A Page -- April 14, 2011

Broadview Heights' Christina Lenny and 

Christine Abou-Mitri to lead Kent State 

at the NCAA Division I National 

Gymnastics Championship this weeknd 

in the 'Stein

April 14, 2011

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

CLEVELAND (Theatre District) – As far as collegiate Student/Athletics is concerned, all eyes in the nation will be on the two major universities in the area here this weekend as the Wolstein Center here in the Theatre District and on the campus of Cleveland State will be hosting the NCAA Division I Women’s Gymnastics Championships with Kent State serving as the host school since CSU does not have a gymnastics program.
Fate would have it too that Kent State this season has the best gymnastics team in school history and it just so happens also that it has one of the best in the country for the 2010-11 season. After narrowly missing in its attempt in the regional to qualify to national last season, Kent did have a fine regional showing earlier this month in Ann Arbor.


A No. 6 seed in the Ann Arbor Regional, the Golden Flashes did not let opinion and public ranking stifle them. The gals kept their poise and surprised many by finishing as regional runners-up, earning a spot to the NCAA nationals this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and becoming the first Kent team in the 20-year history of the gymnastics program down Portage County way to make it to an NCAA Final.

What poetic justice that this also happens to be the year KSU is hosting the finals!

The Golden Flashes outdistanced programs such as Ohio State, Stanford, Iowa State and Minnesota, all of which were “supposed to” finish ahead of them.

Led by senior co-captain Christina Lenny from Broadview Heights, the Flashes will try to put the capstone on it by surprising the rest of the country beyond the region come Sunday.

Lenny, who competed in high school gymnastics at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High, where she was integral in the start of a the Bees’ string of eight consecutive state team championships, which is still intact after last month’s state title.

In the regional last week, Lenny finished second in the all-around with a combined score of 39.350. She tied for second in the floor exercise with a 9.900 and tied for fourth on both the vault (9.850) and balance beam (9.850), matching the score of freshman teammate Marie Case (Erie, Pa.) on the balance beam. Lenny also tied for 17th on the uneven bars with a score of 9.750. Case also posted a 9.800 to tie for 19th on the floor exercise.

Humbling her self after the meet while in interview session with the media, Lenny gave credit to her cohorts and to the combined teamwork that made it possible, emphasizing the synergistic aspect of the group accomplishment.

Also in coincidence, Lenny is complemented by someone with almost the same first name and who was also a major factor in the Brecksville-Broadview dynasty in Christine Abou-Mitri, also a Golden Flashes senior co captain and from the Broadview portion of the school district.

Abou-Mitri tied for 14th on the floor exercise with a 9.825, tied for 14th on the uneven bars with a 9.775 and tied for 19th on the balance beam with a 9.750.
(L to R) Wozniak, Case, Goldenberg
Also at the regional for KSU, sophomore Lindsay Runyan (Maineville, Ohio) tied for seventh on the uneven bars with a score of 9.825., junior Rachel Goldenberg (Doylestown, Pa.) recorded a 9.775 to tie for 23rd on the floor exercise, tying sophomore co-captain Lauren Wozniak (Pittsburgh, Pa.) for 21st with a 9.750 on the vault, and freshman Nikki Moore (Columbus, Ohio) tied for 27th on the floor exercise with a 9.750.

Others on the team who participated at Cleveland area high schools are Twinsburg High alumna Mary Lou Renzi and Cuyahoga Falls High graduate Danielle Durbin.
Renzi (L), Durbin (R)

Also among the field downtown at the ‘Stein this weekend are defending NCAA national champion UCLA, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Florida, Michigan, Georgia (national champs in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009), Utah, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Illinois.

The Crimson Tied does have one Northeastern Ohio girl on the squad in Warren’s Hannah Toussaint, a freshman who graduated from Howland High, who has made the trek back home all the way from Tuscaloosa with her teammates.

Hannah Toussaint
Hannah Toussaint

Toussaint specializes in the balance beam. Her best score on the beam this season came against Georgia, against which she earned a 9.875 from the judges.

