A Page -- April 30, 2011

Oberlin College hires Bill Roth from the 

Ivy League to be Delta Lodge AD

By Scott Wargo

Ohio, Ohio  - William Roth has been named the Delta Lodge Director of Athletics at Oberlin College. Roth comes to Oberlin from the University of Pennsylvania, where he has served as the associate director of athletics since 2007. “I am immensely excited about the opportunity to join the Oberlin community,” says Roth. “Oberlin is among the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, and possesses a well-earned reputation of creating dynamic graduates who are thoughtful and committed to excellence in all they do."

“Athletics is a powerful co-curricular activity that can bring tremendous educational value to its participants,” says Roth. “Oberlin seems eager to have its athletics efforts be a robust vehicle for enriching the student experience, extending competitive opportunities, and developing a lifelong appreciation of the importance of personal health and wellness. Few colleges seek to have athletics address such a comprehensive approach, but at Oberlin this aspiration is palpable and has inspired me to want to take part.”

At Pennsylvania, Roth was a member of the athletics director’s senior management team. He was the primary sports administrator for nine varsity programs, including men’s and women’s cross country, track and field, and sprint football. Roth also served as the senior administrator involved with the Penn Relays, the nation’s oldest and largest track and field competition.

"We are excited to welcome William Roth as the new leader of Oberlin College athletics," says President Marvin Krislov. "Mr. Roth’s experience, energy, and ideas will build on the momentum and success our varsity and club teams are experiencing. He is a staunch advocate of health and wellness programs and is deeply committed to helping our student-athletes achieve excellence in the classroom and in sports."

From 2004 to 2006, Roth was the executive director of development at Goucher College, where he coordinated development aspects of the college’s $80 million campaign. He also worked closely with the director of athletics on strategic planning and led fundraising efforts of the newly established Blue and Gold Society.

The search committee, which was chaired by Associate Dean of the College of Arts Sciences Heather Hogan, selected Roth after a national search that produced many highly qualified candidates. “What stands out about William Roth is his deeply thoughtful approach to the role of athletics within an elite liberal arts college,” says Hogan. “Roth is articulate, hard working, and will set high expectations for the department. We believe he will be a powerful and effective advocate for athletics, physical education, and wellness across Oberlin’s many diverse communities.”

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Roth was captain of the track and field team his senior season and was a four-time All-Centennial Conference award recipient. He was also a member of the Garnet soccer team. Roth holds a United States of America Track and Field Level 1 Coaching Certificate. He served as an assistant track and field and cross country coach at the University of Virginia from 1993 to 1996 and at Tulane University from 1996 to 2000. He holds the title of adjunct assistant professor of sports management at Drexel University, where he teaches an undergraduate course on the principles of athletics fundraising.

Roth succeeds Joe Karlgaard, who stepped down to take a position at Stanford University as the associate director of athletics for development. His appointment takes effect July 1, 2011. In addition to Hogan, the search committee included Professor of English Scott McMillin, Professor of Conducting Tim Weiss, Visiting Professor of Dance Deborah Vogel, Director of Parent and Family Giving Vicki Stouffer, Director of Financial Aid Rob Reddy, ESPN Correspondent George Smith ’87, and seniors Anna Frackman and Solomon Turner. Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Ray Appenheimer and Associate Director of Athletics for Development & Alumni Affairs Natalie Winkelfoos served as co-interim director of athletics during the search process

