A Page -- Sept. 10, 2010

Nagbe, who scored 10 goals in 2009, gave the Zips a 3-0 lead against UNC Friday night.

St. Ed alum, Hermann Cup 

candidate Darlington Nagbe earns 

two Player of Week Awards in two 

days; Lakewood native leading Akron 

in fast, sizzling start

Sept. 10, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AKRON – The University of Akron’s soccer team, which finished second in the nation last year in the NCAA Division I, is off to another quick start, thanks in a great part to the input of St. Edward alumnus Darlington Nagbe.

The junior forward/midfielder, who is strong candidate for the Hermann Trophy this year, has led the Zips to a 2-0 record with wins over North Carolina Chapel Hill, 3-0, and Wake Forest, 2-0. Coming into the season, the Tar Heels were tanked No. 4 in the country and the Demon Deacons No. 3.


For his efforts, he was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Player of the Week for this week as well as Mid American Conference Player of the Week.

Nagbe, a Lakewood native, scored a goal in each match and registered his assist on the match winner against the Demon Deacons.  The two wins enabled the Zips to win the North Carolina Tournament.

In two matches, Nagbe has scored two goals and one assist for a team-leading five points. His shot percentage is .500 (2-4) and shots on goal percentage 1.000 (4-4), both team leads.


Also, Walsh Jesuit alumnus Mike Nanchoff ranks among the Zip team leaders in scoring with one assist and in minutes played with 114. Against the Heels, he curved a free kick toward the net, where teammate Perry Kichen headed it in for the team’s second goal.

University School alum Chris Korb, a Gates Mills native, also has an assist in two matches and has been on the field 169 of the 180 minutes the Zips have played so far. Korb assisted on Akron’s second goal against NC, flicking the ball over a wall of defenders in the 69th minute to Nagbe, who put it in the net to put away the Heels for good.


Nagbe chipped a pass to teammate Darrin Mattocks for the first goal and game winner against Wake Forest in front of 4,583 fans, the largest crowd ever for a soccer match in Spry Stadium.

Nanchoff, a North Royalton native, had two golden opportunities to add possible third and/or fourth goals in the match but hit the crossbar on one and in a one-on-one with the goalie had a defender recover quickly to put the kibosh on it.

North Olmsted alumna Brittany Donelan

North Olmsted's Donelan, Grafton's 

Street help The Berg to a 4-1 record 

so far

Sept 10, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Heidelberg’s women’s volleyball team is off to a 4-1 start thanks in part to the timely play of North Olmsted High alumna Brittany Donelan and Midview High product Jacki Street. The Berg plays in Rochester this weekend against Hiram an SUNY New Paltz.

Donelan had three service aces and 14 digs in a 3-0 win over Wooster. Street had three kills in the same match.

Jacki Street

Donelan had a match-high 19 digs in a 3-0 win over Defiance while Street had seven kills. Donelan followed that with a match-high 23 digs in a 3-2 win over Thomas More. Street had seven kills with 25 totals attacks and four digs and two blocks.

Street added five kills and four digs in another 3-0 win over Wooster. Donelan had a match-high 17 digs and two service aces. Midview alum Suzy Street added nine digs.

Suzy  Sreet

In this week’s 3-2 loss to Ohio Northern, Donelan had a team-high 30 digs. Jacki Street had five kills, three digs and four block assists. Suxy Street had six digs.

Gilmour alumna Melanie Frank 

off to a fast running start at

Emory this fall

Sept 10, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Gilmour Academy alumna Melanie Frank finished seventh of 104 runners overall to help Emory University to a meet championship last weekend in the University of the South Cross Country Invitational, in Sewanee, TN.

Melanie Frank

The sophomore from Novelty runs in a strong pack at Emory as she was the fourth Emory scorer in that top seven. Emory, along with Frank, made it as a team to the Divsiion III nationals here in Highland Hills last fall.

She was among the top five finishers four times as a freshman last year.

Frank will run in the Berry Invitational in Rome, GA tomorrow.

