A Page --Nov. 3, 2010


West. G gymnastics numbers up with 21 girls; 

intra-competitive situation expected to be 

transferred to meets

Nov. 3, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CHESTERLAND – If numbers mean anything in Student/Athletics, then West Geauga’s gymnastics team has a galaxy of wealth. The trick, however, will be transferring that intra-competitive situation into finding the correct personnel to get the best results possible in the meets.

Such will be the task for Wolverines Coach Gina Gastaldo, who has 21 girls in the program with the start of the season is less than a month away from now.

For leadership purposes, Gastaldo has three seniors in Ashley Gergacs, Nicole Knoble and Rachel Suba.


“We have GREAT senior leadership,” Gastaldo said. “In addition, we have depth with more girls that ever before at this school and even though the group is large, we still have a close team.”

While the veterans will lead, the Wolverines will rely on the incoming freshmen to contribute to improving on last year’s accomplishments.

“We should be stronger this year than last,” Gastlado said. “The incoming freshmen will be crucial to our team score. We also need to stay injury free.”

The incoming freshmen include Danielle Musgrave, Samantha Luikart, Tori Sargent, Jordyn Henderson, Ashley Lanhan, Audrey Rabe, and Brynn Mihacevich,

“Both the older and younger girls have confidence in themselves, especially when having three strong seniors as their leaders,” Gastaldo said.

The junior quintet is comprised of Bailey Bower, Louise Cortland, Emily Gatautis, Madison Leanza, and Lindsay Koncler.

Still developing experience is the sophomore class, which is the longest throng of Wolverines. Among the 10th graders are Alex Wolfhope, Isabel Pountney, Miranda Petrigash, Hanna Krysinski, Julianne Dangelo, Kiley Blazek amd Alicia Petti.

“Individually, we would like to: have a Student/ Athlete qualify out of sectionals and on to districts,” Gastlado said. “We should be able to win more meets than last year.”

Either in the freshmen group or developing sophomore group or possibly in the upper class group, Gastaldo is looking to build strength on the bars, the event the group as a whole has had its lowest scores in recent seasons.

The Case Western Reserve University Spartans continue conference action versus Washington


Holy Name's hockey program moves up a 

division for the second time in three years; 

Green Wave ready to test Red Division 


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BROOKLYN -- As usually goes with high school hockey around the Greater Cleveland area, plans typically move along crisply, which certainly is the case with Coach Tim Sullivan and Holy Name, which will be moving up to the Red Division this year.

It was Sullivan’s plan when he started the program five years ago that he would like to get the Green Wave into the White Division within five and Red Division within eight years. Seven years later is now here and Holy Name is in the Red Division. John Malloy had a similar plan at Gilmour, which was to make it to states within 10 years, which is what the Lancers did three years ago – 10 years after the program started.


In addition, Sullivan has added a JV team to build depth and develop Student/Athletes on ice within the program.

“This is the deepest we have ever been; starting a JV team allows us to get all players game time experience,” Sullivan said. “They have learned about hard play. This team will play very hard from start to finish.  Experience and longevity is a major contributor as they all have played varsity hockey for four years now.”


The Namers move up from the White Division (the mid-level division in Greater Cleveland) to the Red South, which is lower of two tiers of the highest Division (Red) in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League. They finished one point behind two-time defending Baron Cup II champion Rocky River in the White West in 2009-10.

They will play in the same division with Elyria Catholic, Hudson, Mentor (moved up from the White last year), North Olmsted and Shaker Heights. Strongsville has moved up to the Red North this season from this tier.

“We believe we can win the division, obtain the Baron Cup, and go further in state tournament than last year,” Sullivan said.  “I would hope they are all thinking, ‘Let’s play as a team.’ It is important that we continue to grow and succeed.”

Sullivan and his staff are approaching the lifetime 100-wins mark for the school. They are 92-98-7 in seven seasons.

The team is led by senior David Fassbender, who was 1st team GCHSHL-1st team NCL, scoring 72 points in 2009-10. The 72 points eclipsed the school record of 58 for most points in a season.

Other first and second liners and upper crust defensemen returning are (name followed by grade in school) Alex Kurowski 11, David Perry 10, Joe Baker 12, Steve Papovich 12 Ron Narowleski 12, Justin Ross 12, Dennis Meehan 12, Ian Bruzak 12, Justin Koscki 10, Sam Pikus 10.

