A Page -- April 13, 2011


If the object of the game were to LOSE 

instead of WIN, then some sports would 

be more exciting than others; due to 

coaching skills in cousin sports 

transferable in WIN or LOSE scenarios,

Soccer Coach Blake New enjoyed his 

role as re-NEWED lacrosse coach with 

Oberlin Coach Liz Longley ill 

April 13, 2011

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor
Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

Norm’s Notebook

OBERLIN – Former North Olmsted High and Cleveland State soccer goalkeeper Blake New was coaching a different kind of goalkeeper, as well as field players, when he had to temporarily take over the Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team Sunday.

Regular Head Coach Liz Longley was out ill, so New, the men’s head soccer coach at Oberlin, was asked to step in and take over the coaching duties for the Yeowomen, who were playing Ohio Wesleyan.

Though he knew Longley would be back shortly, New also knew he was not faced with an entirely new situation since he was the assistant coach of the Yeowomen lacrosse team when he first came to Oberlin after completing his career as a Student/Athlete followed by Student/Only status and a masters degree at Cleveland State. 
Longley and New


New, the rest of the lacrosse coaches and the Student/Athletes were successful during New’s five-year stint as a lacrosse coach in the 1990s, winning two North Coast Athletic Conference championships.

North Olmsted High nor Cleveland State had lacrosse teams when New was an S/A at the two schools so it at least was NEW to New when he was first NEW here.

“Prior to that I had no experience coaching the game, or playing it,” said New.  “The tactics are a combination of soccer and basketball so it has been really easy to adapt to since I played a lot of other sports similar to it.”

New developed his skills as an S/A partly through great coaching at North Olmsted by Tom Hatfield and at Cleveland State by Brian Doyle, but also through people like Tom Furth and Les Szabo at the legendary East-West Soccer Club out of Aurora/Solon, which also played a major role in developing his coaching skills.
Les Szabo

New was East-West’s U-19 keeper just prior to Bay High product Brad Friedel, the former Hermann Trophy winner at UCLA, taking over the slot and was instrumental in East-West’s run of three consecutive years of making it the McGuire Cup National Final Four (the national championship for summer high school soccer). The three-year run is still a record for the 75-year-old tournament.

In 1987, the Region II regional final for the McGuire Cup in Burnsville, Minnesota went to a shoot out and after East-West had been down in the shoot out, they came back to tie it and take the lead with New making two diving stops in circuslike fashion at the end of the shootout, sending the Ambassadors to the McGuire Cup Nationals. 
The McGuire Cup 

A goal keeper in both soccer and lacrosse has a view of the playing surfaces that no other S/A on the field has, enabling him (especially with a lot of down time when his team is dominating) to accumulate and store a lot of knowledge that sometimes comes back later to be useful for coaching or other endeavors.

Any sports in with two goals and a playing surface between them have a lot of the concepts that are the same, which could also qualify someone like New for coaching field hockey as well. 

In fact, Tobey Cook had to take over Strongsville’s ice hockey team the one year the coach had to leave in the middle of the season and did a decent job with the Mustangs. Cook, the Mustangs boy’s soccer coach for better than two decades, played some hockey as a youth, so it might not have been brand NEW to him at the time. Again, a lot of concepts are the same.
Cook

After a tough battle with the Battling Bishops, New’s Yeowomen dropped a 19-14 decision Sunday. Winning or losing while coaching an alternative sport also brings up a different point. Suppose the object of team sports were to “LOSE” instead of “WIN” the game. Any such hypothesis in scenario would produce some strange results, but let’s take a look at it for a moment perhaps.

A lot of people outside of the Cleveland area love to bash Cleveland (most or at least many of who have never been here) because they say we have a “defeatist mentality,” which is a euphemism for a snap judgment on us being “a bunch of losers.”

It is not unusual in this day and age to see a reckless person run a business into the ground as if s/he were trying to LOSE money for the company instead of WIN over new customers and increase profit margin.

In Student/Athletics and all athletics for that matter, if the object of the game were to LOSE instead of to WIN, then basketball and the two-goal sports (soccer, indoor soccer, futsal, lacrosse, field hockey, ice hockey, ball hockey, handball, etc.) would be the only major team sports that would be exciting to watch as a fan, possibly because of their interrelatedness and transferability of coaching skills and trained eyes.

