A Page -- April 6, 2010

Former Crushers intern Carlee Gault 

just completed a "good" sports year

in three team roles as a 


April 6, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




AVON -- Carlee Gault, an intern last summer for the Lake Erie Crushers here, just completed what anyone would consider a “good” sports year.


Gault, who was a Student/Athlete at Norwayne High School, started it off with being a part of the Crushers’ front office team that provided the support for an on-field unit that won the Frontier League championship in their inaugural season. She then ended it last month as a member of West Virginia Wesleyan’s women’s basketball team that won nearly 20 games.

Carlee Gault

Carlee Gault

After leaving the Crushers in good hands to go on and win the league title in St. Louis last fall, she returned in August to school and as a Student/Athlete on WVWC’s soccer team that went undefeated at home (8-0-1) and 9-1-1 in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.


Gault played defense for the Bobcats.


Then she played guard on the Bobcats’ basketball team that was ranked 40th in the nation in Division II at the end of the regular season, but then suffered a major upset in the WVIAC tournament that for all intents knocked them out of a playoff spot.


Nonetheless, she was part of a team that had a sterling year, posting a 19-9 record, including an11-2 mark at home, making Gault’s teams (as a participant) 19-2-3 through the 2009-10 school year. For the record, the Crushers played .700 ball at All-Pro Freight Stadium last summer (34-17 in the regular season and 3-1 in the playoffs) .


Gault is a senior academically, but only a junior for basketball in eligibility terms. The communications major already exhausted her four years of eligibility for soccer.


In basketball, Gault and her Bobcats were upset in the league tourney, 53-52, by cross-state rival Wheeling Jesuit.


Selected weight classes will qualify athletes for the Pan American Qualifier


By Craig Sesker

AKRON, OH – April 6, 2010 – This summer, the International Olympic Committee will hold the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) for the first time, August 14-26 in Singapore . There are 26 sports available and Student/Athletes from around the world will be competing.

FILA Cadet age wrestlers are invited to try out for the U.S. wrestling team for the Youth Olympic Games this spring. Wrestling athletes must have birthdates that fall between January 1, 1993 and December 31, 1994. There will be competition in men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. The U.S. women’s YOG qualifier has already been held in Oklahoma this past March.


Here are the weight classes for wrestling at the YOG which will be contested in Akron :

•           Five weight classes in men’s freestyle (46 kg, 54 kg, 63 kg, 76 kg, 100 kg)

•           Five weight classes in Greco-Roman (42 kg, 50 kg, 58 kg, 69 kg, 85 kg)

The maximum that any nation can enter in wrestling at the YOG is five, with a maximum of two in men’s freestyle, two in Greco-Roman and one in women’s freestyle.

The U.S. qualifying event for men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman will be the FILA Cadet National Championships held in Akron , Ohio , April 8-11. An athlete can qualify for the YOG in only one style. Only Student/Athletes who are competing in the FILA Cadet Nationals who meet the age requirements will be able to advance to the Pan American Qualifier.

The second step is to compete in a Pan-American qualifying event for YOG, which will be held in Monterrey , Mexico , May 3-5. The champions of each weight class from the U.S. qualifiers will be given the opportunity to compete at the Pan American Qualifier. If the champion turns down the opportunity, USA Wrestling will go down the order of place finishers at the weight category.

The Student/Athletes who compete in the Pan American Qualifier in Mexico will have to cover the costs of their own flight, room and board. USA Wrestling has developed a set of criteria in case there are more athletes than the allotment of five who meet qualifying standards at the Pan American Qualifier.

Student/Athletes who make the U.S. team will have all expenses covered by the IOC to attend the YOG in Singapore . In order to participate, the athletes must stay at YOG in Singapore for the entire Games, from August 14-26. They must also participate in the cultural events which are included in YOG. Student/Athletes will also have a chance to enter the Beach Wrestling event during the Games.