One change in the schedule is entering the team into the Brother Nettleton Christmas Tournament in Serpentini Arena, hosted by St. Edward, Sullivan’s alma mater. The tourney includes Red North teams and Red North-caliber teams from Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Illinois.

“All believe that we have improved over the past 6 months,” Sullivan said. “I would think that a fair outlook would be to improve from last year and continue to get stronger as a team and an organization. We have had a great off season, with the talent returning I am excited to see how we compete in the Red Division.”

Holy Name has rapidly moved from being a varsity (as opposed to club) team in its first year in the Blue Division and within three years moving up +to the White and within three more now moving up to the Red.

“We have a group of guys that want to win, that work hard to win, and now know how to win,” Sullivan said. “The fact that we can compete on every level needs to be believed. If we needed an area of improvement it, would be between the ears. Confidence is good, but cockiness is a different story.”

It will be crucial for the Namers to get them in the farm of mind of playing at any level. On special teams, they need to capitalize more on power plays and short hands, which was an Achilles Heel last year.

Case Reserve will try to get back on winning 

track against Wash U

Nov. 3

By Nick Minerd

The Case Western Reserve University Spartans continue conference action versus Washington

University (MO) on Saturday, November 6 at 12:00 p.m. at Case Field in Cleveland. The Spartans

are 7-1 overall and 0-1 in the UAA following a 24-20 loss at the University of Chicago last Saturday.

Washington is 6-2 overall and 1-0 in the UAA after its 20-13 overtime victory versus Carnegie

Mellon University (PA).


The young gridiron history between the Spartans and Bears dates back only to 1985 and has been

defined by streaks. Washington holds a 16-8 lead in the all-time series, but Case has won the

last three meetings overall. Prior to the Spartan streak, the Bears won the previous 15 meetings

from 1992-2006. Case won the first three meetings from 1985-88, including a 17-10 win at home

in the inaugural matchup between the two. The Spartans defeated the Bears last season, 28-8,

at home.

Greg Debeljak


Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who is in his seventh season in 2010 with

a 51-21 (.708) 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 37-4, earning Debeljak and his staff the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award for three

straight seasons. In addition, Case has finished the last three seasons ranked in the top 25 in the

nation according to the AFCA.


Washington is coached by Larry Kindbom, who is in his 23rd season with the Bears in 2010 with

an overall record of 83-71 (.539). Under Kindbom’s leadership, the Bears have captured eight UAA

Championships and appeared in the NCAA Division III playoffs in 1999. Entering the season, Kindbom

was ranked 32nd in Division III for career coaching victories.


The No. 7-ranked Spartans completed a third straight 10-0 regular season with a 28-8 victory at home

on November 14, 2009. Current senior running back Derek Bush (Kittanning, PA/Ford City) rushed

for a pair of touchdowns and current senior wide receiver Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Igantius

Prep) made seven receptions for 99 yards.



Case Western Reserve (7-1, 0-1 UAA) had its 38-game regular season win streak snapped in a

24-20 loss at the University of Chicago on Saturday, October 30. Despite the loss, senior wide

receiver Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep) totaled eight receptions for 142 yards en

route to setting a school-record for receptions (72) in a season. The Spartan defense forced four

turnovers, including two interceptions from senior cornerback James Wodicka (West Lafayette,

IN/West Lafayette) and a fumble recovery and INT from junior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati,


James Wodicka 


To date, Case owns victories versus John Carroll University (home/30-13), the University of Rochester

(away/14-10), Denison University (home/37-7), Allegheny College (home/24-23 OT), Oberlin

College (away/48-36), Hiram College (away/41-0) and the College of Wooster (home/28-14). The

lone Spartan loss came by a score of 24-20 at University of Chicago.







Strongsville blanks Westlake, 4-0, to get into 

regional final; Ashley Meier scores twice

Nov. 3, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – In front of about 500 fans, Strongsville used its deep bench with frequent substitution to deny Westlake many offensive chances to nab a 4-0 win in the girls Division I Regional Semifinal Soccer Match here on the pitch in the athletic complex at Rocky River High School.

Strongsville (19-1-1) will now travel outside the county somewhere west or south or both Saturday (site is still TBA) to play Perrysburg.

Junior Ashley Meier scored two goals while Maddy Franklin and Lori Archer also scored.

