A Page -- April 13, 2012 -- AM Edition

Plenty of Games on Tap for NCAA Division III Week

Oberlin, Ohio - This week, the Oberlin College Athletics Department will join with the North Coast Athletic Conference and more than 40 other conferences across our Division to celebrate the inaugural NCAA Division III week. The true student-athletes who compete at Oberlin join with nearly 180,000 of their peers at approximately 450 Division III schools who play simply for their love of the game.

Our philosophy as a Division stresses the importance of students discovering their potential, developing their passions and dedicating themselves to academic success while preparing to contribute to society. The NCAC, and all of our members, strive to provide a well-rounded collegiate experience for the significant percentage of students who compete in our varsity athletics programs.

So get out and support your friends and classmates by attending a game this week.  Here is the schedule of events:

Tuesday, April 10th
Baseball vs. Baldwin-Wallace (2:30 p.m. start)

Wednesday, April 11th
Women’s Tennis vs. Wooster (4:30 p.m. start)

Thursday, April 12th
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Mount St. Josephs (5:00 p.m. start)

Friday, April 13th
Track & Field vs. Wooster (4:00 p.m. start)

Friday, April 13th – Saturday, April 14th
Men’s Tennis vs. NCAC/MIAA Challenge  (all day)

Saturday, April 14th
Women’s Lacro
sse vs. Allegheny (1:00 p.m. start)

Johnson to Make Marathon Debut for a Great Cause

Oberlin, Ohio – Joanna Johnson, a 2011 graduate of Oberlin College who is known as the greatest distance runner in school history, will be running the first marathon of her career on April 15 at the Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands. She is doing it in effort to raise money for the Girls Gotta Run Foundation (GGRF).

Over the past year, Johnson has been training alongside female runners in Ethiopia and through her experiences she has been inspired to run in this event to support the GGRF.

The Girls Gotta Run Foundation works with partners in Ethiopia to provide funds to support Ethiopian girls who are training to be professional runners. This allows them to stay in school, avoid early marriage and childbirth, and gain personal independence. It also helps their families and their communities.

Johnson, who is a six-time NCAA All-American, received a Watson Scholarship upon graduating last spring, which has allowed her to pursue her passions of running and writing. If you would like to help support her in the wonderful cause, visit the donation websitehere. You can also follow Johnson’s entire journey on her blog.

B-W Baseball Team Sweeps Capital in an OAC Twinbill

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team swept Capital University in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader today (Thursday, April 12, 2012) at Heritage Field. The Yellow Jackets won the first game, 6-1 and captured the nightcap, 10-2. It was the first OAC sweep by B-W since 2009 when the Jackets also swept the Crusaders.

With the sweep, the Yellow Jackets improved to 21-6 overall and 5-3 in the OAC. The 21 wins is the most in a season since the 2003-2004 season when the team went 20-14 overall. Capital is now 12-13 overall and 1-6 in the OAC.

In the first game, junior pitcher Pat Havens (Twinsburg) improved to 7-1 on the season with his second straight complete game.  Havens pitched six scoreless innings before allowing his first run in the top of the seventh to break up a 13 inning scoreless streak.  Havens allowed just the one run on six hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.

B-W took the lead in the bottom of the second inning as it scored three runs on no hits.  Senior catcher Ryan Nordquist (Alliance) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.  Freshman designated hitter Zach Ferster (Olmsted Falls) reached on the fielding error by the third baseman and Nordquist would go to second.  Freshman third baseman Eric Murphy (Brook Park/Midpark) would reach on the fielding error by the shortstop and would eventually make it to third on the throwing error by the centerfielder.  Nordquist would score on the first error and Ferster would come all the home from first base on the second error of the at bat.  Murphy would beat out the throw home on the fielder’s choice and RBI by junior centerfielder Nolan Neuschaefer (Elyria).

The Yellow Jackets added to their lead in the bottom of the third when they scored two runs on two hits.  Freshman first baseman Kyle Chontos (Pickerington/North) led off the inning with a double to right field and would advance to third on a wild pitch.  Junior second baseman Jay Yost (Bascom/Hopewell-Loudon) was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a stole base. Chontos and Yost would both score on the RBI single through the right side by Ferster.

