A Page -- Oct. 26, 2011

Baldwin-Wallace Sophomore/Grafton native 

Josiah Holt is this Week’s OAC Special Teams 


BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College sophomore wide receiver and kickoff return specialist Josiah Holt (Elyria, Ohio/ a Grafton Midview High Schoolgraduate) has been named as Ohio Athletic Conference Football Special Teams Player-of-the-Week for his performance in a 75-0 victory at Wilmington College last Saturday (October 22, 2011). The victory improved B-W’s record to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the OAC.

Holt returned the second half kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown. It marked his second kick return for TD in his two short years with the Yellow Jackets.  This season, Holt tops the Yellow Jackets in both receiving and kick returns. He has a team-high 20 catches for 220 yards and two TD’s. He also has returned eight kickoffs for a 27.6-yard average.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 29 when they host OAC-rival Muskingum University on Professor Appreciation Day on Tressel Field at the George Finnie Stadium at 1:30 p.m.  Prior to the game each of B-W’s 27 senior student-athletes will acknowledge a member of the faculty or staff who has made a difference in his experience on campus.

Solon to close out regular season against 

Strongsville; a win should cinch a home playoff 

game on Stewart in computer rankings

By Jim McQuaide, Jr.

Friday night the Solon football Comets will host the Strongsville Mustangs in the 2011 regular season finale.

Strongsville enters the tenth week of the season with a 1-8 record and comes off of a home loss to Mentor, 38-7.

The Comets will have their second home game in a row when Strongsville comes to town. Solon knocked off Brunswick last week, 56-3, to improve to 8-1 on the year and 3-1 in the conference.

Last week’s win over Brunswick proved that the Solon Comets have some fire power on each side of the ball.



Tres Barksdale (L) and Drew Barksdale

Brunswick started the game with a field goal and then the Comets took over. Offensively, Drew Barksdale, Cory Stuart, CJ Hanna, Tres Barksdale, Khoury Crenshaw, Jesse Circelli, and Brandon Byrd each hit the end zone.

Quarterback Pat Kramer finished the night with 169 passing yards on 10 completions.

Defensively, Nick Davidson, Hanna, George Berry, and Stuart each had one interception. The defensive unit held Brunswick to less than 100 yards on the ground.

Stuart (L), Davidson (R)

The Game Week Ten brings the final regular season game of the 2011 schedule to Stewart Field. Solon and Strongsville, both NOC Valley Division rivals, will battle in the 23rd meeting between the two schools.

Series vs. Strongsville: Tied 11-11

Series Streak: Solon 2 Wins

Last Solon Win: 31-28 OT, Week 10, 2010

As the regular season is set to conclude next week, playoff contention is on the line for many teams here in Northeast Ohio and across the state.

Junior linebacker and running back, CJ Hanna, had one of his best games of the season, last week against Brunswick.

Hanna finished the game with eight tackles which puts him second in tackles for the season behind Nick Davidson. His second quarter pick six for 26 yards gave the Comets a 28-3 lead going into the locker room at halftime. On the season, Hanna has 73 tackles and 2 receptions for 52 yards and 1 touchdown.


In six out of the last eight years, Solon has finished the regular season with a victory. Wins have come against Brush, Nordonia, Mayfield, and Strongsville.

The last two years, the Comets have defeated Strongsville in Week Ten, once at Solon and once at Pat Catan Stadium. Last year, senior quarterback Chris Humphrey scored on the final play of the game to take the Comets to overtime against the Mustangs.

Knight (L), Kramer (R)

In overtime, Humphrey stepped up again and intercepted a Strongsville pass which set the Comets up for an Alex Knight field goal and the victory.


Friday night will mark the 23rd meeting between Strongsville and Solon on the football field. Both teams enter this week with 11 wins in what has been a very competitive series. The Mustangs have struggled this year and only bring one win with them to Solon this week.


Without a doubt, they are looking to finish the year in a positive manner. On the other side, Solon is looking to lock up a home game in the first round of the playoffs and a successful night for the Comets on Friday may just do that.

But, in this game, in this rivalry, and with these two teams, records, scores, wants, and desires can be thrown straight out the window.


“Anytime Solon and Strongsville play, onlookers can count on a good game,” said Solon Head Coach Jim McQuaide, Sr. “We have tremendous respect for Coach Jacques and the Mustangs. We know they will be ready to play on Friday night and we must bring an attitude of intensity into this week. There’s no looking past the task at hand.”

