A Page -- Oct. 12, 2011

The D Duo -- Djohan (L), Dunbar (R)

Westlake, Aurora, Hudson, Kenston, Canfield, Boardman, Walsh have the top seeds at District tennis; “Marks Clan” also well represented – again

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OBERLIN – In a quest to advance to next week’s state tournament, Kenston, Hudson, Westlake, Canfield have the favored doubles teams coming into Thursday’s district tournament here at The College as No. 1 seeds and sectional champs.

Westlake will have Julia Dunbar and Shelly Djohan, Kenston Natasha Birze and Mandy Marchant, Hudson Grace Lu and Lizzy Adams and Canfield Allison Pavlansky and Gabrielle Brant.

Mandy Marchant (L), with doubles partner from last year, Victoria Marchant

Marchant, a junior, qualified to states last year with a different doubles partner, Victoria Marchant, who now is Student/Athlete at the University of Dayton.


On the singles side, it is Boardman, Westlake again, Aurora and Walsh Jesuit with the No. 1 seeds and favored S/A’s.

Boardman has Lindsay Kirkham, the Warriors Katelyn Hissong, the Demons Lauren Golick, the Greenmen Maddie Gilley.

Gilley and Golick both qualified to states last year as sophomore singles players.


Maddie Gilley

In first-round play, Kirkham will have Avon’s Carmela Mostardi, Gilley Hudson’s Natalie Arcoria, Hissong Green’s Danielle Beyes, and Golick Aurora’s Martina Mamounas.


The top six singles players and top six doubles teams from the Oberlin district will advance to states.

And, of course, what would an Oberlin district tennis tournament be without various parts of the “Marks clan” participating?

Solon has Jamie Marks playing as a No. 4 doubles seed along with Tinisee Kandakai while Kenston has Shea Marks playing as a No. 3 doubles seed with Keirstan Kure.

On the boys’ side, Oberlin last spring sent Tommy Marx from Shaker and Nolan Marks from Kenston to states. Their biggest fan during the district was Charlie Marks, now an S/A at Oberlin College, former high school state qualifier at Hawken and cousin of Nolan.

To read a humor feature on the “Marks(x) Buddies,” click here: https://sites.google.com/a/studentathletecleveland.com/student-athlete-cleveland/a-page----may-22-2011

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CVCA ranked No. 1 in D-II, Mags No. 3 in D-I in state polls

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy maintained the No. 1 spot in Division II and Magnificat the No. 3 spot in D-I in the state tennis poll just released this week.

Mags is one of four Greater Cleveland teams in the top 10 in D-I with Westlake coming in at No. 6, Hudson No. 8, Hoover no. 9 and Walsh Jesuit No. 10.

This is the Fourth of five weekly tennis polls conducted by a panel of coaches of the Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association. First place votes are in parenthesis.

Chagrin, Hawken and Hathaway Brown also cracked the top 10 in D-II.

Division I

1. Dublin Jerome  (10)  100

2. Upper Arlington  78

3. Rocky River Magnificat    59

4. Cinti Ursuline Academy  58

5. New Albany  43

6. Westlake 37

7. Lakota East 22

8. Hudson  12

9.  North Canton Hoover  11

10.  Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit  10

11. Cinti Mt. Notre Dame  9

12. Columbus Bishop Watterson  8

13. Cinti Mason    7

14. Cinti Sycamore  6

15.  Chagrin Falls Kenston 4

Division II

1. Stow Cuyahoga Valley Christian  (4)  64

2. Cinti Hills Christian  (2)   58

3. Lexington  (2)  43

4. Chagrin Falls    40

5.  Dayton Oakwood  34

6. Gahanna Columbus Academy  33

7. Gates Mills Hawken  22

8. Shaker Hts. Hathaway Brown  18

9. Cinti Indian Hills  17

10. Cinti Wyoming  14

      Toledo Ottawa Hills 14


TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University football team is receiving two points
in this week's edition of the American Football Coaches Association top-25
poll, released today by the AFCA.  The Student Princes, collecting their
first national mention of the season, are one of three Ohio Athletic
Conference teams to receive mention in the poll.

The Berg, 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the OAC, is coming off a 17-7 victory at
previously unbeaten Muskingum University (4-1, 3-1 OAC), in which the
offense totaled 381 yards and did not allow a sack against one of NCAA
Division III's top-ranked defenses.

