High school sports headlines of the week from Northeast Ohio
Lordstown’s girls’ tennis program has certainly come a long way since its
8-12 opening year in 2007 and its 12-8 season a year ago. They have almost
eclipsed their first two years with their school-record 16 wins against one loss
Head coach Joe Ronghi started the program in 2007 and has reaped the rewards of
time and effort by his kids this year. With daughter and No. 1 singles standout
Allyson at 11-4 and No. 2 singles player Olivia Wells at 12-2 and undefeated
third singles player Rachel McGrail, he’s got a murderer’s row in singles.
Sydney Mauerman and Cassy Twoey sit at No. 1 doubles while the second doubles
tandem is Courtney Bingham and Miranda Behner who are 7-0.
Lordstown did not have anyone advance out of the sectional into district play
but they did play in a murderer’s row of bigger schools and still finished with
an outstanding season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Anthony Hitchens, Lorain Clearview Football: It’s hard to look past Lorain
Clearview running back Anthony Hitchens as this week’s top athlete from
Northeast Ohio. He simply set an single-game school record and, in the process,
crushed a career mark as well.
Hitchens rushed for 354 yards in his team’s 27-7 win over Columbia and in the
process, eclipsed the career rushing mark set in 1973 by his cousin, Don
Hitchens. His cousin rushed for 3,265 yards and now the younger Hitchens has
3,529 with four more games to go for the 4-2 team.
“I knew I was close, but I was more worried about us winning since we have lost
two in a row,” Hitchens said in the Lorain Morning Journal. “I have to give
credit to my line. I couldn’t have done it without them. They did a great job of
opening up holes for me to run through.”
Hitchens also set a new single-game record for yards in a game as David Dorinski
was the previous record-holder with 352 yards in 1976.
Against Columbia, Hitchens had touchdown runs of 88, 87 and 1 yards and a
touchdown reception of 18 yards.
TEAMS OF THE WEEK
St. Ignatius Boys’ Cross Country, Football and Soccer: All three had huge weeks
last week and to pick one team would be understating the efforts of the others
so we have a first in this roundup, multiple Teams of the Week.
The Wildcat soccer team is ranked No. 1 in the state and in the nation after
beating Eastlake North 6-0 last weekend to improve to 13-0. Top-ranked McDonogh,
Maryland fell to give St. Ignatius, previously No. 2, the top spot in the ESPN
and Adidas National rankings. Alec King had two goals at Striker for St.
Ignatius against Eastlake North while midfielder Ryan Ivancic and defender Matt
Sanda added one each.
The Wildcat cross country team aced the Midwest Meet of Champions at Hilliard
Darby, winning the title with a 94-point effort to best Northview’s 138. John
Sweeney took 12th and Evan Baun 13th.
Finally, the football team topped Massillon 26-21. The Wildcats led 14-0 early
and withstood the furious Massillon comeback. Running back Robert Grebenc had
217 yards rushing on 40 carries with all four Massillon touchdowns.
Match of the Titans: No. 2 Salem faced No. 5 Hubbard in volleyball action last
week in a rare Division II grudge match.
Hubbard toppled the second-ranked Quakers 25-22, 25-17, 23-25, 25-16 to make a
case for movement in the next coach’s poll.
Younstown State recruit Jackie Carlisle tallied 32 kills, four aces and 12
points while Marcy Angelo had 35 assists and Dawn Lingenfelter 26 digs.
Salem is led by Ohio State basketball recruit Amy Scullion.
Firsts: A pair of Northeast Ohio soccer teams got their first major victories
Akron Archbishop Hoban scored its first ever North Coast League boys’ soccer
title with a 2-1 victory over Lake Catholic. In the match, Alec Hyde and Evan
Pannell each had goals as their team improved to 7-0 in league and 10-1-3
overall. It’s the first title in league for either the boys or girls programs.
At Brookside, the boys’ soccer team won its first Patriot Athletic Conference
match in six years by topping Brooklyn 1-0. Tony Didion scored the game-winner
on a feed from Taylor Neigh.
No More Skidding: Brush entered this year with a 19-game losing streak and after
starting the year 3-0, dropped two in a row. They stopped that streak with a
14-6 win over Parma. Kimani Grant had 87 yards receiving with four catches and
two touchdown runs.
Goin’ To the Chappell: Cleveland John Marshall quarteback Tamaine Chappell was
outstanding on both sides of the ball in his team’s 36-13 win over Kenmore. He
hit 10 of 13 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns while intercepting three
Kenmore passes defensively.
Magnificent Magnificat: The Magnificat girls’ cross country team continued to
cruise as they dominated the Midwest Meet of Champions with a score of 34, which
was 46 better than second-place Hudson.
Madeline Chambers was the overall winner in 17:57 while Clare and Abby Fisher
took third and fourth, respectively, and Katherine Stultz was eighth. They are
the top-ranked team in the state of Ohio.
Victorious Vick: Bay Village claimed the Midview Cannon Volleyball Classic title
with a championship match win over 25-17, 25-23 over Elyria Catholic. Sarah
Vick was named Tournament Most Valuable Player.
