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Horizon League

HL Student/Athlete Academic 

Honors ... Continued from A Page

The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Academic All-Horizon League consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits.


Horizon League Academic All-Horizon League Teams -- Winter 2009-10

(listed alphabetically by school)


Men’s Basketball (5)

Name                              School                      Yr.        GPA     Major(s)                                         

Zach Hahn                       Butler                         Jr..       3.715    Secondary Education                     

Gordon Hayward              Butler                         So.       3.313    Computer Engineering                    

Matt Howard                    Butler                         Jr..       3.768    Finance                                          

Walt Gibler                       Loyola                       So.       3.85      Psychology                                   

Jeremy Buttell                  UIC                            Sr.        4.00      Master’s in Education                     



Women’s Basketball (5)

Name                              School                      Yr.        GPA     Major(s)                                         

Kailey Klein                      Cleveland State          Sr.        3.35      Finance                                          

Brigid Mulroy                   Detroit                       Sr.        3.68      Business Administration

Kayla Tetschlag               Green Bay                  Jr.        3.782    Business Administration                 

Elyse VanBogaert            Loyola                       Sr.        3.76      Elementary Education                     

Ashley Imperiale               Milwaukee                  Jr.        4.00      Education

Matt diMasso

Matt deMasso


Men’s Swimming & Diving (15)

Name                              School                      Yr.        GPA     Major(s)                                         

Matt diMasso                   Cleveland State          So.       3.87      Political Science                             

Stephen Grove                 Cleveland State          Sr.        3.82      Mechanical Engineering                  

Travis Mathers                 Green Bay                  Sr.        3.717    Human Biology/Biology                  

Brady Huemann               Milwaukee                  So.       3.63      Biology                                          

Kyle Trelka                       Milwaukee                  So.       3.68      Undecided                                     

Jeremy Waldhart              Milwaukee                  Sr.        3.91      Biology                                          

Evan Dunn                       UIC                            Jr.        3.38      Movement Science                         

Will Ikeda                         UIC                            So.       3.29      Economics                                    

Rahul Singh                     UIC                            Sr.        3.8        Finance, Economics, Pre-Med        

Zach Van Swol                 UIC                            So.       3.39      Biology                                          

Blake Edwards                 Valparaiso                  Sr.        3.78      Classics and History                       

Scott Bey                        Wright State               Jr.        3.472    Earth and Environmental Sciences  

Thomas Collins                Wright State               Sr.        3.269    Middle Childhood Education           

Nathan Demchuk              Wright State               Sr.        3.337    Biological Sciences                        

Danny Munoz                   Wright State               Sr.        3.596    Industrial and Systems Engineering 

Stephen Grove

Steve Grove


Women’s Swimming & Diving (15)

Name                              School                      Yr.        GPA     Major(s)                                         

Megan Wesler                  Butler                         So.       3.845    Health Sciences                             

Momo Wilson                  Butler                         Sr.        3.601    International Studies                       

Carys Behn                      Cleveland State          So.       3.76      Undecided                                     

Katelyn Bodin                  Green Bay                  Jr.        3.713    Education                                      

Lauren McGraw                Green Bay                  Sr.        3.254    Human Biology                              

Allison Thut                      Green Bay                  Sr.        3.778    Biology                                          

Sarah Wardecke               Milwaukee                  So.       3.91      Mathematics                                  

Danielle Wenger               Milwaukee                  Sr.        3.76      Education                                      

Clair Martin                      UIC                            So.       3.67      Communications                            

Brooke Sawyer                 UIC                            Sr.        3.43      Psychology                                   

Shaunna Dangremond      Valparaiso                  Jr.        3.79      Accounting and Spanish                 

Kristy Shew                     Valparaiso                  Sr.        3.89      Political Science and Theology       

Erin Stevning                   Wright State               Jr.        3.970    Middle Childhood Education           

Krystyna Wieczerzak         Wright State               Jr.        3.515    Biological Sciences                        

