A Page -- Oct. 4, 2010

Danny Molls

Toledo coach Tim Beckman would 

love to have 10 Danny Molls clones 

on his defense along with Padua 

alum; Royalton native leads Rockets 

in interceptions and sack, tackle-for-

loss yardage

Oct. 4, 2010

Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELANDUniversity of Toledo football coach Tim Beckman, a Berea native, is happy with the play of a North Royalton native, Danny Molls, even t the point of admitting that he would like to have 11 “Danny Mollses” in his defensive unit.

The Padua alumnus has been one of the main cogs in the Rockets’ defensive unit that has posted a 3-2 record so far, including a three-game road win streak still intact as a linebacker.

“Danny Molls is the kind of player any coach would like to have on his defense,” said Beckman of the sophomore linebacker during today’s Mid American Conference Teleconference call. “I wish I had more than one of him to put out there on our defense. I would like to have 11 of him on defense.”

Molls is ranked second on the team in tackles with 50, two behind team leader Archie Donald and leads the team in tackle assists (meaning he is right there when or instantly after that fist hit is made) with 34.

“Danny might not be the biggest and tallest linebacker in the country but he has got to be the most dedicated,” said Beckman. “Dedication is the word that best describes Danny Molls. The dedication he brings to the Toledo program rubs off on the other players.”

The 6-foot-1-inch, 222-pounder is the team leader in tackles for losses with 5.5 and total push-back yardage with 33 yards.

Tim Beckman

Berea native Tim Beckman

Although he is third on the team in total sacks (2.5), Molls also leads in push-back yardage when getting his mitts on the opponents’ quarterback with 27 yards.

He also leads the team in interceptions with three and has run for a combined 58 yards upon the returns of his picks. He also has a pass break up and four bat downs and one quarterback hurry on the blitz.

Molls is also tied for the team lead in forced fumbles with one.

The Viking Report

A Look At What Is Happening In Cleveland State Athletics

The Vikings Come Home...

Men's & Women's Soccer, Men's Golf & Volleyball Each Play At Home This Week

Oct. 4, 2010

By Brian McCann

The busiest week of the fall schedule lies ahead as eight of the nine Viking teams that are currently competing will be in action with men's soccer, volleyball and men's golf each playing at home.

The men's golf team will open the week by hosting the 15-team Telich Sun Life Financial/CSU Invitational at the Canterbury Golf Course in Beachwood, Ohio.  After playing a practice round on Sunday (Oct. 3), the tourney begins with 36 holes on Monday (Oct. 4) and the final 18 on Tuesday (Oct. 5).

At the same time, the women's golf team will be in Indianapolis to play in the Butler Fall Invitational.  The tourney will be played with single rounds on both Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 4-5).
Annie Djukic
Walsh Jesuit alumna, Twinsburg native Annie Djucik   --
Had 31 assists, nine digs in start last week

The busiest team will be volleyball, who will be playing four Horizon League matches in six days.  The Vikings will host Butler on Tuesday (Oct. 5) at 5:00 p.m. and Wright State on Wednesday (Oct. 6) at 7:00 p.m.  Both matches will be played in Woodling Gym.  CSU then takes to the road to play at Valparaiso on Saturday (Oct. 9) at 7:00 p.m. and at Loyola on Sunday (Oct. 10) at 4:00 p.m.

No. 2 state ranked Strongsville clubs 

Greater Cleveland Seventh ranked 

Avon Lake, 6-1 

Oct. 4, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON LAKE – In a key match between two of Greater Cleveland’s best girls’ soccer teams on the pitch in Memorial Stadium here tonight, No. 7 ranked Avon Lake let an early lead squirm away and Strongsville escaped with a 6-1 win.

Listen to post-match interview with Avon Lake Student/Athlete Jillian Strimbu from today’s Avon Lake-Strongsville soccer match, conducted by Norm Weber and Bob Daniels by clicking and downloading:


Avon Lake S/A Jillian Strimbu

The Shoregals took the early lead in the 26th minute when Morgan Srail fired a shot at the net that Mustang keeper Cailyn Moore was able to get a hand on but not enough of one before Jillian Strimbu was able to bang home the night’s first goal.

