Northeast Ohio Huddle: Swimming, standouts, win streaks and light snow?


Northeast Ohio Huddle

While most of Ohio got coated with heavy snow on Friday, Northeastern Ohio was expected to receive the state’s smallest accumulations…what? One thing the Cleveland-region couldn’t escape was standout athletic performances and upcoming events. Here we take a look at both…

At the Suburban League Swimming Championships in Wooster last
weekend, Wadsworth took the team title with 368.5 points to outdistance
Copley’s 331.5 and Joseph Vargo and Aaron Tipton were key reasons why.

senior won the 100 breaststroke in a meet record time of 1:03.15 and
the 50 freestyle in 22.69. He also helped the 200-yard freestyle relay
team to a new record of 1:31.18. Joining him on the team were Tipton,
Mike Pavlak and Phillip LaHue. That same team, minus LaHue and entering
Joe Sayre won the 200 medley relay in 1:44.33.

Tipton also took the 100 butterfly in 55.87 and the 100 backstroke in 56.14.

Cloverleaf sophomore Addy Ferguson destroyed meet records in the 100
butterfly and 100 backstroke. She won the butterfly in 58.11 and the
backstroke in 58.57. Both were nearly three seconds faster than the
previous records, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

The last record went to the 200 free relay team of Elaina Lanson, Alexis Surratt, Ali McNutt and Amanda Pallija in 1:42.30.

girls won the team title with 322 points to outdistance Revere’s 259.
Erika Tribuzi won the 200 free in 1:59.78, Allie Quine took the 200 IM
in 21:17.97 and Audra Giancarli the 500 freestyle (5:26.36).


Cameron Wright, Cleveland Benedictine Boys’ Basketball:
People who aren’t aware of the athleticism and shear brilliance of
Wright need to see him before the season’s over if they are a fan of
high school basketball.

Because next year he will take
his talents to Pitt. Last week he was simply dazzling in a pair of
wins. In his team’s 73-59 win over Massillon, Wright had 32 points.

In his team’s 82-56 dismantling of previously-undefeated Division IV power Berlin Hiland, Wright had a smooth 20 points.


McDonald Boys’ Basketball:
McDonald has now won 37-straight regular season games after going 20-0
last year and sitting at 15-0 this year and having won their last two
regular-season games two years ago.

Most recently,
McDonald toppled Wellsville 58-47. In the game, the Blue Devils of
coach Jeff Rasile were led by Devin Bansberg with 18 points, Nick Rota
with 16 points and Matthias Tayala with 17.

In the
game, McDonald had to come back from a 10-point first-half deficit in
which they were outrebounded 23-10. But they got back into the game and
easily won in the second half.

Late last week, McDonald topped Jackson-Milton 77-52 as Rota had 15 points, Bansberg 13 and Zach Puntel 10.


McKinley Rolling: Canton
McKinley’s boys are getting hot at the right time. They took down
Division I power Warren G. Harding and beat Canton GlenOak in a Stark
County rivalry game 80-63.

In the GlenOak game,
McKinley was led by Da’Onta Streeter and Isiah Elliot with 21 points
each. Da’Vontai Rorie added a double-double with 14 points and 10
boards. GlenOak was hot from outside, hitting 13 triples as Branden
Means hit five 3-pointers on his way to 18 points.

With the win over Harding, the Bulldogs are 11-3 and ensured its 100th
winning season in his program’s history. In that game, Streeter had 15
points while Elliott had 11 and nine rebounds to go with five dimes.
Che Richardson added 12 points.

Ramblin’ Roth: Parma’s Justin Roth hit eight 3-pointers on his way to 43 points in his team’s 68-64 loss to Twinsburg.

Harrison Happy:
Lordstown senior Lindsey Harrison hit the 1,000-point mark for her
career in a 35-29 win over Southington. Harrison hit four 3-pointers on
her way to 20 points, breaking the mark in the fourth quarter.

Lange Layin’ It In: Garfield Heights center Mike Lange scored two goals and dished out two assists in his team’s 6-3 hockey win over Canfield.

Bank It In Burke:
Euclid’s Chris Burke scored five goals in his team’s 7-6 overtime win
over Brooklyn. Burke’s fifth and final score came 5:15 into overtime to
lift Euclid to the win.

Timken Tries: Canton
Timken went to a raucous Columbus Northland, the top-ranked teams in
the nation, let alone the state of Ohio, and gave the Vikings a tough
game before losing 64-54.

Cory Porrini tallied 17 points and Rakim Reed had 11 to lead the Trojans.

Lowellville From Long:
Lowellville hit more 3-pointers (10) than 2-pointers (9) in its 51-37
win over Berlin Center Western Reserve. Pat Minnie led the way in
scoring and hit two key 3-pointers out of four in a big third quarter.

GlenOak From Tha-Ree: Canton
GlenOak hit on 11 triples in a 81-79 win over Dayton Dunbar. Branden
Means hit 6 of 8 free throws on his way to 17 points while David Hohman
hit four triples en route to 13 points.

Strouble Tripling Again:
Marlington’s Cyle Strouble hit for another triple-double as he scored
13 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked a career-high 14 shots
in his team’s 63-30 win over Canal Fulton Northwest.

Blastin’ Black:
Kent Roosevelt’s Cameron Black just missed a triple-double in his
team’s 46-39 win over Crestwood. Black finished with 17 points, 15
rebounds and nine blocked shots.

