A Page -- Aug. 14, 2010

OAC places equal emphasis on both 

classroom and playing surface to 

develop future leaders from 

Student/Athlete model

Aug. 14, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



COLUMBUS – After The College Sports Information Directors of America and ESPN began an Academic All American team, honoring Student/Athletes equally as well in both areas, Academic All Region, and All District teams followed, capped off by Academic All League teams.


Although some do not have one yet, nearly all college leagues across the country have All-Academic teams for each sport, including the Ohio Athletic Conference, home to 10 Division III colleges in the state, including Baldwin-Wallace, John Carroll and Mount Union locally.


The OAC took the opportunity to highlight its Student/Athletes who do well at both at its annual Media Day last week here at Ohio State. OAC Commish Tim Gleason asked each S/A about his life as an S/A over and above what he might do on the field in the OAC.  He specifically asked John Carroll’s Phil Bokovitz and Muskingum’s Blake Allen specifically about the balance of classroom and sports.

Watch short video of Muskingum’s Blake Allen talking about Student/Athleticism by clicking and downloading


Remember, S/As in D-III typically graduate at an over 90 percent rate, whereas in Division I it is under 60 percent.




In addition, Gleason interviewed Mount’s Sam Kershaw, who was Academic All-OAC last season, and Ohio Northern’s Eric Wenzler, an Academic All OAC and CoSida/ESPN Academic All District pick.

Bokovitz OAC Media Day 2010

John Carroll's Phil Bokovitz


One thing of note is that a high number of those who attain any type of academic honor in the college and or high school ranks, including team academic honors and inner team Scholar/Athlete honors, go on to some type of graduate studies, including those going into fields such as pharmacy, law, medicine, veterinarian studies, optometry, pharmacology, and other professional and graduate programs.


Look in the coming months here on S/A- Cleveland a series of articles of those who were academic all league or above in college and/or high school and how that S/A combination in secondary and higher studies have led to a better grasp of the bigger picture in life.



Aug. 14

By Harry Plumer

MARION, Ill. - Dom Duggan's two-run inside-the-park homer in the top of the ninth inning pushed the Lake Erie Crushers past the West Division leading Southern Illinois Miners by a 6-4 tally on the road tonight.

Raphael Turner led off the top of the ninth by drawing a walk in a pinch-hit appearance and was sacrificed to second. Southern Illinois reliever B.J. Hagen fell behind Dom Duggan 3-1 before Duggan lined an inside the park homer into the left-center gap to place the Crushers ahead 6-4. The inside-the-parker was the second in Lake Erie history.

Lake Erie was able to score a first inning run for the second consecutive evening, putting Southern Illinois behind for the fifth straight contest when Andrew Davis homered with two outs. His team leading ninth blast of the season cleared the wall in right.

The Crushers extended the advantage to 4-0 with three runs in the second inning. Lee Huggins led off the inning with a single off of Southern Illinois starter Adam Kramer. Wayne Bond blooped a single with one out to place runners at first and second. Julio Rivera recorded an RBI single and Dom Duggan knocked home a run with a sacrifice fly. The final run crossed on an error by Kramer.

Southern Illinois took advantage of a pair of walks to begin the seventh inning, scoring three times to slice into the lead and pull within 4-3. Kent Gerst and Todd Martin walked against Lake Erie starter Alberto Rolon. Both runners scored on a double down the left field line off the bat of Joey Metropoulos. Nate Hall finished the rally with a sacrifice fly.

Rolon tossed six innings in the contest, walking four, hitting one, striking out six, and allowing just a pair of hits. The Miners tied the game in the seventh against the bullpen as Will Block led off with his second two-bagger of the night and moved to third on a sacrifice before scoring on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jereme Milons.

Dom Duggan drove in three runs in the game for Lake Erie. Lee Huggins finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. Andrew Davis also recorded two hits, concluding the night 2-for-5 with a homer and a double. Phil Rummel registered the save by throwing the ninth for his first save of the season.

The series concludes tomorrow night at Rent One Park with a 6:05 p.m. game. RHP Travis Risser (6-3, 3.16) takes to the mound for the Crushers while 2008 Frontier League Pitcher of the Year RHP Ryan Bird (3-1, 2.20) starts for the Miners.


Ø       Raphael Turner stayed in the game in left field for the ninth after pinch-hitting in the top of the inning

Ø       Phil Rummel became the fifth Lake Erie pitcher to record a save this season




Oberlin College Women's Lacrosse Named as an All-Academic Squad
Lacrosse Cancel Team Loss

Aug. 14, 2010

By Mike Mancini

Oberlin – For the ninth straight season the Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team has been named as an All-Academic Squad by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), the organization announced on Friday.

Oberlin was one of 64 teams to be bestowed the honor for having a team GPA of at least 3.0 during the past school year. 

The Yeowomen lacrosse program will usher in a new era this upcoming season under first-year Head Coach Liz Longley

Longley will get a chance to work with the team for the first time during the non-traditional fall season.

B-W women booters seek to return 

to tournament play; in line for 

eighth consecutive academic 

achievement award

SEASON PREVIEW: 2010 Baldwin-Wallace 

College Women's Soccer

Aug. 14, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- With 20 letterwinners and eight starters returning from last year's squad, the 2010 Baldwin-Wallace College women's soccer team will look to improve on last season's 6-12-2 record and return to Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament play in 2010.

The team is led by ninth-year Head Coach Reid Ayers, who ranks second in B-W history with 73 wins (73-67-17 overall).  Last season, B-W battled injuries to several key players but still managed to earn two wins versus two NCAA Tournament qualifiers. B-W also played its first-ever televised game, a 3-0 win versus Muskingum University on October 17, which was broadcast on regional cable outlet SportsTime Ohio.
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"Overall, we just have to play better soccer this season," said Ayers. "We had too many times where we couldn't dictate anything and relied on our defense to keep us in the game rather than possessing the ball and forcing teams to defend us."

Ayers' teams have earned recognition seven consecutive years for Team Academic Achievement and were awarded the Team Ethics Award of Merit by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for the third time in four years.

The Yellow Jackets return four defensive starters, including senior captain and three-year starter Caitlin Sutter (Toledo/Sylvania Southview). Sutter has started every game the past two seasons and helped B-W to record four shutouts in 2009.


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