Northeast Ohio Huddle: CVCA eyeing state wrestling title; Five regional teams vie for state football titles


Northeast Ohio Huddle

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy put itself on the wrestling map
even further than in the past by taking third at the state tournament a
year ago. Despite
losing state champion Tyler Powers, third-place finisher Greg Hojnacki
and district qualifier Matthew Hickin, coach Don Lorence, now in his
sixth year, believes his team has plenty returning.

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy put itself on the wrestling map
even further than in the past by taking third at the state tournament a
year ago and winning the Principals’ Athletic Conference, the Brooklyn
sectional and the Maple Heights district.

losing state champion Tyler Powers, third-place finisher Greg Hojnacki
and district qualifier Matthew Hickin, coach Don Lorence, now in his
sixth year, believes his team has plenty returning.

state runner-up Alex Utley, a junior who had a 41-5 record last year
and also was third in the state in 2008 at 160/171 pounds.

third-place state finisher Zak Vargo (130/135) who had a mark of 38-8.
Or there’s senior Brandon Sommers (145/152), who took sixth at state
last year after taking fifth in 2008. His record of 33-6 speaks for

Also back is fourth-place state finisher Seth
Powers (125/130) who was 33-13, and seventh-place state finisher
Michael Ratay (112/119) who was 25-13 as a freshman last year.

Matt Meadows (160/171) was also a state qualifier at 30-13 and
sophomores David Gray (145/152, 22-15 last year) and Daniel Griffith
(189/215, 15-13 last year) were district qualifiers.

at CVCA looks forward to what God holds in our future for these
wrestlers this upcoming season,” assistant coach Paul Charvat said.
“The wrestlers and coaches are excited to glorify our Lord through the
sport of wrestling and to give Him the glory for every takedown,
escape, near fall, and pin earned this season!”

Assisting Lorence also are Mike Vash, Gary Chaney, Ryan Hartman and Dave Bergen, along with junior high coach Don Havener.


Allen Jones, Youngstown Ursuline Running Back:
In Ursuline’s 48-6 Division V state semifinal win over West Lafayette
Ridgewood, Jones rushed 19 times for 159 yards and touchdowns of 9 and
44 yards.

Jones now has 29 touchdowns on the year and
broke the career rushing mark of 4,163 yards set previously by Terrance
Graves. Jones needed just 144 yards to break the mark.

wasn’t the only hot player for the Irish as quarterback Paul Kempe
completed all three of his passes, including touchdowns to Chris
Collins (35) and Aaron Edwards (16). Akise Teague had 113 yards rushing
with a 74-yard punt return and Nico Irizarry had two touchdowns.


Youngstown Cardinal Mooney Football: In its 45-7 Division III state semifinal win over Steubenville, the 14-0 Cardinals can only be described as “awesome.”

was playing a Big Red team that was no slouch in the postseason,
racking up an average of 35 points and 370 yards per game. Mooney’s
defense limited the Big Red to 117 offensive yards and just 32 rushing.
They held Central Michigan signee Dwight Macon to one interception and
five sacks.

In the meantime, Mooney running back
Braylon Heard, a West Virginia recruit, displayed his awesomeness with
298 yards and scoring runs of 94, 43 and 65 yards.

Coach P.J. Fecho’s crew is looking for its seventh state title in its 10th
trip to the championship game. The Cardinals rushed 53 times for 456
yards as quarterback Alex Zordich rushed for a 4-yard score and Ray
Vinopal had eight carries for 68 yards and a touchdown. Ed Reese added
a 1-yard run and A.J. Fox booted a 43-yard field goal.


Crafty Cardale:
Glenville’s 6-foot-5, 210-pound quarterback, Cardale Jones was a
one-man wrecking crew as his Tarblooders beat Massillon 31-17 in a
Division I state semifinal game.

Jones was just 9 of 20
passing which put him under 50 percent for completion percentage, but
he did throw for 199 yards and two scores. He protected the ball with
no interceptions and also carried the ball 16 times for 150 yards. With
just over five minutes left on the clock, he scampered 26 yards for the
game’s dagger.

His clutch play wasn’t only shown in his
final touchdown run. With his team tied 17-17 with the Tigers, Jones
hit trusty wideout Shane Wynn with a key completion that Wynn turned
into a 71-yard touchdown that put the Tarblooders ahead 24-17 and
helped give them the momentum they needed to get the win.

