A Page -- April 26, 2012 -- PM Edition

Taylor Coghlan Courtney Reese

Coghlan (L), Reese (R)

Mount's Track & Field Hopes Three is a Charm at OAC Championships; Raiders Looking For Fourth Championships


Mount Union's women's track and field team is in search of its third-straight and fourth overall conference title at the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships Friday and Saturday at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.

The Purple Raiders, ranked No. 7 in the nation, have won conference titles in 1995, 2010 and 2011 and were the preseason pick of the coaches this year to take the title.

The top three finishers in every event earn all-conference honors.

Mount Union is led by junior sprinter Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul).  Mahoney was the 2011 OAC Track Athlete of the Meet at last year's meet as she won titles in the 400 meters, 200 meters and was on winning 4x100 meter and 4x400 meter relay teams.

She enters this week as the conference's No. 1 seed in the 100 meters (12.36), 200 meters (24.37) and 400 meters (56.24).

She is also part of the top seeded 4x100 meter relay team with freshmen Taylor Ruffing (Attica/Seneca East) and Taylor Coghlan (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) with sophomore Lisa Brasdovich (Columbia Station/Columbia) and 4x400 meter relay team with sophomores Taylor Kring (Salem/West Branch and Emily Mazzaferri(Canton/GlenOak) with freshman Courtney Reese (Cleveland/Cornerstone Christian Academy).

The other all-conference returners from a year ago include Mazzaferri, senior Christin Handley (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois Central) with throwers Aubree and Anna Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) and Kelsey Shonk(Columbus/Bishop Hartley).

Mazzaferri was part of the winning 4x400 meter relay team and enters this year as the top seed in the 800 meters (2:15.56).

Handley won the 1500 meters last year and is the No. 2 seed in the 3000 meter steeplechase (11:30.62).

Aubree Jones won the javelin and the discus in 2010 on her way to Field Athlete of the Meet honors then last year was third in both the shot put and javelin.  She comes in this year as the top seed in the discus (148-10) and second seed in both the shot put (41-3.25) and javelin (128-8).

Shonk and Anna Jones both went 1-2 in the discus a year ago.

A handful of other Raiders are among the top seeds in their respective events.

Kring is the top seed in the 100 meter hurdles (14.30) and the No. 2 seed in the 400 meter hurdles (1:05.38).  

Junior Daryn Herman (Fairview Park/Fairview) is right behind Kring as the No. 3 seed in the 400 hurdles (1:07.60).

Sophomore Caitlin Goggin (Mantua/Crestwood) is the No. 2 seed in the 5000 meters (18:12.05).


HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Westlake (2) v. Walsh Jesuit (3)
Westlake Seasonal Record: 8 aand 4
Westlake SWC Record: 6 and 0
 
Singles:
1. Colton Buffington (W) d. Aaron Saandberg (WJ) 6-4, 6-4
2. Miles (WJ) d. Connor Michelich (W) 6-2, 6-3
3. Grant Ring (WJ) d. Krish Shah (W) 6-1, 6-4
 
Doubles:
1. Moneypenny/Dietrich (WJ) d. Stephen Fleischer/Kevin Wang 6-2, 6-3
2. Kent Dinchman/Cal Craven (W) d. Cona/C. Ring 7-5, 6-3


Mount golf eyes another championship


ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union men's golf team seeks a repeat first-place finish as they prepare for the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship this weekend at River Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ohio. The three-day, 72-hole event begins on Friday and concludes Sunday.

Mount Union claimed its fourth OAC Championship a year ago with a team score of 890. The Purple Raiders have won three of the last five conference championships and seek to repeat as champions for the second time in school history.

In his eighth year as head coach, Dan MacDuffie has guided Mount Union to a top-2 finish in the conference each season since his first, when the Raiders finished third at the 2005 OAC Championship.

Scott Miller carded a 208 last year to become the fourth Purple Raider to claim medalist honors at the OAC Championship. Steve Guerrieri and junior Jon Lieser (Minerva/Minerva) tied for eighth with a 225 to earn All-OAC honors. Sophomore Ben Lehrke (North Ridgeville/Lutheran West) shot a 232 to round out the scoring for the Raiders.

Senior Colin Broughton (Hartville/Lake) also has all-conference credentials after tying for eighth with a 152 at the 2010 OAC Championship.

Mount Union finished tied for third with Capital at the OAC Fall Invitational, just one stroke behind Ohio Northern for second place. At the OAC Spring Invitational two weeks ago, the Raiders finished second and 15 strokes ahead of third-place Baldwin-Wallace.