For more information, please visit: http://www.themat.com/section.php?section_id=3&page=showarticle&ArticleID=21552

Vikings hosting Detroit, Wright 

State this week

April 6

By Brian McCann

Games 30-32
Detroit (2-16, 0-6) at Cleveland State (21-8, 2-1)
Date:    Tues., April 6, 2010, 5:00 p.m. (2) & Wed., April 7, 2010, 1:00 p.m. (1)
Site:     Viking Field (500), Cleveland, Ohio

Games 33-35
Wright State (13-17, 4-2) at Cleveland State
Date:    Sat., April 10, 2010, 1:00 p.m. (2) & Sun., April 11, 2010, 12:00 noon (1)
Site:     Viking Field (500), Cleveland, Ohio

SETTING THE SCENE:  Cleveland State continues its current nine-game home stand this week by hosting a pair of three-game Horizon League series at Viking Field.  Detroit (2-16, 0-6) visits mid-week, playing a 5:00 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday (April 6) and a single game at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday (April 7).  Wright State (13-17, 4-2) then visits over the weekend, playing a 1:00 p.m. twinbill on  Saturday (April 10) and a single game on Sunday (April 11) at 12:00 noon.  The Vikings enter the week with a 21-8 overall record and in third place in the league standings with a 2-1 mark.  CSU has won 12 of its last 13 games to surpass the 20-win mark for the ninth straight season. Included in the total was a 2-1 series victory over defending Horizon League regular season champion UIC at home over the weekend.

PREVIEWING THE VIKINGS:  It didn't take long for fourth year head coach Angie Nicholson to settle on a starting lineup this season. With a somewhat veteran lineup returning, featuring five returning starters and 11 letterwinners, Nicholson has shaken things up a bit in hopes of securing CSU its second straight leage title and NCAA berth.  Just two players in the starting lineup are playing the same position that they did last season.  The lone similarity is in the battery where senior Amanda Macenko (16-8, 2.48 ERA), the two-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Year, is once again receiving the lion's share of innings in the circle with freshman Tess Sito (2-0, 2.86) getting starts recently  while junior Amy Powell (.194, 1 HR, 3 RBI) and senior Mimi Mahon (.283, 2 HR, 9 RBI) share the catching duties.

Mimi Mahon


The outfield has been shaken up a bit as junior Jessica Burt (.295, 16 RBI, 26 runs, 19-19 SB), who started in left field in 2008 and missed all but eight innings of 2009, shifts to center.  With returners Andrea Nagy and Christina Stoffer out for the year with injuries, sophomore Alicia Nichols (.350, 14 runs, 11-15 SB) has taken over in right field with sophomore Megan Bashak (.225, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 9 runs) and freshman Caila Ferro (.227, 3 RBI) sharing left field.  Lia Gordon (.329, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 15 runs) and Katelyn Ciminelli (.256, 11 RBI, 12 runs) have switched positions with Gordon, a first team all-league choice last year, taking over at first base with Ciminelli being tabbed the DP.

Caila Ferro


The rest of the infield is new with freshmen Gabby Gillilan (.200, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 14 runs) playing third base, Sito (.511, 11 HR, 26 RBI, 27 Runs, 23-29 SB) handling shortstop and Dara Toman (.265, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 20 runs) at second base.



Jackets blank Pioneers on courts

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team defeated non-league foe Malone University, 9-0, today (Tuesday, April 6) in Berea for its fourth straight victory.

With its win, B-W improves to 7-7 overall, while Malone fell to 1-11 overall.

The Yellow Jackets took a commanding 3-0 lead in doubles as they outscored the Pioneers, 24-5 overall. The number one duo of junior Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley) and freshman Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Elyria Catholic) won 8-2, the No.2 tandem of sophomore Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) and junior Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) won, 8-2 and the No.3 team of junior Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior) and senior Andrea Essig (Conneaut/ Ashtabula Edgewood) also won 8-1.  The win byMarshall and Essig was their team-leading eighth and improved their record to 8-9 overall. Pecinovsky andMittler are now 7-10 and Green and Pelosi are 7-8 overall.



Viking linkswomen take seventh

April 6, 2010


By Greg Murphy

FARMVILLE, Va. - Cleveland State shot a final round 330 and finished seventh of eight teams at the Tina Barrett Invitational today at the par 72, 6,067-yard Manor Resort G.C.

The Vikings opened the event with rounds of 332 and 327 on Monday.

"We battled and hung in there as a team today," assistant coach Nathan Miklos said. "There are still some little things we need to work on and straighten out, but I'm happy with the way we are progressing as a team this spring."