Dynamic Maple Heights Duo: In
running back DeVonte Ransom and quarterback Shaq Washington, Maple
Heights has dangerous a duo as anyone in Ohio. They put on their
respective shows in Maple Heights’s 21-14 Division IV state semifinal
win over Lake Catholic.

Ransom rushed 18 times for 129
yards, including the game-winning 10-yard rush in the fourth quarter on
a drive lasting six plays and 65 yards in just over two minutes.

the drive, Washington had a 16-yard carry and Ransom a 14-yard carry on
top of his 10-yarder. Ransom then added the 2-point conversion run to
ice it.

Washington, a transfer from Cleveland Glenville, had 30 carries for 193 yards and a touchdown that gave his team a 13-10 lead.

Terrific Trinetti:
The praises have been sung of Chagrin Falls quarterback Chris Trinetti
but his leadership continued to stand out in his team’s 20-14 state
semifinal game in Division IV over Ottawa-Glandorf.

led a 10-play, 74-yard scoring drive with 8:26 left in the game to set
up Bobby Winkelman for the game-deciding 1-yard plunge. Trinetti also
had a 31-yard touchdown pass to Pat Nadeau in the game.

Rugged Ronyak:
Despite losing 21-17 to Maple Heights in the Division IV state
semifinals, Lake Catholic quarterback Jerrod Ronyak ended his season
much like he did every game: as a leader.

Ronyak had a
key 5-yard scoring run to give his team the 17-13 lead while teammate
Jimmy King had a 3-yard run earlier in the contest. Kresimir Ivkovic
added a 32-yard field goal.

Also for Lake Catholic, Marty Gibbons hauled in his third interception in his last two playoff games.

Holmes Cookin’: Legendary Jefferson Area girls’ basketball coach Rod Holmes won his 400th
game at the school in a 43-40 victory over Madison. The game was the
first in the new Falcon Gymnasium and put his overall record at the
school at 400-141 which puts him at winning 73.9 percent of his games.

Holmes is 407-156 in his career for a winning percentage of .723 as he also coached at Bristolville Bristol. It is Holmes’s 25th year at Jefferson

McKinley Mastery: Canton
McKinley doubled up Canfield 90-45 in a girls’ basketball season
opener. Ameryst Alston scored 26 points and had seven rebounds and five
assists for the Bulldogs to lead four girls in double digits. Sydnee
Penn and Gabby Kendall both chipped in 15 points while Laneisha Lenner
had 10.

Darn Tough Douglas: Notre Dame-Cathedral
Latin defeated Mooney/Ursuline 5-1 in the championship match of the
Canfield Hockey Thanksgiving Tournament. Matt Douglas, the NDCL
goalkeeper, stopped 38 of 39 shots in the win.

Tough Tigers: Massillon
found itself tied with Cleveland Glenville 17-17 before the Tarblooders
ripped off 14 unanswered points. Still, the Tigers got a big 2-yard
score from Jordan Reiman (26 tough carries for 79 yards) and a 26-yard
touchdown pass from Robert Partridge to Bo Grunder. Jeremy Geier, who
has been lights out on field goals in the postseason, kicked a

Whammin’ Whistles: In Apple Creek
Waynedale’s 59-55 girls’ basketball win over Massillon Tuslaw, there
were 58 fouls blown on the teams. Tuslaw was 23 of 35 and Waynedale 28
of 41 at the charity stripe.

Great Gironda: In
Akron Hoban’s 66-49 win over Youngstown Ursuline in girls’ basketball
action, Jessica Gironda poured in 28 points while Krissy Sokol had a
double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Cleanin’ the Boards: In her team’s 61-49 win over Lyndhurst Brush, North Canton Hoover’s Erika Warren ripped down 16 rebounds.

Patchan It Up: Tuscarawas
Central Catholic junior Millie Patchan astounded Steubenville Catholic
in her team’s 46-22 season-opening win. Patchan had 16 points, 15
rebounds, four assists and five steals as the Saints outscored the
Crusaders 16-0 in the second quarter.

Radical Reif:
Copley junior Taylor Reif scored 35 points as her team beat Kenmore
48-38. In the same game, Kenmore’s Shanequa Williams posted a monster
double-double with 17 points and 19 rebounds.

