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Congrats from the corner go out to senior guard Deven Stover and junior post/forward Austen Yarian for being selected among the Top 50 Players to Watch this winter by Senior point guard Kyle Kalish made's "Others to Consider."

Just another reminder that corner will preview Coach Brian Becker's 2015-16 Varsity Basketball Wildcats early next week as a nice lead in to the season opener at Shaw on Dec. 4.

Our prayers and sympathy are with the family and friends of Mr. Tim Gamber, a great coach and even a greater human being


Posted By Eddie Dwyer

I just received word from Coach Tedd Kwasniak that our beloved colleague Tim Gamber lost his battle with leukemia this morning.

Tim was a prominent basketball coach in the Greater Cleveland area, serving as head girls' basketball coach at St. Peter Chanel, Garfield Heights and Villa Angela-St. Joseph. Tim was an incredible ally to our Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches' Association, serving years as a league representative.

More importantly though, Tim was just an incredible human being...loyal, hard-working, honest, and faithful. Please keep the Gamber family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. God speed Tim.  

Depth, Versatility and Great Chemistry. The 2015-16 Saint Ignatius Varsity Hockey Team will let its play do the talking.
By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit November/December 2015
From the Brooklyn Ice Arena in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center
Now in his 12th season as the Head Coach of one of the state's and nation's premier ice hockey programs, Saint Ignatius' Pat O'Rourke talked about how much fun it is to be around what he described as "a great group of kids."
You didn't have to be around or watch them practice for very long without appreciating what Coach O'Rourke said about the young men who will continue the Wildcats' tradition of excellence on the ice this winter.
This old-timer has been blessed to have covered and reported on many exceptional teams during 45-plus years on the area and state high school beat. And it is those teams who can blend their God-given skills with a selfless approach, a genuine appreciation of playing as one, that are able to reach the highest levels of success.
Sure, hockey, like other sports, will have those nights when one forward or goalie dominates. It is those games when someone else has step up, however, in roles that don't always appear in the final statistics, that distinguishes the best of the best from the rest.
"We have good depth at a lot of different positions," said Coach O'Rourke, a former Wildcat hockey mainstay who has guided his alma mater to two state championships (2010 and 2014), two consecutive Great Lakes Hockey League Cleveland Cups (2014 and 2015), six Red Division titles, two Baron Cup I championships, a regular season GLHL championship (2015) and a single-season, school-record 39 victories in 2012.
Pat would never offer this, but he enters this season, which begins this weekend in the annual Walsh Jesuit Thanksgiving Tournament at the Kent State University Ice Arena, flirting with 300 career victories.
"Although we did graduate some offensive firepower, there are a lot of younger guys who will contribute," Coach O'Rourke continued in his evaluation of his 2015-16 Ice Cats. "Maybe they won't score as much as those guys (Ethan Whitney '15, Matty Geither '15, etc), but even if they score 10 goals, it will even it out more. They all have experience of some kind or another. Some of it is Varsity, some of it is Jayvee. But they have all played a great schedule and have competed in big games."
The young men who compete in Saint Ignatius' Ice Hockey Program are fortunate to receive exceptional coaching on the JV or lower level from the hockey savvy Drew Vilinsky '97.
Versatility, emphasized  Coach O'Rourke, is another strong suit.
"We're able to take some kids who played defense last year and move them up to forward," said Coach O'Rourke. "Hopefully, that will make up for some of the scoring we lost. We have enough good defensemen to fill in and we have two goalies coming back who are experienced (three-year standout Dylan McKeon and Mark Mastroianni). We're really not too green anywhere, it will just be a different kind of experience. It just keeps rolling, we really don't have a season anymore where we have to completely rebuild."
Coach O'Rourke said he looks at the Great Lakes Hockey League this season as probably being the most balanced circuit in the state. The veteran coach also said that St. Edward, which upset the Ice Cats, 3-2, in last season's District Championship/State Qualifying game at the Brooklyn Ice Arena, "is probably the team to beat."
Saint Ignatius is coming off a season that saw it finish 32-4-3, a mark that included a 20-game winning streak and the top ranking in the state poll.
"Of course you want to work toward perfection, but there are a lot of things that are not going to go our way in a course of a season, and we have to learn to deal with that, whether it takes a month or five months" Coach O'Rourke continued.
Goalie Dylan McKeon, a Defensive MVP Award Winner last season: "We're returning a bunch of really good defensemen," said the young man who will be between the pipes for the third consecutive season. "Like you said, we've lost some forwards, but Cam (Gerard) and Brian (Russell) both got moved to forward and we have Aidan (Spellacy), Jared (Stepka) and junior Connor Koehnke, who can score. So we should have enough scorers. Last year, we were sort of gifted with so many (scorers). But this year I think we'll have two or three guys scoring a lot of goals and other guys contributing. With our defense, I think you will see us win a lot of low-scoring games, unlike last season when we would win 7-3 or 6-4, games like that."
Forward Cam Gerard: "We have to get our forwards going right away," said the three-year letterman who has made the transition to forward without missing a beat. "We have a lot of good young players and me and Brian (Russell) are moving up (from defense). I think we have real good chemistry with all of the forward lines, we're learning how to play with each other and we have a three-starter in goal. So that helps a lot. At first I was skeptic about it (the move to forward). I really didn't know how to embrace it. In the first couple of scrimmages, I had to get accustom to flying around more. On defense, you sit back a little more and let the play come to you. But at forward, you're engaged in everything. I think I have gotten a lot better at it and I love it right now."
Forward Aidan Spellacy, an Offensive MVP Award Winner last season and a two-year Captain: "Our lines are really deep," said the young man who carries a strong family lineage in the success of Saint Ignatius Ice Hockey. "Six-deep defensemen, it's a blessing to have. Last year we had a big roster and it's paying off this year. Cam's little brother, Grayson, was on JV last year and Chris Revnew is a big young kid who is stepping up and taking the body. Mental toughness. That's the big thing we have to work on this year. We have to learn that things are not always going to go our way. Take what comes our way and control the things that are controllable. Whatever comes, comes and keep playing the game. I'm really excited. I just love all of these guys."
Spellacy emphasized that the Captains have to lead not just by what they say, but by what they do. Lead more by example. 
Forward Jared Stepka, a three-year letterman and a Most Improved Player Award Winner last season: "This year our offense is faster," said the young man whose smile is as big as the heart he brings to the ice. "In the scrimmages, we just seemed to be beating everyone to the puck. We've been really good at fast-break situations. We have a lot of very good players who are unknown. So that makes them that much hungrier. Shoot low, keep the hands down," closed Stepka with what is his motto for the winter of 2015-16.
Forward Brian Russell, a three-year letterman and a Defensive MVP Award Winner last season: "We lost a lot of our top scorers, like everybody said," added the young man who is also making the switch to forward after being one of the area's top defensemen last season. "But we have a ton of seniors who I think know what it takes to win. That's going to keep us going. We're deep and we just have to continue to make the simple plays, because we have a lot of guys that can make things happen. I love defense, but if the coaches and everyone else think it is better for me and Cam to move to offense, I am more than happier to do that. I think that is why our team is really good. We have a bunch of guys who are versatile and will do whatever it takes to help the team. And we can help out by chipping in from the offensive zone. On defense, your more like a quarterback of the team, just moving the puck up the ice. On offense, I have to get better at taking chances up front."
Note: As we mentioned in the lead-in paragraphs on Coach O'Rourke, the Cats open their season at the tradition-rich Walsh Jesuit Thanksgiving Tournament in the Kent State University Ice Arena this weekend. Here is the schedule, which has the Cats facing some of the best the Keystone State has to offer.
Friday: Versus Upper St. Clair at 2 PM.
Saturday: Versus Bethel Park at 11:30 AM and Versus Shaler Area at 3:30 PM.
Sunday: Versus Harmony Seneca Valley at 8:30 AM.
Coach O'Rourke pointed to the tournament in Chicago this winter, the Chicago Blackhawks Charities Holiday High School Classic on Dec. 26-30 in the Edge Ice Arena, an event he and his team are honored to be part of, and the mid-January Saint Ignatius Cleveland Jesuit Classic/ Martin Luther King, Jr. Tournament at the Brooklyn Ice Arena, which will feature some of the finest teams in the Midwest.
Saint Ignatius and St. Edward meet in a Great Lakes Hockey League matchup on Jan. 9 in Serpentini Arena at Winterhurst. The puck will drop at 3:30 PM.   
For a complete 2015-16 schedule, go to, click on athletics and click on hockey.
Wildcats Basketball ranked fifth in the area's preseason Top 25 poll by Just a reminder that the corner will give you an inside look at the Wildcats next week as a lead in to their season opener on Dec. 4 at Shaw.
It's official. Coach Mike McLaughlin's Varsity Soccer Cats are Co-National Champions with St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, New Jersey) in the final USA Today Super 25/National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll for the 2015 season.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit November 2015

Ohio City - Coach Mike McLaughlin's Wildcats, who finished their 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 last season, garnered the nation's top spot for the third time in the illustrious career of Coach McLaughlin '85.

The Soccer Cats now join Coach Chuck Kyle's Football Wildcats as three-time National Champions. Saint Ignatius' Crew Program has also made its mark on the national level.

Coach McLaughlin's other NSCAA national titles came  in 2005 and 2010.

After facing what Coach McLaughlin described as the most demanding schedule in the program's rich history, Saint Ignatius Soccer will enter next 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 last season's state title run. USA Today pointed to the Wildcats' schedule as being a big factor in its decision to crown two national champs.


Saint Ignatius outscored its opponents this season, 127-11. That includes a 48-2 mark in the seven OHSAA postseason tournament matches. The 127 goals are two shy of the mark set by the Cats' 2000 State Final Four Team.

Along with his three national titles and seven state championships, Coach McLaughlin has a 21 year Head Coaching mark at his alma mater of 353-46-44. That record includes a 94-14 record in the OHSAA postseason. Mike's teams have won 15 District Championships, 11 Regional titles and have now made 11 State Final Four appearances.

And a final record that truly shows the character of the student athletes who are guided by Coach McLaughlin and his outstanding staff is that this year marks the 17th consecutive season that the Soccer Cats were declared NSCAA Team Academic All-Americans.

As for the other polls, the Soccer Cats remain No. 1 by MaxPreps and they finished second to St. Benedict's Prep in the Top Drawer Fab 50 National Poll.

For a look at the Soccer Cats' Fall Sports Awards Ceremony, see the corner's post from Monday night/Tuesday morning.








Next up on the corner's winter previews will be a look at the 2015-16 Ice Cats. In what will be a solid lead into their Dec. 4 season opener at Shaw, we will preview the Varsity Basketball Wildcats early next week.
Cats looking to dive right back among the state's Top 10. It's the 2015-16 Saint Ignatius Swimming and Diving outlook, courtesy of Head Coach Mike Lehto.

Presented by Coach Mike Lehto and posted by Eddie Dwyer.

From Coach Lehto: We're Looking to jump back into the top 10 at states this year. We finished just outside last year finishing 11th.

We have added some depth this year to go along with our returning state swimmers, which will help with our dual meets.

Swimmers/divers to keep an eye on include sophomore diver Alex Claus - Top returning individual performer at last years states - 6th.

Senior Rayon Artis -  Sprint freestyle and butterfly. Will be counted on possibly for all three relays.

Junior Dimitri Simcox - A sprint specialist in freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly. Like Rayon, will be an integral part of all relays

Junior Marcus Hong - One of the most versatile swimmers on team. Will be one of the state's best in the back stroke. Counted on for the butterfly and the individual medley.  

Junior Joey Libertin - Co-Captain. Joe had a breakout season last year in middle distance freestyle. Will challenge for some relay spots.

Sophomore Cian O'Haimhirgin - Top freshman sprinter from last year will be looking to make his way on some relays.

Senior Pat Corrigan - Co-Captain will be a leader for the distance group.

Freshman Nicholas Hong - Will lead his class and contribute in the breaststroke and individual medley events.

Note: The Wildcats are scheduled to open their season at the Solon Relays during the first weekend in December. For a complete schedule, go to, click on athletics and click on swimming and diving.  



A night to celebrate Saint Ignatius' "selfless," but oh so talented Soccer, Cross Country and Golf Teams

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit November 2015

Ohio City - During his introductory remarks at Monday night's Fall Sports Awards Ceremony in The Breen Center for the Performing Arts, Saint Ignatius CAA-Athletic Director Rory Fitzpatrick '88 spoke of the selfless approach the Wildcats Soccer, Cross Country and Golf Teams carried with them throughout their falls to recall.

Although the individual talent was abundant, it was a "we" approach that brought home OHSAA Division I State Championships for Coach Mike McLaughlin's Soccer Cats and Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's Cross County Wildcats, aka Ohio City's Harriers.

The same can be said for Coach Brian Becker's Men of the Links, who earned a second consecutive fourth-place finish in the annual OHSAA State Golf Tournament on the demanding Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University. Wildcat senior Harrison Vonderau finished third overall and garnered All-State Honors for the second consecutive season. Harrison was the individual state runner-up in 2014.

In winning back-to-back Division I State Championships, the 22-0-1 Soccer Cats added a seventh state title to the record sixth they won in 2014. Ranked No. 1 in last week's highly respected National Soccer Coaches Association of America/USA Today Super 25 National Poll (the final poll will be released on Tuesday), Coach McLaughlin's Cats put together a remarkable season that saw them outscore their opponents, 127-11, including a 48-2 margin in their seven OHSAA Postseason Tournament matches. After a dramatic 2-1 Sudden Victory Overtime triumph over their Jesuit brothers from Toledo St. John's in the state semifinals, the Cats wore down Hilliard Davidson, 4-0, in the 40th annual OHSAA State Championships at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus.

Saint Ignatius, which entered its 2015 season as the top-ranked team in Ohio and ran the table with that ranking, faced what Coach McLaughlin described as the most demanding schedule in the program's rich history. The Soccer Cats will enter next season having won their final 16 matches of 2015 and carrying what is now a 36-match unbeaten streak. That streak dates back to the 2014 state-title season.

As for Coach Doc Gallagher's deep, talented and tough-minded harriers, it was another brilliant team race that brought home the program's fourth state team title, an effort that epitomized the selflessness of a champion.

With senior standouts Luke Wagner and Tom Sullivan, and gifted junior C.J. Ambrosio among those leading the way, Saint Ignatius Cross Country matched the soccer team by going wire-to-wire with the top ranking in the coaches' state poll.



MVP: Harrison Vonderau

Rookie of the Year: Patrick Devine

Coaches' Cup: Andrew Zawie

Captain's Award: Harrison Vonderau

State Qualifying Team: Patrick Devine, Harrison Vonderau, Andrew Zawie, Zach Morris, Geoff Allman and Kyle McCafferty.

First-Year Letter Winners: Jake Moraca and Cam Gerard.

Second-Year Letter Winners: Hunter Rinkus, Louis Williams, Kyle McCafferty, Patrick Devine and Geoff Allman.

Third-Year Letter Winners: Tommy Lauer, Owen Miklos, Michael Vallee and Andrew Zawie.

Four-Year Letter Winner: Harrison Vonderau


Team MVP: Senior Luke Wagner, an Iowa State Cross Country and Track Recruit.

MVP By Class: Senior Tom Sullivan (bound for Duke University), Junior C.J. Ambrosio, Sophomore Liam McGuire and Freshman Nick Saul.

Most Improved By Class: Senior Pat McGuire, Junior Matt Harsar, Sophomore Brett Saunders and Freshman Dillon Bangasser.

Spirit Award: Ned Conry

Coaches' Award: Max Gruber

Four-Year Letter Winners: Luke Wagner, Tom Sullivan, Jim Rogers, Connor Reilly, Mark McHugh, Alex Falkenberg and Tim Trentel.

Three-Year Letter Winners: C.J. Ambrosio, Colin Caniglia, Pat Nolan, Andrew Szendrey and Pat McGuire.

Two-Year Letter Winners: Gabe Ohliger, Michael Fitzgerald and Liam McGuire.

First-Year Letter Winners: Brett Saunders, Matt Harsar, Connor Sepesy, Andrew Biehl, Logan Kijewski, Nick Saul, Nathan Soria, John Heisterkampf, Colin Kelly, Matt Blouch, Joe Ripepi and Max Bryden.


Most Valuable Player: Senior forward/captain Lawrence Karpeh. First-Team All-Ohio, First-Team All-Greater Cleveland and a University of Pittsburgh Recruit. Lawrence totaled 30 career goals and 18 career assists.   

Most Valuable Offensive Player: Junior Forward Stephen Milhoan. First-Team All-Ohio, First-Team All-Greater Cleveland, Player of the Year in Greater Cleveland, Player of the Year in Ohio and an Xavier University recruit. Steve has 49 career goals and 30 career assists, including 29 goals this past season.  

Most Valuable Midfield: Seniors Hayden Parente (captain, 17 career goals & 20 career assists) and John Duldner (captain). Hayden earned Second-Team All-Greater Cleveland and John, who totaled 21 career goals, including two in the 2014 state title game and a school-record seven versus Chardon this past season, garnered Honorable Mention All-Greater Cleveland and Academic All-Ohio.

Most Valuable Defensive Player: Senior captain Hunter Gordon. Second-Team All-Greater Cleveland and a University Pittsburgh recruit. Hunter was a four-year mainstay who played in 74 matches. Among the best of the best, if not the best, to ever play his position at tradition-rich Saint Ignatius.   

The Coaches' Cup: Junior midfielder Johne Vrablic, the essence of a team player.

The Magis Award: Junior goalkeeper Lodge Dils. Honorable Mention All-Greater Cleveland. Lodge was 20-0 in goal with 11 shutouts.

Note: Also garnering Honorable Mention All-Greater Cleveland were junior midfielder Riley Houde (11 goals, including the game-winner versus St. John's Jesuit) and endless energy junior midfielder Adam Collins.

****Just a reminder that Lawrence Karpeh, Hunter Gordon and Coach Mike McLaughlin '85 are among the 40 elite players and 8 elite coaches selected to this year's All-American Game.

Coach McLaughlin has had the distinction of being selected to the All-American staff in previous seasons.

This year's All-American Game will be played on Dec. 5th at 2 PM on the pitch at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.












Priorities are in order and the work ethic is passion with a purpose. It's the 2015-16 Saint Ignatius Wrestling Preview.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit November 2015

From Saint Ignatius' Gibbons Hall - As he was putting his men of the mats through Wednesday's practice, Saint Ignatius Head Wrestling Coach Mark Sullivan, always one to look you straight in the eye and express what is on his mind, described his 2015-16 Wildcats as an "exciting group."

"We have a lot of incoming freshmen, a lot of talent and great upperclassmen leadership," said Coach Sullivan, who is in his 13th season as Head Coach of the Wildcats and his 14th overall with the program. "Last year we had a lot of injuries, and the kids who were injured are all back. They've worked hard and they've had a great offseason. I am looking forward to an exciting year."

One of those gifted wrestlers hit by the injury bug last year is current junior standout Kaden Russell, who has been selected by his peers as one of Coach Sullivan's Captains. Kaden put together an outstanding performance in bringing home the 182-pound Championship during last season's always demanding Catholic Invitational Tournament, which was held at Toledo Central Catholic High School. Kaden, who was a key member of the Varsity Football Team this fall as a safety/running back, will be among the area wrestlers to watch.

"As far as the incoming freshmen, we have eight kids that are between 106, 113 and 120," Coach Sullivan said. "So it's a great core of young talent that, as they develop the next couple of years, will make us a vey strong team in the middle weights. We are currently very strong in the upper weights and lighter weights, and with some of the middle weights we're not sure right now who's going start until after the wrestle offs. We could have some new faces in there."

In discussing the returning talent from last year, Coach Sullivan started with his newly elected captains Russell (195-pound weight class), Kyle Vilsack (182 pounds) and Cal Miller (160 pound class).

"This year, Cal Miller took it upon himself to be the leader in the wrestling room and the offseason workouts," Coach Sullivan said. "And in the classroom he really stepped up. Both athletically and in a leadership role,  I think he has done a great job."

Coach Sullivan pointed out that Russell is currently ranked ninth in the state at 182 pounds, so he is not completely sure which weight class he will go, 182 or 195. "Today, he is going 195," said Coach Sullivan.

"With his hard work, I think he will surpass that ranking," continued Coach Sullivan in reference to Russell. "Rankings are only something to talk about. But sometimes they give you a guideline of where you need to work, areas you need to improve upon."

Coach Sullivan went on to say that at this point it appears hard-working Anthony Delsanter, who garnered his first letter last season, will be the starter at 106. He said the 113-pound class is "a little up in the air," where Jake Micheli and a couple of freshmen will be wrestling off. Jake earned his first letter last winter.

Speaking of freshmen, D. J. Huff, who took seventh place in the Junior High state competition last year, will look to make his mark at 120 pounds.

"We're also looking for exciting things from Matt French (two-year letter winner) at 126 pounds," Coach Sullivan said. "He's a very solid wrestler."

Two-year letterman Quade Rasmussen, who welcomes hard work, is coming back at 132 pounds and hard-nosed three-year letterman Hunter Toth returns at 145.

"I told the kids this is one of the hardest working groups I have ever been around," said Coach Sullivan.

Continuing with his roster, Coach Sullivan said he is looking for sophomore Mike Drobnick to be there at 170. A standout wide receiver for Coach Paul Yappel's gifted Junior Varsity Football Team, Mike earned his first wrestling letter last year and is coming off an exceptional summer on the mats.

At heavyweight, the role will be in the capable hands of senior Tito Vazquez III, a three-year letter winner in wrestling and a mainstay on the defensive line in football.

"Tito, through his hard work, has gotten a lot bigger, stronger and technically more sound," Coach Sullivan emphasized.

Continuing in the upper weights, the Wildcats are waiting for the return of three-year letterman Nate Keirn (215-pound weight class), a standout defensive lineman in football who is recovering from a hand injury.

"Nate is a very athletic kid who can be one of the top guys in the state, so we're excited to get him back for his senior year," said Coach Sullivan, whose Wildcats finished second at the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Sectional last season and qualified 10 wrestlers to the Mentor District, aka "The Mentor Meat Grinder." Joe Conway '15, currently advancing his studies at The Ohio State University, finished fifth in the state at 195 pounds last March.

