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Here are this week's official Ohio High School Athletic Association Computer Playoff Football Ratings for Regions 1 and 2

OHSAA Football Computer Ratings – Oct. 13, 2015


Division I  (top 16 from both Division I regions will qualify for the playoffs)

Region 1 - 1. St. Edward (6-1) 24.8019, 2. Powell Olentangy Liberty (6-1) 18.6214, 3. Stow (7-0) 17.6, 4. Westerville Central (7-0) 16.8643, 5. Mentor (5-2) 16.2886, 6. Euclid (5-2) 15.7688, 7. Canton GlenOak (5-2) 15.5571, 8. Solon (5-2) 14.4683, 9. Canton McKinley (5-2) 14.3485, 10. Toledo Whitmer (5-2) 14.1571, 11. Lewis Center Olentangy (6-1) 13.4071, 12. Austintown-Fitch (5-2) 13.2357, 13. Toledo Start (6-1) 11.3878, 14. Findlay (5-2) 10.9571, 15. Berea-Midpark (5-2) 10.9071, 16. Elyria (4-3) 10.8, 17. Strongsville (4-3) 10.3714, 18. Brunswick (3-4) 8.8357, 19. Massillon Jackson (3-4) 8.5571, 20. Saint Ignatius (4-2) 8.0606


Region 2 - 1. Cin. Colerain (6-1) 22.1714, 2. Lancaster (6-1) 20.7357, 3. Hilliard Davidson (6-1) 20.0714, 4. Gahanna Lincoln (6-1) 19.2041, 5. Cin. St. Xavier (5-2) 18.0286, 6. Huber Hts. Wayne (7-0) 17.6811, 7. Cin. Elder (5-2) 17.2929, 8. Mason (5-2) 17.0253, 9. Springboro (6-1) 16.8357, 10. Hilliard Darby (7-0) 15.6071, 11. Pickerington Central (5-2) 15.1286, 12. Fairfield (5-2) 14.6429, 13. Upper Arlington (5-2) 13.9592, 14. Beavercreek (6-1) 12.8492, 15. Grove City Central Crossing (4-3) 12.2374, 16. Cin. Archbishop Moeller (3-4) 11.3802, 17. Reynoldsburg (4-3) 10.4401, 18. Centerville (4-3) 10.1214, 19. West Chester Lakota West (4-3) 9.6929, 20. Hamilton (4-3) 8.4429

And for a story on Mike Rogers' Baseball commitment to Ashland University, see the corner's report from SUNDAY evening.
For a look at this week's action in Wildcats Fall Sports, see the corner's Where The Cats Play that was posted on Monday morning.
Wildcats Soccer continues to be ranked among the nation's best

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Coach Mike McLaughlin's Wildcats are ranked second in the Oct. 13 (today) SIMA Fall Fab 50/Top Drawer

St. Benedict's out of New Jersey is ranked No. 1 and other Ohio teams cracking the top 25 are Mason at sixth and Dublin Jerome at 13.


Here is a look at this week's Division I AP state football poll

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Here is how a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters voted in this week's Associated Press Division I State Football Poll. First-place votes are in parenthesis.

1, St. Edward (19) 6-1  256
2, Huber Heights Wayne (6)  7-0  236
3, Cincinnati Colerain (1) 6-1 209
4, Westerville Central (1) 7-0 169
5, Hilliard Darby 7-0 132
6, Hilliard Davidson 6-1 94
7, Cincinnati St. Xavier 5-2 85
8, Stow 7-0 80
9, Lancaster 6-1 61
10, Gahanna Lincoln 6-1 44

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11. Cincinnati Elder 31, 12. Powell Olentangy Liberty 29, 13. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller 14, 14. Springboro 12 and 14. Beavercreek 12.

It's back to the way it used to be in Division I boys and girls basketball seeding.


The Northeast District Athletic Board voted last week to eliminate a seeding process that allowed Division I boys and girls basketball teams to choose between two district tournaments. The decision ended a two-year run of the format.

The board's decision, said District Board President and Copley Athletic Director Jim Borchik, was based on a spring survey and feedback from athletic directors and coaches. Northeast Division I districts will again function like Divisions II through IV, where schools are grouped to one specific bracket. Borchik told that some coaches hated the change and others loved it.

Higher-seeded teams will still be hosting sectional games.


Saint Ignatius Football remains in the eigth spot in's Top 25 seven county area poll

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Here are the area's Top 10 teams heading into Week 8.

1. St. Edward, 2. Midview, 3. Benedictine, 4. Archbishop Hoban, 5. Mayfield, 6. Stow, 7. Mentor, 8. St. Ignatius, 9. Avon and 10. Glenville.

As expected, the Varsity Soccer Cats remain No. 1 in the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches' Association big-school state poll

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

1. Saint Ignatius (Cleveland) 13-0-1 100
2. Mason 12-0-2 84
3. Jerome (Dublin) 12-0-2 75
4. Copley 11-2-1 67
5. Findlay 12-0-2 54
6. Davidson (Hilliard) 11-0-3 46
7. Beavercreek 10-1-3 31
8. Green 13-0-1 26
9. Medina 10-1-0 24
10. Elder (Cincinnati) 10-1-3 22
Receiving votes: Northview (Sylvania), Berea-Midpark, Coffman (Dublin), Howland (Warren), Lebanon, Solon, St. John's Jesuit (Toledo).
Where The Cats Play. Things are heating up for Saint Ignatius' Varsity Football and Golf Teams.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Fairview Park, Ohio - Yes, it's late October, the foliage is rounding into its brilliant form and the margin for error is smaller than ever for the Cats' Men of the Gridiron and Men of the Links.

Coach Chuck Kyle's Varsity Football Wildcats, who currently stand in the 20th spot in the latest playoff-qualifying Region 1 computer ratings, begin the first of a crucial three-game stretch when they travel to Dublin Coffman High School on Saturday for a 7 PM kickoff versus Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller. Moeller, on the strength of its 49-42 victory over Queen City power Elder, moved into the 16th spot in the Region 2 computer ratings.

The top 16 teams in both Regions 1 and 2 at the end of the regular season will qualify for the OHSAA regional quarterfinal playoffs. The top eight teams from both Regions 1 and 2 are awarded a home game in the first round. After Moeller, the Varsity Cats will host Jesuit School rival St. Xavier on Oct. 24th in a 2 PM kickoff from Byers Field and on Halloween afternoon it's the annual showdown with West Side rival St. Edward. The kickoff from legendary Lakewood Stadium will be 2 PM.  

Just a reminder that the corner will be previewing the Saint Ignatius vs. Moeller Varsity game on Tuesday night and another reminder that the Wildcats' Freshmen and Junior Varsity Football Teams will be taking on the Freshmen and Jayvee teams from Archbishop Moeller on Saturday at Dublin Coffman. The Freshmen game is on tap for 1 PM, followed by the JV encounter at 3 PM.  

As for Coach Brian Becker's Varsity Golf Team, the Cats will be teeing it up in Division I District play on Wednesday at the Pine Hills Golf Course.   

According to the Ohio High School Athletic Association's Pine Hills site information, the top four teams and top four individual low scores not on a qualifying team from the Pine Hills District will qualify for the annual Division I State Tournament on Oct. 23-24 at The Ohio State University's always demanding Scarlet Course.

Saint Ignatius' state and nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer and Varsity Cross Country Teams will be wrapping up their regular seasons this week and weekend.

Coach Mike McLaughlin's Soccer Cats will travel to Twinsburg on Thursday for a 7 PM matchup with the Tigers and will return to the pitch on Wasmer Field for Saturday's  3 PM regular-season finale versus the Shamrocks from Dublin Coffman.

Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher' Cross Country Cats, coming off another dominant performance, this time at the Stow Invitational (see the corner's posts below), will gear up for their postseason when they travel to the Sim (correct) Erich Invitational on Saturday at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. The Varsity Race is scheduled for 10:30 AM and the Open Race is slated for 11:40 AM.

As the late Shirley Ellis' popular song from this old-timer's dancing days would echo, we're getting down to "The Real Nitty Gritty."    


A look at the Stow Invitational through the big-meet tested eyes of Wildcats outstanding Head Cross Country Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher


Posted By Eddie Dwyer

FROM COACH GALLAGHER: "Saturday in the park, I think it was the 10th of October." As the old Chicago song said.
It was just about a perfect day for a cross country meet at the Silver Springs Park, which was as picturesque as a Norman Rockwell painting. The course was in great shape, running hard and fast thanks to the limited rain over the past week.
The 'Cats drew box #1 on the far side of the starting line. They would need to break out fast to get in front of the field before making the hard left turn at 400 meters. At the one-mile mark a group of Saint Ignatius, Hudson, McQuaid Jesuit and Twinsburg runners were in a tight pack jockeying for position.
By 3200 meters the pace had accelerated and the 'Cats were closing on the leaders.
Luke Wagner moved at the 4K mark with Gavin Gaynor from Hudson in pursuit. Gaynor slipped past Luke with 150 to go and led to the finish. Luke took second on a 15:20 PR.  CJ Ambrosio found the course to his liking and PRed with a 15:43  to take 4th place. Tom Sullivan 16:05, Andrew Szendrey 16:05 PR, Nick Saul 16:18 PR, Colin Caniglia 16:21 PR, Pat McGuire 16:26 PR, Conor Reilly 16:32 PR and Tim Trentel 16:42 scored 28 points for the Cats to win the Varsity team title.
The temperature remained cool for the JV/ Open race. The 'Cats wasted no time in taking command of the field, moving to the front from the gun.
By the one-mile, it was a sea of Saint Ignatius jerseys coming through in the lead, led by Liam McGuire. Liam led nearly wire-to-wire to take the individual title in 16:40. He was followed closely by Pat Nolan (16:50), Collin Kelly (17:07 PR), Matt Blouch (17:10), Mark McHugh (17:12), Brett Saunders (17:12), and Andrew Biehl (17:27) to round out the scoring seven.
A slew of runners came through with PRs on the day including John Heisterkamp (17:27 PR); Gabe Ohliger (17:30); Logan Kijewski (17:35);  Nathan Soria (17:47, a PR and varsity letter winner); Joe Ripepi (17:51 PR and varsity letter winner); Connor Sepesy (17:52 PR and varsity letter winner), Max Bryden (17:53 PR and varsity letter winner); Owen Lammermeier (18:25 PR); Pat McGraw (18:27 PR); Andrew Ulrich (18:32 PR); Dillon Bangasser (18:33 PR); Malachy Frain (18:35 PR); Nick Snider (18:41 PR); Chris Larsen (18:46 PR); Ben Crane (18:47 PR); Michael Kilbane (18:54); Nathan Schwartz (18:55); Will Deucher (18:56) and Ned Contry (18:59). Congrats to everyone who ran a PR.
This week's schedule:
Monday: Mastick 3:30-5:30
Tuesday: Edgewater 3:30-5:30
Wednesday: PSAT testing, we will practice at St. Ignatius after dismissal at approximately 12:30-2:00. Meet on the Quad
Thursday: Cedar Point 3:30-5:30
Friday: Pre-comp at St. Ignatius 3:00-4:00pm
Saturday: Sim Earich Invitational at Trumbull County Fairgrounds. The Bus leaves at 8:30. Varsity at 10:30, Open at 11:40.
A reminder that Senior Night will be at 5:30 on Saturday. Hope to see everyone there.
Go 'Cats!


Saint Ignatius Varsity Baseball mainstay Mike Rogers commits to Ashland University

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Ohio City -  Mike Rogers, whose outstanding play in the outfield and clutch hitting were among the keys that drove Coach Brad Ganor's Wildcats to the Varsity Baseball Program's 12th State Final Four appearance last June, will be furthering his education and baseball career at Ashland University, the home of the Eagles.

After recovering from an opening day injury this past spring, Mike displayed exceptional reaction and instincts while roaming the outfield, primarily right field. He was part of a memorable April and May that included a 15-game winning streak and an overall record of 27-6.

During the Wildcats' run to sectional, district and regional championships, Mike was a tough out and the essence of a team player.

The epitome of class on and off the diamond, Mike, a senior, will serve as one of Coach Ganor's Captains this spring.

A huge congratulations goes out from the corner to Mike, his family, Coach Ganor, his staff and the entire Saint Ignatius Wildcats Baseball Program.


Saint Ignatius Varsity Cross Country, ranked No. 1 in Ohio, brings home Saturday's Stow Invitational in Silver Springs Park


Saint Ignatius took first place with 28 points, Hudson was second with 76 points and Woodridge, in a tiebreaker over Twinsburg, was third with 95 points.

Rounding out the top 10 were Twinsburg (95 points), McQuaid Jesuit (119), Stow (140), Walsh Jesuit (198), Cuyahoga Falls (214), Mayfield (259) and Olmsted Falls (321).

Wildcats standout senior Luke Wagner, an Iowa State recruit, took second place in 15:20.4. Gavin Gaynor of Hudson was first in 15:09.9.

The Wildcats' other top finishers were C.J. Ambrosio in fourth place at 15:41.9, Duke University recruit Tom Sullivan in fifth place at 16:05.0, Andrew Szendrey in seventh place at 16:07.9, Nick Saul in 10th place at 16:19.3, Colin Caniglia in 11th place at 16:21.3, Patrick McGuire in 19th place at 16:26.7, Connor Reilly in 23rd place at 16:31.0 and Tim Trentel in 30th place at 16:42.0.




Moeller and St. Xavier post big wins on Friday night

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Archbishop Moeller is back in the Division I football playoff hunt with Friday's 49-42 victory over Elder and the Bombers of St. Xavier defeated previously unbeaten La Salle, 24-14. The Bombers snapped La Salle's 14-game winning streak. La Salle was the Division II state champion last season.

And who was the last team to defeat La Salle before the Lancers went on their 14-game winning streak? None other than the St. Xavier Bombers, 24-21, in Week 7 of last season.

Ah yes, the Friday night lights in the Queen City. There is never a dull moment.

Saint Ignatius (4-2), idle this week, will face Archbishop Moeller (3-4) on Oct. 17 at Dublin Coffman High School in a 7 PM kickoff and the Wildcats will host St. Xavier (5-2) on Oct. 24 in a 2 PM kickoff on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.

You can cut the tension with a knife my friends.

The corner will preview the Saint Ignatius-Moeller high stakes gridiron encounter on Tuesday night.  

Saint Ignatius' Freshmen Football Cats dominate the second half of Thursday night's game at Erie (Pa.) McDowell and go on to defeat the Trojans, 55-14, on Gus Anderson Field

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Erie (Pa.) -  After a tight first half that ended with the Cats leading, 20-14, Coach Rodney Gallaway's Freshmen made a few adjustments and completely dominated the final 20 minutes, 35-0. Freshmen Football quarters are 10 minutes.

Saint Ignatius' oh so promising ninth-grade program improved to 5-2 and will now gear up for the Oct. 17th matchup with the freshmen team from Archbishop Moeller at Dublin Coffman High School. The Kickoff will be 1 PM.

Here is a look at Thursday night's memorable showing in Erie, a performance that was impressive in all facets, offense, defense and special teams.

From atmosphere-rich Gus Anderson Field: After making a few coverage adjustments defensively during halftime, the Freshmen Football Cats came out for the third quarter with a passionate approach on both sides of the ball.

Facing a third-and-10 from the Saint Ignatius 44-yard line, Wildcats quarterback Patrick Delahunty rolled out, tucked the ball away and rambled to a first down at the McDowell 32.

From there, a 13-yard run by strong and talented tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd put the ball on the McDowell 19 and two plays later Delahunty scored off another heads-up keeper as he dove to the pylon in the left corner of the open end zone on Gus Anderson Field. Patrick Otter's extra-point kick was high and true, and the Wildcats led, 2714, with 4 minutes and 9 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

With Saint Ignatius' defensive front beginning to have its way, the Wildcats took possession at their 49 and covered the 51 yards in five plays. On a first-and 5 from the Trojans' 16, Delahunty found gifted wide receiver Nigel Drummond open on a crossing pattern and Drummond made a diving touchdown reception just across the goal line. Otter was perfect on his PAT and Coach Gallaway's team was taking command at 34-14 with 46.7 seconds left in the third quarter.

Saint Ignatius' special teams, which were money all night, jumped all over a bad snap as McDowell was attempting a punt and the Cats took possession at the Trojans' 35.

It was all Floyd and Saint Ignatius' offensive line on the next two plays, as Floyd powered his way 30 yards to a first-and-goal at the 5 and then went untouched up the gut and into the scoreboard end zone of Gus Anderson Field. Otter added another extra point and it was Katy Bar The Door for McDowell, which now trailed, 41-14, with 9:06 remaining to be played.

With the Cats' defense, offense and special teams continuing to impose their will, Saint Ignatius, which was already substituting freely, completed its 35-0 second half with a 20-plus yard interception return for a touchdown by linebacker Daniel Scelza, a 12-yard TD scamper by backup quarterback Caden Campolieti and two more extra points off the leg and foot of Otter.

"At halftime, we wanted to make sure we were covering our bases on defense with their guys coming out of the backfield on the wheel route," said Coach Gallaway. "Offensively, we just said let's keep doing the things we've been doing and take care of the ball. We thought like we had a game plan with what we were looking to go to and it was there.

"A shutout in the second half is fantastic," Coach Gallaway continued. "A score and a stop. That's what we did coming out of the gate in the second half. And the special teams were just fantastic."

THE EARLY GOING: In the first half, McDowell didn't play like a team that has struggled to find the win column.

Saint Ignatius, sparked by a touchdown catch and run by the versatile Jack Cannon and a 19-yard touchdown burst from tailback Jack Kennedy, who has a nose for first downs and the end zone, led, 13-0.

The Trojans got back in the game on a 7-yard TD reception by Shelby Wiley, only to watch the Wildcats respond with a 70-yard scoring play by Kennedy, who caught a pass in the flat, broke a tackle, juked another defender and outran the pursuit down the left sideline.

McDowell made it a six-point game by halftime behind a touchdown reception by Hunter Sorenson, which came off a fourth-and-7 from the Saint Ignatius 19 with 9.8 seconds left in the first 20 minutes.                             





Here is a quick glance at the Wildcats' 2015-16 Varsity Basketball Schedule. As of now three dates need to be filled and, as always, dates are subject to change.

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

As of now, the Varsity Basketball Cats are scheduled to open their season on Dec. 4 at Shaw.

On December 12, the Wildcats will travel to Clevelend Heights, on December 19 they are home to Canton McKinley, on December 23 they face Louisville at Mount Union, and on December 29 Warren Harding pays a visit to Sullivan Gymnasium.

Perennial power St. Vincent-St. Mary and Saint Ignatius will help ring in the New Year with a New Year's Eve afternoon matchup at LeBron James Arena.

Other highlights on the schedule include a visit to Sullivan Gym by the Walsh Jesuit Warriors on January 16 and a Sullivan Gym headliner that will match the Wildcats and the Ironmen from Cleveland Central Catholic on January 23.

The annual home and home series with St. Edward has the Wildcats traveling to the Eagles Nest on January 22 and hosting Coach Eric Flannery's Eagles on February 20.

As always, we will update you when the schedule is complete.



Saint Ignatius Cross Country remains numero uno in the coaches' state poll

Posted By Eddie Dwyer


2015 Sixth Regular Season OATCCC Cross Country State Poll. Coach Doc Gallagher's harriers received all 12 first place votes.


October 8, 2015


Division I


1 Saint Ignatius 180 (12)


2 Mason 157


3 Thomas Worthington 156


4 Solon 146


5 Louisville 135


6 Hudson 114


7 Medina 113


8 St. Xavier 92


9 Dublin Coffman 64


10 Olentangy Orange 63


11 Watkins Memorial 54


12 (Massillon) Jackson 53


13 Hilliard Bradley 46


14 Hilliard Davidson 22


15 Hilliard Darby 19


16 Mentor 9


17 Austintown-Fitch 7


18 Twinsburg 4


19 Wooster 3


20 La Salle 2


21 Beavercreek 1


Where The Cats Play in what is a light schedule

By Eddie Dwyer, October 2015

Ohio City -  With Varsity Football and Varsity Soccer having byes this weekend, Freshmen Football, Junior Varsity A Soccer and Cross Country highlight the programs that will be in action starting on Thursday evening.

Coach Rodney Gallaway's 4-2 Freshmen Football Wildcats will be traveling to Erie (Pa.) tomorrow (Thursday) evening for a 5:30 kickoff versus the Trojans from Erie McDowell.

In Junior Varsity A Soccer, Coach Jim Brennan is scheduled to send his undefeated Cats into a matchup with the Euclid Panthers tomorrow evening (Thursday ) at 6 bells on Wasmer Field.

On Saturday, Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's nationally acclaimed Cross Country Program, ranked No. 1 in Ohio, will be competing at the Stow Invitational in Silver Springs Park.

The Varsity Race at Stow is scheduled for 9:30 AM and the JV/Open Race is slated for 10:40 AM. The Cross Country buses will leave Saint Ignatius at 7:30 AM on Saturday.

Please note that Coach Brian Becker's Varsity Golf Team will be back in action on Wednesday, as Saint Ignatius' Men of the Links, coming off Monday's OHSAA Sectional Championship, will be teeing it up in the OHSAA District at Pine Hills Golf Course.

NOTE: Coach Mike McLaughlin's Varsity Soccer Cats (13-0-1), ranked second in the nation and No. 1 in Ohio, will return to the pitch on Oct. 15 for a 7 PM matchup at Twinsburg and will close out their regular season with a 3 PM match versus Dublin Coffman on Oct. 17 at Wasmer Field.

Coach Chuck Kyle's Varsity Football Wildcats (4-2), who are experiencing the program's first bye week, or open date if you will, since 2005 and 2006, will begin their all-important three game stretch on Oct. 17 versus Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller in a 7 PM kickoff from Dublin Coffman High School. The Moeller game will be followed by a Week 9 (Oct. 24)  2 PM matchup with Cincinnati St. Xavier at Byers Field and the annual storied showdown with West Side rival St. Edward at 2 PM on Halloween in legendary Lakewood Stadium, aka "The Madhouse on Madison."

Have a safe and enjoyable rest of the week and weekend.    




Saint Ignatius' standout senior wide receiver/defensive back/punt returner Jack Cook will further his education and football career at Harvard University

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Ohio City - Jack, who earned first-team Associated Press All-Northeast Lakes District honors last season and was a Special Mention on the 2014 AP Division I All-Ohio Team, chose the Harvard Crimson after also considering Yale.

"Harvard and Yale are both great schools, with great coaches at both schools," said Cook, who is one of Coach Chuck Kyle's four captains this fall. "Harvard just seemed like another version of Saint Ignatius. Cambridge is like an Ohio City as a suburb to Boston. The coaching staff at Harvard has a successful program and Coach Murphy (Crimson Head Coach Tim Murphy) has been there for 22 years.

"Obviously, you don't have to mention the academic reputation," Jack said. "Harvard is Harvard.

"The wide receivers coach at Harvard, Joe Villapiano, is a great guy," Jack continued. "He spent some time in Ohio and I've talked with him a bit. When I was on campus there it was really cool. We were just walking through the yard one day and this guy came up and introduced himself and said, 'Hey, I'm Ryan, a junior tight end here. Are you here for the football camp?'

"I just kind of thought that was a lasting thing," Jack said of the impression the Harvard player made on him. "They're saying we have great people here and I saw that confirmed when I went to visit there. An experience like that seems like something that would happen at Saint Ignatius. I see a lot of parallels between Harvard and Saint Ignatius, both academically and athletically."

Jack said the fact that former Wildcat All-Ohio wide receiver Mike Siragusa '14 is having a solid career at Yale made it tough to say no to the Bulldogs. But he quickly emphasized again that Harvard is the right choice for him.

In what is a strong family lineage, Jack's brother Ryan is a junior wide receiver for the Varsity Wildcats, his uncle Dean Lamirand '93 is one of the greatest football players in Saint Ignatius' rich gridiron history, helping the Cats to state championships in 1991 and 1992, his mom Michelle played on a state final four basketball team at Magnificat, his brother Henry, who is currently in the eighth grade at Gesu, is a future Wildcat and last, but certainly not least, Jack's dad, Kevin '86, is one of the greatest all-around athletes ever to walk the halls of Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School and a former assistant coach under Coach Kyle.

Kevin is a member of Saint Ignatius' Athletic Hall of Fame (inducted in 2003) and was the 1985-86 recipient of the Wildcats' prestigious John J. Wirtz Award, which is named in honor of Saint Ignatius' late coaching legend and athletic director.

After graduating from Saint Ignatius, Kevin went on to an All-ACC and All-American football career at the University of Virginia.





Here are this week's official Football Computer Ratings from the OHSAA. As we reported on Sunday morning, the Wildcats are currently 20th. The top 16 teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the playoffs.

OHSAA Football Computer Ratings – Oct. 6, 2015


Division I  (top 16 from both Division I regions will qualify for the playoffs)

Region 1 - 1. Lakewood St. Edward (5-1) 18.5714, 2. Westerville Central (6-0) 15.65, 3. Powell Olentangy Liberty (5-1) 14.1167, 4. Mentor (4-2) 12.7, 5. Stow-Munroe Falls (6-0) 12.55, 6. Lewis Center Olentangy (5-1) 12.4, 7. Canton McKinley (5-1) 12.1692, 8. Euclid (4-2) 11.6607, 9. Tol. Whitmer (4-2) 11.5333, 10. Findlay (5-1) 11.0333, 11. Strongsville (4-2) 10.9667, 12. Elyria (4-2) 10.8333, 13. Canton GlenOak (4-2) 10.5, 14. Austintown-Fitch (4-2) 10.3, 15. Solon (4-2) 9.5593, 16. Tol. Start (5-1) 9.4949, 17. Berea-Midpark (4-2) 8.7833, 18. Medina (3-3) 6.9167, 19. Brunswick (2-4) 6.5167, 20. Saint Ignatius (4-2) 6.4813


Region 2 - 1. Lancaster (6-0) 18.6667, 2. Cin. Colerain (5-1) 17.6167, 3. Cin. Elder (5-1) 16.1667, 4. Hilliard Davidson (5-1) 15.4667, 5. Huber Hts. Wayne (6-0) 14.4558, 6. Mason (4-2) 13.7449, 7. Gahanna Lincoln (5-1) 13.3112, 8. Springboro (5-1) 13.0667, 9. Upper Arlington (5-1) 12.8333, 10. Hilliard Darby (6-0) 12.4833, 11. Pickerington Central (4-2) 12.2833, 12. Cin. St. Xavier (4-2) 11.5167, 13. Fairfield (4-2) 11.1333, 14. Beavercreek (5-1) 11.0455, 15. West Chester Lakota West (4-2) 9.65, 16. Grove City Central Crossing (3-3) 8.5051, 17. Centerville (3-3) 8.4833, 18. Reynoldsburg (3-3) 7.9823, 19. Dublin Coffman (4-2) 7.65, 20. Galloway Westland (4-2) 6.9667

Ranked second in the nation in the SIMA Fab 50 poll, the Varsity Soccer Cats continue to show the way in the coaches' state poll

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Here is the latest Division I state soccer poll, which was released by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association on Monday.

1. Saint Ignatius (Cleveland) 13-0-1 99
2. Mason 10-0-2 84
3. Copley 9-2-1 75
4. Findlay 10-0-2 68
5. Green 12-0-0 56
6. Lebanon 9-0-2 52
7. Berea-Midpark 11-0-1 39
8. Elder (Cincinnati) 9-1-1 32
9. Beavercreek 9-1-2 18
10. Solon 10-1-1 12
Receiving votes: Medina, St. Francis DeSales (Toledo)
Wildcats Varsity Football remains 8th in's Top 25 area poll. The AP releases its weekly state poll.

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Here is the Associated Press Division I State Football Poll, which is based on the votes from a statewide media panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Only two area teams earned spots in this week's big-school poll, top-raked St. Edward and 10th-ranked Stow. The first-place votes are in parenthesis.  


1, St. Edward (15) 



2, Huber Heights Wayne (6)   



3, Cincinnati Colerain (1)



4, Lancaster (3)



5, Westerville Central (1)



6, Cincinnati Elder



7, Hilliard Darby



8, Hilliard Davidson



9, Cincinnati St. Xavier



10, Stow



Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Powell Olentangy Liberty 24.


The Gallagher Report Part 2. More from this past Friday's Gilmour Invitational.


Coach Gallagher: Runners and Parents, I forgot to add thanks to Karen Steigerwald and the other parents for the sumptuous feast they prepared for the runners. It was truly appreciated!

Here are a few other PR's: Owen Lammermier, Chris Larsen, Ben Crane, Dillon Bangasser and Will Duecher.

Go Cats!!


NOTE FROM THE CORNER: For Part 1 from the Gilmour Invitational, see the post below from Sunday night.
Wildcats Varsity Golfers won Monday's OHSAA Sectional Tournament at Legacy and advanced to next week's District Tournament at Pine Hills.


FROM COACH BECKER: The varsity golf teams were in Columbus on Saturday and played in the sectional tournament today, so I wanted to give you a few updates.

On Saturday the varsity golf teams traveled to Columbus to compete in the Dublin Jerome Invitational at Tartan Fields Country Club. The Cats fought the cold, windy and wet weather and a difficult course to shoot 345 and 347, respectively. Dublin Jerome won the 20-team tournament with a round of 315.

The Wildcats were led on Saturday by seniors Owen Miklos and Kyle McCafferty, who both carded rounds of 81.

Today (Monday), the varsity team also competed and won the sectional portion of the state championship at the Sweetbriar Legacy Golf Club. The Wildcats were paced by senior Geoff Allman, who shot a solid round of 75 for the individual runner up. The team total was a working mans 305. The second round of the state tournament (districts) will be next Wednesday at Pine Hills Golf Course. The Wildcats will attempt to make it three consecutive trips to Columbus if they can finish in the top 5 of the district tournament. Scores from both Saturday and Monday are as follows:

Dublin Jerome Tournament (345,347)      Sectional (305)        Top 4 qualifying teams to district

1. Owen Miklos        81                             1. Geoff Allman        75                1. Saint Ignatius  305
2. Geoff Allman        85                             2. Zach Morris          76                2. Rocky River     312
3. Harrison Vonderau 88                           3.  Harrison Vonderau    77          3. St. Edward      313
4. Zach Morris            91                           4. Andrew Zawie        77               4. Westlake         318
5. Andrew Zawie        92                           5. Owen Miklos        85

1.Kyle McCafferty     81
2. Tommy Lauer       87   
3. Michael Vallee      89
4. Hunter Rinkus       90
5.Cam Gerard           91 

An indepth look at the Cross Country Cats' performance in this past weekend's Gilmour Academy Invitational. It's the weekly Gallagher Report.


From Coach Gallagher: The 'Cats came prepared to race at the Gilmour meet on Friday. The cool breezy weather, a dry course and huge cheering section gave the harriers all the help they needed to win their first Gilmour title.

The team got out fast knowing a hard left turn 300 meters into the race would pinch off the slower runners. The white singlets were mixed in with the lead pack by the first mile mark.  At the 2 mile the 'Cats were in control, led by senior captain Tim Trentel, and with a furlong to go, Tim, Colin Caniglia and Nick Saul were neck-and-neck. In a photo finish, Nick out leaned his teammates to finish 4 th in 16:39 (PR). Colin and Tim were both timed in 16:40. Connor Reilly 17:07, Pat McGuire 17:08, Collin Kelly 17:11, Matt Blouch 17:55, Liam McGuire 17:55 and Pat Nolan 17:55 closed out the scoring with 38 points.

As the sun began to set, the JV Open race finally got under way. The Wildcats moved right to the front and stayed there the entire race. Coming onto the track, Mike FitzGerald and Brett Saunders were stride for stride.  With a final surge, Mike edged out his teammate to notch his first win in 17:36 (PR). Brett followed in 17:38 (another PR), and Gabe Ohliger 17:57 PR, Andrew Biehl 18:08 PR, Nathan Soria 18:08 PR and Joe Ripepi (18:10), gave the Wildcats a perfect score of 15 to claim the JV/Open Team Title. 

A few additional PRs to  mention: Pat McGraw 18:17, Conor Sepesy 18:20, Max Bryden 18:30, Nick Snider 18:49, Andrew Urich 18:49, Andrew Chesney 18:53 and Tommy Rochester 19:00.
As a final reminder, please RSVP to Janet Nolan ( for Senior Night if you have not done so already. We would like to see everyone there to support the team.
This week's schedule:
Monday 3:30-5:30pm Mastick
Tuesday 3:30-5:30pm Edgewater
Wednesday 3:30-5:30pm Mastick
Thursday 3:30-5:30pm Cedar Point
Friday 3-4pm Pre Comp SIHS 
Saturday: Stow Invitational, Varsity: 9:30AM and JV/Open 10:40 AM.
Bus leaves SIHS at 7:30AM.
Congratulations again to the Varsity Soccer Cats, who completed their New York trip with a 4-1 victory over St. Anthony's (Huntington, NY) on Sunday

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Coach Mike McLaughlin's Wildcats, ranked second in the nation in the SIMA Fab 50 and No. 1 in the state by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association, improved to 13-0-1 and extended their unbeaten streak to 27 matches behind goals by Steve Milhoan, Alex Gotsky, John Duldner and Hayden Parente.

St. Anthony's entered the matchup undefeated and ranked fourth in the SIMA Fab 50 national rankings.

The Soccer Cats, the defending and record six-time Ohio Division I State Champions, were coming off Saturday's 5-0 victory over previously unbeaten Martin Luther King, Jr. from Manhattan. See the corner's post from Saturday evening.   

The Varsity Football Wildcats move up one spot to 20th in the latest ratings by computer playoff guru Joe Eitel. The top 16 teams in Region I at the end of the regular season qualify for the OHSAA regional quarterfinal playoffs.
Rank W-L ID # City School Average Level 1 Level 2 L2 divisor
1 5-1 1346 Lakewood St Edward 18.5714 30.0 133.0 98
2 6-0 1671 Westerville Westerville Central 15.6500 37.5 94.0 100
3 5-1 1203 Powell Olentangy Liberty 14.1167 32.5 87.0 100
4 4-2 1016 Mentor Mentor 12.7000 25.5 84.5 100
5 6-0 1492 Stow Stow-Munroe Falls 12.5500 36.0 65.5 100
6 5-1 1202 Lewis Center Olentangy 12.4000 31.5 71.5 100
7 5-1 306 Canton Canton McKinley 12.1692 31.5 68.5 99
8 4-2 540 Euclid Euclid 11.6607 24.5 73.5 97
9 4-2 1704 Toledo Whitmer 11.5333 24.5 74.5 100
10 5-1 586 Findlay Findlay 11.0333 30.5 59.5 100
11 4-2 1498 Strongsville Strongsville 10.9667 25.0 68.0 100
12 4-2 532 Elyria Elyria 10.8333 24.5 67.5 100
13 4-2 650 Canton GlenOak 10.5000 24.0 65.0 100
14 4-2 148 Austintown Austintown-Fitch 10.3000 24.0 63.0 100
15 4-2 1428 Solon Solon 9.5593 25.5 51.5 97
16 5-1 1482 Toledo Start 9.4949 28.5 46.5 98
17 4-2 200 Berea Berea-Midpark 8.7833 24.5 47.0 100
18 3-3 1006 Medina Medina 6.9167 19.0 37.5 100
19 2-4 268 Brunswick Brunswick 6.5167 13.0 43.5 100
20 4-2 1354 Cleveland St Ignatius 6.4813 24.5 23.5 98
21 2-4 764 Massillon Jackson 6.0167 11.5 41.0 100
22 3-3 1674 Westerville Westerville South 5.5833 18.5 25.0 100
23 3-3 894 Lorain Lorain 5.4333 17.0 26.0 100
24 3-3 1408 Shaker Heights Shaker Heights 4.7333 17.0 19.0 100
25 1-4 385 Cleveland Heights Cleveland Heights 4.4778 6.0 29.5 90
26 3-3 1292 Cleveland Rhodes 4.2500 16.5 15.0 100
Congratulations from the corner go out to Coach Mike McLaughlin's state and nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer Cats, who defeated the Knights from Martin Luther King, Jr. (Manhattan, NY), 5-0, late Saturday afternoon in a matchup in New York

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Saint Ignatius, which entered the match ranked second in the SIMA Fab 50 National Poll and No. 1 in the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association's Division I state poll , improved to 12-0-1 and extended its unbeaten streak to 26 matches.

In defeating the SIMA Fab 50's ninth-ranked program, the Soccer Cats got goals from senor midfielder John Duldner, junior midfielder Johne Vrablic, junior midfielder Adam Collins, senior forward Lawrence Karpeh and junior forward Alex Gotsky.

Martin Luther King, Jr. entered this week unbeaten. The Knights also have a tie on their record.

Saint Ignatius will close out its trip to New York by playing at undefeated St. Anthony's on Sunday at 1 PM. St. Anthony's was ranked fourth this week in the SIMA Fab 50.     



The Junior Varsity Football Wildcats turn back the Parma Redmen Jayvees, 14-0, on Saturday morning at Byers Field, but the Cats' second unit on the freshmen level is defeated by Parma's freshmen, 6-0

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Parma, Ohio - Coach Paul Yappel's Junior Varsity Team, which improved to 6-0, will now have a bye week before taking on the Jayvee program from Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller on October 17 at Dublin Coffman High School.

As for Coach Rodney Gallaway's 4-2 Freshmen team, the focus turns to Thursday's game at Erie (Pa.) McDowell. The kickoff from the Keystone State will be 5:30 PM.

And as for the action that took place in Robert M. Boulton Stadium on Saturday, this old-timer tips his cap to all four teams for doing their best to adjust to the persistent rain and cold temperatures that hovered over Ridge Road and Day Drive.


The JV Cats jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard keeper by sophomore quarterback Daniel Alexander and the ensuing extra-point kick by sophomore Drew Alessandro with 5 minutes and 47 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Alexander's TD was set up by a bad snap from center to the Parma punter, who raced after the ball and was swarmed under by the Cats at the Redmen 2-yard line.

With both defenses controlling the remainder of the first quarter and the early stages of the second quarter it remained a 7-0 game.

Parma was threatening with a first down at the Saint Ignatius 21-yard line thanks to an outstanding effort by Redmen linebacker/running back Mark Post, who blocked a punt and hustled after the ball for the recovery.

Following a 12-yard run by Parma running back Thomas Snyder, the Redmen appeared to be sitting pretty with a first-and-goal at the 9.

The Wildcats, sparked by the pursuit of sophomore linebackers Tom Grosel and Logan Joyce, were equal to the challenge however, as Parma netted -minus 3 yards on the next two plays and was turned away by a bad snap from center and a fourth-down stop by Saint Ignatius.

Coach Yappel's Wildcats then took back the momentum by driving 80 yards in 15 plays.

Keying the impressive march were sophomore running back Reilly Casey, sophomore quarterback Kyle Hall and sophomore tailback Josh Crayton-Prioleau. After Hall scrambled to the Parma 21, Casey swept the left side for 18 yards and a first-and-goal at the 3

Two plays later, Casey fought his way into the end zone from a yard out and Alessandro's second extra point made it a 14-0 game with 58 seconds left in the first half.

Saint Ignatius' defense bent a little in the second half, but always seemed to have the resiliency to bounce back.

Following a defensive holding penalty on the Cats that came off a fourth-and-7 from the Saint Ignatius 44, Parma was awarded a first down at the Cats' 29-yard line. But on a fourth-and-5 from the 24, strong and gifted sophomore safety Justin Sands broke up a pass play and the Redmen were turned away again.

Parma had excellent field position in the closing minutes of the third quarter, as Saint Ignatius fumbled and the ball was recovered by Snyder at the Wildcats' 27-yard line.

However, on fourth-and-8 from the Saint Ignatius 25, Cats sophomore defensive back Cameron Toppin had the coverage and a Redmen pass play was broken up.

The Cats' D stood tall during the final seven-plus minutes of play, a stretch that featured another back-to-the-wall stand after Parma, on the strength of some tough inside running by Post, moved to a first-and-goal at the 10.

Saint Ignatius kept the Redmen from advancing any further, however, and preserved the shutout.

"It was a hard-fought game," said Coach Yappel. "We made some mistakes that we had to overcome. Fourteen to nothing I think is indicative of the weather we had. We were able to work a lot of guys in, and that was good for us. But we need to improve. We can't have those self-inflicted wounds, the blocked punt and the turnovers."


The weather only got worse as the Freshmen game approached and this corner will offer that as an excuse for both ninth-grade teams.

After a scoreless first half, Parma's freshmen turned the ball over on downs and then forced a Saint Ignatius punt.

Faced with a second-and-13 from their 12-yard line, the Redmen went to the air and Jonah Bagby, who turned in a solid late morning and early afternoon, made a leaping catch in stride and outran the pursuit into the scoreboard end zone of Byers Field for an 88-yard touchdown play. An attempt for a 2-point conversion failed and Parma led, 6-0, with 3:48 remaining in the third quarter.

