A Page -- Oct. 27, 2010

Walsh Jesuit alumna, Strongsville 

native Sarah Dean becomes Mount 

Union's all-time leader in digs

Oct. 27, 2010

By Josh Reilly

NEW CONCORD, Ohio -- Senior Sarah Dean (Strongsville/Walsh Jesuit) became Mount Union's all-time digs leader and the Purple Raider volleyball team held off a rallying Muskingum squad to finish off a 3-2 victory in Ohio Athletic Conference action last night.

Mount Union won the first two sets before the Fighting Muskies (11-17, 2-6) battled back to force a fifth and deciding set in the Purple Raiders' 25-19, 25-6, 18-25, 22-25, 16-14 decision.

Dean finished with 39 digs on the night, pushing her career total to 2,324. She surpassed Kristen Sagula, who had 2,302 digs in 2002-05.

Sarah Dean

Roni Schroeder (Shelby/Shelby) led the Mount Union attack with 17 kills while Monica Hupertz (Willoughby Hills/Beaumont) and Deanna Glass (Medina/Medina) contributed 14 and 13, respectively. Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) made 51 assists.

Dean wasn't the only Raider to excel on defense. Radigan and Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) had 15 digs apiece. Michelle Simmons (Uniontown/Green) added 11.

Fairless alumna Kristen Gromes

Mount Union (20-8, 6-2) will wrap up its regular season with two matches on Saturday. The Raiders will take on OAC foe Otterbein at 1 p.m. and then non-conference opponent Case Western Reserve at 5.

The Raiders will open OAC Tournament play at home on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Laurel hoops loses Student/Athlete

to ACL ordeal for second

consecutive year, but still has an 

experienced enough group to make

a decent post-season run

Oct. 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SHAKER HEIGHTS – In trading one key injured player for another key injured player, Laurel’s basketball team is about where it was last year at this time on the health scale, but couple that with an otherwise intact group has experience on its side and could expect a better outcome when all the dust settles at the end of this campaign.

The team depth took a hit when Caroline Kamen (11th grade) blew out her knee in soccer this season, but getting Naja Davis back from a similar injury last year is the trade the Gators have to live with for now.


Outside of the active/inactive flip-flop most of the other Student/Athletes from last year’s team that was seeded fourth in the district but lost in the second round are back as a group.

The Gators have Becky Griesmer (12th grade, 3-yr. letter-winner and  Co-Captain), Hannah Sullivan   (12, 2 yr. letter, PPG: 5.3, RPG: 3.2), Jenna Bailey (11  , 2 yr. letter, PPG: 6.3, RPG: 5.5, SPG: 2.5), Alexis Guy (11, 2 yr. letter, PPG: 11.5, RPG: 3.3 SPG: 2.7, APG: 3.2, and a Co-Captain), Katie Kajfez (11, 2 yr. letter, PPG: 10.5, RPG: 4), Lisa Blumenthal (10, 1 yr. letter), and Davis (10, 1 yr. letter APG: 6, SPG: 3).

Davis is coming off ACL surgery, and only played four games her freshmen year in 2009-10.

“This group has a lot of experience in playing together for at least three years,” said Laurel coach Dave Meyer, whose Laurel teams have posted a 117-60 record in 10 seasons including 15-6 in 09-10. “This is the year our group will look to get over the hump in the state playoffs and try to make a deep run.”

In addition to the veterans, the Gators have a promising freshman in Courtney Fedor.

“Courtney brings a combination of athleticism, toughness, and smarts to the court as a freshman,” said Meyer.

Speaking of smarts, this group has excelled academically as well as athletically and truly fit the model of “Student/Athlete.”

“Laurel School is a collegiate prep school, so I have no worries as far as academics for my players go,” Meyer said. “I have players whose goals are Columbia, Georgetown and many of which are taking college level courses at our school.”

Being an independent, Laurel has a lot of free reign in scheduling and this year has added some Division I types like Shaker Heights, Kenston, and Padua in order to better prepare for the post-season run.

“If we are able to stay healthy I believe as a team we could open some eyes this year,” Meyer said. “What we lack in size we make up for it in athleticism. 

Case Reserve travels to the home of 

the blues to begin UAA play; vie to 

ride The "L" to 39th straight win

By Nick Minerd

Oct. 27, 2010

CLEVELAND, OH -- The 23rd-ranked (AFCA) Case Western Reserve University Spartans open University Athletic Association play in their final regular season road game of the year at the University of Chicago on Saturday, October 30 at 12:00 p.m. (CDT) at Stagg Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Spartans are 7-0 following a 28-14 victory versus the College of Wooster on Saturday and have now won 38 consecutive regular season games. Chicago is 5-2 following a 35-14 victory versus Kenyon College.


