Northeast Ohio Huddle: North Coast League gets even tougher, adds for new members


Northeast Ohio Huddle

The North Coast League is as
competitive a league as one can find in Northeast Ohio, or even the
state for that matter. It just got stronger.

The North Coast League is as
competitive a league as one can find in Northeast Ohio, or even the
state for that matter. It just got stronger.

Existing teams Akron Archbishop Hoban, Cleveland Central Catholic, Parma Holy Name, Lake Catholic (Mentor), Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, Padua Franciscan, Bedford St. Peter Chanel, Garfield Heights Trinity and Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph’s will welcome Warren JFK, Cleveland Heights Beaumont, Cleveland Benedictine and Walsh Jesuit into its league in 2011-2012.

Leaving the league for the West Shore Conference is Elyria Catholic, making the additions a power-packed jamboree of competitive athletic teams.


Alicia Arnold, Lorain Southview Girls’ Track: In a tough Avon Lake Invitational, Arnold cruised to victories in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and long jump.

Arnold ran a 12.70 to claim the 100 title as she outlasted Olivia Vitou of Rocky River and her 12.99.

In the 200, she ran a 26.63 to beat out Beaumont’s Naeyana Love, who ran a 27.21.

And in the long jump, her leap of 16 feet, 4 ¾ inches was outstanding compared to second-place Sarah Lesiecki of Rocky River with her 15 feet, 5 ¼ jump.


Indian Valley Baseball: The Braves, the defending Division III state champions have moved to Division II this year but so far, so good in the regular season. They are 6-0 and have now won 32 straight games dating back to last year.

Just a few highlights of their early-season start included plenty of Adam Mizer and any of a number of the team’s huge returnees from last year’s squad that bested Hamilton Badin in the state finals.

In a 13-3 mercy win over Akron Manchester, Mizer won the game while Logan Gray tallied two doubles and a single and Zane Shuss tallied a pair of singles and a double. In a 10-6 win over rival and solid team Dover, the Braves got a win from Matt Wheeler after Johnny Iacobucci started and did well. Mizer had two doubles and a single and Gray had a double and three singles.

In a 5-0 win over league rival Wooster Triway, Mizer was the winning pitcher and had two hits while Logan Cozart and Iacobucci each tallied a double and single.

Finally, in a 10-0 shutout of Claymont in the season-opener, Gray was winning pitcher with a 2-hitter and Tanner Eckstein had a double and single.

In a recent 20-1 dismantling of Akron Manchester to earn that sixth win, Indian Valley got a pair of homers, six RBIs, a double and two singles from Cozart and a homer by Mizer. Gray chipped in three hits while Trey Porter had a grand slam. Kyle Lehigh and Iacobucci each added two hits as the Braves collected 17 hits overall.


Super Sutton: Amherst pitcher Jennifer Sutton tossed a 16-strikeout no-hitter in her team’s 10-0 victory over Brookside. Freshman catcher Katie Hoerig hit a 2-run homer.

Dynamic Duo:
In a doubleheader sweep of Massillon, Nordonia’s Sara Andrasik and Kelsey Shirey both were dominant in each game.

In the first game, an 11-2 win, Andrasik scattered four hits, had 11 strikeouts, clubbed a homer and had three RBIs.

In the 6-4, 10-inning second game win, Shirey tallied the cycle, slamming a homer, triple, double and single with four RBIs. In the first game, she was 2 for 2 with four runs scored.

In a 12-0 win over Barberton, Andrasik tossed a no-hitter in the win.

Royal Winners:
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy rocked the girls’ meet at the Don Faix Invitational at Crestwood High in Mantua. The Royals had 163 points as Taylor James won the 100 meters in 12.4 seconds, the 800 relay in 1:47.7 and the 1,600 relay in 4:10 to set three new meet records.

Teammate Irene Frangos won the 800, Leslie Adams won the discus, Katelyn Hess took the long jump and Angel Evans the 100 hurdles.

