A Page -- April 27, 2010

In using her best 

“Judgment,” Lake Ridge’s 

Mary Shimko decides to 

further her Student/Athletic 

career at Brandeis and with 

no objections/dissent

April 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – On the Third Annual Student/Athlete Lake Ridge Academy Signing Day, Mary Shimko made it official today that she will further her studies and athletic career at Brandeis University.

The three-sport Student/Athlete for the Lions, Shimko will be playing soccer for the Judges. She also holds school records in track and was a key member of Sarah Burgess’ basketball team at Lake Ridge.

“I knew I wanted to play soccer in college even though I really do love playing basketball,” Shimko said at the press conference. “I have not ruled it out yet. I still might try out for basketball. I am just excited to be going there to play soccer.”

Shimko (right) along with coach Burgess

The seeds were planted for the Shimko-Brandeis relationship after she attended a summer soccer camp in Boston and the initial chemistry evolved from thereon until now.

Brandeis is a natural for Shimko, who has gone to private school all her life, attending Lake Ridge since age five.

“I wouldn’t want it any other way,” she said. “My major is undecided but Brandeis offers so much academically that I know it is going to work.”

A member of the University Athletic Association, Brandeis offers to Student/Athletes what all other teams in the league offer --- the three-fold educational opportunity of of course academics and athletics but also travel to major cities like New York, Boston, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Chicago and Atlanta, since there is a league school in each of those cities.

“I can’t wait to see all those places and am looking forward to coming home to play Case Western Reserve,” Shimko said.

Boston is also one of the biggest college cities in the country, boasting Harvard, Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern among others along with Brandeis.

Brandeis was named after former  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, thus, the sports teams’ nickname is The Judges. Justice Brandeis was a champion of privatization and a strong advocate of free speech and First Amendment guarantees.

“I get to say that as of next year, I will be a Judge,” Shimko laughed.

To Hear the Post-Signing interview with Mary, please click on the link below:


CSU's Kailey Klein gets 

invitation to Connecticut 


April 27, 2010

By Greg Murphy

CLEVELAND - Kailey Klein, who led Cleveland State to Horizon League Championships in 2008 and 2010, accepted an invitation to attend preseason training camp with the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA at Connecticut College.

Klein flew out of Cleveland on Tuesday morning and was at practice later in the day. She is one of seven undrafted players who are in camp vying for spots on the Sun roster.

Kailey Klein


"I am so happy for Kailey to have this opportunity and it shows what an enormous impact that she had during her four years at Cleveland State," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "Kailey consistently put up huge numbers during her career, but one of the biggest reasons she received this opportunity is because she took our program to the NCAA tournament in two of the last three years and put Cleveland State on the national map for people to see.



Mike Minjock


St. Ignatius Alum Mike 
Minjock named OAC Field 
Athlete of the Week
by Jimmy Burry
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John Carroll freshman Mike Minjock, a St. Ignatius alumnus, jumped into the record books while at the same time gaining conference and national prominence. 

With his efforts on Saturday, Minjock was named Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Field Athlete of the Week.

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Minjock finished first in the men's long jump at the Sparky Adams Invitational with a distance of 7.24 meters (23-9). That mark earned him a school record, shattering the previous record of 22-8 set by Luke Baum 24 years ago.

Additionally, the jump is the third best by a Division III Student/Athlete this season. He nearly missed the automatic NCAA qualifying standard of 7.30. 

Minjock is the first John Carroll track & field athlete to win the weekly conference award this season.

Hoban alumna Caitlin 

Gaffney has hot week at 

the plate for Wooster

April 27

WESTLAKE -- The College of Wooster’s junior shortstop Caitlin Gaffney (Tallmadge, OH/

Archbishop Hoban) had one of the best weeks offensively in the North Coast Athletic Conference, going 4-for-11 with three RBIs.

Caitlin Gaffney


Gaffney ranks fourth on the team in hitting with a .354 average and is tied for third with nine doubles.

