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Wildcats Socccer takes over the No. 1 ranking in both the Top Drawer Soccer SIMA Fab 50 and USA Today national polls

Posted Mr. By Eddie Dwyer

The Soccer Cats jump from 3rd place to first in the Top Drawer Soccer SIMA Fab 50 and move from No. 2 to No.1 in USA Today's Super 25.

Here are the top 10 teams in this week's Top Drawer Soccer SIMA Fab 50, followed by USA Today 's top five programs.

Rank (Prev.)SchoolRecord
1 (3)
St. Ignatius Cleveland, OH 8-0-1
Xavier commit Stephen Milhoan scored twice in the team's 3-0 victory over Olentangy Liberty. The Wildcats have wins over three teams that have been ranked in the Ohio state Top 10, and now the powerhouse starts its out-of-state run. This week, St. Ignatius takes on SLUH (Mo.), which is coming off a CYC Tournament title, and next week the Wildcats travel to Colorado to take on undefeated and SIMA FAB 50-ranked Cherry Creek and one-loss Regis Jesuit, which was handed a 2-1 setback by Milwaukee Marquette (Wis.) last week.


2 (2)

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Scotch Plains, NJ 8-0-0
As expected, John Murphy has been clutch for Scotch Plains. Last week the junior scored twice against Johnson in a lopsided result and netted both goals in a the team's 2-1 victory over Bridgewater-Raritan.


3 (4)

St. Benedict's Prep Newark, NJ 6-1-0
Felipe Lucas, Luam Lamas and Louis Silva scored the goals as St. Benedict's defeated Blair Academy 3-0 last week in the team's only outing. The Gray Bees have a midweek clash with undefeated Pennington School this week.


4 (11)

Milwaukee Marquette Milwaukee, WI 9-0-1
Marquette traveled to Colorado over the weekend and came away with a pair of 2-1 victories to jump up into the SIMA FAB 50 national title chase. The Hilltoppers handed former SIMA FAB 50 No. 1 Rockhurst (Mo.) its first defeat, then edged undefeated Regis Jesuit (Colo.) to sweep its matches at the Jesuit Classic, hosted this year by Regis Jesuit. This week, Marquette competes in the Gateway City Soccer Classic, where it will face Prep Top 10 No. 1 South Kent School (Conn.).


5 (5)

Conestoga Berwyn, PA 9-0-0
Mike McCarthy scored the game winner as Conestoga edged Haverford School 1-0 in overtime last week, capping a three-win week.


6 (8)

Morton Cicero, IL 12-0-1
Junior standout Baltazar Duran scored in the 77th minute to lead Morton to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over St. Charles North in the top flight of the Pepsi Showdown.


7 (1)

Rockhurst Jesuit Kansas City, MO 12-1-0
Rockhurst lost to Milwaukee Marquette (Wis.) 2-1 before defeating Gonzaga (D.C.) at the Jesuit Classic in Colorado. The Hawklets travel to St. Louis this week to take part in the 62-team Gateway City Soccer Classic.


8 (7)

Olathe East Olathe, KS 8-0-0
After celebrating coach Terry Hair's 25th year at the helm, Olathe East then handed Shawnee Mission West a 3-1 defeat last week.


9 (9)

Boulder Boulder, CO 8-0-0
Blaise Werner scored seven goals and had one assist last week as Boulder posted three victories. The Panthers face former SIMA FAB 50-ranked Fairview this week.


10 (24)

Christian Brothers Academy Lincroft, NJ 8-0-0

Bucknell commit Matthew Thorsheim had a goal and three assists as CBA swept its matches at the Delbarton Invitational with three-goal wins over DeMatha (Md.) and SIMA FAB 50-ranked Chaminade (N.Y.).

Here are the current top 5 programs by USA Today

1. Saint Ignatius 8-0-1; 2. Marquette University High School (Milwaukee) 8-0-2; 3. McMinnville High School (Oregon) 7-0; 4. Scotch Plains-Fanwood (N.J.) 8-0 and 5. Salesianum School 4-1 (Wilmington, Delaware).








Two-time defending State Champion Saint Ignatius continues to show the way as the No. 1 team in the latest Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association's Division I State Poll

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer


1.  Saint Ignatius (Cleveland) 8-0-1 100
2.  St. Charles Prep School (Columbus) 9-0-1 87
3.  Medina 10-0-1 79
4.  Beavercreek 7-0-0 61
  Mason 7-0-2 61
6.  Coffman (Dublin) 8-1-1 37
7.  Anderson (Cincinnati) 9-1-1 32
8.  Anthony Wayne (Whitehouse) 5-1-3 26
  Shaker Heights 9-0-0 26
10.  Copley 7-2-1 15
Receiving votes: St. Xavier (Cincinnati), Logan, Northview (Sylvania), Central (Westerville).
Wildcats Football remains ninth in the Associated Press Division I State Poll

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

COLUMBUS, Ohio — How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters ranks Ohio high school football teams in the third weekly Associated Press poll of 2016, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):

1, Cincinnati Colerain (24) 5-0 265
2, Huber Heights Wayne (2) 4-0-1 195
3, Stow-Munroe Falls 5-0 184
4, Massillon Jackson (1) 5-0 159
5, Lakewood St. Edward 4-1 121
6, Hilliard Bradley 5-0 102
7, Powell Olentangy Liberty  5-0 82
8, Cincinnati Elder 4-1 79
9, Cleveland Saint Ignatius  4-1 70
10, Pickerington Central 4-1 50

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Columbus Upper Arlington 45. 12, Dublin Jerome 24. 13, Dublin Coffman 21. 14, Canton McKinley 19. 15, Solon 14. 15, Medina 14. 17, Cincinnati St. Xavier 13.

As a change in temperatures approach, we heat things up with the weekly Where The Varsity 'Cats Play

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, who never pretends to be at Wildcats athletics events I have not attended. Yes, the great days of crediting your sources journalism are long gone, my friends. Except on this corner.  

Cleveland, Ohio - On this gray and wet Monday afternoon, we thought we would pick up your spirits by letting you know that Saint Ignatius' Varsity Fall Sports Teams will keep your rooting interest thriving this coming weekend.

It all starts on Friday night at Wasmer Field when the state and nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer Cats (8-0-1) take on traditional national power Junior Billikens of St. Louis University High. The action begins at 7 PM.

Coach Mike McLaughlin's Cats will enter Friday's encounter on a 45-match unbeaten streak.  

Ohio's top-ranked Soccer Cats return to Wasmer Field on Saturday night at 7 to face the Celtics from Dublin Jerome.

Also on Saturday, as Head Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher '71 pointed out in Sunday's annual Gallagher Report, the defending state champion Cross Country Wildcats will be at Hilliard Bradley High School for the prestigious Midwest Meet of Champions.

Coach Gallagher reported the starting time as noon and the Varsity Wildcats are expected to leave school after eighth period on Friday.

Coach Brian Becker's Men of the Links, aka the Varsity Golf Team, will tune up for the OHSAA Postseason Tournament when they travel to the annual Dublin Jerome Invitational on Saturday at the Tartan Fields Country Club. The Wildcats' schedule shows the tee-off time as 1 PM.

Saturday night on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium, the Varsity Football Wildcats (4-1) will continue their drive to a spot in the annual OHSAA postseason playoffs when they take on the 4-1 Parma Senior Redmen in a 7 PM kickoff. No, that is not a misprint. Parma Senior is off to a great start this season.

The corner will preview the Wildcats-Parma 2016 gridiron encounter on Tuesday night. Ah, the days when Parma and Saint Ignatius traditionally played one of the area's early season headliners. I didn't have gray hair in those days.

We'll see you Thursday evening on Wasmer Field for coverage of the Freshmen Football Team's 5:30 PM matchup with the Trojans from Erie McDowell, on the pitch at Wasmer Field Friday night and at Ridge Road and Day Drive on Saturday night, as some nice computer points await the Varsity Football Wildcats.

Have a great and safe week and weekend.   


OHSAA Football State Championship Tickets are on sale

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, courtesy of the Ohio High School Athletic Association

For Immediate Release – September 26, 2016

Contact – Tim Stried, Director of Communications, tstried@ohsaa.org

OHSAA Football All-Session State Championship Tickets Now on Sale

Finals are in Ohio Stadium Dec. 1, 2 and 3, with two types of all-session ticket books available

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Two options for all-session ticket books are now on sale for the Ohio High School Athletic Association football state championship games, which are back in Ohio Stadium in Columbus Dec. 1, 2 and 3.

All-session ticket books for the seven championship games in the club level, which are the chair-back seats on the west side of the stadium, are $105 each (includes all seven games) and also permit indoor access into the Huntington Club before, during and after each game. All-session reserved ticket books on the east side of the stadium, which don’t include indoor access, are $84 each (includes all seven games).

State championships all-session tickets are available online at http://go.osu.edu/OHSAAFBTix

Tickets can also be purchased at the Schottenstein Center box office or by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS.

Single game tickets will go on sale Nov. 22. Fans can purchase single-game tickets for $10 at the participating state finalist schools or at the Ohio Stadium ticket office before each game for $15 (club level) or $12 (reserved).

The 2014, 2015 and 2016 OHSAA football state championship games have been hosted by the Greater Columbus Sports Commission and The Ohio State University Department of Athletics. For more information on the championships, contact Brian Timm at the GCSC at btimm@columbussports.org or Tim Stried at the OHSAA at tstried@ohsaa.org.

The football state championship games return to Canton at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in 2017 and 2018.

Details for parking and other activities related to the football state championship games will be announced throughout the fall.

During the playoffs, Divisions I, II, IV and VI will play on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m., while Divisions III, V and VII will play on Saturday nights at 7 p.m.

2016 Football State Championships Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 1, 7:30 PM – One Game (Division I, II, IV or VI – game selection TBD, see below)

Friday, Dec. 2, 10 AM, 3 PM, 8 PM – Three Games (Divisions I, II, IV or VI – order TBD, see below)

Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 AM, 3 PM, 8 PM – Three Games (Divisions III, V and VII – order TBD, see below)

The championship game time assignments for Divisions I, II, IV and VI will be announced on the OHSAA’s Twitter account at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, following the state semifinal games that night in those divisions. The game times for Divisions III, V and VII will be announced at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, following the state semifinal games in those divisions. The complete notes packet will be released on Sunday, Nov. 27.




A weekend in Wildcats Athletics wouldn't be complete without the Gallagher Cross Country Report


Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Runners and parents,

The ride down I-71 to Cloverleaf High School will probably be the last weekend we see the trees before their leaves begin to change. The green fields of summer corn were standing like sentinels holding onto summer. We expected cooler temperatures and low humidity, but found temps in the high 70's and the course dry and dusty.
We rested a few of the Cat Pack runners in anticipation of the MMOC meet next week.
The Cloverleaf course starts on a large field and within 150 meters narrows to a thin path and takes a 90 degree turn to the right. The Cats avoided the chaos and settled into the chase pack. The race consists of 2 loops with a dozen tight turns, steep descents and leg-burning up hills. In other words, a good, solid, challenging XC course.
Pat Nolan led the team in 16:50 in spite of a nasty fall near the finish. Andrew Biehl 17:09 (PR) and Colin Kelly 17:12(PR) were next.  Freshman Steve Zucca 17:27 was spiked at the start and gets the "Tough Guy " award for a gutsy run.  Gabe Ohliger 17:40, Nathan Soria 17:45, and Will (I. Am) Deucher 18:10 finished the scoring for the team.  The 'Cats took 4th in the race.
In the JV race, Will Maier (17:53) led through 2 miles and finished 3rd overall. Logan Kijewski 17:54, Brett Saunders 17:59, Aidan Morrison 18:20, Liam Rielly 18:24, and Andrew Ulrich 18:32 took the team to a 1st place finish in the race.
This weeks schedule: Please note the practice times. The bus will be leaving practice at 5 to return to school. 
Mon: Mastic 3:30-5:00
Tues: Edgewater 3:30-5:00
Wed:  Mastic 3:30-5:00
Thurs: JV, Frosh pre comp SIHS 3:00-4:00, Varsity Cedar Pt.
Fri: Gilmour Invitational Varsity at Gilmour High School: B 4:30, JV/ frosh /open 6:00. Bus leaves school at 3 PM.
Sat: Varsity Midwest Meet of Champions at Hilliard Bradley High School, 12:00 PM. Varsity will leave school after 8th period on Friday.
Go 'Cats!
The Wildcats' Men of the Links finish eighth at the St. John's Jesuit Titan Cup Invitational
Here are the latest Division I, Region 1 computer playoff football ratings by playoff guru Joe Eitel. The Wildcats are currently in ninth place.
Top 8 qualify for playoffs
RankW-LID #CitySchoolAverageLevel 1Level 2L2 divisor
1 5-0 764 Massillon Jackson 13.4000 29.5 75.0 100
2 5-0 1492 Stow Stow-Munroe Falls 12.6000 30.5 65.0 100
3 4-1 306 Canton Canton McKinley 11.9000 24.5 70.0 100
4 4-1 1346 Lakewood St Edward 11.2000 23.5 65.0 100
5 4-1 1428 Solon Solon 10.5500 25.0 55.5 100
6 4-1 650 Canton GlenOak 10.2500 24.5 53.5 100
7t 3-2 540 Euclid Euclid 7.3000 18.5 36.0 100
7t 3-2 730 North Canton Hoover 7.3000 17.0 39.0 100
9 4-1 1354 Cleveland Saint Ignatius 6.7500 24.5 18.5 100
10 3-2 148 Austintown Austintown-Fitch 6.2500 18.0 26.5 100
11 2-3 1016 Mentor Mentor 6.1500 12.5 36.5 100
12t 3-2 1408 Shaker Heights Shaker Heights 5.0500 19.0 12.5 100
12t 3-2 385 Cleveland Heights Cleveland Heights 5.0500 17.5 15.5 100
14 2-3 200 Berea Berea-Midpark 3.1000 12.5 6.0 100
15 2-3 1292 Cleveland Rhodes 2.6061 10.0 6.0 99
16 1-4 444 Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Falls 1.7500 6.0 5.5 100
17 1-4 792 Cleveland John Marshall 0.7000 3.5 0.0 100
18 0-5 832 Lakewood Lakewood 0.0000 0.0 0.0 100
The state's top-ranked Varsity Soccer Cats improve to 8-0-1 with a 3-0 victory at Olentangy Liberty on Saturday

Courtesy of Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Coach Joe Popelka '84 and posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer

From Coach Popelka: Both JV squads played to 1-1 ties.
The Varsity side though was able to bring home a 3-0 victory over the Liberty Patriots, improving now to 8-0-1.  On another sun-drenched fall afternoon, the Cats traveled to meet the always solid Patriots, the school that we played in both the 2011 and then 2014 State Championship seasons.
The Wildcats struck in the 9th minute when senior Stephen Milhoan delivered his tenth goal of the season with a 30m strike on a free kick. Later in the half, in what has become a positive trend over the last couple of matches, senior Thomas Hogan once again provided a spark off the bench as he tallied his sixth goal of the campaign in the 24th minute. Milhoan started the action by driving a low shot that the Liberty keeper was not able to handle. The alert Hogan narrowly beat the keeper and another defender to the rebound at the penalty spot and found the back of the net. The Cats led 2-0 at halftime and limited the Patriots to just one shot for the half.
The Patriots came out after halftime in a new formation and with renewed energy, and grabbed a bit of the momentum away from the Wildcats. Yet, senior keeper Lodge Dils, in his 30th career start, kept a clean sheet aided by the steady back four defenders, Tommy Patacca, Patrick Strauss, Adam Haas, and Matt Trickett.
The Cats added one more goal in the 77th minute when freshman Everett Shorey hit a shot that once again was parried away by the Liberty keeper. Unfortunately for the Patriot faithful the ball bounced to Milhoan who drove the ball home for his second tally of the afternoon.  Milhoan's goal also was the 60th of his career.
For the match St. Ignatius took 25 shots to the Patriots' 8. Dils made two saves to the 11 saves by the Liberty keeper.
The Cats will play again on Friday night at Wasmer Field (7 PM)  against traditional national power Junior Billikens of St. Louis University High.
Here are the Open and Varsity Race results involving the Wildcats from Saturday's Todd Clark Cloverleaf Invitational cross country meet

As always, we look forward to Sunday's insight on the Todd Clark Cloverleaf Invitational from Saint Ignatius' outstanding Head Cross Country Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher '71.

In the Varsity Race at Cloverleaf, Saint Ignatius'  Patrick Nolan finished eighth in 16:52.87, Andrew Biehl was 19th in 17:09.81 and Collin Kelly was 21st in 17:12.95.

Here are the top 30 Open results

1  1624  Szink, Josh                     Mas. Jackson 17:45.32      
    2  2041  Maier, Will                   St. Ignatius 17:53.60      
    3  1619  Stefan, Micheal           Mas. Jackson 17:55.86      
    4  2031  Kijewski, Logan           St. Ignatius 17:56.10      
    5  2060  Saunders, Brett           St. Ignatius 17:59.13      
    6  1639  West, Tate                   Mas. Jackson 18:13.60      
    7  1594  Mendell, Kamren         Mas. Jackson 18:17.64      
    8  2046  Morrisson, Aidan         St. Ignatius 18:20.73      
    9  2059  Rooney, Charlie          St. Ignatius  18:21.29      
   10  1616  Smith, Zach                Mas. Jackson 18:23.27      
   11  1112  Finn, Ian                     Brecksville 18:24.97      
   12  2054  Reilly, Liam                St. Ignatius 18:27.46      
   13  1128  Moore, Aaron             Brecksville 18:30.62      
   14  2073  Ulrich, Andrew           St. Ignatius 18:32.58      
   15  1072  Warren, Sam             Bay 18:36.81      
   16  2000  Bangasser, Dillon      St. Ignatius 18:37.20      
   17  2023  Harsar, Matt              St. Ignatius 18:37.41      
   18  2009  Crane, Ben               St. Ignatius 18:37.77      
   19  1070  Vesely, Darren          Bay 18:42.69      
   20  1123  Long, Justin              Brecksville 18:45.92      
   21  2014  Eicher, Andrew         St. Ignatius 18:47.70      
   22  2044  Mayer, Jack              St. Ignatius 18:48.25      
   23  1439  Velazquez, Austin     Lorain 18:49.04      
   24  1193  Vaughan, Tristan      Cloverleaf 18:54.09      
   25  2062  Sepesy, Conor          St. Ignatius 18:57.22      
   26  1310  Kopp, Kyle                 Hoover 18:59.77      
   27  2039  Lammermeier, Owen St. Ignatius 19:02.00      
   28  1588  McAuliffe, Joseph      Mas. Jackson 19:02.39      
   29  1136  Wilczewski, Tim         Brecksville 19:02.91      
   30  2008  Chesney, Andrew      St. Ignatius 19:05.50       

Jahadge "Bo" Floyd and Patrick Delahunty combine for five touchdowns and the defense made its presence felt early as the JV Football Wildcats turn back host Medina Highland, 37-15, on Saturday morning

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

Medina, Ohio - Saint Ignatius' Head Junior Varsity Football Coach Paul Yappel emphasized how great it was to come out to Highland High School on Saturday morning and play a program like the Hornets.

"Great program, great facilities and with a chance to compete and working to improve," said Coach Yappel after his gifted sophomores improved to 5-0 by defeating the talented Hornets, 37-15, on atmosphere-rich North Gateway Tire Field. "That's what we set out to do today. We still have room to go, but we're doing pretty well right now."

You won't get an argument from the Hornets or their coaching staff on just how well the JV 'Cats are doing.

Playing under a blue-gray sky that hovered over Highland's spacious and impressive campus Saturday morning, Saint Ignatius called on its defense to set the tone and, led by the pursuit of lineman Zach McMahan, defensive back Dan Scelza and two-way lineman Seamus Cooney, the 'Cats forced a three-and-out on the game's first possession.

Following a strong punt return by versatile wide receiver Nigel Drummond II, Saint Ignatius took passion at the Highland 45-yard line.

An 11-yard strike from quarterback Patrick Delahunty to 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end/defensive end Aidan Wells got  Coach Jim Cahill's offense started and Saint Ignatius kept the pressure on the Hornets' defense with a 14-yard reception by multi-skilled wide receiver/defensive back John Wetula and the strong running of standout tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd.

After Highland's gritty linebacker Gus Thornings came up with a tackle for a 3-yard loss, Delahunty called his own number and swept the right side for a 6-yard touchdown. Patrick Otter kicked the extra point and the Wildcats led, 7-0, with 4 minutes and 36 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

It didn't take Saint Ignatius long to strike again, as a fumble recovery by linebacker Kyle Sullivan put the 'Cats in business at the Hornets' 33-yard line. A 30-yard toss from Delahunty to Drummond II made it first-and-goal at the 3, and three plays later Delahunty scored on a 4-yard run that was capped by another Otter PAT.

Highland would close to 14-7, but the Wildcats responded with a 13-play drive that featured a 26-yard field goal by Otter with 5:29 to go in the first half.

In what was the defining stage of the game, the Hornets elected to go for it on fourth-and-8 from the Saint Ignatius 40, only to be stopped for no gain off a delayed quarterback draw.

From there, "Bo Floyd put his stamp on the game with a 60-yard touchdown burst over the left side and, after Otter's extra point, Coach Yappel's oh so promising sophomores led, 24-7, with 2:49 remaining in the first half.

Coach Dave Cicetti's defense then rose to the occasion again, as cornerback Owen Adler intercepted a Hornets pass at the Saint Ignatius 40 and returned the pigskin to the 'Cats' 44-yard line.

Following Delahunty completions to Wetula and sure-handed wide receiver Nathan Conry, it was "Bo" time again.

On first-and-10 from the Highland 33, Floyd, displaying exceptional vision and cutting ability, complemented the strong work by his offensive line by covering the 33 yards in style. Otter's extra point was high and true, and Saint Ignatius went into halftime leading, 31-7.

"I just think we want to continue to improve on playing a disciplined football game, playing like a team and playing selfless football," said Coach Yappel, who will lead his Wildcats against the Junior Varsity Program from Parma Senior High School on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9 AM on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.

Highland would make it a 31-15 game off a touchdown pass and a 2-point conversion run by quarterback Jack McGinty, but "Bo" Floyd left no doubt by rambling for his third touchdown of the morning, a 31-yard effort with 9:14 left.       









Saint Ignatius Varsity Football dominates up front and on the ground in defeating Walsh Jesuit, 30-0, at Conway Memorial Stadium on Friday night

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio - Unlike last season on Parma's Byers Field, there was no need for any last minute heroics in Walsh Jesuit's Conway Memorial Stadium on Friday night.

The Varsity Football Wildcats, who turned Walsh Jesuit away by three points in the final 53 seconds in 2015, came out and established their superiority from the get-go last night and walked away with a decisive 30-0 victory over the Warriors in a packed Conway Memorial Stadium.

Saint Ignatius, behind arguably the top offensive line in the seven-county area and a defensive front that can play with anyone in Ohio, rode a powerful running game keyed by senior tailback Jimmy Andrews, an authoritative defense and the powerful legs of junior Matthew Trickett and senior Colin Goodfellow to its fourth victory in five games.

