Walsh Jesuit Warriors
League: North Coast League, Blue Division.
Coach: Gerry Rardin, 33rd season.
Coach’s record: 236-106-2.
2011 record: 10-2, 5-0.
Players to watch: Doug Lewis, Sr., QB-WR-DB; Crissean Caver, Sr., WR-DB; Gabe Heydinger, Sr., OL-DL; Sam Karam, Sr., C; DJ Aguilar, Jr., DL-FB; Bryan DiCillo, Jr., LB-RB; Scott Young, Sr., LB-FB; John Conner, Jr., OL; Kinosha Spencer, Sr., DL; Zach Kordich, Sr., RB; Alex Conley, Jr., OL; Mike Knoll, Jr., PK-P; Phil Ford, Soph., QB.
Outlook: The Warriors return five starters on offense and four on defense. “I think the positives are that at every offensive and defensive position, we have a couple of returning starters,” Rardin said. “That always helps. The other kids that will fill in around them will benefit from their experience. Doug Lewis is one of the captains and he is going to be a leader on both sides of the ball. Sam Karam is a returning starter at center and is also a captain.” Walsh looks to build off last season’s momentum of winning two Division II state playoff games before bowing out in a regional final. “What was exciting about last year was the improvement the team made each and every week,” Rardin said. “That was really neat to see.”
Aug. 25 at Canton McKinley 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 31 at St. Vincent-St. Mary 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 at Columbus Bishop Watterson 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Copley 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 Canisius (New York) 1 p.m.
Sept. 28 Padua Franciscan 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Cleveland Benedictine 7 p.m.
Oct. 19 Mentor Lake Catholic 7 p.m.
Oct. 26 Archbishop Hoban 7 p.m.