B Page -- Aug 26, 2010

JFK Alum Carlos Hawthorne

Notre Dame Football Preview  

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The Notre Dame Falcons tee up their inaugural season with a youthful roster built over two
recruiting seasons. Sixty-two freshmen and 41 sophomores make up 95 percent of the Falcons
roster.

Mercyhurst comes into their season opener off a 4-7 record a year ago. The Lakers had been 4-3 after a key win over geographic rival Gannon on Oct. 10, but they then closed out the season with four consecutive losses.

Saturday marks Notre Dame’s first action since last November when the Falcons wrapped up an undefeated (8-0) developmental season with a 49-14 win over Xavier. That game, played on Nov. 14, 2009, marked the fifth time that the Falcons had tallied 40 or more points in a game.

Notre Dame and Mercyhurst are separated by just 95 miles. 30 Laker players — including 10 MC starters — hail from Northeast Ohio.

Falcon Bob Hansen, a Midpark Alum

Oberlin Volleyball Preview  

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Oberlin is an experienced team that features eight returning letterwinners from last year’s squad. The senior trio of Amanda WyskAnna Frackman andMaggie Jacobson provide the leadership and hope to end their careers on a high note. Wysk was an All-NCAC Second-Team selection in 2009, while Jacobson and Frackman garnered honorable-mention honors in 2008. 

Perrinal national power Wittenberg garnered all eight first-place votes in the poll. Hiram (55) and Wooster (48) round out the top three. The complete poll can be viewed below. 

The Yeowomen begin their season on September 1 when they play host to Ursuline College at 4 p.m. As a reminder to all fans, nearly all of Oberlin’s home matches will feature live video streaming. 

North Coast Athletic Conference 2010 Preseason Volleyball Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total points)
1. Wittenberg (8) .................................................64 
2. Hiram...............................................................55 
3. Wooster...........................................................48 
4. Allegheny........................................................34 
5. Oberlin.............................................................33 
6. Denison...........................................................22 
7. Ohio Wesleyan................................................21 
8. Kenyon............................................................11



Oberlin Cross Preview  

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Oberlin, which is led by two-time cross country All-American in senior Joanna Johnson, went on to finish second at the NCAA Regional Meet and 23rd at nationals last fall. 

With great depth on the roster and strong runners from top to bottom, the Yeowomen have the talent to turn in another special season in 2010. 

One of the nation’s up-and-coming teams, the Yeomen also earned high praise from the USTFCCCA – being tabbed as the fifth-best squad in the Great Lakes Region. 

The expectations for the team to have one of its best seasons in school history looms large, as despite finishing third at last year’s NCAC Championships, the Yeomen are the highest ranked team from the conference. 

Oberlin is spearheaded by sophomore sensation Eric Line and junior Stephen Williams. As a rookie Line earned a trip to nationals by finishing ninth overall at the NCAA Regional Meet with a mark of 26:11.70. Williams was the top Yeomen finisher at the conference championship meet. 

The Oberlin cross country teams will get their season underway on September 1 at The College of Wooster. On that same day the USTFCCCA will release its first set of national rankings for the season.

CRUSHERS SHUT DOWN WASHINGTON

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WASHINGTON, Pa. - Josh Roberts and Jeff Cinadr combined to shutdown the Washington Wild Things in a 1-0 Lake Erie win on Thursday night in the rubber game of a three-game series. 



Josh Roberts posted nine consecutive outs from the third through the sixth for the Crushers. He never allowed a runner past second and threw eight shutout innings to improve to 9-5 on the season. Roberts matched a franchise record with 10 strikeouts, a mark equaled just days ago by Matt Smith in the second game of a doubleheader with Southern Illinois. 



Lake Erie placed runners on base in each of the first three innings before Washington starter Billy Muldowney dialed in. Muldowney retired 12 in a row after hitting Dom Duggan in the third, a stretch that ended with a Matt Sutton seventh inning single. Muldowney tossed seven shutout innings in the game, posting eight strikeouts. 



Lake Erie broke through in the top of the ninth. Andrew Davis led off the inning with a single up the middle against Washingtoncloser Eryk McConnell. Davis moved to second on a groundout and third on a flyout to become the first runner of the game from either side to reach third. Joel Collins, who tied Tuesday's game with a two-out double, singled up the middle on a 1-2 pitch to plate Davis with the night's lone run. 



Jeff Cinadr pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his sixth save of the summer. Andrew Davis and Joel Collins posted two hits each in the contest as Lake Erie spoiled the home finale for Washington. 



Lake Erie opens its final road series of the season tomorrow evening at Kalamazoo. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. RHP Matt Smith (9-6, 3.86) takes the ball for the Crushers against RHP Guido Fonseca (3-7, 6.53) for Kalamazoo. 



EXTRA SWINGS

Ø  Josh Roberts has pitched in three 1-0 games this season, winning one, losing one, and taking a no-decision in another; He struck out the side in the seventh

Ø  Jodam Rivera stole his 12th base of the year in the third

Ø  Lake Erie is 5-4 on the year against Washington and 12-17 in one-run game this year
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