A Page -- April 2, 2011

Defending WSC singles champion James Meyer

James Meyer, Rocky River Pirates ready 

to defend singles, team West Shore 

Conference tennis championships

April 2, 2011

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

ROCKY RIVER – With the defending West Shore Conference singles champion returning as the team’s first singles player, Rocky River High at least has a strong starting point at the top to be one of the top contenders for the league tennis championship.

James Meyer, now a senior, returns at first singles for the Pirates after going 14-1 in 2010, and is set to defend his individual league title along with helping the team defend its WSC title and furthermore leading the entire team to better heights.

 Meyer segues right into the tennis season on championship and winning rushes after serving as one of the main cogs in the basketball team’s posting a 20-victory season and winning league, sectional and district titles before falling in the regional finals to Rogers High.


Meyer will be joined in the leadership corner by fellow seniors Scott Saunders, Grant Bodell, Greg Plachta and Joe Kelly.

Transferring in from Mayfield is junior Brennan Baltnusik, who will join fellow returning Pirate 11th graders Matt Siwkiewicz, Mike Pavlik, Brian Thorn, Jon Lahani, Tim Smith and Dave Morse.

One of the top Pirate juniors returning, Mike Pavlik

“We have good depth,” said River Coach Jeff Sinnema, who is in his fifth decade of active service to Rocky River High Student/Athletics. “I believe we can be a league contender. We would reclaim the league title and get more players to districts and Columbus.”

After finishing 17-3 in duals last season, River has strengthened the schedule even more by adding Hoover and Mayfield to the non-conference slate this season.

Former Bay High head coach Tom Huntley is back for his fourth season as an assistant coach while Pat Lange is back for his second season.

Mount Union to host five shoot outs

By Josh Reilly

Mount Union will host three varsity and two junior varsity girls basketball shootouts from June 23 to June 29 at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on campus. Click the link above for complete information.

For More information, try  (330) 823-4678 or venetsm@mountunion.edu

Case Reserve Bats Cold as Spartan 

Softball Drops Two on Chilly Day at 

Mather Park

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND, OH – The Case Western Reserve University dropped a pair of games, 9-0 and 7-2, against visiting Denison University on Friday, April 1 at Mather Park. With the losses, Case dropped to 6-20 overall on the season as The Big Red improved to 13-3.

The Spartans will be back in action on Sunday, April 3 hosting Kenyon College at Mather Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

In game one the Spartans were victims of a no-hit, shutout performance by Denison’s Rebecca 

Dyer who earned her sixth win of the season. The Big Red offense scored two in the first and did most of its damage during a five-run second frame. Case could not get the bats going in support of freshman hurler Mackenzie Lein (Petersburg, MI/Ida) as she tossed all five and dropped to 4-6 on the season.

In the day’s second contest, freshman Amy Taylor (Brier, WA/Inglemoor) left the yard in the second inning to record the Spartans’ first hit and run of the afternoon. Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the third, freshman Courtney Branson (Orient, OH/Teays Valley) added an RBI double to cut the Spartan deficit to two.

 Nevertheless, the Big Red would put up three insurance runs in the seventh inning to assure the sweep. Freshman pitcher Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus) was tagged with the loss, pitching all seven frames and dropping her record to 2-7 overall

Cleveland State to host Green Bay 

Sunday and Monday

By Brian McCann

Cleveland State will put its season-best five game win streak on the line this weekend when the Vikings host Green Bay for a three-game Horizon League series.  Poor weather forecasts have resulted in a change of the schedule for the weekend as CSU will entertain the Phoenix in a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader on Sunday (April 3) and a single game at 11:00 a.m. on Monday (April 4).  With rain being forecast on Monday, it is possible that the game may be moved into the Krenzler Dome.  The Vikings enter the series with a 17-10 overall record and in third place in the Horizon League with a 2-1 mark.  CSU has gone 6-1 since returning from its spring trip, winning two of three at Wright State last weekend and then sweeping doubleheaders this week at home against IUPUI and at Toledo.  Green Bay is 11-9 overall and has not played a league game.

