Northeast Ohio Huddle: Cuyahoga Heights vs Independence – someone has to lose


Northeast Ohio Huddle

Undefeated vs Undefeated….Cuyahoga Heights vs Independence…Defense vs Offense… Buckle Up. Independence enters the game averaging 39 points per game. Cuyahoga Heights has allowed 36 points all season. Something has to give. Here’s what else is On Tap this week and who did what last – including Alliance’s Tiana Jones who won the D-I girls golf title.

In the state of Ohio, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association, several Northeast Ohio football players are leading their respective statistical categories, based on who has reported their statistics to the OHSAA.

New Philadelphia senior running back Will McEwan has scored one more touchdown than Charles Gresham of Heath as he has 29 on the year to Gresham’s 28. McEwan has 174 points to Gresham’s 168.

Devin Clodfelter of Independence is the state’s leading rusher with 1,932 yards along with 19 scores while Eastlake North wide receiver Shawn Richtor leads the state in receiving with 73 receptions for 1,012 yards. His quarterback, George Gresko, is the second-ranked passer with 160 of 280 accuracy for 2,474 yards and 30 scores.


Tiana Jones, Alliance girls’ golf: Jones was the medallist for the Division I Girls’ State Golf Championships held at the Ohio State University Gray Course last weekend.

With weather shortening the weekend to one day, Jones carded a 37 on the front nine and a 36 on the back to score 73 for the win. The senior had two big birdies on the back nine.

Rachel Thompson of Ashland was runner-up to Jones as she carded identical 37s for a final score of 74.


Cuyahoga Heights Football: Sitting at 9-0 and ranked first in Region 17 of Division V, Cuyahoga Heights has shut out six of nine opponents. It started the year with four straight shutouts and five of its first six. They have surrendered just 36 total points (Beachwood’s 20 points last week was the best output a team has had against them). Heights picked up the 57-20 victory though.

In the win, Cuyahoga Heights was led by Akron recruit Zach D’Orazio with 221 yards passing and four scores and touchdown receptions of 74 and 58 yards by Matt Simon.

Cuyahoga Heights has beaten three teams with winning records in 6-3 Kirtland and Beachwood and 7-2 Hawken.


Double the Records: In Dover’s 23-8 win over Coshocton, two rushers made history for the two teams.

Dover’s Marcus Mamarella set a new single-season standard for rushing yards by a quarterback with his 57 yards on 15 carries, giving him 885 on the season to top last year’s starter, Corey Lisowski’s 844.

Coshocton’s Marcus Johnston carried 15 times for 98 yards and set the single-season rushing record with 1,547, topping Ricky Ciccone’s 1,491.

Sensational Sandy:
Having never even won a tournament volleyball match, Magnolia Sandy Valley has doubled its output this year.

The Cardinals beat rival West Lafayette Ridgewood 25-18, 13-25, 25-16, 25-22 in a Division III sectional title matchup and improved to 15-7 under first-year coach Cortney Goodwin.

The team won its sectional opener and now has two tourney wins in its volleyball history. In the win over Ridgewood, Brittney Tindall had 13 kills and 10 digs and Jordan Fonte added 17 assists and 13 points.

Mighty Matthews:
Akron Springfield sophomore Dillon Matthews has been a breath of fresh air for a program that had been stagnant before his arrival. Entering this year, Springfield was riding a 34-game losing streak. This year they are 6-3 after a 33-15 win over Coventry last weekend.

Matthews rushed 15 times for 218 yards, setting a new sophomore school record with 1,181 this year. He broke legendary back Bo James’ record from 1994.

He also became the school’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 1998, which also happened to be the last time the team had a winning season. He needed only 37 to reach the mark and jaunted 67 yards to start the game among his four touchdowns.

Shutout City:
Westlake shut out Avon 2-0 in a Division I girls’ soccer district semifinal at Rocky River for its 14th scoreless game of the year. The team is 14-1-3 as Natalie Bechtel and Lauren Wickman both had goals.

River View’s girls have also pitched 14 shutouts after beating Philo 7-0 in its Division II district semifinal. IN that match, the 16-1-2 Bears were led by Dani Scheetz with three goals and Sam Reed and Kiersten Ashcraft with one each.

Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown has turned in 11 shutouts after beating Laurel 1-0 in its district match. The 12-2-3 Brown team was led by one goal from Birdie Wargo.

Top Cross:
The St. Ignatius boys’ cross country team dominated action at Edgewater Park, taking the Division I team title with 35 points as Evan Baum took third, John Sweeney fifth, Chris Manuszak seventh and Nick Kobunski ninth.

The Brecksville-Broadview Heights girls also dominated at Edgewater, winning team hardware with a score of 29 points. Rachael Paszko took runner-up honors individually and was followed by Lauren Greenlee in fourth, Allison Stucky in sixth, Libby Roether in eighth and Hannah Pulliam in ninth.

In Division III at Edgewater, Independence’s boys cruised with 26 points as Ryan Polman placed second, followed by teammates Kyle Polman (fourth), Zach Skoczen (fifth), Michael Rusnaczyk (seventh) and Cody George (eighth).

Mentor’s boys cruised to the Division I title at Lakeland Community College, taking four of the top 10 spots as Ben Kisley was second, Tyler Lowe fifth, Brian Harris sixth and Matt Denton ninth.

At Goodyear Metro Park, Hudson claimed the Division I girls title behind individual winner Madison Hartline’s 19:22.32. Her team scored just 29 points as Marissa Sinko was fourth, Angela Williams fifth and Caroline Sauers seventh.

Mattie Rankin of Louisville remained undefeated by winning the Division I individual title at Malone but North Canton Hoover dominated action with 26 team points to take the crown. Allison Peare was second, Megan Monte fourth, Sarah Tirrell fifth, Erin Garfield sixth, Kelsey Peare ninth and Jillian Roth 10th to put six runners in the top 10.

At Lorain County Community College, Magnificat’s girls were magnificent as usual, taking the team trophy with 22 tiny points, easily beating runner-up Wadsworth’s 97.

Madeline Chambers took first in 18:39 and was followed by sisters Clare and Abby Fischer in 19:10.23 and 19:16.11, respectively. Katherine Stultz was seventh and Abigail Marquand ninth.

CVCA’s boys toppled the field at Lakeland Division II with 25 points. Ross Crocker placed second while Mark Talbott and Jake Warren went third and fourth, respectively. Dan Pastoria added a sixth and Brad Adams rounded out the top 10 in 10th.

While Ashtabula Edgewood’s Mallory Kreider dominated the individual action at Trumbull County Fairgrounds in girls’ Division II in 19:40.52, it was Mantua Crestwood taking the team title with 26 minuscule points. Sammi Vaughan took second in 20:33.73 whiel Jamie Kager was sixth, Caitlin Goggin eighth, Jessica Gray ninth and Tyler Mae Hunter 10th.

The Cortland Maplewood boys scored 26 points to rule Division III in Trumbull County as Eric Rupe took second, Tom Bottorff third and Wyatt Hartman fourth.

The Peninsula Woodridge boys held serve over the Akron Goodyear Park Division II team title with 25 points. Kyle Cochran took individual honors with 16:50.62 as his time and was followed by Jimmy Charles in second in 16:51.94 and Vibushan Sivakumaran in third in 17:04.09.

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s girls enjoyed the home cooking in Division II at Goodyear Park with 25 championship points. Maria Arnone was first in 19:39.22 while Emily Tomei took third and Tessa Weigand fourth.

At Cambridge in Division III girls’ action, Sugarcreek Garaway shocked Magnolia Sandy Valley by scoring 70 points to Sandy’s 101. The Cardinals had wrapped up an easy Inter-Valley Conference title just the week before over the Pirates. This time, while Sandy’s Connie Collins was individual winner in 19:29.29, it was Garaway’s fifth from Loretta Miller, 13th from Sophie Feller, 17th from Andi Kettlewell, 20th from Sarah Bardall and 23rd from Alyssa Lower that proved the difference.

In Division II boys’ action at Cambridge, Indian Valley’s Sean Jones edged out Claymont’s Cory Dotts and River View’s Stephen Hammond in a battle of Eastern District titans. Jones was clocked in 15:39.27 while Dotts was second in 15:44.13 and Hammond third in 15:44.31.

