A Page -- April 12, 2012 -- PM Edition

Emily Fuller 

Yeowomen Victorious in First Conference Match

Oberlin, Ohio - In their North Coast Athletic Conference opening match the Oberlin College women's tennis team stretched their current win streak to eight matches with tonight's win over the visiting College of Wooster, getting past the Scots 8-1.

The Yeowomen (13-5, 1-0 NCAC) are performing well and last dropped a match March 10th to NCAA Division 1 University of Dayton.

In today's impressive outing Ariel Lewis and Preeya Shah each extended their win streaks as they both remain unbeaten in their last ten matches.

Oberlin competed tonight with a line up a bit out of the ordinary as they were without two of their top three hitters.  In doubles action Lewis and partner Carolyn Ball moved up a spot to hit in the top position and easily defeated Wooster's Kelsey Jenkins and Rachel Dietz.

Shah paired with Rebecca Brown at No. 2 and the Yeowomen duo cruised past Ashley Stockwell and Lauren Gilliss 8-1.  By the same score count, first-years Emily Fuller and Grace Porter defeated Emily Linville and Lauren Grimanis at third doubles.

"This was a good team win, we were solid and impressive throughout the line up even without Finley and Brenna.  This was a good way to start conference play and we are gearing up for the final stretch of matches," commented head coach Constantine Ananiadis.

Oberlin looked the norm at No. 1 singles as Lewis blanked Jenkins 6-0, 6-0 running her singles record in dual matches to 15-2, she has 17 singles wins on the season.

Porter and Shah moved up in the line up to fill gaps in the second and third spots.  Porter was a 6-0 winner in the first set over the Scots' Stockwell and then earned a 6-2 second set win to push her win streak to seven matches.  Shah was a winner over Grimanis 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3.

In the fourth and fifth singles positions Oberlin seniors Ball and Brown each won their respective matches by 6-1, 6-0 scorelines.  Ball faced off against Linville at No. 4 to remain unbeaten at that spot in the line up sitting 2-0 and Brown downed Dietz.

In the sixth spot Oberlin's Emily Thebaut jumped out to a 7-5 first set win.  Gilliss earned an early 2-1 lead in the second set but Thebaut was not feeling well enough to continue retiring from the match providing Wooster with their lone win on the night.

Oberlin is back in action this weekend for a pair of non-conference matches when they travel to Ohio Wesleyan University Saturday and Denison University on Sunday, both matches are set to start at 1 p.m.

Baseball: Late Rally Lifts Storm to Sweep at ODU and Into 

First Place in GLIAC

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Lake Erie College baseball team scored three runs in its first at bat of the day, four runs in its final turn and just enough in between to earn a doubleheader sweep of Ohio Dominican University Wednesday afternoon (April 11) at Panther Valley in Columbus. 

Juniors Adam Beach (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) and Doug Fox (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge) combined on a five-hitter in the opener as the Storm (15-14, 11-5 GLIAC) won 5-1.  In the second game, Lake Erie rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the final inning before Fox wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh to escape for a 6-4 victory. 

The wins, which were the first for the Storm in the all-time series (2-7) with Ohio Dominican (16-14, 8-8 GLIAC), moved Lake Erie back over .500 overall for the season and into a first-place tie in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) standings with the winner of the second game today between Wayne State University and Saginaw Valley State University.

Lake Erie took a 3-0 lead in the first inning of game one, highlighted by a double steal and RBI hits from seniorJae Leeworthy (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) and freshman Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/South).  It remained that way until the sixth when the Panthers scored a run on an Chase Westphal single.  The Storm added two more in the seventh on a two-run single by senior Brayan Cacique (Caracas, Venezuela/John I. Leonard/Lakeland C.C.).

Beach (4-2) allowed a run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out three.  Fox allowed Westphal's single in the sixth, but that was it in his 1 1/3 innings of work.   ODU's Sean Blackburn (3-4) gave up five runs on five hits and five walks in 6 1/3 innings. 

Junior Cody Blood (Conneaut, Ohio/Conneaut) went 2-for-3, the only two-hit game for the Storm.  Ryan Rovnak had two hits for the Panthers.

Anthony Raschilla started the scoring in game two, with an opposite-field two-run home run to right field in the bottom of the first. The Storm tied it in the third, scoring on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by senior Matt Toth(Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King).  It was another wild pitch, this one by Storm sophomore starter Brad Raley(Hinckley, Ohio/Highland), that gave the Panthers the lead back in the fifth, making it 3-2.

