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2020 Football All-Southwestern Conference Honors

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The Southwestern Conference announced the 2020 football individual award winners and All-Southwestern Conference teams, based off the regular season, as selected by the conference coaches. Avon’s Niko Pappas was named the Offensive Player of the Year.  Jacob Sintic of Avon Lake was named the Defensive Player of the Year.  The Lineman of the Year was awarded to Alex Padgett of Avon Lake.  Amherst Steele’s Alden Steele was named the Specialty Player of the Year. Mike Elder of Avon was named this year’s Coach of the Year.

2020 Football All-Southwestern Conference Honors
Offensive Player of the Year
Niko Pappas – Avon

Defensive Player of the Year
Jacob Sintic – Avon Lake

Lineman of the Year
Alex Padgett – Avon Lake

Specialty Player of the Year
Alden Steele – Amherst Steele

Coach of the Year
Mike Elder – Avon

First Team All-Southwestern Conference
Amherst Steele
Tyler Brezina, Lavell Gibson, Matt Mendak,
Alden Steele, Ty Weatherspoon

Avon
Mason Bingham, Mitchell Dupras, Jake Frye, Devon Hunter,
Michael Matlak, Niko Pappas, Michael Ptacek, Nathanial Vakos

Avon Lake
Nate Cikalo, Michael Corbo, Gage Duesler, Griffin Lidyard,
Alex Padgett, Jacob Sintic, Kadyn Viancourt

Berea-Midpark
Jack Arnold, DeAngelo Borders, Luke Devins, Devin Johnson

Midview
Ben Croftcheck, Bryce Sanders

North Olmsted
Anthony Guercio, Jaeden Roman, Collin Strong

North Ridgeville
Chris Douglas, Dom Farago

Olmsted Falls
Rocco Conti, Luke Dieckman, Malley Kilbane
Jacob McCabe, Andrew Parkowski, Thomas Vas

Second Team All-Southwestern Conference
Amherst
Macky Perdue, Torre Weatherspoon

Avon
Kam Erskine, Desmond Kelly, Austin Mitchell, Kaya Yonkers

Avon Lake
Mitchell Fedders, Joe Lubertozzi, Sean Summers, Owen Wiley

Berea-Midpark
Connor Reynolds, Daniel Yu

Midview
Ethan Surdock

North Olmsted
Kosta Ermidis

North Ridgeville
Dain Bartlebaugh

Olmsted Falls
Charlie Ciolek, Jimmy Cooney, Brendan Corrigan

Honorable Mention All-Southwestern Conference
Amherst Steele
RJ Morales, Jonathan West

Avon
Gavin Ehrhardt, Ryan Ptacek

Avon Lake
Nathan Schillinger, Brady Shildwachter

Berea-Midpark
Cameron Cupach, Hudson Devins

Midview
Bryce Newton, Tyler Smith

North Olmsted
Taedon Beasley, Jared Kelley

North Ridgeville
Jacob Flesher, Kosta Thrasivoulou

Olmsted Falls
Jeff Dreifke, Ryan Feskanich

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2019 Southwestern Conference Fall Preview – Football

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With the fall athletic season just around the corner, the Southwestern Conference is excited to launch its Southwestern Conference Fall Preview. The preview will be a tradition for faithful Southwestern Conference followers and will signal the beginning of the much anticipated 2019 fall athletic seasons and the first step on the pathway to this year’s Southwestern Conference Champions.

Follow along this week as we preview each of the Fall sports as they begin their 2019 campaigns:

Monday Aug 12th – Football
Tuesday Aug 13th – Boys & Girls Golf / Girls Tennis
Wednesday Aug 14th – Boys & Girls Cross Country
Thursday Aug 15th – Volleyball
Friday Aug 16th – Boys & Girls Soccer


Amherst Steele

Head Coach: Mike Passerrello

Years at school: 3

Last Year’s Overall Record (Conference Record): 6-4 (5-4 SWC)

Number of Returning Starters: 6

Athletes to Watch: OL/DL – Clay Carpenter, WR/DB – Kyle Ferguson, OL/DL – Lavell Gibson, RB/LB – Aidan Johnson, RB/LB – Jonathan West

2019 Season Outlook: The Comets are young and talented.  Coach Passerrello is confident that his team will gain valuable experience during the 2019 season.

