Over the next three weeks, The Suburbanite will recap the sports year for Springfield, Green, Coventry, Lake, Lake Center Christian, Mogadore and Manchester. This week, we focus on the fall, with football season firing up and one of the busiest sports seasons of the year spanning from early August to November.

Over the next three weeks, The Suburbanite will recap the sports year for Springfield, Green, Coventry, Lake, Lake Center Christian, Mogadore and Manchester. This week, we focus on the fall, with football season firing up and one of the busiest sports seasons of the year spanning from early August to November.

AUGUST

Football season began with a packed first week, with Week 1 providing a mixed bag of results for local teams. Manchester ground out an 8-6 win over Hillsdale, triumphing with a late touchdown after trailing all night long and managing just 225 yards of total offense.

Springfield dropped a 35-7 decision to Ellet in a neighborhood rivalry game, while Mogadore received a school record 316 yards from junior Brandon Berry in a 49-34 win over Norton. Coventry fell 21-12 to Canton South, while Lake topped Green 28-19 in a battle of future Federal League rivals as Matt Blasiole ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Blue Streaks.

Prior to the game, Green officials announced plans to move from the Suburban League to the Federal League beginning in the fall of 2015.

Lake soccer’s alumni team recorded its second straight win over the school’s varsity squad with a 3-2 victory to kick off the season.

SEPTEMBER

Green boys soccer won its season opener with a 6-2 triumph over Suburban League rival Wadsworth. Senior Ben Berry scored two goals to lead the Bulldogs and Matt Cefalu recorded a hat trick.

Manchester inducted four new members to its athletic hall of fame, as James Smith, Michael Hollenbach, Rob Adamson and Jordan Petraitis comprised the 2013 class. First-year head coach Ed Egan earned his first career victory as the Coventry Comets topped East 14-7 in their first home game of the football season.

The Comets also found success on the pitch as the girls soccer team allowed just two goals in its first two Portage Trail Conference games. Karli Morisak and Kim Snow both tallied goals in a win over Revenna. Their counterparts at Manchester  started strong as well, going 6-1 in their first seven games as Kaylee Ferguson notched 13 goals in those seven contests.

Green sophomore goalkeeper Haleigh Seman notched her 10th career shutout as the Bulldogs topped Lake 1-0.

Junior goalkeeper Kyle Stevenson posted 17 saves for Springfield to keep the Spartans close in a 2-0 loss to Crestwood. Manchester found its offensive groove as Logan Speer (three goals) and Kanyon Collins (two) paced the offense in a 6-2 win over Tusky Valley.

Lake Center Christian volleyball welcomed head coach Richard Jackson back to the bench for a second stint and started the year 7-1. Green received a solid effort on the court from Michelle Daugherty as she accumulated 134 assists and 52 digs in the Bulldogs’ first seven games.

Springfield volleyball broke its losing streak to start the season with a straight-set win over East and followed that triumph by outlasting Cleveland Central Catholic.

On the links, Springfield junior Nick Hurd shot a match-best round of 41 as the Spartans fell to Field, 191-179.

Tucker Pearce led Coventry cross country with a first-place finish at the Hoban Invitational and added a fifth-place result at the PTC Super Duals.

On the tennis courts, Green defeated Tallmadge 4-1 behind two-set sweeps from singles competitors Kristen Starkey, Addie Hujar and Lexi Marchese. The Bulldogs also mounted a three-game winning streak on the gridiron, rallying to beat Jackson on the road and routing Maple Heights 34-20 in their home opener. The school also inducted its inaugural Hall of Fame class at halftime of the Maple Heights game, with Brian Kelly, Mark McClue, Mark Croghan and Francis Kelly making up the four-person class.

Lake football dropped a heartbreaking, last-second defeat to Jackson and as Jake Costin booted a 39-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Polar Bears to a 39-36 win. Springfield earned its first win of the season with a 10-0 shutout of North and then took on Mogadore for the first time in more than two decades in a Week 4 tilt. The game was tied 7-7 at halftime before the Wildcats ripped off 31 straight points in the second half as Brandon Berry rushed for four touchdowns and Jeremy Hugg returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown.

