A Page -- April 17, 2011

Green High alum Muller (L) and Royalton grad Lorenzo (R)

Malone wins its own shortened 

invitational; Massillon High alum Richie 

Schembechler earns medalist honors for 


April 16, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union senior Cory Muller (Akron/Green) posted his third top-10 finish of the year as he finished eighth at the rain-shortened Malone Invitational Friday at Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance won by host Malone.

Muller carded a 75 to finish tied for eighth as Saturday's second and final round was rained out.
Malone's Richie Schembechler, a Massillon High alumnus, claimed medalist honors with a 69.
Richie Schembechler tee shot fall 2010
Former Tiger Richie Schembechler

Fellow senior Vince Lorenzo (Broadview Hts./North Royalton) was the Purple Raiders other top performer as he fired a 79 to finish tied for 21st.

Mount Union competes at the 54-hole Ohio Athletic Conference Spring Invitational Sunday and Monday at Cumberland Trail Golf Club in Pataskala, Ohio.

Malone Spring Invitational
Tannehauf Golf Club (Alliance, Ohio)
Par 72, 6694 yds.
Team Scores
1. Malone 284, 2. Marian (Ind.) 307, 3. Northwestern Ohio 314, 4. Daeman (N.Y.) 317, 5. Notre Dame (Ohio) 331, 6. Mt. Vernon Nazarene 332.

Top Individuals
1. Richie Schembechler (Malone) 69, 2. Justin Lower (Malone) 70, 3. Jon Clark (Malone) 71, 4. Zach Keller (Malone)* 72, 5.  Jay Hollifield (Malone)* 73.
portrait of Justin Lowerportrait of Jay Hollifield
Northwest High alum Justin Lower (L) and Louisville grad Jay Hollifield (R)

Mount Union (No team score)
T8. Cory Muller 79, T21. Vince Lorenzo 78, T29. Alex Welch, Tyler Hickerson and Bryan Bober 80,  T33. Andrew Bunnell 81.

White Team takes spring football game 

with fourth-quarter surge; Brunswick's 

Bedevelsky leads Lake Erie College 

Green Team offense; Rocky River's Dave 

Dunne leads White's defense

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – A 10-0 fourth quarter propelled the White Team to a 16-7 victory over the Green Team in the annual Lake Erie College football Spring Game Saturday afternoon (April 16) at a soggy Jack Britt Memorial Stadium.

Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) connected with Patrick Lunney (Mount Shasta, Calif./Mt. Shasta/College of the Siskiyous) for a 15-yard touchdown to put Green up 7-6 midway through the third period.  But White took the lead on a surprising 32-yard field goal by outside linebacker Kevin Chapman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) with 11:15 left.

Zach Abbatiello (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) broke loose for a 42-yard run down the sideline with just over four minutes to go to seal the win for the White Team.  He led all players with 56 yards on three carries.

Bedevelsky had 52 yards rushing to lead the Green Team and completed eight-of-14 passes for 74 yards.  Rob Boyd (Boardman, Ohio/Boardman) was five-of-13 for 97 yards for the White with an interception.

On the White Team’s opening possession, Boyd hit Tommy Jackson (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) for a 64-yard gain on first down to set up a one-yard touchdown run by Anthony Zitello (Mineral Ridge, Ohio/Mineral Ridge/Youngstown State). 
Buchtel alum Kameron Alexander

Kameron Alexander (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel) gained 43 yards on six carries for Green and Jimmy Phyllis (Salem, Ohio/United Local) caught a game-high three passes for 30 yards. Lunney had two grabs totaling 24 yards.
Rocky River HS alum David Dunne

In addition to the 32-yard field goal and an extra point, Chapman led the White Team with five total tackles. Cameron Bryant (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) led the Green Team with four tackles and David Dunne (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River) had an interception.
Lorain native Cameron Bryant

The Storm opens the 2011 season on Thursday night, Sept. 1 against Gannon University at Britt Stadium.

Otterbein edges Mount; Heights alum 

Phil Caprasse, Gilmour grad Ryan 

Catanese win to aid Cardinal conquest

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's tennis team was edged by Otterbein, 5-4, in Ohio Athletic Conference play on Saturday at the Peterson Fieldhouse.

