Several football stars made spring sports news this past week with outstanding performances. A couple did it on the oval, while others excelled on the diamond. See who else did what in Northwest Ohio this week…and did we mention there’s a couple track meets this weekend?
The Maralyn H. Wood Invitational hosted by Cleveland Collinwood featured many of Northeast Ohio’s top track athletes and didn’t disappoint last weekend.
The boys’ title was won by Cleveland Glenville with a dominating 155 points while Mentor was second at 109. Glenville was led by Latwan Anderson with wins in the 200, 400 and 400 relay and 1,600 relay. Quincy Dowling added wins in the 800, 800 relay and 1,600 relay.
Shane Wynn was second in the 100 and first with the 800 and 1,600 relays while Rodnell Pierce won the long jump. DaJuan Calloway also won the shot put.
On the girls’ side, Gilmour Academy’s Candace Longini-Thomas claimed the 100 and 200 but Magnificat took the team title with 101 points. Host Collinwood was second with 95 points.
Bekka Simko won an impressive 800 for Gilmour while Amber Smith of Collinwood dominated the hurdles, taking the 100 and 300 hurdles while also leading the 400 relay team to victory.
Hanna Gospodinsky wont he shot and disc for Wadsworth.
The champion Magnificat team won the 1,600 behind Madeline Chambers and the 3,200 with the 1-2 sister tandem of Clare and Abby Fischer. Clare finished in 11:11.32 and Abby in 11:11.96.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Bobby Swigert, Louisville Baseball: According to the Canton Repository, Swigert, a dual-sport threat headed to play football and baseball at Boston College, has been a fear of every team facing the Leopards this baseball season.
As of April 14, Swigert had drawn 18 walks in 10 games with four hit by pitches, giving him 22 free bases in 21 official at bats. When he does hit, he has connected on nine hits with five homers, a triple and a double with 17 runs, 13 RBIs, six stolen bases in six attempts and a .429 batting average.
Swigert has a sensational on base percentage of .727 with a slugging percentage that is unreal at 1.286.
Swigert had his football season, which found him as a quarterback, derailed due to injury. He plans on playing outfield for BC next year and wide receiver on the gridiron.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Struthers Boys’ Track: The Struthers boys’ track team had a dominating 171-99 win over second-place Garrettsville Garfield in the rest of the field of the Champion Invitational.
The Wildcats got wins in the 110 (16.20) and 300 hurdles (43.70) from Ryan Kish while Jermayne Brooks tallied victories in the 100 (11.60) and 200 (23.80). Keary Iarussi tossed in wins in the shot put (44-0) and discus (131-8) while Arnaldo Morales won the high jump (5-8) and was on the meet record-setting 400 relay team of Keith Auman, Kevin McDonald and Ramonte Aponte. They ran 46.40, besting the previous best mark by Garfield in 2009.
Jonathan DeJesus won the 400 in 54.70 and Ryan Pavlicko tossed in a distance win in the 3,200 in 10:58.20.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Darlin’ Dayna: Olmsted Falls junior setter Dayna Roberts has verbally committed to play volleyball at Cleveland State University.
Barber’s the Best: Midpark’s Kaila Barber picked up four wins in her team’s championship win at the East Palestine meet.
Midpark won with 110 points to beat out second-place Austintown-Fitch and its 90 points. Barber won the long jump at 18 feet even, the 100 in 12.45 and the 1,600 relay. She also set the new meet record in the 200 in 25.15, beating out the previous mark of 25.70.
Lipp and Shroyer Hit Goals: In two wins this year, Chagrin Falls lacrosse players Katherine Lipp and Meghan Shroyer combined for 15 goals.
Lipp had five goals in her team’s 18-2 win over Wooster while Shroyer had three. Shroyer added three in the 13-3 win over Rocky River while Lipp had four.
Super Solamics: Columbia bested Lutheran West 17-0 as Jen Solamics tossed a five-inning perfect game as she was assisted by 17 hits by her teammates. In a 9-0 win over Oberlin, she added 16 strikeouts.
Scootin’ Skraba: Tallmadge’s Cordt Skraba helped win an 8-7 affair with Barberton as he stole home for the game-winning run. Tallmadge scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh for the victory with Skraba’s 2-out, 3-2-count steal putting the finishing touches on the win.
Jammin’ Jones: Gnadenhutten’s Indian Valley’s Sean Jones logged some miles in helping his team win last week. Jones won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 in helping his squad edge Akron Manchester 70-67 in a Principals’ Athletic Conference dual meet.
He then won the 800, 1,600 and high jump as his team won the title at the West Holmes Invitational.