Josh Birkline’s two goals moves Amherst 

soccer to district title match and eliminates 

defending  district champ Strongsville

Josh Birkline scored the game-winning goal with four seconds left in double-overtime Monday to give Amherst a 2-1 win over Strongsville in district semi-final action.

Birkline took a cross from Connor Klekota with ten seconds left on the clock and beat a diving Strongsville keeper to give the Comets a thrilling victory.

Birkline also scored Amherst's first goal off an assist from Klekota.

Maximo Meggitt earned the win in goal for Amherst with 7 saves. The Comets improved to 15-2-1 on the season and travel to Avon for the district final on
Thursday at 7.

Amherst Steele 2, Strongsville 1
Double overtime
Goals: Josh Birkline (2)
Assists: Conner Klekota (2)
Saves: Maximo Meggitt - 7
Goals: Jarod Abston
Saves: Matt Stephano – 8

Spartan Football’s Wade Self and Daniel Vasil Named UAA Athletes of the Week

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Case Western Reserve University junior linebacker Wade Self (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) and senior placekicker Daniel Vasil (Erie, Pa./McDowell) have been selected as the University Athletic Association Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, for their performances in Saturday's 24-21 overtime victory at The College of Wooster.

Self totaled 10 tackles and a sack in addition to forcing a key fumble that set up the Spartans' game-winning drive in overtime. In his first season as a starter, Self is third on the team with 49 tackles, including four for loss, with two forced fumbles.

Vasil (L), Self (R)

Vasil was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra point attempts and hit the game-winning, 31-yard field goal. In his last three games, Vasil is 12-for-13 on PATs and 5-of-6 on field goal tries with a career-long 34-yarder two weeks ago versus Hiram College.

The Spartans (6-1 overall) have won five in a row and will open their three-game University Athletic Association schedule this Saturday, October 29 versus rival University of Chicago (Ill.) at 12:00 p.m. Vasil will be one of 17 seniors honored prior to the team's final regular season home game of 2011.

Ed's-Ignatius game on 1220/'HKW this week

The high school football game Saturday October 29th between St. Ignatius High School and St Edward High School at Lakewood Stadium (Lakewood, OH) 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. 
 Extended Pre-Game begins at 6:30 pm  

Stow's Cody Nickson 26th as WSU Golf Finishes Sixth at Doubletree Intercollegiate

The golf team wrapped up the fall portion of its schedule by finishing sixth Tuesday at the Doubletree Intercollegiate, held in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Cody Fixari led the way for the Raiders as he tied for eighth with a three-round score of 224.  Scott Thompson tied for 13th at 227 while Cody Nickson tied for 26th at 233.

WSU Results

T8) Cody Fixari, 74-73-77=224

T13) Scott Thompson, 77-77-73=227

T26) Cody Nickson, 76-79-78=233

T35) Jordan Higgins, 78-81-79=238

T41) Rick Denny, 79-77-85=241

52) Nick Capozzoli, 78-83-86=247

 Baldwin-Wallace College Volleyball Team 

Defeats John Carroll in Straight Sets, In Dig 

Pink Match

BEREA,  OHIO --  The Baldwin-Wallace College volleyball team defeated Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University, 3-0, tonight (Tuesday, October 25, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference match in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center.  This match was the “Dig Pink” match. Dig Pink is a Breast Cancer Awareness Rally being held all of October to raise awareness and funds. Proceeds will go towards doing something significant and identifiable in the fight against Breast Cancer.

With the victory, the Yellow Jackets win their second straight match to improve to 16-12 overall and 4-4 in the OAC.  John Carroll lost its fourth straight match to fall to 9-17 overall and 0-8 in the OAC.

B-W won the match by scores of 25-16, 25-14 and, 25-19.

The Yellow Jackets were led by junior outside hitter Amanda Sawicki (Mentor/Lake Catholic) with 14 kills and by junior middle hitter Rachel Switalski (North Royalton) with seven. The B-W offense was set up by Jessica Stitts (Eastlake/ North) with 29 set assists.

Defensively, the Yellow Jackets were led by junior defensive specialist Natalie Emmons (Ashland) and sophomore defensive specialist Taylor Burns (Tiffin/ Fostoria St. Wendelin) with 15 digs apiece. Sophomore Shannon Deleur (Olmsted Falls) contributed ten while Stitts added seven.

