Margheret and Yu highlighted in today's Akron Beacon Journal

Walsh Jesuit swimmer Danielle Margheret seeks encore state title

By Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal sports writer


February 12, 2012- When Danielle Margheret enrolled in Walsh Jesuit in 2009, being a state champion swimmer was not in her thought process.

Margheret’s favorite sport was clearly soccer, and she also enjoyed singing.

Walsh swim coach Wally Lutkus knew she was talented, and talked her into competing in the pool.

“I was on the edge kind of,” Margheret said. “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to. I was never sure until I talked to him. He was the one who convinced me to do it. I was definitely mostly a soccer player. I liked that it was a team sport. It was more of a creative sport for me and I like being creative. Art is one of my favorite subjects. Swimming is more of a stare at a black line [at the bottom of a pool] and push-yourself-pretty-hard type of sport.”

Four years later, Margheret, 17, is seeking her second state title in the 100-yard breast stroke and readying herself for a collegiate swim career at the University of Notre Dame.

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High school notebook: Sandra Yu earns second Gatorade Ohio Girls Soccer Player of the Year honor

By Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal sports writer

YU SANDRAFebruary 12, 2013- Walsh Jesuit senior midfielder Sandra Yu has been named the Gatorade Ohio Girls Soccer Player of the Year for the second season in a row.  Yu is now a finalist for the national award, which will be announced in May.

Yu, a 5-foot-8 University of Notre Dame recruit, led Walsh to a 22-0-2 record and the Division II state championship in 2012. She scored 16 goals and had 20 assists as a senior, including a goal and an assist in a 5-0 victory over Columbus St. Francis DeSales in the state final.

The award recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and character.

Yu has a 4.19 grade-point average and has volunteered at assisted living facilities, with the Salvation Army and as a youth soccer mentor and coach.

“Sandra has all the tools,” Canfield coach Phil Simone said. “Her first touch, knowing what she is going to do with the ball before she receives it, speed of play, vision, skill level and pure athleticism put her far and above any player I saw this year.”

Yu was also named the 2012 Ohio Soccer Coaches Association Miss Soccer. She is a member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team pool, and concluded her Walsh career with 52 goals and 50 assists for coach Dino McIntyre