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Multiple Teams · Rangers’ run ends in district semifinals

EUCLID—North volleyball coach Chelsey Regovich knew her team had its hands full in Tuesday’s Division I district semifinal against Mentor at Euclid High School. The Cardinals entered the match with a 19-4 record and two future Division I college players in Alexis Falzone and Teagan Ochaya, who will play at Toledo and Akron, respectively.

Despite a 3-0 setback that ended the Rangers’ season, Regovich was pleased with what she saw out of her players.

“That’s not how we wanted to end it but I think they definitely showed a lot,” Regovich said. “At one point we were up in the second set and we kept fighting hard, but we lost it toward the end of the third game. Overall, when you look at the whole game, I think they put up a good fight and played very well. I think they did pretty well going up against two girls who are going to Division I schools. I’m very proud.”

Mentor won 25-18, 25-18, 25-11.

The Rangers closed out the season with a 16-9 record.

“Overall, it was a great season,” Regovich said. “There were some ups and downs but it was a great group of experienced players. We had a lot of talent that took us to the district semifinals.”

Senior Samantha Pirosko closed out her career with a team-high 10 kills and tied juniors Taylor Valaitis and Jill Borthwick for the team lead in digs with 15.

As a Ranger, Pirosko recorded 702 kills, 104 aces, 95 blocks and 932 digs in 298 sets played while classmate Maria Blatnik, a Lake Erie College commitment, posted 633 kills, 284 blocks, 424 digs and 62 aces in 329 sets over four years.

“We’re going to miss those two seniors for sure,” Regovich said. “They gave a lot to this team. It was nice to see how much they’ve grown and seeing what kind of great players they have become.”

Junior Lindsey Mausser, a Clarion University commitment, recorded eight kills and a team-high three blocks in the loss.

She’ll be counted on next year to fill the shoes of Pirosko and Blatnik.

“We have Lindsey Mausser coming back; she’s a big hitter,” Regovich said. “We’ll definitely have a younger team next year. Hopefully, they’re ready to work hard.”

Falzone led the Cardinals with 16 kills and also contributed with four aces and four blocks. Ochaya pitched in with 15 kills and eight digs and Alexa Cundy recorded 32 assists and six digs.

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Multiple Teams · North’s Caitlin Stuart headed to Mount Union

North senior Caitlin Stuart saw her high school soccer career come to an end last week with a 4-0 loss at Madison in a Division I sectional championship game, but the lockdown defender has plenty of soccer left in her future.

Stuart has committed to continue her education and soccer career at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.

“It’s really crazy thinking that I’m going to be playing in college in a few short months,” Stuart said. “It has always been one of my dreams and to see it finally come true is a great feeling. All my hard work paid off.”

A three-year captain at North, Stuart has scored nine goals with 12 assists in her career, despite playing on the defensive end.

She also earned recognition as an all-Western Reserve Conference and all-Greater Cleveland honoree.

According to North coach Mark Wardeiner, her impact extended beyond the playing field.

“Her leadership instilled confidence in our team that started five freshmen and two sophomores while competing against some of the top-ranked teams in the Greater Cleveland area,” Wardeiner said. “She was definitely the glue that held the team together.”

Stuart also considered Gannon University and Slippery Rock before settling on Mount Union.

“When choosing what school I wanted to go to, I knew I had to like the school before considering the soccer part,” she said. “I loved Mount Union’s campus, the atmosphere and the courses they offer, considering I want to be a Physical Therapist and they have that program.”

A meeting last spring with Mount Union head coach Kelley Clark sealed Stuart’s fate.

“I first met the coach when I went on a visit last spring and we set up a meeting with her. I instantly liked her attitude,” Stuart said. “We kept in touch and she came to watch me play and I attended an open field after we communicated on the phone and I made my decision to go there.”

Stuart, who is most comfortable playing as a defender but will switch positions to help the team if needed, felt very comfortable on the field with her future teammates.

“I feel like I will fit in well with the team,” she said. “During the open field, I felt comfortable playing with them and they were very welcoming and supportive.”

It won’t be easy to put her high school career behind her, but Stuart is excited for the future at Mount Union, on and off the field.

“I’m going to miss my close friends you make when playing on the same team as someone,” Stuart said. “I’m also going to miss my crazy, amazing coaches, but I’m ready to move on to bigger and better things.”

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Rangers News · All Teams Schedule: Week of October 23 – October 29

Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Eastlake North High School, October 23 – October 29


October 23, 2017

No events happening


October 24, 2017

6:00 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Mentor High School


October 25, 2017

No events happening


October 26, 2017

4:30 PM Boys Freshman Football
@ Chardon High School


October 27, 2017

7:00 PM Boys Varsity Football
vs. vs Chardon HS


October 28, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Cross Country
Boardman HS
TBA Girls Varsity Cross Country
Boardman HS
10:00 AM Boys Junior Varsity Football
@ Chardon High School


October 29, 2017

No events happening


Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!