He added a double-double of 14 points and 11 boards in a 61-50 win over Field.

Happy Henson: Orwell Grand Valley’s A.J. Henson hit for 36 points in his team’s 96-70 win over Ledgemont. He hit six 3-pointers.

Rockin’ Records:
Andrew Lowe hit for 44 points for Kingsway Christian in a 84-64 win
over Massillon Christian to break the school record for most points in
a single game. The previous mark was 37.

In Minerva’s
64-45 win over Canal Fulton Northwest, Kassidy Hargrove tied a
single-game school record eight 3-pointers on her way to 31 points. She
tied teammate Taylor Maurer who set the mark earlier this season.

Massillon Jackson’s 42-33 girls’ basketball win over Uniontown Lake,
Jackson’s Stephanie Durwin hit a school-record-tying five 3-pointers on
her way to 15 points.

Hockey Triangle:
University School beat St. Ignatius 3-2 in overtime in a key Northeast
Ohio hockey match and then Ignatius turned around and beat rival
Lakewood St. Edward’s 3-2 in another big matchup.

beat Ignatius on the strength of Alex Stefanski, who scored the
game-tying goal with a minute left to play and also hit the
game-winning goal just three minutes into the extra session.  Ian
Robertson had the team’s third goal and Matt Wipper and Matt Degulis
teamed up for the assist on the game-tying goal.

University School also beat up on Lake Catholic 4-1 as Connor Clemens tallied a hat trick.

Ignatius against St. Edward’s, Michael Wells got a goal on a rebound,
Will Smith tied the match with 8:25 to play and Colton Riemenschneider
had the game-winner with a tip-in two minutes later. All of this came
after St. Ed’s held a 2-0 advantage.

Bad Hosts Wadsworth:
Wadsworth’s wrestling team played the role of bad hosts, topping its
own Grizzly Invitational with 449.5 points to easily outdistance
Mayfield’s 204 and Howland’s 183. Wadsworth ended the day with 10
champions and three runners-up.

Brandon Jones (103),
Kagan Squire (119), Nick Tavanello (215), Caleb Busson (189), Alfredo
Gray (112), Nate Ball (140), Sheldon Brandenburg, Louden Gordon (135),
Ben Buzzelli (heavyweight) and Brad Squire (145) all took titles.

Buzzelli hit his 101st pin for his career in the finals.

Crafty Craft:
At the West Shore Conference meet, Bay senior diver Nikki Craft set a
pool and state record at Gemini Center in Fairview Park with her 534.9
points in 1-meter diving.

Amazing Monsman: Hudson junior Jessica Monsman scored a career-high 34 points in her team’s 69-66 win over Solon.

A Lot Of Charity:
In Maplewood’s 55-51 win over Mathews, the two teams combined for 55
free throws in the fourth quarter alone with Maplewood taking 31 free

Melissa Sloan of Maplewood had 12 of her 25 points in the final frame.

Williams Watch: Warren Howland’s Taylor Williams continued her dominance, putting together her 17th
double-double in as many games as her team beat Niles 62-15. She
single-handedly outscored Niles with 23 points and outrebounded them
with 17 boards.

She also had 18 points and 13 rebounds as her team beat Poland 63-31.

Triple Accuracy: In
East Palestine’s 71-49 win over Mineral Ridge, Austin Cope had 23
points, including a solid 5 of 6 for accuracy from the 3-point line.

Rockin’ Regina: South Euclid Regina toppled Columbus Northland 69-48 as Nirra Fields had 24 points, six assists and six steals.

Miss Mentor: Mentor decimated Eastlake North 101-77 as Cole Krizancic
had 29 points, including five of his team’s amazing 15 3-pointers on
the night. A.J. Montanaro hit seven 3-pointers for Eastlake North en
route to 21 points.

Vicks Very Good: In Bay’s 63-52 win over Vermilion, a pair of Vick sisters were simply vick-citing.

Sarah Vick, a senior, had 20 points and 20 rebounds while sophomore sister Rachel had 19 points and 10 more boards.

Sick Springfield: Akron Springfield was able to beat Ravenna Southeast 43-40 despite shooting just 3 of 23 from the free throw line.

Cruisin’ Collinwood:
Cleveland Collinwood rallied past John Marshall with 63 second-half
points in a 96-84 win. Gary Little scored 25 of his 33 points in the
second half for the winners.


Mentor at St. Edward Boys’ Basketball, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Two
of the biggest and brightest Division I teams in the state duke it out
for Northeast Ohio supremacy as the tournament rushes towards us.

Chagrin Valley Conference Wrestling Championships, Today and Saturday: Some of the top mid-major wrestling programs in the Northeast are in action at Perry High in Lake County.

University School at St. Edward Hockey, Saturday, 6 p.m.: This matchup at Serpentini Arena in Lakewood looks to pit two of the best in Northeast Ohio.

Hiland at Strasburg Boys’ Basketball, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Hiland
is reeling at 12-2 after its first league loss in more than 25 games in
the Inter-Valley Conference in an upset by Tuscarawas Central Catholic.
Strasburg has a nifty little winning streak going. Both teams feature
Division I sophomore prospects with Hiland’s 6-foot-4 guard Dylan
Kaufman and Strasburg’s 6-foot-7 Seger Bonifant, teammates on the AAU


Hiland at Garaway Girls’ Basketball, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: These
rivals just a short jaunt away from each other down Ohio’s Route 39
will match up in the final test for both before their respective

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