Anna Roggenburk is the most decorated tennis player in Magnificat’s history, and her skill on the court has translated seamlessly to the college level.
A redshirt freshman at Xavier University, Roggenburk was a part of a Musketeers team that won a Big East championship on April 26. On May 6, she was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year, and was a unanimous selection for the All-Big East First Team.
The Avon Lake native was the highest-rated recruit in the history of the Musketeers program, and was ranked No. 48 nationally before graduating from Magnificat in 2019. She qualified for the Division I state tournament all four years in high school, placing second in 2016 before winning back-to-back singles state titles in 2017 and 2018. She was the first player since 2007 to repeat as a state champion.
This season, Roggenburk went 15-3 in singles play, including a 3-0 record in the No. 1 spot. She was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Big East Championship after going 4-0 during the tournament.
Eagle earns weekly award
North Olmsted freshman Sara Gilley was recently named the Cuyahoga County Softball Coaches Association Player of the Week for the period of April 26-May 2.
The catcher collected nine hits in 15 at-bats for a .600 average, drove in 11 runs and put together a 4-for-4, 6 RBI day at the plate in a 19-13 loss at Brunswick on May 1. Defensively, she caught three runners stealing.
For the season, Gilley is hitting .463 with two home runs and a team-high 21 RBI. The Eagles are currently 8-12 overall and 6-8 in the Southwestern Conference. Seeded 13th in the Division I Avon Lake District, they’ll host either No. 14 Magnificat or No. 15 Wooster today at 5 p.m. in a sectional final.
Area basketball coaches honored
After a year-long hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association held its awards banquet on May 5, honoring both 2020 and 2021 recipients.
For the 2019-20 season, Eric Flannery of St. Edward and Karen Swanson Haan–formerly of Westlake–were named the Division I boys and girls Coaches of the Year. Fairview’s Ryan Barry was named the Divisions II, III, IV boys Coach of the Year.
For the 2020-21 season, Westlake’s Kevin Considine and St. Joseph Academy’s Katie Berry were recognized as the boys and girls Assistant Coaches of the Year, respectively.
Demons win Bell Invitational
Four first-place finishers gave the Westlake girls track and field team a big lift as it scored 118 points to win the Bell Invitational at Rocky River on May 7. The Demons were able to hold off second-place Avon Lake (112) and third-place Bay (100).
Event winners for the Demons included Sarah Colman in the 400-meter dash (1:00.88), Stephanie Nivellini in the 3,200-meter run (11:44.20), Julia Houser in the discus throw (119 feet, 9 inches) and the 4x800 relay team of Nivellini, Ellie Irwin, Sydney and Sarah Peer (9:41.55).
Sisters Brooke (44-00) and Bree Lumpkin (40-04.5) claimed the top two spots in the shot put for Avon Lake. Bay was led by Chloe Rickson, who won the 100 (12.54), 200 (26.19) and long jump (18-00). Rocky River distance ace Sam Coleman won the 800 (2:23.40) and the 1,600 (5:12.30). Rounding out the team standings were Midview (95 points), Rocky River (78.5), Aurora (65.5), Lakewood (56) and Elyria (36).
Aurora won the boys meet with 152.4 points. Westlake (115), Avon Lake (114), Rocky River (90.2), Elyria (66.5), Bay (58), Midview (40.2) and Lakewood (24.7) made up the rest of the eight-team field.
For the Demons, Austin Norris continued his standout season in the hurdles. He won the 110 (14.91) and 300 (40.48), then claimed the high jump title (6-03). Avon Lake’s first-place finishers included Brady Starck in the 100 (11.13), Quinn Kroneker in the pole vault (12-06), Ryan Kemer in the long jump (21-05) and Seth Wimmer in the shot put (49-09.5).
Will Warren won the 3,200 for Bay (9:38.26) and Aidyn Zingale won the 800 for Lakewood (2:01.55).
State hoops will stay in Dayton
On May 3, the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the University of Dayton announced that the girls and boys state high school basketball championships will remain at the UD Arena for the duration of a three-year contract, running through 2024. The arena hosted the boys and girls state final fours in March.
“We are very excited that our student-athletes will get to play at UD Arena,” OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute said in a statement. “Even with the pandemic limiting what all could take place at the state tournaments last March, our schools still had a great experience at UD Arena, and UD made it very clear that they wanted to host both the girls and boys state tournaments moving forward. We know that the support for basketball in Southwest Ohio is very strong and UD wants to be the home of the state tournaments.”
In addition to serving as the home arena for UD men’s and women’s basketball games, the 13,000-seat venue has hosted 125 NCAA tournament games, more than any other in the country.
Member dues approved
On May 4, the OHSAA announced that its nine-member board of directors voted unanimously to charge member schools fees of $50 per sport starting with the 2021-22 school year.
Total dues for next year will range from $300 to $1,300, depending on the number of OHSAA-sanctioned sports a school offers. Dues will be reviewed annually by an OHSAA finance committee and any changes will be recommended to the board by the executive director. In the future, dues will not exceed $100 per sport. Seventh and eighth-grade schools will not be charged.
Since dues will now be charged to member high schools, they will no longer have to pay any tournament entry fees, bowling lineage fees, golf green fees or wrestling weight management fees. Student scholarships will be reinstated next year, as well.
The OHSAA will continue to supply team trophies and individual medals for champions, runners-up and other selected place-winners at the district, regional and state level. It will also continue to supply rule books, sport manuals, online rules meeting presentations and other publications at no cost to member schools.