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Viking Report...

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Fresh off a series win over Wright State, the baseball team will play four of its five games on the road this week.  CSU will play a 3:00 p.m. game at Bowling Green on Tuesday (April 13) before returning home to host Kent State at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon on Wednesday (April 14) at 4:00 p.m.  The Vikings close out the week with a three-game series at Valparaiso, playing a single game on Friday (April 16) at 3:00 p.m. and a Saturday (April 17) twinbill at 12:00 noon.

The men's golf team will continue its preparation for the upcoming league tourney by playing at the Detroit Titan Invitational.  The 54-hole tourney will be played Fri.-Sat., April 16-17.  The women's golf team will be in Bowling Green for the BG Invitational, Sun.-Mon., April 18-19.

First Place Softball Takes To The Road For Six Games
Vikings Have Won 18 of 19 To Improve To 27-8

After playing the last nine games at home, the softball team will play the next nine contests on the road, including six games this week.  The Vikings will play a doubleheader at Eastern Michigan on Tuesday (April 13) at 3:00 p.m. and a single game at No. 23 Notre Dame at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday (April 15).  CSU will then put first place in the league standings on the line when it plays a three-game series at Green Bay over the weekend, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday (April 17) at 2:00 p.m. and a single game on Sunday (April 18) at 12:00 noon.

The Vikings are playing their best ball of the year, winning eight straight games and 18 of the last 19 to improve to 27-8 overall and take over the league lead with an 8-1 mark.

"We are starting to put things together," CSU head coach Angie Nicholson said.  "Our pitching has been fantastic lately and our defense continues to improve as we play but the key to our success right now has been our ability to score runs when we need them.  We were down twice last week late in the game yet managed to come back and win and that is the sign of a great team."
Amanda Macenko

Last minute heroics were the order of the week for CSU.  After sweeping three games from Detroit by a combined 35-6 score, the Vikings swept Wright State in dramatic fashion as well.  In the opener, senior Amanda Macenko threw a three-hit shutout to record her 100th win as a Viking.  Freshman Tess Sito provided the offense with her school-record tying 13th home run of the season.  CSU trailed 7-3 in the second game before Amy Powell tied the contest up with a sixth inning grand slam and Lia Gordon won it with a leadoff home run in the seventh.  Gordon's home run was the school record 22nd of her career.  CSU was down, 2-0, in the seventh in the finale on Sunday before scoring two in the seventh to send it to extra innings.  Dara Toman provided the winning margin with her ninth HR of the year with two out in the 12th as CSU won, 3-2.

Baseball To Play Three-Game Series At Valpo
Vikings Host Kent State & Play At Bowling Green In Mid-Week Games

Fresh off their first Horizon League victory of the season against Wright State, the Vikings will play four of their five contests on the road this week, traveling to Bowling Green (April 13) and Valparaiso (April 16-17). The lone home contest for CSU will be on Wednesday (April 14) when Kent State comes to town for a 4:00 p.m. game at All Pro Freight Stadium.

"Overall we had a pretty good week last week, posting our first Horizon League victory of the season by beating the best team in the league," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "We need to carry this momentum into the week ahead of us and get a few wins on the road this weekend at Valparaiso."

The Vikings finished last week with a 3-2 record, including two straight victories against Wright State, their first league wins of the season.  CSU topped Baldwin-Wallace, 7-6 (April 6) and Wright State, 3-1 (April 9) and 8-7 (April 10 game 1) to improve to 8-19 on the season and 2-4 in the league.

Chuck Gasti led the Vikings offensively, going 10-for-19 (.526) with 10 runs, 10 RBI, one double, two triples and five home runs. Gasti hit two homers against both Baldwin-Wallace (April 6) and Wright State (April 10, game 1), giving him a team-high six long balls this season.

Anthony Sambula (4-3) pitched a complete game against the Raiders (April 9), allowing one run on nine hits and striking out eight batters for the second time this season, recording his team-high fourth victory.