The Redmen defense, which started to apply some pressure up front, including a momentum sack by Cru Webb, came up with a key fumble recovery with 5:22 left and weathered every challenge down the stretch. Parma sealed the deal behind the running of Bagby.

"The second-team guys that got to play today did a nice job," said Coach Gallaway, who will turn his attention to Thursday's matchup with the McDowell Trojans. "They come to practice every day and help us get better on a daily basis. So it was nice to see what they could do. We played well enough to win, there is no doubt about that.

"No excuses, but if we're able to throw the ball a little bit, that helps us out a lot," Coach Gallaway continued. "They put a lot of guys in the box (defensively) and we had a tough time dealing with that. Kudos to them, they hit that home run ball. That's what I told our guys, that we needed an explosive play at some point to put us over the top and it just didn't happen.

"A tough one for us, but we'll get back to work in preparation for McDowell this coming week."       













Saint Ignatius' Cross Country Team has an impressive showing at Friday evening's Gilmour Academy Paul Primeau Invitational

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

The Wildcats won the Gray Division Race with 38 points, followed by Lake Catholic (72 points) and Rocky River (93 points).

Saint Ignatius, the state's top-ranked program in Division I, also took home the Boys Open/JV Race with 15 points. Solon (62 points) and Bay (94 points) were second and third, respectively.

Dennis Grosel's four first-half rushing touchdowns lead the Varisty Football Wildcats to a 55-0 victory over Parma on Byers Field Friday night

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Parma, Ohio - With their gifted senior quarterback Dennis Grosel reading the Parma defense like his favorite book, the Wildcats improved to 4-2 after dominating what was the renewal of a series that began in 1959 and ended in 1979.

After Friday's one-sided affair, which came on Saint Ignatius' annual Senior Parents Night, the Wildcats now lead their all-time series with the Redmen, 12-8-1. Saint Ignatius and Parma did not meet on the gridiron in 1976.

Grosel, who is having an All-Ohio caliber season with his arm and legs, played just the first half and totaled 123 yards rushing and four touchdown runs on six carries and 176 yards passing. He was 13-of-19 through the air, including a 34-yard touchdown pass to standout senior wide receiver Cal Grbac. Cal made the catch along the visitor's sideline of Byers Field, spun away from the cornerback and raced into the scoreboard end zone.

Affter hard-nosed junior tailback Jimmy Andrews scored the game's first points off a 3-yard touchdown run that saw Jimmy make a nice cut-back move, Grosel followed with scorings runs of 54, 12 and 7 yards.

Following his 34-yard TD toss to Grbac, Grosel scored his fourth rushing touchdown off a smooth 13-yard gallop. Junior kicker/punter Colin Goodfellow, who had an exceptional night powering the pigskin up and through the brisk, strong and tricky winds that swirled around Robert M. Boulton Stadium, produced five of his seven extra points in a first half that saw Saint Ignatius take a 41-0 lead into its locker room at halftime. Colin was also booming kickoffs into the end zone.

While all four of Grosel's touchdown runs were an exceptional display of field vision, cutting ability and deceiving power and speed, one in particular drew a warm smile from this old-timer on a night that was more like mid-to-late November than the second day of October.

With the Wildcats leading, 7-0, Dennis surveyed the field, didn't like what he saw, rolled left, made a highlight-reel cut back across the field that saw him dart to the right sideline and, after freezing a defender with a move that Russell Wilson would have appreciated, completed his 54-yard TD jaunt.

As Saint Ignatius' Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Kyle was clearing his bench in order to make sure that all 100-plus of his Wildcats saw playing time, Saint Ignatius added two more rushing touchdowns in a running-clock second half. They resulted from a 9-yard effort by senior tailback Elijah Wahib off a quick burst over the left side and into the Day Drive end zone standing up, and a strong second-effort 1-yard dive into the scoreboard end zone by senior running back David Welcsh.

After Parma (2-4) turned in some successful plays in the early going, the Cats' defense, behind the powerful and relentless penetration by junior nose tackle Joe Gibbons and senior lineman Nathan Keirn, and a leaping interception by senior safety Ryan Berger, put an end to the adrenaline the Redmen were riding in the first quarter. Keirn had 2 and a half sacks in the first half.

Saint Ignatius totaled 410 yards (200 rushing and 210 passing) and Parma had 126 yards of offense (76 rushing and 50 passing).

The Cats' leaders in the receiving department were Grbac with four receptions for 67 yards, senior Jim Berger with three catches for 42 yards and senior Tyler Musbach with two grabs for 26 yards.

The Wildcats will now have a Bye Week and then it will be the demanding three-game stretch that will determine Saint Ignatius' playoff status in Division I - versus Archbishop Moeller at Dublin Coffman High School on Oct. 17 at 7 PM, versus St. Xavier on Oct. 24 in a 2 PM kickoff at Byers Field and versus longtime West Side rival St. Edward on Halloween at 2 PM in storied Lakewood Stadium, aka "The Madhouse on Madison."

JUST FYI from Friday night, Archbishop Moeller lost to La Salle in overtime and St. Xavier was defeated by Elder in two overtimes. Ah yes, those Cincinnati teams just beat up on each other.

HERE ARE COACH KYLE'S COMMENTS FROM FRIDAY NIGHT'S GAME: "If he keeps doing that I'm going to have him on the track team," Coach Kyle said of Dennis Grosel's impressive rushing production in the first half. "I'll tell Coach (Brad) Ganor that he will have to get a new infielder. Dennis is going to run the relays.

"He's got good vision, as people can see," Coach Kyle continued in his assessment of Grosel's effort. "You have some teams that drop into coverage and just rush three. Our offensive line is doing a nice job blocking, so it's like okay, take your seam. And as you see, he will do it. We keep reminding him not to try to run over people. A couple of times tonight I thought he could have just slid in, but he was trying to get a first down. He's got speed and the leverage to break one."

Among other things, Coach Kyle was pleased with the consistent performance by Colin Goodfellow.

"He can kick the ball a mile," said Coach Kyle said. "He's a weapon. Our kicking game is pretty strong. Matt Trickett, our other kicker, is with the soccer team in New York. Our average in punt returns against us is still single digits and the kickoffs go into the end zone. That's the way I like to play football."

And the way Coach Kyle likes to play football has now produced 320 career victories in what is his 33rd season as the head of the football program at his alma mater.       










Saint Ignatius' Senior Cross Country and Track standout Tom Sullivan commits to Duke University

By Eddie Dwyer

Ohio City - Less than 24 hours after his classmate and running mate Luke Wagner made a verbal commitment to Iowa State, Tom made his commitment to the Blue Devils.

Like Wagner, Tom is a fixture in cross country for Head Coach Doctor Mike Gallagher '71, DDS , and in track for Head Track and Field Coach Chuck Kyle '69.

Tom and Luke have helped Saint Ignatius' Cross Country Team, aka Ohio City's Harriers, to the top ranking in the state and a top-five national ranking.

Last spring, Wagner and Sullivan joined classmates Mike Huber and Colin Kruchan on the Wildcats' outstanding 4x800 relay team, which finished second in Ohio in Division I. That effort helped Saint Ignatius finish sixth overall at the state track meet in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.

With Tom and Luke helping show the way, the Cats' Cross Country Team will be among the teams to beat at the 87th Annual State Championship Meet on November 7 at the National Trail Raceway course in Hebron, Ohio. Coach Gallagher's Harriers finished sixth at last year's State Championship Meet.

Congratulations to Tom and another congrats to Luke (we posted one earlier today), their families and the entire Saint Ignatius Cross Country and Track & Field programs.        

Congrats from the corner go out to senior cross country and track standout Luke Wagner, who made a verbal commitment to further his education and athletic career at Iowa State. As expected, the Cross Country Cats remain in the top spot in Ohio.

Here is this week's coaches' state cross country poll with the total points each team received. Ohio City's Harriers garnered 12 first-place votes. The area teams are in bold face.



Saint Ignatius  






Thomas Worthington















Dublin Coffman



St. Xavier



(Massillon) Jackson



Olentangy Orange



Hilliard Bradley



Hilliard Davidson



Hilliard Darby












La Salle



(Toledo) St. John's Jesuit









Watkins Memorial



(Uniontown) Lake





The corner's trademark "Where The Cats Play" gets an early start this week under the Friday Night Lights of New York and Parma. And our Wildcats Harriers will also be running on Friday.

By Eddie Dwyer from my palatial estate in Fairview Park, aka the 200 West Apartments

Coach Mike McLaughlin's Varsity Soccer Cats are taking their 11-0-1 record, top ranking in Ohio and second-place ranking in the SIMA Fab 50 National Poll to the Big Apple this weekend, New York, New York.

The Soccer Cats will play at St. Anthony's (Huntington, N.Y.), the fourth-ranked program in the SIMA Fab 50 National Poll, on Friday night at 7:15. On Saturday, the Cats will face the Knights from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Complex (Manhattan, N.Y.), the ninth-ranked team in the SIMA Fab 50, at 4 PM on the Randall's Island Pitch.

St. Anthony's entered this week undefeated and Martin Luther King, Jr. had just a tie on its record as of Monday.

Coach Chuck Kyle will send his Varsity Football Wildcats into game six of the 2015 season on Friday night, as the 3-2 Cats renew their rivalry with the 2-3 Parma Redmen. The kickoff on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium will be 7 PM.

*For a preview of what will be the 21st meeting on the gridiron between Saint Ignatius and Parma, see the corner's story below that was posted on Tuesday night.

Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's state and nationally acclaimed Cross Country Team, which is having a fall to recall, will be competing in Friday's Gilmour Academy Paul Primeau Invitational. The Varsity Race is scheduled for 4:30 PM and the JV/Open Race is slated for 6 bells. NOTE: The bus will leave Saint Ignatius at 3:30 PM.

The Wildcats' 5-0 Junior Varsity and 4-1 Freshmen Football Teams will be in action on Byers Field Saturday morning versus the JV and Freshmen programs from Parma. The JV kickoff is 9 AM, followed by the Freshmen game at 11 AM.

And last, but certainly not least, Coach Brian Becker's Men of the Links, aka the Wildcats' Varsity Golf Team, will tee it up on Saturday at 1 PM in the Dublin Jerome Invitational at the Tartan Fields Country Club. After Saturday, the focus for the Cats' golfers will be on the upcoming OHSAA postseason tournament.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend as we welcome in October, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Devotion to the Rosary Month in the Roman Catholic Church.          

Saint Ignatius vs. Parma. What was once one of the storied football rivalries in all of Greater Cleveland will be renewed on Friday at 7 PM, when the Wildcats and the Redmen meet on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September/October 2015

The Wildcats lead the series that began in 1959 and ended in 1979, 11-8-1. Saint Ignatius and Parma did not play in 1976.

Ohio City - Although Saint Ignatius' Chuck Kyle '69 never coached against Parma during his previous 32 years as the Wildcats' Head Football Coach, he recalls vividly that opening night in the fall of 1968 when his head coach, Saint Ignatius legend the late John J. Wirtz, pointed a finger in his direction while the Wildcats were on defense.

Better known for his prowess as an All-City running back for the Wildcats, Kyle was called on to go in and play one of the linebacker positions. Although Kyle had contributed in the defensive backfield, linebacker was a whole new position for him.

With Saint Ignatius clinging to a 2-0 lead over Parma in the late stages of the game, the kid nicknamed "Chico," on the advice of fellow linebacker Mike Noetzel, was told to keep an eye on the Redmen running back and if he flares or goes out to the flat, "you have to pick him up."

So what happened?

The back flared out to the flat and Kyle intercepted the ball and returned it for a 22-yard touchdown in front of a packed house at Byers Field. That effort, along with Larry Berridge's extra-point kick, pushed Saint Ignatius' lead to nine points and the Wildcats hung on for a 9-8 victory.

Yes, the Parma defense threw a shutout, but the Redmen still went down in a loss that was hard to swallow.

Coach Kyle moved to Parma and Holy Family Parish when he was in the sixth grade. As a young man, he would go and watch the outstanding Parma and Valley Forge teams from the early 1960s.

Among those Parma greats was Arnold "Arnie" Chonko, the uncle of current Saint Ignatius defensive back Jeff Chonko. Jeff is also a catcher in the Wildcats' highly successful baseball program.

Arnie Chonko, from the Parma Senior Class of 1961, was a standout in baseball, basketball and football for the Redmen. He was a two-time All-Lake Erie League and two-time All-District selection in baseball and a three-time All-LEL honoree in football.

Arnie was the LEL MVP and the Cleveland Touchdown Club Player of the Year in football in 1960. He earned All-State honors in both football and baseball. Arnie received three letters in baseball and three letters in football while attending The Ohio State University. In baseball, he was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and an NCAA All-American.

In football for the Buckeyes, Arnie was a three-year starting defensive back, earning both All-Big Ten and NCAA All-American honors in 1964. He played in the 1965 East-West Shrine Game. Arnie won numerous Scholar-Athlete awards during his career, including two-time All-Academic Big Ten and two-time Academic All-American honors. Arnie was named to the Ohio State All-Century team in both football and baseball and was elected to the OSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He was selected in both the professional baseball and football drafts, but decided to enter the OSU Medical School and went on to become an accomplished medical doctor.

In what were the first two meetings on the gridiron between the Wildcats and the Redmen, Arnie Chonko led Parma to victories in 1959 (14-6) and 1960 (34-0). Arnie is a charter member of the Parma Senior High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

"I was in the crowd watching Arnie Chonko play, that's amazing," said Coach Kyle, who also recalled his junior season of 1967, when Parma upset a talent-laden Saint Ignatius team, 16-14.

The '67 Cats would go on to finish 9-1 and bring home the annual Charity Game City Championship trophy by defeating Collinwood, 21-0, on Thanksgiving Morning in the Grand Lady on the Lake, old Municipal Stadium.

Ah, the late 1950s and the 1960s, a great era in area high school football.

And now it's the renewal of a rivalry that used to traditionally merit Saturday morning front-page headlines in The Plain Dealer Sports Section, as Saint Ignatius (3-2) and Parma (2-3) are gearing up for what will be their 21st Varsity football encounter after not playing each other for more than three decades.

COACH KYLE ON THE 2015 PARMA REDMEN: "They have some nice schemes that they run offensively," Coach Kyle said of the Redmen, as he was putting his Wildcats through Tuesday afternoon's practice. "The passing scheme, you can tell that they really work at it. The rollout, the drop back, they try to spread you all out.

"And when you're sitting there trying to defend the pass, they will pop a run," Coach Kyle continued. "Defensively, they run a four front, something we've seen all season. So, I think we're comfortable with what they do.

"Defensively, we have to get some stops and get our offense the ball," said Coach Kyle of the defensive problems his Wildcats encountered with Walsh Jesuit's ball control and third-down efficiency last week, a game the Cats pulled out, 30-27, behind an 80-yard drive with 53 seconds remaining to be played. "That can't continue. With the schedule we have there is no way."

After Parma and then a bye week, Saint Ignatius will encounter a three-game stretch that will determine its postseason fate - versus Archbishop Moeller at Dublin Coffman High School, home to St. Xavier at Byers Field and versus longtime West Side rival St. Edward on Halloween afternoon in tradition-rich Lakewood Stadium.

The record 11-time Division I state champion Wildcats are seeking their 27th OHSAA postseason playoff appearance since 1988. In this week's OHSAA Region 1 computer playoff ratings, Saint Ignatius was 21st. The top 16 teams in Region 1 at the end of the regular season qualify for the regional quarterfinal playoffs.

ON THE MEND: Saint Ignatius' All-Ohio and All-American offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg, a University of Notre Dame recruit, was practicing on Tuesday and all-state senior wide receiver/defensive back Jack Cook and gifted senior tailback James Norris have bounced back nicely. The Wildcats' goal is to be at full strength for the key three-game stretch.

PARMA'S LATEST OUTING: The Division I Redmen, who have defeated Normandy and John Marshall, are coming off a 49-7 loss to Elyria Catholic, a talented Division V program that stands 4-1, 2-0 in the Great Lakes Conference. Parma is a member of the newly formed GLC.

Elyria Catholic quarterback Jake Kuchta was 10-for-10 passing against the Redmen for 243 yards and three touchdowns. EC's defense picked off three passes, including a 92-yard interception return for a touchdown by Zac Thurmon.

Parma, which qualified for the OHSAA playoffs as recently as 2009, currently stands 24th in the Region 1 computer ratings.

AIR WAVES: Friday night's renewal of the Saint Ignatius vs. Parma football series will be brought to you live over the Saint Ignatius Student Broadcast Network. The one-two punch of senior Carter Spearry and junior Brendan DeVenney will call it as they see it from Ridge Road and Day Drive.

Friday night's game will also be broadcast live over WHK-AM 1420.

Veteran Ed Daugherty will handle the play-by-play and one of the original radio voices of Saint Ignatius football, Lenny Soeder '85, will provide his veteran analysis. The WHK pregame is slated for 6:30 PM. 










Today's official OHSAA computer ratings in Region 1 matched what computer playoff guru Joe Eitel reported on Sunday, that Saint Ignatius Football moved from 25th to 21st place. The top 16 teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the playoffs.
Trailing, 24-11, with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter, Coach Paul Yappel's Junior Varsity Wildcats rally to a 25-24 victory over Glenville on Wasmer Field Monday night

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

Ohio City - The bells from St. Mary of the Assumption Chapel rang eloquently on the campus of Saint Ignatius High School as the undefeated Junior Varsity Football Wildcats and the Glenville Tarblooders lined up for their 6 PM opening kickoff under a majestic blue-gray sky that highlighted a perfect early fall Monday on Cleveland's near West Side.

A spirited crowd was on hand to witness a game that saw the Wildcats and the Tarblooders test each other's will for nearly the full 40 minutes (JV quarters are 10 minutes) before Coach Paul Yappel's talented, versatile and oh so resilient JV Cats prevailed, 25-24, and completed the halfway point of their season at 5-0.

As a class, the sophomore Wildcats are 15-0 dating back to their 10-0 Freshmen campaign in the fall of 2014.

Trailing by 13 points in the late stages of the third quarter, Saint Ignatius cut the deficit to 24-18 on a 35-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Daniel Alexander to sophomore wide receiver/defensive back/kick returner Connor Kennedy, an effort that saw Connor make an excellent adjustment to the ball along the left sideline and find the corner of the scoreboard end zone in Wasmer Field. Sophomore Matthew Trickett, who doubles as a mainstay on the Wildcats' nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer team, kicked the extra point and Mr. Momentum was seen pacing the home sideline with 1 minute and 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

After Glenville got a big emotional lift on a diving interception by linebacker DeMauris Winbush at the Tarblooders' 4, Glenville gave the ball right back on a fumble that was recovered by Saint Ignatius sophomore linebacker Logan Joyce at the Tarblooders' 13-yard line with just over three minutes remaining to be played.

Behind a smooth sideline reception by sophomore wide receiver Michael Drobnick and the tough, second-effort running of sophomore tailback Mark Bobinski, the Wildcats were in business with a first-and-goal at the 1.

Two plays later, Alexander powered his way over the left side and into the Lorain Avenue end zone. After another high and true PAT by Trickett, Saint Ignatius led, 25-24, with 1:29 left.

Glenville couldn't generate anything on its final possession and the Cats ran out the clock in what was one of the more will-testing and intense Junior Varsity games you will ever witness.

What have left a lasting impression on this old-timer since the first day of mini camps in early June are the class, character and team-first attitude that Alexander and Saint Ignatius' other gifted sophomore quarterback, Kyle Hall, have displayed in sharing the field general duties for Coach Yappel and Quarterbacks Coach Elvis Grbac.

They have truly pushed each other athletically and have supported one another from their freshmen seasons to what is now Week 6 on the JV burner. That will take place on Saturday at 9 AM versus Parma's Junior Varsity at Byers Field in Robert M. Boulton Stadium.

"I think the competition makes us both better," said Hall, who had a solid first half for the Wildcats on Monday night. "We both feed off the adrenaline of giving our best effort out there against teams like this (Glenville). It makes the team better."

"I have to agree 100 percent," said Alexander in responding to Hall's comments. "Kyle and I are obviously going at it. As Coach Restifo says (Wildcats veteran Varsity Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo), the best teams are the ones with the best backups and guys who are pushing you. Kyle pushes me constantly, making me better. We count on each other and try to make each other better, because overall we want to win as a team."

As for Monday's heart pounder versus the Tarblooders, Alexander said he had to give a shout out to the defense and emphasized that Glenville will help the JV Cats in preparation for their three big games down the stretch versus the Junior Varsity programs from Archbishop Moeller, St. Xavier and St. Edward.

Those last three games on the Cats' JV slate are, said Hall, games of equal talent, games that will show who has the bigger heart and who wants it more.               

THE EARLY GOING ON MONDAY NIGHT: Glenville was impressive in the first quarter, as the Tarblooders took an 8-0 lead on a 36-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jamel Hamm to wide receiver/running back Dray Bailey and the ensuing two-point conversion run by Hamm with 1:56 to go in the opening quarter.

Saint Ignatius, sparked by a fumble recovery by sophomore defensive back Max Mook at the Glenville 33, closed to 8-3 on a 25-yard field goal by Trickett with 4:54 remaining in the first half.

After Trickett's ensuing kickoff sailed into the Lorain Avenue end zone and almost waved down the 22 Express, the Cats' defense forced the Tarblooders to punt from their goal line.

Following an authoritative punt return by Kennedy to the Glenville 29, Saint Ignatius rode a clutch scramble around the left side by Hall that came off a fourth-and-14 from the Glenville 33 and resulted in a first-and-10 at the Tarblooders' 16.

Sparked by a leaping and sure-handed reception by sophomore wide receiver Sam Snyder that gave the Cats a first-and-goal at the 3, Bobinski powered his way up the gut and into the end zone. Hall, off a rollout to the right, tucked the ball away and ran for a 2-point conversion that extended Saint Ignatius' lead to 11-8.

Trailing, 11-8, at halftime, Glenville regained the lead, 16-11, on a 46-yard TD gallop by Bailey and the ensuing 2-point conversion run by Tre Wilson. Wilson would step up big again by intercepting a pass just beyond the Wildcats' 40 and returning the ball for a touchdown. The diminutive, but quick and hard-nosed Wilson then tacked on another 2-point conversion that made it a 24-11 game in favor of Glenville and set the stage for Saint Ignatius' dramatic comeback.

Along with the key fumble recoveries by Mook and Joyce, the Cats' defense got some excellent pressure up front from sophomore nose tackle Aidan Gill, sophomore defensive end Jeffrey Outcalt, sophomore linebacker Andrew Keirn and sophomore tackle Darian Kinnard, just to name a few.

Saint Ignatius' offensive line, keyed by some impressive blocks by 6-foot-3, 270-pound Toby Engel, also turned in a solid workman-like effort.




 drops Wildcats Football three spots to eighth place in the Top 25 area poll. The Associated Press releases its weekly Division I state poll, which is based on the votes by a statewide panel of sports writers and broadcasters.


1, St. Edward (14) 4-1, 220 points



2, Huber Heights Wayne (6)



3, Cincinnati Colerain



4, Westerville Central (2)



5, Lancaster (2)



(tie) Findlay



7, Cincinnati Elder



(tie) Cincinnati St. Xavier (1)



9, Hilliard Darby



10, Fairfield



Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Mentor 26. 12, Hilliard Davidson 13. 13, Berea-Midpark 12.


The Soccer Cats move up to second place in the SIMA Fab 50 national poll and, as expected, remain No. 1 in the weekly Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association's State Poll

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Here is the OSSCA State Poll

1. Saint Ignatius 11-0-1 99
2. Jerome (Dublin) 9-0-1 89
3. Mason 7-0-2 75
4. Lebanon 8-0-2 48
5. Findlay 7-0-2 44
6. Green 10-0-0 38
7. Coffman (Dublin) 3-1-1 34
8. Berea-Midpark 10-0-0 30
9. Beavercreek 7-1-1 22
10. Davidson (Hilliard) 9-0-2 19
Receiving votes: Receiving votes: Elder (Cincinnati), Copley, Solon, Medina, St. Francis DeSales (Toledo), Howland (Warren).
Just a reminder that Coach Paul Yappel's 4-0 Junior Varsity Football Cats will face the Glenville Tarblooders tomorrow night (Monday) at Wasmer Field. The kickoff is scheduled for 6 PM
Ohio City's Harriers! It's the Weekly Gallagher Report
Posted By Eddie Dwyer
Saint Ignatius Cross Country is ranked No. 1 in Ohio in the coaches' poll and No. 4 in the nation.
FROM COACH GALLAGHER: With a number of the varsity runners sitting out this week, it was up to the JV and Open squads to represent the Wildcats!
Unlike most other years at Cloverleaf, the weather was almost perfect. Cool temperatures, overcast skies and no rain. The course had changed from previous seasons, adding on more switchbacks and turns than a mountain trail in Colorado.
Pat Nolan led the 'Cats in the Varsity Race in 17:07 in spite of getting spiked in his shin at the start of the race. Colin Kelly 17:26, Pat McGuire 17:29, Mike Fitzgerald 17:43, Brett Saunders 17:55 PR, Logan Kijewski 17:59 PR and Mark McHugh 18:20 rounded out the Wildcats scoring for a 5th place scoring.
Special recognition goes out to Brett and Logan for their PR performances and earning their varsity letter
There were so many runners in the open race, the teams were stacked 5 deep at the starting line. This typically makes for a chaotic start. Fortunately the Wildcats avoided any collisions and settled in to the middle of the pack.
Coming through the 2 mile mark, Matt "Matty Ice" Harsar had worked himself into the top 10 and was on pace for a PR. With 200 yards to go, Matt dropped his head, got up on his toes and barreled his way to a 5th place finish: a PR of 17:54 and earned his first Varsity Letter! Joe Ripepi 18:12 PR, John Heisterkamp 18:13, Andrew Biehl 18:21 PR, Pat McGraw 18:24 PR, Nathan Soria 18:24 and Nick Snider 18:50 scored for the Wildcats securing a second place finish.
This week's schedule:
Monday: 3:30-5:30 Mastick
Tuesday 3:30-5:30 Edgewater
Wednesday 3:30-5:30 Mastick
Thursday 3:00-4:00 Pre Comp St. Ignatius High School 
Open House 5:00-8:00pm. Please direct all potential runners to the Cross Country table in Sullivan Gym. 
Friday: No school, Gilmour Invitational, Varsity 4:30pm, JV/Open 6:00pm. Bus leaves St. Ignatius at 3:45pm. Varsity roster will be announced at practice. There is limited parking at Gilmour. Make every attempt to carpool or take the bus if you are running in the Open race. 
Saturday we will not be competing at the Meet of Champions Race. Run on your own. Easy 5 mile flush run
Go Cats!
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Here is a look at the Soccer Cats' matches versus Olentangy Liberty. A huge congratulations goes out to Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Coach Jim Brennan '85 on his 250th career victory!


Posted by Eddie Dwyer


The JVB squad improved to 9-1-0 with a victory over Olentangy Liberty.
The Cats jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes.  They scored again in the second half to push the lead to 3-0 and then held on for the 3-1 win.
They will next play Tuesday out at University School and then Saturday at Walsh Jesuit.
The JVA Cats improved to 10-0-0 for the season with a dramatic come from behind win vs. Liberty.  The Cats fell behind for the first time this year midway through the 1st half on a nice finish past keeper Andrew Clark. The Cats answered a few minutes later as freshman Henry Curtis sent a ball across the box which was finished by junior Joe Kalic, leaving a 1-1 tie at halftime.
The second half saw the Cats have several opportunities on goal, but with under 2 minutes to play junior John Popa drove a left-footed shot off the post for the game-winner.
Clark turned away a final effort by Liberty to earn the win in goal. The JVA Cats are off this week and next play 10/5 at Berea-Midpark.
****Special congratulations to Coach Jim Brennan on the occasion of his 250th win. Coach Brennan is in his 20th season at the helm of the JV soccer program.  In his 20 years, Coach Brennan has amassed an incredible 250-23-22 record (.847 winning %; .922 non-losing % with ties). 
A 1985 graduate and a mainstay in the Theology Department, Coach Brennan' leadership and inspirational talks have helped form an important base for the success of the varsity program over the years.
The Varsity turned a tight match through the first 25 minutes into a resounding victory 6-0 over the Patriots from Liberty. The anticipated rematch of last year's State Final witnessed both teams have chances early on, but with no result.
The game broke open when junior Adam Collins scored his 6th goal of the season in the 26' after a missed clearance chance by the Liberty defense. As has become a trend this year the Cats quickly added to their lead less than 2 minutes later, as junior Steve Milhoan played a ball to senior Lawrence Karpeh, also his 6th of the season.  As a result, the Cats took a 2-0 lead to halftime, outshooting Liberty 6-5 at the break.
The second half saw the Cats turn up the pressure by outshooting their guests 12-2. After some fine saves by the Liberty keeper, senior John Duldner scored in the 58' minute on a back-post header off a corner kick from Milhoan The goal was Duldner's 11th of the campaign.
One minute later, Milhoan sent a ball to senior Hayden Parente who cheekily chipped the keeper delighting the crowd. In the 73' Karpeh beat several Liberty defenders and then sent his 7th assist to Milhoan who scored to up the lead to 5-0.
Finally, the Cats scored with 5 minutes to play as junior Brandon George passed to Milhoan who blasted a 30m shot past the keeper for his 18th goal of the season (to go along with 11 assists).
Lodge Dils went the distance in goal for his 4th shutout, which saw him make 4 saves.
The Cats (11-0-1) will be tested this week as they travel to New York City to play two nationally ranked teams. On Friday the Cays will visit St. Anthony (Huntington, NY) for a 7:15 match. On Saturday the Cats will play at 4:00 game against Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus (Manhattan, NY).
Joseph Popelka '84
Teacher--Biological Sciences
Soccer Coach   Student Senate Moderator
Here are the latest computer football ratings in Region 1 by computer playoff guru Joe Eitel

The Wildcats move up from 25th to 21st. The top 16 teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the OHSAA playoffs.

1 4-1 1346 Lakewood St Edward 13.5245 24.0 85.5 98
2 5-0 1671 Westerville Westerville Central 11.8000 31.0 56.0 100
3 4-1 1016 Mentor Mentor 11.7000 25.5 66.0 100
4 4-1 1498 Strongsville Strongsville 11.1500 25.0 61.5 100
5 4-1 1203 Powell Olentangy Liberty 10.9500 26.0 57.5 100
6 5-0 586 Findlay Findlay 10.8500 30.5 47.5 100
7 4-1 650 Canton GlenOak 10.7000 24.0 59.0 100
8 5-0 1492 Stow Stow-Munroe Falls 10.2000 30.0 42.0 100
9 4-1 306 Canton Canton McKinley 10.1010 25.0 50.5 99
10 4-1 1202 Lewis Center Olentangy 9.5000 25.5 44.0 100
11 3-2 1704 Toledo Whitmer 8.6500 18.5 49.5 100
12 4-1 200 Berea Berea-Midpark 8.4000 24.5 35.0 100
13 4-1 1482 Toledo Start 7.8163 22.5 32.5 98
14 3-2 148 Austintown Austintown-Fitch 7.5000 18.0 39.0 100
- 3-2 532 Elyria Elyria 7.5000 18.0 39.0 100
16 3-2 540 Euclid Euclid 6.7443 18.0 30.5 97
17 3-2 1006 Medina Medina 6.2500 19.0 24.5 100
18 3-2 1428 Solon Solon 5.7898 19.0 19.5 98
19 2-3 764 Massillon Jackson 5.1500 11.5 28.5 100
20 3-2 1408 Shaker Heights Shaker Heights 4.8500 17.0 14.5 100
21 3-2 1354 Cleveland Saint Ignatius 4.7224 18.0 11.0 98
22 2-3 1154 North Royalton North Royalton 3.7500 12.5 12.5 100
23 2-3 894 Lorain Lorain 3.4000 11.5 11.0 100
24 2-3 1232 Parma Parma 3.1500 12.5 6.5 100
25 1-4 268 Brunswick Brunswick 3.1000 6.5 18.0 100
Congratulations from the corner go out to Coach Mike McLaughlin's nationally acclaimed Soccer Cats, who improved to 11-0-1 on the season by defeating Olentangy Liberty, 6-0, at Wasmer Field on Saturday

Ohio's top-ranked Soccer Cats extended their unbeaten streak to 25 matches by defeating Liberty, the program they turned back in last year's Division I State Championship match, 2-1. The Cats are the record six-time Division I boys state champions.

Trailing by four points with 53 seconds left, Saint Ignatius drives 80 yards in seven plays and defeats Walsh Jesuit, 30-27, on a 38-yard Dennis Grosel to Jim Berger hookup with 8 seconds remaining.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

Parma, Ohio - Walsh Jesuit, which could easily be the best 1-4 football team in Northeast Ohio, if not the entire state, went toe-to-toe with the area's fifth-ranked Wildcats on Saturday night and took a 27-23 lead on a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mac Shinaberry to wide receiver Pat Keough, and the ensuing extra-point kick by Noah Ball.

It was an effort that saw Keough run a smooth route, secure the ball and fight his way into the scoreboard end zone of Byers Field. Ball's PAT capped an eight-play, 58-yard drive that started with 3:09 left to play and ended with 53 ticks remaining on the clock. 

After the Warriors drove for a first down at the Saint Ignatius 22, Wildcats outstanding senior quarterback Dennis Grosel, already anticipating that he might have to bring his team back in the final seconds, paced the home sideline with his football tucked securely in his arm and hand, and yelled: "Offense, offense, we're not going to lose this game, we're not going to lose this game!"

A gifted field general who can hurt an opponent with his powerful, accurate arm and his legs, Grosel calmly marched his team 80 yards, as he found multi-skilled senior wide receiver/long snapper Jimmy Berger breaking open across the middle.

Jimmy, who had to adjust his route because of a change in the Warriors' coverage, never broke stride as he hauled in what was another strong throw from Grosel, outran the pursuit down the right or visitor's sideline and dove past the pylon into the corner of the Day Drive end zone with eight seconds left. Sophomore Matthew Trickett added a high and true extra-point kick and Saint Ignatius' defense took care of the final eight seconds.

Grosel and Berger will be the first to tell you that the winning play was made possible by Coach Adam Rini's and Coach Paul Yappel's offensive line, as the men up front allowed Dennis to survey the field and Jimmy the time to adjust his route. The O-Line was without the services of two of its mainstays - senior All-Ohio and All-American tackle Liam Eichenberg, a Notre Dame recruit, and senior guard Michael Bodnar. Liam is hoping to be back this coming week and Michael is pointing to the Week 8 game versus Archbishop Moeller.

If you want a key play during the precise and composed winning drive, it came from the press box.

Wildcats veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo, who said, "I've been saving that one," called for a screen pass to strong and talented junior tailback Jimmy Andrews.

Executing it just as Coach Restifo drew it up, Grosel threw the screen to Andrews, who hauled in the pass while keeping his powerful legs churning and his shoulders pointed up field. Jimmy rambled to the Warriors' 38-yard line off a play that started at the Saint Ignatius 43.

What left a lasting impression on Coach Restifo and Wildcats Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Kyle '69 was that Saint Ignatius had all three of its timeouts at its disposal during the winning drive and didn't have to use even one of them.

The Wildcats, who improved to 3-2 with the victory and now lead their all-time football series with their Jesuit brothers from Walsh, 6-4, are focused on their final four games of the regular season. If winning all four of those games, versus Parma (Oct. 2), Archbishop Moeller (Oct. 17) , St. Xavier (Oct. 24) and St. Edward (Oct. 31), is necessary for the record 11-time Division I state champions to earn their 27th trip to the OHSAA postseason playoffs, then so be it.

"We're not going to let other teams determine our fate," said Grosel, referring to the OHSAA Harbin postseason qualifying system, in which teams are awarded points for each game they win and each game a defeated opponent wins.

There were many memorable performances that took place in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium on Saturday night, including Grosel's 204 yards and two touchdowns passing, and his 122 yards rushing that included touchdown runs of 38 and 18 yards. Dennis hit on 12-of-18 passes without an interception and he racked up his 122 rushing yards on just 11 carries.

Andrews rushed for 77 yards on 11 carries and senior wide receiver Tyler Musbach had three receptions for 53 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown reception that wiped out an early 3-0 deficit. Tyler made an excellent adjustment to the ball in the right corner of the scoreboard end zone.

Senior wideout Cal Grbac totaled four catches for 49 yards, Jimmy Berger finished with two grabs for 46 yards and senior tight end Robert Hilbig came up with a key 28-yard reception.

Saint Ignatius ran 41 plays for 405 yards of total offense.

As for the defense, senior middle linebacker Ben Cray was involved in 12 tackles on the night, including a sack and another tackle for a loss, junior linebacker Adam Shibley, a name to remember my friends, was in on nine tackles, senior linebacker/safety Nick LaVigna had his nose for the ball involved in 13 of the Cats' stops and Nick also had a huge interception that thwarted a Walsh Jesuit drive late in the game. Rounding out Saint Ignatius' leading tacklers was senior defensive back Anthony Corte with four solos and two assists.

Walsh Jesuit, which totaled 446 yards on 71 plays, got another workhorse effort from tailback Joe Penna, who carried the ball 39 times for 172 yards and a touchdown run of 16 yards. Shinaberry completed 17 of 24 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns. Penna was coming off a victorious performance against St. Francis (Athol Springs, N.Y.) that saw him rush 54 times for 318 yards and six touchdowns.

Keough, who also doubles as a defensive back, finished with six receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns, and running back/linebacker Josh Bennett totaled 85 receiving yards off six receptions.

GETTING THEIR KICKS: Ball's powerful leg produced field goals of 41 and 42 yards for the Warriors and Trickett, who earlier in the day contributed to the undefeated Varsity Soccer Team's 6-0 victory over Olentangy Liberty on Wasmer Field, kicked his first Varsity field goal, a 23-yard effort with 1:29 left in the first half. After Ball's 42-yard field goal, Saint Ignatius clung to a 16-13 lead at halftime.

*Trickett's first Varsity field goal came at the same location (the Day Drive end zone of Byers Field) that his kicking coach, former Wildcats standout kicker Seamus Hennessey '09, also produced his first Varsity field goal. Seamus' came in the 2008 season opener versus Glenville. And guess what? It was also 23 yards.

FROM COACH KYLE: Although Coach Kyle, who is now 4-0 lifetime versus Walsh Jesuit, couldn't say enough about the poise and execution on the Wildcats' winning drive, he emphasized that his team still has plenty to work on defensively, especially in the third-down department.

Walsh Jesuit was 11 of 16 in third-down conversions and 3 of 3 in fourth-down conversions. The Wildcats were 4 of 7 in third-down conversions.            






Wildcats golfers make a strong showing at the talent-rich St. John's Jesuit Invitational in Toledo on Saturday


From Coach Becker: The Varsity Golf Team traveled up to Toledo to play in the Toledo St. John's Jesuit Invitational held at Maumee Bay Golf Club.

The teams battled 30-plus mile an hour wind and a very difficult course set up to finish 3rd overall in the 18 team tournament with a score of 326.  Bowling Green shot 322 to win the tournament. The Wildcats were led by senior Geoff Allman, whose  round of 79 was good enough for a top 4 individual finish on the day

Enclosed are the individual scores for the Saint Ignatius teams, as well as the top team scores from the tournament.

The Varsity Teams' next event will be Saturday, Oct. 3, when they travel to Columbus to compete in the Dublin Jerome Tournament at Tartan Fields Country Club.

