A Page -- April 18, 2011

Baldwin-Wallace Men Claim All-Ohio 

Track Title; Jacket Women Come In 


By Kevin Ruple

DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s outdoor track and field team claimed a team title and the women placed third today (Saturday, April 16, 2011) at the Annual All-Ohio Division III Championship Meet at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.  This is the fifth overall and third scored team meet of the outdoor season.

The Yellow Jacket men totalled 124 points to place first of 18 teams and outdistanced second place the University of Mount Union by 12 points.  The meet title was the second in three outdoor meets and improved their outdoor record to 33-1 overall. Combined with its three indoor track titles this winter, the men are now 74-5 overall.

The Yellow Jacket women totalled 81 points and placed third of 19 schools. B-W trailed first place and host OWU by 14 points. Despite breaking a streak of seven straight scored meet titles, the B-W women are now 33-2 this spring and 78-2 overall.

The men were led to the title by its season-long domination by its throwers and a first place finish by freshman Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights), who won the pole vault with a vault of 15-feet and three-inches.  The throwers accounted for 75 of the team’s 124 total points, including a 1-2-3-4 finish in the shot put and won all three throwing events.
Walsh alum Mitch Supan (L), All American Kevin Phipps (R)

Senior 4-time NCAA Division III All-American Kevin Phipps (Patsakala/ Watkins Memorial) led the assault by winning the shot put (52’4.75”) and hammer (193’4”) and placing third in the discus (147’0”). His throw in the shot put was a season’s-best and improved his NCAA national meet qualifying standard. He is automatically qualified in the discus and hammer and provisionally qualified in the shot put.

Sophomore All-American Mitch Supan (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) won the discus (157’0”), was second in the hammer (171’11”) and fourth in the shot put. He is already provisionally qualified in the shot put and discus.

In addition to Phipps and Supan, junior Miles Moore (Gettysburg, Pa./ Delone Catholic) was second in the shot put (51’1’) and sophomore Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) was third in the shot (49’8.5”). Moore is provisionally qualified in the shot. Also, sophomore Jake Buckey (Geneva) placed third with a season’s-best toss in the javelin (160’7”).
Medina grad Dan Sloat (L), St. Ignatius alum Kevin Johnson (R)

In running events, sophomore Kenny Janosko (Mentor) placed second in the 5,000-meter run in a season’s-best time of 15:27.19 and the 4x100-meter relay team of freshman Shawn Cordes (Litchfield/ Medina Buckeye), junior Mike Smith (Wintersville), junior Dan Sloat (Medina/ Senior) and freshman Kevin Johnson (Garfield Hts./ Cleveland St. Ignatius) was third with a season’s-best time of 42.51 seconds.
Former Panther Kayla Lemon (L); former Meteor Cristine Perrine (R)

For the women, senior 3-time Division III All-American Kim Chinn (Zanesville/ West Muskingum) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in an NCAA Division III national meet automatic qualifying tim of 10:49.17 and placed third in the 800-meter run with a season’s-best time of 2:19.95. Sophomore Kayla Lemon (Canton/ Massillon Perry) placed second in both the 100-meter dash in 13.05 seconds and 200 dash in 26.57 seconds. Also placing in the top three was sophomore Christine Perrine (Middleburg Heights/ Midpark), who was third in the shot put with a throw of 37’3”.
2011 Senior Bowl presented by the Ohio 

Army National Guard; State defense 

group to be proud sponsor of second 

annual college all-star game for Ohio 

grid S/As

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Army National Guard, with 11,400 members throughout the state, has agreed to be the Naming Rights partner for the college football spring classic. The event will now assume the new name - Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl II – which will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at Crew Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
“I can’t think of a better organization to represent our event. Loyalty, dedication, teamwork, and being true to ones self are the characteristics that not only represent the National Guard, but our participating seniors as well,” said Todd Oliver, President and CEO of GameDay Management and Owner of OhioCollegeFootball.com.
The Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl was created to showcase some of the best college football players within the State of Ohio. The Senior Bowl features 90 of the top college football players from the NCAA I-A, II, III and NAIA.
“We are very excited to be a part of this event. It is a great opportunity for the Guard to interact with an awesome group of college seniors,” said Maj. Phillip McGonagill, ONG officer recruiting and strength manager.
Thousands of passionate fans are expected to fill Crew Stadium for this year’s first Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl. Last year, the North Team defeated the South by a touchdown, in what was an exciting defensive battle.
GameDay Management also announced that Franklin County Children Services will serve as the event charity. Foster children, under the care of FCCS and other local agencies, will have the opportunity to attend the Senior Bowl free of charge. Senior Bowl participants and coaches will provide a free football clinic, under the direction of FCCS, prior to the game.
Tickets for the Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl II will go on sale Wednesday, February 23 at the Columbus Crew ticket office or online at TicketMaster.com. To get more information about the Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl II, visit www.OhioCollegeFootball.com.

