A Page -- Sept. 23, 2010

Solon High alum Steve Valentino

Walter Payton Award candidate 

Steve Valentino from Solon is the 

apex of the U. of Dayton offense with 

300 yards of total offense per game

Sept. 23, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 Site: www.studentathletecleveland.com

 DAYTON -- When Solon High alumnus Steve Valentino was moved from wide receiver to quarterback last year by the University of Dayton football coaches, Flyer fans and internals did not know what to expect.

They were pleasantly surprised when Valentino responded with some impressive rewards, including leading the offense on a team that gained a share of the Pioneer League championship, just barely missing spot in the non-scholarship Division I NCAA playoffs because of tie-breaker rules. He led the teams in total offensive yards per game with 281.

That success has segued into this year as the Flyers with Valentino under center have carved a 2-1 record through the first three weeks of the season and appear headed toward another stellar campaign.

Valentino picked up where he left off last year, charging a 28-14 win over Robert Morris to began the season by hitting the century mark with both his legs and his arm, scrambling and keeping for 106 yards and throwing for 211 yards by connecting successfully on 19 of his 37 passes.


The former Comet also shined in a defensive situation. With his club clinging to a 21-14 lead late in the game, Valentino threw an interception and when it looked like RMU would tie the game on the runback, Valentino ran down the would-be scorer, stood him up and stripped the ball from him where Tyler Hujik recovered the fumble back for the Flyers at their own 19.

Going directly back on offense without having the leave the field, Valentino subsequently engineered an 81-yard drive for the Flyers’ fourth TD of the game and pretty much pocket the victory.

The Flyers, who play Central State Saturday, built up a 21-0 halftime lead thanks in part to a pair of TD passes by Valentino. He threw one of 24 yards and one of four, the latter to Padua alumnus Nick Collins, who wound up with three catches for 36 yards on the day.

Padua alum, Broadview Heights resident Nick Collins

For his efforts, Valentino was named by the Pioneer League as the loop’s Offensive Player of the Week award winner.

With only three starters returning, the defense was a question mark for the Flyers, but they came through holding off any threats after posting a shutout in the first half. Rocky River High alum Sean Belanger was tied for third in tackles with six, including an assisted one for a loss and also had a half of a sack.

River's Belanger

The Flyers lost a 35-31 heartbreaker to Dusquesne the second week of the season but Valentino and Collins had another fine day offensively. Valentino threw three TD passes, including two to Collins. He completed 22 of 32 pass attempts for 248 yards and with his 47 yards running was just five yards shy of anther 300-yard game of total offense.

Collins caught seven passes for 94 yards. A five-yard catch from Valentino for a TD gave the Flyers a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and six-yard Collins catch in the second quarter gave them a 14-7 lead.

Dayton led until Duquesne scored a TD with 21 seconds left in the game for the deciding score.

The Valentino-engineered offense used the ground game to charge the offense to get back on the winning track last week in the 34-28 Pioneer League win over Morehead State. The first four TDs by Dayton came on the ground including a one-yard sneak by Valentino.

The eventual winning TD came through the air when Valentino threw 50 yards to Luke Bellman to make it 34-14. Morehead would score twice more but run out of time as the defense shut the door after it became a one-TD game.

Valentino, a Walter Payton Award candidate (top offensive player nationally in the D-I Championship Subdivision, sort of a mini Heisman), wound up with another 300-yard total offense game and his second double century game with 102 yards rushing and 243 yards passing on 18 of 37. Collins nabbed four Valentino passes for 36 yards.

By averaging 300 yards of total offense a game, Valentino is ahead of his personal pace last year.


After fifth-year Student/Athlete (“super senior”) graduates after this season, the Flyers will not be totally bankrupt of contributions from Solon High at quarterback. Former Comet Jake Voigt, a freshman, is among those behind Valentino on the depth chart at QB.

Lake Ridge hits double-digit mark in 

wins while sailing along fairways with 

spotless mark


Lake Ridge Boys Varsity Golf team hit the double-digit mark in wins will remaining undefeated and untied with tonight’s 146-178 win over Open Door.

On the Brentwood Golf Course-Par 35 Lake Ridge (10-0) had Chris Huebler shoot one-under par (34) to earn Medalist honors. Spencer Scheeler (36) came next for the Lions followed by Mitchell Rice (38) and Nick Nemetz (38).

Open Door had Eric Mann (40), Ian Sooy (41), Nick Kerecz (44) and Dave Carmany (53).