North Royalton High Alumna/Lake Erie 

Junior Two-Sport Student/Athlete Liz 

Stephens Selected for NCAA Career in 

Sports Forum

Stephens is one of 303 students from all NCAA 

Divisions invited to attend four-day symposium and 

workshop June 12-15 in Indy
PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College junior Liz Stephens (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) has been selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis, Ind. June 12-15, 2011.  A two-sport performer at Lake Erie, Stephens was one of 303 student-athletes selected to participate in the forum from a pool over 1,100 nominations.
“I am so surprised, but really honored and excited to be selected,” Stephens, who plays basketball and lacrosse for the Storm, said.  “This is going to be a really great opportunity and hopefully an amazing experience.”
The NCAA Career in Sports Forum is a four-day event through which selected student-athletes will explore and be educated on careers in sports, with a primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. Through the use of dual tracks, participants will examine the key functions of a coach or administrator within sports.
Stephens will be participating in the basketball coaching track, where she will learn a realistic view of the role of a coach in collegiate athletics and examine the viability of selecting coaching as a career. The coaching tract will also include foundational skills of the administrator tract including, but not limited to: academics, communications, compliance, development, event management, marketing, etc.
“By selecting the coaching tract, I feel I am really getting the ‘best of both worlds’ because it also includes several elements of the administrative aspect,” Stephens, a marketing and business administration double major, said.  “There are so many more opportunities within college athletics not just coaching, which I’ve always had an interest in, but in positions related to marketing, business, sales and sponsorship, travel and other areas I am interested in.”
As a high school student in 2007, Stephens had the opportunity to attend a “Women in Sports” leadership conference held in conjunction with the Women’s Final Four in Cleveland. The event featured several of the leading female college coaches and administrators, most notably University of Tennessee Women’s Athletic Director Joan Cronan.
“It was fantastic to be able to attend that event and listen to many of the female leaders and pioneers in intercollegiate athletics. To hear about their challenges, successes and struggles,” Stephens said.  “Since then, I’ve continually considered a career in college coaching or administration as a professional option.”
One of the tools Stephens learned about at that 2007 event, and one she is truly excited about this summer, is networking.
“Getting to know a lot of athletes in the area during that event was wonderful,” she said. “But now, I’ll have the opportunity to meet athletes from all over the country, in every NCAA Division and from nearly every sport.  I am not only excited to learn about them, but also to share about ‘us’.”
“As a new member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and to Division II, this will be a great chance for me to represent Lake Erie College and Storm Athletics and get our name and brand out there.  It’s something I am really looking forward to.”
Stephens, who prior to the conference will spend several weeks in Germany as part of the Lake Erie study abroad program, will be writing a blog from Indianapolis throughout the NCAA Career in Sports Forum on www.LakeErieStorm.com

Mount leads after first day of  OAC  Golf  Tourney

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ohio -- Mount Union senior Scott Miller (Wykoff, N.J./Ramapo) fired a four-under-par 67 to lead the field and the Purple Raiders are in first place as a team after day one of the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Golf Championships Friday at River Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ohio.

The Raiders carded a team score of 290 as the tournament was shortened to 18 holes today and 54 holes overall.  Behind Mount Union, the field is bunched up as three teams -- John Carroll, Muskingum and Baldwin-Wallace are all tied for second place nine shots back (299).

Sophomore Jon Leiser (Minerva/Minerva) and senior Steve Guerrieri (Canton/Massillon Jackson) were the other top performers for the Raiders as both are tied for sixth after each shot a 73.

The 18 hole second round is Saturday, while the tournament concludes with 18 holes on Sunday.

Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team Splits 

OAC Doubleheader With Otterbein; 

Kaity Mullen goes downtown for third 

time this season

WESTERVILLE, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader today (Friday, April 29, 2011) at Otterbein University in Westerville to clinch a spot in next weekend’s OAC Tournament. Otterbein won the first game, 6-4,  and B-W captured the nightcap, 8-1.  The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 but was postponed due to rain.

With the split, the Yellow Jackets improved to 22-9 overall and 10-6 in the OAC and are in fourth place.  The best fifth place Marietta College (8-8 in the OAC) can do is tie B-W in the standings, but B-W would earn the tie-breaker due to splitting OAC twibills with the top three teams. With its split, Otterbein is now 21-13 overall and 6-8 in the OAC. The Cardinals have been eliminated from the OAC postseason chase.