Saint Ignatius “Blue” 326                        Saint Ignatius “Gold" 341                    Team Scores:

1. Geoff Allman        79                        1. Kyle McCafferty            83                1. Bowling Green 322
2. Harrision Vonderau    81                  2. Michael Vallee            84                  2. Walsh Jesuit 324
3. Zach Morris            83                      3. Tommy Lauer            87                   3. Saint Ignatius Blue 326
4. Owen Miklos        83                        4. Cam Gerard            87                      4. St. John's Jesuit 326
5. Andrew Zawie        85                      5. Hunter Rinkus            88                   5. Toleo St. Francis 330
6. Patrick Devine        94                      6. Louis Williams            90                  6. Dublin Scioto 333
                                                                                                                          7. St. Xavier 334
                                                                                                                          8. Ottawa Hills 335
                                                                                                                          9. Saint Ignatius Gold 341
                                                                                                                         10. Findlay 344
                                                                                                                         11. Archbishop Moeller 355

Saint Ignatius Cross Country: Men's Open Race from the Todd Clark Invitational

     Top 25

     1    37  Moore, Aaron                    Brecksville-Broadview Heights                  17:42.08

     2   158  Budzar, Evan                    Lakewood                     17:47.48      

    3   267  Zittel, Matthew               Jackson 17:50.72      2
    4   215  Immel, Nathan                Jackson 17:52.23      3
    5   483  Harsar, Matthew             Saint Ignatius 17:54.82      4
    6   147  Wierzbicki, Tyler             Lake 17:56.28      5
    7    36  Mack, Ethan                     Brecksville 17:59.01      6
    8   251  Stefan, Micheal                Jackson 18:00.35      7
    9   256  Uhl, Jon                           Jackson 18:01.18      8
   10   260  Webb, Nathan                 Jackson 18:02.59      9
   11   226  Matthus, Aaron               Jackson 18:07.63     10
   12   266  Zittel, Andrew                 Jackson 18:07.96     11
   13   550  Masar, Joseph                 Stow 18:10.11         12
   14   189  Akers, Evan                     Jackson 18:10.78       
   15   500  Ripepi, Joe                      Saint Ignatius 18:12.04     13
   16   484  Heisterkamp, John          Saint Ignatius 18:13.43     14
   17   156  Alvarez, Julius                 Lakewood 18:13.75       
   18   274  Evans, Drew                    Mayfield 18:15.99 15
   19   283  Langmack, Kyle               Mayfield 18:18.16     16
   20   363  Chu, Brian                       North Royalton 18:21.50     17
   21   469  Biehl, Andrew                 Saint Ignatius 18:21.76     18
   22   495  McGraw, Pat                   Saint Ignatius 18:24.05     19
   23   508  Soria, Nathan                 Saint Ignatius 18:24.56     20
   24    29  Finn, Ian                         Brecksville 18:29.43     21
   25   285  Milyo, Mike                    Mayfield 18:34.13     22
Saint Ignatius Cross Country: The Men's Varsity 5 K Run from Saturday's Todd Clark Cloverleaf Invitational.

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Men's Varsity 5 K Run, Top 25 Individuals

1 Moore, Justyn                Shaker Hts.       16:07.47    1             
2 Zwick, Joe                      Lake                  16:08.61    2             
3 Delahanty, Conner         Lake                  16:15.39    3             
4 Mallue, Nate                 Massillon Jackson    16:24.43    4             
5 Holtz, Jonathan              Stow-Munroe Falls 16:25.78    5             
6 Grimes, Jaylon               Mas. Jackson         16:27.37    6             
7 Hall, David                  Stow-Munroe Falls     16:37.51    7             
8 Good, (no first name listed) Brecksville         16:42.66    8             
9 Huffman, Nick                Jackson                   16:51.93    9            
10 Lovell, Roman              Stow                        16:53.58   10            
11 Marsh, Jared                 Mas. Jackson         16:54.37   11            
12 McKee, Patrick              North. Royalton      16:57.94   12            
13 Polatas, Matt                 Hoover                    17:00.23   13            
14 Napholz, Zach               Hoover                    17:02.46   14            
15 Nolan, Patrick               Saint Ignatius       17:07.17   15            
16 Holobinko, Ben               Brecksville             17:07.46   16            
17 Bradcovich, Jim              Lake                      17:07.82   17            
18 Fuller,                             Ellet                       17:11.43   18            
19 Speck, Matthew              Brecksville            17:15.27   19            
20 Baker, Patrick                 Jackson                17:16.98   20            
21 Werstler, Zach                Jackson                17:19.23   21            
22 Baio, Michael                Brush                     17:21.97   22            
23 Kelly, Collin                Saint Ignatius        17:26.09   23            
24 Reilly, Connor             Saint Ignatius       17:29.13   24            
25 Browngardt, Ben         Mayfield                   17:31.06   25

Top 5 Team Scores

Massillon Jackson 50 points

Stow 89

Lake 97

Brecksville-Broadview Heights 102

Saint Ignatius 143            

Here is a look at the Soccer Cats' Thursday night in Hudson, courtesy of Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Coach Joe Popelka
The JV-B team rebounded from their Tuesday loss out at Medina with a resounding victory against the Explorers, 6-1.
They will start off the triple-header on Saturday vs. Olentangy Liberty at 11:00am out on Wasmer Field.
The Cats improved to 9-0-0 this season with hard won victory over Hudson, 3-1. Ryan Mark went the distance in goal for the victory.
The Cats were paced by 2 goals from junior John Popa, as well as the opening goal by junior Joe Kalic.
The JV-A team will play at 1:00 on Saturday.
Another wonderful weather evening served as the background for the Cats' 10th victory of the season, 3-1 vs. Hudson.
Junior Stephen Milhoan continued his scoring blitz by netting another hat trick, giving him 16 goals for the campaign.
The scoring starting in the 31' when Hudson was called for a hand ball in the box. Milhoan calmly placed the ball in the net for a 1-0 lead that held until the half.
In the 51', junior Riley Houde worked the ball down the left side and then found Milhoan alone at the top of the box.  Milhoan beat a couple of defenders and then delivered his second goal of the game past the sprawling keeper.
Three minutes later, junior Alex Gotsky found Milhoan behind the defense. Milhoan chipped the charging keeper for his hat trick. Gotsky provided his 7th assist to date.
Junior Max Heath earned the win in goal while registering a single save. The varsity will play Liberty, the team they beat in the State Final last year, at 3:00pm on Wasmer Field Saturday.

Joseph Popelka '84
Teacher--Biological Sciences
Soccer Coach   Student Senate Moderator
Congrats to Wildcats standout junior Steve Milhoan, whose hat trick led the Soccer Cats to a 3-1 victory over Hudson on the Explorers' pitch Thursday night

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

One of the premier players in Ohio and the entire Midwest, Steve now has 16 goals on the season and 36 for his young and brilliant career.

Coach Mike McLaughlin's nationally acclaimed Soccer Cats, winners of a record six Boys Division I State Championships, improved to 10-0-1 on the season and extended their unbeaten streak to 24 matches.

Up next for the top-ranked team in Ohio is Saturday's 3 PM matchup on Wasmer Field with Olentangy Liberty, the team the Cats defeated behind John Duldner's two goals, 2-1, in last season's state championship game.   

The hard-nosed, resilient and talented Freshmen Football Cats turn back the Glenville Tarblooders, 14-8, on Wasmer Field Thursday night

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

Ohio City - Cool under pressure, Wildcats quarterback Patrick Delahunty rolled right and found wide receiver Anthony Pilla in the back of the Lorain Avenue end zone for a touchdown that, following the extra-point kick by versatile receiver/running back/kicker Jack Cannon, put the Freshmen Cats in front, 14-8, with five minutes and seven seconds remaining to be played.

Pilla was a study of concentration, calmness and sure hands as he hauled in a ball that had to be placed over the coverage of a Tarblooders secondary that had size and speed.

Saint Ignatius' defense, behind key tackles by linebackers Griffin Sheehan and Tommy Eichenberg, then turned Glenville away and Coach Rodney Gallaway's  tough-minded ninth graders celebrated their fourth victory in five games.

Having reached the halfway point of their season, the Freshmen Cats will now prepare for their meeting with the Parma Redmen on Oct. 3 at Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium. The kickoff will be 11 AM.

Along with some timely and resilient plays, Saint Ignatius' Freshmen displayed a lot of heart and toughness in defeating a Glenville team that consisted of freshmen and sophomores.   

"I just wanted the guys not to have that as an excuse this week," said Coach Gallaway of his freshmen facing some older and physically bigger players. "We're a football team, they're a football team. You're going to play guys that are older than you at some point in your life.

"So, just come out and play our type of football," Coach Gallaway continued. "We knew if we could be disciplined, that would go a long way in helping us out. For the most part, we were. We had some special teams miscues, but that happens and we weathered the storm. The defense responded both times."

The Tarblooders had plenty of size and strength, but the big hearts and poise belonged to the Cats down the stretch.

Saint Ignatius, behind some clutch receptions and yards after the catch by Cannon, Nate Conry and Nigel Drummond, took a 7-0 lead on a tough, but sure-handed touchdown reception by Drummond and the ensuing extra point by Cannon with two minutes left in the first quarter.

In what was a display of never quitting on a play, Wildcats defensive back Aidan Morrison made a diving interception near the home sideline after the ball bounced in the air off the pads of an open receiver. It was an effort that allowed the Cats to take that 7-0 lead into the second quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Glenville rode its special teams to an 8-7 lead.

After a bad snap while Saint Ignatius was attempting to punt, the Tarblooders jarred the ball loose and it was alertly scooped up by Tyon Posey, who rambled down Wasmer Field and into the Lorain Avenue end zone for a touchdown. Glenville quarterback Xander Spikes ran for the 2-point conversion and the Cats found themselves trailing by one point with 8:50 to go in the first half.

The Tarblooders had some other opportunities, including a 37-yard touchdown run that was wiped out by a penalty. But a combination of Saint Ignatius' bend a little, but don't break timely defense and Glenville's inopportune mistakes and penalties enabled the Wildcats to pitch a shutout over the final 28 minutes and 50 seconds.

"The team defense tonight was great," said Coach Gallaway, who watched Cats linebacker Chris Velotta recover the football after the Tarblooders snapped the ball over Spikes' head as Glenville was facing a third-and-goal from Saint Ignatius' nine-yard line.

"We did make a lot of first contact with tackles, which was great, because that's a big thing against Glenville," Coach Gallaway continued. "If you let them get outside that's an issue for us. It's a big emotional win. We knew what was out there and we responded."

COACH GALLAWAY ON ANTHONY PILLA'S WINNING TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION: "He's worked hard. Anthony had an early season injury, but I liked his speed and quickness on the outside and he has worked his way back into the mix. He's getting some time now, so that's good for him."             









Just a reminder on the special ceremony honoring Saint Ignatius' 1995 State and National Champion Football Team, a collection of outstanding young men that this corner had the privilege to cover and report on.

Note: There will be a special ceremony before the 7 PM kickoff of Saturday's Walsh Jesuit-Saint Ignatius game on Byers Field, recognizing the many achievements of the 1995 Cats.

Saint Ignatius will provide complimentary tickets to the 1995 team and its family members. If additional tickets are needed, please contact the Athletic Department.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Director of Athletics Rory Fitzpatrick ’88 at or Director of Annual Fund and Alumni Relations Dan Malone ’00 at


- Eddie Dwyer


Another full weekend of Saint Ignatius Fall Sports. It's Where The Cats Play.

By Eddie Dwyer

Ohio City - Coach Rodney Gallaway's 3-1 Freshmen Football Team will get the weekend started early when it hosts the Glenville Tarblooders tomorrow evening (Thursday) on Wasmer Field. The corner will provide coverage as the action in Ohio City kicks off at 6 PM.

On Saturday, Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher will send the top-ranked cross country program in Ohio to the Cloverleaf Invitational. The Varsity Race is scheduled for 11:30 AM, followed by the JV/Open/Freshmen competition at 12:30.

Ohio City's Harriers are on a roll, my friends, as they are now ranked fourth in the nation.

Coach Mike McLaughlin's state and national acclaimed Varsity soccer program will take its 9-0-1 record into Hudson on Thursday night for a 7 PM matchup with the Explorers. Coach Jim Brennan's 8-0 Junior Varsity A will get things started with a 5 PM encounter versus Hudson's Jayvees.

On Saturday, the Varsity Soccer Cats will host Olentangy Liberty at 3 PM on Wasmer Field. Coach McLaughlin's Cats, behind two goals by John Duldner and an outstanding defensive performance, brought home their record sixth boys state championship by defeating Olentangy Liberty, 2-1, in November of last year. Coach Jim Brennan's Junior Varsity A will matchup with Liberty's Junior Varsity at 1 PM.

And speaking of hot and consistent teams, Coach Brian Becker will guide his Wildcats Golf Team into the St. John's Jesuit 20 team-tournament at Maumee Bay on Saturday. Here's hoping the Titans and the rest of the field will remember the weekend they teed off against the Wildcats.

Coach Chuck Kyle's Varsity Football Wildcats (2-2), ranked fifth in's Top 25 seven-county area poll, will renew their rivalry with the Walsh Jesuit Warriors (1-3) on Saturday at 7 PM on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium. *For a preview on the game, see the corner's post from Tuesday night.

And last, but certainly not least, Coach Paul Yappel's 4-0 Junior Varsity Football Cats will welcome the Glenville Tarblooders' Jayvees to Wasmer Field on Monday evening for a 6 bells kickoff.

Have a great and safe weekend and I would be remiss not to say Thank You again to the Wildcats' outstanding student athletes and coaches for their continued prayers for my daughter Suzanne Patton.

- Eddie Dwyer 



Walsh Jesuit versus Saint Ignatius Week 5 football preview. A sense of urgency lingers over Wasmer Field as the Cats prepare for Walsh Jesuit's workhorse tailback Joe Penna and outstanding two-way lineman Jack Wohlabaugh.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

Ohio City - No one needs to tell the Saint Ignatius Football Wildcats that they let a huge chunk of computer points slip away with their 63-56 loss at Mentor in Week 2 and last weekend's 35-6 setback to St. Joe's Prep in Philadelphia. The Hawks of St. Joe's Prep are the two-time defending PIAA AAAA state champions.

In Tuesday's first release of the seven weekly OHSAA Computer Ratings, the record 11-time Division I state champion Wildcats were not among the top 20 teams in Region 1. The top 16 teams at the end of the regular season qualify for postseason playoffs. Saint Ignatius has advanced to the OHSAA football postseason party 26 times since it made its first appearance in 1988 and began its remarkable championship run that also includes a state runner-up and three national titles.

The reason the 2015 Cats currently carry such a low computer rating is that their victories are over two winless teams - Normandy and Valley Forge. Under the OHSAA Harbin computer playoff system, teams are awarded points for each game they win and second-level points for each game a defeated opponent wins.

Saint Ignatius, currently 25th in the Region 1 ratings, stands 2-2 heading into Saturday night's matchup with the 1-3 Walsh Jesuit Warriors. The kickoff from Byers Field in Robert M. Boulton Stadium will be 7 PM.

In attending Saint Ignatius' practice on Tuesday afternoon, this graybeard could sense the attitude that lingered over a sun-drenched Wasmer Field. It was an all-business approach, a sense of urgency if you will, that will include some position changes. The changes are not only the result of injuries, but adjustments that the Wildcats' outstanding coaching staff  has made.

"First of all, we have to look at ourselves and the physical part of it," said Saint Ignatius' 33-year Head Coach Chuck Kyle, the most successful high school football coach in the Greater Cleveland area and the winningest Division I coach in Northeast Ohio with 318 career victories.

Coach Kyle said St. Joe's Prep was able to get a push off the line against his Wildcats on both sides of the ball. The Hawks' disruptive defensive pressure was evident from the get-go.

"We have to do something to alleviate that," Coach Kyle said.  "We put ourselves in a tough situation with three early turnovers. Now we have to throw more (down 21-0 in the first quarter) and they knew it and we knew it. We have to learn from that and control what we want to do. Now that's what we're working on all week, making sure that we're balanced on offense and defense.

"We can't let Walsh control the football, we just can't," continued the Hall of Fame coach.

After three consecutive losses, the Warriors of Walsh Jesuit picked up their first victory of the young season by defeating St. Francis High School (Athol Springs, N.Y.), 42-21, at Walsh Jesuit on Friday night. St. Francis, which is 1-9 all-time versus Saint Ignatius, held a 21-14 lead at halftime before Walsh Jesuit rallied behind a remarkable performance by 5-foot-9, 184-pound senior tailback Joe Penna.

Running behind a veteran line anchored by senior Ohio State recruit Jack Wohlabaugh, Penna carried the ball 54 times for 318 yards and six touchdowns. He scored on runs of 2, 4, 3, 21, 16 and 13 yards. Wohlabaugh's dad, Dave, played in the NFL from 1995 through 2003 with the Patriots, Browns and St. Louis Rams.        

The state record for carries in a game is 63 by Kettering Fairmont’s Cameron Campeau, who ran for 413 yards and scored 40 points (six TDs and two 2-point conversions) in a 41-34 win over Springfield South on Oct. 8, 2004.

"We're going against a veteran offensive line," Coach Kyle said of the Warriors, who started their season with losses to three solid programs - Toledo Whitmer, St. Vincent-St. Mary and Columbus Bishop Watterson. "That is the foundation of their offense. They have at least two or three other Division I college prospects on that line.

"Penna is a very tough running back," Coach Kyle continued. "He put on a show against St. Francis. You watch him in the fourth quarter and he's just as tough as he is in the first quarter. You have to give that young man credit, he comes after it. They'll run some spread, but if they feel they can control the football, they will line up with two tight ends and give it a little Woody Hayes pound away, get 3 or 4 yards a crack and keep your offense on the sideline.

"That's basically what they did to St. Francis," said Coach Kyle. "St. Francis' offense didn't get on the field a whole lot in the second half."

Coach Kyle also emphasized that the Warriors' defense is always a physical unit that will usually be in an eight-man front, but has the ability to move its linebackers and give you a different pass coverage when facing a spread offense.

"They have about nine guys going both ways and that's a tough thing to do," emphasized Coach Kyle. "So we have to try to make this a long game for them."

THE SERIES: Saint Ignatius leads its all-time football series with Walsh Jesuit, 5-4. Coach Kyle is 3-0 versus the Warriors. The last time the Cats met Walsh Jesuit on the gridiron was in a state-semifinal matchup at Fawcett Stadium in 1993. Behind a dominant performance by one of the most prolific running backs in the history of Ohio High School Football, Eric Haddad, Saint Ignatius rolled, 34-0, and went on to soundly defeat Archbishop Moeller, 38-20, at Massillon's Paul Brown Tiger Stadium for its fifth state championship and the second of its three national titles. That 1993 state semifinal game, which took place on a rainy and cold Saturday afternoon, was the last game played on a natural grass surface in Fawcett Stadium.

THE WALKING WOUNDED: "We're not the healthiest team there is, that's just being honest," said Coach Kyle, who said he can't remember a season with this many key injuries so early in the season. "It certainly was a factor last week," he said. "Now it's up to the doctors, it's out of our hands."

Wildcats All-Ohio and All-American senior offensive tackle and University of Notre Dame recruit Liam Eichenberg watched practice in street clothes on Tuesday after being out with mononucleosis. Liam said his plans are to return to practice next week. Liam added that promising sophomore two-way lineman and junior varsity standout Jack Jamieson is expected to see significant playing time on the offensive line this week. Another sophomore with endless potential, safety Justin Sands, was wearing the Cats Paws on his helmet in Tuesday's practice.  

Starting senior offensive guard Michael Bodnar said his injured knee is coming along and that his target date is the Week 8 encounter with Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller at Dublin Coffman High School.

Gifted senior tailback James Norris and multi-skilled all-state senior wide receiver/defensive back/punt returner Jack Cook remain questionable for the Walsh Jesuit game. Jack was certainly missed last week, as he had a tremendous all-around performance in Saint Ignatius' 2014, 42-34 victory over St. Joe's Prep.

"We've put ourselves in a difficult situation, but it's like we talked about with the kids on Monday, let's just say the playoffs begin right now," Coach Kyle said. "Each team we play from here on out is the best team in the state of Ohio and let's go after them. We're going to prepare that way."

AIR WAVES: Don't forget that the thrill-some threesome of senior Carter Spearry, junior Brendan DeVenney and sophomore Matt MacKenzie will bring you the live broadcast of the Walsh Jesuit game over Saint Ignatius' award-winning Student Broadcast Network. The SIBN is doing double duty on Saturday, as they will also bring you live coverage of Saturday's 3 PM Varsity Soccer matchup between the state and nationally acclaimed Wildcats and Olentangy Liberty on Wasmer Field. It's a rematch of last year's state championship match, won by the Wildcats, 2-1.

Saturday's football game versus Walsh Jesuit will also be broadcast live on WHKW-AM 1220  The pregame begins at 6:30 PM as Ed Daugherty will bring you the play-by-play and Bryan Hoffart '80 will provide his astute analysis.  















With Aidan Gill and Matt Viancourt among those keyng the defense and Sam Snyder hauling in two early touchdown passes, Saint Ignatius' Junior Varsity Wildcats go on to defeat a talented JV program from Kirtland, 32-16, on Monday evening in Kirtland

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

Kirtland, Ohio - Saint Ignatius' gifted sophomore wide receiver Sam Snyder stands 5-foot-7 and weighs around 140 pounds.

But oh my, there is no measuring the impact the big-hearted Snyder can make on a football field.

"I just came out here with the same mentality as always," said Snyder, whose two touchdown receptions on the Wildcats' first two offensive possessions helped spark Coach Paul Yappel's undefeated Junior Varsity Cats to a 32-16 victory over the previously unbeaten Junior Varsity program from Kirtland under the blue skies of a picture-perfect fall evening in Lake County.

Saint Ignatius now stands 4-0 on the JV level heading into next Monday's game versus the Glenville Tarblooders on Wasmer Field, and the tenacious and talented Jayvees from Kirtland are 3-1 after a gutsy effort on the Hornets' natural grass surface.     

"We produced, from the line, to the receivers and the running backs," the humble and hard-nosed Snyder continued.

And that production was fueled by Saint Ignatius' effort on both sides of the ball.

Along with a balanced offense that was directed by promising sophomore quarterbacks Kyle Hall and Daniel Alexander, the Cats laid down an aggressive and opportunistic defense from the get-go.

After Hall and Snyder hooked up on a 39-yard touchdown pass that featured an on-the-money throw and a sure-handed reception, Saint Ignatius got an alert, nose-for the ball fumble recovery by linebacker Deonte Griffin that Deonte scooped up and returned to the Kirtland 15-yard line.

Two plays later, Snyder made a diving catch in the right corner of the end zone for an 11-yard TD reception with 5 minutes and 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Sophomore kicker/punter Matthew Trickett booted his second extra point and the Cats held a 14-0 lead. Trickett, who was coming off a solid defensive performance in the Varsity Soccer Cats' 4-1 victory at Copley on Saturday night, flirted with the highway on his first PAT.

"I had a good release and Dan (Alexander) did the rest of the work for me, putting it right where I could only catch it," Snyder said of his second TD reception.

While Kirtland's running game had its moments on Monday evening, Saint Ignatius' defense was relentless with its pressure for most of the 40 minutes (JV quarters are 10 minutes).

"I thought we did a great job of containing on the edge so the defensive ends could force the quarterback to make a decision of whether he wants to go to the middle or the outside," said strong and active sophomore nose tackle/defensive lineman Aidan Gill, who was the lead man in 4 1/2 of the Cats' numerous sacks. "That makes my job that much easier. And If I do a good job, it make the ends' job that much easier. That's why we were able to create that much pressure, we were all working together pretty well.

"We just have to keep our heads up and continue to do our jobs," Gill continued in reference to Kirtland's 16 points, eight in each half. "We didn't hang our heads on the fact that they scored. We came right back and did our job, got the offense back on the field and they scored."

A key member of Saint Ignatius' state-champion (spring and summer singles) Rugby Program, Gill said his rugby competition carries over to the football field.

"Rugby and football are very similar, in the physicality of the game and the way you have to move the bodes around, " said Gill.

Among the other Wildcats who were putting on the heat defensively were tackle Jack Jamieson, end Jeffrey Outcalt, linebackers Tom Grosel and Andrew Keirn, defensive backs Matt Viancourt and Cameron Toppin and safety Justin Sands.

Sands came up with a fumble recovery that led to eight more points for the Cats and a 22-0 lead with 1:25 left in the first quarter. Those eight points came courtesy of the arm and legs of Alexander.

After Kirtland cut the deficit to 22-8 with 7:29 left in the first half, Saint Ignatius took advantage of a high snap that sailed over the head of the Hornets' punter. The punter picked the ball up, but was swarmed under by the Cats' pursuit and Saint Ignatius was in business at the Kirtland 12.

Two plays later, standout sophomore tailback Mark Bobinski scored on an authoritative sweep over the left side and Trickett's PAT made it a 29-8 game with 3:38 to go in the first half.

After Gill and Outcalt combined on a sack, it stayed a 29-8 game entering the second half. Saint Ignatius then turned back a game Hornets team behind a 36-yard field goal by Trickett with 49.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter, some timely defensive play and the powerful second effort running of sophomore tailback Casey Reilly.    
















Wildcats Football slips to fifth place in this week's seven-county area Top 25 poll.

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

The top five teams this week are St. Edward, Mentor, Midview, Benedictine and Saint Ignatius. The Wildcats were ranked third last week.

Saint Ignatius did not receive the required points (12 or more) to be ranked in this week Associated Press Division I State Football Poll. The Cats were 15th last week.

Here is this week's AP Division I state poll, which is based on the votes by a statewide media panel of sports writers and broadcasters.


1, St. Edward (10)



2, Huber Heights Wayne (8)  



3, Fairfield



4, Westerville Central (2)



5, Cincinnati Colerain (1)



6, Berea-Midpark



7, Findlay (1)



8, Cincinnati Elder



9, Cincinnati St. Xavier



10, Lancaster (3)



Others receiving 12 or more points 11, Hilliard Darby, 12, Mentor , 13, Upper Arlington, 14, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller.

Just a reminder that Coach Paul Yappel's 3-0 Junior Varsity Football Team will travel to Kirtland on Monday to face the Hornets. The corner will be on hand for the 5 PM kickoff.
OHIO CITY'S HARRIERS! Sit back and enjoy the Weekly Gallagher Report on the state's Top-Ranked Cross Country Team.


FROM COACH GALLAGHER: The 'Cats traveled south across the Ohio River into the foothills of the Appalachians in Jefferson County, Kentucky. This was the 60th running of the Trinity-Valkyrie meet in Louisville's Tom Sawyer Park.

Twenty-six of the best teams from southern Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Tennessee competed for bragging rights at this prestigious meet.

Temperatures on race day hovered around 70 degrees with 60% humidity. Thick, dark thunder clouds hung ominously as the seeded runners towed the line. At the gun the runners surged hoping to establish position amongst an extremely deep and talented field.

Just past  800 meters the course loops through the hardwood forest on the back part of the park to the first mile. The crowd waited anxiously as the leaders emerged from the woods. The Wildcats emerged from the trees tucked into the lead pack as tight as ticks on a Kentucky hound dog.

The spectators made a mad dash to the two-mile mark to cheer for their team. The runners hit the two mile mark after a tight hairpin turn and a pack of Wildcats in their white singlets emerged from the dust kicked up by the lead ATV.

Nationally-ranked Carmel (IN), Brentwood (TN) and Lafayette (IN) runners were all locked in with the Cats for the final mile.

With 400 meters to go, the runners emerged from a forest of white pines and catched a glimpse of the finish. Luke Wagner closed hard and finished in third place in a 15:20 PR! CJ Ambrosio and Tom Sullivan surged to take 9th and 12th place in 15:49 and 15:53. Jim Rogers was 14th on the team in a 16:04 PR, Andrew Szendrey high stepped his way to a 16:16 finish, followed by Colin Caniglia 16:43 and Tim Trentel 16:45 rounding out the Varsity 7.

When the dust had cleared and the scores were tallied, your Wildcats were at the top of the leader board finishing first among the deepest field they have faced to date! 

An hour later, the skies had cleared and the temperature and humidity had returned to hot and humid. Undaunted and energized by the Varsity race, the Wildcats moved immediately to the front of the pack, with the lead changing several times until the two mile. Colin Kelly led the Cats until the final 1000 meters with Carmel and St. X runners close behind. Coming into the final straightaway, Liam McGuire took the lead which he would not relinquish. Liam won the first varsity race of his career in a 16:51 PR. Connor Reilly 16:57, freshman Nick Saul 17:01, Pat McGuire 17:05 and Collin Kelly 17:08, freshman Matt Blouch 17:20, Mike Fitzgerald 17:40, Mark McHugh 17:55 and Pat Nolan 18:20 rounded out the scoring for the WIldcats. The 'Cats took the team title with a spectacular 17 points!

Special thanks to the parents for their support, snacks and water. (Sullivans, McHughs, Wagners, Tom Szendrey, Tim McGuire and Bill Trentel).

While the Varsity traveled across state lines to Louisville, the rest of the Wildcats made the short trip to the friendly confines of Forest Hills for the McDonough Invitational.

The most distinguishing feature of the course is dubbed simply "The Hill," a name which does not do it justice. Rivaling the Everest peak of K2, it greets the runners just after the 1 mile and they continue to feel it in their legs for the rest of the race. The 'Cats were undaunted though as they wasted no time getting to the front of the pack in the Reserve race.

Led by Gabe Ohliger at the mile, the boys would not relinquish the hold they had on the field. Logan Kijewski led the team with a come-from-behind 2nd place finish in 18:18, starting the deluge of Saint Ignatius runners across the line. The Wildcats swept the team title with the Saint Ignatius A team in first and the Saint Ignatius B team second. Next was Matt Harsar in 3rd place in 18:24, followed by Brett Saunders in fifth (18:29), Nathan Soria in 7th (18:41), and Gabe Ohliger (18:53). John Heisterkamp (19:23) and Joe Ripepi (20:23) rounded out the Saint Ignatius A team scoring.

Andrew Biehl crossed the line in sixth place in 18:41, leading the Saint Ignatius B team, with Pat McGraw (18:52), Conor Sepesy (19:26), Owen  Lammermeier (19:30), Andrew Ulrich (19:36), Andrew Chesney (19:36), and Tom Rochester (19:45) scoring for the 'Cats.

In the Open race, the 'Cats were led by Max Bryden, who raced across the line in 3rd place in 19:11. Next was Pat Sullivan in 19:47, followed by Andrew Clark (19:53), Dillon Bangasser (19:53), Jake Skelton (19:55), Michael Kilbane (20:06), and Aidan Krevis (20:09) rounding out the scoring. The team was edged out by North Royalton for the team title but held onto second place.

Thanks to the parents who provided snacks and water for the Forest Hills meet. 

This week's schedule:

9/21 Monday Mastick 3:30-5:30pm; Tuesday Edgewater 3:30-5:30pm;  Wednesday Mastick 3:30-5:30pm; Thursday Cedar Point 3:30-5:30pm;  Friday Saint Ignatius Pre Comp and Guest Speaker in Library Classroom at 3:00pm.

Saturday Cloverleaf Invitational: Bus leaves Saint Ignatius at 9:15 AM. Varsity race 11:30. JV/Open/Frosh 12:30pm. 

Go Cats!
A breakdown on the Soccer Cats' 4-1 victory at Copley on Saturday night, as presented by Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Coach Joe Popelka
The JV-B team scored early and often in building a 4-0 halftime lead versus the Copley Indians. The Cats scored two more goals in the second half while maintaining their seventh straight shutout with freshman keeper Cooper Ilg manning the nets.
The Cats are now 7-0. They have a busy week with away games Tuesday vs. Medina and Thursday vs. Hudson. They complete their week with a home game Saturday vs. Olentangy Liberty.
The JV-A Cats improved to 8-0 with a hard-fought victory over a physical Copley team. Sophomore keeper Andrew Clark went the distance in goal for the shutout.
The Cats struck early when junior Joe Kalic slotted a pass to freshman Kory Nekoloff who finished with authority from 11m out. They next scored in the second half on a penalty kick by freshman Henry Curtis, who was fouled by the keeper hoping to prevent a breakaway goal. The JV-B team will also play at Hudson on Thursday and versus Liberty at home on Saturday.
With the rain cleared out and fall-like temperatures, the state's #1 team took on the Copley Indians who came into the match ranked #10 and with the state's reigning player-of-the-the-year.
The game had a playoff intensity to it as the two teams tested each other physically. Both teams committed 23 fouls (a season high for the Cats) and 5 yellow cards were shown. Yet the Cats, behind outstanding defense, especially by center backs senior Hunter Gordon and sophomore Matt Trickett, limited the Indians to only 3 shots on goal.
The Cats opened the scoring in the 24' when senior Lawrence Karpeh drew four defenders to him before he played the ball to a now open junior midfielder Stephen Milhoan, who calmly placed the ball into the back of the net. The assist was Karpeh's 6th of the campaign.
Milhoan struck again when he outclassed the keeper with a beautiful free kick to the upper left corner from 25m out at the 38' of the half.
In the second half at the 62' Karpeh once again got behind the defense and was pulled down in the box to earn a penalty kick.  Milhoan got his hat trick when he coolly beat the keeper.
The Cats finished off the scoring with a nice demonstration of their quick strike offensive capability as the team worked the ball up the field from a start with keeper Lodge Dils to junior Adam Collins, who one-timed it to a charging Milhoan who finished his night with his 4th goal from 6m out. The assist was the third for Collins this season.
The four goals gave Milhoan 13 for the season (and pushed him to the 33 goal mark for his career).
The Copley Indians scored late in the game to cut the lead to its final of 4-1.
The Cats scored 4 goals despite shooting a season-low 9 times.
The Varsity Cats will play next at Hudson on Thursday at 7:00pm.
Joseph Popelka '84
Teacher--Biological Sciences
Soccer Coach   Student Senate Moderator

Wildcats Golfers finish third at Sunday's Aurora Invitational


FROM COACH BECKER: Today, the Varsity Golf Team competed in the 12-team Aurora Invitational held at Barrington Country Club. The Cats finished 3rd overall in the tournament and were led by senior Harrison Vonderau, who finished second overall with a stellar one over par round of 73.

Walsh Jesuit won the event with a solid team score of 311. The Wildcats will return to action next Saturday, when they travel to Toledo to compete in the St. John's Jesuit 20 team-tournament at Maumee Bay. Enclosed are the Saint Ignatius individual scores as well as the team scores from today's tournament.

Saint Ignatius 326                                            Aurora Invitational Team Scores:
1. Harrison Vonderau 73                                 1. Walsh Jesuit 311
2. Andrew Zawie 82                                         2. Aurora 322
3. Geoff Allman 83                                           3. Saint Ignatius 326
4. Hunter Rinkus 88                                         4. Hudson 327
5. Jake Moraca 97                                           5. Padua 334
                                                                         6. University School 337
                                                                         7. Archbishop Hoban 340
                                                                         8. Twinsburg 341
                                                                         9. Willoughby South 360
                                                                        10. Perry 362
                                                                        11.Shaker Heights 367
                                                                        12. Orange 368

The initial OHSAA football computer ratings for 2015 will be released Tuesday, but here are the top 25 teams in Region 1 through Week 4 by computer playoff guru Joe Eitel. The top 16 teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the playoffs.
1 3-1 1346 Lakewood St Edward 10.1061 18.0 55.5 99
2 4-0 1671 Westerville Westerville Central 10.0000 25.0 37.5 100
3 4-0 586 Findlay Findlay 9.1250 24.5 30.0 100
4 4-0 200 Berea Berea-Midpark 9.0250 24.5 29.0 100
5 3-1 1704 Toledo Whitmer 8.9750 18.5 43.5 100
6 3-1 1202 Lewis Center Olentangy 8.5500 19.0 38.0 100
7 3-1 1498 Strongsville Strongsville 8.2250 18.5 36.0 100
8 3-1 532 Elyria Elyria 7.9500 18.0 34.5 100
9 4-0 1492 Stow Stow-Munroe Falls 7.8000 24.0 18.0 100
10 3-1 1016 Mentor Mentor 7.7500 19.0 30.0 100
11 3-1 1203 Powell Olentangy Liberty 7.4250 19.5 25.5 100
12 3-1 650 Canton GlenOak 7.3250 17.5 29.5 100
13 3-1 306 Canton Canton McKinley 7.0227 19.0 22.5 99
14 3-1 1006 Medina Medina 6.5500 19.0 18.0 100
15 3-1 1482 Toledo Start 6.2500 16.0 22.5 100
16 3-1 1428 Solon Solon 5.4133 19.0 6.5 98
17 2-2 764 Massillon Jackson 5.1250 11.5 22.5 100
18 3-1 1408 Shaker Heights Shaker Heights 4.8500 17.0 6.0 100
19 2-2 148 Austintown Austintown-Fitch 4.7500 12.0 17.5 100
20 2-2 1154 North Royalton North Royalton 4.3750 12.5 12.5 100
21 2-2 894 Lorain Lorain 3.9750 11.5 11.0 100
22 2-2 1674 Westerville Westerville South 3.7250 12.5 6.0 100
23 2-2 1292 Cleveland Rhodes 3.2250 10.5 6.0 100
24 2-2 1232 Parma Parma 3.1250 12.5 0.0 100
25 2-2 1354 Cleveland Saint Ignatius 3.0000 12.0 0.0 99
Steve Milhoan leads the Varsity Soccer Cats to a 4-1 victory at Copley on Saturday night

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

One of the most gifted players in the entire Midwest, junior Steve Milhoan got the Cats off to a 3-0 lead with a hat trick and Coach Mike McLaughlin's nationally acclaimed program went on to improve to 9-0-1 on the season and extend its unbeaten streak to 23 matches. Steve accounted for all four of the Wildcats' goals.

Ranked No. 3 in the nation and No. 1 in Ohio entering Saturday's matchup with the state's 10th-ranked Copley Indians, the defending and record six-time boys Division I state champion Wildcats will now gear up for Thursday's 7 PM encounter with Hudson on the Explorers' pitch.    

Behind its gifted junior tailback D'Andre Swift, St. Joe's Prep of Philadelphia jumps on the Wildcats early and defeats Saint Ignatius, 35-6, at Northeast High School in Philadelphia on Saturday

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

As we reported on the corner in our Wednesday evening preview, Swift is one of the most gifted backs in the nation and one of the most highly recruited Varsity football players in these United States.

The Hawks (2-1), who are the two-time defending PIAA AAAA State Champions, took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, stretched it to 28-0 by halftime and sealed the deal with a fourth-quarter touchdown.

Coach Gabe Infante's team scored in the first quarter off a 20-yard pass from quarterback Kevin Shaw to wide receiver Darryle Simmons, a 1-yard run by Swift and a 42-yard touchdown connection between Swift and Shaw. Alex Talbot accounted for the three extra points.

Swift and Shaw hooked up again in the second quarter, this time off a 13-yard TD strike. Talbot again added the extra point

A 7-yard scoring run by sophomore quarterback/wideout Davion Kidd-Jackson off an 11-play drive and the ensuing extra point made it a 35-0 game in the fourth quarter, and the Wildcats got on the board off a 27-yard pass from senior quarterback Dennis Grosel to junior tight end James Leyden with 8 minutes and 28 seconds remaining to be played.

The football series between the two Jesuit schools now stands at 2-2.

Saint Ignatius, which slipped to 2-2 on the season, entered the game as the third-ranked team in the seven-county area poll and the state's 15th-ranked program in Division I by the Associated Press. Up next for Coach Chuck Kyle's Cats is a matchup with Walsh Jesuit on Sept. 26 at Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium. The kickoff will be 7 PM.


Total Yards: St. Joe's Prep 339, Saint Ignatius 275

First Downs: St. Joe's Prep 19, Saint Ignatius 15

Rushing Yards: St. Joe's Prep 148, Saint Ignatius 81

Passing Yards: Saint Ignatius 194, St. Joe's Prep 191

Saint Ignatius fumbled three times and lost two.

The Cats were penalized once for 15 yards and St. Joe's Prep was whistled seven times for 64  yards.

Saint Ignatius' standout senior quarterback/co-captain Dennis Grosel completed 14 of 25 passes for 163 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Dennis was sacked twice and rushed for 23 yards on eight carries. Junior tailback Dean Stowers had two carries for the Cats totaling 14 yards.  

Cats senior wide receiver/long snapper Jim Berger had three receptions for 53 yards, senior tight end Robert Hilbig hauled in three passes for 49 yards and junior tight end James Leyden had three receptions totaling yards 41 yards, including Saint Ignatius' only score off a 27-yard pass from Grosel.

The Hawks' D'Andre Swift rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and grabbed four passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Davion Kidd-Jackson totaled 30 yards rushing on three carries for St. Joe's Prep, including his 7-yard TD gallop.   

St. Joe's Prep senior signal-caller Kevin Shaw was 15-for-28 through the air for 191 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. He was not sacked.

The Hawks were 3-for-3 scoring in the red zone.

Saint Ignatius was 1 for 9 in third-down conversions and St. Joe's Prep converted 8 of 15 third downs.

The Cats were also 1 of 4 in fourth-down conversions and the Hawks were 1 of 2.

Time of possession: 26:19 for the Hawks and 21:41 for Saint Ignatius.        



The Wildcats' Cross Country Program finishes second in the Open Race and goes 1-2 in the Reserve Race at Saturday's annual McDonough Invitational at Forest Hills Park

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

OPEN RACE: St. Ignatius' score was 68 points in finishing second. North Royalton was first with 60 points and Archbishop Hoban was third with 75 points.

