A Page -- Sept. 29, 2011

Solon to put its 25-game, regular-season winning streak on the line against Ray Hradek’s Medina Bees; Valley Division action begins right now

By Jim McQuaide, Jr.

SOLON – Solon High football will be going after its 26th consecutive regular-season Friday against the Medina Bees in a Northeastern Ohio Conference game.

The Comets, 5-0 this season, are coming off a convincing victory over Normandy on Day Drive.

The Solon Comets will continue on the road as they enter the sixth week of the 2011 campaign. Week Six opens up Valley Division play for the Comets as they travel to Medina to face the 2-3 Bees who are under first year head coach Ray Hradek, who returned to high school football coaching after several years as an assistant at B-W and a couple years coaching middle school track and field.

Hradek is no stranger to high school football in the Cleveland area. After playing under Tom Watts, Sr. at Midpark in the 1970s, he went on to play for a national championship football team at B-W, which was followed by assistant coaching stints under the late Al O’Neill at St. Edward and Watts at North Olmsted before becoming the head coach at Midpark in the 1990s. .

Solon’s Week Five win over Normandy put the team at 25 consecutive regular season wins, a streak that started in 2009. Last week, the Comets wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with George Berry hitting the end zone on a 1-yard rush. Berry took care of the Comets’ second score as he brought an interception back 21 yards.

Davidson

Other contributors for Solon included Jesse Circelli, Nick Davidson, Anthony Restifo, Alex Knight, and Robbie Janezic. On the defensive side of the ball, Davidson and Dione Gibson both finished with 8 total tackles. Justin Kresevic along with Berry, each had an interception.

St. Joe tennis gets strong doubles play from all four gals and third singles play from Missy Drapac to nip Mentor

St. Joe Academy tennis received pivotal play form the back end of singles and the doubles contingent to grab a 3-2 win over Mentor Tuesday afternoon.

Missy Drapac won at third singles while Claire Violand and Brooke Kahl won at first doubles and Rachel Paponetti and Emily DeGidio triumphed at second doubles.

All five matches were settled in two sets each.

Saint Joseph Academy 3, Mentor 2

Singles:  Weaver (M) d. Wagner 6-1, 6-1; Dorsky (M) d. Powers 6-1, 6-1; Drapac (SJA) d. Kendra 6-2, 6-0.
Doubles:  Violand/Kahl (SJA) d. Cavano/Matanovic 6-2, 6-2; Paponetti/DeGidio (SJA) d. George/Nichols 6-0, 6-2.


Cleveland State soccer returns home for match 

against Loyola of Chicago; Viking gals coming 

off a split week

Cleveland State returns home to continue Horizon League play when the Vikings host Loyola on Friday (Sept. 30) at 7:00 p.m. at Krenzler Field in CSU's lone match of the week. The Vikings are 7-4 overall, but have dropped their first two league contests to Milwaukee and at Green Bay. Loyola enters the week at 3-6-1 overall and will be playing its first league contest of the season on Wednesday (Sept. 28) against Valparaiso. Loyola leads the all-time series with CSU, 5-1-1, with the Vikings picking up their lone win last season with a 2-0 triumph in Chicago.

REVIEWING LAST WEEK: The Vikings were in action two times last week, splitting a pair of matches. Here are brief recaps of the matches:

Match #10: CSU 1, Notre Dame College 0 (Sept. 22, Cleveland, Ohio)
Shea Levi scored her first career goal in the 63rd minute to help Cleveland State to a 1-0 win over Notre Dame College. CSU had a 14-3 advantage in shots.

 
Levi (L), Avona (R)

Match #11: Green Bay 2, CSU 1 (Sept. 25, Green Bay, Wis.) 

Green Bay scored two second half goals over a six minute span late in the second half and held on for a 2-1 win over Cleveland State. Jaime Avona scored for the Vikings on a penalty kick in the 85th minute after Natalie Daniels was taken down in the box.

2011 SEASON PREVIEW: Coming off the best season in school history, eighth-year head coach Derrek Falor has high expectations for this year's squad. Falor will blend six returning starters and 13 letterwinners with 12 freshmen and three transfers to form this year's team. Headlining the returners is senior Natalie Daniels (2 g, 6 a, 10 pts) who will once again anchor the midfield. She is joined in the midfield by junior Jaime Avona (3 g, 6 pts) and freshmen Shea Levi (1 g, 2 pts) and Kelcey Fischer (1 g, 1 a, 3 pts). Seniors Samantha Salamon (1 g, 1 a, 3 pts) and Jessica Bound add experience and depth in the midfield. The defense is once again strong with the return of second team all-league junior Valerie Stahl (2 g, 1 a, 5 pts) and sophomore Frederike Dubeau (2 a), who was an all-newcomer team pick last year. Senior Marina Taylor, junior Carla Ragone and freshmen Sabrina Abram and Sarah Zawie add depth to the defense. Up front, Falor will rely on the duo of sophomoreTaylor Vidovic (3 g, 1 a, 7 pts), senior transfer Nancy Newcomer (3 g, 6 pts) and freshman Lynsay Strahorn (2 g, 1 a, 5 pts) to provide an offensive burst. Senior Becky Williams (1.23GAA, 29 svs), a transfer from Ohio Dominican, has stepped in as the starting goalkeeper after the Vikings lost freshman Sarah Wood to a season-ending knee injury.

GOALS, GOALS, AND MORE GOALS: The Vikings are scoring goals at a record pace this year with 19 tallies through 11 matches. The school record for goals in a season is 24, which was set last year.

