A Page -- Sept. 20, 2010

Former South Flyers quarterback Devontae Payne

South alumnus Devontae Payne 

took over at quarterback for Eastern 

Michigan Saturday; could see more 

time at Ohio State this week

Sept. 20, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


In order to get the program back into the winning mode, Eastern Michigan football coach Ron English last weekend opted to switch to sophomore Devontae Payne, who played high school ball in the Senate for the now-defunct South High School, in the quarterback position.

The Eagles lost to Mid American Conference power Central Michigan, 52-14, Saturday to fall to 0-3 this season and 0-15 over the past two campaigns. The Eagles have lost 18 of the last 19 and 23 of the last 25 dating back to 2008.

Devontae Payne


Payne split time with Alex Gillett, who has been the starter the past two seasons, in the loss to the Chippewas, completing 13 of 24 passes for 134 yards.

In the weekly MAC teleconference this morning, English said he was not planning to change up and go with Payne next weekend at Ohio State in another one of those MAC/Big Ten clashes, but did say he would probably be used  in the hopes of jet starting the offense with the more internally competitive situation.

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“We’re probably not going to make a change at the starting quarterback position,” English said. “We think Payne is going to be a good player and we want to play him in a situation in which the game is still in the balance as opposed to when there is an injury or just during a time when the score is imbalanced so that we can get him time in a competitive situation. We like Alex, but we want to develop Devontae as well.”

Gillett is from nearby Clyde, Ohio, which is about 46 miles west of Elyria.

Alex Gillett


A sophomore academically and freshman athletically, Payne was a major asset to the Flyers in high school. His 6 foot-6-inch frame enabled him to have good depth of vision downfield so that he could see over the defensive line and complete scores of passes over the middle and down field. He led the Flyers to the computer playoffs in a rare year when two Senate teams were playing in the state tournament in week 11.

“You know how football is; you have to have a back-up quarterback at the college level,” English said.

Garrett Gronowski


In Saturday’s game, Avon High grad Garrett Gronowski, who was moved from defensive back to linebacker this year, also saw some playing time for the Eagles and made one tackle. Gronowski, who has had time in all three games and is a former West Shore Conference MVP for track and field, is also a sophomore academically and freshman athletically.

Magnificat tops St. Joe's in varsity B 

tennis Battle of the Bridge

CLEVELAND (WEST PARK) – Magnificat’s varsity B tennis raised its season record to 10 and 3 with a 5-0 win over West Side rival St. Joseph Academy here in the tennis Battle of the Bridge.

At first singles Emily Witt defeated .(no first names given) Wagner 6-0, 6-1, at second singles Veronica Johnson came back to score a W over Coycancienz 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 in split sets and in the No. 3. slot Sarah Patrick collected the win over C. Violanel 6-1, 6-1.

In the doubles slots, Cate Gisser and Kendall Nock defeated. M. McGlynn/K. O’Dougherty 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 1 spot and Rachelle Abdelnoir/Katie McCabe got the better of S. Zbin/C. Power.

Case Reserve Women’s Tennis Opens 

Season With a Flourish at Oberlin 

College Invite


Sept. 20

By Nick Minerd

OBERLIN In its first action of the 2010-11 season, the Case Western Reserve women’s tennis team posted a 25-12 combined record at the Oberlin College Invitational this past weekend (Friday-Sunday, September 17-19). Playing on Oberlin’s Don Hunsinger Courts, the Spartans got a glimpse of the future as three freshmen athletes went undefeated in match play.


Sophomore Erika Lim’s (Fullerton, CA/Fullerton Union) 6-4, 6-2 victory versus Oberlin’s Ariel Lewis on Saturday was, perhaps, the biggest top highlight of the tournament. Lewis is a two-time NCAA qualifier and one of the top-ranked players in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region.



Garfield alumna Katie Etling named 

soccer player of week in OAC for 


Sept. 20, 2010

By Josh Reilly

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- University of Mount Union senior Katie Etling (Mantua/Garfield) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week.


Etling scored five goals in two games as the Purple Raiders went 1-1. She tallied twice in a 4-3 loss to Penn State Behrend before recording a hat trick against Pitt-Greensburg.

The Purple Raiders will return to action on Tuesday night when they visit Carnegie Mellon.

