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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · VASJ FOOTBALL – A trio of Vikings earn All Ohio recognition


VASJ seniors Delanoe Harris and Nate Dean were named Division V third team All Ohio selections on Nov. 27.

Vikings senior lineman Patrick Sheridan was named as an honorable mention selection.

Harris was the team’s leading passer and rusher. Dean led VASJ in receiving during the fall.

Sheridan was a standout two-way lineman for the Vikings.


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Multiple Teams · VASJ GIRLS BASKETBALL – 2017-2018 SEASON PREVIEW


VASJ coach Tony Redding is eagerly anticipating the opening night of the 2017-2018 campaign at neighborhood rival Euclid on Nov. 24.

That excitement is not only because another girls basketball season is about to tip off, but because of what he saw out of the Vikings in the off-season.

VASJ comes into this year as an experienced and motivated team that finished 8-16 a year ago and lost to top-seeded Perry in a Division II sectional semifinal.

Redding said what he was most impressed with was the direction the Vikings decided to go after being eliminated from the postseason last winter.

“The thing I like most is how hard these girls have worked and how close they have become on and off the court and how they have bought into what we are trying to do,” Redding said. “Last year didn’t sit well with a lot of the girls and instead of putting their head down and pouting about it, they decided to work hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I am excited to see them out on the floor this year.”

VASJ is a senior-laden team with seven seniors on the roster. There are also four juniors, two sophomores and freshman Willo Singleton on the Vikings varsity this winter.

VASJ lost leading scorer Nasiah Joe to graduation, but Redding expects every member of the roster to contribute at points this season and in different aspects – led by a talented senior class.

“I think we have girls that have leadership, some showcase toughness, some are shooters, some get after it on defense. We have a little bit of everything this year,” Redding said.

“It all starts with defense. That is the one thing in basketball you can control is how hard you play on defense. For us, I think we are going to be able to guard people and we have a lot of quickness out there. If we figure out some things on offense, we have a chance to really round into form come tournament time.”

Seniors Malia Ali, Jaida Bates, Kynadi Burge, Taylor Molson, Jenine Saba, Serena Saba and Elizabeth Smith will be counted on for leadership on and off the court. Kenyalise Ball, Lia Campbell, Iyana Smith and Daizha Walters make up a promising junior class for VASJ. Michele Blackshear and Aly Mostrocola are sophomores playing on the varsity, along with freshman Singleton.

The Vikings were tested in three scrimmages against Madison, Lutheran East and Lake Catholic and will open with a brutal non-conference schedule that includes Euclid, Beachwood (at Quicken Loans Arena) and Laurel.

“It’s not an easy schedule right off the bat so we will know early what kind of team we have,” Redding said. “I think it will benefit us down the road, and hopefully right at tournament time.”

 


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Vikings News · Vance Marbury named new VASJ athletic director


Vance Marbury has been named the new Athletic Director at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School.

The announcement was made on November 20 by VASJ Principal David Csank and President Bill Cervenik ’72. 

With a masters degree in Sports Management and experience working in various athletic departments, Marbury is more than qualified for the job. 

“The search process was very thorough and we examined dozens of qualified candidates,” Csank says. “Vance’s experiences running a variety of youth athletic programs, budgeting, and fundraising made him stand out from all others.” 

Marbury’s time spent mentoring and coaching youth in his current role at the Boys and Girls Club and other capacities, make him an ideal candidate for the job. 

“During the interview, it was clear Vance understood that in addition to being the Athletic Director, he has a responsibility to serve as a role model and to ensure that academic success remains a priority for all student-athletes,” Cervenik says. 

Marbury will start at VASJ on November 27 and is eager to begin his new role. 

“I’m excited to work at VASJ because of the rich tradition the school has,” Marbury says. “We want to be one of the best athletic schools in the state, so we will work hard towards that goal.” 

Marbury will be replacing Nate Zavorek ’94 who recently announced his family is moving out of state. 

“We want to thank Nate for his dedication to VASJ and all he has done for not only Viking athletics, but the entire Viking Village,” Csank says. “We wish him all the best as he begins this next chapter in his life.” 

The search committee is confident they have found the ideal replacement to continue Nate’s great work at VASJ. 

“We are grateful to Nate for all he accomplished during his five years at VASJ and we are sad to see him go,” Cervenik says. “We are thankful to have found Vance, who has the vision needed to continue the strong tradition and history of Viking athletics.” 

Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School is a Catholic, comprehensive college-preparatory school rooted in the Ursuline and Marianist traditions and committed to the spiritual, academic, and personal growth of each student. 

For more information, contact Director of Communications Emily Robinson at erobinson@vasj.com. 


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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · VASJ FOOTBALL – Three Vikings selected as first-team all-district


VASJ seniors Delanoe Harris, Nate Dean and Patrick Sheridan were named to the Division V All Northeast Lakes District first team on Nov. 7.

The teams are selected by a panel of local media members.

Harris led the Vikings in both passing and rushing, Dean was the team’s leading receiver and Sheridan was one of the top two-way linemen for VASJ.

