A Page -- Sept. 10, 2011

Hathaway Brown soccer blanks Lake Ridge, 5-0

Perennial Division II soccer power Hathaway Brown visited Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville yesterday evening and went home with a 5-0 victory. 

The Lions played the second half with a new goalie, junior Sharday Baines.  She faced several tough shots and came up strong but two defensive lapses within two minutes allowed Hathaway Brown to score twice on unguarded, point-blank shots.  

The first, at 25:27, was on an intercepted pass by Kate Dolansky, and the second came at 23:40 on a steal and shot by Claire Danes. Senior goalie Rachel Horton of HB turned aside five shots for her shutout; LRA's Wellons recorded six saves in her half of play and Baines made seven in her debut as a netminder.

HB's first score came at the 34:00 mark after a corner kick was pinballed around several times before dropping at the foot of Sophie Daroff, who found the left side of the net for the lead HB would never relinquish.  Three minutes later, on another corner kick by Melissa Vajskop, Lysette Roman headed the perfectly placed kick into the left top behind Lions goalie Kyndall Wellons.  Brittani Ehlert then split two Lake Ridge defenders and scored the third Blazers goal at 17:28 of the half. 
With the win, Hathaway Brown improves to 3-2, with the losses being 1-0 to undefeated Howland High and a loss at Walsh Jesuit, last year's Division I state champions who are now, since the establishment of a third girls division, a Division II program.  Lake Ridge's record drops to 2-2, with both losses occurring at home to Division II opponents (HB and Padua).  The Lions next game is a visit to Lagrange to play the Keystone Wildcats on September 12th. 

Avon destined to pass 100-point mark this weekend against Titans

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON – Avon High’s football team will try to go to 3-0 against the school formerly known as Admiral King and Southview and now simply briefed to Lorain High this weekend.

The Eagles rolled to wins in the first two weeks over Avon Lake in the battle of the tracks and Wellington.

Offensively, the Eagles’ movement of the ball has been crisp. The team that has scored 80 points in two games spread it out evenly in Week Two with six different chaps scoring touchdowns against the Dukes.

Doing Dukes of Earl into the end zone against Wellington were Kevin Krakora, Connor Friss, Mark Holkenborg, Mark Kvach, Brad Young, and Ross Douglas. Jake Mullins kicked the extra point successfully 100 percent of the time in the team’s 42-point outburst.

Both quarterbacks completed better than 60 percent of their pass attempts, Cody Schroeder finding his guy 10 times including twice for TDs and Justin O’Rourke his target five times.

Ralph Smith caught four passes for 55 yards and Friss three for 92 or a 30-yard average.

Matt Eckhardt leads the team in receiving with seven catches for 131 yards. He also leads the club in scoring with 18 points.

O’Rourke has thrown four TD passes and for over 200 yards.

Aly Ales shoots 41 as Comets drop Hudson on links

Solon’s golf team moved two matches above .500 with an 18-stroke victory over Hudson Grantwood.

The Comets’ Aly Ales earned medalist honors with a 41.

Solon vs. Hudson @ Grantwood 9/7

Solon 184; Hudson 202

Solon Scores:

Aly Ales 41--MEDALIST

Alexis Gray 45

Grace Gutierrez 49

Leah Wilson 49

Solon now 7-5 overall (2-3 NOC Valley)

St. Edward looks to extend winning streak to 18 games in home date with Mooney this weekend; Eagles two wins away from school record

Defending big-school state champ St. Edward football will look to move to 3-0 this week against Cardinal Mooney and by so doing extending its overall winning streak to 18 games draped over two seasons.

This will be the sixth meeting between St. Edward and Cardinal Mooney. 

Last year St. Ed’s beat Cardinal Mooney 37-3 in a game played in Austintown.  It was the first meeting between the two schools since 2001. 

The Eagles lead the all-time series 3-2 and have won the last three matchups.


The Eagles will open the home portion of their schedule with Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. The Cardinals come into the game with a 2-0 mark with impressive come from behind wins over Canton McKinley and Boardman.

Although Mooney is a division three school, they have a number of tough teams on their schedule with the likes of Canton  McKinley, Lake Catholic, Ursuline and St. Ed’s.

Last season the Cardinals  ended the regular season with a 5-5 mark, but made a run in the playoffs until they lost to Akron  Buchtel in the regional finals.

