Northeast Ohio Huddle: Hawken girls swimming, Crestwood’s Nemec steal headlines


Northeast Ohio Huddle

Hawken won its 12th straight state swimming championship in dominating
fashion, finishing with 333 points at the Division II meet at C.T Branin
Natatorium last weekend. Second place went to Columbus Bishop Hartley at
157. What can top that? Not much, but how about Crestwood’s Paige Nemec bceoming the first female ever to make the state wrestling tournament…

Who says Northeast Ohio teams don’t know how to end the regular-season

St. Ignatius, a top contender in Division I, handed
Cleveland Benedictine, a top contender in the state in Division II, a 70-63
defeat in the regular-season finale for both squads, as they finish 16-4.

Ignatius was led by Rich Austin’s 17 points while Cameron
Wright led Benedictine with 19 points.

Mentor, one of the top Division I teams in Northeast Ohio,
dropped its finale for the regular season 80-78 to Euclid, which was led by
Demetrius Treadwell’s 34 points.


Hawken Girls’ Swimming:
Hawken won its 12th straight state championship in dominating
fashion, finishing with 333 points at the Division II meet at C.T Branin
Natatorium last weekend. Second place went to Columbus Bishop Hartley at 157.

Leading the way was freshman Sarah Koucheki with the team’s
only individual championship as she won the 100 butterfly in 56.60. She also
teamed with Carrie Bencic, Morgan Cohara and Jordan Bitterman to win the 400
freestyle relay in 3:31.28.

Bencic added a second in the 500 free and 200 individual
medley in 5:00.47 and 2:06.30, respectively. The 200 freestyle relay team of
Koucheki, Marissa Cominelli, Morgan Cohara and Mackenzie Harris took second in
1:37.22 while the 200 medley relay team of Cominelli, Bencic, Harris and Lizzie
Aronoff also took second in 1:48.11.

Cominelli and Cohara also went 1-2 in the 100 backstroke in
56.65 and 57.57, respectively.


Paige Nemec, Crestwood Wrestling: How can you argue with history?

Nemec became the first female to ever qualify for a state
wrestling tournament last weekend at Akron Firestone’s Division II tournament
as she won her consolation finals match 2-1 at 103 pounds over Coventry’s Jesse
Gunter 2-1.

The win came in overtime as Nemec and Gunter closed out
three periods tied 1-1. An illegal scissor hold by Gunter in overtime gave
Nemec the winning point and her place in history.

The senior has over 100 wins in her career and was the 11th-ranked
wrestler in the state while Gunter was No. 5.


Universal University: Hunting
Valley University won its second-straight Division II state title with 298
points to beat out Cincinnati Wyoming’s 250. The Preppers had two individual
titles and a relay win while collecting several runner-up finishes.

The 200 medley relay team of Kevin Stang, Korey Schneider,
Andrew Malone and Russell Stack took first in 1:34.85 while Malone added a win
in the 100 breast in 56.83. Mike Guadiani also took the 500 freestyle in

Malone chipped in a second in the 50 free in 21.28 while
Guadiani took second in the 200 free in 1:41.37 and in the 200 free relay in
1:26.41 with Malone, Nicholas Crane and Ben Stewart-Bates. The 400 free relay
team of Guadiani, Stewart-Bates, Crane and Stack also was second in 3:09.69.

Other Swimming Tidbits: The Northeast also had solid individual and relay finishes for titles
as well. The North Canton Hoover boys’ 200 freestyle relay team picked up the
Division I win in 1:25.04. Tony Ventosa, Carl Brubach, Tom Vretas and Thomas
Tedrow edged out Canfield’s 1:25.15.

In the Division I 10 breaststroke, Sandusky freshman Taylor
Vargo won in 1:04.61 while in the 100 breaststroke, Akron Firestone’s Andrew
Bartley was first in 56.63.

Super St. Ignatius on Ice: In the 6-4 win over Holy Name in an ice hockey district game, St.
Ignatius was led by Paddy Spellacy with four goals and Liam Geither with five

In the Wildcats’ 4-1 district semifinal win over
Brecksville, Geither had two goals.

Bravo Butler:
Ashtabula Edgewood senior Sean Butler scored his 1,000th point in a
game against Lakeside recently. The 6-foot-5 banger is averaging 19.1 points,
10.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.3 blocks per game. He is the 36th
boy in Ashtabula County history to score 1,000 points.

Bowling Supremacy: Kent
Roosevelt’s boys and Canton GlenOak’s girls each won district titles in
district bowling action in Canton.

Roosevelt had a score of 4,330 to win by 16 pins over Warren
G. Harding. Tyler Jacomb led the way with a 705 series. Brunswick’s Kevin
Slepecky was the top individual with a 735.

