A Page -- April 5, 2012 -- PM Edition

Brown, Miletti, Marsinek and Romans pace Warrior win

Freshman Jenkins also collects two hits in victory

CUYAHOGA FALLS, April 3: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team swept their first ever North Coast League series with a 6-3 victory over visiting Mentor Lake Catholic on Tuesday as Junior Cassidy Brown and Senior Ohio Wesleyan recruit Drew Miletti both ripped their second home runs of the year. Senior Eastern Michigan recruit Michael Marsinek was sharp again on the mound to improve to 3-0, allowing a single earned run in his 6 innings of work, striking out 6, while the Warrior closer Cassidy Brown also collected his 3rd save of the year with a perfect 7th, striking out two. Sophomore INF Nate Romans had a three-hit day, including a deep double and two RBI, while Freshman OF Blake Jenkins also had a multi-hit day. The Senior Miletti also ripped a deep double, Sophomore Gino Sassano continued his fine play, while Junior Joe Mockbee also had a key double.

With the win, WJ improves to 5-1, 2-0 on the year.

Oberlin Athletics

A Run of Success for Oberlin Athletics

Oberlin, Ohio – Over the past two plus weeks, the Oberlin College Athletics Department has experienced a historic stretch of success.
 
It started on March 16 when the competing teams won a combined 14 straight games over the next six days. Oberlin ripped off wins in men’s tennis, women’s tennis, baseball, softball and women’s lacrosse during that six-day span.  During the string, junior pitcherEric Knight threw the Yeomen’s first no-hitter since 2007, while sophomore softball player Emily King followed with the program’s first-ever perfect game.
 
The history-making success did not end as diver Chris McLauchlan became the swimming and diving program’s 23rd All-American with dual seventh-place finishes in 1-meter and 3-meter diving at the NCAA Championship meet.
 
The department also added a new head coach in the sport of field hockey, Anna Baeth, who most recently worked at Mount Holyoke College. Here is a complete run down in what has been happening in Oberlin Athletics.
 
Women’s Lacrosse …

  • First-Year Head Coach Jacqueline McDevitt has led the Yeowomen to their best start in school history as they enter conference play at 8-0
  • Rookie Kate Hanick is fourth in the NCAC with 28 goals on the season. She is the first player since 2010 to earn NCAC Player of the Week honors.
  • Oberlin is eighth in the NCAA in scoring defense and is tied for first in winning percentage
Outdoor Track …
  • In the first meet of the season, sophomore Molly Martorella ran the nation’s fastest time in the 1,500 meters at 4:33.91
  • Freshmen Carey Lyons and Tiffany Henry were named NCAC Athletes of the Week for their school-record performances. Lyons set a new school best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while Henry’s hammer toss of 135-04 is also an OC Record
Swimming …
  • The Yeomen finished 30th in the nation at the NCAA Championships, marking the highest finish since 1995
  • McLauchlan’s All-America honors were the 75th and 76th in program history. He is the program’s first All-American since 2001
  • Beat Wooster and Wittenberg at the NCAC Championship meet for the first time since 1993.
Softball …
  • First-year Head Coach Mimi Mahon has guided the Yeowomen to an 8-14 start, already tying the single-season record for wins in a season.
  • Emily King set the single-season (4) and single game home run records (3)
  • King also threw the first perfect game in school history
Baseball …
  • Yeomen baseball sits atop the NCAC East in first place at 4-0, fresh off a four-game sweep of Hiram
  • Eric Knight threw the program’s first no hitter since 2007 and then in his next start went 5.2 innings of no-hit baseball to complete a run of 12.2 no-hit innings.
  • Oberlin currently leads the NCAC in hitting with a team batting average of .355
Women’s Tennis …
  • Oberlin has won four straight matches and is ranked 11th in the ITA Central Region, marking one of the highest rankings in program history
  • Senior Ariel Lewis is ranked seventh in the Region
Men’s Tennis …
  • At 8-8 the Oberlin men’s tennis team has already surpassed its win total from a season ago
  • The Yeomen have already taken down Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster in conference play
  • Senior captains Sam Towne and Joe Leffler have a combined 23 wins on the season
Men’s Lacrosse …
  • The Yeomen are led by 2011 NCAC Coach of the Year Topher Grossman
  • Oberlin just knocked off Alverina 4-3 in overtime over spring break

Baldwin-Wallace College Hires Jeff Reardon as its Defensive 

Backs Coach

BEREA, OHIO --  Baldwin-Wallace College Head Football Coach John Snell has hired Jeff Reardon as his new Assistant Coach in charge of the defensive secondary.  He joins the Yellow Jacket staff from NCAA Division II national runner-up Wayne State (Mich.) University. Reardon replaces Tom Watts who left B-W to become the head coach at Ohio Wesleyan University at the beginning of March.

Reardon, a 2007 graduate of Hope (Mich.) College, rejoined the Wayne State staff in the summer of 2010 as video coordinator and safeties coach.  He originally joined the Wayne State football staff in March 2008 and served as an assistant defensive backs coach in both 2008-09 and 2009-10 following a stint as a student assistant coach at Hope in the fall of 2007. While at Hope, Reardon lettered in football in both 2005-06 and 2006-07 as a quarterback and was an Academic All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) choice as a senior.

