A Page -- Aug. 8, 2012

Mount Union picked to win the OAC again; Baldwin Wallace University tabbed to take second

By Norm Weber

INDEPENDENCE -- Twenty time defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Mount Union was picked in both polls to repeat as OAC football champion while Baldwin Wallace was picked to finish second, today at Football Media Day here at the Doubletree Hotel.

The Purple Raiders received 81 points including nine first-place votes in the coaches’ poll and 309 points and 30 first-place votes in the media poll. The Yellow Jackets received 66 points including one first-place vote in the coaches’ poll and 250 points and one first-place vote in the media poll.

Mount Union has reached the NCAA Division III national championship game in each of the past seven seasons.

Heidelberg was picked to finish behind Mount and Baldwin Wallace University in both polls with 66 points in the coaches’ poll and 236 markers in the media poll.

The rest of the coaches’ poll is as follows: Ohio Northern (54), Capital (42), John Carroll (41), Otterbein (38), Muskingum (28), Marietta (24) and Wilmington (10).

The rest of the media poll stacks up as follows: Ohio Northern (234), John Carroll (172), Capital (148), Otterbein (143), Muskingum (98), Marietta (84) and Wilmington (31).

Listen to OAC media day interview with Cleveland’s Antonio Tate, who plays for and studies at Mount Union by clicking;



Watch OAC media day interview with Cleveland’s Antonio Tate, who plays for and studies at Mount Union;


Mount Union is led by pre-season All American Antonio Tate, who plays on the offensive line for the Purple Raiders. Tate is 6-4 and weighs 280 pounds.

Listen to OAC media day interview with Parma’s Tim Miker, who plays for and studies at Baldwin-Wallace b clicking;



Watch OAC media day interview with Parma’s Tim Miker, who plays for and studies at Baldwin-Wallace;


Offensively, Baldwin Wallace is led by Avon’s Ryan O’Rourke at quarterback and Parma’s Tim Miker at running back. Miker is in his fifth season after blowing out his knee at the end of the year in 2010 and in pre season again last year.

 Listen to OAC media day interview with Avon’s Ryan O’Rourke, who plays for and studies at Baldwin-Wallace;


Watch OAC media day interview with Avon’s Ryan O’Rourke, who plays for and studies at Baldwin-Wallace;


Miker is back from ACL surgery and will do less shuffling with other running backs than he did, two, three and four years ago.

O’Rourke will shuffle in and out with Padua grad Andrew Dziak, BW’s running quarterback. O’Rourke is an Academic All OAC and Academic All District and studying to become a high school teacher and coach.

 Listen to OAC media day interview with Mentor’s Max Wagner, who plays for and studies at Baldwin-Wallace;


The BW defense is led by Mentor’s Max Wagner, who also missed some time with injuries and is back for his fifth season.

Watch OAC media day interview with Mentor’s Max Wagner, who plays for and studies at Baldwin-Wallace;


 Listen to Joe Tait receive his award



Mount Union announcer Joe Tait received the Bill Nichols media award.

Listen to OAC media day interview with Twinsburg’s Matt DeMore, who plays for and studies at Capital;


Watch OAC media day interview with Twinsburg’s Matt DeMore, who plays for and studies at Capital;



Soccer Freshmen 2012

Oberlin Men's Soccer Adds Seven Newcomers

Oberlin, Ohio – Oberlin College Head Men’s Soccer Coach Blake New released his 2012 incoming class on Monday. A total of six freshmen and one transfer make up the group of newcomers.

Sam Bernhard comes to Oberlin from Blacksburg, Virginia.  He was a standout defender at Blacksburg High School and for the Roanoke Star Elite. Known for his tenacity and ball winning, Bernhard should add depth at outside back for the Oberlin rearguard.

Enzo Cabili hails from Palo Alto, California and comes to Oberlin as a transfer from Canada Community College in California. Cabili previously was a squad member at Creighton University. He projects to make an impact with his technical ability and tenacity as a ball-winner in the center of the pitch for Oberlin as either a holding midfielder or center back.

Slade Gottlieb, an Alpharetta, Georgia native, arrives to Oberlin as a driving force behind a laundry list of team accomplishments for Milton High School and the Norcross Soccer Academy. The creative midfielder served as captain of Norcross Soccer Academy, leading the team to several showcase championships, as well as the Georgia state title.  Gottlieb’s sharp technique, speed and vision should continue to cause defenses fits when he dons the Oberlin jersey.

