It’s not often that you find two small schools battling it out with so many individual and team headlines to choose from. Such was the case in Canfield’s 96-89 upset of Poland, who was undefeated.
It’s not often that you find two small schools battling it out with so many individual and team headlines to choose from.
Such was the case in Canfield’s 96-89 upset of Poland, who was undefeated. Canfield is now 10-2.
In the game, Canfield’s Joe Hoelzel hit for 40 points and 11 boards while Justin Vrabel and 20 and 14 (points and boards) and Mike Podolsky added 20 and 10 himself.
But the losers found themselves with awesome efforts as Niko Fatimus scored 42 points that included 11 3-pointers. Ben Donlow had 20 and 10 himself.
Canfield scored 64 points in the second half as they took a 10-point halftime deficit and turned it into the win with 21 of 30 accuracy from the field.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Taylor Williams, Warren Howland Girls’ Basketball: Just a sophomore, Williams has broken most of Howland’s girls’ basketball records and she still has just over 2 ½ years left to play.
Williams has recorded 108 blocks this year which is 7.7 per game. Both are school records. The previous one-year mark was 91 in 1993. She had 17 blocks in a game once, which is a record and last year she scored 246 to set another record.
This year she is averaging 19.1 points and 16 rebounds per game. She has pulled in an amazing 14 double-doubles in 14 games this year and is shooting 64 percent from the field.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
East Canton Boys’ Basketball: The East Canton boys’ basketball team is 12-0 for the first time in school history after beating Waterloo 56-37. In the win, Zell Bradley and Josh Smith both had 15 points. They are 9-0 in the Portage Trail Conference County Division.
Ryan Burfield chipped in 12 points.
The team broke the previous best mark of 11-0 in their 63-49 win over Windham. The previous best start was by the 1945-1946 team that started out 10-0.
Against Windham, the Hornets outscored Windham 18-0 in the second quarter. In the contest, Burfield hit for 22 points that included five 3-pointers.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Wonderful Woods: Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown has had some outstanding players come through its walls but now, Mylan Woods stands atop them all. She broke the school’s all-time scoring record for career points in her team’s 60-41 win over Lakota West at last week’s Classic In the Country at Berlin Hiland.
Woods scored 22 points to give her 1,307 for her career, which is better than 2008 graduate Angela Groes, who had 1,289 points.
Roarin’ Reid: In Akron Firestone’s 85-16 win over Akron North, Firestone’s Senicia Reid scored 15 points and also had a triple-double with 18 rebounds, 11 steals and seven blocked shots.
Magical McDonald: McDonald’s boys’ basketball team simply continues to dominate after going 20-0 in the regular season last year. This year, they are 13-0 after beating Leetonia 79-30.
Mathias Tayala had 15 points, Nick Rota 13, Justin Rota and Devin Bansberg 12 each for the winners. Bansberg and both Rotas have had two undefeated football seasons and last year’s undefeated basketball season already under their belts as they look to continue perfection this year.
300 Harrison: In North Canton Hoover’s 3,148-2,601 bowling win over Austintown-Fitch, Hoover bowler Nick Harrison, a junior, bowled a 300 in Game 1 of his 2-game series. He is the defending Stark County High School Bowling Conference champion and he ran off 19 straight strikes. He finished game 2 with a 247 for a 547 series.
No Funk Here: Jeromesville Hillsdale’s Brittany Funk broke the school’s all-time rebounding record in her team’s 60-42 win over West Salem Northwestern. Funk hit for 13 rebounds to pass Chelsea Jones for the most rebounds in school history with 606. She now holds records for career rebounding, single-game scoring with 35 and the shot put record in track season at 39 feet, 6 ¾ inches.
Miraculous Mervar: Cuyahoga Heights clubbed Beachwood 50-7 as Heidi Mervar scored 21 points to put her at 1,019 career tallies.
Good Gagne: Lisbon Beaver Local’s Allie Gagne had 21 points and 21 rebounds in a dominating double-double effort in her team’s 55-41 win over Cortland Lakeview.
Kenston Kruising: In Kenston’s 7-2 win over over Chagrin Falls in hockey action, Colton Deeter turned in two goals and two assists for the winners.
Upset City For University: Hunting Valley University upset St. Ignatius in boys’ ice hockey action as Alex Stefanski turned in two goals in a span of four minutes to help propel his team to victory.
Maple Must Win: Maple Heights won the Firelands Wrestling Invitational with 233 points to easily outdistance Lorain Admiral King’s 140 ½. The winners had nine champions and three second-place finishes.
Triple-Happy Lowellville: Lowellville’s boys’ basketball team is averaging 8.3 three-pointers made per game in its last eight games, including 13 in a 70-56 win over Jackson-Milton.
Lowellville had eight trifectas in the first half in leadign 43-29 and has now had at least six 3-pointers in those last eight games. Mauro Amendola had six 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 20 points.
Lettin’ It Fly LaBrae: LaBrae dominated Lordstown from 3-point range, it had to feel like they were doing a raindance in their 87-37 boys’ basketball victory.
