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Beachwood Student/Athletic Team of the Week is Girls’ Varsity Volleyball


This week’s Bison Featured Team of the Week is the Beachwood Varsity Volleyball team. Earlier this fall Student/Athletic season, Bison Head Coach Doug Mekinda returned to Beachwood after serving as the varsity head coach at Mentor High School for two seasons.

Coach Mekinda served as the head coach for the Bison from 2006 to 2008. Joining his staff are assistant coaches Sylvia Wallace, who was the head coach for 10 seasons at Warrensville Heights, and Kate Kubiak, who has extensive experience as a Junior Olympics coach and was the head varsity coach at Mentor Christian High School. Also joining their staff at the middle-school level are Lauren Colangelo and Abby Gavanditti. 

Last year the Bison finished with a 4-6 record in the Chagrin Valley Conference and an 8-12 record overall. Monique Kaiser and Logan Jones earned All Chagrin Valley Conference Honorable Mention honors.

Returning varsity letter-winners include Ena Jones (Sr./Captain/Setter/Outside Hitter), Olivia Mayfield (Sr./Outside Hitter), Logan Jones (Sr./Captain/Middle Blocker), Traci Milliner (Sr./Captain/Outside Hitter), Elana Gloger (Jr./Outside Hitter), Sammie Jacobs (Jr./Setter), Cindy Gray (Sr./Outside Hitter), Haley Marblestone (Sr./Setter) and Monique Kaiser (So/Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter).

“This team has been working very hard on their volleyball skills, as well as their communication skills and we are making a lot of progress this season," explains head coach Doug Mekinda. "Every day we get better and I am very pleased with the direction of our program. This season should show constant improvement both on the court, and in the classroom. Our Junior Varsity team looks tremendous and have really come together this season.” 

”Our most exciting matches this season should be against the top third of the conference which include Independence, Cuyahoga Heights, and Hawken.”

Other matches to watch include Western Reserve Academy, Trinity, and of course, the run to state.

Beachwood MS Soccer’s Neel Lachawani is BCS Student/Athlete of the Week; 8th grader is a perpetual honor roll achiever in the classroom

Beachwood Student/Athlete of the Week

Middle School Soccer

This week’s Bison Student/Athlete of the Week is Neel Lachhwani, who is an 8th grader on the Boys’ Middle School Soccer team.

This season, Lachhwani has led his team with seven goals scored and has recorded three assists. The Bison Middle School Soccer team currently has a 7-2 winning record. 

“Neel is simply fantastic; he epitomizes the words 'student-athlete' and “teammate,'” says head coach Nate Smith. "He leads both by example and as a team vocal leader on the pitch and in the classroom. He has gained the respect of both the 7th and 8th graders on the team. He is one of the best leaders that I have ever coached.

“He has a tireless work ethic, a positive attitude, and is constantly striving to become the best soccer player that he can be.  In my 12 years as the Head Middle School Soccer Coach at Beachwood, it is both a rarity and honor to coach a player of Neel's talent, character, and integrity; kids like Neel do not come around often.  I expect very big things from him in high school and in life; he is a special kid.”

Lachhwani is also a standout in the classroom as he is a constant on the Honor Roll. Lachhwani  is also a member of the Middle School Swim team.


Cheerleading Coach Andrea Frabotta is this week’s Bison Coach of the Week for Beachwood Schools; middle school mentor is Father Owens, Presidential, American Values, Academic Competitiveness scholar at JCU



Middle School Cheerleading

Andrea Frabotta recently joined the Bison as the Middle School head cheerleading coach. Andrea is finishing up her senior year at John Carroll University where she will graduate with a degree in early childhood education.

At John Carroll she recently received the Father Joseph Owens Award, The Presidential Honors Scholarship, The American Values Scholarship, and the Academic Competitiveness Award. 

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For the past three summers, Andrea has worked for the Beachwood School District at our Fairmount Early Childhood Center Summer Camp as a camp counselor. 

She attended Kirtland High School where she was a two year captain of their cheerleading squad which qualified for the State Tournament in 2007. She was voted by her school administrators as the Chagrin Valley Conference Sportsmanship Award Winner. 

“I am extremely excited to be part of the Beachwood Athletic Department,” Frabotta says. “This is fantastic opportunity and I am so happy to be working with the Student/Athletes at Beachwood Middle School. I truly enjoy fostering the growth and development of the cheerleaders throughout the season and the little successes that lead to a larger success along the way.

“It is my hope that I can instill the life-skills and moral character our cheerleaders. I believe that the dedication and passion that is devoted to athletics connects directly to the qualities individuals must carry to their adult life in order to live their dreams. 

