A Page -- Aug. 15, 2010

All American Kim Chinn to lead the Jackets

B-W women runners seek to repeat 

as OAC champs

SEASON PREVIEW: 2010 Baldwin-Wallace 

College Cross Country

By Nick Minerd

Aug 15, 2010

BEREA - The Baldwin-Wallace College women's cross country team will look to defend its Ohio Athletic Conference championship and the men's team will look to build on last year's fifth-place conference finish when the 2010 cross country season begins this fall.

In addition to winning its 16th OAC crown with an outstanding 37 points, the women's team placed fifth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Meet and 29th at the NCAA Division III Championships that was hosted by B-W last November. Overall, the Yellow Jacket women have qualified seven times for the NCAA national meet in the past 16 seasons.

Veteran Head Coach Dr. Bill Taraschke enters his 27th year at B-W and 20th ascross country coach with high expectations as he returns six of his top seven runners from last year's women's team and four of his top seven on the men's side. Combined, 19 letterwinners return, including 12 for the women and seven for the men.

"We graduated our top runner (D'Arcy Hlavin) on the women's side but we still have six of our top runners with national meet experience," said Taraschke. "Winning the conference should be our first goal."


"Our top runners are back for the men and we have the talent to move up into the top three this year," said Taraschke.

Taraschke has built one of the most successful running programs in all of Division III during his tenure at B-W.  He has led his track and cross country teams to a staggering 46 OAC titles, (including 12 in women's cross country) and has been named OAC Coach of the Year or been a member of an OAC Coaching Staff of the Year on 34 separate occasions, most recently during the 2009 cross country season. In addition, Taraschke has guided 10 women's cross country runners to OAC individual titles.
Dr. Traschke

Leading the women's squad this year will be senior Kim Chinn (Zanesville/West Muskingum), who is coming off a breakout performance at the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where she was national runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Chinn will look to carry her momentum from the track to the cross country course this fall as she was fifth at the 2009 OAC Championships, 20th at regionals and a team-best 118th at the NCAA Meet, finishing the six-kilometer race in 23:45.6. She was the Yellow Jackets leading runner in three races last year and was an Academic All-OAC selection.

"A steeplechaser by nature has to be both strong and fast," noted Taraschke. "Kim's success in track should translate well and she should be our top runner."
Columbia Station alumna Karin Coyne

Joining Chinn are four All-OAC finishers including first-team selections sophomore Sarah Rospert (Milan/Edison) and senior Karin Coyne (Columbia Station/Columbia). Rospert finished third on the team at the OAC Meet and eighth overall individually, and Coyne earned her third straight All-OAC finish, placing 10th. Coyne also was tabbed Academic All-OAC.
Edison grad Sara Rospert

Taraschke also returns All-OAC runners in seniors Katie White (Berea) and Krysten Kovach (North Royalton/Padua Franciscan). White finished 11th at the OAC Meet and Kovach was 13th. Kovach also was an Academic All-OAC and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV pick.
Padua product Krysten Kovach

Also back are juniors Julie Kotesovec (Litchfield/Medina Buckeye) and Judy Patterson (Aliquippa, Pa./Monaca Center) as well as sophomores Lynne Fahy (Ontario, N.Y./Wayne Central), Tess Hoogeveen (Westerville/South), Shaina Kovatch (Parma/Valley Forge) and Lauren McGaughey (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton). Kotesovec was one of last year's top seven runners.
Forge grad Shaina Kovatch

On the men's team, senior Brian Gibbons (Rocky River) returns after placing seventh at last's year OAC Meet, finishing the 8K race in 25:44.60. He also had a 76th place finish at Regionals. Junior Zach Szablewski (Tiffin/Calvert) placed 22nd last year at the OAC Meet and led the team at Regionals, placing 60th in 27:18.39.

Rocky River's Brian Gibbons

Also back from last year's top five are junior Tom Wilkin (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) and sophomore Ken Janosko (Mentor). Janosko was 30th at the OAC Meet and Wilkin placed 39th. Other returning lettermen include junior Drew Beck (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua Academy), sophomore Nicholas Jeffers (South Amherst/Firelands) and sophomore Andrew Ventura (Avon).
Mentor's Janosco

Avon alumnus Andy Ventura

In addition, look for contribution from seniors Justin Brown (Sandusky/Senior) and Nate Nemire (Berlin Heights/Milan Edison), juniors Mike Sisko (Olmsted Falls) and Mark Warman (Strongsville), and sophomores Ryan Fallow (Medina/Senior) and David Gerding (Strongsville).
(L t R) Olmsted Falls' Mike Sisko, Medina's
Ryan Fallow, Strongsville's Dave Gerding

"Brian (Gibbons) missed the track season with an injury but we're expecting him to bounce back and be one of our leaders," said Taraschke. "Zach (Szablewski), Kenny (Janosko), Drew (Beck) and Tom (Wilkin) all had good track seasons and that should give us a good group of five. We also expect our other returning guys to step up to fill out our lineup."
Mentor's Janosko

The men's and women's teams open the 2010 season at The College of Wooster Invitational on September 1 at 6:00 p.m. The 2010 OACChampionship Meet will be hosted by Otterbein College on October 30 at 11:00 a.m. and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Meet is November 13 at 11:00 a.m. in Holland, Mich. with Hope College serving as the host.  The 2010 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet will be hosted by Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa on November 20 at 11:00 a.m.
Firelands grad Nick Jeffers

"The biggest key for both the men and women is to come together as a team," noted Taraschke. "When looking at cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field, cross is the one sport where the team performance as a whole matters most. Your sixth and seventh finisher is just as important as the top two. We have to get a good feeling for one another and run in a good pack." one sport where the team performance as a whole matters most. Your sixth and seventh finisher is just as important as the top two. We have to get a good feeling for one another and run in a good pack."

