Football, golf, cross country, volleyball, soccer and everything else – even field hockey. Here’s what happened in the Northeast this week.
The Mayfield football team’s defense has been lights out this year in rolling up a 7-1 record. Last week was no different as the team shut out Medina 15-0 for its fourth shutout of the season. The blanking gives the 2010 Mayfield seniors 10 shutouts in 19 home games in their high school careers.
In 2006, they shut out Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s 31-0, Stow 35-0 and Solon 27-0. In 2007 it was 30-0 over Willoughby South and 33-0 over Olmsted Falls. Last year they shut out Solon 6-0, Garfield Heights 31-0 and Cuyahoga Falls 35-0. This year it’s been Brush 23-0 and Medina 15-0.
Away from Mayfield, the class has seven shutouts in 19 away games as well. This year alone they’ve blanked Elyria 23-0 and Bedford 34-0 while in 2008 it was Brush (16-0), Stow (31-0) and Nordonia (28-0). In 2007 it was Garfield Heights 38-0 and Cuyahoga Falls 16-0. In 2007, the team even blanked Warren Howland in the postseason 6-0.
This year’s seniors will have enjoyed four-straight playoff appearances if they are able to wrap up an amazing regular season with wins against Brunswick at home and Nordonia away. It would make them the first class in school history to go to the postseason four straight years.
In last week’s shutout of Medina, Mayfield, which is fourth in Region 1, allowed minus-24 rushing yards and only 27 total offensive yards. The team has only allowed 61 points, one point over last year’s record-breaking single-season mark of 60.
Linebacker Brian Gehrisch leads the team in tackles with 95 (52 assisted) with 21 tackles for loss and eight sacks with 29 quarterback pressures. Tim Wetzel chips in 59 tackles with 20 passes defended and four interceptions while Nick Taddeo and Cory Hayes both have 57 tackles. Hayes has seven for loss and Taddeo 13. Taddeo also has five sacks and 25 quarterback pressures.
Jon Gannon has eight tackles for loss among his 42 total tackles with three sacks while Matt Shannon chips in 54 tackles with five for loss, three fumble recoveries, 12 passes defended and two picks.
The starters include Marquell Bailey, Justin Gordon, Ray Guerrini, Jason March, Ryan Murray and Rob Razzante.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Alex Andrews, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy Boys’ Golf: Andrews, a junior, tied the OHSAA Division III state tournament record for the lowest score at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State University with his state championship score of 146.
Andrews shot identical 73s each day to earn medallist honors. He was so dominant that second place was seven strokes behind as Oliver Holtsberry of Lima Central Catholic carded a 153.
TEAMS OF THE WEEK
Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Girls’ Golf: The Lions captured their first state girls’ golf championship after firing a 2-day total of 658 in the Division II State Tournament.
NDCL shot 332 the first day and trailed defending champion Poland Seminary’s 326 but the Lions fired a 326 the second day while Seminary only shot a 351 as NDCL finished 19 strokes ahead of Poland Seminary on Ohio State’s Gray Course.
Nicole Trivisonno and Emily Jereb both shot well under their first-day totals to help the Lions’ charge in Day 2. Trivisonno shot an 84 on the first day and came back with a 77 the second day for a 2-day total of 161. Jereb fired an 84 on Day 1 and an 80 on Day 2 for a 164 while Tali Trovato shot a 166 and Danielle Misencik a 167.
Royal Domination: The Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy girls’ cross country team straight up dominated the Principals’ Athletic Conference meet, taking the top six spots and even ninth to win with the lowest score possible: 15. Navarre Fairless was second at 58 points.
Individual champion Christina Blair won with a 19:28 while Joy Talbott was second, followed by Irene Frangas, Erin Craig, Anna Lewisan and Mallory Myers, respectively. For good measure, Laura Rybka was ninth.
Passing Fancy: Known for its spread attack, Dover’s offense put up seven touchdown passes in a 63-6 win over Meadowbrook.
