A Page -- Sept. 15, 2010

The sign that hangs on the ALHS courts honoring the Chiricostas

Avon Lake's Nikki and Christine 

Chiricosta back together again, this 

time on Bowling Green State 

University's tennis team
Sept. 15, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor                     


Bowling Green’s No. 1 singles player Christine Chiricosta is delighted that the Falcons tennis team beings its fall season this weekend by hosting its own tourney in part because this season the senior will be joined by two long-time friends.

One of the Falcons’ two freshmen recruits this season is Nikki Chirocosta, who three years ago teamed with her older sister to win the big-school state doubles championship in Ohio for Avon Lake High School. Also transferring in from Coastal Carolina is sophomore Mary Hill from Munster, Ind., (near Chicago).

“This is exciting that both of them will be here with me this season,” said Chiricosta, who was Bowling Green’s Scholar/Athlete Award (the top female junior Student/Athlete in all sports who excels in both the classroom and playing surface) winner this past spring. “Nikki and I have been playing forever and Mary and I played against each other in one big national tournament and then met in the back draw of another one later. We have been friends ever since. I helped get her transferred here. This is a much better fit for her than Coastal Carolina.”

Christine Chiricosta

Christine Chiricosta

mug shot courtesy Coastal Carolina Univ.

Mary Hill

The one question those who are familiar with the situation is will Nikki and Christine Chiricosta be playing together as a doubles team?

Nikki Chiricosta

“We still don’t know that yet; I don’t even think the coach knows,” said Christine. “We’re not even sure who is going to be the No. 1 singles player this year. Our coach has paired us together with a lot of different people in practice so she can find the right combinations.”

Last year, Chiricosta, an English and secondary education major, teamed in doubles mostly with Maddy Eccleston, now a sophomore who played high school tennis at St. Ursuline Academy in Toledo. Chiricosta and Eccleston were 20-8 as the first doubles team last year.


This is Christine’s final year of eligibility so it will be the first, last and only chance for her and Nikki to play together as a doubles team on the collegiate level.

As a singles player in high school, Christine made it to the state tourney in 2003, 2004, and 2005 only to get eliminated each time and come home without a state title.


At that point, then Avon Lake coach Rich Mostardi decided that three strikes was enough. Since in post-season tourney play in highs school Ohio Student/Athletes can play only singles or doubles, Mostardi put the Chiricostas together as a doubles team for a tourney and the then high school freshman and senior went on to win the state title.

Now they are freshman and senior in college together. In college tennis, Student/Athletes can play both singles and doubles simultaneously.

“It would be nice if we could play together, but we have to do what is best for the team,” said Christine, who is carrying a 4.0 GPA into her final year of undergraduate studies. “Maddy and I played well together last year and so far in practice, I have played more with her than anyone else, but I have played with Nikki and a couple others.”

Maddy Eccleston


At some point, they might find themselves together in the same doubles match as a team in an intercollegiate situation, but that remains to be seen.


On a more definite and encouraging note, on the singles side, Nikki has made quick strides and is already in the top three in the entire group.

”She has done OK with the adjustment, but is still learning that it is a big leap from high school to Division I college,” said Christine. “She definitely will be a key part of our lineup.”

On the back end of that state title, Nikki qualified to states three consecutive years as a singles player.

BGSU vs Akron tennis April 23, 2010 - photo by Jason Knavel


Christine Chiricosta is a two-time Academic All American and was all MAC first team last year after making second team her first two years. Last year combined singles and double, Chiricosta led the Falcons in wins with 43.

Playing No. I singles all year last year, she finished 22-9 and has a career singles record of 64-23. Her combined overall record at BGSU (singles and doubles) is 128-49.


As a team in high school, the Shoregals were 68-0 in conference play during Christine’s four years there.

Their older brother, Matt Chiricosta, now a law student at the Cleveland State Marshall College of Law, was an eight-time all league performer (four times singles, four times doubles) in the Westlake-based North Coast Athletic Conference playing for Allegheny College.

Matt still holds the record at St. Ignatius High School for career wins.

St. Ed, Avon Lake play to a 0-0 tie

Sept 15

In a great evening of soccer that had tense moments on both sides, Avon Lake tied, 0-0, in Coughlin Field at St. Edward tonight.

Naturally, the score at half: was St. Edward 0, Avon Lake 0.

Goalie saves for Avon Lake:had Bryce Stuart stopping 3. Toby Frohlich had four stops for Eagles.