WR Zach Homyk returns home for this game

The 23rd-ranked (AFCA) Case Western Reserve University Spartans open University Athletic Association play in their final regular season road game of the year at the University of Chicago on Saturday, October 30 at 12:00 p.m. (CDT) at Stagg Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Spartans are 7-0 following a 28-14 victory versus the College of Wooster on Saturday and have now won 38 consecutive regular season games. Chicago is 5-2 following a 35-14 victory versus Kenyon College.


No. 2 Mount goes to Otterbein 

Saturday; Walsh Jesuit alum Alex 

Ferrara loooking for another big 

game for the Raiders

Oct. 27, 2010

By Lenny Reich 

No. 2 ranked Mount Union travels to Otterbein for an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at 1:30 pm in Westerville.

The Purple Raiders posted their 50th consecutive regular season with a 38-0 shutout of Capital. The Mount Union defense put on a show as they forced three turnovers, two interceptions by junior Alex Ferrara(Independence/Walsh Jesuit), a fumble, got three sacks and held the Crusaders to just 72 total yards. 


Senior defensive end Lambert Budzinski (Canton/Massillon Jackson) had two of those sacks and a team-best eight tackles. All of this was more than enough for the offense as sophomore running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) had his third straight 100-yard performance with 158 yards and three TD's. Fellow sophomore Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville) completed 19-of-23 passes for 281 yards and a score.


Mentor High alumna Kylee Kolesar 

notches hat trick for Mount Union

Oct. 27, 2010
By Josh Reilly

NEW CONCORD, Ohio -- Kylee Kolesar (Mentor/Mentor) recorded a hat trick, helping the Mount Union women's soccer team keep itself in Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament contention with a 5-2 victory over Muskingum today.


Kolesar scored her goals during the seventh, 63rd and 81st minutes. Her first goal was assisted by Deirdre Dick(Mansfield/Crestview). Shortly after, Jackie Lowdermilk (Wadsworth/Wadsworth) notched a goal, getting an assist from Katie Etling (Mantua/Garfield), to put the Purple Raiders ahead, 2-0.


Baldwin-Wallace College Men’s 

Soccer Team Defeats John Carroll,

2-1, in all Cleveland College Battle; 

Stow's Ty Leister scores winning goal

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team defeated Cleveland cross-town and Ohio Athletic Conference rival John Carroll University, 2-1, tonight (Wednesday, October 27, 2010) at the George Finnie Stadium in Berea.

With its win, B-W must win or tie this Saturday versus Muskingum to secure a spot in the 2010 OAC Men’s Soccer Tournament. The Jackets improved their record to 10-5-2 overall and 3-3-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.  With the loss, John Carroll falls to 10-8 overall and 4-4 in the OAC.


In the first half, John Carroll opened the scoring at the 21:24 mark when Andrew Fatigati was credited with a goal off a deflected Blue Streak shot. However, B-W equalized just six minutes later as sophomore midfielder Justin Peterson (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) scored on a direct free kick from 25 yards. The goal was Peterson’s seventh of the season.



Hathaway Brown 

to play for right 

to go to state's 

final four in field 


Oct. 27, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



KENT – Defending state runners up Hathaway Brown and Hudson earned a spot in the high school field hockey regional semis against each other with wins this afternoon.


The Blazers and Explorers will meet Friday at 4 in the Kent State complex in the regional final with winner getting the right to go to the state’s final four next week.


HB defeated Hawken 4-0 this afternoon while Hudson was a 3-2 winner over Shaker Heights.


The Blazers came out, well, blazing, burning the Hawks’ defense with three first half goals and then continued the shutout the rest of the way.


The Explorers and Red Raiders were in a see saw battle. Shaker scored first and then Hudson tied it, 1-1. Shaker scored again and then Hudson tied it, 2-2.


It stood at 2-2 through the halftime break and then Hudson scored with 9:40 remaining.




Freshman scoring link of Lauren 

Hurst and Megan Konrad, friends 

since second grade, enables 

Westlake to sneak into district title 


Oct. 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER --- An all-freshman scoring combo produced in the only goal of the night as Westlake moved to Saturday’s championship match with a 1-0 win over Magnificat in the district semis here tonight here on the pitch in the Rocky River High School athletic complex.


 Listen to post-match interview with Westlake Student/Athlete Lauren Hurst from today’s Demons-Mags match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Freshman Lauren Hurst took a pass from classmate Megan Konrad eight yards in front of the Mags goal and placed it into the corner at 61:30 to break a scoreless deadlock and put Westlake up, 1-0. The goal stood up as keeper Steph Poeppleman made a key save in the 77th minute on the Blue Streaks’ first corner kick of the night.


 Listen to post-match interview with Westlake Student/Athlete Megan Konrad from today’s Demons-Mags match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Neither team generated any quality chances in the first 10 minutes of the first half. Westlake was able to get a pair of shots, one by Serena Tabbaa and one by Lauren Wichman, but no shots on goal.

