A Page -- Sept. 18, 2010

Spartan Student/Athletes Take 

Part in Case for Community 



By Nick Minerd

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 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 

“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.”

Collinwood grad Cecil Shorts 

III breaks Mount Union TD

catch record as Raiders romp 

over John Carroll

Sept 18, 2010

By Lenny Reich

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio—No. 2 ranked Mount Union scored on each of its first four possessions and forced three John Carroll turnovers in the first half as the Purple Raiders went on to a 51-7 victory in its Ohio Athletic 
Conference opener Saturday in Cleveland. 

Sophomore quarterback Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville) completed 20-of-25 passes for 260 yards with three touchdown passes as he led Mount Union to a 2-0 start and the nation's best 45th consecutive regular 
season victory.

His top targets again were senior All-Americans in wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) and tight end 

Kyle Miller (Elida/Elida). Shorts had five catches for 78 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Miller had four catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Collinwood High grad Cecil Shorts III

Listen to post-game interview with Mount Union Student/Athlete Cecil Shorts III from 

today’s John Carroll-Mount football game -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking 

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With his first TD catch, Shorts surpassed Pierre Garcon for career TD catches at Mount. He now has 48.

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The Mount Union defense forced six turnovers. Senior defensive end Lambert Budzinski
(Canton/Massillon Jackson) had six tackles and 2.5 sacks to lead the unit.

Jackson alum Lambert Budzinksi

Listen to post-game interview with Mount Union Student/Athlete Lambert Budzinski 

from today’s John Carroll-Mount football game -- conducted by Norm Weber by 

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 Mount Union running back Scott Panchik (Natrona Hts./Highlands), who returned to the field for the first time since suffering an injury in the second round of last year's NCAA Playoffs, rushed for 62 yards on a game-high 14 carries and his three yard touchdown run got Mount Union on the board midway through the first quarter. 

John Carroll (0-2) fumbled the football on the very next play from scrimmage as senior linebacker Sam Kershaw (West Jefferson/West
Jefferson) forced and recovered the fumble for the Raiders. 

Three plays later Seaman hooked up with Shorts from 10 yards out and extended the lead to 14-0.

The Blue Streaks then made its deepest penetration into Mount Union
territory and faced a fourth down play from the Raiders 34-yard line. Michael Locke's pass was complete to Kyle Hubbard streaking toward the 
end zone, but he fumbled the football on the three yard line and Mount Union linebacker Arthur Smith (Miami, Fla./Killian) recovered in the end zone for a touchback. 

The Raiders then grinded out a 16-play drive that was finished off when Seaman hit senior tight end Kyle Miller (Elida/Elida) for a 12-yard 
scoring strike, then Mount Union got the ball back again just before halftime and junior fullback Wes Ryder (Dayton/Belmont) ran it in from 17 yards out to make it 28-0 at the half.

Louisville alum Neal Seaman

Listen to post-game interview with Mount Union Student/Athlete Neal Seaman from today’s John Carroll-Mount football game -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Seaman hit Shorts on a 38-yard scoring strike on the first drive of the second half, another John Carroll fumble set up a short field and junior running back Zac Lemmon (Granville/Granville) then punched it in from two yards out gave the Raiders a 42-0 lead with 10 minutes to go in the third quarter. Sophomore kicker Tyler Almeida (Elyria/Elyria) then kicked field goals from 34, 22 and 23 yards to send the score to 51-0. 

Elyria HIgh alum Tyler Almeida

Listen to post-game interview with Mount Union Student/Athlete Tyler Almeida from today’s John Carroll-Mount football game -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


John Carroll avoided the shutout as they forced a Mount Union fumble and a two-yard touchdown run by Devin O'Brien with 33 seconds left made the 51-7 final.

Spartan Men Third, Women 10th 

at PSU-Behrend Invitational

Sept. 18

ERIE, PA – Select members of the Case Western Reserve University men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the 2010Penn State Behrend University Invitational on Saturday, September 18. Most of the Spartans’ starting runners did not compete, but the men were able to place third of 18 teams while the women were 10th.

The Spartan men totaled 105 points to finish behind University of Mount Union with 23 points and Buffalo State University (NY) with 99. PSU-Behrend had 118 team points and Thiel College (PA) rounded out the top five with 126.


