A Page -- Oct. 15, 2011

Defending district champ Lauren Golick

Westlake sends both No. 1 seeds to state tennis; the Demons’ Lauren Golick, Walsh’s Katelyn Hissong, Kenston’s Mandy Marchant going to Columbus for third consecutive year; Mayfield, Canfield, Hudson, Magnificat also to be represented at states

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OBERLIN – Westlake High School placed both of its first seeds out of the big-school district tennis tournament here at The College Thursday and both did it in straight-set fashion throughout the day.

Also qualifying to next week’s state tournament are doubles teams from Canfield, Kenston and Mayfield and singles players from Magnificat, Walsh Jesuit and Hudson.

Demons junior Lauren Golick qualified to states for the third consecutive year as a singles player and will attempt to garner her second consecutive district title through Saturday’s semifinal and finals rounds here at The College.

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Golick will be joined by Westlake doubles team Shelly Djohan and Julia Dunbar at the states next week. Djohan, who made it last year as part of a different doubles duet, and Dunbar, going to states for the first time in her high school career, defeated Hoover’s Nicolette Bourias and Natalie Bourias in the first round, 6-0, 6-1, and then had to wait nearly five hours to top Kenston’s Keirstan Kure and Shea Marks, 6-2, 6-0, in the qualifying match.

Dunbar (L), Djohan (R)

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Golick was a 6-0, 6-2 winner over Aurora’s Matina Mamounas, and then had to battle off a tenacious Ali Garrity of Medina in the second set, to advance with a  6-1, 7-6 (7-1) win in the qualifying match.

Hudson’s Kati (pronounced Kah-tee) Mdzinairshvili breezed in her first match against Roosevelt’s Andrea Krebs, 6-0, 6-0 and then had a little tougher match against Avon’s Carmela Mostardi, 6-3, 6-0, in the quarterfinal to get her way to Columbus.


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Walsh Jesuit’s Katelyn Hissong, who won states in Division II two years ago as part of a doubles team, made it to states in singles for the first time, but also had to battle off a tenacious one in Magnificat freshman Lauren O’Malley, 6-0, 7-6 (7-4).

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Also in singles play, Magnificat’s other freshman, Emily Witt, came through with an upset over Aurora’s Maddie Gilley in the quarterfinal and state-qualifying match, 6-2, 7-5.


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Gilley qualified to state’s last year and came in as a No. 1 seed out of the Solon sectional, but will now have to come through Saturday’s back draw in order to return to Columbus. A total of six doubles teams and six singles Student/Athletes qualify out of the Oberlin district.

Golick and Garrity had quite a match, particularly in the second set, which was emblematic of this level of tennis. The match went 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 4-3, 5-4, 6-5, and 6-6 with Golick capturing the advantage in games but Garrity not allowing her to pull all the way away from her, constantly coming back with very athletic returns.

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Garrity will still have a chance to make it a three way G-force out of Oberlin (with Golick and Gilley) through Saturday’s back draw (and all three from schools with some shade of green in their school colors).

Garrity will face O’Malley in a sure-to-be-competitive one between two S/A’s who do not give up very easily. Mostardi will hit with Gilley and then the two winners will square off for fifth and sixth and the higher seed for Columbus, which is essentially what the others who have already qualified will be doing in the semis and finals.

In doubles back-draw play, Hudson’s Lizzy Adams and Grace Lu will play Walsh’s Anne-Marie Kurtz and Gina Costanzo while Jackson’s Kelsey Thomas and Hanna Fedorka will see Kenston’s Kure and Marks.

Kure and Marks played a three-hour match indoors against Walsh’s Kyle Cousineau and Laurie O’Riordan before winning, 7-6 (9-7), 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, and then going outside to fall to Dunbar and Djohan.


Birze (L), Marchant (R)

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Kenston will send at least one doubles team if not two to state as Bombers junior Mandy Marchant will go for a third consecutive years as a doubles player but this time with a new one in Natasha Birze. Marchant, who went with her sister Victoria, now an S/A at Dayton, in ’09 and ’10 teams teamed with Birze to better Brecksville-Broadview’s Connor Majstorovic and Abby Smith, 7-5, 6-1 and Jackson’s Thomas and Fedorka in the qualifying match, 6-3, 6-4.

