The beginning of the semester is always a sentimental one for me. I have no idea why. Perhaps it is because that this is the time where I reminisce of what was and ponder what will be. It can be an anxious time as well. It is an interesting one also because freshmen and returning students, at least for a few weeks, have something in common. A returning student has the promise of a fresh start. One entirely unique than his/her last semester. While a freshman has the valuable gift of a new beginning. Both can spur on an amazing semester. As an upperclassman, I have experienced both of these feelings. If I can give any advice to anyone, it will be to seize this moment and run with it. College is the experience you make it!
Chase Bodeman passed for almost 300 yards and ran for another 100+ as he led the Toledo Whitmer Panthers over the Walsh Jesuit Warriors, 40-26, at Conway Memorial Stadium this evening. Bodeman, a possible Eastern Michigan recruit, played strong in the second half to lead Whitmer back from an early deficit.
Whitmer found themselves down 14-7 early as Joe Penna rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Two first half interceptions and 10 penalties for 85 yards stopped Whitmer on numerous possessions.
Late in the half, the Warriors saw the effects of having 5 players playing both sides of the ball as the Panthers managed to put a drive together to tie the score on a Bodeman 3 yard run with just 38 seconds left before the half.
The Panthers stopped shooting themselves in the second half. After receiving the second half kickoff, Bodeman completed a pass near midfield and then on the next play kept it on the option and scampered 49 yards for the touchdown and a 20-14 lead just 5 minutes into the quarter.
Their D held strong after a long kickoff return put the ball at the Whitmer 41. Walsh could not take advantage of the field position and ended up punting after a three and out. Moore took off on a 80+ yard run on the second play of the possession and was knocked out at the one, but a block in the back penalty wiped out most of the long run. Four plays later, Bodeman connected with his receiver for a 15 yard touchdown pass and a 26-14 lead.
The fourth quarter started with more of the same as Bodeman found Zack Smith in the end zone to extend the lead to 33-14 with 11:51 left in the game. Smith made two nice adjustments on the reception before hauling it in, but unfortunately celebrated too much and drew a flag.
The Warriors took advantage of the penalty and a decent return to start once again in Panther territory. Mac Shinaberry took over the Warrior offense and capped the short drive off with a short run to cut the lead to 33-20 with 8:56 to play.
Mitch Kubicki ended any hope of a Warrior comeback by taking the ensuing kickoff and sprinting 85 yards to the house as the Warrior hopefuls started heading to the exits.
A late touchdown by Walsh closed the margin to 40-26 with one second left in the game.
Penna finished the game with 159 yards on 22 carries and 3 touchdowns for Walsh Jesuit.
On the Panthers side of the ball, Bodeman finished the game 17-26 for 296 and two scores. He also rushed for 115 yards and two additional scores on 14 attempts. Zack Smith ended the game with 7 catches for 147 yards and a TD.
Both teams ran 62 plays on the evening with Whitmer enjoying a big 478-270 yard advantage.
It does not get any easier for the Warriors (0-1) as they host St. Vincent-St. Mary next week. Whitmer (1-0) heads north to take on Detroit Catholic Central.
Early in the football season you will usually see plenty of lopsided games as some of the successful programs tend to schedule smaller schools to prepare themselves for a possible tough conference schedule. That is not the case with this week’s matchup.
This week’s game of the week has Toledo Whitmer taking on Walsh Jesuit. Both teams finished the grueling season last by qualifying for the post season.
The Warriors of Walsh Jesuit are coming off of a 7-4 season that saw them qualify for the state playoffs before losing in the first round. Most people would think that 3 regular season losses in a 10-game schedule is no reason for excitement. Consider that the 3 losses were to Ursuline (a state semi-finalist last year), Benedictine (state champion in D4), and a undefeated Canisius team out of New York. Their playoff loss was to semi-finalist Midview.
The marquee player for the Warriors would by Ohio State commit, OL Jack Wohlabaugh. The 6 foot, 4 inch Wohlabaugh tips the scale around 275-280 and is currently evaluated as the 30th best offensive guard, the 18th best player in the state of Ohio, and the 564th overall ranked player in the 247Sports Composite Ranking which factors in the four biggest recruiting services in the industry.