Case Reserve Softball  Sweeps Bethany

By Nick Minerd

BETHANY, WV – The Case Western Reserve University softball team inched closer to the .500 mark for the season with a doubleheader sweep of Bethany College on Sunday, April 17 at the BC Softball Diamond. The Spartans won the opener, 5-4 in eight innings, then earned a 5-0 shutout in game two to improve to 18-22 overall.

Case Reserve  has now won 12 of its past 14 games and will return to action versus La Roche College (PA) on Wednesday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m. at Mather Park in Cleveland.

In game one, the Spartans rallied to tie the score at 3-3 with three runs in the top of the sixth. After scoreless sevenths for both sides, the game went to extra innings and Case scored twice in the eighth to counter one run by Bethany (17-13 overall) in its half of the frame. 
Former Namer Kaeleen Boden (L), BBHHS alumna Kayla Lang (R)

Junior third baseman Kaeleen Boden (Strongsville, OH/Holy Name) and sophomore rightfielder Kayla Lang (Broadview Heights, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) each collected RBI singles to push the Spartans ahead in the eighth.

Freshman Makenzie Lein (Petersburg, MI/Ida) tossed all eight innings to improve to 12-7. She allowed three earned runs with five strikeouts.

At the plate, Lang was 3-for-4 with two runs batted-in and senior first baseman Anneliese Fetterman (Cupertino, CA/Monta Vista) was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run.

In game two, freshman Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus) fired seven shutout innings with one strikeout to improve to 6-8.

The Spartan offense scored twice in the fourth and fifth as well as once in the sixth. Junior designated player Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge) continued her hot streak at the plate with a 2-for-3, three RBI performance that included a two-run homer in the fourth.

Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team Splits 

OAC Twinbill With Ohio Northern in 


BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader today (Sunday, April 17) at the ONU Softball Field in Ada.  The game was originally scheduled to be played yesterday but was postponed due to weather.

The Polar Bears won the first game, 10-8, with a dramatic walkoff homerun in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Yellow Jackets won the nightcap, 6-4.  The Yellow Jackets are now 17-8 overall and 5-5 in the OAC.  The Polar Bears are now 18-8 overall and 8-2 in the OAC.

In the first game, ONU scored three times in the bottom of the first to grab a 3-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets came right back with a run of their own in the top of the second when freshman catcher Samantha Brown (Kent/ Field) singled home junior pitcher/ right fielder Sarah Baker (Mentor Lake Catholic) who also reached via a single. 
Field alum Sam Brown (L), Lake Catholic grad Sarah Baker (R)

B-W then took a 4-3 lead with three more runs in the third. Senior first baseman Katrina Resek (Strongsville) doubled and scored on a single by freshman LF Ashley Elber (Huron/ Edison). After senior Academic All-American CF Tanya Davis (Hinckley/ Medina Highland) reached via a fielder’s choice, she scored on freshman Kaity Mullen’s (Avon Lake) second homerun of the season.
Academic All American Tanya Davis

B-W then extended its lead to 8-3 with four more runs in the fifth. Freshman designated player Tabitha Murray (Mogodore/ Field) led off with her team-leading fourth homer of the season. After a pitching change, Mullen walked, moved to second on a Baker single and scored on a single by junior 2B Katie Finley (Vermilion). Then after two outs, Resek knocked home Baker and Finley with a single.

But that is when the roof caved in on B-W as ONU scored four times in the sixth to close to within 8-7 and then scored three times in the seventh with the winning runs coming home on a game-winning, walkoff three-run homerun with one out.

At the plate for the Yellow Jackets, Resek, Baker and Brown led the way with three hits each, Mullen and Baker each scored twice and Resek and Mullen each drove in a pair.  On the mound for B-W, freshman Justina Wise (New London), this week’s OAC Pitcher of the Week, suffered the loss to fall to 9-4 overall. She pitched six and one-third innings, allowed 13 base hits, 10 runs (eight earned), struck out four and walked three.

In the second game, ONU grabbed a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second and B-W got one back on a Resek solo homer in the third to make the score 2-1. The Yellow Jackets increased their lead to 3-1 with an RBI single through the right side by Resek to score Finley in the top of the fourth. B-W bats irrupted in the seventh scoring four runs on five hits with back-to-back home runs.  Davis hit a three run home run to right field making it her second home run of the season. Mullen followed directly after homered to left field also making it her second home run of the season. In the bottom of the seventh, the Polar Bears attempted to rally scoring two runs on three hits, but it was not enough to retake the lead as the Yellow Jackets went on to win 6-4.

At the plate for the Yellow Jackets, Resek led the way going 3-4 with two RBI’s. Murray went 2-3 with an RBI making that her 16th on the season.  On the mound for B-W, Murray pitched a full seven innings allowing eight hits and three earned runs. She improves her record to 3-0 overall.