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Mitsuki Fukamachi  (L) and Jamie Vizelman

Mayfield’s Mitsuki Fukamachi and Jamie Vizelman also played some marathon tennis, eliminating Hoover’s Lauren Daugherty and Abby Warburton, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5) in two hours and 43 minutes and then in the quarters upset the No. 1 seed from Hudson, Lu and Adams, 6-2, 6-1.

Canfield’s Ali Paviansky and Gabby Brant, a No. 1 seed out of the Canton sectional, eliminated Solon’s Tinisee Kandakai, 6-2, 7-5 and then dropped Kurtz and Costanzo to the back draw bracket, 6-2, 6-0.

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Brant (L), Paviansky (R)  

The biggest upset of the day came in the first round of singles when Mostardi, a No. 4 seed, rallied and eliminated Boardman’s Lindsay Kikham-Olsen, a No. 1 seed out of the Canton sectional. Mostardi dropped the first set 2-6, but then mounted 6-2, 6-3 wins to get into the quarterfinals.

Mostardi is attempting to become the first Student/Athlete in Avon school history to qualify to states for tennis in Division I.

O’Malley nearly had the second set in the bag after being down one set against Hissong, who eliminated Green’s Dani Beyes. O’Malley went up 5-2 in games, but Hissong won four straight sets to take a 6-5 lead before the frosh tied it and sending it to the tie breaker.

Magnificat came into the tournament with six S/As but could wind up with only one at state unless O’Malley comes through in the back draw to make it a freshman phantasmagoria for the Blue Streaks. Doubles teams Annie Foliano and Kelly Plagens and Aby Lawless and Jess Hollis were eliminated by Kurtz-Costanzo and Thomas-Fedorka, respectively.

Mags could still make it a multiple-S/A affair when it travels down Hilliard Boulevard Monday to the Westlake Recreation Center to face Westlake in the regional final of the state team tournament. The Blue Streaks have been waiting nearly two weeks since various weather mishaps and travel conditions prolonged the Demons-Canfield regional semifinal match to earlier this week.

Mags could be going to states as a team for the fourth time in the last five years.

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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













In order to rebound from loss to Bosco, St. Edward must topple a historically difficult foe in St. X in the Queen City

By Adam Mendoza

St. Xavier is one football program that St. Edward does not have a lifetime winning record against although the Eagles did get the better of the Queen City crew last year.

St. X owns a 5-1 all-time record against St. Ed football and will host the Eagles this weekend in Tom Ballaban Field @ St. Xavier Stadium 2. The Eagles (6-1) are coming off a setback to St. Don Bosco, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation.


The loss snapped a 21-game winning streak by the Eagles.

This is the 7th matchup with St. Xavier leading the series 5-1 in terms of “on-field” and “on-paper” victories combined.  

The first meeting was back in 2004. St. Ed’s won the game 23-17, but was later forfeited.

Last year St.Ed’s defeated St. Xavier, 20-3, In that game the Eagles held the Bombers to 177 yards in offense while racking up 354 yards. 

It marked the first win for the school against St. X.

St. Ed’s concludes a grueling 3 week span with another road game this time in Cincinnati to face the Bombers of St. Xavier. 

The Bombers come into this matchup with a 5-2 record and off a, 45-21, victory over LaSalle.   

St. Xavier is looking for their third straight win as it finds itself sitting in 5th place in Division 1 Region 4.

The Eagles will look to get back on their winning ways after losing to Don Bosco prep last week.  They find themselves currently in 6th place of Division 1 Region 1. 

Last season St. Edward snapped a 5 game losing streak to St. X with a 20-3 win in Lakewood. 

St. Xavier is led by the Connor Hundley, who has rushed for over 630 yards this season.  QB Griffin Dolle is the 3rd leading passer in the GCL with 958 yards in the air. 