Walsh Jesuit, a young team that has had its share of injuries early on, now stands at 1-4.

"Yeah, it's a pretty consistent pattern this year, the effect of our offensive line and defensive front," said Wildcats Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Kyle, who will lead his Wildcats against the now 4-1 Parma Senior Redmen on Saturday, October 1 at 7 PM on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium. Can anyone say Dan Jawarski or Gilbert Hopeful?

The pattern Coach Kyle referred to was established early and often, as Saint Ignatius, with Andrews picking up 57 yards on his first three carries, muscled its way to a 35-yard field goal off the foot of the gifted Trickett on the first offensive series of the game.

Andrews, displaying power, balance and speed, finished the night with 164 yards rushing on 22 carries.

After the 'Cats' defense forced the Warriors to punt from their goal line, Andrews and his offensive line, which is anchored by All-Ohio senior center and East Carolina recruit John Spellacy and 6-foot-6, 317-pound junior left tackle Darian Kinnard, went to work again.

Taking possession at the Walsh Jesuit 45-yard line after the punt from the goal line sailed out of bounds, Saint Ignatius, with Andrews, off a picture-perfect cut to the left while still maintaining his balance and power, ran to a first down at the Warriors' 16-yard line.

Two plays later, hard-nosed junior tailback Mark Bobinski scored on an 8-yard run over the right side and Trickett's extra-point kick made it a 10-0 game with 5:05 remaining in the opening quarter.

With senior quarterback Patrick Ryan helping engineer a 13-play, 93-yard drive, the Wildcats, behind the receiving of senior Travis Pot and the running of Bobinski, pushed their lead to 17-0 off a smooth 6-yard keeper for a touchdown by Ryan and the ensuing extra point by Trickett with 8:22 to go in the first half.

Ranked ninth in this week's Associated Press Division I State Poll, Saint Ignatius led 20-0 at halftime after Trickett, who is also a standout for Coach Mike McLaughlin's state and nationally acclaimed soccer program, booted a high and true 40-yard field goal into the wind with plenty to spare.

Trickett totaled 12 points on the night and Goofellow, the Wildcats' Student Athlete of the Week for his outstanding kicking and punting in last weekend's tough overtime loss at Detroit Catholic Central, sent kickoff after kickoff deep into the end zones of Conway Memorial Stadium. Talk about a pair of special teams weapons.

Saint Ignatius, moving the football behind the running of Ryan and Andrews, led 23-0 after Trickett sent a 25-yard field goal into the Friday night lights of Wyoga Lake Road late in the third quarter, and closed out the scoring on a 1-yard keeper by junior quarterback Daniel Alexander and Trickett's 12th point.

Coach Kyle's team was knocking on the door again in the final minute, but knelt down twice at the Warriors' 14-yard line to end the game.

Saint Ignatius ran the ball 50 times for 338 yards and Walsh Jesuit managed 38 yards on 27 carries. The 'Cats passed for 83 yards and the Warriors totaled 74 yards through the air. Along with Andrews' big night on the ground, Saint Ignatius got 10 carries for 67 yards from Bobinski and two carries for 71 yards from senior tailback Dean "The Dream" Stowers.  

The first downs were 27-7 in favor Saint Ignatius and the total plays and yards showed the Wildcats with 64 for 471 and Walsh Jesuit with 38 for 112.

Defense, take a bow.

"They would pick up a first down and then we would hit them for a loss or no gain, and that would slow things down," said Coach Kyle. "Offensively, it's not a shock that we're running the ball pretty well. The offensive line did a great job, like they've been doing all season."   















Wildcats Freshmen Football displays its endless potential on both sides of the ball during Thursday night's 34-0 victory over Walsh Jesuit

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

Cleveland, Oho - Playing almost as perfect as the first evening of Autumn in Ohio City, Coach Rodney Gallaway's tough and talented Freshmen Football Wildcats struck early and often Thursday night in wearing down their ninth-grade Jesuit brothers from Walsh Jesuit on Wasmer Field.

The Freshmen 'Cats, who improved to 4-1, scored on their first possession and it was Katy Bar the Door from that point on, as the gifted and tough-minded young Wildcats dominated their way to a 34-0 victory that saw the OHSAA deficit rule come into play with 7 minutes and 9 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

After forcing a punt, Saint Ignatius, which had great field position for most of the evening, got a strong return from multi-skilled wide receiver/defensive back Connor Cmiel and took possession at its 47-yard line.

Two plays later, running back/linebacker Jack Welcsh powered his way over the left side and, in an exceptional display of balance and vision, galloped 50 yards down the left sideline and into the Lorain Avenue end zone. Rory McConville sent the extra-point kick through the uprights and the 'Cats led, 7-0, with 6:27 left in the opening quarter.

Following another Walsh Jesuit punt, Saint Ignatius covered 80 yards in five plays that featured four consecutive carries by Welcsh and a picture-perfect 59-yard touchdown pass from oh so promising quarterback Nick Fletcher to sure-handed wide receiver Erik Daugenti. McConville's extra-point was true and Coach Gallaway's 'Cats were up 14 points with 1:39 to go in the first quarter.

In what was an impressive throw for a quarterback at any level, let alone a freshman in high school, Fletcher's kiss the sky in stride pass down the right or home sideline of Wasmer Field landed in Daugenti's hands as Erik was striding into the Wasmer Field end zone. Wildcats veteran Varsity Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo , who was watching from the home sideline, described it as a "great pass." High praise from a man that has produced 16 quarterbacks who have earned All-State recognition.

Just moments after the Fletcher to Daugenti crowd pleaser, the 'Cats' defense, keyed by ever-present linebackers Mac Boyle and Connor Francz, forced the Warriors to punt from the scoreboard end zone of Wasmer Field.

After another impressive and elusive punt return by Cmiel to the Wash Jesuit 5-yard line, Saint Ignatius' offensive line, which was authoritative from the get-go, kicked open Katy's door again and Welcsh followed the lead with a 5-yard TD run over the left side. The extra-point attempt was blocked and the Cats led, 20-0, with 7:57 remaining in the first half.

Walsh Jesuit, behind the gutsy play of Adam Salek, moved for a first down at the Saint Ignatius 44-yard line, only to watch the Wildcats' defense step up again.

On a second-and-11 from the Saint Ignatius 45, Wildcats defensive lineman Jake Lang, reading the play all of the way, dropped into coverage, intercepted the pass inside the Saint Ignatius 43 and rambled down the sideline and into the end zone for a touchdown that seemed to demoralize the Warriors.

Leading 27-0 at halftime, the 'Cats put the running clock into play off a strong second-effort 2-yard touchdown run by Welch and another PAT by McConville.

In what was a display of class, Coach Gallaway and Wildcats Offensive Coordinator Mark Ruddy '90, a former Saint Ignatius football great, elected to have their offense end the game by kneeling down and running out the clock at the Walsh Jesuit 14-yard line. The 'Cats marched to the Warriors' 14 behind some strong running by James Crosby and Tyler Hampu.

Congratulations go out to veteran Defensive Coordinator Tony Antonelli, who while he was directing another impressive effort by the 'Cats' Freshmen D, received a picture of his newest grandchild, who was born in Columbus to his son Joe and Joe's wife Danielle. That makes three grandchildren for the defensive guru, the man who helped develop some of the greatest defenses in Saint Ignatius history during the Wildcats' state and national championship runs of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

UP NEXT: The Freshman 'Cats will play host to the Trojans from Erie (Pa.) McDowell on September 29 at 5:30 PM on Wasmer Field.

FROM COACH GALLAWAY: "I told the guys right at the beginning, if we execute at the level that we're capable of, not many teams can stay with us. The times we have been in close games we're doing things to hurt ourselves, it's not really what the other team is doing.

"Come out and execute, that's what we did tonight," Coach Gallaway continued. "I thought we looked sharp. Everybody stepped up and played well."

Coach Gallaway shared with the corner that Walsh Jesuit's coaches said they couldn't find a way to block Mac Boyle. Remember the name, my friends.   










Here is a glance at the Saint Ignatius Varsity Basketball Schedule for the 2016-17 season

Courtesy of Head Coach Brian Becker '77 and posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Cleveland, Ohio - The Varsity Basketball Wildcats will open their season on December 2 versus the Benedictine Bengals at 7 PM in Father Sullivan Gymnasium.

On December 3, the Wildcats will travel to legendary East Tech High School, where they will take on the Cleveland Heights Tigers at 7 PM.

The nights of December 9 and 10, Saint Ignatius will be competing in the Erie (Pa.) McDowell Tournament and on December 17 perennial power Columbus Northland will pay a visit to Sullivan Gym for a 7 PM tipoff.

The 'Cats' annual pre-Christmas matchup with the storied "Pups" from Canton McKinley is McKinley's home game this year and it will take place on December 23 at 7:30 PM.

On December 27, Saint Ignatius travels to Warren Harding for a 7:30 PM tip and on New Year's Eve, LeBron James' alma mater, the always gifted Fighting Irish from St. Vincent-St. Mary, will be in Sullivan Gymnasium to welcome in the New Year with the annual 3 PM matinee versus the Wildcats.

The night of January 6 will be a 7 PM matchup with GlenOak in Sullivan Gym and the first game of the tradition-rich home and home series with Coach Eric Flannery's St. Edward Eagles takes place on January 13th in Sullivan Gym at 7 PM.

Hope that whets your hoops hysteria appetite. A few more dates have to be worked out, but my, is that an impressive collection of teams for the first half of the season.  


Congrats to the Wildcats Junior Varsity Blue Team on their victory over Avon Lake, another mastering of Manakiki

Courtesy of Coach Tom Bogan and posted by the brother of the best golfer I ever saw - Jim Dwyer.

The JV Blue defeated Avon Lake at Manakiki on Tuesday, 171-188.

Jess Saunders was the medalist with a round of 40. Other scores: Chris Mays 43, Kyle Kolick 44, Kyle Gerrity 44, Zach Hazard 48 and Steve Harmat 49. 

The Varsity Football Wildcats will look to get back to their winning ways when they travel to Walsh Jesuit on Friday night

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - As was the case last season, the Walsh Jesuit Warriors will enter Friday night's matchup with Saint Ignatius carrying a record of 1-3 and trying to salvage their season.

Last year, the Warriors, a unanimous underdog by the media, left it all on the Byers Field turf in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium before the Wildcats, with 53 seconds remaining to be played, drove 80 yards and scored on a 38-yard touchdown pass from All-Ohio quarterback Dennis Grosel '16 to gifted wide receiver/long snapper Jimmy Berger '16 with 8 ticks left on the clock. Matthew Trickett '18 added a high and true extra-point kick and the 'Cats' defense took care of the final eight seconds - Saint Ignatius 30, Walsh Jesuit 27 in what was the 10th meeting on the gridiron between the highly respected Jesuit Schools.

For some of the Warriors' faithful, Friday night's 7 PM kickoff against the 3-1 Wildcats in Walsh Jesuit's Conway Memorial Stadium has an all-too familiar feeling to it.

Last season,  Walsh Jesuit picked up its first victory the week prior to playing Saint Ignatius, defeating St. Francis in Athol Springs, N.Y. And guess what? The Warriors won their first game in four outings this season by defeating none other than St. Francis, 23-21, in Conway Memorial Stadium last weekend.

A young and inexperienced team, Walsh Jesuit enters Friday night's 11th meeting with Saint Ignatius having faced the injuries and tough luck that usually accompany a 1-3 start  The Wildcats, ranked ninth in the Associated Press Division I State Poll, are 6-4 all-time versus the Warriors in football, including a 4-0 mark under Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Kyle '69.

The Warriors lost three tough and competitive road games this season, 10-3 at St. Vincent-St. Mary, 29-20 at Toledo Whitmer and 27-14 at Columbus Bishop Watterson.

Trailing, 20-0, at halftime versus Bishop Watterson, Walsh Jesuit got some strong second-half efforts from special teams player Tony Cummings, running back Joshua Bennett, quarterback Alex Weitman and wide receiver Steve Walco in making the game competitive. A learning experience, if you will.

As for Saint Ignatius, the Wildcats dominated their first three opponents - Normandy, Mentor and Valley Forge - and then ran into a very capable and undefeated Detroit Catholic Central team in Novi, Michigan last weekend. The Shamrocks, taking advantage of five turnovers, defeated the 'Cats in overtime, 28-21.

The turnovers and a tough penalty down the stretch of the fourth quarter played major roles, but believe this old-timer when I tell you that Catholic Central is a solid program. The Wildcats need no one to remind them that they have to take care of business for the remaining six weeks of the regular season.

THE ONE NO ONE FORGETS: In what was the last game played on natural grass in then legendary Canton Fawcett Stadium, Eric Haddad '94, the greatest running back in Saint Ignatius' rich football history, scored five touchdowns on the rain-drenched and muddy Fawcett Stadium field as the 'Cats defeated Walsh Jesuit, 34-0, in a 1993 State Semifinal matchup. The '93 Wildcats went on to win the fifth of Saint Ignatius' record 11 state football championships and the second of Coach Kyle's three national championships.

AIR WAVES: If you can't make it out to Walsh Jesuit on Friday night, senior Brendan DeVenney and junior Matt MacKenzie will do their best Jimmy Donovan and Doug Dieken over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.

FROM COACH KYLE ON THE 2016 WALSH JESUIT WARRIORS:  "There is some youth out there, they had a few injuries early and their younger kids had to step in," Coach Kyle said of Walsh Jesuit as he was running his Wildcats through Tuesday's practice.

"Last week (versus) St. Francis, they did a nice job," Coach Kyle continued. "You can see the progress they've made each week, especially on their defense. In the beginning they were a little vanilla, but now you can see the coverage is changing and the blitzes are changing. So they're progressing. That's what we're seeing.

Coach Kyle emphasized that offensively, the Warriors are doing a little more option and that his Wildcats have to take care of their option responsibilities.

"They use the dive option and try to pitch it and go," said Coach Kyle. "They'll do a nice job with their power play, where they pull the backside guard. They've always been good at that. I think they would like to control the ball, they have some guys going both ways. Like last year, when they wanted to keep our offense on the sideline. 

"We're playing down there, so we have to play better in enemy territory than we did last week, I hope."

We'll see you at Wasmer Field tomorrow (Thursday) evening when the Walsh Jesuit Freshmen pay a visit to Ohio City to take on Coach Rodney Gallaway's gifted ninth-grade Wildcats. The kickoff is at 6 bells.

And on a personal note, thank you to those who have expressed their prayers for my brother, Jim, a proud graduate of Saint Ignatius High School.       









Congratulations from the corner to Wildcats standout Colin Goodfellow on being selected as the Saint Ignatius Athlete of the Week

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, September 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Colin '17, a standout on the special teams who handles both the kickoffs and punting duties for Hall of Fame Head Football Coach Chuck Kyle '69, earned Special Mention Division I All-Ohio honors from the Associated Press last season and was the first-team punter on the AP's Division I All-Northeast Lakes District Team last fall.

A gifted all-around athlete, Colin is off to a great start this season. In last weekend's tough 28-21 overtime loss at Detroit Catholic Central, he punted four times, averaging 41.5 yards per punt and twice pinning the Shamrocks inside their own 20-yard line.

Of his 27 kickoffs this year, 23 have gone for touchbacks.

Outside of football, Colin dedicates much of his time to service. Like Saint Ignatius' recent outstanding kickers Tim Shenk, Matt Colella and Cory Griffith, Colin is heavily involved in Kick it For Cancer, helping to raise money to cure childhood cancer.

Colin is also a member of Coach Brian Becker's '77 Wildcats Basketball Program and throughout his early years with Saint Ignatius' Football Program Colin displayed savvy and a strong arm as a quarterback.

Again, congrats from this corner to a special athlete and even a greater young man.    

The Soccer 'Cats pepper Padua's goal and limit the Bruins to one shot in a 6-0 triumph at Padua Franciscan High School's atmosphere-rich stadium on Tuesday night. Congratulations to sophomore midfielder David Vrablic on his first Varsity goal.

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

Parma, Ohio - Wildcats outstanding Junior Varsity A Coach Jim Brennan '85 got another successful evening in Saint Ignatius Soccer started by continuing his mastery over Parma schools, public or private, as his JV Cats defeated Padua's Jayvees, 9-0.

"Men, I think it was Napoleon who said, 'If you're going to conquer the world, you first have to take Parma,'" said Coach Brennan to his players as he addressed them before the start of Tuesday evening's Junior Varsity matchup.

Coach Brennan, who grew up in Parma and now resides in Strongsville, has an unblemished record against soccer teams from Parma in his 23 seasons as Saint Ignatius' Head JV Coach. Jim has coached in the soccer program at his alma mater for 25 years.

While it didn't take the JV Cats long to conquer the Bruins on what was an absolutely perfect end of summer September evening on the spacious and atmosphere-rich campus of Padua Franciscan High School, Coach Mike McLaughlin's state and nationally acclaimed Varsity team combined another outstanding defensive performance with an offense that produced three goals in each half, and went on to a 6-0 triumph in what was the 41st meeting on the Varsity level between the Wildcats and the Bruins.

Saint Ignatius, which outshot Padua, 47-1, leads what is one of the longest continuous soccer rivalries in Ohio, 31-5-5.  

The two-time defending and record seven-time OHSAA state champions, the Varsity Wildcats improved to 7-0-1 and extended their unbeaten streak to 44 matches. Saint Ignatius, a three-time National Champion (2005, '10 and '15), entered Tuesday night's matchup on State Road as the top-ranked Division I team in the state by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association and the second-ranked program in the nation by USA Today. The' Cats are also ranked third in the Top Drawer Soccer SIMA Fab 50 National Poll.

Ohio's reigning Player of the Year, senior forward/captain Steve Milhoan got the offense started against a gutsy and game Padua team by scoring his 57th and 58th career goals - a long range blast with 30:18 remaining in the first half and a move that saw Steve take an assist from senior forward Alexander Gotsky and beat the goalkeeper with a smooth shot into the right corner of the net.

Saint Ignatius took its 3-0 lead into the halftime break after senior forward Thomas Hogan came up with a second-effort goal on his back, a net-finder that 'Cats veteran Assistant Coach Dan Crew '99 described as a "snake move."

In the second half, Hogan also provided goal No. 4 off an assist from senior forward Adam Collins.

The Wildcats' final two goals came courtesy of sophomore forward Kory Nekoloff off a Hogan assist and sophomore midfielder David Vrablic, who scored his first Varsity goal off an assist from Nekoloff . David is the brother of Saint Ignatius' gifted senior midfielder/captain and Brown University recruit Johne Vrablic.

'Cats senior goalkeepers Lodge Dils and Max Heath each played a half and, despite the score, a tip of the corner's cap goes out to Padua keeper, sophomore Jack Hostelley, who made 15 saves, including four or five all-out diving efforts.

As for the Junior Varsity scoring, David Vrablic and Luke Griffiths fueled the attack to a 2-0 lead, with Kyle Healy providing the assist on Vrablic's goal. Goals 3 and 4 were provided by Henry Curtis off assists from Joe Katic and Kevin McIntyre, and goals 5 through 9 came courtesy of Kyle Folds, Austin Zeleznik, Bryce Horton, Horton again off McIntyre's second assist, and Dan Kalic.

Once again, all three of the JV A 'Cats' goalkeepers, Ryan Mark, Cooper Ilg and Peter Van Euwen, shared playing time.

UP NEXT: The Junior Varsity A Wildcats will take a 7-0 record into Wednesday's 6 PM matchup at Western Reserve Academy.

The Varsity and Junior Varsity A 'Cats will travel to Olentangy Liberty on Saturday to face the Patriots. A 1 PM JV match will precede a 3 PM Varsity encounter. Coach Mike McLaughlin's Wildcats defeated Olentangy Liberty in the 2011 Division I State Championship match, 4-2, and also in the 2014 Division I title match, 2-1.

A DRONE OVER PARMA: Someone must have known that Coach Brennan was back in his home town, as a Drone rotated high over the Padua Stadium scoreboard end zone, the Padua Franciscan main school building and State Road during the Wildcats-Bruins matches. Why not? It was a sunset almost as perfect as a Perla Pierogi.

MARK IT DOWN: Barring a major upset, the Varsity Soccer 'Cats will play their OHSAA District Final match at Padua Stadium this year. I love it that Padua Franciscan is the OHSAA site! This old-timer has some great memories of my coverage of the Bruins during nearly 40 years at The Plain Dealer. I was reliving some those fond moments during both halftimes on Tuesday night. I remember the first football game in the then new Padua Stadium like it was yesterday. It looks even more impressive now. It's getting better looking with age. Something this corner hasn't mastered.    


Matt Trickett: "Our defense is always pretty compact," said the young man who also doubles as standout place kicker for the Varsity Football Team. "We've been able to communicate a lot with Tommy Patacca now playing right back. We're more comfortable, because we played club together and everything. So we know each other's weaknesses and strengths It's a lot of experience with each other.

"We definitely had a lot of chances (the 47 shots on goal)," Matt continued. "Their keeper (Jack Hostelley) had a phenomenal game, for sure. I think we can improve on how we attack. Instead of the number of chances, get more quality chances."

Thomas Hogan: "I got a good ball to cross, I tried to take it down and I lost my balance," said a smiling Hogan of his on his back shot and goal. "I found myself on the ground and it felt like my foot was stuck to the ground. Somehow I managed to just poke it in. I don't even remember, it happened so fast.

"The national rankings are always in the back of our minds," Thomas continued. "I think we can work on cleaning up our first touch, clean passing and moving forward from the back. Everyone is very motivated to the common goal, which is to win the state championship. Everyone comes out every day at practice and works hard, so really, anything is possible."

Coach McLaughlin: "I think we have four of the best backs in the state," Coach McLaughlin said of Tommy Patacca, Adam Haas, Patrick Strauss and Matt Trickett. "Ultimately, that's what carries you in the playoffs and takes you where you want to go.

"We're defending well and now the next phase is how they transition into the offense," Coach McLaughlin continued. "That's what we've been working really hard on, just playing good balls out of the back and setting ourselves up. In some of the previous games we were rushing too much and just playing too many difficult balls out of the back, and giving the ball up.

"I thought tonight our momentum and just our positioning in playing balls out of the back was a lot better," said the man who is recognized nationally by his peers. "It gives us a much better chance up front."

And a much better chance of becoming the first boys program to win three consecutive OHSAA State Soccer Championships.           






Just fyi on the OHSAA's first computer poll rankings for the season

In case this old-timer has to leave for football practice and the soccer match at Padua Franciscan before the OHSAA releases its first computer poll rankings for the season, you can probably get a good estimate as to where the Football 'Cats will be ranked in Division I, Region 1 from the Joe Eitel rankings that were posted on the corner over the weekend.

The top eight teams at the end of the regular season (Oct. 29) qualify for the OHSAA playoffs. Here are Joe's rankings for Region 1.  

