A Page -- Sept. 1, 2010



WEEK (Aug 23-30) 

– Kelsey Lawler, Avon


This Week’s Student/Athlete-Cleveland 

Student/Athlete of the Week is Avon Forward 

Kelsey Lawler.

Kelsey Lawler

Avon Freshman Kelsey Lawler has been name Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Athlete of the Week for the week Aug. 23-30. Lawler was already making her presence known in the Avon soccer program even before sitting in her first high school class. She scored all three of the Eagles’ goals (1 vs. North Olmsted, 2 Vs. Avon Lake).  Lawler plays club for Cleveland United. 

The scoring spree came in non-conference matches against two of the most formidable programs  in one of the strongest high school soccer leagues in the state, the Southwestern Conference. “As a freshman she has adjusted well in our offense and has been an asset to our team.  I think that her performance this week definitely makes her one of the most solid performers of the week in the entire area,” said Avon coach Tony DiMacchia.

More importantly, her two goals enabled the Eagles to defeat the Shoregals of Avon Lake and subsequently claim bragging rights to the railroad track rivalry for one year.

Already one of the top soccer programs in the district, Avon just keeps getting better. Two years ago when current Eagle junior Holly Ohradzansky was asked about the impact her freshman class was immediately had on the team, she responded with nothing less than this was expected, “and there is more of this talent coming.” Last year it was current sophomores Nicole Chabot and Emilie Wetzig who had the immediate impact who were part of the talent '"still coming" and now it is Lawler and her wave of mates now laying the beginnings of the marks they expect to leave on the Avon program. They are no longer "still coming" but rather have "already arrived."


Student/Athlete of the week: Submissions are now being accepted for student/athlete of the week. To qualify for consideration, one must be a contributor to his team’s successes the previous week and carry a 3.0 accumulative grade point average in the classroom. Submissions will be accepted from coaches, athletic directors or sports information directors only. No submissions will be accepted from parents or students. A coach who is also a parent must have an assistant coach submit on his behalf for his own offspring. If your school does not have s sports information director, get one. Submit summaries, stats, quotes AND a photo (in JPEG) to norm_nfun@yahoo.com or normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

Ball State ready to get over 


head coach syndrome 









Freshman Odis Prunty from St. Edward could see action early

Former Eagle Frank Edmonds moved to DB

This is the eighth in a series of articles on football teams in the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference

Sept. 1, 2010

By Ken Mather

About The Cardinals

It wasn't the kind of season anyone at Ball State expected. Not after piling up 12 wins in 2008. Not after being part of the national college football talk for most of the previous year. And not even after losing coach Brady Hoke to San Diego State.


Sure, the 2009 version of the Cardinals had some major holes, with the loss of quarterback Nate Davis. But there was talent on hand and an experienced coach who had been the team's successful offensive coordinator.



Sept 1, 2010

Klekota gets hat trick to lead Comets

Connnor Klekota had a hat trick to lead the Amherst Comets to a solid 4-0 win against conference rival Berea tonight.  Kenny Menefee added a goal and Eric Armstrong and Bobby Soler notched assists for the Comets, who are now 1-0-1 in the Southwestern Conference.

Maximo Meggitt and Shelby Neidert split the shutout in goal and an outstanding defensive display was put on by the Comet back four of Daniel Gilles, Jake Bartosch, Garrett Klekota and Armstrong.  Amherst is now 2-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the SWC.  The Comets travel to Elyria to take on the Pioneers on Saturday at 1 PM. 

Mike Repas scores twice to lead Avon

Mike Repas scored two goals and Nate Ogden one t lead Avon to a 3-0 win over North Ridgteville tonight in West Shore Conference action. The Eagles remain unbeaten at 2-0-1 and Riddgevlle drops under .500 to 2-3.


Westlake blanks Avon Lake

Westlake defeated Avon Lake tonight in boys soccer, 3-0, in Southwestern Conference action. Goal scorers were Rimko, Haders, Chada (perhaps they were Pele`’s cousins since they each have only one name).


Raiders Fall in Opener 

Sept 1

By Josh Reilly

MEADVILLE, Pa. -- Mount Union's men's soccer team fell in its season opener on Wednesday, dropping a 2-0 decision to Allegheny (Pa.).

The host Gators (1-0) connected for two first-half goals. D.J. Egan scored first for the Gators, knocking in a header during the 14th minute. Brian Terpin added a marker in the 39th minute.

