A Page -- April 21, 2011

Most high school/college Student/Athletes had their games washed out all week, but many are expexted to return to play today
LAX Junior Ena Jones has been named Beachwood High School Student/Athlete of the Week
By Ryan Peters
This week's Bison Athlete of the Week is junior lacrosse player Ena Jones. Last week, Ena scored eight goals and led the team in ground ball controls. She scored two goals each in the 14-2 victory over Andrews Osborne and the 13-12 loss to CVCA. At this weekend's Hannigan Tournament, she scored six goals to help the team defeat Westerville Central 11-3.
"Ena plays on both ends of the field," said head coach Jen Tramer.  "Offensively she controls the game by gaining possession of the ball off the draw or from the ground, bringing the ball down field, settling the offensive, and powering to the goal or dishing the ball off to her teammates. On the other end of the field she is a fundamental part of the defensive team. Ena runs the whole field which means she, and a few others, have full time responsibility to play both offense and defense."
Ena has improved greatly over the course of a season and is a constant threat to her opponents. Ena's is extremely fast, strong and has great lacrosse skills. Her determination and hard work has made her one of our team leaders, said Tramer.
Oberlin College's Johnson named Distance Runner of the Week

Westlake – Senior star Joanna Johnson was named as the NCAC Distance Runner of the Week, the league office announced.
Johnson, a native of Chico, California, secured her trip to nationals by posting a national qualifying time of 35:40.29 in the 10K at the All-Ohio Championships.
Her time bested the rest of the field by 3:28. The timestamp is also the second fastest mark recorded in NCAA Division III this season.
The Oberlin track and field teams return to action on Saturday at the Baldwin-Wallace Spring Invite.
In all-NE-Ohio collegiate batttle, John Carroll tops Mount
April 21, 2011
By Josh Reilly
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS -- The Mount Union women's tennis team suffered a 7-2 loss to John Carroll in Ohio Athletic Conference competition on Tuesday.
Lauren Olivier (Chagrin Falls/Walsh Jesuit) led the way for the Purple Raiders, winning in both singles and doubles action.
Olivier won the No. 4 singles match over Athena Pappis, 6-1, 6-1. She teamed with Courtney Adamsky (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) for an 8-6 win over Pappis and Ashley Bauer at second singles.
Mount Union will be in action next on Friday when it hosts Capital for a 1 p.m. OAC match.
Blue Streak men bounce Raiders on courts
April 21, 2011
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's tennis team dropped a 6-3 decision to John Carroll in Ohio Athletic Conference play in the Peterson Fieldhouse.
Zach Perry (Hudson/Hudson) and Yasuhiro Anno (Fukucka, Japan/Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzoku) were the only point scorers for the Raiders, winning their respective singles matches and teaming for a doubles victory.
Perry defeated Matthieu Menard, 6-4, 6-2, to win the No. 1 singles match and Anno bested Rico Certo, 6-3, 7-5, in the fourth singles match.
At second doubles, Perry and Anno earned an 8-1 final against Menard and Sean Graham.
Mount Union will be in action next on Friday when it visits Capital for a 1 p.m. OAC match.
Kenyon betters Oberlin in LAX
By Mike Mancini
Gambier, Ohio – It was a tale of two halves for the Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team as they battled the Ladies of Kenyon tooth-and-nail for 30 minutes, but Kenyon scored 12 second-half goals to come away with the 20-10 win over the Yeowomen.
The Yeowomen had a diverse scoring attack with sophomore Ilyssa Meyer leading the way with three goals. Classmates Molly Bloom and Grace Amber each add two scores, as did junior Alice Zicht. Rookie Phoebe Hammer added the only other OC tally and has now scored in four straight games.
Oberlin arguably put together its best half of the season en route to building up a 7-5 advantage with 6:21 left in the stanza. Back-to-back scores by Hammer and Bloom broke open a five-all tie, but the Ladies scored three out of the final four goals of the frame to to make it an 8-8 game at the break.
In the second half the Ladies stepped up their games to as they scored six straight goals before the Yeowomen were able to find the back of the cage again. Zicht’s score at the 15:10 mark stopped the bleeding momentarily, but Kenyon responded with six more scores to put the game away. Zicht, who had a game-high six draw controls, would add the finally OC goal with just 10 seconds remaining.
After being slightly out-shot by a 17-12 margin in the first half, Oberlin was on the wrong end of a 21-7 shot discrepancy in the second session. The Yewomen won the groundball battle in the first half, 15-13, but had just eight in the second half compared to the Ladies’ 14.
Sara Gaines played all 60 minutes in goal and made nine saves.
Oberlin returns home to host Wittenberg on Friday at 5 p.m.
CSU Men's Golf Ready For Horizon League Championships
The men's golf team, which has won three of the last five Horizon League Golf Championships, will set out to add another trophy to the case when Cleveland State competes in the 54-hole league championship from Friday through Sunday (April 22-24) at the par-72, 7,003-yard Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
The Vikings won league titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
"This is what we have worked toward all year and we know the task at hand," head coah Steve Weir said. "There are a lot of great teams in the league this year so we know we will have to bring our best games all three days. We need to stay mentally focused on every shot and manage this golf course and make smart decisions."
 Iggy alum Andrew Bailey
CSU was in action at the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational on Saturday and Sunday (April 16-17) at the par-70, 6,438-yard Delaware C.C. in Muncie, Ind., tying for seventh place of 15 teams at the 54-hole event. The Vikings shot rounds of 376-387-381 as the top five of six scores were counted as opposed to the traditional play five and count four.
Freshman Andrew Bailey tied for 18th place, following an opening round even-par 70 with rounds of 80 and 75 for a three round total of 225. Senior Drew Davidson was two shots back, tying for 26th place at 227 (76-79-72).