“It is a priviledge to be a part of the Baldwin-Wallace College Football Family,” said Reardon. “to be able to join and contribute to a program with such a great tradition of success is a tremendous opportunity. I look forward to the challenges that we face playing in the best NCAA Division III conference in the country.”

Yellow Jacket veteran Head Coach John Snell is pleased to welcome Reardon to his staff.

“We are pleased to welcome Jeff to the Baldwin-Wallace athletics family and to our football program,” said Snell, who has a 66-36 career record in 10 seasons at his alma mater. “Jeff did an outstanding job in the interview process, has excellent credentials and comes from a family of football coaches.

“Jeff was a fine student-athlete at Hope College in Michigan and has coached at Wayne State and learned what it takes to win at the national championship level,” continued Snell. “In addition,  his father was a football coach and athletics director and his brother is a college coach, so he comes from great stock.

“On top of it all, Jeff got great recommendations from Coach Winter [Paul] at Wayne State, Coach Kreps [Dean] at Hope and from Coach Meyer [Jim, who coached with Reardon at Wayne State before coming to B-W as Defensive Coordinator four years ago],” said Snell.  “We think that B-W is a perfect fit for Jeff and we feel he will be a tremendous asset to our student-athletes and athletics program.”

In 2011, the Wayne State defense squad ranked 14th in quarterback sacks (3.0 per game), 39th in rushing defense (123.3 yards per game) and 49th in scoring defense (23.9 points per game) as it reached the national championship game for the first time in school history.  The Warriors were ranked second in the final AFCA NCAA Division II poll and set school records with 12 wins, four playoff victories and eight triumphs on the road.

Two of his student-athletes received academic all-conference honors and graduated safety Jeremy Jones was the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Defensive Back of the Year and to a number of NCAA Division II All-America squads.

In 2009, Reardon helped coach one all-league performer (Jones) and four academic all-conference selections.

The Stanwood, Michigan native graduated from Sturgis High School in 2003.  As a player, Reardon was a three-year starter who earned first-team All-Conference and honorable mention All-Michigan honors as a senior.

Reardon is a member of the American Football Coaches Association.

Vermilion Product Robert Lear Selects Heidelberg to 

Continue Education and Play Football, Wrestle

Twitter: @BergAthletics

TIFFIN, Ohio-Vermilion resident and Vermilion High School senior Robert Lear
has selected Heidelberg University to continue his education, play football
and wrestle.

Lear is a three-year letter winner in football and four-year letter winner
in wrestling.  As a senior in 2011-12, Lear won the football team's
Sportsmanship, Captain and Craig Reed awards and garnered the Sportsmanship
Award in wrestling as a freshman in 2008-09.    This past season, he was the
West Shore Conference's heavyweight champion, qualified for the district
championships and earned the Steve Mustard Award.  As a junior in 2010-11,
Lear was a second-team All-WSC performer and district alternate while
earning the Captain and Baguba awards.

Lears plans to pursue a degree in education.  He is the son of Jeff and
Karen Lear.

Parma's Vinny Bell

Former Spartan Soccer Standouts Vinny Bell, Ben Yabrow Sign with AFC Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A pair of former Case Western Reserve University soccer standouts, All-American forward Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge) and All-University Athletic Association goalkeeper Ben Yabrow (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive), have each signed professional contracts to play for AFC Cleveland.

AFC Cleveland, founded in 2011, is a semi-professional soccer team and member of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). AFC Cleveland is wholly owned and operated by Sports Management Group LLC with a front office and team shop located in Parma, Ohio.

Bell, the club's first-ever signee, capped off one of the most storied careers in a Spartan uniform during the fall of 2011. The school's all-time leading scorer, he was named to the 2011 D3Soccer.com All-America First Team and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America Second Team, in addition to being tabbed the UAA Most Valuable Player of the Year for the second-straight season. Bell completed his career as the school's only two-time All-American, and he was a standout in the classroom with NSCAA Collegiate Scholar All-American honors as a senior.

In the 2011 campaign, Bell finished with league-bests and program records of 20 goals and 50 points en route to setting CWRU records for career goals (43) and career points (101). Nationally, Bell ranked seventh in NCAA Division III in points per game (2.50), sixth in total points (50), seventh in total goals (20), tied for eighth in goals per game (1.00) and tied for 19th in total assists (10).

Yabrow was a steady force in the net for the Spartans, starting all 20 matches and factoring in all 20 decisions this past fall. The senior spearheaded five individual shutouts with 59 total saves and allowed just 18 goals for a 1.01 goals against average. A two-time All-UAA honoree for his career, Yabrow is the school's all-time leader in wins (35) and shutouts (16), while also ranking in the top-five in program history in saves (212, 4th) and goals against average (1.14, 4th) in over 5,452 minutes played.