Amherst JV soccer 
boys unbeaten

at 8-0 
with win over 

Sept 18

Marcus Schmitz and Cole Plumb had big games for the Amherst JV soccer Comets, who remain spotless in their record at 8-0 with tonight’s 6-1 win over Ridgeville 

Schmitz and Plumb each put in two goals. Bradley Mieden and Tyler Clotz also scored for Amherst, while Niko Malobabic earned the win in goal. Tremendous defensive performances were put on by Jake McDonald, Ryan Lamb, Dean Coghlan, and Tommy Wesley

Wesley, Plumb, and Schmitz each had an assist. Niko Malobabic had three saves. 

Amherst’s JV-B team lost to Strongsville’s B team, 4-0. The undefeated A Comet squad hosts Brunswick on Monday.

Mount women take six of top 14 

spots in Erie

September 18, 2010 

ERIE, Pa.--Six Mount Union women's cross country runners placed in the first 14 spots and the Purple Raiders claimed the team title at the Penn State Behrend Invitational today in Erie, Pa.

Senior Christin Handley (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois Central) placed second overall at 20:03.2 which was just over nine seconds behind overall winner Anya Bogdanets of D'Youville (N.Y.) at 19:54.0.

Cuyahoga Falls grad Chelsey Bruce

Freshmen Chelsey Bruce (Cuyahoga Falls/Cuyahoga Falls) and Caitlin Goggin (Mantua/Crestwood) are both came in fifth (20:24.5) and sixth (20:31.3) respectively.

Strongsville alumna Lesley Sherwood

Junior Lesley Sherwood (Strongsville/Strongsville) came in 12th place at 20:53 and right behind her was freshman Rachel Smith (Waterford, Pa./Ft. Lebouf) in 13th (21:00.5) and Katie Less(Independence/Independence) in 14th (21:05.7).

In a meeting of three state volleyball 

powers today, none emerged as 

dominant as Mags, Walsh, Mt. Notre 

Dame took turns winning and losing

Sept. 18

In a Tri-Match among state volleyball powers,  there was no dominant team as “everyone beat everyone” today when Magnificat. Welsh Jesuit and Mt. Notre Dame out of Cincinnati met.

Mags came from a game down to beat Mt. Notre Dame, 2-1, Walsh came back from a game down to beat Mags, 2-1, and the team from the Queen City came back from a game down to beat the Warriors.

Magnificat defeated Mt. Notre Dame (Cincinnati) 18-25, 25-20, 25-16.

Brittney Balser

Magnificat’s  leaders were  Brittney Balser OH, 10 Kills; Clare Schirmer MB, 4 Kills; Cayley Balser MB 3, Solo Blocks/5 Assists; Dana Feddrix DS 4, Aces / 9 Service Points; Grace Conroy S, 16 Assists and Ashley McCormick L, 25 Digs.

Walsh defeated Magnificat 23-25, 25-22, 25-19.

Magnificat’s leaders against the Warriors were Brittney Balser OH, 10 Kills; Halle Kearney Opp, 7 Kills; Ashley McCormick L, 26 Digs; Brittney Flynn OH, 2 Aces / 7 Service Points; Grace Conroy S, 18 Assists; and  Elise Sako S, 7 Assists.

Mt. Notre Dame defeated Walsh 20-25, 25-18, 25-23,

Zmyslinski (7)

For Walsh, Brittany Zmyslinski  had three aces against MND and five aces against Mags, Mary Grace Kellly had seven kills against MND and 11 against the Streaks, Kyra Coundourides had 19 assists against the Cincy team and 21 against Mags, Courtney Grdina had seven digs against MND and 20 against Mags, and Allie Ward had a combined nine blocks in the two matches.

Hiram Loses Heartbreaker to Denison University; Campbell Sets Two Single-Game Records

September 18, 2010

By Jefff Hoedt

HIRAM, OHIO  –  Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference wide receiver Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) set two single-game records with 15 catches and 217 yards to go along with two touchdowns, but the Hiram College football team would fall to Denison University, 31-24, in overtime today (Saturday, Sept. 18) in a NCAC game at the Charles A. Henry Field.  

Following today’s game, the Terriers are now 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the NCAC.  The Big Red improve to 3-0 overall and 1-0 NCAC.


