A Page -- April 17, 2012 -- PM Edition

Mary Mahoney   Emily Mazzaferri 
Mahoney (L),  GlenOak's Mazzaferri (R)

Mount Union's Mahoney Named OAC Track 

Athlete of the Week

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Mount Union junior Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Track Athlete of the Week.

Mahoney won four events and set a pair of meet records at the All-Ohio Championships this past Saturday atOhio Wesleyan. The Purple Raiders won six events on the day as they won the team title with 11.8 more points than second place Baldwin-Wallace.

Her season-best time of 56.24 in the 400 meters set a new meet record. She also was a member of the 4x400 meter relay team that set a meet record (3:51.43) along with sophomores Taylor Kring (Salem/West Branch) and Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak) and freshman Courtney Reese (Cleveland/Cornerstone Christian Academy).

Mahoney also took first in the 200 meters (25.07) and teamed with Kring, sophomore Taylor Ruffing(Attica/Seneca East), and freshman Taylor Coghlan (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) to win the 4x100 meter relay (48.59).

Mount Union's next competition is Saturday at the Sparky Adams Invitational at Baldwin-Wallace in Berea, Ohio.

Mount Union Alum and Green Bay Packers Defensive 

Coordinator Dom Capers to speak at Commencement

ALLIANCE, Ohio — E. Dominic Capers, a 1972 graduate of the University of Mount Union and defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers, will give the University's 166th Commencement address at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 on the south lawn of Chapman Hall.

During his address, Capers will speak on the topic, "Talent Alone is Not Enough." He will focus on topics including finding something you love, understanding the law of compensation — the more you give, the more you get back and preparing for adversity and surviving success.

A native of Cambridge, Ohio, Capers earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Mount Union in 1972 and earned a master's degree in administration from Kent State University in 1975.

While at Mount Union, Capers played both football and baseball and was an All-Ohio Athletic Conference First Team baseball selection in 1970 and led the team in home runs in 1972.  He also spent time as a roommate and was a teammate of current Mount Union athletic director and head football coach Larry Kehres.

Capers built a successful coaching career on a solid foundation of teaching at several universities, including Kent State, San Jose State and Ohio State. As an educator, he established a style of engaging and challenging youth that contributed to his highly-respected style of coaching. Throughout his career, Capers has held athletes to high academic standards by demanding that they focus on the development of their minds as well as their bodies.

Capers is entering his 27th season in the NFL and his fourth year as defensive coordinator with the Green Bay Packers. In his three seasons with the Packers, he turned the team into one of the league's most formidable defenses including his 2010 unit that helped Green Bay win Super Bowl XLV.

Capers is one of the most experienced coaches in the NFL, spending time with seven different franchises before going to Green Bay. His coaching resume includes leading the expansion teams of the Carolina Panthers and the Houston Texans as head coach.

In 1996, Capers was named NFL Coach of the Year for his work with the Carolina Panthers. He was named NFL Assistant Coach of the Year three times: in 1994 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, in 1999 with the Jacksonville Jaguars and in 2009 with the Green Bay Packers.

An avid supporter of the institution, Capers was selected as a recipient of the Mount Union Alumni Service Award in 1995 for outstanding achievement in his professional field and for service to the University and/or community. He also was the recipient of the M Club Award of Excellence in recognition of his career experiences and activities in 1996.

'Berg Baseball Gears Up for Big Week in OAC

Heidelberg (16-13, 5-5 OAC) currently sits in a tie for fifth place in the
league standings with John Carroll University, behind Baldwin-Wallace
College, the University of Mount Union and Muskingum University, each of
whom are tied for second place in back of Marietta College in first.  Four
of the league's 10 OAC doubleheaders this week will be played between the
top six teams.

The Student Princes are looking to get back on track following being swept
Saturday by rival No. 1 Marietta College.  Despite the losses, sophomore
second baseman Joe Chiarappa (Clinton/St. Vincent-St. Mary's) went a
combined 3-for-7 with two doubles, a triple and two runs scored.

The Berg boasts four hitters who are pacing above .350, led by senior left
fielder Ross Pruitt (Elletsville, Ind./Edgewood) (.385, 25 RBI, 0 HR, 24 R),
who 10th in the OAC in hitting, tied for seven in RBI and tied for fifth in
hits, and leads the team with 14 multi-hit games.   Senior shortstop Ricardo
Lizcano (Toledo/Start) (.356, 35, 6, 24) leads the OAC in home runs and
slugging percentage (.692), is second in RBI, and is eighth in hits (37) and
on-base percentage (.465).  Freshman first baseman Eric Monroe (Chagrin
Falls/Kenston) (.373, 19, 2, 13) and freshman designated hitter Trevor
Oldham (Akron/Archbishop Hoban) (.365, 10, 0, 19) are also tearing at a
productive pace, with Oldham second in the league in OBP (.494).

In addition to his school-record 32 career home runs, Lizcano also needs two
triples, 14 total bases, 32 runs, 34 RBI and 54 hits to break other school
career marks.

On the mound, freshman right hander Ryan Minteer (Venetia, Pa./Peters
Township) (2.78 ERA, 17 K, 32.1 IP) is 2-1 in seven appearances (four
starts) and threw his first career shutout in the first game of last week's
doubleheader at Ohio Northern University.  Minteer is also 10th in the OAC
in ERA.  Freshman righty Bryan Peters (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) (8.66, 13,
17.2) is 0-2 in six appearances (four starts).

Senior righty Daniel Brannum (Jamestown/Greeneview) and junior righty Teddy
Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) have combined for 32 of 58 appearances from
the bullpen.  Brannum (3.12, 30, 34.2) is 5-0 with 1 save in 15 appearances
and is tied for sixth in the OAC in wins and is ninth in strikeouts.  Lowe
(6.26, 13, 23.0) is 3-2 in 17 outings.