A trio of Raiders have sub-80 stroke averages entering the weekend. Lieser leads the way with an average of 78.2. His best round came at the Mount Union Fall Invitational when he shot a 73 to finish third of 73 participants with a two-round score of 147. Lieser tied for sixth at the OAC Spring Invitational.

Sophomore Dillon Bright (Granville/Granville) has a season average of 78.8 strokes. Bright shot his low-round at the Muskingum Spring Invitational when he carded a 72 on the second day of competition. He finished eighth at the OAC Spring Invitational.

Broughton is third on the team with a 79-stroke average on the season. The best performance of his collegiate career came at the Muskingum Spring Invitational when he took medalist honors with consecutive rounds of 67. Broughton finished eighth at the OAC Fall Invitational and tied for 12th at the OAC Spring Invitational.

Lehrke and freshman Nick Popely (Painesville/Riverside) will also participate for Mount Union this weekend.

Otterbein claimed the regular season title for the second year in a row after winning both the OAC Fall and Spring Invitational. Ben Adams leads the way for the Cardinals, who return three of four scorer's from last year's conference runner-up. Adams finished tied for third at the OAC Championship a year ago and was second at both the OAC Fall and Spring Invitational.

John Carroll's Alex DiPalma earned medalist honors at the OAC Spring Invitational and placed fifth at last year's championship. Ohio Northern's Jackson Lee edged Adams in a playoff for medalist honors at the OAC Fall Invitational.

The top-10 individuals this weekend will receive All-OAC honors.



B-W tops Hiram


HIRAM, OHIO  --  The Hiram College baseball team fell on the losing end of a 13-3 decision against Baldwin-Wallace College in a non-conference single nine-inning game at Robert O. Fishel Field.

With the loss, the Terriers fall to 8-24 overall and the Yellow Jackets improve to 27-9 overall for the season.

B-W took control of the game right from the start scoring seven runs in the top of the first inning.  Hiram got two of those runs back in the bottom half of the first thanks to a two-run homerun by sophomore outfielder/catcherGeorge Blake (Parma) to make the score 7-2.  The Yellow Jackets extended the lead back to seven runs with a pair of scores in the top of the second for a 9-2 advantage.  The Terriers scored what would be their final run of the game in the fourth on a RBI-single by freshman infielder Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) that narrowed the gap to 9-3.  B-W went on to add a run in the fifth and six innings and two more runs in the ninth to go on to the 13-3 final.

Hiram recorded nine hits in the game and was led by the trio of Blake, freshman outfielder Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield) and sophomore catcher/infielder Tim Calhoun (Canfield) who all finished with a pair of hits.  Blake went two-of-four overall with a run scored and two RBI on the homerun.  Segal and Calhoun also finished two-of-four at the plate.

On the mound, four Terriers saw action with junior Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) getting the start and going three innings allowing nine runs, six earned, on seven hits and struck out two batters.  He was also credited with the loss and is now 3-2 overall for the season.

Hiram will wrap-up the 2012 season on Saturday, Apr. 28 with a rescheduled North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Kenyon College at Fishel Field.  It will also be senior day witMount Union's men's track and field team looks to defend its title at the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday, April 27-28 at Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.


Purple Raiders Hope to defend title


The Purple Raiders, ranked No. 17 in the nation, have won a record 28 conference outdoor track titles.

The top three finishers in each event are All-OAC.

Leading the way for Mount Union is senior Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North). Denard was the 2010 OAC Field Athlete of the Meet at the OAC's and last year was the conference champ in the shot put.  He enters this year's event as the No. 1 seed in both the shot put (55-5) and discus (174-4).

Other All-OAC returners include sophomore Sam Ludgood (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder), who won the conference's triple jump title as a freshman a year ago and enters this year as the No. 2 seed in the event (47-7) and senior Tim Kelly (Lakewood/Lakewood), who was second in the 1500 meters and is the No. 2 seed in the event this year (3:57.82).

A handful of other Raiders are among the top seeds in their respective events.

Sophomore Chase Swisher (Lewis Center/Olentangy Orange) and freshman Dustin Matak (Salem/Salem) are ranked 1-2 in the 100 meter dash at 10.76 and 10.78 respectively.

Sophomore Alex Kovalik (Aurora/Aurora) is top overall seed in the javelin at 178-2.

Freshman Tyler Mettille (Canfield/Canfield) is the No. 2 seed in the 400 hurdles (53.63).

Sophomore Levi Simmons (Uniontown/Lake) is ranked third in both the high jump (6-6.75) and the long jump (23-4).

