A Page -- Sept 30, 2010


Case Reserve's Zach Homyk 

Named Semifinalist for Campbell

Trophy; Chicagoland native's 

father was a former Parma High 



Sept. 30

By Nick Minerd

DALLAS, TX The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) has announced the semifinalists for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy. Amongst the players nominated for the prestigious award is Case Western Reserve University senior wide receiver Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep).

The award, formerly known as the Draddy Trophy and often referred to as the “Academic Heisman,” is given to seniors or graduate students in their final year of eligibility. The Student/Athlete must have a minimum grade point average of 3.2, be a starter or significant contributor, and demonstrate strong leadership and citizenship.

Homyk is one of just 27 Division III players to be named semifinalists. This season, he leads the undefeated Spartans with 26 receptions for 335 yards and three touchdowns. For his career, he has 147 receptions for 2,070 yards and 18 TDs.

He has twice been named to the All-University Athletic Association team and led the conference in receptions (69), yards (1,032) and receiving TDs (12) in 2009.

Off the field, Homyk is a finance major and has twice received the CWRU Dean’s High Honor. He also serves a community service chairperson for the Case Association of Student-Athletes (CASA).

Zach Homyk

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 15 finalists and announce the results via national press release on Thursday, October 28. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2010 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. The Campbell Trophy winner, who will have his scholarship increased to $25,000 and receive a 25-pound bronze trophy, will be announced live at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 7 at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

The Spartans, 3-0 overall and winners of 34 straight regular season games, are back in action this Saturday, October 2, versus Allegheny College (PA) at 1:00 p.m. at Case Field in Cleveland. 

Esq. Don Homyk, former Redman standout

To learn more about the award and its past winners, visit: http://www.footballfoundation.org/news.php?id=2362

Emily O'Connor's 20-minute hat 

trick enables Shoregals to stage 

dramatic comeback victory over 

North Olmsted

By John Kenny

Another exciting chapter in the girls soccer rivalry between Avon Lake and North Olmsted took place with the Shoregals emerging with a 4-3 Southwestern Conference win over the traditional SWC and state power Eagles.

After falling behind 3-1, Avon Lake stormed back with 3 goals in the final 20 minutes from freshman Emily O'Connor to earn the win over North Olmsted in dramatic fashion.

Avon Lake's first goal was scored on a header by Mary Donegan in the first minute of play off a corner kick from Megan Braye.The Eagles countered with a goal by Alyssa Balasko to knot the game at the 33-minute mark and the first half ended in a 1-1 tie.

In the second half, North Olmsted score two goals within a minute at the 57-minute mark to take a 3-1 lead.  The first goal was tallied by Erika Kobak off a pass from Grace Kereky and the second goal was by Alyssa Balasko again as she richoceted a shot off the post.

Then the Shoregals got busy. Emily O'Connor blasted a shot in the goal from the right side, then scored on a header off a flip throw-in from Morgan Srail,and then topped the evening off as she stole a ball from a North Olmsted defender deep in the Eagles territory and netted the game winne.

In goal for Avon Lake was Dana Strimbu who made 5 saves. Eagles goalie Sarah Loeser was kept busy with 16 shots on goal while making 12 saves. With the win, Avon Lake improves to 10-2, remains undefeated in the conference at 6-0-0, and clinches at least a tie for the Southwestern Conference championship. North Olmsted falls to 5-6 on the season.

Undefeated Baldwin-Wallace 

football team to host Marietta on

the Tressel Field Saturday

Sept. 30

By Dan May

THE RECORDS: Marietta enters the fifth week of the season with a record of 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Baldwin-Wallace carries an undefeated record into the match-up as it is 3-0, 2-0 in league play.

GAME TIME: 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, George Finnie Stadium in Berea, Ohio.

THE COACHES: Marietta’s Jeff Filkovski is in his third season as the leader of the Pioneers. He is the former signal caller for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe. Filkovski, who earned his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College in 1991, led the Gators to a national championship in 1990. Baldwin-Wallace’s John Snell is in his ninth year as the Yellow Jackets head football coach. The 1987 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace has a 52-33 record at his alma mater.