Nate Fockler (North Canton/North Canton Hoover) was the Purple Raiders' only multiple winner. 
Heights' Caprasse (L) and Hoover's Fockler (R)

He won the second singles match over Gilmour Academy alumnus Tyler Brodhead, 7-5, 7-6 (7-0), and then teamed with Patrick Yackmack(Mantua/Twinsburg) for an 8-5 victory over the Gilmour alumni tandem, of Brodhead and Ryan Catanese at No. 2 doubles.

Catanese won in straight sets in fifth singles for Otterbein. Also Cleveland Heights High alum Phil Caprasse was a winner at third singles and at first doubles Steve Albert 
Gilmour guys Broadhead (L), Catanese (R)

Zach Perry (Hudson/Hudson) and Jeff Looker (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) were also singles victors for Mount Union.

Perry defeated Steven Albert, 6-1, 6-0, in No. 1 singles. Looker claimed his victory against Ryan Roberts at sixth singles, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.

Crimson Tide takes NCAA trophy back 

to Dixie; top D-I gymnastics hardware 

returns to Bible Belt after one year Out 


By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

CLEVELAND (THEATRE DISTRTICT) – They could play Dixie to Arms down in the Bible Belt today as there is good reason to rejoice that the South has won again as the NCAA Division I Gymnastics team trophy will be returning to below the Mason Dixon line after a one-year absence.

Alabama’s Crimson Tide won the NCAA championship Saturday in the Wolstein Center, narrowly edging out defending national champ UCLA. A different set of sweet-as-honey Southern Belles, Georgia, had to go home Friday after not qualifying for the Super Six. The Gym Dogs won the national title for Good Ole Dixie each year from 2005to 2009 as well as five other times since 1987.

There was some celebration nearby as well, with Hannah Toussaint from Warren serving as the only Ohioan on the Alabama team and also the only redhead on a team that goes by the name Crimson Tide.

'Bama battled off any form of tyranny in its quest to re-establish order by amassing 197.650 total points, followed by the Bruins 197.375, Oklahoma 197.250, Nebraska 196.725, Utah 196.500, and Michigan 196.425.

Kayla Hoffman, Kim Jacob, and Geralen Stack-Eaton all had better than 39 overall scores for the Tide.

It was not all spoils for the University of Michigan team that finished sixth of six teams Saturday as some element of Victors will be going back to Ann Arbor this weekend. 

Kylee Botterman of Michigan had the best individual all-around score of the entire field. Prior to the event, Botterman earned the AAI Award, which goes to the top gymnast in the country and is equivalent to the Heisman, Hermann and Hobey Baker trophies.

Gators gobble up Obie LAX gals for 22 points

Meadville, Pa. – Allegheny scored 13 first-half goals as the home Gators went on to beat the visiting Yeowomen of Oberlin 22-4 on Saturday afternoon in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

The Gators (10-5, 2-2 NCAC) controlled the game from start finish as they had seven different players score at least one goal and had five with three or more scores. Sophomore Grace Amber led Oberlin with two goals and now leads the team with 24 scores on the season.

Freshman Phoebe Hammer and sophomore Ilyssa Meyer were the only other Yeowomen who found the back of the cage. 

Oberlin (3-6, 0-4 NCAC) was on the wrong end of a 36-13 shot disparity and it was also hindered by winning just eight of the game’s 28 draw controls. 

Mount Gals take second in Delaware

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's track and field team placed second out of 19 teams at the annual All-Ohio Championships Saturday at Selby Stadium in Delaware, Ohio.

The Purple Raiders' 84 points were just 11 points behind team winner and host Ohio Wesleyan (95) but ahead of every other Ohio Athletic Conference program.

Junior Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) claimed wins in the discus (136-01) and javelin (128-04) along with a second place finish in the shot put (39-0.25) to lead Mount Union.

Another first place finish came from the 4x400 meter relay team of sophomore Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) and freshmen Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak), Heather Potts (Louisville/Louisville) and Alexis Campbell (St. Clairsville/St. Clairsville) with a time of 4:02.24.
Campbell also nabbed fourth place finishes in the 100 meters (13.21) and 200 meters (26.91) and along with Potts and freshmen Lisa Bradsovich (Columbia Station/Columbia) and Taylor Ruffing (Attica/Seneca East) a second place finish in the 4x100 meter relay (50.16).