"Being a positive role model as a coach allows me to help Student/Athletes lay a successful foundation for their futures. As success is defined differently for every person, it always includes lending one’s own best efforts to accomplish a goal. I hope to inspire athletes to become excellent citizens, life-long learners, and healthy, caring individuals.”

Frabotta’s favorite familiar quote: “If I've won the respect of intelligent people, affection of children, earned the appreciation of honest critics and endured the betrayal of false friends; appreciate beauty, and if I leave the world a bit better than before, then I have succeeded.”

Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family and friends. I enjoy cooking Italian food, walking her dogs, and jogging. Andrea resides in University Heights.

St. Ed could break school record for longest unbeaten streak with win over Jefferson, defending state champs from Florida

By Adam Mendoza

A touch of Florida sunshine will creep through to Lakewood Stadium this weekend when St. Edward football hosts the defending Class 3A Florida state champions Jefferson High.

This will be the first meeting between the Eagles and Dragons.

It’s a battle of Ohio and Florida as defending champions will represent each state in Lakewood.    .    

Jefferson, located in Tampa ran the table in 2010 to capture its first-ever state title in Florida. Jefferson was state runners-up twice before capturing the title in 2010.

This is one of three opponents St. Ed will face that won state championships in 2010.

Tampa Jefferson is 1-1 on the season after narrowly escaping with a 22-21 win over Newsome High School. The game was decided  by a missed field goal in the final seconds of the game.    

In 2010 Jefferson scored a Florida state record 746 points behind graduated quarterback Quentin Williams, who was also  Florida’s Mr. Football.

The Dragons will have 7 players returning from the state title team with 4 on offense and 3 on defense coming back.

The team is lead by sophomore QB Diondre Porter who is averaging 217 passing yards a game.  Junior RB Shaquille Speights leads the ground attack with 173 yards.  Senior Tyriq McCord, one of  the nation’s tops defensive lineman returns. Last year he recorded 18.5 sacks and is entertaining offers from 6 division one colleges.  

Jefferson Head coach Jeremy Earle in his first season as head coach was the team’s offensive coordinator during their state title run.

St. Ed, ranked No. 4 in the nation and No. 1 in Ohio and Clevis 4-0 on the season and riding a 19 game winning streak after beating Elder 30-10. 

Last week, St. Edward opened up their offense in a 30-10 win against visiting Cincinnati Elder at Fairview High School.   

The Eagles led by quarterback Ryan Fallon (Jr) and Dwayne Aaron (Jr) put up 428 yards in total offense.  Fallon had a coming of age game as he ran for 95 yards and threw for 139 yards. Aaron continues to impress, rushing for 207 yards and 1 touchdown (9th of season).

The Eagle air attack was led by Chris Connors (Sr) 5 catches for 114 yards.

With the game tied at 10-10 in the second quarter, St. Ed’s would outscore Elder 20-0.  Senior kicker Jake Wilhelm would tally 3 field  goals in the game.

Big plays was the name of the game as “The Big Green Machine” converted a blocked punt and interception into 3rd quarter scores as they won its 19th straight game which ties a school record set in the early 1970’s.






Avon Lake scored 5 goals in the first half on the way to a 7-0 win over Olmsted Falls Wednesday night.

The Lady Bulldogs played hard the whole game and put up a valiant effort despite missing a number of their top players due to injury.

Jillian Strimbu

Avon Lake led off the scoring in the 14th minute on a goal by senior Danielle Liszka assisted by Jillian Strimbu. 

Less than a minute later the Shoregals struck again on a goal by sophomore Emily O'Connor also assisted by Strimbu.

In the final 11 minutes of the first half, Avon Lake struck 3 more times - first by junior Kailey McClain from

Christine Gates, then Gates scored assisted by Strimbu, and finally Strimbu scored with senior Taylor Nedrich with the assist.

Second half goals were scored by McClain again this time assisted by Claire Jones and the scoring was closed out with a goal by Jillian Strimbu off a long pass from Nedrich.

In goal for Avon Lake was Dana Strimbu who made 4 saves and recorded her 4th shutout of the season. Minding the net for the Lady Bulldogs was Madison Woods who recorded 8 saves. 

With the win, Avon Lake improves to 5-1-2 overall and 3-1-1 in the SWC while Olmsted Falls drops to 2-4-3.

