A Page -- Sept. 28, 2010


Valley Division first-place spot, D-

1 computer points at stake when 

4-1 Mayfield hosts 5-0 Solon; 

Comets eying 16th consecutive 

regular season win

Sept. 28, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


MAYFIELD – The Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division will begin intra-divisional play Thursday night here when 4-1 (overall) Mayfield hosts defending divisional champ Solon.

The Comets (5-0) are going after their 16th consecutive regular-season victory after clubbing hapless Hudson, 34-6, last week.

Both the Wildcats and Comets are perennial post-season participants and both are sitting well right now in the computer mix so in addition to the upper edge on the Valley Division, with several computer points are at stake in this one as well.

Jim McQuaide’s Comets are in fourth place in Division I, Region 1 of the computer rankings, one notch below McQuaide’s former team, St. Edward (5-0), which ironically currently is coached by Rick Finotti, a former Mayfield High assistant coach to Larry Pinto.

Rick Finotti

The Wildcats are paradoxically having a “good year” when a lot of other teams are having a “good year” in this same region and division at the same time and are thus on the outside looking in at the moment, sitting in the ninth spot, one notch away from qualifying if the playoffs were to start this week.

Mayfield is just one tenth of a percentage point behind eighth-place Brecksville-Broadview Heights. In fact, at the halfway point, four teams are still undefeated at 5-0 while six teams are one win away of dittoing the rather difficult achievement at 4-1.


Glenville and Fitch are also undefeated, while South, Harding, The Bees, Parma and North Royalton are also 4-1. Boardman is also in the top eight at 3-2.

Oddly in that whole scenario, 10-time state champion St. Ignatius is down in the No. 17 spot. This is the first time since Chuck Kyle took over as head coach in 1983 that a St. Ignatius team is under .500 at the midway point of the regular season. Kyle’s Wildcats have made the playoffs every year since 1988.

Mayfield has jockeyed between Div. 1 and Div. II over the years and unfortunately is in the tougher division this year or would probably be sitting in the top four right now, so this is almost a must-win on this Thursday night special.


In Friday’s win over the Explorers at Stewart Field, quarterback Chris Humphrey did it with his legs instead of his arm although the latter was still present in some form even though its was not as necessary against the weaker-than-normal defense. Humphrey ran for two touchdowns, one of eight yards that gave the Comets a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and another, a scamper of 36 yards gave them a 17-0 lead in the second quarter, which stood until the end of the half.
Jovon Johnson

Kyle Hammonds and Jovon Johnson also ran for touchdowns in the Explorer explosion.

Also, Alex Knight was 4 of 4 on PATS and 2 of 2 on field goal attempts.

Due to communications problems within the athletic department at Mayfield High School, not much information is available on the Wildcat football team for the purposes of professional reporting.

We do know that the Wildcats were creamed by South after getting by Bedford the first week and since  the loss have pummeled Olmsted Falls, Elyria and Brush, averaging 34 points per game in the three-game winning streak including shutouts in the last two outings.

The Viking Report

A Look At What Is Happening In Cleveland State Athletics

Vikings Come Home...

Men's & Women's Soccer, Men's Golf & 

Volleyball Each Play At Home This Week
Sept. 28, 2010

By Brian McCann

Four of the six Viking teams that are in action this week will be at home as the hectic fall pace slows a bit as teams settle into league play.

Most of the action comes on Friday night (Oct. 1) when CSU hosts a tripleheader of sorts.

The volleyball team (11-1) will be in Woodling Gym for a 7:00 p.m. match against Youngstown State on Friday, its only action of the weekend.

At the same time, the women's soccer team will also face Youngstown State at Krenzler Field.  It will be the only match of the week for the Vikings, who opened Horizon League play last week by splitting two home matches.

Shoremen De-Stripe Patriots

In non-conference boys’ soccer, Avon Lake forges a 6-0 win over Valley Forge.


AL:goals were scored by  Voloshen, Nick Stephenson, Alex Strimbu, Jim Darkow, Fab Burch, Erik Leiden scored goals.


Stephenson had 2 assists, while Strimbu, Nolan Kovach, Darkow, and Connor Beach had one each.


Bryce Stuart had 4 saves.


Hathaway Brown's cross country 

group not too "old" to use youthful 

eye opening experiences to get to 

state this year; Clapacs could be first 

in school history to qualify to state 

three straight years

Sept. 28, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SHAKER HEIGHTS -- With the district races coming up in a few weeks, Hathaway Brown’s cross country team is preparing to make a run for it to state with two more big meets starting with the Grizzly Invitational in Wadsworth this weekend.

They will then close the regular season with the Stow Invitational and the Erich Invite on the two ensuing Saturdays.

