A Page -- April 30, 2010

Catawba Indians

Lake alumna Kelsey Babos 

competing in NCAA Regional this 

weekend; Mags' Smith, Wadsworth's 

Lackey, Avon's Opsitnick also 

complete successful Springs for 

Catawba (NC) golf 

April 30, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Lake High School (Uniontown, Stark County) graduate Kelsey Babos will be competing in the Division II Regional Golf Tournament Sunday through Tuesday, the NCAA announced earlier this week in its selection release.


Playing for Catawba College in North Carolina, Babos has been the leading women’s golfer all season long in a program that is laden with Student/Athletes from Northeastern Ohio.

Catawba will host the Super II Regional at its Salisbury Country Club. Nine teams and four individuals from non-qualifying teams made the cut.

Most recently, Babos finished fourth overall at the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Championships with a 78-79-85 showing for a three-round total of 232.

Golf (W): Kelsey Babos


In the same tourney, teammate Elizabeth Smith, a Magnificat alumna and Avon Lake native, was the second-highest Indian finisher, taking 12th overall with rounds of 79, 79 and 82. She finished 11 strokes behind Babos with a 243 total.

Golf (W): Elizabeth Smith


The Indians’ Samantha Lackey, a Wadsworth High alumna, finished 35th overall and fourth on the team with scores of 95, 84 and 89 for a 268 total.

One week earlier Babos made history by becoming the first Indian women’s golfer to finish a tournament under par as she placed third at the Agnes McAmis Memorial women’s golf tournament.  Babos equaled her career low each day with one-under scores of 71 to give her a two-under-par total of 142. Two days later she was named to the All-SACW team for the fourth time in her career.

Golf (W): Samantha Lackey


In that same tourney, Lackey turned in her career-best round of 82.  Babos finished third overall, Smith 27th (two-round total of (159) and Lackey 52nd with a two-round total of 169.

Babos and Smith were also 1-2 on the team at the Hargett Memorial earlier this spring.

On the men’s side, one of Catawba’s top freshman has been Mike Opsitnick, who began his high school career at St. Edward but transferred to Avon form where he graduated last spring.

Golf (M): Mike Opsitnick 


One of three freshmen on the team, Opsitnick led all Catawba Varsity B golfers in the Ralph Hargett Memorial, placing 26th overall with a 159, including an opening round of 76 on the 6,936-yard, Par-72 Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation.. 

Westlake finishes dual season 

undefeated with 5-0 blanking of

Falls; SWC tourney left to wrap it

all up for second straight year

April 30, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor         


WESTLAKE – Westlake High earned half of the Southwestern Conference tennis championship with tonight’s 5-0 win over Olmsted Falls.


The Demons, the defending SWC champs, conclude the dual meet portion of the season 7-0 with the conference tourney, which counts as the other half of the championship, to be played tomorrow.

Olmsted Falls High School logo

Westlake (12-3 overall) won all five divisions in straight sets. Colton Bufftington clubbed Sean Kloock 6-2, 6-4, at first singles; Jason Wissman dropped Colin Kloock 6-1, 6-0, at second singles; and  Max Salvatore blitzed Kevin Paradis 6-0, 6-3, at third singles.

In doubles play, it was Brian Gottfried and Abhi Ramachandran over Alex Snelly and Michael Snelly 6-3, 6-3, in the No. 2 slot, and Stephen Fleischer and Kevin Wang over Mark Zapotosky and Lucas Alstadt 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 2 slot.

Day One of the NCAC Championships is in the Books
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Men's Results Women's Results

Delaware, Ohio – 
Through six scored events the Oberlin College track and field teams each rest in fifth place. The Yeomen have amassed 23 points, while the Yeowomen have recorded 22.5 points.

“It was a good first day for us with many people qualifying for finals,” Head Coach Ray Appenhemier said. “I felt we put ourselves into position to have a great day tomorrow.”

Highlighting today’s action was junior Josh Gallagher who turned in two all-conference performances. His discus toss of 149-06 was good for second place while his shot put heave of 48-08 placed him third in the 15-man field. 

On the women’s side junior Laura Vernon finished second in the pole vault as she cleared 9-07.25.

Tomorrow’s full slate of action will get underway at 10 a.m



“Big roster moves for the Lake Erie Crushers 

include a trade, a retirement and the acquisition 

of two new pitchers”


April 30, 2010

By Nicolle Meyer

Avon—The Lake Erie Crushers have traded fan favorite, #40 Gordon Gronkowski to the Worcester Tornados of the Cam-Am League for a player to be named later. Gronkowski was one of the first players signed by the Crushers last spring and was a major contributor in the team’s championship first season.


