21st place with a time of 19:13.10.

Former Comet Brooke Simpson

Also running, sophomore Corin Bowen (Midland, MI/Bullock Creek) placed 28th in 19:21.50 and senior Bettina Kaphingst (Lewiston, NY/Lewiston-Porter) was 37th in 19:32.10.

The men also placed four runners in the top 20 and totaled 86 points on the 8k course to finish second only to team champion Oberlin (66). Following Case in the top five was Denison (114), Ohio Northern (121) and University of Mount Union (133).

Twinsburg native Chris Kelly

Sophomore Chris Kelly (Twinsburg, OH/Twinsburg) led the way in 10th place with a time of 26:02.30, while senior David Carter (Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth) was next to cross the line in 11th place with a time of 26:03.10. Senior Robert Ontko (Houston, TX/Strake) placed 15th in 26:09.20, senior Bobby Voigt (Galloway, OH/Hilliard Darby) was 17th in 26:16.20, and junior Ethan Teare (Burton, OH/Berkshire) rounded out the scoring in 33rd place with a time of 26:43.60.

Burton native Ethan Teare

Also running for the Spartans, senior Brian Link (Lititz, PA/Warwick) placed 41st in 26:55.00 and sophomore Philip Yeung (Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Claire) finished 54th in 27:09.90.

Case returns home to host its annual alumni meet tomorrow morning then officially returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble at 11:00 a.m. in Oberlin. 

B-W Women’s Cross Country Team Finishes Sixth 

And Men Eighth At All-Ohio Championships

Oct. 1

By Jeff Miller

BEREA– The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s cross-country teams took part in the All-Ohio Championships today (Friday, October 1, 2010) hosted by Cedarville University at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course in Cedarville, Ohio.

The women competed in a 5K race and finished in 6th of 19 Division III teams with 164 points. Case Western won the meet with a total of 60 points.  The men, who competed in an 8K race, finished eighth of 20 Division III teams with 210 points.  Oberlin won the meet with a total of 66 points.

In addition, both the women and men had opportunity to run in a 5K and 8K open race respectively.

For the women, senior Kim Chinn (Zanesville/ West Muskingum) finished sixth of 138 runners covering the course in a time of 18:15. Sophomore Sarah Rospert (Milan/ Edison) was 11th in 18:58 while seniors Karin Coyne (Columbia Station/Columbia) and Katherine White (Berea) finished 35th and 53rd respectively in times of 19:28 and 19:51. Freshman Jamie Clapacs (Willoughby Hills/ Willoughby South) was 59th in 19:56; sophomore Lauren McGaughey (Allison Park, Pa./ Hampton) was 60th in 19:57 and freshman Brooke Hradisky (Aurora) crossed the finish 68th in 20:07.

In the open race, the B-W women were led by senior Krysten Kovach (North Royalton/Padua Franciscan), who finished 55th of 269 runners, in a time of 20:06 while junior Julie Kotesovec (Litchfield/Medina Buckeye) was 21st in 13:02.

For the men, sophomore Kenny Janosko (Mentor) was fifth of 139 runners in 25:55 while junior Zach Szablewski (Tiffin/ Calvert) was 13th in 26:06. Fellow junior Thomas Wilkin finished 49th in 27:00. Next was sophomore Nicholas Jeffers (South Amherst/Firelands), who finished 66th overall in 27:28. Freshman Dusan Vasic (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Heights) was 77th in 27:59. Sophomores Andrew Ventura (Avon) and David Gerding (Strongsville) finished 81st and 99th respectively in 28:10 and 28:54.

The B-W men were led in the open race by junior Michael Sisko (Olmsted Falls) crossed the finish line in 124th of 283 runners in a time of 28:23.  Freshman Steve Humbert (Middletown/Lakota East) finished 167 in 29:14

The Yellow Jackets will be back in action in two weeks on Saturday, October 16 when both teams will travel to Oberlin, Ohio to take part in the Oberlin Inter-Regional at 10:30 a.m.


