A Page -- Oct. 14, 2010

Westlake's Djohan and Wanhainen

Kenston's Marchant sisters, 

Beaumont's Lawless sisters, 

Westlake's trio, Aurora's first in

many moons head up today's

state tennis qualifiers

Oct. 14, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OBERLIN – Twelve girls advanced to next week’s state tournament through today’s Division I Oberlin District play, while six more girls will advance through Saturday’s back draw.

Advancing today in singles were Westlake’s Lauren Golick, Revere’s Natalie Robson, Hudson’s Alex Bastock and Aurora’s Madelyn Gilley.

Doubles teams advancing were Canfield’s Allison Paviansky and Kaitlin Kateel, Westlake’s Michelle Djohan and Kelsey Wanhainen, and two sets of sisters, Beaumont’s Erin and Caitlin Lawless and Kenston’s Victoria and Mandy Marchant.

Beaumont sisters Caitlin and Erin Lawless

Listen to post-match interview with Beaumont Student/Athletes Caitlin and Erin Lawless from today’s tennis districts, conducted by Norm Weber and Tim Warsinskey, by clicking and downloading


Kenston's Mandy (left) and Victoria Marchant

Listen to post-match interview with Kenston Student/Athletes Mandy and Victoria Marchant from today’s tennis districts, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Golick came in as a No. 1 seed after winning the Oberlin sectional last week and will be going to States for the second year in a row, but the only difference this year is that she qualified on the first day instead of battling through the back draw.

She defeated Green’s Jenna Elliott, 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals to qualify to Saturday’s semis and to next week’s states.

Westlake's Golick

Listen to post-match interview with Westlake Student/Athlete Lauren Golick from today’s tennis districts, conducted by Norm Weber and Dan Gillis , by clicking and downloading


Aurora's Gilley

Listen to post-match interview with Aurora Student/Athlete Madelyn Gilley from today’s tennis districts, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Bastock came back from being down 5-1 to Noelle Kauffman in the first set to win, 7-5, and then took the second set 6-2 to advance.

Both Bastock and Golick will have a chance to have a lot of company when they go down next week since the Demons and Explorers are both still alive in the Coaches’ Cup. Westlake will play Hudson to see who represents Cleveland in the team Final Four. The Demons are ranked first in the state and Explorers fourth.

Gilley upset a No. 1 see, Padua’s Rachel Yurchison in the quarters to qualify. Gilley becomes the first from her school in more than a decade to qualify to states in tennis.

Hudson's Bastock

Listen to post-match interview with Hudson Student/Athlete Alex Bastock from today’s tennis districts, conducted by Norm Weber and Tim Warsinskey, by clicking and downloading

Robson topped Jackson’s Trish Conlan, 6-0, 6-4. The Polar Bears brought five girls today and none qualified but Conlan and one doubles team have a chance to make it as five or six sees through Satuirday’s back draw.

Listen to post-match interview with Westlake Student/Athletes Michelle Djohan and Kelsey Wanhainen from today’s tennis districts, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


The Canfield due beat  Broadview-Brecksville Heights’ Elisa Griffin and Erin Davies in the quarters today. Westlake’s couplet beat Jackson’s Taylor Dowling and Marisa Sloan, the Lawless sister’s Mayfield’s Mitsuki Fukamachilo and Joy Warner, and the Marchant gals Avon Lake’s Kate Began and Erin Hrivnak

Revere's Robson

Listen to post-match interview with Revere Student/Athlete Natalie Robson from today’s tennis districts, conducted by Norm Weber and Tim Warsinskey, by clicking and downloading

All those who lost in the quarters today will get a chance to qualify to States Saturday in the backdraw. The others will be playing for seeding next week.

Eight-team Gilmour Volleyball Invite 

slated for this weekend; No. 1

ranked Lake Catholic, sixth-ranked 

Lancers among the heavy hitters in 

the field

Oct. 14, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GATES MILLS – Some of the best volleyball teams in the area will descend here in the Gilmour Academy Athletic Center total sports complex Saturday for the Gilmour Academy Volleyball Invitational.

New Lancer Gymnasium

The eight-team tournament includes Beaumont, Fairview, Gilmour, Lake Catholic, Solon, Tiffin Columbian, West Geauga and Wooster. 


