A Page -- April 7, 2011

Lancers have enough depth to challenge 

for long play into Coaches' Cup

By Kristy Booher

Gilmour Academy tennis team is in a good position to improve upon its record from last season and may even be able to send a few players on to the state championships this season if all goes according to plan. Fifth-year head coach Henry Wiley is confident in the team’s abilities to surprise opponents, especially with junior Mike Riley returning as one of the Lancers’ top talents. Last season, Riley was the squad’s number one singles player, and this season, he will have some healthy competition for the ranking as talented newcomer Weston Noall joins the team.

In addition to Riley, other returning team members include senior Evan Stefanski and juniors Tim Barry, Tommy Flynn, Kevin Gleason, Jack Renner and Austin Semarjian. New to the team this season is senior Jack Dolan.

“Overall, I feel we have some good players who will allow us to reach the goals we’ve set for this season,” said Wiley.
+e close contests while also surprising a few of the stronger teams they faced.

Another goal is to qualify some team members to the state championships in Columbus at the end of May.

“We have some talent,” said Wiley. “If the players play at the level they’re capable of and also continue to improve their game throughout the season, they will have a reasonable shot at going to Columbus.”

Wiley also expects a top three team finish in the traditional Coaches’ Association Tournament.

Gilmour kicks off the season at home on April 5 against Grand River Academy and has a total of eight home matches on the schedule with the final regular season match at home on May 5 against Western Reserve Academy.

Mount Union's girls' tennis team falls to 

College of Wooster

By Josh Reilly

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's tennis team suffered a 5-4 non-conference loss to Wooster on Tuesday.

Hallet (L), and Adamsky

Krissy Hallett (Willoughby Hills/Willoughby Hills) helped earn two points for the Purple Raiders. In the No. 1 singles match, Hallett defeated Ashley Stockwell, 6-2, 6-2.

At first doubles, Hallett teamed with Megan Czuchra (Mantua/Crestwood) to claim an 8-6 victory over Stockwell and Kelsey Jenkins.

Courtney Adamsky (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) and Lauren Olivier (Chagrin Falls/Walsh Jesuit) also earned individual wins for Mount Union (6-5). Adamsky outlasted Lauren Grimanis, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6, at No. 3 singles while Olivier defeated Suzanne Hamby, 6-2, 7-6, at fourth singles.

The Purple Raiders will return to action on Saturday when they visit Muskingum for a 1 p.m. Ohio Athletic Conference match.





High school seniors and coaches from Arizona, 

Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and 

Wisconsin will face Munich Cowboys in Bavaria on 

April 16; three VASJ Vikings, a Blue Devil and two 

Latin Lions among the field
By Mike Preston

TUCSON, ARIZONA - Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - The Team Stars & Stripes coaching staff has selected a group of 30 high school seniors from seven states to take part in the 2011 Global Bowl Germany in the Bavarian city of Munich on Saturday, April 16. 

