A Page -- Oct. 11, 2010

Former Bay Rocket standout defensive back Pete Rekstis

Berea native Tim Beckman has great 

deal of respect for nationally ranked 

Kent State defense and its defensive 

coordinator Pete Rekstis from Bay 


Oct. 11, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND – The University of Toledo’s football team is happy to be home this weekend in the Glass Bowl after traveling four of the first six weeks of the season, but Rockets coach Tim Beckman will be the first to admit that it will not be easy against the Kent State defense, prepped by defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis, whom he holds in high regard.

Rekstis, the Ohio Assistant Coach of the Year recipient last year, was a Rocket himself at one time, a Bay High Rocket, prior to his playing and coaching days at Youngstown State. Rekstis’ Kent State defense is ranked No. 1 in the nation against the run.

“Pete Rekstis does a great job with their defense,” said Beckman in today's teleconference for the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference. “I have known Pete and have a lot of respect for him. His defense is very active and physical. Pete has them playing opportunistic ball. They don’t do a bunch of things, but the things they do, they do well. Pete gets them going.”

Tim Beckman

Toledo head coach Tim Beckman

Rekstis’ defense did enough to yield only 17 points in a 28-17 win over Akron, in the annual Wagon Wheel Game, the battle of neighboring counties (Portage and Summit) in the Mid-American Conference. The Zips-Flashes battle is sometimes known as a “mini UCLA-USC.” 

One of his players, Roosevelt Nix, was named Defensive Player of the Week in the MAC for his efforts against the Zips.

While both teams have somewhat of a home edge even while in the road in the Kent-Akron game, Rekstis’ defense might have a “road” advantage since the Rockets are 0-2 in the Glass Bowl and 3-1 on the road.

Toledo did win three straight games on the road but lost at Boise State last week. Boise is a contender for the national championship, currently sitting in the No. 4 spot nationally.

Both Rekstis and Beckman have had some of the “Tressel magic” rub off on them and into their coaching success, Rekstis having both played and coached under Jim  Tressel and Beckman having spent most of his childhood in Berea, in a coaching family and in the shadows of the Lee Tressel legend.

Kent State claims two Players of the 

Week in the Cleveland-based MAC 

this week

Oct. 11, 2010

By Ken Mather

Defensive Player of the Week Kent State DL Roosevelt Nix

Freshman defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) continued his dominating play along the defensive line, recording five tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a pair of hurries in a 28-17 win over Akron. With the Flashes holding on to a slim four-point lead with just under four minutes remaining in the game, Nix sacked Zips QB Patrick Nicely and forced a fumble that Kent State fell on in the end zone for a touchdown. Meanwhile, his 3.5 sacks tied for the third-most in school history. His 6.5 sacks and 10.0 TFL on the year both rank in the top 10 in the nation.



Special Teams Player of the Week:  Kent State P Matt Rinehart

Junior punter Matt Rinehart (Dover, Ohio) had a solid day averaging 41.2 yards on nine punts in a 28-17 win over Akron. More importantly, six of the nine kicks were downed inside the 20 yard line, including a season-long 64-yard blast that went out of bounds at the two yard line. Three plays later, the defense picked off a pass and went 12 yards into the end zone for Kent State's opening touchdown.


More importantly, Rinehart was Academic All Mac last year.

Avon's Tyler Kvach wins Legends 

Cross Country meet; Eagles set 

for Saturday's West Shore Meet 

at Cahoon 

The Avon Eagles headed out east to the Legends Cross Country Meet at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds over the weekend with the Varsity Girls' team finishing  in 8th place with a new leader this week.

Emily Starr was Avon's first finisher with a time of 21:21 and came in 37th place. Right behind her was the trio of Liz Bruno (49th), Emily Roessler (51st), and Linda Morales (52nd). Kayla Welch rounded out the scoring in 57th place.

In the Girls' Open race, Kellie O'Keefe led the Eagles finishing in 27th place.

The Varsity Boys' team finished 3rd place as Fairview (PA) edged them out of 2nd by one point. Tyler Kvach showed his strength once again as he won his second race this year. Tyler ran 16:36 to capture the win.


Other scorers included Sam Bickley (8th), Austin Fasciana (13th), Blake Pecoraro (29th), and Jacob Betts (67th). In the Boys' open race, freshman Alex Shermak led the way with a 25th place finish.

The Eagles will run at Cahoon Park in Bay Village this Saturday as they battle in the West Shore Conference Championship.

Baldwin-Wallace College Football 

Players Matt Bowen and Kevin 

Johnson Named OAC Players of the 


Oct. 11

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – Two Baldwin-Wallace College football student-athletes, junior defensive back Matt Bowen (Tiffin/Columbian) and freshman defensive back/kick returner Kevin Johnson (Garfield Heights/St. Ignatius), have been named Ohio Athletic Conference players of the week for their efforts in last Saturday’s 35-34 victory against Otterbein University at The George Finnie Stadium in Berea on Homecoming on Saturday October 9.


