A Page -- Sept. 24, 2011

St. Joe’s varsity A tennis nips Walsh Jesuit’s varsity B; Violand and Kahl bounce back at first doubles to clinch Jaguar team victory

In Thursday’s high school tennis action, St. Joe’s varsity A team posted a 3-2 win over Walsh Jesuit’s varsity B team.

St. Joe’s grabbed wins at first singles by Elizabeth Wagner and at third singles by Missy Drapac.

Both won in straight sets although Drapac had to battle more to win her first set, working to a 7-6 tie-breaker win. Wagner gave up only one point in both sets combined.

The other Jaguar point was a humdinger. It came at first doubles, in which Claire Violand and Brooke Kahl had to come from behind to earn the third and final point, the decider in the team match.

Kahl and Violand were down 0-1 after losing the tie-breaker in the first set, 4-7. They then bounced back with a pair of 6-2 wins to bag both the personal and Jaguar team victories.

Saint Joseph Academy 3, Walsh "B" 2

Singles:  Wagner (SJA) d. Oravecz 6-0, 6-1; Brennan (W) d. Powers 6-2, 6-0; Drapac (SJA) d. Cutler 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
Doubles:  Violand/Kahl (SJA) d. Ross/Mendiola 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-2; Cline/Figler (W) d. Paponetti/DeGidio 6-3, 7-5.

Comets sophomore Alexis Gray shoots personal 

best 40 for match medalist; Medina barely gets 

by Solon

Solon sophomore Alexis Gray reached personal-best score of 40 as match medalist in Comets golf against Medina Thursday.

However, the Bees were the narrow team winners, 185-188.

Medina 185; Solon 188

Solon Scores:

Alexis Gray 40

Aly Ales 45

Tiffany Li 51

Grace Gutierrez 52

Leah Wilson 56

Meagan Crowl 57

Shoregals reach double-digit SWC wins with double victory over North Olmsted, Westlake; Eagles’ Katey Hull paces all golfers

Avon Lake golf reached the league double-digit mark with a pair of Southwestern Conference wins Thursday at Sweetbriar.

The Shoregals combined for 189 strokes, while Westlake piled up 200 strokes and North Olsmted 2007.

Avon Lake, now 10-2 in the SWC, was led by Niki Schroeder’s 40.

The Eagles’ Katey Hull earned match medalist honors with a 39, which is three-over par on this section of the course.

North Olmsted And Westlake @ Avon Lake  Sweetbriar Par 36

Avon Lake 10-2 SWC 16-2 Overall
Niki Schroeder 40
Corynn Krieg    43
Mallary Koeth   50
Taylor Browns  56
Total 189
Lauren Kreider  47
Katie Carroll      50
Jordan Labroo   50
Sarah Bates      53
Total 200
North Olmsted   7-5
Katey Hull          39
Nichole Gentile   46
Erin McGinty       57
Allison Behrendt  65
Total 207
Avon Lake 189, Westlake 200, North Olmsted 207 @ Sweetbriar par36
K. Hull 39 (No), N. Schroeder 40 (AL), c. Krieg 43 (AL)

Cherish Ashcraft comes back to win at second singles and earn deciding point for North Ridgeville tennis

In a tight, West Shore Conference tennis match Thursday, North Ridgeville nipped Vermilion, 3-2.

The best match came at second singles, which turned out to be the deciding point.

The Rangers’ Cherish Ashcraft came back from being down one set to take the No. 2 singles point, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.

North Ridgeville High School vs. Vermilion High School
Girls Varsity Tennis @ North Ridgeville
September 22, 2011
Match: NR-3 Vermilion-2

First Singles:
 Kelsey Watson (NR) def. Natalie Wilson (V) 6-2, 6-2

Second Singles:
C. Ashcraft (NR) def. Chloe Roth (V ) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1

Third Singles:
Tayler Wishner (NR) def. Fiona Gibbons 6-1, 6-4

First Doubles:
Kristen Anglin/Summer Rogier (V) def. Elisabeth Alter/Alex Ferrara (NR) 6-4, 6-2 

Second Doubles:
Brooke Eckley/ Elizabeth Buchanan (V) def. Danelle Ozello/Alyse Fuller (NR) 6-2, 6-3 


University of Notre Dame-bound Connor Klekota scores lone goal in Amherst soccer win over Brunswick

Connor Klekota scored the lone goal for Amherst in a thrilling 1-0 victory over Brunswick Thursday.

