A Page -- Aug. 30, 2012

Oberlin Women's Cross Country Looks to 

Continue Dominance

Oberlin, Ohio – Coming off the best season in school history that ended with a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championship Meet, the Oberlin College women’s cross country team has even loftier goals for 2012.

The Yeowomen enter the season ranked 13th in the country and second in the Great Lakes Region under ninth-year Head CoachRay Appenheimer.

Winners of three straight and four of the last six North Coast Athletic Conference titles, the Yeowomen return all seven of their top runners from a season ago, highlighted by All-American and Academic All-American Molly Martorella. A junior from Winchendon, Massachusetts, Martorella finished 13th in the country last fall after checking in second at the NCAC Championship and third at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Meet.

A trio of second-year harriers who turned in outstanding freshman seasons is what makes Oberlin a tough team to beat. The group is headlined by reining NCAC Freshman of the Year Carey Lyons, who finished fifth in the conference and 21st in the region. Classmate Lindsay Neal checked in sixth at the NCAC meet, while San Francisco, product Emma Lehman came through the chute in 12th.

“We have great talent coming back,” Coach Appenheimer said. “I think we are very deserving of our preseason ranking and hope to only go up from here.”

Seniors Caroline Martin and Kristina Witcher provide great leadership to the young team. On the course, they each finished within the top 19 spots of the conference in 2011.

Looking to build off an outstanding outdoor track and field season where she set the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and just missed the cut for an invite to nationals is senior Piper Nash. A native of Bed, Oregon, Nash placed 25th at the NCAC Championship last fall.

Oberlin begins its season this Friday, when it travels to the College of Wooster.

Prusky, Storm Women's Track Honored by USTCCCA as All-Academic
PAINESVILLE, OHIO – For the third consecutive year, the Lake Erie College women's track and field team was honored by the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as a Division II All-Academic Team, highlighted by Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) earning individual All-Academic honors.

As a team, the Storm women posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.06. Lake Erie was one of 83 NCAA Division II teams to earn the designation, including 11 schools from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Prusky, a rising sophomore, competed in the high jump for the Storm and was an NCAA Division II Championships provisional qualifier in the event. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, student-athletes must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either indoor or outdoor seasons.

Avon betters North Ridgeville in West Shore Conference tennis

Avon 5, North Ridgeville 0 
Singles: Rinl d. Reitknecht 6-0, 6-0; Schwartz d. Wishner 6-0, 6-0; DeLuca d. Mihalski 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles: Cirilo/Mentler d. O'Neill/Marflake 6-0, 6-0; Lacy/Schmitz d. Yun/Savannah Heck 6-0, 6-2.

Avon comes out on top of North Ridgeville, 3-1, in West Shore volleyball

North Ridgeville vs. Avon
WINNER:  Avon 
Game #1:  25-22 (North Ridgeville)
Game #2:  4-25  (Avon)
Game #3:  12-25 (Avon)
Game #4:  18-25 (Avon)
North Ridgeville Stats
Top Servers:  Emily Duke (3 aces) & Jessica Lentz (3 aces)
Top Hitter:  Jessica Lentz 10 kills
Top Passers:  Jessica Lentz (18 digs) & Emily Daveant (10 digs)
Next Match:  North Ridgeville @ Lakewood on Thursday, August 30

Blue Streaks B team topples Fighting Irish

Magnificat Varsity B (5) def. SVSM (0)
Magnificat seasonal record: 6 and 0
1. ann Gacad d. Ginger Pangas 6-0, 6-0
2. Sophie Wood d. Maria LoCastro 6-2, 6-2
3. Claire Coyne d. Jakie Cummingham 6-0, 6-2
1. Sarah Oskowski/Caitlyn Harvey d. Carin Marchetta/Monica Pirie 6-1, 6-2
2. Deeya Basu/Shannon Hollis d. Veronica VanDevere/audrey Sheeks 6-2, 6-0

Storm Women's Lax Trio Named to IWLCA Honor Roll

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College women's lacrosse rising seniors Meredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville Dewitt), Julia Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) and Allison Trombetti (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) were among 82 Division II student-athletes nationally included in the 2012 Academic Honor Roll by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.

The Storm had four players listed, including former student-athlete Aerielle Smith.