Krafty Kovalik: John Kovalik tossed a 10-strikeout no-hitter in helping Aurora to a 2-0 win over Chagrin Falls.
Whammin’ Warriors: Walsh Jesuit’s boys and girls’ baseball and softball teams are both undefeated. The Warrior boys beat Benedictine 6-1 to improve to 8-0. Johnny Fasda hit his fourth homer of the year, scored twice and drove in two runs. Patrick Amman had three hits with two runs. Tyler Skulina, a Virginia Tech recruit had his third win with five strikeouts in six innings.
The Warrior girls are 11-0 after beating Stow 2-0. Calia Battista had two RBIs and Corey Rubright struck out five in the win.
Zippy Zitnik and Lappin’ Logan: Warren G. Harding’s Andrew Zitnik won the 200 in 22.36, the 800 relay in 1:32.45 and the 400 relay in 44.72 while taking second in the 100 in 11.0 to lead his team to the boys’ title at the F.E. Cope Boys Invitational at Salem.
Teammate Marvin Logan won the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles (41.25) and was on the 800 reay team.
Short-Inning No-Nos: In a 5-inning 11-0 win over Elyria Catholic, Lake Catholic pitcher Kyle Kromar tossed a no-hitter in the baseball win.
Navarre Fairless pitcher Brittany Larch tossed her second no-no of the year in a 5-inning affair won by her team 10-0 over Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. She had eight strikeouts and only two walks allowed.
In Fairport Harbor’s 12-0 win over Kirtland, Corey Hites tossed a 5-inning no-hitter while in the 14-0 win by Cleveland Lutheran West over Cornerstone was led by Anders Mahon’s 5-inning, 9-strikeout no-no.
Movin’ Mapson: Cleveland Heights’ Seane Mapson picked up a few records in winning a few events in his team’s 106-75 win over North Olmsted and the rest of the field at the Beachwood Invitational.
Mapson won the 200 in 26.84 and the 400 in 58.81. That broke the previous record of 1:00.31 set by Kristena Paris of Berea in 2005. She was also on the record-setting 400 relay tem (50.47) which broke Beachwood’s 2007 record of 51.60.
She finally ended the day on the record-setting 1,600 relay team (4:08.19) that broke Shaw’s 2008 mark of 4:13.46.
Perfect Thomas: Massillon Perry pitcher Chris Thomas tossed a perfect game with eight strikeouts in a 2-0 victory over Austintown-Fitch.
More Morse: Our Lady of the Elms hitter Kaitlin Morse nearly missed hitting for the cycle with a single, triple and homer with three RBIs in a 7-2 win over Western Reserve Academy.
Charles Bombs: Akron Ellet pitcher Taylor Charles had two home runs, including a 2-run walkoff in the seventh inning of a 3-1 win over Madison (West Virginia) in Myrtle Beach. She also had six strikeouts in the win.
Massive Murray: Field beat Norton 8-1 behind three RBIs and two homers by winning pitcher (six strikeouts) Tabitha Murray.
Bertsch and Bondoni is Best: Ellen Bertsch of Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas threw a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts and one walk in her third-career no-hitter (10-0 over Warren JFK).
Alliance pitcher Marissa Bondoni also had a no-hitter in a 7-0 victory over Minerva. She had 13 strikeouts.
Bombin’ Bittinger: In her team’s 2-game sweep of Conotton Valley, East Canton’s Letita Bittinger had three homers and also threw a 2-hit, 16-strikeout game in the opener.
Northeast Ohio Track Meets: One look at Baumspage.com shows that the Northeast is alive with the sound of track spikes, shots and pole vault poles. Check below for some of the highlights of the weekend.
Tonight, 3:15 p.m.: Willoughby South Invitational.
Tonight, 4 p.m.: Kenston Co-Ed Relays; Midview-Lorain Co. Invitational at Adelsberg Stadium in Midview.
Saturday, 9 a.m.: Dover Tornado Relays at Dover’s Crater Stadium; Mahoning County Meet at Austintown-Fitch; LaBrae Invitational; Miele Meet at Gilmour Academy.
Saturday, 9:30 a.m.: Frank Rossi Valkyrie at Ravenna; Perry Relays at Perry High (Lake County).
Saturday, 10 a.m.: St. Peter Chanel Moose Relays at Bedford Bearcat Stadium; Warrior Relays at Walsh Jesuit; Bulldog Invitational at East Palestine.
Saturday, 11 a.m.: Orrville Invitational.
Saturday, 1 p.m.: Husky Invitational at West Salem Northwestern.