So what happened in the Northeast this week? One player scored 30 points and dished out 11 assists, another player pulled down 21 rebounds, another player went 15-for-15 from the free throw line; another player…we’ll you get the picture. There were several stellar performances – both team and individual – and here they are…
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, mighty Mentor High will join the 18-team Northeast Ohio Conference by the 2011-2012 season. It seems like so far away but 2010 is a mere few weeks away.
Mentor is currently a part of the Lake Erie League and would replace Nordonia, who is headed to the Suburban League.
Mentor, which is a large Northeast Ohio school, would most likely be in the Big School division with Brunswick, Mayfield, Medina, Solon and Strongsville.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Hilary Weaver, Hiland Girls’ Basketball: Weaver is a 4-year standout and starter for one of Ohio’s top small-school basketball programs and she recently tied a school record for assists in a game. Weaver handed out 21 assists in her team’s 86-15 win over Tuscarawas Central Catholic.
Weaver, a Lehigh University recruit at the Division I level, tied Julie Weaver’s record from the 1994-1995 season when she hit the mark against Strasburg.
Weaver is a point guard but she’s a tenacious defender, great leader and can be a scorer when coach Dave Schlabach needs it. In that win, Weaver hit teammate Noelle Yoder, a Bowling Green recruit, for 22 points while McKenzie Miller had 17 and Hannah Stoneman and Katelyn Stuckey 11 each.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown Girls’ Basketball: In the biggest game of quite possibly the season in Northeast Ohio girls’ basketball action, defending Division II state champion Hathaway Brown beat defending Division III state champion South Euclid Regina 56-49.
Hathaway Brown is 4-0 on the season and took a 38-35 deficit after three quarters and scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to cruise in for the final tally. Alexis Dobbs went 8 for 8 from the free throw line in the game and had 11 points.
Brown was led in scoring by Northwestern recruit Mylan Woods with 20 points. She also added four assists, three rebounds, two steals and had a stuff.
Brown used its height as an advantage as 6-foot-1 frosh Vanessa Smith hauled in nine boards and 6-foot junior Molly Crosby added eight rebounds.
Florida State recruit Tay’ler Mingo led Regina with 18 points, four assists and four steals while Nirra Fields had 14 points and Ole Miss recruit Pa’Sonna Hope eight points, 10 boards and five blocks.
Hathaway Brown then held off Canton McKinley, a solid Stark County team, 48-46 as they led by 10 in the second half.
Smith was the lone double-digit scorer for the winners, tallying 10 points.
Braves and Wildcats Rule the Pool: Berea’s girls won its own swimming invitational with 96 points while St. Ignatius’s boys took the team title with 99.
Nikki Kollis won the 200 individual medley and swam on two winning relays.
Hoover Happy: North Canton Hoover picked up a 5-0 record at the Medina Duals as the Vikings defeated Medina, Madison, Cuyahoga Falls, Copley and Chippewa Valley.
Zach Adelman took a 5-0 mark out of the weekend while Tyler Feller was 4-0.
Brown At the Line: Louisville’s Michael Brown hit 15 of 15 free throws on his way to 29 points in his team’s 69-54 win over Carrollton.
Tough Luck: At 0-3, defending Division III state champion Cleveland Central Catholic could feel sorry for itself but one look at the schedule shows how tough their start has been. Their losses have come at the hands of strong Division I power Lakewood St. Edward’s (80-42 on Saturday), defending Division II state title holder Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary and state power Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph.
St. Ed’s was led against CCC by Kyle Pisco with 25 points on six trifectas. Central Catholic was led by Chall Montgomery with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Super Sandy: Sandy Valley’s wrestling team went 5-0 at the Marlington Duals last weekend, defeating Akron Ellet, Fairless, Revere, Akron Springfield and Marlington. Dustin Brown (125), Dutch Kirkman (135), Billy Natale (140), Zak Monte (152) and Parker Cole (160) all went 5-0 for the Cardinals.
Amazing McIntosh: Canton Timken’s Kim McIntosh hauled in 21 rebounds in her team’s 44-41 loss to Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.