A 2009 Frontier League All-Star, Gronkowski filled the role of designated hitter for a majority of the season. In 88 games played, he batted .305 and led the team in home runs (19) and RBI (79).  Off the field, Gronkowski was known as the “Mayor of the Freight” by the fans. For his community service, the league recognized Gronkowski after the season with the Fran Riordan Citizenship Award.

Gordon Gronkowski


"Gordie is a guy who will not only be hard to replace in the middle of our lineup, but I will miss his clubhouse presence,” said Field Manager John Massarelli. “He helped create the chemistry we needed to win the championship.  We appreciate Gordie’s contribution to the team, but are pleased that with this trade he will be able to be closer to his family and brother.”

Gronkowski’s brother Rob, a stand out tight-end out of Arizona State University, was drafted by the New England Patriots this past week in the 2010 NFL draft.

In addition to losing Gronkowski in the line-up, the Crushers will also be without starting pitcher, Brent Lysander this season. After a successful 2009 campaign on the mound, Lysander has decided to retire from professional baseball to pursue other career opportunities. The right-handed pitcher recorded nine wins and three losses for the Crushers last season, posting an ERA of 4.75. In 19 games started, Lysander threw 57 strikeouts and gave up only 39 walks. He also pitched one complete game.

“Lysander will be another difficult player to replace. He was solid starter in our rotation last summer and we will need some of our new players to step in and fill that role,” said Massarelli.

In other roster moves, the Crushers have added two new pitchers to the staff. Righty Phil Rummel joins the team after playing the 2008 and 2009 seasons in the Houston Astros organization. Billy Kitchen, another right hander, played the 2009 season in the Seattle Mariners organization with their Arizona rookie league team.

B-W sixth after first day of 

OAC golf tourney; Padua alumnus 

Ricky Jaskolski shoots 77 to 

sit in top 10 

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s golf team ranks sixth of nine teams after day one today (Friday, April 29) of the 2010Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Tournament hosted by Mount Union College at Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance, Ohio. The second and final day of the tournament begins tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m.

B-W totaled 315 strokes on the par-72 and 6,694-yard Tannenhauf layout. Otterbein College (298) leads and is followed in the top five by Mount Union (308), Ohio Northern University (309), Heidelberg University (311) and John Carroll University (314).

The Yellow Jackets were led by senior two-time All-OAC player Nick Bryan (Zanesville/Rosecrans) with a 76 -- good for a tie for seventh place.


Sophomore Ricky Jaskolski (North Royalton/Parma Padua Franciscan) was second with a 77 and junior Matt Weiss (Concord/ Mentor) was third at 79. Senior Mike Falk (Strongsville) and freshman Stephen Spalding (Stow/Walsh Jesuit) rounded out the scoring with identical scores of 83.

Walsh Jesuit grad Steve Spaulding

The winner of the OAC Championship receives an automatic bid to the Division III National Championship Tournament. The top 10 individual finishers in this weekend's tournament receive All-OAC status.

Otterbein Leads After First Day 

at 2010 OAC Men's Golf 

Championship at Tannenhauf Golf 

Club in Alliance

April 30

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE)--Otterbein posted a team score of 298 to lead after the first round of the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Men's GolfChampionship at Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance.

Warm temperatures, sunny skies but sustained winds near 20 miles per hour greeted golfers on Tannenhauf's par 72, 6,694 layout.

All five Cardinals shot in the 70's as the defending conference champions have a 10-stroke lead over tournament host and 2007 and 2008 champion Mount Union (308).



B-W Women's Tennis Clinches At 

Least a Share of OAC Title with 

9-0 Win at Muskingum

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women's tennis team clinched at least a share of the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season championship with a 9-0 victory at Muskingum University today (Friday, April 30, 2010) in New Concord. The Yellow Jackets have now won 11 matches in a row and can clinch the OAC title outright with a win versus Wilmington College on Sunday.

The Yellow Jackets are now 14-7 overall and 8-0 in the OAC. B-W has already clinched the top seed in next week's conference tournament and closes out the regular season versus Wilmington on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in Berea. Muskingum falls to 3-12 and 1-8 in the OAC.



Hiram College Softball Loses a Pair of Games Against Denison University

April 30, 2010

GRANVILLE, OHIO  –  The Hiram College softball team lost a pair of games against Denison University, 5-4 and 2-0, tonight (Friday, Apr. 30) in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader in Granville.  [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]

With the losses, the Terriers are now 18-15 overall and 7-5 in the NCAC.  The Big Red improve to 25-13 overall and 9-3 NCAC.

