A Page -- Oct 18, 2010

Former Brecksville-Broadview 

Heights High Wide Receiver Turned 

Placekicker Brad Pollock has 

Connected on 95 percent of PATs

Oct. 16, 2010

By Derron Hamilton
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

BEREA, OHIO --  Baldwin Wallace College senior placekicker Brad Pollock (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School) is having his best season as a collegian in 2010.  Three years ago, he thought he would be helping the Yellow Jackets win games as a wide receiver.  Today, he’s doing it by being almost perfect on his extra point kicks and field goals.

“Brad Pollock has improved a great deal in his four years at Baldwin-Wallace College,” said ninth-year Head Coach John Snell, who enters the Wilmington game with a 54-34 career record.  “He came here as a wide receiver and kicker, and he’s a talented receiver. But, we need him to be our kicker, and he’s definitely a valuable asset to our football program as a team leader and placekicker.”

Pollock decided that B-W was the place for him due to its winning tradition and welcoming atmosphere.

“I came to B-W because of two main factors,” said Pollock, who has connected on 23-of-24 PAT kicks and three-of-four field goals and leads the Yellow Jackets in scoring with 32 points.  “First of all, I liked the fact that B-W has a long-standing winning tradition in football.  Secondly, when I came to visit the campus, I was impressed by how welcoming the coaches and players were. They made me feel welcome and right at home.  It was an easy decision.”

As a freshman, Pollock displayed his talents as both a wideout and kicker on the junior varsity squad and began to make an impact on the varsity as a sophomore when he was still playing both positions. That season, he caught a pair of passes for seven yards and split time at PK with then senior Adam Wilburn ‘08. In seven contests overall, Pollock connected on all six of his PAT kicks and two-of-three field goals for 12 points.  It was during that offseason where the B-W coaching staff decided that he was too valuable to the team to get hurt at WR.

“Brad showed a very strong leg,” said Snell of the business administration and sport management major who carries a 3.274 grade average and plans to attend law school and possibly become a sports agent.  “He is accurate and gets the ball up very quickly.  He was just too valuable to the team to get hurt while playing wide receiver.

“With that said, the coaching staff had some long discussions about the issue because we also knew he was a talented wideout,” continued Snell.  “And, to Brad’s credit, when we sat down to talk with him, he was all about the team and just wanted to do whatever was best for the team.”

“Did I miss playing wide receiver,” said Pollock with a wide smile. “Sure, no doubt about it.  “But I am willing to do whatever is necessary to help the team be successful, and at that point in time and now, it means doing the very best job I can as the placekicker.

“As it was then and is now, our team motto is to WIN, which means each player has to do whatever is necessary to make that happen,” continued Pollock, speaking about the Yellow Jackets current 5-1 overall and 4-1 OAC record. “If we have a successful season and I am able to contribute to that success in any way possible, I am all for it.

That’s just another reason special teams coach Keith Grabowski likes Pollock.

“Brad is a team player,” said Grabowski, who also serves as the offensive coordinator. “He could be a valuable member of our receiving corps, no question about it. And, he’s an even more valuable member of our program as a team leader and its kicker.  In both aspects, leading by-example and kicking, he does a great job and is a great role model for our younger players.  His unselfishness really rubs off on the rest of the team.”

One person who had an impact on Pollock was former The Ohio State University kicker Mike Nuggent, who now kicks for the National Football League’s Cincinnati Bengals.

“I saw him at a camp and the guy was automatic [perfect on his placements],” said Pollock, a native of Broadview Heights who attended Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.  “I just thought to myself, if I could just be as accurate as he is, I could really help my team.”

That has held true for the six-foot and 175-pound Pollock who has connected on 56-of-62 career PAT boots and 10-of-13 field goals for 86 career points scored.  This year’s 23-of-24 PAT effort for 95.8 percent efficency shows outstanding improvement from last season when he connected on 27-of-32 PAT kicks for 84.4% and five-of-six field goals for 83.3%.


Frackman Named NCAC Player of the Week
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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10/18/2010 3:45:59 PM
Westlake - Oberlin College senior Anna Frackman was named as the North Coast Athletic Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon. 

Frackman, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, led the Yeowomen to a pair of five-set conference wins this past week. 

Alex Strimbu's 

hat trick leads 

Avon Lake to 

sectional rout 

over Lorain

Oct. 18, 2010

Alex Strimbu’s hat trick enabled Avon Lake to blow past Lorain 8-0,tonight in the first round of Division I boys sectional tournament.

The Shoremen will now play at Lakewood in the sectional championship match Thursday.

John Frie added 2 goals while Nick Stephenson, Kevin Gjyrezi, and Mitch McManaman also scored goals.

Bryce Stuart had 5 saves in goal for the Shoremen.

Assists for Avon Lake: were registered by Joey Villari, Nick Stephenson, James Darkow, Kevin Gjyrezi, Kyle O’Connor, Cory Chalk, Alex Strimbu

Score at half:  was Avon Lake 7, Lorain 0.