The student-athletes are nominated by their schools for inclusion on the Honor Roll and must have achieved junior status academically. A total of 29 institutions were represented on the DII list.

Howe, an accounting major with a minor in French Studies, scored 38 goals last season – the second most on the team – and finished with 42 points. Kudla, who majors in marketing and sport management, led the Storm with 42 goals, 29 assists and 71 total points. Trombetti, who scored five goals and added a pair of assists, also majors in accounting.

The Storm tied their single-season school record with seven wins in 2012 under first-year head coach Jillian Howley and earned IWLCA Academic Squad status for the third straight year. In 2013, Lake Erie will compete in the inaugural season of competition in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).\

Storm Looks to Retain Ship's Wheel, 2012 Season Kickoffs 

Off at Gannon in Battle of Lake Erie Thursday Night

Lake Erie College Storm (3-8, 2-8 GLIAC in 2011)
at Gannon University Golden Knights (4-7, 3-4 PSAC in 2011)
Aug. 30, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Gannon Field (Erie, Pa.)


When: Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 at 7 p.m. 
Where: Gannon University Field (2,500 capacity) Erie, Pa. (Directions)
Live Stats: http://www.gannon.edu/athletics/men/football/lstats/xlive.htm
TV/Internet Broadcast: Gannon Gameday America One Video (PPV)
Lake Erie Broadcast: www.LakeErieStorm.com (LISTEN LIVE)
Announcers: Kyle Akins (play-by-play), Mark Richards (analyst)

THE SHIP'S WHEEL: In 2011, a trophy was introduced to the Lake Erie-Gannon series, the Ship's Wheel to commemorate "The Battle of Lake Erie."  For a brief history of the wheel, and it's symbolism, click here.

QUICK NOTES: Lake Erie opens the 2012 season like it has the previous four, with its traditional nonconference game against Gannon.  Dubbed "The Battle of Lake Erie", the winning team gets bragging rights to the "Ship's Wheel" trophy… Lake Erie won last year's game 13-10 to snap a three-game series losing streak… the combined margin of victory in the series' first four games is 12 points… the Storm is 0-2 at Gannon Field… LEC returns 39 letterwinners and 16 players with starting experience, led by returning senior All-GLIAC offensive lineman Mike McElligott (St. Peter Chanel), preseason All-Ohio senior kicker Sam Marcotte(Chardon) and preseason All-Ohio senior defensive end Taylor Leppla…  senior transfer Patrick Nicely(Willoughby South/Akron) beat out Brendan Gallagher (Aurora) for the starting QB spot in a spirited preseason battle.  Gallagher threw for 199 yards and the game-winning TD in last year's win over Gannon, filling in for suspended starter Sean Bedevelsky.  Nicely started 19 games in three seasons at Akron… also joining the Storm this season from D-I programs are redshirt freshman tight end Anthony Kukwa (Perry/Ball State), redshirt freshman defensive lineman Alex Belconis (Mentor/Kent State) and junior linebacker Isaiah Bell(Youngstown Liberty/Michigan)… Lake Erie was picked to finish fourth in the GLIAC South this season… Gannon will be making its debut under new head coach Brad Rzyczycki, the team's former defensive coordinator.  Rzyczycki played collegiately at Mercyhurst where he starred four-years under Storm head coach Mark McNellie who was the team's defensive coordinator… the Golden Knights were picked sixth in the PSAC Western Division preseason poll.  

Wildcat football on 'HK-1420 Saturday

St Ignatius Wildcats vs Warren (MI) De La Salle Pilots

The game will be broadcast LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 and http://www.thesportsking.com/

Dick Russ - play by play
Mike Gibbons - analyst

Saturday, September 1, 2012 
Byers Field (Parma)

Live Pre-game begins at 2:45 pm

Kickoff is at 3:00 pm 

Alex Strimbu, Kyle O’Connor goals lead Avon Lake soccer to win against Berea

In the opening round of SWC play, the Shoremen earned a hard fought win at Berea on Wednesday night.  

The first half was pretty even with a few threatening opportunities from both sides.  In the second half, Senior captain Alex Strimbu’s free kick opened the scoring for Avon

After a Brave was sent off for a foul, the Shoremen scored their second goal on a well placed pass from Dan Furrer to Kyle O’Connor who beat the Berea goalkeeper.

