A Page -- Sept. 2, 2010

Solon looking to keep some streaks 

alive against Kilbourne -- home, 

regular season, early season

Sept. 2, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SOLON – Solon’s football team will be looking to extend its regular-season winning streak extending over three seasons with a special out-of-town opponent, Kilbourne, tomorrow in Stewart Field here.


The Columbus area team from the Worthington suburb also comes into the game with a 1-0 record. The Wolves unpacked Westerville North last week, 34-19, and take to the road for the first time this season.

The Comets are coming off a sound peppering of Shaker Heights, 35-0, and will look to shake the house down some more at home this week,

The Wolves were a so-so team with a 5-4 record last year but have done fairly well it the four seasons under coach Vince Trombetti with a 27-15 record. This is the first time the two schools have ever met.

The Comets are looking to win their 36th home game since 2003, which is an average of five wins a year. In other words, they rarely lose in Stewart with a .921 winning percentage in that span.



Jovon Johnson’s 75-yard interception return highlighted a five-touchdown night for the Comets against Shaker. Kyle Hammonds, CJ Jackson, and Tres Barksdale also scored TDs.


Defensivley, all the Comets needed was that 35-point spot in the first half and made it an entirely scoreless game the second half. AJ Hicks has played extremely well in his career against Shaker. In 2009 he had 9 tackles—3 assists, 3 solos, and 3 TFLs. Last week he had 7 total tack-les—3 assists, 1 solo, and 3 TFLs.

Since 2004, Solon is 13-0 in weeks one and two of the season.

“Worthington Kilbourne is a well-established program in Central Ohio and will be a big test for us this wee,” said Solon coach Jim McQuaide. “Each week we look to get better and improve upon what we did the week before. We need to work extremely hard and play to our potential.”

Notre Dame goes on the road for the 

first time this weekend

Sept. 2.

By Andy Barch

SOUTH EUCLID --Notre Dame Football hits the road for the first time, as the Falcons travel to Columbia, Ky., to take on fellow upstart Lindsey Wilson. The Labor Day Weekend tilt
pits the NAIA’s two newest programs against each other.


The Falcons and Blue Raiders are among six start-up programs kicking off for the first time this fall.

For Lindsey Wilson, Saturday actually represents a return of tackle football -- LWC had football from until 1935. NDC’s road game in the Bluegrass state is the first of back-to-back away games for the Falcons.



Wadsworth High, Kent State Alum 

Drew Saylor receives citizenship 

award in the Frontier League

Sept. 2, 2010

By Harry Plumer

Ryan Gates of the Lake Erie Crushers was named Executive of the Year and Drew Saylor of the Crushers won the Fran Riordan Citizenship Award, in the Frontier League for this season.
Andrew Saylor
Drew Saylor

Catcher Charlie Lisk of the Gateway Grizzlies, starting pitcher Joe Augustine of the Southern Illinois Miners, starting pitcher Dustin Williams of the Windy City ThunderBolts, and field manager Gera Alvarez of the Oakland County Cruisers were also honored.



Avon's Ryan O'Rourke throws three 

TD passes, Avon's Brett Jensen 

catches two of them; St. 

Ignatius' Kevin Johnson begins 

college career with a bang as B-W 

opens with win over Wooster

Sept 2

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA --  Sophomore quarterback Ryan O’Rourke (Avon) completed nine-of-13 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns in his first game as a Yellow Jacket  as the Baldwin-Wallace College football team opened its season with a 38-14 victory tonight (Thursday, September 2, 2010) against traditional rival The College of Wooster on Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium.  The victory also improved ninth-year Head Coach John Snell to 7-2 in season openers.

Watch short video of Baldwin-Wallace quarterbacks warm up for tonight’s game against Wooster filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


O’Rourke, who transferred to B-W last spring from NCAA Division II Slippery Rock (Pa.) University, threw a 40-yard TD pass to senior defensive end/ tight end Keith Darbutt (Miami, Fla/ Palmetto Senior) on the game’s first play and tossed a pair of TD passes to his high former school and Slippery Rock teammate Brett Jensen (Avon) of 59 and 19 yards, all in the first half.

Listen to post-game interview with Ryan O’Rourke from tonight’s B-W/Wooster game conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading



Watch short video of Baldwin-Wallace football team warm up for tonight’s game against Wooster filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading



The Yellow Jackets, 1-0, led 17-0 after one quarter, 31-7 at halftime and 31-14 at the end of three stanzas.