The Blue Streaks were led offensively by senior Kerry Fox with five kills. Setting up the offense was freshman Kristen Farrell had 10 set assists. Emily Bendzak led the John Carroll defense with 24 digs.

Purple Raiders Earn Road OAC Victory Over Muskingum

NEW CONCORD, Ohio—The Mount Union volleyball team earned a tough road victory over MuskingumTuesday night. The Purple Raiders (21-6, 7-1) defeated the Fighting Muskies in four sets (25-13, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21) to maintain their hold on a share of second place in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

Senior Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls), who was named OAC Player of the Week on Monday, had 44 assists for the Raiders to go along with nine digs and four kills.

Taylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) finished with a career-high 19 kills and Nicole Snyder (Mentor/Lake Catholic) added 12 kills to lead the Mount Union attack. Deanna Glass (Medina/Medina) had nine kills, followed byMelanie Patterson (Mentor/Lake Catholic) with seven kills.

Freshman Lauren Mastroine (Orrville/Orrville) recently made the switch to libero and led the team with 31 digs, one shy of her career-high. Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) and Allison Insana (Cleveland/Villa Angela-Saint Joseph) also turned in strong defensive performances. Gromes had 24 digs and Insana had 17 digs.

The Raiders return to action on Saturday in a showdown with Otterbein for the second seed in the OAC Tournament. Mount Union defeated Otterbein in four sets back in September at the Hiram Invitational. This will be the team's final regular season home match. Radigan will be recognized prior to the match for her accomplishments and contributions to the program throughout her career.

John Carroll men's soccer beats B-W

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team was defeated John Carroll University, 1-0, tonight (Tuesday, October 25, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference match at the Don Shula Stadium.

The match also had implications on next week’s OAC Tournament.  The Blue Streaks have secured a first round bye and will be the number two seed while B-W will go into the tournament as the third seed and host a quarterfinal match on Monday, October 31 at 7:00 p.m.   Ohio Northern will be the top seed in the tournament.

With the loss, the Yellow Jackets fall to 14-4 and 5-3 in the OAC and John Carroll improves to 11-7 overall and 7-1 in the OAC.

The Blue Streaks scored the lone goal of the game at the 14:02 mark of the first half when Mariusz Trzeciak found the back of the net off the assists from Kevin McKamish.

Despite the loss, junior goalkeeper Ryan Hulings (Centerville) had four saves.

North's Cindric scores two goals to lead Mount 


ALLIANCE, Ohio—Mount Union's men's soccer earned a crucial victory as they continue their quest for a berth in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament. Behind a pair of goals by Kevin Cindric (Willowick/Eastlake North) , the Purple Raiders defeated Muskingum, 2-0, in their final home match of the regular season.

Cindric wasted little time beginning his big night, scoring an unassisted goal in the box just over four minutes into the game. In the 59th minute, Jack Weber (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) fed a beautiful pass in the box to 

Cindric, who was able to beat the keeper for the 2-0 lead.

That is all of the offense that Mount Union goalkeeper Jon Critell (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney) would need. The junior made four saves in recording his sixth shutout on the season.

Cindric narrowly missed his first collegiate hat trick. The senior put a rebound shot off the post in the 18th minute. Thomas Beck (Poland/Cardinal Mooney) had a breakaway opportunity, but was turned away by Muskingum goalkeeper Hunter Huffman (nine saves). Cindric was in position for the putback, but saw the shot hit off the left post.


The Raiders return to action on Saturday when they travel to Westerville for the regular season finale withOtterbein. Mount Union will secure a spot in the OAC Tournament with a win, tie, or Capital loss to John Carroll. A win or tie paired with a Wilmington loss to Heidelberg will give the Raiders a first round home match for the second straight season.










Two Normandy grads/Hiram S/A’s named runners of the week in the NCAC; Yeowoman tabbed as volleyball player of the week

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


WESTLAKE – Two Normandy alums and current Hiram Student/Athletes, Laila Almassri and Joe Hengoed, were named runners of the week in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Women’s Runner of the Week - Laila Almassri, Hiram.

Hiram sophomore Laila Almassri (Parma, OH/Normandy) led the Terriers at the Walsh/Malone Invitational with a 12th place individual finish in a time of 23:03.46.

Men’s Runner of the Week - Joe Hengoed, Hiram

Hiram senior Joe Hengoed (Seven Hills, OH/Normandy) led the Terriers to a second place finish at the Walsh/Malone Invitational after he placed fourth individually with a time of 17:13.87.