This year you can call the Mooney cardinals the “comeback kids”.  In two games Mooney has come from behind to beat to quality opponents in Boardman and Mckinley. The team is lead by a triple running threat in Roosevelt Griffin (207 yards) Justin Ellis-Moore (159 yards) and  PJ Quinn(139 yards) as the team averages 241 yards on the ground.

Last year St. Ed’s easily defeated Cardinal Mooney 37-3. Mooney scored first, but the Eagles would run off the next 37 points.

St. Ed’s comes into the game 2-0 riding a 17 game win streak, second longest in school history.

The Eagles, ranked fourth in the nation and first in the state, traveled out of state to take on Penn Hills Pennsylvania last week.

The Eagles would cut the lead 6-3 after a Jake Wilhelm field goal. Then the flood gates opened. St. Edward would score three touchdowns in a 3:29 minute span to take control of the game.

St. Edward easily beat the Indians 47-6. Penn Hills opened the game with an 86 yard touchdown drive to take an early 6-0 lead. It was all St. Ed’s after that point as they held the Indians to 25 yards in the Second Quarter.

Dwayne Aaron (Jr) scored 3 times on the ground, finishing with 84 yards on 12 carries. QB Ryan Fallon threw two touchdowns passes. 

The Defense stifled Penn Hills and held them to 179 yards in total offense and also caused a turnover. The win gave the St. Ed’s their 17th straight victory dating back to last year.

St. Ed’s longest unbeaten streak is 19 games that took place from 1972 through 1974. The team went 18-0-1 in that span.

Kuhar (L), Lally (R)  

Defensively for St. Ed, Darryl Render, Greg Kuhar, Tom Lally and John Webb  have combined for 25 tackles for loss and 18 sacks so far this season. 


Our Lady of Elms Volleyball tops Newcomerstown

In high school volleyball, Our Lady of the Elms defeated Newcomerstown HS - 25-11, 25-9, 25-8

Stat Leaders

Kills - Kozar (O) - 7, Scroggins (O) - 5

Service Points - Rogers (O) - 13 

Digs - Kozer (O) - 5, Metz (O) - 4, Charley (O) - 3

Aces - Kuzmishin (O) - 4, Kozar (O) - 4

Assists - Esber (O) - 19

Spartans Drop Home-Opening Thriller with Mount Union
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team saw its three-match win streak snapped at the hands of visiting University of Mount Union by a score of 3-2 in front of a raucous home-opener crowd at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

The Spartans (3-2) are back in action this weekend as co-hosts of the Marcia French Memorial Tournament on Friday and Saturday, September 9-10. Case plays four matches in two days starting with a 4:00 p.m. bout with Johns Hopkins University (Md.) on Friday.

Mount Union (4-2) won the opening set, 25-18, before the Spartans scored the final five points of the second set to win 25-23. The third set went back-and-forth before CWRU finally put the Raiders away, 28-26. Mount Union then forced the tiebreaker with a 25-21 victory in set four and clinched the match with a 15-5 win in set five.

Senior middle hitter and reigning University Athletic Association Player of the Week Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, Ohio/Stephen T. Badin) posted a double-double with a team-high 15 kills and 14 digs. Junior setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, Ohio/Geneva) paced the offense with 43 assists and contributed seven digs. Senior outside hitter Rachael Suchy (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) and junior OH Allie Palmer (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) each hit double-figures in kills with 12 and 11, respectively.

Suchy also aided the defense with a team-high tying 15 digs. Junior defensive specialist Kara Monnin (Minster, Ohio/Minster) and junior libero Rachel Gulasey(Cleveland, Ohio/Magnificat) checked in at 15 and 14, respectively.

Emily O’Donnell shoots 39 to lead Brecksville-

Broadview over Avon Lake in key SWC match

In a key Southwestern Conference girls’ golf match Thursday, Brecksville-Broadview was a nine-stroke winner over Avon Lake.

Emily O’Donnell of the Bees earned medalist honors with a 39 on the Sweetbriar Par-36 while Corynn Krieg and Niki Schroeder shared best scores for the Shoregals, each with a 41.