ALL-TIME SERIES: Saturday marks the 33rd time that the two teams will meet on the gridiron. The series began in 1974 with Baldwin-Wallace winning 73-0. It was the first of 17 straight wins for the Yellow Jackets in the series. Marietta, however, has captured three of the last six meetings, dating back to 2004.


Enright & Plyler Named to D3Football.com Team of the Week

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Oberlin – Oberlin College sophomore C.J. Plyler and junior Danny Enright were named to the d3football.com Team of the Week, the website announced on Thursday morning. 

The tandem helped lead the Yeomen to a 47-21 win over Hiram this past Saturday, running the Yeomen’s record to 2-1 for the first time since 1989. 

In the win, Enright had the best game of his Oberlin career with 127 yards receiving on seven catches. The tight end from Novi, Michigan, also caught five-yard touchdown pass just one play after a 50-yard catch-and-run. 

Plyler has been a ball-hawk so far this season, leading the NCAC with three interceptions. Last week against the Terriers, the Huntington, Texas, native picked off two passes and totaled 36 return yards on the two take-aways. His INT with 1:14 left in the opening half setup a Yeomen touchdown to make it a 27-7 game at the break. 

Both Enright and Plyler will be key factors for the Yeomen this Saturday when they play host No. 6/7 Wittenberg at 1 p.m.

Mount Union men drop tennis match in PA

September 30, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

ERIE, Pa. -- The Mount Union men's tennis team dropped a 6-3 decision at Penn State Behrend (Pa.) on Wednesday.

Patrick Yackmack (Mantua/Twinsburg) was both a singles and doubles victor for the Purple Raiders. He won at No. 3 singles over David Buiter, 6-3, 6-3, and then teamed with Yasuhiro Anno (Fukucka, Japan/Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzoku) for a 9-7 win at second doubles.


Oberlin & Wittenberg Field Hockey Team-Up to Stick it to Cancer of All Kinds
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin – The field hockey teams from Oberlin College and Wittenberg University have partnered with the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and the National Foundation for Cancer Research to ‘Stick it to Cancer’.

The official event honoring this great cause will take place on October 23 when the Yeowomen play host to the Tigers at 2 p.m. However, those wishing support the efforts of both schools can do so now by visiting this webpagehttp://www.firstgiving.com/oberlinfieldhockey to make a donation. 

"We are really happy to be playing foAr a great cause," said Head Coach Deb Ranieri. "So many have been affected in one way or another by cancer and anything we can do to show support for the cause and the loved ones in our lives, Oberlin hockey is more than happy to be a part of."

For nearly four decades, the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR) has been the driving force behind many of the cancer treatments that are saving lives and making headlines today. Over the years, NFCR has helped millions of cancer patients, and much of this has been possible because of the continued loyal support of individuals, donors, and organizations.

The Kings to return to the court, 

Dong, Wuest to continue tennis 

marathon, champs to be crowned 

when West Shore Conference 

tennis tourney resumes Saturday; 

Avon, Bay, River front running after 

first day

Sept. 30, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


FAIRVIEW PARK – With the first two rounds 95 percent completed, Avon, Rocky River and Bay are the front runners in the West Shore Conference girls tennis tournament held today here at Tri-City Park and Morton Park.

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A key match had Bay’s Lauren Chen come back after being down in sets to beat Avon’s Ashley Rice 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. It moved Chen into the quarterfinal bracket against Rocky River’s Eisa Quinones, who won a first-round match over Vermilion's Christine Hoholski, 0-0, and second round match-up over Midview’s Rachel Pickering, 0-1.

Watch short video of Student/Athlete Eisa Quinones play tennis at today’s West Shore Conference championships, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading



River’s No. 1 player Allie Sperli also moved into the quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Lyanna Shihada, who topped Midview’s Courtney Hawkin, 6-0, 6-2 in the first round.


Watch short video of Student/Athlete Allie Sperli play tennis at today’s West Shore Conference championships, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


 The longest match of the day is still going on in theory and will be completed at 8 Saturday morning when the tournament recommences. Bay’s No. 3 Rannis Dong and River’s No. 3 Olivia Wuest played for 2:50 until Rocket coach Dave Peters and Pirates coach Ben Purdy talked to their respective players and after getting the OK from Tourney Director Jeff Sinnema decided to suspend the match to Saturday.


