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Published: Fri, December 2, 2011 @ 11:15 p.m.




For Cardinal Mooney High School, eight is great.

After the Mooney football team’s Division III state championship win on Friday at Fawcett Stadium, the student section serenaded their fans with the chant: “I believe in arithmetic.”

The 21-14 victory over Springfield Shawnee’s Braves gives Mooney eight state championships, including four in the past eight seasons. Only St. Ignatius in Cleveland with 10 has more.

Mooney’s record in championship games improved to 8-3.

As the Cardinals players celebrated their victory, several Braves fell to the turf after their school’s first state title appearance.

At the same time, quarterback P.J. Quinn, tailback Roosevelt Griffin and lineman Carmen Lanzo snuck up on head coach P.J. Fecko and delivered a shower of ice.

As the championship trophy was presented, the Cardinals were saluted by their fans as well as hundreds of Shawnee supporters who remained in the stands.

In the Mooney stands, senior Matt McCauley said the Cardinals’ student section didn’t create any special cheers against Shawnee.

“Our thing is that we are for Mooney and against no one,” McCauley said. “We’re here to cheer for our guys.”

Mooney’s win was anything but secure until late in the fourth quarter. Trailing 21-7 at halftime, the Braves (14-1) scored the only points of the second half when quarterback Brad Jarzab scored on a 7-yard run with 5:38 to go.

On their final possession, the Braves (with the help of two pass-interference penalties) drove to the Mooney 12. But on fourth and six, Cardinals defensive back Ryan Farragher

batted away Jarzab’s final pass in the end zone to seal the win.

Lineman Austin Trgovich said his reaction after that play “is indescribable. The whole stands going nuts — that was one of the greatest feelings in the world.”

After winning four state titles (two in Division IV, two in Division III), Fecko was asked to compare this one to the others in 2004, 2006 and 2009.

“At this point, it’s a little bit difficult for me to evaluate how they are different or not different,” Fecko said. “It’s impossible to rate them, and I won’t.”

Instead, he anticipates a time to look back.

“It usually takes a little time to reflect on the season,” Fecko said. “That’s a wonderful thing when you win a state championship, that you go the distance and then you step back on a positive note and you get a chance to think back on all the special moments that have occurred.”

Fecko’s calm demeanor was noticed in the postgame press conference.

“What you see is what you get — I don’t get very excited, I don’t get very depressed,” Fecko said. “Our team takes on that personality. It’s a matter of showing up and going to work, punching a clock. I’m from a blue-collar

family, and one thing my dad taught me is to work as hard as you can.

“At the end of the day, your rewards will come,” Fecko said, “And they have.”

One of the Cardinals’ three losses was to arch-rival Ursuline High School (25-21) in Week 9.

Quinn said the defeat by the Fighting Irish taught them a great lesson for the postseason.

“We knew we didn’t want that feeling again, so we really buckled down, didn’t take any team lightly,” Quinn said.


1VindyPost(436 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Hurrah, Hurrah!
Congratulations to Mooney!
True Champs!

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2dck516(25 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Congrats to my Alma Mater!

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3whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Great Job !!!!!! Keep up the good work - outs in the off season !!!!!!!!

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4author50(1121 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Keep the trophies coming!

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5UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

God was on their side!

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6Tom(7 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Congrats! The Very Best Team that The Mahoning Valley can buy! A Private School Division would solve that problem.

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7MLC75(625 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Great Job Mooney,Congrats !

@Tom you are a Buffoon and a loser.

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8chryso51(1 comment)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

@MLC75, He really is a loser, he probably was part of those loser Struthers teams that didn't see past the 50 yard line.

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9joseph(48 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Tom is obviously a bum

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10AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Congrats to Mooney for a great win and a great season. Congrats to all atheletes who go out and play and give 100%. Good for them....

deb38n...says ""The good programs attract good players no matter whether public or private schools! ""

That is exactly the problem. High school sports should not be "Attracting" good players. High school sports is about playing and representing your local school and area. High scool sports is about learning to work with others, building team spirit, and learning to win/lose.

Its really sad that high school sports has become too big. For those who select to go to a Catholic school and gain an education and be taught the Catholic tradition, I support that 100%. However those who go to Catholic schools because of playing sports is not what high school athelitics are all about.