That was the score in the seventh when Lake Erie rallied for four runs, sending nine men to the plate in the inning.  The first four hitters in the frame, starting with senior catcher Nick Lovick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), reached base and scored.  Sophomore Reid Rizzo (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) singled in the first run following an errant throw on a sacrifice bunt attempt, Toth drew a bases-loaded walk, Cacique hit a sacrifice fly and senior Kyle Kemp (Fredericksburg, Va./James Monroe) singled in the final run to make it 6-3.

Fox got the first two outs of the seventh before the Panthers rallied with a pair of hits and then a throwing error by Blood that brought in a run.  A double steal and a hit batter loaded the bases before Fox got Zak Dascenzo to fly out to Toth to end it.   

Lake Erie scored its six runs on just five hits, including two by Cacique.  The Panthers had 10 hits in game two, but stranded 10 men on base.

Freshman Heath Kelley (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) earned the win in relief, improving to 2-1 on the season.  Earning saves in both games brought Fox's season total to five. 

Erik Lamka (1-2) was the loser for ODU, allowing four runs on just one hit without recording an out in the seventh.

The Storm returns home after posting a 4-2 mark on its six-game road trip, to host the University of Findlay in a four game set starting Saturday, April 14, at Braggs Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

Minteer Hurls First Career Shutout as 'Berg Baseball Sweeps 


Twitter: @BergAthletics

TIFFIN, Ohio-Freshman right handed pitcher Ryan Minteer (Venetia, Pa./Peters
Township) pitched his first career shutout and the Heidelberg University
baseball team swept Ohio Northern University in an Ohio Athletic Conference
doubleheader today at Wander Field in Ada, Ohio.  The Berg won the first
game, 3-0, and took the nightcap, 7-4.

Minteer, in his first start in nearly a month, scattered four hits, just one
for extra bases, and struck out five without allowing a walk and improved to

The Student Princes (16-11, 5-3 OAC) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first
inning on a freshman third baseman Steve Kisan (Lakewood/St. Edward) walk
and a senior center fielder Elvin Williams (Euclid) fielder's choice with
the bases loaded.

In the 'Berg second, a two-out walk by senior shortstop Ricardo Lizcano
(Toledo/Start) load the bases and chased ONU starting pitcher Justin Good
from the game, but reliever Chris Leiby worked out of the jam.

After putting runners on the corners with no outs, Minteer coaxed a double
play in the ONU third to get out of the inning.

ONU (8-16, 2-5 OAC) threatened to score in the fourth on a two-out double by
Tom Walton, but Lizcano's relay throw from senior left fielder Ross Pruitt
(Elletsville, Ind./Edgewood) gunned down Daniel Rodriguez at the plate,
trying to score from first.

In the 'Berg fifth, Williams tacked on an insurance run after stealing third
base and then scoring on a wild pitch by reliever Andrew Tople.

Pruitt was 2-for-4 with a double and a run, while freshman first baseman
Eric Monroe (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) and freshman designated hitter Trevor
Oldham (Akron/Archbishop Hoban) each had two safeties.

Devin Kisor recorded the only multi-hit game for the Polar Bears.

Good surrendered two runs on two hits while striking out and walking three
in just 1.2 innings of work and suffered the loss to fall to 1-1.  Chris
Leiby allowed one run on three hits in 3.0 innings, and Tople recorded the
final seven outs and struck out three.

In the second game, a run batted-in single by Arneal Squibb (Mishawaka,
Ind./Mishawaka) and a steal of home plate by Oldham in the second inning
gave Heidelberg a 2-0 lead.

ONU countered in the bottom half of the frame and took a 4-2 lead on a
two-run single by Tyler Deitering and a two-run double by Eric Yunker in
back-to-back at-bats.

The Student Princes cut the deficit to 4-3 in the third inning when Monroe
singled, scoring sophomore second baseman Joe Chiarappa (Clinton/St.
Vincent-St. Mary's).

Heidelberg took a 6-4 lead in the sixth by rallying for three runs (all
unearned) off reliever Bryce Sedio and added an insurance run in the ninth
as Kisan scored on a wild pitch.

Kisan was 3-for-5 at the plate with a double, RBI and run scored.  Pruitt
and Monroe were each 2-for-5.

Senior starting righty Sylvester Nino (Willard) allowed four runs on three
hits in just 1.1 innings before being relieved by senior righty Daniel
Brannum (Jamestown/Greeneview).  Brannum allowed six hits and no runs and
struck out five in a career-high 7.2 innings of relief and earned the win to
rise to 5-0.

Mark Hayes was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Deitering was 2-for-3 with two
RBI and a run to lead the ONU offense.

Matt Magni started for ONU and allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits
while striking out three and walking four over 5.0 innings and worked to a
no decision.  Sedio faced six batters and surrendered three runs in 0.2
innings of relief and took the loss to fall to 2-3.  Austin Price pitched
two innings and Cody Fisher got the final four outs.