Shoremen hit gold four times to club 


Sept 20, 2010

In non-conference boys’ soccer action tonight, Avon Lake blanked Normandy 4-0 to run its record to 4-5-1

Normandy (4-5-2) played the Shoremen well through one half, trailing by only a goal


“Normandy’s goalkeeper Szabo (another Pele` “cousin” with just the one 

name) was outstanding in keeping the Invaders in the match,” said Avon 

Lake coach Dan Ogilvy.

Joey Villari opened the scoring about 10 minutes in a cracker of a goal. 

James Darkow was outstanding getting behind the Invader defense and 

assisting on two goals.


Nick Stephenson  had a two-goal night and Fabricio Burch also collected a 

netter for the Shoremen.


Alex Strimbu joined Darkow in also distributing two assists.

 Bryce Stuart  had 4 savees for the winners and (no first name) Szabo had 10

 for the Invaders.

 The shots went 21 for Avon Lake:(16 were on goal) for Normandy: 11 (5 

were on goal).

Connor Klekota notches second hat 

trick of season as Amherst collects 

half dozen on Brunswick


Connor Klekota notched his second hat trick of the season, pushing his 

season total to 15, to lead the Amherst Comets to a 6-1 victory over 

Brunswick tonight.

Amherst also got goals from Jon Strickler, Kevin Kasper, and Bobby Soler. 

Klekota added two assists and Jeff Hamm and Eric Armstrong pitched in 

with one assist apiece.

Shelby Neidert earned the win in goal for the Comets with two saves.  

Amherst improved to 8-1-1 on the season and are now ranked #5 in the 

Greater Cleveland Soccer Coaches Poll.  The team hosts Midpark on 


Brunswick’s goal was knocked in by Ross DiDonna. Amherst took more 

shots on goal with a 15-4 advantage.Brunswick’s Zak Petrenko had 9 saves. 

Brunswick is 3-2-3.



West G. Alumna Nicole 

Markert Named A-10 Co-

Player of the Week

September 20, 2010

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Senior Nicole Markert of the St. Bonaventure women's soccer team has been selected as the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 19.


Markert won her fifth straight start and led the Bonnies (6-3-0) to a pair of wins and a first place finish at the 2010 Puma/Big 4 Tournament hosted by St. Bonaventure over the weekend.  The senior goalkeeper was outstanding between the posts as she allowed just one goal in 180 minutes of action. 

Markert finished the weekend with four saves, two in each game, and picked up her third shutout of the season in the Bonnies' 1-0 win over Niagara.  For her performance, the Russell, Ohio native earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Markert shares the weekly award with Dayton's Colleen Williams, who tallied seven points in two matches with two goals and three assists.

For the season, Markert owns a 5-1 record and has surrendered just four goals (0.73 goals against average) in six starts and 495 minutes of action. Behind a sold back line, Markert has nine saves on the year and now owns a career record of 27-24 with 13 shutouts over four seasons.

St. Bonaventure returns to action Sept. 26 at Siena in Loudonville. N.Y.

Two schools on the same street two 

miles apart from each other -- Mags, 

Westlake -- are top two ranked tennis 

teams in state

Sept 20, 2010

COLUMBUS -- The first state tennis poll came out tonight with two schools two miles apart of each other on the same street (Hilliard) are the top two teams ranked in Division I.

Westlake is ranked first with five first place votes while Magnificat, state champion in two of the past three seasons is ranked second. Hudson with a seven rank is the only other area big school in the rankings.

The area also claimed three teams in the small-school division with Hathaway Brown fourth, Chagrin fifth, and Hawken seventh.

Here is the first of five weekly polls conducted by the Ohio Tennis Coaches' from a panel of coaches throughout the state.  First place votes are in parenthesis.