Senior RB Joe Penna also returns after rushing for over 1,700 yards and 17 TDs last year. Assisting on offense will be seniors FB Zach Zipoly and WR Phil Bell.
The defensive line will be anchored by seniors Adam Pastor (6’2″, 285) and Noah Donald (6’2″, 255) along with Mac Shinaberry (6’2″, 210) who will lead the linebacker corp. Zipoly and Bell will impact both sides of the ball as a linebacker and defensive back respectfully.
Whitmer had a similar season to the Warriors last year finishing with a 7-4 record. The Panthers also had their regular season losses at the hands of a state champion and two post season entrants and are two years removed from a state final appearance of their own.
Their offense is lead by the multi-talented senior Chase Bodeman, who is a dual threat with his arms and his legs. Helping the Panthers to protect Bodeman is 6’5″ Kobee Hughtlen. The 300-pounder is considering Akron to continue his football career.
After averaging over 42 points a game last season, Whitmer will count on seniors TE Zamon Paris, WR Zachary Smith, and WR Robert Tober to keep the offense churning along with Bodeman. Also returning is junior Malik Moore, who rushed for over 1,200 yards and 24 TDs last year.
It should be a good match-up as long as the Warrior defense can contain Bodeman and the rest of that potent Panther offense.
The Sports Power Talk team earned an extra half hour of time to add to their show.
Listen to host Spencer Davies, co-host Terry Rabbitts and producer Scott Nixon break down the Browns, Buckeyes and Zips college football, Tribe and the Bridgestone Invitational during the program’s first-ever 2-hour show from August 9, 2015.
0 to 55 mins: Browns talk (offense-first segment, defense-second segment)
55 mins to 1:08: Buckeyes football
1:08 to 1:22: Zips football
1:22 to 1:39: Tribe talk
1:39 to 1:44: RubberDucks update
1:44 to end of the show: Bridgestone Invitational
Global Force Wrestling is a start-up promotion by Jeff Jarrett, a world-renowned promoter and veteran of the wrestling business. As a part of the promotion’s “Grand Slam Tour,” Jarrett brought GFW to Classic Park in Eastlake, home of the Captains. Spencer had the chance to interview Jarrett himself, Cleveland indy wrestler Johnny Gargano and former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Nick “Magnus” Aldis.
Nick “Magnus” Aldis
By Spencer Davies
LAKE COUNTY, Ohio– If you’re a fan of professional wrestling, you know that Ohio has produced a plethora of talent. Whether it’s Cincinnati’s own “Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose or the Cleveland guys like the Miz and Dolph Ziggler in the WWE, plus the newly crowned TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III, the Buckeye state has certainly made its mark on the industry—and local independent wrestling sensation Johnny Gargano may be next in line to do so.
“Johnny in the ring, he can go,” said Jeff Jarrett, owner and founder of Global Force Wrestling. “I saw it a year ago and you will to.”
A world-renowned promoter and superstar in the wrestling business, Jarrett brought his newly founded promotion to Lake County for their latest stop on the GFW Grand Slam Tour.
According to both, Gargano met Jarrett at a live show he attended last year. Since then, they started to become close, and a couple of months ago decided to work together in GFW—so to appease the crowd in a mutually beneficial agreement, Jarrett brought in Gargano to work in front of his fellow Clevelanders on Saturday night.
“We’re fortunate enough that he gets to wrestle in front of his hometown on this stage,” Jarrett said.
“I have high hopes for it,” said Gargano, speaking about his latest venture in GFW. “I think we all do. They’re booking a lot of great guys, a lot of great talent here. The atmosphere is absolutely electric, so I really think there’s something special here.
“I think that there’s a good opportunity for a lot of guys, and I think big things are on the way.”
A raucous crowd at Classic Park was chanting “Johnny Wrestling!” as Gargano and the invading Total Nonstop Action superstar Eric Young went toe-to-toe in a competitive and highly entertaining main event.
Thanks to some assistance from GFW’s “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner and Jarrett, Gargano earned the victory and brought the “King of the Mountain” Championship back to the promotion in front of his fellow Ohioans.
“I take pride in being the ‘Cleveland, Ohio Guy,’ I guess,” he said with a grin. “It’s cool that when people think of wrestling—‘indy wrestling’ that is—they think of me and they want me on their show, so it’s cool.”
