A Page -- Sept 11, 2010

Avon wins first LCAAA tourney ever 

by ending Avon Lake five-year run; 

Carmela Mostardi becomes first 

county No. 1 singles champ in 

school history

Sept. 11, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



AVON LAKE – For the first time in the 15-plus-year history of the tournament, Avon High won the championship of the Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association Girls Tennis Tournament with the top team finish today here in Avon Lake High Courts.

The Eagles become the first non-Avon Lake High team to win the tournament since 2004 when Elyria Catholic claimed the team championship.

The Shoregals had their five-year run ended but still claimed second place with 29 points and two individual champions.

The Eagles, who posted 32 team points, did it by doing a typical Avon Lake thing in qualifying someone (or “some two”) two each of the five finals, claiming two championships and three runners-up slots.


Listen to post-game interview with Student/Athlete Carmella Mostardi from today’s LCAAA Tennis Tourney conducted by Norm Weber and Scott Sommers by clicking and downloading:


Carmela Mostardi became the first No. 1 singles champion in school history at Avon for this tournament by taking the title with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Avon Lake’s Erin Hrivnak.

Laura Schmitz (L) and Halle Mentler

 Listen to post-game interview with Student/Athletes Laura Schmitz and Halle Mentler from today’s LCAAA Tennis Tourney conducted by Norm Weber and Scott Sommers by clicking and downloading:


The Eagles also claimed with top spot at No. 2 doubles with an all-freshman team of Laura Schmitz and Halle Mentler, who claimed the finals match with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Amanda Harley and Blaire Carpenter.

Kate Began

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Avon Lake’s two wins came at second and third singles. Kate Began, a senior playing singles in this tourney for the first time, came from behind to beat Avon’s Rachel Bertrand, 1-6, 6-0, 6-1, in the No. 2 singles finals.

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Began, whose two older sisters preceded her as Student/Athletes that helped that Shoregal run, was a two-time doubles champ in this tournament in past years.

Allison Moore

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 Watch short video of Avon Student/Athlete Ashley Rice from today’s LCAAA Tennis Tournament filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


Allison Moore repeated as No. 3 singles champ by defeating Avon’s Ashley Rice, 6-1, 6-3 in the finals.

Watch short video of Avon Student/Athlete Allison Moore from today’s LCAAA Tennis Tournament filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


The upset of the day in the finals came at first doubles in which first-seeded Kitty Ramadagu and Megan Monroe were unsettled by Elyria Catholic’s Michele Mueller and Shannon Tomshack 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. Ramadagu and Monroe, a transfer from St. Joe’s, were 11-0 coming into the match and just had defeated the Panther duo a few days earlier in a dual match.

Michele Mueller (L) and Shannon Tomshack

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It was somewhat of a déjà vu for Tomshack and Mueller, who as seniors are playing first doubles for the first time this year but were second doubles LCAAA champs right here three years ago as freshmen.

Coach Aston

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By sweeping the third-and-fourth matches in all three singles matches, Amherst got a good enough of a head start to hang on and shake out as the third-place team trophy winner with 20 points.

The Comets’ Maggy Smith beat North Ridgeville’s Katherine King for third at first singles,  Rachel Szucks topped EC’s Erika Emling at second singles and Jordan Ford bettered Ridgeville’s Marissa Reitknecht at third singles for 15 of the ‘Herst’s 20 points.

EC took fourth with 18 points.  Ridgeville took fifth with 15 points. The Rangers also had a fourth at second doubles with Elisabeth Alter and Jordan Reitknecht.

Elyria High claimed sixth place with a pair of thirds in the doubles matches. Holly Howser and Marie Masters beat the Rangers couplet at second doubles, and the Pioneers’ India Fields and Emily Henceroth topped Vermilion’s Sam Yeager and Christine Hoholski in the first doubles for third place.

Vermilion took seventh and Midview eighth in the team race.

Klekota's goal in 68th minute 

gives Amherst the win in  battle of 

blue and green Comets

Sept. 11, 2010


In a battle of two teams nicknamed Comets, the green Amherst Comets 

were a 2-1 winner tonight over the blue Solon Comets in boys’ high school 


 Amherst was led by Connor Klekota, who scored two goals, including the 

game-winning penalty kick with under 12 minutes left in the match.

 Maximo Meggitt earned the win in goal for the Comets with six saves.  Amherst improves to 5-1-1 on the season, while Solon drops to 4-2.  Both Comet clubs were ranked in the Greater Cleveland top ten last week.

Klekota scored both Amherst goals and both were unassisted.

Solon ‘s goal was scored by Jake Mendlovic assisted by Cumber Orlando

The shots were even with Amherst putting 7 on net and Solon also putting on goalie heat for 7.

 Scott Lievy had four saves in goal for Solon.

