A Page -- Oct. 7, 2010


Valley Division lead, computer 

points, all-time series edge all at 

stake when Comets and Blue 

Devils meet in The Kirsch 


Oct. 7, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BRUNSWICK – For the third time in the last four weeks, Solon’s undefeated football team will have another challenge in facing a club that has won 70 percent or more of its games this season when it travels here to Judy Kirsch Fields to take on the Brunswick High Blue Devils for its second consecutive road game.

Like the Comets, the Blue Devils (4-2) are also a perennial playoff participant but only in the other Division I region in the Cleveland area and carry a football culture that will make it difficult for the Comets to extend their regular-season winning streak to 17 games.

In the past three weeks, Solon has had to play Parma, Sr. (undefeated at the time and 5-1 now) and Mayfield (4-1 at the time and 4-2 now) and now Brunswick. Starting with last week’s Thursday night special at Mayfield, a similar string is intact in which three of the four teams in the current window have a combined loss total of four, since Medina, the opponent in Week Nine, is also still has only one loss


Also Week 10 in Pat Catan Stadium against Strongsville won’t be an easy one either. The Mustangs have turned things around big time since last year and the start of this season and are now 4-2, which is much more typical of a Strongsville unit than the ho-hum happenings of 2009 on Routes 42 and 82.

In addition to this Notre Dame-type run on the schedule, the Comets and Devils are playing for Valley Division positioning in the Northeast Ohio Conference. Both teams are 1-0 in Valley Division play.

Even though the two teams are in different regions, this game still has a lot of computer playoff implications. Either team would get several points with a win. Solon is currently in second place in Region 1 of Division I and while it is very close to clinching a spot in the playoffs, is still playing for home field advantage the first week of the playoffs.

Getting one of the top four spots would assure the Comets of a game at Stewart Field, where they rarely lose and with many teams in the No. 5 through 12 spots this year with two or fewer losses, they know they are going to get a good opponent in Week 11 regardless of whether they get the No. 5, 6, 7 or 8 entry.

Of the 12 teams in sports 5 through 16 in the computer rankings, only Mentor has more than two losses through six weeks and of course the Cardinals (3-3) play one of the strongest schedules for a public school in the Cleveland area, one of few to not shy away from playing the private school powers.

The top portion is also extraordinarily strong this season with only one loss combined among the top five teams.

It is a little different for Brunswick in Region 2 of Division I, a region it has won both through the playoffs and through the regular-season computer points a good number of times over the past three decades.

Blue Devil

The Blue Devils are currently in 13th spot, but a win Friday would bring a windfall of Level 1 and 2 points that should thrust them into the top eight and if they can hang their at least one extra week of play.

Brunswick is only three points behind the No. 8 team. Freemont Ross (5-1) and certainly could overtake those in between where the two teams now sit. 

In Region 2, only one team in the top 10 has more than one loss so the Blue Devils are right where they need to be.

Last week, Brunswick nipped Solon’s Week 8 opponent, Nordonia, 23-21.

Football Player

On the history side, the Blue Devils and Comets have met only four times with the series tied at 2-2, moving up in the all-time series another ancillary incentive to winning Friday.
Chris Humphrey

Solon blasted Mayfield, 48-14, last week. The offensive machine had already racked up 35 points by halftime. Chris Humphrey, Kyle Hammonds, Cory Stuart, and Khoury Crenshaw each scored at least one touchdown.
Cory Stuart

Alex Knight has still not missed an extra points and the defense gave up only one TD.

Tackling Leader Nick Davidson

On the season, seven different Comets have turned in 20 tackles or more. That group includes Nick Davidson (83), AJ Hicks (60), Ryan Schwenke (47), Jovon John-son (41), Nathan-el Hoff (29), Ryan Pastor (25), and Shiloh Smalls-Moore (22).

A.J, Hicks

“Any time you play Brunswick and with any game in the Valley Division, you better be ready, both mentally and physically,” said Solon Head Coach Jim McQuaide. “Each week brings on new challenges and we will work extremely hard in practice to prepare ourselves to travel to Brunswick and go up against a very good Blue Devils team.”

