Thursday, February 7, 2013
Solon High School athletes showed off their choices for college in the fall.
Eight of Solon's top senior athletes signed their letters of intent during a special ceremony at the high school on Wednesday. See who will be going where next fall: Drew Barksdale- Boston College (football) George Berry – Notre Dame College (football) Khoury Crenshaw – University of Michigan (track & field) Ariana Daukks – Slippery Rock University (soccer) Therese Haiss – University of Oregon (track & field) Darian Hicks – Michigan State University (football) Sivan Mills – University of Pennsylvania (diving) Hannah Schippers – Miami University (soccer)
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Solon gave up 21 first quarter points to Mentor, and the Cardinals never looked back.
Mentor quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw six touchdown passes as the Cardinals defeated Solon 56-28. Solon falls to 4-3 and Mentor is now 6-1. The Comets had two special teams mistakes early and gave up 21 first quarter points to Mentor. The Cardinals had 42 points at halftime. Mentor's standout quarterback Trubisky threw for more than 300 yards to go along with his six touchdown passes. Nick Delisa ran for one touchdown and caught two more. Brandon Fritts scored three touchdowns each. Conner Krizancic also snagged a touchdown catch. Solon put some offense together in the second half but the late scoring wasn't enough to overcome Mentor's cushion. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Gallagher threw three touchdown passes, connecting with Drew …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The 4-2 Solon Comets travel to Mentor Friday to play the 5-1 Cardinals in a big Valley Division showdown.
Last season, a strong Comets football team fought valiantly but fell short to Mentor in a stunning playoff game. This year, both Solon and Mentor have regrouped. And while some of the star players remain, these two teams are different heading into Friday night's Valley Division showdown than they were a year ago while retaining some core players. Mentor is 5-1 behind the strong and accurate arm of quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who is connecting often with standout receiver Brandon Fritts. Solon is 4-2 but has struggled at times due to injury and inconsistent play. But there are still playmakers on this team, including Darian Hicks, Drew Barksdale, Khoury Crenshaw and George Berry, who has had to do it all while the team dealt with an injured…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
One of the big high school football matchups in Northeast Ohio will happen Friday in Solon, when the Glenville Tarblooders come to Stewart Field.
A win is a win. Still, the Solon Football Comets have lots of work to do to improve after an uneven, if thrilling, opening night win over Shaker Heights last Friday. There were many of the usual first-game mistakes. Penalities, turnovers (including an interception returned for a touchdown), errant throws and defensive breakdowns. The offense wasn't able to really get moving consistently until the last two minutes of the game, when Solon's playmakers Barksdale and Darian Hicks began to connect. And the defense, which shut down the Red Raiders most of the night, gave up some big plays, including passing touchdowns of 82 and 69 yards. "We have a ton of work to do to get better," Coach Jim McQuaide said Friday night after the game. "But that's…
Friday, August 24, 2012
The Solon Comets defeated Shaker Heights 24-21, overcoming an 11 point deficit in less than three minutes.
Down by five, 19 seconds to go and 46 yards from the end zone. Drew Barksdale knew Darian Hicks was getting the ball. Barksdale connected with Hicks on a 46 yard touchdown pass to lead the Comets to a furious comeback win, 24-21, over Shaker Heights. "I told Drew: 'Just look for me on the post, because their DB cannot cover me,'" Hicks said after the win. The Comets were down 21-10 with 2:36 left in the game, after Shaker Quarterback Jimmie Pope completed a 69 yard touchdown pass to Nolan Jackson-Daniel to give the team an 11-point lead. But then running back and kick returner Khoury Crenshaw returned the kickoff for 62 yards into Shaker territory. Barksdale then went to work, connecting to Hicks for 38 yards. The Comets attempted an …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Barksdale, who plays quarterback, receiver and defensive back for the Comets, gave his oral commitment to play at Boston College.
Solon Football's Drew Barksdale plans to play football next year at Boston College. Barksdale told the Plain Dealer that he has given his oral commitment to BC. He is a senior and multi-position threat for the Comets, playing quarterback, receiver and defensive back. "I wanted a school with good football and one which would fit me academically," Barksdale told the newspaper. Read the full article at the Plain Dealer. Solon kicks off its football season Aug. 24 at Stewart Field against Shaker Heights. See the full schedule here.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Brothers Tres and Drew Barksdale combined for nine goals to lead the Comets to victory
The Solon High lacrosse team beat University School 16-10 as Tres and Drew Barksdale combined for 9 goals. Tres Barksdale scored six times and Drew Barksdale scored three. Mario Caito added 3 goals. Sean Smith and Jake Schultz each scored 2 goals. Senior Goalie Josh Low and Freshman Goalie Bryan Karn combined for 14 saves in the win. The team takes on Western Reserve Academy away on Thursday at 5 pm.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Quarterback Drew Barksdale and the Solon defense led the way in the Comets' 37-12 victory over Willoughby South. Next up? Mentor.
A swarming Solon defense contained Willoughby South's star running back, allowing the Comets offensive to roll for a 37-12 first-round victory in the state playoffs. Drew Barksdale led the way offensively for the Comets, throwing a touchdown pass to C.J. Hanna and also running for two scores, including a 40 yarder. The Comets defense came up huge by limiting South's biggest weapon, running back Kareem Hunt. Hunt did burst for an 87-yard score in the second half but was held in check otherwise. Solon Coach Jim McQuaide said that Hunt is a great running back who can beat you at any time. He said the strategy was simple. "We're pretty good when we get 11 helmets to the ball," McQuaide said. The Comets trailed 6-3 after the first quarter. …
Friday, September 2, 2011
An overpowering defense and big-play offense led the Comets over Worthington Kilbourne
The Solon Comets dominated the Worthington Kilbourne Wolves 34-0 Friday, deploying shutdown defense and big-play offense to control all four quarters. The Comets (2-0) were more steady against Kilbourne and didn't have the late lapses that slightly marred last week's win over Shaker Heights. "We did a better job of being consistent tonight," Coach Jim McQuaide said after the game. "We talked about that alot this week, and I think we did that." McQuaide said he was proud of his defense, especially his younger players who stuffed the Wolves (1-1) on a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter. "The defense played well," he said. "The young guys made a huge stand there." Offensively, the Comets moved the ball all over the field, sparked by …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Solon has the speed and skills to make a run in Division I
There are several reason why the 2011 Solon Comets are being hailed as one of the top football teams in Northeast Ohio. After all, Solon has won 24 of 26 games the past two seasons with back-to-back 10 regular season marks. The Comets also own an 18-game home winning streak in the friendly confines of Stewart Field, where the team has a gaudy 40-3 record since 2003. The two-time defending Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division champs have made the playoffs in each of the past 11 seasons. Head coach Jim McQuaide owns an impressive 74-20 record in his eight seasons and has coached 20 All-Ohio players during that period of time. "I don't remember a year we weren't expected to do well," said McQuaide. "That's the deal here." And here's the …