"They handle adversity very well," Coach Sullivan continued in reference to his 2015-16 men of the mats. "We had a lot of injuries last year from football or wrestling, or outside of sports. But they never lost focus on what is most important - that you're at Saint Ignatius for an education. They all do very well in the classroom, and that's the one thing I stressed. No matter what is going on in your sport, you're here for your education and to improve as an individual.

"This group has really embraced that, and I think spiritually they have become more sound. Those things translate into being a winner, on and off the mat."


CAL MILLER: "We have a full lineup, which is great," Cal said. "And we have a lot of freshmen throughout the weights. In the upper weights, we have only one kid per weight class. But they're the best of the best that we have, and we're doing pretty well with that. We're getting all of the work in, with even some morning practices. We want to make sure that what we put into this sport, is what we'll get out of it.

"I've been pretty much working on my 'shot,'" Cal continued. "All summer and throughout the season, I haven't missed a practice in three years. I am hoping it pays off in the district (tournament). I have never get out of districts  It's a great  feeling (being elected as a Captain), knowing that your teammates look up to you as a wrestler and a person. It's pretty exciting."

KADEN RUSSELL: "I came from Kent (Ohio), which is far away from here, and then grew up in Cleveland," Kaden said. "Just to be at Saint Ignatius is amazing. My dad (who attended John Adams and Aviation High Schools) bought into Saint Ignatius when he was growing up in Cleveland. It's just a great school.

"It's so special," said Kaden of being chosen by his peers as a Captain. "It's not like someone just picked you, they actually believe in you. It's a lot of responsibility, but it's also fun. Wrestling is an individual sport, but when you're in the room, you need your partners and in conditioning you need someone to pick you up. As much as it is an individual sport, I feel like it's a team because you battle and struggle together.

"Everything started to click in the CIT Tournament (Catholic Invitational)," Kaden said of his tremendous championship performance that weekend of last season. "But then the injury that followed was devastating. But honestly, I think it has made me that much of a harder worker this year. You feel what it is like to be doing so well, and then have it taken away. So this year you just want to give it everything you have. I'm working on getting better, in every aspect of the word."

KYLE VILSACK: "The team's strengths are the passion and desire that we have," said Vilsack, who two seasons ago became a rare sophomore captain in the Wildcats' wrestling program. "The self motivation and the motivation from your teammates, we try to push everyone to their limit. Getting better every day. The love for the sport.

"Some of the things we have to work on are just the basics," Vilsack continued. "Working on a few moves and just perfecting them to the point that even if a guy knows what you're doing, he can't stop you. You see it in all levels of wrestling, they all have that one move. We have to work towards that, one defined move.

"Our motto as captains is lead by example," said the big-match tested Vilsack. "Don't say something that you're not capable of doing yourself.

"Any work on my feet will take me to those next levels," Kyle said. "I've always been a mat wrestler, on the mat top and bottom. Something I've learned for the past two years is that I have to work on my feet. Really, that's my weakest point, and I need to make it the strongest."

Kyle said his summer work included going to the University of Virginia and working with one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of Ohio High School Wrestling, current Cavalier great and Saint Ignatius all-time record setter and two-time undefeated state champion George DiCamillo '12.

THE SCHEDULE: As always, the Wildcats will prepare for the OHSAA postseason tournaments with another demanding set of regular season competition.

It all starts with the storied Solon Comet Classic on December 4th and 5th. That is followed by the nationally acclaimed Walsh Ironman Tournament on the campus of Walsh Jesuit High School. The dates are December 11th and 12th.

The Cats will make the short trip to St. Edward on Dec. 17th to face their longtime rival and following some time off to celebrate Christmas, it is the tradition-rich Brecksville Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29th and 30th at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. For a look at the complete schedule, go to, click on athletics and click on wrestling.   

DEVELOPING THE FUTURE: Coach Sullivan shared with the corner that the growth of the program has, in his words, taken a huge leap this year.

"We started the Wildcat Wrestling Club, which is a Junior High wrestling team," Coach Sullivan said. "This is the first year for the team. Of the top 30 teams in the state, we were the only one without one. So it just took a long time to do it properly and this was just the right time to do it. So I reached out and asked some alumni to help. We have great attendance with it. It's just going to be another building block in Saint Ignatius Wrestling."                                   






















Just FYI on Saint Ignatius Soccer

As we posted on the corner Tuesday afternoon, Saint Ignatius took over the No. 1 spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/USA Today Super 25 National Poll.

The Soccer Cats are ranked second in the Top Drawer Fab 50 National Poll, which we also posted Tuesday.

In this corner's humble opinion and the opinion of soccer coaches and officials, the above-mentioned polls are the most respected in the sport of high school soccer. An official national ranking announcement, as we made clear on Tuesday, will be made next week.

At the very least, the marvelous Soccer Cats will be co-National Champions, but I'm pulling for an outright national title.  

Coach Mike McLaughlin's record seven-time Division I state champions were National Champs by the NSCAA in 2005 and 2010.

This old-timer, who actually covers and reports on Saint Ignatius Soccer in person, has always, and always will, respect those experts who put in the time and effort to compile the above-referenced polls. And that respect includes honoring their datelines, just as I have done with the Associated Press for 45-plus years.

Now back to the 2015-16 Saint Ignatius Wrestling Preview, which will be posted on the corner tonight.     


Wildcats Football is well-represented on the 2015 Associated Press All-Northeast Lakes District Team for Division I

By Eddie Dwyer

Ohio City - Senior quarterback Dennis Grosel, All-American senior offensive tackle and University of Notre Dame recruit Liam Eichenberg, senior wide receiver/defensive back/punt returner Jack Cook and junior punter Colin Goodfellow were selected to the NEO District's First Team. Cook, who is bound for Harvard University, was selected as an Athlete.

Garnering Honorable Mention was senior wide receiver Cal Grbac.

The corner salutes these young men and again says Thank You for the privilege and pleasure to report on your many accomplishments.

Well deserved recognition, gentlemen.     

For those among our faithful readers who inquired

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

As we reported on the corner during the final month of the 2015 Varsity Football Season, the Wildcats' have two dates to fill for the 2016 football season - Weeks 4 and 7.

The Cats' 2016 gridiron slate again includes the three Parma Schools, Normandy, Valley Forge and Parma Senior, the annual Week 2 date with the Mentor Cardinals (at Byers Field), a Week 5 visit to the campus of Walsh Jesuit, and the same demanding stretch run as the past two years - versus Archbishop Moeller in Week 8 at Dublin Coffman High School, at St. Xavier in Week 9 and versus St. Edward in the regular season finale at Byers Field.

Again, Weeks 4 and 7 are currently open. There was talk between the Wildcats and a Prep School from Illinois, but apparently that school opted to play a team from Indiana. And there has been some discussion with the Archbishop Hoban Knights, but that is where that currently remains.

This old-timer can't emphasize enough how important the Week 2 date with Mentor is, especially if Saint Ignatius is able to fill only one of its two open dates.   


Saint Ignatius Basketball will be joining St. Edward in the newly formed Strongsville District

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Here is the makeup of the newly formed Division I Strongsville District by the OHSAA Northeast Ohio District Athletic Board:  Brecksville-Broadview Heights, John Marshall, Lakewood, Lincoln-West, Max Hayes, Normandy, North Royalton, Parma, Rhodes, St. Edward, Saint Ignatius and Valley Forge.

Taking a glance at the teams assigned to Strongsville, it's like going back to those good old March nights several years ago at Baldwin Wallace's Ursprung Gymnasium. The late Ed Wolff is smiling down from heaven.

Strongsville will serve as a great venue and host. That said, thank you to Midview High School, which did a solid job as a Division I District host the past two seasons.


Saint Ignatius Soccer is ranked No.1 in the NSCAA/USA Today Super 25 National Poll! The official announcement on this year's NSCAA/USA Today National Champion is expected to come on November 24th.

By Eddie Dwyer

Ohio City - Coach Mike McLaughlin's Wildcats, who compiled a 22-0-1 record against arguably the toughest schedule in the nation, and brought home their seventh state championship by defeating Hilliard Davidson, 4-0, in last weekend's Division I State Championship match on the pitch at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus (see the corner's story from Saturday), garnered the top national spot over New Jersey power St. Benedict's Prep (18-0-0).

The Cats were ranked second to St. Benedict's in last week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America/ USA Today Super 25.

The only other Ohio team to crack the Super 25 poll was St. Francis DeSales out of Columbus. Unranked last week, the Stallions earned the 21st spot this week with a record of 19-2-2.

The Soccer Cats, who ran the table as the top-ranked, big-school program in Ohio this fall, added a seventh state title to the record sixth they won in 2014 by outscoring their seven OHSAA postseason tournament opponents, 48-2. Their 4-0 margin of victory in Saturday's OHSAA State Championship match was the largest in the history of the Division I state soccer finals. The Cats scored 127 goals this season, just two shy of tying the program's all-time mark set by the 2000 state final four team. Along with the seven state championships, Saint Ignatius Soccer was also crowned NSCAA National Champions in 2005 and 2010.

Coach McLaughlin's Cats will enter next season on a 36-match unbeaten streak.

A huge Congratulations from the corner goes out to Coach McLaughlin, his outstanding Assistant Coaches and Team Managers, and of course the Soccer Cats, who were led by what Coach McLaughlin described as the finest senior foursome of captains in Saint Ignatius' rich soccer history, Hunter Gordon, Lawrence Karpeh, John Duldner and Hayden Parente, and gifted junior forward Steve Milhoan.

Gordon and Karpeh are University of Pittsburgh recruits and Milhoan has committed to Xavier University.      

Wildcats Soccer remains second in the Top Drawer SIMA Fab 50 National Fall Rankings. The final poll will be released on Nov. 24.

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, New Jersey) continued to hold the top spot in the next-to-last poll and joining seven-time Division I state champion Saint Ignatius in the top 25 were three other programs from Ohio - state runner-up Hilliard Davidson in the 18th spot, 19th-ranked Mason, which was upset by Davidson in the state semifinals, and 21st-ranked Cincinnati Elder. 

We start the Corner's 2015-16 Winter Sports Previews with a look at Coach Jim Viets' Bowling Team, aka "The Alley Cats"
FROM COACH VIETS: We have four seniors, 3 juniors, 1 sophomore and 3 freshmen. 

Ralph Deadwyler averaged 202 last year and should be over 210 this year. Our captain, Gianni Schaefer should be over 200 as well.
Cedric Crawford,  Austin Venczel and Anthony Doran round out the Varsity. Anthony shot a 279 game last year as a freshman. Looking for Juniors Nick Frank and Devin Venczel to also help out with Varsity as well.
This year's varsity is very strong average wise. We should have 5 guys averaging 195- 210.

Incoming freshmen Vinny Doran and Tom Kmet have a very good game. Vinny has already bowled varsity this past weekend as 2 seniors were at the soccer finals. He opened up  with a 195 average for 6 games. Alex Gehrlein and Nizar Dergham round out the Junior Varsity team.
We are currently entered in three tournaments and looking at a fourth.
The Eagle Classic is December 13th in North Olmsted, Highland High School has a tournament on January 24th and Cleveland Heights is hosting one on January 31st. I am looking at entering the Beast of East tournament on December 19th. 

I brought on an assistant coach this year, Greg Patz, who has a wealth of college and tournament experience.
We are hoping our tournament experience and strong league matches take us to State.
Note: For a look at the 2015-16 Bowling Schedule, go to, click on athletics and click on bowling. The corner will continue its Winter Sports Previews over this week and next week.
A Magnificent Seventh! Saint Ignatius Soccer, behind goals by Steve Milhoan, Hayden Parente, Riley Houde and Lawrence Karpeh, added another Division I State Title to the record sixth it won last season by defeating Hilliard Davidson, 4-0, Saturday

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit, November 2015

FROM A SUN-DRENCHED MAPFRE STADIUM IN COLUMBUS, OHIO - Saint Ignatius entered Saturday's 40h annual OHSAA State Championships as the top-ranked team in Ohio and the second-ranked team in the nation.

Coach Mike McLaughlin's Soccer Cats closed their season at 22-0-1 after facing what Coach McLaughlin described as the most demanding schedule in the program's rich history.

Saint Ignatius will enter next season having won its final 16 matches of 2015. The Soccer Cats are now unbeaten in 36 consecutive matches, a mark that dates back to last season's state-title run.

As Coach McLaughlin emphasized, his Soccer Cats started this season as the No. 1 team in the state and ended it that way, with authority.

Saint Ignatius' seventh state soccer championship comes on the heels of the fourth state team cross country championship won by the Cats' harriers on November 7, making it truly a fall to recall for Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School.

A BATTLE OF WILDCATS: The Wildcats from Hilliard Davidson, coming off a 2-1 upset over the Mason Comets in Wednesday night's state semifinals, closed their season 18-2-3. Mason, which tied Saint Ignatius during the regular season, was ranked second in Ohio and fourth in the nation.

Better known for its prowess on the gridiron, Davidson was the Division I state soccer champion in 2007 and also advanced to the state soccer final four in 1996.

Riding the emotion of its victory over Mason, Davidson came out with a spirited approach and stayed with Saint Ignatius for nearly the first 30 minutes.

However, as has been the case throughout this late summer and fall, Saint Ignatius' exceptional talent and depth have a way of wearing the opponent down.

And it was no different on what was a crisp, but perfect mid-November day in the State Capital.

First it was gifted junior forward Steve Milhoan, an Xavier University recruit, with a goal off an exceptional assist from soccer-savvy senior midfielder/captain Hayden Parente with 10 minutes and 10 seconds remaining in the first half. It was Steve's 29th goal of the season and the 49th of his young, but oh so exceptional career.

It stayed that way until Parente came to the fore again with an authoritative unassisted goal with 20:41 remaining in the final 40 minutes. It was Hayden's 14th goal of 2015.

With Saint Ignatius junior goalkeeper Lodge Dils and the trademark Cats' defense starting to take its toll on Davidson, Coach McLaughlin's soccer-rich team made it a 3-0 match on a net-blaster by junior midfielder Riley Houde that came courtesy of another assist from the ever-present Parente.

Houde, who finished with 11 goals this fall, scored the winning goal in Saint Ignatius' 2-1, Sudden Victory Overtime triumph over Toledo St. John's Jesuit at Wednesday night's state semifinal on the pitch at Sandusky Perkins High School.

Getting endless support throughout the afternoon from both its Student Body and talented School Band/Orchestra, Saint Ignatius left no doubt when multi-skilled senior forward/captain Lawrence Karpeh went unassisted for the fourth and final goal with just under five minutes remaining.

A University of Pittsburgh recruit, it was Karpeh's 19th goal of the season and the 30th of his career for the product of Saint Ignatius of Antioch elementary school.

One of the bright spots for Davidson was the effort put forth by goalkeeper David Hoyle.

Hoyle, who turned in 15 saves in the upset of Mason and seven in a regional-final victory over Dublin Jerome, finished with seven saves on Saturday.

Dils totaled four saves as Saint Ignatius outshot Davidson, 20-4. Coach McLaughlin's Cats finished their magnificent season with 127 goals, just two shy of tying the school record set by the 2000 state final four team.

FROM STEVE MILHOAN: "It all came from Hayden (Parente), I give him all of the credit," Steve said of his goal. "He picked his head up and saw me making that diagonal run. It was a beautiful ball. I just happened to tap it home.

"This means everything," Steve continued in reference to state championship No. 7. "We fought all year. We're family and there is no greater experience than this. I love these guys. We knew it was a tough schedule and knew that with that target on our back, we had to come in and work hard every day. And that is exactly what we did."

FROM HAYDEN PARENTE: "With just four seniors, we knew it would be hard to accomplish what we just did," Hayden said. "I will always remember playing with these 18 guys."

Hayden, nicknamed "Cub" when he first began playing in Saint Ignatius' storied soccer program, described his goal as "just ripping it top net." That rip was followed by Hayden running over and saluting Saint Ignatius' exceptional Student Body support.   

LAWRENCE KARPEH: "This will be a great memory," said the young man whose soccer talents were obvious the first time he stepped on a pitch wearing the Blue and Gold. "I will always cherish playing with Hayden, Hunter (senior defense Hunter Gordon) and Duldner (senior midfielder John Duldner)."

Gordon, also a University Pittsburgh recruit, and Duldner, who scored both goals in last year's 2-1 state championship match victory over Olentangy Liberty, round out Coach McLaughlin's exceptional four seniors and captains.

"We gave everything we had until the end, all four of us," Karpeh said. "I'm sure we have no energy left. I love the way I play and the way my brothers play with me. I got the last goal and something always happens for a reason. The ball came right to me in the box at the right time. Something always happens for a reason, so I guess God wanted me to score the last goal. I'm proud of everyone on the team and I want to tell them Thank You!"

FROM COACH MCLAUGHLIN, WHO NOW HAS 353 CAREER VICTORIES, INCLUDING 94 WINS IN THE OHSAA POSTSEASON, TO GO ALONG WITH HIS SEVEN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND TWO NATIONAL TITLES (2005 and 2010): "I'm super proud of them. What a great group of human beings, students and soccer players. Those were four of the finest seniors (Gordon, Duldner, Karpeh and Parente) to ever wear our jersey. And you win with your seniors. It's your seniors who take you to this point and get it done. It was a small group in terms of numbers, but the qualities of those four seniors were tremendous."        












A matchup of Wildcats. Saint Ignatius' state and nationally acclaimed Soccer Program, the defending and record six-time Division I state champion, will face Hilliard Davidson on Saturday at noon in the 40th annual OHSAA Boys State Soccer Finals.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit November 2015

Ohio City - Saturday's high noon big-school state championship match showdown will take place at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus.

Coach Mike McLaughlin's Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in Ohio and second in the nation, will take a 21-0-1 record and a 15-match winning streak into Saturday's encounter with the Wildcats from Hilliard Davidson. Ohio City's Cats are also on a 35-match unbeaten streak that dates back to last season's record sixth state championship run.

Hilliard Davidson is making its first appearance in a state championship soccer match since 2007, when the team from Franklin County defeated Massillon Jackson, 2-1, in the Division I title game. Davidson also advanced to the state final four in 1996.

Davidson, which sports an 18-1-3 record and is ranked 10th in Ohio, earned the right to face Saint Ignatius by upsetting Mason, 2-1, in Wednesday night's OHSAA state semifinals. Mason, which tied Saint Ignatius, 1-1, in the Olentangy Liberty Classic, was ranked No. 2 in Ohio and fourth in the nation.

The Comets from Mason closed their season at 19-1-2.  

Saint Ignatius, making its 11th state final four appearance, set up its opportunity for a seventh OHSAA Division I State Soccer Championship by defeating a gritty Toledo St. John's Jesuit team, 2-1, in Sudden Victory Overtime at Wednesday night's state semifinal on the pitch at Sandusky Perkins High School (see the corner's story from Wednesday night).

OHSAA take note. Sandusky Perkins not only has an impressive athletic facility, but the home of the Pirates was a great host.

Better known around OHSAA circles for its prowess on the gridiron, Hilliard Davidson's soccer program carries with it a motto of "Effort, Attitude, and Desire Above All!"

Davidson's postseason run, which included a 2-1 "upset" of Dublin Jerome in the regional finals, saw it rally from a 1-0 deficit against Mason. All of the scoring came in the first half, as Davidson knotted the match at 1 behind a goal by Bryce Curran and scored what turned out to be the winning goal when Ryan Schoener sent a free kick to the Mason box, where Tanner Montgomery sent it home. Following a 2-1 loss to Westerville South on Oct. 15, Davidson has compiled a six-match winning streak.

Another huge storyline to Hilliard Davidson's victory over Mason was the play of goalkeeper David Hoyle. Mason had 26 total shots, 13 in each half, including 16 shots on goal. But Hoyle was there to turn away 15 of those shots on goal. Hoyle also had seven saves in the regional final victory over Dublin Jerome.   

Saint Ignatius, which under Coach McLaughlin '85 has written the book on effort, attitude and desire, turned away a determined bunch of Titans from St. John's Jesuit behind goals by juniors Tommy Patacca and Riley Houde (again, see the corner's game story from Wednesday night). Tommy's and Riley's efforts give Saint Ignatius 123 goals for the season. The program's record, according to the school's "Cat Stats," is 129 by the 2000 state final four team.    

Helping fuel a potent offense that complements a relentless defense, is gifted junior forward Steve Milhoan, an Xavier University recruit. Steve has 28 goals this season and 48 for his career.

Saturday will mark the last performance by four of the finest seniors and captains in Saint Ignatius' rich soccer history, midfielders John Duldner and Hayden Parente, forward Lawrence Karpeh and one of the top back-line defenders to ever wear the Blue and Gold, Hunter Gordon. Lawrence and Hunter are University of Pittsburgh recruits.

Coach McLaughlin, who, like Cats' solid sophomore defender Matthew Trickett, doubled as a soccer player and a place kicker for the football team during his athletic career at Saint Ignatius, will take a career record of 352-46-44 into Saturday's state championship match, including 93 victories in the OHSAA playoffs. Along with the record six state championships, Mike has guided his alma mater to NSCAA National titles in 2005 and 2010.

We'll see you in Columbus on Saturday at high noon, when Saint Ignatius' Student Body promises to raise the roof. 





An abundance of will and fight. Riley Houde and Tommy Patacca help lead Saint Ignatius Soccer past a gritty St. John's Jesuit team, 2-1, in Sudden Victory Overtime in Wednesday night's Division I State Semifinal matchup at Sandusky Perkins High School.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit November 2015

Sandusky, Ohio - Just seconds after he completed the biggest play in his young career at Saint Ignatius, Wildcats junior midfielder Riley Houde said he is not good at interviews.

But oh my, Riley, an unsung performer, sure can play soccer.

Houde, displaying his savvy and speed, sent Coach Mike McLaughlin's defending and record six-time Division I State Champion Wildcats into another state-championship match appearance by scoring a breakaway goal with 8 minutes and 32 seconds remaining in Sudden Victory Overtime against a determined St. John's Jesuit team. The OHSAA Sudden Victory Overtime period is 15 minutes.    

Riley's efforts, in what was a heart-pounding state semifinal matchup in the outstanding athletic facility at Perkins High School on Wednesday night, helped Saint Ignatius improve to 21-0-1 and earn a big-school title game matchup with Hilliard Davidson on Saturday at high noon in MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. This week and weekend mark the 40th annual OHSAA Boys State Soccer Championships.

The Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in Ohio and second in the Top  Drawer Soccer/Sima Fab 50 National Poll, will be taking on a Hilliard Davidson program that pulled off a major upset during Wednesday night's state semifinals - a 2-1 victory over Mason.

Hilliard Davidson, which now carries a record of 18-1-3 and is ranked 10th in Ohio, defeated a Mason team that was ranked second in the state and fourth in the Sima Fab 50 national rankings. It will be a battle of the Wildcats in Saturday's title showdown.

"There is nothing harder than this, the team's going 100 percent all of the time," said Houde after his 10th goal of the season brought a roar from Saint Ignatius' outstanding Student Body support that could be heard from Erie County to Ohio City. "If we let up for a second, they're on our back line the whole time. So everything we do, we have to make it count. We always have to bring our best."

Not good at interviews? Well, in the 45 years I have been covering high school athletics, I think Houde's interview skills are as underrated as the talents he brings to the soccer pitch.

"It wasn't much, I don't have the foot skills like Milhoan (Saint Ignatius' gifted junior forward Steve Milhoan) or the strength of Lawrence (Wildcats multi-skilled senior forward Lawrence Karpeh)," said the humble and amiable Houde, while discussing his game-winner with this old-timer, which came off Milhoan's 19th assist of the season. "I just use my speed. I just busted as hard as I could and ran as fast as I could. I just put it over the goalie. I worked my butt off, and that was the end result.

"I could definitely see it (the ball) coming," Houde continued. "The other guy (the Titan defender), I knew he was fast, too. So I just had to take off and go. Nothing better than scoring the winning goal in front of our school (classmates). Those are the brothers I play for. Nothing better than that."

In what was a tense, lay-it-all-out effort from both teams, Saint Ignatius took a 1-0 lead on a goal by one of its hard-nosed and ever-present defenders, junior Tommy Patacca.

Tommy's goal, his fifth this fall, came with 10:35 left in the first half and was courtesy of an assist from the high soccer IQ of senior midfielder Hayden Parente.

"I just did what I was supposed to do," Patacca said. "I was running, I go front post and the ball was there. So I put it where it was supposed to go. It was just, right Tommy, good finish. This is what Coach (McLaughlin) prepares us for. All of those city runs, the down and back field sprints and after practice fitness, this is what it's for."

St. John's Jesuit, which also was defeated by Saint Ignatius, 5-2, in a 2010 State Semifinal at Rocky River High School, knotted the score at 1 on a goal by talented junior midfielder/forward Zach Buescher with 5:53 left in the first 40 minutes.

The Wildcats, who were making their 11th State Final Four appearance on Wednesday night, had a number of opportunities in a scoreless second half, including shots that either hit the post, sailed high or went wide.

But that by no means takes away from the outstanding play of Titans senior goalkeeper Stephen Wainz, who had six saves, including five diving efforts and a leaping stretch turn away. Saint Ignatius outshot St. John's Jesuit, 20-8.

St. John's Jesuit, the pride of Toledo, closed its outstanding season at 15-4-3. Two of those four defeats were to Saint Ignatius, as the Soccer Cats also turned back the Titans, 1-0, in the Ohio Jesuit Cup final at Wasmer Field on Aug. 30th.


"The season prepares you for the end," Coach McLaughlin said. "We traveled and played a really tough schedule to get ready for tonight. I really think that the schedule we played, and the opponents and the traveling, and how competitive that was, made us ready for tonight. It doesn't matter how long it takes.

"These games have a chance to bring out the true spirit of the team," continued the man who has been recognized more than once as an All-American-caliber coach nationwide. "And I think tonight, this game really did. We can play soccer, these kids all know how to play soccer. It's when you can tap into that spirit to get out there and fight for each other, that is what takes you over the hurdle to do great things."       









For a preview on Wednesday night's Division I State Semifinal Soccer matchup between the Wildcats and the Titans from St. John's Jesuit, see the corner's post from Monday evening.
A Fall to Recall! It's the State Cross Country Championship version of the final Gallagher Report for 2015.



I knew going into the 2015 State Championship race that a few seconds could mean the difference between obscurity and champions. The competition was that good this year. Teams from Saint Ignatius, Mason, Solon and Louisville all had the talent and determination to make a run at the team title.

After the team prayer, the Wildcats settled into the number 8 spot on the starting line. All the training, all the miles would come down to the next 16 minutes.

With the thunderous cheers of the rabid Saint Ignatius supporters echoing across the field, the starter's pistol was fired and the runners bolted from the gate like thoroughbreds.

Jockeying for position, the 'Cats passed the grandstand in the middle of the lead pack. On the far side of the race track just passed the mile mark, the contenders started to surge away from the field and at the 2-mile mark it was a five man race with Luke Wagner stride for stride with the leaders.

C.J. Ambrosio, Tom Sullivan, Jim Rogers and Andrew Szendrey were 10 seconds back leading the peloton!

The runners headed up a short incline into the scrub forest before looping back to the start of the course. Watkins Memorial's Andrew Jordan stepped on the accelerator with 800 meters to go and never looked back. Luke gamely went after him and ended up finishing in 5th place in 15:26. C.J. found an extra gear down the straightaway and crossed in 15:38 for 14th place. Congrats to C.J. and Luke for their All-State finishes!

Jim and Andrew hit the home stretch with a vengeance passing scores of runners to finish in 15:55 and 16:01, respectively (a PR for Andrew!). Tom Sullivan secured the 'Cats' fifth-highest finish in 16:13 and the team victory, as it turned out. Colin Caniglia 16:26 and Nick Saul 16:46 added a little insurance in case of a tie breaker.
As the digital scoreboard continued flashing updates, the fans anxiously awaited the outcome. When the final tallies were posted, Saint Ignatius had secured the win over Mason! It was Saint Ignatius 66, Mason 96 and Solon 116. The coaches let out a sigh of relief while the cheering section roared!
Wildcats 2015 State Champions!!!

A huge thank you to all the team members, parents, students and alumni who were there to support the team and celebrate the victory!
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For the second time since 2010, Saint Ignatius and Toledo St. John's Jesuit High School and Academy will be playing for the right to advance to the OHSAA Division I State Soccer Championship Match

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit November 2015

Ohio City - Coach Mike McLaughlin's Wildcats, who are coming off a dominant 9-1 victory over previously undefeated Green in a Regional Championship matchup this past weekend, will face Coach Thomas Shook's Titans from Toledo St. John's Jesuit in Wednesday's 7 PM State Semifinal match on the pitch at Sandusky Perkins High School.

The defending big-school State Champion Soccer Cats, ranked No. 1 in the Division I state poll and second in the nation, will take a record of 20-0-1 into what will be their second encounter with the Titans this season and the second time since 2010 that these gifted programs have met in the state final four.

St. John's Jesuit, which stands 15-3-3 after its 2-0 Regional Championship triumph over Strongsville, was defeated by Saint Ignatius, 1-0, in the finals of the annual Ohio Jesuit Cup on August 30th during what was a humid Sunday afternoon at Wasmer Field. A goal by University of Pittsburgh recruit Hunter Gordon off an assist from fellow University of Pittsburgh recruit Lawrence Karpeh, along with another strong effort by the Cats' defense, enabled Saint Ignatius to take possession of what is its seventh Ohio Jesuit Cup Varsity Soccer Championship.

In 2010, on their way to the fourth of their record six OHSAA Division I Boys State Soccer Championships, the Wildcats defeated St. John's Jesuit, 5-2, in a state semifinal matchup at Rocky River High School.

While two-time (2005 and 2010) National Champion Saint Ignatius will be making its 11th state final four appearance on Wednesday night, St. John's is gearing up for its third final four in soccer. In 2002, the Titans were defeated by eventual state champion Hudson, 3-1, in a state semifinal at Cleveland State University.

"I am really excited, it feels even better when you're a senior and it's your last stop with these guys, my teammates, my brothers," said Karpeh of what is his second consecutive trip to the final four. Karpeh, Gordon and senior midfielders Hayden Parente and John Duldner comprise one of the strongest set of captains, on and off the pitch, in Coach McLaughlin's rich history at his alma mater.

Among those supporting Coach McLaughlin's fabulous senior foursome is multi-skilled junior forward and Xavier University recruit Steve Milhoan. Steve is a prolific scorer and playmaker.

St. John's Jesuit, which was not ranked in the final coaches state poll, corralled the Mustangs from Strongsville in the second half of Saturday's Regional Final. The match was played at Sandusky Perkins High School.

After a scoreless first 40 minutes, the Titans took a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick by junior midfielder/forward Zach Buescher with less than five minutes gone in the second half. With 29 minutes remaining to be played, sophomore forward/midfielder Caleb Gibbons accounted for the match's second and final goal. Buescher's brother, Camden, was recently named to the All-Big Ten Freshmen Team as a soccer mainstay for Northwestern University.

The Titans outshot the Mustangs, 10-4, including 5-1 in the second half.

Wednesday night's Titans-Wildcats encounter will feature two of the finest goalkeepers the state has to offer in Saint Ignatius junior Lodge Dils and St. John's Jesuit senior Stephen Wainz.

As for the Wildcats' defense, it has taken its play to even a high level in the postseason.

Entering the final four, the Cats have outscored their five playoff opponents by a combined score of 42-1. That lone goal came from Green in the late stages of Saturday's regional final.

"This is their chance," said Coach McLaughlin '85 of his 2015 Soccer Cats. "To see them make the most of it is really exciting."

Coach McLaughlin enters the state semifinals with a career record of 351-46-44, including a 92-14 mark in the OHSAA playoffs. His program is currently on a 34-match unbeaten streak, a mark that dates back to last season.

The other half of the Division I state final four matches Mason (19-0-2), the second-ranked team in the state, and Hilliard Davidson (17-1-3), Ohio's 10th-ranked program. Saint Ignatius and Mason played to a 1-1 tie on September 12th at the Olentangy Liberty Classic.       














Wednesday's 7 PM OHSAA Division I State Semifinal Soccer matchup between Saint Ignatius (20-0-1) and Toledo St. John's Jesuit (15-3-3) will be played on the pitch at Sandusky Perkins High School. The corner will preview the Cats-Titans matchup on Monday
Former Saint Ignatius standout defensive lineman Matt Gawlik '13 has been slelected to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Team

Matt, who excels athletically and academically at Gannon University, joins former Wildcat football teammate Kevin Kavalec (Boston College) on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team (see the corner's post on Kevin from Thursday night).

To be nominated for CoSIDA All-Academic Teams, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average at his current institution. Members of the Academic All-District First-Team advance to the Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

Congratulations again to Matt and Kevin, and the Gawlik and Kavalec families.

- Eddie Dwyer 

A huge congratulations from the corner goes out to Wildcats Cross Country, as Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher '71 watches his harriers bring home the program's fourth State Team Championship at Saturday's 87th OHSAA State Championships in Hebron, Ohio


In capturing Saint Ignatius' first state team cross country title since 2009, Coach Doc Gallagher's Cats, aka Ohio City's Harriers, showed the way in Division I with 66 points.

Defending state champion Mason was second with 96 points. Saint Ignatius and Mason were ranked 1-2, respectively, in the coaches' Division I state poll.

Rounding out the top five teams for 2015 at the National Trail Raceway Course in Hebron, Ohio were Solon with 116 points, Louisville with 141 points and Medina with 185 points.

Standout senior Luke Wagner, who will wrap up a brilliant four-year running career this spring as a relay and long distance fixture for Coach Chuck Kyle's Track and Field Team, finished in fifth place on Saturday in a time of 15:26.

Luke, an Iowa State cross country and track recruit, also took fifth place during last year's state cross country meet, when Saint Ignatius finished sixth overall as a team. Luke ran a 15:44 at last year's State Championships.

Taking home the individual Division I race in a course record of 14:54 was Andrew Jordan of Watkins Memorial. Gavin Gaynor of Hudson was second in a time of 15:13, Dustin Horter of Lakota East was third in 15.14, Danny Cohen of Solon was fourth in 15:24, followed by Wagner's 15.26.

Prior to Saturday, the Cats' biggest moments at the State Cross Country Championships were the back-to-back state titles in 1993 and '94; a second-place finish in 1997; a state championship in 2009, in which Doc Gallagher's harriers, who had no one finish in the top 12, ran the perfect "team race"; a third-place finish in 2010; a second-place effort in 2011; and a third-place in 2012. The Cats were seventh in 2013.

Similar to 2009, the Cats got it done with their depth on Saturday.

Junior C.J. Ambrosio finished in 14th place with a time of 15:38; senior Jim Rogers was 29th in 15:55; junior Andrew Szendrey was 34th in 16:01; senior Tom Sullivan was 49th in 16:13; junior Colin Caniglia was 71st in 16:26 and freshmen Nick Saul ran a 16:46 for 97th place.




The 2015 OHSAA State Champion Cross Country Team.

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Lawrence Karpeh ignites the offense with three first-half goals and he and fellow senior captain Hayden Parente both produce hat tricks during the Soccer Cats' 9-1 victory over Green in Saturday's Regional Championship Match

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit November 2015

From the pitch at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School -  Lawrence Karpeh's hat trick and a goal by gifted junior forward Steve Milhoan led the Cats to a 4-1 advantage by halftime and the top-ranked program in Ohio and second-ranked team in the nation went on to overwhelm the Green  Bulldogs, 9-1, in what was a matchup of unbeaten teams.

The second-half domination, which saw savvy senior midfielder Hayden Parente score three of Saint Ignatius' five goals over the final 40 minutes, put the seal on what was the most impressive offensive output in a regional final by the storied soccer program from Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School.

With the victory, Coach Mike McLaughlin's defending and record six-time Division I state champions improved to 20-0-1, brought home the Wildcats' 11th Regional Soccer Championship, extended their unbeaten streak to 34 matches and advanced to Wednesday night's State Semifinal encounter with Toledo St. John's Jesuit at a site to be determined.

The Titans from St. John's Jesuit, who were defeated by Saint Ignatius, 1-0, in this year's Jesuit Cup final on August 30th at Wasmer Field, earned a rematch with the Cats by defeating Strongsville, 2-0, in Saturday's other regional-final action. The victory puts St. John's Jesuit at 15-3-3 entering Wednesday night's final four encounter with Saint Ignatius.

THE KARPEH FACTOR: With the Wildcats' defense and the play of junior goalkeeper Lodge Dils keeping the Bulldogs at bay, Lawrence's graceful, yet powerful footwork took over offensively.

An athletic turnaround move by Karpeh that he complemented with an authoritative on-the money shot gave Saint Ignatius a 1-0 led with 19:35 remaining in the first half. Gritty junior defender Tommy Patacca assisted.

A little more than four minutes later, Karpeh took an assist from junior forward Alex Gotsky and unleashed another display of strong and smooth footwork, with the result being a 2-0 lead for Coach McLaughlin's Cats.

After standout junior forward Steve Milhoan pushed Saint Ignatius' lead to 3-0 by breaking down the Green defense with his text-book goal, the Bulldogs scored on a goal that saw sophomore midfielder Nicholas McCausland put forth a solid individual effort of getting the ball up field and sending off a scoring shot just as pressure was arriving.

McCausland's hustle and determination made it a two-goal deficit with 7 minutes and 52 seconds left to be played in the first half.

Just when the faithful from the visitor's stands were back in the match, Karpeh said not today.

Karpeh, who along with senior forward and fellow captain Hunter Gordon, is bound for the University of Pittsburgh next year, went Hat Trick City unassisted as he sent a shot into the goal at the bleacher end of Brecksville-Broadview Heights' impressive athletic facility that was smoking from the moment it left his foot.

That goal gave the Cats a 4-1 lead and the confidence and enthusiasm that flowed throughout the first half carried over in close-out fashion over the final 40 minutes.

And helping slam the door was senior midfielder/captain Hayden Parente.

Known as "Cub" when he broke into the Wildcats' program as a wide-eyed freshman and sophomore, Parente now plays with the roar of a lion.

Combining his relentless effort and controlled aggressiveness, Parente joined Karpeh with a three-goal day and Wildcats assistant coaches were shaking their heads trying to recall if two Saint Ignatius players ever pulled that off before in the same regional-level match.

Back in September, in a regular-season match, multi-skilled senior midfielder/captain John Duldner set a new Saint Ignatius single-game record with seven goals.

Joining Hayden in the soring column over the final 40 minutes were junior midfielders Adam Collins and Johne Vrablic, as Johne nearly broke the defender's ankles with his move to the goal.

Among those providing the second-half assists was junior midfielder Scott Rolko and laying down some discouraging defense throughout the afternoon were Patacca, Gordon, junior midfielder Riley Houde, sophomore Matt Trickett and junior Adam Hass. Saint Ignatius' final stats showed the Cats outshooting Green, 22-9. The Cats had 15 shots on goal to the Bulldogs' seven.  

FROM LAWRENCE KARPEH: "I knew we had three more games left hopefully (Saturday's regional final and next week's final four)," Lawrence said of the manner in which he came out and took charge offensively against Green. "We just have to give everything we have left. I told myself today that I have to take every chance I get. It's wasn't always going to be pretty, but the chances I got, I took them.

"I had to do it for the team, be composed up top and just relax and finish the ball," Lawrence continued. "I think I did well in this match for them, my teammates. We're going to get better and better as we move forward. I'm excited."

FROM COACH MIKE MCLAUGHLIN '85: "We're a lot different today than we were back then," said Coach McLaughlin in reference to the late August matchup with St. John's Jesuit. "We've gotten better and better as the season has gone on.

"Every group of kids enjoy it in a different way," Coach McLaughlin said of what will be his program's 11th state final four appearance. "It's a pleasure going through it with this group of kids. To see them make the most of it is really exciting."

MORE CAT STATS: According to the statistics in the Saint Ignatius All Sports Program, the record for goals scored in a season is 129 by the 2000 state final four team. The 2015 Cats currently have 121 goals.       




Former Wildcat All-Ohio defensive lineman/tight end Kevin Kavalec '13, a standout at Boston College, has earned Academic All-District honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America


Kevin, a junior defensive end for Boston College, earned a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District First Team, the organization announced on Thursday.

A 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic team honoree, Kevin earned the District I accolade for the first time in his career.

In 2015, Kevin, a Middleburg Heights, Ohio, native, has logged 16 tackles as part of the top defense in the nation. He has 5.5 tackles for a loss of 19 yards and one sack as the Eagles lead the country in tackles for loss and are tied for third in sacks. Last season, Kevin tallied 10.5 tackles for a loss of 35 yards as part of his 40-tackle total.

Kevin has earned the Athletics Director’s Award for Academic Achievement twice and was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2014.

To be nominated for CoSIDA All-Academic Teams, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average at his current institution. Members of the Academic All-District First-Team advance to the Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

The Soccer Cats, behind a smothering defense and a quick-strike offense, control the tempo from the get-go and go on to defeat Solon, 4-0, in Wednesday night's Division I Regional Semifinal match at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit November 2015

Brecksville-Broadview Heights - With the 4-0 triumph, Coach Mike McLaughlin's nationally acclaimed Cats improve their record to 19-0-1, extend their unbeaten streak to 33 matches and advance to Saturday's high noon Regional Championship matchup with the Green Bulldogs on the pitch at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. Green also sports a 19-0-1 record.

For former Wildcats soccer great and current Assistant Coach Mark Blades '06, a regional final encounter with Green was just what he was hoping for. In the fall of 2003, Mark, then a sophomore, and his Saint Ignatius teammates were defeated by the Bulldogs in regional semifinal play at Wash Jesuit in a controversial shootout.

Green advanced to play Saint Ignatius by defeating Shaker Heights, 1-0, in Wednesday night's Regional Semifinal at Revere High School. Bulldogs junior Kyle Genetin scored off a header eight minutes into the second half. The assist came from senior Patrick Anstine. Green has now posted four consecutive postseason shutouts.    

Defending and record six-time state champion Saint Ignatius, ranked No. 1 in Ohio and second in the nation, will be seeking its 11th OHSAA Regional Championship on Saturday. The Soccer Cats also have two national titles (2005 and 2010) on their resume.

"Coming in tonight, we knew Solon could be a threat," said Wildcats outstanding junior forward and Xavier University recruit Steve Milhoan, who got the offense clicking on Wednesday night with an authoritative goal from inside the box with 18 minutes and 43 seconds remaining in the first half.

"We knew we had to raise our level," Milhoan continued. "That was the mindset all week in training. Our boys worked hard and then came out here and we put on the pressure in the first half. That was awesome."

Awesome and too much for the Comets to deal with the second time around.

In a regular season match at Solon back in September, Saint Ignatius came away with a 1-0 victory.

"It just kind of popped out, I just happened to be there, ran into it and just smashed it as hard as I could," Milhoan said of his tone-setting blast, his 27th goal on the season that came off an assist from gifted senior midfielder and captain Hayden Parente.

"It's playoffs and it's tough to beat a team twice in a season," Milhoan continued. "They wanted revenge from the last time and our boys knew that's what they wanted. So we had to take it up a level and continue to press."

Limiting Solon to only three shots on goal for the night, the Wildcats went up 2-0 on a 25-yard missile by junior forward Alex Gotsky with 15:21 to go in the first half. Saint Ignatius held a 3-0 by halftime after junior midfielder Adam Collins beat his man for an unassisted goal.

After the Comets' highly respected senior goalkeeper Will Meyer made some impressive saves in the early stages of the second half, including a diving one-handed bat away off another sizzling shot by Milhoan, Coach McLaughlin's team closed the scoring on a goal by gritty junior defender Tommy Patacca off anther assist from Parente with 10 minutes and 11 seconds remaining to be played.

Meyer finished with seven saves and the Comets closed their season at 13-3-4.

Although he needed to make just two saves, Wildcats 6-foot-4 junior goalkeeper Lodge Dils again displayed his athleticism and keen sense of where to be on the pitch. Saint Ignatius had 23 shots and 10 corner kicks.

The Cats have not allowed a goal in four postseason matches and have outscored those four opponents by a combined score of 33-0.  

"From this stage forward, it really matters that you start strong, in the middle you're strong and in the end you're strong," said Coach McLaughlin '85, who has built his alma mater's soccer program into one of the strongest and most respected the nation has to offer. "There can't be any surprises.