Game Day Preview: 

Kent Soccer team 

Travels to Pittsburgh 

Sunday; Hoban's 

Gironda leads attack

Sept. 10, 2010

KENT-- The Kent State women's soccer team (1-2-1) is back in action Sunday, as the Golden Flashes travel to the University of Pittsburgh for a 5 p.m. contest.

The game will be played at North Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh. 

Hoban grad Jessacca Gironda, Flash leading socerer

The Series: Although Kent State is 0-4-0 all-time against Pittsburgh, each game has been decided by just one goal. Last season, the Golden Flashes dropped a 1-0 decision to the Panthers in Kent, Ohio.



Akron's Leigh Cullen named MAC Player of Week

AKRON, Ohio - For the second time this season, a University of Akron women's soccer player has been named the Mid-America Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Senior Leigh Cullen claimed the award this week for her efforts in Friday's 3-0 UA win over Canisius.

Cullen recorded the second UA hat trick of the season, scoring twice in the first half and once in the second half to lead the Zips over the Griffins. The McCandless, Pa. native, started the scoring in the 14rh minute when she volleyed a Rachel Phillip cross into the back of the net. Cullen then stretched the Zip lead to 2-0 with a masterful strike in the 33rd minute. From about 30 yards out Cullen ripped a shot that nicked off the upper right post and into the back of the net. Cullen finished off the hat trick when she converted a penalty kick in the 63rd minute. 

Lake Ridge golf team remains 

undefeated; Mitch Rice and Spencer 

Scheeler hit par to share medalist

title for the day

Sept. 10

Lake Ridge Academy Boys’ Varsity Golf Team remained undefeated with tonight’s 155-193 over Open Door, in a 9-hole Dual Match on Cherry Ridge GC (Par 35).


Lake Ridge (7-0) was led by Co-Medalists Mitchell Rice and Spencer Scheeler, who each hit par with 35 scores. They were followed by Nick Nemetz (41) and Chris Huebler (44)

Open Door had Eric Mann (39), Ian Sooy (43), Nick Kerecz (46), and Luke Lazar (48).

Mount gets two wins in Case 

Reserve French Tourney

Sept 10

By Josh Reilly

CLEVELAND-- Mount Union's women's volleyball team claimed two victories on Friday -- a sweep of Oberlin and a 3-1 decision over Case Western Reserve 

-- on day one of the Marcia French Memorial at Case Reserve.

Medina's Glass

Deanna Glass (Medina/Medina) made eight kills while Roni Schroeder (Shelby/Shelby) had seven for the Purple Raiders (3-4) in the team's 25-12, 25-9, 25-22 match against Oberlin. Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) and Katie Kmieck (Lakewood/Lakewood) added 13 assists and Sarah Dean(Strongsville/Walsh Jesuit) finished with 17 digs.

Lakewood High alum Katie Kmieck

Mount Union then defeated Case Western, 25-17, 25-12, 21-25, 25-23.

Schroeder led the way with 15 kills while Glass and Monica Hupertz (Willougby Hills/Beaumont) came through with 13 apiece. Dean and Michelle Simmons (Uniontown/Green) had 22 and 16 digs, respectively. Radigan made 38 assists.

Walsh grad Sarah Dean

The Purple Raiders will finish competition at the tournament at Baldwin-Wallace on Saturday with matches against Westminster (Pa.) and Franciscan.


Walsh Jesuit keeps pounding

it on resilient Bedford defense to get

enough scores for 16-6 win

Sept. 10, 2010

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor 

BEDFORD – While the Bedford High defense was stingy as any defense could possibly get against Walsh Jesuit tonight, the Warriors still prevailed, 16-6, and remained undefeated in a high school football game here in Bedford Bearcat Stadium. 

The Bedford defense turned back the Walsh offense seven of the first eight times the Warrior offense had the ball and on most of those possessions, the guests drove into Bearcat territory and were at least near midfield on the other occasions.

Walsh (3-0) clung to a 9-0 lead at halftime and just barely mustered an offensive score. Bedford turned back the Walsh offense on the first four times that the Warriors drove deep into Bedford territory four times in the half.

Bedford (0-3) is one Cleveland-area public school that is not afraid to schedule Cleveland-area Catholic schools, seeing the two area Jesuit outfits now on back-to-back weeks after seeing St. Ignatius last week. The only other two publics that would dare to bear that come to mind are Mentor and Strongsville.

