A Page -- April 1, 2011

Nikki Chiricosta Sept 19 2010BGSU vs IPFW - Jan 30, 2010 - Doug Sampson photo
Nikki (left) and Christine Chiricosta (right)

Avon Lake’s Chiricosta sisters have 

combined for 80 wins this school year 

for Bowling Green; Christine could 

complete career wins trifecta with "w" 

in doubles play; Nikki could move into 

top five for most singles wins in a season 

today against Miami

April 1, 2011

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Avon Lake resident Christine Chiricosta could complete her Bowling Green record books trifecta today when the Falcons’ tennis team hosts defending Mid American Conference champion Miami University.
Christine Chiricosta Sept 19, 2010
Christine Chiricosta

Chiricosta, a senior and the Falcons’ No. 1 singles player the past three seasons, has already set school records this spring for most career wins overall (now at 167) and career wins in singles play (83) and is currently tied for the school high water mark for most career wins in doubles play (84).

A doubles-play win would give her the sole career best for doubles wins and thereby the all-time Bee Gee leader for wins of any major form – singles, doubles and combined.
Doug Sampson photo - April 2, 2010, vs Western Michigan
Christine (right) with doubles partner Maddy Eccleston

In fact, the name “Chiricosta” appears quite a bit in the wins columns this season at Bee Gee, particularly at the top of the various lists. That’s because younger sister Nikki, a Falcons’ freshman, has also been racking up the wins and is fast on the pace of challenging to rewrite sis’ records henceforth three years from this spring.

Of the 120 singles wins all Bee Gee tennis players have racked up during the 2010-11 season, one third of those belong to Student/Athletes bearing the Chiricosta surname. In both singles and doubles combined, the Chiricosta ladies have reached 80 wins for the season and also accounts for better than half of the Falcons’ overall wins.
2010-11 BGSU tennis2010-11 BGSU tennis
Nikki (left), Christine (right)

As individuals, the two Chiricostas are in quite a race with each other to see who will be the team leader in total wins this season. Nikki leads the team with 41 wins (combined singles and doubles) while Christine is right behind with 39, good enough to be tied for the No. 2 spot.

 Last week’s team win over Buffalo, marked the 50th time in the past four seasons that a Bee Gee team has won a dual meet in which one of the participants was Christine Chiricosta, the lone senior on the club this season.

Oh yes, she is also close to that record as well. The current Bee Gee record for an individual contributing to the most career team dual-match wins in a four-year span is 55, a mark Christine could surpass some time within the next two weeks.

If the pattern continues, it should happen by the fourth week of this new month. Christine broke the overall wins record on Jan. 31, the singles record on Feb. 27 and tied the doubles record on March 25. It could also be coincidence.
BGSU vs Akron tennis April 23, 2010 - photo by Jason Knavel
Two-time Academic All American Christine Chiricosta

This season, Nikki was the first Falcon to get to 20 wins in singles play and Christine the first one to get to 20 wins in doubles play. Nikki was the first to reach 40 wins combined this season while Christine should be the second to do it either alone or jointly with doubles partner Maddy Eccleston, who also has 39 wins on the season.

The sisters came to the Cleveland area in order to attain the 80-combined wins mark this season, doing so at Akron over the weekend when Christine combined with Eccleston to win their eighth consecutive doubles match of the season and Nikki was a double winner against the Zips, taking her singles match and also extending her doubles win streak to four while buddying with Mary Hill.
Mary Hill and Nikki Chiricosta
Hill and Nikki

The sisters could reach the 100 wins mark for the season, combined both as a siblings’ tandem and in singles and doubles play. Possibly it could happen the fourth week of April (the week of the MAC championships). 

Playing in the No. 3 spot this season, Nikki is 22-6 in singles. She is also 11-3 with Hill in doubles and 8-5 with fellow freshman Emily Reuland. 

Christine is 19-7 with Eccleston, 1-0 with Hill and 19-8 as the no. 1 singles player.

