Northeast Ohio Huddle: A triple-double, Tornados, Walsh Wrestling and Top Gun


Northeast Ohio Huddle

Walsh Jesuit’s Sean Murphy, Akron Firestone’s girls and North Canton
Hoover’s boys and Solon’s divers highlighted a huge weekend of swimming
at the Northeast Ohio Swimming and Diving Championships at the C.T.
Branin Natatorium in Canton. Several other athletes made a splash as well in their respective sports this week…

Walsh Jesuit’s Sean Murphy, Akron Firestone’s girls and North Canton
Hoover’s boys and Solon’s divers highlighted a huge weekend of swimming
at the Northeast Ohio Swimming and Diving Championships at the C.T.
Branin Natatorium in Canton.


The event, which held its
semifinals at Branin and at the University of Akron, featured the best
swimmers from the Northeast Ohio region. It didn’t disappoint as Murphy
was the top individual on the weekend, taking first in both the 200
individual medley (1:56.80) and in the 100 breaststroke (58.64).


boys’ diving team took three of the top five places, including first
and second as Michael Kreft had a 465.55 and Michael Rembrandt tallied
a 437.35. Daniel Jacobson was fifth at 391.25.

boys won the 200 free and 400 free relays as Carl Brubach, Thomas
Tedrow and Tony Ventosa were on both relays with Mitch Alters on the
400 team and Tom Vretas on the 200 team. The 200 team finished in
1:26.94 while the 400 team won in 3:14.66.

Firestone’s Katie Miller led the way for her team, taking first in the
500 freestyle in 5:07.62 and second in the 200 individual medley in
2:09. She also joined Katie Campbell, Jennifer Harris and Jillian
Stonebury in winning the 400 free relay in 3:42.38.

Connie Gan won the 100 butterfly in 59.68 and won the 200 medley relay
in 1:53.45 with teammates Natalie Hill, Kelly Cartwright and Hannah
Hornis while Cortland Lakeview’s Emilee Gysegem was first in the 200
medley in 2:08.82 and second in the 100 backstroke.

first for Masillon Jackson was Chase Kinney in the 50 freestyle in
24.23 while Solon’s 200 free relay team of Kelsey McRill, Maryn
Bieganski, Emily Schwartz and Annie Marquiss won in 1:40.01. Cuyahoga
Falls diver Haleigh Barlett won with a 414.55, edging out Solon’s Sivan
Mills’s score of 413.95.

Also taking titles for the
boys was Kevin Meisner of Akron Firestone in the 100 backstroke in
53.35 and the 200 medley relay team of Jimmy Dagley, John Zucca, Corey
Jones and Adam Motter of Hudson in 1:39.19.


Nate Skonieczyny and Johnni DiJulius, Walsh Wrestling:
Skonieczyny won the 130-pound weight class at the Top Gun Wrestling
Championships held at Alliance High School while teammate DiJulius took
the 125-pound class. Both share the nod as top athletes this week for
the way they did it.

Skonieczyny is now 24-0 and won
his finals match 2-1 in overtime over St. Paris Graham’s Bo Jordan, who
was 20-0 at the time. He also beat Mayfield’s Mike Carlone 10-4 in the
semifinals, toppled Matt Hammer of Medina 16-3 by major decision in the
quarterfinals and won in 1:30 by way of pin over Miami Trace’s Dustin
McFadden in the third round.

In the second round, Skonieczyny added a pin in 33 seconds over Dover’s Wyatt Fishel.

took down Penn Cambria’s Patrick Myers 4-3 in overtime to improve to
24-1 on the season. In the semifinals, he beat decorated St. Parish
Graham wrestler Sheldon Kegley by pin in 1 minute. In the
quarterfinals, he beat Alex Sweeney of Mentor 16-0 in a technical fall
while in the third round, he toppled CVCA’s Matt Dobber by way of pin
in 3:13. The second round found him beating Orrville’s Brad Potter by
pin in 3:12.

Walsh was third with 136.5 points behind powers Graham and Massillon Perry.


Dover Boys’ Basketball:
The Tornadoes are 11-0 after two big wins over last weekend. While not
playing this week until tonight against league rival Claymont, the
Tornadoes earned a big win against previously-league undefeated
Coshocton (55-50 in overtime) and then took care of a hot-shooting
Youngstown Ursuline team 42-39 on Sunday in the Mercy Medical Center
Classic at North Canton High.

Dover battled Coshocton
into overtime as senior forward Marcus Mamarella hit the game-tying
basket in regulation and also converted a three-point play to put the
Tornadoes ahead for good in the extra session.

guard Anthony Monaco tallied a career-high 37 points to lead Dover
against the Redskins while Mamarella had 14 points for the Tornadoes of
coach Bob Von Kaenel. Dover turned the ball over only three times in
the 4 ½ quarters of play as they improved to 5-0 in the East Central
Ohio League (the league’s only undefeated squad now).