Gina Pirolozzi


Right behind her for the Scots is McKinley grad Gina Pirolossi with a .282 average and 12 RBIs. Brush alumna Lauren Sargi has 16 hits including two doubles. 

Lauren Sargi


Baldwin-Wallace Beats Otterbein, 9-

0, in Men's Tennis to Improve to 16-

3 overall; Horvath-Beaton now 15-2

April 27, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men's tennis team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Otterbein College, 9-0, in an OAC dual match today (Tuesday, April 27, 2010) in Westerville.  B-W dominated the match by winning 96 of a possible 124 total points, including 24 of 37 points in doubles play and 72 of 87 in singles.

The victory gave the Yellow Jackets a three-match winning streak and improved its record to 16-3 overall and 6-2 in the OAC with one OAC regular season match remaining, a Saturday, May 1 home match versus Muskingum University at 1:00 p.m. at the "Pop" Collins Courts in Berea.  With its loss, The Cardinals fell to 3-17 overall and 3-5 in the OAC.



Softball – Mount Union Clinches OAC Tournament Bid With Split Against Marietta

April 27

By Lenny Reich


Anna Horning drove in two runs in Mount Union's 3-0 win over Marietta.

(ALLIANCE)--Mount Union's softball team clinched a spot in next week's four-team Ohio Athletic Conference Softball Tournament with a 3-0 game two win over Marietta today at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.  Marietta kept its tournament hopes alive with a 6-0 win in game one.

Mount Union now stands at 24-12 overall and at 12-4 in the OAC is alone in second place, while Marietta is 19-14 overall and 7-9 in the OAC.



St. Ignatius High School logo

In Holy War on Courts, St. Ignatius nips St. Edward, 3-2

April 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


In the Holy War on the Tennis Courts, it was a classic St. Edward/St. Ignatius sports battle tonight with the Wildcats escaping with a 3-2 decision.

St. Edward High School logo

All five matches were decided in straight sets.

Iggy took first singles via James Oliver’s 6-0, 6-1 win, first doubles through an Amar Shah-Mike Nichols 6-3, 6-4 win, and second doubles via a victory by a Chad Burton and Reggie Gacad.

Cat coach Ed Wolffe moved normal No. 2 doubles guy Mark Georgy to third singles, bumping Sean Frebes up to second singles which he has been jockeying in and out of with Tom Mascia, who rested from varsity play tonight.

St. Edward does not make it roster available.

Softball Pushes the Bishops to the Brink
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Delaware, Ohio –
 The Oberlin College softball team gave Ohio Wesleyan all they could handle, but in the end the Bishops were able to outlast the Yeowomen 6-4 and 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon. 

First-year Brittany Dawson guided the Oberlin offense as she went 5-for-6 with a double, RBI and two runs scored on the day. Sophomore Katie Baldonierialso went 4-for-6, while classmate Kristen Dix checked in with a 3-for-7 effort and scored three times in the twinbill. 

In the nightcap, the Yeowomen posted three runs in the top of the first courtesy of a bases-clearing double by Dawson that plated Kristine Kuchta and Dix. However, a throwing error on the play also allowed Dawson to score and effectively complete the ‘little-league’ like inside-the-park home run. 

The Bishops continued to chip away at the lead with single tallies in the second and third innings, before adding another run in the fifth to tie the game. 

Oberlin would have one hit in both the sixth and seventh innings, but could not string anything together to break the tie. 

Unfortunately, in the home-half of the seventh the tie was broken on Rita Cook’s two-out walk-off single.

In the lid-lifter Julia Chauvin’s single up the middle in the top of the first gave Oberlin an early 1-0 lead, but OWU scored six runs over the next three innings and appeared as if they would cruise to victory.