Starting quarterback Marcus Mamarella hit 8 of 14 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for one. Backup Derik Swinderman simply came in after halftime and completed 8 of 12 passes for 209 yards and three more scores.
Super Sandy: Magnolia Sandy Valley’s girls’ cross country won their 10th-straight Inter-Valley Conference cross country title (they have been in the league 10 years). Senior Connie Collins won her third-straight title in 19:21. She was followed by third-place Hannah Huston, Jessi Paul in fourth, Megan Welker in fifth and Karissa Williams in 13th.
Sandy Valley beat Sugarcreek Garaway 25-37.
Hawks Fly Sky High: Hiland’s boys’ soccer team dominated Caldwell 16-0 in its Division III sectional soccer opener. The Hawks outshot Caldwell 42-2 and were led by two goals each from Danny Beachy, Cody Miller, Grant Stutzman and John Lotut.
Cameron Miller, Alex Schmucker, Braden Conn, Dylan Kaufman, Luke Burch, Jeremy Schlabach, Caleb Miller and Clinton Yoder had one goal each for the Hawks.
McAwesome: Warren JFK senior soccer player Erin McBride hasn’t just passed school records, she’s shattered them.
With her team set to be the top seed in the Division II District at 14-1-1, McBride enters postseason play with a school-record 39 goals this year, which tops the previous best of 28. She also has 90 career goals, toppling Erin Chittock’s mark of 70. Chittock graduated in 1999.
No Need For Luck: Cloverleaf’s girls’ soccer team is now 16-0-1 on the season after toppling Medina Buckeye 9-1 in a Division I sectional opener. Megan Jackson had a hat trick for Cloverleaf.
And a Partridge In a Pear Tree: In Massillon’s 39-21 win over Warren Harding, quarterback Robert Partridge connected on 17 of 21 passes for 260 yards and five big touchdowns.
Magnificent McEwan: New Philadelphia’s Will McEwan entered the year as a 1,000-yard rusher last year but has exceeded expectations this year for the 8-0 Quakers. After his 140-yard, 2-touchdown night in a 42-0 win over Cambridge, McEwan now has 1,391 yards rushing with 29 total touchdowns, which include a smorgasbord of rushing, receiving, returning and defensive scores.
Smashing Schneiter: After a winless 2008, Strasburg won its second game of the year 49-7 over Conotton Valley. Sophomore standout Hunter Schneiter rushed for 204 yards and four scores.
Well-Rounded Polasky: Field beat Ravenna Southeast 16-13, due in large part to the foot and legs of Aaron Polasky, who hit a field goal for his team to take a 9-7 halftime advantage and he added an 18-yard touchdown reception to seal the deal in the final half.
Hammerin’ Hudson: The undefeated Hudson field hockey team handed Ottawa Hills its first loss of the season 2-1 in overtime. Mallory Vehar had the game-tying goal with 12 minutes left in regulation while Caroline Keyes scored the game-winner on a corner penalty shot a minute in the extra period.
Good Time For a Breakout: Orange topped Andrews Osborne 7-1 in girls’ soccer action to improve to 9-6-1. The past two years they had just four combined wins.
In the match, Micaela scored a hat trick with three goals. What is interesting is that they were her first three goals of the season!
Gamin’ Gilmour: Gilmour Academy won the Stow Volleyball Invitational by topping Lake Catholic 28-26, 25-20 in the championship match. Mary Kramer was named Tournament MVP after posting 24 kills with 18 digs and four blocks in three matches that included wins over Fairview and Tiffin Columbian.
Teammate Brittany Link added All-Tournament Team honors with 62 assists and 17 digs.
Great Grebenc: In St. Ignatius’ 49-20 win over Inkster (Mich.), senior running back Bobby Grebenc turned in 140 yards rushing with four touchdowns.
Comeback Vikings: North Canton Hoover trailed Canton McKinley 34-2 at halftime. Not enough of a cushion for the Bulldogs as Hoover won 38-34.