Senior Christin Handley (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois Central) rounded out the top performances with a third place finish in the 1500 meters (4:49.25)

Northwest alum, current Malone S/A 

Justin Lower is named Student/Athlete of 

the Week by Christian colleges athletic 

organization for shooting "lower" scores

Malone University golfer Justin Lower, a senior from Canal Fulton, Ohio (Northwest H.S.), recently earned Men’s Golf Student Athlete of the Week recognition from the National Christian College Athletic Association in recognition of his strong performance at last weekend’s Capital University Invitational.

Lower led Malone to a first-place finish among 16 teams at the event after capturing medalist honors with a two-day score of 146. He shot an incredible round of 67 on day one of the Invitational to tie the Foxfire Golf Club’s course record. 
Justin Lower putts
Lower, who is "lowering" his golf scores, "highering" GPA

The individual title marked Lower’s second consecutive first-place showing in as many weeks as he shared medalist honors at the Muskingum University Invitational.

Malone is ranked sixth in the most recent NAIA National Poll.

Raiders, "Otters" to play Sunday instead of Saturday

April 16, 2011 

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's Ohio Athletic Conference baseball series with Otterbein scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 16 has been postponed to Sunday, Apr. 17 at 1 pm at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

The teams are two of four teams tied for third in the conference with John Carroll and Capital ... those two teams also are scheduled to play each other Saturday.


Mount Union took a split at Baldwin-Wallace on Wednesday. The Purple Raiders were held to one hit in a 1-0 loss in the opener then snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-5 win in game two.
Green alum Greg Ferrell (L) and Beau Smith (R)

The Raiders are hitting .278 as a team with Greg Ferrell and Craig Knott leading the team at the plate. Ferrell is batting .350 with 15 RBI, four home runs, three triples and three doubles, while Knott is hitting .349 with 18 RBI, three home runs and six doubles.

The pitchers have a 5.53 ERA as Cody Colly has a 1.59 earned run average with a 3-2 record and 37 strikeouts and Beau Smith is 3-3 with a 4.54 ERA with 24 strikeouts.

Otterbein has split all four OAC series it has played and the Cardinals have won two of their last seven games.
Greg Moomaw
Garaway High alum Greg Moomaw

The Cardinals hit .295 as a team and are third in the OAC with 11 home runs. Greg Moomaw is hitting .389 with 13 RBI while Elliot Greenhill leads the OAC with 6 home runs. Otterbein has a 4.00 team ERA and David Cydrus is 4-0 with two complete games and a 1.39 earned run average. 

Spartan Men’s Tennis Holds Off Late 

NYU Rally to Win 5-4 on Day Two of 

UAA Championships

By Nick Minerd

BEVERLY, MA – The Case Western Reserve University men’s tennis team held off a late charge by New York University, winning the deciding singles match to earn a 5-4 win on Saturday, April 16 at the Bass River Tennis Club on day two of the 2011 University Athletic Association Championship.

With the win, Case rebounded from yesterday’s tough first round loss against No. 5 nationally-ranked Washington University (MO) and improved its season record to 11-8. The Spartans also guaranteed themselves a spot in this evening’s fifth-place match against fifth-seeded Brandeis University (MA). First serve is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

Against the Violets, Case took two-of-three in doubles to get off to an early lead in the match. Junior Sean Carr (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) and sophomore Richard Brunsting (Nashville, TN/Montgomery Bell Academy) picked up an 8-3 decision at second doubles, while junior captain Rohan Patel (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) and freshman Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, IL/John Hershey) squeezed out a 9-8 victory at the three spot.

Leading 2-1, the Spartans dropped the fourth singles point to fall back into a tie. In the next finish, Carr held off Connor Witty at first singles, 6-4, 6-3 to put Case back up. Klawitter then defeated Bowen Xu, 7-5, 6-1 at the five spot, but NYU earned points at second and third singles to knot the match up at 4-4. With the match on the line, Brunsting dismissed Matt Gross, 6-1, 6-1 at the sixth position to clinch the win for Case.





