Fans of University of Richmond men’s tennis are quickly finding out what Medina County followers of the sport have known for a long time: The Dunbar brothers are pretty good.
Cloverleaf graduates Ethan and Jacob Dunbar opened up the fall season last weekend at the Eastern Carolina Shootout.
In three days of competition, the sibling tandem won all three of their doubles matches.
Jacob Dunbar also picked up two singles victories in his collegiate debut. The Division I state champ at Cloverleaf picked up straight-set wins over Coastal Carolina’s Garik Yedigarian (6-4, 6-3) and Navy’s Austin Jones (6-1, 6-2).
Redshirt junior Ethan Dunbar defeated Rob Stirling of James Madison in his first singles match, but lost a three-set heartbreaker to ECU’s Nico Soriano. Singles competition on the final day was rained out.
Notre Dame College’s Ray J. Brown (Brunswick) caught seven passes for 70 yards in the Falcons’ 34-25 win over West Virginia Wesleyan. The junior tight end caught a 6-yard strike from Ray Russ late in the first quarter for his first TD of the season.
• Quarterback Connor Cook (Hinckley Twp. resident/Walsh Jesuit) threw for 135 yards and a touchdown as Michigan State dropped a 17-13 heartbreaker to No. 22 Notre Dame.
• Taylor’s Luke Currens (Wadsworth) was all over in the field in a 27-21 win over Lane. The senior defensive back had an interception, broke up a pass and collected seven tackles.
• Wide receiver Steven Uhler (Brunswick) made four receptions for 26 yards to aid defending North Coast Athletic Conference champion Ohio Wesleyan to a 20-13 victory over Kenyon in the NCAC opener.
• Fullback Nick Seme (Wadsworth) caught the first pass of his collegiate career, but Ferris State was too much for Ashland in a 34-7 loss.
• West Alabama’s Chad Toocheck (Medina) caught four passes for 54 yards as the Tigers used 637 total yards of offense to crush Florida Tech 45-3. West Alabama is currently 15th in the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches Poll.
• Adam Cepik (Cloverleaf) deflected a pass and had two tackles-for-loss to lead No. 12 Heidelberg past Ohio Northern 55-27.
• Hiram senior wideout Brendon James (Brunswick) had three catches for 36 yards in the Terriers’ 20-0 shutout of Allegheny.
• A six-tackle day from Carlton Watkins (Buckeye) wasn’t enough as Tiffin fell to Grand Valley State 42-17.
• Youngstown State defensive end Kyle Sirl (Cloverleaf) picked up a pair of tackles to help the Penguins to a 59-17 decision over Duquesne.
• Jason Suggs (Medina) had a tackle as Lehigh improved to 3-0 on the season with a 29-28 win over Princeton.
• Mount Union’s Will Hiteshue (Medina) had a tackle as the Purple Raiders open the Ohio Athletic Conference schedule with a 37-0 win over Muskingum.
• Wittenberg’s Noah Johanson (Medina) completed two passes for 14 yards as the Tigers rolled to a 45-0 victory over DePauw. Teammate Heath Eby (Cloverleaf) assisted on a tackle.
Sheamus Dalton (Wooster) scored in the 88th minute for the College of Wooster to force overtime as the Scots and Capital played to a 1-1 draw. The score was the sophomore’s first of the season.
• Cleveland State’s Jacob Naumann (Highland) assisted on the eventual game-deciding goal as the Vikings edged Duquesne 3-2.
• Junior defender Bill Gamble (Brunswick) headed in a throw-in from Judson Sprandel, but Baldwin Wallace fell 2-1 to Allegheny (Pa.). The goal was the second of the fall for Gamble.
Buffalo redshirt sophomore Jackie Hall (Brunswick) netted her first goal of the season, scoring late in regulation, as the Bulls fell to Niagara 2-1. Katie Roberts (Cloverleaf) had a team-high four shots in the setback.