Reigning Mr. Football Erick Howard tallied a 42-yard score to open the second half and Jordan Witt had an 11-yard score. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings scored 22 points as Howard had two more scores and Witt had a 74-yard touchdown reception from Brett Tulodzieski. Howard finished with 33 carries for 279 yards.
Arrows on the Edge: For the second week in a row, Ashland’s football team came back from a halftime deficit to win another big game and gain sole possession of first place in the Ohio Cardinal Conference.
The Arrows trailed Clearfork 28-14 before scoring 21 straight unanswered points to win 35-28 after trailing the following week against Orrville. Quarterback Marcus Fuller had two second-half touchdowns to lead the Arrows to 21 points in less than 3 minutes in the third quarter. For the game, Fuller was 15 of 27 for 172 yds and 2 scores as well as one rushing score. On the season, Fuller is 135 of 226 for 1,822 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also has five rushing touchdowns.
Intercepting Orange: In Orange’s 17-12 win over Beachwood, the winners had five interceptions, including a 23-yarder returned for a score by Julian Turner (who had a second one as well). The game was actually sealed with a pick by Ryan Bitzer.
Humongous Hammonds: Solon improved to 8-0 with a 42-7 win over Macedonia Nordonia. Kyle Hammonds scored four touchdowns and had 131 yards on the ground.
Cincinnati St. Xavier at St. Ignatius Football, Saturday, 7 p.m.: This the Ohio game to end all games for the 2009 season. Two of the four big-school playoff region leaders match up with two coaches who spent plenty of time together this summer coaching the United States to a gold medal in the first-ever World Games.
Steve Specht leads St. X and its 7-1 record against 8-0 Ignatius. St. Ignatius leads Region 1 in Division I while St. Xavier is tops in Region 4.
Malvern at Ridgewood Football, Tonight, 7 p.m.: Both teams are 8-0 (5-0 in the competitive Inter-Valley Conference). Malvern is first in Region 23 of Division VI while Ridgewood is hanging in in eighth in Region 19 of Division V. A win would secure Malvern’s home game and a win could get Ridgewood a guarantee into the postseason.
Ridgewood senior Jake Conrad had six touchdowns in his team’s big win over Tusky Central Catholic last weekend while Malvern’s offense is driven by 1,000-yard back Mo Johnson.
Youngstown Ursuline at Youngstown Cardinal Mooney Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Mooney sits at 8-0 and heads Division III after a 34-9 win over Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s. Ursuline is 5-2 and is currently fifth in Region 17 of Division V.
The teams have a common opponent. Mentor Lake Catholic beat Ursuline 35-21 while Mooney dominated the Cougars 42-21.
North Ridgeville at Rocky River Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: These two teams are duking it out in Region 6 of Division II as North Ridgeville is currently fifth and Rocky River sixth. North Ridgeville is 7-1 while Rocky River sits at 6-2.
North Ridgeville’s lone loss came to Bay 14-13 while Rocky River throttled Bay 28-16 but lost o 5-3 Medina Highland and 4-4 Lorain Midview.
District Cross Country: The Northeast is home to six major cross country districts which will all take place on Saturday. The following is a breakdown of those districts.
— Goodyear Metro Park, Akron: 1 p.m. (Division II Girls); 1:40 (Division I Girls); 2:20 (Division II Boys); 3 (Division I Boys).
— Edgewater Park, Cleveland: 2 p.m. (Division III Girls); 2:45 (Division I Girls); 3:30 (Division III Boys); 4:10 (Division I Boys).
— Lakeland Community College, Kirtland: 11 a.m. (Division II Girls); 11:40 (Division I Girls); 12:20 (Division II Boys); 1 (Division I Boys).
— Lorain Community College, Elyria: 1:05 p.m. (Division II Girls); 1:50 (Division I Girls); 2:35 (Division II Boys); 3:20 (Division I Boys).
— Malone College, Canton: 11 a.m. (Division III Girls); 11:35 (Division II Girls); 12:10 (Division I Girls); 12:45 (Division III Boys); 1:20 (Division II Boys); 1:55 (Division I Boys).
— Trumbull County Fairgrounds, Warren.