Among local Student/Athletes to participate in the Land of the many great engineering, science and math minds for Old Glory are Villa Angela St. Joseph’s Mike Brately, Kevin Koehl, Phil Wellington, and Pat Laffey; ND-Latin’s John Lemons and Terry Smith; and Wickliffe’ Bill Shumar.
The roster made up of U.S. high school seniors will face the Munich Cowboys junior led by head coach Florian Berrenberg on Saturday, April 16, following a week of practices and cultural sightseeing in Rothenburg, Munich and the Bavarian Region.  Players were selected not only for football ability, but also as all-round student-athletes.
Veteran Arizona high school coach Jeff Scurran will lead Team Stars & Stripes for a fourth successive spring. He coached Team Stars & Stripes, selected from multiple states across the country, in Kawasaki, Japan, in the Global Challenge Bowl in 2008 and 2009.  Last year, he led a similar team to victory in the 2010 Global Bowl France defeating the Brussells All-Stars 83-0 in Amiens, France.
Scurran coached his third and final season at Santa Rita High School in Tucson, AZ, in 2009, reaching the state's 4A-II championship game for the second successive season having taken over a program that had won only once in 20 games before his arrival. 
The Global Bowl Germany event is organized by Texas-based Global Football and is the seventh Team Stars & Stripes venture, following the two Japanese visits, Global Bowl Bristol (UK, October 2009), Global Bowl France in 2010 and two Tazon de Estrellas games (Mexico, December 2009 & 2010).  Global Football has assisted the Team Stars & Stripes coaching staff in identifying suitable candidates for the roster and will oversee the unique visit to Germany from March 9 to 17.
While in Germany, Team Stars & Stripes will combine practice sessions with cultural sightseeing including the spectacular sights of the Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a well-preserved medieval old town; Nightwatchman Tour in Rothenburg; Linderhof and Neuschwanstein Castles; and travel to Munich via the Romantic Road, culminating in a game against the Munich Cowboys junior on Saturday, April 16.
Mittenwald, Bavaria, Germany pictures
"These tours provide an opportunity for young amateur athletes from different countries to compete against one another, while experiencing and learning firsthand about cultures, customs and history," said Global Football President Patrick Steenberge.  "The game at the end of the week is the highlight, but the friendships and memories the players bring home with them will last a lifetime."
The Munich Cowboys are one of the oldest club teams in Germany having been formed in 1979 and the junior set up has won three national titles, known as the German Junior Bowl (1986, 1987, 1996) and won 10 state championships. The team is made up of 15-19 year olds who practice twice a week.
Juniors head coach Berrenberg won a World Bowl ring as the defensive backs coach of the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe in 1995 and also coached the Cowboys senior team for two seasons (2004, 2005).
"For most of the team, this is the first time they will get to face an American team," said Berrenberg. "And for most, it will be one of very few chances. Three or four players may have the opportunity to play for Team Germany in international competitions or compete for a NCAA scholarship, but for the rest this is a dream of a lifetime."
"And so they will strap on their helmets on April 16 to face their own history and play the game as it was meant to be played, just the same way their opponent from half a world away will."
Among the players selected for Team Stars & Stripes is wide receiver Luke Trucilla,a co-captain of the Cathedral Prep in Erie, Pennsylvania who also plays running back and defensive end.
Trucilla led the team to a 2010 District 10 Region 6 AAA League title and reached the PIAA semi-finals just falling short, 24-21, to Bishop McDevitt. He finished the season with 366 receiving yards and five touchdowns and 86 total tackles.   Fellow Cathedral Prep teammates Stephen Fatica and Jacob Geanous are also on the Team Stars & Stripes roster.  
Also joining the squad is Cienega High School (AZ) quarterback Jordan Mills who led his 2010 team to the Arizona 4A State semifinals just losing 28-24 to Canyon del Oro.  He finished the season throwing for 2,474 yards and 31 touchdowns.
Returning to the Team Stars & Stripes sidelines are coaches John Storey and Bill Gallagher.
Storey is the head coach for football and wrestling at Villa-Angela Saint Joseph High School in Cleveland and was on the Team Stars & Stripes staff in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He served as the Vikings head coach from 1991-92 before leaving to become an assistant at John Carroll.  Prior to rejoining VASJ in 2007, Storey was an assistant football coach at St. Edward.
Gallagher joined the Episcopal Academy football staff in 2005. He coached at Springfield High School and William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia from 1981 to 1998 where he won six Inter-Ac league championships and was a two-time coach of the year.
Gallagher is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and was a member of the 1969 and 1970 Fighting Irish teams that played in the Cotton Bowl along with Global Football President Patrick Steenberge, who was Joe Theismann’s back-up quarterback at Notre Dame in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. (Both when he was known as Joe THEEESE-MAN and Joe THEYES-MAN).
Joe Theismann (L) and Pat Steenberge (R)
A newcomer to the Team Stars & Stripes coaching staff is Doug Holland, a long time assistant under Scurran, who is an assistant coach at Sabino High School.  In 2009, Sabino made it to the 5-A Arizona State Championship game but fell short to Canyon Del Oro.

Raiders and Pioneers split

MARIETTA, Ohio -- The Mount Union softball team split a doubleheader with Marietta, winning the first game 9-5 in 10 innings and falling 11-3 in game two, during Ohio Athletic Conference play.
Down 5-3 in the seventh inning of Wednesday's opener, the Purple Raiders staged a two-out rally to force extra frames.

Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) was hit by a pitch and Marissa Earl (Massillon/Massillon Washington) reached on an error, setting the stage for RBI singles by Shelby Carmichael (Dalton/Dalton) and Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney).
Green alumna Brittany Papp (L)< Dalton alumna Shelby Carmichael (R)

Mount Union took command with four runs in the 10th. Brenna Longo (Moon, Pa./Moon) and Brittany Papp (Uniontown/Green) connected for one-out singles; Papp's drove in Jill Rader (Ashland/Ashland), who started the inning on second base via international tiebreaker.

After Gromes reached on an error, Earl smashed a three-run double, plating Gromes, Papp and Rachel Jesso (Mount Pleasant, Pa./Mount Pleasant). Earl's hit forged the game's final score.
The Purple Raiders never led until the 10th.