RankW-LID #CitySchoolAverageLevel 1Level 2L2 divisor
1 4-0 1492 Stow Stow-Munroe Falls 9.6250 24.5 35.0 100
2 4-0 764 Massillon Jackson 9.2750 23.5 34.0 100
3 3-1 306 Canton Canton McKinley 8.7000 18.0 42.0 100
4 3-1 1346 Lakewood St Edward 8.6000 18.0 41.0 100
5 3-1 650 Canton GlenOak 8.2250 18.5 36.0 100
6 3-1 1428 Solon Solon 7.7250 18.5 31.0 100
7 3-1 540 Euclid Euclid 6.9750 18.5 23.5 100
8 3-1 730 North Canton Hoover 6.5000 17.0 22.5 100
9 3-1 1408 Shaker Heights Shaker Heights 6.0000 19.0 12.5 100
10 3-1 1354 Cleveland Saint Ignatius 5.2250 18.5 6.0 100
11 2-2 148 Austintown Austintown-Fitch 4.7000 12.0 17.0 100
12 2-2 385 Cleveland Heights Cleveland Heights 4.3000 11.0 15.5 100
13 2-2 200 Berea Berea-Midpark 3.7250 12.5 6.0 100
14 1-3 1016 Mentor Mentor 2.6500 6.0 11.5 100
15 1-3 444 Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Falls 1.5000 6.0 0.0 100
16 1-3 1292 Cleveland Rhodes 1.1250 4.5 0.0 100
17t 0-4 792 Cleveland John Marshall 0.0000 0.0 0.0 100
17t 0-4 832 Lakewood Lakewood 0.0000 0.0 0.0 100
The staff at cleveland.com drops Saint Ignatius seven spots to 14th in their "Super 25" state football poll

The Football 'Cats, who are coming off a tough 28-21 overtime loss to a very solid Detroit Catholic Central team in Novi, Michigan, travel to Walsh Jesuit on Friday night.

The corner will preview the Walsh Jesuit game on Wednesday evening.   

Wildcats Soccer remains No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25 National Rankings

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

USA Today's Top 3 this week are 1. Rockhurst (10-0-0) from Kansas City (Mo); 2. Saint Ignatius (6-0-1 heading into tonight's match at Padua Franciscan) and 3. St. Benedict's Prep (5-1-0) from Newark, N.J.

Saint Ignatius and St. Benedict's Prep were USA Today's co-National Champions last season.  

OHSAA announces initial findings and penalties involving the Archbishop Hoban Football Program

OHSAA Announces Initial Findings and Penalties Against Akron Archbishop Hoban Football Program

Violation of OHSAA recruiting bylaw results in sanctions

From Mr. Tim Stried, Director of Communications for the OHSAA

COLUMBUS, Ohio – While the investigation into the football program at Akron Archbishop Hoban High School on a number of allegations is still ongoing, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the initial findings and penalties against the school.

The penalties stem from a violation of OHSAA Bylaw 4-9-2 – Recruiting, when head football coach Tim Tyrrell initiated contact in the fall of 2015 with a student at St. Hilary Elementary School.

“As a veteran coach and the current athletic administrator at Archbishop Hoban, we believe that Tim Tyrrell was aware his actions were in violation of the OHSAA’s recruiting bylaw,” said Dave Gray, OHSAA interim commissioner. “Rather than wait until the investigation concluded, which could be toward the end of the season, we felt compelled to announce these penalties now so the team and school have time to make the appropriate accommodations. We appreciate the cooperation of Hoban administrators and hope to conclude this investigation soon.”

The initial penalties include a postseason coaching suspension for Tyrrell if Hoban qualifies for the 2016 playoffs. In addition, Hoban is placed on probation for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year and all of the 2017-18 school year, and Tyrrell will be limited to a total of five days of contact with the Hoban football team during the summer of 2017.

The OHSAA will announce the end of the investigation and any additional findings and penalties at a later date.


Saint Ignatius Soccer moves up one spot to third place in the latest Top Drawer Soccer SIMA Fab 50 National Rankings

Here are the top 10 teams in this week's Fab 50 - Mr. Eddie  Dwyer

Rank (Prev.)

1 (2)
Rockhurst Jesuit Kansas City, MO 10-0-0
2 (3)
Scotch Plains-Fanwood Scotch Plains, NJ  5-0-0
3 (4)
Saint Ignatius Cleveland, OH 6-0-1
4 (1)
St. Benedict's Prep Newark, NJ 5-1-0
5 (6)
Conestoga Berwyn, PA 6-0-0
6 (8)
Delbarton School Morristown, NJ 4-0-0
7 (10)
Olathe East Olathe, KS 6-0-0
8 (12)
Morton Cicero, IL 9-0-1
9 Boulder Boulder, CO 5-0-0
10 (14)
Evanston Evanston, IL 7-0-2
Wildcats Football ranked ninth in this week's Division I State Poll

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the second weekly Associated Press poll of 2016, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes):


1, Cincinnati Colerain (21), 4-0, 235

2, Pickerington Central (1), 4-0, 159

3, Stow-Munroe Falls, 4-0, 158

4, Wayne (2), 3-0-1, 146

5, Lakewood St. Edward, 3-1, 97

6, Massillon Jackson, 4-0, 79

7, Hilliard Bradley, 4-0, 73

8, Cincinnati Elder, 3-1, 71

9, Saint  Ignatius, 3-1, 69

10, Pickerington North, 4-0, 62

Others: 11, Powell Olentangy Liberty 47. 12, Dublin Jerome 18. 13, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller 14.

Trips to Toledo and Olentangy Liberty, a Friday night under the lights at Walsh Jesuit and the Cloverleaf Todd Clark Invitational highlight another week of Where The 'Cats Play

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016 (it even applies on Mondays)

Cleveland, Ohio - October is just around the corner and another Autumn of our years officially arrives on Thursday.

That means the postseason is on the minds of the Wildcats' faithful, as the mid-point of the regular season is here.

This week in Saint Ignatius' Fall  Sports, Ohio's top-ranked Varsity Soccer 'Cats will get things started tomorrow (Tuesday) when they travel to the pitch at Padua Franciscan for a 7 PM matchup with the Bruins. The action will start with a 5 PM match between Coach Jim Brennan's gifted Junior Varsity A Wildcats and Padua's Jayvees.

In what is a rarity in area soccer, Saint Ignatius and Padua Franciscan have sustained a rivalry on the pitch that stretches for more than three decades.

Staying with soccer, the Junior Varsity A is slated to play at Western Reserve Academy on Wednesday at 6 PM and Coach Mike McLaughlin's defending two-time and record seven-time OHSAA Varsity state champions will travel to Olentangy Liberty on Saturday for a 3 PM encounter with the Patriots.

The nationally acclaimed Soccer 'Cats, currently 6-0-1 and riding a 43-match unbeaten streak, defeated the Patriots, 2-1, in the state championship match in 2014 and 4-2 in the state title match of 2011.

Saturday's headliner will be preceded by a Junior Varsity matchup between the 'Cats and the Pats at 1 PM.

On the gridiron, Coach Rodney Gallaway's Freshmen 'Cats, coming off their 28-6 victory over Detroit Catholic Central,  will face Walsh Jesuit's Freshmen Warriors on Thursday at 6 bells on Wasmer Field.

Friday night, Coach Chuck Kyle's Varsity Football Wildcats (3-1) will look to rebound from a tough 28-21 overtime loss at Detroit Catholic Central when they travel to Conway Memorial Stadium to face the 1-3 Walsh Jesuit Warriors. The kickoff will be 7 PM.

The corner will preview Friday's 11th gridiron meeting with the Warriors on Wednesday evening.

Saturday morning, Coach Paul Yappel's undefeated Junior Varsity Football 'Cats will travel to Medina Highland for a 10 AM kickoff with the Hornets. The JV 'Cats are coming off a solid, all-around 38-0 victory over the Junior Varsity Program from Detroit Catholic Central.

On the links. Coach Brian Becker's Varsity Golf Team will be heading to Toledo on Saturday to compete in the tradition-rich and talent-rich St. John's Jesuit Titan Cup. The tee-off time from the Maumee Bay Resort Golf Course is listed at 10 AM.                 

And last, but certainly not least, Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's defending State Champion Cross Country Program will be competing at Saturday's Cloverleaf Todd Clark Invitational.

The Varsity Race is slated for 11:00 am, and the Junior Varsity/Freshmen /Open races are scheduled to follow at 11:30. The bus leaves Saint Ignatius at 9 AM and will return immediately after the JV race.

There you have it, another week in Wildcats Athletics is brewing. Just FYI, the corner will be on hand for the Varsity Soccer Match at Padua Franciscan Tuesday night and then will hit the gridiron for Freshmen, Varsity and Junior Varsity Football coverage.

Have a great and safe week, and, if I may, please keep my brother Jim, a Saint Ignatius High School graduate, in your prayers - Eddie Dwyer 

Wildcats Soccer remains No. 1 in the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association's Division I State Poll

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

1.  Saint Ignatius (Cleveland) 6-0-1 100
2. St. Charles Prep School (Columbus) 9-0-0 85
3. Medina 5-0-1 79
4. Mason 6-0-1 67
5. Beavercreek 6-0-0 50
6. Coffman (Dublin) 6-0-1 48
7. Anthony Wayne (Whitehouse) 5-1-2 40
8. Anderson (Cincinnati) 7-0-1 34
  Olmsted Falls 6-0-0 26
10. St. Francis DeSales (Toledo) 5-1-0 9
Receiving votes: Copley, Central (Westerville), St. Johns Jesuit (Toledo) and Shaker Heights.
Please note important ticket and traffic information for Friday's 7 PM Varsity Football Game at Walsh Jesuit. Also, please note info on the Sock Drive that is being presented by the schools' Labre programs.
Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
Tickets are available for sale only in the Athletic Department. All tickets are $6. Fans should be advised that traffic may be hectic, as the Blossom Music Center will be hosting a Jason Aldean concert on Friday at 7 PM.
Walsh Jesuit President Karl Ertle and Saint Ignatius Principal Dan Bradesca have announced that Walsh Jesuit and Saint Ignatius will be hosting a sock drive for the schools' Labre programs at the game Friday night.
The goal of Saint Ignatius and Walsh Jesuit is to have each student/family/alum coming to the game to bring 2 pairs of socks. The schools will fill a van, take a picture, and divide the total between the two schools.
Kym Skerl will also be at the game and will say a few words before the kickoff. Kym is the wife of former Wildcat basketball standout and the epitome of a man for others as a teacher at Saint Ignatius, the late Jim Skerl.
Here is the weekly Sunday breakdown on Wildcats Cross Country from the Head Coach of the defending State Champions, Dr. Mike Gallagher '71

Presented By Coach Gallagher and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The 'Cats' harriers performed well on the course that will be the site of this year's OHSAA Regional competition.

Runners and parents,

As we pulled out from St Ignatius on Saturday, the early morning monsoons were letting up and it looked as if the Boardman Spartan Invitational might be spared from the storm.

Boardman is the new Regional course so 46 Division I teams used the race as a tune-up for later in October.

The 525 runners were spread out on the line awaiting the start. The first 300 meters of the course is uphill with a sharp turn at the top. The 'Cats got out quick enough, but were pinched wide right as they negotiated bottleneck at the turn.
C.J. Ambrosio locked in with the leaders coming through the first mile in 4:50. The rest of the Wildcats were forced to fight their way through the narrow course and tight turns to make up the gap.
At 2 miles a little daylight had opened up in the chase pack but the 'Cats could not respond. Meanwhile at the front, C.J. was battling Mentor's Matt Bull for the lead. With 200 meters to go, both runners were at full throttle. Mentor's Bull hit the tape in first with C.J. a close second in 15:54.
Colin Caniglia 17:14 was second for Saint Ignatius, with Andrew Szendrey 17:15, Liam McGuire 17:23, Nick Saul 17:31, Andrew Biehl 17:38, and Gabe Ohilger 17:46 also scoring for the 'Cats. Saint Ignatius  Ignatius finished third behind another great run by Solon and Hudson.
In the JV Race the 'Cats moved up a spot finishing 2nd to North Alleghaney. Matt Blouch led the team with a 3rd place finish in 17:58, followed by a resurgent Robby Klanac 18:12 (PR), Joe Ripepi 18:26, Will Deucher 18:30, freshman Charlie Rooney 18:35 (PR), freshman Liam Rielly 18:36 (PR) and Andrew Ulrich 18:44 (PR).
Special thanks to our guest speakers this week: Tim Mack '92 the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist in the pole vault. Yes he did bring his medal and it is really heavy!! Also to Hall of Fame coach Claude Holland and all-state Miler Lorenzo Thomas for their inspirational talks to the team!!
This weeks schedule:
Mon. Mastic 3:30-5:30
Tues. Edgewater 3:30-5:30
Wed. Mastic 3:30-5:30
Thurs. Cedar Pt. 3:30-5:30
Fri. SIHS 3-4:30
Saturday: The Cloverleaf Todd Clark Invitational: Varsity 11:00 am; JV/Frosh/Open 11:30.
The bus leaves Saint Ignatius at 9am and will return immediately after the JV race.
Go 'Cats!
--  Dr. Mike Gallagher
Head Cross Country Coach
Saint Ignatius High School
Here are Saturday night's Division I, Region 1 computer playoff ratings from playoff guru Joe Eitel
RankW-LID #CitySchoolAverageLevel 1Level 2L2 divisor
1 4-0 1492 Stow Stow-Munroe Falls 9.6250 24.5 35.0 100
2 4-0 764 Massillon Jackson 9.2750 23.5 34.0 100
3 3-1 306 Canton Canton McKinley 8.7000 18.0 42.0 100
4 3-1 1346 Lakewood St Edward 8.6000 18.0 41.0 100
5 3-1 650 Canton GlenOak 8.2250 18.5 36.0 100
6 3-1 1428 Solon Solon 7.7250 18.5 31.0 100
7 3-1 540 Euclid Euclid 6.9750 18.5 23.5 100
8 3-1 730 North Canton Hoover 6.5000 17.0 22.5 100
9 3-1 1408 Shaker Heights Shaker Heights 6.0000 19.0 12.5 100
10 3-1 1354 Cleveland Saint Ignatius 5.2250 18.5 6.0 100
11 2-2 148 Austintown Austintown-Fitch 4.7000 12.0 17.0 100
12 2-2 385 Cleveland Heights Cleveland Heights 4.3000 11.0 15.5 100
13 2-2 200 Berea Berea-Midpark 3.7250 12.5 6.0 100
14 1-3 1016 Mentor Mentor 2.6500 6.0 11.5 100
15 1-3 444 Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Falls 1.5000 6.0 0.0 100
16 1-3 1292 Cleveland Rhodes 1.1250 4.5 0.0 100
17t 0-4 792 Cleveland John Marshall 0.0000 0.0 0.0 100
17t 0-4 832 Lakewood Lakewood 0.0000 0.0 0.0 100

 NOTE: The top 8 teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the OHSAA football playoffs. The OHSAA will release its first computer playoff rankings for the 2016 season on Tuesday.

As we anticipate Sunday evening's report from Head Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher, here is a look at how the Wildcats' harriers finished at Saturday's annual Boardman Spartan Invitational

From Boardman High School

The Division I Race

Wildcats standout senior C.J. Ambrosio was second in 15:54.1 (5:08 pace) and Mentor senior Matthew Bull took first place in 15:51.9 (5:07 pace).

Here is a look at the 'Cats' other top finishers: 37 Colin Caniglia, 17:14.6; 40 Andrew Szendrey, 17:15.4; 49 Liam McGuire, 17:23.7; 56 Nick Saul, 17:31.1; 70 Andrew Biehl, 17:38.8; 82 Gabe Ohliger, 17:46.6.

Solon, Hudson and Saint Ignatius were 1-2-3.

The Division I Open Race

Wildcats sophomore Matt Blouch was third in a time of 17:58.3. Sophomore Evan Akers of Massillon Jackson was first in 17:46.8, and junior Roman Micucci of North Allegheny (Pa.) took second place in 17:51.3.

Saint Ignatius freshman Robby Klanac raced to sixth place in 18:12.5 and 'Cats' junior Joe Ripepi placed 10th in 18:26.6.


Saturday's annual St. Edward Invitational Golf Tournament at the Lakewood Country Club, where the Wildcats were scheduled to play, was canceled because of the rain this afternoon. No makeup date has been announced.
Coach Rodney Gallaway's Freshmen Football Wildcats stand 3-1 after Saturday's 28-6 triumph over the Freshmen Shamrocks from Detroit Catholic Central

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer with the scoring summary courtesy of Wildcats outstanding Head Freshmen Football Coach Rodney Gallaway.  


 From Wasmer Field in Cleveland's Ohio City


Tough as nails tailback/linebacker Jack Welcsh set the tempo with a 55-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.


The Freshmen 'Cats struck again in the second quarter on a 25-yard TD pass from quarterback Nick Fletcher to multi-skilled wide receiver/defensive back Connor Cmiel.


Leading 14-0 at halftime, Saint Ignatius turned to Welcsh again in the third quarter and Jack made his presence felt one more time with a 9-yard touchdown run.


Coach Gallaway's team then sealed the deal with a 10-yard scoring reception by 6-foot-4, 215-pound tight end/defensive end Sam Daugstrup.


The Freshmen 'Cats will take a 3-1 record into Thursday's 6 PM matchup with the Freshmen Warriors from Walsh Jesuit on Wasmer Field.     


























The Junior Varsity Football Wildcats improve to 4-0 with a 38-0 victory over Detroit Catholic Central on Saturday at Wasmer Field
Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, with the game scoring summary courtesy of Wildcats Quarterbacks Coach Mr. Jim Cahill '89.
Cleveland, Ohio - The JV Wildcats started fast with a Nigel Drummond 50-yard kickoff return to start the game and, one play later, Patrick Delahunty found Drummond down the sideline for a 35-yard touchdown pass. Jack Cannon's extra-point kick was good, and the 'Cats led, 7-0.
After a 15-yard touchdown run by tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd and another PAT by Cannon, Saint Ignatius was taking control at 14-0.
Following a defensive stop that forced a Detroit Catholic Central punt, the offense moved the ball into field goal range and Cannon was high and true on a 15-yard effort into the Lorain end zone for a 17-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
With time winding down in the first half, Jett Elad came up with an interception in the Wildcats' end zone to give the offense the ball with just under 2 minutes to go in the half.
In what was an impressive 80-yard drive, Delahunty connected with wide receiver Nate Conry for a 55 yard-strike that put the ball in Detroit Catholic Central territory at the 25-yard line.
After a 9-yard completion to Jack Kennedy and a no gain carry by Delahunty, Floyd was called on again and "Bo" scampered 16 yards over the right side for his second touchdown of the first half. Cannon's kick was good and the Wildcats went into the halftime break with a 24-0 lead.
Floyd and the offensive line picked up where they left off in the first half with a 24-yard gain by Floyd over the left side. Two plays later, Floyd tallied his third touchdown of the afternoon with another 24-yard effort that saw Bo run over the right side and cut back against the pursuit. Cannon was money on another PAT, and the Wildcats were up 31-0.
With a deficit-rule running clock in play with six minutes left in the third quarter, Head Coach Paul Yappel and his staff emptied the bench.
Andrew Phillips got in on the scoring with a 46-yard run for a touchdown and Cannon provided the 38th and final point of the game in the third quarter with his fifth extra point.
In the fourth quarter, the second team offense went on a nice drive that saw strong running by tailback Declan Boldy and Caden Campolieti, and a nice catch by Luke Cooper, as the 'Cats ran out the clock.
From Coach Cahill: "Overall, it was a very good team effort.  Special teams, the defense, and the offense all contributed to this win. These young men took another positive step forward in their development."
UP NEXT: The 4-0 Junior Varsity 'Cats will travel to Medina Highland on Saturday, September 24th for a 10 AM kickoff versus the Hornets' Jayvees.


Congratulations to former Wildcat standout John Spellacy '85, who on Friday evening was inducted into the Marshall University Hall of Fame

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Although things didn't turn out the way Wildcats All-Ohio senior center/captain and East Carolina recruit John Spellacy had hoped when Saint Ignatius took on Detroit Catholic Central in Novi, Michigan on Friday night (see the corner's story), John's face did light up when this old gridiron reporter mentioned to him what a big night it was for his father, Mr. John Spellacy '85.

Mr. Spellacy couldn't be in Michigan to watch his son play because he was being inducted into Marshall University's Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday evening.

Here is Mr. Spellacy's Hall of Fame bio, along with a link to the entire Herd Hall of Fame Class for 2016.   

John Spellacy, Foootball, 1985-88

Spellacy, a linebacker, led the Herd to the I-AA national championship game in 1987 and to the Thundering Herd’s first football title since 1937 with the Southern Conference title in 1988 as a senior captain. He was among a group of players who were the first to play in four-consecutive winning seasons at the school since 1941. He helped the Herd to a 7-3-1 mark in 1985, a 6-4-1 mark in 1986 and a then-school-record 10 wins in 1987. He was eighth all-time in total tackles at Marshall with 392, averaging nearly 100 per season – and led the team with 189 total tackles (99 solo) in 1987. In 1988, he helped the program to an 8-0 start and its first-ever No. 1 I-AA national ranking. He was named to the SoCon All-Conference team in 1986 and had a career with three interceptions, eight passes defended, four fumble recoveries and 27 tackles for loss along with seven sacks in 44 games.