B-W would close out its scoring in the bottom of the fifth inning when it scored one run on two hits.  Yost led off the inning with a single through the left side and advanced to second on the sacrifice bunt by Nordquist.  Ferster would advance Yost to third on a sacrifice fly.  Yost scored on a RBI base knock by Murphy.

The Crusaders would score their lone run in the top of the seventh as it plated the run on two hits.

The Yellow Jacket offense scored six runs on six hits and were led by junior leftfielder Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y./St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute) who went 2-for-3.  Ferster was 1-for-2 with two RBI and run scored.  Chontos, Murphy and Yost each contributed a hit while Yost scored twice.

In the second game, B-W jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning as it scored two runs on two hits.  Toughey led off the inning with a single up the middle.  Toughey stole second and would score on the RBI double by senior shortstop Anthony Longhitano (Cuyahoga Falls).  Longhitano stole third and would score on a passed ball.

Capital would tie the game and scored its only two runs of the game in the top of the fourth inning on one hit.

The Yellow Jackets would regain the lead when they scored two runs on three hits in the bottom half of the fourth inning.  Yost led off the inning with a double down the left field line.  Nordquist would follow with a walk.  Yost scored on the RBI single by Ferster and Nordquist advanced to second.  Murphy would load the bases with a infield single.  Nordquist would score on the sacrifice fly by freshman rightfielder Ethan Briggs (Sarasota, Fla./Riverview).

B-W would add a run in the fifth on one hit.  Longhitano struck but reached first base on the throwing error by the catcher.  Chontos singled to right field and advanced Longhitano to second.  Yost reached on a fielder’s choice and Longhitano would go to third.  Longhitano would score on the RBI ground out by Nordquist.

The Yellow Jackets closed out the scoring as they exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth on four hits.  Neuschaefer singled to right field and advanced to second when Briggs was hit by a pitch.  Toughey loaded bases on an bunt single.  Neuschaefer would scored on the RBI walk by Longhitano to kept the bases juiced.  Chontos singled to left to score Briggs and Toughey and Longhitano advanced to second.  Yost would reload the bases with a single through the left side.  Longhitano scored on the sacrifice fly by Nordquist.  The bases were loaded again when Ferster reached on the error by the second baseman.  Chontos would score the game’s final run on a passed ball.

The B-W offense scored 10 runs on 11 hits and was led by Toughey (2-for-4), Longhitano (2-for-4) and Chontos (2-for-5) with two hits a piece.  Toughey added two runs scored, Longhitano had two RBI and three runs scored and Chontos contributed two RBI and a run scored.

On the mound, senior Josh Scott (Strongsville) remained undefeated on the season and now has a record of 6-0.  Scott pitched seven innings an allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with a season-high eight strikeouts and one walk.  Sophomore Corey Waite (Willoughby/South) pitched a scoreless eighth inning as he allowed just one hit.  Junior Jon Tenley (Wadsworth) came in to pitch the ninth inning and allowed one hit with a strikeout.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, April 14 when they travel to Wilmington, Ohio to play OAC-foe Wilmington College in a doubleheader at 1:00 p.m. B-W also plays a single game at Case Western Reserve University on April 17 at 4:00 p.m. and an OAC twinbill at Heidelberg University on April 18 at 1:00 p
.m. b

OHSAA Board Adopts Recommendation to Add Seventh Football Division

Division I Will Be Reduced to 72 Schools; Plan to Begin in 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association will be adding a seventh tournament division in football beginning in 2013, Commissioner Daniel B. Ross has announced. The addition of a seventh division was approved by the OHSAA’s Board of Directors by a 6 to 3 vote during its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday.

The plan will place the top 10 percent of schools based on enrollment in Division I, with the remaining 644 schools divided evenly among the next six divisions. This will leave 72 schools in Division I with the other six divisions averaging approximately 108 schools. Each of the seven divisions will continue to qualify 32 teams to the tournament. Currently, the six OHSAA football divisions are comprised of an average of 120 schools per division.

