A Page -- Aug. 15, 2012

Lake Erie Picked Fourth in GLIAC South Preseason Poll, League Launches Media Day Website



BAY CITY, MICH.  – The Lake Erie College football team was picked to finish fourth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division this coming season by a vote of the league’s coaches announced Wednesday (Aug. 15) in conjunction with the launch of the league’s football media day website.

 

The Storm, 3-8 overall and 2-8 in the GLIAC in 2011, returns nearly 40 letterwinners and 13 starters from last year’s squad as it prepares for its third season in what is arguably the toughest conference in NCAA Division II.  LEC also carries a two-game winning streak into the season, which kicks off Thursday night, Aug. 30, with “The Battle of Lake Erie” at Gannon University.

 

Lake Erie received 73 total points in the poll.  Ashland University is the preseason favorite to win the division, with the Eagles receiving 10 first-place votes and 113 points.  Ohio Dominican University is second with five first-place votes and 108 points, followed by the University of Findlay with one first place vote and 97 points. 

 

Perennial national power Grand Valley State University was the coaches’ pick in the North Division, just ahead of defending national runner-up Wayne State University.   

 

The 2012 GLIAC Football Media Day Website is includes information on the upcoming campaign with video comments from respective head coaches, video highlights of top returning players and links to team media guides and information in addition to the preseason poll.  Additionally, the League's annual preseason preview will be featured and was written by Sandy Gholston.

 

This year marks the third-straight season in which the league has launched a media day website to promote the conference. Each head coach filmed a short video segment discussing their respective teams and the upcoming season.

 

2012 GLIAC Football

Preseason Coaches’ Poll

North Division

School (first-place votes)                     Points

1.     Grand Valley State (6)....................... 108

2.     Wayne State (4).................................... 99

3.     Hillsdale (4) ........................................... 96

4.     Saginaw Valley State (2)..................... 87

5.     Michigan Tech ..................................... 66

6.     Ferris State............................................. 45

7.     Northern Michigan............................... 36

8.     Northwood............................................. 30

 

South Division

School (first-place votes)                     Points

1.     Ashland (10)........................................ 113

2.     Ohio Dominican (5)........................... 108

3.     Findlay (1) ............................................. 97

4.     Lake Erie................................................ 73

5.     Walsh...................................................... 49

6.     Tiffin....................................................... 43

        Notre Dame .......................................... 43

8.     Malone................................................... 42

 

Three BW Football Student-Athletes Picked to 


OCF Preseason All-Ohio Team

BEREA, OHIO --  Three Baldwin Wallace University football student-athletes, junior wide receiver/ kick return specialist Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton Midview), senior running back Tyler Lohr (Kent/ Roosevelt) and senior offensive tackle Clay Wolf (Parma Heights/ Parma Padua Fransiscan), have been chosen to the 2012 Ohio College Football.com Preseason All-Ohio teams (announced today, Monday, August 13).

Holt was a first-team selection and both Lohr and Wolf were second-team choices.

Holt earned first-team All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors in 2011 as he led the Yellow Jackets in receiving with 23 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns, ran the ball eight times for 51 yards and a TD and was one of the leading kick return specialists in Division III by averaging 30.7 yards in 11 returns, including running two back for TD.  He has three kick return TDs in his first two years.

Lohr earned first-team All-OAC accolades last season when he led BW In rushing with 924 yards in 190 attempts with seven TDs and caught five passes for 28 more yards. Wolf was a key to Holt and Lohr’s successes with his blocking. He was a key member of an offensive line that helped the Yellow Jackets average 30.2 points and 370.1 yards of offense per game.

Holt, Lohr and Wolf are three of 33 lettermen and 11 starters who return to a Yellow Jacket program that finished 8-2 a year ago and has a 15-5 mark the past two years. BW ended last season ranked No.23 in the final d3football.com Division III poll (www.d3football.com) and enter the 2012 campaign ranked 19th in the same poll. BW also was picked to finish second in both the OAC Coaches and Media polls at the August 8 OAC Media Day (see related story at http://www.bw.edu/athletics/fb/features/1112/2012mediaday/).

Preseason camp opens on Wednesday, August 15.  BW opens its season on September 8 versus Bluffton University on Family and Community Night in Berea. The Yellow Jackets open OAC play on Sept. 15 versus Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University in the battle for the Cuyahoga Gold Bowl trophy in University Heights at 6:00 p.m.  Both games will be televised by SportsTime Ohio (www.sportstimeohio.com).

