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Mount Union Football

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All-American senior wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood), the National Offensive Player of the Year in 2009, had 100 catches for over 1,700 yards and 19 touchdowns through the air, while also scoring eight touchdowns on the ground will be the fuel in the engine of a Mount Union offense that averaged 45 points per game. 

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Along with Shorts, seniors A.J. Claycomb (Medina/Medina) and tight end Kyle Miller (Elida/Elida) make for a veteran receiving corps.

Three sophomore quarterbacks are vying to get those receivers the football. Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville) holds the edge based on seeing action in 14 games a year ago, while Matt Piloto (Rotonda West, FL/Lemon Bay) and Shane Pelludat (Port Orange, FL/Spruce Creek) both saw time on thejunior varsity squad a year ago.



Watch two videos of Larry Kehres discuss his team:


In the backfield, senior running back Scott Panchik (Natrona Heights, PA/Highlands) comes back from a late season injury in 2009, along with juniors Zac Lemmon (Granville/Granville), Tyler Harris (New Matamoras/Frontier) and fullback Wes Ryder II (Dayton/Belmont).

Up front seniors John Nicolozakes (Cambridge/Cambridge) and Samy Guerrero (Dublin/Dublin Scioto) anchor the line.

Just four starters are back to lead a defense that allowed opponents just over 200 yards
a game and led the nation with 49 quarterback sacks.


Jackson alum Lambert Budzinski

Senior Sam Kershaw (West Jefferson/West Jefferson), the reigning OAC Linebacker of the Year, had 80 stops a year ago, fellow senior Lambert Budzinski (Canton/Massillon Jackson) had 72 tackles, 12 for loss and 6.5 sacks and will be on the line while senior Chaz Jordan (Medina/Medina Buckeye) (57 tackles) and junior Alex Ferrara (Independence/Walsh Jesuit) with six interceptions are in the secondary.

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Walsh alum Alex Ferrara

Other players looking to play key roles on the defense are junior defensive backs Cameron West (Frazeysburg/Tri-Valley) and Tyler Alwardt (Macomb Township, MI/Chippewa), junior linebackers Jorge Carbonell (Miami, FL/Bishop Carroll) and Arthur Smith (Miami, FL/Killian) and sophomore defensive end Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, FL/Lake Region).

The returning and new Purple Raiders will get plenty of time to get to get know one another as Mount Union plays its first three games on the road as the season starts September 11 at The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, then a pair of OAC road trips to John Carroll (Sept. 18) and Wilmington (Sept. 25) before hosting Ohio Northern in the home opener on (Oct. 2).


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“I am excited to bring someone of Jody’s caliber to our program,” Jenkins said. “She has a good basketball mind and will be a great addition to our staff.”

Burrows was a three-time captain for the Huskies during her standout career from 2003-07. She is fourth all-time in career assists and also set the single-season school record with 143 helpers during her junior year (2005-06). 

During her freshman campaign (2003-04) she was named to the American East All-Rookie Team. Throughout her time on Huntington Avenue she was involved in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Seniors in 2007.

Burrows graduated Cum Laude from Northeastern with a degree in organizational communications.


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When Bonacci arrived at Fenn College in 1962, he revived a wrestling program that had been dormant for almost 30 years.  Through his hard work and determination, he guided the Foxes through the change to Cleveland State and turned the wrestling program into the most successful program in the athletic department.

In his 36 seasons at CSU, he compiled a 296-177-9 record that featured 31 winning seasons.  The Vikings posted winning records in a school-record 19 consecutive seasons from 1964-65 through 1980-81.

A native Clevelander, he became one of the city's wrestling legends at West High School where he starred for three magnificent seasons during which he never lost a match.  He won the state championship at 139 lbs. in 1949, 155 lbs in 1950 and 164 lbs. in 1951 while his team also reached levels of success which have not been equalled since.

Bonacci enrolled at the University of Toledo where he won the Mid-American Conference titles at 167 lbs. in 1953 and 1954 and at 177 lbs. in 1955, serving as team captain during his final two seasons.

He won four tournament titles in 1954 and 1955 after finishing second in the National Greco-Roman championships and fourth in the National AAU Championships in 1953.

In 1956, he was asked to fill in as coach at Toledo while head coach Joe Scalzo was coaching the U.S. Olympic Grego-Roman team.

A period of coaching at the youth level followed until then athletic director Homer Woodling asked him to help start a varsity program at Fenn College for the 1962-63 season.

It was a request that has never been regretted.

His induction into the CSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983 in his first year of eligibility followed earlier entries into the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.  He was also inducted into the University of Toledo Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.

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By Harry Plumer

NORMAL, Ill. - The Lake Erie Crushers dropped the rubber game of their series with the Normal CornBelters, suffering a 7-0 loss on Thursday night at The Corn Crib. 

Ross McCoy led off the bottom of the second inning with a ground rule double for Normal. Johnathan Ross followed with a single while Asif Shah was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Steve Alexander knocked in the first run with a first-pitch single off of Lake Erie starter Josh Roberts. Another run scored on a double play as the host CornBelters led 2-0.

Normal broke open the contest with five runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jeff Cowan posted a bases loaded single to knock in a run, and another run crossed on a fielder's choice before Daniel Cox hit a threerun homer, his second of the series.

Josh Roberts suffered the loss for the Crushers, working through five innings. Jon Durket tossed two scoreless frames and Esmelvin Jimenez twirled a perfect eighth. Lee Huggins mashed two of the four hits for Lake Erie, both doubles.

Lake Erie travels to Southern Illinois to meet the West Division leading Miners for the first time this season tomorrow night. RHPMatt Smith (7-6, 4.19) takes the hill for the Crushers with RHP Erik Sommerville (1-1, 4.09). 


Ø  The bullpen added three more scoreless innings to its total; The pen has pitched 17.1 innings without allowing a run

Ø  Casey McGrew entered the game at first base in the bottom of the sixth while Julio Rivera took over behind the plate in the same frame

Ø  Jodam Rivera started at second and Andrew Davis was in the lineup at short for the second consecutive night