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Wildcats Baseball jumps on Medina Highland early and goes on to defeat the Hornets, 8-2, in Thursday's OHSAA Division I Regional Semifinal on Ron Mottl Field. Up next is Anthony Wayne.
5/26/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

From Cuyahoga Community College - After his Saint Ignatius Baseball Wildcats moved a game closer to advancing to what would be the program's 13th State Final Four appearance, Head Coach Brad Ganor expressed his pleasure with his team's aggressive, right-out of the gate mentality on Thursday afternoon.

"That's what we've been preaching, about attacking early," said Coach Ganor after he watched his Cats move to a 5-0 lead after two innings and go on to wear down the Highland Hornets, 8-2, in a Regional Semifinal on a sun-drenched Ron Mottl Field. "We scouted them as an emotional team and we wanted to grab the emotion right from the get-go.

"To go triple and double to start the game, that pretty much takes the emotion away from them," a smiling Coach Ganor continued after Saint Ignatius improved to 21-10 and advanced to Friday's 5 PM Regional Championship Game at Bowling Green State University.

The Wildcats, the defending Bowling Green Regional Champs, will face the 24-6 Generals from Whitehouse Anthony Wayne, who defeated Amherst Steele, 4-2, in Thursday evening's Regional Semifinal at Bowling Green State University.

Along with its early offensive punch, Saint Ignatius got another strong performance on the mound from junior southpaw Connor Adams, a Louisville recruit. Connor, who improved to 6-3 on the season, entered Thursday's game with an earned run average of 0.739.

Connor threw 103 pitches in going seven complete innings, 69 of which were strikes. He yielded three hits, two runs, struck out six, walked three and hit a batter.

"They had some good hitters according to our reports, and Connor was able to neutralize them," Coach Ganor said. "He pitched like an ace again and, considering that in his first three starts this season we scored a combined zero runs, we're finally giving him some run support. My only hope is that he has one more start this year and plenty of run support in that one."

If the Wildcats are successful in Friday's Elite 8 game, Adams' next start would come in next week's OHSAA Division I State Semifinals. Coach Ganor has guided the Cats to five State Final Fours, including last year's State Semifinals. Saint Ignatius finished as the big school State Runner-Up under Coach Ganor in 2008 and 2013. Coach Ganor was an Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach on Coach Brian Morgan's 2002 Division I State Championship Team at Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School.

The Cats' only focus on Thursday was a Highland team that entered Regional play at 18-9.

Designated as the Visitor on Ron Mottl Field, Saint Ignatius greeted the Hornets' starting pitcher, previously 4-0 Thomas Ruth, with a leadoff triple to deep left-center field by versatile senior right fielder Nick Freund. Gritty senior second baseman Joe Evans, first-pitch swinging, then drove the ball to the base of the fence in left for an RBI double and Saint Ignatius was as hot as the beautiful weather that graced the skies of Parma/Parma Heights.

With two outs in the top of the first, senior shortstop Kevin Mingus delivered a single, putting runners on first and third. Coach Ganor then called for a fake bunt and Mingus purposely got caught in a run down between first and second as the runner scored from third, making it 2-0.

The Cats, who have now won 21 of their past 26 games after starting the season at 0-5, pushed their lead to 5-0 in the top of the second. The key blows were an RBI single by senior center fielder Mike Rogers, a test-book sacrifice bunt by sophomore first baseman Tommy Grosel, an RBI sacrifice fly by Freund and a run-scoring single through the left side off a 1-2 pitch by standout senior third baseman Dennis Grosel, Tommy's big brother.

After Highland combined consecutive walks by designated hitter Zach Filips and right fielder Jonah Marsh, a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Adam Nagy and a ground out by second baseman Victor Zamlen into a run in the bottom of the fifth, Coach Ganor's team regained total control with a three-run top of the sixth.

With one out and the bases empty in the top of the sixth, Rogers, who reached base three times, walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. In what was a solid at-bat, senior catcher/pinch hitter John Robinson drew a walk and rich-in-promise sophomore catcher Drew Asadorian followed with an RBI single.

Freund then laid down a bunt that the pitcher fielded and fired wildly over the head of his catcher, making the score 7-1, and Evans provided Saint Ignatius' eighth and final run of the afternoon with an RBI single up the middle.

Highland would score a run in bottom of the seventh to close out the scoring.

The line score from Cats' super stats man Joe Ertle was 8 runs, six hits and no errors for Saint Ignatius, and 2 runs, 3 hits and 2 errors for the Hornets.

"Getting those early runs really set the tone for the game," said Evans, who drove in the Cats' first and final runs on the afternoon. "The pitching has been phenomenal this season and everyone has been able to find their role on the team. It's all coming together right now and I can't wait to get back to State."

"We knew from the beginning (the winter workouts in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium), that we would eventually have a very good offense," said Rogers, a tri-Captain who, along with his solid play in center field, also serves as Coach Ganor's closer. "We started slow on the year, going down to Florida, but had to trust that everybody in the lineup, 1 through 9, could do their job at any point in the game. It was about having confidence in ourselves and getting hot at the right time."

Taking the mound for Coach Ganor on Friday will be standout senior right-hander Murphy O'Brien (4-2), who joins Rogers and Dennis Grosel as the Wildcats' Captains.

Thursday afternoon's Regional triumph over Highland was the 270th career victory for Coach Ganor, with all of them coming in his 12 seasons as the Wildcats' skipper.

     

   

  

         

      

       

 

Just FYI, the Lax Cats and Olentangy Liberty will face off at 1 PM in Saturday's Northwest Regional Championship matchup on Wasmer Field
5/26/2016

As we reported on the corner last  night, Saint Ignatius (14-2) and Liberty (16-4) are rated 1-2, respectively, in the LaxPower Northwest Region computer ratings and are second (the Lax Cats) and fifth in the state ratings by LaxPower.

It is an all-Jesuit School 1-2 in the LaxPower state ratings, as defending state champion Cincinnati St. Xavier is No. 1.

NOTE : Saturday's 1 PM Regional Championshp Game will be broadcast live over the SIBN with the lacrosse savvy trio of Ned Conry, Jared Yant and Jake Spence providing the play by play, color commentary and filming.

See you at Wasmer Field Saturday afternoon. 

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer     

Just a reminder that Coach Brad Ganor's Baseball Cats (20-10) are scheduled to face Medina Highland (18-9) in today's 3 PM Regional Semifinal Game on Ron Mottl Field at Cuyahoga Community College
5/26/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The Wildcats, champions of the Strongsville District, will send gifted junior southpaw and Louisville recruit Connor Adams (5-3, 0.739 ERA) to the mound against the Hornets, who are the champions of the Barberton District.

For a complete look at the Bowling Green State University Regional, see the corner's story from Monday.

Here's hoping we can keep Mother Nature on the bench this afternoon.

Just another reminder that the triple punch of Brendan DeVenney, Matt Harsar and Matt MacKenzie will bring you today's game live from Ron Mottl Field over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.

This old catcher will try to squeeze into a corner in the Cats' dugout, where "Coach" Jeff Chonko ( a great nephew of the great Arnie Chonko), Jack Siefert, Rich McGraw, Mark Geraci, Joe Gutbrod (grandson of the late Coaching Legend Bill Gutbrod) and so many other Baseball Cats make me feel like a million dollars with their kindness and respect. When you get old, respect is more uplifting than Social Security.   

Ah yes, Ron Mottl Field. The memories of covering OHSAA Baseball Tournaments at Tri-C when the late, great John Peyton was in charge are days I will always cherish. I can still see John getting off the bus near Valley Forge High School and walking across the street to Ron Mottl Field to begin his duties each day as one of the finest Tournament Managers the OHSAA could ever wish for. I am sure John will be looking on today from his special press box.

And boy, do I miss the days at Tri-C when current Baldwin Wallace University Head Baseball Coach Brian Harrison, then the Head Coach at Cuyahoga Community College, would come up to the press box on Ron Mottl Field and talk baseball with this old-timer while I was covering and reporting for The Plain Dealer. I had the privilege to cover Coach Harrison during his baseball playing days at St. Edward. It is always nice to have the opportunity to reminisce with Coach Harrison when I see him at one of the Baseball Cats' homes away from home, baseball-rich Fisher Field at Baldwin Wallace University.

Hope to see you today at Ron Mottl Field, where the memories are so thick I have to brush them from my face.          

 

James Norris establishes two new school records in Wednesday night's prelims of the annual demanding Amherst Steele Regional/State Qualifying Meet. The Cats' gifted 4x800 relay team qualifies for states.
5/25/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Senior James Norris will be running in the finals of the Amherst Steele Regional 100 meter dash on Friday evening after breaking his own school mark with a 10.61 first-place qualifying time on Wednesday evening.

Zion Cross of Lorain, who has established a friendly rivalry with James, was second with a prelim qualifying time of 10.69 

James' effort surpassed his previous school record of 10.66.

In what was his second Wildcats all-time mark, James ran a 21.50 in the 200 meter dash, which gave him a second-place qualifying time for Friday evening's finals. Cross took first place in the prelims with an effort of 21.44.

Saint Ignatius' gifted 4x800 meter relay team of seniors Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan qualified for next weekend's annual OHSAA State Track and Field Championships by finishing second and accumulating 8 points in a regional final time of 7:46.26. Toledo St. John's Jesuit took first place in 7:43.89. Both of those times are Region 2 records.

Also qualifying for Friday evening's finals were Jack Ruddy with an overall fourth-place prelim effort of 39.83 in the 300 meter hurdles and the 4x100 team of Jack Cook, Phil Zuccaro, Quinn Lawless and James Norris, which ran a first-place prelim time of 42.07.

Friday's finals at Marion L. Steele High School in Amherst are scheduled to get underway at 4:30 PM.

The team standings after Wednesday have Wadsworth and St. John's Jesuit tied for place with 21 points, Sandusky second with 20 points and Saint Ignatius, Lakewood and Celina next with 8 points each.          

Sam Humphrey scores five goals and Alex Hornung turns in a nine-point night as Saint Ignatius Lacrosse defeats Olentangy Orange, 12-5, in Wednesday night's OHSLA Northwest Regional Semifinal on Wasmer Field
5/25/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

Ohio City - The word "chemistry" flowed freely from Saint Ignatius' gifted and endless energy senior attack Sam Humphrey just moments after Sam's Varsity career-high, single-game effort of five goals helped propel the Lax Cats to an impressive 12-5 triumph over Olentangy Orange and a spot in Saturday's Elite 8 of the annual OHSLA postseason tournament.

The humble Humphrey preferred to talk in terms of "team," saying that he fed off everybody else on Wednesday night in helping Saint Ignatius improve to 14-2 and earn a Saturday Regional Final matchup with 16-4 Olentangy Liberty on Wasmer Field.

Wildcats Head Coach Patrick McManamon '96 said he prefers to play at 1 PM on Saturday, so we will keep you posted. Saturday's Elite 8 encounter will pit the second (Saint Ignatius) and fifth-rated teams in the state by the LaxPower computer ratings. Defending state champ Cincinnati St. Xavier is rated No. 1.

Saint Ignatius and Liberty are rated 1-2 in the Northwest Region by LaxPower.   

Liberty earned its trip to Saint Ignatius on Saturday by turning away Olentangy High School, 11-8, in Wednesday night's other Northwest Region semifinal. The Patriots, who have now won eight consecutive games and 14 of their past 15 matchups, were led by Griffin Hughes' five goals.

HERE IS A CORNER'S VIEW OF ANOTHER DOMINANT PERFORMANCE BY THE LAX CATS

Wednesday night's wearing down of another team that tried to slow up the Lax Cats with a zone defense also saw Saint Ignatius' outstanding senior attack Alex Hornung dish out five on-the-money assists and add four goals for a nine-point effort.

A Canisius College recruit who is the all-time leading goal scorer in Wildcats Lacrosse history with 118, Hornung turned in a 13-point game last season versus Toledo St. John's Jesuit.

Like Humphrey, Hornung said he was totally impressed with the Lax Cats' "teamwork" Wednesday night on the campus of Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School. That team work has put Coach McManamon's team in a position on Saturday to advance to what would be its third State Final Four in four years. Again, we will let you know when a definite time for Saturday's face off with the Patriots of Olentangy Liberty is decided upon.

Along with the tremendous efforts by Humphrey and Hornung, Coach McManamon and his staff were treated to a two-goals and two-assists night from multi-skilled senior attack and Lehigh University recruit Crew Cintron, and another brilliant defensive performance by senior Alex Maruna, who will be furthering his education and lacrosse career at The Rochester Institute of Technology.

Cintron is second on the Cats' all-time goals scoring list with 112.

Olentangy Orange, which had a solid group of fans pay a visit to Saint Ignatius, bowed out of the tournament at 16-4.

Unlike Saturday's Regional Quarterfinal versus West Side rival St. Edward, which saw the Lax Cats rally from a 2-1 deficit after the first quarter by scoring eight unanswered goals in route to a 15-6 triumph, Saint Ignatius started fast and furious on Wednesday night.

Savvy senior midfield Steve Avdey got the 7-0 first half rolling by scoring with 9:37 remaining in the first quarter.

With the aggressiveness of an Alex Maruna-led defense frustrating the methodical Pioneers, Humphrey started his five-bagger off a highlight-reel spin dive and fake that made it 2-0 with 2:46 to go in the first quarter. A great job of riding off the trail by Maruna helped open the door for goal No. 2.

Hornung then took a sweet assist from Cintron and banged home an authoritative shot that made it 3-0 early in the second quarter and, with what was about a 60-yard assist from gritty and athletic junior goalie Carter Blossey, Hornung sent home the second of his four goals just 21 seconds after his first one.

Sixteen seconds later, Humphrey froze the Pioneers' defense with another crossover and fake, and it was a 5-0 game.

Humphrey scored his third goal off a picture-perfect assist from Hornung, who, standing behind and to the right (Hornung's left) of the cage, hit Humphrey on the dead run as Sam was sprinting down the right seam.

The Lax Cats, who rolled a perfect seven in the first 24 minutes while keeping the Pioneers on a shaky trail, were challenged a bit in the second half.

Although Olentangy Orange was able to find some offense in the second half, Saint Ignatius kept he Pioneers in check behind the scoring of Hornung and Cintron, and goals No. 4 and 5 from Humphrey. Sam's fifth goal and the Lax Cats' 11th came with 5:53 remaining to be played and Coach McManamon went to his bench shortly after that.

Among the numbers that pleased Coach McManamon after the game was Saint Ignatius' 44-25 advantage in ground balls.        

   

 

    

        

 

               

Coach Kyle to serve as Youth Football Advisor for the Browns
5/25/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, with today's News Release courtesy of The Cleveland Browns

Fairview Park, Ohio - The Cleveland Browns announced today that Saint Ignatius' celebrated Head Football and Track and Field Coach, Mr. Chuck Kyle '69, has been named Youth Football Advisor for the Browns, a recently created position that will further incorporate Coach Kyle's experience and expertise into the Browns' long-standing dedication to youth and high school football in Ohio.


Coach Kyle will combine his new position with the Browns with his endless dedication to the athletic fields and the classroom at Saint Ignatius.

The Browns emphasized that Coach Kyle will be a great extension to youth and high school football initiatives, as part of the Browns' mission to provide opportunities for young athletes to play football and enhance safety for all participants and coaches.

Browns Director of Community Relations, Jenner Tekancic, will welcome Coach Kyle into his new role during Thursday's 2 PM groundbreaking event at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Roye Kidd Field.

"I am excited to be involved in youth football development with the Cleveland Browns," Coach Kyle told Jenner Tekancic. "I have always believed that the athletic field is a wonderful classroom. Here is a wonderful opportunity to serve the Greater Cleveland community."
 
In addition to coaching at many Browns youth and high school football clinics, and leading multiple Moms Clinics at the team’s Berea facility, Coach Kyle serves as a member of the National USA Football Advisory Committee and a member of USA Football Heads Up Football’s inaugural class of Master Trainers.
 
Coach Kyle will begin his 34th season this summer as the Head Football Coach of the storied Wildcats with an area-best 321 victories, a record 11 Division I state championships, three national titles and a national and state runner-up.
 
On July 2, Coach Kyle will be among four coaches, five athletes, two administrators and one contest official who will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada.
 
The most celebrated high school football coach in the Greater Cleveland area and the most successful Division I coach in Northeast Ohio, Coach Kyle is a four-time Associated Press Division I Coach of the Year who set a state record by guiding his Saint Ignatius teams to 22 consecutive OHSAA playoff appearances (1988-2009). His Wildcats, who have made 26 OHSAA playoff appearances overall, have put together numerous winning streaks, including a high of 39 consecutive victories.

 

Coach Kyle was selected as USA Today’s High School  Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1993, and has been honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association.

In the summer of 1994, Coach Kyle led Ohio to a resounding victory over Pennsylvania in the Big 33 All-Star Football Game played in Hershey, Pa., and in the summer of 2009, in then legendary Canton Fawcett Stadium, he guided Team USA to the International Federation of American Football Junior World Championship. In bringing home the Gold Medal, Team USA, which included former Saint Ignatius and Miami of Ohio great Pat Hinkel '09, currently an Assistant Coach for the Wildcats, was dominant from start to finish.

In 2010, Coach Kyle was inducted into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and in 2013 he was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.

A longtime member of  Saint Ignatius' English Department, Coach Kyle brings the same love and passion he has for coaching into the classroom every day. In 1987, Coach Kyle received the Rossing Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

In the late 1960s, Coach Kyle was an All-City running back under the late coaching legend, Mr. John J. Wirtz. As a football letterman at John Carroll University, Coach Kyle joined the Wildcats' football program as an assistant coach in 1972 while enrolled as an English major at John Carroll.

Coach Kyle has also guided the Wildcats' Track and Field Program for more than four decades. His Wildcats track and field teams have won more than 30 District Championships throughout Northeast Ohio. The 2001 Track and Field Cats brought home the Division I State Championship and in 2005, they were the big-school state runner-up.

Just last weekend, Coach Kyle guided his Track and Field Cats to the OHSAA Amherst Steele District Championship and his Cats are currently gearing up for the always demanding Amherst Steele Regional/State Qualifying Meet, which begins at 4 PM today (May 25) and resumes at 4:30 PM on Friday.

Last month, Coach Kyle's gifted 4x800 Meter Relay Team of seniors Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan brought national prominence to the 2016 Cats by finishing fourth among the best of the best high school relay teams from the United States and seventh overall at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Coach Kyle's accomplishments and dedication to the sport of track and field earned him an induction into the Ohio Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association's Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to Coach Kyle, his family, Saint Ignatius High School and the Wildcats' football and track and field programs on this new endeavor with the Cleveland Browns. 

The corner will have game coverage Wednesday night on the Lax Cats' 7 PM OHSLA Regional Semifinal vs. Olentangy Orange on Wasmer Field, along with a complete wrap up on the Track Cats at the first night of the Amherst Steele Regional
5/24/2016

For a complete look at what is a big postseason week and weekend in Saint Ignatius Athletics, see the corner's stories from Monday afternoon.

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer

 

As promised, here are the specifics for Saturday's Rugby Ohio State Semifinal Match versus Archbishop Moeller
5/24/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, with the information courtesy of Rugby Cats Head Coach Dan Arbeznik.

It will be a 3 PM kickoff on the pitch at 1250 Gemini Pl, Columbus, OH 43240.

As we posted in Monday's postseason playoff version of Where the Cats Play, Saint Ignatius defeated the Moeller Crusaders, 29-0, in Match  2 of the regular season at Archbishop Moeller.

A SHOUT OUT FROM THE CORNER TO THE SAINT JOSEPH ACADEMY RUGBY JAGUARS!
5/23/2016

Coach Jaime Cleary's Jags are NATIONAL CHAMPS!

Simply the best, better than all the rest.

 -  Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Brad Ganor's Baseball Cats are gearing up for Thursday's Regional Semifinal
5/23/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, May 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - The Baseball Cats, champions of the Strongsville Division I District, are scheduled to face Barberton District Champion Medina Highland on Thursday at 3 PM in an OHSAA Regional Semifinal on Ron Mottl Field at Cuyahoga Community College.

Junior left-hander Connor Adams, a Louisville recruit, is expected to take the mound for Saint Ignatius. Connor is 5-3 with a 0.739 earned run average. He has 62 strikeouts and 19 walks in 47.1 innings.

If successful versus the 18-9 Hornets from Highland, the 20-10 Cats will advance to Friday's 5 PM Regional Championship Game at Bowling Green State University, where they would face the winner of Thursday's Regional Semifinal between the Amherst Steele Comets and the Generals from Whitehouse Anthony Wayne.

Amherst Steele and Anthony Wayne are slated to play their Regional Semifinal at Bowling Green State University with a first pitch of 5 PM.

The defending Bowling Green State University Regional Champions, the Baseball Wildcats are seeking their third State appearance since 2013, their sixth under 12-year Head Coach Brad Ganor and their 13th overall. Saint Ignatius brought home the Division I State Championship in 2002 and was a state runner-up in 2000, 2008 and 2013.

Here is a look at Medina Highland, Amherst Steele and Whitehouse Anthony Wayne.

HIGHLAND: The tough-minded and opportunistic Hornets, the fourth-seeded team at the Barberton District, earned their first Regional Baseball appearance since 2008 by defeating fifth-seeded Archbishop Hoban, 11-1, in six innings. The Knights from Archbishop Hoban bowed out of the tournament at 16-13.

Saint Ignatius, behind a no-hitter by multi-skilled senior right hander/right fielder Nick Freund, defeated Archbishop Hoban, 2-0, in an April 27th regular season game on Fisher Field at Baldwin Wallace University.

Highland displayed its balance against Hoban, as six Hornets came up with at least one hit.

After driving in three of the Hornets' five runs in the 5-2 District Semifinal victory over second-seeded Wadsworth, Jonah Marsh and Adam Nagy, who bat eighth and ninth in Coach Jay Grissom's lineup, carried the big bats again versus Hoban.

Marsh went 3-for-4 with five runs batted in and Nagy had 2 hits in three at-bats with 3 RBI.

Coach Grissom, who feels he has at least 10 players who can make things happen offensively, started sophomore right-hander Billy Keller (4-1) against Hoban. Keller went the entire six innings, striking out 2. The run the Knights scored was earned

AMHERST STEELE: The now 22-8 Comets, somehow seeded fifth at the Lorain District in The Pipe Yard, trailed No. 1 seed Avon by four runs with two outs and the bases empty in the top of the fifth inning during last week's District Championship Game.

Six runs later, Amherst Steele grabbed a two-run lead and went on to an 8-4 victory and a date with Anthony Wayne in Thursday's Regional Semifinal at Bowling Green State University. Avon came calling to the District Title Game with a record of 21-7.

Those 22 victories by the Comets are a school record for Coach Matt Rositano's resilient team.

Amherst Steele's one-for-the-scrapbooks rally started with a walk to the ninth batter, Michale Burgess. The other key moments on the road to Division I baseball's Sweet 16 were an RBI triple by sophomore Evan Shawyer, a run-scoring double by junior Mark Harris, an RBI single by senior Casey McConihe, a game-tying double by junior starting pitcher Xavier Moore, and a throwing error that lead to the go-ahead run.    

The final telling blow was a double by Joe Master off the Avon bullpen.

Coach Rositano turned to his bullpen and senior southpaw Hunter Kuzak worked the final 3⅔ innings to earn his fifth win on the season to go along with four saves.

Should Saint Ignatius and Amherst Steele meet in Friday's scheduled Regional Title Game at BG, it certainly wouldn't be a matchup of strangers. Under Coach Ganor, the Cats have made a number of early season trips to the home of the Comets,  games that were very competitive. 

ANTHONY WAYNE: The Generals took control early in eliminating Perrysburg, 7-1, in their District Championship Game matchup.

Anthony Wayne, now 23-6, combined three hits and an error into a four-run second inning and went on to avenge two regular-season setbacks to Perrysburg. That second inning was more than enough support for senior starter Michael Conklin, as he went the distance. Conklin yielded five hits and struck out seven.

The Generals, who were also District Champs in 2015, benefitted from three key errors by the Yellow Jackets, who lost for the 12th time in 31 games.

Only two of Anthony Wayne's seven runs were earned despite the fact that the Generals finished the afternoon with 10 hits.

Perrysburg entered the District Finals with four consecutive Northern Lakes League championships.

Rounding the corner and heading home with a reminder that Brendan DeVenney, Matt Harsar and Matt MacKenzie, the SIBN's colorful and crafty threesome, will bring you Wildcats Regional Baseball live over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.

See you at Ron Mottl Field. 

       

 

 

    

 
The postseason run is upon all seven of the Wildcats' Spring Sports Teams. Here is a full house version of Where The Cats Play, starting with Josh Hsia's first round matchup at the 97th annual OHSAA Boys State Tennis Tournament.
5/23/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, May 23rd 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Standout junior Josh Hsia, who qualified for states as the fifth seed out of the Oberlin Division I District, is gearing up for what will be an all-Jesuit School matchup with senior Andrew Niehaus of Cincinnati St. Xavier in Friday's first round at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

OHSAA State Singles and Doubles play begins at 9 AM on both Friday and Saturday. The Linder Family Tennis Center, which is a new venue from the many years the State Tournament was played at The Ohio State University, is located at 5460 Courseview Drive in Mason.

If Josh is successful versus Niehaus, his progression would match him against the winner of Jack Zelezny from Upper Arlington vs. Paul Gota of University School. Zelezny and Gota are both juniors.

We wish all of the best to Josh, Head Coach Jon Barker and Assistant Coach Cindy Reagan this coming weekend, as the corner will be following Josh's progress match by match.

LACROSSE: Coach Patrick McManamon's gifted, deep and tough-minded Lax Cats (13-2), coming off an impressive 15-6 OHSLA Regional Quarterfinal victory over St. Edward (see the corner's story from Saturday), will host Olentangy Orange (16-3) in Wednesday's Semifinal  round at 7 PM on Wasmer Field.

The Lax Cats, the top-ranked team in the Burning River Lacrosse area and Northeast/Northwest Ohio poll, the third-rated team in the state in the LaxPower computer ratings and LaxPower's seventh-rated team in the entire Midwest, will be facing an Olentangy Orange team that is rated 8th in Ohio and 37th in the Midwest by LaxPower.

Known as the Pioneers, Olentangy Orange advanced to face the Lax Cats by defeating Delaware Hayes, 12-11, in a quarterfinal matchup last Friday night. The Pioneers are no strangers to Saint Ignatius, as over the past few years they have competed against Coach Pat O'Rourke's four-time State Champion Ice Hockey Program in various venues.

Olentangy Orange had a banner 16-4 Lacrosse season in 2014 and then dropped to 5-13 in 2015. Pioneers Coach William Mathes welcomed back an experienced team this spring, including nine key battle-tested seniors. The Pioneers also returned their entire defensive unit from a year ago.

As experienced as that above-mentioned defensive unit is, it is going to be facing one of the premier offensive attacks in the nation on Wednesday night in Ohio City.

The Lax Cats, who entered the St. Edward game averaging nearly 12 goals per outing, are led by the top two scorers in the history of Saint Ignatius Lacrosse, seniors Alex Hornung (114 career goals) and Crew Cintron (110 career goals). Alex and Crew are bound for Canisius College and Lehigh University, respectively.

Just to familiarize Lax Cats fans with some of the Olentangy Orange mainstays, the Pioneers' goals versus Delaware Hayes were provided by Luke Schmeling (3), Nick Brandt (3), Josh Rochon (2), Adam Ringer (2) and Josh Forrester (2). Michael Trombetti is the man in the cage for Coach Mathes.

Luke Schmeling found Nick Brandt with 2:05 remaining to push Olentangy Orange past Delaware Hayes in the Lewis Center.

The Pacers from Delaware Hayes, who trailed 6-0 midway through the second quarter, knotted the score at 11 just seconds before Brandt's game-winner.   

We'll see you at Wasmer Field on Wednesday night.

VOLLEYBALL: Coach Casey Marcelo's 22-4 Cats, who entered OHSBVA Tournament Play as the fourth-ranked team in the state and the No. 1 Division I Program in the North Region, advanced to Saturday's Elite 8 State Tournament at Capital University by defeating Stow, 3-0, and Medina, 3-0, in the North Region Playoffs at Massillon Jackson High School.

Coach Marcelo's Men of the Nets will begin State Tournament Play on Saturday at 1:30 PM versus the highly regarded program from Cincinnati Elder. Elder, the third-ranked team in the state, defeated the Cats, 29-27, 25-16, and 25-18, during the "Elite 8 Tournament" at Centerville High School on April 30th.

Saint Ignatius is a much stronger team, however, than it was nearly a month ago.

All of the Best from this corner goes out to Coach Marcelo's Wildcats, who we are sure picked up a thing or two from the regular-season encounter with the Elder Panthers.

TRACK AND FIELD: Coach Chuck Kyle's versatile and talent-rich team, coming off an outstanding Championship performance at the Amherst Steele District (see the corner's posts from Wednesday and Friday of last week), will return to Marion L. Steele High School this week for the always demanding Regional/State Qualifying Competition.

Wednesday's competition begins at 4 PM and the action resumes on Friday at 4:30 PM.

Good Luck to Coach Kyle '69, his outstanding staff and the exceptional athletes that make up one of the state's and nation's best.

CREW: It's the big show for the red-hot Wildcat Navy this weekend, a Head Coach Pat Connor and Assistant Coach Connor Walters will lead the Crew Cats into the SRAA National Championships on Dillion Lake in Zanesville, Ohio. See Coach Walter's summary/preview that was posted on the corner May 16th.

Five Wildcat crews will race at the SRAAs Friday and Saturday (V8, J8, F8, J4, L4).

RUGBY: Coach Dan Arbeznik's two-time defending Rugby Ohio State Champions will begin their postseason run on Saturday afternoon versus Archbishop Moeller in Columbus at a time to be announced. We will come back to you once we confirm the site in Columbus and the time of the match.

The Rugby Cats defeated the Crusaders from Archbishop Moeller, 29-0, in a Week 2 regular season matchup at Moeller.

Have a great week and weekend. And no, we didn't forget Wildcats Baseball. A preview on the Cats' Regional Tournament play will be coming up this afternoon.      

   

     

Coming Monday on the corner. We will take a look at the Hornets from Medina Highland, the Wildcats' opponent in Thursday's OHSAA Division I Regional Baseball Semifinal on Ron Mottl Field at Cuyahoga Community College.
5/22/2016

Please note that the OHSAA has Thursday's Regional Semifinal Game versus Highland currently listed as a 3 PM first pitch. Should there be any change we will let you know.   

The corner also expresses it congratulations to the Doubles Team of Mitchell Pallaki and Andy Siciliano, who advanced to the final day of District competition before ending their solid tournament run
5/21/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Mitchell and Andy were defeated on Saturday by Walsh Jesuit's talented tandem of Conner Evans and Ben Smith, 6-1, 6-1.

Saint Ignatius junior standout Josh Hsia will represent the Wildcats at next weekend's OHSAA State Tennis Tournament!
5/21/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer with Josh's performance courtesy of Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Coach and Head Junior Varsity Coach Cindy Reagan.

Josh, who had to battle back today in order to earn a spot in the State Tournament, grabbed the fifth of the six singles qualifying spots from the always demanding Oberlin District.  

Saturday's Oberlin College District Finals were held at Tri-City Park in Rocky River because of the graduation ceremony at Oberlin College.

The 97th annual OHSAA Boys State Tournament will take place on May 27th and 28th at the Linder Family Center in Mason, Ohio. Play will begin each day at 9 AM.

FROM CINDY REAGAN: "Josh Hsia played Aaron Yeh from Brecksville-Broadview Heights. Josh secured a ticket to the state tournament by winning 6-1, 6-2. Josh was to play Vlad Rotnov from Solon High School next, but Rotnov retired due to injury. Josh enters the state tournament as a 5 seed from the Northeast District."

Congratulations to Josh go out from this corner and we wish him all of the best as he represents Head Coach Jon Barker's outstanding program in next weekend's state tournament.   

 

Responding in a way one associates with one of the state's and nation's outstanding programs, Wildcats Lacrosse silences St. Edward's early emotion with an 8-0 run and goes on to defeat the Eagles, 15-6, in a Midwest Regional Quarterfinal on Wasmer Field
5/21/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

Ohio City - As Wildcats gifted senior attack Crew Cintron emphasized after he and his teammates wore down, and then some, their longtime West Side rivals from St. Edward, "This is just the first of five, four more to go."

Cintron, whose current 110 career goals now stand second on Saint Ignatius' all-time scoring records to the 114 scored by multi-skilled teammate and classmate Alex Hornung, was referring to what the Lax Cats have played for all season -  the OHSLA Playoffs and the number of victories it would take to crown Saint Ignatius as Ohio's 2016 State Champion.

On what was a gray sky Saturday afternoon at the Cats' Wasmer Field, Coach Patrick McManamon's '96 rich in talent and depth Lacrosse Team brightened the spirits of its faithful by deflating St. Edward's early emotion to the tune of 8 unanswered goals and a 15-6 victory in what was an OHSLA Regional Quarterfinal.

Next up for the now 13-2 Wildcats is Wednesday night's Regional Semifinal matchup with Olentangy Orange at 7 PM on Wasmer Field.   

The Eagles, who closed their season at 10-9, responded to an early 1-0 deficit and held a 2-1 lead after the first quarter. St. Edward's first two goals came after Saint Ignatius' standout senior midfield Cam Gerard went top right for the afternoon's first point with 10 minutes and 50 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

"No," said Coach McManamon, when asked if the Eagles did anything that surprised him and his staff in the early going. "They ran a zone, but they have been running that zone for awhile now. We were prepared for it, we just weren't patient at the beginning and their goalie (Kevin O'Donnell) made a couple of great saves.

"We just put a fourth guy on top and that was the end of that zone," emphasized Coach McManamon.

And the beginning of a dominant run that neither the Eagles nor their fans recovered from, as a good portion of the visiting crowd looked on in almost disbelief.

On an afternoon in which Saint Ignatius honored Coach McManamon's Seniors and their Parents, the Lax Cats had plenty of heroes as they began to control both ends of Wasmer Field in a 6-0 second quarter.

In what was an impressive and relentless onslaught of defense and offense, the Lax Cats knotted the score at 2 on a goal by ever-present senor midfield Steve Avdey and took a 3-2 lead on Gerard's second goal of the afternoon with 6:42 left in the first half. Cam was also a big factor in Saint Ignatius' 11-2, regular-season victory at St. Edward last month.

Then it was time for the two leading scorers in Wildcats Lacrosse history to make their marks, as Cintron scored the first of his four goals and Hornung followed less than a minute later with a savvy scoring move.

Cintron and Hornung will be furthering their educations and athletic careers at Lehigh University and Canisius College, respectively.

After tough and tireless senior midfield Jared Stepka went top side on the right in a blur, it was a 6-2 game with 3:16 to go in the first half. Stepka and Gerard were mainstays this past winter on Coach Pat O'Rourke's 2016 OHSAA State Champion Ice Hockey Team.

Cintron, who is as good-natured as he is physically gifted, provided the Lax Cats' seventh goal just seconds after Stepka's blast, and Coach MacManamon's team held a five-goal lead at halftime.

"They guys did a great job of putting the ball on the cage where it needed to be," said Coach McManamon, who is now 85-38 in what his seventh season as the head of his alma mater's Lacrosse Prorgam. "I have been harping on them all year about off-stick hip, off-stick hip. Sometimes they listen, and sometimes they don't. This time they did and it paid off for them every single time."

Those dividends kept coming in the second half as an athletic highlight-reel, on the run move by senior Attack Sam Humphrey, followed by another goal from Steve Avdey, completed the 8-0 and had the Lax Cats sitting at 9-2 early in the third quarter.

Defensively, underrated junior goalie Carter Blossey came out of the cage twice and "stoned," as the SIBN's colorful commentator Jake Spence described it, what looked like two scoring opportunities for the Eagles.

As Saint Ignatius fans have come to expect over the past few years, senior defense Alex Maruna was a dominant fixture during the Lax Cats' take-charge run, especially with his savvy and skilled stick work.

After another impressive save by Blossey was sandwiched around goals by sophomore midfield Anthony Ameo, Stepka off another authoritative shot and Gerard, who completed his hat trick, the score was 12-3 with 8 minutes and 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

St. Edward cut the deficit to 12-6 with just over two minutes remaining to be played, only to watch Cintron tally goals three and four, and Stepka seal the deal with his hat trick. Ah, these hockey players, they just love those hat tricks.     

Remember the name Ameo, my friends. The young man is skilled and relentless in face offs, and well-rounded in other facets of the game.

Here are some post-game comments from Steve Avdey, Alex Hornung, Crew Cintron and Alex Maruna.

Steve: "We kind of had to feel ourselves out at the beginning of the game and get back to playing against a real opponent instead of ourselves in practice." Steve was referring to the 11 days without a game since the end of the regular season. "We just got our footing in that second quarter, figured out what we had to do and we executed."

Alex Hornung: "They (the Eagles) always come out strong at the beginning, it's always close early. They have all kinds of emotion and we just kind of overpower them with our skill, footwork, and just about everything."

Alex Maruna: "Whenever we're standing around in practices, I'm always catching the ball when the coach is talking with someone else," Alex said of the extra time he puts in with his defensive stick work. "I'm just getting a natural feel for the ball. We don't get worried (being down early), we just settle down and communicate. We know we have the talent."

Crew: "The second quarter, once we figured out their zone, everybody got fired up and we went on that run. Every shot (in the 8-0 run, 6-0 in the second quarter) was awesome, too. Those shots got every guy on the sideline fired up. That was the difference maker."

Before this old-timer puts a -30- (an old editor's term) on this story, I have to salute again the SIBN's Lacrosse Broadcasters Ned Conry, Jared Yant and Jake Spence for the outstanding job they do describing the action and adding insight to the Lax Cats' efforts on the field. Jared couldn't be with his broadcasting partners on Saturday, but Ned and Jake, who was a little under the weather with a cold, kept things flowing.      

     

 

    

    

 

  

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

   

 

   

 

The corner wishes all of the best to Mr. Sean O'Toole '87 on his new postition at Gilmour Academy
5/21/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Sean, currently the Wildcats' Associate Athletic Director, was Saint Ignatius' Head Basketball Coach from the 2008-09 season through 2014-15 and was a former Saint Ignatius Basketball standout under Coach Larry Arthur in the mid-to-late 1980s. Sean has accepted the position of Gilmour Academy's new Athletic Director and will be ending his career at Saint Ignatius in July.

This corner would like to thank Sean for all he has done for this old-timer, not only at Saint Ignatius, but throughout my four-plus decades as a high school reporter, including 37 years at The Plain Dealer.

May God Bless Sean and his entire Family.

Eddie Dwyer, your longtime friend.  

Saint Ignatius Track and Field continues its run of District dominance, as the Cats bring home the OHSAA Division I Amherst District Championship on Friday night at Marion L. Steele High School
5/20/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Chuck Kyle's gifted, deep and tough-minded team totaled 175 points in bringing home the Amherst District Championship and will now gear up for next week's return to Amherst for one of the most demanding Regional/State Qualifying venues in the entire state.

The Amherst Regional will be held on Wednesday, May 25 and Friday, May 27th.

Following Saint Ignatius in the final top 5 District standings on Friday night were Westlake with 98 points, Avon with 55, Amherst Steele with 54 and Rocky River with 52.50 points.

Here are the Wildcats' big-time highlights, as Saint Ignatius continues its three-decade run at the District level.

As we reported from Wednesday's opening evening of competition, the gifted 4x800 relay team of seniors Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan took first place in 8:06.80 and brought home 10 points.

100 Meter Dash: Zion Cross of Loran was first in 10.75 for 10 points and James Norris (10.84) and Phil Zuccaro (11.13) were second and third for 8 and 6 points, respectively.

110 Meter Hurdles: C.J. Moore took first place for 10 points with a time of 15.24 and Alex Ringfield was fourth for 5 points at 15.62.

The 4x100 relay team of Jack Cook, Phil Zuccaro, Quinn Lawless and James Norris was first for 10 points at 42.18.

The 4x200 relay team of Connor Kennedy, Tom Barrett, Matt Leszcz and Anthony Pelligrino was second for 8 points at 1:32.00.

Luke Wagner (4:13.75) and Tom Sullivan (4.18.85) went 1-2 in the 1600 meter run for 18 points.

Kyle Hall was third in the 400 meter dash at 51.88 for six points.

Jack Ruddy was second in the 300 meter hurdles for 8 points at 39.99 and Alex Ringfield was seventh for 2 points at 43.26.

In the 200 Meter Dash, Zion Cross of Lorain was first with 10 points at 21.50 as he tied the district record set by the gifted Jonathan Burrell of John Marshall in 1993. James Norris was second for 8 points in 21.84 and Phil Zuccaro was third for six points in 21.90.

Colin Kruchan (1:55.04) and Mike Huber (1:56.80) went 1-2 in the 800 meter run for 18 points.

In the 3200 meter run, C.J. Ambrosio (9:16.11) and Jim Rogers (9:38.21) went 1-2 for 18 points, with C.J. setting a new district mark.

The 4x400 relay team of Anthony Pelligrino, Pat Nolan, Joe Ripepi and Kyle Hall was third for 6 points in 3:31.89.

Kyle Aerni was fourth in the high jump for 5 points at 6-00.00 and, as we reported from a final event on Wednesday, Mike Lehto took first place in the long jump for 10 points with an effort of 21-08.75. Alex Ringfield was sixth for 3 points with a jump of 20-02.00.

And, in the shot put finals, Alex Misencik took fifth place for 4 points with a throw of 47-03.00 and, in another finals event we reported on from Wednesday, Mike Bodnar took fourth place for five points with an effort of 143-01 in the discus and Justin Perpar grabbed the 8th spot for 1 point with a toss of 129-02.

Congratulations gentlemen and all of the best this coming week at the Amherst Regional, the final step to the OHSAA State Finals.       

 

 

    

Wildcats Volleyball is State Bound after a 3-0 triumph over Medina on Friday evening!
5/20/2016

 

Baseball Wildcats defeat St. Edward Eagles 3-1 in District Championship to advance to Regional Semifinals
5/20/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

Strongsville, Ohio -  As the Saint Ignatius Varsity Baseball Wildcats huddled near the third-base dugout prior to Thursday's District Championship Game versus St. Edward, Saint Ignatius Head Coach Brad Ganor turned to his veteran starting senior second baseman and said: "Joe Evans, we're playing for you today."
 
The gritty, but quite and humble Evans, the essence of a team player, received the news on Thursday morning that his beloved Grandfather and next door neighbor, John Bertagni, passed away at the age of 88 at 3 AM on Thursday.
 
As one of the most mature beyond their years teams to carry the Saint Ignatius banner, the 2016 Baseball Cats, led by senior tri-captains pitcher Murphy O'Brien, third baseman Dennis Grosel and center fielder/relief pitcher Mike Rogers, rallied around their teammate and dedicated their efforts to him and his late Grandfather.
 
Although carrying a heavy heart, Joe Evans was right where his Grandfather would have wanted him to be, leaving it all on the field Thursday evening while contributing to the third-seeded Wildcats' 3-1 victory over longtime West Side rival and top-seeded St. Edward in the OHSAA Strongsville District Championship Game.
 
The 20-10 Wildcats, who started their season at 0-5 and have now won 20 of their last 25 games, are bound for next Thursday's Regional Semifinal Game versus Medina Highland on Cuyahoga Community College's Ron Mottl Field in Parma Heights. The time for Thursday's first pitch is to be announced. We will keep you posted.
 
Highland advanced to baseball's sweet 16 by run-ruling Archbishop Hoban, 11-1, in Thursday's Barberton District Championship Game.
 
Following two scoreless innings on a sun-drenched diamond at Strongsville High School, Saint Ignatius took a 1-0 lead over 19-9 St. Edward in the top of the third inning.
 
With one out and the bases empty, versatile and talented senior right fielder Nick Freund drew a walk off an exceptional at-bat and advanced to third off a base hit by Evans.
 
After Evans stole second base, Dennis Grosel hit a sharp grounder to the left side that saw St. Edward's gifted third baseman Jake Budyka make a diving stop and throw out Grosel as Freund was crossing home plate with the game's first run.
 
With O'Brien dominating on the mound and Eagles junior left-hander Quinn Lavelle keeping his team in the game, it stayed 1-0 until the top of the fifth. O'Brien is bound for St. Bonaventure University and Lavelle has committed to Northwestern.
 
In what were two of the major flows of emotion and momentum, O'Brien struck out three consecutive Eagles with runners on second and third and no outs to end the fourth inning, and Freund ignited the Cats' second run with two outs and the bases empty in the top of the fifth.
 
Freund went the opposite way for a base hit down the third-base line, stole second and, already on the move, easily advanced to third base on a pitch in the dirt.
 
The Eagles then tried to pull off the old hidden ball track with Budyka and Lavelle, but a balk was called and Freund trotted home to make it 2-0.
 
Saint Ignatius' final run came when Dennis Grosel, an exceptional player at the hot corner and in the batter's box, along with being a first-team All-Ohio Quarterback this past fall, drove a curve ball to deep right field, a majestic shot that landed on the roof of the school building behind the high fence in right field. Dennis' kiss the sky, soaring shot increased the Cats' lead to 3-0 in the top of the sixth.
 
St. Edward would combine a base hit, a walk and two fielder's choice force outs into a run in the bottom of the seventh, but the game ended when Dennis Grosel ate up a sharp grounder to third and fired the ball to his sophomore brother Tommy at first base. That's 5-3, Grosel to Grosel, if you're scoring.
 
The line score on the game was 3 runs, 6 hits and 1 error for the Wildcats, and 1 run, 2 hits and no errors for the Eagles.
 
In improving his record to 4-2, O'Brien worked 4.2 innings. He threw 86 pitches, 51 of which were strikes, yielded one hit, no runs, struck out nine, walked three and hit a batter.
 
Rich in promise junior right-hander Braydon Nelson saved his second game this spring to go along with his 3-0 record as a starter. Braydon pitched 2.1 innings in which he had 21 strikes among his 37 pitches, yielded one hit, one run, walked one and struck out two.
 
Lavelle's line showed him going seven complete innings, throwing 99 pitches, 64 of which were strikes, yielding six hits, 3 runs and 1 walk. He had three strikeouts and one hit batsman.
 
FROM COACH GANOR: "They're all special, they're all special," said Coach Ganor of his seventh District Championship in what is his 12th season as the head of Saint Ignatius' Baseball Program. "They're not easy to come by. This is the toughest game to get by in the tournament, in my opinion. Everybody is playing with house money after districts.
 
"When you get to the regionals, everything is icing on the cake beyond that," Coach Ganor said. "Seven or one, it doesn't matter, they're all special.
 
"What a great group of guys and Murphy (O'Brien) was fantastic today," Coach Ganor continued. "We just played really good baseball. We challenge these guys, we expect a lot out of them and expect them to play at a high level all of the time. To win against your rival in a District Championship Game is pretty special."
 
FROM DENNIS GROSEL: "There was nothing different with the swing, it just came off the bat better," said Grosel of his majestic round tripper that brought all of the momentum back to the third-base dugout.
 
"It's awesome, especially with a win against them (the Eagles)," Dennis continued in reference to another trip to the regionals, his second in three seasons on the Varsity. "It was a little more hyped up than it usually is because we (the Cats and the Eagles) hadn't played yet this year. It's always hard getting out of the districts, it's very emotional. But we still have a lot more work to do before we're done."
 
Note: The Saint Ignatius-St. Edward regular season game last month, scheduled for historic and newly renovated League Park, was rained/snowed out.
 
FROM MURPHY O'BRIEN: "Obviously that's not an ideal situation," said Murphy of the bottom of the fourth inning when, with the score 1-0 and Eagles on second and third and no outs, he reached back for something extra and struck out the next three batters. "All I was thinking about is I'm not losing this game. These guys mean the world to me and losing this game was not an option.
 
"I did my best to give us the best chance to win," Murphy continued. "I struck them all out and the weight of the world just fell from my shoulders."
 
In "pounding the zone," Murphy said his curveball was working to the point of "getting them to swing and miss."
 
"It feels great getting back to the regionals, but it makes things even better when it's a victory against St. Eds," said the young man who became a starter this spring after recording a single-season school record of 10 saves out of Coach Ganor's bullpen last year.
 
That 10th save came against none other than St. Edward in last year's 2-0 Regional Semifinal victory over the Eagles.

Have a great and safe weekend, and we will see you at Ron Mottl Field on Thursday.

Led by first-place performances from Mike Lehto in the Long Jump and the Cats' outstanding 4x800 Meter Relay Team, Saint Ignatius is in first place with 29 points after the first evening of the talent-rich Amherst District
5/18/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Chuck Kyle's Wildcats totaled 29 points on Wednesday evening at Amherst Steel High School.

Westlake stands in second place with 24 points, host Amherst Steele is third with 22 points, Avon is right behind the Comets with 21 points, and Rocky River and Avon Lake are tied for fifth heading into Friday's finals after they each posted a 13-point evening on Wednesday.

Along with the first-place District Championship of 10 points by the 4x800 team of seniors Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan in a time of 8:06.86, the Wildcats had other points highlights and advanced a strong contingent to Friday evening's finals, which begin at 4 PM.

****In the Long Jump, Mike Lehto took first place and brought home 10 points with an effort of 21-08.75. Alex Ringlfield was sixth for 3 points with a jump of 20-02.00.

In the Discus Finals, Mike Bodnar took fourth place and totaled 5 points with a throw of 143-01 and Justin Perpar totaled 1 point with an eighth-place toss of 129-02.

In the Pole Vault, the Cats' Craig Cirino and Mac Nagel were 10th and 11th, respectively (12-00.00).

C.J, Moore advanced to Friday's finals in the 110 Meter Hurdles with a second-place effort of 15.10 and also advancing was Alex Ringfield with a sixth-place time of 15.82.

Phil Zuccaro  (11.21) and James Norris (11.23) went 1-2 in advancing to Friday's 100 meter finals.

Advancing to Friday's finals in the 4x100 were the team of Jack Cook, Phil Zuccaro, Quinn Lawless and James Norris with a first-place qualifying time of 42.64. John Marshall ran a district record of 42.00 in 1993.

The Cats' 4x200 team of Connor Kennedy, Tom Barrett, Matt Leszcz and Anthony Pelligrino is Friday-finals bound after running a third-place qualifying time of 1:32.80.

Jack Ruddy qualified for the 300 meters finals with a second-place effort of 40.88 and will be joined by Alex Ringfield, who grabbed the eighth and final qualifying spot at 43.41.

Kyle Hall is headed to Friday's finals of the 400 meter dash after running a fourth-place 52.47.

Colin Kruchan (2:08.59) and Mike Huber (2:08.99) went first and third, respectively, in qualifying for Friday's finals of the 800 meter run.

Phil Zuccaro (2nd in 22.34) and James Norris (4th in 22.88) advanced to Friday's finals of the 200 meter dash and the Cats' 4x400 meter relay team of Anthony Pelligrino, Pat Nolan, Joe Ripepi and Kyle Hall will also be running for points on Friday in hot-dog heaven Amherst after they ran a third-place qualifying effort of 3:33.56 on Wednesday evening.

A strong Friday contingent for the Cats, indeed, as Coach Kyle's gifted athletes look to keep Saint Ignatius' District success running on all cylinders and come right back the following week with another strong representation for the Amherst Regionals.

God Bless and All of the Best Gentlemen.       

 

 

 

We catch up with the Tennis Cats at District play, courtesy of outstanding Assistant Coach and Head Junior Varsity Coach Cindy Reagan
5/18/2016

Presented by Cindy Reagan and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Josh Hsia (junior), #1 seed out of the Oberlin sectional, played Diego Fretes (Cleveland Heights), #4 seed out the Solon sectional. Josh won a gutsy marathon match 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4. Josh then fell to Jake Zalenski (Jackson), #2 seed out of the Harvard Park sectional, 1-6, 4-6. He next faces Aaron Yeh (Brecksville-Broadview Heights), #1 seed out of the Medina sectional, for the opportunity to advance to the state match.
 
Jack McNally (freshman), who went into the Oberlin sectional unseeded, entered the District tournament as the #3 seed out of the Oberlin sectional. He played Paul Gota (University School), #2 seed out of the Solon sectional. Jack played a tough match, but lost 1-6, 4-6.
 
