Northeast Ohio Huddle: Howard, Louisville and Magnificat among the newsmakers


Northeast Ohio Huddle

The Magnificat girls’ cross country team continued its dominance as
it heads towards a second-straight state championship in Division I, rolling through the competition at the Medina Cross Country
Festival. Who else impressed this week in Northeast Ohio? Here goes…

The Magnificat girls’ cross country team continued its dominance as
it heads towards a second-straight state championship in Division I, rolling through the competition at the Medina Cross Country

Magnificat scored the lowest score possible of 15 by taking the top
five spots as well as putting their sixth and seventh runners ninth and

Maddie Chambers won yet again, this time in 18:38 while Clare and
Abby Fischer came in together in 18:55. Abigail Marquand added a fourth
and Erin Riley fifth. Mary Whitmore was ninth and Macey Walker 10th.

Magnificat is coached by Anjanette Arabian-Whitman.


Erick Howard, North Canton Hoover Football: All the reigning
Mr. Football did was set the Stark County record for career rushing
yardage in his team’s 31-20 win over Austintown-Fitch.

Howard rushed for 222 yards in the game to give him 5,248 for his
career. It breaks the record set just recently by Canton McKinley’s
Morgan Williams from 2004 to 2006.

“I told my line we need to get this record, because this record is about all of us,” Howard told the Canton Repository.
“All of my yards are their yards. And it’s been all the linemen I’ve
played with from my freshman year up to now. I couldn’t have done any
of this without them.”

On his 40th carry of the game, Howard scored his fourth
touchdown of the contest to give him 436 career points, besting Jeff
Logan’s previous record of 426. Howard is close to Stark County’s
all-time scoring record of 446 points set by Canal Fulton Northwest’s
Scott Weber from 2002 to 2005.

Oh yeah, Howard was also named Homecoming King at halftime.


Louisville Football: Battling another standout team with
another standout record, the Louisville football team routed another
great team, this time dominating previously-undefeated Carrollton 52-0.

The Leopards are cruising in the Notheastern Buckeye Conference and
did not disappoint against the Warriors, now 6-1. Chad Neff rushed for
169 yards and three touchdowns while backfield mate Lucas Poyser
chipped in 121 yards and three more scores.

Louisville rushed 52 times for 351 yards while holding Carrollton to
50 yards of total offense, including minus-6 yards on the ground.

Louisville leads Division II, Region 7 in computer points and has
beaten five teams with winning records this year. Carrollton is 6-1
while Ravenna, North Canton Hoover and Akron Hoban are all 5-2. Canal
Fulton Northwest is 4-3 and West Branch is even a solid 3-4.


Competitive Conlan: Massillon Jackson’s Trisha Conlan had an
outstanding week. She was named the Federal League Girls’ Tennis Most
Valuable Player after winning first singles at the postseason
tournament. North Canton Hoover’s Ryan Shaffer was named Coach of the
Year after his team won a second-straight league crown.

Conlan also won a first singles title in the sectional at Canton last week.

Double the Nelson: West Holmes’ sisters Mary and Rachel
Nelson became the first state qualifiers in the school’s girls’ tennis
history after winning the Shawnee District doubles title last week.

After not losing a set in sectional action in Division II, the pair won 6-0, 6-0, 6-0, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-1 in the district.

M&M Matchup Never Materializes: McDonald’s boys’ cross
country team is ranked second and Maplewood’s third and the two teams
were to appear at the Legends Meet at Trumbull County Fairgrounds last

But the matchup never materialized as McDonald bumped up to Division
II, taking the team title with 64 points over Cuyahoga Valley Christian
Academy’s 92. Jerry Dugan was second and Patrick Kunkel third.

Maplewood took the D-3 team title 36-67 over Gilmour Academy. Tom Bottorff was fourth and Eric Rupe fifth for the winners.

Fuller Up: Trailing 7-0 at halftime against Orrville, Ashland
looked to Marcus Fuller, the team’s quarterback, to step up and step up
he did. Fuller threw two touchdown passes and was 19 of 35 passing for
210 yards to lead his team to a 14-13 win. Both teams were 3-0 in the
Ohio Cardinal Conference.

Over seven games, Fuller is 111 of 201 passing for 1,650 yards, 14
touchdowns and five interceptions. He’s also rushed for four scores.

League Dominance: Massillon Jackson continued its 17-year dominance over the Federal League in girls’ soccer by taking its 16th
league crown in that span. They beat Uniontown Lake 9-1 this week to
run its record to 99-2-3 in the league in 17 years. The only time they
did not win the league was last year when Austintown-Fitch topped them.

Against Lake, Brie Defelice had three goals and Abby Kenyon two.

Northwest’s volleyball team improved to 13-0 this year in the
Northeastern Buckeye Conference after going 14-0 a year ago. Standouts
in a recent win were Dakota Harkins and Shannon Robson.

Marlington’s girls’ soccer team won its sixth title in the last
seven years after beating Louisville 6-1. The Dukes are 7-5-3 this year
overall and were led in the win with a goal and assist each by Molly
Flynn and Katie Reed.

Parma Holy Name’s girls ‘soccer team won its third-straight and
fifth in the last six years North Coast League title, sharing the
honors with Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin. Holy Name is 8-5-3 on the year
and were led in a 4-0 win over Padua by Emily Balodis with two goals.

Snowball Effect: Wadsworth improved to 7-0 in the football
season after beating Tallmadge 43-7. In the game, running back Jack
Snowball had 172 yards rushing with four scores.

