Northeast Ohio Huddle: Lake Catholic’s Chicone collects win No. 400


Northeast Ohio Huddle

At age 45, Mentor Lake Catholic boys’ basketball coach Mark Chicone
is hardly an aged coach but he has been a head coach for 22 years,
starting his career early. Chicone tallied his 400th career coaching victory recently when his team beat Willoughby South 64-46.

At age 45, Mentor Lake Catholic boys’ basketball coach Mark Chicone
is hardly an aged coach but he has been a head coach for 22 years,
starting his career early. Chicone tallied his 400th career coaching victory recently when his team beat Willoughby South 64-46.

Chicone sits at 400-130 in 22 years with 372 wins as the head girls’ basketball coach at Villa Angela –St. Joseph’s and Mentor.

This year’s Lake Catholic team is 11-4, which is Chicone’s best start in his three years at the helm of the Cougar program.


Bryan Theriot, Midpark Boys’ Basketball:
The 6-foot-9 Theriot was dominating as his team picked up two wins. In
a 67-43 win over Amherst, Theriot had 29 points, 19 rebounds and seven

In his team’s 60-49 victory over Avon Lake, Theriot
posted 21 points with yet another double-double leading 20 boards and
four blocks. He was joined by teammate Alex Guzel as a key in that win
as the guard hit six 3-pointers en route to 20 points.


Lisbon Beaver Local Wrestling:
Beaver Local edged West Branch 217 to 212 for a tough victory at the
Eastern Ohio Wrestling League Championships at Austintown-Fitch High.

Beavers had three champions and two runners-up. Dylan Bice took the
152-pound weight class while Jake Henderson wrapped up an individual
title at 189. J.J. Intorre capped the night with a title at 285.

John McComas took the 112-pound runner-up slot while Arizona Miller (great name!) had a second-place finish at 125 pounds.

Kenston Hockey:
Kenston edged Chagrin Falls 3-2 to improve to 9-0 in the Greater
Cleveland High School Hockey League White East Division. They are also
28-1 overall.

Kenston has dominated thanks to Colton Deeter, who
had a pair of goals in the win and now sits at 102 career scores. Kyle
Weininger added the third goal in the win and has 94 career marks.


Cuyahoga Not Falls:
Cuyahoga Falls won the Northeast Ohio Conference Bowling championship
on the girls’ side for the second-straight year with a 3,806 to
outdistance Stow’s 3,552. Justine Anderson tallied a 636 series while
Sarah Smith had a 601 series to lead the winners.

Sensational Strouble:
In his team’s 65-58 win over Minerva, Alliance Marlington’s big man had
37 points and nine rebounds. He was an efficient 16 of 26 shooting from
the field.

The Brothers Jacubec: Struthers defeated
Liberty 71-46 on the help of 11 triples, including three each from
brothers Nick (19 points) and Nate (13 points). Third brother Jake had
13 points as well.

So Good Solon: Solon won the Northeast
Ohio Conference Gymnastics title with 131.350 over Twinsburg’s 118.700.
A main reason was Rachel Bell’s wins in Floor, Vault and All-Around and
wins by Erin Rabb in Beam and Bars.

Record-Tying DuPont:
In Massillon Jackson’s 98-58 win over Austintown-Fitch, Brad DuPont of
Jackson tied a school record for single-game assists with 13. He also
had 10 points and seven boards.

Fantastic Frantz: Niles’s
Ryan Frantz scored 14 points to reach 1,000 points for his career
(even) in his team’s 63-32 win over Cortland Lakeview. Frantz is now
only 34 points away from topping the school’s career scoring mark of
1,033. He also holds the single-season record for 3-pointers with 62.

Hoppin’ Hablitzel:
Evan Hablitzel scored a hat trick with three goals and added an assist
in his team’s 4-3 overtime win over Mentor. He even scored the
game-winning goal.

Hammerin’ Hill: Canton Heritage
Christian’s Ken Hill was simply dominating in his team’s 57-48 overtime
win over Lake Center Christian. He had 22 points, 10 rebounds and was a
dime short of a triple-double. He also added six steals for good

NEO Conference Breakdown: Twinsburg had four
champions in claiming the Valley Division title at the Northeast Ohio
Conference Wrestling Championships. Twinsburg had 195.5 points as Mike
Labry won at 119, Waquiem took 152, Chet Bissel had 160 and Drew Rader
won at 189. Medina won the River title with 143.5 as Mike Griffith won
at 112 while Cuyahoga Falls won the Lake Division with 131.

Shots On Goal:
Cleveland Heights and Garfield Heights combined for 73 shots on goal in
Cleveland Heights’ 3-2 overtime win in a Baron Cup game. Tyler Rudy hit
the game-winner in overtime for Cleveland Heights while Chris Zirm and
Ben Urbas both had scores.

Big Brown: Louisville’s Mike
Brown tallied 21 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in a near
triple-double in his team’s 78-47 win over Cleveland East.

Triple Happy: Poland stroked 14 3-pointers as a team in its 93-65 win over Howland. Niko Fatimus had six triples for 24 points in the win.

