A Page -- Dec. 13, 2010

Elyria Catholic getting probation 

instead of suspension from the 

OHSAA is best for all of Lorain 

County with new alliances 

forming next school year

Dec. 13, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


In finding a medium ground regarding alleged rules infractions involving the football program at Elyria Catholic High School, the Ohio Athletic Conference did the right thing, keeping in mind what is in the best interests for everyone in Lorain County.


This past fall, the OHSAA announced it was investigating the program for allegedly going overboard in publicizing the benefits of the school to potential Student/Athletes, but at the end of last week hammered out a deal that would primarily put the program on probation for three years, have the school pay a nominal fee (or “fine”) and cautions regarding  communications guidelines coaches and students must follow.


This is best for all involved in Lorain County. While it might be the case that there is more animosity between the public and private schools in this county than in many others, it does not do anyone any good to further that friction. The publics need the privates and the privates need the publics. So it is best to simmer any anger surrounding the incident, which is what the OGSAA did.

Sanctions were issued due to the violation of Bylaw 4-9-3, Recruiting. The school appealed those penalties. The parties met and mutually worked together to reach a resolution in relation to some public school coaches being unhappy with EC coaches promoting their school and program outside of the perceived allowed parameters.

These are the OHSAA‘s final sanctions regarding EC:. “The school has been placed on probation for three years beginning immediately; the school's football program is prohibited from conducting ‘showcase’ camps at the school for the next three years; any additional violations of the OHSAA's recruiting bylaws in any sport will result in the school being disqualified from the OHSAA tournament in that sport; restrictions have been placed on a member of the school's football coaching staff, and the school has been assessed a fee of $2,500 that will be directed into the OHSAA's “Respect The Game” sportsmanship campaign fund.”

Also, Elyria Catholic is required to revise its communications guidelines for coaches and other personnel to ensure that this type of violation will not occur in the future and submit such guidelines to the OHSAA. In addition to the school penalties, the OHSAA ruled two Elyria Catholic students ineligible for interscholastic athletics at the school for the first semester of the 2010-11 school year. The school has indicated that the two students who were communicated to regarding the program in a way some found unfavorable did not participate in football for the school this fall.

Since EC, will be in a unique position starting next season, it was good not to knock the Panthers out of the playoffs for the next “X” years and instead only give the Panthers a warning and probation and that it would be the full punishment if it were to happen again. All EC sports teams will be moving into the West Shore Conference and it will be the only non-public school in the league of eight. Since all the EC teams will be playing at a lot of public schools in the county and in western Cuyahoga, there can’t be a stigma attached to the school. It is just good business.

EC has been in a tough spot in the North Coast League as a Division III and D-IV  school in most sports in a league made up of mostly D-I and D-II schools although there have been other D IIII schools in the league.

The WSC schools are mostly D-II and D-III in most sports. Although Lakewood (the other new entry) and North Ridgeville are D-I in most sports, neither community has the feeder systems from the youth levels its smaller counterparts in the league have.

Also the other thing was travel. The NCL is all over the place. Each road game for EC in the NCL was at least a half hour away if not an hour. Most WSC schools are within 15-20 minutes of EC. While Chanel or Trinity might also have to travel to Akron to play Hoban or St. Vincent, the Trojans and Firebirds are about 10 minutes apart of each other.  Most of the of the other schools in addition to these four mentioned schools have one or more league counterparts within 15 minutes, while EC had none. The closest were Holy Name and Padua and traveling the streets within Parma and Parma Heights is slow with no freeways feeding into and going through the two mega burbs.

Now that EC will have lots of schools close geographically that it will be playing all the time, it would be good to also remain close in social terms, as well, most notably because five of the eight teams are from the same county. Just because one is a business as well as an institution of learning and the others a government entity in addition to an institution of learning should not be reason to keep widening any divide that already exists.

EC was only one of 15 schools that received penalties from the OHSAA. Woodridge High was levied a small fine fro allowing a Student/Athlete who was ineligible to participate in a couple basketball scrimmages.

Oberlin's Men's Soccer Team Honored by NSCAA as an All Academic Team

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By Mike Mancini 

Kansas City – The Oberlin College men’s soccer team was named as an All-Academic Team for the 2009-10 school year, the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) recently announced. 