... AND SCORING TWO OR MORE: CSU has scored two or more goals in seven matches this season, tied with the 2008 and 2010 squads for most matches with at least two goals. In addition, the Vikings have scored at least three goals three times this year, tied with last year's squad for the most in school history.

CHASING A WINS RECORD: With a 7-4 mark this season, the Vikings are closing in on the school record for wins in a season, which is nine set by last year's squad. The seven wins this year are already the third most in the eight year history of the program. The 2008 squad won eight times.

DANIELS DISHING IT OUT: Natalie Daniels is ranked third in the Horizon League with six assists this year, but is also chasing a CSU single season record. Lisa Conway currently holds the school record with seven assists in 2006. Daniels also had six assists in 2008.

... AND LIKES RECORDS: Natalie Daniels leads the team and is tied for eighth in the league with 10 points (2 goals, 6 assists). That has allowed her to add to her Cleveland State career records as the all-time leader in school history in goals (18), assists (19), points (55), shots (145) and shots on goal (91).

LEVI COMES UP BIG: Freshman Shea Levi made her first career collegiate goal a big one when she netted the game winner in CSU's 1-0 win over Notre Dame College on Thursday (Sept. 22).

ROAD STREAK SNAPPED AT THREE: The Vikings had their school record three match road win streak snapped with Sunday's 2-1 setback at Green Bay The streak began with a win at Robert Morris on Aug. 24 and continued with wins at Wyoming (Sept. 9) and Air Force (Sept. 11). Previously, the Vikings had won two straight on the road just one time in school history - at Robert Morris and at Ohio in 2008.

QUITE THE NEWCOMER: Senior Nancy Newcomer, a transfer from Southern Indiana, has proven to be quite the newcomer for the Vikings. She is tied for the team lead with three goals and is third with six points. Newcomer was the Horizon League Player of the Week on Sept. 12 after scoring a goal in CSU's wins at Wyoming and Air Force, helping the Vikings to a pair of wins.

OUT OF CONFERENCE: The Vikings are 7-2 in nonconference games this year, setting a school record for most nonleague wins in a season. With one more nonconference matches left this season, the Vikings will have a chance to shatter the old mark of five non-league wins in 2008.

WILLIAMS IN GOAL: Senior Becky Williams has been nothing short of brilliant since taking over as the starting goalkeeper on Sept. 2 against Bowling Green. Since that time, Williams has posted a 5-3 mark, making 29 saves for a .744 save percentage and a 1.23 goals against average. She also has two shutouts.

BIG WIN: The 3-0 win over Ohio on Sept. 4 was a big one in more ways than one. It was CSU's largest margin of victory over a Division I opponent since a 6-0 win over Delaware State in the 2007 season opener (Aug. 27).

NEXT UP: The Vikings start a three-match road swing when CSU plays at Butler on Wednesday (Oct. 5) and at Valparaiso on Sunday (Oct. 9).

Cleveland State falls to Wright State in Overtime; Jackson High alum Derek Zuniga scores his third penalty-kick goal of the year

The Wright State men's soccer team pulled out its second straight 2-1 overtime victory Tuesday night, this time over Cleveland State in Horizon League action at Alumni Field.

The Raiders opened the scoring at the 10:29 mark of the first half as freshman Justin Laird tallied his fourth goal of the season, with Bryce Rockwell-Ashton recording his second assist of the year.
Former Polar Bear Derek Zuniga

Cleveland State (2-6-1, 0-1-1 Horizon), though, came back and tied the game with just 7:07 remaining in regulation as Mike Derezic scored his first goal of the year on an assist by Manuel Conde.

WSU, however, needed just 2:04 in the extra period to claim the victory as sophomore Derek Zuniga drove a penalty kick into the right side of the net, his third goal of the season. The Raiders are now a perfect 5 for 5 on the season in penalty kicks, with Zuniga accounting for three of those.

Mount Union football goes on the road for the 


first time this season; Raiders to face a tough 


challenge as they Dial-a-Roberson

 

No. 2 ranked Mount Union plays its first road game of the 2011 season Saturday at 1:30 pm at No. 24 ranked Ohio Northern at Dial-Roberson Stadium in Ada.


Mount Union beat Wilmington 66-7 and for a second-straight week posted over 600 yards. of total offense. This time it was 411 rushing and 260 passing for a total of 671 yards of offense. Junior running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) posted his third straight 100-yard rushing performance has he had 167 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries.


 The Raiders scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions to run out to a 49-0 halftime lead. All of this was more than enough for a defense that held Wilmington to 16 yards rushing and 115 total yards as senior linebacker Jorge Carbonell (Miami, Fla./Archbishop Carroll) had a team-best six tackles. The Raiders also got interceptions from seniors Tyler Alwardt (Macomb, Mich./Chippewa Valley) and Jordan Pirtle (Elkhart, Ind./Jimtown) while junior Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) had a 59-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.


Ohio Northern, ranked No. 9 in the nation at the time, suffered a 27-7 loss last week at Muskingum. The Polar Bears ran 92 total plays, had more first downs and out-gained the Muskies, but went 4-of-19 on third down, converted just 1-of-4 opportunities in the red zone and was sacked seven times in the defeat. The quarterback tandem of Tyler Rue and Chad Mason combined to go 25-of-46 for 221 yards with a touchdown and a pair of interceptions. Frank Thien had seven catches for 62 yards and Justin Buenger had 41 yards rushing to lead the Northern offense. On defense, Joe Powell had a game-high 12 tackles and a forced fumble.