In Mathews’ 68-59 win over Bristol, the winners had eleven 3-pointers, including five from Shane Link, who had 23 points.

Lutheran West’s Cal Thomay hit six 3-pointers on his way to 20 points in his team’s 72-27 win over Oberlin.

Assisting Malone:
In his team’s 76-41 win over Cleveland John Hay, Cleveland Rhodes point
guard Lorean Malone dished out an amazing 16 assists to go with seven

Manic Marshall: John Marshall had to play with
just four players in the final 3 ½ minutes of overtime and still found
a way to beat rival Cleveland JFK 53-52. Reasha Ford had all five
points for the winners in overtime.

Great Goff:
Berkshire’s Tom Goff put up a solid 24-point, 11-rebound, 4-block,
3-steal night in his team’s 57-52 win over Middlefield Cardinal.

Young Keeps Bombing:
Massillon Christian’s Jordan Young has hit at least one 3-pointer in
17-straight games dating back to last year. He scored 15 points and
kept the streak alive in a recent 67-52 win over Andrews Osborne.

You Go Yelny: In Orange’s 11-5 hockey win over Macedonia Nordonia, Jacob Yelny had four goals for the winners.

Amazing McKinney:
Tabitha McKinney of Canton South picked up a monster double-double with
16 points and 17 boards along with five assists in her team’s 67-49
victory over Carrollton.


St. Ignatius at Lakewood St. Edward’s Boys’ Basketball, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
This battle of the top two Catholic schools in Northeast Ohio
highlights the week. St. Ed’s is fresh off a dominating win over a
tough Mentor team. In that win, Delbert Love had 19 points and five
boards, Matt Stainbrook tallied 16 points and seven rebounds and Myles
Hamilton had 13 points and six rebounds. They used a 13-2 run in the
fourth quarter to pull ahead and hit 29 of 34 free throws in the game.

Sectional Swimming at The University of Akron (Firestone), Friday and Saturday:
Action from Canton and Akron heats up in the pool Friday and continues
Saturday. Friday at 11 a.m. features the Canton boys.  At 4:30 p.m.
runs the Akron boys and at 9:45 p.m. the Division II boys will swim.

11:30 a.m. on Saturday, the Division I Akron girls swim and at 4:45 is
the Division I Canton girls. The Division II girls will swim at 9:30

Sectional Wrestling Tournaments, week of  Feb. 15: Division
I sectionals are spread out and so are the top teams. Twinsburg is at
Austintown-Fitch while mighty Wadsworth leads the field at Medina.
Massillon Perry leads the North Canton Hoover sectional while Brush and
Maple Heights lead the way at Heights. Lorain Southview features Elyria
and St. Ed’s while St. Ignatius headlines North Royalton’s sectional.

Division II Northeast sectional sites are located at Walsh Jesuit, Lake
Catholic in Mentor, Medina Highland, North Canton Hoover and West
Branch in Beloit.

Division III takes place at West Salem Northwestern, Brooklyn, Rootstown and Beachwood.

Wayne County Athletic League Wrestling Tournament at Creston Norwayne, Saturday, 1 p.m.: Will Waynedale win yet another title or will they be contested? Go and see in this underrated small wrestling league.

Medina at Garfield Heights Boys’ Basketball, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.: Both
teams are 5-1 in the Valley Division of the Northeast Ohio Conference.
Medina is hot off a big win over Brunswick in which Tyler Peters hit
for 18 points, pulled down eight rebounds and dished out 11 assists in
the 65-39 win.

West Shore Conference Wrestling Tournament at North Ridgeville, Saturday, 11 a.m.: Aside from the hosts, this league meet features Midview (Lorain), Avon, Rocky River, Bay, Fairview and Firelands.

Baron Cup Hockey, TBD, Various Sites:
The top hockey teams in Northeast Ohio battle at various sites in this
tournament that sets apart the contenders from the pretenders. Hunting
Valley University and Lakewood St. Edward’s have battled with St.
Ignatius in a great hockey triumvirate in the Northeast this year.

Cleveland Rhodes vs. Cleveland Collinwood at Cleveland South, Tonight, 7:45 p.m.: Giving some love to the Senate League championship game between two of the better Cleveland Public School programs.

Eastern District Wrestling League Meets, Saturday, 10 a.m.:
The East Central Ohio League features last year’s Division II team from
state, Uhrichsville Claymont and the Mustangs are wrecking teams this
year in duals. The league meet is at Dover High School.

Principals’ Athletic Conference features defending champion Cuyahoga
Valley Christian Academy, who is not just looking for league supremacy
but state supremacy in Division III as well.  This meet is at
Tuscarawas Valley High.

The Inter-Valley Conference is one of
the top small-school basketball leagues in the state and features
8-straight champion Sandy Valley.

Berlin Hiland at Strasburg Boys’ Basketball, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.:
This make-up of solid small-school teams in the Inter-Valley Conference
features two of the top unknown sophomores in the state in 6-foot-4
Hiland dynamo Dylan Kaufman and his AAU teammate Seger Bonifant, a
6-foot-7 inside-outside threat.

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