The Doubles team of Mitchell Pallaki (senior) and Andy Siciliano (junior), #2 seed out of the Oberlin sectional, beat strong competitors, Ben Kelly and Michael Joyce (Highland), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5). They next played Anthony Kanam and Danny Thomas (Massillon Jackson), #1 seed out of the Canton sectional. Jackson proved too tough, and Pallaki/Siciliano fell 1-6 ,1-6. In order to advance to the state match, they next face Conner Evans and Ben Smith (Walsh Jesuit), #3 seed out of the Medina sectional.
 
Johnny Mhanna (senior) and Richie Hofstra (sophomore), the #3 doubles seed out of the Oberlin sectional, played the brother-sister team of Austin and Chloe Barr (Kenston), the #2 seed out of the Solon sectional. The Barr siblings proved too much to handle, and Saint Ignatius fell, 0-6, 2-6.

District action resumes on Saturday at 9am at Tri-City Park in Rocky River.  
 
 
 
Coach Casey Marcelo's Volleyball Cats defeat the Stow Bulldogs, 3-0, in Wednesday evening's OHSBVCA Regional Semifinal Playoffs at Massillon Jackson High School
5/18/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Marcelo's Cats now stand 21-4 on the season after eliminating the Bulldogs, 25-14, 25-11 and 26-24.

With the victory, Saint Ignatius, ranked fourth in the Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Coaches Association's Division I State Poll and the top-seeded and top-rated Division I Team in the North Region, will face the Battling Bees from Medina High School in a Regional Final, with the winner advancing to the OHSBVCA State Tournament at Capital University on May 28th.

According to the North Region Bracket, the Saint Ignatius-Medina Regional Final will be played this Friday, May 20th, at 5 PM on the storied court at Massillon Jackson High School.  

Riding the gifted left arm of Connor Adams and following their game plan by scoring first, the Varsity Baseball Wildcats defeat Strongsville, 3-0, in Wednesday's OHSAA Division I District Semifinal at Strongsville High School. UP NEXT IS ST. EDWARD.
5/18/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

Strongsville, Ohio - In defeating the Strongsville's District's second-seeded Mustangs, 3-0, Coach Brad Ganor's third-seeded Wildcats improved to 19-10 and advanced to Thursday's District Championship Game at Strongsville High School versus top-seed St. Edward, also a 3-0 winner over fourth-seeded Lakewood in Wednesday evening's other District Semifinal at Strongsville.

Thursday's first pitch will be 4:30 PM and Cats standout senior right-hander/Captain Murphy O'Brien will get the starting call. It will be the first meeting this baseball season between the storied West Side rivals, as their scheduled regular season game last month at historic and renovated League Park was rained/snowed out.

The Cats defeated St. Edward, 2-0, in last year's OHSAA Regional Semifinal on Ron Mottl Field at Cuyahoga Community College-West.

Saint Ignatius, the defending Strongsville District Champion, will attempt to bring home the seventh OHSAA Division I District Baseball Championship under the guidance of Coach Ganor, who is in his 12th season as the Head Baseball Coach at Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School. Brad was also an Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach for the Wildcats for six seasons, before being named the Varsity Skipper in 2005.

As for Wednesday afternoon's encounter with host Strongsville, Saint Ignatius Assistant Coach Frank DeSico '09, a former baseball standout under Coach Ganor who went on to an outstanding baseball career at the University of Notre Dame, where he served as a Captain, urged the Wildcats to land the first blow and put the Mustangs on their heels.

Message heard and message executed.

After Cats multi-skilled senior right fielder Nick Freund led off the top of the first inning by beating out a slow roller to the left side, tough and talented senior third baseman/Captain Dennis Grosel delivered a one-out single up the middle. Senior clean-up hitter George Asadorian then hit a sharp grounder that the shortstop had to field deep in the hole and was unable to make a throw as George loaded the bases.

A sacrifice fly to deep center field by gritty senior shortstop Kevin Mingus put Saint Ignatius in front, 1-0.

After Saint Ignatius' gifted junior southpaw Connor Adams, a Louisville recruit, got the third out in the bottom of the first with runners on second and third, threw a 1-2-3 eight-pitch inning in the bottom of the second, and recorded his fourth and fifth strikeouts in the bottom of third in what was a 10-strikeout performance by the big-game lefty, the Wildcats scored the game's final two runs in the top of the fourth.

Mingus led off the top of the fourth by drawing a walk and junior left fielder Ryan Jacobs followed with a perfect sacrifice bunt. Strongsville then elected to intentionally walk Cats senior centerfielder/Captain Mike Rogers, putting runners on first and second with one out.

Tommy Grosel then hit a grounder up the middle that the infield couldn't handle and the bases were loaded with one out.

An error by the Mustangs' third baseman made it a 2-0 game and, as Freund beat out the relay throw on what could have been an inning-ending double play, the third and final run crossed the plate.

Adams, who is now a deceiving 5-3 on the season and hasn't allowed a run in his two appearances at the Strongsville District, went seven complete innings. Last season, Connor fired a no-hitter at Berea-Midpark in the Strongsville District Championship Game, also a 3-0 victory.

The line Wednesday by Cats super stats man Joe Ertle showed Connor throwing 113 pitches, 77 of which were strikes, walking three and, as we mentioned earlier in this story, striking out 10.

Wednesday's line score from a sunny, windy and blue sky day at the home of the Mustangs was 3 runs, 6 hits and 1 error for Saint Ignatius, and 0 runs, 5 hits and 2 errors for Strongsville.

Strongsville starter, Ian Hennessey, threw a big-hearted six complete innings before being relieved by Caleb Homan, who pitched a 1-2-3 top of the seventh.

FROM COACH GANOR, WHO NOW HAS 268 CAREER VICTORIES AT SAINT IGNATIUS

"We talked about scoring first and putting the pressure on them (the Mustangs) right from the beginning," said Coach Ganor, who will be facing his alma mater in Thursday's District Championship Game and will be matching strategy with one of his former players, Eagles Head Coach Matt Rosinski. Coach Ganor excelled in football and baseball at St. Edward and Coach Rosinski  was a former standout pitcher for Saint Ignatius and Miami of Ohio.

"We get the bases loaded and get a run out of it and Connor (Adams) coming right back with a zero in the bottom of the first was huge," Coach Ganor said. "It felt like we were in control the whole game, even though it was 3-0. Connor was commanding the zone, commanding his pitches and he did a phenomenal job. He pitched like an ace today and I was very happy with our defense.

"Our guys came ready to play, ready to go and ready to pressure them," continued the veteran Skipper.

FROM CONNOR ADAMS, A BULLDOG ON THE MOUND WHO IS EASY TO SMILE AWAY FROM THE DIAMOND

"I guess I had command of all my pitches today ," said the young man who emerged as a Varsity mainstay on a cold Sunday afternoon at Dublin Jerome during the opening week of the 2015 season. "I was hitting my spots with all three of my pitches, the fastball, the circle change and the curve.

"Our scouting report was pretty accurate," Connor said. "Their hitters did pretty much what we expected them to do."

In what was another impressive moment in Connor's victory on Wednesday came in the bottom of the fourth inning.

After Strongsville's Parker Shannon and Nico Romicone started the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back base hits, the Cats' good-natured southpaw returned to his commanding zone to the tune of three consecutive strikeouts.

SIBN!: The Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network's thrill-some threesome of Brendan DeVenney, Matt MacKenzie and Matt Harsar will be back in the Strongsville Press Box on Thursday doing their best Tom Hamilton, Vince Scully and Jimmy Dudley impersonations, while bringing you live coverage of another chapter in the storied rivalry that is Saint Ignatius versus St. Edward.

As for this old-timer, whose seasoned pen and pad has seen every curveball and circle changeup known to mankind, I will squeeze in the corner of the third-base dugout. After all, I had a hand in many of those above-mentioned Wildcats-Eagles chapters.

     

             

 

       

           

      

   

Just a reminder on Wednesday's District Baseball and Regional Volleyball
5/17/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

As we previewed Sunday evening and earlier this week, Coach Brad Ganor's Baseball Wildcats, the third seed at the OHSAA Division I Strongsville District, will face the second-seeded Strongsville Mustangs in Wednesday's 2 PM District Semifinal at Strongsville High School.

Coach Ganor will send his savvy southpaw Connor Adams to the mound. A junior, Connor is a Louisville recruit. Last season, Connor made sure the Titans from Berea-Midpark wouldn't soon forget the evening they faced him, as he fired a no-hitter at Berea-Midpark in the 2015 Strongsville District Championship Game. The Cats defeated the Titans, 3-0.

The second game of Wednesday's District Semifinal Doubleheader at Strongsville features a battle of Lakewood between Coach Matt Rosinski's top-seeded St. Edward Eagles and Coach Mike Ribar's fourth-seeded Lakewood Rangers. The first pitch is slated for 4:30 PM.

Wednesday's winners return to Strongsville High School on Thursday for a 4:30 PM District Championship Game.

If the name Rosinski sounds familiar, Coach Matt was a standout pitcher for Saint Ignatius and Miami of Ohio. He was on the Wildcats' coaching staff before being named the Eagles' Head Coach. This is Matt 's first year as the Eagles' skipper. 

AND, it's aces, kills, digs and points for Casey Macelo's 20-4 Volleyball Cats, as Ohio's fourth-ranked Division I team will take on the Stow Bulldogs in Wednesday's 5 PM North Region Semifinal Playoff Game (Match) on the storied court at Massillon Jackson High School.

The Volleyball Cats, who defeated the Bulldogs, 3-1, at Stow during the regular season, enter the State Tournament as the top-seeded Division I team in the North Region.

All of the best to Coach Marcelo and his gifted and tough-minded Cats.           

After another outstanding regular season, Coach Chuck Kyle's Track and Field Wildcats enter the point of the season they have trained for all summer, winter and spring
5/17/2016
By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016
COACH CHUCK KYLE'S TRACK AND FIELD TEAM BEGINS WHAT IT HOPES WILL BE A MEMORABLE RUN TO THE 109TH ANNUAL OHSAA BOYS STATE TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS WHEN IT COMPETES IN THE AMHERST DISTRICT THIS WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY.
THE COMPETITION AT AMHERST STEELE HIGH SCHOOL BEGINS BOTH DAYS AT 4 PM.
Cleveland, Oho - To say the regular season of the spring of 2016 has been a successful one for the Saint Ignatius Track and Field program might be an understatement.
Not only have the rich in talent and depth Cats made their mark at meets throughout the area and the state, but Coach Chuck Kyle's gifted 4x800 relay team of seniors Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan brought national prominence to the program last month by finishing seventh overall and fourth among high school teams from the United States at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
The excitement that centers around the Cats' current outdoor season stemmed from the end of last season, last summer and this past winter.
 
After a third-place finish at the demanding Amherst Regional, Saint Ignatius, led by five junior qualifiers, placed sixth at what was the 108th annual OHSAA Boys State Track and Field Championships in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.
 
Showing the way was the 4x800 meter relay team of Kruchan, Sullivan, Huber and Wagner, which finished second in the state and scored eight points. That savvy and skilled then junior foursome ran a 7:47.32 at state, bettering the first-place effort of 7:51.12 that they ran at the Amherst Regional.
 
Iowa State recruit Luke Wagner, who helped lead Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's Cross Country Cats to the State Championship this past fall, is seeking his fourth consecutive appearance at the State Track and Field Meet.
 
The Cats' other points at the 2015 State Meet came from standout sprinter James Norris and the efforts by Wagner and Sullivan in the 1600 meter run.
 
James finished fourth in the 100 meter dash in 10.87. He was second at the Amherst Regional in 10.78. Now a senior who will be furthering his education and track career at Cornell, after also considering Princeton and The Ohio State University, James is in pursuit of a third trip to the State Meet. He holds the Wildcats' all-time mark in the 100 meter dash with a 10.66.
 
Just a little FYI, James was the only sprinter from a Catholic School in the Division I 100 meter dash state finals last year.     
 
The dynamic duo of Wagner and the Duke University bound Sullivan placed sixth and seventh, respectively, during last year's 1600 meter state-championship race. Luke's time was 4:15.42 and Tom's effort was 4:16.64.
 
"Unusually do you have two guys from the same school score in that event," said Coach Kyle of Luke's and Tom's efforts in the state 1600. "That was great."
 
Early last summer, members of Coach Gallagher's Cross Country Program and Coach Kyle's Track Team competed in the Nationals and finished third in the nation in the 4 x mile, as it is referred to in national competition.   
 
Then came more impressive numbers during the indoor season this past winter.
 
"The indoor season, we don't necessarily put a lot emphasis on. We use it for training," said Coach Kyle, who guided Saint Ignatius to an OHSAA outdoor Track and Field State Championship in 2001 and an OHSAA outdoor Track and Field State Runner-Up in 2005. "But at this year's indoor meet (at The University of Akron), without overrunning anyone, we still finished third in the state out of 68 teams represented there. So that's a great indication going into the spring."
 
The Cats' efforts at the Nationals and in the Indoor State Meet showed, Coach Kyle said, that his Cats are used to big competition, that the 2016 spring potential truly existed.
 
Highlighting Saint Ignatius' efforts at the Indoor Meet was Norris, who took home the 60-meter dash state championship with a record time of 6.8. It marked the first time a Saint Ignatius track athlete accomplished that feat.
 
The other indoor highlights included Phil Zuccaro, Jack Cook, Quinn Lawless and Norris taking third place in the 4x200; the team of Kruchan, Patrick Nolan, Huber and Wagner finishing second in the 4x800 relay, right on the heels of National Champion Dublin Coffman; Sullivan's fifth place in the 1600-meter race; Kruchan's Runner-Up effort in the 800, and C.J. Ambrosio's 8th place in the 3200-meter race with a personal-best 9:24.
 
While Wagner, Sullivan, Huber, Kruchan and Norris are the faces of the 2016 Saint Ignatius Varsity Track and Field Team, it is a program that is blessed with an abundance of depth and versatility.   
 
Nolan, Ambrosio and senior Jim Rogers, who is bound for Yale, are among the other track and field veterans that Coach Kyle and his staff turn to. C.J. and Jim turned in solid seasons for Coach Gallagher's State Champion Harriers. Another big-meet tested young man, both in cross county and track, is senior Tim Trentel.
 
Then there are hurdlers C.J. Moore, Jack Ruddy and Alex Ringfield , who have provided supporting points for the sprinters and distance standouts throughout the spring.
 
As far as the high jump and long jump, Kyle Aerni , Mike Lehto, Mike Iarussi and Ringfield have been solid, as have Mac Nagel and Craig Cirino in the pole vault.
 
The depth and versatility that we referred to above came to the fore again this past weekend, as Saint Ignatius hosted the annual Olympic Challenge.
 
James Norris and sophomore Phil Zuccaro finished 1-2 in the 100 meter dash. Phil is flat out having an exceptional spring, whether he is sprinting or running on relays.
Also making his mark at the Olympic Challenge was senior Jack Cook, who took first place in the 200. Jack will be furthering his education and football career at Harvard University.
As for the distance efforts at the Olympic Challenge, Liam McGuire, Andrew Szendrey and Colin Canigula finished 1, 2, 3, respectively, in the 1600 and Wagner and Connor Reilly finished 1-2, respectively, in the 3200. Liam's time in the 1600 was 4:31.62 and Wagner won the 3200 in a time of  9:23 (running an impressive negative split of 4:49 / 4:34).  Reilly took 2nd in the 3200 with a  9:56.
The Varsity 4x800 meter relay of Rogers, Trentel, Ambrosio, and Kruchan won comfortably in a time of 8:15, and the team of junior Will Maier and sophomores Joe Ripepi, Owen Lammermeier and Jarred Meyer won the Junior Varsity 4x800 in a time of 8:59.
Sullivan finished second in the Varsity 800 in a time of 2:00, and in the JV 1600, freshman Matthew Blouch finished 2nd in a time of 4:45.8.
Also turning in a solid Olympic Challenge weekend were Coach Ryan Franzinger's throwers.
SHOT PUT
Darian Kinnard, 1st place, 48'1"
Alex Misencik, 4th place, 44'11 1/2"
Mike Chime, 6th place, 44'2 3/4"
Morgan Falkenberg, 8th place, 40'5 1/2"

DISCUS
Mike Bodnar. 3rd. 147'1"
Justin Perpar. 4th. 145'7"

Alex Misencik. 5th. 142'5"

While the Cats' regular season had many moments to cherish, those moments were in preparation for what takes place this week and the following two weeks - OHSAA District, Regional and State competition.
Saint Ignatius, which under Coach Kyle has been a dominant force at the District level for nearly three decades, is competing at another new District site this season. After being a fixture at the Lakewood District for years and years, the Cats were moved to the Brunswick District last year because of the construction that is taking place at Lakewood for its new school building.
This season, Coach Kyle's team is assigned to the Amherst District, which takes place on Wednesday and Friday. The competition begins at 4 PM each day. The move to Amherst for the Districts means the Cats will be competing at Amherst Steele High School in consecutive weeks, as the state-qualifying Amherst Regional is next week.
Saint Ignatius is no stranger to Amherst Steele's track and field facilities. The Cats have competed in the Amherst Regional for several years and one of their stops along the regular season trail is the tradition-rich Amherst Comet Relays.
This spring, Saint Ignatius finished third at the Amherst Relays. Among the highlights were the 3200 Meter Run - C.J. Ambrosio, 1st place in 9:24.38; the 1600 Meter Relay - 1st place in 18:20.13, Jim Rogers, Liam McGurie, Connor Reilly and Tom Sullivan; the 4x800 Meter Relay - 1st place in 8:02.27, Pat Nolan, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan; the 800 Sprint Medley - 1st place in a new meet and stadium time of 1:34.03, James Norris, Jack Cook, Phil Zuccaro and Colin Kruchan. Broke the previous mark of 1:34.44 set by Medina in 2006; the 110 Meter Hurdles - C.J. Moore, 3rd place, 15.49; the 300 Meter Hurdles - Jack Ruddy, 5th place, 41.73; the Distance Medley - 3rd place in 10:57.96, Greg Caniglia, Pat McGuire, C.J. Ambrosio and Jim Rogers; the 4x110 Meter Shuttle Hurdles - 2nd place in 1:01.65, C.J. Moore, John Wetula, Jack Ruddy and Alex Ringfield, and the 4x400 Relay - 5th place in 3:31.34, Kyle Hall, Pat Nolan, Phil Zuccaro and Mike Huber.
THIS CORNER WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL OF THE BEST TO THE TRACK CATS, COACH KYLE AND HIS OUTSTANDING STAFF, AS THE RUN TO COLUMBUS BEGINS AT 4 PM WEDNESDAY DURING THE FIRST DAY OF THE AMHERST DISTRICT.  
 
               
 
 
 
Wildcats Baseball is defeated by Brecksville-Broadview Heights, 13-9, in Monday's regular-season finale on Fisher Field at Baldwin Wallace University
5/16/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

Berea, Ohio - The Bees, who were playing for pride after being eliminated from the OHSAA Postseason Tournament last week, trailed, 8-1, entering the top of the fourth inning.

Coach John Mutch's team scored a run in the top of the fourth, knotted the score at 8 with a six-run top of the sixth and took a 13-8 lead with five more runs in the top of the seventh.

Saint Ignatius, which went scoreless from the third inning through the sixth, rallied with a run in the bottom of the seventh and had runners on first and second with two outs before Bees junior right-hander Jared Schrader coaxed a fly out to center field to end the game.

Saint Ignatius, which now stands 18-10, will continue to focus on Wednesday's Division I District Semifinal Game versus the Strongsville Mustangs. The first pitch from Strongsville High School will be 2 PM and junior southpaw Connor Adams, a Louisville recruit, will get the starting call from Wildcats Head Coach Brad Ganor.

Strongsville and Saint Ignatius are seeded second and third, respectively, at the Strongsville District.

The second game of Wednesday's District Semifinal Doubleheader at Strongsville will match Coach Matt Rosinski's top-seeded St. Edward Eagles against their neighborhood rival, the fourth-seeded Lakewood Rangers, at 4:30 PM. Wednesday's winners will return to Strongsville High School on Thursday for a 4:30 PM District Championship Game.

Coach Rosinski is a former standout pitcher for Saint Ignatius and Miami of Ohio, and Lakewood is under the direction of former Rangers great Mike Ribar, one of the finest all-around athletes to ever come out of Northeast Ohio.

Coach Ganor's Wildcats are the defending Strongsville District Champions.

A TALE OF TWO MOMENTUM WAVES, ONE EARLY AND ONE LATE

Moments before Monday evening's regular-season finale versus Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Coach Ganor emphasized to his Wildcats to use the game as a way to continue the momentum heading into Wednesday's 2 PM District Semifinal Game versus the host Mustangs from Strongsville.

Entering this week, the Cats were riding a four-game winning streak and had won 18 of their past 22 games.

Coach Ganor's message certainly struck home in the early going against the Bees.

After Brecksville-Broadview Heights combined an infield hit by senior left fielder Ryan Maitland, a sacrifice bunt by senior right fielder Jackson Gilbride and an RBI base hit by standout senior first baseman Danny Harwood into a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Saint Ignatius responded with a five-run bottom of the first.

Supplying the first-inning thunder for the Cats were senior right fielder/pitcher Nick Freund with a lead-off single and a stolen base, senior third baseman Dennis Grosel with a run-scoring single, and two big two-out hits courtesy of junior left fielder Ryan Jacobs' two-run double and senior center fielder Mike Rogers' RBI single. Rogers, who advanced to second on the throw to home plate, came around to score all the way from second base on a wild pitch. Hustle City, my friends.

Saint Ignatius then made it an 8-1 game with a three-run bottom of the second that featured a lead-off double by sophomore pitcher/first baseman Tommy Grosel, Dennis' brother, a line drive RBI single to right field by Freund, another stolen base by Freund, a walk and a stolen base by senior second baseman Joe Evans, an RBI groundout to the right side off the bat of Dennis Grosel, and wild pitch that sent Evans flying home with the Cats' eighth run.

Following a scoreless third inning, Coach John Mutch's Bees made it an 8-2 game in the top of the fourth off a one-out line drive single to center field from Harwood, a stolen base by Harwood and an RBI double to deep center field off the bat of senior third baseman John MacDonald. The Bees were just getting started.

Still trailing by six runs entering the top of the sixth, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, which also defeated Saint Ignatius, 5-4, at last month's annual Cleveland Indians Charities High School Hardball Classic in Progressive Field, put six runs on the board in the top of the sixth and it was a new ballgame.

With one out and the bases empty in the top of the sixth, the 9-11 Bees sandwiched two walks around another base hit by Harwood and closed to 8-4 when a ground ball up the middle off the bat of sophomore outfielder Sam Wiglusz found its way into center field. Coach Mutch's club then scored the tying runs off a two-run single to right-center field by junior catcher Frank Sweeney that was preceded by a walk to Jordan Shaheen, an RBI double to right-center field from junior infielder Griffin Stevens, and a sacrifice fly to center field off the steady swing of Maitland.

After a scoreless bottom of the sixth, Brecksville-Broadview Heights' dugout was cheering to the tune of a five-run top of the seventh inning and a 13-8 lead. The big blows were a two-run double to deep left field off the bat of winning pitcher Jaret Schrader, who we referred to in the lead to this story, and a two-run triple to deep left field that flew off the bat of Stevens. Getting the seventh-inning flurry started was none other than Harwood, who went 4-for-4 on the evening.

The final run of the game and the Cats' ninth run came off a line-drive RBI single by Jacobs.

FROM COACH GANOR: "We've been playing good baseball and I am pretty certain these guys will be ready to go on Wednesday," said Coach Ganor.

"They're (the Bees) a very good team and I give John (Coach Mutch) a lot of credit for getting his seniors to come here today and play the way they did when they're out of the tournament," Coach Ganor continued. "They came to play hard and to be down as big as they were (8-1 after three innings), that says a lot about the respect they have for their Coach. That's always nice to see, because in high school baseball a lot of kids would have just packed it in.

"That's a testament to the job John is doing with those kids."

And, as someone who is privileged to be around a great group of 2016 Wildcats, it is obvious to this reporter of more than four decades that Coach Ganor and his staff continue to do a marvelous job.

A FRIENDLY BATTLE: Two of the best players on Fisher Field Monday evening were two young men who started playing baseball together when they were 8 years old - the Wildcats Nick Freund and the Bees Danny Harwood.

FLASHING THE LEATHER: Although to most area high school sports fans he is better known as a first-team All-Ohio quarterback, Dennis Grosel is also an exceptional baseball player who can swing the bat with authority and field with the best of them.

In the first inning of Monday's game, Dennis took away a base hit from the Bees by making a full-extension diving stop of a sharply hit ground ball and, in one motion, getting to his feet and throwing the runner out with a seed to first base. It was a play that would have drawn a smile of approval from Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.

We'll see you at Strongsville High School on Wednesday.            

  

     

 

     

    

   

              

 

Cats Baseball is 17th in the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association's Division I State Poll
5/16/2016

Coaches 2016 Week 5 Poll Results
Poll Open:  Thu May 12 12:00:00 2016
Poll Close: Sun May 15 00:00:00 2016

Division I
Place   ID      School                                  1st place votes  Pts     Record 
1       764     Massillon Jackson                      28               280    24-0   
2       1470   Springboro                                                        239    24-3   
3       1034   Milford                                                               198    22-2   
4       1203   Olentangy Liberty                                              164    24-3   
5       1211   Olentangy Orange                                             123    24-3   
6       292     Butler                                                                 111    21-3   
7       876     Gahanna Lincoln                                                 90    22-3   
8       1428   Solon                                                                   54   20-3   
9       1056    Archbishop Moeller                                             43   19-8   
10      904     Loveland                                                             42   18-4   
11      972     Mason                                                                 36   19-6   
12      350     Twinsburg                                                          34   18-4   
13      178     Beavercreek                                                        29    22-6   
14      740     Hudson                                                               26    19-6   
14      1614    Walsh Jesuit                                                      26    18-4   
16      1606    Wadsworth                                                         11    18-5   
17      1354    Saint Ignatius                                                     10    18-9   
18      717     Hilliard Darby                                                           9   17-1   
18      150     Avon                                                                        9   20-7   
20      1350    St Francis de Sales                                                 7   15-6   
Other teams receiving votes (points):
Olentangy (Lewis Center) (5), Harrison (4), St Edward (4), Westerville Central (4),
Mayfield (3), Kenston (2), Massillon Washington (2), La Salle (2), Fairfield (2) and Chardon (1).

Saint Ignatius Volleyball remains in the fourth spot in the Division I State Poll, as Coach Casey Marcelo's Cats prepare for Wednesday's opening night of North Region Postseason Play versus the Stow Bulldogs
5/16/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The North Region Division I Tournament's top-seeded Volleyball Cats take the court at Massillon Jackson on Wednesday at 5 PM to face a Stow team they defeated, 3-1, in the regular season at Stow.

Saint Ignatius is the highest-ranked Division I team in the Northern Region by the Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Coaches Association, with Division 2 Walsh Jesuit and the Wildcats remaining 1-2, respectively.

Here is this week's OHSBVCA Division I State Poll. 

1. - Archbishop Moeller (6) - 211
2. - Hilliard Darby (16) - 202
3. - Elder - 180
4. - Saint Ignatius - 141
5. - Centerville - 123
6. - St. Xavier - 120
7. - Pickerington North - 94
8. - Westerville South - 66
9. - Beavercreek - 43
10- Jackson - 26
..... Lakota East - 24
..... St. Edward - 14
..... Hilliard Bradley - 10
..... Westerville North - 8

Here is an indepth look at the outstanding efforts by Saint Ignatius Crew at the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships
5/16/2016

Presented By Wildcats outstanding Assistant Coach Connor Walters and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Wildcats Varsity 4 and Junior 8 Win Gold at Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships

Saint Ignatius crews powered through strong, sustained winds en route to two gold medals, three silvers, a bronze and a close team runner-up finish at the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships on Lake Dillon in Nashport, Ohio, this weekend.

The Varsity 4 was the first Saint Ignatius Crew to strike gold on Sunday, overcoming an early deficit to blow past the field and claim the title 7.5 seconds ahead of the next boat. The win avenged the Wildcats’ heartbreaking silver medal finish in the event from 2015.

Shortly after them, the Saint Ignatius Junior 8 handled challenges from New Trier, Upper Arlington and Loyola Academy before ultimately walking away with an impressive open-water victory of 6.3 seconds.

Almost immediately after the Junior 8 got off the water, half the boat launched again to race in the Junior 4 event. Though a crew from St. Ignatius (Chicago) jumped off to an early lead, the Wildcats kept it close and took home silver by about 4 seconds.

Among the 12 Wildcat crews in the finals on Sunday was the Lightweight 8, which placed fifth. Seven of the eight rowers in that boat raced earlier in the day in two events, with both crews bringing home medals. Three of the lightweights and an additional rower competed in the 2nd Varsity 4, clinching silver. Four other lightweights raced in the Lightweight 4, earning bronze.

All these medal-winning races by Saint Ignatius Crews qualified the team for the national championships in those events.

One of the most remarkable results of the day was in the 3rd Varsity 8 event, in which the 5th-ranking Saint Ignatius 8 chased a quick Loyola entry the whole way en route to a silver medal. Similarly, the 4th-ranking Saint Ignatius 8 claimed a solid 4th in the 2nd Varsity 8 event.

The day’s final race, the Varsity 8, saw a very tight finish among the top three boats: New Trier (1st), Pittsburgh Central Catholic (2nd) and St. Edward (3rd). Saint Ignatius raced hard and finished right on the tail of the Eagles to finish 4th and qualify for nationals.

Other Wildcat crews racing in the finals on Sunday included the Novice 8 (5th), Freshman 8 (4th), and Lightweight 2x (4th).

All told, the points showed a full-team effort, although Saint Ignatius fell 9 points shy of New Trier, who won three of the 8 events, which are worth the most points. In finishing second, the squad had its highest boys’ points finish under Head Coach Pat Connor ’94.

For the rowers not attending nationals, this weekend marked the conclusion of a long and successful year that began back in August. Yet for a couple dozen Wildcats, the season lasts another two weeks as they prepare for the SRAA National Championships, also on Lake Dillon.

The team would like to thank all the parents who made the journey this weekend and whose die-hard support is greatly appreciated. Stay tuned for results from nationals, set for May 27-28!


Connor Walters '09
Communications Coordinator: Mission
Assistant Coach: Varsity Rowing
Co-Moderator: C.A.T., Labre
 
 
Here is a further breakdown on the Wildcats' Distance Runners from Friday's Olympic Challenge Track and Field Meet
5/16/2016

Courtesy of Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Coach Ken Sullivan and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

1) The Varsity 4x800 meter relay of senior Jim Rogers, senior Tim Trentel, junior C.J. Ambrosio, and senior Colin Kruchan won comfortably in a time of 8:15. The team of junior Will Maier and sophomores Joe Ripepi, Owen Lammermeier, and Jarred Meyer won the JV 4x800 in a time of 8:59.
 
2) In the Varsity 1600, sophomore Liam McGuire won in a time of 4:31.62.
 
3) In the JV 1600, freshman Matthew Blouch finished 2nd in a time of 4:45.8.
 
4) In the Varsity 800, senior Tom Sullivan finished 2nd in a time of 2:00.
 
5) In the Varsity 3200, senior Luke Wagner won in a time of 9:23 (running an impressive negative split of 4:49 / 4:34).  Senior Connor Reilly took 2nd in 9:56.  
Just FYI, Saint Ignatius' outstanding Lacrosse Team is scheduled to host the winner of Wednesday's Strongsville at St. Edward matchup in the second round of the Northwest District Tournament.
5/15/2016

The Lax Cats, rated third in Ohio and seventh in the Midwest Region by the LaxPower Computer Ratings, drew a first-round bye.   

The Saint Ignatius Baseball Wildcats are gearing up for Wednesday's OHSAA Division I District Semifinal versus the Strongsville Mustangs
5/15/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Coach Brad Ganor's resilient and baseball savvy Baseball Cats, winners of 18 of their past 22 games, are embarking on that part of the schedule they have been playing for all spring.

From the season-opening trip to Florida, the annual Ohio Jesuit Tournament in Cincinnati, the Pipe Yard Classic in Lorain County, and the many memorable and brisk late afternoon regular-season games at Classic Park and Baldwin Wallace University's Fisher Field, it all comes down to mid May and the OHSAA Division I Postseason Tournament.

The 18-9 and third-seeded Wildcats, the defending Strongsville District Champions, will take the field at Strongsville High School on Wednesday for a Division I District Semifinal Game versus the second-seeded Strongsville Mustangs. The first pitch will be 2 PM.

Wednesday's second District Semifinal Game at Strongsville matches the top-seeded St. Edward Eagles and the fourth-seeded Lakewood Rangers at 4:30 PM. Wednesday's winners will return to Strongsville on Thursday for a 4:30 PM District Championship Game.

As for the Strongsville Mustangs, they entered the weekend with a record of 17-8. In their 18-0 Sectional-Final victory over the Rhodes Rams, the Mustangs got a combined no-hitter from senior right-hander Ian Hennessey and junior right-hander Bobby Intihar. Hennessey worked four innings and struck out seven, and Intihar closed out the game with one strikeout in the top of the fifth. The game was called after 4 1/2 innings because of the state's 10-run mercy rule.

Saint Ignatius advanced to District play with a 14-0, run-rule victory over Valley Forge in a Sectional Final this past week at Baldwin Wallace University.

Among Strongsville's impressive victories this season were a 5-4 win over St. Edward and a 2-1 triumph over baseball-rich Walsh Jesuit.

The Mustangs' victory over Ohio Jesuit Cup Champion Walsh Jesuit, which took place at Strongsville, saw Mustangs junior southpaw Jaret Beechy and senior right-hander Caleb Homan combine on a four-hitter. Beechy threw six complete innings. Walsh Jesuit defeated Saint Ignatius, 7-1, during the Jesuit Cup Tournament at St. Xavier.  

Strongsville was shutout by Mentor, 6-0, earlier this month, a team Saint Ignatius defeated twice this spring.

Okay, so much for the scoreboard watching and comparing scores.

As far as some of the recent baseball history between the Wildcats and the Mustangs, Saint Ignatius rallied from a 4-0 deficit after four innings and defeated host Strongsville, 6-4, on April 3rd of last year. Standout senior center fielder Sam Fuller '15 (now playing at St. Bonaventure University) and clutch hitter James Zajaczkowski '15 helped fuel the rally. James doubled as an outstanding broadcaster for the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.

That victory over Strongsville was part of seven consecutive road wins to start the season by the 2015 Cats.

On May 27th, 2013, the Cats traveled to Strongsville for another regular-season encounter and, after banging out 13 hits, walked away with a 9-3 victory.

Although they are no strangers to District and Regional play, the Mustangs, like Saint Ignatius, have one State Baseball Championship Banner. That came in 2006 when Strongsville was led by one of the premier players in Ohio, center fielder Anthony Gallas. The 2006 Mustangs were coached by former Saint Ignatius Wildcat Josh Sorge.  

While the Mustangs made the most of their only State Baseball final-four appearance, the Wildcats have made 12 trips to Ohio's Baseball final four, winning it all in 2002 and finishing as the state runners-up in 2000, 2008 and 2013. Five of those 12 trips to the State Finals have come under Coach Ganor.

This year isn't the first time that Saint Ignatius entered the Strongsville District as the third seed.

In the spring of 2012, the top four seeds at Strongsville were 1. The Mustangs, 2. Brecksville-Broadview Heights, 3. The Wildcats and 4. North Royalton.

Behind a strong pitching performance by Matt Hoyer, the Cats defeated Brecksville-Broadview Heights, 3-1, in the District Semifinals.

In what was one of the most dramatic games in Saint Ignatius' baseball history, Wildcats outfielders Tim McCoy and Dan Oaklief threw out runners at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Saint Ignatius prevailed over North Royalton, 3-2, in the 2012 Strongsville District Championship Game. Catcher Ralph Lucarelli was a tower of strength in handling those throws from Tim and Dan.

Coach Ganor will send his gifted junior left-hander Connor Adams to the mound in Wednesday's District Semifinal. Connor, a Louisville recruit, made himself at home in last year's District Championship Game at Strongsville by throwing a no-hitter at Berea-Midpark in the Cats' 3-0 victory.

Saint Ignatius will tune up for District play on Monday, when the Cats close their regular season with a 5 PM game versus Brecksville-Broadview Heights on Fisher Field at Baldwin Wallace University. The Bees defeated Saint Ignatius, 5-4, at last month's annual Cleveland Indians Charities High School Hardball Classic at Progressive Field.

JUST A REMINDER THAT LIKE "Tinker to Evers to Chance," Saint Ignatius' thrill-some threesome of Brendan DeVenney, Matt MacKenzie and Matt Harsar will bring you the Baseball Wildcats' Postseason Run live over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network beginning with Wednesday's 2 PM District Semifinal at one of this corner's old homes away from home, Strongsville High School. This old catcher will find a spot in Coach Ganor's dugout for my 46th consecutive District Baseball Tournament.    

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Congratulations to Wildcats Crew, which, according to its web page, turned in the best performance of Head Coach Pat Connor's tenure by coming in 2nd in Midwest boys points to New Trier by 9 points
5/15/2016
Oberlin College Sectional Tennis Singles Champion Josh Hsia, singles teammate John (Jack) McNally and the doubles teams of Mitchell Pallaki & Andy Sicilliano and Richie Hofstra & John Mhanna are District Bound!
5/14/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

With his victories over Frank Figueiredo of Lakewood, 6-0, 6-1, and Aris Jhaveri of Westlake, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4, Josh took home the Oberlin College Sectional Singles Championship on the Don Hunsinger Courts.

Josh will return to Oberlin College this coming week for District Play, where is matched against Diego Fretes of Cleveland Heights.

Saint Ignatius' John (Jack) McNally bounced back from a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Jhaveri and defeated Figueiredo, 6-0, 6-7(5), 6-0, to earn the third District Qualifying Spot. McNally is matched against Paul Gota of University School in the first round of District Play.

The order of the top 4 Oberlin College Singles District Qualifiers is 1. Josh Hsia, 2. Aris Jhaveri, 3. John (Jack) McNally and 4. Frank Figueiredo.

Josh Hsia and John (Jack) McNally will be joined at the Oberlin College District by the Wildcats' tenacious and tireless doubles teams of Mitchell Pallaki and Andy Sicilliano, and Richie Hofstra and John Mhanna.

Mitchell and Andy are matched up with Michael Joyce and Ben Kelly of Medina Highland in the first round of District doubles, and Richie and John are slated to face the Barrs from Kenston, Austin and Chloe.

Congratulations to Josh, John (Jack), Mitchell (Saint Ignatius' Student Body President), Andy, Richie and John, Cats Head Coach Jon Barker and his outstanding staff. God Bless and All of the Best this coming week.  

  

 

The Saint Ignatius Varsity Baseball Wildcats celebrate their Senior Day with a 9-4 victory over Tallmadge on Saturday afternoon at Baldwin Wallace University
5/14/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

Berea, Ohio - After starting their season at 0-5, the Saint Ignatius Baseball Wildcats have now won 18 of their past 22 games, including Saturday's 9-4 triumph over a young, but oh so promising Tallmadge team at Fisher Field on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University.

When you look at the Wildcats' turnaround, one thing is quite obvious.

Veteran Head Coach Brad Ganor and his Assistant Coaches, Mark Terlep, John Whelan, Frank DeSico '09 and Matt Blazer '94, are blessed with a group of seniors who not only exude baseball knowledge, but are first class when it comes to leading or showing the way.

When there were doubts lingering during the first month of the season, a period when Saint Ignatius' offense was struggling, to say the least, it was the seniors who said enough of this nonsense.

With the focus now on Wednesday's 2 PM OHSAA Division I District Semifinal Game versus the Strongsville Mustangs at Strongsville High School, the Wildcats' Baseball Family took time out on Saturday to say Thank You to Coach Ganor's Senior Cats, before and during their regular-season matchup with Coach Kenny Linn's Blue Devils from Tallmadge.

The Saint Ignatius Baseball Class of 2016, along with its parents, were introduced individually before the first pitch on what was "Senior Day."

In a classy move, Coach Ganor, in the top of the seventh inning, replaced his seniors one by one to a roaring ovation from their teammates and the Wildcats' faithful.

It was only fitting that one of those seniors, tri-Captain/center fielder/relief ace Mike Rogers, remained on the field and closed the book on victory No. 18 by pitching the top of the seventh.

"It's fun to enjoy it and let the seniors have their moment," said Coach Ganor, whose Wildcats, seeded third at the Strongsville District, will tune up for the second-seeded Mustangs by closing out their regular season on Monday versus the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees at Baldwin Wallace University. Monday's first pitch is 5 PM.

"I think Senior Days can get lost a little bit with the Spring Sports, but I think we're doing a good job with what our parents do with the cookout," Coach Ganor said. "It's a little tradition that we started to try to make it as special as we can for these guys, to honor these guys. I hope they enjoyed it."

In what was an enjoyable game, one that warmed the spirits in both dugouts on a cold, damp, rainy and gray skies day in Berea, the Tallmadge Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. A two-out, bases empty walk to Blue Devils 6-foot-4, 230-pound sophomore first baseman Scott Seeker and an RBI double to deep right field by junior third baseman Josh Taylor accounted for the game's first run.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the third inning, when Saint Ignatius knotted the score on a leadoff walk to Rogers, a single up the gut by senior outfielder Dan Volpe, a stolen base by Volpe and a throwing error. After Volpe advanced to third on a 1-3 groundout off the bat of junior outfielder/designated hitter Ryan Jacobs, gifted senior right fielder/right-handed pitcher Nick Freund gave the Cats a 2-1 lead with an RBI single up the middle.

As the baseball savvy Coach Terlep pointed out, Freund did a great job with his hands in handling a curveball from Tallmadge starter Zach Boyd, a sophomore right-hander.

The Blue Devils, who like Saint Ignatius have a rich baseball tradition, responded with the tying run in the top of the fourth inning off one-out singles from Taylor and senior center fielder Kyle Paul, and an RBI sacrifice fly to right-center field by Boyd.

One-out base hits from senior catcher/outfielder Nolan Sands and senior second baseman Ben Pratt, followed by a two-run double to deep right-center field by Seeker put Tallmadge back on top, 4-3, in the top of the fifth.

The Blue Devils' lead was again short-lived, as a two-base error off a tough play in left field followed by an authoritative RBI triple to deep right-center field off the bat of Cats multi-skilled senior Captain/third baseman Dennis Grosel made it 4 all entering the sixth inning.

Freund then came on in relief in the top of the sixth and threw a scoreless and hitless inning. Nick was awarded the victory after Saint Ignatius put together a decisive five-run bottom of the sixth that featured a walk to senior second baseman Joe Evans that loaded the bases, consecutive run-producing walks by Dennis Grosel and senior first baseman George Asadorian, and an RBI single to right field by senior catcher John Robinson.

Senior shortstop Kevin Mingus got the five-run bottom of the sixth started with a line-drive single to center field.

The line scores on the game were 9 runs, 9 hits and no errors for the Wildcats, and 4 runs, 7 hits and four errors for Tallmadge.

Coach Linn will guided his now 14-12  Blue Devils in a District Semifinal next week versus the Panthers from Norton High School.

"Tallmadge is good, young and scrappy," Coach Ganor said of the Blue Devils, who brought home the Division II State Baseball Championship in 2002, the same year Saint Ignatius won the Division I State Title. The Blue Devils were also state runners-up in 2001, 2000, 1996 and 1966.

"They're always well coached and it was good to be pressured a little bit today, and respond to the pressure," Coach Ganor continued. "We're playing our best baseball, there is no doubt about it. And I'll take our chances any time we're playing our best."

Coach Ganor will send his ace left-hander, junior Louisville recruit Connor Adams, to the mound in Wednesday's District semifinal versus Strongsville. The corner will take a look at the Mustangs on Monday.

CLOSE CALLS FOR THE POPULAR CATS: John Robinson and Kevin Mingus were among those Wildcats who had less than an hour before having to be at pictures for their dates' Prom Nights on Saturday. An that was after a sixth inning that Wildcats stats guru Joe Ertle said took 40 minutes.

Saturday night marked the second or third consecutive Prom that John Robinson was attending. When this old-timer commented to Robinson that he must be a popular guy, John's response was: "They know I won't say no."     

                      

 

 

   

 

 

    

          

 

 

Here are some more highlights from Friday's Olympic Challenge Track and Field Meet, courtesy of Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Coach Alex Voigt
5/14/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

James Norris and Phil Zuccaro finish 1-2 in the 100 meter dash.

Jack Cook was 1st in the 200.

Tom Sullivan was 2nd in the 800.

Liam McGuire, Andrew Szendrey and Colin Canigula finish 1, 2, 3, respectively, in the 1600.

Luke Wagner and Connor Reilly finish 1-2, respectively, in the 3200.

From Coach Voigt: "It was an all-around great team effort on a beautiful Friday evening at Wasmer Field!"

NOTE: FOR A LOOK AT THE WILDCATS' HIGHLIGHTS IN THE SHOT PUT AND DISCUS FROM FRIDAY'S OLYMPIC CHALLENGE, SEE THE CORNER'S POST FROM FRIDAY EVENING THAT WAS COURTESY OF SAINT IGNATIUS' OUTSTANDING ASSISTANT COACH RYAN FRANZINGER '02.

 

Despite being depleted a bit by injuries, the Rugby Cats, behind some veteran leadership, step up on Friday night and close out their regular season with a 33-7 triumph over their Jesuit Brothers from Cincinnati St. Xavier
5/13/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Dan Arbeznik's Cats, ranked seventh in the nation, now stand 10-6 as they direct their focus on defending the program's back to back State Championships.

After a little rest this coming week, the Rugby Cats will face the Crusaders from Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller in the State Semifinals. The site and time of the match are to be announced.

As for last night's defusing of the Xavier Bombers on Wasmer Field, the Cats' tries were produced by the skilled and savvy Andrew Baldado, Owen North, aka "Uncle O,"  tough as nails Matt Woisnet, and the ever-present Tyler Sisko and Matthew Lipaj.

Baldado also contributed four conversions.

Here's wishing good health and all of the best to the Rugby Cats, as they prepare for their time of the year.  

 

It was another great day for Wildcats Tennis during the semifinals of the OHSAA Division I Sectional Tournament on the Don Hunsinger Courts at Oberlin College
5/13/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, with results courtesy of Saint Ignatius Head Coach Jon Barker

Picking up where they left off in Thursday's opening round of Sectional Play (*see the corner's posts from Thursday night and Friday afternoon), the Tennis Cats put together what Head Coach Jon Barker described as a good day during Friday's semifinal round on the Don Hunsinger Courts at Oberlin College.

FROM COACH BARKER: "This afternoon, Josh Hsia advanced to Saturday with a 6-0, 6-0 win. John (Jack) McNally won his match 6-2, 7-5, so he'll be moving on as well.

The doubles team of Mitchell Pallaki and Andy Sicilliano won 6-3, 6-3 over the Avon Lake team, so they'll be moving on."

On Friday afternoon, Coach Barker said the Cats' fourth-seeded doubles team, John Mhanna and Richie Hofstra, won three matches on Thursday to qualify for Districts and will play in the Sectional Finals on Saturday, which get underway at 9 AM.

Yes, moving on up to Saturday's OHSAA Sectional Finals with next week's District Finals awaiting even bigger and better things from the Cats.

NOTE: Here is the breakdown of the above-mentioned matches played by the Tennis Cats on Friday. The Cats will play for placement on Saturday beginning at 9 AM.

JOSH HSIA DEFEATED JAKE FROMBACH FROM AVON, 6-0, 6-0.
JOHN (JACK) MCNALLY DEFEATED TAYLOR BENJAMIN FROM NORTH OLMSTED, 6-2, 7-5.
MITCHELL PALLAKI AND ANDY SICILLIANO DEFEATED HOFFMAN/WILHELM FROM AVON LAKE, 6-0, 6-4.

 

Here are the shot put and discus highlights for the Wildcats from this evening's annual Olympic Challenge Track and Field Meet on Wasmer Field
5/13/2016
Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
 
HERE ARE THE SHOT PUT AND DISCUS HIGHLIGHTS FOR SAINT IGNATIUS AT THIS EVENING'S ANNUAL OLYMPIC CHALLEGE TRACK AND FIELD MEET ON WASMER FIELD. THE RESULTS ARE COURTESY OF RYAN FRANZINGER '02, SAINT IGNATIUS' DEAN OF STUDENTS AND OUTSTANDING ASSISTANT TRACK & FIELD COACH AND ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH.
 
WE WILL HAVE MORE RESULTS AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.  
 
SHOT PUT
Darian Kinnard, 1st place, 48'1"
Alex Misencik, 4th place, 44'11 1/2"
Mike Chime, 6th place, 44'2 3/4"
Morgan Falkenberg, 8th place, 40'5 1/2"

DISCUS
Mike Bodnar. 3rd. 147'1"
Justin Perpar. 4th. 145'7"

Alex Misencik. 5th. 142'5"

Here is where the Tennis Cats stand heading into Friday's (today's) semifinals of the annual OHSAA Oberlin College Division I Sectional
5/13/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, with an update today from Saint Ignatius Head Coach Jon Barker

As we reported on the corner Thursday night, #1 seed Josh Hsia dominated his first two matches and will be playing for a District Qualifying spot this afternoon (Friday) when the semifinals get under way at 2 PM.

Jack McNally, as we posted Thursday night, won his first three matches and will return today to play his District Qualifying Match.

Wildcats Head Coach Jon Barker reported that Brian Zhu won his first two singles matches, but fell short in his third-round match, ending his tournament play.

Again, as we reported last night, the tenacious and tireless doubles team of Mitchell Pallaki and Andy Sicilliano won their first two matches and they will also play their District Qualifying Match this afternoon.

Coach Barker said the Cats' fourth-seeded doubles team, John Mhanna and Richie Hofstra, won three matches on Thursday to qualify for Districts and will play in the Sectional Finals on Saturday, which get underway at 9 AM.   

And, I can't rest my head on a pillow without saying congrats to Cats Volleyball Coach Casey Marcelo and his talented and big-hearted team and also give you a baseball note related to the SIBN!
5/12/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Marcelo and his Men of the Nets closed out a marvelous regular season by putting the heat on the Polar Bears from Massillon Jackson, 3-1, in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium on Thursday night.

The Cats, 20-4 and ranked fourth in the state this week, will now gear up for Wednesday's (May 18th) 5 PM North Region Semifinal matchup with the Stow Bulldogs in Massillon Jackson's atmosphere-rich gymnasium.

Coach Marcelo's Wildcats are the No. 1 seed in the North  Region.

And, starting with Wednesday's (May 18th) 2 PM District Semifinal Game versus the Strongsville Mustangs at Strongsville High School, the thrill-some threesome of Brendan DeVenney, Matt Harsar and Matt MacKenzie will broadcast all of the Baseball Cats' OHSAA Tournament Games live over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.

This old catcher will find a corner in Coach Brad Ganor's dugout for what is a 46th consecutive OHSAA baseball postseason for this seasoned pen and pad. And No. 46 stared with a sweet six off the bat of George Asadorian on Thursday.     

    

 

Josh Hsia and Jack McNally in singles play and the doubles duo of Mitchell Pallaki and Andy Sicilliano key the Cats' drive to Friday's 2 PM Semifinals of the OHSAA Division I Sectional Tennis Tournament on the Don Hunsinger Courts at Oberlin College
5/12/2016

Results courtesy of Tournament Manager Mr. Rich Hagen and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer 

FROM THE DON HUNSINGER TENNIS COURTS ON THE CAMPUS OF OBERLIN COLLEGE

In singles play, Josh Hsia continued his successful spring by advancing to Friday's semifinals with victories over Mike Pandy of Elyria, 6-0, 6-0, and Spencer Gray of Avon Lake, 6-1, 6-0.

Josh is scheduled to face Jake Frombach of Avon in Friday's semifinals on the Don Hunsinger Courts at Oberlin College.

Jack McNally took Josh's lead and went on to victories over Siwei Wang from Rocky River, 6-3, 6-0, Dan O'Meara of Westlake, 6-2, 7-5 and A J Perez of Lakewood, 6-0, 6-0.

Jack is slated to play Taylor Benjamin of North Olmsted in Friday's semifinals.

As for Thursday's doubles play, Student Body President Mitchell Pallaki and Andy Sicilliano were tireless and tenacious in defeating Alexander Grunder and Jon Pizzo of Lakewood, 6-1 and 6-0, and Sundeep Tudu and Dalton Harmuth of Berea-Midpark, 6-0, 6-0.

