Northeast Ohio Huddle: Hoops, wrestling, football – and field hockey? – fight for headlines


Northeast Ohio Huddle

Youngstown Mooney, Hathaway Brown’s Sydney Kirby, Walsh’s Ironman wrestling tournament, Youngstown Ursuline, Akron Hoban’s Krissy Sokol…these are just a few of the stars shining right now in Northeast Ohio. See who else is as well…

In a rare Ohio field hockey honor, Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown junior Sydney Kirby received major accolades recently.

Kirby was named to the Harrow Sports/National Field Hockey Coaches’ Assn. All-American First Team.

was the only Ohioan on either the First or Second Team and is only the
sixth Ohioan to make either team in the 25 years of the existence of
the honors.


Braylon Heard, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney Football:
The West Virginia recruit was all over the field doing a little bit of
everything for the Division III state champion Cardinals in their 35-7
win over Columbus St. Francis DeSales.

Heard rushed 28
times for 178 yards and two touchdowns and also found teammate Donald
D’alesio with an 8-yard touchdown pass. Defensively, he secured an
interception and returned it 13 yards and he added a tackle as well.

had help as well as Alex Zordich was 4 of 6 passing for 101 yards and
had a touchdown run. Ray Vinopal had seven carries for 74 yards and a


Youngstown Ursuline Football:
Ursuline was a powerhouse all year, playing one of the toughest
small-school schedules in the state but a 55-25 win over state final
regular Coldwater was not to be expected.

Ursuline used a balanced offensive attack and strong defense to pick up the win and finish the year 11-3.

running back Allen Jones put up 158 rushing yards on 21 carries with a
score while Paul Kempe completed 9 of 13 passes for 115 yards and a
touchdown of 59 yards to Chris Collins. Kempe also carried the ball
four times for 35 yards.

Akise Teague joined Jones in
the 100-yard back club with 119 yards on nine carries with three
touchdowns while Aaron Edwards ripped off an 85-yard scamper into the
endzone. Nico Izarry also found paydirt.

Collins finished with four receptions for 88 yards and also returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown.

Jesse Curry turned in 11 tackles while Trevor Smith had 10 ½. Izarry
had nine with two passes broken up and Dawalyn Harper tacked on six
tackles with 1/2 for loss and one fumble recovery.


Too Bad Tarblooders:
Cleveland Glenville found itself ahead 15-8 over Hilliard Davidson in
the Division I state championship but it was short-lived as they fell
16-15. Still, in the game, were several key plays by Glenville players.
Junior quarterback Cardale Jones had a 10-yard scoring run and finished
16 of 31 passing for 210 yards. He also rushed 10 times for 28 yards.

Wynn caught seven passes for 89 yards and Nicholas Davis had a recovery
of teammate Christian Bryant’s fumble on the 2-yard line for a

Superb Sokol: Akron Hoban’s Krissy Sokol set a
school record for single-game points as she hit for 33 in a 55-54
overtime victory over Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. Sokol scored 16
points in the fourth quarter alone to help lead her team back. She also
had 16 rebounds.

Super St. Peter: Bedford St. Peter
Chanel took the team title at the Solon Comet Classic with 215 ½
points, outdistancing second-place Oregon Clay by 48 points. Cody
Walters won an individual title at 152 pounds and Jody Kiefer added one
at 145. The most exciting match for the Firebirds may have been Mike
Kovach’s title match at 130. The 2-time state placer took second but it
was by way of a 12-4 major decision to defending state champion Johnni
DiJulius of Walsh Jesuit.

State Champ Setups: In a battle
of state championship girls’ basketball teams, Division II champ Shaker
Heights Hathaway Brown defeated Division IV champ Columbus Africentric
58-53. Erica Almady had 20 points and six rebounds for the winners.

boys’ state champion action, Division II champ Akron St. Vincent-St.
Mary defeated defending Division III champ Cleveland Central Catholic
85-50. Jakarr Sampson tallied 18 points and 12 boards and Ricky Johnson
had 17 points, five assists and four steals for the winners. Chall
Montgomery had 17 points and five rebounds for Central Catholic.

Peck Stepping Up:
Jordyn Peck of Shaker Heights led her team to a 79-49 win over Bedford.
She had 30 points, all in the first half, including eight total

Krafty Kirkland: In Warren Harding’s 68-33
girls’ basketball win over Madison, Jasmine Kirkland turned in not only
21 points but 11 rebounds, seven steals and six blocks.

Marvelous Magnificat:
The Magnificat girls’ cross country team, fresh off its dominating
Division I state championship a month ago, finished fifth as a team at
the Nike Nationals in Portland, Oregon. Running as the Rocky River
Cross Country Club, the group was led by Madeline Chambers’
eighth-place finish in 17:59.80. Claire Fischer added a 76th and sister
Abby 78th. Katherine Stultz was 95th.

Congratulations Isler: Canton Central Catholic coach Gary Isler tallied his 300th
win last week as his Crusaders cruised past Youngstown East 47-43.
Isler won 260 games from 1985 to 20005 while at Canton GlenOak. He was
a state championship coach in 1989.

His victory total at Central Catholic stands at 41 since 2006.

team beat Lake Center Christian the next day 51-47, giving Isler a
career record of 301-204. In that game, Laurel Thomas had 23 points and
12 rebounds.

Fantastic Fritts: Mentor’s
Justin Fritts hit nine field goals including six 3-pointers en route to
24 points as his squad beat Willoughby South 66-36.

Classic Battle:
In Streetsboro’s 79-73 overtime win over Kent Roosevelt, Malcolm Brooks
and Marcus Wright got into a great scoring battle within the game.

ending up on the winning end by hitting 6 of 8 free throws in the extra
period after sending the game into OT with two freebies. He finished
with 27 points. Wright had 28 points.