Devontae Glover, Kiras Kijauskas, Chase Harden and Chris Boykin all earned honorable mention honors for the Vikings.


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Vikings News · Event Recap: Week of October 28 – November 3


Saturday, Oct 28th

Boys Varsity Football
@ Cleveland Central Catholic HS
N/A

Sunday, Oct 29th

No event results

Monday, Oct 30th

No event results

Tuesday, Oct 31st

No event results

Wednesday, Nov 1st

No event results

Thursday, Nov 2nd

No event results

Friday, Nov 3rd

No event results

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Multiple Teams · VASJ CROSS COUNTRY – Young runners lead Vikings at district; Smith closes out solid career on girls side


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At the Division III Cortland Lakeview District, freshman David Hoffman and sophomore Dylan Barnett crossed the line almost together, finishing in 31st and 32nd place to lead VASJ. Hoffman finished in a time of 19:11.12 and Barnett was just behind at 19:14.47.

Also scoring for the Vikings were sophomores Davante Callahan (49th place), Phillip Davis (50th) and Deonte Warren (54th). Sophomore Matthew Fronczek and freshman Daylen Sanders also competed for VASJ and finished in 66th and 78th, respectively.

The boys team under Coach Scott McNulty continued to improve all fall and will return all seven runners for the 2018 season.

GIRLS

VASJ senior Elizabeth Smith closed out her fine cross country career by finishing 37th at the Division II Cortland Lakeview District. Smith finished in 22:06.78.

Also scoring for the Vikings were freshman Annalise Gibbons (70th place), sophomore Olivia Linsky (78th), junior Hannagh Franczyk (83rd) and senior Erin Osborne (86th).


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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · VASJ FOOTBALL – Vikings fall in NCL White title game at Cleveland Central Catholic


Cleveland Central Catholic won the NCL White Division championship with a 46-0 win over visiting VASJ on Oct. 28.

The Vikings finished the season at 4-6 and 3-1 in the NCL White.

The Ironmen got a pair of touchdowns from Marvin Minger in the first quarter to jump out to a 14-0 lead. CCC added two more touchdowns in the second quarter and went on to its fifth straight win of the season.

“To be honest, I think our guys were a little deflated after finding out we were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but that is not an excuse and that is on me as a head coach to get them back up for a big game like this,” VASJ coach Bill Sowers said.

“I’d like to thank our seniors for all they have done. It isn’t easy with a new coach and a new staff and they were great this year helping us trying to bring energy to the program. We have great young men here and we know what we need to do to make sure this type of ending to the season doesn’t happen again. Hopefully, next year we can do that.”

The Ironmen (6-4, 4-0 NCL White) did not qualify for the postseason in Division III, Region 10.

 


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Vikings News · Event Recap: Week of October 21 – October 27


Saturday, Oct 21st

Coed Varsity Cross Country
OHSAA District Tournament
N/A
Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Open Date
N/A

Sunday, Oct 22nd

No event results

Monday, Oct 23rd

No event results

Tuesday, Oct 24th

No event results

Wednesday, Oct 25th

No event results

Thursday, Oct 26th

No event results

Friday, Oct 27th

No event results

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Boys Junior Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Football · VASJ FOOTBALL – Vikings set to face rival CCC for NCL White championship


VASJ and Cleveland Central Catholic have played many big games against each other in several different sports, but the stakes don’t get much higher than on Oct. 28 at Stefanski Stadium.
The Vikings and the Ironmen will face off for the outright NCL White Division championship as both teams enter the contest unbeaten in the league at 3-0.
VASJ is 4-5 overall and coming off a huge second-half effort in a 41-21 win over Warren JFK. CCC is 5-4 overall and has won four straight games.
Ironmen quarterback Marvin Minger is a talented dual threat. Kody Bell and Keije Brown are legitimate threats in the passing game, and senior running back David Lee is an effective option out of the backfield. Defensively, CCC has allowed just 28 points during the four-game winning streak.
The Vikings are led on offense by dual-threat QB Delanoe Harris, who leads the team in passing and rushing with 1,816 total yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns. Chris Boykin is coming off a monster effort vs. Warren JFK in which he had an impact running, receiving and on special teams to spark his team. Devland Culliver, Devon Conyer, Nate Dean and Carl Chaney have all made an impact on offense this season. Re’ Williams and Kiras Kijauskas anchor the offensive line for VASJ.
Defensively, senior Patrick Sheridan is the team’s leading tackler. Linebacker Devontae Glover has had a solid season. Isaiah Gary and Chase Harden continue to be productive on that side of the ball for the Vikings along with several of the offensive standouts.

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Multiple Teams · VASJ VOLLEYBALL – Vikings fall to Beaumont in district semifinal


VASJ lost to Beaumont in a Division II Lyndhurst District semifinal on Oct. 25 at Brush High School.

The Vikings were defeated in three games as their season came to an end.

Incorrect information was originally posted on the Division II bracket on the OHSAA website after the conclusion of the game.

With the win, Beaumont advanced to the district championship game on Oct. 28 vs. top-seeded Gilmour.