Scots Turn Away Men's Tennis
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Final Results

Wooster, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s tennis team made the short trip south visiting nearby North Coast Athletic Conference foe The College of Wooster. In the first conference action of the season for both teams the Fighting Scots took control earning a 6-3 win.

Oberlin picked up a hard fought win at the No. 2 doubles position when Joe Leffler and Sam Towne gutted out a 9-8 (7-5) over Wooster’s Brad Palanski and Matt Mandell.

The Yeomen’s top duo of Ben Godlove and Ben Turchin were unable to provide Oberlin with a second doubles win; they were outlasted 8-6 by Matt Hoch and Ethan Arenstein.

Oberlin’s Sergio Sanchez snapped a three-match skid with his win over Alex Turner in the No. 5 singles slot. Sanchez put together two good sets of tennis getting past Turner 6-3, 6-1.

“We played some good tennis today but it was disappointing to leave without a win. We could have had the match if a point or two fall our way in a couple of the matches. Turchin lost a tough one at No. 2 and our No. 1 doubles just missed out on providing a 2-1 advantage heading into singles,” commented head coach Adam Shoemaker.

Leffler earned a win over Wooster’s No. 3 Arenstein using a 6-3 first set before the Fighting Scot would retire from the match.
(Student/Athlete-Cleveland Photo By Tom Maddocks

Olmsted Falls' baseball team goes 

undefeated in Dixieland with 

tourney championship; Cam

Trefny named MVP; Maddocks, 

McGrain, Kolar, Sagerman make 

all-tourney team

April 6, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Olmsted Falls’ baseball team just returned from its spring trip to South Carolina, where it won the Bluffton, SC BATR-UP Tournament.


They Bulldogs were whistling Dixie after sweeping through three preliminary games and then busting out a 3-2 championship game victory over Hilton Head Christian Academy.


The Dogs scored six runs in the top of the first inning which was enough to hold up the rest of the way on the path to a 9-5 win over Bluffton (SC) in the opening game of the tourney.


They followed that with am exciting win over South Lakes (VA) in which they broke apart a 3-3 tie with five runs in the seventh inning, which proved to be more than enough for an 8-3 win.


Then they made it three in a row, clubbing Hardeeville (SC), 12-2.


Falls also garnered some individual laurels, led by senior pitcher/shortstop Cam Trefny, who was named the tournament MVP. Trefny batted .375 with 2 RBIs, and registered 1 win and 1 save in 3 pitching appearances in 4 days. To top it off, he had a 0.00 ERA as he struck out 9 of the 20 batters he faced with only 1 walk. “He played a solid defense at short as well,” said Falls coach Dan Largent.


Four other Bulldogs were named to the All Tournament team. Cory Maddocks-(Sr-3B) batted .833, with 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, and 3 runs. He also pitched one game (No Decision).


Erik Kolar-(Sr.-1B)- batted .500, .with a 695 OBP. He smacked 2 doubles and a triple and reached base 5 times on walks. He also drove in five runs.


Chaz McGrain-(Sr., C) posted a 375 batting average and .545 on base percentage.


Denton Sagerman-(Jr.-P) was 2-0 as a starting pitcher, including hurling to Dogs to the championship game in a low-scoring affair. He got the win in the championship game on 2 days rest.


“Other players who had a solid week were David Venezuela (Sr.), Nick Riolo(Sr.), Nate Ferster (So.),” said Largent.

Cleveland State nips B-W at the 

Freight; Gasti goes downtown twice; 

US's Shedlock gets the save; Avon 

Lake twins Scott and Chris Nealon 

combine for five hits for Jackets

April 6, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



AVON -- In a non-league college baseball affair between two Cleveland schools, Cleveland State came from behind to defeat Baldwin-Wallace, 7-6, in front of 143 fans today here in All Pro Freight Stadium.

A variety of pitchers who hail from local communities and high schools spent time on the mound for both teams, while the hitting went in cycles throughout the game with a variety of scenarios producing the runs on this afternoon.