However, this scrappy Yeowomen team wouldn’t go down without a fight as Oberlin rallied for three runs with two outs in the top of the seventh to nearly complete the comeback. A single to centerfield by Dix scored Kate Phillips and Dawson followed with a base hit of her own to setup Chauvin’s two-run double. Unfortunately, the Yeowomen ran out of steam before they were able to extend the game. 

Oberlin goes right back to work tomorrow afternoon as it welcomes Hiram College to town for an NCAC doubleheader. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. from Culhane Field. 


Bay alumnus Pete Rekstis 

had the right influences to 

help him mold himself into 

College Assistant Coach of 

the Year for the second time

April 27, 2010
By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

WESTLAKE – For the second time since 2004, Bay High alumnus Pete Rekstis was named the National Football Foundation Northeastern Ohio Chapter Assistant College Football Coach of the Year, at a banquet here last night.

The defensive coordinator for Kent State, Rekstis also received the award in 2004, his first year with the Golden Flashes after 10 years of serving as an assistant at Youngstown State under his college coach, Jim Tressel.


 “When I won it in 2004, it came as a surprise, but when things were going statistically better this year than then, we felt we had a pretty good year defensively,” Rekstis said. “I was not expecting the award. It is just something the head coach nominates his guys for, but getting recognized like this is special since there are a lot of good coaches around here.”

Rekstis just completed his seventh season as Kent State defensive coordinator this past year, continuing the trend of his defenses setting the tone for the team. In 2009, the Golden Flashes gave up just 22.4 points per game while tallying 33 sacks and creating 26 turnovers. Rekstis’s 3-4 defense, which has been ranked as high as 15th nationally (2004), is one predicated on great pressure by the defensive line at the point of attack, a swarming corps of linebackers and strong, athletic defensive backs who seek out contact rather than hiding from it.

“We have three primary goals for each game defensively and the guys know the program so well,” said Rekstis said. “No. 1 is keeping the points as low as possible. No. 2 is yards per carry, keeping that down on each play. And No. 3 is to take the ball away more than the offense gives it away. We have about eight or nine things other than those, but if we do them well, we will succeed defensively.”

Rekstis has had a lot of strong football/life influences in his life to make him successful as a coach. His dad, Pete Sr., and uncle Jack Rekstis played for the legendary Jack Llewellyn at Bay High in the 1950s.

After playing CYO football in Kansas City, Rekstis at Bay in the 1980s had Tom Kaiser, who was the head coach the Rockets for 20 years and an assistant for better than a decade prior to that. In addition, he had Bill Davies, the defensive coordinator who coached with Dick Tressel at Hamline before returning to Bay.

When Jim Tressel recruited Rekstis, Bay lineman Don Svec, younger brother Mike Rekstis and others to YSU, some might have been puzzled. As a city, Youngstown saw nearly all its well-paying steel jobs getting lost and people were dumping houses because few wanted to move there and wrestle with its depressed economy. It had been a number of years since Jim Traficant was the Youngstown Cardinal Mooney quarterback so even from a football standpoint, a lot of zeroes went off in the perception by the public.

“No one knew back then,” recalled Rekstis. “Jim Tressel was only 34 years old when he sat in my living room in Bay Village to talk to my dad and me. He was a young guy, but we decided to go for it.”

Thanks to the Rekstises and other Cleveland-area believers, one national championship after another followed at YSU and the rest is history.

Mark Dantonio, now the Michigan State head coach, was in charge of defensive backs, including Rekstis, at YSU, and recruited the Cleveland area. He was later to become defensive coordinator and then head coach when Tressel went to Ohio State.

“As the years pass, I can only keep in touch with so many people, but all those people from my dad and uncle to my current colleagues at Kent had an impact on my success as a coach,” Rekstis said. “Without them, it would have been very hard to succeed and have the luck I have has as a Division I college coach.”

Now Cleveland and Youngstown are Rekstis’s primary recruiting areas although he has to travel to see any defensive player because he is the coordinator.

