A Page -- Sept. 17, 2011

Kennedy MULHOLLAND of Beachwood Girls Varsity Tennis has had an outstanding season so far, posting dominating wins over opponents from Hawken, Laurel, Hoban, Avon, Parma, Chardon, Solon, Gilmour, Hathaway Brown, and the Lady of the Elms.

Last week, Mulholland helped lead the Bison to a 4-1 team victory over Hathaway Brown and this past Friday, she teamed up with Eva Muschkin in doubles to defeat state power Hawken in a thrilling match 7-4, 6-4. Currently, Kennedy has a season record of 9-4, with all of her losses to state-ranked players.

Kennedy has been playing number one singles for the last two seasons and has been a team leader for the Bison. Since she is the first singles player, her teammates look up to her for her skill level and mental toughness on the court. Although she is faced with the toughest opponent each match, Kennedy's teammates know they can count on her to help achieve the team win.

She is a three-year varsity letter winner and is a standout student, as she currently has a 3.9 GPA. She is currently ranked 6th in USTA in Girls 16 and under. The Bison tennis team currently has a team record of 8-5.


Senior Isaiah Watts of Beachwood Boys Varsity Cross Country recently won 1st Place at the Orange High School Cross Country Invitational with a time of 18:24. The team finished 3rd overall.

“This was the best performance that I have seen from Isaiah since I started coaching him three years ago, said Head Coach Jamie Lader. “He gets better each time he competes. He is a very strong competitor and is dedicated to getting better each day.”

Watts is a three-year letterman for the Varsity Cross Country team. Last year he was named Team Co MVP along with William Wolkoff.  This year he is Co-Captain of the Boys team.

“He is a fantastic team leader,” the coach said. “He has really matured this year as a cross country runner.  He has a very diligent work ethic and this has enabled him to be incredibly competitive with the best runners in Northeast Ohio.  He has shown tremendous leadership this year in his work ethic and encouragement of the other runners on the team. It is truly a pleasure to coach such a wonderful young man, states Isaiah is also a standout on the Varsity Basketball team and the Track team and excels in the classroom.”


Girls Varsity Tennis is the Beachwood Student/Athletic Team of the Week. The team currently has a record of 8-5 as they enter into this week's Chagrin Valley Conference Championships.

Head Coach, Sara Crane is in the mists of her 2nd season as the Bison Varsity Head Coach. Last season the team finished with a 6-10 record. New this year to the coaching staff is David Cole who was previously the Head Junior Varsity Coach at Hawken and Hathaway Brown and is the Owner of Camp Robinhood in New Hampshire. Also new to the staff is Cory Meek, who is the Assistant Middle School Coach. Last season, Meek was the Assistant Varsity Boys Coach at NDCL and is currently employed as the Assistant Tennis Pro at The Mayfield Sand Ridge Country Club.

Returning to the squad this season are Varsity Letter winners, Kennedy Mulholland, (Jr./1st Singles), Bria Wright, (Sr./2nd Singles/Captain), Eva Muschkin, (Sr./3rd Singles/1st Doubles/Captain) and Lauren Lipsyc, (Sr. 1st/2nd Doubles).

In a recent press discussion with Coach Crane, she stated that the toughest competition they will see all season comes from within the conference. “We by far have the toughest conference in the State of Ohio as Chagrin Falls, Hawken, Kenston, Orange are all vying for the State Championships and each school has the ability to do it. We have a great schedule and we are currently winning the matches we should win. It is my hope that we surprise a few of the top teams and come out with some unexpected wins,” the coach said.

”A few of my team goals for the season are to win our division of our Northeast Ohio Tennis Association League and further than we did last season in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association tournament and to pull a few upsets in conference competition and finish the season with a winning record,” she continued. “I am hopeful that we can advance a few of our players to Districts and State. Last season we finished the Fall season with the Highest GPA among all of the High School teams; this is our goal this year as well.”

The team will be competing in the Chagrin Valley Conference Championships begin this Wednesday September 14th at 9AM at Kenston High School. On September 30, the Sectional Tournament begins at Brush High School.


Mags tennis reaches a dozen wins with shut out of Shaker Heights

Magnificat tennis was a 5-0 winner over Shaker Heights Thrusday.

All five positions won in straight sets.

Four of the five position wins were of a decisive margin. Maddie Lugli struggled some in her first set at third singles, but then coasted in the second set.