MOUNT UNION FOOTBALL ON TV, RADIO AND ONLINE

All Mount Union football games will be broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker at http://athletics.mountunion.edu. You can also here the 

WRMU 91.1 FM feed on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900


The remaining home games will also be shown on television via tape delay on regional sports cable channel SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV52 (Stark County), WIVN TV29 (New Philadelphia), Time Warner Cable (ch. 989-Stark County, ch. 99-Tuscarawas County), Massillon Cable (ch. 21) and Clear Picture Cable (ch. 21-Wayne County). Image Video produces the broadcasts with Joe Tait doing the play-by-play and Harry Paidas handling the color commentary.


THE SERIES

This is the 54th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 39-13-1 lead in the series that dates back to a 52-0 Mount Union win on Thanksgiving Day 1907. The Raiders have won five-straight meetings after Ohio Northern's 21-14 win in 2005 in Alliance. Prior to that game, Mount Union had won 20-straight meetings dating back to a 14-9 Polar Bear win on Sept. 8, 1984.


THE COACHES

Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 306-23-3 (.926) in his 26th season as head coach as one of the most successful coaches in college football history. His teams have won 21 OAC Championships, including the last 19 in a row, along with 10 of the last 18 NCAA Division III National Championships.

Dean Paul (Mount Union '90) is 54-21 (.720) in his eighth season at Ohio Northern. He led ONU to a 10-2 record and NCAA 2nd Round Playoff appearance a year ago. Prior to coaching the Polar Bears, Paul spent five seasons as the head coach of Thomas More (KY) College, where he amassed a 40-12 record that included an 11-1 season in 2001. His combined head coaching record is 94-33. 


SCOUTING THE POLAR BEARS

Ohio Northern was picked second in both the OAC Coaches and Media preseason polls. After last week's loss at Muskingum, the Polar Bears have dropped three of their last six road games dating back to last season but have won 10 straight and 14 of their last 15 home games with the lone loss being a 31-10 setback to Mount Union in 2009.


Ohio Northern returns just eight starters from last year's 10-2 NCAA Playoff team. All four starters back on offense are the line led by All-OAC selections in right tackle Pat Dochenetz and center Kyle Smith. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Rue has started the last two games while junior quarterback Chad Mason started the opener and has seen action in all three games. Rue has tossed for 342 yards and three touchdowns. Justin Buenger is averaging 92 yards a game rushing with a pair of TD's while juniors Justin Wilson (11 rec., 75 yds., 3 TD's) and Kyle Baker (10 rec., 98 yds.) lead the receivers.


All-OAC safety Chad Coward and All-OAC tackle Cody Kelly are the top returners on defense. Coward is top returning tackler from a year ago and has picked up right where he left off as he has a team-best 28 stops and two pass breakups. Kelly has 4.0 tackles for loss with a sack and a fumble recovery.


Mount Union volleyball posts second straight win


ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union volleyball team posted its second straight win to open Ohio Athletic Conference play with a 3-1 victory over Marietta Tuesday night at The McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance. Winners of seven consecutive matches, the Purple Raiders head into October with a record of 15-4 overall and 2-0 in the OAC.


The 25-12, 25-15, 26-28, 27-25 decision did not come easily for the Purple Raiders. After winning the first two sets in convincing fashion, Marietta seemed ready to become their second OAC sweep victim in as many matches. The Pioneers faced match point on two occasions, but battled to back to take the set.


Trailing 21-19 in the fourth set, Mount Union called a timeout to regroup. Two points later, the set was tied and Marietta was calling the timeout to regroup. After falling behind, 25-24, Marietta was forced to use yet another timeout. A kill by Natalie Lanham tied the set, but that would be Marietta's final point of the match. A thunderous kill by Maya Brown(Tiffin/Tiffin Columbian) and an attack error by Lanham sealed the victory for the Purple Raiders.

  
Webb (L), Gromes (R)



Taylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) led the Purple Raiders with 17 kills, followed by Melanie Patterson (Mentor/Lake Catholic) with 12 kills. Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) had 43 assists and eight kills. Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) led the Mount Union defense with 24 digs. Deanna Glass (Medina/Medina), who ranks 17th in the nation in blocks, had nine blocks.

Spartan Cross Country and Track & Field Student/Athletes Clean Up Local Beaches

CLEVELAND (U District) – Taking advantage of a glorious early fall afternoon, the Case Western Reserve University men's and women's track & field and cross country teams took to the beaches of Edgewater Park and Euclid Beach Park to beautify the waterline as part of the team's fall community service project.

Coordinated with Ms. Carol Ward of the Cleveland Lakefront State Park office, the Spartans showed up in force with more than 30 Student/Athletes participating. Splitting up between the two beaches, the Student/Athletes gathered almost 15 garbage bags full of trash.

“Our Student/Athletes know how fortunate they are to be at Case Western Reserve University, preparing for successful futures and having a great collegiate experience," expressed fourth-year Head Coach Steve Rubin. "The team just wanted an opportunity to contribute positively to the local community and give something back. Our team captains initiated and coordinated this entire project, and they are truly great young men and women."

