Northeast Ohio Huddle: Broadview Heights sweeps state gymnastics titles


Northeast Ohio Huddle

It was a big weekend for the Northeast with Brecksville Broadview Heights dominating the staet gynastics meet and Youngstown Boardman winning a girls bowling state title. There was a “little” wrestling dual between Wadsworth and Lakewood St. Edward too…

Already a Team of the Week, Wadsworth will have to accept just a few adjectives to describe its history-making Division I State Wrestling Championship over Lakewood St. Edward’s last weekend.





That should suffice. Wadsworth edged out the Eagles, who had racked up 13-straight state titles, 172-167.5.

Wadsworth tallied four champions and four runners-up as Louden Gordon won at 135, Brad Squire took the 145-pound title and Nick Tavanello and Ben Buzzelli swept 215 and 285, respectively. Caleb Busson also was runner-up at 189 and Kagan Squire took second at 119.

St. Ed’s got championships from Dean Heil (103), Gus Sako (125), Jamie Clark (130) and Nick Sulzer (160).


Leah Miko, Brecksville-Broadview Heights Gymnastics: Miko and teammate Diana Moock finished 1-2 in the all-around standings but Miko edged Moock 37.250 to 37.025.

Miko won the vault with a score of 9.575. She was also runner-up to teammate Emily Mahnke in the floor exercise with a 9.300 to Mahnke’s 9.350. She added a third on the bars at  9.275 and she was also fourth in the bars at 9.275.

Miko added a sixth on the beam at 9.100.


Brecksville-Broadview Heights Gymnastics and Boardman Girls’ Bowling: It’s hard to choose between two state champions from the Northeast so I’m going with both.

Brecksville dominated the State Gymnastics Tournament at Hilliard Bradley High last weekend while Boardman captured an exciting State Bowling Championship at Shawnee Lanes in Chillicothe, beating Westerville Central in Baker Series action.

Boardman defeated Westerville Central in the bowling finals 755-748. With rounds of 207, 189-156-198 as they won in the Baker Series format.

Tiffany Terlecki was fifth overall to lead the Spartans with a 642 while Ciarra Moran was eighth at 639 and Amanda Van Fossen 13th at 615.

 Brecksville-Broadview Heights beat out four other Northeast Ohio teams for the right to the state gymnastics title. The winners finished with 148.050. Strongsville was second at 141.600, Hudson third at 141.275, Rocky River Magnificat fourth with a 140.375 and Mentor fifth at 139.900.

Aside from Miko’s heroics, Moock was first on the bars at 9.450 while Emily Mahnke was first in the floor at 9.350. Amy Trippett added a third on the floor exercise at 9.300.

Jackie Jesser was fourth overall with a 36.725 and was second on the beam at 9.275. Mahnke was fourth at 9.225.


NE Wrestlers Rule: Northeast Ohio was well-represented at the state wrestling championships and while no teams other than Wadsworth claimed titles, many individuals did.

In Division II, Hunting Valley University’s duo of Harrison Hightower and Brad Wukie won at 152 and 160, respectively while Ty Mitch of Aurora won at 119. Walsh Jesuit’s Johnni DiJulius took the 125-pound title.

In Division I, Maple Heights wrestler Kory Mines won 112 while St. Ignatius wrestler Jerome Robinson won at 119 and Twinsburg’s Waquiem Comar won at 152.

In Division III, runner-up Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy got a title from Nathan Tomasello at 103 while Orrville’s Dennis Rober won at 160 and Beachwood’s Alex Dronzek took 112.

Central Catholic is Back:
After a tough year following its Division III state title, Cleveland Central Catholic is making its way through the tournament. Now sitting at 12-11 after a 9-11 regular season, Central Catholic is on to the regional finals after besting Hawken 46-39.

Chall Montgomery had 18 points and eight boards and Anton Grady tallied 13 points, 12 rebounds and a block short of a triple-double.

Harding Runners-Up:
Warren G. Harding’s boys’ bowling team earned runner-up status as they fell to Kenton Ridge in three games in the Baker Series format at the State Bowling Championships at Chillicothe’s Shawnee Lanes.

Harding lost 218-193, 226-165 and 225-173.

Rocky River Lutheran West’s Rodney Bassett was runner-up as individual with a 723 (247-217-259). He lost to Daniel Glascoe of Beavercreek and his 730.

Mighty Minerva:
Minerva’s girls set the school record for wins in a season as it beat Millersburg West Holmes 47-39 in a Division II regional semifinal.

The Lions are now 22-2 on the year with the 22 wins representing said school record. Six-foot-four Chelsie Butler had 23 points on the strength of 8 of 10 shooting with nine boards.

