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Through her first six semesters at Bee Gee, Chiricosta has carried a 4.0 accumulative grade point average. It did dip below that temporarily because a professor submitted the wrong grade in error, but that was later repaired.

There are 425 Student/Athletes at Bee Gee. About half are women. Coaches submit S/As who they believe are deserving of the award, which is based on excelling in both venues – classroom and the playing surface. This joint success will prove crucial later in life.

Student/Athletes tend to bring more to the workplace than do those who are not in that category. Today we have thousands of businesses and certainly public sector agencies failing because those managing teams within the work structure have no business managing teams due partly to their never having played competitive team sports. The lack of understanding why a co-worker would aid another co-worker in a mild form of altruism simply because s/he has the same team goal in mind is glaring and blatant in today’s (mis) managers.

This is where the Student/Athlete of today (Chiricosta and others receiving similar awards as cases in point) who succeeds at both sports and school will be part of the movement in the future that will repair system malfunctions and properly wed the elements of cooperation and competition.

The Falcon Club, the major fundraiser for the Bee Gee athletics programs, determines the winners based on athletics, academics, community service and a written essay.

“I wrote about my athletics, academics and community service in my essay,” said Chiricosta, an English and secondary education major. “I wrote about what past winners have exemplified as Student/Athletes here. I also wrote about how I knew I was going to go here when I was 16 and that my mom (Sheila) was the coach here when I was a toddler.”

For community service, Chiricosta volunteered last summer at Camp Cheerful in Strongsville, where she worked with children with disabilities. She also volunteered for Relay for Life.

Last year Chiricosta was a COSIDA tennis Academic All American and an ESPN at-large (all sports) All American. During this year, she earned the Mid American Conference Scholar/Athlete of the Week three times, an award based on both academics and athletics.

Chiricosta is on the Student/Athlete Advisory Committee at Bee Gee along with Hennegan and Kelsey Chiricosta has won 130 matches in three years at Bee Gee, but succeeding in the classroom is just as if not more important to her.

“It is so much work to be a Student/Athlete; it is more than just being here to get a free education,” she explained. “It is more than just getting by and to get a degree just to say I have a degree. It is nice to be honored and noticed like that.”

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It is even more important for leadership purposes since only two others along with Chiricosta returned from last year’s team.

“We have a really young team,” she said. “Something like this is a really good example for the younger girls on the team. We have three freshmen and my sister (four-time state qualifier Nikki) is coming here next year. Hopefully they can inspire the other girls to take pride in their school work and tennis. Being a college freshman is a hard transition with the homesickness and all factored into the equation. They need to know that they in turn have to give back to the communities, the taxpayers, who are paying for them to be here to study and play tennis.”

Colleges on the whole are emphasizing this component more and more. Awards are given out by schools and leagues for the best team GPA (all team members combined), almost creating a sport within the academic arena, complete with statistical leaders and first-place trophies, furthering the blending of the Student/Athleticism nature.

“Our basketball team had a combined 3.5 GPA; that’s incredible considering they are some of the best basketball players in the country,” Chiricosta said. “They know that just having being the best basketball player in the country on their resumes is not going to be enough. Internships and jobs are hard enough to come by. There are too many people already with advanced degrees doing very elementary school level type jobs.”

Bee Gee won the MAC award for the highest GPA of all women’s sports combined.

Moreover, this has also filtered down to the high schools. Team awards are given out for the best GPAs by various organizations in Cleveland and Ohio.

Thus, the greater cooperation in the future workplace will emerge from this joint competitive situation on high school and college campuses today in the hopes of discarding the ruthless climbing of the corporate and political ladders at all costs (ala Goldman Sachs, Enron, Arthur Anderson, “mythical” Gordon Gekko, etc). Simply put, too many are on their own agendas that are dangerously conflicting with one another at fever pitch rates. This we can see is changing though.

“We learn a lot of values through this,” said Chiricosta. “My education professors talk about schools when making budget cuts cut art and sports first. Kids need those sports. It goes beyond the physical activity. They learn a lot from sports including sometimes more than in the classroom.”