Groove City Blanks Mount in 

women's soccer

September 23, 2010 

ALLIANCE-- Mount Union's women's soccer game dropped a non-conference match to Grove City today, 4-0.

Hannah Yang scored twice in the first half and Grace Rieman put in two insurance goals during the second for the visiting Wolverines.

Strongsville alumna Danielle Hubka, 

even while ailing, contributing heavily 

to Maryland's 8-0 start and No. 7 


Sept 23, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


When healthy, Strongsville High alumna Danielle Hubka could very well be the top sophomore in college women’s soccer in the country.

The forward/midfielder has been in and out of the University of Maryland’s lineup this year, but when in, she has made our presence known.

Danielle Hubka


In the top 10 in her age group nationally while still in high school, Hubka has not slipped in that ranking any over the past two years.

Even though she has seen a meager 36 minutes in the Terrapins’ season opener, a 6-0 win over Iona, but that was all the time she needed to contribute to the W, scoring one of the six half dozen Terrapin lamplighters.

Hubka,who was invited last spring to the USA Women's U-20 National Team training group, also played in less than half the match, but was still part of the offense that powered enough scoring to post a 3-2 triumph over Missouri.

After missing matches against Tennessee and Kennesaw State with an injury, she returned to action and picked up where she left off, unfazed by the injury and scoring the winning goal in a 2-0 win over SUNY Stony Brook.

At that point, she worked her way into more touches and creating more quality chances, taking four shots in a half-match’s times-worth, but still managed four shots in a 3-2 win over Seton Hall, followed by a team-high five shot outing in a 4-1 win over Delaware.

Most recently, she increased her minutes to 61 in a 2-1 overtime win over George Mason.

Her start is similar to last season’s, when she missed the first two matches with an injury but then played in the last 20 as a freshman for the highly ranked Terrapins. She scored a goal in only her second career match and one in her first career NCAA post-season tournament match.

As a high school All-American, Hubka was nearly everyone’s MVP including honors as Player of the Year in Greater Cleveland and in all of Ohio.

Even while ailing so far this fall, Hubka certainly has been part of the reason the Terps are 8-0 and ranked seventh in the nation at this juncture of the season.

The Terps have been off for a week, but return to action against 13th ranked Duke at home in College Park.

Case Reserve's Chelsea Lasky is 

"Miss Versatility" as multi-faceted 


Sept. 23, 2010

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND (University District) -- Chelsea Lasky is a sophomore, biomedical engineering (pre-med) major from Fairview, Pennsylvania, located just outside of Erie, PA. Chelsea has many unique aspects to her life, but one is nearly unheard of in intercollegiate athletics – she is competing in her third different varsity sport this fall.


Chelsea came to Case Reserve as a basketball student-athlete and decided also to play softball. This year, she joined the Spartan women’s soccer team as a goalkeeper and will switch to a different role of student coach with the women’s hoops squad. It also is important to point out that she doesn’t just compete; rather, she competes at a high level in one of the toughest Division III conferences (University Athletic Association) in the nation. On the soccer field this season, she has a 3-1-1 record and a fine 0.57 goals against average.

 Oberlin Field Hockey Team Falls at Home

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By Mike Mancini 

Oberlin – The Oberlin College field hockey team hung right with the visiting Kenyon College Ladies for 35 minutes, but a big second half by the visitors resulted in them coming away with a 4-1 win over the Yeowomen on Thursday afternoon. 

Despite the outcome, it was the Yeowomen who struck first as first-year Karin Yoshida cashed in her third goal of the season in the 20th minute. SeniorEmily Whitaker got the assist on the play. 

CVCA's A team nips Mags' B team in 

varsity tennis action

Sept. 23, 2010

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy’s Varsity A tennis team defeated Magnificat’s Varsity B tennis team, 3-2 today.

Magnificat Varsity B season record is 11 an d 4.

The Royals’ Asia Harris topped. Emily Witt 6-4, 6-4 at first singles, while CVCA’s Erika Lester won in straight sets over Veronica Johnson 6-1, 6-1 in the second slot.

Mags earned a win at third singles with Cate Gisser blanking Skylar Dittrich 6-0, 6-0.

The Blue Streaks earned the top spot at first doubles with Sarah Patrick and Taylor Halen taking Gina Blake and Nikki Micale 6-0, 6-2. The decider came at second doubles with CVCA’s Maddie Haskell and Katie Heginbotham topping Tayo Pedro and Nora Hudac 6-4, 6-4.







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