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The 'Cats remain in the second spot in this week's National Fall Rankings by Top Drawer Soccer.Com
8/30/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The 3-0 'Cats are ranked second to St. Benedict's Prep out of Newark, N.J, which opens its season on September 1st versus Beacon, N.Y.

Top Drawer Soccer's National Fab 50 is presented by SIMA.

Coming up on the corner this week and weekend
8/30/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

On Wednesday night, the corner will preview Saturday's Varsity Football headliner between Coach Chuck Kyle's Saint Ignatius Wildcats and Coach Steve Trivisonno's Mentor Cardinals. The kickoff on Saturday is 7 PM from Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.

Thursday night, the corner will be at Cleveland State University's Krenzler Field for the Junior Varsity and Varsity Soccer matchups with the Solon Comets. The JV match begins at 6 bells, followed by the Varsity side at 8 PM. Coach Jim Brennan's JV 'Cats (4-0) and Coach Mike McLaughlin's two-time defending and record seven-time State Champion Varsity 'Cats (3-0) are both coming off Championship performances at this past weekend's annual Ohio Jesuit Cup, which this year was played on the pitch at Walsh Jesuit High School.

There will be no admission charge for students attending Thursday night's soccer matches at Krenzler Field.

Friday evening, the corner will join Coach Paul Yappel's 1-0 Junior Varsity Football Wildcats as they travel to Mentor's Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium for a 5 PM encounter with the Cardinals' Jayvees. The corner will also have a recap on Coach Rodney Gallaway's 1-0 Freshmen Football 'Cats, who take on Mentor's Freshmen at Wasmer Field Friday evening. The kickoff is 5 PM.

Saturday night there is only place to be for the Wildcats' faithful, and that is at Byers Field. The corner will see you there for the 20th meeting on the gridiron between the 'Cats and the Cardinals. The 'Cats, who lead the all-time series, 11-8, are looking to snap a three-game losing streak to Mentor.   

  

The OHSAA announces 2017 Lacrosse Tournament Details
8/30/2016

Newly sanctioned sport to hold first OHSAA state championships June 3 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Details for the first girls and boys lacrosse tournaments sponsored by the Ohio High School Athletic Association are being finalized for the spring of 2017. In June 2015, the OHSAA Board of Directors voted to adopt girls and boys lacrosse as sanctioned sports beginning with the 2016-17 school year. Lacrosse, which previously was coordinated by its coaches associations, will remain as a spring sport in Ohio.

 Two tournament divisions will be sponsored in both girls and boys lacrosse. All four state championship games will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Delaware at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Selby Stadium, pending contract agreement between OWU and the OHSAA.

 State semifinal matches will be held May 30 and 31 at neutral sites around the state, similar to the format currently used for the soccer state semifinals in early November.

"We are excited to start putting the details in place for our first lacrosse postseason tournament,” Dave Gray, OHSAA interim commissioner, said. “Selby Stadium in Delaware is a great facility to host the state championship games. I know that our member schools that offer lacrosse are eager to get these key tournament dates on their calendars and get the 2017 season started next spring.”

 The official start date of practice for the 2017 OHSAA lacrosse season is Feb. 20, with games beginning March 17.

“Ohio Wesleyan is pleased to partner with the OHSAA in hosting the state high school lacrosse championships,” Roger Ingles, OWU director of athletics, said. “Ohio Wesleyan has a great history of lacrosse and is very proud to be a part of growing the game in the state of Ohio. We look forward to welcoming thousands of lacrosse fans and student-athletes to OWU and the city of Delaware next June.”

Seeding and bracketing for the girls and boys tournaments will take place on May 7. The tournament will begin at the regional level, in a similar format to the football playoffs, the week of May 15. The regional semifinals and regional finals will take place the week of May 22.

From Tim Stried. Director of Communications for the Ohio High School Athletic Association and posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Saint Ignatius' Varsity A and Varsity B Golf Teams finish sixth and seventh, respectively, at the Lion-Cardinal Invitational. Sophomore Jake Moraca finishes third overall.
8/29/2016

FROM WILDCATS HEAD COACH MR. BRIAN BECKER '77 AND POSTED BY MR. EDDIE DWYER

Coach Becker: The Varsity Golf Teams competed in the Lion-Cardinal Invitational held at Little Mountain Country Club and Quail Hollow Country Club this past Sunday and Monday. The Wildcats' Varsity "A" team finished 6th and the Varsity "B" team was right behind in 7th place out of the total field of 20 teams.

The Wildcats were led by sophomore Jake Moraca, who shot solid rounds of 73 and 75 to finish third overall in the tournament. Enclosed are the Saint Ignatius team scores and the final team tallies for the tournament. The Wildcats are now off until 9-11, when they travel to Fowler's Mill to take part in the Gilmour Invitational.

 
Saint Ignatius "A"       321-320 = 641  (6th)
1. Jake Moraca         73-75  =  148  (3rd overall)
2. Michael McCaffrey 77-84 = 161
3. Hunter Rinkus        85-79 = 164
4. Angelo Corna         86-82 = 168
5. Andrew Kaye          88-87 = 175
 
Saint Ignatius "B"       323-329 = 652  (7th)
1. KJ Ripich              80-84 = 164
2. Connor Warns        83-81 = 164
3. Owen Bilardo         84-81 = 165
4. Ray Kman             86-80 = 168
5. Ryan Grabowski     79-89 = 168

Team scores from the Lion-Cardinal Invitational
 
1. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 610   
2. Walsh Jesuit "A"          619
3. University School         620
4. Gilmour Academy        634
5. Lake Catholic     639
6. Saint Ignatius "A" 641
7. Saint Ignatius "B" 652
8. Brunswick            654
9. Archbishop Hoban 660
10. Perry                    660
11. Central Catholic  663
12. Rocky River       674
13. Walsh Jesuit "B" 681
14. Padua               683
15. Willoughby South 687
16. Mentor               694
17. Holy Name         694
18. NDCL "B"           726
19. Chardon             776
20. Cardinal             887
Brian Becker,'77
Math Teacher
Varsity Golf Coach
Varsity Basketball Coach

 
Another huge early season Varsity Football encounter wih the Mentor Cardinals and a Thursday night Varsity and Junior Varsity Soccer doubleheader versus Solon at Cleveland State University's Krenzler Field highlight this week's Where the 'Cats Play
8/29/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer. Copyright Credit August/September 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - In what is one of the premier Catholic School versus Public School football rivalries in the nation, Coach Steve Trivisonno's Mentor Cardinals and Coach Chuck Kyle's Saint Ignatius Wildcats will meet in another early season headliner that, in all likelihood, will bring a nice chunk of Division I OHSAA computer playoff points to the winner.

Saint Ignatius will host Mentor on Saturday night at Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium. The kickoff from Ridge Road and Day Drive will be 7 PM.   

The 'Cats and the Cardinals, ranked 21st and ninth, respectively, in cleveland.com's preseason state/area poll, opened their promising seasons with solid victories last weekend.

Saint Ignatius, going to its bench early and often, wore down the Normandy Invaders, 45-0, at Byers Field and Mentor rode a five-touchdown performance by tailback Isaiah Gullick to a 57-31 triumph over the Massillon Tigers in the Cardinals' Jerome T.Osborne Sr. Stadium.

The Wildcats lead the all-time gridiron series with the Cardinals, 11-8, but will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak to Mentor on Saturday night, including last season's 63-56 offensive shootout in Osborne Sr. Stadium.

The corner will be previewing on Wednesday night what should be another memorable Saint Ignatius-Mentor Varsity encounter.

It is a full weekend of Saint Ignatius versus Mentor Football as Coach Paul Yappel's 1-0 Junior Varsity 'Cats are traveling to Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium on Friday evening for a 5 PM kickoff with Mentor's Jayvees and Coach Rodney Gallaway's 1-0 Freshmen 'Cats are hosting Mentor's Freshmen on Friday evening at 5 PM.   

Getting the Labor Day Weekend started will be none other than the state and nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer 'Cats, who host the Solon Comets on Thursday at 8 PM on Cleveland State University's storied Krenzler Field, now the home of former Wildcat soccer great Lawrence Karpeh '16. This old-timer was privileged to cover the Varsity Soccer 'Cats for the first time in an OHSAA playoff match on Krenzler Field. That was more than a few years ago, I have to confess.  

The matchup with the Varsity side from Solon with be preceded by a 6 PM Junior Varsity encounter with the Comets. Saint Ignatius' 3-0 Varsity program and 4-0 Junior Varsity program are coming off impressive and hard-earned championships in this past weekend's annual Ohio Jesuit Cup on the pitch at Walsh Jesuit High School.

Coach Mike McLaughlin's two-time defending and record seven-time OHSAA state champions brought home their eighth Ohio Jesuit Cup with a 1-0 victory over previously undefeated St. Xavier on Sunday, and Coach Jim Brennan's JV 'Cats kept the JV Championship Cup right where it belongs by turning away the JV program from Walsh Jesuit, 2-1.

In cross country, Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's defending State Champion harriers will be traveling to Hilliard Davidson High School on Saturday morning for the annual Hot Summer Bash races. What an appropriate name. The bus will leave Saint Ignatius at 6:45 AM and the Varsity Race is scheduled for 10:10 AM. The Freshmen/Open Race is slated for 11 AM.

For a look at Saint Ignatius Cross Country and its opening-weekend performance at the Canton GlenOak Golden Eagle Invitational, see the weekly and ever-so popular Gallagher Report that was posted on the corner Sunday night.

And last, but certainly not least, Coach Brian Becker's Men of the Links will take a little break over Labor Day Weekend and swing back into action on September 11th at the Gilmour Academy Reese Alexander Invitational on the tradition-rich Fowler's Mill course in Chesterland. The tee-off time is listed as 11:30 AM.

Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day Weekend!  

 

       

  

   

Back by popular demand! It's the first Gallagher Report for the 2016 season.
8/28/2016

From Dr. Mike Gallagher '71, Head Coach of the defending and four-time State Champion Cross Country Wildcats, and posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer

FROM COACH GALLAGHER

Runners, parents:

The 'Cats opened up the 2016 season at the GlenOak Golden Eagle Invitational. The weather forecast was for Amazon Basin heat and humidity, with clear skies and bright sunshine. Great for a day at the shore, but not for a cross country meet.

This race allows teams to put 18 runners into the Varsity, which allows large teams to move up a lot of runners to compete in the first race of the day. With the four 2015  State meet qualifiers resting, the next 14 runners were tasked with racing against Louisville, Massillon Jackson and several other ranked and talented teams.

The 'Cats drew the #18 slot at the far end (right to left on your radio dial) of starting line. Looking out on the course you could already see the convection currents steadily rising from  the shimmering grass. The runners knew they would have to get out quick or get pinched as the course narrowed at 400 meters. The 'Cats managed to hold their own through the bumping and jostling of 115 amped up racers and disappeared over the first hill.

 As expected, Louisville went right to the front and never let up. The Ignatians, clad in their navy singlets with the gold Wildcat, settled into the chase pack for 3200 meters. As the heat began taking it's measure on the leaders, Liam McGuire surged and led the team back into contention with Collin Kelly and Andrew Biehl in tow
 
Unfortunately, the team ran out of real estate and finished 3rd behind Louisville and Jackson.  Congrats to Liam 16:59, Collin 17:06, Andrew 17:16, Matt Blouch 17:38, Nathan Soria 17:43, Logan Kijewski 17:48, Gabe Ohilger 17:56, and freshman Robby Klanac 17:56 for earning their letters on a tough course.
 
The JV race was in a word, thrilling! The heat index was so high even the faint breeze was too hot to stir. Undeterred, 295 runners bolted from the start. Coaches, parents and fans crowded at the one mile mark.  As the runners approached, four freshman in their gold jerseys bobbed in the lead pack.
 
The 'Cats took control of the race as the stretched out. Coming into the stadium, freshman Nick Mulhern was in control and crossed the finish line first in 18:16! Freshmen Elliot Rodstrom 18:48, Jack Mayer 18:56 and Charlie Rooney 18:57 followed, with Ben Crane 18:58, Dillon Bangasser 19:02 and Andrew Ulrich rounding out the scoring for a first place finish with 22 points.
 
NOTE: Special thanks to Janet Nolan for coordinating the Saint Ignatius XC Day at the Captains baseball game. We had a great turnout. Team members were able to go on the field and run around the warning track as the players warmed up.
 
I was able to throw out the first pitch and offered my service to the bullpen if needed.
Thanks to Peter Carfagna '71 ( my classmate), owner of the Captains, for inviting the team.

This week's schedule:
Mon. Mastic 3:30-5:30
Tues. Edgewater 3:30-5:30
Wed. Mastic 3:30-5:30
Thurs. Cedar Pt. 3:30- 5:30
Fri. SIHS 3:00-4:00
Sat. Hilliard Davidson Hot Summer Bash
Bus will leave at 6:45am: Varsity race 10:05am, JV/Freshmen/Open race at 11am.
T-shirt exchange will follow the open race. Bring a Saint Ignatius t-shirt to trade with the other teams. There will also be a potluck after the race, email from Janet Nolan will follow with details.

Go 'Cats!
Coach Mike McLaughlin's state and nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer 'Cats bring home their eighth Ohio Jesuit Cup by turning back the Cincinnati St. Xavier Bombers, 1-0, in the Championship Match at Walsh Jesuit on Sunday
8/28/2016
THE JUNIOR VARSITY 'CATS ALSO SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED THEIR OHIO JESUIT JV CUP BY DEFEATING THE JV PROGRAM FROM HOST WALSH JESUIT, 2-1.
 
This weekend's recaps from the annual Ohio Jesuit Cup on the pitch at Walsh Jesuit High School have been courtesy of Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Soccer Coach Mr. Joe Popelka '84 - Mr. Eddie Dwyer
 
FROM COACH POPELKA: As with yesterday, the extreme heat and humidity on Sunday played a role in all of the matches. Lots of subbing from all teams--the benches did play a factor.

The JV Cup:
Once again the JV Cats prevailed and kept the Jesuit Cup at West 30th and Lorain. Congrats to Coach Brennan and Coach Keefe.
 
The JV Wildcats beat a spirited Walsh Jesuit side for the first time ever in a Jesuit Cup final, winning 2-1.
The first half saw the Cats dominate the time of possession, but found the scored tied 1-1 at halftime. The Cats opened their account with a header by sophomore Zach Houde from a centering pass compliments of sophomore Henry Curtis.  Yet, a defensive breakdown by the Wildcats on a free kick saw Walsh tie the score also on a header.

In the second half the Cats stopped the Warriors from attempting a clean shot on goal and continued to find themselves with most of the play. The Cats (4-0) got the game-winner from sophomore Luke Griffiths from a rebound off the goalie.
The duo of freshman Peter Van Euwen and junior Ryan Mark once again manned the nets for the victory. 

The Varsity Cup:
The Varsity Cats played an unusually early 11:00 am contest versus the Bombers of St. Xavier. The Bombers frustrated the Cats throughout the game with their high defensive pressure and physical style of play, but the Men of Blue and Gold got the job done and will retain the Jesuit Cup for yet another year with a 1-0 victory.

The first half ended scoreless with both teams taking just 5 shots on goal. St. X had a couple of good chances off of set pieces, but the Wildcat defense led by senior keeper Lodge Dils was up to the task. St. X also had their best chance of the day on a breakaway late in the first half, but Dils was able to deflect the shot over the crossbar. Saint Ignatius' best 1st half chance was off of a dangerous long free kick by senior Stephen Milhoan that was flicked past the keeper by senior midfielder Tommy Patacca. Yet, to the crowd's dismay the attempt was saved off the line by an alert St. X. defender.
 
The second half saw Coach McLaughlin switch to a more attacking formation which helped the Cats to gain more time of possession throughout the rest of the contest. The second half also saw the return of senior Adam Collins, who has been nursing an injury so far this campaign. Collins' addition to the line-up produced an immediate benefit as he unleashed a 35m strike that was only just tipped off the post by the St. X keeper. Ten minutes later. freshman Everett Shorey once again showed his promise by getting behind the Bomber defense and hitting a shot that was blocked, but not controlled by the goalie. Collins then swept in and finished the job with the game-winner in the 67th minute. The Wildcat defense did the rest and preserved the well-earned shut-out for Dils.

The Cats (3-0) finished the contest with 12 shots on goal (versus 11 by the now 3-1 Bombers).

The JV and Varsity Cats will play Thursday evening against the Solon Comets. The game site has been changed from Wasmer Field to Krenzler Field on the campus of CSU with JV action at 6:00 and the Varsity to follow at 8:00.
 

 
 
 
 
A clearer picture of Joe Eitel's first computer ratings for 2016
8/28/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Anyone who follows the corner's football coverage realizes that I have tremendous respect for Joe Eitel and the job he does with his weekly high school football computer playoff ratings.

However, it is wise not to get too excited over being one of SEVEN teams tied for fourth place in the initial Eitel Division I ratings for 2016.

As you probably know, Normandy is now on a 32-game losing streak and we can only hope, that unlike last season, the Invaders will give us some help this year in the all-important, second-level points. That means Normandy would have to win a game or two, or maybe three. We can only hope.

That said, the Eitel ratings will take on a more significant appearance after this coming weekend as Saint Ignatius (1-0) faces the Mentor Cardinals (1-0) this Saturday at 7 PM on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.

A huge game, my friends, not only because the Wildcats versus the Cardinals has developed into one of the finest Catholic School versus Public School football rivalries in the nation, but a significant amount of computer points are potentially on the table.

The first official OHSAA computer ratings for the season will be released on September 20th and the first Associated Press bragging rights state poll will be released on September 12th.

The top eight teams in each Division I region at the end of the regular season qualify for the OHSAA Playoffs.

Note: The corner will be previewing the Mentor-Saint Ignatius encounter on Wednesday night.   

      

1t 1-0 650 Canton GlenOak 6.5000 6.5 0.0 100
1t 1-0 1408 Shaker Heights Shaker Heights 6.5000 6.5 0.0 100
1t 1-0 1346 Lakewood St Edward 6.5000 6.5 0.0 100
4t 1-0 444 Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Falls 6.0000 6.0 0.0 100
4t 1-0 540 Euclid Euclid 6.0000 6.0 0.0 100
4t 1-0 730 North Canton Hoover 6.0000 6.0 0.0 100
4t 1-0 1016 Mentor Mentor 6.0000 6.0 0.0 100
4t 1-0 1428 Solon Solon 6.0000 6.0 0.0 100
4t 1-0 1354 Cleveland Saint Ignatius 6.0000 6.0 0.0 100
4t 1-0 1492 Stow Stow-Munroe Falls 6.0000 6.0 0.0 100
Congratulations to Head Coach Mike McLaughlin and his state and nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer Team for bringing home the Wildcats' eighth Ohio Jesuit Cup Championship by defeating Cincinnati St. Xavier, 1-0, in Sunday's title matchup
8/28/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The now 3-0 Soccer 'Cats and the 3-1 St. Xavier Bombers displayed their state-wide credentials on the pitch at OJC host Walsh Jesuit, especially on defense.

Up next for Coach McLaughlin's two-time defending and record seven-time OHSAA State Champions is Thursday night's matchup with the Solon Comets on Cleveland State University's Krenzler Field. The Junior Varsity match will start at 6 PM, followed by the Varsity encounter at 8 PM.

We will have more on Sunday's OJC title matchup coming up on the corner. 

After a 16-plus hour day/night of coverage on Saturday, the corner will beat the heat and have a sports wrapup for you this evening on Sunday's Ohio Jesuit Cup finals in soccer and other items from the endless vault that is Wildcats Athletics
8/28/2016
Saint Ignatius' nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer Cats defeat Toledo St. John's Jesuit, 4-1, in the opening round of the annual Ohio Jesuit Cup at Walsh Jesuit High School and advance to Sunday's final versus St. Xavier
8/27/2016

Recaps from the Ohio Jesuit Cup are courtesy of Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Soccer Coach Joe Popelka '84 - Mr. Eddie Dwyer.

The Junior Varsity Wildcats join the Varsity in the win column during Saturday's first round of the annual Ohio Jesuit Cup, as both of Saint Ignatius' soccer-rich programs advance to Sunday's OJC Championship matches.  
 
JV match:
The 3-0 JV Cats got off to a quick start when Toledo St. John's Jesuit headed the ball into their own goal 15 seconds into the game giving Cats a 1-0 lead.
 
Saint Ignatius then tallied two more times in the first half--freshman Ian Sugar scored off of a freshman Julian Pellegrini pass and then the combination worked in reverse when Pellegrini scored off of a set-up by Sugar.
 
The second half remained scoreless for a 3-0 victory for the Cats. Freshman goalkeeper Peter Van Euwen and Junior goalkeeper Ryan Mark both contributed with clean sheets in goal.
 
The JV squad will play for the JV Jesuit Cup tomorrow at 1:00 against the host side Walsh Jesuit, a 2-1 winner of St. Xavier.
 
Varsity:
The 2-0 Cats advanced to tomorrow's Jesuit Cup final with a 4-1 victory over the St. John's Jesuit Titans.  The Cats and the Titans played twice last year, in the Jesuit Cup final-a 1-0 Saint Ignatius win and then the memorable 2-1 overtime win in the State Semi-Final Game.
 
The Cats struck first in the 5th minute when senior captain Johne Vrablic played the ball back in the box to a charging freshman Everett Shorey who one-touched the pass past over the keeper. This marked Everett's 1st varsity goal in his first varsity start.
 
Four minutes later, this time it was Vrablic that broke past the Titan back line and calmly scored what became the game winner past the keeper with surgical precision to the back post. Senior captain Steven Milhoan had the assist (his career 32nd which moves him into a tie for 2nd place all-time in school history). 
 
In the 17th minute senior Brandon George found fellow senior Alex Gotsky behind the defense for the game's third goal.
 
Six minutes later St. John got on the board as a result of a penalty kick. The scored remained 3-1 at halftime. Both teams has 5 shots on goal in the half. Saint Ignatius was called for 12 fouls in the half to only 1 for the Titans.
 
The second half saw both teams going deep into their benches as the 90+ degree heat played a role on the spirited match. The scored remained 3-1 until Milhoan received a pass at midfield from senior Thomas Hogan and he then proceeded to travel the rest of the length of the field eventually dribbling past the diving keeper for the final goal of the game in the 78th minute.
 
For the game St. Ignatius outshot St. John 16-10. Goalkeeper Lodge Dils finished with 5 saves.
 
The Cats will play St. Xavier, a 3-1 winner over Walsh Jesuit, in the finals tomorrow (Sunday) at 11:00 am.
 
On a side-note: The Mass that was attended by the players from all four brother Jesuit schools and their families, after the afternoon games, was presided over by Fr. Paul O'Connor '91. Fr. O'Connor is a former Saint Ignatius soccer player and coach. He has also served at St. Xavier, and is now at Walsh Jesuit.
 
 
  
 
Wildcats Cross Country places fourth in the Varsity Division I Race at Saturday's annual Canton GlenOak Invitational. The Junior Varsity Football 'Cats open their season with a 46-0 victory over Cleveland Central Catholic on Wasmer Field.
8/27/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - The defending State Champion Cross Country 'Cats, resting some of their top runners, placed fourth in Saturday morning's Golden Eagle Invitational Varsity Division I Race with 103 points. In the All-Team results, the 'Cats  were third with 138 points.

In the Division I Race, Liam McGuire was 10th in 16:59.3, Collin Kelly was 14th in 17:06.5, Andrew Biehl was 15th in 17:16.1, and Matt Blouch (17:38.9) and Nathan Soria (17:43) finished 30th and 34th, respectively.

Louisville took first place in the Division I Varsity Race with 33 points, Massillon Jackson was second with 82 points and Brecksville-Broadview Heights was third with 102 points. 

Louisville and Jackson went 1-2 in the All-Team results with 42 and 114 points, respectively.

Up next for Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's harriers is the annual Hilliard Davidson Hot Summer Bash on September 3 at 9 AM.

FROM WASMER FIELD: Coach Paul Yappel's Junior Varsity Football Wildcats dominated field position, special teams and every other major facet of the game in defeating a game, but out-manned Cleveland Central Catholic team, 46-0, in the heat, humidity and sunshine that hovered over Ohio City early Saturday afternoon.

The JV 'Cats took a 7-0 lead on a 9-yard touchdown burst over the right side by sophomore tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd and the ensuing extra-point kick by sophomore Jack Cannon with 5 minutes and 48 seconds remaining in first quarter.

The 'Cats' swarming defense, which was more than the Ironmen could deal with, recorded a safety and shortly after that it was a 17-0 game courtesy of a nice catch and run by sophomore wide receiver John Wetula that gave Saint Ignatius a first-and-goal at the 1, a 1-yard TD run by the multi-skilled Mitchell Puhalsky, and a 2-point conversion run by promising sophomore quarterback Patrick Delahunty.

Katy wasn't barring the door yet, but she was definitely warming up to the task after Wetula hauled in a quick-hitter in the left flat and fought his way into the Lorain Avenue end zone. Floyd tacked on his second touchdown of the afternoon on a 1-yard run with 1:36 remaining in the first half.

Delahunty set up Bo's second TD by picking up a fumble and rambling down the right sideline to the 1-yard line and, after an interception by sophomore defensive back Owen Adler, the 'Cats led, 30-0, at halftime.  

Saint Ignatius' defense and special teams continued to overwhelm Central Catholic despite the fact that Saint Ignatius was going three deep into its reserves.

After another safety was recorded by the special teams, Puhalsky put together two runs that highlighted his footwork and vision, the second gallop resulting in a a 21-yard touchdown. Cannon's PAT pushed the 'Cats' commanding lead to 39-0 and the OHSAA deficit rule of a running clock came into play the rest of the way.

Closing out the scoring was sophomore running back Declan Boldy, who accomplished the rare feat of producing a touchdown run of 4 yards and then also kicking the extra point after his TD. Saint Ignatius' Hall of Fame Varsity Head Football Coach Chuck Kyle '69 congratulated the tough, talented and gregarious Boldy on his seven-point play, as parents and fans were gathering with the players following the Jayvees' dominant performance.

Boldy, whose brother Andrew is a junior linebacker for the Varsity, shared with this old timer that he also does some kicking for the Wildcats' Rugby Program. Andrew Boldy also competes in Rugby during the spring.

FROM COACH YAPPEL: "I think Cleveland Central Catholic competed real well, especially early on. I mean they played hard and you have to give them credit."

The Ironmen had only 21 players dressed for Saturday's encounter with the sophomore 'Cats.

"We came out and eventually got going," Coach Yappel continued. "As the game went on, we improved. And that was important. Everyone is involved during the week and it's nice to come out and have the opportunity for everyone to participate in a game like this.

"The defense was solid and offensively we were able to move the ball," Coach Yappel said. "We did a lot of things well, but we have a lot of room for improvement. That's what the focus has to be from this point out. It was a great win, great to come out and have everyone competing. But we have to remember it's about improving, week in and week out."

Game two of the young season for the JV Football 'Cats will be a solid test, as they travel to Mentor's Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium on Friday evening for a matchup with the Cardinals' Jayvees. The kickoff is scheduled for 5 PM.                           

Wildcats Varsity Football did everything it wanted to accomplish during Friday night's 45-0 victory over a gutsy Normandy team in the season opener
8/26/2016

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

From Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium - "We really did," said Saint Ignatius' Hall of Fame Head Football Coach Chuck Kyle '69, after this old timer said it appeared that Coach Kyle's Wildcats did just about everything they set out to do in opening the 2016 season with a 45-point shutout over the Invaders from Normandy on what was a picture-perfect late August Friday night on Ridge Road and Day Drive.

"Normandy has a lot of young kids and those kids are playing hard," Coach Kyle said after he picked up his 322nd career victory in what is his 34th season as the head of his alma mater's football program. "They're really believing. That's a good group of kids at Normandy. It was good, clean football and I think our kids had a very good attitude towards it.

"It's more about how each of us (Normand and Saint Ignatius) can improve," Coach Kyle continued. "The scoreboards take care of themselves. You walk out on a football field and there's an opponent. All week, we challenged each of the kids on how do we improve a little bit more from what we did against Canton McKinley (the final preseason tune up on August 18th). Especially the second and third groups that were not as sharp versus Canton McKinley. And I thought we did a fine job tonight."

The Wildcats' first team took care of its responsibility from the get-go, as under the direction of senior quarterback Patrick Ryan Saint Ignatius turned to the running of junior tailback Mark Bobinski and the work of its big and seasoned offensive line, and took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Bobinski and the ensuing extra-point kick by junior Matthew Trickett.

With All-Ohio senior kicker/punter Colin Goodfellow booming kickoffs into the end zone and Saint Ignatius' defense being more than Normandy could deal with, the Invaders played the first half pinned deep in their territory on every possession.

The Wildcats pushed their lead to 14-0 on their second offensive series, as senior tailback Jimmy Andrews bolted 12 yards over the left side for another score off the ground game. Trickett added his second extra point with 4 minutes and 34 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Ryan helped set up Andrews' TD with two smooth completions to senior wide receivers Travis Pot and Michael Daugenti, and a 10-yard run off a quarterback keeper.

Saint Ignatius' defense then set the table with a fumble recovery by junior cornerback Cameron Toppin at the Invaders' 19-yard line and on the very next pay Pot hauled in a touchdown strike from Ryan. Trickett's extra point was high and true, and the 'Cats' led, 21-0, with 2:51 left in the opening quarter.

Following another three-and-out by the Normandy offense and a punt by the Invaders that rolled out of bounds at the Normandy 37, Saint Ignatius hit the quick-strike button again.

Senior tailback Dean "The Dream" Stowers took the handoff on first down, swept the left side and in a blur covered the 37 yards into the Day Drive end zone. Trickett's PAT made it a 28-0 game with 22 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

"We weren't looking to roll a score up or anything like that," said Coach Kyle. "What we wanted to do was execute. The first group, we were running and throwing, and the defense was doing a great job. It's an option team (Normandy's offense), so you have to be very disciplined."

Clearing his bench early and often, Coach Kyle watched his Wildcats stretch their lead to 31-0 on a 32-yard field goal by Trickett with 8:29 remaining in the first half. The gifted Trickett will get some rest tonight and then gear up for Saturday's 1 PM soccer match versus Toledo St. John's Jesuit in the Ohio Jesuit Cup at Walsh Jesuit.

After a 43-yard touchdown run by Andrews was wiped out by a penalty, the undaunted 'Cats scored on an 8-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Kyle Hall to junior wide receiver Michael Drobnick. Another PAT by Trickett made it a 38-0 game with 4:57 to go in the first half.

A 1-yard keeper by senior quarterback Luke Baker and an extra-point kick by junior Drew Allessandro closed out the scoring with 52 seconds left in the third quarter. Under the OHSAA deficit rule, the entire second half was played with a running clock.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Wildcats totaled 22 first downs to Normandy's 3. Saint Ignatius rushed for 233 yards and passed for 97 yards, completing 8 of its 10 throws. The Invaders rushed for 36 yards and were 0 for 7 passing the football.

UP NEXT: The 'Cats will host the Mentor Cardinals on Saturday, September 3. The kickoff in what will be a huge game in terms of OHSAA computer playoff points will be 7 PM on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium. Coach Steve Trivisonno's Cardinals opened their season with a 57-31 victory over the Massillon Tigers on Friday night in Mentor's Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium.

"It's going to be a packed house next week," said Coach Kyle of what this corner has labeled as one of the finest Public School versus Catholic School football rivalries in the nation. "It will be a playoff-caliber game and we certainly want to come out and do a better job defending than we did last year (a 63-56 Mentor victory in Osborne Sr. Stadium)."

The corner will preview what will be the 20th meeting between Saint Ignatius and Mentor on the gridiron Wednesday night. The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 11-8, but the Cardinals have won the last three meetings, including a third-round playoff victory in 2013.                 

 

    

 

  

             

Coming up on the corner this weekend
8/26/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The corner will have coverage of tonight's 2016 Varsity Football opener versus the Normandy Invaders. The kickoff on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium will be 7 PM. For a preview on the game, see the corner's post from Tuesday night.

If you can't make it out to Ridge Road and Day Drive tonight, Matt MacKenzie and Brendan DeVenney will have the live call of the Wildcats versus the Invaders over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.  

On Saturday, the corner will have reports on the defending State and National Champion Varsity Soccer Cats in their 1 PM match versus Toledo's St. John's Jesuit at the Ohio Jesuit Cup, which this year is being held on the pitch at Walsh Jesuit High School, the defending State Champion Cross Country Cats in their 9 AM season-opening race at the always challenging Canton GlenOak Golden Eagle Invitational, the Junior Varsity Football 'Cats in their season opener versus Cleveland Central Catholic (11 AM on Wasmer Field), and the Varsity Golf Team in its competition at the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Lion Classic on the atmosphere-rich courses of Little Mountain and Quail Hollow.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend.       

Just fyi, the Soccer 'Cats remain in the second spot in the Top Drawer Soccer National Rankings
8/25/2016
Executing on both sides of the ball from the get-go, Coach Rodney Gallaway's Freshmen Football Wildcats roll to a 49-0 victory over Youngstown Cardinal Mooney in Wednesday night's season opener
8/24/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - The first time this gridiron-tested reporter saw the 2016 Saint Ignatius Wildcats Freshmen Football Team make its way across Lorain Avenue from a summer practice on Kyle Field, I said to myself, and then repeated it to many others, "Physically, that's the biggest Freshmen Football Team from Saint Ignatius that I have seen in nearly six decades of following high school football in the Cleveland area."

On Wednesday night, the 2016 Freshmen 'Cats showed this old timer that they not only pass the eye test, but have football skills that more than measure up to their size.

Dominating both lines of scrimmage and displaying a balanced offense that was fueled early on by the running of tailback Najee Lockett, Saint Ignatius' oh so promising ninth graders overwhelmed the freshmen football team from Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, 49-0, in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd at Wasmer Field. It was the season opener for Coach Rodney Gallaway's young 'Cats.  

The OHSAA deficit rule of a running clock came into play after the Wildcats moved to a 35-0 lead with 6 minutes and 21 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

When Lockett wasn't rushing for big yards and thee touchdowns, running back Merick Hartley was finding the end zone, quarterback Nick Fletcher was picking apart the Cardinals' secondary, and the versatile Henry Cook was setting up the offense with a strong punt return and routes and receptions that saw Henry get significant yards after the catch.

Along with Cook, Fletcher was mixing his throws to the rangy and sure-handed Blade Cintron, the steady Connor Cmiel and 6-foot-4, 215-pound tight end Sam Daugstrup. Cmiel, who doubles as a defensive back, added a diving interception to his opening-night resume.  

Cardinal Mooney didn't have an answer up front all night, as Saint Ignatius defensive lineman Joshua Dinya set the tone on the game's first play from scrimmage by making an authoritative tackle for a 3-yard loss.

Saint Ignatius' special teams also got into the act early and often.

Linebacker Mac Boyle pounced on fumble off a botched kickoff return by the Cardinals that led to the Wildcats' third first-quarter touchdown, a 5-yard power gallop by Lockett.

With linebackers Connor Francz, Hartley and Buzz Mastrobuono flying around to make tackles and break up passes, the Wildcats pushed their lead to 28-0 by halftime on a 1-yard touchdown run by Lockett and the fourth of seven extra-point kicks on the night by Rory McConville.

From there, it was Katy Bar the Door as linebacker Jack Welcsh pounced on a fumbled punt and two plays later Hartley went right up the gut and into the scoreboard end zone of Wasmer Field for the 15-yard TD run that brought the running clock into play. Hartley also scored the game's first touchdown on a 5-yard second effort.

Cardinal Mooney's shaky special teams play came to the fore again in the third quarter when Saint Ignatius defensive back/running back Dominic DeVengencie recovered the ball off the ensuing kickoff that followed Hartley's second touchdown. DeVengencie then did the TD honors and, after some strong defensive play by linebacker Carter Pappas, it was a 42-0 game entering the final 9 minutes (Freshmen quarters are 9 minutes).

The 'Cats ended their impressive gridiron debut in the Blue and Gold with a solid and savvy down hill tackle by two-way lineman Tyler Kidd that thwarted a Cardinal Mooney drive and a 90-plus yard touchdown run by tailback James Crosby that saw James burst through the hole, make a nice read and outrace the pursuit into the Lorain Avenue end zone.

FROM COACH GALLAWAY

"We looked good in the passing game, especially," Coach Gallaway said of his team's early execution. "We were pretty crisp (through the air) for this early in the season. There were still some small mental errors. We tell the guys the moment can't be too big. You still have a destination on your route and you have a certain responsibility on your blocking.

"Defensively, I thought we got after it," Coach Gallaway continued. "We could tackle a little better in general, but we had good pressure and got to the ball. Najee (Lockett) is unbelievable. The big thing is to keep him healthy. He is a good all-around running back, probably one of the better running backs we've had. Yeah, he's good."

Lockett is also a talented young wrestler, who is expected to learn from defending 182-pound state champion Kaden Russell and take it from there.

Up next for Coach Gallaway's big and skilled Freshmen Cats is the September 2rd game on Wasmer Field versus the always capable Freshmen Team from Mentor.       

      

          

 

            

The Junior Varsity Blue Golf Team is victorious over Avon Lake at Sleepy Hollow on Wednesday
8/24/2016
From JV Blue Head Coach Tom Bogen
 
The JV Blue defeated Avon Lake today at Sleepy Hollow, 169-200. Kyle Gerrity was the medalist with a round of 41. Kyle's solid effort was followed by Zach Hazard 42, Jess Saunders 43 and Steve Harmat 43.
Congratulations to 'Cats standout senior center and Captain John Spellacy on earning a spot among the top 101 players by cleveland.com. The 70th place rankng is too low, however.
8/24/2016

The cleveland.com morning capsule on John's career did not include the fact that John garnered All-Ohio and All-Northeast Lakes District honors in 2015 for 'Cats O-Line coaches Adam Rini '99 and Paul Yappel.

 - Mr. Eddie Dwyer 

The 2016 Varsity Football Wildcats begin their quest for what would be a 27th OHSAA Division I playoff appearance in November, as they open their season on Friday night versus the Normandy Invaders
8/23/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - As they went through Tuesday afternoon's practice on Wasmer Field, the 2016 Varsity Football Wildcats were all business.

There was no need for any extra encouragement, no hollering or verbal shots.  

Simply put, Saint Ignatius knows what lies ahead in Friday's 7 PM season opener versus the host Normandy Invaders on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.

It's a case of going out, establishing the superiority, keeping the first team sharp and then playing the second and third units for the majority of the night on Ridge Road and Day Drive.

Once that is taken care of, the focus will turn to one of the biggest games of the season, the Week 2 matchup with the Mentor Cardinals on September 3 at 7 PM, also on Byers Field.

The Football 'Cats have lost three consecutive games to the Cardinals - a 2013 playoff encounter on a frigid night at Byers Field, a regular season setback at Byers Field in 2014 and the 63-56 regular season shootout at the OK Corral last fall, aka Mentor's Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium.

But we'll get back to that next week. 

As for the always big-hearted, we'll step to the plate Normandy Invaders, the past six seasons have produced little or no success.

After a 1-9 fall in 2010, the Invaders were 3-7 in 2011, 2-8 in 2012 and 0-10 in 2013, 2014 and 2015.  Normandy's last victory on the Varsity level came in Week 9 of 2012, a 12-7 triumph over Valley Forge. The Invaders will enter Friday night's matchup with Saint Ignatius on a 31-game losing streak.

It wasn't that long ago when Normandy was a major player in the OHSAA Division II football playoffs.

In the fall of 2007, the Invaders, behind the play of All-Ohio senior two-way standout Russ Galeti and gifted sophomore Jake Squirek, advanced to the third round of the playoffs before losing a hard-fought game to an outstanding Mayfield team, 12-7.

Galeti is the son of former longtime television and radio sports personality Chuck Galeti and Squirek is the son of former Cuyahoga Heights, Illinois and Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders linebacker Jack Squirek, who made one of the biggest plays in Super Bowl history - an interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl VXIII versus the Washington Redskins. Jack found himself on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Normandy also qualified for the football playoffs in 2005, 2004 and 1981. The Invaders followed their highly successful 2007 season with 5-5 efforts in both 2008 and 2009.   

They say if there's a will, there's a way. And Normandy certainly has plenty of will. The Invaders face an all-too-familiar concern, however, a lack of depth.

Formerly a member of the Northeast Ohio Conference, Normandy joined Parma Senior, Valley Forge, Holy Name, Rocky River, Bay and Elyria Catholic in forming the Great Lakes Conference in 2015.

Friday will mark only the second time that the Invaders and the Wildcats are meeting on the Varsity gridiron. In last year's season opener at Byers Field, Saint Ignatius, going to its bench early and often, defeated Normandy, 63-7. It marked the third time since 2002 that the 'Cats surpassed 60 points in a game.

In 2007, Saint Ignatius defeated Buffalo Canisius, 64-0, and in 2002, Brian Hoyer (now with the Chicago Bears), current Wildcats Wide Receivers Coach Josiah "Juice" Kedzior and Company dominated Fremont Ross, 63-14.

In 1988, the 'Cats defeated Cleveland John F. Kennedy, 75-0. Current Saint Ignatius Quarterbacks Coach Jim Cahill will recall that night. However, the following week the Wildcats won a heart-pounder over Valley Forge, 14-3. Can you say Pickens to Friend? Just a little trivia from Saint Ignatius' first of a record 11 Division I State Championship seasons.

COACH CHUCK KYLE ON THE 2016 NORMANDY INVADERS

"Their kids play hard," said the area's most successful high school coach and the most successful Division I Coach in all of Northeast Ohio.

"We exchanged scrimmage films and their kids definitely play hard and their coaches are working hard to get their program over that hump. And sometimes that's hard to do. They play a good schedule. How do you solve that (six consecutive tough seasons)? You just keep working hard and keep the faith, and I think they're doing that. So that's a lot of credit to them.

"We have a great relationship with the Parma athletic people and it's great that we have this relationship, where we can use Byers Field the way we do," continued the man who moved from Munster, Indiana and spent much of his youth growing up in Parma. Coach Kyle is a member of the Parma Sports Hall of Fame. It's (Byers Field) a great high school stadium and for our fans I think it's easy to get to, from the West Side and the East Side.

"We like to play a lot of guys this time of the year, because we need to develop depth, get the guys out there and get some work done," Coach Kyle said. "Yeah, there's a first team. There is no doubt about that. But we need to get some of the other guys on that field to help with the depth. In the scrimmage against Canton McKinley (Thursday night of last week), the first team played well. I think all of the kids realized, however, when we got to the second and third groups there were some mistakes made.

"So we worked on cleaning those up this week and now those guys (the second and third units) want to get on that field and play. So that's what we're going to plan on doing."

                     

       

 

 

Note time change on Saturday's JV Football opener and a reminder on Wednesday's Freshmen Football opener
8/23/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The time of the Junior Varsity Football opener on Saturday versus Cleveland Central Catholic at Wasmer Field is now 11 AM. It was originally scheduled for 10 AM.

NOTE: The corner will be providing coverage on Wednesday (tomorrow) evening's Freshmen Football opener versus the Cardinals from Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. The kickoff on Wasmer Field is 6 bells. See you there.   

Matt Wiegandt is selected as the Wildcats' Fourth Captain in Varsity Football
8/23/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio -  Matt, a standout senior in the Wildcats' defensive secondary, joins All-Ohio senior center John Spellacy and talented and hard-nosed senior linebackers Johnny Velotta and Adam Shibley as the Wildcats' four Captains for the 2016 season.

With the selection of Wiegandt, which was announced by Saint Ignatius' Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Kyle '69 after practice on Tuesday, Matt becomes one of the rare athletes in the Wildcats' rich sports history to be named a senior captain in two sports.

A mainstay for Coach Pat O'Rourke's defending and four-time OHSAA State Champion ice hockey program, Wiegandt will serve as one of the Ice Cats' Captains for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

"It's really a big honor," said Matt after he and his football teammates finished practice on Tuesday, as they continued to gear up for Friday's 7 PM season opener versus the Normandy Invaders at Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.

"Just to be recognized by my teammates and coaches as a leader on this team is something very special," Matt continued. "There are a lot of guys on this team that are leaders, but they picked me, so I have to take advantage of it.

"They're all great Captains, great leaders, great players and great guys overall," Wiegandt said of Spellacy, Velotta and Shibley. "Spellacy's a great kid at center, he really knows what to do in holding down that line. He's a great offensive lineman. And Shibley and Velotta are outstanding players. It's great having them side by side on my team (the defense), so I don't have to go against them."

Like Coach O'Rourke's 2015-16 Ice Cats, Wiegandt said he is confident that the 2016 Football Cats "are going places this fall."

          

 

   

Wildcats Soccer matchups versus Solon are being moved to Cleveland State University
8/23/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Due to a conflict in scheduling with Junior/Senior Back to School Night, the Wildcats' Junior Varsity and Varsity Soccer matches versus Solon on Thursday, September 1st have been moved to Krenzler Field on the campus of Cleveland State University. The JV match will begin at 6 PM, followed by the Varsity matchup at 8.


 

The learning curve expands for the Wildcats' Varsity Golf Team
8/22/2016

COURTESY OF WILDCATS HEAD COACH BRIAN BECKER and posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Becker: The varsity golf team played in two tournaments over the past three days.

Saturday, the team competed at Windmill Lakes golf course in a tournament hosted by University School. The team placed 6th out of 24 teams with a score of 319, and the Gold team placed 12th with a score of 333.

Sunday and Monday we were at Canterbury Country Club for the state's most prestigious 36 hole tournament, the Kiely Cup.

Canterbury, which will host a PGA Dap event next week, was a tough and challenging test for the Wildcats, who shot a two day total of 672. The event featured defending state champion St. Xavier, as well as potential state champions Centerville, Hudson, Boardman and Green.

The young Wildcats finished in 15 place.

The golf learning curve expanded greatly over the weekend as the team learned what it takes to compete against the state's finest. We will return to action this Saturday, when we play in the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin tournament at Little Mountain and Quail Hollow.

Here are Saint Ignatius' individual scores from both events:

University School Tournament at Windmill Lakes

Varsity:  (319)                                                  Gold:  (333)
1. Michael McCaffrey  78                                 1. Ross Williamson   83
2. Andrew Kaye          79                                  2. Ryan Grabowski   83
3. Owen Bilardo          79                                  3. John Klym            83
4. Jake Moraca           83                                  4. Connor Warns      84
5. Angelo Corna         85                                   5. Ray Kman            87
6. Hunter Rinkus        88                                   6. KJ Ripich              92


Kiely Cup at the Canterbury Country Club: Saint Ignatius  (672)

1. Michael McCaffrey            81-80 = 161
2. Jake Moraca                     82-79 = 161
3. Andrew Kaye                    90-84 = 174
4. Hunter Rinkus                   92-85 = 177
5. Owen Bilardo                    91-89 = 180

 
Varsity Football and Cross Country are gearing up for their season openers and Varsity Soccer looks to defend its Ohio Jesuit Cup Title. It's the corner's first "Where the 'Cats Play" for the new school year.
8/22/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Coach Chuck Kyle's 2016 Varsity Football Wildcats have completed their preseason preparation and now the drive to the OHSAA Division I playoffs begins on Friday night as the Wildcats face the Normandy Invaders at Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.

Friday's kickoff will be 7 PM and the game will be broadcast live by the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network. Brendan DeVenney and Matt MacKenzie, veterans of the sounds of the gridiron, will have the call. That is if Terry Francona isn't checking with Matt on what the Indians' pitching rotation in Texas should be.

On Tuesday night, the corner will be previewing what will be just the second meeting between the Varsity football programs from Saint Ignatius and Normandy.

The Wildcats' talent and depth wore on the Invaders in last year's season opener at Byers Field, 63-7. For an in-depth look at the 2016 Saint Ignatius Varsity Football Program and the new regional alignment for the Wildcats, see the corner's season preview that was posted on August 14th. 

In Varsity Soccer, Coach Mike McLaughlin's state and nationally acclaimed Wildcats, coming off their impressive 2-0 victory in the season opener at St. Edward this past Friday night (see the corner's story from Friday), will begin defense of their Ohio Jesuit Cup on Saturday versus the Titans from Toledo St. John's Jesuit. The match is slated to begin at 1 PM on the pitch at Walsh Jesuit High School, the host for this season's OJC.