Jim Solano's three TD passes, HC 

King Mike Sustar's defensive 

crunch lead Padua over NDCL in 

NCL Blue Division opener

Oct. 1, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


PARMA –  Using a three-TD pass effort in 24 minutes by Jim Solano, Padua opened up a 28-0 halftime lead that carried over and was all the Bruins needed to post a 28-7 win over Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, in the North Coast League Blue Division season opener here tonight on the field in Padua Bruins Stadium.

The Bruins were the quick draw on their four first half TDs, using a cumulative total of only 3:18 in time of possession on the four drives combined.


Listen to post-game interview with Padua Student/Athlete Jim Solano from tonight’s Padua-NDCL football game, conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Padua took a 7-0 lead with 2:52 left in the first quarter on a six-yard touchdown run by Xavier Means, capping a 28-yard drive.

The Bruins earned the short field with two strong defensive stands and a nifty punt by Zach Paul that buried the Lions at their own 2-yard line for their second series.


 Listen to post-game interview with Padua Student/Athlete Mike Sustar from tonight’s Padua-NDCL football game, conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Also on the Lions’ first two offensive possessions and Bruin “D” stops, Luke Duganiero revered a fumble; Nate Kaszei, Chris Wasko, Scott Reinhart, Homecoming King Mike Sustar, and Mike Crespo had sacks or co-sacks; and Kyle Perchinske and Collin Perchinske had a tackle for loss.

Watch a few short videos of tonight’s NDCL-Padua football game, filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


The Bruins made it 14-0 on a 56-yard TD pass from Jimmy Solano to Tom Walsh and conversion kick by Zach Paul with 6:38 to go in the half.

After NDCL had a stop on defense, the Bruins got a break when a punt was touched by a Lion receiver that the Bruins recovered but could not advance since it was officially a muff. It turned out to be moot as Solano notched his second TD pass of the night when he found Nico Sidari in the end zone for a 27-yard score with 2:07 left in the half to make it 21-0 (after the kick).

They were not done yet. After a 17-yard punt return and a dead-ball penalty on the Lions, the Bruins had a first and goal at the 8 with 1:34 left, but they only needed five seconds of it to make it 28-0 as Solano booked TD pass No. 3 by lofting an alley-oop-type pass that Wes Williams snatched out of the air just over the helmet of a defender while hugging the sidelines.


Listen to post-game interview with Padua Student/Athlete Wes Williams from tonight’s Padua-NDCL football game, conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


In the first half, defensively for the Lions, Josh Dasch had a sack and two tackles for losses, Dan Wood had a tackle for loss, and Johnnie Lemons a sack.

For the Bruins, Kyle Tomko and Tony Laguardia had pass bat downs on key third down plays. Duganiero came up with a sack, Sustar two quarterback hurries and a sack, Reinhart a sack and Zak Baumer a tackle for loss.

A big break for the Lions came in the second quarter when a 53-yard punt runback by Zak Baumer for an apparent TD was called back because of a roughing the kicker penalty, giving the ball back to the guests with a fresh set of downs.

NDCL did have a few short drives in the first half. Mike Strumbly completed a 27-yard pass to A.J. Branisel to move the ball downfield late in the first half, but the Padua stiffened with its many gems.

The Lions finally got on the scoreboard in the third quarter, first driving inside the hosts’ 30 and getting put in a tough spot on a tackle for loss by Collin Perchinske and Reinhart and sack by Sustar and Kyle Perchinske but not giving up and clicking on fourth-and-long on a 24-yard pass from Strumbly to Mark Worthington to put it into the Red Zone. Wood ran it in from the 10 for the score that made it 28-7 with 4:54 to go in the third.

An 18-yard reception by Branisel and 20-yard catch by Wood both on Strumbly passes were the big plays in the scoring drive.

Crespo and Tony Laguardia posted the Bruins’ fifth sack of the nigh later in the third quarter. Lemons notched his second sack as time expired in the third period.