She also competed on the floor exercise in two meets this season for ‘Bama, earning her best against Boise State, a 9.875 score.

Marsinek, Snyder, and Nemer pace big Warrior win 

McMaster, Miletti, and Lundy also play big roles in team effort

April 12, 2011 – CUYAHOGA FALLS: Junior LHP Michael Marsinek was at the top of his game on Tuesday, pacing the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team to a six inning 10-0 shutout victory over Amherst Steele in a game shortened by the run rule. 

The southpaw Marsinek allowed only three hits in his slick five innings of work, striking out ten. Sophomore RHP Nathan McMaster came on to pitch a perfect sixth to seal the victory. 

The Warrior offense was similarly at full throttle, with home runs by Slippery Rock recruit Kolton Snyder (two hits on the day) and an opposite field grand slam from Junior SS Anthony Nemer. Senior Nate Lundy (undecided) also continued to hit the ball very well with two hits including another double off the fence, and Junior 2B Drew Miletti also provided a key two-run double of his own.

Also hitting well for the Warriors was Sophomore Cassidy Brown with a perfect day at the plate, Freshman Tim Benner with his first varsity hit, Junior Dane O’Driscoll, and Senior Dan Keller.

With the win the Warriors improve to 6-0 on the year.

Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team Splits 

Non-Conference Doubleheader With 

Geneva (Pa.) College

By Kevin Ruple

BEAVER FALLS, PENNSYLVANIA – The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team splits a non-conference doubleheader with Geneva (Pa.) College today (Wednesday, April 13) with an 8-2 loss and a 5-0 victory at the Merriman Athletic Complex Softball Field.

With the split  the Yellow Jackets now are to 15-6 overall while Geneva is now to 16-8 overall.

In game one, the Geneva Golden Tornadoes scored five of their eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. At the dish for the Yellow Jackets, freshman third baseman, Kaity Mullen (Avon Lake) went 2-3 with a run-batted-in. 
Field High alumnae Sami Brown (L), Lauren Feciuch (r)

While, freshman left fielder, Ashley Elber (Huron/Edison), junior second baseman Katie Finley (Vermillion), freshman catcher Sami Brown (Kent/Field), and freshman shortstop Lauren Feciuch (Kent/Field) each recorded one hit.

On the mound, freshman Justina Wise (New London) suffered the loss while striking out two, and walking two.
 Justina Wise (L), Ashley Elber (R)

In the nightcap, junior pitcher, Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) threw a complete game shutout to record her fifth win of the season. Baker struck out one batter without surrendering a walk.

The Yellow Jacket offense was led by Mullen who went 1-3 with two RBI and freshman right fielder Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field) who went 2-3 with an RBI.



CLEVELAND, OH – The Case Western Reserve University baseball team improved to 25-11 and set the school-record for wins in a season with a doubleheader sweep of Oberlin College on Wednesday, April 13 at Nobby’s Ballpark. The Spartans rallied to win the opener, 5-4, and took the nightcap, 8-0.

The Spartans have now won 11-of-12 to surpass last season’s win total of 24 (24-18 overall).

In game one, the score was locked 0-0 through the first two frames until Oberlin (11-5 overall) punched across four in the top of the third – snapping a 21-inning scoreless streak held by the Spartan pitching staff.

Case got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when first baseman Brett Ossola (Potomac, MD/Bullis School) hit a low-liner into right field for a base hit. Senior Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) came around to score when the ball was bobbled in the outfield to make it a 4-1 game.

Just one inning later, junior centerfielder Matt Richards (San Juan Capistrano, CA/San Clemente) laced a base hit up the middle to plate two and bring the Spartans within one. With runners on the corners, Mullins took off for second and Richards came home on an errant throw to tie the game. Mullins later came around to score on an error on a ball hit by junior Sam Alexander (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) to give the Spartans their first lead of the game, 5-4.

Junior A.J. Boshinski (Alpharetta, GA/St. Pius X) started for Case on the mound, striking out two in four innings and allowing three earned runs. Another junior, Noah Lieberman (Evanston, IL/Evanston), supplied one inning of scoreless relief to earn the win (4-3). Freshman Jose Vega (Strongsville, OH/Padua Francsican) came on to finish out the game in the sixth inning, earning his second save of the season with two innings of no-hit ball.