Michelle Sayre connected for a two-run homer, putting Marietta ahead 2-0 in the first.

The Raiders answered with a pair of runs in the third. Papp led off with a single and Gromes and Earl worked one-out walks before Carmichael and Palombaro plated runs with a hit-by-pitch and sacrifice fly, respectively.

The Pioneers used the long ball to their advantage in the fourth as Sayre, Trayla Liles and Cassady Busellato connected for solo homers.

Palombaro hit a solo home run of her own in the sixth.

Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) was the winning pitcher, weathering a 16-hit storm. She recorded 11 strikeouts and three walks.

Palombaro finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Papp went 2-for-5 with two runs. Gromes doubled and scored three times and Rader doubled.

Sayre batted 4-for-5 for Marietta while Marissa McDaniel went 3-for-5.

Chelsea Chaffin was the losing pitcher, finishing with three strikeouts and three walks.
In the nightcap, the hosts used a six-run second to build an 8-0 lead.

After capitalizing on a Mount Union error in the first, Marietta got a sacrifice fly from Katie Swejk, a two-run single by McDaniel and then a three-run homer from Sayre.

The hosts scored their eighth run with a McDaniel sac fly in the third.

Mount Union scratched across two runs in the fourth. Rader walked and Jesso was hit by a pitch to set the stage. Gromes drove in Rader with a single and Jesso scored on a wild pitch.

Home runs figured into the game's final four runs: Ashley Eberhardt in the fourth for Marietta, Palombaro for the Raiders in the fifth and then Sayre's fourth one of the day -- a two-run bomb -- to end the game in the fifth.

Gromes batted 2-for-3 for Mount Union.

Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) suffered the loss. She had two strikeouts and one walk. Sarah Woody (Uniontown/Green) pitched two frames in relief.

Sayre's 2-for-4, five-RBI game led the Pioneers. Maureen Kertes went 3-for-3 in support of winning pitcher Hazel Brogdon.

Shaker Heights High alum Nic Howe





By Nick Minerd

ALBION, MI – The Case Western Reserve University men’s tennis team will travel to the 2011 Great Lakes Invitational this weekend (Friday-Saturday, April 8-9) and will compete against some of the best Division III competition in the region. The two-day, 12-team tournament will be hosted by Albion College (MI) and Kalamazoo College (MI) with matches taking place at 10 different indoor and outdoor courts across southern Michigan.

The Spartans, ranked seventh in the March 17 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region Rankings, drew the fourth seed overall and received a first round bye on Friday morning.
Case will play its first match on Friday afternoon. The location of the match will be weather-contingent, but the Spartans will face the winner of No. 6-seed Wabash College (IN) or No. 10 seed 

Albion College (MI). If played indoors, the Spartans will play at 1:00 p.m. in the Michigan Athletic Club in Lansing. The outdoor match would take place at Western High School in Parma at 2:00 p.m.
Competition will resume on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. with matchups to be determined.
John Healey

Junior Sean Carr (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) is currently ranked No. 17 in the region and has posted a 10-13 overall record competing mostly at No. 1 singles. Freshman John Healey (Columbia, MD/Atholton) is 11-9 competing at both the No. 2 and No. 3 positions.

In doubles play, Healey and sophomore Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) - pictured - are fourth in the region, while Carr and sophomore Kyle Gerber (Columbus, OH/St. Charles Prep) are 25th.

Ricardo Lizcano

Heidelberg Picks Up Two More Mideast 

Region Wins; Walsh Jesuit alum Zach 

O'Driscoll gets second win; CCC product 

Willie Brechun goes 3 for 4 in game one

Morgan Hawley

Tiffin, Ohio – April 6, 2011 – The nationally ranked Heidelberg University baseball team posted two wins over Mideast Region foe Denison University at Peaceful Valley. Heidelberg won game one 10-3 and returned to register a 5-3 victory in the nightcap. The two wins improved the Berg to 17-4 overall, while the Big Red falls to 13-14.

Denison and Heidelberg were scheduled this season for a home and away series and things started out that way a week ago. On March 30, the Berg traveled to Denison and the two teams played a half inning before the game was suspended due to snow. The game was continued this afternoon with Denison as the home team and trailing 1-0.

Heidelberg originally started game one with three hits in its first at bat. Back-to-back doubles eventually set the stage for a RBI single to left field by Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Canton Central Catholic).

After a week off Denison came back to take the lead courtesy of two ‘Berg miscues in the third inning. Two fielding errors put two runners on the base paths that came around to put the Big Red up 2-1.