"So I'm pleased that we didn't give them any chances to play tonight," Coach McLaughlin continued. "We smothered them with our style. We smothered them defensively and we were dangerous when we had the ball. We made it very, very hard for them to get into any type of rhythm and the goals we scored were great individual goals."










An honor, a privilege and a real treat. Former Saint Ignatius Coach Frank Jancura '63, a member of the Wildcats' Hall of Fame, shares with the corner and all Saint Ignatius Cross Country fans his projections on this year's State Races.

Compiled By Mr. Frank Jancura and posted by Eddie Dwyer

The 87th annual OHSAA State Championships take place on Saturday at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio. Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's Harriers will be competing in the Division I Race at 3 PM.

From Mr. Jancura: 2015 is the Year of the Dominant Team in all divisions except one.  So from the "Not worth much more than a penny" Department, here are my projections for the State Meet.

BOYS  DIV I: 1st  St. Ignatius  2nd  Mason
Individuals: Gavin Gaynor (Hudson) has had Luke Wagner's number in both XC and track, but I'm leaning slightly toward Luke finally getting the monkey off his back. If so, he will be the first Saint Ignatius state champ in XC since Pat Kelly won in 1995. Watkins Memorial's Andrew Jordan will also be considered a threat, but my rumor machine points out that he may have had a touch of walking pneumonia.
BOYS DIV II: My guess is that this will be the 'RACE' of the day.  There is no one dominant team that can go out and drop a really low number on the field. Very difficult call, but in spite of the difficulty in going back-to-back, I'm going to take a flyer on.......................

1st Tippecanoe  (in a tight race with two other Regional Champ teams:  Sheridan and Lexington).
Individuals:  Joe Bistritz from Chagrin Falls could repeat in his senior campaign for the title, but could be tested by Mitch Poynter ( Tippecanoe) and Nick Stricklen ( Lexington ).  Both could challenge through 2.5 miles.
BOYS DIV III:  Another case of a dominant team and a shot at a back-to-back: 1st   Cortland Maplewood             2nd  Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas.
Individuals: Maplewood's Tristan Dahmen could be the first on the day to become a back-to-back individual champion. Antwerp's Sam Williamson should finish high, but only gets the win if Dahmen falters.
A few coaches were upset when I was able to rest a couple of runners at the District Meet and still win or place 2nd because of depth. Smart coaches realized the method to the madness of having some guys with really fresh legs for the last two meets of the season. But what Centerville did had to unnerve a lot of their followers.  hey sat most of their top 7 at the District Meet and finished in 5th place.
Fortunately, they were in a SW Ohio District that advanced the top 8 to the Regional, so they had a lot of wiggle room.  Now they return as another team with a shot at getting the Back-to-Back.
1st  Centerville  2nd Mason
Individuals: Centerville's Lainey Studebaker was upset at the Troy Regional by a young lady from Troy, Morgan Gigandet who popped a 17:38!!!! For real, yes!  But here is where a small nuance comes in to play.  A good coach will be aware that after a week off from racing, a runner, even a Lainey Studebaker, needs one race to sharpen the skills.  So she certainly could reverse the Regional results and wind up a back-to-back champion. However, I am looking forward to seeing the Troy girl in person just because of that time. Hilliard Davidson also has India Johnson who ran sub 18:00 at the Pickerington Regional.  Don't believe she can stick for 5000, but she should be in the mix much of the race.
GIRLS  DIV II: Lexington's girls are to D II as are the Ignatius CatPack to Boys D I...............complete domination. This is a team that is deep and will be led by a defending State Champ in senior, Dominique Claimonte.
1st  Lexington  2nd, it's a 'pick em' finish between Cloverleaf, Unioto and Tippecanoe.
GIRLS  DIV III: Last year Minster came in ranked #1 in the coaches' poll.  They imploded and never got to the awards stand. I believe they will have gained immensely from that experience, so they get the nod.  A bit of a battle behind them for the silver medals.
1st  Minster 2nd St. Thomas Aquinas has the best #5 and that might be enough to match the performance of their boys' team, but look for Garaway and Liberty Center and McDonald (defending champs) to rattle their sabers enough to all finish in the top 5.
Individuals: Athena Welsh (St. Thomas Aquinas ) has the capability to win it all.

Again, Eddie,  thanks for all you do for our sports. Some of these young reporters don't get it.........that many people are as passionate about these competitions as are football fanatics.
Have a great weekend.  I've got to go start drinking hot tea and getting the vocal chords ready to go for 6 hours on Saturday.

God bless....................

Frank Jancura
Class of '63  SIHS
Hall of Fame  '07
Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's Cross Country Cats are ranked ninth is this week's FLO50 National Rankings
Here are this week's top 10 national teams in the Top Drawer Soccer.Com Sima Fab 50 Fall Rankings. The Soccer Cats remain in the second spot.

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

*The rankings are compiled by the poll's High School Rankings Editor Sheldon Shealer. Here are Sheldon's Top 10 programs, along with his comments.  

Rank (Prev.)SchoolRecord
1 (1) St. Benedict's Prep Newark, NJ 16-0-0
St. Benedict's ran its win streak to 29 with victories over Don Bosco Prep and Peddie School last week. The Gray Bees handled former SIMA FAB 50-ranked Don Bosco Prep 5-0 on goals from five different players. In the Prep A semifinals, Victor Villagomez scored twice in a 3-1 decision over Peddie.
2 (2)  Saint Ignatius Cleveland, OH 18-0-1
Saint Ignatius rolled up 17 goals in a pair of victories en route to the district title. In the district final, the Wildcats routed Lakewood 7-0.
3 (3) McDonogh School Owings Mills, MD 19-0-1
George Mason commit Tunde Akinlosotu had a goal and two assists as McDonogh closed out a third straight undefeated regular season with a 5-1 win over John Carroll.
4 (4) Mason Mason, OH 17-0-2
Mason defeated Springboro 2-0 last week to win the district final and set up a showdown with SIMA FAB 50-ranked Elder this week.
5 (6)
Central Bucks East Doylestown, PA 20-0-0
Central Bucks East needed penalty kicks to escape an upset bid from North Penn. The District 1-AAA quarterfinal win sends Central Bucks East into this week's semifinals and earns the team a berth in the state tournament regardless what happens this week.
6 (8)
Forest Hills Central Grand Rapids, MI 21-0-3
Jake Ireland and C.J. Strawser scored the goals as Forest Hills Central defeated Portage Northern 2-0 to advance to this week's state semifinals.
7 (9)
Evanston Township Evanston, IL 21-1-3
Zane Kashner assisted the first two goals as Evanton defeated Leyden 3-1 to win the Glenbrook North sectional.
8 (11)
Conestoga Berwyn, PA 18-0-1
Conestoga defeated Abington 4-0 to advance to this week's District 1-AAA semifinals. The win over Abington secured a spot in next week's PIAA Class AAA state tournament for Conestoga.
9 (19)
Morton Cicero, IL 24-2-0
Billy Castro made a game-winning stop in a shootout as Morton defeated Downers Grove South on penalty kicks in the section final. The win sends the Mustangs into this week's Super Sectional with a berth in the state semifinals on the line.
10 (17)
Brentwood Brentwood, NY 17-1-0

Jefferson Portillo scored in the final minute of the second overtime as Brentwood edged Sachem North in a Suffolk AA round of 16 playoff match. Brentwood followed that victory with a more comfortable 3-0 decision over Ward Melville to advance to this week's semifinals.


The Cross Country and Soccer Cats carry the final Blue and Gold banners for the fall season. Saint Ignatius Football finishes 10th in the final area poll for 2015.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit November 2015

Ohio City - Saint Ignatius' outstanding head coaches Mike McLaughlin '85 (Soccer) and Dr. Mike Gallagher '71 (Cross County) will send their respective programs into the high levels of OHSAA postseason competition this week and weekend, starting with Wednesday's 7 PM Division I Regional Semifinal matchup in soccer between the 18-0-1 Wildcats and the 13-2-4 Solon Comets on the pitch at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.

For Doc Gallagher's Cross Country Cats, the highest level of competition awaits on Saturday when "Ohio City's Harriers" travel to the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio for the 87th annual OHSAA State Championships. The meet's Division I race is scheduled for 3 PM. Saint Ignatius is coming off a near perfect performance in dominating last weekend's Tiffin Regional (see Coach Gallagher's weekly report that was posted on the corner Sunday night).

The Cross Country Cats are looking to improve upon last year's sixth-place finish at state, an effort that saw them post a total time of 1:21:54.73 and an average of 16:22.95. Senior standout and Iowa State cross country and track recruit Luke Wagner, who is coming off a 15:17 first-place PR at Tiffin, ran a fifth-place 15:44 at last year's state meet.

Luke will be complemented at the National Trail Raceway by an experienced and gifted supporting cast that includes the big race-tested talents of junior C.J. Ambrosio, senior Tom Sullivan (a Duke University recruit), senior Jim Rogers and junior Andrew Szendrey. C.J. (a 15:43 PR), Tom (a 15:45 PR) and Jim (a 15:48 PR) went 5-6-7 at the Tiffin Regional and Andrew was 10th in a 16:03 PR, giving the Cats five of the top 10 spots.

Bringing home the 2014 Division I state cross country championship was Mason. Saint Ignatius and Mason finished 1-2, respectively, in this year's coaches state poll.

In taking a glance at some of the Cats' biggest moments at the State Cross Country Championships you start with the back-to-back state titles in 1993 and '94; a second-place finish in 1997; a state championship in 2009, in which Doc Gallagher's harriers, who had no one finish in the top 10, ran the perfect "team race"; a third-place finish in 2010; a second-place effort in 2011; and a third-place in 2012. The Cats were seventh in 2013.

As for Coach McLaughlin's Soccer Cats, the fall of 2015 has seen them go unbeaten against one of the most demanding schedules in the program's rich history.

The defending and record six-time Division I State Champion, Saint Ignatius, ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 2 nationally, will take a 32-match unbeaten streak into Wednesday's rematch with the Solon Comets. The Cats defeated the Comets, 1-0, at Solon back in September. Solon features one of the state's premier goalkeepers in Will Meyer, a player the Cats have the highest regard for.

Coach McLaughlin can call on the maturity, savvy and skills of five of the best players the state has to offer -  senior captains Lawrence Karpeh, Hunter Gordon, John Duldner and Hayden Parente, and gifted junior Steve Milhoan.

Karpeh and Gordon are University of Pittsburgh recruits and Milhoan has made a verbal commitment to Xavier University. In case you missed the corner's post from last week, Karpeh, Gordon and Coach McLaughlin have been selected to compete in the 5th annual High School All-American Game on Dec. 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

If successful against the Comets on Wednesday night, the Soccer Cats will advance to Saturday's high noon Regional Championship matchup, which will also be played at Brecksville-Broadview Heights. Saint Ignatius would face the winner of Wednesday night's Regional Semifinal at Revere between the 18-0-1 Green Bulldogs and Shaker Heights. Like Saint Ignatius, Green and Shaker Heights have not allowed a goal in three postseason matches.

IN CLOSING, the corner would like to express a huge THANK YOU to the 2015 Saint Ignatius Freshmen, Junior Varsity and Varsity Football Teams for allowing this old-timer the privilege to again report on your memorable seasons. I also want to thank you again for the many prayers you have been saying for my daughter, Suzanne Patton, and the sympathy you expressed to me upon the passing of my brother John back in September.

The Lord and Saint Ignatius' administration be willing, maybe we can do it again in the summer of 2016.

Note: Coach Chuck Kyle's Varsity Football Wildcats finished 10th in's final Top 25, seven-county area poll for 2015.

Have a wonderful week and we'll see on the pitch at Brecksville-Broadview Heights Wednesday night.                             




The District and Regional Champion Cross Country Cats are State Bound! It is the weekly Gallagher Report.

Presented by Saint Ignatius' outstanding Head Cross Country Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher '71 on Saturday's Regional Meet at Tiffin's Hedges Boyer Park and Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Runners and parents,

For those of you who made the journey to Tiffin yesterday you witnessed, first-hand, a superb effort by the 'Cats.

The course was in top shape with trails packed hard and smooth by the previous races. The weather was a runner's dream: cool, cloudy, a light breeze from the west and a spectacular backdrop of autumn colors.

At precisely 3 pm the gun sounded and runners rocketed through the first mile in an unbelievable 4:35. Another coach leaned over and said,"Doc, this is gonna be a fast one!"  Luke, C.J., Tom and Jim looked relaxed as they came through in 4:45 to 4:50. Andrew, Colin and Nick were a few paces back at just under 5 minutes

Fueled by enough adrenaline to jump-start a car, the Wildcats surged at 2000 meters and took control of the race.

Luke Wagner opened up a 15 second gap and cruised home for the victory in a PR of 15:17. C.J. Ambrosio ran the last 200m in 26 seconds to PR in 15:43 for fifth place. Tom Sullivan showed his miler's speed to PR in 15:45 for 6th place. Jim Rogers closed like a sprinter and hit the line in 15:48, a huge PR, for seventh place.

Andrew Szendrey narrowly missed breaking the 16 minute mark with his PR of 16:03, good enough for 10th place and giving the 'Cats five runners in the top ten. Colin Caniglia 16:28 and Nick Saul 16:36 closed out the scoring and the 'Cats secured the team title with 26 points.

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 3:30-5:30
Friday: Depart St. Ignatius at 12:00pm. Meet in the Chapel parking lot.
Saturday: The 87th annual OHSAA State Championships at National Trail Raceway, Hebron, Ohio. The Division I race is at 3:00pm.
Admission is $9 for the meet.
We have reserved a coach bus for the trip to Columbus. Please sign up with Jennifer Fight in the athletic office.  Departure time is 11:30am from school on Saturday.
Join the team as we make a run for the State Championship. 

Go 'Cats
Coach Mike McLaughlin's state and nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer Cats advance to Regional play by shutting down the Lakewood Rangers, 7-0, in Saturday's District Championship Match on the pitch at North Royalton

By Eddie Dwyer

The Soccer Cats (18-0-1), ranked No. 1 in Ohio and second in the nation, now have three consecutive shutouts in postseason play and have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 29-0.

With the District Championship victory over Lakewood, Coach Mike McLaughlin's gifted and team-first Cats advance to Wednesday's 7 PM Division I Regional Semifinal matchup with the 13-2-4 Solon Comets on the pitch at Brecksville-Broadview Heights.

On Sept. 3, Saint Ignatius came away with a 1-0 victory over the Comets and their talented goalkeeper Will Meyer at Solon. The defending and record six-time State Champion Wildcats will take a 32-match unbeaten streak into Wednesday's Regional Semifinal.

We'll see you there.  



Ohio's top-ranked Cross Country Cats, with standout senior Luke Wagner showing the way, are state bound after bringing home another Regional Championship in Tiffin's Hedges Boyer Park

By Eddie Dwyer

With Luke Wagner running a PR 15:17 first-place individual effort on Saturday afternoon, Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's Wildcats stormed to first place at the Tiffin Regional with 26 points.

Medina was second with 72 points, Ashland was third with 88 points and rounding out the top five from Tiffin's Hedges Boyer Park were St. Edward (157 points) and Wadsworth (173). 

Saint Ignatius' dominant performance at Tiffin included fifth, sixth and seventh-place finishes by junior C.J. Ambrosio (a PR 15:43) and seniors Tom Sullivan (a PR 15:45) and Jim Rogers (a PR 15:48). Junior Andrew Szendrey was 10th in a PR time of 16:03. Colin Caniglia 16:28 and Nick Saul 16:36 closed out the Cats' scoring.

The Cross Country Cats, aka Ohio City's Harriers, will now gear up for this coming Saturday's (Nov. 7) 87th annual OHSAA State Championships, which will be held at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio. The Boys' Division I Race is slated for 3 PM.

Last year, the Cats finished sixth in the state as a team and Wagner placed fifth in a time of 15:44.



The season comes to an end for the big-hearted and talented Varsity Football Wildcats as they are turned away by the state's top-ranked St. Edward Eagles, 35-28, in the 53rd meeting of one of Ohio's premier gridiron rivalries at Lakewood Stadium

By Eddie Dwyer

Copyright Credit October/November 2015

Lakewood, Ohio - With their postseason hopes on the line, the Cats went toe-to-toe with the area's and state's top-ranked Eagles before a recovery of an onside kick by St. Edward's versatile safety Kyle Fallon with 35 seconds remaining enabled the Eagles to hang on.

St. Edward, which had difficulty creating distance between itself and the underdog Wildcats, finished its regular season at 9-1 and will enter next weekend's OHSAA Division I Regional Quarterfinal playoffs as the No. 1 seed in Region 1.

Record 11-time state champion Saint Ignatius, which was seeking its 27th postseason appearance since its remarkable OHSAA playoff run began in 1988, closed its season at 5-4.

Saturday afternoon's setback to the Eagles, which took place in front of a standing-room crowd at tradition-rich Lakewood Stadium, mathematically eliminated the Cats from the playoffs for only the second time since 1988. Saint Ignatius also missed the playoffs in 2010, when it finished 4-6.

St. Edward, the defending Division I state champion and a program that has been ranked in most of the national polls all season, is seeking its third state football title.

The Eagles appeared to be in control when their gifted senior tailback Cole Gest rambled 39 yards for a touchdown down the right or home sideline of Lakewood Stadium with 2 minutes and 59 seconds remaining to be played. After Gest's effort, which came off a five-play, 80-yard drive, and the ensuing extra-point kick by Jake Budyka, St. Edward had a 14-point lead. 

However, after the Eagles turned the Wildcats away on a fourth-down play from the St. Edward 21-yard line, they fumbled the ball two plays later and Saint Ignatius' veteran cornerback Quinn Lawless pounced on the pigskin at the Eagles' 27.

Coach Chuck Kyle's Wildcats wasted little time in cutting the deficit to 35-28 on a touchdown strike from multi-skilled senior quarterback Dennis Grosel to one of the state's premier wideouts, senior Cal Grbac, and the extra-point kick by sophomore Matthew Trickett with 38 seconds left.

Fallon, whose older brother Ryan was a standout quarterback for St. Edward in 2011 and 2012, was heads-up on the Cats' onside kick and Eagles Head Coach Tom Lombardo celebrated another victory against one of the most demanding schedules in the nation.


The Wildcats, who kept their playoff hopes alive by defeating Cincinnati power St. Xavier, 34-20, in Week 9, took a 7-0 lead on St. Edward off a 1-yard keeper by Grosel and the PAT by Trickett with 3:09 remaining in the first quarter.

St. Edward answered with a five-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a second- and third-effort 16-yard touchdown run by Gest and a game-tying extra point kick by Budyka with 51 seconds left in the opening quarter.

It stayed that way until Gest and Eagles underrated senior quarterback Jimmy Keefe combined on a 60-yard scoring pass that was capped off by Budyka's second extra point with 7:31 to go in the first half.

Coach Lombardo's team took a 21-7 lead into the halftime break after Keefe hooked up with running back/receiver Ted Gordon on a 44-yard scoring play that was followed by another Budyka PAT.


Still trailing, 21-7, entering the fourth quarter, Coach Kyle's Cats closed to seven points when Grosel highlighted a 47-yard drive by rolling left, spinning back to his right and finding a wide open Jack Cook in the back of the scoreboard end zone for a 5-yard touchdown. Trickett tacked on the extra point and Saint Ignatius trailed, 21-14, with 9:57 remaining to be played.

A huge turning point took place when the Wildcats, starting with a first-and-10 on their 12-yard line, fumbled the ball. The Eagles recovered the loose football at Saint Ignatius' 1-yard line and from there fullback Curt Szelestra fought his way into the end zone. Budyka delivered the extra point and St. Edward pushed its lead to 28-14 with 8:04 left on the clock.

The Wildcats, who left everything they had on the Lakewood Stadium turf, rode one of the many clutch receptions on the afternoon by senior wide receiver Tyler Musbach to a first down at the Eagles' 24 and an authoritative run by junior tailback Jimmy Andrews had Saint Ignatius knocking on the door with a first and goal at the 8-yard line.

Pushing that scoring door open was a double reverse that saw Grosel hand the ball off to Andrews, who handed it to Cook, who was coming around from his wide receiver position.

Cook, a senior captain and a Harvard University recruit who excelled on both sides of the ball during his Saint Ignatius career, ran and juked his way over the left side and into the end zone. Trickett's extra point was high and true, and the Wildcats trailed, 28-21, with 5:24 remaining.

The sequence described in the lead-in to this story followed, and Saint Ignatius departed Lakewood Stadium with what is now a 28-24-1 lead in its all-time football series with St. Edward.


First Downs: Saint Ignatius 23, St. Edward 17.

Rushing Yards: 40 carries for 173 yards for St. Edward, 31 carries for 101 yards for Saint Ignatius.

Passing: Dennis Grosel was 22-of-54 for 296 yards and Jimmy Keefe was 12-of-25 for 301 yards. They both threw an interception. Grosel also rushed for 41 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

St. Edward ran 65 plays for 474 yards and Saint Ignatius ran 83 plays for 397 yards.

Receiving Leaders: Jack Cook had 10 receptions for 153 yards to go along with his rushing and receiving touchdowns. Tyler Musbach finished with 6 receptions for 75 yards and Cal Grbac had three catches for 49 yards, including the 27-yard TD toss from Grosel.

St. Edward's Matt Gonzalez hauled in 4 receptions for 73 yards, Cole Gest had two receptions totaling 85 yards and Carl Jones made two catches that totaled 59 yards.

Rushing Leader: Cole Gest with 22 carries for 129 yards.

FROM COACH KYLE:  "They battled, we battled," Coach Kyle said. "It was a hard, hard fought football game and somebody had to win. We made some crucial mistakes and they made some, and it was because the play was so hard.

"I'm very proud of our kids," Coach Kyle continued. "That was a great effort. That's all you can ask. We came up short, that's the way it is. The danger of Cole Gest. He'll make big plays and for us to win we couldn't let him break out of the gate, and he broke out of the gate a couple of times. He's very special. But the second half defensively, I thought we did very well."
















The Junior Varsity Football Wildcats, whose grit and talent are only matched by the respect they have for one another, played a solid all-facets game on Friday night and wore down rival St. Edward, 21-7, on the Eagles' turf.