Shaker upsets 2010 Elite Eight State Finalist Westlake to advacne in the Coaches' Cup tourney


Shaker Heights advanced in the First Round OTCA Coaches Cup, the team tourney for the state high school tennis championship.


The Results:


Westlake (2) v. Shaker Hts. (3)



1. Colton Buffington (W) d. Tommy Marx 6-3, 6-0

2. David Gabriel (S) d. Jason Wissman 6-4, 6-4

3. Peter Smetona (S) d. Abhi Ramachandran 7-6, 6-1



1. JT Rapaport/n KeviWang (W) d. Matt Wood/Jake Polster (S) 6-1, 6-0

2. Jake Lactis/ T. Straffon (S) d. Stephen Fleischer/Aroh Pandit 6-4, 6-4



CSU Honors 154
Student/Athletes For Academic

West G. Alum Anthony Sambula earns Horizon League Award for Student/Athleticism

By Brian McCann
CLEVELAND, -- A record 154 Student/Athletes, representing 18 different states, 12 countries and all 17 intercollegiate sports sponsored at Cleveland State University, were recognized for their academic accomplishments at the 21st annual John Konstantinos Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon, sponsored by Medical Mutual and Cleveland Clinic Sports Health.

"The Student/Athletes that we honor today are the best of the best, those who are able to balance academics and athletics and excel in both," CSU Director of Athletics John Parry said.  "To see over half of our student-athletes being honored for having over a 3.0 grade point average speaks highly about the goals and missions of the university."

The 154 Student/Athletes were recognized for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better through the end of the fall, 2010 semester.  It is the highest number of Student/Athletes honored in one year, surpassing the old record of 145 feted in 2008-09.

The women's swimming and women's soccer teams led the way with 18 Student/Athletes honored, the most by an CSU team.  Men's swimming was third with 16 student-athletes honored while baseball had 15 and volleyball and softball each had 12.  Women's cross country had all nine of its student-athletes recognized.

Several additional awards were handed out at the luncheon.  Men's basketball standout Norris Cole (Dayton, OH/Dunbar) received the 11th annual John McLendon Award, which is given to the student-athlete who best represents the ideals and personal philosophy of McLendon, a former CSU men's basketball coach who is an enshrinee in the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Cole earned the honor after being named the Horizon League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year this past season while leading CSU to a 28-9 record.

Softball pitcher Brittany Bate (Grosse Point Woods, MI/Grosse Point North) received the President's Award as the graduating senior student-athlete with the highest grade point average.  Bate has a 3.93 GPA and will graduate next month with a degree in criminology, psychology and sociology.

The "Best of the Best" Team Award, which is given to the sport having the highest team grade point average in the department, went to women's cross country.  The nine cross country student-athletes combined for a 3.63 team GPA.