The Varsity Football Wildcats turn the ball over five times and are on the tough end of a key penalty in Friday night's 28-21 overtime loss to Detroit Catholic Central in Novi, Michigan
By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016
From Tom Mach Field in Fr. Richard Elmer, C.S.B., Stadium on the campus of Detroit Catholic Central
Saint Ignatius and Catholic Central, who both have 11 state football championships in their storied athletic histories, tested each other's will for four quarters and overtime Friday night before the Shamrocks from Novi, Michigan prevailed, 28-21, on a 10-yard touchdown run in overtime by tough and talented junior fullback/linebacker Cameron Ryan, an extra-point kick by senior Jacob Nichols, and a victory-sealing and game-ending interception by junior linebacker Matt Young.
Young came up with the biggest of the four interceptions turned in by the Shamrocks' defense under the Friday Night Lights and full moon of Novi. It came off a fourth-and 8 from the 8-yard line on the Wildcats' possession in overtime.
Under the National Federation overtime rules used in the state of Michigan, each team is given a possession at the opponent's 10-yard line. Saint Ignatius elected to go on defense first.  
Catholic Central, under the direction of its Hall of Fame Coach Tom Mach, improved to 4-0. Coach Mach had guided the Shamrocks' fortunes for more than four decades.
Saint Ignatius, led by its Hall of Fame Coach Mr. Chuck Kyle '69, is now 3-1 heading into next Friday night's game versus Walsh Jesuit. The kickoff from the Warriors' Conway Memorial Stadium will be 7 PM. Coach Kyle is in his 34th season as the head of his alma mater's football program.  
In what was a huge turning point for Saint Ignatius on Friday night came after the Wildcats marched 65 yards on 13 plays and took a 21-14 lead on a 3-yard touchdown sweep over the right side by gifted junior tailback Mark Bobinski and the ensuing extra-point kick by junior Matthew Trickett, who doubles as a soccer standout for the Wildcats.
Forcing a punt that was shanked out of bounds after Saint Ignatius appeared to get a piece of the ball under heavy pressure, the Wildcats thought they were in in business with a seven-point lead and excellent field position.to start the fourth quarter.
Not so said one the officials, who called the 'Cats' for roughing the punter. After the officials conferred, Catholic Central was awarded a first down at its 44-yard line.
"That was a key, we would have had the ball with the lead," Coach Kyle said. "But we made too many mistakes with the turnovers. You have to play your game, your way. That's a good football team (Catholic Central) and it was the type of game in which you have to keep your focus.
"So we have to learn from that," Coach Kyle continued. "We're going to be playing more teams of this caliber."
The Shamrocks took full advantage of the new life the penalty presented, as under the field generalship of their scrappy and heady sophomore quarterback Austin Brown and the running of Ryan and senior halfback Nicholas Capatina, Coach Mach's team marched down the field and knotted the score on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Brown to senior tight end Jack Morris and the PAT by Nichols with 6:57 left in the fourth quarter.
Morris, who also made some key plays from his defensive end position, caught the toss from Brown in the left flat and raced elusively down the sideline before diving over the pylon.
In the early going, Capatina, another of the Shamrocks' two-way headliners, scored the game's first points on a 13-yard TD run that was complemented by a Nichols PAT.
Saint Ignatius would answer with a 5-yard TD burst by Bobinski, only to watch Catholic Central's Brown hook up with senior wide receiver Chris Jakubik on a 75-yard touchdown pass off a perfect throw, route, catch and run with 2:22 remaining in the first half.
Leading, 14-7, in the late stages of the first half, the Shamrocks were knocking on the door again after recovering a fumble at the 'Cats' 7-yard line. However, on the very next play Brown tried to catch Saint Ignatius off guard by passing on first-and-goal from the 7 and paid the price as 'Cats' junior cornerback Cameron Toppin made a leaping interception in the right corner of the scoreboard end zone.
Saint Ignatius, displaying savvy clock management, drove 80 yards and tied the score on a leaping 5-yard touchdown reception by multi-skilled senior tight end/linebacker James Leyden and the ensuing extra point by Trickett with 23 seconds to go in the first half. Tough as nails senior tailback Jimmy Andrews set up Leyden's big-time catch with a hard nosed and heads up run to the 5, an effort that saw Jimmy get out of bounds and stop the clock.
Despite some of the clutch plays by Catholic Central's offense, Saint Ignatius' defensive front seven turned in another strong night, especially up front where the senior man in the middle, Joe Gibbons, set the aggressive tone early and also had a key fumble recovery.
SOME NUMBERS TO CHEW ON: Along with his two touchdowns, Bobinski rushed for 79 yards on 21 carries, Andrews had 47 yards on eight carries and senior quarterback Patrick Ryan picked up 57 yards rushing on 15 carries.
Leyden finished with four receptions for 31 yards.
Saint Ignatius totaled 298 yards on 69 plays and Catholic Central ran 52 plays for 230 yards.
Yes, the first meeting on the gridiron between the Wildcats and the Shamrocks was a roller coaster of emotions and momentum.
But then that is what you would expect from two class programs.        
The Junior Varsity Blue Golf Team masters Manakiki and defeats Walsh Jesuit on Thursday

From the Saint Ignatius Coaching Staff and posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The JV Blue defeated Walsh Jesuit yesterday at the always challenging Manakiki course. The score was 176-200.

Zach Hazard and Kyle Gerrity both shot 42 to lead the team. Other scores were Jesse Saunders 45, Kyle Kolick 50, Chris Mays 47 and Steve Harmat 48.

Senior forward Steve Milhoan scores his 55th and 56th career goals, senior midfielder Thomas Hogan provides a smooth shot and senior midfielder Johne Vrablic rips home a score. It all added up to a 4-1 triumph over Copley on Wasmer Field.

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - During halftime of Thursday night's Varsity Soccer matchup between Ohio's top-ranked Saint Ignatius Wildcats and the state's 10th-ranked Copley Indians on the pitch at Wasmer Field, Wildcats nationally acclaimed Head Coach Mike McLaughlin '85 urged his team to put their stamp on the final 40 minutes of play.

The two-time defending and record seven-time state champion Soccer 'Cats got the message and, after reigning Ohio Player of the Year, senior forward/captain Steve Milhoan, and senior midfielder Thomas Hogan staked the 'Cats to a two-goal lead in the first 40 minutes, that stamp was sealed with authority in the second half.

Saint Ignatius, extending its unbeaten streak to 43 matches and improving its overall record to 6-0-1, rode an authoritative goal by senior midfielder Johne Vrablic and another scoreboard lighter from the ever-present Milhoan to a 4-0 advantage with 8:38 remaining to be played.

Vrablic, who will be furthering his education and soccer career at Brown University, sent home a shot that almost tore a hole in the net of the Lorain Avenue goal. "A Vrablic rip" was how Coach McLaughlin described it.

Milhoan, a preseason All-American who is bound for Xavier University, scored his second goal on the night off an assist from senior forward Alexander Gotsky.

Those offensive efforts, combined with another strong night from the defense and big-match tested senior goalkeeper Lodge Dils, were a little more than the always sound Copley Indians could handle. The Indians now stand 5-2-1.

Saint Ignatius outshot Copley, 18-7. Dils was credited with three saves and the Indians' keeper, senior Jared Miller, had eight saves.

Copley, a team Coach McLaughlin sees as a possible state semifinal opponent in November, found the back of the net against the Wildcats' late-match rotations to make the final score 4-1. Doing the honors for the Indians was junior forward Evan Malpass.

Thursday night was a special one for the McLaughlin family, as ever so promising freshman midfielder Matthew McLaughlin, Coach McLaughlin's son, made his first start for the Varsity.

Coach McLaughlin had nothing but praise for Copley's senior midfielder Vinny Worner, telling his players at halftime that "everything goes through Vinny." Milhoan echoed Coach McLaughlin's praise, saying that Vinny is "a great kid and a great player."

Here is how Milhoan, senior defenseman/captain Adam Haas and Hogan looked at Thursday night's victory over the Indians.

From Adam Haas: "I think it was a great response from the team," Adam said, referring to the 'Cats coming off a 1-1 draw with Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.) last weekend. "It definitely brought our motivational level back up. Everyone was a little frustrated after the game Saturday (versus Cardinal Gibbons), but this was a great response. The boys came out and fought hard tonight. I thought it was a great performance.

"It wasn't just the back line, the whole team had a great defensive performance tonight," Haas continued. "Everyone was working hard getting back, talking and communicating."

From Thomas Hogan: "I just saw the ball floating up there," Thomas said of his smooth and composed header that gave the 'Cats a 2-0 lead with just under four minutes to play in the first half. "I saw the goalie was hesitating a bit and I knew I had to put it over. Right place, right time."

From Steve Milhoan: "I don't even like to look at it as a response, more of a step in the right direction," Steve said of Thursday night's victory. "Our goal is a state championship and there are going to be bumps along the road. We just have to stay strong. It was a good step, a good answer. We played our hearts out."

JV A 'CATS  REMAIN UNBEATEN: Coach Jim Brennan's outstanding Junior Varsity program trailed, 1-0, after sophomore River Harter sored for the Copley Jayvees (now 2-3-2) with 30 minutes and 31 seconds remaining in the first half.

It stayed that way until 'Cats freshman defenseman Gavan Richards knotted the score with 23:21 left to be played.

Keeping the Indians' offense under control, Coach Brennan's savvy for their age freshmen and sophomores sealed the deal on two goals by sophomore forward Kory Nekoloff , the second one coming with 1:29 to go.

UP NEXT: The 'Cats will travel to the pitch at Padua Franciscan High School on Tuesday to face their long-time opponent, the Bruins. Saint Ignatius and Padua have been matching soccer skills every season for nearly the past 40 years.

The JV matchup is scheduled for 5 PM, with the Varsity match to follow at approximately 7 PM.









The Gold 'Cats Golf Team brings home a tri-match victory over University School and Gilmour Academy

From Coach Tom Beach and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The Gold 'Cats golf team played a tri-match at the Signature of Solon golf club against University School and Gilmour Academy on Thursday and won handily, posting a 159 team score.

University School finished 2nd with a 170 and Gilmour Academy shot a 195.

Junior Ryan Grabowski and freshman KJ Ripich tied for team low score with rounds of 39. The other scores were Ross Williamson 40, John Klym 41, and Ray Kman 45.

The 'Cats' Freshmen Blue Football Team is turned away by Buchtel's 1-2 punch of Devon Bracy and Daylan Bennett, 22-13, on Wasmer Field Wednesday night

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - There is no question that Saint Ignatius' No. 2 Freshman Football Team has plenty of promise.

Playing under the tag of the Freshmen Blue, the young Wildcats went toe-to-toe with an athletic Akron Buchtel team at Wasmer Field Wednesday night before the Griffins' talented duo of quarterback/safety Devon Bracy and running back/linebacker/defensive back Daylan Bennett came up big in the final four minutes and showed the way to a 22-13 victory for the team from the Rubber City.

After the Saint Ignatius Blue closed to 14-13 on a touchdown pass from quarterback Sean Costello to hard-nosed and gifted tight end/offensive lineman Thomas Mullee off a third and goal from the 7-yard line that featured a diving catch by Mullee in the scoreboard end zone of Wasmer Field, the 'Cats appeared to be in business again when defensive lineman Rico Levert recovered a fumble after the ball popped in the air.

Taking possession at their 31-yard line, the Blue 'Cats moved to a first down at their 42-yard line.

However, after losing 2 yards on first down, Saint Ignatius misfired on three consecutive passes and Buchtel took over on downs with 4 minutes and 16 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

In what could be described as the key play of the game, the Griffins' Bennett, off a second-and-9 from the 'Cats' 41-yard line, rambled and powered his way for a 32-yard run and a first-and-goal at the Saint Ignatius 9-yard line.

On the next play, the versatile Bracy called his own number and swept the right side and into the corner of the Lorain Avenue end zone for a 9-yard TD with 2:51 left.

Bracy's two-point conversion pass following his touchdown gave Buchtel a nine-point lead.

Behind another key reception by Mullee, Coach Rodney Gallaway's Wildcats would drive from their 20 to a first down at the Buchtel 47.

Saint Ignatius came up empty on three consecutive passes, however, and the Griffins sealed the deal off a pass breakup by Bracy on fourth down.

As for the early going, Buchtel took a 6-0 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by Bennett with 2:08 remaining in the first quarter and the Wildcats moved to a 7-6 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by tailback James Crosby and the ensuing extra-point kick by Rory McConville with 5:56 left in the first half.

It stayed that way until Bracy scored from less than a yard out and Bennett added a 2-point conversion run with 2:38 to go in the third quarter. Bracy set up his first touchdown with a 40-yard second- and third-effort run to the Saint Ignatius 2-yard line.

Buchtel's freshmen now stand 2-3 and Coach Gallaway said his Freshmen Blue are 0-3.

FROM COACH GALLAWAY: "I was happy our offense came alive a little bit, which was nice " Coach Gallaway said. "We got to see some of those guys on the outside that work real hard in practice, as more or less scout team guys, get some action and come up with some big catches. Will Thornton and Tommy Mullee in particular. Tommy Mullee was unbelievable, making some real nice plays. And Costello had to get it there, so that was important.

"Defensively, I thought Thomas Maloney was all over the place," Coach Gallaway continued. "He loves to hit. When we get some weight on that kid, we're good to go.

"In general, I thought we could have tackled a little better," said Coach Gallaway. "Obviously there were some big plays. Bracy and Bennett are great athletes. They knew who to get the ball to."    










Congratulations to Wildcats Soccer Standout Steve Milhoan on being selected as the Saint Ignatius Student Athlete of the Week
Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
Steve, Gatorade's 2015 Ohio Player of the Year, a preseason All-American and an Xavier University recruit, scored three goals for the Soccer 'Cats over the weekend, two in a 5-0 victory over Lake Catholic on Friday and one in a 1-1 tie with Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.) on Saturday. Steve has notched five goals for the Wildcats on the season.
The Varsity Soccer 'Cats are currently 5-0-1, carry a 42-match unbeaten streak, are ranked No. 1 in Ohio by the Coaches Association and second in the nation by USAToday.
Again, congrats from this corner to Steve, his family, Coach Mike McLaughlin '85 and the entire Saint Ignatius Soccer Program.   
A matchup of rich gridiron traditions. It's the Wildcats from Ohio City and the Shamrocks from Novi, Michigan's Detroit Catholic Central

The Friday Night Lights will be glowing in Father Richard Elmer, C.S. B., Stadium as the 3-0 and 11-time State Champion Saint Ignatius Wildcats face the 3-0 and 11-time State Champion Detroit Catholic Central Shamrocks in an Ohio versus Michigan high school football headliner that Wildcats Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kyle '69 describes as "a playoff caliber game."

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - The kickoff on Tom Mach Field, which is named after the Shamrocks' Hall of Fame Coach, will be 7 PM. Coach Mach has been guiding Catholic Central football for more than four decades, a stretch that has produced a record of 360-96.

It is a rarity that two high school coaches with such brilliant resumes match wits, but that will be the case on Friday night, as Saint Ignatius' Coach Kyle brings a record of 324-83-1 to Novi, Michigan in what is his 34th season as the head of his alma mater's storied football program.

Coach Kyle's record of 11 big-school state championships, including an Ohio-best five in a row (1991-1995), are complemented by three National Championships (1989, 1993 and 1995), a National Runner-Up in 2008 and a state runner-up in 1996.

Saint Ignatius' first two state titles came in 1988 and 1989, and the last four of the 11 were produced in 1999, 2001, 2008 and 2011.

Of Catholic Central's 11 state crowns, the first two arrived in 1938 and 1979, and the last four were achieved in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2009.

"They're undefeated and they have an excellent tradition, and there is something to be said for that," said Coach Kyle of the Shamrocks. "You can tell that there is a certain pride in the way they prepare. In their offseason, they work. They're strong kids.

"They are a physical team," Coach Kyle continued in reference to a team whose school's mission is "Teach me Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge," the motto of the Roman Catholic Congregation of St. Basil. "They love to take the ball and run the ball, control the clock and pound it right down the field," Coach Kyle said of the Shamrocks' offensive philosophy. "And they play hard-nosed defense. I am sure they would love our offense to stay on the sideline."

Who wouldn't?

Saint Ignatius' offense, which has allowed the 'Cats to outscore the opposition this season, 45-0, 49-7 and 49-0, features the field generalship and athleticism of senior quarterback Patrick Ryan, the 1-2 running punch of senior tailback Jimmy Andrews and junior tailback Mark "Bo-Bo" Bobinski, an array of sure-handed and athletic receivers, and arguably the top offensive line in all of Northeast Ohio, if not the entire state.

Anchoring that line are 6-foot-7, 320-pound junior left tackle Darian Kinnard, who has caught the eyes of major college recruiters, and senior center, captain and East Carolina recruit John Spellacy. A three-year starter and a first-team Associated Press All-Ohio selection last fall, Spellacy checks in at 6-1 and 285 pounds.

As for the Shamrocks' T-formation offense, it produced 339 yards rushing in the season opener - a 42-0 victory over the Titans from Sterling Heights Stevenson in the "Battle in the Big House" at the University of Michigan.

This past weekend, Catholic Central overwhelmed St. Michael's College High School from Toronto, Canada, 49-7.

In between those victories, the Shamrocks traveled to Toledo and handed Whitmer a 27-7 loss. Catholic Central had 316 yards of offense that night, an offense that was highlighted by a versatile performance from Shamrocks' sophomore quarterback Austin Brown. Brown attempted only three passes, but completed all three for a total of 100 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 47 yards on 11 carries.

As impressive as the offenses from Saint Ignatius and Catholic Central have been, their defensive efforts have been off the charts.

The Shamrocks limited Stevenson to 68 yards of total offense, allowed Whitmer just 59 yards of offense and sent St. Michael's College High School home with less than 20 yards of offense.

Saint Ignatius, with its vaunted front seven overwhelming the opposition, has similar numbers despite the fact that the 'Cat's top linemen and linebackers have seen limited time because of the deficits on the scoreboard. Senior defensive lineman Mike Chime and senior linebacker and captain Adam Shibley are among those 'Cats who have been living in the opponent's backfield.

While Saint Ignatius' offensive line is big, deep and talent-rich, the front seven defensively is a force, my friends. Just ask the Mentor Cardinals.

"They have no problems being in the old T-Formation in some sort of a three-back idea," Coach Kyle said of Coach Mach's offense. "It's like playing Bill Gutbrod's offense, Coach Kyle continued in reference to the late Hall of Fame Head Coach of the St. Joseph Vikings, who produced several powerful running games, including the one led by All-Ohio tailback, University of Michigan Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl MVP with the Green Bay Packers, the great Desmond Howard. I get goose bumps just thinking of the honor I had doing a feature story on Desmond for The Plain Dealer during his brilliant career at then St. Joseph High School.

"They're a team that is not going to throw it a lot," said Coach Kyle, while continuing to discuss the Shamrocks' offense. "But sometimes that's deceptive because he (Catholic Central's Brown) scrambles a lot. If he's on a roll-out and he has the run, I think he will run first. That's what we're seeing on film. He's a nice runner and looks like he has good speed. He'll scramble, and if somebody breaks off the pattern, he'll hit it. That requires a lot of discipline in our coverage."

Coach Kyle is very impressed with Shamrocks running backs Nicholas Capatina, a 5-9, 180-pound senior captain who doubles as a defensive back, and 6-0, 220-pound junior fullback Cameron Ryan, who also sees double duty as a linebacker. Six of Catholic Central's mainstays are two-way players, which could be a major factor when facing a team as deep as the Wildcats.

Among the other Shamrocks to keep an eye on are Jackson Ross, a 6-3, 240-pound senior tight end/defensive end and captain, senior offensive/defensive lineman and captain Blake Bueter (6-4, 275), senior tight end/defensive end and captain Jack Morris (6-4, 220), and senior wide receiver/defensive back and captain Matt Harding (6-1,185).

If you are unable to attend Friday night's game in Novi, Michigan, please remember that the 1-2 punch of senior Brendan DeVenney and junior Matt MacKenzie will bring you the game live over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.

Also, since our arrival back home to Saint Ignatius will flirt with 1:30 or 2 AM, the corner's story will be posted past everyone's bed time. So enjoy it with your morning coffee on Saturday.

For those traveling on the Fan Bus or on your own, be safe and we will see you in atmosphere-rich Father Richard Elmer, C.S.B., Stadium.              













Saint Ignatius Football remains in the seventh spot in cleveland.com's Super 25 poll

Here are the Top 7 spots this week.

1. Cincinnati Colerain

2. Huber Heights Wane 

3. St. Edward

4. Cincinnati La Salle

5. Stow

6. Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller

7. Saint Ignatius

No comment. It will be all settled in late October, November and early December.

Although I did hear the late, great Dick Zunt '50 roll over in his grave when I typed in the top two spots. Yes, even Heaven recalls fondly the days of The CLEVELAND Plain Dealer.

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer 

Saint Ignatius Soccer is ranked second in the latest USA Today national rankings

USA Today moved 4-0 St. Benedict's Prep out of Newark, New Jersey into the No. 1 spot and dropped Saint Ignatius (5-0-1) one notch to No. 2 after the 'Cats' 1-1 draw with Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, N.C.) on Wasmer Field this past Saturday.

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer   

Wildcats Soccer is ranked fourth in this week's Top Drawer Soccer.Com SIMA Fab 50 National Rankings

Here are this week's top 4 programs by Top Drawer Soccer

Rank (Prev.)

1 (1) St. Benedict's Prep Newark, NJ 4-0-0
Fil Lucas scored twice and John Najarro, a recent transfer from SIMA FAB 50-ranked Kearny, netted the final goal as St. Benedict's rallied for a 3-1 victory over No. 15 Chaminade (N.Y.).


2 (4)

Rockhurst Jesuit Kansas City, MO 7-0-0
Three shutout wins at the Blue Springs South Tournament helped Rockhurst leap from No. 4 to No. 2 in this week's SIMA FAB 50. The Hawklets defeated ranked Lee's Summit West, 2-0, Blue Springs South 4-0 and St. Pius 11-0.


3 (3)

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Scotch Plains, NJ 2-0-0
John Murphy scored twice in Scotch Plains' 6-0 season-opening win over Plainfield. The team then edged Westfield 2-1 in its second match.


4 (2)

Saint Ignatius Cleveland, OH 5-0-1
Saint Ignatius was held to a 1-1 draw by Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) last week in the second of a two-match showcase event. A day earlier, Xavier commit Stephen Milhoan scored twice in the team's 5-0 victory over Lake Catholic.
The leaves will soon be taking on a different complexion, so it must be time for another week of Where the 'Cats Play

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Where the "Fighting Franconas" are about to give us an October Fest of their own.

Okay, I'll leave the Indians' fortunes up to the SIBN's Matt MacKenzie '18 and let you know what the pride of Ohio City is up to this week and weekend.

On Wednesday evening, in what will be the corner's first opportunity to see them play, the Saint Ignatius Freshmen Blue Football Team will host the Griffins from Akron Buchtel at 6 bells on Wasmer Field. Ah, those Ricky Powers teams from Buchtel.

Thursday night, the state and nationally acclaimed Soccer 'Cats will be on the pitch at Wasmer Field to face the Copley Indians. The action will get underway at 6 PM, as Coach Jim Brennan's outstanding Junior Varsity program takes on the JV Indians. The JV match will be followed by a Varsity encounter between Ohio's No. 1-ranked Wildcats and the state's 10th-ranked Indians.

Friday, Coach Chuck Kyle '69, his superb staff and the state's third-ranked Division I team, the 3-0 Varsity Football Wildcats, will board the buses for Novi, Michigan to face the 3-0 Shamrocks from Detroit Catholic Central. It will be a 7 PM matchup between programs who have each produced 11 state football championships.

The corner will be previewing the 'Cats and the Shamrocks on Tuesday night.  

On Saturday, Saint Ignatius' Freshmen Football Wildcats will host the freshmen from Detroit Catholic Central at high noon on Wasmer Field, and the Junior Varsity Football 'Cats will follow at 1:30 PM with a JV game versus the Shamrocks, also on Wasmer Field.
Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's defending state champion harriers will take their strong legs and tough minds to the annual Boardman Invitational at Boardman High School on Saturday. The bus leaves Saint Ignatius at 11 AM. Varsity runners should arrive by 11:45 AM and all Freshmen/JV/Open runners arrive by 12:30, if you are driving on your own.
The Varsity race is scheduled to start at 1 PM and the Freshmen/JV/Open race is slated for 1:30 PM.
Last, but certainly not least, the Wildcats' Men of the Links, aka Coach Brian Becker's Varsity Golf Program, will send their Varsity A and B teams to the annual St. Edward Invitational on Saturday at the storied Lakewood Country Club. Both schools' web sites have the tee-off time listed for 1 PM.
Coach Becker's Wildcats are coming off a solid performance at the Gilmour Academy Reese Alexander Invitational on the course at  Fowler's Mill. See the corner's post from earlier today.
Have a great and safe week and we'll see you at Wasmer Field and in Novi, Michigan.      
Wildcats are ranked third in the first Associated Press Division I State Football Poll for 2016

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Two-time defending state champion St. Edward is ranked No. 1 in the initial poll for 2016, followed by Cincinnati Colerain and Saint Ignatius.

