Northeast Ohio Huddle: Hoops, wrestling, hockey and the New Year


Northeast Ohio Huddle

With more than 2,400 miles traveled (give or take a few 100
miles) for Mentor and Massillon Jackson to the Surf N’ Slam Tournament
in San Diego, California, it’s amazing that the two teams played in the
Surf Division Championship game after all that airfare. Here’s who else competed for titles and honors this week…and won them.

With more than 2,400 miles traveled (give or take a few 100
miles) for Mentor and Massillon Jackson to the Surf N’ Slam Tournament
in San Diego, California, it’s amazing that the two teams played in the
Surf Division Championship game after all that airfare.


the championship, Mentor defeated Jackson 70-67 as it came back from a
25-7 first-quarter deficit with six straight 3-pointers in the second
period. Mentor hit 13 of 37 triples for the game and were led in
scoring by this week’s co-players of the week, Cole Krizancic and Jaron


Jackson was led by 6-fot-8 Mark
Henniger’s 22 points and 17 rebounds while Josh Egner and Michael Shull
chipped in 14 points each.


defeated Woodcreek (Calif.) 88-80 in the semifinals as three players
hit for more than 20 points in Krizancic, Crowe and Justin Fritts. The
trio combined to hit on 10 of the 12 triples nailed by the Cardinals.


the opening game, Mentor toppled White Rock Christian 72-52 as
Krizancic hit four triples for 31 points and Crowe and Fritts both
reached double figures with Fritts scoring 15.


In the opening game, Jackson beat
Mt. Si (Wash.) 70-66 in overtime as Henniger had 34 points and 13
rebounds. In its 70-58 semifinal win over Chartiers Valley (Pa.),
Jackson was led by Egner’s 16 points and 10 boards, Henniger’s 22
points and Shull’s 15 on five 3-pointers.


Cole Krizancic and Jaron Crowe, Mentor Boys’ Basketball:
In the aforementioned championship win over Jackson, Crowe led the way
with 25 points and nine assists as he was 5 of 11 from 3-point range.
Krizancic had 21 points.

In the semifinal win over Woodcreek, Krizancic led the way with 28 points and Crowe added 25.

the opening-game win over White Rock Christian, Krizancic tallied 31
points with four triples while Crowe had 12 points on all 3-pointers.


Lakewood St. Edward’s Wrestling:
St. Edward’s, long a powerhouse in the state of Ohio, put it all
together in dominating the prestigious Medina Invitational Tournametn.
The Eagles had 285.5 points to easily outdistance second-place Oak
Harbor’s 168.5 and fellow Northeast Ohio power Massillon Perry’s 150.5.

160 pounds, Nick Sulzer led St. Ed’s with a win in his weight class and
his performance did not go unnoticed as he was named the Darrell Hill
Second Most Valuable Wrestler for the weekend behind Brian
Brakeman/Mike Mass Most Valuable Wrestler Josh Demes of Westerville

Also taking titles for the Eagles were
103-pounder Dean Heil, 125-pounder Gus Sako, Anthony Salupo at 145
pounds and Greg Kuhar at 285. Runners-up were Alex Moore at 112 and
Matt VanCurren at 140.


Hockey Happenins at Heights: The Cleveland Heights Holiday Hockey Tournament featured some of the best hockey talent in the state and in Northeast Ohio.

topped Brecksville 3-2 in double overtime to win the team title. J.T.
Grahl scored two goals for Strongsville, including the winning goal
just 30 ticks into the second extra session. He was named Tournament
MVP while teammate and goalie Brian Genco was named Most Outstanding
Goalkeeper after stopping 32 Brecksville shots in the finale.

won a tough 3-2 match against Rocky River in the semifinals where one
goal each from Brandon Wilson, Grahl and Steve Richnavsky was enough.

Cleveland Benedictine’s 5-1 win over Cleveland Heights in the
tournament, Frank Sterle had four goals while Brecksville rocked Bay
7-2 behind a pair of goals each from Tony O’Neil and Matt Ivuszkiw.

Great Gordon: A
triple-double is hard to come by even for LeBron James but a high
school girl? Imani Gordon of Akron Firestone stepped up and delivered a
26-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist dousy in her team’s 52-49 win over
Akron Hoban. Teammate Janea Perdue found time to tally up a
double-double with 14 points and 11 boards,

MIT Standouts: The
Northeast ruled the Medina Invitational Tournament. Aside from St.
Edward’s dominance, the region took home six other individual titles
while Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy was the top Division III team
with 114 points to easily outdistance Ashland Crestview’s 48.5.