Saint Ignatius and St. John's Jesuit are no strangers when it comes to big soccer matchups, as Coach McLaughlin's 'Cats, on their way to their record seventh OHSAA State Championship and third National Title, eliminated the Titans, 2-1, in Sudden Victory Overtime at last year's State Semifinal match on the pitch at Sandusky Perkins High School. Current senior forward Riley Houde provided the winning goal on a breakaway with 8 minutes and 32 seconds remaining in the overtime, and current senior defense Tommy Patacca, one of Coach McLaughlin's Captains this season, scored the first goal of that memorable November night.

Adding to Saturday's encounter with the Titans is the fact that Saint Ignatius also defeated their Jesuit brothers from St. John's, 1-0, in last year's Ohio Jesuit Cup Championship match on Wasmer Field. It marked the 'Cats' seventh OJC title. A goal by standout defense Hunter Gordon (now at the University of Pittsburgh) off an assist from the soccer gifted Lawrence Karpeh (now at Cleveland State University) was the difference maker on that hot and humid August 30th Sunday afternoon.

In 2010, in route to their fourth State Championship, the Wildcats defeated St. John's Jesuit, 5-2, in a state semifinal matchup at Rocky River High School.

I think it can be said that the Titans will always remember the times they played the Soccer Cats.

Under the direction of savvy Head Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher, the defending and four-time State Champion Cross Country Wildcats open their season on Saturday at 9  AM in the tradition-rich and always challenging Canton GlenOak Golden Eagle Invitational.

Led by big-meet tested C.J. Ambrosio, who was also a standout record-setter for the 2016 State Champion Track and Field Wildcats of Coach Kyle, Coach Gallagher's new Cat Pack has a nice blend of experience and youth.

For a look at the defending state champion harriers, see the corner's preview from August 14th.

And last, but certainly not least, Coach Brian Becker's Men of the Links, aka the 2016 Varsity Golf team, wrapped up its competition in the prestigious Kiely Cup today (Monday). See the corner's recap from Coach Becker that precedes this story.

The Wildcats will be swinging the clubs at the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Lion Classic this weekend, which will be held at two different courses - Little Mountain and Quail Hollow.

Have a special and safe week and weekend, and, in the words of the late, great Plain Dealer Stark County columnist and Canton radio legend Hymie Williams, "Goodbye until the next time, which will be the best time."         

Here is the weekly schedule from Dr. Mike Gallagher '71, the Head Coach of the defending State Champion Cross Country Wildcats
8/21/2016

FROM COACH GALLAGHER

Runners and parents,

This week's schedule.
 
Monday: Edgewater, 3:30-5:30
Tuesday: Mastick, 3:30-5:30
Wednesday: Edgewater, 3:30-5:30
Thursday: Cedar Point Parkway (corner of Valley Parkway and Cedar Point Road in the Metroparks) 3:30-5:30
Friday: Mass of the Holy Spirit, with rally and practice to follow at Saint Ignatius High School. Practice will be over by 2 PM.
Saturday: GlenOak Invitational at GlenOak High School
              Varsity: 9:30am
              JV/Freshmen: 10:50am
Bus transportation will be provided to GlenOak. Bus leaves SIHS at 8am. If you are driving on your own, please arrive in time for the Varsity race at 9:30am. Varsity roster will be announced on Wednesday. 
 
Sunday: Saint Ignatius Day at Classic Ballpark for Lake County Captains game. Game starts at 1:30. The Captains have allowed us the opportunity to "run the bases" and get photos on the field with the Captains prior to the game. Please arrive by 1pm to take advantage of this opportunity. Tickets will be provided by owner Peter Carfanga '71. Please contact Janet Nolan with any questions, and RSVP on the number of family members attending.
 
Go 'Cats!
Doc
The 'Cats' Junior Varsity Blue Golf Team lost by two strokes to University School at the Signature of Solon
8/21/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Here are the scores from Wildcats' JV Blue Golf Coach Tom Bogen. Coach Bogen reported that Saint Ignatius was defeated by host University School, 341-343, at the Signature of Solon on Saturday.

Zach Hazard 79
Steve Harmat 84
Kyle Kolick 89
Jess Saunders 91
Kyle Gerrity  91
Chris Mays 95
 
 
Up this week: Avon Lake on Wednesday and at Erie Cathedral Prep on Saturday.
Coming up Monday on the corner we will take a look at the opening week and weekend of the fall sports season in the first "Where the 'Cats Play" for the school year. On Tuesday night, the corner previews Friday's Varsity Football opener vs. Normandy.
8/21/2016
For Wildcats Soccer mainstays Patrick Strauss and Brandon George, the first time was certainly a charm, as their first career Varsity goals in what was their first Varsity starting assignment led a 2-0 victory over St. Edward in Friday's season opener
8/19/2016

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Lakewood, Ohio - The expressions on their faces were priceless.

Saint Ignatius seniors Patrick Strauss and Brandon George, who epitomize the we and team approach that has helped take Coach Mike McLaughlin's Saint Ignatius soccer program to state and national prominence, celebrated the biggest moments of their soccer careers on Friday night, as they led the Wildcats to a 2-0 season-opening victory over West Side rival St. Edward on the pitch in the Eagles' Brother James Everett, C.S.C., Stadium.

Friday night's victory extends Saint Ignatius' unbeaten streak to 37 matches, a mark that dates back to the Wildcats' 2014 state championship run.  

In what was another chapter in the storied athletic rivalry that is St. Ignatius versus St. Edward, Strauss and George provided the only offense in an intense defensive battle of wills by scoring their first goals on the Varsity level.

Adding to their memorable double-charmed night was the fact that Patrick and Brandon were making their first Varsity career starts for Coach McLaughlin.

"It means everything to me, scoring that first goal to get us on the board," said Strauss, who converted an assist from preseason All-American and reigning Ohio Player of the Year Steve Milhoan with 1 minute and 6 seconds remaining in the first half. "I was feeling the energy when I was running down the sideline. It never stopped, it just felt amazing."

"It definitely made it better coming against St. Eds," said George, who gave his team a little breathing room by providing the match's second goal with 8:05 remaining. "It is something I have been working for all summer and I'm just happy it finally happened. I got the start, it feels good."

Just seconds after the Strauss from Milhoan combo broke the ice against the Eagles' defense and its standout senior goalkeeper Alexander Dudley, Wildcats Assiistant Coach Anthony Fior turned to this old-timer and said, "Milhoan to Strauss, you're going to see a lot of that this season." I marked it down.

"Me and Steve, we just became friends ever since I joined his club team," Strauss said. "During the club season we had a good connection, scoring off of corner kicks and stuff, so I think this is just a translation of all that good stuff. Right out of the gate, it just worked perfect."

"It was for me," said George and "Same here," added Strauss, as they confirmed that their opening-night heroics marked their first goals in a Saint Ignatius Varsity uniform.

"I was just trying to get clean touches on the ball," said George of his special goal. "I looked at the shot earlier in the first half and got another opportunity at the top of the box in the second half, took a rip and hoped it went in. It did and it felt good."

George revealed that he had been kicked just a few plays before his goal and was on the sideline with one of his shoes off, thinking that he wasn't going back in the game. The coaches called his name, he quickly put his shoe and shin guard back on, and the rest is history.

From Coach McLaughlin '85, whose Wildcats entered this season as the two-time defending state champion and a defending national champion. Coach McLaughlin's program has produced a record seven OHSAA State Championships and three national titles, and this fall this Wildcats are seeking an unprecedented third consecutive OHSAA State Soccer Championship.

"Everything is to get us ready for November," said Coach McLaughlin. "So it's wonderful on the first night of the season to have a game that is filled with emotion, that includes two great rivals and gives you a little bit of a glimpse of what we're capable of. I'm pleased that we didn't give up a goal, that we controlled the ball for most of the time and that we defended well.

"It was a good night, a good first step," continued Coach McLaughlin.

Friday night's defensive battle saw the Wildcats outshoot the Eagles, 9-1 in the first half and 13-5 for the entire match.

THE JAYVEES START FAST

The action on Friday night at St. Edward started with the annual Junior Varsity matchup between the Wildcats and the Eagles. Coach Jim Brennan's JV 'Cats came away with a 6-0 triumph, as Coach Brennan '85, now in his 23rd season as the Head Coach of Saint Ignatius' Junior Varsity Soccer Program, remains undefeated versus St. Edward's JV program.

Sophomores Luke Griffiths and Henry Curtis got the offense flowing for the JV 'Cats and gifted freshman Everett Shorey produced a three-goal night.

Friday night's weather included a short, but heavy early downpour that was followed by sunshine and a rainbow. The rain seemed to take away a significant amount of the humidity.

The Varsity game was played in excellent weather conditions and ended with a full moon hovering over Lakewood.

OPENING CEREMONY

Coach Brennan took part in the traditional pregame bagpipe ceremony that saw both teams walk side by side to midfield for prayer and the National Anthem. First class, my friends, and just another reason why Saint Ignatius versus St. Edward is one of the premier high school athletic rivalries in the nation.

AND LAST, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, THE CORNER AGAIN TIPS ITS CAP TO THE GREATEST STUDENT BODY SUPPORT THE BUCKEYE STATE HAS TO OFFER, SAINT IGNATIUS' MEN FOR OTHERS.       

 

 

      

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

     

      

    

 

            

Saint Ignatius' first units were solid in building a 17-3 lead, but McKinley rallied against the second and third units to tie the score at 17, and that's how this year's version of the annual preseason Jamboree ended on Lowell Klinefelter Field
8/18/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Canton, Ohio - Saint Ignatius' first-team defense was as advertised by this corner all summer and the offense, with senior quarterback Patrick Ryan taking charge of the huddle and fueling a strong passing game, was a bit too much for the Canton McKinley Bulldogs to deal with through two quarters on Thursday night at the campus of Canton Central Catholic.

However, in a game-conditions scrimmage that consisted of three quarters, McKinley, benefiting from a few miscues by the Wildcats, including a fumble into the Bulldogs' end zone that McKinley recovered for a touchback, closed to 17-10 with 6 minutes and 10 seconds remaining to be played and knotted the score at 17 with 4:03 left. 

Saint Ignatius' fumble into the end zone, which came off a first-and-goal at the 5-yard line, was disappointing at the time, but the Wildcats would actually shake it off and move to a 17-3 lead in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by junior tailback Matt Viancourt and the ensuing extra-point kick by junior Matt Trickett.

The Matt Viancourt TD was set up by two outstanding throws by Ryan that were complemented by two exceptional routes and receptions by junior wide receiver Connor Kennedy.

Keying a first-team defense that kept McKinley off-balance and under fire through two quarters were senior linebacker/captain Adam Shibley, who lived in the Bulldogs' backfield, senior defensive linemen Joe Gibbons and Mike Chime, senior linebacker Johnny Velotta, who also serves as a captain, and senior linebacker Ben Delhees.

McKinley, shaking off a picture-perfect deep pass from 'Cats junior quarterback Daniel Alexander to junior wide receiver Michael Drobnick, put together its late rally behind the all-around play of Aligha Curtis and the running of Quovatis Young.

THE EARLY GOING

The Wildcats stuck on their first offensive series, as a highlight-reel pass from Ryan to senior wide receiver Michael Daugenti off a third-and-11 from the Saint Ignatius 43 had Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Kyle's team in business with a first and 10 at the Bulldogs' 21-yard line.

From there, Saint Ignatius turned to the double-threat athleticism of Ryan and the running of junior tailback Mark Bobinski, and took a 7-0 lead courtesy of a 2-yard TD run by Bobinski and Trickett's PAT.

Coach Kyle's 'Cats would put together a 14-play drive that was capped by a 41-yard field goal by Trickett, an effort that pushed Saint Ignatius' lead to 10-0 with 11:36 left in the second quarter.

THE DREAM RUNS TO DAYLIGHT

Also helping fuel Saint Ignatius' offense on Thursday night was senior tailback Dean "The Dream" Stowers, who turned in a highlight-reel run of speed, balance and vision that covered 40 yards.

DEFENSE, DEFENSE!

Along with the pursuit and passion of its linebackers and defensive linemen, Saint Ignatius was also the recipient of a big momentum-changing interception by junior safety Justin Sands, who came up with his leaping pick right after the 'Cats fumbled away a punt on the Saint Ignatius side of the field.

GAME WEEK! 

After Wednesday's practice on Wasmer Field, Coach Kyle reminded his Wildcats to go out Thursday night, play like they are capable of and have fun.

"Then at about 9 o'clock on Thursday night, I am going to ask, 'You know what time it is gentlemen? It's Game Week!'"

Yes, the preseason came to an end Thursday night and now Saint Ignatius will begin preparing for the August 26th  season opener with the Normandy Invaders. The kickoff from Parma's Byers Field in Robert M. Boulton Stadium is 7 PM and, as always, the corner will preview the game early next week.

Coach Kyle was pleased that his first team controlled most of the Jamboree and was very happy with Ryan's take-charge leadership, the veterans on defense and the depth displayed by his receiving corps. The fumble into the end zone and the fumbled punt have to be addressed, but some of the problems the second and third units experienced are, said Coach Kyle, "coachable things."

OTHER IMPRESSIVE BULLDOGS

Along with the above mentioned Curtis and Young, this corner was also impressed with McKinley's standout outside linebacker Kadeem Trotter, who is bound for Syracuse, and the size and athleticism of quarterback Dominique Robinson, who is headed for Miami of Ohio. Yes, there is a chance we could see Coach Dan Reardon's Bulldogs again this season - in the OHSAA playoffs.

ALTHOUGH THE SCORE WASN'T OFFICIALLY KEPT IN EITHER SCRIMMAGE, THE CORNER WANTED TO GET THE REACTIONS OF WILDCATS HEAD JUNIOR VARSITY COACH PAUL YAPPEL AND HEAD FRESHMEN COACH RODNEY GALLAWAY ON HOW THEY FELT THEIR TEAMS PERFORMED ON THURSDAY EVENING VERSUS THE JV AND FRESHMEN PROGRAMS FROM MCKINLEY.  

COACH YAPPEL: "We did start well and we did well offensively," said Coach Yappel of the long pass and catch put together by sophomore quarterback Patrick Delahunty and sophomore wide receiver Nigel Drummond, a play that led to a 4-yard touchdown run by sophomore tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd.

The 'Cats also struck on a long TD strike from sophomore quarterback Mike Sarko to sophomore wide receiver Luke Cooper.  

"I also thought we played pretty smart defensively," Coach Yappell said, who watched his hard-nosed sophomore linebacker Chris Velotta come up with a text-book tackle for a loss, sophomore defensive back Mitchell Puhalsky make a perfectly timed and aggressive pass breakup, and sophomore linebacker Griffin Sheehan, seeing the flow of the play, come up with an interception that would make any secondary coach happy.

"Like I said, sophomore year is a process, it's about getting better," continued Coach Yappel. "It's coming together, I think we're in a good place right now. This is a tough year to play football, your sophomore year. In this program it's tough because now you're part of Varsity football, you're practicing with the Varsity and it's much faster than freshman year.

"It's just about getting better and they'll get better," said Coach Yappel.  "It's a tough year, but it's worth it if you do the right things and are committed to the program."

FROM COACH GALLAWAY: "I like that we sort of adjusted to the physicality, actually being able to hit somebody that is not ourselves," Coach Gallaway said. "In addition, I thought we ran the ball well at times. The running backs were seeing the holes real well and obviously, the linemen were opening those holes.

"There are still things we have to work on, like minor missed assignments and stuff like that," Coach Gallaway continued. "Just things we have to button up. In a week's prep we'll be okay. When we made the adjustments (versus McKinley), the guys were able to adjust. If there in the right spot, the physical part will take care of itself.

"Defensively, I thought we looked good," said Coach Gallaway. "The coverage was fine. It's really just about making sure we tackle."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TODAY (FRIDAY) GO OUT TO WILDCATS DEAN OF STUDENTS AND OUTSTANDING LINEBACKERS COACH RYAN FRANZINGER '02.         

 

   

   

  

     

 

    

 

AND COMPLEMENTING FRIDAY'S OPENER AT ST. EDWARD IS THE NEWS THAT WILDCATS' STANDOUT STEVE MILHOAN HAS BEEN SELECTED TO THE 2016 AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE ALL-USA PRESEASON BOYS SOCCER TEAM. CONGRATULATIONS TO STEVE, HIS FAMILY AND COACH MCLAUGHLIN '85
8/18/2016
Just a reminder that the corner will provide coverage of Coach Mike McLaughlin's defending state and national champion Soccer Cats, as they open their 2016 season at St. Edward on Friday night at 8.
8/17/2016
An answer for a faithful reader and we take a glance at the final preparation for Thursday night's annual preseason Jamboree with the McKinley Bulldogs
8/17/2016
Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
 
Janet and Jim Carlson, who grew up and resided in Canton from the 1940s through the early '80s, before settling in lovely Lakewood, Ohio, asked yours truly where Canton McKinley's second-year Head Varsity Football Coach, Dan Reardon, coached before taking over the Bulldogs' helm in 2015.
 
J &J, Coach Reardon actually started in the college ranks as a graduate assistant, first on Jim Tressel's staff at Youngstown State, and then with Cam Cameron at Indiana.
 
Coach Reardon was an assistant from 1998-2003 at Warren Harding under coaches Gary Barber and Thom McDaniels. He then moved on to Youngstown Ursuline in 2004, where he had tremendous success.
 
In compiling a record of 72-29, Coach Reardon’s teams at Ursuline appeared in four state championship games, winning three consecutive OHSAA Division V state football titles from 2008-2010.
 
Believe me when I tell you that Coach Reardon's state championships teams at Ursuline were talent laden.
 
Coach Reardon then coached in the Western part of the country and in 2014 he guided Wheat Ridge High School, where he led the Farmers to a 6-4 record.
 
Last year, his first with the McKinley, Coach Reardon directed the Bulldogs to a first-round Division I playoff appearance and an overall record of 7-4. The 2015 season marked the merger between McKinley and Canton Timken High School.
 
Hope this help, my friends, and go Tribe. J & J live and die with the "Fighting Franconas." Obviously, they're in great spirits this summer.
 
IT WAS A JETT-PROPELLED TUNEUP FOR THURSDAY'S ANNUAL 7 PM PRESEASON VARSITY FOOTBALL JAMBOREE WITH THE MCKINLEY BULLDOGS, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT CANTON CENTRAL CATHOLIC'S LOWELL KLINEFELTER STADIUM. THE VARSITY JAMBOREE WILL BE PRECEDED BY A 5 PM SPLIT-FIELD SCRIMMAGE BETWEEN THE JUNIOR VARSITY AND FRESHMEN PROGRAMS FROM SAINT IGNATIUS AND MCKINLEY.    
 
From Wasmer Field, where the 2016 aspirations are high: Coach Chuck Kyle's Wildcats worked on their hurry-up, or two-minute offense, on Wednesday afternoon. Senior quarterback Patrick Ryan and his receivers were clicking through a partially blue, but mostly gray clouds sky that hovered over Ohio City.
 
Junior running backs Mark Bobinski and Matt Viancourt were carrying Mr. Wilson with vision, balance and authority, but the play of the day was turned in by gifted sophomore defensive back/receiver Jett Elad.
 
Jett came up with an excellent effort on a deep ball against the Varsity first unit, a play that saw him go airborne without losing sight of the ball, intercept the pass at its highest point and maintain possession as he landed on the turf in the scoreboard end zone of Wasmer Field.
 
LAST YEAR'S JAMBOREE: It was all Wildcats at last summer's Jamboree in Tom Benson Stadium (formerly legendary Fawcett Stadium), as Running Backs Coach Terry Fergus watched his ground keepers compile nearly 230 yards rushing. James Norris from the Class of 2016, who will be furthering his education and outstanding track and field career at Cornell, ran for 120 of those yards in the first quarter.
 
See you at Lowell Klinefelter Stadium, which has produced many legendary moments of its own.  
 
 
        
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
The Wildcats' Junior Varsity Golf Teams finished second and sixth during Wednesday's Walsh Jesuit JV Invitational
8/17/2016

FROM SAINT IGNATIUS' JUNIOR VARSITY GOLD COACH TOM BEACH and posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer

FROM COACH BEACH: The Saint Ignatius JV golf teams finished 2nd and 6th today at the Walsh JV Invitational at Fox Den Golf Course.

Senior Angelo Corna posted the third lowest score of the tournament and junior Ryan Grabowski posted the fourth lowest score. 

The Gold Cats posted the following scores: Angelo Corna 76, Ryan Grabowski 79, Ross Williamson 82, KJ Ripich 85, and Ray Kman 86.

The Blue Cats posted the following scores: Zach Hazard 81, Jess Saunders 89, Chris Mays 89, Kyle Kolick 92, and Steve Harmat 95.

HERE ARE THE TEAM SCORES

Team Results:
1)  Archbishop Hoban: 321
2)  Saint Ignatius: 322
3)  Jackson: 327
4)  University School: 334
5)  Chagrin Falls: 340
6)  Saint Ignatius: 351
7)  Nordonia: 355
8)  Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin: 355
9)  Stow: 358
10) Walsh Jesuit J (maroon): 362
11) Avon Lake: 366
12) St. Edward: 369
13) Walsh Jesuit (gold): 369
14) Strongsville: 401
15) Padua: 461



 


 

Just a reminder on the final preseason tune-up for the Varsity Football Wildcats
8/17/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Chuck Kyle's Wildcats will face Coach Dan Reardon's Canton McKinley Bulldogs on Thursday at 7 PM in the annual  Preseason Jamboree at Canton Central Catholic's Lowell Klinefelter Stadium. The Jamboree will be played under game conditions and the OHSAA does permit an admission charge for Jamborees.

A 5 PM split-field scrimmage between the Junior Varsity and Freshmen programs from Saint Ignatius and McKinley will precede the Varsity Jamboree. The Bulldogs, who finished 7-4 last season after qualifying for the first round of the playoffs, return a solid nucleus from 2015.

McKinley has the returning Inland District Defensive Player of the Year in senior linebacker Reggie Corner (an Akron recruit). The Bulldogs also return Division I commits in linebacker Kadeem Trotter (Syracuse) and QB Dominique Robinson (Miami of Ohio).

Following Thursday's Jamboree the Wildcats will focus on the August 26 season opener versus the Normandy Invaders. The kickoff from Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium will be 7 PM. The corner will preview the matchup with Normandy early next week.

CLOSING OUT TWO-A-DAYS: After Mother Nature sent her showers down on Wasmer Field in Tuesday's first session, the 'Cats went to work on special teams and closed out the second session with an emphasis on the running game, a drill that saw some nice work by Coach Adam Rini's and Coach Paul Yappel's offensive line.

In what was one of the top defensive efforts on the day/early evening, lineman Kevin Ward came with passion and quickness off a rush, went airborne and deflected a pass that popped up in the air and into the sure and alert hands of  Dan Ruddy for a diving interception.

A single practice will take place on Wednesday (today) at 2:30 PM as the 'Cats prep for the Bulldogs.

      

 

 

A sage seven of Men for Others. Saint Ignatius' 2016 Student Managers are mature beyond their years.
8/16/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Big-game tested seniors Brendan Stefancin and Tad Bogielski join four sophomores and a freshman as the 2016 Saint Ignatius Football Student Managers, under the guidance of Wildcats Athletic Trainer, Mr. Hank Gaughan, ATC.

Stefancin and Bogielski will lead by example in making sure that youth will served this summer and fall.

"We have some youngsters, but young veterans as I call the sophomores," said Hank, one of the most respected Athletic Trainers in Ohio, if not the entire nation. "Three of them (the sophomores) were around last year. Tad was here last year and so was Brendan, so you have five kids who were here last year. Another sophomore came in this year, along with a freshman.

"Seven, that's a nice contingency," Hank continued. "It's nice to have that gap, nice to have those guys that have been around to teach the new kids what to do and everything."

Hank emphasized that he likes to have all of his Student Managers, no matter how much experience they have, learn every facet of the job in case someone else is unavailable on a certain day or night.

"Of course you have Game Day, when they're getting uniforms ready and when the game is over I usually have one or two of them work with me in the training room to get everything cleaned up and put away,"  Hank said. "And while they're doing that one of the seniors or leaders is in the back leading the collection of the uniforms. Again, everybody's learning everything."

Hank emphasized that the "sneaky" big-time for the Student Managers is the distribution of equipment, getting it all passed out and ready for the season.

"The next big thing is dressing up the helmets," said Hank, who is in his 31st season with the Wildcats' Athletic Programs. Hank also begins his 26th year as a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Saint Ignatius.

"The uniforms go out to be cleaned, come back and are put away, so usually it's kind of quiet the first part of the week," Hank continued. "Maybe Thursday on it starts picking up, getting the equipment put away and everything. They get messages from Tim Malik (Saint Ignatius' Equipment Manager) too, for the things they do for him. Not all of this is based on me. For some reason, I've kind of become the overseer of them."

Hank said he is impressed with how well this year's group gets along with each other, and how quickly they accepted the two new faces. "It makes it a lot easier," he said. "They're fun to be around. I get along with them, and they get along with me."

"They" are the above-mentioned Stefancin and Bogielski, savvy sophomores Declan McCarthy, Luke Van de Walle and Michael Gallipoli, and the two news faces, freshman Vince Fagnilli and sophomore Elias Yazbeck

Here are some comments from three of last year's veterans and the two new members, who appear to have all of the qualities to help make Hank's 2016 Student Managers a "Magnificent Seven."

TAD BOGIELSKI: "Something I'm really looking forward to this year is our new team. It's mostly seniors and juniors, a good mix, and I'm pretty hopeful. I think they're going to do well. Our defense, I like watching them in practice. I'm anxious to see how they're going to matchup against our biggest rivals, St. Edward, St. Xavier, Mentor and Archbishop Moeller. And, I'm also looking forward to that big game with St. Edward at Cleveland Browns FirstEnergy Stadium (Oct. 29 at 6 PM). It's going to be so much fun, especially since we're going to be down in their locker rooms. It's going to be really cool. That's something that will help cap off my senior year. More than that would be the playoffs, of course, and ultimately winning the state championship. 

"That's my dream, my goal right now," continued Tad. "To go down to The Ohio State University and work (as a Football Manager) under Urban Meyer and his fantastic football empire."

Declan McCarthy: "It was great being part of the team (last year), helping out with how everything happens and is put together, knowing what the gears really are behind the guys on the field. "

Declan said one of the toughest jobs he has experienced as a Student Manager is hanging up the uniforms after they have been cleaned. On that point, he also emphasized that the most fun part of the job is setting everything up before the games.

"It will be easier this year since I know everything I have to do, and how to do it," said the young man who hopes to major in graphic design in the future.

Luke Van de Walle: "The best part is being at every game, being on the field and seeing everything first hand. It's really awesome. I really didn't know about this (the Student Manager program) until my uncle, Kevin Cook, talked to me about it (Kevin Cook '86 is a member of Saint Ignatius' Athletic Hall of Fame and a winner of the Wildcats' prestigious John J. Wirtz Award). "He knew I wouldn't be playing football and told me about this, and I thought it would be really awesome.

"I never played football before. I played soccer in middle school and I knew I wouldn't be good enough to make the team, so I wanted to do something to help out. This year I will be more comfortable doing it, because I have a year under my belt. I'm looking forward to hopefully the playoffs. Last year we lost to St. Edward in that last game and didn't make the playoffs. The postseason this year would be awesome and being on the sideline in FirstEnergy Stadium will be an amazing experience."

From one of the two newest members of Mr. Hank Gaughan's outstanding staff, Freshman Vince Fagnilli: "When I'm older, I want to be an athletic trainer as a profession and maybe eventually a coach. Since I'm not going to be playing football anymore and focusing on basketball, I thought I should use my time wisely, time that could possibly effect my future.

"I think the biggest challenges will be learning all of the players, knowing the specific needs a player might have on a certain day and making sure your managing your time well and making sure your giving fair attention to everyone. They've been very helpful (the veteran Managers). They made sure that I got off to a quick start, that I knew what I was doing and was prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. I'm looking forward to a fresh new start (as a freshman at Saint Ignatius). I just believe I will love it, a great environment, a brotherhood. I love history, math, reading and the speciality of the arts."

And another of the promising newcomers to the Student Manager football staff, sophomore Elias Yazbeck: "Last year, I got a concussion (on the freshmen level), so I was unable to play. So this is like my only option to stay part of the football team and stay interactive in the sport. They've (Stefancin, Bogielski, McCarthy, Gallipoli and Co.) have taught me a lot about team work, showing up and doing your work, and not slacking. They ask for a lot and I give them a lot, but it makes me happy to hear and see all of the Pleases and Thank Yous from a lot of the guys, a lot of the seniors, juniors and sophomores.

"Mr. Gaughan is a ton of help," continued the young man who enjoys studying American History and would love to go on to study Pre-Law and Pre-Med. "I wouldn't be able to do my job without him. He asked me to come help as a Student Manager. He showed me around the locker rooms and the cage out back, and really showed me the basics of being a Manager. I think my biggest challenge will be to see how I do at games."               

 

                

    

 

 

         

  

 

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

   

The Wildcats' Men of the Links finish a respectable 13th at the always demanding Hudson Invitational on Tuesday
8/16/2016

FROM WILDCATS HEAD COACH BRIAN BECKER '77 and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

COACH BECKER: The varsity golf team competed in the prestigious Hudson Invitational today at the Hudson Country Club. The team shot 329 and finished a respectable 13th in the field of 24.

The tournament was won by Ashland on the tiebreaker, as the Arrows shot a stellar team score of 307. The 'Cats were led by Junior Michael McCaffrey, who shot a solid round of 76.

Enclosed are the individual Saint Ignatius team members scores, as well as the top 23 scores in the tournament.

Saint Ignatius (329)
1. Michael McCaffrey (jr)      76
2. Hunter Rinkus (sr)            80
3. Jake Moraca (soph)          82
4. Andrew Kaye (fr)               91
5. Owen Bilardo (jr)               91
 
Team scores:
1.Ashland 307
2.Green 307
3.Dublin Jerome 313
4. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 314
5. Columbus St. Charles 316
6. Medina 316
7.Upper Arlington 320
8. Walsh Jesuit 321
9.Brunswic 323
10. University School 323
11.Hudson 326
12.Highland 327
13.Saint Ignatius  329
14.Stow 332
15.Archbishop Hoban 333
16. Uniontwn Lake 334
17. North Royalton 341
18. Gilmour Academy 343
19. St. Edward 350
20. Kent Roosevelt 351
21. Findlay 352
22. Cuyahoga Falls 368
23. Strongsville 385
24. Twinsburg score not available
Brian Becker,'77
Math Teacher
Varsity Golf Coach
Varsity Basketball Coach
 
The 2016 Saint Ignatius Varsity Soccer Preview. Another special group of young men are seeking what would be a record three consecutive OHSAA State Soccer Championships.
8/15/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Oho - After a hot, humid and highly competitive morning practice on Wasmer Field last week, Saint Ignatius' state and nationally acclaimed Head Soccer Coach Mike McLaughlin '85 touched on the past, the present and the not so distant future as his three-time National Champion and record seven-time OHSAA State Champion program was preparing for what is another season of high expectations.

"We graduated four of the finest student athletes that have ever played in our program," said Coach McLaughlin of forward Lawrence Karpeh, midfielders Hayden Parente and John Duldner, and defender Hunter Gordon, mainstays on the Wildcats' back-to-back state championships teams of 2014 and 2015, and National Championship Team of 2015.

"Not only were they great soccer players, but they were great leaders," Coach McLaughlin continued in reference to Lawrence. Hayden, John and Hunter. "A big part of a team's success comes from the leadership and chemistry of the seniors, and last year's group was special."

That said, the man who has molded Saint Ignatius Soccer into a perennial national power, said he is just as equally excited about this year's senior group.

"We have 14 seniors returning, so it really means a lot that they understand the tradition of our program," said Coach McLaughlin, who enters his 22nd season as his alma mater's Head Coach with a career record of 353-46-44, including a 94-14 mark in the OHSAA postseason. Along with his three national titles and seven state championships, Coach McLaughlin has guided his Wildcats to 15 District Championships, 11 Regional titles and an ensuing 11 State Final Four appearances.

"They've been a part of it and they've played in state championship games," Coach McLaughlin said of his Class of 2017. "They have been in the training sessions every day and they understand how hard we need to work to get back there. These kids get it, and now the challenge is to be willing to do the work every day to take us to where we want to go. I think this has the potential to be one of the most special groups we've ever had as well."

Coach McLaughlin said he, his outstanding coaching staff and the players are aware that no soccer team in Ohio has ever won three consecutive state championships.

"It's (winning three in a row) a thought in our minds, but more so in our minds is the fact that we know it comes down to working hard and working for your brothers every day," continued Coach McLaughlin. "If we keep those things in mind, I think we have a chance to get where we want to go."

Coach McLaughlin's 2015 Soccer Cats certainly reached their destination, as they were part of Saint Ignatius' OHSAA record of four state team championships by an all-boys school during the 2015-16 school year. The Soccer Cats joined Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's Cross Country Team, Coach Pat 'O'Rourke's Ice Hockey Team and Coach Chuck Kyle's Track and Field Team as OHSAA State Champs. Saint Ignatius also had an individual State Champion this past school year in 182-pound wrestling standout Kaden Russell from the Class of 2017.

THE LOOK OF THE 2016 SOCCER CATS: "We're going to defend and press," said Coach McLaughlin, whose Wildcats were the outright national champions by MaxPreps last season and co-national champs with St. Benedict's Prep out of Newark, New Jersey by USA Today. "We're going to try to not let teams have much time on the ball and the moment we lose the ball, we're going to have ten field players pressing to get it back.

"And when we win it (the ball), we're going to do everything possible to keep it," Coach McLaughlin said. "Last year, we could make two or three passes and just give it to Lawrence (Karpeh, now playing at Cleveland State University) and he would do the rest of the work. This year it's a more normal situation, being patient with the ball until things open up. Then we can find channels and exploit spaces, and not just be a one-man operation like Lawrence was many times last year."

Coach McLaughlin pointed out that individually the Wildcats have some "great defenders," and now it's all about how it comes together in making Saint Ignatius great as a team defensively. "It's about 10 guys working together to shut down the other team," he said.

MORE NUMBERS: The Soccer Cats, who finished their 2015 fall to recall with a record of 22-0-1 and added an Ohio-best seventh Division I State Championship to the record sixth state title they brought home in 2014, garnered the nation's top spot for the third time in the illustrious career of Coach McLaughlin

The Soccer Program joins Coach Chuck Kyle's Football Wildcats as three-time National Champions..
Coach McLaughlin's other national titles came in 2005 and 2010.
Saint Ignatius Soccer will enter this season having won its final 16 matches of 2015. The Soccer Cats now carry an unbeaten streak of 36 consecutive matches, a mark that dates back to the 2014 state title run.
Saint Ignatius outscored its opponents in 2015, 127-11. That includes a 48-2 mark in the seven OHSAA postseason tournament matches. The 127 goals are two shy of the mark set by the Cats' 2000 State Final Four Team.
And a final record that truly shows the character of the student athletes who are guided by Coach McLaughlin and his outstanding staff is that 2015 marked the 17th consecutive season that the Soccer Cats were declared NSCAA Team Academic All-Americans.
AMONG THE 2016 NAMES TO REMEMBER: Leading a Saint Ignatius team that is ranked second in the nation and No. 1 regionally and state-wide by most of the meaningful preseason polls is Xavier commit Steve Milhoan, the Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year in 2015 and the area's seven-county Player of the Year last fall by cleveland.com. Steve is one of the premier offensive weapons in the Midwest.
Other big-match tested veterans are Riley Houde, Tommy Patacca, Patrick Strauss, Adam Haas, Matt Trickett and midfielder Johne Vrablic, who is bound for Brown University next year. The 'Cats also employed two junior goalkeepers last season in Lodge Dils and Max Heath.
HOW THE CAPTAINS SEE IT, AS THEY EMPLOY A MOTTO OF "LEGACY AND FAMILY"
Steve Milhoan: "This year, one our strengths is definitely going to be our brotherhood. Just like last year and the year before, it's coming out here every day just like it was a game, making things competitive. It's not a one-man team, it's everybody collectively doing their part.
"Basically, what we're stressing this year is keeping that hunger, keeping that fight. We're at the top right now, but every day we have to keep working to stay there. We're working on our defensive shape and we still have to work a few things out."
Steve said he personally is working on creating space for himself. "Without Lawrence, it's going to be tougher to find the distraction. Finding the guys running off of me is going to be a big key this year."
Adam Hass: "Those four seniors (Karpeh, Duldner, Parente and Gordon) from last year were great role models for us. I kind of have a loud mouth, so I can yell at some players out on the field and just be a leader in the back four. I'm going to try to go forward a little more and attack better.
"We try to schedule as many good teams as possible. We want to know that we're the best, so we want to play the best. We thrive on playing those big games."
Tommy  Patacca: "We have a group of 14 seniors, so there are only four players who are not seniors. We need that group of seniors to rise to the occasion and lead us to a state championship.
"I feel we have to make our chemistry stronger and get used to playing together. It's not going to come right away, but by the middle of the year we have to know who's there and when he's there. This year's defense is really strong, we're looking to win every tap that comes to us."
And with the intensity and strength Patacca offers every time out, winning the ball should become one of the 'Cats' strengths from this Friday night at St. Edward through that coveted date in November.
Johne Vrablic: "The 14 seniors, we're going to have to do a great job of leaving our legacy on this program. What we want to leave is not only a state championship and a national championship, but an impression on all of these freshmen that are on the JV (Junior Varsity) A and JV B.
"We have to show the freshmen and the sophomores how it's done. We have to leave a mark. It's our time.
"The senior core is always the key. We just came off a great year and we've been through it for three years and two state championships, so have to show the way. But we have to have younger guys pushing us. That's why this year is going to be great, there are so many talented younger guys challenging us for spots.
"So the competition is great this year. I'm really excited."
And that excitement starts Friday night on the pitch in St. Edward's Brother James Everett, C.S.C., Stadium, as the Soccer Cats open their season against West Side rival St. Edward at 8 PM. The Varsity matchup will be preceded by a Junior Varsity encounter between the 'Cats and the Eagles at 6 PM.
For a look at the complete 2016 Wildcats Soccer Schedule, go to ignatius.edu, click on athletics and click on soccer.         
  
   
 
   
  
                          
 
 
     

 

COMING MONDAY EVENING ON THE CORNER, WE PREVIEW COACH MIKE MCLAUGHLIN'S DEFENDING STATE AND NATIONAL CHAMPION SOCCER 'CATS
8/14/2016
The 2016 Varsity Cross Country Preview. Head Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's defending State Champion Cat Pack will be led by a "stellar" Senior Class, including All-Ohio senior co-Captain C.J. Ambrosio.
8/14/2016

PRESENTED BY COACH GALLAGHER AND POSTED BY MR. EDDIE DWYER

FROM COACH GALLAGHER: The Cat Pack returns with four runners from last year's State Championship Team. The squad is led by senior co-captain, C.J. Ambrosio.

C.J. was All-Ohio last season and recorded a PR of 15:25, finishing 14th at the State Cross Country Meet. He also set a school record time of 9:01 for 3200 meters at the state track meet, helping Coach Chuck Kyle's team to the State Championship.

Senior co-captains Andrew Szendrey (16:00 pr) and Colin Caniglia (16:23 pr) plan on another record setting season and look to improve on their 34th and 71st place finishes, respectively, at the state meet. Sophomore Nick "the Quick" Saul (16:26 pr) brings experience and speed from his breakout freshman season.

Co-captain Pat "P Nols" Nolan (16:45 pr) and senior varsity lettermen Collin Kelly (17:07 pr), Conor Sepesy (17:52), Matt "Matty Ice" Harsar (17:54) and Gabe Ohilger (17:30) round out this stellar class.
 
Headlining the junior class are Liam "Lightning" McGuire (16:35 pr), Joe Ripepi (17:00 pr), Brett Saunders (17:10 pr) and Max Bryden (17:53 pr), who bring intensity and added depth to the squad.
 
Super sophomore lettermen, including Matt Blouch (17:10 pr), Logan "Special K"  Kijeiwski (17:22 pr), Andrew Biehl (17:30 pr) and Nathan Soria (17:50 pr) round out the returning Varsity runners.
 
The first big challenge will be at The Hilliard Hot Summer Bash. The course is fast and the competition as good as any meet in Ohio. The Cats then return to the legendary Tiffin Carnival on 9/10 to defend their team titles from 2015.
 
On 9/17, the team travels to Boardman to test out the new regional course. All the best teams from Northeast Ohio will be aiming for the coveted Spartan Trophy.
 
The Midwest Meet of Champions in Columbus on 10/1 will be the last major tune-up against state-wide competition before heading into the district and regional competition.
 
Finally, the state championship meet will be held on 11/5 at the National Trails Raceway course in Hebron, Ohio. The squad will be vying for a repeat performance of 2015.
 
Note: We have 90 runners on the team, including over 30 freshman. The freshman class will be another strong one, similar to the 2015 State Championship Class.
 
Coaches: Head Freshman Coach Bob Wolf '08. Assistant Coaches Ken Sullivan ''06, Kevin Hippley '95, Alex Voigt, Father Paul Shelton SJ, Sean Stefancin '08 and Brian Gallagher '07.
 
HERE IS THE 2016 SCHEDUE, WITH SOME COMMENTS FROM COACH GALLAGHER
 
8/27 GlenOak
9/3 Hilliard Summer Bash: All good teams from mid Ohio.
9/10 Tiffin Carnival: One of the largest meets in the state with most of the top teams competing.
9/10 Walsh Jesuit: Freshman only. They should do very well at this 9 th grade only meet.
9/17 Boardman Invitational: This is the new regional course, so we will see the best Northeast teams.
9/24 Cloverleaf Invite: Freshmen and JV meet.
9/30 Gilmour Invite: JV and Freshmen meet run on the beautiful campus.
10/1 Meet of Champions in Columbus: The last  tune up against major competition.
10/8 Stow Invite: A fast spectator friendly course. 
10/15 Sim Earich, Trumble County Fairgrounds: JV and Freshmen meet.
10/22 District Meet at Medina Middle School
10/29 Regional Meet at Boardman
11/5 State Championship Meet at the National Trails Raceway, Hebron Ohio
 
   



 
The 2016 Saint Ignatius Varsity Football Preview. Strong and experienced offensive and defensive fronts will lead the way as the Football 'Cats look to return to the OHSAA playoffs.
8/14/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio -  In what is now his 34th year as the head of his alma mater's Football Program, Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kyle '69 made it clear what he sees as the strengths while his Wildcats continue to prepare for the 2016 season.

"I think clearly, and even the scrimmages are displaying this, both the offensive lines and defensive lines are strong, are experienced and have depth, which is not common in high school football anymore,"  said the man who has led his program to a record 11 Division I state championships, including an Ohio-best five in a row (1991-1995), a state runner-up in 1996, three national titles (1989, 1993 and 1995) and a national runner-up in 2008.

After not qualifying for the postseason last year, Saint Ignatius is seeking its 27th appearance in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Football Playoffs since 1988, the year it brought home its first big-school state championship.

"You can survey high school coaches all over Ohio and all over the nation, and the need is always linemen, depth and things like that," Coach Kyle continued. "You feel comfortable if there are two or three linemen coming back and we're in pretty good shape. So that's a huge plus."

Anchored by All-Ohio senior center/captain and three-year mainstay John Spellacy, an East Carolina recruit, Saint Ignatius' offensive line is under the direction of former Wildcats standout lineman Adam Rini '99 and Mr. Paul Yappel.

"Early in the season, there is still a feeling of getting to work together," Coach Kyle said of the offensive line. "Here and there against Solon (the first scrimmage) maybe a blitz wasn't picked up. But those are just coachable things."

Along with Spellacy, who is one of the top centers in all of Ohio, Coach Kyle looks at the big-game experience of senior tackle Brian Almady and junior guard Jack Jamieson. A name to remember is 6-foot-6, 317-poud junior tackle Darian Kinnard, who will also see some time on the defensive line. And you will hear about others up front as the season progresses, some of whom have already been pointed out in the corner's summer camp reports.

"I think we'll run the ball well, which would help the passing game," said Coach Kyle, who also serves as an advisor on youth football for the Browns. Senior tailback Jimmy Andrews and junior tailback Mark Bobinski are expected to show the way for the ground game.

"Mark Bobinski really reads the blocking well," continued Coach Kyle of the development Mark has displayed under veteran Running Backs Coach Terry Fergus '72 and Quarterbacks Coach Jim Cahill '89. "A lot of what we do has a zone blocking concept to it. The key thing about that is the running back has to read the keys and in a split second make the right decision. Mark does a nice job of that.

"We have other guys, too," said Coach Kyle of his rushing attack. "But I think that is a strength, when you combine Jimmy and Mark, who not only read the blocking well, but can pick up a few extra yards after the initial hit."

Coach Kyle, who will send his Wildcats into their final preseason matchup on Thursday night at 7 versus the Canton McKinley Bulldogs in the annual Jamboree at Canton Central Catholic's Lowell Klinefelter Stadium, was quick to also refer to Coach Ryan Franzinger's veteran linebacker corps, or the "Linebacker Legion," as current senior middle backer and captain Johnny Velotta tagged the LBs last season.

Saint Ignatius' tough as nails front seven of senior defensive linemen Joe Gibbbons, Mike Chime, Patrick Viancourt and Mike Czaja, and senior linebackers Velotta, Adam Shibley and James Leyden, have been a solid and savvy unit since they stepped on Wasmer Field as freshmen. Shibley is also serving as a captain this season. The 'Cats' D-Line is coached by Dave Cicetti, Saint Ignatius' Head Wrestling Coach Mark Sullivan and Jim Reginelli '97.

"In Adam Shibley, James Leyden and Johnny Velotta we have three young men who played significantly last season," Coach Kyle said. "They (the linebackers) get hit every play, I don't care if it's a running play, a passing play or whatever, they're in it. So you have to develop some depth there. That comes as the season goes on, but it's nice to blow the whistle right now and see that kind of experience going out on the field."

Helping provide that linebacker depth will be senior LB Ben Delhees, who also doubles as a fullback.

Coach Kyle emphasized that it is no secret the Wildcats graduated a lot of skill players, including first-team All-Ohio, record-setting quarterback Dennis Grosel, who is bound for Boston College as a preferred walk on, and All-Ohio defensive back/wide receiver/punt returner Jack Cook, who is furthering his education and athletic career at Harvard.

"We almost always have a senior quarterback and the next year it's another senior," said Coach Kyle. "One thing we noticed right off the bat was that sure, we graduated Cal Grbac (standout wide receiver) and Jack Cook, but we are catching the ball very well. Certainly we're working on getting the patterns timed out, that needs to work. That's just repetition.

"It's nice to have that dexterity, that's how we move the sticks," Coach Kyle continued. "Now we have to work on the timing and after the catch, it would be nice if they got a few extra yards."

What has come to the fore in camp/double sessions is that Saint Ignatius has a deep receiving corps that is under the coaching of former Wildcats standout receiver/kicker and baseball mainstay Josiah "Juice" Kedzior '04.

Among that good hands club are seniors Mike Lehto, Travis Pot, Ryan Cook, Michael Daugenti and Riley Kinzel, and juniors Sammy Snyder, Michael Drobnick and Max Pike.

As Coach Kyle emphasized, you can add the kicking game as an obvious and major strength of the 2016 Football Wildcats.

"They were outstanding last year," said Coach Kyle of his returning All-Ohio senior punter Colin Goodfellow and junior place kicker Matthew Trickett. Matthew is also a gifted soccer player for Coach Mike McLaughlin's state and nationally acclaimed program.

"In high school football, it's a weapon," Coach Kyle continued in reference to having a solid kicking game. "Football is a field position game and it (the kicking and punting game) provides that a lot. Colin and Matt both place kick and punt. We believe in the kicking game and put a lot of time into it."

Switching back to the defensive side of the football, Coach Kyle pointed out that although it is a somewhat inexperienced unit, the defensive backfield of Coaches Kevin Johnson '10 and Pat Hinkel '09 is progressing well.

"Today, with the spread offenses, so much of the coverage is one-on-one,"  Coach Kyle said. "As much as you want to create zones and stuff like that, you can call it a zone, but within a few seconds it ends up one-on-one."

