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TIM CERIMELE



Published: Sun, April 7, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



TIM CERIMELE

Team: Boardman.

Grade: Senior.

Positive influence: My older brother Matt because everything he does, I try to follow in his footsteps. He plays for Youngstown State's team.

Best memory: Obviously, winning the club championship tournament for the second straight year is a standout. But I also liked how we responded as a team after Poland beat us twice early in the season. The next time we played, we got together and played together as a real team.

Future: I'm going to YSU for at least a year so I can play with my brother. After that, I might look into playing somewhere in California.

RYAN DEJOE

Team: Canfield.

Position: Goalie.

Grade: Junior.

Positive influence: There are two. First is my brother, Paul, who plays Division III hockey for Neumann College in Philadelphia. He's two years older than me and we started out playing things together. He's gone on to bigger and better things. The other is my dad, who started high school varsity hockey in this area.

Best memory: Winning the championship game of the CVCA Christmas Tournament. We defeated Cuyahoga Valley Community College, 4-2, and it was the first time a Canfield High varsity team had won a high school tournament.

Future: I'd like to continue playing hockey in college. College coaches sometimes recommend players try the junior system first to see how you do, so playing juniors is a possibility.

DEREK ALLEN

Team: Boardman.

Position: Defenseman.

Grade: Senior.

Positive influence: My first hockey coach, Bill Lynch. He was my coach four years ago. He was a phenomenal coach.

Best memory: Going to Columbus this year to play in a tournament.

Future: I'm hoping to play on a college team, although I don't know which one yet. I plan to major in computer science.

PHIL COLUCCI

Team: Mooney/Ursuline (attends Mineral Ridge).

Position: Forward.

Grade: Junior.

Positive influence: My brother Dan. I looked up to him when I was younger, and he coached me last year. To see the way he worked with us and to have him on the bench when we got down, he was always there for us.

Best memory: The semifinals when we beat North Canton Hoover in overtime.

Future: Play hockey at YSU and start a career in chiropractic.

CODY HIZNAY

Team: Poland.

Position: Goalie.

Grade: Sophomore.

Positive influence: My father, definitely. He supports me with the equipment, and he's always there for me.

Best memory: In the Canfield tournament, we finally beat Boardman. I thought it was a personal best game, with 31 saves.

Future: Something in engineering or architecture. I would love to play hockey.

LUKE JOHNSTON

Team: Mooney/Ursuline (attends New Castle Union).

Position: Forward.

Grade: Junior.

Positive influence: Mike Offie, the captain of the Edinboro University hockey team. His grandparents live next door to me and I always looked up to him and what he did. He's the one who got me to start playing hockey. We all played together at the same rink in New Castle, and we played roller hockey together.

Best memory: Our semifinal playoff game against North Canton Hoover. We ended up winning it with about a minute left in overtime when Joe Toth scored.

Future: I'm looking at the University of Findlay, which has a varsity-level team, or Washington & amp; Jefferson, which has a club team.

BILL MALONEY

Team: Boardman.

Position: Forward.

Grade: Senior.

Positive influence: His brother, Dan. He is the first person I knew in the area who played hockey, and taught me not just scoring but love of the game.

Best memory: He has two best memories of this season: No. 1, being named the Boardman High Most Valuable Player, and No. 2, being selected to the Vindicator High School All-Star Hockey Team.

Future: I want to go to YSU and get a business education and play hockey for YSU.

JOSH MCCANN

Team: Poland (attends Howland).

Position: Defenseman.

Grade: Sophomore.

Positive influence: My coach, Jim Cowan, because he keeps everybody pumped up on the ice and during practice. This was my second year playing for him.

Best memory: The game that we beat Boardman during the Thanksgiving Tournament. We weren't supposed to beat them and I think that was the first time Poland had beaten Boardman.

Future: I want to play summer baseball and then cornerback for the Howland football team in the fall.

TYLER MILLER

Team: Boardman (attends Mahoning County Education Resource Center).

Position: Defenseman.

Grade: Junior.

Positive influence: Cam Brothers, who is an instructor at hockey camp in Toronto where Miller has gone for eight years. Campers are on the ice 6-7 hours a day for five days.

Best memory: Fans' reaction to checking someone or scoring a fancy goal. Getting pumped up from it.

Future: Recently in San Jose, Calif. where he played with Beaver Badgers hockey team which represented the Mid-America division in the 12-team Tier 3 Midgets AA national championship. Also played with the Badgers who finished third last year in Colorado. A national championship would end his amateur career on a good note. Will most likely play junior A hockey next year or in college the following year.

NICK RULLI

Team: Canfield.

Position: Forward.

Grade: Senior.

Positive influence: My coaches, Joe Villano and Dave DeJoe. Villano is a goalie for a men's league and he is always teaching me things.

Best memory: We won a Christmas Tournament at Kent, defeating CVCA in the championship. It was CVCA 's tournament and they invited us because they thought they could beat us. But we've usually played well against them.

Future: I pretty sure I will attend Youngstown State University and hope to try out for their team. I haven't decided on a major, but it will be something with computers.

STEVE SCOTT

Team: Mooney/Ursuline (attends Ursuline).

Position: Defenseman.

Grade: Junior.

Positive influence: My parents [Ronald and Mary] for giving me a lot of chances and taking me to all the games.

Best memory: Our overtime win against North Canton Hoover. We were down 5-2, came back and won in overtime.

Future: Still waiting to see if anything develops. If I was good enough, [college] hockey would be a definite possibility. I always thought Kent would be kind of nice.

ROBBIE WYAND

Team: Poland (attends Howland).

Position: Forward.

Grade: Sophomore.

Positive influence: My dad [Rick] because he was the one who gave me a chance, and he helped me out by taking me places. Our whole family plays on our pond. I started when I was 9 or 10.

Best memory: Beating Boardman in the Canfield tournament and the next week beating them again. We never beat them before.

Future: Play football at Howland and hockey for Poland again next year.

COACH OF THE YEAR

DAVE DEJOECANFIELD

Record: 10-15-1 against varsity teams in the Greater Cleveland Ice Hockey League.

Positive influence: My dad was my biggest influence. He coached my brother and myself in baseball and my sister in softball when were grew up in western New York. When my children were old enough to play, I wanted to coach because that's the example that was set for me. I coached Canfield Baseball for eight years. Mike Keating and I started Youngstown Youth Hockey in the late '80s and got the whole thing rolling towards a varsity program.

Best memory: There were several good memories. We won the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Tournament. Before the season began, we were picked by The Plain Dealer to finish sixth in our seven-team Blue-East division. We finished third and in our last game of the season, we lost to Chagrin Falls, 2-1 after being beaten handily by them earlier in the season. If we had won that last game, it would have changed the standings for the 1-2-3 teams. They were pretty scared when they played us on that day.

Future: Next year, I will be Canfield's co-coach with Joe Villano. Because my job as an ATF agent has me in Buffalo, we've changed our practice schedule to Sundays and Monday and Tuesday afternoons. My plan is to come back as much as I can. We've already picked our captains for next year: Andy Davis, Josh Gestosani and Steve Kline.




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