Hunting Valley University boys swimming, Akron Kenmore girls basketball, Wadsworth wrestling…those squads and others had a Happy Holidays. See who else scored big over Christmas week in the Northeast.
Hunting Valley University’s boys’ swimming team cruised to the
Division II boys’ state championship last year and has shown no signs
of slowing up.
University toppled the 35th
Viking Invitational at Cleveland State University by winning 8 of the
11 events against competition the likes of Cincinnati St. Xavier, Solon
and Cincinnati Wyoming.
Mike Guadiani tallied wins in
the 200 and 500 freestyle while winning two relays. Andrew Malone was
on both relays while also taking individual titles in the 50 free and
Toss in three wins and a second for
Nicholas Crane and the team dominated. Crane won the 200 individual
medley and won two relays while placing second in the 100 backstroke.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Shanequa Williams, Akron Kenmore Girls’ Basketball:
Williams is averaging just under 35 points per game in eight games for
her team this year and this past week, she put on a display like no
Williams scored 46 points in her team’s 47-43
win over Akron East, hitting for six 3-pointers in the first half en
route to 34 points. She followed that with 16 rebounds.
an 86-38 win over Dayton Dunbar this week, Williams poured in 44 points
points and has now scored 35 or more points in five of her team’s eight
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Wadsworth Wrestling: The Grizzlies dominated action at the North Canton Holiday Wrestling Tournament, the 50th edition of the meet. They bested second-place Lexington by 121.5 points.
Wadsworth also captured a pair of dual match wins, beating Barberton 59-6 and Medina Highland 58-6.
North Canton, Louden Gordon took the 135-pound title and was joined in
the winner’s circle by teammates Kagan and Brad Squire (119 and 145,
respectively for the brothers), Sheldon Brandenburg (160) and Nick
Taking second were Bart Randolph (171), Alfredo Gray (112), Clay Wenger (152) and Ben Buzzelli (heavyweight).
Barberton, Buzzelli, Kagan Squire, Randolph and Tavanello all won by
pin and Wenger and Brandenburg each had technical falls. In the victory
over Highland, Tavanello, Randolph and both Squires won by pin.
Perry Pumped: At
one of the more prestigious wrestling tournaments in the Midwest, the
King of the Mountain in Pennsylvania, Perry’s wrestling team placed
second with 154 ½ points. The kicker, they had no one wrestle in the
championship match so they had no winners and no runners-up.
Taking third for the Panthers were Anthony Wise at 215 and Bruno Millin at 103.
Triple-Double Evans: In
her team’s 56-55 win over Orange, Painesville Harvey’s Nekeia Evans
tallied 12 points, 15 rebounds and an amazing 14 blocked shots.
St. Ed’s Topples St. V:
In a battle of two of the top boys’ teams in Northeast Ohio and in the
state of Ohio, Lakewood St. Edward’s dominated Akron St. Vincent-St.
St. Ed’s was led by Matt Stainbrook with 16 points and Louisville recruit James Price with 12 points (10 in the third quarter).
St. Vincent-St. Mary was led by junior Jakarr Sampson, who at 6-foot-8, put on a clinic inside with 18 points and 18 rebounds.
Akron Manchester’s Morgan Vanscoy tied a school record for 3-pointers
by hitting six on her way to 21 points in her team’s 54-29 win over
In a 75-65 win over Canton Central Catholic, Walsh Jesuit canned 8 of 11 from 3-point range in boys’ basketball action.
She didn’t hit double figures in scoring by Mentor’s Maggie Alesci hit
five of the biggest points in her team’s 51-48 win over Lake Catholic
Alesci hit both free throws to tie the
game at 45 in regulation and then hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in
overtime to pick up the win and avoid a second extra session.
Oh My-eroff: Walsh Jesuit defeated St. Ignatius 3-2 in triple overtime at semifinals of the 39th
Annual Thornton Park High Hockey Tournament. Nate Myeroff, who had two
goals in the match, had the game-winner 44 seconds into the third and
Goalkeeper stopped 39 of 41 Wildcat shots.
Moving Mentor: Mentor’s boys’ basketball team has been explosive this year and it was evident in a pair of wins this week.
beat Shaker Heights 109-81 behind 31 points by Jaron Crowe that
included 9 of 10 from 3-point range, and 19 points from Justin Fritts.