The 2016 Wildcats, said Coach Kyle, will be going against some quarterbacks with top Division I college potential, including Mentor junior Tadas Tatarunas, who needs no introduction to veteran Wildcats football fans, and Sean Clifford of Cincinnati St. Xavier, a Penn State recruit. The matchup with Tatarunas and the rest of Coach Steve Trivisonno's Cardinals, which is a huge computer playoff points game for Saint Ignatius, will take place in Week 2 at Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.

Senior Matt Wiegandt, a fixture on Coach Pat O'Rourke's defending state champion ice hockey program, senior Alex Ringfield, junior Justin Sands, junior Connor Kennedy, junior Cameron Toppin, senior Colin Waldeck, junior Matthew Viancourt and seniors John Lenehan, Matt Leszcz, Michael DeCicco and Tom Barrett are among those who have made plays in the defensive secondary throughout the summer.

In saving the Wildcats' storied position for last, Coach Kyle emphasized that Patrick Ryan will keep the senior-rich quarterback tradition going, with Patrick following Dennis Grosel as Saint Ignatius' Field General for 2016.

"He is a very intelligent young man," Coach Kyle said of Patrick, who had significant success at the freshmen and junior varsity levels before backing up Grosel last season, and will now look to add his name to veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo's impressive resume of developing 16 quarterbacks who have received All-Ohio recognition.

"Patrick can run, he can throw and I think he just needs a little more experience to make those decisions quicker, and the better we will be," continued Coach Kyle.

Patrick will be backed up by promising juniors Daniel Alexander and Kyle Hall, who performed admirably for the Junior Varsity Team in 2015.

In case you don't know by now, the OHSAA has changed the Division I playoff format and starting this season eight Division I teams from each region will qualify for the playoffs, not 16 as in the past few years.

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.

Note: For the first time since 1980, the Division I OHSAA playoffs will be played on Friday night. 

Here is a look at Region 2

Saint Ignatius, St. Edward, Austintown-Fitch, Berea-Midpark, Canton GlenOak, Canton McKinley, Cleveland Heights, John Marshall, Rhodes, Cuyahoga Falls, Euclid, Lakewood, Massillon Jackson, Mentor, North Canton Hoover, Shaker Heights, Solon and Stow-Munroe Falls.

NEW FACES: The Wildcats have two new faces on their 2016 schedule, 11-time state champion Detroit Catholic Central (Novi, Michigan) and Canton GlenOak. Saint Ignatius will travel to Detroit Catholic Central in Week 4 and will make the relatively short trip to GlenOak in Week 7.

Coach Kyle's 'Cats will again close out the regular season with the demanding three-game stretch of versus Archbishop Moeller (at Otterbein University on Oct. 14), at Cincinnati St. Xavier on Oct. 22 and versus West Side rival St. Edward on Oct. 29 in the Cleveland Browns' FirstEnergy Stadium. This year's matchup with the Eagles will kick off at 6 PM. For a look at the full schedule, go to ignatius.edu, click on athletics and click on football.

The 'Cats open their season on August 26 versus Normandy at Byers Field. As always, the corner will be previewing all of the Wildcats' Varsity Football matchups on a weekly basis.       

  

Here are the important notes for the week from Dr. Mike Gallagher '71, Head Coach of the defending State Champion Wildcats Cross Country Team
8/14/2016

FROM COACH GALLAGHER and posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Runners and parents,

This week's schedule: Monday: Mastick Woods, 5:00-6:30pm.
 
Tuesday: Lake Farmpark XC Race. Race Time 6:30pm. Please arrive by 5:45pm if you are driving on your own. Bus leaves St. Ignatius from in front of Sullivan Gym at 5:00pm. Picnic to follow. The bus will return immediately following the picnic. This is a new location, so look for the Saint Ignatius tent when you arrive.
 
Wednesday: Edgewater, 3:30-5:30pm. Bus transportation provided. Bus leaves at 3pm in front of Sullivan Gym and returns to SIHS immediately following practice. Bus transportation is provided daily now unless otherwise indicated.
 
Thursday: Mastick Woods, 3:30-5:30. Bus transportation provided.
 
Friday: Edgewater, 3:30-5:30.
 
Saturday: Easy 3 mile run on your own.
 
Sunday: 45 minutes-1 hour run on your own.
 
NOTE: Please try and attend the Wildcat Roar event on August 20th to show your support for the Cross Country team. This is the main fundraising event of the year for the athletic department. The Wildcats Roar will be celebrating Saint Ignatius Athletics and our successes this past year.
 
We will also share some exciting news about the expansion of our athletic facilities and ways you can help ensure the growth and future of Saint Ignatius Athletics. Proceeds from this event help support all of the 16 athletic programs and more than 1,000 athletes at Saint Ignatius High School.
You can register here: https://www.ignatius.edu/WildcatsRoar
Due to the large number of runners, a second gear order was placed after the final time trial. Some of the gear was backordered, so as soon as the gear arrives, I will distribute the remaining orders. Thanks for your patience.

Go Cats!!
The defense sets the tempo early and adds on other key plays, but the offense also has its moments in Saturday's Varsity and Junior Varsity intra-squad football scrimmage on Wasmer Field
8/13/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer. Copyright Credit August 2016

Ohio City - Following Saturday's intra-squad scrimmage, Saint Ignatius' Hall of Fame Head Football Coach Chuck Kyle discussed with this corner what it was that pleased him about the spirited early afternoon matchup of the Wildcats versus the Wildcats.

"What pleased me is that a lot of first-team guys really did not participate," said Coach Kyle, whose team will now focus on Thursday's 7 PM preseason Jamboree with the Canton McKinley Bulldogs at Lowell Klinefelter Stadium on the campus of Canton Central Catholic High School. As always, the Jamboree will be played under regular game conditions. McKinley is coming off a solid scrimmage with two-time defending Division I State Champion St. Edward.

"They did a little individual and an opening series," Coach Kyle continued in reference to the first-team Varsity's limited action in the intra-squad scrimmage. "They (the first team) have gotten a lot of reps. What we really wanted to do today was see what depth we're developing.

"We've been running drills, we've been doing all of these things with the hope that you see some young guys stepping up and some guys that our seniors surprise you a little bit. Today was a good day to show us that yeah, I can be out there and help this team. We'll study the film a little bit, but I thought we ran the ball okay and I think the defense is getting the idea. There are a couple things to talk about with secondary coming up and helping out a little bit."

One of those seniors who has been stepping up is senior quarterback Luke Baker, who is an all about the team athlete personified.

During Friday's double sessions and today's(Saturday) intra-squad scrimmage, Luke displayed the versatility, strength and athleticism to handle the wide receiver/tight end positions when called upon, as he came up with several big receptions off savvy routes.

"You know what is the best thing about Luke Baker?" asked Wildcats veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo. "He wants to be out there on the field!" 

A CASE FOR THE DEFENSE

In the only series that members of the first-team offense took part in, the defense made its mark as defensive backs Connor Kennedy, a junior, and Alex Ringfield, a senior, came up with quick-to-the-ball, authoritative pass breakups, and junior defensive end Bradley Andrich stepped up and made a strong tackle against the run.

THE JAYVEES GO TO THE AIR

As for the Junior Varsity offense, sophomore quarterback Patrick Delahunty moved his team down the field off a couple of nice throws to sophomore wide receivers Nigel Drummond and John Wetula, but the drive ended with a missed field goal.

BACK TO THE DEFENSE

Senior defensive back Colin Waldeck and junior defensive back Cameron Topping added their names to the pass breakup list as the Varsity portion of the scrimmage resumed.

THE VARSITY OFFENSE STARTS TO CLICK

Fueled by a quick and smooth pass from junior quarterback Kyle Hall to the sure hands of Luke Baker, the Varsity offense struck for seven points off a picture-perfect burst by senior tailback Daryl Forrest that saw Daryl bounce to the outside and outrace the pursuit into the end zone, and the ensuing extra-point kick by gifted junior Matthew Trickett, who also excels in soccer.

Junior quarterback Daniel Alexander and senior wide receiver Riley Kinzel kept the Varsity offense on track as Daniel fired a strong kiss the sky pass down the seam and Riley, out-battling the defender, made a big-time leaping catch of the ball. A few plays later, Alexander scored on a 14-yard keeper and Trickett capped the drive with another impressive extra point that soared through the uprights and fittingly bounced off the soccer goal that was sitting behind the scoreboard end zone of Wasmer Field.

OUCH!

Junior defensive back/running back Matthew Viancourt picked up where he left off on Friday night with another long and powerful run, this time down the left or visitor's sideline of Wasmer Field. Matthew's effort was wiped out, however, as an ill-advised block down field resulted in a clipping penalty.

THE D DOESN'T GO QUIETLY

First it was some impressive pressure from junior linebacker/nose tackle Andrew Boldy and junior linebacker Andrew Keirn that turned away the offense, and then it was a highlight-reel play by senior safety Michael DeCicco, who read the quarterback's eyes, broke on the ball in a blur and came up with a sweet trip to pick city.

The first-team JV defense closed out the afternoon against the Varsity and oh so promising sophomore linebacker Tommy Eichenberg, whose name has appeared in the camp notes more than once this summer, unleashed some exceptional pursuit down the line of scrimmage and made a pad-rattling tackle, and sophomore linebacker Chris Velotta, coming off a blitz, would have had a sack, but was only allowed to introduce himself to the quarterback.

Have a great weekend and gear up for the annual Jamboree with Canton McKinley, again that's Thursday evening at 7 in Canton Central Catholic's Lowell Klinefelter Stadium.        

   

 

  

             

      

       

        

 

 

The OHSAA sanctions the storied football program from Massillon Washington for Recruiting Violations
8/13/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

From Tim Stried, Director of Information Services for the Ohio High School Athletic Association, tstried@ohsaa.org

OHSAA Sanctions Massillon Washington for Football Recruiting Violations

Coaching staff and others improperly influenced students to transfer; one student declared ineligible for 2016-17.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has concluded its investigation into Massillon Washington High School’s football program and determined several sanctions will be assessed for recruiting violations, OHSAA Interim Commissioner Dave Gray has announced.

The investigation involved several student-athletes who were recruited to attend Massillon Washington by its head football coach, Nate Moore, along with other Massillon Washington assistant football coaches and boosters. In addition to public reprimand, the penalties include a $5,000 fine, probation for three years and the suspension of Coach Moore from coaching the team during the 2016 postseason playoffs if the team qualifies.

The OHSAA does not release names of student-athletes, but one of the student-athletes has been declared ineligible for the entire 2016-17 school year due to recruiting, while another student-athlete is ineligible for the first half of the 2016 football season due to not meeting an exception to the transfer bylaw.

“The OHSAA and our member schools take the recruiting bylaws very seriously,” Dave Gray, OHSAA Interim Commissioner, said. “This is an opportunity for Massillon Washington to learn from its mistakes and take a leadership role as one of Ohio’s most historically successful football programs. If further violations occur while the school is on probation, the school’s membership in the OHSAA is in jeopardy.”

Among various violations of the OHSAA’s recruiting bylaws were many instances of violations to Bylaw 4-9-4, No. 8, which reads “If a coach leaves a school to pursue a coaching opportunity at another school, the coach shall refrain from any communication with any students at his or her former school.”

Coach Moore and others with Washington High School regularly communicated with and visited a student-athlete who was attending Coach Moore’s previous school and provided extra benefits such as travel to summer camps.

The violations began in the fall of 2015 when Moore took over as the head coach at Massillon Washington. Representatives of the school and football program met with the OHSAA in May to respond to the allegations of recruiting.

 

 

Mark Bobinski will carry the memory of the late Jim Skerl '74 this season. After two weather delays during Friday's evening session, the 'Cats wrap up practice near 8 PM and now gear up for Saturday's 11 AM intra-squad scrimmage.
8/12/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Saint Ignatius' Hall of Fame Head Football Coach Chuck Kyle '69 shared with the corner this week that the athletic teams from Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School will each be selecting a player this school year to wear what is a very special number.

"That number, which will serve as a memorial to the late Jim Skerl, is going to be assigned by the Football Program to Mark Bobinski, as sort of an approach for everything he does," Coach Kyle said of his tough, talented, cooperative and respectful junior tailback.

Jim Skerl, who passed away in the fall of 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer, was the epitome of Saint Ignatius' motto of Men for Others.

Jim, who wore the number 34 while excelling on the hardwood for the Basketball Wildcats, graced the classrooms of Saint Ignatius as a teacher for nearly four decades. He was an example of Christ for his colleagues and students, a man of prayer and a man of service.

Beloved by his students, Jim was deeply committed to Saint Ignatius' Labre program (feeding the homeless), the Joseph of Arimathea program (pallbearers for the needy) and the L'Arche ministry (assisting the disabled). Devotion to others was a way of life for Jim.

"It is an honor to represent someone of such great significance as a Man for Others," said Bobinski, a young man of character himself, who this corner has had the privilege to cover and report on for the past two seasons, and now this school year.

"It's truly something special, knowing that the coaches think so highly of you to allow you to wear number 34 and represent such a great man," continued Mark, who also competes in Saint Ignatius' Basketball and Baseball Programs. "I look forward to it and owe the expectations to Mr. Skerl."

ANOTHER BOUT WITH MOTHER NATURE CAN'T DAMPEN THE WILDCATS' SPIRITS

Coach Kyle sent his Football 'Cats through an afternoon session on Friday that was humid, but not overbearing.

Mother Nature disrupted things twice in the evening session, however, but Coach Kyle and his resilient assistant coaches and players went back to work and were able to wrap things up just before 8 PM.

Now the focus is on tomorrow's (Saturday) intra-squad scrimmage at 11 AM on Wasmer Field.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM FRIDAY'S DOUBLE SESSIONS

Senior defensive back Matt Leszcz made an outstanding move on the ball and senior quarterback Patrick Ryan and senior wide receiver Travis Pot continued to click, as Patrick hit Travis in stride down the left sideline of Wasmer Field near the Lorain Avenue end zone.

In the annual Linebackers Agility Blocking Bag Toss, sophomore Kyle Sullivan took first place, ending the championship reign of senior linebacker and captain Johnny Velotta. The longest toss of the evening, however, went to junior linebacker Andrew Keirn.

Senior tailback Dean 'The Dream" Stowers and junior defensive back/running back Matthew Viancourt turned in some nice gallops in the closing session Friday night, senior wide receiver Michael Daugenti showed his hops off a leaping catch near the home sideline of Wasmer Field, junior quarterback Kyle Hall made a nice toss down the seam to sophomore tight end Aidan Wells, and Hall and sophomore wide receiver/running back/defensive back Jack Kennedy combined on a deep route that saw Kyle put the ball over the defender and Jack go up and bring down the reception.

GETTING HIS KICKS

Junior Drew Alessandro, better known for his efforts as a place kicker, turned in eight coffin corner punts near the scoreboard end zone of Wasmer Field on Friday night. The great Yale Lary would have given his seal of approval.       

   

    

 

 

   

        

Coach Brian Becker's Men of the Links finish third in Friday's tri-match versus Walsh Jesuit and University School
8/12/2016

From Wildcats Varsity Coach Brian Becker '77 and Posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer

FROM COACH BECKER: The Varsity Golf Team competed in a tri-match against Walsh and University School today at Pine Hills Golf Course.

Despite two very solid rounds by senior Hunter Rinkus (74) and Junior Michael McCaffrey (75), the Cats finished third with a team total of 318. Walsh Jesuit won the event with a team score of 294 and University School finished second at 303. Enclosed are the Saint Ignatius individual scores as well as the top 5 scores of the day.

Saint Ignatius (318)

1.       Hunter Rinkus (Sr) 74

2.       Michael McCaffrey (Jr) 75

3.       Connor  Warns (Fr) 84

4.       Jake Moraca (Soph) 85

5.       Ross Williamson (Fr) 89

6.       Ryan Grabowski (Jr)  80

Top 5 Scores from the Tri-Match

1.       Burns       68

2.       Hunter     70

3.       Suplek      73

4.       Rinkus       74

5.       McCaffrey 75

 

 

 


 
Saint Ignatius' Gold Cats Golf Team places eighth in the Tannehauf Invitational
8/12/2016
From Junior Varsity Golf Coach Mr. Tom Beach, MA, Assistant Principal for Faculty Formation
Ohio Lead Professional Educator
NBCT
 
Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
 
The Gold Cats placed 8th out of 15 teams in Friday's Tannenhauf Invitational hosted by Marlington High School.
 
The Cats shot a combined score of 329. Low man for Saint Ignatius was freshman, Andrew Kaye, who shot an impressive 75. Owen Bilardo and Jess Saunders each carded an 84.
 
Ray Kman shot an 86, KJ Ripich an 87, and Angelo Corna an 89.
 
The field at Tannenhauf included the team from Green High School, who finished first with a 290. Rounding out the top five places were Massilon Jackson with a 305, North Canton Hoover with a 321, Dover with a 322, and GlenOak with a 324.
 
The Gold Cats are in action again tomorrow (Saturday) in a tri match with University School and St. Edward at Manikiki Golf Course. 


 
After a solid afternoon practice, the Wildcats were greeted by thunderstorms and lightning. Following a delay, the 'Cats went on to close their evening session in style.
8/11/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Now that power has been restored at my palatial estate, this old gridiron grinder will give you a wrap up on the Football Wildcats' double sessions from Wasmer Field on Thursday, which included an afternoon power outage at Saint Ignatius and another early evening blitz from Mother Nature.

THE PLAY of the afternoon session was turned in by junior defensive back Matthew Viancourt, who displayed outstanding anticipation while breaking on the ball in a blur and coming up with an interception.

Matthew received some nice compliments from Defensive Backfield Coach Kevin Johnson, Linebackers Coach Ryan Franzinger, who yelled "Great break Matt," and Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo, who gave Matthew a high five.

AIR CATS: Junior quarterback Daniel Alexander fired a picture-perfect pass down the left sideline into the reliable hands of senior wide receiver Travis Pot and Travis also came up with a leaping catch across the middle.

GROUND CONTROL: Continuing to complement the passing game, junior tailback Mark Bobinski and senior tailback Dean "The Dream" Stowers unleashed their balance, vision and quick and powerful bursts throughout the afternoon.

OTHER AFTERNOON PLAYMAKERS: Included sophomore linebacker Chris Velotta, who displayed strong pursuit in coming up and shutting down a sweep to the left side, senior wide receiver Mike Lehto, who climbed the ladder on a leaping catch down the seam off an authoritative throw by senior quarterback Patrick Ryan, and tough and versatile senior defensive end Mike Czaja, whose athleticism and anticipation saw him leap in the air and bat down a pass at the line of scrimmage that almost flattened Mr. Wilson.

CAN'T YOU HEAR, CAN'T YOU HEAR THAT THUNDER?: After Mother Nature applied a tough hit that delayed the evening's action on Wasmer Field, junior quarterback Kyle Hall combined with Pot and sure-handed junior wide receiver Sammy Snyder off a couple of nice routes and throws in what was a receivers vs. the defensive backs drill.

A CASE FOR THE DEFENSE: Chris Velotta, who picked right up from his strong afternoon play, made back-to-back interceptions during the evening's Wideouts vs. DBs drill. Chris is the cousin of Wildcats senior middle linebacker and captain Johnny Velotta.

The 'Cats' veteran front seven were applying almost as much heat as the weather, as senior linebacker/captain Adam Shibley, senior nose tackle Joe Gibbons and senior end Mike Chime created their own storm.

And a tip of the corner's cap also goes to senior defensive back Colin Waldeck, who drew a compliment from Wildcats Defensive Backfield Coach Pat Hinkel for his aggressive and on the spot pass breakup.  

THE BIG O RESPONDS LIKE A LAWSON'S TRUCK. ROLL ON BIG O!: The offense responded during the evening's final match drill, as Patrick Ryan hooked up with Snyder, Pot and senior wide receiver Michael Daugenti on three impressive throws, routes and catches. The Lorain Avenue end zone was busy, my friends.

Tomorrow (Friday) morning at 10:30 it's Picture Day for the Wildcats, and then it's back to business with Friday's double sessions beginning at 2 PM.

 

 

              

       

 

Wednesday's Football double sessions are cut short by Mother Nature. Adam Shibley and Johnny Velotta talk FirstEnergy Stadium and this season's encounter with St. Edward.
8/10/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Cleveland, Ohio  - Thunder and lightning swept around Ohio City late Wednesday afternoon, cutting Saint Ignatius' afternoon practice short.

After retaking the field for the evening session, it wasn't long before Mother Nature said no more and Wildcats Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Kyle sent his players home just after 6 PM.

The 'Cats will return to Wasmer Field on Thursday at 2 PM.

As the skies were getting darker, Saint Ignatius' junior quarterbacks Daniel Alexander and Kyle Hall combined with seniors Rob Soeder and Kevin Ward, respectively, on a couple of nice routes. Soeder made a big-time catch in the Lorain Avenue end zone.

AS WE REPORTED ON THE CORNER THIS AFTERNOON (SEE THE 2:30 PM STORY BELOW), SAINT IGNATIUS AND ST. EDWARD WILL BE TAKING THEIR STORIED FOOTBALL RIVALRY TO THE BROWNS' FIRSTENERGY STADIUM FOR THEIR OCT. 29, WEEK 10 REGULAR SEASON MATCHUP. THE KICKOFF WILL BE 6 PM.

Here are some comments from Wildcats standout senior linebackers/captains Adam Shibley and Johnny Velotta on having the opportunity to play their longtime rival at such a special venue.

FROM ADAM SHIBLEY: "I remember my freshman year in 2013 watching John Gibbons (former Wildcats standout middle linebacker) and them beating St. Edward at Lakewood Stadium.

"After we won that game, I never witnessed how such a game could bring so much joy to the whole Saint Ignatius community. I remember getting goose bumps after the game, with everyone screaming for Saint Ignatius. I haven't been able to experience that for two years and this year I want that feeling again. Playing at FirstEnergy Stadium will only amplify that, being on a professional stadium level.

"Getting off the bus and going into a big-time stadium, it's going to be something special. I remember when Johnny (Velotta) told me the first time that we might be playing there, I started going crazy. It's definitely a must-win game for us, there is no other option. We haven't beaten Mentor or St. Eds since 2013."

FROM JOHNNY VELOTTA: "It's definitely a statement game, an exciting game. Everyone is going to be pretty pumped up to be on the Cleveland Browns' field. It will be an experience that all of us can remember.

"It's going to be one of those games where you have to set the tone early. I want to be able to put the pressure on them this year. It was tough being that close to doing that last year (a 35-28 setback to the Eagles). I don't want anyone to experience what last year's seniors felt.

"We (the current seniors) handled them our Freshmen and JV (Junior Varsity) years, so there is no reason we can't continue that success."                             

Coach Becker's Men of the Links turn in a solid day at the Walker Jones Classic
8/10/2016

From Wildcats Head Golf Coach Brian Becker '77 and posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer

FROM COACH BECKER: The Varsity Golf Team competed in the tradition rich Walker Jones Classic on Wednesday, which was held at Shale Creek Golf Course and hosted by Medina High School.

The Wildcats had a solid day with a total team score of 317 and were led by Senior Hunter Rinkus and Sophomore Jake Moraca, who both carded rounds of 78.

The 'Cats finished 9th in the strong field that consisted of  last year's state champion Cincinnati St. Xavier, Hudson, Toledo St. John's Jesuit and many other of the top contenders in this year's Division 1 Golf.

The Titans from Toledo St. John's were the overall winner with a stunning round of 289. Enclosed are the individual scores for the Saint Ignatius team.

Saint  Ignatius (317)

1. Hunter Rinkus (Sr.) 78

2. Jake Moraca (Soph.) 78

3. Michael McCaffrey (Sr.) 79

4. Ryan Grabowski (Jr.) 82

5. Ross Williamson (Fresh.) 83

6. Connor Warns (Fresh.) 94
The Wildcats and the Eagles are taking their storied football rivalry to FirstEnergy Stadium
8/10/2016
By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016
 
Cleveland, Ohio - Residing in the West Park area of Cleveland and attending Our Lady of Angels Elementary School on Rocky River Drive, Saint Ignatius' gifted senior tailback Jimmy Andrews grew up with the Wildcats' storied West Side football rivalry versus St. Edward High School.
 
You could see Jimmy's eyes light up as bright as the sun that hovered over Wasmer Field Monday evening when this corner assured him that this season's annual regular-season finale with the Eagles would be played in FirstEnergy Stadium, the home of the Cleveland Browns.
 
Yes, Saint Ignatius and St. Edward, whose rivalry has become a state-wide and national fixture, will meet for the 54th time on the Varsity gridiron when they take the field at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 29 at 6 PM.
 
The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 28-24-1, but the Eagles were victorious in the past two meetings, including a 35-28 victory at a packed First Federal Lakewood Stadium on Halloween of last year. Coach Tom Lombardo's Eagles rode that victory to the school's second consecutive Division I State Championship and third overall, as Coach Lombardo became the first coach in the history of the OHSAA football playoffs to win state championships at two different schools. Coach Lombardo guided the Lake Catholic Cougars to the Division III state title in 2001.
 
St. Edward's first two state football titles came under former Mayfield Defensive Coordinator Rick Finotti in 2010 and 2014. Coach Finotti accepted a coaching position at the University of Michigan following the Eagles' 2014 season.
 
Saint Ignatius, which is seeking a remarkable 27th appearance in the OHSAA big-school playoffs since 1988, has won a record 11 Division I State Championships under Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kyle, including a state-best five in a row from 1991 to 1995. The 'Cats were state runners-up in 1996.
 
Coach Kyle, who has begun his 34th season as the head man of his alma mater's football program, has 321 career victories, which include three national championships in 1989, 1993 and 1995, and a national runner-up in 2008. The 'Cats' 10th and 11th state titles came in 2008 and 2011.
 
This year's game versus St. Edward will mark the third time since 2010 that the 'Cats will take the field at the home of the Browns.
 
In 2010, in what was part of a new doubleheader version of the historic Charity Game, Saint Ignatius was defeated by Lake Catholic, 28-21, at the Lakefront. In 2012, the 'Cats returned to Browns Stadium and dominated Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, 31-7.
 
St. Edward squared off with Mentor at Browns Stadium in 2010 and the Eagles turned back the Cardinals, 35-28.
 
Old-timers like this corner will recall the fall of 1980, when the Wildcats and the Eagles met in part of a doubleheader at old Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Cold temperatures and a persistent rain ruled and St. Edward came away with an 11-0 victory at The Grand Lady on the Lake. The other half of the doubleheader that night saw Benedictine and Holy Name play to a 7-7 tie.
 
Despite the sub-par playing conditions, the Eagles' standout running back Kevin Graven solved the Municipal Stadium surface for 151 yards on the ground, including an 86-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
 
Saint Ignatius made 13 trips to the legendary City Championship "Charity Game" at Municipal Stadium from 1945 through 1968, compiling a record of 4-7-2.
 
As for the rivalry with St. Edward, the most memorable and most documented game in the series, without question, took place in 1993, when Saint Ignatius prevailed in what stands as one of the most storied games in the history of Ohio High School Football, 35-34, in triple overtime in front of a standing-room crowd and then some at Lakewood Stadium, "The Madhouse on Madison."
 
After that Week 8 test of wills, Coach Kyle's Wildcats would go on to a 14-0 state and national championship season in '93.
 
"I think it will be great because of the amount of people who will be able to attend this year," said Andrews of a rivalry that is always one of toughest tickets in town, whether it is at Saint Ignatius' home field, Parma's Byers Field, or the home of St. Edward, Lakewood Stadium. The Wildcats are the home team for this year's matchup, which was originally slated for Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.
 
"Maybe we could get 20,000-plus there (at FirstEnergy Stadium)," Andrews continued."I've watched these games from both sides growing up. I mean it's a big deal. For the seniors, it's our last one (unless the 'Cats and the Eagles were also to meet in the playoffs, as they did in 2008 and 2011). It's been on our minds ever since last year's seniors said, 'Remember this.'"
 
Last year's tough loss to St. Edward prevented Saint Ignatius from advancing to the playoffs for only the second time since its great postseason run began in 1988.
 
Andrews quickly recalls being at both the 2012 doubleheader at the Lakefront as an eighth grader at OLA and the Wildcats' 20-17 playoff victory over the Eagles in 2011, when he was in the seventh grade and still making up his mind whether it would be the blue and gold or the green and gold.
 
That 2011 playoff matchup took place in Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium on Judy Kirsch Field.
 
One of the most special and unique aspects of the Saint Ignatius-St. Edward rivalry is that despite the intensity that accompanies it, players from both teams have remained close friends.
 
And Jimmy Andrews was quick to mention two of his best friends from this year's St. Edward team, starting quarterback Kevin Kramer and starting safety Kevin Dever, also OLA products. 
 
"I don't think it will affect our friendships at all," Jimmy said of the eventual Week 10 outcome in FirstEnergy Stadium. "We're too big for that."
 
HERE ARE SOME KEY NOTES OF INTEREST FOR FANS FROM BOTH SAINT IGNATIUS AND ST. EDWARD, AND FANS WHO HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO ATTEND THE RIVALRY IN PERSON, BUT COULD NEVER GET A TICKET.
 
Tickets will be available online, at the schools' athletics departments, and the box office on the day of the game (We're encouraging fans to go online: Here is the link:
 
 
Saint Ignatius' students will sit in the Dawg Pound.
 
The lower bowl sits between 26-28,000.
 
There will be open concessions stands on both sides.
 
The Saint Ignatius Band will be allowed to perform on the field.
 
There will be no tape delay broadcast.
 
And yes, the Browns do have a home game the next day versus the New York Jets.

 

The Saint Ignatius Varsity Golf Tournament at Red Tail produces a "fabulous day"
8/9/2016

From Saint Ignatius Head Coach Brian Becker and Posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The recap and results from The 2016 Saint Ignatius Varsity Golf Tournament at Red Tail Country Club on Tuesday.

From Coach Becker: A fabulous day of golf was played today at the Saint Ignatius tournament held at Red Tail Country Club.

Sixteen quality teams from across the state gathered to compete in the tournament with eventual reigning state champ Cincinnati St. Xavier coming out on top with a blistering team score of 295.

The Bombers were led by Cameron Frazier, who shot a 6 under par round of 66 to tie the tournament record set by former Saint Ignatius standout player Beau Titsworth.

Both of Saint Ignatius' teams improved on there earlier tournament scores.

The Varsity Team was led by Junior Michael McCaffrey, who shot a personal best round of two under par 70, which was good enough to place third overall in the tournament.

The Varsity Gold Team was led by Freshman Andrew Kaye, who shot a solid round of 76. The 'Cats will be back in action tomorrow (Wednesday) at the always competitive Medina Invitational held at Shale Creek Golf Course.

Both of Saint Ignatius' individual team scores, as well as the field team scores are enclosed. A special thanks to the Members and Staff at Red Tail for allowing us to host the tournament!

 

Saint Ignatius Varsity: (311)                                      

Michael McCaffrey (Jr.) 70 (tied for 3rd)                            

Jake Moraca (Soph.) 77              

Ross Williamson (Fr.) 80                                                                                 

Hunter Rinkus (Sr.) 84  

Connor Warns (Fr.) 88  

 

Saint Ignatius Varsity/JV Gold: (321)

Andrew Kaye (Fr.) 76
Kj Ripich (Fr.) 81
Angelo Corna (Sr.) 81
Owen Bilardo  (Jr.) 83         
Ryan Grabowski (Jr.) 96                                                                                                                                           

Team Scores:           
1.St. Xavier 295
2.University School 299

3. Toledo. St. John's Jesuit 300

4. Columbus St. Charles 307

5. Westlake 310

6. Saint Ignatius 311

7. Avon Lake 317

8. St. Ignatius Gold 321

9. Archbishop Hoban 324

10. Walsh Jesut (A) 325

11. St. Edward 327

12. Bishop Alter 334

13. Walsh Jesuit (B) 335

14. Medina 336

15. Rocky River 354

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
The Football Programs from Solon and Saint Ignatius put forth another spirited scrimmage on Wasmer Field Tuesday morning and afternoon
8/9/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - As he was walking off Wasmer Field following his team's annual scrimmage/drills with the Solon Comets on Tuesday, Saint Ignatius' Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kyle '69 said he liked the way his team was confident about what they were doing.

"The technique was there and the aggression," Coach Kyle said after the Wildcats battled it out with a veteran Solon team that welcomed back 17 starters from last year, when the Comets advanced to the second round of the Division I playoffs.

"You have to have that (the aggression), because you're playing another team," Coach Kyle continued. "It's not like you're going up against your buddy."

Coach Kyle and Solon's veteran Head Coach Jim McQuaide had to be pleased with the unsolicited compliment paid to their teams by the officials who worked Tuesday's scrimmage.

"I'm standing there and the official goes, 'I'm amazed with both of these teams' discipline this time of the year. There is nothing for us to call.'

"It was really just good, focused football and that was nice to see," emphasized Coach Kyle.

Coach Kyle also pointed to the "nice work" by his offensive and defensive lines, and his skilled players.

"A lot of them are young," Coach Kyle said of the skilled positions.  "But I thought we handled it okay. There were good things out there from both teams."

While Solon and Saint Ignatius are programs that have been projected as strong playoff contenders this coming season, Coach Kyle was quick to refer to the new format the OHSAA has employed this season, in which the top eight teams in each Division I region will qualify for the playoffs and not the top 16 like the past few years.

"That (eight teams qualifying) certainly hurts our area and it hurts the Cincinnati area very much," said the man who has guided his program to a record 11 Division I State Championships, a state runner-up, three national titles and a national runner-up. "But that's what your dealt with."

Saint Ignatius will return to double sessions on Wednesday at 2 PM and on Saturday the 'Cats will have an intra-squad scrimmage at 11 AM on Wasmer Field.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM TUESDAY'S SCRIMMAGE, WHICH DREW A SOLID CROWD TO WASMER FIELD.

As Coach Kyle pointed out, the Wildcats' veteran offensive line, anchored by All-Ohio senior center/captain and East Carolina recruit John Spellacy, was rock-solid in the early drills.

Junior defensive back Cameron Toppin came up with an interception and senior cornerback Alex Ringfield was strong and quick to the ball during the drills matching the Comets' wide receivers and the Wildcats' secondary.

Solon's gifted receiver Taj Ward came up with a highlight-reel leaping reception during the same drill.

During Solon's first possession in 11 on 11, the Comets showed their ability to run and throw the football. Quarterback Joe Bubonics, son of Solon's veteran defensive coordinator Ed Bubonics, displayed promise with his strong arm and the ability to run the football.

Saint Ignatius' senior nose tackle Joe Gibbons set the early tone for the 'Cats' defense with a sack off his second-effort relentless pursuit.

Wildcats multi-skilled senior linebacker/tight end James Leyden fired through the line and came up with a tackle for a significant loss of yards and senior linebacker/captain Adam Shibley again made his presence felt.

In the 'Cats' 11 on 11 offensive possession, senior tailback Dean "The Dream" Stowers came up with another of his trademark runs, as he bounced outside on a sweep, stopped on a dime, burst up the middle and cut to the outside again for a long gain. Vision and balance personified.

Senior quarterback Patrick Ryan hooked up with Leyden down the left sideline for a money play that saw James ramble for significant yards after the catch. Patrick also combined with senior wide receiver Travis Pot on two nice routes.

Sophomore Nathan Previts, the pride of St. Thomas More, came up and made a text-book tackle from his defensive back position and sophomore linebacker Tommy Eichenberg had a dominant series with his hard-nosed pursuit and sure tackling. Tommy is the brother of former Wildcats All-Ohio and All-American offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg '16, who is on scholarship for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

Going back to the sophomores, running back Mitchell Puhalsky turned in a crowd-pleasing catch and run, and tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd picked up key yards after the initial hit.

Leyden, who had a heck of an all-around scrimmage, added a blocked punt to his Tuesday resume in Ohio City.

The 'Cats were on the move again thanks to a long, second-effort run by junior tailback Mark Bobinski, but Solon's standout defensive back J.T. Caver said not on my watch, as J.T. made a leaping interception at the Comets' 1 and stormed down the left sideline in the direction of Pick City.

Solon's Ward also contributed to the defensive effort by Coach McQuaide's team with an impressive sack off a blitz.

The Wildcats closed out the scrimmage in style, however, as senior running back Daryl Forrest burst down the left sideline and into the scoreboard end zone, and junior quarterback Daniel Alexander fired a picture-perfect throw that kissed the sky along the left sideline and settled into the sure hands of senior wide receiver Michael Daugenti, who carried Mr. Wilson into the Lorain Avenue end zone.

Yes, there is work to do and things to clean up, but the talent and depth are there my friends. See you at Wasmer Field this week.   

 

   

               

 

 

 

     

        

 

  

The Football Cats had a final tuneup for the Solon scrimmage and Coach Chuck Kyle is participating in the USA Football, Cleveland Browns Youth Football scrimmages.
8/8/2016
By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016
 
Cleveland, Ohio -  The Varsity and Junior Varsity Football Wildcats did their best on Monday afternoon and evening to simulate similar offenses and defenses that the Solon Comets have employed in previous scrimmages versus the 'Cats.
 
In what has become a summer preseason ritual, Saint Ignatius and Solon will meet in a scrimmage tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 10 AM on Wasmer Field.
 
Coach Jim McQuaide Comets are coming off a solid 9-3 season in which they advanced to the second round of the OHSAA Division I, Region 1 playoffs.
 
Solon welcomed back 17 starters from last fall to this summer's camps, including offensive lineman Chris Glaser, a Virginia Cavaliers commit. Glaser originally planned on attending Miami of Ohio.
 
Glaser leads an O-Line that also has three other returning starters and Coach McQuaide has exceptional depth at the running back and wide receiver positions.
 
The Comets are inexperienced up front on defense, but the linebackers and defensive backs are active and athletic.
 
After Tuesday morning's scrimmage with Solon, the 'Cats will return to double sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as they prepare for Saturday's intra-squad scrimmage.
 
Note: The Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network will air Tuesday's scrimmage live with Brendan DeVenney and Matt MacKenzie on the call, and as always yours truly will be on hand to give you an analysis via the corner.
 
Here are some highlights from Monday's double-session preparation.
 
Senior quarterback Patrick Ryan unleashed two sharp passes that were hauled in off the nice routes and sure hands of senior wide receiver Ryan Cook, as Patrick stood tall in the pocket.
 
Sophomore quarterback Patrick Delahunty, the projected Junior Varsity starter, took a page from Ryan and kept his poise under heavy pressure from the Varsity defense before connecting with sophomore tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd  in the left flat for a solid gain.
 
Standout senior linebacker/Captain Adam Shibley made another strong move on the ball off a pass play and slammed Mr. Wilson to the Wasmer Field turf.
 
Multi-skilled senior linebacker/tight end James Leyden came up an athletic interception that saw him scoop the ball out of the air just before it hit the turf, and junior quarterback Daniel Alexander and junior wide receiver Sammy Snyder combined on an as-its-drawn-up deep sideline route near the Lorain Avenue end zone.
 
Leyden found the Lorain Avenue end zone off a reception down the seam from his tight end position and junior wide receiver/defensive back Connor Kennedy made a diving TD reception in the always active Lorain Avenue end zone, where touchdown makers are born.
 
****HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES GO OUT TO WILDCATS STANDOUT RECEIVER/SAFETY MIKE LEHTO, WHO TURNED 18 ON MONDAY. MIKE'S TEAMMATES  SANG A CHORUS OF "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" TO MIKE AS HE WAS WALKING OFF WASMER FIELD. THERE WAS NO SINATRA AMONG THOSE VOICES, BUT IT WAS THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS.
 
COACH KYLE PARTICIPATES IN USA FOOTBALL/CLEVELAND BROWNS YOUTH FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGES.
 
USA Football, the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, will conduct youth football scrimmages hosted by the Cleveland Browns at Solon High School on August 9th (Tuesday), offering local youth teams an opportunity to experience a “modified tackle” version of the sport.
 
In 2015, USA Football designed a form of “modified tackle” football for youth players to pursue a “right-age, right-stage” approach to playing the sport, similar to other sports’ introductory youth forms, including tee-ball for baseball, 3-on-3 soccer and half-rink ice hockey.
 
Along with his outstanding work in the classroom and the gridiron at his alma mater Saint Ignatius, Wildcats Hall of Fame Football Coach Chuck Kyle is serving as an Advisor on Youth Football for the Browns.
 
USA Football will pilot and observe “modified tackle” play for youth football this season. USA Football will determine if all or some of this version of the sport may be recommended to youth football organizations as a potential division in the future.
 
The Cleveland Browns are the first NFL team to help coordinate USA Football’s “modified tackle” football scrimmages within their home market as the two organizations continue their partnership and dedication to advance youth players’ enjoyment of playing the country’s most popular sport. USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the Browns and each of the NFL’s other 31 teams.
 
Key elements of “modified tackle” youth football include:
 
  • Seven players per team on the field at one time
  • A smaller playing field of 40 yards-by-35 yards, allowing for two games to be played at the same time
  • All players, including linemen, begin each play in a two-point stance
  • No special teams plays, including punts, kickoffs or field goals
  • Players rotate positions, gain a comprehensive understanding of the sport’s fundamentals
  • Each team is allowed one coach in the huddle at all times to help instruct players
  • Football continually evaluates and evolves its programs and resources to further advance young athletes’ enjoyment of the sport and to improve the quality of the game.

About USA Football: USA Football (www.usafootball.com) evolves and grows the sport through innovative standards and best practices to advance coach and player development, participation and safety within the fun of the game and its inherent values. As the sport’s national governing body and member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players.Follow USA Football at www.facebook.com/usafootball or on Twitter @USAFootball.

About Cleveland Browns Youth Football: The Cleveland Browns are committed to assisting the development, safety and growth of youth and high school football throughout Northeast Ohio with year-round programming for players, coaches, officials and parents. Through camps, clinics and other initiatives, the Browns’ goal is to promote healthy, social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of youth by enhancing opportunities for youth football participation and education.
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
      
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
      
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
The Saint Ignatius Junior Varsity Blue Golf Team shot a 330 in route to winning Monday's Amherst Steele Invitational at Forest Hills in Elyria
8/8/2016

From Wildcats Junior Varsity Blue Coach Thomas Bogen

Jess Saunders was medalist again with a 75 and Zach Hazard was runner-up with an 80.

Jess Saunders, 38,37,75
Zach Hazard, 40, 40, 80
Steve Harmat, 43, 53, 96
Kyle Kolick, 42, 43, 85
Chris Mays, 44, 46, 90
Kyle Gerrity, 48, 44, 92

Thomas Bogen
Teacher: Biology & A.P. Biology
Science Olympiad
JV Golf(Blue) Coach
Wildcats Men of the Links open their 2016 season with a second-place finish at Monday's CVCA Invitational
8/8/2016

FROM WILDCATS HEAD GOLF C0ACH BRIAN BECKER '77

Fellas, today the varsity golf team took its first step in the process of becoming a contender in October.

The team finished second in Monday's CVCA event at the always difficult Silver Lake Country Club. The 18 team event was won by the Hudson High School Explorers, who shot a solid round of 311 and had the individual winner with a score of 68.

Saint Ignatius was led by junior Jake Moraca, who shot an impressive round of 76. Jake's effort was good enough to place him 3rd overall.

The 'Cats will continue the process tomorrow when they host a tournament at Red Tail Country Club. Enclosed are the Saint Ignatius individual team member scores from Monday, as well as the top 5 team scores from the CVCA Invitational.

 Thanks, Coach Becker
 
Saint Ignatius  (326)                               CVCA Team Scores:
1. Jake Moraca  76                                  1. Hudson 311
2. Michael McCaffrey 80                          2. Saint Ignatius  326
3. Connor Warns 85                                 3. Chagrin Falls   329
4. Hunter Rinkus  85                                 4. University School 330
5. Ross Williamson 89                              5. Gilmour Academy  335
Here is the Wildcats' 2016 Varsity Golf Preview, courtesy of Head Coach Brian Becker '77
8/8/2016
FROM COACH BECKER AND POSTED BY Mr. EDDIE DWYER
 
COACH BECKER: The 2016 version of the Saint Ignatius golf team will be looking to better the outstanding
season put together by the 2015 team in which the Wildcats finished in the top three in 16
of their 18 events.
 
A fourth place finish in the state tournament with a team total of 639 strokes
capped off a truly amazing career for the 10 senior members of last year’s varsity golf team.
 
That type of season will provide the added incentive for this year’s team to achieve higher goals.
 
With a nice mix of young and experienced players the Wildcats should be a solid golf team. 
Senior Hunter Rinkus, along with teammates Michael McCaffrey and Jake Moraca, will provide
the leadership and skill needed to guide the team in the early season.
 
A strong contingent of skilled underclassmen will keep the team growing through the year.
 
Look for names like Warns, Williamson, Grabowski, Bilardo, Corna, Ripich, Klym and Kaye to add some excitement to the team during the year.
 
It will be an exciting tournament season with the Kiely Cup, hosted by Canterbury Country Club, as just one of the marquee tournaments on a schedule that features some of the state's strongest golf programs. 

 

Coming up on the corner this week, weekend and next week will be previews of the Wildcats' Varsity Golf, Soccer, Football and Cross Country teams
8/8/2016

The corner has been giving you a look at the 2016 Football Wildcats for nearly three months now with its camp reports, but this seasoned reporter never does a season preview of the Football 'Cats until I see them in at least one scrimmage.

It is a bit early to breakdown the 'Cats. They are still in a progression mode.

We'll see at Wasmer Field today for double sessions, which get underway at 2 PM, and at Tuesday's annual summer scrimmage/drills with Coach Jim McQuaide's Solon Comets at 10 AM on Wasmer Field.

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer      

Here are the important notes and schedules for the next two weeks from Saint Ignatius' outstanding Head Cross Country Coach, Dr. Mike Gallagher '71
8/7/2016

FROM DR. MIKE GALLAGHER, HEAD COACH OF THE DEFENDING STATE CHAMPION CROSS COUNTRY WILDCATS. Posted By Mr. Edie Dwyer.

Runners and parents,

Due to the construction on the shoreway, we will NOT be practicing at Edgewater this week.

Here is the updated schedule:

Monday, August 8th, 5-6:30 pm at Mastick Woods Picnic Area. South of Mastick Road on Valley Parkway on the left.

Tuesday, Saint Ignatius High School, 5-6:30 pm. Meet on the Gabor Track at Wasmer Field.
 
Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 pm, Hinckley Reservation. Meet at Spillway Pool Picnic Area Parking Lot. The entrance is off East Road, off Bellus Road. Bus transportation will be provided from Saint Ignatius High School. The bus will leave at 12:45 pm. Your options are to carpool, drive on your own, or take the bus
 
Thursday, Mastick Woods, 5-6:30 pm.
 
Friday: Saint Ignatius High School 9 am.  Team photos. Meet on the quad. Practice to follow. Finished by 11:00 am. *Picture forms will be handed out on Tuesday.
 
*Please remember to bring a water bottle and a beach towel to each practice for core/yoga. Please label them with your name.
 
Schedule for the following week:
 
Monday, August 15th: Mastick Woods, 5- 6:30pm 
 
Tuesday, August 16th: Lake Farm Park, Kirtland XC Race, 6:30 pm. Bus leaves SIHS at 5:00pm. Picnic to follow. Please Note: LOCATION CHANGE FROM PENITENTIARY GLEN.
 
Wednesday, August 17th: Edgewater Park, 3:30-5:30, Frosh Orientation Day. Bus transportation provided from SIHS. Bus leaves school at 3 PM in front of Sullivan Gym.
 
Thursday, August 18th: Mastick Woods, 3:30-5:30. First full day of school. Bus transportation provided to practice. Bus leaves from in front of Sullivan Gym. Bus leaves at 3:00  Bus leaves to return to SIHS at 5:30 pm. You can pick up your son at Mastick, however, anyone without a ride present at practice, must get on the bus and return to SIHS.
 
Friday, August 19th: Edgewater Park 3:30-5:30 pm. Same as above for transportation.
- Doc
Go Cats!!
The Wildcats' Junior Varsity Gold Team finished second in Saturday's Flag City Van Buren Invitational Golf Tournament
8/6/2016

From Coach Tom Beach and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

From Coach Beach: Today in Findlay, OH on the links-style Red Hawk Run GC, the St. Ignatius Gold team took 2nd.

