A Page -- Sept. 15, 2011

Magnificat tennis posts 11th win of the season; drops Chagrin, 4-1

 Magnificat tennis moved to 11-2 on the season with a big, 4-1 win over Chagrin Falls.

The victory was keyed by big singles wins by Emily Witt and Lauren O'Malley.

The Blue Streaks also swept both doubles matches.                                        

Magnificat 4 Chagrin Falls 1

Singles: Mazzola(C) d. Plagens 6-0,6-1; Witt d. Benson 6-1,6-2; O'Malley d. O'Neil 6-1,6-0.

Doubles: Foliano/Patrick d. White/Widman 4-6,6-2,6-2; Hollis/Lawless d. Gusik/Magnason 6-3,7-5.

St. Joe’s tennis wins for second time this week; Callie Powers wins a 17-15, marathon tie-breaker in rubber set

St. Joseph Academy tennis won for the second time this week, 5-0, over Midpark Tuesday.

The second singles match was the only close match and was it ever a close one!
The Jaguars’ Callie Powers won her match at second singles in three sets with all three sets going to a tie breaker, including a marathon, 17-15, tie-breaking finish in the rubber set

Saint Joseph Academy 5, Midpark 0

Singles:  Wagner d. Nikova 6-2, 6-2; Powers d. Vazquez 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (17-15); Drapac d. Prinkey 6-0, 6-4.
Doubles:  Violand/Kahl d. Ciacchi/Gaglione 6-4, 6-1; Saracina/Paponetti d. Crossen/Milisic 6-3, 6-2.

Bay hikes WSC record to 3-1 with win over North Ridgeville

Bay moved to 3-1 in the West Shore Conference volleyball standings with Tuesday’s 3-0 win over North Ridgeville.

Rachel Vick led the Rockets with a dozen kills. Heather Snyder had 13 assists and two aces for the Rangers.

Tuesday, September 13

North Ridgeville: LOST
Game Scores: 17-25, 20-25, 17-25
Overall Record: 5-5
WSC Record: 1-4
Briana Lehman: 6 kills
Heather Snyder: 13 assists and 2 aces
Kimly Pham: 8 digs
Bay Village: WON
Overall Record: 6-2
WSC Record: 3-1
Amy Urwin: 2 aces
Rachel Vick: 12 kills
Emily Garrity: 13 digs
Katie McFeeley: 25 assists
Next Match: Bay Village vs. Elyria Catholic

Panthers nip Rangers in WSC play

In girls’ high school tennis Tuesday, Elyria Catholic was a 3-2, West Shore Conference winner over North Ridgeville.

First Singles:M. Baker (EC) def. K. Watson (NR) 6-0, 6-0
Second Singles:E. Emling (EC) def. C. Ashcraft (NR) 6-0, 6-0
Third Singles:J. Carroccio (EC) def. T. Wishner (NR) 6-0, 6-0
First Doubles:E. Alter/A. Ferrara (NR) def. K. Lester/M. Palichleb (EC) 7-6 (10-8), 6-2
Second Doubles:D. Ozello/A. Fuller (NR) def. M. Pack/B. Buchs (EC) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2

John Carroll Stops Kennedy’s Scoreless Stretch and Spartans Unbeaten Streak

CLEVELAND (U District) – The Case Western Reserve University women’s soccer team saw its unbeaten streak snapped at the hands of local-rival John Carroll University by a score of 1-0 on Tuesday, September 13 at Case Field.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at JCU, but continued maintenance on the track at Don Shula Stadium forced the game location to be changed.

Note: This story could also be found at S/A-Cleveland's national electronic paper, S/A-Jesuit:


And By Clicking on Sept. 15 A PageThe Spartans fall to 3-1-1 overall and will return to action this Saturday, September 17, versus Otterbein University at 4:00 p.m. at Case Field. John Carroll improves to 3-2.

The Blue Streaks got on the board quickly in the fourth minute when the Spartan defense failed to clear a corner kick and Colleen Harmon volleyed a shot over senior goalkeeper Anna Kennedy (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township). The goal broke Kennedy’s 354-minute, 34-second scoreless streak.

The Spartans best threat of the first half came in the 44th minute when senior forward Ana Arruda (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Pioneer) fired a shot from the box and missed just left of the net.

