A Page -- Oct. 9, 2011


BLAKE ATHERTON (Varsity Boys Soccer) is this week’s Beachwood City Schools  Student/Athlete of the Week; varsity keeper carrying a 4.0 GPA

This week’s Bison Student/Athlete of the Week is senior soccer S/A Blake Atherton.

“Blake has been absolutely stellar as the Bison goalie this year and over the past three years as the starting goalie,” stated Head Coach Brian Greene. “He is a critical component to the varsity soccer team’s success and is a team leader on and off the pitch.”

Currently the Bison has a record of 5-3-3. During these 11 matches, he has only allowed 8 goals against him and has 44 goalie saves.

“The remarkable thing about Blake’s performance this season is that in 5 of the 11 games he did not allow a goal to be scored on the Bison defense,” Greene said.

In nine of the 11 matches, he has only given up one goal or fewer.

“Blake has continued to improve as a shot-stopper, as well as the other on-field aspects of being an effective goalkeeper,” the coach added. “His mental resolve and confidence have also seen a marked improvement in this span. His commitment to getting better at the position during and outside of the season has truly paid off to where he is arguably the most ‘in-form’ player on our team at present.”

Over the past three years, Atherton has started in 46 games and has allowed a mere 52 goals scored upon him and has 192 goalie saves. Blake is also a member of the boys’ lacrosse team and is a standout student, as he currently has a 4.073 GPA.

Bison varsity golf is this week’s BCS Student/Athletic Team of the Week

This week’s Bison “Featured Team of the Week” is the Beachwood Varsity Golf team. Last week the Bison competed in the OHSAA Sectional Golf Tournament at Quail Hollow Country Club where the team advanced to the District Tournament.

The top four teams from each Sectional across the State advance to the Districts. If a team finishes in the top four at Districts, then it advances to the State Tournament, which is annually held in Columbus.

At Sectionals, Beachwood finished in 3rd place where Sophomore Brett Dubin lead the team with a 78 and Santipab “Ben” Sirisakkamol shot a 79.

Pictured from the left: Adam Moss, Elliott Small, Santipab "Ben" Sirisakkamol, Jon Tramer, Josh Blaustein, Brett Dubin

This has been an outstanding season for the kids,” explained Coach Will Cumpstone (16th year as Head Coach). “Last season we had a very young team and it showed in our record of 6 wins and 7 losses.”

In 2010, they finished fifth in the Chagrin Valley Conference and one of the highlights was when then freshman Josh Blaustein qualified for the District tournament. 

The team was very close to qualifying for Districts in 2010 (the team finished 5th Place). However, that team lacked the experience, maturity and confidence, according to coaching observations.

“This year the boys came back ready to compete and win,” Cumpstone said. “They had an excellent off season and matured a lot mentally and physically in one year. This is a team that has the confidence and skills to beat anyone in the State. This is one of the best Beachwood golf team I have ever coached and their potential in incredible.”

The team is led by returning letter winners Santipab “Ben” Sirisakkamol (Sr./Captain), Jon Tramer (Jr./Captain), Elliott Small (Soph), Josh Blaustein (Soph), and Brett Dubin (Soph). 4

This season, the team finished in 3rd Place in the CVC, 3rd at Sectionals and won the Redskin Invitational and placed 2nd at the Skipper Invitational and currently has a record of 11-5.  The District tournament began on Tuesday, October 4th at Windwill Lakes.

Westlake High claims both sectional singles and doubles championships; Golick maintains singles title for another year; Mags claims both 2 and 3 spots in both singles and doubles

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OBERLIN -- Westlake’s Lauren Golick repeated as sectional singles tennis champion and a pair of Magnificat freshmen took the No. 2 and No. 3 slots in the sectional championship tournament finals held here at The College Friday.


Golick reclaimed her 2010 title and carried it over to 2011 with a win, 6-0, 6-1, over the Blue Streaks’ Emily Witt in the championship match. In the semis, Witt had defeated Avon’s Carmela Mostardi, 6-1, 6-0, and Golick bumped Mags’ Lauren O’Malley down to the consolation bracket 6-0, 6-1.


O’Malley then scored a 6-2, 6-3 win over Mostardi to claim third place and a no. 3 seed in the district tournament, also to be held here at The College starting Thursday.

O'Malley (L), Mostardi (R)

Magnificat also claimed the No. 2 and No. 3 spots in doubles, but instead of Westlake-Avon, it went Westlake-Westlake in the 1 and 4 finishing spots.

