A Page -- Oct. 12, 2010



WEEK (Oct 4-10) 

– Jillian Strimbu, Avon 

Lake Soccer

Jillian Strimbu

This Week’s Student/Athlete-

Cleveland Student/Athlete of the 

Week is Avon Lake Striker 

Jillian Strimbu

Strimbu scored a goal early in the match to give the Shoregals an early 1-0 lead against the No. 2-ranked team in the state, Strongsville. Then later in the week she scored only goal in a 1-0 winner over perennial District power Magnificat. The strong showing by Strimbu and her Shoregal teammates enabled her club to get the nod as the No. 1 seed in the district tournament that begins next week.

For the 2010 season, Strimbu has 14 goals and 4 assists. She has scored the game winner in 5 games this year and has had 3 multi-goal matches.

During the past week she scored 3 goals  - one each against state ranked teams Strongsville and Brecksville and the game winner and only goal of the match vs. Magnificat.

For her career at ALHS, she has 23 goals and 10 assists
junior is a 3rd-Year Varsity starter at forward and plays premier soccer for the Excalibur Soccer Club. Strimbu was a 2009 All Southwestern Conference Honorable Mention.

Also, she was an Olympic Development Player Regional Team participant in 2010. She was a member of the Midwest Regional League White Division Champions in 2010 and the CASA State Cup Champions in 2008. Prior to high school soccer, she was coached by her father, Dr. Vic Strimbu, in youth travel.

Most important, she has been on the High Honor Roll at ALHS.

Aside from the dual Student/Athletic realm, she also participates in the Avon Lake Chorale Choir.

Also, Strimbu is one of three triplets in the Avon Lake varsity soccer program boys and girls combined and one of four total Strimbus in the current boys and girls programs combined. 

Student/Athlete of the week: Submissions are now being accepted for student/athlete of the week. To qualify for consideration, one must be a contributor to his team’s successes the previous week and carry a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the classroom. Submissions will be accepted from coaches, athletic directors or sports information directors only. No submissions will be accepted from parents or students. A coach who is also a parent must have an assistant coach submit on his behalf for his own offspring. If your school does not have s sports information director, get one. Submit summaries, stats, quotes AND a photo (in JPEG) to norm_nfun@yahoo.com or normweber@studentathletecleveland.com.

Avon's girls soccer team wins 

another match it was "not 

supposed to" win; No. 3 seed 

tops No. 2 seed Westlake, 1-0, 

in pre-tourney non-conference 


Oct. 12, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON -- A Division II District power just a few years ago, Avon finally moved up to Division I in girls soccer and in just a short time has proven that it belongs, last night’s 1-0 win over traditional D-I District power Westlake as yet another example.

Earlier this year, Avon (11-2-1) -1 defeated another traditional D-I district power, Magnificat, and also knocked off defending Division II state champ, Hathaway Brown.

Sunday, Avon was tabbed as the No. 3 tournament seed by District coaches while Westlake (10-5) was awarded the No. 2 seed.

Junior Holly Ohradzansky scored the match’s only goal.

The Halftime score was 0-0 and shots on goal were even with Avon taking 4 and Westlake taking 4.

Goalie Holly Kraus gets another shutout

Holly Kraus had 3 saves for Avon while Westlake’s Stephanie Poeppleman had 3.

Avon's next match is Wednesday at Bay, a match that will partly decide the West Shore championship with the other match down the road (Fairview-Rocky River) serving as the other part in deciding the title.

No. 2 ranked Mount Union returns 

home for meeting with The Berg 

after mild scare at Marietta

Oct. 12, 2010

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE -- No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts Heidelberg in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at 1:30 pm at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders posted their 48th consecutive regular season and 98th consecutive road victory with a 28-14 win at Marietta. 


The Raiders got career days from three sophomores on offense as running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) rushed for a 170 yards and three TD's, wide receiver Jasper Collins(Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had nine catches for 147 yards while quarterback Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville) had 331 yards passing and a TD.

The defense did its part holding the Pioneers to 19 yards rushing and 226 total yards. The Raiders knocked out two Marietta quarterbacks with six sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles. Senior defensive end Lambert Budzinski (Canton/Massillon Jackson) had 12 tackles, a forced fumble and a season-best 3.0 sacks.

Euclid High alum Mike Preston

Heidelberg snapped a three-game losing streak with a 33-21 home victory over Muskingum last week. Senior wide receiver Mike Preston from Euclid caught three TD's to become the school's all-time leader in receiving touchdowns and stake the Student Prince to a 21-0 lead. Heidelberg led 24-0 then held off a Muskie rally in the second half for the win. 