Brecksville @ Avon Lake Sweetbriar par 36
Avon Lake (SWC 7-2 Overall 11-2)
Corynn Krieg   41
Niki Schroeder 41
Mallary Koeth  49Brecksville @ Avon Lake Sweetbriar par 36
Avon Lake (SWC 7-2 Overall 11-2)
Corynn Krieg   41
Niki Schroeder 41
Mallary Koeth  49
Bridget McCoy 53
Total 184
Emily O'Donnell      39
Halley Morell          43
Brynn Schumacher  43
Emily Zuosec          50
Total 175
Brecksville 175, Avon Lake 184 Sweetbriar par 36
E. O'Donnel 39 (B), C. Krieg 41 (AL), N. Schroeder 41 (AL)

Bridget McCoy 53

Brecksville 175, Avon Lake 184 Sweetbriar par 36
E. O'Donnel 39 (B), C. Krieg 41 (AL), N. Schroeder 41 (AL)

Dayton to put longest winning streak on the line

The University of Dayton puts the longest active winning streak in FCS football on the line Saturday when the Flyers return to Welcome Stadium for the home opener of the 2010 season.
Dayton has won 10 straight contests going back to last year.  Ironically, Saturday’s opponent is the last team to defeat Flyers, the Duquesne Dukes.  Game time is 1 p.m. ET.
UD won the season opener last week at Robert Morris, 19-13.  Redshirt freshman quarterback Will Bardo was 14 of 24 passing for 180 yards and two TD’s in his first collegiate game and the Dayton defense came up with eight sacks in the game. 
The Flyers return 11 starters (four offense, six defense, and one specialist) from a team that won a share of the 2010 Pioneer Football League title with a record of 10-1 and was ranked 25th nationally.
Head Coach Rick Chamberlin is back for his fourth season at the helm for the Flyers. He entered the year with the best three-year start in program history (28-6).
Among the Flyers’ 11 returning starters is senior defensive end Devon Langhorst. Langhorst was a member of the 2010 Third Team AP FCS All-America team and was First Team All-Pioneer Football League. He ranked second nationally in sacks with 14 and was second on the team in tackles with 77. Langhorst has been nationally recognized as a Preseason Third Team All-American by College Sporting News and Preseason Honorable Mention All-American by JB Scouting.  He had 2.5 sacks at Robert Morris.
Two other Flyer football players received preseason honors. Kick returner Gary Hunter and punt returner Tyler Hujik were named to the College Football Preseason Awards watch list. Hunter led the conference with 28.2 yards per kick return with one return touchdown. Hujik ranked third in the conference among punt returners with an average of 13.1 yards per return.
The Flyers enter the 2011 season with the second- best winning percentage (.792, 97-24) in FCS football since 2000 AND the most football Academic All-Americans (21) at any level of competition in this century.
Duquesne finished the 2010 campaign with a 7-4 record (5-3 NEC).  The Dukes return 14 starters from last year’s team, and a total of 30 returning players started at least one game in 2010. 
Duquesne dropped its season opener last Saturday at Bucknell, 27-26.  Bucknell quarterback Wesley Brandon engineered a 12-play, 82-yard drive for the game-tying score (a one-yard QB sneak) with 57 seconds to go.  Alex Eckard added the game-winning PAT. 