Klekota gathered a loose ball and buried a brilliant 30-yard shot just before halftime to give the Comets a lead they would never lose.

Maximo Meggitt of Amherst and Zak Petrenko of Brunswick both put on goalkeeping clinic, coming up with several big plays to keep the game close. 

The Comets moved to 7-1 on the season with the win. Amherst travels to Midpark on Saturday to take on theMeteors in SWC action.

Amherst Steele 1, Brunswick 0

Goal: Connor Klekota (unassisted)
Saves: Amherst - Maximo Meggitt (5), Brunswick - Zak Petrenko (6 saves)
JV - Brunswick 4, Amherst 0

Lake Erie Football Coach Mark McNellie and Staff to Help Raise Awareness for Coach to Cure MD Campaign Saturday Against Hillsdale; Research to Aid Cure to Vicious Disease that Robs Men of Their Mobility


PAINESVILLE – Lake Erie College head football coach Mark McNellie and Hillsdale College coach Keith Otterbein, as well as their entire coaching staffs, will be among the hundreds of college football coaches nationwide joining together in support of the Coach to Cure MD program this Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. 


The goal is to raise awareness and support to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a debilitating and progressive muscular weakening disease that affects young boys.  Currently there is no cure and only limited therapeutic options. Coaches from the Storm and Chargers will wear patches during their game on Saturday which kicks off at 1p.m. at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville, Ohio.


This is the fourth year of the Coach to Cure MD program which is a joint venture between the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD). 


“As a staff, we hope that we can do our part by raising awareness to a terrible disease through the Coach to Cure MD campaign and helping to do our part to end Duchenne,” said McNellie.  “We encourage everyone to do their part as well to support this cause.”


Fans can donate to Duchenne muscular dystrophy research by either going online to www.CoachtoCureMD.org or be texting the word CURE to 9099 and making a $5 donation (donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill).


Last year, more than 9,400 coaches took part in the Coach to Cure MD campaign representing 373 institutions.  To date the campaign has raised nearly $875,000 with the goal this year to top one million.


To learn more, visit www.CoachtoCureMd.org.

Mount Union Makes Some Buddies (NCAA.com Story)

September 24, 2011 

Brian Lester, NCAA.com

Mount Union's football team has made its presence felt on the field time and again. The 10 NCAA Division III national championships, 19 Ohio Athletic Conference titles, No. 2 national ranking and 55-game regular-season win streak are accomplishments that stand on their own.

Yet, it's what the Purple Raiders have done off the field that seems to mean so much more than scoring touchdowns, winning games and hoisting championship hardware, at least in the eyes of students at Northside Elementary School in Alliance, Ohio.

Each week, members of the team take time out of their schedules to hang out with students in first through fifth grades during lunch and recess as part of the popular Raider Buddy program.

The children light up when they see the players come through the hallway. They can't wait to talk to the athletes and have fun with them on the playground or in the gym.

It is crystal clear that the impact the players have on the lives of the children will last long after the cheering insideMount Union Stadium has stopped and their collegiate careers are memories.

"... we feel fortunate that we have an opportunity to be in a position where we can be a role model. The kids love it and we come away from the experience as better people."
-- Mount Union senior OL Brett Ekkens

Senior offensive linemen Brett Ekkens has seen the impact that he and his teammates have had on the students. Ekkens has been involved with the Raider Buddy program since his sophomore year and has enjoyed every minute of it.

"It's so important to give back to your community, and we take a lot of pride in being able to make a difference in the lives of the students," Ekkens said. "They get so excited when they us. It's nice to be able to be someone they can look up to."

It doesn't even bother Ekkens that the students used to think he played for a high school football team.

"Those kids can be very funny sometimes," Ekkens said. "They thought we played at the local high school. They didn't understand that we were college football players. I think most of them know that now."

MU head coach Larry Kehres, who has more than 300 wins with the Purple Raiders, believes the experience of the voluntary buddy program has been good for his players.




TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University men's soccer team will play its
second contest in the midst of a three-game home stand Saturday, Sept. 24
when it hosts Case Western Reserve University at Hidden Valley at 2 p.m.
Today's match will be the second of four played at Hidden Valley this

The Student Prince offense features a well-rounded attack, with five
different student-athletes scoring goals thus far this season, led by
freshman midfielder Hamid Sheriff (Centennial), who has tallied a team-high
three points on one goal and one assist.  In goal, junior two-time All-Ohio
Athletic Conference goalkeeper Ryan Smith (Roanoke, Texas/Keller) has made
26 saves while allowing just nine goals for a 1.18 goals against average.