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Nathan Gerbus and Bryson Albright lead the Bombers and the GCL in sacks with 9 and 7.5, respectively. 

Kickoff is set for 2:00 P.M.  The game will be a video Web cast on FoxsportsOhio.com/Prepzone with Adam Mendoza and Carmen Angelo on the call.

Last week for St. Ed’s, it was a battle of Ohio vs New Jersey in the Bronx as Don Bosco Prep snapped St. Ed’s 21 game winning streak with a 38-7 win.

The Ironmen took control of the game early, scoring on their first 3 possessions of the game. 

Turnovers in the first half hurt the Eagles as Don Bosco Prep returned a fumble recovery 40 yards for a score. Then just before the half ended

St. Ed’s would throw an interception that would lead to another Ironmen score. 

The 14 points off turnovers in the first half gave the Don Bosco Prep a lead they would never look back.

The only score for the Eagles came in the second quarter when QB Ryan Fallon threaded the needle to WR Quincy Jones from 6 yards for a touchdown. 

DBP outgained the Eagles, 355-186, in yards.

The last loss for St. Edward was in the 2009 season to St. Ignatius.

The previous record of 19 games without a loss took place from 1972 through 1974. The team went 18-0-1 in that span.

SIDENOTE: Former St. Edward Head Coach Jim McQuaide, Sr. has been ironically and trivially at the center of the astounding success of his current and previous teams. In between his stint at St. Ed’s in the 1990s and his current one in Solon, McQuaide coached at LaSalle as the head man.

During the regular season in 2010, the Comets, Eagles and Lasalle went 29-1. Coming into last week’s games, the three teams were a combined 17-1, and the irony comes in with on a very rare weekend last week, all three teams lost games – Solon to Mentor, Ed’s to Bosco and LaSalle to St. X.

Wildcats will have to stop the wildly running, Boston-College-bound Akeel Lynch to post win No. 7

By Ed Daugherty

CLEVELAND (OHIO CITY) St. Ignatius football travels to upstate New York this weekend to take on St. Francis, out of the Buffalo area.

The Wildcats (6-1) are coming off a big, road, out-of state win against Cathedral Prep just seven days ago

Getting his first varsity start, JR QB Mike LeManna made the most of the opportunity, passing for 289 yards and 4 TD’s as the Wildcats defeated the Cathedral Prep Ramblers 42-7. Tim McVey added a pair of short TD runs in the third quarter spurring a 35-point out burst by the Wildcats over the final 25 minutes, including TD passes of 61 and 74 to SR WR Jake Mooney and Mike Svetina.

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Mooney would finish the game with 3 TD passes and raise his season total to 7 while Svetina forced three takeaways and scored an offensive and defensive TD.

On this week’s opponent, the first classes were held at St Francis in the fall of 1927, after the land for the school was purchased in 1916. The school was originally conceived for the Polish-Americans in the Buffalo area.


Similar to Padua High in Parma, from its inception, St. Francis High School has been administered and staffed by the Conventual Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. Anthony of Padua, U.S.A.

In 1943, the school became affiliated with the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

The Cats will face a formidable foe in St. Frank, which comes into the game with a 4-2 record.

Last week, St. Francis senior running back, Akeel Lynch, who has verbally committed to Boston College, had a spectacular solo effort in leading the Red Raiders to a 42-27 victory over Bishop Timon / St Jude.


Lynch ran for 381 yards and five touchdowns on 31 carries to lead the Red Raiders (4-2, 1-1) past the Tigers (5-1, 1-1). Lynch's scores were for 13, 5, 80, 7 and 88 yards, and he also had a key interception as St. Francis bounced back from last week's 27-20 home loss to St. Joseph's.

Of St. Francis' 43 offensive plays, only three were passes — and one of those was by Lynch. Until the game was in hand, Lynch practically ran the ball on every play. He lined up several times in a Wildcat formation, taking direct snaps and getting good yardage on those runs as well.

The two teams played last fall on Byers Field. On that October Saturday, the Wildcats evened their record at 4-4 with a resounding 47-7 victory against the visiting St Francis Red Raiders.

