A Page -- Sept. 14, 2010


Battle of the unbeatens to clash in 

Byers Thursday when Solon visits 

Parma Sr.

Sept 14, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SOLON – A pair of undefeated teams will lock horns Thursday night in Byers Field when Parma Sr. (3-0) hosts Solon (3-0).

Solon has not lost a regular season game since the 2008 season and is on the road for the second consecutive week, going after its 14th consecutive regular-season win. The Redmen have been a vastly improving program in recent years and the timing is right now to be facing a program as highly formidable as Solon’s.

The Redmen share their home field on Day Drive with three other teams so a special Thursday night starting time is both ideal and convenient and somewhat monopolizes the attention with hardly any other football games going on around town.

Although the Comets first three games were against teams that are perennial playoff participants (Shaker, Kilbourne, Mentor) and have traditionally strong programs, those three this year and right now have a combined 2-7 record albeit three of those losses owned by the Comets.


One can be certain though that of those three Mentor should win at least five or six more games and Kilbourne should post a few more wins and the Red Raiders strong non-conference schedule should have prepared them for Lake Erie League play coming up soon.

Parma’s three wins have come against fairly large schools, but two of them were against Berea and Midpark, which have replaced Fairview as the new doormats of the Southwestern Conference in recent years, and the third was against Lorain High, which was formed at the end of last school year by combining the old Admiral King and Southview from the relative ghost town. Midpark and Berea are also soon to be expected to do the same to become more competitive.

Still, the Redmen beat all three rather handily with their potent offense that put up over 100 combined points and a defense that has let up only 20. Solon has also racked up over 100 points but has given up five touchdowns in three games.

This will be the first Northeast Ohio League game for both teams. Solon is 1-0 against Parma since the NOC was formed a few years ago and 1-0 for all time, since the two never met prior to the formation of the relatively new mega conference. Solon is in the Valley Division, which it won last year, while Parma is in the Lake Division. The Comets are ranked No. 1 in Greater Cleveland and Parma I ranked No. 20.

Last week the Comets posted a hard-fought win over Mentor, 31-21, in a battle of two of the traditionally top seven public school programs in the area (Massillon, McKinley, Brunswick, Strongsville, Glenville) in the area.

“We’ll never discount a win,” said Solon Head Coach Jim McQuaide. “Sometimes when you make mistakes, you have to give credit to the other team. Mentor played extremely well, but our guys hung in there all night.”

Nick Davidson

In that game, Nick Davidson was like a wild man on defense, registering a whopping 20 tackles, including three solos and three tackles for losses, pushing his season total to 32 tackles (4 solo) and 8 TFLs, putting him in the team lead.

The Comets needed the strong defensive effort since the offense had to come from behind twice to tie it in the first half before dominating the game in the second half, taking the lead twice, the second time after Mentor had come back to tie it.

The deciding points came on a 29-yard field goal by Alex Knight.

One interesting historical note on this game is that former Solon Head Football Coach Jack Ruvolo held the same position at Parma High School in the 1970s. Coach Ruvolo’s teams at Parma were extremely successful before his departure to Solon. At Solon, Coach Ruvolo went 99-32 (.756) from 1977 to 1989. Following his stint as the Solon head man, he was an assistant coach at John Carroll University.


Quarterback Chris Humphrey of the Comets hit the 400-yard mark in total offense in the game against the Cards.


AJ Hicks, after 3 games, is second to Davidson in total tackles with 24 assists, 6 solos, and 7 TFLs.

Since this is a crossover game, it will not count in the league standings.

Milliken Selected to Lead 

Case Western Reserve Swimming &

Diving Program


By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND – Case Western Reserve University Director of Athletics Dave Diles has announced the hiring of Doug Milliken as the Spartans’ new head swimming and diving coach. Milliken has spent the last four years on the staff at the University of Chicago (IL) and served as associate head coach for the past three seasons. 



“Doug separated himself from a deep and talented group of candidates based on his clear articulation of professional vision and values that are a great match for our swimming & diving programs, our department and the University,” said Diles.  “His experience at another UAA (University Athletic Association) member institution has clearly prepared him well.”