In game one,  the Cardinals jumped out to an early 4-0 in the bottom of the first inning.  The Yellow Jackets cut the lead in half in the top of the second inning when freshman designated hitter Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/ Field), this week’s OAC  Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, led the inning off by reaching on an error.  Freshman third baseman Kaity Mullen (Avon Lake) made it a 4-2 deficit when she hit her third homerun of the season.

Otterbein increased its lead to 6-2 in the second inning. B-W cut the lead to 6-3 in the sixth frame when senior centerfielder Tanya Davis (Hinckley/ Medina Highland) reach on a error and moved to third when Murray singled. 

Davis scored on fielders choice by junior RF Sarah Baker (Mentor/ Lake Catholic).  In the top of the seven inning, B-W cut the lead to 6-4 when freshman catcher Meghan Kossow (Tonawanda, N.Y.) hammered a pinch hit and her first collegiate homerun to right center field.  The Yellow Jackets then loaded he bases but could not score.

At the plate, the Cardinals outhit B-W, 9-8.  Murray led the way for the Yellow Jackets going 2-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base, and Davis was 2-for-4 with a run scored.   Baker, Kossow, Mullen and Resek all contributed one hit. Mullen had two RBI and Baker and Kossow each had one.
Holy Name grad Katie Resek

On the mound freshman Justina Wise (New London) started and took the loss to fall to 11-5. Despte a 6-0 B-W deficit, senior MacKenzie Rohrbacher (Sandusky) took over in the second inning with no outs and two runners on base and pitched five innings of relief. She allowed just two hits, no runs and struck out four Cardinal batters.

In the nightcap,  Otterbein again took an early 1-0 lead after the first inning, before the Yellow Jackets took command with a three-run fourth inning.  Murray led off with a single up the middle, but was erased when Baker reached on fielder’s choice and then advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Kossow then reached on an error and Baker advanced to third. 

 Junior 2B Katie Finley (Vermilion) singled throught the left side to score Baker and Kossow advanced to second.  Freshman outfielder Stephanie Durig (Vienna/ Mathews) came into pitch run for Kossow and scored on  an RBI single down the left field line by freshman shortstop Lauren Feciuch (Kent/ Field).  Resek’s RBI single to center field scored Finley to give the Yellow Jackets a 3-1 lead.

In the fifth inning, B-W added to its lead when Davis led off the inning with a double to right field and Murray and Mullen each singled to load the bases.   Kossow knocked a base hit through the right side that scored Davis and Murray to increase the lead to 5-1.

In the sixth inning, Resek led off the inning with a single through the right side and would score on an RBI single by Davis.  The Yellow Jackets added to their lead when Kossow led off the seventh inning with a single and Finley hit her first home run of the season to left center to make it 8-1.

At the plate, B-W erupted for 16 hits and was led by Resek who went 4-for-5 with a double, RBI and a stolen base. Freshman LF Ashley Elber (Huron/ Milan Edison), Davis, Finley, Murray and Kossow each contributed two hits.  Finley had three RBI, Kossow had two and Davis had one.

On the mound, Murray improved to 6-0 this season, including her third straight complete game victory.  She retired 12 of the last 13 batters, including 10 straight at one point.  Murray allowed one run on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
Former Jax Polar Bear Laura Basford

Jackson High alumna Laura Basford led the Cards to the 6-4 win with a hit, stolen base and two runs scored as the lead-off batter.

Late Match Heroics Propel Oberlin Over 

Ohio Wesleyan

Oberlin, Ohio - In dramitic fashion the Oberlin College men's tennis team defeated Ohio Wesleyan University 5-4 to move on to play in the fifth place match in the 2011 North Coast Athletic Conference Tennis Championships.  The Yeomen dropped their first round match to the Little Giants of Wabash College 5-0 earlier in the day.

