A Page -- April 12, 2011

Former Bay High, Cleveland State 

soccer Student/Athlete Bill Fisher has

the pulse on global opportunities for 

US S/A teams through United Soccer 

Academy (USA)

April 12, 2011

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Any soccer teams (high school, college, club or other)  wishing to explore travel opportunities and gain valuable international competitive and cultural experience might want to check out United Soccer Academy  (www.unitedsocceracademy.orgin Florida, run by former Bay High School, East-West Ambassadors, Ohio Wesleyan and Cleveland State Student/Athlete Bill Fisher.

Both at Bay and East-West, Fisher was a teammate of former USA National and Olympic Team Goalie and a Hermann Trophy winner while an S/A at UCLA Brad Friedel, the keeper for Aston Villa in the English Premier League.

After spending a couple decades assembling aggregate teams made up of players from all over the U.S., Fisher and United Soccer Academy have moved into the area of merely taking existing teams, training them to international level and then assembling their global travel package and subsequent next-level opportunities.

Fisher played for BHS Hall of Famer Sam Massad at Bay High in the 1980s before embarking on two college S/A careers, one in Division III in Delaware and one in D-I here.

It was in high school that Fisher first gained the international sense for soccer, understanding that it was only through borrowing ideas from all over the globe and incorporating them into a hybrid “American style” that the USA could eventually become a world power in soccer.

While with East-West, Fisher traveled to such far out places as Nepal, India, the USSR and Cuba. Eventually he became the managing director for East-West here in Aurora and Solon and then later in the 1990s in Columbia, South Carolina and Sarasota, Florida. He also had a stint running East-West’s West Coast satellite office in Los Angeles.

After East-West disbanded in 1995 due to its branching off into other areas of Student/Athletics besides soccer, Fisher was the only one in the group who remained in Florida and started up United Soccer Academy, a mirror of East-West, which in its 10 years of existence earned over $5 million in college scholarship money for its participants.

 “We have the experience and ability to customize and coordinate such a program that is tailored specifically to a team’s needs and desires,” Fisher said. “Out goal is to provide opportunities to travel and compete overseas through professional, well-organized, and quality programs.”

Also, having the year-round training capabilities in Florida gives USA S/As greater chances for training and improving while others deal with northern weather setbacks.

For more information, call 800-656-5499 or visit the USA Web site at www.unitedsocceracademy.org. (www.unitedsocceracademy.org.)

Oberlin College to host lecture, 

screening of film, Jews and Baseball 

By Ryan Mouch

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

Oberlin - On Friday, April 15th, director and Oberlin College Alumnus Peter Miller ('84) will be visiting Oberlin to screen his new Award-Winning documentary film Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story. The film is being sponsored by the departments of Athletics, Cinema Studies, The Heisman Club, Hillel, Jewish Studies, and Politics.

The documentary portrays the contributions of Jewish major leaguers and the special meaning that baseball has had in the lives of American Jews. 

More than a film about sports, this is a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, the passing on of traditions, and the shattering of stereotypes. 

The story is brought to life through Dustin Hoffman's narration and includes various interviews with current and former Major Leaguers including Al Rosen, Kevin Youkilis, Shawn Green, Bob Feller, Yogi Berra, and a rare interview with the Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax.
Miller (L) and Hoffman (R)

The film will be shown on Friday night at 7:30 PM in the Oberlin College Library, in Mudd 050. Visit the films website at http://www.jewsandbaseball.com/ .

CSU Baseball To Host Eastern Michigan, Milwaukee 

in the Freight

The Cleveland State baseball team continues its nine-game home stand with four more contests at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio this week, beginning with a midweek contest against Eastern Michigan and a weekend series with league opponent Milwaukee. The Vikings will host Eastern Michigan on Tuesday (April 12) at 5:00 p.m. and will welcome the Panthers for a single game on Friday (April 15) at 5:00 p.m. and a double header on Saturday (April 16) starting at 12:00 noon.

The Vikings will be attempting to earn their first win since the last time they played Eastern Michigan, a 2-1, extra-inning victory in Ypsilanti, Mich. on March 29. Since that game Cleveland State has dropped eight straight and currently sits at 6-22 overall and 0-9 in the Horizon League.

"We're better than our record, but right now we aren't executing in all three phases of the game," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "We'll pitch well but make fielding mistakes or not hit the ball. We'll string together some hits but then not get the pitching. There's still a lot of baseball to be played, and if we get everything working we'll be very good, but we need to start executing."