For the Purple Raiders (0-1), goalkeeper Jon Critell (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney) made three saves. At the opposite end, John Lichina stopped five shots for Allegheny.

Mount Union will be in action next when it participates in the Carnegie Mellon Invitational. The Purple Raiders will battle the host Tartans on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, Mount Union will match up against Wittenbergat noon.

B-W Women’s Soccer Team Falls in Season 

Opener at Alma (Mich.), 4-3

By Kevin Ruple

Senior SID, Cleveland Area

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer team built a 3-1 advantage eary in the second half only to see the host Alma (Mich.) College Scots score three unanswered goals en route to a 4-3 victory in the season opener for both teams today (Wednesday, September 1, 2010) in Alma.

With the loss, the Yellow Jackets are now 0-1 overall and next play this Saturday (Sept. 4) when they travel to Erie, Pennsylvania and play Moravian (Pa.) College at 12:00 noon in the annual Herb Lauffler Penn State Behrend University Tournament.  B-W also plays the host school on Sunday (Sept. 5) at 12:00 noon. With its win, Alma is 1-0.


Alma opened the scoring at the 6:34 mark when senior Jessica Swan scored the first of two goals. B-W countered at the 30:57 mark to tie the score at 1-1 when sophomore forward Brigitte Petrash (Parma/ Normandy) scored.  The game remained deadlocked at 1-1 at the intermission.

In the second half, B-W took a 2-1 lead at the 54:57 mark when freshman midfielder Heather Keller (Parma/ Senior) scored, and then built its advantage to 3-1 less than four minutes later when freshman forward Bucky Gammiere (Mentor) scored at the 58:34 mark.

But Alma came right back to make the score 3-2 with a goal from junior forward Alli Meuer at the 59:29 mark and tied the scored at 3-3 when Swan tallied her second goal at the 73:43 mark.  The Scots then scored the game-winner at the 80:32 mark when freshman midfielder Taryn Handyside scored. Alma then held off the Yellow Jackets to claim the win.

In net, B-W freshman Kristina Mathur (Mason) played all 90 minutes and was credited with five saves.

Spartan Women’s Soccer Team Falls in 

Overtime at Wooster

By Nick Minerd

WOOSTER – The Case Western Reserve University women’s soccer team lost its 2010 season-opener, 2-1 in overtime, to host College of Wooster today, September 1, in Wooster, Ohio.

With the loss, the Spartans sit at 0-1 overall heading into Labor Day Tournament action Saturday and Sunday, September 4-5. Case plays at Kenyon College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Denison University at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The teams played to a scoreless first half before Wooster scored off of a corner kick in the 67th minute. The Spartans rallied to tie the score in the 89th minute when sophomore midfielder Kendra Simmons (Medina, OH/Walsh Jesuit) headed in a goal off of a cross from sophomore midfielder Devyn Lee (Pennsylvania Furnace, PA/State College).

However, Wooster’s Liz Mott scored on a header of her own in the opening minute of overtime to give the Scots the 2-1 victory.

In goal for the Spartans, sophomore Chelsea Laskey (Fairview, PA) started and made one save in the first half. Junior Anna Kennedy (Evanston, IL/Evanston Township) came on at the beginning of the second half and recorded four saves in a losing effort. Wooster’s Michelle Ring made two saves for the Scots.

Oberlin women top Mount Union

By Josh Reilly

Sept 1

OBERLIN -- A pair of second-half Oberlin goals led to the demise of Mount Union's women's soccer team, sending the Yeowomen to a 2-0 victory today.

Sophie Vieland opened the scoring for Oberlin (1-0) in the 12th minute, hammering a 40-yard free kick for the goal. Lois Immerman extended the hosts' lead to 2-0 with a tally in the 41st minute.

Raider goalkeepers Taryn Vespoint (Ravenna/Ravenna) and Aubree Lieberman (Cleveland Heights/Cleveland Heights) played one half each. Vespoint stopped four shots in the first half while Lieberman came through with five stops during the second.

For the Yeowomen, Rachel Bandeira made two saves.

The Mount Union women (0-1) will be in action again this weekend. They will visit Urbana at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and then Wittenberg at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Spartan Men’s Soccer Team Defeats Hiram in 


Sept. 1

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND – The Case Western Reserve University men’s soccer team opened its 2010 season with a 2-0 victory versus visitingHiram College on Wednesday evening, September 1, at Case Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Spartans, now 1-0 for the young season, are back in action this Saturday, Sept. 4 with a 2:00 p.m. home match versus Earlham College (IN).