Crafty Conotton:
Conotton Valley dominated Canton Heritage Christian 95-20 as Carly
Gooding scored 21 points and led five players in double figures. Megan
Caswell added 19 as the Rockets led 23-0 after one quarter. Conotton
took 81 shots from the field, converting 43 of them.

Tri-ific Ridgewood:
Ridgewood’s girls hit 7 of 10 three-pointers in a 42-33 win over
Coshocton.  Courtney Babcock nailed on five treys and had 21 points to
lead the Generals.

The Butler Did It: Minerva’s
Chelsie Butler scored 22 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked eight
shots in her team’s 77-47 win over Richmond Edison.

Glick Grabs Honor:
Massillon Christian’s Jana Glick, just a junior, became the school’s
all-time leading scorer after hitting for 17 points (with 18 rebounds)
in a 62-22 win over Mogadore Christian. Glick now has 670 points,
passing Jen Huett’s record of 667.

Eddy Eating It Up: The
stat book was filled for Andrews Osborne Academy’s Donisha Eddy as she
scored 38 points on 13 field goals and had 13 rebounds, eight steals
and three blocks as her team beat St. Martin de Porres 47-30.

Trifecta Turner:
In Wooster’s season-opening 73-65 win over Cloverleaf, Generals’ guard
Amanda Turner hit five 3-pointers en route to 19 points. In the same
game, Lauren Walker tallied 23 points with nine boards and Halle
Gallo-Malta had 12 points with eight dimes.

Gregory Great: Rittman’s Alyesha Gregory hit for 32 points with 14 field goals (two 3-pointers) in a win over Kidron Central Christian.

Comeback Kids:
Brunswick outscored Medina Highland 17-0 in the fourth quarter to pull
out a 43-30 win. Mikaela Lengal had 25 points with 10 of 11 free throws
made to lead the winners.


Cleveland Glenville vs. Hilliard Davidson Football, Division I state championship at Canton Fawcett Stadium, Saturday, 7 p.m.: Glenville
has beaten previously-undefeated Northeast Ohio powers St. Ignatius and
Solon and took a 17-17 tie with Massillon last week and turned it into
a 31-17 win. The Tarblooders are 13-1 while Hilliard Davidson is 12-1
after beating traditional power Cincinnati Elder.

Heights vs. Cincinnati Winton Woods Football, Division II state
championship at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Tonight, 7 p.m.:
Both teams are 12-2 with Maple Heights providing a bone-crunching defense.

Cardinal Mooney vs. Columbus St. Francis DeSales Football, Division III
state championship at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, Today, 11
Mooney is 14-0 while DeSales, traditionally one of the best
teams in the state, is 11-3. Mooney crushed a very good Steubenville
team in the semifinals.

Mooney bested DeSales 21-14 in week 2 at Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium.

Chagrin Falls vs. Kettering Alter Football, Division IV state championship at Canton Fawcett Stadium, Saturday, 11 a.m.: Chagrin Falls is 14-0 as is Kettering Alter. Alter defeated Eastern District team Coshocton in its final.

Youngstown Ursuline vs. Coldwater Football, Division V state championship at Canton Fawcett Stadium, Today, 3 p.m.:
These state powers collide with Ursuline having a 10-3 mark and state
power Coldwater a 13-1 record. Both teams have faced two of the
toughest schedules in the state to get to this point.

Ursuline is in its third-straight state title game.

Solon Comet Wrestling Classic, Today and Saturday: This 24-team season-opening tournament is in its 25th year and welcomes in some of the top programs in Northeast Ohio.

year’s champion was Twinsburg. This year’s lineup includes: Akron
Firestone, Akron Kenmore, Bedford, Berkshire, Chardon, Clay, Eastlake
North, Glenville, Jackson-Milton, Kenston, Mentor, Midview, North
Olmsted, Orange, Painesville Riverside, Parkersburg, W.Va.,
Pickerington North, Ravenna, Solon, Bedford St. Peter Chanel,
Strongsville, the defending champion Twinsburg, Walsh Jesuit and
Willoughby South.

Claymont at New Philadephia Girls’ Basketball, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.:
These two East Central Ohio League schools return plenty of talent.
It’s an early-season matchup that will give the winner a leg up in the

Hiland at West Holmes Boys’ Basketball, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
These are the only two high schools in Holmes County and this game is
always competitive. If anything, go to check out Hiland sophomore Dylan
Kaufman, a 6-foot-3, highly-sought after recruit at age 15.

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