Saint Ignatius' defense and special teams showed up early and often, and the offense, behind its big-hearted and gifted tailback Mark Bobinski and an O-Line whose emotion was fueled by the man in the middle, Michael Fazioli, took its toll on the JV Eagles, especially in the second half.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October/November 2015

Lakewood, Ohio - Coach Paul Yappel's JV Cats, who completed their demanding schedule with an impressive 7-2 record, took a 7-0  lead on a 39-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Kyle Hall to sophomore wide receiver Michael Drobnick, and the ensuing extra-point kick by sophomore Drew Alessandro, with 4 minutes and 31 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

It was an as-it's-drawn-up play that featured an on-the-money throw by Hall that hit the sure hands of Drobnick in stride.

St. Edward, which wrapped up its season at 6-3, committed a big-time error on special teams by snapping the ball over its punter's head, who was lined up at his 36-yard line. The Eagles' punter ran after the ball and fell on it, giving Saint Ignatius possession at the St. Edward 17-yard line.

After the Cats lost 2 yards on first down, Hall rolled right and found his 6-foot-5, 220-pound sophomore tight end Ben Ritschel, whose sure-handed reception and yards after the catch gave Saint Ignatius a first-and-goal at the 4-yard line.

On the very next play, sophomore tailback Mark Bobinski, the Cats' go-to guy for most of the season, displayed his vision and cutback ability off a 4-yard touchdown run into the right corner of the end zone. The good-natured and sure-footed Alessandro tacked on another PAT and Coach Yappel's team led, 14-0, with 3:27 left in the first half.

It remained a 14-0 game entering the third quarter, a quarter that saw St. Edward, behind some impressive running by sophomore tailback Tylan Rice, get back in the game on a 1-yard touchdown keeper over the right side by sophomore quarterback Zach Kincaid with 5:49 remaining in the third quarter.

However, just when the Eagles' faithful were back in the game, Saint Ignatius put together a big-time response.

Behind the scrambling ability of sophomore quarterback Daniel Alexander and enforcing-their-will efforts by Bobinski and the offensive line, the Cats drove 70 yards in nine plays and regained control on a 1-yard TD run up the gut by Bobinski, a path to the end zone that was cleared by the strength and will of Michael Fazioli.

Alessandro made it 3-for-3 on his extra points, and Saint Ignatius led, 21-7, with the third quarter winding down.

The Wildcats' defense, which was an aggressive, swarming unit for most of the night, came up with a number of momentum-swinging plays, including key sacks down the stretch by sophomore linebacker Andrew Keirn and 6-6, 330-pound sophomore two-way lineman Darian Kinnard. Those efforts were preceded by a nose-for-the-ball night by sophomore linebacker Logan Joyce, the relentless battle in the middle put forth by sophomore nose tackle Aidan Gill and interceptions from ball-hawking sophomore defensive backs Justin Sands and Cameron Toppin.

Toppin had two picks on the night, with his second one leaving no doubt as to the outcome.


From Coach Yappel: "It's great that hopefully the players understand what it is all about, coming together as a team," said Coach Yappel, who also assists Saint Ignatius' outstanding Offensive Line Coach Adam Rini '99 with the Varsity and Junior Varsity offensive lines. "It was a team playing in all facets of the game tonight and conducting themselves with poise, being able to make plays when it counted. All of those things that we talked about all year long really came through tonight.

"They should be proud of the job they did tonight," added Coach Yappel. "We talked about the fact that there were 40 minutes left of their sophomore year (JV quarters are 10 minutes), and they took advantage of it."

From Michael Fazioli, who helped lead an offense line that controlled most of the final 20 minutes: "The first play they were throwing haymakers, so we talked to the line and said, 'Hey, they're not going to give us an inch, we have to take it to them,'" said Fazioli, a teammate any player would love to have. "I talked with Mark (Bobinski), and Mark said, 'You have to block.' So we went and blocked. Punched it right in."

From Mark Bobinski, the type of player you win championships with: "Once you hit the second, third and fourth quarter, it shows your character," said Bobinski, who was undaunted by some of the early plays St. Edward made against the Wildcats' running attack. "It shows what you did in the offseason, the kind of work you put in. As you can tell, the guys on this team put in more work than anybody in the state. I am willing to bet on that and I am excited for the future with these guys."           









Wildcats Freshmen Football is turned away inside the St. Edward 2-yard line as time expires and the Eagles hang on for a 21-17 victory in the season finale for both teams on St. Edward's home turf Thursday night

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Lakewood, Ohio - Coach Greg Urbas' Freshmen Eagles took their 21-17 lead on a quick-striking pass from quarterback Garrett Dzuro to wide receiver Quintel Kent and the ensuing extra-point kick by tight end/kicker Christopher Elliott with 1 minute and 58 seconds remaining to be played.

The Dzuro-to-Kent connection, which came off a fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line, saw Dzuro take a short drop and fire a lazer to Kent, who broke free in the left corner of the end zone.

Keeping its composure, Saint Ignatius took possession at its 36-yard line with 1:49 left thanks to a strong return of the ensuing kickoff by wide receiver Nigel Drummond.

Behind the running of the young man who turned in a marvelous night for Coach Rodney Gallaway's Wildcats, tough-as-nails tailback Jack Kennedy, and a second-effort run by tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd, Saint Ignatius moved to a first-and-goal at the 2 with eight seconds remaining.

St. Edward, which closed its season at 8-1, came with the first of two key defensive stops in the final eight seconds when the pursuit of linebacker Charles Kirkholder resulted in a 3-yard loss.

Faced with a second-and-goal at the 5 and just 4 seconds left, Wildcats quarterback Patrick Delahunty, who was a solid field general all season, made a nice ball fake to Floyd and swept the left side.

At first it appeared Delahunty might have a chance to reach the corner of the end zone, but then came the exceptional pursuit of Eagles linebacker Daylan Jernigan and defensve back Jake Ogle, who tackled Delahunty and drove him out of bounds inside the 2 as time expired.

When we said Kennedy turned in a marvelous night, two efforts in particular stand out. Here is the first one.

After St. Edward took a 7-3 lead on a 53-yard touchdown keeper up the gut by Dzuro and the PAT by Elliott with 7:13 to go in the first half, Kennedy powered his way over the left side, made a smooth cut inside and outran the pursuit for an 85-yard touchdown. Wildcats kicker/punter Patrick Otter tacked on the extra point and Saint Ignatius led, 10-7, with 5:18 remaining until halftime. Otter accounted for the game's first points with a 34-yard field goal with 4:46 left in the first quarter.  

The counter punching continued, as St. Edward covered 58 yards in just three plays and scored on a screen pass from Dzuro to Kent, a play that saw Kent do most of the damage with his hands and feet. Elliott's extra point was high and true, and the Eagles were perched on a 14-10 lead with 3:49 left in the first half. It stayed that way entering the halftime break.

Following halftime it was special effort No. 2 by Kennedy.

Taking possession at its 31 after the second-half kickoff, Saint Ignatius went right back to its money man and Kennedy deposited another exceptional touchdown gallop of vision, balance and speed that saw him blow by the secondary from 58 yards out. Otter was Mr. Reliable once again and the Wildcats took a 17-14 lead with 7:48 left in the third quarter.

The Cats were knocking on the door after the brisk winds ate up a short punt and gave Saint Ignatius possession at the Eagles' 34-yard line.

St. Edward hung tough, however, and came up with a leaping interception by Ogle at the Eagles' 7-yard line.

The respective defenses landed some impressive blows before the tension-packed final two minutes resulted in Saint Ignatius closing out another memorable freshmen season at 6-4.

Yes, the Wildcats versus the Eagles storied rivalry will add a few new chapters down the line as these young men who left it all on the field Thursday night continue to mature.

Oh by the way, if last night's Freshmen game whet your gridiron appetite for more Blue and Gold versus Green and Gold, stop by St. Edward tomorrow night (Friday) for the annual Junior Varsity version between these perennial West Side powers. The kickoff is at 6 bells.

Following the game Coach Gallaway and his football-rich staff talked with the young Wildcats about the maturation process they experienced throughout the season and how proud they were of them with the way they responded all night in what is a tough venue.

"To see them fight through all of that (deficits and turnovers) was huge," Coach Gallaway said. "You know you have a good team when they can do that kind of stuff. They were battling back on both sides of the ball, all night really."

Although Coach Gallaway will welcome a whole new group of faces in the summer, he couldn't say enough about the potential of the Class of 2019.

"They have a lot of size when healthy, we had two of arguably our best linemen out tonight," Coach Gallaway continued, emphasizing that he was not taking anything away from St. Edward's effort. "The defense is athletic and it swarmed to the ball. So there is a lot of promise in this class. I think they will complement the class ahead of them."                    








Saturday's Saint Ignatius versus Lakewood Division I District Soccer Championship matchup will be played at 11 AM on the pitch at North Royalton High School

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

The winner between the top-seed and defending  State Champion Soccer Cats and the third-seeded Rangers will advance to Wednesday's (Nov. 4) Regional Semifinal versus the winner of Saturday's District final between Solon and Hudson. Wednesday's Regional Semifinal is scheduled for 7 PM on the pitch at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School.

For a look at the Cats' impressive District Semifinal victory over Normandy, see the corner's post from Wednesday night.  

Senior Captains Lawrence Karpeh, Hayden Parente, John Duldner and Hunter Gordon make their final match on Wasmer Field a special one as they combine for six goals in a 10-0 District Semifinal victory over Normandy

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2010

Ohio City - Lawrence Karpeh led the way on a cool Wednesday evening with a hat trick off three exceptional moves and Hunter Gordon scored the final goal of the night.

Hayden Parente and John Duldner contributed second-half goals after standout junior midfielder Steven Milhoan and gritty juniors Tommy Patacca and Riley Houde combined with Karpeh's first two goals in giving the Wildcats a 5-0 lead by the halftime break.

Karpeh's third goal, another score by Houde and Gordon's closing act, a soft touch into the right corner of the Lorain Avenue net, rounded out the 10-bagger as Coach Mike McLaughlin's Cats improved to 17-0-1, advanced to the Saturday's District Finals and completed an undefeated season on the pitch at Wasmer Field.

Along with their 10-goal night, the Wildcats got some outstanding cross passes from multi-skilled junior midfielder Johne Vrablic.  

Top-seeded Saint Ignatius, the No. 1-ranked soccer program in Ohio and the second-ranked team in the nation to St. Benedict's out of Newark, New Jersey, will take a 31-match unbeaten streak into Saturday's District Championship Game versus third-seeded Lakewood. That unbeaten streak dates back to the final 13 matches in last year's record sixth Division I State Championship Season.

Coach McLaughlin emphasized that Saturday's matchup will be played at either Bedford Bearcat Stadium or the pitch at North Royalton and the starting time will hopefully be noon if everything can be sorted out. The Lakewood Rangers advanced to play the Wildcats by defeating second-seeded North Royalton, 1-0, in two overtimes on Wednesday night.  


Moments before Saint Ignatius' team prayer, Wildcats nationally acclaimed Head Soccer Coach Mike McLaughlin '85 paid tribute to his team's four seniors.

Lawrence Karpeh, John Duldner, Hayden Parente and Hunter Gordon, who serve as the Soccer Cats' Captains, were not only acknowledged by Coach McLaughlin for their unyielding character and leadership, but spoke of so elegantly by Saint Ignatius' outstanding Assistant and Junior Varsity Coach Jim Brennan '85 in another of Coach Brennan's moving pre-match speeches.

Coach Brennan called on the underclassmen to show their appreciation by making sure that Karpeh, Duldner, Parente and Gordon said goodbye to the field they sweat and bled on undefeated this fall.

In what is a special Thank You from this corner for the kindness and respect these oh so gifted Captains always presented themselves with, here are comments from each one of them on their special closing act at Wasmer Field.

Lawrence Karpeh: "I am going to remember this forever," said the University of Pittsburgh recruit. "It has been great playing on this field and having my family come and watch me. I'm going to miss it a lot. I can never forget it. It's been great playing with these guys and everybody. I am happy with the way that we ended it all (on Wasmer Field), didn't concede a goal and everyone of my brothers scored. Everybody worked together and we just had fun. That's what we have been doing all of our lives, playing soccer."

John Duldner: "It was absolutely fantastic. I mean I have been playing with or against these guys (his teammates) since I was 8. To finish this last Saint Ignatius season on Wasmer with them, it's amazing. These our my brothers out here. We've grown up together and I think we've made a bond. It's just amazing playing together."

Hayden Parente "A group of guys that I will never forget. I can go back to them for whatever I need, text them, hang out. It's not just the game of soccer, it's more of bonding as a family, being out there knocking the ball back and forth. Like out here tonight, we passed the ball around and let different people score. It's not just about the scoring, it's about the team. I don't know what I am going to do next year, when I am not playing on this field with the teammates I have right now. But I'll always come back and support the Wildcats."

Hunter Gordon, also a University of Pittsburgh recruit: "It's special to only have four seniors, it's very rare. The bond is just unreal. To come out here, last game (on Wasmer Field), and have a fantastic game like that where everybody is so cheerful on the field. These last four years have been so special. It's a night I am never going to forget."


"Our goal technically was that we wanted to be really, really sharp with the ball all season," said Coach McLaughlin, who will join Lawrence Karpeh and Hunter Gordon in this year's 5th Annual High School All-American Game in Raleigh, North Carolina in December (see the corner's post from earlier this week). "So we keep having to focus on that.

"The more we can keep the ball, the more we can move it around to where it is going to be harder for teams to play against us," Coach McLaughlin continued. "So that's our goal from a tactical standpoint. The first 10 or 15 minutes (tonight) we were looking to find that rhythm, but we found it. But then that is what teams are going to do against us, throw everything at us until we break it. 

"I'm just pleased that our seniors scored, that's a special thing," Coach McLaughlin said. "These are four great, great young men."

A PROMISING FUTURE: The Normandy Invaders, who closed their season at 10-7-1, started six freshmen on Wasmer Field, including 14-year-old goalie Maksym Makar, who, despite the final score, came up with some impressive stops.        





Controlling its destiny. Saint Ignatius Football looks to ride a victory over top-ranked St. Edward to what would be the Cats' 27th OHSAA playoff appearance since 1988.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Ohio City - No, it does not have the longevity of some of Ohio's other traditional high school football rivalries, such as Canton McKinley versus Massillon, which began in 1894.

It is safe to say, however, that the intensity Saint Ignatius and St. Edward have brought to the gridiron in their past 52 encounters holds its own with not only the legendary above-mentioned Stark County battle, but any of the Buckeye State's tradition-rich late season encounters.

A game that has become a media darling, and rightfully so, will take place for the 53rd time on Saturday afternoon in storied Lakewood Stadium, now referred to as First Federal Lakewood Stadium.

The Halloween kickoff from the "Madhouse on Madison" is scheduled for 2 PM.

Record 11-time state champion Saint Ignatius, which needs a victory over St. Edward to assure or secure its 27th Division I, Region 1 OHSAA postseason appearance since 1988, enters Saturday's game with a record of 5-3. The Wildcats, in the words of computer playoff guru Joe Eitel, control their own destiny after defeating Cincinnati power St. Xavier, 34-20, at Byers Field last weekend.    

Trailing, 13-0, with 11 minutes and 55 seconds remaining in the first half, Saint Ignatius ran off 34 consecutive points against its Jesuit School rival St. Xavier and added even more drama and another significant storyline to Saturday's annual encounter with St. Edward.

Defending and two-time Division I state champion St. Edward, ranked No. 1 in both the Top 25 seven-county area poll and the Associated Press big-school state poll, sports an 8-1 record against one of the most demanding schedules in the nation. Coach Tom Lombardo's Eagles have also earned their way into numerous national and regional rankings.

Yes, there have been many memorable encounters between these exceptional West Side schools, with the well-documented and epic 1993 triple-overtime game in Lakewood Stadium, won by Saint Ignatius, 35-34, heading the list. The 1993 matchup was one of the greatest games in the rich history of Ohio High School Football and, along with the Wildcats' 31-30 Regional Final victory over the Robert Smith-led Euclid Panthers in 1989 at Baldwin Wallace University's George Finnie Stadium (then known as Baldwin Wallace College), the two greatest games this old-timer was ever privileged to cover and report on during my 37 years with The Plain Dealer.

In 1993, St. Edward needed a victory over Saint Ignatius to secure an OHSAA playoff appearance. Of course back then it was significantly more difficult to earn a spot in the OHSAA's football postseason, as only four teams from each region qualified. Currently the top 16 teams in both Regions 1 and 2 earn a Division I playoff berth, with the top 8 hosting a first-round game.

THE SERIES: Saint Ignatius leads, 28-23-1. After back-to-back losses to the Eagles in 2005 and 2006, the Wildcats have won seven of their last 10 meetings with St. Edward, including two victories (regular season and OHSAA playoff) in both 2008 and 2011, when the Cats went on to win their 10th and 11th state championships. 

Saturday will mark the second Halloween afternoon matchup between Saint Ignatius and St. Edward since 2009, when All-State linebacker Jake Ryan reeked havoc on the Eagles' offense in a 28-0 Saint Ignatius triumph in Lakewood Stadium. Jake went on to an outstanding career as a Captain for the Michigan Wolverines and is currently a member of the NFL's Green Bay Packers.

St. Edward, behind what this corner described as one of the top defensive backfields it has seen in following area high school football since the late 1950s, a group led by Andrew and David Dowell (now at Michigan State) and Shaun Crawford (now at the University of Notre Dame), erased an early 10-0 deficit and went on to defeat Saint Ignatius, 41-10, last season at Parma's Byers Field.

SOME OF THIS YEAR'S LEAD ROLES: There is no question that the heart and soul of the 2015 St. Edward Eagles is senior tailback and University of Indiana recruit Cole Gest. Cole, who helped key last year's victory over Saint Ignatius by rushing for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries, has been a model of consistency workhorse for Coach Lombardo this fall.

The Eagles also feature hard-nosed defensive lineman/tight end Michael O'Malley, gritty and heady quarterback Jimmy Keefe, highly recruited safety Tony Butler and a big-game tested offensive line.

For Saint Ignatius, the long line of gifted quarterbacks continues as senior Dennis Grosel has rolled up big numbers through the air and on the ground. And, as we emphasized on the corner last week, Dennis has accomplished all of this despite playing only five series in the three Parma games combined.

Grosel is complemented by one of the top receiving corps in Ohio - seniors Cal Grbac, Jack Cook, Tyler Musbach and Jimmy Berger, senior tight end Robert Hilbig and junior tight end/linebacker James Leyden. Cook, who is bound for Harvard University and also is a standout safety/punt returner, helped the Wildcats to their early lead against the Eagles last season with an impressive 41-yard catch and run for a touchdown off a throw from Grosel.

Showing the way for the Cats' potent offensive attack, that also includes the big-hearted and impressive running skills of junior tailback Jimmy Andrews and senior tailback Elijah Wahib, is an offensive line anchored by senior All-American and All-Ohio tackle Liam Eichenberg, a University of Notre Dame recruit, and junior center John Spellacy, a two-year mainstay.

Saint Ignatius' defense, which experienced tough nights versus Mentor and Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, put together an impressive "team" defense last weekend in containing the high-powered and balanced offense of the Bombers from St. Xavier.

FROM COACH KYLE: "Defensively, pretty much the same," said Coach Kyle of the defense St. Edward utilizes under veteran Tom Lombardo, who had outstanding seasons as the Head Coach at Lake Catholic and Medina Highland, and was also an assistant at University School and St. Edward. After doing nothing less than a marvelous job at Highland, and their fans and players will tell you just that, Tom returned to St. Edward this past winter as the Head Coach after Rick Finotti accepted a coaching position at the University of Michigan. Coach Finotti guided the Eagles to both of their football state championships in 2010 and 2014.

"It's the same Defensive Coordinator (Pete Pappas) that they've had," Coach Kyle continued. "So they're coming out of a four front and a 4-3 a little bit. And they'll reduce a linebacker a little bit, so it becomes a 4-2. Sometimes in passing situations they'll go to a three-man front and get more blitzing going. St. Ed's defense is always physical and that's what they live on.

"Offensively, they do have linemen back (from last season) and they have a great running back, a really excellent one in Cole Gest, who is having an amazing season," Coach Kyle said. "So you're going to get that running attack that they're used to. I think you're going to see different formations, reverse, reverse passes, little bubble screens and tosses to the outside. But their tailback (Gest) is the spearhead of what they're doing.

"He's a weapon," Coach Kyle added in his assessment of Gest. "When they have been behind this season, he's the one that has made a huge play, a huge play, and they've regained the momentum."

AIR WAVES: Led by the golden tones of senior Carter Spearry and junior Brendan DeVenney, the Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network will bring you Saturday's game live from the fine City of Lakewood and we suggest you check your local cable television listings to see if and when the game is being televised.

Have a great rest of the week and I will see you at my old home away from home, football-rich Lakewood Stadium, now First Federal Lakewood Stadium.         














Wildcats Football remains 10th in the area poll

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Here are the seven-county area's Top 10 teams heading into the final week of the regular season.

1. St. Edward, 8-1; 2. Midview, 9-0; 3. Benedictine, 9-0; 4. Akron Hoban, 9-0; 5. Stow, 9-0; 6. Mentor, 7-2; 7. Avon, 8-1; 8. St. Vincent-St. Mary, 8-1; 9. Glenville, 8-1; 10. Saint Ignatius, 5-3.

Saint Ignatius Senior Soccer Standouts Lawrence Karpeh and Hunter Gordon, along with Saint Ignatius' outstanding Head Coach Mike McLaughlin '85, have been selected for the 5th Annual High School All-American Game

By Eddie Dwyer

Ohio City - Lawrence, a gifted senior midfielder, and Hunter, a relentless defender, who both have committed to further their educations and soccer careers at the University of Pittsburgh, and Coach McLaughlin, year in and year out one the premier coaches in the entire nation, are part of the 40 elite players and 8 elite coaches selected to this year's All-American Game.

Coach McLaughlin has had the distinction of being selected to the All-American staff in previous seasons.

This year's All-American Game will be played on Dec. 5th at 2 PM on the pitch at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.

A huge congratulations from this old-timer goes out to Hunter, Lawrence, Coach McLaughlin and the entire Saint Ignatius Soccer Program.   