This week, the Student Princes host OAC foe No. 2 Mount Union, which has

been ranked in the second slot in all four polls this season. 


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TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University men's and women's soccer teams will
host Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio Athletic Conference matches on Tuesday,
Oct. 11 and Wednesday, Oct. 12, respectively, at Mayer Field in Tiffin,
.  Kickoff for both games is at 7 p.m.  Tuesday's men's game will be
broadcast live on the 'Berg Athletics Network
<http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/heidelberg.portal> ).  Jeff Garvin
will have the call beginning at 6:45 p.m.

In addition, live stats for both games will be available at the following
Men: http://www.heidelberg.edu/statcrew/msoc/xlive.htm
Women: http://www.heidelberg.edu/statcrew/wsoc/xlive.htm

The Berg men's team enters the match 2-6-4 overall and 0-2-1 in the OAC
following a 1-0 loss to Muskingum University on Saturday.  Through 12
matches this season, freshman midfielder Hamid Sheriff (Centennial) leads
the team with five points on two goals and one assist.  Freshman midfielder
Nicholas Samaniego (Huron) is second with three points on one goal and one

In the net, junior two-time All-OAC goalkeeper Ryan Smith (Roanoke,
Texas/Keller) has played all 1,175 of the team's minutes, making 56 saves
and recording two shutouts.  Smith is allowing 1.38 goals per 90 minutes and
saving 75.7 percent of the shots he faces.  The Texan is 1-1-0 in his career
against Baldwin-Wallace with 13 saves.

The Yellow Jackets, ranked second in the Great Lakes Region prior to
Tuesday's release of the regional rankings, come to Tiffin riding a 12-match
win streak and sporting 12-1-0 overall and 3-0-0 OAC records after defeating
Otterbein University on Saturday.  Carlin Vandendriessche, a two-time OAC
player of the week this season, leads the conference with 11 goals and 26
points.  He also has four assists to his credit.  Manning the goal for B-W
will be Ryan Hulings, who has made 13 saves and allows 1.06 goals per game
in 1,107 minutes.  Hulings owns an 11-1 record with three shutouts.

The Berg women come into Wednesday's match with a 4-7-1 overall and 1-2-0
OAC record following their 1-0 shutout of Muskingum on Saturday.  Sophomore
midfielder Aleseya Evans (Troy) scored the game-winner just 21 minutes into
the contest, while junior Molly Schriber (Sidney) and sophomore Brittany
Labry (Aurora/Twinsburg) teamed in goal for the combined shutout.

Heidelberg is led by sophomore midfielder Kelsey Hogan
(Cincinnati/Mariemont), who ranks the in the league's top-10 in shots (38),
points (nine) and goals (four).  She also has an assist to her credit.
Evans is second on the team with three goals.  Senior midfielder Kristen
Schneider (Evendale/Mount Notre Dame) is third with four points on two

In goal, Schriber is 3-5-0 in 10 appearances.  She has made 49 saves and
allowed 14 goals in 632 minutes for a 2.00 goals against average.  Labry has
seen action in nine contests and has notched 22 saves while allowing 10
goals in 334 minutes for a 2.70 goals against average.

The Yellow Jacket women, 8-5-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the OAC, have won four
of their last six matches, but fell to Otterbein, 1-0, on Saturday.  Heather
Keller leads the offense with 13 points on a team-high-tying four goals and
team-best five assists, while three other student-athletes have notched at
least two goals.  Gabrielle Bodo is 4-5-0 in nine starts and has made 37
saves while allowing 14 goals in 783 minutes for a 1.61 goals against

Following their midweek games, both the Heidelberg men's and women's soccer
teams will face the University of Mount Union on Saturday, Oct. 15 in OAC
matches in Alliance.



Shoremen on land/air hunt this week with Eagle rifles in tow; Avon Lake boys’ soccer hoping to shoot down two of top six teams in Greater Cleveland
By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Never afraid to test the best, Avon Lake boys’ soccer, ranked 10th in Greater Cleveland, will have its hands full this week when it takes on sixth-ranked St. Edward Wednesday and second-ranked Avon Saturday.

Avon Lake’s schedule is so tough that as an unseeded team last year, the Shoremen bounced seeded Lakewood from the district tournament to the point that the Rangers had enough not to return.

It was such a shock that Lakewood is in a different district this year partly due to getting slapped by the tough-schedule-minded Shoremen. 


