A Page -- April 7, 2010

Sandy Valley's Emily Oliver

B-W Multi-Sport Standout Emily 

Oliver Seeks to Return to the 

NCAA DIII Championships this 


By Eddy Jansen
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

BEREA --  After placing 15th in the five-event pentathlon at the 2010 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championship Meet in early March, Baldwin-Wallace College junior Emily Oliver   (Waynesburg/ Sandy Valley) has a burning desire to run, jump, vault and throw her way back to this spring's NCAA Division IIIOutdoor National Championship Meet.

Oliver has good reason to point toward the 2010 NCAA Div. III National Meet as it will be held at B-W from May 27-29 at The George Finnie Stadium in Berea, and she's qualified to participate, but right now, she's qualified provisionally.

Oliver earned her provisional qualifying status last weekend, April 2-3, at the Liberty University Collegiate Invitational in Lynchburg, Virginia. At Liberty, Oliver scored a career-high 4,130 points and had three personal-records en route to placing fourth individually. Overall, Oliver has set six outdoor-bests this spring, including a 27.26-second timing in the 200-meter dash, a 2:27.11 timing in the 800-meter run, a 15.99-second timing in the 100-meter hurdles, a jump of 15-feet, seven and three-quarter inches in the long jump, a throw of 93'11" in the javelin and her heptathlon point total at Liberty.

"At the indoor national meet, I learned more about my self-discipline and how to put things [her performance in the previous event] behind me quickly," said Oliver, who carries a 3.7 grade point average in chemistry and is a two-year letterwinner in track and cross country. "When one event was completed, whether it went well or poorly, I was able to recollect myself and focus on the next event.

At Liberty, I put that focus into action and it worked really well," said Oliver, who was joined at Liberty by senior decathlete Steve Price (North Olmsted) who qualified for the national meet automatically.  "It is just another step toward a goal.  I'm already looking forward to the next time I get to compete in the heptathlon and hope I can improve my score even more."

According to Oliver, discipline is what separates the capable from the victorious.

"With the heptathlon being two extra events (the indoor pentathlon is one day and five events and the outdoor heptathlon is seven events over a two-day period) with a whole night in the middle really requires mental toughness," continued Oliver. "The heptathlon requires a lot more resilience; there's a great opportunity for PR's (personal records), but there's also possibilities of setbacks. The experience at the indoor national meet will definitely help me to deal with this aspect."

And, what does Oliver think about competing at the NCAA National Meet on her home track?

"I am really excited to have the opportunity to compete at my own school, in my own stadium and on my own track," said Oliver.  "I like the fact that I can sleep in my own bed and my meet preparation will not be disrupted.  Being able to compete before my home crowd and having a few of my teammates also competing is just exciting."

Emily Oliver

In addition to Oliver and Price, senior All-American discus (outdoor in 2009) and weight (indoor) thrower Kevin Phipps  (Patsakala/ Watkins Memorial), junior All-American shot putter (outdoors in 2009 and indoors in 2010) Greg Patrick (Collins/ Western Reserve), freshman discus thrower Mitch Supan  (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) and junior 800 meter specialist Kim Chinn  (Zanesville/ West Muskingum) are already qualified either provisionally or automatically.

"Emily has grown as a person so much in the past three years," said veteran Head Coach Dr. Bill Taraschke, who has led 48 Yellow Jacket teams to Ohio Athletic Conference titles in cross country and track during his 26-year career. "She excels both in the classroom and on the track and is involved on campus. We are so proud of her because she works so hard to be a good student, teammate and leader."




Rockets down Vikes at the 

Freight; Strongsville's Joe Cola, 

Richfield's Joe Corfman and Dan 

Sherwood, Euclid’s Joe Krofcheck 

on the 14-hit parade for UT

April 7

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



AVON – Toledo banged out 14 hits today here in All-Pro Freight Stadium on the way to an 11-4 non-conference college baseball victory over Cleveland State.



Eight different players reached base safely for the Rockets, including Strongsville High alum Joe Cola, Richfield native and Revere grad Joe Corfman, Walsh Jesuit grad Dan Sherwood (also from Richfield)and Euclid’s Joe Krofcheck.