In American football, if the object of the game were to LOSE instead of to WIN, the kicking team would start the game by kicking off and having the kicker nub about a 12-yard on-side kick. Then the kicker along with the other 10 S/As on the kicking team would lie down on the field so that the receiving team could pick up the ball and run for a touchdown. Then the kicking team would be LOSING, 6-0, but in theory WINNING because the object of the game is to LOSE.

The receiving team would have none of this. One of the 11 players on the receiving team would pick up the ball near midfield and either do a Jim Marshall imitation and run the other way to his own end zone and either run out of the end zone or throw the ball out of the end zone for a two-point safety, giving the kicking team a 2-0 lead.
Jim Marshall

Then the receiving team becomes the kicking team and the same scenario follows, with the new receiving team taking the onside kick and either throwing or running the ball out of the end zone for a safety. It would tie the score, 2-2, and it would go on the whole night like this with nothing exciting to watch.

With the object of the game being to LOSE instead of WIN in baseball or slo-pitch softball or fast pitch, the batter would stand in the box with the bat resting on his shoulders and no intent whatsoever to swing at a pitch or at worst swing and avoid making any kind of contact with the ball as the ultimate intent is to always keep the ball out of play.

The pitcher would throw strikes so that the batter might hit it. The batter would swing and intentionally miss the ball in order to strike out so that his team could not score any runs since the idea is to finish with zero runs or at least close to zero.

The pitcher and catcher would have none of this so they would arrange for an intentional walk. The umpire would rule that the four pitches have to be thrown and that he could not just send the runner to first as a concession. Speed-up rules are not good for fans. They want at least two hours of fun.

Then the pitcher throws bad pitches. The batter knows he cannot go to first base because if the next three guys also do, it would produce a run for his team and would ruin its chances of LOSING on purpose, which is the main goal here. The batter would stick with his normal plan of swinging at three bad pitches and making an out.

The catcher would have none of this. He would drop or not catch the third strike, meaning the batter has to run to first. The batter/runner would stand there and maybe make a few steps toward first. The catcher would throw to the first baseman but throw way over his head into right field so that the batter has enough time to get to first base. The batter is not running.

The umpire could rule the batter to take first base and even if they let him steal second and third (which is what the fielding team would want him to do) the bases could become full in such a situation but the next three batters would then strike out and with first base occupied could not move to first even on a dropped third strike.

Then the fielding team would go up to bat and the same thing would ensue. This scenario of bad pitches, bad swings, bad catcher’s throws, stealing bases, etc. would get boring fast.

Now basketball might be very exciting in a scenario of the object of the game being LOSING instead of WINNING. The game would start with the opening tip. The immediate goal would be for the center to get the ball to one of his four mates in their own backcourt. That way one of his mates could get the ball and do a Johnny Warren imitation and score a basket for the other team in the opposing basket to make it 2-0 for the other team and achieving the immediate goal of LOSING from the get go.
Former St. John's Student/Athlete John Warren

The other team would have none of this. It would play defense in order to stop the other team from giving away a free two points, thus preventing the other team from LOSING. So now we would have two teams playing almost a regular game with normal offensive and defensive patterns and strategies taking place with the only difference being that the baskets needing to be made (with the same skills) in the opposing team’s basket.

Of course, once a team scores, it would get the ball back underneath its own basket it is supposed to be defending under the OLD rules but underneath the "opposing team’s basket" under the NEW strategies of scoring in the Johnny Warren basket and of making a LOSS possible at all costs.

In fact, it might even make the game more exciting. No one would have to get bored by watching the guards bringing the ball back up the court when there is no defensive press as in many cases when there is not one in the regular game.

Back in the olden days of pick-up sports, nobody had a full court in his parents’ backyard driveway. There was only one hoop hanging from the garage and thus half-court ball would be played. The same would hold true at playgrounds, where there might be two or four baskets and four or six or eight sets of friends and none would be interested in a challenge game with the “strangers” and thus two or four half-court games going on at one time.

Still the other team would play defense and try to steal the ball so that it could take the ball to the other end and score in the wrong basket. But wait! Would this not be a backcourt violation since under the rules of the game a team, cannot take the ball from its own frontcourt to its backcourt, which would result in a violation and turning the ball back over to the other team so that it could score points in the wrong basket and build up a big lead for the team that really doesn’t want a big lead or even a small one?

