A Page -- June 16, 2011

Nine Solon gridders earned national 

honors in the classroom while posting 

back-to-back undefeated regular seasons

The football graduating class from Solon High School this month is moving on as a winner both on the field and in the classroom.

As well as posting back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, this class placed nine Student/Athletes onto the National Honor Society rolls.
Among the seniors in the group, most of them are moving on to the next level and will become collegiate S/As within the next two months.
Comet Football Team members Tres Barksdale, Aaron Deol, Michael Dunn, Justin Kresevic, Bryce Littell, Sam Palumbo, Ryan Schwenke, Austin Stock, and Cory Stuart were selected.
The Comets’ only loss this year was to eventual state champion St. Edward during the Division I computer playoffs on Byers Field in Bolton Stadium. 

Ironically, Comets coach Jim McQuaide, Sr. coached St. Edward in one of his head coaching stints prior to finding his home in the southeast corner of the county.



Hoover alumnae Sarah Gerber and 

McKenna Russ earn Academic All MAC 

Honors for Eastern Michigan Softball; 

netting GPAs above 3.3 while studying 

special ed and communications

CLEVELAND (EMUEagles.com) — Four members of the Eastern Michigan University softball team were named to the Mid-American Conference Academic All-MAC squad the conference office announced.

Sarah Gerber (North Canton, Ohio-Hoover) was just one of six players in the MAC to earn their second consecutive Academic All-MAC honors, while teammates Jenna Ignowski(Niles, Mich.-Niles), McKenna Russ (North Canton, Ohio-Hoover), and Stacie Skodinski (South Bend, Ind.-Washington)earn their first Academic All-MAC award.Jaclyn Caro (Chino, Calif.-St. Lucy's Priory), Nellie Coquillard (Niles, Mich.-Niles), and Lauren Delapaz (Plymouth, Mich.-Canton) were also considered, as they picked up honorable mention honors.

Gerber, a 3.70 Special Education major, played in 43 games in 2011, starting 37 behind the plate and five as the designated player. 

The junior cranked out 45 hits in 134 at bats for a .336 overall batting average and scored 19 times while connecting on 10 doubles and five home runs with 28 RBI. In MAC play, she owned a .381 clip with a .619 slugging percentage and a .426 on base percentage. 

Gerber was solid behind the plate, making just two errors all season for a .992 fielding percentage to improve her career percentage to .988, the second-best mark on the EMU all-time career list.

Russ put together one of her most successful seasons in 2011. The 3.36 Communications Major was named All-MAC first team after posting a .415 overall batting average for the second best clip in the MAC and the second best mark in EMU softball program history. 

Russ connected on 49 hits with 11 doubles, two triples, and five home runs. The junior also recorded six multi-RBI games and 15 multi-hit games, nine of which were in MAC contests. A MAC West 

Player of the Week selection on April 5, Russ made history against Northern Illinois when she registered her 11th hit in as many plate appearances to tie the third best streak in the NCAA Division I record books for consecutive hits.

Jackson alumna Jess Richards, Hoover 

grads Sarah Gerber, McKenna Russ earn 

All MAC honors for Eagles; former Fed 

League gals predominate squad 

CLEVELAND (EMUEagles.com) — The Mid-American Conference announced the 2011 season softball awards today, May 11, and the Eastern Michigan University squad was well represented, putting three on the All-MAC first team and two on the All-MAC second team to set a program record of five conference honorees.

Sarah Gerber (North Canton, Ohio-Hoover), Jessica Richards (Canton, Ohio-Jackson) and McKenna Russ (North Canton, Ohio-Hoover) were named to the All-MAC first team, while Stacie Skodinski (South Bend, Ind.-Washington) and Lauren Wells (Lowell, Ind.) earned second team All-MAC accolades. Wells also garnered All-Freshman team honors.
All-MAC Selections

Gerber earns her second consecutive All-MAC honor after nabbing first team in 2010. She has been an asset behind the plate for the Green and White, committing just two errors all season to boost her career fielding percentage to .988, the second best by any EMU player. 

She also demonstrated her accuracy and arm strength at the catcher position, picking off a conference leading 11 runners in MAC games. 

Offensively, she has cranked out 44 hits in 128 at bats for an overall clip of .344. In MAC play, the North Canton, Ohio native hit .381 with a .619 slugging percentage and knocked in 16 RBI.

Richards, a first team selection, has posted impressive numbers throughout her junior campaign, including an astounding 23 stolen bases in 24 attempts. 

The speedy junior swiped 14 in conference games to lead the MAC, and her .455 batting average in league contests ranks fourth amongst all hitters. Richards' 40 runs in 2011 ranks second in the EMU single season record books, and she is just seven runs shy of the all-time record. At the hot corner, Richards has made only three errors and boasts a .941 fielding percentage this season. 

Rounding out the first team All-MAC honorees is Russ. The junior is amidst her most successful season donning the Green and White, batting an amazing .423 at the plate with a .424 average in MAC play. She has started in 36 games for the Eagles, accumulating 47 hits with 11 doubles, two triples, and 24 RBI on the season. Against MAC opponents, she maintained a .695 slugging percentage and belted 12 extra base hits to account for 11 RBI this season. A MAC West Player of the Week selection on April 5, Russ made the NCAA Division I record books after connecting on her 11th hit in as many plate appearances to tie the third best streak ever recorded.

Skodinski earns second team honors for second time in her career. The senior shortstop started in 40 games in 2011 and hit .397 in the regular season with a team best .727 slugging percentage. In MAC play, she owned a .333 clip with 20 hits, seven of which for extra bases, and drove in 16 RBI. Her 13 doubles this season tie the fourth most all-time and bring her career mark to 43, matching the EMU career all-time total set by Melissa Drouillard ('96). 

Wells earned both All-Freshman and second team honors after showcasing a superb rookie campaign in the circle. In 23 appearances, the freshman went 9-4 on the season with a 5-3 record in MAC play. She fanned 100 batters in 2011, and her 8.02 strikeouts per seven innings average led all hurlers in the MAC. A two time MAC West Pitcher of the Week, the Lowell, Ind. native threw 52.2 innings in league games and held opponents to just a .250 average. Her conference ERA of 2.13 was the second best in the MAC, while her 60 strikeouts in league action was good for fourth best.