Strongsville S/A Alexis Manoa

Listen to post-match interview with Strongsville Student/Athlete Alexis Manoa from today’s Avon Lake-Strongsville soccer match, conducted by Norm Weber  by clicking and downloading


The 1-0 Avon Lake lead lasted about four minutes. Alexis Monoa scored the equalizer on an unassisted goal in the 30th minute.

Strongsville S/A Emily Ogle

Listen to post-match interview with Strongsville Student/Athlete Emily Ogle from today’s Avon Lake-Strongsville soccer match, conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


Strongsville, ranked No. 2 in the state of Ohio behind Medina, took a 2-1 lead in the 30tth minutes when Megan Giesen maneuvered through a crowd and scored the guests’ second goal of the night.

After the break, the Mustangs tallied their third goal when Emily Ogle knocked in a goal, this coming in the 47th minute off an assist from Chelsea Stalter.

Listen to post-match interview with Avon Lake coach Kiko Lopez from today’s Avon Lake-Strongsville soccer match, conducted by Norm Weber and Bob Daniels by clicking and downloading


Ogle and Manoa would score their second goals of the night Kris Schweisthal also scored a second-half goal.

Jackie Campo, Chelsea Stalter, Manoa, Giesen, Leah Sandercock, and Paige Amodio had assists,

Watch short videos of Strongsville-A. Lake, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Prior to tonight, Avon Lake’s only two losses were to Avon and Rocky River, two of the three teams slugging it out for the West Shore Conference championship.

Strongsville has lost only to No. 1 ranked and defending state champ Medina and also has a tie with Walsh Jesuit, which lost, 1-0 to the Bees in the state semis last year down the road in Rocky River.

Amherst's Kish, Mentor's Gammiere 

named OAC Players of the Week

 Oct 4, 2010

By Jeff Miller

BEREA, OHIO – Two Baldwin-Wallace College student-athletes, men’s football linebacker Ryan Kish (Amherst/ Marion Steele) and women’s soccer forward Bucky Gammiere (Mentor), are this week’s (October 4-10) Ohio Athletic Conference players-of-the-week for their efforts during the Week of September 27-October 3.


Kish is the Football Defensive Player of the Week by virtue of his efforts in a 39-9 victory against Marietta College on Saturday (Oct. 2) that helped the Yellow Jackets improve to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the OAC.  He had a game-high-tying 12 tackles, including 2.5 quarterback sacks for minus 14 yards and thre total tackles for minus 16 yards. Kish also forced a Pioneer quarterback to hurry a pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown.  This season, Kish tops B-W in tackles with 35, QB sacks with 3.5 and tackles for loss with 5.5. 


He also returned a fumble 23 yards for a touchdown in B-W’s 35-20 win versus Heidelberg University on September 18.  This Saturday, Oct. 9, Kish and the Yellow Jackets host OAC-rival Otterbein University on Homecoming in The George Finnie Stadium in Berea at 2:00 p.m.

Gammiere is the OAC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week for her efforts in ties against St. Vincent (Pa.) College, 1-1, on Sept. 28 and in a 2-2 tie at Marietta on Oct. 2. In the two contests, she scored the game-tying goal in each match. For the season, Gammiere tops the Yellow Jackets in scoring with 14 points on a team-leading seven goals. This week, Gammiere and the B-W women, 5-5-2 overall and 0-0-1 in the OAC, host rival Capital University at Finnie Stadium on Wednesday (Oct. 6) at 7:00 p.m. and then play nationally-ranked Otterbein in Westerville on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the first game of a women’s and men’s doubleheader.

Lutheran West alumnus Ben Lehrke 

leads Mount Union golfers to 

tournament title

October 4, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

NEW CONCORD, Ohio -- Mount Union freshman Ben Lehrke (North Ridgeville/Lutheran West) was the tournament medalist, leading the Purple Raider men's golf team to the Muskingum Fall Invitational championship today. The Raiders finished with a two-day total of 614 (305-309) at EagleSticks Golf Club.