The Student Princes last played Wednesday night (Sept. 21), when it fell to
Oberlin College, 3-0, at Mayer Field.

The Spartans, ranked sixth in the Great Lakes Region by the National Soccer
Coaches Association of America, enter the match 6-1 overall.  Case scores
nearly 3.0 goals per game and is led by Vinny Bell, who has team-highs of
nine goals, three assists and 21 points.  Ben Yabrow handles the majority of
the keeper duties, tallying 21 saves and two shutouts in 566 minutes of

In addition, seven Student/Athletes from the state of Texas will be on the
field or sidelines during today's game.  CWRU has four players from Texas,
while Heidelberg junior defender Justin James (Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine),
junior midfielder Trevor Dawson (Keller, Texas/Keller) and Smith each hail
from the Lone Star State.

No. 8 'BERG volleyball to play Otterbein, Columbus State in Saturday doubleheader

TIFFIN, Ohio-The No. 8 Heidelberg University volleyball team will continue
Ohio Athletic Conference play when it travels to Westerville, Ohio Saturday
for a noon match with conference foe Otterbein University in the Rike
Center.  Following that match, the Berg will face Columbus State at 2 p.m.

Heidelberg, 11-2 overall and 1-0 in the OAC, opened league play Tuesday
night by sweeping Wilmington College in Tiffin.  A total of 20
student-athletes saw action for the Berg in that contest and a balanced
offensive attack featured six players notch five or more kills.  

'Berg women's soccer team loses to Indiana Tech, 1-0

TIFFIN, Ohio-Junior goalkeeper Molly Schriber (Sidney) made a season-high
four saves, but the Heidelberg University women's soccer team lost to
Indiana Tech tonight, 1-0, in a non-conference match at Mayer Field in
Tiffin, Ohio.

Indiana Tech improves to 6-3-1, while 'Berg falls to 3-4-0.

In the seventh minute, Manuela Cabal found Natalie Zimmerman with a
breakaway look at the net, and Zimmerman capitalized with what would prove
to be the game winner.

Despite the goal, the first half was an otherwise evenly played match, with
both teams recording 12 shots and one corner kick each.

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Fifth-ranked Magnificat blanks third-ranked Westlake in tennis

In a battle of two state-ranked teams, fifth-ranked Magnificat topped third-ranked Westlake, 5-0, Thursday.

The Blue Streaks dominated from start to finish, winning all five positions.

The two best matches came at first and second singles.

At no. 1 singles Emily Witt was a 6-2, 6-7, 6-2 winner over Michelle Djohan.

In another three-setter, Lauren O’Malley defeated Julia Dunbar at second singles, rallying from being down after one set, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.

Maddie Lugli was a straight-sets winner at third singles as were both doubles teams.

Magnificat 5 Westlake 0. Singles:Witt d. Mi. Djohan 6-2,6-7,6-2;O'Malley d. Dunbar 5-7,6-1,6-1;Lugli d. Reddy 6-3,6-2. Doubles:Foliano/Plagens d. Me. Djohan/Miller 6-1,6-1;Lawless/Hollis d. Milano/Maheswer 6-2,6-2.


Villari’s two goals lead Avon Lake past Bulldogs

Avon Lake boys’ soccer  remained in the Southwestern Conference race with a 3-0 blanking of Olmsted Falls.

Joe Villari had the hot foot with two goals for the Shoremen.

Avon Lake 3 Olmsted Falls 0


Avon Lake: 4-3-2 (3-1-1)

Olmsted Falls: 1-6-1 (0-3-0)


Olmsted Falls: none

Avon Lake: Joe Villari 2, Alex Strimbu

Goalies: Olmsted Falls, Samsel (10 saves); AL, Zac Strimbu (1 saves), Mac Bates (2 saves)

Score at half: Avon Lake 1 Olmsted Falls 0

Shots for Avon Lake: 15

Shots for Olmsted Falls:   5

Corners for Olmsted Falls: 0

St. Joe’s soccer wins tight one with Trinity, 3-2, on muddy pitch

On a very water-logged, muddy field the Jaguars defeated the Trinity Trojans, 3-2, Thursday.

Junior Niki Mikolcic lead the Jaguar scoring with two goals.