LaBrae hit 9 of 12 from deep and made their first eight shots from downtown in the rout. Matt Szorady scored 18 points with Mike Morris 17, Jacob Jaros 13 and Andrew Sekela 12.
Triple Strouble: Alliance Marlington’s Cyle Strouble, a 6-foot-5 center, recorded 16 points, hauled in 12 rebounds and blocked 10 shots in a triple-double effort in his team’s 53-38 win over Lake Center Christian.
Yippee Yorko: Cleveland Horizon Science player Nora Yorko hit 15 field goals en route to a career high 33 points but she also finished an assist short of a double-double with nine dimes to go with five rebounds in a 49-37 win over Fuchs Mizrachi.
Amazing Matchup: In Orrville’s 82-79 victory over West Salem Northwestern, it was a fantastic matchup between Orrville’s Jacob Bolyard and Northwestern’s Brennen McKean.
Bolyard got the win and did so with 38 big points while McKean stroked 30 points with five 3-pointers. Both standouts had 21 at halftime.
Deadly Duo: In Canton Heritage Christian’s 87-72 win over Heartland Christian, Ken Hill and Josh Davidson dominated action. Hill had 38 points, including 30 in the first half while adding 12 boards and seven assists. Davidson hit on six 3-pointers en route to 29 points.
In a 53-51 win over Mansfield St. Peter’s, Davidson had 25 more points and 14 more rebounds while hitting the game-winning free throws. Hill added 16 more points and 10 more rebounds.
Porrini Stuffin’ Stats: Canton Timken’s Cory Porrini stuffed the stat box in his team’s 65-44 win over Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy as he hit for 24 points, nabbed nine steals, had seven rebounds and dished out five assists.
Trifecta Thompson: East Liverpool’s Marky Thompson hit seven 3-pointers en route to 26 points in his team’s 57-54 loss to West Branch.
Splendid Spittle: In Wooster’s 96-80 drubbing of rival Wooster Triway, the Generals’ Mack Spittle scored 22 points on an efficient 8 of 15 shots from the field that included hitting 6 of 9 three-pointers.
Tuslaw Treats: Massillon Tuslaw played the part of bad hosts, going 5-0 in winning its own wrestling duals last weekend. Tuslaw defeated Sandy Valley, Akron Ellet, Waterloo, Edgewood and Coventry.
Over the weekend, 215-pounder Treg Grubb went 5-0 to earn MVP honors in the heavyweights with three pins. Coventry’s Randy Henline was MVP of the lighter weights.
Hot Henson: Grand Valley’s A.J. Henson went for 30 points on the strength of five 3-pointers in his team’s 80-71 win over Southington.
20:20: Smithville got a solid 20-20 night from Jenna Pew and Kylie Frizell in a 75-41 Smithies win over Tuslaw. Frizell had 25 points and Pew 23 in the big win.
Bloomfield For Tha-Reeeeee: Bloomfield hit 12 three-pointers in their 78-64 win over Thompson Ledgemont.
Dustin Kovalak hit for 27 points with three triples and 11 rebounds to lead Bloomfield.
In Payne: Walsh Jesuit sophomore guard Evan Payne poured in 37 points in his team’s 71-66 win over Akron Hoban.
Thinking Theriot: Midpark’s Bryan Theriot earned his third-straight 30-plus point game as his team beat Berea 65-39. He scored 30 points in the win.
Villa Angela-St. Josephs at Mentor Boys’ Basketball, tonight, 7:30 p.m.: One of the state’s best in Division II gets to tangle with an undefeated Cardinals squad that is smaller than most but has true heart, works hard and can shoot the lights out!
Jim Wood Wrestling Invitational at Lexington High, Saturday, 10 a.m.: St. Edward’s is the main attraction at this meet held near Mansfield.
Berlin Hiland at Cleveland Benedictine Boys’ Basketball, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Hiland is 12-0 on the season and has handled teams in the always-tough Inter-Valley Conference. They have super sophomore Dylan Kaufman, one of the best second-year varsity players in the state. The 6-foot-4 standout leads the way but Hiland has gotten major contributions from Luke Burch and Noah Boyd, who happens to be a 6-foot-7 shooting guard.
Benedictine features Cameron Wright, a scoring machine at the tradition-rich Bengals’ program.
St. Ed’s at St. Ignatius Ice Hockey, Sunday, 6:45 p.m.: These all-boy school rivals will heat up the ice on Sunday.
Brecksville Gymnastics Invitational at Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Saturday: Some of the top competition in Northeast Ohio will be on display at this gymnastics meet preparing for the upcoming postseason competitions.
LEL Swim Meet at Bedford, Saturday, 10 a.m.: Bedford is the sight of this Northeast Ohio swim meet.
Elyria Wrestling Duals at Elyria High, Saturday, 10 a.m.: Elyria holds its own among many of Northeast Ohio’s top teams and will feature solid competition as usual in its dual-meet, invitational setting.