Heidelberg came back and took control of the game in its next at bat with four runs off of four hits. Brechun and Jason Lash (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) led the inning off with hits and Arneal Squibb (Mishawaka, Ind. / Mishawaka) loaded the bases for the Berg. Derek Andrzejczak (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview) sent the tying run across home plate with a bases loaded walk. Two batters later Jordan Martin (Powell, Ohio / Olentangy Liberty) and Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo, Ohio / Roy C. Start) had back-to-back RBI singles. And the scoring closed in the inning when Andrzejczak got home plate from a balk.
Willie Brechun\

A leadoff walk and a wild pitch put Brechun in scoring position for Squibb in the fifth. Squibb connected for his first collegiate RBI to center field to put the Berg on top, 6-2.

Andrzejczak extended Heidelberg’s advantage to seven when he sent a 2-0 pitch off the trees in left field for a three-run home run. Andrew Buelow (Marysville, Mich. / Marysville) followed with a triple to right center and wound up scoring on a wild pitch to make it a four-run inning for the Berg.

Denison closed out the scoring for the game with a RBI double to left field in the eighth.

At the plate Heidelberg finished with 15 hits. Leading the way at 3-for-4 was Brechun. He also scored three times and knocked in a run. Lizcano backed Brechun with three hits and a RBI. Also finishing with multiple hits was Alex Monroe (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston), Squibb and Andrzejczak. Andrzejczak knocked in a team-best four runs and walked twice.
Zach O'Driscoll

On the mound, Zach O’Driscoll (Hudson, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit) resumed the contest and went 6.0 innings to post his second win on the year. He gave up eight hits and no earned runs. Along the way he struck out a career-best seven batters.

In the night cap, Denison held a 2-1 advantage through four innings, but the Berg came to life defensively in the top of the fifth. After a called off double play was followed with a true double play, starter Elvin Williams Jr. (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) struck out the next batter to end a Big Red threat and swing the game’s momentum to the host team.

Heidelberg came back in the bottom half of the fifth with four runs off of four hits. The first three batters of the inning replaced each other on the base paths. Lizcano opened with a double followed by a Monroe RBI double and a Gar Keen (Sparta, Ohio / Highland) RBI single. Two batters later Lash knocked in Keen and Brechun followed with a walk. Brechun eventually scored on a wild pitch to put the Berg on top 5-2.

The final run of the day came across in the ninth inning for Denison, but Heidelberg closer Andy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) did not falter and helped preserve a win for Williams. It was Lowe’s sixth save on the year.

Lizcano and Monroe led the way at the plate with two hits apiece. Also recording one of Heidelberg’s nine hits was Keen, Brechun, Lash, Andrzejczak and Buelow. Scoring twice in the win was Monroe.

Williams got his first start on the year and went five innings. He gave up five hits and no earned runs. Williams struck out two en route to his first win in 2011.

In all Cleveland battle, Case Reserve tops Oberlin

Oberlin – The Oberlin College softball team finally got play at the home confines of Culhane Field, but the visiting Case Western University Lady Spartans put a damper on the home opener as they took both ends of the twinbill by the scores of 14-2 and 10-4. 

With the wins, the Spartans improve to 10-20 overall. Oberlin falls to 2-12.

In the double-dip junior Kristen Dix and freshman Kelsey Steiner each had three hits. Rookie Emily King also added a pair of doubles.

Oberlin had its chances as the game wore on, but could not get a timely hit in innings three through seven as they stranded nine runners on base over those final five frames. 

In the lid-lifter the Spartans used a five-run second inning to jump on the Yeowomen early. 

After Case added another in the fourth, Oberlin was able to push a single tally across in the home half of the fifth on King’s run-producing double that scored Dix.

Leading 6-1 going into the seventh, CWRU would leave no doubt on who was going to be victorious in game one as it exploded for eight runs in the inning. 

In game one, the Spartans struck for five runs in the second inning as four different batters hit RBI singles. Case added one in the fourth thanks to an error and a wild pitch before Oberlin got on the board with a score in the fifth. 
Broadview's Kayla Lang

The Spartans then blew the game open with eight runs in the seventh. Sophomore outfielder Kayla Lang (Broadview Heights, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) singled home two, junior third baseman Kaeleen Boden (Strongsville, OH/Holy Name) doubled in a pair, and senior shortstop Beth Andrasik (Sagamore Hills, OH/Nordonia) belted a two-run homer.
Holy Name alum Kaeleen Boden  (L) and Nordonia grad Beth Anrasik (R)  

For the game, Andrasik was 3-for-4 with three runs batted-in, a stolen base and two runs scored. Lang also collected three hits in four at-bats with three RBI and three runs.