 


Avon

Head Coach: Mike Elder

Years at school: 13

Last Year’s Overall Record (Conference Record): 12-2 (8-1 SWC)

Number of Returning Starters: 12

Athletes to Watch: WR/DB – Joey Lance (Sr), OL – Tommy Lorincz (Sr), OL/DL – Chris Pepe (Sr), RB – Nick Perusek (Sr), OL/DL – Joe Svec (Sr), QB – Danny Zeh (Sr)

2019 Season Outlook: Elder’s Eagles look to chase down another conference championship in 2019 and qualify for the playoffs with aspirations of a state title.

 


Avon Lake

Head Coach: Matt Kostelnik

Years at school: 2

Last Year’s Overall Record (Conference Record): 10-2 (8-1 SWC)

Number of Returning Starters: 9

Athletes to Watch: WR – Creed Bolognia (Sr), QB/K/LB – Harry Hebert (Sr), CB – Kai Kawalu (Sr), LB – Nico LaBianca (Sr), TE/DE – Nick Marsh (Sr), DE – Jack McCrum (Sr), OT – Alex Padgett (Jr), WR – Nate Sidloski (Sr), S – Josh Vlasak (Sr), OT – Max Von Der Lieth (Sr)

2019 Season Outlook: The Shoremen are excited to get out and defend their SWC title from 2018. Avon Lake returns a host of defensive players who are tough, smart, and physical. On offense, the Shoremen look to replace a number of starters including an entire offensive line, quarterback, and running back. A variety of juniors and seniors will be called upon to fill the gaps and compete for another conference championship.

 


Berea-Midpark

Head Coach: Jon Hunek

Years at school: 4

Last Year’s Overall Record (Conference Record): 5-5 (5-4 SWC)

Number of Returning Starters: 9

Athletes to Watch: OL/DL – Josh Andrews (Sr), DE/WR – Beau Bachie (Sr), OL/DL – Jared Bycznski (Sr), DL/RB – Brandt Eckerfield (Sr), S – Chase Ivancic (Sr), WR/S – Jonathan Lyons (Sr), OL – Cooper Roff (Sr), DE – Cameron Siggers (Sr), DT – Danny Yu (Jr)

2019 Season Outlook: The Titans will lean on a veteran, talented offensive and defensive line to be the core of their team. Led by returning starters Jared Bycznski, Josh Andrews, Cameron Siggers, Cooper Roff, Danny Yu, and Beau Bachie, Berea-Midpark looks to be exceptional on both the offensive and defensive line. The Skill positions on both offense and defense will be a mix of veteran, returning starters such as Jon Lyons, Chase Ivancic, and Luke Wolak, with exciting, talented underclassmen De’Angelo Borders, Jack Arnold, Devin Johnson and Luke Devins. Coach Hunek loves to have his team play fast on in all three aspects of the game and hopes his Titans has what it takes to contend for the SWC Championship.

 


Lakewood

Head Coach: Tom Thome

Years at school: 2

Last Year’s Overall Record (Conference Record): 1-9 (1-8 SWC)

Number of Returning Starters: 15

Athletes to Watch: DE/OL – Yousef Awad (Sr), WR/FS – Evan Hampton (Jr), RB/DB – Milan Jackson (Sr), WR/DE – Phoenix Jouriles (Jr), WR – Pete Patsouras (Jr), LB/OL – Spencer Reynolds (Sr), RB/LB –  Ste’von Semedo (Sr), QB – Albert Wilhelmy

2019 Season Outlook: Lakewood hopes to grow off of the gains they made in 2018.  The numbers and weight room participation in the off season for the Rangers has grown from previous years. Its is year two in Thome’s defensive system, with several juniors and seniors that have received playing time or Friday night experience.