Girls Soccer
Avon Lake vs. Olmsted Falls
Game Date:    Wednesday Sept. 21, 2011

Final Score:
Avon Lake (AL) - 7        Olmsted Falls (OF) - 0
AL    5-1-2            OF    2-4-3

AL    Jillian Strimbu - 2    OF    None
    Kailey McClain - 2
    Danielle Liszka
    Christine Gates
    Emily O'Connor

AL    Jillian Strimbu - 3      OF    None
    Taylor Nedrich  - 2
    Christine Gates
    Claire Jones

Shots on Goal:
AL    15            OF    4
AL    Dana Strimbu - 4 saves
OF    Madison Woods - 8 saves
AL    21            OF    5
Corner Kicks:
AL    5            OF    1
AL    5            OF    0
AL    12            OF    5
AL    5            OF    0

St. Ignatius hosts John Adams in battle of two schools from Cleveland proper

By Ed Daugherty

In a battle of two schools from Cleveland proper, St. Ignatius football will host John Adams tomorrow (sat.) on Byers Field.

The only other time the Wildcats have faced the Rebels of John Adams was in the 1977 Cleveland City Championship game. The Wildcats advanced to the

Title game with a perfect 5-0 record in the West Senate, despite being just 7-3 overall in the 1977 season.

On a miserable day due to the wind and rain, the Wildcats dominated the Rebels, winning the game and the Championship, 27-0.

Oliver Luck

SR QB OLiver Luck, now the athletic director at West Virginia University, completed 12 of 16 passes for 118 yards and 3 TDs including a 2-yard TD pass to BRad Stinn with just 0:55 remaining in the first quarter. The completion and TD capped a 21-play, 80-yard drive by the Wildcats to open the game.

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Steve Tischler and Marty O'Malley also caught TD passes in the game RB Jim Callinan, who later studied and played ball at Harvard, scored on a 9-yard TD run just before halftime.

The win and the Championship was the final City Championship for the Wildcats as they had announced prior to the 1977 season that the 1978 season would be their final year in the Senate. Despite winning the 1978 West Senate, there was no City Championship game due to a teachers' strike in Cleveland.

Prior to the week 4 game against the Centerville Elks, if the defense didn't know the meaning of the letters TFL, they know now.

In the 27-8 convincing win over the Elks, the Wildcats defense tallied 20 tackles for loss and recorded a school-record 14 sacks of two Elks quarterbacks Eric Williams threw for 257 yards and 2 TDs; RB Tim McVey added his 9th TD of the season and PK Tim Shenk kicked 2 more FGs, including a 42-yarder in the 3rd quarter, to bring his total to 7 FGM on the season.

John Adams totals 189 yards in total offense against East Tech RB Tre'von Madison had 5 carries for 61 yards; while Dominique Hunter totaled 39 yards on 6 carries and 2 TDs WR Timothy Steele had 2 catches for 30 yards Tevin Ray led the defense with 16 total tackles.

John Adams High School is located on Martin Luther King Blvd just north of Harvard Avenue in Cleveland's Union-Miles Neighborhood.

The original building was opened in 1923 and closed in 1995 as part of the Cleveland School District Budget cuts (West Tech was also closed at that time)

In 2006 the school was reopened on the same sight and the entire history of the school, including the sports teams was retained. Famous alumni include: actor/host Arsenio Hall, ESPN's Tom Jackson, Cleveland political commentator Dick Feagler, and boxing promoter Don King.

Feagler and King

Since the Cleveland Senate League was formally organized in 1904 there was little if any change in membership for the next three decades. That was until the 1937 season when the Senate expanded, securing seven new teams into the League.

The Senate would now include ALL high school within the city of Cleveland (including the 4 all-boys, Catholic high schools) and with that the Charity Game would be revamped to reflect the new Power Conference in Cleveland.

Prior to 1937, the Charity Game teams were selected from all of Cuyahoga County, but beginning with the 1937 season, the winners of the two divisions within the Senate would play for the championship at the Charity Game.

John Adams won that 1937 Charity Game, which was in the new format.

After an inagural season that saw as many as four teams in each division fighting for a berth in the Charity Game as the season reached week seven, the dust settled and the Carpenters from West Tech (7-0-2) would face the East Senate champs, the John Adams Rebels (8-1), but undefeated in the East Senate West Tech was favored in the game because of the West Senate's talent.

But John Adams had defeated perennial powerhouse Cathedral Latin 12-6 earlier in the season and had the confidence after winning the East Seante championship in the final week of the 1937 season, a 19-0 win over

East High.

On Saturday November 27th, over 47,000 fans showed up at Municipal Stadium to watch West Tech and John Adams play in the Charity Game.

West Tech jumped out to an early 6-0 lead just five minutes into the game, but after that point, the contest belonged to Nick Barille. The Rebels running back led the team with 17 carries, scored two rushing touchdowns, added a third score on a pass reception and kicked an extra point.

On defense he had two interceptions and a fumble recovery. The Rebels would dominate the second half and win the 1937 Charity Game, 19-6.

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