A Page -- Oct. 28, 2010


Brecksville-Broadview Heights 

upsets No. 2 Strongsville to win 

district boys’ soccer title and 

advance to Rocky River regional

Oct. 28, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BRECKSVILLE – When the No. 2 and 3 teams in Greater Cleveland, one the defending district champ and the other the No. 1 seed this season, are matched up as was the case tonight in the boys’ Division I district championship match here on the pitch in the athletic complex at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, almost nothing is for certain.

The only thing was that was for sure tonight as that a “ville” team would play a “lake” team in the regional semifinal in Rocky River next week as Westlake was playing Avon Lake in the other district final, while No. 1 seed Brecksville-Broadview Heights High was playing defending district and regional champ Strongsville High, which came into the match ranked No. 2 in Cleveland and No. 6 in Ohio.

When it all shook out, Brecksville came away with the district title via a 2-0 win over the Mustangs in front of 1,500 fans and will move to Rocky River next week for extra play.

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



Brecksville-Broadview Heights, ranked No. 3 in Cleveland and No. 8 in Ohio, broke the scoreless deadlock at 33:09 when Brian Coccia carried to inside the 18-yard box and then sent a short cross to Kenny Cunningham, who hit the back of the net with a header.


Listen to post-match interview with Brecksville-BH Student/Athlete Brian Coccia from today’s Bees-Mustangs match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


The Bees, who remain undefeated on the season going into the regional, doubled their lead at 50:14. After being fairly content with playing mostly defense the first 10 minutes of the second half, Brecksville finally generated an offensive opportunity after a Strongsville foul.

Nick Zegarac took the free kick from 40 yards that was redirected by Alex DiScenna for the goal.


Listen to post-match interview with Brecksville-BH Student/Athlete Nick Zegarac  from today’s Bees-Mustangs match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


It was strong defense on both sides most of the first half. Strongsville had a few minor chances in the first half, but nothing to make the Bees shiver.

David Murrow launched a corner at 28:05 but none of his Mustang teammates could capitalize. Murrow took another shot on goal in the 31st minute that Alex Gregory cleared with a head save.

Murrow broke away in the 35th minute, forcing the Bees keeper to come out to clear. Murrow could not score but did get the foul and free kick, which resulted in no serious play by the Mustangs’ attackers.

Murrow had another corner in the 39th minute that never even touched a Mustang going directly out of bounds.

In the second half, Murrow launched a 40-yard free kick that Vlad Lekarev tried to do something with on a header a few yards from the goal mouth but missed high at 42:53.

After driving into the 18-yard box in the 54th minute, Bees senior Kam Patterson appeared to be tripped but something must have been exchanged as Patterson was issued with a yellow card and Strongsville a goal kick.

Matt Rader for B-BH picked up a yellow card in the 71st minute.

Lutheran West girls have been 

maturing and now in third year of 

Josh Campbell era; ready to start 

making some noise

Oct. 28, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – Lutheran West third-year head coach Josh Campbell’s players must be doing something right for him since he is the second winningest girls’ basketball coach in school history, but he and the Student/Athletes are still looking for better things than what they have had so far.

Of course, Campbell succeeded “The Rock,” Karen Wittrock, whose teams generated over 600 wins. Even though it is tough to follow a legend like that, Campbell has done a decent job under a new look and approach with the still emerging era.

Campbell certainly has been building for the future. At times last year he had three freshman and two sophomores on the court in a varsity game. Certainly the Longhorns will be a serious contender in the Stripes Division of the Patriot Conference next year if not already this season.

“The system and players are now in place to make some noise,” said Campbell. “We need to work on team defense and rebounding.”

The JV team – now Varsity – was averaging 60 plus points playing three quarters.


“Scoring was never an issue because of our quickness,” Campbell said. “However, our half court sets leave something to be desired.”

Sophomore Lindsey Tomola will be the starting point guard.

“She has loads of potential and loves making the extra pass,” said Campbell. “She lacks some confidence and strength.”


Someone with almost the same spelling and sounding first and last names as the point guard will be at the number two spot in sophomore Lindsay Thomas (their nickname is the “L Square” and they both have potential). Sophomore Marissa Spelich will back her up in that role.

“Lindsay Thomas has the scores mentality and loves the three ball, while Marissa Spelich finds her way into the lane to draw the d and distribute,” the coach said.

The three spot will have senior Jessica Dill and junior Katherine Konstan fighting for minutes.

“They re two totally different players,” Campbell said. “Jessica is a shooter while Katherine loves to create contact and get the free throw line.”

The four/five spot will be split among senior Meghan O’Hara, junior Stephanie Zanotti, and sophomore Ari Tomasula.

“All of them are strong work horses who can run the floor,” said Campbell, who added that this group has enough fight and experience to contend for the PAC 10 title now and post a .750 season.

Speed and youth might be the combination that could make the Longhorns a success.