In the second half, the Spartans threatened again with a corner kick in the 62nd minute, but a header by junior midfielder Kendra Simmons (Medina, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) sailed high of the goal. The Spartans kept constant pressure around the net with several more tries via corner kick, but JCU was able to prevent the game-tying goal.

In goal, Kennedy recorded two saves in her first loss of the season. JCU’s Lexi Korczynski played the first half to get the win, while Nicole Gyrs closed out the second half.

Stephenson’s two goals lead Avon Lake boys’ soccer to shutout of Midpark

Nick Stephenson scored two goals and Alex Strimbu had two assists to lead Avon Lake to a 5-0, Southwestern Conference win over Midpark last night (Wed.).


Zac Strimbu and Mac Bates shared the shutout in goal.

Chris Telep had 15 saves in goal for the Meteors.

Avon Lake 5 Midpark 0


Avon Lake: 2-2-2 (2-1-1)

Midpark: 1-5 (0-3-0)


Midpark: none

Avon Lake: Kevin Gjyrezi, James Darkow, Alex Yungvirt, Nick Stephenson 2


Avon Lake: Alex Strimbu 2, Alex Voloshen, Kevin Gjyrezi

Goalies: Midpark, Telep (15 saves); AL, Zac Strimbu (1 saves), Mac Bates (1 saves)

Score at half: Midpark 3 Avon Lake 0

Shots for Avon Lake: 24

Shots for Midpark:   2

Corners for Midpark: 

Corners for AL8

It's Strimbu and Strimbu for Avon Lake girls' soccer; Jillian scores goal, Dana gets shutout against Midpark

By John Kenny

Facing a packed in defense that stifled Avon Lake most of the Wednesday night’s match, the Avon Lake Shoregals soccer managed only a goal in a 1-0 victory over host Midpark.

The Shoregals were still able to muster 10 shots on goal despite the spirited defensive effort by the Meteors.  The Avon Lake goal was scored by senior midfielder Jillian Strimbu on an assist from junior midfielder Kailey McClain.


Dana Strimbu recorded her third shutout of the young season and made 4 saves while Meteor goalie Sam Thompson was kept busy stopping 9 shots.

Girls Soccer
Avon Lake vs. Midpark
Game Date:    Wednesday Sept. 14, 2011
Final Score:
Avon Lake (AL) - 1        Midpark (M) - 0
AL    3-1-2            M    3-5-0
AL  Jillian Strimbu        M    None
AL  Kailey McClain        M    None
Shots on Goal:
AL    10            M    4
AL    Dana Strimbu - 4 saves
M    Sam Thompson - 9 saves
AL    20            M    7
 Corner Kicks:
AL    5            M    1
AL    0            M    0
AL    6            M    3
AL    0            M    0

Kersten Kress, Clare Adams score goals while Abby Rogers posts shut out to lead Avon Lake JV soccer to SWC win

In JV action last night,  the Avon Shoregals emerged victorious by 2-0 score against Midpark on goals by
junior Kersten Kress and freshman Clare Adams. 

 Junior goalkeeper Abby Rogers recorded the shutout.

Malone volleyball tops Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio— The Mount Union women's volleyball team fell in defeat to Malone Tuesday night at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. The Purple Raiders (7-3) were only able to win one set, dropping a 3-1 decision (23-25, 23-25, 26-24, 23-25).

A competitive match, each set was decided by just two points. After falling behind 13-7 in the first set, the Purple Raiders rallied to take a 20-19 lead before dropping the set, 25-23. Malone (5-5) took the second set by the same score. The Raiders faced match point in the third set before scoring the final three points to take the set, 26-24. Mount Union's comeback attempt fell short, as Malone took the fourth set, 25-23.

Lake Catholic alumna Nicole Snyder

Taylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) led the Purple Raiders with 13 kills, followed by Nicole Snyder (Mentor/Lake Catholic) and Maya Brown (Tiffin/Tiffin Columbian) with 12 kills and eight kills respectively.

Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) had 42 assists for Mount UnionKristen Gromes(Navarre/Fairless) had a team-best 15 digs while Lauren Mastroine (Orrville/Orrville) had 14 digs andChristine Frazier (Westerville/Westerville North) added 11 digs.

Perry (Stark) alumna Megan Fisher 

Both teams struggled with their serves throughout the night. Mount Union had nine service errors and Malone had 16.

Megan Fisher (16), Lauren Townley (15), Hannah Haver (14), and Taylor Slauterbeck (11) all had double-digit kills for Malone.