Lehrke shot a 149 (72-79) while teammate Justin Grunstein (Akron/Green) tied for third with a 154 (78-76)

Dillon Bright (Granville/Granville) added a 156 (79-77) and Jon Lieser (Minerva/Minerva) had a 157 (78-79), tying for sixth and ninth, respectively.

Playing as an individual, Mount Union's Tyler Hickerson (Malta/Morgan) tied for sixth with a 156 (78-78).

The Purple Raiders will return to action on Monday, Oct. 11, in the Phipps Invational at Brookside Country Clubin Canton.


Muskingum Fall Invitational - Final
EagleSticks Golf Course
Par: 70, Yards: 6,508

Team Scores

1. Mount Union 305-309=614, 2. Denison 302-318=620, 3. Muskingum 313-319=632, 4. Capital 332-328=660

Top 5 Individuals
1. Ben Lehrke (Mount Union) 72-77=149, 2. Jourdon Leymon (Muskingum) 76-75=151, T3. Justin Grunstein (Mount Union) 78-76-154, T3. Sam Kaiser (Denison) 75-79=154, T3. Andrew Smith (Denison) 75-79=154.

Mount Union
1. Ben Lehrke 72-77=149, T3. Justin Grunstein 78-76=154, T6. Dillon Bright 79-77-156, T6. *Tyler Hickerson 78-78=156, 

* - competed as individual


Marlington alumna Mary Snode leads 

Mount to fifth

October 4, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

MEADVILLE, Pa. -- The Mount Union women's golf team placed fifth at the Allegheny Invitational (Pa.), finishing with a two-day total of 723 (366-357) at the Country Club at Meadville.

Mary Snode (Alliance/Marlington) was the top Purple Raider finisher. She carded a 168 (86-82) and tied for eighth place.

Allegheny won the team championship with a 655 (335-320) and was led by medalist Lauren Hammell, who shot a 159 (82-77).


Allegheny Invitational - Final

The Country Club at Meadville
Par 73, 5,802 yards

Team Scores
1. Allegheny (Pa.) 335-320=655, 2. Wittenberg 352-338=690, 3. Mercyhurst (Pa.) 359-340=699, 4. Baldwin-Wallace 357-348=705, 5. Mount Union 366-357=723, 6. St. John Fisher (N.Y.) 394-375=769, 7. Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) 409-372=781, 8. Denison 407-393=800, 9. Wooster 423-412=835

Top 5 Individuals
1. Lauren Hammell (Allegheny, Pa.) 82-77=159, 2. *Abby Sorensen (Allegheny, Pa.) 80-83=163, 3. Hannah Schonau-Taylor (Allegheny, Pa.) 83-81=164, T4. *Courtney Klein (Allegheny, Pa.) 85-80=165, T4. Evann Parker (Mercyhurst, Pa.) 82-83=165, T4. Caitlin Kempton (Mercyhurst, Pa.) 84-81=165

* Competing as an Individual

Mount Union
T8. Mary Snode 86-82=168, 28. Megan Zenobi 93-92=185, 29. Erica Swanger 91-95=186, 32. Meghan McInnes 96-93=189, 38. Kelly Slutz 104-90=194

After a long wait, defending champ Carmela Mostardi of Avon gets into finals of West Shore tennis; Eagles, Bay, River slugging it out for tourney title

Oct. 4, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


FAIRVIEW PARK -- After the second day of competition here in Morton Park and Tri-City Park, Bay and Rocky River appear to have the inside track for the tournament half of the West Shore Conference tennis tournament.

Avon could take it as well since it was able to get some help from Rachel Bertrand and Ashley Rice who came through the back draw with some big victories today to put the Eagles into position to gain some more points and overtake the Rockets and Pirates.

Rachel Bertrand

Watch short video of Student/Athlete Rachel Bertrand in her match against Allie Sperli, filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Since the league now plays only one round-robin of duals, the tournament counts as one half of the championship, the six dual matches the other half.

In duals, Bay and River played earlier this year but that turned out to be an “independent” match since both teams had some players out and had Varsity B players in the lineup instead. The Pirates still need to play that conference match some time next week.