Saint Ignatius' gifted doubles team of John Mhanna and Richie Hofstra also came up with impressive triumphs versus Westlake, 6-3, 6-3, Strongsville, 6-0, 6-1 and St. Edward, 6-0, 6-0.

JUST A REMINDER AGAIN THAT FRIDAY'S SEMIFINALS ARE SCHEDULED FOR 2 PM AND SATURDAY'S FINALS WILL BEGIN AT 9 AM.

THE CORNER, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF MR. HAGEN, ONE OF THE TOP COACHES IN THE HISTORY OF OHIO HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS DURING HIS MARVELOUS CAREER AT BRUSH HGH SCHOOL, WILL KEEP YOU POSTED.      

 

George Asadorian drives in six runs and Connor Adams works a solid four innings on the mound, as the Varsity Baseball Wildcats defeat Valley Forge, 14-0, in Thursday's Division I Sectional Final at Baldwin Wallace University's Fisher Field
5/12/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

Berea, Ohio - The Wildcats, winners of 16 of their past 19 games, improved to 17-9 and advanced to Wednesday's (May 18th) OHSAA Division I District Semifinal matchup with the Strongsville Mustangs at Strongsville High School. The first pitch will be 2 PM.

Saint Ignatius is the third seed at the Strongsville District. St. Edward is seeded No. 1 and Strongsville is the second seed.

Playing in the postseason is all the incentive the Cats need, but those seeds are sure to add a little fuel to the fire next week.

As far as Thursday afternoon at Fisher Field on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University, Coach Brad Ganor's Wildcats took care of the business at hand and eliminated Valley Forge from the OHSAA tournament with a 14-0 triumph that required just 4 1/2 innings of work.

The game was called after the top of the fifth inning because of the state's 10-run mercy rule.

Saint Ignatius took control by scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the second inning that stretched its lead to 7-0. Five more Cats crossed the plate in the bottom of the fourth as it was Kay Bar the Door for the Patriots.

Coach Ganor's team took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first and scored twice in the bottom of the third. The Cats produced their 14 runs on 10 hits.

Cats senior designated hitter/infielder George Asadorian, who has bounced back from a shoulder injury, is again displaying that fluid and authoritative swing.

In helping fuel Saint Ignatius' run-rule victory, George drove in a Varsity single-game career high of six runs.

George started his 6 RBI evening with a sacrifice fly to deep left-center field that made it a 2-0 game in the bottom of the first inning and completed his sweet six in the bottom of the fourth inning with a bases-loaded double that flirted with the base of the fence in left-center, a rip city shot that cleared the bases.

"It's just great to be back," said George, who teams with his brother Drew, a talented sophomore catcher, in Coach Ganor's lineup. "I think we got stronger over the time I was hurt and that was a great thing. I'm really happy to come back and see a stronger team. We had a slow start at the beginning of the season (0-5), but that doesn't matter, we have six key games left and it's just another great day to be a Wildcat.

"I was off for three weeks and itching to get back," George continued. "I found a way to get back (in the lineup) and just kept swinging the bat, swinging the bat and seeing pitches well. You know, keep that inside-out swing to right field.

"We played some great teams at the beginning of the season," George said in reference to Saint Ignatius' season-opening trip to Florida. "But we learned from that experience, battled back, found ourselves, became more aggressive at the plate and came together as a team. We are a tough team to beat right now."

Among the other Wildcats who produced key swings off Patriots pitching were senior shortstop Kevin Mingus, senior right fielder Nick Freund, who is one of the top table setters in Northeast Ohio, and junior left fielder Ryan Jacobs, who ripped a two-run triple to deep left-center in the Cats' four-run second inning.

Saint Ignatius continues to complement its hot bats with sound pitching and heads-up, havoc-causing base running.

Gifted junior left-hander and Louisville recruit Connor Adams, who just might be the best 4-3 record pitcher in the state, worked the first four innings for Coach Ganor on a Thursday evening that actually ended with sunshine and a sky that had hints of blue.

Connor yielded just one hit, a two-out single up the middle in the top of the second inning by Valley Forge's starting sophomore pitcher Brandon Skory, struck out four, walked one and had 38 strikes in the 56 pitches he threw.

Cats junior right-hander Braydon Nelson, who continues to show endless promise and sports a 3-0 record as a starter, pitched a hitless top of the fifth that featured 11 strikes in the 19 pitches he threw, two strikeouts, one walk and a 1-3 putout to end the game.

FROM COACH GANOR: "We knew we were probably a little more athletic than them," said Coach Ganor of the Patriots. "You still have to play the game and you can't look ahead. That's all we're preaching. And now it's Strongsville and that is all that matters, playing that game.

"It will be nice to enjoy Saturday," Coach Ganor said of the regular season matchup with the Tallmadge Blue Devils at Baldwin Wallace University's Fisher Field. The first pitch for Saturday's Senior Day Game will be high noon.

"They are playing exactly how we thought they were capable of playing," Coach Ganor continued in reference to his 2016 Wildcats, "I think our record is going to turn out to be deceiving."

NOTE: Coach Ganor has added a final regular season game to the schedule and that will be against the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees on Monday at 5 PM at Baldwin Wallace University. The Bees defeated the Cats, 5-4, in last month's Cleveland Indians Charities High School Hardball Classic at Progressive Field.      

                

               

 

TODAY'S SECTIONAL FINAL BASEBALL GAME BETWEEN THE WILDCATS AND THE VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS HAS BEEN MOVED TO BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY'S FISHER FIELD. THE FIRST PITCH REMAINS AT 4:30 PM.
5/12/2016
Wildcats Baseball will face Valley Forge in Thursday's OHSAA Sectional Final
5/11/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Saint Ignatius, the No. 3 seed at the Strongsville District, will host Valley Forge tomorrow (Thursday) at 4:30 PM in a Division I sectional final at Classic Park.

Valley Forge advanced to face the Cats by defeating Garfield Heights in a sectional semifinal on Wednesday.

It was just a week ago, May 4th to be exact, that Saint Ignatius traveled to Valley Forge and came away with a 16-5 victory in what was a regular-season matchup. Two home runs and five RBI by senior outfielder Dan Volpe highlighted the Cats' 18-hit attack at Valley Forge.

In May of 2014, Saint Ignatius and Valley Forge met in a Division I sectional final at Classic Park and the Cats walked away with a 4-1 victory.    

Junior left-hander Connor Adams, a Louisville recruit, will take the mound on Thursday for the 16-9 Wildcats, winners of 15 of their past 18 games. Adams is a deceiving 3-3 on the season.    

 

 

For the gentleman who inquired regarding the re-tweet from Burning River today, yours truly posted the information on those Lax Cats who earned All-Midwest recognition on Saturday May 7th
5/11/2016
ALL OF THE BEST TO COACH JON BARKER'S TENNIS CATS, WHO ARE SCHEDULED TO BEGIN OHSAA SECTONAL PLAY ON THURSDAY AT THE DON HUNSINGER TENNIS COURTS AT OBERLIN COLLEGE. FOR A LOOK AT THE CATS' MATCHUPS, SEE THE CORNER'S POST FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
5/11/2016
Saint Ignatius Lacrosse is currently third in Ohio by the LaxPower computer ratings and sixth in the Midwest by LaxPower. Please note that Wildcats Athletic Director Rory Fitzpatrick said tonight's scheduled game at St. John's Jesuit has been cancelled
5/11/2016

Here are the current Top 25 Teams in the LaxPower State Computer Ratings.

   Rnk Team                       PR     In    Cor   Chp  WL Pct  W  L  T
  1 Cincinnati St Xavier     98.34  99.03  0.08  0.00  0.88  14- 2- 0
  2 Upper Arlington           97.94  99.07  0.11  0.00  0.81  13- 3- 0
  3 Saint Ignatius              97.81  98.47  0.08  0.00  0.86  12- 2- 0
  4 Dublin Coffman           97.31 96.89 0.11 0.00 0.88 14- 2- 0

  5 Olentangy Liberty         96.78  97.85  0.04  0.00  0.75  12- 4- 0
  6 Dublin Jerome              96.66 97.22 0.10 0.00 0.75 12- 4- 0

  7 Columbus DeSales         95.92  94.11  0.06  0.00  0.83  10- 2- 0
  8 Olentangy Orange          95.72  93.75  0.10  0.00  0.87  13- 2- 0
  9 Dublin Scioto                  95.08  93.52  0.09  0.00  0.82  14- 3- 0
10 St Francis DeSales        94.81  92.08  0.03  0.00  0.86  12- 2- 0
11 Hudson                    94.65  94.46  0.06  0.00  0.69   9- 4- 0
12 Summit Country Day        94.60  92.11  0.04  0.00  0.87  13- 2- 0
13 Chagrin Falls             94.58  92.48  0.14  0.00  0.85  11- 2- 0
14 Delaware Hayes      94.26  93.34  0.01  0.00  0.75   9- 3- 0
15 Loveland                  94.13  92.23  0.06  0.00  0.80  12- 3- 0
16 Mason                      94.08 93.61 -0.02 0.00 0.58 7- 5- 0

17 University School         94.04  92.56  0.04  0.00  0.79  11- 3- 0
18 North Canton Hoover         93.86  93.03  0.00  0.00  0.69   9- 4- 0
19 Bishop Watterson          93.39  92.19  0.04  0.00  0.67  10- 5- 0
20 Olentangy HS              93.34  94.82 -0.10  0.00  0.44   7- 9- 0
21 Archbishop Moeller        93.32  93.65 -0.08  0.00  0.46   6- 7- 0
22 Toledo St John's          93.13  90.55  0.09  0.00  0.81  13- 3- 0
23 Worthington Kilbourne     93.10  94.57 -0.12  0.00  0.41   7-10- 0
24 Milford                   92.90  89.63  0.09  0.00  0.86  12- 2- 0
25 New Albany                92.83  92.65 -0.06  0.00  0.56   9- 7- 0

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE CORNER GO OUT TO WILDCATS OUTSTANDING SENIOR SPRINTER JAMES NORRIS, THE SAINT IGNATIUS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
5/11/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

In helping Coach Chuck Kyle's gifted Track and Field team to a Championship performance at last weekend's tradition-rich Euclid Relays, James won the 100 Meter Dash (10.80), anchored  the winning 4 x 100 Relay (42.85) and ran on the winning 800 Sprint Medley Relay (1:34.59).

An officer in Saint Ignatius' National Honor Society, James is the Wildcats' all-time record holder in the 100 meters with a 10.66. During last year's 108th annual OHSAA State Track and Field Championships in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University, James finished fourth in Oho in Division I with a time of 10.87. He was the only sprinter in the 100 meters state final from a Catholic School.

James was also second at the demanding Amherst Regional last year in 10.78 and first at the 2015 Brunswick District in 10.82. This spring, the Track and Field Cats will be competing at both the Amherst District and Amherst Regional.

James, who also competed in football for the Wildcats as a tailback/kick returner, will be furthering his education and track career at Cornell University, where he will be part of Coach Adrian Durant's program. Coach Durant is one of the most respected coaches in the nation.

Again, congratulations to James, his family, Coach Kyle and the Cats' outstanding track and field coaching staff.       

Former Wildcat Lacrosse Standout Brett Hornung is Honored by Marquette University
5/11/2016

From Saint Ignatius Athletic Director Rory Fitzpatrick '88 and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The Marquette University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics recently announced its Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Award winners during its annual awards banquet at the Milwaukee Hilton. Marquette’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee also awarded its own accolades as part of the Blue and Golden Globes.

Track athletes Tatyiana Pashibin and Brett Tobin won the Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Service Award for their contributions to Marquette and the Milwaukee community, while teammate Sarah Poirier won the senior female academic award for a 3.98 grade point average as a biomedical sciences major. Lacrosse player Brett Hornung was given the men’s academic award for his 3.91 GPA as an international affairs major.

A pair of Senior CLASS Award candidates captured the Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Athlete Awards with lacrosse player B.J. Grill taking the men’s honor and Jacie Jermier of the women’s soccer team earning the female award.

Men’s lacrosse player Jacob Richard was given SAAC’s Cura Personalis Award, which has been annually awarded as well.

Other SAAC awards given out for the second year included an honor for the top men’s and women’s newcomer, best record-breaking performance, top support staff member and a ‘For the Love of the Game’ Award .

Basketball players Allazia Blockton and Henry Ellenson won the rookie of the year awards after rewriting the MU record books during their freshman campaigns. Each was named the BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Year in their respective sport and sits first in their program history in scoring as a freshman.

Andy DeMichiei of men’s lacrosse was one of two recipients of the Record Breaking Performance Award. DeMichiei earned the award by tallying seven goals in Marquette’s 11-7 victory against St. John’s on April 9. Taylor Louis of volleyball earned the women’s award after setting a new MU single season record for kills as a redshirt freshman.

Men’s basketball senior Michael Mache was given the ‘For the Love of the Game’ Award. After spending three years as a team manager for the women’s basketball team, Mache joined the men’s team as a walk-on in early 2014 and was awarded a scholarship as a senior on Jan. 15, 2015.

President's Award: Tatyana Pashibin, women's track & field

SAAC - Blue and Golden Globes
Rookie of the Year: Henry Ellenson, men’s basketball
Rookie of the Year: Allazia Blockton, women’s basketball
Record Breaking Performance: Taylor Louis, women’s volleyball
Record Breaking Performance: Andy DeMichiei, men’s lacrosse
Courage Award: Jacie Jermier, women’s soccer
For the Love of the Game: Michael Mache, men’s basketball
Cura Personalis: Jacob Richard, men’s lacrosse
Blooper Award: Will Ford, track & field
Support Staff of the Year: Katie Simet, academics

Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Awards
Outstanding Senior Male Athlete Award: B.J. Grill, men's lacrosse
Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award: Jacie Jermier, women's soccer 
Outstanding Senior Male Leadership & Service Award: Brett Tobin, men's track & field
Outstanding Senior Female Leadership & Service Award: Tatyana Pashibin, women's track & field
Outstanding Senior Male Scholar Award: Brett Hornung, men’s lacrosse
Outstanding Senior Female Scholar Award: Sarah Poirier, women’s cross country/track & field

Ralph H. Metcalfe

Ralph H. Metcalfe was known as the world's fastest human from 1932-34. Metcalfe was the NCAA champion in the 100- and 200-yard events in 1932-34 and he broke or tied every world record from 40-220 yards. For five consecutive years (1932-36), he captured the AAU 200-meter title, the Central Collegiate Conference 100- and 220-yard crowns and the Drake Relays 100-yard honors in each of his three varsity seasons at Marquette.

Metcalfe served as senior class president and was the captain of the MU track team in 1934. He placed second in the 100 meters and third in the 200 meters in the 1932 Olympics, and came back in the 1936 Olympics to finish second in the 100 and help the U.S. win gold in the 400-meter relay.

After his college career, he joined the armed forces and served in World War II. After he got out of the army, he went go on to a life of public service and was a congressman for the state of Illinois.

He was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1975 and an inaugural member of the M Club Hall of Fame in 1972.

 

The Volleyball Cats now stand 19-4 after defeating the Archbishop Hoban Knights, 3-0, at Hoban on Tuesday night
5/10/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Here are some statistics on Tuesday night's game, courtesy of Wildcats outstanding Head Coach Casey Marcelo.

The Volleyball Cats, the top seed for next week's North Region Postseason Tournament (see the corner's posts from Monday night), will close their regular season on Thursday at 7 PM versus Massillon Jackson in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium.

TEAM STATISTICS

@ Hoban
G1     Us 25 - 19 Opp.
G2     Us 25 - 19 Opp.
G3     Us 25 - 17 Opp.
G4     Us - - - Opp.
G5     Us - - - Opp.
Final  Us 3 - 0 Opp.

Games Played: 3

Serve
Attempts: 72  Aces: 6  Errors: 9
Aces/Game: 2.0  Ace%: 8.33  Serve%: 87.5

Serve Receive
Receptions: 42  Errors: 2  Avg: 1.88

Setting
Total Sets: 80  Assists: 34  Errors: 1
Assists/Game: 11.3

Attack
Attempts: 87  Kills: 38  Errors: 11  KE: .310
Kills/Game: 12.7

Defense / Custom
Digs: 54  Blk S: 5  Blk A: 1  Blk E: 4  BHE: 25
Digs/Game: 18.0  Blocks/Game: 1.8
Custom 1: 0  Custom 2: 0

Saint Ignatius Varsity Baseball rides a five-run first inning and a strong five-inning effort on the mound by Tommy Grosel to an 8-0 victory over Benedictine on Tuesday evening at Fisher Field on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University
5/10/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

Berea, Ohio - The Cats' bats, which produced 12 hits on Tuesday, supported a strong five-inning performance by sophomore left-hander Tommy Grosel, who now stands 3-0 on the season.

Junior right-hander Danny Adler and senior southpaw/center fielder Mike Rogers each pitched a perfect inning in closing out the victory, with Adler striking out one Bengal in the top of the sixth and Rogers fanning two in the top of the seventh.

Tommy Grosel's five-inning line on the evening was 0 runs, 2 hits, no walks and 3 strikeouts. Tommy threw 56 pitches, 40 of which were strikes.

Coach Brad Ganor's Wildcats improved to 16-9 and were victorious for the 15th time in their past 18 games.

The focus now turns to Thursday's OHSAA Division I Sectional Final versus the winner of Wednesday's Sectional Semifinal between the Garfield Heights Bulldogs and the Valley Forge Patriots. Thursday's sectional final, which will be played at either Baldwin Wallace University or Classic Park, has an OHSAA first-pitch time of 4:30 PM.

As for Tuesday evening's victory over a now 9-15 Benedictine team, Saint Ignatius jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back.

Cats right fielder Nick Freund, who is enjoying an exceptional senior season, led off with a single to right-center field, stole second base with one out and came home on an RBI double by senior third baseman Dennis Grosel, Tommy's brother.

Coach Ganor's team then executed some savvy base running in pushing its lead to 2-0, and a run-scoring single off the hot bat of junior left fielder Ryan Jacobs made it a 3-0 game.

Rogers then followed with a base hit and a stolen base, and Tommy Grosel helped his cause with a two-run single through the right side.

The Cats made it 6-0 in the bottom of the second behind a hit batsman, a single off the strong bat of senior designated hitter George Asadorian and some heads-up base running by George Asadorian and Dennis Grosel.

Following a scoreless third inning, Benedictine, which is under the direction of Saint Ignatius graduate John Ellis '01, loaded the bases in the top of the fourth inning on an error and back-to-back base hits by center fielder Max Monachino and shortstop Jordan Barrett.

With the bases full of Bengals and no outs, Tommy Grosel got some help from his big brother and his sophomore battery mate Drew Asadorian, George Asadorian's brother.

Dennis Grosel charged a sharp grounder to the left side and fired to Drew Asadorian for a force at home, a play that saw Drew make a nice pick of the ball while still keeping his foot on home plate.

After an infield fly rule pop up to senior second baseman Joe Evans for the second out, Tommy Grosel said not tonight as he recorded a strikeout and left the bases juiced.

Saint Ignatius, the third seed for the Strongsville District, closed out the scoring with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth that were the result of a leadoff single and a stolen base by Freund, a fielder's choice, a triple to deep right-center field by Dennis Grosel, and an RBI sacrifice fly to deep right field off the bat of George Asadorian.

The line scores from Tuesday night's game between two outstanding schools who were once storied rivals, were 0-2-0 for the Bengals and 8-12-1 for the Wildcats.

FROM COACH GANOR: "Tommy was very efficient and we played good defense," said Coach Ganor, who picked up his 265th career victory in what is his 12th season as the Wildcats' skipper. "These games are all about, and for them (Benedictine), too, getting ready and getting at-bats for the playoffs.

"I'm very happy with our approach, being aggressive early in counts," Coach Ganor continued. "We want to try to stay aggressive when we have hitters' counts. The guys did that. Today was good in that we had a couple of days off and it was nice to get back in the swing of things. We'll have a good practice tomorrow and be ready to go on Thursday for the playoff game."

Coach Ganor will hand the ball on Thursday to ace junior left-hander and Louisville recruit Connor Adams, who carries a very deceiving 3-3 record.       

         

 

   

Congrats to Coach Marcelo and his standouts Danny Michals, Rich Holzheimer, Jacob Hoshaw, Brian Messina and Phil Catanzaro for receving All-Region Honors
5/9/2016
Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
 
Fairview Park, Ohio - Along with the top seed in the North Region, the Cats' Danny Michals and Rich Holzheimer earned first-Team All-Region honors. Second-Team recognition went to Jacob Hoshaw, and Brian Messina and Phillip Catanzaro received Honorable Mention.
 
And, in what was an extremely well-deserved honor, a Coaching Achievement Honor went to Saint Ignatius' Casey Marcelo.
 
God Bless and All of the Best, Gentlemen, on what we're sure will be a great tournament run.  
 
As expected, the state's fourth-ranked Volleyball Cats earn the top seed for next week's North Region Postseason Tournament at Massillon Jackson High School
5/9/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Fairview Park, Ohio - The top-seeded Volleyball Cats, currently 18-4, will open their postseason play on May 18th versus the eighth-seeded Stow Bulldogs (currently 6-16). The match will begin at 5 PM on the court at Massillon Jackson High School.

Saint Ignatius defeated Stow, 3-1, in a regular-season matchup at Stow on April 21st.

If successful on the 18th, Coach Casey Marcelo's gifted team will advance to a May 20th 5 PM North Region Final versus the winner of the May 17th semifinal between Brunswick and Medina.

A victory on May 20th sends the Cats to the State Tournament at Capital University on May 28th.

Here is the rest of the Region's seeding order: 2. St. Edward (6-12); 3. host Massillon Jackson (16-4); 4. Medina (12-6); 5. Brunswick (9-11); 6. Hudson (8-11); 7. Brecksville-Broadview Heights (7-12) and 8. Stow (6-16).

Congratulations and all of the best from this corner to Coach Marcelo and his talented and tough-minded Cats, who earned their top seeding by playing one of the most demanding schedules in the state.      

Here is this week's Division I State Baseball Poll by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association
5/9/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Division I
Place   ID      School                                  1st     Pts     Record 
1       764     Massillon Jackson                  27     270     20-0   
2       1470    Springboro                                     211     23-2   
3       292      Butler                                             206     21-3   
4       1203    Olentangy Liberty                          168     21-3   
5       1034    Milford                                           166     18-2   
6       876     Gahanna Lincoln                             79      20-3   
7       1614    Walsh Jesuit                                   48      17-4   
8       1211    Olentangy Orange                          42      21-3   
9       350     Twinsburg                                        37      18-4   
10     717     Hilliard Darby                                   36       17-1   
11      1606    Wadsworth                                     34      18-5   
12      1056    Archbishop Moeller                        26      17-7   
13      1428    Solon                                             25       18-3   
14      904     Loveland                                        20        18-3   
15      1671    Westerville Central                       19         17-5   
16      1684    Westlake                                       18        17-5   
17      178     Beavercreek                                    12      19-5   
18      336     Centerville                                       10      18-8   
18      842     La Salle                                           10      18-6   
20      550     Fairfield                                              7     18-6   
20      972     Mason                                                7     18-6   
Other teams receiving votes (points):
Harrison (5), Saint Ignatius (4), Olentangy (3), Hudson (3), St Francis de Sales (3),
Thomas Worthington (1).

Just FYI for those who inquired, the Tennis Cats will begin OHSAA Sectional Play on Thursday on the Don Hunsinger Courts at Oberlin College. For a breakdown on the Cats' matchups, see the corner's story from Sunday.
5/9/2016
Here is a look at the Crew Cats' championship performance at the Laddie Cup, courtesy of Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Coach Connor Walters '09
5/9/2016

From Coach Walters and posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Wildcats top dog at Laddie Cup, final tune-up before Midwest Championship

COACH WALTERS: For several years now, Saint Ignatius Crew has made the Laddie Cup at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (Michigan) the last race of the regular season. With most rowers competing in multiple categories and races, the regatta serves as a good final day of racing preparation before the Midwest Championship.

The Wildcats did what they had to do in the 8s, winning the Varsity 8, 2nd Varsity 8, Lightweight 8, Freshman 8, plus the Lightweight 4, en route to claiming both the men’s points and overall team points trophies.

Saint Ignatius crews also secured silver medals in the 2nd Varsity 8, Junior 8, Varsity 4, Junior 4, and Novice 4, as well as bronze medals in the Varsity 4 and Novice Lightweight 4.

This was the third consecutive year Saint Ignatius won the men’s points trophy, with 215 points, which also happened to be good enough for the overall trophy (combined men’s and women’s teams) by a slim margin of 3. Saint Ignatius last took home both trophies in 2014.

Overcast skies and some quartering headwinds throughout the morning gave way to some sunshine and slightly calmer waters in the afternoon. The better weather arrived at about the same time as legendary Jesuit Fr. Frank Canfield, S.J., who currently lives at the Columbiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan, and came to see the Wildcats race in the shell that bears his name.

With positive results from Saturday’s racing, Head Coach Pat Connor’s Wildcat Navy turns its attention to next weekend’s Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship, set for Zanesville’s Lake Dillon.

 The team has raced most of the top contenders so far this season, including New Trier, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, and St. Edward, so they are prepared for some fierce competitions next weekend.

This year’s regatta perhaps suggests that the Midwest is really open for business. New Trier has proven to be lightning quick this spring, as three consecutive national championships in the Freshman 8 category bear fruit. St. Edward’s champion Junior 8 from 2015 now looks to make its mark in the Varsity 8. Jay Hammond’s Central Catholic is perpetually strong in the 8s. Loyola Academy and Upper Arlington will also contend.

So where does that pit Saint Ignatius crews? Right in the mix. The team has seen serious gains in speed throughout the last few weeks and the results have proven that the team has both the skill and depth to hang with the best in the region. Wildcat crews have a long history of success at the Midwest Championship and this year’s team is absolutely prepared to keep that lineage going and earn the right to race for a national championship.

It’s crunch time for Saint Ignatius Crew. LET’S GO CATS

Wildcats Varsity A Rugby finishes fourth at the annual Midwest Championship Tournament after being defeated by St. Edward, 27-0, in Sunday's Consolation Match on the Moose Rugby Grounds in Elkhart, Indiana
5/8/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The Cats now stand 9-6 heading into Friday's 7:30 PM home match versus Cincinnati St. Xavier on what will be Senior Night.

After Friday, the Cats' focus will be on the State Tournament and hopefully a third shot at their rival St. Edward.

The Eagles also controlled the April 14th regular-season matchup with the Cats, 31-5, in front of a standing-room crowd on St. Edward's Coughlin Field paddock.   

Saint Ignatius is the two-time defending State Champion after defeating the Eagles in the past two state-championship matches.  

Saint Ignatius Tennis is gearing up for this week's OHSAA Sectional Play at Oberlin College
5/8/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Fairview Park, Ohio - Coach Jon Barker's Cats will again be competing at the Oberlin College Sectional/District on the Don Hunsinger Tennis Courts.

Here are the Cats' matchups for Sectional Play this week, which is schedule for May 9-14.

Singles Play

Saint Ignatius standout Josh Hsia will face the winner of the match between Tim Hewston of Valley Forge and Mike Pandy of Elyria.

Brian Zhu of Saint Ignatius is matched with Lewin Gaedeke of Rocky River and the Cats' Jack McNally is slated to play Siwei Wang from Rocky River.

Doubles Play

Saint Ignatius' Mitchell Pallaki and Andy Sicillano will face the winner of the match between Orlando Lopez and Nidal Abukhalil of Valley Forge versus Alex Grunder and Jon Pizzo of Lakewood.

The Cats' John Mihana and Richie Hofstra will face the winner of the match between Nate Churgovich and Peter Zleza of North Ridgeville versus Brandon Johnson and Brandon Price of Strongsville.

We wish all of the best this week to Coach Barker and his Wildcats.

NOTE: With the Oberlin College Sectional/District set to get underway, this corner would like to say one more time Rest in Peace to my late friend and colleague Ed Wolff, who, as the OHSAA Tournament Manager, did such an outstanding job for the media when it came to reporting results from the Don Hunsinger Tennis Courts.

A day doesn't go by without Ed's friends at Saint Ignatius praying for his family. I know Ed will be looking on from a very special view as the annual  OHSAA Tennis Tournament gets underway.

Rest in Peace My Friend.

Edward Wolff, July 12, 1942-July 5, 2015 

        

 

 

CONGRATS TO THE CREW CATS, WHO ON SATURDAY WON THE MEN'S AND OVERALL ST. MARY'S PREP LADDIE CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS AT ORCHARD LAKE, MICHIGAN. MEN'S POINTS AND OVERALL POINTS TROPHIES BELONG TO SAINT IGNATIUS CREW
5/7/2016
Saint Ignatius Rugby is defeated by Penn, 26-0, in Saturday's Midwest Championship Tournament. The Cats will face St. Edward in Sunday's Consolation Match.
5/7/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Earlier today, the Rugby Cats defeated a "depleted" Brownsburg team, 43-0.

Sunday's consolation match at the Moose Rugby Grounds in Elkhart, Indiana will be the second meeting between Saint Ignatius and St. Edward this season. On April 14th, the Eagles defeated the Cats, 31-5, at St. Edward.

It will be interesting to see how this match will play out, since a much bigger encounter between the Cats and Eagles could be on tap (the State Championship Match).

Coach Dan Arbeznik's Cats have defeated the Eagles in the past two State Championship matches

Note: Penn will go on to face ND LaSalette in Sunday's Championship Match. LaSalette advanced to the title match by defeating St. Edward, 10-7.

The Lax Cats bring home the B Bracket MSLA Championship at Western Reserve Academy. Several Cats garner All-Midwest Recognition.
5/7/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Patrick McManamon's gifted team will be bringing home another trophy for the Athletic Department to put on display.

 A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Jared Stepka, Crew Cintron, Alex Maruna and Anthony Ameo, who were named 1st team All-Midwest this weekend.

Cam Gerard and Alex Hornung were named 2nd team All-Midwest, and Matt Avdey, Carter Blossey and Sam Humphrey were Honorable Mentions.

The 12-2 Lax Cats are ranked third in the Ohio computer ratings and seventh in the Midwest by LaxPower, and are the top team in the area in the coaches poll.

 

  

With George Asadorian and Nick Freund helping fuel the offense and Murphy O'Brien and Braydon Nelson taking care of business on the mound, the gifted and priorities-first Baseball Cats defeated Mentor, 7-3, in Saturday's Pipe Yard Classic
5/7/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

Lorain County - In the top of the fifth inning of Saturday's matchup with the Mentor Cardinals at The Pipe Yard Classic, Saint Ignatius' standout senior shortstop Kevin Mingus had to leave the game and join his family for what was a very special day.

Kevin, after changing out of his baseball uniform in his car at The Pipe Yard parking lot, headed downtown to The Cathedral, where his sister, Ellen, and her second-grade classmates made their First Communion.

A special day indeed, as Kevin revealed that his sister's First Communion ceremony was moved to The Cathedral because of the work being done on the roof of his Parish Church, St. Angela.

Never let it be said that the deep and talented Baseball Wildcats don't have their priorities in order.

After Kevin said goodbye and headed for his quick change of clothes, his replacement, gritty junior infielder Mark Geraci, promptly did his best Derek Jeter impersonation by leaping high in the air, snagging a line drive and taking away what looked like a sure base hit for the Cardinals from Mentor.

Yes, a special day. That's all I'll say on that subject.

However, if my late mother, Marie Fergus Dwyer, was still with us and witnessed Mingus hustling off to be with his little sister on her big day and a few seconds later saw Geraci climb the ladder in The Pipe Yard for an impressive out, would have surely said, without a second's hesitation and accompanied a wily Irish smile, "God's ways are strange, but sure." 

Coach Brad Ganor's Wildcats, playing their sixth game in six days and coming off a tough one-run loss to Avon in Friday's first-round of The Pipe Yard Classic (see the corner's story from Friday night), had to rebound from a shaky start on Saturday that saw Mentor take a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Saint Ignatius, calling on the resiliency that saw it win 5 of those 6 games this week in route to improving to 15-9, rode the bulldog mentality on the mound of senior right-hander and starter Murphy O'Brien, three innings of strong relief work by endless-potential junior right-hander Braydon Nelson, the unselfish approach of Joe Evans, and the bats of George Asadorian, Nick Freund, Dennis Grosel, Ryan Jacobs, Mingus and Tommy Grosel to a 7-3 victory over Mentor and a split in its two games at The Pipe Yard Classic.

George Asadorian, a strong-hitting senior infielder/designated hitter, and Nick Freund, a multi-skilled senior right fielder, lead-off hitter and right-handed pitcher, each had three hits.

Dennis Grosel, a senior third baseman/Captain, and Ryan Jacobs, a talent-rich junior outfielder, each had a pair of RBI and George Asadorian, Mingus and sophomore first baseman/left-handed pitcher Tommy Grosel , Dennis' brother, drove in the Cats' other three runs.

Mentor, which also lost a highly competitive 5-4 game to Saint Ignatius on April 20th at Classic Park, came out fired up under a mix of clouds and a hazy blue sky that hovered over The Pipe Yard.

With one out and the bases empty in the top of the first inning, senior left fielder Ricky Valeri drew a walk and stole second base. Cardinals impressive senior shortstop Matt Eiswerth also drew a base on balls and, after O'Brien recorded a strikeout for the second out of the inning, junior catcher Tom Noll delivered an RBI single off a 1-2 pitch.

Junior first baseman Matt Detering followed with an authoritative two-run double to left field and Mentor had the early momentum with a 3-0 lead. The Cardinals saw 39 pitches in the top of the first inning.

Rallying around O'Brien, who is also one of Coach Ganor's Captains, Saint Ignatius answered with a four-run bottom of the first, added two more runs in the third inning and scored its seventh and the game's final run in the fourth inning.

Freund started the four-run bottom of the first with a lead-off single the opposite way to left field. After Freund stole second base, Mentor tried to maintain its early charge behind a diving catch by Valeri off the bat of Evans.

It wasn't to be for the Cardinals, however, as Freund stole third base and scored on a 6-3 groundout by Dennis Grosel.

The Cats then came up with some two-out heroics that included a two-run-single by Jabobs and a rip city RBI double to left-center field by Mingus.

Saint Ignatius senior catcher John Robinson, who was also being unkind to Mr. Rawlings on Saturday, got the two-run bottom of the third started with a double to deep left-center field. George Asadorian then laced a run-scoring single to right-center field and Tommy Grosel accounted for the Cats' sixth run off a 4-6 fielder's choice.

Freund was the igniter again in the bottom of the fourth as Nick laid down a running bunt to the left side for a base hit and alertly advanced to second off a pitch in the dirt. After Nick went to third base on a 4-3 ground out, Dennis Grosel brought him home with a sharp single to center field.

O'Brien, a St. Bonaventure University recruit, settled in after the first inning and threw three innings of shutout ball before being relieved by Nelson for the start of the fifth inning. "Murph" totaled 89 pitches in those four innings with four strikeouts and a walk. Sixty one of those 89 pitches were strikes.

Nelson, who picked up his first Varsity career victory in the April 20th triumph over Mentor as the starting pitcher (he has since added two more wins), closed out Saturday's show with three hitless and scoreless innings that totaled 32 pitches.

The line score on the game was 7 runs, 12 hits and 2 errors for Saint Ignatius, and 3 runs, 3 hits and 1 error for Mentor.

FROM COACH GANOR: "A great bounce back win against a good-hitting team," Coach Ganor said after he watched his Wildcats win for the 14th time in their past 17 games.

"Giving up three runs in the first inning, and with six games in six days, you think this might be one of those days where they're lethargic," said Coach Ganor . "But in the Ignatius way, they fought back, answered with four and extended the lead.

"Murph" did a great job of settling down after the first inning and getting us deeper in the game, and then Braydon came in and was very efficient," Coach Ganor continued. "George Asadorian and Nick Freund each with three hits and Joe Evans moving guys over by hitting the other way. That's great, great baseball and selfless baseball."

UP NEXT: The Cats are scheduled to face the Benedictine Bengals on Tuesday at 5 PM on Fisher Field at Baldwin Wallace University. On Thursday it is the OHSAA Division I Sectional Final matchup versus the winner of Wednesday's Sectional Semifinal between Garfield Heights and Valley Forge. Thursday's 4:30 PM Sectional Final is slated for Classic Park.

Next Saturday, May 14th, the Varsity Cats will face the Tallmadge Blue Devils at high noon on Baldwin Wallace University's Fisher Field.

To all of the mothers out there, especially my three beautiful daughters, Melissa Jurcak, Suzanne Patton and Laura Murphy, a HAPPY AND WONDERFUL MOTHERS' DAY.       

    

       

 

  

 

        

    

 

          

Saint Ignatius Track and Field puts on an awesome performance at Friday evening's tradition-rich Euclid Relays
5/7/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Chuck Kyle's gifted men of the spring rolled to first place with 132.50 points in Euclid's Sparky DiBiasio Stadium on Friday evening.

Canton GlenOak was second with 99 points, followed by Mentor (77 points), Solon (76 points), Euclid (68 points), and Cleveland Heights (67 points).

Here is a look at the array of highlights produced by the Track Cats.

1600 Meter Run: Luke Wagner, first place in 4:22.54 and Tom Sullivan third in 4:24.30.

4x200 meter relay: The team of Anthony Pelligrino, Phil Zuccaro, C.J. Moore and Quinn Lawless produced 8 points with a second-place effort of 1:30.22.

4x800 meter relay: The team of Pat Nolan, Mike Huber, Tom Sullivan and Luke Wagner took first place in 8:03.05.

4x100 meter relay: The team of Phil Zuccaro, Anthony Pelligrino, Quinn Lawless and James Norris took first place in 42.85.

100 Meter Dash: James Norris, first place in 10.80 and Phil Zuccaro was third in 11.14.

The team of Tim Trentel, Jack Ruddy C. J. Ambrosio and Liam McGuire took first place in the Distance Medley with a time of 10:50.65.

The 110 meter hurdles: C. J. Moore took second place in 15:39.

The 400 Meter Dash: Kyle Hall scored 3 points with a 52.61. The winning time was 49.91 by Euclid's Brian Tillman.

The 3200 Meter Run: C.J. Ambrosio (9:22.14) and Jim Rogers (9:32.48) were 1-2.

The 800 Sprint Medley: The team of James Norris, Anthony Pelligrino, Phil Zuccaro and Mike Huber took first place in 1:34.59. Cleveland Heights was second in 1:35.27 and Solon was third in 1:35.46.

Discus Throw Relay, Flight 1: Scoring were the tandem of Mike Bodnar (fourth at 140-09) and Alex Misencik (6th at 126-05).

Shot Put Relay, Flight  2: Scoring were the duo of Darrin Kennard (43-06) and Alex  Misencik (43-00.25).

The High Jump Relay: Scoring were Kyle Aerni (6-00.00) and Mike Iarussi (5-06.00).

The Long Jump Relay: Scoring were Mike Lehto (20-00.00) and Alex Ringfield (18-08.00).

The Pole Vault Relay: Scoring in a three-way tie for seventh were Mac Nagel and Craig Cirino - 11-06.00. 

  

 

 

 

 

 

    

Wildcats Varsity Baseball is defeated by Avon, 5-4, in Friday night's second game of The Pipe Yard Classic
5/6/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

Lorain County - Saint Ignatius' veteran Head Coach Baseball Brad Ganor looked at Friday night's one-run loss to the Avon Eagles at The Pipe Yard Classic in two different facets.

"The five-innings story of the game is not being able to push some runs across and put the pressure on them with the amount of guys we had on base," Coach Ganor said, referring to the fact his Cats left nine runners on base through the first five innings.

"In the sixth inning, we do everything right and score four and in that last inning it was exactly what I said to them (his team)," Coach Ganor continued. "Those are playoff-like pressure situations and we have to be more under control." 

The Wildcats, who saw their five-game winning streak snapped, rallied from a 2-0 deficit by scoring four times in the top of the sixth inning. An RBI sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore catcher Drew Asadorian, a two-run single by senior third baseman/Captain Dennis Grosel and a throwing error that allowed senior second baseman Joe Evans to score from third were among the key moments in Saint Ignatius' four-run sixth.

Avon, which improved to 12-5 and advanced to Saturday's 1:30 PM Championship Game of The Pipe Yard Classic versus Amherst Steele High School, came up with a walk-off victory that was the result of a three-run bottom of the seventh.

In what was a tough loss for the now 14-9 Cats, Avon's first batter in the bottom of the seventh inning, junior left fielder Stephen Ciarniello, reached first base off a swinging third strike that saw the ball bounce in the dirt and far enough away that a throw was not going to beat Ciarniello to first base.

Eagles junior first baseman Shane Docherty followed with a base hit to right-center field and back-to-back walks drawn by sophomore outfielder Ryan Socha and junior center fielder Ethan St. Clair made it a 4-3 game.

With one out and the bases loaded, Avon walked off to victory when two errors were committed by the Wildcats on a sharp ground ball.

"Hopefully, it's an example of what we can learn from," said Coach Ganor of the bottom of the seventh inning. "Hopefully, we can do a better job of controlling ourselves in a pressure situation and remaining in control of the game, which we were, right up until the end. As long as we learn from it, we'll be all right. But if we dwell on it, then we're going to have a hard time."

Saint Ignatius' gifted junior left-hander Connor Adams, a Louisville recruit, worked six strong innings on Friday night before being relieved by senior southpaw/center fielder/Captain Mike Rogers. Connor allowed five hits, two earned runs and one walk. He struck out nine and threw 96 pitches through the six innings, 65 of which were strikes.

The Wildcats will now face the Mentor Cardinals in Saturday's third-place game at The Pipe Yard Classic. The first pitch will be 11 AM.

In what was a very competitive matchup, the Cats defeated Mentor, 5-4, on April 20th at Classic Park.

Coach Ganor will send his standout senior right-hander Murphy O'Brien to the mound on Saturday morning. O'Brien is a St. Bonaventure University recruit.

Amherst Steele advanced to face Avon by defeating Mentor, 13-3, in what was a six-inning, 10-run mercy rule game in Friday's opening matchup of The Pipe Yard Classic.

AVON CALLING: The Eagles took their 2-0 lead over the Cats in the bottom of the second inning after there were two outs and the bases empty. Junior third baseman Taylor Reynolds and Ciarniello punched out back-to-back singles, and Docherty drove a 1-2 pitch to deep left field for a two-run double.

A FREUND GEM: With two outs and runners on first and second in the bottom of the fifth, Saint Ignatius' multi-skilled senior right fielder/right-handed pitcher Nick Freund make a remarkable full-extension diving catch of sinking liner in right field, a play that saw Nick race from right-center field and track down the ball as it was curving away from him. It was an effort that saved at least one, if not two runs from scoring.

Nick was honored as Saint Ignatius' Athlete of the Week on Wednesday for his no-hitter versus Archbishop Hoban last week.

The line score on the Wildcats-Eagles game was 4 runs, eight hits and two errors for Saint Ignatius, and 5 runs, six hits and 1 error for Avon.

    

   

 

        

The corner salutes Coach Casey Marcelo's Volleyball Cats on another impressive performance, this time a 3-0 triumph over the host Battling Bees from Medina on Thursday night
5/6/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

David Castele leads the charge at Medina with 8 Aces!

The Volleyball Cats now stand an impressive 18-4 with the end of the regular season rapidly approaching.

Next up for Coach Casey Marcelo's gifted team are a May 10th match at Archbishop Hoban and the May 12th home match in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium versus the Massillon Jackson Polar Bears.

The Cats are ranked 5th in The Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Coaches Association's Division I State Poll. They are the No. 1-ranked Division I team in the North Region.

Here are some stats from last night's triumph at Medina, courtesy of Coach Marcelo.

G1     Us 25 - 8 Opp.
G2     Us 25 - 19 Opp.
G3     Us 23 - 11 Opp.
G4     Us - - - Opp.
G5     Us - - - Opp.
Final  Us 3 - 0 Opp.

Games Played: 3

Serve
Attempts: 68  Aces: 24  Errors: 11
Aces/Game: 8.0  Ace%: 35.29  Serve%: 83.82

Serve Receive
Receptions: 31  Errors: 6  Avg: 2.16

Setting
Total Sets: 54  Assists: 25  Errors: 1
Assists/Game: 8.3

Attack
Attempts: 55  Kills: 28  Errors: 11  KE: .309
Kills/Game: 9.3

Defense / Custom
Digs: 24  Blk S: 8  Blk A: 9  Blk E: 8  BHE: 0
Digs/Game: 8.0  Blocks/Game: 4.2
Blk Attem: 0  Custom 2: 0
Custom 3: 0  Custom 4: 0

Kevin Mingus drives home the game-winning run with a two-out line drive to the gap in left-center field in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Baseball Cats celebrate their fifth consecutive victory, 3-2 over a very capable Eastlake North team
5/5/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

FROM CLASSIC PARK, THE HOME OF THE LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS AND, ALONG WITH BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY'S FISHER FIELD, ONE OF SAINT IGNATIUS' TWO HOMES.

In what was a highly competitive and well-played high school baseball game, Coach Brad Ganor's Wildcats rode Kevin Mingus' game-winner in the bottom of the 10th to their 13th victory in the past 15 games. High School games are seven innings.

Thursday evening's matchup with the Eastlake North Rangers under the clouds and blue sky at atmosphere-rich Classic Park was played in two hours and 27 minutes. No one in attendance was complaining , however, after Saint Ignatius and North left it all on the majestic Classic Park diamond.

Simply put, my friends, North is a stronger team than its nine victories would indicate.

The Cats, who now stand 14-8, will ride a five-game winning streak into Friday's 6:30 PM matchup with Avon at The Pipe Yard Classic in Lorain County. Avon is the top seed for the Lorain County Division I District.

Coach Ganor will send his ace, junior southpaw and Louisville recruit Connor Adams, to the mound on Friday evening in The Pipe Yard.

Yes, you can say Thursday night's heart-pounder at Classic Park was "just a regular season game." But then that's the beauty of high school athletics, where pride, respect and a desire to succeed for your school take precedence.

Saint Ignatius, a Division I State Semifinalist last season, grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

Senior right-hander Nick Freund, Thursday's starter for Saint Ignatius, led off the bottom of the first by drawing a walk. Nick then stole second base.

With one out, Nick advanced to third on a pitch in the dirt and, after senior third baseman Dennis Grosel was hit by a pitch, Nick scored the game's first run when the Rangers were unable to complete what would have been an inning-ending double play.

North, who despite its under .500 record is still considered a "team to watch" by The News Herald's outstanding high school staff, moved to a 2-1 lead in the top of the second inning.

The key swings for the Rangers were provided by right fielder Steven Davies, third baseman/pitcher David Kalinowski, second baseman Danny Ward, left fielder Kenny Uzarevic and shortstop Jacob Arrison. Ward tied the game on a one-out single, Uzairavec came up with a clutch two-out single, and Arrison followed with the base hit that put his team ahead, 2-1.

What might have gone unnoticed to the novice fan were the exceptional relay throws from the outfield by Cats gifted junior right fielder/left fielder Ryan Jacobs and rock-steady senior center fielder Mike Rogers, efforts that possibly prevented two more runs for North in the top of the second. 

Jacobs and senior left fielder Dan Volpe also made key running catches in the top of the fourth inning that kept it a 2-1 game. Dan was coming off a performance at Valley Forge on Wednesday that saw him belt two home runs and deliver five RBI.

Saint Ignatius, which is seeded an underrated third for the Strongsville Division I District, knotted the score at 2 in the bottom of the fifth.

Senior John Robinson, who also delivered a "touch 'em all time" blast at Valley Forge, led off the bottom of the fifth as a pinch hitter and took one for the team. Baseball savvy junior infielder Joe Gutbrod, running for Robinson, promptly stole second base and Volpe laid down a bunt that he beat out for a hit, putting runners on first and third with no outs.

After a 1-3 putout by the Rangers, senior second baseman Joe Evans stepped to the plate and executed a suicide -squeeze bunt that tied the score. Joe continues to have a solid, solid season.

North got out of the fifth without any further damage and both teams had the pitching and defensive answers through the next 4 1/2 scoreless innings.

After the 1-2-3 top of the 10th inning, which was highlighted by running catches from Jacobs and Rogers, the stage was set for the humble, but oh so talented Mingus.

Mingus greeted left-center field with an authoritative two-out shot that scored Evans with the winning run. Evans led off the bottom of the 10th with a walk, beat out a run-down throw to second base and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Dennis Grosel.

Dennis Grosel also turned in a web gem for Coach Ganor in the top of the eighth by making a diving catch off  an attempted sacrifice bunt, getting up and flipping the ball to his brother Tommy to complete a double play. Tommy Grosel is a sophomore first baseman/left-handed pitcher.

Not only did the Cats play another errorless game, but they benefitted from gritty efforts on the mound by Freund and junior right-handed reliever/starter Griffin Hunt.

Freund, who earned Saint Ignatius' Athlete of the Week honor for his no-hitter versus Archbishop Hoban last week, worked five complete innings before moving to right field. Nick yielded 2 runs on 7 hits, struck out 2 and walked 3. He threw 79 pitches, 47 of which were strikes.

Hunt, who picked up the victory with five shutout innings, yielded just 1 hit, struck out 3 and walked 2. Griffin threw 62 pitches, 36 of which were strikes.

Griffin also made history on Thursday evening by throwing a 1-2-3 top of the ninth that required JUST 3 PITCHES.

It was the first 3-pitch inning in Coach Ganor's 18 years as a coach at Saint Ignatius, including his 12 years as Saint Ignatius' Head Coach. Hunt was greeted by an excited Coach Ganor and the rest of the Cats as he was making his way to the home dugout in Classic Park following the top of the ninth.

FROM COACH GANOR: "They're better than whatever their record said," said Coach Ganor of the North Rangers. "A walk-off win, what's better than that?

"We almost had one last week in Nick's no-hitter, he had four pitches in an inning I think," Coach Ganor continued in reference to Hunt's three-pitch effort. "Griffin did a great job and Nick did a great job battling and holding it down. We needed him to go deep in the game because of the number of games this week (six in six days).

"And Kevin Mingus hitting the ball like a senior," Coach Ganor said. "Two seniors, Joe Evans and Kevin Mingus, coming up with the big plays."

The official line scores on the game were 2 runs, 8 hits and 2 errors for North, and 3 runs, 8 hits and 0 errors for Saint Ignatius.

NOTE: Here is a corner's view of the Avon Eagles, Saint Ignatius' opponent in Friday evening's Pipe Yard Classic in Lorain County.

As we mentioned in the early paragraphs of tonight's Eastlake North game story, Avon is the top seed for the Lorain Division I District Tournament.

Under Head Coach Frank DeSmit, the Eagles have reached the District finals four times. However, none of those four District-final appearances produced a trip to the Regional semifinals.

Avon is ranked fifth in The Morning Journal's weekly Top of the Crop. The Morning Journal's top four teams are Vermilion, Elyria Catholic, Midview and Westlake.

Among the Eagles to keep an eye on are Ethan St. Clair, Logan Doenges, Shane Docherty and Jeff Laraway.

Doenges entered this week with 43 strikeouts on the mound and is also a capable hitter. Docherty has contributed as both a starting pitcher and a strong arm out of the bullpen, Laraway is a heady athlete and the versatile St. Clair took a .542 batting average into this week with 32 hits, 12 stolen bases and 21 runs scored.

 

 

  

       

       

             

 

    

 

 

   

Saint Ignatius Rugby remains seventh in the nation in the weekly Goff Rugby Report rankings
5/5/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Dan Arbeznik's two-time defending state champions will take an 8-4 record into this weekend's (May 7-8) prestigious Midwest Championship Tournament at the Moose Rugby Grounds in Elkhart, Indiana.

As expected this week, the Goff Report moved St. Edward from fifth to the No. 1 spot in the nation. That was based on the Eagles' 17-12 victory over previous No. 1 Gonzaga College High School (Washington DC) last weekend at Notre Dame College. Gonzaga is now No. 2 in the nation.  

Saint Ignatius, which remained seventh in the nation, is gearing up for this weekend at the Midwest, which is a great preparation for the upcoming state tournament.    

Wildcats Volleyball defeats St. Edward, 3-0, at the Eagles Nest on Wednesday night and sweeps the regular-season series versus its West Side rival
5/4/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Casey Marcelo's Wildcats, who rose to the occasion in a heart-pounding second set on Coach Jim Connors Court Wednesday night, won by scores of 25-21, 30-28 and 25-21.