Bucknell overcame the strong effort of running back Larry McCoy who carried the ball 30 times for 112 yards, the seventh time he ran for 100 yards in his last nine games.  The junior ran for 1,291 yards and averaged 5.1 yards a carry as a sophomore.
Duquesne returns all five starters on the offensive line, although one, former right tackle Bryan Layhue, is now the starting tight end.   Left tackle Ron Dunn was a Second -Team All-NEC pick in 2010.
Safety Serge Kona led DU in hits (64), tackles for loss (12) and fumbles caused (3) in 2010.
The series between UD and DU is tied 4-4.  In last year’s meeting, Duquesne scored with 21 seconds to go to edge the Flyers 35-31 in Pittsburgh.  Dayton had scored with 1:24 remaining to take a three-point lead but QB Sean Patterson had a 66-yard scoring drive answer.  The football relationship between the two schools dates back to 1920.  Duquesne won the first meeting, Dayton the next three contests in 1923, 1924 and, after a 75-year hiatus, 2001.  The Dukes evened the record with wins in 2002 and 2008.  UD prevailed 24-17 in the last meeting played at Welcome Stadium (in 2009) before Duquesne evened the series again last year.  The last four games have been decided by a TD or less.
After finishing a season nationally ranked (25th in both the Sports Network and AFCA polls) for the first time in school history as a Division I team, UD received 21 votes (48th) in the preseason Sports Network/FCS Poll.  The Flyers are receiving 12 and 13 votes respectively in the latest Sports Network and AFCA Coaches Polls.
UD has not been shut out in a school-record 387 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976.  That is also the all-time FCS record.  UD’s 10-game winning streak is the best active streak in FCS football. 
Head coach Rick Chamberlin has guided UD to 28 wins in his first three seasons, going 9-3 in 2008, 9-2 in 2009 and 10-1 last year. That’s the best three-year start by any Flyer football coach. Dayton has won a share of PFL championships in two of his three years, and missed the third by just five points at Jacksonville in the final game of 2008.
Rick Chamberlin has been a part of 323 of UD’s 623 wins – 26 as a player, 268 as an assistant coach, and 29 as a head coach.
Rick Chamberlin’s career .829 (29-6) winning percentage is the best among PFL coaches.  Drake’s Chris Creighton is next among the league’s coaches (.758, 116-37).
You will find the Flyers’ 2011 captains in the trenches.  Defensive end Devon Langhorst and offensive tackle Dan Prindle are UD’s co-captains this season.  Both are redshirt seniors and members of three PFL title teams in their careers.   
Eight Dayton players own double-digit start streaks.  Justin Griffis leads with 23 (although 22 were at center and he is now a guard).  Right behind is Dan Prindle with 22.  Brian Mack has 17, Zach Weber 13, and Tyler Hujik, Devon Langhorst, Matt Pfleger and Kyle Sebetic each have 12.  
Rocky River High grad Sean Belanger ha first start last week

Twelve Flyers started for the first time on Saturday at Robert Morris.  They were QB Will Bardo, RB Taylor Harris, WR Jordan Boykin, FL Branden Johnson, OT Tom Corcoran, C Bill Petraiuolo, DT Phil DeBoer, DE Anthony Sadler, LB Sean Belanger, and Flyer Andre Crawford.  As redshirt freshmen, Bardo and Johnson also saw their first Flyer action.
Redshirt freshman Will Bardo took over at quarterback for Dayton at Robert Morris, following two-time PFL Offensive Player of the Year Steve Valentino.  This was the first game that Bardo played in (that counts, at least) since he led Ft. Thomas Highlands High School to the 2009 Kentucky 5A Championship.  In his debut, Bardo was 14 of 24 for 180 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Having an inexperienced quarterback step into the starting lineup is nothing new for Dayton offensive coordinator Dave Whilding.  Of the 17 new starting quarterbacks in Whilding’s 31 years of coaching the position, 11 took over with less than 20 career passes to their credit (including Steve Valentino and two QB’s now in the UD Athletic Hall of Fame – Kevin Johns and Steve Keller).  Three (Kevin Wilhelm, Kelly Spiker and Brandon Staley) had exactly the same number as new QB Will Bardo -- zero.

WSU Coaching Great Passes Away

Ralph Underhill, who served as head coach of the Wright State men's basketball team from 1978-96, lost his battle with diabetes Thursday at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.  He was 70 years old.

In 18 years as head coach of the Wright State men's basketball team, Ralph Underhill recorded 356 wins, a NCAA Division II national title, seven appearances in the Division II regionals, a conference tournament title and one appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament.  He led the Raiders to winning records in each of his first 16 seasons, including 10 of 20 wins or more.

In his first nine years, Underhill developed Wright State into one of the finest Division II programs in the country.  Over that span, the Raiders made seven NCAA postseason appearances, won two regional championships and won the 1982-83 national championship.  Two of his teams were ranked #1 in the country, inclu

ding the 1980-81 squad which was ranked #1 from the first poll to the last. Eight of his first nine teams won at least 20 games.

Underhill was selected as the Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year for the third time in his career in 1986.  He won Division II Coach of the Year honored in 1983 after leading WSU to the national championship.

Seven players earned Division II All-America honors for Underhill.  The All-America parade began in 1980 when Roman Welch was a third-time choice by Basketball Weekly.  Rodney Benson was the first Raider to earn first-team All-America honors when he was recognized by both Basketball Weekly and by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 1981.  Other All-Americans include Gary Monroe (1983), Fred Moore (1984), Mark Vest (1985 and 1986), Grant Marion (1986) and Andy Warner (1986).

Wright State moved to the Division I level in the 1987-88 year and it took the Raiders only three seasons to once again surpass the 20-win mark.