PITTSFORD, NY - Case Western Reserve University junior middle hitter Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, OH/Stephen T. Badin) has been named the University Athletic Association Volleyball Co-Player of the Week for her performance during tournament action this weekend. McCutchan has now earned the honor three times in her career. 


McCutchan, an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, led the Spartans to a 3-1 record at the Marcia French Memorial Tournament and was named to the all-tournament team. In four matches, she totaled 75 kills and a .387 hitting percentage. She also posted 26 digs, six service aces and nine total blocks.

Oberlin's Field Hockey Team Remains Perfect Cruises Past Trine

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9/14/2010 6:32:22 P
By Mike Mancni

Oberlin - The Oberlin College field hockey team remained unbeaten as it cruised to a 5-0 win over Trine University on Tuesday afternoon. 

With the victory, the Yeowomen improve to 4-0 on the young season. This is the first time in Head Coach Deb Ranieri’s nine-year tenure that Oberlin is off to a 4-0 start.

Lake Ridge golf team remains 

undefeated with win over St. Eds at 

Lakewood Country Club


WESTLAKE -- Lake Ridge Academy Boys Varsity Golf team remained undefeated with tonight’s well-battled four stroke victory over St. Eds, 154-158, played at Lakewood Country Club, a Par-36 course

Lake Ridge (8-0) was led by Thomas Tavolara, who shot a 36 to earn Medalist honors. He was followed by Mitchell Rice (39), Spencer Scheeler (39) and Nick Nemetz (40).

The Eagles had Zach Champa (39), Mike Schwartz (39), Brian Bir (40) and Brian O'Neil (40)

B-W Men’s Soccer Rallies to Tie 

CWRU 1-1 in University Circle

By Nick Minerd and Kevin Ruple

CLEVELAND (University District) – Sophomore midfielder Justin Peterson (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) scored with 41 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team tied host Case Western Reserve University, 1-1 in double overtime, today (Tuesday, September 14, 2010) in a nonleague match in University Circle.  The tie was the first of the year for the Yellow Jackets.

With the tie, the Yellow Jackets are now 5-1-1 overall and next play on Saturday, Sept. 18 when they host Grove City College of Pennsylvania in a women’s and men’s doubleheader at The George Finnie Stadium in Berea.  The women begin play at 4:30 p.m. and the men kick off the nightcap at 7:00 p.m..

The Yellow Jackets and Spartans played to a scoreless draw in the first half. The best scoring opportunity for either team was a shot by B-W senior forward Tyler Leister (Stow/ Stow-Munroe Falls) from 20 yards out with 33:29 remaining that went just high and over the goal.



Strongsville to host tie-ridden 

Twinsburg, which has been fit to co-

goose-eggings all season long

Sept. 14, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


STRONGSVILLE – Coming off a sound 5-0 win over Mentor, Strongsville does not want to look past tomorrow’s match against Twinsburg just because the Tigers’ record looks like something to sneeze at or at least release a yawn.

Twinsburg (1-0-5) has played a lot of close matches and has not given up many goals and obviously with that many ties has been in every match to the very end.


Strongsville is ranked fifth in the state and Twinsburg is unranked. The Mustangs suffered a 1-1 tie last week in Westlake, which is also unranked.

The Mustangs have found a consistent scoring combination in Mike Cook and defensemen Nate Langhals, who have now combined on four goals including another one against the Cardinals Saturday. (See the Sept. 1 A Page on S/A-Cleveland for a video of one of these goals).

Scoring combo -- Cook (left) and Langhals

Also against Mentor, Bryan Wolanski scored his fifth goal of the season, placing him one behind Vlad Lekarev for the team lead  Jamie Jindra had his first two-goal game of the season against the Cardinals. Chris Mir-Salimi also rung the bell for his first goal of the season.


Tomorrow will be Retro Night with the Mustangs wearing kelly green jerseys from Strongsville teams of yester-year and the boosters will also be selling fanatic T shirts.

Speaking of Twinsburg and its penchant for posting ties, the Mustangs and Tigers have tied twice in the last three years, 2-2 last year and 1-1 in 2007. The Mustangs won, 2-0, in 2008. Twinsburg has had four 0-0 draws this year.