Saint Ignatius trailed, 7-4, in the first set before getting into a rhythm and unleashing its court savvy and athleticism.

The 30-28 score of the second set tells you just about everything you need to know when it comes to the Cats' resiliency.

As for the decisive third set, Saint Ignatius took an 11-10 lead and never looked back.

Coach Marcelo's Cats, who have played a who's who in Ohio schedule, now stand 17-4 and are expected to earn the No. 1 seed for the North Region in the annual Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Coaches Association State Tournament, which begins the Week of May 16th. The tournament draw is Monday.

 
 
 
 
 
Saint Ignatius Varsity Baseball bangs out 18 hits, including two home runs by senior outfielder Dan Volpe and a round-tripper by senior catcher John Robinson, in Wednesday evening's 16-5 victory over Valley Forge on the Patriots' home field
5/4/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

Parma Heights, Ohio - After finding out this afternoon that Wednesday's game was moved from Ron Mottl Field on the campus of Cuyahoga Community College-West to Valley Forge High School, the Baseball Cats were more than happy to take their act across the street from Tri-C to the home field of the Patriots.

While the baseball facility that sits behind Valley Forge High School isn't quite as nice as Ron Mottl Field, it has a tradition that has seen it host some of the finest high school baseball teams and players ever to lace up a pair of spikes in Greater Cleveland.

Coach Brad Ganor's 2016 Wildcats brought back some memories of those teams late Wednesday afternoon and early evening, as they rode a potent offense to a 16-5 victory over the Patriots.

Saint  Ignatius, behind an 18-hit attack, improved to 13-8, stretched its winning streak to four and has now won 12 of its last 14 games.

With Coach Ganor utilizing a lineup that featured several non-starters, Saint Ignatius struck with four runs in the top of the first inning and added three more tallies in the top of the second in route to an early 7-0 lead.

The big blows in the first inning were run-scoring singles by senior catcher John Robinson, senior center fielder Mike Rogers, junior first baseman Christion Ramos and senior left fielder Dan Volpe.

Junior outfielder Ryan Jacobs got things started in the top of the second inning with his hot bat, as Ryan belted a ground-rule double that bounced over the fence in left field. It was Jacobs' fourth double in three days.

After a walk to senior designated hitter Dennis Grosel, Jacobs scored off an errant pick-off attempt at second base and Robinson followed with a two-run blast over the fence in left-center field that made it a 7-0 game.

Valley Forge, under the direction of former St. Peter Chanel All-Ohio baseball and basketball standout Izzy Santiago, got back in the game by scoring three times in the bottom of the third inning after there were two outs and the bases empty.

Sophomore shortstop Brendan Santiago, Izzy's son, got the Patriots' offense started with a base hit to right field. Junior center fielder Taylor Pupkiewicz then singled through the left side and a walk to freshman first baseman Drew Birch loaded the bases.

Valley Forge followed with a run-scoring single through the left side by freshman second baseman Dylan Magda, a bases-loaded walk to junior designated hitter Shane Sullivan and cut the deficit to 7-3 on a bases-loaded wild pitch.

Coach Santiago, who is also one of the top basketball officials in Northeast Ohio, watched his Patriots make it a 7-4 game in the bottom of the fourth behind a lead-off walk by senior catcher Jeremy Kubes, a stolen base by Kubes and a two-out RBI single by Brendan Santiago.

Just when the Valley Forge faithful were back in the game, it was Katy Bar the Door.

Coach Ganor's Wildcats would score nine runs over the next three innings in taking total command, including four runs in the top of the fifth.

First it was Volpe with the first of his two home runs on the evening, a solo shot over the center field fence, and after gritty junior infielder Joe Gutbrod drew a walk and stole second base, junior pitcher/outfielder Danny Adler laced a run-scoring double to the gap in left-center field.

The other key hits in the top of the fifth were an RBI single by standout senior infielder/designated hitter George Asadorian and a single by the Cats' junior left-handed pitching ace Connor Adams, a Louisville recruit. Connor saw some time in left field on Wednesday.

Saint Ignatius' two-run sixth was highlighted by a single from Volpe that came with two outs and the bases empty, another excellent at-bat by Gutbrod that resulted in a walk, a wild pitch, a slow chopper to the left side off the bat of Adler that scored the Cats' 12th run, and a run-scoring single by George Asadorian.

Coach Ganor and his staff watched their team close out an 18-hit evening with a three-run top of the seventh that included an infield single by Adams, a sharp single up the middle from junior infielder/outfielder Alec Guy, a walk to promising junior infielder/pitcher Erik Demchuk and the seal on Volpe's five-RBI night, a three-run home run by Dan that accounted for runs 14, 15 and 16.

Valley Forge scored its fifth and final run of the game in the bottom of the seventh off base hits from Pupkiewicz and Birch, a walk and a fielder's choice. The Patriots, who could meet the Wildcats again in a May 12th OHSAA Division I Sectional Final, are now 4-17.

The line scores on the game were 16 runs, 18 hits and 1 error for Saint Ignatius, and 5 runs, 7 hits and 3 errors for Valley Forge.

FROM WILDCATS VETERAN ASSISTANT COACH MARK TERLEP

"Yes, a great offensive day and the nice thing is that it was from other guys who haven't seen a lot of opportunities," said Mark. "They got some at-bats and took advantage of it.

"A guy like Danny Volpe, I couldn't be happier for a guy like that," Mark continued. "And Alec Guy comes off the bench, sees one pitch and drives it up the middle.

"Get an opportunity and take advantage of it. It's like I said, Danny Volpe is getting a headline today."

UP NEXT: The Cats will continue their six games in six days week on Thursday with a 5 PM first pitch versus the Rangers from Eastlake North at Classic Park.

The Rangers were 9-11 through their first 20 games. One of their big stories is the return to the mound of Eric Scavnicky, who had Tommy John surgery in July of 2014. His return this season featured a complete-game, one-hit shutout over Berkshire.

An all-around player, Scavnicky entered this past weekend as one of the top two leaders in runs scored in the News-Herald's coverage area with 22. He was also carrying a .420-plus batting average.

Among the other names to remember on the Eastlake North roster are Kenny Uzarevic, a young man who was hitting over .360 and had 14 stolen bases and 19 runs scored entering last weekend, Chuck Finucan and his 17 stolen bases, Chase Axelrod with 20 runs scored and Jake Arrison, who had five victories on the mound entering last weekend and 10 stolen bases.

 

 

      

 

    

 

           

 

   

 

       

 

  

          

Here is an update from Coach Casey Marcelo on the upcoming Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Coaches Association postseason tournament
5/4/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Marcelo passes along that the seeding for the annual state tournament will take place this coming Monday and, as Coach Marcelo emphasized, since the Cats are ranked as the No. 1 Team in the North Region they are expected to receive the No. 1 seed.

Coach Marcelo said if things go as expected at the seed meeting, Saint Ignatius' first postseason matchup would take place on Wednesday, May 18th, at Massillon Jackson High School versus an opponent to be determined at Monday's seeding.   

Congrats to Wildcats Baseball standout Nick Freund for earning Saint Ignatius' Athlete of the Week honor and to the 4x800 Relay Team of Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan, who garnered a Special Mention as the Athletes of the Week
5/4/2016
By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
 
Congratulations to Senior Nick Freund on being selected as Saint Ignatius' Athlete of the Week

Nick threw the Varsity Baseball Program's 17th no-hitter last week, as the Cats defeated Archbishop Hoban, 2-0.
 
Along with his no-hitter, Nick had 4 hits, 3RBI and a stolen base during the week.
 
Nick was a two-sport athlete, competing in Varsity Football as a wide receiver in the fall. When Nick isn't throwing no-hitters, he roams right field and hits in Coach Brad Ganor's lead-off spot. Nick currently has the Wildcats' third-best, on-base percentage.
 
Athlete of the Week Special Mention - This week we also need to recognize the special accomplishment by the members of the outstanding 4 x 800 relay team, the first Saint Ignatius track team to run in the prestigious Penn Relays.
 
The fabulous foursome of Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan finished in 7th place overall and 4th among teams from the United States that were competing in the Boys' 4x800 Championship of America race this past Saturday at Philadelphia's historic Franklin Field.
 
Congratulations again from this corner to Nick Freund, Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan.

 
A congratulations to Riley Houde and a corner's pocket of Spring Sports items
5/4/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

This old-timer would like to express my congratulations to Riley Houde of Coach Mike McLaughlin's defending State and National Champion Soccer Team, who has committed to further his education and soccer career at the University of Dayton.

The Flyers are not only getting a special player, but an outstanding young man as well.

CASEY AND HIS MEN OF THE NETS

All of the best to Coach Casey Marcelo's Volleyball Cats, who after defeating Brecksville-Broadview Heights at home on Tuesday night, will take a 16-4 record into tonight's rematch with St. Edward at the Eagles Nest.

Saint Ignatius defeated the Eagles in a five-set thriller, 3-2, at Sullivan Gymnasium on April 8th. The Junior Varsity action at St. Edward will begin at 6 bells, followed by the Varsity encounter at 7 PM.

In the latest state rankings by the coaches association, Coach Marcelo's Cats are fifth and St. Edward is ninth. The top three programs in Ohio this week are Archbishop Moeller, Hilliard Darby and Elder.

WINDOW DRESSING?:  The Lax Cats are flattered to be recently recognized as one of the top teams in the Midwest, a well-deserved honor, but again, as Saint Ignatius Lacrosse standouts Crew Cintron and Cam Gerard said after last week's dramatic victory over Hudson, we'll find out who the best team in the state is at the end of the season.

The Lax Cats are currently third in the LaxPower state computer ratings and remain No. 1 in the area's coaches poll.

TENNIS UPDATE: Weather permitting, the Cats will look to bounce back in today's 4 PM match at Avon Lake after being defeated by Solon on both the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels. The scores versus the Comets were 4-1 in both matches.

We'll keep you posted if Mother Nature throws a curve at today's scheduled Varsity Baseball game versus Valley Forge at Ron Mottl Field on the campus of Cuyahoga Community College-West. Valley Forge has the first pitch listed as 4:30 PM and sophomore southpaw Tommy Grosel is expected to take the mound for the Cats.

Braydon Nelson pitches another gem, the Cats are solid defensively and put together some timely hits in defeating one of Ohio's best, the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders, 5-0, at Classic Park on Tuesday evening
5/3/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

Lake County - You can now make it three consecutive impressive performances for Saint Ignatius' gifted 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior right-hander Braydon Nelson.

Nelson, riding what he described as a live fastball, controlled Ohio's defending Division III state baseball champion Canton Central Catholic on a three-hit shutout, 5-0, Tuesday evening under a blue sky and a majestic setting sun in Classic Park, the home of the Lake County Captains.

Classic Park is also one of the Wildcats' two home fields, along with Fisher Field on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University.

Nelson, who is as soft spoken and humble as he is talented, made himself at home Tuesday on the same mound where he picked up his first Varsity career victory with five strong innings against the Mentor Cardinals on April 20th.

In throwing his second consecutive shutout and improving to 3-0 on the year, the big righty went the distance with just 67 pitches in seven innings, 42 of which were strikes. Nelson had two strikeouts and one base on balls, as he consistently had the Crusaders beating the ball into the ground.

Saint Ignatius' defense was superb for the second evening in a row. The Cats' infield of senior third baseman/Captain Dennis Grosel, senior shortstop Kevin Mingus, senior second baseman Joe Evans and sophomore first baseman Tommy Grosel, Dennis' brother, made play after play behind Nelson.

Dennis and Tommy Grosel combined on three highlight-reel 5-3 plays in the top of the second, fifth and seventh innings, efforts that helped the Wildcats hand Canton Central Catholic just its third loss in 20 games this spring.

Coach Brad Ganor's Cats, winners of three straight and 11 of their past 13 games, now stand 12-8 heading into Wednesday's game versus the Valley Forge Patriots at Ron Mottl Field on the campus of Cuyahoga Community College-West. Tommy Grosel, who doubles as a smooth first baseman/left-handed pitcher, will take the mound at Tri-C for the 4:30 PM first pitch. Note that the starting time is what Valley Forge, the home team, has posted. Better early than late.

As for Saint Ignatius' offense, which totaled nine hits in route to its five runs, the Cats took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning after there were two outs and the bases empty.

Junior left fielder Ryan Jacobs, who continues to swing an authoritative bat, drove a 3-2 pitch into deep left field for a double to start the offense in the second inning. Ryan had two doubles in Monday evening's 2-0 victory over Brunswick at Baldwin Wallace University.

Senior center fielder/Captain Mike Rogers followed Jacobs' blast by drawing a walk and Tommy Grosel delivered an RBI single to center field.

Saint Ignatius gave Nelson a nice cushion to work with by scoring three times in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The left-handed hitting Dennis Grosel, a first-team Division I All-Ohio quarterback this past fall, went the opposite way for a base hit in leading off the bottom of the fourth.

Senior designated hitter John Robinson then drew a walk and senior shortstop Kevin Mingus ripped a single through the left side for an RBI and a 2-0 lead. Kevin's key hit scored senior outfielder Dan Volpe, who was a courtesy runner for Dennis Grosel.

The Cats' runners moved up to second and third when the throw home off Mingus' single bounced away from the catcher.

The versatile Jacobs then stepped to the plate and laid down a perfect bunt that scored junior infielder Joe Gutbrod from third base. Joe was the courtesy runner for John Robinson. An errant pick-off attempt followed and Saint Ignatius led, 4-0, entering the top of the fifth.

Preventing the Cats from doing even further damage in the bottom of the fourth was an outstanding running catch in right-center field by Crusaders senior center fielder JC Colangelo to end the inning.

Coach Ganor's club closed out the scoring in the bottom of the sixth on a lead-off triple by Rogers that flirted with The News-Herald sign in deep right field and a one-out RBI single by promising sophomore catcher Drew Asadorian.

After yielding a two-out, bases-empty single in the top of the seventh to Central Catholic junior second baseman Cameron Ruffin, Nelson ended the game with a strikeout. Ruffin broke up Nelson's no-hit bid with a two-out, bases-empty single in the top of the fifth. The Crusaders' other hit on the evening came off a one-out single by junior pitcher Quinton Heck in the top of the sixth.

"I guess after Nick's (senior right-hander/right fielder Nick Freund) no-hitter last week (versus Archbishop Hoban) I was feeling that Braydon was on his way today, but the baseball gods didn't allow it," said Coach Ganor. "All in all, a great all-around game. Timely hitting and great defense, with all four (of the infielders) making great plays. Picking each other up on a bad throw and making good throws. But the day goes to Braydon Nelson. Sixty seven pitches in seven innings, that's pretty good."

Coach Ganor was also quick to point out the outstanding job Drew Asadorian did behind the plate in calling the entire game for Nelson. "He called every single pitch, beginning to end," Coach Ganor said. "I like that from a sophomore. We have confidence in Drew to do that and Braydon believes in the sequence he was calling. That's great stuff."

Coach Ganor also praised Canton Central Catholic's legendary Head Coach Doug Miller, saying that Coach Miller represents all that is good about baseball.

"He is a man I have looked up to for a long time," Coach Ganor emphasized. "I mean that guy is a special, special person. I know his players will rally for him in the tournament. It's no wonder that he has 700 wins and has spent 37 years (teaching and coaching) at one school. I can only dream that I would have a fraction of that type of career at Saint Ignatius. He's definitely a role model for young coaches and will certainly be missed."

Coach Miller, who this corner emphasized in my preview look at the Canton Central Catholic-Saint Ignatius matchup, is a great coach and even a greater person. He is expected to retire at the end of this school year. Along with the amazing 700 victories, Coach Miller has guided his Crusaders to three state championships, two state runner-up finishes, six regional tiles and 12 district championships.

Unless Mother Nature throws us a curve, we'll see you at one of my old homes away from home on Wednesday, Ron Mottl Field. The Patriots of Valley Forge entered this week with a record of 4-15.

If Wednesday's game is played, it could be the first of two meetings between the Cats and the Pats in nine days.

Saint Ignatius is scheduled to face the winner of the Division I OHSAA Sectional Semifinal Game between Garfield Heights and Valley Forge on May 12 in a Sectional Final.  

         

   

        

 

  

   

 

 

         

         

    

Saint Ignatius, behind the right arm of Murphy O'Brien and a two-run fourth inning that was fueled by Kevin Mingus, Ryan Jacobs, Tommy Grosel and Drew Asadorian, defeated the visiting Brunswick Blue Devils, 2-0, on Monday evening
5/2/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

Berea, Ohio - "Efficient" was the word Saint Ignatius' outstanding Head Baseball Coach Brad Ganor used in describing the effort Wildcats gifted senior right-hander Murphy O'Brien put forth on Monday evening at baseball-rich Fisher Field on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University.

O'Brien, a St. Bonaventure University recruit, was both productive and tough-minded when he needed to be in pitching the Cats past a Brunswick team that now stands a deceiving 6-12 on the season The Blue Devils have some young faces this year, but faces with promising talent written all over them.

In helping his team improve to 11-8 and presenting Coach Ganor with his 260th career victory, O'Brien evened his record at 2-2 by throwing six complete shutout innings in Saint Ignatius' 2-0 victory. "Murph" fired 90 pitches to the plate, 51 of which were strikes, yielded three hits, struck out five and walked two.

The Wildcats, who supported O'Brien with an errorless performance in the field, scored all of the runs they needed in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Senior shortstop Kevin Mingus started the bottom of the fourth by ripping a single to left field. Endless-potential junior outfielder Ryan Jacobs then laced a double past the third-base bag and down the line, and Saint Ignatius was in business with runners on second and third and no outs. It was the first of two doubles on the evening by Jacobs.

After senior center fielder/relief ace Mike Rogers drew a walk that loaded the bases, sophomore first baseman Tommy Grosel drove the ball to deep center field for a sacrifice fly and the first of the game's two runs.

Remember the name Tommy Grosel, my friends. Tommy, who handles first base in a near flawless fashion and doubles as a left-handed pitcher, plays the game with a maturity beyond his years.

After Jacobs tagged up and went to third on Tommy Grosel's sacrifice fly, catcher Drew Asadorian, another sophomore who brings savvy, skill and leadership behind the plate, laid down a perfectly executed bunt to the right side that made it a 2-0 game.

Rogers came on in the top of the seventh inning and closed it out for his fourth save on the season. Mike threw a 1-2-3 seventh of two ground outs and a strikeout. He fired 10 pitches, seven of which were strikes.

Along with Jacobs' two doubles, the Cats got a pair of singles from both Mingus and senior third baseman Dennis Grosel, Tommy's brother, and a sharp single up the middle from senior designated hitter/catcher John Robinson in leading off the bottom of the second inning.

The line scores on the game were 2 runs, 7 hits and 0 errors for Saint Ignatius, and 0 runs, 3 hits and 2 errors for Brunswick.

As for the Cats' errorless day, the leather was flashed early when senior second baseman Joe Evans, who is having a solid spring, dove to his left off a hard liner that had base hit written all over it, came up with the ball on the edge of the right field grass and fired to first base to end the top of the first inning.  

FROM COACH GANOR ON MONDAY EVENING'S VICTORY OVER BRUNSWICK

"I thought Murphy did a real nice job today, real efficient," said Coach Ganor of his senior right-hander, who became a starter this season after saving a school-record 10 games out of the bullpen on last year's Division I state final four team. "We talked after his last start about getting through the fifth inning. He had been getting to the fifth inning and we really challenged him in his work leading up to today to work on getting himself in position to get through the fifth inning.

"I thought today he looked as strong in the fifth inning as he did in the second inning," Coach Ganor said. "That's a great sign moving forward because we want to throw him through five innings.

"The defense played very solid today," continued Coach Ganor. "If that ball gets through, who knows? It could be a different ball game (Joe Evans' defensive tone-setter in the top of the first inning). Drew (Asadorian) did a real nice job behind the plate working with 'Murph.' (O'Brien) and he executed the safety squeeze. Tommy (Grosel) came up with a real nice RBI by not trying to do too much. Just hit a fly ball and score a run. That's high school baseball."

UP NEXT: The storied Crusaders from Canton Central Catholic on Tuesday at 5 PM in Classic Park. Junior right-hander Braydon Nelson (2-0) will take the mound for Coach Ganor.

The Crusaders from Canton Central Catholic are under the direction of 34-year Head Coach and Hall of Famer Doug Miller. Coach Miller is not only one of the finest coaches in the history of Ohio High School Baseball, but a man who epitomizes class.

Last week, Coach Miller's Crusaders presented him with his 700th career victory. Canton Central Catholic is the defending Division III State Champion. Along with three state titles, Coach Miller has guided the Crusaders to two state runner-up finishes, six Regional titles and 12 District Championships.

The Crusaders entered this week with a record of 17-2 and are ranked fifth in the latest Division III state poll by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association. Saint Ignatius is in a three-way tie for 16th with Solon and Lebanon in the OHSBCA Division I state rankings. Those Division I rankings don't even have the Cats' record listed, so take it for what it's worth.

Canton Central Catholic, which finished 26-7-1 in its championship season of 2015 (the Crusaders play a schedule laden with Division I and II teams), are coming off a 3-0 loss to Massillon Jackson on Saturday at Doug Miller Field. The Jackson Polar Bears are currently 17-0 and ranked No. 1 in the OHSBCA Division I rankings. Jackson brought home the Division I State Baseball Championship in 2014.  

Saint Ignatius traveled to Jackson's outstanding baseball facility on a cold, snow flurries Friday evening on April 8th and, in a game that had the atmosphere and intensity of a State Final Four matchup, was turned away by the Polar Bears, 3-2.

Canton Central Catholic is led by its 1-2 pitching punch of Clay Davies and Jake Vance. Vance is an Ohio State recruit. Davies, a senior right-hander, pitched seven strong innings in the loss to Jackson and experienced his first setback in six decisions this season.

Note: The outstanding high school sports staff at the Canton Repository has reported that this season will be Coach Miller's last at Canton Central Catholic. Coach Miller also serves as the Crusaders' Athletic Director.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Rafi Asadorian, who in 1986 pitched one of the 17 no-hitters in Cats Baseball history, is a cousin of current Saint Ignatius mainstays George and Drew Asadorian. George is a standout senior hitter/infielder and you can read about Drew's skills in the game story above.

Rafi, said George and Drew, is a CFO who is currently living in California.

A FAMILIAR NAME: On the Brunswick Coaching Staff is former Berea High School (now Berea-Midpark) Baseball mainstay Paul Moviel. Paul not only excelled on the mound for the then Berea Braves, he could also swing the bat with the best of them.

Paul is the older brother of former area pitching standouts Greg (Saint Ignatius) and Scott Moviel (St. Edward). The big lefty Greg Moviel, in this seasoned reporter's humble opinion, is not only the greatest pitcher in Saint Ignatius' baseball history, but the best big-game pitcher this corner ever had the privilege to cover and report on. Greg's 36-1 career record at Saint Ignatius will support that. Oh no, Mike Buddie will never speak to me again.

You can find out everything you want to know about Scott Moviel from Saint Ignatius' current Assistant Coach John Whelan, who was Scott's Head Coach at St. Edward.                        

 

     

    

 

   

 

 

  

       

May He Rest In Peace
5/2/2016

FROM SAINT IGNATIUS ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH JIM CAHILL '89 ON THE PASSING OF WILDCATS DEDICATED FOOTBALL STATISTICIAN AND LOYAL SUPPORTER OF SAINT IGNATIUS ATHLETICS, MR. DAVE POPLAR '87.

COACH CAHILL: Dave Poplar (Class of 1987) died in a car accident early Saturday morning just north of Columbus.

Dave was a constant over the years at Saint Ignatius football and basketball games. Because he was always at football games, I asked him to be part of the stat crew I put together two years ago. Dave became the leader of the crew. He would be up until the wee hours of the morning after a game just to make sure the stats were correct.  He had an eye for detail and brought organization to the stat crew.

Dave even traveled to Paramus, NJ as well as to Philadelphia during the past two seasons to support the Wildcats as a fan and as a one man stat crew. He was truly dedicated to the job.

Dave was one of the people behind the scenes who went the "extra mile" for the football program, and for Saint gnatius in general. Dave was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge with regards to Saint Ignatius football.

Dave was truly "A Man for Others" and will be missed.
 
 
Gonzaga College High School gets stronger as the matchup moves on and defeats the Rugby Cats, 21-6, on Sunday afternoon
5/1/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Leading, 7-6, at the half, Gonzaga went on to display some of its national credentials in route to handing the Wildcats their fourth setback in 12 matchups this spring.

Gonzaga and Saint Ignatius entered the weekend as the No. 1 and No. 7  teams, respectively, in the Goff National Rankings. Sunday's match was played in Obetz, Ohio, a Village in Franklin County.

With the victory, Gonzaga went home with a split in its trip to Ohio. St. Edward, the nation's fifth-ranked team, defeated the perennial powerhouse from Washington (DC), 17-12, on Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame College.

Up next for Coach Dan Arbeznik's Cats are the Midwest Championships on May 7-8 at the Moose Rugby Grounds in Elkhart, Indiana.

FROM COACH ARBEZNIK ON THE GONZAGA MATCHUP: "We took a 6 to 0 lead into the 32nd minute of the match, but they scored right before halftime to make it 7 to 6. Andrew Baldado had 2 penalty kicks for us.

"In the second half they scored 2x and kept us away from their own line," Coach Arbeznik continued. "Our kids played hard and showed a lot of courage out there. Gonzaga was bigger and more athletic than our guys. In the end their size just wore us down as we were starved for the ball and consistently penalized for our mistakes. Our kids never backed down and fought the good fight." 

Saint Ignatius Baseball is seeded third for the Strongsville Division I Sectional/District
5/1/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May 2016

Sunday's voting order for the seeding at Strongsville went 1. St. Edward, 2. Strongsville, 3. Saint Ignatius, 4. Lakewood.

The Wildcats (10-8) will open their OHSAA Division I tournament play with a 4:30 PM Sectional Final matchup on May 12th versus the winner of the Sectional Semifinal game between Valley Forge and Garfield Heights. That Sectional Final will be played at one of the Baseball Cats' home sites - either Classic Park or Baldwin Wallace University.

If successful on May 12th, the Cats will advance to the 2 PM May 18th District Semifinal at Strongsville High School, where they are expected to face the Strongsville Mustangs.

The Strongsville District Championship Game is slated for May 19th at 4:30 PM.

Saint Ignatius is the defending Strongsville District Champion after defeating Berea-Midpark, 3-0, in last year's District Final that saw current Wildcats standout junior left-hander and Louisville recruit Connor Adams throw a no-hitter at the Titans.          

The Lax Cats turn back Carmel (IN) High School, 12-11, on Sunday afternoon in the Hoosier State
5/1/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

After taking an 8-5 lead into the halftime break, the Lax Cats withstood Carmel's second-half play and improved to 10-2 with Sunday's victory at the Greyhounds' Murray Stadium.

Up next for Coach Patrick McManamon's gifted team is next weekend's annual MSLCA Tournament, which will be held at Western Reserve Academy. The Cats' Lacrosse web page shows the dates as May 6-7.

Saint Ignatius' triumph over Carmel was quite impressive when you consider that the Greyhounds have won four Indiana High School Lacrosse Association State Championships (2011, '12, '14 and '15), have been a state runner-up five times and have made 15 state final-four appearances.

The Lax Cats entered the game as the top-ranked team in Northeast Ohio by the area's coaches and the fourth-ranked program in the LaxPower State Computer Ratings.

NOTE: With Sunday's triumph, the Lax Cats are now third in the LaxPower computer ratings behind No. 1 Upper Arlington and No. 2 St. Xavier. Carmel (11-4) is currently second in the LaxPower ratings for Indiana.       

Saint Ignatius Lacrosse update: The Lax Cats lead Carmel (IN) High School, 8-5, at the half
5/1/2016
Just a note of interest for our rugby fans on Sunday's high noon matchup between Gonzaga College High School and Saint Ignatius
4/30/2016

Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), the top-ranked team in the nation by the highly respected Goff Report, was defeated by St. Edward, the nation's fifth-ranked team, 17-12, at Notre Dame College on Saturday afternoon.

The Rugby Cats, ranked seventh in the nation, are scheduled to face Gonzaga tomorrow (Sunday) at noon in Obetz, Ohio, a Village in Franklin County.

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer   

Coach Casey Marcelo reports that his Volleyball Cats finished fourth during Saturday's highly competitive Elite Eight Tournament at Centerville High School. The Cats defeated St. Xavier, 3-2, but lost in straight sets to both Hilliard Darby and Elder.
4/30/2016
Wildcats Lacrosse is defeated by Culver Military Academy Prep, 10-5, on the Eagles' Oliver Field Saturday afternoon
4/30/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The Lax Cats, the top-ranked team in Northeast Ohio and currently the fourth-ranked program state-wise by the LaxPower computer ratings, experienced what teams in Indiana have been talking about for years - the excellent defense the Culver Military Academy Prep Eagles bring to the field.

That was on display during a rainy Saturday in the Hoosier State, as Culver was able, for the most part, to keep the Lax Cats' potent offense in check.

With the 10-5 victory, Culver improved to 13-3 and showed why it is ranked among the nation's best.

The Lax Cats, who close out their trip to Indiana on Sunday with an 11 AM face-off at Carmel High School, now stand 9-2.   

Congratulations to the Wildcats' outstanding senior foursome of Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan, who finished seventh in Saturday's High School Boys' 4x800 Championship of America at the prestigious Penn Relays
4/30/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

This corner expresses its thanks to Luke, Tom, Mike and Colin for an outstanding representation of Saint Ignatius High School and Ohio Track and Field.

Luke, Tom, Mike and Colin combined for a 7:48.09 seventh-place effort on Saturday, bettering their sixth-place qualifying time of 7:49.03 from Friday. Friday's qualifying time ranked as the 10th fastest time in the nation, so you can see how special Saturday's performance was.

Here are the individual times Coach Chuck Kyle's fab four put together in Philadelphia's Historic Franklin Field, while competing with the premier 4x800 high school teams in the nation and some from around the world.

Luke Wagner (1:58.01), Tom Sullivan (1:58.27), Mike Huber (1:56.85) and Colin Kruchan (1:54.96).

The first and second place times on Saturday were 7:33.71 and 7:35.20, with both coming from schools in Jamaica, St. Jago (first place) and St. Elizabeth Tech.

The oldest and longest running men's and women's track and field competition in the United States, the Penn Relays were held for the first time in 1895. They are presented by the University of Pennsylvania.

Wagner, Sullivan, Huber and Kruchan finished second in a time of 7:47.32 during last year's 4x800 competition at the 108th annual OHSAA State Track and Field Championships in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.  

Luke, Tom, Mike and Colin are excited about what awaits them in OHSAA District, Regional and State competition this spring. As we reported on the corner a few weeks ago, both the District and Regional meets for the Cats this spring will be held at Amherst Steele High School.

                

Wildcats Varsity and Junior Varsity Baseball comes home with a sweep over the Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep Ramblers at Erie's historic Ainsworth Field on Saturday
4/30/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Fairview Park, Ohio - The corner is battling the flu and couldn't make the trip to the Keystone State today with the Baseball Cats, but after some treatment and a tune-up in the doctor's office this morning, will be back in the dugout on Tuesday for what should be a great matchup between the Wildcats and the Canton Central Catholic Crusaders at Classic Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 5 PM. This old-timer will give you a look at what is yet another solid Canton Central Catholic team on Monday.

After turning away the Ramblers from Erie Cathedral Prep and their potent offense, 9-6, on Saturday, Coach Brad Ganor's Varsity Wildcats now stand at 10-8.

Here is a look at the Cats' Varsity triumph over Cathedral Prep, with comments from Head Coach Brad Ganor and highlights from Saint Ignatius' outstanding Team Manager George Martin '16.

FROM COACH GANOR: "We came out with very good energy, especially on the heels of playing at Progressive Field," said Coach Ganor. "We were aggressive on the bases and swung the bat well. Cathedral Prep was a very good hitting team. One of the better contact teams we have played this year.

"Connor (Wildcats junior left-hander and Louisville recruit Connor Adams) battled, got out of some jams and was solid as is to be expected," Coach Ganor continued. "We have a big week coming up with a lot of games and our guys need to get some rest and be ready."

FROM GEORGE MARTIN: "The bats came out hot today in Erie as the Wildcats took a W against the Ramblers of Cathedral Prep. The Cats had a total of 10 hits with 9 singles and a double. Sophomore Tommy Grosel and junior Ryan Jacobs each had 2 singles on the day. Senior Dennis Grosel had the team's only double with a bomb to the gap in left field.

"Nick Freund and Dennis Grosel each had a pair of RBIs," George continued. "The Cats saw pitches well as the starting pitcher for the Ramblers only threw 3.2 innings. With 9 runs in total, Connor Adams had plenty of comfort at the mound. Connor allowed 5 hits, only 1 earned run and had 3 Ks as well. He left 7 men on base and proved once again he's cool under pressure with men on the base paths.

"The highlight on the defensive end came in the bottom of the 2nd, when Tommy Grosel snagged a line drive and stepped on first to turn a double play. Griffin Hunt came in to close the game and shut Cathedral Prep down with 1 hit and 1 K."

A tip of the corner's cap also goes out to the Junior Varsity Wldcats, who shutdown Cathedral Prep's Jayvees, 6-0. The JV game in Erie preceded the Varsity matchup.      

Wildcats Track and Field captures first place in the Varsity portion of the Berea Kiwanis Berea-Midpark Titan Relays at Baldwin Wallace University on Friday evening
4/30/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Fairview Park, Ohio - Inspired by the performance of Saint Ignatius' outstanding 4x800 Relay Team at the prestigious Penn Relays on Friday morning (see the corner's posts from Friday), Coach Chuck Kyle's Wildcats went on to capture the 14-event Varsity competition at the Titan Relays with 86 points. Medina was second with 82 points and Berea-Midpark was third with 80 points.

Among the Wildcats' highlights were a first-place by the 4x100 team of Phil Zuccaro, Anthony Pelligrino, Quinn Lawless and James Norris in 42.78; a first place by the Distance Medley Team of Tim Trentel, Pat McGuire, Pat Nolan and C.J. Ambrosio in 10:44.17, edging out Boardman, which ran a 10:44.18; a second place by the 800 sprint medley team of James Norris, Anthony Pelligrino, Phil Zuccaro and Kyle Hall in 1:35.12, as Berea-Midpark took first place in 1:34.14; a first place in the 4x200 by the team of Anthony Pelligrino, Phil Zuccaro, James Norris and Quinn Lawless in 1:28.88; a first-place in the long jump relay by Mike Lehto, an effort of 21-06.50; a third place by James Rogers in the 3200 meter run at 9:31.36, and a second place by the 4x1600 team of Andrew Szendrey, Liam McGuire, C.J. Ambrosio and Connor Reilly in 8:26.80.

Now the Track Cats will turn their attention to the Penn Relays and today's (Saturday) 4x800 Championship of America, and root on their talented and tough-minded senior teammates Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan, who have developed into one of the nation's finest relay teams under Coach Kyle and his outstanding staff. The Championship of America 4x800 race is scheduled for 4 PM from historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

           

Wildcats Varsity Baseball is defeated by Brecksville-Broadview Heights, 5-4, on a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning at Progressive Field on Friday evening
4/29/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit April/May 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Yes, it was a loss that now has Coach Brad Ganor's Wildcats standing 9-8 heading into Saturday's 1:30 PM first pitch versus the Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep Ramblers at Erie's storied Ainsworth Field.

That said, Friday evening's 5-4 setback to the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees, which was the result of a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning, was as much about the opportunity and experience of playing at the home of the Indians as it was the game.

Saint Ignatius and Brecksville-Broadview Heights, two clubs that have been at or just over the .500 mark for the past few weeks, played a spirited game that was part of the Cleveland Indians Charities annual High School Hardball Classic.

Coach Ganor, who like the Bees' coaching staff, utilized a different pitcher every inning and made sure that every healthy player saw the field, emphasized to his Wildcats just before they departed Progressive Field to always remember and cherish the experience of playing in a Major League Baseball Park.

Friday night was, as Coach Ganor said, about sharing that experience with their teammates, friends and families, whether the outcome was a win, a loss or a tie.

Yes, Friday night's game could have ended in tie, as just before the start of the seventh inning the umpires informed both teams that the seventh inning was going to be the final one even though the game was tied at that point. High School games are seven innings, but of course extra innings come into play just like college level and the Minor and Major Leagues.

Not Friday, however.  

There was a two-hour time limit placed on the games at the annual Hardball Classic and the Bees and the Cats were just minutes from approaching that limit. St. Edward and Olmsted Falls were waiting patiently in the concourse, as the Eagles and the Bulldogs were scheduled to play the final game of the Hardball Classic.

After Saint Ignatius was retired in order in the top of the seventh, Brecksville-Broadview Heights loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning on an error, a one-out hit batsman and a two-out intentional walk to the Bees' more than capable hitter Dan Harwood.

Brecksville-Broadview Heights' Jesse Chodkiewicz then stepped to the plate and brought home the winning run by drawing another base on balls, and the Bees and their faithful added an extra memory to their experience at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.

The early innings provided plenty of action that saw Brecksville-Broadview Heights take a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The big blows were an RBI single by Harwood and a bases-loaded, two-run single by Joe Raffin.

Saint Ignatius responded  with two runs in the top of the second inning and took a 4-3 lead with two more tallies in the top of the third.

Cats senior catcher Jon Robinson ignited the two-run second inning with a sharp single through the right side, senior shortstop Kevin Mingus followed with an infield hit and senior captain/center fielder/relief ace Mike Rogers loaded the bases with a sharp single the opposite way to left field. Senior outfielder Dan Volpe was then hit by a pitch, making it a 3-1 game, and a ground out to the right side off the bat of senior outfielder/pitcher Nick Freund brought home Saint Ignatius' second run. Nick was coming off a marvelous no-hitter that he threw at the Archbishop Hoban Knights on Wednesday evening at Baldwin Wallace University.

Coach Ganor's Cats moved to a 4-3 lead in the top of the third courtesy of the first of two authoritative base hits off the bat of junior infielder Joe Gutbrod, a single to right field by senior third baseman/captain Dennis Grosel and one-out, run-scoring hits off the bats of Mingus and Rogers.

With two outs and the bases empty in bottom of the fifth, Brecksville-Broadview Heights would go on to tie the score at 4-4 behind a run-scoring triple to right-center field off the bat of Griffin Stevens.

The final line scores on the game from the scorer at Progressive Field were 5 runs, 5 hits, 1 error and eight runners stranded for the Bees, and 4 runs, 9 hits, 2 errors and 9 left on base by the Cats.

Not only did Coach Ganor use a pitcher per inning, one of those pitchers actually worked two innings, but from different sides of the mound. Rogers, who is a southpaw, pitched right-handed in the fifth inning and went back to his left arm in the bottom of the seventh. Mike previously went right-left in a single game while playing for his summer team.

This corner was impressed with the 1-2-3 inning gifted junior outfielder Ryan Jacobs threw in the bottom of the third. Heat City, my friends. I think Coach Ganor, who doubles as the Pitching Coach, was also impressed.

It was great to see injured players Jeff Chonko and Jack Seifert have the opportunity to coach third and first base, respectively, and help get the offense flowing. Among those Coach Ganor also allowed to coach the bases were standout senior infielder/designated hitter George Asadorian, gifted Team Manager George Martin, Team Chaplin Drew Vilinsky, better known as one of the premier Junior Varsity Ice Hockey Coaches in the state, and the Wildcats' super stats man, Joe Ertle.

The Varsity Baseball Cats will board the bus at 8 AM on Saturday so they can support the Junior Varsity Cats in their 11 AM game versus Erie Cathedral Prep's Jayvees.

As for the Varsity Ramblers, who take on the Cats at 1:30 PM in Ainsworth Field, they stood 9-2 this week. It is a program that has produced 17 District 10 titles, including the last two, 14 Metro Championships and five Regional crowns, three of which have come over the past three seasons.         

  

  

        

                

Here is just a little sidebar on how physical Friday's 4x800 qualfying race at the Penn Relays was
4/29/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer and Presented by Wildcats' outstanding Assistant Coach Alex Voigt, who is in Philadelphia with the Cats' fantastic foursome.

From Coach Voigt: "They actually re-started the race because it was so hectic and one guy went down 10 meters in!

"The guys (Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan) handled themselves very well in their preparation and during the race itself," Coach Voigt continued. "The pack was quick to thin out by the end of the first lap, but the guys stuck with the top group and remained there for the race."

Here are the official times for Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan as they advanced to Saturday's 4 PM 4x800 "Championship of America" at the Penn Relays
4/29/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Luke (1:57.61), Tom (1:58.49), Mike (1:57.95) and Colin (1:54.98).

For a story on the tremendous accomplishment by Luke, Tom, Mike and Colin, see the corner's post from earlier this morning.

BEHIND A GREAT LEG OF 1:54.98 BY COLIN KRUCHAN, SAINT IGNATIUS' GIFTED 4X800 RELAY TEAM RUNS A 7:49.03 THIS MORNING AND QUALIFYS FOR SATURDAY'S 4 PM 4X800 CHAMPIONSHIP RACE AT THE PRESTIGIOUS PENN RELAYS!
4/29/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit April/May 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Coach Chuck Kyle's gifted 4x800 relay team of seniors Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan did Saint Ignatius and Ohio track and field proud on Friday morning, as they advanced to Saturday's 4x800 Championships at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia's historic Franklin Field by running a 7:49.03 during Friday's Big-School qualifying race.

The oldest and longest running men's and women's track and field competition in the United States, the Penn Relays were held for the first time in 1895. They are presented by the University of Pennsylvania.

Wagner, Sullivan, Huber and Kruchan finished second in a time of 7:47.32 during last year's 4x800 competition at the 108th annual OHSAA State Track and Field Championships in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University. Their mark of 7:49.03 on Friday morning is currently the 10th fastest time in the nation.

Saint Ignatius, which was fourth in its heat on Friday, qualified at sixth overall. The Cats' marvelous foursome was just two seconds out of first place.

Wildcats Assistant Track Coach Alex Voigt described Friday morning's qualifying race as being "very physical," but added that Luke, Tom, Mike and Colin are in great spirits and looking forward to the challenge and honor that awaits them Saturday afternoon.

AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS TO LUKE, TOM, MIKE AND COLIN, NOT ONLY GREAT COMPETITORS, BUT EVEN GREATER YOUNG MEN.

GOD BLESS AND ALL OF THE BEST TOMORROW IN WHAT IS REFERRED TO AS "THE 4X800 HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP OF AMERICA" AT THE PENN RELAYS.

 

A Blue Devil Sweep. Saint Ignatius Volleyball and Rugby post impressive Thursday night victories over Brunswick
4/28/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

According to the Cats' Rugby web page, Coach Dan Arbeznik's two-time defending state champions defeated the Blue Devils from Brunswick, 31-14, on Wasmer Field and improved to 8-3 on the season.

Up next for the Rugby Cats is Sunday's intriguing high noon match up with Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.) in Obetz, Ohio. Gonzaga is ranked No. 1 in the nation by the respected Goff Rugby Report and the Cats are ranked seventh by Goff.

On Saturday, Gonzaga will be in Cleveland to face Goff's fifth-ranked St. Edward Eagles at Notre Dame College. It is a 2 PM kickoff.

Obetz is a Village in Franklin County that was founded in 1838. It once served as a Stagecoach Junction. "For Work, For Play, The Village of Obetz, For Everyone."

Not that sounds like a good site for Rugby.

As for Coach Casey Marcelo's Volleyball Cats, they swept the regular season series from the Blue Devils with another straight-sets victory, 25-16, 25-20, 25-20, on Brunswick's court Thursday night.

Ranked sixth in the latest coaches state poll, the now 14-2 Volleyball Cats will travel to Centerville on Saturday for the Elite Eight Tournament. The action is slated to begin at 10 AM.      

Here are a few baseball, basketball, football and track items from this old-timer's corner
4/28/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

FAIRVIEW PARK, OHIO - Just a reminder that if Mother Nature doesn't have another wicked change-up available, Coach Brad Ganor's Baseball Wildcats will make the short trip across the bridge to Progressive Field on Friday for a 5:30 PM matchup with the Bees from Brecksville-Broadview Heights. The game is part of the Cleveland Indians Charities High School Classic.
 
Brendan DeVenney, Matt Harsar and Matt MacKenzie are expected to bring you the live broadcast from Progressive Field over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network and this old catcher will find a corner in the Wildcats' dugout.
 
The Baseball Cats, 9-7 and on a three-game winning streak, are riding the emotion of the no-hitter tossed by senior right-hander Nick Freund in Wednesday evening's 2-0 victory over Archbishop Hoban at Baldwin Wallace University. See the corner's posts from Wednesday night on Nick's gem.
 
As for Brecksville-Broadview Heights, the Bees have won nine consecutive Southwestern Conference Championships, brought home District titles in 2007 and 2009, and advanced to the Elite 8 in 2007. Since 2005, Brecksville has produced 30 players who have earned playing positions at various colleges or universities, including six at the Division I level.
 
Among the Bees to watch is senior left-handed pitcher/outfielder Jackson Gilbride, an Ohio Northern recruit who was 6-0 in eight starts last season with 1.38 ERA and 51 strikeouts, and also swung the bat to the tune of a .371 average with a 526 on-base percentage and 32 runs scored.
 
Also keep an eye on the Bees' versatile John MacDonald, a third baseman/catcher/pitcher who played five different positions in one game last season. John is bound for the University of Mount Union. The other Brecksville mainstays are middle infielder/pitcher Joe Raffin, also a University of Mount Union recruit, outfielder/lefty pitcher Erik Birk, who will be going on to play for Coach Brian Harrison at Baldwin Wallace University, and Dan Harwood, a southpaw pitcher/outfielder/first baseman who had a 3-0 record and an ERA last spring of 2.01, and led the Bees in at-bats and runs batted in. Dan has committed to the College of Wooster.
 
A CORNER'S SALUTE GOES OUT TO WILDCATS BASKETBALL STANDOUTS RYAN BERGER '16 AND TIM KIEFER '16, WHO HAVE DECIDED TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATIONS AND BASKETBALL CAREERS AT JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY AND OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, RESPECTIVELY. GOD BLESS GENTLEMEN AND ALL OF THE BEST, NOW AND IN THE FUTURE.
 
THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE 2016 WEEK 8 FOOTBALL MATCHUP BETWEEN THE WILDCATS AND THE CRUSADERS OF ARCHBISHOP MOELLER AT OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY ARE ALL SET.
 
The Varsity Game will played on Friday night, Oct. 14th, with a 7 PM kickoff and the Cats' Junior Varsity and Freshmen Teams will travel to Otterbein on Saturday morning, Oct. 15th, with the Freshmen Game versus Archbishop Moeller slated for 10 AM and the Junior Varsity encounter with the Crusaders' Jayvees kicking off at 11:30 AM.
 
Wildcats Athletic Director Rory Fitzpatrick '88 couldn't say enough about the outstanding cooperation and arrangements Otterbein's Athletic Department put forth in making its site available for one of the premier matchups in the state.
 
AND LAST, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, THE CORNER WOULD LIKE TO AGAIN EXPRESS ALL OF THE BEST TO SAINT IGNATIUS' GIFTED 4X800 RELAY TEAM, WHICH HAS BEEN INVITED TO COMPETE IN THE PRESTIGIOUS PENN RELAYS THIS WEEKEND AT HISTORIC FRANKLIN FIELD IN PHILADELPHIA.
 
THE 4X800 COMPETITION IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN AT 9:40 AND 9:50 TOMORROW (FRIDAY) MORNING AND SATURDAY'S 4X800 CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE SLATED FOR 4 PM.
 
THIS CORNER'S PRAYERS AND WELL WISHES ARE WITH THE FABULOUS SENIOR FOURSOME OF LUKE WAGNER, TOM SULLIVAN, MIKE HUBER AND COLIN KRUCHAN.           
 
 
IN WHAT WAS A TRUE TEST OF WILLS, SAINT IGNATIUS LACROSSE, BEHIND THE GAME-WINNING GOAL BY GIFTED SENIOR ATTACK CREW CINTRON IN SUDDEN VICTORY OVERTIME AND A FOUR-GOAL NIGHT FROM RELENTLESS SENIOR MIDFIELD CAM GERARD, TURNED BACK HUDSON, 13-12.
4/27/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit April/May 2016

From Wasmer Field on the campus of Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School

Anyone who was fortunate enough to be in attendance at Wasmer Field on Wednesday night for what was a matchup of the No. 1 (Saint Ignatius) and No. 2 (Hudson) lacrosse programs in Northeast Ohio, won't soon forget what they witnessed.

Coach Patrick McManamon's Lax Cats, a group of young men who are rich in talent and experience, and oh so determined, turned back a skilled, savvy and big-hearted group of Hudson Explorers when multi-skilled senior attack Crew Cintron, a Lehigh University signee, turned to one of his savvy moves and provided the game-winner 40 seconds into Sudden Victory Overtime.

The Lax Cats, who improved to 9-1 after their 13-12 thriller and completed their regular season home schedule unbeaten, will now gear up for a weekend trip to Indiana to face nationally ranked Culver Military School on Saturday and Carmel High School on Sunday.

Hudson, which battled back from deficits all night and forced the overtime off an authoritative 20-yard shot by tireless senior midfield Luc Jambon with 5.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, a blast that hit the back of the net in a blur, now stands a deceiving 7-2 on the season.

Along with Cintron's money move and shot, Crew's third goal of the night, Saint Ignatius fans won't soon forget the marvelous effort turned in by Lax Cats senior midfield Cam Gerard, who seemed to be everywhere in leading his team with a four-goal night. But then this corner has grown accustomed to Cam's firepower while covering and reporting on him as a Captain/forward for Coach Pat O'Rourke's 2016 State Champion Ice Hockey Team.

As for Hudson's faithful, they will expound, and rightfully so, on the hustle and heart of Explorers senior midfield Nathan Menendez, who was constantly bringing his team back when at times it appeared out of reach. Nathan unleashed his speed, transition skills and offensive prowess in keeping the Explorers in the game.

FROM COACH MCMANAMON '96, WHO HAS DEVLOPED SAINT IGNATIUS LACROSSE INTO A STATE AND NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED PROGRAM.

"The Cam Gerard show," said Coach McManamon, wearing a wide smile. "The last three games, he's been a leader, he really has. He's just taken over and when you need that moment, he's found that moment. He has just risen up. Whether it's offense, defense or the clearing game, he's done it all.

"We have a lot of seniors on this team, a lot of experience," continued Coach McManamon. "I told these guys in the locker room I think it's now probably the seventh time most of them have played this team (Hudson) and we're 5-2, or something like that, against them. They're a big team up here (in Northeast Ohio), but we've got an eye on a bigger prize right now. Up here is important, but now it's about playing the teams that really matter."

Coach McManamon also pointed to the defensive efforts by senior Stephen Zupan on Wednesday night, how the Cats' attack persevered, how sophomore Anthony Ameo III kept battling and fighting in the face-offs with Hudson senior and four-year mainstay Chris Motter, who will be going on to play lacrosse in college, and the "steady hand" on defense of senior Alex Maruna.

"I can't say enough about our guys," Coach McManamon said. "We have so many guys to talk about it's hard to list them all."

FROM CREW CINTRON, A CONSISTENT ALL-REGION, ALL-MIDWEST AND ALL-STATE SELECTION WHO EARNED FIRST-TEAM ALL-MIDWEST HONORS LAST YEAR AND WAS THE LAX CATS' CO-TEAM MVP IN 2015.

"We drew up a play for Cam Gerard, of course, the kid was hot," said Crew. "I was supposed to come around and feed Cam. I came around, got the pass and just went hard to the cage. My guy (defender) ended up getting tripped up behind me. I saw he was on the ground and took a shot at the cage.

"I kind of stepped in a little bit and tangled him up a little bit," Crew continued in reference to the savvy move he made, a move that opened him up for the game-winner. "I use that move sometimes to get guys tangled up and it works a lot, too. So that's what I went for."

FROM CAM GERARD, WHO IS MAKING AN INDELIBLE MARK ON HIS ATHLETIC CAREER AT SAINT IGNATIUS.

"That's what we like to do when the other team scores, go on runs," said Cam of the consistent leads of two, three and four goals that the Lax Cats built throughout Wednesday night's game. "We had to slow the game down and play our way because they (the Explorers) like to play fast. We like to play fast, but not close to how fast they play. We need to slow it down more and that's hard to do when they're winning most of their face-offs".

