A Page -- Dec. 2, 2011 -- PM Edition

Baldwin-Wallace College
 Junior Kenny 

Janosko (Mentor) Named 

OAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Year

BEREA, OHIO --  Baldwin-Wallace College junior Kenny Janosko (Mentor) has been named as the OhioAthletic Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Year (announced today, Friday, December 2, 2011).

Janosko won the award by virtue of his runner-up finish at the 2011 OAC Championship Meet and being the OAC’s top finisher at the All-Ohio Championship, NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regionand NCAA Division III National Championship meets.

“This is a tremendous honor for Kenny and it is well-deserved,” said veteran Yellow Jacket Track & Cross Country Coach Dr. Bill Taraschke. “He was our leader at every race this season and from the middle of the season to the end of the season, he was the top runner in the OAC.

“In each of the past three seasons, Kenny has made outstanding strides and is just now beginning to really realize his potential as a runner,” said Taraschke. “He is such a hard worker and an outstanding role model and leader in our program.  We are very pleased for Kenny, his family and our entire Yellow Jacket program.”

Janosko led the B-W men in every race this season as well as finishing in the Top-10 in six of eight meets. He placed first of 30 runners at The College of Wooster Invitational in Wooster with a time of 21:36.89 for four miles.

At the All-Ohio Championship Meet at Cedarville University on September 30, Janosko was fourth individually of 147 Division III runners and completed the 8K course in 26:03.20. At the OAC Championship Meet at Ohio Northern University on October 30, Janosko was the runner-up of 156 total runners as he crossed the finish line of the 8K course in 25:44.8.  At the NCAA Division IIIGreat Lakes Regional Meet at Oberlin College on November 12,  Janosko earned his second straight All-Great Lakes Region finish (Top-35 runners) and qualified for his first NCAA national appearance by finishing sixth of 243 total runners on the 8K course in a season-best time of 24:56. At Division III National Championship Meet on Nov. 19 at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Janosko placed 66th of 279 total runners and covered the 8K course in 25:02.

It is believed that Janosko is the first B-W male runner to win this award since John Finlay was the OAC individual champion in 1994-95.  This marks the second straight season that a Yellow Jacket cross country runner has been selected as runner of the year.  Last year, graduated Division III All-American Kim Chinn was named as the Co-Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year.

Olmsted Falls' Julie Radigan named 

Scholar/Athlete of the Month in OAC

Mount Union senior volleyball player Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) has a habit of making a lasting impact wherever she goes.

She has been part of history as the Purple Raiders made a first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2009 then repeated the feat along with a first-ever Ohio Athletic Conference title in 2011 while off the court she has a 3.925 grade point average as an intervention specialist major.

The OAC has recognized Julie for her hard work and dedication on the court and in the classroom by naming her the conference's Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Month for December.

Julie Radigan

This recognition adds to a long list of honors Radigan has received during her four years as a standout for head coach Leigh Ann Swartz and the Purple Raider program.

"Julie is extremely determined," commented Swartz.  "She faces adversity head-on and fights with a relentless desire to succeed."

Among her honors, Radigan has been named AVCA All-America honorable mention, All-OAC First Team twice and Academic All-OAC three times. She ranks second in career assists at Mount Union.

Those individual accomplishments, however, are not what will define the place Radigan, the player, has in Mount Union history. Instead, she will be remembered as helping program on the rise gain national prominence. 

"She is a selfless player who always put the team's mission ahead of her own personal agenda," stated Swartz.

In 2009, Radigan helped the Raiders earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and a first round win over Lebanon Valley (Pa.). Hampered by a recurring back injury, Radigan was sidelined for the opening round win but was determined to do everything she could to help the Raiders make a return to the NCAA Tournament.

Fast forward to 2011 where Radigan, as the only senior and one of three team captains, declared winning the conference as a team goal in the spring. Despite being picked to finish fourth in the preseason, the Raiders claimed the OAC Tournament title after a thrilling five-set win at nationally-ranked Heidelberg in the finals – a match that Radigan had a season-best 58 assists -- and punched the team's ticket back to the NCAA Tournament.

"She made it her mission to help this program win a conference championship for the first time in school history, and throughout the spring and summer before this year, she was constantly reminding her teammates of that same goal," said Swartz.  "Every open gym and every workout together was motivated by that one desire."

 "Being a member of the first volleyball team to win the OAC at Mount Union is something I will never forget and a moment I would not have wanted to have with any other group of girls, coaches, and fans," Radigan said of the team's accomplishment. 