Nikki is eight wins away from tying the school record for most singles wins in a season (30). Right now, her 22 wins places her in a tie for 12th place with none other than Christine Chiricosta, who had her season-best 22 wins in both 2010 and 2008. Four other former Falcons have also massed 22 wins in a season.
Nikki Chiricosta

Nikki’s combined 41 wins this season places her 14th on the all-time list for most combined (doubles and singles) in a season. A pair of wins against the RedHawks would place her in a tie for 10th with Christine (she combined for 43 in 2010) and a pair of wins tomorrow (Saturday) against Ball State would put her in a tie for sixth place for most combined wins in a season. Christine had a combined 46 wins in 2008, which is fifth best all time for a season.

A singles win today or tomorrow puts Nikki in a tie for fifth place for most singles win in a season and wins both days in a tie for fourth in most wins in a season.

The Chiricostas have yet to play as a doubles team in college and time is running out as Christine’s career is rapidly coming to a close. They were Ohio big-school state champions as a doubles team in high school at ole’s “Shoregals High.”

’Berg Baseball Drops Home Game to OWU

Tiffin, Ohio – March 31, 2011 – The nationally ranked Heidelberg University baseball team closed out the month of March with a 6-5 setback to Ohio Wesleyan University at Peaceful Valley. The loss drops the Berg to 14-4 on the year, while the Battling Bishops improve to .500 at 10-10.

Heidelberg let a 5-2 lead evaporate in the sixth inning when Ohio Wesleyan plated four runs off of three hits and one ’Berg miscue to push the final score to 6-5. With two outs, James Toland hit a two-run home run to left center field to plate the game-tying and eventual game-winning run.

The Berg built its early advantage with three runs in its first at bat. Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Canton Central Catholic) had a sacrifice fly and Derek Andrzejczak (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview) knocked in two runs with a single to center field.

Ohio Wesleyan scored a run in the second and the third, but the Berg answered with a run apiece in the bottom half of the third and one in the fourth to push its final total to five before the Battling Bishops answered with its four-run sixth.

Knocking in Heidelberg’s final two runs was Brechun and Andrzejczak.
Suffering the loss on the mound was Branden Stucky (Medina, Ohio / Medina). Stucky threw 1.2 innings of relief and gave up one earned run. He struck out one and allowed two hits.
At the plate, Heidelberg registered just six hits on the day. Going 3-for-4 with three RBI was Andrzejczak. Finishing with a hit apiece was Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo, Ohio / Roy C. Start), Alex Monroe (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston) and Jason Lash (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville).

Spartan Softball Drops Two on the Road Against 

Heidelberg: Amherst's Thoms throws complete game 


TIFFIN, OH – The Case Western Reserve University softball team dropped a pair of road games, 10-2 and 12-9, against HeidelbergUniversity on Thursday, March 31 at Mayer Field. With the setbacks, the Spartans fell to 6-18 on the season.

The Berg improved to 15-3 overall and remained undefeated (6-0) on its home field. The Spartans will be back on the field tomorrow (Friday, April 1) hosting Denison University at Mather Park. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Heidelberg jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in game one, but the Spartans clawed back with a run-scoring single by freshman Amy Taylor (Brier, WA/Inglemoor) in the second and made it a 3-2 game on an RBI base hit by junior Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge) in the third.

Case would get no closer, however, as The Berg plated two in the third and another four in the sixth to enact the eight-run rule. Freshman Mackenzie Lein (Petersburg, MI/Ida) suffered the loss to drop to 4-5 on the season, logging 5.2 innings and allowing six earned runs. Dana Thoms pitched all six to pick up the win for Heidelberg.

In the day’s second affair, Heidelberg got the bats going early and scored 11 runs in the first three innings to put Case on the ropes. Case responded in the fourth, however, scoring on a two-run double by freshman Courtney Branson (Orient, OH/Teays Valley), who would later cross the plate on a ground out by senior Anneliese Fetterman (Cupertino, CA/Monta Vista).

Wolz doubled in another two in the fifth, while Branson added another RBI on a single to right field. One inning later, two more Spartans crossed the plate on a base hit by Wolz. Trailing 12-8 in the seventh, Case would capture one more run but it wasn’t enough as senior Mary Kruszka was tagged with the loss to drop to 0-6 on the season. 

Freshman Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus) came on to pitch five effective innings of relief as her team nearly battled all the way back from an 11-0 deficit.