The Yeomen, facing an almost certain loss this afternoon against the Bishops, faught to the bitter end claiming the match with wins in the final three matches on the court.  Oberlin avenges a previous 7-2 loss to Ohio Wesleyan during the regular season with today's win.

Oberlin took a 2-1 lead following doubles action winning at No. 1 and No. 3.  In the top spot Leo Sprinzen and Charlie Marks defeated Matt Swaim and John Russell 8-4.  The Yeomen pulled out the point at No. 3 when Joe Leffler and Sam Towne won 9-8 (7-2).

At second doubles the Bishops narrowly escaped being swept as Richie Karban and John Rissell held off Eliot Heaton and Logan Chun 8-6.

Heading into singles play Oberlin, energized by their lead, played heady tennis competing tenaciously forcing Ohio Wesleyan into battles at every position.

Ohio Wesleyan's No. 1 Will Thieman defeated Chun 6-0 in the first set before the Oberlin ace put up a fight before falling 6-4.

The Bishops looked to have the match in hand as the were winners in the fifth and sixth positions putting them within a point winning the match.

Leffler fell victim to Russell at No. 5 dropping the match 6-4, 6-2.  Heaton would do his very best to prevent OWU from claiming a fourth team point.  After dropping the first set 6-2 to Zach Weaver he played tough, smart tennis forcing a tiebreak at 6-6.  Weaver eaked out a 7-5 win in the breaker to win in straight sets.

The Oberlin comeback began when Towne defeated Ryan Leslie in three sets.  After splitting the first two sets the Yeomen No. 3 eaned a convincing 6-3 win in the third to give OC some hope.

With just two matches on the courts Oberlin desperately needed two wins to claim victory.  In the second spot Marks played a strong match against Karban winning in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 nailing his match winner just moments before Sprinzen clinched his match at No. 4, also in three sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

"This was just a fantastic tennis match.  The guys competed from start to finish against Ohio Wesleyan.  We had a couple of gut check moments and today we did everything we needed to do to win.  I am realy proud of how we performed in this match.  We will be looking forward to the fifth place match tomorrow," commented an excited head coach Adam Shoemaker.

Oberlin as the third seed in the East matched up against Wabash College, the two seed from the West, in their opening round play.  Wabash earned three wins during doubles play taking the top spot 8-2 and winning by 8-5 counts at No. 2 and No. 3.

In need of just two points the Little Giants would win at No. 2 were Wade Miller got past Marks 6-3, 6-1 and the picked up their final win in the fourth position were Daniel Delgado defeated Leffler 6-3, 6-3 sending Oberlin into their match up with the Bishops who lost earlier in the day to Kenyon College.

Scots Take Two From Yeowomen

Wooster, Ohio – The Oberlin College softball team fell to The College of Wooster by the scores of 5-2 and 8-1 on Saturday afternoon. 

Brittany Dawson and Emily King each had three hits on the day to pace the Yeowomen hitters. Rookie Melanie Budney went the distance in both games, but suffered loss in each contest. 

In game one Budney allowed just three hits and four walks, but five Oberlin miscues resulted in all but one of the Scots five runs to be unearned. She also fanned four in the setback. 

Oberlin was able to jump on the Scots early in game one as Budney helped herself with clutch two-out two-run double to the gap in right center that plated Dawson and King. 

Unfortunately, Wooster was able to even things at two rather quickly thanks to an OC error. The Scots would than manufacture single tallies in the third, fifth and sixth innings to earn the win. In each of the three innings Oberlin had a least one error that aided the Scots’ cause. 

The Yeowomen tried to comeback in the bottom of the seventh as they got two on with two out, but could not come through with the big hit to extend the game. 

In the nightcap the Scots pounded out 15 hits. OC also made four errors in the game, which resulted in just half of their eight runs being earned. 

The Scots scored a pair in each of the first two innings before Oberlin was able to push across a run in the top of the third. Junior Katie Baldonieri got things going with a double to left center and Budney would come through once again as her two-out single up the middle allowed Baldonieri to score. 

