A Page -- April 29, 2010

Maybe new five-Bowl Game 

relationship for MAC will better 

benefit those Student/Athletes 

directly connected with generating 

the revenue through those games

April 29, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND -- Just last week the Mid American Conference based here in the city that was formerly known as “The Best Location in the Nation” announced that it will have a total of five football bowl relationships over the next few years.

The MAC will continue to have a team playing in three primary bowl games with two secondary bowl games to add to it for at least the next four seasons. This means that four or five MAC teams will play in a bowl game each end-year period through 2013.

Considering that football bowl games are the second greatest revenue generator for the NCAA, its various leagues like the MAC, its member institutions and most importantly its Student/Athletes after the NCAA Men’s Final 64 (now 68) basketball tournament, this would have been a great opportunity for the MAC to view this is a pivotal shot in the arm for men’s Student/Athletes in general and more specifically for those in football and basketball.


In fact, the league set up a press teleconference Tuesday in which MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher came on to the call after moderators patched in the various head football coaches. Part of the conference was to discuss spring football but another part of it was to put up for discussion the element of the five bowl relationships. An obvious question was how could the added revenue help those Student/Athletes who are directly involved in generating that revenue, yet the MAC dropped the ball on it.

Student/Athlete-Cleveland was not able to stay on the call for the duration including to and through the point of Dr. Steinbrecher’s time on the call because, well, it’s always going to be a challenge being in three places at once. In place of this, the MAC offered to reporters a mechanism to email in questions.



Westlake moves to 6-0 with 5-0 

victory over Amherst;

Demons now one match from 

wrapping up dual part of SWC


April 29, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Westlake came to within one match of taking half of the Southwestern Conference tennis championship after tonight’s 5-0 win over Amherst.



The Demons are now 6-0 with one dual match left to play. The duals count for one-half of the league championship and the SWC tourney counts for the other half. The Demons are the defending conference champs.


Westlake (11-3 overall and alive as one of the remaining Sweet 16 in the state tourney) won all five divisions in straight sets, giving up only two singles points in all six sets combined and only nine points in all 10 sets combined.


Colton Buffington took Tommy Hobson at first singles 6-1, 6-0, Jason Wissman blanked Ryan Orseno at second singles 6-0, 6-0, and Max Salvatore dropped Brian Hama at third singles 6-1, 6-0.


At first doubles, Brian Gottfried and Abhi Ramachandran tripped up Alex Flock and Mark Ferber 6-2, 6-2. In the second doubles square off, Stephen Fleisher and Kevin Wang dropped David Bertizol and Kyle Szucs 6-2, 6-1.

Conference Supremacy is On the Line This Weekend
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College track & field teams, and men’s and women’s tennis teams will be competing in their respective North Coast Athletic Conference Championship events this weekend. 

While fans will be able to follow the latest on how each of the teams do on goyeo.com, they are also encouraged to check out the various championship websites (listed below) for additional information. 

The 2010 Track & Field Championships are taking place Friday and Saturday on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University. At last year’s event, the Yeowomen placed second with 134 points, while the Yeomen ended fourth 113.5 points. 

The Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships are being held Friday through Sunday on the campus of Denison University. The women’s event will take place Friday and Saturday, while the men will participate Saturday and Sunday. The Yeowomen have finished third in each of the last two seasons. 



Mount Union Set to Host 2010 OAC Men's Golf Championship Friday and Saturday at Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance

April 29, 2010

By Lindsay Rickel

Mount Union will host the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championship Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 at Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance, Ohio.

It is the second time that Tannenhauf's par 72, 6,694 layout hosted OAC Championship and first time since 1996.  Admission to the event and parking are FREE.

Otterbein won its record 13th overall OAC crown a year ago at New Albany Country Club.  The Cardinals finished with a two-day team total of 639 which was 13 strokes ahead of 2007 and 2008 OAC champion Mount Union (652). 

John Carroll and Muskingum tied for third (655) and Baldwin-Wallace finished in fifth place (667) to round out the top-five. 

Two-time defending OAC Medalist Zack Koinis, a senior from Heidelberg and Otterbein junior Alex Stansell (Fairfield), who finished ninth last year and John Carroll seniors AJ Spalding (Stow/Walsh Jesuit) and Blake Furgerson (Concord/St. Edward) are the returning All-OAC performers from 2009.  

Furgerson, who competed in last year's NCAA Championship as an individual, along with Spalding led the Blue Streaks to a second straight OAC regular season trophy this season and John Carroll won the Mount Union Invitational this past where the first round was played at Tannenhauf.

The top-10 individuals will earn All-OAC honors and the team champion claims the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Golf Championship held May 11-14 at HersheyCountry Club and Hershey Links in Hershey, Pa.

Mount Union Set to Host 2010 OAC Track & Field Championships This Weekend

April 29, 2010

By Lindsay Rickel

Mount Union will host the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships tomorrow, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

Friday’s competition will start at noon and Saturday’s begin at 10 am.  All 10 OAC schools will compete for the league title with a complete event schedule available online at www.mountunion.edu/track.  Tickets are available on site for $8 for a 2-day pass, $5 for a day pass and OAC Students are admitted FREE with a valid ID.  

