A Page -- Oct. 6, 2010


Top two teams in the Greater 

Cleveland area to meet Saturday; 

Wildcats bring No. 2 national ranking 

to Foltz Field

Oct. 6, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


STRONGSVILLE – Coming off a wild weekend in St. Louis, Strongsville’s boys’ soccer team has come home this week for two key matches on the Foltz Field pitch.

Tonight the Mustangs are playing a key Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division match against Solon. Both teams are 2-0 in the conference. The Comets would like to unseat the Stangs and Strongsville would like to defend its league title from 2009.

After tonight there will be little breathing room as the Mustangs will host the No. 2 ranked team in the country in St. Ignatius.

The Comets and Mustangs have played each other fairly evenly in the short series historically with Strongsville holding a 6-4 edge. The series began in 1985 with Solon dominating the early meetings and the Mustangs dominating the most recent ones, including the last five—all by shutouts, a defensive feat which has become a trademark of Mustangs this season (seven shutouts in 12 matches).

Chris Hoffman has anchored a Mustang defense with seven shutouts

There were two 2-0 matches and one each of 1-0, 3-0, and 4-0 in that string. The last three years were in NOC matches and the other two in ’97 and ’98.

Strongsville won in 1985 and 1987 and twice in 1996 including the district finals.

The Wildcats and Mustangs have had quite a series going with Ignatius holding a 14-9-6 edge. Since 2000, Iggy has a 5-3-3 advantage. Twice they played to 0-0 ties in that span. Ignatius won 3-0 during the regular season and 1-0 in the state semifinals last year.

Vlad Lekarev

Vlad Lekarev leads the Stangs in scoring with 31 points and in goals with 13 and Mike Cook leads with 11 assists.

Assist leader Mike Cook

After last night’s 5-1 win over North Royalton, St. Ignatius is now 13-0. On the heels of the new national rankings (#2 in ESPNRise and #6 in the NSCAA Poll), the team came out firing early.

Yanni Sarris

A Luke Blades corner set up a Yianni Sarris goal just 3:21 into the game.  A sign of things to come, Saint Ignatius scored all five of their goals in the first half of their 5-1 win over the Bears of North Royalton.  

Ryan Ivancic

Zach Martin

Also scoring for the Wildcats were Ryan Ivancic, Zach Martin (PK), Luke Blades (FK), and Matt Foldesy. 

Matt Foldesy


Luke Blades

The Mustangs travelled to St. Louis, MO for the Gateway City Soccer Classic on Friday October 1st and Saturday October 2nd to face perennial St. Louis power Chaminade College Prep(ranked #2 in St. Louis) on Friday evening and then finished off the weekend with a match against Greensboro Day School(NC) on Saturday.

It was a long day Friday as the plane was delayed leaving Cleveland and upon arrival at CBC High School the contest prior to ours was also delayed.  By the time we kicked off it was nearly 10pm our time.  The boys faced a very committed opponent.

Chaminade had lost three straight games and they very much wanted a good result against us.  We competed well and had good stretches where we were the better side but it was Chaminade who struck first in the 72nd minute.

Austin Eearley

 The Mustangs would not be denied though as they equalized just one minute later when SR MF Michael Cook earned his team leading 11th assist, serving a ball that SR F Vlad Lekarev flicked in the net for his team high 13th goal of the year.  SR GK Austin Earley made four saves on the evening.  Our match on Saturday vs. Greensboro Day School(NC) (11-2-1) was moved back to 5:30pm and we had very little time to recover.

GDC took three first half goals as the Mustangs just couldn’t seem to find their legs on the night.  The boys gave a good effort in the beginning of the 2nd half but an early score in the 2nd half by Greensboro snuffed out any hope of a comeback.


JR F Jared Abston scored his first career varsity goal re-directing a SR F Cody Mizerik service to avert the shutout. The boys enjoyed a visit to the St. Louis Arch and some St. Louis style barbecue before returning home Sunday evening.

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Soccer 

Team Falls To Capital, 1-0, in Berea

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer team lost to Ohio Athletic Conference rival Capital University, 1-0, today (Wednesday, October 6, 2010) in an OAC match.  This was the first game of a women’s and then men’s doubleheader. 

With its loss, B-W is now 5-6-2 overall and 0-1-1 OAC, and next plays on Saturday, Oct. 9 when it travels to OAC-rival and fifth-ranked Otterbein University in Westerville at 1:00 p.m. With its win, Capital is now 6-3-3, 2-0 OAC overall.

Defending state champ Magnificat 

moves all three singles gals through 

early rounds in sectional tennis; No. 

2 seed Noelle Kaufmann, No. 3 seed 

Maddy Lugli breeze through today

Oct. 6, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OBERLIN – After the first day of Division I sectional tennis, the earlier rounds to no one’s surprise have been dominated by defending state champion Magnificat and the current No. 1 ranked team in the state, Westlake.