“We are rather quick team, who likes to get out on the break,” Campbell said. “I have no loyalty to experience.  Competition is the key.  Everyday everyone must compete to earn a spot in the rotation.

I will look to go about 8 deep.”

Although defending champ Columbia will be the team to beast in the PAC 10, the Longhorns could do it and with the confidence go deep in the post-season sectional, district and regional tournaments.

“I have more confidence in them than they do in themselves,” the coach said. “Lutheran West sports have been on a down slope.  Things are about to change. Our goal is also to win a tournament game.  That is something that hasn’t been done here in a half of decade.

“One of the main focal points of this season is to increase shooting percentage and have a much better T.O. to assist and steal ratio”

The Longhorns have added Division I John Marshall (Senate League Champs) to the schedule to have a nice West Side battle in addition to bigger school in the mix. Other solid teams that were added last year and retained this season to strengthen the schedule include Beaumont, Gilmour and Lutheran East.

“We’ve been very focused and deliberate about getting in the weight room and playing over the summer,” Campbell said. “Our team spent a lot of time in the gym and bonding off the court. Good things are to come.”

They also have it together off the court.

“We believe in a Christ Centered Education that produces leaders,” Campbell said. “Essentially, we are made up of well-rounded Scholar/Athletes.”

Mount women making strides

Mount Union's women's cross country team seems to be making strides heading into Saturday's Ohio Athletic Conference Championships Saturday in Westerville, Ohio.

The women's 6k race starts at 12 pm at the Otterbein University cross country course which is at 320 N. Cleveland Ave. in Westerville, adjacent to the Westerville Community Center.


 Dane Rimkos two goals move 

Demons into regionals; nip Avon 

Lake in district final tonight

AVON L:AKE -- In a night that still had three Southwestern Conference still had three teams alive in the district finals, now onlyWestlake and Brecksville remain as the Demons eliminated  Avon Lake, 2-1, on the pitch in the Memorial Field Stadium here tonight.

The Demons, champs of the Rocky River district, will now meet SWC league champ and undefeated Brecksville in the Rocky River Regional semifinal next week.


Dane Rimko scored both Westlake goals and Nick Stephenson scored the Shoremen’s goal..

Bryce Stuart  had 5 saves in goal for the Shoremen.


The score at half: was Avon Lake 0, Westlake 0.

All 3 goals were off set pieces -- 2 penalty kicks and a restart by Dane Rimko.

 Strong Second Half Not Enough for Oberlin

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Box Score

Wooster, Ohio –
 It was a tale of two halves for the Oberlin College field hockey team, unfortunately the Yeowomen were unable to overcome a sluggish first half as they fell 9-4 to the College of Wooster on Thursday afternoon. 

After failing to trigger a shot in the first half, Oberlin was able to get into rhythm offensively taking 14 shots while matching the Scots with four goals in the period. 

“It was a good effort in the second half and we were able to take advantage of the opportunities that were offered to us,” Head Coach Deb Ranieri said. 

It was Gillian Winbourn who stole the show for the Yeowomen as she scored three times over the final 35 minutes of play. The first two of the trio of goals came off penalty corners, while the third came in the run of play. ClassmateTasha Cohan assisted on two of the goals. 

In the closing minutes of the game Karin Yoshida would add the final Oberlin tally. Winbourn, who also had a defensive save in the game, assisted on the play.

Sophomore Kiran Puri turned away 16 of the Scots’ 30 shot attempts. RookieLaura Li also contributed with a defensive save. 

Oberlin, which triggered nine penalty corners compared to Wooster’s eight, will conclude its season on Saturday afternoon at Denison. 


Fairview wins first girls soccer district 

championship in school history; 

upsets No. 1 seed Lake Ridge to earn 

regional berth

Oct. 28, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Using a much longer bench, Fairview High wore down Lake Ridge Academy in the second half, taking it to overtime and winning the Division II Girls District Soccer Championship with a 1-0 win here today in the pitch in the athletic complex at the academy.

It was the first girls’ district soccer championship in the history of Fairview High School and quite an accomplishment since Fairview, a league hopper as of late, has not won much of anything in any sport in recent decades since the volleyball dynasty of the 1980s, save the eight all-state awards Jessica Zangmeister earned between 2005 and 2009 in track and cross country.

Junior Molly Rehor found the back of the net at 88:37 for the match’s only goal. It was only her second shot of the match and her first goal of the season.


Lake Ridge had only two subs while Fairview had nine. It showed in the second half as the Lions were not able to create much, spending most of the time in their defensive end dragging to keep the ball out of the net as the Warriors piled up numerous chances. Lake Ridge was much more effervescent in the first half.

The Lions did get back their second leading scorer, Kayla Daniel, who sat out the semifinal Tuesday with a taped-up ankle.

Daniel did take a shot at 61:03 but missed high. Fairview had an opportunity at 63:54 with a corner kick. Morgan King launched it toward the center, but Alex Leamon missed wide on the header.