The Gold Cats shot a score of 341. Host Van Buren's squad won the invitational with an impressive 312.

Junior Owen Bilardo led the Gold Cats with an 84 followed by a pair of freshmen, Andrew Kaye (85) and KJ Ripich (86). Sophomore John Klym shot an 86 as well to round out the Cats' scoring.

Ray Kman shot an 87 and Angelo Corna shot an 88.

Four strokes separated our number one and number six golfers. This impressive tight grouping bodes well for the future of the Saint Ignatius golf program.

A full-equipment, offense versus defense 11 on 11 competition highlighted Saturday's Varsity/Junior Varsity football practice on Wasmer Field
8/6/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - On what was the first day of hitting/tackling, the Wildcats put forth a spirited test of the offense going up against the defense, with the quarterbacks being the only players designated as unhittable and the punt returners restricted to fair catches.

The quarterback was considered to be tackled once he was touched.  

The offense struck early Saturday afternoon with a couple of nice receptions from senior wide receivers Mike Lehto and Travis Pot off strong throws from senior quarterback Patrick Ryan. Those efforts set up a 20-yard field goal off the sure and powerful leg of junior Matt Trickett.

Trickett's day was just beginning, as after football practice he had to gear up for Saturday's annual Varsity Soccer scrimmage versus the Wildcats' Soccer Alums. Matt is a mainstay for Coach Mike McLaughlin's defending state and national champion Soccer Cats.

Saint Ignatius' special teams wasted little time in making their mark, as senior defensive back Matt Wiegandt recovered a fumbled punt. Wiegandt is a standout for Coach Pat O'Rourke's defending OHSAA State Ice Hockey Champions.

After the defense put together two impressive series, the offense picked it up.

Junior quarterback Daniel Alexander combined with junior fullback Aidan Gill in the right flat, a play that saw Gill haul in the pass from Alexander in stride and ramble for some extra yards.

Senior tailback Dean "The Dream" Stowers then unleashed his speed, balance and cutting ability, and ripped off a run that gave the O a first and goal from the 1-yard line.

From there, Alexander swept the right side off a keeper and beat the pursuit into the corner of the Lorain Avenue end zone. Trickett's ensuing extra-point kick was high and true.

Thanks to some strong running by Gill and senior tailback Daryl Forrest, the offense appeared to be on the move again. The defense rose to the occasion, however, and forced a punt.

Catching the eyes of the coaches and this old-timer was the play of promising sophomore linebacker Tommy Eichenberg, the brother of former Wildcats All-Ohio and All-American offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg '16, who is on scholarship at the University of Notre Dame.

Tommy was a force with his pursuit, aggressiveness and quickness, both on the outside and the inside.

Young Eichenberg's play drew some nice compliments from Wildcats outstanding Linebackers Coach Ryan Franzinger '02.

THE MORNING DRILLS

Senior defensive backs Christopher Hyland and Alex Ringfield (an interception) stepped up early in the secondary, senior wide receiver Michael Daugenti did a solid job of fighting for the ball on his reception, and junior tailback Mark Bobinski continued his strong, run to daylight efforts.

With the 'Cats' offensive line doing an outstanding job, Patrick Ryan combined with Mike Lehto on two picture-perfect deep balls, including one that went the distance into the scoreboard end zone of Wasmer Field.

Saint Ignatus' rich-in-talent running game continued to come to the fore, as senior tailback Nick Kilbane and senior fullback/linebacker Ben Delhees ran with yards-producing passion. Ben also looked sharp catching the ball out of the backfield and picking up extra yards after the catch.

The defense made its case on what was a much-appreciated cool and blue sky morning, as senior defensive back Dante Cipriani stripped the ball from the tight end and Mr. Wilson was alertly recovered by junior linebacker Andrew Boldy for a scoop and score.

In the morning's Junior Varsity competition, sophomore lineman Seamus Cooney displayed anticipation and pursuit in batting down a pass.

NOTE: The Wildcats will return to Wasmer Field on Monday at 2 PM for another day of double sessions, as they prepare for Tuesday's annual preseason scrimmage with Coach Jim McQuaide's Solon Comets. Tuesday's scrimmage will begin at 10 AM on Wasmer Field.

And in closing, the corner would like to tip his cap to linebacker Michael Bradac, whose anticipation and pressure disrupted a play late in Friday evening's second session.

Have a safe and great weekend, and we'll see you at Wasmer Field this week.                 

      

 

     

 

 

 

  

     

 

 

Wildcats Rugby played the fourth-toughest schedule in the country according to the highly respected Goff Rugby Report
8/6/2016

Presented by Wildcats outstanding Head Rugby Coach Dan Arbeznik '00 and Posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer

From Coach Arbeznik: The Goff Rugby Report recently did an analysis of the toughest schedules in the country for 2016 and we came in at #4 overall.

Other familiar teams in the "Top 10" are #7 St. Edward (whom we played 3 times), #6 Xavier, #3 Cathedral, #2 Penn (whom we played twice) and #1 Gonzaga.

Of the Top 10 toughest schedules, 4 of the top 6 are Jesuit High Schools (Gonzaga, Saint Ignatius, Sacramento Jesuit and Xavier).

We're finalizing our 2017 schedule, but it should once again be among the toughest. We'll have Penn, Cathedral, Gonzaga, and St. Edward on there again. We'll also be looking to add a very tough Canadian side, Xavier of NYC, Georgetown Prep (DC), and some competitive games during our spring tour to France.

The rain poured down and the Football 'Cats never flinched, as they continued to focus on Tuesday's scrimmage with the Solon Comets
8/5/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Mother Nature provided a cooling off period of about 20 minutes or so on Friday afternoon, as a brisk and somewhat heavy rain shower swirled across Wasmer Field during the first session of the Wildcats' two-a-day practices.

After a stretch of practices that were accompanied by 90-plus degree temperatures, the Football 'Cats definitely enjoyed the cool air created by the raindrops.

Saint Ignatius went right on with the business at hand - preparing for Tuesday's first scrimmage of the summer versus the Solon Comets.

Coach Jim McQuaide's Comets, who welcomed back 17 starters from last season's OHSAA playoff team, will pay a visit to Wasmer Field at 10 AM for what has become a home-and-home preseason ritual between Saint Ignatius and Solon.

After Friday evening's second session of practice, which took place under a warm sun and a blue sky, the Wildcats prepared themselves for a quick turnaround.

Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kyle's football program, which received a ranking of 21st in cleveland.com's Super 25 preseason state poll, returns to Wasmer Field tomorrow (Saturday) morning for a practice session that is slated for 9 AM to 12:30 PM.

And what about the ranking, you ask? Twenty better teams than Saint Ignatius in the state of Ohio for 2016, I don't think so.   

Saturday, by the way, will mark the first day of hitting/tackling.

As for Friday's sessions, junior quarterback Daniel Alexander and sure-handed junior wide receiver Sammy Snyder greeted Mother Nature with an on-the-money pass and catch deep down the right or home sideline of Wasmer Field, a throw that was so high and strong it sliced right through the raindrops.

Standout senior linebacker Adam Shibley, who on Thursday was selected as the Wildcats' third Captain for 2016 (see the corner's post from Thursday evening), created his own storm while totally disrupting an offensive play during Friday's first session.

Among the other highlights from the first session was a perfectly timed interception return by junior defensive back Cameron Toppin. Cameron left a lasting impression on this corner with his outstanding play in the secondary during last season's Junior Varsity triumph at St. Edward.

Friday evening's practice featured an impressive pitch and catch from senior quarterback Patrick Ryan to multi-skilled senior wide receiver Ryan Cook, two nice hookups from Alexander to junior wide receiver Alex Schum, with Schum soaring off his feet in stride on the second reception, and some more consistent work by Coach Kevin Johnson's and Coach Pat Hinkel's defensive secondary.

Before Coach Kyle called it a night, it was more of Dean "The Dream" to daylight, as diminutive, but oh so tough and determined senior tailback Dean Stowers was stopping on dimes, reversing his field and galloping for bigger money yards to the delight of veteran Running Backs Coach Terry Fergus.

Dean also had a run in which he swept the ride side, encountered a would-be tackler at the edge and put on a cut and move that left the defender grasping at air.

Ah, to be young again.

I'll grab my coffee from Circle K and see you at Wasmer Field bright and early tomorrow (Saturday) morning.

 

 

  

 

             

Congratulations again to Adam Shibley and his family (see the corner's post from early this evening) and we give you the highlights from another day of double sessions
8/4/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Everyone was in a big hurry during Thursday evening's session of Wildcats Football two-a-day practices on Wasmer Field.

It was time to work on the no-huddle, hurry-up offense and defense my friends, one of the most competitive and entertaining drills of the summer and fall.

After some late afternoon gray clouds provided a little relief from what was another hot and humid day in Ohio City, junior tailback Mark Bobinski was definitely the early story of the evening's hurry-up offense.

"Bo-Bo," as Mark is known to his teammates and coaches, was running with power, balance, quickness and exceptional vision, and also hauling in swing passes while on the move. Coach Adam Rini's and Coach Paul Yappel's offensive linemen provided the holes and Bobinski was in the secondary before the Lorain Avenue 22 Bus could accelerate.

If they haven't already, old-time Wildcats football enthusiasts will enjoy Bobinski's give it all on every play and leave it all on the field mentality.

AIR 'CATS

Senior quarterback Patrick Ryan hit on a quick strike to Travis Pot off the hurry-up attack and fired a deep ball down the left sideline to Ryan Cook that saw Ryan make a smooth catch while keeping one foot in bounds in the corner of the Lorain Avenue end zone.

A MAJOR CASE FOR THE DEFENSE

There were playmakers galore from the defensive side of the football as what turned into a perfect summer evening was coming to an end.

Senior linebacker Marty Fanta, the brother of former Saint Ignatius standout Student Broadcaster John Fanta '13, who has gone on to a great broadcasting career at Seton Hall, was living in the offensive backfield off his pursuit from the edge. This corner counted what would have been four sacks for Marty if hitting was allowed. Pursuit City, my friends. 

Junior defensive back Matt Viancourt was roaming the secondary and applying some authoritative pass breakups, as were DBs Alex Ringfield, a senior, and Cameron Toppin, a junior.

Senior defensive back Christopher Hyland picked up where he left off on Wednesday with another quick reaction and pass breakup, sophomore linebacker Zach McMahan contributed to the pressure department, including a rush that resulted in a tipped pass, and senior linebacker Ben Delhees maintained his high ranking in Pursuit City courtesy of the "Linebacker Legion."    

SOME FINAL TIPS OF THE CORNER'S CAP

Go out to senior running back Dean Stowers, who again displayed vision and bounce while reading the space provided, and also hauled in passes in both flats, and sophomore tailback Jack Kennedy, who unleashed some quick bursts near the end of practice and made a nice catch along the home sideline that also produced significant yards after the reception.

The Wildcats are permitted to be in full equipment starting tomorrow (Friday), when double sessions resume at 2 PM.          

 

   

      

     

       

 

Wildcats Football selects Adam Shibley as its third Varsity Football Captain
8/4/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2013

Cleveland, Ohio - Adam, who was selected in a vote by his teammates following Thursday's first practice session, joins fellow senior linebacker Johnny Velotta and All-Ohio senior center and East Carolina recruit John Spellacy as three of Head Coach Chuck Kyle's four captains for 2016.

The 'Cats' fourth captain will be selected by the coaching staff later this summer.

Adam, as we have reported on the corner, is having an outstanding camp from his linebacker position.

On a nice personal note, Adam joins his brother David from the Class of 2015 as a Wildcat Football Captain. David was a mainstay at wide receiver for Coach Kyle.

Former Wildcat football standout Jim Ramella will be assisting with the Freshmen Football Team. The third afternoon and evening of double sessions had its spirited moments.
8/3/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Jim Ramella, a former Wildcats All-District and All-Ohio defensive lineman, a member of three playoff teams at Saint Ignatius and a mainstay for the Boston College Eagles, has returned to the area and will be assisting with Saint Ignatius' Freshmen Football Team, which is under the direction of veteran Head Coach Rodney Gallaway.

"I worked in Boston for five years with Citigroup and moved home last February to join the family business," said Jim, who in the winter of 2009 following his senior season at BC received the Scanlan Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a Boston College football player.

The Scanlan Award is presented to the senior football player who excels on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Ramella started all 12 games at right end during his senior season and finished with 29 consecutive starts on the defensive line. Jim also played some tight end during his football career.

"It's called Cleveland Menu," said Jim of the family business. "It makes menus for restaurants and hotels. It's a unique business that my grandfather started in 1930. My father now runs it and my brother Pat and I came back home from Boston to kind of take it a third generation.

"I had all kind of injuries," Jim said, when asked if he considered a professional football career after college. "I had two shoulder surgeries. When some of my buddies went down to Florida to train at different facilities, I finished my MBA. I started my MBA my senior year and stayed back and finished it. I don't know if my body could take another training camp.

"It's fun working with these kids," Jim continued. "I didn't coach at all while I was in Boston. You get so far removed from it, it's funny how things come back to you, technique wise. You don't forget that you were in their (the freshmen) shoes 15 years ago."

Wildcats gridiron fans will recall that Jim's younger brother, Gerry, played for Saint Ignatius' 2008 State Championship Team and the 'Cats' 2009 OHSAA playoff team. 

THE LBS TAKE ON THE DUMMY

During one of the early drills of Wednesday afternoon's first session of doubles saw Coach Ryan Franzinger's linebackers do some nice work off the blocking dummy. The emphasis was on shedding a blocker while maintaining your leverage. It was a very crisp drill.

RUNNING TO DAYLIGHT

Junior tailback Mark Bobinski put together some solid runs in the afternoon session, again displaying his vision and cutting balance. Senior quarterback Patrick Ryan also picked up some big yards off fakes on keepers. Patrick emphasized that he is a lot faster now than that night during his sophomore season when he read the secondary, pulled down the ball and galloped for a touchdown into the Lorain Avenue end zone of Wasmer Field, helping lead the Junior Varsity Wildcats to an impressive victory over St. Edward.

It has been evident since the first day of camp how much speed and quickness Patrick has added to his game.

IT ALL STARTS UP FRONT

Coach Adam Rini's and Coach Paul Yappel's Offensive Line continues to do a solid job. Senior guard Brendan Lenhard emphasized how deep the 2016 O-Line is and that is evident during two-a-days.

AIR 'CATS

Junior quarterback Kyle Hall unleashed a nice deep ball down the left sideline during Wednesday's first session and Patrick Ryan combined with senior wide receiver Travis Pot on another deep route that featured a big-time throw and catch.

Junior quarterback Daniel Alexander hooked up with sure-handed junior receiver Sammy Snyder on some smooth routes, standout junior linebacker/tight end James Leyden displayed his ability to pick up yards after the catch and Ryan came back in the evening session with two more authoritative passes, one to junior wide receiver Max Pike that saw Max go up after the ball and the other money toss to multi-skilled senior Ryan Cook.

A CASE FOR THE DEFENSE

Gifted senior linebacker Adam Shibley made another trip to pursuit city and totally disrupted a running play, Cook came out of nowhere to take away a sideline route and Wednesday's Defensive Play of the Day/Evening saw ever-present senior defensive back John Lenehan make an exceptional read and an aggressive breakup of a pass that resulted in the ball popping in the air and into the hands of senior safety/wide receiver Mike Lehto for a trip to pick city. Lenehan has had a nose for the ball all summer.

GETTING HIS KICKS

Junior Matthew Trickett, who is also a standout for Coach Mike McLaughlin's state and nationally acclaimed soccer program, was drilling field goal attempts from 37 yards out almost effortlessly during the second session. Junior fullback/nose tackle Aidan Gill was the long snapper.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES

Go out to junior wide receiver Andrew Chalhoub, who turned 16 on Wednesday.

COACH KYLE IS EVERYWHERE

Before putting his Wildcats through Double Sessions, Saint Ignatius' Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kyle '69 was taking part in a Cleveland Browns Youth Camp at the Browns' facility. As we reported on the corner several weeks ago, Coach Kyle has been hired by the Browns as a special advisor on Youth Football, particularly in the area's of health and safety.

Here is a tweet from the camp: We were proud to team up with Brooklyn Youth Football, Parma Seminoles Youth Football, Cleveland Browns, Purell and legendary Saint Ignatius High School Coach and USA Football master trainer Chuck Kyle to teach moms from all across Northeast Ohio ‪#‎headsupfootball‬

We will see you on Wasmer Field at 2 PM Thursday for the start of double sessions.      

  

    

 

 

   

 

 

              

 

The second afternoon and evening of double sessions is in the book. The Football 'Cats can don shoulder pads starting on Wednesday.
8/2/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio -  Senior wide receiver Colin Nieberding got things started on a positive note during Tuesday's afternoon drills with a nice route and catch, an effort that drew compliments from Saint Ignatius' veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo and 'Cats' 2015 first-team All-Ohio quarterback Dennis Grosel.

As we mentioned on the corner in previous camp reports, Grosel is helping out with the quarterbacks and receivers this summer and fall before he heads to Boston College in January as a preferred walk-on.

Among the other highlights from the afternoon was a well-read interception off a pass across the middle by senior defensive back Thomas Barrett.

And what's a good remedy for shaking off an interception? Just look for sure-handed senior receiver Mike Lehto on the next play.

Senior quarterback Patrick Ryan kept the offense flowing by clicking with gifted senior linebacker/tight end James Leyden on a nice over-the-top route.

Senior defensive lineman Joe Gibbons displayed exceptional lateral movement in helping shut down the running game and Barrett came to the fore again by coming up and filling the hole on a running play.

Junior wide receiver Killian Meehan combined with junior quarterback Kyle Hall on a nice pass and catch, senior running back Dean "The Dream" Stowers and sophomore running back Jahadge "Bo" Floyd displayed some nice balance and vision in the early team drills, as did sophomore quarterback Patrick Delahunty off a keeper.

Wrapping up the first session highlights was a sharp pass from Delahunty to the sure hands of sophomore wide receiver Anthony Pilla.

O-LINE TAKES CENTER STAGE

Coach Adam Rini's and Coach Paul Yappel's Offensive Linemen, both the veterans and the underclassmen, put together some solid work during the evening session.

Those efforts up front allowed senior tailback Jimmy Andrews to continue his solid camp and showed the way for a nice burst over the left side by senior running back Daryl  Forrest, and a picture-perfect fake and keeper over the right side by Hall.

Seniors Alex Ringfield and Matt Wiegandt turned in some nice work in the secondary and junior quarterback Daniel Alexander combined with junior wide receiver Connor Kennedy on a deep pass that saw Kennedy come up with a leaping reception near the Lorain Avenue end zone.

Leyden made a case for the defense by dropping into coverage from his linebacker position and making it look almost too easy as he read a pass all the way and came up with an interception.

With Leyden applying some nice pressure off the edge, junior safety Justin Sands picked off a deep pass.

Ryan got the offensive clicking again as he fired an authoritative deep ball that saw senior wide receiver Rob Soeder climb the ladder for an outstanding leaping catch. Coming up with smooth, stay in bounds receptions along the home sideline were junior wide receiver Andrew Chalhoub and Connor Kennedy.

The defense rose again, however, as senior mainstays along the D-Line, Mike Chime and Patrick Viancourt, pursued downhill with passion.

It was time for the younger offensive linemen to step up, and they did just that.

"Nice work Toby," yelled Coach Rini to 6-3, 275-pound junior guard Toby Engel, who helped get the ground game back on track, including a long burst down the left sideline by junior tailback Mark Bobinski.

Down the stretch of Tuesday's second session, Alexander found sure-handed junior wide receiver Sammy Snyder streaking across the middle and combined with promising junior wide receiver Michael Drobnick on some nice routes.

Ryan worked the final plays of the evening and hooked up with multi-skilled senior wide receiver Travis Pot on some sure routes, and the defense made its closing marks off some nice pressure by standout senior linebacker Adam Shibley, junior nose tackle Aidan Gill and sophomore defensive end Aidan Wells.

We'll see you at Wednesday's double sessions, which begin at 2 PM on Wasmer Field.          

   

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Congratulations to Coach Mike McLaughlin's outstanding Wildcats Soccer Program on earning a second-place preseason national ranking in USA Today's Super 25 poll
8/2/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The Soccer Cats were ranked second to St. Benedict's Prep out of Newark, New Jersey, the program that shared USA Today's Super 25 National Championship with the Wildcats in the fall of 2015.

Note: The corner will be previewing the 2016 Soccer Cats next week.  

The first day of the OHSAA Fall Sports practices featured the good, the bad and the "not too bad" for the Football Wildcats as two-a-days got underway on Wasmer Field
8/1/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Saint Ignatius' Hall of Fame Head Football Coach Chuck Kyle' 69 saw just about what he expected from the first day of double sessions, some very good things and things that have to be sharpened or improved upon before next week's first scrimmage versus Coach Jim McQuaide's Solon Comets.

The Comets, who feature a veteran nucleus from last year's OHSAA playoff team, will pay a visit to Wasmer Field on August 9th for what has become a traditional preseason tune-up between two of the finest and classiest programs in Ohio. The scrimmage/drills will begin at 10 AM.

Saint Ignatius will have an intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday, August 13th at Wasmer Field and the final summer tune-up will be the annual Varsity Jamboree versus the Canton McKinley Bulldogs on August 18th. The Jamboree will kick off at 7 PM from Canton Central Catholic's Lowell Klinefelter Stadium and will be played under regular game conditions.

The Wildcats open their 2016 season on Friday night, August 26th, versus the Normandy Invaders at Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium. The 'Cats defeated the Invaders, 63-7, in last year's season opener at Byers Field.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM MONDAY'S TWO-A-DAYS, AS A NICE BREEZE COMPLEMENTED THE SUNSHINE AND MADE THINGS A LITTLE MORE MANAGEABLE FOR THE PLAYERS AND THE COACHES.

Senior defensive back Chris Hyland made an exceptional read and move on the ball in intercepting a pass across the middle and taking it the distance, and senior wide receiver Ryan Cook came up with another athletic reception in the early going.

Junior quarterback Daniel Alexander hooked up with junior wide receiver Sam Snyder off a nice pitch and catch, senior quarterback Patrick Ryan was money on an authoritative throw to the sure hands of junior wide receiver Max Pike, senior fullback/linebacker Ben Delhees made a savvy read of the hole off a running play and then complemented that move with a running catch off a swing pass in the left flat.

Senior quarterback Luke Baker received some words of encouragement from veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo for his read and throw on a connection with junior tight end Alex Schum that saw Luke maintain his composure under a heavy rush from the defensive line.

The defense came to the fore off another perfectly timed interception return by senior linebacker Adam Shibley, who is having an exceptional camp, and a heads-up interception off a tipped pass by junior linebacker/defensive back Jonathan Ockunzzi, who also paid a visit to pick city. Shibley would make his presence felt a few plays later by batting down a pass off penetration.

The pressure up front from big-game tested veterans such as defensive linemen Mike Chime, Joe Gibbons and Patrick Viancourt, along with the "Linebacker Legion" of Shibley, senior Johnny Velotta and senior James Leyden, gave the offense problems throughout the evening session.     

Senior tailback Dean Stowers made a clever spin move away from the defenders after he hauled in a short pass in the middle of the field and "Dean The Dream" also drew a huge smile from Saint Ignatius' veteran Running Backs Coach Terry Fergus for the vision he displayed in the running game.

Junior quarterback Kyle Hall and Schum clicked on an impressive long ball down the seam, but it was junior wide receiver Andrew Chalhoub who earned a nomination into the Good Hands Club with two big-time receptions - a leaping catch down the home sideline of Wasmer Field that saw Andrew haul in Mr. Wilson between two defenders and a smooth, sure-handed grab of a deep lazer down the seam off the strong arm of Ryan.

Double sessions resume on Tuesday at 2 PM.    

  

 

  

 

 

                

Here is the cross country workout schedule for the next two weeks and other items to note from Dr. Mike Gallagher '71, the Head Coach of the defending State Champion Wildcats
7/31/2016

From Coach Gallagher: Freshman and runners not attending camp.This week's workouts are on your own except for Wednesday. If you are not at camp, you should be at practice on Wednesday.

8/1: 35-40 mi, easy w 8 x 50 m striders, drills and core.

8/2: Repeat 8/1.

8/3: Team practice at Saint Ignatius on the Gabor Track at Wasmer Field, 5:30  PM.

8/4: Repeat Monday.
 
8/5 : 2 mi easy core, drills.
 
8/6 Saturday. Final team time trial 8 AM at Saint Ignatius. Note: If you have met the freshman or class standard, you DO NOT have to attend. If you have made the standard, your workout is 45- 50 min easy on your own. 
 
8/7: Off.
 
NOTE: No bus transportation to practice until school starts, unless indicated. 
 
8/8  Mandatory daily practice begins  Edgewater lower level 5 -6:30.
 
8/9  Edgewater 5-6:30.
 
8/10 Hinckley Reservation 1:30-3:30, meet in Spillway parking lot.  Bus transportation will be provided. Leaves school at 12:30.
 
8/11  Edgewater 5-6:30.
 
8/12 Team photos 9 AM sharp at Saint Ignatius. Workout to follow. We will finish by 11 AM.
 
Please make certain you have a current physical updated and all forms signed on Final Forms to be eligible to participate. There are still a number of forms that have not been filled out by parents and/or students. THIS MUST BE COMPLETED BY 8/6!!!
Checks will be deposited this week. Gear will be distributed on 8/12
 
Go Cats!
Doc
After wrapping up a promising series of mini camps, the 2016 Football Wildcats will point to Monday and the start of the OHSAA two-a-day practice sessions
7/28/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit July 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Following Thursday's final mini camp of the summer, Saint Ignatius' veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo addressed the Varsity Football Wildcats and emphasized to them how they have to be ready starting Monday to take the promise they displayed in the summer camps and build it into a season they will always cherish.

And the operative word is they, as Coach Restifo said it will take "everyone" buying in, not just the seniors, to be able to wipe out the sting of last year, when the Wildcats lost to longtime West Side rival and eventual 2015 big-school State Champion St. Edward in the regular-season finale and failed to qualify for the OHSAA playoffs for just the second time since Saint Ignatius' record postseason run began in 1988.

That run included an OHSAA best 11 Division I state championships, including an amazing five in a row from 1991 to 1995. The Football 'Cats were also crowned National Champions in 1989, 1993 and 1995, were a National Runner-Up in 2008 and a State Runner-Up in 1996.

Before calling it an evening on Wasmer Field, Coach Restifo looked around at the 2016 Wildcats, who knelt in a circle, and told then that no one is talking about Saint Ignatius (in the state's preseason hype), and that should just motivate them even more.

Standout senior defensive lineman Mike Chime shared with this corner before one of the early summer mini camps that the 2016 Wildcats definitely have a chip on their shoulder.

Starting Monday at 2 PM in the first two-a-day session of the season, Chime and the rest of the 'Cats can begin turning that chip into what will be a significant dividend come the end of October and even a bigger gain in November and early December.

Here are some of the highlights from Thursday's final mini camp, as Saint Ignatius' Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Kyle '69 prepares his team for another memorable late summer and fall journey, Coach Kyle's 34th as the head of one of the most storied high school football programs in the nation.

VARSITY

The 'Cats' vaunted passing game was on fire early as senior quarterback Patrick Ryan and junior wide receiver Michael Drobnick picked up where they left off on Wednesday evening by hooking up on some nice throws and catches.

Drobnick also combined with junior quarterback Kyle Hall on a long touchdown strike into the scoreboard end zone of Wasmer Field. Along with his pass catching duties, Drobnick also contributed as a defensive back/dog.

Also maintaining their high ranking in the Good Hands Club on Thursday were senior wide receivers Riley Kinzel, Michael Daugenti, Travis Pot and Mike Lehto, and junior wideout Sammy Snyder.

A CASE FOR THE DEFENSE: Mike Chime and his buddies up front - senior nose tackle Joe Gibbons and seniors Patrick Viancourt and Michael Czaja - were making their presence felt, as were veteran linebackers Adam Shibley, Johnny Velotta and James Leyden. Leyden and Czaja also tuned in some nice moments at tight end.

HIGH PRAISE: Saint Ignatius All-Ohio senior center and East Carolina recruit John Spellacy told the corner at the end of the mini camps that senior offensive lineman Owen Hearns and junior offensive linemen Juan Pen and Billy Corte are among the most improved players in camp and have really impressed him.

CAT PAWS: Leaving their marks on Wasmer Field under a late in the day Ohio City sun were junior tailback Mark Bobinski, junior fullback Aidan Gill and senior tailbacks Jimmy Andrews and Dean "The Dream" Stowers.   

JUNIOR VARSITY

Doing some solid work again was the JV offensive line of sophomore Owen Murphy and Co.

The young, but big young men along the line allowed sophomore running backs Jahadge "Bo" Floyd  and Jack Kennedy to continue their solid preseasons with some impressive cuts and quick hitters off and through the healthy holes provided by the offensive line.

PASS DEFENSE: Among those roaming the secondary for Defensive Backfield Coaches Kevin Johnson and Pat Hinkel, and Linebackers Coach Ryan Franzinger, were sophomores Jett Elad, Mitchell Puhalsky, Owen Adler and Chris Velotta (Johnny's cousin). Puhalsky also contributed to the running game.

NAME TO REMEMBER: In what was an impressive all-around performance on Thursday afternoon, 6-foot-4, 220-pound sophomore defensive end Aidan Wells was a force up front with his penetration and pressure.

Wildcats Defensive Line Coach Dave Cicetti was very pleased with Aidan's efforts, which included Aidan going airborne and batting away two passes and deflecting another.

Aidan also turned in some work at tight end for Coach Restifo and Receivers Coach Josiah Kedzior with a couple of key blocks and a reception.

It seems like just yesterday that Aidan left an impression on this old-timer with his solid performance in the Freshmen Basketball Team's victory at St. Edward last winter.

Just a reminder that the 'Cats' first preseason scrimmage will be Tuesday, August 9th versus the Solon Comets at 10 AM on Wasmer Field. Coach Jim McQuaide's Comets return 17 starters from their 2015 Division I playoff team.

We will see you on Monday for the start of two-a-days, which again begin at 2 PM.        

       

   

  

 

  

 

 

Please note the change of venue for the Fall Sports Parents Meeting on Thursday night
7/27/2016

Tomorrow (Thursday) night's Fall Sports Parents Meeting will be held in Father Sullivan Gymnasium at 6 p.m., not in the Breen Center as was originally planned.

The Wildcats' next-to-last mini camp featured plenty of playmakers
7/27/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit July 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - The Saint Ignatius Varsity and Junior Varsity Football Wildcats will wrap up camp on Thursday and then take a three-day break before the start of two-a-day practices on Monday.

Thursday's final mini camp will get underway at 3 PM for the Junior Varsity, followed by the Varsity camp at 5.

Here is a corner's view on some of the highlights that took place during Wednesday's Varsity and Junior Varsity drills on a humid Wasmer Field.

VARSITY

The "Linebacker Legion" got things started as strong and savvy senior LB Adam Shibley read the pass pattern and mistreated Mr. Wilson with an authoritative breakup of the ball.

An on-the-money swing pass in the right flat from senior quarterback Patrick Ryan to senior tailback Jimmy Andrews that hit Jimmy's hands in stride got the offense flowing and senior signal-caller Luke Baker, who said he is just trying to move up on the depth chart, throw an impressive long ball to junior wide receiver/tight end Alexander Schum that resulted in six for the scoreboard end zone of Wasmer Field.

Saint Ignatius' veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo, who was working with Ryan and Co. at the other end of the field, saw Baker's throw and yelled "nice ball" to Luke.

The Wildcats' deep and gifted receiving corps that we have mentioned prominently throughout this summer turned in some strong and soft hands work from senior Riley Kinzel and junior Sam Snyder, and, in what was the offensive play of the day and evening, Ryan unleashed another "beautiful" deep ball that hit talented and tough junior wide receiver Michael Drobnick in stride and into the Lorain Avenue end zone. Michael is also a mainstay for Coach Mark Sullivan's Men of the Mats, aka the Saint Ignatius Wrestling Program.

Coach Terry Fergus' running backs had another workman-like evening as Andrews, fellow senior tailback Dean "The Dream" Stowers and junior tailback Mark Bobinski took Mr. Wilson on some nice rides.

And Ryan got into the ground control column with a veteran, eyes-down-field elusive scramble as the evening was saying hello to a picture-perfect sunset in Ohio City.

In what was another case for the defense, senior defensive backs Chris Hyland and John Lenehan were ball-hawking all evening, as Chris came up with an interception and almost went pick city twice off a quick-reaction breakup.

Lenehan, who plays much bigger than his 5-foot-8 frame, drew the praise of 'Cats' Defensive Backfield Coach Kevin Johnson after he made an impressive interception and repeatedly stepped up as tough as nails against the running game and the swing passes.

THE JUNIOR VARSITY

Coach Restfo and Wildcats Quarterbacks Coach Jim Cahill were pleased with the running of sophomores Jahadge "Bo" Floyd and Jack Kennedy throughout an afternoon that also saw sophomore defensive back/linebacker Danny Scelza close on the ball for an interception along the home sideline of Wasmer Field.

Floyd and Kennedy were very sharp again when it came to making their cuts, inside and outside.

The passing game also came to the fore behind a nice read and throw by sophomore quarterback Patrick Delahunty into the sure hands of sophomore wide receiver/defensive back John Wetula.

Delahunty, keeping his composure despite a high snap, made an athletic cut off a QB keeper and he combined with Kennedy on an authoritative pass off a nice read that was complemented by the soft hands of Kennedy.

The JV offensive linemen continued to impress in allowing Delahunty, Floyd and Kennedy the space to operate, as the young men up front played a huge role in what was a perfectly executed trap play.

We'll see you on Wasmer Field Thursday, as we put a -30- on the mini camp portion of 2016 and gear up for Monday's start of two-a-days, where champions are made.       

    

     

 

 

 

     

  

 

  

Please note that the Wildcats' Varsity Football preseason Jamboree versus Canton McKinley in Stark County has been moved to Thursday, August 18th at 7 PM. It was originally scheduled for August 19th.
7/27/2016

The annual Varsity Jamboree between the 'Cats and the Bulldogs, the final tune-up of the preseason, will be played under regular game conditions and there will be an admission charge, which is permitted by the OHSAA for a preseason Jamboree game-conditions format.

- Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer 

 

  

The 'Cats' depth and versatility come to the fore again during Tuesday evening's Varsity Football Camp
7/26/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit July 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Throughout Saint Ignatius' Varsity Football Camps, this corner has consistently referred to depth and versatility as being two of the Wildcats' major strengths for 2016.

After Tuesday evening's Varsity drills, that opinion hasn't changed one bit.

In fact, after multi-skilled senior Ryan Cook hauled in a pass along the left sideline near the Lorain Avenue end zone, straddling one foot in bounds while concentrating on the ball, and then going to the other side of the ball and coming up with a highlight-reel interception along the home sideline of Wasmer Field that left Ryan's coaches and teammates applauding, I found myself saying "depth and versatility, baby" into my tape recorder.

You need to look no further than the receiving corps to appreciate the depth factor.

Along with Ryan Cook, senior wide receiver Michael Daugenti turned in a strong and active evening, as did fellow senior wide receiver/safety Mike Lehto, the Chairman of the Board for the Good Hands Club.

And, in what complemented Ryan Cook's interception as the plays of the evening, junior wide receiver Michael Drobnick broke free from coverage down the seam and, on a dead run, hauled in a deep ball from senior quarterback Patrick Ryan.

Drobnick's effort was reminiscent of the touchdown pass he caught in last season's Junior Varsity victory at St. Edward.

Along with Patrick Ryan's tosses, junior quarterback Kyle Hall drew the praise of Quarterbacks Coach Jim Cahill for the nice fake he made off a QB keeper and Coach Cahill yelled "Nice read Kyle" on a throw Hall made to junior tight end/wide receiver Alexander Schum.

GROUND GAME CITY: Saint Ignatius' running backs also made their presence felt.

Under the tutelage of veteran Running Backs Coach Terry Fergus, junior fullback/running back Reilly Casey made an authoritative move around the right side off a smooth roll out and toss from Kyle Hall, senior running back Daryl Forrest turned in a nice bounce to the outside for significant yardage over the left side, and senior tailback Jimmy Andrews and junior tailback Mark Bobinski continue to impress with their vision, balance and strong bursts.

Of course none of those impressive plays would be possible without the special work up front by Coach Adam Rini's and Coach Paul Yappel's offensive line, a unit anchored by All-Ohio senior center and East Carolina recruit John Spellacy.

A CASE FOR THE DEFENSE: Junior safety Justin Sands turned in an exceptional play that saw Justin climb the ladder in deep coverage and make a leaping interception, controlling possession of the ball as he came down on his back in front of the Lorain Avenue end zone. It was Justin's second impressive pick in two days.

Some of the defensive veterans, nose tackle Joe Gibbons, linebackers Adam Shibley and Johnny Velotta, and end Mike Chime were pursuing with passion all evening.

In closing on a defensive note, one of the evening's early drills consisted of working on two new pressures that the Wildcats' linebackers and linemen coaches are going to install this year.

Action resumes on Wednesday at Wasmer Field, with the Junior Varsity session at 3 PM and the Varsity practice at 5 PM. Like the past two days, both sessions will begin with the summer ritual of running/sprints.

See you there.      

  

 

      

       

Attention Wildcats Men of the Links. Here are the tee times for Monday's tryouts at Pine Hills
7/26/2016

From Head Coach Brian Becker '77: 

Fellas, enclosed are the tee times for day one of tryouts at Pine Hills Golf Course on Monday, August 1st.

Remember that we will walk and that you will pay for each round of the four day tryout. Pine Hills is $28 to play. Pine Hills does not have a range per say, but you can hit some balls before if you bring a shag bag.  Please be at the course at least a half hour before your listed tee time in case we have to make any changes.

Good luck to all and play well! We will field 3 teams, a Varsity, a JV Gold and a JV Blue, all contingent on score and age as usual. We will re-pair after each round according to score.


Monday August 1st at PINE HILLS:

10:26                                                   10:34                                                                   10:42
Hunter Rinkus  (sr)                              Adam Kaye  (sr)                                                Christian Lee (sr)
Ryan Grabowski (jr)                             Ryan Kman  (jr)                                                 Michael McCaffrey (jr)
Andrew Kaye (fr)                                  Ken Ripich (fr)                                                   Ross Williamson  (fr)



10:50                                                   10:58                                                                   11:06
Conor Koehnke (sr)                             Michael Iarussi (sr)                                             Angelo Corna (sr)
Owen Bilardo (jr)                                 Jake Moraca (soph)                                           Jack Straniero (sr)
Zach Hazard (fr)                                  Conor Warns (fr)                                                John Klym  (soph)




11:14                                                   11:22                                                                   11:30
Nick Neroni (sr)                                     Kyle Kolik  (soph)                                           Nate Sommerfield  (fr)
Brendan HUdec (sr)                              Eddie Keck (soph)                                          Brian Donelon (fr)
Jess Saunders (fr)                                Klye Gerrity (fr)                                                Steven Harmat (fr)
                                                              Chris Mays (soph)                                           Dan Mullin  (fr)

                                            
                                                                                              
     
                                            

 

Coach Kyle receives U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's "Coach of the Year Award" for Ohio
7/26/2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Coach Chuck Kyle '69, who is currently in his 34th season as the Wildcats' Head Football Coach, guided the Track and Field Wildcats to state and national prominence this past spring, including the program's second OHSAA Division 1 state track and field championship. Coach Kyle also led his track program to the state title in 2001, a state runner up finish in 2005 and a third place finish in1999.

Better known for his record 11 State Football Championships and three National Titles on the gridiron, Coach Kyle has been coaching track at his alma mater for more than four decades.

Congrats from this old-timer go out to Coach Kyle, his outstanding track and field coaching staff, and the gifted student track and field athletes he has devolped.

- Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Patrick Ryan holds the hot hand on a day when the 'Cats had their running shoes on
7/25/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit July 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - After he unleashed one of his many strong and accurate throws on Monday evening, Saint Ignatius senior quarterback Patrick Ryan smiled and said: "It's coming together!"

And that it is.

The Saint Ignatius Football Wildcats, under the direction of veteran Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kyle, started the week with a strong and productive camp on both the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels, one that saw Ryan display the talent, savvy and leadership that Saint Ignatius' faithful have come to expect from their quarterbacks.

After taking part in the first day of their challenging conditioning drills of runs and sprints, which were timed and critiqued by the coaching staff, the Varsity 'Cats went through their various position work and then took part in the always entertaining match and team competition.

ON THE MONEY: Ryan, who played behind record-setting, first-team All-Ohio quarterback Dennis Grosel last season, hooked up with junior wide receiver Sam Snyder on an exceptional deep route that drew a smile from Saint Ignatius' veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo, a man who has honed the skills of 16 All-Ohio quarterbacks at Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School.

Along with his deep ball, Ryan was also sharp with his intermediate throws, including a swing pass hookup with junior running back Luke Mooney and a nicely timed sideline route to senior wide receiver Ryan Cook.

Moving with athleticism in the pocket, Ryan, after reading the defense and seeing that nothing was available in the secondary, tucked the ball away and headed in the direction of the Lorain Avenue end zone of Wasmer Feld for a sizeable gain.

FIST PUMP FOR "BO BO": Wildcats gritty and skilled junior tailback Mark Bobinski, after hauling in a swing pass, put together a highlight-reel juke move on a would-be tackler that drew a fist pump from Coach Restifo and a roar of approval from his teammates.

MORE AIR CATS: Junior quarterback Daniel Alexander and senior wide receiver Travis Pot combined on a deep route down the home sideline of Wasmer Field that featured 4-Star efforts from both young men - Daniel's authoritative throw from the pocket and Travis' ability to adjust to the ball, leap and make the catch.

"NICE CUT JIMMY, NICE CUT!": Yelled Saint Ignatius' veteran Assistant Coach/Quarterbacks Coach Jim Cahill after tough and talented senior tailback Jimmy Andrews took a quick toss from Ryan in the backfield and, sprinting left, cut on a dime up the middle and turned what looked like a possible loss into a significant gain.

GOOD HANDS CLUB ENTRIES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL: Go to junior wide receiver Max Pike for his smooth reaction to the ball and subsequent reception, and junior safety Justin Sands, who came up with a perfectly timed diving interception.

THE JAYVEES DISPLAY THEIR ENDURANCE: As Wildcats outstanding Linebackers Coach Ryan Franzinger pointed out, Saint Ignatius' football alums will be glad to know that the 'Cats ran the "grueling" 600s as part of their conditioning drills on Monday. The JV linemen held their own, my friends.

THE HYDRATION CREW: After the Junior Varsity finished its challenging conditioning drills, Wildcats Varsity Captains John Spellacy and Johnny Velotta came out on Wasmer Field and helped cool off the Jayvees with squirt guns.

REMEMBER THE NAME, IT WON'T BE HARD: During Monday afternoon's JV match drill, 'Cats' impressive sophomore linebacker Tommy Eichenberg unleashed his range by reading the play and stepping in front of the ball for a textbook interception.

Tommy is the brother of former Wildcats All-Ohio and All-American offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg, who is a freshman for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

DELAHUNTY SHARP AGAIN: During the JV team drill Coach Restifo was pleased with two "nice reads" by sophomore quarterback Patrick Delahunty, a pass to sophomore tight end Jack Cannon and another pitch and catch with sophomore running back./receiver Jack Kennedy.

Kennedy received some accolades from Coach Cahill for his exceptional display of balance on a running play off the left side.

IN CASE YOU EVER WONDERED: The Wildcats use two brands of Wilson footballs, the GST and the 1005.

Dennis Grosel, who owns first and second place on the 'Cats' all-time list for passing yards in a game, said the more broken in the football is, the better. As we posted in the corner's camp notes last week, Dennis is helping Coach Restifo and Coach Cahill with the quarterbacks this summer and fall before leaving for Boston College in the winter, where he will be a preferred walk on in the spring.

Camp resumes on Tuesday, the Jayvees at 3 PM and the Varsity at 5 PM. We'll see you there.              

  

 

  

     

  

   

   

 

  

 

     

    

 

Just a reminder that Junior Varsity (3 PM) and Varsity (5 PM) Football Camp resumes on Monday, and a personal congrats
7/24/2016

For a look at Friday's camp, see the corner's post from Friday night.

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer, who says congratulations to Ken Griffey Jr., the pride of Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, and Mike Piazza, perseverance personified, on their inductions into Baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Mike's acknowledgement of the New York Police Officers and Firemen who sacrificed their lives on 9/11 was just another example of the class he carried with him throughout his career and continues to exude.     

The schedule and items of interest for this week and next month in Wildcats Cross Country
7/24/2016

From Head Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher and posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Runners and parents,

Please check Final Forms and make sure all forms are signed and updated.

Open Trail Runs week of 7/25:
Northeast: Monday, Tuesday 8:30 am at Girdled Road Reservation.  
Beaumont : 9 am Monday and Tuesday, Thursday at 9 am.    
Bonnie Park : Thursday 9:30 am.  
Station Road: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5:30 pm
Mastick: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 9 am.   
Team practice/time trial: Wednesday 7/27, Saint Ignatius at 5:30.

August schedule of practices
8/3 team practice at Saint Ignatius, 5:30.  
8/6 Saint Ignatius, 8 am. FINAL TIME TRIAL. This time trial is for those runners who have not been exempted by meeting the time standards at a previous practice. 
8/8 Mandatory practice begins! Edgewater lower level, 5:00-6:30.
8/9 Edgewater, 5-6:30.
8/10 Hinkley Reservation, 1:30-3:30. Bus leaves school at 12:30. Meet in the Spillway parking lot, 
8/11 Edgewater, 5-6:30.
8/12 Saint Ignatius, 9am Team Photos. Practice to follow.
8/15 Edgewater 5-6:30.
8/16 Penitentiary Glen (Kirtland) 5k race at 6 pm with picnic to follow. Bus leaves school at 4:15.
8/17 Freshmen Orientation. Practice time TBA. 
8/18 Mastick, 3:30, 5:30. Bus transportation provided.
8/19 Saint Ignatius, 3:00-4:30.
 
Go 'Cats!
Be State Champs!
 
Doc
Dr. Mike Gallagher
Head Cross Country Coach
Former Saint Ignatius hockey standout Aidan Spellacy'16 will be furthering his career on the ice with the Lone Star Brahmas of the North American Hockey League
7/24/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Cleveland, Ohio - Aidan, a four-year member of Coach Pat O'Rourke's state and nationally recognized program, was a key fixture on two of the Ice Cats' four OHSAA State Ice Hockey Championships - 2014 and 2016.

The Brahmas reside in North Richland Hills, Texas.  

A captain and a first-team All-Ohio forward this past winter, Aidan, despite playing with a badly separated shoulder, totaled a goal and three assists in this year's 4-3 State Championship Game victory over University School at Nationwide Arena, the home of the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Ice Cats brought home No. 4 in what was the 39th Annual OHSAA State Ice Hockey Tournament.

"He toughed it out and in fact played very well," Coach O'Rourke said of Aidan's big-hearted effort in what was an all-Cleveland area state title faceoff with Great Lakes Hockey League rival University School. "What an outstanding captain he was!"

With Aidan leaving it all on the ice, Coach O'Rourke's 2016 Ice Cats became just the 5th local team ever to win the "Triple Crown" of hockey - regular season division title, city tournament title, and state title.

Congratulations from this corner go out to Aidan, whom I had the privilege of covering for the past four hockey seasons.

All of the Best to Aidan in his time with the Brahmas, and may God Bless Him in all of his future endeavors.

NOTE: Here is some info on the league in which Aidan will be competing, courtesy of the North American Hockey League.

Celebrating its 41st season in 2016-17, the NAHL, the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior league boasting 24 teams in 12 states from across North America, prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes ages 16-20 with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey.

The NAHL offers junior hockey players the opportunity to develop, learn, train, grow and succeed, while playing for free. The NAHL is unique in the fact that a vast majority of players begin their NAHL careers without an NCAA opportunity, but earn one through the course of their development in the league.

The NAHL's dedication to player development is demonstrated by the league's high-profile annual exposure events like the NAHL Showcase in September, the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in February and the NAHL Robertson Cup Championship in May, which have all evolved into hockey's most prominent and popular of its kind and are a must-see for NCAA programs and NHL teams alike.