Saint Ignatius Football looks to continue its rich postseason tradition and the Wildcats' outstanding Soccer and Cross Country programs resume their postseason drive. It is another version of the corner's Where The Cats Play.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Ohio City - Coach Chuck Kyle's Varsity Football Wildcats, coming off one of the greatest "team" victories in their rich history, a 34-20 triumph over Jesuit School rival Cincinnati St. Xavier, will look to advance to the OHSAA Division I, Region 1 playoffs for the 27th time when they face Coach Tom Lombardo's state and area top-ranked St. Edward Eagles on Saturday afternoon in tradition-rich Lakewood Stadium.

The Halloween kickoff will be 2 PM.

Lakewood Stadium, now referred to as First Federal Lakewood Stadium, has hosted some of the greatest games in the history of Greater Cleveland area football and Saturday's 53rd meeting between the record 11-time Division I state champion Wildcats (5-3) and defending and two-time big-school state champion Eagles (8-1) promises to only add to that gridiron tradition. Saint Ignatius leads the series, 28-23-1.

For those too young to remember, Lakewood Stadium was once the home facility for Saint Ignatius football, so much so that the Wildcats' first OHSAA postseason practice in 1988, and many more after that, was held in the grand facility that sits at the corner of Bunts Road and Madison Avenue.

The corner will preview another chapter in the storied Wildcats versus Eagles matchup on Tuesday night.

What Saint Ignatius students like to refer to as "St. Eds Week" gets started on Thursday night at St. Edward, when Coach Rodney Gallaway's Freshmen Football Wildcats (6-3) close their season with a 6 bells matchup with the 7-1 Freshmen Gold Eagles.

On Friday, Coach Paul Yappel will send his 6-2 Junior Varsity Football Wildcats against the Eagles' 6-2 Jayvees in what will also be a 6 PM kickoff from St. Edward. It will be the season finale for the JV Cats.

Wednesday on the pitch at Wasmer Field, Coach Mike McLaughlin's Soccer Cats, the top-ranked program in Ohio and the second-ranked team in the nation, will take on the Normandy Invaders in a 7 PM District Semifinal encounter.

The tournament's top-seeded Wildcats (16-0-1), coming off a 12-0 sectional-final victory over Bedford, are the defending and record six-time OHSAA Division I State Soccer Champions.

And on Saturday at 3 PM, Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's Cross Country Cats, who went wire to wire in winning the coaches' state poll, will be competing in the Tiffin Regional at Hedges Boyer Park. The 2015 version of the "Cat Pack" will be looking to advance to the 87th annual OHSAA State Championships, which will be held on Nov. 7 at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.   

The Cross Country Cats, aka Ohio City's Harriers, are coming off a dominant performance at the Medina District (see the corner's posts from Saturday and Sunday). Coach Gallagher's Cats are certainly no strangers to Tiffin and Hedges Boyer Park, as led by Luke Wagner (first place), C.J. Ambrosio (14th place), Tom Sullivan (16th place) and Jim Rogers (26th place), Saint Ignatius brought home the Tiffin Regional Championship Trophy in 2014.

The Cross Country Cats also took first place at this season's 46th Tiffin Carnival Cross County Championship Meet on Sept. 12.


In closing this report, the corner would again like to extend its congratulations to Coach Brian Becker '77, senior Harrison Vonderau and the rest of the Saint Ignatius Golf Program for putting together another outstanding and memory-rich season. See the corner's State Championship Tournament posts from Friday and Saturday.

Have a safe and blessed week.







The rains bypass Medina and the state's top ranked Cross Country Cats run to another District Championship. It's the weekly Gallagher Report.


FROM COACH GALLAGHER: The District Meet course in Medina has historically been wet and swampy. Due to a shift in the troposphere, the rains bypassed Medina on Saturday and the course was surprisingly firm and dry.

Although never a fast course, the Wildcats laid claim to the District title with 37 points over Medina. Luke Wagner took control of the race at the mile and a half mark and never stepped off the gas, winning in a time of 15:48. CJ Ambrosio followed closely behind for third place in 15:59. Jim Rogers and Tom Sullivan were the next 'Cats across the line in 16:34, with Andrew Szendrey 16:40, Nick Saul 16:41 and Colin Caniglia 16:51 rounding out Saint Ignatius' top 7.

In the unofficial Open race, Colin Kelly took home his first cross country victory in a time of 17:04, followed by Tim Trentel in third place in 17:22.

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:  3:30-5:30

Friday: Pre-comp at St. Ignatius 3:00-4:00

Saturday: Regional Championships at Tiffin Hedges Boyer Park at 3:00pm. OHSAA is charging $7 per person for admission to the meet. There will be bus transportation to Tiffin for the Regional meet. Please sign up with Father Paul by Thursday. Come out and support the team!

Go 'Cats!
And the corner's 17-plus hours of reports wraps up with a huge congratulations to Coach Mike McLaughlin's Soccer Cats, as the top-ranked program in Ohio and second-ranked program in the nation improved to 16-0-1 with a 12-0 sectional win over Bedford

The Soccer Cats, the reigning and record six-time Division I State Champions, advance to Wednesday's 7 PM District Semifinal versus the Invaders from Normandy on Wasmer Field.

Early mistakes help tell the tale in the Junior Varsity Wildcats' 28-7 loss to St. Xavier's Jayvees on Saturday morning

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Byers Field - The now 8-0 Junior Varsity Bombers started the game with a healthy kickoff return by defensive back Nicholas Shamsi that set up a 2-yard keeper for a touchdown by promising sophomore quarterback Chase Wolf and the ensuing extra-point kick by Greg Saupe.

A bad snap led to a fumble recovery in the Saint Ignatius end zone for a TD by St. Xavier defensive lineman Sean Mesue and the Bombers moved to a 21-0 lead on an in-stride scoring catch and run of 30 yards off a crossing pattern by wide receiver Andrew Wittrock, and Saupe's third PAT with 5 minutes and 58 seconds remaining in the first half.

Wolf and tight end Mike Grause combined on a touchdown off a nice seam route that, following the extra point by Saupe, made it a 28-0 game by halftime.

The Wildcats (6-2), who will close their Junior Varsity season on Friday night with a 6 PM matchup at St. Edward, came to life offensively in the second half behind the running of tough and talented sophomore tailback Mark Bobinski.

A second-effort, 8-yard touchdown burst over the left side by Bobinski and the PAT by sophomore Drew Alessandro cut the deficit to 28-7 with just under eight minutes left in the third quarter.

That is how it would end up, however, as the Bombers were able turn the Cats away behind some heady defensive play down the stretch by lineman Jonathan Gretz.

"The self-inflicted wounds hurt us a lot in the first half in all three phases, special teams, offense and defense," said Saint Ignatius Junior Varsity Head Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach Paul Yappel. "It's a tough lesson to learn. We talked at halftime about the fact that the second half would be about how we respond. Play with pride. We came out and played well in the second half and that's what we need to build on."       




The Defense silenced its critics, the Offense continued to make big plays and a variety of Cats played huge roles. Saint Ignatius Football is back in the Division I, Region 1 playoff hunt.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Parma, Oho - Trailing their Jesuit School rival Cincinnati St. Xavier, 13-0, with 11 minutes and 55 seconds remaining in the second quarter on Saturday afternoon at Byers Field, Coach Chuck Kyle's Wildcats rolled off 34 unanswered points and held a 34-13 lead after senior captain/wide receiver/defensive back Jack Cook rambled 64 yards for a touchdown off an interception and sophomore Matthew Trickett kicked the extra point with 1 minute and 13 seconds remaining to be played.

Saint Xavier quarterback Sean Clifford, a Penn State recruit, scored on a 3-yard run with 2 seconds left and the record 11-time state champion Wildcats, now 5-3, celebrated the first of what they hope will be two of the most memorable victories in their rich football history, 34-20.

With the triumph over now 5-4 St. Xavier, the Wildcats' first win versus the Bombers since 2012, Saint Ignatius has a strong playoff pulse and can secure what would be its 27th trip to the Division I, Region 1 postseason since 1988 by defeating West Side rival St. Edward (8-1) on Halloween afternoon in legendary Lakewood Stadium. The kickoff in "The Madhouse on Madison" will be 2 PM. The Eagles of St. Edward are ranked No. 1 in the seven-county area and No. 1 in the Associated Press Division I state poll.

In the words of computer playoff guru Joe Eitel on Saturday night, Saint Ignatius "controls its own destiny." 

There were heroes galore for Coach Kyle's Cats during a gray sky and brisk game-changing winds Saturday afternoon, including players who took on different roles and players who answered the call like savvy veterans.

A triumph by many who played as one on both sides of the ball, if you will.

St. Xavier, which still leads its all-time gridiron series with the Wildcats, 12-10, controlled the majority of the first 12 minutes in moving to its 13-0 lead. The big play in the early going for the Bombers was a blocked punt that gave Coach Steve Specht's team a first down at the Wildcats' 23-yard line.

The Bombers quickly turned their special-teams gem into 23-yard touchdown sweep over the right side by running back Pete Rumpke with 9:59 left in the opening quarter.

Byers Field can be a windy setting even in August with the sun shining. On Saturday afternoon, however, both teams had to battle not only each other, but a gale of November that definitely came early.

After the wind swallowed up a St. Xavier punt, Saint Ignatius took possession at the Bombers' 40.

Behind the passing of gifted senior quarterback/captain Dennis Grosel and the receiving of underrated senior wide receiver Tyler Musbach, the Wildcats moved to a first-and-goal at the 3. On the next play, gritty senior tailback Elijah Wahib fought his way into the end zone and Trickett's ensuing extra-point kick cut the deficit to 13-7 with 7:20 to go in the first half.

Trickett, who also is a mainstay for Coach Mike McLaughlin's state and nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer Team, made it a 13-10 game by halftime by sending home a 38-yard field goal.

Saint Ignatius, which came into the St. Xavier game knowing exactly what the task at hand was, took advantage of some more solid field position and turned it into a perfectly executed 39-yard touchdown pass from Grosel to one of the premier receivers and route runners in Ohio, senior Cal Grbac. Another Trickett PAT was high and true, and Coach Kyle's Cats took a 17-13 lead and never looked back.

Following a 33-yard field goal by Trickett and continuous pressure by Saint Ignatius' defense, including two big-time sacks by senior lineman/linebacker Nate Keirn, the Wildcats took possession at their 24-yard line.

Fueled by the running of tough and talented junior tailback Jimmy Andrews and Grosel, and the work of Coach Adam Rini's and Coach Paul Yappel's offensive line, Saint Ignatius covered the 76 yards in eight plays. Grosel beat the pursuit into the left corner of the scoreboard end zone for 5-yard touchdown run and Trickett was money on the extra point with 28 seconds left in the third quarter.

Coach Kyle will be the first to tell you how fortunate his team is to have two big-time legs - Trickett and junior Colin Goodfellow. Colin was booming kickoffs out of the end zone all day and he seemed to have a knack for negotiating the wind with his punts and kickoffs.

After Cook's nail-in-the-coffin pick six and Trickett's fourth PAT closed out the scoring for the Cats, St. Xavier made the final deficit 14 points off its late-game desperation drive that resulted in Clifford's short TD run.

It was, in this corner's humble opinion, a great "TEAM" victory that the Wildcats gave their Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Kyle, his outstanding staff, their classmates and fans during a brisk, character-testing afternoon in Robert M. Boulton Stadium, the home of Byers Field.

From Coach Terry Fergus' unsung, but oh so big-hearted tailbacks Jimmy Andrews and Elijah Wahib, to senior defensive back Sam Brick, who made a touchdown-saving tackle that prevented the Bombers from swinging the momentum, there are not enough game balls in Ohio City to recognize the team this old-timer came to know and respect during summer camp and two-a-days, and still admires to this day. The team that took the field on Day Drive and Ridge Road with their season on the line and said this is what we're all about.

The steady play of Keirn, senior linebacker/captain Ben Cray, senior linebacker/safety Alex Maruna, senior linebacker/safety Nick LaVigna, senior cornerback Quinn Lawless, senior safety Ryan Berger and quiet, but tough, heady and steady senior safety Joe Evans, just to name of few, are perfect examples of the young men who faced adversity and took it on in the same manner they contained one of the very best the Queen City has to offer.

Here are postgame comments from Coach Kyle '69, Wildcats outstanding Defensive Coach/Linebackers Coach Ryan Franzinger '02, Ben Cray and Nate Keirn.

FROM COACH KYLE: "When you scored today, it was with the wind at your back," Coach Kyle said of the strong gusts that made themselves at home on Byers Field. "That wind was vicious. I mean from 13-0, the defense just did a tremendous job holding their running attack down. Coach Kyle also pointed to some halftime adjustments in the Cats' pass defense, adjustments that came to the fore in the second half.

"We had to get Jack Cook back in the secondary," Coach Kyle continued. "You saw it, you saw it, he had to be out there."

Coach Kyle, emphasizing how much demanding work was put in preparing for St. Xavier, wants his players to enjoy the victory for awhile. After all, they don't need anyone to remind them what is coming up next week and what is at stake.

"I want the kids to feel good about themselves right now," Coach Kyle said, pointing to how much the offense has been supporting the defense. "It was great that the offense kept their faith in the defense. It came to fruition today."

FROM COACH FRANZINGER: "We really cycled through a lot of guys in this game, new guys had to come in and play," Coach Franzinger said. "Nick LaVigna has been bouncing between safety and linebacker. We've had some rough patches on defense, but, as we found out, if you correct it by Week 9 you might still have a chance. They really did play well. I'm proud of them."

FROM NATE KEIRN AND BEN CRAY:  "It was a statement game for us, just to show that we could play against any offense," said Keirn of some of the criticism he and his defensive teammates have received this season. "I have to give credit to our DBs (defensive backs). They played phenomenal today. Everybody was on top of it. We knew we had to come out swinging today. Win or go home, so we just played our hearts out."

"We have to win out and our defense really came to play today," Cray said. "I'm thrilled. We had a good, solid week of practice. The secondary, the front seven, everyone just played together. I am so proud to be part of this one today."

BY THE NUMBERS: Jimmy Andrews rushed for 75 yards on 15  carries, including a highlight-reel run of 35 yards. St. Xavier's Sean Prophit lead all rushers with 107 yards on 18 carries.

Dennis Grosel threw for 177 yards and a touchdown and Sean Clifford passed for 174 yards and no touchdown passes. Grosel was 14-of-29 with no interceptions and Clifford was 21-of-38 with an interception.

Tyler Musbach hauled in 5 passes for 57 yards, Cal Grbac had two catches totaling 51 yards, including the 39-yard TD hookup with Grosel, Jack Cook had three grabs for 31 yards and tight end James Leyden caught two passes for 28 yards.

Davin Brock (4 catches for 41 yards) and Brian Johnston (3 catches for 25 yards) showed the way for the Bombers' receivers. St. Xavier had 356 total yards and the Wildcats totaled 283 yards.   












Luke Wagner leads Ohio's top-ranked Cross Country Cats to the Medina District Championship on Saturday

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Luke, an Iowa State cross country and track recruit, took first place in a time of 15:48.04 and C.J. Ambrosio was third in 15:59.79. Jim Rogers was ninth at 16:34.32, Tom Sullivan was 10th with a time of 16:35.92, Andrew Szendrey was 14th in 16:40.42, Nick Saul was 15th in 16:41.15 and Colin Caniglia ran a 16:51.67 in finishing 22nd.

Saint Ignatius' first-place effort was 37 points, Medina was next with 71 points, Wadsworth had 75 points and rounding out the top four with 122 points was Brecksville-Broadview Heights.

Up next for Ohio City's Harriers is the Oct. 31st Tiffin Regional.  

Senior Harrison Vonderau finishes third and Saint Ignatius places fourth overall as a team in the 90th annual OHSAA Boys State Golf Tournament at the Scarlet Course on the campus of The Ohio State University

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Saint Ignatius shot the third-best team round on Saturday with a 315. The Cats' first-day total was 324. 

Here are the final two-day team scores: St. Xavier 616, Dublin Jerome 621, Springboro 629, Saint Ignatius 639, Centerville 648, Olentangy Liberty 648, Boardman 651, Walsh Jesuit 652, Sylvania Northview 665, St. Edward 689, Medina 694 and Zanesville 708.

Here are the top three two-day individual scores: Will Kurtz of Hudson, 142, Jake Fox of Archbishop Moeller, 148 and Harrison Vonderau of Saint Ignatius, 149. Harrison was the big-school state runner-up in 2014.   

Below are Saint Ignatius' individual scores  

Harrsion Vonderau 149, Andrew Zawie 161, Zach Morris 165, Geoff Allman 169 and Patrick Devine 172.

From Wildcats Head Golf Coach Brian Becker '77: The Varsity Golf Team led by Senior Harrision Vonderau shot a solid day two score of 315 to propel the Wildcats to an overall fourth place finish in this years state golf tournament held at the Ohio State University Scarlet golf course.

Harrison’s round of 75 today and his two day total of 149 earned him another first-team all-state finish.  Harrision was the individual state runner up last year and followed up that accomplishment with an overall third place finish this year. Harrision finishes his high school career as a four year letter winner for the Wildcats.

Will Kurtz from Hudson was the overall medalist with rounds of 73 and 69 for a two day winning total of 142. The 315 team score today was also the third-best team score of the day just behind Dublin Jerome (306) and St. Xavier (313).  St Xavier won the team championship shooting a two day total of 616.

This third consecutive trip, and second straight fourth-place state finish in the state tournament concludes another successful golf season for the Wildcats.








































Wildcats Golfers are led by Harrison Vonderau's individual effort during Friday's first round of the 90th Annual Boys Division I State Golf Tournament on the Scarlet Course at The Ohio State University


Operating behnd a Seamus McCarthy-led offensive line and a solid defense, the Freshmen Cats make the key plays on the ground and through the air, and go on to defeat previously unbeaten Cathedral Prep, 25-6, on Wasmer Field Thursday night

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Ohio City - After a scoreless first quarter, Coach Rodney Gallaway's Freshmen Football Wildcats moved to a 6-0 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by gifted tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd with 3 minutes and 49 seconds remaining in the first half.

Jahadge's TD was set up by the receiving of wide receiver Nate Conry and a nice read and run by quarterback Patrick Delahunty, who alertly tucked the ball away on a third down-and-6 from the Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep 22-yard line and raced to a first-and-goal at the 4.

On the ensuing kickoff, Saint Ignatius got a pad-rattling tackle from wide receiver/defensive back Nathan Previts, the pride of St. Thomas More, and the Ramblers took possession at their 25.

With 6-foot-4, 212-pound defensive end Aidan Wells and linebacker Griffin Sheehan among those leading the defensive charge for the Cats, Saint Ignatius forced Cathedral Prep to punt from deep in Ramblers territory.

Taking possession at the Cathedral Prep 42, the Wildcats needed just five plays to add to their lead, this time a 3-yard catch and run into the scoreboard end zone by Conry off a smooth, quick-hitting swing pass from Delahunty. Patrick Otter sent home the extra point and Saint Ignatius led, 13-0, with 1:27 left in the first half.

Helping show the way to Conry's determined sweet six were a 12-yard run over the left side by tough-as-nails tailback Jack Kennedy, an effort that saw Jack put his vision and cutback skills on display, and a sure-handed, 16-yard catch and run down the left sideline by wide receiver John Wetula that resulted in a first-and-goal at the 3.

With the exception of one big play, the Wildcats' defense was prowling and pad rattling all night.

That one play came in the final minute of the first half, as the Ramblers' 6-0, 178-pound tailback/defensive back Billy Lucas took the pitch from quarterback Luke Kubiak, cut over the right side, bounced outside and rambled 74 yards down the right sideline and into the Lorain Avenue end zone. A 2-point conversion attempt failed and Saint Ignatius was able to take a 13-6 lead into the halftime break.

Lucas is a talented two-way performer, who made a number of key tackles to go along with his strong second-effort runs. He also ran the ball a few times out of the "Wildcat" formation.

Saint Ignatius' defense continued to make its presence felt in the second half.

With Sheehan, Wells, linebackers Chris Velotta, Tommy Eichenberg and Jack Yontek, and cornerback Michael Mangan continuing to take no prisoners, Cathedral Pep was forced to punt from its 5-yard line.

Following a fair catch of the punt by Conry at midfield, the Wildcats rode a perfectly executed crossing pattern from Delahunty to Previts and another authoritative catch and run by Kennedy to a first-and-10 at the Ramblers' 11-yard line.

Saint Ignatius had to settle for a 26-yard field-goal attempt, however, and it was high, but not true with 1:43 remaining in the third quarter. But hold on!

The Wildcats, taking advantage of two untimely special-teams penalties by Cathedral Prep (holding and roughing the holder), stretched their lead to 19-6 on a 2-yard keeper by Delahunty off a fourth-and-goal with 36.1 seconds to go in the third quarter.

With Mangan, Eichenberg and a cast of Cats flying after the pigskin like it was their last meal and McCarthy, who came to Saint Ignatius from St. Mary's in Berea (can you say Mike Buddie?) blocking with a passion and a purpose, Coach Gallaway's team left no doubt on a 9-yard TD run by Floyd with 1:07 left. Jahadge's frosting on the victory cake score was set up by a booming punt by Otter and a hustle fumble recovery by Mangan off Otter's kiss the Ohio City sky punt.

Cathedral Prep headed back to the Keystone State with its first setback in seven games and Saint Ignatius' full of promise Freshmen improved to 6-3.

The ninth-grade Cats will close their season on Oct. 29, when they make the short trip to West Side rival St. Edward for a 6 PM kickoff. St. Edward's Freshmen Gold Team is 6-1 heading into Saturday's home game versus Archbishop Moeller's Freshmen Program.


Just minutes before he and his young Wildcats headed over to St. Mary of the Assumption Chapel for their traditional post-game prayer, Coach Gallaway told his players that they could enjoy the victory over previously unbeaten Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep for a few minutes and then all of their athletic focus had to point to next Thursday, Oct. 29, at St. Edward.

Next Thursday, simply put, is the start of St. Edward Weekend.

That's right folks, as much as some of the faithful followers of Wildcats and Eagles football try to deny it, the Freshmen and Junior Varsity encounters between the storied West Side rivals carry almost as much intensity and bragging rights as the 2 PM Halloween Varsity encounter in Lakewood Stadium. In between the Freshmen and Varsity Games will be a 6 bells Halloween Eve Junior Varsity matchup at St. Edward. That's Friday, Oct. 30th, for those who don't follow October's traditional Holiday passage.