Bowen is this week’s OAC Defensive Player of the Week. In the second quarter against Otterbein, Bowen intercepted a Cardinal pass and returned it 88 yards for a touchdown. Bowen’s return for a TD was the second longest in Finnie Stadium history and it marked the second straight game that he returned an interception for a TD. He also had a 24-yard “pick six” against Marietta on October 2.  Bowen also made five tackles and was credited with a pass breakup against Otterbein.

For the season, Bowen ranks fourth on the Yellow Jackets with 32 total tackles, including 18 solo. He has three tackles for loss and leads the squad with eight pass breakups.


Johnson, this week’s OAC Special Teams Player of the Week, returned three kickoffs for 135 yards to establish a Finnie Stadium record, including a second quarter 94-yard return for a TD that tied another Finnie Stadium record.  His 135-yard, three-return effort eclipsed the previous mark of 126 yards by All-American Chuck Geiss in 1989 and his 94-yard return tied B-W Hall of Famer Larry Mills’ Finnie Stadium mark that was established in 1979 versus, ironically, Otterbein. For his efforts, Johnson was selected as the Frank Roppolo Homecoming Player of the Game.

For the season, he is averaging 37.9 yards in eight returns. On defense, Johnson has played in all five games for the 5-0 overall Yellow Jackets and has four tackles and a pass breakup.

This week, B-W, tied for first place in the Ohio Athletic Conference with No.2-ranked the University of Mount Union, travels to Ada, Ohio for another important OAC game at No.13-ranked Ohio Northern University at 1:30 p.m.  B-W next plays at home on Saturday, Oct. 23 when it hosts Wilmington College on Professor Appreciation Day at 1:30 p.m. In addition that day, the College will honor its OAC-champion and undefeated regular season team of 1980 which includes Mills.


The Viking Report

A Look At What Is Happening In Cleveland State Athletics

Fall Sports Battles For Seedings In Upcoming 


Five Sports At Home This Week
October  11, 2010     

By Brian McCann

With their respective league championships quickly approaching, Cleveland State's fall sports will continue their battles for high seeds this week as each squad plays important league contests.

The men's soccer team, which is in a tie for third place in the Horizon League, will play three matches.  CSU opens the week with a rare Monday (Oct. 11) contest against Buffalo at 4:00 p.m. at Krenzler Field.  The Vikings then take to the road, playing a league contest on Friday (Oct. 15) at 4:00 p.m. at Detroit, who CSU is currently tied with for third place.  The week ends with a non-conference match at IUPUI on Sunday (Oct. 17) at 1:00 p.m.
Amy Grabiec
St. Joe alum Amy Grabiec incessantly double-digit digging

The volleyball team, which starts the second half of the league schedule in third place with a 6-2 record, will play just one contest, hosting UIC on Friday (Oct. 15) at 7:00 p.m. in Woodling Gym.  CSU is just one game behind Butler and Milwaukee, who are 7-1 in Horizon League play.



Westlake still ranked No. 1 in the 

state, Hudson fourth, Mags sixth, 

Jax ninth

Oct. 11, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


After sending five girls to this week’s districts from last week’s sectional including the sectional singles and doubles champs, Westlake maintains its standing as the No. 1 ran ked team in the state.

The Demons lead the Big School Division with 10 first-place votes and 116 total points while Hudson is ranked fourth and Magnificat sixth. The Blue Streaks still have four gals, two singles players and a doubles team, alive in this week’s districts.

Hudson still has three gals playing in Oberlin this week

Jackson also moved into the top 10 this week, moving into the No. 9 spot. The Polar Bears still have five girls playing, a couple doubles teams and a singles gal, in Oberlin this week.

Chagrin Falls leads the Small School Division. Hathaway Brown is fifth and Hawken seventh. Walsh Jesuit is 15th.


Division I

1. Westlake (10)  116

2. Cinti Ursuline (1) 91

3. Upper Arlington (1) 84

4. Hudson 74

5. Jerome 58

6. Magnificat 48

7. Lakota East 41

8. Perrysburg 22

9. Jackson 20

10. New Albany 18

11. Springboro  17

12. Canfield 14

13. Lakota West 10

14. Toledo Central Catholic 8

15. Bishop Watterson 7

Division II

1. Chagrin Falls (6) 114

2. Lexington (3) 113

3. Oakwood (4) 96

4. Hilliard Bradley (1) 74

5. Hathaway Brown 62

6. Indian Hill 56

7. Hawken 46

8. Ottawa Hills 45

9. Kettering Alter 31

10. Columbus Academy 30

11. Port Clinton 19

12. Napoleon 15

13. Miami Valley 12

14. Seven Hills 7

15. Walsh Jesuit 6

Nick Stephenson's two goals lead 

Avon Lake over Midview

Oct. 11

Nick Stephenson scored two goals to lead Avon Lake to a 7-1 non-conference win over Midview in boys’ soccer tonight.