Senior Chase Clark (Belmont/Union Local) is ranked third in the pole vault (15-1).

Freshman Sean Donnelly (Willoughby/Willoughby South) is rated third in the hammer throw (171-10).

Second year men's coach Kevin Lucas and his staff won OAC Coaching Staff of the Year honors a year ago. h the first game scheduled to begin at noon.


'Berg Baseball Welcomes JCU for Key OAC Doubleheader Saturday



TIFFIN, Ohio-With the momentum of a three-game winning streak, the
Heidelberg University baseball team will welcome John Carroll University to
Peaceful Valley on Saturday for a key Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader
in Tiffin, Ohio.  The first game is slated for 1 p.m.  The Berg is currently
tied for fifth place in the league standings, but trails JCU by just one
game four fourth place.  With two doubleheaders per team left in the regular
season, seven teams are still in contention for the remaining three spots in
the upcoming 2012 OAC Baseball Tournament.

Live stats for both games will be available at
http://www.heidelberg.edu/statcrew/bb/xlive.htm.  In addition, both games
will be broadcast live on the 'Berg Athletics Network
(http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/heidelberg.portal#
<http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/heidelberg.portal> ).  Jeff Garvin
will have the call.

This weekend's slate of league doubleheaders features two key match-ups in
helping to determine the four-team field for the OAC tournament heading into
the final weekend of league play (May 4-5).  In addition to Heidelberg-JCU,
Marietta College travels to Berea to face Baldwin-Wallace College.
Marietta, which has already clinched a berth in the tournament, sits atop
the league standings with a two-game lead over second-place the University
of Mount Union, and B-W is in third place, but just three games out.

Heidelberg (20-15, 7-7 OAC) has won its last three games, including a 9-4
win Tuesday over The College of Wooster for 13th-year head coach Matt Palm's
400th career win, and a 14-6 victory Wednesday over Wittenberg University
that secured the program's 13th straight 20-win season.  Against Wittenberg,
senior righty Sly Nino (Willard) struck out four in a season-high 6.0
innings and earned the win, while five Student Princes had multi-hit games,
led by senior left fielder Ross Pruitt (Elletsville, Ind./Edgewood) and
freshman third baseman/designated hitter Steve Kisan (Lakewood/St. Edward),
who had three hits apiece, while sophomore shortstop Andrew Zenczak
(Brunswick) drove in three runs.

Pruitt and senior right fielder Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo/Start) lead the
Student Princes at the plate.  Pruitt (.386, 30 RBI, 0 HR, 33 R) is fifth in
the OAC in batting average, runs scored and hits (49), and is sixth in RBI,
and has a team-best 17 multi-hit games.  Lizcano (.333, 39, 7, 30) leads the
circuit in home runs, walks (24) and slugging percentage (.659), is second
in runs batted-in, and seventh in on-base percentage (.456), and leads the
team with 12 games with two or more RBI.  Freshman first baseman Eric Monroe
(Chagrin Falls/Kenston) (.365, 23, 2, 20), freshman designated hitter Trevor
Oldham (Akron/Archbishop Hoban) (.333, 12, 0, 19), and Kisan (.314, 18, 1,
26) also pace the 'Berg attack.  Oldham is sixth in the OAC in OBP (.457).

Lizcano, who already holds school career records in home runs (33) and walks
(104), is tied with Jeremy Wentworth (2006-09) with 16 career triples and
needs three total bases to beat Jason Lash's (2008-11) mark of 419.  He is
also a career .394 hitter, just 20 points shy of Frank Balogh's (1998-2002)
.414 clip, and is slugging 23 points (.690) higher than Aaron Fischer's
(1996-2000) career record of .667.

On the mound, junior right-hander Tyler Fruhwirth (Beavercreek) and freshman
righty Ryan Minteer (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) anchor the starting
rotation.  Fruhwirth (4.00 ERA, 32 K, 54.0 IP) is 4-3 in 10 appearances
(eight starts) with two complete games (one shutout), and is fourth in the
league in innings pitched and tied for 10th in wins.  Minteer (3.64, 25,
42.0) is 2-2 in nine appearances (six starts) with one complete game.

Senior righty Daniel Brannum (Jamestown/Greeneview) and junior right-hander
Teddy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) guide the bullpen with a combined 39
appearances.  Brannum (4.05, 37, 40.0) has made 19 appearances and is tied
for fifth in the league in wins (6-0) and is tied for seventh in strikeouts,
while Lowe (5.34, 17, 28.2) is 3-2 with one save in a team-high 20
appearances.  Heidelberg is 8-2 when both appear in the same game.

