Northeast Ohio Huddle: Penn Relays, Cadet National Freestyle Title and two no-nos


Northeast Ohio Huddle

Northeast Ohio simply continues to amaze on the wrestling mats. Whether it’s Massillon Perry or Wadsworth or any other of an assortment
of top programs, there’s always a buzz. Enter Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy…

Northeast Ohio simply continues to amaze on the wrestling mats.

Whether it’s Massillon Perry or Wadsworth or any other of an assortment of top programs, there’s always a buzz.

Enter Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. CVCA wrestler Nathan Tomasello, a freshman, recently won the 46kg (101.25 pound) weight class at the FILA Cadet National Freestyle Championships at the University of Akron.

Tomasello has now qualified for the Youth Olympic Games in May in Monterrey, Mexico.


Madeline Chambers, Rocky River Magnificat Girls’ Track and Amber Smith, Cleveland Collinwood Girls’ Track: Both of these phenoms will make their mark in Columbus in a month at the state meet but last week, Chambers and Smith were making their respective marks at different meets.

At the prestigious Penn Relays, Chambers took third in the high school mile in 4:55.46 (4:53 in the 1,600) while also taking ninth with the 3,200 relay team of Erin Riley, Mary Whitmore and Katherine Stultz in 9:13.14.

Smith joined teammate Erin Busbee in setting a new state record in the long jump relay at the 33rd Lake Health Systems Ranger Relays. The University of Michigan duo jumped a combined 37 feet, 7 ½ inches. Busbee went 19-1 while Smith was 16-6 ½.

Smith also won the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. She was named Track MVP for her efforts while Busbee was the Field MVP.


Hudson Baseball: Hudson swept through three wins at the Cancer Awareness Classic at Hudson and Kent State University last week.

In the opening game on Friday, the Explorers bested Kenston. They then beat Mentor 13-4 and Strongsville 16-8. For the weekend, they scored 29 runs and had 28 hits against Mentor and Strongsville.

Manager Chuck Schilling, he of the 400 wins reached the previous week, had several solid campaigns last week. Against Mentor, Matt Ramsey and Nate Shaw had three hits each. In the win over Strongsville, Ryan Woods was 4 of 5 with four runs and two RBIs. He finished the weekend 5 of 7 with six runs, four RBIs and a .727 batting average.

As a team in the win over Strongsville, seven players for Hudson had an RBI and nine different players had a hit.


More Ranger Relays: At Solon, St. Ignatius’s boy bested the host Comets 129-122 while the Solon girls won 101-97 over Cleveland Collinwood.

Seth Cunningham of Lakewood St. Ed’s was first in the 100 and 200 and the Track MVP while A.J. Hicks of Solon won the shot and discus to earn Field MVP.

Maple Heights sprinting sensation Andrea Arnold won the 100 and 200 and was second in the 400.

Double the No-No:
Hudson shut out Kenston 10-0 and 9-0 in a doubleheader last weekend and pitchers Mindy Meredith and Jenny Reitz both threw no-hitters for the winners.

Meredith struck out eight and Reitz 12 in the wins.

Wonderful Walsh:
Walsh Jesuit’s nationally-ranked baseball team routed a tough St. Edward’s team 10-0 in five innings.

Walsh improved to 15-0 while sending the Wildcats to 15-2.

In the game, Tyler Skulina tallied a 1-hitter along with relievers Mike Marsinek and Zach Driscoll while Ryan Berry had a pair of RBIs with a single and homer. He now has five homers and a team-high 27 RBIs on the year. Teammate Pat Ammar had a 2-run double and a single in the game.

St. Ignatius got its one hit from Steve Alexander on a double.

Not Too Sheggy:
Cleveland Heights upset Cleveland Glenville, among other teams, 150-135 at the Ned Weingart Relays. Sheggy Agajello led the winners with victories in the 110 and 300 hurdles as Heights also won four relays.

BecKman: Walsh Jesuit’s Allison Beckman no-hit Fostoria 5-1 as she tallied 11 strikeouts.

Lovin’ Longo:
Mayfield’s Lee Longo not only threw four innings of perfect baseball in a 7-3 win over New Albany, he also was 2 for 4 with two homers.

Super St. Pete’s:
Bedford St. Peter Chanel handed Lake Catholic its first loss of the year against 13 wins in a 1-0, eight-inning softball vbictory.

Pairs Alba scored the lone run on an RBI double by Julie Koballa while winning pitcher Rachel Byrnes had 17 strikeouts, three hits and one walk in getting the victory. Losing pitcher Bonnie Zappitelli had four hits, one walk and 14 K’s.

Doin’ It All: St. Ed’s pitcher Stetson Allie allowed two hits while striking out 16 in a 2-0 win over Canton Central Catholic in which he also connected on a sacrifice RBI.

Sara Shields of Waterloo had 17 strikeouts and three hits allowed in a 11-1 win over Ravenna as Shields also had a triple, homer and three RBIs.

In Avon Lake’s 10-0 win over Berea, winning pitcher Annie Wennerberg had a trio of hits with a no-hitter and 10 strikeouts on the mound.

Bustin’ It Bruening:
Brittany Bruening of Parma tossed a complete-game no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over Garfield Heights.

Mastery Meredith:
Hudson’s Mindy Meredith threw a 9-strikeout no-hitter in her team’s 5-1 win over Nordonia.

Dealing Deely:
Independence baseball pitcher Joe Deely threw a five-inning no-hitter with six strikeouts in an 11-0 victory over Brooklyn.


Friday Track Invitationals: The Berea Relays begins at 1 p.m. today at Baldwin-Wallace College while The Mogadore Wildcat Invitational and Dick Beeler Invitational at Painesville Harvey begin at 3:45 p.m.

At 4 p.m. is the Thrilla in Zoarvilla at Tuscarawas Valley near Canton, the Sandusky Invitational and the Mapleton Night Invitational in Ashland.

At 4:30 p.m. is the Doylestown Ernie Moore Relays in Wayne County.

St. Ignatius at Walsh Jesuit Baseball, Monday, 4:30 p.m.:
While Walsh won the first matchup two weeks ago by a 10-0 mercy score, Ignatius has won 15 games and is a worthy adversary to the nation’s top team.

Saturday Track Invitationals:
The Austintown-Fitch Optimist Meet starts at 9:15 a.m. while the 9:30 slate finds the Mentor Cardinal Relays and Cortland Lakeview Invitational. At 10 a.m. it’s the Mentor Cardinal Relays and Diocesan of Youngstown Meet.

Trumbull County Meet at Cortland Lakeview, May 4 at 4 p.m. and May 6 at 5 p.m.:
Some of the best runners in Division II and III take to the forefront at this meet in Cortland.

Tuscarawas County Track Invitational at New Philadelphia, Monday, 4 p.m.:
Some of the top runners in Eastern Ohio take to the track from Indian Valley, Dover, Uhrichsville Claymont, Tuscarawas Valley, Strasburg, Tuscarawas Central Catholic, Newcomerstown, the host Quakers and Sugarcreek Garaway.

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