THE TELLING SEQUENCE

That fast-paced attack by Hudson that Cam Gerard referred to came to the fore with the Cats leading, 11-9, with 4:51 left in the fourth quarter.

Menendez kept attacking and quickly produced two goals that knotted the score at 11 with 1:54 remaining in regulation.

Gerard rose to the occasion with his fourth goal, an out of nowhere effort that gave Saint Ignatius a 12-11 lead with 58.8 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.

That set the stage for Jambon's game-tying rocket and Crew Cintron's sweet move and score in OT.

TELLING IT LIKE IT IS

Both Crew and Cam are in full agreement that cutting down the turnovers is the key for the Lax Cats' success, something they have been doing a great job of since their only setback this season, a 12-10 loss at perennial Ohio power Upper Arlington earlier this month. That night, the Lax Cats, who were in the game right down to the final minute, committed 23 turnovers.

And as far as the area, region and computer polls? Well, Crew said it best. "We'll know who the best team in the state is at the end of the season."

SOME NUMBERS: Along with the combined seven goals that Gerard and Cintron produced, the Lax Cats received a two-goal night from both junior midfield Brent Chernosky and ever-present senior attack Sam Humphrey, a goal from veteran midfield Matt Avdey and a heads-up goal by junior attack Riley Kinzel.

Among the key assist makers were standout senior attack Alex Hornung, who is a Canisius College recruit, junior midfield Aaron Casile and Humphrey, Cintron and Chernosky.

FROM THIS CORNER: Just a parting comment, and I don't know their names yet, but the SIBN threesome that broadcasted last night's game at Wasmer Field were OUTSTANDING. Savvy commentary and play by play combined with a colorful touch of humor that only added to what was a great game. And their critiques on certain sequences were professional, not degrading, and right on the money.

Wow, a thrill-some threesome to say the least. Gentlemen take a bow.                 

 

      

 

 

          

                       

 

 

Here is a look at Nick Freund's masterpiece from Wildcats outstanding Team Manager George Martin '16
4/27/2016

From George Martin and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

A huge congratulations goes out to Wildcats senior right-hander Nick Freund, who Wednesday evening pitched the 17th no-hitter in Saint Ignatius' baseball history, as the Cats turned back Archbishop Hoban, 2-0, at Baldwin Wallace University
4/27/2016
Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
 
FROM WILDCATS HEAD COACH/PITCHING COACH BRAD GANOR: "Nick Freund will be remembered forever. Being able to throw a no-hitter is very special. Between Connor's no no in the playoffs, and Nick today, those are two of the better games I have ever seen while coaching at Saint Ignatius.
 
Nick was in total command from the beginning. He and Drew (Drew Asadorian) called basically the whole game and for a sophomore catcher to be that composed, says a lot.
 
Their pitcher was almost matching Nick pitch for pitch, but with Joe (Evans) getting the lead-off single, executing the bunt with Ryan (Jacobs) and Dennis (Grosel) delivering, Nick had it the rest of the way.
 
Our second run was just icing and let us breathe a little bit.  All I ever want is to create memories these kids will have for their whole life. Today, Nick created his own."
 
Note: According to Saint Ignatius' "Cats Stats," Nick Freund's gem is the 17th no-hitter in Wildcats Baseball History, counting two by Andy Hargrove, the son of former Indians Manager Mike Hargorve, in 1999 and 2000, and three perfect games - Steve Ronay in 1923, Al Hutz in 1972 and Bob Baxter in 1992.
 
Nick's pitching mate, junior left-hander Connor Adams, pitched a no-hitter in last year's 3-0 District-Championship Game victory over Berea-Midpark and Connor and Nick's classmate, ace right-hander Murphy O'Brien, combined on a no-hitter versus Willoughby South last season.   
 
CONGRATS TO NICK, HIS FAMILY, COACH GANOR AND THE ENTIRE SAINT IGNATIUS BASEBALL PROGRAM!   
 
 
A tip of the corner's cap goes out to Coach Jon Barker's Tennis Cats, who continued their winning ways with a 4-1 victory at Shaker Heights on Tuesday
4/27/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

For a look at the tremendous progress the Tennis Cats have made, see the corner's post from Monday, courtesy of Coach Barker.

Just fyi, along with the coverage on tonight's Lacrosse headliner versus Hudson on Wasmer Field, the corner will have a recap on this evening's Varsity Baseball Game versus Archbishop Hoban
4/27/2016
Just a reminder on Wednesday night's Lacrosse headliner, as Coach Patrick McManamon's Lax Cats take on the Hudson Explorers
4/27/2016

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Saint Ignatius and Hudson enter Wednesday's 7:30 PM matchup on Wasmer Field ranked 1-2, respectively, in Northeast Ohio.

The Cats and the Explorers are third and 10th, respectively, in the latest LaxPower Ohio Computer Ratings.

This old-timer is looking forward to the privilege of covering and reporting on the Lax Cats tonight (its past midnight, but then that's an early night for this grinder of the keys).

See you at Wasmer Field.    

The corner salutes Coach Pat Connor's and Coach Connor Walters' Crew Cats, who are being honored as the Saint Ignatius Student Athletes of the Week.
4/26/2016
Congratulations to the rowers of the 4th Varsity 8 + boat for being named the Athletes of the Week.
 
This past weekend at the Rustbelt Catholic Championship, the Saint Ignatius 4th Varsity 8+, which emerged from several tough weeks of training and some other adversity, ran away in their event with a 7-second victory over rivals Pittsburgh Central Catholic and St. Edward, as well as Canisius
 
The  crew consisted of Nick Showman '18 (C), Gideon Hils '17 (8), Sam Smucny  '17 (7), Sean Michaels '16 (6), Colman Turner '16 (5), Owen Egan '18  (4), David Turk '18 (3), Louis Calabrese '18 (2), and Chris Caulkins '17 (1). These young men are a great example of perseverance and hard work paying off as the team approaches championship races.
 
For a complete breakdown on the Crew Cats' successful weekend, see the weekly report from Coach Walters that was posted on the corner yesterday (Monday).
 
- Mr. Eddie Dwyer  
 

 

Braydon Nelson throws the Cats' first complete game of the season and Saint Ignatius rides that outstanding performance and a seven-run fifth inning to a 7-0 triumph over the Green Wave of Holy Name on Tuesday evening at Baldwin Wallace University
4/26/2016

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit April 2016

Berea, Ohio - It is safe to say that it appears Saint Ignatius' outstanding Head Coach/Pitching Coach Brad Ganor has solidified his third starter in the Wildcats' rotation.

Junior right-hander Braydon Nelson, coming off his first Varsity victory with five strong innings against Mentor last week, took the mound on Baldwin Wallace University's newly turfed and baseball-rich field Tuesday evening and fired a complete-game, two-hit shutout at Holy Name.

Saint Ignatius, which improved to 8-7, complemented Nelson's gem by scoring all of its seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Cats sent 12 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fifth, with the big blows coming with two outs - a line-drive RBI single to left field by senior designated hitter John Robinson, an authoritative two-run, bases-loaded single from junior left fielder Ryan Jacobs and a two-run single by senior center fielder/tri-Captain Mike Rogers, who led off the inning by drawing a walk.

Saint Ignatius also took advantage of some perfectly executed bunting, two throwing errors and a passed ball in both setting the table and keeping the decisive fifth inning outburst rolling.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Nelson, an amiable, but quiet and humble young man, has now added his first Varsity shutout to what is a 2-0 record. And, you can mark down Tuesday's dominant performance as the first complete game this spring by the Wildcats' talented staff.

"He was very efficient," said Coach Ganor of Nelson, who recorded the first two outs in the top of the sixth inning on two pitches. "I'll take a seven run inning all the time, we haven't had many of those. It feels good to relax and enjoy a game."

In a compiling a line that would draw a smile from any Head Coach/Manager on any level, Nelson's 2-hit blanking of the Green Wave included four strikeouts, no walks and 55 strikes in the 80 pitches he threw.

As Coach Ganor said with a warm smile, "Today was about Braydon Nelson."

MAKING WAVES: Holy Name senior pitcher Spencer Harrington threw four shutout innings and coming up with the two hits for the 6-9 Green Wave were senior right fielder Joe Rivera and sophomore center fielder Matthew Springer.

UP NEXT for the Cats is Wednesday's 5 PM matchup with the Archbishop Hoban Knights at Baldwin Wallace University. Coach Ganor will call on versatile senior right-hander/leadoff hitter/right fielder Nick Freund to make the start against the Knights.

Archbishop Hoban is coming off a 13-2 loss to Ohio Jesuit Tournament Champion Walsh Jesuit earlier this week and last weekend the Knights were defeated by Youngtown Cardinal Mooney, 7-3, in the Catholic School Showcase at Cene Park in Youngstown.

Hoban split a doubleheader with Aurora on April 16th and was defeated by the Padua Franciscan Bruins, 10-4, on April 15th at Archbishop Hoban.

Last season, the Wildcats traveled to Archbishop Hoban and, after overcoming some early errors, defeated the Knights, 7-3. Current senior shortstop Kevin Mingus had two impressive doubles that day, including one with the bases loaded.          

          

Here are the current LaxPower top ten computer ratings in Ohio for Lacrosse
4/25/2016

Rnk Team                       PR     In    Cor   Chp  WL Pct  W  L  T
  1 Upper Arlington           98.34  99.81  0.08  0.00  0.90   9- 1- 0
  2 Cincinnati St Xavier     97.80  95.85  0.09  0.00  0.91  10- 1- 0
  3 Saint Ignatius               97.51  97.74  0.02  0.00  0.89   8- 1- 0
  4 Dublin Coffman            95.99 94.74 0.07 0.00 0.91 10- 1- 0

  5 Dublin Jerome 95.42 95.66 0.05 0.00 0.73 8- 3- 0

  6 Olentangy Liberty         95.31  95.89  0.05  0.00  0.73   8- 3- 0
  7 Chagrin Falls                95.00  92.33  0.11  0.00  1.00   8- 0- 0
  8 Olentangy Orange        94.61  92.66  0.07  0.00  0.89   8- 1- 0
  9 Columbus DeSales       94.52  91.87  0.07  0.00  0.86   6- 1- 0
 10 Hudson                         94.26  92.45  0.09  0.00  0.88   7- 1- 0

Here are the current Division I State Rankings by the Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Coaches Association for the week ending 4/24/16
4/25/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer. The first-place votes and total points received follow the school's name.

1. - Archbishop Moeller (9) - 194
2. - Hilliard Darby (8) - 186
3. - St. Xavier (4) - 160
4. - Elder - 153
5. - Centerville - 134
6. - Saint Ignatius (1) - 115
7. - Pickerington North - 88
8. - Beavercreek - 43
9. - Westerville South - 42
10- Olentangy - 33
..... Lakota East - 24
..... Jackson - 15
..... Dublin Coffman - 8
..... Hilliard Davidson - 5

Note: Saint Ignatius was ranked fifth last week. Archbishop Alter and Walsh Jesuit are now ranked 1-2, respectively, in Division II (Walsh Jesuit was No. 1 last week) and the top two teams in the North Region remain Walsh Jesuit and Saint Ignatius.    

Here is a current update on the progress of the Wildcats' young, but gifted Tennis Team, courtesy of Head Coach Jon Barker. Josh Hsia carries an undefeated record as the No. 1 singles player.
4/25/2016

Presented By Coach Jon Barker and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

FROM COACH BARKER: After some tough early matches and some tougher weather, the tennis team has been finding its rhythm of late

This past weekend, all four doubles teams made their way to their respective finals of the Medina Doubles Tournament, and the team successfully defended its title there, accumulating 31 points out of 32 possible points. Copley and Revere finished second and third, respectively.

Last week, the team knocked off St. Edward (4-1), Walsh Jesuit (4-1) and Westlake (4-1).

Junior Josh Hsia has looked extremely strong, picking up where he left off last season. He had impressive wins over University School's Gota, Westlake's Jhaveri, and Hawken's Leizman. Josh is undefeated on the year in the #1 spot; his only loss came in the finals of the Medina Doubles tournament.

The team sits at 5-3 for the season. In spite of all the rain/snowouts, the young team has meshed well and is excited as we head toward sectionals.

Friday evening's baseball game at Progressive Field, Wednesday night's Lacrosse headliner versus Hudson and another big weekend in track and field highlight a spring edition of the corner's Where the Cats Play
4/25/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Yes, it's another smorgasbord of Wildcats' Spring Sports action this week and weekend, as six of the seven programs have their plates full of competition.

Here is a breakdown on the early week and weekend events, team by team.

BASEBALL: Coach Brad Ganor's 7-7 Wildcats, coming off Sunday's 11-2 victory over the St. Xavier Bombers in the annual Ohio Jesuit Tournament (see the corner stories from the weekend), will host the Green Wave of Holy Name on Tuesday at 5 PM at Baldwin Wallace University.

The Green Wave, a Division II regional qualifier last season, was 4-6 through its first 10 games this spring. Three of those losses came in the season-opening Mingo Bay Baseball Classic at Myrtle Beach.

On Wednesday, the Baseball Cats will host the Archbishop Hoban Knights at 5 pm at Baldwin Wallace University, and on Friday the Cats take their game to Progressive Field for a 5:30 PM encounter with the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees. The matchup with the Bees is part of the annual Cleveland Indians Charities High School Classic.

Brendan DeVenney '17 will lead the live broadcast over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network on Friday and yours truly will find a corner in the Wildcats' dugout at Progressive Field.

On Saturday, it's a trip to historic Ainsworth Field to face the Baseball Ramblers from Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 PM. Ainsworth Field was once graced by the presence of the late, great Yankees Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth, who made Erie, Pennsylvania one of his barn storm stops.

No, Ainsworth Field isn't a "pretty" ballpark, but its walls are accompanied by a rich tradition and history that includes a home run by The Babe that is still the subject of conversations at the local Erie morning diners and watering holes.

Hey, this old West Denison catcher will never forget the home run former Wildcat standout Neal Jacobs sent sailing out of Ainsworth Field. Neal's majestic shot interrupted a man across from the field who was trimming his lawn when the ball off Neal's bat landed on it.    

The corner will take at look at Archbishop Hoban, Brecksville-Broadview Heights and Erie Cathedral Prep as the week progresses.

LACROSSE: Coach Patrick McManamon's 8-1 Lax Cats, the top-ranked program in Northeast Ohio, will face the always lacrosse-rich Hudson Explorers on Wednesday at 7:30 PM on Wasmer Field in what is one of the highlight encounters of the regular season that this old-timer is looking forward to.

Over the weekend, the Lax Cats will be in the Hoosier State of Indiana to face Culver Military Academy on Saturday at 2 PM and Carmel High School on Sunday at 11 AM.

RUGBY: Coach Dan Arbeznik's state and nationally recognized program will be hosting the Brunswick Blue Devils on Thursday at 7:30 PM and will be taking on Gonzaga College High School out of Washington D.C. on Sunday at noon on a neutral field.  

TENNIS: Coach Jon Barker's team is coming off its second consecutive championship at the Medina Doubles Tournament (see Coach Barker's update on the Cats from this evening) and also posted impressive victories over St. Edward, Walsh Jesuit and Westlake last week.

The early week schedule for Coach Barker's rapidly improving team has the Tennis Cats on the road to face Shaker Heights in a 4 PM Tuesday match and at Medina Highland on Wednesday for another 4 PM matchup.

TRACK AND FIELD: As we reported on the corner last week, the Wildcats' gifted 4x800 relay team of seniors Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber, Colin Kruchan and Luke Wagner has been invited to compete in the prestigious Penn Relays at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia this weekend. The 4x800 competition begins on Friday at 9:40 and 9:50 AM, and Saturday's 4x800 Championships are slated for 4 PM.

As for the rest of Coach Chuck Kyle's team, they will be competing in Friday's Titan Relays at Berea-Midpark High School. The starting time is listed as 1 PM on the Saint Ignatius Track and Field web page and I am told that the early time is because it is Prom Weekend at the home of the Titans.

VOLLEYBALL: Coach Casey Marcelo's men of the net, one of the premier Division I programs in the state, are coming off a strong 2-1 showing during this past weekend's demanding "Spikes for Tykes" Tournament.

Coach Marcelo's 13-2 Cats are slated to travel to Brunswick on Thursday for a 7 PM matchup with the Blue Devils and on Saturday they will head to Montgomery County for the Elite Eight Tournament at Centerville High School. Matches get underway at 10 AM on Saturday.

NOTE: The Crew Cats do not have a competition scheduled this weekend, but for a look at this past weekend's outstanding performance, see the corner's post from earlier today that is presented by Assistant Coach Connor Walters.

Have a great and safe week and weekend!         

   

   

  

 

 

          

Here is a look at another exceptional weekend in Wildcats Crew from outstanding Assistant Coach Connor Walters
4/25/2016

Present by Coach Walters and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Wildcats win four races at Rustbelt Catholic Championship

Two weeks after an April snowstorm postponed the Rustbelt Catholic Championship, a re-scheduled event was held on Saturday morning at Lake Milton, just outside of the Youngstown area. Saint Ignatius, St. Edward, Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Canisius (Buffalo) were all in attendance.

Shortly before the start of racing, PCC Head Coach Jay Hammond declared, “The Rustbelt will rise again.”

Well, the Cleveland-area schools held up their own end of the bargain, as the Wildcats and Eagles won all seven races between them. Saint Ignatius clinched first place in the 2nd, 4th and 5th Varsity 8s, as well as the 1st Freshman 8. St. Edward won the 1st and 3rd Varsity 8s, plus the 2nd Freshman 8.

In each of the varsity victories for the Wildcats, the crews charged hard through the start and into the body of the 1,500m course, building large, open-water leads over the field. The 2V8 won by nearly 8 seconds, the 4V8 finished 7 seconds ahead of second-place Central and the 5V crushed two entries from Central by 16 seconds. For their performance in the 2V8 race, the Wildcat entry was awarded the Previts Cup, named for the mother of former head coach Matt Previts ’97.

Saint Ignatius’ win in the Freshman 8 was much closer than any of the varsity victories. The Wildcats pushed out to an early lead of about one length over Central and held off several advances from the Vikings, who retained overlap going into the last 250m. Yet the Freshmen from Ohio City remained strong and crossed the line 2.7 seconds up on Central.

That victory meant the Daniel P. Murphy Cup returns home to Saint Ignatius High School for the first time in a number of years. The trophy is named in memory of Daniel “Murph” Murphy, a hard-working Wildcat oarsman who was killed in an ATV accident early during his sophomore year at Saint Ignatius. Hats off to the Wildcat Freshmen for bringing it home again.

The Wildcat and Eagle lightweights got to battle each other in the 3V race, with the Eagles steadily pulling away down the course for a 5-second victory. The 1st Varsity race was by far the closest of the day through 750m, with St. Ed holding a slight lead over Central and Ignatius, who were about even. The Ignatius 1V, however, made contact with a marker buoy and fell behind by about a length. Yet the crew maintained its poise and even gained back ground on the two leading crews before ultimately finishing 3rd.

For the squad, it was a solid day of racing and all crews are looking to build on their performance as the countdown to the Midwest Championships hits 20 days. Next weekend, Canisius will travel to Cleveland for a Friday dinner and Saturday scrimmage with Saint Ignatius, in an effort to continue the friendship formed by the two Jesuit schools.

Connor Walters '09

Communications Coordinator: Mission
Assistant Coach: Varsity Rowing
Co-Moderator: C.A.T., Labre, The EYE


 
Before the corner lays this old catcher's body on his declining recliner, a tip of my many caps goes out to Cats outstanding senior center John Spellacy, who has announced that he has committed to East Carolina University
4/24/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

John, who this old-timer of the gridiron has referred to many times as the best center in Ohio and best man in the middle I have seen in many, many years, is coming off a 2015 season that saw him earn All-Northeast Lakes District and All-State recognition.

In 2016, John is joining Wildcats standout linebacker Johnny Velotta as two of the Wildcats' four Captains. The two other Captains will be announced during the summer practices.

Again, congratulations to John, the Spellacy family, Wildcats Head Coach Chuck Kyle, Cats outstanding Offensive Line Coach Adam Rini and the entire Saint Ignatius Football Program.

God Bless and all of the best John, now and in the future. I'll see you on Wasmer Field soon.    

Wildcats Varsity Baseball rides a three-run first inning and a seven-run seventh to an 11-2 victory over Cincinnati St. Xavier in Sunday's consolation game of the annual Ohio Jesuit Tournament at St. Xavier
4/24/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit April 2016

Cincinnati, Ohio - Saint Ignatius' gifted senior Dennis Grosel, whose leadership on the baseball diamond  is as vital as the potent bat he swings, said it was great to see the Wildcats sustain a potent offense on Sunday at St. Xavier High School.

The Cats, with Grosel contributing two hits and three runs batted in, took charge in the first inning and settled the issue in style with a seven-run top of the seventh in an 11-2 triumph over the Xavier Bombers at the annual Ohio Jesuit Tournament.

Saint Ignatius and St. Xavier were playing for third place in the tournament, as Walsh Jesuit and Toledo St. John's Jesuit earned the right to meet in the OJT Championship Game with their victories on Saturday.

Walsh Jesuit defeated the Wildcats on Saturday and St. John's Jesuit prevailed over St. Xavier. The Warriors from Walsh Jesuit took home the OJT 2016 tournament title with a 13-8 victory over the Titans from St. John's Jesuit on Sunday. That game was also played at St. Xavier.  

"We've kind of struggled with the bats this year, we've been on a hill, up and down" said Grosel, who joins senior center fielder/closer Mike Rogers and senior right-handed pitcher Murphy O'Brien as Head Coach Brad Ganor's three Captains. "We have to concentrate on the uphill and keep the bats rolling."

Grosel, who was a first-team All-Ohio Division I quarterback/Captain for Coach Chuck Kyle's Football Wildcats this past fall, echoed Coach Ganor's sentiments by pointing out that Saint Ignatius not only swung the bats with authority on Sunday, but capitalized on almost every St. Xavier mistake.

"That's what separates a 5-4 game from an 11-2 game," Grosel said of the forced and unforced errors St. Xavier committed.

The Wildcats wasted little time in grabbing the momentum, as they took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

With one out and the bases empty, senior second baseman Joe Evans, who is having a solid spring, was hit by a pitch and advanced to second base on an errant pick-off attempt at first base.

Up stepped Grosel with his first RBI on the day, scoring Evans  with a double to deep center field.  The other key hit in the top of the first was a run-scoring double by junior outfielder Ryan Jacobs.

St. Xavier, which like Saint Ignatius stands 7-7 heading into this week, cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the first inning without the benefit of a hit.

The Wildcats responded with a run in the top of the second and it stayed a 4-1 game until the bottom of the fifth, when the Bombers closed to 4-2.

Trailing, 4-2, entering the top of the seventh inning, it was Katy Bar the Door for St. Xavier.

The Bombers were hit with a seven-run barrage from Saint Ignatius that started when St. Xavier's left fielder lost a high pop into a tough sun with one out and the bases empty. After senior outfielder/leadoff hitter Nick Freund, who has been a constant for most of the season, drew a bases-loaded walk, Evans laced a base hit to center field that scored two runs and Freund came around to score when the ball got by the center fielder.

Grosel and senior shortstop Kevin Mingus completed the seventh-inning onslaught with RBI doubles. The final line score on the game read 11 runs, 11 hits and 3 errors for the Wildcats and 2 runs, 4 hits and 4 errors for the Bombers.

"That's typical high school baseball, you have to capitalize on mistakes," said Coach Ganor. "They (Walsh Jesuit) capitalized on our mistakes yesterday and we capitalized on St. Xavier's today. There's the two different outcomes.

"I thought Connor (Wildcats gifted junior southpaw Connor Adams) did a great job," Coach Ganor continued.  "He said he didn't have his best stuff today, but that's the mark of an ace pitcher, when you don't have your best stuff and are able to battle and give your team a chance to win. And that's exactly what he did."

In his six complete innings, Adams, a Louisville Cardinals recruit, yielded 4 hits, two unearned runs, walked two and struck out six. In the 95 pitches Connor threw, 59 of them were strikes.

Rogers, who reached base every time he stepped to the plate on Sunday and was 3-for-3 on the day with an RBI, came on to pitch in the bottom of the seventh.

Among the Cats' other big days were the two hits produced by Jacobs.

Up next for Saint Ignatius is Tuesday's matchup with old West Senate rival Holy Name. The first pitch from Baldwin Wallace University will be 5 PM.

Getting the starting call from Coach Ganor on Tuesday versus the Green Wave is promising 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior right-hander Braydon Nelson, who won his first Varsity game last week with five strong innings against the Mentor Cardinals at Classic Park.         

 

 

   

    

 

        

   

 

 

Here is a corner pocket on five of the other Wildcats Spring Sports Teams from their Saturday competition
4/23/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

TRACK AND FIELD

The Wildcats finished third at Saturday's tradition-rich Amherst Relays with 81 points. Solon was first with 96 points and Berea-Midpark was second with 90 points.

Here are the highlights for the Cats from Amherst Steele High School.

3200 Meter Run - C.J. Ambrosio, 1st place in 9:24.38

1600 Meter Relay - 1st place in 18:20.13, Jim Rogers, Liam McGurie, Connor Reilly and Tom Sullivan

4x800 Meter Relay - 1st place in 8:02.27, Pat Nolan, Tom Sulllivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan

800 Sprint Medley - 1st place in a new meet and stadium time of 1:34.03, James Norris, Jack Cook, Phil Zuccaro and Colin Kruchan. Broke the previous mark of 1:34.44 set by Medina in 2006.

110 Meter Hurdles - C.J. Moore, 3rd place, 15.49.

300 Meter Hurdles - Jack Ruddy, 5th place, 41.73

Distance Medley - 3rd place in 10:57.96, Greg Caniglia, Pat McGuire, C.J. Ambrosio and Jim Rogers.

4x110 Meter Shuttle Hurdles - 2nd place in 1:01.65, C.J. Moore, John Wetula, Jack Ruddy and Alex Ringfield.

4x400 Relay - 5th place in 3:31.34, Kyle Hall, Pat Nolan, Phil Zuccaro and Mike Huber.

RUGBY

Coach Dan Arbeznik's Cats traveled to Columbus on Saturday afternoon to face Indianapolis power Cathedral High School and were defeated in the final seconds, 10-8.

Saint Ignatius took an 8-5 lead on a try by Jack Ryan and a kick for points by Aidan Gill with approximately two minutes remaining.

Up next for the Cats is a matchup with Brunswick on Thursday at 7:30 PM on Wasmer Field.

VOLLEYBALL

Coach Casey Marcelo Cats now stand 13-2 after winning two of three matches during Saturday's demanding "Spikes for Tykes" Tournament at Capital University.

The Cats defeated Dublin Coffman, 25-18, 25-19, were defeated by Archbishop Alter 25-23, 25-13, and won in three sets over Westerville South.

Saint Ignatius, ranked fifth in the state in Division I, is scheduled to travel to Brunswick on Thursday evening.

LACROSSE

Coach Patrick McManamon's Lax Cats, ranked No. 1 in Northeast Ohio and second in the LaxPower state computer ratings, improved to 8-1 with a 7-0 triumph over Western Reserve Academy at Wasmer Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Lax Cats return to Wasmer Field on Wednesday night for a 7:30 encounter with the area and state-ranked Hudson Explorers.

CREW

The talented and tough-minded rowers of Head Coach Pat Connor and Assistant Coach Connor Walters brought home four championships this weekend  - 2V, 4V, 5V and 1F - along with the Previts Cup and the Daniel P. Murphy Memorial Cup at the Rustbelt Catholic Championships on Lake Milton, which is just outside the Youngstown area.   

        

 

 

 

Walsh Jesuit breaks open a 1-1 game by scoring three times in both the fifth and sixth innings and goes on to defeat Saint Ignatius, 7-1, in the first day of the annual Ohio Jesuit Baseball Tournament at St. Xavier High School
4/23/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit April 2016

Cincinnati, Ohio - On what was a perfect day for baseball, Saint Ignatius saw chances slip away late Saturday afternoon and Walsh Jesuit, a four-time state champion and two-time state runner-up, jumped on the opportunities that came its way.

In what was the second game of the opening round at the annual Ohio Jesuit Tournament on the sun-drenched campus of Cincinnati St. Xavier, the Wildcats and the Warriors battled to a 1-1 tie through 4 1/2 innings.

It was at that point, Walsh Jesuit welcomed Mr. Momentum back into its dugout with a three-run bottom of the fifth and then gave its standout senior right-hander Dominic Canzone, a The Ohio State University recruit, a pressure-less cushion heading into the seventh inning by scoring three more times in the bottom of the sixth.

The 7-1 victory over Saint Ignatius pushed the Warriors' record to 11-3 and advanced them to Sunday's OJT Championship Game versus Toledo St. John's Jesuit (8-2). The first pitch will be 11 AM on the main Varsity diamond at St. Xavier.

St. John's Titans made sure St. Xavier would remember them and their promising young pitcher, sophomore McCoy Butler, by defeating the Bombers, 3-0, in Saturday's first game.

Saint Ignatius and St. Xavier, who now stand 6-7 and 7-6, respectively, will meet in Sunday's 11 AM consolation, or third-place game, on the Bombers' other diamond.

"We had our chances," said Wildcats' veteran Head Coach Brad Ganor, who will send his gifted junior left-hander and Louisville recruit Connor Adams to the mound on Sunday. "When we got it to even there, the momentum went on our side.

"We talk all of the time to these guys about high school baseball being a game of momentum," Coach Ganor continued. "We have to understand that it (the momentum) shifted our way. If we were able to go out there in the bottom of the fifth inning and put up a zero, then it's a different game. A totally different game. We come up and we're more confident at the plate and we put more pressure on them.

"One-one, there's pressure (on Walsh Jesuit)," Coach Ganor said. "Four to one or 7-1, there's no pressure."

In a game that matched two of the finest pitchers in Northeast Ohio, Canzone and Saint Ignatius' gifted and gritty senior right-hander Murphy O'Brien, a St. Bonaventure recruit, O'Brien started the bottom of fourth with a strikeout that saw him battle back from a 3-1 count.

Canzone, who also swings a capable bat as the second hitter in Coach Chris Kaczmar's order, was then hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a fielder's choice and took third on a pitch in the dirt.

After Warriors senior designated hitter Mac Shinaberry drew a two-out walk, the first run of the game came home off a passed ball.

The Wildcats, who entered the weekend on a five-game winning streak and having won six of their previous seven games, answered with a run in the top of the fifth that was fueled by a leadoff single from sophomore first baseman/pitcher Tommy Grosel and a sacrifice bunt by senior center fielder Mike Rogers.

Sophomore outfielder Justin Sands was then inserted as a courtesy runner for Tommy Grosel and Justin advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Following a bouncer back to the mound for the second out of the inning, senior right fielder and leadoff hitter Nick Freund delivered a game-tying RBI single. Senior second baseman Joe Evans, who joins Freund as two of Coach Ganor's hottest hitters, followed with an authoritative single that put runners on first and third.

Walsh Jesuit kept it a 1-1 game, however, as Canzone was able to coax an inning-ending ground out.

Just when it seemed Saint Ignatius had taken the momentum away from the Warriors, the team from the North Coast League answered big time in the bottom frames of the fifth and sixth innings.

Coach Kaczmar's talented and opportunistic club loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth, courtesy of an error, a sacrifice bunt by senior third baseman Nate Reich, a single to center field by senior second baseman Bryce Marshall and a walk to junior shortstop Brendan Regan, a Michigan State recruit.

Canzone then helped his cause with a two-run single through the right side and his battery mate, senior Dan Mendenhall, followed with an RBI single to right field.

Leading, 4-1, Walsh Jesuit scored three more times in the bottom of the sixth with the big blow being a two-out, two-run double to deep left-center field by Canzone.

Coach Ganor singled out the continued solid approach that Freund is taking to the plate, as Nick had two more hits on Saturday, Evans' hot bat, the three hits that junior outfielder Ryan Jacobs gave the offense on Saturday, and the effort from O'Brien.

O'Brien worked 4.1 innings, yielded three hits, four runs of which only one was earned, struck out two, walked three, hit a batter and threw 40 strikes in his 74 pitches.

In improving to 4-0 on the season, Canzone went the distance. He totaled 89 pitches of which 67 were strikes, yielded seven hits (two were infield hits) and one earned run, had a hit batsman and struck out five.

A PROMISING TITAN: Right-hander McCoy Butler, who pitched St. John's Jesuit past host St. Xavier on Saturday, was a wide-eyed freshman last season with a strong arm, but needing to learn how to pitch.

Well, the progress is coming along just fine, thank you.

In a three-hit complete game shutout over the Bombers on their home field, Butler, now 1-0 this season, struck out four, did not walk a batter and kept his poise every time St. Xavier attempted to get back in the game.

The Titans will turn to big-game tested southpaw Joey Sabol (4-0) in Sunday's OJT Championship Game versus Walsh Jesuit.    

       

   

 

     

  

 

          

  

   

 

 

  

 

 

 

      

  

A tip of the corner's cap goes out to Jackson Murphy, whose superb effort on the mound helped the Junior Varsity Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over St. Edward on Friday
4/22/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Head Coach Cody Dearth and his Assistant Steve Nelson have the JV Cats off to an 8-2 start.

St. Edward's Junior Varsity is now 5-3.

Tonight's Wildcats Baseball Game versus Brecksville-Broadview Heights at Progressive Field has been postponed. It has been rescheduled for April 29.
4/22/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The game, which was scheduled for 5:30 PM, was postponed because Progressive Field absorbed too much rain over the past 24 hours.

Part of the annual Cleveland Indians Charities High School Classic, the game has been rescheduled for next Friday, April 29, at 5:30.

Coach Brad Ganor's Cats will now focus on the annual Ohio Jesuit Tournament at Cincinnati St. Xavier this weekend. Saint Ignatius will face Walsh Jesuit on Saturday, with the first pitch from the campus of St. Xavier slated for 4 PM.

St. Xavier and Toledo St. John's Jesuit open the OJT with a 1 PM game on Saturday.

Sunday's championship and consolation games are scheduled for 11 AM.    

Coach Casey Marcelo's Cats return to their winning ways at Stow on Thursday night
4/21/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Rebounding from Tuesday's straight-sets loss to Walsh Jesuit in what was a matchup of the state's two undefeated boys volleyball teams at Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium, the Cats showed just how tough minded they are on Thursday night at Stow.

After dropping the first set, 22-25, Saint Ignatius went on to a 3-1 victory by dominating the next three sets versus the Bulldogs, 25-12, 25-16 and 25-11.

Up next for the now 11-1 Volleyball Cats is Saturday's "Spikes for Tykes" Tournament at Capital University.

Saint Ignatius' outstanding Head Coach Casey Marcelo described Saturday's venue as grueling in that it begins at 8 AM and goes on until the early evening.

Along with the state's Division I fifth-ranked Wildcats, Saturday's play at Capital University will feature some of Ohio's other premier programs, including the 13-0 Warriors from Walsh Jesuit, who are ranked No. 1 in Division II.

There is a possibility, and we emphasize possibility, that Saint Ignatius and Walsh Jesuit could have a rematch on Saturday.

Here is Coach Marcelo's look at Thursday night's triumph over the Stow Bulldogs.

FROM COACH MARCELO: "We started the match with players that need some playing time and also rewarded them on starting a match, which is very important to young players. They deserve the honor of starting for all the hard work they put in at practice.

"In matches 2, 3 and 4 we put in the strongest lineup and wanted to work on more aggressive play," Coach Marcelo continued. "I think the hard week has taken its toll. It will be good to have a rest and be ready for Saturday.

"We had a good showing by Matt Sapanaro and James Purcell tonight with aggressive attacking, and Jacob Hoshaw was consistent with his aggressive serving."

 

Coach Nick Restifo's All-Ohio Quarterbck/Receiver Academy set for June 11
4/21/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Here are the details on one of the finest football camp days in the nation. The corner will be on hand to report on the atmosphere and happenings from Wasmer Field.

ALL-OHIO QUARTERBACK/RECEIVER ACADEMY
Saturday June 11, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
 
Wasmer Field at Saint Ignatius High School
Registration 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Fr. Sullivan Gym
 
OPEN TO ANYONE ENTERING THE 6TH TO 9TH GRADE IN 2016
 
BRING TURF SHOES AND/OR TENNIS SHOES
 
· Learn fundamentals of the quarterback/receiver positions
· Learn drills to improve performance/Skill development
· Receivers work on stance, start, releases and route running, pass catching
· Taking snaps from under the center and shotgun/Proper stance/alignment
· Drop back and Roll/Sprint out technique/ Shotgun and under Center Techniques
· Ball faking and play action
· All campers will receive an All-Ohio Quarterback/Receiver Academy t-shirt
 
STAFF INCLUDES: NICK RESTIFO (Coach of 16 All-Ohio Quarterbacks), JIM CAHILL (Saint Ignatius Freshman QB
coach), former NFL (Colts) quarterback TOM ARTH (Head Coach John Carroll University), BRIAN BEIGIE (John Carroll  University Receiver coach), MATT HOYER (Quarterback, University of Akron) and JOSIAH  KEDZIOR (Saint Ignatius Receiver coach).
 
The All-Ohio Quarterback Academy is under the direction of Coach Nick Restifo. Coach Restifo has been
coaching quarterbacks at Saint Ignatius High School for 35 years. He has tutored 16 All-Ohio First Team or
Honorable Mention quarterbacks since he began coaching quarterbacks in 1981.
 
COST $55.00    
Make checks payable to All-Ohio Quarterback Academy c/o Nick Restifo 1911 W30th Cleveland, OH 44113
 
If you have any questions contact Nick Restifo at nrestifo@ignatius.edu or by phone (216) 651-0222 ext. 502
All participants required to have their own health insurance.
 
INFORMATION SLIP
 
NAME______________________________  GRADE ENTERING IN 2016 ______ Position: QB_____Rec_____
 
ADDRESS___________________________CITY______________________ZIP___________
PHONE #__________________
 
CELL PHONE ___________________________School_____________________________________
 
E-mail address__________________________________________ Adult   S    M      L    XL
 
 
And while we're on the subject of Wildcats Lacrosse, a huge congratulations again to Cats standout Crew Cintron, who today officially signed to further his education and lacrosse career at Lehigh University
4/21/2016
Here are the latest LaxPower computer ratings for Ohio boys lacrosse
4/21/2016

Through Wednesday's action. Updated ratings were released today.

Rnk Team                       PR     In    Cor   Chp  WL Pct  W  L  T
  1 Upper Arlington        98.34  99.68  0.05  0.00  0.88 7- 1- 0
  2 Saint Ignatius            98.00  97.72  0.01  0.00  0.88 7- 1- 0
  3 Cincinnati St Xavier      97.72  95.24  0.07  0.00  0.90 9- 1- 0
  4 Dublin Coffman            96.84 95.47 0.05 0.00 0.90 9- 1- 0   

  5 Dublin Jerome 95.65 95.79 0.04 0.00 0.73 8- 3- 0

  6 Olentangy Liberty         95.48  96.23  0.01  0.00  0.70 7- 3- 0
  7 Olentangy Orange          95.01  92.07  0.05  0.00  0.86 6- 1- 0
  8 Dublin Scioto             94.89  91.38  0.07  0.00  0.91 10- 1- 0
  9 Chagrin Falls             94.86  91.30  0.08  0.00  1.00 6- 0- 0
10 Columbus DeSales          94.67  91.11  0.06  0.00  0.83 5- 1- 0
11 St Francis DeSales        94.62  91.70  0.01  0.00  0.89 8- 1- 0
12 Hudson                    94.51  92.17  0.07  0.00  0.86 6- 1- 0
13 Bishop Watterson          93.65  91.59  0.04  0.00  0.75  6- 2- 0
14 Olentangy HS              93.04  93.32 -0.04  0.00  0.50 5- 5- 0
15 University School         93.00  90.75  0.00  0.00  0.71 5- 2- 0
16 Archbishop Moeller        92.82  90.87 -0.00  0.00  0.67 4- 2- 0
17 Summit Country Day        92.54  89.35 -0.01  0.00  0.80 8- 2- 0
18 Mason 92.38 91.07 -0.07 0.00 0.44 4- 5- 0

19 Loveland                  92.29  88.11  0.06  0.00  0.88 7- 1- 0
20 Worthington Kilbourne     91.93  91.28 -0.05  0.00  0.45 5- 6- 0

The corner salutes Wildcat Lacrosse standout Jared Stepka, the Saint Ignatius Athlete of the Week
4/21/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

In splitting two games against two of the state's premier teams, 17-time state champion Upper Arlington and Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, Jared totaled 4 goals on 8 shots.

At Upper Arlington, a tough 12-10 setback that was described as a marvelous game by those in attendance, Jared had 2 goals on 2 shots and 4 ground balls.

Jared changed the dynamic of both games, which included a 15-4 home triumph over Archbishop Moeller, by forcing defenses to adjust from focusing on Crew Cintron and Alex Hornung to being forced to focus on Jared and up top middies.

This past winter, Jared's relentless play, both offensively and defensively, helped the Saint Ignatius Wildcats' Ice Hockey Program to its fourth OHSAA State Championship.

Again, congrats to Jared, his family, Saint Ignatius Head Lacrosse Coach Patrick McManamon and the entire Wildcats Lacrosse Program, which stands 7-1 heading into Saturday's 3 PM matchup with Western Reserve Academy.

  

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO COACH CHUCK KYLE'S OUTSTANDING 4X800 RELAY TEAM, WHICH HAS BEEN INVITED TO COMPETE IN THE PRESTIGIOUS PENN RELAYS!
4/21/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The team of seniors Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan will be representing Saint Ignatius at the oldest and longest running men's and women's track and field competition in the United States on April 29th and 30th at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

Held for the first time in April of 1895, the Penn Relays are presented by the University of Pennsylvania.

The Big School High School Boys 4x800 competition is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 29th, at 9:40 and 9:50 AM.

The High School 4x800 Championship of America is slated for Saturday, April 30th, at 4 PM.

Again, congratulations to Luke, Tom, Mike and Colin, their families, Mr. Chuck Kyle '69 and his staff, and the entire Saint Ignatius Track and Field Program.   

 

The Lax Cats improve to 7-1 by turning away the North Canton Hoover Vikings on Wednesday evening at Wasmer Field
4/20/2016

The Lax Cats, coming off their impressive victory over Archbishop Moeller on Sunday afternoon, outscored the Vikings, 6-0, in the second half.

Rated No. 2 to Upper Arlington in the latest LaxPower Computer Ratings (see the ratings post from Thursday), Saint Ignatius will face Western Reserve Academy on Saturday at 3 PM on Wasmer Field.

Note: Two reports were tweeted out on the final score last night, 12-2 and 11-2. The North Canton Hoover website reported the final score as 11-2.

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer 

The "resilient" Wildcats, behind the pitching of Braydon Nelson and Mike Rogers, and clutch hits by Drew Asadorian, Nick Freund and Joe Evans in a four-run second inning, turn back the Mentor Cardinals, 5-4, at Classic Park on Wednesday evening
4/20/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit April 2016

From Classic Park, the home of the Lake County Captains and, along with Baldwin Wallace University, one of Saint Ignatius' two homes away from home.

The Wildcats of Head Coach Brad Ganor, who got off to an 0-5 start this season that included three losses in Florida, evened their record at 6-6 and extended their winning streak to five games.

Mentor's Cardinals, under the direction of Jeff Haase, led 1-0 after the top of the first inning and trailed by one run heading into the top of the seventh before being turned away by senior Mike Rogers' third save of the season. The Cardinals now stand 5-5.

Saint Ignatius' 5-4 triumph, which Coach Ganor described as winning ugly, but also being resilient, was highlighted by a four-run bottom of the second.

Mentor made it a one run game by scoring two runs in the top of the third inning and the Cats scored their fifth and eventual winning run in the bottom of the fourth.

A Cardinals' run in the top of the sixth cut the deficit to 5-4 and that is how it ended after Rogers, who took the mound in the top of the seventh, recorded a strikeout and senior shortstop Kevin Mingus hauled in a high pop fly in left field. Mike's K and Kevin's game-ending catch came with Mentor runners on first and second. Those runners reached on back-to-back one-out walks.

Among the Cats' highlights were the five complete innings that oh so promising junior right-hander Braydon Nelson gave his team in earning what is Braydon's first victory on the Varsity level. He is now 1-0 after showing moments of promise in his other starting opportunities this young season.

Braydon's five innings included three runs, all of which were unearned, three strikeouts, two walks and 87 total pitches, 56 of which were strikes.

Saint Ignatius' four-run second inning began with a one-out walk by Rogers and a sharp ground ball off the bat of sophomore first baseman Tommy Grosel that the shortstop couldn't handle. Sophomore catcher Drew Asadorian followed with an authoritative game-tying RBI single and, with two outs, gritty junior third baseman Mark Geraci was hit by a pitch.

Up stepped senior right fielder and leadoff hitter Nick Freund and senior second baseman Joe Evans, who both went Rip City to right field for run-scoring hits, with Joe's being a two-RBI shot that came off a 1-2 pitch and staked the Cats to a 4-1 lead.

Mentor, which scored the game's first run on an RBI single by senior left fielder Ricky Valeri in the top of the first inning, cut the deficit to 4-3 in the top of the third by taking advantage of three errors by the Cats, including one that resulted in the Cardinals' second and third runs.

After Saint Ignatius moved to a 5-3 lead  in the bottom of the fourth, a run that was fueled by Tommy Grosel's sharp single past the third baseman, a ground ball to the right side by Asadorian that moved Tommy to second and an error, Mentor closed to 5-4 in the  top of the sixth off back-to-back doubles by junior second baseman Tommy Klepcyk and junior center fielder and lead-off hitter Nathan Birtley. Those consecutive two-baggers came with two outs and the bases empty.

The line score on the game was 4 runs, 7 hits and 1 error for the Cardinals, and 5 runs, 8 hits and 4 errors for the Wildcats.

FROM BRAYDON NELSON, WHO WAS KIND ENOUGH TO  SHARE HIS THOUGHTS WITH THE CORNER AFTER HIS POSTGAME OUTFIELD SPRINTS.

"It feels great to get the first win (on the Varsity level)," Braydon said. "The offense kept me going with the run support and allowed me to do my thing on the mound.

"Honestly, I would say everything (fastball, curveball and changeup ) was working pretty well for me today," Braydon continued. "I had to make some tough pitches, because the Mentor hitters were doing pretty well answering.

"It was fun pitching in this game," said Braydon, who was acknowledged in Coach Ganor's post-game talk for "Keeping us in the game."

FROM COACH GANOR

"Win ugly, but win, just find a way,' Coach Ganor said. "To get it back to even (6-6) is great. I'm happy for them, they're resilient. We're finding that out. We wondered for the first week if we were resilient, but the last two weeks I'm seeing a lot of resiliency."

The resiliency Coach Ganor referred to has come in the form of six victories in the Cats' last seven games, including a current five-game winning streak.

"Mentor was a real good hitting team and today we had to battle on the mound," said Coach Ganor, who will lead his Cats against the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees on Friday at 5:30 PM in the Cleveland Indians Charities High School Classic at Progressive Field. "I thought Braydon did a great job on the mound. He picked up the defense when we needed him to. That's a good one-run game that will get your blood flowing a little bit. It might have flowed a little more than I wanted it to, but all in all, I'm very happy for them to get it back to 6-6."

NOTE: After Friday night's game at Progressive Field it's off to the Queen City of Cincinnati on Saturday for the annual Ohio Jesuit Tournament at St. Xavier High School. The Cats' first game is Saturday at 4 PM versus Coach Chris Kaczmar's Walsh Jesuit Warriors.

Saturday's 1 PM game matches the host Bombers of St. Xavier against the Titans of Toledo St. John's Jesuit and Sunday's championship and consolation games are both scheduled for 11 AM.

The corner will be on hand for game coverage both Friday night at the home of the Tribe and on the campus of St. Xavier over the weekend.

Providing live broadcasts from Progressive Field and St. Xavier will be the golden tones of Brendan DeVenney and Matt MacKenzie, who promise to do their best Vince Scully and Tom Hamilton over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.

Mr. Vince Scully, the eloquent Hall of Fame broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has begun his 67th and what he says will be his last season before it is on to retirement.

And Mr. Tom Hamilton, well what can you say? In this old-timer's humble opinion (and I grew up listening to the radio, not watching TV), the best of the best in the Indians' broadcasting history.

Have a great and safe weekend!         

    

  

 

  

      

  

         

 

 

The Cats' Bats and Base Running make their mark, Connor Adams' left arm is money, as is Griffin Hunt's work out of the bullpen. It all adds up to a 5-1 victory over St. Vincent-St. Mary at Classic Park on Tuesday.
4/19/2016

Presented By Saint Ignatius' outstanding Team Manager George Martin '16 and Head Coach Brad Ganor, and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer.

THIS OLD-TIMER WAS COVERING THE VOLLEYBALL HEADLINER BETWEEN THE CATS AND THE WALSH JESUIT WARRIORS ON TUESDAY NIGHT, BUT WILL RETURN TO THE DIAMOND ON WENDESDAY FOR THE BASEBALL CATS' GAME VERSUS THE MENTOR CARDINALS IN CLASSIC PARK. THE FIRT PITCH IS 5 PM.

From Joltin' George Martin: The Cats' bats were working today, as they constantly put the ball in play to force the Irish to make plays on the defensive end. With 4 total hits, Nick Freund, Dennis Grosel, and Mike Rogers were feeling good at the plate. Dennis had two singles on the day and Freund as well, as the entire offense was like speed demons on the base paths. Rogers worked the count on a walk and hit a single to center as well. The Cats jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back as they scored 5 runs in total.

The Wildcat defense was strong throughout the game as junior Erik Demchuk had a marvelous play at 3rd base to highlight a great night. Junior phenom, Connor Adams, pitched 4 innings of no run baseball. He had a total of 60 pitches with 39 of them being strikes. He allowed 2 hits and fanned 5 batters. Safe to say Adams pitched the way he has all season.

Sensational reliever Griffin Hunt came in to shut down St. Vincent-St. Mary in the final three innings. He gave up 3 hits and a run, but it was not earned. He struck out 5 batters while throwing 50 pitches. Griffin has proven himself to be a trustworthy reliever for Coach Ganor and the Wildcats so far this season.

From Coach Ganor, whose Cats improved to 5-6 and extended their winning streak to four games: Connor Adams settled in and worked with great tempo. I wanted him to throw 60 pitches so we could have him back 100% for the Jesuit tournament this weekend, and he did just that. Griffin did what he has been doing all year, throwing strikes. I thought Nick Freund had a great day and was all over the bases. We have been talking about each week starting new. We played well last week and this week started off well. We know we will have a tough one with Mentor tomorrow so we need to turn our attention immediately to that game.

FROM THE CORNER: Coach Jeff Hasse's Mentor Cardinals stand 5-4 after their 7-4 triumph at Shaker Heights on Tuesday evening.

Two of Cardinals' four losses were to St. Edward, 4-2, and Strongsville, 8-7.

Last season, two of the current Wildcats, shortstop Kevin Mingus and left fielder Ryan Jacobs, each had two hits as Saint Ignatius defeated Mentor, 9-1, at The Pipe Yard Classic in Lorain County.

On the mound for the Cats on Wednesday in Classic Park will be promising 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior right-hander Braydon Nelson.

Just a little side note, Mentor graduate Kade McClure got off to a 6- 0 start for the University of Louisville this season. Saint Ignatius' gifted junior southpaw Connor Adams is a Louisville recruit.   

Wildcats Volleyball was right there in two of the three sets, but Walsh Jesuit rode its talent, mental toughness and aggressiveness to a three-set victory over the Wildcats in what was a battle of the unbeatens in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium on Tuesday night
4/19/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit April 2016

Wash Jesuit, the state's top-ranked Division II program, improved to 13-0 with a 25-23, 25-15, 25-23 straight-sets triumph over the Cats, who are Ohio's fifth-ranked Division I team.

Coach Casey Marcelo's Wildcats, off to the best start in Saint Ignatius' volleyball history, lost for the first time in 11 matches this season.

"They executed really well across the board and read our defense pretty well," said Coach Marcelo of the Warriors, who are also the top-ranked team in the North Region, one spot ahead of Saint Ignatius. "They were pretty quick and we didn't have answers to some of their attacks. We did, towards the end, but it was a little too late.