The Shoremen outshot the Middies, 37-5. Of those 24 were on goal for AL and 3 for the Grafton guys.




B-W's 5-0 football team nears 

national ranking; much of it being 

done with Greater Cleveland area 

products; Jackets ready for second 

consecutive battle of two UMC 


Oct. 11, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BEREA – If a 5-0 record does not get Baldwin-Wallace’s football team a national ranking, a win Saturday in Ada against 13th-ranked Ohio Northern in its second consecutive All-United Methodist school battle.

The Yellow Jackets are coming off a one-point win over Otterbein that puts them at 5-0 for the first time since 2004. Although the Jackets would like to win Saturday, they do not want a full repeat of 2004, when they won the first six games of the season and then lost the last four. It was the longest they held on to a share of first place since 1998, and now is the longest they have held on to a share of first place in the Ohio Athletic Conference since 2004.

Northern is one of six teams in the D3football.com Top 25 with a loss. The rest, like the Yellow Jackets, are undefeated. B-W, which won only three games in all of 2009, was one of the “others” receiving votes as the fourth team listed, one behind Case Western Reserve.

In theory, that puts the Jackets at a No. 29 ranking and a vast part of it is as a result of the contribution of Student/Athletes from a slew of Greater Cleveland area high schools.

Four of the five touchdowns scored in the 35-34 win over the Cardinals, including Tim Miker’s 23-yard game winning rush in the final two minutes, were scored by northeastern Ohio area Student/Athletes.

Parma, Sr. alum Tim Miker

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Miker hails from Parma, where he played for the Redmen in high school. Three kick offs were returned for TDs by both teams with one coming from St. Ignatius alumnus and Garfield Heights resident Kevin Johnson, and another from Midview alumnus and Elyria resident Josiah Holt.

Johnson’s 94-yard return for a TD tied a school record, which was set 31 years ago by Larry Mills.

Kevin Johnson\

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Holt’s return gave the lead back to the Yellow Jackets after they had lost it the first time.


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Josh Oswald from Milan Edison scored his first career TD to break the scoreless deadlock.


Sophomore Ryan O’Rourke from Avon has been the starting quarterback since his first day as a Yellow Jacket on opening day this season after transferring from Slippery Rock State.


O’Rourke engineered two drives that totaled 99 yards, which eventually was capped with Miker’s score.

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The first drive started at the 1-yard line. John McGraw from North Ridgeville got the Jackets out of the deep water by rushing for two first downs and giving North Olmsted’s Kareem Ibrahim, who averaged just a shade under 40 yards per punt for the game, some room to punt.


After an exchange of punts, the Jackets started at the B-W 41. The Route 83 Irish Connection of McGraw and O’Rourke really went to work on this drive with O’Rourke passing 21 yards to Aaron Hurd for one first down, set up by three consecutive McGraw runs and another first down.

Brecksville native Brad Pollock, a Brecksville-Broadview Heights alum, kicked the winning point and on the day was 5 of 5 on PATs.


O’Rourke’s only TD pass went to Oswald, but his most common target in the game was high school teammate Brett Jensen. The sophomore from Avon had three catches.

Brett Jensen

Padua alum Andrew Dziak has been serving as B-W’s “running quarterback” and although he didn’t have as many long runs has he had in previous weeks, did give O’Rourke some rests and kept the defenders on their toes.


Amherst’s Ryan Kish, the Defensive Player of the Week in the OAC last week, was the leading tackler in the this game with seven solos, two assists, a sack, three tackles for losses, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry.



Mentor’s J.J. Laseak was right behind him with eight tackles. Massillon High alum Corey Hildreth added four solo tackles and an assist.







Oct. 11, 2010

PITTSFORD, NY - Case Western Reserve University senior wide receiver Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep) was named the University Athletic Association Co-OffensivePlayer of the Week on Monday, October 11 after catching 10 passes for a career-high 201 receiving yards in Saturday's 48-36 win at Oberlin College.



Homyk also added two receiving touchdowns as the Spartans stayed unbeaten with their 36th consecutive regular season victory.  The senior has a pair of two-touchdown games in 2010 and six aerial scores overall. For the year, Homyk has amassed 666 yards on 50 receptions and accounted for nearly half (48.4 percent) of the team's receiving yardage.


Homyk, a two-time All-UAA selection and 2010 Campbell Trophy semifinalist, also earned Player of the Week status last November.


The Spartans (5-0) return to action this Saturday, October 16, at Hiram College at 1:00 p.m. at Henry Field.

North Ridgeville tops Elyria in girls 

soccer, 2-0

Oct 11

North Ridgeville‘s girls soccer team was a 2-0 winner tonight over Elyria. 

The Rangers led at the half, 1-0.  Paige Gorzelanczyk and Kayla Zingale scored the Rangers’ goals. 

The assists were tallied by Patty Covarrubias and Sydney Ramage. The shots on goal battle went to North Ridgeville, 16-6. 

Samantha Wiles had 6 saves for the winners

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