Avon Lake Shoremen at Berea Braves
Boys Soccer

Score at half:
Avon Lake 0 Berea 0

Final Score:
Avon Lake 2 Berea 0

AL: 2-1-1
BRAVES 2-1-0

AL: Alex Strimbu, Kyle O’Connor
B: none

AL: 8
B: 5

AL (Kane Adams): 2
B: (Jacob Miller) 4

AL: 4
B: 3

AL: 10
B: 9

AL: Dan Furrer
B: none


Yellow Jacket Women’s Golf Team Ranked 

25th in GolfWorld/NGCA Preseason Coaches 


BEREA, OHIO -- The two-time defending Ohio Athletic Conference Champion Baldwin Wallace University women’s golf team will look to earn its third straight OAC championship and its third straight trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament this season. The success of the past two seasons is part of the reason the Yellow Jackets are ranked 25th in the GolfWorld/NGCA Division III Women’s Golf Coaches Preseason Poll.

Leading the way for the Yellow Jackets, will be the return of all five starters from the past two championship squads. Seniors Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/St. Joseph Academy) and Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) along with Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/Dayton Christian), Rebecca Jones (Hilliard/Darby) and Emilee Woolf (Ravenna) all have their sights on remaining atop the OAC for the third straight season.

In addition, senior Sarah Terrill (Cuyahoga Falls/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) and junior Sarah Allred (Akron/Green) along with newcomers Sabre Adkins (Dublin/Coffman) and Laura Vidmar (Willoughby/South) will push the starting five for playing time.

BW will open the fall portion of its schedule when it will travel to Granville on Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9 to compete in the two-day Denison University Invitational at the Granville Country Club. The Denison Invitational is one of five fall tournaments for the Yellow Jackets.

#2 Mount Union Football Opens Season Saturday at #13 Franklin

2012 University of Mount Union Football
#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (0-0, 0-0 OAC) vs
#13 Franklin Grizzlies (0-0, 0-0 OAC)
Sat., Sept. 1 - 1:30 pm - Red Faught Stadium (Franklin, Ind.)


WDPN 1310 AM (Alliance): LISTEN LIVE
WRMU 91.1 FM (Alliance): LISTEN LIVE

LIVE STATS: http://livestats.prestosports.com/mountunion

Complete Mount Union Game Notes in PDF Format: CLICK HERE

FRANKLIN: Roster | Stats | Schedule | Coaches


No. 2 ranked Mount Union begins its 115th season of football against No. 13 ranked Franklin College this Saturday, Sept. 1 at 1:30 pm in Franklin, Indiana.

The Purple Raiders are preseason ranked No. 2 in the nation and the Raiders return 15 starters from a team that went 14-1 last season, won the school's 23rd overall and 20th straight Ohio Athletic Conference title while making a record 15th appearance in the NCAA Division III National Championship game.

Franklin is preseason ranked No. 13 in the nation and the Grizzlies lost just two games a year ago both to national champion UW-Whitewater -- 45-0 in week two and 41-14 in the second round of the NCAA Playoffs. Franklin has been in the NCAA Playoffs and won Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference titles in four of the last five seasons.


All Mount Union football games are broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker. You can also here the WRMU 91.1 FM feed on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.

The four regular season home games will be shown on television via tape delay on regional sports cable channel SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV39 (Stark County), WIVN TV29 (New Philadelphia), Time Warner Cable (ch. 989-Stark County, ch. 99-Tuscarawas County), Massillion Cable (ch. 21) and Clear Picture Cable (ch. 21-Wayne County). Image Video produces the broadcasts with Harry Paidas along with hall of fame broadcaster Joe Tait. Tait spent 39 years as the radio voice of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and was recently awarded the Bill Nichols Media Service Award by the Ohio Athletic Conference for his now 26 years of doing Mount Union football and basketball on radio and television.


This will be the second-ever meeting between the two teams but first since 1968. In 1968, Mount Union shut out Franklin, 20-0 in a night game at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.


Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 317-24-3 (.928) in his 26th season as head coach and is one of the most successful coaches in college football history as he is one of only 10 coaches in college football history to win at least 300 games. His teams have won 23 OAC Championships, including the last 20 in a row, along with 10 of the last 18 NCAA Division III National Championships. He is a past president of the American Football Coaches Association and was the offensive coordinator for Team USA as they won the gold medal in the IFAF World Championships in 2011.

