A Page -- Oct. 26, 2010


Solon playing for No. 1 tournament 

seed and outright divisional title; 

Strongsville playing to earn playoff 

berth, share of divisional crown

Oct. 26, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


STRONGSVILLE – Solon will be going after its second consecutive undefeated season and 20th straight regular-season win while Strongsville will be pursuing a spot in the Division I playoffs when the Comets and Mustangs meet here in Pat Catan Stadium Friday.

By handing Medina only its second loss of the season last Friday, Solon earned enough second-level computer points to not only clinch a playoff spot, but also a home game the first week of the playoffs. The Comets come into this week second in D-I, Region 1 of the computer playoffs while Strongsville comes in at No. 8 in the same region, just barely hanging on for life after the 10th week.


The Mustangs at least did climb back  into the top eight (only eight teams make it) by beating Nordonia, 55-41, last week, after losing a pivotal game to Brunswick two weeks ago. Without a doubt, the Mustangs at 6-3 control their own destiny. A win over the Comets would bring a landslide of points and will shoot them right up the standings, possibly even enough to get a home game.

However, several teams are chasing and are just fractions of points and small points behind the Stangs. Boardman, in 10th, is almost in the same position, looking at a landslide of points with a win over 8-1 Fitch.

Brecksville-Broadview should be able to surpass the Mustangs with a win over 6-3 Westlake as can Harding with a win over 4-5 Cleveland Heights should the Mustangs not be able to pull off the upset Friday. The Mustangs will get some points with any wins posted in week 10 by any of the six teams they defeated, but the likelihood of making it without winning are slim unless Boardman, the Bees, and Harding also all lose.

The Mustangs are also only a fraction of a point behind No. 7 North Royalton, but even a loss by the Bears to 1-8 Normandy would not necessarily knock them out unless the four teams behind them not mathematically eliminated all win.

Mentor in a No. 6 at 6-3 also is in position to control its own destiny against 4-5 Euclid, but could also be overtaken, say, in a scenario with both Boardman and Strongsville winning.

The Comets could still play for the No. 1 seed, which would mean better positioning, netting a No. 8 in the first round and a No. 4 or 5 in the second round. No. 1 Glenville does have one of the better Senate teams in the final week with 5-4 John Marshall but would not get as many points as the Comets would for beating Strongsville and right now hold only a two-point advantage over the Comets.

There is always the possibility that the Comets and Mustangs could meet two weeks in a row, which is what happened with St. Ignatius and St. Edward a few years ago. If the Comets win and everything goes right for the Stangs and they sneak in through the back door with a loss, then that would take place.

Both head coaches are veterans to are high school football.  Russ Jacques is in his 18th season coaching the Mustangs and Jim McQuaide in his eighth coaching the Comets. Prior to Solon, the Warren JFK alumnus was the head coach at LaSalle and prior to that St. Edward.

Coach Jacques

The three schools McQuaide was most recently the head coach of have a combined record of 27-0 as both La Salle and the Eagles are also undefeated.

Solon won last year’s meeting between the two clubs, 35-17. Strongsville won two years ago and holds an advantage in the all-time series, which is now at 11-10. Solon has won five of the last six meetings.

“Solon-Strongsville is a great rivalry game,” said Head Coach Jim McQuaide. “Our players and coaches are aware that in order for us to finish the season the way we want, we need to continue to play better as a team and make sure that our mental approach is where it needs to be. Coach Jacques and his team are always a tough opponent and the challenge is on us to prove that we deserve to be 10-0.”

With several weapons, Solon has scored its share of points, but its defense has been the most potent past of the outfit. Ed Bubonics’ defensive unit has played 36 quarters in nine games and 26 of those were shutout quarters.

Coach Bubonics

Other quarters could have been shutouts but the second and third teams gave up late scores, such as last week.

Solon was a 36-6 winner over Medina last week.

In dominating fashion, Solon shut out Medina in three quarters and continued its streak of not allow-ing any points in the third quarter. 

