Northeast Ohio Huddle: 17 straight track titles, no-hitters and USA Basketball


Northeast Ohio Huddle

No. 17 had to be sweet for Cleveland Collinwood girls’ track coach Lou
The Collinwood girls gave their retiring coach his 17th-straight Jesse
Owens title in the battle of Cleveland City League schools. The
Railroaders scored a dominating 204 points in taking the title. Erin
Busbee, who is headed to Michigan State with teammate Amber Smith next
year, won the 100, 200, long jump and high jump.

No. 17 had to be sweet for Cleveland Collinwood girls’ track coach Lou Slapnik.
The Collinwood girls gave their retiring coach his 17th-straight Jesse Owens title in the battle of Cleveland City League schools. The Railroaders scored a dominating 204 points in taking the title. Erin Busbee, who is headed to Michigan State with teammate Amber Smith next year, won the 100, 200, long jump and high jump.

Smith took the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, as well as third in the long jump and third in the 100.

Monica Simmons won the shot put and discus and Amirah Harbour, Ericka Sawyer and Brittni Brown ran on the winning 400, 800 and 1,600 relays.

Slapnik has developed a dynasty at Collinwood, taking eight state titles in his 17 years while going for his ninth this year.


Brianna Neitzel, Brunswick Girls’ Track: Neitzel, just a sophomore, won her second-straight Outstanding Female Athlete award at the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Championships at her home track. Her team also won its second-straight meet and conference title.

Neitzel swept through the sprints, taking all three burners (100, 200 and 400). She also took second in the long jump.


Medina Boys’ Track: The Bees took several first-place finishes at the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Meet at Brunswick High but it was a first-place finish in the team standings that caused a stir.

The Bees scored 136 team points after going 4-1 in dual meets. The NOC Valley combines duals and the league meet finishes to determine points, which then determine the final league standings. While Solon had won 17-straight conference crowns and went 5-0 in duals this year, they tied for second with Twinsburg with 108 points, giving them 17 league points to Medina’s 18, giving the Bees the league championship.

Medina was led by Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year Danny Rymer, who won the 100, 200, 4-by-100 and was on the third-place 4-by-200 team. Teammate Clay Febus won the 110 hurdles while David Knack took the 3,200. The Bees’ 3,200 and 1,600 relays also won.

The Bees also scored 151 points to win the Berea Relays as they took the 400, 1,600 and 6,400 relays, along with the 440 shuttle hurdles and pole vault relays.


Strong Spooney: At the Northeast Ohio Conference River Track Championships, Nordonia’s boys cruised with 123 points to win the team title. Outstanding Male Athlete John Spooney led the way by winning three events and setting records in the 100 (10.86), 200 (21.94) and 400 (49.51).

At the same meet, Stow’s girls won with 151 points as Katie Betts won the 1,600, 800, 3,200 relay and 1,600 relay.

Awesome Alston:
Canton McKinley sophomore Ameryst Alston was one of 36 ladies selected to try out for the USA Basketball Women’s Under-17 World Championship/Youth Olympic team in Colorado Springs June 8-11.

The tryouts will be at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado and the athletes are looking to make the World Games squad.

Alston led McKinley to the state title last year, averaging 18.8 points per game. She is a 5-foot-9 guard and Third Team All-Ohioan.

Wallopin’ West Branch:
West Branch’s baseball team set a school record for runs in a game in a 32-7 win over Ravenna Southeast. The Warriors were led by Brennan Wells, Bo Beegle and Mike Smith with six RBIs each. They also won the second game 16-3 and had 34 total hits in the two games.

Noble Effort:
Magnolia Sandy Valley’s Travis Noble threw a seven-inning no-hitter and also drove in the lone run of the game in his team’s 1-0 Division III sectional victory over rival Tuscarawas Valley.

Noble singled and tripled in the game.

Able Anderson:
At the Jesse Owens Senate League Track Meet, Cleveland Glenville’s Latwan Anderson was outstanding, winning the 100, 400 and two relays (1,600 and 800). Teammate Shane Wynn took the 100 and was on the winning 400, 800 and 1,600 relays.

Crushing Cribari:
In Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s 1-0 softball win over Akron Hoban, Alex Cribari hit a home run with two outs in the eighth inning. It was her third of the year.

Mostly Moss:
Angela Moss threw her first no-hitter in a 6-0 victory over Middlefield Cardinal.

Good Gould:
Brookfield’s Alyssa Gould tossed a 7-inning no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Youngstown Christian. She had 11 strikeouts and just one walk allowed.