Avon defeated River and Bay defeated Avon in duals. Both have one loss while Rocky River is undefeated.

Today, as expected, defending league champion Carmela Mostardi advanced to tomorrow’s singles championship match possibly against one of her best friends, Allie Sperli from River.

Listen to post-match interview with Avon Student/Athlete Carmela Mostardi from today’s second of three days of the West Shore Conference Tennis Tournament, conducted by Norm Weber and Dobbie Gillis by clicking and downloading:




Mostardi was expected to win all along, but because of the bad weather over the weekend and the long-drawn-out, rat-tail match between River’s Olivia Wuest and  Bay’s Rannie Dong, did a lot of waiting for the final three hours after her quick match Thursday, all weekend, and the first three hours today.

Avon's Carmela Mostardi (center) kibitzes with River friends Allie Sperli (left) and Eisa Quinones (right) before their matches today (S/A photo by Norm Weber) 

Dong and Wuest played for three hours Thursday, split sets and were tied in the third set, 4-4, when play resumed today.


Even with the break  of three days between, the carryover match lasted three hours and 45 minutes both days combined.

Wuest won the third set, 7-6 with a 7-4 tie breaker. Wuest won the first set Thursday, 6-4, and lost the second 2-6.

Unfortunately, with only seven teams in the league (Firelands does not have tennis), the rat-tail matches were deemed single elimination and the loser of today’s match was done, as the back draw entries began with the losers of the quarterfinals.

Wuest went on to beat Fairview’s No. 1, Becca Corrigan, 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals and then after a 20-minute rest lost to Mostardi, 6-0, 6-0.

Ohio High School Athletic Association rules do not allow a tennis player to play in more than three matches in one day so Wuest will have to wait until tomorrow to play in her back draw match.


River’s No. 2 player Eisa Quinones came from behind to beat Bay’s No. 1. Lauren Chen, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, but then lost to Mostardi, 6-0, 6-1 in the semis.


Sperli beat Avon’s Rachel Bertrand 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals to get to the semis against Bay’s No. 2, freshman Katie Quillin, a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Fairview No. 2 gal Morgan King in the quarters.

In the "regal" match, then Morgan King beat North Ridgeville’s No. 1, Katherine King. in  a pro set to face Bertrand.

Bertrand and King played for more than an hour in a pro set. When they got to 7-7, they thought they were supposed to play the tie breaker, but that was not supposed to be until it got to 8-8, but because they had already had three serves they decided to just keep going until someone one by two, and fortunately that did not dragged out with Bertrand winning 9-7.

Bertrand will play tomorrow’s winner of the Chen Wuest match, which will be for fifth and sixth.  The loser of the Chen-Wuest match will play Fairview’s King for seventh and eighth.

Ridgeville’s King, who beat teammate Kelsey Watson, 8-2, will play Corrigan for ninth and 10th. Corrigan beat the Rangers’ Marissa Reitknecht, 8-0, to get into the 9-10 match. Reitknecht and Watson are playing for 11-12.

The top 12 spots earn points, with one getting 12, two 11 and so on, in both singles and doubles so there is a possible 24 points available in the top two spots, a total of 22 in both runners-up spots etc.

They will play for a 13th and 14th in case of a tie breaker.

Rocky River's Annie Pavic and Elise Griffiths

River was able to get both doubles teams to the semifinals, one to Bay’s Christina Kander and Robbin Banasiak and one to Avon’s Kitty Ramadagu and Megan Monroe and thus are playing for third and fourth. In any event, River gained 19 points in doubles play, the most of any team.

Watch short video of Student/Athletes Christina Kander and Robbin Banasiak from Bay playing Riverf’s Carol Anton and Cara Mitchell, filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Quillin (photo by Norm Weber)

Sperli had a tough time in the first set against Bay's No. 2, freshman Katie Quillin, winning 7-6 with a 7-3 tie breaker.

Allie Sperli
Watch short video of Student/Athlete Allie Sperli  in her match against Rachel Bertrand, filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading

Quillin wound up winning the second set today and they will resume the third set tomorrow when play is completed.

