A Page -- Sept. 17, 2010

Indiana making its mark on women's 

soccer with help from four Cleveland 

products; 2009 Greater Cleveland 

Player of the Year, freshman 

Rebecca Candler makes immediate 

impact, to see three former MHS 

teammates against Kent tonight

Sept 17, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Long time the apex of men’s college soccer in the United States, Indiana University has been developing quite a women’s program in the last few years, thanks in part to a quartet of Student/Athletes from the Cleveland area.

The retired Jerry Yeagley could be considered the dean of men’s college soccer coaches in the same vein that North Carolina’s Anson Dorrance has been the dean of women’s college soccer coaches. Thus, Indiana’s women’s coach Mick Lyon tore a page out of each playbook in the hopes of someday making Indiana the women’s version of the great Yeagley Hoosier teams or the Midwest’s version of the Tar Heels’ scores of championship teams, or something along those lines.

After having their best year ever last year, the Hoosiers got off to a quick start this year, but have slipped some in their last three matches and will look to get back on track this weekend in their last two non-Big Ten matches of the season against a pair of MAC teams, Rob Marinaro’s Kent State team tonight in Bloomington and then Sunday against Central Michigan, also in Bloomington.

Rebecca Dreher

Holy Name alumna Rebecca Dreher

Indiana won four of its first five matches but has lost the last three, two of them to ranked teams.

To go with what he already has, Lyon earned two prizes named Rebecca from the Cleveland area for this season in Medina’s Rebecca Candler, who led the Bees to the big-school state championship last year, and Holy Name alumna and Westlake native Rebecca Dreher. Lyon already has two Strongsville High products in Molly Buynak and Kerri Krawczak

Molly Buynak

Molly Buynak

Four different area newspapers named Candler their Player of the Year last year and in addition she was named an ESPN high school All American and more importantly an Academic All American by the national coaches’ association. She was also on two Ohio North state championship teams with the Internationals.

Dreher led the Green Wave to the state championship in Division II in 2006. No relation to the Dreher Student/Athletes (including one soccer standout) from Magnificat although she ironically went to the same grade school and grew up in the same Cleveland suburb as them, was also on a Midwest Regional championship team with the Cleveland Alliance Soccer Association and has been a member of the Ohio North Olympic Development team since 2004.

Buynak's and Krawczak's old friends L to R Sherwood, Simmons, Henderson

In fact, tonight’s match against Kent features a total of 16 S/As from the Cleveland area. Marinaro has a dozen players from the area that include three Medina High products and former teammates of Candler’s in Hannah Johnson, Katelyn Warnke and Kellyn Flanagan; Strongsville High/Jon Felton understudies and former HS teammates of Buynak' and Krawczak's in Sara Henderson, Kelly Sherwood, and Shelby Simmons; Strongsville’s Hannah Newhouse who played for Laurel School for Girls; Avon’s Megan Repas; Hoban alumna Jessacca Gironda; Cloverleaf’s Megan Jackson; CVCA grad Julie Keslar, and Jackson’s Rachel Dennis.

Candler's old buddies L to R Warnke, Flanagan, Johnson

Candler as a freshman has made an immediate impact for the Hoosiers. In seven matches, she already has one goal and one assist.

Rebecca Candler


Her goal and assist both came in the second match of the season, a 3-0 blanking of Evansville. Her assist came in the first half when Candler delivered a low cross back out to Oriancia Velasquez who one-timed it home from 12 yards out in the 23rd minute of the contest.

Candler's goal was an insurance tally, the team’s third of the day. Candler delivered on a 15-yard strike in the 87th minute to make it 3-0 and seal the victory.

Kerri Krawczak


Krawczak, a mid defender, has played in all seven matches, anchoring a defense that has posted three shutouts. She made a tremendous dive for a save in the first half of a 6-0 win over Butler that Lyon said kept the momentum ini the Hoosiers’ favor.

Buynak was on the Strongsville senior soccer class that made it to the state’s Final Four three out of four years although she has been troubled by injuries.

Kent State to face nationally 

ranked Penn State

Sept 17, 2010

Kent State (1-1) at #22/20 Penn State (1-1)

Saturday, September 18, 2010 • Noon EDT
Beaver Stadium (107,282/Natural Grass) • University Park, Pa.
Radio: WNIR 100.1 FM (Tom Linder, Rob Polinsky & Ty Linder)
Television: ESPN2 (Bob Wischusen & Brian Griese ) • Internet: ESPN3.com

The Opening Kick
Kent State and Penn State will meet for the third time — and the first since 2003 — when the Golden Flashes travel to Beaver Stadium Saturday. The game will mark the Flashes first appearance on ESPN2 since 1995 (Akron) and will also potentially be the largest crowd to ever watch a Kent State football game.