For Audios on today's game, see below:

The Nealons are fraternal twins who grew up in the neighboring city from the Freight, Avon Lake. Hear what they had to say regarding coming to the other side of the tracks from home to play a game. 
Scott Nealon

Listen to post game interview of Scott Nealon by clicking on link below and downloading

Chris Nealon

Listen to post game interview of Chris Nealon by clicking on link below and downloading

Tim Clark

Listen to post game interview of Tim Clark by clicking on link below and downloading

Go to today's B Page for interviews with Chuck Gasti and and US alum Pat Shedlock and for action photos of today's game:



Hiram College Baseball Defeated by Mount Union College; Green grad Greg Ferrell extends hitting streak to 25 games for Raiders

April 6, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College baseball team lost to Mount Union College, 16-8, today (Tuesday, Apr. 6) in a non-conference single nine-inning game at Robert O. Fishel Field.  

With the loss, the Terriers drop to 3-18 overall, while the Purple Raiders improve to 9-8 overall.



Mounties Use Long Ball in Sweep of Storm

April 6

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Host Mansfield University used the long ball to take a pair of games from the Lake Erie College baseball team on Tuesday (April 6). The Mountaineers hit nine home runs in the two games to earn the 15-4, 21-3 sweep.

Mentor's Brandon James

Junior Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio), sophomore Matt Vanni (Willowick, Ohio/Benedictine) and freshman Cody Blood (Conneaut, Ohio/Conneaut) homered for the Storm (9-16), which has lost a season-high eight straight.
Bennies's Matt Vanni
Regionally-ranked Mansfield (17-11) got a lead-off home run from Matt Hamilton and led 7-0 in game one before Blood and sophomore Mike Morgan (Indian Lake, Ohio/Russells Point) each drove in a run in the fourth. But Dan Chevalier and Hamilton each homered in a five-run bottom of the fourth that allowed the Mounties to pull away. James added a two-run shot, his sixth of the year, in the top of the fifth for the Storm’s final two runs.
Costly Miscues Plague Yeomen Against Bluffton
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Game One Box l Game Two Box

Lorain, Ohio –
 Critical errors and an all-round flat performance by the Oberlin College baseball team resulted in them losing both ends of a doubleheader to Bluffton University on Tuesday night at the Pipeyard in Lorain, Ohio. The Beavers took game one 8-4 and held on for a 5-4 win in the nightcap. 

Nothing can sum up how the night went for the Yeomen more than the fact that game two starter Grady Campion took the loss without allowing a single earned run as four Oberlin miscues led to all five of Bluffton's runs. 

In the nightcap Oberlin appeared to be ready to salvage a split, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning, but would be shutout the rest of the way. A double by Ben Puterbaugh and single by Brandon Cantrill resulted Oberlin’s first run. Ben Kauder’s picture perfect bunt single to score Puterbaugh marked the second OC tally and a two-out error led to two more runs. 

Campion was cruising along but a crucial two-out error extended the inning and resulted in three unearned runs for Bluffton. In the fourth it was more of the same as two OC misplays and two hits resulted in two more runs and a 5-4 Beavers lead. 

The Yeomen threatened in the home-half of the fifth as Jason James and Puterbaugh started off the inning with back-to-back singles, but Beavers relief pitcher Cody McPherson would strike out the next three hitters in order to short-circuit any potential rally. 

Phil Brua came in to work the final three innings and was his dominant self as he allowed just two hits. After striking out the side in the sixth, he fanned the first hitter in the seventh to finish with four K’s. 

In game one the Yeomen (14-8) managed just four hits and fell victim to a five-run second inning by the Beavers (9-14). 

Bluffton pounded out five hits in the second and took advantage of yet another Oberlin error to add a single tally in the third to take a 6-0 lead. 

Oberlin tried to claw its way back in the fourth, posting four runs in a frame that featured a two-run double down the left field line by Eric Knight and an RBI by Cantrill. Unfortunately, the rally got halted as Pat Boukre hit into a 6-4-3 double play. 

From then on Max Phinney would provide the lone Yeomen hit with a double to left field, meanwhile the Beavers would tack on two more runs for good measure in the seventh. 

Junior Ryan Mouch started the game and took the loss after pitching 4.2 innings, surrendering nine hits, six runs (four earned) and four walks. He did register five punch-outs along the way.