GlenOak had a score of 3,891 to win by 14 pins. Fallon
Tallman had a 698 while Allison Zerbey had a 668. Leading the way as an
individual was Massillon’s Casey Reese with a 704 (214-224-266).

Big-Time Shots: In a
huge Northeast Ohio matchup, Canton McKinley edged out Akron St. Vincent-St.
Mary 75-72 in overtime as McKinley’s Che’ Richardson hit the third buzzer
beating 3-pointer of the game in the second extra session for the win.

St. V’s Ricky Johnson nailed a late 3-pointer to end
regulation in a tie and then beat the buzzer in the first overtime with a
triple. He finished with 12 points while super junior Jakarr Sampson had 22

McKinley was led by Isiah Elliot with 21 and Jamon McClain
with 17.

Mighty Minerva: With
its 58-42 Division II sectional win over Indian Creek, Minerva’s girls’
basketball team tied the school record for wins in a season as they are now
21-2. In the win, post player Chelsie Butler had 29 points, 11 boards and four

Record-setting Tusky: Tuscarawas Valley tied the school
record for single-season wins at 22 (22-1) with a 45-37 Division III district
win over Fort Frye.

The Trojans are the fifth-ranked team in the state and were
led by Paige Ricketts with 13 points (three 3-pointers) while Sara Tucke had 11
points and Shannon Watson had 12 boards.

Great Gilmour:
Gilmour Academy beat out Walsh Jesuit 5-2 in a hockey district match as Brian
Anton and Billy Davis both had two goals for the winners.

Powerful Perry: Massillon
Perry should be able to have a say in the Division I state meet in Columbus as
they went 6-0 in district championship matches to claim the team title at Mentor’s
Division I district tournament.

Perry had 208 points to beat out second-place Twinsburg’s
146. The champions for the Panthers were 112-pounder Mitch Newhouse, Nick
Hannan at 125 pounds, Zach Dailey at 135, Shane Foster at 140, Joe Tayse at 189
and Anthony Wise at 215. The six champions set a new school record at Perry.

Also qualifying for state for Perry to make the grand total
nine, were Tanner Lemon (145), Mike Petrime (160) and Brandon Clemens (152).

New Times at Newbury: Newbury’s
boys went 0-21 last year but is 7-14 this year after beating Southington
Chalker 61-47 in a sectional game. Newbury is slated to play tonight against
Vienna Mathews.

Jordan Munn had 26 points in the win for Newbury over

Extra-session Supremacy: Orange needed two overtimes to beat Walsh Jesuit in a Division II
sectional game but dominated the second overtime by outscoring Walsh 19-4.
Marshall Crum had 21 points and Perry Freed 20 for the winners.

Lutheran East Doubling Doubling Up: In Cleveland Lutheran East’s 72-62 win over Akron
East, the winners got two key double-doubles of different natures. Richard
Smith had 17 points and 11 rebounds while Martin Pickens had 11 points and 13

Wonderful Weaver: Berlin
Hiland’s senior guard Hilary Weaver had 12 points to go past the 1,000-point
mark in her career in her team’s 56-36 Division IV district semifinal win over
Beallsville. She now has 1,001 points.

Rock and Roll Robertson: In University’s 3-1 win over Lake Catholic in district ice hockey
action, Ian Robertson had two goals to lead University.

Glad GlenOak: With
just 10 wins going against a 17-win Canton Timken team, Canton GlenOak needed a
solid night and they got it. While the Eagles hit just 7 of 28 from 3-point
land, they did get 32 points from Branden Means in winning 71-67 in overtime.

Rockin’ Roth: Parma’s
Justin Roth scored 33 points on the strength of 10 of 10 free throw accuracy
and 10 field goals in his team’s 67-45 win over Normandy.

Triple-Happy: In the
Youngstown area, two teams capitalized on hot shooting from long range to win
games. Bloomfield toppled Badger 60-49 on the strength of seven 3-pointers from
the combo of Dustin Kovalak and Aaron Knight as both had 18 points. They hit 10
total 3-pointers as a team.

Niles rocked Field 83-71 as the team was 7 of 15 from
3-point range. Ryan Frantz hit them all and had 27 points to go with eight
dimes while Saul Vaughn chipped in 16 points. As a team, the winners were an
amazing 35 of 56 from the field.