Penn State heads into the contest ranked 22nd in the latest Associated Press poll and 20th in the USA Today coaches poll. The last time the Golden Flashes played a ranked opponent was a 48-3 loss at No. 3 Ohio State in 2007. Kent State is 0-20 all-time against opponents ranked in the AP top 25.

Not So Sweet Homecoming
Kent State's victory over Murray State came at a significant cost to the Flashes as a pair of senior All-MAC standouts from Pennsylvania — Monte' Simmons (DE) and Eugene Jarvis (RB) — went down with injuries. Simmons (Swissvale) is out roughly a month with a broken left ankle and hopes to return Oct. 9 against Akron. Jarvis (Pittsburgh) suffered a groin strain and looks to return Oct. 2 at Miami. Obviously both will miss the Homecoming of sorts in Happy Valley.

Joe Paterno

Facts In A Flash
• Sophomore quarterback Spencer Keith has completed 66.2 percent of his passes (47-71) en route to throwing for 476 yards and four touchdowns the first two weeks of the season. He has spread the wealth to 10 different receivers.

• Junior wideout Sam Kirkland leads the Flashes with 12 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore wide receiver Tyshon Goode is second on the team with 10 grabs.
• Junior running back Jacquise Terry has rushed for 43 yards while making six catches for 116 yards and two TDs in the first two games.
• Defensively, senior linebacker Cobrani Mixon turned in a 15-tackle, 1.0 sack, 1.5 TFL performance at Boston College to take over the team lead with 23 stops.
• Senior free safety Brian Lainhart has caused 17 turnovers in the last 21 games. His 15 career interceptions are four shy of the school record and are the most among current FBS players.
• Sophomore kicker Freddy Cortez is 14-for-15 on field goal attempts over the last seven games.

A Glance At The Series
Saturday's game is the third all-time meeting between the Golden Flashes and Penn State. The Nittany Lions won 21-6 in 1965 and 32-10 in 2003. The Golden Flashes are 0-9 all-time against the Big Ten, having also played Iowa (0-2), Michigan State (0-1), Minnesota (0-1), Ohio State (0-2) and Purdue (0-1).

Oberlin Field Hockey Battles Hard in First Loss of the Season
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Oberlin – The Oberlin College field hockey team gave the visiting Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops all they could handle, but in the end the Bishops were able to eke out a 2-0 victory over the Yeowomen on Friday afternoon. 

Oberlin’s defense, led by sophomore goalie Kiran Puri, was simply sensational throughout the game as they held the Bishops scoreless for nearly 55 minutes. Puri matched a career-high with 19 saves in the contest. Rookie Marissa Blackwell added two defensive saves, while fellow first-yearHannah Christiansen and senior Tasha Cohan each contributed with one defensive save. 
Spartan Volleyball Wins Two at CMU 


Sept 17, 2010

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND -- The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team improved to 8-3 for the season with victories versus Allegheny College (PA) and Johns Hopkins University (MD) during the opening day of the Carnegie Mellon University (PA) Crossover inPittsburghThe Spartans have now won five in a row and six of seven overall.

Case completes weekend action on Saturday versus Muskingum University and Trine University (IN) at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., respectively.
Avon Lake's Karpinski

The Spartans defeated Allegheny (3-8 overall) in three sets; 25-18, 25-21 and 25-15. Senior outside hitter Beth Karpinski (Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake) posted a team-high 12 kills. Junior ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, OH/Badin) and junior outside hitter Rachel Suchy (Venetia, PA/Peters Township) posted nine and seven kills, respectively. Sophomore setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, OH/Geneva) totaled 35 assists and sophomore setter Rachel Gulasey (Cleveland, OH/Magnificat) recorded 12 digs.
Mags Grad Rachel Gulasey

Spartan Student/Athletes Take 

Part in Case for Community 



CLEVELAND – Case Western Reserve University student-athletes took a break from their rigorous academic and athletic schedules to serve the community on Friday, September 17 as part of the University’s eighth annual “Case for Community Day.” The Spartan student-athletes did their part by welcoming more than 200 elementary school students from the Cleveland area for a sports clinic at the Veale Center.


“Everyone involved had a great time and it was very special for the kids,” said football senior wide receiver Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep), who serves as a Case Association of Student Athletes (CASA) community service chairperson.


“Student-athletes at Case are privileged to be in the position we are, so it is nice to give back and connect to the community,” noted Homyk. “The kids really look up to us and feel a part of our teams.”


The day included training and activities in various sports such as football, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball and track & field. The children also were provided with complimentary food and beverage in addition to the day’s many activities.


