June 25, 2016


College sports: Hinckley’s Cook looks good as starting QB

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook of Hinckley Township throws a pass against Youngstown State last Saturday. (AP PHOTO)

The quarterback competition has heated up at Michigan State and a Medina County product is right in the middle of it.

Former Walsh Jesuit standout and Hinckley Township resident Connor Cook, who is one of three QBs to share the job, made a convincing statement in MSU’s 55-17 drubbing of Youngstown State.

The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cook was impressive in picking apart the Penguins, throwing four touchdown passes in his first start of the season as Michigan State built a 35-10 halftime lead.

Cook finished 15-of-22 for 202 yards before being replaced by Tyler O’Connor in the third quarter. Cook’s touchdown passes were 13, 12, 24 and 17 yards.

Andrew Maxwell is the third quarterback in the competition.

Cook, a sophomore, also picked up 25 yards on the ground on two carries and has an efficiency rating of 129.4 for the season.

Youngstown State’s Kyle Sirl, a Cloverleaf grad, had one tackle.


Walsh suffered a loss on the first play from scrimmage when wide receiver Anthony Schrock (Wadsworth) went down with a knee injury. The team is awaiting results of his MRI, but did go on to win its Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener over Northwood 25-14.

• Wideout Chad Toocheck (Medina) caught three passes for 116 yards and a touchdown, but West Alabma lost a 44-42 heartbreaker to McNeese State. Toocheck caught a 75-yard bomb for a touchdown just 12 seconds in.

• Linebacker Adam Cepik (Cloverleaf) led the way with 11 tackles as Heidelberg defeated Alma 52-7.

• Mason Schreck (Medina) completed his first collegiate pass for 23 yards as Buffalo won a 26-23 five-overtime thriller over Stony Brook. He also had a tackle.

• A four-tackle night from Heath Eby (Cloverleaf) wasn’t enough as Wittenberg fell to Butler 49-24. Noah Johanson (Medina) was 1-for-2 passing for 9 yards as the Tigers played outside of Division III for the first time in seven seasons.

• John Guilford (Black River) had two tackles and one quarterback knockdown for Valparaiso in a 36-34 loss to William Jewell.

• Carlton Watkins (Buckeye) recovered a Michigan Tech fumble and had a pair of tackles for Tiffin, but Tech earned the 40-14 win.

• Sophomore Will Hiteshue (Medina) had one stop as No. 1 Mount Union edged No. 19 Franklin 30-27.

• Tight end Ray J. Brown (Brunswick) caught four passes for 32 yards, but they weren’t enough as Notre Dame College fell to Urbana 39-19.

• Luke Currens (Wadsworth) forced a fumble and had two tackles as Taylor fell to No. 11 Saint Ambrose 48-37.

Men’s soccer

Goalkeeper Justin Nolan (Highland) stopped six shots as Walsh took down Findlay 2-1 in its GLIAC opener. The victory was the senior’s first as a Cavalier after spending his first three seasons at Ashland.

• Defender Ian Johnson (Wadsworth) returned from an injury and came off the bench for Mount Vernon Nazarene in a 5-2 win over Lawrence Tech.

Women’s soccer

Alyson Joyce (Buckeye) had an assist and a game-high six shots in Point Park’s 2-0 win over Midway (Ky.). She also had an assist the night before on a corner kick to help the Pioneers beat Berea (Ky.) 3-0.

• Hiram ran its win streak to four as sophomore goalie Kalie Reed (Wadsworth) recorded five saves in a 1-0 blanking of Geneva (Pa.).

• Goalkeeper Taylor Burke (Medina) matched her season-high with four stops as Florida battled South Florida to a 1-1 tie in two overtimes.

• Freshman midfielder Amanda Davis (Wadsworth) assisted on the game-winning goal as Mount Union defeated Allegheny 1-0.

• Michaella Stucky (Medina) started in goal for Walsh and made three saves in the first half, but the Cavaliers fell in overtime to Eastern Oregon. Jessie Gearhart (Wadsworth) had one of two good scoring opportunities for Walsh in overtime, but both were saved.

• Redshirt sophomore Jackie Hall (Brunswick) saw a pair of shot attempts sail wide of goal as Buffalo and Duquesne played to a scoreless draw.

• Summer Setliff (Buckeye) had an assist for Muskingum in a 3-0 victory over Franciscan.

• Former Gazette MVP Grace Campbell (Wadsworth) played all 90 minutes on the backline in helping Ohio to a 1-0 shutout of Youngstown State.


Emily Witsaman (Medina) earned a spot on the all-tournament team at the Maddie Bingaman Memorial, helping the University of Maryland-Baltimore County to a sweep over Coppin State. The senior middle hitter had 11 kills in UMBC’s final-day win and had 28 spikes for the tourney on .500 hitting.

• Junior middle blocker Laura McDermott (Cloverleaf) posted six of Morehead State’s 10 blocks in leading the Eagles to a four-game win over Hampton.

• Leslie Giordon (Medina) had 10 kills and 10 digs to help Fairmont State sweep Point Park. She followed with 10 spikes in a four-set victory over Slippery Rock.

• Mount Union setter Sarah Schleich (Cloverleaf) handed out 26 assists in a four-game win over Hanover (Ind.). The junior followed with 23 helpers in a victory for the No. 9 Purple Raiders over Bethany (Pa.).

Cross country

Freshman Ken Kutcel (Medina) posted the best time for Geneva College en route to taking 52nd at the Penn State Behrend Invitational. Kutcel ran a 28:21 for the 8k event — the fastest for a freshman at the school since 2010.

• Tony Kall (Medina) used a personal best to place 134th for Muskingum University at the Calvin Knight Invitational. Kall clocked 28:35 to help the Muskies finish 20th.

• UNC Asheville’s Kevin Paradise (Medina) was sixth in the 6K event at the Asheville Carnival. Paradise recorded a 19:19 as the Bulldogs took the team title.

• Brad Palocko (Medina) was 48th as Heidelberg competed in the Calvin Knight Invitational. His 26:20 led the Student Princes.

• Anna Mion (Medina resident/SVSM) was 25th for Ashland in the non-Division I race at the Michigan State Spartan Invitational, recording a 22:37.

• Amanda Kalain (Cloverleaf) ran a 22:26 for Cleveland State as it took second at the Ohio Invitational.

Men’s golf

Senior Augie Ward (Hinckley Twp. resident/Walsh Jesuit) finished tied for ninth to help Baldwin Wallace take runner-up at the Pat Flowers Invitational. Ward carded a 6-over 77 in the one-day event. Cody Lyon (Highland) participated individually and shot 78 to tie for 17th.

• Ashland’s Austin Schreiber (Medina) is tied for 12th at the John Piper Invitational. The sophomore fired a 5-over 149 heading into Tuesday’s final round and is seven shots back of the leader.

• Highlighted by a second-round 72, Cleveland State’s Patrick Luth (Medina) tied for 60th at the Marshall Invitational to help the Vikings take fourth.

Women’s golf

Jessica Porvasnik (Highland) made her debut memorable by helping Ohio State finish second at the Mary Fossum Invitational. Porvasnik tied for seventh with a three-day total of 223 (74-73-76) at Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich. Her score was three strokes behind fellow freshman Ileen Domela for team low.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.