• Goalkeeper Taylor Burke (Medina) stopped three shots as Florida blanked Alabama 3-0 in the Southwestern Conference opener. The junior now has four shutouts on the season and 19 clean sheets for her career.
• Ohio defender Grace Campbell (Wadsworth) helped the Bobcats backline to its a second straight shutout, a scoreless draw with Cleveland State. Campbell also had a shot attempt, her fourth of the season, off a corner kick.
• Coming into the week, Slippery Rock’s Marisa Scullin (Medina) has started four games at center back, playing all but 9 minutes. The Rock is currently No. 24 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.
• Kailie Reed (Wadsworth) fell to 5-2 on the season as Hiram’s goalie in a 2-1 setback to DePauw (Ind.). The sophomore had five saves in 90 minutes.
• Becca Candler (Medina) uncorked seven shots to keep the pressure on Minnesota as Indiana took down the Gophers 1-0 in the Big Ten opener.
• Sophomore Summer Setliff (Buckeye) fired four shots, two on goal, as Muskingum battled Ohio Valley to a 1-1 draw.
Junior middle blocker Laura McDermott (Cloverleaf) recorded a career-high eight block assists, along with spiking the ball 14 times in Morehead State’s five-game win over Pittsburgh. Later in the week, she posted 11 kills and five blocks in a 3-0 setback to No. 18 Kentucky.
• Sarah Schleich (Cloverleaf) continues to keep the Mount Union offense moving, posting 21 assists in a win over Wilmington and 24 more in a triumph over Defiance. The No. 7 Purple Raiders are currently 16-0.
• Kaitlyn Witsaman (Medina) had back-to-back matches with 11 kills as Fairmont State defeated Slipper Rock and lost to Kutztown. Lesilie Giordon (Medina) had 10 spikes and 18 digs in the Falcons’ five-set win over Edinboro.
• Senior Emily Witsaman (Medina) assisted in seven blocks and had five spikes as Maryland Baltimore County fell to West Virginia in four games. The loss ended an eight-match winning streak in which the middle blocker had double-digit kills in wins over Liberty (12) and Georgetown (15).
Senior Bobby Over (Wadsworth) opened the season in style by winning the Allegheny Invitational in 25:48.6. The defending North Coast Athletic Conference champion helped the host Gators to a team win in the event that serves as a league preview.
• Kent State’s Taylor Wickey (Medina) was 64th in 24:39 to help the Golden Flashes to a fifth-place showing at the Iona Meet of Champions.
• Muskingum’s Tony Kall (Medina) placed 65th in 28:43 to help the Muskies to a ninth-place showing at the Otterbein Invitational.
• Sophomore Amanda Kalain (Cloverleaf) recorded a personal-best 6K time in helping Cleveland State to a third-place finish at the Ceaderville Friendship Invitational. Kalain’s time of 27:24 was good for 79th.
• Oklahoma State’s Anna Boyert (Medina) was 12th in the 5,000-meter race at the Bluegrass Invitational. The sophomore finished in 17:28.28 as the Cowboys placed fourth.
• Harvard sophomore Selena Pasadyn (Brunswick) recorded an 18:23 to place eighth as the Crimson beat rival Yale. It was the first win for Harvard over the Bulldogs since 2009.
• Freshman Alexis Smith (Medina) clocked a 17:17 to finish 13th for Ashland at the Malone Invitational.
• Sophomore Brad Palocko (Medina) finished 18th in 27:09.6 to pace the Student Princes at the 8K Otterbein Invitational.
• Kevin Paradise (Medina) came in 35th for UNC Asheville at the Big South Preview. The junior clocked a 28:57.28.
BW’s Augie Ward (Hinckley Twp. resident/Walsh Jesuit) fired rounds of 77 and 82 to help the Yellow Jackets to a sixth-place showing at the Ohio Athletic Conference Fall Invitational. Junior Cody Lyon (Highland) competed individually and finished with a 160.
• Austin Schreiber (Medina) carded an 11-over 227 to tie for 11th as Ashland finished third at the John Piper Invitational.
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