Kyle Hammonds

Touchdowns by Kyle Hammonds, Anthony Res-tifo, and Khoury Crenshaw, contributed to Solon’s 36-6 victory. 

Anthony Res-tifo

Junior Nathan-el Hoff came up with a safety early in the third quarter, which followed a Kyle Hammonds touchdown. This win puts the Comets at 9 straight Valley Division victories.


Solon, which earned at least a share of the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division title last week, could win it outright with a win this week.

Strongsville would get a share of the divisional title with a win.

Case Reserve swim and dive teams 

begin a new era under coach Doug 


Oct. 26, 2010

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND, OH – A new era begins for the Case Western Reserve University men’s and women’s swimming and diving program in 2010-11. Under the tutelage of first-year head coach Doug Milliken, the teams look to improve on last season’s University Athletic Association Championship performance and build a foundation for what the new coach believes will be a different level of success for the program.




“I fully expect our program, over the course of this year, and then into subsequent years, to keep climbing the ladder at the UAA Championships,” said Milliken. “My expectations are within three to four years to make sure we are consistently in the top three of the UAA and consistently have swimmers and divers qualify for and score at the national meet.


Last season, the Spartan men placed sixth at the UAA Championships and the women were seventh.



Perry alumna Rachel Grdina sets up 

match's only goal as John Carroll 

nips B-W in all Cleveland college 

battle, 1-0

By Jeff Miller

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer team fell to cross-town and Ohio Athletic Conference rival John Carroll University, 1-0, tonight (Tuesday, October 26, 2010) in Berea.   

With the loss, B-W dropped its record to 6-9-4 overall and 1-4-3 in the OAC.  With the victory, John Carroll is now to 9-7-2 overall and 6-2 in the OAC.

The Blue Streaks got the lone goal of the game when Betsy Haigh took the cross from Rachel Grdina and slipped it into the low far post at 15:37 of the first half

Overall, the Yellow Jackets out shot John Carroll, 20-2, and also outcornered the Blue Streaks 7-0

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, October 30 when they host Muskingum University in a men’s and women’s soccer doubleheader on Seniors’ and Parents’ Night.  The women’s match is slated to start at 4:30 p.m. with the men’s match to follow at 7:30 p.m.

The doubleheader between B-W and Muskingum University will be taped and then shown on a delay basis by regional cable network SportsTime Ohio (www.sportstimeohio.com).  The women’s game will be shown on October 30 at 9:00 p.m. and again on Monday, November 1 at 5:00 a.m.  The men’s game will be aired on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. and on Monday, Nov. 1 at 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.


No. 2 in Greater Cleveland 

Strongsville to meet No. 3 in GC 

Brecksville for the district 


Oct. 26, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BRECKSVILLE  – In Thursday’s Division I district championship match, it will be the best of the Southwestern Conference against the best of the Northeast Ohio Conference when Strongsville, the defending district champs, hosts Brecksville-Broadview Heights, the No. 1 seed in the tournament.

The Bees (17-0-1) are led by the Greater Cleveland are Player of the Year, Kenny Cunningham, who has scored 14 goals and has 14 assists for 41 points, but that is not all as the Bees have a 50-point scorer in Kam Patterson, who has 22 goals and 11 assists.


Vlad Lekarev can become a 50-point scorer for the Mustangs and needs only an assist Thursday to reach the 40-point mark. Lekarev’s 39 points have come on 17 goals and five assists. He has a heck of a shots-on-goal percentage with 17 goals on just 26 shots on goal.

The winner of this match will get a team with the word lake in its name as the regional starts next week. The Westlake-Avon Lake winner from the Rocky River District will get the Brunswick District winners (the Bees or the Stangs) Tuesday at Bay High School in the Regional Semifinal. That winner would get a winner from the western half of the state.

Brecksville-Broadview coach Mike Battista

To get here, Strongsville last night beat a team it also triumphed over during the regular season, Copley, 4-1, in the district semifinal.  The Bees were a 3-2 winner over No. 3 seed Medina in the semis.