OCTOBER

Sophomore James Williams ran a career-best time of 17:30 for Springfield cross country and led the Spartans in several of their league meets.

Manchester sophomore goalkeeper Joey Daniels made seven saves as the Panthers tied CVCA 1-1 in a PAC-7 game. It was a much more offensive contest for Lake Center Christian as the girls soccer team routed Garfield 13-0 behind four goals from sophomore forward Gianna Skeriotis. Green battled past Cloverleaf 3-1 thanks to a goal and an assist from junior Ashley Guilmette to help keep its three-game winning streak alive.

As the golf season neared its end, Green and Lake shot scores of 324 and 330, respectively, to qualify for the district tournament. Jacob Conjerti led the way for Green with a round of 79.

Ally Graham’s five kills and Olivia Perkins’ 16 digs were enough to pace Springfield volleyball to a non-league win over Kenmore, giving the Spartans their fourth win of the season. Katie Racco turned in a strong performance of her own for Green, with 29 kills, 24 digs and 14 service points in a one-week span.

Coventry’s top doubles team of Kayla Jackson and AnneMarie Blankenship claimed a PTC title and swept through the sectional tournament to earn a spot at districts.

Lake girls soccer captured its first-ever Federal League title with a win over GlenOak, finishing 5-0-1 in league play. Lake Center Christian girls soccer suffered a 3-0 loss to Chippewa, but senior goalkeeper Emily Hofer saved 16 shots in defeat.

Springfield and Coventry did battle in a PTC rivalry game on the gridiron, with sophomore quarterback Aaron James tossing three touchdown passes to lead the Spartans to a 28-7 win. Green went aerial in a 55-28 win over Cloverleaf as junior quarterback John Davies threw for 416 yards and connected for five touchdowns to three different receivers in the win.

After suffering its first loss of the season to Woodridge, Mogadore began a seven-game winning streak by routing Streetsboro on the road and welcoming junior transfer Dominik Pizzino to the field as the 6-foot-3 receiver scored a rushing touchdown in his first game.

Ashley Burris won three straight singles matches to pace the Manchester girls tennis team and improve her record to 9-3.

Conference alignment drama came to the Portage Trail Conference as Kent Roosevelt announced plans to depart for the Suburban League, leaving PTC officials scrambling to find new teams to balance out its two divisions.

Lake runners Jacob Kernell and Spencer Wirick earned first team All-Federal League cross country honors and Laura Tweedie earned the same recognition for the Lake girls team.

NOVEMBER

Manchester girls soccer saw its season end in dramatic fashion as Smithville toppled the top-seed Panthers 1-0 in overtime in a Brunswick Division II district final. The season also came to an end for Lake Center Christian volleyball as the Tigers came up short in four sets to Kidron Central Christian in a Medina Division IV district semifinal.

Mogadore rolled into the state playoffs after routing Waterloo with touchdowns from six different players, earning their 20th straight win over the Vikings. Once in the playoffs, the Wildcats captured a district championship with wins over Villa Angela-St. Joseph and South Range before falling to eventual state champion Kirtland in a Division VI regional final. Pizzino added touchdowns on the ground and through the air in the win over South Range.

The local team with the longest postseason run was Manchester, which put together an unexpected late season surge thanks to the rediscovery of its power running game and its “hog” formation. Led by junior Mason Hayes, the Panthers bludgeoned four straight opponents for more than 200 yards rushing. They won their first three playoff games by an average score of 41-15 and racked up a school-record 628 yards on the ground in a regional final win over Columbiana Crestview.

While the Panthers’ run ended one week later in a loss to Columbus Bishop Hartley, the playoff experience injected energy into the school and community in head coach Jim France’s 42nd season.

Green boys soccer fell behind 2-1 at the half and fell to Copley in a Uniontown Division I district semifinal. Kenton Keeslar notched the lone goal for the Bulldogs. Field and Coventry staged a “Tackling Cancer Together” fundraiser as part of their PTC football showdown, raising money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital through ticket sales, raffles and t-shirt sales.

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