Underhill and the Raiders then realized the dream of all basketball coaches when his 1993 team won the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, facing Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers at the Hoosier Dome.

Inducted into the Mary and Al Schwarz Wright State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003, Underhill was named to the Cincinnati Area Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.

Prior to coming to Wright State, Underhill was an assistant coach under Ron Shumate at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for six years.  He helped guide Chattanooga to a runner-up finish in the Division II national championship in 1976 and a national title in 1977.  With Underhill on staff, the Mocs had a six-year mark of 125-48.

Before entering the collegiate ranks, Underhill spent a year as the head coach of Louisville Manual High School, guiding the team to a 24-6 record and advancing to the Kentucky state tournament.  Prior to that, from 1965 to 1971, he was the head coach at Ohio County High School in Hartford, Kentucky.  He led his team to combined record of 126-30, winning four district titles and one regional crown and finishing as the state runner-up in 1969.

Underhill graduated from Lloyd High School in Erlanger, Kentucky, where he lettered four times each in basketball, football, track and baseball.  He then played collegiate basketball and ran track for Tennessee Tech.  As a junior, he was a member of the Tech team that won Ohio Valley Conference championship.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education from Tennessee Tech in 1964 and earned a Master of Arts degree in guidance and education in 1965 from Western Kentucky, where he worked as a graduate assistant basketball coach.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Game Preview

Lake Erie College Storm (1-0, 0-0 GLIAC)
at Michigan Tech University Huskies (1-0, 0-0 GLIAC)


 When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at 1 p.m.
Where:  Sherman Field (3,000 capacity/ProGrass) in Houghton, Mich.
Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/lakeerie 
TV/Internet Broadcast: None
Radio/Web Broadcast: ESPN 970 WFUN, Craig Deas (play-by-play) and Jason Tirotta (analyst)
Website: www.LakeErieStorm.com


QUICK NOTES: After opening the season 1-0 for the first time, the Lake Erie College football team kicks off conference play this weekend on the road at Michigan Technological University…  Lake Erie rallied from 10 points down behind a dominating defensive effort to knock off traditional rival Gannon University in its opener last Thursday night, 13-10… senior OLB Kevin Chapman led the way for LEC with a career-high 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery and was named Defensive Player of the Week by both the GLIAC and d2football.com… Gus Armbruster had seven tackles and a game-sealing interception in his return to the lineup after missing the second half of last year due to foot surgery… the Storm welcomes back three starters and three key defensive reserves for week 2, including quarterback Sean Bedevelsky who led the conference in total offense in 2010… Michigan Tech defeated Winona State 23-6 in its opener last week and is coming off an 8-2 season and second-place GLIAC finish in 2010… the Huskies return 10 starters on a defense that allowed the fewest points in the league last season.   






Lakewood’s Dee Salukombo takes second at Kenyon Quad Meet, leading Denison men to shining finish; Jackson’s Ani Mutafova leads Big Red gals

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


WESTLAKE -- The Denison cross country men placed three runners in the top five and six in the top 12 at the Kenyon Quad Meet. Senior Dee Salukombo (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) was the top indiviudal in second place on the five-kilometer course (16:15.31).


The Big Red women’s squad also placed three runners in the top five and six in the top 12. Senior Ani Mutafova (Canton, OH/Jackson) led the way in second place individually. She posted a time of 15:34.66over four kilometers, which was four seconds behind the winner of the race.

Former Polar Bear Ani Mutafova

Also at the Quad in Gambier, Nathan Kafity (Huron, OH/Lake Ridge Academy) took 15th overall for Ohio Wesleyan.


In the Wooster Invitational, Wooster senior Meredith Shaul (Akron, OH/Firestone) paced the Fighting Scot women with second place in the women’s 5K in 20:27.11, just five seconds behind the winner.

In Ohio Wesleyan’s, 17-14, football victory over Denison, Dave Mogilnicki (Middleburg Hts., OH/Midpark), caught two touchdown passes including the game winner.

In field hockey, OHIO WESLEYAN fell to Sewanee, 4-1 with Sophomore attacker Sadie Slager (Hudson, OH/Hudson) scoring the only goal for the Battling Bishops.