Claymont’s Kyle Warner, just a sophomore, won the title at 130 pounds
while Zach Dailey (135) and Anthony Wise (215) of Perry also won.
Davion Caston of Sandusky claimed the title at 119 while Medina’s Mike
Griffith won at 112. The 189-pound class went to Kurt Schaefer of West
Salem Northwestern while the fastest pin for the two days went to
Uniontown Lake’s Sean Hemlich at 285. He pinned an opponent in an
astonishing 13 seconds.

Magnificent Maurer:
Minerva’s Taylor Maurer set her school’s record for career 3-pointers
in just her junior season as she hit five triples for 17 points in a
65-35 win over Canal Fulton Northwest. As of that game, Maurer had 114
career triples, breaking the mark of 2006 graduate Megan Simons by one.

Wheel-er and Dealer:
Green’s Deanna Wheeler tied her school record for 3-pointers in a game
with eight as her team beat Revere 72-23. Wheeler scored 30 points as
her team set a new team record with 14 trifectas. Kesley Corle added 21
points that included five treys.

In her team’s 56-50 win over Warren Howland, Wheeler turned in three more trifectas on her way to 18 points.

Cruisin’ Carter: Akron
Hoban’s Javonte Carter was named North Coast League Bowling Tournament
MVP by rolling a 610 in three games in leading his team to the league

Wonderful Williams: In
Howland’s 62-46 win over Canton GlenOak, Taylor Williams put up 21
points and 17 rebounds for an amazing double-double. She picked up 18
and 15, respectively, in a 56-50 loss to Green.

North Olmsted Hockey Happens To Be Great:
North Olmsted rocked Mentor 10-0 at the Trinity Christmas Invitational
as Ryan Sutton, Mike Konyesni and Kyle Swansegar had two goals each.

Ledrich Leading: New
Philadelphia senior Danielle Ledrich recently surpassed the 1,000 point
mark for her career in a 51-47 loss to Massillon Jackson. Ledrich
scored 22 points and had seven rebounds to give her 1,007 career
points. Ledrich also this year tied the state record for consecutive
free throws made.

Hoover Handles Competition: North
Canton Hoover picked up the championship of the Motor City Classic in
Detroit by beating Mattawan (Mich.) 88-46 in the finals. The Vikings
hit 78 percent of their field goals in the first half. Nyles Evans had
19 first-half points and 25 for the game. He added 20 in the first game
of the tournament.

Wonderful Wickline:
In Lordstown’s 47-42 win over Sebring, Kelsey Wickline scored 17 of her
25 points in the second half, including nine in the key fourth quarter.

Northeast Hockey Champions: Olmsted
Falls toppled Amherst 2-0 to win the Parma Christmas Hockey Tournament.
Ryan Rex and Nick Riolo handled the scoring for the winners.

St. Ignatius was not gracious in winning its own Christmas Tournament,
topping Gilmour 5-3 in the finals. Jacob Riemenschneider had two goals
to lead the winners.

Padua took the round-robin tournament at St. Edward’s in the Eagle Classic. They beat Dublin Coffman on Tuesday 4-1.

Super Strongsville:
Strongsville hit a season-high 12 three-pointers in a 81-54 win over
New Bedford (Mass.) at the Orlando Invitational in Florida. Aaron White
made the All-Tournament Team with 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Wonderful Wadsworth:
Despite missing state placer Kagan Squire with a bruised chestbone at
119 pounds, Wadsworth cruised to the team title at the Brecksville
Holiday Wrestling Tournament. Outdistancing Division III power Bedford
St. Peter Chanel 275 ½-168 ½, Wadsworth was led by champions Alfredo
Gray (112), Brad Squire (145) and Ben Buzzelli (285).

Most Outstanding Wrestler went to Aurora’s Ty Mitch at 119 pounds. Mitch is a 2-time state champion.

Terrific Tusky Valley: Tusky
Valley kept rolling as it went on the road to Cuyahoga Falls and beat
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 63-57 in Principals’ Athletic
Conference girls’ basketball action. Sara Tucke continued her big
scoring with a team-high 21 points to go with six dimes. Paige Ricketts
also contributed 14 points, six assists and five steals.

Bench Barrage:
Wooster’s Ashley Evans made the most of her game time in her team’s
51-39 win over New Philadelphia. Evans scored 19 points to lead her
team and those were off the bench.

Pre-Halftime Prulhiere: Tallmadge
hotshot Abby Prulhiere scored a team-high 22 points in her team’s 81-51
win over Akron Buchtel but 19 of those came by halftime and 14 were in
the first quarter thanks to three first-quarter 3-pointers.

Crestwood Takes Kenston:
Crestwood won the team title at the Kenston Wrestling Invitational with
192 points. Adam Horovitz (140 pounds), Cheney Matarrese (152) and Cody
Ryba (171) each took home titles to help topple runner-up Willoughby
South (183 points).

Bulldog Barrage: Poland
hit nine 3-pointers in its 86-67 win over Boardman at the
Austintown-Fitch Holiday Tourney. Ben Donlow and Luke Wollet led the
way with 17 points each.

