Sports Preview Southwest Conference
By Zachary Dzurick
Published Nov. 23, 2005
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North Olmsted Volleyball
Jason Krucek's team finished 11-12 overall in his first year as
the girls coach.
"The girls played great defense all season that kept them in many
games. I was excited to see the improvement in the program from
the bottom up. The younger players really worked to get better,
and the program has a bright future."
Awards: first team SWC, Honorable mention All-district - Brittany
Donelan (Jr.); Second team SWC - Alyssa Loparich (Jr); Honorable
Mention SWC - Becca Holzworth (Sr), Caitlin Bayus, (Jr)
Donelan also set schools records with 51 digs against Brecksville,
576 digs for the season and she led the area in digs per game with
Olmsted girls cross country
Lisa Pochatek's team finished third in the SWC and were regional qualifiers
despite the loss of last season's number one runner Kaela Snyder,
who missed the entire season. Senior Kara Lauver was a state qualifier.
Kara Lauver go from a season ending injury last year after the conference
meet to running incredible times was a season highlight," Pochatek
said. "My outlook for next season is without a doubt a positive
one. Kaela's been cleared by her doctor to begin running again and
all of my strong sophomores (Andria Bazilevich, Brittany Busse,
Nicole Georgalis, Kara Gut, Kara Heitmann and Siobhan Hein) will
be back next year, so things look very promising. Like I always
say this time of year -- I can't wait until next year."
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Kara Lauver - second overall in SWC, first team SWC, Academic All-Ohio,
third at district, regional and state qualifer, Academic All-Ohio,
school record holder; Second team SWC/ regional qualifiers: Brittany
Busse, Nicole Georgalis; Honorable Mention SWC/ regional qualifier
- Kara Gut; Regional qualifiers- Alyssa Heitmann, Kara Heitmann.
Olmsted Boys Golf
Mike Strohl finished fourth in the SWC tournament and 8-6 in season
play that was second to only Avon Lake.
"It was our highest finish in the conference in years," Strohl said.
"The performance of the team exceeded my expectations. The big reason
was consistent play of seniors Colin McKenney, Kyle McCarthy and
Awards: Colin McKenney - First team SWC, district qualifier, team
MVP, team Birdie Award; John Bixler - SWC honorable mention, Coaches'
Award; Kyle McCathy - team Most Improved player award, Honorable
North Olmsted award winners
tennis: Melissa Harmon - Sectional quarterfinalist, Veda Chokshi and
Aneri Shah- fourth place second doubles SWC; Leann Pavlek - fourth
place second singles SWC.
Girls golf: Honorable Mention SWC - Sarah Hickernell, Christina
Girls soccer: Mandi Bäck- First team SWC, SWC MVP, All Greater
Cleveland MVP, First team All Ohio, All Midwest, All American; Shannon
Eccleston - First team SWC, Second team All District, Katie Berry
- Second team SWC, Honorable Mention All District; Kelsi Fisher
- Honorable Mention All District; Meghan Hall - second team SWC,
third team All District; Jenna Madison - second team all SWC; Honorable
Mention SWC and all district: Amanda Spence, Amy Spence and Kori
Boys soccer: First team SWC- Casey Prusha; Second team SWC - Brad
Stumpf, Dan Trapp; Academic All-State - Ben Stumpf, Andrew Sulzer;
Honorable Mention All Greater Cleveland - Robert Heine, Brian Lauer,
Justin Simon, Brad Stumpf, Dan Trapp.
Boys cross country: Second team SWC - Nick Edmonds, Cody Thomas;
Honorable mention SWC- Dan Bullard, Jamie Roeder; District qualifiers-
Edmonds and Roeder.
Football: First team SWC - Jeff Brown, James Foley, Jim Hunt, Kevin
Kern, Steven Price, Pete Taylor; Second team SWC - TJ Murphy, Brett
Scarl; Honorable Mention SWC - Brian Austin, Nicholas Stulock.
Falls Girls Golf
Carol Conner's team finished 14-3 and 11-3 in the conference. The
Lady Bulldogs finished second at the SWC tournament and sixth at the
sectional tournament. Katie Gallagher was a district qualifier.
"Our finishing the season in second place when we were expecting
this to be a 'rebuilding year', with 50 percent of the team being
first year players, was definitely a highlight," Conner said. "Without
a doubt, the outstanding players were Leah Babal and Katie Gallagher.
First year letterwomen were: Jessica Campbell (Sr), Caitlin Beck
(Jr), and freshmen Nicole Cantrell and Claire Campbell."
Awards: First Team All Conference - Katie Gallagher (Second in the
whole conference); Second Team All Conference - Leah Babal; Honorable
Mention All Conference - Jessica Campbell, Nicole Cantrell; District
Awards - Second Team All District - Katie Gallagher;
Honorable Mention All District - Leah Babal and Jessica Campbell;
Academic All Ohio - Leah Babal and Katie Gallagher.
Dawn Moses finished second in the SWC. The Lady Bulldogs won their
district and qualified to regionals. The team had 22 wins and won
the Autumn Classic and Cannon Classic.
"We needed to fill a big void in the setting position and Devon
Skunta-Helmink did an outstanding job," Moses said. "We are disappointed
in our second place conference finish, but Amherst was a great team
and stayed focused the whole year."
Awards: First team SWC- Alex Brown, Lauren Whyte; Second team SWC
- Amanda Paydock; Honorable Mention SWC - Meghan Mental, Sarah Mlady;
All-District - Brown; Second team All-District - Paydock; Honorable
Mention- Devon Skunta-Helmink; All-State second team - Brown.