Cleveland State dropped five games last week, including a three-game league series against Valparaiso over the weekend (April 8-9), the first Horizon League games CSU has hosted this season. The first game with the Crusaders was a pitchers dual, with Anthony Sambula and Valpo's Justin Frane each turning in complete game, seven strikeout performances. The game was tied at one entering the ninth, but the Crusaders scored three runs in that frame that CSU was unable to answer. While the second contest in the series was a 12-2 Crusader victory, Cleveland State kept the third game close, trailing 3-1 entering the ninth before giving up three more runs in a 6-1 loss.
Anthony Sambula
West G. High alum Anthony Sambula

The Vikings also played two midweek contests, hosting Pittsburgh on Tuesday (April 5) and traveling to Toledo on Wednesday (April 6). With the game against Pittsburgh being a 6-5 affair entering the eighth inning, the Panthers scored seven straight runs to hand CSU a 13-5 loss. Cleveland State struggled to find its offense against the Rockets, falling, 5-1, with the Vikings' lone score coming in the seventh inning on an error.

Jackson High coach/Manchester, Kent, 

and Walsh alumnus Mike Fuline named 

Mount Union men's basketball coach; 

also coached at Ravenna, Rootstown

and Green

April 11, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union has named Mike Fuline its new head men's basketball coach.

Fuline will be introduced officially at a press conference at 4:30 pm Tuesday in the Campus Grounds inside the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

He'll trade in coaching S/As in purple uniforms for coaching another set of S/As in purple uniforms.

He comes to Mount Union after spending the last eight years as a head coach at Massillon Jackson (2005-11) and Rootstown (2003-05) and high schools.
Mike Fuline

He was 95-42 (.693) in six years at Jackson, with a 76-19 (.800) mark over the last four seasons that also included winning the 2010 OHSAA Division I State championship. The Polar Bears have won each of the last two Federal League titles and he was named Federal League Coach of the Year both seasons.

At Rootstown, his 2003-04 team posted a 16-6 record and won a sectional championship while his 2004-05 team went 20-4, shared the league title and won a district championship. Fuline was named 2004 Ohio's Division III Co-Coach of the Year.

Fuline began his coaching career with assistant coaching stints at Ravenna and Green high schools.

A graduate of Akron Manchester High School, he holds a bachelor's degree from Kent State University and a master's degree from Walsh University.

He and his wife, Amy, are the proud parents of five children.

CSU Men's Tennis Hosts Detroit Mercy and Northern 

Illinois To Close Regular Season

The Cleveland State men's tennis team, which has clinched at least a share of the Horizon League regular season championship, concludes the regular season with a pair of home matches this weekend. CSU will host Detroit at 11 a.m. on Saturday (April 16) in the final league match of the year before hosting Northern Illinois at 11 a.m. on Sunday (April 17).

The Vikings enter the week at 12-7 overall and in first place in the league at 6-0, one-half match ahead of Green Bay who has completed their league slate at 6-1. A win over Detroit on Saturday would give CSU an outright title, while a loss to Detroit would give the Vikings a co-championship with Green Bay. However, CSU is assured of the No. 1 seed in the league championship as the Vikings defeated Green Bay earlier this year.

"We have been playing some great team tennis the last few weeks and it seems that we have a different player or two stepping up every match," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We have a nice streak going of 31 straight wins against league opponents, but that is not what we are focused on right now. We want to continue to go out and control each and every match right from the start and continue to work toward another league championship."

CSU won a pair of matches last weekend, winning 5-2 at Wright State on Saturday (April 9) and 4-3 at Butler on Sunday (April 10). The wins were the 30th and 31st straight wins over Horizon League opponents.
Matt Kuelker

Freshman Matt Kuelker clinched the win over Butler with a three-set win at No. 3 singles, allowing him to stay perfect in the Horizon League at 6-0. Senior John Haley is also 6-0 in league singles play this year.

Twinsburg High Alumnus Jamie Hora, 

Case Reserve Softball’s Lauren Wolz 

Named UAA Student/Athletes of the

April 11, 2011

By Nick Minerd

PITTSFORD, NY – Case Western Reserve University baseball sophomore pitcher Jamie Hora (Twinsburg, OH/Twinsburg) and softball junior designated player/first baseman Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge) have each been selected as University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week, announced the league office on Monday, April 11.

Hora earns the award for the second time this season. He posted a 2-0 record with a 0.64 earned run average during a 3-1 week for the Spartans. In 14 innings, Hora allowed just one earned run on 11 hits and one walk while striking out 10. On Sunday versus Muskingum University, he threw seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts. For the season, the southpaw is 5-3 with a 4.33 ERA in a team-high 54.0 innings pitched.
The baseball team is 22-11 and has won eight of their last nine heading into a Tuesday, April 12 game at John Carroll University at 4:00 p.m. in University Heights.