Low, lean scores and a little luck put 

Lancers, Lions in top two spots in 

golf districts; Trinity’s Jimmy Wild to 

join them at states; marks the first 

time in school history that a 

Student/Athletic team at Lake Ridge 

qualifies to states 

Oct. 7, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Gilmour won the Division III district golf championship today and Lake Ridge Academy finished runner up at the Seven Hills Country Club in Hartville.

District Champion Lancers

Only the top two teams qualify to state out of this district. It will be played next week in Sunbury at the North Star Golf Club.

Trinity’s Jimmy Wild was one of two individual qualifiers to make it to states. The Trojans’ No. 1 guy shot a 77.

Both the Lancers and Lions shot 332, but Gilmour won it on the tie breaker.


Andrew Bieber led the Som Center Road guys with a 76 while Alex Andrews shot a 78, Matt Oliver an 80, and Duncan DeFino an 81.

Lake Ridge Individual Scores went like this:  Spencer Scheeler (79), Nick Nemetz (82), Mitchell Rice (83), Ryan McCarthy (88).

State qualifying Lake Ridge golf team

This was a landmark achievement for the Lions. This is the first team in any sport to advance to a state tournament in school history. The academy was established in 1963.

“At the turn, we were in 4th place, 2 strokes behind the 2nd team qualifying position,” said Lake Ridge coach Andrew Edgar. “We stayed patient, focused on the game plan and kept our composure on the back 9.  Once again, we utilized the strength of balanced scoring.”

The Lions used the Lancers’ play is their measuring stick, playing off it to garner their own success.

“Our overall plan was to maintain a ‘match play’ mentality playing with Gilmour,” said Egdar. “We felt coming in that we were the 2nd best team at Districts and by shifting our focus away from individual ‘scores’ and staying close on a hole-by-hole basis would give us the best chance at qualifying for State.  It seemed to make a difference today.”

Veteran leadership and wrestling well with high greens came into play as well.

“I credit our top 3 (Rice, Nemetz, and Scheeler) with sticking to the plan and doing what they needed to do to accomplish the task,” said Edgar. “The Seven Hills greens were pretty tough today and I know each of them wasn't overly thrilled with their individual scores, but when they could see how it played out in the end, they knew the actual score didn't matter.  What did matter is that they achieved the team goal of making it to State.  When they missed out by 2 strokes at last year's districts, it was a good learning experience about what it takes to reach the next level.”

The wait has been worth it.

“They've been talking about it for a year now and to go out and get the job done is a credit to their positive work ethic and ‘team-first’ attitude,” the coach said. “The boys took early ownership of the team goal setting process and it's been a pleasure to see them experience this level of success so far this season.”

Besides the experience and steady play from our top 3, another highlight was a solid 4th score from freshman Ryan McCarthy (88).  Although 4th position player Thomas Tavolara's (90) would've still been enough, McCarthy got on the 18th green and drained a 20 footer for par that drew cheers from the rest of the Lake Ridge team and parent gallery watching from the clubhouse balcony.

“It was a memorable moment and I'm sure a thrill for Ryan to be a part of the team scoring today,” Edgar said.





St. Edward to face fifth of seven out-

of-area teams in DeSales tomorrow

in hopes to keep the winds sailing in 

undefeated season 

Oct. 7, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


COLUMBUS – With one of the heaviest inter-regional and inter-state schedules of all Cleveland area football teams, St. Edward will try to keep its “magic” season alive with another out of area foe when it travels here tomorrow night to face St. Francis DeSales, a perennial Franklin County power.

To see these two are unfamiliar with each other is to say the least. The last time the Eagles and Stallions met was 40 years ago with the latter coming out with a tight 26-21 win.  DeSales also won in 1969i in the only other meeting, holding a 2-0 edge in the lifetime series.