The Stow Bulldogs, in the fourth spot, were the only other area team to crack the Top 10.

Here is the complete poll for Division 1.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the first weekly Associated Press poll of 2016, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):





1, Lakewood St. Edward (11)



2, Cincinnati Colerain (8)



3, Cleveland Saint Ignatius (1)



4, Stow-Munroe Falls (1)



5, Huber Heights Wayne (1)



6, Pickerington Central



7, Hilliard Bradley



8, Pickerington North



9, Lewis Center Olentangy



10, Massillon Jackson



Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Hamilton 34. 11, Columbus Upper Arlington 34. 13, North Canton Hoover 32. 14, Findlay 30. 15, Cincinnati Moeller 17. 15, Powell Olentangy Liberty 17. 17, Mason 15.

For those who inquired about the state cross country poll

Heading into this past weekend, the defending State Champion Wildcats of Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher '71 were ranked third in the coaches association's state poll for Division 1.

Solon was number one, Louisville was second, Thomas Worthington was fourth, Mason was fifth and St. Xavier was in the sixth spot. Again, that was heading into this past weekend's Tiffin Carnival. For a look at how the 'Cats fared at Tiffin, see the weekly Gallagher Report that was posted on the corner Sunday evening.

-  Eddie, the loneliness of the long distance runner, Dwyer  

Here is the latest State Poll release by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association


Division I - Boys

1. St. Ignatius (4-0) – Total Points: 100

2. Columbus St. Charles Prep (6-0-0) – Total Points: 85

3. Mason (5-0-0) – Total Points: 79

4. Beavercreek (5-0-0) – Total Points: 67

5. Dublin Coffman (5-0) – Total Points: 59

6. Medina (2-0-1) – Total Points: 48

7. Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (4-1-1) – Total Points: 38

8. Olmsted Falls (5-0-0) – Total Points: 34

9 Cincinnati Anderson (5-0-1) – Total Points: 26

10. Copley (4-1-1) – Total Points: 9

Receiving votes: Shaker Heights, Toledo St. Francis de Sales, Toledo St. Johns Jesuit, Westerville Central

'Cats Varsity A Golf Team places third at the Gilmour Academy Invitational

The Varsity B 'Cats take the 11th spot.

Sophomore Jake Moraca places among the top 10 with a round of  75, and senior Hunter Rinkus is right behind with a round of 76.


Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Coach Becker: The Varsity golf teams were back in tournament action this weekend at Fowler's Mill Golf Course to compete in the Gilmour Academy Reese Alexander Invitational.

The 'Cats faired well in the 21-team tournament with the Varsity "A" team capturing 3rd place and the Varsity "B" team finishing in 11th place. The 'Cats were led by sophomore Jake Moraca with a solid round of 75, which was good enough for a top-10 finish in the event.

Senior Hunter Rinkus also played very well carding an overall score of 76. Both teams will compete this Saturday at Lakewood Country Club in the St. Edward Invitational. Enclosed are the top 10 team scores and the individual Saint Ignatius players scores.

Saint Ignatius "A"  311
Jake Moraca      75
Hunter Rinkus    76
Michael McCaffrey  78
Angelo Corna          82
Andrew Kaye           85

Saint Ignatius "B"    339
Ray Kman       83
John Klym       84
Ryan Grabowski  84
Owen Bilardo    88
Ross Williamson 91

Top 12 team scores  from the 21-team event :
1. Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 304
2. Dublin Jerome      310
3. Saint Ignatius "A"  311
4.Walsh Jesuit          313
5. Upper Arlington     316
6. University School   317
7. Erie Prep               318
8. Archbishop Hoban 319
9. Westlake                319
10. Gilmour Academy 328
11. Saint Ignatius "B"   339
12. Chagrin Falls          339   

- Brian Becker,'77
Math Teacher
Varsity Golf Coach
Varsity Basketball Coach

P: 216-651-0222 ext 232
Head Coach Mike Gallagher '71 recaps a successful and eventful weekend in Wildcats Cross Country


A soggy course at the Walsh Jesuit Tomahawk Run invitational did not slow the Freshman 'Cats.

Robby Klanac jumped right to the front and finished unchallenged in 18:39 to lead the team to a first place finish with 22 points. Charlie Rooney followed in 18:58,  with Jack Mayer 19:19, Elliot Rodstrom 19:23, Andrew Eicher 19:25, Nick Mulhorn 19:32 and Liam Rielly 19:34 sealing the team's victory. 

At Hedges Boyer Park in Tiffin, foreboding clouds were threatening all day. As we watched the storm front approach, higher powers miraculously pushed the storm east and north of the park and spared the course from rain.
However, the humidity was so pervasive, the runners dri fit singlets were already saturated when the Varsity B team took the line. At the far end of the startline in spot #43, the 'Cats were off at the gun.
We knew the field was stacked with many teams running their top varsity squads. The pace was quick as the runners hit the mile in 4:55. The 'Cats wisely laid off the hot early pace. Andrew Biehl led the team's move through the pack.  With 800 meters, the 'Cats pounced on the leaders  and sprinted to the finish line. Finishing in 12th was Andrew in 17:24, which started the avalanche of Saint Ignatius runners behind him. Logan Kijewski followed in 17:27 with Gabe Ohliger (17:35), Nathan Soria (17:50), freshman Steven Zucca (17:54) --in his first Varsity race-- Will Deucher (18:00) and Matt Blouch (18:11) rounding out the top 7 'Cats.
With less than an hour in between races, the Varsity A was at the line. As the gun sounded, a stiff wind from the south upended team tents, chairs and  banners throughout the park like a scene from "Twister."
C.J. Ambrosio wasted no time getting into the front pack and passed the mile in a blistering 4:40 with the rest of the team close behind. This would be a burner of a race. C.J. powered through the course and was able to hold on for 5th place overall in 15:42.
Next across the line for the Wildcats was Colin Caniglia, who would not be denied, finishing in 16:21 (PR). Liam McGuire followed close behind in 16:27, 25 seconds faster than the previous year at Tiffin.
Pat Nolan (16:40), Andrew Szendrey (16:44), Nick Saul (17:00) and Collin Kelly (17:14) closed out the scoring for the 'Cats.
The effort was commendable, but left the Cats with a third place finish behind two very good teams, Solon and St Xavier.
In the final race of the day, the Junior Varsity squad went to the line against 650 runners. That's right 650!  The Wildcats asked and gave no quarter as the runners bumped and jostled for position over the first mile. The rains finally came about 10 minutes into the race, providing some relief from the heat. Brett Saunders rolled through the final mile to finish in 5th place in 1742. After leading the race at 2 miles, Will Maier gamely hung to finish 8th overall in 17:50. Joe Ripepi 18:04, Owen Lammermeier 18:20, Ben Crane 18:30 (PR), Tom Rochester 18:29 (PR), Dillon Bangasser 18:30 and Aiden Morrison 18:31 (PR) pulled the team to a 2nd place finish behind Kenston. 

This week's schedule:
Monday: Mastick 3:30-5:30
Tuesday:Edgewater 3:30-5:30
Wednesday: Mastick 3:30-5:30
Thursday:Cedar Point Parkway 3:30-5:30
Friday: SIHS 3-4:30
Saturday: The Boardman Invitational at Boardman High School. Bus leaves SIHS at 11:00am. Varsity runners arrive by 11:45am. All freshmen/JV/open runners arrive by 12:30 if you are driving on your own. 
Varsity race at 1:00pm.
Freshmen/JV/Open race at 1:30pm
Go 'Cats!


Wildcats JV Gold Golf Team also defeats St. Edward
From Coach Tom Beach and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
Coach Beach: The Saint Ignatius Junior Varsity Gold played in a rain-shortened match Saturday at Sleepy Hollow against St. Edward.
All players finished 13 holes and the team scores were calculated from these scores. The Gold squad took first with a 234, the St. Edward Eagles took second with a 256.
'Cats JV Blue Golf defeats Westlake and St. Edward

From the Wildcats' Coaching Staff

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The Junior Varsity Blue defeated St. Edward, 256 to 283, and on Friday at Red Tail the JV Blue defeated Westlake, 179-189. Kyle Gerrity was medalist with a round of 42.

Saint Ignatius to have a Fan Bus for Friday's Detroit Catholic Central Varsity Football Game

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The Fan Bus to Novi, Michigan will leave from Saint Ignatius on Friday at about 3 p.m. The cost is $10 for Saint Ignatius students and $20 for anyone else. The bus will then return to Saint Ignatius right after the game.

- Rory Fitzpatrick '88, C.A.A Athletic Director

P: (216) 651-0222 x222
F: (216) 961-2555
Wildcats Football is tied for fourth place in the latest Region 1 computer playoff ratings by Joe Eitel

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Stow has taken over first place in Region 1, St. Edward is now second and Massillon Jackson is third.

Saint Ignatius is tied for fourth place with North Canton Hoover. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the OHSAA playoffs.  

For a complete list of the Division I, Region 1 ratings, go to JoeEitel.com. 

Although we will await the annual Gallagher Report, here are some results from Saturday's Tiffin Carnival as per Finish Timing

Posted By the soaked to the bones from Byers Field Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Division 1 A Varsity Race

1. Solon, 65 points; 2. St. Xavier, 111 points; 3. Saint Ignatius, 130 points.

Wildcats standout C.J. Ambrosio was fifth in 15:42.4.

Division I B Varsity Race

1. St. Xavier, 88 points; 2. Saint Ignatius, 101 points.

Andrew Biehl was 12th in 17:24.1; Logan Kijewski was 14th in 17:27.0; Gabe Ohliger was 17th in 17:35.3.

Division I Open Race

1. Kenston, 59 points; 2. Saint Ignatius, 73 points.

Brett Saunders was fifth in 17:42.9; Will Maier was eighth in 17:50.4.

Again, these are unofficial results. As always, we will look for the Sunday Gallagher Report, courtesy of the Head Coach of the Defending State Champion harriers, Dr. Mike Gallagher '71.



The Varsity Football Wildcats rain points on the Valley Forge Patriots early and often, and go on to a 49-0 victory Saturday night

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

Parma, Ohio - After a delay of more than an hour because of the lightning and thunder that accompanied a heavy downpour in the Greater Cleveland area early Saturday evening, Coach Chuck Kyle's Football Wildcats took Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium to face the Valley Forge Patriots and settled the issue with a 28-point first quarter that was part of a 42-point first half.

The 'Cats, who improved to 3-0, will now focus on Friday night and their trip to Detroit Catholic Central to face the 3-0 Shamrocks. It will be matchup of Hall of Fame Coaches in Coach Kyle and Catholic Central's Tom Mach, two men who each have 11 state championships on their resumes.

We will preview Friday night's highly anticipated matchup Tuesday night on the corner.

As for Saturday night, Saint Ignatius, which went to its bench early and often, was as consistent as the rain that fell on Byers Field throughout the game.

In handing the Patriots their third loss in as many games this young season, the 'Cats rushed for 302 yards on 43 carries, while Valley Forge managed just 28 yards on the ground off 27 rushes.

Saint Ignatius passed the football six times, completing three for 57 yards. The Patriots were 7-of-11 through the air for 73 yards. Coach Kyle's team totaled 359 yards off the 49 plays it ran and Valley Forge finished with 101 yards of offense on 38 plays. The first downs were 24-5 in favor of the 'Cats.

Yes, sometimes the numbers do tell the story.

Saint Ignatius' tough and talented senior defensive lineman Mike Chime opened the scoring on a 22-yard punt return for a touchdown. Mike's effort was set up when the Valley Forge punter mishandled the snap, chased after the ball and got off a short kick under heavy pressure that Mike leaped in the air and caught, and then rambled into the scoreboard end zone of Byers Field. Junior Matthew Trickett kicked the first of his six extra points and it was a 7-0 game with 10 minutes and eight seconds remaining in the first quarter.

The Wildcats' ground game, which operates behind one of the biggest and skilled offensive lines in the state, took command of the game early.

Senior tailback Jimmy Andrews powered his way for an 18-yard touchdown run and junior tailback Mark Bobinski followed with a scoring run of 10 yards. After Andrews scored from 2 yards out, the 'Cats entered the second quarter with a four-touchdown advantage.

With Saint Ignatius' defensive front seven being more than the Patriots could deal with, Saint Ignatius tacked on a 1-yard TD run by Bobinski and a highlight-reel 66-yard punt return by Bobinski that saw Mark field the ball on the run near the home sideline, cut inside, bounce outside and then back to the inside before greeting the Day Drive end zone of Byers Field.

After Coach Kyle's team knelt down and ran out the clock deep in Valley Forge territory to end the first half with a 42-0 lead, the OHSAA deficit rule of a running clock took place in the second half.

The 'Cats worked the clock with class before closing out their seven-touchdown night on an authoritative, wouldn't be denied 8-yard scoring run by junior fullback Aidan Gill with 10:31 left in the game. Junior Drew Allessandro's high and true extra-point kick capped the night, as Saint Ignatius ended the game by kneeling down at the Patriots' 7-yard line and running out the clock.

Coach Kyle '69, who was guiding his Wildcats for the 408th time on Saturday night, watched his team and staff accomplish just about everything they set out to do on Saturday night, despite Mother Nature's early evening sack.

Now in his 34th season as the head of his alma mater's storied football program, Coach Kyle will take 324 career victories into Friday's game at Detroit Catholic Central, which is located in Novi, Michigan. Along with his 11 OHSAA Division I State Championships, Coach Kyle has guided his 'Cats to three National Titles (1989, '93 and '95) and a national runner-up in 2008.

Note: Valley Forge's coaching staff includes a grandson of Saint Ignatius' Coaching Legend, the late, great John J. Wirtz. Mr. Wirtz was Coach Kyle's coach at Saint Ignatius during Chuck's days as an All-City tailback.

Just a reminder again that this corner will preview the matchup with Detroit Catholic Central on Tuesday night. We will see you in Novi, Michigan on Friday night.         






Here is a look at the Varsity Soccer 'Cats' 1-1 tie with Cardinal Gibbons through the eyes of Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Coach Mr. Joe Popelka '84

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

The Soccer Cats, who entered Saturday afternoon's match on Wasmer Field as the top-ranked team in the nation by USA Today, now stand 5-0-1 on the season.

The Cats' unbeaten streak (including ties) is at 42 matches, but their 21-match winning streak came to an end.

Cardinal Gibbons, which played to a 2-2 tie versus Dublin Coffman on Wasmer Field Friday evening, goes home to Raleigh, North Carolina with a record of 5-1-2.


The Cats failed to secure a victory for the first time this season when they tied, 1-1, this afternoon on Wasmer Field against the Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders, from Raleigh, North Carolina.
The alchemy of another hot, humid summer afternoon, tired legs due to a quick turn around from a late match the previous night against Lake Catholic, several key injuries, but mostly a talented and determined visiting side combined to test the Cats' will. Despite leading the Crusaders at half 1-0, the Wildcats could not keep the visitors off the score board in the second half and settled for a hard-earned tie.
The Crusaders came out playing a high energy, pressing style of play that helped to disrupt the potent Wildcat offense. Aided by a strong wind at their back for the first half, the visitors outshot the home team 7-3. Yet, the only score in the first half came with 5:42 to play in the half when Wildcat Senior Stephen Milhoan overpowered a pair of Gibbons defenders and then beat the keeper for the 1-0 lead.
The second half saw both teams battle for momentum until the Crusaders scored with 22:55 remaining in the contest off of a quality strike from 30m out. Now tied 1-1, the Cats continued to press for a winner but could not find any late game magic.
The Crusaders led the contest with 12 shots to 8 shots for the Cats. Saint Ignatius Keeper Lodge Dils recorded 5 saves in the match.
The Cats will play next at home against Copley, Thursday night at Wasmer Field.  

The Junior Varsity Football Wildcats are strong throughout the first half, but Riverside walks away with something to be proud of after its 35-20 loss to Saint Ignatius

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Saint Ignatius' outstanding Junior Varsity Head Football Coach Paul Yappel was very appreciative of Painesville Riverside's willingness to make Saturday morning's healthy trip to Wasmer Field "on such a short notice."

The Beavers agreed in the middle of the week to replace Walsh Jesuit on the Wildcats' JV schedule after the Walsh Warriors had to cancel because of injuries in their program.

After the first half in Ohio City Saturday morning, some of Riverside's faithful might have been wondering why their coaching staff agreed to the matchup.

Saint Ignatius moved to a 35-0 lead in the first half and it stayed that way entering the third quarter after the classy Wildcats took a knee and let the clock run out to end the first half deep in the Beavers' territory.

As solid as Saint Ignatius' starters looked, the reserve units had difficulty in the second half trying to contain Riverside running back Bilal Abdussatar, who galloped for three long touchdown runs over final 20 minutes and allowed his team to walk off Wasmer Field with their heads up after losing, 35-20.

"Riverside has a good program and it's always good to compete," said Coach Yappel. "But as far as anything else, we can't be content with where we're at."

The JV Cats now stand 3-0 entering their 1:30 PM matchup with Detroit Catholic Central on September 17th at Wasmer Field.

As for the first half on Saturday morning, the JV 'Cats, after a strong return with the opening kickoff by sophomore running back/wide receiver John "Jack" Kennedy, put together a nine-play, 60-yard drive.

The 'Cats took a 7-0 lead on a 5-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Patrick Delahunty to 6-foot-4, 242-pound sophomore tight end Aidan Wells, and the ensuing extra-point kick by Jack Cannon. Wells doubles as a defensive end.

Keying the opening drive was the running of sophomore tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd.

With Saint Ignatius' defense, which was led early on by sophomore linebacker/defensive back Chris Velotta, keeping the Beavers under control, the Wildcats moved to a 14-0 lead on a 10-yard touchdown run over the right side and into the scoreboard end zone by Delahunty, and another authoritative extra point by Cannon.

The 'Cats took advantage of a short field after Riverside was either trying to execute a fake punt from its goal line or just became overwhelmed by the rush.

Either way, the Beavers' punter was swarmed under at the Riversdie 5-yard line, where "Bo" Floyd would power his way into the end zone. Cannon's PAT made it a 21-0 game with 17 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Saint Ignatius' final points of the morning/first half came on a touchdown strike from Delahunty to sure-handed sophomore wide receiver Nathan Conry, a powerful 19-yard TD burst by Floyd and two extra-point kicks from sophomore Declan Boldy.

While some opponents trailing by 35 points at halftime on another hot, humid morning at Wasmer Field would have called it a day, Riverside played with pride and passion throughout the second half. Saint Ignatius' JV reserve units, who this old timer has seen compete throughout the summer, have some talent, my friends.

The story of the second half was definitely the Beavers' Abdussatar, who started his three-touchdown barrage with a 40-yard burst early in the second half and ended it with another second-gear pull away with 2:10 left to play. Riverside's other points came off a diving reception by Patrick Gonzales for a two-point conversion.

Abdussatar finished with 208 yards rushing on 13 carries, "Bo" Floyd carried the ball 15 times for 92 yards, Delahunty hit on 7 of his 8 passes for 77 yards, and 'Cats' sophomore wide receiver Nigel Drummond hauled in four receptions for 52 yards.  

Here's hoping the Beavers will be willing to return to Wasmer Field for future games or host the 'Cats for a game or two. A tip of the corner's cap goes out to their coaching staff for keeping them in the game.            





The Soccer 'Cats move the ball with more efficiency in the second half and go on to a 5-0 victory over a very representable program from Lake Catholic on Wasmer Field Friday night

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - Coach Mike McLaughlin's two-time defending and record seven-time OHSAA Division I State Champions, the top-ranked program in the nation by USA Today, improved to 5-0 on the season, extended their winning streak to 21 consecutive matches and pushed their unbeaten streak (including a tie) to 41 matches. That unbeaten streak dates back to the state championship season of 2014.

With their 5-0 triumph over Lake Catholic on a perfect early September Friday night in Ohio City, the state's top-ranked Soccer 'Cats will now have a less than 24-hour turnaround before they return to Wasmer Field on Saturday for a 1 PM matchup with Cardinal Gibbons from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Cardinal Gibbons (4-1-1) and Dublin Coffman (4-0-1) played to a 2-2 tie in Friday night's opening game on Wasmer Field. Coffman is the sixth-ranked team in the state by the Ohio High School Soccer Coaches Association.

"I think we picked it up a little bit in the second half and also our finishing improved," said Saint Ignatius' talented and good-natured senior midfield Kevin Callanan, whose second goal on the varsity level extended the Wildcats' lead to 4-0 with 16:56 remaining to played.

"We missed a couple of chances in the first half and weren't as aggressive on offense," Callanan continued. "I think in the second half we were more aggressive and finished."

Callanan also pointed to what was another sound defensive performance by the 'Cats, saying that big-match tested senior goalkeeper Lodge Dils played well and that Saint Ignatius kept a tight back line.

"There were no real issues (defensively), maybe one or two full contacts they had that were dangerous," Callanan said. "But we kept them out of goal."

And what did Kevin think of his second career Varsity goal that was part of a three-goal second half by the Wildcats? 

"I outhustled the defender after a cross that went through a couple of guys," said Callanan, who scored his first Varsity goal in last week's 9-1 victory over Solon on Cleveland State University's storied Krenzler Field. "I settled it one touch and then finished it."

Saint Ignatius' 3-0 second-half sealer finished what the 'Cats started in the first half, when they took a 1-0 lead off All-American senior forward Steve Milhoan's goal, which came courtesy of an assist from freshman forward Everett Shorey at 23:22, and a goal off an authoritative shot by senior forward Adam Collins with 15 minutes and 21 seconds left in the first half.

Sandwiched around Callanan's Varisity level No. 2 in the second half were another goal by the gifted Milhoan that again was assisted by Shorey, and a goal by senior midfield Thomas Hogan, who alertly sent the ball home after Lake Catholic's goalkeeper made an exceptional diving stop, but had the misfortune of having the ball get away from him right in the direction of the oncoming Hogan.

The 'Cats outshot the Cougars, 23-5.

Lake Catholic, a District Champion last season and a Division II State Semifinalist in 2013, currently stands 3-2-1.

"We're just going to keep working hard in practice and playing our best," said Callanan in reference to the ultimate goal that takes place in early November. "As Coach said, we just have to keep working and having fun."

FROM SAINT IGNATIUS' NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED HEAD COACH MIKE MCLAUGHLIN '85: "We kept the ball on the ground and we were finding the open guy in the second half," said the man who has also guided his program to three national titles - 2005, 2010 and 2015. "Our goals were good team goals. So they weren't necessarily individual, they were guys working together as a group trying to break the other team down, collectively not individually. Once you get six or seven guys clicking together, that's when good things happen.

"Right now, I want to see cleaner passes, cleaner touches and cleaner decisions," Coach McLaughlin continued. "When that happens, then the game opens us for us."              










Up next on the corner that never rests, tonight's (Friday) Varsity Soccer Match versus the Lake Catholic Cougars at 7 PM on Wasmer Field

Coach Mike McLaughlin's top-ranked team in the nation by USA Today and Ohio's No. 1 program by the Coaches Association will look to go 5-0 on the season tonight.

The Soccer 'Cats are the two-time defending big-school state champions, own an Ohio-best seven state titles, have won 20 consecutive matches and will enter tonight's matchup with the Cougars on 40-match unbeaten streak (counting a tie).