The Demons (15-6) and Mustangs played the first eight minutes of the match in a tight seesaw in the middle two thirds of the field with no shots taken by either team.

Several tie ups occurred throughout the early going, but neither team could get as much as a restart or get the ball anywhere near either 18-yard box. Several tie-ups took place as both played tight defense.

Nicolette Griesinger finally got a long shot off for Strongsville at 8:20 but did not have enough on it to get neat the goal

Alexis Manoa appeared to break away, but Westlake’s Charlotte Tate kept with her all the way into the box and was albe to clear it without fouling and without allowing a shot in the 10th minute.

Lauran Wichman tried a long throw in toward the goal for Westlake at 11:51 but no one could control it on her team.

Strongsville coach Jon Felton

Melanie Finucan took the first corner kick of the game in the 13th minute, but again none of her Westlake teammate could control it.

Kristin Schweisthal took Strongsville’s first corner at 15:12 and after some bouncing around Lizzie Ehrnfelt was able to get a shot on goal, but Steph Poeppleman was there to save it for the Demons.

Schweisthal sent a nice to cross to Ashley Meier in the 17th minute but the latter could not control it. The Mustangs did not give up as Meier took a rebound off Poeppleman right in front of the goal line and banged the ball to the back of the net at 17:59 for a 1-0 Strongsville lead.

Ashley Meier

Listen to post-match interview with Strongsville Student/Athlete Ashley Meier from tonight’s Mustangs-Demons match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Poeppleman showed resilience a minute later when Meier sent a pass down to Madison Franklin, but the Westlake keeper came out on the dangerous ball and slid under it to smother it.

Sarah Stachowiak also cleared a couple balls down low in the middle of the opening half for the Demons to deny the Mustangs any more quality chances.

Lauren Hurst sent a nice cross toward the middle about six yards in front of the goal in the 24th minute but no Demon teammate was there to follow her lead.

By this time, it was evident that Strongsville was beginning to take control of the match, aided by its deeper bench. The Mustangs were subbing far more than the Demons throughout the half.

Alexis Manoa fed Griesinger in the center right above the 18-yard box, but the latter missed wide on the shot and 31:53.



Listen to post-match interview with Strongsville Student/Athlete Alexis Manoa from tonight’s Mustangs-Demons match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading 


Jackie Campo sent a 30-yard missile from the left sideline at midfield to Meier in the center downfield, who missed on the long header in the 33rd minute.

The Mustangs were creating again on offense in the 39th minute and were able to get a ball near the goal, but again alert defense by Stachowiak had her get the ball back a few yards to Poepplemen to simmer the mild Mustang fire.

So after about 10 minutes of neither team demonstrating any offense, Strongsville controlled most of the last 30 minutes of the half as Westlake went the entire first half with neither a shot nor a shot on goal.

Wichman finally took Westlake’s first shot of the match, a 30-yard launch at 46:02 that went high above the head of Mustang keeper Cailyn Moore and out of play.

Lizzie Ehrnfelt followed with a shot on goal at the other end at 47:28 that Poeppleman saved.

Griesinger fired a long ball from 40 yards that bounded in front of the goal in the 51st minute, but Poeppleman was able to grab it before it could become a heave traffic situation around the goal.

Leah Sandercock unloaded a corner kick a minute later that she tried to angle past Poepplemen, but again the Westlake keeper came up strong.

Franklin went wide in the 55th minute with a shot.



Meier was able to get open and get a shot on goal from 10 yards out at 59:54, but despite the hard left foot, it went right at Poeppleman.

Kelly Novak fired a header toward Poeppleman at 60:49, but the keeper leaped high to make the grab with no damage done.

Meier sent a nice pass to Manoa eight yards from the goal but Poeppleman made the sliding save at 62:35.


Shannon Krueger finally took the Demons’ first shot on goal, a line drive that Moore was able to grab at 63:55.

The Demons got another corner, but Sarah Stroh’s kick at 65:05 could not find a Demon who was able to secure control of the ball.

Manoa went one on one with Poeppleman at 65:48, but the keeper came out and tied her up, dousing the quality opportunity for the Stangs.

The pressure kept up though as Manoa and Franklin were able to get behind the Demon defense to manufacture the score, with Manoa dishing the tap pass and Franklin getting the goal at 67:33, making it 2-0. 

