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Payne is a solid, high-quality, go-to player.

“She has good foot skills, sees the field well and is a great leader for the team,” the coach said.

Look for a lot of scoring and assisting from Payne’s outside mid position.

“She has a great left foot and makes good decisions on crossing and shooting,” Yurick said.

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Word has it that Dupratt earned her captains votes from her teammates because of her “maniacal” work ethic. .This is evidenced by her constant training as well as that she is highly supportive of her teammates, incessantly offering encouragement.

“She and Jill Mesaros (junior, returning letter winner) are securing our back line,” Yurick said. “We are playing a flat four for the first time and they have done an outstanding job making the switch and directing traffic. They are both fearless and have excellent field vision.”

Dupratt’s work ethic and spirit is complemented by Mesaros’s twofold athleticism.

“Jill is fast and strong on every ball and they are both relentless,” Yurick said.

Behind the Mesaros-Dupratt stopper/sweeper/fullback line/wall, the Bulldogs have their keeper Madison Woods, a sophomore returning letter winner, who has an eye on the school record for shutouts (currently 9).

“She is a solid keeper who comes up big in big games,” Yruick said. “She is fierce competitor and likes the challenge.”

However, she is being challenged this year by freshman keeper Leah Walchanowicz.

“Leah brings a lot of technical ability and a great game sense,” said Yurick “She also has the ability to play the field and will definitely be an asset for us. It is the first time we have ever had more than one keeper with sizable experience in the program.”

The scoring attack will come from soccer/track star Allison Duber (sophomore returning letter winner).

“She is fast and competitive but is also working hard on her foot skills and finishing ability,” the coach said. “She doesn't back down and will score on any junk around the net.”

Junior Lauren Kohler is back and looking to attack as a complementary scorer to Duber and Payne. Kohler spent the winter playing club soccer to help improve her attacking and distribution skills.

“She has improved,” coach Yurick said. “She is fast and aggressive and has added foot skills and control to her play.”

In addition, the Bulldogs have four other freshmen on the varsity roster, who, like the second keeper, have the components to be immediate impact players.

“They are all technically solid,” Yurick said. “They are hopeful and time will tell if they will be able to contribute at this level.”

B-W Men's Golf  

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Heil returns seven players overall but will have to fill two of the top spots in his lineup due to the graduation of three seniors, including All-OAC performers Nick Bryan and Mike Falk.

“The lineup is wide open this year,” said Heil. “I’m excited to see who has improved this summer. The guys playing the best golf when practice starts will be the guys that make the lineup.”

In his first season at the helm of the Yellow Jacket program, Heil led B-W to a fine overall record of 60-25-2 and third-place finishes during both the OAC regular season and championship tournament. Overall, B-W had six top-five finishes and was runner-up in three consecutive tournaments in April..

Expected to lead this year’s squad will be senior Matt Weiss (Concord/Mentor). Weiss posted a team-best stroke average of 77.31 during the spring season and shot a school-record round of 68 at the Nye Intercollegiate in late April.  He was second on the team during the fall with a 76.50 average and he placed 16th individually at the 2010 OAC Tournament (79+76=155) in May. Weiss also earned OAC Men’s Golfer of the Week honors during both the fall and spring campaigns.

“Matt is a very talented golfer and a big hitter,” said Heil. “When his short game is on, he has a chance to the best golfer in the OAC. He is a great young man who is very respected by his teammates.”

Joining Weiss as returning lettermen are fellow senior Brian Routhieaux (Gibsonia, Pa./ Mars Area), junior Ricky Jaskolski (North Royalton/Padua Franciscan) and sophomore Stephen Spalding (Stow/Walsh Jesuit).

Routhieaux averaged 83.25 strokes per round in the spring, including a season-best of 78 at the OAC Spring Invitational.  In the fall, he averaged 81.63 in four tournaments with a season best of 77.  Routhieaux also earned Academic All-OAC At-Large honors for the second straight year and carries a 3.97 grade point average. Heil will count on Weiss and Routhieaux to lead the team in 2010-11.

Jaskolski averaged 81.63 in the fall with a best-round of 78. He improved in the spring and averaged 79.69 per round,  which was good for third on the team. He also shot a best-round of 77 on three separate occasions.  Jaskolski finished tied for 16th at the OAC Tournament in the spring (77+78=155).

Spalding had a solid freshman campaign and averaged 79.00 for the spring and fall seasons combined. Spalding earned a spot in Heil’s lineup at the OAC Tournament and carded rounds of 83 and 80 to finish tied for 30th as an individual. He shot a season-best 74 at the Ohio Wesleyan University Invitational in the fall.

Also looking to break the starting lineup are juniors Chris Juszczak (East Liverpool) and Kyle Lewis (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) and sophomore Connor Cronkite (Fairview, Pa./Erie Cathedral Prep).