Lake Catholic, which last season won its first District Championship since 2009, when the Cougars advanced to the Division II state final four, entered this week at 2-1-1. The Cougars are currently ranked second in The News Herald's Top of the Crop.

The New Herald's No. 1 team, Chagrin Falls, defeated Lake Catholic, 3-0, last week.

Again, that's 7 PM on the pitch at Wasmer Field.

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer  

The voting for cleveland.com's video contest play of the week has closed and Jimmy Andrews' 30-yard TD gallop versus Mentor currently sits atop the poll with 922 votes.
Saint Ignatius' Junior Varsity Gold Team wins a tri-match with University School and Archbishop Hoban


Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

From Coach Beach: This afternoon the Gold squad traveled to the Signature of Solon golf club to play in a tri-match with the University School and Archbishop Hoban High School junior varsity golf teams.

The Gold team won the match with a team score of 166. University School and Archbishop Hoban were close behind with team scores of 174 and 175, respectively. Our individual scores were as follows:

Owen Bilardo 42, KJ Ripich 45, Ray Kman 42, John Klym 48, and Ross Williamson 37.

Wildcats Freshmen ride a sound defense and some early offense to a 21-0 victory over Kirtland on Wasmer Field Thursday night. Thursday night's game marked the end of a legendary career for area football official Mr. Dave Hicks.

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

From Wasmer Field on the campus of Saint Ignatius High School - Coming off last weekend's tough five-point setback at home to the ninth-grade team from Mentor, Coach Rodney Gallaway's Freshmen Football Wildcats set the tone early Thursday night versus Kirtland and then had a bit of a lull before leaving no doubt, 21-0.

The Freshmen 'Cats, who now stand 2-1 heading into their high noon September 17th matchup with the Freshmen Shamrocks from Detroit Catholic Central on Wasmer Field, struck right from the get-go on both sides of the ball.

Saint Ignatius, which kicked off to start the game, forced a three-and-out thanks to some exceptional pursuit by defensive lineman Anthony Gerace.

Taking possession at their 40-yard line, the Wildcats drove 60 yards in 14 plays and scored on a 2-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Fletcher to 6-foot-4, 215-pound tight end Sam Daugstrup in the right corner of the Lorain Avenue end zone. The ensuing extra-point kick by Rory McConville made it a 7-0 game with 1 minute and 48 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

Some of the key plays in the 60-yard march were a hard-nosed 20-yard run on first down by running back/linebacker Jack Welcsh, key pass receptions by wide receiver Domenic Fabe and wide receiver/defensive back Connor Cmiel, and two more second-effort runs by Welcsh.

Saint Ignatius pushed its lead to 14-0 on a 60-yard catch and run for a touchdown by Cmiel that saw Connor outleap and outmaneuver the defensive back for the ball. McConville's extra point was high and true, and the young 'Cats were in control with 2:22 left in the first half.

From there, Coach Gallaway and his savvy and veteran staff would watch the Wildcats' defense keep things under control, as it did all night.

A botched punt attempt by Kirtland, which was the result of Saint Ignatius' pressure and pursuit, led to the game's final points with 4:47 remaining to played. Welcsh did the honors off a 10-yard touchdown run that featured a solid display of vision and power, and McConville was money on the PAT.

Among those helping key Saint Ignatius' defense was linebacker Mac Boyle, who made himself at home in the Hornets' backfield with pad-rattling pursuit.

Kirtland, a small-school football power in Ohio, got a solid all-around effort from Luke Gardner, who ran the ball with a purpose and also made a nice pass break-up in the left corner of the scoreboard end zone.

"I think they see 20 guys and think well what are these guys going to do?," said Coach Gallaway in reference to the Hornets' small roster and the fact that his 'Cats didn't get the message this week that they can't assume anything.

"They don't realize their tradition and their style of football is not typical," Coach Gallaway continued in reference to Kirtland. "So that leaves room for anything to happen. It's atypical offensively.

"Offensively, I thought we could have came out and played a little better," Coach Gallaway said. "Defensively, we played well. Even without high energy, I thought we made, more or less, all of the plays we needed to. Mac Boyle had a real good game, he was all over the place, and Jack (Welcsh) carried the ball pretty well."


Dave, a young 81, officiated his last game Thursday night on the field he made home while officiating many weeknight freshmen games and Saturday morning junior varsity games during the final years of his storied officiating career - Saint Ignatius' Wasmer Field.   

A retired Homicide Detective in Cleveland, Dave can still proudly rattle off his badge number of 91 and his police car number of 501.

A native of Wisconsin and a diehard fan of the Green Bay Packers, Dave's career on the gridiron not only consisted of officiating on the high school level, but also in the college ranks, where he was among the most respected in his profession throughout the nation.

Dave officiated games for the Crimson Tide of Alabama, worked the historic rivalry between the University of Southern California and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and, in what he said with pride, humility and class, had the opportunity to officiate the legendary Army versus Navy series.

Mr. Hicks worked so many big college games featuring household name teams during his career that he has become a regular in many of ESPN's Classic Replays.

In closing this report on the Freshmen Football Wildcats and Mr. Hicks, I will always remember what Dave said before getting ready for the flip of the coin on Thursday night. In a very direct, but professional manner, he emphasized how much he always pushed for young officials to have the opportunity to work Varsity games on the high school level so they could develop and hone their skills.

And many times, that opportunity came to fruition because an honored and respected veteran named Mr. Dave Hicks took on a freshmen or junior varsity assignment and left an opening for a promising young official.

May God Bless Mr. Hicks in his retirement and a big Thank You from this corner for everything Dave did for the high school athletes of the Greater Cleveland area, past and present.            







Here are the bus transportation schedules for Saturday's Cross Country Meets

From the Head Coach of the defending OHSAA State Champion harriers, Dr. Mike Gallagher '71. Posted by the loneliness of the long distance runner, Mr. Eddie Dwyer.

Runners and parents,

Transportation will be provided to the meets this weekend. For freshmen at the Walsh Jesuit Tomahawk Run, the bus will leave Saint Ignatius at 10:30am. If you are driving on your own to Walsh Jesuit High School, arrive by 11:30am. 
For the Tiffin Carnival at Hedges Boyer Park, the bus will leave Saint Ignatius at 1:30pm.
If you are driving on your own to Tiffin: Varsity B (Biehl, Blouch, Zucca, Kijewski, Ohliger, Deucher, Soria) arrive by 2:15; Varsity A (CJ, Szendrey, Saul, Caniglia, Nolan, Kelly, McGuire) and Open arrive by 3:15.  

Go Cats!
Dr. Mike Gallagher
Head Cross Country Coach
Saint Ignatius High School
Just FYI, the corner's three-day stretch of coverage begins Thursday evening with a game story on the Freshmen Football Wildcats, as they take on the Kirtland Hornets at 5:30 PM on Wasmer Field.
The corner salutes Wildcats Varsity Football mainstay Kevin Ward '17 for being selected as the Scout Offense Player of the Week for the Mentor Game by the Wildcats' Defensive Coaching Staff
From Saint Ignatius Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Mr. Ryan Franzinger '02 and posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer.
From Coach Franzinger: The defensive staff named Kevin Ward '17 our Scout Offense Player of the Week for Mentor week.
Kevin gave a great look as a WR beating our guys deep a few times, making some nice catches, getting up after every hard hit, and most of all displaying an evident eagerness to make the team better and secure a victory vs. Mentor.
For his efforts, Kevin gets cold Gatorade after every practice this week and a pizza lunch today. His humility is impressive, remarking to me after I gave him Gatorade that he "just loves playing the game" -- in a bashful way telling me that these rewards are too much.
We will award as we see fit -- it will not be an automatic award every week.  A young man must earn the award.
Ryan Franzinger '02
Assistant Principal for Student Discipline
Assistant Coach: Football, Track & Field
Saint Ignatius cross country and track standout C.J. Ambrosio is Saint Ignatius' first Student Athlete of the Week for the new school year

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Congratulations to C.J. Ambrosio on being the first Student Athlete of the Week for the 2016-2017 school year.

In the spring, C.J. helped the Wildcats to the school's second OHSAA State Championship in Track and Field by finishing 2nd overall in the 3200 with a school record 9:01.78.

This past weekend,  C.J. picked up right where he left off by finishing 3rd overall at the Hilliard Davidson Hot Summer Bash Cross Country Invitational in 15:24 That is the second fastest time for 5,000m in school history. 

Congrats to C.J., his family, Wildcats outstanding Head Coaches Dr. Mike Gallagher '71 (cross country) and Mr. Chuck Kyle '69 (track and field), and the entire Saint Ignatius cross country and track and field programs.

Please note that the Wildcats' Junior Varsity Football Team will face the Beavers from Painesville Riverside on Saturday at 10 AM on Wasmer Field. Riverside replaces Walsh Jesuit, which had to cancel its scheduled game with Saint Ignatius.
The 'Cats and the Pats. Saint Ignatius and Valley Forge will be meeting on the gridiron for the ninth time when they lineup for Saturday's 7 PM kickoff on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.
By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, with some information documented from an outstanding obituary authored by The Plain Dealer's Grant Segall.
September 2016
From Wasmer Field in The Ohio City - Last season's matchup with Valley Forge on Byers Field was a very special night for Wildcats Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kyle '69, his wife Pat and their family, as prior to the kickoff the City of Parma Heights and Valley Forge High School paid tribute to Coach Kyle's late father-in-law, Paul William Cassidy.
Mr. Cassidy had a remarkable career as the Mayor of Parma Heights for 43 years. His 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 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.
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 and carries the nickname of the Patriots. In 2011, Zanotti told The Plain Dealer, “Paul Cassidy was Parma Heights’ George Washington.”
Coach Kyle grew up in 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.
As part of the recognition for Mr. Cassidy that Friday night of September 11th, 2015, a $1,000 Scholarship was awarded from the Cassidy Family to Valley Forge's outstanding student/athlete and two-way lineman Dustin Nelson from the Class of 2016. Coach Kyle said the Cassidy Family scholarship tradition will continue on Saturday night.    
Here is The Corner's preview on what will be the ninth meeting on the gridiron between the Wildcats and the Patriots, and only their second since 1992, when they kick off at 7 PM Saturday on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.
After a 41-0 victory by the Wildcats last year, the 1,000th game in the history of Saint Ignatius football, the 'Cats lead the series, 7-1. Now senior tailback Jimmy Andrews helped fuel last season's dominant victory by scoring the game's first two touchdowns on runs of 2 and 10 yards.
Coach Kyle, the most successful high school football coach in Great Cleveland and the winningest Division I coach in Northeast Ohio, will be directing his Varsity Football Wildcats for the 408th time on Saturday night.      
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 the 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 and add another resounding victory in the series last fall.
As for the 2016 Patriots, they stand 0-2, losing to North Olmsted, 39-14, and Revere, 49-33. The Eagles of North Olmsted rushed for nearly 300 yards against the Patriots and limited Valley Forge to 128 yards of total offense.
As per the OHSAA, the Patriots are a Division II, Region 6 program.
FROM COACH KYLE: "Coming in, we thought we matched up well," said Coach Kyle of last weekend's outstanding all-around performance in a 49-7 victory over the always sound program from Mentor. "We spent some time looking at what we needed to work on from last year (a 63-56 loss at Mentor). So we felt good about the game plan and with our lines, we're going to have an effective front, no matter what.
"It was a very nice step," continued Coach Kyle. "Yes, it's early in the year and all of that, but winning that one, it feels like a cloud cleared away (snapping a three-game losing streak to the Cardinals). The kids get a little worried about playoffs all of the time and counting computer points. Well, let's not worry about that right now. Let's focus on becoming a better football team."
Saint Ignatius, now 2-0, will enter Saturday night's game ranked seventh in cleveland.com's Super 25 State Poll. Yes folks, the days of the area-only rankings, when "Cleveland area" teams would get excited if they cracked one of the lower 20 spots in the then Plain Dealer Top 25 poll, are just a fond memory The record 11-time Division I state champion Wildcats entered the Mentor game as the 20th-ranked team in the "Super 25" and as a unanimous pick to lose by the cleveland.com staff.
Hey, everyone's entitled to their opinion. That's what makes polls so contagious and fun.
"Valley Forge has moved to doing a Wing-T offense," said Coach Kyle. "Whether it's high school or it's college, you don't see it that often. It's a bit of a problem, because it is so much misdirection.
"They're getting good at it," Coach Kyle said of the Patriots' new offense. "Last week (versus Revere) they scored plenty of points. We have to be disciplined in what we're reading. If we're looking in the backfield we're going to be in trouble. If you look in the backfield and are going the wrong way, and they have a reverse or counter called, look out. So it's a good week to work on those sort of details.
"It's not enough to just be aggressive, we have to read and react to what people do," Coach Kyle continued. "In an offense like that (the Wing-T), first down is so important. You try to get them in second and long, and get them out of their comfort zone."
Coach Kyle said that defensively, the Patriots are in an eight-man front.
"So after our game last week, when we ran it 45 times, I would think that we would see an eight-man front," said Coach Kyle. "But we're the type of team that okay, is that what you're giving us? Well, we have plan B also. On any level, you try to take what the defense is giving you. We feel we're prepared for anything the defense tries to take away."
SIBN!: The golden tones of junior Matt MacKenzie on the play-by-play and senior Brendan DeVenney on the color commentary will bring you Saturday night's game live over the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.
While I'm on the subject of the SIBN, I would like to congratulate Matt MacKenzie, a great Indians fan who had the opportunity to throw out a first pitch during the recent series with Minnesota. He's too humble to tell me, but I heard it crossed the plate in Sandy Koufax-like fashion.
Have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend, and this old Saint Ignatius of Antioch Wing-T destroyer will see you during a three-day stretch of coverage from Thursday through Saturday.   
Wildcats senior baseball standout Ryan Jacobs commits to Miami of Ohio University

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Ryan, who will be starting his third season as a mainstay for Wildcats Head Varsity Baseball Coach Brad Ganor when winter practice begins, will be furthering his education and baseball career at Miami of Ohio University in 2017-18. 

Kent State, Eastern Michigan and The Ohio State University were also among Ryan's considerations, before he committed to Miami of Ohio today (Tuesday). 

Ryan, whose bat produces power and consistency, has been a starting outfielder for the past two seasons, springs that have produced consecutive State Final Four appearances in Division I. Ryan will sign a national letter of intent with Miami of Ohio in February of 2017.

The corner congratulates Ryan, his family, Coach Ganor and the entire Saint Ignatius Baseball Program.   

Saint Ignatius Varsity Football, on the strength of its 49-7 victory over Mentor, climbs 13 spots to seventh place in this week's cleveland.com Super 25 Ohio Poll

Cleveland, Ohio - For those who inquired, the first Associated Press State Football Poll for 2016 will be released on Monday evening, September 12th. The first official OHSAA computer playoff ratings for the season will be announced on September 22.

As we reported on the corner Sunday morning, computer playoff guru Joe Eitel has St. Edward and Saint Ignatius 1-2 in the Division I, Region 1 computer ratings heading into this weekend's action. Once again, the top eight teams in Region 1 at the end of the regular season qualify for the OHSAA playoffs.

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer  

Please note that Walsh Jesuit's Junior Varsity Football Team will not be traveling to Wasmer Field on Saturday for its scheduled 10 AM kickoff versus the 'Cats' Jayvees. Wildcats Athletics Director Rory Fitzpatrick '88 is searching for another opponent.
Wildcats soccer earns the top ranking nationally by USA Today and, as expected, the 2-time defending and record seven-time OHSAA State Champions are No. 1 in the Coaches' State poll. As we reported earlier, the Cats are second in the Top Drawer Fab 50

Here are the top 10 Division I teams in the Ohio High School Soccer Coaches Association's first poll of the regular season.

1. Saint Ignatius (4-0-0) – Total Points: 100

2. Columbus St. Charles Prep (5-0-0) – Total Points: 86

3. Mason (3-0-0) – Total Points: 79

4. Beavercreek (4-0-0) – Total Points: 63

5. Medina (2-0-1) – Total Points: 59

6. Dublin Coffman (3-0-0) – Total Points: 48

7. Olmsted Falls (3-1-0) – Total Points: 38

8. Copley (3-0-1) – Total Points: 33

9. Centerville (5-0-0) – Total Points: 18

10. Cincinnati St. Xavier (3-2-0) – Total Points: 11

Receiving votes: North Royalton, Westerville Central, Warren Howland and Hudson.

OHSAA Foundation and The Ohio State University Student Union to host the nation's largest Student Leadership Conference

For Immediate Release – September. 6, 2016

Contact – Tim Stried, Director of Communications, tstried@ohsaa.org

 Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

OHSAA Foundation to Host Nation’s Largest Student Leadership Conference Oct. 4

The Ohio State University Student Union will welcome more than 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 October 4 when a capacity crowd in excess of 1,500 students from around Ohio will gather for the annual Ohio High School Athletic Association Foundation Student Leadership Conference.

Led by professional speaker and event coordinator Harvey Alston, the theme of the 2016 conference is “Super Women in Athletics” and will feature eight women who will speak about leadership, achievement and overcoming adversity. The conference is free to attend for the first 1,500 students and is geared toward students in grades 9 through 11.

A video from the 2015 leadership conference is posted at:


“Our member schools are to be commended for making this leadership conference a priority and selecting students who are positive role models and leaders in their communities,”  said OHSAA Interim Commissioner Dave Gray. “This is a big part of 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”

2016 OHSAA Foundation Student Leadership Conference Speakers

Harvey Alston – Conference Coordinator and National Motivational Speaker

Mindy Drayer – Columbus WCMH-TV Weekend Anchor

Allie Clifton – Fox Sports Ohio Basketball Analyst

Brianne McLaughlin – Two-Time Olympian Goalie, United States Women’s Hockey Team

Sherry Winn – Two-Time Olympian (Handball), Former Collegiate Basketball Coach; Professional Speaker

Kimberly Lowe – Director of Development, OSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Melinda Schnell – Professional Speaker and Media Relations Expert; NFHS “My Reason Why” Campaign

Sue Ramsey – Former Ashland University Women’s Basketball Coach, 2013 National Champions

Deb Hult – Professional Trainer and Coach

OHSAA Foundation Website: http://www.ohsaa.org/foundation.htm



Saint Ignatius remains seccond to St. Benedict's Prep in the latest Fab 50 national rankings by Top Drawer Soccer

St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) opened its season this past week with two victories. For a look at what Coach Mike McLaughlin's 4-0 Soccer 'Cats have on the table this week, see the corner's Where the Cats Play that is posted below.

The only other Ohio team ranked in the top 25 of the Fab 50 this week is Mason. The Comets, who garnered the 21st spot, are 4-0 and unscored upon.

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

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer

As Saint Ignatius prepares to celebrate its 130th anniversary, we have a smorgasbord of Where the Cats Play this week and weekend, plus a tip of the corner's football cap and a few gridiron items of note

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

First and foremost, this old timer would like to send out an early congratulations to Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School on Tuesday's 130th anniversary of its founding.

Before the corner takes a look at what the 'Cats are up to this week on the gridiron, the soccer pitch, the cross country course at Tiffin, and the golf course at Fowler's Mill, please allow me to give out a huge congratulations to Saint Ignatius' Hall of Fame Head Varsity Football Coach Chuck Kyle '69 and his outstanding staff on its marvelous preparation and in-game coaching that resulted in the resounding 49-7 victory over the highly regarded program from Mentor this past Saturday night.

On both sides of the ball, from veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo to veteran Linebackers Coach and new Defensive Coordinator Ryan Franzinger '02, the 'Cats were ready for everything the Cardinals had under their wings.

Former Saint Ignatius track and football standout, Coach Kevin Johnson '10, roamed the sidelines with passion on Saturday night as the 'Cats' underrated defensive secondary showed the packed house at Byers Field that they were prepared and then some for Mentor's vaunted passing game. Coach Johnson and former Wildcat great Pat Hinkel '09 put together a savvy coverage scheme.  

The big, strong and deep offensive line of Coaches Adam Rini '99 and Paul Yappel lived up and more to everything this corner wrote about it throughout the summer, and the defensive front seven of Coaches Dave Cicetti, Mark Sullivan and Ryan Franzinger was passionate and overwhelming in keeping the Cardinals' gifted junior quarterback Tadas Tatarunas on the run all night.  

Offensively, Coach Restifo, veteran Running Backs Coach Terry Fergus '72, Wide Receivers Coach Josiah  "Juice" Kedzior '04, a former "Difference Maker" as a wideout and kicker for the Wildcats, and quarterbacks Coach Jim Cahill '89 unleashed a balanced offense that produced more than 400 yards.

Gentlemen, it was a privilege to be on the sideline and witness your masterful work. And, while I'm on the subject, I couldn't help but recall on the sideline Saturday night the recent conversation I had with Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Soccer Coach and outstanding Teacher, Mr. Joe Popelka '84. Coach Popelka and yours in sports are in agreement that Coach Cicetti is truly one of the standout Assistant Coaches in the area, if not the entire state.

Okay, now it is on to what the Fall 'Cats are up to this week and weekend, and a few other football items of interest.

Thursday evening at 5:30 on Wasmer Field, Coach Rodney Gallaway's Freshmen Football Wildcats (1-1) will take on the Kirtland Hornets. We ask you again to keep standout Freshman tailback and wrestler Najee Lockett in your prayers, as Najee recovers from the ankle injury he suffered early during last Friday night's 28-23 loss to Mentor's freshmen.

In staying with football, Coach Paul Yappel's 2-0 Junior Varsity Wildcats will host the Jayvee program from Walsh Jesuit on Saturday at 10 AM on Wasmer Field, and Coach Chuck Kyle's 2-0 Varsity Football Wildcats return to Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium on Saturday night for a 7 PM matchup with the Valley Forge Patriots. The corner will preview the 'Cats-Pats encounter tomorrow night.


Coach Mike McLaughlin's 4-0 state and nationally acclaimed Soccer Cats will look to extend their 20-match winning streak and 40-match unbeaten streak when they face the Lake Catholic Cougars on Friday night at 7 on the pitch at Wasmer Field.

The two-time defending and record seven-time state champion Soccer Cats, currently ranked second in the nation, return to Wasmer Field on Saturday for a 1 PM matchup with Cardinal Gibbons of Raliegh, N.C.


Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's defending state champion and 2016 version of the Cat Pack, coming off a strong first-place performance at the Hilliard Davidson Hot Summer Bash (see Coach Gallagher's report on the corner from Sunday), will travel to the annual Tiffin Carnival, which takes place on Saturday afternoon in Hedges Boyer Park.

The Varsity B Race is slated for 3:30 PM, the Varsity A race is scheduled for 4:30, and an Open Race at 5:30 will close out one of the season's traditional events.


Coach Brian Becker's Men of the Links are scheduled to be swinging the clubs again on Sunday, 9-11, in Gilmour Academy's Reese Alexander Invitational, which takes place on the storied course at Fowler's Mill.

IN CLOSING this report, the corner would like to make something clear about the OHSAA Harbin Computer Playoff Qualifying Format.

