A Page -- Oct. 17, 2011

District champs Brant (L), Pavalansky (R)
G-Force qualifies to states from Oberlin tennis district; Medina’s Garrity, Aurora’s Gilley join champion Lauren Golick through back draw

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OBERLIN – A G-Force from the Oberlin District will represent the Cleveland area in singles play at this week’s state tennis championships in Columbus.

Medina’s Ali Garrity and Aurora’s Maddie Gilley have joined Westlake’s Lauren Golick at states by coming through the back draw at the district here at the college over the weekend and qualifying as the fifth and sixth seeds.

Also, Golick, who placed third in the state’s big-school division last season as a sophomore, repeated as the district singles champion, while Canfield’s Ali Pavlansky and Gabby Brant won the district doubles title.

Gilley, who qualified last year as a sophomore as the first from her school to do it in over a decade, was upset in Thursday’s preliminary rounds, but bounced back on her second chance to qualify, topping Avon’s Carmela Mostardi, 6-2, 6-0, to get in the match for fifth and sixth place and then won the fifth seed by toppling Garrity, 6-4, 6-4.


Garrity bettered Magnificat’s Lauren O’Malley in the qualifying match, 6-3, 6-3.

In the semis, Golick was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Walsh Jesuit’s Katelyn Hissong and then won the title by outdoing Magnificat’s Emily Witt, 6-0, 6-1.

District champ

Between the prelims and the semis, Hudson’s Kati Mdzinarishvili became injured and thus had to default to Witt in the semis and Hissong in the consolation match. So, Witt will go as the No. 2 seed, Hissong as a No. 3 and Mdzinarishvili as the No. 4 seed.

The Canfield duo gained their title by clubbing Westlake’s Shelly Djohan and Julia Dunbar, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 in the championship match.

Prior to that, though, Pavlansky and Brant had to battle back to take the semis match from Mayfield’s Mitsuki Fukamachi and Jamie Vizelman, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4).

Dunbar and Djohan also had to go to three sets to win their semifinal match, emerging as the better twosome with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 win over Kentson’s Mandy Natasha Birze and Mandy Marchant.

The Bombers’ couplet won over that Wildcat one with a 6-2, 6-2 consolation win.

Hudson’s Grace Lu and Lizzy Adams will join teammate Mdzinarishvili at the states as the No. 5 doubles seed. Lu and Adams beat Walsh’s Ann-Marie Kurtz and Gina Costanzo, 6-4, 7-5, and Jackson’s Kelsey Thomas and Hanna Fedorka, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.

Adams and Fedorka qualified to states for the Polar Bears with a qualifying, back-draw win over Kenston’s Keirstan Kure and Shea Marks, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1).

In all-Cleveland-College Horn-locking, Spartans Earn 34-7 Homecoming Victory versus Hiram

CLEVELAND (U District) – Freshman running back Manny Sicre (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) scored a pair of touchdowns and the Case Western Reserve University defense forced three turnovers en route to a 34-7 victory versus visiting Hiram College on Homecoming Saturday at Case Field.

The Spartans, winners of four straight, improve to 5-1 overall heading into the annual Baird Brothers Trophy Game at The College of Wooster next Saturday, October 22 at 1:00 p.m. at John P. Papp Stadium in Wooster. Hiram falls to 1-6.

Senior wide receiver Bryan Metlesitz (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) totaled eight receptions for 71 yards with a touchdown and had kick returns of 74 and 59 yards. Junior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) completed 17-of-27 passes for 142 yards and two scores.
Mentor's Watson (L), Royalton's Metlesitz (R)

Defensively, junior end Adam Watson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) recorded seven tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Junior safety Dan Calabrese (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral) also totaled seven tackles and threw his first career pass – a 23-yard TD on a fake field goal. The Spartans, the nation's 20th-ranked rush defense, held Hiram to 38 yards rushing on 23 yards.

The Spartans got on the board early at the 12:22 mark of the first quarter as Calabrese, also the team's holder, took the field goal snap and threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton). The play capped a five-play, 30-yard drive that was set up by a 59-yard kickoff return from Metlesitz. Senior Daniel Vasil (Erie, Pa./McDowell) hit the extra point to make the score 7-0.

Hiram evened the score at 7:56 of the quarter when quarterback Brandon Hanna rushed into the endzone from three yards. Greg Klisuric added the PAT to cap a five-play, 68-yard drive.

Case's next possession was set up once again by a long Metlesitz return – this time a 74-yarder that put the Spartans at the Hiram 17 yardline. Four plays later, Vasil booted a 34-yard field goal to make the score 10-7 with 7:25 left in the quarter.

The Spartans added to their advantage at 6:41 in the second quarter when Sicre took an option pitch on fourth-and-goal from the one and reached "pay dirt." Vasil's PAT capped an 11-play, 39-yard drive and made the score 17-7.

Sicre struck again on the next Spartan possession when he took a swing pass from Olson and bolted 15 yards down the sideline for a leaping score. Another Vasil PAT made the score 24-7 with 2:25 left in the half.

Midway through the third quarter, Case marched 45 yards on five plays and scored again when Olson hit Metlesitz on a two-yard fade route with 3:50 left in the period. Vasil's fourth PAT made the score 31-7. Vasil hit another field goal, a 34-yarder, on the very next possession at the 2:13 mark after the Spartans gained possession when Watson recovered a fumble on the kickoff.

In all-Cleveland-area match, defenses and goalies are winners 

for Hiram and Oberlin

By Phil Brua

Hiram, Ohio- The Oberlin College women's soccer team tied the Hiram Terriers this afternoon in a 0-0 double overtime defensive battle.