'BERG SENIOR CORNERBACK/EUCLID NATIVE TONY 

GORDON NAMED TO D3FOOTBALL.COM TEAM OF 

THE WEEK


TIFFIN, Ohio-Heidelberg University senior cornerback and team captain Tony
Gordon (Euclid) was named to D3Football.com's team of the week, announced
today, for games of Sept. 22-24.  Gordon recorded four tackles and made an
interception that set up a Student Prince touchdown in Heidelberg's 41-20
victory against Otterbein University last Saturday in Westerville.



With 26 seconds remaining in the first half and the Berg leading, 24-7,
Gordon intercepted Austin Schlosser's pass and returned it 37 yards to the
Otterbein three-yard line.  With 12 seconds to play and after two
incompletions, a fake field goal turned into a touchdown to give the Student
Princes a 31-7 halftime lead.

'Berg women's soccer ties Hiram, 1-1;

Chardon's Rachel Gilbert notches first 

collegiate assist


TIFFIN, Ohio-Sophomore midfielder Kelsey Hogan (Cincinnati/Mariemont) scored
her team-leading fourth goal of the season tonight to preserve a 1-1 tie
against Hiram College in a non-conference match at Mayer Field.  Hogan's
goal came in the 75th minute.

The tie makes the Berg 3-5-1 overall.  The Terriers remain even at 3-3-1.

An evenly played first half gave way when Hiram's Samantha Zuponcic gave the
Terriers a 1-0 lead in the 44th minute on an unassisted goal.
Gilbert


Hogan provided the equalizer with a header off a cross from freshman
midfielder Rachel Gilbert (Chardon), who recorded her first assist and point
as a collegian.

A stalemate over the remaining 15 minutes of regulation carried on through
two overtime periods, as both teams combined for just two shots, but no
goals.

Junior Molly Schriber (Sidney) played the first half in goal, making three
saves.  Sophomore Brittany Labry (Aurora/Twinsburg) relieved Schriber in the
second half and made one save.

Four RedHawks Land on Preseason All-CCHA Teams

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Senior goaltender Cody Reichard and junior forward Reilly Smith were both tabbed to the Preseason All-CCHA First Team while two other members of the Miami University hockey team garnered preseason second-team honors, as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced the preseason all-league teams Tuesday. Seniors Will Weber and Chris Wideman made up the defensive duo on the Preseason All-CCHA Second Team.

The four RedHawks selected to the preseason all-conference teams were the most among any school as no other team landed more than two players on either of the teams. Notre Dame placed a pair of forwards on the First Team while Michigan had one player on each team. Reichard received Preseason All-CCHA First Team honors for the second straight year while Wideman also earned preseason accolades for the second straight year. It is the first preseason selection for both Smith and Weber.

MIKE KELLY SET FOR OCT. 1 NFF HALL OF FAME ON-CAMPUS SALUTE
UD & National Football Foundation Will Jointly Honor Kelly At Halftime Of Dayton-Butler Game

DALLAS – The University of Dayton and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of  Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Coach Mike Kelly with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments®, on October 1 during the game between the  Flyers and Butler University, which starts at 1 p.m. ET.
 
"It's all about the people and the place. I was in the right place and had the chance to work with a lot of great people," Kelly at the time of the announcement of his induction.  "Certainly, we won a few more than we lost, but I look back at all the people who had a piece in this. I might get two pieces, but everybody involved has a piece of it.”
 
The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program is a hallowed tradition that began with the inaugural class in 1951, and to this day the salutes remain a special part of each inductee’s 
Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his school to be introduced to a home football crowd as a Hall of Famer.  He is presented a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution.

Wright State Men's Soccer Ranked #9 in Great Lakes Region

The Wright State men's soccer team is #9 in the latest Great Lakes Regional rankings, released Tuesday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

In their lone action last week, the Raiders won 2-1 in overtime at Detroit Saturday in the Horizon League opener for both teams.

10 opponents on this year's schedule appear in this week's rankings. UIC is #7 in the Great Lakes Region while Ohio State, who WSU faced in exhibition play, is #8, Bowling Green is #10 and Butler and and Green Bay received votes. Xavier, who WSU faces Saturday, is #2 in the Mid-Atlantic Region while in the Midwest Region, Kentucky is #2, Evansville is #9 and Marshall received votes. Northeastern is tied for #8 in the South Atlantic Region.


AMATEUR BOWLING NOTES


Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 9/26/11

 

Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center

 

    300 Games

Randy Taylor Jr., Parma, 9/2, Brookgate Lanes

Brian Bulanda, Parma, 9/21, Red Circle Lanes;

Michael Clark Jr., Lakewood, 9/21, Madison Square Lanes;

Donald Holub, Solon, 9/20, Freeway Lanes of Solon;

Bill Oravecz, East Cleveland, 9/24, Wickliffe Lanes;

Robert Wagner, Fairview Park, 9/6, Buckeye Lanes;

 

    299 Games

Jeffrey Presley, Bedford, 9/19, Pawnee Lanes;

Phil Sillia Jr., North Olmsted, 9/23, Buckeye Lanes;

Paul Schierbaum, Brook Park, 9/23, Buckeye Lanes;

 

    298 Games

 

    800 Series

Chris Zeszotek, Brunswick, 9/16, Brookgate Lanes (807);

Michael Homa, North Ridgeville, 9/22, Buckeye Lanes (812);

John LoftusNorth Olmsted, 9/22, Buckeye Lanes (812);


Eichenberger Earns MAC Men’s Runner of the Week; also is a former Scholar/Athlete winner

CLEVELAND – Miami University redshirt junior David Eichenberger has been tabbed Mid-American Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the league office here announced Tuesday. He is the second RedHawk to win the weekly award this year, joining junior Jarrod Eick, who claimed the honor on Sept. 13.