St. Thomas Aquinas scores often

on Trinity for non-conference win in

Bedford Bearcat Stadium

 Sept. 18, 2010,

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BEDFORD – In non-conference football action tonight, St. Thomas Aquinas rolled to a victory over Trinity High, 31-7, here in Bedford Bearcat Stadium.

With the win, Aquinas evens it up at 2-2 while the Trojans fall to 1-3 with the North Coast League schedule approaching.

Aquinas struck gold first, driving 69-yards in using four different ball carriers. Quarterback Tyler Moeglin scampered over on the keeper from the 2-yard line for the score at the 5:38 mark of the first quarter. Ray Benedetti kicked the conversion to make it 7-0.The big play in the drive was a 26-yard run by Josiah Moore.

Listen to post-game interview with Aquinas Student/Athlete Tyler Moeglin from tonight’s Trinity-Aquinas football game -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:



The game started off with a bang. Trinity kicked off but the Knights fumbled on the return, with Mike Matonis recovering the loose ball and giving Trinity a first and 10 at the guests’ 33, but the Trojans eventually gave it up on downs, setting up Knight offense to motor toward the game’s first score.

Watch short videos of St. Thomas Aquinas and Trinity warming up before today’s football game -- filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


After the Trojans could not accomplish a sizable drive in their second possession, the Knights offense went to work again and again took little time in marching down the field, this time journeying 79 yards in just three minutes to take a 14-0 lead. This time the fullback, Joe Blevins, got the call for the first time of the evening and plunged over from the 1 to get the second STA score.countless hours of community service throughout the year.

Watch short action videos of tonight’s St. Thomas Aquinas-Trinity  football game -- filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:



Moeglin hit Bobby Silagy for a 28-yard drive and then pitched to Sean Dempsey on the option for a 36-yard gain that took it down to the hosts’ 27.

Listen to post-game interview with Aquinas Student/Athlete Sean Dempsey from tonight’s Trinity-Aquinas football game -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:



 This time Trinity answered with Shane O’Donnell racing down the right sidelines for a 40-yard score in which he dove into the end zone with a tackler hanging on him and his thrusting the ball over the plane in the first minute of the second quarter.

Ryan McSweeney kicked the extra point. Jarrod Gehring, who comes from a long line of brothers from St. Thomas Grade School to have played in the Trinity program, had a big 19-yard gain on the drive.

Aquinas drove to the Trinity 25 on an 18-yard pass catch by Dempsey but a sack by Ariel Mendoza and Nick Bell pushed the Knights back to near midfield. They gained enough of it back to set up Benedetti’s 35-yard field goal with seven and a half minutes to go in the half to make it 17-7.

Dempsey would add a 3-yard run for a TD with 4:55 to go, making it 24-7.

 Bell turned in another sack later in the half for Trinity.

Dempsey scored again in the third quarter on a 30-yard run to make it 31-7.

Josiah Moore scored on a 78-yard run to go over the 100-yard mark on the night and make it 38-7.

Listen to post-game interview with Aquinas Student/Athlete Josiah Moore from tonight’s Trinity-Aquinas football game -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:



On the option, Gehring threw a 46-yard pass to Joe Randazzo to give Trinity a first and goal and then McSweeney threw to Matonis for the score to make it 38-14 with a minute gone in the fourth quarter.

McSweeney threw 72 yards to Tom Pieronek for a TD to make it 38-20 halfway through the fourth.

Watch short action video of` St. Thomas Aquinas players singing the alma mater with the pep band after the football game -- filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Bobby Soler scores twice to lead 

Amherst past Ridgevillle

Sept. 18, 2010

Bobby Soler scored twice on headers from throw-ins by Connor Klekota to lead the Amherst Comets to a 4-0 win over North Ridgeville tonight in a non-conference game.

Klekota added a goal and Ryan Lopez pitched in with a goal and an assist for Amherst.  Kenny Menefee assisted the final goal with a tremendously placed corner kick.  Shelby Neidert earned the shutout in goal with two saves for the Comets.

In saves, Shelby Neidert (Amherst) had 2 and Matt Clark (North Ridgeville) had 8.

Amherst had 14 shots on goal and North Ridgeville 3. Amherst is 7-1-1, and North Ridgeville 2-6-2.

Amherst improved to 7-1-1 with the win and takes on Brunswick on Monday.