During the 2015-16 season, a total of 210+ NAHL players committed to NCAA schools to date and in the past two seasons, over 450 players have made NCAA commitments. In addition, 11 current NAHL players have been listed on the 2016 final NHL Central Scouting list and seven players with NAHL ties were selected in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Wildcats Football puts together another solid day of drills on both the Junior Varsity and Varsity levels
7/22/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit July 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Saint Ignatius' Junior Varsity and Varsity Football programs continued to display their versatility on Friday afternoon and early evening, as a bright sun and the 90-plus degree temperatures that accompanied it made themselves at home on the turf at Wasmer Field.

With Wildcats Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Kyle and his exceptional staff making sure the players were properly hydrated throughout the JV and Varsity drills, a hydration that also included a sprinkler adjacent to the water tank, Saint Ignatius wrapped up another mini camp on high notes.

Wildcats gifted senior tailback Jimmy Andrews , who is in tip-top condition, was running with vision, power, quickness and cutting balance throughout Friday evening's Varsity drills.

Jimmy, who looks slim and trim while still carrying his game-day weight of 190 to 195 pounds, had one word for the top shape he is in - "Rubino!"

Wildcats outstanding Strength and Conditioning Coach Anthony Rubino has earned the praise of every coach in Saint Ignatius' 16 Varsity Sports for the superb work he is doing with the Student Athletes at Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School.

As for the 'Cats' versatility, multi-skilled senior linebacker/tight end James Leyden wasted little time in putting that on display as he reached down with two hands and caught a low pass on the run that flirted with his shoelaces. No need for a review, my friends, it was just another Leyden special that we've grown accustom to.

A few minutes later, Leyden, reading the play from the get-go, stepped in front of a pass from his linebacker position and tacked up one for pick city.

Getting back to the ground game, junior Aidan Gill unleashed some power, balance and quickness from the running back/fullback positions. Aidan and Jimmy Andrews are products of Our Lady of Angels and Leyden also played some CYO football for OLA.

In making a case for the defense, junior linebacker Andrew Boldy batted away a pass across the middle and drew the praise of Wildcats' outstanding Linebackers Coach Ryan Franzinger.

In another example of Saint Ignatius' depth and versatility, tough and talented 6-foot-4 senior defensive end Michael Czaja put in some work at tight end on Friday evening and did more than a credible job.

Wildcats hard-nosed senior defensive lineman Patrick Viancourt was quick to refer to the nice work put in both Thursday and Friday by teammate Dante Cipriani, a ball-hawking senior defensive back, and senior quarterback Patrick Ryan and junior quarterbacks Daniel Alexander and Kyle Hall each had their moments off authoritative throws.

On the receiving end of several of those above-mentioned passes was reliable and athletic senior wide receiver Mike Lehto.  

It was great to see veteran Running Backs Coach Terry Fergus back at practice on Friday and also great to see Wildcats 2015 first-team All-Ohio quarterback Dennis Grosel '16 working with the Junior Varsity and Varsity quarterbacks and receivers on Friday. Dennis is going to assist veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo and Quarterbacks Coach Jim Cahill this summer and fall before leaving for Boston College in January, where he will be a preferred walk-on in the spring.

The early stages of Friday afternoon's Junior Varsity session saw Coach Kyle, Coach Restifo and Coach Mark Ruddy work with JV quarterbacks Patrick Delahunty, Michael Sarko and Caden Campolieti, along with promising tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd, on the vision and cuts of the running game off the timing of the pitch from the quarterback.

Campolieti, who also fired some smooth passes during Friday's drills, is another one of those versatile players who can line up at tight end and wide receiver. A couple his memorable throws on Friday went to wide receiver Nate Conry and tight end Jack Cannon.

Defensively for the Junior Varsity, cornerback Michael Mangan and linebacker Chris Velotta were among those finding the ball and disrupting the offensive flow, and defensive back/linebacker John Wetula drew a smile and a compliment from Coach Franzinger for the pressure he applied.

A reminder to the Junior Varsity and Varsity players to bring along their running shoes to practice on Monday (3 PM for JV and 5 PM for Varsity), as conditioning will take center stage on Wasmer Field. Again, pack your running shoes along with your football shoes/spikes.

See you at Wasmer Field on Monday. Have a great weekend, eat healthy and stay hydrated.    

  

 

   

    

 

 

     

 

 

 

       

       

After four mini camps and a 27-day break, Coach Chuck Kyle's Football Wildcats went back to work on Thursday
7/21/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit July 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - The heat and humidity that hovered over Wasmer Field late Thursday afternoon and early evening were, as Saint Ignatius' Hall of Fame Head Football Coach Chuck Kyle pointed out, tempered a bit by the gray clouds spread around Ohio City.

From the moment the Junior Varsity Wildcats began their practice at 3 PM until the final play of a Varsity session that started at 5 and ended just before 7 PM, one thing was evident - the Football 'Cats were certainly not lacking in energy after a 27-day break that followed four mini camps in June.  

Some sharpening was needed, but then that's what preseason camps are for.

The effort and the heart, however, were there from the get-go on Thursday.

A CASE FOR THE DEFENSE: The opening of the Junior Varsity session featured a receivers versus defensive backs drill under the tutelage of Coach Kyle, defensive backfield coaches Pat Hinkel and Kevin Johnson, and wide receivers coach Josiah Kedzior.

Standing out in the early drill was sophomore defensive back Owen Adler, who picked off a pass and also came up with a strong reaction play on the ball along the left sideline toward the scoreboard end zone of Wasmer Field.

"Good stuff Adler," yelled Coach Hinkel, an All-Ohio defensive back/running back on Saint Ignatius' 2008 Division I State Championship Team, who went on to an outstanding football career at Miami of Ohio.

AIR 'CATS: "Beautiful, beautiful," yelled Coach Kedzior after Saint Ignatius sophomore quarterback Patrick Delahunty and sophomore wide receiver Luke Cooper were money on a slant pass across the middle.

Sophomore quarterback Mike Sarko also hooked up on a couple of nice completions to sure-handed sophomore tight end Jack Cannon during what was a nice series by Sarko and Cannon.

THE GOOD HANDS CLUB: The early entry on Thursday was promising sophomore wide receiver Nigel Drummond, who made a picture-perfect catch off a deep seam route in what was a textbook display of catching the ball with your hands.

RUN & RECEIVE: Practice on the Junior Varsity level ended with some nice runs by sophomore tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd, who has a knack for finding those seams, no matter how big or small, and another smooth connection from Delahunty to Cooper.

"LINEBACKER LEGION": It's no secret that Saint Ignatius' Varsity Wildcats have one of the finest linebacker corps in the area, led by seniors Adam Shibley, Johnny Velotta and James Leyden.

That LB efficiency was on display early and often in the evening's Varsity drills, as the "Legion" was roaming with passion. A reaction to the ball and pass breakup by Shibley drew a roar from Adam's teammates and his coaches.

DOUBLE DUTY: Leyden, who doubles at tight end, went up in the air in traffic and brought down the ball, and senior wide receiver/safety Mike Lehto put his track and field athleticism and soft hands on display by climbing the ladder down the middle and hauling in a high throw.

RELENTLESS CITY: The 'Cats' veteran defensive line, which will complement the "Legion" this fall, got some nice penetration and pressure up front from veterans Mike Chime, Joe Gibbons and Patrick Viancourt.

CAMPING: Saint Ignatius' gifted and gritty Junior Varsity quarterback Patrick Delahunty spent four days last month at the Archie, Eli and Peyton Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana.

Patrick said it was "really cool" to see the numerous college quarterbacks at the Manning Academy, including Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma.

"Getting better in everything I've already learned (at Saint Ignatius) and showing me a few new things," Patrick said of what he benefitted most from by attending the camp.

Saint Ignatius' gifted All-Northeast Lakes District and All-Ohio senior punter/kicker Colin Goodfellow has been scanning the globe this summer as far as his camp stops are concerned.

"The first one I went to was Kentucky, then Ohio State, Northwestern, North Carolina, James Madison, Pittsburgh and some small training camps," Colin said. "Tomorrow (Friday) all three of us kickers (Colin and juniors Matthew Trickett and Drew Alessandro) are going to Wales, Wisconsin for the big Kohl's Kicking camp.

"Traveling the country, it has been quite an experience," said Colin, who emphasized that he has been concentrating and focusing in on his punting and kickoffs.            

CLOSE TO HIS DECISION: Brendan DeVenney '17, one of the lead broadcasters for Saint Ignatius' outstanding Student Broadcasting Network, said he has John Carroll University, Mount Union and Canisius College at the top of his college list as he approaches his senior year.

"Canisius is partnering with ESPN for broadcasting its athletics, especially basketball and hockey," Brendan said. "John Carroll and Canisius are both Jesuit Schools and I definitely want to stay with the Catholic tradition and education."

Brendan pointed to John Carroll's sports broadcasting tradition, which includes "their phenomenal football and basketball teams," and the fact that John Carroll is close to home.

"Right now, they (the Blue Streaks of John Carroll) are probably one of the best opportunities for me," said Brendan, adding that Mount Union and Canisius are two and three, respectively, on his list.

For the time being, Brendan is going to focus on his senior year at Saint Ignatius and what should be another special fall season in Wildcats Athletics.

COACH KYLE TO APPEAR ON NEWS CHANNEL 5's "INSIDE THE CLEVELAND BROWNS." Members of the "Inside The Cleveland Browns" staff were at practice on Thursday to film some of the 'Cats' drills and to interview Coach Kyle on his innovative views for youth football and how to develop the proper safety measures at that level.

The show is schedule to air a week from this Sunday, July 31st, at 11 AM on News Channel 5.

A 1962 DIFFERENCE MAKER: In a battle for the West Senate Championship between the Wildcats and the West Tech Warriors at my old home away from home, West Tech Field, former Saint Ignatius standout defensive end and current longtime Assistant Football and Track and Field Coach Mr. Tom Flandera made a special teams play that was special in every sense of the word.

With the Wildcats clinging to a 6-0 lead, the Warriors received the second-half kickoff, but were forced to punt from deep in their territory.

Tom Flandera came charging through the line and blocked the punt, and the ball was recovered by Saint Ignatius tackle Larry Kellner. That set up a touchdown gallop and a two-point conversion run, both by standout quarterback Ray Kubacki, and the Wildcats never looked back as they defeated West Tech, 40-12, and advanced to the 32nd City Championship Game versus the Benedictine Bengals on Thanksgiving morning.

"That punt Tom Flandera blocked was the turning point for us," Saint Ignatius' legendary Head Coach John J. Wirtz told The Plain Dealer's Hall of Fame reporter Mr. Ed Chay. "It broke Tech's back. That broke the tension and made it easier."

After the Wildcats defeated Benedictine, 6-0, in the City Championship Game, Coach Wirtz also pointed to Tom Flandera and his defensive line teammates for their "ferocious play" versus the Bengals.

Following Tom Flandera's selection to the Universe Bulletin's All-Area, All-Catholic Team, Coach Wirtz described Tom as one of the all-time best to ever play the defensive end position at Saint Ignatius.

Yes, special in every sense of the word.

See you on Wasmer Field Friday, as camp resumes with the Junior Varsity at 3 PM and the Varsity at 5 PM.                             

      

  

 

 

   

 

  

 

   

     

 

 

 

   

 

 

   

    

OHSAA and OAB to Co-Host Broadcasters Meeting
7/20/2016

Released by Mr. Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Communications, and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

OHSAA and OAB to Co-Host Broadcasters Meeting on August 17

Meeting to include broadcast updates, Q&A session and comments from Paul Keels, the voice of The Ohio State University Football

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Broadcasters involved with high school sports throughout Ohio are invited to a gathering on Aug. 17 hosted jointly by the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the Ohio Association of Broadcasters. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. at the OHSAA offices in Columbus.

Radio, television and online broadcasters are all welcome to attend. There is no fee to attend the meeting and a complimentary lunch will be provided. Discussion items will include current topics and updates in high school broadcasting, a question and answer session with OHSAA administrators and comments from WBNS radio’s Paul Keels.

“Radio and television stations around the state provide extensive coverage of their local high school sports teams,” said Christine Merritt, OAB president. “We appreciate our long-standing relationship with OHSAA and look forward to bringing together a group of our members to share ideas and discuss the challenges and opportunities of broadcasting high school sports.”

Attendees are asked to RSVP to Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Communications, at tstried@ohsaa.org.

“At one time there was an organized sports broadcasters group that met during the OHSAA boys basketball state tournament,” Dave Gray, OHSAA Interim Commissioner, said. “During the August broadcasters meeting, we would like to explore whether there is interest in forming a group like that again to promote and strengthen high school sports broadcasting.”

A similar collaborative effort with the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association was initiated in 2011. The OPSWA has now grown to 149 members and includes annual activities including a Hall of Fame induction ceremony, writing and photography contests and a statewide update meeting at the OHSAA.

  

  

And closing out a day of honors for Steve Milhoan, Lawrence Karpeh and Hunter Gordon, the thrillsome threesome were also named to the SNAPCHAT.COM/Top Drawer Soccer All-State Team
7/19/2016
Saint Ignatius soccer standout Hunter Gordon '16 and Head Coach Mike McLaughlin '85 join Steve Milhoan and Lawrence Karpeh on the SNAPCHAT.COM/Top Drawer Soccer All-Region Fall Team
7/19/2016
Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
 
Hunter, one of the top defenders in the Midwest last fall, is also furthering his education and soccer career at the University of Pittsburgh.
 
GREAT LAKES REGION
[Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin]
 
Ian Black  Dublin Jerome (Ohio) Sr.   Indiana
Anthony Bowie Forest Hills Central (Mich.) Sr. Western Michigan
Blake Carr Arrowhead (Wis.) Sr. Wisconsin
Stephen Milhoan '17 Saint Ignatius (Ohio) Jr.  Xavier
F Alec Phillipe Milwaukee Marquette (Wis.) Sr. Wright State
MF  Bryce Curran Mason (Ohio) Sr.   Xavier
MF  Lawrence Karpeh '16  Saint Ignatius (Ohio) Sr.  Pittsburgh
MF  Suad Suljic Minnetonka (Minn.) Sr.   Bradley
Hunter Gordon '16 Saint  Ignatius (Ohio) Sr.   Pittsburgh
Gary Zhao  Mason (Ohio) Sr.   University of Chicago
GK  Sean Teske Eastview (Minn.) Sr.   Hartford
Coach Mike McLaughlin '85 Saint Ignatius (Ohio)    
 
 
 
          
     
Wildcats soccer greats Steve Milhoan '17 and Lawrence Karpeh '16 garner SNAPCHAT.COM/Top Drawer Soccer All-America honors
7/19/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Steve Milhoan, who also earned Gatorade's Ohio Player of the Year honor, was Ohio's Mr. Soccer for 2015 and the Player of the Year in the seven-county area by cleveland.com, earned first-team All-America honors.

Lawrence Karpeh, who is furthering his education and soccer career at the University of Pittsburgh, was named to the second team.

Milhoan, who has verbally committed to Xavier University, was the only junior from 2015 selected to the First Team.

Milhoan and Karpeh helped lead Coach Mike McLaughlin's Soccer Cats to an unbeaten season in 2015, a fall that was highlighted by State and National Championships. Steve is gearing up for his senior season at Saint Ignatius, which begins on August 19th on the pitch at St. Edward. The corner will be previewing Coach McLaughlin's 2016 Wildcats next month.

NOTE: The TeamSnap All-America package is the culmination of months of research and evaluation of the top high school-playing talent in the nation.

While high school soccer is offered in the fall, winter or spring -- depending on state -- Top Drawer Soccer waits until after the school year is complete to release its All-America, All-Region and state All-Stars. Fall-playing states are acknowledged today, followed by winter-playing states on Wednesday and spring-playing states on Thursday. The lists are compiled by TDS senior high school editor Sheldon Shealer and reflect observation and information provided by coaches and local reporters.

Here is the first team from the fall-playing states.

SNAPCHAT.COM FALL ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM                                                       

Forwards

Ifunanyachi Achara, Berkshire School (Sheffield, Mass.), Sr.
Achara is one of the nation's most dynamic high school performers. In 36 career matches, he accounted for 90 points. He scoed 26 goals with 13 assists this past season. The former Nigerian Under-17 National Team member helped his club team to a US Youth Soccer national title in 2015. He has signed with Georgetown.
 
Stephen Milhoan, Saint Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio), Jr. (in 2015)
The lone junior on the TeamSnap Fall All-America first team, Milhoan was named Mr. Soccer in Ohio after leading Saint Ignatius to state and national titles, and an unbeaten season. Milhoan scored nine playoff goals, pushing his season total to 30 with 19 assists. 
 
Tre Pulliam, Archbishop Curley (Baltimore, Md.), Sr.
Pulliam was the Baltimore Sun Player of the Year after scoring 29 goals and assisting on 11 while leading Archbishop Curley to a conference runner-up finish to McDonogh. The UMBC signee ends his high school career with 74 goals, three short of the school record, which is held by former professional player Giuliano Celenza.
 
Ty Seager, Wheaton Academy (West Chicago, Ill.), Sr.
Even as a marked man, there was no stopped Seager. The two-time state player of the year had 34 goals and 16 assists, leading Wheaton Academy to a state runner-up finish. The Northwestern signee ends his high school career with 108 goals and 45 assists.
 
Midfielders
 
John Antunes, St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.), Sr.
Antunes dished out a team-high 19 assists, leading St. Benedict's to an 18-0 season, a 27th straight state title and a second straight SIMA FAB 50 Fall No. 1 ranking. It was St. Benedict's fourth FAB 50 national crown in the past five seasons. The former Youth National Team performer was the New Jersey Prep Player of the Year and he signed with Monmouth.
 
Luca Levee, Milton Academy (Milton, Mass.), Sr.
Levee dominated play in the midfield, leading Milton Academy to a 22-0 season and a TopDrawerSoccer.com Prep Top 10 No. 2 finish. Levee's 13th goal of the season put the finishing touches on a 2-0 Prep A championship victory. Levee signed with Maryland
 
Suad Suljic, Minnetonka (Minnetonka, Minn.), Sr.
Suljic was one of the top players at the High School All-American Game in December. The Minnesota Mr. Soccer scored 25 goals and handed out 18 assists in 17 matches. He had six goals and five assists in three playoff contests. Suljic signed with Bradley.
 
Emmanuel Twumasi, Kent School (Kent, Conn.), Sr.
A four-year starter and two-time all-NEPSAC performer, Twumasi got the chance to showcase his skills at the High School All-America Game, where he was selected as the co-player of the match. The Wake Forest signee had 81 career goals and 34 assists. 
 
Defenders
 
Michael DeShields, McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.), Sr.
DeShields teammed with Cale Thorne to provide one of the nation's top defenses, leading McDonogh to a second undefeated season in three years. DeShields scored the game-winning goal that gave McDonogh a national title in 2013. In 2015, the Wake Forest signee scored nine goals and handed out three assists as the Eagle won the MIAA A Conference title. 
 
Alex Palazzolo, Christian Brothers (St. Louis, Mo.), Sr.
The Indiana signee returned from Development Academy play to anchor the Christian Brothers defense. The team posted 17 shutouts and Palazzolo was named the Missouri Class 4 Player of the Year. 
 
Cale Thorne, McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.), Sr.
Thorne, the other half of McDonogh's powerhouse defense, scored five goals and had five assists as the Eagles went 21-0-1. The Clemson signee was McDonogh's team captain and anchored a defense that allowed only 10 goals.  
 
Goalkeeper
 
Detre Bell, South Kent School (South Kent, Conn.), Sr.
Bell recorded 14 shutouts while guiding South Kent School to a Class B title and a No. 1 ranking in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Prep Top 10. The Connecticut signee is the starting goalkeeper for Bermuda's Under-20 National Team.
 
Coach of the Year
 
Mike Gorni, Central Bucks East (Doylestown, Pa.)
One of Pennsylvania's coaching legends went out with a storybook finish. Gorni, who coached high school soccer for 30 years -- the last 21 at Central Bucks East -- announced before the season this would be his final year. The players delivered a 26-0, state title-winning season. Gorni's final match, which was his 383rd career victory, was a 2-0 victory over Seneca Valley for the program's first state title. He retires after leading Central Bucks East to 21 straight district playoff appearances, 10 conference titles and 11 state tournament appearances.
 

PLAYER OF HE YEAR: Alex Palazzolo, Chaminade (Mo. ).  

Just another reminder that Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kyle's talented and tough-minded 2016 Football Wildcats will resume camp on Thursday
7/18/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The Junior Varsity practice will begin at 3 PM on Thursday, followed by the Varsity practice at 5 PM.

Another reminder to a faithful reader of the corner, yes, the Wildcats will host their annual preseason competition with Coach Jim McQuaide's Solon Comets on August 9th at 10 AM on Wasmer Field.

Coach McQuaide returns a large contingent of veterans from his 2015 OHSAA Division I playoff team, so the Cats will get a solid early test.

We'll see you at Wasmer Field on Thursday.   

Here is the weekly schedule and key notes for this week from Dr. Mike Gallagher '71, the Head Coach of the Defending OHSAA State Cross Country Champion Wildcats
7/17/2016

From Coach Gallagher and posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Runners and parents,

****Due to the Republican National Convention, this week's team practice will be held at Saint Ignatius at 9am on Friday, NOT Wednesday. We will be running a time trial at this practice.
 
Open trail runs:
Mastick - Monday and Thursday at 9am
Girdled Road Reservation South Entrance - Monday only at 8:30am
Bonnie Park - Thursday at 9:30am
Brecksville Station Road trailhead - Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:30pm
Beaumont track - Monday and Thursday at 9am
 
The final time trial is August 6 at 8am at Saint Ignatius. Continue to follow the training schedule. The first preseason race is coming up, August 16 at Penitentiary Glen. The schedule for the month of August will be sent out next week.
 
Go Cats!
Be State Champions!

Doc
Dr. Mike Gallagher

Head Cross Country Coach
St. Ignatius High School
 
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With former Saint Ignatius Rugby standout Brock Yoho '16 contributing as one of Head Coach Mark Williams' "impact guys," the USA Rugby South Panthers defeat Mexico, 25-10, in Saturday evening's Rugby Americas North U19 Championship Match
7/16/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

From Vizcaya Park in Miramar, Florida - The USA U19 Panthers, under the direction of veteran Head Coach Mark Williams, brought home their first Rugby Americas North Championship after being defeated by Mexico in the RAN tournament the past two seasons.

With offensive/defensive standout Andrew Rappe and offensive weapons Calvin Gentry and Malcolm Easley keeping Mexico occupied throughout the match, and Coach Williams' big fresh-leg bangers (Brock Yoho and Co.) controlling the back line of Mexico, the USA Rugby South Panthers powered their way to a 25-10 lead with 10 minutes remaining to be played.

Also supplying some firepower was Josh Ingles, as a kick ahead bounced back and Josh was there to grab it and go 50 meters for the try.

The South Panthers took the momentum on the opening kickoff after a penalty was called on Mexico and Sean O'Driscoll slotted the kick for a 3-0 lead.  

Mexico appeared to close to 25-15 down the stretch, but a penalty for a foul play (illegal use of the boot) wiped out the try and the USA U19 Panthers settled the issue with their superior strength and will.

In the words of Coach Williams to the video and television media following the match, "They wanted it today!"

Coach Williams also emphasized to the media that the roles players like Yoho and the other fresh-leg bangers provide is not what you call a substitute role, but rather an "impact" role.

The USA Rugby South U19 Panthers advanced to Saturday evening's RAN Championship match by defeating Bermuda, 41-0, on July 9th and rallying to a 24-23 victory over Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday night.

Mexico earned another title match appearance by dominating the Turks & Caicos last weekend and wearing down the Cayman Islands, 26-10, on Wednesday.

As we wrote in other reports on the corner over the past few weeks, Brock, after being unable to attend the tryouts in Atlanta, earned a spot on the USA Rugby South Panthers' roster by making the effort to send in films of his high school play at Saint Ignatius to Coach Williams.  

May God Bless Brock in all of his future endeavors, as he will be furthering his education and athletic career at The University of Kentucky.

And congrats from this corner to Coach Williams' tough-minded and talented USA Rugby South U19 Panthers for doing the nation proud.        

Just a reminder that former 'Cats rugby standout Brock Yoho '16 and his USA Rugby South teammates will face Mexico this evening in the 5 PM Rugby Americas North U19 Championship match at Vizcaya Park in Miramar, Florida
7/16/2016

Despite his team's gritty 24-23 comeback versus Trinidad &Tobago on Wednesday night (see the corner's post from Wednesday), an effort that sent the Panthers into this evening's Championship matchup with Mexico, Mark Williams, the Head Coach of the USA Rugby South U19s, was not pleased with his program's overall play, particularly the special teams.

The corner will have a report tonight on the Rugby Americas North U19 Championship final. 

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer    

The USA Rugby South Panthers, whose roster includes former Saint Ignatius Rugby mainstay Brock Yoho '16, rallied to a 24-23 victory over Trinidad &Tobago in Wednesday night's second round of the RAN U19 Championships in Miramar, Florida
7/13/2016
Trailing, 23-11, the USA Rugby South U19 Panthers staged a dramatic 24-23 comeback and advanced to Saturday's Championship match versus Mexico.
 
Head Coach Mark Williams' Rugby South Panthers were coming off last weekend's 41-0 triumph over Bermuda in what was a Pool B matchup in the opening round of the Rugby Americas North U19 Championships (see the corner's post from Saturday evening).
 

The USA Rugby South U19s needed a big-time second half to defeat Trinidad & Tobago and secure a spot in the Rugby Americas North U19 Championships final Saturday in Miramar, Fla. Miramar is located right across the canal from Miami.

Trinidad & Tobago unleashed an attack the had the South Panthers' defense off-balance in the early going.  

T & T scored a try from a scrum near midfield in increasing its lead to 11-3 and pushed that advantage to 16-6 by halftime off another try from a scrum.

Picking up its defense and possession, the South Panthers closed to 16-11 on a try by flyhalf Shea O’Hanlon.

Trinidad & Tobago responded again, however, and a touchline conversion saw the South Panthers trailing, 23-11.

Despite what the scoreboard said, Comeback City was just around the corner from Miramar.

After Panthers' flanker Austin Parrish went for the corner from about 50 meters out, the undaunted South, behind runs by Tucker Donlon and Nikolas Koumandarakis, set up a try by Cordell Ramsey.

The Panthers continued to ride their momentum, as they took the 24-23 lead on a kick for points by Sean O'Driscoll and stayed out of harm's way over the final six minutes to earn the Championship showdown with Mexico.  

Note: Wednesday night's final score bulletin was courtesy of Mr. Keith Yoho and the score line was courtesy of the highly respected Goff Rugby Report.

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer 

 
 
In response to requests from our faithful readers, here is an early look at the 'Cats' Week 4 Varsity Football opponent, Detroit Catholic Central
7/13/2016
By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
 
Cleveland, Ohio - The Catholic Central Shamrocks of Coach Tom Mach will be hosting Coach Chuck Kyle's Wildcats in the atmosphere-rich setting of Father Richard Elmer, C.S. B., Stadium on Tom Mach Field, Friday night, Sept. 16th. The kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM.
 
Catholic Central is located in Novi, Michigan and its Sacred Mission and Motto of the Basilian Fathers is "Teach Me Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge."
 
Athletically, the Shamrocks take the approach of "Dare To Be Great. The Best Is Yet To Come."
 
Between them, Coach Kyle and Coach Mach have guided 21 state-championship teams, with the Shamrocks' last state crown coming in 2009 and the 'Cats' record 11th OHSAA Division I title taking place in 2011. Catholic Central also has 11 state football titles overall, with the first one coming in 1938. Coach Kyle has also produced three national championship teams (1989,1993 and 1995) and a national runner-up in 2008.  
 
Coach Kyle '69 has begun his 34th season at the head of the Wildcats' football program and Coach Mach took over the reins at Catholic Central in 1976. Both of these outstanding men have achieved Hall of Fame status.    
 
Last season, Catholic Central dominated Waterford Mott, 42-6, in the opening round of the playoffs and went on to defeat neighboring Novi, 49-35, in a District Title Game.
 
The Shamrocks' running game showed the way in both of those victories as now junior running back Cameron Ryan rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns versus Waterford Mott, and current senior running back Nicholas Capatina solved Novi's defense for 217 yards and three TDs on the ground.
 
A strong indication of how much Catholic Central relied on the running game last year were the final numbers from both the Waterford Mott and Novi games.
 
The Shamrocks rushed for six touchdowns and 381 yards versus Waterford Mott, with 51 of Catholic Central's 54 offensive plays coming via the ground game.
 
Coach Mach's Shamrocks had seven rushing touchdowns versus Novi.
 
In the Shamrocks' State Quarterfinal matchup with Romeo, it was a different story.
 
Romeo, in advancing to the Michigan state football semifinals for the first time, controlled the time of possession and kept Catholic Central's defense on its heels in route to a 40-29 victory.
 
The Shamrocks finished 9-3 in 2015, including a 35-7 regular-season triumph over Brother Rice.
 
Catholic Central opens its 2016 season at a very special venue, the inaugural "Battle at the Big House."
 
One of 14 schools from across Michigan who will be given the privilege to open their season at the home of the Michigan Wolverines, the "Battle at the Big House" will be a three-day event, Aug. 25-27.
 
The Shamrocks' opener on the field of the "Big Blue" will match them against Adlai E. Stevenson High School from Sterling Heights, Michigan on Saturday, Aug. 27th at 1 PM.
 
We will have more on Catholic Central during Week 4 of the regular season, when the corner previews the 'Cats-Shamrocks matchup in its traditional in-depth report with Coach Kyle.
 
Coach Kyle's Wildcats, who will resume their preseason camp on July 21st at Wasmer Field (Junior Varsity at 3 PM and Varsity at 5 PM), open their 2016 season on Friday night, August 26th versus the Normandy Invaders in a 7 PM kickoff on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.
 
In Week 2 it will be a HUGE computer playoff points matchup with the Mentor Cardinals on Saturday, September 3rd at 7 PM on Byers Field and, before gearing up for their trip to Detroit Catholic Central, the Wildcats will face the Valley Forge Patriots on Sept. 10th in a 7 PM kickoff at Byers Field.
 
For a complete look at Saint Ignatius' Varsity Football schedule, go to ignatius.edu, click on athletics and click on football.
 
In closing, here is a breakdown on Detroit Catholic Central's success on the gridiron.
 
State Champions: 1938, 1979, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009
 
Regional Champions: 1979, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
 
District Champions: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
 
City Champions: 1938, 1942, 1943, 1945
 
Catholic League Champions: 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1945, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1974, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2011.
 
See you at Wasmer Field on July 21st.
An important message from Saint Ignatius Assistant Cross Country Coach Ken Sullivan
7/13/2016

Runners and parents,


From Coach Sullivan: Doc (Wildcats Head Cross Country Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher) wanted me to make another plug for the team page on running2win.com.
 
We currently have 42 athletes with profiles on the team page, which is a good start, but that leaves 30 or so who have not signed up yet. Logging your mileage is critical to your success as an athlete - it makes you accountable to yourself, your teammates, and the coaching staff, and allows you to learn more about yourself as an athlete.
 
If you have not yet done so, go to running2win.com and create an account. Then send me an email, and I'll send you an invite to the team page. If you have an account - make sure you are logging every day!  Consistency is key, and the more detailed and individualized your log is, the better - Colin Kelly and Pat Nolan are excellent upper class role models in this way.
 
Just a reminder that former 'Cats Rugby standout Brock Yoho and the USA Rugby South U19 Panthers will resume play in the RAN U19 championships on Wednesday evening
7/12/2016
Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
 
Head Coach Mark Williams' USA Rugby South U19 Panthers, coming off Saturday's impressive 41-0 Pool B victory over Bermuda at Vizcaya Park in Miramar, Florida just across the canal from Miami (see the corner's post from Saturday), will take on Trinidad and Tobago Wednesday at 6 PM in the second round of the Rugby Americas North U19 Championships.
 
Brock Yoho '16 and his teammates will look to continue the dominance they displayed over the weekend, when the USA Rugby South Panthers controlled the field position, tackled like there was no tomorrow and jumped on every Bermuda mistake.
 
As we've reported on the corner in other reports, Brock will be furthering his education and athletic career at the University of Kentucky.
 
All of the Best to Brock, his teammates and Coach Williams tomorrow evening.    
 
Wildcats promising incoming freshman Lou Persiani will be joining a strong Ohio contingent at the National Brine Lacrosse Classic
7/11/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, with the information courtesy of Anne Persiani.

Cleveland, Ohio - Lou has been named as a 2016 Brine National All-Star and will be playing at the National Brine Lacrosse Classic on a team comprised of boys from across the State of Ohio, July 19-22 in Richmond, Virginia.

"Lou was selected to represent a regional team and then advanced to Columbus, where he competed for a spot on the Ohio team," said Lou's mom, Anne Persiani. "He went to the tryouts thinking he would 'give it a shot,' never imagining he would end up making the team and advancing."

The Ohio team consists of boys from the Class of 2020 throughout the state, including another Wildcats incoming Freshman, Alex Brunkholz.

Attracting more than 2,000 high school and youth lacrosse players, the National Brine Lacrosse Classic includes speakers, drills, skills and game competition.

"Lou began playing lacrosse in the fourth grade and has always played Defense, although he occasionally plays Long Stick Middie (LSM)," said Anne Persiani. "He began playing for Westside Lacrosse and then switched to Avon Lake, when it began its own recreational program. This year his team was coached by Dan Hallagan."

Joining Lou on his Spring Avon Lake lacrosse team were incoming Saint Ignatius players Griff Gerard, Alex Bilardo, Cam Kurtz, Greg Langermeirer, Aidan Latchford, Gabe Duban, Andrew Kaye, Christopher Laska, Connor Francz, and KJ Ripich.

Lou competed for the Knights Travel Lacrosse program for the last several years, where he has been coached by Mike Worrall, Matt Advey, and recently Mike Cillo and Jimmy Wilhelm. Saint Ignatius Freshmen on the Knights Travel team included Aidan Latchford, Aidan Millet, Gabe Duban, Connor Francz, and Casey Dreiling.

In what will be a competitive summer for Lou, he will, said his mom, also be playing in a tournament for Burning River, and will compete on a team that will be at The Ohio State University for the Buckeye Battle Team Camp, which includes Saint Ignatius freshmen Michael Boehm, Blade Cintron, Connor Cmiel, Sam Daugstrup, Jack Welsch, Alex Bilardo, Charlie Kinzel, Greg Langermeirer, KJ Ripich, and Alex Bearducci.

Lou, who enjoys the fast-paced style of play, lists North Carolina and Syracuse as his favorite college teams.  

 NOTE: The Brine National Lacrosse Academy brings the top youth lacrosse players in the nation to one venue, where regional teams, coached by NCAA lacrosse coaches, compete to become the 2016 National Champion.

Lou Persiani and his Class of 2020 teammates are entering the Wildcats' Lacrosse Program at a very special time.

Head Coach Patrick McManamon's Lax Cats advanced to the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association State Championship Game for the first time this past spring and in the upcoming spring season of 2017, Lacrosse will become a sanctioned sport by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

 

 

Wildcats Soccer finishes second in USA Today's "Best" 2015-16 Team Contest
7/11/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Mike McLaughlin's state and nationally acclaimed Soccer Cats received 25,517 votes in the online USA TODAY "America's Best" contest series, with the voting ending today at 2 PM.

Oak Mountain (Birmingham, Alabama) Boys Soccer, a spring program, took first place with 31,712 votes and perennial wrestling power Blair Academy from New Jersey was third with 24,035.

Saint Ignatius High School and the Soccer Cats thank all of their faithful fans and the Wildcats' Student Body for participating in the contest, and again displaying their undying support.

In case you missed the corner's post from late June in which we described the contest and its rules, 21 teams were selected to participate. The 21 teams consisted of the 16 teams that finished the year No. 1 in the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 Rankings in their respective sport, along with five teams that are considered the top team in their respective sport as determined by other national ranking systems.

The voting started on June 29 at Noon ET. 

Here are the prizes the top three schools received: First Place: The Athletic Department of the high school receives $1,000, Second Place: The Athletic Department of the high school receives $500 and Third Place: The Athletic Department of the high school receives $250.

More than 4,000 schools have been involved in at least one of the America's Best contests, with past champions hailing from Virginia, Missouri, Vermont, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Note: In case you are an incoming student and family to Saint Ignatius High School and are not completely familiar with the remarkable accomplishments of the Soccer Cats, this corner is more than happy to touch on them for you once again.
The Soccer Cats were co-National Champions by USA TODAY in the fall of 2015 and were also ranked No. 1 in the nation through the MaxPreps' computer ratings.
Coach McLaughlin's Wildcats, who finished their 2015 fall to recall with a record of 22-0-1 and added an Ohio-best seventh Division I State Championship to the record sixth state title they brought home in 2014, garnered the nation's top spot for the third time in the illustrious career of Coach McLaughlin '85.
The Soccer Cats join Coach Chuck Kyle's Football Wildcats as three-time National Champions..
Coach McLaughlin's other NSCAA national titles came in 2005 and 2010.
After facing what Coach McLaughlin described as the most demanding schedule in the program's rich history, Saint Ignatius Soccer will enter this season having won its final 16 matches of 2015. The Soccer Cats now carry an unbeaten streak of 36 consecutive matches, a mark that dates back to the 2014 state title run. USA TODAY pointed to the Wildcats' schedule as being a big factor in its decision to crown two national champs in 2015, Saint Ignatius and St. Benedict's Prep out of Newark, New Jersey.
A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE!
Saint Ignatius outscored its opponents in 2015, 127-11. That includes a 48-2 mark in the seven OHSAA postseason tournament matches. The 127 goals are two shy of the mark set by the Cats' 2000 State Final Four Team.
Along with his three national titles and seven state championships, Coach McLaughlin has a 21 year Head Coaching mark at his alma mater of 353-46-44. That record includes a 94-14 record in the OHSAA postseason. Mike's teams have won 15 District Championships, 11 Regional titles and have now made 11 State Final Four appearances.
And a final record that truly shows the character of the student athletes who are guided by Coach McLaughlin and his outstanding staff is that 2015 marked the 17th consecutive season that the Soccer Cats were declared NSCAA Team Academic All-Americans.
The 2016 Soccer Cats, led by Ohio's reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in Steve Milhoan from the Class of 2017, will open their new season on Friday night, August 19th in a 7:30 matchup with rival St. Edward on the pitch in the Eagles' Brother James Everett, C.S.C., Stadium.
     
Here is Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's weekly notice to the Cats' Harriers and their parents
7/10/2016
From Coach Gallagher '71 and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
 
Runners and parents,

Open trail schedule for this week:
 
Beaumont: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 9am. Meet at the track. Contact Pat Krebs
 
Mastick: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 9am. Contact Andrew Szendrey
 
Bonnie Park: Thursday at 9:30am. Contact Nathan Schwartz
 
Girdled Road Reservation (South Entrance): Monday Tuesday, at 830am. Contact Nathan Soria
 
Brecksville Station Road Towpath: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 5:30pm. Contact Colin Caniglia 
 
Wednesday: Full team practice at SIHS 5:30-7:00 pm
 
PLEASE NOTE THESE FINAL COMMENTS FROM COACH GALLAGHER
 
There are a number of runners who have yet to complete the time trial. I would like to see everyone who does not have a time to run this Wednesday. 
 
If you have decided not to run cross country, please let me know.
 
Please check final forms to make sure your physical/OHSAA forms have been signed. 
See you Wednesday,
 
Doc
Be State Champions!
The USA Rugby South U19 Panthers, whose roster includes former Saint Ignatius Rugby standout Brock Yoho, defeated Bermuda, 41-0, in Saturday's first day of the 2016 RAN Championships
7/9/2016
Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
 
Head Coach Mark Williams' USA Rugby South U19 Panthers, captained by returning Panther and flyhalf Josh Ingles from Kennesaw State (GA.), rode the scoring of Andrew Rappe and Malcolm Easley, and some text-book tackling, to a 41-0 victory over Bermuda in what was a Pool B matchup in the opening round of the Rugby Americas North U19 championships.
 
The Wildcats' Brock Yoho '16, who will be furthering his education and athletic career at the University of Kentucky, was a Front Row Reserve for Saturday's game/match, which was played in Vizcaya Park in Miramar, Florida just across the canal from Miami.
 
Rappe and Easley, who are from "The Volunteer State" of Tennessee, each had two tries on the afternoon/early evening.
 
Taking advantage of every mistake Bermuda made and dominating field position, the USA South Panthers took a 15-0 lead into the halftime break.
 
The South Panthers made it 20-0 ten minutes into the second half and things didn't get any easier for Bermuda, which was hit with a Red Card ejection for eye gouging and played the remainder of the game/match a man down.
 
It was Katy Bar the Door for Bermuda after Rappe picked off a pass and rambled 40 meters for a try 15 minutes into the second half.
 
Rappe would knock on the try door again with just over two minutes remaining to be played.
 
Up next for the USA Rugby South Panthers is Wednesday's 6 PM matchup with Trinidad and Tobago.   
 
  
Congratulations from the corner to Mr. Brad Ganor, who has been named as the new Assistant/Associate Athletic Director at Saint Ignatius
7/8/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Cleveland, Ohio - Brad, the Director of Saint Ignatius' Robert M. Walton '41 Center for Learning and the Wildcats' highly successful Head Baseball Coach, succeeds Mr. Sean O'Toole '87, who recently accepted the Director of Athletics position at Gilmour Academy. Sean also served as the Wildcats' Head Basketball Coach from the 2008-09 season through the 2014-15 season. Coach O'Toole was the Wildcats' Associate Athletic Director from 2008 through this past school year.

Coach Ganor, who took over the Head Baseball Coaching position at Saint Ignatius in 2005 after serving as an Assistant/Pitching Coach in the program, has developed the Cats' Men of the Spring into a perennial Division I state contender.

Under Coach Ganor, the Baseball Cats have made six trips to the OHSAA final four, including a school-record three consecutive appearances in 2007, '08 and '09. Coach Ganor's 2008 and 2013 Wildcats finished as state runners-up. Brad has also developed numerous Saint Ignatius players who have gone on to play at the college level and some who have reached Major League status, including current Miami Marlins mainstay Derek Dietrich '07.

Congratulations and all of the best from this corner to Brad and his family in his new position, and all of the best to Sean O'Toole and his family in his new endeavor at Gilmour Academy.         

The final night of Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kyle's Youth Football Camp is highlighted by the "Traditional Linebackers Obstacle Course"
7/7/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit July 2016

Ohio City - In what has been a tradition at the Wildcats' Youth Camp for many years, dating back to the days when Tony Antonelli was guiding some of the greatest defenses in Saint Ignatius' rich football history, the Linebackers Obstacle Course was definitely a special and extremely popular way to close out another marvelous three evenings for the campers, who are entering grades 5 through 8.

No matter what their age, the challenge of Thursday evening's Linebackers Obstacle Course, which included a test of tackling, footwork, balance, endurance and speed, quickly became a favorite among the young campers. It was a challenge they seemed to relish despite the 85 degree temperatures that lingered on a sun-drenched Wasmer Field.   

Under the direction of Saint Ignatius' outstanding Linebackers Coach Ryan Franzinger '02, Thursday evening's LBs Obstacle Course was highlighted by some exceptional times, including a 24.5 seconds effort by A.J. Spellacy, the brother of Wildcats All-Ohio Center, Captain and East Carolina recruit John Spellacy '17. A.J. will be entering the fifth grade at St. Raphael.

Andrew Chime, the brother of Saint Ignatius' standout defensive lineman Mike Chime '17, turned in a 24.7. Andrew is an aspiring quarterback from St. Albert The Great who will be entering the eighth grade.

As for Thursday's offensive line drills, which took place near the Lorain Avenue end zone under the guidance of Wildcats superb OL Coaches Adam Rini '99 and Paul Yappel, the campers were treated to a drill by John Spellacy that displayed the stance, technique and skills that are part of what makes John arguably the best at his position in the Buckeye State. Keeping your head up was the operative message in John's blocking drill.

Among those who seemed to enjoy John's drill, as well as the coaching he received from Coaches Rini and Yappel, was Marek Shannon, who will be entering the seventh grade at Our Lady of Angels. Marek said he plays on both the offensive and defensive lines at OLA.

A tip of the corner's cap goes out to Brian McGrath from St. Hillary in Fairlawn, who won his group's power ball toss that was part of the camp's strength and conditioning drills put forth by Saint Ignatius' outstanding Strength and Conditioning Coach Anthony Rubino. Brian is entering the fifth grade.

As the sun was setting on another marvelous camp by Saint Ignatius' storied Head Coach Chuck Kyle '69, the most successful Division I Football Coach in all of Northeast Ohio, Wildcats Defensive Coaches Dave Cicetti and Mark Sullivan, along with Mike Chime, allowed their final group to take part in a bit of spirited touch football near the scoreboard end zone of Wasmer Field.

That is one of the other special aspects of Coach Kyle's football camps, that all of the campers get to participate and learn in all facets of the game.

In closing, this corner would like to mention another camper, Joe Governal from Columbia Middle School.

From the first minute of camp on Wednesday until the final goodbyes Thursday night, Joe, without any urging, would always make sure that he thanked Coach Kyle and his staff for the coaching he received and the new experiences and friends he was able to encounter. Joe was particularly impressed with the outstanding messages that Coach Kyle delivered at the end of each camp, including Thursday night's closing message in which Coach Kyle referred to the Cavaliers' history-making NBA Championship Season and the work ethic that led up to it, particularly that of the great LeBron James.

On a personal note, this old-timer would like to again say Thank You to Coach Kyle and his staff for allowing me to take part in the Youth Camp. I not only derived strength from it, but it brought back some fond, fond memories of those days in the early '70s when this now graybeard was privileged to coach some very special grade-school football teams at Saint Ignatius of Antioch. Those Cougars will always have a special place in my heart and mind.             

 

 

    

        

           

Note Saturday's time change on the USA Rugby South Panthers, whose roster includes former Saint Ignatius Rugby mainstay Brock Yoho '16
7/7/2016

As we posted on the corner last week and on the Fourth of July, Brock, who will be furthering his education and athletic career at The University of Kentucky, will be competing for the USA Rugby South Panthers this coming weekend in the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Under 19 Championships during SUPERWEEK in Miami, Florida.

On the original schedule released by the highly respected Goff Rugby Report, Coach Mark Williams' USA South Panthers were scheduled to face Bermuda in Pool B play on Saturday at 4 PM. The Yoho family e-mailed Saint Ignatius today with a time update of now 6 PM for Saturday.     

Of the 24 players who make up this year's USA Rugby South Panthers, only six are currently in college.

While the Rugby South team certainly doesn't ignore players from the North, they are considered to be a rarity. That's even more props to Brock, who made the Rugby South roster after he put forth the effort to send in his own films.

Brock, a prop/hooker, was not able to attend the tryouts in Atlanta, but made that same special effort that was part of his trademark for Wildcats Head Coach Dan Arbeznik '00. 

- Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer 

Enthusiasm remains the operative word in describing Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kyle's Youth Football Camp
7/6/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit July 2016

Ohio City - With nearly their entire lives ahead them and carrying a carefree innocence that at times is both humorous and refreshing, the large contingent of boys attending Coach Chuck Kyle's Youth Football Camp came back for Wednesday evening's second session with even wider smiles than they brought to Wasmer Field on Tuesday.

The campers, entering grades 5 through 8, weren't about to let a few gray clouds and some light, but short drizzles of rain dampen their enthusiasm.

"Yeah, last night (Tuesday) was a lot of fun," said one young camper from Hudson, who couldn't wait to get back to the defensive line drills taught by Saint Ignatius' outstanding Defensive Assistant Coach Dave Cicetti and Wildcats standout defensive lineman Mike Chime '17.

With Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's defending State Champion Cross Country Team using the running track that surrounds Wasmer Field for its Wednesday evening practice, the campers were treated to a double-dose presence of Saint Ignatius' athletic excellence.

As for the defensive line drills, Wednesday evening's emphasis was on getting off the ball and hand and eye coordination.

