A Page -- April 8, 2010

Alex Bello

Magnificat alumna Alex Bello returns 

to home course this weekend for  

Vassar Invitational; spring trip 

brought respectable finishes but with 

high strokes in unfamiliar territory

 April 8, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





Led by Avon Lake resident and Magnificat alumna Alex Bello, Vassar College will be holding its own Vassar Invitational Golf Tournament this weekend, in Poughkeepsie, NY.


Bello is looking to recapture the surge she experience this past fall for the Brewers into the spring season. Bello shot a 96 to lead a clean sweep in the top four spots as the Brewers topped Doan College in Myrtle Beach.


Also in Myrtle Beach, Vassar finished second of 14 teams. Bello was the second Brewer in and 14th overall golfer. Still she is shooting below her norm and is looking to break out this weekend. She consistently shot in the 70s during the fall portion of the current season.

Alex Bello HS


Last year as a freshman, Bello shot in the 70s and low 80s throughout the fall and spring seasons. At least year’s Vassar Invitational, she shot rounds of 82 and 81 after shooting an 85 the previous month during the spring trip at Claremont Colleges near LA.


Even though she was first and second on the team in the two spring trip events this year, Bello’s rounds in Myrtle Beach were the highest of her college career and the first time she did not shoot in the 70s or 80s, so a cut down in strokes on the home course is what the doctor has ordered.


Vassar finished third at the invitational last year.


Dozens of local Student/Athletes among the field


By Jenny Popis

AKRON – April 8, 2010 – USA Wrestling and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will host the ASICS University & FILA Cadet National Championships for the fourth consecutive year at the Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Field House at the University of Akron , April 8-11, 2010. This tournament is estimated to bring over 1,200 male and female athletes from across the nation.


ASICS University athletes are 18 to 24 years of age (born 1986-1992) and will feature some of the nation’s top wrestlers from college wrestling programs and the U.S. Military team. FILA Cadet Nationals will feature many of the best high school wrestlers in the United States ages 15 to 17 years old (born 1993-1995).  Both age divisions will compete in the Olympic-styles of Greco-Roman and Freestyle.


Northeast Ohio Wrestlers of Interest to compete in the FILA Cadet Nationals & Youth Olympic Qualifier:


Joseph Belford – Berea

Quinton Hiles – Brecksville

Mitch Baran – Broadview Heights

Neil Roff – Chagrin Falls

Colin Heffernan – Cleveland

Markus Scheidel – Cleveland

Ty Walz – Cleveland

Alex Minns – Cuyahoga Falls

Russell Rauber – Cuyahoga Falls

Matthew Canon – Elyria

Brandon Egnor – Elyria

Nate Miller – Elyria

Devan Price – Elyria

Armando Torres – Lorain

Nathan Tomasello – Parma

Anthony Collica – Solon

Brandon Thompson – Solon

Nate Skonieczny – Stow

Michael Labry – Twinsburg

Anthony Melchiorre – Wadsworth


Northeast Ohio Wrestlers of Interest to compete in the University National Tournament:


Jared Kusar – Akron

Jacob Southwick – Ashland

Jeremy Johnson – Broadview Heights

Nick Anthony – Cleveland

Corbin Boone – Cleveland

Ron Butler – Cleveland

Corey Carlo – Cleveland

Lawrence Cavello – Cleveland

Billy Damiana – Cleveland

Brianna Gedeon – Cleveland

Ryan Houchens – Cleveland

Zech Huff – Cleveland

Koort Leyrer – Cleveland

Kyle Mays – Cleveland

Danny Michaels – Cleveland

Josh Palivoda – Cleveland

David Phillips – Cleveland

Shayne Stewart – Cleveland

Connor Suba – Cleveland

Aric Thurn – Cleveland

Chris Weber – Cleveland

Zachary Zupancic – Cleveland

Daniel Mitcheff – Kent

Stephen Mitcheff – Kent

Jared Torrence – Norwalk

Kevin Hardy – Solon

Dominic Jontony – Strongsville

Bill Schindel – Tallmadge






April 8,

By Ken Mather

Assistant Commissioner, The MAC

BOISE, Idaho – Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl executive director Kevin McDonald today announced today the signing of agreements that set the stage for a four-year relationship pitting top teams from the  Mid-American Conference (MAC) against top opponents from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).


Qualifying teams will be selected according to each conference’s criteria for bowl participation. The MAC is committed to send its third selection of bowl eligible teams based on the MAC bowl selection process to the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl.



Olmsted Falls alum Zach McGrain 

still perfect (11-0) as a college

pitcher for Otterbein

April 8, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




WESTERVILLE – Olmsted Falls High alumnus Zach McGrain has picked up with his winning ways for Otterbein College where he left off last year.