Ohio Northern captured both men’s and women’s crowns a year ago as the Polar Bear men finished posted 172 points to claim their first outdoor title.  Heidelberg was second with 130 points, Baldwin-Wallace finished third with 122.50 followed by Mount Union (102), Wilmington (64), Marietta (60), Otterbein (50), Capital (31), John Carroll (23) and Muskingum (22.50).



St. Ignatius High School logo

St. Ignatius tops Lakewood, 5-0, in 

non-conference match

April 29, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


St. Ignatius won its 11th match of the season with a 5-0 win over Lakewood tonight.


In first singles play in a battle between two returning 2009 district qualifiers,

James Oliver defeated Alex Mihas in the No. 1 spot 6-2, 6-0. Sean Frebes bettered Jimmy Matthiesen at second singles 6-2, 6-1.


Bill Brady moved up from JV play to serve in the No. 3 singles spot for the Wildcats tonight and responded in the affirmative, taking the Rangers’ Chris Richardson, 7-5, 6-4.

Mark Georgy moved off his No. 2 doubles spot to play No. 1 doubles with Mike Nichols. The new Georgy-Nichols tandem downed Connor Meehan and Jerry Jancik, 6-1, 6-2.


At second doubles, Dave Eapen moved up with fellow junior Brady and teamed up with Georgy’s regular partner, Chad Burton, to top Max Difilippo and Alex Mezin, 6-4, 6-4.

Records Fall as B-W Softball Team 

Sweeps OAC Foe Wilmington in 


April 29

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA - The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team swept an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader from host Wilmington College, 9-4 in 14 innings and 2-1, today (Thursday, April 29, 2010) in Wilmington as the Yellow Jackets ran their win streak to four games. In addition, a number of seasonal records were set and B-W put itself in position of claiming its first OAC Postseason Tournament berth since 2004.

With its wins, the Yellow Jackets improve to 23-15 overall and 9-7 in the Ohio Athletic Conference and is in fourth place in the OAC Standings entering its final doubleheader of the season at fifth place Muskingum University (17-19 overall and 7-9 in the OAC) this Saturday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m. With its two losses, Wilmington is now 12-20 overall and 3-13 in the OAC and play at third placeJohn Carroll University (23-15 overall and 10-6 in the OAC).

In terms of the OAC Tournament, the Yellow Jackets must win one game at Muskingum to guarantee itself a spot.  If B-W wins twice at Muskingum and third place JCU splits, the final two spots (seeds three and four) would come down to who has the better record against the fifth place team and then down the standings. Right now, Muskingum is tied with Heidelberg University, Capital University and Marietta College for fifth place. On Saturday, Capital is at Heidelberg and Marietta hosts Otterbein College.  If B-W is swept by Muskingum, the Jackets would be tied with at least the Fighting Muskies for the fourth spot and a whole new set of senarios would take place......

In the first game, B-W took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning only to have Wilmington tie it at 2-2 with a pair of runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning. B-W regained the lead at 4-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh frame only to have the Quakers again tie the game at 4-4 with two in the bottom of the seventh.

Stow alumna Kim Parkinson

In the 14th inning, B-W broke the game open as sophomore pitcher Sarah Baker (Mentor/ Lake Catholic) led off with a single and moved to second on a bunt single by junior first baseman Katrina Resek (Strongsville). Baker was then replaced by pinch runner Kim Parkinson (Stow/ Stow-Munroe Falls), who scored the eventual winning run when the Quaker shortstop misplayed a sacrifice bunt by sophomore 2B Katie Finley (Vermilion).  A single by sophomore centerfielder Meredith Fogg (Sandusky/ Senior) then plated Resek and Finley for a 7-4 lead. The final two runs scored on a 2-run single by junior All-OAC and All-Central Region catcher Tanya Davis (Hinckley/ Medina Highland).

On the mound, Baker pitched all 14 innings for her school-record 19th victory and is now 19-9 overall with 20 complete games to rank second all-time in a single season.  She allowed 13 base hits and four runs (three earned) and struck one Quaker batter and walked four others.

At the plate, senior LF Chelsea Saunders (Medina/ Highland) had a schol single-game record six hits in eight at-bats with two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI. Baker helped her own cause by going 4-for-seven with an RBI and Davis, Finley and Fogg each had a pair of hits. Senior SS Mallory Kobak (Independence) scored three runs and stole a pair of bases to break her own school single-season mark and now has 36.
Indy's Mallory Kobak

In game two, the Yellow Jackets gained a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first inning as Saunders singled with one out, advanced to second base on a Davis single and scored when senior 3B Megan Coyne (Valley City/ LaGrange Keystone) had a base hit. The lead grew to 2-0 in the fourth inning as Finley reached on an error to lead off the frame, moved to second via a sacrifice bunt, to third base following a fly out to RF and scored on Saunders second hit of the game. The Quakers closed to 2-1 with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, and the game ended when B-W threw out the potential tying run at third base.

On the mound, junior Mackenzie Rohrbacher (Sandusky/ Senior) pitched a complete-game eight-hitter and allowed one run to improve her mark to 4-5 overall. She struck out five Quakers and walked just one.

At the plate, Saunders and Davis each finished 2-for-4 with Saunders scoring once and driving in another run.

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