In game one, Hiram scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning on a RBI double by freshman designated hitter/first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) to give the Terriers an early 1-0 lead.  Denison tied the game with a score in the bottom of the second and took the lead with a three-run third giving the Big Red a 4-1 advantage.  Hiram then got to within a run on a two-RBI single by senior two-time All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) in the top of the fourth narrowing the gap to 4-3.  But Denison added a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning to increase the margin to 5-3.  The Terriers would make some noise in their final at-bats and would score on a wild pitch with two outs, but would not cross home plate again as Denison hung on for the 5-4 victory.

Hiram would outhit Denison, 12-9, and was led by Dropsey and freshman Megan Troxell (New Richmond) who both finished three-of-four at the plate.  Dropsey would also add two RBI while Troxell had a run scored.  Junior first baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) added a pair of hits going two-of-four and scored a run.

On the mound, Dropsey pitched the entire game, but suffered the loss and is now 13-9 overall.  She allowed five runs on nine hits and struck out five batters in six innings.

In the nightcap, Denison took an early lead scoring runs in the first and second innings for a 2-0 advantage.  The two scores would prove to be all that the Big Red would need as Hiram tallied four hits in the game, but no runs, and went on to the 2-0 final.

Dropsey was the only Hiram player to record multiple hits finishing two-of-three at the plate. 

Dropsey would also pitch a complete game in the nightcap, but would fall to 13-10 overall for the season after allowing two runs on seven hits and struck out two batters.

Hiram will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, May 1) with a NCAC doubleheader against Wittenberg University in the regular season and home finale at Myrtis E. Herndon Field.  It will also be senior day with the first game scheduled to begin at noon

Women's Tennis Concludes First Day of NCAC Action; Headed to Consolation Match
Story Reported by Wes Davis
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Final Results vs. Ohio Wesleyan
Final Results vs. Denison

Granville, Ohio – This morning the Oberlin College women’s tennis team began their quest to improve upon their two previous season’s third place finishes in the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament. Oberlin cruised though the opening round defeating Ohio Wesleyan University 5-1 then fell to Denison University in their semifinal match-up 6-0.

Against Ohio Wesleyan, the Yeowomen earned wins in two of the three doubles matches. Ariel Lewis and Finley Gates won in the top spot defeating Pam Quigney and Emily Kiourtsis 9-8.

Liz Saltzman and Emily Thebaut took the third doubles match 8-4 providing Oberlin with the 2-1 lead heading into singles play. OWU’s Erin Cohn and Becky Simon pulled out an 8-6 win over Preeya Shah and Brie White-Dzuro at No. 2 doubles.

The Yeowomen secured the first round win with victories at the No. 1, No. 4 and No. 6 singles positions. Lewis grabbed her 20th win of the season defeating Quigney (6-1, 7-5) in the top spot.

Carolyn Ball hitting at fourth singles took out Cohn in straight sets (6-2, 6-3) to notch her 10th win of the year.

Thebaut cruised through her match at No. 6 to earn the decisive fifth team point besting Mackenzie Conway, 6-0, 6-1.

“We had a good first day of the NCAC’s, we played well against OWU and turned around and put in a good effort against a tough Denison team. Their lineup is deep and they are consistent from top to bottom, however, I thought we played them close through singles,” commented Head Coach Constantine Ananiadis.

In semifinal action, fifth-ranked Denison took a commanding 3-0 lead at the conclusion of doubles play. DU’s Marta Drane and Kristin Cobb the Central Region’s third best pairing pushed by Lewis and Gates 8-3.

The Big Red (15-4) would continue to roll clinching the match with wins at four and six singles.

Lewis and Cobb would continue to battle it out in the top spot. The NCAC requires ranked individuals to complete their matches. The Oberlin ace, ranked seventh, took the first set 6-4 before dropping the second 6-3 and falling short in the super tiebreaker 10-6 to tenth ranked Cobb.

“We are looking forward to our match with Allegheny tomorrow,” said Ananiadis. The Yeowomen defeated the Gators a week ago (5-4) in a regular season NCAC match-up.

Oberlin (12-10) will return to the courts tomorrow playing in the third and fourth place consolation match. The Yeowomen will square off against Allegheny College at 11 a.m. in Granville. If weather forces play to move indoors Oberlin and Allegheny will play their match on the Kenyon College campus in the Jasper Tennis Center.

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