With over 10 years of experience in the ring, Gargano has wrestled for promotions such as Prime Wrestling, Chikara, Dragon Gate, Dragon Gate USA, Pro Wrestling Guerrila and even the WWE. But like most residents of northeast Ohio, he’s stuck to his roots and where it all began: Absolute Intense Wrestling. One of Cleveland’s hottest independent wrestling promotions, AIW held its 10th “Absolution” event, and Gargano along with four of his fellow roster members took on the “Dudes on TV”—a.k.a. Ring of Honor and TNA.
“It was fantastic,” he said. “It was Absolution 10, and that’s crazy for me because I was at the first Absolution. It’s insane to me that it’s been that long. It doesn’t feel like it’s been ten years, but I guess it has.
A small brand with an almost cult following, AIW has grown over the years since Gargano arrived, and he along with the others have noticed it’s rise.
“The crowd last night was absolutely amazing.” he said. “It always amazes me when I’m in Cleveland, Ohio, when I’m in my hometown, and flocks of wrestling fans—like 500 people—flock to this building to watch this promotion I’ve basically watched grow from nothing. It was a cool night for all of us.”
Gargano’s journey to professional wrestling began during his childhood. When he was eight, he drew his inspiration from watching Shawn Michaels, as well as the Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman.
“Unfortunately, I realized that those weren’t real-life professions that I could actually pursue,” he chuckled. “But I can put on spandex tights and I could be a professional wrestler, so that seemed like a pretty cool job choice.”
Now a 27-year-old veteran of the business, Gargano said that he’s loved every second of what he does and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
“I get to live out my dream and do it, so I’m very lucky.”
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1. LeBron, after going 0 for 9 in the 1st Quarter, posted a triple-double to end the game in the Cavs favor. Cleveland now takes the 3-0 series lead over Atlanta.
2. Very sluggish game, especially at the beginning. Cleveland just couldn’t get any offensive energy going, as Atlanta took the lead early. While LeBron was off the mark in the 1st quarter, his teammates were able to get shots and keep the game close.
3. First, everyone is talking about Matthew Dellavedova and Al Horford. Horford got ejected. Dellavedova received a technical, and Horford a flagrant II.
4. Both players are NOT dirty players. Both players are good guys.
5. Iman Shumpert and J.R Smith continued to help the Cavs both offensively and defensively. They were able to be key sustainers of Cleveland’s energy in the game.
6. There were points in the game where the Cavaliers just looked exhausted, and its understandable. The team has come off of two very physical series against Boston and Chicago, and now are in another physical matchup in the Eastern Conference Finals against Atlanta.
7. However, the team was able to stay in the game, even when it looked like the Hawks could steal a game at The Q. Part of that has to do with LeBron James, and how he was able to turn his 0-9 performance into a 37-18-13 finish.
8. We need to remind ourselves about the overall mental toughness of LeBron James, just like that, he was able to switch from what looked like a poor shooting night to his first triple double in this years playoffs.
9. Offensive boards, once again, was key. Tristan Thompson continues to show us his ability to chase after boards with such ferocity. The front office will do all they can to keep him in a Cavaliers uniform.
10. As a side note, I think Thompson sitting on the bench for the regular season did wonders to his game. He was able to focus fully on what he needed to improve, and from there, worked on his game while learning from the bench. Now, he has shown everyone what he has learned.
11. Dellavedova had a good performance filling in for Kyrie Irving, scoring 17 points. He has posted a few good performances in the playoffs so far, and has shown that he is getting better. HIs level of play and tenacious mindset is something that the coaching staff love.
12. Speaking of Kyrie Irving, it was a game time decision to not have him play tonight. If the Cavs beleived it is better for him to sit a game for the long-term goal of the playoffs, I am fine with the decision. IF this Cavs team makes the Finals, you need a healthy Kyrie Irving.
13. The Hawks played tremendous in this game. Atlanta showed that they were not ready to fold after losing the first two games at home. Throughout the game, they showed no hesitation, and wanted to attack early.
14. One more win separates Cleveland from returning to the Finals since 2007. This would make LeBrons fifth straight Finals appearance, too. I won’t say much, but this next game is going to be very interesting. With the Hawks showing they still have some fight in them, its up to the Cavs to perform on their home court and punch their ticket in to go the NBA Finals.