Watch short videos of action from tonight’s high school football game at Bedford Bearcat Stadium between the Walsh Jesuit Warriors and Bedford Bearcats filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


Walsh took a 2-0 lead with 4:59 left in the first quarter after Bedford lined up to punt and the snap sailed over the head of punter Mike Schuster, who hustled back to the end zone to fall back on top of the ball, surrendering only the two points instead of six as two Warriors were right on his hip in the scurry for the ball.

Watch short video of the Bedford Bearcats warming up for tonight’s game against Walsh Jesuit filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading

Offensively, the Warriors also threatened first, driving all the way to inside the Bedford 5-yard line after the opening kickoff, but a fumbled turned the ball over to the Bearcats at the hosts’ 1-yard line. Ray Macon was the alert guy who recovered the ball on the Bearcat takeaway.

After the free kick, the Warriors were breathing down the backs of the Bedford defense, but again the D of the home team stood tall. Walsh quarterback Connor Cook hit his big tight end Kevin Enright for a 38-yard gain down to the Bedford 3-yard line.


Listen to post-game interview with Walsh Student/Athlete Connor Cook from tonight’s Walsh Jesuit-Bedford football game conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


After a strong defensive effort, Walsh had to settle for a 23-yard field goal attempt by Ross Martin that was off the mark with just over two minutes to go in the opening frame and the guests hung to the slim 2-0 lead.

Walsh threatened again at the top of the second quarter, but again the Bedford “D” came up big. On a third down at the Bedford 30, Jared Simpson intercepted a Cook pass and returned it 40 yards to the Walsh 39 to give the Bearcats decent field position for the first time in the evening with 11 minutes to go in the half.

While the turn did not produce the first Bearcat points, it did cause a shift in the field position trend. After getting held by the Walsh defense, Schuster pooched a punt that rolled dead at the Walsh 1-yard line.

The Warriors got out of the hole when Cook hit Ryan Jun out of the backfield for a 40-yard gain. The Walsh offense pecked away and drove inside the hosts’ 5, but again the Bedford D said “no.”

Cook attempted passes on third and fourth down but to no avail as Joe Beasley and Darrius Lattimore applied the quarterback hurries on third and fourth downs, respectively, to force the incomplete throws.

Watch short video of the Walsh Jesuit Warriors warming up for tonight’s game against Bedford filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


Finally with 21 seconds left in the half, Cook hit Enright on a 7-yard pass for the first TD of the game. Martin hit it through with the conversion kick to make it 9-0.

Listen to post-game interview with Walsh Student/Athlete Kevin Enright followed by Bedford Coach Sean Williams from tonight’s Walsh Jesuit-Bedford football game conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


A Tyvis Powell interception ended one Walsh offensive drive in the second half. Then on the Warriors’ next offensive possession, Powell turned in a tackle for loss that pushed back the guests and eventually forced them to punt.

Walsh finally tacked on its second score on a 4-yard run by Ryan Jun with 6:57 left in the contest.


Listen to post-game interview with Walsh Student/Athlete Ryan Jun from tonight’s Walsh Jesuit-Bedford football game conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Bedford finally got on the board with two big pass plays. First Wayne Matthews hit Kirk Gillispie for a 58-yard gain and then hit Isaiah Matthews for a 23-yard TD with 5:32 left to make it 16-6.

Chardon High alum Kyle Roesch 

leading Lake Erie College in early 


Sept. 10, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Chardon High alumnus Kyle Roesch, a defenseman, leads Lake Erie College’s men’s soccer team in scoring with one goal in three matches.


Kyle Roesch

The Storm is 0-3 and has only scored one goal in those three losses and are looking to get on the winning track this weekend with a match at Findley tonight and one at Tiffin Sunday.


Roesch’s goal came in a 3-1 loss at Wheeling Jesuit in the season opener. He scored off a corner kick in the eighth minute of the second half.


Wednesday the Storm lost to Ashland University as Medina Highland alumnus Justin Nolan posted a shutout in goal for the Eagles.

