Northeast Ohio Huddle: Grid iron busy in Week 4


Northeast Ohio Huddle

We have all the headlines from Northeast Ohio for this week in high school sports.


Having had their streak stopped at five at the Lorain
County Athletic Administrators Assn. Girls’ Tennis Tournament last year by
Elyria Catholic, Avon Lake came into this year’s tourney a bit fired up.

Taking four of five championships cooled the flame just a

Avon Lake won the title with 34 points, outdistancing last
year’s champion, who also took four of five championships in 2008.

First singles champion Nikki Chiricosta won her
third-straight LCAAA title by not dropping a game in three matches. She was
joined on the winner’s stand by second singles winner Jenna Goedde and third
singles winner Allison. The fourth title for the team was won by the first
doubles tandem of Molly Clayton and Kate Began.


 Will McEwan, New Philadelphia Football: The Quaker
senior did a little bit of everything last week in his team’s 58-7 win over

The Quakers are now 3-0 after a win in which McEwan was all
over the field. He caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Cody Cox, ran
for a 62-yard score and returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns. The punt
return was 75 yards and the kickoff return 83.

For the game, McEwan had two receptions totalling 100
yards, two returns for 158 yards and nine carries for 89 yards on the ground.
This was all following a week in which he rushed for more than 300 yards.


 Berkshire Volleyball: The Badgers knocked off rival
Gilmour Academy 25-23, 25-15 in the championship of the Chagrin Falls
Invitational, stopping a 5-game losing streak to Gilmour.

Berkshire is now 10-1 on the season and ranked 10th
in the first state coach’s poll. They handed Gilmour its first loss of the year
against eight wins. Gilmour was ranked fourth in the first poll.

Berkshire had the tournament MVP in Meghann Wright, who had
eight kills and eight digs in the title match.

Beth Danton added 15 assists and also made the
All-Tournament Team while Amber Ashba had eight digs for the team that also beat
Brush and Willoughby South en route to the title. Jackie Profera also tallied
seven kills and seven digs in the finale.

Gilmour has made two straight Division III Final Four
appearances. They were led by All-Tourney team members Meghan Kramer (seven
kills, six digs) and Brittany Link (seven blocks, 15 assists).

The Badgers followed up their big win over Gilmour with
wins over Brush, Willoughby South, Newbury and Fairport Harbor Harding.


 Never Leary: Padua Franciscan volleyball player
Kaitlyn Leary recently became the first girl in school history to reach 1,000
kills for their career. She did so with 23 kills in her team’s 3-1 win over
Archbishop Hoban. She is an Ohio State recruit.

 Crafty Canfield: Playing 2-0 Dover at their stadium
where they are 26-1 in their last 27 games, 2-0 Canfield knew it had to do
something in the second overtime.

They did.

Dover scored first in the second frame and kicked the extra
point for a 21-14 lead. Canfield scored when Kyle Vaclav ran in from two yards
out. Following a timeout, Brett Cooper took what appeared to be a high snap,
rolled right and hit Jon Rogers with a 2-point conversion pass and a 22-21 win.

Vaclav had two scores in the game in a game between what
appear to be a pair of playoff contenders. Canfield in Division II and Dover in
Division III.

The Law Won: Joe Lawless continued his torrid streak
as Tuscarawas Central Catholic improved to 3-0 with a 62-18 dismantling of
Marion Catholic. The senior signal-caller had 179 yards passing on 12 of 17
accuracy with five touchdowns. His defense also helped as they picked off Marion
seven times.

Bears Rule Coshocton: In a battle of solid girls’
soccer teams in the same county, River View defeated Coshocton 1-0 in a
slugfest. Keirsten Ashcraft had the lone goal of the match as the Black Bears
improved to 4-1-1. Coshocton dropped to 3-1-1 as Karlee Arnett had 14 saves.
River View goalie Katie Garrett tallied eight saves.

Net Rankings: The first girls’ volleyball poll of
the 2009 season featured many Northeast teams. In Division III, the Northeast
had the best showing with No. 2 Tuscarawas Valley, No. 3 Smithville, No. 4
Gilmour Academy and No. 10 Berkshire.

In Division I, Magnificat is sixth, Amherst Steele seventh
and Cloverleaf 10th.

Division II finds Padua Franciscan second, Salem third and
Archbishop Hoban ninth.

