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VASJ game moved to Mayfield

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Villa Angela-St. Joseph athletic director Nate Zavorek has announced the Week 10 matchup between the Vikings and rival Cleveland Central Catholic will be played at Mayfield High School s Wildcat Park. The critical game between North Coast League White Division rivals, originally scheduled to played at Sparky DiBiasio Stadium in Euclid, will still be played Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

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Roth's PK sends Beachwood to regional final

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Asaf Roth’s penalty kick in the 13th minute was all Beachwood needed to beat Badger, 1-0, in a Division III regional semifinal at Twinsburg on Wednesday. Michael Dreka had four saves—including two from close range in the second half—to preserve the victory.

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Vikings sweep Windham to advance to regional final

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On Oct. 29, VASJ ripped Windham in a Division IV regional semifinal at Solon, 25-11, 25-15, 25-12, to advance to the finals against Tuscarawas Central Catholic. The Vikings have swept four tournament matches thus far, and are one win away from a return trip to Fairborn for the state tournament.

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Avoid these strength training mistakes

Of all the mistakes athletes make in their quest to get stronger and faster, most can be attributed to lack of education and awareness. There are lots of mistakes we see, especially when we go “off-site” to work with athletes, groups, and teams at high school and college weight rooms, and recreational facilities. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive, but here are some of those mistakes:

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VASJ repeats as DIV Medina district champs

How sweet it is, once again, for the Villa Angela-St. Joseph volleyball team to be back at Solon for the regionals. The Vikings – state runner-up in 2013 - were dominant in returning to the Division IV sweet 16 with a sweep of Kidron Central Christian in the Medina District finals on Oct. 25. VASJ rolled, 25-14, 25-13, 25-18.

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Kirtland rallies in second half for win over Beachwood

Kirtland scored 42 second half points to come from behind to beat Beachwood, 49-24. The win was the 54th straight for the Hornets in the regular season and 24th straight overall. Beachwood dropped to 5-4 on the year but could clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win next week.

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Vikings in playoff mode

The OHSAA has set the first round of the football playoffs for the weekend of Nov. 7-8. Don't try telling that to Villa Angela-St. Joseph. As far as the Vikings are concerned, the postseason is here right now.

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VASJ, Kidron Central Christian to square off again for volleyball district title

There is only one more roadblock between Villa Angela-St. Joseph and a return trip to the regional tournament at Solon - a familiar opponent the Vikings have seen plenty of the past several district finals. VASJ (17-7) will face Kidron Central Christian at 1 p.m. on Oct. 25 in the Division IV Medina district championship. The Vikings rolled over Mogadore in straight sets in the district semis on Oct. 23, 25-14, 25-9, 25-12. KCC defeated Rittman in the other semi.

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Hudson beats Mentor, takes control of NOC Valley

Control of the NOC Valley Division and a possible AP state poll championship are now in the hands of the Hudson Explorers. Mentor coach Steve Trivisonno made it clear the Cardinals are focusing more on the big picture than on the error-filled 48-minute snapshot that was a 41-27 loss Thursday night in front of an overflow crowd at Hudson Memorial Stadium.

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Cardinal seniors leave behind a lasting legacy

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With a 3-0 loss to Gilmour Academy on Wednesday, Cardinal's volleyball season came to a close. The Huskies finished as district runners-up for the second straight season. Seniors Alyssa Shirkey and Kailtyn Bean closed out their careers as two-time league champions and raised the bar for the Huskies who follow.

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