Amanda Carpin                Youngstown State      Jr.        3.93      Special Education   

Carys Behn 



Men’s Indoor Track & Field (17)

Name                              School                      Yr.        GPA     Major(s)                                         

Thomas Boardman           Butler                         Gr.        3.767    Education                                      

Kris Gauson                     Butler                         Gr.        3.634    Education                                      

Matt Lawder                     Butler                         Jr.        3.907    Physics                                         

Stephen Lisgo                 Butler                         Gr.        3.600    Education                                      

Rob Mullett                      Butler                         Gr.        3.516    Education                                      

Kevin Smalley                  Detroit                       Jr.        3.81      Biochemistry                                  

Tom Andreoni                  Loyola                       Sr.        3.64      Finance/Accounting                        

Erik Hernandez                 Loyola                       Sr.        3.80      Biology                                          

Josh Stein                       Loyola                       So.       3.62      Biology                                          

Matt Morse                      UIC                            So.       3.95      History                                           

Erik Perez                        UIC                            Jr.        3.95      Education                                      

Matt Zaluckyj                   UIC                            So.       3.70      Computer Engineering                    

Keith Button                     Valparaiso                  Jr.        3.678    Mechanical Engineering                  

Jarrett Mickens                 Valparaiso                  Jr.        3.465    Biology                                          

Jordan Piaskowy              Valparaiso                  So.       3.758    Civil Engineering                            

Steve Schubert                Valparaiso                  Jr.        3.801    Civil Engineering                            

Aaron Merrill                    Youngstown State      Gr.        3.79      Criminal Justice                              


Women’s Indoor Track & Field (17)

Name                              School                      Yr.        GPA     Major(s)                                         

Jennifer DeFauw              Detroit                       Sr.        3.85      Mathematics (Teacher Education) and Psychology minor                                      

Kristie Ferrans                  Detroit                       Jr.        3.88      Mathematics                                  

Susan Kalkstein               Detroit                       So.       4.00      English Literature                            

Ashley Schinske               Detroit                       Sr.        3.80      Nursing                                          

Genevieve Binnie             Loyola                       Sr.        3.42      Psychology/Biology                       

Nicole Noelliste                Loyola                       Jr.        3.83      Environmental Studies                    

Allison Rack                     Loyola                       Jr.        3.84      English/Secondary Education         

Jordan Rohlfing               Loyola                       Jr.        3.90      Political Science/Psychology          

Brianna Walker                 Loyola                       So.       3.66      Business School/Undeclared          

Jenni Parish                     Milwaukee                  Sr.        3.755    Education                                      

Shelby Schaal                  Milwaukee                  So.       3.675    Health Sciences                             

Mary Brennan                   UIC                            Sr.        3.62      Biology                                          

Alyssa Bradford               Valparaiso                  Sr.        4.000    Exercise Science                            

Windy Santa Cruz             Valparaiso                  Sr.        3.919    Chemistry                                      

Nicole Kamann                 Wright State               Sr.        3.978    Nursing                                          

Lauren Blase                    Youngstown State      Jr.        3.88      Exercise Science                            

Kayla Witmer                   Youngstown State      Jr.        3.94      Food and Nutrition

The Yellow Jackets took a 3-0 lead in doubles as the number one duo of junior Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Clumbus Bishop Hartley) and freshman Rebecca Mittler (Elyria Catholic) won, 8-0, the No.2 tandem of juniors Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) and  Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior) won, 8-2, and the No.3 duo of senior Andrea Essig (Conneaut/ Ashtabula Edgewood) and sophomore Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) won by forfeit.

B-W won all six singles matches as Pecinovsky won at No.1, 6-1 and 6-3, Greene won at No.2, 6-1 and 6-4, Mittler won at No.3, 6-1 and 6-3, Pelosi won at No.4, 6-0 and 6-0, Essig won at No.5, 6-2 and 6-0, and Marshall won by forfeit.  Pelosi tops the team in singles wins with 14 and she is 14-4. Marshall is second with 13 victories and is 13-6 overall. In addition, Pecinovsky is now 11-8 and Mittler is 11-9 overall.