The Blue Streaks (17-15, 8-6 OAC) have won seven of their last nine games
following a 3-1 non-conference win Wednesday against Ohio Wesleyan
University.  Mitchell Herringshaw (.383, 22, 2, 26) leads the JCU offense
and is sixth in the OAC in hitting and eighth in hits (46).  Ryan Konsler
(.343, 23, 0, 15), Mark Huddle (.327, 21, 1, 23), and Tom Hickey (.322, 13,
1, 17) also aid the Blue Streak attack.

On the hill, Jimmy Spagna (2.97, 24, 57.2) is 3-4 in 10 starts with two
complete games (one shutout) and leads the OAC in innings pitched and is
10th in earned run average.  Anthony Libertini (4.46, 21, 34.1) is 3-2 in
eight appearances (seven starts).  Tyler Ferretti (3.30, 13, 30.0) is 2-3 in
13 appearances out of the bullpen and Patrick O'Brien (8.59, 18, 29.1) is
0-3 in 10 appearances.

Following Saturday's doubleheader, Heidelberg will face Defiance College in
its final non-conference game of the regular season before hosting league
foe Capital University on Saturday, May 5 on Senior Day.










No. 21 Spartan Men Defeat Chicago in UAA Championship Opener; Set to Face No. 2 Emory Tomorrow

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The No. 21 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team defeated No. 30 University of Chicago (Ill.), 6-3, in the opening round of the 2012 University Athletic Association Championship Tournament on Thursday morning. The fourth-seeded Spartans advance to play top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Emory University (Ga.) on Friday.

The win versus fifth-seeded Chicago bumps the Spartans record to 14-7 for the season, while the Maroons drop to 9-9.

The Spartans now face their biggest test of the season in the nation's second-ranked team, Emory, tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. The Eagles swept the University of Rochester (N.Y.), 9-0, in round one.

Case picked up a 2-1 lead in doubles action as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region's No. 2-ranked tandem of junior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) and sophomore John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) led off with an 8-3 victory versus No. 5-ranked Troy Brinker and Jan Stefanski. Chicago claimed the point at No. 2 with an 8-6 win, but the Spartans' No. 3 duo of senior co-captain Rohan Patel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) and sophomore Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) won a tie-breaker to take the point, 9-8 (8-6).

In singles, freshman Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem), the region's sixth-ranked player, opened with a straight-set win (6-1, 7-6 (9-7)) to make the score 3-1. Case then got points from Healey at No. 6 (7-5, 6-1) and Gerber at No. 3 (6-1, 4-6, 6-2) to counter a Chicago win at No. 5, sealing the quarterfinal victory.

Senior co-captain Sean Carr (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) earned the last team point at No. 2 in three sets (3-6, 6-3, 6-2).

With his two victories, Gerber now has 93 for his career. The junior is second all-time in program history behind only Ben Sinder (2003-07) with 95.

Patel's doubles win also made him just the third player in program history to reach 90 career wins.

The winner of tomorrow's match with Emory advances to the championship on Saturday at 9:00 a.m., while the loser will play for third place.


Aaron Scales signs with Cleveland State


CLEVELAND, Ohio - Aaron Scales (Kernersville, N.C.), who played at the American Basketball Institute last season, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Cleveland State and play basketball beginning in the fall of 2012.

"We are extremely excited about the signing of Aaron Scales," head coach Gary Waters said. "We feel that he will add great depth to our post play and his potential is unlimited. He brings the type of energy that we need from that position and I believe he has the potential to be one of the better big men in our league. It will be a joy to coach Aaron."

The 6-foot-9, 260-pound Scales is a prep-school product who played at the American Basketball Institute in North Carolina last season, averaging 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He helped the squad to a third place finish at the National Prep School Association championships.

At the conclusion of the season, Scales was selected to play in the Jordan Brand Regional Game where he started and scored two points with four rebounds.

Prior to attending the ABI, Scales attended High Point Christian, averaging 9.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game as a junior.

Scales originally made a verbal commitment to Missouri in July, but re-opened his recruitment before the 2011-12 season and eventually chose CSU over Drexel, Wichita State and Cincinnati among others.

Jessica BolanzSarah Loyer

Bolanz (L), Loyer (R)


Hiram's streak snapped


HIRAM, OHIO  --  The Hiram College softball team saw a six-game winning streak come to an end with a pair of losses against Allegheny (Pa.) College, 4-2 and 3-1, in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader in the regular-season home finale on senior day.