The Bees , ranked third in Greater Cleveland and Mustangs, ranked second in GC, are old familiar foes from the now-defunct Pioneer Conference.

Overall, Strongsville holds a sizable edge in the all-timer series with a 14-6-7 record against the Bees, but in the Pioneer Conference it was tighter with the Stangs holding a 7-5-7 advantage. Strongsville, ranked No. 6 in the state, has gotten the better of the Bees, ranked eighth in Ohio, with a 5-1 mark in tourney play.

In the win over Copley last night, Chris Hoffman got the Mustangs on the board in the 14th minute with a goal off a Michael Cook free kick service. Cook leads the club in assist with 14 an is second in points with 18.


T.J. White serviced an arcing ball to the back post to Brandon Gathagan, who tied it on an easy header. 

It remained that way until the Mustangs stormed out of the gate in the 2nd half and in the 49th minute Jared Abston pounced on a David Murrow strike to put the Mustangs up for good.  It was Abston’s fifth varsity goal on the season and 4th in the past two matches. 

Nathan Langhals won a ball in the midfield and carried down field before firing from 20 yards and a zinger that whizzed past the Copley keeper.

Jarrod Nadzan

Lekarev iced the game with his team leading 17th goal of the year on a break-away in the 59th minute taking a Jarrod Nadzan through pass before slotting it home.

Justin Fink earned his 7th victory of the season in making three saves on the night.  Copley’s season ended at 8-9-2.

Justin Fink

Patterson got in an all three goals, scoring the first one unassisted, assisting on the second and getting an assist from Cunningham to score the game winner.

Jessica Tall stands above the rest to 

earn Beachwood Student/Athlete of 

the Week

8th Grade @ Beachwood Middle School
Girls Tennis - 1st Singles
Jessica Tall

This week's Bison Athlete of the Week is 8th grader and BMS girls tennis player, Jessica Tall. Jessica finished the season with an undefeated 11-0 record and helped lead the Beachwood Middle School girls tennis team to an 8-4 record. This week Jessica defeated opponents from Memorial and Hathaway Brown by identical scores of 8-0 and an opponent from Roxboro 8-4. The team went 3-0

for the week. During the course of the season she shut

out four opponents 8-0 and easily handled the remaining


"Jessica is a class act on and off the tennis court," says BMS tennis coachKandi Friedman. "She is respectful, happy and a fantastic teammate. Her dedication, hard work and determination to be the best is extremely apparent when you see her after practice putting in the extra time sharpening her tennis skills. In every match she played in this season it was obvious that she out prepared her opponents mentally, physically and athletically. Jessica has a tremendous tennis future ahead of her at Beachwood High School."

Raiders, Muskies reschedule to 


October 26, 2010 

NEW CONCORD, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's soccer team will have to wait another day before it takes on Ohio Athletic Conference opponent Muskingum.

The Purple Raiders were scheduled to take on the Fighting Muskies on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., but inclement weather has pushed the contest back to Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Cleveland State women's soccer team 

to host Detroit Saturday in the first 

round of Horizon League 


Oct. 26, 2010

By Brian McCann

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State will begin the 2010 Horizon League Championship at home this week as the No. 3 seed, hosting No. 6 Detroit on Saturday, Oct. 30 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Krenzler Field.  

The Vikings split a pair of matches on the road last week to improve to 9-7-2 overall, guaranteeing CSU of its first winning season in program history.  The Vikings finished tied for third in the league standings with a 5-3 mark.  Detroit, which edged CSU 1-0 in Detroit on Oct. 10, is 7-6-5 overall and was 3-3-2 in league play.


Match 19

2010 Horizon League Championship
No. 6 Detroit (7-6-5, 3-3-2) at No. 3 Cleveland State (9-7-2, 5-3)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010
Time: 5:00 p.m. EDT
Site: Krenzler Field (1,500), Cleveland, Ohio
Series: Detroit leads, 3-1-1
Last Meeting: @UDM 1, CSU 0 (10/10/10)




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