A Page -- Sept. 25, 2010

Defending state champ Mike 

Brajdic, Avon's Tyler Kvach win 

boys races; Royalton's 

Hannah Neczypor, Crestwood's 

Sammi Vaughan win girls races

at Cloverleaf Colt Invite

Sept. 25, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


LODI – To the surprise of not many, defending state Division II champion Mike Brajdic of Bay High School won the small-school race this morning at the Cloverleaf Colt Pack Invitational here on the Cloverleaf High Cross Country Course.

It was a clean sweep for the West Shore Conference in the boys’ races as later in the day in the early afternoon Avon’s Tyler Kvach won the big-school division race.

Brajdic was up near the top of the pack and then after a mile or so made his push to take the lead, bringing two of his teammates with him in the top five most of the race.

This enabled the Rockets to win the team race as the Rockets’ Nick Banks took third and Sam Allen fourth. Matt Pelletier of Berkshire took second.

Brajdic said he just kept pace with Pelletier and made sure his teammates were near the two of them at all times.

Listen to post-race interview with Bay Student/Athlete Mike Brajdic from today’s Cloverleaf Colt Invitational -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Watch short video Brajdic cross the finish line  today’s Cloverleaf Colt Invitational -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Also the runner-up in the two-mile race last spring in the Jesse Owens Stadium, Brajdic has won several big races in addition to the state title in his career as a Rocket.

Brajdic ran the course in 15:32, while Pelletier finished in 16:14, Banks in 16:30 and Allen in 16:55

Winning the girls’ race in the small-school division was Crestwood’s Sammi Vaughan. Her strategy was merely to keep up with CVCA Christina Blair, which she did most of the race, trailing her by a couple strides around the halfway point and then overtaking the lead in the last mile.


Listen to post-race interview with Crestwood High Student/Athlete Sammi Vaughan from today’s Cloverleaf Colt Invitational -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


 Watch short video Vaughan and Blair neck and neck today’s Cloverleaf Colt Invitational -- filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


Vaughan, who finished nine seconds ahead of Blair, qualified to state out of last year’s regional and did not place at state this year and is hoping that the victory here today could give her the confidence boost to at least make the podium down in Columbus, but she knows the sectionals and districts come first.

With the pack running, CVCA won the team race with a 9-10-11 overall finish by Inrene Frangos, Mallory Myers and Joy Talbott, respectively.

Bay took second, Crestwood third and Laurel fourth. Laurel had the pack with Harron Young 15th, Carolyn Balke 16th and Leah Neroni 17th.

After four open races, the meet then headed into the big-school divisions to cap off this morning’s/afternoon’s races.


Listen to post-race interview with North Royalton High Student/Athlete Hannah Nezczypor from today’s Cloverleaf Colt Invitational -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Watch short video Neczypor pass the mile mark with a huge lead in  today’s Cloverleaf Colt Invitational -- filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


North Royalton’s Hannah Nezczypor, who finished runner-up in the state last year in Division I, won the big-school girls race.. Nexczypor jumped out early and had a large lead most of the girls’ big-school race and won by more than a minute.


Watch short video Kvach cross the finish line  today’s Cloverleaf Colt Invitational -- filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Then Kvach jockeyed among a few other runners in the early going and then had the lead by the third mile and then dittoed his championship performance from just a few weeks ago at the Tiffin Carnival.

More importantly, Kvach is also an Academic All Ohioan.

In the big school girls race, coming in second was Green's Krista Roehlig, followed by Hoover's Sara Polatas, Berea's Miranda DiBiasio, and Green's Marisa Papp.

Hoover won the team race and Brecksville-Broadview was second. 

GlenOak's Jax Zaremba was second in the boys race, followed by Walsh's Tony Howkins, and Brian Brennan. Walsh won the race and Avon was second.

Bush’s Three TDs Leads Spartan 

Football Team to 37-7 Victory versus 

Denison on Heritage Night

Sept. 25

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND (U District) – Senior running back Derek Bush (Kittaning, PA/Ford City) rushed for 62 yards and a career-high three touchdowns to lead the Case Western Reserve University football team to a 37-7 victory versus Denison University on Saturday, September 25 at Case Field. The University paid tribute to its gridiron history with throwback uniforms and a post-game fireworks display.