As this old timer was making my way to the top of the hill in the Byers Field Parking Lot after Saturday night's triumph (my old, but reliable Focus amazes me with how she survives the bumps on the way down), I overheard one of our young fans say, "I hope Mentor goes 1-9!"

No you don't.

Under the OHSAA Harbin Playoff system, teams are awarded first-level points for each game they win and the all-important second-level points for each game a team they have defeated wins. So, we want the Cardinals (1-1) to go on and have nothing but success the rest of the regular season. That will bring a nice serving of second-level points to the 'Cats.

Valley Forge, who Saint Ignatius faces Saturday night in Byers Field is currently 0-2, as is the Wildcats' opening-night opponent Normandy. The second-level points Saint Ignatius will derive from the Invaders and the Patriots could again be slim to none.

The top eight teams in Division I, Region 1 at the end of the regular season qualify for the playoffs. St. Edward and Saint Ignatius are currently 1-2 in the Region 1 computer playoff ratings by playoff guru Joe Eitel.

In response to a loyal reader who asked the corner how Saint Ignatius' Week 4 opponent, Detroit Catholic Central, is fairing after two weeks, the Shamrocks of Hall of Fame Coach Tom Mach are standing 2-0.

Catholic Central defeated Sterling Heights Stevenson, 42-0, in the opening weekend "Battle in the Big House" at the University of Michigan and this past weekend traveled to Toledo and handed Whitmer a 27-7 loss.

Coach Mach's Shamrocks, who love the ground game, totaled 316 yards of offense and limited Whitmer to just 59 yards of offense. Catholic Central quarterback Austin Brown attempted only three passes, but completed all three for a total of 100 yards and two touchdowns. Brown also ran for 47 yards on 11 carries.

In what will be a matchup of two programs who have each won 11 state football championships, Saint Ignatius travels to Tom Mach Field in Father Richard Elmer, C.S.B., Stadium on Friday night, September 16th for a 7 PM kickoff with the Shamrocks. Catholic Central is located in Novi, Michigan.

Have a safe and great week, and the corner will see you starting tomorrow afternoon at football practice for my weekly interview with Coach Kyle and Thursday night with the Freshmen Game versus the Kirtland Hornets.     







On Labor Day Weekend, we have another labor of love from the Head Coach of the defending State Champion Cross Country Wildcats, Dr. Mike Gallagher '71
St. Edward and Saint Ignatius are 1-2 in the latest Region 1 Football Computer Playoff Ratings. Go to JoeEitel.com to see the complete list.
The essence of a team victory, with some special kudos to the defense. The Saint Ignatius Wildcats, dominating both sides of the ball and the kicking game, overwhelmed the Mentor Cardinals, 49-7, in the weekend's high school football area headliner

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

Parma, Ohio - As Saint Ignatius' outstanding senior linebacker and captain Adam Shibley said more than once late Saturday night, "This is a different Saint Ignatius defense."

And unlike last season, when the Mentor Cardinals racked up 823 yards of offense in a 63-56 shootout victory over the Wildcats in Mentor, that "different" defense was more than Coach Steve Trivisonno's Cardinals could deal with.

Saint Ignatius, with its Hall of Fame Head Football Coach Chuck Kyle '69 describing his team's performance as a true team victory, with the highest mark going to the defense, dominated Mentor in the second half and went on to a resounding 49-7 victory on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.

In outscoring Mentor, 35-0, in the second half, the Wildcats snapped a three-game losing streak to the Cardinals and improved to 2-0 on the young season.

Mentor, which was coming off a 57-point performance in a one-sided victory over the Massillon Tigers, now stands 1-1.

Coach Trivisonno's Cardinals entered Saturday night's headliner as the ninth-ranked team in cleveland. com's "Super 25" state poll, 11 spots higher than Saint Ignatius. What is it they say about polls?

"This has been the goal since freshman year, to come out here and beat these guys," said Shibley, referring to the three-game losing streak to Mentor. "All offseason this was in our minds, this is the one we had to win. Our defense brought it, just like we always do. Last year, wasn't us. Look out for a new defense, we're here."

That new defense, combined with an offense that featured the leadership and athleticism of senior quarterback Patrick Ryan, an authoritative ground game led by the 1-2 punch of junior tailback Mark Bobinski and senior tailback Jimmy Andrews, a deep receiving corps, and one of the top offensive lines in all of Ohio, sent a large chunk of the Mentor faithful heading for the highway after the third quarter.

"Just hard work in the offseason, getting stronger," said Shibley of a 2016 front seven on defense that made things miserable for Mentor's talented junior quarterback Tadas Tatarunas for almost the entire game.  Yes, the same young man who passed for 531 yards and four touchdowns versus Saint Ignatius last season.

Tatarunas was 7-for-16 for just 97 yards on Saturday night.

"We play with pride and passion, I just love these guys," added Shibley.

After Saint Ignatius moved to a 14-0 lead on a pair of 2-yard touchdown runs by Bobinski and two extra-point kick by multi-skilled junior Matthew Trickett, who also excels for the Wildcats' state and nationally acclaimed soccer program, Mentor got back in the game on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Tatarunas to junior wide receiver Derek Kleinhenz with 52 seconds left in the first half.

Following a fumble recovery at the Wildcats' 29-yard line with 35.7 seconds on the first-half clock, the Cardinals were threatening again.

But up stepped 'Cats' senior defensive back Matt Wiegandt, who intercepted a pass in the left corner of the jumbo screen scoreboard end zone. Matt's clutch effort came after Tatarunas was flushed from the pocket and had to throw on the run. Matt is a rare two-sport captain for this school year - football and hockey.

Coach Kyle was very pleased not only with his defense, but the balance the Wildcats displayed on offense in the second half.

Clinging to that seven-point halftime lead, Saint Ignatius came out for the third quarter and began to play as flawless as the perfect thumbnail moon that made itself comfortable over the visiting side of Byers Field.

With Andrews picking up tough, second-effort yards and Ryan, a first-year starter, running the offense like a savvy veteran, the Wildcats outscored the Cardinals, 21-0, in the third quarter. Saint Ignatius' take-charge attitude in the third quarter featured touchdown runs of 2 and 30 yards by Andrews and sandwiched in between Andrews' TDs was a 21-yard touchdown sweep over the left side by Ryan off a keeper that displayed Patrick's speed and vision.

It was Katy Bar the Door after Bobinski powered his way into the jumbo scoreboard end zone from 7 yards out and, following the PAT by Trickett, the OHSAA deficit rule of a running clock came into play with 6 minutes and 23 seconds remaining in the game.

As for Saint Ignatius' final touchdown, it was only fitting that it came from the defense -  a 43-yard pick six by senior linebacker Justin Perpar. The Wildcats also had an interception in the first half, a leaping effort by senior corner Alex Ringfield.

"We're motivated every week, but I think this week we were excited about this game," said Bobinski, who rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. Bobinski is from St. Mary's of Mentor Parish. "Our offensive line did an excellent job, all credit to them and the receivers blocking down field. The defense did a great  job shutting them down. It was hard-nosed, good football out there.

"There was some motivation coming in, with everybody from The Plain Dealer (cleveland.com) picking us to lose," Mark continued. "It's truly special to come out here and do what we did tonight and with the way we prepare, I'm confident we can keep this going."

GETTING THEIR KICKS: Along with Matt Trickett's place kicking, senior Colin Goodfellow, an All-Ohio punter in 2015, was constantly forcing Mentor to start drives at its 20-yard line with booming kickoffs out of the end zone. A couple of Colin's kiss the sky efforts flirted with Saint Ignatius' outstanding Marching Band, which was sitting in the Day Drive end zone.

SOME NUMBERS TO CHEW ON: Saint Ignatius rushed the football 45 times for 263 yards. Patrick Ryan passed for 165 yards and rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Mentor was limited to 50 yards rushing on 23 carries.

The Wildcats totaled 428 yards of offense on 69 plays and the Cardinals ran 41 plays for 147 yards.

Jimmy Andrews rushed for 79 yards and two TDs on 14 carries and leading the 'Cats' receivers were Travis Pot with 3 receptions for 38 yards, tight end/linebacker James Leyden with 2 catches for 44 yards, and Connor Kennedy and Ryan Cook, who each had two receptions for 30 and 26 yards, respectively.

Saint Ignatius was 10 of 13 on third-down conversions and Mentor was 1 for 8 on third down. The 'Cats led in first downs, 26-7, and in time of possession, 29:49 to 18:11 for the Cardinals.

Saturday night's encounter was the 20th game in the Saint Ignatius versus Mentor gridiron rivalry, with the 'Cats now leading the all-time series, 12-8.  

LOOKING BACK: Saint Ignatius' 49-7 triumph over Mentor on Saturday night was the largest margin of victory in the series since 2009, when the 'Cats defeated the Cardinals, 47-7. Leading the defense in 2009 was All-Seven County area, All-District and All-Ohio linebacker Jake Ryan, who went on to a great career as a Captain for the Michigan Wolverines and is currently a starting linebacker for the Green Bay Packers. Patrick Ryan is Jake's cousin.

The Wildcats opened their state and national championship season of 1989 with a 43-2 victory at  Mentor.

UP NEXT: Saint Ignatius returns to Byers Field on September 10th to face the Valley Forge Patriots at 7 PM.         

















In support of Dave "Gibbo" Gibbons

If you are attending tonight's Varsity Football headliner between the visiting Mentor Cardinals and your Saint Ignatius Wildcats at Parma's Byers Field, please stop by the tailgate and support the fundraiser for Dave Gibbons, the father of former Wildcat standout linebacker and captain John Gibbons, current Wildcat defensive line mainstay Joe Gibbons, and Saint Ignatius' former outstanding Varsity Basketball Team Manager and Fred DiSanto '80 Award Winner, Patrick Gibbons.

Dave Gibbons is recovering from an aneurism and your support of the Gibbons Family and the Safety Forces' Dave "Gibbo" Gibbons Fundraiser will be a great addition to the "Dave Gibbons Relief Fund."

God Bless and Thank You, Mr. Eddie Dwyer     

Through the air, on the ground and defensively, the Junior Varsity Wildcats prowled the gridiron on what was a perfect evening for football in Mentor's atmosphere-rich Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

Mentor, Ohio - "We knew coming in that we were playing a good team from a great program," said Saint Ignatius' outstanding Junior Varsity Head Football Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach Paul Yappel, just minutes after his JV Wildcats made themselves at home on Mentor High School's sun-drenched turf in the Cardinals' Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium Friday evening. That turf goes by the name of Jerome T. Osborne Jr. Field.

"It was a great test for us to see where we are early on in the season," Coach Yappel said after his 'Cats improved to 2-0 with a 28-0 victory over the Cardinals.

Saint Ignatius' sophomores certainly passed that test as they made some big plays, were opportunistic and unleashed an inspired defense like their next meal depended on it.

The list of the Wildcats' difference makers was as big as Mentor's spacious and impressive campus.

Two plays after Saint Ignatius fumbled the ball away at its 24-yard line, Wildcats' gifted sophomore defensive back Jett Elad made an over-the shoulder interception in the end zone.

Following Jett's gem, the JV 'Cats, combining the passing and mobility of gritty sophomore quarterback Patrick Delahunty, the running of sophomore tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd and the receiving of sure-handed and athletic sophomore wide receiver Nigel Drummond II, drove to a first down at the Mentor 14.

The Cardinals' defense stepped up on the next three plays and Saint Ignatius was faced with a fourth-and-20 from the 24-yard line.

Then came another huge play by the 'Cats, an effort that can deflate any defense.

Undaunted by the down and distance, Saint Ignatius' savvy Quarterbacks Coach Jim Cahiil '89 called on Delahunty and Drummond and the double Ds combined on a 24-yard touchdown pass that saw Drummond make a smooth extension of his arms and hands with a defender draped all over him in the left corner of the end zone. The  extra-point kick was no good and the Wildcats led, 6-0, with 5 minutes and 27 seconds remaining in the first half.

It was time for the 'Cats' defense to make its mark again and that came in the form of a pad-rattling tackle by endless potential sophomore linebacker Tommy Eichenberg that jarred the ball loose from the Cardinals' tailback. Sophomore defensive lineman Zach McMahan outfought two Mentor offensive linemen for a fumble recovery at the Cardinals' 25-yard line, and Coach Yappel's tenacious 10th graders were hungry for more points.

Delahunty was more than happy to oblige as seven plays later the mature beyond his years field general swept the left side for a 5-yard touchdown run and then capped off his TD by running for a two-point conversion with 2 minutes and 12 seconds left in the first half.

Leading 14-0 entering the third quarter, Saint Ignatius' defense just kept making plays, this time in the form of a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown by ever-present sophomore defensive back Mitchell Puhalsky, Mitchell's first of two interceptions on the evening.

Saint Ignatius, which will look to go 3-0 on the young season when it welcomes Walsh Jesuit's Jayvees to Ohio City on September 10th at 10 AM, closed out the scoring on a short TD run by Bo Floyd and a two-point conversion pass from Delahunty to sophomore wide receiver Luke Cooper. Delahunty was flushed from the pocket, rolled right and, with Cooper never giving up on his route and Delahunty keeping his eyes downfield, it was a 28-0 game with 2:45 remaining in the third quarter.

The Wildcats added a little topping to the victory out on Center Street that was flavored with a leaping pass breakup by sophomore defensive back Nathan Previts, an overpowering sack by young Mr. Eichenberg, another big-time reception by Drummond, a highlight-reel diving catch along the sideline by sophomore wide receiver Zachary LaPorte, and a strong run over the ride side by junior tailback Andrew Phillips.

"We're still making some mistakes, but we're going to improve on those and we improved from last week,'' said Coach Yappel. "That's the best thing. Winning is great, winning is important, but when you see the improvement it's even better. That's the measuring stick."










Coach Paul Yappel's JV Football 'Cats came away with an impressive 28-0 victory at Mentor on Friday evening, but Coach Rodney Gallaway's Freshmen 'Cats experienced a tough 28-23 loss to the Cardinals on Wasmer Field

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

Cleveland, Ohio - The corner just arrived home from Mentor after covering the now 2-0 Junior Varsity Football Wildcats in their impressive shutout victory over the Cardinals' Jayvees in Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium.

Yours in sports will have a story coming up on the JV 'Cats, but first here is a recap on the Freshmen Football  Wildcats, who are now 1-1 after Friday evening's tough loss to Mentor's ninth graders on Wasmer Field.

And it was tough in more ways than one, as Head Coach Rodney Gallaway and his outstanding staff lost their standout tailback, Najee Lockett, in the early going to what could be a season-ending ankle injury. Najee is also one of the top-rated young wrestlers in Ohio.

"Najee suffered a serious ankle injury and had to be transported to a (nearby) hospital," said Coach Gallaway, who will know more about Najee's health as the weekend progresses. This old-timer had the privilege to interview Najee at a camp on Wasmer Field this summer and I can tell you that he is an exceptional all-around young man. We ask that you keep Najee in your prayers.

As for the Freshmen Game versus Mentor, the young Wildcats got off to a solid start behind the passing/receiving combination of quarterback Nick Fletcher and wide receiver/defensive back Connor Cmiel and led, 14-0.

The Freshmen Cardinals from Mentor would cut the deficit to 14-8 by halftime and move to a 28-17 lead in offsetting a field goal by the Wildcats' Rory McConville.

Coach Gallaway watched his team close to 28-23 with three minutes remaining off the third touchdown of the night by the gifted Cmiel, but just couldn't turn a couple of late promising possessions into points.

"We played well," said Coach Gallaway, who will send his 'Cats into Thursday's 5:30 PM kickoff versus the Kirtland Hornets on Wasmer Field. "But we had too many turnovers, for sure, and put ourselves in bad positions with those turnovers."

Coach Gallaway also pointed to some missed opportunities early on, opportunities that saw the Wildcats drive into or near the red zone, but fail to get the ball into the end zone.

"Mentor could strike quickly," Coach Gallaway continued. "They have a quarterback who can run and throw the ball, so that makes them tough to defend. We played hard right to the end and obviously Connor (Cmiel) had a great game. He performed well on both sides of the ball."

Coach Gallaway also referred to the play of linebacker Mac Boyle, who had an interception, linebacker Jack Welcsh, who did a nice job in coverage, and defensive lineman Anthoy Gerace, who had a key fumble recovery.

"The offensive line also played very well," said Coach Gallaway. "They gave Fletcher a lot of time to throw."

Again, we will be praying for Najee's recovery. As I said earlier in this report, Najee left a lasting impression this summer on this reporter of nearly 50 years.          






Just FYI. the corner will have coverage of this evening's Junior Varsity Football Game at Mentor (5 PM kickoff) and also a recap on this evening's Freshman Football Game versus the Cardinals (5 PM kickoff)
Coach Mike McLaughlin's State and Nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer 'Cats make the adjustments and go on to dominate the Solon Comets, 9-1, on storied and atmosphere-rich Krenzler Field Thursday night

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2016

FROM CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY'S KRENZLER FIELD - In what was a night of firsts for some of the program's younger players and two "own goals" by Saint Ignatius' outstanding Head Junior Varsity Coach and Varsity Assistant Jim Brennan '85, Saint Ignatius made all of the key adjustments in the second half.    

The two-time defending and record seven-time State Champion Soccer Cats improved to 4-0, extended their winning streak to 20 matches and pushed their unbeaten streak to 40 consecutive matches.

The current winning streak began with Coach Mike McLaughlin's 'Cats winning their final 16 matches of the 2015 State and National Championship season and the unbeaten streak dates back to the State Championship fall of 2014.

The "own goals" for Coach Brennan on Thursday are part of a Saint Ignatius tradition that started about 20 years ago, a tradition that says any goal that is accidently knocked in by the opponent is automatically credited to Coach Brennan.

Taking advantage of Saint Ignatius being too fast and frantic in its offensive possessions during most of the early going on Thursday night, Solon found itself trailing just 2-1 entering the second half.

Currently ranked second in the nation and No. 1 in the state and the region, the Soccer Cats took a 1-0 lead on an authoritative unassisted blast by reigning Ohio Player of the Year, All-American senior forward Steve Milhoan.

An Xavier University recruit, Steve now stands third on Saint Ignatius Soccer's all-time career goals list with 51. He surpassed Wildcats Hall of Famer David Maier '01, who had 50 career goals. Maier still holds Saint Ignatius' record for goals in a season with 45.

The Wildcats' career leader in goals is Pablo Aycenina with 76 (1998-2001).

The Comets of Coach Ryan Greenhill, who now stand 0-2-1 on the season, knotted the score at 1 on a goal by senior forward Jonathan Margheret with 17 minutes and 48 seconds remaining in first half.

While there is no doubting Margheret's hustle and effort, a Saint Ignatius turnover and its inability to get back on defense opened the offensive window for the Comets.

The Wildcats, who are seeking what would be a record third consecutive OHSAA State Soccer Championship this fall, held the 2-1 led at halftime thanks to senior midfielder Thomas Hogan's first Varsity goal and the first Varsity assist by freshman midfielder Matthew McLaughlin. Matt is a son of Coach McLaughlin '85.

"Slow the game down, slow it down," Milhoan yelled entering the halftime break.

Coach McLaughlin, one of the premier coaches in the nation, shared the same sentiment.

"The best team in the world can't win by playing at a pace of a million miles a minute," Coach McLaughlin said while addressing his team at halftime. "Offensively, the first half was frantic. It was not clean soccer. We want to be quick, but skillful."

The Soccer Cats got the message and then some as they came out and played like Ohio's best of the best in the second half.

First it was senior midfielder and Brown University bound Johne Vrablic going unassisted for a 3-1 lead. Then came the first of Coach Brennan's two "own goals," followed by a goal from freshman forward Everett Shorey off an assist from senior defense Tommy Patacca.

Senior midfielder Kevin Callanan made it a 6-1 game with an unassisted effort and, after the second Coach Brennan special, the 'Cats closed out the scoring on Matt McLaughlin's first Varsity goal, which came off the first Varsity assist from junior defense Alexander Rohr, and an unassisted goal by sophomore forward Kory Nekoloff. It was also Kory's first Varsity goal.

Matt McLaughlin's first Varsity goal was scored at the goal in the scoreboard end of Krenzler Field, right where his bothers were standing behind the goal. The McLaughlin family celebration was on!

Saint Ignatius outshot the Comets, 25-4, limiting Solon to just one shot on goal in the second half. Wildcats senior goalkeepers Lodge Dils and Max Heath each had one save.   

"We're still learning who we are as a team," said Coach McLaughlin. "Hopefully the defensive part comes first and I think we've been defending well. But it's going to take time to sort out what we do offensively. And as we sorted it out tonight we were able to put a bunch of goals together, once we started to see who are the open players, started to relax and play at our pace, not their pace."

FROM STEVE MILHOAN: "We came out strong and got that early first goal and then they answered pretty well in a short amount of time. It threw some of our guys for a loop and we started playing right into their (Solon's) game. We just had to slow it down, and once we slowed it down the goals started coming. We listened to Coach, he told us to slow the ball down. It's a simple game, keep the ball on the floor and keep it rolling. I think we did just that in the second half."    


The JV Side took a 1-0 lead as the sun was resting on the press box side of Krenzler Field.

Freshman defense Gavan Richards did the first honors of the night off an assist from sophomore forward Kory Nekoloff.

Coach Brennan's model of consistency program made it 2-0 with 13:21 remaining in the first half, as sophomore midfield David Vrablic was money off an assist from sophomore forward Henry Curtis.

The young, but oh so promising JV A pushed its advantage to 3-0 on an unassisted goal from Curtis at 7:45 of the first half and freshman midfield Kyle Folds closed out the scoring with an unassisted effort in the second half.

Solon's Junior Varsity is now 0-2-2.

All three of the 'Cats' JV A goalkeepers, junior Ryan Mark, sophomore Cooper Ilg and freshman Peter Van Euwen, combined on the shutout.    













Yes, it's just Week 2, but as always, the stakes are high when the Saint Ignatius Wildcats and the Mentor Cardinals meet on the gridiron

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit, September 2016



Here is a little background on the roller-coaster rivalry between the Wildcats and the Cardinals, which has picked up significant momentum since that memorable 2011, November 19th Saturday night in football-rich Lakewood Stadium.  

Cleveland, Ohio - The Saint Ignatius Wildcats and the Mentor Cardinals began their football rivalry in 1989.

After lop-sided victories by the Wildcats in the first four meetings, including a 38-13 triumph in the 1992 OHSAA Regional Playoffs and a 41-7 regular-season victory in 1993, Mentor and Saint Ignatius did not meet again until the second round of the playoffs in 2003.

The Cardinals of Coach Steve Trivisonno came up with their first victory over Saint Ignatius in resounding fashion that night on Parma's Byers Field, 31-0.

Finally, a rivalry?

Well, not yet, as Saint Ignatius went on to win four of the next five meetings with Mentor.

Then came 2010 and yes, what this corner now refers to as one of the finest Public School versus Catholic School football rivalries in the nation started brewing.

Mentor would win its next two matchups with Saint Ignatius, including a 38-24 regular season victory in 2011 at the Cardinals' Jerome T. Osborne Stadium .

However, the Wildcats, on their way to their 11th Division I State Championship under Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Kyle, upset the favored Cardinals, 23-17, in a 2011 OHSAA Regional Championship Game at storied Lakewood Stadium.

