STATE FINALS! H
Madeline Tuohey ’14 and Maria Cup ’12 holding the Division III State Volleyball Runner up trophy for 2011
eading into the 2011 season, the Girls Volleyball team’s motto was simple: “Respect all, fear none.” They began the season with a win on the road at Perry. The schedule that followed included several high level opponents such as Walsh, Kenston, St. Joseph Academy, Beaumont and Tuscarawas Central Catholic, a Division IV State Final Four participant in 2010. The Lancers, concluding the regular season with only two losses, hosted and won the Gilmour Tournament which eight of the top-ranked teams in the state attended. After five matches the girls earned a must-win against Dalton in the Regional Finals before
defeating Bishop Ready in the State Semi-Finals. Although the team fell to Miami East in the State Finals, the girls agreed that the whole season was one of the most memorable they had ever played. Maggie Schmidt, Diana Klonaris, Carolyn Curran and Oliver Flesher
500 WINS FOR COACH MALLOY ON HIS 55TH BIRTHDAY J
ohn Malloy has some major numerology thing going on with the number five. The head coach of the Varsity A Hockey team celebrated his 500th win on his 55th birthday November 25. “I guess I will have to make five my new special number,” he says. Hugs and handshakes abounded in the locker room when the Lancers topped Findlay High School with a 3-0 win. Malloy is only the fifth coach to hold this honor according to OHSAA coaching records. “Actually there are few wins I remember, but I do remember the players I have coached,” Malloy says. “While I went into coaching because I love hockey, I have stayed coaching because of the players.” Malloy, Director of Ice Programs at Gilmour, has coached at the school more than 13 years. He joined the Academy as arena and hockey director, coached Boys Prep Hockey and was assistant coach for the
Lancers’ Varsity Golf team for two years. Prior to that he coached at Cleveland Heights High School, Rocky River High School and coached the Club hockey team at Miami University after earning a bachelor of science and master of education there. On a side note, Malloy feels he has come full circle. Player Carl Bleick was on his team when Malloy had his first win at Cleveland Heights. Bleick’s son, Calvin, a Gilmour freshman, was on the team that netted Malloy his 500th win. Malloy believes his success can be traced to the wonderful assistant coaches he has worked with over the years and to his committed and talented players who have been willing to sacrifice some individual goals to put the team first. “I hope that I have been able to give them some insight into the game and maybe even, perhaps, life in general,” he says. Malloy also credits his wife, Erin, and their children, J.T. and Jayne, for their support and accommodation during all the mornings, nights and weekends he has coached over the years.
Published on Jun 28, 2012