The Yeomen turned in an impressive 3.36 GPA, which was the sixth highest mark of any NCAA Division III team. 

“This awards speaks to the type of student-athletes we have here at Oberlin,” Head Coach Blake New said. “Our athletes work extremely hard on the field while also excelling in the classroom everyday.”

To receive the award, the team must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be nominated by their respective head coach. 

All in all 640 teams (196 men, 444 women) from across all divisions of the NCAA and NAIA earned the honor. 

Baldwin-Wallace College Senior Tristan Stoll is 

the OAC Wrestler of the Week

December 13, 2010 

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO --  Baldwin-Wallace College senior 197-pound wrestler Tristan Stoll (Milan/Edison) is this week’s Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week (December 13, 2010) for the first time this season and third time of his career.

On Saturday, Stoll pinned NCAA Division II Lake Erie College’s Bobby Hager in 2:05 during the Yellow Jackets lone dual match of the week. The pin was Stoll’s third of the season and the victory improved his season record to 8-1 overall.

Earlier this season, Stoll captured the individual title at 197 pounds in the season-opening Messiah (Pa.) Tournament with a 4-0 record and also finished second at the Rochester Institute of Technology Tournament. Last year, Stoll was 20-4 overall with 13 pins and finished third at the OAC Championships at 197.

Stoll and the Yellow Jackets are back in action on December 20 when they travel to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete at the Annual Desert Duals Tournament hosted by Wartburg (Iowa) College at the Flamingo Resort & Casino. B-W wrestles three top-30 teams in Las Vegas, including #1 Wartburg, #3 Coe (Iowa) College and #27 Olivet (Mich.) College.

Mount's Matt Carlozzi named Swimmer of the Week for winning three individual events, four overall at one meet

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union senior Matt Carlozzi (Canfield/Canfield) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Swimmer of the Week today.

Carlozzi won three individual events and was a member the winning 200-yard free relay team as the Purple Raiders defeated St. Vincent (Pa.) on Saturday, 141-120.

Carlozzi claimed two distance races -- the 500 and 1,000 free -- with times of 5:04.19 and 10:31.95, respectively. He also touched first in the 200 individual medley (2:06.98).

In the 200 free relay, Carlozzi teamed with consisted of Carlozzi, Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor), Mike Zappa(Shelby/Shelby) and Michael Greisl (South Euclid/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) for a winning time of 1:30.62.

Firestone alumna, Mount's  Katy Alkire named week's top swimmer

in the OAC

December 13, 2010 

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Sophomore Katy Alkire (Akron/Firestone) was named Ohio Athletic ConferenceWomen's Swimmer of the week today.

Alkire won the 1,000-yard freestyle, swam the top time in a 200 individual medley exhibition and placed second in the 100 butterfly as the Purple Raiders defeated St. Vincent (Pa.) on Saturday, 149-108.


Two of Alkire's times were facility records at St. Vincent's Resnik Pool. She swam the 1,000 free in 11:15.66 and the 200 IM in 2:19.99.

In the 100 fly, Alkire touched the wall in 1:05.56, placing second to teammate Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia), who won in 1:03.97.


Euclid's Mike Preston is named

All American as pass catcher for 


Dec. 13, 2010

By Morgan Hawley

Waco, Texas – December 13, 2010 – The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced today its 2010 Division III Coaches’ All-America Team that included seniorwide receiver Mike Preston (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) of Heidelberg University.

Mike Preston


Preston’s honor marks the first time that a student-athlete at the Berg has been named to the AFCA All-America Team in the history of the award. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best - the coaches themselves.


In his final campaign, Preston led the Berg with 1,213 receiving yards on 76 receptions. He started all 10 games and hauled in 15 touchdown passes to lead the team as well. For the year he finished with 90 points to sit atop the team.


Within the OAC, Preston led the way with 7.60 receptions per game and an average of 121.3 yards an outing. He was second in receiving touchdowns.


Preston left his name scattered throughout the Heidelberg annuals after his four-year career. He will leave the Berg as the all-time receiving yards leader with 2,748 and receiving touchdowns with 27. In 2010, he topped the Heidelberg single season record book for receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.


Heidelberg finished the year winners of three of its last four outings to stand at 5-5 overall.