Finally, in Division IV, the state only features Tuscarawas
Central Catholic among its top 10.

There is ‘D’ in Avon: Avon defeated Wellington in
boys’ soccer 3-0 to improve to 5-0-1. The team has been defensive this year,
allowing just three total goals in six matches while putting up consecutive

Avon and Amherst Like Yellow: In a grudge girls’
soccer match between Avon and Amherst Steele, the two teams combined for 31
fouls and three yellow cards. Avon won 4-2 with two of biggest goals being
penalty kicks that were converted by Avon’s Devon Saini, who finished with a hat

“Special” New Phila: New Philadelphia has gone 3-0
this young season and it could be in part to their special teams play.

The Quakers have six special teams touchdowns in three
games after getting three in its 58-7 win over Marietta last week. They have
also outscored their three opponents 154-34 and last week had a fumble recovery
and three interceptions.

Balanced Brecksville: The Brecksville-Broadview
Heights girls’ cross country team won its own Bruce Lerch Cross Country
Invitational by dominating the top 10 en route to 25 points. It easily
outdistanced Woodridge’s runner-up score of 70.

Allison Stucky was second in 20:05.21, just two seconds
behind winner Maria Moore of Woodridge (20:03.87) but her teammates were right
behind as Rachael Paszko was fourth, Tabitha Jacofsky fifth, Hannah Pulliam
sixth and Libby Roether seventh.

Mo Malvern: Malvern is now 3-0 after a tough 35-28
win over rival East Canton. Senior tailback Maurice Johnson had a monster game
with 274 rushing yards and a touchdown in each quarter. He also added a sack on

Dotts the I in ‘Win’: Uhrichsville Claymont senior
Cory Dotts picked up an individual title at the competitive Division II meet at
the McGowan Invitational at Watkins Memorial. Dotts finished in 16:23.4 which
would have been in the top five of the Division I meet while also winning the
D-3 meet.

Kreider Watch: Ashtabula Edgewood’s Mallory Kreider
continued her dominance this season by destroying the field at the Suburban Meet
at Champion High. Kreider finished in 18:32, nearly a minute faster than second

More Lowdermilk AND Carrollton: After an 0-10 season
a year ago, the Carrollton football team really is stepping it up under
second-year coach Dan Detwiler. Led by magnificent starting junior quarterback
John Lowdermilk, the Warriors are 3-0 after crushing Uhrichsville Claymont 41-0
last week.

Lowdermilk had three passing touchdowns with 200 yards and
31 rushing yards while Damon Anderson rushed for 71 yards and three scores.
Chris Ericksen caught a pair of 24-yard touchdown passes.

Tough TV Trojans: The Tuscarawas Valley volleyball
team won a battle of previously-undefeated squads last weekend, taking down
Claymont 25-10, 25-22 in a triangular which also featured Minerva.

It was a battle of Eastern District frontrunners as TV is
in Division III and Claymont is fresh off its first regional appearance in
school history in Division II.

Tusky Valley was led by Sara Tucke’s nine points, 12 kills
from Shannon Watson and 12 digs from Olivia Higl.

Explosive Offenses: Many Northeast Ohio teams
exploded last Friday after finding themselves down early.

Girard led Warren JFK 7-6 after three quarters and knew it
needed breathing room. So they responded by outscoring JFK 21-0 in the final 12
minutes en route to a 28-6 win. Adam Charles was 12 of 18 for 218 yards and two
scores while Landon Smith had five receptions for 84 yards and two picks. Tallen
Birmingham had 27 carries for 124 yards and a score.

Massillon Tuslaw trailed Chippewa 16-14 at the half and
wasn’t content with that. They responded by scoring 26 unanswered points to win
40-16 as Mason Miller tallied three scores with 134 yards.

Euclid was down 21-0 after one quarter to Willoughby South
but scored 30 points by halftime to lead in an offensive 48-45 win. Devon
McGowan had 137 yards rushing with a touchdown and had eight grabs for 63 yards
in the air.

Finally, Louisville was down 3-0 entering the fourth
quarter against Akron Hoban and outscored Hoban 12-0 in the fourth frame to win
12-3. The 3-0 Leopards got a 28-yard field goal from Jaron Lohmeyer, a safety
and a touchdown run by Division I prospect Bobby Swigert.