The two evenly matched teams only managed 14 shots on goal between the two of them. Head coach Kristen Hayden was noted after the game that, Oberlin was led by Seniors Devon Watts-Fitzgerald and Ryann McChesney. She could tell how bad they both wanted to win the game, and it was unfortunate that they came up a little short.

Oberlin had the advantage in shots (15-9, eight on goal), and Hiram had the slight advantage in corner kicks (6-5). Freshman Kate Frost (6 saves) posted her third shutout of the season, and added three saves in the overtime periods.

Amherst soccer closes out regular campaign with baker’s dozen of wins; Comets nip the other Comets in a defensive drag out

Amherst boys’ soccer closed out the regular season with a baker’s dozen of wins with a 1-0 win over Solon over the weekend.

Andrew Souders scored the match’s only goal and Garrett Klekota assisted.

Amherst Steele 1, Solon 0

Goal: Andrew Souders
Assist: Garrett Klekota
Saves: Amherst - Maximo Meggitt (3), Solon - Aldstadt (4)

Record: Amherst 13-2-1

JV: Solon 4, Amherst 0

By John Kenny

TOLEDO -- Sweetest Day turned out to be rather sour for the Shoregals as Avon Lake travelled West to play one of the better teams in the Toledo area in Sylvania Northview and was defeated by a score of 5-0.

Northview scored quickly in the first two minutes of the game on a goal by sophomore Ashley Ingle from a pass by senior Courtney Hendrix and then again in the last two
minutes of the first half on a goal by junior Lauren Yurjevic again assisted by Hendrix.

In the second half, Hendrix scored her own goal by weaving through the Avon Lake defense and burying the ball in the back of the net. Then it was senior Stephanie Jenkins turn as she scored the final two goals of the game. In goal for Avon Lake was senior Dana Strimbu who made 9 saves and for Northview junior


Alexis Bielski recorded the shutout and made 6 saves. With the win, Northview improves to 8-4-4 while Avon Lake falls to an even .500 with a 7-7-2 record.  Next up for the Shoregals is a playoff game versus the winner of Elyria and Olmsted Falls on Saturday Oct. 22nd at home.

In JV action, Avon Lake was able to salvage a split on the day as the JV Shoregals beat Northview by a score of 3-0.

Girls Soccer
Avon Lake vs. Sylvania Northview
Game Date:    Saturday Oct. 15, 2011
Final Score:
Avon Lake (AL) - 0        Sylvania Northview (SN) - 5
AL    7-7-2            SN    8-4-4
AL    None            SN    Stephanie Jenkins - 2
                    Ashley Ingle
                    Lauren Yurjevic
                    Courtney Hendrix
AL    None               SN    Courtney Hendrix - 2
Shots on Goal:
AL    6            SN    14
AL    Dana Strimbu - 9 saves
SN    Alexis Bielski - 6 saves
AL    8            SN    23
Corner Kicks:
AL    2            SN    4
AL    1            SN    2
AL    6            SN    14
AL    0            SN    2

Avon wins battle of the tracks with 1-0 win over Avon Lake

In the battle of the railroad tracks and two of Greater Cleveland’s Top Ten teams, Avon nipped Avon Lake boys’ soccer, 1-0, over the weekend.

”It was a hard-fought match,” Avon Lake coach Dan Ogilvy said. We made a mistake in our defensive third and their forwards jumped all over it and scored.”

Avon 1 Avon Lake 0


Avon Lake: 9-4-3

Avon: 15-0-1


Avon: Poyle

Avon Lake: none


Avon: none

Avon Lake: none

Goalies: Avon, Saini (4 saves); AL, Zac Strimbu (2 saves)

Score at half: Avon Lake 1 Avon 0

Shots for Avon Lake: 10

Shots for Avon:   5

Corners for Avon: 0

Corners for AL: 7

Yeowomen Draw Final Blood To Defeat Transylvania

By Phil Brua

Oberlin, Ohio- The Oberlin College field hockey team came away with an overtime victory against the visiting Pioneers of Transylvania University, on a windy Saturday afternoon. Lindani Johnson added her second goal in two days in the overtime period to secure the victory for the Yeowomen.

After the Pioneers took the lead in the first half, the Yeowomen answered with less than one minute to go in the first half. SeniorEmily Whitaker scored off of a rebounded shot by Jodi Helsel. The goal was Whitaker's second goal of the season, and tied the score at one going into the second half.

Transylvania scored first in the second half in the 46th minute to make the score 2-1. The Yeowomen answered back as Whitaker would find the back of the cage for the second time of the game, and third time in the 2011 season. Whitaker was able to take slip behind the keeper and Helsel made a perfect pass. The score was tied at 2-2, and both defenses beared down for the last 15 minutes of the game to force an overtime period.

During the overtime period the Yeowomen were on the offensive attack and out shot the Pioneers 5-1. The game winning goal was put in the back of the cage by Johnson as she shot the ball off a rebounded save by the Transylvania goalie.


Goalkeeper Kiran Puri got the win for the Yeowomen notching 11 saves, and Carmen Azevedo played 20 minutes for the Yeowomen and recorded three saves. Transylvania had the advantage in shots, but the Yeowomen defense was spectacular, with Marissa Blackwell recording a defensive save, and the Yeowomen had four blocked shots.

The Yeowomen are back in action October, 19th when they travel to Ohio Wesleyan and play at 4:30 p.m.




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