The Blue Streaks’ Noelle Kaufmann, one of the favorites to win the sectional, faced North Royalton’s Vi Shao in the second round, coasting to the third round with a 6-0, 6-1 win. Kafmann, the Noj. 2 seed, had a bye in the first round and Shao dropped Westlake’s Melisa Djohan.

Kaufmann will face Medina’s Brooke Kaylor, who topped Cloverleaf’s Ashley Birow in two.

The Blue Streaks’ Maddy Lugli, as the third seed, also had a bye in the first round and then won her second-round match in straight sets. She’ll face Olmsted Falls’ Kerri McGuire.

Also, the No. 3 Blue Streak singles gal, Abby Lawless, advanced to round three with two quick two setters today.   

For the Demons, Steph McAilister won twice to get to the third round. No. 1 seed Lauren Golick shut out North Royalton’s Nicole Cerveny to get to the third round for the girls in green.

North Olmsted also got two gals to the third round in Mackenzie Miller and Kathy Harmon. Harmon will see Cloverleaf’s Ashley Ritchie in the third round and Miller will face McAllister.

A pair of Allisons, Allison Moore of Avon Lake and Ali Gerrity of Medina, will play in the third round after each dusted off a couple opponents today.

One of the two Allisons, Allison Moore, after winning the Lorain County Championship

Berea’s Julie Kehl and Highland’s Michelle Mullen wil
l meet in the third round.

Westlake also advanced a doubles team to the quarterfinal round as did Avon, Avon Lake and Strongsville.

Spartans 5-0 at home

Oct. 6

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND, OH – Freshman forward Leah Levey (Columbus, OH/Bexley) scored twice as the Case Western Reserve University women’s soccer team stayed perfect at home with a 5-0 victory versus Hiram College today, October 6, at Case Field.

The Spartans improve to 4-0 at home and 7-3-1 overall. Case returns to action this Saturday, October 9, versus University Athletic Association rival New York University at 11:00 a.m. With its loss, Hiram falls to 4-7-2.

The Spartans got on the board early when Levey scored in the fifth minute via an assist from junior forward Rebecca Vaughan (Parma, OH/Normandy).

Walsh Jesuit alumna Kendra Simmons

Case added to its lead in the second half when sophomore midfielder Kendra Simmons (Medina, OH/Walsh Jesuit) booted in a free kick in the 61st minute. The Spartan lead grew to 3-0 when freshman midfielder Rachel Bourque (Lawrence, MA/Central Catholic) scored on a rebound in the 68th minute.

Levey then added her second goal in the 75th minute following a pass from older sister and sophomore midfielder Deena Levey (Columbus, OH/Bexley). Vaughan made the score 5-0 with her third goal of the season in the final minute, also via an assist from Deena Levey.

In goal, junior Anna Kennedy (Evanston, IL/Evanston Township) needed only one save to record her third shutout of the season and improve to 4-1. Hiram’s Emily Bristol made six stops for the Terriers.

Following Saturday’s match versus NYU, Case hosts Washington University (MO) on Friday, October 15, at 5:00 p.m. at Case Field.







Mid-American Conference Presents 

Cartwright Award To Kent State 


Cartwright Award presented to Kent 

State University recognizing its program 

excellence in academics, athletics and 

citizenship; Flash Student/Athletes rank 

among nation's best in all three realms 



October 6, 2010


By Krn Mather

Cleveland,– The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced today the presentation of the Cartwright Award to Kent State University for its program excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship during the 2009-10 school year.  The Cartwright Award will be presented to Kent State this Saturday, Oct. 9 during their home football contest against Akron at Dix Stadium.


“Everyone associated with the MAC is proud of the many Student/Athletes that compete in all of our universities and each of our 23 championship sports,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, commissioner of the MAC.  “MAC member institutions value excellence in the classroom, on the field of competition and in society.  I commend Kent State University for their recognition by its peers.  This is indeed a high honor.”


The Cartwright Award is an institutional award presented annually to one university in the MAC.  A committee with representation from all 12 institutions selected the Cartwright Award winner from nominations submitted based upon the criteria of excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship.


“This award is about excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship, and I’m so proud of our Student/Athletes who demonstrate Kent State’s excellence in action in the classroom, in sport and in our community,” said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. “I commend our student-athletes and Kent State’s Athletics Department for a remarkable year as we celebrate our centennial, earning both the Reese and Jacoby Trophies, and now adding the Cartwright Award to our impressive list of achievements.”


The Cartwright Award is named in honor of Dr. Carol A. Cartwright, one of the most highly respected voices in higher education.  Dr. Cartwright served as the President of Kent State University from 1991-2006.  Following her retirement, Dr. Cartwright served as President of Bowling Green State University on an interim basis beginning in July of 2008, before being named President in 2009. 