CSU Softball ...

B-W Tennis

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Following its match at Wilmington on Saturday, B-W plays its final home match of the season on Seniors' Day on Wednesday, April 28 when it hosts Otterbein College at 3:30 p.m. at the Collins Courts in Berea. Currently, B-W and Otterbein are the only two undefeated teams in the OAC at 6-0.


Emily Pelosi 

B-W won all six singles matches as Pecinovsky won at No.1, 6-1 and 6-3, Greene won at No.2, 6-1 and 6-4, Mittler won at No.3, 6-1 and 6-3, Pelosi won at No.4, 6-0 and 6-0, Essig won at No.5, 6-2 and 6-0, and Marshall won by forfeit.  Pelosi tops the team in singles wins with 14 and she is 14-4. Marshall is second with 13 victories and is 13-6 overall. In addition, Pecinovsky is now 11-8 and Mittler is 11-9 overall.

Hiram Softball ...

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In game one, Hiram tallied the game’s first run in the bottom of the third inning and later added another run in the fourth on a RBI triple by sophomore outfielder Marlene Smith(Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) to lead 2-0.  Wooster would cut the lead in half with a run in the top of the sixth, but solid pitching and defense by the Terriers held the Fighting Scots scoreless for the remainder of the game and hung on for a 2-1 win.

Hiram had four hits in the game with Smith, senior two-time All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale), freshman designated player/first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) and freshman shortstop Megan Troxell (New Richmond) each recording a base hit.

At pitcher, Dropsey went the distance to earn the win and improved to 11-7 overall.  She allowed the lone run on six hits and struck out three batters.

In the nightcap, Wooster took the early lead with two runs in the top of the first and three more in the second for a 5-0 advantage.  Hiram pulled to within a run with a score in the second and a three-run third inning making the score 5-4. 

 The Scots increased their lead with a pair of runs in the fourth, but the Terriers answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning thanks to a RBI fielder’s choice by second baseman Ashley Crowder (North Lewisburg/Triad) to trail 7-5.  Wooster went on to add a run in the fifth and Hiram answered the run again in the sixth with a RBI single by junior first baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas).

The Scots added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh, but the Terriers would threaten with bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, but could not score any runs as Wooster captured game two by the final of 10-6.

Both teams hit well in the game with the margin going in favor of the Scots, 18-16.  Hiram was led at the plate by Dropsey and junior catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield) who both finished three-of-four.  Ervin also added a pair of RBI.  Four other Terriers each finished the game with two hits.

On the mound, Dropsey would get the start and pitch a total of three innings, but would suffer the loss and drops to 11-8 overall.  She allowed six runs on eight hits and had one strikeout.  Junior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) pitched a third of an inning of relief given up one run on two hits.  Junior Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) pitched three and two-thirds innings allowing three runs on eight hits.

Hiram will travel to Granville for a NCAC doubleheader against Denison University on Saturday, Apr. 24.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.


Football Foundation 

Scholar/Athlete Awards

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  • 26 high school Scholar/Athletes and 11 college postgraduate scholarship winners will be honored


  • Also being honored:


    • Paul Brown High School Coaches of the Year:  P.J. Fecko, Cardinal Mooney High School ; Dan Reardon, Ursuline High School
    • Ron Stoops Assistant High School Coach of the Year:  Jeff Brown, Hudson High School
    • Lee Tressel Ohio College Coach of the Year:  Brian Kelly, former head football coach at the University of Cincinnati , currently at Notre Dame (presented by Ohio State Football Coach Jim Tressel)
    • Assistant College Coach of the Year:  Pete Rekstis, Kent State University
    • Dino Lucarelli Lifetime Achievement Award:  Mike & Koren Furrey, Cleveland Browns
    • Inspiration Award:  Eric AndersonGilmour Academy
    • Distinguished American Award:  Archie Griffin , Ohio State University(presented by Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith)

CSU Baseball ...