Avon won the first set in the doubles championship and is up in the second set.

Westlake No. 1 in state in D-I, 

Chagrin tops in D-II

Oct. 4, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


COLUMBUS – In the third of five state tennis polls that came out today, Westlake is ranked as the top team in Division I and Chagrin Falls the top club in Division II in Ohio.

Hudson and Magnificat each dropped a notch in D-I from last week, the Explorers dipping to fourth and Blue Streaks to fifth. The only other area teams in the big-school division are Kenston and Solon  tied in 14th.

In D-II, Hathaway Brown is fourth, Hawken seventh and Walsh 15th.

Division I.

1. Westlake (8) 102

2. Ursuline (2) 89

3. Upper Arlington (1) 62

4. Hudson   61

5. Magnificat  55

6. Dublin Jerome   54

7. Lakota East   47

8. Springboro  21

9. New Albany  18

10.  Canfield 17

11. Toledo Central Catholic 12

12. Lakota West  11

13. Bishop Watterson 8

14. Solon   7

     Kenston 7

Division II

1. Chagrin Falls  (4)  93

2. Lexington  (3) 89

3. Oakwood (3) 87

4. Hathaway Brown (1) 59

5. Cinti Indian Hill (1) 52

6. Hiliard Bradley  48

7. Hawken 43

8. Kettering Alter 39

9. Toledo Ottawa Hills 31

10. Gahanna Columbus Academy 21

11. Port Clinton 12

12. Dayton Miami Valley 11

13. Napoleon  10

14. Cinti Seven Hills 8

15. Walsh Jesuit  6

OC Invite Weekend Wrap-Up
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Oberlin – Over the weekend the Oberlin College men’s tennis team hosted its annual invitational event. However, steady rainfall throughout the weekend forced the action indoors to Heisman Field House, and the scoring be conducted in eight-game pro sets. 

“We got a lot of good results and quality matches in this past weekend,” Head Coach Adam Shoemaker said.

On day one the Yeomen went 4-1 in singles play with Logan ChunCharlie MarksSam Towne and Eliot Heaton all registering wins. 

Highlighting Saturday’s action for the Yeomen was a doubles victory over the No. 1 pairing from conference rival Allegheny. Ben Turchin partnered with Chun to take down Max Hennessy and Jake Allmaras by an 8-5 count. 

Towne and Marks also defeated the John Carroll tandem of Enzo Milano and Hunter Pelligrini 8-6. 

On day two Chun dropped a hard-fought match against Luiz Carvalho of Division II Tiffin by an 8-6 score. Carvalho is one of the top players in the region in DII.

However, Marks gutted out a 9-7 win over Alex Kearney of Baldwin-Wallace College. 

Oberlin will conclude the fall portion of its schedule on Wednesday afternoon when it makes the short trek to Case Western Reserve for a traditional dual meet. lds

Dalton alumnus Andrew Miller 

Tabbed OAC Offensive Player of 

the Week

By Morgan Hawley

Austintown– October 4, 2010 – Senior quarterback Andrew Miller (Dalton, Ohio / Dalton) of the Heidelberg University football team has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 4, 2010. He is the first ’Berg football student-athlete to be honored this season.



Miller had a career outing in a 60-50 setback at Capital University on Saturday. He completed 30-of-52 passes for 569 yards. Along the way he threw for seven touchdowns. Miller also added 18 yards rushing.


In the Heidelberg single game record book Miller set a new record for passing yards, topping the previous mark of 487 thrown by Jim Newland in 1994. His 30 completions tiedShane Fulton’s mark from 1985. The seven TD passes tops his single game record of six from 2008.


Within the OAC, Miller overtook the single game record section for passing yards, as well as total offensive yards. He topped Newland’s mark for passing, along with Newland’s record of 567 total offensive yards from 1994 with 587 of his own.


In the Heidelberg career annuals, Miller also topped the passing touchdown record over the weekend. For his career he has thrown for 57 TD’s, which overtook Fulton’s record of 50.


For the year, Miller has completed 91-of-154 passes for 1,424 yards. He has thrown for 15 touchdowns and is averaging 356.0 yards a game.

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