There are several ways to skin a dog, but one scenario would have the opening tip of each quarter being the most exciting part of the game since who gets the ball first could dominate the scoring by putting baskets into the other team’s basket in order to get as many points for the other team as possible and subsequently getting the ball back right underneath the basket it is trying to score in after each score.

Still, each quarter there would be a rush to 1) getting the ball off the tip (but in one’s own back court), 2) scoring, and 3) getting the inbounds in and 4) scoring again and 5) all along having the other team play defense – all within that half court  -- a true “cage.”

If a team could control two, three or all four of the tips, winning should be easy – providing they could play good enough defense since in the event the other team wins one or two tips and scores in large doses (all threes or something), the team with lesser skills in controlling the ball in the back court off quarter/game-opening tips could still win by scoring a lot during the fewer times with such control -- but again a lot of offense and a lot of defense and something fun to watch.

A team could be down 20-0 after one quarter, tied 20-20 after two, up 40-20 after three and tied 40-40 and then there could be overtime. Fans love the excitement of overtime basketball.

At levels of the game in which there are only one or two tips, the quarter or half would start with an inbound pass in the alternating possession rule, but what would look like a full-court press would be merely a half-court press by the defense, which is trying to prevent the other team from scoring wrong-way points with a pass from right underneath the basket (the Johnny Warren basket) and maintaining possession and continually doing the same thing – thus a true effort of offense and defense in another more cagey like half-court cage.

Another scenario could have the first team score or at least try to score off the opening tip, the defense trying to or stealing the ball, and then after the steal having a player (the thief) bang the ball off the leg of the opponent so the ball rolls out of bounds near midcourt and then they could have possession and subsequently inbound the ball into their own backcourt without a back-court violation, again thumping for lots of good offense and pressure-cooker defense.

Also the referees and umpires are not dumb, even though coaches who get a lot of technical fouls think they are. They know that the players are trying to LOSE and not WIN. They could always change the rules to eliminate the back-court violation. Also at levels with shot clocks, the other team still has to score in the allotted time (even if it is in the Johnny Warren basket) or lose the ball, again encouraging good offense and defense.

Basketball would have some interesting scenarios with alternating possessions. A player on one team could hold the ball out to another one and get into a tie-up with the ball on purpose to force a jump ball or half court inbound pass – all depending on what part of the court he has the ball and how many points his team still needs to get for the other team in order for his team to LOSE.

Now in the ground-goal sports such as the ones New coaches – lacrosse, soccer, hockey, etc. – the same idea would take place under the NEW object of LOSING with the one controlling the kickoff or faceoff or flick off either passing the ball to someone on the other team (and risk the danger of his scoring an own goal on purpose) or take it the other way and send the ball or puck to his goalie to score one for the other team.

Certainly if a goalie like New could make stops as the ones he did in Burnsville when he was 18 and all the other ones for NOSO, NOHS, CSU and E-W, then the skills of taking the ball/puck and stuffing it into the net for the other team could also be developed and refined by and for keepers.

In soccer, lacrosse and ice hockey, this certainly would have a lot of offense and defense. One team would try to get the ball to its keeper to score for the other team with that other team playing rigorous defense to stop this from happening so it could clear the ball down to its goalie to score for the other team.

But wait! Wouldn’t this make lacrosse, hockey and soccer more exciting? Yes, it would. One could not go offside when scoring in the other team’s goal and so it eliminates the offside rules and adds more offense – something American fans devour – offense, offense and more offense. Rahr!

The goalie actually becomes an ally in this instead of “the bad guy” stopping all of this offense from happening. Most of the rest of the rules would keep the game almost in its original context. Hockey would still have two-pass violations and neutral-zone rules. Power plays might be even more exciting. Since scoring a goal in the wrong end might become easier with more room to set up, passes to beyond the blue line and back over the blue line to the circles now being possible. 

This certainly would eliminate the “dreaded shootout” for determining a true winner after the regulation and regular overtime could not. The shooter would just miss on purpose and if the ball/puck for some reason would go near the goal, the keeper/tender would try to guide it into the net. Certainly, one cannot go the other way and score for the other team in the other end since all activity in such a session is conducted at one end of the playing surface.