The wins give 13th-year head coach Matt Palm a 397-170 career record,
leaving him three wins shy of become just the fifth coach in OAC history
with 400 career wins.

Heidelberg travels Saturday to Marietta to face OAC rival Marietta College
in a doubleheader.  The Student Princes and Pioneers have met in the
championship of the OAC tournament the last four seasons.  A live web
st of the Marietta do

OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting Highlights

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met Thursday morning in Columbus for its regularly scheduled April meeting. The following are highlights from the meeting. The complete set of meeting minutes will be posted at OHSAA.org.

-          By a 6-3 vote, the Board approved an OHSAA proposal that, beginning in 2013, adds an additional division to the football postseason tournaments and further decreases the number of schools classified as Division I that will include only the largest 10 percent of schools (approximately 72 schools). The remaining schools would be divided evenly into Divisions II through VII, with approximately 108 schools in each division. Currently there are approximately 120 schools in each division. A separate press release includes more details. Of note, with the expansion, approximately 31 percent of schools will qualify for the playoffs.

-          The financial report from the 2011 regional and state football tournaments was presented to the Board. The five-round postseason resulted in a profit of $1,762,206, which is slightly ahead of the projected amount. As has been previously noted, the football postseason generates approximately 33-percent of the OHSAA’s operating revenue (gross revenue of $4,136,905 in 2011, with expenses totaling $2,374,699).

-          The Board was presented with the 2010-11 OHSAA Audit Report from the audit firm of Balestra, Harr & Scherer, CPAs Inc. The audit report will be posted at OHSAA.org. The audit report was once again an unqualified opinion, which represents the best audit opinion an entity can receive by independent auditors.

-          Nine schools were recently penalized for committing infractions of OHSAA regulations. The list of schools, along with their infractions and penalties, will be included in the meeting minutes posted at OHSAA.org, but media members may request the list in advance from Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Information Services (tstried@ohsaa.org).

-          The Board denied a proposal from the soccer coaches association that asked for the start date for practice in all fall sports (except football) be moved from the first Monday in August (which some years could be as late as August 6) to annually on August 1 (or August 2 if August 1 is a Sunday). Despite the denial, the Board agreed that the topic of fall practice start dates needs to be discussed further.

-          The Board approved a proposal that was initiated by the track and cross country coaches association that will alter the OHSAA’s general sports regulations to allow an exception for student-athletes who compete in Special Olympics or Paralympics to remain eligible on their school teams and with the OHSAA.

-          By a 7-2 vote, the Board approved two proposals from the field hockey coaches association. First, to add an additional scrimmage permitted. Second, to allow regular-season games to begin on August 18 instead of the previously established start date of August 25.

-          Based upon an initial proposal from the volleyball coaches association, the Board approved a modified proposal that certified line judges be used at the state tournament whenever possible.

-          The regional and state tournament draws in softball and baseball were held. The pairings will be posted as additions to the tournament regulations posted at OHSAA.org.

B-W Women’s Tennis Team Beats Capital, 8-1, in Bexley

BEREA, OHIO --  The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis beat host Capital University, 8-1, today (Wednesday, April 11, 2012) at the Capital Tennis Courts in Bexley. The Yellow Jackets have won three of their past four matches.

With its victory, B-W is now 7-10 overall and 2-2 in the OAC. Capital dropped to 1-10 overall and 1-3 in the OAC.

B-W gained an early 2-1 lead after the doubles competition and won all six singles matches to capture its seventh victory.

In doubles action, the number two tandem of senior Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) and junior Danielle Rueger (Ashland/ Senior) won by a 8-1 score and the No.3. duo of sophomore Whitney Yoder (Medina/ Senior) and senior Emily Brown (Vermilion) won by an 8-2 score.

In singles play, junior No.1 player Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic) won by the scores of 6-1 and 6-1, Greene won at No.2 by the scores of 6-2 and 6-1, sophomore Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria Catholic) won at No.3 by the scores of 6-2 and 6-1, Rueger won at No.4. by the scores of 6-1 and 6-2, Yoder won at No.5 by the scores of 7-5 and 6-2 and freshman Rachel Bertrand (Avon/ Senior) won at No.6 in a three-set match with the scores of 6-1, 6-7 (1-7) and 10-4.

This season, Rueger tops the Yellow Jackets in victories with 11 and is 11-10 overall, including 8-4 at No.4 and 4-0 against OAC opponents. Greene and Yoder are the top doubles duo at 4-0 overall, including 3-0 in OAC action..