Meanwhile, Oberlin’s Laura Jessee was named player of the week for volleyball in the NCAC for having a fine week in leading the Yeowomen to their first match win.

Player of the Week - Laura Jessee, Oberlin

Sets Played: 6

Kills: 26 (4.33 per set) Blocks: 5 (.83 per set)

Digs: 1 Set Assists: 1

Oberlin junior middle hitter Laura Jessee (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry), who has missed most of the fall due to injury, led the Yeowomen to their first victory of the season on Saturday after she slammed down 12 kills in the straight-set triumph over Ohio Wesleyan.

In addition, Jessee added 14 kills in Oberlin’s 3-0 setback against Allegheny on Wednesday.


Wittenberg secured at least a share of its sixth-straight NCAC championship and 17th in the last 20 years after defeating Denison, 3-0, on Wednesday.

Jessee (L), Strowder (R)

DENISON dropped a pair of NCAC matches last week, falling to nationally-ranked Wittenberg, 3-0, and DePauw, 3-1. Senior Lauren Strowder (Cleveland Hts., OH/Cleveland Hts.) paced the Big Red attack with 22 kills, averaging 3.14 kills per set.

Shaina Bryan (South Euclid, OH/Brush) totaled 12 kills, 12 digs, one service ace and one block in the straight-set victory. In addition, the Terriers have secured a spot in the NCAC Volleyball Tournament for the 10th consecutive season.


DENISON’s soccer team improved to 8-6-2 as freshman Corey Ricketts (Chagrin Falls, OH/Chagrin Falls) scored both goals in Denison’s 2-1 overtime victory over Wittenberg.

Ricketts (L), Weiss (R)

HIRAM fell to Case, 1-0, and Wooster, 2-1, last week. Freshman Samantha Zuponcic (Mantua, OH/Crestwood) scored the Terriers’ lone goal of the week in the 85th minute against the Fighting Scots.

OBERLIN managed just one goal off the foot of freshman Abby Weiss (Oberlin, OH/Oberlin) in a pair of league losses last week as the Yeowomen fell to Allegheny, 4-0, and Denison, 3-1.


DENISON junior quarterback Max Paulus (Massillon, OH/Jackson) finished the game with 154 yards through the air after completing 21-of-33 pass attempts in the Big Red’s 39-13 setback against Wabash.

KENYON dropped a 41-17 non-conference decision on the road against Chicago. Sophomore Brett Williams (Chesterland, OH/West Geauga) ran in both of the Lords’ touchdowns and turned in a season-best 136 rushing yards on 32 carries.

OBERLIN junior Josh Mandel (Plantation, FL/University School) threw for a school record 454 yards, but it wasn’t enough as the Yeomen fell just short against Washington (MO) by a 24-21 margin. Mandel, who completed 38 passes on a school record 63 attempts, also tallied three touchdown aerial strikes on the afternoon.

Lakewood’s Dee Salukombo, Parma’s Laila Almassari, Seven Hills’ Joe Hengoed, St. Joe’s alumna Kelly Gallagher, Norton’s Cara DeAngelis among the featured runners for NCAC cross country championships

WESTLAKE --The 2011 NCAC cross country championships will be held on October 29th at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and will be hosted by Wittenberg. The women’s race starts at 11:00 a.m., followed by the men’s race at 11:45 a.m.

For the fifth time in the past six seasons, North Coast Athletic Conference coaches have predicted that Oberlin will claim the 2011 NCAC women’s cross country championship through a pre-championship coaches ballot, while Wabash was tabbed the favorite on the men’s side for the first time in school history.

Wabash, which finished runner-up to Allegheny in the 2010 NCAC championships, earned seven of the 10 first-place votes cast for 95 points from the coaches to top second-place Allegheny.

The Gators, who have captured the last seven NCAC titles, totaled 92 points, including the final three first-place votes. Ohio Wesleyan rounded out the top three in the poll with 81 points, while DePauw and Oberlin tied for fourth with 65 points. Rounding out the poll in spots sixth through ten, respectively, were Denison (49), Wittenberg (35), Wooster (32), Kenyon (26) and Hiram (10).


