Northeast Ohio Huddle: Chippewa’s Busson goes off; Strasburg snaps 14-game losing skid


Northeast Ohio Huddle

Cross country, volleyball, golf, soccer and a little bit of football sprinkled in. It was a great week in Northeast Ohio. Lets recap – and look ahead.

The Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy girls’ cross country team didn’t have much trouble pulling in an 18-point win in the Division II meet at the Malone Invitational last weekend.

It helps that they went 1-2-3.

The small amount of points for a winning team is astounding and the fact that the top three individual spots when to Royals’ runners really is amazing.

Christina Blair was the top overall female finisher in 19:07.72, dusting teammates Laura Rybka (runner-up) and Joy Talbott, who finished in 19:48.58 and 19:58.96, respectively, on the hilly course.


Colby Busson, Doylestown Chippewa football: The quarterback for the Chipps could not be stopped by Keystone as his team fell in a shootout, 62-56 last week.

Busson threw for 196 yards with three touchdowns while rushing for 179 yards with three more touchdowns. And if that wasn’t enough, he added an 85-yard kickoff return for a score.

In his team’s opening-week victory over Norton, Busson had a touchdown pass and 209 rushing yards with a score while throwing for two 2-point conversions and rushing for two more.


Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas Boys’ Cross Country: Aquinas set a new Malone Invitational record with their ninth team championship as they cruised to their fifth-straight Division III title.

Led by coach Matthew Reneker, the team took the top two spots with individual champion Jordan McKelley and runner-up Maurice Kirksey. They also took fifth (Kevin Vinci), sixth (Mikey Pete) and eighth (Cory Glines).

The ninth title in the 41-year history of the event is the new team mark.


Hardly Fall-ing: The Olmsted Falls volleyball team represented Northeast Ohio well by taking second in the Best of Ohio tournament at Toledo St. Ursula. Falls lost 25-18, 25-18 to the hosts in the title game but beat Toledo Central Catholic and Cincinnati St. Ursula along the way.

For the weekend, Dayna Roberts dominated with 74 assists, 12 kills, 15 blocks, 23 digs and 13 service points. Corinne Manley added 25 kills, 21 blocks, six digs and nine points.

Kelsey Snider chipped in 16 kills with three blocks and 25 digs.

Steady Smith:
Norton’s Steve Smith rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns in his team’s 34-14 win over Akron Kenmore.

Stopping the Streak at Strasburg:
Having lost 14-straight games, Strasburg’s football team could have folded the tents when Beallsville made a big comeback after the Tigers had a big lead but instead, they broke the streak to improve to 1-1 on the year after a 31-28 win.

Strasburg’s Mitch Wilkinson blocked a field goal with 36 seconds left that would have tied the game for Beallsville.

Hunter Schneiter had 214 yards rushing with two scores and Austin Hostetler passed for 121 yards with two touchdowns to lead the Tigers.

Getting the Goals:
Cortland Lakeview, which had only scored one goal in its first part of the soccer season broke the seal and won 5-0 over Warren G. Harding.

Kyle Rohrabaugh had a hat trick with three goals and Joey Wilson added two.

Got Lowdermilk?:
Carrollton junior quarterback John Lowdermilk was all over the field in his team’s 38-28 win over Lisbon that put the Warriors at 2-0 overall.

The son of former NFL lineman Kirk Lowdermilk passed for two touchdowns with 215 yards, rushed for 74 yards and two scores and returned an interception 50 yards.

Dominating Dover:
Dover stepped up again in week 2 by toppling a 1-0 Ashland team 44-21. Quarterback Marcus Mamarella accounted for 200 rushing yards and two scores and 12 of 15 passing for 123 more yards and two scores. He hit his first nine passes of the game.

Teammate Ian Drapcho was all over the field as well, hauling in two interceptions, catching a pass from Mamarella for a score and returning a punt for a touchdown.

Stow-ing Away a Record:
Stow’s golf team set a school record with its 143 in a win over Hudson last week. It bested the previous record of 145 set in 2006. Brandon Nixon led the way at Fox Den Golf Course with a 1-under par 35.

Jammin’ Jones:
Canal Fulton Northwest signal-caller Bryan Jones threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns in his team’s 28-7 win over Akron Firestone.