B-W Softball Team Drops OAC Doubleheader To Capital 


BEXLEY, OHIO --  The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team fell to Capital University in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader with today (Wednesday, April 11, 2012) by scores of 7-1 and 2-1 at Clowson Field.

With the losses, the Yellow Jackets snapped a four-game winning streak and now have a record of 15-11 overall and 4-4 in the OAC.  The Crusaders improved to 20-9 overall and 5-2 in the OAC.

In game one, Capital freshman pitcher Alyssa Patznick recorded the one-hit victory as the Crusaders won by a final score of 7-1.  The Crusaders would score at least one run in every inning except the first when they were held scoreless.
B-W broke up the perfect game for Patznick in the top of the sixth inning when senior second baseman Katie Finley (Vermilion) reached second base on an error by the centerfielder.  Finley would score the lone run of the game as she crossed the plate when sophomore centerfielder Nikki Peskura (Strongsville) reached first on the throwing error by the pitcher.
Sophomore designated player/pitcher Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field) broke up the no-hit bid for Patznick as she led off the top of the seventh inning with a base hit to right field.
On the mound, two Yellow Jacket pitchers allowed seven runs (four earned) on 12 hits.

In game two, Capital took an early lead as it scored one run on two hits in the bottom of the second inning.
B-W tied the game in the top of the third inning as it scored one run on two hits.   Finley led off the inning with a bloop single.  Finley would advance to third on two straight ground outs and would score on the RBI single by freshman shortstop Brittany Lightel (Tallmadge).
The Crusaders regained the lead in the bottom of the third inning when they scored one run on four hits.
The Yellow Jacket offense scored one run on three hits led by Lightel with two hits and Finley with one.
On the mound, sophomore Justina Wise (New London) suffered the loss as she pitched six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits.

B-W will return to the friendly confines of the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Field on Saturday, April 14 when it will welcome the Quakers of Wilmington College for an OAC doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.

Josh Ivory signs with Cleveland State

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Josh Ivory (Alexandria, La.), who helped Peabody Magnet H.S. to a pair of state championships over the last three years, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Cleveland State and play basketball beginning in the fall of 2012.

"We are extremely excited about Josh's ability to come in and perform for us this season," head coach Gary Waters said. "He is a tough kid who is a strong defender and fierce competitor and knows how to win. Josh is an all-around quality guard who can shoot the three, penetrate and find the open player. I look forward to watching Josh develop as a player and person at Cleveland State."

Ivory, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals this past season and was regarded as the team's lockdown defender. He earned first team all-district and all-Cenla honors, while also being named to the honorable mention all-state squad after helping Peabody Magnet to a 35-2 record and the 4A state championship.

Peabody Magnet finished the season ranked 29th in the Powerade Fab 50 national rankings.

As a junior, Ivory averaged 8.0 points per game, helping the squad to a 31-4 record and a state runner-up finish.

Ivory was the starting point guard as a sophomore, helping direct the team to a perfect 41-0 record and a state title. He averaged 10.5 points per game as the squad finished the year ranked 23rd in the nation in the USA Today Super 25 poll.

Over his final three seasons in high school, Ivory helped the Warhorses to a 103-5 record, an average of 34 wins per season, three straight appearances in the state championship game and two state titles.

Scots LAX tops Oberlin

Wooster, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team pushed Wooster to the brink, but in the end the home Scots were able to hang on to earn a 7-5 win against the Yeomen on Wednesday afternoon.

Sean Higgins 

Rookie Sean Higgins matched a career-high with three goals, while netminder Erickson Andrews made 16 saves, 12 of which came in the second half to help keep the Yeomen within striking distance. Andrews also added a team-high five ground balls.

The Yeomen fell behind 3-0, before Higgins finished off an assist from Thomas Cool at the 2:46 mark of the first quarter. Wooster would add another tally to lead 4-1 after one.

Two more goals by the Scots in the second quarter gave them a 6-1 lead at the break until the Yeomen came roaring back in the third. Sean Seaman netted the first of three Yeomen goals in the frame with an assist coming from Austin Little. Higgins then deposited back-to-back goals to make it a 6-4 game before Wooster would add one to end the period.

In the fourth quarter, the Yeomen continued to fight as they triggered nine shots in the session, but netted just one goal which came out of the stick of Little with just 2:09 left to play.

The Scots had a slight 35-32 edge in shots and minimal 26-23 advantage in ground balls. Oberlin did a great job clearing the ball as it was successful on 24-of-29 attempts. However, OC struggled on face-offs - winning just 5-of-15. The Yeomen also went 0-for-9 on man-up opportunities.

The Yeomen return to action at Alma College on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.