Wolz becomes the first CWRU softball player to earn the award this season. She batted .478 (11-of-23) with four homeruns and 10 RBI during a 6-0 week for the Spartans. Wolz also doubled twice and scored six runs as the Spartans stretched their win streak to eight games. During Thursday’s sweep of John Carroll University, Wolz was a combined 7-for-8 with two homers and six RBI. Wolz’s recent hot streak has improved her batting average to a team-best .394. She also leads the squad with six homers and 35 RBI.

CSU Softball To Host Loyola As League 

Play Continues

Vikings Play Mid-Week Doubleheaders At Buffalo & Niagara

By Brian McCann

The Viking softball team continues the second half of its 2011 schedule when CSU plays seven games in a five-day span.  The Vikings will play mid-week 3:00 p.m. doubleheaders at Buffalo on Wednesday (April 13) and Niagara on Thursday (April 14) before returning to Viking Field to host Loyola for a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday (April 16) and a single game at noon on Sunday (April 17).

After having a Wednesday (April 6) doubleheader against Eastern Michigan postponed until April 26 because of rain, the Vikings traveled to Butler where they went 1-2 against the Bulldogs, including a tough 2-1 loss in 16 innings in the series finale that dropped CSU to 19-14 overall and 4-5 in league play, good for sixth place.

"That was a tough game to lose," CSU head coach Angie Nicholson said.  "We had a number of opportunities to put a run on the board but just couldn't come through with the big hit.  We need to learn from this experience and use it to get back into the title race when we play Loyola this weekend."
Tess Sito
Elyria High alumna Tess Sito

Sophomore Tess Sito had another strong week, hitting a team-leading .471 in the four games (including a game vs. Green Bay on April 4) with four extra base hits to extend her current hit streak to a team-best five games.  In the circle, Sito was 1-3 with a 1.58 ERA, striking out 29 with seven walks in 35.1 innings.

Norton native, Ellet alumna Cara 

DeAngelis named Distance Runner of the 

Week in the NCAC; OWU miler takes 

second in field of 41, setting a Battling 

Bishops school record

April 12, 2011

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

WESTLAKE -- Akron-area native and Ohio Wesleyan freshman Student/Athlete Cara DeAngelis (Norton, OH/Ellet) has been named the North Coast Athletic Conference Distance Runner of the Week ,the league officer here announced Monday.

In order to attain the award, she won the 1,500-meter run, outdistancing 40 other S/A runners at the Marv Frye Invitational.
[ Cara DeAngelis ]

DeAngelis’ time of 4:40.79 established an OWU school record.

Also Oberlin College junior Ben Schild (Prescott, AZ/Prescott) earned the Men’s DR of the Week by finishing second in the 5,000 meters at the Frye.
Walsh Jesuit alum Tony DiPre

Among other area track and field S/As studying and participating at  NCAC schools, senior Tony DiPre (Twinsburg, OH/Walsh Jesuit) was runner-up in the 1500 meters in the John Homon Open.

The Player of the Week for softball this week is Hiram College’s Kelly Langland, Hiram.


A Terrier junior, Lagland led a double-header sweep of Kenyon by cranking out two home runs. She had a perfect day on the swings during the 14 innings, linking together a two-game total of 5-for-5 at the plate. 

She was 5 of 7 at the plate with three RBIs a four runs scored on the week.


Hudson High alumnus Matt McErlean went 3-0 in singles play, including a pair of wins over regionally ranked opponents, for Denison.

Also, freshman Paul Thomas (Broadview Hts., OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) won two singles matches for Wooster.


DENISON was fifth at the Wooster Invitational, led by Liz Tristano (Barberton, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary). The Irish alumna was 10th overall individually with a 102.
St. V Alum Liz Tistano


For Oberlin College, Ryan Mouch (Toledo, OH/St. John’s Jesuit) picked up his first career win on the mound against Denison.
Former Polar Bear Ben Putterbaugh

Ben Puterbaugh (Canton, OH/Jackson) helped Mouch by going 4 for 4 at the plate.

Oberlin spring football set to begin

By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – This past week the Oberlin College football team officially began its preparations for the upcoming 2011 season as spring ball got underway for the Yeomen.

While conference and NCAA regulations prevent the Yeomen from having contact drills and a traditional spring game per se, the team can still achieve many goals during their five-week practice period. 

“Working on speed and strength are two of the big things we focus on during this time of the year,” Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Alan Estep said. (View the Yeomen’s training video from week one of spring practice)

The Yeomen start their season on September 9 at home against Kenyon.