On the mound, freshman Mackenzie Lein (Petersburg, MI/Ida) improved to 6-6 with her eighth complete game. In seven innings, Lein allowed two earned runs on six hits while striking out a pair.

In game two, Case fell behind 4-2 after two innings but battled back with three runs in the third. Freshman catcher Amy Taylor (Brier, WA/Inglemoor) highlighted the inning with the first of the Spartans’ season-high four homeruns. 

For the Yeowomen to gain the early 4-2 lead after two innings, Katie Baldonieri got things going in first with a two-run home run and Steiner came through with a clutch two-out two-RBI double in the second to put the Yeowomen on top. 

The Spartans added a solo homerun in the fourth from freshman second baseman Courtney Branson (Orient, OH/Teays Valley) then put the game away with four in the fifth as Branson hit her second homer.

On the mound, freshman Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus) recorded her fourth complete game to improve to 4-7. She allowed just two earned runs in seven innings with four strikeouts.
At the plate, Branson was 4-for-5 with two homers and three RBI. 

Andrasik and Lein also collected three hits in five at-bats. Junior first baseman Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge) and junior designated player Ianna Wasser (Warwick, RI/Toll Gate) also homered.

Oberlin’s second run of the contest would come in the bottom of seventh on Cheryl Lindsly’s single that sent Megan Widmer across the dish. 

Denison tops Oberlin in LAX

Oberlin, Ohio – The visiting Denison University Big Red proved to be too strong for the Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team as they defeated the Yeowomen 18-5 in what was the first North Coast Athletic Conference of the season for Oberlin. 

Sophomore Ilyssa Meyer did her part to try to keep Oberlin as she scored two goals and secured six draw controls. Grace Amber, Molly Bloom and Sarah Andrews provided the other three OC tallies. Amber also added a team-high five groundballs. 

After a hot start by the Big Red, Oberlin battled back to make it a 6-2 game with 20 minutes left in the opening half. However, the visitors would go on to score 9 of the next 10 goals of the frame to lead 15-3 at the break. 

In the second half the Big Red slowed down to the pace and worked possession, which prevented any possible chance of an OC comeback. 

Despite being out-shot 3-13, the Yeomen were neck-and-neck with the Big Red in the hustle stats. DU had a slight 16-15 edge in groundballs and won 14 draw controls compared to Oberlin’s 11.

Sophomore goalie Madeleine O’Meara controlled the cage for all 60 minutes and made nine saves for the Yeowomen. 

Spartan Baseball Stretches Win Streak to Seven with 

Sweep of Hiram

CLEVELAND, OH – The Case Western Reserve University baseball team stretched its win streak to seven games with a doubleheader sweep of Hiram College on Wednesday, April 6 at Bob Cene Park in Youngstown. The Spartans won the opener, 5-1, then took the nightcap, 11-7.
The Spartans improve to 21-10 overall, while Hiram drops to 8-12.

In the opener, sophomore first baseman Brett Ossola (Potomac, MD/Bullis School) singled in a run to put the Spartans on the board in the first, but Hiram was quickly able to tie the score with a run on three hits in its half of the inning. 

Case regained the lead with two in the third as senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) doubled home one and Ossola singled in another. The Spartans then added an insurance score in the fourth when junior outfielder Matt Richards (San Juan Capistrano, CA/San Clemente) hit an RBI single. The lead grew to 5-1 when Mullins scored on a wild pitch in the fifth.

On the mound, sophomore Jamie Hora (Twinsburg, OH/Twinsburg) tossed his team-leading fourth complete game to improve to 4-3. He allowed one earned run on just five hits and a walk while striking out three.

For the game, Mullins was 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Ossola was 3-for-3 with a walk and a pair of RBI.

In game two, the Spartans wasted little time in lighting up the scoreboard, crossing the plate three times in the first inning thanks to an RBI triple by sophomore shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, OH/Tallmadge) and RBI singles by Ossola and junior second baseman Bobby Marko (Lyndhurst, OH/Brush). 

Case added six more in the fourth with Mullins and junior outfielder Sam Alexander (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) providing RBI doubles. Alexander’s 29-game hit streak came to an end in game one, but he now has at least one hit in 29 of 30 games this season.

For the game, freshman infielder Andrew Frey (Mentor, OH/Mentor) went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Alexander and Keen were each 2-for-4.

Junior pitcher A.J. Boshinski (Alpharetta, GA/St. Pius X) started on the mound and allowed four earned runs in five innings while striking out six to improve to 4-0.