Great Griffins: Akron Buchtel dominated its game with Akron City Series foe Akron Garfield 67-46 behind a dominating 55 percent shooting performance. Sophomore Charnae Coleman tallied 22 points and nine boards and Patience Carroll had 19 rebounds while classmate Daishani Williams had 16 points and eight thefts.
Shull Enough: With 6-foot-8 Mark Henniger and 6-foot-7 Josh Egner leading the way inside, Massillon Jackson has its dynamic inside duo. In a recent 76-60 win over Canton GlenOak, it was 5-foot-10 junior guard Michael Shull who stepped up. Shull canned 6 of 11 triples he took for 26 points, including 15 points in the first quarter with a trio of trifectas.
Brunswick From Tha-Reeeee: Brunswick hit its first nine 3-pointers and had 13 total in a 87-48 win over Cuyahoga Falls. Jeremy Salmonski and Tyler Ferrell had 20 and 18 points, respectively, to lead the way.
Double Double-Doubles: In Akron Firestone’s 85-39 girls’ win over Akron East, Imani Gordon tallied a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds while Shaia Horton had her own double-double of 24 points and 10 assists.
In another Akron City game, Kenmore defeated North 82-22 behind its own pair of double-doubles. Shanequa Williams had 31 points and 10 steals while Porshae Hearn had 25 points and 10 boards.
No. 500 For Lynch: Strongsville boys’ basketball coach Joe Lynch earned his 500th career victory when his team beat Stow 71-64. Aaron White had a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the 500th win.
Northeast Tie: Mentor and Solon tied for the championship of the North Coast Classic with 514 points each.
Mentor got championships individually from John McClatcher at 125, Alex Sweeney at 130 and Damien Perry at 171. Solon took titles at 103 with Brandon Thompson and at 112 with Anthony Collica.
Red With Victory: The St. Ignatius boys’ hockey team improved to 2-0 in the Red North Division with a 3-2 overtime win over Walsh Jesuit, a newcomer to the Red North. Liam Geither scored a goal for Ignatius 5:50 into the extra period as teammates Michael Wells and Michael Abood also scored. Scoring for Walsh Jesuit were Vince Gaglione and Mike Marsinek.
Ledrich Leading: In a big-time rivalry game, New Philadelphia senior Danielle Ledrich stepped up with 26 points as her team beat Dover.
Helpful Marrow: Cleveland JFK’s Williams Marrow II not only scored 30 points but also handed out 11 assists in his team’s 74-67 win over John Marshall.
Hard-nosed Hargrove: In Minerva’s 61-50 win over Canton South, Kassidy Hargrove tallied 26 points and went for a key 6 for 6 free throws in the fourth quarter to help secure the win.
Tremendous Tusky: Tuscarawas Valley out of Zoarville improved to 4-0 with a 59-47 win over Triway. Paige Ricketts had 18 points while Sara Tucke poured in 13 with fiv boards. Shannon Watson also secured 10 rebounds.
Fourth Quarter Dudley: Massillon’s Jamil Dudley hit for 29 points in his team’s 76-72 loss to Canton Timken and had 16 in the fourth quarter of the tight loss.
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary at Lakewood St. Edward’s Boys’ Basketball, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: It’s Division II SVSM against D-1 power St. Ed’s in an early showcase of two of the top teams in Northeast Ohio.
Warren G. Harding at Canton Timken Boys’ Basketball, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Harding is led by Fred Williams and is coming off a sensational state tournament run last year while Timken is still trying to make itself into a consistent Northeast Ohio power.
Principal Athletic Conference Wrestling Duals at Akron Manchester, Saturday, 10 a.m.: The PAC-7, which includes state power Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, goes from a dual-match format that has a postseason dual meet to a pre-season and postseason dual tournament to account for its league points.
Hudson Wrestling Tournament at Hudson High, Tonight, 4 p.m.: Starting yesterday, this tournament features some of Northeast Ohio’s top teams with finals going this evening.
Lorain Southview Invitational Wrestling at Lorain Southview, Tonight and Saturday: Looking for wrestling west of Cleveland? You can find it in Lorain County at this tournament running tonight and tomorrow morning.
Girard Wrestling Duals at Girard High, Dec. 23, 8 a.m.: A pre-Christmas tourney to keep the wrestling season momentum going into the holiday season.