John Ingham hails from Jacksonville, Florida.  As a standout performer at Episcopal High School and for Westside Soccer Club, he regularly appeared atop both the goal-scoring and assist charts for his teams.  As an attacking midfielder, his technique, flair and gifted vision could make Ingham the straw that stirs the drink for Oberlin in the final third.

Louis Naiman is a Gahanna, Ohio native where he starred for Gahanna Lincoln and Blast FC at the club level.  As a technically gifted left-sided midfielder, he's been an integral part of a club team that owns three Midwest Regional Championships and three State Cups.  He will be pushing regulars for time this season in wide positions adding depth to the Oberlin attack.

Dean Schapow, a Westfield, New Jersey native, featured as a center back for both Westfield High School and at the club level for the NJSA04 Cosmos.  His technical ability coupled with his versatility should add depth to the Oberlin rearguard as he presses returners for playing time.

Macallan Savett is a Santa Barbara, California native. Savett has featured at outside back for nationally ranked Santa Barbara High School and Santa Barbara Soccer Club.  He has posed problems for defenses with his speed and tenacity in wide spaces.  He'll add depth and competition to outside back position in the Oberlin defense.
The Yeomen will begin training for the upcoming season next week and then officially get underway on August 31 at home against Geneva.


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Wabash College emerged as the preseason favorite in balloting by North Coast Athletic Conference football coaches for the 29th annual preseason football poll.

The Little Giants, who won their sixth NCAC title in 2011 with a perfect 6-0 record, collected nine of 10 first-place votes from the coaches to total 98 points. Last season's runner-up, Wittenberg, earned the final first-place vote and finished in second in the poll with 90 total points. DePauw, which officially joins the NCAC as a football-playing member in 2012, finished third in the balloting with 72 points, while Wooster (63) and Allegheny (62) earned the fourth and fifth spots, respectively. Denison racked up 55 total points to land in the sixth position, followed by Ohio Wesleyan (42), Oberlin (38), Hiram (16) and Kenyon (14).

Wabash is entering its fifth season under the leadership of head coach Erik Raeburn. Raeburn holds an overall record of 39-7 at Wabash, including a mark of 24-2 in North Coast Athletic Conference games. The Little Giants, who advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2011 NCAA Playoffs, will be led offensively this fall by senior quarterback Chase Belton (Dayton, OH/Northmont) who completed 142-of-262 pass attempts a year ago for 2,022 total yards and 20 touchdowns, while also adding 461 rushing yards and an additional 10 rushing touchdowns. In addition, the Little Giants' offensive line will be anchored by senior tackle Weston Kitley (Indianapolis, IN/Roncalli), who was named to the 2012 D3football.com preseason All-American Team.

The 2012 season opens on Saturday, September 1, while NCAC play is set to begin on Saturday, Sept. 15.

1. Wabash (9) 98
2. Wittenberg (1) 90
3. DePauw 72
4. Wooster 63
5. Allegheny 62
6. Denison 55
7. Ohio Wesleyan 42
8. Oberlin 38
9. Hiram 16
10. Kenyon 14

Spartan Women Ranked 17th in NSCAA Preseason National Poll

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – After last season's record-breaking campaign, the Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team will head into preseason practice with the No. 17 ranking in the nation according to the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA).

"We're excited and honored by the recognition," stated sixth-year Head Coach Tiffany Crooks, who has headed the University Athletic Association Coaching Staff of the Year twice in the past three seasons. "This gives us great motivation to return to campus ready to work hard and improve daily. Last year taught us to focus on and enjoy the process, allowing results to come naturally."

The No. 17-ranked Spartans feature 15 returning letterwinners and five starters in 2012. (photo by Lynne Browske)

In 2011, the Spartans won a school-record 13 matches (13-4-3 overall) and earned the first-ever national ranking and NCAA Tournament berth in program history, serving as hosts of the NCAA Championship Tournament First and Second rounds. Overall, Crooks' program produced seven All-UAA selections as well as an NSCAA All-American and Scholar All-American.

The 2012 edition of Spartan women's soccer will feature 15 returning letterwinners, including five starters and five seniors.