Spartans Defeat Kalamazoo 

in ONU Tournament Opener

By Nick Minerd

ADA, OHIO – The Case Western Reserve University men’s soccer team defeated Kalamazoo College (MI), 1-0, in the opening game of the Ohio Northern University/adidas Invitational on today, September 10 at ONU Soccer Pitch. The Spartans wrap up the weekend versus the tournament host tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 p.m.


Vikings fall to Northwestern

Sept. 10, 2010

By Dan Carr

DeKALB, Ill. - Northwestern capitalized on a Cleveland State own goal, and added two quick scores early in the second half to give the Wildcats a 4-0 victory over the Vikings.

Ali Kazemaini

Coach Kaz

The match, played on a neutral field at Northern Illinois, was the first contest in the 2010 NIU Adidas/Magnuson Inn Invitational.

Cleveland State's defense was solid for the first half of play. Outside of a bad bounce off the back of a Viking 4:09 into the match that resulted in an own goal, the Vikings shut down the Northwestern attack.


B-W beats Franciscan, Wooster

Sept. 10 

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College volleyball team won a pair of matches today (Friday, September 10, 2010) on the first day of the Marcia French Invitational Tournament in Berea, Ohio.  The Yellow Jackets are now 7-2 overall and play a pair of matches tomorrow morning (Sept. 11) against Earlham (Ind.) College at 10:00 a.m. and Oberlin College at 1:00 p.m

The Yellow Jackets defeated Fransiscan, now 2-2 overall, by the scores of 24-26, 25-13, 25-14 and 25-13.  During its current five-match winning streak, B-W won three matches and the championship at last weekend's Kalamazoo (Mich.) Hornet Classic and then beat Oberlin College, 3-0, on Wednesday (Sept. 8).  The six wins to date are already one more than the entire season a year ago.


Against Franciscan on the front line, freshman middle hitter Colleen Bonacci (Stow / Stow-Munroe Falls) led the way with eight kills and two blocks. Sophomore middle hitter Rachel Switalski (North Royalton / Holy Name) had seven kills and two blocks as well. 


Former Namer Switalski

Offensively, sophomore setter Jessica Stitts (Eastlake/North) had 21 set assists, while senior setter Casey Passen (Ashville/Teays Valley) had 14 against Franciscan. Defensively, sophomore libero Natalie Emmons (Ashland/ Senior) had 16 digs and junior outside hitter Chelsea Nissen (Williston / Genoa) also marked 16 digs.

In the win versus Wooster, Bonacci paced the squad with 14 kills. Joining her offensively in double figures kills was Nissen with 12 and 32 digs, while Switalski had 11 kills and six blocks, and freshman Shannon Deleur (Olmsted Falls) also had 11 kills.   Stitts had 27 assists and Passen had 18. Defensively, Emmonsagain led the way with 33 digs.

Former Ranger Stitts

Following its match versus Wooster, tomorrow B-W plays Earlham (Ind.) College at 10:00 a.m. and Oberlin at 1:00 p.m. 

Spartans Split on Day One of 

French Memorial Tournament

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND – The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team posted a 1-1 record on day one (today, September 10) of theMarcia French Memorial Tournament at Horsburgh Gymnasium. The tournament is being co-hosted by Case and Baldwin-Wallace College and will wrap up on Saturday.
Case defeated Oberlin College in three games and lost to the University of Mount Union in four hard-fought games. The Spartans wrap up the weekend tomorrow versus John Carroll University at 10:00 a.m. and the College of Wooster at 1:00 p.m.
Versus Oberlin, Case won 26-24, 25-10 and 25-16. Junior ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, OH/ Badin) led the offense with 14 kills. Sophomore setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, OH/Geneva) totaled 26 set assists and eight digs and senior outside hitter Beth Karpinski (Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake) recorded six service aces.
Versus Mount Union, Case lost 17-25, 12-25, 25-21 and 23-25. McCutchan once again posted 14 kills and Freeman totaled 34 assists and 16 digs.
Following tomorrow’s matches, the Spartans are back in action on Wednesday, September 15 at Baldwin-Wallace at 7:30 p.m. in Berea.

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