In addition to  O’Rourke, Jensen led the receiving corps with two catches for 78 yards and the two TD, and sophomore WR Aaron Manders (Toledo/ Cardinal Stritch) caught three passes for 42 yards and a TD.

Listen to post-game interview with Brett Jensen from tonight’s B-W/Wooster game conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


The running game was led by the duo of junior Tim Miker (Parma/ Senior), who carried the ball 11 times for a game-high 74 yards, including a one-yard TD run in the second quarter, and senior RB John McGraw (North Ridgeville), who had 72 yards in 13 attempts.  On defense, senior All-Ohio Athletic Conference linebacker Ryan Kish (Amherst/ Steele) with nine tackles.







After jumping through a few "hoops," 

Fairview's Jessica Zangmeister is

now running for Indiana State

Sept. 2, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Pure and simple, Fairview Park native Jessica Zangmeister is a runner through and through but she has a tendency for selecting colleges known for their basketball for no other reason other than coincidence.

Zangmeister, whose two primary and only sports at Fairview High were track and cross country and in college indoor and outdoor track and cross country, just transferred for this Student/Athletic school year to Indiana State University after spending a year as an S/A at the University of Kentucky.

Of course at UK, the ghost of Adolph Rupp still resonates a thousand decibels on a daily basis. The fabled Wildcats men’s basketball coach was the John Wooden of the early 20th century era of college basketball with Rupp Arena serving as one of the major tourist landmarks in the city of Lexington.

Bird (left) and Rupp (right)

With the many colleges in Indiana, Indiana State is not one that gets bounced around much in social yip-yap, but lest not anyone forget it is the alma mater of one Larry Bird and at least in the late 1970s was on the national map because of him.

Zangmeister leads the pack at the 2009 state track meet

That aside, basketball is not the only sport at Indiana and Zangmeister, who also comes from somewhat of a soccer family (her uncle a former Warrior standout and grandfather a former pro in Austria and New York) would love nothing better than to leave her mark on the school so that maybe some day, someone might say, “Yeah, that’s the school Jessica ran for.”

Hampered by a few injuries last year, Zangmeister made it into few races last fall for the Wildcats and was also limited in her action in the winter and spring. Consequently, last year counted as a red shirt year, at least as far as cross country is concerned, so she will have three more falls with the Sycamores in addition to this one.

A four year letter winner in cross country and track for the Warriors, Zangmeister was the Ohio 3,200-meter State Indoor Champion in Akron in 2008. She was also second in the state in the two-mile in both 2008 and 2009 and placed and made it to the podium as a sophomore in 2007.

She also qualified for the Footlocker nationals as a senior at Fairview High and placed 26th in the nation.

In cross country, she was dominant at Fairview, earning team MVP honors in each of her four seasons. She owns three school records at Fairview.

“We are very excited about Jessica joining out program,” Indiana State coach Angie Martin said. “She has the credentials to come in, push our top runners, and round out our team in a very positive way. She was a tremendous high school distance runner in Ohio who has run well on some very tough cross country courses. She will help us in the longer distances during the track season.”

Also, she holds the distinction of being the first runner at Fairview since 1946, male or female, to finish as high as second in a state meet.

Zangmeister has personal bests of 17:55 in 5K cross country, 10:58.17 in the 3200 meters, 5:13.07 in the 1600 meters, and 2:20.08 in the 800 meters. She was seventh in the Footlocker Midwest Regional and placed 26th at the nationals in 2008. She finished third in the 3200 meters at the Midwest Meet of Champions in 2009 after placing second in the Ohio State championships.


Zangmeister has retained her nursing major which she declared upon accepting her scholarship to Kentucky. She is also a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action.

She will begin her career with the Sycamores on Saturday in Evansville in the Mid-America Opener.

CMU should be a top contender in the 

All MAC this year

This the eighth in a series of features on teams in the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference

Sept. 2, 2010

By Ken Mather

About The Chippewas

He played at Michigan State and coached at Michigan State, but a different "State" was on Dan Enos' mind when he was introduced as Central Michigan's new football coach on Jan. 11.

That would be Boise State. Enos believes this program, which has maintained a high level of play since Brian Kelly turned it around a few years ago, can change its national status from "mid-major" to "major player," as Boise State has done in the 21st century.