Brown Braggin’:
Hathaway Brown, coming off a runner-up finish at the Toledo Start
Braggin’ Rights Classic, beat West Virginia North Marion 73-71 on a
last-second layup by Molly Crosby in the Braggin’ Rights Classic at
Canal Winchester’s World Harvest Prep.

North Marion was
the top-ranked team in West Virginia and defending state champions as
the defending Ohio Division II champs took them over.

Smith’s jumper with seven ticks left tied the game at 71 and then
Crosby stole the inbounds and converted the layup to win the game.

Mylan Woods tallied 17 points, Smith 14 and Erica Almady 13 to lead Brown.

Hudson Hittin’:
In Hudson’s 71-54 girls’ basketball win over Massillon Jackson, the
Explorers hit on 11 of 23 triples (school records for both) and had six
trifectas in the third quarter alone. Christie Wade was 6 of 9 from
3-point range for 20 points and Hayley McCandless chipped in three
triples for 11 points.

Rose is MVP: In
Cleveland Rhodes’s feat of winning the Medina Holiday Tournament,
Geovante Rose took home MVP honors for Rhodes. His team beat host
Medina 59-55 in the title game as Rose had 22 points, 12 boards and
four blocked shots.

Ursuline Boys Boarding: In
its 72-26 win over Southside (Pa.), Youngstown Ursuline pulled in 54
rebounds. Atim Smith led the way with 12 boards to go with his 12

LaBrae Leaders: LaBrea
dominated Niles 48-30 and it was due, in part, to monster rebound
nights from Courtney Aldridge and Brittani Hill. Aldridge led the team
with 16 points and also had 16 rebounds while Hill pulled a Dennis
Rodman with just four points but had 16 rebounds.

Terrific Taylor: Massillon defeated Oviedo (Fla.) 68-33 in Orlando, Florida and the team was led by Jaylene Taylor with 29 points.

McKinley City Mastery:
The Canton McKinley wrestling team stole the show at the Canton City
Invitational, winning the team title with six champions and 376.5
points over second-place Timken’s 286.

Maurice Miller
took 130, Ruben Burrows 135 and Arsenio Solomon 152. Garret Payen had
the title at 160, Anthony Confolone the championship at 171 and Kyle
Feemster the title at 189.

Best of the Rest: Brunswick’s Tyler Ferrell lit up Copley for 30 points in his team’s 49-44 victory.

Aaron White tallied 29 points as his Strongsville team beat Cherokee 84-67 at the Disney Classic in Orlando, Florida.

Kenmore’s Shanequa Williams put up 30 points, six rebounds, six steals
and three assists in her team’s 57-48 win over Warrensville Heights.

her team’s 58-50 victory over North Royalton, Brush’s Natachia Watkins
had 21 points, 17 rebounds and two assists shy of a triple-double with


Mayfield Big 8 Wildcat Invitational, Wrestling, Sunday, 10 a.m.: This
1-day tourney features some of the top big-school wrestling programs in
Northeast Ohio, particularly the Cleveland-area. Host Mayfield won it
last year with 279 points but got tough challenges from Ignatius,
Strongsville, Harrison and Bedford St. Peter Chanel.

Hiland at Wooster Triway Boys’ Basketball, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Not
far from one another in the Western part of Northeast Ohio, these two
small-school programs are two of the best. Triway coach Keith Snoddy
and Hiland coach Mark Schlabach have been through the battles and both
are undefeated so far this year. A great early test for two teams
hoping to make noise in the postseason in the New Year.

Perry Pin City Wrestling Tournament, Today and Saturday, 9 a.m.: No,
it’s not the Division I wrestling power Perry from Massillon, but it is
one of the top middle-sized school tournaments to start the New Year
off near Mentor, Ohio, in Lake County.

Gilmour Academy Ice Hockey Tournament, January 1-3:
At various times, some of the top ice hockey teams in Northeast Ohio
and the surrounding states will be in action. From host Gilmour to St.
Ignatius to Hunting Valley University, the teams will be joined by Erie
(Pa.) McDowell and Hamilton SE (Indiana).

Coshocton at Carrollton Boys’ Basketball, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Both
teams feature an array of outstanding talent and both are expected to
compete in the postseason in the Eastern District. Coshocton is led by
sharpshooter David Brown, 6-foot-7 post player Christian Taylor and
guard Dom McCluskey. Carrollton has an array of scorers led by 6-foot-5
Kristian Cross, guard John Lowdermilk and 6-foot-3 Luke Starre.

Strasburg at Tuscarawas Valley Girls’ Basketball, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.: These
two schools sit in neighboring districts and aren’t that far from one
another. Strasburg is making its move this year after a slightly tough
start while Tusky Valley is undefeated.

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