There is a good reason many places of work have had on-campus gyms built and why colleges have added more club sports over the past 20 years – the acceptance that the mental and physical going together today is greater than ever.

Truly, athletics are more than just a game. It is no secret that learning is lifelong and it would only follow that athletics and the lessons learned from them should be lifelong as well.

Oberlin/B-W Baseball 

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The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when freshman centerfielder Nolan Neuschaefer (Elyria/ Senior) led off with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior second baseman Matt Rollins (Walbridge/ Millbury Lake). The run batted-in was the 28th this season for Rollins.

B-W increased its lead to 2-0 in the second frame as junior catcher John Ulanski (Bay Village/ Bay) led off with a triple and scored one out later when freshman LF Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y./ St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute) singled up the middle.

After Oberlin scored once in the top of the third to cut the lead to 2-1, B-W struck back for a pair of runs after there were two outs to lead 4-1.  Senior 1B Chris Nealon (Avon Lake) started the two-out rally with a single, moved to second base when his twin brother, senior designated hitter Scott Nealon (Avon Lake) singled. Chris Nealon then scored when Ulanski singled to rightfield. Then when the rightfielder threw home, Scott Nealon advanced to third and Ulanski to second. When the catcher tried to throw out Ulanski at second base and his throw went into centerfield for an error, Scott Nealon scored.

The lead grew to 5-1 in the fifth on another two-out rally when Ulanski doubled to rightfield and senior RF Ted Cowling (Streetsboro) doubled.


B-W increased its lead to 8-1 in the sixth with three runs as Neuschaefer led off with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitchand scored on a Rollins single. Rollins, who advanced to second when Oberlin tried to throw out Neuschaefer, then scored when senior 3B Jim Martin (Euclid) doubled. After advancing to third via a wild pitch, Martin scored when the Yeomen mishandled a ground ball.

The Yellow Jackets scored their final run in the eighth and again there were two outs.  Martin walked, moved to second when Ulanski walked and to third via another Yeomen wild pitch and scored when Cowling singled through the right side

On the mound, freshman Pat Havens (Twinsburg) started and pitched an eight-hit complete game, allowed one run (earned), struck out six Oberlin batters and walked none.  He improved to 1-2 and won the first game of his collegiate career.


At the plate, Neuschaefer and Ulanski led a 16-hit attack with three each. Neuschaefer was 3-for-5 with the triple and two runs scored. Ulanski was 3-for-four with a double, triple, two runs scored and an RBI. In addition, Rollins, Chris Nealon, Cowling and Toughey each had a pair of base hits.

Following Saturday's twinbill at Wilmington, B-W is at OAC rival Otterbein College next Tuesday, April 27 for a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader before returning home to play its final five regular season games at Heritage Field in Berea.


For Oberlin, Junior Max Phinney, an Oberlin city native, finished 2-for-3 and scored the team’s lone run in the third inning – coming across the dish on a single to centerfield by rookie Matt Fish. Fish, a native of Lake Orion, Michigan, also went 2-for-3 in the game. 

Crushers Baseball tryouts

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An average of 35 players have been drafted and signed to spring training contracts over the past six years. 239 players participated in the 2009 Tryout Camp in Washington, Pennsylvania, with over 100 invited back for the second day.  Each year, at least one tryout camp participant has appeared in the Frontier League's All-Star Game. Several draftees have gone on to be signed by Major League Baseball organizations, including RHP Chris Jakubauskas who appeared in 35 games for the Seattle Mariners in 2009.


The Frontier League Tryout Camp and Draft is the best way for a player to showcase himself so he can begin or continue his career in professional baseball,” commentedFrontier League commissioner Bill Lee.  “Our clubs take the workouts very seriously, and each year multiple attendees wind up making key contributions to playoff teams.”


The Frontier League is entering its 18th season in 2010 and features 12 teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to Michigan.  The Frontier Leagueannually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the eight independent leagues, and 19 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.


All Pro Freight Stadium is located at exit 151 off I-90, twenty miles west of downtown Cleveland.  For more information, please visit www.frontierleague.com or contact theFrontier League offices at 618.215.4134 or office@frontierleague.com.