The plan for adopting an additional division was in response to a concern by some OHSAA member schools about the enrollment disparity that exists in Division I, where the current range is 494 males at the lower end of the division to 1,164 at the top. Based on current enrollment data, the lower end of Division I would increase to 600 males. Committee meetings were held to address the issue and the recommendation to add a seventh division came from the committee.

“Adding a seventh division not only helps address the enrollment disparity in Division I, but it also will create 32 more tournament opportunities for student-athletes, their schools and their communities, many of which have never or rarely experienced the playoffs,” Ross said. “The committee members believe that this is an issue unique to football, especially since not all schools qualify for the OHSAA football tournament.”

A separate committee, comprised of OHSAA Board and staff members, school administrators and officers of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association, will be formed to finalize the details of this plan. Among the details to be determined: adjustments to the Harbin Computer Ratings with the addition of another division; regional breakdowns and assignments for Division I, and dates in which specific divisions will play their tournament contests, including logistics of an additional state tournament contest.

Approval of an “athletic count” formula, which is included within a competitive balance proposal that OHSAA member school principals will vote on during the annual referendum process that will occur between May 1 and 15, would also be factored in before placing schools into their respective tournament divisions.

The next two-year cycle for reassigning schools to tournament divisions begins in the fall of 2013. Based on current enrollment figures, a sample of the football tournament divisional enrollment ranges when adding a seventh division would be (again, keeping in mind that this will change before the 2013 season): Division I – 600 to 1,164; Division II – 410 to 599; Division III – 288 to 409; Division IV – 216 to 287; Division V – 159 to 215; Division VI – 114 to 158, and Division VII – 30 to 111. The current football tournament divisional enrollment ranges, which run through through 2012, are: Division I – 494 to 1,164; Division II – 327 to 493; Division III – 243 to 326; Division IV – 172 to 242; Division V – 120 to 171, and Division VI – 30 to 119.

This is the first time the OHSAA has expanded the number of football tournament divisions since 1994, when a sixth division was added. Five years later, the number of tournament qualifiers in each division expanded from 16 to 32. When the tournament first began in 1972, there were three football tournament divisions, and expansion to five divisions occurred in 1980.

Mount Baseball's Super Sophomores Sweep Streaks; Raiders Have Won 7 of Last 8 Games

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- The super sophomore combination of Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) andConnor Mathis (Akron/Firestone) led the Mount Union baseball team to a 1-0 and 10-6 sweep of John Carroll in an Ohio Athletic Conference series Thursday in Alliance.

Carlino pitched a complete game, four-hit shutout to lead Mount Union to a 1-0 win in the opener while Mathis had four hits and drove in five runs in a 10-6 Purple Raider win in game two.

The sweep puts Mount Union at 19-8 overall and in a tie for second place in the OAC at 5-3 while John Carroll is now 10-13 and 3-5 in the OAC.

The Raiders lone run in the opener came in the second inning after a pair of one-out walks, freshman Anthony Morino (Strongsville/Strongsville) drove in a run with a single.

Carlino then took over as he retired nine-straight from the third inning on until a lead-off single in the sixth.  After that hit he put away the next three hitters in order.

John Carroll would get runners at the corners with two outs in the seventh before Carlino would get a ground-out for the victory.

Jimmy Spagna allowed just the one run on six hits and went the distance in the loss for the Blue Streaks

John Carroll would get on the board with a run in the first inning of game two, but Mount Union would come back with three runs in the bottom of the inning with Carlino and sophomore Steve Mitch (Sagamore Hills/Trinity) each with RBI singles.

The Blue Streaks would tie the game with two in the second but the Raiders would put three more on the board themselves in the second with the big hit coming on a two-RBI single from Mathis to extend the lead to 6-3.

John Carroll got a run back in the fourth but Mathis would drive in another run in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-4. and he would then drive in two more runs with a single in the sixth to put the Raiders up 9-4.

The Streaks pushed a run across in the seventh and again Mount Union would match them with a run in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly RBI from sophomore Jimmy Dobran (Poland/Poland Seminary).

In the eighth, John Carroll would try to rally with a run but stranded two on base for the 10-6 final.