Djohan (L) and Dunbar

No. 1 seed Julia Dunbar and Shelly Djohan claimed the doubles championship with a 7-6 (0), 6-3 win over Magnificat’s Annie Foliano and Kelly Plagens.

Coupled with a 6-4, 6-1 semis win over Mags’ Jessica Hollis and Abby Lawless, the Djohan-Dunbar duo orchestrated a Blue Streak sweep on the afternoon.


Foliano-Plagens (L) and Hollis-Lawless (R)

Magnificat was not totally shut out against Westlake on the afternoon as the Foliano-Plagens couplet were a semis-round winner over the Demons’ Bhargavi Maheshwer and Dana Miller 6-0, 6-1, and then for third place it was Hollis-Lawless over Maheshwer-Miller, 6-4, 6-4.

The Maheshwer-Miller twosome

Mount Union mauls Marietta, 62-0

Mount Union held Marietta to 104 total yards and defeated the Pioneers 62-0 in an Ohio Athletic Conference football game on Saturday, before 4,223 at Mount Union Stadium.

The Purple Raiders (5-0, 4-0 OAC), ranked No. 2 by the AFCA and d3football.com, led 21-0 after one quarter and went on to extend its regular-season winning streak to 58 games, its home-game winning streak to 53 games, and it's OAC winning streak to 46 games.

Marietta is 1-4, 0-4.

Mount Union junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) rushed for 112 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.  It was his fifth straight 100 yard game and passed Dave McLaughlin for fifth place on Mount Union's career rushing list, with 2,404 yards.

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Purple Raiders quarterbacks Neal Seaman and Matt Piloto combined for 213 yards through the air. Seaman (Louisville/Louisville), a junior, was 7 of 12 for 104 yards and a score, and Piloto (Rotunda West, Fla./Lemon Bay), also a junior, was 6 of 8 for 109 yards and a score.

Seaman also ran for a touchdown.

Walsh Alum Alex Ferrara

Mount Union also got a 47-yard punt return for a touchdown by junior wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva), and senior defensive back Alex Ferrara (Independence/Walsh Jesuit) had a fumble recovery for a score.

Collins also caught a touchdown pass.

The Purple Raiders finished with 563 total yards, their third game of the season with over 500 yards.

Defensively, Mount Union had 10 quarterback sacks, including 2.5 by junior defensive back Nick Driskill(Wabash, Ind./Southwood). The 10 sacks is the most since 2003. Senior defensive back Chaz Jordan(Medina/Buckeye) and senior linebacker Jack LaForce (Vermilion/Vermilion) had pass interceptions.

Jordan (L), LaForce (R)

The Purple Raiders held Marietta to minus-3 yards rushing. It was the first game Mount Union held an opponent to minus yards rushing since Nov. 21, 2009 against Washington & Jefferson in a NCAA Division III playoff game. The last time a Mount Union regular-season opponent was held to negative yards rushing was Marietta (minus-35 yards) on Nov. 10, 2007.

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Kenyon field hockey tops Oberlin

Gambier, Ohio – The Oberlin College field hockey team never got into an offensive rhythm until it was too late as it fell to the Ladies of Kenyon College 6-1 on Thursday afternoon in Gambier.

Sophomore Karin Yoshida scored her team-leading 10th goal of the season, but unfortunately it didn’t come until the 59th minute.Eloise Reid got credited with the assist on the play.

The Ladies (4-8, 4-4 NCAC) controlled the run of play throughout the first 35 minutes of action as they had an 18-3 advantage in shots and 4-0 lead on the scoreboard at the break.

In the second half, Oberlin (4-7, 2-6 NCAC) did get more aggressive on offense by triggering eight shots and earning six penalty corners.

Kiran Puri got the start in goal and made six saves in just over 44 minutes of work. Rookie Carmen Azevedo played the final 25-plus minutes and also turned away six of Kenyon’s scoring attempts.

All in all, Kenyon finished with a 33-11 margin in shots, but had just a slight 12-11 edge in corners.

Yeowomen drop first match of the day

Oberlin, Ohio – Playing in their first dual match of the season, the Oberlin College women’s tennis team fell to nationally ranked Carnegie Mellon University 8-1.