Game two remained scoreless until the third inning when the Spartans took advantage of an error to score three times. Alexander singled home one and Ossola doubled home another two.  Case then opened the game up with three in the fourth as junior left fielder Jimmy Abed (Westlake, OH/Westlake) singled in a pair and Alexander plated one more.

For the game, Alexander was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Ossola was 2-for-4 with four RBI.

On the mound, freshman Ray Kelly (Rochester, NY/Aquinas Institute) tossed six brilliant innings for the Spartans. He allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out three.

Gators double up on Oberlin

Oberlin, OH - The Yeowomen hung tough with conference foe Allegheny College in the first game of a doubleheader this afternoon. Unfortunately the team could not put up enough offense to match the Gators in the final innings of the game and lost 6-2. 

Allegheny took a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth inning. Emily King stepped up to the plate first and belted a solo homerun to tie up the game. She went 3-3 at the plate with 2 rbi in the first game. 

In the bottom of the fifth the Yeowomen were down 2-1. Kristine Kuchta started the inning off with a single and later scored the tieing run when King hit a single up the middle. 

The game was tied 2-2 going into the top of the sixth inning. Then Allegheny pulled away with four runs as pitcher Melanie Budney could not stop the Allegheny bats. Allegheny put up a defensive stop in the final two innings of play and held the Yeowomen scoreless to end the game. 

In game two the Gators came out of the gate swinging. They put up 7 runs in the first inning and did not look back. 

The Yeowomen were able to put up more hits in game two, but were unable to produce the run support to keep up with Allegheny. 

Scots LAX tops OC

Oberlin, Ohio – Oberlin was a perfect 6-for-6 on free-position attempts, but that wasn’t enough as the visiting College of Wooster Scots scored 10 second-half goals as they went on to beat the Yeowomen 19-7 on Wednesday afternoon. 

Sophomores Grace Amber and Molly Bloom scored two goals each and rookie Phoebe Hammer added another pair to pace the Oberlin attack. Amber also matched teammate Amanda Travers with five draw controls. Second-year player Ilyssa Meyer netted the only other OC score of the game and the only one that was not off a free-position attempt. 

In the first half, the visiting Scots built up a 9-3 lead, but 8-meter goals by Amber and Hammer in the final minutes of the frame got them back within striking distance at 9-5. 

Unfortunately, the momentum was short-lived as the Scots (8-3, 3-0 NCAC) scored seven straight times before Oberlin would find the back of the cage again. Bloom would end the drought at the 13:30 mark of the second session. With eight seconds to go Hammer would add the last OC tally. 

Despite being out-shot 27-17, the Yeowomen won the groundball battle 15-13 and also had a 16-12 edge in draw controls. 

Happy Birthday, Pete! Former Western 

Hills (OH) High Student/Athlete, 

Baseball’s all-time hit leader Pete Rose 

turns 70 today

April 14, 2011

Editor’s Note:

Today (April 14, 2011) — Baseball’s All-Time hit leader Pete Rose turns 70 years old. Pete was a Student/Athlete in the late 1950s at Western Hills High School here in the Buckeye State. He was highly successful as an S/A at WHHS because of his strong, close relationship with his father Harry, a long-time retail banker at Fifth Third Bank. 
Harry Rose (L) and Pete (R)

Almost solely through the work ethic learned from his father, Rose took the meaning of the concept “giving 110 percent” to new heights (he always sprinted to first base on bases on balls even though it was not necessary).
Rose after breaking the record and seeing illusionary flashes
of  the deceased Harry Rose and passed-away Ty Cobb in the sky

Tragedy struck Rose in 1989 when he was attacked by mainstream media hacks set out to destroy him. 
Trademark Rose -- down and dirty, blue-collar fighting man
Today, Rose represents three elements that are a life support system for most mainstream media organizations, which make their dollar chiefly by attacking 1) the American father-son relationship, 2) the American worker, particularly ones relying more on physical skills, and 3) American men in general, particularly fathers (which Rose is), those oriented toward and attracted to women (which Rose is), U.S. Military Veterans (which Pete is), relentless fighters (which Pete is), those from Midwest/Southern states (which Rose is), and high-achieving champions (which Pete is both a) professionally with two World Series Championships and three batting titles and b) monetarily as baseball’s first six-figures “singles hitter”). 
Pete today
Happy birthday, Pete! Hail Pete Rose – baseball’s all-time hit leader, a record that will probably never be broken, corked bat or drugged-up professional athlete or not.    