“I feel like the day really provides great role models for the kids in the community,” said men’s soccer sophomore midfielder Ross Twanmoh (Fallston, MD/Fallston), also a CASA community service chairperson. “It’s important for our students to get involved because without a great community around you, it is hard to excel. “


Spartan student-athletes have provided sports clinics as a part of Case for Community Day for the past four years. The event is just the beginning for many of Case’s athletes, who contribute countless hours of community service throughout the year.


“Our student-athletes really look forward to this day all year,” said women’s soccer Head Coach Tiffany Crooks.

“They love the chance to coach and interact and they certainly provide a fun environment for the kids. We never have a problem finding enough volunteers. This is definitely one of the highlights of their year.”


Elyria Catholic outlasts Bishop 

Hartley for overtime win; 

Reaser hits Voreis for winning 


Sept. 17, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ELYRIA – In a battle of unbeatens, Elyria Catholic came through with a dramatic 34-28 victory over Bishop Hartley when Danny Reaser hit Conor Voreis with a seven-yard pass for a TD in overtime tonight here in Knights of Columbus Field Stadium.

With the win EC improves to 4-0 and with the loss, Hartley falls to 3-1. 

EC did not have to punt ht whole night as Reaser had things under control on offense.


Listen to post-game interview with Elyria Catholic High Student/Athlete Danny Reaser from tonight’s EC Hartley football game -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


The defense came through too. Hartley drove to inside the EC 25 with 12 seconds left, but a field goal attempt was tipped by the line sending the game into OT and then the defense forced the fumble as Hartley had the ball first.

Watch short video of winning score in tonight’s EC-Hartley football game -- filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:



Reaser ran for seven yards and then threw to six to James 

Baker to set up the winning score.

Watch short video of Reaser pass to Baker to set up winning score in tonight’s EC-Hartley football game -- filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:



Listen to post-game interview with Elyria Catholic High Student/Athlete Conor Voreis from tonight’s EC Hartley football game -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:



 In the first quarter, Elyria Catholic had a severe case of fumble-itis, coughing up the ball twice and turning it over to the guests. The Panther defense held on the first one and forced a punt, but the Hawks capitalized, scoring the game’s first TD on an 11-yard run by Omar Lane with 2:10 left. Brent Wahle kicked the extra point to make it 7-0.

Watch short video of the Elyria Catholic High Student/Athletes exercise their right as a Catholic school to pray after the game on their school premises after tonight’s EC-Hartley football game -- filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


EC would have none of it and bounced right back after the kick off. The Panthers took only 36 seconds and three plays to tie the game.

First, quarterback Danny Reaser connected with Zach Rogers for a 49-yard gain to the 21 and then hit Panther hockey standout James Baker for a 12 yard gain to the nine. From there, Cory Campbell ran it in for a 9-yard TD, Jacob Moore added the kick and it was 7-7 with 1:34 left in the opening frame.

The Panther defense kept the Hawks grounded for the most part in the first half.

In the first half alone, linebacker Jake Lawler had a sack, a tackle for loss, a fumble recovery and a bat down of a Hartley quarterback Austin Underwood pass on third down that forced a punt.

Jake Lawler

Listen to post-game interview with Elyria Catholic High Student/Athlete Jake Lawler from tonight’s EC Hartley football game -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


The EC offense mixed luck and skill quite well in the first half.

EC coach Ben Malbasa had the hot craps dice going in the first half. Rolling the dice twice on fourth down in his own territory, Malbasa saw his confidence pay off as his offense came through both times. The second one led to the Panthers’ second score of the night.

First, the Panthers had a 4th and 3 on their own 42 early in the second quarter. Joe Dempsey lined up behind the center and took a snap in the Wildcat variation and ran eight yards to midfield for a first down. 

They eventually gave it up on downs, but after getting the ball back again, the EC offense got the vote of confidence again, but this time in a riskier neighborhood.

On fourth and one from their own 16 and with about five minutes to play in the half, the Panthers went for it, gained the yard on a Matt Morgan run and then fueled up and finished off a 92-yard scoring drive to take a 13-6 lead.


The big plays in the drive were a 25-yard pass from Reaser to Dempsey and a 30-yard run by Campbell. Morgan scored from a yard out on third down, but then on the fake for the two-point conversion the Panthers came up empty handed.


Listen to post-game interview with Elyria Catholic High Student/Athlete Cory Campbell from tonight’s EC Hartley football game -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Then with three seconds left in the half, Underwood threw 33 yards to Noah Key for a TD and Brent Wahle kicked the PAT to make it 14-13, which is the count it stood at when the teams left the field at the end of the half.