The Wildcats opened with 20 points in the 1st quarter; sparked by two TD receptions from David Joseph.

In playing a little more than two quarters, Matt Hoyer completed 7 of 9 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns, Dan Grace rushed for 66 yards and two scores, and Joseph complemented his TD receptions with three punt returns that totaled 103 yards.


Grace added a 2nd TD, Blake Thomas has a TD reception and Tim McVey blocked a punt, and fell on the loose ball in the end zone for a TD.

Speaking of a guy named Mooney, St. Francis trypically plays two teams from Ohio,: Iggy and Cardinal Moonety. The last time a St. Frank club defeated an Ohio team was in 2004, a 28-13 win over a St. Ignatius team.

In that 13-game losing streak against teams from the Buckeye State, St. Edward and St. Xavier also claimed wins. The Red Raiders have also played Chaney out of Youngstown in past years during this century.

Iggy is 5-3-1 when playing games on Oct. 15 throughout the years.

Ridgeville’s Jordan White finishing up his collegiate career at Western Michigan as one of best pass catchers in school history

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND (PUBLIC SQUARE) – Former North Ridgeville Student/Athlete Jordan White is wrapping up quite a Student/Athletic career at Western Michigan as a member of the Bronco football team.

Earlier this week, White was named the Offensive Player of the Week in the downtown-based Mid American Conference here for the third time this season.


He had four receptions for 156 yards and two TDs in win over Bee Gee, giving him 3,100 career receiving yards, which is third all time at WMU list. His 233 career receptions is 13th on the all-time MAC list

“The good thing is that our other receivers are also showing up as well,” WMU coach Bill Cubit during this week’s media conference originating out of the downtown league office. “That is a tribute to Jordan, who has been a good senior leader for the others at his field position.”

Other Broncos making their marks while playing off the success of White has translated into wins for WMU.

“You can’t just rely on Jordan only all the time,” Cubit said. “Although we need to get good play out of our other receivers, there is a natural feel for Jordan. Jordan is a sixth year senior and knows what is expected out of him so there is a good comfort zone there that benefits both Jordan and our team.”

Out of NRHS six years ago, he had four MAC offers.

“His high school coach did a great job of getting the best out of him,” said Cubit. “Right when we came here, we were convinced he was going to be a great, great player.”

Rangers Coach Jeff Riesen had White playing in the backfield with the likes of John McGraw, who just finished up a fine career at Baldwin-Wallace.

“After meeting him and meeting his mom, we knew there was as determination for football,” Cubit said. “He loves football. As soon as he stepped on campus, we knew he was going to be one of the best players on this campus.

“He was a talented and versatile in high school, where he was a tailback. It wasn’t anything we saw on film; it was just when we recruited him with all things considered, we projected Jordan to be a wide receiver in college football.”

Kent State coach has utmost respect for Bay Village native Pete Rekstis, the Miami DB coach and def. coordinator

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND (PUBLIC SQUARE) – Kent State football will try to answer the riddle that is pulling an upset over defending Mid American Conference champion Miami this weekend by unwrapping the tightly packed RedHawk defense.

The Miami defense is run by Bay High graduate and Bay Village native Pete Rekstis, who was twice named the Assistant Coach of the Year by the Northeastern Ohio chapter of the Football Foundation.


This will be the first crack Rekstis’ defense will have against his old team, Kent State. Flashes coach Darrell Hazell has the utmost respect for Rekstis even though he lost him as a staff member this past January.


“Coach Rekstis was the defensive coordinator here for the last few years and in that job he did a great job,” said Hazell during the weekly MAC press conference from the main location downtown earlier this week.

Rekstis’ defense at Kent was no. 1 in the nation against the run and his RedHawk defense is just as fierce. Hazell knows it, too.

“He is going to present that issue of throwing the extra hat in the box, trying to make you (sic) one-dimensional, make you (sic) throw the ball,” Hazell said. “They drop back a safety in the box and the other guys will just fly to the football.

“Coach Rekstis does a great job of getting them ready to play.”











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