Krofcheck scored three runs and Cola had the effervescence of Coka-Cola in his bat, driving in two runs with a double in the second when the Rockets began busting open the game with five runs in all in the inning.



The 5-0 lead stood until the fourth when CSU cut it to one with a four-run rally. Chuck Gasti, who blasted two home runs yesterday here, creamed a two-run triple to highlight the inning.


CSU would score no more. Toledo took a bigger lead in the fifth when Krofcheck walked, stole second and scored on a two-run dinger by Aaron Dudley.


Nate Blankmeyer took the loss on the mound for the Vikes.



8th Annual St. Ignatius High School

Summer Hockey Camp



Who: Boys entering the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades

When: Wednesdays from June 9th to July 7th   

                        Time: 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM

                        Where: Brooklyn Ice Rink

                        Cost: $100 per player; $50 per goalie              

·        All campers receive a jersey and logo puck with paid registration

·        For more info, call 216.651.0222 (*222) or email Coach O’Rourke at porourke@ignatius.edu    


Mail the bottom of this form along with your check payable to “St. Ignatius HS” to:

St. Ignatius Sports Camps

1911 W. 30th Street

Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Attn: Sean O’Toole


Name:  _____________________________________  School:  ____________________

Address:  _______________________________________________________________

City:  ______________________________________  Grade (this fall):  ____________

Zip:  _________________  Telephone:  _______________________________________

Sports Camp Attending:  HOCKEY                             Jersey Size:    Large       X-Large


I hereby authorize the St. Ignatius Summer Sports Camp to act for me in any emergency requiring medical attention.  I authorize St. Ignatius HS to send my child to a hospital for diagnosis or treatment if necessary.


Parent or Guardian’s Signature:  _____________________________  Date:  __________




April 7, 2010

By Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND - The Mary Chisholm Painter Memorial Gateway was constructed in 1904 and is often called the Mather College Arch. The arch, which is nestled on the north side of Euclid Avenue in the heart of Case Western Reserve's University Circle campus, has always carried much symbolism. 

This campus icon symbolized an opening of opportunities for women seeking higher education in the 20th century.  A new Mather gateway opened today a little farther north on campus, benefiting women of the 21st century and their athletic pursuits.




Oberlin Having Season to 

Remember in Sendoff for Lahetta

Postgame Congratulations Have Become the Norm, not Exception

April 7, 2010

By Chris Webb

Special from Buckeyestatebaseball.com

OBERLIN -- Nineteen-Eighty Six was a great year for many reasons.

For one, it was a good year for the Oberlin baseball program. In the North Coast Athletic Conference’s second season of existence, the Yeomen finished fifth in the conference with a 9-11 NCAC mark, going 15-19 overall.

Unfortunately 23 years later the nine wins remains the high-water mark of the program.

After an offseason in which Yeomen skipper Eric Lahetta announced he was turning over the coaching reins to assistant Adrian Abrahamowicz, the first-place Yeoman now 14-6 overall, 7-1 in NCAC play, are looking to make Lahetta’s 13th and final season a lucky one.

It’s easy to get sentimental and emotional when speaking of one who has given so much to a program. Time, effort, patience, and hardship alike, Lahetta has belabored and endured for more than a decade at the Lorian County institute. It’s hard to understand and appreciate the depth of the hole Oberlin has overcome in Lahetta’s tenure.


“I inherited a program that was one of the worst in the country” Lahetta said as Oberlin was 7-124 overall, 4-71 in conference play in the five years prior to Lahetta.

Think about that. Oberlin had a five-year period in which it won four conference games, a feat matched in one weekend as Oberlin swept Hiram this season in the NCAC 2010 opener. The seven NCAC wins are the most since 1988, a year in which the 2010 seniors were born. The Yeomen have come a long way.

Unlike other Division III schools, especially their NCAC peers, Oberlin has a relatively late spring break. For the Hiram series the Yeomen had just one game under their belt, a loss two days prior to Case Western. After sweeping the Terriers, Oberlin went out west, looking to building upon its strong start embarking on a season for the record books. A 7-3 run in the Greater Phoenix Invitation would push Oberlin to a 11-4 record.