WSU Golf Ties for Ninth at Marshall Invitational

The Wright State golf team finished in a tie for ninth as the Marshall Invitational concluded Tuesday afternoon in Huntington, West Virginia.

Cody Fixari led the way for WSU as he tied for 25 with a three-round score of 214 (68-72-74).

No. 11 HEIDELBERG volleyball team to play four matches at Great Lakes

Regional Challenge

TIFFIN, Ohio-The No. 11 Heidelberg University volleyball team, 7-1 overall,
will play four matches over two days-including two against nationally ranked
opponents-at the Great Lakes Regional Challenge hosted by Wittenberg
, Friday-Saturday, Sept. 16-17.  The Berg will play Alma (Mich.)
College at 1:30 p.m. and The College of Mount St. Joseph at 6 p.m. Friday,
and No. 1 Calvin (Mich.) College and No. 13 Hope (Mich.) College at 10 a.m.
and 4 p.m. Saturday at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield, Ohio.

Heidelberg is coming off last weekend's Charlie Wrublewski Tournament hosted
by The College of Mount St. Joseph, in which it went 2-1, defeating Thomas
More (Ky.) College and Mount St. Joseph, but losing to No. 3 Wittenberg.
Despite the loss, the Berg maintained its No. 11 ranking in the American
Volleyball Coaches Association top-25 poll.

Heidelberg will utilize a widely-spread offensive attack, led by four
hitters-sophomore middle hitter Amber Welfle (Norwalk/St. Paul), junior
second-team All-OAC middle hitter Marian Bevington (Celina/Parkway), senior
reigning Ohio Athletic Conference player of the year Jackie Reinhart (New
Riegel) and senior second-team All-OAC outside hitter Venessa Haase
(Miamisburg)-who are averaging more than 2.00 kills per set.  Junior setter
Rachel Ferguson (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) has shouldered much of the
guidance on offense, tallying a team-high 87 assists and a 6.67 assists per
set average.

Defensively, freshman defensive specialist Tessa Benanzer (Fort Loramie) has
67 digs and averages 5.15 digs per set, while Bevington has blocked a
team-high 19 attacks.

Alma is currently 5-2, while Mount St. Joseph, which the Berg defeated by a
3-1 count last weekend, is 2-7 overall.  Defending NCAA champion Calvin
(7-0) and Hope (6-0) both boast perfect records.

Two area quarterbacks, Lakewood’s Dan Shannon and Jackson’s Max Paulus, turn in stellar weeks to lead their teams to NCAC offensive explosions

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


WESTLAKE – Two Student/Athlete quarterbacks from the Cleveland area had big days in leading their North Coast Athletic teams to major offensive outbursts over the weekend.


DENISON scored 31 of its 44 points in the first quarter en route to a 44-7 triumph over Earlham in Richmond, IN. Junior quarterback Max Paulus (Massillon, OH/Jackson) completed 19-of-25 pass attempts for 269 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.

The second-year starter spread his 19 completions out to 12 different receivers.



KENYON totaled 442 yards of total offense, but a last-second interception deep in Hiram territory sealed the 16-13 setback against the Terriers. Junior quarterback Dan Shannon (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) threw for a career-high 334 yards, while junior safety Will Clements (Chagrin Falls, OH/University) made seven tackles and had two interceptions.


DENISON: Senior Dee Salukombo (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) won his fourth consecutive GLCA men’s individual title, with a time of 26:01.9 over eight kilometers. He topped the rest of the 101-runner field by 29 seconds.

Lakewood's Dee Salukombo

As a team, the Big Red placed third of seven teams.

Leading the Denison women in 10th place was senior Ani Mutafova (Canton, OH/Jackson), with a time of 20:11.4 over five kilometers. The Big Red placed fourth in the team standings.

Jackson alumna Ani Mutafova

OHIO WESLEYAN opened the fall portion of its 2011 schedule with a sixth-place finish at the Trasylvania Fall Invitational at the University of Kentucky’s Wildcat Course in Lexington, KY. Junior Jerry Moore (Mogadore, OH/Mogadore) led the Battling Bishops at the event with a two-over-par score of 144 to finish sixth individually.

Mogadore's Jerry Moore

HIRAM picked up a 2-1 victory over John Carroll in its only action last week after its scheduled contest against Marietta on Tuesday was postponed. Sophomore Andy Harding (Bath, OH/Revere) assisted on both Hiram goals in the victory over JCU.