When Hartley was threatening to score again in the third quarter, it was Lawler who came through with the defense again for the Panthers.

Hartley had a first down at the hosts’ 25-yard line, but Lawler delivered the verdict with a 15-yard tackle for loss, pushing the Hawks back to the 40.

On the same series, Dempsey came through with a tackle for loss, which set up a punting situation for the guests, ending the threat with three consecutive defensive gems. Sandwiched between the two TLFs was a breakup of a pass by strong safety Buddy Davila that was sure to go for a big gain had he not been there.

That provided the juice for the offense. The Panthers finally got the lead back on the next possession, stringing together an 87-yard drive for the score with four minutes to go in the third period. Morgan scored on a two-yard run and Reaser hit Zach Rogers for the two-point conversion to make it 21-14.


The Hawks took one minute and five seconds to tie it back up.  Jarrod Zang ran for a 60 yard gain to get inside the five and then Key plunged over for the score to knot it up at 21 with 2:55 to go in the third.

Watch four short videos of game action in tonight’s EC-Hartley football game -- filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


In the first minute of the fourth quarter, Morgan recovered a fumble to turn the ball over to the Panthers on their own 40-yard line.

The Las Vegas/Monte Carlo offense of EC manifested itself again on the ensuing drive. On fourth and one from the Hartley 18, EC called a time out and instead of going for the first down, went for the big prize, Reaser hitting Campbell for the 18-yard TD. 

Jake Moore kicked the extra point and EC had a 28-21 lead with just over nine minutes to play.

On the safety blitz, Davila came through for a tackle for loss on third down on the next defensive series. Cole Gorske also had a sack of Underwood in the series.

However, the Hartley offense was tenacious, first converting on a fourth down play in its own territory, and then getting a big play, a 52-yard pass conversion from Hartley to Drake Jones to the 8. Then Key scored again to make it 28-28 with 5:15 to go.

Lake Erie Travels to Saginaw 

Valley State for GLIAC Road 



When: Saturday, Sept. 18 at 12 p.m.
Where:  H.R. Wickes Memorial Stadium (6,600 capacity) in Saginaw, Mich.
Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/svsu
TV/Internet Broadcast:
Radio/Web Broadcast: Brad Golder (play-by-play) and Kyle Akins (color analyst)  
ESPN 970 WFUN, www.LakeErieStorm.com

QUICK NOTES: Despite outgaining each of its first two opponents in terms of total yardage, Lake Erie (0-2, 0-1 GLIAC) is looking for its first win as itplays its first conference road game... the Storm totaled 405 yards on offense last week, but scored just one touchdown in six trips inside the Michigan Tech 25-yard line in a 42-13 home loss to the Huskies last week.


Brunswick High alum Sean Bedevelsky

Despite the loss, Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick) threw for 262 yards and David Romeo (Eastlake North) caught six passes for 148 yards... Saginaw Valley, which entered the season ranked 11th in the AFCA Coaches Poll after making the NCAA Division II Playoffs last season, was stunned on the road last week at Ferris State, 21-17.

North Alum Dave Romeo

A par of unbeatens to meet

in Tiffin for OAC battle

Sept. 17, 2010

By Morgan Hawley

Baldwin-Wallace (2-0, 1-0) @ Heidelberg (1-0, 0-0)

Saturday, Sept. 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Mayer Field (3,500) - Tiffin, Ohio

Top Story: The Heidelberg University football team opens up its 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference slate on Saturday when it entertains Baldwin-Wallace College at 2:00 p.m. at Mayer Field. The contest marks the first of nine straight weeks of league play. Heidelberg is coming off its bye week that was preceded by a 42-23 season opening victory at Alma College. Next up for Heidelberg, and fourth-year head coach Mike Hallett, is Otterbein University. The Cardinals visit Mayer Field Sept. 25 for a 1:00 p.m. kick off to conclude a two-game ’Berg home stand.

Quick Stat of the Afternoon: Heidelberg will take the field on Saturday in a true “home opener.”  The Berg will host the Yellow Jackets at Mayer Field, located in the heart of the Heidelberg campus. This season all five home games will be played on Mayer Field. Last year Heidelberg closed out the year with its final two home games at Mayer Field, which marked the first time in 64 years that the Berg has played on campus. Aside from last year, the last time the Berg played on campus was in 1945. More specifically the last time its home opener was hosted within the campus community was on Oct. 20, 1945. The Berg played Otterbein College to a 7-7 tie on homecoming.

On TV: Saturday’s Baldwin-Wallace and Heidelberg game will be aired on tape delay on SportsTime Ohio. Catch the game Saturday evening at 11:00 p.m. and again on Thursday, September 23 at 5:00 a.m. and noon.


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