Unfortunately, the Yeowomen couldn’t generate any more offense after that and the Scots continued to score as they added five runs over the next three innings to secure the win. 

Dynamic Brown leads Unbeaten Warriors  

Slippery Rock recruits Nogalo and Snyder both 

provide multi-hit days while Frye continues highlight 

reel defense 

April 28, 2011 – Sophomore C/RHP Cassidy Brown impacted the game all over the field yesterday in leading the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team to an 8-5 victory over visiting Akron Firestone.

 Brown not only threw runners out from his position as catcher and provided three hits at the plate including an RBI and a double, he came on to earn his second victory of the year on the mound in pitching 2-2/3 innings of shutout baseball. 

Another multi-talented player Junior Graeme Frye continued to contribute spectacular defense, remarkably matching his other recent full-speed diving backhand over-the-shoulder catch with what can only be described as a carbon copy.

 Further, Frye hit well on the day and came on to relieve Cassidy Brown in a big way with outstanding defense behind the plate. Senior Captains and Slippery Rock recruits Jake Nogalo and Kolton Snyder both contributed two-hit, RBI days, while Freshman Nate Romans and Juniors Anthony Nemer, Drew Miletti, and Dane O’Driscoll also hit well, with O’Driscoll providing a deep RBI double. Sophomore RHP Mark Mittiga also pitched well in relief. 

With the win, the Maroon & Gold improve to 11-0 on the year.

B-W Men’s Golf Team Stands Tied for 

Second After First Day of OAC 

Championship Tournament in West 

Lafayette; Padua Alum Ricky Jaskolski 

Pacing Jackets, Who Could Win First 

OAC Golf Title For School Ever

WEST LAFAYETTE, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s golf team stands tied for second of nine teams today (Friday, April 29, 2011) after the first day of the three-day and 54-hole Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Tournament at the River Greens Golf Club in West Lafayette, Ohio. Muskingum University is seving as the host institution.  The second round takes place tomorrow, Saturday, April 30 and the final round is on Sunday, May 1.  The winner of the OAC Tournament receives the OAC’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

B-W carded a 299-stroke total to tie with John Carroll University and host Muskingum for second on the first day on the par-72 and 6,668-yard River Greens layout.  In college golf, the team consists of five players with the four best scores that round counting toward the team total.  The Yellow Jackets trail first place the University of Mount Union by nine strokes.  Fans can access the tournament web site at http://www.rivergreens.com/scorecards.asp.

B-W was led by junior Ricky Jaskolski (North Royalton/ Parma Padua), this week’s OAC Golfer of the Week, who shot a one-under-par 71.  Last week, Jaskolski was the medalist at the 54-hole OAC Spring Invitational in Columbus.
Westlake's Chris Nader 

In addition to Jaskolski, senior Academic All-OAC player Brian Routhieaux (Gibsonia, Pa./ Mars Area) shot a 74, sophomore No.1 player Stephen Spalding (Stow/ Walsh Jesuit) carded a 76, freshman Chris Nader (Westlake) had a 78 and junior Matt Warren (Copley) had an 88. Unfortunately B-W’s No.3 player, freshman Augie Ward (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) is missing after suffering an injury earlier this week.

Walsh Jesuit alum Augie Ward 

The B-W men have never won an OAC title.

Beachwood's Sam Friedman keeps busy 

with Student/Athletics at Case Reserve

Anybody who has ever run track knows there is really no off-season. For Case Western Reserve University sprinters like junior Samantha Friedman, official practices begin in early-October and sometimes stretch into May. Once the team “breaks” for the year, it becomes time for those individual student-athletes to begin summer conditioning to stay on target for another season of competition.