On the golf side at the Trine NCAA Div. III Fall Preview,  freshman Nicole Waers (Canton, OH/Perry) shot an opening round 78, only the 10th Wittenberg individual round of 78 or better in program history, on her way to a two-day total of 161.
Former Panther Nicole Waers

HIRAM soccer played in the Fred Meyers Invitational at Ohio Wesleyan. The Terriers defeated Hamline, 2-1, and tied top-ranked Messiah, 1-1. Junior goalkeeper Joe Rottinger (Strongsville, OH/Strongsville) made 10 saves in the two games.

DENISON volleyball started the season with four wins in its first five matches. The Big Red won Ohio Wesleyan’s Bishop Invitational with victories over Grove City, 3-2, Manchester, 3-0, Earlham, 3-0, and Wilmington, 3-0. Senior outside hitter Lauren Strowder (Cleveland Hts., OH/Cleveland Hts.) finished the week with 66 kills and a .446 attack percentage. In the opening match of the tournament against Grove City, Strowder logged 20 kills, and in the finale versus Wilmington, she finished with a .619 attack percentage with 13 kills on 21 attempts.

Heights' Strowder

Also in volleyball, HIRAM opened the season at the Thomas More Tournament with a 1-3 record. Senior middle hitter Andrea Kaminski (Canton, OH/GlenOak) totaled 38 kills and 15 blocks to lead the Terriers in the tourney.


ALLEGHENY opened 2011 with four losses at the Mount Union Tournament. Senior outside hitter Audra Batdroff (Louisville, OH/Louisville) smashed 16 kills and totaled 37 digs and four blocks in the tourney.

Spartans Play to Scoreless Tie With #21 Denison

CLEVELAND, Ohio – At the conclusion of 110 minutes of action and two overtime periods, the Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team played to a 0-0 draw with visiting and No. 21 nationally-ranked Denison University on Wednesday, September 7 at Case Field.

The Spartans move to 1-0-1 for the season and return to action on Friday and Saturday, September 9 and 10, when they serve as co-hosts of the Case Western Reserve University/John Carroll University Classic. Case opens the weekend versus Grove City College (Pa.) at 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

With the tie, Denison sits at 1-1-1.

Junior midfielders Devyn Lee (Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa./State College) and Kendra Simmons (Medina, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) along with freshman midfielder Christine Straka (Prospect Heights, Ill./Saint Viator) tied for team-high honors for the Spartans with two shots apiece.

In net, Case senior Anna Kennedy (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) faced 15 shots and posted eight saves. Denison's Andrea Karl faced eight shots and recorded five saves.

For the game, Denison held a 15-8 advantage in shots, while the Spartans held a slight advantage in corner kicks, 4-2.

Meadowood Golf Course in Westlake

Bill and Kim Annual Village Golf Outing reaches its 10th year at Meadowood

The Bill and Kim 10th Annual Village Golf Outing will be held Sunday at the Meadowood Public Golf Course in Westlake.

The invitational began 10 years ago when Bill Zuercher decided to give as a birthday president to his friend Kim Willison a tournament, inviting all their mutual friends to an entire afternoon together on the links.

All had such a good time that first year that it snowballed into an annual and several of those involved continued circling it on their calendars for a social and competitive date. Typically the tournament has 40-60 amateur golfers competing. 

Zuercher spends a few days planning and organizing it every year and has kept it a non-profit, professional-free event. Any proceeds from the entry fee (that includes two meals for each golfer) are channeled right back into the tournament. 

Prizes are given away for various “best” accomplishments such as “longest drive” and “closest to the pin” and “longest putt.” It is a scramble event with five or six foursomes starting on the front nine and five on the back nine, with a meal sandwiched between each nine-hole round and one topped off at the end of the event.

It is a regulation tourney with all the same rules as a collegiate or high school golf event.

“The most we have ever had in the event is 60,” Zuercher said. “It is mostly friends but we have had a few newcomers. We try to include everything they do all in one price so they know what they are getting.”
Mags golf wins tri-match with HB, Laurel; Jillian Hollis medalist with a 38

In a tri-match among three all girls schools, Magnificat golf was a double winner over Laurel and Hathaway Brown, outshooting the Gators by 28 strokes and the Blazers by 33.

Three Student/Athletes shot under 40 for the Blue Streaks. Jillian Hollis was medalist with a 38 while Ali Nageotte and Ashley Yarbrough shot 39.