Four Spartans Named to OCF Preseason DIII All-Ohio Team

PICKERINGTON, Ohio – Four student-athletes from Case Western Reserve University have been named to the 2012OhioCollegeFootball.com Preseason Division III All-Ohio Team announced on Monday.

Senior tackle Cullen Dolan (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) was the team's lone offensive representative with a first-team nod. Senior outside linebacker Ryan Ferguson (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) and senior safety Dan Calabrese (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) were first-team defensive picks, while senior end Adam Watson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) was named to the second team.

Dolan is one of two returning starters along with junior guard Jake Abbott on the right side of the Spartan offensive line. Dolan has started 19-of-20 games over the past two seasons and was tabbed second-team All-University Athletic Association in 2011.

Ferguson led the UAA with 95 tackles during his first season as a starter. A first-team All-UAA honoree, Ferguson twice posted 13 tackles in a game and was tabbed UAA Defensive Player of the Week with nine tackles and both a fumble and interception return for touchdowns in the season-opener at John Carroll University last September.

The reigning UAA Special Teams Player of the Year, Calabrese was tabbed All-UAA First Team, OhioCollegeFootball.com DIII All-Ohio Second Team and D3Football.com All-North Region at defensive back with 46 tackles, a team-best six interceptions and 10 passes defended, a forced fumble and three touchdown returns on two INTs and one punt. An impact player all of last season, Calabrese was a two-time UAA Defensive Player of the Week and was named to D3Football.com's National Team of the Week after tying a school record with three interceptions and returning a pair for scores in a victory versus Oberlin College in early October.

Watson, a two-year starter, finished second on the squad last fall with 6.5 sacks and totaled 56 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. In his three seasons with the Spartan program, the two-time All-UAA selection has 129 tackles, 23.5 TFL and 15.5 sacks

The Spartans (9-1 overall, 3-0 UAA in 2011) have won four of the past five UAA Championships with three-consecutive NCAA Playoff appearances from 2007 to 2009. Over the last five seasons, the Spartans boast a combined overall record of 48-6.

The 2012 season opens on the road on Saturday, September 1, versus Marietta College at 7:00 p.m. at Don Drumm Stadium.


Mount Union Names John Piechuta Assistant Wrestling Coach


ALLIANCE, Ohio -- The University of Mount Union has named John Piechuta assistant wrestling coach.

Piechuta is familiar with the Purple Raiders after completing his career on the mat at Mount Union in 2012. A three-year letterwinner, he compiled a 51-48 career record competing at 165 lbs. In his senior season, Piechuta placed third at the 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships and helped the Raiders capture their second straight OAC title.

"It is a thrill for me to work at my alma mater and in my hometown," commented Piechuta.  "This program has given me so much over the years and I look forward to an opportunity to continue to grow the success of this program."

He spent six years coaching in the wrestling program at his high school alma mater, Marlington High School, as he assisted with the youth wrestling program from 2005-08 and was the freestyle club coach from 2009-11.

The Alliance, Ohio, native graduated from Mount Union with a bachelor's degree in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience.

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Mount Union -- John Piechuta named assistant wrestling coach

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Two Oberlin Alums Named Assistant Coaches

Oberlin, Ohio – Recent Oberlin College graduates David Wilson ‘06 and Brandon Cantrill ‘11 have officially be hired to the athletics staff as fulltime assistant coaches in their respective sports of soccer and baseball.

Wilson, who has been assisting with the men’s soccer team in a part-time role since 2009, enters his first season as the lead assistant for Head Coach Blake New.  A four-year starter for the Yeomen, Wilson was the co-captain of the 2005 team that earned the program’s first-ever North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament appearance by finishing second in the league at 6-2-1.

A three-time All-NCAC selection and former All-Region selection, Wilson scored 23 goals and dished out eight assists over his illustrious career. At the conclusion of his senior season, he was named as the department’s John N. Stern Scholar-Athlete, which is given to the top senior student-athlete.

Cantrill returns to Oberlin after a successful four-year playing career as a catcher, pitcher, first basemen and designated hitter. A lifetime .299 hitter, Cantrill played in 146 games and started in 145 of them.

He was a part of the 2010 team that set the school’s wins record with 18 victories. In that season he finished second on the team with a .328 batting average. His 38 hits also ranked second on the squad, while his 11 doubles and 23 RBIs were good for third.

This past spring, Cantrill was an assistant varsity coach at nearby Elyria Catholic High School and then in the summer he served as head coach of the 17U North Coast Vipers of the Diamond League.

Both Cantrill and Wilson officially began their duties with the school earlier this month.

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