Avon Lake had 10 shots (5 were on goal). St. Edward: had 10 shots (4 were on goal).

Fairview edges Ridgeville in West 

Shore Conference soccer

Sept 15

In girls’ soccer tonight, Fairview topped North Ridgeville, 2-1. At halftime it was 0-0

NR’s goal was scored by Kayla Zingale. NR’s assist came from Paige Gorzelanczyk.




Sept. 15

By Nick Minerd

BEREA – The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team earned a three-game sweep at cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College on Wednesday, September 15 at Ursprung Gymnasium. The Spartans have now won three matches in a row and four of five overall.

Case improves to 6-3 for the season and won by scores of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-17. Baldwin-Wallace has an eight-match win streak snapped and falls to 9-3.

Avon Lake's Karpinski

Senior outside hitter Beth Karpinski (Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake) led the attack with 13 kills and contributed 10 digs to the defensive effort. Junior reigning University Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, OH/Badin) posted 10 kills. Sophomore setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, OH/Geneva) paced the offense with 27 assists and junior defensive specialist Kara Monnin (Minster, OH/Minster) posted a team-high 13 digs.

The Spartans return to action this Friday and Saturday, September 17-18, at the Carnegie Mellon University (PA) Crossover. The Spartans open the weekend versus Allegheny College (PA) and Johns Hopkins University (MD) at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m., respectively, on Friday.

Levey Sisters Lead Spartans to 

Victory versus John Carroll

Sept 15

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND (U District) – Sophomore midfielder Deena Levey (Columbus, OH/Bexley) and younger sister, freshman Leah Levey (Columbus, OH/Bexley), each scored as the Case Western Reserve University women’s soccer team defeated John Carroll University, 2-0, at Case Field.

The Spartans improve to 4-1-1 overall and have now won three straight. Case returns to action this Sunday, September 19 at regional-power Otterbein College at 2:00 p.m. in Westerville. With its loss, JCU falls to 2-4.

Deena Levey broke a scoreless tie with her second goal of the season via an assist from sophomore midfielder Erica Sackett (Independence, OH/Independence) in the 75th minute. Leah Levey added an insurance score in the 86th minute on a rebound following a shot by freshman midfielder Rachel Borque (Newton, NH).
In goal, junior Anna Kennedy (Evanston, IL/Evanston Township) recorded five saves to post her first shutout of the season and improve to 2-1 overall. John Carroll’s Molly Gradowski made seven stops in the loss.

For the game, Case outshot the Blue Streaks, 11-7, and held the advantage in corner kicks, 8-3.

Following Sunday’s game at Otterbein, the Spartans return home to host Baldwin-Wallace College on Tuesday, September 21 at Case Field.

 Men's Soccer Drops a Heartbreaker to Heidelberg

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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin – The Oberlin College men’s soccer team won the game in every aspect except where it maters most, as it fell to the Heidelberg University 1-0 in heartbreaking fashion on tonight. 

Oberlin (2-5), which has now dropped five straight games, outshot the Berg 19-13 and had a slight 7-6 edge in shots on goal. OC also triggered four corner kicks compared to just two for the victors. 

The lone score of the game came in the 39th minute as a misplay on a cross from the far side left Cory Buhrman open on the backend for a one-on-one opportunity with Oberlin goalie Zach Lipshultz

The Yeomen had multiple scoring opportunities in the second session as 14 of their shots came in the final 45 minutes of play. In the closing seconds of the game Oberlin had two shots hit off the crossbar and another fly wide of the goal. 

However, give Heidelberg (4-1) keeper Mike Kenny his due as he turned away six Oberlin shots in the second half and seven overall on the night. 

Another prime OC scoring chance came in the 56th minute when Wyatt Hayman headed a corner kick from Oliver Miller-Farrell to the far post, but a Berg defender was there to kick it away to prevent the score. 

Miller-Farrell led the Yeomen offense as he rifled off seven shots – three of which were on goal. Lipshultz made five saves in goal for Oberlin.

The Yeomen will look to put an end their skid on Saturday evening when local rival Case Western Reserve University comes to town for a 7 p.m. tilt.

Amherst clinches at least tie in 

SWC boys soccer race with 

2-0 win over Dogs

Sept. 15

Connor Klekota led the Comets to another SWC win against Olmsted Falls, securing a first place tie in the conference at the midpoint of the season.

Klekota had a goal and an assist to the lead the Amherst attack, while Bobby Soler added a goal and Josh Birkline notched an assist. Maximo Meggitt earned the shutout in goal with 2 saves.