DENISON went 1-4 last week and was 1-3 at the Marcia French Invitational, hosted by Baldwin-Wallace and Case Western Reserve. The Big Red’s victory was a straight-set decision over Buffalo State. Senior Lauren Strowder (Cleveland Hts., OH/Cleveland Hts.) posted a career-high 24 kills in a five-set loss to Carnegie Mellon.

Heights alum Lauren Strowder

HIRAM went 4-0 to win the Penn St.-Behrend tournament. Senior Shaina Bryan (South Euclid, OH/Brush) was named to the all-tournament team and senior setter Taylor Summerfield (Warren, OH/Howland) was named MVP

In volleyball the Battling Bishops of OWU played Capital mid-week and fell in four. Junior middle hitter Ashley Haynes (Norton, OH/Norton) and junior outside hitter Megan Weissenberger (Toledo, OH/Central Catholic) hit back-to-back kills at the end of the first set, to win the first game against the Crusaders, but Capital came back to win the next three and take the match.

Baldwin-Wallace College Women’s Soccer Team Defeats Hiram, 1-0, In Home Opener; 

River's Mikula assists Parma's Keller on the 

winning goal

BEREA-- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer team defeated Hiram College, 1-0, tonight (Tuesday, September 13) in a non-conference match on the Tressel Field at the George Finnie Stadium.  The contest was the home opener for the Yellow Jackets.
Keller (L), Mikula (R)

With the victory, B-W snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 3-2 on the season.   The loss drops the Terriers to 2-2 overall.

The Yellow Jackets got the lone goal of the game when sophomore forward Heather Keller (Parma) found the back of the net off the cross from junior midfielder Lindsey Mikula (Rocky River) at 14:18 in the first half.

In net for B-W, sophomore Kristina Mathur (Mason) recorded her first win of the season and her third in her career without facing a shot on goal.

B-W outshot the Terriers 14-3 but lost the corner kick battle 2-1.

North Olmsted's Ashley Kuhn scores match's 

only goal as Mount Union soccer snaps two-

match losing streak

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's soccer team snapped a two-game losing streak and posted its fifth shutout of the season as the Purple Raiders blanked Oberlin, 1-0 Tuesday night at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.


Ashley Kuhn (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) posted the game's lone goal in the 58th minute as she streaked down the right side drove into the box and put it past the keeper from five yards out.

Jackie Podolsky (Canfield/Canfield) had five saves to post her fourth shutout of the season in goal for the Raiders.

Mount Union moves to 4-2-1 with the win while Oberlin falls to 3-3-1 with the loss.

The Raiders are now off for eight days before hosting Pitt-Greensburg on Wed., Sept. 21 at 7 pm at Mount Union Stadium.

Connor Klekota scores goal, adds assist as 

Amherst plugs up Falls and hangs on to first 

place in SWC boys’ soccer  

Amherst secured first place in the SWC with a hard-fought 3-0 victory over Olmsted Falls last night (Wed.)



The Comets were led by Connor Klekota, who scored and had an assist. Andrew Souders and Mark Ferber also scored for the Comets, who are undefeated in SWC play. Garrett Klekota and Marcus Schmitz added assists.

Maximo Meggitt and Niko Malobabic earned the shutout in goal, but the Amherst defense, led by Eric Armstrong, Jake McDonald, Dalton Sweet and Garrett Klekota, was amazing, leading the Comets to their fourth straight shutout in the conference.

"Josh Birkline also had a fine game for us," said Brett Thompson, the coach for Amherst, which moved to 5-1 on the season. The Comets take on Strongsville on Saturday in a match-up of two of the top teams in the Greater Cleveland area.

Amherst Steele 3, Olmsted Falls 0

Goals: Connor Klekota, Andrew Souders, Mark Ferber
Assists: Marcus Schmitz, Connor Klekota, Garrett Klekota
Saves: Amherst - Maximo Meggitt (1), Niko Malobabic (1); OF - Jacob Samsel (7)

Amherst Steele record - 5-1 (4-0 in the SWC)

Amherst JV soccer wins low-scoring affair 

against Olmsted Falls; Ben Freeman scores lone 


Ben Freeman scored the lone goal for the Amherst Comets JV soccer en route to last night’s (Wed) win over Olmsted Falls.

It was the first win of the season for the JV outfit.