The defensive line drill that appeared to be the most popular among the campers, a competition if you will, saw Coach Cicetti and Mike Chime drop or bounce two rubber balls to the Wasmer Field turf and see which of the two down linemen could get out of his stance the quickest and scoop up or recover one of the balls.

As for Wildcats savvy linebackers Coach Ryan Franzinger '02, Wednesday evening's emphasis was on keeping containment and maintaining leverage in pursuit. Coach Franzinger and this corner couldn't help but smile, and even share a laugh or two, over the chatter and endless energy that some of the smallest campers displayed.

For one camper, who couldn't be over 4-foot and wearing a "There's No Crying in Baseball" T-shirt, the night could have gone on forever. At one point, he looked up at this 5-10 old-timer in the middle of a drill and asked, "Did you ever see (the Tom Hanks movie) 'A League of Their Own?'"

As the evening was coming to a close, a group of campers surrounded Saint Ignatius veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo, the man who has produced 16 All-Ohio quarterbacks at Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School, and were tutored in the proper technique of holding and gripping the ball and the ever-important stance by the quarterback, in which the off or non-throwing arm should be up, not down, in an L-like formation with the throwing arm.

AN IMPRESSIVE OBSERVER: Taking in Wednesday evening's camp was incoming Saint Ignatius Freshman Najee Lockett, a very promising student athlete who is looking to excel in the classroom, on the wrestling mat and the gridiron for Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School.

Najee, who is from Shaker Heights Middle School, quickly mentioned the first thing that attracted him to Saint Ignatius - a perspective from Mr. Jason Reed '95 of the Admissions Department. Jason's work as Director of Multicultural and Retention Services at St. Ignatius High School and the students he mentors speak volumes for the motto of "Men for Others."

"Mr. Reed told me a lot about the history of Saint Ignatius and I thought Saint Ignatius would be really suitable for me if I could adopt to the atmosphere," said Najee. "The campus, I really admire it. I think I will be able to progress and excel a lot at Saint Ignatius."

With the start of Wildcats Freshmen Football just around the corner, Najee said fullback and middle linebacker are the positions he has played in the past. He added that the 145-pound wrestling class is where he might evolve to as a freshman for Wildcats outstanding Head Wrestling Coach and Assistant Football Coach Mark Sullivan.

COACH KYLE'S THIRD AND FINAL EVENING OF THE YOUTH FOOTBALL CAMP WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW (THURSDAY) EVENING AT 5 PM.   

 

 

   

Wildcats standout defensive lineman Mike Chime '17 cherishes his work at Coach Chuck Kyle's Youth Football Camp
7/5/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit July 2016

Ohio City - It was a warm, but otherwise picture-perfect evening on sun-drenched Wasmer Field Tuesday night as Saint Ignatius' Hall of Fame Head Football Coach Chuck Kyle '69 and his outstanding staff presented the first of the annual three-day Wildcats Youth Football Camp.

And no one enjoyed the opportunity to work with the aspiring young athletes more than Saint Ignatius' strong and gifted defensive lineman Mike Chime, who has begun his senior season under Coach Kyle.

After a large group of wide-eyed and spirited youths entering grades 5 through 8 participated in offensive and defensive drills on the opening night of the camp, Chime, an integral part of what is expected to be a physical and active defense for the 2016 Varsity Football 'Cats, reflected on what it meant to him to be able to work with a group of kids that covered a significant portion of Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

From Fairview Park and Rocky River to Parma, North Royalton, Westlake, Medina, Mentor and Hudson, just to name a few cities, they came, they saw, they smiled and they learned.

"It was really cool, especially to be able to coach my brother," said Chime of his brother Andrew, who will be entering the eighth grade at St. Albert The Great as an aspiring quarterback. "It was fun to be able to tease him and stuff. The cool thing was the younger kids, they kind of look up to you. It's something you don't get to experience that often. It was great to be able to teach them the game we all love."

The kids were loving it, whether it was hauling in passes from Saint Ignatius' 2015 All-Ohio and All-District wide receiver/defensive back Jack Cook '16, who is bound for Harvard University, learning how to grip and throw the football from Wildcats celebrated offensive coordinator Nick Restifo, getting in various stances and charging off the snap count from 'Cats tireless offensive and defensive line coaches Adam Rini '99, Paul Yappel, Mark Sullivan and Dave Cicetti, or learning drops and footwork from Saint Ignatius' outstanding linebackers coach Ryan Franzinger '02, the enthusiasm was endless. So much so that one young camper commented on there being a large number of water breaks.

Hey, health and hydration will always come first at Coach Kyle's camp. Along with the veteran Varsity position coaches, the parents could rest easy knowing that Coach Kyle's staff includes one of the premier Strength and Conditioning Coaches in the nation, Mr. Anthony Rubino, and one of the premier Athletic Trainers in these United States, the savvy veteran, Mr. Hank Gaughan, A.T. C.

Also assisting Coach Kyle were former Wildcats Ian Woidke and Bryan Fisher, current Saint Ignatius center and captain John Spellacy '17, who is an East Carolina recruit and, in this corner's humble opinion, the best at his position in Ohio, and Wildcats football and track mainstay Quinn Lawless '16, who will be furthering his football career at Mercyhurst University in Erie (Pa.).

Bryan Fisher, who left it all on the field and the hardwood while excelling in football (defensive back), basketball and lacrosse at Saint Ignatius, was the 2012-13 recipient of the Wildcats' prestigious John J. Wirtz Award.

"It's a game I've grown to love," said Chime, as he and his brother Andrew were walking off Wasmer Field into a Cleveland sunset. "Giving something back to the game is truly a cool experience."

NOTE: Ian Woidke shared with us Tuesday night that his brother Kevin '15 is currently starting on the special teams' lines (extra points and field goals) for Coach Urban Meyer's The Ohio State University Buckeyes and moving up the depth chart. Ian said that Kevin checks in now at 6-foot-7 and 300 pounds.

The Coach Kyle Youth Football Camp will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 PM.  

                  

         

The OHSAA releases the complete list of its District Athletic Boards Scholarship Award Recipients, among whom are recent Saint Ignatius graduates James Norris and Tom Sullivan
7/5/2016
Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
 
As we reported in a story on the corner June 24, James Norris and Tom Sullivan from the Class of 2016, who will be furthering their educations and athletic careers at Cornell University and Duke University, respectively, each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Ohio High School Athletic Association during the 24th Annual Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn in Fairlawn, Ohio.

 

Two other area student-athletes, Edward Conger of Euclid and Vanessa Pasadena from Brunswick, received $1,000 scholarships and 17 student-athletes were honored with $750 district scholarships.

Norris and Sullivan were mainstays for Coach Chuck Kyle's 2016 Track and Field Wildcats, who brought home the Division I State Championship during last month's 109th OHSAA State Track and Field Tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Sullivan, who also was a standout on Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's 2015 OHSAA State Champion Cross Country Team, was a key part of the Wildcats' area, state and nationally recognized 4x800 relay team that took first place at state with a new school record time of 7:39.23. Along with Tom, that fabulous all-senior foursome included Luke Wagner, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan.

The 1-2 punch of Wagner and Sullivan finished third and fifth, respectively, in the state during the 1600 meter run. Wagner ran a 4:12.70 and Sullivan turned in an effort of 4:13.11.

Norris, who was also a tailback/kick returner for Coach Kyle's storied football program, delivered six points at state with a third-place time of 11.00 in the 100 meter dash and James anchored the state's first place 4x100 relay team that stormed its way to 10 points with a school-best time of 41.48.

Joining Norris on the gifted 4x100 team were Jack Cook '16, Phil Zuccaro '18 and Quinn Lawless '16. James graduated as the Wildcats' all-time record holder in the 100 meter dash (10.61) and the 200 meter dash (21.50), marks he set while qualifying for the finals at the demanding Amherst Steele Regional Meet.

 

Here is the OHSAA's Release from Today

From Tim Stried, Director of Communications, tstried@ohsaa.org

OHSAA Awards $36,000 in College Scholarships

District Athletic Boards selected recipients for OHSAA Scholarships
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association will hand out $36,000 in college scholarships to recent high school graduates following selections made by each of the OHSAA’s six District Athletic Boards. The OHSAA’s annual college scholarship program is now in its 24th year.
 
Each of the 36 honorees will receive $1,000 awards, including six (one from each district) who will receive an OHSAA Ethnic Minority Scholarship. The point system used in each district is described below. Nike and Molten have also contributed to the OHSAA scholarship program.
 
“These 36 young people are to be commended for being excellent students, while also achieving numerous honors in athletics,” said OHSAA Interim Commissioner Dave Gray. “They are leaders in their schools and communities and truly represent what it means to be a student-athlete. Their futures are very bright and their families, teachers and coaches are to be proud for the roles they have had in helping guide them to great high school careers and now on to college. The OHSAA is very proud to be associated with each of them.”
 
More About the Scholar-Athlete Selection Process
Scholar-athlete recipients are selected based on a point system which rewards students for grade point averages; class rank; ACT or SAT scores; varsity letters earned; and individual and team athletic honors. The number of scholarship recipients from each district are based upon the number of schools within the district. The recipients were selected by special committees within each of the OHSAA’s six athletic districts. Individuals who receive athletic scholarships from NCAA Division I or II institutions or appointees to military academies are not eligible for an award.
 
2016 OHSAA Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Recipients
 
Northwest District (7)
Riley Nagel, Defiance Tinora – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Alicia Hernandez, Archbold – OHSAA Ethnic Minority Scholar-Athlete
Cameron Conaway, Greenwich South Central – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Kyle Homan, Maria Stein Marion Local – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Jackson Hemmelgarn, Coldwater – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Alec Rhodes, Findlay Liberty-Benton – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Emily Mescher, Maria Stein Marion Local – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete 
 
Southeast District (4)
Andrew Wolford, Lucasville Valley – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Wesley Stephens, Chesapeake – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Taylor Perry, Proctorville Fairland – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete 
Sue-Yeon Ryu, The Plains Athens – OHSAA Ethnic Minority Scholar-Athlete
 
Central District (4)
Aaron Wood, Lancaster Fisher Catholic – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Isabella Pesavento, Columbus School for Girls – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Danielle Evans, Newark Catholic – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Tyndale Hannan, Dublin Coffman – OHSAA Ethnic Minority Scholar-Athlete
 
East District (4)
Dallas Foster, Sugarcreek Garaway – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Olivia Warther, Dover – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Conner Roahrig, Coshocton – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Daniel Trouten, St. Clairsville – OHSAA Ethnic Minority Scholar-Athlete
 
Southwest District (7)
Kristin Langston, Versailles – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Samantha Rowland, Tipp City Tippecanoe – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Sean O’Brien, Cincinnati Country Day– OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Benjamin Greenwell, Milford – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Brooke Lezotte, Waynesville– OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Gary Zhao, Mason – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Tigar Cyr, Cincinnati Seven Hills – OHSAA Ethnic Minority Scholar-Athlete
 
Northeast District (10)
Edward Conger, Euclid – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
James Norris, Cleveland St. Ignatius – OHSAA Ethnic Minority Scholar-Athlete
Vanessa Pasadyn, Brunswick – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Thomas Sullivan, Cleveland St. Ignatius – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Daniel Branch, Richfield Revere – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
John Colangelo, Canton Central Catholic – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Jacob Ondash, Mantua Crestwood– OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Bradley Hauptman, Kirtland – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Rachel Reolfi, Canton Central Catholic – OHSAA Scholar-Athlete
Austin VanSickle, Loudonville – OHSAA Scholar- Athlete 
 
Just a reminder on former Wildcats Rugby standout Brock Yoho '16
7/4/2016

As we posted on the corner last week , Brock, who will be furthering his education and athletic career at The University of Kentucky, will be competing for the USA Rugby South Panthers this coming weekend in the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Under 19 Championships during SUPERWEEK in Miami, Florida.

Coach Mark Williams' USA South Panthers are scheduled to face Bermuda in Pool B play on Saturday at 4 PM.   

Of the 24 players who make up this year's USA Rugby South Panthers, only six are currently in college.

While the Rugby South team certainly doesn't ignore players from the North, they are considered to be a rarity. That's even more props to Brock, who made the Rugby South roster after he put forth the effort to send in his own films.

Brock, a prop/hooker, was not able to attend the tryouts in Atlanta, but made that same special effort that was part of his trademark for Wildcats Head Coach Dan Arbeznik '00. 

- Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer 

Former Wildcat great Derek Dietrich '07 had the opportunity to perform under the Sunday night lights at Fort Bragg
7/3/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

It was great to see former Saint Ignatius baseball standout and current Miami Marlins starting second baseman Derek Dietrich competing in ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball presentation of the Fort Bragg (N.C.) Game on the newly constructed Fort Bragg Field. Fort Bragg is the home of thousands and thousands of our country's current members of the Military.

Sunday's game was the first regular-season game in a professional sport ever to be played on an active Military Base.

The special Fort Bragg Game, which came on the eve of America's 240th Birthday, matched Don Mattingly's Marlins, who have Wild Card aspirations this season, against the Atlanta Braves.

Derek, who entered the game hitting .302, walked and had an RBI sacrifice fly in four trips to the plate. He also drove a ball the opposite way to left field for a deep fly out. The Marlins turned back the Braves, 5-2.

Mattingly, known as "Donnie Baseball" during his memorable career as a first baseman for the New York Yankees and the former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is very pleased with Derek's play, especially his versatility.

Along with his solid play at second base, Derek can also handle third base, first base and left field. That versatility might come into play when Marlins second baseman and 2015 National League Batting Champion Dee Gordon comes off his suspension later this month.

Derek recently tied a Marlins' single-season mark by getting hit by a pitch for the 17th time this spring and summer. He joined Carlos Delgado, who was plunked 17 times in 2005.

God Bless and All of the Best to Derek, his family and his Marlin teammates as Derek continues a career that this corner had the privilege to cover for three of his four seasons at Saint Ignatius.

NOTE: Derek and the Marlins will take on the Indians at Progressive Field September 2nd through the 4th.  

 

The United States High School All-Americans Rugby Team completes a sweep of the Ontario Blues U19 Provincial Select Team, 38-5, on Saturday afternoon at Appleby College
7/2/2016

The United States High School All-Americans, the more physical team from the get-go on Saturday and throughout the match, jumped out to leads of 12-0, 17-0 and 23-5 by halftime before leaving no doubt in the second half.

Coming off its 27-14 victory over the Blues in Thursday's Ontario Tour opener, the United States left a lasting impression on the Ontario Rugby faithful, to say the least.

Coach Salty Thompson's gifted USA team includes Saint Ignatius' All-American Andrew Baldado from the Class of 2016 and the leader of the Cats' Rugby Ohio State Runners-Up this past spring, Jack Bradfield and Zach Heisterkamp of Rugby Ohio State Champion St. Edward, and the versatile Karem Odeh of Brunswick.

The USA players have been staying on the campus of Appleby College  (Oakville, Ont.), which was founded in 1911 and has some impressive rugby facilities. Baldado, Bradfield, Heisterkamp and Odeh, along with the rest of the USA Team, enjoyed part of their Friday by taking in some of the Canada Day Festivities.

What is so impressive about the United States' sweep of the Ontario Blues Selects on their homeland is that just one third of the current USA team has been on the High School All-American Team before. The Blues were considered to be the bigger team physically and had a slight advantage in age.

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, with the USA team's commanding leads courtesy of the highly respected Goff Rugby Report.   

We again congratulate Coach Chuck Kyle '69, who on Saturday will be inducted into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame. For a repost of the corner's story from March 1st on Coach Kyle's prestigious and so well-deserved honor, see the June 28 posts
7/1/2016
Just a reminder that the corner will be taking in Coach Chuck Kyle's Youth Football Camp on July 5-7 and will be resuming its coverage of the Varsity and Junior Varsity Football camps when the Cats return to Wasmer Field on July 21
7/1/2016
A tip of the cap to the resilent Indians, who set a franchise record with their 14th consecutive victory Friday afternoon/evening, a 2-1, 19-inning triumph at Toronto on Canada Day
7/1/2016

Manager Terry Francona watched his club take the 2-1 lead on a home run by Carlos Santana in the top of the 19th inning and Trevor Bauer (7-2) picked up the victory with five shutout innings in relief. Trevor was scheduled to make his regular start in Saturday's 1:07 PM first pitch against the Blue Jays, but you can probably rule that out after his will-testing effort in relief.

Bauer, however, said he would be more than willing if asked to take the mound on Saturday. This corner doesn't see Terry Francona doing that.

Along with the heroics by Santana and Bauer, the Indians got another strong start from Josh Tomlin. The bullpen was nails, to say the least, and Lonnie Chisenhall (5-for-8) and Jason Kipnis continued to swing their bats well. Kipnis drove in the first run of the game.

Friday's game was a six hour-plus affair. In 1993 (Aug. 31) the Indians played a 22-inning game at Minnesota.

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer  

     

  

The USA Boys High School All-Americans, whose roster includes Saint Ignatius graduate and Wildcats Rugby standout Andrew Baldado '16, defeated the Ontario, Canada Blues U19 Select Side, 27-14, on Thursday at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario
6/30/2016

The United States All-Americans, whose gifted roster also includes Jack Bradfield and Zach Heisterkamp from state champion St. Edward, and Karem Odeh from Brunswick, turned to their strong scrum in the first half and kept the Blues in check for most of the initial period.

Ontario made adjustments at halftime, but the USA team extended its lead in the late going to 27-7 off an interception for a try and the ensuing conversion.

Odeh, a tighthead prop, played the entire match

The second leg of competition for the USA High School All-Americans is slated for Saturday.

From Wildcats outstanding Head Coach Dan Arbeznik '00: "Andrew played the second half at inside center on Thursday. I expect he'll start on Saturday."

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer with game info courtesy of the highly respected Goff Rugby Report.

Congrats to the Indians, who became just the third team (joining the 1942 and 1951 teams) in the franchise's history to win 13 consecutive games, a 4-1 victory at Toronto. The series resumes Friday at 1:07 PM. Carlos Carrasco fans 14 on Thursday night
6/30/2016
Here are some more updates on Wildcats Rugby A-Side standouts Brock Yoho '16 and Andrew Baldado '16
6/29/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Saint Ignatius Head Rugby Coach Dan Arbeznik '00 has been great in providing updates on his team's summer activities and the corner has been posting them as we see them.

On Saturday we gave you the information on Andrew Baldado's All-American status and yesterday (Tuesday) we provided updates on the resilient Brock Yoho.

Coach Arbeznik reported on Tuesday that Brock has been selected by USA Rugby (the organization that runs our Olympic team and international teams) to compete in an international tournament in the middle of July.

The Yoho family was kind enough today to tell us that Brock, after not being able to attend last weekend's tryouts in Atlanta, sent his films in and was chosen as one of 22 players to represent the United States. The team will play Mexico, Trinidad and South Africa, among others, over a 10-day period.

Coach Arbeznik informed us today that it appears Brock's team will be playing in the pool with Bermuda, Trinidad and Tobago. See http://www.goffrugbyreport.com/news/south-u19s-named-ran-championship

As for Andrew, his team's first match is tomorrow (Thursday) and they'll play the second leg of their competition on Saturday for the High School All-Americans. Andrew's All-American team competes in Canada.

Gold Bless and All of the Best to two young men who helped put Saint Ignatius Rugby on the state and national map in a relatively short period of time.  

 
 
Coach Mike McLaughlin's Soccer Cats are in the voting for USA Today's "Best" 2015-16 Team
6/29/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

From USA Today

About the “Best 2015-16 Team” Contest:

Which was the best team in the nation for this school year? USA TODAY High School Sports is giving fans the opportunity to decide. The next installment of the “America’s Best” contest series will be the Best 2015-16 Team.

Twenty-one (21) teams have been selected to participate. The 21 teams consist of the sixteen (16) teams that finished the year No. 1 in the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 Rankings in their respective sport along with five (5) teams that are considered the top team in their respective sport as determined by other national ranking systems.

There will be one round of voting, which will start on June 29, 2016 at Noon ET and end July 11, 2016 at 2 p.m. ET. 

Prizes:

                           First Place: The Athletic Department of the high school will receive $1,000.

                             Second Place: The Athletic Department of the high school will receive $500.

                        Third Place: The Athletic Department of the high school will receive $250.

About the “Best Of” Contest Series:

More than 4,000 schools have been involved in at least one of the America's Best contests, with past champions hailing from Virginia, Missouri, Vermont, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Here is what the SIHS Athletics Tweets have listed as the voting site: Click here to vote for @IgnatiusSoccer1 as the top team in America in 2015-16! http://contest.usatodayhss.com  https://twitter.com/USATODAYhss/status/748211890413670401 

From Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The Soccer Cats, who were co-National Champions by USA Today in the fall of  2015, were also ranked No. 1 in the nation through the MaxPreps' computer ratings.

Coach Mike McLaughlin's Wildcats, who finished their 2015 fall to recall with a record of 22-0-1 and added an Ohio-best seventh Division I State Championship to the record sixth state title they brought home in 2014, garnered the nation's top spot for the third time in the illustrious career of Coach McLaughlin '85.
The Soccer Cats join Coach Chuck Kyle's Football Wildcats as three-time National Champions..
Coach McLaughlin's other NSCAA national titles came in 2005 and 2010.
After facing what Coach McLaughlin described as the most demanding schedule in the program's rich history, Saint Ignatius Soccer will enter this season having won its final 16 matches of 2015. The Soccer Cats now carry an unbeaten streak of 36 consecutive matches, a mark that dates back to the 2014 state title run. USA Today pointed to the Wildcats' schedule as being a big factor in its decision to crown two national champs in 2015, Saint Ignatius and St. Benedict's Prep out of Newark, New Jersey.
A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE!
Saint Ignatius outscored its opponents in 2015, 127-11. That includes a 48-2 mark in the seven OHSAA postseason tournament matches. The 127 goals are two shy of the mark set by the Cats' 2000 State Final Four Team.
Along with his three national titles and seven state championships, Coach McLaughlin has a 21 year Head Coaching mark at his alma mater of 353-46-44. That record includes a 94-14 record in the OHSAA postseason. Mike's teams have won 15 District Championships, 11 Regional titles and have now made 11 State Final Four appearances.
And a final record that truly shows the character of the student athletes who are guided by Coach McLaughlin and his outstanding staff is that 2015 marked the 17th consecutive season that the Soccer Cats were declared NSCAA Team Academic All-Americans.
For this old-timer  it has been a privilege and a pleasure to have covered and reported on Coach McLaughlin's Men for Others, Men of exceptional skill, class and character. And God be willing, I am looking forward to having that privilege again this summer and fall.

 

The official results from the New Balance national event, courtesy of Wildcats Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Ken Sullivan
6/29/2016

From Mr. Ken Sullivan and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Ken and the rest of the coaches kept us up to date for our Father's Day posts on the New Balance event and here are the official released results.

From the new 4 x Mile and Distance Medley school records.

We ended up placing 4th in the 4 x Mile (3rd in the fast heat, a team from Indiana nipped us out of the slow heat) and 8th in the DMR (we won the Emerging Elite section handily, but needed to get back in time for the Cavs' game!).

The 4 x Mile broke Hilliard Davidson's 2003 time from the same meet of 17:30 as the fastest time ever run by an Ohio high school team (although it won't count for interscholastic purposes because it was after the state meet).

4 x Mile: 17:26.73 (17:20.33 when converted to 4 x 1600).

DMR: 10:13.06 (when the guys ran it, it was the 10th fastest time in the country this year).

A tough day for the Miami Marlins as former Wildcats great Derek Dietrich and his teammates go down to a 10-3 loss to the Detoit Tigers in the Motor City
6/29/2016

Derek, playing second base, was 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, two strikeouts and three left on base. He is currently hitting .306.

The Marlins and the Tigers combined for 29 hits (15 by Detroit), but the Marlins couldn't get that clutch hit they needed to stay in the game.  And a home run by Miguel Cabrera that traveled 459 feet didn't help matters either.   

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer.

The corner tips its cap to Manager Terry Francona and his Cleveland Indians on their 12th consecutive victory, a 3-0 triumph in Atlanta on Wednesday night
6/29/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The Indians, who have now equaled the second-longest winning streak in the team's history, 12 consecutive wins from July 8th to July 21st in 1922, will try to equal the club's all-time winning streak tomorrow (Thursday) night in Toronto when they start a four-game series with the Blue Jays. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:07 PM.

Twice in their history the Indians have won a team record 13 consecutive games, April 18th to May 2nd in 1942 and August 1st to August 15th in 1951.

As for last night's 3-0 victory, which wrapped up the Tribe's fourth consecutive series sweep, Danny Salazar was lights out in improving to 10-3. Danny threw seven scoreless innings, striking out eight and yielding five hits. He did not issue a walk and 78 of his 98 pitches were strikes.

The Indians' starting pitching has posted a combined earned run average of 1.91 over the 12-game winning streak.

Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall delivered big hits, as Lonnie, who has 10 RBI in his last eight games, went touch 'em all time. And what a story Jose Ramirez has been.

Toronto improved to 43-37 on Wednesday afternoon, but is still looking up at the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East, 5.5 games behind the Orioles. The Indians are now 17 games over .500.      

  

A little Indians info for our faithful reader Elanor
6/29/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Cleveland, Ohio - With "Indians Fever, be a believer" echoing throughout C-Town once again, Elanor, a 1968 graduate of legendary West Tech High School, e-mailed the corner with a couple of questions on the Tribe.

A faithful reader of the corner who "adopted" the Saint Ignatius Wildcats as her high school sports team after West Tech, a great school, closed its doors and is now an apartment complex (The West Tech Lofts) that sits off I-90, asked who the manager of the 1922 Indians was.

Elanor, the 1922 Indians, who won 12 consecutive games from July 8th through July 21st that season, a mark the current red-hot Indians will look to equal tonight in Atlanta, were under the direction of player-manager Tris Speaker. Despite that winning streak, the 1922 Indians finished in fourth place in the American League that season with a record of 78-76, 16 games behind the league-leading Yankees. Of course Speaker helped guide the Indians to the 1920 World Series Championship, 5 games to 2 in what was a scheduled nine-game series with the then Brooklyn Robins.

As we reported on the corner earlier this week, the Indians' longest winning streak is 13 games and that occurred twice - August 1st to August 15th in 1951 and April 18th to May 2nd in 1942.

Gifted young right-hander Danny Salazar (9-3, 2.23) will face Atlanta Braves rookie Joel De La Cruz tonight (Wednesday) at 7:10 as the "Fighting Franconas" go for 12 in a row. The 1-2 punch of Rick Manning and Matt Underwood will have it for you live over SportsTime Ohio. If you can't catch the game on television, the broadcaster I rate second only to the Dodgers' legend Vince Scully, Mr. Tom Hamilton, the "Voice of the Indians," will keep you entertained from pitch to pitch over the Indians' Radio Networks.

In responding to two other questions from Elanor, yes I agree that the next series in Toronto will be a tough one and no, it is not a typo in the Indians' schedule. After Thursday's 7:07 PM series opener in Toronto, the next three games with the Blue Jays are slated for 1:07 PM. Friday's 1:07 first pitch is on Canada Day.

The Toronto Blue Jays stood a third-place 42-37 through Tuesday's action, 5.5 games behind the A.L East leading 46-30 Baltimore Orioles.

Hope this helps Elanor. This old-timer has nothing but fond memories of the West Tech Warriors, the Wildcats' old West Senate rival. I grew up just a few blocks from storied West Tech Field and spent many childhood weekends watching football games there on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, and taking in the legendary West Tech Relays track meet. I still made my way back to West Tech after our home on West 103rd was demolished to make room for the construction of I-90 and had the opportunity to cover and report on high football and basketball games at West Tech before its closing. Even though the legendary field was vandalized, the Senate Athletic League played some Friday afternoon football games at West Tech as recently as the mid-1990s.

Have a wonderful rest of the baseball season, one that we hope is capped with a fall to recall.                      

       

Wildcats Rugby A-Side standout Brock Yoho '16 receives USA Rugby honor
6/28/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

From Wildcats Head Coach Dan Arbeznik '00: "I just wanted to forward along another special honor for one of our graduating seniors, Brock Yoho

"As you know, Andrew Baldado (posted on the corner last weekend) was selected to compete in Canada this week as a high school All-American. Similarly, Brock has been selected by USA Rugby (the organization that runs our Olympic team and international teams) to compete in an international tournament in the middle of July."

NOTE FROM THE CORNER: Brock's summer Celtic Elite Travel Team went undefeated and won both the Midwest Championship in Elkhart, Indiana and the Charlotte SouthEastern Tournament as well.

We again congratulate Coach Chuck Kyle '69, who on Saturday will be inducted into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame. Here is a repost of the corner's story from March 1st on Coach Kyle's prestigious and so well-deserved honor.
6/28/2016
Saint Ignatius Head Football and Track and Field Coach Chuck Kyle '69 to be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame                                                                                               
     
3/1/2016                                            

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, with the release courtesy of the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Coach Chuck Kyle '69, who has won an area-best 321 games, a record 11 Division I state championships, three national titles and a national and state runner-up in his 33 years as his alma mater's Head Football Coach, is one of 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 July 2 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada. The 34th Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the closing event of the 97th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.

Along with Coach Kyle, the other coaches who will be honored this year are Peg Kopec, who retired last year after winning 12 state championships in 42 years as girls volleyball coach at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Illinois; Pete Boudreaux, who has won an amazing 43 state championships in cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field at Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Catholic High School; and Jack Holloway, who led his wrestling teams at New Castle (Delaware) William Penn High School to seven state championships and 13 undefeated seasons during his 25-year career.

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.  

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.

Coach Kyle received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission in 2009, in 2010 he 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 football into the classroom every day.  

A former standout running back at Saint Ignatius under the late coaching legend, Mr. John J. Wirtz, Coach Kyle has also guided the Wildcats' track and field program for more than four decades. His Wildcats track and field teams have numerous District Championships throughout Northeast Ohio and in 2001 and 2016 they brought home the Division I State Championships. In 2005, Coach Kyle's track and field Cats were the big-school state runner-up.

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.

The two administrators who are part of the 2016 NFHS Hall of Fame class are Tim Flannery, who served on the NFHS staff for 16 years and was responsible for starting the highly successful NFHS Coach Education Program. Tim had a 30-year career in Ohio, including 15 years as the Director of Athletics at North Olmsted High School, and Ennis Proctor, who retired in 2011 after 20 years as executive director of the Mississippi High School Activities Association.

The five athletes to be inducted by the NFHS are Steve Spurrier, a three-sport standout at Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee, before his highly successful collegiate career as a player and coach; Marlin Briscoe, an outstanding football and basketball player at Omaha (Nebraska) South High School prior to becoming the first African-American starting quarterback in the National Football League; Joni Huntley, a three-sport athlete at Sheridan (Oregon) High School in the early 1970s who later competed in the high jump at two Olympics; Tom Southall, who overcame a physical disability to become one of the best athletes in Colorado history at Steamboat Springs High School (1979-81), and the late Ken Beardslee, one of the top pitchers in high school baseball history during his three years (1947-49) at Vermontville (Michigan) High School.

Rounding out the 2016 class is the late Eugene “Lefty” Wright, a cross country and track and field contest official in Minnesota for almost 50 years. 

The National High School Hall of Fame was started in 1982 by the NFHS to honor high school athletes, coaches, contest officials, administrators, performing arts coaches/directors and others for their extraordinary achievements and accomplishments in high school sports and performing arts programs. This year’s class increases the number of individuals in the Hall of Fame to 447.

The 12 individuals were chosen after a two-level selection process involving a screening committee composed of active high school state association administrators, coaches and officials, and a final selection committee composed of coaches, former athletes, state association officials, media representatives and educational leaders. Nominations were made through NFHS member associations.

                                            
                                                                                              
     
                                          
 
As we said heading into Father's Day, "How about those Indians?" The only one more excited than this former face behind the 2 mask over the Indians' current 10-game winning streak is the gifted and baseball savvy Matt MacKenzie of the SIBN.
6/27/2016

Cleveland, Ohio - In making it 10 in a row with an 8-3 victory Monday night at Atlanta, the Indians now own the current longest winning streak in the majors this season. They are 15 games over .500 heading into Tuesday's 7:10 PM first pitch with the Braves.

Cleveland's longest overall winning streak is 13 and that was done twice, August 1st to the 15th in 1951 and April 18th to May 2nd in 1942.

The Tribe's longest winning streak at home is 18 in 1994 (May 13th to June 19th).

As for Monday night, Trevor Bauer's stuff was, for the most part, filthy again, Francisco Lindor is just a joy to watch (even when he gets picked off), Lonnie Chisenhall's swing is back and how about the other youngster, Tyler Wesley Naquin?

A former Texas A&M Aggie All-American and the pride of Klein Collins High School, where he lettered in baseball for three years and was a two-time All-State selection, a three-time All-District honoree and a three-time All-Greater Houston standout, Naquin is becoming an extra-bases machine.

As the savvy and always enjoyable to listen to Rick Manning said Monday night, the deep and versatile Indians are "operating on all cylinders" right now.

Yes, God be willing, while the Browns are tearing up the previous plan and starting all over again, the "Fighting Franconas," along with the Saint Ignatius Wildcats, will provide us with plenty to talk about this fall.

- Mr. Edward Hannon Patrick Dwyer           

Some important words from Wildcats Head Cross Country Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher '71 and Cats 2016 mainstay Andrew Szendrey '17
6/26/2016

From Wildcats Head Cross Country Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher '71

Runners and Parents,

Looks like the summer weather has finally arrived, make sure you stay hydrated in the heat. The sites for the team schedule for this week are as follows:

Mastick: Monday 5:30pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 9am. Contact Andrew Szendrey.

Strongsville: Bonnie Park, Tuesday, Thursday at 9:30am. Contact Nathan Schwartz.

Brecksville: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 5:30pm. Contact Colin Caniglia.

Girdled Road Reservation: Monday, Tuesday at 8:30am. Contact Nathan Soria.

Beaumont (meet by the track): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 9am. Contact Logan Kijewski.


Wednesday: Practice at Saint Ignatius at 5:30pm.

NOTE: We will be starting the two-mile time trials this Wednesday. Once you meet your class standard, the order for your gear will be placed. If you have not already done so, please give your physical and OHSAA information to me. Continue following the training schedule; these are the key weeks for development for a great season - Coach Gallagher.


From Wildcats senior cross country mainstay Andrew Szendrey
 
Boys,
 
Turnout at all practices has been unacceptably low. If you are in town please do your best to make your regional runs(the dates/times/locations of which can be found in Coach Gallagher's e-mail above) & even more importantly, the team practices on Monday at the Mastic Woods picnic area and Wednesday at the Saint Ignatius Ignatius track.
 
If you have any questions about where you should be running, you should reach out. The captains are here for you and so are the coaches. No matter your grade nor experience level, we expect hard work and dedication to this team from here until November fifth.
 
"State champs aren't made on the day of the State championship. Rather, they are made on the hot & humid long run days in June, July, & August."
- Coach Rupe.
 
Looking forward to seeing your face at some point this week! - Andrew Szendrey
 
Just FYI, this old-timer will take a corner's view at Saint Ignatius' Youth Football Camp, which will be presented by Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Kyle '69 and his staff on July 5-7 at Wasmer Field. The camp will run from 5:30 PM until 8 PM each day.
6/26/2016

The camp is for those entering the 5th through the 8th grade and the cost is $100.

For further information, call 216-651-0222, extension 222.

Rugby A-Side Cats lose a tough extra-time match to Pickerington in a State Sevens Semifinal matchup on Sunday
6/26/2016

Presented by Coach Dan Arbeznik '00 and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Obetz, Ohio

From Coach Arbeznik: "We had won the last three (Ohio High School Rugby Sevens State Championships) in a row, but lost to Pickerington in the semifinal today on a try in extra time. The final was 14 to 10.

"The guys rebounded to beat Highland in the consolation match quite handily.

"Representing us this year were rising juniors Aidan Gill, Sean Whalen, Alex Chura and Nick Zolikoff. There were also rising seniors Eddie Patton, Matt Lipaj, Chris Fedor, Jimmy Desmarteau, Brian Cook and Joseph O'Brien.

"The sole graduating senior was Johnny Desmarteau."

Saint Ignatius' A-Side, the 2016 Rugby Ohio State Runner-Up, advanced to Sunday's state sevens semifinal matchup by winning three matches on Saturday.

Congratulations to Coach Arbeznik's program on what was another memorable spring and early summer.

Just FYI, Rugby Sevens is scheduled to make its Summer Olympics debut in August at Rio de Janeiro.  

   

Wildcats standout center Andrew Baldado from the Class of 2016 is among four Ohio Rugby area players to be named to the USA Rugby All-American Team
6/25/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Joining Andrew as area All-Americans are Jack Bradfield and Zach Heisterkamp from state champion St. Edward, and Karem Odeh from Brunswick.

Congratulations to Andrew, his family, Coach Dan Arbeznik and the entire Wildcats Rugby Program.

This corner wishes Andrew all of the best in the future, as he shared with this old-timer earlier this month (in the corner's state championship match story) that he will be furthering his education at The Ohio State University and will be competing in the Buckeyes' highly regarded rugby club program.    

 

The corner tips its cap to OHSAA Scholarship Award Winners James Norris and Tom Sullivan
6/24/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, June 24, 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - James Norris and Tom Sullivan from the Class of 2016, who will be furthering their educations and athletic careers at Cornell University and Duke University, respectively, each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Ohio High School Athletic Association during Wednesday night's 24th Annual Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn in Fairlawn, Ohio.

The official name of the awards is The Northeast District 2016 OHSAA Class "AAA" State Scholarships.

Two other area student-athletes, Edward Conger of Euclid and Vanessa Pasadena from Brunswick, received $1,000 scholarships and 17 student-athletes were honored with $750 district scholarships.

Tom Sullivan, who is recovering from surgery, did not attend the banquet. Accepting on his behalf was Linda Gabor of the Saint Ignatius counseling office.

Norris and Sullivan were mainstays for Coach Chuck Kyle's 2016 Track and Field  Wildcats, who brought home the Division I State Championship during this month's 109th OHSAA State Track and Field Tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Sullivan, who also was a standout on Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's 2015 OHSAA State Champion Cross Country Team, was a key part of the Wildcats' area, state and nationally recognized 4x800 relay team that brought home first place at state with a new school record time of 7:39.23. Along with Tom, that fabulous all-senior foursome included Luke Wagner, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan.

The 1-2 punch of Wagner and Sullivan finished third and fifth, respectively, in the state during the 1600 meter run. Wagner ran a 4:12.70 and Sullivan turned in an effort of 4:13.11.

Norris, who was also a tailback/kick returner for Coach Kyle's storied football program, delivered six points at state with a third-place time of 11.00 in the 100 meter dash and James anchored the state's first place 4x100 relay team that stormed its way to 10 points with a school-best time of 41.48.

Joining Norris on the gifted 4x100 team were Jack Cook '16, Phil Zuccaro '18 and Quinn Lawless '16. James graduated as the Wildcats' all-time record holder in the 100 meter dash (10.61) and the 200 meter dash (21.50), marks he set while qualifying for the finals at the demanding Amherst Steele Regional Meet.    

The efforts put forth by Tom and James were part of a state record four OHSAA Team State Championships during the 2015-16 school year and five OHSAA Division I state titles overall, as Kaden Russell '17 brought home the Division I 182-pound state wrestling title in March.

Along with track and field and cross country, Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School celebrated OHSAA team state championships in soccer and ice hockey. Coach Mike McLaughlin's Soccer Cats were also recognized as National Champions.


Congratulations again to James and Tom, and may God Bless them in all of their future endeavors.

 

 

     

It was a play-making Thursday evening on Wasmer Field, as the Varsity Football Wildcats wrapped up their fourth mini camp of the summer
6/23/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit June 2016

Ohio City - I don't think it would be a stretch to say that several of the 2016 Varsity Football Wildcats were trying to make a lasting impression on Thursday evening during what was the final mini camp before the team embarks on its summer break.

Chuck Kyle '69, who has begun his 34th season as his alma mater's Hall of Fame Head Coach, will welcome his Wildcats back to camp on July 21st.

With the misty rain and gray clouds that hovered over Thursday afternoon's Junior Varsity camp being overtaken by partly sunny and blue-gray skies, the Varsity Wildcats were competing against one another with an enthusiasm and aggressiveness that every coach in America covets.

In what was the most entertaining offense versus defense match drill of the first four camps, there was nothing mini about the efforts displayed on both sides of the ball.

Operating behind what has the potential to be one of the premier offensive lines in the state, junior running back Aidan Gill got things started for the O with a quick burst over the left side. That was followed by consecutive runs from senior tailback Dean "The Dream" Stowers that saw Dean display his balance and ability to bounce to the outside.

Gritty junior tailback Mark Bobinski added an authoritative run over the left side and also helping fuel the ground control was senior running back Daryl Forrest.

During the drill, Saint Ignatius' outstanding Offensive Line Coach Adam Rini '99 had some complimentary words for the efforts put forth by two of his younger linemen - juniors Toby Engel and John "Jack" Jamieson.

The highlight of the evening was the back and forth playmaking by the Cats' passing offense and defensive secondary. It was a good old can you top this?

Saint Ignatius' receiving corps might not be households names to the Wildcats' faithful just yet, but seniors Travis Pot, Ryan Cook, Riley Kinzel, Michael Daugenti and Mke Lehto, along with promising juniors Sam Snyder, Michael Drobnick and Connor Kennedy, among others, will be changing that unknown or not familiar with tag.

All of the above came up with big-time receptions off the accurate and full-of-fire throws by senior quarterback Patrick Ryan and junior quarterback Kyle Hall.

A CASE FOR THE DEFENSE: "That was a heck of an athletic play, by both of them," said Wildcats Assistant Coach and former two-way All-Ohio standout Mark Ruddy '90 after gifted senior linebacker James Leyden broke on the ball for a pass break-up that saw the pigskin fly up in the air and picked off by senior defensive back Conor McGrath for an interception return.

Pot, who doubles as a safety, complemented his numerous receptions with a leaping interception and Lehto, who also sees time at safety, made a smooth reaction to a tipped ball for an interception.

Senior cornerback and ice hockey standout Matt Wiegandt followed his picture-perfect sideline interception on Wednesday with two more picks on Thursday, including another nose-for-the-ball move along the sideline.

NAME TO REMEMBER: During the Junior Varsity Drills, sophomore defensive back Michael Mangan snuffed out the play, made a strong move on the ball and came up with an interception. The future of the defensive secondary is in good hands. 

CAMPING: Wildcats sophomore quarterback Patrick Delahunty is investing his time and money at the Peyton Manning Passing Camp this week and multi-skilled senior punter/kicker Colin Goodfellow has been at a number of camps, including recent trips to Northwestern and James Madison.

CONGRATULATIONS: Goes out to former Wildcats defensive mainstay Patrick Hopkins '14, who has joined the Wildcats' staff as a Freshmen Linebackers Coach.

ON HAND: At Wasmer Field on Thursday evening was Saint Ignatius' 2015 first-team All-Ohio Quarterback and three-year baseball mainstay Dennis Grosel '16. As we reported on the corner last week, Dennis will be furthering his education (in the winter) and football career (in the spring) at Boston College. During his time in Cleveland this summer and fall, Dennis will help out his mentor, Wildcats veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo.    

    

        

        

 

               

     

Wildcats developing their "mindset" as the Junior Varsity and Varsity Football mini camps resumed on Wednesday
6/22/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit June 2016

Ohio City - With a large contingent of fans from the Cavaliers' NBA Championship Celebration Parade making its way home by walking up Lorain Avenue past Wasmer Field on Wednesday afternoon and evening, Coach Chuck Kyle's Junior Varsity and Varsity Football Wildcats were getting back in a preseason mindset after being off for 12 days.

Wednesday's mini camp got underway with a Junior Varsity turnout that, although small in numbers, was anxious to continue the all-important, one-step-ahead learning process that these early non-mandatory mini camps provide.

After the Junior Varsity practice, Coach Kyle suggested to the JV Cats to take the traditional "ten seconds" and think about what they are going to do tomorrow even better than they performed it on Wednesday, a specific drill, technique or aspect of the game. As Coach Kyle said, that has to become their mindset.

And that mindset will allow the sophomore Cats to realize just how much they are learning and improving.

As we look forward to Thursday's Junior Varsity (3 PM) and Varsity (5 PM) camps, here are some highlights and tidbits from Wednesday's work on Wasmer Field.

Young Arms: With some of the Cavs' Parade crowd stopping to take a look, sophomore quarterbacks Patrick Delahunty and Mike Sarko each made some nice throws during Wednesday's opening JV drills.

A lot of promise: Six-foot-four, 215-pound sophomore defensive lineman/tight end/linebacker Aidan Wells, who left an impression on this old-timer with his determination during Saint Ignatius' victory over St. Edward in a Freshman Basketball Game at the Eagles Nest last winter, displayed some of that same hustle during Wednesday's drills.

Defense, defense: The JV Cats spent a good portion of their practice working on what the coaches described as "universal" or "basic" defensive containment drills and strip-and-scoop drills.

Ivy League Camping: Wildcats gifted senior Varsity Quarterback Patrick Ryan was kind enough to share with the corner that he attended the Yale and Harvard Camps over the weekend and that he will be at the Penn camp on Saturday and the Princeton camp on Monday.

Pass defense heard from: Standout senior linebacker Adam Shibley made a savvy move in coverage that drew a nice response from veteran Linebackers Coach Ryan Franzinger '02, senior defensive back Thomas Barrett displayed some heads-up reaction in coming up with an interception return off a tipped pass, senior defensive back Matt Wiegandt, a mainstay on Coach Pat O'Rourke's 2016 State Champion Ice Hockey Team, made a quick move on the ball that led to his interception return, and senior defensive back Antonino Casola stepped in front of what appeared to be an open receiver and batted the ball away with authority.

Air Cats: Junior quarterback Kyle Hall unleashed some nice throws in the offensive-defensive match drills, including a strike to senior wide out Travis Pot off a nice look and route, and two smooth swings passes in the flat to junior running backs Casey Reilly and Mark Bobinski that drew the praise of veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo.

Patrick Ryan finished strong with a couple of on-the-money passes to Pot and senior wide out Riley Kinzel.

Ground Control: Senior tailback Jimmy Andrews stood out in the running drills with his strong and quick bursts.

We'll see you tomorrow on Wasmer Field, again 3 PM for Junior Varsity and 5 PM for Varsity.    

  

 

   

 

  

 

 

 

     

 

  

Just FYI, Cross Country practice for this evening is cancelled
6/22/2016

Runners and Parents,

Due to the Cavs' championship parade and the numerous road closures, practice at Saint Ignatius is cancelled for tonight. Everyone should get a run in on their own. Hope to see everyone next week for the picnic.

Go Cavs!
Go Cats!

Doc
Dr. Mike Gallagher

Head Cross Country Coach
St. Ignatius High School
Just a reminder that the corner will continue its coverage of the Wildcats' Junior Varsity (3 PM) and Varsity (5 PM) Football mini camps on Wednesday and Thursday
6/20/2016
The OHSAA names Dave Gray as its Interim Commissioner
6/20/2016

Presented by Mr. Tim Stried, OHSAA Informational Services

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Former OHSAA Board of Directors President and Franklin Monroe Superintendent will serve while Dr. Dan Ross recovers from health issues

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former OHSAA Board of Directors President Dave Gray has been named Interim Commissioner of the Ohio High School Athletic Association following action by the OHSAA Board of Directors at a special meeting last week. Gray, who spent 37 years in the Franklin Monroe Local School District in Pitsburg, Ohio, before retiring in 2012, will fill in for OHSAA Commissioner Dr. Dan Ross, who is recovering from a series of health setbacks.

Gray, who has served as chair of the OHSAA’s Student Eligibility Appeals Panel for the past three years, begins his duties Monday (June 20). While a member of the OHSAA’s Southwest District Athletic Board for 29 years, he served two stints as an officer of the OHSAA Board of Directors, including vice president in 1992-93 and president in 2010-11.

“The Board of Directors felt that our number one priority was for Dan to regain his strength and strictly concentrate on getting healthy,” said Steve Stirn, current president of the OHSAA Board of Directors. “At the same time, we recognize that the commissioner’s position has so many duties and the office staff has a lot on their plates, so we believe the appropriate move was to appoint someone to help ensure that we do not fall off course and continue to provide all of the services that our member schools expect. Dave is well respected, has long ties to the OHSAA and has a wealth of experience, so he is the perfect person to help lead us during Dan’s absence. We’re excited that he has accepted this role.”