Gilmour boys' track team expects to do it 

with youth

The Gilmour Academy boys track and field team may not have a ton of upperclassmen to rely upon for scoring and leadership this season, but third year head coach Jim Chappelle is confident in the team’s potential and room for growth.

The Lancers have only four seniors on the roster in 2011, including relay regional qualifier Kevin Vargo and district scorer James Miller, who specializes in the 3200-meter run. Also returning is the district champion in the 200, junior Justyn Greene.

“One of our greatest strengths is in sprints this season,” said Chappelle.

Gilmour has some experience in that area with Vargo and will add some quickness with several first-year team members.

Another area Gilmour adds to this season is distance. Junior Ben Radcliffe and sophomore Tommy Hollis will be joined by a few newcomers who already put in a quality cross country season this past fall.

Additionally, junior Nick Celeste and sophomore Mike Vala have been working to improve in the area of throws and as a result, are expected to have the best years of their careers.

As with most teams, the Lancers are looking to be successful throughout the season, leading into healthy postseason performances at the districts, regionals and state meet. Maturity is something the team will need to work on, but that will come naturally as the season progresses considering half of the team is in its first or second season with the program.

Regardless of team members’ ages, Chappelle believes his athletes will continue to work hard and improve on a daily basis beginning with the Lakeside Invitational on April 2. Several dates the Lancers are looking forward to include the Miele Invitational at Gilmour on April 16, the Trinity Invitational on April 20, the Euclid Relays on May 6 and the Optimist Meet at Austintown Fitch on May 7.

Nogalo leads Warriors to win in chilly 


Freshman Romans belts HR for first Varsity hit; 

Marsinek earns relief win and McMaster pitches well

CUYAHOGA FALLS --  The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team earned their first win of the 2011 campaign yesterday on a very chilly day that did not prevent the offensive bats from being red hot as WJ banged out fourteen hits in six offensive innings of play in a 12-6 victory over visiting Gilmour. 

Leading the way was Senior Slippery Rock recruit Jake Nogalo with three hits including a key RBI double in the fourth. Also providing a multi-hit day was fellow Slipper Rock recruit Kolton Snyder with two hits, while Junior Anthony Nemer, Junior Graeme Frye, and Senior Dan Keller also had two hits apiece. 

Talented Freshman Nate Romans was perfect on the day with a walk and a home run for his first varsity hit. 

Junior LHP Michael Marsinek earned the victory in a quick inning of relief, while starting pitcher Sophomore Nate McMaster pitched well, departing after three solid innings allowing only a single run. 

Also hitting well for the Warriors was Senior Nate Lundy (undecided) with a two-run double, and Freshman Frankie Cioffi, also with his first Varsity hit. With the win the Warriors now stand at 1-0 on the year.

Mount bounces Berg in men's tennis

TIFFIN, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's tennis team claimed a 6-3 victory over Heidelberg in Ohio Athletic Conference play on Thursday.

Zach Perry (Hudson/Hudson) and Yasuhiro Anno (Fukucka, Japan/Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzoku) were victorious in both singles and doubles action for the Purple Raiders.

Perry defeated Bobby Lochotzki at first singles, 6-0, 6-1, while Anno handled Zachary Schwenning, 6-1, 6-1, in the No. 4 singles match.
Hudson's Perry (L) and North Canton's Fockler

Perry and Anno also teamed for an 8-1 victory at first doubles over Lochotzki and Cliff Goetz.

Nate Fockler (North Canton/North Canton Hoover) and Patrick Yackmack (Mantua/Twinsburg) added singles wins for Mount Union.

Fockler bested Goetz at second singles, 6-3, 6-1, and Yackmack outlasted Patrick Ryan Earl, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), at third singles.

Drew LeGendre (Toledo/Bowsher) and Jeff Looker (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) teamed for a doubles victory. They defeated Matthew McDivitt and Dorion Kempf, 8-6.

No Foolin'; HandsOnSoccer S/As could 

earn extra HoS Bucks

April 1, 2011

In appreciation for the loyalty of continuing summer camp Student/Athletes, HandsOnSoccer has created a special program this year. No foolin'. All loyal HandsonSoccer Campers will get a chance to participate in an earnings prorgram starting next week.

