A Page -- Oct. 25, 2010

Morgan Wade

No. 1 seed Lake Ridge explodes in 

second half to come from behind 

against Lutheran West and earn a 

spot in district championship match

Oct. 25, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – No. 1 seed Lake Ridge will get a chance to defend its district championship from 2009 on Thursday afternoon at home after today’s 3-1 win over Lutheran West in the Division II District Semifinal match this afternoon here on the pitch in the athletic complex at Lake Ridge Academy.

It didn’t come easy and fast, though, for the Lion girls, who were playing without their second-leading scorer Kayla Daniel, who had her ankle taped up prior to the start of the match and was to be used only if necessary while healing.

Watch a few short videos of tonight’s Lions-Longhorns match, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading:


The Longhorns took the early lead, but the Lions dominated the second half.

After nearly 38 minutes of scoreless soccer, Lutheran West captain Courtney Zanotti took a pass from Annie Lempke and broke the deadlock at 37:02, making it 1-0, which is how it stood at the halftime break.

Lake Ridge tied it at 52:39 when Morgan Wade fired a shot from the point that West keeper Jessica Mecklenburg smothered, but the ball squirted away and Devin Sponseller was there to knock in for the Lions, tying it.


Listen to post-match interview with Lake Ridge Student/Athlete Devin Sponseller from today’s Lions-Lutheran West  match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


 It stood tied for only a short time.

Sam Potoczak carried the ball across midfield and fed Wade, who then broke away and was able to get behind the West defense and fire a 12-yard shot at 57:50 that whistled passed Mecklenburg and into the back of the net to give Lake Ridge its first lead of the afternoon.


 Listen to post-match interview with Lake Ridge Student/Athlete Morgan Wade from today’s Lions-Lutheran West  match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


The Lions were to never lose the lead again and added an insurance goal after Kacie Gregory was dragged down in the 18-yard box and Potoczak followed by burying the penalty kick.


Listen to post-match interview with Lake Ridge Student/Athlete Sam Potoczak from today’s Lions-Lutheran West  match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Emily Kurtz, now in her fourth season as the starting goalie, shut down the Longhorns the rest of the way.


 Listen to post-match interview with Lake Ridge Student/Athlete Emily Kurtz from today’s Lions-Lutheran West  match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


In the early going, neither team was able to pose many serious threats with few quality chances to be had.

There were a few shots in the first 20 minutes of the match, but only one shot on goal. Annie Lempke launched a 30-yard shot high on a free kick that Lake Ridge keeper Emily Kurtz reached up to near the crossbar to grab with both hands.

Erin Maldonado and Morgan Wade followed with shots at the other end for the Lions but both went wide.

Stephanie Zanotti went wide on a couple shots for the Longhorns at the other end as the guests began putting more pressure on the defense of the district’s No. 1 seed.

Marlena D’Amico took a shot on goal for the Lions in the 32nd minute that Longhorn keeper Jessica Mecklenburg had to deflect out of play for a corner kick.

The Lions did not do anything with the corner kick nor the another one about a minute later, setting up the West offense to set up the attack for Courtney Zanotti’s goal.

 Avon Lake's tough schedule again proves to pay off in second season; 

Shoremen shock No. 1 seed Amherst 

tonight; Alex Yungvirt scores twice

off John Frie distributions

Oct. 25, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 AMHERST – For the second time in four days, Avon Lake’s boys’ soccer team proved that strength of schedule counts for more than won-loss record when it comes to playoff soccer, doing the Cinderella dance into the district championship match with tonight’s 2-1 upset victory over No. 1 seed Amherst, on the Memorial Field pitch in Comet territory.

This comes after Thursday’s win over No. 4 seed Lakewood on the Rangers’ pitch. By doing this one more time tonight, the Shoremen are now a .500 team, which is not an indication of how good the team really is. That’s because during the season they played the best possible teams they could find in Toledo, Columbus, Akron and Cleveland.

If the computer playoff formula used for American football in Ohio, were applied to world football -- soccer --  the Shoremen would have had home field advantage all the way because of the points they would have racked up with the strong schedule.

The Shoremen are now on a four-match winning streak. What’s better is that they replace Amherst in the bracket and will get the home field advantage against Westlake, a  6-5 winner tonight over-North Olmsted, the defending district champion.

So the No. 1 seed and the 2009 district winner are now gone leaving it up to the Demons and Shoremen.

It was an intense game between two Lorain County rivals.  John Frie attacked the Amherst Steele defense and found AlexYungvirt for 2 sterling goals.


Bryce Stuart had to make only three saves as once again he got strong defense in front of him.

Defenseman Kevin Gjyrezi

Connor Klekota scored the Amherst goal






Oct 25, 2010

By Nick Minerd

WACO, TX – For the fourth consecutive season, the Case Western Reserve University football team is ranked in the top 25 ofDivision IIIThe Spartans have been tabbed as No. 23 in the nation according to the latest American Football Coaches Association(AFCA) poll released on Monday, October 25.

The Spartans are a perfect 7-0 following a 28-14 victory versus the College of Wooster on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Case Field in Cleveland. Case has won 38 consecutive regular season games heading into University Athletic Association play this weekend.

The team has finished each of the last three seasons ranked in the AFCA Top 25 under seventh-year head coach Greg Debeljak and has a 37-3 overall mark since the beginning of the 2007 campaign.

Case opens UAA action this Saturday, Oct. 30 at the University of Chicago (IL) at Stagg Field at 12:00 p.m. (CST).

