Northeast Ohio Huddle: Medina soccer, Franciscan volleyball net state titles


Northeast Ohio Huddle

Anyone looking for a good football game this weekend might as well just head Northeast. There you have your pick between Steubenville-Dover, Youngstown Mooney-Poland, Chagrin Falls-Woodridge and Cuyahoga Heights-Youngstown Ursuline…here’s who did what this past week.

Huron had a tougher time in the semifinals than it did in the finals but no matter what, the Explorers are the Division III state volleyball champions for 2009.

Huron beat Frankfort Adena 25-17, 25-21, 25-21 in the championship match but took five games to beat Middletown Bishop Fenwick in the semifinals, 25-22, 15-25, 24-26, 25-21, 15-10.

In the finals, Jesse Miedema had 12 kills and Taylor Slauterbeck 11 kills and 12 digs. Melissa Moberg had 17 assists, Devon Grendow 15 assists and Taryn Graham a second-straight day with 28 digs.

In the semifinals, Miedema had 21 kills and Slauterbeck 11 kills and 14 digs. Grendow added 23 assists and Moberg 16 helpers. Adriana DeLuca had 13 digs and Graham 28 more.


Medina Girls’ Soccer Defense: Medina closed out an amazing run through the end of the regular season and the postseason by posting its 12-straight shutout in a 4-0 state championship victory over Dublin Coffman in the Division I state title game.

The Bees’ win tied for the most lopsided victory in girls’ state final history. Bay Village Bay defeated Cincinnati Indian Hill 5-1 in 2003 in a Division II game.

Medina outshot the Shamrocks 20-2 with a 7-0 shots on goal advantage.

Defenders Melissa Hill, Nicole Varney, Jen Jankowski and Anna Boyert start for the Bees and are relieved by Ali Kovarik and Marissa Scullin.

Goalkeeper Taylor Burke, a junior who was a state high jump champion a year ago, had 18 shutouts on the year and had 91 saves.

Maura Gorman scored two goals while Becca Candler had two assists, Sarah Flanders a goal and an assist and Jillian Graff a goal.

Medina ended its season 21-1-2.


Parma Padua Franciscan Volleyball: Franciscan finished off a solid 27-2 campaign by edging fellow Northeast Ohio team Mentor Lake Catholic 16-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-9 in the Division II state championships at Wright State. That followed a 3-game domination over Columbus Bishop Hartley in the semifinals 25-20, 25-19, 25-14.

In the championship match, Christie Fritsche stepped up with 27 kills while Ohio State recruit Kaitlyn Leary had 22 kills, 13 digs and a service ace. Meredith Bolmeyer had 33 assists and 15 digs and Mary Djukic added 23 assists and 15 more digs.

In the semifinals, Leary led the way with 15 kills, nine digs and four service aces while Fritsche chipped in 14 kills. Djukic led the setting with 18 helpers while Bolmeyer had 16 assists. Salina DeFranco added 10 digs and Lauren Goebel eight.


Pew-Fect: Smithville’s Jenna Pew stepped up big time at the net in her team’s 4-game loss to Frankfort Adena in the Division III state volleyball semifinals. Pew had 29 kills, 16 assists and 16 digs for a rare triple-double. Teammate Hannah Jo Rehm added 35 assists while Alex Leister had 14 kills and 15 digs and Jessi Hartzler added 20 digs.

Royal Loss:
Worthington Christian got a goal in the eighth minute of overtime to beat Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 2-1 in the Division III boys’ soccer state final match. CVCA was outshot 10-2 on goal and 21-9 overall as Nick Ciraldo had seven saves.

The Royals (16-1-5) were led by Jack Thompson’s goal in the 68th minute off a feed from Sachem Wilson.

Competitive Cougars:
While Lake Catholic fell to Padua Franciscan in the state title game in Division II, several of its team members had wonderful Final Fours, including a 21-25, 25-19, 15-25, 25-20, 15-13 win in the semifinals over Circleville Logan Elm.

In the semifinals, Bridget Grdina had 21 kills and Nicole Snyder 17. Melanie Patterson added 14 while Audryana Lucha had 58 assists. Kelley Stenger led the defense with 24 digs and Gina Catania added 21.

In the finals loss, Grdina had 11 kills and Chelsey Regovich 12. Lucha added 45 helpers and Stenger had 23 digs. Catania had 16 and Samantha Kline 15.

Lake Catholic ended its season with a 22-7 record.

Rockin’ Roman:
Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown freshman Lysette Roman headed in the game-winning goal with 51.9 seconds left to propel her team to a 2-1 Division II state girls’ soccer championship over top-ranked Bexley.

Brown trailed 1-0 after just the first minute but tied the match 1-1 in the seventh minute when Lani Smith struck gold on a helper from Kylie Kaufman.

It is the eighth-ranked Blazers’ third title in three state title tries (including 2004 and 2007). Brown ends its season with a fine 17-2-3 ledger.