Spinning Spindler: Streetsboro running back Dan
Spindler was outstanding in his team’s 35-14 win over Crestwood as he had four
touchdowns among his 220 yards on 27 carries.

Old McDonald Had a Great Day: The McDonald boys’
cross country team won the Maroon Division of the Walsh Jesuit Tomahawk Run with
shear dominance. The team had just 25 points as Jerry Dugan, Patrick Kunkel and
Frank Natoli were 2, 3 and 4, respectively while Jeff Kunkel was sixth and Kyle
Joynes 10th.

No Kopp-ying: In Garaway’s 49-14 win over Indian
Valley, junior quarterback Drake Kopp turned in a monster effort to get his team
its first win. Kopp completed 18 of 29 passes for 347 yards and six touchdowns
while rushing 19 times for 105 yards.

Collin Engstrom was the recipient of three touchdowns and
seven total grabs for 180 yards and had an interception for a touchdown.. Hunter
Shaw had two scores as well.

Stopping Bad Steaks: Cleveland Lutheran East stopped
an 18-game losing streak that dated back to September 15, 2007 by beating
Fairfield Christian 30-13. Levert Cox had 24 carries for 290 yards and two
scores on the heels of his 202-yard week 2 effort.

Lyndhurst Brush crushed its own streak after last year’s
0-10 season by going 3-0 this year. They were led by freshman Patric Hannon in
last week’s 48-0 win over Toledo Scott. Hannon had 146 yards and four touchdowns
for a team that hasn’t started 3-0 since 1984.

Solon snapped a 5-game losing streak to rival Mentor with
its 21-17 victory. The streak includes two playoff games but ended thanks to 97
yards and two scores from Kyle Hammonds.

Welcome Welker: Starting the season 0-2, Sandy
Valley rebounded with a big 34-22 win over Rittman in which quarterback Cody
Welker threw for 286 yards and five touchdowns, including three to Zak Monte.

Deadly Duo: In Brecksville’s 3-2 match win over
Amherst in volleyball, Lindsey Remington and Olivia Chrzanowski combined for an
astonishing 34 kills with 65 digs.

 Huge Howard: Reigning Mr. Football Erick Howard
exploded in North Canton Hoover’s 41-20 win over Lexington. He had 278 yards and
three scores.

Going Wild-er: Canton McKinley beat Uniontown Lake
24-7 last week thanks in part to Bryce Wilder’s monster 297-yard, one-touchdown

Pay The Ransom: Maple Heights’ Devonte Ransom
ransacked Valley Forge in his team’s 46-0 win. He had 244 yards and four
touchdowns. Teammate Andre Stubbs was also impressive with 63 rushing yards and
45 receiving yards and three scores.


Austintown-Fitch at Canton McKinley Football, Saturday,
7 p.m.:
Fitch is 3-0 after having beaten a weaker schedule of Youngstown
East and Chaney and Painesville Riverside. McKinley has only lost to Huber
Heights Wayne.

McDonaugh Cross Country Invitational hosted by Villa
Angela-St. Joseph at Forest Hills Park in Cleveland Heights, Saturday, 9:30
There are three divisions (Red, White and Blue) for this huge meet.

Coshocton at New Philadelphia Football, Tonight, 7:30
These East Central Ohio League rivals are both 3-0 and both sit highly
in their respective divisions. Coshocton is in D-4 and Phila in D-2. The Quakers
pounded Marietta 58-7 and features dynamic back Will McEwan while Coshocton
bested West Holmes 41-17 last week and features superback Marcus Johnston.

Spartan Cross Country Invitational at Boardman,
Saturday, 9 a.m.:
Some of the top teams surrounding Youngstown and all areas
North and South will compete.

Erie County Championships Cross Country at Mills Creek
Golf Course in Sandusky, Sept. 22.

Canfield at Warren Howland Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
Both teams are 3-0 with Canfield coming off a hard-fought win over Dover
22-21 in overtime while Howland bested Canada’s St. Jean de Brebeuf 58-0. Both
teams are in the top five of Region 5 in Division II.

Girard at Newton Falls Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
While both teams sit at 3-0, Newton Falls’ record is deceiving as the three
teams they’ve beaten are a combined 0-9 in Kenmore, Windham and Ravenna

Lakeview at Poland Seminary Football, Tonight, 7:30
Both squads are 3-0 but Seminary has been here before, Cortland
Lakeview is newer to such success.

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