Eichenberger (Plainfield, Ind.) led Miami to its third team title of the season Saturday at the LSU Invitational, as Miami ran in the meet for the first time. He was Miami’s top finisher, earning runner-up honors overall in 27:09.9. His second-place finish was a career-best finish for Eichenberger and was his first time being Miami’s top finisher this year. He finished 10 ticks behind the race’s winner in a field of 97 runners from 14 teams, including host and SEC member LSU. Eichenberger’s two points helped Miami beat the runner-up Tigers by 27 points.

The weekly honor is the second of Eichenberger’s career, also receiving MAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week Sept. 22 last year when he finished 11th at the Spartan Invitational. He was also MAC Men’s Scholar Athlete of the Week Nov. 5 last season after earning First-Team All-MAC honors at the MAC Championship by placing fourth. Eichenberger was named Miami’s Male Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, as well


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Former Gilmour standout Lauren Davis


LOCAL FAVORITE LAUREN DAVIS JOINS 


WTT SMASH HITS FIELD

 

Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King to host charity event on Oct. 27 at Public Hall

 

New York, N.Y. (September 27, 2011) --- Gates Mills' native Lauren Davis has joined the all-star lineup for WTT Smash Hits presented by GEICO, set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at Public Hall in Cleveland.  Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King co-host the one night charity event, which also includes former world No. 1s Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova and Amelie Mauresmo, along with Coco Vandeweghe and Jan-Michael Gambill.

 

Davis won events to qualify for the Main Draw of two Grand Slam tournaments in 2011, the Australian Open and the US Open.  The 17-year-old American, who turned pro earlier this year, finished 2010 as the No. 3 ranked junior in the world after winning the Girls' 18 singles title at the prestigious Orange Bowl event.  She has won four ITF singles titles, including two this year in Atlanta and Buffalo.  Since joining the WTA Tour in January 2011, Davis has already climbed to No. 280 in singles.

 

Tickets for World TeamTennis Smash Hits presented by GEICO are currently on sale.   Tickets range from $25-$105 and can be ordered online at www.WTT.com/SmashHits or by calling 866/994-4436.  Corner reserved seats are $25, upper reserved seats are $40, and premium reserved are $65. A limited number of courtside seats are available for $105.  For group sales of 10 or more tickets, call 212/586-3444.

 

Individual VIP ticket packages begin at $1,000 and include VIP courtside seating and admission to the Smash Hits VIP Reception and Auction.  John, King and all players will participate in the pre-match live auction.  To buy VIP ticket packages or for more information on supporting the VIP Reception, please call John Farina at the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland at 216/357-2221 or e-mail jfarina@atfgc.org.

 

WTT Smash Hits has raised more than $10 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and various local AIDS charities since 1993.  This year’s event will benefit EJAF and the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland.  The funds raised at the pre-match Smash Hits VIP Reception will be specifically targeted for local programs.  The 2011 event is produced by World TeamTennis in association with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

 

Captained by King and John, the players will form two teams and play a match using the World TeamTennis (WTT) coed team format.   The music legend will also participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event.  Additional participants will be announced in the upcoming weeks.  King and John have split the series so far with nine wins each.

 

GEICO is the presenting sponsor of WTT Smash Hits, which is hosted by Medical Mutual of Ohio.  For more information on WTT Smash Hits, visit www.WTT.com/SmashHits.


Spartans Look to Keep Momentum Rolling at 


 Allegheny on Saturday

Bryan Metlesitz recorded a career-high 138 receiving yards as the Spartans racked up a season-best 425 yards of offense in last week's victory.

Case Western Reserve Spartans at Allegheny Gators
Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 1:00 p.m.

Frank B. Fuhrer Field - Meadville, Pennsylvania

LIVE AUDIO: http://tv.case.edu/athletics
(Dave Wilson, play-by-play; Ed Daugherty, color)

LIVE STATS: http://www.sidearmstats.com/allegheny/football/

TV: John Sanders (Play-by-Play), Ellis Cannon (Color)
Live - Fox College Sports


THE MATCHUP

The Case Western Reserve University Spartans hit the road for the second-straight week and third time overall in four games at Allegheny College on Saturday, October 1 at Frank B. Fuhrer Field in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The Spartans are 2-1 following a 24-6 victory at Denison University last Saturday. Allegheny is 2-2 after a 38-3 loss at then No. 18-ranked Wittenberg University.

SERIES NOTES

The Spartans and Gators have met 27 times on the gridiron with Allegheny holding a 20-7 lead in the all-time series. The schools met annually from 1970-89 and again from 1992-97 before a 12-year hiatus from 1998-2009. The Gators had won nine consecutive meetings from 1987-97 before a 24-23 Spartan victory last year in overtime at Case Field. The first-ever meeting between the two schools occured in 1970 and resulted in a 20-3 Allegheny victory at Case. The Spartans' first victory in the series came by a count of 14-6 on the road in 1972.

THE COACHES

Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who is in his eighth season in 2011 with a 54-23 (.701) record. Debeljak led the Spartans to three consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular seasons from 2007-09 with back-to-back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances and UAA titles. Since the beginning of the 2007 season, Case Western Reserve has posted an outstanding overall record of 41-6, earning Debeljak and his staff the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award for three straight seasons (2007-09). In addition, Case has been ranked in the AFCA top 25 in each of the past four seasons (2007-10).