With the win, the Spartans improve to 3-0 overall and have now won 34 consecutive regular season games. Case returns to action next Saturday, October 2 for Homecoming versus Allegheny College (PA) at 1:00 p.m. With its loss, Denison falls to 3-1 overall.

The Spartans opened the scoring when Bush scored his first rushing TD, a seven-yarder, at the 14:22 mark of the first quarter. The score capped a two-play, 19-yard drive set up by a fumble on the opening kickoff forced by sophomore linebacker Wade Self (Hawthorn Woods, IL/Lake Zurich) and recovered by freshman running back Steven Magister (Allison Park, PA/Hampton).

Case added to its lead at 9:39 of the quarter when Bush scored his second TD from one yard out to cap an eight-play, 65-yard drive. The extra point by senior kicker Sam Coffey (Middletown, OH/Lakota East) made the score 14-0.

The Spartans scored again with 9:48 remaining in the second quarter when senior quarterback Joey Baum (Dalton, OH/Walsh Jesuit) hooked up for an 18-yard TD pass with senior wide receiver Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep). A blocked extra point attempt kept the score at 20-0.

At the half, Case had outgained Denison, 287-47, and totaled 15 first downs to only two for the Big Red.

The lead grew to 27-0 when sophomore fullback Trevor LeBarge (St. Louis, MO/Chaminade College Prep) capped a five-play, 72-yard drive with a two-yard TD run – the first of his career. The play was setup by a 24-yard scamper by Bush.

Listen to post-race interview with CWRU Student/Athlete Derek Bush from today’s game -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:



Bush added to his TD total with a four-yard run at 9:37 of the third to cap a three-play, 37-yard drive setup by a turnover on downs. Coffey then added to the lead with a 25-yard field goal with 1:23 remaining in the third quarter.

Denison scored its only points of the game with 7:20 left to play as running back Dan Crawford rushed in from two yards out to cap a three-play, nine-yard drive setup by a Case fumble.

For the game, Baum completed 21-of-30 pass attempts for 248 yards and a score. Sophomore QB Kyle Snyder (Stow, OH/Walsh Jesuit) carried the ball nine times for a game-high 83 yards.

Homyk hauled in seven receptions for 83 yards and senior WR Shaun Nicely (Willoughby, OH/South) recorded four catches for 60 yards.

Holy Name alum Dale English

Listen to post-game interview with Case Reserve Student/Athlete Dale English from today’s Case Reserve-Dension game -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Defensively, junior tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, OH/Holy Name) totaled four tackles, including 3.0 for loss, two sacks and two pass break-ups.

NDCL Alum Dan Calabrese had five tackles

Listen to post-game interview with Case Reserve Student/Athlete Dan Calabrese from today’s football game -- conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading

Denison was led offensively by WR Lucas Graham with five receptions for 85 yards. The Big Red defense was paced by cornerback Pat Effinger with a game-high eight tackles.
For the game, Case outgained the Big Red 525-163 including 277-36 on the ground. The Spartans totaled 26 first downs and held Denison to just seven.




Spartan Men’s 
Soccer Defeats 

Heidelberg, 1-0; WRA alum 

Rene Silva gets assist

Sept. 25

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND, OH – The Case Western Reserve University men’s soccer team earned a 1-0 victory versus visiting Heidelberg University on Saturday, September 25 at Case Field.
With the win, the Spartans improve to 4-2-2 overall and will return to action this Wednesday,September 29 at Ohio Wesleyan University at 7:30 p.m. in Delaware. With its loss, Heidelberg falls to 5-2.

The Spartans got on the board in the first half when senior midfielder Phil DeBauche (Cypress, TX/Cy-Fair) scored his first goal of the season in the 32nd minute. Sophomore midfielder Rene Silva (Hudson, OH/Western Reserve Academy) set the score up following a cross from sophomore midfielder Eric Erb (Worthington/Thomas Worthington).

Heidelberg threatened to tie the game with just over five minutes remaining, but junior Ben Yabrow (Marietta, GA/George Walton Comprehensive) made a fine save to preserve the 1-0 victory.