Both teams the Shoremen face this week are nicknamed the Eagles, matches which come just two weeks after a win over the North Olmsted Eagles.

Also ones not easy to wimp out on strong opponents, the St. Ed’s Eagles are 9-3-1 on the season with wins over Bay, Brunswick, North Royalton, and Walsh Jesuit.

In the Avon Derby, the Shoremen host #8 in the State, Avon, on Saturday night. The Eagles earned the #1 seed in the Rocky River District and are 13-0-1 overall with wins over Berea, Amherst, Normandy, and Brunswick.

Shoremen coach Dan Ogilvy will be in a strange position this week in that his counterparts on both Eagles teams also have the same surname. Chris Dore` is the Avon coach and his brother Tony Dore` is the Ed’s coach. 
Chris Dore`

The Shoremen have had strong offensive production out of Nick Stephenson 11 (goals) Alex Strimbu 6, Alex Yungvirt 5, and Joe Villari 5.

However, goals are not easy to come by in Avon Lake-St. Ed’s matches. In fact, the last time a goal was scored was three years ago as they played to 0-0 ties in 2010 and 2009.

In the last three meetings between the Shoremen and Avon, there has been one of each – a win for each club and a tie.

Magnificat takes two of the top nine team spots in the Medina XC Festival

Magnificat’s cross country team competed at the Medina XC Festival over the weekend with the Varsity-A team finishing in 3rd place overall and the Varsity-B team taking 9th in the field of 21 teams.

Abbie Marquard led the team once again with a strong 6th-place finish. She was followed behind by the B team's number one runner, Katie Kerr, who finished 20th overall. 

Weekly Roundup   

Freshmen Elise Horning and Katie Whitmore along with sophomore Gretchen Horning rounded out the top 5 for the A team. The team's top 8 runners (A and B outfits combined) impressively finished in the top 40 of the 142-runner race.

The day once again was about competing for place rather than time.

“The course was muddy and soft in many places making it difficult to navigate quickly,” Mags coach Anjanette Arabian said. “However, cross country is about racing with the conditions presented on any given day and seeing who can traverse the course the best.”

Fewer than two minutes separated the first Blue Streaks’ finisher, Marquard, and the eighth finisher, Victoria Meyer. Marquard finished in 20:11 and Meyer in 22:10.

The Varsity A team had only 36 seconds between its first finisher and fifth an finisher and final scorer, Macey Walker. Had Kerr run as part of the A team, there would have been only 25 seconds between one (Marquard) and five (Horning).

The Blue Streaks had only two minutes and 10 seconds between the first and last scorer (Meghan Riley) on both teams.

The varsity team will take this coming weekend off from competition while the remaining portion of the team will compete at Sim Earich at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds.
Solon Football has Short Trip for Week Eight

By Jim McQuaide, Jr.

SOLON-- Friday night the Solon Comets will travel to Twinsburg for the third game on the 2011 NOC Valley Division schedule. Solon enters with a 1-1 record in the Valley Division and an overall record of 6-1.


The Twinsburg Tigers enter Week Eight with an overall record of 5-2 and they sit at the top of the conference with Mentor, having two Valley Division wins.

Twinsburg and Solon have not met on the football field since 2007 when the Comets defeated the Tigers, 43-7. Friday night’s game will be shown in tape-delay on SportsTime Ohio beginning at 11:00p. Tony Rizzo will handle the play-by-play and Frank Stams will join him for color analysis.

This year, the Comets and Tigers meet as NOC Valley Division opponents. In the all-time series vs. Twinsburg, Solon leads with a school lifetime mark of 40-7-3.

The last Solon win against the Tigers was, 43-7, during Week 1 of the 2007 season.

The Comets fell short last week as the Mentor Cardinals snapped Solon’s 20-game winning streak in Stewart Field with a 44-20 win over the Comets.

Since 2003, the Comets own a record of 29-6 (.829) in games played in October. Of those 29 wins, 16 have come on Stewart Field.

Wins have come against Twinsburg, Mayfield, Nordonia, Brush, Kenston, Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Elyria, Medina, Strongsville, and Brunswick.

Since 2003, the Solon Comets have posted a 25-1 (.962) record against teams from Summit County. Wins have come against Twinsburg, Hudson, Nordonia, Cuyahoga Falls, Stow-Munroe Falls, and Akron Buchtel. Ten of the 25 wins have come on the road. The lone loss came in a game at Hudson in 2004.