 NDCL's Terry Smith scores the winning TD for USA

High School seniors and coaches from Arizona, Florida,
Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Win in Bavaria
By Lauren Hickey

MUNICH, GERMANY - Saturday, April 16, 2011 - Team Stars & Stripes shut out the Munich Cowboys Juniors to record a 34-0 victory in the Global Germany Bowl in Bavaria on Saturday.
Led by former Arizona state championship-winning head coach Jeff Scurran, the group of 30 high school seniors from seven states led 28-0 at halftime and then added six second half points. 
"In the end our speed and experience dominated," said Scurran.  "The post-game photos and dinner with both teams was a wonderful chance to share email addresses and stories.  I am sure they will return home with special memories and new friends."
The Americans took an early lead through a one-yard touchdown run by Terry Smith (Notre Dame Cathedral Latin, OH) to cap a steady scoring drive after quarterback Jordan Mills (Cienega, AZ) had tossed a 20-yard pass to Joseph Rava (Malvern Prep, PA).  Team Stars & Stripes had started with good field position after Khalid Jones (Episcopal Academy, PA) returned the opening kickoff to midfield. 

Rava then lined up on defense and immediately came up with an interception, setting up John Hendrick (Sickles, FL), who reeled off a 21-yard dash to the end zone to give Team Stars & Stripes a commanding 14-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the 60-degree weather with a slight breeze and mostly sunny skies, Team Stars & Stripes increased their lead to 28-0 by halftime.  Hendrick added a 54-yard punt return for a touchdown to his earlier rushing score and Dylan Furrier (Salpointe Catholic, AZ) raced 40 yards up the middle for a touchdown.  A 15-yard touchdown run by Zachary Bubolz (Cambria-Friesland, WI) put the final points on the board.
"This was the culmination of an amazing week," said Global Football President Patrick Steenberge.  "The young men who formed Team Stars & Stripes played hard, smart football in a historic stadium against a well-coached Munich Cowboys squad."
The game capped a week of practices and cultural sightseeing in Rothenburg, Munich and the Bavarian Region.  They visited the Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a well-preserved medieval old town; Nightwatchman Tour in Rothenburg; Linderhof and Neuschwanstein Castles; and traveled to Munich via the Romantic Road.  Players were selected not only for football ability, but also as all-round student-athletes.
The Munich Cowboys are one of the oldest club teams in Germany having been formed in 1979 and the junior set up has won three national titles, known as the German Junior Bowl (1986, 1987, 1996).  Juniors head coach Florian Berrenberg won a World Bowl ring as the defensive backs coach of the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe in 1995 and also coached the Cowboys senior team for two seasons (2004, 2005).
The win was Scurran's second successive success in charge of Team Stars & Stripes having coached in the Global Challenge Bowl in Japan in 2008 and 2009 and last year enjoyed victory in the 2010 Global Bowl France, defeating the Brussels All-Stars 83-0 in Amiens, France.

Cards stack the deck against Raiders for 9-

0 blanking

By Josh Reilly

April 16, 2011 

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- The Mount Union women's tennis team dropped a 9-0 decision to Otterbein in Ohio Athetic Conference action on Saturday.

Courtney Adamsky (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) and Lauren Olivier (Chagrin Falls/Walsh Jesuit) won four games apiece in their respective matches.

Adamsky fell to Brooke Trine, 6-0, 6-4, at third singles, while Olivier lost to Kylie Hammons, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 4 singles.

Hoover Alum Lauren Rife, EC Grad Emily Mueller 

Win Big as Baldwin-Wallace College Women’s Tennis 

Team Falls To First-Place Ohio Northern In OAC 


By Jeff Miller

ADA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team lost to its arch-rival, the first place  Ohio Northern University Polar Bears, 6-3, today (Saturday, April 16) in a key Ohio Athletic Conference match inside the the ONU Sports Center.

The Bears got big play out of their freshman contingent with Hoover alumna Lauren Rife winning at sixth singles and Elyria Catholic's Emily Mueller.

Mueller was a winner in straight sets at third singles over a familiar face, former EC S/A Rebecca Mittler.
North Canton's Rife (L) and EC's Mueller (R)

Ironically, Rife topped Mueller's other former Panther teammate, Morgan Baker, in split sets, making  Mueller the only one of the three EC products to win today. 