Hunting Valley University vs. Gates Mills Gilmour Academy
in Ice Hockey District Championship at Kent State Ice Arena, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
University toppled Lake Catholic of Mentor
3-1 in the semifinals. They are the No. 1 seed. They will face a Gilmour team
which is ranked second in the district and beat Walsh Jesuit 5-2 in the

St. Ignatius vs. Parma Padua Franciscan in Ice Hockey
District Championship at Brooklyn Rec Center, Saturday, 6 p.m.:
St. Ignatius is the No. 1 seed which beat
Brecksville-Broadview Heights 4-1 in the semifinals while Padua Franciscan is
the No. 2 seed and had a solid 5-1 win over Lakewood St. Ed’s in their
semifinal match.

State Wrestling Tournaments at Value City Arena,
Columbus, Tonight and Saturday:
St. Paris
Graham dominates Division II but in Division III, Northeast Ohio’s Bedford St.
Peter Chanel is battling while in Division I, it’s Wadsworth, Lakewood St. Ed’s
and Massillon Perry duking it out.

State Bowling Championships at Shawnee Lanes in
Boys battle today and girls
tomorrow with qualifying at 11 a.m. and finals at 4:15 p.m.

In terms of the Northeast, there are many solid individuals
but on the team side, the boys are represented by Kent Roosevelt, Warren G.
Harding, Struthers, Green, Austintown-Fitch and Green. The girls are headlined
by Canton GlenOak, Boardman, Minerva, Hubbard and Hudson.

State Gymnastics Championships at Hilliard Bradley High,
Today, 3:30 p.m.:
The Northeast is
well-represented with Rocky River Magnificat, Mentor, Hudson, Strongsville and
Brecksville-Broadview Heights, along with several solid individuals.

Division IV Boys Sectional Championships at New
Philadelphia High, 6 and 8:
It’s an
all-Inter-Valley Conference Final Four for two sectional titles. The
ultra-competitive basketball league will send Hiland against Strasburg in the
game at 6 p.m. with 6-foot-4 sophomore Dylan Kaufman leading Hiland and
6-foot-7 sophomore Seger Bonifant leading the Burg.

In the nightcap, Malvern and sophomore Travis Tucci tangles
with Tuscarawas Central Catholic and junior guard Brandon Sweet. Each team beat
one another at some point this year in league play.

Division I Boys’ District Basketball at Canton Memorial
Civic Center, March 11, 7:30 p.m.:
possibility of a Canton McKinley vs. North Canton Hoover matchup is a Stark
County hoop junkie’s dream. McKinley needs to get by Youngstown East Saturday
while Hoover has to deal with Massillon Perry Saturday in its game.

Division I Boys’ District Basketball at Solon High, March
10, 7 p.m.:
St. Ignatius and Cleveland
Heights could meet in this district game in a key battle. Ignatius plays
Brecksville-Broadview Heights tonight while Heights has Shaker Heights as well
before this dream matchup.

Division I Boys’ District Basketball at
Brecksville-Broadview Heights, March 10, 7:45 p.m.:
Big man Bryan Theriot and his Midpark team might meet up with Revere in
this semifinal game of Cinderella stories. Midpark has a tough one with Medina
Highland Saturday to get there while Revere faces Cleveland Rhodes.

Louisville vs. Alliance Marlington in Division II Boys’
Basketball sectional final at Canton Memorial Fieldhouse, Tonight, 6:15 p.m.:
It’s the third matchup of the season between solid
Northeastern Buckeye Conference teams.

Division I District Final at Akron Ellet High, Saturday,
1 p.m.:
No. 1 seed Green takes on No. 3
seed Hudson, who upset second-seeded Wadsworth. Hudson won 67-63 as Jessica
Monsman had 37 points.

Canton McKinley vs., Boardman in Division I Girls’ District
Final at Alliance, Saturday, 1 p.m.:

Boardman dominated Massillon 71-43 in its district semifinal game while
McKinley totaled Youngstown East 84-39. The winner gets the winner of the Akron
Ellet district at 6:15 p.m. on March 9 in a regional semifinal at Canton
Memorial Civic Center.

Canton South vs. Akron Hoban in Girls’ Division II
District Final at Massillon High, Saturday, 1 p.m.:
South is the one seed who clobbered Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 57-43
in the semifinals. Hoban destroyed Norton 71-46 in its semifinal.

Inter-Valley Conference Girls’ Basketball Teams Hiland,
Strasburg and Garaway in District Finals:

We talked about the boys above in Division IV, now lets talk about three teams
from the same league fighting it out in their respective district finals.

Hiland and Strasburg plays tonight at Indian Valley High at 7 p.m. for a chance at going to the regional at Massillon Perry  next week. Garaway will face Tuscarawas County brethren Tuscarawas Valley at 7 p.m. tonight in Division III at Steubenville for the right to go to the regional in Lancaster.

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