Faces in the Crowd

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Puterbaugh, who has been simply sensational in helping the Yeomen have a record-setting season, set the single-season hits record in just 20 games and now has 57 hits in 112 at-bats so far this year. Going into tonight’s game at Baldwin-Wallace, the Canton, Ohio, native is batting .509, which is fifth best in NCAA Division III. 

The smooth fielding third baseman has put together a 19-game hitting streak and has 21 multi-hit games in 31 contests so far this season. 

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Oberlin baseball fans should also note that the Yeomen’s series at Allegheny will now be played on Friday and Saturday instead of its original slate of Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s doubleheader will get underway at 2 p.m. with Saturday’s twinbill set for a 12 p.m. start time.

Fulbright Scholar/Athlete

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“As a Student/Athlete, Maddie has balanced many of her interests well—in the classroom, in the local community, and abroad,” said Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Deb Ranieri. “She is an optimistic and outgoing person, a perfect ambassador for the Fulbright program. Maddie is as passionate about her own learning and travel as she is about serving others, and the Fulbright will allow her to continue to do all the things she has done so well here at Oberlin. We are very excited for her.”


As a first year student, Fierstein began teaching Spanish in the Oberlin public schools and she has proven to be a dedicated teacher throughout her college career. In her four years volunteering with Spanish in the Elementary Schools (SITES), Fierstein has spent time teaching Kindergarten, first, second and third grade. She is currently the grade level coordinator for the SITES first grade program. She also participates in Oberlin Young Educators and teaches English as a Second Language in the community.

A veteran traveler, Fierstein spent her Junior year in a Border Studies program that took her to Nogales, Sonora and Tuscon, Arizona. Earlier this spring she was accepted to Teach for America and scheduled to begin teaching in the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas, also on the border with Mexico border. However, she has deferred that placement until after she completes her Fulbright year.

Established by Congress in 1946, the Fulbright Fellows Program is part of the largest U.S. international exchange program. Fulbright Fellows spend a year abroad to undertake self-designed programs that foster global outreach and international understanding.

When she is not busy fostering global outreach, tutoring for SITES, writing politics papers or anchoring the defense for the women’s lacrosse team, Fierstein can be seen “chill-laxin’” with her friends or baking red velvet cupcakes, and of course, the team’s favorite cookie: madeleines.

Looking ahead to her next adventure, Fierstein broke a smile, and—in typical Fierstein fashion—took time to give credit where it’s due. “My parents are the most supportive people in my life” she said.

And when it comes to supportiveness, Fierstein should know. She makes deep and lasting connections with almost everyone she encounters. “Maddie has a wonderful capacity for knowing how to read people and
respond. Her supportiveness comes in many forms, She can bring needed seriousness to a situation or she can lighten up a moment that needs a bit of levity,” said Co-Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Nancy Boutilier.

Whether it is giving members of her ESOL class hugs when she sees them downtown or helping a teammate in need, Fierstein is indeed more than just a captain, and she will certainly be missed on and off the field by her teammates. First-year goalkeeper Madeleine O’Meara that Fierstein “redefines what it means to be a true captain.” According to O’Meara, not only does Fierstein provide direction and leadership on the field, but she also “makes everyone Valentines, calls when she senses something is wrong, and has pasta dinners at her house before games.”

Fierstein’s giving seems to inspire others to give back to her, and one of the most memorable Oberlin gifts was when teammates and friends painted their stomachs to spell out “Happy Birthday, Maddie!”

That may be a tough act to follow, but it seems that no matter where she is, Fierstein has a knack for bringing out the creative energy in others. So, only time and travel and teaching will tell.

Oberlin Lax 

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Rookie Thomas Hake netted five goals, while sophomore Dylan Holmesadded four scores in the loss. 


After 15 minutes of play, the Bearcats were clinging to a 6-4 lead and manage to claim an 11-8 edge at the break.

Unfortunately, St. Vincent (3-7) scored four of the final five goals of the third period to build an 18-11 cushion. 

OC was out-shot 61-37 and lost the groundball battle 38-18.



Sophomore Jon Weisburst did record 16 saves on the night. 

Oberlin returns home to host Carthage College on Sunday at 11 a.m.