Oberlin Field Hockey Cruises Past Transylvania
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Lexington, Ky. – Playing in their first of three matches this week, the Oberlin College field hockey team blanked Transylvania University 5-0 on Monday afternoon. 

The shutout was the second of the season for the Yeowomen who improved to 6-9. It was also the second-career blanking by sophomore goalie Kiran Puri. In the process of keeping the Pioneers off the scoreboard, Puri matched a career-high with 19 saves.

“We played with some composure and really learned a lot about ourselves today,” Head Coach Deb Ranieri said.

Rookie Karin Yoshida cashed in Oberlin’s first score as she sent in a shot off a penalty corner past Transy goalie Anna Melnykovych at the 8:19 mark of the opening half. It was senior Tasha Cohan who was credited with her first of two assists on the day. 

Junior sensation Emily Whitaker scored her team-leading 15th goal of the season with an assist from Danielle Gillam to give OC a 2-0 lead at the break. 

In the second the Yeowomen would bust things open by scoring three times over the final 13 minutes to put the game out of reach. First it was Kiri Brennerwho was setup on the play by Gillian Winborn. Just over seven minutes later Winbourn would join the scoring parade with the help of Cohan. Yoshida would cap off of the Oberlin scoring by cashing in yet another penalty corner opportunity.

Also contributing to the defensive effort were Eloise ReidLindani Johnson andMarissa Blackwell as they each registered a defensive save on the afternoon.

Oberlin out-shot Transy 29-21, but the Pioneers did trigger more penalty corners with 11 compared to Oberlin’s nine. 

The Yeowomen won’t have much time to celebrate the win as they return to NCAC action on Wednesday afternoon at Wooster.

Tickets still available for CSU-Akron soccer match

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Approximately 1,000 tickets are still available for the Cleveland State men's soccer game against No. 1-ranked Akron to be played on Saturday (Oct. 30) at 2:00 p.m. at Krenzler Field.

The CSU Department of Athletics is expecting the match to sell out in the 2,000 seat facility and is encouraging fans to purchase their tickets in advance as a walk-up sale will likely not be available.

Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 216-687-5440. VISA and Mastercard are both accepted as forms of payment. 

All tickets are $7.00 and there will be no group or youth rates honored for the match. Every fan over the age of five must have a ticket.

All tickets sold at the gate on game day will be $10.00 each.

Gates will open at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and all seating will be general admission, available on a first come, first serve basis.

The Viking Report

A Look At What Is Happening In CSU Athletics

Championship Season Begins

Women's Soccer & Cross Country Begin Tournament Play, 

Season Winds Down For Men's Soccer & Volleyball

Oct 25

By Brian McCann

The stakes are increased for the Vikings this week as after two months of regular season competition, the first two Horizon League Championships of the fall begin this week.
Amy Grabiec
St. Joe alumna Amy Grabiec second in Horizon in digs

The women's soccer team enters the league tourney as the No. 3 seed after recording their highest finish ever in Horizon League play.  The Vikings will host No. 6 Detroit on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 12:00 noon at Krenzler Field in a first round match with the winner heading to Indianapolis to face No. 2 Milwaukee on Nov. 5.

The Horizon League Championship is also ahead for cross country when the Vikings visit Chicago on Saturday (Oct. 30).  The championship will be run at Montrose Beach with the women's 5,000-meter race slated to start at 12:00 noon.







Monday, Oct. 25, 2010

By Ken Mather 

East Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Kent State WR Tyshon Goode

Sophomore wide receiver Tyshon Goode (Syracuse, N.Y.) hauled in a career-high 12 catches for a season-high 158 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-6 win atBowling Green. Goode’s 38-yard grab in the first quarter set the Flashes up with first-and-goal at the two and led to the go-ahead TD two plays later. He then went on to catch a three-yard fade in the end zone and a 28-yard scoring strike in the second quarter as Kent State extended its advantage to 27-6 at halftime. The performance also extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 15.


Defensive Player of the Week:  Temple DT Muhammad Wilkerson

Junior defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson (Linden, N.J.) led the Owls with six tackles and a career-high 2.5 sacks in a 42-0 win at Buffalo.  Wilkerson was part of a defensive effort that featured the programs first shutout since 1992 and first shutout of a BCS opponent since 1984. The 42-point win was the largest margin of victory for Temple in a MAC game.  A starter in all eight games, Wilkerson is third with 51 tackles while posting a team-best 8.5 TFL, a team-best 7.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and two break-ups.


Special Teams Player of the Week:  Kent State K Freddy Cortez

Sophomore kicker Freddy Cortez (Fort Meade, Fla.) was responsible for 12 of Kent State's 30 points in a 30-6 victory at Bowling Green. Cortez tied his career-high with three field goals (29, 32, 30), while banging in all three extra points. His only miss of the day came on a 51-yard attempt that was just wide left.



Lutheran West alum Colin McHugh 

nominated to Good Works Team

Colin McHugh, Toledo,

Junior, Long Snapper

Colin McHugh was nominated for the All-State AFCA

Good Works Team. McHugh, a native of Lakewood,

Ohio, has participated in numerous volunteer activities

for the Rockets, including a bowling fundraiser for Haiti,

Give a Kid a Smile Day to promote dental care for

underpriviliged youth and elementary school reading

programs. McHugh, an accounting major, is a former

walk-on and has been the Rockets long snapper for the

last three seasons.
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