Mount gals get out the brooms against the 'Bein

April 17, 2011 

By Josh Reilly

WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- Mount Union pitchers Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) and Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) did not allow an earned run on Sunday as the Purple Raider softball team swept Otterbein in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader.
Fairless Alumna Bre Willis

McAninch allowed two hits in a 2-1 game one victory and then Willis followed with a five-hit shutout as Mount Union won the nightcap, 4-0.

The Raiders took an early two-run lead, which was good enough for McAninch in the opener.
Marissa Earl (Massillon/Massillon Washington) had a two-out RBI single in the second inning, giving Mount Union a 1-0 lead. She scored Alex Mayo (Greenville/Ansonia), who had reached with a double.

In the Raider third, Rachel Jesso (Mount Pleasant, Pa./Mount Pleasant) ripped a leadoff homer to put the visitors up 2-0.

Otterbein scored its only run in the fourth. After two Mount Union errors, McAninch nearly escaped a two-on, no-out jam. She recorded a strikeout and lineout, but then uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch, trimming the Raider advantage to 2-1.

The Cardinals threatened to tie in both the sixth and seventh innings.
Casey Clarridge smacked a one-out double in the Otterbein sixth, but was stranded at third by McAninch.

In the seventh, McAninch issued a leadoff walk to Kayla Woodward and then stranded Woodward's pinch-runner, Brina Sturgeon, with back-to-back, game-ending strikeouts.
McAninch, who improved to 7-4, recorded nine strikeouts and one walk.

Clarridge batted 2-for-3 for Otterbein's only two hits. She also scored the team's only run.
Kelsey Long suffered the loss in the pitcher's circle. In five innings of work, she allowed two runs on four hits, while recording five strikeouts and one walk. Reliever Chelsea Burns had two strikeouts in two hitless innings.

In game two, Shelby Carmichael (Dalton/Dalton) was the Raiders' offensive star, batting 3-for-3 with a homer and two runs scored in support of Willis.

Willis had nine strikeouts and three walks.

Carmichael connected for her round-tripper in the first inning and Mount Union led the rest of the way.

In the third, Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) worked a two-out walk and Carmichael followed with single. Earl then reached on an Otterbein error, which allowed Gromes and Carmichael to score.

The Raiders tacked on their fourth run during the seventh inning. Jill Rader (Ashland/Ashland) had a leadoff double and her pinch-runner, Yuki Hamada (Japan), scored on an RBI single by Jesso.
Willis did work out of a pickle in the seventh. Otterbein loaded the bases with one out before Willis induced two straight pop outs

Mount belts out 25 runs

April 17, 2011 

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union belted out 25 runs on 25 hits as they blew past Otterbein, 12-6 and 13-12 for an Ohio Athletic Conference sweep on a blustery Sunday at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

The two wins leave the Purple Raiders (12-13 overall) tied with John Carroll, that swept two games from Captial Sunday, for third place in the OAC at 6-4.  Mount Union hosts John Carroll on Tuesday, April 19 at 1 pm at 23rd Street Field.

Mount Union scored in five different innings in game one as they got 12 runs on 12 hits to score a 12-6 victory.

Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) drove in four runs while Matt Tracy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) drove in three runs, Craig Knott (Canton/GlenOak) had three hits including two doubles and Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) and Lee Crosscup (North Canton/Green) each had two hits to lead the offense.

Cody Colly (Massillon/Massillon Washington) struck out three over six innings to pick up his fourth win of the season.

Both teams combined for 33 hits and each blew a four-run lead in a wild 13-12 Purple Raider win in game two.

Mount Union, which had led 5-1 at one point, trailed 12-8 before tying the game with a four runs all with two outs in the sixth inning.

Ty Wood (Hudson/Hudson) hit an RBI single, C.J. Stotler (Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum) hit a sharp ball to third base that was thrown away and allowed two more runs to score then Tracy tied the game on an RBI single.

In the seventh inning, Connor Mathis (Akron/Firestone) hit a sacrifice fly RBI that scored the go ahead run.

Five pitchers worked for Mount Union as Trent Vallinger (Poland/Poland Seminary) came on in relief and allowed only one earned run over 2.1 innings to pick up the win and Matt Murzynski (Mentor/Lake Catholic) shut the door in the ninth to pick up his second save of the season.
Jimmy Dobran (Poland/Poland Seminary) had three hits, Stotler had a pair of hits including his second home run of the season while Grosscup, Ferrell, Wood, Mathis and Tracy all had two hits.

Avon's Phil Brua dominant for Oberlin, 

which gets out the brooms

By Mike Mancii

Oberlin, Ohio – Senior Day was celebrated in style by the Oberlin College baseball team as they swept a critical North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader from Kenyon College on Sunday afternoon by the scores of 5-1 and 8-6. 