Total: 1:38:40.30
Average:   19:44.0 Spread:   00:44.1
Points, Time, Grade, Behind Winner
      1. John Bryden                  3    19:11.1    10     00:20.1
      2. Pat Sullivan                14    19:47.7     9     00:56.7
      3. Andrew Clark                16    19:53.0     9     01:02.0
      4. Dillon Bangasser            17    19:53.3     9     01:02.3
      5. Jake Skelton                18    19:55.2    11     01:04.2
      6. Michael Kilbane             23    20:06.4    11     01:15.4
      7. Aidan Krevis                25    20:09.7    11     01:18.7

RESERVE RACE: St. Ignatius A's score was 27 in finishing first.

Total: 1:32:48.70
Average:   18:33.7
Spread:   00:35.5
Points, Time, Grade, Behind Winner
      1. Logan Kijewski               2    18:18.4     9     00:17.7
      2. Matthew Harsar               3    18:24.9    11     00:24.2
      3. Brett Saunders               5    18:29.8    10     00:29.1
      4. Nathan Soria                 7    18:41.7     9     00:41.0
      5. Gabe Ohliger                10    18:53.9    11     00:53.2
      6. John Heisterkamp            14    19:23.7    12     01:23.0
      7. Joe Ripepi                  36    20:23.2    10     02:22.5
2. St. Ignatius B's score was 67 in finishing second. Mayfield was third with 69 points.

Total: 1:36:07.50
Average:   19:13.5
Spread:   00:54.9
Points, Time, Grade, Behind Winner
      1. Andrew Biehl                 6    18:41.6     9     00:40.9
      2. Pat McGraw                   9    18:52.7     9     00:52.0
      3. Conor Sepesy                15    19:26.7    11     01:26.0
      4. Owen Lammermeier            18    19:30.0    10     01:29.3
      5. Andrew Ulrich               19    19:36.5    10     01:35.8
      6. Andrew Chesney              20    19:36.7    10     01:36.0
      7. Tom Rochester               24    19:45.0     9     01:44.3

Saint Ignatius Varsity A Cross Country, ranked No. 1 in Ohio, brings home first place at Saturday's prestigious Trinity/Valkyrie Meet in Lousiville (KY) by outracing nationally acclaimed Carmel High School. Liam McGuire leads the Varsity B to a title.
Congrats from the corner go out to Wildcats outstanding cross country runner Luke Wagner and a reminder on the radio broadcast of Saint Ignatius Varsity Football

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Luke garnered Plain Dealer/ Player of the Week honors for his outstanding performance at last weekend's Tiffin Carnival, where he helped Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's harriers to the championship in one of Ohio's premier regular season events.

Just a reminder that Saturday's Wildcats versus Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep Varsity Football Game will be broadcast on digital delay over WHK-AM 1420 with a 6 PM pregame. The game kicks off at 3 PM at Northeast High School in Philadelphia.  Ed Daugherty and Saint Ignatius' Jeff McCormick will provide the play-by-play and commentary for the delayed broadcast.


Saint Ignatius Athletic Director Rory Fitzpatrick '88 tells that former Cavalier standout post Zydrunas Ilgauksas will work as an assistant coach for the Wildcats' basketball program. Here are Coach Brian Becker's comments.

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

FROM COACH BECKER '77: "Eddie, just to let you know that "Z"  will be helping us on a part time basis - he will probably come once or twice a week to help all of our post players, not just the varsity. He will not sit on the bench. He is a very knowledgeable person who I know will be a benefit to our players and program."

The Freshmen Football Cats ride Bo Floyd and Jack Kennedy to an impressive 28-0 victory at Akron Buchtel on Thursday evening
Posted By Eddie Dwyer
With running backs Jahadge "Bo" Floyd and Jack Kennedy each scoring a pair of touchdowns, the Freshmen Cats improved to 3-1.
Offensive Coordinator Jim Cahill '89 described it as a total team effort and a game in which everyone received playing time.
Up next for Head Coach Rodney Gallaway's gifted ninth graders is a Sept. 24th matchup with the Glenville Tarblooders on Wasmer Field. The kickoff is scheduled for 6 PM.
Wildcats Soccer honors one of its all-time greats

By Eddie Dwyer

Ohio City - Jeremy Deighton, a standout for Coach Mike McLaughlin's 2004 state championship team and 2005 state and national championship team, was honored during halftime of Thursday night's match with the Chardon Hilltoppers (see the corner's game story that was posted Thursday night).

Jeremy, who totaled 30 goals and 18 assists in the '04 and '05 seasons combined, including 17 goals and 12 assists in '05, was recently the youngest athlete inducted into the Ring of Honor at Slippery Rock University. Jeremy is 27.

During his soccer career at Slippery Rock, Jeremy was a four-time All-PSAC selection and garnered All-Region, All-American and Academic All-American honors. He helped Slippery Rock to PSAC and National prominence, and a record of 52-27-5 during his college career.

Jeremy, whose brother Jeff was a standout in baseball for Saint Ignatius teams that this old-timer had the privilege to cover during 37 years with The Plain Dealer, went on to play soccer in the USL Pro League for the Pittsburgh River Hounds.

Currently living in Baltimore, Jeremy is working for the University of Maryland Baltimore County Training Center. He is also related to former Wildcats football and baseball mainstay Jake Kucia '15 and former Saint Ignatius All-Ohio and All-American quarterback, and baseball and basketball mainstay, Scott Mutryn '94.

Congratulations from the corner go out to Jeremy and his entire family. 



Varsity Soccer Cats outstanding senior co-captain Hunter Gordon has made a verbal commitment to the University of Pittsburgh

By Eddie Dwyer

Ohio City -  An endless, soccer savvy competitor on the field and the epitome of class off it, Hunter Gordon will be joining former Wildcat All-Ohio and All-American goalkeeper Mikal Outcalt '15 at the University of Pittsburgh.

"The feeling I get every time I'm on campus there," said Hunter of the things that attracted him to the University of Pittsburgh. "I've been there several times now. Being with the coaches, being with the players, they're all great guys.

"They have great attitudes," Hunter continued in his references to the University of Pittsburgh's coaches and players. "They all strive to be their best and I just love that."

As far as his other considerations, Hunter said he was also looking at Bradley University, Loyola of Chicago, Fordham, "some Jesuit Schools and some not."

"Pitt, like I said, is the right feel," Hunter said.

Hunter said he has considered something along the lines of business marketing as far as his future education is concerned. He said he and his friends are actually trying to set up a little business of their own, finding small restaurants and small business in the area and doing their social media marketing.

"If I could do something along those lines, it would be great," said Hunter, whose outstanding back-line play was a huge factor in Saint Ignatius' run to a record sixth Division I Boys State Championship last November.

"Pitt recruited me mainly as an outside back," Hunter said. "They said there is a lot of flexibility in that, as far as tryouts are concerned and as their season goes on. They also said they could see me coming in and fighting for the position right away."

Congratulations to Hunter, his family, Head Coach Mike McLaughlin '85 and the entire Saint Ignatius Soccer Program.




Saint Ignatius' senior midfielder and co-captain John Duldner scores a school-record seven goals as the state's top-ranked Soccer Cats improve to 8-0-1 with a 14-1 victory over Chardon on Wasmer Field Thursday night

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

Ohio City - No, they weren't quite as dramatic as the two goals John Duldner scored during last year's 2-1 victory over Olentangy Liberty in the Division I State Championship Game, goals that enabled the Varsity Soccer Cats to bring home an OHSAA record sixth boys state championship.

That said, the talented and unassuming Duldner now has a special place in the Wildcats' record books as his seven goals in the dominant victory over the Hilltoppers on Thursday night surpassed the mark of six set by Saint Ignatius Hall of Famer Dave Maier in a first-round playoff game versus Garfield Heights in 2000. Maier still holds the Wildcats' single-season mark for goals scored with 45 in 2000.

"Johnny Duldner, he works hard," said Saint Ignatius' outstanding Head Coach Mike McLaughlin '85, who is now in his 21st season as the leader of one of the premier high school soccer programs in the nation. "He's one of the hardest working kids in the program. And it's great when good things happen to hard working, good kids who do the right things. That's a record that has been in existence for 15 years, so it's impressive. I am happy for Johnny."

Duldner, whose record performance helped the state' top-ranked and nation's third-ranked Wildcats extended their unbeaten streak to 22 matches, had only four goals last season. Those four goals were crucial, however, as they all came during the postseason run to a sixth state title. Johnny's two memorable goals in the state championship match were the most he had scored in a single game until Thursday's record night under a  thumbnail moon that hovered over the campus of Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School.

As is his nature, John Duldner spoke in terms of "team" when asked to talk about the night he rolled a seven on the pitch at Wasmer Field.

"I could not have gotten any of the goals without the team," Duldner said. "Even when I scored an individual goal, dribbled through and scored, the team helped me with that. My dribbling skills were working well tonight, I was really feeling it. And my passing skills enabled me to pass the ball to other people. They got it back to me and we played as a team. Many times, I didn't expect them to play it back to me, because I passed it for them to score. But they cut it back and gave it to me, because they knew I was close to the record. They helped me out all night."

Saint Ignatius, whose unbeaten streak dates back to last season, took a 1-0 lead when junior midfielder Adam Collins scored off an assist from gifted junior forward Steve Milhoan with less than 30 seconds gone in the first half.

Collins then assisted on Duldner's first goal of the night and the impressive offensive run was on.

Another Collins goal, this time off an assist from junior forward Alex Gotsky, made it a 3-0 game and Milhoan found Duldner for the second of John's three first half goals. That made it 4-0 with 19:05 left in the first half.

After Gotsky dished out another assist, this time to Duldner, it was 5-0 and Chardon, which slipped to 5-3 on the season, cut the deficit to 5-1 before the break.

It was Katy Bar the Door in the second half, as Collins' third goal, this time off an assist from sophomore Matthew Trickett, started the 9-0 barrage that featured four more goals from Duldner.

Duldner's fourth goal came off a header, Milhoan's authoritative shot made it 8-1 and goals by senior midfielder/co-captain Hayden Parente, Collins (number four ) and junior midfielder Johne Vrablic set the stage for Duldner's closing act.

Ending his record evening with three consecutive goals, Duldner, the epitome of a team player, drew a roar from his teammates when number seven greeted the nets that sit at the scoreboard end of Wasmer Field.

Up next for the Varsity Soccer Cats is Saturday's 7 PM matchup with the state's 10th-ranked Copley Indians at Copley. Saint Ignatius' Junior Varsity A and B teams will play Copley's Junior Varsity programs at 5 PM.

Coach Jim Brennan's Junior Varsity A improved to 7-0 by defeating Chardon's Jayvees, 10-0, on Wasmer Field Thursday evening.

Freshmen midfielder David Vrablic, Johne's brother, got the scoring started for the JV A and finished with four goals, all four coming in the first half. Sophomore forward Michael John Raddell, junior midfielder John Popa, sophomore midfielder Connor Rowitz and freshman defensive mainstay Nathan Speelman also helped show the way to an 8-0 first half.

The second half goals were produced by freshman forward Henry Curtis off a nice touch and a penalty kick by sophomore midfielder Kevin Shearer.

Sharing in the Junior Varsity A shutout were sophomore goalkeepers Ryan Mark and Andrew Clark, and the man for all positions, junior co-captain Richie Holzheimer. After playing all over the field in his career, Richie made his first appearance in the nets during the second half.                














OHSAA Foundation to host Nation's Largest Student Leadership Conference

From Tim Stried, Director of Information Services, and Posted By Eddie Dwyer

OHSAA Foundation to Host Nation’s Largest Student Leadership Conference Oct. 6

The Ohio State University Student Union will welcome 1,500 students from OHSAA member schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The nation’s largest student leadership conference returns to the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University on October 6 when a capacity crowd of 1,500 students from around Ohio will gather for the annual Ohio High School Athletic Association Foundation Student Leadership Conference.

The 2015 conference will focus on overcoming adversity, academic success and character development. The conference is free to attend for those students selected by OHSAA member schools and is geared toward students in grades 9 through 11.

“Students selected for this conference are demonstrating their commitment to being a positive role model and leader in their communities,” Dr. Dan Ross, OHSAA Commissioner, said. “That is what school sports are all about. Leadership is one of the many values that can be established by participation in interscholastic athletics, including sportsmanship, integrity, teamwork, discipline and academic accountability. This conference is one part of that.”

Two videos from the 2014 leadership conference are posted at:

The 2015 leadership conference speakers include:

Harvey Alston – Conference Coordinator and National Motivational Speaker

Clay Hall - Sports Director ABC 6/Fox 28

Bobby Carpenter - Ohio State Football All-American Linebacker and NFL Veteran

Chris Hahn - WWE/WWF Wrestler and Actor

Larry Hoepfner - Executive Vice President, Columbus Blue Jackets

Shawn Harper - Indiana Football and NFL Veteran

Joel Penton - Ohio State Football, Community Service/Academic Achievement

Eddie Slowikowski - Three-Time All-American Track, USA Gold Medal Winner Pan Am Games

Mark Inkrott - NFL Veteran, CEO of Up-Field

Bill Hosket - Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, NBA and Olympic Champion


The Saint Ignatius versus St. Joseph's Prep Week 4 Varsity Football Preview

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

Ohio City - The Wildcats travel to Northeast High School in Philadelphia for Saturday's 3 PM matchup with the Hawks from St. Joseph's Prep, the Jesuit High School of Philadelphia. It will be just the fourth meeting on the gridiron between Saint Ignatius and St. Joe's Prep, with the Wildcats leading the series, 2-1.

Saint Ignatius defeated the Hawks, 26-6, in 2004 and St. Joe's Prep came back to even the series with a 28-14 victory in 2005. Last year, in what was a Week 3 heart pounder on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium, the Wildcats prevailed, 42-34, behind an outstanding all-around performance by gifted wide receiver/defensive back/punt returner Jack Cook.

This fall, St. Joe's Prep is looking to become only the second school to win three consecutive PIAA AAAA State Football Championships. That was accomplished by the Central Bucks West in 1997, '98 and '99. C.B. West appeared in a fourth consecutive title game in 2000 versus Erie Cathedral Prep, but the Cathedral Prep Ramblers came out victorious and ended C.B. West's state record 59-game winning streak.

Resiliency has certainly been a trademark for Coach Gabe Infante's Hawks, as each of the past two seasons St. Joe's Prep started at 1-3 and ended up with 11-3 records that produced their first PIAA AAAA State Football Titles.

A member of the always demanding Philadelphia Catholic League, the Hawks enter Saturday's game at 1-1. St. Joe's  Prep traveled to Louisiana to face traditional power Evangel Christian Academy on Sept. 5 and came away with a 14-0 victory that featured rushing touchdowns by highly recruited junior tailback D' Andre Swift and senior quarterback Kevin Shaw.

Last weekend, the Hawks traveled to Ramsey, New Jersey and were defeated by the Garden State's perennial power, Don Bosco Prep, 55-21. The first quarter told the tale, as Don Bosco outscored St. Joe's Prep, 29-7. Two of Don Bosco's touchdowns came off a 100-yard interception return and a 90-yard kickoff return.

As for Swift, who scored on a 95-yard kickoff return and a 3-yard touchdown run in the loss to Don Bosco, it's safe to say that he is the Hawks' wings.

Carrying a scholarship offer list that includes Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State, just to name a few, the 5-9, 204-pound Swift rushed for 1,045 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. He also had 35 receptions for 495 yards and 6 TDs. Impressive numbers from a sophomore season, to say the least.

Swift, who has been timed at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, capped his 2014 season by solving Pine-Richland's defense for four second-half touchdowns, including runs of 58 and 47 yards, and a catch and run for 48 yards, in the 49-41 state-championship game victory.

Although St. Joe's Prep graduated a strong nucleus from 2014, including mainstays Olamide Zaccheaus (a Virginia recruit), John Reid (Penn State) and Jon Runyan (the University of Michigan), the Hawks' gridiron cupboard is never bare.

That said, the Hawks' preseason concerns, concerns that might still linger a bit, centered around inexperienced offensive and defensive lines, and an untested quarterback.

Among the other Hawks to keep an eye on are senior running back/defensive back Benny Walls, tight end/fullback/defensive end Joe Dumond, tight end Billy Boyle, wide receivers Darryle Simmons and Terrence Greene, and linebackers Shaun Harris and Nick Vandevere.


"It's a long way to go to play a high school football game," said Coach Kyle, whose Wildcats will again be without All-Ohio senior offensive tackle/co-captain and University of Notre Dame recruit Liam Eichenberg. The Cats have also lost starting senior guard Michael Bodnar to an injury, but are expected to have veteran tailback James Norris back.

"First of all, offensively D'Andre Swift has been offered by just about everybody, you name it," continued the man who has coached against some of greatest running backs in the rich history of Ohio high school football, including the best running back this graybeard ever had the privilege to cover, Euclid High legend Robert Smith. "For Alabama to go all the way up to Philadelphia to get a running back is a bit surprising, but the kid is very good. We played against him last year, he's a player. So we have a challenge there.

"Offensively, they will give you a lot of different formations," Coach Kyle said. "Obviously we have to be concerned about their running game, but yet still handle the passing. And that's been a challenge so far this year in some of the situations. I do think we're getting better, however.

"Defensively, they are blitz oriented," said Coach Kyle. "If you can get through that first onslaught of what they're doing, you can have a very big play. They come at you and try to blow you up right there at the line of scrimmage. We have to have patience, because with a twist and a blitz, and stuff like that, it kind of disrupts a few things. But the next play, you say let's go, because it could be a big play. We had some good runs against them last year, but we threw the ball very well. Stay with it and we can get big plays."


Please note that Saturday's Varsity Football Game versus St. Joseph's Prep will be played at Northeast High School in Philadelphia. The kickoff is 3 PM.
Coming up Wednesday evening on the corner, a preview of Saturday's Varsity Football matchup with St. Joe's Prep, the Jesuit High School of Philadelphia. The trip to the Keystone State will mark Coach Chuck Kyle's 400th game as the Head Coach of the Cats
Congrats from the corner go out to Wildcats point guard Kyle Kalish, who has received a scholarship offer from Ohio Dominican University

By Eddie Dwyer

Kyle, the son of former Wildcat backcourt great Scott Kalish, has been offered a full basketball scholarship from Ohio Dominican University.

Kyle is currently preparing for his senior season and his third with the Varsity Wildcats.

Scott Kalish emphasized how excited he and his wife Sheila are for Kyle to receive the offer before his senior season begins, and how the offer from Ohio Dominican is truly humbling in light of the cost of a college education.

Last season, Kyle Kalish received a Gold Certificate from the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association. The certificate is presented to Juniors/Seniors who maintain a 3.2 accumulative GPA and exhibit citizenship and sportsmanship throughout the high school experience.

Kyle also was the recipient of the Wildcats' Most Valuable Defensive Player Award for the 2014-15 season and was a rare non-senior captain last winter.

Congrats to Kyle, his family and the entire Saint Ignatius Basketball Program.   

Wildcats JV Football improves to 3-0 with a 42-0 victory over Cleveland John F. Kennedy on Wasmer Field Monday evening

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

Ohio City - The JV Cats, taking advantage of excellent field position, struck early and often in route to a 35-0 lead at halftime.

Mark Bobinski was money again, as the sophomore tailback scored the game's first three touchdowns off a display of strong bursts, balance and quickness. His scores came on runs of 14, 9 and 3 yards. Marks's third TD came off a fourth-and-goal.

Saint Ignatius' defense, which was rock solid for the entire evening, produced a touchdown off a scoop and score by sophomore linebacker Michael Volpe. Wildcats sophomore defensive end Jeffrey Outcalt was a disruptive force, as he lived in JFK's backfield for most of the game.

In what was a nice throw and catch, Saint Ignatius sophomore quarterback Kyle Hall fired a 9-yard scoring pass to 6-foot-5 sophomore tight end Benjamin Ritschel with two minutes remaining in the first half.

Gifted sophomore tailback Josh Crayton Prioleau tallied the game's final touchdown off a smooth 4-yard sweep over the left side and into the scoreboard end zone of Wasmer Field with 8 minutes and 41 seconds left in the third quarter. Josh's TD was set up by a 27-yard interception return by sophomore cornerback Cameron Toppin.

Saint Ignatius' secondary also produced a diving interception by sophomore Xavier Curtis and the Cats' offense got some strong running down the stretch from sophomores Casey Reilly and Luke Mooney.   

Sophomore Matthew Trickett, who also stands out for Coach Mike McLaughlin's state and nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer Team, kicked four high and true extra points. Matthew also kissed the sky and the end zone with his booming kickoffs.

Sure-footed sophomore Drew Alessandro delivered the final two PATs.

The JFK Fighting Eagles, who never quit during what was a picture-perfect fall evening, produced an athletic interception by cornerback Ray Aken-Smith, a fumble recovery that saw defensive lineman Javon Johnson snatch the ball in mid air, and a sure-handed deep sideline reception while looking up into the sun by Trevon Williams.

Monday night's game featured the debut of a young man with endless potential, 6-foot-6, 300-plus pound sophomore two-way lineman Darian Kinnard. Darian moved to Cleveland from Knoxville, Tennessee before enrolling at Saint Ignatius.


"I thought it was a good opportunity to get a lot of guys into the game," said Coach Yappel, who will lead his JV Cats against the Kirtland Hornets' Junior Varsity at Kirtland next Monday, Sept. 21 at 5 PM. "That's always important because they all work hard and this was one of those nights when we could do that.

"No matter who the opponent is, we need to keep making strides to get better," Coach Yappel continued. "Tonight, we got a lot of guys work. We go out to Kirtland and that will be a good test for us in terms of the development process. Kirtland is certainly a good program."








Saint Ignatius football remains in third place in the area poll and is ranked 15th in the initial Associated Press Division I State Poll for 2015

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

1, Cincinnati Elder (9) 3-0 221
2, Huber Heights Wayne (4) 3-0 157
3, St. Edward (5) 2-1 128
4, Westerville Central (4) 3-0 111
5, Fairfield 3-0 97
6, Cincinnati Colerain (2) 2-1 96
7, Berea-Midpark 3-0 87
8, Findlay 3-0 81
9, Cincinnati St. Xavier 2-1 80
10, Powell Olentangy Liberty 3-0 54
Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Mentor (1) 50. 12, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller 43. 13, Lancaster 30. 14, Columbus Upper Arlington 23. 15, Saint Ignatius 19. 16, Stow 18. 17, Shaker Heights 17. 17, Beavercreek 17.

In the Top 25 area poll, St. Edward took over the No. 1 spot from Mentor, Mentor is now 2 and the Cats remained at No 3. Benedictine and Midview round out the top five.   

A huge weekend in Wildcats Cross Country. It's the annual Gallagher Report.

From Wildcats outstanding Head Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher '71 and Posted By Eddie Dwyer

FROM COACH GALLAGHER TO RUNNERS AND PARENTS: With visions of a soggy rain soaked course at the Tiffin Carnival in their minds, the Wildcats were certain of only one thing: the competition would be waiting for them. Fortunately, the heavy rains missed Tiffin by a few degrees north.

 At race time, the temperatures hovered around 65 degrees with a light breeze and a few cumulus clouds overhead. The leaders in the Varsity B race took off like a pack of wild dogs. The 'Cats stayed relaxed and ran comfortably through the first mile. Once around the ball field, just before the two mile Tim Trentel and Colin Caniglia started reeling in the overly ambitious leaders. With 200 meters to go, it was Colin and Tim and then Tim and Colin and, with a final push, Colin Caniglia won the first race of his career in 16:36 PR with Tim Trentel 16:38 right behind. The McGuire brothers, Liam 16:50 PR and Pat 16:52 PR, Connor Reilly 16:57, freshman Matt Blouch 17:18 PR and Colin Kelly 17:39 PR secured a first place finish with 23 points or the Wildcats!

The Wildcat victory in the Varsity B race lit a fire under the Varsity A team. As always, the start is a cross between a horse race, a rugby scrum and a stampede. The experienced Wildcats pushed their way into the lead pack averaging 4:55 for the first mile. As the lead changed hands, the Wildcats seamlessly moved into the front pack. With 400 meters to go, the course rolls into a slight downhill, and the runners make their final move for the tape. Fighting ACT fatigue, Luke Wagner finished second overall in 15:33 PR. CJ Ambrosio followed in fifth in 15:39 PR with Tom Sullivan close behind in tenth in a 15:44 PR. Jim Rogers 16:03 PR, Andrew Szendrey 16:13 PR,  Freshman Nick Saul 16:46 PR, and Pat Nolan 17:20 shut the door and secured the second Wildcat victory of the meet!
In the Open race, under ever darkening skies, John Heistercamp, Matt Harsar and Nathan Schwartz wrapped up a very successful day for the 'Cats. We are still awaiting final times for the Open race.
While Tiffin offered sunshine and a hard, fast surface, the Wildcats rolled onto the Walsh Jesuit campus greeted by gray skies and a saturated course. But there were four races to be run and the Wildcats would not be deterred by the threatening skies. First up was the Varsity race, where Mark McHugh led the way in 17:28 with a new PR. Mike Fitzgerald was the next 'Cat to cross the line in 17:40, followed by Gabe Ohliger in 18:19, Brett Saunders in 18:22, and Joe Ripepi in 18:23. Malachi Frain (19:04), Owen Lammermeir (19:07), Andrew Chesney (19:17) and Max Bryden (19:54) rounded out the scoring for the team.
The Walsh meet offers one of the few opportunities for the freshmen to run together as a team, and they seized the moment. Logan Kijewski led the Wildkittens with a second place finish in a PR of 18:04, barely missing out on a varsity letter. Nathan Soria followed in 5th in 18:29, and Andrew Biehl sprinted home to capture 6th place in 18:32. Pat McGraw (18:46), Tom Rochester (19:04), Ben Crane (19:38), Dillon Bangasser (19:52), and Pat Sullivan (19:54) rounded out the top seven for the 'Cats. The team finished with 30 points, eclipsing second place by nearly 30 points. 

The good times continued to roll as the JV boys toed the line next with their eyes on the souvenir hats given to the top ten in each race. Andrew Ulrich led the 'Cats with a 19:09 finish, followed by Nick Snider (19:17), Jake Skelton (19:22), Michael Kilbane (19:51), Evan Steigerwald (20:08), Marty Kilbane (20:38), and David McDonald (20:42). The JV team finished fifth, and set the table for the final (and highly anticipated) race of the day: the boys Open. Conor Sepesy crossed the line in fifth place in 19:04 to start the deluge of Saint Ignatius runners. Aidan Krevis (19:28), Trey Burke (19:29), Eric Turcu (19:53), Chris Larsen (19:54), Will Deucher (20:01), and Alek Kundla (20:03) finished out the Open scoring.
Thanks to all the parents who provided food and drinks to the boys at both races, especially young Tommy Nolan for hand-wrapping 40 sandwiches. Without the sustenance, the runners would have suffered severe caloric deficits. It was a long weekend with the ACT, Homecoming, and seven total cross country races. It was great to see the effort put forth by all the boys over the course of the day.
A look at the Varsity Soccer Cats weekend at the Olentangy Liberty Classic, courtesy of Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Coach Joe Popelka '84
FROM COACH POPELKA: The weekend featured the three teams that have captured the last five Ohio Division I state championships (Saint Ignatius 2010, 2011, 2014, Olentangy Liberty 2012 and Mason 2013), plus traditional national power Gonzaga College Prep from Washington D.C. Saint Ignatius started the weekend as the #1 team in the state, Mason was #4 and Olentangy Liberty was #10.
Friday night: Mason beat Liberty 2-0
Saturday Saint Ignatius tied Mason 1-1
Liberty beat Gonzaga 1-0
Sunday: St. Ignatius beat Gonzaga 3-0
Saint Ignatius Game Recaps:
Saturday Game versus Mason: The Cats were tied, 1-1, for the first time this season, leaving them at 6-0-1 after a spirited match with Mason on a windy Columbus afternoon at Liberty Patriot Stadium.
The Cats opened the scoring on a rebound goal by Stephen Milhoan after the Mason goalkeeper was not able to handle a powerful strike from Lawrence Karpeh. The goal occurred with 5:47 left in the first half. At half, the Cats led 1-0, outshooting Mason 7-3. Senior midfielders Hayden Parente and John Duldner controlled the midfield and did not allow the Mason offense to record a dangerous look at the goal.
The Cats continued to have chances in the second half, but the game changed when the referee awarded Mason a penalty kick with 22:10 left in the game.  After converting the penalty kick, Mason had a couple of good looks at the goal, but keeper Lodge Dils was up to the challenge.
For the game Saint Ignatius outshot Mason 15-9.  Interestingly, the Cats were called for 21 fouls for the match and Mason was called for 5 second-half fouls. Both teams had 2 corner kicks for the game. Lodge Dils went the distance in goal and recorded a season-high 5 saves for the game.
Sunday Morning game 10:00am versus Gonzaga-- The Cats rebounded on a cool Sunday morning once-again at Liberty Stadium with a 3-0 victory versus the visiting team from the nation's capitol, pushing their record at the halfway point of the regular season to 7-0-1.
Gonzaga started the game quickly with two chances on goal, but Lodge Dils made excellent saves to keep them off the board.  After the wake-up call, the Cats began to settle into the game as senior captain Hayden Parente began to dictate a high tempo possession game. Near the end of the half a long ball was played deep to the far post to Stephen Milhoan who headed it back to center of the box, where John Duldner buried the goal to put the Cats up 1-0 at half.
The second half scoring was driven by the two birthday boys, Alex Gotsky (who was starting for the injured Lawrence Karpeh) and Riley Houde. The second goal was a picture-perfect give-and-goal between Gotsky and Milhoan, who scored his team-leading 8th goal of the season. The third goal saw Gotsky record his second assist to fellow junior Houde.
Once again Dils went the whole way for another shutout.
The Cats will start the second half of the regular season against Chardon Thursday night at 8:00pm on Wasmer Field.  They finish their week with a much anticipated match down at Copley at 7:00 on Saturday night.
*A couple of recent historical notes:  1--In light of the Football Team's 1000 game this past weekend, the Wildcat Futbol Team played their 750th game versus Solon last week. 
2--Coach McLaughlin '85 recorded his 250th regular season victory when the Cats beat Kenston.

Saint Ignatius' Blue and Gold Varsity Golf Teams finish third and fourth, respectively, at Sunday's Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Invitational
Congrats from the corner go out to Coach Mike McLaughlin's Varsity Soccer Cats on Sunday's 3-0 victory over Gonzaga Prep (Washington, D.C.) in the Olentangy Liberty Classic. The Cats now stand 7-0-1 heading into Thursday's home game versus Chardon.
A reminder that Coach Paul Yappel's 2-0 JV Cats will host John F. Kennedy on Monday at 6 PM. The corner will provide coverage from Wasmer Field and on Tuesday night the corner will preview Saturday's Varsity Game at St. Joe's Prep.
Saint Ignatius' Varsity A and B Cross Country Teams race to first-place finishes at the 46th Tiffin Cross Country Carnival in Hedges Boyer Park on Saturday

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Colin Caniglia and Tim Trentel go 1-2 in the Division I-B Varsity Race and Luke Wagner C.J. Ambrosio and Tom Sullivan finish second, fifth and 10th, respectively, the Division I-A Varsity Race. Luke's time was 15:33.73, C.J.'s time was 15:39.00 and Tom ran a 15:44.88. Tristan Dahman of Maplewood was first in 15:28.38.

In the Division I-B Race, Colin and Tim put forth efforts of 16:36.09 and 16:38.97 in finishing 1-2, Liam McGuire (16:50.36) and Patrick McGuire (16:52.43) took home fifth and sixth place, and Connor Reilly was ninth in a time of 16:57.70. The Cats' Varsity B finished first with a score of 29 points, Medina was second at 113 and St. Xavier was third with 158.   

Here are Top 6 Team Results for the Division I-A Varsity Race, as three Jesuit schools take three of the top six spots.  

Team Scoring Summary

Final StandingsScoreTotalAvg.Spread
Saint Ignatius 60 1:19:18 15:52 0:42.9
2 St. Xavier 203 1:22:32 16:31 0:37.3
3 Louisville 213 1:22:16 16:28 1:01.8
4 Mentor 252 1:22:44 16:33 1:25.7
5 Austintown Fitch 259 1:23:12 16:39 0:44.5
6 St. John's Jesuit 263 1:23:12 16:39 1:00.7





Cats Freshmen Cross Country team races to first place at Saturday's Walsh Jesuit Tomahawk Run

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Led by Logan Kijewski's second-place effort of 18:04, the Wildcats Freshmen placed five runners among the top-10 finishers. Their winning time as a team was 1:32:55 and their average was 18:35.

Saint Ignatius' Junior Varsity placed fifth in a time 1:37:48.70 and the Wildcats took second place in the Open Race with a time of 1:37:58.70.

Here are the top 32 finishers at Walsh Jesuit in the junior varsity, freshmen and open races.

Boys 5k Run CC Junior Varsity         
Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points          
  1 Shafron, Matt             11 Solon                 17:27.00    1            
  2 Hackett, Patrick          11 Solon                 17:37.00    2            
  3 Jackson, Alex             12 Solon                 17:39.00    3            
  4 McGreal, Mitchell         10 Walsh Jesuit          18:09.00    4            
  5 Kirchner, Matt            10 Lake Catholic         18:17.00    5            
  6 Janowicz, Frankie         10 GlenOak               18:28.00    6            
  7 Greynolds, Jordan         10 GlenOak               18:30.00    7            
  8 Devis, Nathan             10 GlenOak               18:37.00    8            
  9 Elsfelder, Matt           10 GlenOak               18:40.00    9            
10 Wilson, Jay               10 Cuy. Falls            18:48.40   10            
11 Gembarski, Justin         11 Solon                 18:48.70   11            
12 Rose, Cole                11 GlenOak               18:49.00   12            
13 Murray, Alex              10 Mentor                18:53.00   13            
14 Finnerty, Brian           10 Solon                 18:55.00   14            
15 Perkowski, Jared          10 St. Edward            18:57.00   15            
16 Zrelak, Cody              11 Cuy. Falls            18:59.00   16            
17 Harrington, Aidan         11 St. Edward            19:01.00   17            
18 Bevington, Alex           11 Mass. Perry           19:04.00   18            
19 Schneider, Will           10 Solon                 19:05.00   19            
20 Scott, Chase              11 Lake Catholic         19:08.20   20            
21 Coladangelo, Joey         10 Solon                 19:08.50   21            
22 Ulrich, Andrew            10 St. Ignatius          19:09.00   22            
23 Sanderson, James          10 Walsh Jesuit          19:12.00   23            
24 Nayder, Alec              11 Strongsville          19:15.00   24            
25 Vercuski, John            10 Lake                  19:17.30   25            
26 Snider, Nicholas          11 St. Ignatius          19:17.90   26            
27 Koenig, Ian               12 St. Edward            19:20.00   27            
28 Skelton, Jake             11 St. Ignatius          19:22.00   28            
29 Sidell, Garrett           12 St. Edward            19:24.00   29            
30 Strausser, Jake           11 Cuy. Falls            19:29.00   30            
31 Pollack, Mark             11 Strongsville          19:31.00   31            
32 Shah, Stavan              11 Howland               19:33.00                  

Boys Freshmen        
Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points          
  1 Wierzbicki, Tyler          9 Lake                  17:48.00    1            
  2 Kijewski, Logan            9 St. Ignatius          18:04.00    2            
  3 Ondracek, Nathaniel        9 Walsh Jesuit          18:17.00    3            
  4 Clevinger, Nathaniel       9 Lake                  18:21.00    4            
  5 Soria, Nathan              9 St. Ignatius          18:29.00    5            
  6 Biehl, Andrew              9 St. Ignatius          18:32.00    6            
  7 Meister, Ryan              9 GlenOak               18:41.00    7            
  8 McGraw, Pat                9 St. Ignatius          18:46.00    8            
  9 Cronk, Jacob               9 Mass. Perry           19:00.00                 
10 Rochester, Tom             9 St. Ignatius          19:04.00    9            
11 Kamerer, Elliot            9 Mass. Perry           19:06.00                 
12 Busken, Jeremy             9 GlenOak               19:08.00   10            
13 Malloy, Matt               9 Strongsville          19:14.00   11            
14 Shah, Adam                 9 Walsh Jesuit          19:16.40   12            
15 Eisen, William             9 Howland               19:16.90                 
16 Woods, Logan               9 Lake                  19:17.00   13            
17 Mott, Jack                 9 Strongsville          19:22.00   14            
18 Morris, Jonathan           9 Hoban                 19:23.00   15            
19 Yoder, Jeff                9 Lake                  19:29.00   16            
20 Wiedt, Ryan                9 Hoban                 19:30.00   17            
21 March, William             9 Benedictine           19:35.00   18            
22 Crane, Ben                 9 St. Ignatius          19:38.00   19            
23 Ruch, Timmy                9 Strongsville          19:41.00   20            
24 Mazzone, Neil              9 Strongsville          19:45.00   21            
25 Cotter, Nick               9 Strongsville          19:46.00   22            
26 Delahanty, Jake            9 Lake                  19:52.30   23            
27 Bangasser, Dillon          9 St. Ignatius          19:52.80   24            
28 Sullivan, Pat              9 St. Ignatius          19:54.00                 
29 Fisher, Brandon            9 Lake                  19:57.00   25            
30 Biscan, Jacob              9 Hoban                 20:00.00   26            
31 Brady, Dillon              9 St. Edward            20:01.00   27            
32 Cutri, Jonathan            9 Walsh Jesuit          20:04.00  28 

9  Boys 5k Run CC Open
Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points                    
  1 Wallace, Kenny            11 Mathews               17:19.00                 
  2 Fortune, Carson            9 McDonald              18:51.00    1            
  3 Gupton, Brian             11 GlenOak               19:02.00    2            
  4 Merimee, Paul             12 Strongsville          19:04.00                 
  5 Surblis, Kyle             11 Hoban                 19:05.00    3            
  6 Strobel, Connor           11 Solon                 19:06.00    4            
  7 Sepesy, Conor             11 St. Ignatius          19:14.00    5            
  8 Hallas, Matt              11 GlenOak               19:23.00    6            
  9 Adelstein, Jake           12 Solon                 19:26.00    7            
10 Lenartowicz, Connor       11 GlenOak               19:28.20    8            
11 Krevis, Aidan             11 St. Ignatius          19:28.70    9            
12 Burke, Trey               11 St. Ignatius          19:29.00   10            
13 Rupe, Braden              10 McDonald              19:35.00   11            
14 Leisinger, Sayre          12 Strongsville          19:38.00                 
15 Duffie, Isaac             10 GlenOak               19:39.30   12            
16 Kotov, Nick               11 Solon                 19:39.70   13            
17 Brown, Daniel             11 Chagrin Falls         19:40.00   14            
18 Pollard, Samuel           12 GlenOak               19:41.00   15            
19 Jain, Aman                10 Solon                 19:42.00   16            
20 Heid, Nathan              10 GlenOak               19:52.00   17            
21 Turcu, Eric               10 St. Ignatius          19:53.00   18            
22 Larsen, Chris             10 St. Ignatius          19:54.00   19            
23 LaPlante, James           12 Gilmour Academy       19:58.00   20            
24 Worrell, Tyler             9 McDonald              20:00.00   21            
25 Deucher, Will             10 St. Ignatius          20:01.00   22            
26 Kundla, Alex              10 St. Ignatius          20:03.00   23            
27 Hisrich, Drake            10 GlenOak               20:03.40   24            
28 Mangel, Matthew           10 Gilmour Academy       20:04.00   25            
29 Santavicca, Samuel        10 GlenOak               20:05.20                 
30 Mattler, Christopher      10 Hoban                 20:05.60   26            
31 Dobres, Aaron             12 Solon                 20:07.00   27            
32 Mook, Ethan               11 Solon                 20:09.00   28             

We're talking baseball. Coach Brad Ganor releases his 2016 schedule

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Here is the 2016 Spring Schedule as the Baseball Cats look to return to the OHSAA final four after a state-semifinal appearance this past June.


