Last weekend Glenville’s Latwan Anderson broke Robert Smith’s (Ohio State, Minnesota Vikings) 1988 record in the 400 at the D-I Mentor District track meet. And he’s not the Athlete of the Week. That’s how good of a week it was in Northeast Ohio…
Strange things were afoot at the Mentor Division I District Track and Field Meet last weekend.
Cleveland Glenville won the boys’ team title with 107.5 points to Willoughby South’s 106 and had to win the 4-by-400 to earn the victory. Latwan Anderson broke Robert Smith’s (formerly of the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL and Ohio State of the college ranks) 1988 record in the 400. He won in a time of 47.26 to Smith’s 47.55. He also won the 200 and the 4-by-200 and 4-by-400 relays.
The Euclid girls won the team title with 120 points to 94 for Maple Heights. It was easy as Cleveland Collinwood dropped to Division II this year. Kayla Whitlow took the 1,600, 800 and helped lead the 3,200 and 1,600 relays to victory. Teammate Artia Gunn had a tough but successful start to her meet. She took first in the 100 hurdles, third in the 100 and first with the 4-by-200 relay team. All of these events were one after another. For good measure, she helped lead the 4-by-100 relay team to a win just 20 minutes after her deadly trifecta finished.
Maple Heights runner Andrea Arnold took the 100, 200 and 400 as well.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Erin Gabriel, Poland Softball: Simply scintillating. That’s the only way to describe Gabriel, the sophomore standout at Poland. The Bulldogs are in the Division II regional final tonight against Navarre Fairless at Akron Firestone.
In a 12-2 rout of Tallmadge in the regional semifinals, Gabriel tossed a 1-walk, 11-strikeout gem as Jenna Modic and Adriana Sikora teamed to go 7 for 7 at the plate with eight runs scored between them.
In a 10-0, 5-inning district final win over Ashtabula Edgewood, Gabriel allowed no hits while striking out every single Warrior batter she faced in a perfect game. She only allowed three foul hits. That’s the only contact Edgewood got all night! Modic added three hits and two RBIs.
Gabriel won her sectional title by striking out 20 of the 21 batters she faced and in the district semifinals, she tossed a no-hitter in a 3-0 win over Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin. She had 14 strikeouts and drove in all three of her team’s runs with a bases-loaded double.
TEAMS OF THE WEEK
Dover Softball and Independence Baseball: Dover softball and Independence baseball find themselves in their respective regional finals tonight and tomorrow and both are worthy of sharing the final Team of the Week for the 2009-2010 school year.
Dover’s softball team, aided by a freshman battery of pitcher Maggie Murphy and catcher Alisha Walker, have advanced to their second Division II regional in three years after going to the state Final Four two years ago.
The Tornadoes toppled Gallia Academy 5-0 on Thursday night. They will now face Eastern District foe John Glenn at noon Saturday.
In the district finals against Richmond Edison, Dover won 8-2 as Ashton Scott, Toree Corpman and Iris Javersak drove in two runs each.
For the year, Murphy is 18-9 for the 19-10 Tornadoes, with an ERA under 2.00. She has more than 145 strikeouts in 190 innings. Ashlee Alsept hits .400 with 16 RBIs and 21 runs while Corpman nearly bats .400 and has six homers and 23 RBIs.
Independence is playing in its Division III regional final against Canton Central Catholic tonight with a 27-3 record after beating Berkshire 7-2 in the semifinals.
Josh Suvak improved to 9-0 with the victory on the mound as he was helped by Billy Gutermuth’s tirple, homer, two runs and RBI.
The Blue Devils are 47-7 the past two seasons and sport a team ERA just around 2.00. They are led by undefeated pitchers Suvak and Travis Teare and .400 hitter Anthony Siciliano.
In a 5-0 win over Gates Mills Hawken in the district finals, Teare allowed five hits and had five strikeouts in earning the win while John Bugaj went 2 for 4 with three RBIs, an RBI single and a 2-run homer.
In a 7-1 district semifinal victory over LaBrae, Suvak got the win by allowing only six hits while Gutermuth had a double and single with a run scored.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Dandy Dunbar: Lodi Cloverleaf tennis player Ethan Dunbar reached his third state tournament with his second-straight district tennis title in Division I singles as he defeated Westlake’s Colton Buffington 6-1, 7-6 (3) at Oberlin College.
Elyria Excited: Defending Division I softball champion Elyria is still hot to handle in the tourney after beating 2-0 Midview in its regional semifinal in Clyde. Standout pitcher Kristen Boros threw a 3-hit, 1-walk, 7-strikeout gem and Darien Ward homered. Ashley Stolarski added an RBI single.
The most amazing statistic between both teams was that Stolarski was the lone senior starter for either team, prompting anticipation of a rematch next year.
Boomin’ Barber: Midpark’s Kaila Barber continued to shine as she ruled her Division I district. She won the 100 in 11.84, a record without the aid of wind. She also set the new meet record in the 300 hurdles in 42.28 seconds and helped lead the 4-by-400 team to victory. For good measure she won the long jump as well. Oh yeah, her team won with 109 points.
Kopp Hits Lorain’s Mats: In more news about head coaches at the new Lorain High, comprised of Lorain Southview and Lorain Admiral King, Billy Kopp was named head wrestling coach. Kopp spent the past four years as head of the Southview program. He was a 1988 state champion at Southview.