The Spartans' 2012 schedule features matches versus four preseason nationally-ranked programs—two of which are UAA squads. The team opens with a trio of road matches versus Heidelberg University on Friday, August 31, preseason No. 12 Ohio Northern University on Sunday, September 2 and Denison University on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The team's home-opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 8 versus preseason No. 24 Centre College (Ky.) at Case Field and the ultra-competitive UAA slate begins on Saturday, Sept. 29 at home versus New York University at 5:00 p.m. as part of CWRU's Homecoming Weekend festivities.

Preschool Sports opens fall registration

Fall is right around the corner. Registration is fast approaching for Preschool Sports Fall and Winter events.

Program Structure

The first 5 minutes of class is used for conditioning. I will introduce myself and my staff, speak on listening, when to be “LOUD”, Safety and what we will do daily.

At the end of the class the children are asked to go to mom and dad, grandparents and any visitors and tell you they have homework! Their homework each week is to supply you with a hug, kiss and to say thank you for bringing me!

The last few minutes of the last class, parents and grandparents will be invited on the floor to play with your child.

At the last class of the 5 week session, each child will be handed a $1 McDonalds Gift Certificate for their participation in the class! I hope to run into some of you at lunch on that day!!


Nerf mini footballs and size 3 soccer balls.

T –Shirts

T shirts should be ready to go by the second class. We have extra T shirts of various colors, if you would like to purchase one; the cost is $5 each.

Parking and Entrance to the gym

Please park behind the church. Enter through the double doors to the right of the building as you face it. Please do not enter through the church. We will go through “house keeping” during our introductions at the first class.

Special Events

Football class is trying to get a class on the varsity football field at Avon Lake's Memorial Stadium TBA

CSR (Community Resource Services)

To assist the local food bank in Avon Lake , each participant could bring a non perishable item to practice on the week of September 24th. I will compile all of the donations and take them to the food bank the following Monday.


As always your participation and support are greatly appreciated.

OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting Highlights


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met Thursday at the OHSAA Office for its August meeting, which marked the first board meeting of the 2012-13 school year. The following are highlights from the meeting. The complete set of meeting minutes will be posted at a later date at OHSAA.org.


-          There are 824 member high schools in 2012-13. Of note, there are two new schools (Cincinnati College Preparatory and Cincinnati James N. Gamble Montessori), while four schools did not renew membership (Cleveland Horizon Science Academy, Orrville Kingsway Christian, Sidney Christian Academy and Cleveland School of the Arts).

-          A report from the OHSAA’s Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee included information about new resources that will be sent to member schools regarding the Respect the Game program. In September, member schools will receive Respect the Game posters and information about how to receive a Respect the Game banner for their gymnasium, which is one part of the three-tiered Harold A. Meyer school sportsmanship awards program.

o    Respect the Game Website: http://www.ohsaa.org/RTG/default.htm

-          The financial reports from the 2012 wrestling, girls basketball and boys basketball tournaments were presented to the board. Attendance at the wrestling state tournament was 50,443 (down from 52,688 in 2011) and turned a profit of $177,051. Attendance at the girls basketball state tournament was 33,416 (nearly identical to 2011) and turned a profit of $3,076. Attendance at the boys basketball state tournament was 112,830 (up from 109,805 in 2011) and turned a profit of $794,916. Of note, approximately 80 percent of the OHSAA’s operating budget comes from gate receipts at regional and state tournaments. The OHSAA does not charge annual membership dues, does not collect tournament entry fees and does not accept any tax dollars.

-          Two member schools were recently penalized for committing violations of OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations. The list of schools, along with their infractions and penalties, will be included in the complete meeting minutes, but media members may obtain the list earlier by emailing TimStried, OHSAA Director of Information Services.

-          The regional and state tournament draws in soccer and volleyball were held and will be posted on their respective sport pages at OHSAA.org. In addition, the list of regional and state cross country sites was approved and is posted on the cross country page at OHSAA.org.

-          The OHSAA’s Joint Advisory Committee on Sports Medicine has selected Dr. David Weldy from Toledo Rogers High School to receive the 2012 Outstanding Team Physician Award.

-          The board approved the fall sports manuals, which are posted on each of the respective sport pages at OHSAA.org.