A Page -- April 28, 2011

Lakewood High Grad Dee Salukombo

Avon Lake’s Kyle Bates tied for fourth as

NCAC golf championships continue;

Lakewood’s Salukombo, Ellet alumna

DeAngelis, Chagrin grad Throckmorton

honored as Runners of the Week in

Westlake-based league

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

WESTLAKE -- Denison senior Kyle Bates (Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake) stands in a tie for fourth place in the individual rankings through the completion of the first of two events in the North Coast Athletic Conference golf championships.

The second event of the 2011 NCAC Men’s Golf Championship will be held at Fowler’s Mill Golf Club in Chesterland, this Saturday and Sunday, with Hiram serving as the host institution.

The event will consist of 54-holes, with 36 being played on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.

Defending North Coast champion Wittenberg (602) leads after the first event last weekend at the Wooster Country Club. Ohio Wesleyan is second (615), followed by Denison (628) in third and Allegheny (631) in fourth. Wooster stands fifth (637) and Wabash is sixth (671). Hiram (681), Kenyon (710) and Oberlin (744) round out places seven through nine.


Weekly Honor Roll

NCAC Women’s Distance Runner of the Week: Cara DeAngelis, Ohio Wesleyan

Ohio Wesleyan freshman Cara DeAngelis (Norton, OH/Ellet) posted an NCAA Division III provisional qualifying time in the 5,000 meters at the Jesse Owens Invitational, at Ohio State. She finished in 17:28.

Men’s Distance Runner of the Week: Makorobondo Dee) Salukombo, Denison

Denison junior Makorobondo Salukombo (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) posted an NCAA Division III provisional qualifying time in the 1500 meters at the Jesse Owens Invitational for Denison.

Sprinter of the Week: Taylor Throckmorton (Chagrin Falls, OH/Chagrin Falls)

Allegheny junior Taylor Throckmorton (Chagrin Falls, OH/Chagrin Falls) was the top NCAC finisher in both the 200 and 400 meters at the Sparky Adams Invite. He was second in the 400 (49.40) and eighth in the 200 (22.84).

Also, Meredith Shaul (Akron, OH/Firestone) won the 1500 meters with a time of 4:52.53 for The College of Wooster in the Kenyon Spring Invitational (10:00.6).

Freshman Cara Vendeville (Perry, OH/Perry) won the women’s long jump and classmate Angela Roll for Witt in the Wilmington Invite.


OBERLIN junior Carolyn Ball (Milwaukee, WI/Divine Savior
Holy Angels) went 5-1 on the week as the Yeowomen won three times in conference play. Her only loss was a super tiebreaker.



NCAC Pitcher of the Week: Alyssa Lane, Hiram

Hiram freshman Alyssa Lane (Randolph, OH/Waterloo) tossed a one-hit, complete-game shutout in Hiram’s 1-0 victory over Oberlin last week. She struck out a career-high 13 batters in the outing and allowed only a one-out double in the top of the third inning. Lane also got the start in game two and allowed one hit and struck out three batters in two innings of work.

Ohio Athletic Conference Notes

Padua grad Ricky Jaskoski nabs top OAC golf honors

In the Austintown- based Ohio Athletic Conference, in men’s golf it was Baldwin-Wallace junior Ricky Jaskolski (North Royalton/Padua Fransiscan) earning medalist honors at the OAC Spring Invitational held at Cumberland , Golf Course.

Jaskolski was named OAC Golfer of the Week as he fired rounds of 84, 74, and 74 for a total of 232 (+16 par). The team placed fifth.

Elyria High grad/CSU's Megan Bashak

CSU Softball To Face Eastern Michigan & Youngstown State At Home

Vikings Start Final Home Stand Of The Year Hoping to Climb Up League Standings

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Viking softball team returns to Viking Field to start the final home stretch of the year, hoping to ignite a winning streak that will vault CSU towards the top of the Horizon League standings.  The Vikings will host Eastern Michigan for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday (April 26) at 3:00 p.m. followed by a three-game league series vs. Youngstown State over the weekend, playing a single game on Friday (April 29) at 6:00 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday at 12:00 noon.

The Vikings enter the week in fifth place in the league standings with a 7-5 mark but could move up into the top two spots if they are able to sweep both YSU, who is seventh in the league with a 5-10 mark, and ninth place Detroit (0-12) early next week, leaving a three-game series at third place Valparaiso (11-6) remaining to close out the season.  Butler leads the league with a 12-4 mark with Loyola (12-5) in second.

"The opportunity is there for us, we just need to take advantage of it," CSU head coach Angie Nicholson said.  "We have played some remarkable softball at times during this season and we just need the consistency to play that way over a longer stretch to reach our potential.  I have seen some good signs lately so this long stretch at home will hopefully get us going."