Mueller and Rife also played second doubles together and won that match.

The loss ended two Yellow Jacket winning streaks.  The match was played indoors due to inclement weather outdoors.

With the loss, the Yellow Jackets fell to 11-7 overall and 4-1 in the OAC. The loss snapped a seven-match winning streak this season and a 16-match OAC match winning streak dating back to the OAC Championship match in 2009.  B-W has won 51 of its last 54 OAC matches. ONU improved to 16-5 overall and 6-0 in the OAC.  B-W and ONU have combined to win the last six OAC regular season titles and five of the last six OAC Tournament crowns.

The Polar Bears took an early 3-0 lead by claiming victory in all three doubles matches before the Yellow Jackets responded by claiming the first two singles matches and cutting the deficit to 3-2.

At number one singles, senior Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley) won her match by scores of 6-1 and 7-5 to improve to 15-8 overall.  Junior Safaa Hajji (Rabat, MOROCCO/Ryad Al Maarifa) won at No. 2 by scores of 6-1 and 6-2 and improved to 9-2 overall.  

B-W would claim its third and final point when senior No.5 player Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior) won in a third-set super tie-breaker by scores of 7-5, 6-7 (7-9) and 1-0 (10-8) at fifth singles and improved to 13-9 overall.

Mount takes second of 19 at Ohio 


DELAWARE, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's track and field team placed second out of 19 teams at the annual All-Ohio Championships held Saturday at Selby Stadium in Delaware, Ohio.

The Purple Raiders posted 112 points and were edged out for the team title by 12 points as first place Baldwin-Wallace had 124 points.

Senior Scott Thomas (Salem/West Branch) and sophomore Charles Pratt (Canton/GlenOak) each had strong days to lead Mount Union.

Thomas claimed wins in the 100 (11.10) and 200 meters (22.93) while Pratt finished second in the 100 (11.16) and third in the 200 (23.12).

The duo then combined with sophomore Ryan Kohler (Minerva/Minerva) and freshman Derick Schwedt (Brook Park/Berea) to win the 4x100 meter relay (42.43).

Kohler also was part of the third place 4x400 meter relay team (3:23.53) of juniors Ben Russell (Columbus/Hilliard Davidson) and Cory Hoover (Alliance/Marlington) and freshman Joe Dlubak (Upper Sandusky/Upper Sandusky).

Senior Ty Griffin (Massillion/Massillon Perry) defended his title in the 1500 meters (4:00.57) while fellow senior Dan Whisler (Ashland/Ashland) provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships with a second place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:22.68).

In the field events, senior Marc Aukerman (Greensburg, Pa./Latrobe) won the javelin (185-03), junior Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) placed second in the discus (148-09) while freshman Sam Ludgood (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) was second in the long jump (21-10.75)

Oberlin LAX scores season-high 17 goals

Bethany, W.Va. – Oberlin College scored a season-high 17 goals and its defense was simply outstanding as the Yeomen cruised past the Bison of Bethany College 17-1 on Saturday afternoon. 

Junior Dylan Holmes matched a career-high with six goals to spearhead the Yeomen attack. Senior Rob Bond added three goals and two assists. The Lexington, Massachusetts, native also won 14-of-17 face-offs. 

“It was good to play well and get the offense going and get us back on track overall,” Head Coach Topher Grossman said. “I thought we had a little lull in there when I think we got away from some of things we do, but we bounced back quickly and it was good to get this one after a couple of close losses to Wooster and Wittenberg.” 

The Yeomen, who led 7-0 after one period, built up a 9-0 lead before the Bison were finally able to get on the board. 

In the second half the Yeomen out-shot the Bison 17-2 and finished the game with a 38-6 advantage in total triggers. Over the final 30 minutes of play Thomas Hake would score two goals, while teammates Matthew Rogers and Mickey Fiorillo found the back of the cage one time each. 

Dan Fineman and Connor Jackson also rifled two shots each into the goal. Jackson is now tied for the team lead in points with Fiorillo at 21 apiece. 

In addition to the large discrepancy in shots, the Yeomen scooped up a season-high 52 groundballs and were a perfect 9-of-9 on clears.