A much improved Twinsburg team that captured its second Valley Division win last week, the Tigers will host Solon on Friday, in what should be a great night at Tiger Stadium.

“Our guys are ready to get back on the winning side of the scoreboard,” said Solon Head Coach Jim McQuaide. “The only way we can do that is to work in practice this week to get better. We need all of our fans to support us on Friday night in what should be a great Valley Division matchup.”

B-W Juniors Tyler Lohr and Kirk Graf are OAC 


BEREA, OHIO –  Baldwin-Wallace College junior football running back Tyler Lohr (Kent/ Roosevelt) and men’s soccer forward Kirk Graf (Ashland/ Senior) have been named as Ohio Athletic Conference players-of-the-week.  It is the first time that each has been honored by the OAC.

Lohr earned his accolade for rushing for a game-high 123 yards and three touchdowns (2, 11 and 3 yards) in a 27-21 victory against Otterbein University last Saturday in Westerville. He also caught one pass for 10 yards. This season, Lohr tops the Yellow Jackets, 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the OAC, with 504 rushing yards in 104 carries with six TD. He also has four receptions for 30 yards.

Lohr (L), Graf (R)

This week, Lohr and the Yellow Jackets host OAC-rival Ohio Northern University in a key game on Homecoming in Berea at 2:00 p.m. B-W is currently listed among the “others receiving votes” in the d3football.com Division III national poll. That game will be televised by SportsTime Ohio at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Graf earned his honor for scoring two goals and assisting on two others as the 10th-ranked (NSCAA national Division III poll) Yellow Jackets shut outCapital University, 3-0, last Monday (Oct. 3) and then beat Otterbein University, 2-1, on Saturday (Oct. 8) in Berea. Graf is third on the team in scoring with 19 points on seven goals and five assists.

Tonight (Oct. 11), B-W, 12-1 overall, 3-0 in the OAC and riding a school-record 12-match winning streak play at OAC-rival Heidelberg University at 7:00 p.m.  Fans can both follow that match with LIVE Stats at http://www.heidelberg.edu/. IN addition, the Saturday, Oct. 22 men’s and women’s soccer doubleheader versus Wilmington College will be televised by SportsTime Ohio.

This week's Ignatius game on 'HKW

The high school football game Saturday October 15th between St. Ignatius High School and Buffalo (NY) St Francis High School at St Francis Field  (Athol Springs, NY) will air LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 at 7:00 pm.  There will be no pre-game show for this broadcast

Spartan Football’s Olson and Calabrese Named UAA Athletes of the Week

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Case Western Reserve University junior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) and junior safety Dan Calabrese (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) have been tabbed as the University Athletic Association Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their roles in a 47-21 win versus Oberlin College on Saturday.

Olson (L), Calabrese (R)

Olson, who has now earned the award in three consecutive weeks, completed 10-of-14 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns versus the Yeomen. For the season, Olson has thrown for 913 yards on 77-of-131 passes with five TDs.

Calabrese turned in a career day with a school-record tying three interceptions – two of which he returned for scores (55 and 56 yards) less than a minute apart. This season, Calabrese has 19 tackles, four interceptions, a forced fumble and three total TDs -- two on interceptions and one on a punt return.

The Spartans (4-1 overall) have won three consecutive games and are back in action this Saturday, October 15 versus Hiram College for Homecoming at 1:00 p.m. at Case Field in Cleveland.

Spartan Women’s Tennis Junior Erika Lim Named UAA Player of the Week

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Case Western Reserve University No. 1 women's tennis player Erika Lim (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) has been selected as the University Athletic Association Player of the Week for her role in two victories this past weekend.

Lim earns the award for the second time in her career after posting a 2-0 record in both singles and doubles action during a 2-0 weekend for the Spartans. Competing in the No. 1 position, Lim was victorious by identical 6-1, 6-1 scores versus the University of Mount Union and The College of Wooster. Lim also teamed with sister,Alexandra Lim, for doubles victories of 8-1 and 8-0.

Erika Lim is now 8-3 in singles play this season. Earlier this fall, she became the first player in school history to advance the title match of the USTA/ITA Central Regional Championship.

The Spartans wrap up the fall portion of their schedule with a pair of home matches on Saturday, October 15 versus Oberlin College at 11:00 a.m. and John Carroll University at 4:00 p.m.















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