Defensive GlenOak:
In posting a 13-9 win over North Canton Hoover, Canton GlenOak tallied both scores on the defensive side of the ball as Spyro Spondyl had a 93-yard fumble return for a score and Brandon Martin sprinted 100 yards with an interception for a touchdown.

Partying Parma:
Parma handed North Royalton its first loss of the year, 47-41 as quarterback George Blake went 13 of 24 for 304 yards and two scores while rushing 15 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Nico Funari had seven receptions for 209 yards and the two touchdowns.

Re-Grouping Glenville:
Leading just 6-0 at halftime over JFK, the Tarblooders adjusted and went on a 26-0 second-half run fueled by Cardale Jones, who had scoring runs of 2, 4 and 10 yards in the game.

Boomin’ Baumgardner:
Garrettsville Garfield topped Rootstown 6-0 in overtime on Brandon Baumgardner’s 15-yard scoring pass from Sebastian Neikirk.

Ramblin’ Russ: Ray Russ of Willoughby South dominated Painesville Riverside in a 51-20 win. He had 264 passing yards and five scores.

Hawken’s Zach Mains was perfect in his team’s 45-6 win over Cardinal. He was 5 for 5 passing for 107 yards and three touchdowns.

Ashland’s Marcus Fuller was a perfect 5 for 5 in the first half of his team’s big 59-28 win last week over Mansfield Madison. Fuller threw for 195 yards and four scores by halftime and finished the game 7 of 8 for 243 yards and the four touchdowns in a little over one half of play.

Ashland is 8-1 (lone loss coming to 8-1 Dover) and plays 6-3 Lexington this week

Fuller has been a 1-man wrecking crew this year, completing 142 of 234 passes for 2,065 yards, 20 touchdowns, five picks and five rushing scores.

Ronyak Ready:
Jerrod Ronyak helped Lake Catholic halt a 2-year losing skid to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin with a 49-14 win. Ronyak was 14 of 19 for 240 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 82 yards and a score on seven carries.

Rowdy Ridgewood:
In a battle of 8-0 teams, West Lafayette Ridgewood held off Malvern 27-26 as they stopped a Malvern 2-point conversion for the win with 1:41 left. Jake Conrad stopped Malvern quarterback Doug Wood on a conversion scamper and also had 116 yards and three touchdowns, as well as an interception and a key pass on a fake punt on fourth down.

Malvern saw its 21-game regular-season winning streak snapped as Mo Johnson tallied 197 yards rushing on 27 carries.

Winning West Branch:
After its 2-0 shutout of Niles McKinley in boys’ soccer tournament action, Beloit West Branch had won nine matches in a row.

Krafty Krumpak:
Poland Seminary shut out Salem 5-0 in a Division II boys’ sectional championship soccer match and Kevin Kurmpak tallied a hat trick while teammate Matt Mrozek had a goal and two assists.

Chaney Ends Skid:
With its 30-10 win over Slippery Rock (Pa.), Youngstown Chaney’s football team ended an 11-game losing streak. Bobby Hayes had two touchdowns and Terrance Mackie two interceptions in the win.

Vote “Yes” For Yavorsky:
Youngstown Cardinal Mooney’s Ryan Yavorsky tallied three goals in his team’s 5-0 shutout of Hubbard in boys’ sectional soccer action.


Cuyahoga Heights at Independence Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Both teams are 9-0 and both sit in Division V, Region 17. Heights is first in the region with an average of 19.2778 while Independence sits third at 15.2727 behind Columbiana Crestview’s 16.3111.

Independence is coming off a 49-0 win over Richmond Heights in which Joe Mancino had four touchdowns and 170 yards rushing. The teams share two common opponents. Cuyahoga Heights smashed Hawken 36-0 and Beachwood 57-20. Independence beat Hawken 17-7 and Beachwood 53-27.

New Philadelphia at Dover Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
This is another show-me game between two teams involved in the third-longest rivalry in the state of Ohio, more than 100 years.

Dover is secure in a home playoff game in Region 11 of Division III. They are 8-1 on the year.

New Philadelphia is in Division II, Region 9 and is 9-0 but only ranked sixth. The problem is, without a win, they may not make the postseason as sixth through ninth in the region all have 16-point averages.