Rebecca Brown was the lone winner for the Yeowomen as she gutted out a hard-fought victory at No. 6 singles against Aubrey Moraif. After falling 6-1 in the first set, Brown trailed 5-2 in the second set, but rallied to win five straight games to take the set 7-5 and force a super breaker. She used the momentum to springboard her to a 10-3 win in the breaker. The victory was the first of her career against an opponent from a nationally ranked team.

At No. 1 singles, Ariel Lewis was upended by the nation’s 11th ranked player, Laura Chen 6-4 and 6-0.

Playing in her first collegiate dual match, Grace Porter was setback by Courtney Chin in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.

The closest singles match came in the No. 3 slot where Finley Gates fell to Angel Pratt 6-4, 6-2.

Preeya Shah and Carolyn Ball fell in spots four and five, respectively.

The Yeowomen dropped all three doubles matches rather easily against the high-powered Tartans.



Mags boots by Avon Lake, 4-2; makes serious case for District’s No.1 seed in Sunday’s drawing

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON LAKE – In a battle of two West Shore area high schools, Magnificat soccer was a 4-2 victor over Avon Lake Saturday afternoon on the pitch in Avon Lake Memorial Stadium.

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After a win over the Blue Streaks around this time last year, Avon Lake earned itself the No. 1 seed in the district soccer tourney. This year’s seeding/drawing meeting is being held Sunday in Rocky River High School. 

It was a defensive tussle for the first half of the first half of play until Mags put together two quick goals for a 2-0 lead that stood until halftime. Then in the second half, Mags added another goal early in the 40-minute frame.

The Blue Streaks got the scoring started when Natalie Guido launched a ball 30 yards above the Avon Lake wall on a direct free kick into the upper portion of the net and out of the reach of Shoregal keeper Dana Strimbu at 27:24.

Then on an odd-woman rush, the Blue Streaks made it 2-0 at 28:12 when Natalie Coury wound up with a one-on-one with Strimbu and punched it home.

Avon Lake did not have any serious threats at the Mags nets in the first half. Early in the match, Alexandra just missed with a wide open header for Mags. Mags also had three consecutive corner kicks on the 17-18 minutes stretch but the Avon Lake defense and Strimbu still kept it a scoreless match at that interval.

Jillian Strimbu took a wicked left foot rifle shot late in the first period that Amanda Copfer was able to save with a tuck-in to keep the shutout intact.

Guido took another direct free kick early in the second half, slicing a cross over to the middle, where Coury took the ball and banged it home to make it 3-0 at the 41:01 mark of the match.

Avon Lake broke apart Copfer’s shutout when Jillian  Strimbu scored at 56:12 to make it a 3-1 match and start a mild comeback attempt by the hosts.

Two minutes later, Mags got the goal back when Jaycie Brown scored off a corner-kick launch, making it 4-1.

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Strimbu found an open net at 75:05 and scrambled to get it in slicing the AL deficit in half, 4-2.
 Mags JV soccer staves off late rally to top Avon Lake, 3-1

Magnificat’s JV soccer team scored three first-half goals to take an early lead on Avon Lake and the advantage stood throughout the rest of the fist half and most 40 of the second half for a 3-1 Blue Streak victory.

Morgan Koelliker turned away all shots on goal to nearly earn the shutout, but then Molly Jeffries scored at 73:01 to put the Shoregals on the scoreboard.

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Koelliker still earned the victory in goal for Magnificat as she and the Blue Streak defense held the rest of the way.

Big Plays Push Sixth-Ranked Wayne State past Storm, 45-24

DETROIT, MICH. – An 11-play, 78-yard drive to open the third quarter brought the Lake Erie College football team within seven points of sixth-ranked Wayne State University, but the host Warriors connected on a pair of big pass plays to pull away for a 45-42 win on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 8) at Adams Field in Detroit.

The Storm (1-5, 0-5 GLIAC) fell behind 24-7 after the first quarter, but closed the gap with two second quarter scores – a 21-yard pass from senior Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) to freshman wing back Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) and a 19-yard field goal by junior kicker Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon)- and a 10-yard Bedeveslky run early in the third that made the score 31-24 less than five minutes into the second half.

Aaron Lindgren

Painesville native Mickey Mohner (L) and South grad Aaron Lindgren (R) 

But on Wayne State’s (6-0, 5-0 GLIAC) ensuing drive, Mickey Mohner hit Dominique Maybanks on a third-down slant play for a 39-yard catch and run to extend the margin to two scores. Then, after a 46-yard field goal attempt by Marcotte just missed to the left, the duo of Mohner and Maybanks connected again, this time on an 80-yard bomb down the sideline, to pull away.