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11Ytown02(8 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

hey goodcatholic, stick to religion and get off the sports posts. if you knew anything about high school sports you'd know that divisions are made by how many kids are in the school. it's not like mooney says "uhh yeah we'll just go into D4 this year." get real. congrats mooney, another D1 caliber schedule, another championship. let the haters hate.

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12realfan63(19 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

All of you whiners err, I mean haters, please look at 6th comment above this 1. deb38n hit the nail right square on the head - the kids that attend Mooney or Ursuline choose to go there, they aren't "recruited". If it's wrong that they to choose to go there because of superior athletic programs, is it also wrong to choose one school over another because of academic considerations? (btw, they have EXCELLENT academic records as well- the SCHOLARship $ for my kid's graduating class averaged out to about $8,000 per kid- I think it's safe to say the colleges around this country think very highly of the academics at those 2 schools!) To excel on the field AND in the classroom? Awesome!!

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13just4me(11 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

If We (Mooney and Ursuline too) get under your skin for great sports programs, SORRY! Do you moan about all of the other private schools the same way? Cleveland St. Edwards, St. Ignatius, Benedictine, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Hoban, and here in town, Youngstown Christian! I commend families for sending their child to a private school while still paying taxes to their local school districts. Local schools have open enrollment, yet there is a reason WE choose private. It's all what matters to your family. There are great sports teams throughout the valley. Poland girls softball, Austintown has a great cc and track program, Canfield's volleyball and basketball, Warren's boys basketball, and how can you forget Western Reserve's great football season! Hat's off to all of our local athletes!

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14checkmark(9 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I wonder if Tom and those like him that advocate a Private School Championship have thought about the significant revenue loss to the OHSAA if the private schools are no longer welcome. Because there would be no reason to stay in the OHSAA if we're not wanted. Just ask the AD in Boardman if they have collected a bigger gate in the last 5 years than the two they collected when Mooney came to play. Regardless of what is written here the "haters" are still going to hate and Mooney, Ursuline, Ignatious, St. Eds, St. Vs, Youngstown Christian and all of the others will simply turn the other cheek. Until Friday nights --- because that's when we bust out the Old Testament.
Go Cards!

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15woolyd(579 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Would anybody complain about recruiting if Mooney and Ursuline werent winning. No. I went to Kennedy Christian in the 1990s in Hermitage PA. My freshman class went 8-2 while the varsity went 0-9 nobody complained. Our sophomore year we went 2-8 nobody complained. Junior year we went 5-5 made the playoffs people started grumbling about recruiting. Senior year we went 11-3, won districts, made it a game away from state now everbody was complaining. We had 5 coaches in 4 years. It was our cohesivenss as a unit and our dedication to each other just as much as talent that made us grow. We set the foundation for many years after and everyone complained about recruiting. Now Kennedy barely fields 25 players on their roster and haven had a winning year in 6 and nobody complains. So there will always be the excuse makers when you succeed. Bottomline is these kids are 14-18 years old. I have heard that Mooney and Ursuline recruit but Im sure they arent the only ones to do so. So whether you like them or not they have brought a little sunshine to a very gloom area.

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16realfan63(19 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

1)Those numbers are not inflated, they announce the scholarships awarded to each student as they announce their name. Go to commencement and do the math yourself. If you think they are inflating the numbers when they announce the child's name, talk to some of the parents-they'll be more than happy to talk with you. 2) Sounds like the pressure your friend experienced was from his own parents, not the school. 3) The players you mention ..."who get into trouble AFTER high school." Not while in high school - sounds as if the discipline is BETTER than what they promise!

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17BHS83(7 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Graduate Information

Class of 2011
149 Graduates

Pursuing some form of post-secondary education 98%
Attending a 4 or 2 year college or university 145
Students accepting scholarships 85
Amount of monies offered $12+ million
Passed the Ohio Graduation Test 100%

National Merit Information 1986-2011
Finalist - 27
Commended - 61

1973,1980,1982,1987,2004, 2006,2009 & 2011

Congrats Cardinal Mooney & The AWSOME 2011 Varsity Football Team!

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18taxme(355 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I think one of the players the poster above was referring to was the quarterback from Campbell that left Campbell his senior year to play for mooney that ended up being a drug dealer.