But wait! Wouldn’t this prevent those diving stops, like the ones New made in Burnsville, from happening since the NEW rules have the goalie stuffing the object into the net instead of diving, eliminating the excitement (for those who do love to watch good defensive play) of seeing great diving stops by keepers in lacrosse and soccer and an ice tender making a stop in some obscure spot in his pads while lying on his back?
Scrappy Jack

No. Now, instead of one player getting the excitement of making diving stops, the other 10 in soccer or five in hockey or whatever would now be making more diving stops in a gallant effort to stop the ball/puck from getting to the keeper, who subsequently could nonchalantly place it in the net. We would have everyone diving around all over the place like scrappy Jack Brohamer used to do in his two stints here in Cleveland.

In any event (win or lose), New found the coaching experience Sunday to more of a re-NEWED experience as opposed to a winning/losing one.

“It was fun getting back in the saddle again, but I am hoping my tenure is short lived,” said New. “Liz should be back on the sidelines by the weekend.”

 Yes the re-NEWEL will end and bring back the NEW coach in favor of the OLD as LONGLEY (a first-year coach here) will be back SHORTLY.

Forge alumna Brittany Sostre has

four-hit day, Sara Shields throws shutout 

to lead Lake Erie; St. V grad Katie 

Killian's three-hit game, Ashtabula's 

Megan Dragon's complete game lead 

Gannon in double-header split

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

In a game with only six runs between the two teams, Lake Erie College emerged with a 1-0 win over Gannon to split a double-header Tuesday. Gannon won the other game, 6-2.
Shields (L), Sostre (R)

Sara Shields went the distance on the mound to get the shutout. Valley Forge alumna Brittany Sostre had 1/3 of the entire combined hit total with two hits and also scored the game’s only run.
Katie KillianMegan Dragon
Killian (L) Dragon (R)

Sostre also had two hits in the other game. Leading the Gannon to the win in that game was Akron St. Vincent St. Mary’s Katie Killian with a 3-for-4 game batting with a run scored.

Ashtabula Edgewood alumna Megan Dragon went the distance on the mound to get the win for the Golden Knights. She walked one and struck out five.. 








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Hawald

Solon High, John Carroll alumnus Mark 

Hawald named National Wrestling Coach 

of the Year; led Mount Union to first 

OAC championship by a team other than 

Heidelberg in eight syears


By d3wrestle.com

The d3wrestle.com Coach of the Year for the 2010-2011 season is Solon native Mark Hawald of Mount Union. Since taking the job before the 2007-2008 season, the John Carroll graduate has taken the team from a 3-13 record and 6th place finish in the OAC to a 14-0 record and OAC championship in 2011, the team’s first since 1997. 

Additionally, the Purple Raiders finished tied for 8th at the NCAA tournament, matching the program’s best ever finish. Bill Schindel led the team by finishing 3rd at 197 and becoming just the second 3x All-American in school History. 
Hoban alum, Tallmadge native Bill Schindel

Derick Hesson finished 5th at 285 and Riki Reynolds finished 6th at 125, while Josh Malave and Andy Jenkins qualified at 141 and 184, respectively. Other highlights of the 2010-2011 season included a runner-up finish at the Messiah Petrofes tournament and a 5th place finish at the Pete Willson Wheaton Inviational, second best of the DIII teams entered in the event.
Lutheran West alum Josh Malave

In addition to success on the mat, the Mount Union team had to deal with adversity as well. While returning from a victory at Ohio Northern in January, the Mount Union bus was involved in an accident with a snow plow near Bucyrus, Ohio.

 While four passengers sustained minor injuries, Mount Union Head Athletic Trainer Daniel Gorman was killed. After the tragedy, Hawald rallied his team and penned an open letter to the wrestling community reacting to the event. The team returned to action the following week and was able to remain focused and win the OAC title.

Hawald is a 2005 graduate of John Carroll University where he was a four time OAC champion and 2004 NCAA Division III All-American at 174 lbs. He is the all time wins leader at John Carroll and was awarded the Clyde Lamb Award as the institution’s top male student-athlete. He was also recognized in 2009 and 2011 as the OAC Coach of the Year.

B-W, Mount union softball game pushed 

to Thursday

April 12, 2011 

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Tuesday's Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader between Mount Union and Baldwin-Wallace has been postponed.