Haley Chen rifled a direct kick at 65:18 for the Warriors that Emily Kurtz saved for the Lions.

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


Chen missed wide again 10 minutes later and then King fired another long free kick that Kurtz saved at 77:14.

Lake Ridge had a quality chance at 79:12 when Morgan Wade broke away and went one-on-one with Warrior keeper Kelsey Lorko, who had to race out 15 yards to smother the ball.

Sam Potoczak made a header save on defense in the second minute of the OT for the Lions.

Monica Mills then got a shot on goal when the ball came out on top after a corner by Megan Coyne at 83:15.

Wade missed high with a 25-yard launch at 86:24 and then missed high again at 87:05 from 18 yards.

Despite no goals scored it the first half, both teams had some quality chances.

Lake Ridge had a corner kick at 4:41 and the ball went high toward the goal but Fairview keeper Kelsey Lorko was able to reach up and grab it out of the air.


Listen to post-match interview with Fairview Student/Athlete Kelsey Lorko from today’s Warriors-Lake Ridge match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Erin Wolansky had a shot on goal at 12:02 for the Warriors that Emily Kurtz easily caught.

Then it was Wolanksy again at 17:30 when Kurtz came out of the box. Kurtz was able to dive on top of the ball without any damage done.

Kayla Daniel had a shot on goal for the Lions at 13:28 and then Megan Coyne followed for Fairview on the other end at 23:35 on a breakaway but Kurtz was there to make the stop.

Daniel had another shot on goal at 26:20 but it was soft enough for Lorko to handle without much challenge.


Haley Chen hit the post with a shot and then Wolansky got the rebound and followed with a shot on goal that Kurtz was able to stop in the rush at 30;25.

Morgan Wade dribbled into the 18-yard box and was at least able to get a corner off the deflection of a Fairview defender.

On the corner at 32:35, the Lions were able to get it out top, but Marlena D’Amico was high with the shot.

D’Amico took another shot six minutes later in the half but nothing doing.


Mount Union wrestling team to 

practice in Halloween costumes

Oct. 28, 2010

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE, Ohio--If you see what looks like some oversized trick-or-treaters running near the University of Mount Union campus tomorrow afternoon, don't be suprised as the Purple Raider wrestling team will hold its annualHalloween practice in costume.

The unique annual workout was the idea of fourth year head coach Mark Hawald.

"I want us to have a good a workout, but have some fun as well," commented Hawald.  "There is a lesson here for our guys.  If you can't laugh at yourself or take yourself too seriously, how will you handle a big loss or setback."

The Raiders, who finished second in the Ohio Athletic Conference a year ago, will begin the workout with a costume contest in the wrestling room within the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex Friday at 4 pm.

Then the costumed Raiders will do a quick run around the neighborhood surrounding the University campus before completing the workout in the Gulling Training Center.

Lake Erie to host Ohio Dominican; 

Brunswick's Sean Bedevelsky named 

player of the week twice; Chardon's 

Sam Marcotte kicks winning field 

goal; Mentor's Brandon James, 

North's Dave Romeo, VASJ alum 

AndreWells each catch 100 yards 

from Bedevelsky

Oct. 28, 2010

By Jason Tirotta

Coming off its last-second victory at Findlay last weekend, Lake Erie College's football team returns home to host fellow GLIAC newcomer Ohio Dominican


Sam Marcotte's (Chardon) 22-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Storm to a 48-45 win over the Oilers, notching the Storm's first conference win


Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick) threw for 441 yards and 4 TDs while rushing for two scores in the win. He was named both the GLIAC and d2football.com Offensive Player of the Week... 



Three Storm receivers - Brandon James (Mentor), David Romeo (Eastlake North) and Andre Wells (Cleveland VASJ)- all went over 100 yards receiving last week, with James catching two touchdowns..



Mount Union men making run at 

OAC cross country title

Mount Union's men's cross country team will be looking to make a run at a record 25th Ohio Athletic ConferenceMen's Cross Country Championship Sautrday at the 2010 OAC Championships in Westerville, Ohio.

The men's 8k race starts at 11 am at the Otterbein University cross country course which is at 320 N. Cleveland Ave. in Westerville, adjacent to the Westerville Community Center.

Mount Union is the only OAC currently ranked in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes Region Poll in the No. 7 spot. 


Former Football Star Named to AIFA Second-Team
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Oberlin, Ohio – Former Oberlin College football standout Chris Schubert was named to the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) All-Star Alternate Team, the league office announced earlier this month. 

Schubert, who played for the Richmond Raiders this past season, led the team in nearly every statistical category including receptions (73), yards (805) and touchdowns (21).

A 2008 graduate and native of Oberlin, Schubert is continuing to pursue a career in professional football. He left Oberlin as the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards (2,536) and receiving touchdowns (23). 
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