Baldwin-Wallace Defeats 

Capital, 10-7, in the OAC 

Opener in Berea; J.J. Laseak 

gets Dick Miller MVP in 

sterling all-around defensive 


By Kevin Ruple

Sept. 11

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College football team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rivalCapital University, 10-7, tonight (Saturday, September 11, 2010) in the OAC opener for both teams at The George Finnie Stadium in Berea before 4,507 fans.

J.J. Laseak

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An efficient Yellow Jacket offense and an opportunistic defense led the Yellow Jackets to their second straight victory to start the 2010 season. The B-W offense scored a touchdown and scored afield goal and the defense forced five Crusader turnovers en route to the win.



Yeomen Fall to Transylvania

Sept 11

By Ryan Mouch
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

Danville, Ky. - The Yeomen once again failed to capitalize on many chances falling to Transylvania University 3-0 to close out the 21st Annual Bob Allen Nissan Classic at Centre College. 

Although Head Coach Blake New felt that the Yeomen once again possessed the ball very efficiently, they were unable to find the back of the net for the second straight day.

The Yeomen (2-4) fell behind early to the Pioneers, and in an effort to tie the game late, were burned for two more goals that sealed the win for Transylvania, with the second goal coming on a breakaway from midfield and the third on a penalty kick late.

New's squad will look to get back on track as the travel to Tiffin, Ohio on Wednesday, September 15, to take on Heidelberg University. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.








B-W Sweeps Two Matches on Second Day of Marcia French Memorial; Mount Union wins tourney on tie breakers

Sept. 11, 2010

By Jim Rodriguez

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College volleyball team improved to 8-2 overall with a 3-0 sweep of Earlham in the first match on the second day of the Marcia French Memorial Tournament in Berea. B-W plays Oberlin at 1:00 p.m.


Versus Earlham, sophomore middle hitter Rachel Switalski (North Royalton / Holy Name)led the team with eight kills. Junior outside hitter Chelsea Nissen (Williston / Genoa) had seven kills and 11 digs. Offensively, senior setter Casey Passen (Ashville/Teays Valley) had 12 set assists, while sophomore setter Jessica Stitts (Eastlake / North) also had 12. Defensively, sophomore libero Natalie Emmons (Ashland/ Senior) had 14 digs.

Spartans Defeat Grove City at 

JCU Classic

Sept. 11

By Nick Minerd

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO – The Case Western Reserve University women’s soccer team defeated Grove City College (PA), 2-1, on the second and final day (Saturday, September 11) of the 2010 John Carroll University ClassicThe Spartans finished the weekend with two wins following yesterday’s 4-0 win versus Oberlin College.

Case improves to 3-1-1 overall and returns home to host John Carroll on Wednesday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Case Field in Cleveland. With the loss, Grove City drops to 2-2 overall.
The Spartans picked up right where they left off from Friday’s effort and got on the board early in the eighth minute when junior midfielder Rebecca Vaughan (Parma/Normandy) scored via an assist from sophomore midfielder Erica Sackett (Independence).

Senior midfielder Frances Hogan (Westerville, OH/Columbus Academy) added to the lead with her second goal of the weekend following a pass from freshman forward Paige Strang (Anthem, AZ) in the 37th minute.
Grove City cut into the lead when Hannah Yang scored in the 60th minute but the Spartans were able to hold the Wolverines off to secure the 2-1 win.

In goal, junior Anna Kennedy (Evanston, IL/Evanston Township) started and recorded one save to earn her first win of the season (1-1 overall). Sophomore Chelsea Lasky (Fairview, PA/Villa Maria Academy) played the second half and made three stops but was scored on for the first time in 304 minutes and 54 seconds this season.

For the game, Grove City outshot the Spartans 13-10 and held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Purple Raiders win second straight

By Josh Reilly

Sept. 11, 2010

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Thomas Beck (Poland/Cardinal Mooney) scored both Purple Raider goals in the second half, lifting the Mount Union men's soccer team to a 2-0 win over Geneva (2-1-1) at Mount Union Stadium on Saturday.

Beck scored his first goal in the 72nd minute on a lead pass from forward Joey Merlo (Niles/Cardinal Mooney). His second goal came in the 84th minute on a penalty kick.

Goalkeeper Jon Critell (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney) recorded his second shutout of the season for Mount Union (2-2-1).  Critell finished with eight saves while Golden Tornado goalkeeper Evan Biedenbach stopped six shots on goal.

The Raiders will be in action again Wednesday at Bethany (W. Va.).

Spartans Win Twice on Day Two of 

French Memorial Tournament

By Nick Miner

CLEVELAND (U DISTRICT) – The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team won both of its matches on the second and final day (Saturday, September 11) of the Marcia French Memorial Tournament at Horsburgh Gymnasium. The Spartans finished the weekend at 3-1 and tied for second in the nine-team field. The tournament was co-hosted by Case and Baldwin-Wallace College.