Aside from Mathis' heroics, Carlino drove in two runs and freshman Sean Mohney (Lodi/Cloverleaf) had three hits.

Sophomore Matt Murzynski (Mentor/Lake Catholic) went five innings and gave up seven hits but allowed just two earned runs to move to 6-1 on the season, while freshman Josh Pryor (Cortland/Lakeview) only gave up two hits over the final four innings for the save.

Andrew Doring gave up four runs in 1.1 innings to take the loss for John Carroll.

Mount Union next plays Ohio Northern Saturday in an OAC doubleheader Saturday at 1 pm at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

Lake Erie Lands Pair Of English Defenders In 2012 Class

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College men's soccer team has added a pair of international defenders from England to bolster its 2012 signing class. 

Second-year Head Coach Davie Carmichael announced Joe Coombs ( Knutsford, England) and Luke Hobbs (Yarm, England) have signed to play for the Storm starting in the Fall of 2012. 

"These two new players will strengthen our squad and freshen up our defense," said Carmichael. "Last season we allowed 26 goals in 18 matches, significantly reduced from the 49 goals allowed in the same number of games the previous season. With a more organized defensive shape, we hope to continue to reduce this ratio and tighten things up at the back. Both Joe and Luke are very well coached and will give a more structured and pragmatic approach to our defensive play."

A 6'4" central defender and right fullback, Coombs currently goes to the Holmes Chapel Sixth Form College and plays for Altrincham Football Club.  His previous club squads include Manchester United Academy, Crewe Alexandra F.C. Academy and Macclesfield Town F.C. Centre of Excellence.

"Joe is a no-nonsense, traditional English central defender that will anchor our backline," said Carmichael.  "At 6'4" he's a commanding presence and excellent in the air, but also very capable on the ball with a sold first touch and good passing ability. He reads the game well and is often a step ahead of the forward he is playing against.  He's very mature and experienced, with an excellent attitude."

"It was a long recruiting process trying to find the right college in the USA that fit both my academic and soccer ambitions and Lake Erie seems like the perfect place for me to develop my game further and be part of program with high aspirations over the next four years," explained Coombs. "In England, I had the opportunity to either further my education or to carry on with my soccer career.  Lake Erie has offered me the opportunity to apply my skills in both disciplines which is a dream come true."

 The 6'2" Hobbs also covers the central defender and right fullback positions.  He currently attends Conyers Schools and plays for the Stockton Town Football Club having previously served as team captain of the Sunderland F.C. Academy. 

"Luke is a cool-headed, composed and smart central defender who is very comfortable with the ball at his feet even when pressured," said Carmichael.  "His range and weight of passing is excellent which will give us the option to play out from the back more comfortably. A well coached player, Luke comes from a strong soccer family spanning three generations.  Rarely does such a top student-athlete become available and we are delighted to have him commit here to Lake Erie."

 Hobbs noted, "I was impressed with Coach Carmichael's professionalism and enthusiasm during the recruiting process.  His ambition made me want to be a part of the soccer program at Lake Erie.  Academically, the small class sizes and choice of degree courses really appealed to me. I am really looking forward to coming to Lake Erie this fall."

Combs and Hobbs join a trio of players signed by the Storm earlier this year.  Read more about those signings HERE.

Lacrosse: Storm Men to Host Ohio Valley at Mentor's JTO 

Stadium April 18

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – As part of a youth lacrosse outreach effort with the Storm Club booster organization, the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse game against Ohio Valley University on Wednesday night, April 18, will be played at Mentor High School's JTO Stadium. The Storm's game will follow a contest featuring the Mentor Youth Lacrosse All-Stars. 

"We're very excited to have the opportunity to bring our game into the community and help continue to grow the sport of lacrosse here in Northeast Ohio," said third-year Head Coach Greg Stocks.  "Our team is really looking forward to playing this game and we hope the Mentor community is excited to have us there. Mentor Youth Lacrosse is a great organization and we are thrilled to partner with them for this event."

Gates open at 5 p.m. and admission for the evening is $3.  The Mentor Youth All-Stars will play the Mentor High School freshman team at 5:30, with the Storm and Fighting Scots taking the turf for a nonconference match at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the gate and concession sales will go to benefit the Mentor Youth Lacrosse program.