Mike Leonard (Hanover '84) is 67-30 (.691) in his 10th season as head coach at Franklin. He has led the Grizzlies to four Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference titles and four NCAA Playoff appearances over the last five seasons. Prior to coming to Franklin, he served as offensive coordinator at Hanover (Ind.) and Wittenberg along with stints at Butler (Ind.), Holy Cross, DePauw (Ind.) and Alabama.


For the first time since 2009, the Raiders will have a bye before hosting Muskingum in the home and OAC opener Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 pm.


Franklin brings back 52 letterwinners including 15 starters and were the preseason pick to repeat as HCAC champions.  The Grizzlies feature a run-and-shoot attack on offense and line-up in a 3-4 on defense.

Leading the seven returning starters on offense is junior quarterback Jonny West.  The HCAC Offensive MVP completed 285 passes for 3.581 yards with 32 touchdowns.  His top target is back as well in junior split end Kyle Linville, who had 84 catches for 1,226 yards and 11 touchdowns while leading the conference in all-purpose yards (102.2 per game).          

On defense, six starters are back including All-HCAC First Team pick in cornerback Zack Corpe and All-HCAC Second Team selections in junior linebackers Scott Moore (97 tackles) and Jordan Segner (79 tackles).

Junior punter Michael Parks (40.3 avg.) and senior kicker Cole Richards (60-65 PAT's) both all-conference a year ago are also back.



Mount Union's record in season opening games


Mount Union has won 24 straight season openers dating back to a 17-15  home loss to The College of Wooster on Sept. 12, 1987.


Mount Union's win-loss record since 2000

55, 54

The Raiders hold the NCAA's two longest consecutive college football  win streaks -- 55 from 2000-2003 and 54 from 1996-99 


game regular season win streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14  loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.58 game home winning streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14  loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.


consecutive regular season road victories for Mount Union dating back  to a 21-18 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.


Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.163-1 The Raiders record since 1990 when winning the turnover battle.   That lone loss was a 20-17 loss to Wisconsin-LaCrosse in a 1995 national semifinal game in Alliance. In that game, the Raiders had a +1  turnover margin.


Larry Kehres is one of 10 coaches in college football history to win at least 300 games.

Kristen Gromes


2012 Mount Union Volleyball Preview: No. 18 Purple Raiders Seek Return to NCAAs

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The No. 18-ranked Mount Union volleyball squad enters the 2012 campaign with lofty expectations. After advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament a season ago, the Purple Raiders are favored to win the Ohio Athletic Conference and are nationally-ranked for the first time since 2000.

The Raiders have been a program on the rise since head coach Leigh Ann Swartz took over in 2006. Swartz has accumulated a 145-50 record at Mount Union and won at least 21 matches in each of her six seasons. Her .772 winning percentage is 17th among active Division III coaches.

Last season's 25-8 campaign was highlighted by the program's first OAC Tournament championship and second NCAA Tournament berth in the past three years. After defeating Lebanon Valley (Pa.) in the opening round, Juniata (Pa.) eliminated the Raiders from the tournament for the second time in as many appearances.

With nine returning letterwinners being joined by a talented freshman class, the Raiders were voted as the top team in the OAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.

"We have the same high expectations for ourselves that we've had in the past," Swartz said. "We believe that we are capable of performing at a high level and seek to develop as a program every day that we are able to be in the gym together."

Swartz believes her squad is capable of capturing the OAC regular season and tournament championships. Doing so would likely put the Raiders in good position to accomplish their goal of advancing further into the NCAA Tournament than in their two prior appearances.

Seniors Dee Glass (Medina/Medina), Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless), Christine Frazier(Westerville/Westerville North), and Riley Galant (Lewis Center/Olentangy) have played a major role in the Raiders' success over the past three seasons. The quartet has been part of both of the school's NCAA Tournament teams and its first OAC championship. This year, they will seek to win the first OAC regular season championship and become the winngingest class in program history.

"All four have different skill sets and personalities," Swartz said of her seniors. "They do a great job of relating with our younger players and giving them somebody to look up to. Each of them holds a different role in our program and their ability to view the big picture has allowed us to have some of the accomplishments we had over the past three years."