 Dr. Cartwright previously was the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of California at Davis and dean for undergraduate programs and vice provost at The Pennsylvania State University.  She has served on the NCAA Board of Directors and is a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

Dr. Cartwright


An honor such as the Cartwright Award further illustrates that our coaches, student-athletes and staff members continue to live up to our championship-caliber expectations on the field, in the classroom and in the community,” said Kent State Director of Athletics, Joel Nielsen.

Our entire university community can take pride in this award because without the strong support from President Lefton, the rest of our administration and our outstanding faculty and staff, none of this would be possible.”

AD Joel Nielsen

Below is a brief summary of the accomplishments by Kent State University in each of the three areas of academic, athletic and citizenship excellence:


Kent State Academic Summary (2009-10):

-Kent State achieved a department GPA of 3.0 for the first time ever and over 50% of the student-athletes maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

-Kent State produced a pair of Academic All-Americans in Martina Gavier (third team, women’s golf) and Jacquise Terry (second team, football).

-Kent State also had six CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees, 33 All-MAC Academic selections, six Honorable Mention All-MAC Academic selections and Kent State student-athletes were recognized 16 times as MAC Scholar/Athletes of the Week.

Strongsville's Sara Henderson of Kent Academic All American Soccer team

-Two athletic teams, women’s soccer and softball, received national recognition for their team GPAs, as the softball team’s GPA of 3.43 ranked seventh in the nation, and the women’s soccer team’s GPA of 3.52 ranked eighth in the nation.

Hudson's Beth Cinadr is member of Academic All American Softball team

-Kent State Student/Athletes outperform the general student body by 14% in the four-class graduation rate, and the exhausted eligibility graduation rate continues to be 94%.

-Kent State women’s basketball team leads the MAC earning a 100% GSR for the last four years.

North Canton's Stephanie Gibson, member of hoops team with 100% GSR

-Every Kent State athletic team has an APR (Academic Progress Rate) score above 925, with six teams ranked in the top 30 percent nationally when compared to all other sports, and the baseball and women’s cross country teams were publicly recognized in the NCAA Top 10% of their sports.

-Nine teams improved their APR score from the previous year and five teams earned a perfect 1,000 score last year.

-Kent State led the conference in APR scores with 12 of the 18 teams ranking in the top five in the conference.


Kent State Athletic Summary (2009-10):

-Kent State won both the Reese (top men’s athletic program) and Jacoby (top women’s athletic program) Trophies for the first time in the history of the program.

-Kent State had 10 different programs combine to win 11 MAC championships.

-Men’s cross country claimed its first-ever title, women’s track swept the indoor and outdoor competitions, women’s golf earned its 12th consecutive title, the men’s golf team claimed their 18thchampionship and baseball rounded out the haul with an amazing run through the postseason bracket that included five victories in three days.

-During the regular season, men’s basketball, field hockey and gymnastics claimed overall titles, while baseball and softball finished as the top teams in the East Division.

-Kent State was the top MAC school in the Directors’ Cup (an indicator of success at the NCAA level) for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons and for the 13th time in the 17 years since the award’s inception.

-Diana Dumitrescu (women’s indoor & outdoor track & field), Dustin Kilgore (wrestling), Danny Mitcheff (wrestling), Anthony Gallas (baseball), John Hahn (men’s golf) and Rachel Miller (field hockey) earned All-America accolades.

-Kent State finished first in the nation in the Excellence in Management Cup, conducted by the Laboratory for the Study of Intercollegiate Athletics at Texas A&M University, the Cup ranks athletic departments in accordance to financial expenditures, rewarding departments that win the most conference and national championships, while at the same time keeping expenditures low.


Kent State Citizenship Summary (2009-10):

-In 2009-10, Kent State student-athletes raised over $30,000 to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital, the American Cancer Society and the United Way.

-Each individual team sponsored its own community service project and spent hundreds of volunteer hours in the Kent community.  Service projects ranged from the gymnastics ‘Flip for the Cure’ to baseball’s Diamond Classic for Kids to football’s trips to the Family Child Learning Center.

-The eighth annual JOCK JAMS competition was once again a success, as all athletic teams performed on stage to a sold-out crowd and raised $3,700 for cancer research.

-Thirty-two student-athletes were accepted into the Leadership Academy, a program to train student-athletes on communication techniques, conflict management, media training and valuable information on being a leader on their teams and in life.

-The Student/Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) experienced a surge in participation from all athletic teams last year, as meetings topped 40 student-athletes in attendance.  Football’s Leneric Muldrow led the committee as president as football student-athletes created a student organization, Uplifting Athletes, and are developing a Lift for Life fundraiser for Spring 2011.

-Career Night for junior and senior student-athletes were reorganized and created a career guide and resume-reviewing process.