Allegheny is coached by Mark Matlak, who is in his 10th season at his alma mater. Matlak has compiled a 53-42 (.558) overall record and led the Gators to the Division III playoffs in 2003. A former all-conference fullback as a player at Allegheny, Matlak also spent 13 years as the defensive coordinator at the University of New Hampshire.

LAST MEETING

The Spartans improved to 4-0 in 2010 and stretched their regular season winning streak to 35 games with a thrilling 24-23 overtime victory on Saturday, October 2 at Case Field. Current senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) blocked the potential game-tying extra point in OT to cap a day in which the defense forced two turnovers, recorded a season-high six sacks, and blocked a pair of kicks. In addition to the defensive effort, quarterback Joey Baum completed 31-of-40 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Zach Homyk recorded a career-high 14 receptions for 130 yards and a score.

For Allegheny, QB T.J. Salopek completed 23-of-38 passes for 249 yards. Wide out David Strawser totaled seven catches for 78 yards and running back Brian Tambulin also recorded seven receptions for 80 yards. Defensively, Sid Facaros totaled a game-high 15 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, and the overtime-forcing fumble recovery for touchdown.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS

Through three games, the Spartans average 18.3 points, 114.7 yards rushing, 195.7 yards passing and 310.4 total yards. Case opponents average 13.3 ppg, 91.7 yards rushing, 261.7 yards passing and 353.4 total yards per game. The Spartans have a +2 turnover margin after checking in at +11 last season.

SPARTAN LEADERS

Offensively, junior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) has completed 44-of-78 passes for 491 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Freshman running back Manny Sicre (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) has a team-high 226 yards on 38 carries (5.9 ypc) with a touchdown. Sicre also has 11 receptions for 63 yards. Sophomore running back Kenny Riordan (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton) has 103 yards rushing on 27 carries (3.8 ypc). Senior wide receiver Bryan Metlesitz (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) has team-highs of 16 receptions and 212 yards (13.2 ypc) to go along with a TD.

Defensively, junior linebacker Ryan Ferguson (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) has a team-high 34  tackles, including three for loss, with an interception and fumble recovery for a touchdown. Senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) is second on the team with 33 tackles with 1.5 sacks. Junior linebacker Kevin Nossem (Munster, Ind./Munster) has 27 tackles with a team-high four sacks, a team-best two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Senior defensive end Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) has 18 stops with a team-high five tackles for loss and three sacks.

Holy Name alum Dale English


SCOUTING THE GATORS

Through four games, Allegheny averages 15.0 points, 116.5 yards rushing, 156.3 yards passing and 272.8 total yards per game. Gator opponents average 22.2 points, 142.8 yards rushing, 212.7 yards passing and 355.5 total yards per game. The Gators have a +2 turnover ratio.

GATOR LEADERS

Offensively, senior QB Jordan Fowler has completed 64-of-100 passes for 590 yards, four touchdowns and three INT. Senior tailback Taylor O'Brien has rushed for a team-high 210 yards on 68 carries (3.1 ypc) with one TD. Sophomore TB Ben Perko has 122 yards rushing on 28 carries (4.4 ypc). Senior WR Matt Griffith has 12 catches for 134 yards and one TD. Senior WR Sean Griffin has 11 receptions for a team-high 229 yards and three TDs.

Defensively, junior inside linebacker Bill Devlin has a team-high 34 tackles, with 3.5 for loss, a team-high tying 1.5 sacks and one interception. Senior ILB Doug Williams is second with 24 tackles (four for loss) and two fumble recovieres. Junior CB Colin Hartford has 17 tackles and a team-high two interceptions. Junior end John Douglas has 10 tackles, including a team-best 5.5 for loss, with 1.5 sacks. 

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Junior quarterback/punter Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) and junior linebacker Kevin Nossem (Munster, Ind./Munster) are the reigning University Athletic Association Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their performance at Denison. Olson accounted for 262 yards of offense with two touchdowns in the victory. Nossem had a career day with game and team season-highs of 14 tackles and four sacks. He also forced a fumble and recorded his second interception in as many games.

AN "ENGLISH" LESSON

Three-time All-UAA senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) has led the team in sacks and tackles for loss in each of the past two seasons. In 2010, he totaled 64 tackles, including 13 for loss, with nine sacks. The D3Football.com All-North Region selection also posted a stretch of seven straight games with at least a half-sack. Through three games in 2011, English has 18 tackles, including five for loss, with three sacks, a pass break-up and a fumble recovery. English now has 27.5 career sacks -- three shy of tying the school record of 30.5 set by Brian Calderone (2005-08).

NEED A HERO?

With starting hero Michael Fioramonti (Loxahatchee, Fla./Seminole Ridge) out with an injury, junior linebacker Ryan Ferguson (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) has moved from his traditional inside linebacker spot and has more than adequately filled in. In three games, Ferguson has posted a team-high 34 tackles, including three for loss, with an interception and fumble recovery for a touchdown.


GETTING DEFENSIVE

The Spartan defense currently leads the UAA in rush defense (91.7 ypg), scoring defense (13.3 ppg) and turnovers forced (10). Nationally, Case ranks 17th in sacks per game (3.67) and 21st in tackles for loss per game (9.25).

Aly Ales shoots 41 for match medalist and to 

lead Solon to two-stroke win over Explorers

Aly Ales shot a 41 and earn match medalist honors, leading Solon golf to a narrow, two-stroke victory over Hudson Tuesday.