Magnificat 5 Shaker 0.                                                                       

Singles:Witt d. Woyczynski 6-2,6-1;O'Malley d. I. Nejedlik 6-1,6-1;Lugli d. O. Nejedlik 7-5,6-1.                                                 Hollis/Patrick d. Burrull/Fernandez 6-3,6-1; Miller/Johnson d. Frierson/Lacks 6-1,6-1

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Spartan Student/Athletes Participate in Annual Case for Community Day

CLEVELAND (U District) – Case Western Reserve University Student/Athletes took a break from their rigorous academic and athletic schedules to serve the community on Friday, September 16 as part of the University’s ninth-annual“Case for Community Day.” Spartan student-athletes did their part by welcoming more than 125 elementary school students from the Cleveland area for a sports clinic at the Veale Center.

“It’s a great way of giving back to the community and providing a special time for the kids,” said men’s soccer junior Eric Erb (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington), 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 in, so it is nice to give back and connect to the community,” noted Erb. “The kids really look up to us and seeing the smiles on their faces really makes it a great day.”

The day included training and activities in various sports as well as complimentary food and beverage for all of the children in attendance.

“This is a pretty amazing day and a great feeling for me both personally and as a student-athlete,” noted senior wrestling All-American Issac Dukes (Ravenna, Ohio/Ravenna). “This is something I wished I had when I was growing up. This day is something that we cherish, and I hope the kids are able to take the ideas we give them here and extend them beyond today and into their daily lives.”

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

“I feel like it’s a great day for both us (student-athletes) and the kids that we see during the event,” said women’s basketball senior Chelsea Peck (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic).“It’s a great opportunity to make a positive impact on the community and to inspire young minds and bodies to stay active and to be positive role models in their young lives.”

As has been done in past years, the student-athletes of the Spartan men’s basketball team also took to the neighborhood and participated in Case for Community Day. The team volunteered it’s time to help an East-Cleveland resident with landscaping and house painting.
“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.”

Read more on Case for Community Day at: http://www.case.edu/events/cfc/


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Bands bump St. Edward out of Lakewood Stadium; Eagles to host Elder from the ‘View

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



FAIRVIEW PARK -- Later today (Sat.), the Eagles of St. Edward will host the Panthers of Elder High School at Fairview High School.  The game was moved to Fairview due to Lakewood Stadium’s unavailability because of  an area-wide marching band contest.

Elder is a member of the Greater Catholic League South Division and is one of three teams from that conference the Eagles will face this season.  The others are St. Xavier and Moeller.

Last Year the Panthers finished with a 4-5 record, which marked the second time since 2000 that Elder had a losing season.  In 2005 they finished with a 4-6 record. 

The guests are led by Cody Fox who has rushed the ball for 237 yards in three games and scored 5 touchdowns.  Ben Gramke leads the air attack with 416 yards passing and five touchdown passes.


Elder is smarting after a 56-7 loss to Trinity (Ky); it is the most points given up in a game since 2006 when they lost 56-38 to Concord (CA) De La Salle High at Nippert Stadium.    

Last year St. Ed’s easily defeated Elder 20-7 in Cincinnati.  St. Ed (3-0) is looking to extend an 18-game winning streak, which is the second-longest unbeaten string in school history.

St. Ed’s longest unbeaten streak is 19 games, which took place during the Mike Currence years that included S/As the likes of Tom Cousineau, Jr. and Joe Glending (1972 to 1974). The three teams went 18-0-1 in that span.

Last week, The Eagles hosted D-III power Cardinal Mooney in Lakewood Stadium. St. Edward defeated the Cardinals, 34-17, in a game that was a tale of two halves. 

Eagle kick returner Anthony Young opened the game with a 93-yard return for a touchdown 10 seconds into the game.  St. Ed’s special teams unit came up big again after blocking a Mooney punt, which would set up one of Dwayne Aaron’s three touchdowns on the night to give St. Edward a14-0 lead. 

The St. Edward offense struggled in the first half with 33 total offensive yards as they lead, 17-10, at the break.  St. Ed’s would compile 223 yards in the second half and hold Mooney to 108 second half yards. Senior Kicker Jake Wilhelm helped the Eagle offense by kicking two 30-plus yard field goals for the 34-17 win. St. Ed has now won 18 straight, dating back to the first regular-season game of last year.

Wilhelm is 13 for 13 on extra points this season so far.  He is also 4 of 4 on field goals. Wilhelm hit on his two longest field goals last week against Cardinal Mooney from 32 and 33 yards.

St. Edward continues to be recognized in the national polls.  The Eagles are 8th in the ESPN/ RISE FAB 50, up 1 spot from 9th last week. The latest USA Today Top 25 poll has St. Ed’s 4th in the country. St. Ed is ranked number 1 according to the terrestrial media writers in Ohio.