Florida Trip

March 28 @ Venice Sarasota, FLA 7:00 PM

March 29 @ Sarasota Sarasota, FLA 7:00 PM

March 30 @ Jesuit Tampa, FLA 7:00 PM

March 31 @ Lakewood Ranch Bradenton, FLA 4:00 PM

April 6 @Boardman HS 5:00 PM
April 8 @ Massillon Jackson HS 5:00 PM
April 9 Versus St. Edward at The Pipe Yard 5:00 PM
April 13 @ Massillon Washington HS 5:00 PM
April 14 Versus Youngstown Ursuline at Baldwin Wallace University 5:00 PM
April 16 @Upper Arlington HS 12:30 PM
April 16 Versus Grove City at Upper Arlington HS 3:00 PM
April 19 Versus St. Vincent-St. Mary in Classic Park 5:00 PM
April 20 Versus Mentor in Classic Park 5:00 PM
April 23 @ The Ohio Jesuit Tournament, St. Xavier HS TBD
April 24 @ The Ohio Jesuit Tournament, St. Xavier HS TBD
April 26 Versus Holy Name at Baldwin Wallace University 5:00 PM
April 29 @ Strongsville HS 5:00 PM
April 30 @ Erie Cathedral Prep, Ainsworth Field 1:30 PM
May 3 Versus Canton Central Catholic in Classic Park 5:00 PM
May 4 Versus Valley Forge at Tri-C West 5:00 PM
May 5 Versus Eastlake North in Classic Park 5:00 PM
May 6 Versus Avon at The Pipe Yard 6:30 PM
May 7 TBD at The Pipe Yard
May 10 Versus Kirtland at Baldwin Wallace University 5:00 PM
May 11 Versus Avon Lake at Baldwin Wallace University 5:00 PM
May 12 Versus Willoughby South in Classic Park 5:00 PM
May 14 Versus Tallmadge at Baldwin Wallace University, Time TBD
May 16 Versus Brecksville-Broadview Heights at Baldwin Wallace University, 4:30 PM
May 11-12 Sectional, site and time TBD
May 18-19 District, site and time TBD

May 26-27 Regional, site and time TBD

June 2-4 State Semifinals and Finals, Huntington Park in Columbus, times TBD

Wildcats Varsity Soccer plays to a 1-1 tie versus William Mason on Saturday afternoon

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Saint Ignatius, which entered the matchup with William Mason as the top-ranked team in Ohio by the coaches' association and the fourth-ranked program nationally by USA Today, battled to the tie on the pitch at Olentangy Liberty High School.

The Wildcats, now 6-0-1, will return to Olentangy Liberty on Sunday for a 10 AM encounter with Gonzaga College High School out of Washington, D.C.  

The 1,000th Game in Saint Ignatius' rich Varsity Football history results in a 41-0 victory over Valley Forge at Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium on Friday night

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit, September 2015

Parma, Ohio - Saint Ignatius, the area's third-ranked team, struck early and often against the Patriots in improving its record to 2-1.

Before the kickoff on Friday night, Valley Forge and the City of Parma Heights paid tribute to Coach Chuck Kyle's late father-in-law, Paul William Cassidy, who had a remarkable four-plus decades as the Mayor of Parma Heights (see the corner's story from Tuesday night).

As part of the recognition, a $1,000 Scholarship was awarded from the Cassidy family to Valley Forge's outstanding senior student/athlete and two way lineman Dustin Nelson.

While Friday night was a milestone game for the storied football program from Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School, Coach Kyle '69, the most successful high school football coach in Greater Cleveland and the winningest Division I coach in Northeast Ohio, will direct his Wildcats Varsity program for the 400th time when Saint Ignatius travels to Pennsylvania next weekend (Saturday, Sept. 19) to face the Keystone State's two-time defending AAAA state champions St. Joseph's Prep, the Jesuit School of Philadelphia.

Saint Ignatius defeated St. Joe's Prep, 42-34, last season in what was a wild see-saw game at Byers Field. After Friday night's triumph over the Patriots of Valley Forge, Coach Kyle's career record is 318-80-1. Chuck is currently in his 33rd season as the head of his alma mater's football program.


The persistent rain that swirled across Byers Field all night couldn't dampen the spirits of the Wildcats, as they were determined to bounce back from last weekend's 63-56 loss at Mentor.

After Friday afternoon's pregame Mass on campus, Coach Kyle turned to his players and said "men of character correct a flaw." Coach Kyle was referring to the Mentor game and the defensive assignments that were not fulfilled.

"Okay gentlemen, we're back on the football field. Correct the mistakes and play like we can," said Coach Kyle as his Wildcats huddled around him just seconds before Friday's opening kickoff.

What the record 11-time state champions and three-time national champions are capable of was more than a game bunch of Patriots (0-3) could deal with.

After a superb punt return by gifted senior wide receiver/defensive back Jack Cook had the Cats purring in Valley Forge territory, a pass from standout senior quarterback Dennis Grosel to promising junior wide receiver Michael Daugenti put the ball on the Patriots' 1-yard line.

Three plays later, tough and talented junior tailback Jimmy Andrews swept the left side and fought his way into the end zone from 2 yards out. Junior Colin Goodfellow kicked the extra point and Saint Ignatius led, 7-0, with 8 minutes and 46 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Following a strong defensive charge by the Wildcats that was keyed by junior nose tackle Joe Gibbons and senior lineman Nate Keirn, the Cats took possession at their 45.

A 45-yard burst up the middle by Andrews made it first-and goal at the Patriots' 10 and from there Andrews fired up the gut again for his second trip to the Day Drive end zone.

With Gibbons and senior middle linebacker/co-captain Ben Cray helping keep Valley Forge on its heels offensively, Saint Ignatius began to take total control en route to scoring all 41 of its points in the first half.

An on-the-money 15-yard touchdown pass from Grosel to smooth and sure-handed senior wide receiver Tyler Musbach in the back of the Day Drive end zone, a 10-yard scoop and score by quick and aggressive senior outside linebacker Nick LaVigna that saw Nick gobble up the loose ball before the Patriots even knew they fumbled, another as-it's-drawn-up 35-yard touchdown pass from Grosel to multi-skilled senior wide receiver/punt returner Cal Grbac, and an 8-yard touchdown run by big-hearted senior tailback Elijah Wahib closed the book on the first-half TD barrage.

Invaluable senior long snapper/wide receiver Jimmy Berger set up Wahib's second-effort score with a sure-handed 17-yard reception.

By The Numbers: With Jimmy Andrews rushing for 57 yards on just four carries, the Wildcats totaled 99 yards on the ground. Saint Ignatius' defense held Valley Forge to -minus 4 yards rushing. In very limited action, Dennis Grosel was 3-for-4 for 56 yards and the two touchdown passes. Along with his 35-yard TD reception, Grbac had a 34-yard punt return and junior tailback/wide receiver Dean "The Dream" Stowers returned two punts totaling 42 yards.

Cray and Gibbons keyed the dominant D, as Cray finished with six tackles, including five unassisted, and the hard-nosed as they come Gibbons made five tackles, including two for losses.

Some key plays from the second half included a heads-up recovery of the ball by senior defensive back Anthony Corte off an onside kickoff by Valley Forge to start the second half and a fumble recovery by junior linebacker Josef O'Brien.

From Coach Kyle: "He is a very nice young man," said Coach Kyle of the Patriots' Cassidy Scholarship award winner Dustin Nelson. "Dustin has a five-point accumulative average and the Valley Forge coaches and athletic director raved about the young man. He told me he wants to be a good example to the young kids coming up. They picked a great kid.

"Dennis (Grosel) was right on in what he was reading in the limited time he was in there, the defense was solid and Jimmy Andrews is really getting a feel for what we're doing, so that was very nice," Coach Kyle continued. "We got the second group in during the first quarter for a little bit. We got everybody in. And that's a lot of people."

REMEMBERING 9/11: Following Saint Ignatius' daily Examine time for prayer and thought on Friday afternoon, Ryan Franzinger '02, the Dean of Students and the Wildcats' outstanding linebackers coach, organized a "Reverent Moment" for 9/11.

The time included music by junior Allen Morinec, a trumpet player who is a member of the All-State Orchestra. After Allen performed God Bless America and Taps, there was a moment of silence.
























The Freshmen Football Cats improve to 2-1 on the season by defeating Solon, 42-0, in what was the home opener for Saint Ignatius' gritty and gifted ninth graders

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

Ohio City - Coach Rodney Gallaway's Wildcats took advantage of excellent field position in rolling to a 28-0 lead by halftime.

The Cats, who displayed a balanced offense and an aggressive and opportunistic defense, made it a 35-0 game with 53.4 seconds remaining in the third quarter and the OHSAA deficit rule brought a running clock into play at that point.

"I think the biggest thing is that all week we talked about how can we play as ourselves, not let the other team dictate what is going to happen and not play to the level of another team, no matter what the competition is," said Coach Gallaway, who will guide his 2-1 Wildcats against the Akron Buchtel Griffins at Buchtel on Sept. 17. The kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 PM.

"That was a focus issue for us last week, I think," Coach Gallaway continued in reference to the Sept. 3, 21-20 loss at Mentor. "We had some turnovers and things like not filling our assignments on defense. Having the focus part in there and realizing we're the better team, playing to our level and not their level, is a good lesson to learn."

That lesson was applied from the get-go on Thursday evening as the young Cats set the tempo with a three-and-out from their defense, an effort that gave Saint Ignatius possession at the Solon 45-yard line.

Three plays later, the Wildcats struck with a 46-yard touchdown pass off what was a smooth and sure route by wide receiver Nigel Drummond and a perfectly thrown ball by quarterback Patrick Delahunty. Patrick Otter's extra-point kick was high and true, and Saint Ignatius led, 7-0, with 7:27 remaining in the first quarter.

After fumbling the ball away at the Solon 14, the Cats, again taking advantage of excellent field position, stretched their lead to 14-0 on an authoritative 5-yard run over the left side by tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd and another money PAT by Otter. Floyd's TD was set up by an exceptional leaping catch of 31 yards by tight end Jack Cannon, which came off a third-and-18 from the Comets' 36.

Saint Ignatius' defense, which refused to break on a sunny and comfortable evening, set the table for the next seven points off a hustle fumble recovery by linebacker Chris Velotta. The Cats then took the road to the end zone off the hard-nosed running of Jack Kennedy. Otter went 3-for-3 and it was a 21-0 game with 6:44 left in the first half.

Another fumble recovery by Velotta led to a short touchdown sweep by Kennedy and Otter's fourth PAT in the closing seconds of the first half.

"Put them away when we can, that's kind of what the idea was," said Coach Gallaway, who watched Delahunty fight his way into the end zone, an effort that along with another PAT by Otter made it a 35-0 game with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter. "It was also great to see the scout guys execute, the guys that make us better as a team. They put in the time and effort as well, so it was fun to see that."

Coach Gallaway pointed to the special effort Wilson Young made off a reception on a deep sideline route. "He's just a great kid who works so hard to get better," said Coach Gallaway, who also praised the efforts of backup running backs Graeme Agronin and Charlie Smucny, efforts that led to the Cats' final touchdown on the evening.

Before their traditional postgame prayer, the Freshmen Cats received high grades from all of their coaches, including veteran Quarterbacks Coach/Offensive Coordinator Jim Cahill '89, who was pleased that the Cats surpassed their pre-game goal of 35 points.                  









Coach Mike McLaughlin's state and nationally acclaimed Soccer Cats improve to 6-0 with a 2-1 victory on the pitch at Kenston Wednesday night

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Adam Collins gave Saint Ignatius an early 1-0 lead with his first varsity goal and Matthew Trickett, who doubles as a kicker for the Wildcats' football program, made it 2-0 in the second half. Trickett's tally was his first for Saint Ignatius soccer.

The Kenston Bombers cut the deficit to 2-1 with just over 10 minutes remaining, but the Cats' defense hung tough the rest of the way. Kenston also lost to Saint Ignatius by a 2-1 score on a rainy September night at Wasmer Field last year. 

Up next for the state's top-ranked team and USA Today's fourth-ranked national program is a 1 PM matchup with William Mason on Saturday at Olentangy Liberty High School.

Saint Ignatius is the defending and record six-time state champion.    

Here is this week's state soccer poll by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association
1. Saint Ignatius (Cleveland) 5-0-0 100
2. Jerome (Dublin) 4-0-0 81
3. Beavercreek 2-0-0 67
4. Mason 2-0-1 63
5. Coffman (Dublin) 2-0-1 60
6. Solon 3-1-1 46
7. Medina 3-1-0 42
8. Findlay 3-0-2 26
9. Olentangy Liberty (Powell) 1-0-0 22
10. Elder (Cincinnati) 4-0-0 15
Receiving votes: Berea-Midpark, Copley, Southview (Sylvania), Fitch (Austintown).
It's game 1,000 as the Football Cats renew their rivalry with Valley Forge on Friday night. A special tribute to Coach Chuck Kyle's late father-in-law, Paul William Cassidy, will highlight the evening's festivities
By Eddie Dwyer, September 2015
Mr. Cassidy served as the Mayor of Parma Heights for 43 years.
Cassidy’s successor as mayor, Martin Zanotti, described Cassidy as "an outstanding mayor, an incredible family man and an undying patriot.”
Mr. Cassidy, who passed away in July 2013 at the age of 94, won the Distinguished Flying Cross in World War II. He flew 28 missions over Europe and navigated the lead bomber on the first daylight raid of Berlin.
Cassidy practiced law before, during and after his years as mayor. He represented Cox Cable, Parma Community General Hospital and others from offices downtown, in Parma and in Parma Heights, and was an early champion of regional transit, a regional sewer system and strong regional government.
The third of six children, Mr. Cassidy was born in Pittsburgh and sold magazines there when he was just 5 years old. Living in the Glenville area of Cleveland by age 7, he began to deliver newspapers.
Mr. Cassidy graduated from legendary Cathedral Latin High School and spent two years at John Carroll University before working at Cleveland Graphite Bronze and attending Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at night.
In 1942, Cassidy married Elise A. Romano and joined the Army Air Corps. He served with the 447th Bomb Group in England.
After the war, Mr. Cassidy represented General Motors to dealers and graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He joined the Ohio bar in 1947 and moved to Parma Heights a year later. He practiced downtown at first, then in Parma and Parma Heights until retiring in 2009 at age 90.
In 1953, Mr. Cassidy was appointed to a vacant seat on Parma Heights City Council. He became law director in 1954.
Mr. Cassidy was the force behind the building of Greenbrier Commons, with a swimming pool, library, skating rink and theater. He imposed high standards on a housing boom. He started emergency medical services and brought generations of technology to City Hall.
Parma Heights has one of the nation’s oldest continuing Memorial Day observances, dating back to the 1800s. Mr. Cassidy spoke there without notes year after year and choked up when talking about his comrades’ sacrifices in World War II.
In 1963, Cassidy became the first president of the Parma Bar Association. He was a charter member of the Parma Heights Chamber of Commerce and belonged to many other organizations.
Note from the corner: Mr. Cassidy, said Coach Kyle, loved to read and discuss history, especially topics such as George Washington and the Cival War. In fact, Coach Kyle said his late father-in-law played the major role in the naming of Valley Forge High School, which is appropriately located on Independence Boulevard in Parma Heights.
In 2011, Zanotti told The Plain Dealer, “Paul Cassidy was Parma Heights’ George Washington.”
NOTE: Coach Kyle grew up in Munster, Indiana before his family moved to Parma when he was in the sixth grade. Coach Kyle said he lived near the boarder of Parma and Parma Heights and spent a lot of time in Parma Heights. "I attended a lot of Valley Forge games as a kid," he said.
Here is The Corner's preview on what will be the eighth meeting on the gridiron between the Wildcats and the Patriots, and the first since 1992. The Cats lead the series, 6-1.
Saint Ignatius and Valley Forge met in football for the first time in 1986, Coach Kyle's fourth year at the helm of his alma mater. The Patriots came away with a 7-6 victory on a Byers Field that was a muddy quagmire thanks to Mother's Nature's week long rain assault.
After a 35-6 victory over Valley Forge in 1987, the Wildcats, in what was their first state championship season of 1988, rallied to a 14-13 victory over the Patriots when junior quarterback Joe Pickens scrambled away from heavy pressure on a third-and-20 from Valley Forge 43 and found junior wide receiver Patrick Friend open in the end zone with just over four minutes remaining. The ensuing extra-point kick by Phil Mohr and an interception by senior defensive tackle Dave Vernon helped prevent Valley Forge from pulling off what would have been a major statewide upset.
Coach Kyle's Cats would go on to dominate the next four meetings with the Patriots.
Here is a look at the 2015 Valley Forge Patriots, followed by comments from Coach Kyle, some quick Cats Stats and the starting lineup for the Saint Ignatius Student Broadcast Network.
Marcello DeAngelis, a 2002 graduate of Valley Forge and a former assistant coach for the Patriots, is in his first season as the head man on Independence Boulevard.
The Patriots had a rough first few months in 2014 that included some key injuries. After an 0-5 start, Valley Forge finished 4-6.
Coach DeAngelis and his Pats are looking forward to their new conference this fall as they join Bay, Elyria Catholic, Holy Name, Normandy, Parma and Rocky River in forming the Great Lakes Conference. Valley Forge was formerly a member of the Northeast Ohio Conference.
The Patriots have some nice size along the offensive line and a versatile athlete in safety/quarterback Tim Captain. Seniors Mason Claudio (6-foot-4, 290) and Kevin Russel (6-2, 255) help anchor the O-Line.
However, like their neighboring teams, Normandy and Parma Senior, depth is a major issue for the Patriots.
Valley Forge enters Friday night's game at 0-2, having lost to North Olmsted, 34-18, and Revere, 21-7.
FROM COACH KYLE: "Coach DeAngelis has done a nice job with their various formations. They're doing some interesting things from their formations, so it's kind of fun to defend. At times it's an unbalanced line and some times it's a strong side with a wing pretty heavy, and on the other side there's two wide receivers. A lot of misdirection.
"They have the ability to be in a one-back, but it's also some blocking schemes from the Wing-T, which Auburn has made a living off of," Coach Kyle continued. "It's kind of fun to sit down and look at, and get reads.
"Defensively, they're out of a four-man front," Coach Kyle said. "We seen a four-man front pretty often now. Every week you set a goal to get better. We like that our running attack is strong, our passing attack is strong and we want to keep working on that to make it even better."
Coach Kyle didn't hedge in saying that defensively, his team has many areas to work on. The Cats stand 1-1 after yielding 823 yards in a 63-56 loss at Mentor last weekend.
"We got into a shootout and Mentor is not the type of team you want to get in a shootout with. They have ways of getting into the end zone. Certainly we like scoring points, but the idea is that we need to get some stops and let the offense get in good field position. So there's a lot of work to be done (defensively). We have talent on defense, but some inexperienced things showed up, there is no doubt about that."
Coach Kyle emphasized that the Mentor film is now a "good teaching tool."
CATS STATS: Saint Ignatius enters Friday's game averaging 243.5 yards rushing and 6.5 yards per rush. The Cats have 10 rushing touchdowns. Through the air, Saint Ignatius is averaging 254 yards.
And as we told you over the weekend, standout senior quarterback Dennis Grosel set a new school record with his 415 yards passing versus Mentor and tied the school record for touchdown passes in game with six against the Cardinals. Bryan Panteck '01 threw six TD passes versus Toledo St. John's Jesuit in 2000 at legendary Lakewood Stadium.
As for touchdowns at this young point of the season, senior wide receiver/defensive back Jack Cook and junior tailback Jimmy Andrews each have three, and Cal Grbac, Elijah Wahib and Ian Forkapa each have two.
SIBN!: As always, the thrill-some threesome of Carter Spearry '16 (play-by-play), Brendan DeVenney '17 (color commentary) and Matt MacKenzie (twitter, stats and updates) will bring you Friday night's game live from Ridge Road and Day Drive.




Wildcats football now third in the latest area football poll

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Mentor (2-0), on the strength of its 63-56 victory over the Cats, moved from second to the top spot and nationally ranked St. Edward (2-0) climbed into second place after being ranked third by Saint Ignatius was the preseason and first week No. 1.

Benedictine (2-0) and Midview (2-0) round out the top five.

The now third-ranked Wildcats (1-1) will look to bounce back on Friday when they face Valley Forge (0-2) at 7 PM on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium. Yours truly will preview tonight on the corner what will be the 1000th game in Saint Ignatius' rich football history.


Wildcats Varsity A and B Golf Teams finish third and fourth, respectively, at Sunday's Reece Alexander Gilmour Academy Invitational

Presented By Head Coach Brian Becker '77 and Posted By Eddie Dwyer

From Coach Becker: Today, the varsity golf teams competed in the Gilmour Invitational at Hawthorne Valley Country Club.The Varsity “A” team, which finished in third place overall at 318, was led by senior Andrew Zawie, who shot a solid round of 72, which was good enough for an overall second place individual finish in the tournament.

The “B” team was close behind at 319 and finished a very respectable 4th place in the field of 18. Senior Kyle McCafferty led the “B” squad with an overall score of 76.

Dublin Jerome was the victor shooting an impressive team score of 300. Included below are the individual scores from the two Saint Ignatius teams, as well as the other team scores from today's tournament.

Saint Ignatius “A”                            Saint Ignatius “B”                        Gilmour Invitational Team Scores:
Andrew Zawie            72                 Kyle McCafferty        76                    Dublin Jerome 300
Owen Miklos            81                   Michael Vallee            79                  Cardinal Mooney 315
Zach Morris            82                    Geoff Allman            80                     Saint Ignatius “A” 318
Harrison Vonderau        83             Louis Williams            84                   Saint Ignatius “B" 319
Patrick Devine            86                Tommy Lauer            86                    Walsh Jesuit 323
                                                                                                                  Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 326
                                                                                                                  University School 327
                                                                                                                  Archbishop Hoban 329
                                                                                                                  New Albany 337
                                                                                                                  St. Edward 340
                                                                                                                  Gilmour Academy 341
                                                                                                                  Canton Central Catholic 343
                                                                                                                  Youngstown Ursuline 352
                                                                                                                  Brunswick 352
                                                                                                                  St. Vincent-St. Mary 368
                                                                                                                  Lutheran West 379
                                                                                                                  Holy Name 379
                                                                                                                  Villa Angela-St. Joseph 431

It's the second annual Gallagher Report of the 2015 Cross Country Season Courtesy of Senior Correspondent John Heisterkamp

Presented by John Heisterkamp and Posted By Eddie Dwyer

From Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher: Thanks to Janet Trentel for coordinating, and to the parents who provided snacks, ice cold water and gatorade.

Thanks also to all the parents and grandparents who made the trip to support the team!

This week's meet summary comes to you from our senior correspondent John Heisterkamp.

From John Heisterkamp: After coming off 3rd place at Canton GlenOak, the Varsity Wildcats were ready for the Hilliard Summer Bash in beautiful Hilliard, Ohio - a city of great-looking sights and a lot of humidity.
Temperatures of 90 degrees challenged our strong runners, and they were up for it. Putting 10 of our top guys in the varsity race, there were high expectations.
As the gun went off, the top Wildcats fought to get to the front with Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, CJ Ambrosio and Jimmy Rogers leading the way. The Wildcats picked up the pace at the second mile marker and that's when it was time to break off from the pack.
Luke took this to heart and stayed in front all the way to the end, running first place in a blisteringly fast 15:49! Tom was right behind him, finishing second in an impressive 16:01 (a nice little birthday present for our co-captain). Jimmy Rogers was our third Wildcat finishing 5th in a 16:09 PR.
CJ was behind him finishing 7th in a 16:17PR,  Andrew Szendrey (16:39), Pat Nolan (16:52), Nick Saul (17:03), Conor Reilly (17:09), Collin Kelly (17:19), and Pat McGuire (17:28) rounded out our varsity race, with our Wildcats finishing first with 28 points. Good job guys!
You know they say that your body is the greatest machine on earth. Well, in a race, that's taken literally. When you run, you just keep on going and never let up. You feel like a machine being controlled by a chip. That chip makes you go the whole way through without letting up.
You might tell yourself "Maybe if I ease off...", but the chip tells you "No", and you keep on going. And when you get to that final stretch in a race, your chip goes into overdrive. Although Colin Caniglia's chip might have broke in last week's race, he must've gotten an upgrade as Colin won the Open race in a staggering 17:09! Liam McGuire was right behind him in second with 17:12. Tim Trentel (17:40), Matt Blouch (17:44), Alex Falkenberg (18:00), Mark McHugh (18:05) and John Heisterkamp (18:06) rounded out the top seven for the Open race. Congrats to both the Varsity and Open for winning their respective races!
This week's schedule:
Monday: Varsity only at Mastick 9am. All others a 30 minute easy run on your own.
Tuesday: Edgewater 3:30-5:30pm
Wednesday Mastick 3:30-5:30pm
Thursday Cedar Point Picnic Area 3:30-5:30pm
Friday St. Ignatius 3-4pm
Saturday: Walsh Tomahawk Invitational at Walsh Jesuit High School Campus. Freshmen 10:30am, JV 11:30am and Open 12:30pm. The bus leaves Saint Ignatius at 8:15am sharp.
*Tiffin Carnival Varsity B, 3:35pm and Varsity A, 4:30pm. Van transportation.
Go Cats!
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Where The Cats Play. A look at the week ahead in Saint Ignatius' Varsity Fall Sports and a reminder on the Freshmen Football Cats

By Eddie Dwyer

Fairview Park - Coming off one of the most impressive displays of offensive football between two Ohio teams, a 63-56 setback at Mentor on Friday night that produced a total of 1,438 yards (823 by Mentor), the Saint Ignatius Wildcats (1-1) will face the Valley Forge Patriots (0-2) on Friday at Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.

The kickoff for what will be the 1,000th game in Saint Ignatius' rich football history is slated for 7 PM. As always, the corner will preview the Cats-Patriots matchup on Tuesday night. Can you say Pickens to Friend? Stay tuned for Tuesday night.

Oh by the way, the Valley Forge game happens to fall on Patriot Day.

On Wednesday night, Coach Mike McLaughlin's 5-0 Varsity Soccer Cats, ranked No. 1 in Oho and fourth in the nation, travel to the pitch at Kenston for a 7 PM encounter with the Bombers. The Soccer Cats will take their exceptional skills to Olentangy Liberty High School on Saturday and Sunday, where they will face William Mason on Saturday at 1 PM and Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.) on Sunday at 10 AM.

Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's Harriers, aka the top-ranked Cross County Team in Ohio, will be at the Tiffin Carnival on Saturday at 3:30 PM in Hedges Boyer Park. The Cross County Cats, with Luke Wagner and Tom Sullivan helping show the way, dominated both the 5 K and Open races at yesterday's Hilliard Davidson Summer Bash.

And last, but certainly not least, Coach Brian Becker's Varsity Golfers, who have major state aspirations this year, will be at the Lion I tournament on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Quail Hollow Country Club.

*Please note that the Freshmen Football Cats (1-1) will play their first home game on Thursday evening at 5:30 versus the Solon Comets. Come on out to Wasmer Field and support Coach Rodney Gallaway's promising young men of the gridiron.

Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day.    

Wildcats JV Football responds to an early 7-0 deficit and goes on to a 35-25 victory over Mentor's Jayvees in a Saturday headliner on Wasmer Field

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

Ohio City - Coach Paul Yappel's Junior Varsity Cats, who now stand 2-0 on the season, found themselves trailing the Mentor Cardinals, 7-0, as Mentor struck first on a 21-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Mike Zeuli.

The Cardinals' lead was short-lived, however, as the JV Wildcats were determined to prevent Mentor from going home with what would have been a sweep over Saint Ignatius' Football Program in a matter of three days.

The Freshmen Cats lost a tough 21-20 game at Mentor on Thursday evening that the corner reported on and Friday night the Wildcats' Varsity was defeated by the Cardinals in a wild offensive shootout in Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium, 63-56 (see the corner's Varsity story that was posted last night).

Following Zeuli's early trip to the end zone, the JV Cats got a  strong kickoff return from sophomore wide receiver Michael Drobnick that helped set up an impressive 55-yard touchdown run by gifted and hard-nosed sophomore tailback Mark Bobinski. Sophomore kicker Matthew Trickett added the extra point and the score was knotted at 7 with 5 minutes and 55 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

It was at that point Saint Ignatius' defense began to leave its mark or marks on the game.

In what was a solid read and reaction, Wildcats sophomore linebacker Andrew Keirn made a leaping interception and returned the ball 21 yards for a touchdown. Trickett was high and true on the PAT and the Cats led, 14-7, with 5:08 left in the opening quarter.

It stayed that way entering the second half, as the Cats' defense continued to have the answers.

Sophomore safety Justin Sands, a young man this corner introduced you to in the JV game story versus Central Caholic last week, put his stamp on the second-half action with a fumble recovery at the Saint Ignatius 14-yard line and an interception in the end zone. Endless potential my friends.

With sophomore quarterback Daniel Alexander doing a solid job directing the Wildcats' balanced attack, that young man named Bobinski struck again with an 18-yard touchdown gallop that featured a big time cutback on the sun drenched Wasmer turf. Trickett was money on another extra point and Saint Ignatius' faithful were now into it at 21-7 with 5:15 to go in the third quarter. Junior Varsity quarters are 10 minutes.

Alexander set up Bobinski's second TD by running 20 yards to the Cardinals' 18-yard line. It was a savvy move by Alexander, who dropped back to pass, saw nothing was available through the air and tucked the ball away for a significant gain.

With the blue and gold mojo as hot as the air in Ohio City, it was Alex Schum's time to put his Cat paw imprint on Mentor's defensive secondary.

First it was a 3-yard touchdown reception by Schum from his tight end position that drew a roar of approval from his teammates and, along with sophomore Drew Alessandro's extra point kick, extended Saint Ignatius' lead to 28-7 with 1:49 remaining in the third quarter.

Sophomore defensive back Cameron Toppin's interception kept it a three-touchdown advantage for the Cats entering the fourth quarter.

From there, it didn't take long for Schum to make his presence felt once again.

Following a diving interception by sophomore defensive back Matthew Viancourt at the Cardinals' 21-yard line, Schum made a leaping touchdown reception in the Lorain Avenue end zone that again drew an ovation from his teammates.

Alessandro, a young man who worked endless hours on his kicking throughout the summer, then extended Saint Ignatius' lead to 35-7 with his second PAT on the afternoon.

The Wildcats, going to their bench over the final eight minutes on a humid, nowhere to hide from the sun day on Wasmer Field, withstood a late surge by the Cardinals that was fueled by two touchdown runs by junior tailback Isaiah Gullick and a TD reception by junior wide receiver Jeremy McClure that came off a pass from junior Ryan Hagan.

Up next for the JV Cats is a Sept. 14 matchup with the Fighting Eagles from Cleveland John F. Kennedy on Wasmer Field. The kickoff is scheduled for 6 PM.

FROM COACH YAPPEL ON SATURDAY'S VICTORY: "I thought we responded well. We came out after halftime and had a great third quarter. The bottom line is the turnover battle. That's the most important thing, winning the turnover battle. And we did. Our defense came up big when we needed it to. I think we have to spend more time on special teams, making sure that we're ready to go. That's what we have to work on between now and a week from Monday."                 









Wildcats Cross Country dominates both the Boys Varsity 5 K and Boys 5 K Open during Saturday's Hilliard Davidson Summer Bash. Veterans Luke Wagner and Tom Sullivan show the way.

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Boys Varsity 5 K Run

  Top 5 Teams
  1 Saint Ignatius                 28    1    2    5    7   13   23   28         
      Total Time:  1:20:56.73                                                   
         Average:    16:11.35                                                   
   2 Trinity                      97   10   17   19   25   26   27   30         
      Total Time:  1:24:02.25                                                   
         Average:    16:48.45                                                   
   3 Dublin Coffman                111    3   14   16   33   45   50   67         
      Total Time:  1:24:18.95                                                   
         Average:    16:51.79                                                   
   4 Hilliard Davidson               113   11   15   22   31   34   38   43         
      Total Time:  1:24:35.50                                                   
         Average:    16:55.10                                                   
   5 Hilliard Darby                  121    9   12   29   35   36   37   49         
      Total Time:  1:24:50.91                                                   
         Average:    16:58.19
  1 Wagner, Luke              12 St. Ignatius          15:49.21   1   1         
  2 Sullivan, Tom             12 St. Ignatius            16:01.65   1   2         
  3 Bons, Lucas               10 Dub. Coffman        16:02.61   1   3         
  4 Scrape, Matt              10 Pick. Central          16:06.57   1   4         
  5 Rogers, Jim               12 St. Ignatius            16:09.58   1   5         
  6 Jaynes, Jack              11 Pick. Central         16:16.12   1   6         
  7 Ambosio, C.J.             11 St. Ignatius          16:17.27   1   7         
  8 Ball, Noah                12 Lancaster               16:23.63   1   8         
  9 Reynolds, Daniel          12 Hil. Darby          16:30.80   1   9         
10 Sandman, Philip           12 Trinity                16:31.64   1  10         
11 Hoover, Adam              12 Hil. Davidson         16:35.31   2  11         
12 Strohm, Spencer           12 Hil. Darby            16:36.45   2  12         
13 Szendrey, Andrew          11 St. Ignatius          16:39.02   2  13         
14 Graf, John                12 Dub. Coffman          16:40.89   2  14         
15 Tighe, Andrew             10 Hil. Davidson         16:43.73   2  15         
16 Alford, Simon             12 Dub. Coffman          16:45.63   2  16         
17 Burnam, Jacob             10 Trinity               16:46.37   2  17         
18 Whipple, Zach             11 Lancaster             16:46.88   2  18         
19 Warren, Trevor            10 Trinity               16:48.16   2  19         
20 Schaller, Aaron           12 Gah. Lincoln          16:48.59   2  20         
21 Briggs, Ashwin            10 Pick. North           16:51.61   3  21         
22 Egolf, Christopher        11 Hil. Davidson         16:52.11   3  22         
23 Nolan, Patrick            11 St. Ignatius          16:52.73   3  23         
24 Dickerson, D.J.           10 Lancaster             16:53.71   3  24         
25 Shay, Henry               12 Trinity               16:57.99   3  25         
26 McCalpin, Sam             12 Trinity               16:58.09   3  26         
27 Meredith, Jack            10 Trinity               17:02.02   3  27         
28 Saul, Nick                 9 St. Ignatius          17:03.03   3  28         
29 Akers, Grant              12 Hil. Darby            17:06.67   3  29         
30 Swain, Glavin             11 Trinity               17:07.48   3  30         
31 Rose, Matthew             12 Hil. Davidson         17:08.51   4  31         
32 Reilly, Connor            12 St. Ignatius          17:09.87   4             
33 Bauers, Steven            12 Pick. Central         17:10.52   4  32         
34 Bosworth, Ryan            10 Dub. Coffman          17:14.24   4  33         
35 Taylor, Andrew            10 Hil. Davidson         17:15.84   4  34         
36 Shoemaker, Jayson         12 Hil. Darby            17:17.85   4  35         
37 Farson, Ellis             11 Hil. Darby            17:19.14   4  36         
38 Kelly, Collin             11 St. Ignatius          17:19.98   4             
39 Osborn, Taylor            12 Trinity               17:20.93   4             
40 Farrell, Zach             11 Hil. Darby            17:23.45   4  37         
41 LeClair, Max               9 Hil. Davidson         17:25.89   5  38         
42 McGuire, Patrick          12 St. Ignatius          17:28.27   5
Boys 5 K Open Top 5 Team Scores

1 Saint Ignatius                 17    1    2    3    4    7    9   11         
      Total Time:  1:27:47.25                                                   
         Average:    17:33.45                                                   
   2 Trinity                      49    5    6    8   14   16   26   43         
      Total Time:  1:31:10.38                                                   
         Average:    18:14.08                                                   
   3 Hil. Darby                   83   10   12   18   19   24   25   41         
      Total Time:  1:33:30.41                                                   
         Average:    18:42.09                                                   
   4 Hil. Davidson               109   13   15   17   31   33   37   66         
      Total Time:  1:34:33.69                                                   
         Average:    18:54.74                                                   
   5 Pick. North                 163   22   28   32   36   45   47   48         
      Total Time:  1:37:25.86                                                   
         Average:    19:29.18                                                   

  1 Caniglia, Colin           11 St. Ignatius          17:09.18   1   1         
  2 McGuire, Liam             10 St. Ignatius          17:12.82   1   2         
  3 Trentel, Tim              12 St. Ignatius          17:40.18   1   3         
  4 Blouch, Matt               9 St. Ignatius          17:44.13   1   4         
  5 Halverson, Axel           12 Trinity               18:00.77   1   5         
  6 Deye, Kevin               11 Trinity               18:00.86   1   6         
  7 Falkenberg, Alex          12 St. Ignatius          18:00.94   1   7         
  8 Beville, Zach             11 Trinity               18:05.56   1   8         
  9 McHugh, Mark              12 St. Ignatius          18:05.61   1   9         
10 Newman, Matthew           11 Hil. Darby            18:06.63   1  10         
11 Heisterkamp, John         12 St. Ignatius          18:06.70   2  11         
12 Saunders, Brett           10 St. Ignatius          18:11.64   2             
13 Masters, A.J.             11 Hil. Darby            18:21.16   2  12         
14 O'Rorke, Ryan             12 Hil. Davidson         18:22.10   2  13         
15 Sandman, Philip           12 Trinity               18:23.05   2  14         
16 Fitzgerald, Michael       10 St. Ignatius          18:24.23   2             
17 Ripepi, Joe               10 St. Ignatius          18:29.80   2             
18 Harsar, Matthew           11 St. Ignatius          18:30.10   2             
19 Sauvey, Drew              12 Hil. Davidson         18:31.22   2  15         
20 Kijewski, Logan            9 St. Ignatius          18:31.59   2             
21 Ohliger, Gabe             11 St. Ignatius          18:34.22   3             
22 Schneider, Jake           11 Trinity               18:40.14   3  16         
23 Egolf, Brian              11 Hil. Davidson         18:42.06   3  17         
24 Soria, Nathan              9 St. Ignatius          18:42.78   3             
25 Akers, Gage               12 Hil. Darby            18:53.92   3  18         
26 Ingram, Eric              11 Hil. Darby            18:57.98   3  19         
27 Tompkins, Gregory         12 Centerville           18:58.11   3  20         
28 Biehl, Andrew              9 St. Ignatius          19:00.75   3             
29 Bryden, John              10 St. Ignatius          19:01.70   3             
30 Merriman, Michael         12 Pick. Central         19:08.76   3  21         
31 Frownfelter, Matt         11 Pick. North           19:09.20   4  22         
32 McKieran, Connor          10 Pick. Central         19:09.93   4  23         
33 Hamby, Jacob              11 Hil. Darby            19:10.72   4  24         
34 Frain, Malachy            10 St. Ignatius          19:13.56   4             
35 Vadakkekurputh, Vik       11 Hil. Darby            19:13.63   4  25         
36 Fust, Aaron               12 Trinity               19:15.45   4  26         
37 Golden, Chris             11 Centerville           19:15.84   4  27         
38 Lammermeier, Owen         10 St. Ignatius          19:17.86   4             
39 Lewis, Pierce             11 Pick. North           19:21.24   4  28         
40 Goddard, Caleb            11 Gah. Lincoln          19:23.09   4  29         
41 Shah, Nihal               12 Pick. Central         19:23.23   5  30         
42 Apodaca, Matt             11 Hil. Davidson         19:27.78   5  31         
43 Chesney, Andrew           10 St. Ignatius          19:28.44   5             
44 Hamrick, Chris            11 Pick. North           19:28.81   5  32         
45 Farmer, Reed              11 Hil. Davidson         19:30.53   5  33          
Congrats from the corner go out to Wildcats outstanding senior quarterback/co-captain Dennis Grosel

Ohio City - Dennis' 415 yards passing and six TD passes in Friday night's 63-56 loss at Mentor place him among the Cats' all-time record holders.

Dennis' 415 yards versus the Cardinals surpassed the mark of 389 yards by Nate Szep in 2001 versus Strongsville and his six touchdown strikes tie the all-time single-game mark set by former All-Ohio, All-District and Plain Dealer All-Star quarterback Bryan Panteck in 2000 versus Toledo St. John's Jesuit.

Again, congratulations to Dennis, his family, Wildcats veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo, Quarterbacks Coach Elvis Grbac, Head Coach Chuck Kyle '69 and the entire Saint Ignatius Football Program.    

An unwavering display of talent and will. Saint Ignatius and Mentor add another memorable chapter to their storied rivalry as the Cardinals prevail, 63-56, in Mentor's Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium on Friday night

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2014

Mentor, Ohio - No, there wasn't nearly as much at stake as there was in November of 2012, when Ohio's Mr. Football, Mentor senior quarterback Mitch Trubisky, led the Cardinals past Saint Ignatius, 57-56, in three overtimes in what was an OHSAA Division I Regional Championship Game at Parma's Byers Field in Robert M. Boulton Stadium.

The Cardinals-Wildcats Week 2 regular season encounter on Friday night in Mentor, however, had all of the drama of that 2012 night in Parma.

Coach Chuck Kyle's Wildcats and Coach Steve Trivisonno's Cardinals entered the "Game of the Week" as the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the area, repectively.

Meeting for the 19th time in what is the premier Catholic School versus Public School football rivalry in Ohio, if not the entire nation, Saint Ignatius (now 1-1) and Mentor (2-0) tested each other's unbreakable will for nearly three hours before the Cardinals, rallying from a 56-49 deficit with 11:55 remaining to be played, celebrated their eighth victory in the series and their sixth in their last nine gridiron meetings with the Wildcats, 63-56.

The young man who appears to be the next exceptional quarterback out on Center Street, 6-foot-4, 205-pound sophomore Tadas Tatarunas, fired a rope to his gifted senior wide receiver/running back Jason Blizzard and Blizzard, catching the ball in stride, raced 52 yards into the end zone. Cal Tommasone's extra-point kick was good and the score was knotted at 56 with 7:09 left.