Lydic Makes History: Champion golfer Thomas Lydic made 20 year history when he
finished second at the Division II District golf tournament at Windmill Lakes in
Ravenna. Lydic’s 74 gave him a state berth which made him Champion’s first state
golfer in 20 years.
Rallying Riverside: The Painesville Riverside volleyball team picked up the team
championship in the Perry Tournament last weekend, beating the host Pirates in
the finals while also topping Avon Lake and Bedford Chanel. Teresa Noewen, Erika
West and Nicole Bayer were All-Tournament team selections for the Beavers.
Macer, Macer Me: Twinsburg’s Aaron Macer took an interception 106 yards for a
touchdown in his team’s 53-13 win over Lakewood. He had two total touchdowns
while teammate Dion Johnson tallied three.
Blank Bears: The River View girls’ soccer team has pitched six shutouts in a row
in improving to 11-1-1 on the season. They beat Carrollton 9-0 recently as Dani
Scheetz and Sam Reed both had two goals and there was one each from Kristen
Eaton, Bri Moran, Bri Frank, Kiersten Ashcraft and Rachel Hammond. River View
held a 30-5 shots on goal advantage and goalie Katie Garrett stopped five shots.
You are Korecz Sir: In Mentor’s 34-14 win over Euclid, Mike Korecz had 118
rushing yards, 89 receiving yards and four scores.
Kickin’ Kochevar: Cecilia Kochevar had four goals for Euclid in a 10-1
domination of Lorain Admiral King.
Putting the Wood To’Em: Malvern edged Tuscarawas Central Catholic 36-35 in a
battle of the top two teams in Region 23 of Division VI. Malvern was second to
the Saints and won an improbable game last weekend. Senior quarterback Doug Wood
carried in a 2-point conversion with a minute to go for the final score after
throwing a touchdown pass to Nick Palleschi.
For the game, Wood was 10 for 20 passing for 167 yards and had 64 yards rushing
on 19 carries. He threw three touchdowns, rushed for one, recovered a punt block
in the endzone for one and had a pair of 2-point conversions.
Polasky Putting Through the Uprights: Field’s Aaron Polasky hit field goal
attempts of 27, 20 and 27 yards, respectively in his team’s 16-13 win over
Happy Hillsdale: Hillsdale topped Dalton 27-13 in the battle of Wayne County
Athletic League unbeatens as Dylan Kingan threw for 244 yards and a pair of
scores on 15 of 22 accuracy. Ryan Moore caught six balls for 160 yards and both
No Smalls Feat: Cleveland Shaw quarterback Robert Smalls tossed four touchdown
passes among his 193 passing yards while also rushing for 86. Teammate Tyrone
Williams, an Ohio State recruit, had six receptions for 130 yards and three
Manchester All Over: In a 53-7 win over Indian Valley, Akron Manchester found a
way to score in nearly every fashion. They had five rushing scores, one passing
touchdown and two interceptions returned for scores.
Wecord Setting Waiwood: Willoughby South’s Sarah Waiwood set a school record
with 35 assists in a 3-2 win over Maple Heights in volleyball action.
Jammin’ Jones: Allen Jones of Youngstown Ursuline needed just five carries to
rush for 146 yards and three touchdowns in his team’s 50-7 dispatching of
Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas.
Wonderful Woodridge: Woodridge dominated Mogadore, the No. 2 ranked team in
Division VI, 52-7 as Anthony Westren had 318 passing yards on 20 of 31 attempts
with four scores. The winners scored 24 points in the second quarter alone.
Massillon at Steubenville Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: While Massillon fell
26-21 to St. Ignatius last weekend and sits at 5-1 overall, 6-0 Steubenville is
not overconfident. Both of these programs are storied in the state of Ohio and
demonstrate a clash of Division I power vs. Division III power. It will be a
great night at Harding Stadium.
Medina Cross Country Festival, Saturday at Ella Canavan Elementary School:
Division I girls run at 10 a.m. followed by Division I boys at 10:35. Division
II and III girls run at 12:15 and boys Division II-III are at 12:50.
Carrollton at Louisville Football, Tonight, 7 p.m.: These Northeastern Buckeye
Conference rivals are each 6-0. Louisville has absolutely hammered its tough
schedule while Carrollton finds a way to win games. Carrollton was 0-10 a year
ago and is now in fourth in its region in Division III. Louisville is first in
Region 9 of Division II.
Donald Kopp Invitational at Sugarcreek Garaway High, Saturday: Action starts at
10 a.m. with small-school girls followed by large-school girls at 10:45.
Small-school boys run at 11:30 with large-school boys at 12:15.
Poland Seminary at Howland Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: A pair of 6-0 teams
with Howland sitting at No. 2 in its region of D-2 and Poland sitting at No. 2
in its region of D-3.
Portage Trail Conference Metro Division Super Duals at Crestwood High, Oct. 15:
Some of the top runners from between Youngstown and Akron will compete as girls
kick off at 5:15 and boys at 5:45.
Hawken at Independence Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Both teams are 6-0 with
Independence fourth in Region 17 of Division V and Hawken at No. 6.
Northeast District Tennis: The two main sites for district tennis in the
Northeast are Oberlin for Division I and Weis Park in Canton for Division II.