Hiram threatened early in the first half but Spartan junior goalkeeper Ben Yabrow (Marietta, GA/George Walton Comprehensive) made a fine diving stop on a break-a-way shot with 33:50 left to play in the period.

Case then scored its first goal of the season when senior midfielder Jordan Fox (Bexley, OH/Bexley) knocked in a header following a pass from sophomore midfielder Eric Erb (Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington) at the 14:59 mark.


The Spartans added an insurance goal with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game when junior midfielder Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, OH/Valley Forge) scored off of a rebound from Hiram goalie Joe Tatum.

In goal, Yabrow recorded four saves. Tatum made one stop in net for the Terriers.

For the game, the Spartans outshot Hiram, 10-8, and held a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.

B-W Men’s Soccer Team Beats Alma 

(Mich.), 4-0, in Season-Opener

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team defeated host Alma (Mich.) College, 4-0, today (Wednesday, September 1, 2010) in Alma in the season-opener for each team.

With the win, the Yellow Jackets are now 1-0 overall and next play this Saturday (Sept. 4) when they travel to Erie, Pennsylvania and play McDaniel (Md.) College at 2:00 p.m. in the annual Herb Lauffler Penn State Behrend University Tournament.  The consolation and championship games are on Sunday (Sept. 5) at 2:00 or 4:00 p.m.. With its loss, Alma is 0-1.

B-W opened the scoring at the 8:42 mark when sophomore midfielder Pat Brennan (Akron/ Walsh Jesuit) scored with an assist from senior forward Tyler Leister (Stow/ Stow-Munroe Falls).  The Yellow Jackets increased their lead to 2-0 at the 30:16 mark when sophomore forward Tommy Kramer (Worthington/ Kilbourne) scored an unassisted goal. B-W also led 2-0 at the intermission.

In the second half, sophomore midfielder Justin Peterson (Rochester Hills, Mich./ Adams) gave B-W a 3-0 lead at the 46:12 mark with a goal on an assist from Brennan. Senior 2-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference forward Carlin Vandendriessche (Medina/ Senior) closed out the scoring at the 65:40 mark with a goal on an assist from junior forward Noah Eubanks (West Bloomfield, Mich./ West Bloomfield).

Overall, B-W outshot the Scots, 17-6, and outcornered them, 6-3.

In net for B-W, sophomore Ryan Hullings (Centerville) started and played 70 minutes and mae one save. He was relieved by sophomore Josh Gresh (Canton/ North Canton Hoover), who played played the final 20 minutes and also had a save.

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No. 10 nationally ranked Strongsville has 

still not let up a goal this season; tops St. 

Ed, 2-0, tonight

Sept. 1, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LAKEWOOD – Strongsville, ranked No. 10 in the nation, notched its third consecutive shutout of the season with tonight’s 2-0 win over St. Edward here tonight in Coughlin Field against one of the top goalies in the state.

While Strongsville has outscored its three opponents this season, 12-0, St. Edward’s players can hardly hang their heads about being 0-2 considering their losses are a by a combined 3-0 score to the No. 2 ranked Division II team in the state (Bay, 1-0) and No.3 ranked Division I team in the state, the Mustangs (2-0).

Tony Dore`, the St. Ed coach, told his players that a season is not lost because of an 0-2 record and that he could have schedule all easy opponents, but by taking on the best in the area can only be an avenue to keep getting better and play its best at the right time.

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Our schedule is not designed for a team to go 16-0,” Dore` said

Listen to post-game interview of Eds coach Tony Dore` from today’s St. Ed-Strongsvile soccer match in Coughlin Field conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


The improvement came in that the Eagles gave up fewer quality chances than they did against Bay and that giving up fewer against the “better” team shows signs of some improvement.


Listen to post-game interview of Student/Athlete Austin Early, the Stronsgville goale, from today’s St. Ed-Strongsvile soccer match in Coughlin Field conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:

The Mustangs did take advantage of the few good chance the Eagle defense allowed and were able to challenge Eds keeper Toby Frohlich and certainly admitted that he was a tough goalie to challenge in post-game interviews.


Listen to post-game interview of Student/Athlete Mike Cook from today’s St. Ed-Strongsvile soccer match in Coughlin Field conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


The Stangs made it 1-0 in the 12th minute off a restart. Mike Cook took the free kick, sent it into the pack in front of the goal, where Nate Langhals headed the ball in for the score.