Tiffany Li came in second for the Comets’  lineup with a 47.

Solon is now 10-7 overall and 5-5 in NOC Valley Division.  The NOC Conference Tournament is today (9/28) at Windmill Lakes in Ravenna.Solon 194; Hudson 196

Solon Scores:

Aly Ales 41--match medalist

Tiffany Li 47

Alexis Gray 53

Grace Gutierrez 53

Leah Wilson 54

Meagan Crowl 57

Baldwin-Wallace Sophomore Miranda Cunningham Named OAC Women’s Golfer-of-the-Week

BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College sophomore Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/Christian) has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s  Golfer-of-the-Week for her efforts in leading the Yellow Jackets to the team title at the Heidelberg University Fall Invitational last weekend (September 24-25).


Cunningham carded rounds of 80 and 83 for a 163-stroke total to tie with sophomore teammate Emilee Woolf (Ravenna) as the top individuals. 

She and Woolf went to a playoff  where Cunningham earned her first career medalist honor as the top individual.  Her first day 80 was a tournament-low, including a one-under-par-35 on the front nine holes.

OHSAA Releases Weekly Football Computer Ratings

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association released its second weekly football computer ratings Tuesday, Sept. 27. The weekly computer ratings are released every Tuesday afternoon beginning after the fourth week of the season, leading up to the final report released on Sunday, Oct. 31. The top eight teams in each region qualify for the regional quarterfinals.

 

Ratings are listed by division and region with record and average points. Log on to the football page at OHSAA.org for an explanation of how the ratings are calculated. Listed below are the top 12 teams in each region. The complete report showing all teams in every region is posted in PDF and text formats at OHSAA.org.

 

Listed below are the top 12 teams in each region. The complete report showing all teams in every region is posted in PDF and text formats at OHSAA.org

http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/Rankings.pdf

 

The OHSAA is pleased to once again compile a list of radio stations around the state that broadcast high school football games in 2011.

http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/2011/OHSAA2011FootballRadioListing.pdf

 

Division I

Region 1 - 1. St. Edward (5-0) 11.7278, 2. Mentor (5-0) 10.9, 3. Cleveland Heights (5-0) 10.2444, 4. Solon (5-0) 10.2, 5. St. Ignatius (4-1) 10, 6. Eastlake North (5-0) 9.3, 7. Cle. John F. Kennedy (5-0) 8.1263, 8. Willoughby South (3-2) 7.95, 9. Austintown-Fitch (3-2) 5.9804, 10. Lakewood (3-2) 5.9, 11. Mayfield (2-3) 5.3, 12. Brecksville-Broadview Hts. (2-3) 5.1

 

Region 2 - 1.GlenOak (5-0) 12, 2. Findlay (5-0) 10.75, 3. Brunswick (5-0) 10.4, 4. Tol. Whitmer (5-0) 10.2263, 5. McKinley (4-1) 9.85, 6. Jackson (3-2) 9.7, 7. Wadsworth (5-0) 9.4, 8. North Ridgeville (4-1) 8.7, 9. St. John's (4-1) 8.695, 10. Sylvania Southview (4-1) 8.05, 11. Hudson (4-1) 7.95, 12. Green (4-1) 7.7

 

Region 3 - 1. Dublin Coffman (5-0) 10.5, 2. Westerville Central (4-1) 9.6, 3. Troy (4-1) 9.35, 4. Hilliard Davidson (4-0) 9.3194, 5. Upper Arlington (4-1) 8.75, 6. Marysville (4-1) 8.5, 7. Westerville South (3-2) 7.65, 8. Gahanna Lincoln (4-1) 7.5, 9. Pickerington North (4-1) 7.2283, 10. Hilliard Bradley (4-1) 7.15, 11. Hilliard Darby (5-0) 7, 12. Pickerington Central (2-2) 6.7222

 

Region 4 - 1. Moeller (5-0) 13.2222, 2. Cin. LaSalle (5-0) 12.95, 3. Cin. Princeton (5-0) 11.5, 4. Cin. Colerain (4-1) 11.2657, 5. Cin. Sycamore (5-0) 10.5, 6. Middletown (4-1) 10.45, 7. Cin. Walnut Hills (5-0) 9.1, 8. Cin. St. Xavier (3-2) 7.7919, 9. Cin. Withrow (3-2) 6.6343, 10. Liberty Twp. Lakota East (3-2) 6.3, tie-11. Lebanon (3-2) 6.25, tie-11. Cin. Oak Hills (3-2) 6.25

 

Division II
Region 5
 - 1. West Geauga (5-0) 10.3, 2. Canfield (4-1) 10.05, 3. Warren Howland (5-0) 8.9869, 4. Kent Roosevelt (4-1) 8.8, 5. Walsh Jesuit (3-1) 8.5417, tie-6. Aurora (4-1) 8, tie-6. Copley (4-1) 8, 8. Madison (4-1) 6.95, 9. New Philadelphia (3-2) 6.5323, 10. Kenmore (3-2) 6.45, 11. Alliance (4-1) 6.4, 12. Ellet (3-2) 5.45

 

Region 6 - 1. Avon (5-0) 12.8, 2. Tiffin Columbian (5-0) 9.65, 3. Perrysburg (4-1) 8.85, 4. Maple Hts. (5-0) 8.8333, 5. Tol. Central Cath. (3-2) 8.65, 6. Fremont Ross (4-1) 8.45, 7. Highland (3-2) 7.35, 8. Midview (4-1) 7.3, 9. Berea (3-2) 6.7, tie-10. Olmsted Falls (3-2) 6.55, tie-10. Bowling Green (4-1) 6.55, 12. Bedford (3-2) 6.5