2011 SEASON PREVIEW:  The Vikings return all but two regulars from last years team that went 44-15 and won the Horizon League regular season crown.  Tabbed as the favorites to win the league title this year, CSU will be hard-pressed to match the league record 22 wins that the Vikings produced last year as CSU must replace three-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Year Amanda Macenko and CSU career home run leader Lia Gordon. 


Reigning Horizon League Player of the Year Tess Sito moves to the circle to take over for Macenko, who won 118 games during her Vikings career including 38 last year.  Sito has pitched well, going 14-8 with a 1.58 ERA in 137.1 innings, striking out 145 batters while walking just 39.  Junior Megan Bashak (1-0, 2.28 ERA), senior Kala Allred (1-0, 4.77), junior Brittany Bate (1-1, 4.74) and sophomore Brandy Holmes (0-1, 7.00) have also seen time in the circle.  The outfield is deep, featuring five returners, with Jessica Burt (.286, 6 HR, 19 RBI, 16 runs, 7-9 sb) starting every game including 23 at the two corner spots, with Alicia Nichols (.184) starting 25 times in center and Megan Bashak (.146), Caila Ferro (.188) and Macall Sheppard (.207) each starting around half of the games.  The starting infield will depend on who is starting in the circle as Sito (.322, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 17 runs, 14-16 SB) can start anywhere but third.  

The left side of the infield has been consistent as Andrea Nagy (.235, 11 RBI) has started every game at shortstop after missing the 2010 season because of injury, and Gabby Gillilan (.234, 2 HR, 6 RBI) has started all but two games at third.  Dara Toman (.329, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 15 runs) has split her time between first and second and Katelyn Ciminelli (.175) has been the primary starter at first base.  Amy Powell (.227, 1 HR, 6 RBI), a second team all-league pick last year, has started every game behind the plate.

CSU women's tennis home for two matches

The women's tennis team continues Horizon League play when the Vikings host their first two league home matches this weekend. CSU hosts Valparaiso on Saturday (April 2) at 10:00 a.m. before playing UIC on Sunday (April 3) at 11:00 a.m.

"This is a very important weekend for us and we have to continue to play at a high level if we want to maintain our place near the top of the standings," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We were very focused in our two matches in Wisconsin last weekend and I feel that this team is moving in the right direction. We know that we will have to continue to work hard and maintain our focus in the coming weeks in order to be successful."

The Vikings improved to 7-10 overall and 2-0 in the Horizon League with a pair of 7-0 wins over the weekend, winning at Green Bay on Saturday (March 26) and at Milwaukee on Sunday (March 27).

CSU swept all three doubles matches against the Phoenix and went on to win all six singles contests in straight sets. Against Milwaukee, the Vikings won at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to claim the point and then captured all six singles matches to earn the sweep.

Freshman Alex Bush continues to lead the team with 17 singles victories and has won four straight matches, moving up to the No. 2 position over the weekend. In addition, she has teamed with freshman Alex Power to go 8-4 as the Vikings No. 1 doubles team.

Baldwin-Wallace College Women’s Golf 

Team In Second Place After Day One Of 

Capital Invitational

By Kevin Ruple

COLUMBUS, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team (Friday, April 1) stands in second place today (Friday, April 1) after the first round of the Capital University Purple and White Invitational at the Firefox Country Club.

The Yellow Jackets fired a team score of 337 and trail Bethel (Ind. College) by 15 strokes.  Ohio Athletic Conference rival Otterbein University is currently in third, eight strokes behind B-W.
Ravenna's Emilee Woolf

The Yellow Jackets were led by freshman Emilee Woolf (Ravenna) who shot an 77 on the par-72, 5255-yard course. Woolf is currently tied for second place.  Freshman Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/Dayton Christian) stands in 12th place after carding an 84 while sophomore Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) and sophomore Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) each followed with an 88 and are tied for 19th.  Freshman Rebecca Jones (Hilliard/Darby) rounded out the B-W lineup with a 91.
Indy's Becky Kapusta (L), Old Brooklyn's Brooke Hamilton (R)

Playing as individuals, freshman Sarah Allred (Akron/ Green) shot a 93, senior Nicole Carlone (Canton/St. Thomas Aquinas) carded a 96 and sophomore Sarah Terrill (Cuyahoga Falls/ Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) turned in a score of 105.