Denison senior Dee Salukombo (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) is the top returning individual finisher from the 2010 championship after placing third behind a pair of Allegheny runners with a time of 25:44, while Ohio Wesleyan senior Sharif Kronemer (Silver Springs, MD/Springbrook) also returns as a top-five finisher from last year’s championship event after finishing fifth in a time of 26:07.

Oberlin, which has won back-to-back NCAC titles, earned eight of the nine first-place votes for 80 total points, while NCAC newcomer DePauw collected the final first-place vote to land in second with 68 points. Ohio Wesleyan was third with 60 points, followed by Allegheny (54), Wooster (44), Wittenberg (37), Kenyon (31), Denison (21) and Hiram (10).


Individually, Allegheny returns a pair of runners that finished in the top five in the 2010 NCAC championship, including junior Kelly Gallagher (Westlake, OH/St. Joseph Academy) who finished third overall (23:11) and sophomore Kristina Martin (Holley, NY/Holley) who finished fourth (23:19), while Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Cara DeAngelis (Norton, OH/Ellet) rounded out the 2010 top five in fifth place with a time of 23:21.


HIRAM was the only team in action on the final regular season weekend of the season as the Terriers competed at the Walsh/Malone Invitational. The men finished in second place led by senior Joe Hengoed (Seven Hills, OH/Normandy) who finished fourth out of 38 runners individually with a time of 17:13.87. The women placed fourth at the event and were led by sophomore Laila Almassri (Parma, OH/Normandy) who finished 12th out of 35 runners with a time of 23:03.46.

Yeowomen Blanked by Wooster

Wooster, Ohio – In their first of three matches this week, the Oberlin College field hockey team fell to the College of Wooster 6-0.


The Yeowomen could never get their offense going as they triggered just five shots in the contest, while the Scots ripped off 19 attempts in the shutout.

Wooster’s Clare Nelson-Johnson scored four the Scots six goals in the game.

Oberlin freshman Claire Yeske led the Yeowomen with three shots. Kiran Puri played 54 of the 70 minutes in the cage and made six saves. Marissa Blackwell also added a defensive save in the setback.

Oberlin did force 10 penalty corners in the game, but were unable to covert. The Scots had 11 corners in the battle.

The Yeowomen will conclude their season with a pair of home games. First they will take on Trine on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 before playing host to Earlham on Saturday.

HEIDELBERG men's soccer FALLS TO NO. 14 Ohio Northern, 2-0, IN ADA

TIFFIN, Ohio-Senior Luke Terndrup (Columbus/Bishop Ready) made three saves
in his second career start in goal, but the Heidelberg University men's
soccer team lost an Ohio Athletic Conference match at No. 14 Ohio Northern
 at the ONU Soccer Field in Ada, Ohio.  

The loss drops the Berg to 3-10-4 overall and 1-6-1 in the OAC.  With the
win, the first place Polar Bears improve to 15-2-2 overall and 7-0-1 in the
OAC.  A win in their next match will secure the OAC regular season
championship and top seed in the upcoming OAC tournament.

Nathan Bascom scored goals in the 52nd and 69th minutes to lead ONU.

The Student Prince attack was paced by freshman midfielder Tyler Eoff (Oak
Harbor), who fired five shots and placed two on goal.

Erika Ginn Named to All-GLIAC Team


PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- Lake Erie College freshman Erika Ginn (Ashtabula, Ohio/Lakeside) was named to the 2011 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Women's Tennis Team as a honorable mention selection. 

The league office announced the team, along with annual award winners, on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Ginn played exclusively at first singles and first doubles for the Storm in her rookie season. 

Amateur Bowling Notes

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 10/25/11


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Matt Molzan, Cleveland, 10/14, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Brian Kaliszewski, Garfield Heights, 10/19, Red Circle Lanes;

Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, 10/20, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Frank Riba Jr., Elyria, 10/20, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Warren Apger, North Olmsted, 10/21, Buckeye Lanes;

Kenneth Wade, Cleveland, 10/25, Twin Lanes;



    299 Games

Kenneth Zeman, Garfield Heights, 10/19, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Tim Kekelis, Cuyahoga Heights, 10/19, Red Circle Lanes;

Jeffery Light Jr., Olmsted Falls, 10/24, Buckeye Lanes;



    298 Games



    800 Series

Matt Molzan, Cleveland, 10/14, Cloverleaf Lanes (827);

Phillip Moore, Cleveland, 10/16, Brookgate Lanes (809);

Frank Riba Jr., Elyria, 10/20, Cloverleaf Lanes (824);