Mohner had a big day passing the ball , going 18-of-24 for 439 yards and five touchdowns.  Three of those touchdowns were caught by Troy Burrell, who had scoring grabs of 73, 37 and 23 yards in the first half as part of his seven-reception, 198 yard day.

After Josh Renel scores from five yards out on the opening possession, Lake Erie answered with a two-yard toss from Bedevelsky to redshirt sophomore tight end Cole Gordon (Naples, Fla./Naples/Georgia Southern)  on its opening possession to tie the game.

The Warriors sandwiched Burrell touchdown catches around a 19-yard field goal from Stefan Terleckyj to go up 17 before the Storm scored 10 straight second quarter points.

Bedevelsky completed 17-of-31 passes for 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also ran for a score to become the first player at Lake Erie to reach the 20-rushing touchdown mark.  He finished with 45 yards on the ground on 10 carries.

Freshman Rodney Smith (Bartow, Fla./Bartow), filling in for injured starter Kameron Alexander (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel) ran for a career-high 87 yards on 17 attempts and Lindgren chipped in with 48 yards on four carries. As a team, the Storm outrushed Wayne State 224-199.  Coming into the contest, Wayne State had been allowing just over 80 yards on the ground a game.

Fifth-year seniors Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and David Romeo (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) each had four catches to lead the Storm.  Lindgren had three grabs for 52 yards.

Renel had 128 yards on 21 carries and Toney Davis added 74 yards on 13 attempts, but it was through the air that the Warriors did their most damage.  In addition to Burrell, Maybanks finished with 132 yards on four catches.  Wayne State outgained Lake Erie overall 638-393.

The Storm returns home next Saturday night, Oct. 8, to host Grand Valley State University at 7 p.m. at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium as part of Lake Erie’s “Taking Breast Cancer by Storm” week.


TIFFIN, Ohio-The No. 8 Heidelberg University volleyball team, winners of 11 consecutive matches, will travel to New Concord, Ohio on Sunday, Oct. 9 to face Muskingum University in an Ohio Athletic Conference match on
Performance Court at noon. The Berg will follow that match with a non-conference tilt against Case Western Reserve University at 2 p.m.


Heidelberg will enter the day sporting a 19-2 overall and 3-0 OAC record following its sweep of non-conference foe Bluffton University on Tuesday. 

Against the Beavers, senior second-team All-OAC outside hitter Venessa Haase
(Miamisburg) recorded her fourth double-double of the season with a match-high-tying 10 kills and 10 digs.

Spartans drop Mount Union in All-Northeastern Ohio-college tennis match; CWRU set for all-Cleveland battle with JCU

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union dropped its final match of the fall season in a 9-0 defeat to Case Western Reserve Friday at the Whitehill Tennis Courts in Alliance.

Case Western Reserve (2-0) swept through the doubles match with best match coming at third doubles as Purple Raiders Mandy Wise (North Canton/Hoover) and Hannah Arvidson (North Canton/GlenOak) fell in a close 8-5 match.

The Spartans jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead during doubles play. 

The No. 1 tandem of junior Erika Lim(Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and freshman sister Alexandra Lim won 8-1; the No. 2 team of sophomores Bianca Patel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) and Kara Richardson (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) won 8-1; and the No. 3 duo of junior Kathleen Evers (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) and freshman Marianne Bonnano (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) were victorious by an 8-5 count.
Gilmour product Alison Althans

In singles play, the Spartans picked up six straight-set wins from Erika Lim at No. 1 (6-1, 6-1), Bonnano at No. 2 (6-4, 6-3), Patel at No. 3 (6-2, 6-3), Evers at No. 4 (6-2, 6-4), freshman Alison Althans(Gates Mills, Ohio/Gilmour Academy) at No. 5 (6-2, 6-2) and freshman Angie Korpusik (Campbell, Calif./Presentation) at No. 6 (6-3, 6-2).

Following Saturday's match against Wooster, the Spartans will have a week off from competition until they host their final two matches of the fall on Saturday, October 15, when they square off with Oberlin College at 11:00 a.m. and cross-town rival John Carroll University at 4:00 p.m.

Mount Union ended the fall with a 2-1 record and will continue the season in February.



NEW CONCORD, Ohio-The Heidelberg University football team scored 11
unanswered points in the second half to deal previously unbeaten Muskingum
University a 17-7 loss today in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in front of
2,543 fans at McConagha Stadium in New Concord, Ohio.  Three field goals by
junior kicker Dan Kilger (Novi, Mich./Novi) and three fourth-quarter
turnovers on the Student Princes' half of the field keyed the victory.