Behind  the running of standout senior tailback Alex Mathews and a clutch reception by Blizzard, Mentor drove for a first down at the Saint Ignatius 15 as the seconds were ticking off the clock. On a second down and 5 yards to go from the 10, and 15 seconds remaining on the clock, Tatarunas rolled left under pressure, regained his balance and threw a TD pass into the hands of his other exceptional receiver, senior Malik Porter, who broke free across the back of the end zone. After Tommasone's PAT it was 63-56 with eight seconds on the clock. Porter's game-winner was set up by a leaping interception from Cardinals junior defensive back Michael Ballentine with 1:08 left.  

Saint Ignatius would field the ensuing kickoff and immediately take a knee at its 25-yard line. With eight seconds still on the clock, Wildcats outstanding senior quarterback Dennis Grosel, who threw six touchdown passes on the night, lofted a pass down field that fell incomplete deep in Mentor territory as time expired.

The Wildcats, who trailed, 35-13, with 5 minutes and 21 seconds remaining in the first half, cut the deficit to 35-27 by halftime. Trailing, 49-33, with 6:09 left in the third quarter, the Cats came storming back again behind Grosel's arm and the sure hands and routes of seniors Jack Cook and Cal Grbac. Saint Ignatius tied the score at 49 on a picture-perfect 80-yard touchdown pass from Grosel to Grbac and the ensuing two-point conversion pass to senior tight end Robert Hilbig with 2:50 to go in the third quarter.

A 52-yard drive that was orchestrated by Grosel and featured clutch receptions by Cook, Grbac and Hilbig resulted in a smooth and powerful 13-yard touchdown run by talented and tough junior tailback Jimmy Andrews with 11:55 left. Jimmy's second touchdown on the night saw him power his way over the right side, pick up a block from senior wide receiver Colin Kruchan, bounce outside and race into the right corner of the end zone. Sophomore Matthew Trickett kicked the point after touchdown and the Cats held the 56-49 lead.

Andrews rushed for 104 yards on 19 carries. Grosel picked up 72 yards on the ground off 12 carries and had 415 yards passing to go along with his 6 TD passes.

Cook, who also doubled as a defensive back on the humid night in Lake County, hauled in six passes for 70 yards and three touchdown receptions. Grbac caught five of Grosel's throws for 190 yards and two touchdowns, and endless promise and as hard-nosed as they come junior tight end/linebacker James Leyden had five receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. Leyden helped fuel Saint Ignatius' comeback before suffering from cramps.

As for the impressive numbers put on the board by Mentor, Tatarunas completed 25 of 34 passes for 531 yards and four touchdowns. Tadas was coming off a 303-yard passing night in his varsity debut against Boardman last week.

Mathews, one the premier running backs in Northeast Ohio, hurt the Cats time and again Friday night, just like he did in the Cardinals' victory over Saint Ignatius at Byers Field last season. Powerful and quick with exceptional balance and vision, Mathews finished with 234 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries, including a 66-yard TD gallop.

Blizzard, who generates speed and sure hands the moment he takes the field, had 13 receptions for 341 yards and two touchdowns. One of those TD receptions was a 75-yard catch and sprint combo.

Including his winning touchdown reception referred to earlier in this report, Porter turned in a night that included 7 receptions for 125 yards and two TDs. Mentor's first touchdown, the first score of the game, came off a 52-yard run by senior running back Frank Toth.

Another note worthy stat were the 93 yards on six kick returns that Saint Ignatius junior defensive back Alex Ringfield contributed.

WHAT WAS LOST ON FRIDAY NIGHT: Saint Ignatius is sure to drop in the area poll, but that is just window dressing compared to the healthy amount of computer points that slipped away.

UP NEXT: Saint Ignatius will face the Valley Forge Patriots on Friday night, Sept 11th on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium. The kickoff for what will be the 1,000th game in Saint Ignatius' Football History will be 7 PM. That same night, Mentor will travel to Cincinnati to face Queen City power St. Xavier.

THE LAST TIME: An opponent scored 60 or more points against a Saint Ignatius football team was in 1922, when Youngstown Rayen came away with a 69-6 victory.

FROM COACH KYLE: Coach Kyle said he and Coach Trivisonno both agreed after the game that their respective teams have a lot of work to do on defense. Mentor totaled 823 yards of offense and the Cats racked up 615 total yards.

"Offensively, they (the Cardinals) are very good," said Coach Kyle, who was disappointed with the number of big plays his Wildcats yielded. "We thought we could handle that, but now we know better. We'll see if we can get back to having a chance to play them again. That's what you hope for come November."

GREAT ATMOSPHERE: A crowd of 8,200 packed Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium under the Friday Night Lights of Mentor. Both bands were outstanding, the respective student bodies were in mid-season form and two young men who don't live that far apart (Grosel resides in Willoughby) engineered an offensive display of football that the Browns should tape.       








As the Soccer Cats take a break over the Labor Day Weekend, here is a wrap up on how all of the teams fared on Thursday night courtesy of Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Coach Joe Popelka '84
From Coach Popelka and Posted By Eddie Dwyer
The JV-B Team played at Valley Forge yesterday. They won a weather shortened game 1-0.
This raises their record to 3-0 -- all shutouts.
The JV-A Team played out at Solon and raised their record to 5-0 with another weather shortened game.
The Cats won 2-0 on goals by Joe Kalic and Thomas Hogan. Ryan Mark earned the shutout in goal.
The Varsity Team improved to 5-0 with a win over the area's second ranked Solon Comets. Solon came into the contest undefeated and had not been scored on. The game started late after a lengthy weather delay.
Max Heath was in the nets for his first varsity start and recorded the shutout.  Max faced 6 shots and made 2 saves in the victory.
Max was assisted in the shutout by the solid defense of the back line of Hunter Gordon, Matt Trickett, Adam Haas, and Tommy Patacca.
The goal was provided by John Vrablic, his third of the season, from an assist by Hayden Parente.
The Cats outshot the Comets 16-6.
The Cats are off this weekend and will play away next Wednesday at 7:00 versus the Bombers of Kenston.

John Vrablic's first-half goal is the difference as Saint Ignatius Varsity Soccer turns back a talented Solon Comets team, 1-0, on the Comets' Stewart Field Thursday night

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

The game matched the top two soccer programs in Cleveland this season and two of the premier defensive teams in the state.

Solon entered Thursday night's matchup without having yielded a goal through four games. The Comets are now 3-1-1.

Saint Ignatius, which has yielded two goals this young season, is 5-0, ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 4 in the nation by USA Today. The Solon Comets are Ohio's fifth-ranked team.

Up next for Coach Mike McLaughlin's defending and record six-time state champion Cats is a Sept. 9 matchup with the Kenston Bombers on the pitch at Kenston.  

A tough call down the stretch enables Mentor to rally to a 21-20 victory over Saint Ignatius in a Freshmen Football headliner at Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium on Thursday evening

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

Mentor, Ohio - Leading, 20-14, Saint Ignatius appeared to end a Mentor threat when defensive back Mitchell Puhalsky intercepted a Cardinals pass in the end zone off a fourth-and-7 from the Wildcats' 26-yard line with 55 seconds remaining to be played. Puhalsky forced the fourth-and-7 by breaking up a pass across the goal line with 1:02 left.

However, just when Saint Ignatius and its faithful were celebrating what appeared to be a 2-0 start to the Freshmen season, one of the officials called holding on the Cats and the Cardinals had new life with a first down at the Wildcats' 16 and 47 seconds on the clock.

Two plays later, Mentor quarterback Charlie Gallo scrambled to his left, tucked the ball away and fought his way into the end zone from 15 yards out with 27 seconds remaining. The extra-point kick was good and the Cardinals led, 21-20.  

On the ensuing kickoff, Mentor did a poor job of squibbing the ball and it was recovered by Saint Ignatius at the Mentor 45 with 24 seconds to go.

After a swing pass to Wildcats promising tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd put the ball on the Cardinals' 24, Saint Ignatius threw an incompletion and then elected to try a 41-yard field goal by its talented kicker/punter Patrick Otter with four seconds left.

Following a timeout by Mentor, the Cardinals came storming up the middle off the snap and blocked the field goal attempt. A Saint Ignatius player picked up the ball, but was run out of bounds after time had expired. Mentor also blocked the extra point after the Wildcats took a 20-14 lead on an impressive 48-yard touchdown gallop by Floyd with 3:57 remaining.

"It's like we told the guys, there were some interesting calls on their (the officials) part, but we shouldn't have been in that position," said Saint Ignatius Head Freshmen Coach Rodney Gallaway. "We were the better football team. Right now, I think it's a maturity thing with this group. They have all of the physical size, the attributes. They have the speed and everything they need, but when are they going to mature?

"They have to realize that this is a sport that is going to require a lot of work, desire, effort and heart," Coach Gallaway continued. "All of that stuff goes into playing a good football game. Preparing for the week, they have to understand that every play really does count. We should have won, no bones about it."

The young Wildcats held a 7-0 lead entering the second quarter after quarterback Patrick Delahunty connected with gifted wide receiver Jett Elad on a 49-yrd touchdown pass that featured a perfect throw and catch. Otter followed with the extra point. Elad is the brother of former Saint Ignatius standout fullback Stan Elad, who is currently furthering his education and football career at John Carroll University.

Mentor's freshmen tied the score on a 23-yard TD pass from Gallo to wide receiver Brett Matsko and the ensuing PAT with 5:54 left in the third quarter.

Saint Ignatius went back on top, 14-7, on a leaping touchdown reception by Elad that came off a gutsy throw by Delahunty and another extra point by Otter with 8:48 remaining in the fourth quarter. Freshmen quarters are nine minutes.

The Cardinals, on the strength of a 45-yard touchdown burst up the middle by their quick and hard-nosed tailback Nick Saginaro, would tie the score at 14 with 4:52 to go, setting the stage for the wild finish.

In what was another key sequence, Wildcats defensive back Michael Mangan recovered a fumble at the Mentor 34 and three plays later the Cats gave the ball right back to the Cardinals off a pass interception in the end zone with 2:08 left.

Thursday night's setback was the first for the Cats' Freshmen program since September of 2013, when Saint Ignatius lost a tight one at Warren Harding.

Saint Ignatius and Mentor will now take their rivalry to the Varsity level, as the area's top-ranked Wildcats and second-ranked Cardinals square off in Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium tomorrow under the Friday Night Lights. The kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM.

On Saturday, the Wildcats and the Cardinals will meet on the Junior Varsity level at 11 AM on Wasmer Field.

Have a great and safe Labor Day Weekend. 










Note changes on the Wildcats' 2015-16 Varsity Hockey Schedule

FROM WILDCATS OUTSTANDING HEAD COACH PAT O'ROURKE '90: I can confirm that we are playing Gilmour Academy at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday, December 4th at 4:00 pm. The game was originally scheduled for Jan. 30th at Brooklyn.

I can also tell you that our Jan 29th game vs. Holy Name at Brooklyn has been moved to a Tuesday, Feb 2nd matinee game - start time is at 4:30.

For a  look at the Ice Cats' schedule, go to, click on athletics and click on hockey - Eddie Dwyer


Sant Ignatius versus Mentor on the air waves
Posted By Eddie Dwyer
Friday night's Saint Ignatius at Mentor Varsity football game, which matches the area's top ranked Wildcats and the second ranked Cardinals, will be broadcast live by Saint Ignatius' Student Broadcast Network and WHK-AM 1420.     
The kickoff from Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium is 7 PM.
****A one-two punch that leaves it all in the Press Box, CARTER SPEARRY on the Play-By-Play and BRENDAN DEVENNEY with the Color Commentary will provide the Saint Ignatius Student Broadcast Network's live coverage. The savvy Matt MacKenzie will assist Carter and Brendan with Stats, Twitter and Updates.
Ed Daugherty will provide the play-by-play over WHK and will be joined by one of the original voices of Saint Ignatius football, former Wildcat Lenny Soeder '85, who will be Ed's analyst. Ah, those radio days of years gone by. The pregame on WHK is slated for 6:30 PM.
The area's premier Public School vs. Catholic School Football Rivalry. It's No. 1 Saint Ignatius versus No. 2 Mentor
By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015
Ohio City - The Wildcats (1-0) and the Cardinals (1-0), ranked 1-2 in's Top 25 area poll, will be meeting on the gridiron for the 19th time when they square off on Friday night in Mentor's Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium for a 7 PM kickoff.
Saint Ignatius, whose football rivalry with Mentor has developed under Wildcats Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Kyle and Mentor's highly successful Head Coach Steve Trivisonno, won the first four games of a series that began in 1989. The Cardinals' first victory over Saint Ignatius in football took place in the second round of the 2003 OHSAA playoffs, a 31-0 triumph by Mentor.
Although the Wildcats hold an 11-7 lead in their series with the Cardinals, Mentor has won five of the last eight meetings. Two of those five victories came in the 2012 and 2013 postseason playoffs, including the now storied 57-56 triple-overtime victory by the Cardinals in the 2012 Division I Regional finals. Mentor also won last year's regular season encounter at Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.
However, the last time Saint Ignatius traveled to Osborne Sr. Stadium for a Friday night regular-season matchup with the Cardinals, the Wildcats came away with a 26-6 victory. That was in Week 2 of the 2013 season.
Coach Trivisonno has gone on record as saying that as long as he is at the helm at Mentor and Coach Kyle is at Saint Ignatius, his Cardinals will always play the Wildcats - on all levels. In case you are interested, Saint Ignatius will travel to Osborne Sr. Stadium on Thursday for a 5 PM Freshmen Football matchup with Mentor and on Saturday at 11 AM at Wasmer Field, the Wildcats and the Cardinals will meet again on the Junior Varsity level.
Yes, Mentor and Saint Ignatius appreciate the value of a good old Public School versus Catholic or Private School Football rivalry. And this year it's under the Friday Night Lights. Sorry, but this old-timer loves Friday night high school football games.
Here is a look at the 2015 Mentor Cardinals, followed by comments from Coach Kyle and few trips around the corner.
Behind 309 yards and three touchdowns through the air by promising sophomore quarterback Tadas Tatarunas, a pair of TD receptions by veteran wide receiver Jason Blizzard and an opportunistic defense, Mentor opened its season with a 38-7 victory over Boardman at Osborne Sr. Stadium last Friday night.
Boardman, featuring the I-formation skills of junior tailback Koby Adu-Poku (34 carries for 157 yards) trailed, 17-7, late in the third quarter before the Cardinals pulled away.
Mentor, which finished 11-2 last season, welcomed back 2014 contributors Blizzard; Mike Ballentine at cornerback; Kenny Cook at safety; 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive lineman Billy Hudson; 6-4, 225-pound offensive lineman Kevin Birchall; linebacker DeAngelo Levert; standout running back Alex Mathews; veteran receiver Malik Porter (6-2, 200); offensive lineman Chase Strayer (6-3, 255); junior kicker Kyle Ulbrich and sophomore defensive back Logan Shea.  
Some other names to remember are wide receiver Steven Baird, defensive lineman Mark Gordon, defensive back/wide receiver Joe Lampert and offensive lineman Tyler Schonauer.
The Cardinals' biggest concern in preseason was who is going to step up at quarterback? Well, if his varsity debut under center last weekend is any indication, the 6-foot-4 Tatarunas could be a force to deal with for three years.
COACH KYLE ON THE 2015 CARDINALS:  "I think this year's team is really a compliment to the Mentor program," said the man who has guided his alma mater to an Ohio record 11 Division I state championships, including a state-best five in a row (1991-95), a state runner-up in 1996, three national championships (1989, '93 and '95) and a national runner-up in 2008. "Because they're good. They graduated some guys, some very good guys. And yet, there is somebody coming up (from the lower levels) that knows their offense and their defense. It's the organization of the Mentor junior highs getting into Cardinal Football and what the Mentor Cardinals Varsity does.
"You see the progression, one sees the idea that there is another kid going to come and have faith in it," Coach Kyle continued. "To me, the real obvious impression that I see this year with the quarterback, the defensive backs and some of their receivers, is yeah, it's their turn. And they know what they're doing. It's a great compliment to their program, believe me."
Coach Kyle, who in recent seasons has had to defend the Mr. Football gifts of All-Ohio quarterback Mitch Trubisky and the grit and skill of All-Ohio signal-caller Conner Krizancic while coaching against the Cardinals, is impressed with the size, arm and vision of Tatarunas.
"And again, even though he is just a sophomore, he knows their system," Coach Kyle said. "You can tell that if he's got a first look that he doesn't like, he knows exactly where he's going to. It's not just put your head down and run around. He's knows what he has to do on the next step or the next read. That, for a sophomore, is really, really good."
Coach Kyle also pointed to Mentor's veteran receivers of Blizzard and Porter, how much Mathews hurt the Cats on the ground last year, and the experience and size the Cardinals have up front defensively. A classic battle between Saint Ignatius' offensive line and Mentor's D-Line is one of the things Coach Kyle foresees on Friday night.
"We'll see how that battle goes, because it's going to be a key," said the man who is the most successful coach in the Great Cleveland area and the winningest Division I coach in Northeast Ohio with 316 career victories. Coach Kyle is now in his 33rd season as the head of Saint Ignatius' storied football program.
Defensively, Coach Kyle said the Cardinals give you different types of coverage, where they sort of walk into it and try to disguise it a little bit. Sometimes man and sometimes zone, and they try not to give you too early of a look at it.
"It's a classic Mentor offense and defense with some new faces. But they know what they're doing," Coach Kyle said.
Saint Ignatius is coming off a 63-7 opening-night victory over a Normandy in which Coach Kyle and his staff rotated their first, second and third units from the get-go and played the entire team (105 players). The Cats had eight rushing touchdowns and picked up nearly 300 yards on the ground.
"Certainly this week the first team will be busy," said Coach Kyle. "This is definitely like a regional final game."
FOR THOSE WHO ASKED: The first Associated Press State Football Poll will be released on Sept. 14 and the first release of the Ohio High School Athletic Association's all-important computer ratings is scheduled for Sept. 22.
NO STRANGERS: Wildcats Mike Chime, Mark Bobinski, Drew Asadorian  and Tommy Grosel (Dennis Grosel's brother) grew up together and played football with a lot of the Mentor players.
"They're great kids," said Bobinski, a gifted and gritty sophomore tailback who will help lead the Wildcats' Jayvees against the Mentor JV Team on Saturday at 11 AM on Wasmer Field. Along with Friday night's Varsity Game, the Saint Ignatius Student Broadcast Network is planning on broadcasting Saturday's JV Game.
"We still hang out to this day," Bobinski said of the Mentor players. "We still argue about who is a better football team, but in a friendly way."  
The week ahead in Wildcats Athletics. Saint Ignatius, Mentor and St. Edward continue to hold down the top three spots in the area's Top 25 football poll

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August/September 2015

Fairview Park, Ohio - As we reported Saturday in the corner's game story on the opening-night victory over Normandy, the Labor Day Weekend 1 versus 2 matchup between the top-ranked Wildcats and Coach Steve Trivisonno's Mentor Cardinals will take place on Friday night in the Cardinals' atmosphere-rich Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium. The kickoff is 7 PM.

Tomorrow night (Tuesday), yours truly will preview on the corner what is one of the finest Public School versus Catholic School football rivalries in the nation.

Also as expected, St. Edward remained third in's area poll after turning back Baltimore, Maryland power Gilman, 14-13. The Eagles moved up one spot to 18th in today's USA Today Super 25 national poll.

It is truly Mentor Week for the Wildcats' Football program, as on Thursday evening Coach Rodney Gallaway's Freshmen Cats travel to Osborne Sr. Stadium for a 5 PM kickoff and on Saturday morning at 11, Coach Paul Yappel will lead his Junior Varsity Cats against the Cardinals' Jayvees on Wasmer Field.

In Wildcats Varsity and Junior Varsity A Soccer, Coach Mike McLaughlin and Coach Jim Brennan will guide their respective teams against the Varsity and Junior Varsity programs from Solon Thursday night on the Comets' Stewart Field. The JV A matchup is scheduled for 5:30, followed by the Varsity match at 7:30.

Coach McLaughlin's Varsity Soccer Cats (4-0), ranked No. 1 in Ohio and fourth in the nation by USA Today, and Coach Jim Brennan's JV A Wildcats, 4-0 with four shutouts, are coming off championships in the prestigious Ohio Jesuit Cup Tournament, which was held over the weekend on Wasmer Field (see the corner's story from Sunday evening).  

As for Solon's Varsity soccer program, the Comets are currently 2-0-1 and are coming off a 0-0 draw against Mayfield on Saturday night at Stewart Field. The Comets outshot Mayfield, 10-0, but couldn't find the back of the net. Entering Tuesday's matchup with Shaker Heights, Solon has not allowed a goal this young season.

In Varsity Golf, Coach Brian Becker's men of the links put on a strong performance at the prestigious Kiely Cup (see the corner's post below) and will now gear up for Sunday's 2 PM Reece Alexander Gilmour Academy Invitational at Hawthorne Valley Country Club.

And last, but certainly not least, Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher '71 DDS will send his Cross Country Wildcats into Saturday morning's Hilliard Davidson Summer Bash. Check out the ever-popular Gallagher Report that the corner posted this afternoon.    


Wildcats Varsity Golfers shoot a second-day best 311 and finish second to Walsh Jesuit during the prestigious Kiely Cup at Canterbury Country Club
Ohio City's Harriers! It is the first Gallagher Report for the Wildcats' 2015 Cross Country Season
Presented by Saint Ignatius' outstanding Head Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher '71, DDS and Posted By Eddie Dwyer
Once again the Canton GlenOak Invitational lived up to its billing as one of the top opening season races.
A well-manicured course, rolling terrain, great competition, and did I mention hot and humid?
With the top four varsity runners sitting out this week, the rest of the varsity squad found themselves in a tight race against Louisville and St. Thomas Aquinas. The 'Cats went through the one-mile in a quick 5:10-5:15 pace, just off the lead pack of runners. At 3200 meters the field began to separate with Andrew Szendrey and Colin Caniglia moving up onto the heels of Louisville's top three runners. With 200 meters to go, Andrew and Colin were in position for a top 10 finish. With the stadium  in sight, a combination of the 85 degree heat and a tremendous effort took its toll on Colin and though his mind was willing his legs would not respond and he was unable to finish the race.
Andrew Szendrey continued on to place 7th in 16:30. Connor Reilly followed in 16:53 with freshman Nick Saul close behind in 16:57. Pat Nolan (17:05), Pat McGuire (17:06), Collin Kelly (17:19) and Alex Falkenberg (17:24) rounded out the top seven for a third place finish in the team scoring.
Congratulations to Nick Saul, Collin Kelly, freshman Matt Blouch (17:29),  Gabe Ohliger (17:59), and  John Heistercamp (18:00) for earning their first varsity letter.
After a fast-paced varsity race, the clouds opened up and temperatures rose for the JV/Open race at 10:30. The gun went off and 238 runners set off at a blistering pace. Tim Trentel stuck near the front of the pack through the first mile and then began to pull away. John Heisterkamp picked it up in the second mile and caught Trentel heading into the final mile. The two cruised to the finish line thirty seconds ahead of the third-place finisher with Trentel finishing in 17:58 and Heisterkamp right behind him coming in at 18:00. Matt Harsar finished 4th overall in 18:35. Andrew Biehl (18:53), Pat McGraw (19:03), Max Bryden (19:04), and Malachy Frain (19:07) rounded out the top seven. The team took first place honors in the JV scoring.
P.S. Colin Caniglia is OK and will be ready for the Hilliard Summer Bash.
This week's schedule: Please note the location changes for practice.
Monday: Mastick, 3:30-5:30
Tuesday: Edgewater,  3:30-5:30
Wednesday: Edgewater, 3:30-5:30
Thursday: Mastick, 3:30-5:30
Friday: Saint Ignatius, 3-4:30
Saturday: Hilliard Davidson Summer Bash Invitational at Hilliard Davidson High School.
Varsity: 10:00am
JV/Frosh/Open: 11:00am
Coach bus will leave Saint Ignatius at 6:45am. There will be a picnic as well as the ever-popular T-shirt exchange with the other participating teams following the meet.
Go Cats!
Saint Ignatius Varsity Soccer rides a picture-perfect header by senior defender/co-captain Hunter Gordon off a smooth move and assist by senior forward/co-captain Lawrence Karpeh to a 1-0 Jesuit Cup Championship victory over St. John's Jesuit on Sunday

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August/September 2015

From Wasmer Field on the campus of Saint Ignatius High School - Hunter Gordon's goal and Lawrence Karpeh's assist, which came with less than 10 minutes gone in the second half, along with another strong effort by the Wildcats' defense, enabled Coach Mike McLaughlin's nationally ranked program to improve to 4-0 and take possession of what is Saint Ignatius' seventh Ohio Jesuit Cup Varsity Soccer Championship.

On Sunday morning, Coach Jim Brennan guided his Junior Varsity A Cats to a 2-0 victory over Cincinnati St. Xavier, a triumph that brought Coach Brennan his ninth JV Ohio Jesuit Cup Championship. The JV A Cats are now 4-0 on the young season with four shutouts.

Toledo St. John's Jesuit, which advanced to the Varsity title matchup with Saint Ignatius by defeating Cincinnati St. Xavier, 2-0, on Saturday, now stands 2-1-1.

ANSWERING THE CHALLENGE: After a scoreless first half that saw both teams execute their defense, Saint Ignatius' players were told by Assistant Coach and former Wildcats standout Mark Blades that they were "a little too predictable" on offense in the first half.

Just seconds after Coach McLaughlin went over the offensive approach the Cats were going to take in the final 40 minutes, a player from St. John's Jesuit, not 10 yards away from where Saint Ignatius was huddling at halftime, looked over at the Wildcats, made a reference to Saint Ignatius' fourth-place national ranking and said to his Titan teammates, "They're beatable!"

And what was Coach McLaughlin's response just before Saint Ignatius took the Wasmer Field pitch for the second half?

"Let's show them how good we are boys."

The Wildcats put enormous pressure on the Titans right from the get-go in the second half before Karpeh, in a soccer savvy display of footwork and quickness, went around two defenders and found Gordon for the difference maker.

A CASE FOR THE DEFENSE: Saint Ignatius junior goalie Lodge Dils had exceptional saves in both halves and the defensive play of the first 40 minutes came from Wildcats junior defender Tommy Patacca, who took away a shot off the line that appeared to be headed for the back of the Lorain Avenue net. It was a big-time heads up play by Patacca.

In the second half, the Cats protected their 1-0 lead behind some outstanding defense by senior midfielder/co-captain Hayden Parente and the new kid on the block - sophomore Matthew Trickett. Trickett played Freshmen football last year and this year he is doing triple duty as the JV Football punter/kicker, a backup place kicker/punter for the Varsity Football Team and a high soccer IQ defender for Coach McLaughlin.Trickett played in Saturday afternoon's 4-1 first-round victory over Walsh Jesuit in the Jesuit Cup, had two extra points and a couple of booming kickoffs for the Varsity Football team on Saturday night and was back on Wasmer Field Sunday afternoon raring to go.

YELLOW, THEN RED: With 14:38 remaining to be played, the Wildcats were hit with a questionable Red Card that saw the official pull out a Yellow Card then change his call. A Yellow Card, maybe. Red, I don't think so. But the Cats will have to live with it.

BY THE NUMBERS: Saint Ignatius outshot St. John's Jesuit, 17-6. Each team had five corner kicks. Titans goalie Stephen Wainz turned in a valiant effort with seven saves.

CONSOLATION: St. Xavier and Walsh Jesuit played to a 2-2 tie in Sunday's Varsity Consolation Match.

RANKINGS: Saint Ignatius, which entered Sunday's Varsity Championship Game as the fourth-ranked team in the nation, will be No. 1 in this coming week's OSSCA State Poll. St. John's Jesuit will also be among Ohio's top five teams.

UP NEXT: The Wildcats' Varsity and Junior Varsity A teams will travel to Solon on Thursday night, with the Junior Varsity matchup on the pitch at Stewart Field scheduled for 5:30 and the Varsity at 7:30.

AS LAWRENCE KARPEH SAW IT: "We knew coming into this game that it was going to be difficult. Our first couple of games weren't the greatest challenge. But this game is what we needed to see, somebody who could stay up with us a little bit. We had to stay positive at halftime, no negative vibe. We had to encourage each other and push the teammates next to us to do everything we needed. A win is a win. We were challenged, and we did what we needed to do."

FROM HUNTER GORDON: "I was creeping forward as an onside back and to see Lawrence with the ball, I know he's going to make a play on it," Hunter said of the title matchup's only goal. "When he turned there (past two defenders) and lifted his head, I called for it. I just made a move diagonally and it was a perfect ball from him. I got my head on it and it went in the back of the net (in the scoreboard end zone of Wasmer Field). Their (St. John's) game plan was to look up and kick it deep. They didn't really string a lot of passes together. So for us, it was about winning everything and not letting anything get behind us. The way we did that, the way we came out on top, was winning every 50-50 battle."

AND FROM COACH MIKE MCLAUGHLIN, WHO HAS GUIDED HIS CATS TO A RECORD SIX BOYS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: "It's really hard to play two days in a row like this," said Coach McLaughlin, whose team advanced to Sunday's Championship match by defeating Walsh Jesuit, 4-1, on Saturday. "Especially at the speed and the pace that we play. It's difficult to play back to back without a day or two off, so I was really proud of how hard we worked.

"The key from here on out is whether we'll have the energy to do the work," Coach McLaughlin continued. "But this season reveals things about your team, that's the beauty of it. The beauty of playing these games is that you get yourself in situations where you have to solve problems. Our first couple of games have been a little easier, we scored goals and things went our way. I'm so pleased that we had challenges today that we had to deal with. It's going to get harder and harder as we go. Of the teams in the top ten (in the USA Today National Poll) we have the toughest schedule in the country. We play six nationally ranked teams."          









Harrison Vonderau and The Varsity A Golf Cats bring home first place at Saturday's University School 8-Team Challenge

FROM COACH BRIAN BECKER: Congratulations go out to senior Harrison Vonderau for winning his second straight tournament with a even par round of 71 at Quail Hollow Country Club. Harrison led the Wildcats to their second straight tournament victory and their third win out of eight tournaments.

Enclosed are the Saint Ignatius individual scores from Saturday as well as the team scores from the tournament. The Varsity Cats return to action on Sunday and Monday at Canterbury Country Club in the state renowned “Kiely Cup” 36-hole tournament.

Saint Ignatius “A”               Saint Ignatius “B”                      Team Scores:
Harrison Vonderau 71       Michael Vallee 74                   Saint Ignatius “A” 293
Geoff Allman 73                Kyle McCafferty 74                 University School 311
Andrew Zawie 74              Louis Williams 79                   Saint Ignatius “B” 312
Zach Morris 75                  Hunter Rinkus 85                   Archbishop Hoban 329
Patrick Devine 78             Tommy Lauer 88                    Western Reserve 344
Owen Miklos 79                Jake Moraca 89                     University School “B” 346

Shaker Heights 365 and St. Edward 371 made it an eight-team challenge.



Saint Ignatius Varsity Football plays the entire team in going to its second and third units early and often during Saturday's 63-7 opening-night victory over Normandy on Byers Field

By  Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August/September 2015

Parma, Ohio - Everyone played and the OHSAA point-differential running clock was employed as the Cats led, 21-0, after the first quarter and 49-0 at halftime.

Despite being out-manned, the Normandy Invaders never quit and displayed class during and after the game. It was the first meeting on the gridiron between the Wildcats and the Invaders. In following area high school football since 1958 and covering and reporting on it for more than four decades, I haven't seen many players display a bigger heart than Normandy quarterback Bailey Archacki did in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium on Saturday night. A lesser player would have mailed it in after the first quarter.   

The 63 points by Saint Ignatius marked the third time since 2002 that the Cats surpassed 60 points in a game. In 2007, Saint Ignatius defeated Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius, 64-0, and in 2002 Brian Hoyer, 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.



TOO MUCH FIREPOWER ON THE GROUND: The Wildcats ran the ball with authority against Normandy. In racking up more than 280 yards rushing and scoring eight times on the ground, Saint Ignatius went to work on a facet of its game that, mainly because of injuries, was up and down last season.

After gifted senior wide receiver/defensive back/ punter returner/Jack Cook returned a punt that came from Normandy's end zone to the Invaders' 30-yard line, savvy senior quarterback Dennis Grosel directed a quick three-play series that was capped with a 4-yard touchdown burst by promising junior tailback Jimmy Andrews and the ensuing extra-point kick off the powerful leg of junior Colin Goodfellow.

After a leaping interception by Cook at the Invaders' 35-yard line, senior tailback Ian Forkapa went to work with 27 yards on five carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run. Goodfellow's second extra point was high and true, and it was a 14-0 game with 6 minutes and 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Junior quarterback Patrick Ryan was at the helm for the Cats' second touchdown.

Saint Ignatius' veteran Running Backs Coach Terry Fergus was all smiles on the sideline as the rushing attack continued to take its toll on the Invaders.

Senior tailback Elijah Wahib, whose mental and physical toughness are bigger than Robert M. Boulton Stadium, pushed the Wildcats' lead to four touchdowns on TD gallops of 5 and 15 yards. Goodfellow assisted with two more PATs that kissed the gray sky over Byers Field. A smooth roll-out pass from Ryan to senior tight end Robert Hilbig helped set up Wahib's second visit to the end zone.

The Cats' defense then struck with a perfectly timed 31 yard interception return for a touchdown by senior defensive back Dan Volpe.

Saint Ignatius tacked on two more touchdowns before halftime courtesy of another scoring run by Forkapa that featured a text-book cutback and an authoritative 2-yard score by senior running back David Welcsh. David is a converted quarterback.

Forkapa's second TD was set up by an exceptional catch and run by junior wide receiver Michael Daugenti and Welcsh's hard-nosed visit to the Day Drive end zone of Byers Field was preceded by a picture-perfect reception from senior receiver/long snapper Jim Berger.

The Cats' second half scores came off a 15-yard burst to pay dirt by senior tailback Nick Berlin and a 4-yard sweep over the right side and into the Day Drive end zone by junior tailback Dean "The Dream" Stowers. Sophomore Matthew Trickett, who was competing for the Varsity Soccer Team during the annual Ohio Jesuit Cup on Saturday afternoon, put on the helmet and pads and showed off his powerful leg with two extra points and a couple of impressive kickoffs into the end zone.

Goodfellow's 7 PATs on the night were one short of tying the Wildcats' single-game mark.

Normandy's touchdown came off an on-the-money 48-yard toss from Archacki to Brandon Calta with just over four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Archacki also picked up some big yardage off a keeper late in the first half.


FROM COACH KYLE: "We played everybody who could play tonight. So that's 100 and whatever (players). Some guys were injured, so it was somewhere around 105.

"I told the kids earlier in the week that the first unit, fine," Coach Kyle continued. "But when they (the first unit) score, you're (the second unit) going in. Because I want them (the second unit) to run our offense. It's like, hey, it's only 7-0 so you guys have to come through and they did. We've got a lot of running backs that bring different things to the field, vision and speed. So let's get them out there. 

"We want to build depth and we want the quarterbacks and receivers to run the offense. The first unit got back on the field in the third series and after that they were done," Coach Kyle said. "We've got Mentor next week, so there are things to work on."           











Varsity Soccer Cats will face Toledo St. John's Jesuit in Sunday's Ohio Jesuit Cup finals at 3 PM Sunday on Wasmer Field. The Titans defeated St. Xavier, 2-0, on Saturday.
Despite resting its top runners, Saint Ignatius' Harriers put forth a solid effort at the Canton GlenOak Golden Eagle Invitational Cross Country Meet

Here are Saturday's Boys Division I Top 10 Teams and Top 25 Individuals, and Top 30 Individuals and Top Teams for all Boys Divisions 

1. Louisville                     
            2    4    5    9   12  (19) (20) =    32
         Nick Chaplik, Noah Chaplik, Zach Fresenko, Noah Murray, Ben Tornow,
         Christian Hendricks, Jacob Milburn
  2. Saint Ignatius                   
            6   13   16   27   29  (41) (44) =    91
         Andrew Szendrey, Connor Reilly, Nick Saul, Collin Kelly, Alex
         Falkenberg, Liam McGuire, Michael Fitzgerald
  3. Austintown-Fitch               
           11   14   18   28   37  (72) (73) =   108
         Matt Rozic, Andrew Green, Ryan Dippolito, Craig Schumacher, Christian
         Davis, Tyler Betters, Preston Bosley
  4. Twinsburg                      
            3    8   31   35   42  (48) (78) =   119
         Josh Gogan, Ryan Adkins, Ethan Bernhard, Aaron McCarthy, Justin
         Roberson, Andrew Yates, Blake Benedict
  5. GlenOak                        
           10   25   32   33   45  (47) (52) =   145
         Jacob Murphy, Alex Nupp, Cameron Wydra, Brian Evans, Jason Nagy, Paul
         Murray, Gage Feola
  6. Howland                        
           17   23   36   38   46  (50) (74) =   160
         Ethan Neff, Tyler Harigan, Vincent Mauri, Andrew Sutton, Duncan
         Hamilton, Brandon Gregory, Marc Snitzer
  7. Brecksville                    
           15   26   39   40   43  (56) (63) =   163
         Ben Good, Ben Holobinko, Amal Samaranyake, Matthew Speck, Aaron Moore,
         Tim Good, Nick Bosley
  8. Saint Ignatius B                 
           21   22   34   51   55  (57) (69) =   183
         Patrick Nolan, Patrick McGuire, Matt Blouch, Gabe Ohliger, Joe Ripepi,
         Logan Kijewski, Mark McHugh
  9. Brunswick                      
            1   24   49   54   59  (65) (86) =   187
         Andre Bollam-Godbott, Tim Bizon, Bailey Wolf, Tyler Kraft, Josh
         Ogorzaly, Jason Genco, Jacob Finnan
10. Nordonia                       
            7   30   53   64   66  (71) (83) =   220
         Brian Zaborszki, Tommy Masteller, Jakobi Ford, James Hayes, Nicky
         Orzechowski, Matt Korodi, Andrew Wahl.