B-W returns to action tomorrow (Saturday, April 2) for round two of the tournament at the Players Club. Following tomorrow’s round, the Jackets next tournament is on Thursday and Friday (April 21-22) when they participate in the Heidelberg University Collegiate Golf Classic.

Hannah Luke earns Running MVP honors 

with two individual firsts in leading Perry 

to a second-place team finish in Cope 

Girls’ Invite

In a single-sex, 15-team event, Perry Township’s Hannah Luke was named the Running MVP in Friday’s F.E. Cope Girls Invitational in Salem’s Reilly Stadium.

Luke won the 100 and 400-meter dashes and was joined by Panther teammates in taking third in the 400 relay.

The Panthers earned most of the rest of their points in the middle and long-distance races to finish runners-up in the team battle, which was won by Canfield. 

Also for the Panthers, Stacy Cameron took second and Jackie Genetin fourth in the mile run.

Tara Rogers was fourth in the two-mile run and Hailey Floom took third in the half mile for Perry.

Marlene Masalko and Danielle Fisher both placed in the top five in the discus for the Panthers. Michelle Genetin was fourth in the 300 hurdles for Perry.

Angel McCoy finished eight in the 100 meter hurdles for Rhodes.

Baldwin-Wallace Women's Tennis Team 

Defeats Marietta, 9-0, in Marietta

MARIETTA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team shut out Marietta College, 9-0, today (Friday, April 1) in an Ohio Athletic Conference match. The match was played outdoors at the Marietta College.

Baldwin-Wallace, the defending OAC regular season and tournament champions, dominated the match by winning 96 of 105 total games, including 72 of 78 singles games and 24 of 27 doubles games.

With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 9-6 overall and 2-0 in the OAC. Capital falls to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in the OAC.
EC alumna Becca Mittler

B-W gained a 3-0 advantage in doubles as the number one tandem of senior number one singles player Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley) and sophomore No.3 player Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/Elyria Catholic), won 8-1; the second duo of junior No.2 singles player Safaa Hajji (Rabat, MOROCCO/Ryad Al Maarifa) and freshman No.6 player Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria Catholic), won 8-1; the third duo of junior No.4 singles player Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) and senior No. 5 player Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) won, 8-1.

In singles play, B-W won all six matches in straight sets as Pecinovsky won at No. 1 by scores of 6-0, 6-1; junior Hajji won at No. 2 by the scores of 6-0, 6-0; Mittler won at No. 3 in 6-0, 6-2; Greene won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4, Pelosi won at No. 5 by the scores of 6-1, 6-1 and Baker won at No. 6, 6-0 and 6-1.

CSU Men's Tennis Hosts Valparaiso & UIC

Winners of 27 straight matches against Horizon League opponents, the Cleveland State men's tennis team will attempt to extend the streak with a pair of home matches this weekend. The Vikings will host Valparaiso at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday (April 2) before hosting UIC on Sunday (April 3) at 3:00 p.m. in a rematch of the last three league title matches.

The Vikings enter the week at 8-7 overall and are 2-0 in the Horizon League, following a 4-3 win at Green Bay on Saturday (March 26) in CSU's lone match last week.

"I really like the direction that this team is taking," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "There were times in the match at Green Bay that I wasn't sure if we were going to get the necessary four points to win, but they guys never gave up, kept battling and won several key points. We played a very difficult non-conference schedule and I hope that those difficult matches will continue to help us as we go through league play."

CSU dropped the doubles point to Green Bay, but rallied to win four of the seven singles matches to stay perfect in the league this year. Rob Fox won at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-2, his team-leading 17th singles win of the season. In addition, it was his 91st career victory, second most in program history and nine short of breaking Phil Orno's career record of 99.