Senior Phil Brua (2-4) was simply dominant on the mound as he went the distance in game one and picked up the save (5) in the nightcap. The native of nearby Avon, Ohio, had a no-hitter going through 4.1 innings, as the Lords mustered just two hits in the fifth for their only hits of the game. The sidearm specialist struck out five and walked just one on 95 pitches (59 strikes). 

After plating one run in the second, the Yeomen exploded with a four-run third. Sophomore Eric Knight got the rally started with a two-run triple to right center. Classmate Robin Witjes would later follow with a two-RBI single center. 

Lords ace Tyler Dierke (3-5) took the loss as the Yeomen touched him up for seven hits in three innings. With that being said his defense didn’t help his cause as it made three errors behind him, which resulted in just three of his five runs allowed being earned.

In the nightcap senior southpaw Grady Campion (2-2) got the win as he battled his way through 5.1 innings. The Brookline, Massachusetts, native sprinkled nine hits along the way as he allowed five runs (four earned). 

Both teams had 10 hits in the game. Seniors Brandon Cantrill and Max Phinney had two hits apiece, while rookie Mattie DeDoes and Witjes also added a pair of hits each.

The Yeomen scored two in the second thanks to Phinney’s single down the left field line and DeDoes’ single through the right side to score fellow freshman Mike McDonald. 

Oberlin (13-15, 4-6 NCAC) would add a single tally in the third, but the Lords responded by tying the game at three in the top of the fourth. Kenyon used a combination of four hits and two Oberlin errors to plate the three runs. 

Thankfully the Lords (12-16, 4-8 NCAC) momentum was halted rather quickly as the Yeomen answered by scoring five runs in the home half of the fourth. McDonald and DeDoes got things going with run-producing singles. Witjes followed with a bunt single that turned into a “Little League” triple as Lords’ pitcher Alex Kendall airmailed a throw into right field that allowed both McDonald and Dedoes to score on the play. With Witjes left standing on third with just one out, Head Coach Adrian Abrahamowicz called for the squeeze bunt, which was executed to perfection by senior Ben Kauder as he pushed the ball right up the firstbase line to allow Witjes to score with ease and make it an 8-3 Yeomen lead. 

The game got a little dicey in the sixth as senior Ryan Mouch came in the pitch for Campion with two runners on. Following a fielder’s choice, which was nearly an inning-ending double play, Jack Graham lifted Mouch’s 3-2 pitch over the wall in left for a three-run home run. 

However, in the seventh the Yeomen turned things over to Brua as he induced three groundball outs to earn his fifth save of the season.

Faix sharp again while battery-mate Brown goes deep

Led by Frye, doubles trouble as Warriors tally six two-baggers in six innings in Game One of Cuyahoga Falls City Classic


April 15, 2011 – PENINSULA: Due to pending weather, Game One of the annual Cuyahoga Falls City Classic was moved to Friday, and the start a day early did not hinder Senior LHP Tim Faix who followed up the school’s ninth no-hitter with four innings of one-hit shutout baseball. 

The southpaw Kent State recruit struck out six, and after extending his overall hitless innings-pitched streak to twelve, finally allowed a hit in the fourth. Faix then gave way to talented sophomore RHP Nate McMaster who notched two shutout innings of his own as the Warriors advanced to the CFCC Championship game with a 14-0 win over host Woodridge in a game shortened by the run rule. 

While talented sophomore catcher Cassidy Brown ripped his second home run of the year and tallied three RBI for the game, his teammates were busy hitting doubles as the Warriors hit six in their six innings of offense, led by junior C/CF Graeme Frye with two deep doubles and five RBI. 

Fellow Junior Anthony Nemer matched that hit total with two deep doubles of his own, while 

Senior Slippery Rock recruit Kolton Snyder, and Senior Nate Lundy (undecided) also chipped in two-baggers. Also hitting well for the Warriors were Juniors Zack Leonatti, Dane O’Driscoll, Drew Miletti, Senior Jake Nogalo, and Sophomores Rory Ziegler and Nick Musgrave both with their first varsity hits. Defensively, Freshman OF Gino Sassano made a sparkling catch to end the game.


With the victory the Warriors improve to 8-0 on the year.

Battling Bishops win women's All-Ohio 

Championship; Ellet alumna Cara 

DeAngelis takes two seconds; Jackson 

graduate Courtney Armsey, Amherst alum 

Jane Lehman, Riverside grad Clare Duffy 

take fifths for OWU 

By Mark Beckenbach

Senior Kat Zimmerly (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane) won 2 events to lead the Bishops to the team title at the All-Ohio Division III championship meet, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday at Selby Field and the George Gauthier Track.