Men's Tennis Clinches Horizon League Top Seed
Vikings Face Detroit & Buffalo To End Regular Season

The men's tennis team concludes the regular season with a pair of matches this weekend, beginning with the final Horizon League contest of the year on Saturday, April 17, at Detroit at 10:00 a.m. The Vikings will then host Buffalo at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday (April 18) at the Malaga Tennis Center.

CSU begins the week having won five straight matches and seven of its last eight to improve to 16-6 overall. The Vikings are also 7-0 in league play and have clinched the No. 1 seed in the Horizon League Championship.

"Although we have clinched the top seed in the league tournament, we still have to go out and play at a high level in order to accomplish the rest of the goals we have set for this season," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We lacked energy and court positioning in our doubles match against Butler and I was disappointed that we lost the point. We need to get back to taking pride in our doubles because that point could be the difference between winning or losing matches in the coming weeks."

The Vikings win streak reached five with three wins at home last week, including a 6-1 triumph over Wright State on Saturday (April 10). CSU also defeated Butler, 5-2, and Case Western, 7-0, on Sunday (April 11). Junior John Haley was the lone Viking to make it through the weekend with an unblemished record, winning all three of his singles matches and both of his doubles contests.

Senior Phil Orno won all three of his singles contests and continues to lead the team with 27 wins. He is one of four players with at least 20 wins this season, a first in program history.

Women's Tennis To End Regular Season At Detroit

Cleveland State (14-11, 6-1 HL) concludes the regular season when the Vikings travel to Detroit on Saturday (April 17) for a 1:30 p.m. contest. The Titans are 5-1 in the league, meaning the winner of Saturday's match will clinch the No. 2 seed in the Horizon League Championship and a bye into the semifinals.

CSU has won seven of its last eight matches, including a 7-0 win over Wright State on Saturday (April 10) and a 6-1 triumph over Butler on Sunday (April 11). It marked the first time in head coach Brian Etzkin's eight-year tenure that the Vikings defeated Butler.

"We have put ourselves in good position to finish in the top two or three of the league standings," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "Sunday's win over Butler was one of the biggest wins in program history. To be able to get by a league team that we haven't been able to get past in the last eight years is a tribute to how far we have come. We have been close to closing the gap over the last few years and to do it the way we did is how every coach would want it."

The Vikings won two of the three doubles matches against Wright State before winning all six singles matches in straight sets. CSU won the three doubles contests against Butler and claimed five of the six singles matches.
Nicole Janek

Freshman Maria Lazaris continued her strong season by winning both of her matches at No. 2 singles over the weekend, allowing her to become the first player to reach 20 wins this year. Lazaris, Catrine Bjerrehus (No. 1), Charlotte Gibbons (No. 3) and Nicole Janek (No. 4) are all 6-1 in league singles matches this season.

Women's Golf Plays At Bowling Green In Final Tuneup Before League Tourney

Following a week out of competitive action, the Cleveland State women's golf team returns to action when the Vikings compete at the 36 hole Bowling Green Falcon Invitational on Saturday and Sunday (April 17-18) at the par-72, 5,983-yard Stone Ridge G.C. The 11 team field, which also includes Horizon League schools Detroit and Valparaiso, will play 18 holes each day.

"This is a big tournament for us leading up to the league championship in two weeks," head coach Steve Weir said. "I don't think we have reached our full potential as a team yet, but we have continued to grow and mature all season. I feel we are very close to putting everything together and this weekend would be the perfect time to do it."

CSU was last in action at the Longwood Lady Invitational on April 5-6 at the par-72, 6,067-yard Manor Resort G.C., placing seventh of eight teams. CSU opened with rounds of 332 and 327 on day one before carding a final round 330.

Senior Katie Broere notched her fourth top-10 finish of the season, placing ninth overall with a school record 54 hole total of 230. Broere opened with a pair of 75's, equaling her lowest rounds of the season and shot an 80 in the final round.

Broere continues to lead the team with an 80.3 scoring average, while senior Laren Beese is close behind at 82.6, including four top-20 finishes.