Freshmen Amanda Burns scored a goal and record an assist.

Burns's goal was scored off a corner kick by sophomore Ali DeCrane

Once again, the Jags dominated the shot total, 16-5.

On Saturday, the Jaguars travel to Wellington High School.

The Varsity plays at 1:00 pm and JV Purple at 3:00 pm.

Walsh Jesuit’s Chris Kaczmar Wins Easton Master Coach Award

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Chris Kaczmar, head baseball coach at Walsh Jesuit H.S. (Cuyahoga Falls, OH), has been named the 23rd winner of the Easton Sports Master Coach Award.

The award is given to an exceptional high school baseball coach who goes beyond what most coaches do.

Coach Kaczmar

Over the past 15 years, Kaczmar has not only taken a small Catholic high school baseball program in Ohio and turned it into a nationally recognized school.

He has taken the concept of a baseball showcase and turned it into a fundraising machine that encourages awareness of cancer as people donate money to various organizations battling the disease.

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In his 15 years at the school, Kaczmar has compiled a 376-72 record that includes four state championships in 1999, 2004, 2006 and 2008 and two runner up finishes in 2009 and 2010.

His teams have been ranked in national polls during six of the last seven years.

Over the years, he has sent 71 of his players to various college programs, including 41 who have gone on to NCAA Division I schools. Several of his players have been drafted by Major League teams, but most have pursued their college educations.

Kaczmar is a bit different than your average high school baseball coach since he is a full time architect running his own firm.

Over the years, several tragedies deeply influenced him and his team.

“We had several people in our baseball family who passed away from cancer,” he said. “But all of these turned into life lessons that made us better people. Each time something has happened that has translated into us becoming a closer family. Instead of being friends for just four years, we have become lifelong friends.

“Every guy is important in our program from the first guy to the last guy on the bench,” he said, adding that this sort of caring makes his teams a little different than most.

Among the tragedies was the death of Kevin Neff, then a sophomore at Walsh Jesuit, and four parents who passed away, all from cancer. In addition, assistant baseball coach John Ventura was diagnosed with cancer and is now a survivor.

Out of the tragedies and the desire to help his kids continue their baseball careers, Kaczmar developed a program called “Showcase for the Cure.”

It’s a three-day event that begins as a traditional baseball camp for aspiring young athletes and concludes with a non-profit invitation-only showcase event.

The event has attracted elite players from around Ohio and offered them the chance to run, throw and hit in front of college coaches and professional scouts at the Walsh Jesuit baseball complex.

This year’s showcase honored Chet Rodgers, a graduate of Walsh Jesuit and third round draft pick in 2006 by the Atlanta Braves. Rodgers has been battling lymphoma, and the 2011 showcase raised $26,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

In six years, the showcase has raised over $88,000 for five different cancer-related organizations.

Over the years, Kaczmar has received numerous Coach of the Year awards from various local and national associations. In 2010, he was inducted into the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Kaczmar was nominated for the award by a Walsh Jesuit parent, Jim Greve. A story about the award and Kaczmar appears in the October 1, 2011 edition ofCollegiate Baseball newspaper.


Fordham's Nick Womack Honored by College Football Performance Awards 
Chanel Alumnus Named Honorable Mention NCAA FCS Linebacker Performer of the Week

Bronx, N.Y. -

Fordham University senior linebacker Nick Womack (Maple Heights, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) was named Honorable Mention NCAA FCS Linebacker Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards it was announced on Monday. It is his first award of the year and the second for a Ram in 2011 (punter Patrick Murray was named NCAA FSC Punter of the Week on September 4th).

In Fordham's 21-14 Liberty Cup win over Columbia last Saturday, Womack provided the spark for the Rams who were trailing 7-0 in the second quarter when he intercepted a pass and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown. 

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It was the longest interception return in school history and ties the NCAA record (the NCAA does not recognize any yardage in the end zone so it's a record that will never be broken). It is also the third 100-yard play in Fordham history, the other two being kickoff returns.

Womack also had five tackles in the game, three solo, including 1.5 sacks for a loss of eight yards.

On the year, Womack has registered ten total tackles, four solo, including a team-best 2.5 sacks. He also has two interceptions for the 1-1 Rams

The Rams will continue their 2011 schedule on Saturday, September 24th, as they travel to Kingston, R.I., to face the University of Rhode Island Rams at 1:00 p.m.