"It's disappointing to let it slip away (the third and decisive set that saw the Cats holding a 22-17 lead)," Coach Marcelo continued. "But I have confidence in our guys to learn from this. They (Walsh Jesuit) had the fortitude to fight and overcome their adversities, and we have had matches that came out that way. We just have to learn to be very, very aggressive towards the end."

After a see-saw first set in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium that saw the Warriors' ever-present Joey Piazza go slam city down the stretch and key Walsh Jesuit's 25-23 win, Coach Brad Seislove's team pretty much controlled a significant portion of the second set, 25-15.

Coach Marcelo's Cats, adjusting to the Warriors' power attack, played their game in the third set and moved to a five point lead, 22-17.

Keeping its composure, Walsh Jesuit went on an aggressive 8-1 closing run and their faithful applauded what was a gut-check effort on the road.

"We really stayed about our process," said Coach Seislove, a 2006 graduate of Walsh Jesuit. "We kind of set forth what we want to do at every match. We want to win the battle of serve and pass, and I thought we did an excellent job of doing that tonight.

"We have a lot of real special kids on this team, Joey (Piazza), Paul (Collins) and Eric (Bulgrin) are returning starters and they have been part of three runs to the state tournament," Coach Seislove continued. "Just their work ethic and the way they come in every day is something special. They lead the team and the team is following suite. Every day we walk into practice it's to get better, and they (Piazza, Collins and Bulgrin) set the tone."

Piazza (16 kills), Collins (15 kills) and Bulgrin (6 blocks) helped show the way again on Tuesday night and got plenty of support from Colin Waltz (40 assists) and Cory Grumbach(12 digs), among others.

ON BOTH SIDES: Special is a word than can be used for both the Cats and the Warriors, as Saint Ignatius, despite the disappointing setback, exuded class. As Coach Marcelo emphasized, his team will learn from this and carry the experience to bigger and better things as April concludes and May begins.

"I just think we needed to take the game to them, and we didn't," Coach Marcelo said.

A POSSIBLE REMATCH THIS WEEKEND?: Saint Ignatius and Walsh Jesuit will be competing in the "Spikes for Tykes" Tournament this weekend at Capital University. Depending on the draw, they could, and we emphasize could, match up for the second time in five days. The tournament includes other state powers such as Elder, Centerville and Archbishop Alter.

THE TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE: With Division I top-ranked Cincinnati St. Xavier, Saint Ignatius and Walsh Jesuit, the sport of boys volleyball in Ohio has a strong Jesuit presence. By the way, Coach Seislove's Warriors defeated St. Xavier last weekend for the first time.

CONGRATS TO THE JV CATS OF COACH ANNE KENT, WHO DEFEATED WALSH JESUIT, 25-20, 18-25, 25-19, AND IMPROVED TO 5-3.

The strong, active and enthusiastic play of the Cats' John Moynihan left an impression on this old-timer.

HERE ARE SOME STATS FROM THE SAINT IGNATIUS-WALSH JESUIT VARSITY MATCHUP, COURTESY OF THE WILDCATS' STATS CREW.

Games Played: 3

Serve
Attempts: 50  Aces: 3  Errors: 5
Aces/Game: 1.0  Ace%: 6.0  Serve%: 90.0

Serve Receive
Receptions: 45  Errors: 3  Avg: 2.49

Setting
Total Sets: 66  Assists: 25  Errors: 0
Assists/Game: 8.3

Attack
Attempts: 71  Kills: 26  Errors: 13  KE: .183
Kills/Game: 8.7

Defense / Custom
Digs: 19  Blk S: 2  Blk A: 20  Blk E: 27  BHE: 6
Digs/Game: 6.3  Blocks/Game: 4.0
Blk Attem: 0  Custom 2: 0
Custom 3: 0  Custom 4: 0.

 

 

 

 

 

 
       
   

       

 

   

   

 

 

  

 

   

 

 

  

 

      

 

   

 

       

 

  

 

  

Tuesday's Volleyball showdown with Walsh Jesuit, the annual Ohio Jesuit Baseball Tournament and the 61st running of the Amherst Comet Relays headline what promises to be another memorable week in Wildcats Athletics
4/18/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit April 2016

Fairview Park, Ohio -  It all starts tomorrow night at 7, when Coach Casey Marcelo's Volleyball Cats, off to a program-best 10-0 start and ranked fifth in the state in Division I, take on the Walsh Jesuit Warriors, who are Ohio's top-ranked program in Division 2. The Warriors and the Cats are ranked 1-2, respectively, in the North Region.

The Saint Ignatius Student Broadcast Network will be on hand for coverage tomorrow night in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium and yours truly will be honored to get my first look at the 2016 Volleyball Cats.

Thanks to Coach Marcelo's faithful reports, the corner has been able to keep up with the Cats' success. Yes, seven spring sports have this old-timer burning the 1 to 2 AM oil, never mind midnight.

We'll see you at Fr. Sullivan Gym tomorrow night!

Note: After Tuesday night's headliner, the Saint Ignatius website schedules have the Volleyball Cats slated to travel to Stow on Thursday night (7 PM), and competing in a tournament at Capital University on Saturday at 9 AM.

BASEBALL

Coach Brad Ganor's Wildcats (4-6), coming off their impressive display of offense in a doubleheader sweep of Grove City and Upper Arlington (see the corner's story from Saturday), have five games scheduled this week, starting with Tuesday's 5 PM first pitch versus St. Vincent-St. Mary in Classic Park.    

The Cats return to Classic Park on Wednesday to face the Mentor Cardinals at 5 PM and then it is the baseball highlights of the week - Friday's 5:30 PM matchup with the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees in Progressive Field and the annual Ohio Jesuit Tournament at St. Xavier on Saturday and Sunday.
 
Friday's matchup with the Bees on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario is part of the annual Cleveland Indians Charities High School Hardball Classic.
 
As for the tradition-rich Ohio Jesuit Tournament, Coach Ganor's Wildcats will face Coach Chris Kaczmar's Walsh Jesuit Warriors on Saturday at 4 PM. The Bombers of St. Xavier and the Titans from Toledo St John's Jesuit will open tournament play at 1 PM on Saturday. 
 
Sunday will begin with Mass at 8 AM, breakfast at 9 and at 11 AM, the winners and losers from Saturday will match pitches in the championship and consolation games. Again, both of Sunday's games will be played at 11 AM.
 
As for Brecksville-Broadview Heights, the Bees have won nine consecutive Southwestern Conference Championships, brought home District titles in 2007 and 2009, and advanced to the Elite 8 in 2007. Since 2005, Brecksville has produced 30 players who have earned playing positions at various colleges or universities, including six at the Division I level.
 
Among the Bees to watch is senior left-handed pitcher/outfielder Jackson Gilbride, an Ohio Northern recruit who was 6-0 in eight starts last season with 1.38 ERA and 51 strikeouts, and also swung the bat to the tune of a .371 average with a 526 on-base percentage and 32 runs scored.
 
Also keep an eye on the Bees' versatile John MacDonald, a third baseman/catcher/pitcher who played five different positions in one game last season. John is bound for the University of Mount Union. The other Brecksville mainstays are middle infielder/pitcher Joe Raffin, also a University of Mount Union recruit, outfielder/lefty pitcher Erik Birk, who will be going on to play for Coach Brian Harrison at Baldwin Wallace University, and Dan Harwood, a southpaw pitcher/outfielder/first baseman who had a 3-0 record and an ERA last spring of 2.01, and led the Bees in at-bats and runs batted in. Dan has committed to the College of Wooster.  
 
Walsh Jesuit, whose tradition on the diamond speaks for itself, was 7-2 as of Saturday afternoon. The Warriors received an outstanding performance from The Ohio State University recruit Dominic Canzone in last week's 9-1 victory over St. Vincent-St. Mary, as Dominic yielded just one hit and struck out eight. SVSM's run was unearned.
 
Supplying the offense against St. Vincent-St. Mary were seniors Mac Shinaberry with three hits and Bryce Marshall, who also had a multi-hit game.
 
As for the Titans of St. John's Jesuit, the season started with three consecutive victories and then Mother Nature made sure she would be the one remembered, as the Titans experienced seven, count them seven, cancellations.
 
St. John's Jesuit, 4-2 entering Tuesday's game with Toldeo Whitmer, opened its season with an 8-0 win over Toledo Start, as junior Joey Sabol threw five innings for the victory, yielding only two hits while striking out four. Fellow junior Jared Telecky keyed the offense with a double and two runs batted in.
 
The Titans then traveled to Orchard Lake St. Mary's and played in conditions that featured "snow storms" and 35 degree temperatures. St. John's Jesuit built a 9-2 lead and hung on for a 9-8. victory. Titans senior Sam McClurg had 3 hits in 4 at-bats, drove in two runs and scored three.
 
St. Xavier's Bombers were 4-5 entering Saturday's game versus Hamilton Badin. Two of their setbacks were to perennial power and Queen City rival Archbishop Moeller, 4-1, at the University of Cincinnati, and 5-3 to the Harrison Wildcats of Hamilton County on Friday in the Great American Ball Park.
 
We'll take a look at Wednesday's opponent, the Mentor Cardinals, on Tuesday.
 
TRACK AND FIELD
 
Coach Chuck Kyle's gifted Wildcats improved to 3-0 on the season with another impressive performance, this time at the GlenOak Second Sole Eagle Elite (see the corner's post from Saturday night).
 
The Track and Field Cats are gearing up for Saturday's tradition-rich Amherst Comet Relays, which get underway at 9 AM at Amherst Steele High School. 
 
LACROSSE
 
Coach Patrick McManamon's savvy and skilled 6-1 lacrosse team, coming off Sunday's impressive 15-4 victory over Archbishop Moeller, will host North Canton Hoover on Wednesday at 7:15 PM and on Saturday Western Reserve Academy pays a visit to Wasmer Field for a 3 PM face-off.
 
TENNIS
 
Coach Jon Barker's Cats have a busy week that begins Tuesday with a 4 PM match versus Westlake at Magnificat and continues with matches at Walsh Jesuit on Wednesday at 4 PM, at Lakewood on Thursday at 4 PM, and then it is back to Magnificat on Saturday for the Medina Doubles Team Tournament at 7:45 AM.
 
RUGBY
 
Coach Dan Arbeznik's talented and tough-minded young men will be after their eighth victory in 10 encounters on the paddock when they face Indiana power Indianapolis Cathedral at 3 PM on Saturday in Columbus.
 
CREW
 
The Cats' rich-in-promise rowers are looking forward to this weekend, when a re-scheduled Rustbelt Championship is set to take place on Lake Milton. Saint Ignatius will have the opportunity to face Pittsburgh Central Catholic, St. Edward and Canisius High School.
Here are the Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Coaches Association's Division I rankings for the week ending 4/17/16
4/18/2016

1. - St. Xavier (9) - 179
2. - Hilliard Darby (8) - 171
3. - Centerville (2) - 169
4. - Elder (2) - 167
5. - Saint Ignatius (1) - 142
6. - Archbishop Moeller (1) - 121
7. - Pickerington North - 104
8. - Beavercreek - 63
9. - Olentangy - 58
10- Lakota East - 32
..... Westerville South - 28
..... Jackson - 9
..... Pickerington Central - 6
..... Brunswick - 5

Note: Walsh Jesuit and Saint Ignatius, who are gearing up for Tuesday night's showdown in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium, are ranked 1-2, respectively, in the North Region and the Warriors are ranked No. 1 in Division II.

For a look at another successful weekend for the now 10-0 Volleyball Cats, see Sunday's post on the corner from Coach Casey Marcelo.

Here is the weekly look at the Crew Cats from Wildcats Assistant Coach Connor Walters '09
4/18/2016

Presented By Coach Walters and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

FROM COACH WALTERS: The Wildcat Navy competed at the Cincinnati Invitational this weekend, which put them up against some of the best teams in the region, including Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club, St. Louis Rowing Club,  Westerville Crew and New Trier.

It was a tough day of racing at 2,000m distances (scholastic races are usually 1,500m), but the team learned a lot from their performance.

Most races had heats in the  morning and the top two or three in each would advance to the finals. The Varsity 8 placed 2nd in their heat and 4th in the grand final.

In the 2nd Varsity 8 final the two Wildcat entries finished 4th and 6th. A third entry in the 2nd Varsity 8 did not advance out of the heat. The  Lightweight 8 finished 5th of five and struggled to find a strong rhythm in their final-only event. Shortly afterward, that crew split up into two 4s and both had much better races against heavyweight boats.

The  surprise of the day for the Varsity Wildcats was the 2nd Varsity 4, which advanced to the petite (second-level) final, but due to a marshaling error rowed in the grand final and managed to beat another crew.

On the Freshman/Novice side, the Saint Ignatius  Freshman 8 qualified for the grand final, finishing 6th. The Wildcat  Novice 8 did not advance out of their heat.

The two Novice 4s that competed for Saint Ignatius earned 2nd and 4th places finishes in their petite final, after advancing out of the morning's head race.

Head Coach Pat Connor '94 told the team at the end of the day that choosing to face top clubs and scholastic teams was intentional, and it was clear from each boat's performance in the finals that all crews made  improvements from their morning races.

The team looks ahead to next weekend, when a re-scheduled Rustbelt Championship is set to take place on Lake Milton and Saint Ignatius will face Pittsburgh Central Catholic, St. Edward and Canisius High School.

 
The Lax Cats control the second and third periods and go on to defeat Archbishop Moeller, 15-4, on Wasmer Field Sunday afternoon
4/17/2016

Posted By  Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coming off Friday night's tough 12-10 loss at Upper Arlington, which was described by observers as a great display of lacrosse, Coach Patrick McManamon's Lax Cats wore down the Crusaders from Archbishop Moller and now stand 6-1 on the season.

After a 2-2 first period, the Lax Cats went on to outscore Moeller 4-0 in the second period and 7-0 in the third period in route to the 15-4 triumph over the team from the Queen City.

The Crusaders headed back home with a record of 3-2.

Helping show the way for Saint Ignatius was the talent-rich 1-2 senior punch of Canisius College recruit Alex Hornung and Lehigh University recruit Crew Cintron, who each scored three goals.

Jared Stepka, a standout on the Wildcats' 2016 State Champion Ice Hockey Team, contributed two goals, as did the ever-present Sam Humphrey.

Up next for the Lax Cats is Wednesday night's 7:15 face-off with the Vikings from North Canton Hoover on Wasmer Filed.

Here is how the Vikings have fared this season.

4/15/2016           L           Chagrin Falls 13           Hoover V 12                             
4/11/2016      W           Hoover V 10           Univeristy School 7                             
4/9/2016           PPD           Shaker Heights           Hoover V 0                             
4/5/2016           W           Hoover V 12           Medina 9                             
3/31/2016           L           St. Edward 5           Hoover V 4                             
3/23/2016           W           Hoover V 17           Westlake 11                             
3/22/2016           W           Hoover V 16           Archbishop Hoban 4

 

 

Coach Casey Marcelo's Volleyball Cats are now a perfect 10! A battle of the unbeatens takes place Tuesday night, as Walsh Jesuit visits Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium.
4/17/2016
From Saint Ignatius' outstanding Head Volleyball Coach Casey Marcelo and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
 
Cats improve to 10-0  with a tri-match triumph over Archbishop Hoban (D2-8) and Mt. Vernon (D2-5) in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium.

From Coach Marcelo
 
Versus Archbishop Hoban, 25-16, 25-17, 21-25, 25-18
Danny Michals 20 kills; James Purcell 7 kills; Phil Catanzaro 5 aces, 32 assists; Jacob Hoshaw 19 digs, 2 aces.
 
Versus Mt. Vernon - 25-23, 25-11, 21-25, 25-21
Danny Michals 21 kills, 2 aces; James Purcell 11 kills; Rich Holzheimer 39 assists; Jacob Hoshaw 18 digs.
 
Come see us at home Tuesday night versus Walsh Jesuit (7 PM), as the only undefeated teams in the state square off, and cheer on your Volleyball Cats!!!
Coach Chuck Kyle's Track and Field Cats are now 3-0 this season after taking first place at Saturday's GlenOak Second Sole Eagle Elite
4/17/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Among the many highlights for the Track and Field Cats were the Stadium Record first place of 10.79 in the 100 meter dash by standout senior sprinter James Norris, who is bound for Cornell University.

Sophomore Phil Zuccaro was third in the 100 meter dash at 11.11 and James (21.82) and Phil (22.20) were 1-2 in the 200 meter dash.

In the 800 meter run, Colin Kruchan and Mike Huber were 1-2, respectively, with Colin running a 1:57.91 and Mike a 1:58.48.

The Cats' outstanding 4x800 team of Pat Nolan, Mike Huber, Liam McGurie and Colin Kruchan took first place in 8:01.46.

Jim Rogers was fifth in the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:33.44, C.J. Ambrosio was fourth in the 3200 meter run at 9:32.95 and Tom Sullivan was sixth in the 3200 at 9:58.37.

Saint Ignatius' 4x200 relay team of Anthony Pelligrino, Jack Cook, Mike Lehto and Quinn Lawless was seventh in a time of 1:31.87.

Jack Ruddy was fourth in 300 meter hurdles at 40.96 and C.J. Moore was eighth in 41.34. C. J. Moore was also sixth in the 110 meter hurdles at 15.84.

Mike Lehto was fifth in the long jump at 20-10.50, Mac Nagel was 7th in the pole vault at 11-00.00, and Kyle Aerni tied for 4th place in the high jump with a 6-00.00.

The final top five point totals were Saint Ignatius 95.50; GlenOak 74.50; Canton McKinley 58; Glenville 49 and Copley 44.50.

Saint Ignatius' other first-place performances came at the season-opening Brunswick Elite on Easter Saturday and the Hilliard Davidson Wildcat Premier.

Mother Nature took first place at last week's tradition-rich Medina Relays.

Up next for Coach Kyle's Cats is Saturday's 61st Annual Comet Relays at Amherst Steele High School. The competition begins at 9 AM.    

 

 

Saint Ignatius Varsity Baseball totals 20 runs and 22 hits in sweeping two of the state's highly regarded programs in a doubleheader on Saturday, 6-0 over Grove City and 14-7 versus host Upper Arlington
4/16/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit April 2016

From the baseball-rich facility on the campus of Upper Arlington High School

It was a picture-perfect spring day in Franklin County on Saturday and Saint Ignatius Head Coach Brad Ganor couldn't have drawn it up any better for his Wildcats, who have had difficulty scoring runs during the first three weeks of the season.

After defeating a solid Youngstown Ursuline team, 1-0, on Thursday, the Cats erupted for their biggest offensive output of 2016 and now stand 4-6 heading into Tuesday's 5 PM first pitch versus St. Vincent-St. Mary in Classic Park.   

With not a cloud in the blue sky that hovered over the home of the Golden Bears of Upper Arlington, Saint Ignatius rained hits and runs all over Grove City and Upper Arlington, and walked away with a doubleheader sweep over two of the Central District's highly respected programs.

In game one, the Wildcats scored all of their runs in the first three innings and rode the gifted right arm of senior Murphy O'Brien to a 6-0 triumph over the Greyhounds from Grove City. The Greyhounds entered their matchup with Saint Ignatius with a 9-3 record.

O'Brien, a St. Bonaventure University recruit who is also one of Coach Ganor's tri-Captains, worked 5 1/3 innings in blanking Grove City. Murphy yielded two hits, struck out six, walked three and fired 92 pitches, 55 of which were strikes.

Murphy now stands 1-1 as a starter this year after setting a school record with 10 saves as the ace out of the bullpen in 2015.

Promising 6-foot-4 junior right-hander Braydon Nelson put a seal on the shutout with an inning and two thirds that saw Braydon give up one hit, record two strikeouts and no walks. He threw 22 pitches, 14 for strikes.

The nightcap featured a matchup between host Upper Arlington and Saint Ignatius that was pretty much all about a Wildcats offense that produced 14 runs.

Upper Arlington, which also defeated Grove City, 3-1, in Saturday's opener, is now 9-4 after being hit early and often by Saint Ignatius' now hot bats.

Only a four-run bottom of the seventh allowed the Golden Bears to walk off their field with a 14-7 loss.  

Senior right-hander Nick Freund got the starting call from Coach Ganor and worked 3 2/3 innings. Nick, who is 1-0 this spring, yielded two hits, three runs, one of which was earned, walked three and had one strikeout.

Junior right-hander Danny Adler turned in workman-like 2 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Cats, yielding three hits. Danny had a strikeout and did not issue a walk.

THE CATS' BATS

Saint Ignatius' offense versus Grove City saw Freund, who doubles as a starting right fielder, come up with two hits and a number of his teammates each produce one hit. The Wildcats also took advantage of six errors by the Greyhounds.

Coach Ganor's club took command against Grove City with a three-run third inning that featured a sharp lead-off single by senior catcher John Robinson, a base hit through the left side by junior outfielder Ryan Jacobs, an error and RBI singles by senior center fielder/tri-Captain Mike Rogers and versatile junior infielder/pitcher Erik Demchuk.

Rogers led the 12-hit attack against Upper Arlington with three hits and senior second baseman Joe Evans, who is having an impressive start to the season, had two hits.

Also touching up the Golden Bears' pitching for two-hit games were sophomore first baseman Tommy Grosel and junior infielder Christion Ramos. Christion hit a towering double to the base of the fence in left field that had the Wildcat faithful on their feet.  

Providing the big blow that unleashed the Cats' offense against Upper Arlington was senior outfielder Dan Volpe, who delivered a two-out, bases-loaded three-run triple to deep left-center field. Rogers followed with an RBI single and the Golden Bears were back on their heels. Volpe also had a double to deep left-center field in the Grove City game.

FLASHING THE LEATHER: Saint Ignatius' defense played a significant role during Sweep Saturday as Tommy Grosel was money at first base, senior shortstop Kevin Mingus and Evans controlled the middle infield, sophomore catcher Drew Asadorian continued to show his savvy behind the dish, and Rogers patrolled the outfield from the 8 position.

FROM MURPHY O'BRIEN: "If I had to choose, probably the curve ball," O'Brien said when asked what pitch was clicking for him on Saturday afternoon. "I was really comfortable throwing that in hitters' counts.

"It's really hard to say right now," O'Brien continued when asked if the Cats are totally back and prepared to gear up for another postseason run. "We've got some momentum. Those wins today were great wins. That was the best we've played all year. If we carry this on, that could be the turnaround."

FROM COACH GANOR: "We knew it was coming at some point," said Coach Ganor of the impressive offensive display the Cats put forth on Saturday. "It takes pressure off the pitchers, pitchers are more comfortable and can get into a rhythm.

"I'm really happy for the offense and hope that we're building in confidence, feeling some success and trying to build on that," Coach Ganor continued. "It's hard to play a doubleheader and win a doubleheader. But to take two down here against two quality programs, I'm very happy with that.

"Each week is a different week, and now we're moving on to the next one."

FROM A VERY SPECIAL FAN, COACH GANOR'S SON, DOMINIC: "They played very good today and we hope that they win every single game and get to the state championship. They pitch good, but they have to hit the ball better. If they get to the MLB (Major Leagues), that's great. But they have to go to college first."

Note: I believe that Dominic Joseph Ganor will soon be 7 years old.

STICK AROUND LONG ENOUGH, AND YOU'LL SEE SOMETHING NEW: This seasoned reporter saw a first yesterday, as Coach Ganor and Grove City Head Coach Ryan Alexander played Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who would be the home team at Upper Arlington. Grove City won.

That was one of the few highlights on the day for the Greyhounds.                     

 

        

                   

Wildcats Lacrosse is turned back by host Upper Arlington, 12-10, on Friday night in what was a back-and-forth battle at the home of the Golden Bears
4/15/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The Lax Cats, who kept coming back from deficits, lost for the first time in six outings this spring.

Saint Ignatius entered the game as the No. 1 team in the LaxPower Computer Ratings and Upper Arlington was rated fourth. The Golden Bears are now 6-1.

Upper Arlington's lacrosse faithful, who have followed a tradition that has produced 17 lacrosse state championships for the Golden Bears, including three in a row (2012, '13 and '14), described Friday night's matchup with The Lax Cats as a great game for anyone with an appreciation of the sport.

The Lax Cats return home for a 1 PM Sunday face-off with Archbishop Moeller on Wasmer Field.

Moeller's Crusaders improved to 3-1 with a 14-8 victory at Sycamore on Friday. The Crusaders entered the face-off with the Aviators rated 10th by LaxPower.

 

Here is a corner's glance at the Wildcats' sports weekend, including a look at Upper Arlington and Grove City, who will face Saint Ignatius in a Varsity Baseball Doubleheader on Saturday at Upper Arlington
4/15/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Chuck Kyle's gifted Track and Field Team, off to a 2-0 start with triumphs at the Brunswick Elite and the Hilliard Davidson Wildcat Premier, will be traveling to Canton GlenOak High School on Saturday for the Sole Elite Invitational. The competition begins at 9 AM
 
Coach Casey Marcelo's 8-0 Volleyball Cats, ranked fifth in the state, will host a tri-match with Mount Vernon and Archbishop Hoban on Saturday at 9 AM in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium.
 
Coach Patrick McManamon's multi-skilled and savvy 5-0 Lacrosse Team will travel to Upper Arlington tonight (Friday) for a 7 PM matchup with the Golden Bears, and return home on Sunday for a 1 PM game versus Archbishop Moeller on Wasmer Field. In the latest Lax Power computer ratings, the Wildcats are No. 1 and Upper Arlington is rated fourth.
 
Coach Pat Connor's and Coach Connor Walters' Wildcats' Rowers, aka the 2016 Crew Cats, or the Wildcat Navy as some refer to them, will be competing at Saturday's Cincinnati High School Invitational on Lake Harsha, Ohio.
 
In Varsity Baseball, Coach Brad Ganor's Wildcats (2-6), coming off Thursday night's 1-0  victory over tradition-rich Youngstown Ursuline at Baldwin Wallace University, will be competing in a doubleheader on Saturday at Upper Arlington High School.
 
The Wildcats' Baseball Page shows Saint Ignatius playing Upper Arlington at 12:30 PM and Grove City at 3:30 PM. However, Upper Arlington shows its game versus Saint Ignatius as being at 3 PM, and Grove City has its game with the Cats listed as 12:30 PM. Hey, either way, the action for the Cats will begin at 12:30 PM.
 
Upper Arlington, under the direction of second-year Head Coach Tom Marker, went 2-0 on its trip to Alabama and returned to Ohio and won three of its next five games while battling Mother Nature's postponements.
 
The Golden Bears graduated eight key players from last year's 20-10 team. Returning from 2015 are the capable bats of senior outfielder John Dible (.356 and 25 RBI last year) and senior first baseman Nick Finelli (a 338 hitter in 2015).
 
Graduation also took a toll on the pitching staff, but Upper Arlington did welcome back junior John Hendrix, whose resume includes a victory over 2015 Division I State Runner-Up Westerville Central. Westerville Central defeated Saint Ignatius in last year's State Semifinals, 10-5.
 
As for the 8-2 Greyhounds of Grove City, they put together two solid victories this week, 10-6 over Groveport Madison Senior and 6-0 at Newark.
 
In the victory over Newark, Dan Rutan pitched four innings and totaled seven strikeouts. Cole Antle delivered three hits for the Greyhounds and also producing multi-hit games versus Newark were Nick Erwin, Blake Griffith and Hayden Cartt.
 
The Greyhounds galloped to District Championships in two of the past four seasons.
 
Here is a look at Upper Arlington's Diamond Dust
 
State Champions: 1987, 1990

State Runner-Up: 1947, 1989

Regional Runner-Up: 1960, 1966, 1972, 1973, 1984, 1986, 1995

District Champions: 1947, 1955, 1960, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1995, 2002, 2003, 2010

League Titles, Central Buckeye League: 1945, 1947, 1950, 1955, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965

Central Ohio League: 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977

Ohio Capital Conference: 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003

Rounding the corner and heading home.
 
See you at the Golden Bears' field of dreams on Saturday. Have a great and safe weekend.          
 
 
 
 
 
   
The corner congratulates Wildcats 2015 Captain/Linebacker/Fullback Ben Cray for being selected to compete in the annual Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association All-Star Game
4/15/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The 44th Annual Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association East-West High School All-Star Scholarship Game will be played on June 10th in John Carroll University's Don Shula Stadium. The kickoff will be 7 PM and tickets will be on sale at the gates that evening for $8.

Ben '16 will be representing Coach Chuck Kyle's Saint Ignatius Wildcats as a member of the West Team. The annual GCFCA All-Star Game is presented by The Cleveland Browns and University Hospitals.

The corner congratulates Ben, a first-class young man that this old-timer had the privilege and pleasure to cover and report on during his football career at Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School. Congrats also go out to Ben's family, Coach Kyle, Wildcats linebacker coaches Ryan Franzinger '02 and Dave Cicetti, running backs coach Terry Fergus '72 and the entire Saint Ignatius Football Program.      

Wildcats Baseball turns back Youngstown Ursuline, 1-0, behind a clutch hit by Kevin Mingus and the arms of Tommy Grosel, Griffin Hunt and Mike Rogers
4/14/2016

Courtesy of Wildcats Head Coach Brad Ganor and Cats outstanding Team Manager George Martin '16

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer upon returning home from a rough night in Saint Ignatius Rugby (see the corner's story that is below this post).

From the new turfed infield surface at Baldwin Wallace University

Coach Ganor: "Tommy did a good job battling even though he didn't have his best stuff," Coach Ganor said of his promising sophomore left-hander Tommy Grosel, who helped lead the Baseball Cats to a 1-0 victory over the tradition-rich program from Youngstown Ursuline on Thursday evening.

"Drew Asadorian (sophomore catcher) was solid in his first varsity action and Kevin Mingus (senior shortstop) got the clutch hit we have been waiting for," Coach Ganor continued. "Maybe this will turn into the tale of two seasons, the cold and the warm. We can only hope that the warm will generate some heat with the lumber."

George Martin: "A defensive battle at its finest," said George after the Cats improved to 2-6 by "escaping" a 7th inning that saw the Ursuline Fighting Irish (now 5-3) load the bases with 2 outs.

"Wildcat pitching was phenomenal as Tommy Grosel pitched 4 innings and only allowing 1 hit," George continued. "He fanned 3 batters on 75 pitches. He accumulated 38 strikes and 37 balls with 6 walks at his expense. Grosel, showing great composure throughout, allowed no earned runs. Griffin Hunt came in to relieve Grosel of his duties and shined as he allowed no hits. With 1K, Griffin's dominating presence was not just felt on the mound. He made an exceptional play covering 1st base that surely seemed would allow a hit.

"Senior Michael Rogers came in for the close game save and had an impressive inning as he had a strikeout," George said. "Senior Kevin Mingus came up big with 2 outs in the 3rd to score Nick Freund from 2nd base. Hits were few today so the single by Mingus drew great excitement from the dugout and the Saint Ignatius fans in attendance. Freund and Joe Evans each had singles as well."

The corner will be joining the Cats on their trip to Upper Arlington for Saturday's doubleheader. Saint Ignatius will face the host Golden Bears at 12:30 PM and then it's a 3:30 first pitch versus the Greyhounds from Grove City. We'll take a look at the Golden Bears and the Greyhounds on the corner Friday.     

Dominant was the operative word from Wildcats Head Rugby Coach Dan Arbeznik in reference to St. Edward after the Eagles defeated the Cats, 31-5, on Thursday night
4/14/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit April 2016

Lakewood, Ohio - From St. Edward's Brother James Everett, C.S.C., Stadium

In what was an encounter between the nation's sixth (Saint Ignatius) and eighth-ranked programs, Coach Tom Cleary's St. Edward Eagles, in the words of Wildcats' outstanding Head Coach Dan Arbeznik '00, dominated every phase of Thursday night's highly anticipated matchup.

The Eagles, who were defeated by Saint Ignatius in the past two Ohio Rugby State Championship matches, soared to a 21-0 lead in the first half.

After the Wildcats were able to close the deficit to 21-5 on a try by Marcus Hogan with just under five minutes remaining in the first 30 minutes, St. Edward left no doubt by scoring two more tries in the second half and shutting down the Cats the rest of the way in route to a 31-5 triumph.

Coach Cleary's Eagles now stand 8-0 on the season and Coach Arbeznik's Wildcats lost for just the second time in nine matches this spring.

"Anybody watching from the stands probably saw that we played about 55 minutes of defense and five minutes of offense out there," Coach Arbeznik said. "We just couldn't hang on to our possession. St. Eds did a real nice job of taking our ball once we went to ground.

"They were excellent in every facet of the game, really quick with their hands, attacking space and just playing quick," Coach Arbeznik continued in his references to the Eagles. "There was a wide gap out there tonight."

St. Edward established its play early and often, as tries by Pat Conway, Jack Bradfield and Joey "Doughnut" Donay showed the way to the 21-0 first-half lead. Bradfield added three conversions for an 11-point night.

The leave-no-doubt sealers for Coach Cleary's Eagles came off the second-half tries of Jaret Williamson and Zach Heisterkamp.

"They say you learn more from your losses, and I'm a firm believer in that myself," Coach Arbeznik said. "So we're going to look at the tape and see a lot of areas that we can improve on. St. Eds was the hungrier team coming out tonight."

Coach Arbeznik added that the Eagles are the best team his Wildcats have faced so far this season, and that includes Xavier out of New York and Penn (Ind.), the nation's fourth and fifth-ranked teams, respectively, and Westlake out of Austin, Texas, one of the very best rugby programs the land of the Longhorns has to offer. Westlake is the alma mater of New Orleans Saints All-Pro quarterback and future Hall of Famer Drew Brees.

Up next for the Rugby Cats is the April 23rd matchup with Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral in Columbus at 3:15 PM.

EAGLES ALSO CLAIM THE B-SIDE MATCHUP: St. Edward's B-Side Team, a two-time defending state champion that hasn't lost a matchup in two years, defeated the Wildcats' B-Side, 17-0, on Thursday evening.

BUT THE CATS' FRESHMEN AVOID THE THREE-MATCH SWEEP WITH AN IMPRESSIVE EFFORT: Behind Danny Scelza's three tries, the Freshmen Cats wore down the Freshmen Eagles, 32-15, in getting Thursday's tripleheader on the paddock started.         

 

  

        

OHSAA Division I Football moves to a four-region setup starting this coming 2016 season!
4/14/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Release Courtesy of the Ohio High School Athletic Association

OHSAA Division I Football Tournament Format Moves to Four Regions

Regional alignment will now mirror Divisions II-VII; number of playoff qualifiers (32) will remain the same.

Starting this coming season, eight Division I Teams from each region will now quality for the playoffs.

Saint Ignatius is now a member of Division I, Region 2. Again, the top eight teams from each of the new four Division I regions at the end of the regular season will qualify for the playoffs. 

Region 2

Saint Ignatius, St. Edward, Austintown-Fitch, Berea-Midpark, Canton GlenOak, Canton McKinley, Cleveland Heights, Cleveland John Marshall, Cleveland Rhodes, Cuyahoga Falls, Euclid, Lakewood, Massillon Jackson, Mentor, North Canton Hoover, Shaker Heights, Solon, Stow-Munroe Falls.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The tournament format for the OHSAA Division I football playoffs will move from two regions to four regions beginning this fall following a 9-0 vote this morning by the OHSAA Board of Directors during its April meeting. With four regions (map is linked below), Division I moves back into the same format as Divisions II through VII, with a greater emphasis on the regional championship games and decreased travel.

The proposal, which came jointly from the OHSAA staff and the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association, does not change the number of Division I qualifiers (32, same as other divisions), but will have its tournament field comprised of eight qualifiers coming from each of four regions, rather than 16 teams from two regions, as has been done beginning in 2013 when the OHSAA expanded the football playoffs to seven Divisions and reduced the number of schools in Division I to only the largest 72 schools in Ohio.

“Changing Division I to four regions is a great decision for many reasons,” Beau Rugg, OHSAA Assistant Commissioner and the state’s football administrator, said. “First and foremost, it cuts down significantly on travel, especially in the first round. It also allows Division I to go back to having a true regional championship game in the third round, followed by the state semifinals.”

For the last three years, the regional finals in Division I were the fourth round, which also served as the state semifinals.

Each of the four regions in Division I will contain 18 schools and will qualify eight to the playoffs. The Division I regional map for 2016 is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/2016/2016DivisionIRegions.pdf

Of note, only 22 of Ohio’s 88 counties currently have a Division I football school, thus Division I will have three split counties (Cuyahoga, Franklin and Montgomery) in order to equally place 18 teams into each region. In Divisions II through VII, the OHSAA draws regional boundaries so that all teams within a county that are in the same division are kept in the same region.

“Back in 2013, we had initially talked about having four regions for Division I, but at that time we thought that since there was a smaller number of teams in Division I, that might lend itself better to having just two regions,” Rugg said. “But with only two regions the last three years, the increased travel and lack of emphasis on the regional championship game wasn’t always well received.”

The new format in Division I will be included in the 2016 football tournament regulations that will be voted on by the Board of Directors at its next meeting June 2. Any other proposed changes to the tournament regulations will also be acted upon by the Board in June.

2016 OHSAA Football Division I Schools by Region

Region 1

Brunswick, Dublin Jerome, Elyria, Findlay, Lewis Center Olentangy, Powell Olentangy Liberty, Lewis Center Olentangy Orange, Lorain, Marysville, Medina, Newark, North Royalton, Parma, Strongsville, Toledo Start, Toledo Whitmer, Westerville Central, Westerville South

Region 2

Austintown-Fitch, Berea-Midpark, Canton GlenOak, Canton McKinley, Cleveland Heights, Cleveland John Marshall, Cleveland Rhodes, Saint Ignatius, Cuyahoga Falls, Euclid, St. Edward, Lakewood, Massillon Jackson, Mentor, North Canton Hoover, Shaker Heights, Solon, Stow-Munroe Falls

Region 3

Beavercreek, Columbus Westland, Dublin Coffman, Gahanna Lincoln, Grove City, Grove City Central Crossing, Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby, Hilliard Davidson, Huber Heights Wayne, Kettering Fairmont, Lancaster, Pickerington Central, Pickerington North, Reynoldsburg, Springfield, Thomas Worthington, Upper Arlington

Region 4

Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, Cincinnati Colerain, Cincinnati Elder, Cincinnati Oak Hills, Cincinnati St. Xavier, Cincinnati Sycamore, Cincinnati Western Hills, Centerville, Clayton Northmont, Fairfield, Hamilton, Lebanon, Liberty Township Lakota East, Mason, Middletown, Milford, Springboro, West Chester Lakota West

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the Top 10 nationally ranked teams heading into tonight's Saint Ignatius at St. Edward Rugby headliner
4/14/2016

From Alex Goff of the highly respected Goff Rugby Report

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Goff Rugby Report Boys HS Single-School Rankings 2016 #9
Rank Prev Team Notes
1 1 Gonzaga (DC) Defeated Xavier (4)
2 2 Sacramento Jesuit (Calif.) Defeated Granite Bay (MS5) by 2
3 3 Herriman (Utah) Defeated Olympus (29)
4 4 Xavier (NY) Lost to Gonzaga (1)
5 5 Penn (Ind.) Idle
6 6 Saint Ignatius (Ohio) Idle last week
7 8 Kahuku (Hawaii) Defeated St. Francis
8 9 St. Edward (Ohio) Idle last week
9 16 Snow Canyon (Utah) Defeated San Diego Mustangs (MS13)
10 10 Mira Costa (Calif.) Idle
A Track and Field note of interest and a reminder on Thursday night's headliner in Rugby
4/13/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Saint Ignatius' outstanding Track and Field Coach Mr. Chuck Kyle '69 shared with the corner on Wednesday afternoon that his Track and Field Wildcats have been moved from the OHSAA Brunswick District to the OHSAA Amherst District this spring.

The move means that the Wildcats will be competing at Amherst in back-to-back weeks, both in District and Regional competition.

AND, just a reminder that Coach Dan Arbeznik's state and nationally acclaimed 7-1 Rugby Cats will be make the short trip to St. Edward tomorrow (Thursday) night for the highly anticipated regular season matchup with the 7-0 state and nationally recognized Eagles of Coach Tom Cleary.

Action begins with the Freshman matchup at 5 PM, followed by the B-Sides match at 6 bells and the A-Sides showdown at 7:15.

We'll see you under the Golden Dome at St. Edward.       

This old-timer congratulates the Lax Cats' outstanding senior Crew Cintron, who will officially sign a National Letter of Intent with Lehigh University on Thursday at 5 PM
4/13/2016

The corner, in one of the many stories it did for the Communications Department that was requested in February, reported on Crew's commitment to Lehigh in a special NCAA Signing Day Program.

Congrats again to Crew, his family, Lax Cats outstanding Head Coach Patrick McManamon and the entire Saint Ignatius Lacrosse Program.

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer     

Congratualtions to the Wildcats' Varsity Lacrosse and Volleyball teams, who continued their winning ways on Wednesday night
4/13/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Casey Marcelo's Volleyball Cats, ranked fifth in the state, improved to 8-0 with a straight sets triumph over the Hudson Explorers in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium and Coach Patrick McManamon's Lax Cats made themselves at home at St. Edward by defeating the Eagles, 11-2.

The now 5-0 Lax Cats, ranked No. 1 in Northeast Ohio and the top-rated team in the LaxPower Computer Ratings, will travel to Upper Arlington on Friday for 7 PM matchup with the Golden Bears. Upper Arlington is rated fourth by LaxPower.

    

Wildcats Baseball receives another strong outing from junior southpaw Connor Adams, but for the second consecutive season the Cats can't solve Massillon's outstanding senior right-hander Chris Machamer and are defeated by the host Tigers, 2-0
4/13/2016

By Eddie Mr. Dwyer, Copyright Credit April 2016

From storied Carl "Ducky" Schroeder Field in Massillon, Oho - Connor Adams, who has put together three solid outings this season, continued to suffer from a lack of offensive support as Saint Ignatius Varsity Baseball dropped to 1-6 after being handcuffed for the second straight season by the Massillon Washington Tigers' outstanding senior right-hander Chris Machamer, 2-0, on Wednesday evening in Stark County.

The now 5-1 Tigers gave Machamer all of the support he needed by scoring single runs in the first and sixth innings.

Machamer, who also swings a potent bat, is now 2-0 on the season. He limited the Cats to three hits, striking out 12 and walking two. The University of Kentucky recruit threw 104 pitches, 66 of which were strikes.

It was like a bad memory surfacing again for the Wildcats, as last season on the same mound in the Tigers' Carl "Ducky" Schroeder Field, Machamer fired a two-hitter at Saint Ignatius, striking out 11 in Massillon's 5-0 victory. That night, Machamer threw 101 pitches, 59 for strikes.

"I don't care if we're playing Venice (Fla.), Machamer or whoever, it doesn't matter," said Wildcats Head Coach Brad Ganor. "I hope they (Saint Ignatius' hitters) have some gut check the next time they take the field when Connor is on the mound, and realize that he has given us a chance to win every time he has been out there.

"He's (Adams) pithing against one of the best pitchers in the country (Machamer) and some of the best teams in the country (during the Cats' Florida trip), and we have to help him out," continued Coach Ganor. "That's all there is to it."

Adams, a skilled and savvy junior left-hander and a University of Louisville recruit, threw six complete innings on Wednesday evening. Connor yielded four hits, no earned runs, struck out 10 and issued two walks. He threw 98 pitches, with 64 of them being strikes.

Massillon staked its ace to an early lead by combining a leadoff base hit, a sacrifice bunt, a pitch in the dirt, a walk and a sacrifice fly into a run in the bottom of the first inning.

Just in case Machamer needed it, the Tigers clawed out another run in the bottom of the sixth that was fueled by a leadoff double from Machamer's battery mate, catcher Vince Murray. Murray drove the pitch into left field.

Machamer, who ripped a double to deep left field in the bottom of the third, was then intentionally walked and Massillon made it a 2-0 game on a passed ball and a throwing error.

In closing the show, Machamer, who was in attendance at Saint Ignatius' 3-2 loss to host Massillon Jackson last Friday, pitched a 1-2-3 top of the seventh, striking out the last two batters he faced. Machamer was still throwing in the mid 90s in the seventh inning.

"We get a chance to play again tomorrow, string a few hits together, hopefully, and get a win," Coach Ganor said.

Saint Ignatius, which has totaled just 10 runs in its seven games combined, will send sophomore left-hander Tommy Grosel to the mound on Thursday at 5 PM versus Youngstown Ursuline at Baldwin Wallace University.

A FEW BRIGHT SPOTS: Along with Adams' effort on the mound, Cats senior designated hitter George Asadorian produced two of Saint Ignatius' three hits and senior right fielder and leadoff hitter Nick Freund had two solid at-bats that resulted in a walk each time.

HERE IS A CORNER'S GLANCE AT 5-2 YOUNGSTOWN URSULINE, THE CATS' OPPONENT ON THURSDAY AT BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY.

Coach Matt Weymer's pitching staff welcomed back two seasoned veterans in Vinnie Lucente and Vito Petrillo, along with their battery mate, senior Drew Potesta.

Lucente stood out in Ursuline's Division III District Championship Game victory over South Range last spring with a nine-strikeout performance.  Ursuline is 20-5 in postseason play over the last five seasons.  

The Fighting Irish bats feature Petrillo, Logan Pullin, Gianni Quattro and Alex Schlosser.

Two results on Ursuline's schedule caught this old-timer's good eye - a 7-5 home victory over Walsh Jesuit and a 3-0 loss at perennial power Canton Central Catholic.

Coach Weymer is in his first year at Ursuline after guiding New Middletown Springfield to a 101-38 record and two state runner-up finishes over five seasons. Matt succeeded Irish coaching legend Sean Durkin, who in 18 seasons guided Ursuline to 306 victories, a state championship in 2000 and 11 district titles.

 

 

   

    

      

 

         

Behind the skill and senior leadership of Mike Rogers, Joe Evans, Kevin Mingus and Nick Freund Saint Ignatius Baseball rallies from a two-run deficit and goes on to its first victory of the season, 5-4 over Midview. It's 250 career wins for Coach Ganor!
4/12/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit April 2018

From the campus of Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio - In winning its home opener after starting the season with five tough losses on the road, including three in Florida, Coach Brad Ganor's Wildcats found themselves trailing the Middies of Midview, 3-1, entering the bottom of the fifth inning.

Midview, under the direction of new Head Coach Todd Ratica, entered the game with a 5-0 record.

Under a perfect Tuesday evening blue sky and a bright sun that glowed off Baldwin Wallace University's new turfed infield surface, the Middies rode a bases-loaded, two-run double to deep center field by junior third baseman Derek Delumba to a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning and took advantage of some miscues in the field by the Cats in tacking on another run in the top of the fifth.

Trailing by two runs entering the bottom of the fifth, the Cats got to the Midview bullpen as senior right fielder Nick Freund led off with a sharp single to left field.

After Freund advanced to third on consecutive wild pitches, senior second baseman Joe Evans delivered an RBI infield hit that cut the deficit to 3-2.

Following a Midview error that put runners on first and second, it appeared the Middies might get out of the inning clinging to a one-run lead after they came up with a force at third base and a strikeout.

The Cats refused to be denied, however, as senior shortstop Kevin Mingus delivered a two-out, game-tying single through the left side of the infield and senior center fielder/tri-Captain Mike Rogers followed with an authoritative two-run single to center field, which turned out to be the difference in the game.

Midview made things interesting by scoring a run in the top of the sixth, and the Middies carried the momentum into the top of the seventh after Saint Ignatius left the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth.

The Cats loaded the bases in the sixth on a leadoff infield hit by sophomore first baseman Tommy Grosel, who unleashed his deceiving speed, some hustle on the base paths by Tommy that saw him beat a throw to second base off a bunt by Freund, and a perfectly executed bunt down the third baseline by Evans for a base hit. 

Midview's southpaw reliever Owen Hawke was equal to the challenge, however, as he ended the threat and kept his team in the game by recording a pop out, a strikeout and a fly out.

The evening belonged to the Wildcats and Mike Rogers in particular.

Mike came on in relief in the top of the seventh and sealed the victory with a 1-2-3 inning save off a strikeout, a fly out and a soft liner to Mingus at shortstop..

Ah yes, the first one and the first of many more to come is in the books.

The line score on the game was 4 runs, 5 hits and two errors for Midview, and 5 runs, 10 hits and five errors for Saint Ignatius. The Wildcats scored the game's first run in the bottom of the first inning, tallying off an error, a sacrifice bunt by Evans, a passed ball and a scorching ground ball off the bat of junior left fielder Ryan Jacobs.   

Despite those five errors by the Cats, this corner tips his cap to junior third baseman Mark Geraci, who was nails at the hot corner all evening, a performance that drew the praise of Coach Ganor after the game.

The victory went to Cats junior right-hander Griffin Hunt, who came on in relief of junior right-hander and starter Braydon Nelson in the fourth inning. Griffin settled down after the Delumba two-run double and pitched out of a bases-loaded situation that featured a smooth 5-2 force at home (Geraci to senior catcher John Robinson), a strikeout and a fly out to Jacobs in left field.  

Up next for the Cats is Wednesday evening's encounter with the 2016 Massillon Baseball Tigers on Massillon's storied Carl "Ducky" Schroeder Field. The first pitch is slated for 5 PM. For a look at the Tigers, see the corner's story on a Big Week in Wildcats Athletics that was posted on Monday night.

FROM COACH GANOR, WHO PICKED UP HIS 250TH CAREER VICTORY ON TUESDAY NIGHT!

"It doesn't get any easier tomorrow (at Massillon), but we can savor this one for a couple of hours. We talk all of the time about getting the two toughest wins of the year, the first one and the last one. The first one always comes at some point. We knew it was coming, it was just a matter of time this year.

"I like the way that we went up, we went down and then we fought back," Coach Ganor continued. "That says a lot about the character of the team. If they can continue to fight and play like that, we'll be fine. It's only going to warm up, it's not going to get any colder. I don't think it can.

"I thought it was a good collective team win tonight," said Coach Ganor. "And I thought Mark Geraci did a great job at third base, he made some big plays. The pitching staff held on. Michael (Rogers) came in for the exact role we built him for, to shut them down."

FROM MIKE ROGERS, ONE OF THE CLASSIEST STUDENT ATHLETES THIS SEASONED CORNER HAS  EVER HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO COVER AND REPORT ON.

"Coach Ganor said before the game that if we continued to bring the energy we did against Massillon Jackson (a 3-2 setback at Jackson last Friday night), we would be fine the rest of the season. We kept that energy up tonight and it showed.

"I just wanted to get that done (his game-winning, two-run single) and forget about every other previous at-bat, it felt great," Mike continued.

Mike said his 1-2-3 seventh inning save was awesome, that he turned to his fastball off his live left arm.        

           

 

 

 

               

   

    

Congratulations from the corner to Wildcats Volleyball standout Danny Michals for being selected as the Saint Ignatius Athlete of the Week
4/12/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Danny helped lead the undefeated and state's fifth-ranked Wildcats Volleyball Team to a thrilling five-set victory over St. Edward in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium on Friday night, after the Cats trailed 2 sets to 1.

On the night, Danny had 24 kills and was among those leading his team to the decisive 15-9 victory in the 5th set.

The following day, the Cats, in what was a less than 24-hour turnaround, headed down to Columbus and defeated St. Francis DeSales and Dublin Coffman in straight sets to finish the weekend 3-0.

To perform the way Coach Casey Marcelo's Cats did on Saturday in Columbus, after coming off such an emotional victory over their rival, speaks volumes for the program.  

On the year, Danny has a very solid overall kill efficiency of .357 and he has helped his team to its best start in the program's history. The Cats are 7-0 heading into Wednesday's 7 PM matchup with the Hudson Explorers in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium.

Congrats to Danny, his family, Coach Marcelo and his staff, and the entire Saint Ignatius Volleyball Program.

 
With his team now 7-0 and carrying a fifth-place state ranking, Cats outstanding Head Coach Casey Marcelo recaps last week's memorable matches in Saint Ignatius Volleyball
4/11/2016

Presented By Coach Marcelo and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

If the weather clears up as forecasted, a big week in Wildcats Athletics will take place
4/11/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

From soggy Cleveland, Ohio -  Coach Brand Ganor's Baseball Wildcats hope to play their "Home Opener" on Tuesday versus the Midview Middies at Baldwin Wallace University. The first pitch is slated for 5 PM.