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Rangers News · Event Recap: Week of October 14 – October 20

Saturday, Oct 14th

Girls Freshman Volleyball
@ Strongsville High School
Boys Varsity Cross Country
@ Kenston High School
Girls Varsity Cross Country
@ Kenston High School
Boys Junior Varsity Football
vs. vs Mayfield HS

Sunday, Oct 15th

Girls Varsity Basketball
vs. Skills session

Monday, Oct 16th

Girls Varsity Soccer
vs. vs Lakeside

Tuesday, Oct 17th

Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Shaw High School

Wednesday, Oct 18th

Boys Varsity Soccer
vs. vs EUCLID H.S.

Thursday, Oct 19th

Boys Freshman Football
vs. vs MADISON H.S.
Girls Varsity Soccer
@ Madison H.S.
Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Madison H.S.

Friday, Oct 20th

Boys Varsity Football
@ Madison H.S.

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Multiple Teams · Payne runs for 243 in North’s win at Madison

North junior Brett Payne rushed for a career-high 243 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Rangers to a 28-7 win at Madison on Friday.

Payne scored on touchdown runs of 57, 74 and 20 yards in extending the Rangers’ winning streak to four games.

“It felt great,” Payne said. “The rushing yards and the win couldn’t have been done without the great blocking by the offensive line and the wideouts.”

With both teams committing to the ground game early, the first quarter flew by with Madison chewing up nearly six minutes before punting from the North 40. The Rangers ran 10 plays to use up the final 5:57 of the opening quarter.

That drive ended when the Rangers failed to convert on 4th-and-8 from the Madison 21.

Following a Madison punt, the Rangers took over at their own 43 and Payne scored on the next play. Spencer Wood’s extra point made it 7-0 early in the second.

North’s special teams then chased down a loose ball on the ensuing kickoff and Jake Tanski threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Streb to increase the Ranger lead to 14-0 with 7:19 left to play in the first half.

“The special teams came up big,” said North coach Shawn Dodd. “We were up 7-0 and got a pooch kick we recovered. We were able to convert that and go up 14-0. We wanted to get the lead and force them into situations where they had to pass and we were able to do that.”

North’s defense, which allowed just 175 yards of offense, forced a pair of Madison punts and Payne followed up the second with another first down touchdown run, this time from 74 yards out, to push the lead to 21-0 with 2:57 left in the second quarter.

“The team played well overall,” Dodd said. “We controlled the clock, Brett Payne went off and the defense played really, really well.”

Payne’s third touchdown of the night came late in the third quarter when the Rangers faced a 3rd-and-10 at the Madison 20.

The Rangers ran for 290 yards on 39 carries.

“We started in a kind of three-back set with some up backs and got some yardage but Madison defended it pretty well, so we got into some one-back and spread it out a little bit,” Dodd said. “They’re big and physical but I think our speed was a little bit too much for them. Brett Payne and Jake Tanski ran the ball well.”

Madison started the fourth quarter with a long drive that ended in the red zone.

A Ken Cline run set the Blue Streaks up with a 1st-and-goal at the North 1 but the Rangers’ stood tall to keep the shutout intact.

“We had a huge goal-line stand,” Dodd said. “They had a 1st-and-goal and didn’t get in. They got one late but the defense played really well. They stopped the run. Madison doesn’t really pass much, so we wanted to keep them in passing situations as much as possible.”

Madison’s Michael Woody ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 45 seconds left in the game to close out the scoring.

With the win, North improved to 5-4 on the year and unofficially sits in seventh place in the Division II, Region 5 playoff standings. A win over Chardon in Week 10 would guarantee the Rangers a spot in the postseason for the first time in school history.

North finished fifth in the computer points in 1994 but only the top four qualified for the postseason at that time.

“The excitement around us (possibly) going to the playoffs is insane,” Payne said. “The whole community is supporting us. Next week against Chardon is going to be a tough, must-win game. It should be a fun one.”

North hosts the 6-3 Hilltoppers on Friday at Nick Carter Stadium.

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Multiple Teams · North holds off Madison in sectional final

Fourth-seeded North continued its postseason dominance on Thursday with a 3-0 sweep of No. 5 Madison in a Division I sectional final at Euclid High School.

The Rangers, who have won six straight sets in the playoffs, advanced to Tuesday’s district semifinals where they’ll play top-seeded Mentor.

“I’m glad we are getting another opportunity to play Mentor in the semifinals,” said North coach Chelsey Regovich.

Mentor, ranked 16th in the state, ended North’s season last year with a 3-0 win in the district semifinals and also beat the Rangers in a 2014 sectional final, 3-0.