Sustar added two more sacks in the fourth quarter to finish with a game-high four sacks. Dom Acciarri added a tackle for loss and Laguardia a pass bat down.

Strumbly completed passes of 20 yards to Tyransky and 29 to Worthington to get his team down into the Red Zone in the fourth quarter but the Padua defense stiffened. Reinhart added another sack.


Mount Union's Kershaw in line for 

"Academic Heisman"

October 1, 2010 

By Lenny Reich

DALLAS -- University of Mount Union senior linebacker Sam Kershaw (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) has been named a semifinalist for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy) given by the National Football Foundation.


The award also commonly referred to as the "Academic Heisman" is one of the highest honors a college football player can receive.  Every school in the nation can nominate one senior or graduate student in his final year of eligibility, who must have at least a 3.2 grade point average, outstanding football ability as a first team player of significant contributor and demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.


Avon's girls soccer team to tune up 

against Wellington for key matches 

against Westlake and Firelands over 

next nine days

Oct. 1, 2010 

By Norm Weber 

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor 


AVON -- Coming off a big 4-0 win over Midview Wednesday that left Avon in a good position of catpturing first place in the West Shore Conference, the Eagles will take a break with a non-conference match against Wellington tomorrow. 

The victory denied the Middies their 10th win of the year and moved the Eagles to 8-2-1 overall and 4-0-1 in WSC play.


Saturday’s match will lead into two pivotal ones next week against Firelands Wednesday and against perennial D-I power Westlake the following Monday 

Outside of Bay and Rocky River, Firelands has been the stiffest competition within the WSC for the defending conference co-champion Eagles tGoing into Saturday’s match, senior Devon Saini is leading the team in scoring with 20 points on seven goals and six assists but is getting a nice chase for the team scoring championship from freshman Kelsey Lawler, who has 15 points on six goals and three assists.


Megan Garner has 12 points on five goals and two assists while Nicole Chabot has 11 points on four goals and three assists.



Goalies Holly Kraus and Kayla Wysocki have given up only seven goals in 11 matches.

Perry alum Ty Griffin 

runs best time as 

Mount takes fifth

October 1, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

CEDARVILLE, Ohio--Senior Ty Griffin (Massillon/Massillon Perry) ran his best time of the season (25:31) and placed second overall to lead the No. 24 ranked University of Mount Union men's cross country team to a fifth place finish at the All-Ohio Championships Friday in Cedarville.

Fellow seniors Scott Wolfe (East Palestine/East Palestine) and Erik Reed (East Liverpool/East Liverpool) placed 25th and 31st respectively as the Purple Raiders other top finishers.

Mount Union had 133 points which left them 12 behind fourth place Ohio Northern (121).  No. 19 Oberlin won the team title with 66 points.

Denison's Dee Salukombo won the individual title in 24:47.

Mount Union will next run at the Oberlin Regional Rumble on Oct. 16.

Team Standings

1. #19 Oberlin 66, 2. #30 Case Western Reserve 86, 3. Denison 114, 4. Ohio Northern 121, 5. #24 Mount Union 133, 6. Ohio Wesleyan 138, 7. Otterbein 185, 8. Baldwin-Wallace 210, 9. Wittenberg 211, 10. Heidelberg275, 11. Kenyon 282, 12. Marietta 325, 13. Wilmington 330, 14. John Carroll 389, 15. Wooster 406, 16. Muskingum 439, 17. Defiance 444, 18. Hiram 572, 19. Capital 587, 20. Mount Saint Joseph 622.

Top 5 Individuals

1. Dee Salukombo (DEN) 24:47, 2. Ty Griffin (MTU) 25:31, 3. Eric Line (OC) 25:33, 4. Sharif Kronemer (OWU) 25:55, 5. Kenneth Janosko (BW) 25:55.

Mount Union Individuals

2. Ty Griffin 25:31, 25. Scott Wolfe 26:28, 31. Erik Reed 26:40, 35. Matt Miller 26:46, 40. Joshua Clemence26:54, 105. Tyler Lowe 29:19

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