Jesuit and all-boys schools dominate 

Kiely Cup; Walsh's McHugh, 

Gilmour's Andrews garner medalist 


Sept. 14, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SHAKER HEIGHTS – In the Kiely Cup here in Canterbury Golf Club, it was the two Jesuit schools that dominated as St. Ignatius and Walsh both posted a match-best team score of 302.

The Wildcats had junior Beau Titsworth shoot a 74 followed by Matt Gerard 75, Anthony Maroon 76, Greg Calvert 78 and Christian Wagner 79.

Tyler McHugh

Walsh’s Tyler McHugh was Co-Medalist along with Gilmour’s Alex Andrews with both shooting 72s. Walsh also had freshman Chase Johnson shoot a 73. The other Warriors were Tyler O'Brien 76, Nick Musgrave 81 and Brandon Kocan 97.

Also two out of the top three team slots were claimed by all-boys schools as University School was third with 308. The Preppers had Scott Smith and Steve Kelly both shoot 75s. Will Reitan had a 79 followed by John Coughlin 80 and Jesse Schreibman 86.

Lake sophomore Jake McBride shot a 74, Medina junior Mike Bishop a 76, Hudson’s Jax Stroup and Medina’s Sean Sherman 78s, and Stow’s Ian Holt, Litheran West’s Mike Clum, Aurora’s Mitch Johnson, Avon Lake’s Brendan Aussem, CVCA’s Jake Forsythe and Mentor’s Allan Poe all with 79s.

Lake Ridge’s best was Mitch Rice with an 80 and Chagrin’s best was Jake Edelman with an 86.

Medina had the best team score among public schools with a 319.

Rob Yahrmarkt becomes assistant 

wrestling coach at Mount Union

Sept. 14, 2010

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE --The University of Mount Union has named Rob Yahrmarkt assistant wrestling coach.

Yahrmarkt spent last season as an assistant coach at Olivet (Mich.) College after spending four seasonswrestling for the Comets.  He was a four-year letterwinner at Olivet who was a team captain as a senior and posted 71 wins for his career.

The Sparta, Michigan native, graduated from Olivet in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in sports managementand he has been a camp counselor and clinician with the Michigan Xtreme Wrestling Club, Athletes in Action Wrestling Camp, Sparta Wrestling Club and the Olivet College Wrestling Camp.

Oberlin travels to Wooster for NCAC tilt

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9/14/2010 11:43:30 AM
By Ryan Mouch
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student Writer

Oberlin – The Oberlin College football team, coming off an exciting come-from-behind overtime win over rival Kenyon College, looks to carry its momentum and go 2-0 for the first time since 1989. The Yeomen will travel to the College of Wooster in search of a win over a young Fighting Scot team.

What: Oberlin College Yeomen (1-0, 0-0 NCAC) @ The College of Wooster Fighting Scots (0-2, 0-1 NCAC)
When: Saturday, September 18, 1 p.m. EST
Where: John P. Papp Stadium – Wooster, Ohio
Radio: AM- 1320 WOBL l Brian Deitz (play-by-play) l Don Vincent (color) 
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Live Stats: TBA
Extra Coverage: The Jeff Ramsey Show brought to you by Lorenzo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, Wednesday, September 15, 8:30 p.m. on AM-1320 WOBL andloraincounty.com.



Rangers getting a hang of this 

winning thing

Sept. 14

It could be said that North Ridgeville’s volleyball team is now on a hot streak. After snapping a 51-match losing streak over parts of three seasons, the Rangers posted two victories at the Barberton Tournament over the weekend.

The Rangers made it three wins over a four-day span with tonight’s 3-0 win over Firelands.


The scres went: NR 21 FIRELANDS 25, NR 24 FIRELANDS 26, and NR 9 FIRELANDS 25


For the Rangers,  Heather Snyder 46 for 46 15 assists. Kaitie Borges was 26 for 26 with 8 assists. Briana Lehman had 2 solo blocks 6 kills and Rachel Crow added 11 kills.




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