The constant preparation, compounded with a tough academic schedule and other extra-curricular activities, can get to be overwhelming at times. But, Friedman says she can’t imagine her life without track. In addition to competing in a variety of short-distance events for the Spartans, the Beachwood, Ohio native also stays busy with her involvement in Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and provides an important service to her fellow student-athletes with her work as an athletic training assistant.

A local product, Friedman made Case Western Reserve a higher priority in order to stay closer to home and be a part of a successful track program. Her mother, Amy Ross Friedman, also works for CWRU as its Director of Continuing Medical Education. With just one year left of undergraduate work, Friedman is focused on finishing up her degree in nutrition with a minor in sports medicine, before following through with a plan to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

In this edition of Spartan Spotlight, Samantha sat down for a little Q&A to talk a bit more about the rigors of running collegiate track, as well as her experience at CWRU and plans for the future.

What sports/activities did you participate in high school? When did you start running track, and do you remember why you decided to start?
In high school I ran cross country, played basketball and ran track. I started running track as a freshman in high school. I had planned on running high school track since I was in the fifth grade because my dad also ran at Beachwood.  

What intrigues you about physical therapy, or why have you decided that’s the career PATH you want to take? What type of physical therapy do you want to do?

I have decided to pursue a career in physical therapy based on my personal experiences. I have been to several different physical therapists for knee pain. I have had knee problems since my freshman year in high school and, because of the experience I have gained working with different therapists, it has sparked an interest for me. I love sports and working with people, so I figure it will be a good career for me to pursue. I am not exactly sure what type of physical therapy, but it will probably have to do with pediatrics.

What is your work like as an athletic trainer? 

We have to complete 45 hours of clinicals and work at least five sporting events per semester. During our time in the training room, we tape ankles and get water, but we are also working with the athletes in rehabbing injuries. 

Talk about your training and preparation for being a sprinter. What are the main areas of training and what type of mindset do you have to have to be a successful short-distance runner?

We practice for at least two hours every day and lift about three times per week. Practices are pretty tough, and, in reality, the season never really ends. Once we finish official practice it is time to start training and improving for the next year. You have to be very focused on your goals and what you need to accomplish. 

Each practice is different and targets different areas of sprinting. Certain days are technical and other days are long speed days. On technical days, we focus on sprinting technique and improving running mechanics. On long speed days, we apply those techniques and focus on pushing ourselves as far as we can. You need to be strong and have a confident mindset to power through the pain or fatigue you may be feeling. 

Do you ever have days where you feel overwhelmed or wish you had decided not to run in college, or do you find that being a student-athlete helps you balance your time better?

There are times when I do feel overwhelmed and wish I wasn’t running, but then I try to think what it would be like without track and I really can't imagine it. I do think it helps me balance my time better. 

With track, my free time is very limited and I need to make sure that I am getting all of my work done within the time constraints that I have. 

What would you say your role on the track team is at this point in your career? As a junior, do you find yourself becoming more of a leader?

I think that as a junior on the team it is important for me to be a leader to my younger teammates and try to be an example to them as well. It is important for me to act appropriately so others can follow in my footsteps. Because there weren’t any senior sprinters this year, I did find myself becoming more of a leader at practice by leading drills and stretches and helping others who weren’t sure what to do.

What’s the best thing about being a student-athlete at CWRU?

The best thing about being a student-athlete is the connection you make with CWRU. I feel like the student-athletes here have a different connection with the school. We are traveling to different schools and at those schools we are representing the university. Those schools get a feel for CWRU based on our student-athletes. 

Host Mount Setting Pace in OAC Track

ALLIANCE, Ohio--Mount Union women's track and field team compiled 56 points after day one and are in first place at the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders possess a 22-point lead headed into the second and final day of competition over second place Otterbein University.
The top three finishers in every event earned All-OAC honors.

Junior Kelsey Schonk (Columbus/Bishop Hartley) notched the lone win for the host Raiders in the discus with a season-best and NCAA provisional toss of 144-01 feet. Fellow junior Anna Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) finished second and picked up eight points with a throw of 136-03 feet.

