Weekly Update #26 – March 4, 2018

This is what has been happening around campus this week.


Hockey It’s time to go dancing for the hockey team. The Cats clinched their third consecutive trip to Nationwide Arena with a 3-0 win over St. Edward. The Cats, who have beaten St. Ed 7 times in a row, including three straight district finals, won the hard fought contest Saturday afternoon. Aidan Millett scored a rebound goal late in the first. Captain Bain Kurtz scored off a nice pass from Captain Mike McCaffrey (yeah he’s back.). Charlie Klenkar put the coupe de Grace on the game with an empty netter. Benny Savarino had a 26 save shutout. The Cats, and Captain Michael McCaffrey with two assists coming off what many thought would be a season ending injury, advance to Columbus to face Dublin Jerome at 12:30 on Friday afternoon and if they beat the Celtics they will play US/St. Francis Saturday.

Wrestling The Mat Cats wrestled in the district tournament over the weekend. We qualified two for the state tournament, Najee Lockett and Michael Drobnick. Najee was a district champion and Michael got second! There was also three state alternates, Logan Toth, Johnny Novak, and Aidan Gill. Wish them congrats and good luck in the halls!

Basketball The Senior Basketball ‘Cats played in their final home game in a sectional final victory over the Bees of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School 56-48. The Wildcats struggled early, with the Bees jumping out to an 8-0 first quarter lead before the Wildcats tied the score at 10 to end the quarter and eventually took a 32-24 lead into the halftime break. Although the Bees roared back to threaten the ‘Cats, St. Ignatius never relinquished the lead. Neeko Melendez led the scoring with 18 points by way of 6 threes. Fellow senior Luke Wiskes had a solid outing with 9 points and 9 rebounds while fellow big man Aymin Bahhur finished with an impressive 12 rebounds to go along with his 8 points. The Wildcats are back in action on Thursday night for a district semifinal matchup with the Medina High School Bees at Strongsville High School at 7:00. Go ‘Cats!

Rugby The Rugby Cats scrimmaged Brecksville on Saturday, getting some practice in for many of the players from A side and B side. This upcoming weekend A side faces off against Avon Lake High School at Avon Lake.

Indoor Track & Field This past Saturday at SPIRE Darian Kinnard and Eichenberg placed 2nd and 13th in shotput. Yale commit Phil Zuccaro placed 2nd in the 200m with 21.89 and 4th in the 60m with 6.96. Our 4×800 relay of Blouch, Biehl, Saunders, Ripepi placed 18th. Liam McGuire and Nick Saul got 10th and 7th in the 1600m respectively, and John Wetula got 9th in the 60m hurdles in 8.35.


Speech & Debate Team This weekend the St. Ignatius Speech and Debate team competed at the state tournament in Toledo. Congratulations to debaters JJ Conway and Elias Najm, who finished second in Policy Debate; Leonardo Villa-Forte and Henry Wade, who were quarter-finalists in Policy; Jermaine Leonard, fourth in Original Oratory; and Jarred Meyer and Daniel DeVenney, who advanced to the quarter-finals in Original Oratory and Humorous Interpretation, respectively. Before the tournament began, St. Ignatius alum and current Hathaway Brown teacher, Jason Habig, was inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame. Excellent work by all involved.

Science Olympiad Science Olympiad attended the Northern Regional Tournament this weekend. This week, the team placed 2nd out of the 17 teams, losing to Westlake High School by two points. In addition, the team pulled off a Clean Sweep of the Rube Goldberg Machine building event Mission Possible, taking both 1st and 2nd Place. The team also managed to bring home 8 gold medals, 6 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals, bringing home the most gold out of any team in the region.

All but one event placed, but due to the number of placements only those in the top 3 will be listed.

  • Geek Speak (Trial Event) – 1st Place: Isaac Smith ’18 and Jacob Leksan ’18
  • Astronomy – 1st Place: Sam Pike ’19 and John Pawlikowski ‘20
  • Disease Detectives – 2nd Place – Matt Borden ’18 and Jacob Leksan ‘18
  • Forensics – 1st Place: Andrew Passow ’19 and Tyler Cox ‘19
  • Helicopters – 1st Place: James O’Meara ’18 and Tyler Cox ’19
  • Game On – 2nd Place: Josh Frank ’19 and Caleb Palagyi ‘18
  • Hovercraft – 2nd Place: Josh Frank ’19 and Caleb Palagyi ‘18
  • Materials Science – 2nd Place: Matt Borden ’18 and Jacob Leksan ‘18
  • Microbe Mission – 3rd Place: Anthony Bogar ’19 and Isaac Smith ‘20
  • Mission Possible – 1st Place: Caleb Palagyi ’18 and Alex Rambasek ‘18
  • Mission Possible – 2nd Place: Robert Pafford ’20 (Assisted By Danny Mullen ’20)
  • Mousetrap Vehicle – 3rd Place: James O’Meara ’18 and Tyler Cox ’19
  • Optics – 1st Place: Matt Borden ’18 and Danny Mullen ‘20
  • Remote Sensing – 1st Place: Matt Borden ’18 and Caleb Palagyi ’18
  • Rocks and Minerals – 2nd Place: Matt Borden ’18 and Isaac Smith ‘18
  • Towers – 1st Place: Danny Mullen ’20 and Andrew Passow ’19
  • The Varsity Team will advance to the State Tournament held at Ohio State on April 28th.

Mitchell’s Job Opening Mitchell’s Ice Cream has reached out to Saint Ignatius and wanted students to know that there are many job openings at the Mitchell’s stores in Ohio city, Beachwood, and Solon. If interested, pick up an application from one of the stores listed above.

Jeffery Outcalt Weekend review reviews:

  • Lacrosse practice at Browns facilities: 8/10
  • Townhall brunch and art museum + company: 9/10
  • Cavs game: 6/10

Very excited for Ignatius Polo Friday. Go cats.

C.A.T. Meeting The Christian Action Team, or CAT, provides students opportunities to fulfill the mission of the school by practicing the Corporal Works of Mercy. CAT meets every Thursday in room 227 at 3 p.m. and is open to all grade levels.

Lastly, if you have an activity you wish to have featured on a weekly basis, please tell me and I’ll add it to the list. That’s all for this week men. Have a great one.