Ursuline, Dover trailed 29-25 after three quarters but scored the first
six points of the fourth quarter to lead 31-29. They would only go from
there, converting on 12 of 14 free throws in the final eight minutes,
including 4 for 4 from Mamarella who had eight points in the game.
Monaco led the with three 3-pointers on his way to 24 points.


Top Gunners: While
St. Paris Graham won yet another team title at Top Gun, Massillon Perry
made them work for it, losing 260.5 to 216.5 as Mitch Newhouse (112)
and Zach Dailey (135) won titles for the Panthers.

Northeast Ohio champions included University School’s Harrison
Hightower at 152 (now 22-2), Damien Perry of Mentor at 160 (now 31-3),
Alex Utley of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy at 171 (now 23-2) and
Louisville’s Joey Poyser at 215 as he is now 16-1.

Triple-Double Seger:
Strasburg sophomore Seger Bonifant turned in a dominating triple-double
with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocked shots with his 6-foot-7
frame in a 57-40 win over Conotton Valley.

Walsh Loves Home Ice:
At Kent State University, Walsh Jesuit won its own hockey tournament
with a 3-2 win in the championship over Rocky River. Dan Filice had a
hand in the final two goals, getting one on his own and assisting Colin
Marshall on one with 3:24 left to seal the deal. Judd Holiday had the
third goal while Eric Sperli had both goals for Rocky River.

In a 3-1 semifinal win over Shaker Heights, Vince Gaglione tallied two goals and Jacob Shick one for Walsh.

Rocky River downed Aurora 9-0 in its semifinal match as Greg Soltes had three goals.

In its first-round win, 6-0, over Holy Name, Filice, Victor LaVassuer and Greg Shupe all had first-half goals to lead 3-0 early.

River dominated Hudson 3-2 in the first round as Bobby Nuendorfer had a
goal and Matt Garibaldi found Clay Johanson twice for goals.

Massive McDonald:
The McDonald boys’ basketball team has won 31-straight regular season
games dating back to last year’s 20-win season and including this
year’s 11-0 mark. They beat Western Resere 62-38 to improve the streak
as Matthias Tayala had 21 points and 15 boards.

Super St. Peter Chanel: Little Bedford St. Peter Chanel took the team title at the Catholic Invitational at Woodling Gym at Cleveland State University.

invitational, which features Catholic schools from around Ohio, was won
by the Firebirds with 226.5 points to edge out Cincinnati Moeller’s

Cody Walters picked up an upset win at 152
pounds, edging St. Igatius state champion David Habat, 3-2. Cody
Tschantz (119), Dan Collier (135) and Joey Kiefer (145) were all
runners-up while thirds went to Dan Orrill at 140 and Ken Trusnik at

Great Gai: In Kent Roosevelt’s 7-1 win over
Bay in the Parma MLK Hockey Tournament championship, Alex Gai had three
goals and two assists to lead the winners. Teammate Bill Peachey added
a goal and five assists.

Thrilling Theriot:
Midpark’s Bryan Theriot scored the fourth-most single-game points in
school history with his 37 (to go with six boards and three blocks) in
a 59-57 win over Westlake. He was 13 of 15 from the free throw line.

The Banks Is Open:
Cleveland John Marshall edged rival Cleveland East 63-61 in girls’
basketball action as Brit’ne Banks hit a jumper at the buzzer for the
win. For the game, Banks had 25 points and 11 boards.

Pumped Up Piekarski:
Richie Piekarski not only had a big double-double with 33 points and 18
rebounds but he also hit the game-winning shot in his team’s 72-70 win
over Cuyahoga Falls.

Holt the Phone: Pymatuning
Valley’s Olivia Holt nearly hit a quadruple-double in a 60-32 win over
Badger. Holt poured in 17 points that went with 10 steals, nine assists
and six rebounds.

Mentor Check: Checking up on
the explosive Mentor boys’ basketball team … they dominated a solid
Cleveland Heights team 95-63 as they hit 12 three-pointers, led by Cole
Krizancic’s 35 points and Justin Fritts’s 16 points and 12 boards.

Then, the Cardinals toppled Lakota East 75-59 behind 25 more from Krizancic and 16 from Jaron Crowe.

Tough-Luck Niles:
Niles’s girls’ basketball team has now dropped 47 straight games and in
its 81-27 game to Warren Howland, got torched by standout Taylor
Williams, who continued her double-double streak in every game with 28
points and 16 rebounds.

Pew-fect: Division III
Smithville shocked Division I Westlake 45-41 in the Classic In the
Country at Berlin Hiland as 6-foot star center Jenna Pew had 18 points,
including 16 in a key first-half run.

Super Double:
In McDonald’s 49-41 loss to Berlin Center Western Reserve, McDonald’s
Joh’Vonnie Mosley  had a monster double-double with 28 points and 20

The next game, Mosley broke the school record
for career rebounds in a 51-47 win over Southern Local. Mosley tallied
22 rebounds to go with 20 points to sit at 919 career boards, breaking
2009 graduate Emily Dolsak’s previous record.

Pitch It In Pluchinsky:
North Lima South Range’s Brandon Pluchinsky tied a school record for
3-pointers in a game with six in a 72-46 win over Mineral Ridge. He
finished with 20 points.