DeSales will be the fifth of seven non-Cuyahoga County teams on the St. Ed schedule this year. The Eagles have already posted wins over Penn Hills (Pittsburgh), Mooney (Youngstown), Elder (Cincy) and Inkster (Michigan). They will follow with a home matinee next Saturday against St. Xavier and then on the road to weeks against Moeller in the Queen City.


After three mediocre seasons, the 6-0 Eagles are finally back to where they were during the glory years of the 1970s and 1980s, when they were the premier West Side football program continually. Ironically, current Eagle head coach Rick Finotti played against some of those great teams at St. Joe (now VASJ) under the legendary Bill Gutbrod.


While the Eagles have made the turnaround of the year in the state, DeSales is a tad off from its state runner up team from last year but is certainly no slouch at 4-2. The Stallions also play a strong regular season schedule, which while brought a few losses last year, prepared them well for the playoffs. They finished 11-4 a year ago.

The Eagles are ranked No. 3 in Greater Cleveland and No. 4 in Ohio in the Big School Division by the Associated Press. The Stallions are ranked No. 7 in Division-III.

St. Ed has been racking up the points with and offensive yardage with a strong ground game, reminiscent of the mid 1980s Eagle teams of the late and great Al O’Neill.

Coach O'Neill

Two running backs, Dwayne Aaron and Reggie Terrell both went over 100 yards rushing last week as the Eagles rolled up more than 300 on the ground and 400 of total offense.


Reggie Terrell

Defensively, what the Eagles will have to look out for is Nick Gentile, a running quarterback for the Stallions, who is a running type QB, dashing for over 100 yards in last week’s 20-6 win over St. Charles.

This is crucial for the Eagles, who were in fifth place in the Division I-Region 1 computer rankings this week. They need to get into the top four in order to get a home game the first week of the playffs and need to keep winning in order to maintain a top-8 ranking since 13 of the top14 teams in the region have two losses or fewer and all fighting for those eight spots. All games count big.

The last time the Eagles won their first six games of the season was back in 2005. That year the Eagles went undefeated in the regular season 9-0. They finished the year with a loss in the State Semi-Finals to Massillion.

Notre Dame captured winning mix 

against Central, to take confidence 

into St. Joseph this week

Oct. 7

By Andy Barch

SOUTH EUCLID -- Notre Dame is fresh off its second win of the season, a 16-13 road victory at Central State (Oct. 2), and now the Falcons head to Rensselaer, Ind., for the final game of a three-game road swing.

In their win at CSU, the Notre Dame continued what has been a slow-but-steady improvement over the last several weeks. NDC posted a season-high in rushing yardage (243) en route to finishing the afternoon with 316 total yards. After averaging just 183.7 total yards over their first three tilts, the Falcons have come on to average 307.3 over their last three games. In last week’s game, the Blue & White powered their way to a season-high 18 first downs.

Offense hasn’t been an issue for the Pumas of St. Joseph’s College --SJC comes into Saturday’s tilt off of back-to-back 50-point games (58 against Lincoln-Mo. on Oct. 2 and 50 against Valparaiso-Ind. on Sept. 18). Saturday marks the second home game of the season for St. Joseph’s, which went 5-4 at home over the last two seasons
(2008, 2009).



Magnificat, Westlake dominate tennis 

sectionals; two teams qualify nine

girls to districts; singles could be an

all-Mags final, doubles an all-Demon 


Oct. 7, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OBERLIN – As expected, Westlake’s Lauren Golick, Magnificat’s Noelle Kaufmann, the Blue Streaks’ Maddy Lugli and Medina’s Ali Garrity today advanced to the semifinals of the Big School sectional high school tennis championships at The College.

Kaufmann, the No. 2 seed, topped Medina’s Brooke Kaylor and Avon’s Ashley Rice by identical 6-0, 6-1 scores in the third round and quarterfinals, respectively.

Garrity blanked Avon Lake’s Allison Moore, 6-0, 6-0, in the third round and then took Westlake’s Steph McAllister in the semis, 6-1, 6-3.