Senior Annie Patton (Darlington, Pa./Blackhawk) collected a runner-up finish in the javelin with a throw of 123-02 feet, junior Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) was third with a throw of 118-09, while Shonk was fifth with a distance of 110-02 feet.

In the lone relay event of the opening day, the quartet of freshman Caitlin Goggin (Mantua, OH/Crestwood), senior Christin Handley (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois Central), freshman Rachel Smith (Waterford, Pa./Fort LeBoeuf), and freshman Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak) picked up a second-place finish in the 4x800 meter relay stopping the clock in a time of 9:33.99.

Sophomore Amanda Schmauder (Pepper Pike/Orange) logged a very strong showing with a third in the pole vault clearing the bar at a team season-best of 10-08 feet.

During preliminary heats of running events, sophomore Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) stopped the clock with the top time in the 400 meter dash in 57.56. Freshman Alexis Campbell (St. Clairsville/St. Clairsville) sprinted to the second-fastest time in the 100-meter dash (12.54), while classmate Taylor Ruffing (Attica/Seneca East) was the sixth-fastest in the 100 dash (12.77) and seventh in the 100-meter hurdles (15.94).

Baldwin-Wallace Men Stand in First and 

Women in Fourth After First Day of OAC 

Championship Meet in Alliance

DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College Men’s track and field team stands in first place and the Women are in fourth today (Friday, April 29, 2011) after the first of the two-day Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Meet at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.  The final day is tomorrow and action begins at 10:00 a.m.

The Yellow Jacket Men totalled 53 points to stand first after 12 events.  The B-W women stand in fourth with 25 points.  The University of Mount Union stands in second place and trails B-W by nine points and Mount Union tops the women’s standings with 56 points. B-W women seek a 17th OAC outdoor crown since 1988 while the men hope to win its first since 1995 and 16th overall.   Fans can view LIVE RESULTS at http://www.neohstrack.com/uncategorized/oac-championships-mount-union.

The men were led by sophomore discus thrower Mitch Supan (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit). Supan led a 1-2-3-6 Yellow Jacket finish in the discus as he broke teammate and senior Kevin Phipps’ (Patsakala/ Watkins Memorial) school-record by nine inches with a throw of 174-feet and eight inches. His throw also was an NCAA Division III national-qualifying throw.

In addition to Supan in the discus, senior Matt Kromer (Parma/ Senior) and Phipps each earned All-OAC honors by placing second and third with throws of 164’7” and 162’7”, respectively. Both were NCAA provisional national qualifying tosses. 

Sophomore Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) placed sixth. Sophomore Jake Buckey (Geneva) placed second in the javelin with a throw of 166’6” to earn All-OAC accolades. In the pole vault, freshman Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights) placed third with a vault of 14”7.25” to earn  All-OAC accolades as well. Leading the way for the runners was sophomore Zachary Szablewski (Tiffin/Calvert) as he earn All-OAC honors placing fourth in the 10,000 meter run crossing the finish line in a time of 32:20.

The women were led by the 4x800 meter relay team as they placed first. The team included freshman Jamie Clapacs (Willoughby Hills/Willoughby South), sophomore Tess Hoogeveen (Westerville/South), and seniors Krysten Kovach (North Royalton/Parma Padua-Franciscan) and Kim Chinn (Zanesville/West Muskingum) finishing in a time of 9:30.88. Leading the women in the field events was senior Emily Oliver (Waynesburg/Sandy Valley) as she placed fourth in the long jump, earning All-OAC accolades. Oliver jumped a distance of 16’11.50”.

Oberlin Drops a Pair of Pitchers' Duels

Ada, Ohio – The Oberlin College baseball team found itself on the wrong end of two 3-2 decisions against Ohio Northern University on Friday afternoon. 