The Comets improved to 6-1-1 on the year and take on North Ridgeville on Saturday.

Taylor Lockhart had 4 and Jacob Samsel 6 saves for Falls, now 2-5.

Amherst JVs remain undefeated 

with shutout over the Falls

Sept. 5

The Amherst Comet JV soccer squad remained undefeated with a 5-1 win over Olmsted Falls. Nick Glowacki led the Comet attack with two goals, while Marcus Schmitz, Mark Matos, and Tommy Wesley each added a goal.

Assists were provided by Cole Plumb, Matos, and Wesley. Niko Malobabic earned the win in goal and the Amherst defense had another fine game.

The team is now 7-0 on the year.


Magnificat nips St. Joe in volleyball Battle of

the Bridge; Jaguars get moral victory by 

winning two games, keeping it tight 

Sept. 15, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER-- In Coach Mike Mileti’s seven years at St. Joseph Academy, the Jaguars had never even one a single game let alone a match against West Side rival Magnificat – until tonight.


In the Battle of the Bridge here at Mags High, the Jaguars gave the ranked Blue Streaks a run for their money before falling 3-2, walking out of the gym with a moral victory knowing they had won two games, which is two more than any other St. Joe team has done against Mags in at least seven years.

 Listen to post-match interview with SJA coach Mike Mileti from today’s Mags-St. Joes volleyball match conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Joes, complete with a large student body cheering section in the corner stands, came out fired up and took a 1-0 lead in games. The Jaguars went up 9-4 in the first game, but then the Streaks went on a 5-0 run to tie it, 9-9.

Cayley Balzer

The lead then changed hands six times, Mags using the kills of Brittney Balser and Cayley Balser to continue coming back and taking leads. Joes scored the last four points of the game with Allie Zabkowicz providing a key kill for a 25-23 win.

Mags bounced back in the second game, taking an early lead and not letting it go until the Jags kept fighting and finally taking a 21-20 lead on a Zabkowicz kill. However, three consecutive kills by Brittney Balser closed the game, all with Dan Feddrix serving, giving the hosts a 25-22 win and tying it 1-1 in games.

Watch short videos from today’s Mags-St. Joes volleyball match, filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Again, Joes started off fast in the third game. With Breana Terlop serving, the Jags rattled off six straight points to take a 6-1 lead. Eventually Mags took a 12-11 lead on a Brittany Flynn hit. Joes tied it back up two more times but Mags took it 25-20, the B. Balser providing the kill for the 25th point.


Listen to post-match interview with SJA Student/Athlete Breana Terlop from today’s Mags-St. Joes volleyball match conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Joes came back in the fourth game, taking a 6-0 lead with Terlop’s timely serving. The tough front line of Balser, Balser and Halle Kearny provided the blocks and kills for the streaks to come back t eventually tie it at 14 and then take an 18-14 lead.  Joes countered with kills from its big girl Rachel Caja, strong hitting and passing of Allie Zubkowicz, Nikki Zubkowicz and serving of Terlop.

Allie (L) and Nikki Zubkowicz

Listen to post-match interview with SJA Student/Athletes Nikki and Allie Zubkowicz from today’s Mags-St. Joes volleyball match conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


A Terlop ace gave Joes a 19-18 lead and Allie Z kill ended a 6-0 Jags run. After Mags tied it at 21-21, Terlop took the serving slot and the Jags took a two point lead and eventually hung on for a 25-23 win, tying it in games, 2-2.

Joe’s led 1-0 in the fifth game, but Mags opened up a 10-5 lead on a Kearney kill and went on to win 15-10.

The Mags S/As were unavailable for comment after the match.

Magnificat, Roosevelt play to a 2-2 

tie in high school field hockey thriller

Sept. 15, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – Magnificat and Kent Roosevelt went through two regular halves and a 10-minute overtime this afternoon and battled all the way, playing to a 2-2 tie in high school field hockey.

The Blue Streaks scored first at 4:08 when senior Mary Leone tallied to make it 1-0.

Watch short video of Mary Leone’s goal, filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


It appeared as if Mags was going to hold the lead up until halftime, but then the Rough Riders scored that crucial late goal, Nadia Black coming through at 29:01 to make it 1-1, which was where it stood at the halfway point of regulation.

Listen to post-game interview with Roosevelt High Student/Athlete Nadia Black  from today’s Mags-TRHS field hockey match conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Again, Mags took fewer than five minutes, scoring at 34:22 to take a 2-1 lead with Jackie DiGeronimo scoring the goal and Liz Michael getting the assist.