Falls Boys Soccer
Mike Zebrowski's team was 5-10-1 defeated Fairview and Vermilion to
become sectional champions.
"Although our overall record doesn't necessarily reflect it," Zebrowski
said. "The team really came together by the end of the season and
Awards: First team SWC - Chris Leemars, Art Norton; Second team
SWC - Ryan Gratzer; Honorable Mention SWC - Justin Marquardt, Brad
Tarr; Scholar Athlete - Gratzer
Mary Beth Schneidler's team had an undefeated regular season with
a 19-0 overall record. They won the SWC tournament, Edison Tournament
and Westlake Invitational.
Awards: Most Valuable Player-Traci Edmunds; Captain Award-Jill Prexta,
Alex Polgar; Most Improved- Kaleigh McMahon; Coach's Award- Anne
Hertl; Most Dedicated- Maura Ruane; Lady Demon Award: Julie Wise;
SWC Scholar Athlete-Jill Prexta; First Team All Conference SWC -
Traci Edmunds, Anne Hertl; Second Team All Conference SWC - Kaleigh
McMahon; Honorable Mention All Conference SWC - Maura Ruane, Julie
Wise; Fourth Year Award: Jill Prexta; Third Year Award: Alex Polgar,
Traci Edmunds, Anne Hertl; Second Year Award: Maura Ruane, Julie
Wise, Kaleigh McMahon; First Year Award: Aimee Polgar; SWC Coach
of the Year: Mary Beth Schneidler.
Girls Cross Country
Travis Haselswerdt's team did not have much success record wise, but
his team improved week-to-week.
"After losing our top two runners from last year and adding a number
of new varsity contributors this season, we finished about where
we expected unfortunately," Haselwerdt said. " We knew we just weren't
ready to compete with the elite teams of the conference this year.
As a result, we focused more on improvement throughout the season,
and we were pleased with what took place."
Conference Awards: SWC honorable mention- Aubree Bailey, Jen Tomasch.
Team Awards: MVP- Jen Tomasch; Most Improved- Kayleigh Majercak,
Kelsie Majercak; Coaches Award- Molly Bartkiewicz; Scholar Athlete-
Sheetal Kotha; Newcomer Award- Lauren Tafuri.
Season Highlights: Kelsie and Kayleigh Majercak improved a ton from
their previous seasons to run several 5K and course PR's and to
run varsity for the first time in their careers.
"They took this season very seriously and put in a lot of miles
over the summer, and it showed," Haselwerdt said. "They are a great
sign of what you can do if you dedicate yourself to something."
The coach was pleased with his captain even though she did not have
the season that many expected for her.
"Molly Bartkiewicz struggled through injuries all season long, but
led the team as a fine captain regardless of health or whether she
was competing or not," Haselwerdt said. "She did all I asked this
season and she did a fine job.
John Horwatt team finished the year 11-7 and was sixth at sectionals.
"All our matches in the SWC were very competitive," Horwatt said.
"Finishing tied for second in the regular season was a big accomplishment
for a team with only one senior. I am very proud of my student-athletes."
Awards: Second team SWC - Jake Kelly; Honorable Mention - Sean Flynn,
Mike Besu's team finished with 13-3-2 record, second place in the
SWC and a district finalist.
"I thought we had a tremendous season," Besu said. "We blew one
game that cost us conference. We were very young and only lose two
starters. We look to be able to contend for state next year."
Awards: First team SWC - Scot Sherwood, Danny Schade, Dave Schade;
Second team SWC - Dylan Rooney, Pat Pavlik; Honorable Mention -
Alex Field, Bobby Hilt; All Greater Cleveland First team/All Ohio/Team
MVP - Danny Schade; AGC Third team- Dave Schade; AGC Honorable Mention
- Field, Pavlik, Rooney, Hilt, Sherwood; Team Defensive Player-
Field; Team Offensive Player - Sherwood; Most Improved - Hilt, Peter
Klein; Coaches Award - Pavlik; Sportsmanship - Ryan Silver.
Ralph Dunbar's team finished 14-5 and 11-3 in the SWC, which was good
for a second place tie.
Awards: First team SWC second singles - Lauren Voiers (Fr); Second
team SWC first doubles - Lauren Koehler and Laura Nedorost.
Scott Jones's young team finished 10-8-1.
"A lot of young players were able to gain some valuable experience
that will pay off next season," Jones said. "With such a young team,
our seniors did a great job of leading us and providing a strong
work ethic for the younger players to follow."
Awards: MVP Varsity - Tara McCrone; MVP Offense - Brooke Henderson;
MVP Defense - Krysta Falasca; Coaches Award - Rachael Draper, Jacqui
Dilillo; Most Improved Varsity - Jennifer Evans, Sarah Higgs, Alexis
Steffas; First team SWC - McCrone; Second team SWC - Henderson,
Dilillo; Honorable Mention SWC - Draper, Falasca; All Greated Cleveland
First team - McCrone; AGC Second team - Henderson; AGC Honorable
Mention - Dilillo, Falasca, Emil Vicarel, Amelia Serrat.
Dan Berkheimer's team finished with a 16-8 record. Six of those
losses were to state ranked teams. The Lady Demons were sectional
"Individual and state records were set by Sharon Guzik, Katelynn
Riley and Jessie McGrath, Brittany Tompkins and Ashley Dreher,"
Berkheimer said. "The team played very competitive volleyball in
every match and survived the toughest schedule in Westlake history."
Awards: First team SWC - Sharon Guzik, Katelynn Riley; Second team
SWC - Jessie McGrath; Honorable Mention - Heather Pyle, Ashley Dreher;
First team District - Guzik; Second team District - Riley; Honorable
Mention District - McGrath.