The game has been rescheduled to take place Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at 23rd Street Field.

This week’s Beachwood High School 

Student/Athlete of the Week is 

Junior Track & Field S/A Olivia Mayfield
 
By Ryan Peters

This week's Bison Athlete of the Week is track athlete Olivia Mayfield. This past Saturday, Olivia competed in the Beachwood Track Invitational against 25 schools from around Northeast Ohio and surrounding areas, lead the BHS girls’ track team to an eighth-place finish.
Mayfield

She placed first in both the triple jump and the long jump. She was also instrumental in leading the 400-meter relay team to a second-place finish and the 800 relay to a fourth-place finish.

With two individual firsts and contributing to two other top-four finishes, Mayfield was selected as the Beachwood Invitational Field Event MVP.

Last season, as a sophomore, Mayfield was an OHSAA state qualifier in the long jump and was named Team MVP. She was First Team All-Chagrin Valley Conference and currently holds the school record in the long jump. Olivia is also a member of the Beachwood varsity volleyball team.

(Editor’s note: Now it would be a challenge for Mayfield High School to find a Student/Athlete with the surname of “Beachwood” and have him/her become and S/A of the Week, LOL)

CSU Women's Tennis Concludes League 

Play on Road Against 'Guins and With 

Hosting of  Detroit Mercy

By Brian McCann

The Cleveland State women's tennis team concludes the regular season with a pair of matches this weekend, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. match at Youngstown State on Friday (April 15). The Vikings then return home to host Detroit on Saturday (April 16) at 3:00 p.m.

CSU enters the week at 10-11 overall and in second place in the Horizon League with a 5-1 mark. A pair of wins this weekend would clinch the No. 2 seed in the Horizon League Championship for CSU, meaning an automatic bye into the semifinals.

"This is as big of a week as we have faced all season," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We control our own destiny in terms of where we could finish in the league and securing that No. 2 seed and bye into the semifinals would be a great accomplishment. But we know that it won't be easy and we will have to come out focused and ready to play both matches this week."

The Vikings won a pair of matches last weekend, both by 6-1 counts, winning at Wright State on Saturday (April 9) and at Butler on Sunday (April 10). CSU won the doubles point in both contests and went on to win five of the six singles matches both days.
Maria Lazaris
Lazaris

Freshman Alex Bush captured her team-leading 20th win of the season with a straight set win at No. 2 singles against Wright State, becoming just the ninth player in program history to reach 20 singles victories. Sophomore Maria Lazaris won a pair of matches at No. 4 singles to remain undefeated in league play this year (6-0).

CSU Men's Golf Is At Ball State In Final Tuneup 

Before League Championship; Three-Time scholar-

Athlete Award Winner Kent Monas From Perry Cards 

Career Best 66 to Earn Runner-up at Invite  

Fresh off a runner-up finish in their last event, the Cleveland State men's golf team concludes the regular season when the Vikings compete in the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational on Saturday and Sunday (April 16-17) at the par-70, 6,438-yard Delaware C.C. in Muncie, Ind. Ball State is serving as the host school.

"This weekend is very important for us with it being our final tune-up before the league championship," head coach Steve Weir said. "We are coming off our best team performance of the season last weekend and we have to be able to sustain that kind of play and momentum this week."

The Vikings claimed second place at the 54-hole adidas Indiana Invitational on Saturday and Sunday (April 9-10) at the par-71, 6,813-yard IU Championship G.C., the best finish by a CSU squad since the Vikings won the 2008 Horizon League Championship.
Kent Monas
Perry (Lake County) High alum Kent Monas

Senior Kent Monas paced the Vikings as he tied for second place with a three round total of 210, just one shot from the medalist. Monas carded a career-low 66 in the first round and followed it with rounds of 73-71 to lower his league-leading stroke average to 72.7, which is the CSU single season scoring record set by Jake Scott in 2007-08.

At Perry, Monas was a three-time recipient of the Academic Achievement Award (2004-06)...also received Scholar-Athlete Award three times (2004-06)... pre-engineering major.

Sophomore Michael Klaric also had a strong showing over the weekend, tying for fourth place with rounds of 74-70-68 (212). His final round 68 was a career-low, two shots better than his previous low round of 70.