TRHS tied it at 39:45 when Brooke Baughman came out of a scramble and stuffed the ball past Streaks keeper Jane Vinesky.

It appeared as if TRHS would take its first lead in the 48th minute of the match, but the apparent goal was whistled off because an attacking player did not touch ball inside the circle.


Listen to post-game interview with Roosevelt High Student/Athlete Brooke Baughman  from today’s Mags-TRHS field hockey match conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


The Blue Streaks put the pressure on TRHS keeper Kristen Maynard in the waning moments of regulation, but Maynard kept shutting the door, including making one stop while lying on her back.

Then they went to 7-on-7 (including goalies) for the 10-minutes with one timeout a side and regular substitution.


Listen to post-game interview with Roosevelt High Student/Athlete Kristen Maynard  from today’s Mags-TRHS field hockey match conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Both teams had some quality chances in the extra minutes but both goalies continued to stand tall when under pressure.

For TRHS, the girls made great strides with this match. Coming in they were 0-4-0 and with the tie at least came a half step closer to getting the winning thing going.

The Mags Student/Athletes were unavailable for comment after the match.

Watch short videos  from today’s Mags-TRHS Field hockey match, filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:



Cleveland State women's basketball 

schedule announced

Sept. 15, 2010

By Greg Murphy

CLEVELAND - A total of 14 home games, including two separate three game homestands, highlight the 2010-11 Cleveland State women's basketball schedule that was announced on Tuesday (Sept. 14).

"We put this schedule together to combine a mixture of teams that will help us mature and grow throughout the season," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "We are going from having a group of veterans to an untested, yet talented group of players and it will be important for this group to grow up quickly, especially with so many games on the road early on."

Kate Peterson Abiad

Coach Kate Peterson Abiad

Following home exhibition contests against Slippery Rock (Nov. 3) and Ohio Valley (Nov. 9), CSU opens the regular season on Nov. 13 when the Vikings play at Cornell, the first-ever meeting between the two schools.



Sam King, Jeremy Basham join 

Mount coaching staff

Sept. 15, 2010

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE--The University of Mount Union has named Sam King and Jeremy Basham assistant men's basketball coaches.

Sam King and Jeremy Basham have been named assistant men's basketball coaches at Mount Union

Sam King (L) and Jeremy Basham

King is familiar with the Purple Raiders as he was a four-year letterwinner who played in 98 games and started 95 of those games over the last four seasons.  A point guard as player, he averaged 7.7 points, 4.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game and tallied nearly 400 total assists.



Mount distributes scoring wealth to 

earn win over Bethany

Sept 15

By Josh Reilly

BETHANY, W. Va. -- Three different goalscorers helped the Mount Union men's soccer team stretch its unbeaten streak to four games with a 3-2 victory over Bethany tonight.

Thomas Beck (Poland/Cardinal Mooney) finished with a goal and an assist while Matt McCain(Homeworth/West Branch) and Joey Merlo (Niles/Cardinal Mooney) also tallied for the Purple Raiders (3-2-1).

Beck opened the scoring in the first minute -- exactly 53 seconds into the contest.

Arkangelo James answered right back with a goal for the Bison (2-5) in the third minute.

Mount Union then scored the next two goals. McCain found the net in the 10th minute before Merlo expanded the Raider advantage to 3-1 in the 47th. Beck assisted Merlo's score.

Jason Straw brought Bethany within one with a goal in the 74th minute.

Jon Critell (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney) was the winning goalkeeper. He made six saves for the Raiders.

Matt Burt stopped nine shots for the Bison.

Mount Union will be in action again this weekend at the Wittenberg Invitational. The Purple Raiders will take on Earlham and St. John Fisher.


Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Mount Union.........  2  1 -  3
 Bethany.............  1  1 -  2
  1.   0:53 MTU Thomas Beck (unassisted) - own goal
  2.   2:25 BET Arkangelo James (6) (unassisted) - off deflection
  3.   9:15 MTU Matt McCain (unassisted)
  4.  46:32 MTU Joey Merlo (Thomas Beck)
  5.  73:45 BET Jason Straw (1) (unassisted) - Free Kick to Upper 90

 Shots: Mount Union 21, Bethany 17
 Saves: Mount Union 6 (Jonathan Critell 6), Bethany 10 (Matt Burt 9;
 TEAM 1)

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