Freshman Taylor Soto throws complete-

game, three-hit shutout in first high school 

start as Lake Ridge opens season with win 

over Christian Community School

Patience played out to be a good virtue to have as far as Lake Ridge Academy’s softball team is concerned.

The weather finally gave Lake Ridge a break, enabling the Lions to get in their first game of the 2011 season Tuesday at Christian Community School, with the end result an LRA victory, 3-0.

“We got a great pitching effort out of freshman Taylor Soto,” said Art Kurtz, the LRA softball sports information correspondent.

Soto just joined her sister Terra, who has been a mainstay on the club the past three seasons as the catcher, so now they are battery mates again. It was a sterling reunion as the younger Soto merely threw a three hit, one-base-on-ball, nine-strikeout, complete-game shutout in her first-ever varsity start.

LRA scored in the first inning when third baseman Sydney Clark, a sophomore, led off the game with a double to left.  She advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a single to right by senior catcher Terra Soto, Taylor's sister and catcher.

Taylor allowed a second inning lead-off double to Christian Community's catcher, Christa Doane, but then bore down and struck out the next two batters before inducing an inning-ending ground out to second base.  LRA scored again in the fourth when Taylor Soto took her CCS counterpart Lindly Markovich, to a full count before coaxing a base on balls with one out.

Coach Sue Bus inserted junior Bryanna Daniel, the soccer team's 2010 MVP, as a courtesy runner, and two passed balls later, she used her swift wheels to get her to third.  Junior first baseman Alexa Malinowski ended up at first on a walk, and a delayed double steal scored Daniel as Malinowski was tagged out at second, the Lions conceding the out for the run.

The LRA Lions scored their final run in the 6th when senior shortstop Emily Kurtz led the inning off with a long triple to right center.  Senior second baseman Erin Maldonado's grounder back to the pitcher scored Kurtz after the throw to first.

Soto found herself in a jam in the fourth after Christian Community's pitcher (Markovich) led the inning off with a single to third that Clark made a great back-handed stop of and just barely missed getting the ball to first in time.  

Heather Smith followed with the only base on balls Soto gave up to put runners on first and second with no outs.  Taylor then induced a grounder to shortstop, and the lead runner was cut down at third on a fielder’s choice by Kurtz.

The next batter for the Warriors hit the ball right back to Soto, who took the play at first for the second out, paving the way for her to slam the door shut on Christian Community with a strikeout to end the fourth. That put her on fire.

Soto retired 11 of the final 12 Warrior batters of the game, giving up only a two-out double to Heather Smith in the sixth, capping her first outing and thereby logging her first varsity high school victory. 

Christian Community dropped to 1-2 with the loss. Markovich is also 1-2 after giving up six hits and three walks in the loss, is 1-1 for the season.  Despite the weather conditions, only one error was committed in the game (by Emily Kurtz), and several nifty plays were made by both teams all around the diamond.

“It seems, after last year's woes, that Lake Ridge has a bona fide first-line pitcher this year,” said the elder Kurtz, the team SID.  “This only strengthens the team by allowing Emily to return to short and get off the pitcher's mound, where she never felt comfortable last year but did it for the betterment of the team.

“In fact, with Sydney Clark at third and Erin Maldonado at second, I think our infield is as good as 2008's infield of Emily, Erica Lasky at third, and Alex Hansen (now a Student/Athlete at Carnegie-Mellon) at second, and should become better as the season progresses," he continued. 

"The outfield, with the exception of senior Charly Culberson, is untested and totally inexperienced, so I hope for the best and expect the worst, as anyone should do in any situation.  With luck and some timely direction, the situation will fall somewhere in between those extremes.”

Notre Dame goes for youth, “diversity” in hiring new 

coach; Mentor High alumna Katie Hine to take over 

Falcons' basketball program


SOUTH EUCLID -- Notre Dame announced Wednesday that it has hired Katie Hine as head coach of its women’s basketball program.


Hine comes to College Road from Wheeling Jesuit (W. Va.) where she was head coach the last two seasons (2009-11) after being an assistant coach from 2007-09.  Hine also played at Wheeling Jesuit and is a 2007 graduate of the NCAA Division II institution.


She replaced Dick Deasy, who is nearly 50 years older than Hine.

Image of Katie Hine.DickDeasy

Hine and Deasy


“Katie is an accomplished coach and developer of student-athletes on and off the court,” said NDC Director of Athletics Susan Hlavacek.  “We’re excited to bring her to Notre Dame and keep Falcon women’s basketball in good hands.”


A native of Mentor, Ohio, Hine guided the Lady Cardinals to the semifinals of the 2010 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament and was an integral part of recruiting and advising a program that notched a WJU-women’s-team-record 3.45 grade-point average.


In her playing days, Hine was part of a 2007 class that recorded a program-record 84 games over four seasons (2003-07).  She served as a Lady Cardinals team captain in both her junior and senior seasons (2005-07).


“I was drawn to the Notre Dame position because it is a program that has flourished over the past decade,” said Hine.  “It certainly has a rich winning tradition, and I hope to carry that forward.”


Hine also served as assistant compliance coordinator at Wheeling Jesuit.  She takes the helm of the Notre Dame program after Deasy announced his retirement in February.  Deasy had been NDC’s bench boss since 2001 and left the program as its winningest coach, both in terms of wins (182) and winning percentage (.602).  Deasy’s teams won 20-plus games five times and reached postseason play in seven of the last eight years.


“I’ve taken many positive lessons from my past two years of coaching,” said Hine, a 2003 graduate of Mentor High School.  “I have learned a lot from the players I have had the pleasure of working with and from the situations I have been involved in.”


One aspect of NDC Women’s Basketball seems to be remaining intact with the coaching transition:


“I really like to stress an upbeat offensive tempo with constant movement and a strong pressurized man-to-man defense.”

In All-Cleveland-college battle, B-W, Mount split; 

Raiders snap four-game losing streak

BEREA, Ohio -- Mount Union's baseball team snapped a four-game Ohio Athletic Confernece losing streak with an 8-5 game two victory at Baldwin-Wallace Wednesday in Berea.

Craig Knott (Canton/GlenOak), Lee Grosscup (North Canton/Green) and Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) each drove in two runs as Mount Union (10-13, 4-4 OAC) ran out to a 7-1 lead then hung on for an 8-5 victory.

Matt Murzynski (Mentor/Lake Catholic) allowed only three hits and struck out four over the first five innings as the freshman picked up his first collegiate win (1-1) while Cody Colly (Massillon/Massillon Washington) got the final seven outs to get his first save of the season.


The Purple Raiders started the scoring with a four-run third inning with the big coming on a two-out, two-run double from Knott.

Mount Union extended the lead to 6-0 in the fourth as they scored a run on throwing error and a sacrifice fly RBI from Grosscup.

Baldwin-Wallace (13-10, 2-6 OAC) got on the board with a run in the fourth to make it 6-1.

The Raiders scored a run in the seventh to go up 7-1 but could have had more as they failed to take advantage of three B-W errors in the frame.

The Jackets got back into the game in the bottom of the seventh as they drew five walks, had a pair of hits and plated four runs to bring the score to 7-5.

B-W Men’s Tennis Defeats Mount Union University, 7-2

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team defeated the University of Mount Union today (Wednesday, April 13) in an Ohio Athletic Conference dual match, 7-2, at the “Pop” Collins Tennis Courts.

With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 17-2 overall and 3-1 in the OAC while Mount Union dropped to 6-7 overall and 3-1 in the OAC.

B-W remained strong in the match by winning five of six singles matches, as well as two of three doubles games earning its seven points.

In singles play, junior number one player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) , sophomore No.2 player Joe Horvath (North Royalton), junior No.3 player Alex Kearney (North Olmsted), senior No.5 player Sam Burris (Wooster) all won in straight sets.  Senior No.4 player Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ St. Edward) won his match 6-1, 5-7 which was decided by a 10-6 tiebreaker.  Burns remains the team leader in wins posting an overall record of 18-3 and OAC record of 3-1.  Trzeciak remains undefeated in the OAC with a 4-0 record and improves his to 17-4.  Lachman improves his overall record to 18-3, and Horvath is now 16-3.

In doubles play, the No.1 duo of Horvath and Lachman defeated their opponents 8-2 and remain perfect in the OAC with a 4-0 record. The win by Horvath and Lachman was their eighth straight win and they improve their overall mark to 15-3, including a 9-1 slate at No.1.  Also, in doubles action Kearney and Taylor Long (Ashland) defeated their opponents 8-1 and improve their overall record to 15-2.

ODU drops LEC twice

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (14-15, 7-9 GLIAC) dropped a pair of tight conference battles to Ohio Dominican University (12-15, 9-7 GLIAC), 7-6 and 14-11, at Braggs Field in Painesville, Ohio.

In game one, both teams went down quietly in the first inning but Ohio Dominican threatened in the second with runners on the corners and just one out.  Junior rightyGlenn Stewart (Strattanville, Pa./Clarion Limestone) worked out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts, including an 11-pitch at bat. Lake Erie also got a pair of runners on with one down in the bottom of the frame but were unable to capitalize. 

The Panthers got on the board first in the top of the third as a bunt single and a fielder's choice without an out retired, and a pair of stolen bases set up runners at second and third with no one down.  A base hit to center and sacrifice fly brought in the pair and gave ODU the 2-0 advantage.  

The Storm got one back in the bottom of the frame without the benefit of a hit as sophomore third baseman Cody Blood (Conneaut, Ohio/Conneaut) and junior outfielder Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) led off with walks and junior shortstop Ryan Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele) grounded in Blood. 

In the fourth, ODU plated two more runs on five hits, knocking Stewart from the game. However, Lake Erie grabbed a 5-4 lead in the bottom half of the inning with four runs. Junior first baseman Jae Leeworty (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) doubled home freshman outfielder Garrett Emling (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) and sophomore catcherPatrick Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) and was brought home on a one out single to left by Blood.  Blood scored later in the inning on a wild pitch. 

TCOW finishes strong against Yeomen

Oberlin, Ohio – Oberlin and Wooster were tied at five in the third quarter, but the visiting Scots closed out the game by scoring four straight unanswered goals to leave town with a 9-5 victory over the Yeomen on Wednesday night at Fred Shults Field. 

Sophomore Connor Jackson continued his impressive season as he netted three goals on the night. Dylan Holmes and Mickey Fiorillo added the other two OC tallies. Fiorillo’s score came just a second before the first-quarter horn went off, making it a 2-2 game after 15 minutes of play. 

The Scots (4-7, 1-2 NCAC) controlled the second quarter of action – evident by a 9-2 shot advantage. Their aggressiveness resulted in them claiming a 5-3 lead at the break. 

Oberlin (2-8, 0-4 NCAC) would quickly get back to even in the early part of the third with goals by Jackson and Holmes. However, from that point the offense went stagnant. 

Wooster would rebound by scoring three goals in three minutes starting at the 8:07 mark of the third and never looked back. They would add a lone tally in the fourth for good measure. 

Despite being behind, the Yeomen continued to fight as they did squeeze off 10 shots in the fourth, unfortunately none of them were on target. 

Oberlin was hindered by going just 2-of-9 on man-up opportunities in the contest. However, the home team did out-shoot Wooster 26-21 and was a perfect 15-of-15 on clears. The Scots had the edge on groundballs (25-20) and face-offs (11-of-17).