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19AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Most State Championships before 2011 season

1 10 Cleveland St. Ignatius
2 8 Newark Catholic
3 7 Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller
7 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney
5 6 Cleveland Benedictine
6 Delphos St. John's
6 St. Henry
6 Versailles

I see a pattern.....
Things that make you go HHMMMM

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20AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

top football state titles before 2011

1 10 Cleveland St. Ignatius
2 8 Newark Catholic
3 7 Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller
...7 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney
5 6 Cleveland Benedictine
...6 Delphos St. John's
...6 St. Henry
...6 Versailles

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21realfan63(19 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

Awesome BHS83!! Goodcatholic your statements are full of assumptions! In order to "take away the athletic scholarships from the total..." Do you actually KNOW how many of the scholarships are athletic? Or do you just make up a number? Last year I'm pretty sure that Ohio's "Mr. Football" was the only DI football scholarship from UHS. If I'm wrong, there could only have been 1 or 2 more. That's a small percentage of the total scholarship $. Your statement that so few of "their kids wind up difference makers... that's because there aren't that many of them that go to DI. Maybe the difference in talent isn't all that great? I do know that UHS & Mooney kids spend an incredible amount of time lifting weights YEAR-ROUND! I know that when they can't lift at their schools, many lift at the Boardman "Y", and that I see more UHS & Mooney kids there than the rest of all other schools combined. And that's awesome that somehow Ignatius' QB chose a Cleveland, OH school over the Catholic "football factories" in California and other states! I find it hard to believe that Ignatius won some kind of recruiting war over those schools. Possibly that kid went to Ignatius because the family relocated to the Cleveland area and his parents wanted to send him to a Catholic school, where ever they live?

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22devinopo(4 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

@Goodcatholic You don't sound like a good catholic by criticizing kids who don't get interviewed every day and aren't sure what to say after winning a state championship. If you really believe they recruit for high school you need to step back and think about it for a second. And do you think the people from mooney who get college scholarships get them because they win state and beat on 'Smaller teams'? It's called college recruiting. No one in the senior class even has an offer from a major school (unless ysu counts). It's common sense they go there bc they have a better opportunity to develop and be recruited for college, than if they would go to chaney. We all know how great the school environment is there.(No I'm not talking about the teachers but the environment and other students who could care less about anything)

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23slappysmith(55 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

congrats mooney on your championship and great season.

to all the people getting upset at the thought of a private school league, its obvious you know that these posters are right and afraid to see just how good these private schools are playing schools on a level playing field. no one will lose money, that argument holds no water.

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24YtownFootball(4 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

To all the people who are saying the negative comments, why dont you answer simpler questions.. Several Public schools now have open enrollment so should they also be in the so called "other league" too.? Youngstown is usually in the NATIONAL press for its ability to KILL or due to the POVERTY that is present , should not its residents promote the GOOD coming out of the Youngstown? WE should simply say: To ALL of the KIDS that are succeeding whether academically or athletically from whatever school the TRUE YOUNGSTOWNer's are proud of you ! Not continue to potentiate the NEGATIVE image Youngstown has nationally.

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25AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago


So lets take the best athletes in the area and put them on 6 teams. One team in each division. WOW!! Youngstown would look great. What about all the other student athletes who participate? What should they do? Create a couple of practice teams the best can play against.

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26briant(57 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

WE ARE...MOONEY.....Even in Florida!!!


Tom and others...don't pick on the private, Catholic Schools. When all the private schools were open in the 50"s through the 80"s Youngstown was a pretty cool place to live!

I am sorry my family and friends did not honor drugs, prostitution and crime. We actually worked to get through private school. People like you (Tom) have ruined Youngstown.

Don't EVER poke at a private Catholic School......The people that worked two jobs to get their kids through made Youngstown proud back in the day....

Brian T
Class of 1983

P.S. Vote for STAN for Mayor.

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27outoftownbutstillaround(16 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I was recruited by Ursuline and I sucked at sports. Why? Because Catholic schools are private schools - they have to recruit all students in order to stay in business.

These days, all schools recruit athletes and there are plenty of issues that open enrollment brings with it. If you think recruiting only happens with Catholic schools, you are stuck in the 1980s.

Congratulations Mooney. Your football program is top-notch and your students deserve to win just as much as other schools' student bodies. Go Irish!