 

Region 7 - 1. Cols. Marion-Franklin (5-0) 11.8, 2. New Albany (4-1) 9.75, 3. Sunbury Big Walnut (4-1) 8.6, 4. New Carlisle Tecumseh (4-1) 8.55, 5. Dresden Tri-Valley (4-1) 8.45, 6. Cols. Mifflin (5-0) 7.65, 7. Zanesville (4-1) 7.45, 8. Cols. Beechcroft (4-1) 6.3707, 9. Vincent Warren (3-2) 5.95, 10. Cols. West (4-1) 5.5, 11. Canal Winchester (3-2) 5.1677, 12. Cols. Brookhaven (3-2) 4.85

 

Region 8 - 1. Trotwood-Madison (5-0) 12.65, 2. Kings Mills Kings (5-0) 12.6, 3. Vandalia Butler (5-0) 10.8, 4. Wapakoneta (5-0) 10, 5. Tipp City Tippecanoe (5-0) 9.6, 6. Hamilton Ross (4-1) 8.75, 7. Franklin (4-1) 8, 8. Cin. Mount Healthy (4-1) 7.05, 9. Wilmington (5-0) 6.8, 10. Cin. Turpin (3-2) 5.85, 11. Piqua (3-2) 5.7, 12. Day. Belmont (4-1) 5.5192

 

Division III
Region 9
 - 1. Chagrin Falls (5-0) 11.2, 2. Benedictine (5-0) 11.1, 3. Ravenna (4-1) 9.1, 4. Lake Cath. (4-1) 8.9495, 5. St. Vincent-St Mary (5-0) 8.8225, 6. University School (4-1) 8.8, 7. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (4-1) 7.1, 8. Ravenna Southeast (5-0) 6.7, 9. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Acad. (3-2) 6.6, 10. Pepper Pike Orange (3-2) 6.55, 11. Firelands (5-0) 6.05, 12. Peninsula Woodridge (3-2) 5.85

 

Region 10 - 1. Elida (4-1) 8.85, 2. Cols. Eastmoor Acad. (4-1) 8.4909, 3. Clyde (3-2) 6.9, 4. Caledonia River Valley (4-1) 6.45, 5. Bexley (4-1) 6.35, 6. Bryan (5-0) 6.3, 7. St. Francis DeSales (2-3) 5.75, tie-8. Cols. Independence (2-3) 5.3, tie-8. Bellevue (3-2) 5.3, 10. Port Clinton (3-2) 5.2, 11. Cols. Bishop Watterson (2-3) 4.9778, 12. Urbana (3-2) 4.55

 

Region 11 - 1. Steubenville (5-0) 8.7417, 2. Thornville Sheridan (5-0) 8.4, 3. Minerva (5-0) 8.35, 4. Northwest (4-1) 8.15, 5. Marlington (4-1) 8.05, 6. Cardinal Mooney (3-2) 8.0485, 7. Granville (4-1) 7.5, tie-8. Millersburg West Holmes (4-1) 7.3, tie-8. Dover (4-1) 7.3, 10. Poland Seminary (3-2) 7.1, 11. Uhrichsville Claymont (4-1) 6.6, 12. Cambridge (4-1) 6.4

 

Region 12 - 1. Circleville Logan Elm (5-0) 11.05, 2. Plain City Jonathan Alder (5-0) 10.65, 3. Kettering Archbishop Alter (5-0) 9.8, 4. Springfield Shawnee (5-0) 9.05, 5. The Plains Athens (5-0) 8.9404, 6. Cin. Indian Hill (4-1) 8.8515, 7. Jackson (5-0) 8.75, 8. Day. Thurgood Marshall (4-1) 8.3708, 9. Springfield Kenton Ridge (5-0) 7.65, 10. Cin. Taft (3-1) 7.4583, 11. Gallipolis Gallia Acad. (3-2) 6.3, 12. Day. Dunbar (3-2) 5.8

 

Division IV

Region 13 - 1. Girard (5-0) 9.6, 2. Creston Norwayne (5-0) 8.6, 3. Canton Central Cath. (4-1) 8, 4. Sullivan Black River (5-0) 7.95, 5. Brookfield (5-0) 7.4122, 6. Leavittsburg LaBrae (4-1) 7.25, 7. Manchester (3-2) 6.35, 8. Orrville (3-2) 6.1, 9. Beachwood (4-1) 5.55, 10. Cle. Central Cath. (3-2) 5.1737, 11. Streetsboro (3-2) 5.15, 12. Andover Pymatuning Valley (4-1) 5.05

 

Region 14 - 1. Kenton (5-0) 10.5, 2. Pemberville Eastwood (5-0) 10, 3. Genoa Area (5-0) 9.65, 4. Cols. Bishop Hartley (5-0) 9.05, 5. Huron (4-1) 7.2, 6. Bellville Clear Fork (3-2) 6.65, 7. Oak Harbor (3-2) 6.4, 8. Ottawa-Glandorf (4-1) 6.3, 9. Richwood North Union (4-1) 5.95, 10. Ontario (5-0) 5.85, 11. Wellington (3-2) 5.2, 12. Cols. Bishop Ready (3-2) 5.0232