 


Midview

Head Coach: DJ Shaw

Years at school: 6

Last Year’s Overall Record (Conference Record): 2-8 (2-7 SWC)

Number of Returning Starters: 11

Athletes to Watch: OL/DL – Daniel Bucknavich (Sr), QB/DB – Zac Gill (Sr), RB/DL – T.Y. Nelson (Sr), RB/DB – Domenic Roman (Sr)

2019 Season Outlook: Midview will be young again in 2019, but hope to have found building blocks for their future.  As always in Middie Nation, expectations are high.  Coach Shaw is optimistic his team can rise to the challenge after working extremely hard in the off-season.

 


North Olmsted

Head Coach: Tim Brediger

Years at school: 7

Last Year’s Overall Record (Conference Record): 5-5 (4-5 SWC)

Number of Returning Starters: 12

Athletes to Watch: Camren Bellamy (Sr), Kyle Connolly (Sr), Bradley Gribble (Sr), Anthony Guercio (Jr), Avery Jones (Sr), Xavier Liddic (Sr), Robert Payne (Sr), Samuel Roach (Sr), Collin Strong (Jr)

2019 Season Outlook: The Eagles look to replace a large group of talented seniors. North Olmsted will need outstanding leadership from the new group of seniors and from the underclassmen to be successful in 2019.

 


North Ridgeville

Head Coach: Luke Durbin

Years at school: 6

Last Year’s Overall Record (Conference Record): 4-6 (4-5 SWC)

Number of Returning Starters: 10

Athletes to Watch: OL/DL – Patrick Casselberry (Sr), TE/DE – Bryce Howell (Sr), QB/LB – Tyler Richmond (Sr), RB/CB – Shane Swindig (Sr)

2019 Season Outlook: Coach Durbin has set the bar high for the Rangers in 2019.  In his sixth season, Durbin would love to see North Ridgeville compete for the conference championship, a spot in the OHSAA playoffs, and get the Rangers a playoff victory.  Young at receiver and in the secondary, North Ridgeville hopes the development of senior running back Shane Swindig will help the Rangers accomplish their goals.

 


Olmsted Falls

Head Coach: Tom DeLuca

Years at school: 7

Last Year’s Overall Record (Conference Record): 8-3 (7-2 SWC)

Number of Returning Starters: 4

Athletes to Watch: DB/RB – Stephen Ellis (Sr), DE/OT – Tyler Schompert (Sr), DB/RB – Keegan Skozen (Sr), LB/WR – Dylan Varga (Sr), LB/RB – Alec Wall (Sr)

2019 Season Outlook: Graduating 18 starters from last year’s campaign, the Bulldogs are young but hungry.  Coach Deluca hopes to get his team better each day throughout the 2019 season.

 


Westlake

Head Coach: Dan LaRocco

Years at school: 1

Last Year’s Overall Record (Conference Record): 1-9 (1-8 SWC)

Number of Returning Starters: 6

Athletes to Watch: LB/TE – Dylan Bednar (Jr), DB/QB – Jake Collins (Sr), OL – Nolan Dacek (Jr), DL/OL – Nick Gauntner (Sr), OL/DL – Tim Gerent (Sr), LB/RB – Connor Gregory (Jr), DB/WR – Lamar Griggs (Sr), WR – Joe Klessel (Sr), DL/TE – Tyler Malin (Sr), QB – Travis Monken (Sr), DB/WR – Cal Reghi (Jr)

2019 Season Outlook: The 2019 Westlake Demons will look to lay the foundation of change. The Demons return  four starters on offense, lineman Tim Gerent and Nolan Dacek, to go along with 6’5 Joe Klessel, and three-year starter Dylan Bednar. Austin Norris who finished fifth at the regional meet in the 300 hurdles, and ran the fastest 40 time at the SWC combine will look to have a breakout season. Defensively, a change in scheme comes with some familiar faces. Three-year starter Connor Gregory will play linebacker, returning starters Tyler Malin, Nick Gauntner, Cal Reghi and Lamar Griggs will hold down the defensive backfield. Westlake will look to gain experience in 2019 while competing in everything they do.

 

 

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