Titan Invitational Next Up For Men's Golf

The Cleveland State men's golf team returns to action on April 16-17 when the Vikings compete at the 54 hole Detroit Titan Invitational at the par-72, 6,783 yard Golden Fox G.C. It will be CSU's final tournament before the Horizon League Championship on April 26-27 in Lexington, Ky.

"I think we are starting to put things together and play like the team I know we are capable of playing," head coach Steve Weir said. "I think we are continuing to improve as a team each time we take the course, which will make us a better team and  will hopefully allow us to peak at the right time of the year."

The Vikings placed 10th of 19 teams at the 54 hole adidas Indiana Invitational in their most recent tournament on April 3-4 at the par 71, 6,813-yard IU Championship G.C. CSU opened the tournament with rounds of 303 and 306 on Saturday before posting a 290 on Sunday.

Freshman Michael Klaric tied for 11th place with rounds of 73-74-71 (218), while senior Kyle Cobb was two shots back and tied for 18th place at 220 (75-74-71).

Viking High Fives

Chuck Gasti:  Baseball freshman hit five homers over three games, including two against Baldwin-Wallace and Wright State (4/10).
Wright State Weekend:  In a scheduling quirk over the weekend, CSU hosted Wright State in four different sports, going 7-1 against the Raiders, including a 3-0 sweep in softball and a 2-1 series win in baseball.  We should do this again some time.
Lia Gordon:  The softball senior became the CSU career home run leader with her 22nd career blast, a solo walkoff home run in the seventh inning on Saturday to give the Vikings an 8-7 comeback win.
Tess Sito:  The softball freshman tied Gordon's season home run record when she hit a two-run HR in the first inning of the series opener on Saturday.  The blast was her 13th of the year and proved to be the winning margin in a 2-0 win.
Amy Powell:  The softball junior has three home runs this year, one a walk off blast to beat UIC a week ago and the most recent a grand slam in the sixth to bring CSU back from a 7-3 deficit in the sixth inning.

Amanda Macenko:  101 wins and 902 strikeouts for the softball senior to become the first pitcher in Horizon League history to win 20 games or more in four seasons.

Katie Broere:  The women's golf senior shot a school record 54 hole total of 230 to place ninth at the Longwood Lady Invitational.
Phil Orno:  The men's tennis senior won all three of his singles matches over the weekend to run his career total to 97 victories.
Angel & Jessica Roque:  The twin sisters from the women's basketball team received the Horizon League Sportsmanship Award at the 20th Annual John Konstantinos Academic Honors Luncheon on Thursday.

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EASY AS ONE “2-3”: The Falcons’ 23rd win of the season, earned in game two on Saturday (April 10), marks a new program-best. NDC’s previous high of 22 wins was set in 2008, when the Blue & White went 22-24. … Notre Dame’s offense is on pace to set a number of program records, including highest OPS (on-base plus slugging, .862), on-base percentage (.413), slugging percentage (.449) and batting average (.333). NDC is also on pace to break program records for runs scored, hits, home runs and total bases. … On the mound, the Falcons are on track for posting a new NDC record for strikeouts. … One problem area for the Falcons has been defense -- NDC is on pace to flirt with the program-record 116 errors they committed in 2009. This year the team has made 83 errors, leading to 60 unearned runs through 35 games. Last week, the Falcons committed 20 errors and posted a fielding percentage under .900 (.888).


SWEET 16: Junior Tony Younis has been swinging a hot bat for the Falcons. Over his last 16 games (since March 23), Younis is batting .407 (24-for-59), with four home runs, 18 RBIs and 17 runs scored.  For the season, Younis is hitting .328/.378/.475. His 30 RBIs have him tied for the team lead, with Benji Jarbeck (Painesville, Ohio).


TANK ATTACK: NDC has now played 13 home games in 2010. The Falcons are 9-4 in those games, despite being outscored by their opponents, 112-107. … The Blue & White own a blistering .950 OPS (on-base plus slugging) at home. Falcon hurlers, however, appear to be more comfortable on the road -- they sport a 6.59 ERA at home compared to a 4.82 mark on the road and in neutral-site games.