Now on to the Cathedral Prep game.

"I think the defense contained their athletes," Coach Gallaway said of the impressive victory on the campus of Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School. "We did what we had to do to stop them.

"They were a physical team, but we got after it a little bit and made sure that we were doing the same," Coach Gallaway continued. "We matched that intensity and the offensive line did a great job.

"It's a learning process for him," said Coach Gallaway of his young and talented field general Patrick Delahunty. "He's still learning, but he will be a good one. His big thing right now is seeing the field and seeing what is happening before the snap. He throws the ball real well."




Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's Cross Country Cats are the 2015 State Poll Champions. Ohio City's Harriers, ranked No. 1 in preseason and throughout the entire regular season, again garner all 12 first-place votes.


The 2015 Eighth & Final Regular Season OATCCC Cross Country Poll

October 22, 2015

Division I BOYS

1 Saint Ignatius 180 (12)

2 Mason 163 (2014 State Meet Champion)

3 Thomas Worthington 146

4 Solon 137

5 Louisville 124

6 Dublin Coffman 107

7 Hudson 105

8 Medina 100

9 St. Xavier 79

10 Watkins Memorial 52

11 Hilliard Darby 51

12 Hilliard Bradley 39

13 Olentangy Orange 36

14 (Massillon) Jackson 27

15 Olentangy Liberty 32

16 Hilliard Davidson 17

17 La Salle 11

18t Mentor 8

18t Wadsworth 8

20 Sycamore 7

21 Twinsburg 6

22 Beavercreek 3

23t Kenston 1

23t Lancaster 1





Just a reminder on the Freshmen Football Wildcats and Monday's breakdown on another big weekend in Wildcats Athletics

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Coach Rodney Gallaway's Freshmen Football Cats (5-3) will get a memorable weekend started when they host the Ramblers from Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep on Thursday (tomorrow) evening at 5:30 at Wasmer Field.

****For a look at the entire weekend in Saint Ignatius sports, see the corner's weekly Where The Cats Play that was posted on Monday and leads off with Coach Brian Becker's Varsity Golf Team, which is making its third consecutive trip the OHSAA State Tournament on Friday at the Scarlet Course on the campus of The Ohio State University.

****And for a preview on the Varsity Football Wildcats and their huge showdown with Jesuit School rival St. Xavier on Saturday at 2 PM on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium, see the corner's burning the midnight oil and then some story that was posted at sunrise this morning.

On a personal note, please allow me to again say Rest in Peace to a great man and a God-Given example to so many for so many years on the campus and in the classrooms of Saint Ignatius High School - Mr. Jim Skerl '74. Say hello to Dick "Zip" Zunt '50 for me Jim.


It's the Wildcats versus the Bombers. Let the Cannon Bell Ring.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Ohio City - In the football season of 2011, a little added incentive was added to an already intense Jesuit School Football rivalry.

"The Cannon Bell" came to life, when students from Saint Ignatius and Cincinnati St. Xavier submitted on-line entries for the naming of a trophy for the rivalry.

Former Saint Ignatius Student Broadcast Network President John Fanta '13, who is currently an outstanding Sports Broadcaster at Seton Hall, submitted the winning entry.

St. Xavier, on the strength of its victory over the Cats in 2013, a 13-10 triumph at John Carroll University's Don Shula Stadium, and its 24-10 victory on the Bombers' Ballaban Field last season, is currently in possession of the Cannon Bell.

Coach Steve Specht's Bombers will bring the Cannon Bell along on their Friday trip for Saturday's 2 PM showdown with Saint Ignatius on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium. They have no intention of giving it up, however. Their attitude is take a nice long look at it, because we're putting it right back on the bus for Cincinnati at approximately 4:30 on Saturday afternoon.

St. Xavier, which sports a 5-3 record and, in the words of computer playoff guru Joe Eitel, "controls its own destiny" in the OHSAA Division I, Region 2 ratings, is coming off a 28-21 road loss to Indianapolis power Warren Central last weekend. Despite that setback, the Bombers sit in the seventh spot in the Region 2 ratings. The top 16 teams at the end of the regular season in both Regions 1 and 2 qualify for the Ohio High School Athletic Association Regional Quarterfinal Playoffs.

For record 11-time Division I state champion Saint Ignatius, the job at hand is clear.

After a stunning 55-52 loss in the final seconds versus Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller at Dublin Coffman High School last weekend, a game that saw Saint Ignatius leading by 24 points late in the second quarter, the 4-3 Wildcats are 23rd in the current Region 1 ratings.

A loss to either St. Xavier this Saturday or Week 10 opponent St. Edward on Halloween afternoon in Lakewood Stadium could prevent Saint Ignatius from advancing to the OHSAA postseason for the 27th time since Coach Chuck Kyle's remarkable playoff run began in 1988, a run that includes three national titles, a national runner-up and a state runner-up to go along with the 11 state titles. The last time the Football Cats were not part of the OHSAA postseason was in 2010, when they finished 4-6. The very next season Saint Ignatius bounced back with its 11th state championship.

The major factor in the Wildcats' low rating in Region 1 is the secondary-level computer points. The four teams Saint Ignatius has defeated - Normandy, Parma Senior, Valley Forge and Walsh Jesuit - are having sub-par seasons. In the simplest terms, under the OHSAA Harbin Computer Playoff System, teams are awarded points for each game they win and each game a defeated opponent wins.

Need we say more about what is at stake on Ridge Road and Day Drive at 2 PM Saturday, when St. Xavier comes calling with the Cannon Bell at its side?

Here is a look at the key participants in what will be the 22nd encounter in the Bombers vs. the Wildcats gridiron series, which St. Xavier currently leads, 12-9, followed by comments from Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Kyle '69, the most successful high school coach in the Greater Cleveland area and the winningest Division I Coach in Northeast Ohio with 320 career victories in what is currently his 33rd season as the head of the football program at his alma mater.

Offensively, the Bombers are led by their junior field general, 6-foot-3, 210-pound Sean Clifford. Clifford has completed 102 of 171 passes for 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has thrown three interceptions and has rushed for 137 yards and 4 touchdowns on 45 carries.

The Bombers' main ground gainers are 6-0, 195-pound senior Sean Prophit, who has 520 yards and 5 TDs on 108 carries, and 6-0, 180-pound junior Quinn Earley with 46 carries for 245 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Clifford's targets include 6-5, 245-pound senior tight end Noah Davis with 23 receptions for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns, senior wide receiver Sam Ankenbauer with 19 catches for 197 yards and a touchdown, and junior wideouts Colton Paul (6-3, 190) and Louis Raines who each have 17 receptions on the season. Raines has totaled 319 receiving yards and 2 TDs and Paul has 161 yards receiving with 2 touchdowns.

Special-teams wise, senior kicker Connor Maciag  has delivered on 4 of 5 field goals for St. Xavier and is perfect on his 26 extra-point attempts.

Senior defensive back Hayden Specht has returned 6 kickoffs for the Bombers totaling 179 yards, with a long of 39 yards. Raines has 5 kickoff returns for 122 yards with a long of 30 yards, and Paul has 2 kickoff returns for 55 yards and a long of 39 yards. As for punt returns, Ankenbauer shows the way with 14 returns totaling 133 yards.

Like any Steve Specht-coached team, the 2015 Bombers can lay down some nasty defense. Just ask the Mentor Cardinals.

Among those rattling the pads for Coach Specht are 6-6, 223-pound senior linebacker Andrew Homer with 52 tackles, including 34 solos and an interception. Junior linebacker Michael Gerbus (6-3, 220) has 44 tackles, including 23 solos; senior linebacker Elijah Payne (6-2, 225) has been in on 37 stops; senior defensive back Griffin Buczek (6-2,180) has 45 tackles, including 21 solos, and has also picked off a pass; Hayden Specht has been part of 34 tackles and has an interception return of 55 yards; and senior defensive back J.P. Bitzenhofer (6-3, 185) brings 60 tackles to the table, including 29 solos, and has 2 interceptions.

Saint Ignatius' offense, led by its outstanding senior quarterback Dennis Grosel, has definitely showed the way through the Cats' first seven games. The Wildcats have a nine-game schedule this fall.

The 6-3, 205-pound Grosel, the latest in the long line of gifted quarterbacks developed by Saint Ignatius' veteran Offensive Coordinator Nick Restifo, has completed 84 of 140 passes for 1,484 yards and 15 touchdowns. Dennis has been intercepted just three times and he has rushed for 413 yards and 9 touchdowns on 48 carries. The amazing thing about the numbers Dennis has put up is that he played just a handful of series in the Normandy, Parma Senior and Valley Forge games combined.

In last week's heartbreaker versus Archbishop Moeller, Grosel threw for three touchdowns, ran for three scores and surpassed his own single-game school record by passing for 457 yards.

Along with the key rushing yards Grosel has provided, junior tailback Jimmy Andrews has carried the pigskin 72 times for 343 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Grosel will be the first to tell you that he is blessed with a talented and deep receiving corps.

Showing the way in that department are senior Cal Grbac, who has 21 receptions for 538 yards and six touchdowns; junior tight end James Leyden, who has hauled in 14 passes for 207 yards and three TDs; multi-skilled senior wideout/defensive back/punt returner Jack Cook with 13 receptions for 187 yards and three touchdowns; senior wideout Jim Berger with 12 receptions for 190 yards, including the game-winning diving-to-the-pylon TD reception versus Walsh Jesuit with 8 seconds remaining; underrated senior wide receiver Tyler Musbach with 12 receptions for 185 yards and two touchdowns; and senior tight end Robert Hilbig with eight grabs for 138 yards.

Of course none of those impressive numbers would be possible without the sturdy offensive line that is under the direction of Coaches Adam Rini '99 and Paul Yappel, and is anchored by senior All-American and All-Ohio tackle Liam Eichenberg, a University of Notre Dame recruit, and junior center John Spellacy, one of the very best at his position in all of Northeast Ohio.  

Like St. Xavier, Saint Ignatius takes great pride in its special teams.

Along with the endless potential that junior kicker/punter Colin Goodfellow and sophomore kicker/punter Matthew Trickett possess, the Cats can call on punt returners Jack Cook (4 returns for 118 yards), Grbac (5 returns for 42 yards) and junior tailback Dean Stowers ( 2 returns for 41 yards).

In the kickoff return department, Saint Ignatius is paced by junior defensive back Alex Ringfield with 5 returns for 85 yards, Stowers with 3 returns for 84 yards and Grbac with 4 returns for 56 yards.

Defensively, the Wildcats have been up and down this fall. Among the leading tacklers for a unit that is definitely not lacking in heart and talent, are junior linebackers Johnny Velotta and Adam Shibley, junior nose tackle Joe Gibbons, senior linebackers Ben Cray, Alex Maruna and Nick LaVigna, senior lineman Nate Keirn and senior safety Joe Evans. When he gets his reps on defense, Leyden has also made his presence felt.

From Coach Kyle: "Usually, they love to establish the run," said Coach Kyle of the Bombers. "They have a little (Jim) Tressel in them, pound away and keep field position. Then they're going to hit you with their bootleg.

"Last year, they were pounding away and then all of sudden they hurt us with a bootleg," Coach Kyle continued. "Our kids were attacking the run and they dragged the tight end and got into the end zone with it.

"Defensively, they're always a very physical team up front, Coach Kyle said. "Our respective defenses are the same philosophy with the stack, doing some blitzes and changing coverages. They're a stingy defense. Over the years, trying to run the ball against them has been very difficult. They really try to stop the run. We'll have our passing yardage, but if we're not able to run, that's not good against this team."

Coach Kyle pointed to the Wildcats' impressive victory at St. Xavier in 2012, when legendary tailback Tim McVey had a big day running the ball, especially late in the third quarter and throughout the fourth quarter.

"If you can't run the ball, they'll come up with some sweet blitzes and now the quarterback is running for his life," Coach Kyle added.

Getting back to the Bombers' offense, Coach Kyle pointed out that Coach Specht, along with the talent and savvy Clifford brings to the quarterback position, is utilizing two tough running backs and banging out 4 or 5 yards a carry. Coach Kyle also referred to the Bombers' special teams and the uncanny ability they have had this fall blocking punts or rushing the punter into poor kicks.

While Coach Kyle is pleased with the production by his offense, he emphasized that the defense is giving up too many third-down plays.

"We have to get to where we're making those type of plays," he said. "The effort is there, the kids are playing hard and everything. But we keep saying, we should have made that play. We had it."

Just a reminder that it is a doubleheader at Byers Field on Saturday. At 10 AM, Coach Paul Yappel will send his 6-1 Junior Varsity Football Cats against the 7-0 Junior Varsity Program from St. Xavier. Once again, the highly anticipated Varsity game will follow at 2 PM.

Coach Mike McLaughlin's Soccer Cats remain in the second spot in the SIMA Fab 50/Top Drawer National Poll

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

The 15-0-1 Cats and fifth-ranked Mason (14-0-2) are the only Ohio teams among the Top 25 in this week's boys SIMA national fall rankings. Medina (14-2) is ranked 43rd.

St. Benedict's Prep out of Newark, New Jersey, which is 12-0-0, continues to hold down the No. 1 spot.  

Former Wildcat baseball standout and assistant coach Matt Rosinski is the new head baseball coach at St. Edward

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

St. Edward's website sports reporter Norm Weber reported on Monday that the Eagles have hired Matt Rosinski as their new head baseball coach. Matt guided the Saint Ignatius junior varsity baseball team for the 2015 season, as the JV Cats went 23-4. In 2014 he helped coach the Wildcats' freshmen team.  

Matt excelled as a pitcher at Saint Ignatius and Miami of Ohio University. He is also the head coach of the Release Baseball Program, which compiled a 35-5-record in 2015 summer league play.

Coach Brian Becker's Golf Team is gearing up for the State Tournament, the Cross County Cats are running for another District title and the Soccer Cats are fine-tuning their game for the Sectional Finals. It's another version of Where The Cats Play.

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015


Congrats to Coach Mike McLaughlin's nationally acclaimed Varsity Soccer Program for wrapping up another Division I State Poll Championship from the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association. Here is the Division I poll.

Posted By Eddie Dwyer


1. Saint Ignatius (Cleveland) 15-0-1 100
2. Mason 14-0-2 90
3. Jerome (Dublin) 13-1-2 68
4. Copley 13-2-1 65
5. Beavercreek 11-1-4 47
6. Northview (Sylvania) 11-2-2 38
7. Westlake 12-1-3 32
8. Elder (Cincinnati) 11-1-4 28
9. Green 15-0-1 24
10. Davidson (Hilliard) 12-1-3 21
Receiving votes: Findlay, Medina, St. Francis DeSales (Toledo), Butler (Vandalia), Coffman (Dublin).
Here is a glance at The Associated Press Division I State Football Poll.

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Here's how a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school football teams in the sixth weekly Associated Press poll of 2015, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parenthesis).


1, St. Edward (18)



2, Huber Heights Wayne (7)  



3, Cincinnati Colerain



4, Westerville Central (1)



5, Hilliard Darby



6, Hilliard Davidson



7, Stow



8, Lewis Center Olentangy



9, Cincinnati St. Xavier



10, Springboro



Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Lancaster 20. 12, Mentor 18. 13, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller 13. 13, Canton GlenOak 13.


Here are the latest Top 10 area football rankings from Saint Ignatius is now in the 10th spot.

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

The Cats went from eighth to 10th.

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




The corner welcomes Saint Ignatius Cross Country runners Gabe Ohliger and Nick Snider as the guest authors of this week's Gallagher Report, the traditional Sunday night report from Wildcats' outstanding Head Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher '71
FROM GABE OHLIGER ON THIS PAST SATURDAY'S SIM EARICH INVITATIONAL AT THE TRUMBULL COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS: Cloudy skies. Cold temperatures. The leaves are changing. These descriptions only mean one thing and that is that fall is around the corner! This was the last race of the year for the boys at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. The racetime temperature was 40 degrees, but that doesn't rattle a St. Ignatius cross-country runner.
Unlike last year, the race started smoothly with the main official actually firing his gun. After the first mile, the top 6 for Ignatius (Timothy Trentel, William McGuire, Collin Kelly, Connor Reilly, Patrick McGuire, Patrick Nolan) started to make a nice pack of Cats and made tracks.
Near the end of the race, Tim, Liam, and Connor broke away from the group and decided to throw it all in. After a hard kick, Liam McGuire and Connor Reilly finished in tandem with a 16:41. Tim Trentel finished right behind them with a 16:42. After that group, a litter of Cats came in starting with Patrick McGuire, 16:56, Collin Kelly, 17:06, Pat Nolan, 17:17, Logan Kijewski 17:34, Matt Blouch, 17:42, and Brett Saunders 17:46, and Andrew Biehl, 17:50. John Heisterkamp and Mark McHugh finished out their Saint Ignatius careers with a 17:56 and 17:57. I believe we won the race. :) BDC (Be District Champs).
FROM NICK SNIDER ON SATURDAY'S OPEN RACE: The temperatures stayed chilly and the winds stayed strong for the much anticipated Open Race.
As the gun went off, the Cats took off fast. Freshman Ben Crane and Andrew Ulrich found their way to front of the pack at the mile. Finishing 4th overall, Ulrich lead the Cats to a first place team finish with a PR of 18:30. Freshman Ben Crane followed and finished 6th overall with a PR of 18:33. Will Ducher (18:40 PR), Dillon Bangasser (18:40), Tommy Rochester (18:49 PR), Michael Kilbane (19:00), and Trey Burke (19:02 PR) rounded out the scoring for the Cats.
FROM COAH GALLAGHER: "Great job Gabe and Nick, who deserve Golden Pen Awards for their wrap ups! Thanks again to the junior moms and families for the great Senior Night!!"
This week's schedule:
Monday: Mastic 3:30- 5:30 Varsity only. All others run at SIHS, easy 30 minutes. Meet at track.
Tuesday:  Edgewater 3:30-5:30  Varsity only. All others 1 mile  easy 4 x 100 striders. SIHS track.
Wednesday: JV /Open /Freshmen, Saint Joseph Academy Invite @ Mastic, 5:30. Bus leaves school at 4 PM and will return after the race. Please only wear your singlet, no colorful costumes. This is Senior Night for SJA. Please be respectful.
Varsity 3:30-5:30 Cedar Point.
Thursday: Varsity Cedar Point 3:30-5:30
Friday : Pre comp 3-4 pm, Saint Ignatius
Saturday: District Meet, 3:15 @ Ella Canavan School, 825 Lawrence St , Medina  We hope to have a great turnout of fans and supporters as the Cats begin their journey to the State Meet Championship. There is no bus transportation. Please ask other runners if carpooling.
There is no official Open Race after the District Race. If you choose to run with the other schools, it typically goes off right after the last race is finished. There is no timing.
If you are not running any other races, please turn in your clean singlet and shorts in to Mr Voigt or the Athletic Office with your name on the bag.
Good luck to everyone on their midterm exams. Get plenty of sleep!
Go Cats!

Congrats to Saint Ignatius' state and nationally acclaimed Soccer and Cross Country programs on their impressive victories Saturday

From the desk of Eddie D.

Coach Mike McLaughlin's Varsity Soccer Cats, the defending and record six-time state champions, closed their regular season with a 9-1 victory over the Shamrocks from Dublin Coffman on the pitch at Wasmer Field.

The top-seeded Soccer Cats will take a 15-0-1 record into postseason play when they face the winner of a sectional semifinal between Bedford and John Hay on Saturday at 7 PM on Wasmer Field.

And Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's Varsity Cross Country Team also geared up for its postseason by bringing home the team championship at Saturday's annual Sim Earich Invitational in the Trumbull County Fairgrounds.

The Wildcats edged University School for first place in the team standings, as Liam McGuire, Connor Reilly and Tim Trentel turned in third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishes.  

Wildcats Varsity Football storms to a 38-14 lead with 4:58 left in the first half only to watch Archbishop Moeller run off 21 unanswered points before halftime and go on to a 55-52 victory over the Cats on Saturday night

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Dublin, Ohio - In what was a game all too similar to the Wildcats' 63-56 loss at Mentor in Week 2, the Moeller Crusaders, behind their resilient and talent-rich senior quarterback Thomas Macvittie, run off 21 points in the final four minutes of the second quarter and close to 38-35 by halftime.

The respective offenses continued to trade punches in the second half before two field goals by Moeller's gifted senior kicker and Michigan State recruit Matt Coghlin, a 36-yard effort that knotted the score at 52 with 3:31 remaining in the fourth quarter and a 26-yard game-winner with 10 seconds left to be played, gave the Crusaders their first victory over Saint Ignatius in six meetings on the gridiron.

Setting up Coghlin's game-winner was the second-effort running of Crusaders sophomore tailback Colin Thurman off a short scoring drive that resulted from Saint Ignatius coming up inches shy of a first down after electing to go for it on fourth down. Thurman rushed for 80 yards on 20 carries.     

Moeller sealed its dramatic comeback victory on a leaping interception by senior linebacker/defensive back Tyler Burandt and not only improved its record to 4-4, but also kept its chances alive for an OHSAA Division I, Region 2 playoff appearance.

The final numbers from Coffman Stadium on Saturday night, much like the Mentor game, would give most defensive coordinators insomnia.The Wildcats and the Crusaders combined for 1,209 offensive yards, including 622 by Moeller off 90 plays. Saint Ignatius ran 71 plays for 587 yards.

The Wildcats, who now stand 4-3, got another brilliant performance through the air and on the ground from senior quarterback/co-captain Dennis Grosel, who completed 22 of 38 passes for 457 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 73 yards and three TDs on 11 carries. Dennis broke his own single-game school record with the 457 passing yards.

As for Macvittie, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound University of Pittsburgh recruit not only hurt Saint Ignatius with a powerful arm that produced 479 yards and six touchdown passes, but also frustrated the Cats' D with his ability to scramble, throw on the run and avoid sacks with Houdini-like moves.

Some of the other big numbers on the night were produced by Wildcats senior wide receivers Jack Cook (7 receptions for 117 yards), Cal Grbac (5 receptions for 181 yards and two TDs, including an 80-yard hookup with Grosel on the first play from scrimmage) and Tyler Musbach (3 receptions for 79 yards). Cats junior tight end/linebacker James Leyden finished with 4 catches for 52 yards and a touchdown.