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Game 29 - Kent State 6, CSU 3 (April 14):  Kent State jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Vikings could post their first run of the game, but CSU could only manage three runs to drop a 6-3 decision.

Game 30 - Valparaiso 9, CSU 2 (April 16):  After scoring just one run in the third and sixth innings, while Valparaiso posted runs in four innings, the Vikings dropped the series opener, 9-2.

Game 31 - Valparaiso 10, CSU 2 (April 17):  The Vikings posted runs in the fifth and ninth innings on just five hits, while Valparaiso recorded 17 hits to take a 10-2 victory in the second game of the series.

Game 32 - Valparaiso 14, CSU 8 (April 17):  After falling behind, 13-3 after five innings, the Vikings rallied for five runs over the next three innings but fell in the series finale at Valparaiso, 14-8.

WYNN POSTS SEASON BEST:  After playing in four out of the five games last week, Tyler Wynn led the Vikings going five-for-16 (.313) at the plate, including a three-for-five appearance with two runs, two RBI, one double, one triple and a home run in the final game at Valparaiso (April 17, game 2). The game marked the first time that Wynn has recorded three hits in a contest this season, but he has had 12 two-hit games.

GASTI HITTING STREAK SNAPPED:  Chuck Gasti's eight game hitting streak, that went from April 3 to April 14 was snapped at Valparaiso when he had back-to-back zero-for-four contests. Gasti's hitting streak was tied for the third longest of the season, behind Kyle Shaffer (11) and Alex Johnson (9).

Alex Johnson

Iggy Alum Alex Johnson

EASTERN MICHIGAN THIS SEASON:  The Vikings hosted Eastern Michigan earlier this season (March 24), with CSU dropping an 8-0 decision on opening day at All Pro Freight Stadium. Alex Johnson and Tyler Wynn posted the only hits for CSU, while the Eagles were led by Aaron Crooks who went two-for-three with two RBI and one run.

TOLEDO THIS SEASON:  Cleveland State hosted the Rockets on April 7, falling 11-4 after managing just six hits on the day. The Vikings were led by Kyle Shaffer who went two-for-four with one run, while Toledo was led by Aaron Dudley (3-for-5, 3 RBI, 1 run) and Chris Dudics (3-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 run).

Kyle Shaffer

Akron Garfield Alum Kyle Shaffer

TUESDAY STREAK SNAPPED:  The 6-5 setback at Bowling Green last Tuesday (April 13) marked the first time that the Vikings have lost on a Tuesday this season. Prior to the game at BGSU, Cleveland State had a perfect 4-0 record on Tuesday, winning games at Belmont (March 16), at Kent State (March 23), at Ohio (March 30) and against Baldwin-Wallace (April 6).

SUITCA CONTINUES TO DRIVE THEM IN:  For the second week this season Bob Suitca continues to lead the team with 36 RBI after recording four in last week's contests, including three in the final game at Valparaiso. Suitca had a season high five RBI against Wright State (April 10, game 2) and at Ohio (March 30). In league games only, Suitca leads the team with 11 RBI while Chuck Gasti is close behind with eight.

SHAFFER CONTINUES TO LEAD CSU:  For the seventh week in a row, senior Kyle Shaffer leads the Vikings with a .353 batting average. Over the past seven weeks Shaffer has posted a cumulative batting average of no lower then .273, including a season high of .423 (11-for-26) following games at UNC Greensboro and Tennessee Tech. Shaffer currently ranks 10th in the league in batting average and third in hits with 41.

…AND CONTINUES HITTING STREAK:  Kyle Shaffer has the hot bat for CSU right now, with a 10 game hitting streak that includes 13 hits, nine runs and four RBI. Shaffer has posted at least one hit in all but five games this season, and had a season high four hits on five at bats at Belmont (March 17). He also holds the longest streak for the 2010 season, starting the year with an 11 game hitting streak.