Hollis (L), Nageotte (R)

Magnificat hosted Laurel and Hathaway Brown at Sweetbriar today.  The results are as follows:

Magnificat - 158
Laurel - 186
Hathaway Brown - 191
Low scores:
Jillian Hollis (M) - 38 (medalist)
Ali Nageotte (M) - 39
Ashley Yarbrough (HB) - 39
Cara Kelley (M) - 40

Miami Hosts RedHawk Shootout Tournament on Soccer’s Alumni Weekend

RedHawks face UT Martin, East Tennessee State this weekend; Senior Day is Sunday

OXFORD, Ohio – After taking last weekend off, the Miami University women’s soccer team returns home looking to snap a two-game skid on what will be the RedHawks’ busiest weekend of the season. Not only is Miami hosting the RedHawk Soccer Shootout Tournament, it will be soccer’s Alumni Weekend and Senior Day will take place on Sunday.

Joining Miami in the RedHawk Soccer Shootout Tournament will be Tennessee-Martin, East Tennessee State and Wright State. The RedHawks face UT Martin Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field while ETSU and WSU open the tournament at 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, Wright State and UT Martin begin the day’s action at noon before Miami takes on ETSU at 3 p.m., which will be Senior Day. Prior to Sunday’s match with the Buccaneers, Miami’s five seniors (Haley Clark, Courtney Clarke, Krysti Clarke, Sarah Dessfelt and Giselle Mangal) will be recognized. In between match days on Saturday, the annual alumni soccer game will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Miami’s practice soccer field.

Although the tournament has predetermined matchups, a tournament champion will be named with teams receiving three points for a win and one point for a tie. Following each match, regardless of the score, a five-person penalty kick shootout will also take place with the winner of the shootout receiving an extra point in the tournament standings.

Katy Dolesh
NDCL alumna Katy Dolesh

The RedHawks (2-2-0) dropped their last two games after starting the year with two wins. Miami opened the season with 4-0 wins at home over IUPUI and Morehead State but fell at Xavier, 2-1, Aug. 26 and suffered a 2-1 overtime defeat at Eastern Kentucky two days later. The ‘Hawks look to get their offense back in gear at home this weekend as Miami still tops the Mid-American Conference with 2.50 goals per game. Leading the way for the Red and White are junior Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) and sophomore Katy Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio), who each have three goals and seven points on the year, with the three goals tying for second in the league. Kodiak has scored a goal in each of her last three contests while sophomore Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) leads the team with a pair of assists and also has two goals.

Defensively, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) has started all four games and played every minute in net for Miami. Her 0.99 goals against average ranks third in the MAC while she has a pair of shutouts to go along with a .667 save percentage. The RedHawks have limited the opposition to just 27 shots on the year, or just 6.75 per game, including only 12 shots on goal.

UT Martin (5-1-0) enters the weekend riding a three-game winning streak, outscoring the opposition a combined 6-2 during that stretch. The Skyhawks knocked off Arkansas State Sep. 2 and topped Middle Tennessee State Sep. 4 in their first road game of the season last weekend. UTM’s only loss on the year was a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Missouri State. The Skyhawks are averaging 2.33 goals per game while giving up less than one per contest (0.83). Freshman Mariah Klenke and senior Lauren Mackenzie have split time in net with Klenke seeing the majority of the minutes while posting a 4-0-0 record with a 0.82 GAA. Senior Rosaelia Loza leads UT Martin’s offense with five goals and a pair of helpers while freshman Alyssa Curtis is second on the team with three goals.

ETSU (3-2-0) is also riding a three-game winning streak after opening the season with a pair of 2-1 losses. Last weekend, the Buccaneers downed Longwood in double overtime, 2-1, before crushing Alabama A&M, 10-0. ETSU is averaging 3.00 goals per game, led by freshman Jenna Caudle and sophomore Molly Vaughn’s three goals each. Sophomore Kayla White has two goals and two assists to tie for the team lead with six points, as well. Senior Caitlin Gaughan has played every minute in goal for the Bucs this year, compiling a 0.96 GAA and a .773 save percentage with a pair of shutouts.

Miami’s meetings this weekend with UT Martin and East Tennessee State will be the first in program history.

The third team taking part in the tournament, Wright State (3-2-1), opened the year with three wins, including an 8-1 beating of Canisius, but has since gone 0-2-1 against tougher competition. WSU fell to No. 7 Ohio State, 2-1, two weeks ago, while tying Ole Miss and falling to Auburn, 1-0, last weekend. Miami tied the Raiders in an exhibition match earlier this year, 2-2. Wright State is scoring 1.83 goals per game while giving up 0.67 a match. Senior Jen Agueci, sophomore Liz Soto and sophomore Sarah Gross each have two goals to pace WSU while sophomore goalkeeper Brooke McCurdy has started each game and has three shutouts with a 0.66 GAA and an .882 save percentage.