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28devinopo(4 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

@outoftownbutstillaround "I was recruited by Ursuline and I sucked at sports. Why? Because Catholic schools are private schools - they have to recruit all students in order to stay in business. "

Good one I believed that for all of 2 seconds.

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29realfan63(19 comments)posted 3 years, 7 months ago

I feel bad for all of the whiners on this site! You look for any excuse when your team/s don't win. Most of the comments made by the whiners show that they have no idea what they are talking about. The bottom line is this: the vast majority of the kids (and the parents that send them) that go to private schools choose to go when they are very young. That includes the athletes. Athletic tradition is only ONE of the reasons. Look into it for yourselves.

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30pulaskifarm(26 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Yo Alma Mater!.......... please start a private school league.
Better, prior to end-times, start a movement that returns sport to its proper place in our society.
Many-ones show more passion about sport than almost anything.
I think this is a growing problem.
GO Man City!!!!!!!!!!!

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31CardsWin(10 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago


Making accusations based upon assumptions, speculation and third-hand information does little to substantiate your position regarding recruiting, etc.

I would love for Cardinal Mooney and other local private schools to form their own division/league. Once removed from the pool of OHSAA teams, the remaining league/members would become the XFL equivalent.

Success breeds success. The more accolades these elite programs amass, the more attractive the school becomes to prospective athletes. Winning championships is in and of itself the most effective recruiting tool available.

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32YtownFootball(4 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Thank you.... for proving that "the private school league", wouldnt solve anything. Your comment correctly shows that would be impractical since current open enrollment allows for ANYONE to go to the school they choose. And that hasnt caused the formation of 6 youngstown teams. A private league could foster such a terrible occurence.... Thanks for supporting the point!!!... Face it ....any student, can pick where they want to go, work hard and they too will achieve success. You make it sound like there is a finite number of good atheletes in youngstown and if they choose to go to a certian school eveyone else is terrible and unable to compete at a high level. Guess Poland winning state a few years back was just dumb luck.. huh...I personally believe that YOUNGSTOWN and its surrounding areas produce great kids whether they go to private or public schools and am hopeful all the kids in the area know that they have people who supports their success, not just the individuals who spouts off antiquated and erroneous banter .

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33CardsWin(10 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Goodcatholic says: The majority of thinking people are laughing at Mooney and Ursuline for crowing about titles that are shams.

Yet another example of you substituting your beliefs for that of the general population. Your logic is flawed and based on conjecture not fact. You must think very highly of yourself to consider you the majority.

As I said, I support the concept of establishing a private school league. In recent years, CMHS' regular season schedule has consisted primarily of private schools so the transition would be seamless. As for those rural communities you speak of -> did you mean those small towns comprising Mooney’s schedule such as Cleveland, Youngstown, Akron and Canton? Or perhaps you were referring to the schools (e.g. Steubenville 11-0, Chagrin Falls 13-0, Springfield Shawnee 14-0) Mooney encountered in the playoffs, all of which were open enrollment? Should there then be three leagues, 1) Private, 2) Public Closed Enrollment and 3) Public Open Enrollment? I wonder which league would be the most exciting to watch.

Your OSU example is laughable. Let’s talk DI football for a moment, where all schools have the ability to attract talent. Why, where schools have equal numbers of scholarships to award, do the same 10 or so schools wind up at the top year after year? Championships recruit champions – not scholarships.

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34CardsWin(10 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Mooney's all-time record against Ignatius is 2-0.

Of my graduating class at CMHS, 4% went on to become doctors, while others became attorneys, dentists, CPAs and VPs of industry. I would love to see a comparable statistic for Youngstown public schools – or Woodrow Wilson, which was my other option at the time.

Again, I'll provide the facts and you provide the fiction. See how this works? In private school, they taught us to cite evidentiary information during debate. You must be a product of public school.

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35realfan63(19 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Cardswin: You'll no doubt soon notice that Goodcatholic has no response to your request for facts, except to say that your 4% figure above is "inflated". Goodcatholic will eventually come back with some other nonsense in a weak attempt to redirect the discussion and draw attention away from the lack of any type of evidence for his statements.

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36pulaskifarm(26 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

'Face it ....any student, can pick where they want to go, work hard and they too will achieve success', says Ytown football.

And Good Catholic says 'Open enrollment was meant for academics, not athletics.'