Glass, a three-year letterwinner at middle hitter, was the top blocker for of one of the nation's top net defenses a season ago. The Raiders ranked 17th nationally in blocks per set (2.28) behind Glass' conference-best 1.13 blocks per set. She was third on the team in both hitting percentage (.235) and service aces (20) along with 1.59 kills per set during her junior campaign.

Defensive specialists Gromes, Frazier, and Galant earned their second letters a year ago and helped the Raiders rank 25th nationally in digs per set. Gromes led the way with a team-best 4.41 digs per set while sharing libero duties last season. A Capital One Academic All-District VII Second Team and Academic All-OAC selection, she was also the team leader in service aces for the second consecutive season and her 520 digs were the ninth-most in program history. Frazier and Galant added 2.28 and 1.64 digs per set, respectively.

Junior outside hitter Taylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) and sophomore right side hitter Nicole Snyder(Mentor/Lake Catholic) were All-OAC Second Team selections and emerged as the conference's top hitting duo last season. The 6-0 Webb became just the second Raider ever to lead the OAC in kills per set (3.65) and her .283 hitting percentage ranked sixth in the conference. Her stellar performance in the NCAA Tournament resulted in regional all-tournament team honors. Snyder was second on the team in kills per set (2.32) and recorded double-digit kills in nine of the final ten matches last season.

Sophomore defensive specialist Lauren Mastroine (Orrville/Orrville) had a terrific collegiate debut a year ago. After taking over as libero for the final month of the season, Mastroine recorded four matches with at least 30 digs. She finished second on the team with 4.1 digs per set and her 484 digs were the third-most ever by a Mount Union freshman.

The sophomore trio of Mel Patterson (Mentor/Lake Catholic), Allison Insana (Cleveland/Villa Angela-St. Joseph), and Rachel Adolph (Findlay/Van Buren) will look to build on promising freshman seasons. Patterson's 1.94 kills per set were third on the team. Insana finished third in digs per set (2.41) and finished with the second-most service aces on the team (21). After beginning the season as a starter, Adolph was sidelined in mid-September and looks to bounce back during her sophomore campaign. She recorded 54 kills and 15 total blocks in just 34 sets.

Replacing All-American setter Julie Radigan will not be an easy task, but sophomores Sarah Schleich(Westfield Center/Cloverleaf) and Brittany Woodard (Diamond/Southeast) appear ready for the challenge. Both are expected to contribute after a freshman year in which playing time was scarce. Schleich started one match last year and had 65 assists in 13 sets of action to go with a .500 hitting percentage. Woodard appeared in one set and recorded three assists.

Frazier and Glass have been named team captains for the second consecutive year and are joined by Schleich and Snyder.

Swartz has been impressed by what she has seen of her freshmen thus far. She really likes the group's potential and expects a few to fill roles immediately.

"They have really bought into our program and what we want to accomplish," said Swartz. "They were very dedicated in their workouts over the summer and this is the best condition our team has ever been in entering the preseason."

In order to prepare for the OAC and beyond, Swartz has put together a challenging non-conference schedule for her team. Seven schools ranked in the top 15 of the AVCA preseason poll appear on the Raiders' schedule, including No. 3 Calvin (Mich.) and No. 8 Hope (Mich.) during the opening weekend of the season, a rematch with No. 10 Juniata at the Kenyon Invitational in September, and a trip to defending national champion Wittenberg near the beginning of October.

The Raiders begin their season at the Capital/Otterbein Tournament in Westerville, Ohio on Friday, August 31st and Saturday September 1st. Out-of-state tournaments at Nazareth (N.Y.) College and the University of Chicago highlight the non-conference schedule. The first home game of the season will be Wednesday, September 12 against Case Western Reserve at 7 p.m. in The MAAC.

Mags Varsity B tennis blanks Lake Ridge

Magnificat VB (5) def. Lake Ridge (0)
Magnificat season record: 7 and 0
1. ann Gacad d. T. Banbdepadlyay 6-0, 6-0
2. Sophie Wood d. O. Mualdli 6-0, 6-0
3. Kennedy Nock d. S. al Haddad 6-1, 6-0
1. Mary Grace Brandt/Claire Coyne d. M. Beals/ a. Kapadia 6-1, 6-1
2. Erin Coyne / Caitlyn Harvey d. K. Htcher/T. Solo 6-1, 6-1