By Gulley They’re Good: Brothers Tyson and Toneo Gulley
combined for 184 yards rushing and five touchdowns to lead Akron
Garfield over Akron Ellet 35-14.

Streakin’ St. Iggy: The St. Ignatius football team won its 21st
straight game 10-7 over Warren G. Harding. They are now 7-0 on the
season and needed second-quarter scoring from Bobby Grebenc (3-yard
run) and Jesse Franklin (38-yard field goal) to win.

Harding (4-2-1) was led by Edward Killingworth’s 19-yard scoring pass from Jordan Miller.

Outstanding Orange: Orange’s girls’ soccer team secured the
best record in school history at 8-5-1 with a 7-0 shutout of Bedford
St. Peter Chanel. In the win, Rachael Garson had three goals and Sarah
Tonelli two.

Triumphant Trinetti: Chagrin Falls dominated Painesville
Harvey 66-22 and Chris Trinetti did it all. He had 123 yards passing
with three touchdown passes, rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown and
also ran for three 2-point conversions.

Sweet Tie: Avon and Bay entered their West Shore Conference
girls’ soccer match at 6-0 each, playing for the outright league title.
They left with 6-0-1 records after tying 0-0.

Pickin’ Porter: Rocky River’s Bobby Porter set a school record with his seventh interception of the year in his team’s 28-16 win over Bay.

Rockin’ Rodriguez: North Olmsted edged Brecksville-Broadview
Heights 3-0 in football action thanks to a 30-yard field goal by John
Rodriguez as time expired.

Upset Westlake: Magnificat upset Westlake, handing the girls’
tennis team its first setback of the season 4-1. Westlake had beaten
Magnificat 3-2 earlier in the season. Stephanie Hollis and Chelsea
Girgash won at singles while the first doubles team of Allie and Noelle
Kaufmann and the second doubles tandem of Hannah Shiekh and Maria
Feddrix also won.


Poland Seminary at Steubenville football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: For
the second-straight week, undefeated Steubenville faces a tough task.
The Big Red dominated Division I Massillon 13-3 last week and now sit
comfortably in first in its region of Division III. Seminary is now
second in Region 9 of Division II and is 7-0.

Chagrin Falls at West Geauga football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
Both teams are 7-0 and both are the top-ranked teams in their
respective regions. Chagrin Falls is ranked first in Region 13 of
Division IV while West Geauga heads Region 5 of Division II. West G has
several solid wins under its belt, beating 5-2 Perry and Aurora and 4-3
Willoughby North.

Chagrin Falls has also beaten four teams with winning records in
Woodridge (6-1), Kenston (5-2), Aurora (5-2) and Notre Dame-Cathedral
Latin (4-3). The teams share Aurora as a common opponent with Chagrin
winning 23-3 and West G winning 28-10.

Tuscarawas Valley and Tuscarawas Central Catholic at Coshocton Volleyball Triangular, Saturday, 10 a.m.:
Tusky Valley is the top-ranked team in Division III and Tusky Central
Catholic is in the top 10 of Division VI. Coshocton is also a solid
Division II team so this is a great triangular heading into the
tournament season.

Cross Country League Meets: Saturday will be the day for Northeast Ohio League meets and here’s your rundown.

— Chagrin Valley Conference at Perry YMCA Outdoor Family Center.
Boys will run at 2 and girls at 2:40. Teams included are big schools
Perry, Kenston, Chagrin Falls, Beachwood, Aurora, Orange, Wickliffe and
West Geauga and small schools Fairport Harbo, Cardinal, Independence,
Hawken, Kirtland, Berkshire, Newbury and Cuyahoga Heights.

— East Central Ohio League/Inter-Valley Conference at Cambridge
High. These two Eastern District meets will run their races on the same
day at the same site, starting at 10 a.m. The ECOL features Dover,
River View, New Philadelphia, Claymont and Cambridge while the IVC
features Sandy Valley, Garaway and Ridgewood.

— Northeast Ohio Conference River Division at Mayfield High. Begins at 3 p.m.

— Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division at Ella Canavan
Elementary/A.I. Root Middle School, Medina. Action heats up at 3 p.m.

— Federal League meet at Canton GlenOak High. Teams from the
Canton area and south Youngstown will meet up in this big-school league

— North Coast League at Squire Valley Farm at Case Western Reserve
University. Action begins at 10 a.m. and features Parma Holy Name,
Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Padua Franciscan, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin,
Akron Hoban, Elyria Catholic, Trinity, Bedford St. Peter Chanel, Lake
Catholic and Cleveland Central Catholic.

— Northeastern Buckeye Conference at Carrollton High. Teams are from all around Stark County.

Clear Fork at Ashland Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Both
teams are 4-0 in the Ohio Cardinal Conference and 6-1 overall. Ashland
is in a tough Division II region (5) and needs to keep pace.

Youngstown Mooney at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Mooney
is 7-0 and dominating opponents while St. Vincent-St. Mary is a solid
5-2 which sits in third in Divison III, Region 9. Mooney is first.

Sim Earich Cross Country Invitational at Trumbull County Fairgrounds:
This meet features some of the top big school and small school teams in
Northeast Ohio. Division III boys will run at 10:30 a.m. and the D-3
girls at 11:05. Division I-II boys will run at 1 p.m. with Division
I-II girls at 1:30.

Berlin Center Western Reserve at McDonald Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Two
undefeated small schools clash. Both teams need the playoff points.
They are in Region 21 of Division VI with McDonald fifth and Western
Reserve seventh, despite the undefeated records.


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