PLEASE CHOOSE YOUR ATHLETIC TEAM
by Jim Garrett
Swim Team Places Second in State
Outstanding performances by co-captains Nils Gudbranson ’13 and Alex Ivkovic ’13 and by Best Diver Noah Sterling ’14 highlighted the swim team’s season. After an 8-5-1 dual meet season, US saved its best for the district championship by sweeping all three relays and dominating the meet by more than 60 points. At the state championship, as the largest US crowd ever at the state meet cheered them on, US outswam rival Hawken by 12 points to finish second in the state behind Dayton Oakwood. Next year’s tri-captains will be Spencer Gowland ’14, Michael Ruddock ’14, and Joshua Wang ’14.
Hockey Advances to District Championship
Led by top defenseman, captain, and MVP Drew Musser ’13, varsity hockey compiled a 23-12-3 record against local rivals Shaker Heights, St. Edward, and St. Ignatius and against regional competition in tournaments in Shady Side, Pennsylvania, Jamestown, New york, and Toledo, Ohio. In the Baron Cup, US defeated Lake Catholic (3-2) before losing to St. Ignatius (4-3), while in the OHSAA state tournament US outskated North Canton Hoover (10-0), Kent Roosevelt (5-2), and Gilmour (3-2) before falling short to Shaker Heights (2-1) in the district championship. Next year’s captain will be Clarke Jones ’14. Assistant captains will be Andrew Domonkos ’14 and Kyle Keane ’14.
Wrestler Competes at State Championship
Tri-captains MVP Walker Chieffe ’14, Kostas Parrish ’14, and Julian Weinberg ’13 led varsity wrestling at the Bookmasters Invitational, North Canton Tournament, Kenston Invitational Tournament, Lake Catholic Invitational, Grizzly Invitational, and PAC Tournament. District qualifiers included Chieffe, who finished 4th at 120, earning an automatic berth to the state tournament; Dominic Monaco ’13, who finished 5th at 145, becoming a state alternate; Parrish, who finished 6th; and district alternate Weinberg. At the state championship in Columbus, Chieffe advanced to the placement round before dropping a 2-1 match. Team captains in 2013-2014 will be Walker Chieffe ’14 and Kostas Parish ’14.
Squash Scores Impressive Victories
Varsity squash relied on co-captains and co-MVPs Gordie Newell ’13 and Sam Weidenkopf ’13 in winning 10 of 11 matches against rivals Shady Side Academy and the Gow School, against tough regional competition in the Miami Valley Meltdown and the Mercersburg Tournament, and against Denison University and Casinius College. The team’s most significant victories included defeating Buffalo Nichols, Westminster School from Atlanta, Lake Forest Academy from Chicago, and Woodbury Forest from Virginia. Next year’s team will be captained by Graham Outcalt ’14.
Basketball Wins Conference Championship
Co-captain Frank Calo ’13, co-captain and MVP Matt Gibbons ’13, MVP Sam Bentz ’14, Curtis Black ‘13, xavier Bonner ‘13, and DeAndre Austin ‘14 all played key roles as varsity basketball posted a 17-8 record and finished 13-1 in the Premier Athletic Conference for US’s third conference championship in the last four years. The team opened the season by winning seven of eight games then closed the season playing its best basketball in defeating seven of its final eight opponents, including Kenston (56-55) and Hawken (50-33). In the OHSAA state tournament, US eliminated John Hay (56-44) and West Geauga (54-50) before falling to Warrensville (64-55) in the district championship. DeAndre Austin ‘14 will captain the 2013-2014 team.
Football Wins Four of Last Five
Led by captains and MVPs Curtis Black ’13, Kevin Smith ’13, Luke Vadas ’13, and Hunter Wasser ’13, varsity football defeated four of its last five opponents to finish with a 5-5 record against tough local and Premier Athletic Conference foes. Quarterbacks Jack Webber ’13 (67 of 110 for 604 yards) and John Gannon ’14 (102 of 197 for 1335 yards), rushers Smith (595 yards) and Andrew Dorogi ’14 (444 yards), and Vadas, who led the team with 79 catches for 1,045 yards, spearheaded a multiple, high-scoring offense, while Black, Wasser, Joe Aveni ’13, Ethan Barham ’14, and Kostas Parrish’ 14 bolstered a strong US defense.
Soccer Advances to Regional Final
Co-captains Connor Adams ’13, MVP Jude Gingo ’13, and a cohort of experienced and determined seniors played key roles for varsity soccer during a late-season winning streak, including OHSAA playoff victories over Perry (6-2) and Chagrin Falls (4-2). In the district final at Chilcote Field, US captured the long-awaited district championship by defeating Lake Catholic (5-0) before a tremendous crowd of US supporters. The momentum carried over into a difficult match in the regional semifinals at Solon stadium as US upset a strong Alliance team (4-0). In the regional finals, US faced an equally strong and eventual state runner-up CVCA, losing 1-0 in a close, hard-fought match. The co- captains for next year’s team will be Peter Delaney ’14 and Drew young ’14.
Cross Country Keeps Pace
Cross country enjoyed a successful season, finishing second at the George Clements Invitational, fourth at the Avon Lake Early Bird, and fifth at the Lakeland College Division II district championship. Setting the pace was MVP Jakob Weisblat ’14, who qualified for the state championship for the second year inarowbygrabbingthefinalpositionatregionals. Atthestate championship, Weisblat raced to a time of 16:55, close to his personal best of 16:39. Filling out the pack were Brad Tramer ’15, Jacob Fakult ’15, Stephen Gillinov ’15, Walker Chieffe ’14, Will Gorman ’14, and co-captains xavier Bonner ’13 and Adam Meisler ’13. With the addition of a number of promising younger runners, next year’s team has the opportunity to achieve even more. Will Gorman ’14 and Jack McGee ’14 will be the team’s co-captains.
Golf Qualifies for District Championship
Captain and MVP Sam Bentz ’13 led the golf team’s line-up of Ben Biggar ’13, Justin Bingaman ’14, Mark Samar ’14, Chris Raguz ’15, and David Samar ’16 against the area’s best competition in invitational matches hosted by CVCA, Medina, Hudson, Archbishop Hoban, and Walsh Jesuit. The season’s highlight came when US finished third at sectionals at Quail Hollow and qualified for districts at Pine Hills. With a number of experienced lettermen returning, next year’s team is aiming for the state championship. Next year’s captain will be Mark Samar ’14.
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At the Shaker Campus, the program focuses on developing the individual as a whole. We are especially concerned with developing skills that can be used for a lifetime of activities. The US intramural program is an after school athletic activity for third through sixth grade. The program offers sport specific instruction through age appropriate drills and games. All boys are able to participate regardless of ability or experience. We encourage all boys to demonstrate leadership, learn new skills, and refine existing skills while having an opportunity to interact with their classmates on the athletic fields. The program’s objective is to be an enjoyable, educational experience for all. For seventh and eighth grades, there are “A” and “B” teams in several sports in order to accommodate every boy’s desire to play, and provide him with healthy competition congruent with his ability.
At the Hunting Valley Campus, the programs reflect the equal importance of physical education and competitive interscholastic sports. In physical education, we strive to teach students the significance of their physical well being and to help them realize their capacities and limitations. The interscholastic program includes varsity, junior varsity, and freshman teams to provide broad participation in sports.