Playing well for the Comets, according to coaches, were Zach Levit, Ben Higgins, Mitchell Snowden, Cody Waller, Tyler Clotz, and Phil Sheffield. Josh Daugherty earned the shutout in goal for the Comets.

Amherst hopes to continue its winning ways against Strongsville on Saturday.

WSU Volleyball Falls in Four to Miami

The Wright State volleyball team won the opening set, but could not maintain the momentum as the Raiders fell to Miami in four sets Tuesday night at the C.J. McLin Gymnasium.  The RedHawks won the match 14-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-15.

WSU came out strong in the early going, jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the opening set.  Miami cut the margin to 10-7 on a Jenn Caylor kill, but hte Raiders answered with three straight, including a kill and block from Heidi Splinter, and maintained the advantage the rest of the way.  Overall, Wright State outhit the RedHawks .333-.048 in the first set, with Alaina McAuley recording six of WSU's 14 kills.

The Raiders then led for much of the second set, going up 21-20 on an Anna Norman kill.  Miami, however, tallied three in a row to go in front for good and won on back-to-back kills by Cassie Farrell.

Over the final two sets, the RedHawks hit an impressive ..463 with 29 kills while holding WSU to 19 kills and a .102 hitting percentage.

For the match, Miami had a slight edge in kills (55-47) and outhit Wright State .299-.202.

Splinter posted a double-double of 15 kills and 12 digs to pace the Raiders while McAuley had 10 kills and Mariah Nussbaum eight.  Jessica Levy had 13 digs, Brittany Waddell 10 and Ashleigh Lucco recorded 43 assists.

Caylor led Miami (9-2) with 12 kills.

Wright State (1-9) opens Horizon League play on Friday, September 16, by hosting Youngstown State in a 6:00 match.

Hartville's Eick Nabs MAC Runner of the Week Honors

CLEVELAND – After winning his second consecutive race to start the 2011 season, Miami University junior cross country runner Jarrod Eick was named Mid-American Conference Men’s Runner of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. Senior women’s cross country runner Kelley Miller earned the honor on the women’s side, giving Miami a sweep of the weekly awards.

Eick (Hartville, Ohio) won the Miami Open Saturday, taking first place at Miami's only home meet of the season for the second straight year. He finished in 25:39 in his first 8K race of the year, crossing the line 15 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Eick led Miami to the team title as well for the second straight race, ahead of three other teams, as he beat out a field of 44 runners.

The weekly honor is the second of Eick’s career for cross country, also winning the award Sept. 8, 2010 after placing third at the Flyer 5K Challenge. He won MAC Track Athlete of the Week twice last season as well, doing so on March 29 and May 10, 2011. Eick has been named Miami’s Male Athlete of the Week each of the last two weeks after winning the Dayton Flyer 5K Challenge Sept. 3 and the Miami Open on Saturday.
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HEIDELBERG women's soccer team loses at Wooster, 3-1

WOOSTER, Ohio- Freshman forward Kristen Smith (Lancaster/Bloom Carroll)
scored her first career goal, but the Heidelberg University women's soccer
team lost, 3-1, to The College of Wooster today in a non-conference match at
Cindy Barr & Carl Dale Field in Wooster, Ohio. The game was the fourth road
game in five matches for the Berg in 2011.

The loss drops Heidelberg to 2-3 overall, while Wooster improves to 4-2.

Wooster's Crystal Chavez scored the Fighting Scots' first two goals in the
18th and 22nd minutes, respectively, to give them a 2-0 lead and entered
halftime with a 3-0 lead following Lida Bilokur's 30th-minute goal.

Smith put 'Berg on the board in the 74th minute when she received a sliding
pass in the box from freshman midfielder Stephanie Crossman
(Dayton/Bellbrook) and fired the goal to the right side of the net to cut
the score to 3-1. The assist was the first of Crossman's career.

In goal, junior Molly Schriber (Sidney) started and played the first half,
facing eight shots and making three saves. Sophomore Brittany Labry
(Aurora/Twinsburg) relieved Schriber and made one save in 45 minutes of

The Berg returns to Tiffin looking forward to playing six of its next eight
matches inside the friendly confines of Mayer Field, beginning with a 7 p.m.
match against The College of Mount St. Joseph on Friday. Heidelberg has
four non-conference matches remaining on its 2011 schedule before opening
Ohio Athletic Conference play at Capital University on Saturday, Oct. 1.
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