VIKINGS POST BACK-TO-BACK WINS:  CSU's wins over Wright State last Friday (April 9) and Saturday (April 10) marked the first time this season that the Vikings have posted back-to-back wins. The previous six times the Vikings posted a win, they came back to lose the following game by an average of 7.2 runs.

NEXT UP:  The Vikings will continue their homestand, hosting Ohio, Bowling Green and UIC in five games next week. CSU will face the Bobcats on Tuesday (April 27) at 4:00 p.m., the Falcons on Wednesday (April 28) at 4:00 p.m. and the Flames in a three-game series beginning with a 4:00 p.m. game on Friday (April 30) and a doubleheader on Saturday (May 1) starting at 12:00 noon.

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CSU Softball ...

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PREVIEWING THE VIKINGS:  It didn't take long for fourth year head coach Angie Nicholson to settle on a starting lineup this season. With a somewhat veteran lineup returning, featuring five returning starters and 11 letterwinners, Nicholson has shaken things up a bit in hopes of securing CSU its second straight leage title and NCAA berth.  Just two players in the starting lineup are playing the same position that they did last season.  The lone similarity is in the battery where senior Amanda Macenko (25-10, 2.48 ERA), the two-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Year, is once again receiving the lion's share of innings in the circle with freshman Tess Sito (3-0, 2.71) getting starts recently  while junior Amy Powell (.261, 5 HR, 13 RBI) and senior Mimi Mahon (.283, 2 HR, 11 RBI) share the catching duties.

Tess Sito 

Elyria High alumna Tess Sito

The outfield has been shaken up a bit as junior Jessica Burt (.343, 24 RBI, 35 runs, 22-26 SB), who started in left field in 2008 and missed all but eight innings of 2009, shifts to center.  With returners Andrea Nagy and Christina Stoffer out for the year with injuries, sophomore Alicia Nichols (.313, 18 runs, 13-17 SB) has taken over in right field with sophomore Megan Bashak (.236, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 18 runs) in left field.  Lia Gordon (.345, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 25 runs) and Katelyn Ciminelli (.321, 19 RBI, 18 runs) have switched positions with Gordon, a first team all-league choice last year, taking over at first base with Ciminelli being tabbed the DP.

Lia Gordon 


The rest of the infield is new with freshmen Gabby Gillilan (.260, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 21 runs) playing third base, Sito (.476, 14 HR, 34 RBI, 39 Runs, 33-39 SB) handling shortstop and Dara Toman (.231, 9 HR, 29 RBI, 26 runs) at second base.  Freshmen Caila Ferro (,194, 4 RBI) and Macall Sheppard (.100, 3 RBI, 5 runs) fill in at second and right field.

VIKINGS REPRESENTED IN NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State is ranked in the top 50 nationally in nine of the 11 categories in the most recent NCAA statistics, which were released on April 11.  CSU was fifth in stolen bases (2.54/game), 21st in triples per game (0.29), 22nd in doubles per game (1.57) and slugging percentage (.511), 25th in home runs per game (1.11), 26th in win-loss percentage (.771), 34th in scoring (5.74), 40th in batting average (.300) and 48th in double plays per game (0.37). Individually, Tess Sito is ranked fourth in stolen bases (0.83), fifth in batting average (.500), sixth in slugging percentage (.953) and 13th in home runs (13), while Jessica Burt is 18th in triples (4) and 24th in stolen bases (0.6). Amanda Macenko ranked ninth in victoies (21).

Amanda Macenko

Brunswick High alumna Amanda Macenko

MACENKO GETS 25 WINS... AGAIN:  Senior pitcher Amanda Macenko won four games last week, allowing her to become just the 11th pitcher in Division I history to record at least 25 victories in four difference seasons. Already the only league hurler to win 20 games or more in four seasons, Macenko enters the week with a 105-48 career record. She is one of two pitchers in Horizon League history to win 100 games.