Baseball standout Anthony Sambula (Novelty, Ohio/West Geauga) received the Horizon League Sportsmanship Award, which is presented annually to the team or individual that exemplifies and continuously promotes integrity and sportsmanship.  Sambula, a senior, has been lauded for his work both on and off the field, including his role as the vice-president of the CSU Student/Athlete Advisory Council.

The men's and women's swimming and diving teams shared the Horizon League Community Service award, which is given to the team that exhibits outstanding support and care to our community at-large.  An example of the many community service projects that the swimming programs work with is next week's (April 21-22) 24-Hour Swim/Flip-Athon to raise money for the recent victims of the earthquake and tsunami in New Zealand and Japan.

Thirty-four student-athletes received additional recognition for being a member of the Dean's List during every term they have attended at CSU, including Jeff Baker (men's soccer), Rob Fox (men's tennis), Marley Greiner (women's soccer) and Bate (softball), each of whom have been on the Dean's List for seven consecutive terms.

Cleveland-based MAC to expand to UMASS at Amherst; the league targeting “Big Media” markets


By Norm Weber


CLEVELAND (Downtown) – Expansion is on the horizon for the Cleveland Mid-American Conference, league officials here  announced yesterday from Gillette Stadium in Boston, as the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will join the MAC for football only starting in 2012.


U-Mass-Amherst will begin play in 2012 and will be eligible for the MAC tournament championship games and bowl game consideration through the various bowl alliances the MAC has beginning in 2013.



Major media exposure and revenue generation via such media is the impetus for the move.


“This gives us a footprint in the No. 5 media market in the country in Boston, said MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher.  “It also puts us in one of two more of the top 100 markets in Boston and Amherst/Hartford.”


By adding Boston, which is also one of the top overall collegiate (Harvard, MIT, Boston U., Boston College, Tufts, Northeastern, etc) towns/markets in the country along with D.C., New York and Chicago, the MAC will be in 10 of the 50 “Major media” markets.


U-Mass-Amherst has an ongoing agreement with Gillette Stadium to play at least five home games there until its on campus stadium is completely renovated, which is expected to be in two years, when they will continue to play at least four home games in Gillette.


The college is 90 minutes from Gillette Stadium and hundreds of miles from most other MAC schools, the majority of which are in Ohio and Michigan. Traveling to road games for all fans and to home games for students will not be as practical as it is for most of the current schools, who are within one, two or three hours of most of their major MAC compatriots.


“We do not see travel as much of a problem,” said UMASS-Amherst Athletic Director John McCutcheon. “We have filled 26 buses when we’ve played the University of New Hampshire. Our fans and students will travel regardless of the distance.”


Currently the MAC has a football budget of $4.4 million, but with the addition of  the “major media” exposure and contracts from Boston along with increased ticket sales, that budget could increase to $7 million.


Dr. Steinbrecher said that only part of the total from each school’s general fund goes into that $4.4 million and that schools will be dropping the out-of-state tuition fees. This would mean Ohio taxpayers would have to pay more to fund out-of-state-students to attend such schools as Ohio, Miami, Kent, Bee Gee, and Toledo.


It could be worse for Ohio, which is working at an $8 billion deficit. Texans do not have to fund the out-of-state-surcharge tuition for students and Student/Athletes from the other 49 states, but they do have to for the surcharge for those out-of- country, essentially non American citizens.


Viking Women's Golf To End Season At Horizon League Championships


The Cleveland State women's golf team is back in action this weekend when the Vikings compete at the 54-hole Horizon League Championship from Friday through Sunday (April 22-24) at the par-72, 5,624-yard Mission Inn Resort at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.


"This is what we have worked all year for and hopefully the work we have done all season will come through this weekend," head coach Steve Weir said. "We moved the league championship down to Florida and should have some nice weather all three days. I am excited to see how this young group responds to playing this weekend."




CSU was last in action at the Bowling Green Falcon Invitational on Saturday and Sunday (April 16-17) at the par-72, 5,822-yard Stone Ridge G.C. The Vikings shot an opening round 361 in tough, windy conditions to finish 11th of 13 teams as the final round was canceled due to high winds in the area that made the course unplayable.


Freshman Micaela Cronin led the Vikings with an 87 to tie for 41st place, while freshman Steff Camarata tied for 44th place as an individual, shooting an 88.