Listen to post-match interview with Strongsville Student/Athlete Madison Franklin from tonight’s Mustangs-Demons match, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Campo missed wide right a minute later.

Poeppleman made another save on another hard Meier shot in the 72nd minute.

Meier beat two defenders to get inside the box and score an unassisted goal at 75:05 and then Lori Archer scored on a penalty kick at 76:36 to close out the scoring.

Four more tournament soccer matches are scheduled for here over the next week. In a Division I regional final, St. Ignatius will play Jackson here and in the other match Saturday two Division I girls teams will play, but no one who played here tonight. This region feeds into the west Ohio bracket and will require travel south and or west Saturday to probably Ashland, Wooster, Tiffin or Huron for the Mustangs.

Then, the state semifinal will be here a week from tonight between Saturday’s winners here and the Strongsville-Perrysburg at west/south of here. Saturday’s match here could involve Walsh Jesuit, a final four participant here last year.

Also, a boys’ state semifinal will take place here in River Tuesday. In all likelihood, it will be Division I, pitting the Ignatius/Jackson winner against the Westlake/St. John winner for the right to go to Columbus a week from Friday against probably a Cincinnati, Columbus or Dayton area club.

Mentor High alum Rob Brocious wins two 

events in Mount Union victory over John 

Carroll in water

Nov. 3, 2010

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor) and Matt Carlozzi (Canfield/Canfield) won two events each in leading the Mount Union men's swimming and diving team to a 138-101 victory over Ohio Athletic Conference opponent John Carroll at the Hammond Natatorium on Wednesday.


Brocious placed first in the 1,000-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke with times of 10:27.60 and :55.83, respectively. Carlozzi claimed his wins in the 200 free (1:47.07) and 500 free (4:57.36).

Other individual winners included Ben Davies (Willoughby/Willoughby South), Mike Greisl (South Euclid/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin), Dominique Melvin (Woodmere/Orange) and Tommy Pellett (Newark/Newark Catholic).

South Grad Ben Davis

Davies touched first in the 100 butterfly (:56.52) and Greisl took first in the 100 free (:48.77). Melvin added his victory in the 200 individual medley (2:09.32) while Pellett scored 300.60 points on the 1-meter diving board.

Orange High alum Dom Melvin

The Purple Raiders also had one winning relay: the 400 medley team. Brocious, Raymond Balint (Columbia, S.C./Lexington), Davies and Austin Moreland (Dover/New Philadelphia) combined for a time of 3:48.56.

The Mount Union men (2-0, 1-0) will return to the pool on Friday, Nov. 12, with a 6 p.m. meet at Hiram.

Stow's Alyson Kolesar wins twice and Walsh 

Jesuit alumna Tia Marquinez gets PR in 

Mount win

ALLIANCE, Ohio - The Mount Union women's swimming and diving team came out with a purpose and rolled to a 146-80 win over the Blue Streaks of John Carroll Wednesday night at the Hammond Natatorium. 

Mount Union opened the meet with a win in the 400-yard medley relay (4:17.37) and never looked back, using the efforts of six different winners on the night.

Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) and Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) led the Raiders with a pair of wins, while freshman Courtney Gabel (Fremont/Fremont Ross) got her first win as a Raider in the 50 free (:25.94).


Harrison picked up her victories in the 200 individual medley (2:16.42) and 100 backstroke (1:01.93). Kolesar touched first in the 200 free and 500 free with times of 2:02.22 and 5:27.03.

"This was a huge win for us. John Carroll is a big rival and we really wanted to come out and make a statement," Harrison said. "We're practicing really hard and it's showing in the pool."

Katy Alkire (Akron/Firestone) won the 100 butterfly (1:04.27) and Jennie Ciccantelli (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) claimed first in the 100 free (:56.75).



Members of the 400 medley relay were Shelbey Mitchell (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls), Victoria Ljubi(Powell/Olentangy Liberty), Alkire and Ciccantelli.

In diving, Tia Marquinez (Hudson/Walsh Jesuit) scored a personal best 355.65 while winning for the second time this season. 


Assistant Coach Kristine Mann said this team has been impressive early on.

"The team has amazing chemistry," she said. "They are focused and determined to swim harder every day."

The Raiders (1-1, 0-1) will travel to Hiram for their next meet and take on the Terriers on Friday, November 12 at 5 p.m.