In the lid-lifter Phil Brua (2-6) once again fell victim to some tough luck as he pitched a complete-game two-hitter and still suffered the loss. The Avon, Ohio native matched a career-high with eight strikeouts. He also walked three and hit two. The two hit batters gives him 45 in his career, which is a new NCAC record. 

Avon's Phil Brua
Brua was perfect through the front three innings, but in the fourth things took a turn for the worse. A leadoff walk followed by a hitter batter set the table for a potential big inning. Following a failed sac bunt that resulted in the lead runner being out at third, a critical Oberlin error left the bases loaded. The Polar Bears would then score on a groundout to second and would later add a big two-run double, but with the error all three of the runs were unearned. 

Before the miscue Oberlin was clinging to a 2-0 lead as they plated runs in the first and third innings. The initial Yeomen run came courtesy of senior Brandon Cantrill as his double into the left center gap scored rookie Mike McDonald. In the third it was fellow senior Max Phinney who came through with a single through the right side that allowed classmate Ben Puterbaugh to come across the dish. 

The Yeomen had two on and one out in the fifth, but hit into inning-ending double play. In the seventh, down 3-2, Matt Fish led off the inning with a walk and was sacrificed over to second, however, the next two OC hitters flew out to end the game. 

Oberlin, which had seven hits in the contest, stranded seven runners on base. McDonald was the only Yeoman with two hits in the contest. 

The nightcap was another well-pitched game on both sides as senior Ryan Mouch (1-2) got the starting nod for the Yeomen against Ryan Damman (2-2). Mouch, a product of Toledo, Ohio, scattered nine hits through 4.2 innings. He walked two and struck out two. Unfortunately, he was dealt the loss despite giving up just two earned runs. 

ONU (19-15) were able to post single tallies in the second, third and fourth before Oberlin was finally able to break through against Damman.

Puterbaugh’s RBI single in the fifth plated freshman Kevin Verne who got on base with an infield single. In the sixth fellow rookie Steven DiNanno got things started with a two-out single and would eventually come around to score on a throwing error by the catcher. 
After Brua came in to get the Yeomen out of trouble in the bottom of the sixth by recording back-to-back strike outs, the Polars Bears turned to their closer Shane Parks in the seventh in hopes he could lock down his second save of the day. He did just that as he fanned two and induced a groundball out to complete the sweep of the Yeomen. 

Zach Jaspers and Puterbaugh had four of Oberlin’s nine hits in the game. Like game one, the Yeomen left seven runners on base. 

Mount Union men's track sits in second 

ALLIANCE, OH)--Mount Union's men's track team sits in second at the conclusion of day one of the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders 44-points are nine points shy of Baldwin-Wallace College as the Yellow Jackets accumulated 53 points.

The top three finishers in every event earned All-OAC honors.

Senior Marc Aukerman (Greensburg, Pa./Latrobe) notched the Raiders initial event win of the championships winning the javelin with a mark of 173-03.

Freshman Sam Ludgood (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) leapt in the sand during the long jump competition with a mark of 22-03, good for second place and a Mount Union outdoor season best.


In the lone relay event of the day, the quartet of junior Cory Hoover (Alliance/Marlington), senior Dan Whisler(Ashland/Ashland), junior Tim Kelly (Lakewood/Lakewood) and senior Ty Griffin (Massillon/Massillon Perry) racked up eight championship points with a second place in the 4x800 meter relay with a runner-up showing in a time of 7:49.13.

Junior Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill/Naperville North) provisionally qualified for the national meet with a season-best mark and fourth place finish in the discus (162-07).


During the preliminary rounds, sophomore Charles Pratt (Canton/GlenOak) collected two impressive times. He stopped the clock with the quickest time in the 100-meter dash (10.96) and the fifth fastest time in the 200 meter dash (22.38). Also of note, junior Korey Smerk (Brook Park/Midpark) was the third-quickest qualifier for tomorrow's 400 meter dash (50.81