Cardinals responded with a 91-61 win over Lake Catholic in which Cole
Krizancic was the leader with 24 points and Crowe had 21 points and
Stat Stuffer: Akron
Buchtel’s Jason Pitts stuffed the stat sheet with 23 points, seven
boards, six blocks and five steals in his team’s 85-61 win over Akron
Hat Trick Lange: Garfield Heights’s Mike Lange scored a hat trick in his team’s 7-0 shutout of Parma in boys’ hockey action.
In Cleveland JFK’s 75-65 win over Cleveland East, Terrance Alexander
pulled in a major double-double for JFK of 30 points and 21 rebounds
while teammate William Marrow also dabbled in double-doubles with 21
points and 10 helpers.
Kenston dominated Berlin Center Western Reserve 10-2 in boys’ hockey
action as Kyle Weininger and Jordan Manke each had two goals.
Making The Most: Fairview’s
Katie Brown made the most of her only point in her team’s 35-34 win
over Brooklyn. Her free throw with 13 seconds left gave her team the
Second Half Heroics: Lakewood’s
Martha Nagbe hit for 30 points in her team’s double-overtime 71-67 win
over West Geauga but her biggest points were eight in the first OT and
two in the second OT.
Westlake’s Kalpana Beach scored
23 of her 33 points in the fourth quarter and in the two overtimes as
her team edged Brecksville 73-64 in two extra frames.
In his team’s 75-68 win over St. Thomas Aquinas, Massillon Perry’s Ryan Snyder hit for 28 of his 35 points in the second half.
Tesny Comes Through:
Entering his championship match at 160 pounds with Aurora’s Danny
McNamara at the Hudson Holiday Wrestling Tournament, Cuyahoga Falls’
Tyler Tesny needed a win to win the team title for his team. If he
lost, the team title went to Aurora.
Tesny came through
in fine fashion, pinning McNamara in 4:26, joining teammate Conner
McMahon (135) as individual champions as Falls won 166 ½ to 158.
Taking MVP of the tournament was Aurora’s Ty Mitch at 125 pounds. He won and was a 3-time tournament champion.
Cleveland Job Corps beat Ginn Academy in a boys’ basketball game 63-61
last week as Job Corps player William Powell tallied 37 points.
Jubilant Jeli: Cleveland John Marshall’s Jeli Davis hit five 3-pointers on her way to 32 points in a 75-65 win over Cleveland South.
Despite his team losing 52-49 to Wooster Triway, Tuscarawas Valley’s
Clay Shetler hit 5 of 8 3-pointers on his way to 19 points.
Branch Takes Rumble: West Branch won the Painesville Riverside Rumble with 389 points to outdistance second-place and host Riverside’s 318.5.
Winning titles for the Warriors were Jake Mellinger at 130 and Adam Lamancusa at 160.
Patchan It In:
In a 45-41 win over Malvern, Tuscarawas Central Catholic star Millie
Patchan hit for 22 points and had 18 rebounds for a big double-double.
In Glenville’s 87-38 win over Cleveland Rhodes, the Tarblooders were
led by Tiara Harrison with 21 and teammate Jazzmin Brown with 20.
Medina Wrestling Invitational at Medina, Dec. 28 and 29: One
of the top wrestling tournaments in the state convenes over Christmas
break. Dubbed MIT, this is the place to be before the New Year.
Brecksville Holiday Wrestling Tournament at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High, Dec. 29 and 30: Not as glorious as the MIT but still a great place to see Northeast Ohio wrestling action over the holidays.
St. Ignatius at St. Edward Boys’ Hockey, Saturday, 4 p.m.: Two of Northeast Ohio’s biggest schools battle it out on the ice.
Sugarcreek Garaway at Northwestern Girls’ Basketball, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Two of the better small-school girls’ basketball teams in the Northeast collide in a non-league matchup in West Salem.
Brooklyn Ice Hockey Tournament, Dec. 27 and 28: Brooklyn hosts this holiday classic featuring teams from all over Lake Erie.
Northeast Extravaganza Swimming at Solon High, Dec. 29 and 30: Teams ranging from St. Ignatius to University School will converge for exactly what this is called: an extravaganza.