1. Westlake (5) 54

2. Magnificat 43

3. Cinti Ursuline (2) 40

4. Upper Arlington (1) 34

5. Dublin Jerome 31

6. Lakota East 28

7. Hudson 26

8. Springboro 16

9. New Albany 15

10. Canfield 14


1) Indian Hill (1) 39

2. Hilliard Bradley 37

3. Lexington (1) 35

4. Hathaway Brown 34

5. Chagrin Falls (3) 31

6. Oayton Oakwood (1) 30

7. Hawken 26

8. Columbus Academy 25

9.  Kettering Alter (1) 21

10. (tie) Ottawa Hills 16

Cinti Hills Christian 16

Mayfield's Kim Lorentz, Stow's Scott Hilditch named MAC Cross Country Runners of the Week

By Ken Mather

CLEVELAND -- Akron's Kim Lorentz took home the women's honor, while Kent State's Scott Hilditch claimed men's weekly recognition as top cross-country runners in the Cleveland-based Mid American Conference..

Akron's Kim Lorentz took home this week's women's honor, while Kent State's Scott Hilditch claimed men's weekly recognition.

Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Kim Lorentz, Akron, Senior 
Mayfield, Ohio (Mayfield) 
Zippy Invitational --5k 
Time: 18:06
For the third consecutive season, Zips senior Kim Lorentz took home the top honor at the Tommy Evans Invitational held at Firestone Metro Park. Crossing the finish line with a time of 18:06, Lorentz was just two seconds off the course record which she set back in 2008. Lorentz dominantly took home the title with the next closest competitor registering at 18:27

Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Scott Hilditch, Kent State, Senior 
Stow, Ohio (Stow) 
Tommy Evans Invitational 
4 miles -- 19:57 

Hilditch won the Tommy Evans Invitational and broke the previous course record (20:18) set by former teammate Aiman Scullion last year.

Marlington alumna Mary Snode 

named golfer of the week in the OAC

September 20, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- University of Mount Union junior Mary Snode (Alliance/Marlington) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week, the league office here announced today.



Snode claimed her second consecutive Mercyhurst Fall Invitational individual championship. She carded a two-day todal of 151 (76-75) at the par-72, 5,829-yard Downing Golf Course.

The Purple Raiders will be in action again on Saturday at the Grove City Invitational (Pa.).

Baldwin-Wallace College Senior 

Kim Chinn Named OAC Women’s 

Cross Country Runner of the Week

Sept 20

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA — Baldwin-Wallace College senior NCAA Division III All-American Kim Chinn (Zanesville/ West Muskingum) is this week’s Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. It marks the third time in her career that Chinn has earned an OAC weekly honor in cross country and fifth overall, including two in track.

Last Saturday, September 18, 2010, Chinn placed third individually of 195 women at the Calvin (Mich.) College Knight Invite and led the Yellow Jackets to a fourth place team finish. She covered the five-kilometer course in 18:23.7, her best time in the 5K this season.


Mount, Wilmington coaches to take 

part in national day to help find cure 

and raise awareness of DMD, which 

robs young men of mobility, 


Sept. 20, 2010

By Lenny Reich

On September 25, 2010, University of Mount Union, Wilmington College, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy(PPMD) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) will be part of Coach to Cure MD, a one-day, nationwide event designed to raise awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy . 

"We need your help to stop this devastating disorder that robs young men of their mobility, their independence, and sadly their lives, said .AFCA President and Mount Union head football Larry Kehres. 

The coach and his entire coaching staff will wear Coach to Cure armbands and encourage fans to donate for this cause.

Mount's Merlo named soccer player of week

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- University of Mount Union sophomore Joey Merlo (Niles/Cardinal Mooney) was namedOhio Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week.

Merlo scored three goals during the Purple Raiders' 3-0 week, including game-winners against Bethany (W. Va.) and St. John Fisher (N.Y.).


Merlo was named Most Valuable Player of the Wittenberg Invitational, which featured Mount Union wins over Earlham and St. John Fisher.

The Purple Raiders will return to action on Wednesday night when they host Grove City (Pa.).

Lake Ridge linksmen remain perfect 

with win over Hurricanes


Lake Ridge Academy’s boys’ golf team made it 9 of 9 in remaining among the unbeaten ranks with tonight’s 153-177 win versus Brooklyn on the
Cherry Ridge G.C. Par 35 course. 

Lake Ridge (9-0) had Spencer Scheeler shoot a one-over (36) to earn Medalist honors. Scheeler was followed by Mitchell Rice (38), Nick Nemetz (39), and Chris Huebler (40). 

Scott Urig’s Hurricanes had Sean Blaine (41), Nathan Smith (43), Mark Anderson (44), and Daniel Tomcik (49).

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