Ohio Wesleyan won the meet with 95 points to 84 for Mount Union. Baldwin-Wallace finished third with 81 points, followed by Capital (74), Marietta (72), Heidelberg (65), Otterbein (62 1/2), Oberlin (50 1/2), and Kenyon (35). Wooster rounded out the top 10 teams with 30 points, followed by Ohio Northern (29), Wilmington (23 1/2), Wittenberg (21), Defiance (21), John Carroll (17), Bluffton (8), Muskingum (6 1/2), Denison (5), and Mount St. Joseph (0).

The All-Ohio team title is the Bishops' first since 2007.

Zimmerly won the 1500- and 5000-meter runs in respective times of 4:43.29 and 18:10.81.

Also winning All-Ohio honors for Ohio Wesleyan were freshman Cara DeAngelis (Norton/Ellet), who finished second in both the 1500- and 5000-meter runs; freshman Sarah Bechtel (Bellefontaine), who finished second in the pole vault, clearing 10-11 3/4 to tie the school record she set last week; and sophomore Hannah Benzing (Findlay/Liberty Benton), who was third in the discus and the hammer.
[ Cara DeAngelis ][ Clare Duffy ]
Norton's DeAngelis (L), Concord's Clare Duffy (right)

Other standouts for the Bishops included senior Lainey Kekic (Canfield/Western Reserve), who was fourth in the long jump; freshman Courtney Armsey (Clinton/Massillon Jackson), who finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles and seventh in the 400-meter hurdles; sophomore Jane Lehman (Amherst/Steele), who placed fifth in the 10,000-meter run; sophomore Clare Duffy (Concord/Painesville Riverside), who finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles; junior Emma Lisull (Ann Arbor, Mich./Greenhills), who was fifth in the 3000-meter steeplechase; junior Hannah Phlipot (Van Wert), who placed sixth in the shot put; junior Sam Smyth (Falmouth, Maine), who was seventh in the hammer and eighth in the shot put; freshman Katlin Brandt (Marion/Elgin), who finished seventh in the long jump; freshman Katelyn Nance (London), who placed eighth in the 400-meter dash; and sophomore Nicole Lourette (Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon), who finished eighth in the triple jump.
[ Jane Lehman ][ Courtney Armsey ]
Amherst's Lehman (L), Jackson alum Courtney Armsey (right) 

The Bishop 400-meter relay team of freshman Holly Fouch (Hillsboro), Armsey, Duffy, and Kekic finished fifth, while the 1600-meter relay team of Nance, senior Lindsay Dunbar (Marysville), Nance, freshman Emily Sattler (Marysville), and Kekic was seventh.

Southern Belles win three of four 

Individual NCAA national gym titles in 

the ‘Stein; Florida, ‘Bama, Georgia, 

UCLA gals crowned single-

event champions to conclude tournament

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

CLEVELAND (Theatre District) – In the Wolstein Center Sunday afternoon, the NCAA Division I Women’s Gymnastics concluded with the individual national championships, one day after Alabama had taken the team title back to Dixie for the 10th time (‘Bama 3, Georgia 7) in the last 16 years and 15th time (‘Bama 5, Georgia 10) in the last 24 seasons.

In individual activity (mix of competitors from the 12 schools that made it to the team competition here and individuals from other schools that did not qualify as a team but did in specific events themselves at the various regionals) it was more dominance by those Southern Belles as three of the four events were won by girls who are Student/Athletes at colleges from Bible Belt States.

Marissa King never drooped on the vault and achieved the goal for the University of Florida, taking the title back to Gainesville with a score of 9.875.
Kat Ding
King (L), Ding (R)

While Georgia’s string of five straight team titles was snapped last year by UCLA and the Gym Dogs were denied another advance to the Super Six through Friday’s semifinals, Kat Ding is still taking home some glory to Athens as the uneven parallel bars champion with a 9.9125 judges' rating.

Geralen Stack-EatonSamantha Peszek
Geralen Stack-Eaton (L), and Bruin Sam Peszek (R)

Geralen Stack-Eaton hit her stride for the Tide and had enough grit and writ in her name (all 17 letters and 18 characters of it) to keep the "Crimson Flame" ignited long enough to take the top spot in the floor exercise with a 9.8750 score from the judges.

UCLA, the only school in the last 16 years not from the Bible Belt to win the team national title (six times), also had some consolation for not repeating as national champs this season with Sam Peszek winning the national title in the balance beam with a 9.9000 score.

Incidentally, in theory, Los Angeles would be considered beneath the restructured Mason Dixon Line since California was not a state at the time of the original establishment of the MD Line (the divider of states that were for “state’s rights” and those that were for “more federal government intervention”). Furthermore, LA was just a dry desert with San Francisco still the only established “city” during most of the 19th century in the state. 

Thus, all four individual winners are from the “South.” Also, the Greater Los Angeles area is sometimes referred to in local LA media as “The Southland.”