 Spartan Volleyball Completes 

Undefeated Weekend at CMU 



By Nick Minerd

PITTSBURGH, PA – The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team scored two more victories on Saturday, September 18 at the 2010 Carnegie Mellon University (PA) Crossover. The Spartans toppled Muskingum University and Trine University (IN) to complete an undefeated weekend and improve to 10-3 overall for the season.

Case Reserve has now won seven-straight and eight of its past nine matches overall.

The Spartans opened up the morning with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-17) sweep of Muskingum, led by  junior middle hitter Tricia McCutchan’s (Hamilton, OH/Badin) 16-kill performance. Sophomore Rachel Gulasey (Cleveland, OH/Magnificat) added 10 digs from the libero spot, while sophomore setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, OH/Geneva) directed the offense with 32 assists.

Mags product Rachel Gulasey

In the noon match-up, the Spartans returned to take a 3-1 (25-20, 25-12, 22-25, 25-9) decision against Trine University (IN). Freemanpaced the attack with 51 assists, while McCutchan led the team again with 23 kills. Junior outside hitter Rachel Suchy (Venetia, PA/Peters Township) also contributed 15 kills.


Baldwin-Wallace College 


Team Wins at 

Heidelberg, 35-20, for 

a 3-0 

Start to its Season; has 


equaled win total 

from all of '09 

Sept 18, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

Tiffin -- Sophomore quarterback Ryan O’Rourke (Avon) and junior running back Tim Miker (Parma/ Senior) each ran for more than 100 yards as the Baldwin-Wallace College football teamdefeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Heidelberg University, 35-20, today (Saturday, September 18, 2010) at Mayer Field in Tiffin to improve to a perfect 3-0 this season.

Avon High alum Ryan O'Rourke

O’Rourke, who transferred to B-W from NCAA Division II Slippery Rock (Pa.) University, ran for a career-high 119 yards in 10 attempts and completed three-of-12 passes for 40 yards and a TD. Miker ran for 101 yards in 24 attempts with two TD.

It was his sixth 100-yard rushing effort of his career.  Overall, B-W ran for 285 yards in 57 attempts compared to 114 for Heidelberg in 35 carries. Fans and Media are reminded that they can watch the Yellow Jacket victory over the Student Princes tonight on SportsTime Ohio at 11:00 p.m. and again on Thursday, Sept. 23 at both 5:00 a.m. and 12 noon.


Shoremen take a while to get the jets 

going but then sail to 4-0 blanking of 


Sept. 18, 2010

AVON LAKE -- After 35 minutes of scoreless soccer, Avon Lake High’s boys’ team turned on the jets for a 4-0 blanking of Midpark tonight. 

The Shoremen held a 1-0 halftime lead after James Darkow scored with a little under 5 minutes in the first half on through ball from Alex Strimbu. 

Avon Lake controlled most of the possession and scored 3 times in the second half between 15 minutes left and 30 minutes left. Others scoring goals were Strimbu, Nick Stephenson, and Eric Mills. 

In addition to Strimbu, Joey Villari had 2 assists, and Fabricio Burch one for Avon Lake. 

Overall record for Avon Lake 3-4-1 and for Midpark 1-6-2. In the SWC, Avon Lake is 2-2 and Midpark 0-3-1. 

Zac Strimbu had two saves for AL in goal. The Shoremen outshot Midpark, 22-5, and had the advantage in shots on goal, 12-2.

Yeomen Get Setback at Wooster
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Wooster, Ohio – Big plays and early miscues hindered the Oberlin College football team as it fell to The College of Wooster 31-14 on Saturday afternoon at John P. Papp Stadium. 

Oberlin’s offense was never really in rhythm for most of the game as they recorded just 229 total yards and had just 11 first downs. On the flip side the Scots racked up 476 total yards and went 11-of-18 on third down. 


Tartans Use a Big Second Half to Get by Oberlin
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Oberlin – The Oberlin College women’s soccer team played toe-to-toe with Carnegie Mellon for 45 minutes, but the Tartans scored five times in the second half to upend the Yeowomen 6-2 on Saturday afternoon. 

Despite the outcome, Oberlin played much better as a new offensive scheme led to 15 shots and two goals for the Yeowomen. In the previous five games, Oberlin triggered just 37 shots and was held without a goal. 

“I thought our offense was much improved today,” Head Coach Kristen Haydensaid. “We were missing some people due to Yom Kippur and wore down a little in the second half. However, I was happy with the way the offense looked.”

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