Barco Banks 1,000: In
Southington’s 74-30 win over Grand Valley, Kaylynn Barco hit the
1,000-point mark with 17 points. She is just the fourth player in
school history to reach the milestone. She also added eight steals and
seven assists.

Dominating Davis: Canton McKinley
topped two state-ranked opponents last week, besting North Canton
Hoover and beating Toledo Libbey. In the two games, Chris Davis was 15
of 20 from the field for 40 total points. He was 5 for 5 from 3-point
range for 15 points in the win over Libbey.

Big Wheeler Keep On Winnin’:
Copley’s Sam Wheeler is 35-0 at 171 pounds in his junior year of
wrestling. Wheeler won the weight class at the Bill Dies Memorial
Tournament at Akron Firestone recently.

Heights won the event with 249 points as heavyweight Billy Vaughn was
the lone champion but Mitch Baran (119) and Spencer Willet (215) both
took runner-up status. Heights had nine of its 14 wrestlers place in
the 44-team field.

More Threes: Just mere miles apart, East Canton and Magnolia Sandy Valley’s boys had two explosive 3-point shooters last week.

Ryan Burfield canned six 3-pointers for 23 points in his team’s 70-62
win over Streetsboro while Sandy Valley’s Zach Mozden hit six of his
own from beyond the arc on his way to 26 points in a 60-56 overtime
loss to Ridgewood.

In Laurel’s 67-54 win over Valley
Forge, Autumn Williams led the winners with five 3-pointers on her way
to 30 points, including 19 second-quarter points.

Hat Trick Csornak: Brooklyn’s Adam Csornak had three goals in his team’s 4-2 victory over West Geauga.

Bowled Over:
At the Hall of Fame District Bowling Preview at Canton’s AMF Hall of
Fame Lanes, Cuyahoga Falls defeated Struthers 2-0 in a Baker Series
championship to win the boys’ title while Boardman’s girls topped
Massillon Perry 2-1.

High series for the boys was Ben Hier of Falls wit ha 513 while high game went to Perry’s Adam Weff with a 279.

series for girls went to Garrettsville’s Ashley Bernatwicz and her 424
while game went to Perry’s Briana Sprout with her 255 (420).

Upset at the Pit:
Fairless upset host Wooster Triway 67-55 at its beloved “Pit” in a
Principals’ Athletic Conference game. While some teams feel like they
don’t get the calls on the road, the winning Falcons hit 20 of an
amazing 28 free throws in the fourth quarter alone to secure the win.

Matheson had 15 points, six steals and five assists to lead the Falcons
who are just 3-6 in the league and 3-9 overall. Triway dipped to 6-2 in
the PAC and 9-3 overall.

Quaker Pressure: The
New Philadelphia boys and girls basketball teams put up back-to-back
dominating defensive performances in wins last weekend. The boys
clenched down in a 58-17 win over Warsaw River View. The Quaker boys
allowed just five baskets to be made all night by River View while
holding them to one field goal in the second half. The winners held the
Black Bears to just 18 percent shooting with one 3-pointer. John
Stephenson scored 13 points in a balanced New Phila attack.

next day, New Philadelphia’s girls found themselves down 22-15 after
one quarter but outscored Canton Central Catholic 41-19 the rest of the
game to win 56-41 as Danielle Ledrich tallied 17 points to lead the way.


St. Paris Graham at Lakewood St. Edward’s Wrestling, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: The two premier wrestling programs in the state of Ohio match up in a dual in Lakewood.

Malvern at Hiland Boys’ Basketball, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
Always a great battle, Hiland toppled the Hornets in Malvern a few
weeks ago but never count out Malvern’s Denny Tucci, whose team
features son Travis and senior guard Adam Wackerly attacking Hiland’s
Dylan Kaufman and Noah Boyd, a 6-foot-7 point forward.

Garaway at Hiland Boys’ Basketball, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.:
This battle of Inter-Valley Conference rivals that are separated by
less than 10 miles features a pair of undefeated teams who have
dominating young players in 6-foot-8 Garaway junior Paul Honigford and
6-foot-4 Hiland sophomore Dylan Kaufman.

Lakewood St. Edward’s at Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph Boys’ Basketball, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: St. Edward’s is one of Northeast Ohio’s top Division I programs while VA-SJ stands atop the Division II ranks.

Chardon Narrah Graham Wrestling Tournament, Saturday, 10 a.m.: Lake County is the site for this smaller, big-school wrestling event.

Tuslaw Wrestling Invitational, Saturday, 10 a.m.: Massillon is the spot for this small-school invite..

Cambridge at New Philadelphia Girls’ Basketball, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.: Cambridge
is undefeated in the East Central Ohio League but New Philadelphia
offers a chance to toppled the Bobcats and hand them their first loss.

Wooster Wrestling Invitational and Waynedale Duals, Saturday, 10 a.m.:
The biggest school in Wayne County hosts this meet while Waynedale, out
of Apple Creek, brings in smaller schools for its duals..

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