Junior running back Dwayne Aaron has scored 10 rushing touchdowns in his first three games. Last week vs. Cardinal Mooney found the end zone 3 times. He scored a career-high 4 touchdowns against Penn Hills and scored once vs Glenville.


A number of players have committed to some of the top colleges in the country:  

Northwestern Bound -- (S/A-Cleveland photos by Norm Weber)

Kyle Kalis: University of Michigan

Darryl Render: University of Pittsburgh

Sam Grant: Boston College

Greg Kuhar: Northwestern University

Tyler Orlosky: West Virginia

 Boston College-Bound

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Elder will be the first of three teams the Eagles face that are part of the Greater  Catholic League’s South Division.  St. Ed’s will also face St. Xavier (road) and Moeller (home). 

Last Year the Eagles went 3-0 versus their Cincinnati counterparts. 

Polar Bears shut out Jaguars in high school tennis

 In high school girls’ tennis, Jackson blanked St. Joe’s Thursday, 5-0.

The Polar Bears won all five slots in straight sets.

Massillon Jackson 5, Saint Joseph Academy 0
Singles:  Coughlin d. Powers 6-1, 6-2; Dilling d. Drapac 6-2, 6-3; Clay d. Paponetti 6-4, 6-2.
Doubles:  Todd/Tawil d. Violand/Kahl 6-1, 6-3; Kron/Nelson d. DeGidio/Williams 6-1, 7-5.

Our Lady of Elms wins five-set thriller over Aquinas

In a five-set thriller Thursday (September 15), Our Lady of Elms Volleyball was a 3-2 winner over St. Thomas Aquinas.

Ali Rogers had 18 kills and three aces while Gabby Charley had 15 digs and three aces.

Setter Mara Esber had 57 assists for OLE. Defensively, Laura Scroggins had four blocks.

Our Lady of the Elms defeated St Thomas Aquinas 25-17, 22-25, 25-27, 25-20, 15-8

Stat Leaders 

Kills -  Rogers (O) - 18

Digs -  Charley (O) - 15

Aces - Rogers (O) - 3, Charley -3 

Assists - Esber (O) - 47

Blocks - Scroggins - 4

Strongsville tops Solon on the links; Gray again shoots low score for Comets

For the second day in a row Thursday, Alexis Gray was the top scorer for Solon, but the Comets went down in defeat to Strongsivlle, 167-191.

Solon @ Strongsville (@Valleaire) from 9/15
Strongsville 167; Solon 191
Solon Scores:
Alexis Gray 44
Leah Wilson 48
Tiffany Li 49
Aly Ales 50
Grace Gutierrez 56
Meagan Crowl 60
Solon is now 9-6 overall (4-4 NOC Valley Divis

James Oliver, St. Ignatius’ No. 1 singles player the past four years, opens collegiate career at Lafayette with a win

James Oliver, St. Ignatius’ number one singles player the past four years, began his collegiate tennis career this week in fine fashion.


One of the No. 3 doubles players Lafayette, Oliver was a winner in the Leopards season-opening team victory over Rider Wednesday.

Oliver teamed with Sinan Ipeker to defeat Milo Molosovici and Ryan Carpenter, 8-5.

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LEC to host Saginaw Valley

The Lake Erie College football team returns home this week looking to get back on the winning track and to also pick up its first Great

Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) victory when it hosts Saginaw Valley State University under the lights at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 17. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. for the annual Football & Fireworks Extravaganza, with a free postgame fireworks display by American Fireworks, Inc.

The Storm (1-1, 0-1 GLIAC) dropped its first road game of the season last week, falling at Michigan Technological University, 41-10.

Saginaw Valley (1-0, 1-0 GLIAC) knocked off Ferris State University, 30-27, in its opener last week.

Bringing back 17 starters and 68 letterwinners from last year’s disappointing 4-7 squad, Saginaw Valley State opened its season on a positive note with a three-point win over Ferris State on Saturday.

Sophomore Jonathan Jennings threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 4:25 left in the game. He was also intercepted twice. Veteran and second-team All-GLIAC running back Ronnie Lark rushed for 76 yards and scored twice (one rush, one receiving) and Nick Gallinas caught a game-high eight passes for 109
yards for the Cardinals.

Eight defensive starters return for the Cardinals led by junior linebacker Grant Caserta, last year’s leading tackler and second-team All-GLIAC pick, who had 12 tackles in the first game. Noah Sumpter and

Jeff Heath each had 10 stops. SVSU gave up 439 yards to the Bulldogs last week.

Freshman Scott Stanford made 4-of-6 kicks last week in his debut while sophomore Tim Hogue had a 45-yard kick-off return in week one that led to a SVSU touchdown. Hogue returned four kicks for over a 31 yard average.

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