Krafty Kalt:
After going through a scoreless 80-minute regulation period and 30 minutes worth of two overtimes, St. Ignatius goalie Joe Kalt just couldn’t stop the deciding shootout kick by Gahanna Lincoln’s William Trapp in a 1-0 loss in the Division I state finals.

Kalt had 10 saves on the night but Trapp’s shootout goal propelled the Lions to the title.

Ignatius suffered its first loss of the year against 22 wins after entering the match ranked first in the nation and in the state. They finished four wins shy (43) of the consecutive wins record. Lincoln ends the year with a 22-0-1 record.

Outshot Bay:
Columbus DeSales outshot Bay Village Bay 25-11 and 8-3 on goal to win 1-0 in a Division II state boys’ soccer championship.

Bay finishes its year 18-2-3 as Nate McDonald had seven saves in goal.

Ashland Getting Defensive:
Ashland’s football team found itself down 14-0 with nine minutes left in its Division II playoff game against Warren Howland. Three fourth-quarter drives led by quarterback Marcus Fuller led to a 19-14 win for the Arrows as its defense created mass chaos to set up the drives.

Sophomore defensive tackle Adam Wolbert tackled the Howland punter after a botched punt on a bad snap to lead to one drive while senior tackle Paul Baker recovered a key fumble on a tackle by defensive back Matt Smith. Brandon Zeigler, a senior linebacker, caused another fumble that was recovered by senior linebacker Mike Maneese. Finally, Smith picked off a Howland pass with 44 ticks left to seal the deal.

Fuller was astounding as usual. After getting sacked six times and hit seven others, he went 12 for 18 for 157 yards and two touchdowns and a rushing score in the final minute minutes. He hit Smith and Marquise Jones with scoring passes and rushed in for a score after he found Chris Thomas for a key 32-yard reception.

For the game, Fuller was 20 of 33 for 197 yards.

Rockin’ Ronyak:
Mentor Lake Catholic senior Jerrod Ronyak was a part of four touchdowns by hitting 11 of 18 passes for 136 yards and a score and running 13 times for 121 yards and three more in his team’s Division II win, 31-24 win over Canfield.

Krafty Kelly:
Woodridge senior Anthony Kelly rushed for 156 yards and two TDs on 35 carries and also returned an interception 97 yards for another TD in a 34-20 win over Girard in a Division IV Playoff game.

Besancon Bests Genoa:
In an upset win over Genoa Area in Division IV (36-35), Orrville’s Joey Besancon completed 16 of 26 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran 19 times for 102 yards and another touchdown. His opposition had only allowed 24 points in the regular season and 31 all year. The multi-faceted Besancon also kicked a point after, threw for a 2-point conversion and kicked a 22-yard field goal. Track star Sam Miller caught eight passes for 175 yards and all three TDs.

Anticipating Anderson:
In Glenville’s dominating 30-13 win over defending and top-ranked St. Ignatius, Tarblooder senior Latwan Anderson had four interceptions, including one returned 99 yards for a score.


Cleveland Glenville vs. Solon Football, Division I Regional Final at Parma Byers Field, Saturday, 7 p.m.: Glenville upset top-ranked St. Ignatius 30-13 in the regional semifinals and Solon edged a defensive Mayfield team 13-10 in overtime.

Canton McKinley vs. Massillon Washington Football, Division I Regional Final at Akron InfoCision Field, Saturday, 7 p.m.:
McKinley pounded Canton GlenOak 48-7 in the semifinals and also bested Masillon in week 10. This is the oldest rivalry in Ohio and only continues to grow. Massillon needed a last-second field goal to beat Twinsburg 10-7.

Ashland vs. Mentor Lake Catholic Football, Division II Regional Final at InfoCision at Green Memorial Field, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
Ashland scored 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to beat Warren Howland 19-14 last week while Lake Catholic dropped Canfield 31-24.

Dover vs. Steubenville Football, Division III Regional Final at Canton Fawcett Stadium, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
These teams met in this same place in Steubenville’s second state championship season when they won 30-straight games and back-to-back titles. Steubenville won 33-30 in a barnburner. Looks to be the same this year.

Youngstown Cardinal Mooney vs. Poland Seminary Football, Division IV Regional Final at Austintown-Fitch Falcon Stadium, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
Mooney is straight off a 55-0 drubbing of Hubbard while Poland edged Akron Hoban 10-7. Mooney is the favorite but as Ignatius found last week, you never know.

Chagrin Falls vs. Peninsula Woodridge Football, Division V Regional Final at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium, Saturday, 7 p.m.:
Chagrin Falls pounded Cortland Lakeview 36-14 last week and is now 12-0. Woodridge is 10-2 after beating Girard 34-20.

Cuyahoga Heights vs. Youngstown Ursuline Football, Division V Regional Final at Aurora Inkstop Field, Saturday, 7 p.m.:
Cuyahoga Heights is 12-0 after routing Hawken 35-20 last week and has one of the top defenses among the small schools. Ursuline is 8-3 after playing amazing competition. They beat Columbiana Crestview 48-14 last week.

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