The win improves the Berg to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the OAC for the first
time under fifth-year head coach Mike Hallett and extends its winning streak
to three games.  The Fighting Muskies fall to 4-1 and 3-1 in the OAC.

"The defense answered the call today and led the charge with five turnovers
and that was outstanding," said fifth-year head coach Mike Hallett.  "It
gave our offense a lot of opportunities.

"They rallied in the fourth quarter and had a huge stop, which let us kill
the clock.

Despite its lowest scoring output of the season, Hallett's high-powered
offense totaled 381 yards, but did not commit a turnover or give up a sack
against a Muskingum defense that led the nation with 6.5 sacks per game and
was nationally ranked in several other categories entering the game.

North Ridgeville's Michael Mees (15)

Freshman quarterback Michael Mees (North Ridgeville) was 14-of-30 passing
for 194 yards and one TD.

"Offensively, we sputtered a little bit in the first half, but I think we
got going in the second half," added Hallett.  "Two things we keyed in on
this week were protecting the football and pass protection."

The offense tallied 187 rushing yards, including a game-high 136 from
sophomore second-team All-OAC running back Germany Woods (Cleveland/Lakewood
St. Edward), his third consecutive 100-yard rushing performance and fourth
of the season.

Senior linebacker Andy Fadenholz (Grafton/Keystone) returned the opening
kickoff 25 yards to the Muskingum 38-yard line, leaving the Student Princes
an opportunity to strike first.  At the 12:24 mark, Kilger placed a 20-yard
field goal attempt between the uprights, capping a seven-play, 35-yard

After the teams traded possessions, Kilger increased the Berg lead to 6-0
with 1:13 left in the first period with a season-high 39-yard field goal to
end a nine-play, 45-yard drive that took 3:20.

It took until 5:15 left in the first half before either team could score
again.  Quarterback Dalton Smith put the Muskies on the board with an
18-yard touchdown run and Caleb Carpenter's point-after-touchdown was good
to give Muskingum a 7-6 lead.  Smith ran the ball or dropped back to pass on
all six plays of the 59-yard drive.

Late in the second quarter, the Muskies started a drive at the Student
Prince 42-yard line and went to the 11-yard line in just four plays, but
junior defensive back Tyler Levanduski (Elyria/Amherst Steele) neutralized
the threat with his first interception of the day.

On Heidelberg's ensuing drive, Mees directed an 11-play, 88-yard jaunt, but
Kilger's 28-yard field goal attempt was blocked with the first half clock
winding down

In the second half, the Student Princes regained the lead, 14-7, with 8:38
on the clock in the third quarter when Mees capped a lengthy 15-play,
80-yard drive with a seven-yard TD pass to senior wide receiver CJ Powell
(Detroit, Mich./Bishop Foley), his team-high fourth TD reception of the
season.  Mees keyed the drive by going four-of-four passing for 45 yards,
not including his two-point conversion to senior wide receiver James Sheahan
(Painesville/Lake Catholic).

Powell led the receiving corps with five catches for a game-high 94 yards.

Smith was intercepted on each of Muskingum's next three possessions, first
by Levanduski-his second pick of the day-then by junior linebacker Craig
Sykes (Centerburg), who returned the ball 39 yards before being tackled at
the Muskie 26-yard line.  Both turnovers occurred on Heidelberg's half of
the field.

Following Sykes' interception, his third in the last two games, Kilger added
an insurance field goal from 28 yards out, giving the Berg a 10-point lead
with just 7:38 left in the game.

Smith was intercepted in for the third consecutive drive in the fourth
quarter when he misfired into the hands of junior defensive back Larry
Massey (Royal Oak, Mich./Wylie E. Groves) that ended all hopes for a
Muskingum comeback.

Defensively, Sykes made a team-high 13 tackles, including one for a loss.
Sophomore defensive back Chadd Williams (Land 'O Lakes, Fla./Land 'O Lakes)
had nine stops.  Sophomore linebacker Adam Cepik (Lodi/Cloverleaf), senior
linebacker Andy Fadenholz (Grafton/Keystone) and junior defensive lineman
Stephen Fejedelem (Ravenna) were each in on sacks.  In addition to
Levanduski, Sykes and Massey, senior cornerback Tony Gordon (Euclid) had an