. . . AND GETS STRIKEOUT MARK:  With 15 total strikeouts in two games at Eastern Michigan last Tuesday (April 13), Amanda Macenko became the all-time leader in strikeouts in CSU history. Macenko, who now has 932 career punchouts, broke Amy Kyler's old school record of 909 strikeouts.

SEASON RECORDS ARE NEXT TO FALL. . . AGAIN:  With as many as 14 games left in the regular season, including six this week, Macenko will shortly be approaching her own school single season records.  She owns the top three season totals for wins (record is 28) and innings pitched (275.0), three of the top four efforts in appearances (48), complete games (35) and starts (45) and two of the top three in strikeouts (Kyle hols the record with 325).  Macenko begins the week with a 25-10 record, 38 appearances, 35 starts and 25 complete games in 222.2 innings with 240 strikeouts.

30 WINS: With four wins last week, Cleveland State improved to 31-10 this season, securing the fifth consecutive season with at least 30 wins. It was also the seventh time in program history that the Vikings reached the 30-win mark.

GORDON BREAKS HR RECORD:  Lia Gordon couldn't have picked a better time to break the CSU career home run record.  Gordon, who tied the mark on April 3, blasted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to complete a dramatic comeback from five runs down to give CSU an 8-7 win against Wright State on April 10.  Gordon's 22nd career home run broke the old mark of 21 set by Amy Jauert (1995-98). Gordon has since raised her career HR total to 24.

. . . SITO SETS SINGLE SEASON HR RECORD:  A solo homer by Tess Sito in the first inning of the final game at Green Bay on Sunday allowed the freshman to break Lia Gordon's single season school record with 14 home runs this season.Gordon hit her 13 long balls in 53 games last season, while Sito has recorded her 14 homers in just 41 games.

AFTER SIX:  It has been tough coming back on the Vikings late in games this season as CSU is 22-1 when leading or being tied after six innings. CSU has allowed just seven runs in the seventh inning this year. In stark contrast, the Vikings are just 1-6 when trailing after six innings.

QUICK STARTERS:  The Vikings have gotten off to several quick starts in games this season, outscoring their opposition, 46-10, in the first inning. It is the second largest run differential in a single inning for CSU this season, topped only by the fourth inning when the Vikings have outscored their opponents, 55-14.
Katelyn Ciminelli

Katelyn Ciminelli 

CIMINELLI ZEROES IN AT THE PLATE: Junior Katelyn Ciminelli may be the hottest Viking offensively right now, hitting .484 (15-31) with four doubles, a home run, six runs scored and eight RBI in the 11 games over the last two weeks.  She had a seven-game hitting streak during the streak, which was snapped at Notre Dame, and had multiple hits in six of the 11 games. She had her first home run of the year, a grand slam, in the 10-0 win over Detroit.  In the 8-7 win over WSU, she started the come back from being down 5-0 with an RBI single and then singled again to start the four-run sixth inning.  Her efforts over the last two weeks allowed her to raise her batting average to .321.

SITO BREAKS RUN RECORD: With her two runs scored in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader at Green Bay, freshman Tess Sito broke the CSU season record for runs scored and now has 39. Her total broke the old mark of 37 by Christa Coppus in 2006. Sito has company this season as Jessica Burt has scored 35 runs, ranking seventh in CSU annuls.

SITO APPROACHES SEASON OFFENSIVE MARKS: In addition to the runs scored record, Tess Sito is close to breaking into the CSU record book in several other categories. Sito, who is ahead of the pace to set records for batting average (.476), slugging percentage (.887) and on-base percentage (.557), enters the week ranking fourth in stolen bases (33, needs 8 to break record), ninth in RBI (34, 14), tied for third in hits (59, 8) and tied for fifth in walks (21, 13).

NEXT UP:  The Vikings play six games next week, including a home game against Kent State on Tuesday (April 27) and a home doubleheader vs. Toledo on Wednesday (April 28) before heading to Loyola for a three-game league series on Saturday and Sunday (May 1-2).

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