Grand Goldberg: Beachwood’s Mark Goldberg won his fourth district tennis title in Division II at Canton’s Weis Park. After spending some time at singles in the past, this year he teamed with Ricky Bortz to win at doubles.
Super Seth Cunningham: After sitting out last year with an injury, Lakewood St. Ed’s runner Seth Cunningham is tearing up this year. In last weekend’s Division I district in Lakewood, he won the 100, 200 and 800 and 400 relays.
Strongsville coach Cash-ed In: Strongsville girls’ basketball coach Bill Cash has resigned after 20 years and a 288-157 record. His team was 15-7 this year.
Lovin’ Lucas: In Cuyahoga Heights’ 11-2 win over Southington in a Division IV baseball district final, Heights’ Mark Lucas went 3 for 5 at the plate with a double and four RBIs. He also only allowed two runs on three hits in five innings on the mound.
Fast Lane: In her first game back from a broken finger suffered in the second game of the season, Waterloo pitcher Alyssa Lane threw her eighth career no-hitter in a 10-0 victory over Windham. She walked two and also went 2 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs in the win.
For the Ellet of It: Until losing 4-3 in its Division I regional softball final to Massillon Perry, Akron Ellet had six straight shutouts, especially after its 2-0 win over Stow in the district title game. Taylor Charles tossed a 1-hit, 2-walk, 9-K masterpiece. That was one day after no-hitting Akron Firestone in a 10-0 victory that clinched Ellet its 10th-straight Akron City Series crown.
Dial up DeLisio: Olmsted Falls has hired one of its own, 1995 graduate Chris DeLisio to coach its boys’ basketball team. DeLisio is a 1999 Ohio University graduate and has been an assistant Olmsted Falls for 11 years.
Super Stetson: In a 9-4 win over Warren Harding in a Division I district semifinal baseball game, Lakewood St. Edward’s Stetson Allie allowed four hits and three walks while striking out 17. He also was 2 for 3 at the plate with three runs.
Baffling Bittinger: East Canton softball pitcher Letitia Bittinger has baffled hitters all year and the Wizards’ 1-0 Division IV regional semifinal softball win over Vienna Mathews was no different. She not only drove in her team’s only run, but on the mound, she allowed one hit and had 14 strikeouts. She now has 345 strikeouts this year and is ranked 18th all-time in Ohio.
Crafty Carly (DeRosa): In North Lima South Range’s 1-0 win over Waterloo, freshman Carly DeRosa tossed a 10-strikeout, 2-walk, 1-hitter in a Division III regional semifinal.
Wonderful Walsh: Walsh Jesuit pounded Akron Hoban 10-3 in its Division II district final game. Johnny Fasola had two doubles and four RBIs to give him nine for the 2-game district. Virginia recruit Tyler Skulina threw all seven innings, taking a 1-hitter with six strikeouts and only three baserunners through six innings. He is now 25-0 for his high school career.
Poland vs. Navarre Fairless, Division II Regional Softball Final at Akron Firestone Park, Saturday, noon: Poland features ace Erin Gabriel (see above) and Fairless features ace Brittany Larch, a transfer from Massillon Perry. Both teams will find runs hard to come by.
Mayfield vs. Lakewood St. Ed’s, Division I Regional Baseball Final at Canton’s Thurman Munson Stadium, Tonight, 5 p.m.: Both 20-win teams and both looking to get to state. These Cleveland-area teams converge on the Hall of Fame city.
Walsh Jesuit vs. Alliance Marlington/Beloit West Branch, Division II Regional Baseball Final at The Ballpark at Hudson, Tonight, 5 p.m.: Walsh Jesuit has a bevy of Division I talent who may just get drafted next month in the Major League Baseball Draft. They have one loss and are looking to get back to Columbus.
Canton Central Catholic vs. Independence, Division III Regional Baseball Final at Ducky Schroeder Field in Massillon, Tonight, 5 p.m.: Canton Central Catholic has eight seniors, led by standout pitcher Taylore Baker. The Crusaders are as dominating a team as can be in the Canton area. Independence is looking to continue its hot season that finds them 27-3.
Massillon Perry vs. Boardman, Division I Regional Softball Final at University of Akron’s Lee Jackson Stadium, Tonight, 5 p.m.: These two Federal League teams hook up after Perry beat Akron Ellet and Boardman topped Madison of Lake County.
North Lima South Range vs. Warren Champion/Jeromesville Hillsdale, Division III Regional Softball Final at Massillon’s Community Park, Saturday, noon: South Range is a solid team while either opponent will be ready.
East Canton vs Mogadore, Division IV Regional Softball Final at Kent State University, Saturday, noon: Letitia Bittinger leads East Canton on the mound and at the plate while Mogadore took care of Colonel Crawford 9-4 in its regional semifinal.
Northeast Ohio Track Regionals: Tonight finds Division I regional action at Amherst and at Austintown-Fitch while Division III takes place at Fairless High in Navarre and at Tiffin. Saturday features Division II competitors at Ravenna, Lexington and Byesville (Meadowbrook High). Action starts at 4 p.m. tonight with field events and 5 p.m. for running events. The times are 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively, on Saturday.