Good Catholic wins this debate.

It the academics stupid!!! James 'Cooney' Carville circa. 1992

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37CardsWin(10 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Goodcatholic says: That record against Ignatius is from back when Mooney was actually a D-I team (1970's). Isn't it amazing how they withhold certain information?

If, by D-I and 1970's, you meant D-II and 1980's, I guess your statement is factually accurate. It takes so little to discredit you – so much for your purported credibility. If you distort the truth on such easily researchable items, what else are you fabricating?

I’m confused – who did Mooney play in their class this season that “kicked their butts”? Are you referring to the landslide victory Lake Catholic had over them 27-22. You talk circles around your own arguments and contradict your own logic. First you said they should play D-I opponents not D-III. Fine, they went 3-1 against D-I schools in 2011. Yet, you were dismissive of their wins over Ignatius when you thought they occurred in D-I. Then, you seem to wish “they actually played someone in their class”. Well, you saw what happened when they played D-III teams, they had a record of 6-1 (and 1-0 against D-II).

People like you are oblivious to facts and continue your unsubstantiated arguments even when unequivocally rebutted. I can’t waste any more time on you – I have to work my six-figure salary white-collar profession for which a private school education laid the foundation.

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38briant(57 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

OK idiots that do not know Mooneys history:

1. Coach Bucci (had as a math teacher and he has an ego, but Mooney on the map)

2. Pellini: Nebraska Head Coach
3. Stoops brothers: Oklahoma, Arizona and FSU Coaches
4. Ron Stoops Senior: God rest his soul. He coahed my father and Jim Traficant.
5. Boom Boom Mancini

Stan: Run for Mayor

Mooney has been beating Ohio powerhouse schools such as Moller, Ignatius, St. Vincent for years. Hell, I even remenber traveling to the Silverdome in 1981 or 1982 to watch us beat Michigan powerhoise Detroit Brother Rice.

Playing against girls or small schools? Get your facts straight.

CARDS WIN: I am like you...I have a six figure salary because my parents worked hard enough to get me through private school. The rest I worked hard on...I teach my kids the same blue collar, hard working values to make it to the white collar profession.

Again, from Florida: WE ARE...MOONEY. The elder generation in Y-Town is what made our city once a great place to live. The last two generations speak for themselves....

I hope I am alive to see our home regenerate into the great place it once was...

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39YtownFootball(4 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

hey pulaskifarm,
You are correct open enrollment was originally created to foster better educational opportunities. And if you read the exact words in the post you butchered your quote from ( it says that any kid can go anywhere work hard and achieve success) IT DIDNT SAY GO TO A PRIVATE SCHOOL AND HAVE SUCCESS IN SPORTS! The students at private schools do well in all facets of life as well as on the field of play. Why dont you go back to reading the comics its more your speed!

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40southsidedave(5072 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I see that people are passionate about their sports.

Therefore, I will offer congratulations, and leave it at that.

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41snydro0108(61 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

And how many of these are PUBLIC schools?? Come on, man! Mooney has D1PRIVATE school talent playing against D4 PUBLIC school talent. That is like the Steelers playing Lakeview or something. It isnt even CLOSE!! Mooney and Ursuline need to play other parochial schools and then tell me how many titles they have after that is set up! Heck, last year, of all the 6 divisions, only Division 2 had a Non-Catholic school as their state champion (Maple Heights). If Ursuline would've made the playoffs, there is no doubt in my mind they would've won, as well.

Most State Championships before 2011 season
1 10 Cleveland St. Ignatius
2 8 Newark Catholic
3 7 Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller
...7 Youngstown Cardinal Mooney
5 6 Cleveland Benedictine
...6 Delphos St. John's
...6 St. Henry
...6 Versailles

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42AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Mooney wins, Ursuline wins!!!!

I guess the Youngstown allstars are better then the other regular teams.

Thats like putting the MLB allstar team up agaist the Pittsbugh Pirates..

The same reason I don't root for the Yankees. The best team money can buy. Other teams just cannot afford what the Yankees can.

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43jjones1(5 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

What is the difference between a booster and a fan? The fan gets caught talking to younger athletes about Mooney or Ursuline Athletics. I have seen 7th graders approached by the great fans of mooney, given shirts, taken to mc donalds, "this is mooney football.

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