“We have a lot of talent here and I would like to get more of it,” he said. “I would like to spend more time here, but if another coach finds a guy in North Carolina or Florida or California, I have to go see him. We do have a good class of Ohio guys, several who played in that all-star game, coming in to play for us next year.”

Part of it is that because of the economy, much of the talent has moved out of the state and the depth is not there as it was when Rekstis played at Bay and certainly not as much when his dad and uncle played.

“Most of the public schools in Youngstown are gone and it appears as if Cleveland could be headed that way as well,” Rekstis. “It is not something we like to see but it is a reality. If we can get a lot of good players from a place like Glenville, we will, but it is hard to find many beyond that.”

OU tops CSU, 2-1, in non- 

conference ball at The Freight

April 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON – Ohio University staved off various Cleveland State rallies and hung on for a 2-1 win  today here in All Pro Freight Stadium.


Cleveland State took the early lead with a two-rally in the bottom of the first inning when Kyle Shaffer singled and Tyler Wynn doubled him home.

Kyle Shaffer

Kyle Shaffer

OU grabbed the lead in the top of the third when University School alumnus Gauntlett Eldemire tied it with a sacrifice fly and Bryan Barnes drove in a run with a single to make it 2-1. There it stood for the rest of the afternoon.

Gauntlett Eldemire

Former Prepper Gauntlett Edledmire

In a rare defensive “de-gem,” two errors were charged to the CSU infield on one play in the fifth inning. With Wes O’Neill at first base after singling to start the inning, Jerod Yakubic hit a short pop up that shortstop Jason Haditsch dropped.  Once he saw the ball on the ground, O’Neill then darted for second base, but Haditsch recovered quickly and eloquently enough to get the ball over to second baseman Tom Carter, who then dropped the throw, allowing O’Neill to slide in safely.

The Viking defense then became resilient, extinguishing the two-on-no-out hot spot, getting out of the inning with no damage done.

Walsh Jesuit alumnus Andrew Danko came in relief of OU starting pitcher Brock Trimbur and his brother Ben in the fifth inning.  Ben Trimbur entered on the mound in the fourth inning.

Andrew DankoWalsh guy Andrew Danko

OU wound up using a total of five pitchers to shut down the Viking bats.

Kevin Kocks


To Hear the CSU coach Kevin Kocks  interview, please click on the link below:


Notre Dame College Weekly

A weekly report of NDC Student/Athletes

April 27, 2010

By Andy Barch

SOUTH EUCLID -- The following is a spring sports weekly roundup of Notre Dame Student/Athletes.



OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION:  Notre Dame went 1-2 in three non-conference games last week.  On Wednesday (April 21), the Falcons dropped a 2-1 decision to Lake Erie in a special “home-away-from-home” tilt at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio.  NDC followed up that defensive struggle with a slugfest doubleheader at Urbana on Sunday (April 25).   The Falcons (27-16, 13-7 American Mideast) andBlue Knights combined to score 47 runs in the twin bill, with each team winning a game.  NDC hit seven home runs and banged out 14 extra-base hits in the two games against Urbana. … Travis Brown (Bellevue, Ohio) batted .462 (6-for-13), with two doubles, two home runs and six RBIs over the Falcons’ three games during the week.


URBANA FLIGHT:  Over the two games at Urbana, Falcon batters went a combined 13-for-25 with runners in scoring position, and their 24 runs marked their most in a doubleheader since scoring 24 against Point Park (Pa.) nearly two years ago to the day (April 26, 2008). The run barrage came on the heels of two games at All Pro Freight Stadium in which NDC scored just three runs over 18 innings of action. … The Falcons have now scored 294 runs on the season, eclipsing the 277 runs scored by the 2007 team for most in program history. Through 43 games, the Blue & White are averaging 6.8 runs per contest.