Fueled by Bell on the front end of the pitch and Yabrow anchoring the defensive unit, the Spartans posted a 15-5 overall record in 2011 with the second UAA Championship and NCAA Tournament berth in program history. As a team, Case set school records for goals (52) and assists (50) while advancing to the NCAA Championship Tournament Second Round.

OHSAA Board Adopts Revised Competitive Balance Proposal

Member School Principals to Vote on Referendum Issue in May

       COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Board of Directors held a special meeting on Friday, March 23, and approved five additional items to place before the membership during the annual referendum voting process that will be held between May 1 and 15. Among the items that will be voted upon by member school principals is a slightly revised Competitive Balance Proposal that, if adopted, would place schools into their respective tournament divisions in team sports based on a sport-by-sport athletic count. The formula for calculating the athletic count includes factors related to how students enter the school (boundary factor); the ability of students to access additional resources for successful competition (socioeconomic factor); and the success of a specific program over a long period of time (tradition factor). If adopted by the membership, the change would become effective for the 2013-14 school year. The proposal was recommended to the Board by the OHSAA Competitive Balance Committee.

        The referendum language adopted by the Board of Directors to add to Bylaw 2, Classification and Organization, which will be voted upon by the principals is:

“Each school shall be placed into tournament divisions based on its sport-by-sport athletic count. The formula for determining athletic counts and to which sports the athletic count shall be applied will be recommended by the standing Competitive Balance Committee and approved by the Board of Directors on a biennial basis. The formula for calculating athletic counts and the sports to which they are applied are listed in the OHSAA’s General Sports Regulations — Tournaments.”

 

       A Competitive Balance Proposal was narrowly defeated during last May’s referendum voting, 332 to 303. Adjusted in this year’s proposal is the tradition factor, where the emphasis is on the long-term success of a program rather than “punishing” a school for having one great class leading it to success. Just like the 2011 proposal, though, the general concept of the Competitive Balance Formula for determining athletic counts will be: Beginning Enrollment + Boundary Factor — Socioeconomic Factor + Tradition Factor.

The school boundary factor is (no change from 2011 proposal):

•  Non-public schools with no boundaries - 10 percent times enrollment will be added;

•  Non-public schools with limited boundaries - 8 percent times enrollment will be added;

•  Public schools with statewide open enrollment - 6 percent times enrollment will be added (*);

•  Public schools with adjacent open enrollment - 4 percent times enrollment will be added  (*), and

•  Public schools with no open enrollment - no percentage added.

   (*) indicates that this percentage will not be applied if the net number of open enrollment students is

        negative.

 

The socioeconomic factor is (no change from 2011 proposal):

•  The number of free lunch applications within the high school times 10 percent equals the number to be

    subtracted from enrollment.

 

The tradition factor is (modified from 2011 proposal):

•  Six (6) percent of enrollment will be added on a sport-by-sport basis for appearances in the Sweet 16

    (regional tournament for all team sports except football, which would be the regional semifinals), in four

     of the last eight seasons, or

•  Ten (10) percent of enrollment will be added on a sport-by-sport basis for appearances in the state

    tournament in four of the last eight seasons.

 

       If approved, the Competitive Balance Formula would be applied to the team sports of football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball. Team dual wrestling would be added in 2017-18. Consideration may be given to add other sports in the future.

       The OHSAA Competitive Balance Committee will meet on a regular basis and may make recommendations to the OHSAA Board of Directors to modify the Competitive Balance Formula biennially. Should any significant changes be recommended to modify the current formula, the OHSAA will survey the membership to gauge interest on any modification(s).

       By slightly modifying the proposal, the OHSAA Competitive Balance Committee and OHSAA Board of Directors have responded to the concerns addressed by the membership following last year’s referendum voting. Those concerns were:

   Adjust the tradition factor (see information earlier in this news release regarding this change);

   Help the member schools become more informed by allowing them to see how the formula will affect

     each school prior to the referendum voting (a sport-by-sport listing will soon appear on www.ohsaa.org);

   Ensure that any significant changes to the current proposed formula will not be made without feedback

     from the member schools.

       In addition, the OHSAA Board of Directors is considering addressing the enrollment disparity that exists in Division I in the sport of football prior to the referendum voting in May via a change in the OHSAA Sports Regulations.

       Additional points the Competitive Balance Committee and Board of Directors emphasized are: 1.) The revised Competitive Balance Proposal is not envisioned as a formula that will solve all issues, nor is it a one-time solution. Rather, this proposal is envisioned as the first step of an on-going process; 2.) The general philosophy of the Competitive Balance Committee has not been to make any decisions for modifications based on what these changes will do to a specific school(s) but rather to address what are perceived to be inequities in the overall OHSAA tournament system, and 3.) While this may not be the ultimate solution or one that everyone would list as their first choice, a realistic view is that a formula built on the principles being addressed is preferred to a separation of an Association with over 100 years of service to Ohio’s schools.

       Additional information on all of the 2012 referendum issues and a Guide to the 2012 Revised Competitive Balance Proposal will be posted soon on the OHSAA website (www.ohsaa.org).



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