To go along with the deep discount for early registration by April 1, HoS principals hope that S/As will share this offer with a friend so they might also enjoy the HandsOnSoccer camp experience with us this summer.

Once registered for the camp, S/As are eligible to start referring friends and teammates and accumulating "HOS Bucks." Once a friend registers s/he  can take part in the program too


~For every half-day registrant referred you receive $5 in HOS Bucks.
~For every full-day registrant referred you receive $10 in HOS Bucks.
~You may also use HOS Bucks toward your camp registration fee!
~No limit on HOS Bucks you can earn.
~Associations may create code and earn equipment!

Oberlin Tops Thomas in First Game of the Day

Mesa, Ariz. – Freshman Mattie Dedoes picked up his second win of the trip and classmate Mike McDonald earned the first save of his career as the Oberlin College baseball team beat Thomas College 6-2 in their first of two nine-inning games on the day. 


Dedoes worked 6.2 innings and surrendered just three hits and four walks, while striking out four on 102 pitches. McDonald, who entered with a 2-0 lead to record the final out of the seventh, registered five groundball outs and struck out one. 

Senior Brandon Cantrill continues to swing a hot bat as he finished 3-for-4 with two RBI’s, a triple and two stolen bases. His single down the left line in the first plated Zach Kisley and Cantrill made it a 2-0 game in the sixth thanks to his two-out triple. 

The Yeomen would tack on four more in the eighth on run-producing singles by Ben Puterbaugh and Sean Cohen. Phinney would drive in another run as he reached on error and Cantrill scored on a double steal. 

Game II -- Yeomen End Spring Break in 

Dramatic Fashion

Mesa, Ariz. - Eric Knight’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Oberlin College baseball team a thrilling 9-8 come-from-behind extra-inning win over Gustavus Adolphus to cap off an 8-3 week in Arizona for the Yeomen. 

After surrendering a 5-1 lead, the Yeomen rallied in the bottom of the ninth to score three runs and force the extra fame. Brandon Cantrill led off the inning with a single and was lifted for Phil Brua to come in and pinch run.

 Following a Gusties’ error, rookie Sean Cohen singled up the middle to score Brua. Another GA miscue resulted in Steve DiNanno scoring, but the big play came courtesy of Zach Jaspers as his pinch hit sac fly to center would score pinch runner Ethan Blumenthal to get things back to even.

In the top of the 10th, rookie Drew Karlin came in to pitch and shutdown the Gusties in order. His effort was rewarded as he was credited with his second vulture win of the season. 

Following to quick outs to start the home half of the 10th, Brua would drop down a picture perfect drag bunt. Knight followed by belting a 3-2 pitch the center field that bounced over the center fielder’s head, allowing Brua to score all the way from first base.

The Yeomen were on cruise control early on as starter Ryan Mouch was pitching with a 5-1 cushion before a two-out error opened the flood gates for a four-run fifth inning for the Gusties. Mouch worked seven strong innings as he fanned three and walked just one over 114 pitches (72 strikes) of work. All five runs Gustavus scored on him were unearned. 

Oberlin’s first three runs came via Cantrill’s double in the first and Knight’s two-run single in the third. OC would add two more in the fifth as Kevin Verne scored on a double steal and freshman Zach Kisley’s single to right to score Ben Kauder. Kauder went 5-for-6 in the game with three runs scored, while Kisley was 4-for-6. 

The Gusties would grab an 8-5 lead by scoring two in the eighth and one in the ninth off of Cantrill. However, just two of the three runs were earned. 

Oberlin was able to overcome a six-error performance by pounding out a season-high 19 hits. On the trip the Yeomen batted .327 as a team and posted a 2.47 team ERA. View the stats from the trip (here).

Mount-Walsh "battle of Stark" baseball scheduled for today postponed

April 1, 2011

Mount Union's baseball game with Walsh scheduled for Friday, April 1 at 4 pm at 23rd Street Field in Alliance has been postponed to due to scheduling conflicts.

Right now the next Mount Union baseball game is slated for Saturday, April 2 as the Purple Raiders open Ohio Athletic Conference play at 1 pm at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio