A Page -- April 16, 2011

Youth is served on mound while Nogalo leads Warrior offense

Sophomores and Freshmen pitch WJ Baseball to shutout win


April 16, 2011 – CUYAHOGA FALLS: The future of Walsh Jesuit Baseball pitching was on display on Wednesday as the Classes of 2013 and 2014 led the Warriors to an 11-0 victory over visiting Western Reserve Academy in a five-inning game shortened by the run rule. 

Sophomore LHP Joe Mockbee earned his first varsity win, while fellow sophomores Mark Mittiga and Cassidy Brown, and Freshmen Frankie Cioffi and Tim Benner each threw a shutout inning apiece in the victory, combining for a total of eight strikeouts.

 Brown in particular recorded three Ks in his one inning of work. Following Sophomore Nate McMaster’s fine outing the day prior, six consecutive shutout innings of Varsity baseball were notched by members of the current Freshman and Sophomore classes.

Senior Slippery Rock recruit Jake Nogalo paced the Warrior nine offensively with a solo home run to lead off the second inning and also providing a double off the fence in left, while fellow Slippery Rock recruit Kolton Snyder also hit well in the game.

Cassidy Brown and Junior Dane O’Driscoll also had doubles, and Senior Dan Keller contributed with a bases clearing triple. Junior Anthony Nemer had a perfect day at the plate, while fellow Junior Drew Miletti had a pair of RBI.


With the victory the Warriors improve to 7-0 on the year.

Taylor Soto 2-0 as a high school pitcher as Lake Ridge Academy blanks Forge, 4-0

Freshman Taylor Soto made it two-for-two, pitching Lake Ridge Academy to a victory in her second start as a high school varsity hurler, this time a 4-0 win over Valley Forge, moving the Lions to 2-0 on the season.

Also in consistent form to the first outing, Soto threw another shutout, with 13 more strikeouts, 2 base on balls, three infield hits and one Texas League single to right that the batter successfully stretched into a double but paid for when Sara Bediako's throw to short cut her down after she overran the base

Soto struck out the side in the first, struck out two in the second, one in the third, three in the fourth, three in the sixth, and one in the seventh.  A bloop single in back of the second baseman, freshman Sara Al-Haddad (who was playing organized softball for the first time ever), a walk, and a hit batter loaded the bases for Valley Forge in the second, but Soto got the number one hitter to pop up to her to end the inning. 

In the third, another bloop in front of the second baseman put the lead-off batter at first, but Al-Haddad made a running catch of a liner slicing in back of first to strand that runner.  The lead-off batter in the sixth hit a shot over the third base bag that Sydney Clark speared but couldn't make the long throw in time, so unflappable. Soto proceeded to strike out the next three batters to close down that threat.

 After two outs in the seventh, the third batter bunted back to Soto, who threw to first but the ball was dropped.  That brought up the lead-off batter, Paula Kyser, who hit the double in her previous at bat.  Knowing her sister was tiring, catcher Terra Soto on the second pitch to the next batter fired a bullet to shortstop Emily Kurtz, who had time after the catch to run five feet off the bag, meet the would-be base stealer and tag her for the final out.


LRA scored twice in the first inning.  Clark hit a single to left and stole second.  With one out, Terra Soto took a base on balls, and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. 

Kurtz hit a hard grounder to the left of the third baseman who dove and ricocheted the ball to the shortstop.  By then, Clark had scored, Soto was nearing third, so the shortstop unwisely hurried her late throw to first and the ball skipped away to score Soto.

The top of the order again produced two runs in the third.  Clark hit a double to left, and Alexa Malinowski's grounder went through the second baseman's legs for an error as Clark scored.  Terra Soto forced Malinowski at second, and advanced a base after Kurtz singled to left.

Bediako's opposite field single to left scored Soto, and the scoring for the game was done.  Sydney Clark added a third hit in the seventh to finish 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases.

Lake Ridge is now 2-0.

Today the Lions are at Beachwood for a DH.  Next Saturday, the 23, LRA has a scheduled DH at Cleveland Heights (weather permitting). 

 The team is schedlued to play Cornerstone on the 21 and Oberlin the 22.

Storm Wraps Up Spring Practice with Annual Green-White Game

Game kicks off at Noon April 16 at Britt Stadium; Fans can follow live blog on LakeErieStorm.com


PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College football team wraps up spring practice on Saturday, April 16, with the annual Green-White Spring Game at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.

The contest, played under regular game conditions with the players and coaching staff divided into two even squads, kicks off at noon. 


“This event is a nice way to wrap up the spring and give our players a chance to experience game conditions between the end of last season and the start of next fall,” said head coach Mark McNellie.  “The guys really look forward to this game after the work they’ve put in the past couple of weeks. It’s a nice reward after a long winter.”


LakeErieStorm.com will have coverage of the Green-White Spring Game with a live blog.  Admission is free for the game and fans are invited to follow the Storm and join the herd at Harry Buffalo Painesville (2119 Mentor Ave.) following the game for a post-game tailgate party from 3-6 p.m.

Westlake keeps dropping opponents like flies; North Olmsted latest to face same 5-0 verdict

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


They continue to fall like flies. 

The latest of Westlake’s tennis team’s opponents to get flattened is North Olmsted, the Eagles losing their wings and returning to dust by an all too familiar score, 5-0.

Westlake’s season record is 6 and 0 and SWC record: 5 and 0. All six matches have ended in 5-0 team scores and nearly every individual match has ended in straight sets and with more 6-0, 6-0 finals than all the other variations combined.

Friday night, the Demons gave up only four points in all five matches combined. The pulverization included two two-set shutouts.

Jason Wissman

In SINGLES, it was at No. 1 Colton Buffington over Ararind Kalluri 6-0, 6-0; at No 2. it was Jason Wissman over Shubham Mangla 6-1, 6-0’ and at No. 3. it was Abhi Ramachandran over Davish Chanhan 6-0, 6-0.

Colton Buffington


In DOUBLES, at No 1 JT Rapaport/Kevin Wang took the Brunner/Parikh team 6-0, 6-1; at No. 2. Stephen Fleischer/Kent Dinchman clubbed John Maroli and Kaushal Pai 6-1, 6-0.

Spartan Men’s Tennis Swept 9-0 by No. 5 Washington University (MO) in UAA Championship Opener

By Nick Minerd

WALTHAM, MA – The Case Western Reserve University men’s tennis team fell 9-0 to third-seeded and No. 5 nationally-ranked Washington University (MO) in its first match at the 2011 University Athletic Association Championship on Friday, April 15 at the Joseph F. and Clara Ford Athletic and Recreation Complex outdoor tennis courts. With the loss, the Spartans dropped to 10-8 in dual match play and 3-4 against top-30 competition.

Case Reserve, the tournament’s sixth-seed, will play again tomorrow (Saturday, April 16) at 9:00 a.m. against New York University (NY).

The Spartans fell behind 3-0 early after dropping all three doubles matches, and were also swept in singles play. 


Three matches went to third set tie-breakers, but the Spartans were ultimately beaten in those contests at first, second and sixth singles. Freshman John Healey (Columbia, MD/Atholton) dropped a heart breaker at the two spot, 6-1, 1-6, 4-6 and sophomore Richard Brunsting (Nashville, TN/Montgomery Bell Academy) also lost a tight one at sixth singles, 7-6, 1-6, 7-10.

Lakewood High alumna Bridget Moran creams five hits (including three doubles), and drives in five runs to lead Heidelberg's double pounding of Oberlin

By Mike Mancini

Tiffin – The Oberlin College softball team played its second doubleheader in as many days, but today found itself on the wrong end of 13-5 and 10-0 decisions against Heidelberg University. 

Leading the onslaught for the Student Princes in the first game was Lakewood High alumna Bridget Moran, who brought to big bat to blast the Yeomen out of the water.

Moran creamed two doubles and drove in four runs in the first game alone.  Amherst native Dana Thoms earned the victory on the mound for the Princes.

Bridget Moran


If that was not enough, Moran came back in the second game went 3 for 3 with an RIB and two runs scored. On the day,  Moran had three doubles combined to give her eight on the season.

Rookie Kelsey Steiner continued to swing a hot bat as she was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the lid-lifter. Pitcher Melanie Budney also helped her own cause at the plate by going 2-for-3 with two runs scored. 

The Berg offense came out hot as they posted three runs in each of the first two innings. However, in the third the Yeowomen were able to take advantage of some sloppy defense by the Berg to score three runs. 

Oberlin would add two more tallies in the fourth to make it a 6-5 game in favor of Heidelberg. Back-to-back singles by Kristine Kuchtaand Budney to start the inning got things going. Steiner would later follow with a single to left to plate Kuchta and Budney would come around to score on an error.

Unfortunately, the Oberlin comeback attempt was quickly halted as the Berg responded by scoring three in the fifth and four in the sixth to put the game away.

In the nightcap the home team scored seven runs in the first two innings and never looked back. Oberlin was no-hit in the process by Lexie Pinkelman as she struck out six and walked just two. Steiner did reach base via an error by the shortstop in the seventh. 

Oberlin returns to NCAC play on the weekend as it travels to Kenyon on Saturday for a twinbill. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

Big Red tops Oberlin

Oberlin, Ohio - The Oberlin College women's tennis team suffered a conference defeat at the hands of the 6th ranked team in the nation.  Denison University earned a 7-2 North Coast Athletic Conference win against the Yeowmen on Don Hunsinger Courts this afternoon.

Denison proved their strength early claiming wins in all three doubles positions.  Ariel Lewis and Brenna Sheldon were matched up against the Central Region's No. 2 ranked doubles duo.  The Big Red pairing earned an 8-1 win.

The Yeowomen came out swinging in singles play and put up stronger efforts in many of the match ups.  Lewis, ranked 10th in the Central Region, is now the winner of 18 matches this season and has a seven match streak underway in the top spot.  Today she went into a super tiebreaker but had enough to defeat Sarah Short, ranked 18th in the region, 6-1, 2-6, 11-9.

Finley Gates and Kelsy Geppner would do battle in the second position with the Denison hitter earning a 6-1, 6-3 win.

The Yeowomen's No. 6, Brie White-Dzuro also used a super tiebreaker to notch the second Oberlin singles win.  She was a 6-1, 1-6, 10-6 winner over Courtney Steiner.

"Today we competed hard and played well but were up against an very good team.  We will look forward to a potential match up with Denison in the conference tournament. I think we can do better, we will go forward from here and prepare for Allegheny," said head coach Constantine Ananiadis. 

Oberlin (8-10) is back in action next Friday, April 22nd at 4:30 p.m. when Allegheny College visits campus for another NCAC match.

Spartan Softball Splits Doubleheader with Ursuline College

PEPPER PIKE, OH – The Case Western Reserve University softball team split its second doubleheader in as many days, dropping a 3-2 decision to Ursuline College before rebounding to win 6-5 in extra innings in the nightcap. The Spartans have now won 10-of-12 to move their season record to 16-22.

Case will travel to Bethany College (WV) next to play a doubleheader on Sunday, April 17. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Ursuline jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning of the first game, but the Spartans scraped across a run on an error in the fourth to make it 3-1. Junior Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge) continued her hot hitting and accounted for the Spartans’ second score on an RBI double in the sixth to make it a one-run affair. Case would get no more offense, however, as freshman pitcher Makenzie Lein (Petersburg, MI/Ida) was hit with loss, tossing all six innings to fall to 10-7 on the year.

In game two Wolz got the Spartans off to a 1-0 start with an RBI single in the first. Case then pushed across another run in the third on a homerun by Lein before Ursuline answered with a run in the fourth. The Spartans put up two more in the fifth to make it a 4-1 game on an RBI double by Wolz and a run-scoring single by senior Anneliese Fetterman (Cupertino, CA/Monta Vista), but Ursuline answered with one in the fifth and two more in the

Ca bottom of the sixth to tie the ballgame. Courtney Branson singled home a run in the seventh to put se back up briefly, but Ursuline came right back with a run in the bottom half of the frame to knot the score again.

Senior Beth Andrasik (Sagamore Hills, OH/Nordonia) proceeded to put the game away in the eighth inning on an RBI double, giving Case a 6-5 lead. Lein, who entered to pitch in the seventh, retired Ursuline in order in the eighth to seal the win and improve her season record to 11-7. Freshman Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus) pitched the first six innings, allowing four runs and striking out one but did not factor in the decision.



dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah:

Sooners win NCAA gymnastics national 

semis here; advance with UCLA, 

Michigan to Saturday, Sunday finals

April 16, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND (THEATRE DISTRICT) – OHHHHHKLAHOOOMA – dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dha.

Yes, it is true, most have heard the old theater song Oklahoma, but few know any of the lyrics beyond the “Oklahoma” part of it, ala the late John Candy in The Great Outdoors.

In collegiate gymnastics circles, however, Oklahoma, University that is, is getting more and more familiar. After qualifying to the NCAA nationals for the eighth year in a row last year, the Sooners made it to the Super Six for the first time in 2010.
The Sooners repeated to the Final 12 this season but did it one note better by finishing first in its field of six teams in Friday’s daytime National Semifinal of the Division I tourney here in the Wolstein Center.
Throughout most of the day, Oklahoma hovered near the top, garnering the top spot twice, but then getting passed up by defending national champ UCLA twice after all six teams had completed an even number of events, but finally after the fourth event of the daytime session, Oklahoma wound up getting the top spot.

The Sooners finished with 196.775, followed by Michigan with 196.700 and UCLA with 196.500. The three qualify to the Super Six Saturday and Sunday.  Left out were Arkansas, Georgia and Illinois. 

Once it had completed its third event, the bars, Oklahoma had moved into first place with UCLA and Illinois still on deck to take part in a third event.
With four teams done through event three on the rotation, the Sooners had 147.600, Michigan 147.325, Georgia 146.200, and Arkansas 146.175.

Megan Ferguson and Kayla Nowak each scored 9.9s from the judges in the bars to move their club ahead slightly and briefly.
Listen/watch short video/audio of Oklahoma Student/Athlete Megan Ferguson interview, filmed/recorded by Norm Weber
In the three events in which she participated, Ferguson scored at least a 9.85  including two over 9.9.
Michigan did it with constant improvement as it kept getting a better team score with each event throughout the day, capping out with a 49.375 on bars. Trish Wilson’s 9.25 and Brittnee Martinez’ 9.90 in the Wolverines’ final event (bars) opened the door to the Super Six, as the gals from Ann Arbor tapped out at 196.700 for the day, good enough for third place. 
 In their third event, the Wolves earned a 49.325 on vault thanks to the 9.95s turned in by Kylee Botterman and Katie Zurales.

Listen/watch short vide/audio of Michigan Student/Athlete Kylee Botterman interview, filmed/recorded by Norm Weber

However, as it had after getting its turn on the rotation in the first two events, UCLA overtook the entire field after the third event and held the first place team position after all six schools had completed three full events.
The Bruins garnered a 49.350 on the bars to slip ahead of the Sooners with a three-event total of 148.25. Two S/As for the Bruins scored better than a 9.9 in the bars, UCLA’s third event, with Monique DeLaTorre leading with 9.925 and Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs scoring a 9.90. 

Listen/watch short vide/audio of UCLA Student/Athlete Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs interview, filmed/recorded by Norm Weber


It put UCLA a half point ahead of Oklahoma through three events.
Oklahoma followed with a 49.175 on the beam to close up with 196.775. Georgia finished with 195.450 after scoring 49.250 on its last event, vault. Lindsey Cheek had a 9.9 on vault.

Then UCLA encountered a rarity by faulting twice on the beam but still did well enough to score enough points to finish third in the team standings and qualify to the Super Six.