Triple Double Gordon:
Firestone guard Imani Gordon turned in a rare triple double of 32
points, 11 rebounds and 10 steals in her team’s 100-35 win over

In Kenmore’s 51-17 win over Akron Ellet, Shanequa
Williams almost had a triple-double with 25 points, 10 steals and seven

University Hockey Scores: University School beat
Walsh Jesuit 7-0 in a hockey match as Matt Wipper, a left winger,
tallied three goals and Connor Clemens added two scores.

O’Hearn O-some: Senior Chagrin Falls center Matt O’Hearn scored four goals in his team’s 8-4 hockey win over Berlin Center Western Reserve.

Hot Honigford:
Sugarcreek Garaway 6-foot-8 junior Paul Honigford kicked his year off
with a bang in his team’s 44-28 win over Magnolia Sandy Valley.
Honigford had 23 points and 20 rebounds in the win.

Monnolly for Three: Pymatuning Valley’s Brooke Monnolly hit four 3-pointers en route to 17 points as her team beat Jefferson Area 44-40.

Chagrin Falls Falls:
While Chagrin Falls hit a brick wall in its 37-7 Division IV state
title loss to Kettering Alter, they did have a few standout
performances. The team, which had averaged 353 yards per game, was held
to just 144 (66 rushing) by Kettering Alter.

Chris Gorman scored
the team’s lone touchdown on a 5-yard run while Bobby Winkelman had
nine solo tackles and five assisted stops.

TV Snaps Streak:
Not having beaten the Akron Manchester Panthers girls’ basketball team
since the 1995-1996 season, Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley put a stop to
the madness by toppling their adversaries 52-49.

The Trojans
trailed 29-17 at the half but outscored Manchester 15-2 in the third
quarter as Shannon Watson poured in 16 points with eight rebounds.

Wonderful Williams:
Fred Williams, a key contributor during Warren G. Harding’s boys’ run
to the state tournament last year, finished with 26 points in his
team’s 75-57 win over Euclid.

Crafty Cox: In New
Philadelphia’s 68-62 season-opening win over Cleveland Lincoln-West,
Cody Cox hit four 3-pointers en route to 30 points. The Quakers had to
outscore Lincoln-West 10-0 in the final quarter to earn the win. Kevin
Jenkins scored 27 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter for

Record-Tying Ledrich: New Philadelphia
senior Danielle Ledrich finished last season having made 49 straight
free throws, just five off the record set by fellow East Central Ohio
League foe Kari Daugherty of River View. Daugherty now plays at the
University of Dayton. Ledrich tied the record set by Daugherty last
week at 54 but missed on No. 55. She now will start a new streak with
the rest of her senior season to go.

Hot Hands: North
Canton Hoover’s Dan Daugherty went 5 for 5 from 3-point range on his
way to 20 points as he led his team to a 79-46 win over Cleveland
Collinwood. Teammate Cory Veldhuizen had 19 points, eight steals, six
assists and four rebounds as a stat stuffer.

Engaging Emmitt:
Brandon Emmitt of Garfield hit for 23 points, converting all six of his
free throw attempts as his team beat Marlington 66-53. Emmitt also
canned five trifectas.

Cross Caroms: Kristian Cross tallied 19 rebounds to go with 11 points in Carrollton’s 69-51 season-opening win over Uhrichsville Claymont.

Great Grooms: Magnolia Sandy Valley’s Danielle Grooms hit 17 field goals en route to 36 points as her team beat Malvern 78-52.

Krazy Krizancic: Mentor’s Cole Krizancic canned 37 points in his team’s 73-71 edging of University School.

Houston We Have Awesome:
In Cleveland Heights’ 65-54 win over Cleveland Shaw, Alfonso Houston
tallied a stat-stuffing 26 points, eight boards, six steals and four

Makin’ FT: Ashley Montgomery of North Ridgeville hit 14 of 15 free throws on her way to 24 points in a 71-55 loss to Avon.

Double-Double Desiree: Cleveland East’s Desiree Wilson not only scored 17 points but grabbed 17 boards in her team’s 44-27 win over Cleveland MLK.

In Parma Holy Name’s 46-45 win over Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Taylor
Krusinski and Jenny Prochko scored 20 and 21 points, respectively, to
account for 41 of their team’s 46 points.


Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown vs. South Euclid Regina Girls’ Basketball at Case Western Reserve, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.: This
is the battle of all battles as the defending state champion Brown team
from Division II takes on the defending state champions from Division
III, Regina. Both teams have made a name on Ohio’s map for several
years. Brown has already beaten last year’s D-4 champion, Africentric.

Padua Franciscan Hockey Tournament, Saturday: Some of the top teams from the Cleveland area and Northeast Ohio will step onto the ice for this tourney.

Iron Man Wrestling Tournament at Walsh Jesuit High, Saturday, 10 a.m.: Early test for Northeast Ohio wrestling teams.

Rumble Wrestling Invitational Tournament at Painesville Riverside,
Tonight at 4:30 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.:
Riverside hosts this tournament that features an interesting mix of
teams from all over Northeast Ohio, such as West Branch near Canton,
Edgewood in Ashtabula, Conneaut in extreme Northeast Ohio and Girard
near Youngstown.

Wayne Invitational Wrestling at Apple Creek Waynedale High School, Friday and Saturday: Wayne County is the host for teams from all over Northeast Ohio.

Tuscarawas Central Catholic at Strasburg Boys’ Basketball, Tonight, 7:30 p.m. It’s
an early Inter-Valley Conference clash as a balanced TCC attack faces a
Strasburg team entering the game with one of the top sophomores in the
state in Seger Bonifant.

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