Mags could not manage much in the first 20 minutes of the match. They were finally able to get the ball in the Westlake defensive end in position to create something in the 16th minute, but could not even get a shot off on the trip downfield.  Natalie Guido sent a crossing pass to the center just in front of the keeper but no one was there to take it and subsequently create.

Watch a few short videos of tonight’s Demons-Blue Strreaks match, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Westlake also attempted to get on the attack, but also could not manage any more shots even through the Demons tried dumping. Blue Streaks keeper Amanda Copfer had already taken eight goal kicks in the first 20 minutes of the first half.

Finally Mags had a decent opportunity when Erin Lebold took the restart kick on a free kick, sending a 35-yard shot toward the goal that Westlake keeper Steph Poeppleman wrapped her arms around cleanly in the 21st minute.


 Listen to post-match interview with Westlake Student/Athlete Steph Poeppleman from today’s Demons-Mags match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Finally Westlake managed a couple corner kicks in the 22nd and 23rd minutes but both resulted in nothing serious and eventually transpired into goal kicks.

Shannon Fulton appeared to get behind the Westlake defense in the 26th minute and ready to go one-on-one but was slightly offside.

Kristie Prendergast took another Demon shot that was way wide of the goal in the 27th minute for another goal kick.

On a restart, Sarah Strachowiak fired a 42-yard free kick in the 28th minute that went wide for another shot, but the Demons still had not had a shot on goal to their credit.

Fulton then broke away again, carried down the right sidelines, going one-on-one with Strachowiak and getting the shot on goal off from 20 yards in the 30th minute but Poeppleman was there for the save on the angled shot.

Tabbaa took a soft shot in the 35th minute that went toward the goal that Copfer picked up on roll that could not be construed as a shot on goal.

Lauren Hurst sent a crossing pass toward the center at the mouth of the Mag goal in the 37th minute but could not find her connection and Copfer sent it back down the other way.

Jaycie Brown had a shot that went wide in the 38th minute for Mags that went wide that Poeppleman was able to sweep up on the side of the goal.

The Demons had a restart in the final two minutes that resulted in no shot as Prendergast was not able to handle the pass. Wichman had another shot later in the period, but the half ended at 0-0.

Julie Rogozinski was able to get a decent look from the point after a throw-in in the 42nd minute but missed wide on the shot for the Streaks.


Charlotte Tate took a shot from the corner in the 47th minute for the Demons that angled toward the Mags goal and nearly resulted in an own goal, but Copfer was able to grab it after it deflected off defenseman Brigid Murray’s body.

Westlake finally managed its first shot on goal at 50:30 when Sarah Stroh crossed as pass to the point that Rachel Evans fired toward Copfer who was able to snare it in to her chest.

Lebold went down to the turf at 53:00 with an injury and received some treatment from trainer Stef Carroll, but was able to walk off on her own power after five minutes.

Westlake created a chance at 54:00 when a dangerous ball was sent into the 18-yard box, but with all the traffic in front of the Mags goal, Westlake was whistled for a foul, deadening the ball.

Listen to post-match interview with Westlake Student/Athlete Sarah Stachowiak from today’s Demons-Mags match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading
The Demons had a goal called off at 58:42 when Stachowiak took a shot from 32 yards on a restart and the ball squirmed into the goal, Westlake celebrated for a minute until it was ruled no goal because it was an indirect as opposed to direct free kick and it never touched a player before going into the goal.

On a corner kick at 59:30, Melanie Finucan found Maddie Sandhu, who put on a shot on goal that was saved.

 Baldwin-Wallace makes bid to go into 

next week's game against second 

ranked Mount Union at 7-1 in Musky 

country this weekend

Oct. 27, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

The Baldwin-Wallace College Yellow Jacket football team, listed among the "others" in this week's d3football.com Division III National poll (www.d3football.com), travel to New Concord, Ohio to play Ohio Athletic Conference rival Muskingum University.


The Yellow Jackets enter this game at 6-1 overall and 5-1 in the OAC following their 38-0 shutout against Wilmington College in Berea on Oct. 23 on Professor Appreciation Day. 
Yellow Jacket coach John Snell

The shutout was B-W's first since the final game of the 2008 regular season when it shut out Capital University, 17-0. To date, B-W has beaten The College of Wooster (38-14), Capital University (10-7), Heidelberg University (35-20), Marietta College (39-9), Otterbein University (35-34) and Wilmington while losing to then No.13-ranked Ohio Northern University (41-21).

The Fighting Muskies enter this game at 3-4 overall and 2-4 in the OAC following a 49-14 loss last Saturday (Oct. 23) at Otterbein University in Westerville. To date, Muskingum has beaten Defiance College (19-13), Marietta (31-23) and Wilmington (3-0), but lost to ONU (36-0), Heidelberg (33-21), John Carroll University (24-17) and Otterbein.


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