Warriors Welcome Streak:
After a 12-game losing streak that dated back two years, the Ashtabula Edgewood Warriors are 2-0 in the young football season after beating Berkshire 28-19 in week 2. The Warriors last were 2-0 in 1996 and have beaten Champion and Berkshire to start this year already under veteran second-year coach Joe Kearney.

Kreider K-O’ing competition:
Last week’s Athlete of the Week, Mallory Kreider of Ashtabula Edgewood, continued to win meets, taking the title at the Mentor Invitational. But this time it wasn’t easy as she actually just edged Brecksville’s Allison Stucky, who came in with an identical time of 19:11.24.

Comeback Wildcats:
For the second-straight week, the St. Ignatius football team called it a comeback as they beat Clayton Northmont 27-20 after being down 20-0 at one point.

Hot off the heels of their comeback 21-20 win over Glenville in week 1, the Wildcats were led by Robert Grebenc with 177 yards rushing and a touchdown, Kevin Johnson with a 6-yard score and Pat Dowd with a fumble recovery in the endzone.

Speaking of Glenville, the Tarblooders bounced back with a 35-14 win over Central Ohio team Reynoldsburg. Robert Walton Jr. had 170 rushing yards with a score while Shane Wynn had a 61-yard touchdown reception and a 78-yard punt return for a score.

Bad Host Cloverleaf:
Cloverleaf held its own volleyball tournament and played a bad host, beating North Royalton in the championship match 25-23, 25-15.

Cloverleaf was led in the title game of the 8-team tournament by Laura McDermott with nine kills, Corrin Early with five and Sarah Schleich with 18 assists.

Ohio State recruit Amy Swartzwelder of North Royalton, a 6-foot-3 hitter, had seven kills while 6-foot-3 sophomore sister Sara had four kills.

Spectacular Spates:
Ronnel Spates led Cleveland Villa  Angela-St. Joseph’s to an upset win over University School 34-33. Spates had 85 yards rushing with three touchdowns.

In the same game, University quarterback Dan Frate had 204 passing yards with four scores.

Double Hat:
In Akron Manchester’s 7-1 boys’ soccer win over Canton Timken, the Panthers got a pair of hat tricks. Mike Barber and Mark Noble both scored three goals.

Magnificent Mo and Malvern:
Maurice Johnson of Malvern led his Hornets to a 48-0 win over Waterloo to improve to 2-0. The Hornets got 192 yards rushing with two touchdowns from Johnson while the team had 434 total rushing yards.

Raging Royer:
Tyler Royer had three touchdowns and 130 rushing yards and passed for 85 yards and a score while booting three extra points in his team’s 35-7 victory over Navarre Fairless. Marlington is 2-0.

Claymont Crashing:
After being held scoreless, 22-0, in the season opener with Harrison Central, Uhrichsville Claymont rebounded big time by scoring 44 points against Indian Valley’s 30 last week. The two teams combined for 766 total yards of offense and a staggering 156 penalty yards.


Dover at Canfield football, 7:30 p.m., tonight: Both teams are 2-0 with Dover playing D-2 Canfield for the first time.

Akron Hoban at Louisville football, 7:30 p.m., tonight:
With identical 2-0 records, these teams are hot. Louisville is coming off a thumping of Division I stalwart North Canton Hoover.

Dover Cross Country Invitational, Saturday, 9 a.m.

Mentor at Solon football, 7:30 p.m., tonight: Both teams are 2-0 and this means a lot in Division I, Region 1 for computer points.

Bruce Lerch Invitational at Brecksville, Saturday, 8 a.m.

Barberton at Kent Roosevelt football, 7:30 p.m., tonight:
2-0 records aplenty in Portage County. Barberton won its 500th game in school history with its 34-7 week 2 victory over Canton Timken. Kyle Snyder had three touchdown passes.

East Palestine Rotary Invitational, Saturday at East Palestine City Park, Saturday, 10 a.m.

Walsh Jesuit Tomahawk Run, Saturday, 8:45 a.m.

Peninsula Woodridge at Chagrin Falls football, 7:30 p.m., tonight: With 2-0 records coming in, both teams are looking ahead to the postseason with these valuable non-conference points.

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