Youngstown Cross Country Regional:
Youngstown is the site for many of the cross country teams in Northeast Ohio. Division III girls run at 11:05 a.m., followed by Division II at 11:50 and Division I at 12:35. Division III boys run at 1:20, Division II at 2:05 and Division I at 2:50.

Times are the same for the Tiffin and Pickerington North regionals where some Cleveland area teams and Eastern District teams, respectively, go for their regionals. Advancers from the Cleveland Edgewater District head to Tiffin while those from the Eastern District ran out of Cambridge.

St. Ignatius at St. Edward’s Football, Saturday, 1 p.m.:
Two of Northeast Ohio’s more storied programs meet in this week 10 brawl. Ignatius is ranked first in the state and in its region of Division I (Region 1). They beat Cincinnati St. Xavier 30-21 last week to improve to 9-0. Wins include 8-1 Glenville, 7-2 Massillon, 5-4 Mentor and Clayton Northmont, 5-3 Inkster (Mich.) and 5-3-1 Warren Harding.

St. Ignatius has won 23-straight games and forced four turnovers by the third-ranked team in the state last weekend, including a 33-yard interception return for a score by George Newrones. Quarterback and Pitt recruit Mark Myers was 18 of 28 for 172 yards and a 9-yard scoring pass to David Joseph. Durable back Bobby Grebenc had 143 yards on the ground with a key 56-yard score.

St. Ed’s sits at 4-5.

CVCA vs. Gilmour Academy Boys’ Soccer, Division III District Final at Chardon, Saturday, 4:30 p.m.:
CVCA edged Hawken 2-1 on two goals from Jack Thompson while Gilmour got two goals from Kevin Gleason, including the game-winner 29 minutes into double overtime of a 2-1 win.

Massillon at Canton McKinley Football, Saturday, 7 p.m.:
Stark County’s titans battle as Massillon has made the playoffs at 7-2 and McKinley has battled all year at 5-4.

West Holmes vs. Uhrichsville Claymont Volleyball at Ridgewood Division II District Semifinal, Saturday, 3 p.m.:
West Holmes has been a mainstay in the state Final Four while Claymont has just one loss (Division III’s top-ranked Tuscarawas Valley Trojans) and is coming off its first-ever Division II Sweet Sixteen trip a year ago.

Claymont beat rival New Philadelphia in a tough sectional final 14-25, 27-25, 26-24, 25-19 as Makenzie Ripley tallied 22 kills, 20 digs and 11 points.

West Holmes battled Warsaw River View 33-31 in the first match and rolled 25-17, 25-16 in the final two.

Shaker Heights vs. Hathaway Brown, Girls Field Hockey District Final at Kent State University, Tonight, 4 p.m.: Shaker Heights upset undefeated (13-0) Hudson 1-0 in its semifinal and Hathaway Brown, also out of Shaker Heights, dominated Hawken 4-0.

Shaker Heights got a goal from Kendal Anderson with one minute left in the first half.

Brown, the defending state champions, were led by goals from Halle Biggar, Sidney Kirby, Chase Healey and Peyston Bell.

Canfield at Poland Seminary Football, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
This Youngstown-area brawl features a pair of 8-1 teams lobbying for postseason plans. Canfield is seventh in Division II, Region 5 and has lost to Howland 24-14. Seminary is second in Region 9 of Division II and toppled Howland 17-0 this year.

Warren Howland at Warren JFK Football, Saturday, 2 p.m.:
Howland is 8-1 and sits at fourth in Division II, Region 5 while JFK is sixth in Region 21 of Division VI at 7-2. This could determine playoff placement or participation at all.

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney at Columbus Bishop Watterson Football, Saturday, 7 p.m.: Two of Ohio’s top parochial schools meet in Columbus. Mooney is 9-0 and tops in Region 9 of Division III. Watterson is 7-2 and first in Region 10 of Division III.

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy at Akron Manchester Football, Tonight, 7 p.m.:
Same league (Principals’ Athletic Conference) and same playoff region (Division IV, Region 13). Manchester is 8-1 and is fourth in the region. CVCA is 7-2 and is ranked seventh in said region.

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