“We’ve really come a long way. First thing we strived to do was build a program that could compete, a program that could compete everyday. I feel the last few years we have gotten there. On any given day we can beat anyone.”

Experiencing unrivaled success, the Oberlin student-athletes returned to Ohio, looking to fulfil the second part of Lahetta’s program goals.

“After building a competitive program, our goal is to make the NCAC playoffs” Lahetta added looking to achieve a program first.

So far the Yeomen are on the right path.

Over the weekend Oberlin took three of four from Kenyon defended its home field while maintaining their spot atop the NCAC East, winning the final three games of the series, 9-3, 5-3, 8-5, after falling in the opener 4-10.

In the four-game series junior Ben Puterbaugh went 9-for-11, with two home runs, two doubles, and four walks. In the process of the strong weekend, Puterbaugh, now hitting a blistering .587 on the year, broke Oberlin’s single-season hit record, now having 44 hits through 20 games, smashing the previous record of 43 in 40 games by Seth Binder in 2006.

Jackson alumnus Ben Puterbaugh's .587 average has fueled Oberlin's hot start

It’s been that kind of year for Oberlin.

As Lahetta moves into the newly created position of Assistant Athletics Director for Intercollegiate Athletics, where he will work closely with the Athletic Director in marketing, promotions, and game management, what better way is there than winning to bring attention to a program.

“We’re pretty close (to achieving the NCAC playoffs goal). I couldn’t ask for more from the coaches, players, our administration this last season.” Lahetta stated.

While the road to the NCAC playoffs will still travel through powers Wooster and Alleghany, who Oberlin have back-to-back respectively to end April, the accomplishments of what has been achieved thus far need noted. Already have the Yeoman won more NCAC games than any Lahetta coached team with the 2007  overall mark of 17-23 easily within grasp to send Lahetta at the peak of his tenure with the talent his team has.

Outside of Puterbaugh, Oberlin has two regulars batting.400 or better in Ben Kauder (24-for-57; .421, 21 RBI) and Jason James (20-for-50; .400, 9). As a team the Yeoman are batting .362 with eight players hitting above .300 with at leat 10 hits.

Avon High alum Phil Brua

On the mound closer Phil Brua, an Avon High product, has been lights-out, recording a 5-0 record alongside a 1.35 ERA with three saves in 13 starts.appearances spanning 26.2 innings. Ace Jack Dunn sets the weekend tone with a 2-0 record, 2.61 ERA in five

In speaking of the talent the team has Lahetta is quick to point out that the school sells itself with the education, and the student-athletes are a special bunch.

“We recruited quality young men. Student-athletes who are going to be future lawyers, and doctors with PHD’s. However we’re also getting baseball guys who want to be a part of turning this thing around, to be apart of something special.”

After 13 years of hard work, Lahetta and the players alike, are apart of something special is occurring in Oberlin. The perfect sendoff for Lahetta.

St. Ignatius opens tennis season with 

Coaches' Cup win over GlenOak

April 7, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




CLEVELAND – In a Ohio High School Tennis Coaches Association Coaches’ Cup Tournament tonight, St. Ignatius opened the season with a win, eliminating GlenOak, 4-1.


James Oliver (first), Tom Mascia (second) and Asa Frebes (third) swept singles matches for the Wildcats. All three won in straight sets.



Amar Shah and Mike Nichols won at first doubles for St. Ignatius (1-0). The Golden Eagles fall to 1-2 overall on the season with the loss.



Sydney hosts delegates from 18 countries and four continents from April 8-10 as leaders of the sport Australia calls 'Gridiron' meet in Oceania


By Mike Preston

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010 - The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) will hold its 13th annual Congress in Sydney, Australia from Thursday, April 8 to Saturday, April 10.

The 2009 IFAF Congress was held in Canton, where the inaugural World Junior championship was played last summmer, and the IFAF Congress has previously been hosted in Palermo Italy; Paris, France; Vienna, Austria; Seoul, Korea; Frankfurt, Germany; Cancun, Mexico; Stockholm, Sweden; Boston, USA; Tokyo, Japan; and Seville, Spain.