OUTTA THE PARK:  Notre Dame will play two upcoming home games -- April 18 vs. Miami-Hamilton and April 21 vs. Lake Erie College -- at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio.  The park is home to the Lake Erie Crushers, an independent Frontier League team started in 2009. The Falcons will host the Harriers of Miami-Hamilton in a noon tilt on April 18. Notre Dame will then play the Storm of Lake Erie College at 5 p.m. on April 21. Admission is free for the April 18 game and $5 for the game on April 21. …


For fans looking to travel to the West-Side games, All Pro Freight Stadium is located at 2009 Baseball Boulevard in Avon, near the intersection of Route 611 and I-90.



THIS WEEK:  The Falcons (10-17, 1-3) are slated to play eight games, with home doubleheaders scheduled for Monday (John Carroll, 3 p.m.), Wednesday (Ursuline, 3:30 p.m.) and Saturday (Mount Vernon, 1 p.m.) and a road meeting with Carlow (Pa.) on Thursday.

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Warrensville's Colston


LAST WEEK:  NDC went 1-1, splitting a home doubleheader against AMC foe Walsh.  Charisse Colston (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) had a triple and a home run in the twin bill against the Cavaliers, raising her season slugging percentage to .795.  Melissa Dykes (Youngstown, Ohio) went 5-for-6 against WU; the freshman third baseman is now batting .390/.457/.512 on the year.


AROUND THE HORN:  With base hits in both games on Saturday, Colston has now hit safely in 10 straight games.  She raised her team-leading on-base percentage to .521.  The Falcons’ right fielder has 34 hits and has walked a team-high 14 times this season. … Christine Kasidonis (Brusnwick, Ohio) has 10 RBIs over her last nine games. For the season, the freshman second sacker is batting .293 (22-for-75) and is tied for the team lead in doubles, with seven. … With an 8-7 loss in game two against Walsh, NDC is now 1-9 this season in games decided by one run. … In failing to come back in the late innings of that same game, NDC ran its record when trailing after four innings to 0-10. … Sophomore center fielder Candace Shofar (Cleveland) needs one more sacrifice hit to break her own NDC single-season record of 15.





THIS WEEK:  The Falcons will compete in the AMC Championships in North Canton, Ohio, on Friday and Saturday.


LAST WEEK:  Notre Dame’s men’s and women’s teams placed first and second, respectively, at Saturday’s Don Frail Invitational.


The men’s squad was dominant, earning 20 medals on their way to garnering 176 team points, 41 more than their nearest competitor, host Marietta College. On the women’s side Shawnta Davis paced the Blue & White by winning three gold medals; NDC scored 139 points to finish second, behind Marietta (154). Both the men’s and women’s teams had individuals post national qualifying results.

Tom Gay

North grad Tom Gay


INDY-BOUND:  Two NDC athletes qualified for the NAIA National Outdoor Championships with their performances on Saturday.  Tom Gay (Eastlake, Ohio) posted a qualifying time in the Men’s 40-Meter Hurdles with a first-place showing in 55.06 seconds.  On the women’s side, thrower Samantha Murphy (Columbus, Ohio) qualified with a gold-medal throw of 41’10” in the Shot Put.




THIS WEEK:  The Blue & White are scheduled to play three games.  The Falcons will close out a six-game home stand with a 7 p.m. tilt against Ohio Wesleyan on Tuesday.  The Falcons will then be at Denison on Thursday before hosting St. Vincent (Pa.) on Saturday (2 p.m.).


LAST WEEK:  Notre Dame (7-4) went 2-0 in a pair of home games at Korb Field.  The Falcons won both games -- against Tiffin and Shepherd (W. Va.) -- by the same score, 20-4.  Nine different players scored in the 40-goal barrage.  Jenn Morse (Brampton, Ont.) led the way, with nine goals and four assists.  Katie Christensen (Sandy, Utah) added eight.  Those two currently rank one-two in scoring for the Falcons, with Morse having scored 35 goals and Christensen 30. … Jen Hrobuchak-Lewis Center, Ohio (seven goals), Marisa Rainieri-Uniontown, Ohio (six goals on nine shots) and Staci Myrup-Murray, Utah (six draw controls, four caused turnovers) also had big weeks for NDC.