Avon native, Oberlin College pitcher Phil Brua Named to the Prospect League Second Team
Phil Brua
Aug 15, 2010
By Mike Mancini
Bartlett, Tenn. - Oberlin College rising-senior Phil Brua was named to the Prospect League Second-Team All-Stars, the league office announced on Friday.

Brua was simply dominant during his second season in the Prospect League as he led the league in appearances (30), tied for third in saves (10) and posted the third-best ERA (1.46). 

He finished the year 4-2 in 49.1 innings of work, striking out 30 while walking just 10 along the way. His opposition batting average of .180 was also second best in the league. All in all he allowed just eight earned runs and surrendered just 30 hits. 

A native of nearby Avon, Ohio, Brua will be a key factor in the success of the Yeomen this upcoming season.

2010 First Team All-Stars
First Base – Kevin Smith, Nashville Outlaws (LSU-Shreveport)
Second Base – Torsten Boss, Chillicothe Paints (Michigan State University)
Third Base – Alex Guthrie, Terre Haute Rex (Loyola Marymount, California)
Shortstop – Greg Van Horne, Chillicothe Paints (College of Wooster)
Outfield – Vince Fayard, Quincy Gems (University of Biola)
Outfield – Jeff Holm, Chillicothe Paints (Michigan State University)
Outfield – Gardner Richey, Hannibal Cavemen (Samford University)
Catcher – Zach Komentani, Quincy Gems (University of San Diego)
Designated Hitter – Kevan Smith, Butler BlueSox (University of Pittsburgh)
RHP – Dean Wolosianski, West Virginia Miners (Ohio State University)
LHP - Ryan Wynveen, DuPage Dragons (San Diego State) 
RH Relief – Wil Browning, Danville Dans (LSU-Monroe)
LH Relief – Tom Zelasko, DeKalb County Liners (Northern Illinois University)

2010 Second Team All-Stars
First Base – Ryan Porter, Hannibal Cavemen (Rockhurst University)
Second Base – Nick Judkins, Springfield Sliders (Iowa Central University)
Third Base – Greg Bachman, Nashville Outlaws (Austin Peay University)
Shortstop – Sam Dove, Nashville Outlaws (Georgia Tech)
Outfield – Cody Elliott, Chillicothe Paints (Ball State University)
Outfield – Andrew Host, Quincy Gems (University Iowa)
Outfield – Joe Koch, West Virginia Miners (Kent State)
Catcher – Jesse Tierney, Danville Dans (Southeast Missouri)
Designated Hitter – Kevin Plawecki, Richmond RiverRats (Purdue University) 
RHP – Casey Henn, Quincy Gems (Wright State University)
LHP – Nathan Dorris, Richmond RiverRats (Rend Lake College)
RH Relief – Phil Brua, Lorain County Ironmen (Oberlin College)
LH Relief – (Tie) – Matt Fitton, Nashville Outlaws (Sacred Heart)
Pat Gannon, Springfield Sliders (Purdue University)

2010 Prospect League Award Winners
Mike Schmidt Award (Player of the Year) – Jeff Holm, Chillicothe Paints (Michigan State)
Pitcher of the Year – Dean Wolosianski, West Virginia Miners (Ohio State University)
Galen Woods Award (Fireman of the Year) – Wil Browning (LSU-Monroe)
Pro Prospect of the Year – Jeff Holm, Chillicothe Paints (Michigan State)
Manager of the Year – Brian Mannino, Chillicothe Paints



Aug. 15, 2010

By Harry Plumer

MARION, Ill. - The Lake Erie Crushers dropped the rubber game of a three-game series in Southern Illinois today, falling 3-1 to the West Division leading Miners. 

Southern Illinois opened the scoring for the first time in the series by plating a run in the bottom of the first. Jereme Milons led off the game with a single up the middle. He scored on a one-out double off the bat of Todd Martin

The Miners extended the lead in the bottom of the sixth after Lake Erie left the bases loaded in the top of the frame. Jereme Milons again sparked the offense, leading off with a double down the right field line. Milons moved to third on a fielder's choice, beating the throw on a sacrifice attempt by Kent Gerst. Todd Martin drove in his second run with a groundout while Joey Metropoulos capped the scoring with an RBI groundout as well. 

Ryan Bird carried a shutout into the eighth for Southern Illinois. With one out in the inning, Raphael Turner tripled to the gap in right-center and Jodam Rivera walked to chase Bird from the game following 7.1 innings and nine strikeouts. The shutout was broken up on a 3-2 pitch as Jodam Rivera stole second and Turner waltzed in to score on the back end of a double steal. 
Dom Duggan

Dom Duggan

Lake Erie was able to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth but couldn't score against Southern Illinois closer Erik Draxton. Travis Risser pitched five innings but suffered the loss. Dom Duggan and Raphael Turner each posted two hits in the loss.

The Crushers will enjoy an off day tomorrow before welcoming the Normal CornBelters to All Pro Freight Stadium on Tuesday night in the opener of a six-game homestand. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. RHP Josh Roberts (7-4, 2.96) will start the series opener for the Crushers with RHP Brett Lester (6-7, 4.52) counters for Normal.

Josh Roberts
Josh Roberts to pitch when the team comes home Tuesday


Ø       Casey McGrew pinch hit for Drew Saylor in the ninth inning

Ø       Dom Duggan registered his 33rd steal of the season in the third, tying him with Jereme Milons of Southern Illinois for the league lead

Ø       Ronnie Morales threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen while J.J. Pacella pitched a scoreless eighth