Vikings begin seven-game week today

April 13, 2011

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State faces its busiest week of the spring when the Vikings play seven games in a five day span.  CSU opens the week with a short trip east, playing a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader at Buffalo on Wednesday (April 13)  followed by two games at Niagara on Thursday (April 14) at 3:00 p.m.  The Viking then return home to host Loyola over the weekend, playing a 1:00 p.m. twinbill on Saturday (April 16) and a single game at 12:00 noon on Sunday (April 17).  Cleveland State is 19-14 on the year and in sixth place in the Horizon League standings after dropping two of the three games at Butler last weekend, including a 2-1 decision in 16 innings in the last game of the series.  The Vikings have won 10 of the last 11 league meetings against Loyola, who enters the week in third place with a 6-3 record, but the streak does not count a pair of losses to the Ramblers at the Texas A&M Corpus Christi tourney earlier this year.

2011 SEASON PREVIEW:  The Vikings return all but two regulars from last years team that went 44-15 and won the Horizon League regular season crown.  Tabbed as the favorites to win the league title this year, CSU has had to replace three-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Year Amanda Macenko and CSU career home run leader Lia Gordon. Reigning Horizon League Player of the Year Tess Sito moves to the circle to take over for Macenko, who won 118 games during her Vikings career including 38 last year. 
Megan BashakKala Allred
Elyria's Bashak (R), Allred (L)

 Sito has pitched well, going 16-12 with a 1.55 ERA in 185.2 innings, striking out 187 batters while walking just 49.  Junior Megan Bashak (1-0, 2.14 ERA), senior Kala Allred (1-0, 4.77), junior Brittany Bate (1-1, 4.74) and sophomore Brandy Holmes (0-1, 7.00) have also seen time in the circle.  The outfield is deep, featuring five returners, with Jessica Burt (.292, 7 HR, 22 RBI, 20 runs, 8-10 SB) starting every game including 29 at the two corner spots, Alicia Nichols (.191) starting 31 times in center and Megan Bashak (.133), Caila Ferro (.158) and Macall Sheppard (.207) each starting around half of the games.
Brittany BateBrandy Holmes
Bate (L), Holmes (R)

 The starting infield will depend on who is starting in the circle as Sito (.342, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 21 runs, 15-19 SB) can start anywhere but third.  The left side of the infield has been consistent as Andrea Nagy (.238, 2 HR, 14 RBI) has started every game at shortstop after missing the 2010 season because of injury, and Gabby Gillilan (.265, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 11 runs) has started all but two games at third.  Dara Toman (.305, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 17 runs) has split her time between first and second and Katelyn Ciminelli (.150) has been the primary starter at first base.  Amy Powell (.238, 1 HR, 6 RBI), a second team all-league pick last year, has started every game behind the plate.
Gabby GillilanKatelyn Ciminelli
Gillilan (L), Ciminelli (R)

A BAD TIME TO SLUMP:  After scoring 17 runs to win two of the three games at Wright State to open the Horizon League schedule on March 26-27, the Vikings have just 18 runs in the next six league games to go 2-4 and drop to sixth place in the standings with a 4-5 record. The Vikings have scored one run or less in a game four times during this stretch, dropping all four contests.  It has helped CSU opponents to claim consecutive series victories over the Vikings, snapping a streak of 25 straight series wins by CSU dating back to the end of the 2007 season.

GILLILAN TIES MARK:  When Gabby Gillilan banged out four singles in the 6-0 win over Butler on Saturday (April 9), the sophomore tied a school record for hits in a seven innig game.  Christa Coppus owns the record with five hits in the 11 inning win over Wright State on April 29, 2006 and 10 other Vikings have recorded four hits in a game, the most recent being Tess Sito against Valparaiso last season. The four hits helped Gillilan raise her batting average to .278.

A CHANGE AT THE TOP:  The Viking lineup featured a significant change over the weekend as Tess Sito and Jessica Burt exchanged spots at the top of the batting order for the final two games of the Butler series.  The move snapped Burt's streak of 88 straight games batting in the leadoff position, and the results are inconclusive as both Burt and Sito had four hits in the next two games.