No timetable has been set for the duration of Gray’s appointment, as Dr. Ross will have the option of returning to his position as commissioner once he returns to good health.

“I am honored and humbled to serve the OHSAA in this new capacity while Dr. Ross is recovering from his health issues,” Gray said. “In my years on the Board of Directors, the Southwest District Board and the OHSAA Appeals Panel, I have enjoyed being a part of the OHSAA and all the great things that interscholastic sports can provide for young people. I look forward to working with the OHSAA staff on a daily basis on behalf of all the constituents that we serve. Together, we’ll help keep Ohio as a national leader.”

Gray was the superintendent at Franklin Monroe during his last 20 years in the district (1992-2012). He served as a coach, athletic administrator and principal before becoming the district’s leader. He began his career in education in 1973 in the Twin Valley Community Local School District in West Alexandria. A graduate of Arcanum High School, Dave was a member of the school’s 1969 state championship basketball team and he scored a small-school state tournament record 45 points in the semifinals. He went on to earn NAIA All-America honors in basketball at Earlham College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree, and he earned a master’s degree at the University of Dayton.

Gray and his wife, Susan, reside in Greenville and have three children and have six grandchildren.

Dr. Ross is completing his 12th year as commissioner after beginning his duties as the OHSAA’s ninth commissioner on August 1, 2004. Health issues have limited him in his position since November 2015. Associate Commissioner Bob Goldring had been serving as the association’s acting commissioner since mid-March and will return to his position, which includes director of operations.

  

 

 

AND THE BEAT GOES ON, AS TOM SULLIVAN, ANTHONY PELLEGRINO, COLIN KRUCHAN AND LUKE WAGNER BREAK A 30-YEAR SCHOOL RECORD IN THE DMR IN A TIME OF 10:13 AT NATIONALS
6/19/2016

Again, Thank You to the Saint Ignatius Coaches and the Cats' Cross Country and Track and Field site for keeping us updated on what was a tremendous ending to the cross country and track and field season.

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer 

CONGRATS TO TOM SULLIVAN, C.J. AMBROSIO, PAT NOLAN AND LUKE WAGNER, who set a new school record in the 4xMile with an effort of 17:26 at the New Balance Nationals and placed third in the Nation. Gentlemen, you're truly amazing.
6/19/2016

Thanks to the Saint Ignatius Coaches and the Wildcats' Cross Country and Track and Field site for keeping us updated.

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer  

All of the Best to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in their pursuit of NBA History and the first major professional sports championship for Cleveland since December 27, 1964
6/19/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Cleveland, Ohio -  Along side my hero, my late Father James "Jazz" Dwyer, yours truly had the privilege of witnessing in person the Browns' dominant victory over legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts on December 27, 1964 in The Grand Lady on the Lake, Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

Our day started with Mass at The Cathedral and then my Dad treated me to breakfast at a diner along the docks and shores of Lake Erie. The diner's atmosphere was right out of a Wallace Beery movie, or for our younger readers, "The Perfect Storm," and it's appearances both outside and inside were a bit intimidating to a 14-yard-old freshman in high school. Let's just say you didn't have to be wearing your Sunday best to be served with kindness by the down-to-earth waitress and cook. Salt of the earth people, if you will.

It was, to this day, the greaest breakfast I have ever had. My Dad, who worked off the boats in the docks before becoming a Custodian for the Cleveland Public School System, knew all of Lakeshore's hidden jewels.

After I thanked the waitress and the cook for the great meal, which drew a large smile from my Dad, the waitress complimented me on my purple and gold Cathedral Latin School sweater and it was off to Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

A crowd of 79, 544 was eventually on hand and my dad and I entered through the gate of the late Leo Ramella, a family friend who allowed us the opportunity to see the game standing. Ticket prices were $6, $8 and $10 dollars, a significant price for a sporting event 52 years ago.

Arriving to Municipal Stadium as early as we did, almost three hours before kickoff, paid dividends as my Dad and I situated our standing position at about the 42-yard line.

After a scoreless first half against the seven-point favorite Colts, the Browns outscored Unitas and Co., 17-0, in the third quarter and completed the 27-0 triumph with Garry Collins' record third touchdown reception and the second of two field goals by the great Lou "The Toe" Groza.

The Frank Ryan-to Garry Collins combination was lethal, the Browns' defense was magnificent in limiting Unitas to 95 yards passing on a 12-for-20 day and the greatest running back in NFL history, Jim Brown, kept the Colts' defense off-balance by rushing for 114 yards on 27 carries. 

"Unitas They Stand, Divided They Fall." The Cleveland Browns, Champions of the NFL Football World!

Now, just like so many of you, never in a million years did this then 14-year-old think that more than five decades of my life would pass without me witnessing another major professional sports championship in Cleveland.

Oh yes, the Indians gave us plenty to get excited about in the mid and late 1990s and the early 2000s, and as recently as 2007 and 2013. But still no cigar. I regret to this day that my Dad, a heck of baseball player and a loyal, die-hard Indians fan, passed away just before the Indians went on that great run. But then he did witness the 1920 and 1948 World Series Championship years.

Like my Dad, I was accustomed to Browns teams that were consistent contenders. The on and off the field fiasco that has recently plagued the team has, to put it mildly, been tough to swallow. A bit of an embarrassment, if you will.

So, it is with the most sincere heartfelt feelings that I wish LeBron James and the entire Cavaliers Basketball Family All of the Best in their pursuit of NBA History tonight and their pursuit of this great city's first major professional sports championship since Dec. 27, 1964.

My Dad, Leo Ramella and that superb cook and great waitress will be looking on from a very special few.

Thank You LeBron, for all you have done for your beloved City of Akron, Ohio and St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, and the excitement and greatness you have brought to Cleveland, Oho and the best fans in the nation.

P.S. Happy Father's Day.          

A Happy Father's Day to all of the great Dads out there. There is only one thing better than being a Dad and that's being a Dad and a Grandfather. Or, as my wonderful grandkids say, "Grandpa."
6/19/2016
Wildcats standout football quarteback and baseball mainstay Dennis Grosel will be furthering his education and football career at Boston College
6/18/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Cleveland, Ohio - Here is what Dennis, the epitome of class, shared with this corner on Friday night.

Mr. Dwyer,
 
"I have officially committed to play football for Boston College. I will not be attending the school this fall, but rather in the winter to be ready for spring ball (in 2017). Thanks for everything you do."
 
See you soon,
Dennis
 
From the corner: In route to earning first-team Associated Press Division I All-Ohio honors in the fall of 2015, Dennis Grosel continued a quarterback legacy under Wildcats veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo that ranks among the best in the nation.
 
Dennis, who became the 16th Wildcat quarterback to earn All-Ohio recognition under the tutelage of Coach Restifo, had two games in the fall of 2015 in which he set new school records for passing yards. He finished with 1,959 yards and 18 TDs passing, and rushed for 469 yards and 11 touchdowns. In three games combined last fall, Dennis totaled just five series because of the score. Along with his All-Ohio honors, Dennis also garnered AP All-Northeast Lakes District recognition for the second consecutive season.
 
A captain in both football and baseball, Dennis' play at third base and steady offensive production this spring helped key a second consecutive drive to the OHSAA Division I State Baseball Semifinals by Coach Brad Ganor's Cats. As a junior, the versatile Grosel played first base and catcher. Dennis teamed with his brother Tommy this spring, as Tommy excelled as a sophomore first baseman/pitcher. Dennis and Tommy were recognized for their offensive and defensive skills during last week's annual Spring Sports Awards Ceremony.
 
The corner wishes to express its congratulations to Dennis, his family, Wildcats Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Kyle, Coach Restifo and the entire Saint Ignatius Football Program.
 
God Bless and All of the Best now and in the future to an exceptional athlete and leader, and THANK YOU Dennis for all of the kindness and respect you expressed to this old-timer. It was a privilege to report on your many successes during what was a special and memorable career at Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School.    
 
     
 
 
 
Increase in State Tournament qualifiers highlights the changes to the OHSAA Cross Country Tournament structure
6/17/2016

From Mr. Tim Stried, Director of Information Services, tstried@ohsaa.org and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Changes to OHSAA Cross Country Tournament Structure Approved

Board of Directors agrees to modifications in process for divisional alignment and qualifiers and increases number of state qualifiers

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Several changes to the high school cross country postseason will take effect this fall after the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors approved a list of proposals from the OHSAA Cross Country Subcommittee earlier this week. The changes alter how schools are placed into divisions and how qualifying teams and individuals advance to the regional and state tournaments.

  “The subcommittee’s task was to look at several concerns that were brought to the OHSAA’s attention,” said Saint Ignatius Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee and former Wildcats Athletic Director Dale Gabor, the OHSAA’s administrator for cross country and track and field. “These changes will result in a more consistent and fair tournament structure, which has been in place for other OHSAA sports. I was very pleased with the committee’s thoroughness and ability to look at the issues from all sides.”

First, the board approved a proposal that reversed its 2012 ruling which changed how schools are placed into their respective cross country tournament divisions (I, II or III). The 2012 proposal called for a school’s girls and boys enrollment to be combined, so that a school’s girls and boys teams were always in the same tournament division. That method achieved its goal of reduced travel costs for schools and eased the burden on schools that have one person serving as the girls and boys coach, but it resulted in competitive disadvantages for some schools if one of their squads was forced to compete up a division.

Second, the board approved changes to the representation process by which schools and individuals advance from the district tournament to the regional tournament, and then onto the state tournament. Previously, the four regional tournaments across Ohio all fielded the same number of teams in each division, meaning that in some cases, teams from one district were sent to a regional tournament across the state. This was done so that the same number of team and individual state qualifiers came from each regional (top four). The changes approved by the board this week result in regional qualifiers being comprised only of teams from that specific district (see chart below), which means the four regional tournaments will have a unique number of qualifiers in line with the number of the teams within that division in their district. Thus the number of state qualifiers will different from each regional based on how many teams in each division are competing there, which is the case in other OHSAA sports, in accordance with the representation formula.

In addition, the board approved an increase in the number of state tournament team qualifiers from 16 to 20 per division. The maximum number of individual state tournament qualifiers (runners who finish in the top 20 overall who are not on an advancing team) coming from each regional would be four times the number of qualifying teams in each division from that regional.

“This system will more fairly assign schools to the regional tournaments and more fairly determine the qualifiers to the state tournament,” Gabor said. “It keeps schools closer to home for regionals and uses the actual number of teams in each division at each regional site to determine the number of state qualifiers coming from that site. And we are pleased to increase the number of state tournament qualifiers so more student-athletes and schools can experience the state tournament, which is among the biggest and best in the country.”

It was also noted that at all regional tournaments, head coaches in charge of the girls and boys teams for a school will be compete at the same regional.

The subcommittee was comprised of OHSAA staff, three members from the state board of directors and 10 members who are school administrators or coaches.

The 2016 OHSAA Cross Country Regional Tournaments

Pickerington: Qualifiers from the Central, East and Southeast Districts

Boys regional qualifiers to include 15 Div. I, 20 Div. II (6 from Central, 6 from East, 8 from Southeast), 17 Div. III (7 from Central, 3 from East, 7 from Southeast) 

Boys state qualifiers to include 5 Div. I, 6 Div. II and 5 Div. III

Girls regional qualifiers to include 16 Div. I, 18 Div. II (6 from Central, 5 from East, 7 from Southeast), 17 Div. III (4 from Central, 7 from East, 6 from Southeast)

Girls state qualifiers to include 5 Div. I, 6 Div. II, 5 Div. III

*Boardman: Qualifiers Northeast District

Boys regional qualifiers to include 25 Div. I, 20 Div. II, 11 Div. III

Boys state qualifiers to include 8 Div. I, 6 Div. II and 4 Div. III

Girls regional qualifiers to include 25 Div. I, 21 Div. II, 13 Div. III

Girls state qualifiers to include 8 Div. I, 6 Div. II, 4 Div. III

Tiffin: Qualifiers from the Northwest District

Boys regional qualifiers to include 7 Div. I, 12 Div. II, 22 Div. III

Boys state qualifiers to include 2 Div. I, 4 Div. II and 7 Div. III

Girls regional qualifiers to include 6 Div. I, 12 Div. II, 22 Div. III

Girls state qualifiers to include 2 Div. I, 4 Div. II, 7 Div. III

Troy: Qualifiers from Southwest District

Boys regional qualifiers to include 17 Div. I, 12 Div. II, 14 Div. III

Boys state qualifiers to include 5 Div. I, 4 Div. II and 4 Div. III

Girls regional qualifiers to include 17 Div. I, 13 Div. II, 12 Div. III

Girls state qualifiers to include 5 Div. I, 4 Div. II, 4 Div. III.

 

 

 

  

The first and the third, two cherishable LeBron James memories with my dear friend and colleague, the late Dick "Zip" Zunt
6/17/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Cleveland, Ohio - It was March 25th, 2000 and, as the final buzzer rang off the clock in Value City Arena on the campus of The Ohio State University, yours truly turned to my longtime friend and colleague, the late Dick "Zip" Zunt '50, and we both just smiled.

When you covered as many high school sporting events together as Dick and I did, there was no need for words.

We both realized that we had seen the start of something very, vey special.

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, led by the endless skills and mature beyond his years court savvy of then freshman guard LeBron James, overpowered Jamestown Greenview, 73-55, and wrapped up a 27-0, Division III State Championship season in front of a crowd of 13,061.

In 29 minutes of action, LeBron scored 25 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished out 5 assists. He was 10-12 from the field, including 2 3-pointers, and hit on 3 of his 4 free throws. LeBron, which is still his nature to this day, would be the first to tell you that a 7-for-7 performance from the 3-point arc by then freshman guard Dru Joyce III, LeBron's great friend and teammate, also played a huge role in the convincing win over Greenview.   

What left Dick and I so impressed, however, was the total control and grasp of the game that LeBron possessed at such a young age.

Now more than 16 years later, and I swear I saw those same exact qualities while witnessing another LeBron James masterpiece in the Cavaliers' impressive Game 6 NBA Finals victory over the defending champion Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night.

No, I didn't have anyone to turn to and smile as LeBron was putting the finishing touches on what was another incredible all-around playoff performance Thursday night. That said, I knew Dick was smiling on from a very special view.

Getting back to that March 25, 2000 night in Columbus, Dick and I, just minutes after the post-game State Championship celebration and the presentation of the OHSAA Medals, were privileged to interview LeBron together just outside the St. Vincent-St. Mary locker room. "Zip" and I were assigned to do the sidebar stories on the game for The Plain Dealer.

Following the interview, which LeBron, remind you just a freshman in high school, handled with the same grace and maturity he brought to the court that night, Dick and I hurried back to the scorer's table to write our stories on deadline. No, no tweets, just nose-to-the grindstone, good old-fashion, beat-the-clock reporting.

As we stopped for a bite to eat that night on our way back to the hotel, the conversation was dominated by what we witnessed from this oh so gifted ninth grader, LeBron James. That conversation continued after Mass in Columbus on Sunday morning and throughout our two-plus hour car ride home.

Oh by the way, part of that Sunday morning drive home, an annual end of March round trip that "Zip" and I made together for three-plus decades, included a discussion about LeBron's football prowess. LeBron was an All-Ohio wide receiver before completely focusing on basketball. Talk about a tough matchup on the gridiron.

Before Dick went on to his special reporter's desk in heaven, we had one more opportunity to observe together that brilliance that is LeBron James.

That came on March 22, 2003, also in Value City Arena.

Playing his final OHSAA high school game, LeBron scored 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in 32 minutes while leading the Fighting Irish of St. Vincent-St. Mary to their third state championship in his four-year varsity career, a hard-fought 40-36 victory over Kettering Archbishop Alter.

And yes, Dick and I shared those same smiles once again, as we watched a young man walk off the court and into the shadows of the runway to begin his journey to even greater heights.                     

              

A request for prayers for Mr. Dave Gibbons
6/16/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The corner asks that the Saint Ignatius family keeps Mr. Gibbons in its prayers, as Dave is recovering from major surgery.

Dave is the father of former Wildcats outstanding Basketball Team Manager and Fred DiSanto Award Winner Patrick Gibbons, former Wildcats standout linebacker and captain John Gibbons, and current Wildcats senior football mainstay, defensive lineman Joe Gibbons. Joe is also a member of the Cats' wrestling program.

Your prayers and support will mean the world to the entire Gibbons family.

Thank You and God Bless, Mr. Eddie Dwyer    

For the second consecutive year, Coach Mike McLaughlin's nationally acclaimed Soccer Program will open its season on a Friday night
6/16/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The two-time defending and record seven-time OHSAA State Champion Soccer Cats, who also brought home their third National Championship in 2015, will make the short trip to St. Edward High School's Brother James Everett, C.S.C. Stadium on Friday night, August 19th to face their longtime West Side rival in a 7:30 season opener.

The evening under the Eagles' Golden Dome will begin with a 5:30 Junior Varsity matchup, as Wildcats outstanding JV Coach Jim Brennan sends his Junior Varsity A into its season opener.

As the summer progresses, the corner will again have the privilege to preview the oh so talented and promising 2016 version of Coach McLaughlin's renowned program, which will be led by Gatorade's 2015 Ohio Player of the Year, senior Steve Milhoan.

In last year's season opener, Milhoan treated a Friday night crowd of more than 2,000 at Wasmer Field to five goals in the Cats' 8-1 triumph over St. Edward.  

Coach McLaughlin's Cats enter 2016 on a 16-match winning streak after putting together a 22-0-1 fall to recall in 2015. That remarkable record last season came against what Coach McLaughlin described as the most demanding schedule in the program's rich history.          

 

 

   

The calendar year of 2001, also one to cherish in Saint Ignatius Athletics
6/15/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit June 2016

Cleveland, Ohio -  This past school year's outstanding run in Wildcats sports - an OHSAA All-Boys School record for state team titles (Soccer, Cross Country, Ice Hockey and Track), a National Championship for Coach Mike McLaughlin's Soccer program and the OHSAA 182-pound state wrestling championship by Kaden Russell '17 - brought back memories of 2001, when Saint Ignatius athletics enjoyed a strong calendar year.

It started in March of 2001, when Coach Brian Becker guided the Wildcats to their Division I State Basketball Championship and carried over to the spring of 2001, when the Cats brought home their first OHSAA State Championship in Track and Field under Coach Chuck Kyle.

Under Dan Hess, Saint Ignatius golf won the first of its back-to-back OHSAA State Championships in 2001 and 2001 also saw Coach Kyle's Football Wildcats bring home the ninth of their record 11 OHSAA Division I State Championships. The calendar year of 2001 included tennis standout Dominic Ozanne making the first of his consecutive appearances at the OHSAA State Tournament.

The Smiths, Ted (a state runner-up Medalist in 2001) and Ben (a state Medalist in 2002) were among the Cats prowling the golf courses in those days.

No one experienced a better 2001 calendar year than Saint Ignatius' Dean of Students and Assistant Football Coach Ryan Franzinger '02, who was an outstanding thrower for the 2001 OHSAA Track and Field State Championship Team (and the 2002 team) and a standout two-way performer and captain for the 2001 State Champion Football Cats. Warren Harding Football, among others, will vouch for that.

Saint Ignatius has had many other exceptional championship seasons, school years and calendar years, some of them coming long before our current Wildcats and their parents, for that matter, were born. That said, the 2001 calendar year in Saint Ignatius sports was, in my humble opinion, a very resilient one. For many reasons that were well documented.   

God has blessed and allowed this old-timer to be able to witness Saint Ignatius athletics from a young kid's perspective while growing up near West Tech Field in the 1950s, until the present time. And there is still some resiliency left in this reporter's heart and mind.  

See you at Wasmer Field next week when the Cats' resume their football camps - Junior  Varsity at 3 PM and Varsity at 5 PM, June 22nd and 23rd.       

             

 

Another preseason football note for a veteran reader of the corner
6/13/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, June 13, 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - It is always great to hear from Jimbo of South Bend, Indiana, who has been following the Football Cats on the corner since the summer of 2008.

Jimbo e-mailed the corner today and asked if Saint Ignatius' preseason schedule was going to be similar to previous seasons, and the answer is no.

Wildcats veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo reaffirmed during his youth camp on Saturday that there will be no middle scrimmage this summer, as there has been in the past. For the past few years the Cats and the Twinsburg Tigers would alternate home sites for the middle or second scrimmage.

This summer, as this old-timer reported on the corner's pigskin pocket Friday evening, Saint Ignatius and Solon will meet in their annual practice/drills/offensive-defensive competition on August 9th at Wasmer Field. The action will get underway at 10 AM.

On August 19th at 7 PM, the final preseason tune-up will take place in the annual Jamboree between the Cats and the Bulldogs from Canton McKinley. Because of the construction and renovations taking place in now Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, formerly legendary Fawcett Stadium, this year's Jamboree will be played at Canton Central Catholic's Lowell Klinefelter Stadium.

For a little personal touch on both the Solon preseason matchup, the Jamboree with the Bulldogs and Lowell Klinefelter Stadium, see the corner's pigskin pocket story from Friday evening.

Note: In place of the middle scrimmage, the Cats will probably have their own inter-squad scrimmage.

Have great summer James ("Jimbo") and all of the best to your other team - The Fighting Irish.      

    

 

From Mentor to West Park to Nordonia, Coach Nick Restifo's All-Ohio Quarterback/Receiver Academy scanned the state of Ohio globe
6/11/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit June 2016

Ohio City - A total of 75 aspiring football players (38 quarterbacks and 37 receivers) entering the sixth to ninth grade arrived at Wasmer Field bright and early on Saturday morning and were treated to some of the finest coaching and teaching you will find when it comes to a youth camp in the state of Ohio.

Under the direction of Saint Ignatius' Nick Restfo, who has guided 16 All-Ohio quarterbacks in his 35 years as the Wildcats' highly successful Offensive Coordinator, the All-Oho Quarterback/Receiver Academy staff included John Carroll University Receivers Coach Brian Beigie; Saint Ignatius Assistant Coach/Quarterbacks Coach Jim Cahill; Wildcats Receivers Coach Josiah Kedzior; University of Akron quarterback Matt Hoyer, who was also a quarterback and a standout pitcher at Saint Ignatius; former John Carroll and Solon quarterback Pat Kramer; Wildcats All-Ohio quarterback Dennis Grosel '16 and All-Ohio wide receiver Jack Cook '16; former Wildcats All-Ohio wide receiver/defensive back Mark Ruddy '90, who is currently an Assistant Coach for the Cats, and St. Ignatius junior quarterback Daniel Alexander and sophomore quarterback Patrick Delahunty.

Along with receiving, route running, footwork and passing drills, the well-mannered, respectful, attentive and easy to smile campers took part in competition drills in which the winners were awarded with Wendy's gift cards. Coach Restifo also gathered with campers for a Saint Ignatius trivia contest, such as how many state football titles have the Cats won and when was the last state  football title for the Cats? The trivia winners were also given a Wendy's gift card. Another Wendy's card went to a young man who sang the Saint Ignatius Alma Mater without missing beat, and with enthusiasm.

With a good number of parents and/or family members also braving the 90-plus degree temperatures at Wasmer Field, Dennis Grosel and Jack Cook spoke to the wide-eyed campers about the impact academics-first Saint Ignatius has had on their lives and how Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School has a tremendous teaching staff that makes going to the classroom every day something to look forward to. Jack emphasized that Saint Ignatius' teachers will go out of their way to help you hit your academic stride.

While Dennis and Jack were speaking, the sixth and seventh graders in particular were captivated by their every word.

"The main thing was just kind of looking back," said Grosel of what he enjoyed most while working with the kids on Saturday morning/early afternoon. "I was in those shoes not too long ago and it felt like not long ago. It's kind of humbling and exciting to see how far we've come."

"It's kind of cool that just because we've graduated, we're still part of the Saint Ignatius football family," Cook said, who will be furthering his education and athletic career at Harvard University. "Just to be able to put the name with the face, that's Dennis Grosel, he started at Varsity quarterback for two years. Kids are going to come out just to work with him for a couple of hours on a Saturday when they have a lot of other stuff going on. It's just building on that Saint Ignatius family, that they could be where we are in a couple of years.

"It's definitely different from the coaching standpoint, where you have to figure out a way to apply and explain it so they can excel, too," Jack continued when asked what it felt like to be the coach on Saturday. "They're not 18, obviously, so we had to adjust to sixth through ninth graders and figure out a terminology that they would understand."

"From a coaching standpoint, I can understand when coaches say they learn a lot from their kids," said Dennis of his opportunity on Saturday to apply what he learned from Coach Restifo and others the past four years. "It's neat, it's fun to see the kids grow throughout a three-hour period. They didn't know what a three-step drop was, and now they're mastering it.

"It's fun to see them grow and it's fun to know that you have been a big part of it," continued Dennis, who just recently completed an outstanding baseball career for Coach Brad Ganor's 2016 Division I State Semifinalist Wildcats.

FROM COACH RESTIFO: "With the heat, we had to have a few more water breaks for the kids, but overall I thought the camp was well-structured," said Coach Restifo. "I have to thank Tom Arth (John Carroll University Head Football Coach and former Wildcats All-Ohio quarterback) for that.

"We had a good cross section of kids, kids going into to the sixth grade all the way to the ninth grade," Coach Restifo said. "We had some Saint Ignatius Wildcats who will be enrolled in August, so it was great to see them. There were a lot of kids from Summer Enrichment. I think they learned a lot and got a lot out of it. We had a great staff of coaches out there explaining things to them, very encouraging and very positive.

"I think the kids had a good time and the parents enjoyed it, too," Coach Restifo continued.

So did this old-timer, who met some young campers whose parents and/or uncles and aunts I covered and reported on during their athletic careers.

We'll see you at Wasmer Field on June 22nd for the third session of Junior Varsity (3 PM) and Varsity (5 PM) football mini camps.  

       

 

    

    

      

 

 

 

 

              

Congratulations to former Wildcat Mike Horejsei, who was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 21st round of Major League Baseball's Draft
6/11/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Mike, from the Class of 2011, is a left-handed pitcher who played four years for the Buckeyes of The Ohio State University.

Congrats to Mike, his family, Saint Ignatius Head Baseball Coach Brad Ganor and the entire Wildcats Baseball Program.

For our faithful readers of the corner's pigskin pocket
6/10/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

For those who inquired, yes, Coach Jim McQuaide's Solon Comets, coming off their solid OHSAA playoff season of 2015, will visit Wasmer Field on Aug. 9th for the annual preseason practice/drills with Coach Chuck Kyle's Football Wildcats. The action will get underway at 10 AM.

Solon's OHSAA playoff appearance in 2015 was the football program's 20th.

While the OHSAA prefers not to use the word scrimmage for the first preseason outing, anyone who has followed what has become a summer tradition between two great coaches and two exceptional schools knows that the Comets and the Wildcats traditionally cap off their drills/practice with a competitive offensive and defensive matchup, some seven on seven, etc.

It is always a pleasure and a privilege to cover and report on this preseason opener, as this old-timer had the honor of covering several Coach Kyle-Coach McQuaide matchups during my nearly 40 years at The Plain Dealer.

Ah yes, Oct. 23rd, 1993 in Lakewood Stadium, aka "The Madhouse on Madision." Coach Kyle's Cats 35, Coach McQuaide's St. Edward Eagles 34, in triple overtime. The greatest test of wills this veteran reporter ever witnessed and reported on in any high school sport.

A close second is the Nov. 11, 1989, 31-30 regional-final football triumph over Coach Tom Banc's Euclid Panthers and his legendary tailback Robert Smith, who also played some quarterback that night in then Baldwin-Wallace College's Finnie Stadium (now Baldwin Wallace University). Can you say Pickens to Jaeckin, aka the "Immaculate Reception"? 

In response to some of our other avid fans, yes, the annual Preseason Jamboree between the Football Wildcats and the Canton McKinley Bulldogs will continue this summer, only at a different site.

Because of the construction and renovations going on at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, formerly legendary Fawcett Stadium, the Varsity Teams from Saint Ignatius and McKinley will wrap up their preseasons on Aug. 19th at 7 PM in Canton Central Catholic's Lowell Klinefelter Stadium. Although it is the final preseason tune-up, the Jamboree will be played under regular game conditions and there will be an admission charge.

Just a little Stark County history from someone who has had the privilege of covering OHSAA Football Playoff Games at Canton Central Catholic. Lowell Klinefelter Stadium is named after "The Dean of Stark County Football Coaches."

Lowell Klinefelter Stadium is located off Klinefelter Boulevard and is partially surrounded by "The Great Serpentine Wall."

Wasmer Field can boast as its surroundings, legendary Lorain Avenue, some quaint Ohio City homes, whose backyards and gardens have been visited by field goals and extra points from the scoreboard end zone, the historic Carroll Gym, a "press box" where the SIBN, the scoreboard operator, a film man and yours truly somehow all manage to share on a rainy or snowy night (otherwise you see this graybeard on the sideline) and last, but not least, the Great Lakes Brewing Company.

And, off in the distance are the Terminal Tower and the clock tower of the West Side Market.

Hey, you know what? When the fall arrives and I am covering a Junior Varsity Football Game on a Saturday morning under a blue-gray sky and surrounded by the colored trees that accompany those quaint homes, there isn't a better setting in the world.

I'll see you at Wasmer Field tomorrow (Saturday) morning for Coach Nick Restifo's All-Ohio Quarterback/Receiver Academy (see the corner's post from this morning).

Have a wonderful and safe weekend. How about those Cleveland Indians?      

   

     

            

Just a reminder on the coverage of Saturday's All-Ohio Quarterback/Receiver Academy
6/10/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

On Saturday, the corner will provide coverage on Coach Nick Restifo's All-Ohio Quarterback/Receiver Academy, which begins at 8:30 AM on Wasmer Field and runs to 1:30 PM.

Registration is 8:30 AM-9:30 AM in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium.

Coach Restifo's All-Ohio Quarterback/Receiver Academy is open to anyone entering the 6th to 9th grade in 2016. Participants are asked to bring turf shoes and/or tennis shoes.

Along with Coach Restifo, who has developed 16 All-Ohio quarterbacks as the Wildcats' highly successful Offensive Coordinator for 35 years, the outstanding staff at the All-Ohio Quarterback/Receiver Academy will include Jim Cahill (Saint Ignatius' Assistant Offensive Coach); Brian Beigie (John Carroll University's Receivers Coach); Matt Hoyer (University of Akron Quarterback, who was also a quarterback at Saint Ignatius and a standout pitcher for the Baseball Cats); Josiah Kedzior (Saint Ignatius' Receivers Coach); former Wildcats football quarterback and baseball mainstay Jake Kucia (currently furthering his education and athletic career at Case Western Reserve University); Saint Ignatius football and track standout Jack Cook '16 (who will be furthering his education and football career at Harvard); and Saint Ignatius 2015 First-Team All-Ohio quarterback Dennis Grosel '16, who just completed an outstanding 2016 baseball season as a third baseman/captain for Coach Brad Ganor's Division I State Semifinalist Wildcats.

Cost of the All-Ohio Quarterback/Receiver Academy is $55. Make checks payable to the All-Ohio Quarterback Academy c/o Nick Restifo 1911 West 30th Cleveland, Ohio 44113.

Note: If you have questions, contact Coach Restifo at nrestifo@ignatius.edu or by phone at 216-651-022, ext. 502. All participants are required to have their own health insurance.

The corner wishes all of the best to 2015 Senior Captain/Linebacker/Fullback Ben Cray, who is scheduled to play in Friday night's annual Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Game
6/9/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

As we reported on the corner back in April, the 44th Annual Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association East-West High School All-Star Scholarship Game is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday) night in John Carroll University's Don Shula Stadium. The kickoff is slated for 7 PM and tickets will be on sale at the gates 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, Ben's position coaches during his Varsity career at Saint Ignatius - Ryan Franzinger '02, Dave Cicetti and Terry Fergus '72 - and the entire Saint Ignatius Football Program.

 

Patrick Ryan was firing the pigskin, Sam Snyder was hauling in just about everything thrown his way and the Junior Varsity Cats also had their moments. Day 2 of Wildcats Football mini camps is in the books.
6/9/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit June 2016

Ohio City - After another day of learning, adjusting and, in many cases, performing quite well, the Saint Ignatius Football Wildcats wrapped up their second mini camp on Thursday afternoon/evening in both the Junior Varsity and Varsity levels.

Thursday's spirited drills under the blue sky that hovered over Wasmer Field wrapped up the first session of camps for the 2016 preseason. The JV and Varsity Cats will return for round 2 of mini camps on June 22nd and 23rd. Those sessions will begin at 3 PM each day for the Junior Varsity, followed by the Varsity drills at 5 PM.

Here is a look at some of the above-mentioned highlights from Thursday, as the corner counts down the days until June 22nd.

A visit to Pick City: Starting the highlight reel for the Junior Varsity were defensive back Danny Scelza and linebacker Tommy Eichenberg, as they displayed range and a nose for the ball in coming up with perfectly timed interceptions.

"Bo" creates space: Tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd, who left a lasting impression on this old-timer at the freshmen level last fall, turned what looked like a play headed for nowhere into an impressive gain off his sharp cut and move inside.

"Nice cut, Bo!" yelled Saint Ignatius' Assistant Coach Jim Cahill, who helped hone Bo's skills last season.

A Delahunty-Drummond combo: A strong throw down the right sideline in the direction of the Lorain Avenue goal line by sophomore quarterback Patrick Delahunty to sophomore wide receiver Nigel Drummond, a play that saw Nigel display good hands and the ability to adjust to the ball, drew a large roar of approval from the JV players along the home sideline of Wasmer Field. It was a pitch and catch that also brought a smile from former Wildcats standout wide receiver/defensive back Mark Ruddy '90, now an Assistant Coach for the Cats. In the days of the UPI and AP, Coach Ruddy garnered All-State honors at both of his high school positions and he was also selected by the storied Massillon Tigers to their All-Opponents Team.

Roaming the secondary: Along with Scelza and Eichenberg, Jake Reali was making his presence felt in the defensive secondary with quick-reaction moves to the ball.

The Good Hands Club:  A diving, two-handed reception across the middle by wide receiver Anthony Pilla drew a wow from this corner, as Anthony secured the football while his hands and body were just inches off the turf.

Getting the Varsity started: Senior safety Michael DeCicco flew from almost one side of the field to the other in batting away a pass that had completion written all over it. That effort highlighted what was a solid afternoon from Michael.  

Patrick Ryan firing on all cylinders: Senior quarterback Patrick Ryan was making all of his throws, both intermediate and long, and a few that misfired could have been caught.

Sure hands Sam: The sun was becoming a bit of a factor late in the Varsity drills, but that didn't seem to bother junior wide receive receiver Sam Snyder, who hauled in just about everything thrown in his direction, whether it meant making an exceptional adjustment with his hands while on the move or climbing the ladder.

A case for the defense: Standout senior linebacker Adam Shibley, reading the play all of the way, stepped in front of a pass along the left sideline of Wasmer Field for what would have been a pick-six in a regular game.

And last, but certainly not least: Senior safety Tom Barrett made an exceptional reaction in breaking up a pass with one hand, an effort that pleased his coaches.

The 40 times: A good number of the Wildcats' Varsity defenders were comfortably under 5.0 and senior tailback Jimmy Andrews, who will get faster as the season progresses, ran a 4.7. Jimmy said his start was off a bit, so he can't be disappointed with that time.

We will see you on June 22 at Wasmer Field.    

Congrats to the Cats on their OHSAA Team Mark of four state championships, but the bottom line is that Saint Ignatius brought home five OHSAA state championships this past school year. Congrats again to our 182-pound OHSAA wrestling champ Kaden Russell.
6/9/2016
Now that we filled you in on the latest news from the OHSAA, here is the corner's first mini camp report for the 2016 Saint Ignatius gridiron season
6/8/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit June 2016

Ohio City - After a 2015-16 School Year that saw the Saint Ignatius Wildcats bring home five OHSAA State Championships -  Soccer (also a National Champion), Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Track and Field and Kaden Russell's 182-pound OHSAA State Wrestling Championship, the Cats' 2016-17 sports season officially got underway on Wednesday afternoon/evening with the first mini camp for the 2016 Football Wildcats.

On what was a picture-perfect day and evening, more reminiscent of early fall than early June, the Junior Varsity and Varsity Football Wildcats took Wasmer Field under the direction of Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Kyle, who officially began his 34th season as the director of one of the most storied programs in Ohio and the nation.

A promising group of Junior Varsity sophomores, young men who created some fond memories during their Freshmen Football Season of 2015, got things started.

Coach Kyle emphasized to all of his Wildcats, from the wide-eyed sophomores to the seasoned seniors, that mini camps are a learning experience. The purpose is to strive to learn or grasp something each day, so tomorrow Coach Kyle and his outstanding staff can move on to something new.

Here is a look at some of Wednesday evening's Varsity mini camp highlights, as a season rich in promise awaits what the lessons of the summer will bring.

QBs Unleashed: During the seven-on-seven passing drills, both senior quarterback Patrick Ryan and junior signal-caller Kyle Hall made some impressive and authoritative throws. The Cats have some big shoes to fill with the graduation of 2015 first-team All-Ohio quarterback and two-time all-district selection, Dennis Grosel.  

Ryan and Hall performed well for the first time out, while receiving sound advice from Saint Ignatius' Offensive Coordinator of 35 years, Coach Nick Restifo. Coach Restifo has developed the skills of 16 All-Ohio quarterbacks at Saint Ignatius, including Parade All-Americans Joe Pickens  and Scott Mutryn, and NFL QBs Brian Hoyer (now with the Chicago Bears) and Tom Arth (the Head Football Coach at John Carroll University).

Some new faces, but sure hands: Saint Ignatius did graduate some big-time receivers from last season, including all-state and all-district honorees Jack Cook and Cal Grbac. However, if the first mini camp was any indication, the reinforcements are ready, willing and very able.

Among the receiving corps' many names to remember are Michael Drobnick, who stood out in last year's impressive victory over St. Edward's jayvees and made some nice grabs on Wednesday evening, Mike Lehto, who will also double in the defensive secondary, Ryan Cook, Jack's brother, Michael Daugenti and the versatile Connor Kennedy. And there are plenty more who will surface as the summer goes on.

Ground game: Senior Jimmy Andrews, a two-year mainstay, returns at tailback and senior Dean "The Dream" Stowers will continue to contribute as a runner, a receiver and a kick returner.

Dean "The Dream," with that oh so familiar smile, turned to this old-timer Wednesday evening and said, "I'm ready."

Also adding to what should be a strong and versatile ground attack will be junior tailback Mark Bobinski, who is coming off an outstanding Junior Varsity season.

The strengths entering the summer: Right now, this corner looks at a defense led by veteran linemen Mike Chime, Joe Gibbons, Pat Viancourt and Michael Czaja, and the gifted linebacker foursome of Adam Shibley, Johnny Velotta, James Leyden and Ben Delhees as one of the Wildcats' two major strengths.

The other strength is up front on offense, where senior center John Spellacy, an East Carolina recruit, has begun his third season as an anchor for Offensive Line Coaches Adam Rini  and Paul Yappel. Surrounding John on Wednesday evening were a fearsome foursome of senior tackle Brian Almady, senior guard Brendan Lenhard, junior guard John "Jack" Jamieson and junior tackle Darian Kinnard. There is plenty of size and power along the O-Line.

Oh Captain, My Captain: As we reported in the winter, John Spellacy and Johnny Velotta are two of Coach Kyle's four captains for 2016. The other two will be selected during summer practice, one by the players and the other by the coaching staff.

Camping: James Leyden, who also doubles as a tight end, was excused from Wednesday's mini camp so he could attend the Ohio University Bobcats' Satellite Camp at Bedford Bearcat Stadium.

Note: Thursday's JV and Varsity mini camps will start at 2:45 PM and 4:45 PM, respectively, so Coach Kyle can time his Wildcats in the 40.

See you on Wasmer Field for Day 2.                    

   

 

 

   

   

 

 

   

For the first time since 1980, the OHSAA Division I football playoffs will be played on Friday night
6/8/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, a strong advocate of high school football's Friday Night Lights. Thank You, OHSAA! 

FROM THE OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors has approved the 2016 football tournament regulations, which include moving all Division I football playoff games to Friday nights in November for the first time since 1980. Joining Division I on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. will be playoff games in Divisions II, IV and VI, while Saturday games will include Divisions III, V and VII at 7 p.m.

For several years, attendance has decreased at Division I games in November, primarily due to some fans opting for college games, which include more night games. In addition, fewer facilities are available on Saturdays due to other school functions or staff not being available.

“In Ohio’s larger cities where the Division I schools are located, we have been competing with college games and other events on Saturdays, both in terms of fans and facilities being available,” Beau Rugg, OHSAA Assistant Commissioner and football administrator, said. “Moving Division I playoff games to Friday nights has been something our football tournament committee has been thinking about for a couple years. With the endorsement of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association, we felt it was the right time to make the change, and the OHSAA Board of Directors agreed.”

Since 1980, Division I playoff games have been on Saturdays except for a few games in 2001 and 2006.

A total of 716 schools will begin the season in August aiming for one of 224 playoff berths announced on Sunday, Oct. 30. Approved along with the football tournament regulations are the lists of schools within each division and region, as well as the regional boundary maps. That information is posted on the football page at OHSAA.org: http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/ft/boys/default.asp.

The 2016-17 school year is the second year of the OHSAA’s current two-year enrollment and divisional alignment cycle. During the 2016-17 school year, the OHSAA will again work with the Ohio Department of Education to determine enrollment counts to be used for the next two-year cycle (2017-18 and 2018-19 school years). Those new enrollment numbers will be combined with the competitive balance roster data that schools will submit on a sport-by-sport basis in football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball.

The football tournament regulations were approved by the board at its June meeting last Thursday in Columbus as the OHSAA’s spring state tournaments in baseball, softball and track and field got underway.

Also of note, in April (reported on the corner at that time) the board approved changing Division I back to a four region format instead of the two region format that existed in 2013, 2014 and 2015. More information on that change is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/news/sports/20160414football.pdf

2016 OHSAA Football Schedule

Week of August 22 – Regular-Season Begins

Tuesday, Sept. 20 – First Computer Point Standings Released (every Tuesday afternoon for remainder of season)

Saturday, Oct. 29 – Regular-Season Ends

Sunday, Oct. 30 – Final Computer Points Posted; Playoff Qualifiers and Pairings Announced

Friday, Nov. 4 – Divisions I, II, IV and VI Regional Quarterfinals

Saturday, Nov. 5 – Divisions III, V and VII Regional Quarterfinals

Friday, Nov. 11 – Divisions I, II, IV and VI Regional Semifinals

Saturday, Nov. 12 – Divisions III, V and VII Regional Semifinals

Friday, Nov. 18 – Divisions I, II, IV and VI Regional Finals

Saturday, Nov. 19 – Divisions III, V and VII Regional Finals

Friday, Nov. 25 – Divisions I, II, IV and VI State Semifinals

Saturday, Nov. 26 – Divisions III, V and VII State Semifinals

Thursday, December 1 – State Championships Begin at Ohio Stadium (One Game Only – Division I, II, IV or VI)

Friday, December 2 – State Championships Continue at Ohio Stadium (Three Games – Division I, II, IV or VI)

Saturday, December 3 – State Championships Continue at Ohio Stadium (Three Games – Divisions III, V and VII).

 

 

 

Saint Ignatius High School recognizes a season laden with success during its annual Spring Sports Awards Ceremony
6/7/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit June 2016

Ohio City - In getting Saint Ignatius' annual Spring Sports Awards Ceremony underway on Tuesday night, Wildcats Athletic Director Rory Fitzpatrick '88 described the recently completed Spring of 2016 as probably the most successful in the rich sports history of Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School.

During what was truly a season for success, Coach Chuck Kyle's Track and Field Wildcats showed the way by bringing home the OHSAA Division I State Track and Field Championship in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University last weekend. The Cats were coming off impressive first-place performances at the always demanding Amherst Steele District and Regional meets.

In setting numerous school records along the way, the 2016 Cats presented Coach Kyle with his second State Championship in Track and Field. Coach Kyle also guided his Track Cats to the 2001 Division I big-school State Championship and his 2005 Varsity track and field team was a State Runner-Up.

Adding to Saint Ignatius' special spring were a Division I State Semifinalist appearance by Coach Brad Ganor's Baseball Cats, the school's 13th trip overall to baseball's final four and the sixth in Coach Ganor's 12 seasons as Head Coach; a first-ever appearance in the OHSLA Division I State Championship Game by Coach Patrick McManamon's LAX Cats; a RugbyOhio State Runner-Up finish by Coach Dan Arbeznik's Wildcats; another trip to the State Quarterfinals by Coach Casey Marcelo's Volleyball Cats; an appearance in the OHSAA State Tennis Tournament by junior Josh Hsia and another highly competitive and successful year by the Crew Cats of Coaches Pat Connor and Connor Walters.

While this corner was privileged to report on so many of the Cats' successes this spring, as always, we would like to share with you the "Special Awards" that were presented to the Cats' Men of the Spring on Tuesday night. Please note that Rugby and Crew will have their awards ceremonies at a date and time to be announced.

Track and Field

Most Outstanding Athlete: Colin Kruchan from the Class of 2016.

Most Valuable Sprinter: James Norris from the Class of 2016.

Most Valuable Distance Runner: Luke Wagner from the Class of 2016.

Most Valuable Field Athlete: Mike Lehto from the Class of 2017.

Most Valuable Hurdler: Jack Ruddy from the Class of 2016.

Most Valuable 9th Grader: John Wetula.

Most Improved Athlete: C.J. Ambrosio from the Class of 2017.

Fr. James O'Reilly Spirit Award: Tom Sullivan from the Class of 2016.

Baseball

Defensive Players of the Year: Center Fielder & tri-Captain Mike Rogers '16 and sophomore first baseman Tommy Grosel.

Offensive Players of the Year: Right Fielder/leadoff hitter/pitcher Nick Freund '16 and third baseman & tri-Captain Dennis Grosel '16. Nick also pitched a no-hitter this past season versus Archbishop Hoban.

Pitchers of the Year: Right-hander & tri-Captain Murphy O'Brien '16 (a St. Bonaventure recruit) and southpaw Connor Adams '17 (a Louisville recruit).

Coaches Cups: Outfielder/pinch-runner/pinch-hitter Dan Volpe '16, shortstop Kevin Mingus '16 and catcher Jeff Chonko '17, aka "Coach Chonko."

Most Improved Players: Second baseman Joe Evans '16 and designated hitter/first baseman George Asadorian '16. 

Captains Awards received by Rogers, Dennis Grosel and O'Brien.

Note: Coach Ganor's Captains for next season will be outfielder Ryan Jacobs '17, Connor Adams and pitcher Griffin Hunt '17, the young man of a 1-2-3, three-pitch inning this spring.

Lacrosse

Most Valuable Players: Defense Alex Maruna and Attack Crew Cintron from the Class of 2016.

Offensive Player of the Year: Attack Alex Hornung from the Cass of 2016.

Defensive Player of the Year: Goalie Carter Blossey from the Class of 2017.

Most Improved Offense: Midfield Jared Stepka from the Class of 2016.

Most Improved Defense: Midfield Alex Leszcz from the Class of 2016.

Magis Award: Midfield Anthony Ameo III from the Class of 2018.

Note: Alex Hornung (123) and Crew Cintron (120) ended their outstanding careers at Saint Ignatius as the program's all-time goal scorers.

Anthony Ameo set a new single-game mark with 17 ground balls.

Tennis

MVP: Josh Hsia, a 3-year Varsity award winner.

Mitchell Pallaki : A three-year Varsity award winner.

John Mhanna: A second-year Varsity award winner.

Kevin Callanan: A second-year Varsity award winner.

Anthony Siciliano: A second-year Varsity award winner.

Most Improved: Brian Zhu, a first-year letter.

Jack McNally: A first-year letter.

Coaches Cups: Richie Hofstra, a first-year letter, and Drew Barclay, also a first-year letter.

Marton Tamasy: A first-year letter and second-year Award winner.

Volleyball

MVP: Danny Michals

Offensive Standout: Richie Holzheimer

Defensive Standout: Jake Hoshaw

Coaches Cup: Seamus Wilson

Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network

The corner salutes the SIBN's Four-Year Award Winner, the Golden Microphone voice of smooth, savvy, and oh so knowledgeable, Carter Spearry.  