Jennifer Morse



KORB ENCORE:  The Blue & White are 5-0 on their current home stand and have outscored foes, 96-16, in those five contests. With their 20 goals against both Tiffin and Shepherd, Notre Dame has now scored 20 or more goals in four games this season. … NDC has won 16 straight games at Korb Field.  The Falcons haven’t lost at home since losing to Mercyhurst (Pa.) on April 20, 2007.




THIS WEEK:  NDC is slated to compete in the Malone University Spring Invitational on Friday and Saturday.


LAST WEEK:  The Falcons (19-17) were rained out on Thursday. … Three players have carded scores in each on Notre Dame’s nine rounds this season, and you could throw a blanket over their season averages.  Brooks Steputis (Tustin, Calif.) carries a stroke average of 77.2.  John Angelo (Mayfield Heights, Ohio) and Tony Pinzone (Parma, Ohio) are each averaging 78.0 per round.



THIS WEEK:  The Falcons are slated to play two home matches -- April 15 vs. Defiance and April 16 vs. Lake Erie.


LAST WEEK:  Notre Dame split a pair of matches, going 1-1 on the week.

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During his career as a starter, the Blue Streaks were 7-3 in conference play, placing second in the President’s Athletic Conference in 1966 and third in 1967. 

Kerry Volkmann, a JCU Hall of Famer who was a freshman when Pendergast was a senior, believes the recognition is both deserved and overdue. “David was an exceptional talent ,” said Volkmann. “He may have been overlooked in that he has no stats as an offensive lineman nor were there awards for him to win. But make no mistake, he is deserving of this honor.” 

A member of the class of 1990, Mary Ann Montagne was a four-year starter and letterwinner for the John 
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Mary Ann Montagne
Carroll volleyball team. Earning All-PAC first team accolades in both 1987 and 1988, as well as All-OAC second team honors in 1989, Montagne was a vital player for the Blue Streaks. She was the career leader in both assists and service aces at the time of graduation, and she still holds the aces record at the time of her induction. 

Montagne helped the Blue streaks to win the PAC championship in 1988 with a 12-0 league record in a year in which the Blue Streaks posted a 30-6 overall record and set a then-program record for victories in a single season. This team also had the longest winning streak of any team at JCU (20 matches in a row) at that time. 

Speaking about her 1989 team captain, former head coach Kathleen Manning is proud to see one of her former charges enter the Hall after a long wait. “Mary Ann enabled our team to enter into the Ohio Athletic Conference with credibility,” said Manning. “She was a beautiful setter, digger and server. Before her junior year, she had reconstructive surgery, but she came back strong as leader with a rehabilitated shoulder. The way she played, you never would have known.” 

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Beth Priestap
As a four-year letterwinner and starter for the John Carroll volleyball team, Beth Priestap graduated from John Carroll in 1994. Over the course her four years as a Blue Streak, Frabotta was named second team All-OAC in both 1992 and 1993. She earned many awards throughout her career, including her team’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for three consecutive years (1991-1993) and Freshman of the Year in 1990. 

Selected as the team captain in 1992 and 1993, Priestap was ranked at the top of the OAC for most digs per game as a junior. She also set the OAC record for most digs in a single match with 48 against Ohio Northern in 1993. 

With a record of 94-33 during her four years, the team captured OAC titles in 1992 and 1993. During her final two seasons alone, the team held a 67-7 overall record. 

“Beth was one of the best defensive players in JCU history,” said her head coach Gretchen Weitbrecht. “She was a leader, team player and role model.” 

Artie Taylor was a member of the Blue Streak men’s basketball program and John Carroll’s first NCAA Division III “Elite Eight” team in 1998. Selected as first team All-OAC in 1998 and honorable mention All-OAC in 1997, Taylor was an integral part of leading the team to the NCAA tournament both years. 