Brad Jones, alum of now-defunct Southview High in Lorain

Senior quarterback Andrew Miller finished with four touchdowns passing, sophomore running back Brad Jones had 101 yards on the ground and the defense forced three turnovers and had three sacks.



Blue Streaks escape with 1-0 win 

over Mount Union; Mayfield's Val 

Korb scores only goal of night

October 12, 2010

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE, Ohio--John Carroll escaped with a 1-0 Ohio Athletic Conference women's soccer victory over Mount Union  today in Alliance.

Blue Streak defender Val Korb knocked the ball past Purple Raider keeper Taryn Vespoint (Ravenna/Ravenna) that had bounced off the cross bar, in traffic in front of the net in the 60th minute.


Vespoint finished with nine saves for Mount Union (3-8-3, 1-3 OAC).

Molly Gradowkski posted three saves to get the shutout for John Carroll (6-6-2, 3-1 OAC)

Bishops Get Past Yeowomen
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Delaware, Ohio – The Oberlin College field hockey team failed to generate much offense in an 8-1 loss at Ohio Wesleyan University on Tuesday afternoon. 

With the loss, Oberlin falls to 5-7 overall and 2-6 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Meanwhile the Bishops ran their overall mark to 7-6 and 5-4 in the league.

In the first half Ohio Wesleyan triggered 16 shots compared to just four the Yeowomen. Four of those attempts found the back of the cage for OWU scores, resulting a 4-0 lead at the break for the home team.

Vermilion tops North Ridgeville in 


Vermilion was a winner over North Ridgeville in West Shore Conference volleyball,  3 25-17 / 25-15 / 25-20.

The Stat leaders for North Ridgeville are Rachel Crow 12 kills; Jessie Lentz 6 kills, 6 digs, 9/10 serving, 1 ace; Heather Snyder 4 kills. 51/54 setting,10 assists; Briana Lehman 4 kills, 4 digs; and Kimly Pham 10 digs.

North Ridgeville’s JV team won in 3, bringing its record to 18-3.


Victoria Marchant
Kenston's Victoria  Marchant

Kenston's Marchants, five Demons, 

five Polar Bears, four Blue Streaks 

among featured S/As at this week's 

tennis districts 

Oct. 12, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OBERLIN – A total of 18 girls will be advancing out of the Oberlin High School Tennis District this week in the Big-School Division to next week’s state tournament.

Because of the strength of the district, this area will qualify six doubles teams and six singles players to the state tournament.

Both Westlake, ranked No. 1 in the state, and Jackson, ranked ninth in the state, will have two doubles teams in the district, but the favorite doubles team has to be Kenston’s Victoria Marchant and Mandy Marchant. Victoria Marchant, a senior, would have a shot at contending for the state singles championship but decided to play doubles with her sister again.


Last year the Marchants lost in the first round in the state tournament to Lakota’s Ashleigh Witte and Tori Turner. They come in here as a No. 1 seed having won the Solon Sectional and are expecting a high seeding this year in order to go further in the state tournament.

Westlake’s Julia Dunbar and Bhargavi Maheswher come in as a No. 4 seed after going into the Oberlin sectional as a No. 1 seed but then getting upset by unseeded Kate Began and Erin Hrivnak of Avon Lake, who come in here as a No. 2 seed.

Instead, Westlake’s second doubles team of Michelle Djohan and Kelsey Wanhainen come in as a No. 1 seed with the Marchants.

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Djohan and Wanhainen

The Polar Bears have Taylor Dowling and Marisa Sloan coming in as a No. 3 seed and Hanna Fedorka and Maria Thomas coming in as a No. 4 seed. The latter will play the Marchants in the first round.

The Explorers have Kati Mdzinarishvili and Natalie Arcoria as a No. 4 seed. They’ll play Michelle Djohan and Kelsey Wanhainen in the first round.

Sixth ranked Magnificat has Annie Foliano and Molly Doyle coming in as a No. 3 seed and also has two singles players with sectional runner up Noelle Kaufmann and No. 4 Maddy Lugli, who came all the way around from being a Varsity B player at the start of the season to one of four best in the section, proving the authenticity of the depth of Chris Johnson’s program.

Noelle Kaufmann

Kaufmann will play Chardon’s  Sarah Martin in the first round, while Oberlin sectional champ Lauren Golick of Westlake will play Revere’s Brittany Miller. Lugli will get one a number one seed and one of the favorites to win the tournament, Padua’s Rachel Yruichson.