And last, but certainly not least, the prestigious John J. Wirtz Award went to Wildcats football and basketball standout Jim Berger '16 on a vote by the students, and the prestigious Fred DiSanto '80 Award was presented to Cats golf, ice hockey and lacrosse mainstay Cam Gerard '16.

To all of the spring's special award winners and to Carter, Jim and Cam, may God Bless You in all of your future endeavors.  

             

 

            

 

           

A reminder on Tuesday's Spring Sports Awards Night and the corner's coverage of this week's football camps, including Coach Restifo's All-Ohio Quarterback/Receiver Academy, and a note of emphasis on the Cats' OHSAA State Championships for 2015-16.
6/5/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Another outstanding school year in Wildcats Athletics came to an end with a banner spring sports season that saw all seven of the Cats' spring teams go deep into their postseasons, including an OHSAA Division I State Championship by Coach Chuck Kyle's gifted Track and Field Wildcats, and a first-ever appearance in the OHSLA State Championship Game by Coach Patrick McManamon's LAX Cats.

For a look at the run to postseason glory by all of the Cats' spring sports teams, see the corner's stories from this past week and weekend and throughout the month of May.

On Tuesday night in The Breen Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Ignatius' Administration and Athletics Department will recognize the Varsity Track and Field, Baseball, Lacrosse, Rugby, Tennis and Volleyball Teams with a special Awards Ceremony. The evening will get underway with a reception at 5 PM that will include appetizer snacks, assorted deserts and refreshments, and the ceremony will begin at 6 PM.

Saint Ignatius Crew will have its awards ceremony at a date and site to be announced.

MY SUMMER RITUAL: The corner will start its annual Football Camp reports with Wednesday's and Thursday's Junior Varsity and Varsity mini camps on Wasmer Field. The JVs and Varsity are slated to take the field each day at 3 PM and 5 PM, respectively.

On Saturday, the corner will provide coverage on Coach Nick Restifo's All-Ohio Quarterback/Receiver Academy, which begins at 8:30 AM on Wasmer Field and runs to 1:30 PM.

Registration is 8:30 AM-9:30 AM in Fr. Sullivan Gymnasium.

Coach Restifo's All-Ohio Quarterback/Receiver Academy is open to anyone entering the 6th to 9th grade in 2016. Participants are asked to bring turf shoes and/or tennis shoes.

Along with Coach Restifo, who has developed 16 All-Ohio quarterbacks as the Wildcats' highly successful Offensive Coordinator for 35 years, the outstanding staff at the All-Ohio Quarterback/Receiver Academy will include Jim Cahill (Saint Ignatius Freshman Football Quarterbacks Coach); Brian Beigie (John Carroll University's Receivers Coach); Matt Hoyer (University of Akron Quarterback, who was also a quarterback at Saint Ignatius and a standout pitcher for the Baseball Cats); Josiah Kedzior (Saint Ignatius Receivers Coach); former Wildcats football quarterback and baseball mainstay Jake Kucia (currently furthering his education and athletic career at Case Western Reserve University); Saint Ignatius football and track standout Jack Cook '16 (who will be furthering his education and football career at Harvard); and Saint Ignatius 2015 First-Team All-Ohio quarterback Dennis Grosel, who just completed an outstanding 2016 baseball season as a third baseman/captain for Coach Brad Ganor's Division I State Semifinalist Wildcats.

Cost of the All-Ohio Quarterback/Receiver Academy is $55. Make checks payable to the All-Ohio Quarterback Academy c/o Nick Restifo 1911 West 30th Cleveland, Ohio 44113.

Note: If you have questions, contact Coach Restifo at nrestifo@ignatius.edu or by phone at 216-651-022, ext. 502. All participants are required to have their own health insurance.

PLEASE NOTE: The past few days and nights, I have seen tweets on the Athletics News Page that have acknowledged Saint Ignatius Athletics winning four OHSAA State Team Championships for the 2015-16 school year - Soccer (also a National Championship), Cross Country, Ice Hockey and Track & Field.

Yes, those four outstanding programs brought home OHSAA Gold Team Trophies this past school year as Division I State Champions. And I was privileged  to report on each and everyone one of them.

Where I think we have been a bit remiss in these tweets, however, is that Saint Ignatius' outstanding athletics program also produce another very special OHSAA STATE CHAMPION this past school year.

Kaden Russell from the Class of 2017, in what was one of the greatest individual performances in the history of Wildcats Athletics, stormed his way through the demanding OHSAA postseason and brought home the 182-pound OHSAA DIVISION I STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP on March 5, 2016.

You don't have to take my nearly 50 years of area high school sports coverage for the point I am about to make. But, to bring home a big-school STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in one of the premier wrestling states in the nation, and in one of the most demanding sports in the world, and doing it against a who's who field, is pretty (I'll say darn) special.

Yes, Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School produced five very special OHSAA STATE CHAMPIONS for the 2015-16 school year.

Have a great week and we'll see you at the Spring Sports Awards Ceremony on Tuesday evening, on Wasmer Field for the mini camps this week and at Coach Restifo's All-Ohio Quarterback/Receiver Academy on Saturday.

God Bless, Edward Hannon Patrick Dwyer   

                      

 

   

   

A tough defeat off a dominant performance by juggernaut Upper Arlington doesn't mar what was a record season for the LAX Cats
6/5/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit June 2016

Franklin County - After he and his teammates received their State Runner-Up Medals, graduated senior Alex Maruna, the disappointment carved in his face, looked back with class and dignity on what was an otherwise record-setting spring for Coach Patrick McManamon's LAX Cats.

"It was a great season, a great group of guys and great seniors," said Alex, just moments after he was recognized by the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association as one of the premier defenders in all of Ohio. "We set the level of expectations for the rest of those kids coming into the program. This is not the downfall of the program, it is all up from here."

"Here" was the first trip to the OHSLA State Championship Game for Saint Ignatius, where the LAX Cats faced perennial power Upper Arlington, now an 18-time State Champion after its impressive 17-5 victory over Saint Ignatius on Saturday evening at Thomas Worthington High School's Hamilton Field.

The Golden Bears, who also eliminated the LAX Cats in last year's State Semifinals and were pushed to the limit by Saint Ignatius before edging the Wildcats, 12-10, a regular season matchup at Upper Arlington in mid April, showed everyone in attendance on Saturday why they are and have been Ohio's best of the best.

In winning their fourth OHSLA State Championship since 2012, the Golden Bears were golden in every phase of their deliberate, but oh so effective and athletic attack.

Displaying a relentless, but under control defense and winning the key ground balls off face-offs, Upper Arlington jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by senior attack Ben Baker, junior attack Alex Rankin and multi-killed senior midfield Danny Logan, a University of Denver recruit. Logan's first goal of the evening came with 4 minutes and 47 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Despite that early barrage by the Golden Bears, Coach McManamon's LAX Cats stayed calm and quickly ran off three goals of their own in knotting the score at 3.

Saint Ignatius' first two goals were courtesy of senior midfielders Alexander Leszcz and Jared Stepka, and gifted senior attack and Lehigh University recruit Crew Cintron tied the score on his smooth spin move around the cage with 10:31 left in the second quarter.

Reacting in a manner one would expect from a multiple champion, Upper Arlington ran off four unanswered goals and led, 7-3, with 3:55 to go in the first half.

The LAX Cats closed to 7-4 off a goal by junior midfield Brent Chernosky, but the Golden Bears answered right back when junior attack Jack Dolan beat the defensive slide with 12 seconds left in the first half.

With Upper Arlington holding a four-goal advantage, the teams headed to their respective locker rooms for the halftime break.

Little did they know they wouldn't return to the field anytime soon.

Mother Nature greeted Hamilton Field with lighting, thunder and heavy rain, and the game was delayed for over an hour.

When the second half got underway, Upper Arlington needed less than two minutes to stretch its lead to six goals.

Cintron's second goal on the evening cut the deficit to 10-5, but like Mother Nature's halftime downpour, the Golden Bears began to rain goals on the LAX Cats' defense.

In what was a resounding display of dominance, Upper Arlington ran a lacrosse clinic to a 16-5 lead entering the fourth quarter.

After the versatile Baker sent an on-the-money assist to senior attack Sam Buckley, it was 17-5 with 9:24 remaining to be played and a running clock came into play.

The highly touted Logan lived up to his billing as his four goals off his trademark juke and quick first step earned him the State Championship Game's Offensive MVP honor. The young man was as advertised, my friends.

Golden Bears senior defense Joe Levitt took home the Defensive MVP award. Upper Arlington's passion on defense had as much to do with the outcome as its scoring.

The shots on goal were 29-11 in favor of the Golden Bears.

Although Maruna said the long halftime delay kind of took away from the atmosphere of a state championship game, he had nothing but praise for Upper Arlington.

"They came out hot and played extremely well," said the young man who will be furthering his education and lacrosse career at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Maruna then joined his teammates as they gathered in front of the LAX Cats' faithful and sang the alma mater.

"I'm just so proud that we made it to this point," said Coach McManamon '96 of the program's first state championship game appearance. "The outcome, obviously I don't know what happened. I'll have to watch the third quarter, I have no idea what happened in that third quarter. I don't think I've ever seen a quarter like that from us.

"We just didn't play well, I don't know if it was the moment, or what it was," Coach McManamon continued. "We seemed to be chasing our tail the entire time. But it's all the work that these guys put in to get us to this point and we got through the door. They'll be more (state championship games), I'm certain of that."

Those future state championship games will come under the OHSAA banner, as lacrosse becomes a sanctioned sport next year. 

The LAX Cats closed their season at 16-3 and the Golden Bears wrapped up yet another championship campaign at 20-3.         

    

 

  

 

    

      

 

    

 

Slide those record 11 Division I OHSAA State Football Championship trophies, three National Champion Football trophies and one National Runner-Up football trophy over just a bit. Coach Chuck Kyle has to make room for another OHSAA Gold Trophy in Track
6/4/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit, June 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Coach Kyle, recognized throughout the nation for his remarkable leadership of the Saint Ignatius High School Football Program, added his second OHSAA State Track and Field Championship to his amazing career, as the Wildcats, behind their gifted relay teams, long distance runners and sprinter James Norris, wrapped up the Division I Championship during Saturday's finals of the 109th OHSAA State Track and Field Tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.

The Track Cats, who Coach Kyle has been guiding for more than four decades, totaled 52 points in outdistancing Reynoldsburg, which finished with 31 points.

Before Coach Kyle begins his 34th season as his alma mater's Head Football Coach with a couple of mini camps this coming week, he is going to savor his second OHSAA State Track Championship for awhile.

A Hall of Fame Coach in both football and track and field, Coach Kyle also guided the Track Cats to the Division I Gold Trophy in 2001 and to a State Runner-Up finish in 2005.

Despite having no one in the field events or the hurdles, the 2016 Cats still brought the largest Division I boys contingent to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this weekend.

As we reported on the corner Friday afternoon, it all started with the area, state and nationally recognized 4x800 relay team of seniors Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan, who brought home first place and 10 points during Friday's 4x800 final. Their time of 7:39.23 is a new school record.

Last season, Kruchan, Sullivan, Huber and Wagner finished second at state and scored eight points in a time of 7:47.32.
 
On Saturday, senior James Norris, who will be furthering his education and track career at Cornell, delivered six points with a third-place time of 11.00 in the 100 meter dash. James' rival over the past two seasons, the young sprinter Zion Cross of Lorain, took first place in 10.86.
 
Next it was the 1-2 punch of Wagner and Sullivan, as Luke and Tom went 3-5 in the 1600 meter run in totaling six and four points, respectively. Wagner ran a 4:12.70 and Tom turned in an effort of 4:13.11.
 
Kruchan, maybe the most versatile and most underrated track athlete in Northeast Ohio, gave his team eight points on Saturday by finishing second in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:53.03. Frank Hayes of Sylvania Southview garnered first place in a Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium record of 1:49.16.
 
C.J. Ambrosio, another of Saint Ignatius' unsung, but oh so capable athletes, put forth an eight-point, second-place effort in the 3200 meter run. C.J.'s new school-record time of 9:01.78 (shattered previous mark by 9 seconds) was only bettered by an OHSAA Division I state meet and Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium record time of 8:54.96 by Andrew Jordan of Watkins Memorial.
 
In what was Saint Ignatius' other first-place performance in the State Capital this weekend, the rich in talent 4x100 relay team of Jack Cook, Phil Zuccaro, Quinn Lawless and Norris stormed their way to 10 points in a school-best 41.48.
 
Gentlemen, take a well-deserved bow, as you showed the way to what was a success-laden season in all seven of Saint Ignatius' spring sports.
 
Make it a school-best FIVE OHSAA State Championships this school year, as Wildcats Soccer (also a National Champion), Cross Country, Ice Hockey and Track are joined by the OHSAA's 182-pound State Wrestling Champion, Kaden Russell.
 
And, if I may, we can also add James Norris' Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Indoor State Meet record of 6.80 in the 60 meter dash that James set this past winter during the annual State Indoor Meet at the University of Akron. No other Saint Ignatius track athlete has ever accomplished that feat.
 
To Coach Kyle, his outstanding Coaching Staff and the gifted Track and Field Cats, congratulations from this old-timer. May God Bless You in all of your future endeavors.
Congratulations to Coach Chuck Kyle's Track Cats, who brought home the OHSAA Division I State Championship with a final total of 52 points on Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University
6/4/2016

We will have a complete recap on the Track Cats' run to glory after returning home from the LAX Cats' state championship game vs Upper Arlington, which was won by the Golden Bears, 17-5.

The start of the second half in Hamilton Field at Thomas Worthington High School was delayed for more than an hour because of lightning and heavy rain.  

A huge congratulations from this corner to all of Saint Ignatius' special Alumni Award Recipients and Hall of Fame inductees
6/4/2016
Saint Ignatius' annual Alumni Awards Night will be held tonight, Saturday, June 4, as a part of Alumni Weekend.
 
This year's award recipients are Chris Smith '74 - Founders' Award, Oliver Luck '78 and A.J. Hyland '90 - Distinguished Alumni Awards, and Dale Gabor '66, David Gresky '00 and Patrick Massey '01 - Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees.
 
The Induction Ceremony and Reception will begin at 6 p.m. in The Breen Center for the Performing Arts. Join Saint Ignatius for Mass at 5 p.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Chapel.

 

A shout out to the St. Joseph Academy Jaguars, who brought home their fourth consecutive RugbyOhio State Championship by defeating the Lakewood Rangers, 54-7, at Fairview High School on Friday night
6/4/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Jaime Cleary's gifted Jaguars completed a storied 2016 season, as they went undefeated in Ohio and captured the single-school National Championship.

The Jags are just too marvelous for words.

CONGRATS AGAIN FROM THE CORNER!     

Coach Dan Arbeznik's Rugby Cats leave it all on the field in a tough 12-7 loss to St. Edward in Friday night's RugbyOhio State Championship Match at Fairview High School
6/3/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit June 2016

Fairview Park, Ohio - After 60 minutes of regulation and some added extra time by the Sir, the scoreboard showed Saint Ignatius Rugby on the short end of Friday night's 12-7 state-championship matchup with longtime West Side rival St. Edward.

What the scoreboard couldn't show you was that for a significant stretch of those 60-plus minutes, Coach Dan Arbeznik's Wildcats were the more aggressive team in their pursuit of what would have been a third consecutive state championship victory over the Eagles.

No excuses offered, just the facts, as St. Edward prevailed to win its third RugbyOhio State Championship in five years.

Unlike what took place in the regular season and during the Midwest Championships, when Coach Tom Cleary's Eagles dominated Saint Ignatius by scores of 31-5 and 27-0, Friday night's lights in Dr. James B. Daley Stadium showed the Wildcats taking the match, and the physicality that accompanied it, right at the Eagles.

"I think the biggest difference was that everybody played hard for the full 60 tonight," said Saint Ignatius' standout senior leader Andrew Baldado. "I think we gave it 100 percent for 60 minutes, as opposed to 100 percent for like 40 minutes and 75 for the other 20.

"You talk about peaking at the right time," Baldado continued. "We peaked at the right time, we just didn't come out on top. With the prep for this match and the effort everybody put into it, we really did leave it all out on the field. I'm extremely proud of everyone's effort."  

Saint Ignatius, which closed at 11-7 against one of the most demanding schedules in the nation, found itself trailing the talent-rich and senior-laden Eagles, 5-0, after Joey "Doughnut" Donay fought his way to a try with just over seven minutes gone in the first half.

Fourteen minutes later, the Wildcats tied the score on a try by the big-hearted and resilient Brock Yoho and Baldado's ensuing conversion kick put Saint Ignatius in front, 7-5.

It stayed that way for the remainder of the first 30 minutes, as the teams took their halftime break.

With two proud programs looking to impose their will, Coach Arbeznik's Cats were still hanging tough for the majority of the second half until a big swing in field position off a punt by the gifted Jack Bradfield led to a short pitch for the 18-2 Eagles, who also faced a who's who schedule this spring.

St. Edward was on the doorstep with a line out from about 8 yards from the goal line and Coach Cleary's team took advantage with a try from Jaret Williamson that was followed by a conversion kick from Bradfield at 5:25 left to be played and counting.

The St. Edward faithful held their collective breath in the added time stretch, as Saint Ignatius was moving with authority before the time expired and the Eagles began celebrating their 2016 State Championship.

With both teams showing their mutual respect after the physical encounter, Saint Ignatius, which wasn't looking for a moral victory, huddled with Coach Arbeznik '00.

"The future is so bright for this program," said the physically talented and class-personified Baldado. "These guys are only getting started. We had our toughest schedule this year and it should remain tough over the next few years. I'm very confident in the team going forward. They're very capable of handling it. We'll have leadership next year that has experience and the fore mentioned heart is not just this year, it's every year."

After closing out his outstanding athletic career at Saint Ignatius, Baldado, who played a major role in the Wildcats' rise to Rugby prominence, will be heading to The Ohio State University, where he will join teammate Timmy Vanderhoof as part of the Buckeyes' Club Rugby program.

"We were penalized constantly in the second half, but we had two major goals," said Coach Arbeznik, the man who has molded Wildcats Rugby into a state and nationally recognized program in a relatively short period of time "Offensively, we can't turn the ball over by letting them steal our ball and they did a fair share of that in the second half. They didn't get our ball, but they got a lot of penalties off of it.

"I'm sure you saw watching on the sideline the referee's hand in the air, so we missed our objective with that," Coach Arbeznik said. "Defensively, I thought the kids just played their guts out. You saw guys like Nick Zolikoff, Tyler Sisko, Matt Lipaj, Timmy Vanderhoof and Timmy Nemes running out over and over again. It's an exhausting thing, they had to do that for 60 minutes. That's what we asked of those kids, and they did it.

"I thought our scrum down was excellent, we had trouble winning our own scrum against them before," Coach Arbeznik continued. "We just couldn't get enough phases going with the ball. We played defense most of the game. You have to have the ball to score.

"As you know, so many lessons come from defeat. You work your butt off and prepare for the best, and sometimes it's not going to happen."

Coach Arbeznik was quick to credit the efforts of Yoho, Juan Pen and Lipaj.

The Cats were hoping to get 20 minutes out of Pen and Juan gave his team almost 40, Lipaj turned in a solid performance in what was just his second Varsity starting assignment and Yoho, who returned to the lineup Friday night after being out since mid April with a major injury, not only scored the Cats' try, but gave Coach Arbeznik and his staff 60 minutes of tireless will.

"We worked four out of five days in practice on just coming hard defensively, smash mouth," said Yoho. "We were ready for this game and we played our hearts out. We played them until the end. For the sophomores and juniors, this was the biggest game they ever played. They know the stage now and they're going to bring it to them next year and for years to come."       

  

              

 

           

 

 

The Cats' gifted 4x100 relay runs a school-record 41.72 and also qualifies for Saturday's State Finals
6/3/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Congrats to the 4x100 team of Jack Cook, Phil Zuccaro, Quinn Lawless and James Norris, who will be part of Saturday's run for glory in Division I after an outstanding prelim effort.

Saturday's final day of competition for Division I begins at 10:55 AM and the running finals are scheduled for 4:30 PM.

 

Cats standout senior sprinter James Norris qualifies for Saturday's finals with a 10.90 seventh-place qualifying time in the 100 meter dash. Zion Cross of Lorain had a first-place qualifying time of 10.66.
6/3/2016
The Wildcats outstanding 4x800 Meter Relay Team brings home first place as the Track Cats get off to a blazing start at the 109th annual OHSAA State Track and Field Tournament in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.
6/3/2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The gifted 4x800 team of Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan took first place on Friday in a school-best  time of 7:39.23 and gave the Cats 10 points in what was the first finals event in Division I.

Dublin Coffman was second in 7:39.93 for eight points. The OHSAA Division I state and Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium 4x800 record is held by Cincinnati St. Xavier with a 7:36.33 in 2014. 

Up next in Division I will be the running preliminaries to determine who advances to Saturday's finals. 

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE CORNER TO LUKE, TOM, MIKE AND COLIN FROM THE CLASS OF 2016, WHO HAVE HELPED BRING AREA, STATE AND NATIONAL PROMINENCE TO THE 2016 SAINT IGNATIUS TRACK AND FIELD TEAM.

NOTE: The corner will have a complete wrap up on this evening's State Track preliminaries after our coverage of tonight's RugbyOhio State Championship match between the two-time defending state champion Wildcats and the 2012 and 2013 state champion St. Edward Eagles. The kickoff is slated for 8 PM at Fairview High School.  

 

On Saturday, this corner will have the privilege again to report on Coach Patrick McManamon's Lax Cats as they seek the program's first OHSLA State Championship with a 4:30 PM face off with Upper Arlington at Thomas Worthington High School
6/3/2016

The corner will share a spot in the press box with the dynamic trio of Ned Conry, Jared Yant and Jake Spence as they bring the action to you live over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.

For a look at the Lax Cats' impressive victory over Hudson in the State Semifinals, see the corner's story from Wednesday night.

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer 

And just another reminder that Coach Dan Arbeznik's Rugby Cats will be seeking a third consecutive OhioRugby state championship when they take on West Side rival St. Edward tonight at 8 at Fairview High School
6/3/2016

The Rugby Cats defeated the Eagles in that last two state championship matchups and in 2013 St. Edward eliminated the Cats in the state semifinals. St. Edward was the state champion in 2012 and 2013.

In this spring's matchups, St. Edward defended its pitch with a 31-5 victory over the Cats on April 14th and the Eagles also prevailed in the Midwest Championships by defeating Saint Ignatius, 27-0.

Losing to the Eagles in the regular season doesn't seem to faze Saint Ignatius, as after losing two regular-season matches to the Eagles in 2015 the Cats figured it out and "upset" St. Edward in a state-title matchup at Rocky River High School.

Just another reminder that Coach Jaime Cleary's National Champion St. Joseph Academy Jaguars will take on the Lakewood Rangers in the girls' OhioRugby State Championship match at 6 PM tonight at Fairview High School.

It is an all in the family night for the Clearys, as Jaime's husband, Tom, is the Head Coach of the Rugby Eagles from St. Edward.

See you tonight in my backyard.

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer    

 

Just a reminder that Coach Chuck Kyle's gifted Track Cats will be competing at the annual OHSAA State Track and Field Tournament today at 4:45 PM with the 4x800 final and the running prelims in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University
6/3/2016
Saint Ignatius' resilient baseball season comes to an end with a 5-3, eight-inning loss to Pickerington North in Thursday's night's OHSAA Division I State Semifinal matchup in Huntington Park
6/3/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit June 2016

Columbus, Ohio - Displaying the same class and character he brought to his team in victory, Saint Ignatius' senior captain/third baseman Dennis Grosel pointed to the lasting impact the past four years have left on him and his teammates.

"A great group of seniors, we've battled together since freshman year," said Grosel, as he was packing up his equipment in the first base dugout at Huntington Park following the Wildcats' 5-3, eight-inning loss to Pickerington North in Thursday night's Division I State Baseball Semifinal.

Grosel, who closed out an outstanding athletic career at Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School, said he will especially cherish the spring of 2016, when the Wildcats overcame the adversity of a 1-6 start and convinced their coaches and their fans that they would turn it around and make it a season to recall.     

"What I will take most from this year was our attitude to fight back and the trust and faith that the seniors and the rest of the team, the juniors and sophomores, had in each other," Grosel said. "Honestly, if we didn't have that, we wouldn't have made it through the Districts."

Head Coach Brad Ganor's Wildcats, seeded third at the Strongsville Sectional/District, not only brought home that District title by defeating second-seeded Strongsville and top-seeded St. Edward, but went on to capture another Regional Championship at Bowling Green State University and advance to the big-school State final four for the sixth time in Coach Ganor's 12 seasons as the head man of Saint Ignatius' Baseball Program and the 13th time overall.

Saint Ignatius brought home the Division I State Baseball Championship in 2002 under former Wildcats baseball and basketball mainstay Brian Morgan and was a state runner-up in 2000, 2008 and 2013. Coach Ganor, who was an assistant coach/pitching coach for the 2002 state championship team, set a school record by guiding his Cats to three consecutive state final fours in 2007, '08 and '09.       

In what was its second consecutive trip to the state semifinals, Saint Ignatius faced one of the OHSAA tournament's surprises on Thursday night, Coach Tim Thomas' Panthers from Pickerington North.

Pickerington North, which returned to baseball's final four after finishing as a state runner-up to perennial power Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller in 2009, was seeded eighth in its sectional/district.

While Saint Ignatius was founded in 1886, Pickerington North opened its doors on August 24th, 2003.

Playing with a confidence level in the postseason that Coach Thomas described as being off the chart, the Panthers trailed the Wildcats, 1-0, after two innings.

Saint Ignatius, which closed its resilient season at 22-11, took that early lead in the bottom of the first on a two-out, bases-empty line drive single to right-center field by Grosel, a walk to senior designated hitter George Asadorian and an RBI single to left field off the bat of senior shortstop Kevin Mingus.

Pickerington North, which was eliminated in a regional semifinal each of the past two years, grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of third inning after there were two outs and the bases empty. The big blows were a base hit off an 0-1 pitch by Panthers third baseman Connor Ayers and an RBI triple to deep center field by center fielder Dillan Smith.

Saint Ignatius knotted the score at 2 in the bottom of the fourth off an authoritative leadoff double down the left-field line by Asadorian, a sacrifice bunt by Mingus and an RBI single to left by junior left fielder Ryan Jacobs.

The Panthers had their faithful roaring again in the top of the fifth after first baseman Justin Grubb delivered an RBI single with two outs that made it a 3-2 game in favor of North.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh, when Wildcats senior pinch hitter John Robinson, battling back from an 0-2 count, drove a 2-2 pitch into right-center field for a lead-off single. A sacrifice bunt by senior right fielder Nick Freund moved junior pinch runner Joe Gutbrod to second, and Grosel, a first-team All-Ohio quarterback this past fall, tied the score with a first-pitch swinging, two-out single to center field.

In the decisive eighth inning, Pickerington North, with two outs and runners on second and third, took a 5-3 lead off a sharply hit fly ball off the bat of Ayers that was slicing a bit and was misplayed by Saint Ignatius for a two-run error.

With two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the eighth, the Wildcats came up with base hits from sophomore first baseman Tommy Grosel, Dennis' brother, and sophomore catcher Drew Asadorian, George's brother.

Keeping its composure, Pickerington North ended the game with a 4-3 groundout and will take a record of 22-9 into Saturday's 1 PM Division I State Championship Game versus Cincinnati La Salle (25-7) in Huntington Park. The Lancers from La Salle advanced to the title game by defeating the Solon Comets, 5-4, in Thursday afternoon's semifinal.

Solon closed its season at 25-5.

"This game wasn't lost on one play," said Coach Ganor. "They're (the Panthers) a very good team and their pitcher (starter Koebe Rush) did a very nice job settling in. To be a part of it, to be able to coach at Saint Ignatius, is a dream come true and a chance of a lifetime. It's a chance of a lifetime, because I'm able to be around guys like this."    

        

 
 
 
 
The Lax Cats, behind 13 unanswered goals, dominate Hudson, 16-2, and earn a spot in Saturday's OHSLA Division I State Championship Game versus Upper Arlington
6/1/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit June 2016

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio - In what was a dominant display of offensive execution and defensive savvy, Coach Patrick McManamon's gifted and deep Lax Cats knocked the Hudson Explorers off the tournament trail with a resounding 16-2 victory in Wednesday night's OHSLA State Semifinal matchup in Royals Stadium on the campus of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.

With the victory, Saint Ignatius improves to 16-2 and advances to Saturday's 4:30 PM Division I State Championship Game versus the 17-time state champion Golden Bears from Upper Arlington. Saturday's title game will take place at Thomas Worthington High School in Franklin County.

The 19-3 Golden Bears, who defeated the Lax Cats,12-10, in an April 15th regular season encounter at Upper Arlington, advanced to yet another state championship game by defeating Loveland, 9-2, in Wednesday night's other semifinal.

Upper Arlington, which brought home the big-school lacrosse state championship in 2012, '13 and '14 and was the state runner-up to Cincinnati St. Xavier last season, also defeated Saint Ignatius in the 2015 state semifinals.

That just adds more fire to the Lax Cats' burning desire as they, like the Golden Bears, will take a seven-game winning streak into Saturday's title matchup.

Saint Ignatius and Upper Arlington are second and third, respectively, in the state computer ratings by LaxPower and LaxPower has the Wildcats and the Golden Bears 3-4 in the Midwest ratings. Hudson, which closed its season at 14-6, is rated 13th in Ohio by LaxPower.    

"One more, just one more," said Saint Ignatius' outstanding senior attack Crew Cintron, who scored five goals on Wednesday night and was part of an overwhelming offensive and defensive surge that saw Coach McManamon's team, leading 3-2 with 37 seconds remaining in the first quarter, go on a 13-0 run that left the Explorers' faithful stunned.

Unlike the Lax Cats' memorable 13-12 victory over Hudson in late April off a Cintron goal in overtime on Wasmer Field, or Saint Ignatiius' 10-8, 2015 Regional Championship victory versus the Explorers, Wedneday night's state semifinal triumph was wrapped up midway through the third quarter.

Coach McManamon '96 and his staff were treated to several outstanding individual performances, including three goals and three assists from standout senior attack Alex Hornung, two goals from ever-present senior midfield Cam Gerard and solid nights from the gritty and skilled Avdey twins, senior middies Steve and Matt. Steve and Matt combined for three goals and Steve also had two assists.

The Lax Cats' other point producers included junior midfield Brent Chernosky with a goal and two assists, junior attack Riley Kinzel with a goal and sophomore midfield Bain Kurtz with a scoreboard lighter. Senior attack Sam Humphrey had a sweet assist, as did junior midfield Aaron Casile. Casile was also part of a defensive wall that the Lax Cats' middies built all night.   

Saint Ignatius' big offensive display was complemented by an aggressive and quick to react defense that again featured the talents of senior Alex Maruna and junior goalie Carter Blossey, among others.

The early going saw Hudson have some success with his trademark transition game, but that success was short-lived, as Gerard started the 13-0 barrage with a goal that gave the Lax Cats a 4-2 lead after the first quarter. Assisting was Humphrey.

"The guys listened, they stuck to the plan and they trusted each other," said Coach McManamon, who will enter Saturday's state championship game with a record of 88-38 in what is his seventh season as the leader of one of the nation's consistent programs. "We've told them all season, if you trust us and believe in the plan, we're going to be where we need to be.

"It all starts on defense, suffocating, absolutely suffocating," Coach McManamon continued. "They (Hudson) couldn't clear the ball and when they did clear the ball, they weren't getting any good looks. We just wanted to make sure that number 22 (Explorers standout Nate Menendez) wasn't taking any open shots on us. He got their first one (a goal that tied it at 1-1), just like we showed them on film fifty times. I think it all started to click in their minds, and that was the end of that. He never saw that look again. I couldn't be more proud of these guys."

As Matt Avdey put it, the plan was to take Menendez out of the game after Nate had a big night against the Lax Cats in the late April overtime thriller on Wasmer Field.

"He's a very good player and we kept our composure on defense," Matt said. "They had a couple of fast breaks, but we knew what they wanted to do and what we wanted to do. And we shut them down."

"We shot the backside a lot," Steve Avdey said of Saint Ignatius' blistering offense. "That's how we want to shoot on most goalies. He tended to guess low, so we kind of wanted to bounce it in front of him and get it over his shoulder. It seemed to work pretty well."

And maybe Matt Avdey  summed it all up when he said in a confident, but not cocky manner, "We played like we were better. We knew it was our game."

As for Upper Arlington's seven-goal, state-semifinal victory over Loveland, the team that upset defending state champion and top-ranked Cincinnati St. Xavier in last weekend's regional finals, the Golden Bears got a three-goal night from junior midfield E.J. Caldwell.

Among Upper Arlington's other contributors on Wednesday night were Jake Anderson, Alex Rankin, Ben Baker and Jack Dolan.

After another outstanding job of play by play and analysis, with a touch of classy and clever humor, Ned Conry, Jared Yant and Jake Spence of the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network will be back in the booth at Thomas Worthington on Saturday to bring you the Lax Cats' pursuit of what would be the relatively young program's first State Championship.

           

               

                              

Here are the key times for those following the Track and Field Cats this weekend
6/1/2016

Friday, June 3, 2016

4:45 p.m.

Division I Running Preliminaries
      4 x 800 Relay Final
Saturday, June 4, 2016
9:30 a.m. Division II Field Events (5)
9:30 a.m. Division III Running Finals
10:55 a.m. Seated Division 800 Meter (B/G)
12:00 p.m. Division I Field Events (5)
1:00 p.m. Division II Running Finals
2:05 p.m. Seated Division 400 Meter (B/G)
3:00 p.m. Division I Field Events (5)
4:30 p.m. Division I Running Finals
4:40 p.m. Seated Division 100 Meter (B/G
Coach Chuck Kyle brings a strong and experienced Division I contingent to this weekend's 109th annual State Track and Field Tournament
6/1/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit June 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - In what Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Track and Field Coach, Dean of Students and Wildcats all-time record holder in the discus Ryan Franzinger (189-4 in 2002) describes as the largest boys contingent from any school in Division I, the Wildcats look to carry their regular season, district and regional success into Friday's and Saturday's state competition at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Coming off impressive championship performances at the demanding Amherst Steele District and Regional Meets, Coach Chuck Kyle's deep and experienced team has a state-bound terrific 10 that consists of junior C.J Ambrosio in the 3200 meter run; senior Jack Cook in the 4x100 relay ; senior Mike Huber in the 4x800 relay; senior Colin Kruchan in the 4x800 and the 800; senior Quinn Lawless in the 4x100; senior James Norris in the 100 meter dash and the 4x100; senior James Rogers in the 800; senior Tom Sullivan in the 4x800 and the 1600; sophomore Phil Zuccaro in the 4x100 and senior Luke Wagner in the 4x800 and 1600.

With double the amount of athletes Saint Ignatius brought to last year's Division I state competition, the Wildcats have to be considered one of the favorites among the big schools. Coach Kyle guided his Track and Field Cats to the Division I State Championship in 2001 and to a State Runner-Up performance in 2005.

When we refer to Saint Ignatius as having big-time meet experience, you can start with Luke Wagner, who is making his fourth consecutive appearance at State, and senior James Norris, who is in Columbus this weekend for the third time in four years. Wagner and Norris will be furthering their educations and track careers at Iowa Sate and Cornell, respectively.

Led by five junior qualifiers, Saint Ignatius placed sixth at last year's 108th annual OHSAA Boys State Track and Field Tournament. 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 foursome ran a 7:47.32 at state, bettering its first-place effort of 7:51.12 at the 2015 Amherst Regional.

The Cats' other points at the 2015 State Meet came from 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 2015 Amherst Regional in 10.78.
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. As Coach Kyle emphasized, it is very rare to have two competitors from the same team score in the 1600.
So as you can see, depth, versatility and experience have carried Saint Ignatius throughout most of the spring of 2016.
In case you missed them, here are the Wildcats' highlights from last weekend's Amherst Steele Regional/State Qualifying Meet. This can give you a barometer for what might be in store for this weekend.
Luke Wagner (4:15.56) and Tom Sullivan (4:17.20) finished first and third, respectively, in the 1600 Meter Run for a total of 16 points.
The gifted 4x800 Meter Relay Team of Wagner, Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan placed second in a time 7:46.26 for 8 points.
The superb 4x100 Meter Relay Team of Jack Cook, Phil Zuccaro, Quinn Lawless and James Norris took first place in a time of 42.06 for 10 points.
James Norris was fourth in the 100 Meter Dash with a time of 10.80 for five points. Zion Cross of Lorain was first in a time of 10.57.
Colin Kruchan was second in the 800 Meter Run with a time of 1:51.57 for 8 points and Mike Huber was seventh in a time of 1:54.91 for 2 points.
James Norris (21.95) finished seventh in the 200 Meter Dash for 2 points and Zion Cross of Lorain was first in 21.43 for 10 points.
C.J. Ambrosio (9:12.56) and Jim Rogers (9:25.73)  finished first and fourth, respectively, in the 3200 Meter Run for a total of 15 points.
Norris qualified for the finals of the Amherst Steele Regional 100 meter dash by breaking his own school record with a 10.61 first-place qualifying time.
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 the Amherst Steele finals. Cross took first place in the prelims with an effort of 21.44.
National Prominence: As we reported earlier this track season, Saint Ignatius' 4x800 Meter Relay Team of Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan were invited to compete at this year's prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Competing against the best of the best, the Cats' gifted senior foursome placed seventh overall and fourth among 4x800 teams from the United States.
Some more numbers from Coach Franzinger: Only 7 percent of the 343 boys competing at this weekend's State Track and Field Tournament are from Catholic Schools.    
 
         
  
 
It's Friday Night Fever in Fairview Park as the Rugby Cats look to defend their back-to-back State Titles verus longtime rival St. Edward
6/1/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

From my palatial estate in Fairview Park

Rugby fans will be treated to a Division I RugbyOhio State Championship Doubleheader on Friday night in Dr. James D. Daley Stadium at Fairview Park High School, as the National Champion St. Joseph Academy Jaguars are scheduled to face the Lakewood Rangers at 6 bells for Girls State Title and at 8 PM it's the 11-6 Rugby Cats versus the 14-2 St. Edward Eagles for the Boys State Crown.

We say "are scheduled" because we've seen several different versions of the starting times for Friday night. We'll keep you updated as the week goes along.

Saint Ignatius (11-6), coming off an 18-10 triumph over the Archbishop Moeller Crusaders in Saturday afternoon's RugbyOhio State Semifinals, a match that took place near the Polaris Shopping Center in Columbus, is preparing to defend its back-to-back State Championship victories over St. Edward in 2014 and '15.

And the Cats are hoping history repeats itself, as after losing to St. Edward twice during the regular season in 2015, Saint Ignatius turned the Eagles away in the State Title Matchup at the Pirates Port on the campus of Rocky River High School. I'm showing my age with the "Pirates Port" reference.

Only Rocky River's former outstanding baseball and basketball coach Jim Rucki, whom I had the pleasure to chat with during the Wildcats' 3-1 Regional Championship Baseball victory over Anthony Wayne last weekend, would appreciate the "Pirates Port" reference.

As for this spring, the Eagles own two dominant victories over Saint Ignatius, 31-5 at St. Edward on April 14th and 27-0 during the Midwest Championships.

Although there could be an updated poll later this week, the highly respected Goff Report has the Eagles sixth and the Cats eighth in the Boys Single-School National Rankings.

In 2014, which was only the second season for Rugby being a Varsity sport at Saint Ignatius, the Cats defeated the Eagles, 31-12, in the State Title Match at Dante Lavelli Stadium in Hudson.

In 2013, St. Edward defeated Saint Ignatius, 22-13, in the State Semifinals. The Eagles were back-to-back State Champs in 2012 and 2013.

Yes, Fairview Park is Rugby Central on Friday. Try it. You'll like it.    

 

A trusting bind that was challenged early in the season was never broken, and now Coach Brad Ganor's Baseball Cats are right where they planned to be, competing for the 2016 OHSAA Division I State Championship
5/31/2016

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May/June 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - As Saint Ignatius' talented right-hander Braydon Nelson was about to take the mound in last Friday's OHSAA Division I Regional Championship Game versus Whtehouse Anthony Wayne at Bowling Green State University's Stellar Field, Wildcats junior catcher Jeff Chonko, sidelined for the season with an injury, but still an integral part of the team, offered Braydon some encouragement

"When I was coming out of the bullpen, the last thing Chonko told me was that I had the best defense in the state behind me," said Nelson, who came on in relief with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Wildcats clinging to a 2-1 lead "That helped me for the rest of the game," said the 6-4, 200-pound junior. "I knew I could count on them to make the plays and all I had to do was throw the strikes. And they made all of the plays."

Turing almost exclusively to his fastball on a night when his curve was not cooperating, Nelson (3-0 with 3 saves) threw strikes over 2 2/3 scoreless innings and the Cats made all of the crucial plays in the field, including a highlight-reel, two-hop throw to third base from senior center fielder Mike Rogers to senior third baseman Dennis Grosel that wiped out the runner trying to advance from first to third with one out in the bottom of the sixth.

That combination of pitching and defense, bolstered by a lead-off triple by Rogers and the ensuing RBI single by sophomore first baseman Tommy Grosel, Dennis' brother, in the top of the seventh, paved the way to a 3-1 Regional-Championship victory over the Generals from Anthony Wayne.  

In so many ways, that bullpen exchange between Nelson and Chonko sums up what the 2016 Baseball Cats are all about.

Instead of becoming discouraged by his injury, "Coach Chonko," as Jeff is referred to by his teammates, became a vital part of the team in terms of support and encouragement. Jeff is a great nephew to former Parma Senior Redmen and The Ohio State University standout athlete Dr. Arnie Chonko.

Even after that Wednesday afternoon in mid-April, when Saint Ignatius fell to 1-6 with a 2-0 loss at Massillon Washington, Coach Ganor's Cats stayed focused on a trust in the old adage that if there's a will, there's a way.

And that unbending trust and will now have the Cats standing 22-10 and preparing for the program's 13th appearance at the OHSAA's annual State Baseball Tournament and the sixth trip to the final four under Coach Ganor, who became Saint Ignatius' head baseball coach in 2005.

Coach Ganor's Cats set a school record with three consecutive trips to baseball's final four in 2007, '08 and '09 and returned to the final four in 2013 and 2015. The 2008 and 2013 teams were state runners-up. Saint Ignatius was also a state runner-up in 2000 and in 2002 the Cats brought home the Division I State Championship under former Saint Ignatius standout pitcher and basketball mainstay, Coach Brian Morgan. Coach Ganor was an Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach on the 2002 State Championship Team.        

Behind Coach Ganor's three laws of trust - trusting yourself, trusting your teammates and trusting your coaches - the Cats will send gifted junior left-hander and Louisville recruit Connor Adams (6-3) to the mound on Thursday night in a Division I State Semifinal matchup with the 21-9 Panthers from Pickerington North. The first pitch from Huntington Park in Columbus will be 7 PM in what is the 89th annual OHSAA State Baseball Tournament.

Coach Tim Thomas' Panthers from Pickerington North have returned to the final four after finishing as a state runner-up to perennial power Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller in 2009, 5-2. Those 2009 Panthers finished an impressive 30-4.

Pickerington North has also won four OCC Championships ('08, '09, '11 and '13) and four District Titles ('09, '14, '15 and '16).

While Saint Ignatius was founded in 1886, Pickerington North opened its doors on August 24th, 2003. Among some of North's notable graduates is current University of Michigan standout tight end Jake Butt, a future NFL prospect.

Here is a look at the Pickerington North Panthers, along with a breakdown on Cincinnati La Salle and Solon, who meet in Thursday's 4 PM Division I State Semifinal in Huntington Park. Thursday's winners will return to Huntington Park on Saturday for the 1 PM State Championship Game.
 
Pickerington North, which was eliminated in a regional semifinal each of the past two years, advanced to the state semifinal matchup with Saint Ignatius by defeating Gahanna Lincoln, 3-2, in last Friday afternoon's Regional Finals. The Panthers are one of the tournament's surprises after being seeded eighth in their sectional/district.
 
After defeating second-seeded Westerville Central, 1-0, in a district final Coach Thomas told his local media that his Panthers have a confidence level that is "off the chart." Sound familiar?
 
Of course going from a four-game losing streak to a five-game winning streak can do that for you.
 
Among the Panthers to watch are 6-4, 240 pound senior pitcher/first baseman Koebe Rush, 6-4 pitcher/first baseman Justin Grubb, who threw a solid game in the district finals, senior outfielder Nick Whetnall and catcher/pitcher Branden Focarett.
 
Cincinnati La Salle (24-7) is state bound for the first time since 1995. The Lancers, better known for their prowess on the gridiron, earned the right to face Solon in Thursday's semifinals by defeating Milford, 7-1, in last weekend's Regional Final at Marge Schott Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.
 
Milford is the school Saint Ignatius defeated, 11-10, in the 2002 State Championship Game. Can you say Matt Miller? Look it up.
 
In what is the 50th anniversary of the Lancers' baseball program, La Salle Head Coach Joe Voegele was treated to a three-hit compete game from his ace senior pitcher Jacob Kaiser against Milford. A University of Charleston signee, Kaiser was able to stymie a Milford club that entered the regional final on an 11-game winning streak. Milford bowed out at 28-3.
 
In 27 postseason innings, Kaiser has allowed just 2 earned runs. He is 9-1 on the season and 14-1 in his Varsity career. La Salle's seven runs against Milford came despite leaving double-digit runners on base.
 
As for the Solon Comets, they advanced to baseball's final four for the seventh time by run-ruling the Stow Bulldogs.
 
Johnny Mooney's two-run double gave the Comets the early lead and it was Katy Bar the Door after Solon made it 9-0 in the bottom of the fourth.
 
Stow had multiple runners on base in the first three innings, but each time the Comets' defense had the answer.
 
Coach Damien Kopkas has guided Solon to a record of 24-5. Stow's coaching staff referred to the Comets as a great team.
 
Solon's previous trips to the final four came in 1991, 1983, 1972 (state runner-up), 1955, 1930 and 1929.
 
Just FYI, the SIBN's triple play of Brendan DeVenney, Matt Harsar and Matt MacKenzie will bring you the action live from Huntington Park over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.
 
We will see you at Huntington Park.  
 
         
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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THE 2016 SAINT IGNATIUS STATE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW. BASEBALL, TRACK, LACROSSE AND RUGBY CARRY THE BLUE AND GOLD BANNER INTO STATE COMPETITION THIS WEEK AND WEEKEND.
5/31/2016
By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit May/June 2016
Cleveland, Ohio - The road to state prominence begins on Wednesday night, as Coach Patrick McManamon will send his 15-2 Lax Cats into an Ohio High School Lacrosse Association State Semifinal matchup with the 14-5 Hudson Explorers.
The face-off from Royals Stadium at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy will be 7 PM.
Saint Ignatius, which is making its third state final four appearance since 2013, enters Wednesday's night's semifinal on a six-game winning streak. The Lax Cats earned the right to face the Explorers by rallying to a hard-fought, 6-4 victory over a solid Olentangy Liberty program in Saturday's Regional Championship Game on Wasmer Field (see the corner's story from Saturday, May 28).
The Lax Cats are currently rated second in the state in Division I, No. 1 in the Northwest Region and third in the Midwest by the LaxPower computer ratings. LaxPower has Hudson rated 11th in the state, No. 1 in the Northeast Region and 19th in the Midwest.
Saint Ignatius and Hudson have a rich rivalry in the sport of lacrosse.
That was never more evident than the regular season encounter on April 27th at Wasmer Field, when the Lax Cats turned away the Explorers, 13-12, in overtime on a goal by standout senior attack Crew Cintron. In what was a test of wills, that April 27th matchup goes down as one of the greatest games in the history of the OHSLA.
Hudson's Nate Menendez produced two goals that erased a two-score deficit and evened things up at 11 with 1:54 remaining in regulation. Saint Ignatius' ever-present senior midfield Cam 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 Luc Jambon's game-tying rocket for the Explorers and Cintron's sweet move and winning score in OT.
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