The next two seasons also brought about both regular season and playoff encounters between the 'Cats and the Cardinals, with Mentor losing both regular season games in 2012 and 2013, but responding with victories in the playoffs.

The 2012, 57-56 triple-overtime victory by the Mitch Trubisky-led Cardinals in the third round of the playoffs goes down as one of the greatest games in the history of the OHSAA football postseason. Mitch is currently the starting quarterback at North Carolina.

Mentor, which now trails its all-time football series with Saint Ignatius, 11-8, comes into Saturday night's matchup with a three-game winning streak over the Wildcats, including the playoff victory in 2013 at Byers Field, a regular-season triumph over the 'Cats at Byers Field in 2014, and last year's 63-56 offensive shootout over Saint Ignatius at Jerome T. Osborne Sr. Stadium.

Trailing, 56-49, with 11:55 remaining to be played in the 2015 thriller, the Cardinals struck with touchdown passes of 52 yards to Jason Blizzard from then sophomore quarterback Tadas Tatarunas and a Tatarunas rope of 10 yards to Malik Porter.

The game winner to Porter saw Tatarunas roll left under heavy pressure in the final 15 seconds, regain his balance and find Porter, who was breaking free across the back of the end zone.

Tatarunas finished with 531 yards passing and Saint Ignatius' first-team All-Ohio quarterback Dennis Grosel threw for 415 yards. Dennis is bound for Boston College this winter as a preferred walk-on.

Mentor and Saint Ignatius combined for an amazing 1,438 yards of total offense, including 823 yards by the Cardinals.



FROM COACH KYLE: "Offensively, they're very good. They execute very well. In the Mentor program, the young kids are running that offense for years and once they get to high school they have a real good feel for it. And that's impressive and that's what you see on film.

"They spread you all over the field and there has to be some one-on-one plays made to be able to stop them and get your offense on the field. So that's got to happen on Saturday night. You run to the ball and get to the ball, but still there's those moments when it's one-on-one and the athlete has to make the play. So we're working very hard on fundamentals, obviously, but also getting ourselves into good position to make plays.

"Defensively, they're big up front and the matchup of their defensive line versus our offense line is kind of an interesting thing to watch. It will look like college lines, to be honest with you. Then the skilled guys take over. They graduated some skilled guys and we did, too, but I think Mentor would say the same thing, it's the next kid's turn to step up. By senior year you should be executing at a high level.

"We're really going to have to tell the kids don't look at the scoreboard. History tells you this game is just back and forth and back and forth, and the change in momentum is always amazing. You're up by 10 points, well big deal. In this game it doesn't mean that much.

"I think Steve (Coach Trivisonno) would say the same thing, that this is a game in which you find out a lot about yourself. It's going to be a major playoff caliber game the second week of the season, so that's awesome."

FROM PATRICK RYAN: "It's kind of like growing up, because I was the boy ball here and watched Eric Williams win a state title (in 2011), I watched Mike LaManna play great football here (in 2012), I was in the stands for Andrew Holland (Ohio's co-Offensive Player of the Year as the quarterback for the Cats' 2008 State Championship and National Runner-Up Team) and last year I was the backup to Dennis (Grosel). I've seen the lineage and have a lot to live up to, but it's an honor and I'm happy to be here.

"I think we're in a good spot," Patrick continued in reference to Saturday's showdown with Mentor. "We have a big offensive line. I'm going to stay behind them and trust them, and we have to trust the running game. I'm happy where the chemistry is at, and with the long camp and practices we've been able to get the timing down.

"Yeah, it's going to be fun," said Patrick of what awaits on Saturday night.

FROM MIKE CHIME: "I originally lived in Mentor from the time I was five years old. I moved here from Indiana. I know most of those guys (the Cardinals), I've grown up with them. I could probably name each number. I've known Tadas (Tatarunas) since he was a young kid. He impresses me as a person and a player. 

"I feel that every game, that should be our mindset. That every game is going to be won or lost up in the trenches, up in the front," Mike continued. "But in the end, it doesn't really matter who we play. Our mindset is that we're going to be a tactical unit, ready for combat.

"We're the leaders of the defense, the front seven (the linemen and linebackers). The offensive line is, too. We go against them every day in practice and we make each other better."










OHSAA schools make their mark at the Rio Olympics

OHSAA Member Schools Well Represented at Rio Olympics

Posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer and released by Mr. Tim Stried, Director of Communications for the Ohio High School Athletic Association

Fifteen Ohio high school graduates qualified to compete at the Summer Olympics, plus two more in the Paralympics

COLUMBUS, Ohio – While following the action from the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, fifteen member schools of the Ohio High School Athletic Association were also cheering on their own alumni who qualified to compete in the Summer Olympics.

In addition, two more Ohio high school graduates will compete in the Paralympic Games in Rio in September.

 “It’s always a thrill to watch the Olympics, but to have so many Ohio high school graduates competing in Rio made it extra special,” said Dave Gray, OHSAA interim commissioner.  “We all had an overwhelming sense of pride when we heard ‘Ohio’ associated with a competitor, and to see a few of our own earn medals, too, is something that inspires every kid growing up in Ohio. To be able to represent your country, your state, your school and your family in the Olympic Games is an amazing accomplishment, and we are so proud of them.”

Several Ohio media members also made the trek to Brazil for the Games, including Jerod Smalley, sports director at Columbus WCMH-TV and a member of the OHSAA’s Media Advisory Committee

“This was an incredible Olympic Games for Ohio athletes, and not just for the medals they won,” Smalley said. “I think of people like Nate Ebner, who took a leave of absence from the New England Patriots to compete in rugby and represent his country in the Olympics. It speaks to the power that the Olympics still has for athletes at all levels. When Kayla Harrison won her gold medal, I was among the first people to talk to her backstage. When I mentioned Ohio she yelled out ‘Go Buckeyes!’ Ohio athletes carry a special pride in what they do and the place they represent.”

Ohio High School Graduates in Rio

* represented Canada

** represented Puerto Rico

 Athlete                                  High School                                     Sport                             Result

A.J. Digby                               Tontogany Otsego                          Paralympic Track & Field, Sept. 8-17

Grace Norman                      Xenia Christian                                Paralympic Track & Field, Sept. 8-17

Rachel Adams                     Cincinnati Mt. Notre Dame            Volleyball                      Team won bronze medal

*Kelsie Ahbe                         Uniontown Green                           Track & Field                 Finished 12th in pole vault

**William Barnes                 Columbus Northland                       Track & Field                 Did not compete

Tianna Bartoletta                  Elyria                                               Track & Field                 Gold medal, Long jump

                                                                                                                                            Gold medal, 4x100 meter relay

Charles Conwell                    Cleveland Heights                           Boxing                           Did not medal – Round of 32, 75 kg class

Nate Ebner                            Hilliard Davidson                             Rugby                            Team finished 9th

Kayla Harrison                      Middletown                                    Judo                               Gold medal, 78 kg class

Max Holt                               Cincinnati Purcell Marian               Volleyball                      Team won bronze medal

Emily Infeld                           Cleveland Beaumont                      Track & Field                 Finished 11th in 10,000 meters 

Carlin Isles                            Massillon Jackson                           Rugby                            Team finished 9th

Abby Johnston                      Upper Arlington                              Diving                            Finished 12th in 3m springboard

Josh Konieczny                      Toledo St. John’s Jesuit                  Rowing                          Finished 5th in lightweight double sculls

Erik Kynard                            Toledo Rogers                                 Track & Field                 Finished 6th in high jump

Clayton Murphy                    New Madison Tri-Village                Track & Field                 Bronze medal, 800 meters

Jason Pryor                            Lyndhurst Brush                              Fencing                         Did not medal – Round of 32, Epee


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

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

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

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

Coming up on the corner this week and weekend

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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


The OHSAA announces 2017 Lacrosse Tournament Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day Weekend!  





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

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


Runners, parents:

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

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

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

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

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

Go 'Cats!
Coach Mike McLaughlin's state and nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer 'Cats bring home their eighth Ohio Jesuit Cup by turning back the Cincinnati St. Xavier Bombers, 1-0, in the Championship Match at Walsh Jesuit on Sunday
This weekend's recaps from the annual Ohio Jesuit Cup on the pitch at Walsh Jesuit High School have been courtesy of Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant Soccer Coach Mr. Joe Popelka '84 - Mr. Eddie Dwyer
FROM COACH POPELKA: As with yesterday, the extreme heat and humidity on Sunday played a role in all of the matches. Lots of subbing from all teams--the benches did play a factor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






Coming up on the corner this weekend

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

Have a safe and wonderful weekend.       

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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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





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

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

 - Mr. Eddie Dwyer 

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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

But we'll get back to that next week. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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





Note time change on Saturday's JV Football opener and a reminder on Wednesday's Freshmen Football opener

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

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

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

Matt Wiegandt is selected as the Wildcats' Fourth Captain in Varsity Football

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Wildcats Soccer matchups versus Solon are being moved to Cleveland State University

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

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


The learning curve expands for the Wildcats' Varsity Golf Team


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

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

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

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

The young Wildcats finished in 15 place.

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

Here are Saint Ignatius' individual scores from both events:

University School Tournament at Windmill Lakes

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

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

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

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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Runners and parents,

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

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

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

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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

















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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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










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


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

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

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

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


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



Just a reminder on the final preseason tune-up for the Varsity Football Wildcats

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

















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


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

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

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

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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The 2016 Varsity Cross Country Preview. Head Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's defending State Champion Cat Pack will be led by a "stellar" Senior Class, including All-Ohio senior co-Captain C.J. Ambrosio.


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

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

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

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

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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saint Ignatius is now a member of Division I, Region 2. Again, the top eight teams from each of the new four Division I regions at the end of the regular season will qualify for the playoffs.

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

Here is a look at Region 2

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

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

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

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


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

FROM COACH GALLAGHER and posted by Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Runners and parents,

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

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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer. Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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










The OHSAA sanctions the storied football program from Massillon Washington for Recruiting Violations

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

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

OHSAA Sanctions Massillon Washington for Football Recruiting Violations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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







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

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

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

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

Saint Ignatius (318)

1.       Hunter Rinkus (Sr) 74

2.       Michael McCaffrey (Jr) 75

3.       Connor  Warns (Fr) 84

4.       Jake Moraca (Soph) 85

5.       Ross Williamson (Fr) 89

6.       Ryan Grabowski (Jr)  80

Top 5 Scores from the Tri-Match

1.       Burns       68

2.       Hunter     70

3.       Suplek      73

4.       Rinkus       74

5.       McCaffrey 75




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

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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saint  Ignatius (317)

1. Hunter Rinkus (Sr.) 78

2. Jake Moraca (Soph.) 78

3. Michael McCaffrey (Sr.) 79

4. Ryan Grabowski (Jr.) 82

5. Ross Williamson (Fresh.) 83

6. Connor Warns (Fresh.) 94
The Wildcats and the Eagles are taking their storied football rivalry to FirstEnergy Stadium
By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016
Cleveland, Ohio - Residing in the West Park area of Cleveland and attending Our Lady of Angels Elementary School on Rocky River Drive, Saint Ignatius' gifted senior tailback Jimmy Andrews grew up with the Wildcats' storied West Side football rivalry versus St. Edward High School.
You could see Jimmy's eyes light up as bright as the sun that hovered over Wasmer Field Monday evening when this corner assured him that this season's annual regular-season finale with the Eagles would be played in FirstEnergy Stadium, the home of the Cleveland Browns.
Yes, Saint Ignatius and St. Edward, whose rivalry has become a state-wide and national fixture, will meet for the 54th time on the Varsity gridiron when they take the field at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 29 at 6 PM.
The Wildcats lead the all-time series, 28-24-1, but the Eagles were victorious in the past two meetings, including a 35-28 victory at a packed First Federal Lakewood Stadium on Halloween of last year. Coach Tom Lombardo's Eagles rode that victory to the school's second consecutive Division I State Championship and third overall, as Coach Lombardo became the first coach in the history of the OHSAA football playoffs to win state championships at two different schools. Coach Lombardo guided the Lake Catholic Cougars to the Division III state title in 2001.
St. Edward's first two state football titles came under former Mayfield Defensive Coordinator Rick Finotti in 2010 and 2014. Coach Finotti accepted a coaching position at the University of Michigan following the Eagles' 2014 season.
Saint Ignatius, which is seeking a remarkable 27th appearance in the OHSAA big-school playoffs since 1988, has won a record 11 Division I State Championships under Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kyle, including a state-best five in a row from 1991 to 1995. The 'Cats were state runners-up in 1996.
Coach Kyle, who has begun his 34th season as the head man of his alma mater's football program, has 321 career victories, which include three national championships in 1989, 1993 and 1995, and a national runner-up in 2008. The 'Cats' 10th and 11th state titles came in 2008 and 2011.
This year's game versus St. Edward will mark the third time since 2010 that the 'Cats will take the field at the home of the Browns.
In 2010, in what was part of a new doubleheader version of the historic Charity Game, Saint Ignatius was defeated by Lake Catholic, 28-21, at the Lakefront. In 2012, the 'Cats returned to Browns Stadium and dominated Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, 31-7.
St. Edward squared off with Mentor at Browns Stadium in 2010 and the Eagles turned back the Cardinals, 35-28.
Old-timers like this corner will recall the fall of 1980, when the Wildcats and the Eagles met in part of a doubleheader at old Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Cold temperatures and a persistent rain ruled and St. Edward came away with an 11-0 victory at The Grand Lady on the Lake. The other half of the doubleheader that night saw Benedictine and Holy Name play to a 7-7 tie.
Despite the sub-par playing conditions, the Eagles' standout running back Kevin Graven solved the Municipal Stadium surface for 151 yards on the ground, including an 86-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Saint Ignatius made 13 trips to the legendary City Championship "Charity Game" at Municipal Stadium from 1945 through 1968, compiling a record of 4-7-2.
As for the rivalry with St. Edward, the most memorable and most documented game in the series, without question, took place in 1993, when Saint Ignatius prevailed in what stands as one of the most storied games in the history of Ohio High School Football, 35-34, in triple overtime in front of a standing-room crowd and then some at Lakewood Stadium, "The Madhouse on Madison."
After that Week 8 test of wills, Coach Kyle's Wildcats would go on to a 14-0 state and national championship season in '93.
"I think it will be great because of the amount of people who will be able to attend this year," said Andrews of a rivalry that is always one of toughest tickets in town, whether it is at Saint Ignatius' home field, Parma's Byers Field, or the home of St. Edward, Lakewood Stadium. The Wildcats are the home team for this year's matchup, which was originally slated for Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.
"Maybe we could get 20,000-plus there (at FirstEnergy Stadium)," Andrews continued."I've watched these games from both sides growing up. I mean it's a big deal. For the seniors, it's our last one (unless the 'Cats and the Eagles were also to meet in the playoffs, as they did in 2008 and 2011). It's been on our minds ever since last year's seniors said, 'Remember this.'"
Last year's tough loss to St. Edward prevented Saint Ignatius from advancing to the playoffs for only the second time since its great postseason run began in 1988.
Andrews quickly recalls being at both the 2012 doubleheader at the Lakefront as an eighth grader at OLA and the Wildcats' 20-17 playoff victory over the Eagles in 2011, when he was in the seventh grade and still making up his mind whether it would be the blue and gold or the green and gold.
That 2011 playoff matchup took place in Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium on Judy Kirsch Field.
One of the most special and unique aspects of the Saint Ignatius-St. Edward rivalry is that despite the intensity that accompanies it, players from both teams have remained close friends.
And Jimmy Andrews was quick to mention two of his best friends from this year's St. Edward team, starting quarterback Kevin Kramer and starting safety Kevin Dever, also OLA products. 
"I don't think it will affect our friendships at all," Jimmy said of the eventual Week 10 outcome in FirstEnergy Stadium. "We're too big for that."
Tickets will be available online, at the schools' athletics departments, and the box office on the day of the game (We're encouraging fans to go online: Here is the link:
Saint Ignatius' students will sit in the Dawg Pound.
The lower bowl sits between 26-28,000.
There will be open concessions stands on both sides.
The Saint Ignatius Band will be allowed to perform on the field.
There will be no tape delay broadcast.
And yes, the Browns do have a home game the next day versus the New York Jets.


The Saint Ignatius Varsity Golf Tournament at Red Tail produces a "fabulous day"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Saint Ignatius Varsity: (311)                                      

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

Jake Moraca (Soph.) 77              

Ross Williamson (Fr.) 80                                                                                 

Hunter Rinkus (Sr.) 84  

Connor Warns (Fr.) 88  


Saint Ignatius Varsity/JV Gold: (321)

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

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

3. Toledo. St. John's Jesuit 300

4. Columbus St. Charles 307

5. Westlake 310

6. Saint Ignatius 311

7. Avon Lake 317

8. St. Ignatius Gold 321

9. Archbishop Hoban 324

10. Walsh Jesut (A) 325

11. St. Edward 327

12. Bishop Alter 334

13. Walsh Jesuit (B) 335

14. Medina 336

15. Rocky River 354










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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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











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

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

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






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

From Wildcats Junior Varsity Blue Coach Thomas Bogen

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

- Mr. Eddie Dwyer      

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


Runners and parents,

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

Here is the updated schedule:

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

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

From Coach Tom Beach and Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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











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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ah, to be young again.

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






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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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







Wildcats Football selects Adam Shibley as its third Varsity Football Captain

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2013

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

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

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

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

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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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










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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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












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

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit August 2016

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Double sessions resume on Tuesday at 2 PM.    







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

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

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

8/2: Repeat 8/1.

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

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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit July 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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








Please note the change of venue for the Fall Sports Parents Meeting on Thursday night

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

The Wildcats' next-to-last mini camp featured plenty of playmakers

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit July 2016

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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










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

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

- Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer 



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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit July 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you there.      





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

From Head Coach Brian Becker '77: 

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

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

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

Monday August 1st at PINE HILLS:

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

- Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit July 2016

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

And that it is.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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














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

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

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

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

The schedule and items of interest for this week and next month in Wildcats Cross Country

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

Runners and parents,

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

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

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

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

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

The Brahmas reside in North Richland Hills, Texas.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit July 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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













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

By Mr. Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit July 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yes, special in every sense of the word.

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



















OHSAA and OAB to Co-Host Broadcasters Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



And closing out a day of honors for Steve Milhoan, Lawrence Karpeh and Hunter Gordon, the thrillsome threesome were also named to the SNAPCHAT.COM/Top Drawer Soccer All-State Team
Saint Ignatius soccer standout Hunter Gordon '16 and Head Coach Mike McLaughlin '85 join Steve Milhoan and Lawrence Karpeh on the SNAPCHAT.COM/Top Drawer Soccer All-Region Fall Team
Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer
Hunter, one of the top defenders in the Midwest last fall, is also furthering his education and soccer career at the University of Pittsburgh.
[Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin]
Ian Black  Dublin Jerome (Ohio) Sr.   Indiana
Anthony Bowie Forest Hills Central (Mich.) Sr. Western Michigan
Blake Carr Arrowhead (Wis.) Sr. Wisconsin
Stephen Milhoan '17 Saint Ignatius (Ohio) Jr.  Xavier
F Alec Phillipe Milwaukee Marquette (Wis.) Sr. Wright State
MF  Bryce Curran Mason (Ohio) Sr.   Xavier
MF  Lawrence Karpeh '16  Saint Ignatius (Ohio) Sr.  Pittsburgh
MF  Suad Suljic Minnetonka (Minn.) Sr.   Bradley
Hunter Gordon '16 Saint  Ignatius (Ohio) Sr.   Pittsburgh
Gary Zhao  Mason (Ohio) Sr.   University of Chicago
GK  Sean Teske Eastview (Minn.) Sr.   Hartford
Coach Mike McLaughlin '85 Saint Ignatius (Ohio)    
Wildcats soccer greats Steve Milhoan '17 and Lawrence Karpeh '16 garner SNAPCHAT.COM/Top Drawer Soccer All-America honors

Posted By Mr. Eddie Dwyer

Steve Milhoan, who also earned Gatorade's Ohio Player of the Year honor, was Ohio's Mr. Soccer for 2015 and the Player of the Year in the seven-county area by cleveland.com, earned first-team All-America honors.

Lawrence Karpeh, who is furthering his education and soccer career at the University of Pittsburgh, was named to the second team.

Milhoan, who has verbally committed to Xavier University, was the only junior from 2015 selected to the First Team.

Milhoan and Karpeh helped lead Coach Mike McLaughlin's Soccer Cats to an unbeaten season in 2015, a fall that was highlighted by State and National Championships. Steve is gearing up for his senior season at Saint Ignatius, which begins on August 19th on the pitch at St. Edward. The corner will be previewing Coach McLaughlin's 2016 Wildcats next month.

NOTE: The TeamSnap All-America package is the culmination of months of research and evaluation of the top high school-playing talent in the nation.

While high school soccer is offered in the fall, winter or spring -- depending on state -- Top Drawer Soccer waits until after the school year is complete to release its All-America, All-Region and state All-Stars. Fall-playing states are acknowledged today, followed by winter-playing states on Wednesday and spring-playing states on Thursday. The lists are compiled by TDS senior high school editor Sheldon Shealer and reflect observation and information provided by coaches and local reporters.

Here is the first team from the fall-playing states.

SNAPCHAT.COM FALL ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM                                                       


Ifunanyachi Achara, Berkshire School (Sheffield, Mass.), Sr.
Achara is one of the nation's most dynamic high school performers. In 36 career matches, he accounted for 90 points. He scoed 26 goals with 13 assists this past season. The former Nigerian Under-17 National Team member helped his club team to a US Youth Soccer national title in 2015. He has signed with Georgetown.
Stephen Milhoan, Saint Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio), Jr. (in 2015)
The lone junior on the TeamSnap Fall All-America first team, Milhoan was named Mr. Soccer in Ohio after leading Saint Ignatius to state and national titles, and an unbeaten season. Milhoan scored nine playoff goals, pushing his season total to 30 with 19 assists. 
Tre Pulliam, Archbishop Curley (Baltimore, Md.), Sr.
Pulliam was the Baltimore Sun Player of the Year after scoring 29 goals and assisting on 11 while leading Archbishop Curley to a conference runner-up finish to McDonogh. The UMBC signee ends his high school career with 74 goals, three short of the school record, which is held by former professional player Giuliano Celenza.
Ty Seager, Wheaton Academy (West Chicago, Ill.), Sr.
Even as a marked man, there was no stopped Seager. The two-time state player of the year had 34 goals and 16 assists, leading Wheaton Academy to a state runner-up finish. The Northwestern signee ends his high school career with 108 goals and 45 assists.
John Antunes, St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.), Sr.
Antunes dished out a team-high 19 assists, leading St. Benedict's to an 18-0 season, a 27th straight state title and a second straight SIMA FAB 50 Fall No. 1 ranking. It was St. Benedict's fourth FAB 50 national crown in the past five seasons. The former Youth National Team performer was the New Jersey Prep Player of the Year and he signed with Monmouth.
Luca Levee, Milton Academy (Milton, Mass.), Sr.
Levee dominated play in the midfield, leading Milton Academy to a 22-0 season and a TopDrawerSoccer.com Prep Top 10 No. 2 fini