Lugli was a 6-0, 6-3 winner over Olmsted Falls’ Kerri McGuire in the third round and then a 6-2, 6-3 victor over Cloverleaf’s Ashley Ritchie.

Golick, the No. 1 seed, blanked both Abby Lawless of Mags and Michelle Mullen of Highland.

It is possible for there to be an All-Mags final. Golick and Lugli will meet in the semis while Garriity and Kaufmann will meet in the other semi.

All four girls have already qualified for districts and are now playing for seedings.

The semifinals and qualifiers have also been set in doubles play.

The Shoregals' Kate Began after her LCAAA championship last month

Avon Lake’s Kate Began and Erin Hrivnak will meet Westlake’s Julia Dunbar and Bhargavi Maheswher in one semi while the Demons’ Kelsey Wanhainen and Michelle Djohan will meet Mags’ Annie Foliano and Molly Doyle in the other semifinal.

Mitch Clark becomes first North 

Ridgeville High golfer in a decade to 

make Districts

Oct. 7, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


HURON -- Mitch Clark, a senior, became the first North Ridgeville High School golfer to qualify for districts in more than a decade when he made it out of the Division I sectionals yesterday on the Thunderbird Hills Golf Club course.

Clark shot a 79 on the 72-par Thunderbird course.

“I knew that if I could break 80 that I would have a good chance of making it,” said Clark, a senior. “I missed it by one stroke last year, two strokes two years ago and two strokes as a freshman. I just remembered missing all those and was just focused on making it this time.”

Clark shot an 84 last year in the sectionals here and also an 84 here as a sophomore.

Playing in the golf-tough West Shore Conference, North Ridgeville typically has taken up tenancy in the back end of the conference, but six years ago Mike Belpulsi took over as the coach.

“Mitch making it is great for the school and the program,” said Belpulsi. “We have not had anyone make it out in the six years I have been here and I know it was at least a few years before that since someone made it. Mitch deserves to go and it shows that hard work and persistence pays.”

When he took over the program, Belpulsi made the commitment to stick with the program, build a golf culture within the school and develop a leader like Clark, setting a benchmark for the younger boys to aspire to move to the next level with their games.

“It means a lot to our school and it means a lot to me,” said Clark. “North Ridgeville has not done much in golf. People don’t necessarily think of our school when they think of high school golf, but it makes me proud to represent my school at the districts. It might not mean a lot to others who are used to it, but getting to districts is the first step for our program. The younger guys can maybe take this and make it a goal to get to districts as a team next year.”

As well as persistence and chopping down on strokes, Clark practiced a lot.

“I played all summer,” said Clark. “I was on this tournament swing in which I played in seven tournaments against good competition all summer. Then I went out on my own and shot as many rounds as I could to get better.”

Clark was able to tackled the tough course today.

“It was my putting that helped me a lot today,” said Clark. “I was able to get a couple birdies and about five pars because of it. I made a couple 10-foot putts from hard angles that made a big difference.”

College golf is on the back of Clark’s mind, but right now his goals are immediate.

“Right now all I can think about is making it to districts,” said Clark. “If I can get an offer to play at a small school that would be great, but right now my eyes are on doing well next week.”

Connor Klekota collects another hat 

trick as Amherst clinches second 

place with win over North Olmsted

Oct. 7

Connor Klekota scored a hat trick to lead Amherst to a 4-1 win over North Olmsted tonight to close out the Southwestern Conference soccer season.

Bobby Soler added a goal and Josh Birkline, Garrett Klekota, and Mark Ferber pitched in with assists.

Maximo Meggitt earned the win in goal with 5 saves.  The Comets secured a second place finish in the SWC, improving their record to 11-2-1 and 5-1-1 in the SWC.

North Olmsted fell to 6-4-3, as Nick Stone-Weiss scored their lone Eagle goal.

Amherst takes on Elyria Catholic on Saturday for Senior Night.  


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