In goal, Yabrow recorded four saves to earn his second shutout of the year. Heidelberg’s Mike Kenny totaled four stops.
For t
he game, the Spartans outshot “The Berg”, 14-5, and held an 8-1 edge in corner kicks.

Following Wednesday’s game at OWU, the Spartans open University Athletic Association play atBrandeis University
 (MA) on Saturday, October 2.

Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Soccer 

Team Defeats Westminster (Pa.), 


By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team defeated Westminster (Pa.) College, 1-0, today (Saturday, September 25, 2010) in a non-league match on Tressel Field in The George Finnie Stadium in Berea. 

With the win, B-W is now 6-2-2 overall, and next plays on Wednesday, Sept. 29 when it travels to Cincinnati to play a non-league match versus the College of Mount St. Joseph at 7:00 p.m.Westminster is now 1-5-2 overall.

After a scoreless first half, the Yellow Jackets opened the scoring at the 54:49 mark of the first half when junior All-OAC forward Carlin Vandendriessche (Medina/Senior) scored his fifth goal of the season off a pass from senior forward Tyler Leister (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls).

The Jackets outshot the Titans 20-2, and out cornered Westminster, 10-1.

In net, B-W sophomore Ryan Hulings (Centerville) played all 90 minutes and made seven saves for his third shutout of the season.

Following its match at Mt. St. Joseph on Wednesday, B-W opens its 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference season next Saturday, October 2 when it travels to Marietta, Ohio to play the Marietta College Pioneers at 1:00 p.m. in the first match of a men’s and women’s doubleheader. The B-W and Marietta women kickoff at 3:30 p.m.

Mount tops Wilmington in men's 


By Josh Reilly


ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Phil Spagnolo (Lower Burrell, Pa./Burrell) scored Mount Union's game-winning goal in the 91st minute, lifting the Purple Raider men's soccer team to a 2-1 overtime victory over Wilmington today  at Mount Union Stadium. The contest was an Ohio Athletic Conference opener for both squads.

Dylan Walls (Columbus/St. Francis DeSales) assisted the golden goal. He drove through the right side of the 18-yard box and sent a shot toward Quaker goalkeeper Antonio Trujillo. The netminder deflected the attempt toward Spagnolo, who was charging down the left side.

Leo Hicks opened the scoring for Mount Union, connecting in the 54th minute. Jared Thacker assisted the play.

Cayleb Paulino came back with the equalizer for Wilmington (2-4-2, 0-1-0) during the 83rd. He scored on a penalty kick.

Winning goalkeeper Jonathan Critell made four saves for the Purple Raiders.

Trujillo stopped seven shots for the visitors.

Career outings overshadowed in 

Berg setback

By Morgan Hawley

Tiffin, Ohio – September 25, 2010 – Otterbein University found the end zone with just under five minutes to play and held on to topHeidelberg University 35-34 in an Ohio Athletic Conference football game played at Mayer Field, on the campus of Heidelberg. The win improves Otterbein to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the OAC, while the Berg stands at 1-2, 0-2.


 In 1992 these two teams played the first collegiate game on German soil and battled for the Rhine River Cup. They have been battling for the cup ever since and with today’s win the Cardinals have won eight straight.  


Heidelberg and the Cardinals combined for seven turnovers which overshadowed a great offensive outing on both sides. The Berg finished with 559 yards, with 423 coming through the air, while Otterbein tallied 378 yards of total offense.


Mags varsity B makes it a dozen with win over 


Magnificat Varsity B tennis team was a 5-0 winner over Maumee today to improve to 12-4.

At first singles, Emily Witt blanked. Lauren Asman 6-0, 6-0, while Cate Gisser coasted over Ashley Leddy 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2, 

Sarah Patrick goose-egged Maddie Walberry 6-0, 6-0 in the number three slot.

Rachelle Abdelnoir and Veronica Johnson were winners at first doubles over Marisa Ohm/Jessica Creger 6-1, 6-2, and at second doubles it was Kendall Nock and Katie McCabe doing a straight setter over the Genni Barrett/Elle Garrick team 6-1, 6-0.