Madison alumna Juliana Brotzman goes 

downtown for the third time this season to 

enable Storm to Salvage a split

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Madison High alumna Juliana Brotzman blasted her third home run of the season to lead Lake Erie College to a 7-6 win over Northwood as the Storm was able to salvage a split of a doubleheader.

The Storm lost the first game, 5-1, as Brookside’s Dawn Ondercin took the loss on the mound.

Ohio Northern Beats B-W, 9-0, in Berea in Key OAC 

Men’s Tennis Match; Solon High alum Andrew Korba 

wins in his doubles match for Bears

BEREA, OHIO – The Ohio Northern University men’s tennis team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference arch-rival Baldwin-Wallace College, 9-0, today (Sunday, April 17, 2011) on the “Pop” Collins Courts in Berea in a key OAC dual match.

Solon High alumnus Andrew Korba one with his partner Jeff Carter at third doubles for ONU.


With its win, ONU is now 9-2 overall and remains undefeated in the OAC at 5-0.  With its loss, the Yellow Jackets fell to 17-3 overall and 3-2 in the OAC.

The Polar Bears jumped out to a 3-0 lead by winning all three doubles matches.  In singles play, ONU won the remaining six matches to clinch the victory.   For the Yellow Jackets Sam Burris (Wooster) fought back after falling behind with a 7-5 second set win to force his match into a tie breaker.

Padua alum Ricky Jaskolski leads B-W to 

sixth after first day of Spring Invite

 PATASKALA, OHIO-- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s golf team stands sixth of 10 teams after the first day today (Sunday, April 17, 2011) during the Ohio Athletic Conference Spring Invitational at the Cumberland Trails Golf Club in Pataskala, Ohio.  The second round will be played tomorrow (Monday, April 18, 2011) with tee times to be announced.

The Yellow Jackets shot a 359-stroke team total to stand sixth and are 23 strokes behind first place Otterbein University.

B-W was led by junior Ricky Jaskolski (North Royalton/ Padua Fransican) who shot a round of 84 and sophomore Stephen Spalding (Stow/ Walsh Jesuit), who shot a round of 89. Jaskolski is in a tie for fifth place individually on the par-72, 7,088-yard Cumberland Trails layout.  In addition to the team competition, freshman Augie Ward (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) shot a 92, freshman Chris Nader (Westlake) had a 93 and junior Matt Warren (Copley) carded a 94.

Playing as an individual, senior Brian Routhieaux (Gibsonia, Pa./ Mars Area) had a 97.

Nationally Ranked Foes Split an OAC Doubleheader; 

NDCL grad  Alex Toth gets two hits in Marietta win; 

Canton Central Catholic alum Willie Brechun plays 

long ball for the Berg in the second contest

By Morgan Hawley

Tiffin, Ohio – April 17, 2011 – In a battle between nationally ranked foes on the baseball diamond, Heidelberg University and Marietta College split a doubleheader at Peaceful Valley, the home of ’Berg baseball. The visiting Pioneers opened the day with a 12-0 victory, but the Berg battled back for an 8-6 win in game two. Overall the split puts the Berg at 24-6 and Marietta stands at 24-3.

Not only was today’s doubleheader a battle between two of the top-five teams in the nation, but it was an outing between the top-two teams in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

In the first game, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin alumnus Alex Toth had two hits, dove in one run and scored one for the Pioneers.

Alex Toth
Alex Toth

No. 5 ranked Heidelberg handed league-leader, and no. 2 ranked, Marietta its first OAC loss on the year and remains a game behind them in the conference standings. Just past the midway point of the OAC regular season, Marietta stands atop the league at 9-1, while Heidelberg is 8-2. The winner of the 10-team OAC earns the right to host the OAC Tournament May 12-14, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Regionals. Heidelberg is the four-time defending champion.

After being limited to just two hits in the opener as a team, Gar Keen (Sparta, Ohio / Highland) stepped up to the plate to total four of Heidelberg’s 11 hits in the game two win. Keen wasted little time settling in, registering a RBI single in the first inning to score the first of three Heidelberg runs in the inning.

 Jason Lash (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) followed and knocked Keen in with a single up the middle. The scoring concluded in the inning with a Derek Andrzejczak (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview) RBI ground out to second base. Of its three runs, two were unearned, as Keen knocked in Alex Monroe (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston), who reached following a fielding error at third, and Andrzejczak’s groundout should of ended the inning.
Gar Keen

Heidelberg doubled its lead in the second. With two outs, Monroe was hit by a pitch and came around to score off a Keen triple. Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Canton Central Catholic) followed with a home run to right field to make it three runs in the inning.

Marietta went on to pull within two runs, 6-4, with two runs each in the third and fourth. Heidelberg got back one of its runs off a RBI ground out by Monroe in the fourth.