Nordonia alumna Brittany Kilgore named OAC Basketball Player of the Week

December 13, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union sophomore center Brittany Kilgore (Northfield/Nordonia) was honored as the Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week today


Kilgore recorded two double-doubles -- the first of her collegiate career -- during the Purple Raiders' 1-1 week.

Kilgore finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds during an 84-82 home loss to John Carroll before coming through with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 65-44 victory at Capital.

In total, Kilgore played 54 minutes and shot 54.1 percent from the field (20 of 37). She was 75.0 percent from the free-throw line (3 of 4) and averaged 21.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks.

With final exams underway,

Christmas break looming, CSU 

Student/Athletics slows

December 13, 2010 

By Brian McCann

With a perfect 12-0 record and on the cusp of breaking into the national top 25, the men's basketball team will face two of its toughest opponents to date this week.  CSU will travel to 2010 NCAA Final Four participant West Virginia for a 2:00 p.m. contest on Saturday, Dec. 18.  The Vikings will then close the pre-holiday schedule at home against South Florida on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.

The women's basketball team will be on the road for a pair of contests, playing at Marshall on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 7:00 p.m. and then facing Ohio on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 2:00 p.m.

CSU Men's Basketball Puts Perfect Mark On The Line At West Virginia 

Vikings Close Pre-Holiday Slate With A Pair Of Big East Teams

Winners of the first dozen games this season, five of which have come on the road, the men's basketball team will travel to Morgantown, West Virginia for its toughest game of the season to date.  The Vikings will face the Mountaineers, who went to the Final Four a year ago, on Saturday, Dec. 18 beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the WVU Coliseum.  CSU will then close out its pre-holiday slate against South Florida on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.


Baldwin-Wallace College Senior 
Midfielder, Stow High alumnus 
Jeff Grater Named NSCAA, Performance Subaru Great Lakes Region

December 13, 2010 

By Jeff Miller

BEREA – Baldwin-Wallace College senior midfielder Jeff Grater (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) has been named second-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Performance Subaru Division III All-Great Lakes Region team.
Jeff Grater

Grater, who garners his second NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region award, is a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), including the 2010 OAC Midfielder of the Year as well as is a two-time Academic All-OAC selection and a two-time first-team ESPN Academic All-District IV player In addition, he was the Most Valuable Player at this season’s SUNY-Fredonia (N.Y.) Tournament and led B-W to a team title.

After transferring to B-W after his freshman year at Calvin (Mich.) College, Grater has led  B-W to 37 victories the past three seasons.  In his three seasons at B-W, he has appeared in 62 games while tallying seven goals and five assists for 19 points.  Grater had a career-best three goals and three assists last season.


Grater has also recorded 98 shots of which 38 of them were on goal.  He is a Dean’s List student, a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society and is a Jacket Scholar.

Forge alumnus, Spartan Striker

Vinny Bell Named NSCAA All-


December 13, 2010 

By Nick Minerd

KANSAS CITY, KS – Just a few days after being named first-team All-Great Lakes Region, Case Western Reserve University's Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, OH/Valley Forge) has another piece of hardware to add to his trophy case. The junior forward has been selected to the 2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru Men’s NCAA Division III All-America Team, announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America today.

Bell, who earned third-team honors, is the first Spartan to earn the honor since Matt Paglia in 2007.

"We are very proud of Vinny and our entire program, said seventh-year head coach Dan Palmer. "This honor is a reflection of Vinny's efforts and talents, but also of the hard-work put forth by our entire team. Without the talent and efforts of Vinny's teammates, this could not happen."

Bell, who also earned University Athletic Association Most Valuable Player honors earlier this fall, led the Spartans with 20 points on nine goals and two assists. He scored a pair of game-winners and turned in a “hat trick” during a 3-2 victory versus theUniversity of Chicago (IL) on October 17. In three seasons, Bell has 23 career goals – ranking fifth on the CWRU all-time list. The Spartans finished the season at 10-6-3 overall and were ranked eighth in the final regular season NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll.

Bell was one of three UAA student-athletes to earn the award. He also was of four forwards from the Great Lakes Region to earn All-America acclaim. He will be invited to attend the All-American Luncheon at the NSCAA Convention in Baltimore, Maryland in January.
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