Place TmPl No.   Name                   Yr School                  Time        
===== ==== ===== ====================== == ======================= =========
    1    1    61 Andre Bollam-Godbott   11 Brunswick        15:51.0
    2    2   187 Nick Chaplik           11 Louisville                15:59.8
    3    3   348 Josh Gogan             12 Twinsburg             16:11.4
    4    4   188 Noah Chaplik           11 Louisville               16:22.2
    5    5   190 Zach Fresenko          11 Louisville              16:26.5
    6    6   333 Andrew Szendrey        11 Saint Ignatius     16:30.3
    7    7   230 Brian Zaborszki        12 Nordonia                16:36.3
    8    8   339 Ryan Adkins             9 Twinsburg                16:36.7
    9    9   199 Noah Murray            11 Louisville                16:39.0
   10   10   153 Jacob Murphy           12 GlenOak              16:45.8
   11   11     7 Matt Rozic             12 Austintown Fitch        16:47.9
   12   12   203 Ben Tornow             12 Louisville               16:52.1
   13   13   317 Connor Reilly          12 Saint Ignatius         16:53.6
   14   14     5 Andrew Green           12 Austintown-Fitch    16:54.8
   15   15    39 Ben Good               12 Brecksville               16:55.1
   16   16   321 Nick Saul               9 Saint Ignatius             16:57.6
   17   17   179 Ethan Neff             11 Howland                   16:59.6
   18   18     4 Ryan Dippolito         10 Austintown-Fitch      17:01.7
   19   19   192 Christian Hendricks    12 Louisville             17:04.8
   20   20   198 Jacob Milburn          12 Louisville                17:05.5
   21   21   315 Patrick Nolan          11 Saint Ignatius B       17:05.7
   22   22   312 Patrick McGuire        12 Saint Ignatius B     17:06.4
   23   23   175 Tyler Harigan          11 Howland                  17:07.0
   24   24    60 Tim Bizon              12 Brunswick                  17:07.3
   25   25   156 Alex Nupp              12 GlenOak                   17:11.3

    1    1    61 Andre Bollam-Godbott   11 Brunswick              15:51.0
    2    2   187 Nick Chaplik           11 Louisville             15:59.8
    3    3   432 Jacob Caniford         12 St. Thomas Aquinas     16:04.6
    4    4   348 Josh Gogan             12 Twinsburg              16:11.4
    5    5   188 Noah Chaplik           11 Louisville             16:22.2
    6    6   190 Zach Fresenko          11 Louisville             16:26.5
    7    7   333 Andrew Szendrey        11 Saint Ignatius           16:30.3
    8    8   462 Alex Phillips           9 SVSM                   16:34.5
    9    9   230 Brian Zaborszki        12 Nordonia               16:36.3
   10   10   339 Ryan Adkins             9 Twinsburg              16:36.7
   11   11   199 Noah Murray            11 Louisville             16:39.0
   12   12   480 Chad Burrow            12 Tuslaw                 16:43.9
   13   13   443 Ed Walsh               11 St. Thomas Aquinas     16:44.0
   14   14   153 Jacob Murphy           12 GlenOak                16:45.8
   15   15     7 Matt Rozic             12 Austintown-Fitch       16:47.9
   16   16   203 Ben Tornow             12 Louisville             16:52.1
   17   17   317 Connor Reilly          12 St. Ignatius           16:53.6
   18   18   417 Joey Coudriet          11 Smithville             16:54.4
   19   19     5 Andrew Green           12 Austintown-Fitch       16:54.8
   20   20    39 Ben Good               12 Brecksville            16:55.1
   21   21   321 Nick Saul               9 St. Ignatius           16:57.6
   22   22   179 Ethan Neff             11 Howland                16:59.6
   23   23     4 Ryan Dippolito         10 Austintown-Fitch       17:01.7
   24   24   192 Christian Hendricks    12 Louisville             17:04.8
   25   25   198 Jacob Milburn          12 Louisville             17:05.5
   26   26   315 Patrick Nolan          11 Saint Ignatius B         17:05.7
   27   27   312 Patrick McGuire      12 Saint  Ignatius B         17:06.4
   28   28   439 Jacob Paul             12 St. Thomas Aquinas     17:06.9
   29   29   175 Tyler Harigan          11 Howland                17:07.0
   30   30    60 Tim Bizon              12 Brunswick              17:07.3

1. Louisville                     
            2    5    6   11   16  (24) (25) =    40
         Nick Chaplik, Noah Chaplik, Zach Fresenko, Noah Murray, Ben Tornow,
         Christian Hendricks, Jacob Milburn
  2. St. Thomas Aquinas             
            3   13   28   31   32  (34) (39) =   107
         Jacob Caniford, Ed Walsh, Jacob Paul, Andrew Addessi, David Laubacher,
         John Laubacher, Justis Paul
  3. Saint Ignatius                   
            7   17   21   40   43  (61) (64) =   128
         Andrew Szendrey, Connor Reilly, Nick Saul, Collin Kelly, Alex
         Falkenberg, Liam McGuire, Michael Fitzgerald
  4. Austintown-Fitch               
           15   19   23   42   56 (103)(104) =   155
         Matt Rozic, Andrew Green, Ryan Dippolito, Craig Schumacher, Christian
         Davis, Tyler Betters, Preston Bosley
  5. Twinsburg                      
            4   10   45   53   62  (69)(115) =   174
         Josh Gogan, Ryan Adkins, Ethan Bernhard, Aaron McCarthy, Justin
         Roberson, Andrew Yates, Blake Benedict
  6. SVSM                           
            8   38   41   50   54 (105)(108) =   191
         Alex Phillips, Brian Heller, Conner McIntyre, Patrick Walter, Matthew
         Sollenberger, Sean O'Brien, Patrick White
  7. GlenOak                        
           14   36   46   47   65  (68) (76) =   208
         Jacob Murphy, Alex Nupp, Cameron Wydra, Brian Evans, Jason Nagy, Paul
         Murray, Gage Feola
  8. Howland                        
           22   29   55   57   67  (73)(107) =   230
         Ethan Neff, Tyler Harigan, Vincent Mauri, Andrew Sutton, Duncan
         Hamilton, Brandon Gregory, Marc Snitzer
  9. Tuslaw                         
           12   35   52   66   71 (123)(132) =   236
         Chad Burrow, John Viront, Jamie Viront, Josh Miller, Zac Wilhelm,
         Andrew Wenzel, Cody DeBos
10. Brecksville                    
           20   37   58   59   63  (82) (92) =   237
         Ben Good, Ben Holobinko, Amal Samaranyake, Matthew Speck, Aaron Moore,
         Tim Good, Nick Bosley
11. Saint Ignatius B                 
           26   27   49   75   80  (83) (99) =   257
         Patrick Nolan, Patrick McGuire, Matt Blouch, Gabe Ohliger, Joe Ripepi,
         Logan Kijewski, Mark McHugh
12. Brunswick                      
            1   30   72   78   85  (94)(135) =   266
         Andre Bollam-Godbott, Tim Bizon, Bailey Wolf, Tyler Kraft, Josh
         Ogorzaly, Jason Genco, Jacob Finnan
13. Smithville                     
           18   51   60   86   91 (106)(109) =   306
         Joey Coudriet, Lucas Clark, Noah Riggenbach, Justin Woodruff, Justin
         McKeal, Ian Weiner, Caleb Hostetler
14. Nordonia                       
            9   44   77   93   95 (101)(124) =   318
         Brian Zaborszki, Tommy Masteller, Jakobi Ford, James Hayes, Nicky
         Orzechowski, Matt Korodi, Andrew Wahl
15. Gilmour Academy                
           33   48   74   79   96 (127)(154) =   330
         Tyler Clark, Brendan Cheng, Zachary Asher, Timothy Diemer, Connor
         Gerspacher, Cory Bouchek, James LaPlante
16. Firestone                      
           84   90   97   98  113 (116)(117) =   482
         Darcy Isaiah, Sam Michael, David Herr, Noah LaVictoire, John Bowen,
         Joe Gorsuch, Garrett Satow
17. Normandy                       
           87   89  112  119  128 (138)(166) =   535
         Kevin Lannoch, James Ludwig, Jacob Stacho, Joseph Vicario, Gabe
         Speidel, Mike Spurio, Alexander Diluzio
18. Lakeview                       
           70  118  121  122  137            =   568
         Max McLeoud, Sam Van Horn, Richie Titus, David Dulka, Manny Gomez
19. Chippewa                       
          102  110  125  126  160 (171)(173) =   623
         Steven Hennis, Clayton Sims, A.J. Miller, Kyle Shields, Drew Smith,
         Devin Cortes, Bradley Sims
20. Northwest                      
           88  111  133  141  151 (161)(165) =   624
         Justin Hinkle, Michael Fleming, John Elliott, Evan Petty, Jack Bender,
         Josh Teel, Dylan Gregorich
21. Rootstown                      
           81  129  134  147  152 (159)(170) =   643
         Sam Di Tirro, Kyle Borbely, Josh Vogt, Brandon Rhodes, Jett Paulus,
         Roger Williams, Dominic DeSalvo
22. Roosevelt                      
          100  114  140  142  153 (156)(158) =   649
         Damon Szakacs, Alex Farrell, Andrew Herman, Christian Ledet, Perkins
         Pringle, Jackson Roberts, Adam Ciha
23. Firestone B                    
          120  136  146  149  162 (164)      =   713
         Sean Cooke, Owein Grant, Joshua Taylor, Jules Christensen, Elek
         Kitchen, Sean Edwards
24. Lakeview B                     
          131  139  143  144  169 (175)      =   726
         Andrew Gurdak, Bill Dodd, Ethan Dobler, Alex Rohrer, Nate Dunbar,
         Bobby Coller
25. Howland B                      
          130  145  150  157  167 (172)      =   749
         William Eisen, Stavan Shah, Angelo Mauri, Triston Hafely, Joseph
         Fitzpatrick, Tyler Stewart
26. Gilmour Academy B              
          148  155  163  168  174            =   808
         Clayton Tomasek, Henry Claude Madiba, Alec Marusic, Paul Burger,
         Daniel Kirchner.



Courtesy of Wildcats' outstanding Assistant Soccer Coach Joe Popelka and Posted by Eddie Dwyer

Jesuit Cup--Day One

Saint Ignatius Junior Varsity A 1, Wash Jesuit Junior Varsity 0.

JV game: The Cats prevailed on a Thomas Hogan free kick with less than 2 minutes left in the game.

Ryan Mark went the distance in goal and recorded the shutout.

Rounding the corner with weekend coverage on the Cats

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

The corner will have game coverage on the Wildcats' 2015 Varsity Football season opener versus the Normandy Invaders on Saturday at 7 PM from Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium. For a preview on the Cats-Invaders matchup, see the corner's story that was posted Tuesday evening. Saint Ignatius enters the game as the top-ranked team in the area. 

Saturday's corner posts will also include a wrap up on the first day of the Ohio Jesuit Cup, as the Nationally Acclaimed Soccer Cats will host the action on Wasmer Field. THE CORNER WILL PROVIDE GAME COVERAGE ON SUNDAY'S FINALS OF THE JESUIT CUP IN VARSITY AND JUNIOR VARSITY PLAY.

We will round the corner with a Saturday wrap on Saint Ignatius' gifted Cross Country Team, as Coach Mike Gallagher's Harriers open their season at the Canton GlenOak Golden Eagle Invitational on Saturday morning. The starting time is listed as 9:30 AM. Coach Gallagher's tough-minded and big-meet tested runners are ranked No. 1 in the coaches' preseason state poll.

Coach Brian Becker will provide us with a recap on his strong and steady Wildcats Golf Team during Saturday's University School Six-Team Challenge at Quail Hollow Golf Club. The tee off time is 2 PM. Coach Becker will also give us his wrap on Sunday's fist round of the prestigious Kiely Cup at Canterbury Golf Club.

Have a great and safe weekend.     

Saint Ignatius' Junior Varsity Football Team leaves room for improvement during Thursday's 27-2 season-opening victory at Central Catholic, but displays the pieces and the promise that could be the foundation for another successful season

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2015

Cleveland, Ohio - As freshmen last fall, they produced an undefeated season.

Now a year older, wiser and stronger, Saint Ignatius' Junior Varsity Football players have the potential to be even better this season.

While some first-game mistakes accompanied their 27-2 victory over a quick and athletic Cleveland Central Catholic Junior Varsity team on Thursday evening, the young Wildcats did enough good things to spoil any thoughts the Ironmen and their faithful had of a potential upset.

"I thought it was a good first game from the standpoint we were put into a lot of different situations," said Saint Ignatius' Head Junior Varsity Coach Paul Yappel, who also serves as an Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Wildcats' Varsity program. "The free kick after the safety, punt, punt return, kickoff, kickoff return, all of our special teams were used. All of those things in a first game are helpful to a young team, a young group. We never know how a first game is going to go in terms of how are they going to react? We've practiced, we've scrimmaged, but now it's for real.

"They played well for the first time out," Coach Yappel continued. "There is definitely room for improvement, but that's what this whole experience is for them as a JV player, developing and improvement. We move on now to our second opponent and we have to be ready to step our game up in every area, individually and collectively."

The JV Cats, who will now gear up for an 11 AM Sept. 5 kickoff versus the Junior Varsity Team from Mentor at Wasmer Field, turned to their special teams and defense from the get-go.

After a booming opening kickoff off the leg of Matthew Trickett went into the end zone, Central Catholic took possession at its 20-yard line on the sun-drenched turf in Stefanski Stadium.

From there, the Wildcats' defense was all over the Ironmen.

After Cats defensive end Jeffrey Outcalt sacked the quarterback on the first play from scrimmage, Saint Ignatius' team pursuit had Central Catholic looking up at a third down and 25 yards to go from its 5-yard line.

Things only got worse for the Ironmen as they tried a swing pass in the end zone and the play was eaten up by Wildcats defensive back Max Corrigan-Mook, who tackled the receiver in the end zone for a safety after the receiver caught the ball. If these old eyes aren't deceiving me, I think Central Catholic was going to try a double pass out of its end zone. But Corrigan-Mook was a step ahead of anything the Ironmen had in mind.

Saint Ignatius, which complemented its defense and special teams with a balanced offense, pushed its lead to 17-0 by halftime behind the arm of quarterback Daniel Alexander and the running of gifted and hard-nosed tailback Mark Bobinski.

Bobinski's highlight-reel cut back resulted in his 11-yard touchdown run. Mark put on a display of strength, balance and speed throughout the game.

Alexander threw for a touchdown and a two-point conversion, and sealed the deal when he faked the handoff to multi-skilled tailback Josh Crayton-Prioleau and bootlegged into the end zone. Crayton-Prioleau set up Alexander's TD sprint around the left side with some impressive runs that carried the Cats inside Central Catholic's 2-yard line. Drew Alessandro's extra-point kick closed out the scoring.

Prior to Alexander's touchdown run, Saint Ignatius made it a 20-2 game on a 36-yard field goal by Trickett that was set up by a blocked punt by defensive back Brock Hausmann, who also recovered the ball in the same motion. Trickett doubles as a mainstay for Coach Mike McLaughlin's nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer program.

In what were two other outstanding plays, Wildcats standout safety Justin Sands ran down a Central Catholic receiver who, after catching a tipped pass, cutting across the field and breaking away down the left sideline, appeared to be headed for the end zone. Just seconds later, Sands made a diving interception deep in Saint Ignatius territory off a great read and reaction, and the Ironmen would have to settle for their two points off a safety as their only score on the evening.

I have written it before and have said it many times, every time I watch Justin Sands play this old-timer sees flashes of former Wildcat great Barry Alvis, a defensive stalwart at safety on Saint Ignatius' first Division I State Championship Team of 1988. Barry was a first-team selection on one of the greatest Plain Dealer All-Scholastic Teams ever assembled - the 1988 team that appeared on Thanksgiving Morning.

"The defense did well," said Coach Yappel. "There were times where they let up a big play, but they were able to come back and prevent the score. That's part of it too. How do you deal with adversity? They responded well."

UP FRONT, WHERE IT ALL STARTS ON OFFENSE: This graybeard would like to tip my cap to the Junior Varsity Offensive Line of Co-Captain John "Jack" Jamieson, Tobias Engel, William Corte, Juan Pen, Wrigley LaSpisa and Ryan Borchert for the job they turned in on what was a perfect late August evening for football. Both Coach Yappel and Saint Ignatius' outstanding Head Offensive Line Coach Adam Rini '99 have done an exceptional job with the development of these young blockers and pass protectors.

"I think we did a good job (up front)," Coach Yappel said. "We don't have a lot of depth on our offensive line and I think those guys are learning to play together. They need to continue to take steps forward. If they continue to improve, obviously the offense will as well."   












Here are some notes on the Varsity Soccer Team's impressive victory over Padua Franciscan on Wednesday night

Posted By Eddie Dwyer and Presented by Wildcats outstanding Teacher--Biological Sciences, Assistant Soccer Coach and Student Senate Moderator, Mr. Joseph Popelka '84.

FROM COACH POPELKA: Padua remains the only program we have played in each of the now 40 seasons (we now stand at 30-5-5 versus the Bruins).

Lodge Dils went the distance in goal--only had to make one save in the 10-0 victory, 7-0 at halftime. We outshot them, 35-4.

Scoring order:

1-Vrablic (his first varsity goal) from Milhoan

2-Milhoan from Houde

3-Karpeh from Milhoan

4-Houde from Karpeh

5-Patacca (his first varsity goal) from Vrablic

6-Patacca from Parente

7-Duldner from Milhoan

8-Duldner from Gotsky

9-Gotsky (his first varsity goal) unassisted

10-Vrablic from Collins

Milhoan continues to lead team with now 6 goals. Milhoan and Karpeh both have 4 assists.

The JV-A team won, 7-0, over Padua's Junior Varsity. Thomas Hogan led the scoring with 4 goals.
Junior Varsity Coach Jim Brennan '85 remains perfect against all teams from Parma (his hometown) in his 23 year career.

Along with Football and Soccer, the Wildcats' highly regarded Cross Country and Golf Teams will be in action this weekend

From the corner's Where The Cats Play that was posted on Aug. 22

On Saturday, Aug. 29th at 9:30 AM, Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher '71 will send his highly regarded 2015 Saint Ignatius Cross Country Team into its first meet of the season, the always challenging Golden Eagle Invitational on the course at Canton GlenOak High School.

Coach Gallagher's Harriers, who are ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches state poll, finished sixth in last year's 86th Running of the Boys State Cross Country Championships at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.

Brian Becker's Varsity Golf Program, which is off to a solid start this season, will be competing in the University School Six-Team Challenge on Aug. 29 at 2 PM on the course at Quail Hollow Country Club. Then it is on to the prestigious 36 hole Kiely Cup held at Canterbury Country Club on Sunday and Monday, Aug. 30 and 31.

As we reported on the corner Wednesday, the 2015 Saint Ignatius Football Wildcats are the area's preseason No. 1. Just FYI, the Cats' defensive line and linebackers are talented, deep and as tough as they come.
Just another reminder on this afternoon's Junior Varsity Football season opener, as Coach Paul Yappel's JV Cats make the short trip to Stefanski Stadium to face the Central Catholic Ironmen.The kickoff is 4:30. The corner will provide game coverage.
The corner wishes to express its congratulations to the nationally accalimed Varsity Soccer Cats, who moved to 2-0 on the young season with a 10-0 victory over Padua Franciscan on Wasmer Field Wednesday night. The Soccer Cats led, 7-0, at halftime.

Coach Mike McLaughlin's gifted team will now gear up for Saturday and Sunday's annual Ohio Jesuit Cup, which Saint Ignatius will host on Wasmer Field.

The corner will provide game coverage on Sunday's finals.

For a complete schedule on the Jesuit Cup, go to, click on athletics and click on soccer. 

Gutting it out. Saint Ignatius' Freshmen Football Team calls on its resiliency and rallies to defeat Cardninal Mooney, 7-6, in Youngstown on Wednesday night.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2015

Youngstown, Ohio - It's safe to say that before their high school academic and athletic careers are over, Saint Ignatius' Freshmen Football Wildcats will experience many moments to be cherished.

I have hunch, however, that when looking back on those four-year memories they will fondly recall the night they played their first official football game in the white, blue and gold, and how they found a way to pull out a dramatic, if not pretty, 7-6 victory over the Freshmen Football Cardinals from Cardinal Mooney.

And they did it in Cardinal Mooney's will-testing venue of Don F. Bucci Stadium. Will testing for seniors, let alone 13 - or 14-year-old kids.

"It's a character win," said Saint Ignatius Head Freshmen Coach Rodney Gallaway, who guided his 2014 Freshmen to an undefeated season. "You don't want to plan for tight games like that, but even if it's ugly, you have to learn to win those types of games."

The Freshmen Cats did move the ball throughout most of the first half, only to hamper themselves with some momentum-thwarting mistakes.

Cardinal Mooney scored with 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter and appeared to be in position to secure a victory after Saint Ignatius turned the ball over on a fourth-quarter interception.

However, it was at that point the Wildcats' Freshmen put together a string of dramatic plays. And none was bigger than the fumble recovery by linebacker Daniel Scelza at the Saint Ignatius 23-yard line after the Cardinals were chirping with a first-and-10 at the Wildcats' 25 with 4:01 left and counting. Scelza's determined effort came with 3:27 remaining.

Keeping its composure, Saint Ignatius, which ran the ball effectively throughout a good portion of the game, rode an authoritative run by Ian Lucic to a first down at the Cardinal Mooney 35 with 1:40 left on the clock. Jahadge Floyd and Jack Kennedy were also among those Cats keying the ground game.  

From there, it was time to go up top.

On what was an exceptional pass and catch, Wildcats quarterback Christian Smodis found wide receiver Nigel Drummond open down the left sideline after Nigel froze the defender. In what was a display of balance, strength and sure hands, Drummond hauled in the pass and put his teammates in business at the Cardinals' 2-yard line with 1 minute and 17 seconds remaining.

Smodis then scored off a keeper up the gut and calm and cool place kicker Patrick Otter sent home the winning PAT with 1:03 left.

Cardinal Mooney had one last surge left, as the Cardinals drove to the Cats' 35 with 43 ticks left on the clock.

But then came another one of those plays the Freshmen Cats will still recall in June of 2019.

Defensive back Mitchell Puhalsky, reading the play perfectly, intercepted a pass deep in Saint Ignatius territory and Coach Gallaway's big-hearted kids ate up the final 17 seconds and celebrated victory No. 1 of the 2015 gridiron season.

"I thought the defense played well, they made the plays when they had to," said Coach Gallaway.












Congrats to seniors Jack Cook and Cal Grbac for being ranked among the defensive backs and receivers to watch, respectively, by The Cat is out of the bag. With Mentor's preseason ranking of No. 2, Saint Ignatius will be No. 1

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

With Mentor's youth at quarterback, this old-timer would have gone Saint Ignatius, defending state champ St. Edward and Mentor. But all in all, it's a solid preseason poll.

Again, congrats to Jack and Cal.

Saint Ignatius' Student Broadcast Network and WHKW-AM will bring you the Varsity Football Wildcats live this weekend.

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Ohio City -  The golden tones of Carter Spearry on the Play-By-Play and Brendan DeVenney with the Color Commentary will provide the Saint Ignatius Student Broadcast Network's live coverage of Saturday's 7 PM season opener versus the Normandy Invaders from Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.

The savvy Matt MacKenzie will assist Carter and Brendan with Stats, Twitter and Updates.

Veteran Play-By-Play guru Ed Daugherty and Color Commentator Bryan Hoffart from the Class of 1980 will also have live coverage of the Cats-Invaders over WHKW-AM 1220. Ed and Bryan are scheduled to be on the air at 6:30 PM.   

Another season is upon us. Here is the corner's preview on Saturday night's Varsity Football season opener versus the Normandy Invaders

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2015

Ohio City - One of the new highlights on Saint Ignatius' 2015 Varsity Football Schedule is the addition of the three Parma Schools - Valley Forge, Parma Senior and Normandy. The Patriots, Redmen and Invaders have agreed to two year contracts with the Wildcats. 

If you are a gray beard like yours truly, you will recall that Parma Senior and Valley Forge used to be regulars on Saint Ignatius' gridiron schedule. But we'll refresh your memory on that when the Cats face Valley Forge in Week 3 and Parma Senior in Week 6.

Saturday night, Coach Chuck Kyle '69 will send his Wildcats against a program Saint Ignatius has never played on the Varsity football level - the Normandy Invaders. The kickoff from Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium will be 7 PM.

Now in his 33rd season as his alma mater's Head Football Coach, Coach Kyle enters Saturday's game as the most successful Division I coach in Northeast Ohio and the winningest coach in the Greater Cleveland area with 316 career victories. Those 316 wins, which have all come at Saint Ignatius, include an Ohio-best 11 Division I state championships, a record five consecutive big-school titles (1991-95), a state runner-up in 1996, three national championships in 1989, '93 and '95, and a national runner-up in 2008.

As for the Normandy Invaders, the past five 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 both 2013 and 2014. 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 Saturday's night matchup with Saint Ignatius on a 21-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.

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.   

In 2015, Coach Rick Dornbush is going to rely on the experience of quarterback/punter Bailey Archacki; the versatile Brandon Calta; wide receiver/defensive back David Flors; offensive lineman Mike Francek; Ben Jones, who is another all-purpose player; defensive lineman Frank Ragone; wide receiver/defensive back Vlad Sokol; and two-way linemen Will Armstrong, Dustin Wylie and Nico Conforte.

Normandy does have experience on both sides of the ball, but faces an all-too-familiar concern - lack of depth. The Invaders are competing in a new conference this season. Formerly a member of the Northeast Ohio Conference, Normandy has joined Parma Senior, Valley Forge, Holy Name, Rocky River, Bay and Elyria Catholic in forming the Great Lakes Conference.


"Offensively, they'll come out in a no-back and the quarterback throws it around," said Coach Kyle, whose Wildcats are seeking their 27th OHSAA playoff appearance since the fall of 1988. "They're trying to create some matchups. So that's kind of interesting. We've seen teams who do that, Mentor does it and there's other teams who do it.

"For our secondary, that's a challenge this week - to make sure we're all communicating. When they go no-back there could be somebody running right down the field with nobody on him. When they run the ball, it's kind of a zone concept. The quarterback runs quite a bit, he'll take off. They spread you out and then you have to make some plays.

"Defensively, they are more of a four front, but then in obvious passing situations they'll blend into a 3-4. They're not afraid to blitz, they'll come at you and try to make something happen. Again, that's a good test in terms of communication from our offensive line. We want to make sure we're picking things up and that the quarterback (standout senior Dennis Grosel) makes the read. If the blitz is coming out of the secondary, then that's the quarterback's job to know that guy is leaving his spot and where to throw.

"Coming out of the gate we're working on the opponent, but we're also working on the mechanics we need, the communications we need. So that's kind of what our week has been all about. It's going to be nice to be at Byers Field a number of times this year, for our Student Body and for those who love to see the Wildcats play. It's nice to be in town instead of Indianapolis, New Jersey or Cincinnati."

The Wildcats have one long trip this season, a Week 4 visit to two-time defending Pennsylvania big-school state champ St. Joseph's Prep, the Jesuit School of Philadelphia. Saint Ignatius prevailed over St. Joe's Prep in a thriller at Byers Field last season.

A challenging stretch run will include another 7 PM matchup with Archbishop Moeller at Dublin Coffman High School in Week 8, a 2 PM game versus St. Xavier in Week 9 at Byers Field and the always highly anticipated encounter with West Side rival St. Edward, which takes place on Halloween at 2 PM in legendary Lakewood Stadium.

The annual early major test is Week 2, Friday Sept. 4 at Mentor. Saint Ignatius and Mentor will be ranked 1-2 in the Top 25 preseason area poll.







A tip of the corner's cap goes out to sophomores John "Jack" Jamieson and Tom Grosel for being selected as the Wildcats' Junior Varsity Football Captains by their teammates

By Eddie Dwyer

Ohio City - Jack is a gifted, strong and hard-nosed lineman who caught this old-timer's attention during his performance in a 7-6 Freshmen Football victory at then unbeaten Erie Cathedral Prep last season. That performance, which included Jack's victory-saving blocked extra point, allowed the 2014 Freshmen Cats to remain unbeaten and then go on to an undefeated season by defeating St. Edward the following week.  

Tommy Grosel, who excels as a linebacker, joins his brother Dennis, a standout senior quarterback for Coach Chuck Kyle's Varsity Wildcats, as Captains in Saint Ignatius' storied football program. Tommy brings relentless pursuit, toughness and a nose for the ball every time he takes the field.

Congratulations again to two very deserving young men.





Just a reminder on Wildcats Freshmen Football and the Junior Varsity A and Varsity Soccer matchups on Wednesday night.

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Ohio City - Coach Rodney Gallaway's Freshmen Football Wildcats will open their 2015 season tomorrow night (Wednesday) when they travel to Youngstown to take on the ninth grade Cardinals from Cardinal Mooney. The kickoff is scheduled for 6 PM.

Coach Mike McLaughlin's Varsity Soccer Cats, the fourth-ranked team in the nation and coming off a brilliant opening night 8-1 victory over St. Edward (see the corner's story from Friday night), will return to Wasmer Field tomorrow (Wednesday) night to face the Padua Franciscan Bruins. The action gets underway at 8 PM. Padua enters its annual matchup with the Cats at 1-1 after losing to the Bay Rockets, 3-0, on the pitch at Bay Monday night.

Tomorrow night's Varsity encounter will be preceded by a 6 PM matchup between Coach Jim Brennan's outstanding Junior Varsity A program and the JV team from Padua. The Wildcats' Junior Varsity A opened its season with a 6-0 triumph over the Junior Varsity Gold team from St. Edward.    



Coming Tuesday night, the corner will preview the Normandy Invaders, Saint Ignatius' opponent in Saturday night's Varsity Football opener at Byers Field. Today, picked the 2015 Cats to be the most successful among the area's Independents

The Independent ranking, coupled with the fact that wrote back in the winter about how strong the Football Wildcats are going to be in 2015, seems to tell you who Thursday's No. 1 preseason area program is going to be, or should be.

- Eddie D.    

Harrison Vonderau and Owen Miklos finish 1-2 as the Cats' Varsity A Golf Team brings home the University School Invitational
It's the corner's trademark Where The Cats Play for the Week of Aug. 24th through the 31st

By Eddie Dwyer

Ohio City - All four of Saint Ignatius' fall sports programs will be in action this coming week.

It all starts on Wednesday, when Coach Rodney Gallaway guides his 2015 Freshmen Football Team in its season opener at Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. The kickoff is scheduled for 6 PM. Coach Gallaway led his 2014 Freshmen Cats to an undefeated season.

On Wednesday night, Coach Mike McLaughlin's nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer Program will host the Padua Bruins on Wasmer Field. The 8 PM Varsity match will be preceded by a Junior Varsity A game between the Cats and the Bruins at 6 bells.

Saint Ignatius Varsity Soccer opened its 2015 season with a near flawless 8-1 victory over West Side rival St. Edward in front of a packed house on the pitch at Wasmer Field. Standout junior forward Steve Milhoan scored five goals. See the corner's story from Friday night.

On Saturday and Sunday, 8/29 and 8/30, Coach McLaughlin's gifted and unselfish team will host the prestigious Ohio Jesuit Cup on Wasmer Field, as our Jesuit brothers from Toledo St. John's Jesuit, Cincinnati St. Xavier and Walsh Jesuit pay a visit to Ohio City.

For a complete schedule of the Jesuit Cup, go to, click on athletics and click on soccer. The corner will provide game coverage on next Sunday's finals

Thursday evening, Coach Paul Yappel's Junior Varsity Football Team will open its 2015 season at atmosphere-rich Stefanski Stadium, the home of the Cleveland Central Catholic Ironmen. As of today, 8/22 at 6:02 PM to be exact, the Saint Ignatius JV Football schedule page had the kickoff listed as 4:30 PM. But you might want to check with the Athletic Department. If we hear anything different on the starting time we will be sure to post it on the corner.

On Saturday, Aug. 29th at 9:30 AM, Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher '71 will send his highly regarded 2015 Saint Ignatius Cross Country Team into its first meet of the season, the always challenging Golden Eagle Invitational on the course at Canton GlenOak High School.

Coach Gallagher's Harriers, who are ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches state poll, finished sixth in last year's 86th Running of the Boys State Cross Country Championships at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.

Brian Becker's Varsity Golf Program, which is off to a solid start this season, will be competing in the University School Six-Team Challenge on Aug. 29 at 2 PM on the course at Quail Hollow Country Club. Then it is on to the prestigious 36 hole Kiely Cup held at Canterbury Country Club on Sunday and Monday, Aug. 30 and 31.

And last, but certainly not least, Coach Chuck Kyle's Varsity Football Wildcats, winners of a record 11 OHSAA Division I state championships and three national titles, will begin what will be Coach Kyle's 33rd regular season when they face the Normandy Invaders on Saturday, Aug. 29. The kickoff from Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium will be 7 PM.

*The corner will preview on Tuesday night what will be the first Varsity matchup on the gridiron between the Cats and the Invaders.

Have a wonderful Sunday and a great week.   


Gifted junior forward Stephen Milhoan scores five goals as Saint Ignatius Varsity Soccer opens its 2015 season with a dominant and unselfish 8-1 victory over St. Edward in front of a crowd of more than 2,000 at Wasmer Field Friday night

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2015

Ohio City - Steve Milhoan, who now has 25 career goals, fired home the first goal of the night off a picture-perfect assist from multi-skilled senior forward Lawrence Karpeh just 14 seconds into the matchup of the longtime West Side rivals.

Steve's five goals against the Eagles are one short of the Wildcats' all-time, single-game mark of six by David Maier. Maier's six goals came in a first-round playoff game in 2000.

As Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Coach/Player Quality Control Coach Joe Popelka '84 pointed out, only two other Wildcats soccer players are on record for having scored five goals in a game -  Rob Previts in 1983 and the school's all-time leading goal scorer, Pablo Aycinena (76 career goals). Pablo scored 5 goals against Holy Name in 1999, which was his sophomore season. Previts, who is the Athletic Director at St. Thomas More elementary school in Brooklyn, was a soccer teammate of Coach Popelka and Saint Ignatius' celebrated Head Soccer Coach Mike McLaughlin '85.

Milhoan's five goals and one assist, on what was a picture-perfect late summer night in Ohio City, are also the second most number of points in a game by a Wildcat soccer player.

Saint Ignatius, the fourth-ranked team in USA Today's preseason National Poll, was greeted with an enthusiastic roar from its large and supportive student body as it entered Wasmer Field.

The defending and record six-time Division I state champion Cats, who led, 3-0, with the matchup not 10 minutes old, finished with 25 shots on goal, including 15 by Milhoan. St. Edward had five shots on goal.

Here is the offensive breakdown on Saint Ignatius, which played a near flawless first half.

The sequence of goals: Milhoan, Milhoan, Karpeh, Milhoan, senior midfielder Hayden Parente and Milhoan in the 6-0 first half, and Milhoan and junior midfielder Riley Houde in the second half.

Karpeh had three assists on the night and also dishing out assists were senior midfielder John Duldner, Houde and Milhoan. Milhoan's second goal was unassisted as was Hayden Parente's goal.

St. Edward's goal came off a penalty kick as the Cats' first-year Varsity goalies, juniors Lodge Dils and Max Heath, did a solid job on opening night.

Here are the postgame comments from Steve Milhoan and Coach McLaughlin.

COACH MCLAUGHLIN: "We talk about a lot of different things we want to do on the field and then you hope the players are ready to do it. With such a big crowd it was great that they had their composure and were ready from the get-go. I think we have some dangerous players on this team.

"It was nice to see how they shared the ball with each other," Coach McLaughlin continued. "That made the difference. In each of those first three or four goals, one guy could have taken it himself. But he looked up and found the guy that was even more open and sent him a simple pass and he was able to put it in. This was an unselfish night. We have dangerous players and when they play unselfish, good things can happen. You saw that tonight."

STEVE MILHOAN: "The last time we talked, I said it was all about that hard work we've been putting in, and it showed tonight. We were ambitious. We wanted to get that first goal early and it came 14 seconds into the game. It was nice.

"I think it starts because we're brothers, we play for the boys behind us," Steve continued in reference to the Wildcats' explosive, but unselfish attack. We're not a selfish team. We look to reward the guy next to us. That's how we play. It's all about that family. It would have been nice, like you said, to get that record. But if I can dish a couple off balls off to my teammates, that's even better." 


Providing the offense for the JV A Cats versus the Eagles were midfielder Joe Kalic and freshman forward Bryce Horton, who each had two-goal nights, and midfielder Richie Holzheimer and freshman midfielder Kory Nekoloff, who both found the back of the net off heads-up shots.

And a tip of the corner's cap also goes out to Saint Ignatius' Junior Varsity B/Freshmen Team, which started the evening with an impressive 9-0 victory over St. Edward. It was a memorable debut for new Coach Anthony Fior '02, a former player in Saint Ignatius' highly respected soccer program.










Cats run the ball with authority and display their depth and talent on defense during Thursday night's 28-0 victory over Canton McKinley in what was the final preseason tuneup.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit  August 2015

Canton, Ohio - Saint Ignatius' veteran Running Backs Coach Terry Fergus '72 was all smiles on the sideline as the seconds were ticking off the clock in the third and final quarter of Thursday night's Football Jamboree versus the McKinley Bulldogs at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium (formerly Fawcett Stadium).

The Wildcats completed their productive preseason with a 28-0 triumph.

Coach Fergus' running backs produced more than 220 yards on the ground in the annual game-conditions encounter between the Wildcats and the Bulldogs, and set the tone with 120 yards rushing in the first quarter by senior tailback James Norris. Saint Ignatius had 190 yards rushing by halftime.

Norris carried the load 14 times in the first quarter and scored the Cats' first touchdown on an 8-yard gallop over the right side with 9 minutes and 1 second remaining in the opening quarter.

Senior tailback Elijah Wahib rushed for 39 yards on seven carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run, senior tailback Ian Forkapa ran for 31 yards on five carries, junior tailback Dean Stowers had four carries for 32 yards, and senior tailback Nick Berlin, who unleashed a shake and bake spin move, picked up 23 yards on four carries.

Coach Adam Rini's and Coach Paul Yappel's offensive linemen have to love those numbers as much as Coach Fergus does.

The Cats' passing game wasn't as sharp as it has been all summer, but the air attack did provide some clutch plays, including a perfectly executed 7-yard swing pass from senior quarterback/captain Dennis Grosel to Norris in the left flat that, along with junior Colin Goodfellow's second extra-point kick, made it a 14-0 game with just two seconds gone in the second quarter.

On what was a picture-perfect throw and catch, Grosel hooked up with sure-handed junior wide receiver Travis Pot on a deep sideline route that gave St. Ignatius a first and goal at the 4. The Grosel to Pot combo set up the hard-nosed TD run by Wahib with 2:34 remaining in the first half.

Staying with the passing game, junior quarterback Patrick Ryan and senior wide receiver Mike Huber had the Wildcats' faithful buzzing in the closing moments after they combined on a kiss-the-sky, in stride deep route that would have drawn a wide grin from Hall of Famer Broadway Joe Namath. It covered 66 yards.

"That's what we wanted to do," said Saint Ignatius' outstanding head coach Chuck Kyle '69 of the Wildcats' ground game. Coach Kyle will now begin preparing his Wildcats for the Aug. 29th season opener versus Normandy when the Cats return to Wasmer Field on Saturday for a 10 AM practice.

"We weren't super throwing the ball, but we did hit some big ones that helped move the sticks," Coach Kyle continued. "At times we were a little off, but that's okay. But we ran the ball very hard and that is what we've worked on for a long time, for months. So that's good to see. If you run the ball well against a Canton McKinley team, that says something."

Coach Kyle was also impressed with the effort by his defense, especially up front. Saint Ignatius' quick, aggressive and deep defensive linemen and linebackers were a bit too much for the Bulldogs.


Wildcats Junior Varsity Coach Paul Yappel: "It gives us an opportunity to come out and compete. I think that's always important, especially as we continue along this development process with these guys. I think that's what it is really all about at this level, to see guys progress from day one, until now and then going forward. We're looking forward to next Thursday, when we do it for real."

The JV Cats open their season on Aug. 27 at Cleveland Central Catholic. The kickoff from Stefanski Stadium is scheduled for 4:30 PM.

Coach Yappel pointed out that what is impressive about sophomore tailback Mark Bobinski is not just his running ability, but his pass blocking. "He's hard-nosed and he's a complete football player," Coach Yappel said.

Sophomore quarterbacks Daniel Alexander and Kyle Hall are, said Coach Yappel, both playing well . "And the credit for that goes to Coach Grbac," he said of Wildcats Varsity and JV Quarterbacks Coach Elvis Grbac. "You can't ask for a much better coach. And I think both guys (Alexander and Hall) know what they have there and they're soaking it all in."

Saint Ignatius Freshmen Coach Rodney Gallaway: "They were very athletic," Coach Gallaway said of the Bulldogs' ninth graders. "They'll have a nice squad this year. They have some big guys that obviously can move. For us, I thought we played well at times. We ran the ball pretty well. I think that's going to be a strength for us.

"The passing game came along as we got going. I think there were a few of those quick jitters. Defensively, I thought we did fine. We have to keep improving with the defensive back position, but everywhere else we seemed fine. We don't get to hit a lot (in practice), so live competition is great."

The Freshmen Cats open their season on Aug. 26 at Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. It is a 6 PM kickoff.                            




Wildcats Varsity A and B golfers finish second and seventh, respectively, at Wednesday's Walsh Jesuit "Tradition" Tournament

Posted By Eddie Dwyer and Presented by Wildcats Head Golf Coach Brian Becker '77

FROM COACH BECKER: Today, the Varsity golf teams competed in the Walsh Jesuit “Tradition" Tournament held at Brookledge Golf Club in Cuyahoga Falls. The teams finished second and 7th in the field of 20.

The Wildcats were led by senior Zach Morris, who shot a 4 over par round of 75. That was good enough to place Zach in the top five overall in the tournament.

Green won the star-laden team event with a very solid  score of 306. The Cats will be back in action this Saturday, when they travel to Windmill Lakes to defend their University School Invitational victory from last year. Below are the Wildcat individual scores and the top 8 of 20 team scores from the tournament.

Saint Ignatius “A”                 Saint Ignatius “B”                           Teams scores
1. Zach Morris 75                1. Louis Williams    78                    1. Green 306
2. Harrison Vonderau 77     2. Patrick Devine    79                    2. Saint Ignatius “A” 311
3. Andrew Zawie 77            3. Kyle McCafferty    81                  3. St. Charles 312
4. Owen Miklos 82              4. Cam Gerard    85                        4. St. Edward 318
5. Tommy Lauer 84             5. Hunter Rinkus    86                    5. Walsh Jesuit Gold 319
                                                                                                   6. Walsh Jesuit Maroon 320
                                                                                                   7. Saint Ignatius “B” 323
                                                                                                   8. St. John's Jesuit 326

Senior quarterback Dennis Grosel is selected as the fourth captain for the 2015 Varsity Football Wildcats

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2015

Ohio City - The announcement on Dennis Grosel's selection as the fourth captain was made by Wildcats Head Coach Chuck Kyle '69 before Wednesday's practice, which was the final one of the preseason.