B-W Baseball Team Splits an OAC 

Doubleheader Versus Otterbein; 

Olmsted Falls' Zach McGrain gets   

the decision in Cards win to remain 

undefeated as college pitcher 

April 27, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA - The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader with rival Otterbein College this afternoon (Tuesday, April 27, 2010) at Fishbaugh Field in Westerville.  The Yellow Jackets won the first game, 15-9, and the Cardinals captured the nightcap, 8-5. The split left Yellow Jacket Head Coach Bob Fisher one win shy of 700 for his career.

With its split, the Yellow Jackets are now 11-19-1 overall and 5-8-1 in the OAC.  With its split, Otterbein is now 17-14 overall and 8-4 in the OAC.  After the split, Fisher is now 699-637-14 in his 42-year career. He has already announced his retirement for following this season.  The 1963 graduate came to B-W as a student in 1959 and has spent 51 years of his life at the College.



CVCA blanks Westlake; Aleman 

comes back to beat Buffington at 

No. 1

April 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy handed Westlake only its third loss of the season tonight.


The Royals got a big singles win in the No. 1 spot, in which Alex Aleman came from down one set to beat nationally ranked Colton Buffington in a pair of shutouts in the last two sets.


Westlake falls to 9-3 and is still 5-0 in the Southwestern Conference.



1. Alex Aleman d. Colton Buffington 4-6, 6-0, 6-0

2. Lou Konstan d. Jason Wissman 6-3, 6-1

3. David Ramey d. Max Salvatore 4-6, 6-4, 6-3



1. Mason Blake/Aaron Reuben d. Abhi Ramachandran/JT Rapaport 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

2. Spencer Knowles/Phil Kittell d. Stephen Flesicher/Kevin Wang 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

Kenyon Uses Strong Start to Finish Off Women's Tennis
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Final Results

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s tennis match with the Kenyon College Ladies this afternoon featured a pair of undefeated team’s in North Coast Athletic Conference action. Kenyon, tonight’s winner, earned the No. 1 seed from the East Division heading into the conference tournament.

Entering tonight’s match hoping to gain the top seed and finish 3-0 in the East Division the young Oberlin squad showed a bit of nerves during the first few games of doubles action and throughout singles play. 

Kenyon’s second doubles pairing got past first-years Preeya Shah and Brie White-Dzuro first, 8-3. 

Ariel Lewis and Finley Gates squared off against the seventh ranked duo in the Central Region. Prita Kidder and Amy Schlessman, a tandem with NCAA potential, led from the start but the Oberlin duo would work hard to fight back into the match before falling 8-5.

In the third doubles slot Rebecca Brown and Julie Christensen showed early signs of taking a match from the Ladies as they raced out to leads of 3-0, 4-1, and even held a 6-3 advantage. However, the duo of Erin Ivanoff and Lydia Winkler would have other plans as they evened the score at six (6) all and then took the final two games to earn the 8-6 win providing Kenyon with a 3-0 cushion heading into singles play.

“Kenyon is a good team and they played well and were just better than we were today, give credit to them for earning their wins. We were a little nervous to start the match. Our girls wanted to win so badly and be the No. 1 seed that they were a bit tight and we let one of the doubles matches slip away,” Head CoachConstantine Ananiadis said following the match.

Singles action proved to be a little uneventful, the winners of each match played good tennis to earn their respective wins. Brown, hitting in the No. 5 spot, found a little redemption as she was a straight set winner defeating her doubles foe, Winkler, 6-3, 7-5.

Lewis improved to 19-6 on the year in the top spot for the Yeowomen. She cruised out to early leads in each set and eventually took down Kidder in identical sets 6-2, 6-2.

Oberlin (11-9, 2-1 NCAC East) will use the remainder of the week to prepare for the upcoming NCAC Tournament. Oberlin, as the second seed from the East, will play Friday, April 30 in first round action against the West’s third seeded Ohio Wesleyan University at 11 a.m. Denison University will play host to both the men’s and women’s tournaments.

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