North hopes to carry over the momentum it gained from beating both Shaw and Madison in straight sets.

The Rangers opened the sectional championship game with a 25-17 win then held off the Blue Streaks in the final two sets, 25-23 and 27-25.

“It was exciting watching the team work together and put up a fight to get the win in three sets,” Regovich said.

Maria Blatnik recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 14 assists and also pitched in with seven digs.

“I am very pleased with my performance,” Blatnik said. “It’s always exciting to be in double digits when it comes to kills. We played well as a team last night and that’s all I can ask for.”

Samantha Pirosko pitched in with 19 digs and 10 kills and was 13-of-14 from the service line. Lindsey Mausser added 10 kills and four blocks and Taylor Valaitis led the team with 30 assists.

North will play Mentor at Euclid on Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

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Multiple Teams · Rangers find the net in sectional win over Euclid

EASTLAKE—North entered the postseason in a bit of a slump.

More accurately, the Rangers limped into the playoffs without much confidence—at least on the offensive end—and desperately needed a breakout game to keep their season alive.

Thanks to Nick Svigel and Mason Robey, who combined for six goals, the Rangers found the back of the net early and often in an 8-0 win over visiting Euclid in a Division I sectional semifinal on Wednesday.

“That was nice,” said North coach Steve Misick. “We needed to see the ball go over the goal line into the net.”

The Rangers scored 25 goals in their first nine games of the year. They closed out the regular season with just one goal in their final seven games and were shut out in their last six contests.

It took less than five minutes for Svigel to snap that streak and Robey made it 2-0 three minutes later.

Svigel went on to notch a first-half hat trick and added a career-high fourth goal in the second half.

“Possession was the key for us,” Svigel said. “Keeping the ball close and playing the through balls in to score, that’s what we’ve been working on.”

Robey scored both of his goals in the first and Max Patrick and Will Rados also found the back of the net in the win.

Hayden Roberts, subbing for the injured Dario Lukic in goal, recorded the clean sheet for the Rangers.

“He’s our backup keeper but we were struggling to find a spot for him on the field,” Misick said of Roberts. “He wasn’t going to play in goal because of Dario and one of my assistants said he would probably be a good center back and, honestly, we don’t know where we’d be without him this year in that spot. He’s our stopper. He’s tough as nails and he’s a big, strong kid. He really handled Mayfield last week, so we’re hoping we get the same thing this time.”

North improved to 6-8-3 on the year and earned a return trip to Mayfield for Saturday’s sectional championship game. The league rivals battled to a 0-0 draw at Mayfield on Oct. 10.

For North to advance to the district tournament for the first time since 2014, the Rangers are going to have to build off this performance and find a way to maintain possession.

“These kids only know one way, we’re not a possession team, I know that, but Mayfield isn’t going to let us go to the goal like that time after time after time,” Misick said. “We have to show we can possess the ball a little bit. I thought we did a little bit of a better job in the second half, but that’s where we have to improve.”

North also will look to get leading scorer Michael Thomas back in the scoring column. Thomas recorded nine goals in the first half of the season but has yet to hit the double-digit mark.

“Our leading goal scorer, Michael Thomas, hasn’t scored in about eight games,” Misick said. “He’s stuck on nine goals, so he’s frustrated but he’s one of our better players. We asked him in the second half to just go out there and run the team. It’s not about scoring; it’s just getting everybody else into position.”

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Multiple Teams · North cruises to sectional final

North opened the postseason with a dominating three-set sweep of Shaw in a Division I sectional semifinal at Euclid High School on Tuesday.

The Rangers won 25-7, 25-8, 25-4 in advancing to Thursday’s sectional championship game against Western Reserve Conference rival Madison.

“It was a great game to see all the girls stay focused,” said North coach Chelsey Regovich. “All got to play and have some fun.”

North is 2-0 against Madison this season.

The Rangers won at Madison on Aug. 31, 3-0, and then beat the Blue Streaks 3-1 in the WRC tournament on Oct. 5. Round 3 is scheduled to tip at 7:00 p.m.

“It’s a great feeling to start out my final postseason with a win,” said senior Maria Blatnik. “It was great to see our reserves gain valuable playoff experience.”

That experience paid off as the Rangers dominated all facets of the match.

“Offensively, we served very well and kept the pressure on,” Blatnik said. “Defensively, our back row was all on the same page and ready to get every ball.”

Samantha Pirosko recorded five kills, 38 service points and was 39-of-40 from the line with 13 aces.

“We are all very excited to start the postseason with a win,” Pirosko said. “It gives us confidence and energy for our next game.”

Julia Kerns pitched in with five kills and was 13-for-13 from the service line with six points while Lindsey Mausser contributed with three kills and was 7-for-7 from the line with six points and three aces.