Mother Nature said not today to Monday's attempt at a Home Opener versus St. Vincent-St. Mary. The Cats have another date with SVSM on April 19th at Classic Park.

As for the Midview Middies, they are off to a 5-0 start under new Head Coach Todd Ratica.

The Middies, who have moved from the West Shore Conference to the Southwestern Conference, have defeated North Olmsted, 5-4; Amherst Steele, 7-2; Avon, 5-4; Berea-Midpark, 8-5, and Westlake, 11-1.

That victory over Avon at All-Pro Freight Stadium on March 31st was a solid indication that the Middies are buying into Coach Ratica's emphasis on developing a winning culture.

In last week's Morning Journal Top of the Crop rankings, Midview was ranked second to Amherst despite the victory over the Comets.

The Baseball Cats, who are 0-5 versus a schedule that has included three of Florida's highly regarded programs - Venice, Tampa Jesuit and Lakewood Ranch - and games at Boardman and at Massillon Jackson, will hit the road again on Wednesday for a highly anticipated matchup with the Massillon Tigers. The first pitch from the Tigers' storied Carl "Ducky" Schroeder Field will be 5 PM.

The Massillon Tigers, who are riding a four-game winning streak, came up with a 4-3, nine-inning victory over longtime rival Canton McKinley on Schroeder Field, as junior second baseman Cole Davis displayed his perseverance.

Davis, who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his previous at-bats that night, lined a walk-off, two-out single to left field with runners on the corners and the Massillon faithful celebrated a triumph over the McKinley Bulldogs. And in Massillon, it doesn't get any better than that.

The victory over McKinley saw Massillon's freshman left-hander Jonathan Machamer pitch into the fourth inning before being relieved by junior right-hander Seth Blankenship, who went the rest of the way, striking out seven.

Of course the Wildcats are familiar with the older Machamer, Chris, a senior who, supported by some solid defensive plays, shut down Saint Ignatius, 5-0, on a two-hitter last season at Schroeder Field. Chris struck out 11 while throwing 101 pitches, 59 of which were strikes. Chris is a major college recruit.

Guiding the fortunes of the Massillon Tigers is the new skipper Spike Ridgley, A 1998 graduate of Massillon Washington, Coach Ridgley was an Assistant Coach at Mount Union, was a member of the Massillon Jackson staff that helped guide the Polar Bears to the 2014 Division I State Baseball Championship and a Head Coach at Green.

Following Wednesday's trip to Massillon, the Baseball Cats are scheduled to face Youngstown Ursuline on Thursday at Baldwin Wallace University (5 PM) and on Saturday the Cats travel to Upper Arlington for a doubleheader. They will face Upper Arlington at 12:30 PM and Grove City at 3:30. The corner will give you the skinny on Ursuline, Upper Arlington and Grove City later this week.   

Here is a look at where the rest of the Cats are scheduled to play this week

Coach Chuck Kyle's gifted Track and Field Team, off to a 2-0 start with triumphs at the Brunswick Elite and the Hilliard Davidson Wildcat Premier, will be traveling to Canton GlenOak High School on Saturday for the Sole Elite Invitational. The competition begins at 9 AM

On Wednesday night, Coach Casey Marcelo's 7-0 Volleyball Cats, ranked fifth in the state, will host Hudson at 7 PM and on Saturday at 9 AM the Cats are hosting a tri-match with Mount Vernon and Archbishop Hoban.

Coach Jon Barker's Tennis Cats, coming off a third-place finish at the annual St. Edward Tournament and having their Monday match vs. St. Edward rained out, are slated to be at Hudson on Tuesday at 4 PM and at Hawken School on Thursday, also at 4 PM.

It is a big week for  Coach Patrick McManamon's multi-skilled and savvy 4-0 Lacrosse Team, as the Lax Cats will make the short trip to St. Edward on Wednesday for a 7 PM encounter with the Eagles, will travel to Upper Arlington on Friday for a 7 PM matchup with the Golden Bears, and return home on Sunday for a 1 PM game versus Archbishop Moeller on Wasmer Field.

In the latest Lax Power computer ratings, the Wildcats are No. 1 and Upper Arlington is rated fourth.

And you thought we forgot about the rescheduling of one of the most highly anticipated regular-season Rugby matches in the state.  If that happened, I wouldn't be able to travel through West Park any longer.

Yes, Thursday night at 7:30 in Brother James Everett, C.S.C, Stadium under the Golden Dome on the campus of St. Edward High School, Coach Dan Arbeznik will send his state and nationally acclaimed Rugby A Side Wildcats against the state and nationally recognized A Side Eagles of Coach Tom Cleary.

Coach Arbeznik's Cats, who left their mark in the State of Texas over Easter Break, will take a 7-1 record and a five-match winning streak to 7-0 St. Edward. Saint Ignatius defeated the Eagles in the past two Ohio Rugby State Championship matches.

Thursday's action begins with a Freshmen matchup at 5 PM, followed by a B-Sides encounter at 6:15, and then it's the 7:30 kickoff between the state's best of the best.

Last, but certainly not least, Coach Pat Connor's and Coach Connor Walters' Wildcats' Rowers, aka the 2016 Crew Cats, or the Wildcat Navy as some refer to them, will be competing at Saturday's Cincinnati High School Invitational on Lake Harsha, Ohio.              

            

      

 

      

            

      

 

Wildcats Volleyball moves up one notch to fifth place in the latest state rankings
4/11/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Here are the Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association State Rankings for the week ending April 10. See the corner's Sunday post on Coach Casey Marcelo's undefeated Cats.

1. - Centerville (9) - 190
2. - Elder (3) - 179
3. - Hilliard Darby (8) - 158
4. - St. Xavier (1) - 148
5. - Saint Ignatius - 117
6. - Archbishop Moeller - 100
7. - Beavercreek - 80
8. - Pickerington North - 73
9. - Olentangy - 37
10. - Lakota East - 20
..... Westerville South - 14
..... Gahanna Lincoln - 10
..... St. Edward - 8
..... Westerville North - 8

Congratulations to the Saint Ignatius Varsity Lacrosse program, which is rated No. 1 in the LAXPOWER Computer Ratings
4/11/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The top five programs are the Lax Cats, Dublin Coffman, defending state champion Cincinnati St. Xavier, Upper Arlington and Dublin Jerome. 

Cats Baseball Home Opener versus St. Vincent-St. Mary has been rained out. A game versus the Midview Middies has been added to the schedule for Tuesday at Baldwin Wallace University.
4/11/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The St. Vincent-St. Mary game was scheduled for Baldwin Wallace University today at 5 PM, but the wet and damp conditions prevailed.

Up next for the Cats is the addition of Midview to Tuesday's schedule. The Midview game is slated to be played at Baldwin Wallace University at 5 PM. So hope is eternal for a Tuesday Home Opener.

As always folks, stay with us on these unpredictable spring sports schedules. They can change within the hour.   

On Wednesday, Wildcats Baseball is scheduled to face the Massillon Tigers on the Tigers' storied Carl "Ducky" Schroeder Field. The first pitch is slated for 5 PM.

The corner will take a look at the Midview Middies and the Baseball Tigers from Massillon in its weekly "Where The Cats Play" later today.   

Coach Casey Marcelo's Volleyball Cats have now rolled a perfect seven!
4/11/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

After putting a mark in the record book by coming up with their first Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium triumph over West Side rival St. Edward in a five-set thriller on Friday night, the Volleyball Cats improved to 7-0 on the young season by sweeping St. Francis de Sales (25-11, 25-15, 25-15) and Dublin Coffman (25-13, 25-18, 25-14) in a tri-match at Coffman on Saturday.

The scores from the one-for-the-books match with currently 0-7 St. Edward were 19-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-20, 15-9.

Up next for the Wildcats is Wednesday's match versus the Hudson Explorers in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium. The schedule on the Saint Ignatius Volleyball web page has the action beginning at 6 bells.

Yes, it's early, but the talented, deep, versatile and well-rounded Wildcats now have the attention of every program in Ohio.

To come back in less than 24 hours and play like the Cats did yesterday after such an emotional victory over St. Edward speaks volumes. 

Unless Mother Nature has another changeup, the corner is looking forward to seeing this season's SIBN baseball crew as this old catcher will be providing coverage of Monday's Varsity Baseball Home Opener vs. St. Vincent-St. Mary at Baldwin Wallace
4/10/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The first pitch on Monday is scheduled for 5 PM and promising 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior right-hander Braydon Nelson is expected to get the starting call against the Fighting Irish of St. Vincent-St Mary.

As we reported in Friday night's look at St. Vincent-St. Mary, which was part of our game coverage on Massillon Jackson, Coach Anthony Boarman's Fighting Irish have won three of their first four games.

Last season, the Wildcats erupted for eight runs in the top of the seventh inning and defeated SVSM, 9-0, on Akron's unique, but storied Old Forge Field.

Again, if things clear up weather wise, we'll see you at one of the finest universities in the nation, the home of the Yellow Jackets and the home of one of the greatest Sports Information Directors in the history of college athletics, Kevin Ruple.

Ah yes, those oh so many memorable nights in BW's George Finnie Stadium, when yours truly and my longtime friend and colleague, the late Mr. Dick "Zip" Zunt '50, gave double-team coverage to the early playoff charge by Coach Chuck Kyle's Football Cats. Kevin Ruple's professionalism and concern for the job the media faced was and is unmatched.  

Many of our young fans won't recall this, but the Cats' storied gridiron run, which was honed on Wasmer Field (when it was dirt and grass), started on the fields of dreams known as Lakewood Stadium and George Finnie Stadium, now referred to as The George Finnie Stadium and Tressel Field.  

When you talk about high school football atmosphere, and this is meant as no insult to Byers Field, the storied facilities that sit on Bunts Road and Madison Avenue in Lakewood, and on Bagley Road in Berea, were and are special.

Can you say Joe Pickens and Robert Smith? Or how about Scott Mutryn and Bobby Adams?

PS - And this corner also loves the baseball atmosphere at Baldwin Wallace University and Lakewood High School.           

 

While we're talking baseball, this old-timer would like to tip my seasoned cap to Wildcats Baseball Stats Coordinator Joe Ertle and Team Managers George Martin and Tommy Bodziony for the OUTSTANDING job they do.
4/9/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Gentlemen, your work is invaluable. THANK YOU!

And thank you for your kindness and respect.

For a look at what was a highly competitive baseball game at the home of one of the state's best, see the corner's Friday night game story below on the Wildcats-Massillon Jackson matchup
4/9/2016
Just a friendly tip to the tweeters
4/9/2016

It is Baldwin Wallace University, no hyphen.

In the days of Baldwin-Wallace College, the hyphen was used, but that changed a few years back when the outstanding school became known as Baldwin Wallace University.

Also, it is GlenOak High School, the G and O are upper case with no space. The Varsity Football Wildcats will be traveling to face the Golden Eagles of GlenOak in Week 7 of the 2016 season. Ah, Friday night football, it's the best.  

  

AND A TIP OF THE CORNER'S MUCH NEEDED CAP THIS EVENING GOES TO COACH PATRICK McMANAMON'S TALENT-RICH LACROSSE TEAM, WHICH IMPROVED TO 4-0 BY DEFEATING NORTH ALLEGHENY, 16-5, ON WASMER FIELD
4/8/2016
Can you dig it? Coach Casey Marcelo's Volleyball Cats rally past St. Edward, three sets to two, and improve to 5-0 in Fr. Sullivan Gym on Friday night.
4/8/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Marcelo's Cats trailed the Eagles, two sets to one, but came storming back with a rally that included the 15-9 clincher in the fifth set.

Ah yes, that St. Patrick's Day Preview from Coach Marcelo is holding up big time.

Wildcats Varsity Baseball is still in pursuit of its first victory in the young 2016 season, but plenty of promise came to the fore in Friday night's 3-2 loss at tradition-rich Massillon Jackson
4/8/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit April 2016

Massillon, Ohio - Saint Ignatius, which lost to three of the strongest teams the state of Florida has to offer and was shutout at Boardman on Wednesday, battled one of Ohio' premier programs, Massillon Jackson, down to the last pitch on Friday night.

Although disappointed with the 3-2 setback to the now undefeated through six games Polar Bears, the Wildcats walked out of Jackson's first-class and baseball-rich facility knowing they are capable of returning to the form that saw them finish as a state runner-up in 2013 and advance to the state semifinals in 2015.

"It's tough to sit with zero wins right now, but I asked them to bring energy for two hours and we played a good baseball game," said Saint Ignatius' veteran skipper Brad Ganor. "We just got beat. That's baseball. If we can duplicate that for the rest of the season, we're going to be more than fine.

"I don't know how many times I walked away from a loss feeling good, but I feel really good," Coach Ganor continued. "That's a good baseball team (Jackson). He (Polar Bears Head Coach Bill Gamble) does a great job with his program. That's a deep playoff-type team and we're right there with them."

In what was a matchup of two class-personified programs, teams that are almost mirror images of each other, Saint Ignatius (0-5) rode two hit batsmen, a stolen base and a two-out balk to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning.

After strong plays by senior outfielders Nick Freund and Mike Rogers kept Jackson off the board in the bottom of the third inning, the Wildcats moved to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Nick and Mike turned in running and diving catches in right and center field, respectively.

With two outs and the bases empty in the top of the fourth, Saint Ignatius senior designated hitter George Asadorian laced a double down the left-field line and senior shortstop Kevin Mingus followed with an RBI single to left-center field.

Jackson, which brought home the Division I State Baseball Championship in 2014 and was a regional runner-up in 2015,  loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fourth off an error, a base hit by first baseman/ clean-up hitter Jon Conkle and a walk.

The Polar Bears' three-sport standout (football, basketball and baseball), senior shortstop Jake Pallotta, drew a bases-loaded walk and Jackson knotted the score at 2 on a sacrifice fly to center field off the bat of second baseman Chad Matthus that saw Rogers make another diving catch.

Both teams turned to their bullpens after four innings on what was a brisk night in Stark County. 

Following a 1-2-3 top of the fifth by Polar Bears reliever Glen Richardson that featured two strikeouts, Saint Ignatius thwarted a potentially productive bottom of the fifth for Jackson with a 4-6-3 double play.

After the Polar Bears had runners on first and third with one out in the bottom of the fifth, Cats senior second baseman Joe Evans stayed with a sharp one-bounce liner that appeared to have base hit written all over it, made a perfect toss to Mingus for the force at second and Kevin fired the relay to first base to end the threat.

Riding the emotion of his play at second, Evans led off the top of the sixth inning with a line-drive single to left field and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt off the bat of junior left fielder Ryan Jacobs.

Richardson was equal to the challenge, however, as he ended the top of the sixth with two more strikeouts.

With the Polar Bears and their faithful making themselves heard, Jackson scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth and turned back Saint Ignatius in the top of the seventh.

The  versatile Pallotta led off the bottom of the sixth by drawing another walk. Cade Mottice, who was running for Pallotta, stole second base off a swinging third strike, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored the game's final and go-ahead run off a sharp single by designated hitter Justin Johnston through a drawn-in left side of the Cats' infield.

Pallotta then came on to pitch the top of the seventh and, with the exception of a one-out, bases-empty walk to Rogers, got the decisive final three outs on a leadoff pop up to the catcher off one pitch, a strikeout following Rogers' walk and a game-ending bouncer back to the mound.

"The hitting is going to come, the timely hits are going to come, we'll keep getting good pitching and we'll be okay, I truly believe that," said Coach Ganor, whose Wildcats defeated the Polar Bears, 3-2, at Jackson last season.  "As down as I was the other day, I wouldn't say I'm on top of the world, but I feel a heck of a lot better." 

Here are the pitching lines for Wildcats starter Murphy O'Brien and Polar Bears starter Noah Evans.

Murphy: Four innings, 66 pitches, 37 of which were strikes, two hits, two runs (1 earned) and three walks.

Noah: Four innings, 52 pitches, 34 of which were strikes, two hits, two runs, two hit batsmen, a balk, no walks and two strikeouts.

A STAT FROM THE HOT CORNER: Jackson entered Friday night's game having outscored its first five opponents by a combined score of 48-5. That included three shutouts by the Polar Bears' pitching staff.

NOTE: The Cats have added another game versus St. Vincent-St. Mary for this coming Monday. If Mother Nature's wrath calms down by Monday, the first pitch will be 5 PM on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University.

As for the Fighting Irish of St. Vincent-St. Mary, Coach Anthony Boarman's club won three of its first four games this season. Coach Boarman currently teaches American History, Economics and Personal Finance at St. Vincent-St. Mary and is also the school's website manager as well as an Irish Athletes for Christ advisor.

Like his dad, Dan, a legendary and highly successful football coach who recently retired as SVSM's head man on the gridiron, Anthony is a class act.    

Last season, on a perfect May afternoon at Old Forge Field in Akron, the Cats erupted for eight runs in the top of the seventh inning and went on to a 9-0 victory over the Fighting Irish.

Stay safe and warm this weekend!       

 

           

   

    

 

  

     

The Wildcats' Crew is put to shore by Mother Nature
4/8/2016

From Assistant Coach Connor Walters '09

Eddie, I just wanted to pass along word that this weekend's Rustbelt Championship has been cancelled due to the expected weather. We may reschedule for one of our weekends when we don't have a regatta, but that is yet to be determined.

Have a nice weekend,
Connor

From Medina High School: The 2016 Medina Relays that were scheduled for this Saturday, April 9th at Ken Dukes Stadium have been cancelled due to the impending weather this weekend.
4/7/2016
NOTE: Saturday's Varsity Baseball Game vs. St. Edward at historic League Park has been postponed because of the forecast of snow and freezing temperatures. No makeup date has been determined.
4/7/2016
Saint Ignatius Varsity Lacrosse defeats the always capable Polar Bears of Massillon Jackson, 15-4, on Wednesday night at Wasmer Field
4/6/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The Lax Cats now stand 3-0 heading into Friday's 7 PM encounter with North Allegheny (Pa.) on Wasmer Field.

On Saturday at 1 PM, Coach Patrick McManamon's gifted team will host Shady Side Academy (Pa.).

In the most recent Burning River Lacrosse Northeast Ohio Coaches Top 10 poll, the Lax Cats and the Hudson Explorers were ranked 1-2, respectively, St, Edward (not St. Edwards) was third and the Jackson Polar Bears were fourth.

Volleyball Cat Fever, be a believer. Coach Casey Marcelo's Cats geared up for Friday's 7 PM matchup with St. Edward by defeating the Brunswick Blue Devils, 25-17, 25-16 and 25-17 in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium on Wednesday night
4/6/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The deep and talented Cats, coming off their impressive showing in last weekend's Saint Ignatius Invitational (see the corner's post from Sunday), will take a 4-0 record into Friday night's can you dig it with the Eagles of St. Edward in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium.

Danny Michals with 9 kills and Phil Catanzaro's 7 aces showed the way versus Brunswick.  

The pitching is there, but the hitting and fielding still need polishing as Saint Ignatius Varsity Baseball is defeated by the Boardman Spartans, 4-0, on a cold, wet and windy Wednesday night in Mahoning County
4/6/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit April 2016

From the campus of Boardman High School

Wildcats savvy southpaw Connor Adams certainly deserved a better fate, as the junior Louisville recruit pitched four-plus innings of hitless baseball, yielding an unearned run, striking out nine and walking three.

The now 0-4 Cats, who managed just three hits and committed four errors, could not take advantage of early opportunities and were kept off balance all night by the Spartans' crafty senior right-hander Hudson Widrig.

In going the distance, Widrig threw 108 pitches, 69 of which were strikes, had seven strikeouts and issued just one base on balls in firing the three-hit shutout and improving to 2-0 on the season.

Widrig, who does not possess an overpowering fastball, did an exceptional job of spotting his pitches.

Boardman, which like Saint Ignatius was coming off a spring break trip to Florida, is 2-5 on the young season.

The Spartans also had their troubles in the field, as they matched the Wildcats' four errors.

A BUS RIDE HOME THAT THIS BASEBALL ENTHUSIAST TRULY APPRECIATED AND RESPECTED

Following Wednesday night's frustrating loss, Saint Ignatius' veteran skipper Brad Ganor, along with Wildcats Assistant Coaches Mark Terlep, John Whalen and Frank DeSico '09, huddled in the aisle near the front of Cindy's bus and discussed what they can do differently in order to get the Wildcats' promising offense in gear.

Not only was I impressed by the baseball knowledge that was being passed among these seasoned coaches, but the obvious love and admiration they have for the game and their players, and how strongly they want these promising young men to succeed.

And they were not trying to impress this old-timer, because they thought I was catching some Zs during the nearly two hour ride home from Mahoning County and the alma mater of Bernie Kosar.

It was great to see Frank DeSico again, as the former University of Notre Dame baseball standout and former Saint Ignatius football and baseball star gave this corner plenty to write about in the school year of 2008-09, when Frank helped the 2008 Wildcats bring home their 10th of a record 11 Division I State Football Championships and was a mainstay on Coach Ganor's 2009 Division I State Semifinalist Baseball Team. That 2009 team sealed what is a school record under Coach Ganor of three consecutive appearances in the OHSAA State Baseball Final Four, '07, '08 and '09. Saint Ignatius alos advanced to the final four under Coach Ganor in 2013 and 2015. The 2008 and 2013 teams were State Runners-Up.  

Coach Ganor emphasized to this corner in the dugout after the loss to Boardman that the lack of offense the Wildcats have experienced through four games is on him and his coaches. The Cats have been outscored by a combined runs total of 23-3 in those four games, three of which saw Saint Ignatius face some of the strongest talent the state of Florida has to offer.

FROM COACH GANOR: "You need to score to win," said Coach Ganor. "We had opportunities early and weren't able to capitalize with base runners. It's about time to find the right lineup that is going to help us get that first one of the season, that's all it is about now.

"Connor (Adams) did a nice job," Coach Ganor continued. "We're sitting in a 1-0 game and had opportunities, and they (the Spartans) tacked on a couple more and put it out of reach. When you have runners on second and third (with one out in the top of the second) and don't get anything out of it, its' tough. We had a couple of mental mistakes with missed signs. But those are the kind of things that are on us as coaches. We have to do a better job of making our points and working them harder in practice.

"Right now, what we're doing in practice and the position we're putting them in as a coaching staff is not putting them in a position to succeed. And that starts with me. Ultimately it will start at the top and we have to reevaluate our work and make sure these guys feel confident to go out there and succeed, because they're a talented group. If they weren't talented, they wouldn't be on this team."

BOARDMAN'S EARLY AND LATE MOMENTS: With two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the second inning, the Spartans combined a walk, two passed balls and an error into a 1-0 lead.

A few miscues by the Cats, combined with an RBI single down the left-field line by shortstop Alex Cardona, a sacrifice fly RBI by third baseman Lou Cardona and a run-scoring single from infielder Coleman Stauffer keyed Boardman's three-run fifth inning.

After Saint Ignatius was retired in order in the top of the sixth, the Cats were able to come up with a base hit by senior infielder Joe Evans with two outs and the bases empty in the top of the seventh, an effort that saw Joe rip the pitch into center field. A lineout to center field sealed the deal for the Spartans and Widrig took home his complete game, a bulldog effort, to say the least.

NO EXCUSES OFFERED: Saint Ignatius' coaching staff did not bring this point up, but it is worth mentioning that the Cats played without their standout senior catcher/tri-captain Dennis Grosel, who was sidelined with a sore knee that resulted from a play at the plate during the Florida trip.

UP NEXT PREVIEW: Unless Mother Nature throws one of her wicked curves, Saint Ignatius is scheduled to make the trip to Stark County on Friday for a 5 PM first pitch versus the always baseball sound Polar Bears from Massillon Jackson. On Saturday, Saint Ignatius and St. Edward are slated to add another chapter to their storied rivalry in a 2 PM first pitch at historic League Park. 

Jackson, which has brought home two state baseball championships (1947 and 2014), stood 5-0 with three shutouts entering today's (Thursday) home game versus North Canton Hoover. The Polar Bears outscored those five opponents by a combined score of 48-5. That 2014 state title for the Polar Bears was the result of a 5-1 victory over North Royalton in the Division I State Championship Game.

Last season, behind some small ball, a sound defense and strong work out of the bullpen, the Cats defeated Jackson, 3-2, at the Polar Bears' baseball-rich facility. Coach Ganor described the victory as a "collective effort."

Although St. Edward came away with an impressive 9-1 regular season victory over Saint Ignatius last season at The Pipe Yard in Lorain County, the Wildcats won the big one, a 2-0 triumph over the Eagles in a Division I Regional Semifinal on Ron Mottl Field. Among the Cats' heroes were then senior shortstop Jake Kucia (now at Case Western Reserve University) with a defensive game for the ages and current standout senior right-hander and tri-captain Murphy O'Brien, who came out of the bullpen and recorded his school-record 10th save of the season.

Now a starter, "Murph" is expected to be on the mound versus Jackson on Friday.

St. Edward is under the direction of first-year Head Coach Matt Rosinski, a former standout pitcher for Saint Ignatius and Miami of Ohio University, and a former Assistant Coach for the Wildcats.               

   

                                 

 

 

  

The Saint Ignatius at St. Edward Rugby Matches have been rescheduled for April 14th
4/6/2016

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Because of a forecast which calls for freezing temperatures and possible snow showers, the matches, which were originally scheduled for this Friday, were reset for next Thursday, April 14th, at St. Edward.

Here is the schedule for April 14th.

5pm - Freshmen
6:15pm - B-sides
7:30pm - Varsity A sides.

Congratulations from this corner to Wildcats senior track and cross country standout Luke Wagner on receiving the Saint Ignatius Athlete of the Week Award
4/5/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Luke, an Iowa State cross country and track recruit, put together outstanding performances in two major track and field meets over the Easter break.

March 26th Brunswick Elite
1st place in the 1600 Meter Run
1st place in the 800 Meter Run
 
Luke helped the Wildcats' Track and Field team win the tradition-rich Brunswick Elite, a 117-115 down to the wire first-place battle with the Solon Comets (see the corner's story from Easter Saturday).  

April 2nd Hilliard Davidson Wildcat Premier (Hilliard Davidson is also known as the Wildcats)
 
1st place in the 1600 Meter Run
1st place in the 800 Meter Run
 
Luke was money again, as he led Coach Chuck Kyle's track and field program to first place in what is one of the most demanding early season outdoor competitions in Ohio (see the corner's post from this past Saturday). 
 
A four-year varsity competitor in cross country and track, Luke helped lead the charge as Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's Cross Country Cats brought home the state championship this past fall. This spring, Luke is seeking what would be his fourth consecutive appearance at the annual OHSAA State Track and Field Meet. Luke is part of a deep and big-meet tested Wildcats track and field team.   
As of now, here is what is scheduled for Wednesday in Wildcats Athletics
4/5/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Instead of a "Where The Cats Play" for this week, we're going to play it day to day.

Here is what is scheduled on the Varsity level for Wednesday

Baseball: Scheduled to play at Boardman at 5 PM

Tennis - at University School, 4 PM

Lacrosse - hosts Massillon Jackson at 7:30 PM on Wasmer Field

Volleyball - hosts Brunswick in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium at 7 PM

Friday night's highly anticipated Rugby matches at St. Edward have been postponed
4/5/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

FROM CATS HEAD COACH DAN ARBEZNIK: "The matches for this Friday are definitively off on account of the weather. St. Edward is telling me that it is planning on rescheduling for Friday, April 15th or Thursday, April 14th."

From the corner: Friday night's forecast, as of last night, includes possible snow showers and temperatures in the 20s.

The Cats and the Eagles are both ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation. Saint Ignatius defeated St. Edward in the past two Ohio Rugby State Championship matches.

Coach Arbeznik's Cats, coming off an impressive trip to Texas (see the corner's posts from last week), are 7-1 and on a five-match winning streak.     

And the congrats keep coming, this time to Wildcats junior post Matt Davet, senior guard/forward Deven Stover and junior wing/post Austen Yarian for receiving Honorable Mention on the cleveland.com All-Star Basketball Team for 2015-16
4/4/2016
Congratulations from the corner to Coach Casey Marcelo's Volleyball Cats, who earned a sixth-place ranking in the first state poll of the season by the Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association. See the corner's Sunday post on the Cats' big weekend.
4/4/2016
If Mother Nature doesn't throw a curve, it appears there is a change of venue for Saturday's Varsity Baseball Game versus St. Edward
4/4/2016

The St. Edward Athletic Department confirmed that the Wildcats-Eagles matchup has been switched from Don Mills Field in Strongsville to history-rich and newly renovated League Park. The first pitch is slated for 2 PM.

We will keep our fingers crossed, as this week's weather forecast is not promising, to say the least.  

Coach Casey Marcelo's Volleyball Cats go 3-0 in the season opening Saint Ignatius Invitational, defeating some of the best teams the state has to offer
4/3/2016

Presented by Coach Marcelo and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

 

The Cats start season 3-0, while hosting the tournament on Saturday and defeating Top 10-ranked teams Pickerington North(10), St. Charles (D2-6) and Beavercreek (4).

 

Pickerington North - 25-20, 25-19, 25 - 20

Danny Michals 15 kills, 2 aces, Rich Holzheimer 28 assists, 2 aces, Brian Messina 21 digs.

 

St. Charles - 16 - 25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-15

Kills; Danny Michals 20, James Purcell 12, Phil Catanzaro 10. Rich Holzheimer 38 assists, Pat Gleydura 3 aces and Brian Messina 20 digs.

 

Beavercreek - 25-20, 28-18, 25-16

Kills: Danny Michals 10, Matt Saponaro 7

 

From Coach Marcelo: The toughest team we played was Pickerington North with their Ohio State University recruit, Dejon Clark. The Cats played a fantastic defensive game in not allowing the Panthers to gain any momentum. Captain Brian Messina providing 21 digs led the charge in the defusing of the Panther attack. Junior setter, Rich Holzheimer, orchestrated opportunities for the hitter to score at a very high percentage. The team as a whole had the determination and grit to stop the Panther attack.

 

The second match was with St. Charles (D2-6) and the Cardinals are a very skilled team and well balanced. They would come at you from different directions and were solid in defense. This match was more about match up and we used the bench to get our win. This year's team is very deep and using the bench helped us fine tune our way to the win. Junior Danny Michals had a career high of 20 kills to lead the Cats and junior setter Rich Holzheimer provided 38 assists. Senior Pat Gleydura had three aces.

 

The tournament was very tough with playing 3 matches in a short amount of time. The focus of this season is to get all of the team members to be able to play at a high level. The last match of the day with Beavercreek showed how deep our team has become. Towards the end of the first set sophomore Aidan McCaffrey took the setting position. Rich Holzheimer did an awesome job all day and just wanted to have fresh legs. Aidan was able to finish the match and by the second set we had fresh players on the court, Matt Saponaro, David Castele, Sean Getty and Seamus Wilson. These guys took control of the rest of the match and beat a fourth ranked team.

 

Up next for the Cats is Wednesday's 7 PM matchup with the Brunswick Blue Devils in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium. 

 
Wildcats Track and Field impresses again, this time at the demanding Hilliard Davidson Wildcat Premier
4/2/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Chuck Kyle's potential-rich Track and Field Wildcats, coming off their solid first-place performance at the Brunswick Elite (see the corner's Easter Saturday story), continued to show why 2016 could be a spring of special things to come during Saturday's Hilliard Davidson Wildcat Premier.

Competing at one of the tradition-rich and highly competitive venues of the early outdoor season, Saint Ignatius' deep and strong relay teams were money and the gifted Iowa State recruit Luke Wagner '16, one of the Wildcats' all-time greats in track and cross country, brought home first-places in the 800 and 1600 meter runs.

Jim Rogers '16, a humble, but oh so talented track and cross country athlete who is bound for Yale, took first place in the 3200 meter run.

HERE ARE THE CATS' HIGHLIGHTS FROM ANOTHER SATURDAY AFTERNOON OF SUCCESS

100 Meter Dash: Phil Zuccaro was second in 11.49

200 Meter Dash: Phil Zuccaro was second in 23.01

400 Meter Dash: Kyle Hall was eighth in 54.10

110 Meter Hurdles: C.J. Moore was 7th in 17.03

800 Meter Run: Luke Wagner took first place in 2:02.98

1600 Meter Run: Luke Wagner took first place in 4:28.84

3200 Meter Run: Jim Rogers took first place in 9:53.02

3200 Meter Hurdles: Jack Ruddy was eighth in 44.35

Distance Medley Relay: Saint Ignatius was second in 10:57.16

4x800 Meter Relay: Saint Ignatius was first in 8:21.36

4x1600 Meter Relay: Saint Ignatius was second in 8:38.10

4x100 Meter Relay: Saint Ignatius was second in 44.01

4x110 Shuttle Hurdles: Saint Ignatius was fourth in 1:07.80

800 Meter Sprint Relay: Saint Ignatius was second in 1:38.27

Pole Vault: Craig Cirino was sixth at 11-00.00

Long Jump: Mike Lehto was 10th at 19-07.00

Discus: Mike Bodnar was ninth, 124-03.50

Shot Put: Mike Bodnar was 12th, 41-01.50

Congratulations from this corner on another strong showing.  

 

 

  

 

 

 

My prayers and sympathy go out to the family of former Wildcats Basketball Coaching Legend Marty Chambers
4/2/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Marty, who this corner had the privilege of reporting on during his outstanding area high school coaching career, passed away this weekend.

Former Wildcats Head Basketball Coach and current Associate Athletic Director Sean O'Toole '87, who had great admiration for Coach Chambers, shared the sad news with this corner.

To say Marty was a legend in the Greater Cleveland Coaching circles would be an understatement.

Probably the best way this old-timer can pay tribute to Coach Chambers is by sharing with you the memories I have of Marty, memories I wrote for the Saint Ignatius Athletic Department a few years ago.

SOME CHAMBERS MUSIC

It has to go down as one of the most colorful and successful periods in the Wildcats' round-ball history.

Marty Chambers '52, one of the top high school coaches this area has ever seen, directed the 'Cats to what Saint Ignatius Hall of Fame inductee, the late Dick “Zip” Zunt '50, described as a “litany of success.”

In nine seasons as Saint Ignatius' head coach, Marty compiled a record of 160-55. That mark included three consecutive West Senate titles and three consecutive City Championships in 1976, '77 and '78. Those teams were the only ones in the history of West Senate basketball to win three consecutive city titles.

Marty also coached the Wildcats to several sectional and district championships, and twice his teams appeared in regional championship games.

Among Marty's many postseason honors were West Senate and Greater Cleveland Coach of the Year (1976, '77 and '78); Northeastern Ohio District Coach of the Year (1976 and '78); Akron Cage Classic Championship Coach (1979); United States All-Stars Dapper Dan Game Championship Coach (1980); Cleveland area Independent Coach of the Year (1980-81); and Dayton Midwest All-Star Classic Coach (1982).

Marty was also recognized by the Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association as a Hall of Fame coach and a recipient of the GCBCA's prestigious Golden Deeds Award.

THE TRIPLE CROWN

Coach Chambers' 1977-78 season will always be remembered for the record third straight city championship.

What many longtime gym rats forget, however, is that Oliver Luck '78, better know for his prowess on the gridiron as an outstanding and versatile quarterback, came up with some last-minute heroics in both the 1977 and 1978 city championship games.

I was on hand for the 1978 match up with the John Adams Rebels in Public Hall and watched Luck soar to the basket, outmaneuver and out-muscle John Adams' 6-foot-6 All-Star Tyrone Evans for a rebound off the second of two missed free throws by the 'Cats and pass the ball back out.

After Luck's big-time play, Mike Sweeney was fouled and accounted for the final point of the game with a clutch free throw in the 'Cats' 49-47 victory. Coach Chambers always referred to Oliver Luck as his “Ace in the Hole.”

 A member of Saint Ignatius' Athletic Hall of Fame, Oliver went on to a very successful career as a quarterback for the Mountaineers of West Virginia and played in the NFL with the then Houston Oilers. Oliver is the father of the Indianapolis Colts' outstanding quarterback and former Stanford All-American Andrew Luck.

LIONS AND WILDCATS, OH MY!

In my mind and the minds of other savvy gym rats in the area, there was another huge game in the 1977-78 season, one that drew significant attention from Cleveland's print, radio and television media.

The Wildcats and the Cathedral Latin Lions, the defending Class AA state champions, played what was arguably the regular-season game of the year in Greater Cleveland. Saint Ignatius, behind a clutch shot by Mike McNally, came away with an 85-84 victory. Today they would refer to that game as “An Instant Classic.”

Cathedral Latin snapped a long losing streak to the Wildcats in basketball by defeating Saint Ignatius in what was another thriller during the 1978-79 season.

A BLUE AND GOLDEN MOMENT AT THE HOME OF THE GOLDEN FLASHES FOR COACH CHAMBERS' CATS.

Just two days after he was named to the first team on The Plain Dealer's prestigious All-Scholastic Basketball Team, Saint Ignatius senior John Shimko buried a 12-foot jumper off an assist from Fred DiSanto with two seconds remaining in the second overtime, leading the Wildcats to a 51-49 victory over Lake Catholic in a Class AAA regional semifinal game that attracted more than 3,000 fans to Kent State University.

That March 20, 1980 night marked the Wildcats' 10th straight victory after losing at Lake Catholic on February 1. The Cougars, making their first regional venture, entered the game having won 13 of their last 14 outings. DiSanto and Shimko led Saint Ignatius with 16 and 14 points, respectively, and Lake Catholic's standout 6-7 senior post Dave Youdath finished with 23 points and seven rebounds.

The 6-5 Shimko, who averaged 23 points a game and scored a school-best 571 points that season, was also chosen as a first-team All-Ohio selection by both the Associated Press and the United Press International.

DYNAMIC DUO

Complementing Shimko was Coach Chambers' gifted back-court tandem of senior Fred DiSanto and junior Mike Trivisonno. DiSanto and Trivisonno looked so much alike in high school that fans from opposing schools would many times ask if they were brothers.

Coach Chambers described DiSanto as a player with deceiving quickness who wasn't afraid to “shoot from downtown” and said that giving point guard Trivisonno the ball was like “putting it in a Brink's truck.”

COACH LARRY ARTHUR TAKES THE REINS

Larry Arthur, an assistant on Coach Chambers' staff who along with former Cats' Assistant Coach Frank O'Brien had tremendous admiration and respect for Coach Chambers, began his head basketball coaching duties at Saint Ignatius in the 1984-85 season. Coach Brian Becker succeeded Coach Arthur in 1990 before Coach O'Toole took over the basketball reins at his alma mater in the 2008-09 season. Coach Becker, whose late father Gerry, another area coaching legend, was a great friend of Coach Chambers, is currently in his second stint as the Wildcats' Head Basketball Coach.    

Again, my prayers and sympathy are with Marty's family, all of his former players and coaches, and all of his dear friends. It was a privilege to cover Marty and honor to be among those he called a friend.

FROM SEAN O'TOOLE: "When I was growing up, Coach Chambers was an iconic figure, a big reason, along with the great spirituality and education, why so many of us as little kids wanted to come and play basketball at Saint Ignatius.

"He was a great coach who was known and recognized on the area, state and national levels. Coach Chambers was a dear friend, a dear confidant. He loved Saint Ignatius. Right up until his death, Coach Chambers was a season ticket holder.

"Coach Chambers was very active in our Coaches Association. Just last week at our annual All-Star Games (the Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association), there was Coach Chambers in the lobby helping sell tickets. He was devoted to the game of basketball in Greater Cleveland and all of the young men who played for him. And he would offer guidance and help to any young player or any young coach who approached him.

"I don't think it is a stretch to say that before Coach (Chuck) Kyle's great football teams, Coach Chambers' basketball teams were legendary at Saint Ignatius.

"It's a great loss for the area basketball community and of course, for Saint Ignatius High School."            

   

     
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It's a final from "The Big D." Saint Ignatius' Rugby Cats, scoring 33 unanswered points, defeat the Jesuit Rugby Rangers from Dallas, 33-3, and complete their trip to Texas by going 4-0 in the land of the Longhorns
4/1/2016
By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
 
From the Forest City of Cleveland, Ohio, the Best Location in the Nation
 
Coach Dan Arbeznik's deep in talent and determined Wildcats will say goodbye to the Great State of Texas after defeating all four of the teams put in front of them this week.
 
Entering the week as the seventh-ranked program in the nation, Saint Ignatius extended its winning streak to five matches and will take a 7-1 record into next Friday's (April 8th) highly anticipated matchup with the St. Edward Eagles on Coughlin Field in Brother James Everett (C.S.C.) Stadium under the golden dome on the campus of St. Edward High School.
 
The action begins on Coughlin Field with a match between the school's respective B programs at 6:30 PM, followed by the Varsity A encounter between two programs who have met in the Ohio Rugby State Championship Match the past three years, with the Cats bringing home the title in 2014 and 2015. St. Edward was also a state Rugby champion in 2012. The Varsity A match is slated for 8 PM.
 
Dallas' Jesuit Rugby Rangers, who now stand 6-4-1 on the season, gave their faithful some early hope by taking a 3-0 lead off a penalty kick with 27 minutes remaining in the first half.  
 
However, as we reported in the update post below that preceded this report, Saint Ignatius responded with 21 unanswered points in taking a 21-3 lead into halftime.
 
With marvelous Marcus Hogan scoring the Cats' first try in the response to the Rangers' penalty kick, and Wheeling Jesuit Rugby recruit Matt Woisnet highlighting the 33 unanswered-points barrage with the match's final two tries, Coach Arbeznik's team left a lasting impression on the Senior Night crowd in Postell Stadium.
 
Saint Ignatius' versatile standout Andrew Baldado turned in another solid night off the conversion kicks and the ever-present Timmy "Truck-Stick" Vanderhoof, a Saint Ignatius Spring Sports Athlete of the Week honoree, sent home a try that, by all reports, had the Rangers glancing at the scoreboard.
 
We thought our fans might enjoy seeing a background on the Rangers' Rugby Program, so here it is courtesy of The Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.
 
The program has seen much success with numerous appearances in the State Final Four, highlighted by State Championships in 2001 and 2010. Jesuit has taken tours to the Cayman Islands (2001), Arizona (2004), Southern California (2005), Washington (2006), Utah (2007 for the National Championships) and Ireland in 2009. The school’s administration and the Rugby program teamed up to offer the experience of Rugby’s cultural and social exchanges through various tours, and have established a goal to offer them every few years to members of the program.
 
Here is a numerical breakdown of the Rangers' Rugby success: 7 Rugby Tours, 12 State Final Four Appearances, 2 State Championships, 10 WEST Regional Championship Appearances, 1 WEST Regional Pool Championship, 1 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT and "Countless memories and friendships to last a lifetime!"
 
From the corner: Rugby arrived at Jesuit Dallas or Dallas Jesuit, as both are acceptable, in 1997 as a Club Team.
 
The Program became established in the 1999-2000 school year, when Coach Anthony Acchione was able to attract athletes to the sport with his "Try it" approach.
 
Have a great weekend in anticipation for next Friday night's Coughlin Field clash.
 
 
 
 
It's Wildcats Rugby updates from "The Big D"
4/1/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

From the Forest City of Cleveland, Ohio, the Best Location in the Nation: Coach Dan Arbeznik's Rugby Cats, who are attempting to go 4-0 on their Texas trip, improve to 7-1 overall and extend their wining streak to five matches,  are up 21-3 at halftime versus The Jesuit Rugby Rangers from Dallas, Texas in what is "Senior Night" at the Rangers' Postell Stadium.

Jesuit Dallas took a 3-0 lead on a penalty kick with approximately 27 minutes remaining in the first half, but the Cats came storming back with 21 unanswered points, a run that was fueled by a try from marvelous Marcus Hogan and the ensuing conversion kick by standout Andrew Baldado.

A try from Wheeling Jesuit Rugby recruit Matt Woisnet extended the Cats' lead to 26-3 and another try from Woisnet that was capped by Baldado's conversion put the Cats in total command, 33-3.

We will have a wrap up on the corner once the match in The Big D becomes final.   

A Friday, Saturday and Monday corner's glance at Where The Cats Play
3/31/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Dan Arbeznik's 6-1 nationally recognized Rugby Cats will look to go 4-0 on their Texas Trip when they take on the Jesuit Dallas Rangers Friday at 6 PM Eastern Standard Time in the Big D.

On Saturday, a Wildcats Volleyball Team that Head Coach Casey Marcelo is very excited about (see the corner's St. Patrick's Day Preview) will open its season at 10 AM with the annual Saint Ignatius Invitational in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium.

Coach Chuck Kyle's gifted Track and Field Wildcats, coming off Easter Saturday's impressive 117-115 first-place victory over the always sound Solon Comets at the Brunswick Elite (see the corner's Easter Saturday story), will travel to Hilliard Davidson High School for Saturday's tradition-rich and always challenging Wildcat Premier.

The competition, which features some of the strongest boys and girls track teams in Ohio, will get underway with field events at 9 AM.

Monday will mark the opening of Saint Ignatius' Tennis Season (see the corner's preview from Easter Sunday), as Coach Jon Barker's Wildcats are scheduled to face North Canton Hoover at 4:15 PM on the courts at Magnificat High School.

Have a great and safe rest of the week and weekend.

      

A tough week in Florida comes to an end for Saint Ignatius Baseball, as the Cats are defeated by Lakewood Ranch from Bradenton, 9-2, early Thursday evening
3/31/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Fairview Park, Ohio - Coach Brad Ganor's Wildcats were outscored by their three opponents this week - Venice (Fla.), Tampa Jesuit and Lakewood Ranch - by a combined runs total of 19-3.

Lakewood Ranch jumped on the Cats early.

The Mustangs rode a passed ball, a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and scored three more runs in the bottom of the second by bunting a runner home from third and taking advantage of an error that resulted in two runs.

Errors plagued the Wildcats all week.

Lakewood Ranch pushed its lead to 8-0 in a two-run third inning that was highlighted by an RBI double.

Saint Ignatius, which has three games on tap next week in Ohio - at Boardman on April 6th, at Massillon Jackson on April 8th and versus longtime West Side rival St. Edward on April 9th at historic League Park - scored its two runs in the top of the fourth inning.

It was reported that one of those two runs was the result of Danny Adler stealing home plate and the second run was courtesy of a rip city RBI single off the first baseman's glove by Erik Demchuk that scored Jack Siefert.

We wish Coach Ganor, his staff, the Wildcats, Team Manager and Stats guru George Martin '16, along with the SIBN crew, a safe return to the best location in the nation.

God be willing, this old-timer is looking forward to covering and reporting on the Cats in Boardman and of course versus the Eagles of St. Edward.

Gentlemen, I've bee around too many excellent baseball teams who experienced just what you did this week. Learn from it, shake it off, cleanup the errors and we'll show everyone over the next two months just how talented the 2016 Baseball Cats are.            

  

CONGRATS FROM THE CORNER TO WILDCATS RUGBY STANDOUT ANDREW BALDADO FOR EARNING PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS FROM EAGLE IMPACT RUGBY ACADEMY
3/31/2016
Congrats from the old-timer go out to Dan Arbeznik's Rugby Cats, who improved to 3-0 on their Texas trip and 6-1 overall by defeating the highly regarded Westlake High School Rugby Club of Austin, Texas, 22-14, on Wednesday night
3/30/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Fairview Park, Ohio - In what was described as a hard-fought match between the nation's seventh (Saint Ignatius) and 11th-ranked programs, the Rugby Cats did Cleveland proud again as Timmy Vanderhoof, Aidan Gill and Owen North each produced a try.

Andrew Baldado provided two conversions and also a kick for points, as the Cats, Ohio Rugby's 2014 and 2015 State Champions, turned back the 2014 and '15 Rugby Texas Division I High School State Champs.

Westlake, from Austin Texas, is the alma mater of the New Orleans Saints' All-Pro quarterback and future Hall of Famer Drew Brees.

According to the Rugby schedule on the Saint Ignatius Athletics page, the Cats have a day off to enjoy Texas on Thursday and will close out their Easter Break trip with a match versus Dallas Jesuit on Friday at 5 PM in the Big D.

When the Cats return home their focus will turn to the April 8th match at St. Edward.    

Saint Ignatius Baseball slips to 0-2 on the season after losing to Tampa Jesuit, 6-1, on Wednesday evening in what was the Cats' second game of their Easter Break trip to Florida
3/30/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Fairview Park, Ohio - Coach Brad Ganor's Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a RBI single off the capable bat of promising junior left fielder Ryan Jacobs. Ryan's RBI scored senior catcher and tri-captain Dennis Grosel, who had singled.

The Tigers of Tampa Jesuit, ranked 25th in the PerfectGame.org Top 50 National Rankings, knotted the score in the bottom of the second and rode bases-loaded sacrifice flies to a 3-1 lead before sealing it with three more tallies in the late innings.

Wednesday night's game was played in one the most atmosphere-rich high school baseball facilities in the nation, Tampa Jesuit's Paul Straub Field at Hyer Family Park.

At 4 PM on Thursday, the Cats take on the Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.) Mustangs. For a look at Lakewood Ranch High School, see the corner's glance right bellow this post.

Thursday's game will be brought to you live over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.

HERE IS HOW THE WILDCATS' OUTSTANDING TEAM MANAGER AND STATISTICIAN GEORGE MARTIN '16 SAW WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S GAME ON PAUL STRAUB FIELD.

The Wildcats came out ready to play tonight and the final score doesn't give credit to the intense game that was played in Tampa.

Wildcats batting immensely improved from the first game as the Cats had 6 hits and 1 run.

NOTE FROM THE CORNER: SAINT IGNATIUS WAS LIMITED TO ONE HIT IN MONDAY'S 4-0 LOSS TO THE VENICE (FLA.) INDIANS.

Dennis Grosel kept the 1st inning alive with a single and from there scored off a Ryan Jacobs single. Also, Nick Freund and Joe Evans had singles as well. George Asadorian was the big hitter tonight as he scorched 2 doubles before going down with an apparent hamstring injury.

But in the end, momentum could not stay on the Wildcats' side. Two Wildcats were caught stealing and a lack of execution hurt Saint Ignatius tonight.

The pitching was in question as the staff gave up 11 combined walks.

St. Ignatius ace, Murphy O'Brien, started the game tonight and pitched 3.1 innings. Location was a struggle tonight as Murphy gave up 5 walks, but had 3 Ks before getting pulled. He had a total of 67 pitches with 37 strikes and 30 balls. He gave up 2 hits and had 1 earned run.

Erik Demchuk came in to pitch two thirds of the 4th inning and 1/3 of the 5th before getting replaced by sophomore Tommy Grosel. Demchuk gave up 1 hit, 1 earned run, and 3 walks. Grosel came in to work 1.2 innings and had 1 K, 2 hits, and 0 earned runs. Defensive miscues allowed for 3 runs to score while Grosel was on the mound.

The Jesuit Tigers had 5 hits and mainly executed off errors and walks. Alex Mocny was the hit Tiger as he had 2 singles.

Jesuit High pitching, although giving up 6 hits, was dominate with a total of 7 Ks. Jack Anderson pitched 6 innings and shut down 5 Wildcats. He had 83 pitches with 58 strikes and 25 balls. He gave up 6 hits and 1 earned run.  

     

  

Here is a corner's glance at Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton, Fla.), Saint Ignatius' opponent on Thursday, the Cats' final day of comeptition on their Easter Break trip
3/30/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

As for Lakewood Ranch Baseball, the Mustangs from Bradenton, Florida have been up and down this season and were battling to stay above .500 after 20 games.

Lakewood Ranch enters Thursday's 4 PM first pitch versus Saint Ignatius coming off loses to Sarasota, 8-4, and Tampa Catholic, 12-2.   

Different times tweeted out for tonight's Rugby match
3/30/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

I guess this probably only matters if you are in the great State of Texas, but the Cats' Rugby page tweeted last night that this evening's match versus The Westlake High School Rugby Club (Austin, Texas) is slated for 7 PM Central Time.Tweets on the Athletic News page are saying the kickoff is 5:30 PM Central Time.

My suggestion is arrive in time for a 5:30 Central matchup and enjoy some of that great Texas hospitality.

Oh well, they can play at midnight and the corner will still have a recap.

As we reported on the corner last night, Saint Ignatius and Westlake entered the week as the seventh and 11th-ranked teams in the nation, respectively, and they are both the two-time defending champions in their respective states.