With the losses, the Terriers fall to 18-16 overall and 8-6 in the NCAC.  The Gators improve to 25-8-1 overall and 11-3 NCAC.

In game one, both teams remained scoreless until the second inning when the two teams traded runs with Hiram's score coming on a defensive error with bases loaded.  The Terriers took the lead in the third with a run on a RBI-single by sophomore shortstop Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) to give Hiram a 2-1 advantage.  The lead remained a run for Hiram until the top of the seventh inning when the Gators recorded three runs as a result of a failed pickoff attempt with runners on second and third and a two-RBI single later in the inning that gave Allegheny a 4-2 lead.  The Terriers then recorded three straight outs in their half of the inning giving the Gators the two-run victory.

Hiram recorded just two hits in the game with Bolanz and sophomore outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ont./St. Joseph's) reaching base safely via a base hit.  Bolanz ended the game one-of-three with a RBI and Loyer went one-of-four overall with a run scored.

Freshman pitcher Taylor Charles (Akron/Ellet) pitched all seven innings for Hiram, but suffered the loss and is now 11-7 on the year.  She allowed four runs, two earned, on nine hits and struck out three batters.

In the nightcap, Allegheny struck first scoring two runs in the top of the first inning on a two-run homerun.  Hiram cut the lead in half in the bottom of the frame thanks to a RBI-single by Charles.  The score remained 2-1 until the sixth inning, despite Hiram having bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, but could not get any runs across.  The Gators tacked on an insurance run in the sixth to extend the lead to 3-1.  Following a scoreless Allegheny seventh, Hiram recorded three straight outs in its final at-bats as the Gators went to claim the 3-1 win.

Four different Hiram players recorded hits in game two.  Charles, senior All-Region outfielder Kristen Cooney(North Lewisburg/Triad), senior third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) and senior All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) all finished the game one-of-three at the plate.  Charles also added a RBI, while Cooney scored the team's only run.

On the mound, junior Ashley Hinkle (Parma) got the start, but would be replaced following the Allegheny homerun, and would suffer the loss to fall to 3-3 overall.  Senior Amethyst Brigham (Middlefield) came on to pitch the final six and two-thirds innings allowing one run on four hits and struck out five batters.

Hiram will conclude the 2012 regular season when it travels to Granville for a NCAC twinbill against Denison University on Saturday, Apr. 28.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m


Cardinals Slip Past Storm In ECC Play


PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College (5-6, 2-5 ECC) was unable to overcome a five-goal first quarter run by Wheeling Jesuit University (7-8, 1-8 ECC) in a 12-7 loss in East Coast Conference play at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville, Ohio.

Juniors Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C/Centennial Secondary) and Josh Becker (Salamanca, N.Y/Salamanca) and sophomore Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ontario/Kiski Prep) each scored twice for the Storm. FreshmanReagan Harding (Saskatoon, SK/Bishop Jones Mahoney) netted the other Lake Erie goal.

The Storm kicked off the scoring just 56 seconds in on an unassisted rip from Becker.  It was the last lead for Lake Erie on the night as the Cardinals scored five straight goals.  WJU took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Tyler Buchan at 10:39 and extended it to 5-1 at 4:20 on a goal by Tyler Johnson.  Becker and Bal cut the Cardinal lead in half in a span of 20 seconds but WJU scored with seven seconds to go, to double up Lake Erie, 6-3, at the end of the first quarter.

Tarte scored just 34 seconds into the second quarter to get LEC within two and it was the last goal for either side for nearly 12 minutes.  WJU score with 2:39 to play in the half and went to the break with a 7-4 advantage.

Lake Erie was never able to get closer than three in the second half as the teams traded goals within the first two minutes of the second half and the Cardinals scored again in the final two minutes of the quarter to go to the fourth ahead 9-5. 

Tarte scored the first goal of the fourth but WJU scored the next three to put the game away.

In goal for Lake Erie, junior Alexander Wisner (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview) made 10 saves.

Lake Erie will be back in action at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium when it hosts Chestnut Hill University Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 4/25/12

 

BOWLING NOTES


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center

 

    300 Games

Louis Kastelic, Broadview Heights, 4/19, Seven Hills Lanes;

Brenda Duncan, Brooklyn, 4/19, Buckeye Lanes;

Steve Kalezewski, 4/20, Valley View, 4/20, Red Circle Lanes;

Michael Rojak Sr., Maple Heights, 4/20, Pawnee Lanes;

Phillip Sillia Jr., North Olmsted, 4/25, Buckeye Lanes;

 

 

    299 Games

Michelle Leonard, Parma, 4/22, Brookgate Lanes;