Lake Catholic is ranked first in the state in Division II with a 15-1 record while Beaumont is ranked 14th at 11-3 (including a win over two-time defending state champion Padua and perennial state power Walsh Jesuit),.

The Lancers

The Lancers are ranked sixth in the state in Division III. They have forged a 17-2 record  so far including wins over 2005 state champion Villa  Angela-St. Joseph, 19th ranked (D-II) Walsh, West G, and Mentor.

Fairview is a former small-school state power, but has experienced a demise in the past decade.

Action begins at 9:30 a.m. with matches being played in the Gilmour Academy Athletic Center’s main gym and in the field house.

 Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for students and a     self-determined donation for senior citizens.

Middies top Rangers in Volleyball

Oct. 14

In West Shore Conference volleyball Midview bettered North Ridgeville in three, 28-26 / 25-20 /25-17.

For Ridgeville, Heather Snyder was 43/45 setting with 14assists and  2 kills; Rachel Crow had 9 kills, 1 solo block, was 7/9 serving with 2 aces and 10 digs; Jessie Lentz had 7 kills, was of 2/3 serving with 2 aces; Kemi Osundina had 4 kills Alex Swindig had 1 solo block; Kate Lentz was 8/9 serving with 2 aces, and added 5 digs and 2 kills; and Jessica Wilson had 9 digs.



Avon Lake native Christine Chiricosta 

named MAC Scholar/Athlete of Week 

for fourth time in career at BG; two-

time Academic All American keeps it 

up in the books, on the courts 

Bowling Green State University tennis senior Christine Chiricosta has been named the Mid-American Conference's Female Scholar/Athlete of the Week.  Chiricosta earns the award for the first time this season and the fourth time in her career.
Christine Chiricosta Sept 19, 2010

Chiricosta, a native of Avon Lake and two-time Academic All Amerian, Ohio (Avon Lake H.S.), won a singles flight title last weekend, as the Falcons opened the 2010-11 season by hosting the BGSU Invitational.  She had a 5-1 overall record on the weekend, competing at the number-one flight in both singles and doubles.

Chiricosta posted a three-set victory over Toledo's Polina Guimaraes in the first round, losing only three total games in the final two sets of that comeback win.  She then swept Amy Recht of IPFW and Margarita Sadovnikoa of Youngstown State, losing just eight games over four sets, en route to the title.

In doubles, Chiricosta teamed with sophomore Maddy Eccleston to advance to the championship match of the top flight.

In her collegiate career, Chiricosta posted a singles record of 11-1 in four years of the BGSU Invitational, winning three singles flight titles.

With her five overall wins last weekend, Chiricosta has moved into the top 10 on BGSU's career victory list.  The senior has 133 combined victories, ranking her 10th all time. She now has totals of 67 singles wins and 66 doubles victories, ranking 14th on the career singles wins list and tying her for 11th on the doubles chart.  She is within striking distance of the school records in all three categories.

In the classroom, Chiricosta has a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average as an adolescent/young adult/secondary education major.  The first Student/Athlete in BGSU women's tennis history to be named an ESPN Academic All-American, she has earned that honor in each of the last two seasons.

The MAC Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Week honor is presented to one male and one female Student/Athlete each week.  To qualify for nomination, a Student/Athlete must be at least a sophomore academically, must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and must have performed well during the prior week's competition.  The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.

Two state all-sport powers to meet in 

football Saturday when St. Edward 

hosts St. Xavier; Eagles looking for 

first win ever over Bombers and

to keep undefeated season going

Oct. 14, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD – St. Edward’s football team will try to keep its undefeated season going here Saturday afternoon when it hosts St. Xavier, which will make the trek up from Cincinnati to explore the nature of these great turnaround Eagles.

St. Edward, which was going through a rebuilding year under rookie coach Rick Finotti and had a rare sub-.500 season last year, has completely turned around things this year and heads into this week’s contest at 7-0.

Coach Finotti

By contrast, St. Xavier is a having a rare mediocre year right now, coming into the game at 4-3. Across the board, both schools are used to a winning culture, to say the least.