Jackson In At Independence:
James Jackson, defensive coordinator at Independence and an 11-year assistant at the school, will replace John Shirilla as head football coach. He also served 10 years as an assistant at Midpark.

Summit-Stark Rivalry Renewed:
In the annual Stark-Summit All-Star Basketball games, it was a split as the Summit (Akron area) boys beat Stark (Canton area) 140-111. The Stark girls beat the Summit girls 84-78.

Summit MVP on the boys’ side was Jacob North of Barberton with his 22 points on six 3-pointers. Stark MVP went to Isiah Elliot of Canton McKinley after he hit for 22 points. It now makes three straight wins for Summit and they put up the most points they’ve had since the 1999 game.

In the girls’ game, Stark MVP went to Shavon Robinson, an Ohio University recruit from Canton South, with 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists while Akron Hoban’s Krissy Sokol tallied 23 points and eight boards to earn Summit MVP honors.

Bee Sting:
Medina’s boys won the Hilliard Davidson Wildcat Premier Relays with 129.5 points to beat out fellow Northeast Ohio team St. Ignastius’s 107.5 points. Sam Christen had a win in the 110 hurdles while Clay Febus won the 300 hurdles. Evan McKee took the 800 and the 800 and 1,600 relays also won.

Battlin’ Bodoni:
Alliance pitcher Marissa Bodoni tossed a 3-0 no-hitter against Canton McKinley in which she struck out 19 and had a 2-run double at the plate.

Rhodes To Toledo:
Becky Rhodes, a defender/center midfielder on the Highland Heights soccer team, has accepted a scholarship to continue her career athletically and academically at the University of Toledo.

Nasty Notre Dame:
Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin beat Bishop Timons (Buffalo, NY) 8-2 to claim a win in Sarasota, Fla. In the win, Chuck Seacrist had two doubles and a single with four RBIs while starter Tom Webb and relievers Ben Tercek and Michael Belak combined for a 1-hitter.

So Long Solon:
Solon’s boys edged out second-place GlenOak 108-105 at the Kimberly Relays at Bedford. Solon was led by Kevin Hicks with three wins in the sprint medley, 800 relay and 1,600 relay.

GlenOak’s girls cruised to the title 121-94 over Boardman.

You Rock Euclid:
Euclid’s 17-7, 4-2 wins over West Geauga in a doubleheader last weekend featured a combined 7 for 14 with three runs and six RBI’s from Doug Kohler and Randy Wente.

More More Morgan:
Vienna Mathews’s Chris Morgan not only struck out nine in earning a 7-1 win over Warren Champion, he also added a grand slam to help his cause.

Twinsburg’s Lisa Lash pitched a 10-strikeout no-hitter in her team’s 6-0 win over Lakewood.

Mancuso to Georgia:
Brecksville-Broadview Heights pitcher Mike Mancuso, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound dominator as a junior, has verbally committed to play collegiately at the University of Georgia. He was 7-0 last year with 57 strikeouts in 42 innings and a 1.33 ERA.

Amazing Arendas:
Cleveland Central Catholic pitcher Marcus Arendas tossed a 5-inning no-hitter with 10 strikeouts in his team’s 12-0 victory over St. Martin de Porres.

Noble Effort:
Magnolia Sandy Valley’s Travis Noble was awesome in his team’s recent win over Garaway. Noble got the win on the mound with 14 strikeouts and he added two singles at the plate with three stolen bases on the basepaths.

Lightning Larch:
In her team’s hard-fought 1-0 season opening win over New Philadelphia, Fairless’ Brittany Larch struck out 15, walked two and allowed nary a hit.

No-Hitting Hawks:
In Berlin Hiland’s 14-0 mercy of Ridgewood, Hiland pitchers Danny Beachy and Luke Burch combined to hurl a no-hitter with Burch connecting on three hits of his own.