In 569 career games, 13th-year head coach Matt Palm is 397-172 (.698) and is
looking for three more victories to become just the fifth coach in OAC
history with 400 career wins, behind only the legendary Don Schaly of
Marietta College (1,442), Bob Fisher of Baldwin-Wallace College (700), Dick
Fishbaugh of Otterbein University (617), and Herb Strayer of Ohio Northern
University (592).

B-W (23-6, 7-3 OAC) have won five straight games following a doubleheader
sweep yesterday of Wilmington College.  Five Yellow Jackets had multi-hit
games in game one as David Redovian pitched a complete game four-hitter,
while Brendan Toughey finished the day a combined 5-for-8 with six runs.

The Yellow Jacket offense is paced by Toughey (.409, 15, 0, 41), who is
second in the OAC in hits and batting average, leads in runs, and is fourth
in OBP (.485).  Anthony Longhitano (.387, 27, 1, 26) leads the circuit in
hits, is sixth in RBI and runs, and eighth in batting average.  Zach Ferster
(.379, 28, 2, 19) is tied for third in RBI and is sixth in OBP (.472).  Kyle
Chontos (.368, 28, 3, 31) is second in the conference in runs, tied for
third in RBI, is fourth in home runs and hits (42), and seventh in slugging

On the mound, Pat Havens (2.44, 57, 44.1) is 7-1 in eight appearances (seven
starts) and leads the OAC in wins and strikeouts, is seventh in innings
pitched, and tied for second with three complete games.  Josh Scott (4.50,
35, 40.0) is 6-0 in seven starts and is tied for second in the league in
wins and is sixth in strikeouts.  Out of the bullpen, Cory Waite (2.16, 13,
16.2) has made one save in 13 appearances, while Jon Tenley (2.35, 18, 15.1)
has a team-high five saves in 12 outings.

Following Tuesday's doubleheader, Heidelberg will face OAC foe Mount Union
in a doubleheader Saturday in Alliance.

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Lake Erie Adds Three To 2012-13 Recruiting Class

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College head men’s basketball coach Cliff Hunt announced the addition of three players to its 2012 recruiting class today (April 17) bringing the total number of newcomers to four. 

The group represents a very talented collection of players who were all members of solid high school programs and are unusually prepared for Division II college athletics,” said Hunt.  “We are excited to add this group to our roster that graduates only two seniors, and returns our top four scorers from last season.”

Forward Roy Alexander (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge) and guards Andy Bosley (Columbus, Ohio/ Olentangy Orange) and AJ Henson (Orwell, Ohio/Grand Valley) will join the Storm for the 2012-13 season.  Center Steve Walczak (Galena, Ohio/Olentangy) signed with LEC during the early signing period in November. 

Alexander, a 6-5 forward, averaged 13.4 points per game his senior season and was named first-team All-Columbus City League, third-team All-Central District and honorable mention All-Metro. He helped Walnut Ridge High School to 21-2 record and was ranked in the top 50 players in Ohio by Prep Spotlight.

“Roy is as talented of a player as any recruit we have had at Lake Erie,” said Hunt. “His athleticism and skill set at the three spot allow him to play big against post players and step to the perimeter against guards.  A very unselfish player, Roy is another athlete who is a perfect fit for our style of play and our approach to the game.  We project Roy to have an opportunity to be an immediate impact player for us as a freshman.”  

Bosley, a 6-3 guard, averaged 17 points and seven rebounds per game at Olentangy Orange High School while earning  first-team All-Capital Division, first-team All-District 11, second-team All-Central District and honorable mention All-Ohio.  He is Olentangy Orange’s all-time leader in rebounds and field goal percentage and led the squad to an Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division championship. In the classroom, he is a member of the Honor Roll.

“Andy is a very athletic guard who we project to play both wing spots,” said Hunt. “A very good shooter, Andy will add shot making ability to our team along with his ability to finish at the rim.  We really like his unselfish approach to basketball along with his very good understanding of the game.  Andy is a great fit for us and we believe he has a chance to contribute immediately.” 

Henson, a 5-10 guard, is an exceptional student as a member of the Honor Roll and National Honor Society at Grand Valley High School.  He was a two-sport star at Grand Valley, as Ashtabula County Basketball Player of the Year and the Ashtabula County Football Player of the Year.  In basketball, Henson has been named first-team All-Ashtabula County in four seasons, first-team All-Northeastern Athletic Conference for three seasons and first-team All-Northeast Lakes District, special mention All- Ohio, and the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation Player of the Year twice.  He is Ashtabula County’s all-time leading scorer with 1,681 career points.

“AJ comes to Lake Erie off of an impressive athletic career in both basketball and football,” said Hunt. “In basketball, AJ is the ultimate tough-minded point guard who does whatever has to be done to make his team better and give them the best chance to win.  We are excited to have AJ in the program and we are confident his toughness, smarts, and athletic ability will have a tremendous impact on our team.”

Sean Denard


Mount Union's Denard Named OAC Men's Field Athlete of the 


AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Mount Union senior Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) has been named theOhio Athletic Conference Men's Field Athlete of the Week.

Denard won shot put at the All-Ohio Championships this past Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan. His career-best throw of 55-5 set a meet record and is the sixth-best mark in the nation this season.

The Purple Raiders won four events on the day as they won the team title at the event with 19.5 more points than second place Ohio Wesleyan.

A qualifier for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the shot put and discus the past two springs, Denard has topped his best throws from a year ago and looks primed for a third consecutive trip to nationals.

Mount Union's next competition is Saturday at the Sparky Adams Invitational at Baldwin-Wallace in Berea, Ohio.