The Vikings played just two games last week as miserable weather forced the cancelation of a mid-week doubleheader against Kent State and one of the three games at UIC.  Once on the field, CSU split a twinbill against the Flames, falling 6-0 before coming back to win the nightcap, 1-0.

Junior Megan Bashak was the standout in the circle, hurling a two-hitter for her first career shutout.  She gave up just a leadoff single in the first and a one out single in the seventh, retiring all 19 batters in between.  Sophomore Dara Toman provided the offense with a solo homerun, her seventh of the year.

North Olmsted High Grad Brittany

Donelan Earns Clyde Lamb

Scholar/Athlete Award

By Morgan Hawley

Tiffin, Ohio – April 28, 2011 – Seniors Andy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) and Brittany Donelan (North Olmsted, Ohio / North Olmsted) have been selected to represent Heidelberg University as its 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Clyde A. Lamb Scholar/Athlete Award honorees.

The Clyde A. Lamb Scholar/Athlete Award is presented annually to a single male and a single female from each of the 10 OAC institutions. The award winners will be honored at the OAC Spring Awards Banquet on May 16. Criteria for the award include at least two years participation in an OAC sponsored sport, senior status, a minimum grade point average of 3.00 and sportsmanlike conduct in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete and his or her institution.\

Lowe is a right-handed closer on the baseball team and has helped to guide Heidelberg to the OAC Regular Season and Tournament titles in each of his first three years. A season ago, the Berg won the program’s first Mideast Regional and made an appearance at the NCAA Baseball Championships. On the diamond he is an ABCA and D3Baseball.com All-American, along with a three-time all-region honoree. He was named the 2010 Mideast Region Pitcher of the Year and had been tabbed the OAC Kent Tekulve Pitcher of the Year for two years running. Lowe is also a three-time All-OAC pick. Heidelberg is currently ranked in the top-10 in the nation and in the heart of its league schedule.

In his final year, Lowe has moved atop the NCAA Division III record book for career saves. Entering the year he had 30 and topped the record of 35 at the start of OAC play. Currently he has 42 and is the only active player on the NCAA career saves list. At the Berg Lowe is the career saves leader and has set a new single season saves record every year and heading into the week of April 25 he has 12, which ties his record he set a year ago. Also in the Heidelberg single season record book Lowe owns the lowest earned run average.

Lowe is an accounting major and had earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV and Academic All-OAC teams. He has earned the Heidelberg Bill Landess Scholar-Athlete Award for maintaining a 3.0 gpa during his season of competition and has been a mainstay on the Dean’s List.
Lowe is active in the community and participates in Adopt-a-Road trash pick-up. He took part in the Global Investment Research Competition last fall and is on the marketing search committee.

Donelan has helped to guide the Heidelberg volleyball program to new heights during her four-year career. Heidelberg has emerged into the national rankings en route to bringing home the 2009 and 2010 OAC Regular Season trophies. In her final campaign the Berg swept the OAC trophies, which marked the first time the Berg had won the OAC Tournament.

Heidelberg made four-straight trips to the NCAA Regionals and was the top-seed in 2010. Donelan is a two-time AVCA All-American and a three-time AVCA Great Lakes Region selection, including first team honors twice. She was tabbed the OAC Libero of the Year in her final three seasons and landed on the all-conference team as well.

After leading the defense over the last four years, Donelan will graduate with her name inked in the Heidelberg annuals. Donelan is the career digs leader at Heidelberg and in the OAC, while her final three seasons rank in the top-five for single season digs at the Berg. She also topped the Heidelberg career record book for sets played. In her final season, Heidelberg went 33-6, which set a new single season record, topping its mark of 31 set during Donelan’s sophomore campaign.

Donelan is even more impressive in the classroom. The business administration and accounting major is set to graduate in May and in February already had a position lined up with Marathon Oil. She was tabbed the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American of the Year for volleyball after landing on the academic all-district first team for the second consecutive year. In September she was voted the OAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month and was named to the Academic All-OAC Team for three straight years. Donelan is a Heidelberg Scholar-Athlete and has been named to the Dean’s List.

In the community Donelan spends time volunteering at high school summer volleyball camps in the area, along with assisting on campus with tutoring and beatification projects. She also volunteers at the Tiffin-Seneca Library to help spark interest in reading with youth aged children and at a local church where she helped to run family activities following Sunday service.

Beachwood's Student/Athlete of the Week

is Arielle Ginsburg


Senior - Beachwood High School
Track & Field

By Ryan Peters

This week's Bison Athlete of the Week is senior track Student/Athlete, Arielle Ginsburg.