         

The Rugby Cats improve to 2-0 on their Texas trip and 5-1 overall by turning back the Cy-Fair Rugby Club from Cypress, Texas, 15-13, on Tuesday night
3/29/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Cleveland, Ohio - Coach Dan Arbeznik's resilient Cats will now gear up for Wednesday's 7 PM (Central Time) matchup with the Westlake High School Rugby Club (Austin, Texas). The match will feature the nation's seventh (Saint Ignatius) and 11th-ranked programs.

Westlake is the alma mater of New Orleans Saints All-Pro Quarterback and future Hall of Famer Drew Brees.

Like Saint Ignatius in Ohio Rugby, Westlake is the two-time defending Rugby Texas Division I High School State Champion.

The Westlake Rugby Program has been in existence for eight years.

As for Tuesday night's encounter with a fired-up Cy-Fair program, the Cats led, 15-8, after Owen North produced a try with 7 minutes left. North's effort came off the 8-man pick.

The Cy-Fair Bobcats wouldn't go quietly into the lights and heat of a Texas night without scoring a try with a minute remaining.

As it turned out, that last score made Chris Fedor's effort - slotting the kick for points and a 10-0 lead - very significant.   

 

 

 

 

   

Here is a corner's glance at Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit, Saint Ignatius' baseball opponent on Wednesday night
3/29/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, with some information courtesy of Tampa Jesuit High School

Cleveland, Ohio - The Tampa Jesuit Tigers will enter Wednesday's matchup with the Wildcats ranked 25th in this week's PerfectGame.org Top 50 rankings. Tampa Jesuit was ranked 23rd last week.

Wednesday's first pitch is scheduled for 7 PM and Saint Ignatius' standout senior right-hander, tri-captain and St. Bonaventure commit Murphy O'Brien is expected to take the mound for Cats Head Coach Brad Ganor. The game will be broadcast live over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.

The Cats will have the opportunity to play in the Tigers' atmosphere-rich Paul Straub Field at Hyer Family Park, which features the Joseph Capitano '56 Trophy Hall and is widely considered among the finest high school sports complexes in the nation.

Paul Straub Field, where Tampa Jesuit has called home since 2011, was named Field of the Year by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association.

The Tigers' rich baseball history includes a long list of alumni who have played on the college level and many more who have played professionally, including Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Al Lopez Sr., and New York Yankees mainstay Lou Piniella.

Lopez Sr., a catcher and manager, led the Indians and the Chicago White Sox to American League Pennants in the 1950s.

The Tampa Jesuit Baseball Program has a tradition that has produced four State Championships and numerous District and Regional titles. In 2014, the Tigers were Florida's 5A State Baseball Champs. Tampa Jesuit baseball has been a familiar name among the national rankings and in 1997 Tigers Baseball was crowned as a National Champion.

Like Saint Ignatius, Tampa has a strong all-around athletic program, one that won the FHSAA Boys' Athletic Program of the Year award in 1997-98, and had the most state championships and places at state events in 1998-99, 2000-01 and 2005-06.

The Tigers were the Tampa Tribune Athletic Program of the Year in 2003-04, and the St. Petersburg Times Athletic Program of the Year in 2004-05. Tampa Jesuit's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, and track and field teams have combined for a total of 19 state championships.

Tampa Jesuit also has a history of strong wrestling and swimming teams, with numerous individual state champions in both sports. Along with the national title in baseball in 1997, the Tigers brought home a national soccer championship in 2001. 

Tonight's Varsity Baseball Game at Sarasota (Fla.) High School has been cancelled because of adverse weather in the Sarasota Area.
3/29/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Up next for the Baseball Cats is Wednesday's 7 PM game versus Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit.

Note: Sunny with blue skies and a little nip in the air here in the Forest City. "Let's Play Two."

 

 

Coach Dan Arbeznik's Rugby Cats open their trip to the State of Texas with a 66-15 victory over St. Thomas of Houston
3/28/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer from my palatial estate in Fairview Park, right down the street from Rugby-rich West Park, the home of the gifted Jaguars from St. Joseph Academy.

The two-time defending state champion Rugby Cats, who will return to the St. Thomas pitch on Tuesday at 7 PM to face the Cy-Fair Rugby Club from Cypress, Texas, are now standing 4-1 on the young season.

Coach Arbeznik's talented, tough-minded and resilient young men showed everyone in attendance on Monday night why they are ranked seventh in the nation.

The St. Thomas and Cy-Fair followers are hoping the Cats, on their return to the hotel, aren't humming the lyrics sung by the late, great Dean Martin, "Goin' back to Houston, Houston, Houston."

Supplying the offense for Saint Ignatius were Aidan Gill and Timmy Vanderhoff , who each had two tries, tries from Nick Zolikoff, Brock Yoho, Owen North, Andrew Baldado, Alex Chura and Chris Fedor, and the powerful conversion kicking leg of Baldado.

As for Tuesday's opponent, the Cy-Fair Bobcats, one of their products, Cody Cloud, is among the State of Texas' promising young Rugby athletes.

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Wildcats Baseball is defeated by the Venice (Fla.) Indians, 4-0, in the season opener on Monday night at Venice High School
3/28/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, with comments to the corner from Head Coach Brad Ganor and an up-close breakdown on Monday's game from Wildcats' outstanding Statistician and Team Manager George Martin '16.

Fairview Park, Ohio - Venice, ranked 29th in the nation by PerfectGame.org, has won three Florida State Baseball Championships in the past four years, and a number of state titles before that.

The Indians complied a 29-3 record in route to another state crown last season, an effort that earned them a third-place spot in Baseball America's 2015 Top 50 Rankings.

Saint Ignatius opened its new season after finishing 27-6 last year and advancing to the OHSAA Division I state baseball final four for the fifth time under veteran skipper Brad Ganor, and the 12th time overall. Those 27 victories included a 15-game winning streak.

Up next for the Baseball Cats is Tuesday's game at Sarasota (Fla.) High School. The first pitch is scheduled for 7 PM and the game will be broadcast live by the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.

Junior right-hander Braydon Nelson (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) will take the mound for the Wildcats.

Sarasota's Sailors are currently ranked second in the State of Florida by MaxPreps.

Six members oft the current Sarasota team will be furthering their educations and baseball careers at the next level.

They are Grant Horwitz who recently committed to San Diego State University, Nick Derr (FSU), Nick Long (UF), Andrew Jones (FAU), Adam Imwalle (SCF) and Vaun Brown (Florida Sourhern).

Derr, Long and Jones were invited to compete in the Florida Elite Showcase back in mid-October and didn't disappoint. The Florida Elite is one of the most prestigious and longest running showcases in the State of Florida.

FROM GEORGE MARTIN '16: The Cats started the season slow tonight. They couldn't get a feel at the plate and had some mental errors on the field. First game jitters were definitely in play.

The Wildcats had one hit - Joe Evans' (senior second baseman) hard line drive to right center. The Cats got picked off 3 times at first as well, and left men on 3rd twice. They had a total of 10 strikeouts and many ground outs to a talented 2nd basemen in Venice's Scott Dubrule.

Wildcat pitching did well. Adams (junior southpaw and Louisville recruit Connor Adams) had 4.1 innings of work with 4 strikeouts. He had 72 pitches with 41 strikes and 31 balls. He gave up 4 total hits and 2 earned runs. Connor yielded a home run to Jacob Grubbs to right field. Griffin Hunt came in during the 5th for 2 innings of work. He had 1 strikeout and gave up 1 hit and 1 earned run.

Tommy Grosel (sophomore right-hander) looked great tonight in finishing a tough game. He pitched 1.0 inning and had a strikeout. He did not yield a hit. In total, the Cats' pitching had 6 strikeouts, 4 runs, and 3 earned runs. The Cats' defense had 2 errors that gave Venice momentum.

Venice pitched exceptionally well. Caleb Williams started off the game by pitching 5 innings with 5 Ks and 1 hit. He had a total of 72 pitches with 44 strikes and 28 balls. The Indians' Trevor Holloway came on in relief for an inning. He had 3 Ks. Brad Jones ended the game by pitching the 7th and striking out two Wildcats. In total, Venice had 10 strikeouts and gave up 1 hit.

Venice batting did well also The Indians had 5 hits and showed their Florida speed with 3 stolen bases. Grubbs' HR in the bottom of the fourth gave Venice a 2-0 lead. Also, Shane Shifflet doubled in the bottom of the 4th to continue the Indians' momentum.

All in all, the Cats played well for their first game when you compare the fact that Venice is midway through its season. With some cleaning up to do, the Cats have a shot to leave Florida on a high note.

FROM COACH GANOR: "They are very good," said Coach Ganor of Venice. "They showed why they have won so many state championships. We weren't as sharp defensively as we will be in a couple of weeks. But I would rather open the season against teams like this than go beat up on somebody. I wouldn't have it any other way."




   

Just a reminder on the Wildcats' Baseball and Rugby Teams, as they open their Easter Break competition on Monday night
3/27/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The Varsity Baseball Cats are at Venice (Fla.) for a 7 PM first pitch on Monday and the Rugby Cats will matchup with St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, also at 7 PM. Monday night's Varsity Baseball game will be brought to you live over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.

NOTE: Venice has a rich baseball tradition that includes three state titles in the past four years.

The Indians compiled a 29-3 state-championship season in 2015 and were ranked third in Baseball America's 2015 High School Top 50.

As for St. Thomas Rugby, it has produced Kingsley McGowan of Team USA. After graduating from St. Thomas in 2010, McGowan achieved All-American and National Championship fame at St. Mary's in California and was one of the first Americans to be part of a world rugby trophy for the United States. Kingsley picked up the game as a junior at St. Thomas.  

       

A hard-working, spirited group of Cats, led by Josh Hsia, will carry the fortunes of the 2016 Saint Ignatius Varsity Tennis Team
3/27/2016

Presented By Wildcats outstanding Head Tennis Coach Jon Barker '87 and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

FROM COACH BARKER: Obviously, with the departures of Nate Griffin and Erich Schuette, our lineup will look quite different this season. 

Last year's #3, Josh Hsia, came on very strong in the second half of last season. He continued to improve in the off season and is ready to assume the first singles responsibilities. Josh is quick, athletic, hard working, and he hits a very heavy ball; it will be fun to see him take on the area's best.

Also returning are seniors Mitchell Pallaki and John Mhanna, and juniors Andy Siciliano and  Kevin Callanan. Those guys were our regular doubles players last season and embraced the role. Their doubles games improved immensely over the course of last season as they learned the flow of the doubles game and got to know their partners. They'll play a huge role on this year's squad, keeping us deep through our doubles lineup.

Junior Marton Tamasy and sophomores Richie Hofstra, Brian Zhu and Jack Showman grew, got stronger and worked hard on their games over the winter, and they are hungry to make their mark as regular Varsity players.

We are also excited about the arrival of solid freshmen Jack McNally and Drew Barclay.

This is a hard-working and fun group. They have a positive, playful spirit and we expect to see great growth over the course of our jam-packed and challenging season. 

The Wildcats open their 2016 season on April 4th at 4:15 PM versus North Canton Hoover on the courts at Magnificat High School.




Phil Zuccaro (1st place in the 100 and 200), C.J. Ambrosio (1st 3200), Luke Wagner (1st place in the 1600), the 1-2 punch of Wagner and Colin Kruchan in the 800 and a 1st place in the 4x800 enable the Cats to edge Solon, 117-115, at the Brunswick Elite
3/26/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit March 2016

Brunswick, Ohio - The Cats' versatile, deep and gifted Track and Field Team opened its 2016 outdoor season with some strong competition from the always sound Solon Comets.

And Coach Chuck Kyle's program responded in a manner one would expect from a team that is definitely rich in potential.

When we say the 2016 Wildcats have depth, that was evident early and often under the blue skies in Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium on Judy Kirsch Field, as Saint Ignatius entered one of the state's tradition-rich, opening-weekend meets without a few of its key competitors. Understandably so, it is family Easter Vacation time.

No problem.

Yes, Coach Kyle and his staff saw the Cats challenged. But then that is what you're looking for in this developmental and sharpening-skills portion of the season.

Along with the first-place efforts by Phil Zuccaro (11.27 in the 100 meter dash and 22.36 in the 200 meter dash); the 8:17.72 first place by the 4x800 relay team of Pat Nolan, Greg Caniglia, Tim Trentel and Colin Kruchan; C.J. Ambrosio's 9:36.76 first place in the 3200 meter run; Luke Wagner's 4:19.61 first place in the 1600 meter run; and the 1-2, 18-points punch of Wagner (1:58.81) and Kruchan (1:59.65) in the 800 meter run that we used as the headline to this report, Saint Ignatius had several other promising performances on a day that lingered in the mid-50's and did not see a drop of moisture.

In the 4x100 meter relay, the team of Zuccaro, Jack Cook, C.J. Moore, and James Zassick placed second to Solon, 44.03 to 44.47. The 4x400 meter relay team of Joshua Crayton-Prioleau, Wagner, Zuccaro and Kruchan finished fourth (4 points), the high jump saw Mike Lehto place fourth (4 points), Craig Cirino and Zack Morgan each scored a point in the pole vault, and Lehto also scored a point in the long jump at sixth place.

Jack Cook complemented his effort in the 4x100 relay by placing third in the 200 meter dash at 23.30 and sixth in the 100 meter dash at 11.65.

James Rogers turned in a fourth-place performance of 10:01.12 in the 3200 meter run and Moore (43.36) and Alex Ringfield (44.19) earned third and sixth place, respectively, in the 300 meter hurdles.

The team of John Wetula, Tom Barrett, Lehto and Zassick placed fifth in the 4x200 meter relay at 1:36.66 and a young name to remember in cross country and track, my friends, Nick Saul, was seventh in the 1600 meter run at 4:42.71. Nick was described by three-time state track meet qualifier Luke Wagner as "The future of our team."

While the afternoon was very comfortable, the throwers and field-events competitors were greeted by a brisk morning on the campus of Brunswick High School.

Saint Ignatius' young shot put and discus athletes, Alex Misencik and Justin Perpar, more than held their own under the direction of Coach Ryan Franzinger '02.

In the discus, Alex had a third-place of throw of 129-03, which bettered his previous personal best by 15 feet. Justin was fifth in the discus with a throw of 124-10, as he and Alex accounted for eight key points.

Alex scored two points in the shot put with a fifth-place throw of 43-11.50, and Justin was eighth at 40-05.00

Here are the final standings and point totals.

1. Saint Ignatius, 117; 2. Solon, 115; 3. Berea-Midpark 92 points; 4. Strongsville 80 points; 5. Brunswick 50 points; 6. Buckeye 42 points; 7. Akron Firestone 21 points and 8. Normandy, 10 points.

From Iowa State Track and Cross Country recruit Luke Wagner on his first-place effort in the 1600 meter run.

"I went out kind of moderate," said the young man who has placed his name among the outstanding runners (cross country and track) in Saint Ignatius' rich athletic history. "It was just like any other pace, nothing crazy.

"Two laps in, I was about 2:09, which is kind of where I wanted to be, right around there. I took the lead and I kind sensed the other guy struggling a bit, so I wanted to take out the competition while I could.

"Once I hit the last lap, I was a little bit ahead and the wind from the straightaway right here (the open end of Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium) was pretty strong. It kind of took a little bit out of me, my legs. So once I hit the last 200 my legs were kind of tired, but I was just able to open up my stride, finish the race and get the job done."

From Alex Misencik: "I think I have to get in the weight room more," said Alex, who was pleased with his effort in the discus, but not in the shot put. "I was sick last week, so I have to get back in there and work on quicker feet.

"I think it is really nice to be coached by our record holder," Alex said of Coach Franzinger, who is the Wildcats' all-time leader in the discus at 189-4, Saint Ignatius' Dean of Students and a former Cats football great. "It's neat, because he is helping me get better so hopefully I can break the record that he has. It's so great to have such a knowledgeable person teaching me."

From Coach Franzinger: "Alex's 15-feet, going from 114 to 129 was definitely the highlight of the throws today," said the man who helped lead Saint Ignatius to the OHSAA Division I State Track and Field Championship in the spring of 2001 and the OHSAA Division I State Football Championship in the fall of 2001, both as a player/track and field competitor under Coach Kyle. "You hope for that sort of improvement by the end of the year and he's already at that. That's a good sign, because he could add another 15 feet by the end of May. That's how I see it."                   

      

 

 

            

This old-timer couldn't lay his head on a pillow without saying congratulations once again to Saint Ignatius Varsity Lacrosse, which defeated the Solon Comets, 13-7, at Stewart Field and improved to 2-0. Up next, April 6th vs. Jackson on Wasmer Field.
3/24/2016
Attention all of you West Park rich in rugby history enthusiasts! Saint Ignatius and St. Edward are currently ranked seventh and eighth in the nation, respectively. Mark it down, Cats at Eagles on April 8th.
3/24/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

A salute to Saint Ignatius standout Brock Yoho on finding this week's rankings. Bring it home in Texas!

The 2016 Saint Ignatius Track and Field Preview. A strong, experienced and sucessful senior class will show the way.
3/23/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit March 2016

ALL FIVE OF THE WILDCATS WHO LED SAINT IGNATIUS TO A SIXTH-PLACE FINISH AT STATE AND A THIRD-PLACE AT THE ALWAYS DEMANDING AMHERST REGIONAL RETURN.

Cleveland, Ohio - Mr. Chuck Kyle '69, better known around the area's scholastic scene as one of the most successful football coaches in Ohio's rich gridiron history, and the entire nation for that matter, has begun another season in the sport he has guided with the same passion for more than four decades - Wildcats Track and Field.

Coach Kyle, who will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations' Hall of Fame on July 2 (see the corner's story from March 1st), looks at his 2016 Track and Field Wildcats as a team in which "the potential is there."

"You look back at the previous three years, some of these guys were sophomores, but they were contributing heavily," said Coach Kyle of a veteran nucleus that will be the foundation in which this year's team is built on. "Last year, a number of them made it to the State Meet.
 
"They're seniors now, which is the nice thing about it," Coach Kyle continued. "But you never know with spring sports seniors, there's a lot of proms and graduations. Sometimes it's a little different. So far, these guys have been really enthusiastic about the season. They're talking about setting goals and what they're going to be talking about come May. Right now we're just approaching April. Easter Vacation is going to hit, but that's okay, some guys will be around.
 
"Once Easter Vacation is over, it's okay, it's the heart of the season right now,'" Coach Kyle said.
 
As Coach Kyle emphasized, once you get into mid-May, from that point on it is Districts, Regionals and then States.
 
"We have the capability of getting people down state," said the man who is a member of the Ohio Football Coaches Association's Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame and the Ohio Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Hall of Fame.
 
Coach Kyle pointed out that there are some things that need to be smoothed out. Last year, the Wildcats had a bad exchange during the 4x100 meter relay at the talent-rich Amherst Regional that cost what was one of the top relay teams in Ohio an appearance at the State Meet. The Cats would have been one of the favorites in the 4x100 state competition.
 
"I think the kids, freshmen all of the way up to seniors, are buying into it, so that's wonderful," said Coach Kyle. "They're training hard."
 
After a third-place finish at the Amherst Regional, Saint Ignatius, led by five junior qualifiers, placed sixth at what was the 108th annual OHSAA Boys State Track and Field Championships in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.
 
Showing the way was the 4x800 meter relay team of Colin Kruchan, Tom Sullivan Mike Huber and Luke Wagner, which finished second in the state and scored eight points. That savvy and skilled all-junior relay ran a 7:47.32 at state, bettering its first-place effort of 7:51.12 at the Amherst Regional.
 
Iowa State recruit Luke Wagner, who helped lead Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's Cross Country Cats to the State Championship this past fall, will be seeking his fourth consecutive appearance at the State Track and Field Meet.
 
The Cats' other points at the 2015 State Meet came from standout sprinter James Norris and the efforts by Wagner and Sullivan in the 1600 meter run.
 
James finished fourth in the 100 meter dash in 10.87. He was second at the Amherst Regional in 10.78. Now a senior who will be furthering his education and track career at Cornell, after also considering Princeton and The Ohio State University, James is in pursuit of a third trip to the State Meet. He holds the Wildcats' all-time mark in the 100 meter dash with a 10.66.
 
Just a little FYI, James was the only sprinter from a Catholic School in the Division I 100 meter dash state finals last year.     
 
The dynamic duo of Wagner and the Duke University bound Sullivan placed sixth and seventh, respectively, during last year's 1600 meter state-championship run. Luke's time was 4:15.42 and Tom's effort was 4:16.64.
 
"Unusually do you have two guys from the same school score in that event," said Coach Kyle of Luke's and Tom's effort in the state 1600. "That was great."
 
Early last summer, members of Coach Gallagher's Cross Country Program and Coach Kyle's Track Team competed in the Nationals and finished third in the nation in the 4 x mile, as it is referred to in national competition.   
 
"The indoor season, we don't necessarily put a lot emphasis on. We use it for training," said Coach Kyle, who guided Saint Ignatius to an OHSAA outdoor Track and Field State Championship in 2001 and an OHSAA outdoor Track and Field State Runner-Up in 2005. "But at this year's indoor meet (at The University of Akron), without overrunning anyone, we still finished third in the state out of 68 teams represented there. So that's a great indication going into the spring."
 
The Cats' efforts at the Nationals and in the Indoor State Meet show, Coach Kyle said, that his Cats are used to big competition, that the 2016 spring potential truly exists.
 
Highlighting Saint Ignatius' efforts at the Indoor Meet was Norris, who took home the 60-meter dash state championship with a record time of 6.8. It marked the first time a Saint Ignatius track athlete accomplished that feat.
 
Coach Kyle is looking for James to carry that tremendous indoor time not only to the 100 meter dash this spring, but also the open 200. "We feel he is strong enough to handle that, along with the relay," Coach Kyle said.    
 
The other indoor highlights included Phil Zuccaro, Jack Cook, Quinn Lawless and Norris taking third place in the 4x200; the team of Kruchan, Patrick Nolan, Huber and Wagner finishing second in the 4x800 relay, right on the heels of National Champion Dublin Coffman; Sullivan's fifth place in the 1600-meter race; Kruchan's Runner-Up effort in the 800, and C.J. Ambrosio's 8th place in the 3200-meter race with a personal-best 9:24.
 
Nolan, Ambrosio and senior Jim Rogers, who is bound for Yale, are among the other track and field veterans that Coach Kyle and his staff are relying on. C.J. and Jim turned in solid seasons for Coach Gallagher's State Champion Harriers. Another big-meet tested young man, both in cross county and track, is Tim Trentel, who Coach Kyle is hoping can stay healthy.
 
"On the track we're pretty good and we have a veteran hurdle group back," said Coach Kyle, referring to C.J. Moore, who scored at last year's District Meet, a level of competition that Saint Ignatius Track and Field has dominated for well over 20 seasons. Another name to remember among the hurdlers is Jack Ruddy, the nephew of former Wildcats Football great and Cats' Assistant Freshmen Football Coach Mark Ruddy. Alex Ringfield, said Coach Kyle, is also "coming along nicely."
 
As for the field events, Coach Kyle said there is a wait and see approach right now, but that in the early relay meets the Cats should be just fine. "We need a couple of them to get to that level where we can take them down state," said the Hall of Fame Coach.
 
Kyle Aerni is a name to remember in the high jump and the above mentioned Pat Nolan has three-event potential.  
 
Coach Kyle's Track and Field Cats face another impressive schedule, starting with the tradition-rich Brunswick Elite this Saturday in Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium on Judy Kirsch Field. The field events are scheduled for 10 AM, with the running events slated to start between 11:30 AM and 12:15 PM. The corner is looking forward to getting a right out of the gate look at the Cats.
 
"Right after that, we're in Columbus for the Hilliard Davidson Meet (April 2nd at 9 AM),' said Coach Kyle. "There are a lot of good teams in Columbus this year. Then it's the Medina Relays, which have taken place for years now. So we have some nice meets right away, where there are some relay events that allow you to get your depth going, along with some really strong competition."                   
 
FROM ASSISTANT COACH, DEAN OF STUDENTS, WILDCATS RECORD SETTER IN THE DISCUS AND FORMER FOOTBALL STANDOUT RYAN FRANZINGER 'O2 ON HIS YOUNG THROWERS: Sophomore, Alex Misencik, is obviously one of the young throwers to be mentioned. For the throwers overall, senior Michael Bodnar, junior Justin Perpar, and Alex are our veterans, however, keep an eye on junior Michael Chime who has recently started up after his wrestling season. Sophomore Jack Jamieson also has shown early potential.
 

        

Here are the schedules for Coach Dan Arbeznik's Rugby Cats and Coach Brad Ganor's Baseball Cats, as they embark on their Easter Break trips to Texas and Florida, respectively.
3/23/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

HERE ARE THE OPPONENTS THE NATIONALLY RANKED AND TWO-TIME DEFENDING STATE CHAMPION RUGBY CATS WILL FACE DURING THEIR VISIT TO THE LAND OF THE LONGHORNS.

THE 3-1 CATS ARE COMING OFF AN IMPRESSIVE 13-11 VICTORY OVER PERENNIAL POWER XAVIER OF MANHATTAN, N.Y., A MATCH THAT TOOK PLACE ON WASMER FIELD SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

3/28 At St. Thomas of Houston, Texas, 7 PM

3/29 Versus Cy-Fair (Cypress, Texas) at St. Thomas, 7 PM

3/30 At Westlake of Austin, Texas, 5:30 PM

4/1 At Dallas, Texas Jesuit, 5 PM

THE RUGBY CATS, UPON RETURNING HOME FROM TEXAS, WILL GEAR UP FOR THE APRIL 8TH MATCH AT ST. EDWARD.

NOTE: ALL OF THE BEST TO THE RUGBY CATS FROM THIS OLD-TIMER, WHO HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO COVER AND REPORT ON COACH DAN ARBEZNIK'S TOUGH-MINDED AND TALENTED TEAM LAST WEEKEND.

BELOW ARE THE OPPONENTS COACH GANOR'S GIFTED AND GRITTY BASEBALL CATS WILL TAKE ON IN FLORIDA, AN EASTER BREAK TRIP THAT FEATURES THE START OF A VERY PROMISING 2016 SEASON FOR A TEAM THAT HAS A SOLID BLEND OF YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE.

FOR A PREVIEW ON THE 2016 BASEBALL CATS, SEE THE CORNER'S POST FROM LAST WEEK.

COACH GANOR GUIDED THE BASEBALL CATS TO A DIVISION I STATE SEMIFINALIST APPEARANCE LAST SPRING, MARKING THE FIFTH TIME SAINT IGNATIUS BASEBALL HAS REACHED THE STATE FINAL FOUR UNDER COACH GANOR. COACH GANOR'S 2007, '08 AND '09 TEAMS SET A SCHOOL RECORD BY ADVANCING TO THE STATE FINAL FOUR THREE CONSECUTIVE SEASONS, AND HIS 2008 AND 2013 TEAMS WERE STATE RUNNERS-UP.

IN SAINT IGNATIUS' 2002 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON, 2000 STATE RUNNER-UP SEASON AND 2004 STATE FINAL FOUR SPRING, COACH GANOR WAS THE WILDCATS' ASSISTANT COACH/PITCHING COACH FOR THEN HEAD COACH BRIAN MORGAN. BRAD TOOK OVER THE VARSITY HELM IN 2005.

HERE ARE THE TEAMS AWAITING COACH GANOR AND HIS CATS, AS THEY BOARD THE BUSES TOMORROW BOUND FOR FLORIDA.

3/28 At Venice, Florida, 7 PM

3/29 At Sarasota, Florida, 7 PM

3/30 At Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit, 7 PM

3/31 At Lakewood Branch (Bradenton, Fla.), 4 PM

Note: The corner will provide recaps on the games in Florida and will have its first full game coverage when the Cats return home for the April 6th matchup at Boardman.

TO THE RUGBY CATS, BASEBALL CATS, THEIR COACHES AND FAMILIES, HAVE A BLESSED AND WONDERFUL EASTER.

Mr. Eddie Dwyer               

 

      

 

The 2016 Saint Ignatius Rowing Preview
3/21/2016

Presented By Wildcats Varsity Rowing Assistant Coach Connor Walters '09

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Another Deep Squad Ready to Take On a Challenging Region: Wildcat Rowing 2016 Preview

FROM COACH WALTERS: After a successful 2015 campaign that saw Saint Ignatius rowing claim its second-
ever Varsity 8 title at the Midwest Scholastic Championships, the bar has been set  high for the 2016 squad.

A deep varsity team and focused core of freshmen will all play their part as the Wildcat Navy looks to expand upon last year’s successes, which also included  qualifying three boats to the national championships.

Head Coach Pat Connor ’94 has brought on some additional coaches in Erik Meister ’08 and stroke of the 2015 Varsity 8 Bendeguz Pigniczky ’15, and rallied his staff around a uniform rowing stroke. The fundamentals were hammered hard
throughout the winter erging and lifting season, and the team has hit the water with dramatically improved skill.

Returning from last year’s Varsity 8 are seniors Cormac Purcell and Liam Jenkins, a coxswain. While all seats are up for grabs—and the rowers are hungry—look for members of the 2015 Junior and Lightweight 8s to contend for many first-boat seats.

This year, it could be argued that the coveted Midwest Varsity 8 title is to be contended like never before. While the Wildcats secured last year’s trophy, results from the past fall indicate that Pittsburgh Central Catholic, St. Edward and New Trier will likely be their biggest challenges in retaining it.

The team will focus on fielding five Varsity 8s and two freshman/novice 8s  throughout the course of the season, although additional entries in smaller boats or junior and lightweight categories are always on the table.

Things ramp up with the annual spring training trip, once again to Summerton, South Carolina, at Camp Bob Cooper. The five days of rowing-intensive training are always a catalyst for progress, from top to bottom.

The remainder of the team’s schedule is located almost entirely in Ohio, but don’t plan on watching any home races this spring. Saint Ignatius will race for the Rustbelt Championship on Lake Milton on April 9 before heading to Cincinnati for an invitational a week later. The crew travels to Orchard Lakes, Michigan for a tune-up on May 7, a week before the Midwest Scholastic Championship on Zanesville’s Lake  Dillon. Top finishers at Midwest will return to Lake Dillon for SRAA Nationals just two weeks later, on May 27-28.

The two-month sprint to the national grand finals begins on March 28. Fans and supporters can follow the team on Twitter or Instagram @sihsrowing. Let’s go Cats!



 
The always impactful Steve Avdey and Alex Hornung show the way as Coach Patrick McManamon's tough and talent rich Varsity Lacrosse Team opens its Season with a 15-6 victory over University School at Wasmer Field on Monday night
3/21/2016

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Steve, a force in the midfield, and Alex, one of the best of the best in Ohio, combined for seven goals, including four by Steve, as the Lax Cats made an impressive 2016 debut versus the Preppers.

Up next for Coach McManamon and his relentless, versatile and deep team, is a trip to Solon on Wednesday to face the Comets at 7:15 PM. It's Solon's season opener.

After the Easter Break, the Lax Cats return to Wasmer Field on April 6th for a 7:30 PM matchup with the always capable Polar Bears from Massillon Jackson.

Congrats gentlemen and we'll see you in April.

Note: For a preview on Saint Ignatius' 2016 Lacrosse Season, see the corner's post from this past Friday.   

 

Saint Ignatius pays tribute to its outstanding Winter Sports Teams and Athletes on Monday evening at The Breen Center for the Performing Arts
3/21/2016

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit March 2016

In what was a winter that saw Coach Pat O'Rourke's Ice Cats bring home the program's fourth OHSAA State Hockey Championship; standout 182-pound junior Kaden Russell become Saint Ignatius' first State Wrestling Champion since the back-to-back efforts in 2011 and 2012 by former Wildcats great and Virginia standout George DiCamillo; the Varsity Basketball Cats advance to the Division I Regional Finals or OHSAA Elite 8, if you will; the Wildcats' Swimming and Diving Team place seventh in Ohio; Coach Jim Viets' Bowling Program, aka "The Alley Cats," capture the hearts of the kegler faithful at Saint Ignatius and, although the Track and Field Team will recognized during the Springs Sports Awards, we give another shout out to the Cats' outstanding senior sprinter James Norris for becoming the first Saint Ignatius Track Athlete to take first place in the 60 meters (6.8) during the annual Indoor State Meet at the University of Akron.

As the corner has done for every postseason Awards Ceremony since 2008, here are the 2016 Special Award Winners from each of the five winter sports teams.

ICE HOCKEY

OFFENSIVE MVPS: All-Ohio senior forward Aidan Spellacy and junior forward Connor Koehnke

DEFENSIVE MVPS: All-Ohio senior goalie Dylan McKeon, All-Ohio senior Defenseman Brian Russell and the ever-present senior forward Jared Stepka

MOST IMPROVED: Junior forwards Cullen Frebes and John von Keyserling

THE FATHER STYLES COACHES' CUP: Senior goalie Mark Mastroianni, junior defenseman Matt Wiegandt and senior forward Cam Gerard

CAPTAINS' PLAQUES: Aidan Spellacy, Jared Stepka, Cam Gerard, Brian Russell and Dylan McKeon

BASKETBALL

MVP OFFENSE: All-Ohio Special Mention senior guard Deven Stover

MVP DEFENSE: Senior point guard Kyle Kalish

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Junior forward/post Austen Yarian

THE COACHES' CUP: Senior forward Tyler Musbach

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER: Senior guard Ryan Berger

THE 5-TOOL AWARD (selfless, leader, good teammate, defender and rebounder): Senior guard Jimmy Berger

SWIMMING AND DIVING

MVP SPRINTER: Dimitri Sixcox

MVP STROKE/IM: Marcus Hong

MVP DISTANCE: Joey Libertin

MVP DIVER: Alex Claus

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Nicholas Hong

JOHN B. LEWIS AWARD: John Libertin

COACHES' CUP: Rayon Artis

CAPTAIN: Patrick Corrigan

WRESTLING

COACHES' CUP: Tito Vazquez III

MOST VALUABLE WRESTLER: Kaden Russell

WILDCAT AWARD: Kyle Vilsack and John Robinson

MOST IMPROVED WRESTLERS: Cal Miller and Hunter Toth

THE MARILYN A. SULLIVAN AWARD: Kyle Vilsack

STATE QUALIFERS/PLACERS: Cal Miller, State Qualifier at 160 pounds, Kaden Russell, the 2016 OHSAA 182-pound State Champion and Kyle Vilsack, fourth place in Ohio at 195 pounds. 

CAPTAINS: Cal Miller, Kaden Russell and Kyle Vilsack

BOWLING, THE TALENTED, BIG-HEARTED AND CLASS PERSONIFIED ALLEY CATS

COACH AWARD: Cedric Crawford

MVP: Ralph Deadwyler; High Average 206

MOST VERSATILE: Devin Venczel and Vinny Doran

HIGH SERIES: Giannni Schaefer 707

HIGH GAME: Devin Venczel 268

ATHLETIC/ACADEMIC AWARD: Austin Venczel 

MOST IMPROVED: Nizar Dergham

Congratulations again to all of the Cats' winter sports teams and athletes from this old-timer, and God Bless You in all of your future endeavors - Mr. Eddie Dwyer

 

 

 

 

          

THE CORNER SALUTES RUGBY MAINSTAYS BROCK YOHO, MATT WOISNET AND DAN CARTER
3/20/2016

POSTED BY EDDIE DWYER

FROM WASMER FIELD

This old-timer would like to recognize Brock, Matt and Dan on their recent college decisions.

Brock will be attending the University of Kentucky and Matt and Dan will be furthering their educations and rugby careers at Wheeling Jesuit.

Although Kentucky currently has a Club Rugby Program, they are awarding Brock for his academic prowess.

Congratulations gentlemen and May God Bless You, now and in the future.     

Andrew Baldado's kick for points helps lead Saint Ignatius Rugby to a 13-11 triumph over traditional power Xavier (NY) on Wasmer Field Sunday afternoon
3/20/2016

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit March 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Xavier, a Jesuit School in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, was coming off Saturday's 24-14 victory over the nation's second-ranked Kingsmen from Penn High School (Mishawaka, Ind.).

That makes the Wildcats' triumph on a brisk, early winter-like Sunday in Ohio City even more impressive.

Coach Dan Arbeznik's hard-nosed and big-hearted team, which entered the weekend ranked 18th in the nation, improved to 3-1 and will now gear up for its trip to Texas over the Easter Break.

The Rugby Cats bounced back from Friday night's 22-14 setback to Penn on Wasmer Field, a match that saw Saint Ignatius move to a 14-5 lead by halftime.

Xavier's loss to the Wildcats on Sunday was its first in five matches this season. The Knights, the nation's eighth-ranked program, have won four national titles and more than 20 East Coast Championships.

"The kids showed so much heart," said Coach Arbeznik, who has guided his Cats to the past two Ohio State Rugby Championships. "For them to play as one unit was special. We probably had five new faces in the starting lineup. A few injuries from Friday night resulted in a lot of other guys getting the opportunity to come out play.

"Jimmy McCabe came out and played a great half for us," continued Coach Arbeznik. "Dan Carter, Montell Martin and Nick Zolikoff, we had a lot of guys come in who normally wouldn't have necessarily played as much as they did. The kids played so hard, they really did a nice job."

Trailing, 5-0, after the team from the Big Apple struck with a try in the early going that was followed by an unsuccessful conversion, the Cats responded like a two-time state-champion, nationally recognized program.

Owen North, whose physical presence was evident from the get-go, powered his way for a try and standout fly-back Andrew Baldado followed with a conversion off his reliable leg that put Saint Ignatius in front, 7-5, with just under 16 minutes remaining in the first half.

About six minutes later, Baldado was money on a kick for points that extended the Cats' lead to 10-5.

The big-game tested Knights would close to 10-8 on a kick for points approaching two-plus minutes left in the first half, and it remained that way entering the second half.

"One of the reasons we went to Ireland last year was that kicking is such a fundamental aspect of good rugby," Coach Arbeznik said. "You can take advantage of space. When a team spreads the field like that, there is no where to go. There's nothing but just you and the defender, and the kids are coached on how to tackle properly. There is no where to go. So often times the space is over their heads and you have to put the ball on your foot to do that.

"When we were in Ireland we saw a lot of how we can execute that," said Coach Arbeznik.

Xavier, which is now 1-1 all-time versus Saint Ignatius, continued to execute its highly regarded kicking prowess and took an 11-10, early second-half lead on a kick for points.

In the end, it all came down to the kicking.

Baldado , one of the more versatile players in the state, gave the Cats a 13-11 lead on a kick for points with just under six minutes left and it held up after the Knights came up short on a long-range kick for points in the match's final moments.

Prior to Xavier's attempt at victory, three minutes were added to the clock because of injuries after the clock had expired.

Coach Arbeznik said Xavier, being on the East Coast, has a lot of Irish immigrants who attend the Jesuit School. So he wasn't surprised at all that the Knights went for the long-distance kick for points.

"They have a lot of the same skills that we saw in Ireland," said the man who has put Saint Ignatius Rugby on the map.

Along with the kicking game on both sides, the Cats' victory over one of the nation's Top 10 programs was highlighted by a key shoe-string tackle by Alex Chura. Also, Aidan Gill and Sean Whalen were among those Wildcats turning in some authoritative second-effort runs.    

FROM ANDREW BALDADO: "This year by far is the toughest schedule, a bunch of nationally ranked teams and we're nationally ranked ourselves. It's a very important year for the program going forward, too, taking ourselves from a state recognized team to an entire nationally recognized program. This weekend was huge, because everybody (Saint Ignatius, Penn and Xavier) came out of it 1-1. So this win today was huge for us on a national scale."

IMPRESSIVE: ONE OF THE KNIGHTS WHO LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION ON ALL OF US IN THE SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER WASMER FIELD PRESSBOX WAS 8-MAN MALIK FISHER, WHO RIPPED OFF SOME POWERFUL AND IMPRESSIVE LONG RUNS.

A TIP OF THE CORNER'S CAP: Goes out to the Wildcats' Rugby announcers/stats crew/scoreboard operator for the outstanding job they did this weekend presenting the Penn and Xavier matches over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.

The thrill-some threesome of sophomores Joe Molnar (Play By Play), Tommy Lavelle (Stats and Scoreboard) and Leo Minerd (Color Commentary), who are members of the Cats' Junior Varsity Rugby Program, were all over the action. They also have keen sense of humors.      

For a complete look at Saint Ignatius' Rugby Schedule, go to ignatius.edu, click on athletics and click on Rugby. The annual regular season matchup with St. Edward is April 8th at the home of the Eagles.

         

 

                 

 

   

 

Just a little note from a proud Grandpa
3/19/2016

Since I am in a Rugby state of mind after Friday night's coverage versus Penn (Ind.) and gearing up for Sunday's 11 AM encounter with Xavier (New York) on Wasmer Field, you will have to allow this proud grandpa a shout out to my granddaughter, Caitlin Patton, who is a freshman at Saint Joseph Academy and today scored the first try of the season for the Jaguars' Junior Varsity in their match at Fort Wayne.

- Grandpa Dwyer, aka the old-timer, this corner, etc.    

Former Wildcat great and current Virginia standout George DiCamillo comes up a little shy in what was his pursuit for All-America status this year
3/18/2016

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

During Friday night's 133-pound Consolation Round of 12 at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in New York, George got the riding time point, but a two-point near fall at the buzzer gave Jade Rauser of Utah Valley State the 8-6 decision.

As we reported on the corner this morning, George was defeated in the Quarterfinals by Zane Richards of Illinois, 12-4, and had to begin the always demanding wrestle backs.

Congratulations to George on a tremendous season, which included another ACC Championship.   

A tale of two halves. Saint Ignatius Rugby storms to a 14-5 lead by halftime, but nationally acclaimed Penn High School, taking advantage of mistakes, rallies to a 22-14 victory at Wasmer Field on Friday night
3/18/2016

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit March 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Penn, from Mishawaka, Indiana, didn't improve to 5-0 before being challenged to the end by Coach Dan Arbeznik's 18th-ranked nationally Wildcats, who now stand 2-1 on the young season.

Saint Ignatius rode impressive tries by Brock Yoho and the ever-present Andrew Baldado, and two ensuing conversions by Baldado, to the 14-5 halftime lead.

Baldado has moved to fly-half this year after excelling as a full-back on Coach Arbeznik's back-to-back State Championship teams of 2014 and 2015.

Penn, currently the nation's second-ranked program, flashed those credentials by jumping on a few mistakes by the young Wildcats.

The Kingsmen, playing with the wind at their backs in the second half, closed to 14-12 with 21 minutes and two seconds remaining in the challenging and entertaining match on Wasmer Field.

Following a line out to Penn and another of what were several powerful runs by the Kingsmen's Will Vakalahi, Sam Scholtes put the program from the Hoosier State in front, 15-14, behind a powerful kick of nearly 35 yards with six minutes remaining.

Taking advantage of a penalty and another line out, Penn sealed the deal on a try as time was expiring and Scholtes complemented the sealer with another strong conversion.

FROM COACH ARBEZNIK:  "The kids played a fantastic first half, it was almost flawless," said the man who has built Saint Ignatius Rugby into a state and nationally recognized program in less than four years.

"We made some mistakes in the second half," Coach Arbeznik said. "Obviously we didn't have the wind with us, but that really didn't play too much of a factor in it at all. Penn, there's a reason they're ranked second in the country. They don't make a lot of mistakes.

"In the second half, we made a couple of mistakes when we could have turned the screws on them," Coach Arbeznik continued. "We had a penalty when we were kicking to touch and the kid from Penn makes a fantastic play. He jumps up in the air and throws the ball back in. That was a big play in the game, and then right after that we had a scrum down and they took our scrum away. They were able to clear their lines and bust forward.

"We were really hurting them," said Coach Arbeznik  "We were up with 20 minutes left to play in the second half and we're down at the 10-meter line right there. And that was our time, our chance to score. So we kind of let that get away from us and that was a big momentum shift. We kind of got out of game near the end.

"It's early, we're a young team and some of the mistakes we made were young player mistakes. So looking at it as a whole, I'm happy with the results. There was a lot of improvement and a lot of good play from the young kids."

UP NEXT: Sunday's 11 AM kickoff on Wasmer Field with the nation's eighth-ranked Knights from Xavier, a Jesuit High School located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, N.Y.

The Knights, whose history shows them going by several nicknames, including the Cadets, the Bruins and, in rugby at one time, the Outlaws, have brought home four National Titles and more than 20 East Coast Championships in rugby.

The Xavier players are staying with the families of various Saint Ignatius Rugby players this weekend.

A LITTLE SPORTS HISTORY WITH PENN HIGH SCHOOL: In the falls of 2005 and 2006, Coach Chuck Kyle's Varsity Football Wildcats took on Penn and defeated the Kingsmen in both seasons, including a 41-19 victory in Mishawaka in 2005.

That 2005 game in Indiana saw Wildcats outstanding wide receiver Robby Parris have a big night. As a University of Notre Dame recruit, Robby was a fan favorite in the Hoosier State, so much so that fans, young and old, were seeking out his autograph after the game.

LOOKING ON: In attendance at Wasmer Field on Friday night were a few players and coaches from St. Edward. The Eagles and the Wildcats have matched up in the past three State Championship Rugby Matches, with Saint Ignatius, as we mentioned above, winning the last two.

One of the Eagles coaches was reportedly impressed with the hard-nosed running of some of the Wildcats' younger players, including sophomore full-back Sean Whalen. Maybe he was recalling the St. Edward at Saint Ignatius Freshmen Football Game from the fall of 2014, when Sean powered his way past two Eagles near the goal line and into the scoreboard end zone of Wasmer Field.

MARK IT DOWN: Saint Ignatius will make the short trip to St. Edward on April 8th for the annual regular season matchup with the Eagles.

Have a great and safe weekend, and this old-timer will see you at Wasmer Field on Sunday morning.                        

    

     

Crew Cintron, Alex Hornung and Sam Humphrey will lead the offense and Alex Maruna and Carter Blossey will show the way defensively. It's the 2016 Saint Ignatius Lacrosse Preview.
3/18/2016

POSTED BY EDDIE DWYER AND PRESENTED BY WILDCATS OUTSTANDING HEAD COACH PATRICK MCMANAMON '96.

FROM COACH MCMANAMON: As we look towards the start of our season we are very eager to get the first one in the books.

The players have worked hard this off season to prepare for a successful 2016 campaign. Our off season captains practices and weight lifting has put the entire program further ahead than we had been in years past in terms of skill.

We have 19 players returning from last year’s Final Four team with 13 of them being seniors.

This year’s teams looks to expand on the offensive prowess from last year on the backs of seniors Crew Cintron, Alex Hornung and Sam Humphrey, who combined to provide more than 200 points in the 2015 campaign.

We lost some great leadership from last year in Pat Mulach and Jack Mazanec on the defensive side of the ball, but with 4 year starter Alex Maruna and 3 year starter Carter Blossey between the pipes we are confident they will pick up the defensive torch.

Our schedule this season, as usual, is one of the toughest in all of Ohio with regular season match-ups against Upper Arlington, Archbishop Moeller and Culver to name a few. We are excited that the Midwest Tournament will return to the campus of Western Reserve Academy; this great tournament will be an opportunity to see some of the top teams from Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Indiana all in one place.

With the return of our state champion hockey players and 3-year varsity players Cam Gerard and Jared Stepka, our midfield is starting to take shape.

Led by seniors Steven and Matt Avdey and junior Brent Chernosky, the midfield should provide a formidable task for most teams.

Sophomore Anthony Ameo has really built upon his stellar freshmen varsity campaign and has excelled at the face-off X. Anthony has dedicated himself to being one of the top face-off men in the country and he is well on his way.  We are excited to see him compete outside of practice and hopefully provide us with a definitive edge on number and time of possession.

We are looking forward to seeing how our newcomers at the midfield can contribute.  Sophomores Bain Kurtz (another Ice Cats mainstay) and Max Maruna have looked good in practice and converted attackmen Parker Ripich has shown a very good burst and north/south dodging ability. Seniors Alex Leszcz and Jack Hallagan will help to bring a toughness and defensive mindset to our midfield.

The offense will be led by attackmen Alex Hornung, Sam Humphrey and Crew Cintron.  In my years of coaching I can’t remember a more skilled attack group. This group has been playing together for the better part of 5 years and it shows.

Crew last year tied the school record for goals in a season with 65 and also added 32 assists.

Alex Hornung has one of the slickest sticks in the area; his ultra-quick release, uncanny ability to hit low angle shots and the skill to keep the ball in his stick under extreme pressure is fun to watch. Sam is often overlooked by teams, but he has really improved from last season and has increased his quickness and his lacrosse IQ has grown immensely. I envision Sam getting a lot of points this year as teams will look to tilt the field toward Crew and Alex. 

Our defense will have some new faces in some starting spots for the first time in several years.  As we move through the early part of the season we have two definitive starters at close defense in Alex Maruna and Sean Keller. Several players are battling for that 3rd close defense starting spot.

Sophomore Connor Sims has looked very impressive this year at long stick middie and the competition is tight there as well.  The versatile John Dzurec has been moving between LSM and close defense, his athleticism and work ethic will keep him on the field.

Junior Carter Blossey has been our wall in the cage for the last 2 seasons and this season he looks poised to take another step forward. His leadership and command of the defense can be heard in practice every day. He is always challenging the new guys to get in the right spot and to be anticipating and harassing the shooters. He is unflappable between the pipes and we look forward to watching Carter grow throughout the season.    

Lastly, the area lacrosse teams have all seen steady improvement. We have been moved to a new region as lacrosse prepares to become an OHSAA sport with the 2017 season.

Our NEO rivals have been moved to the Northeast region, like Hudson, Massillon Jackson and North Canton Hoover, to name a few, but we still have St. Edward, Medina and now the very tough programs from the Olentangy area of Columbus in our region.

As we like to say it is a long short season and the first test will be this Saturday’s scrimmage against a very athletic and skilled Shaker Heights team.

For a complete look at the Lax Cats' 2016 schedule, go to ignatius.edu, click on athletics and click on Lacrosse.  

Wildcats Rugby mainstay Timmy "Truck-Stick" Vanderhoof is the first Saint Ignatius Athlete of the Week for Spring Sports
3/18/2016
Posted By Eddie Dwyer
 
Timmy Vanderhoof '16, a co-Captain for the Rugby Cays, followed up his 3 try performance in the Cats' 67-0 triumph over of Kenmore West of Buffalo (N.Y.) on March 5th with 2 more tries in the 29-0 victory at Archbishop Moeller last weekend.
 
The Corner will look forward to seeing the "Truck-Stick" in action tonight, as the two-time defending State Champion Wildcats host nationally ranked Penn High School out of Mishawaka, Indiana at 7:30.
 
For a preview on the 2016 Rugby Cats, see the corner's post from March 11th.
 
 
 
The news was not good this morning, as former Saint Ignatius two-time state champion and current Virginia standout George DiCamillo was defeated by Zane Richards of Illinois, 12-4, in the 133-pound quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships in New York
3/18/2016

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

We wish George all of the best as he now wrestles back.

Congratulations to former St. Edward standout Dean Heil of Oklahoma State, who advanced to tonight's semifinals at 141 pounds and is now a two-time All-American.

Congratulations from this old-timer to former Wildcats wrestling great and current Virginia standout George DiCamillo, who has advanced to the 133-pound quarterfinals of the NCAA Championhips in New York
3/17/2016

By Eddie Dwyer

George, a three-time ACC Champion, is slated to face Zane Richards of Illinois in Friday's quarterfinals, which are scheduled to begin at 10 AM EST.

If you followed the corner's posts/wrap ups on this month's OHSAA Division I Individual State Wrestling Tournament you know that Saint Ignatius' standout 182-pound junior Kaden Russell became the Wildcats' first state champion since George DiCamillo went back-to-back in 2011 and 2012.

During his consecutive state-championship seasons, George was a combined 72-0.

All of the best on Friday to George, a young man this corner had the privilege to cover and report on during his fabulous Saint Ignatius career under Head Coach Mark Sullivan.    

Skilled, tough minded and willing to do the extra work. It's a high expectations, and rightfully so, 2016 Saint Ignatius Volleyball Preview.
3/17/2016
FROM WILDCATS OUTSTANDING HEAD COACH CASEY MARCELO AND POSTED AND ARRANGED BY EDDIE DWYER
 
Coach Marcelo: The narrative of the 2016 season cannot be fully appreciated without background.
 
The story starts with the 2013 team that had All-Region players like Jeff Granger, Ian McKenna and Mike Robertson, just to name a few, and the team was favored to be in the finals, but fell short a the Elite Eight round.