Listen to post-game interview of Student/Athlete Nate Langhals from today’s St. Ed-Strongsvile soccer match in Coughlin Field conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


Watch Strongsville’s first goal in the St. Ed-Strongsvile soccer match in Coughlin Field filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


Strongsville had more chances in the first half, but Frohlich stopped everything else.


Listen to post-game interview of Student/Athlete Cody Mizerik from today’s St. Ed-Strongsvile soccer match in Coughlin Field conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Finally in the 51st minute, Strongsville got anther one when David Murrow, who transferred to Strongsville from Padua last year, fed Cody Mixerik, who scored the goal.



Listen to post-game interview of Student/Athlete David Murrow from today’s St. Ed-Strongsvile soccer match in Coughlin Field conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


 Watch Strongsville’s second goal in the St. Ed-Strongsvile soccer match in Coughlin Field filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


Whenever Strongsville gets a decent lead and has control, leading scorer Vlad Lekarev usually drops back on defense. He did tonight but was hit hard on one play late in the match on a dangerous ball. After a few moments, he was able to get up OK on his own power.

Austin Early earned the shutout in goal on this one and like most goalies who see only four shots in 80 minutes kept awake by talking.

Dore` did say he would like to see his team get more offensive chances than they have been getting.

Veteran Strongsville coach Tobey Cook said the two teams play a different style soccer and it took his team at least a half of a half to get used to the Eagles.

Prior to the match, Strongsville’s JV A team beat Eds’ JV A team, 1-0. Mike Hall scored the goal.

Yeomen, Lords to open season with 

an NCAC league game

Jeff Ramsey

Sept. 1, 2010

By Ryan Mouch 
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

Oberlin – The Oberlin College football team kicks off their season on the road against the rival Kenyon College Lords on Saturday at 2 p.m. After opening past seasons against national powerhouses such as Case Western and Washington & Jefferson, the Yeomen have a great chance at winning its first season opener in the Jeff Ramsey era as well as its first as a program since 1997 when the Yeomen edged Thiel 18-17. 

What: Oberlin College Yeomen (0-0, 0-0 NCAC) @ Kenyon College Lords (0-0, 0-0 NCAC)
When: Saturday, September 4, 2 p.m. EST
Where: McBride Field – Gambier, Ohio
Radio: AM- 1320 WOBL l Brian Deitz (play-by-play) l Don Vincent (color) 
Web AudioListen
Live Stats: TBA
Extra Coverage: The Jeff Ramsey Show brought to you by Lorenzo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, Wednesday, September 1, 8:30 p.m. on AM-1320 WOBL andloraincounty.com.


B-W Women and Men Run at the Unscored 

Season-Opening Wooster Meet

BEREA, OHIO – The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s cross country team joined the men today (Wednesday, September 1, 2010) at the season-opening ad unscored meet at The College of Wooster.

The women competed either in a 4K or 5K race and the men ran a 5K and a 4-mile race.

For the women, senior Kim Chinn (Zanesville/ West Muskingum) led the way by winning the 5K race in 19:31. She was followed by sophomore Sarah Rospert (Milan/ Edison) in seventh place in 20:58 and junior Judy Patterson (Aliquippa, Pa./ Monaca Center) was 20th in 23:34 overall.  A total of 32 runners competed in the 5K.  In the 4K, freshman Lauren Hutka (North Ridgeville/ Grafton Midview) led all B-W runners in fourth place in 16:06. She was followed by freshman Brooke Hradisky (Aurora) in eighth place in 16:31, sophomore Shaina Kovatch (Parma/ Valley Forge) in 10th place in 16:35, sophomore Tess Hoogeveen (Westerville/ South) in 16:38, sophomore Lauren McGaughey (Allison Park, Pa./ Hampton) in 14th place in 17:00, frsshman Blair Vrcan (Mentor) in 15th place in 17:01 and junior Julie Kotesovec (Litchfield Township/ Lodi Cloverleaf) in 17:10.  There were a total of 36 runners.

For the men, junior Zach Szablewski (Tiffin/ Calvert) led the way in the 4-mile run by placing third in 21:49. Sophomore Kenny Janosko (Mentor) was sixth in 22:16.  There were a total of 35 runners.  In the men’s 5K, junior Drew Beck (Canandaigua, N.Y./ Canandaigua Academy) led all B-W runners in fourth place in 17:04. He was followed by freshman Dusan Vasic (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Heights) in fifth place in 17:15 and sophomore David Gerding (Strongsville) in sixth place in 17:36.  There were 29 total runners.

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