Outstanding Ogle:
In Lorain Southview’s 32-25 tournament win over Lodi Cloverleaf, Shanique Ogle had 15 points to put her over 1,000 for her career for the winners.

Hittin’ 3’s Heidi:
Heidi Mervar of Cuyahoga Heights exploded for 31 points and 10 rebounds in her team’s 59-58 win over Mogadore. She was an outstanding 7 for 9 from 3-point range.

Winning Walsh:
Walsh Jesuit’s girls beat previously-undefeated and top-ranked Tiffin Columbian 75-34 in a Division II tournament throttling at the Ontario Regional.

Rachel Theriot scored 19 points and Kara Goliat turned in a double-double of 17 points, 10 steals, five assists and three rebounds in the win. Walsh is 22-2 with its two losses coming only to Division III power South Euclid Regina and Division I regional finalist Twinsburg.

Middling Midpark:
It is a real score: 28-17. Midpark topped Medina Highland in this magical 45-point combined score game. Highland scored no points in the fourth quarter as Midpark went on a 9-0 run to close the game. Big-man Bryan Theriot was the only player for either team in double figures with 10 points for Midpark.

Magnificent McCue:
Rocky River’s Hannah McCue tallied 18 points in her team’s recent 57-49 Division II regional win over Wauseon. She also had 28 points in a win over Holy Name (64-61).

Wonderful Watkins:
Lyndhurst-Brush’s Natachia Watkins, an Eastern Michigan recruit, put together two solid efforts to end her career. First, in a district final win (57-48 shocker of Mentor) she had 22 points and eight boards. In her team’s 53-51 edging by Twinsburg in another near shocker that saw Watkins hit the game-tying shot before Twinsburg won with a buzzer-beater, she had 26 points and 12 boards.

Fantastic Flannigan:
It must be nice to reach into a roster and grab a 6-foot-7, 220-pound freshman at tournament time? Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s did just that, calling on DeMonte Flannigann in a win over Kirtland in a Division III district final.

Flannigan turned in 15 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.

For Kirtland, Anthony Ritossa was nearly unstoppable, hitting for 24 points while hauling in 21 boards to go with four steals.

Upset-Minded Firebirds:
Bedford St. Peter Chanel’s boys are upsetting their way through the Division IV tournament at Garfield Heights. They knocked off top-ranked Richmond Heights and then rolled second-seeded Dalton 59-43. Anthony DeBalto had five 3-pointers on her way to 19 points.


Hunting Valley University School vs. St. Ignatius, Ice Hockey State Championship Semifinal at Nationwide Arena, Columbus, today, 10:30 a.m.: University, the defending champions and winners of 12 in a row, beat Gilmour Academy 2-1 in double overtime. Matt Wipper scored the game-winning goal in the second extra session on a rebound from a long shot by teammate George Chapman. Goalie Jamie Regan stopped 30 of 31 shots.

University has been to the state semifinals four of the past five years.

St. Ignatius toppled Padua Franciscan 2-1 in overtime as Liam Geither had two goals, including the game-winner with 1:01 left in overtime.

The championship is at noon on Sunday.  The other match at 1 p.m. features Sylvania Northview and Dublin Coffman.

Akron Buchtel vs. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Division II Boys’ District Final at Canton Memorial Fieldhouse, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Buchtel cruised past Marlington 87-50 in its regional semifinal. Jazell Garrett had 24 points and the Griffins, ranked No. 1 in the state, shot 9 of 21 from 3-point range, including six in the first half.

The Irish have 15 wins and beat Akron Kenmore 75-66 in the regional semifinals. Jakarr Sampson tallied 22 points and 11 boards in the win.

Canton McKinley vs. Twinsburg, Division I Girls’ Regional Final at Canton Memorial Civic Center, Tonight, 7:30 p.m.:
Twinsburg edged Brush on a game-winning shot by Leah Fechko at the buzzer. Six-foot-four sophomore Malina Howard tallied 16 points and nine boards.

McKinley is a team that is rolling in the postseason. It beat Green 82-53 as Sydnee Penn had 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting with three triples.

Revere vs. Lakewood St. Edward’s, Division I Boys’ Basketball District Final at Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Saturday, 7 p.m.:
St. Ed’s is a favorite to win the state title while Revere has quietly put together an outstanding season in Northeast Ohio.

McDonald vs. Youngstown Christian, Division IV Boys’ Basketball District Final at Struthers, tonight, 7 p.m.:
McDonald has gone two straight seasons undefeated in the regular season while Christian is a team that has been dominant in the Youngstown area for years.

Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph vs. Cleveland Central Catholic, Division III Boys’ Basketball District Final at Painesville Harvey, Tonight, 7 p.m.:
VASJ is talented and deep and has dominated teams all year, playing above their paygrade. Central Catholic is just making it back after a 9-11 regular season.

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