Over the past two weeks the track team has had successful outings at the Cuyahoga Heights George Gross Invitational, the Chanel Moose Relays and the Pymatuning Laker Invitational.
The team was led by Arielle Ginsburg, whohad an outstanding week. At the Chanel
Moose Relays, the Lady Bison won first place and Arielle was voted MVP of the meet. She led the sprint medley relay, distance medley relay and the 4x100 Relay to first place
finishes and a second place finish in the 4x200 meter relay.
At the Cuyahoga Heights George Gross Invitational, she finished first in the 800 meter relay, second in the 400 meter dash, and fifth in the 1600 meter relay. At this weekend's Pymatuning Laker Invitational, the Team finished in second place; Arielle's 4x800 relay team finished in first place, while her 4x400 relay placed third, and she finished third in the 400 meter dash.
"Arielle is a true asset to our team. She really enjoys working out and training and she demonstrates a great work ethic," says head coach Willie Smith. "Her strong work ethic has helped set the tone for her teammates. She leads by example! Arielle has gained the respect of her teammates, and she is the unquestionable leader of our team." Arielle placed seventh in the 400 meter dash in March at the Indoor State Championships and currently she's on pace to qualify for the Outdoor State Championship in June. Arielle is also a member of the Lady Bison soccer team."

Demons douse Wildcats, 5-0, to move to 9-1

In battle of two-time defending state qualifiers, Buffington tops Oliver again

Westlake’s tennis team moved within one match of the double-digit win mark with a 5-0 win over St. Ignatius (0) in non-conference play.
Defending state runner-up Colton Bufffington

As a team, Westlake’s season record is 9-1

Westlake, defending SWC champ is still undefeated.
Lafayette-bound James Oliver
In Singles, Colton Buffington d. James Oliver 6-0, 6-0;  Jason Wissman d. Christian Zuber 6-2, 6-2; Abhi Ramachandran d. Sean Frebes 6-0, 6-2; and Aroh Pandit d. Michael Prejatel 6-2, 6-3
In Doubles it was Rapaport/Wang d. Nichols/Boakye 6-1, 6-0; Fleischer/Dinchman d. Kirchner/Goergy  4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Oberlin LAX Ends Season With a Loss

Story Reported by Mike Mancini

Washington, Pa. – The Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team concluded their season by falling to Washington & Jefferson 19-2 on Tuesday night.

The lone Yeowomen scores came courtesy of Alice Zicht and Grace Amber. Unfortunately, it wasn’t till they trailed 15-0 before Oberlin finally broke through. Amber’s score was her 35th of the season, which leads the team.

Sophomore Ilyssa Meyer led the Yeowomen with three draw controls in the contest.

The Presidents, who led 14-0 at the break, out-shot the Yeowomen 44-5.

Junior Sara Gaines had a career-high 17 saves in the setback.

The Yeowomen conclude the season with a record of 4-9.

CSU Baseball To Play Road Twinbills At Milwaukee & Valparaiso

Vikings Also Hope To Host Toledo and are at Kent State this week

The Cleveland State baseball team will be back on the road this week, as the Vikings will kick off a 10-game road swing following a home date with Toledo. On Wednesday and will make a short trip to Kent State tomorrow for a 3:00 p.m. contest before returning to Horizon League play this weekend with two double headers in two days, playing at Milwaukee on Saturday (April 30) and at Valparaiso on Sunday (May 1). Both twinbills are scheduled for 12:00 noon CDT (1:00 p.m. in Cleveland) starts.

The Vikings fell to 1-13 in the league on Saturday (April 23) after dropping two games at Youngstown State. In the first contest the Penguins built a 6-0 lead before Cleveland State got on the board in the eighth inning with a bases-clearing two-RBI double by John Calhoun followed by an RBI groundout by Dylan Schwegler.

That was all the damage CSU could do in a 6-3 loss. The second game was much closer, with the Vikings scoring twice in the first inning and the Penguins scoring two in the third to take a 2-2 tie into the bottom of the ninth, where Youngstown State won on a bases-loaded walk. The 3-2 loss led to a no-decision for Viking starter Coty Bates, who took a no-hitter deep into the sixth before leaving the game with five strikeouts in seven innings of work, allowing just one hit and no earned runs in the process.

The wins improved Youngstown State's league mark to 5-6, moving the Penguins past Butler (4-8 after dropping three games to UIC this weekend) into fifth in the conference standings. Cleveland State is sitting in seventh place, making the four Horizon League games this weekend very important for the team's postseason hopes, as only the top six schools make the postseason tournament.

"The two losses to Youngstown hurt us, especially because I think we should have been able to win both of those games," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "With Butler being swept, we are still in the race for the Horizon League Championship. We have four opportunities to get back in this thing this weekend, and I expect us to play hard in all those games."

Cleveland State also hosted a midweek contest last week, dropping a 16-8 decision to Ohio on Wednesday (April 20) after a five-run rally in the ninth fell short. Alex Johnson hit his 11th career triple in the loss, breaking a tie with Keith Lillash (1998-01) to become Cleveland State's career leader in the category.