"I want to thank Coach Stocks and the Storm team for helping make this a great night for the lacrosse community in Mentor," said Rich Wilson, Advisory Board member of Mentor Youth Lacrosse and Vice Chariman of the Storm Club.  "The players and parents in our program are very excited to be able to share the field with college teams and I think a lot of people are going to be impressed with the quality of play at that level."

Now in its third-year as a varsity program, the Storm has recorded two of their three victories this season over ranked teams, including an 8-7 upset of 12th-ranked and perennial national power University of Long Island-C.W. Post last Saturday (April 7) at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville.  After the game at Mentor's JTO Stadium, Lake Erie will play its final four games at Britt Stadium.

Mentor Youth Lacrosse is a community-based effort to promote the game to young players.  Presently, the organization fields eight teams in grades 3-8.  For more information on the organization, log on towww.mentoryouthlacrosse.com.  

 'Berg Softball Closes Homestand Saturday Against Marietta

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TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University softball team will close its
four-game homestand Saturday when it hosts Marietta College in an Ohio
Athletic Conference doubleheader at Hedges Boyer Park in Tiffin, Ohio.  The
first game is slated for 1 p.m.

Live stats for both games will be available at

Heidelberg (12-12, 2-5 OAC) was swept Wednesday in a doubleheader by Ohio
Northern University.  Senior first baseman Bessie Artino (Bellevue) went a
combined 4-for-8, including a home run, with two RBI and two runs scored.
Senior right handed pitcher Lexie Pinkelman (Metamora/Evergreen) also

Through 24 games, Artino (.425, 30 RBI, 3 HR, 19 R) has paced the offense
and is tied for first in the OAC in runs batted-in, is eighth in hitting,
and tied for 10th in home runs.  Sophomore center fielder Jami Wagner
(Alvada/New Riegel) (.398, 6, 0, 27) is fifth in the league in runs and tied
for third in the OAC with 12 stolen bases.  Sophomore second baseman Erica
Huffman (Strongsville) (.367, 12, 0, 15) and Pinkelman (.349, 26, 6, 16) are
also hovering near the .350 mark.  Pinkelman is tied for third in the league
in homers and fourth in RBI.

In the circle, junior southpaw Ali Sayre (Sylvania/Northview) and Pinkelman
have combined to start 17 of 24 games.  Sayre (3.11 ERA, 44 K, 66.2 IP) is
4-6 in 12 appearances (nine starts), and is tied for seventh in the league
in strikeouts, is eighth in innings pitched and complete games (six).
Pinkelman (5.32, 42, 45.2) is 3-4 in 10 appearances (eight starts) and is
10th in strikeouts and complete games (five).  Freshman righty Christine
Foster (Luckey/Eastwood) (4.15, 10, 30.1) is 3-1 in seven appearances (four

The Pioneers (16-12, 4-6 OAC) have won five of their last eight games, but
dropped a doubleheader Wednesday against Muskingum University.  Kirstie
Welch combined to go 4-for-7 with one RBI and two runs scored.

Offensively, the Pioneers are led by Katie Swejk (.419, 9, 0, 24), who is
ninth in the OAC in hitting.  Michelle Sayre (.402, 25, 2, 16) is tied for
sixth in the OAC in RBI and leads the team with in home runs.  Kirstie Welch
(.369, 6, 0, 12) and Sarah Mayo (.366, 17, 0, 18) also anchor a batting
order that his six .300 hitters.

Alexis O'Hair (3.16, 37, 95.1) and Emily Estrich (4.09, 51, 77.0) have
recorded more than 90 percent of the team's outs in the circle.  O'Hair is
10-4 in 19 appearances (13 starts) and is second in wins and innings pitched
and third with 10 complete games.  Estrich is 5-6 in 14 appearances (all
starts) with five complete games and is fifth in innings pitched and sixth
in strikeouts.

Following Saturday's doubleheader, the Berg will face Baldwin-Wallace
College in an OAC doubleheader in Berea before returning to Tiffin for a
me home stand.