Watch short video Student/Athlete Olivia Wuest play tennis at today’s West Shore Conference championships, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Dong had to stop the match a couple times because of leg cramps and then Wuest had to stop because of an asthma attack. Finally at 6:50, Weust started getting leg problems, holding her ankle and then after converging all involved decided that two days of healing might be the trick to bringing a much-awaited end to the match.

Wuest won the first match 6-4 and Dong the second 6-2 and they ended with the score 4-4 in the third set, where it will be picked up Saturday.

Once there is a winner in this match, Fairview’s Becca Corrigan, who has been waiting, will play in the second round. The winner of that match will have no day at the beach to look forward to, since next in line is No. 1 seed and Lorain County champion Carmella Mostardi of Avon.

Mostardi beat North Ridgeville’s Marissa Reitknecht, 6-0, 6-0, to get to the quarterfinals.


Sperli will be playing Avon’s Rachel Bertrand in the quarters. Bertrand bettered Melissa Boddie, 6-0, 6-0, and Ridgeville’s Kelsey Watson, 6-1, 6-0 to get to the quarters.


Bay’s Katie Quillin has been waiting to play her next match. She beat Vermilion’s Natalie Wilson, 6-0, 6-0 to get to the quarterfinals.

Katherine King
Morgan King

Either way, Quillin will get a “royal” welcoming since she will play the winner of the match between Fairview’s Morgan King and Ridgeville’s Katherine King, in a match that was suspended because of darkness. The Kings will return to the court Saturday to see who will move on in the quest to the throne room against Quillin.

Katherine King crowned a 5-4, 6-2 win over Midview’s Taylor Scheal in the first round. Then the “imperial” match had Morgan win the first set 6-4 and fall back 0-1 in the second.

Doubles at Morton had a lot of matches suspended to Saturday because of darkness. Rocky River’s second doubles team of Carol Anton and Cara Mitchell was the only one that made it to the semi finals, doing so with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Vermilion’s Tyler Gayheart and Emily Onderko. The Pirate duo also beat Fairview’s Deanna Preston and Milissa Etterling, 1-1.

In the other quarters, Avon’s Kitty Ramadagu and Megan Monroe were playing Bay’s Colleen McBride and Sarah Rapps with the Avon gals up one set, River’s Annie Pavic and Elise Griffiths up one set on Fairview’s Laura Watts and Jessica Filkill and Avon’s Halle Mentler and Laura Schmitz up one set on Bay’s Christina Kander and Robbin Banaslak.

Just in case, Justin Ball puts ball in 

net twice to lead Eagles over 


Sept. 30

Justin Ball’s two goals propelled North Olmsted to a 2-1 victory over Avon Lake tonight.


Jaryt Salvo scored the Avon Lake goal with Alex Strimbu, Nick Stephenson assisting


Nolan Escher had 2 saves for the Eagles and Bryce Stuart 3 for Avon Lake.


All three goals were scored in the second half.


Avon Lake: outshot the Eagles, 10 -9 (5 were on goal for each team).

North Ridgeville Volleyball Beats 

Conference Rival Fairview in 5 

games; wins first WSC match since 



In West Shore Conference volleyball play, North Ridgeville sneaked out with a 3-2 win over Fairview in a match in which none of the five games was decided by more than six points.


The game scores went: NR 25 Fairview 21, Fairview 26 NR 24, NR  25 Fairview 19, Fairview 25 NR 19, and NR 15 Fairview 13.


For the Rangers, Rachel Crow had 13 kills; Jessica Lentz 11 kills /1 solo block  /21 for 22 serving /1 ace/ 11 digs, Briana Lehman 17 kills / 2 solo blocks/ 19 for 19 servings 2 aces, Heather Snyder 67/69  setting/ 25 assists/ 4 kills, Kaitie Borges 56/57 setting/22 assists, and Kimly Pham 8 digs,


This is North Ridgeville’s first conference win since 2007. 


North Ridgeville’s JV team also beat Fairview, bringing its record to 12 and 2.


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