As a school, St. Xavier is one of only two schools in Ohio that has won more all-sport state championships than St. Edward. The Eagles are going for their first in football and 41st for all sports this fall. St. X has won football titles among its collection.

This could be a breakthrough in many ways for the Eagles. A St. Edward football team has never beaten a St. X team. The Queen City boys, who get St. Ignatius next week, hold a 5-0 lead in the all time series against St. Ed.


The Big Green Machine is coming off a huge 62-0 win over St. Francis DeSales in Columbus last week. For the second week in a row, the scoring machine rolled to more than 40 points in the first half alone.

Quincy Jones scored two touchdowns on the night, including one on a 59 yard punt return.

The Bombers lost a barnburner to LaSalle last week, 27-24. They boast the leading rusher in the Cincy area in Connor Hundley, who already has moved passed the 1,000 yard mark. The defense is led  by linebacker Steve Daniels, who spends time in the offensive backfield of the opponents. He has 12 sacks on the season.

Typically this is a low-scoring game. The Eagles lost, 3-2 last year, and 10-7 four years ago in Cincinnati. In the last 20 quarters played by the Eagles’ defense, 16 were shutouts.

St. Edward has been playing power football on offense. It starts up front. The average weight of a starting Eagle offensive lineman is greater than that of both Mount Union (the No. 2 ranked small college teams in the country) and undefeated Baldwin-Wallace. The Eagles average close to 290 pounds and Yellow Jackets and Purple Raiders closer to 270.

 Colin McManamon

Wide receiver Colin McManamon, who comes from a long line of Eagles by the same name over the past four decades, has a seven-game pass catching streak going, having taken a hitch in every game this season.

McManamon and Jones are tied for the team lead with 14 receptions each. McManamon leads in receiving yardage with 246 and Jones leads in TD catches with three.

The Eagles area ranked fourth in the computer region, fourth in the state and 45th in the nation.


Reggie Terrell

Reggie Terrell is tied for the team lead  in scoring. He shares his lead n scoring with nine TDs, while double-duty man Mike DiNunzio (also a member of the soccer team) has collected his 54 points on 36 Pats and six field goals.


Kevin Burke

Quarterback Kevin Burke has eight rushing TDs and also has thrown for seven TDs. Terrell Bates also has eight TDs. DeNunzio has only missed two kicks all year, both field goal attempts.

Mags Varsity B Tennis team ends 14-4

Magnificat High School’s Varsity B tennis team was a 5-0 winner over Willoughby South to end its tennis season with a record of 14-4.

This was the final home match for Blue Streaks seniors Cate Gisser, Kendall Nock and Ashley Spellacy. 


1. Emily Witt d. Erica Herbert 6-2, 6-2
2. Cate Gisser d. Emily Toredo 6-1, 6-0
3. Sarah Patrick d. Jessica Tomb 6-0, 6-0


1. Kendall Nock/Ashley Spellacy d. Kelly Hill/Jess Komyati 6-1, 6-1
2. Veronica Johnson/Josie Miller d. Kelly Pillar/Claudia Krajncic 
6-1, 6-0

Mount and Heidelberg in key

volleyball match tomorrow

Oct. 14, 2010

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union's volleyball team renews its Ohio Athletic Conference rivalry with Heidelberg Friday night at 7 pm in Tiffin.  Follow all the action right here.

The two teams played last season on the final day of the regular season for the conference title which saw the Student Prince edge out the Purple Raiders in five sets in Alliance.

Berg  libero Brittany Donelan from North Olmsted

(An ESPN Academic All District)

Including last year, Heidelberg has won the last three meetings between the teams but each one has been in five sets.  The last Mount Union win was a 3-0 sweep in Alliance in 2007.

Purple Raider, Lakewood High alum Katie Kmieck

Both teams enter this meeting among the conference leaders.  Heidelberg is a perfect 5-0 and alone in first place while Mount Union is tied with Ohio Northern at 3-1, a half game back of second place Otterbein at 4-1.

Entering the week, Heidelberg was second in the conference in hitting percentage (.224), while Mount Union topped the OAC in blocks (3.01).

Mount Union plays Saturday in a tri-match against Fredonia State (N.Y.) (1 pm) and host Mt. St. Joseph (3 pm) in Cincinnati.