A Page -- April 25, 2012 -- PM Edition

Amanda Blasko  Stephanie Recktenwald

Blasko (L), Recktenwald (R)

Blasko Places 16th At GLIACs In Final Tournament For Storm

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – The Lake Erie College women's golf team wrapped up their 2012 Spring season at the GLIAC Championships in Midland, Mich. Tuesday (April 24). 

The Storm did not place a team score but had three individuals compete, led by a strong showing from seniorAmanda Blasko (Concord, Ohio/Mentor) in her final tournament.  Blasko was in contention for much of day one before backing up in the final round to a tie for 16th.

Blasko finished the tournament with rounds of 79-85-89-263 at the par-71 course.  She came just five strokes away from a top 10 finish.  The senior excelled on the par 3s and 5s throughout the event, placing tied for third in the tournament in par 3 scoring and tied for sixth on the par 5s. The final score of 263 is a 31 stroke improvement over her finish in Lake Erie's first season at the GLIAC Tournament in 2011.

Lake Erie junior Megan Lundblad (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) finished 38th after rounds of 98-98-94-290.  Rounding out the Storm's effort was junior Stephanie Recktenwald (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Monroe Falls), who recovered from a difficult opening round to finish 41st with 121-105-101-327.

2012 NCAC Tennis Championships Brackets Released 

CLEVELAND, OH -- The 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships will be held at Kenyon College this weekend (Apr. 27-29). The women’s tournament will begin on Friday morning and run through Saturday afternoon, while the men’s tournament will begin on Saturday afternoon and conclude on Sunday afternoon. The team champion for both genders will earn both the NCAC Championship as well as the league’s  automatic bid into the NCAA Div. III Tournament.

DePauw (3-0, 14-6) emerged as the No. 1 seed in the women’s eight-team tournament and will open play on Friday morning at 9:00 AM against eighth-seeded Wooster (0-3, 3-16). In the other 9:00 AM matchup on Friday morning, No. 4 Kenyon (2-1, 9-12) will square off against No. 5 Wittenberg (1-2, 11-10). The remaining opening round contests will begin at approximately 11:00 AM on Friday and will feature No. 2 Oberlin (3-0, 17-5) versus No. 7 Ohio Wesleyan (0-3, 8-7) and No. 3 Denison (2-1, 7-11) versus No. 6 Allegheny (1-2, 8-9). Winners of opening round matches will advance to Friday’s semifinal matches, while the opening round losers will continue play on Friday and Saturday in the back draw bracket. The fifth-place and seventh-place matches will begin on Saturday morning at 9:00 AM, while the championship match and the third-place match will begin at approximately 11:00 AM.

On the men’s side, Kenyon (4-0, 17-4) was tabbed as the top seed and will take on the winner of Wednesday’s regular-season contest between Ohio Wesleyan (0-3, 7-11) and Wooster (0-3, 6-12) at 2:00 PM on Saturday afternoon. In the other 2:00 PM match on Saturday, No. 4 Wittenberg (1-2, 16-7) will take on No. 5 Wabash (0-3, 15-9). The remaining opening round men’s matches will begin at approximately 4:00 PM on Saturday and will feature No. 2 DePauw (3-0, 15-7) versus No. 7 Oberlin (2-2, 10-12) and No. 3 Denison (2-1, 13-4) versus No. 6 Allegheny (3-1, 9-7). Sunday’s schedule will open with two back draw matches at 9:00 AM and continue with the tournament semifinals, beginning at approximately 11:00 AM. The fifth-place and seventh-place matches will begin at approximately 1:00 PM, while the third-place match and championship match will kick off at approximately 3:00 PM.

Spartan Head Coach Todd Wojtkowski Inducted into Ursuline High School Athletic Hall of Fame

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Case Western Reserve University Men's and Women’s Tennis Head Coach Todd Wojtkowski was inducted into the Ursuline High School Hall of Fame this past weekend in Youngstown, Ohio. Wojtkowski is 2001 gradute of UHS.

Head Coach Todd Wojtkowski (far right) accompanied by his sister Caroline Wojtkowski (left) and mother Sarah Patrick (center)

“It was an honor to be inducted with a class filled with so many state champions and to be introduced by my sister, Caroline,” said Wojtkowski. “My sister spoke so well of me, and it was truly the highlight of the night.”

“In my speech, I simply talked about how winning became such a culture at our high school that it spread to younger athletes such as myself in a sense that I saw what these other great athletes were doing. I wanted to do that and much more for my class.” 

That thought process has translated into Wojtkowski's current position as leader of the Spartan tennis programs. In his fourth year, Wojtkowski continues to guide his student-athletes to unprecedented levels of success. CWRU's men are currently ranked No. 21 in the nation as well as No. 3 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region. The women are also regionally-ranked at No. 10.

Prior to coming to University Circle, Wojtkowski spent two seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I The Citadel. During his time in Charleston (S.C.), he helped lead the program to its first-ever national ranking and a 16-9 record in 2007-08 after winning just two matches the previous year.

He spent three years playing at the University of Toledo before transferring to the Ohio State University. As a scholarship student-athlete at Toledo, Wojtkowski was a three-time Varsity T award winner, Team Leadership Award winner and team captain.

He redshirted his senior (first) year at Ohio State, playing for the Buckeyes during his first year of graduate school. The team won a Big Ten Championship and rose to a No. 5 national ranking. Wojtkowski earned several awards, including the Ohio State Scholar-Athlete Award, the 2006 Senior Leader Award and the Men’s Varsity "O" Post-Graduate Scholarship.

Wojtkowski later earned his bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education in 2006 from Ohio State and completed an M.B.A at The Citadel in 2008.

“I was most moved by the fact that it was our first year of eligibility and that the committee held me in the same breath as a state championship quarterback that went on to play at Washington State University and the University of Montana as well as being invited to the NFL Combine,” noted Wojtowski. “I am truly honored.”