Northeast Ohio Huddle: Rocky River Magnificat’s girls’ XC running to state title?


Northeast Ohio Huddle

It cannot be understated how dominating Rocky River Magnificat’s girls’
cross country program has been this year. They have run the toughest
competition and come out on top everytime. They have seven runners who
would easily be many team’s top runner. This weekend they go for a state title.

It cannot be understated how dominating Rocky River Magnificat’s girls’ cross country program has been this year. They have run the toughest competition and come out on top everytime. They have seven runners who would easily be many team’s top runner.

And last week’s Division I Regional at Tiffin High School was no different. The team won with just 34 minuscule points as Brecksville-Broadview Heights was second with 116 points.

Madeline Chambers turned in another solid performance in leading her team in second in 17:39.78. Clare Fischer took third in 18:26.71 and was followed closely by twin sister Abby in 18:34.60.

Abigail Marquad placed ninth to put four girls in the top 10. Fifth-girl Erin Riley came in at 16th while the sixth and seventh runners, Mary Whitmore and Katherine Shultz helped keep other runners from getting in the way as well as they were 18th and 21st, respectively.


Marcus Fuller, Ashland Football: Fuller passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two more in leading the Arrows to a  big 31-28 win over Lexington to win the Ohio Cardinal Conference outright and give the team a home playoff game.

Ashland enters its first-round Division II playoff game with West Geauga with a 9-1 record with its lone loss coming to 9-1 Dover, a second-ranked playoff team in Region 11 of Division III.

Ashland was down 14-13 at halftime and Fuller drove his team 90 yards to take a 28-21 lead with five minutes to go. After Lexington tied the game 28-28 thanks to Michigan recruit Courtney Avery at 1:26, Fuller went 4 for 5 passing in a 56-yard drive to set up the winning field goal, kicked by sophomore Greg Gallaway.

For the game, Fuller was 23 of 37 for 252 yards and the four touchdowns. For the year he is 155 of 270 for 2,316 yards, 22 scores and just five interceptions. He has also carried for seven touchdowns.


Painesville Riverside Volleyball: No team in Riverside history has won a regional and advanced to the state tournament and the Beaver volleyball team is one match away from making school history.

Riverside defeated Wadsworth 25-15, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22 in a Division I regional semifinal recently and now faces Stow tomorrow in the regional final.

The Beavers were led by Nicole Bayer’s 44 assists and five kills while Teresa Noewer added 17 kills and Erika West 15 kills with 25 digs.

Riverside won its first-ever district championship as it took down mighty Mentor and then Mayfield in the Division I district championship at Mentor High School.

Riverside beat Mayfield 25-21, 25-16, 25-18 in dominating fashion. In topping Mentor they ended a string of 21-straight district titles by Mentor dating back to 1988.

Riverside, now 24-3 was led by 15 aces in the title match including seven by Noewer. Bayer registered 35 assists and Elizabeth Maczuzak had 12 kills and four blocks.


Kalt Kan: St. Ignatius goalie Joe Kalt tied the state record for career shutouts at 42 with his 1-0 shutout of Mayfield in the Wildcats’ Division I regional semifinal.

Kalt had four saves and now sits tied with Craig Salvati of Lakota East in 2000.

Kalt just missed the feat in his team’s 5-1 Division I district final win over St. Edward’s. Kalt’s squad is 19-0 and goal a goal and an assist each from Ryan Ivancic and Vaughn Spurrier.

Very Good Vaclav:
Canfield’s Kyle Vaclav not only returned a punt 75 yards for a score but also turned in an interception and a fumble recovery in his team’s dominating 16-0 win over Poland. It was the first time Poland’s been shut out since week three of 2005, a string of 49 games.

Busted Busson:
Doylestown Chippewa senior Colby Busson stepped up big time this year. Wooster Daily Record Sports Editor reported that Busson is believed to be the first 1,000-1,000 athlete in Wayne County history. Busson finished with 1,235 rushing yards and 15 scores and passed for 1,072 yards and 11 more touchdowns.

Superb Shannon:
Mayfield senior Matt Shannon was named a finalist for the second-straight year for the ESPN Cleveland Student Athlete of the Year. He is a 3-time All-Conference Scholar Athlete with his 4.12 grade point average. He will be attending Brown University to play football.

Mayfield is entering the playoffs for the fourth-straight year.

Crazy Carmichael:
Wooster Triway’s Derek Carmichael set a new school record this year in passing with his 2,484 yards. He has tossed 30 touchdowns.

Baker New Waynedale Diamond Coach: Apple Creek Waynedale has hired Kevin Baker as its new baseball coach. Baker is a 1996 Wooster High graduate, has been an assistant at Wooster for the last six years.

Battlin’ Buckeye:
Medina  Buckeye upset top-seeded Bay 25-15, 18-25, 23-25, 25-20, 16-14 in its Division I district championship. Buckeye found itself down 11-4 in the final game before rallying.

Marah Farage had nine points, 20 kills, 17 digs and 16 blocks while Kara Joyce added nine points, 53 assists and 13 digs. Samantha Mueller also added 18 kills and 21 digs.

Both teams are 23-2.

Shutout City:
Hathaway Brown’s girls’ soccer team beat Hawken 1-0 in its Division II district championship match, giving goalie Grace Redmon her 12th shoutout of the year, including three straight in the postseason.

Kate Dolansky scored the lone goal in the second half.

Then Brown and Redmon got their 13th shutout of the year (Redmond’s fourth-straight in the tourney) with a  4-0 pasting of Lake Ridge in the regional semifinals.