UCLA held a slight edge at the midway point of the morning semifinals. After all six teams had completed two events each, the Bruins led the field with 98.775, followed by Oklahoma 98.225, Michigan 98.00, Georgia 97.775, Arkansas 97.725 and Illinois 96.775.

The Bruins did it with consistency and depth. All six Student/Athletes for the Bruins scored at least a 9.825 in each of the first two events. In UCLA’s second event, the vault, Sam Peszek led the way with a 9.90. 

Michigan pulled up from sixth after the first event to third place after the second event for the Wolverines, the floor exercise, in which they got a 9.925 out of  Botterman, who helped them total 49.250 in the event, good enough to leap ahead of three other teams.

After the morning semifinal’s first set of events rotation, Arkansas led briefly, followed Georgia, Oklahoma, Michigan, with Illinois and UCLA still awaiting a first event.

The Razorbacks scored 49.150 in the first round led by Amy Borsellino’s vault score of 9.9.

Georgia posted 49.075 on the balance beam led by Kat Ding’s 9.9.
Through the early part of the second event, Oklahoma moved ahead of the Razorbacks and Bulldogs.  Megan Ferguson scored 9.9 of the Sooners’ 49.00 in the floor exercise. They duplicated the 49 on the vault with Madison Mooring matching Borsellino’s 9.9 score to lead the way.

After two teams completed their second rounds within the second set of events, the Dogs (97.775) were slightly behind the Sooners (98.225) and in third (49.325) and ready to start the vault.

All six Student/Athletes for the Bruins were able to get at least at 9.8 on the floor exercise from the judges, led by fifth-year senior Brittani McCullough’s 9.925. The Bruins had 49.325 points after their first event was completed, which turned out to be the highest of all six teams for their respective first-round events.

Cassidy McComb complemented Ding’s effort on the bars with a 9.8 on the 9.8 on the beam to keep the Dogs close after their second event. 

Illinois and Michigan held the No. 5 and 6 spots after all teams had completed at least one event through the various rotations. Neither the Illini nor the Wolverines could get at least a 9.9 on their first events, the bars and beam, respectively.

Baldwin-Wallace Baseball Team Falls to Wooster, 12-
3, in a Non-Conference Game in Berea.

By Kevin Ruple

BEREAThe Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team lost to The College of Wooster today (April 15) in a non-conference game by a final score of 12-3 at Heritage Field in Berea.  The game was origionally scheduled to be played on March 31 but was postponed due to weather.

With the lost the Yellow Jackets fell to 14-12 overall and Wooster improved to 17-10 overall .

The Fighting Scots jumped out to a big lead in the top of the second inning where they put four runs on the board. The Yellow Jackets responded quickly with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. The Scots answered back with three more runs in the top of the third inning to build a 7-1 lead. Wooster then added another run in the top of the seventh inning to take an 8-1 lead, and B-W scored in the bottom of the inning to close to 8-2. The Fighting Scots scored their final four runs in th eighth and B-W added its final run in the bottom of the frame.
Bay's Ulanski (L) and Elyria's Neuschaefer (R)

On the mound, freshmen Jon Capadona (North Royalton) started and pitched the first two innings and took the loss to fall to 1-2 this season. He was followed to the mound by junior Chris Terlop (Strongsville) in the third, junior Josh Stobinski (Ottawa Hills) in the third, Sophomore Steven Foltz (NorthCanton/ St. Thomas Aquinas) in the fourth, freshmen Cory Waite (Willoughby/South) in the fifth, freshmen Dylan Fodor (Twinsburg) in the sixth, sophomore Will Pantages (Akron/Firestone) in the seventh, freshmen John Monning (Springsboro) in the eighth and sophomore Jon Tenley (Wadsworth) in the ninth.

At the plate, the Jackets were led by senior John Ulanski (Bay Villiage/Bay) who had two base hits and three at-bats with a run batted-in and a run scored. Sophomore centerfielder Nolan Neuschaefer (Elyria) was one-for-three with an RBI. Junior shortstop Anthony Longhitano (Cuyahoga Falls) also went one-for-three with a stolen base.