"Absolutely I do," said Enos, who left his position as Michigan State's running backs coach to take over the Central Michigan program. "We've got great facilities and tradition here, and we're in a great place to recruit. The perception of this program is very, very high in the Midwest right now. Our players are very focused on making that happen, and that's the attitude, that's the goal. They're saying that to me all the time."



Crushers host special breast cancer 

night; still have yet to set aside 

special night for fight against

prostate cancer despite the perils 

being just as grave

AVON -- The Lake Erie Crushers are showing support in the fight against Breast Cancer with the 2nd annual Pack the Park Pink Night, tomorrow night at The Freight.

The Crushers will take $3 per ticket and donate it to the fight against Breast Cancer and there will be a Pink Jersey Auction throughout the game. Be sure to wear your pink and help root on the Crushers on this final Friday home game.

The Crushers are yet to have a special date to show support to fight prostate cancer even though just as many men die of prostate cancer each year as women die of breast cancer.

 Shoregals keep rolling along SWC 

golf courses; earn top three scores 

against Amherst, Berea

Sept. 2

Avon Lake was a double winner tonight in Southwestern Conference girls’ gollf.

The Shoregals improved to 12-1 overall and 8-1 in the SWC by shooting 172 strokes, while Amherst had 226, and Berea did not finish, at Sweetbriar.

Alison Flint was medalist with a 38 AL, while Taylor Coy shot 43 AL, and Corynn Krieg 45, as the Shoregals had the top three scores for the meet. Kelly Bruce was right behind with a 46

Amherst (1-5) had Jennifer Suttton 52, Maddie Miller 56, Emily Majzun 57 and Natalie Kendrick 61.

Berea had Jakie Trayte 49, Mary Nedbalski 54 and Anne Fussner 59.



Sept. 2

AVON - The Lake Erie Crushers ran their win streak to five games by virtue of a 3-2 victory over the Washington Wild Thingson tonight to sweep the series. 

The Crushers failed to place a runner on base through the first 3.1 innings against Washington starter jeff Sonnenberg. That changed when Wayne Bond tripled into the right-center gap with one out in the fourth. Andrew Davis singled up the middle through a drawn in infield to score Bond with the first run. Davis scored from second on a double off the bat of Lee Huggins as the Crushers opened a 2-0 edge.

Washington evened the score in the sixth against Lake Erie starter Alberto Rolon. Michael Parker was hit by a pitch, stole second, and scored on a double to left-center by Jon Kourie. Mark McGonigle posted a bases loaded single to score Wilson Matos and tie the game. Alberto Rolon threw seven innings in his final start of the season, allowing just the two runs on eight hits to go with a walk and six strikeouts.

Maz -- ejected tonight

Lake Erie tallied the winning run in the bottom of the eighth against Washington closer Eryk McConnell. Jake Krause posted an infield single with one out and was replaced at second by Dom Duggan on a fielder's choice. Duggan promptly stole second, adding to his league leading and team record total with his 46th of the year. Wayne Bond singled through the right side and Duggan beat the tag of catcher Billy O'Conner to jump ahead.

Three of the six hits for Lake Erie went for extra bases. Wayne Bond finished 2-for-4 with a triple, a run, and an RBI. 

The final series of 2010 begins tomorrow night at All Pro Freight Stadium with Pack the Park Pink Night and the final fireworks display of the season as the Kalaazoo Kings visit for a 7:05 p.m. contest. All-Star RHP Travis Risser (8-4, 2.90) makes his final start of the summer against RHP David Goodenough (0-7, 5.47).


Ø       Lake Erie finished 8-4 against the Wild Things in 2010 including a perfect 6-0 at home; All three games in the series were decided by one run; Lake Erie is 16-17 in one-run games this summer

Ø       Esmelvin Jimenez earned the win by tossing a 1-2-3 eighth in his first appearance since August 17

Ø       Manager John Massarelli was ejected in the eighth for arguing a call at first

Rootstown volleyballers take 

Woodridge in three

Sept 2.

Rootstown beat Woodridge 3 to 0 in tonight's high school volleyball match

Individual game scores were 25-15, 25-14, and 25-20.

For Woodridge, Breanne Sypherd had 5 digs, Katie Koehler 5 kills, Amy Donze: 3 blocks, 3 aces,and  12 service points, and Karli Westren: 8 assists.

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