Heidelberg closed out its scoring in the sixth and Marietta threatened in its last at bat with two runs, but could not get any closer.

Brian Koehl (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview) got the start and went 4.0 innings. In the no-decision, Koehl gave up six hits and four earned runs, while striking out five. Andy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) came in relief in the fifth and threw a five-hitter to improve to 2-1 on the year. Lowe struck out a career-high eight batters and allowed just two earned runs.

Backing Keen’s four hits was Monroe and Lash with two apiece. Keen, Monroe and Brechun each knocked in two runs and scored twice.

In the opener, after two scoreless innings on both sides, Marietta opened the scoring with a three-run third. The Pioneers extended its advantage to nine, with six runs off of five hits in the sixth. The scoring concluded in the sixth with three more Pioneer runs.

Recording the only Heidelberg hits in the game was Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo, Ohio / Roy C. Start) and Monroe.

Suffering the loss on the mound for the Berg was Ethan Holt (Galion, Ohio / West Holmes). In 5.2 innings, Holt gave up 11 hits and 11 earned runs. It was the first loss on the year for Holt (5-1).

Spartan Baseball Team Splits Key Doubleheader at Wooster

WOOSTER, OH – The Case Western Reserve University baseball team combined to score 28 runs, while splitting a key regional doubleheader with the College of Wooster on Sunday, April 17 at Art Murray Field. Despite rallying from seven down, the Spartans lost game one, 15-14, but were able to rebound with a 14-2 victory in game two.

The Spartans have now won 12-of-14 and improve to 26-12 for the season. Wooster moves to 17-11.
In the opener, Case got on the board in the first when junior second baseman Bobby Marko (Lyndhurst, OH/Brush) drove a two-run double to right center.

 Wooster answered with three in its half of the inning as Greg VanHorn got the ball rolling with a leadoff homerun down the left field line. After scoreless innings for both sides in the second and third, the Scots outscored the Spartans 5-2 in the fourth and 4-1 in the sixth. Wooster’s fourth inning got started with a Spartan error and was highlighted by a grand slam from Zac Mathie.

Both sides then scored a pair of runs in the sixth as Wooster led 14-7. Undaunted, the Spartans rallied with seven runs in the top of the eighth inning. Three Wooster errors opened the flood gates and Case got a key two-run single by junior centerfielder Matt Richards (San Juan Capistrano, CA/San Clemente). 

However, the Scots were able to re-gain control in the bottom of the eighth as Mathie recorded one of his seven runs batted-in for the contest following Case’s fourth error.
Freshman reliever Jose Vega (Strongsville, OH/Padua Franciscan) allowed one unearned run in the eighth en route to falling to 3-2 for the season.

At the plate, Marko was 4-for-6 with a homer, two doubles and five RBI. Senior designated hitter Cory Pecoraro (Strongsville, OH/Benedictine) also went 4-for-6 and junior rightfielder Sam Alexander (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) was 2-for-2 with four walks, four runs scored and an RBI.

In game two, the game was tied at one apiece until the Spartans exploded for six runs in the fifth, two in the seventh and five more in the ninth. Senior catcher Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) got the fifth started with an RBI single.

Alexander also singled home one and sophomore first baseman Brett Ossola (Potomac, MD/Bullis School) doubled home another.
Mentor's Andrew Frye

Freshman Andrew Frey (Mentor, OH/Mentor) hit a two-run homer in the sixth – his first career – while Richards and Mullins each singled in two during the ninth.

On the mound, freshman Ray Kelly (Rochester, NY/Aquinas Institute) turned in a second consecutive stellar outing. In eight innings, he allowed two earned runs with seven strikeouts. In 14 innings this week, Kelly was 2-0 while only allowing two runs.
Mullins finished the game 4-for-5 with three RBI, Ossola was 3-for-5 with two runs, and sophomore shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, OH/Tallmadge) was 3-for-6 with three RBI.

Baldwin-Wallace Baseball Team Split an OAC Twinbill With Ohio Northern

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader today (Sunday, April 17) at Heritage Field in Berea.  The game was originally scheduled to be played yesterday but was postponed due to weather.

The Yellow Jackets came back from a 10-1 deficit to win the first game, 11-10, and the lost the nightcap, 15-10.  With the split the Yellow Jackets are now 15-13 overall and 3-7 in the OAC.  With its split, the Polar Bears are now 16-11 overall and 3-7 in the OAC.

In the first game, ONU scored two runs in the top of the first, added four more in the second and two more in the fifth to build an 8-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets scored in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore centerfielder Nolan Neuschaefer (Elyria) singled, advanced to second on a single by sophomore designated hitter Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y./ St. Josephs Collegiate), moved to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single by sophomore first baseman Dan Craft (Elmira, N.Y./ Southside).

After ONU scored twice more in the top of the sixth, B-W trailed 10-1.  That’s when the comeback began.