Dominating Drapcho:
In Dover’s 6-0 shutout of River View, Tornado pitcher Ian Drapcho tossed a complete-game no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and three walks while stroking two hits of his own.

Wingin’ White:
Warren Champion pitcher Morgan White threw a no-hitter in a 7-0 win over Vienna Mathews in which she had eight strikeouts and three walks.

Amazing Mamarella:
In Dover’s 12-4 win over Tuscarawas Valley, Marcus Mamarella had four hits, including two homers, with eight RBIs to lead the winners.

Batting Kaige:
In New Philadelphia’s 12-1 win over Claymont, Kaige Demattio pounded not one, but two homers and stroked a single while teammate John Stephenson had a homer with a single.

Bashing Beamer and Victorious Vinci:
Bashing Sami Beamer of Tuscarawas Central Catholic hit a 2-run homer to plate winning pitcher Hannah Vinci as the Saints edged Strasburg in a 2-1 upset. The Tigers are defending Division IV state champs and were shocked by the Saints, who feature a tough Vinci who struck out six and walked just one batter while allowing just three hits. She also had 11 strikeouts and no walks in a 7-5 win over Coshocton.

Beamer hit another home run in a recent 5-1 win over Garaway. Hannah Vinci had a 2-run single and sister Sarah got the win on the mound. Sarah is a catcher when she isn’t pitching, making for a tough Vinci Battery.

More Saints:
TCC has really had a great start to the year, starting off 4-0 as they beat Hiland 17-5 on Thursday behind a home run, four singles and six RBIs from freshman Anna Martinelli. The Saints only led 6-5 heading into the top of the seventh inning before scoring 11 runs.

Amazing Molnar:
Independence pitcher Rebecca Molnar tossed a no-hitter in a 6-0 win over Aurora in which she struck out seven and walked two. The winners scored all six runs in the first inning.

Hurlin’ Hurley:
Gilmour’s Jake Hurley threw a no-hitter in five innings as his team beat Brooklyn 11-1. Cam Carmen hit a 3-run homer to lead his offense.

Rockin’ Razzante:
Mayfield’s Rob Razzante slammed a 2-run homer and a 3-run homer in his team’s 11-8 win over Strongsville.

Unstoppable Skulina:
Walsh Jesuit pitcher Tyler Skulina is now 21-0 as a varsity pitcher after beating Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 8-2.

Slammin’ Santana:
Lakewood beat Nordonia 9-7 and actually trailed 7-4 in a recent baseball game. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Lakewood hit four straight singles to be down 7-5 and then Julio Santanta jacked a grand slam to put the final score into place.


New Philadelphia at Dover Baseball, Tonight, 4:30 p.m.: These cross-river (Tuscarawas) rivals always heat up any venue and any sport but these two teams feature outstanding senior athletes. Dover is led by Ian Drapcho and Marcus Mamarella while New Philadelphia sports John Stephenson and Cody Cox.

Claymont at Strasburg Softball, Saturday, 1 p.m.:
This double dipper features a very tough Claymont team that advanced to its first district in school history last year and features a standout pitcher in Jordan Smith.

Strasburg suffered a tough loss to Tuscarawas Central Catholic this week but still is the defending Division IV state champs and features pitcher Carly Clark. Her best game may have come in a 6-1 win over Massillon Tuslaw in which she sturck out eight, walked none, gave up just one hit and hit a homer herself at the plate.

West Holmes Track Invitational at West Holmes High, Saturday, 9 a.m.:
Some of the top teams from the Eastern District are featured at this meet which is always top-notch out in Millersburg, Ohio, just past Amish country.

East Canton Invitational at East Canton High, Saturday, 10 a.m.:
Many of the top small schools in Stark County and mid-Northeast Ohio will be featured at this meet.

Wendy’s Spring Classic Softball at Ashland, April 15-17:
This classic features some of the best softball teams in the state and in Northeast Ohio, such as Akron Hoban, Elyria, Garrettsville Garfield, Hudson, Keystone and North Royalton.

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