By Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal sports writer


Portrait of Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Nolan Dyko of Revere High School taken at his home on Friday, June 20, 2014, in Copley, Ohio. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)

Attention to detail and working hard are just a couple of traits that Nolan Dyko carries with him every day.

Dyko displays a humble personality that any coach would welcome on a sports team.

His intelligence and talent helped him graduate from Revere High School and have him on course for a bright future at the University of Cincinnati.

He plans to major in engineering in college, and will do so after being selected the Akron Beacon Journal Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2013-2014 school year

“Nolan’s time management has really been a key part of his success,” said his mother, Colleen Dyko. “Nolan is quiet and unassuming, but when you get him on the field, he is very competitive.”

Dyko, a National Honor Society member, compiled a 3.84 grade-point average. He scored a 33 on his ACT and helped Revere win the Division II boys soccer state championship as a senior.

Revere Athletic Administrator Bill Schumacher and coaches Jason Cottrell and Sandor Jakab nominated Dyko for the award.

“It is amazing to see the changes over the years, especially in the last several years from entering high school as a young kid to fully grown,” said his father, Mark Dyko. “He has changed so much and accomplished so much in the past few years.”

Nolan Dyko, who is 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, scored 13 goals as a senior starter. He netted a goal in the state final against Columbus Bishop Watterson, the state semifinal against Bay Village Bay and the regional final against Hunting Valley University School.

“I thought that we earned all the wins we got and the state championship,” Dyko said. “We definitely earned that from all the hard work we put in during the preseason, and then the season. We tried our hardest and gave our best effort, and it all paid off.”

Dyko started for three years on the Minutemen soccer team as a forward and midfielder, and contributed on the Division II state runner-up team as a sophomore.

“Nolan was a key leader and role model for the team this past fall,” said Jakab, Revere’s boys soccer coach. “He scored the game-winning goal in the regional championship and sealed the championship scoring Revere’s second goal in the state final.

“Additionally, he provided many key plays throughout the season to lead the Minutemen to an undefeated 21-0-2 season. His composure, determination and willingness to step forward and lead the team were keys to our successful season. Not only is he successful on the field, he is as determined in the classroom.”

Dyko played baseball at Revere, and was also active at school in several clubs and in the community.

“Nolan walked into tryouts his sophomore season standing 6-foot-3, almost five inches taller than he was as a freshman,” said Cottrell, Revere’s baseball coach. “As I watched him throw off a mound, I knew he was going to make an impact on the varsity level.”

Cottrell said Dyko was Revere’s No. 3 starting pitcher as a sophomore, and then this season as a senior he “blossomed into a true No. 1 pitcher for our program.”

Dyko went 3-1 as a senior with a 1.38 earned run average and 37 strikeouts in 40 innings.

“Besides his on-the-field achievements, Nolan is strong in the classroom as well,” Cottrell said. “He is going to study engineering in college and took a rigorous honors and AP schedule of classes.”

Dyko praised his teachers and coaches for promoting time-management skills. He also appreciates the support he receives from his family, which includes his parents and sister, Alanna, 21, who is a student at Ohio State University after graduating from Revere. Colleen Dyko graduated from St. Vincent-St. Mary and works as a manager of information systems programming at Third Federal Savings Bank in Cleveland. Mark Dyko graduated from West Holmes, and has a bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Akron and a doctorate from Ohio State University. He works as an engineering manager with Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems in Akron (formerly Goodyear Aerospace).

Nolan Dyko, who throws left and bats right, said his favorite class at Revere was Advanced Placement Physics, and that class along with AP Calculus and AP Chemistry have helped him prepare to study mechanical engineering and play club soccer at UC.

“It is going to be a big jump going to college,” Dyko said. “I know I will have a lot more things to do and a lot more responsibilities to take over. Hopefully I can manage it.”

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Revere Women’s Youth Soccer Camp will be held June23rd thru June 27th.  Please click here for more information.


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Chipotle Fundraiser

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Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support the Revere High School Boys Lacrosse team.  The entire REVERE COMMUNITY is invited including the boys and girls high school, middle school and youth programs. All Revere graduating seniors too!
WHEN – TUESDAY, MAY 27th from 5-8PM
WHERE – Fairlawn Chipotle / Medina & Clev Mass Roads
       WHY – Because REVERE LAX ROCKS & 50% of all proceeds benefits REVERE Lax
Bring in this flyer, smart phone or just tell the cashier you support REVERE!

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A big THANK YOU to those that attended and donated to the Reverse Raffle Dinner!  It was a social and financial success!!!



Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm

RASB’s Annual Revere Reverse Raffle Dinner

St. George Fellowship Centre 3204 Ridgewood Road Akron, Ohio  (Click Here for a map)

$2,000 GRAND PRIZE     •     Sideboards, Silent Auction and Games


Revere Reverse Raffle Dinner

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Save the Date !

Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm

RASB’s Annual Revere Reverse Raffle Dinner

$2,000 GRAND PRIZE     •     Sideboards, Silent Auction and Games

***Discounted Tickets Before 2/1/14 – $100 per couple or $70 single***

Tickets After 2/1/14 – $120 per couple or $80 single

Includes:  Beverages, Dinner and a Raffle Ticket!!

RESERVE A TABLE (8 per table) … Alumni Welcome!


Questions?  Please contact Cheryl Sternasty at 330-666-7104 or



                                            By Michael Beaven  Beacon Journal sports writer

 Published: November 9, 2013 – 07:56 PM
 | Updated: November 11, 2013 – 07:43 AM                                                                                                                                                        


                                  The Revere High School soccer team holds up their  Division II State Championship trophy after defeating Bishop Watterson 2-0 Saturday at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
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Division II boys soccer state championship: Revere 2, Columbus Bishop Watterson 0
 November 11,2013 12:43 PM GMT
Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal Publishing Co.

COLUMBUS: Revere boys soccer coach Sandor Jakab was in the middle of savoring the moment on the pitch when assistant John Rorabaugh came over to chat him up.Rorabaugh gave Jakab a hug and did his best distraction job as a group of Minutemen sophomores proceeded to dump a cold bucket of ice water on their leader on a cool and windy day at Columbus Crew Stadium.It was celebration time for Revere following its 2-0 victory Saturday over Columbus Bishop Watterson in the Division II state championship match. The title is Revere’s first in an OHSAA state team tournament.Sophomore Daniel Branch scored a goal in the fourth minute and senior Nolan Dyko added a goal in the 32nd minute to lead the Minutemen (21-0-2) over the Eagles (18-5-0).“This is beyond belief,” Jakab said following hugs with his wife, Sherri, and their six children. “It has been a lifelong ambition, but it has also been this team’s ambition to bring a state title to this school. Golly, we are a team. How we came together as a team to get this done this year is unbelievable. What a feeling.”

Revere finished as state runner-up in 2011, 2010 and 1995, and was a state semifinalist participant in 2004 and 2000. The Minutemen have a 78-5-4 record since 2010.

“This was obviously emotional and the third time is the charm I guess,” senior goalkeeper Joel Gerberich said. “Being able to go down and turn to [senior] Chase Somple [and share a hug], this has been what we have been working for all year. This was emotional and awesome.”

Revere held an edge in shots on goal (7-1) and corner kicks (2-0).

“We came out and got those two early goals,” Jakab said. “We knew we had the wind at our back. Branch came out strong and hit that one. Dyko put one away. That is energy that we feed off of. We had to go through moments and we got the job done today. That is a very good team that we played against.”

Branch finishes the season with a team-high 19 goals.

“They are a good team, but we were just on fire and we didn’t let up,” Branch said. “They are definitely one of the best teams we have played all season.

“I have been so anxious since the end of last season. This is all I have wanted to do. This means a lot that we came through and we got this win.”

Revere senior Brian Gillette assisted on Dyko’s goal, his 13th this season.

“Thankfully the ball came to me from Brian’s pass,” Dyko said. “He was the garbage man who picked up the loose ball and passed it to me. I was focused enough to put it away. I felt like I was focused for this game and mentally prepared, and same for the whole team. This is a great feeling.”

Gerberich saved one shot and benefited from a solid defensive unit of seniors Brandon Taylor and Andrew Robinson and sophomores Simon Kirkendall and John Sternasty.

Taylor said the perpetrators of dousing Jakab with water were “sophomore hooligans.”

“This feels great,” Taylor said. “It hasn’t really set in yet.”

Dyko and Somple started at midfield with junior Luke Kasson. Branch started at forward with seniors Jordan Marich and Blake Easterling.

“I know it sounds cliché, but it is so indescribable,” Somple said. “The feeling, I still can’t believe it is real. It doesn’t feel like we won. I am sure it will settle in later.”

Revere caps its season with 101 goals scored and 11 goals allowed. The Minutemen shut out 16 opponents this season and Gerberich finishes with 39 shutouts in his career.

“They were smart,” Watterson coach Chad Smith said. “They won the coin toss and they took the wind, which is exactly what we wanted to do. They were more smart in playing direct right at us with the wind. I think the first goal, I saw a little bit of nerves in my boys. I felt like we were not exactly fluid in our movement.

“They are a very well coached team and you could tell they have played here before two years ago. Just the experience of being here and the experience being in this situation, and there are some big boys on that team. If you looked down their sideline you see several large kids on that team. We knew we were in for a battle.”


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