In 1998, Taylor earned NABC first team All-Great Lakes District as well as Columbus Multimedia All-Great Lakes Region honorable mention. 

Taylor graduated with the second best single season rebound total in school history (257 in 1997-98) and third best career total (678). He shared the team Co-MVP honors on the 1998 “Elite Eight” team with Mark Heidorf, who was inducted into the JCU Hall of Fame last year. 

Taylor, who is currently the head coach for men’s basketball at Ohio Dominican University, received high praise from his former mentor. “Artie was just so consistent each night out with his effort, his energy and his production,” said Mike Moran. “He was one of those players that every successful team seems to have, the kind of player who seems to work and think at a higher level than his peers. It is no surprise that he has climbed up the ranks to be a successful college coach.” 

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Pam Jimison
One of John Carroll’s most accomplished multi-sport athletes, Pam Jimison shined both in the pool and on the volleyball court. A member of the class of 1998, Jimison won the Ohio Athletic Conference Most Valuable Swimmer award in 1997 and earned all-conference honors in 26 out of a possible 27 swims. She is a 19-time OAC champion, including five individual titles, and helped JCU win four league swimming & diving titles. 

She also was quite successful on the volleyball court, as he starting status on John Carroll’s 1994 and 1995 NCAA Division III tournament teams would attest. As a sophomore, Jimison led the Blue Streaks in digs per game. She was also the recipient of the Team Player Award and Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year for JCU that season as well. 

An Academic All-OAC honorable mention in 1998, Jimison graduated third all-time in JCU volleyball history with 1,580 digs. 

Both her swimming and her volleyball coach appreciated the value she brought to their respective programs. 

“Anytime I put her name in the line-up, I knew exactly what I would get,” said swim coach Matt Lenhart. “It was great attitude and maximum effort. She was about as team oriented of an athlete as I have ever had.” 

Volleyball coach Gretchen Weitbrecht echoes those sentiments. “Pam blew out her knee junior year, which set her back but up until then she was a game changer,” said Gretchen Weitbrecht. “After going through something like that, it would have been understandable to walk away from volleyball given her success in swimming, but she hung in there and still made an impact.” 

Justin Kerr was a three-time All-American in the sport of wrestling, placing 6th at the end of the 1997 season, 3rd in 1998 and 8th in 1999. By accomplishing this feat, he became only the ninth three-time All-American in JCU history. 
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Justin Kerr

In what became a stellar career, Kerr would capture the OAC championship on three occasions and was named the team’s Most Outstanding Wrestler twice. His 106 wins were third most in JCU history at the time of his graduation in 1999. 

Additionally, Kerr would set program records for most career dual meet wins (69) and career dual meet points (306). 

“Before the internet came along, if you wanted to know a wrestling fact or information on an opponent, Justin would be the guy to go to,” said his head coach Kerry Volkmann. “He had the kind of memory that he would remember reading something or seeing something first hand about a particular person or team, and would store it away for when he needed it. He was a very cerebral wrestler who got the most from his ability, and that carried him quite a long way in his career.” 

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Jim Wideikis
Also from the class of 1999, Jim Wideikis was one of the most feared hitters in John Carroll baseball history. Named to the third team Rawlings All-America team in 1998, Wideikis was a two-time All-Mideast Region selection (first team in 1998, second team in 1997) and a three-time All-OAC selection, including first team in 1997 and 1998. 

At the time of his graduation, Wideikis held seven offensive school records, including career batting average (.391), hits (181), RBI (143), doubles (52) and home runs (22). His team came within one win of the OAC Tournament title in 1998, a year in which the Blue Streaks won a single season school record 25 games. 

A team captain in his senior season, Wideikis was also recognized for his schoolwork on a number of occasions. A three-time Academic All-OAC member, Wideikis earned a national honor when he was elected to the 1998 GTE Academic All American first team . 

“As his teammate, I know how truly respected Jim was around the league,’” said current JCU head baseball coach Marc Thibeault. “After he had his monster junior year, people pitched to him much differently in his senior year. The attitude seemed to be they were content to let someone else in our line-up beat them. His 1998 season is the standard by which others who come through the program will be measured.” 