No. 2 Mount Union rolls over 


By Lenny Reich

WILMINGTON, Ohio—Zac Lemmon (Granville/Granville) and Cecil Shorts (Cleveland/Collinwood) each scored three touchdowns as No. 2 ranked University of Mount Union posted a 51-0 Ohio Athletic Conference footballwin today at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.

The Purple Raiders posted their 46th consecutive regular season and 97th consecutive road victory as they move to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the OAC.



A season-high five turnovers by Mount Union was balanced out by a defense that forced four turnovers and held Wilmington (0-3, 0-2) to minus four yards rushing in the second half and 151 total yards.

Sophomore defensive end Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) led the unit with 10 stops, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble.


Hiram Football Defeated by Oberlin College on Homecoming

September 25, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College football team was defeated by Oberlin College, 47-21, today (Saturday, Sept. 25) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at the Charles A. Henry Field on Homecoming.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers are now 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the NCAC.  The Yeomen improve to 2-1 overall and 1-1 NCAC.

Oberlin grabbed an early lead in the first quarter on a six-yard touchdown run that capped a seven-play, 60-yard drive and spanned 2:24, giving the Yeomen a 7-0 lead.  Hiram tied the game at 7-7 later in the quarter thanks to a one-yard TD scamper by sophomore quarterback Brendan Rehor (Bay Village/Bay) at the 6:21 minute mark that was set up by a 55-yard run by freshman running back Caleb Jones (Lake Placid, Fla./Lake Placid) earlier in the drive.

Shoregals top Hilltoppers, 4-1

Saturday September 25, 2010

By John Kenny

Avon Lake pounded the Chardon goal, in a non-conference Girls Soccer contest, peppering 15 shots on goal of which 4 found the back of the net for a 4-1 Shoregal win.

Avon Lake opened the scoring at the 18:00 minute mark of the first half as Emily O'Connor tallied on a pass by Jillian Strimbu.

Chardon tied the game at the 26:00 minute mark on a goal by Angie Sorine.


That was short lived as the Shoregals took the lead back for good at the 32:00 minute mark on a goal by Jillian Strimbu which was set up by a beautiful crossing pass from Danielle Liszka.

Avon Lake added two more goals in the second half by Emily O'Connor and by Kailey McClain on a pass from Christine Gates.

Chardon goalie Lindsey Lyons was kept busy with 11 saves while Avon Lake goalkeeper Dana Strimbu made one on the day.

With the win, Avon Lake improves to 9-2 while handing Chardon (8-2) only its second loss of the season.

Rangers win tri-match at 


North Ridgeville‘s volleyball won twice in a tri match at Wellington HS today.

NR topped Mapleton25-17 25-20.

For the Rangers, Rachel crow  had 8 kills, Kimly Pham 13 digs, Heather  Snyder was 37/38 setting with13 assists, Kaitie Borges was 27/27 setting with 10 assist and 7 kills, Jessica Lentz  had 6 kills  and was 10/11 serving with 2 ace and also added 10 digs, and Alex Ferrara was 9/9 serving with 1 ace.

Against Wellington, Rachel Crow  had 16 kills, 5 digs, and 1 solo block; Briana Lehman had 5 kills, 5 digs, and 1 solo block; Heather  Snyder was 50/50 setting with 20 assists and 4 kills; Kaitie Borges was 23/23 setting with 10 assist and 4 kills; Jessica Lentz had 4 kills, was 9/11 serving with 2 aces  and had 11 digsAlex Swindig had 2 solo blocks; and Kate Lentz 14/16 serving 3 ace 5 digs.

North Ridgeville JV also won tri match vs Wellington/Mapleton @ Mapleton bringing record to 2-10.

Northview doubles up on Avon Lake

Sylvania Northview’s boys soccer team topped Avon Lake, 4-2, tonight/


Sylvania Northview led at the half 2-0


Nick Stephenson scored two second-half goals for the Shoremen, but the comeback fell short.


Alex Strimbu had an assist and Bryce Stuart six saves.


Avon Lake: had 10 shots(6 were on goal) and Northview: had 13 (9 were on goal).


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