Lady Cardinal Basketball Newsletter

2019 September Edition

Program Update

Hope everyone had a great start to the school year! It was a non-contact month but a lot of things are starting to be put into place for the 2019-20 season. We have decided to not have the reverse raffle this year. We are looking at other ways to help raise money for the program.

We are excited to announce that our varsity team will be playing Strongsville at Rocket Mortgage Field House on Fri., Nov. 29th at 3:30pm. Once tickets go on sale, we will send out the details. The Cavs will be playing against the Milwaukee Bucks that night. We hope that you can come down and support the program. It is going to be a fun day and night!

2019 Mentor High Athletic Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Kelsey Berger and Stephanie Rogers for being selected into the 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame. These two had a lot of success on the court individually but also lead their teams to multiple conference and district championships. Today, Stephanie is a teacher and coach in the Willoughby School District. Kelsey is currently finishing her residency to be a vascular surgeon.

High School Informational Meeting

Girls in grades 9-12: We will have an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 4th, at 7:45am in Digital Lab C . Fall schedule and tryout information will be discussed. If a player cannot attend the meeting, they need to contact Coach Hrusovsky before the meeting.

Ball Handling & Shot Challenge

Thank you to all the girls that participated in the challenge this summer. The goal and purpose of the challenge was to keep a ball in the girls hand while focusing on skill development. We hope that the time and work will show this fall and winter. Sophomore, Ella Biondi, shot nearly 24,000 shots since May and she is our winner in the shots challenge. Sophomore, Kayla Horozsko, is our ball handling champ as she worked on her ball handing for over 2,500 minutes this summer.


Ella Biondi - 23993

Camry Patterson - 10420

Breanna Berwald - 10356

Izzy Coode - 8880

Brooke Hickman - 7550

Sophia Merkuloff - 6200

Morgan Holmes - 6151

Kayla Horoszko - 4990

Maeli Milo - 4722

Sophia Ockuly - 4010

Jordan Alesci - 3975

Lexi Berwald - 3550

Olivia Kahoun - 2800

Kaitlyn Unetich - 1870

Avery Alesci - 1341

Ball Handling:

Kayla Horoszko - 2520

Ella Biondi - 2393

Brooke Hickman - 2190

Sophia Ockuly - 2035

Camryn Patterson - 1820

Sophia Merkuloff - 1570

Breanna Berwald - 1405

Izzy Coode - 1175

Morgan Holmes - 1030

Avery Alesci - 720

Lexi Berwald - 650

Maeli Milo - 596

Jordan Alesci - 470

Olivia Kahoun - 445

Kaitlyn Unetich - 390

2019-20 Sponsorships

Each year, we reach out to local businesses to see if they would like to be a sponsor and support the program. This year, we have three levels for them to choose from and the link below explains more details about each level. Thank you to the businesses that have already signed up to be a sponsor!

Slam Dunk Level: $300

Mentor Basketball Association

Insurance Pad

Northeast Flag Football

Three Point Level: $200

Layup Level: $100

Fuji Buffet

If you know of any local businesses that would like to be a sponsor this season, please share this information. Any monetary donation will be accepted and appreciated by the program.

Sponsorship letter, levels, and form:

Cardinal Auto Wash Gift Cards

Cardinal Auto Wash gave us $20 gift cards to sell. For every card we sell $10 goes to our program. If you are interested in purchasing a card, reach out to Coach Hrusovsky.


Do not for get to update your FinalForms account for the 2019-20 school year. Any sport that your daughter is planning on trying out for, click that sport so you can receive information from the coaches or athletic director. Here is the link to the Mentor Athletic Website where you can find the link under "More":

As of now, here are the number of girls signed up for basketball:

Mentor High = 27

Memorial = 24

Shore = 22

Middle School Information

Middle School Clinic & Tournament

We are going to be offering a clinic for our middle schoolers who are interested in playing basketball. This clinic will have middle and high school coaches running the drills. Our goal is to help prepare the girls for their upcoming season. We will be teaching them the basic principles of what we run and do as a program. We are excited to see how it goes, and look forward to a great turnout!

The 3 on 3 tournament will be an opportunity for the girls to play in a small setting to get more touches on the basketball. The girls will create and coach their own teams. The purpose and goal of the tournament is to get game experience and have fun with their friends/teammates! No coaching will take place from parents or coaches.

Memorial Meeting Grades 6-8

Coach Hrusovsky will be at Memorial Middle School on Friday, September 6th, to discuss and pass out information regarding the clinic and 3 on 3 tournament. The meeting will take place in the main gym at 8:15am.

Shore Meeting Grades 6-8

Coach Hrusovsky will have a meeting on Thursday, September 5th, to discuss and pass out information regarding the clinic and 3 on 3 tournament. The meeting will take place in room 111 at 8:15am.

Middle School Clinic (NEOEA Day)

Friday, Oct. 11th, 8-11am

Mentor High School

Any girls in grades 6-8 that are interested in playing basketball this winter, we would love to have you attend our first Middle School Clinic!

Clinic Details:


Middle School 3 on 3 Tournament

Sunday, Nov. 3rd, 1pm

Mentor High School

This is a great opportunity for girls to play with their friends and get some small game experience. This tournament is open to all schools so it will fill up quickly.


Travel Tryouts

Good luck to girls in grades 4-6 at tryouts this upcoming weekend! Any girls interested are still able to signup and participate in tryouts. Here are the tryout details:

Date: Sunday September 8th

Location: Lost Nation Sports Park

Grades 4-5 (2-3pm)

Grade 6 (3-4pm)

Mentor Basketball Association Website:

Rec Sign-up Grades 2-6

Mentor Basketball is accepting registrations for girls interested in participating in the rec. league this winter. Registration forms and details can be found at

If you would like to stop in and sign-up, here are the dates and times:

Sat. Sept. 7th - 10-11:30am

Sat. Sept. 14th - 3-4:30pm

Sun. Oct. 6th - 1-2pm

Location: Garfield Park Lounge

7967 Mentor Ave.

If you cannot make those dates and times, mail in your registration by October 7th. Any registration submitted after October 7th will be assessed a $20 late fee.

Elementary Information

Little Dribblers

We are working on starting a "Little Dribblers" program for girls in grades K-2. The goal of the program is to get a basketball in the kids' hands and develop a joy for the game! We would like to run the program on (4-5) Saturday mornings for an hour. At this point, we are finalizing the dates/times. Stay tuned!