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Sports teams progress far into playoff seasons, achieve multiple titles

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Sports teams progress far into playoff seasons, achieve multiple titles

Junior Andrew Cooke competes with a Summit Country Day player in the division II state championship

Junior Andrew Cooke competes with a Summit Country Day player in the division II state championship

Photo courtesy of Pete Effinger. Used with permission.

Junior Andrew Cooke competes with a Summit Country Day player in the division II state championship

Photo courtesy of Pete Effinger. Used with permission.

Photo courtesy of Pete Effinger. Used with permission.

Junior Andrew Cooke competes with a Summit Country Day player in the division II state championship

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The 2018 fall season found multiple Revere sports competing for a variety of different titles, with some teams progressing far enough into their playoffs to attain notable titles.

The men’s soccer team traveled to Columbus on November 10 for the state championship and received the runner-up title after losing to Summit Country Day School 4-0. Summit Country Day won the division II title for the first time after winning six championship division III titles in the past seven years. Aside from the loss, Revere won a decisive victory against state-ranked Bay High School 1-0 in a penalty-kick shootout to progress to the state championship, and won matches against Tallmadge to win the Suburban League, Chagrin Falls to win the district championship, Marlington to progress to the regional semi-finals, and Hubbard to win the regional title. Senior captain Sandor Jakab reflected on the state championship loss.

“Everyone [on the team] was upset, but at the end of the day we were the second team in the state. The journey that we took was probably the hardest out of any team. We were sad that we didn’t finish it off and win, but looking back at what we did, it was pretty special. We were all pretty proud of what we had done this year. We played three of the top ten teams in the state; we went to overtime, we went to penalty kicks, and we were just able to take care of it and grind it out,” Jakab said.

Head Coach Nick DePompei described the increasing difficulty of the teams Revere faced in their district when progressing throughout the playoffs.

“Our district is very difficult. It’s always been there, but over last few years it’s only increased. It used to be just us and CVCA. We were in a district this year with three teams ranked in the top nine in the state which is kind of unheard of at that early stage of the playoffs to play that high level teams right off the bat. It was a very challenging district to get through. That’s been a development unfortunately for us. Over the last few years our district just keeps getting more and more difficult with the level of competition,” DePompei said.

The women’s soccer team finished their playoff season as the regional runner-up, losing to Lake Catholic 2-1 on November 3. Aside from the loss, the team won their district championship against Aurora in a penalty-kick shootout, and won against Marlington 5-0 in the regional semi-finals to progress to regionals.

The women’s volleyball team finished their playoff season as the regional runner up, losing to Gilmore Academy on November 1. The team broke the school record for most consecutive wins in a season by winning 23 straight games, and tied the school record for most wins in a season. Additionally, the team beat Tallmadge to win the district championships. Senior Kate Fulton described the mentality of the team going into the playoff season.

“We went into every game with a desire to win. . . .  We worked hard in our games and we really just wanted to come back after losing the first two games of the season and not have that happen again. . . . We really just played for the playoffs. It ended up working out [and] we ended up getting the first seed and the first by,” Fulton said.

Senior captain Anna D’Amico explained the motivation for wanting to compete as far as possible in the playoffs to win the district championship.

“We wanted districts. That was one of our goals during the beginning of the season. We knew that we had beat [Tallmadge] twice, so we had to play well. Last time we [the seniors] went to districts, we were all sophomores, and we didn’t really have that big of an impact, but this was our senior year and didn’t want to leave it all,” D’Amico said.

The women’s tennis team finished their season with a record of 12-7. The doubles team of senior Amy Lazbin and freshman Morgan Dobos progressed to the state competition in Cincinnati, and placed 4th overall for the Division II doubles tournament. This was the first time Revere had qualified and competed at the state level for the first time in ten years. Lazbin reflected on the state competition and the teams she and Dobos faced.

“Not a lot of people expected [us getting fourth place] because Morgan was the youngest player there, and we were the newest team to states, [as] neither of us had been there before. We played four [matches]. Two of the teams, Hathaway Brown got 1st and 2nd in the state, and they were in our sectional and district. We have the toughest sectional in the state of Ohio,” Lazbin said.

The men’s football team finished their season with a positive record of 6-4, which has not occured since the 2009 football season. The team was unable to progress into the playoff season from a 25-41 loss to Tallmadge High School. Senior captain Matt Buser reflected on the season and how it compared with previous seasons he played with his fellow senior teammates.

“I think that the sense of comradery really showed out just from us being seniors and it flowing into the younger classes. I really think that the program has changed; the whole aspect of winning and the winning attitude was really . . .  brought forth through by the new head coach [James Boyeas]. I think the program is in an upward swing for sure,” Buser said.

The men’s golf team finished their season with a record of 10-2 for the regular season. They played their sectional tournament of the season at Barberton Brookside Country Club and placed fifth as a team; the team was unable to progress out of sectionals, as they needed to place within the top four to qualify for the district tournament at Pine Hills. Senior Tyler Ankrom was the only Revere player able to progress to the district tournament. Ankrom commented on his performance at sectionals to progress to the district tournament.

“My strategy at Barberton Brookside was to be really aggressive on the front side [of the course], because that was the easier of the two, so you could make a mistake and get away with it. My strategy on the back side [of the course] was just to maintain par [and to not] be aggressive,” Ankrom said.

The women’s golf team finished their season with a record of 1-9 for the regular season. They played their sectional tournament at Ellsworth Meadows in Hudson, but none of the players progressed to the district tournament. Senior Amy Race discussed competitive nature of the other teams at the tournament.

“A few girls had never played the course before, so it was a little challenging for some of them, but me and a few other teammates did pretty well. We kinda knew that a lot of the teams that we were up against had trained a lot harder and practiced a little more over the summer, so it was going to be hard,” Race said.

The men’s cross country team finished their season with the varsity team running the Division 1 Northeast district meet at Glenoak High School, but no runners progressed to the regional meet. Feltman reflected on the season and future prospects for next season.

“I think overall it was a very good season. However, we have a lot to improve on. We have a lot of room to grow as a team and as individuals. We have had much better finishes as a team in almost every meet. I am happy with how I performed and how my team performed, but I know we can step it up and become better,” Feltman said.

Feltman additionally gave some suggestions on how to approach the next season as a team.

‘Next season, it would be pretty good if we could improve on our team finishes, and since most of us have another year under our belt, we will know how to manage certain training, rest, race strategy, [and] preparedness better. I am very proud of everyone who competed this year because it is not easy and can often be very painful to run hard for 3.1 miles,” Feltman said.

The women’s cross country team also finished their season with the varsity team running the Division II district meet at Glenoak, but no runners progressed to the regional meet. Senior Macy Keaton offered her perspective on how the team should run next season.

“I hope that next season the team continues to understand that running is about more than just the competition; it’s about striving to beat your personal best as well as bonding with the team,” Keaton said.

Photo Courtesy ofJohn Landis. Used with permission.
Junior Andy Feltman races at the district tournament at Glenoak.

Photo courtesy of Zoe Kayafas. Used with permission.
Above: Seniors Anna Kantaras and Anna D’Amico play in the suburban league game against Tallmage

Photo Courtesy of Marina Lazbin. Used with permission.
Above: Senior Amy Lazbin and freshman Morgan Dobos after placing fourth in the state championship doubles tournament.

Photo courtesy of Pete Effinger. Used with permission.
Junior Trent Rorabaugh prepares to kick the ball during the state championship.

Photo courtesy of Pete Effinger. Used with permission.
Right: Sophomore Teagan Johnston fights for the ball in the game against Lake Catholic.

 

 

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