Avon Lake: had 29 shots (17 were on goal). Lorain: had 8 (5 were on goal).

St. Ignatius No. 1 singles player 

James Oliver to change Cat dens; he 

will be trading in his Wildcat stripes 

for Leopard spots at Lafayette next 


Oct. 18, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND (OHIO CITY) – James Oliver, the No. 1 singles player for St. Ignatius’ tennis team the past three years, will be changing his spots next fall, or if not at least trading in his stripes for spots.

Oliver has verbally committed to attend Lafayette College on scholarship and after graduating in the spring from the school here on Lorain Road will go from being an Iggy Wildcat to becoming a Lafayette Leopard.

James Oliver

“I also visited Kenyon, Colgate, and Rochester and a few others that did not quite have in tennis what these others have,” Oliver said. “I also looked at Lehigh too because my friend Mark Goldberg (Beachwood High’s No. 1 singles player the past three years) committed there last year."

Lafayette plays in the Patriot League along with Bucknell, Lehigh, Colgate, etc. The league is along the lines of the Ivy League schools in terms of the long-standing liberal arts foundation. These types of schools are to colleges what St. Ignatius (a Jesuit foundation where boys study the Classics and languages such as Greek and Latin) is to high schools, making a Student/Athlete get the full package from both ends.

Patriot League

“I really liked visiting with the guys on the team there at Lafayette,” Oliver said. “I’ll be in the starting lineup next year and from an academic standpoint, it couldn’t be better for me.”

Both of Oliver’s parents are Lakewood-based lawyers and James plans to be a “pre-law” major although he has not determined which liberal arts would be his primary focus or foci. Future lawyers typically major in history, English, philosophy, psychology, sociology or political science, due to the research, writing, logic/objective thinking, human nature element, community standard concerns and lobbying, respectively, involved.


“I’ll probably end up in law school hopefully at one of the Ivy League institutions,” said Oliver. “When watching both my parents as lawyers, I can’t help but like what they do and would like to go into it. From a pre-law standpoint, I can’t ask for anything better than what Lafayette is offering.”

He’ll probably play fourth or fifth singles and second or third doubles as a freshman for starters.

“I do play year round now, but it will be so much different playing on a team almost all year long than it is when playing tournaments by myself in the summer, and playing for my high school team for a couple months in the spring,” said Oliver. “It is a different environment. I am looking forward to playing both singles and doubles.

“When I was visiting with the guys on the time last week, I thought, wow, I’ll be a part of this team all year for four years instead of just a couple months each year like in high school.”

The Viking Report

Vikings Face The Heat Of Conference Races 

As Fall Season Winds Down

Volleyball & Soccer Each Face Important Battles That Will Affect 

Tourney Seedings

Oct. 18, 2010

By Greg Murphy

Viking student-athletes face a big challenge in the week ahead as teams continue to fight for high seeds in the upcoming Horizon League fall championships.
Only two squads will be at home this week.  The men’s soccer team, which played three matches a week ago, will be in action just once, hosting Wright State on Saturday, Oct. 23 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Krenzler Field.  CSU begins the week in a fourth place tie in the league standings, needing at least one tie in its final two matches to clinch a tournament spot.
Alice Sommerville
CSU Swimmer Alice Sommerville

The volleyball team, which hosts Bowling Green on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Woodling Gym, has a pair of big matches this weekend as CSU plays at Green Bay at 7:00 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 22) before heading to Milwaukee for a rematch with the Panthers on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 4:00 p.m.  CSU is 7-2 in league play, trailing Butler (9-1) and Milwaukee (8-1).

Oberlin & Wittenberg Field Hockey Team-Up to Stick it to Cancer
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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9/30/2010 12:30:22 PM
Oberlin – The field hockey teams from Oberlin College and Wittenberg University have partnered with the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and the National Foundation for Cancer Research to ‘Stick it to Cancer’.

The official event honoring this great cause will take place on October 23 when the Yeowomen play host to the Tigers at 2 p.m. However, those wishing support the efforts of both schools can do so now by visiting this webpagehttp://www.firstgiving.com/oberlinfieldhockey to make a donation. 

Westlake wins state poll 


Oct. 18

Westlake High School won the state poll tennis championship as the fifth and final poll results were released tonight.


Hudson, Magnificat and Jackson also finished in the top 10 in the state.


Division I

1. Westlake (9) 98

2. Cinti Ursuline (1) 80

3. Upper Arlington 62

4. Hudson  50

5. Jerome 43

6. Lakota East 40

7. Magnificat 34

8. Perrysburg 25

9. Springboro 18

10. Jackson 15

Division II

1. Lexington (5) 115

2. Chagrin Falls (7) 114

3. Dayton Oakwood (2) 107

4. Hilliard Bradley  68

5. Hathaway Brown 62

6. Kettering Alter 45

7. Hawken 43

8. Indian Hill  42

9. Ottawa Hills 38

10. Columbus Academy 32


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