Moeller's display of good hands and yards after the catch was led by 6-5, 240-pound senior tight end and The Ohio State University recruit Jake Hausmann (7 receptions for 194 yards and three touchdowns), junior running back Hunter Hughes (4 receptions for 112 yards), 6-5, 225 junior tight end Matt Dotson (2 catches for 40 yards and a TD) and senior wide receiver Cole Ashmore (4 receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns).

Hausmann, who runs determined routes and brings quickness and a strong burst for a young man with his size, was a matchup that gave the Wildcats' defense headaches all night. Two of Jake's three TD receptions were catches and runs of 57 and 76 yards.   

Along with Grosel's impressive rushing figures, Saint Ignatius received 61 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries from strong and skilled junior tailback Jimmy Andrews.

Note: The numbers above are courtesy of Saint Ignatius' statistician Dave Poplar.

****According to the latest release by computer playoff guru Joe Eitel, Saint Ignatius has slipped from 20th to 23rd place in the Division I, Region 1 ratings. The top 16 teams in Regions 1 and 2 at the end of the regular season qualify for the OHSAA first-round or regional quarterfinal playoffs.

St. Xavier (5-3), Saint Ignatius' opponent this week on Saturday at 2 PM in Byers Field, is seventh in the Region 2 ratings and listed by Joe Eitel as "controlling its own destiny." Region 1's top-rated St. Edward (7-1), the Cats' Week 10 opponent on Halloween at 2 PM in legendary Lakewood Stadium, has clinched a playoff spot.

Head Coach Chuck Kyle on Saturday's loss to Archbishop Moeller.

"The message is to play great football games against great opponents," Coach Kyle said. "That's what football really is. Computer points will take care of themselves."

As Coach Kyle told the corner in its weekly Tuesday preview, he was very impressed with Moeller's running game and its big and athletic receivers coming into Saturday night's game at Dublin Coffman High School. After the game, you could see and hear the admiration Coach Kyle has for Thomas Macvittie, who appeared to be battling an injured leg throughout the action, but still not missing a beat when it came to leading his team to its impressive comeback against the record 11-time Division I state champions.    










It was a tough Saturday afternoon for both the Freshmen and Junior Varsity Football Wildcats, as the Freshmen were turned away by Archbishop Moeller, 18-14, and the peviously undefeated JV Cats were defeated by Moeller's Jayvees, 24-10.

By Eddie Dwyer

Dublin, Ohio -  The Freshmen and Junior Varsity Games were part of Saturday's tripleheader at Coffman Stadium on the campus of Dublin Coffman High School.

The Wildcats' Freshmen, who trailed Moeller's Freshmen, 16-0, with 6 minutes and 25 seconds remaining in the third quarter, came storming back behind an exceptional, adjusting-to-the-ball touchdown reception by wide receiver Anthony Pilla and a diving catch for the ensuing 2-point conversion by wing back/defensive back Nate Conry.

Moeller, clinging to a 2-point lead with 1:59 left in the fourth quarter, held on and improved to 6-2 behind the dominant play of 6-foot-2, 215-pound outside linebacker Luke Szabados, who, on the game's final three crucial plays, came up with a sack, a pass deflection off pressure and another sack that resulted in a safety with 1:16 remaining to be played.

The Freshmen Cats made it a 16-14 game on an authoritative 17-yard touchdown run by impressive tailback Jahadge "Bo" Floyd with 4 minutes remaining, before Szabados took over down the stretch and added to an exceptional game that included double-digit tackles and relentless pressure off the edge.

Up Next for Coach Rodney Gallaway's Freshmen Wildcats (now 5-3) is Thursday evening's encounter with the Ramblers from Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep. The kickoff from Wasmer Field will be 5:30 PM.

As for Coach Paul Yappel's Junior Varsity Cats, they now stand 6-1 and will focus their attention on the Oct. 24th 10 AM encounter with the Jayvee Football Program from Cincinnati St. Xavier on Byers Field in Parma's Robert M. Boulton Stadium.

The scoring for the JV Cats came off a 27-yard field goal by promising sophomore Drew Alessandro and a picture-perfect touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Kyle Hall to sophomore wide receiver/defensive back Connor Kennedy, who turned in a solid afternoon. Alessandro capped the Hall-to-Kennedy effort with the extra point.

Moeller's Junior Varsity, which displayed a solid ground and an opportunistic defense, improved to 7-1. That one defeat came at the hands of St. Xavier's Junior Varsity, 39-13.    





In case you didn't know and for those who have inquired

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Saint Ignatius currently has two open dates on its 2016 Varsity Football Schedule, Weeks 4 and 7.

The Freshmen A Crusaders of Archbishop Moeller and Coach Rodney Gallaway's Freshmen Football Wildcats will match 5-2 records when they meet on Saturday at Coffman Stadium in Dublin, Ohio. The kickoff will be 1 PM.

Archbishop Moeller's two setbacks on the Freshmen A level came by two points to St. Xavier and by one point to Elder.

Coach Paul Yappel's 6-0 Junior Varsity Wildcats will face a 6-1 Moeller JV team at 3 PM on Saturday in Coffman Stadium.

The JV Crusaders' setback was to St. Xavier's Junior Varsity, 39-13.

The third of Saturday's three games in Coffman Stadium is the highly anticipated and high stakes matchup between Coach Chuck Kyle's Varsity Wildcats (4-2) and the Varsity Crusaders (3-4) at 7 PM.


Have a safe and wonderful weekend.

This old-timer is going to join the Freshmen Football Cats and their outstanding coaches on the smooth bus trip to Dublin, Ohio, don't you know. Not The Rocky Road to Dublin (Ireland) that The Dubliners' descriptive lyrics made famous.   




The State and Nationally acclaimed Soccer Cats walk off the pitch at Twinsburg with a 4-0 triumph and will take a 14-0-1 record into Saturday's final game of the regular season, a 3 PM matchup on Wasmer Field with the Shamrocks from Dublin Coffman
Second-half goals by Hayden Parente and Riley Houde (from Steve Milhoan) push it to 4-0 at Twinsburg, Parente also has an assist on the night and goalkeeper Lodge Dils has them seeing double in the city of the annual Twins Day Festival
Saint Ignatius Soccer, ranked second in the nation in both the USA Today Super 25 and the SIMA/Top Drawer Fab 50, is on its way to improving to 14-0-1 with a John Duldner-led 2-0 advantage in the first half at Twinsburg
As expected, the Saint Ignatius Cross Country Team remains No. 1 in the OATCCC state poll

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Coach Dr. Mike Gallagher's harriers continued to show the way in the poll by the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches by once again securing the first-place voting.

As we reported Monday in the corner's Where The Cats Play, the Cross Country Cats will close out their regular season on Saturday when they travel to the Sim (correct) Erich Invitational at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. The Varsity Race is scheduled for 10:30 AM and the Open Race is slated for 11:40 AM. 


Wildcats Golfers shoot a 304 for a third-place finish at Wednesday's Pine Hills District Tournament and qualify for next week's OHSAA Division 1 State Tournament, which will be held on Oct. 23-24 at The Ohio State University's Scarlet Course

Presented by Saint Ignatius Head Golf Coach Brian Becker '77 and Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Medina took first place at the Pine Hills Golf Course with a round of 302, Boardman was second at 303, followed by the Wildcats at 304, St. Edward at 307 and Walsh Jesuit at 307 for the qualifying spots to next week's state tournament.



The all-important, three-game stretch begins. Saint Ignatius and Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller meet in what could be a make or break matchup on Saturday at 7 PM in Dublin Ohio's Coffman Stadium

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Ohio City - The 3-4 Archbishop Moeller Crusaders jumped back into the OHSAA Division I, Region 2 playoff picture with a 49-42 victory over a talent-rich Elder team under the Friday night lights of the Queen City last weekend.

Moeller, which currently holds the 16th and final playoff qualifying spot in Region 2 with three games remaining in the regular season, is winless in five previous gridiron meetings with Coach Chuck Kyle's Wildcats.

Last season, Moeller and Saint Ignatius also met at Coffman Stadium and the Wildcats, behind some outstanding early special-teams play, defeated the Crusaders, 34-20, and locked up their 26th Division I playoff appearance since 1988. Saint Ignatius led, 28-6, by halftime.

Also keying that Oct. 18th victory in Dublin, Ohio were then junior wide receiver Jack Cook, who hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass from then junior quarterback Dennis Grosel, then sophomore tailback Jimmy Andrews, who powered his way into the end zone from 4 yards out on the first play of the second quarter, senior kicker Cory Griffith, who delivered all six of Saint Ignatius' second half points with field goals of 44 and 32 yards, and senior defensive back/captain Lawrence Birchler, who came up with a game-clinching read and reaction interception.

Of the Wildcats' previous five meetings with the Crusaders, two of them came in Division I state championship games.

In 1989, Saint Ignatius defeated Moeller, 34-28, in the big-school title game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus and brought home the second of its now record 11 state championships and the first of its three national titles. The game featured a tremendous matchup between Wildcats All-Everything senior quarterback Joe Pickens and the Crusaders' gifted signal-caller Adam Hyzdu. Joe is now a prominent Lawyer and Adam went on to play Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants.

Saint Ignatius and Moeller also met in the 1993 Division I state championship game at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium on a snowy Saturday afternoon and the Wildcats, behind one of the greatest 1-2 punches in the history of Ohio High School Football - senior quarterback Scott Mutryn and senior tailback Eric Haddad, wore down the Crusaders, 38-20. It marked Coach Kyle's fifth big-school state championship and second national crown.

It's now 2015 and the 4-2 Wildcats, much like Moeller, are rebounding from some key early season injuries. Both teams enter Saturday night's game relatively healthy.

Moeller's standout quarterback Thomas MacVittie, a University Pittsburgh recruit, missed games 2 and 3 this fall with an injury. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound MacVittie has bounced back nicely, however, and now has 886 yards passing, nine TD passes and no interceptions. He has rushed 32 times for 162 yards and a touchdown. In the victory over Elder, MacVittie was 13-of-16 through the air for 222 yards.
MacVittie's main targets are 6-5, 240-pound tight end Jake Hausmann, a The Ohio State University recruit, and 5-10, 165-pound Kyle Butz. Hausmann has 23 receptions for 311 yards and four touchdowns and Butz has hauled in 24 passes for 487 yards and four TDs. Hunter Hughes, a 5-11, 195-pound junior, leads the Crusaders on the ground with 573 yards and two touchdowns.
Moeller entered the season with arguably one of the top two or three kickers in the state - Michigan State recruit Matt Coghlin. While Coghlin is 21 of 22 on his PATs, he is just 2 of 9 on his field goal attempts, with a long of 44 yards this fall.
Saint Ignatius, which in the words of Coach Kyle hasn't been this healthy since the first play of the season, is currently in the 20th spot in Region 1. Depending on which computer expert you talk to, you will get several different scenarios. Some say victories over Moeller and Week 9 opponent St. Xavier will get it done and some even say one more victory will be enough. Then there are others who say a loss to Moeller will not be the end as long as the Cats defeat either St. Xavier or the top-rated team in Region 1, St. Edward. The Eagles and the Cats close out the regular season on Halloween afternoon at 2 PM in Lakewood Stadium.
Of course the Cats are going to need a little help from other teams along the way. As of now, their second-level points are on the short side.
CAT PAWS: Saint Ignatius' standout senior quarterback Dennis Grosel enters Saturday night's game with 1,027 yards passing and 12 touchdowns through the air. He has rushed for 340 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 9.2 yards per carry.
Senior Cal Grbac is the Cats' leading receiver with 16 receptions for 357 yards and four touchdowns, including an 80-yard TD reception.
Junior tailback Jimmy Andrews has scored six touchdowns and is averaging 5.4 yards per carry, senior tailback Elijah Wahib has four TDs and is averaging 4.5 yards per carry and junior tailback/kick returner Dean Stowers is averaging 6.5 yards per carry.
A CASE FOR THE DEFENSES: Saint Ignatius' leading tacklers heading into Saturday night are senior linebacker Ben Cray with 27.5 stops, senior linebacker/safety Nick LaVigna with 22.5 tackles, junior nose tackle Joe Gibbons with 20.5 takedowns and junior linebacker Johnny Velotta with 20 tackles.
Moeller's defense, which has been suspect even during its recent back-to-back state title seasons of 2012 and 2013,  features a strong front seven. The Crusaders' secondary, however, can be a bit inconsistent. If Grosel and Co. handle the blitz, it could be Katy Bar The Door for one of the Queen City's legendary programs.
Helping key that hard-nosed front seven for the Crusaders are 6-2, 225-pound senior linebacker John Griga (52 tackles), senior defensive back Tyler Burandt (44 tackles), 6-2, 210 pound senior linebacker Bradley Packer (31 tackles) and 6-2, 225-pound senior linebacker Rick Raga (40 tackles).
FROM COACH KYLE: "Their record is really very deceiving," said Coach Kyle of Moeller. "You look at the people they lost to and they, like us, ran through injury situations early. They were down to their third-team quarterback and some other key guys were out.
"We were at a point where we were missing some key guys, some senior-leadership players, so we can relate to that," Coach Kyle continued.
"Offensively, they like to run the football," Coach Kyle said. "You see the tight end that is going to Ohio State (Hausmann). Last year, he ran over one of our guys and went for a touchdown. They move him around, he'll be a tight end, he'll be a slot and he'll be a fullback So you really have to be conscious of where he's at.
"Their quarterback (MacVittie) is tall, can run and has a quick release," continued Coach Kyle. "They'll keep it balanced on offense and their front seven people on defense are very good. They're legit. Strong and hard-nosed. So that's a test for our O-Line and a great test for our running game. It's two teams that lost games early and you can't be embarrassed by the teams they lost to and we lost to, playoff caliber teams. But at this point of the season, you have to beat those type of teams if we're going to be playoff caliber ourselves."
FROM THE CORNER'S VIEW: As Coach Kyle hinted to earlier in this report, the Cats are getting most of their key players back, including standout senior wide receiver/defensive back/punt returner Jack Cook, gifted senior tailback James Norris and possibly even tough and talented senior offensive lineman Michael Bodnar, who was in uniform at Tuesday's practice.
"I'm knocking on wood," Coach Kyle said. "But we'll see. That's kind of where it's at."
NAME LOOK FAMILIAR? On Moeller's roster is sophomore quarterback Sam Wyche.
A TRIPLEHEADER IN DUBLIN, THAT'S OHIO NOT IRELAND: Along with the Varsity game on Saturday night, the Wildcats' 5-2 Freshmen Football Team and 6-0 Junior Varsity Team will face Moeller's Freshmen and Junior Varsity programs on Saturday afternoon in Coffman Stadium. The Freshmen will kick off at 1 PM and the Junior Varsity Game is slated for 3 PM.
AIR WAVES: As always, the savvy duo of senior Carter Spearry and junior Brendan DeVenney will bring you the live broadcast of Saturday night's Wildcats versus Moeller Varsity Game over The Saint Ignatius Broadcast Network.










Saint Ignatius' gifted senior James Norris shares with the corner why he will be furthering his education and track career at Cornell

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

Ohio City - With a smile as bright as his future, Saint Ignatius senior track and football athlete James Norris took time after football practice on Tuesday to discuss with this corner his decision to attend Cornell, where he will be part of Coach Adrian Durant's track program. Coach Durant is one of the most respected track coaches in the nation.

"I've gone there twice on official and unofficial visits," James said. "When I went there, I was a little intimidated just because it was Ivy League. I didn't know if I would fit in. But I kind of got carried around by the Head Coach (Coach Durant), who is an Olympian.

"When I went on my official visit I got to be around the other sprinters and see how the team was," James continued. "I got a better look at the campus, too, and it just felt right. Everyone there is just kind of like me. They're goofy, they do their own thing and they work hard. They go for the right things.

"After that I was just like, you know, I could really like this place," said James.

James said Coach Durant and the other coaches made it clear what they are looking for from him.

"They said they are very excited to put me on a 4x100 relay, they want us to go 39, maybe 38," said James. "That's what they're trying to reach. They also said I am going to be a short sprinter, 60, 100, 200. As for the 4x400 relay, it will probably be only for a workout. They want me to split 47 or 48, or something crazy like that. I'll have to wrap my mind around that real quick."

James, who emphasized how thrilled his family is over his decision, helped lead Saint Ignatius to a sixth-place finish as a team during this past spring's 108th annual OHSAA State Track and Field Championships in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.

James finished fourth in the Division I 100 meters final with an effort of 10.87. He was the only sprinter in the 100 meters state final from a Catholic School.

James was also second at the Amherst Regional in 10.78 last spring and first at the Brunswick District in 10.82.

As a freshman, James qualified for state and during that regular season he put his name in the Saint Ignatius record books with a Wildcat-best 10.66 in the 100 meters.

James, who is extremely excited about this coming spring and the strong and big-meet tested nucleus that Saint Ignatius track and field returns, competes for the same coach in both football and track at Cleveland's Jesuit Preparatory School - Mr. Chuck Kyle, who is a member of the Ohio Coaches Associations' Halls of Fame for both sports.

Along with his studies and athletics, James serves Saint Ignatius as an officer in the National Honor Society.

"I am the Secretary, I just take care of planning and stuff," he said with that familiar smile. "Whatever the President and the Vice-President needs me to do, I just kind of work hand in hand. I work with the relations with other committees."

Before deciding on Cornell, James also considered Princeton, Brown and The Ohio State University. He said he was also looked at by Indiana and Hillsdale. "The Ivy League and Ohio State were my biggies," he said.

This corner would like to send out a big congratulations to James, whom I have had the privilege to cover and report on since the summer of 2012, when he was a freshman tailback, his entire family, Coach Kyle '69, Wildcats Running Backs Coach Terry Fergus '72 and the entire Saint Ignatius track and football programs.  




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

OHSAA Football Computer Ratings – Oct. 13, 2015


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

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


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

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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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


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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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


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

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

Higher-seeded teams will still be hosting sectional games.


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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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


Saint Ignatius Varsity Baseball mainstay Mike Rogers commits to Ashland University

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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




Moeller and St. Xavier post big wins on Friday night

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

You can cut the tension with a knife my friends.

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

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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer


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


October 8, 2015


Division I


1 Saint Ignatius 180 (12)


2 Mason 157


3 Thomas Worthington 156


4 Solon 146


5 Louisville 135


6 Hudson 114


7 Medina 113


8 St. Xavier 92


9 Dublin Coffman 64


10 Olentangy Orange 63


11 Watkins Memorial 54


12 (Massillon) Jackson 53


13 Hilliard Bradley 46


14 Hilliard Davidson 22


15 Hilliard Darby 19


16 Mentor 9


17 Austintown-Fitch 7


18 Twinsburg 4


19 Wooster 3


20 La Salle 2


21 Beavercreek 1


Where The Cats Play in what is a light schedule

By Eddie Dwyer, October 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

OHSAA Football Computer Ratings – Oct. 6, 2015


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

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


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

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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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


1, St. Edward (15) 



2, Huber Heights Wayne (6)   



3, Cincinnati Colerain (1)



4, Lancaster (3)



5, Westerville Central (1)



6, Cincinnati Elder



7, Hilliard Darby



8, Hilliard Davidson



9, Cincinnati St. Xavier



10, Stow



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


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


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

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

Go Cats!!


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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



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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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













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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit October 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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










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

By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Saint Ignatius  






Thomas Worthington















Dublin Coffman



St. Xavier



(Massillon) Jackson



Olentangy Orange



Hilliard Bradley



Hilliard Davidson



Hilliard Darby












La Salle



(Toledo) St. John's Jesuit









Watkins Memorial



(Uniontown) Lake





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September/October 2015

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

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

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

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

So what happened?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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










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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


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



2, Huber Heights Wayne (6)



3, Cincinnati Colerain



4, Westerville Central (2)



5, Lancaster (2)



(tie) Findlay



7, Cincinnati Elder



(tie) Cincinnati St. Xavier (1)



9, Hilliard Darby



10, Fairfield



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


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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Here is the OSSCA State Poll

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


Posted by Eddie Dwyer


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

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

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

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

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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     Top 25

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

     2   158  Budzar, Evan                    Lakewood                     17:47.48      

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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

Men's Varsity 5 K Run, Top 25 Individuals

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

Top 5 Team Scores

Massillon Jackson 50 points

Stow 89

Lake 97

Brecksville-Broadview Heights 102

Saint Ignatius 143            

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

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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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









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

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

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

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


- Eddie Dwyer


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

By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Eddie Dwyer 



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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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















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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
















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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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


1, St. Edward (10)



2, Huber Heights Wayne (8)  



3, Fairfield



4, Westerville Central (2)



5, Cincinnati Colerain (1)



6, Berea-Midpark



7, Findlay (1)



8, Cincinnati Elder



9, Cincinnati St. Xavier



10, Lancaster (3)



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week's schedule:

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

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

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

Wildcats Golfers finish third at Sunday's Aurora Invitational


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

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

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

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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Saint Ignatius fumbled three times and lost two.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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


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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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














OHSAA Foundation to host Nation's Largest Student Leadership Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two videos from the 2014 leadership conference are posted at:

The 2015 leadership conference speakers include:

Harvey Alston – Conference Coordinator and National Motivational Speaker

Clay Hall - Sports Director ABC 6/Fox 28

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

Chris Hahn - WWE/WWF Wrestler and Actor

Larry Hoepfner - Executive Vice President, Columbus Blue Jackets

Shawn Harper - Indiana Football and NFL Veteran

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

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

Mark Inkrott - NFL Veteran, CEO of Up-Field

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


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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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








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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

Team Scoring Summary

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





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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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


Florida Trip

March 28 @ Venice Sarasota, FLA 7:00 PM

March 29 @ Sarasota Sarasota, FLA 7:00 PM

March 30 @ Jesuit Tampa, FLA 7:00 PM

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

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

May 26-27 Regional, site and time TBD

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

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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit, September 2015

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
























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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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









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

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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




Wildcats football now third in the latest area football poll

Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Presented by John Heisterkamp and Posted By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

By Eddie Dwyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day.    

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

By Eddie Dwyer, Copyright Credit September 2015

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

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

The Freshmen Cats lost a tough 21-20 game at Mentor on Thursday evening that the corner reported on and Friday night the Wild