A TOUGH BREAK FOR STOLARSKI:  After waiting 20 games for her chance to break into the lineup, freshman Ashlee Stolarski excelled in 10 games as a starter at third base only to be sidelined last weekend by illness.  Stolarski, who is expected to miss as much as two more weeks, moved into the starting lineup at Wright State and hit .364 (8-22) with nines runs scored in the next 10 games.  She had played in just five of the first 20 games, but did not register an at bat.
Ashlee StolarskiDara Toman
Elyria's Stolarski (L) and Toman (R)

THE HOME RUN RACE:  An intriguing battle that should take place this season will be for the CSU career home run record as sophomores Tess Sito and Dara Toman are each closing in on Lia Gordon's (2007-10) record of 26.  Sito hit a school single season record 18 last year and has added five more this year to rank second all-time with 23 long balls while Toman had 16 a year ago and six more this spring to give her 22, which is good for third on the career list.

In all Cleveland-area college battle, Baldwin-Wallace 

Baseball Team defeats Walsh University, 3-1

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team defeated NCAA Division II Walsh University today (Tuesday, April 12) by a final score of 3-1 at Heritage Field.

With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 13-10 overall while Walsh  fall to 15-19 overall.

The Cavaliers would score their only run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning.  Baldwin-Wallace would score all three of its runs in the bottom of the third inning.   Sophomore second baseman Keith Blazek (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep) led off the inning with a walk. 
Bay High alum Ulanski (L) and Copley's Dave Redovian

After a strikeout, Blazek would score on the first of two errors in the inning by Walsh.  Senior left fielder John Ulanski (Bay Village/Bay) rounded out the scoring on a SAC fly to right field and was the only Yellow Jacket hitter with a base hit on the day as he recorded both base knocks.

On the mound, sophomore David Redovian (Fairlawn/Copley) picked up his second win of the season as he pitched seven innings giving up only one run on five hits.  Redovian struck out six Cavalier batters while surrendering just two walks.  Junior Bill Bostelman (Marion/ Harding) came in relief and pitched two innings without allowing a hit.

Demons remain undefeated with SWC

win over Avon Lake

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor
Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

Defending Southwestern Conference boys’ tennis champion Westlake remained undefeat4ed in league play with Tuesday’s 5-0 win over Avon Lake.

The Demons gave up only one point in singles play with all three winning in straight sets.

In single it was Colton Buffington bettering James Darkow 6-0, 6-0, Jason Wissman blanking Jack Auble 6-0, 6-0, and Abhi Ramachandran downing Tim Villari 6-0, 6-1.

The Shoremen fared a bit better in doubles play with Jack O'Neill and  Jimmy Chase going to three sets at second doubles before falling to Stephen Fleischer and Kent Dinchman d. 7-6, 5-7, 6-4. At first doubles it was JT Rapaport and Kevin Wang with the win over Ben Troyer and Greg Miller 6-4, 6-1.

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Tennis Team Defeats 

Mount Union, 9-0, For Seventh Straight Win

ALLIANCE, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team defeated the University of Mount Union, 9-0, today (Tuesday, April 12) in an Ohio Athletic Conference match at Peterson Fieldhouse. The win was B-W’s seventh straight.

Baldwin-Wallace, the defending OAC regular season and tournament champions, improved to 11-6 overall and 4-0 in the OAC.  Including regular season and tournament play, the Yellow Jackets have won 50 of their last 52 OAC matches. Mount Union fell to 6-6 overall and 3-1 in the OAC.

B-W gained a 3-0 advantage in doubles as the number one tandem of senior number one singles player Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley) and sophomore No. 3 player Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/Elyria Catholic), won 8-5; the second duo of junior No. 4 singles player Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) and senior No. 5 player Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) won, 8-4; and the third tandem of senior No. 6 player Katy Marshall (Medina/Senior) and freshman Morgan Baker (Vermilion/Elyria Catholic) won 8-6.

In singles play, B-W won all six matches in straight sets as Pecinovsky won at No. 1 by scores of 6-1, 6-4; junior Safaa Hajji (Rabat, MOROCCO/Ryad Al Maarifa) won at No. 2 by retirement after leading the first set 5-0; Mittler won at No. 3 in 6-3, 7-5; Greene won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4, Pelosi won at No. 5 by the scores of 6-3, 6-1 and Marshall won at No. 6, 6-1 and 7-6 (8-6).





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