The Cats will travel to Canton tomorrow (Thursday) for their last tune up for the 2015 season, as they will face the McKinley Bulldogs in the annual 7 PM game-conditions Jamboree in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, formerly Fawcett Stadium. Split-field scrimmages between Saint Ignatius' and McKinley's Junior Varsity and Freshmen programs will precede the Varsity Jamboree at 5 PM.

Coach Kyle's Wildcats will turn their focus to the Aug. 29 season opener versus the Normandy Invaders when they return to Wasmer Field for a 10 AM practice on Saturday. The kickoff versus the Invaders on the 29th will be 7 PM on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.

"Jack (Cook), Liam (Eichenberg) and Ben (Cray) have done a great job, in the offseason and so far this year," said Grosel of the other three seniors he joins as Coach Kyle's Captains for 2015.

Cook, a wide receiver/ cornerback/ special teams standout, and Eichenberg, an All-District, All-Ohio and All-American offensive tackle who has committed to the University of Notre Dame, were selected as captains during the winter Football Awards Banquet. Cray, a football savvy middle linebacker/fullback, was chosen as the third captain by his teammates during the summer camps. Ben follows his brother Mike '13 as a football captain at Saint Ignatius.

"It means a lot to be accepted by my peers and the coaches as one of their leaders, their captain," Grosel continued. "Even before I was selected as the fourth captain, I felt being a quarterback was a given role where you have to step up and lead. But this is truly an honor."

Grosel, who threw for more than 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns in helping lead the 11-time state champion Wildcats to their 26th OHSAA Division I playoff appearance last year, has also been selected as a Captain for Coach Brad Ganor's 2016 Varsity Baseball Team.

"It shows how much my brothers, my friends accept me," Grosel said of the rare honor of being a two-sport captain at Saint Ignatius. And during the same school year.

"My hard work has paid off," he said. "It's nothing I have done differently, is just who I am. I like helping out the guys, it comes natural to me. It makes it that much more of an honor to be their role model, their captain."

No one was happier for Grosel than his brother, Tom, who is a promising sophomore linebacker for the Wildcats and a endless potential pitcher in the Cats' baseball program. Dennis Grosel is a standout first baseman/catcher.





The 2015 Saint Ignatius Varsity Football Preview. Skill, experience and depth abound as the Wildcats look to refuel their running game
By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2015
Ohio City -  Saint Ignatius' Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kyle '69, who has entered his 33rd season as the head man of his alma mater's football program, said there is certainly a noticeable plus every day his 2015 Wildcats take the practice field.
"Every day, you see the experience we have in our skill area," said the man who last season became the winningest high school football coach in the Greater Cleveland area and the most successful Division I coach in Northeast Ohio. Coach Kyle has entered another new season with 316 career victories, an Ohio-best 11 big-school state championships, including a record five in a row (1991-95), a state runner-up in 1996, three national titles (1989, '93 and '95) and a national runner-up in 2008. Saint Ignatius is seeking an impressive 27th OHSAA Division I postseason playoff appearance since 1988.

"There is so much to learn, pass patterns and running schemes, and to have that kind of experience has helped us go at a good pace, a good tempo always in practice," said Coach Kyle, who will guide his Wildcats into their final preseason test on Thursday night when they face the Canton McKinley Bulldogs in the annual game-conditions Jamboree at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium (formerly Fawcett Stadium). The kickoff will be 7 PM.

"When you have a Dennis Grosel back at quarterback, he has a real good feeling for what we want to do and shows exceptional leadership there," continued Coach Kyle in reference to the Wildcats' gifted senior field general. Dennis has had an outstanding preseason and is coming off a 2014 effort that included 2,039 yards and 17 touchdowns through the air in 10 games. Grosel missed two regular season games last fall because of an injury.

Backing up Grosel is junior Patrick Ryan, another strong-armed leader who would start for many other programs in the area. 

"We have two explosive players back at wide receiver in Cal Grbac and Jack Cook," Coach Kyle said. "They can take it to the house anytime. Yardage after the catch, you know. Dennis is going to put it there, so now, come on guys, take the ball and get a little bit more, a lot more. That's what we experienced last year with them (Grbac and Cook) and so far in the scrimmages that has been pretty apparent."

In garnering All-Ohio and All-District recognition last fall, Cook, an outstanding senior two-way player and special teams contributor, hauled in 47 passes for 870 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 18.5 yards per reception. Jack's dad, Kevin, is a former Wildcats and University of Virginia football standout, who this old-timer had the privilege to cover and report on during my 37 years at The Plain Dealer.

Grbac, a senior and a son of former St. Joseph High and University of Michigan star quarterback Elvis Grbac, who earned All-Pro honors in the NFL, grabbed 28 passes in 2014 for 642 yards and four touchdowns. Elvis Grbac works with Coach Kyle and veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo as the Wildcats' Quarterbacks Coach.

During the 28-23 second-round playoff setback to Hudson last year, Cal Grbac combined with Grosel on a 98-yard touchdown pass, which tied the school record of Brian Hoyer to Chris Rigo against Westerville North in August of 2003 at Lakewood Stadium. Brian Hoyer '04 is currently competing for the starting QB job with the Houston Texans.

Wildcats wide receivers coach Josiah "The Difference Maker" Kedzior '04, who was Hoyer's main target during their days together at Saint Ignatius, is blessed with one of the deepest group of receivers in Ohio.

Among those complementing Cal Grbac and Jack Cook will be the Berger twins, seniors Jimmy and Ryan, senior Tyler Musbach, senior Nick Freund, senior Colin Kruchan, senior Mike Huber, senior tight ends Robert Hilbig and Danny Yanosko, junior tight end/linebacker James Leyden and junior wide receivers Travis Pot, Ryan Cook (Jack's brother), Michael Daugenti and Riley Kinzel. And there are others.

Jimmy Berger also excels as a long snapper, a job he has handled since his sophomore season.

"I have been very impressed with Dennis Grosel," said Jack Cook, who is a Captain this season. "He is throwing the ball extremely well and has matured a lot. His decision making, you can see it now. He knows everything that's going on and makes decisions well. He can make all of the big throws that we need him to, so I'm really excited to play in this offense this year."

It is no secret that Saint Ignatius has put an emphasis on its running game this summer. In the five-point playoff loss to Hudson last season, the Cats were outrushed 212-74 and averaged just 1.38 yards per carry.

"With (senior) James Norris and (junior) Jimmy Andrews back, we have two different running styles, but styles that are very effective for what we are trying to do," said Coach Kyle. "So we're excited about that."

Keeping Norris and Andrews healthy will be the key to Saint Ignatius' running game, as both went through nagging injuries last fall. Norris scored three rushing touchdowns last season and averaged 4.4 yards per carry. One of Ohio's top sprinters in track, Norris returned 16 kickoffs in 2014 for 214 yards. Andrews averaged nearly 4 yards a carry, rushed for two touchdowns and had five kickoff returns totaling 93 yards.

Providing the depth for veteran Running Backs Coach Terry Fergus '72 will be seniors Ian Forkapa, David Welcsh and Elijah Wahib, and junior Dean Stowers. And there are other reinforcements among the underclassmen.

The running game will be keyed by an offensive line that returns three veterans, including All-Ohio and All-District senior tackle/captain Liam Eichenberg, a University of Notre Dame recruit and a three-year varsity mainstay. Savvy and hard-nosed junior John Spellacy also returns as the starting center for Offensive Line Coaches Adam Rini '99 and Paul Yappel. Senior guard/tackle Rich McGraw saw plenty of starting time last season and senior guards Michael Bodnar and Matthew Woisnet, and junior tackle Brian Almady, have made strong starting bids throughout the preseason.

Eichenberg, who was offered a scholarship from the Ohio State Buckeyes before he even played in a varsity game, emphasized that the offensive line "is getting a lot better" from the first scrimmage with Solon to the second one versus Twinsburg. "It's going to come down to the offensive and defensive lines," he said. "Last year we kind of struggled with the running game and defenses picked up on that. I feel if we are able to run the ball against St. Xavier, we can run it against anyone. If we do well against them, we can beat anyone."

"We're trying to make sure that the running game really creates an issue for the defenses, because certainly there were some games last year when we couldn't get the running game going," Coach Kyle said of last season's 7-5 finish. "It left us too one dimensional."

Although he emphasized that the defensive line graduated some key players, including All-Ohio, All-District and All-American Dre'Mont Jones, a The Ohio State University recruit, and endless energy Ray Brown, now at John Carroll University, Coach Kyle likes the promise and depth that veteran Defensive Coordinator Dan Corrigan '78 and his assistants Mark Sullivan and Jim Reginelli '97 are putting together.

Among the names to remember up front defensively are big-game tested senior end Tito Vazquez and tough as nails senior end Nate Keirn. Up front from last year's outstanding Junior Varsity defense are junior tackles Joe Gibbons and Mike Chime, and junior ends Michael Czaja and Patrick Viancourt.

Linebackers Coaches Ryan Franzinger '02 and Dave Cicetti have welcomed back a talented trio in seniors Alex Maruna and Nick LaVigna on the outside and football heady senior Ben Cray in the middle. Cray is also one of Coach Kyle's Captains this fall.

Last season, Maruna, who is also an outstanding lacrosse player, had 37 tackles, including three sacks and three other tackles for losses, a pass breakup, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. If sacking the quarterback was allowed in preseason, LaVigna, who has worked extremely hard on his quickness and strength off the edge, would have double digits in that area by now.

The line backing corps is another area of exceptional depth. Junior Johnny Velotta on the inside and the multi-skilled Leyden on the outside will allow the Wildcats to keep fresh legs going. Another name to remember from last year's tough and talented JV linebackers is junior Adam Shibley. Shibley is currently recovering from an injury. Coming on as of late as a linebacker is junior Ben Delhees, who played running back most of last season.

"With the defense as a whole, everyone just plays well together," said Cray. "Everyone does their job and good things happen. I don't pay attention to the preseason rankings, I know what we're capable of."

In the defensive secondary, the experience lies at the cornerback positions, where Jack Cook and fellow senior Quinn Lawless return. Sam Brick (2 interceptions in 2014) is another senior who has had a very productive summer and junior Alex Ringfield has had his moments in camp. Coach Kyle's secondary is coached by Brian Strauchon '96 and former Saint Ignatius football and track star Kevin Johnson '10, who went on to a solid football career and a National Champion track career at Baldwin Wallace University.

Playing mostly at safety last fall, Jack Cook made 22 tackles, broke up 12 passes and had four interceptions.

"I don't care what scheme you run (defensively), with modern day football, you're on an island out there at cornerback," said Coach Kyle, who added that the Wildcats currently have a committee of good athletes vying for the safety positions, among them senior free safety Joey Evans, junior Kaden Russell, who is a playmaker at strong safety, and junior Mike Lehto, a long jumper and high jumper in track who is also part of the Wildcats' special group of wide receivers.

"From the defensive line, the linebackers and the secondary, I think that our quickness can cause problems," Coach Kyle said. "They're quick and there is some real solid depth developing. That's going to be nice, very nice."

Saint Ignatius has had a long-standing tradition of exceptional kickers and this season should be no different. Junior Colin Goodfellow, under the tutelage of former Wildcats clutch kicker Seamus Hennessey '09, has displayed throughout the preseason an exceptional leg as both a kicker and a punter.

"We had a chance to give him some experience last year," emphasized Coach Kyle. "He has taken that experience and now he can be quite a weapon. You'll see us doing 50 yard field goals and kickoffs going into the end zone. As a punter, when Colin hits it right, it's a home run."

As for the Wildcats' 2015 schedule, it has a new look with the three Parma Schools, Normandy, Valley Forge and Parma Senior, signing two-year contracts with Saint Ignatius and Walsh Jesuit returning to the schedule. The Warriors have also signed on for two years. Saint Ignatius opens its season on Aug. 29 versus the Normandy Invaders. The kickoff on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium will be 7 PM.

There is only one long trip this year and that is Week 4, when the Cats board the buses and head to Philadelphia to face two-time defending Pennsylvania big-school state champion St. Joseph's Prep. Saint Ignatius defeated St. Joe's Prep in a thriller last season at Byers Field, a game in which Jack Cook put forth an outstanding all-around performance.

The Cats have three Friday night games this fall - Sept. 4 at Mentor, Sept. 11 versus Valley Forge at Byers Field and Oct. 2 versus Parma Senior at Byers Field. I personally love Friday night games. The Sept. 11 game with Valley Forge will be the 1,000th in Saint Ignatius' football history. Coach Kyle's Cats are playing the Valley Forge Patriots on what The Saturday Evening Post Norman Rockwell Calendar has listed as Patriot Day.

As was the case last season, the Wildcats will close out their regular season with a demanding three-game stretch of versus Archbishop Moeller at Dublin Coffman High School at 7 PM, versus St. Xavier at 2 PM on Byers Field and versus West Side rival St. Edward on Halloween afternoon at 2 PM in tradition-rich Lakewood Stadium. Go to, click on athletics and click on football to see all of Saint Ignatius' football schedules.

"That's playoff football, regional-final caliber football," Coach Kyle said of those final three regular season games.        









Ben Delhees' play impressing the coaches. Johnny Velotta brings home a traditional toss as two-a-days come to an end on Monday evening

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2015

Ohio City - Coach Chuck Kyle's Football Wildcats ended a spirited and productive double-sessions camp and will now focus on Thursday night's game-conditions Jamboree in Canton versus the McKinley Bulldogs. The 7 PM kickoff in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium (formerly Fawcett Stadium) will be preceded by 5 PM split-field scrimmages between the Wildcats' and Bulldogs' Freshmen and Junior Varsity programs.

The McKinley Varsity is under the direction of new Head Coach Dan Reardon, who did a marvelous job with the football program at Youngstown Ursuline.

Saint Ignatius will now have one session of daily practices for the remainder of the 2015 season, including Tuesday's and Wednesday's tune ups for the final preseason test against McKinley. Yes, it's back to school this week.

The Wildcats open their 2015 season on August 29 versus the Normandy Invaders. Kickoff time will be 7 PM on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.


What Saint Ignatius' linebackers coaches Ryan Franzinger '02 and Dave Cicetti observed on Wasmer Field during Saturday's scrimmage versus Twinsburg was even more evident in the film they watched on Monday - that junior linebacker Ben Delhees turned in an impressive morning against the Tigers.

"Ben's made the transition to pretty much playing linebacker full time this year", said Coach Cicetti of a young man who has also contributed to the program as a running back. "It has been a journey for him through developing his technique. But on Saturday he really had an excellent scrimmage. His technique was sound, his reads more importantly, reading the offensive linemen, were really sound. And he made plays as a result.

"We just watched the film," Coach Cicetti continued. "It was as good as it looked on the field. So that's always good. He's coming along. It's very promising to see his progress, especially on Saturday."

Ben, a hard-nosed but amiable young man, is also a significant competitor for the Wildcats' basketball and baseball programs.

ON FIRE: In Monday's afternoon session of doubles, senior quarterback Dennis Grosel, who has been nearly flawless throughout the preseason, combined with junior wide receiver Michael Daugenti on a perfect pass and catch off a crossing pattern.

COMING ON STRONG: Junior strong safety Kaden Russell continues to impress, as on Monday Kaden made a quick-reaction aggressive pass breakup and later turned in a picture-perfect interception in the right flat.

A TRADITION CONTINUES: In what has become a final two-a-days tradition, the linebackers' one-handed (blocking) bag throw, junior inside linebacker Johnny Velotta bagged first place with tosses of 18, 20 and 22 yards. Junior outside linebacker James Leyden provided the competition with throws of 16 and 20 yards, but Johnny wouldn't be denied.

As Coach Franzinger pointed out, Velotta kept the inside linebackers' winning ways alive, as last season Wildcats football and hockey mainstay Brady Wells from the Class of 2015 took first place.

Note: The corner's 2015 Varsity Football Preview will be coming up over the next day. For the 2015 Soccer, Cross Country and Golf previews, see the corner's posts over the past few weeks.

We will see you in Canton for the annual Jamboree on Thursday night and at Wasmer Field on Friday night for the highly anticipated season opener between our nationally ranked Soccer Cats and the St. Edward Eagles. The Junior Varsity A Cats will face the Eagles' Jayvees at 5:30 PM, followed by the Varsity matchup at 7:30.

Saint Ignatius' talent-rich Marching Band will be performing at Friday's soccer headliner.   









For those parents and fans attending Thursday evening's preseason Football Jamboree in Canton, please note this post

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

The Wildcats' Freshmen and Junior Varsity teams are scheduled to scrimmage the McKinley Bulldogs' Freshmen and Junior Varsity Teams beginning at 5 PM Thursday in Canton's Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, formerly Fawcett Stadium. They will be split-field scrimmages.

At 7 PM, the Wildcats' Varsity will take on the Bulldogs' Varsity in the annual game-conditions Jamboree.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: Gates will open at 4:15 PM. Tickets are $5 for all spectators.

Only Gates 5 & 6 (behind the scoreboard) and Gates 7 & 8 (by the Zimmerman Symphony Center) will be open.   Spectators should park in the McKinley staff and student lots, which are located just south of the Stadium, off Blake Avenue.

****All seating will be on the South (Pressbox) side. There will be no seating on the North side behind the Saint Ignatius bench. There are no restrooms or concession stands on that side due to ongoing renovations. 



Harrison Vonderau's round of 73 helps lead Saint Ignatius A to a third-place finish in Monday's Hudson Explorer Invitational at The Counry Club of Hudson
A combination of experience and new faces. Saint Ignatius' 2015 Student Football Managers are a unique, but savvy seven

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2015

Ohio City - Saint Ignatius' Mr. Hank Gaughan, ATC, one of the most respected Athletic Trainers in Ohio, if not the entire nation, began guiding the invaluable Student Football Managers at Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School in 1985. In 1991, Hank also took on a full-time teaching career at Saint Ignatius in the fields of Health and Physical Education.  

While Hank has developed several young men who have go on to higher levels in the athletic managerial field, he will be the first to tell you that he has said goodbye to one of the premier Student Managers ever to wear the Blue and Gold - Kyle Kostura from the Class of 2015.

"It was nice that he showed up (during this summer's preseason football camps), just to try to break the three kids in," said Hank of Kostura's willingness to help show the way for a fall of 2015 Student Manager core that will include three freshmen, three juniors and the veteran of the group - senior  Nick "Ace" Ventura.

One of the freshmen Kostura helped break in is his cousin, Declan McCarthy. As Hank put it, "We still have a little of the Kostura blood in the group."

As the Student Managers for one of the most storied football programs in Ohio, the challenges and responsibilities are always numerous. Hank was quick to point to games at Byers Field this season, when his Managers will be responsible for a Freshmen and Junior Varsity doubleheader versus Parma and a Junior Varsity and Varsity doubleheader versus St. Xavier.

"We'll see what happens when we get to that point," said Hank, a graduate of Holy Name High School who served his country for four years in the Navy before earning his undergraduate degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University) and his Master's Degree from Cleveland State University. "Right now, I'm just worrying about getting though doubles (two practices a day). It will take them a few weeks, but once we get back to the school routine we'll be sending them out to freshmen games and rotating on the Saturdays. I am a big hands on guy in terms of learning."


Four-year veteran Nick "Ace" Ventura: "I've learned to work hard and to push it every day. I think what is most important is the relationship I have developed with Mr. Gaughan. I think it's wonderful. The toughest part of the job is probably the helmet, they are just so many parts to it. And when we travel, it's difficult knowing where everything is. I am planning on going to Arizona State and looking at athletic training there as well."

Nick added how much he enjoys the big rivalry games, including the well documented yearly meeting with St. Edward, which will take place on Halloween afternoon this season in tradition-rich Lakewood Stadium.

Freshman Declan McCarthy: "What really motivated me to do this is that I can't play football. I wanted to do something with the football program. So I thought, why not be a manager? Anything I can do to help out, I'll do it." Declan concurred with Nick Ventura in saying that caring for the helmets is the most difficult part of the job. "Mr. Gaughan is a great guy, a great person. I can tell he loves working here. I feel great doing my job and love being here at Saint Ignatius. Go Cats!"

Freshman Michael Gallipoli: "I really wanted to be involved with the football team, but I didn't really have the commitment to practice and everything. So, I couldn't think of a better thing than being a manager. Coming here every day and having a good attitude, you always have to have a good attitude and be able to work 110 percent every day," continued Michael of the responsibilities of being a Saint Ignatius Student Football Manager. "The short period I have been here Kyle (Kostura) has really taught me to work hard and always do your best in everything you do at Saint Ignatius. And it is always a pleasure to work with Mr. Gaughan."

Freshman Luke Van de Walle: Luke has strong current ties to the Wildcats as his uncle, Kevin Cook '86, is a former Wildcats great and two of Kevin's sons, Jack and Ryan, are currently key members of the Varsity football team. Ryan is a junior wide receiver and Jack is a senior All-Ohio defensive back/wide receiver and co-captain. Kevin Cook called his nephew and told him about Saint Ignatius' Student Manager program. "I thought it would be great to become involved with such a great program," Luke said. "I felt it couldn't hurt to try it out and now than I am down here, I am really enjoying it. The first day doing this, I was really lost. But Kyle (Kostura) helped me a lot. Mr. Gaughan is a great guy who has put a lot of time into this football program. He is very passionate about doing things well."     

Junior Brendan Stefancin: Brendan had the special experience of being a Student Manager for Coach Dan Arbeznik's State Champion Rugby Team this past spring and he has the ring to prove it. Brendan has followed his older brothers as Student Managers at Saint Ignatius and his uncle, Daniel J. Stefancin  '77, is a member of the Wildcats' Athletic Hall of Fame. Brendan said being a Student Manager for the rugby team was easier than being a Student Manager for the football team, pointing to the sizes (number of players) of the respective teams. "Mr. Gaughan is just the greatest mentor ever," Brendan said. "I can't even explain how great he is." Brendan is pointing toward a future in education as a teacher.         

Junior Tadeusz Bogielski: "My freshman and sophomore year I was actually playing football. I broke my leg going into eighth grade, so it was a struggle. When I had my meeting with Coach Kyle, he asked me if I would like to be part of this, because Kyle (Kostura) was graduating and they needed somebody else to come in. I knew "Ace" and I knew (Brendan) Stefancin, so I thought great, I can stay with the sport, watch and be with the team in an important role as a manager. Having a player's standpoint before becoming a manager really helps in knowing the inside job, the players' needs. There are no words to describe how much Kyle (Kostura) has done for this team. Following in his footsteps is a lot. Mr. G (Gaughan) is the bomb. He is the one that spends the most time here. Props to him."

And a late addition to the Managerial Team, Junior Herman Wearsch: Herman played football at Saint Ignatius for two years as a defensive lineman before developing tendonitis in his left knee and ankle, and also developing problems with one of his heels. He said he might try returning to football his senior year. "I thought I would try to do something to help the team in other ways. I want to play, but I was injured too long to the point where I was behind everyone."


"They're ready to go. They really want to get into it," said Kyle Kostura. "They're eager to learn and they're having fun. I think they'll be one heck of a (Student Manager) team. I want to see the managerial program continue to move forward and continue growing - to become one of the best in the state of Ohio, if not the entire country.

"This has meant the world," Kyle said while helping the young trainers during a practice two weeks ago. "Obviously, I'm still here. I don't want to let go of it. I'll be back helping new kids. It has a place in my heart."





The Wildcats' depth and experience at the skill positions come to the fore early and often and the defense responds nicely as the Cats control Saturday morning's scrimmage versus Twinsburg on Wasmer Field

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2015

Ohio City - With this coming Monday marking the start to the final week of the preseason, Saint Ignatius Head Football Coach Chuck Kyle '69 was pleased with what he saw from his Wildcats throughout most of Saturday's scrimmage versus Coach Mike Bell's Twinsburg Tigers.

"With the experience we have back at the skills, quarterback, running back and the receivers, it's very nice," Coach Kyle said after his team controlled the scrimmage from the get-go. "The execution is nice and the knowledge is nice. In other words, it's nice this year that they (the veteran skilled players) can turn around and tell you, all right, this is what I read, this is what I did, I didn't do this, I did that. You're going, okay, thank you. I'm glad we see that and understand.

"So that's nice, because they're knowledgeable about what we're doing."

Coach Kyle also liked what he saw out of the running game, an area the Wildcats are putting a major emphasis on while they strive to improve over last year's production on the ground.

"We ran the ball well today, the inside drill I thought we ran real well," said Coach Kyle. "We got out here and popped a few good runs."

"Defensively, we're gaining experience as we go," Coach Kyle continued. "I think we have some good quickness and speed. And that's what is going to carry us on defense. The kids work hard and they're quick. That sometimes makes up for a little inexperience. When you can react and recover quickly, that's good."

After promising junior kicker/punter Colin Goodfellow finished his special work in the special teams drills, the Wildcats and the Tigers got down to some physical matchups.


*Wildcats strong and hard-nosed senior offensive guard Michael Bodnar set the tone with an impressive pancake block on one of Twinsburg's top defensive linemen.

*Operating behind an offensive line anchored by senior All-Ohio tackle, co-captain and University of Notre Dame recruit Liam Eichenberg, the Cats established the running game on their first possession off a smooth keeper by standout senior quarterback Dennis Grosel and some nifty moves and bursts by gifted senior tailback James Norris.

*Saint Ignatius also benefited from the second-effort running by senior backs Ian Forkapa and David Welcsh, and unleashed some solid kickoff and punt returns.

*Multi-skilled senior defensive back/wide receiver and co-captain Jack Cook, who garnered All-Ohio recognition last season, made a textbook interception off a great read and later combined with Grosel on some big-time throws, catches and routes.

*In what was one of Grosel's many impressive throws on the morning, Dennis rolled to his left and fired a pass down the left sideline that hit Cook in stride as Jack took it into the Lorain Avenue end zone. The same combination hooked up for another score late in the scrimmage. 

*Grosel also lofted a kiss the sky deep throw down the right sideline that senior wide receiver Colin Kruchan, a standout track performer for the Cats, ran under in the Lorain Avenue end zone. Denns then rolled to his left and got the ball to Norris in space. It was good morning, good afternoon and goodnight for Twinsburg's defense as James, one of the top sprinters in Ohio, raced into the Lorain Avenue end zone.

*Senior tight ends Robert Hilbig and Danny Yanosko, junior wideout Travis Pot and senior wide receivers Tyler Musbach and Nick Freund also turned in some nice routes and receptions, and junior quarterback Patrick Ryan continued to look more than solid as Grosel's backup.

*Grosel left another mark on the Tigers' defense when he and sure-handed and smooth route running senior wide receiver Cal Grbac combined on a deep seam route.

*In the Junior Varsity portion of the scrimmage, sophomore linebacker Matt Viancourt turned in a quick and aggressive pass breakup and sophomore wide receiver Sam Snyder visited the Lorain Avenue end zone off a good-hands TD reception. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Hall continued to pick up his game.

*The Varsity defense, which got strong pressure off the edge all morning from senior outside linebacker Nick LaVigna, closed out its day with crowd-pleasing, open-field tackles courtesy of junior defensive back Alex Ringfield and junior linebacker Johnny Velotta.

*And last, but certainly not least, junior tailback Dean "The Dream" Stowers" had the faithful roaring after he hit the hole, made a tough cut up field and rambled down the home or right sideline for a long touchdown run into the land of plenty, aka the Lorain Avenue end zone.

Dean's TD gallop brought back memories for this old-timer of former Lincoln High Presidents and Baldwin Wallace great Wee Willie Avery.

The Wildcats will close out their preseason matchups when they travel to Canton's Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium (formerly Fawcett Stadium) on Thursday evening for the annual game-conditions Jamboree with the McKinley Bulldogs. The kickoff will be 7 PM and will follow a 5 PM JV scrimmage between the Wildcats and the Bulldogs.









Saint Ignatius Football picks up the pace during its final tuneup for tomorrow morning's scrimmage versus the Twinsburg Tigers on Wasmer Field

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2015

Ohio City - Coach Chuck Kyle's Wildcats, who will match their skills with those of Coach Mike Bell's Twinsburg Tigers on Saturday at 9 AM, put an emphasis on the two-minute drill during Friday's second session of doubles.

Senior quarterback Dennis Grosel was on fire during the two-minute drill, as he unleashed two touchdown passes to gifted senior wide receiver/defensive back Jack Cook. Dennis also combined with senior wideout Ryan Berger on another TD toss off a smooth, sure-handed route by Berger and he threw a crowd-pleaser down the right sideline to senior tight end Robert Hilbig.

The defense had its moments in the two-minute drill, especially in the area of the pass rush.

A MOMENT TO CHERISH: Sophomore wide receiver Emmanuel Cruz, who is not going to overwhelm you with his size, was all smiles after he combined with junior quarterback Luke Baker on a key reception against the Varsity defense. Emmanuel's smile was priceless and no one was happier for him than Cool Hand Luke Baker.

FOR THE DEFENSE: Senior linebacker Brady Notarianni drew the attention of linebackers coach Dave Cicetti on Friday after Brady penetrated through the offensive line and batted down a pass in the backfield.

AIR RYAN: Junior quarterback Patrick Ryan combined with senior tight end Danny Yanosko on an impressive throw and catch off a deep seam route.

Patrick also hooked up with the Berger twins, Ryan and Jimmy, on two big gainers through the air during Friday's first session and he found sure-handed senior wideout Nick Freund in stride off a solid sideline route by Nick.

A TIP OF THIS CORNER'S CAP: Goes out to young running back Hugh Sweeney, who more than held his own on Friday in the running backs versus the linebackers blocking drill.

See you at Wasmer Field bright and early tomorrow morning. For a look at the coaching career of Twinsburg's new Head Coach Mike Bell, check out the corner's post from Thursday night.     



Wildcats golfers finish third at the Tannenhauf Classic

Presented By Wildcats Head Coach Brian Becker '77 and Posted By Eddie Dwyer

FROM COACH BECKER: The varsity golf team shot 313 and finished a close third in the field of 25 on Friday at the Tannenhauf Classic in Alliance, Ohio.

The Wildcats were led by senior Owen Miklos with a top 10 round of 76. The Saint Ignatius individual scores and Top 5 team scores are included.

Saint Ignatius will return to action on Monday, when it travels to The Country Club of Hudson for the annual Hudson Explorer Invitational. The Hudson field includes five teams that competed in last year's state championship tournament: Hudson, Columbus St. Charles, Walsh Jesuit, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin and Saint Ignatius.

Saint Ignatius' individual scores from Friday
Owen Miklos        76
Tommy Lauer      78
Zach Morris         79
Andrew Zawie     80
Patrick Devine     80
Michael Vallee     83

Top 5 team scores
1. Green.                            308
2. Canton Central Catholic 311
3. Saint Ignatius                313
4. Canton Hoover              314
5. Uniontown Lake            315

OHSAA approves new Divisional Assignments

From Tim Stried, Director of Information Services for the Ohio High School Athletic Association and posted by a sun-drenched Eddie Dwyer (see the corner's football camp report that follows this OHSAA release). 

Board of Directors Approves New Divisional Assignments

Revised divisional breakdowns are posted at after public school enrollment numbers recalculated

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association board of directors approved new divisional assignments Thursday based on updated school enrollment figures that do not include charter school, community school and STEM school students in the public schools where they reside. Divisional assignments for the next two-year cycle had originally been approved in June, but at its meeting last Thursday the board reversed an earlier decision to include those students in public school enrollment counts, resulting in recalculation of divisional dividing lines based on the updated enrollment figures.

 The new divisional breakdowns are posted at:

 The new enrollment figures are posted at:

 FOOTBALL: The new regional maps and lists of schools in each division are posted on the OHSAA’s football page at:

The passage of Ohio House Bill 487 in July of 2014 now gives charter school, community school and STEM school students the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities at their local public school. The OHSAA decided to include those students in the enrollment counts of their local public school. (For districts with multiple high schools, those students were divided evenly among that districts’ schools.) However, last week’s action by the board in their first meeting of the 2015-16 school year reversed that decision.

The OHSAA’s six District Athletic Boards are to have fall tournament information reposted in their respective web sites by September 1. This includes all tournament sites, managers, contact information and assigned schools.

The OHSAA is in the process of forming a committee to study the issue of determining the best way to include charter school, community school and STEM school students in enrollment counts in the future.

In June, the OHSAA issued a release explaining why charter school and STEM school students were included in enrollment counts. The release is posted at:



The Varsity Cats continue to fine tune their game as they prepare for Saturday morning's scrimmage versus Mike Bell's Twinsburg Tigers

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2015

Ohio City - After Saint Ignatius' Hall of Fame Head Football Coach Chuck Kyle '69 sent his Wildcats through another afternoon and evening of double-sessions on a sun-drenched Wasmer Field Thursday, he spoke to the Cats about being cohesive.

The man who has molded the Wildcats into a state and national power, emphasized how being cohesive makes a good team great.

As the sun was setting in Ohio City, Coach Kyle told his young men to take 10 seconds and think about how they can improve when they host the Twinsburg Tigers in the second preseason scrimmage of the summer. The scrimmage will take place on Saturday at 9 AM on Wasmer Field.

Twinsburg is under the direction of veteran Mike Bell, who previously was the head football coach at Lake Catholic and most recently guided Eastlake North's varsity football program for one season.

The last time Coach Bell faced the Wildcats on the gridiron was in the 2010 season opener, when he guided Lake Catholic to a 28-21 victory over the Cats at Cleveland Browns Stadium, now FirstEnergy Stadium. Coach Bell led Lake Catholic’s football program from 2002-13. During that span, the Cougars amassed a 94-49 record and a 16-8 mark in postseason play.

Saint Ignatius is coming off Tuesday's scrimmage at Solon, a performance in which the Wildcats did plenty of good things that offset some miscues such as dropped passes (see the corner's scrimmage report from Tuesday).


Senior defensive back/running back Daniel Volpe made a highlight-reel leaping one-handed interception during the first session, an effort that drew a roar of approval from his teammates.

Senior linebacker Anthony Corte displayed his nose for the ball in the evening session, both in the punting drills and in match competition. Anthony was all over the ball carrier as the punt team attempted to run a fake to the visitor's sideline of Wasmer Field.

During the evening's group competition, the Wildcats' deep and talent-rich defensive linemen and linebackers displayed some excellent technique.

Junior quarterback Patrick Ryan and his receivers put together a solid series in the evening session of match, as gifted seniors Jack Cook and Ryan Berger hauled in touchdown passes in the right and left corners of the Lorain Avenue end zone, respectively.

Wide receiver Travis Pot and tight end James Leyden, part of Saint Ignatius' strong junior class, also hooked up with Ryan on big plays. Travis combined with Ryan on a touchdown pass and he also made a tough, sure-handed diving catch across the middle. James, who also excels as a linebacker, caught a perfect seam pass in stride from Ryan and galloped into the Lorain Avenue end zone. James shared with the corner how much he enjoyed his camp visit this summer to The Ohio State University, the home of Coach Urban Meyer's defending NCAA National Champions.

Big-game tested senior wide receiver Cal Grbac and junior wideout Michael Daugenti were also money during the match series.

The evening session was capped by a Junior Varsity scrimmage that saw sophomore quarterback Kyle Hall and sophomore wide receiver Connor Kennedy combine on several clutch routes. Hall displayed poise in the pocket and Kennedy made three exceptional first-down grabs along the home sideline, including a big-time second effort for extra yards after the catch. In a display of excellent reaction and good hands, Kennedy also caught a pass that was tipped by the defender and turned the play into a visit to the Lorain Avenue end zone.


During the JV scrimmage, sophomore safety Justin Sands closed on the ball and came up with a perfectly timed pass breakup that pleased Coach Kyle, and sophomore linebacker Matt Viancourt, the brother of hard-nosed junior defensive lineman Patrick Viancourt, turned a heads-up read into an authoritative solo tackle near the visitor's sideline.

Note: The Cats will have their final preparation for Saturday's scrimmage on Friday, with the double sessions beginning at 2 PM.








The 2015 Varsity Soccer Preview. Coach Mike McLaughlin's young team, in terms of Varsity experience, enters the season ranked among the nation's best

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2015

Ohio City - While preparing his team for what will be his 21st season as his alma mater's Head Soccer Coach, Mike McLaughlin '85 looked back on last year's record sixth Division I State Championship fall and the emotions and challenges that accompanied the Wildcats throughout their memorable journey.

"I think the world can pull you in a lot of different directions," said Coach McLaughlin, who will be directing what will be the 40th year of Saint Ignatius Soccer. "But what's amazing about being here at Saint Ignatius is that you keep getting pulled back to the things that matter most. And one of those things is our faith.

"Last year, sure we're playing soccer," Coach McLaughlin continued. "But we spent a lot of time last year talking about our faith, talking about believing in each other and believing in the plan. When you start the season, you want it to be perfect. But more often than not, it's not perfect. You're going to have ups and downs.

"The season wasn't perfect for us, on the field we struggled a bit as players were injured," Coach McLaughlin said. "But they (the 2014 state champs) kept believing that we could do this. Ultimatley, the fact that we were able to come together through the hard times on the field and also the hard times with Jim Skerl, everybody who was part of that will never forget the bond that was created."

Behind two goals by Johnny Duldner, a junior midfielder last season, and another staunch defensive effort that was keyed by an outstanding back line and the resiliency of All-American goalie and University of Pittsburg recruit Mikal Outcalt '15, Saint Ignatius turned back Olentangy Liberty, 2-1, in the state championship match on the pitch in Columbus' Crew Stadium. The record sixth OHSAA boys state soccer title came off what was the Cats' 13th consecutive victory.

Saint Ignatius' devoted Student Body didn't walk out of Crew Stadium that blue- gray November Saturday afternoon without one last moving cheer.

"Mr. Skerl, Mr. Skerl!" echoed through the stands as the Wildcats' faithful took time out to pay tribute to their late devoted teacher and mentor, Mr. Jim Skerl '74. Jim lost a courageous battle to cancer in late October of 2014.

A fixture at Saint Ignatius for nearly four decades, Mr. Skerl was a great fan of Coach McLaughlin's program, so much so that he would stand on a milk cart behind the fence that runs along the benches at Wasmer Field and root on his beloved Soccer Cats.

As every Saint Ignatius student, soccer player and coach realized when that final shot attempt by Olentangy Liberty was turned away, Jim was once again standing tall in their hearts and minds.

"We're going to remember that the rest of our lives," said Coach McLaughlin, before turning his attention to his oh so promising 2015 Wildcats Soccer program.

"It's young, we only have four seniors," Coach McLaughlin said of the makeup of the 2015 Varsity Soccer Cats. "We have 13 juniors and one sophomore. We kind of set it up last year when we had a huge roster of 25, so that so many of the young kids could be around last year's seniors, who were such exceptional kids, soccer players and leaders. We wanted them (the young players) to soak that in.
"I'm grateful that it worked out and I think these younger players have seen guys do it the right way. I'm excited to see them make their mark on the big stage."
Although Saint Ignatius graduated two outstanding goalies and four-year fixtures in Outcalt and George Mason University recruit Clark Gronek, Coach McLaughlin is confident that youth will be served in front of the net. Junior Lodge Dils (6-foot-3) is the starter this fall and he will be backed up by another more than capable junior, 6-5 Max Heath.
"I think we're going to have a lot of offensive opportunities created," said Coach McLaughlin. "We have a lot of speed and skill up front. We graduated a core part of our defense. That's the rebuild, our back line. But the core of our offense is still there, so I think we're going to be really dangerous this year going forward and attacking. It should mean lots of goals."
And providing that offensive firepower for the second consecutive season will be the gifted Stephen Milhoan, who enters his junior season with 20 goals, 11 assists and 51 points, including six game-winning goals. Milhoan is one of the premier players not only in Ohio, but also the nation.
Another gifted player to watch at the offensive end is senior Lawrence Karpeh, who brings 11 goals, six assists and 28 points to the table, including four game-winning goals.
Karpeh will join Duldner and four-year varsity mainstays Hayden Parente and Hunter Gordon as Coach McLaughlin's four captains. Again, they are the only seniors on this year's team.
"We haven't had many four-year varsity players in the program, so Hayden and Hunter have been around and have kind of seen it all," Coach McLaughlin said. "That's why they're going to be among the generals on the field. That's such a great thing. They have the respect of their teammates as great leaders on and off the field.
"You go as far as your senior leaders take you,"  Coach McLaughlin continued. "And with those two (Parente and Gordon) and Lawrence and Johnny, it's absolute quality."
And where that quality will have to come to the fore, especially early in the season, is on defense.
"You win with defense," said the man who has a career coaching record of 331-46-43, including 244-32-43 in the regular season and 87-14 in the OHSAA playoffs. "Our regular season schedule might be the hardest schedule that we've ever played. We won last year because of the schedule we played. By the time we got to the playoffs, there was nothing more we could see from the state. So we were ready, battle tested. Now we have to go play the games and see how our defense sorts out.