“As always our goal is to qualify as a team to regional’s,” said HB coach Rick Geye. “Our numbers are down a bit this year.”

On the individual side, the Blazers are led by Caitlin Clapacs, who could become the first runner in school history to qualify to the state meet.

The Blazers have a rather inexperienced team after Clapacs, but not necessarily a young one. Within the seven returning runners, the veteran group of gals has 8 letters among them. Three of four new runners are juniors, and only one is a freshman.

“Even though we’re inexperience we are ‘old’ -- 4 seniors, 6 juniors, 1 freshman,” said Geye.

Remember, it is OK, even a compliment, to be considered “old” while still in high school – even for females.

“We have the obstacle of a lot of new people, but we started patiently and I am confident we will finish in the top-half of the district meet,” the coach said.

 Age and how well they do in the districts this year aside, these girls are winners because of their success in the classroom.


Half of the team is in SREP( Science Research Engineering Projects). Clapacs was an Academic-All-Ohio and in the Academic All American pool in 2009.

The girls got a cool new experience this year when they were able to run on a golf course in Sandusky in the Panther Run to Fun).

“We ran some big, tough meets early in the season,” Geye said.” I hope as the team gets stronger, and we work our way through the schedule, we could reach 0.500.”

The key part is that as Student/Athletes, this group is learning the concepts the coach has been conveying throughout the fall.

“I think this group has bought into the program and  is disciplined,” said Geye. “They’re running smart, they will finish better at districts, the regional than the earlier season would predict.”

Word has gotten around that Geye has some wisdom to share, otherwise older gals would not have joined the fold looking for running and life knowledge

“It would be great to get more Student/Athletes to participate and grow for four years in the program” the coach said “Tthose that do, do well. It is good to know that the girls think enough of the program that they will join as juniors”

 Liz Crageis came back this year after a year out of the sport. Captain Sarah Kaeppel has  not  been running due to an injury.

 Clapacs is always a threat to set the school XC record --  if she faces the right competition, right course, weather and right significance

The Blazers just barely missed making it to the regional last year by two spots, taking sixth out of 16 at the district meet as a team. Caitlin Clapacs was 8th at Boardman Regional. She was ill for state meet but still finished in the top 100 in the state.

Second-Half Surge Lifts Yeowomen Over Bluffton

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9/28/2010 6:39:24 PM
By Mike Mancini
Bluffton, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s soccer team scored three times in the second half to get past the Bluffton Beavers, 3-2, on Tuesday afternoon at the Sears Complex.

“This was a great win for us,” Head Coach Kristen Hayden said. “We fell behind on two different occasions, but continued to fight and stick to our plan. We came out with a great sense of urgency in the second half and you can tell we really wanted this one."


Yeo Notes: No. 6/7 Wittenberg at Oberlin

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Oberlin – The Oberlin College football team returns home for its first home game of the season as they take on the No. 6/7 Wittenberg University Tigers for Homecoming Weekend at Savage Stadium.

What: No. 6/7 Wittenberg University Tigers (4-0, 2-0 NCAC) @ Oberlin College Yeomen (2-1, 1-1 NCAC)
When: Saturday, October 2, 1 p.m. EST
Where: Savage Stadium – Oberlin, Ohio
Radio: AM- 1320 WOBL l Brian Deitz (play-by-play) l Don Vincent (color) 
Extra Coverage: The Jeff Ramsey Show brought to you by Lorenzo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, Wednesday, September 29, 8:30 p.m. on AM-1320 WOBL andloraincounty.com.
Series: Oberlin trails the all-time series 12-18


Yellow Jackets tie St.  Vincent

Sept. 28, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer team battled to a 1-1 tie in overtime versus St. Vincent (Pa.) College today (Tuesday, September 28, 2010) in a non-league match in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

With the tie, B-W is now 5-5-1 overall, and next plays on Saturday, October 2 when it travels to Marietta to open Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) play versus Marietta College at 3:30 p.m. St. Vincent is now 1-5-2 overall. 


Wadsworth's Lowdermilk scores 

goal to allow Mount to tie Hiram; 

Aurora's Conner scores third goal 

in a week for Terriers

September 28, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE -- Jackie Lowdermilk (Wadsworth/Wadsworth) converted Mount Union's lone goal today, pulling the Purple Raider women's soccer team into a 1-1 tie with Hiram at Mount Union Stadium.



Kylee Kolesar (Mentor/Mentor) tried to score with a header, but her attempt clanged off the Terriers' crossbar. Lowdermilk jumped on the rebound and pounded the ball past Hiram goalkeeper Emily Bristol.


The Raider tally happened during the 18th minute -- just three minutes and thirty-nine seconds after Hiram took the lead on a goal by Claire Conner.

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