Live stats will be available for all four matches this weekend via Gametracker on MURedHawks.com. Following the RedHawk Soccer Shootout Tournament, Miami plays a final pair of non-conference games before opening MAC play. The ‘Hawks travel to Evansville Friday, Sep. 16 for an 8 p.m. match with the Purple Aces before welcoming Indiana State Sunday, Sep. 18 at 1 p.m.

Miami Hockey Single-Game Tickets Go On Sale Sept. 14

Fans can only order online beginning at 8 a.m.

OXFORD, Ohio – With Miami University’s hockey season set to get underway in just a few weeks, the Miami Athletic Department has announced that single-game hockey tickets will be available for purchase starting on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 8 a.m. The RedHawks host 19 home games in 2011-12, including one exhibition contest.

Last year, some fans experienced long waits on the phone to order tickets. In adding to the ease of purchase, this year single-game tickets can be purchased online only by clicking here, which will help make the process more fan friendly. Due to a limited number of single-game tickets, fans can buy tickets for up to three games during the season and may only reserve four tickets per game to allow more fans to enjoy the Miami Hockey experience. Standing room only tickets will also be sold through the Athletic Ticket Office Web site and can be purchased for an unlimited number of games during the year.

Fans that purchase reserved tickets to more than three regular-season games though the Athletic Ticket Office will have their orders for the number of games beyond the allotted three deleted without notice. Due to a lack of ticket supply, it is possible that standing room tickets may only be available for certain home dates.

Reserved ticket prices for most regular-season games are $20 for adults and $15 for youth (18 and under) while standing room only tickets during the regular season are $15 each. However, reserved tickets for games against Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State are $22 each and $17 for standing room only tickets. Tickets for Miami’s exhibition game against Windsor on Oct. 2 are only $15 for adults and $10 for youth.

For questions or instructions about purchasing tickets online, please contact the Miami Athletic Ticket Office at 513-529-HAWK or 1-866-MUHAWKS. Fans who call in or walk up to the Miami Athletic Ticket Office to purchase tickets will be helped with the online purchasing process but will not receive priority over those ordering directly online.

The RedHawks return 16 letterwinners from their 2010-11 squad that captured the program’s first CCHA Tournament title and made their sixth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Miami hosts non-conference series’ against Bemidji State and Alabama-Huntsville while also welcoming CCHA rivals Lake Superior State, Michigan, Bowling Green, Ohio State, Western Michigan, Northern Michigan and Notre Dame to Steve Cady Arena.

The RedHawks open the season Sunday, Oct. 2 with their exhibition contest against Windsor at 3 p.m. Miami’s complete schedule is available here. Check with MURedHawks.com for any possible time changes throughout the season.

Mount Union announces basketball schedule

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The University of Mount Union men's basketball team will begin the Mike Fuline era by playing six of its first 10 games at home, as the Purple Raiders released their 2011-12 schedule.

Mount Union opens the season on Tuesday, November 15th when they host Hiram. The Purple Raiders then travel across the Pennsylvania border to Beaver Falls for games against Grove City (Pa.) and Geneva (Pa.) as part of the Geneva Classic that weekend.

November wraps up with a home game against Westminster (Pa.) and a trip to Waynesburg (Pa.). The non-conference schedule concludes after the new year as the Purple Raiders will play two games in a tournament at Lycoming (Pa.) beginning January 2nd. They open the tournament against Immaculata (Pa.) and will then face either Penn State-Abington (Pa.) or host Lycoming.

The Purple Raiders open Ohio Athletic Conference play with four of their first five games at home when they host Otterbein on Saturday, December 3rd. The month of January is not as kind, with only two of nine games scheduled at home. Included in this stretch are road games against the three teams who finished atop the OAC standings last season: Marietta, John Carroll, and Capital.

Head coach Mike Fuline enters his first season in the college ranks after a successful high school career atMassillon Jackson and Rootstown, which included winning the 2010 OHSAA Division I State championship. He takes over a program that returns three starters and four of the top six scorers from a team last season that finished seventh in the OAC.

Preseason practice begins Sunday, October 16th.