Jackson’s Trisha Conlan, a No. 1 seed, will play Lakeside’s Megan Reichert.

Hudson’s Alex Bastock, a top seed, will play Wooster’s Sam Murphy.

Case Reserve stays on the "road" for 

yet another All-Cleveland College 

battle; takes on hapless Hiram this 


Oct. 12, 2010

By Nick Minerd

The Case Western Reserve University Spartans wrap up a two-game road trip at Hiram College on Saturday, October 16 at Charles A. Henry Field at 1:00 p.m. The Spartans are 5-0 following last week’s 48-36 victory at Oberlin and have now won 36 consecutive regular season games. Hiram is 1-5 following a 49-7 defeat at then No. 7-ranked Wittenberg College.




The Case Western Reserve University Spartans wrap up a two-game road trip at Hiram College on Saturday, October 16 at Charles A. Henry Field at 1:00 p.m. The Spartans are 5-0 following last week’s 48-36 victory at Oberlin and have now won 36 consecutive regular season games. Hiram is 1-5 following a 49-7 defeat at then No. 7-ranked Wittenberg College.


The Spartans and Terriers have met 19 times on the gridiron with Hiram holding an 11-8-1 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams met regularly in the 1970s and 80s, but did not play each other from 1990-1999 and 2002-2007. Case has won the last three meetings including a 63-14 victory at home last season. The Spartans also have won five of the last six meetings overall.


last victory was a 17-7 win at Case in 2000. The first meeting between between the two schools 

was in 1972 and resulted in a 13-0 home victory for the Spartans.


Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who is in his seventh season in 2010 with a 49-20 (.710) record.

Debeljak has led the Spartans to three consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular 

seasons, NCAA postseason appearances and UAA titles. Since the beginning of the 2007 season, 

Case Western Reserve has posted an outstanding overall record of 36-3, earning Debeljak and his  

staff the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award for three straight seasons. In addition, Case has finished 

the last three seasons ranked in the top 25 in the nation according to the AFCA.



AC Milan Continental Cup 

Partnering with United Soccer 

Leagues to Promote Awareness 

and Advance Tournament

By Jenny Popis 


Cleveland, OH (October 12, 2010) – The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission in conjunction with the AC Milan Continental Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament is thrilled to announce a new partnership with United Soccer Leagues (USL), the largest organization of elite-level soccer leagues in North America. The partnership will mutually promote and develop awareness and exposure among youth soccer clubs both domestically and internationally.


“We are so pleased to be partnering with such a prestigious organization as United Soccer Leagues as we continue to build the Continental Cup tournament on an elite level,” statedDavid Gilbert , President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.




Baldwin-Wallace College Women’s 

Soccer Team Earns First OAC Win 

With 4-0 Victory Over Heidelberg; 

Parma's Heather Keller scores 

winning goal

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer team tied a season-high with four goals and earned its first Ohio Athletic Conference win this season as it defeated OAC foe Heidelberg University, 4-0, tonight (Tuesday, October 12, 2010) at the George Finnie Stadium, in Berea.

With its win, B-W is now 6-7-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the OAC. With its loss, Heidelberg is now 8-6 overall and 1-3 in the OAC.
Heather Keller

In the first half, the Yellow Jackets scored the lone goal when freshman midfielder Heather Keller (Parma/ Senior) tallied her sixth goal of the season unassisted as she deflected Heidelberg goaltender Molly Schriber’s clearing pass at the 27:12 mark.

Mount tops John Carroll in volleyball

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Roni Schroeder (Shelby/Shelby) smashed 20 kills and Monica Hupertz (WilloughbyHills/Beaumont) contributed 16 to lead the Mount Union volleyball team in its 3-2 comeback victory over Ohio Athletic Conference opponent John Carroll. The Purple Raiders won the final two sets en route to the 24-26, 25-13, 22-25, 25-21, 15-9 decision on Tuesday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

In the fifth and deciding set, the Purple Raiders scored the match's final four points.

Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) made 49 assists for Mount Union and Kristen Gromes(Navarre/Fairless) served for three aces.

Fairless alumna Kristen Gromes

Defensively, Sarah Dean (Strongsville/Walsh Jesuit) came through with 37 digs while Schroeder made four block assists.

For John Carroll (14-10, 2-2), Kerry Fox and Teresa Noewer had 12 and 11 kills, respectively, while Meredith McDiarmid made 35 assists.

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