Archbishop Hoban and St. Vincent-St. Mary will renew acquaintances on the football field at 7 p.m. Friday at InfoCision Stadium on the campus of the University of Akron.
Per usual, the winner gets the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Shillelagh Trophy.
The series has had two long streaks recently. The Fighting Irish have won the past six games since 2007, after the Knights put together nine consecutive victories in the rivalry game from 1998-2006.
Coach Dan Boarman is 6-0 against Hoban since being named St. V-M coach after a successful 17-year stint as Copley’s coach. This will be the first game in the rivalry for Hoban coach Tim Tyrrell.
St. V-M (4-0) enters this matchup ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press Division III state poll. The Fighting Irish feature senior Ohio State recruits Parris Campbell Jr. (running back) and Dante Booker Jr. (linebacker). Seniors Travonte Junius and Newman Williams also figure prominently on defense with senior twin brothers Aaron Adkins and Tony Adkins. Senior Aaron Bushner is making an impact as a dual-threat quarterback.
Hoban (2-2) has won its past two games with seniors Jake Tersigni (wide receiver) and D’Angelo James (linebacker) playing key roles. Junior T.J. Moore and freshman Todd Sibley are finding success at running back for the Knights.
Hoban first played St. Vincent in football in 1959 and the two schools met annually until 1971, with St. Vincent holding a 7-6 advantage in wins. Hoban played St. Mary in 1958 and 1959 and won both games.
St. Vincent and St. Mary merged in 1972 and continued to play Hoban in football until 1977. St. V-M won five of the six meetings. The schools then did not play football again until 1996, when Hoban won. St. V-M won in 1997.
St. Vincent and St. Mary played annually from 1948 to 1958 with St. Vincent posting a 9-0-2 record.
The Hoban and St. V-M rivalry is not limited to football this week.
The volleyball teams met Monday with host Hoban winning three sets to none. Senior Marianne Dannemiller and juniors Alex Hall and Erin Gibbons played starring roles for Knights coach Corey Verchio.
The soccer teams will meet Saturday at St. V-M with the girls starting at 5 p.m. and the boys starting at 7 p.m.
Hoban topped St. V-M in girls tennis and boys golf earlier this season. The Irish have defeated the Knights in girls golf this season.
Irish cross country
St. V-M coaches Dan Lancianese and Chris Miloscia came away pleased Saturday after watching their cross country teams’ performances.
Miloscia took the girls team to the Centerville Stampede Race where the Irish finished second to the No. 1 ranked team in the country, Birmingham Seaholm (Michigan). St. V-M defeated top 25 ranked Grosse Pointe (Michigan) on a tiebreaker.
The second place snapped a streak of 23 invitational victories in a row by the Irish girls, who currently have a dual win streak of 49 in a row.
Senior Julia Mendiola, sophomore Rachel Iacafano and freshman Mia Brady were St. V-M’s top three girls Saturday. Juniors Shea O’Brien, Cynthia Haas, Grace Davis and Regina Neugebauer also consistently figure in the scoring.
Lancianese took the boys team to the Midwest All-Catholic Meet at Dayton Kettering Archbishop Alter where the Irish placed first.
Junior Joey Rossetti did not compete in the race due to an injury, but others stepped up. The Irish top seven boys Saturday were junior Nick Campbell, junior Marco Colant, sophomore Brian Heller, senior Corey Large, sophomore Patrick Walter and junior twin brothers Bryce Patrick and Austin Patrick.
The Irish boys have 32 consecutive duals.
The Summit County Cross Country Coaches Association selected its runners of the week.
The recent recipients in Division I are: Emily Zimmerman of Cuyahoga Falls and Noah Schaub of Green. The runners tabbed in Division II-III are: Sammy Bockoven of Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Nick Campbell of St. Vincent-St. Mary.
The coaches have Nordonia’s girls and Twinsburg’s boys at No. 1 in the Division I poll and St. V-M’s girls and CVCA’s boys at No. 1 in the Division II-III poll.
Antal wins No. 100
Copley boys soccer coach David Antal recorded his 100th career coaching Saturday with a 3-1 victory over visiting Worthington Kilbourne.
Antal, a 1995 Copley graduate, who is in his sixth season as Copley’s coach after coaching five seasons at GlenOak, was also a standout player for the Indians. He helped Copley win the Division I state title 1994 as a center midfielder and then lettered on the University of Akron men’s soccer team from 1995-1998.
Antal will be inducted into the Copley Athletic Hall of Fame on Dec. 21.
Falcons win again
The Firestone boys soccer team clinched its 20th consecutive City Series title Wednesday with a 4-0 victory over host Ellet.
Falcons coach Michael Householder relies on senior co-captains Richard Milford and Brendan Fuller to each play integral parts in the offensive attack. Also key are junior goalkeeper Moises Villalba, senior defender Nemanya Jandric, junior midfielder Lucien Milford and junior forward Joshua Hendrickson.
The undefeated Ellet football team will host East at 7 p.m. Friday riding the momentum of its exciting come-from-behind 16-14 win at Canfield this past Friday.
Ellet trailed 14-0 in the fourth quarter, but rallied back following several key plays. Senior Jake Fisher tossed two touchdown passes (69 yards to senior David Smethers and 25 yards to senior Jake Williams), senior Ray Cheek recovered an onside kick and senior Andrew Neal converted a 34-yard field goal with 9.7 seconds remaining in the game.
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