Westlake shut out Magnificat 2-0 in a Division I girls’ district title match as Stephanie Poeppelman tallied her 15th shutout as her team is now 15-1-3.

Medina shut out Strongsville 4-0 in its girls’ district (Division I) championship match. Beth Lang had two goals and goalie Taylor Burke recorded her 13th scoreless game in goal for the 17-1-2 winners.

Near Perfect Piekarski:
Hudson’s Richie Piekarski was 15 of 17 passing for 272 yards and two touchdowns and had 123 rushing yards in his team’s 45-10 dismantling of Lakewood.

Maplewood edges Badgers:
At the Division III regional meet at Youngstown, Cortland Maplewood’s girls just edged Berkshire 71-72.

Maplewood did it with four top 10 runners and won despite its fifth man being 44th.

Krystal Williams led the way in fifth and was followed in sixth and seventh, respectively, by Haley Gatrell and Erin Pavich. Alana Shamrock was also ninth.

Berkshire came in with second, 15th, 16th, 18th and 21st as Alex Bowers led the way in second in 20:50.18.

Wheelin’ Kyle:
Green’s Kyle Wheeler won an anticipated matchup with Louisville’s Crutis Hanle 17:13.68 to 17:18.08 at the Division I regional at Youngstown in boys’ action.

Dominating Hoover:
North Canton Hoover’s girls’ cross country team needed just 60 points to take the Division I girls’ regional title at Youngstown. They outdistanced Hudson’s 107 points as Megan Monte was sixth, Erin Garfield eighth, Sarah Tirrell ninth, Allison Peare 19th and Kelsey Peare 20th.

In the Groove with Independence:
Independence won a big Division III boys’ regional title at Youngstown, outdistancing McDonald and Cortland Maplewood with 60 points. McDonald was second with 82.

The brother duo of Ryan and Kyle Polman took 1-2 to lead the way. Ryan, a sophomore, was first in 17:17 while Kyle, a freshman, took second in 17:26.40.

Zach Skoczen was ninth and Cody George 18th.

Wonderful Woodridge:
Peninsula Woodridge got consistency out of its runners in the top 25 to score 50 points to win the Division II boys’ regional title at Youngstown over second-place Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s 103 points.

Jimmy Charles was third, followed by Vibush Sivakumonan in fifth, Kyle Cochrun in sixth, Drake Sulzer in 22nd and Jacob Onifer in 25th.

Shaq Diesel:
Maple Heights beat Shaker Heights 33-6 as quarterback Shaquille Washington threw for 299 yards on 11 of 17 accuracy with three scores.

Super Serfilippi:
In Mayfield’s 7-2 pasting of Mentor in a Division I boys’ soccer district final, Nico Serfilippi scored a hat trick with three goals for the winners.


Boardman at St. Ignatius Football, Division I Playoffs, 7 p.m., Saturday: No. 8 seeded Boardman gets a crack at top-ranked and defending state champion Ignatius. Boardman is 7-3 and has seven total trips to the playoffs in school history while St. Ignatius is 10-0 and has 10 state titles.

Amherst vs. Magnificat Volleyball, Division I Regional Final at Norwalk, 2 p.m., Saturday:
Amherst, ranked seventh in the coach’s poll, is now 23-3 after busting third-ranked Toledo St. Ursula in four games in the regional semifinals. Deme Morales tallied 40 kills and 23 digs. Kaylee Koller had 36 digs and Marissa Harned added 32 assists.

Magnificat, which handed Amherst its first loss of the year, is ranked fourth in the state and swept Findlay in three.

North Canton Hoover at Massillon Football, Division I Playoffs, 7 p.m., Saturday:
These Stark County teams are two of the biggest and baddest in their areas. Hoover features reigning Mr. Football Erick Howard at running back while Massillon is coming off a shocking loss to bitter rival Canton McKinley. Both teams are 7-3.

Hathaway Brown vs. Chagrin Falls Girls’ Soccer, Division II Regional Final at Medina High, noon, Saturday:
Brown shut out Lake Ridge 4-0 in its regional semi while Chagrin Falls improved to 16-1-3 with a 6-0 shutout of Lakeview in which Sami Lucci had two goals.

Hathaway Brown is 13-2-3.

West Geauga at Ashland Football, Division II Playoffs, 7:30 p.m., Friday:
No. 6 West Geauga is 9-1 and has lost to only 10-0 Chagrin Falls. No. 3 Ashland is also 9-1 and lost only to 9-1 Dover.

Avon Lake at Maumee Football, Division II Playoffs, 7:30 p.m., Friday:
Avon Lake is ranked fifth in its region at 7-3 and has won six straight after a 1-3 start. Maumee is 9-1.

Parma Padua Franciscan at Akron Archbishop Hoban Football, Division III Playoffs, 7:30 p.m., Friday:
Both teams are 7-3 in this matchup of 6 vs. 3. Hoban won a matchup of the two squads in week 9, 10-6.

Medina Buckeye at Hubbard Football, Division III Playoffs, 7:30 p.m., Friday:
No. 5 Buckeye is 8-2 and has won eight games in row after dropping its first two games. Hubbard is 9-1 and has won nine games in a row after falling to Poland to start the year.

Cortland Lakeview at Akron Manchester Football, Division IV Playoffs, 7 p.m., Saturday: Lakeview is 7-3 with losses to playoff teams Poland, Hubbard and Salem. Manchester is 9-1 with its lone loss coming to 8-2 playoff team Coshocton.

Warren JFK at Mogadore Football, Division VI Playoffs, 7 p.m., Saturday:
JFK is 7-3 with its losses coming to playoff teams Girard, Howland and Hubbard. Mogadore is in its 23rd postseason game.

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