McGrain has made three appearances, including two starts, and in this still young season, has posted a record of 1-0, leaving him still undefeated as a collegiate pitcher.



The Cardinal senior has thrown 15 innings, surrendering 18 hits, and giving up nine runs with eight of those being of the earned variety. He has walked only three and has whiffed 11 batsmen.

Graphic of the Cardinal mascot and Otterbein College

In his first start of the season, McGrain went seven innings in an 8-3 win over Wilmington.

An All-Ohio Conference All-American selection last year, McGrain duplicated his combined efforts as a sophomore in posting a 5-0 record. With the win from this year thrown in there, McGrain is now 11-0 as a collegiate pitcher. He had no decisions as a freshman.

In one game against Denison in 2008, he pitched six innings of no-hit ball. 

The communications major plans attending graduate school upon the completion of his studies at Otterbein.

NASCAR comes to Cleveland at Lake 

County Speedway; Student/Athlete and 

amateur-to-pro development 

opportunities part of new model

April 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


MAYFIELD – NASCAR will be coming to the Cleveland area as the old Painesville Race Track has been renamed Lake County Speedway and is under new ownership, it was announced today at a press conference here at Landerhaven.

LCS has joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and will have the capacity to have its drivers compete in state championships and enter into regional and national races as well. The NSCAR sponsorship also brings other sponsorship funds and benefits.

Also, there is a Student/Athlete component to the new structuring. Youngsters starting at age 13 can receive training and development and being racing by age 14 in the juniors division and become eligible for the regular circuit by age 16. Also, non-driving development opportunities are available as well.

Furthermore, LCS will now become a sort of “minor league” track for the more at-large NASCAR circuit, still catering to the weekend warrior who just wants to race his stock cars on Saturdays, but also providing the in for those who have the desire, athletic talent, team and equipment to move into the true professional ranks. Lake County Speedway to major NASCAR is analogous to what the Lake County Captains are to their Major League affiliate and the Lake Erie Crushers are to non-affiliate teams, providing learning opportunities along the way.

LCS becomes one of only three NASCAR tracks in Ohio. Columbus and Xenia houses the other two.

The course will have a figure 8 track, which provides unique scenarios and combinations of car travel patterns. That combined with the short track makes it interesting for spectators.

The season begins April 24, with races nights to follow every Saturday throughout the summer.

Bowden Manufacturing of Willoughby has taken on the role of the major owner of LCS.

Listen to the audio of the live interview with Andy McCartney, the owner of Bowden Manufacturing and President of LCS, by clicking on link below:



Over 140 Student/Athletes Honored For 

Academic Success; 20th Annual Luncheon 

Celebrates CSU's Commitment To Academic 


April 8, 2010     

By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND - One hundred and forty one  student-athletes, representing every intercollegiate sport sponsored at Cleveland State University, were recognized for their academic accomplishments at the 20th annual John Konstantinos Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon, which was held this afternoon (April 8) in the Wolstein Center.

"The Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon celebrates what intercollegiate athletics is all about," CSU Director of Athletics Lee Reed said.  "Our student-athletes annually do amazing things in their respective competitive arenas, but it is their academic accomplishments that happen when nobody is looking that truly amazes me.  To spend the time that they do to compete at the highest level in the nation and still dedicate themselves to succeed in the classroom shows the discipline that they have."

Oberlin Falls in Walk-Off Fashion
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Granville, Ohio –
 Tim Duxbury’s two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Denison University Big Red to a 7-6 walk-off win over the Oberlin College Yeomen on Thursday afternoon. 

Oberlin (14-9) trailed 6-5 going into the top of the ninth, but junior Ben Puterbaugh belted a two-out double to the left-center-field gap to score Jason James all the way from first base. Puterbaugh finished 2-for-5 and extended his hitting streak to 17 games.
B-W Baseball Team Out-Slugged in 

Extra Innings by Case Western 

Reserve, 16-12, in Home Opener in 


By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team dropped its home opener, 16-12 in 10 innings, to cross-town rival Case Western Reserve University this afternoon (Thursday, April 8, 2010) at Heritage Field in Berea. The two teams combined for 28 runs and 30 base hits.

Jim Martin

With the loss, the Yellow Jackets fall to 6-11 overall and return to action this Saturday, April 10 versus Ohio Athletic Conferenceand cross-town rival John Carroll University at 1:00 p.m. in Berea. With the win, the Spartans improve to 14-13 overall.

For the game, the Spartans out-hit the Yellow Jackets 18-12.

CWRU scored twice in top of the first and threatened for more but was turned away on a fine diving catch by B-W freshman centerfielder Nolan Neuschaefer (Elyria/Senior). The Yellow Jackets answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning when a run scored on a fielder’s choice by senior designated hitter Scott Nealon (Avon Lake) and two more scored on a double to right center by senior third baseman Jim Martin (Euclid).

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