Juszczak played in three tournaments and averaged 82.83 per round.  His career-best round of 75 came as a freshman. Lewis recorded an average of 85.50 over 12 rounds of golf and shot a season-best 78 at the OAC Fall Invitational.  Cronkite played in five tournaments and averaged 82.80 strokes per round with a season-best of 75 at the Denison Invite in the fall.

Heil also welcomes freshman Chris Nader (Westlake) to the mix. “I am excited to see what kind of summer Chris had and I look forward to seeing him compete for a chance in the lineup.”

B-W will open the season at the John Carroll University Invitational at Fowlers Mill Golf Course in Chesterland on Sunday, September 5. The OAC Fall Invitational also will be held at Fowlers Mill on Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19.

“Senior leadership will be the difference between competing for a championship or being middle of the pack in the OAC,” said Heil. “Teams that overachieve tend to have great senior leadership while many teams that underachieve have poor senior leadership.”

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At least some semblance of consistency will allow the Rangers to ride some kind of wave into the conference season. The top six players on the team in 2009 are all back for 2010.

Members of the team this year with their year in school parenthetically after their names are: Nicole Taleff(11), Nikke Gannon(11), Kayla Sands(10), Jessica Bush(11), Allison Bussard(11), Natasha Taleff(11), Aimee Caraszi (9),  Ashlee Caraszi (9), and Nicole Knapp(11).

The latter three are all newcomers.

“We will compete but Avon should win our league,” Frindt said. “We should be able to win some matches one-on-one this year.”

That’s not to say that the Rangers will not do well in tourneys, but Frindt is still working on building depth into the program.

“They are much more confident with one year under their belts,” Frindt said.

Overall, the Rangers finished 5-13 last year.


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 Reilly spent the past two years as assistant director of athletic communications and marketing at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., where he worked with 21 teams, supervised student workers, aided in the transition to a new athletics website and ran the office as interim director for four months.

Prior to that he was also the publicist for the State University of New York Athletic Conference, assistant sports information director at SUNY-Potsdam and has worked in the sports department for both the Olean (NY) Times-Herald and Dunkirk (NY) Observer newspapers.

A native of Dunkirk, NY, Reilly has a bachelor's degree in history from Saint Bonaventure (NY) University.   He is a second generation SID as his father, Jerry, is the sports information director at Fredonia State (NY) University.


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While at CSU, Henry worked primarily with the Viking pitchers and assisted with recruiting and coordinating community service efforts. She helped lead CSU to four consecutive 30-win seasons and four straight trips to the Horizon League Championship game. She also served an integral role during the Vikings’ first ever Horizon LeagueChampionship during the 2009 campaign.

“I want to thank Dave (Diles) and the entire department for the opportunity to work with such a great department and academic institution,” said Henry. “I look forward to working with the girls and it will be our goal to return the program to championship form.”

Prior to her time at CSU, Henry was a graduate assistant at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she coached the pitchers and outfielders.

As a player at Ashland University, Henry was an All-American pitcher and a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District selection. 

She graduated in 2004 as the Eagles’ career leader in earned run average (1.11), strikeouts (1,109), innings pitched (792.1) and complete games (99). Her career ratio of 10.2 strikeouts per seven innings ranked fourth all-time in NCAA Division II

Henry, a native of Jordan, Minnesota, earned her bachelor’s degree in recreation sports industry from Ashland and her master’s degree in sports administration fromMinnesota State University, Mankato in 2006.

Henry resides in Medina with her husband, Geoff.


AVON, Ohio - The Lake Erie Crushers were shutout in the final game of a three-game series with the Normal CornBelters as Normal starter Ryan Shelton tossed a complete game shutout in a 2-0 victory in front of 3,671 fans. 

Lake Erie threatened in the second inning as Lee Huggins led off by roping a double into left-center. Huggins moved to third with one out but was doubled off on a line drive. 

Steve Alexander led off the third inning with his 10th homer of the season, driving a 2-1 offering from Lake Erie starter AlbertoRolon over the fence just to the left of center field. The homer put the CornBelters ahead and was more than enough for Ryan Shelton.

Normal extended the lead to 2-0 with an unearned run in the sixth. Andrew Barbaro walked and moved to second on a sacrifice. With two outs Daniel Cox, the Frontier League's leading hitter, reached base on a passed ball following a third strike to keep the inning alive. Johnathan Ross reached on an error that allowed Barbaro to cross the plate. 

Shelton faced the minimum entering the eighth and posted 19 consecutive outs at one point. Casey McGrew dropped a single into left to end both strings. Lake Erie placed the tying runs on base in the ninth but could not push across a run. Trae Gore led off with a pinch-hit ground rule double to right and with two outs Raphael Turner walked following a 10-pitch at bat and swiped second. 

Alberto Rolon suffered the hard luck loss. He threw six frames and allowed only one earned run while matching a career best with six strikeouts. Ronnie Morales pitched the seventh while J.J. Pacella twirled the eighth and ninth.