Case defeated John Carroll University (6-3 overall) in four games and the College of Wooster (3-6 overall) in three to improve to 5-3 overall. Versus the Fighting Scots, the Spartans rallied from a 19-9 deficit in the third game.

Mags alumna Rachel Gulasey 

Versus John Carroll, Case won 25-21, 21-25, 25-16 and 25-18.  Junior ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, OH/ Badin) led the offense with 22 kills and contributed five service aces, 15 digs and two block solos. Sophomore setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, OH/Geneva) totaled 40 assists and sophomore setter Rachel Gulasey (Cleveland, OH/Magnificat) led the defense with 17 digs. Sophomore defensive specialist Kara Monnin (Minster, OH/Minster) also totaled 15 digs.

Against Wooster, Case won 25-19, 25-22 and 26-24. McCutchan led the way with 25 kills and was named to the all-tournament team. Freeman had 42 assists and Monnin posted 24 digs.

The Spartans are back in action on Wednesday, September 15 at Baldwin-Wallace at 7:30 p.m. in Berea.

North Ridgeville's volleyball 

team ended its 51-match 

losing streak today

Sept. 11, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


North Ridgeville’s volleyball team ended its 51-match losing streak with a win today over Mogadore in the Barberton Tournament.

The Rangers lost Roosevelt 25-8 and 25-19 and then beat Mogadore 25-16 and 25-19.



Against TRHS, Rachel Crow had  4. Kills, Jessie Lentz 4 digs and Katarina Kovach 5 for 5  serving with 1 ace.

Against Mogadore, Kaitlyn Davis had  3 digs 18 for 18 serving 2 ace, Kovach 3 solo blocks, Rachel Crow 9 kills, Briana Lehman 4 kills, Kaite Borges 22 for 22 setting 11 assist and Heather Snyder 18 for 19 setting  with 8 assists.

In NR vs. Coventry, the scores were Nr 25- Coventry 23, Coventry 25 - Nr 22Nr 25 Coventry  15.

Katarina Kovach 2 solo blocks and 5 kill,  Briana Lehman had 2 solo and 3 assist blocks 
Jessie Lentz 10 digs 8 kills 15 for 15 serving 2 ace, Rachel had 9 kills, Kaitlyn Davis 8 digs, Heather Snyder 44 for 44 with 17 assists and Kaitie Borges 30 for 30 setting with 10 assists 

Perry alum Ty Griffin leads Mount 

to team championship at Sayre 


Sept 11, 2010

By Josh Reiilly

NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- Ty Griffin (Massillon/Massillon Perry) was the individual champion and Scott Wolfe (East Palestine/East Palestine) placed second to lead the Mount Union men's cross country team in its team championship performance at Walsh's Rick Sayre Invitational.


Griffin navigated the course in 25:57.58, becoming the first of five Purple Raider finishers in the top seven. Wolfe crossed the line in 26:12.76.

Joshua Clemence (Akron/Firestone) took fourth place for Mount Union with a time of 26:20.58. Erik Reed (East Liverpool/East Liverpool) and Tim Kelly (Lakewood/Lakewood) clocked in at 26:36.26 and 26:37.82, respectively, for sixth and seventh.

Lakewood High alum Tim Kelly

The Raiders will return to action on Sept. 18 when they compete in the Penn State Behrend Invitational.

Zach Homyk

Homyk’s Last Minute 

Touchdown Lifts Spartans to 

14-10 Win at Rochester

Sept. 11

By Nick Minerd

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Senior wide receiver Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep) caught the game-winning touchdown from senior quarterback Joey Baum (Dalton, OH/Walsh Jesuit) with 46 seconds remaining in the game as the Case Western Reserve University football team rallied to defeat theUniversity of Rochester on Saturday, September 11 at Fauver Stadium.

The Spartans improve to 2-0 overall heading into a bye week and have now won 33 consecutive regular season games. Rochester falls to 0-1 and has now lost three straight to Case.

Case took the opening drive 29 yards on five plays and scored when Baum connected on a 12-yard touchdown pass to Homyk. The point after from senior Sam Coffey (Middletown, OH/Lakota East) made the score 7-0 at the 12:44 mark.



Two Key Plays Give Hiram Football team Win Against Kenyon College

September 11, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

GAMBIER, OHIO   –  A 60-minute, four-quarter game comes down to two big plays as the Hiram College football team captured a 21-13 win against Kenyon College today (Saturday, Sept. 11), ending an 11-game winless streak,  in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener at McBride Field in Gambier.

With the win, the Terriers improve to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the NCAC.  The win also marks the first win for Hiram since the season finale in 2008.  The Lords drop to 0-2 overall and 0-1 NCAC.

Kenyon would be the only team to score any points in the first half, but the Lords didn’t get on the board until late in the first quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by Brett Williamswith 11 seconds left to give Kenyon a 7-0 lead.




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