-Winning Combination courses were also remodeled, as a one-credit introductory course covering issues relevant to student-athletes, such as money management, nutrition and academics.

-The Greeks vs. Jocks competition was created in an effort to spark a healthy community service competition between Greek Life and Athletics.  The first event, ‘Who Can Collect the Most Socks, Greeks or Jocks’ was very successful as over 3,000 pairs of socks were collected for relief efforts in Haiti.

First in OAC to meet last in OAC when 

Mount  hosts Marietta

Oct. 6

By Lenny Reich

2010 University of Mount Union Football
#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (4-0, 3-0 OAC) vs
Marietta Pioneers (1-3, 0-3 OAC)
Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 - 1:30 pm - Don Drumm Stadium (Marietta, Ohio)

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NOTE: No coaches teleconference this week ... If you wish to set-up an interview with Coach Kehres contact Lenny Reich at 330-823-6093 or Coach Filkovski contact Dan May at 740-376-4891.

Also this week is Take a Kid to a Game promotion in Marietta, all children will be admitted FREE with paid adult ticket. 


No. 2 ranked Mount Union plays its fourth road game in five weeks when it plays Marietta in an Ohio Athletic Conference game Saturday at 1:30 pm at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta.



Rangers refuse to give up; earn 

first conference win of season; 

Paige Gorzelanczyk's two goals 

power win over Vermilion

Oct. 6, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor 


Paige Gorzelanczyk blasted home two goals to lead North Ridgeville’s girls soccer team to a 4-1 West Shore Conference win over Vermilion tonight.

Freshman Kayla Zingale and Patty Covarrubias also hit the back of the net for the Rangers, who move to 5-9 overall and 1-5 in the conference. 

The Sailors drop to 5-7-1 and 0-5-1 in the WSC. Allie Kowal scored the Vermilion goal. 

Garnering assists for the Rangers were Sumer Cape, Isabella Mercurio, and Shayna Asp. Vermilion’s goal was assisted by AuBree LaForce. 

At the half, North Ridgeville had a 3-0 lead. The Rangers also had the advantage in shots, 17-6. 

In goalie saves, Ridgeville’s Samantha Wiles had 5 and Vermilion’s Kelsey Craig had 13.

Spartan Offense Keeps Rolling in 4-

2 Victory versus PSU-Behrend

Oct. 6, 2010

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND – The Case Western Reserve University men’s soccer team scored at least three goals for the second consecutive game in a 4-2 victory versus Penn State Behrend University on Wednesday, October 6 at Case Field.

With the win, the Spartans improve to 6-2-3 overall and will return to action this Saturday, October 9, versus University Athletic Association rival New York University at 1:30 p.m. at Case Field. With the loss, the Lions fall to 6-2-3.

Forge Alum Vinny Bell

The Spartans got on the board early in the first half when sophomore midfielder Ross Twanmoh (Fallston, MD/Fallston) scored his first collegiate goal via an assist from sophomore midfielder Eric Erb (Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington) in the 14th minute. The assist was Erb

’s team-leading fourth of the season.



Brecksville blanks Avon Lake

Oct. 6

Brecksville-Broadview defeated Avon Lake , 5-0, tonight in Southwestern Conference boys’ soccer.


 Kenny Cunningham  had two goals for the Bees2, Rader, Zegarac, Patterson.  AL: none


Bryce Stuart had 8 saves in goal for Avon Lake.


The score at half: was Brecksville-Broadview Heights 2, Avon Lake 0.


Shots for Brecksville-Broadview Heights outshot Avon Lake, 19-3 (13 were on goal for the Bees and two were for AL)

Capital nips B-W

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team lost to Ohio Athletic Conference rival Capital University, 2-1, today (Wednesday, October 6, 2010) in an OAC match.  This was the second game of a soccer doubleheader. 

With its loss, B-W is now 8-3-2 overall, and 1-1 in the OAC. The Yellow Jackets next plays on Saturday, Oct. 9 when it travels to OAC-rival Otterbein University in Westerville at 3:30 p.m. With its win, Capital is now 8-3-0 overall, and 1-1 in the OAC.

Medina High grad Carlin Vandendriessche

After scoreless first half, the Yellow Jackets opened the scoring at the 56:46 mark of the first half when junior All-OAC forward Carlin Vandendriessche (Medina/Senior) scored his seventh goal of the season, unassisted off a rebound from the initial shot of sophomore midfielder Pat Brennan (Akron/Walsh Jesuit).

However, Capital answered at 64:08 when Josh Thaboune scored off a free kick from Jeremy Sampson. The Crusaders scored again at 74:47 when Timmy McCarthy converted a pass from Mitch Weaver.

The Yellow Jackets outshot the Crusaders  17-15 , and tied in corners 4-4.

In net, B-W sophomore Ryan Hulings (Centerville) played all 90 minutes and made three saves.

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