Arguably John Carroll football’s all-time top “x factor”, David Zeigler was a unanimous Division III All-American selection for three straight years (1997, 1998, and 1999) based largely on his abilities as a special teams player. He was the third three-time JCU all American behind David Rastoka and Ryan Haley. 
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David Ziegler

In becoming just the fourth player in Division III history to amass 1,000 career yards in both punt and kick returns, Ziegler led the nation in kick return average as a senior. Zeigler also ranked ninth in the nation as a junior and second as a sophomore in punt return average. 

For good measure, the 2000 John Carroll graduate set an NCAA Division III school playoff record for longest punt return for a touchdown (84 yards). 

A three-time first team All-OAC selection for his work as a kick and punt returner, Ziegler also managed to catch 62 passes for 679 yards and six touchdowns as a flanker. He still holds ten school records, including career punt and kick return average and punt and kick return touchdowns at the time of his induction. 

“Other OAC Coaches have told me that he is by far the most talented return man they have ever coached against,” said JCU football head coach Regis Scafe. “He was a tremendous talent whose abilities were matched by his desire to a strong leader and fierce competitor.” 

Mike Moran may still have some work to do, but his career resume is already one of impressive merit. Moran has been a highly successful mentor of the John Carroll University men’s basketball and men's golf program since assuming those duties on May 29, 1992. 

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Mike Moran
In 18 years of basketball under Moran, the Blue Streaks have won nine Ohio Athletic Conference regular season championships, three OAC Tournaments, and have appeared in the NCAA Division III playoffs on ten occasions. In nine different years, his team have posted at least 20 wins. His 2009 squad won a school record 21 consecutive games, which was also one shy of the all-time Ohio Athletic Conference record. 

Among his collegiate honors are being named OAC Coach of the Year in 1994, 1998, 2003, 2009, and 2010, and Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year in 1998 and 1999. A total of 45 of his players have earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors and five have earned all-region accolades. Moran has also had 14 players selected to the Academic All-OAC team, and of his charges earned Academic All-America honors. 

Moran, the most victorious coach in John Carroll’s history, owns a record of 329-169, including a mark of 204-106 (.658) in Ohio Athletic Conference regular games. He is one of just 16 coaches in the 100-year history of the league to win 200 games at an Ohio Athletic Conference institution, and his winning percentage places among the top 15 all-time in that category as well. 

In addition to his basketball duties, Moran has served as the men’s golf coach at John Carroll for 18 years. Moran has guided the Blue Streaks to a berth in the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships four times (placing third twice and fourth once). Moran’s teams have also captured four OAC titles as well, earning him Conference Coach of the Year accolades three times. Moran has also coached over 25 JCU golfers to All-OAC honors. 

Just the third team to be inducted into the John Carroll Athletic Hall of Fame, the 1993 Volleyball team is the first from a women’s sport to be honored. 

Following a successful 1992 campaign in which the Blue Streaks racked up an impressive 33-3 mark yet still did not draw the interest of the NCAA tournament committee, the 1993 season provided another opportunity with a majority of the players returning. Under the direction of head coach Gretchen Weitbrecht and assistant coach Jerry Schweickert, the 1993 team finished the conference regular season undefeated and rolled to the program’s first OAC Tournament title. 

An NCAA Championship bid this time would be a formality, and the Blue Streaks would make it a memorable occasion. When JCU defeated Guilford College in the first round of the 1993 tournament, it marked the first NCAA Tournament victory by any program in school history. 

Although eventual national champion Juniata would end the Blue Streaks’ tournament run in the round of 16, their 34 wins set the school record for most victories in a season. The 1993 team was a part of a two-year run in which John Carroll won 67 out of a possible 74 matches. 


Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 4/12/10


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Thomas Paine, Olmsted Township, 2/28, Brookgate Lanes;

John Popovich Jr., Berea 4/1, Yorktown Lanes;

Bill Senyitko, Olmsted Township, 4/1, Fairview Lanes;

Rick Beechy, Strongsville, 4/5, Brookgate Lanes;

Donald Young, Avon Lake, 4/6, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Robert Lorentzen, Cleveland, 4/8, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Richard Helmink, Jr., North Olmsted, 4/9, Fairview Lanes;

David Vance, Cleveland, 4/9, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Darryl Bregitzer, Garfield Heights, 4/9, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Robert Lorentzen, Cleveland, 4/9, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Charles Humparies, Cleveland, 4/9, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Robert Lorentzen, Cleveland, 4/10, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Phil Weaver Jr., Cleveland, 4/12, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Robert Zunt, Seven Hills, 4/12, Freeway Lanes of Parma:



    299 Games

Thomas Johnson, Medina, 4/8, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Melissa Brenders, Parma, 4/10, Roseland Lanes;

Brian Ludwig, North Olmsted, 4/12, Freeway Lanes of Parma;



    298 Games

Kenneth Szucs, Parma, 3/4, Yorktown Lanes;



    800 Series

Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, 4/9, Brookgate Lanes (835);

Glen Case, Parma, 4/9, Buckeye Lanes (833);

Melissa Brenders, Parma, 4/10, Roseland Lanes (800);


Oberlin Softball Slips Up At Home

By  Brett Nichols
Yeowomen Beat Reporter

Oberlin – Coming off an emotional 5-0 win over conference rival Wittenberg, Oberlin was unable to hold off non-conference visitor Thiel College in softball action on Monday afternoon. After leading for much of game two, Thiel scored 6 runs in the top of the seventh and Oberlin lost 9-4. The game one final Tomcats 7, Yeowomen 3.

In game one, Oberlin just could not get anything going despite having leadoff batters on base in the first two innings. Oberlin matched Thiel hit for hit, but regardless of recording at least one hit in 6 of the 7 innings, Oberlin seemed unable to string them together in bunches.

Trailing 6-0, the crimson and gold did break through with one out in the 6th as senior slugger Julia Chauvin belted her team-leading third homerun of the year. This one was a solo shot and line drive laser that was never in doubt as it cruised over the wall in left field. Sophomore Katie Baldonieri battled for a walk and scored on a double by Megan Widmer immediately following the long ball.

Oberlin was able to string together four hits in the 7th inning, but just pushed another run across, and it was not enough as Thiel closed the door for the 7-3 win.

In the nightcap, there was a definite feel of a brewing pitchers dual, as the game remained scoreless through two and a half frames. Oberlin took advantage of an error on Thiel’s second baseman and connected for four unearned runs in the third. First-year Brittany Dawson reached on an infield single and Chauvin doubled to right field. The big hit was an RBI double by Baldonieri that cleared the bases and Widmer kept things going with an RBI hit of her own.

Thiel battled back with two in the fourth and one in the fifth to cut the Oberlin lead to 4-3. Senior pitcher Jen Sees pitched out of jams in the second, fifth and sixth innings to hold the lead, including fielding a line drive off her leg to get the final out of the sixth.

Oberlin failed to score again though, despite having a runner in scoring position in both the fifth and sixth innings.

With one out in the seventh and runners on the corners, Thiel hit a sharp groundball to Chauvin whose throw to the plate hit the dirt and runners were safe all around. The next batter also hit a ball to third, which was mishandled by the senior standout allowing the go ahead run to score. Thiel followed that with five consecutive hits to open up the game and went on to win 9-4.

Head Coach Adrienne Davis said, “Today’s game is a great example of why you cannot give a team extra outs. We took advantage of one mistake early by them and they did the same to us when we made a mistake.  Unfortunately ours came late in the game.  Yes we are disappointed about the outcome, but I am still proud of the way our players battled today. Katie [Baldonieri] had a great at bat every time she stepped in and we are all getting better with each game.”

There were a number of strong individual performances on the day including Baldonieri who went 3/7 at the plate. Kristine Kuchta led all Oberlin batters with five hits in the doubleheader and also stole second base three times. Chauvin contributed with three extra base hits, and both Sophie Schacht and Widmer each had a pair of hits.