Anderson In At Chagrin:
Chagrin Falls recently hired Brittany Anderson to be its girls’ basketball head coach. The 2004 Chagrin Falls graduate has been an assistant for two years to Curtis Howell, who was 56-13 in three years at Chagrin Falls.

Very Good Vinci:
In two tournament games, Tuscarawas Central Catholic’s Hannah Vinci has thrown two no-hitters. In the sectional finals, she no-hit Newcomerstown in a 10-0 victory in which she also hit a home run.

In a 5-inning win over Zanesville Rosecrans (23-0), Vinci threw a no-no and added two singles and a homer at the plate.

Row Row Row To Second:
The St. Ignatius Rowing Club took second at the Midwest Schlastic Rowing Championships on Lake Harsha in Cincinnati. They scored 81 points to finish second to New Trier (Ill.) who had 103.5 points.

Krushing Kettering:
In Malvern’s 8-2 Division IV sectional win over Caldwell, Hornet standout Sean Kettering crushed his eighth homer of the year and had a single and double with three RBIs.

Strasburg No-No:
Strasburg’s softball team got a combined 5-inning no-hitter from Carly Clark and Kristen Smith in a  17-1 win over Conotton Valley.

Sinn Is In:
Briana Sinn of Lordstown  had 17 strikeouts and also went 4 for 4 at the plate in an 8-1 win over Jackson-Milton. She added three RBIs.

Donminic Gore of Youngstown Ursuline threw a no-hitter with five strikeouts in a 7-0 victory over Girard.

Lengal Takes Brunswick Girls:
Brunswick turned to one of its own graduates in Halle Lengal to lead its girls’ basketball program. Lengal replaces 7-year veteran Paul Gerycz, who was 89-64 in seven years before retiring this past season.

Mowin’em Down Mobley:
Berlin Hiland’s Hayden Mobley threw a 5-inning no-hitter in his team’s 11-1 Division IV sectional victory over Strasburg. Mobley struck out six, walked three and added a home run at the plate.


Zanesville Division II Sectional Baseball Finals, Tonight, 5 and 7:30 p.m.: With one surprise entry and three not-so surprising entries, tonight’s Division II sectional at Zanesville’s Gant Stadium will be exciting.

Uhrichsville Claymont shocked third-seeded Dover 8-2 in their sectional semifinal on Thursday as Nick Merrick tossed a gem against the Tornadoes, who no-hit the Mustangs in their last regular-season meeting. Claymont will face second-seeded Indian Valley, last year’s Division III state champions who have now moved up a division. That game is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Following that contest is another sectional final as the host Blue Devils and their No. 1 seeded team battle with a New Philadelphia team that returns much of its team that went to the regional last year. That game starts at 5 p.m.

Akron Division I District Softball Matchups:
The Akron Firestone Division I District presents four very solid teams battling it out next week. On May 18, Hudson and star pitcher Mindy Meredith tangle with Stow-Munroe Falls at 5 p.m. Following that game is Akron Ellet and Cuyahoga Falls at 6:45. The district final is slated for 6 p.m. on May 19.

League Track Meets:
Still to compete tonight are several Northeast Ohio league track meets. Starting at 2:30 p.m. at Alliance Marlington is the Northeastern Buckeye Conference, which consists of teams from around the Canton area.

At 4 p.m. is the Federal League Meet at Uniontown Lake, pitting the biggest schools from the Canton area, such as North Canton Hoover, Canton McKinley and Canton GlenOak.

At 4 also is the Inter-Valley Conference Meet at Newcomerstown’s Lee Stadium. This pits several solid track programs and has been dominated by Magnolia Sandy Valley over the years.

The Principals’ Athletic Conference meet starts at 4 p.m. at Navarre Fairless tonight while the Wayne County Athletic League Meet at West Salem Northwestern will run tonight at 4:30 and tomorrow at 11 a.m. This meet features outstanding talent from in and around Wooster.

District Tennis Tournaments:
In the Northeast, Division I boys head to Oberlin College for their district while Division II boys will compete at Canton’s Weis Park.

Strongsville vs. Brunswick Baseball, Division I District Semifinals at Strongsville High, May 17, 4:30 p.m.:
These two squads are very solid and evenly-matched and will tangle with Strongsville getting the homecourt advantage.

Jeromesville Hillsdale vs. Independence Softball, Division III District Semifinal at North Ridgeville High, May 17, 5:30 p.m.:
This is an interesting matchup with Cleveland-area team Independence and Wayne County foe Hillsdale.

Hubbard vs. Canfield Baseball, Division I District Semifinal at Struthers, May 18, 4:30 p.m.:
Youngstown-area foes battle for a spot in their district final.

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