Delegates representing 18 countries and four continents will meet at the Novotel Darling Harbour Hotel in Sydney during a three-day period to discuss the worldwide governance of the sport of American football - better known as Gridiron in Australia.  Previously the IFAF Congress has been held on a single day, but the increased role played by IFAF and its member federations as agents in delivering the international development of the game has led to the need for extended meetings.

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Brunswick's Amanda Macenko gets 

99th win one night after 

throwing no-hitter

April 7, 2010

By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Katelyn Ciminelli drove in four runs, Megan Bashak knocked in three and Brunswick alumna Amanda Macenko threw a complete game win for her 99th victory as a Viking as Cleveland State routed Detroit, 13-2 tonight in five innings, to complete the sweep of the three game series.

The Vikings, who improved to 24-8 overall and 5-1 in league play, have now won 15 of their last 16 games while Detroit (0-19, 0-9) has dropped 14 in a row.




Late Rally Lifts Storm to Split at Regionally-Ranked Mercyhurst

April 7

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Freshman Zach Mosbarger (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine) drove in the tying and go-ahead runs in the fifth and the Storm bullpen held regionally-ranked host Mercyhurst College scoreless over the final 3 2/3 innings as the Lake Erie College baseball team picked up a 9-6 win to earn a split of Wednesday’s (April 7) doubleheader and snap a season-long nine-game losing streak.
The Storm (10-17) trailed 6-5 after four innings, but scored three runs in the fourth and then another in the sixth. After Mosbarger’s hit, sophomore Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) executed a squeeze bunt for the Storm’s third run of the inning. Freshman Cody Blood (Conneaut, Ohio/Conneaut) delivered a sacrifice fly in sixth.




Storm Drops Home Twinbill to Tiffin; Hudson alumna Alyssa Brown drives in four runs in first game for Dragons

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie softball team dropped a pair of home games to Tiffin University this (April 7) afternoon at Slattery Field, 14-6 and 12-2.

The Storm (6-26) bounced back from a 3-0 deficit in the first inning of the opener by scoring four runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Back-to-back doubles by Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and Lindsey Pennell (Columbus, Ohio/Westland) made it 3-1. Two batters later, Erica Tanski (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) doubled to score Pennell and cut the Dragons’ lead to one. Danielle Finkler (Chardon, Ohio/Berkshire) followed with her second home run in as many days – a two-run shot way over the fence in right to give the Storm a 4-3 lead.




 JCU Sweeps Case  Reserve in 


April 7

 CLEVELAND (April 7, 2010) - Case Western Reserve University (7-23) fell in a doubleheader to John Carroll University (11-11), 11-1 and 10-6, at Mather Park. The results did not spoil the excitement of the day, generated from the grand opening of Mather Park, the beautiful new home of Spartan softball.

Click here to read more about the opening ceremonies.

In game one, John Carroll got on the board early with four runs in the first and scored in every inning en route to the victory. The Spartans, who were wearing uniforms of Mather College as part of the celebration, scored their lone run when junior pitcher Beth Andrasik (Sagamore Hills, OH) tripled and was drove in on a single by junior catcher Ianna Wasser (Warwick, RI).

Andrasik had two of the three hits for the Spartans in the five inning defeat.


In the second game, John Carroll broke the game open with seven runs in the top of the second. Case Western Reserve scored one in the bottom of the inning on a double by Mary Kruszka (Lakeview, NY) and got back into the game with four runs in the fourth to make the score 7-5. Wasser started the scoring with a home run to left field, her third of the season, and the big hit came via double by freshman shortstop Melissa Moore (Brunswick, OH) which scored three. John Carroll responded with two runs in the sixth inning and the Spartans answered back with one of their own via a double by freshman second baseman Kayla Lang (Broadview Heights, OH). John Carroll plated an insurance run in the seventh inning.


Senior outfielder Katie Svilar (Orange Valley, OH) had a pair of hits in the loss.

The Spartans are in action next on Saturday, when they host Carlow University.

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