In the sixth, ONU replaced sophomore pitched Austin Price, who had allowed just three hits and one run through five innings. Senior catcher Ryan Nordquist (Alliance) greeted the new pitcher with a single and then was replaced by pinch runner in freshman OF Kory Gillissie (Parma/ Cleveland St. Ignatius). Junior shortstop Anthony Longhitano (Cuyahoga Falls) moved him to second with a single and he went to third on a Neuschaefer single. After another pitching change, Toughey doubled home Gillissie and Longhitano to make the score 10-3. The bases reloaded when sophomore Jay Yost (Bascom/ Hopewell-Loudon) was hit-by-pitch.

Senior LF John Ulanski (Bay Village/ Bay) drove in Neuschaefer when he reached base via an error to make the score 10-4. Craft then walked to force home Toughey to make it 10-5. After a fielder’s choice scored Yost to make it 10-6, pinch hitter in junior catcher Jordan Barnett (Willard) walked to again reload the bases. Pinch hitter in freshman Drew Mahler (Wooster) singled to drive home Craft to make it 10-7. Longhitano, batting for the second time, then doubled home Barnett and sophomore Matt Kullick (Wilmot/ Navarre Fairless), who had reached via the fielder’s choice, to make the score 10-9.

Following a third pitching change in the inning by ONU, Neuschaefer greeted the new reliever with the game-winning hit by doubling home Mahler with the tying run and Longhitano with the winning run. It also was B-W first lead of the game at 11-10.  In the top of the seventh, sophomore righthanded stopper Jon Tenley (Wadsworth) came in the game in relief and held the Polar Bears scoreless to preserve the win and gain his team-leading third save of the season.

At the plate for the Yellow Jackets, Neuschaefer led the way as he had three hits in five at-bats with two runs scored and two runs batted-in. In addition, Toughey and Longhitano each had a pair of hits. Longhitano also scored twice and had two RBI. Also, six of the seven hits by the trio came in the 10-run sixth. On the mound for B-W, senior righthander Josh Scott (Strongsville) started pitched one and two-third innings, allowed five hits, six runs (just two earned), struck out two and walked two. Scott was followed to the mound by freshman Cory Waite (Willoughby/ South) in the second, junior Chris Terlop (Strongsville) in the sixth and Tenley in the seventh. Terlop picked up the win, the second of his career, to improve to 1-0 this season.

In the second game, the Polar Bears offense would erupt for 17 runs on 26 hits and  they would score at least a run or more in seven of the nine innings ONU jumped out  to an 11-4 advantage through the top of the fifth inning before B-W bats once again came to life in the bottom half of the inning to plate six runs.

The Polar Bears would quickly responded with four more runs in the top of the sixth to regain a five run advantage.   The Yellow Jackets would and two more runs in the bottom of the sixth and eighth before ONU added two more runs in the top of the ninth.

At the plate for the Yellow Jackets were led by Neuschaefer, Yost and Ulanski as each went 3-for-4.  Ulanski accounted for five RBI and Yost had one RBI.  On the mound for B-W, sophomore Brent Edmonds (Olmsted Falls) started and was tabbed with the loss. He was followed to the mound by sophomore Pat Havens (Twinsburg), freshman Dylan Fodor (Twinsburg), junior Bill Bostleman (Marion/Harding), sophomore Steven Foltz (North Canton /St. Thomas Aquinas) and Tenley closed out the ninth.

Kenyon tops Oberlin on courts

Story Reported by Wes Davis

4/17/2011 8:43:26 PM

Gambier, Ohio - The Oberlin College men's tennis team traveled south to square off against North Coast Athletic Conference foe Kenyon College Lords today.  A contest that moved indoors due to heavy winds and cold temperatures saw the Lords, ranked No. 7, defeat the Yeomen 9-0.

Oberlin began the match playing some strong tennis and put up a couple wins in each match.  The Yeomen's top pairing of Leo Sprinzen and Charlie Marks  found themselves opposite the Central Region's second ranked pair in Kenyon's Jeremy Polster  from Shaker Heights and CJ Williams.  The Oberlin duo took four games but fell short 8-4.
Shaker Heights High alum Jeremy Pollster  

Logan Chun and Eliot Heaton's experience the same scoreline in the second spot dropping the match 8-4 to Austin Griffin and and Paul Burgin.

"We played tough and fought hard at every position, but today we were up against a very good opponent.  We will look to get back on track when Allegheny comes to campus next Friday," said head coach Adam Shoemaker.

The Lords (14-3, 3-0 NCAC) continued to play strong through singles action claiming all six matches.  In the top spot Chun matched up against Polster, ranked 5th in the region, and found it hard going dropping the first set 6-2 and the second 6-0.  No other Yeomen managed to take more than a game from their Lord opponent.