"The team worked so hard this season on accomplishing this goal, and not falling short was literally a dream come true. I could not have asked for a better ending to my career here at Mount, and I look forward to seeing the success this program will have in the future."

As much as she has meant to he volleyball program at Mount Union, the classroom is where Radigan will leave her biggest imprint.

Radigan will complete her student teaching in the spring and hopes to obtain a teaching job near her hometown of Olmsted Falls. She plans to pursue a master's degree in speech pathology in the coming years.

"Teaching is such a rewarding career," Radigan said. "I love seeing how happy the students get when they are successful. Helping students perform at a higher level than they ever thought they could is what truly drives me to become the best teacher I can."

Based on her ability to lead on the court, it seems Radigan is ready to leave a lasting impression on young people in the classroom. Except from now on, each of her assists will count for much more than one point on the scoreboard.

Heidelberg Women's Basketball Team Opens 

OAC Play tomorrow with Wilmington

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University women's basketball team will open
Ohio Athletic Conference play Saturday, Dec. 3 when it hosts Wilmington
 at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.  Tip-off is scheduled for 3

Live stats for the contest will be available at

The Berg (2-3) looks to get back in the win column against the Quakers
following a 71-49 loss to Kenyon College on Wednesday.  Against Kenyon,
sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary's), who has led the
team in scoring in four of five games this season, including a 30-point
outburst against Earlham (Ind.) College (Nov. 22), scored 14 points and
freshman guard Paige Ricketts (Mineral City/Tusky Valley) tallied 10 markers
of her own for her first career double-digit scoring performance.

Heidelberg has not had a winning streak or losing streak of two games this

Phillips began the week ranked second in the OAC in scoring and averages
18.8 points per game and leads the team in both field goal percentage at
40.9 (27-of-66) and free-throw percentage at a smoldering 81.8 (18-of-22).
Junior guard Jordan Ickes (Wooster/Triway) and sophomore guard Megan Miller
(Tiffin/Columbian) support Phillips in the back court, averaging 9.6 and 9.4
ppg., respectively.  Miller also tallies 5.4 rebounds per game.  Sophomore
forward Jessica Simpkins (Sunbury/Big Walnut) averages a team-high 4.0 rpg.

As a team, the Berg scores 61.4 ppg., shoots 35.2 percent (106-of-301) from
the field, including 29.0 percent (27-of-93) from the three-point line, and
70.1 percent (68-of-97) from the free-throw line.

Wilmington (4-0, 1-0 Ohio Athletic Conference), selected to finish in
seventh place in the league standings in a preseason vote by the head
coaches, opened OAC play with a 49-30 win against Capital University on
Wednesday.  The Quakers limited Capital to 15.4 percent (10-of-65) shooting
and Mackenzie Wippel finished with game-highs of 15 points and nine

Wippel also leads the Quakers for the season, averaging 17.0 ppg. and 7.3
rpg.  McKenzie Kilburn adds 7.5 ppg. and is a 77.8 percent (14-of-18)
shooter from the field.  Bria Eslick (7.0 ppg., 5.8 rpg.) and LeAnn Topp
(3.8 ppg., 5.0 rpg.) make up the front court.

As a team, Wilmington is scoring 69.0 ppg., outscores its opponents by an
average of 16.5 points per contest and outrebounds its opponents by an
average of 10.3 boards per game.

Following Saturday's OAC opener, the Berg hosts Case Western Reserve
 in a non-conference game Monday, Dec. 5.

Miami Women’s Track & Field Ready to Start 2011-12 Season

RedHawks compete in first indoor meet Saturday at IPFW

OXFORD, Ohio – Although cross country season ended just a few weeks ago, the Miami University women’s track and field team is already set to begin its 2011-12 indoor season as the RedHawks travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. Saturday for the Mastodon Opener, hosted by IPFW. The meet begins at 11 a.m. at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center.

With 15 freshmen on the team, the meet allows the newcomers to get their first taste of collegiate competition while giving the rest of the team a chance to see where they stand before the long holiday break.

“The first meet is really just to give the track athletes an opportunity after training all fall, because for them it’s a really long season. It gives them an idea of where they’re at and gives them something to focus on over Christmas Break,” said third-year head coach Kelly Phillips. “It keeps them motivated over Christmas break. It’s a really, really low key meet so it will be good to just get the cobwebs out.”

In addition to the many freshmen, the RedHawks will have two new coaches this season in Brian Etelman and Stacey Wannemacher, as they both make their Miami debut Saturday. Etelman, an All-American sprinter at Georgia, will be in charge of the sprints, hurdles and jumps groups while Wannemacher, an All-American thrower at Purdue, will be Miami’s throws coach.

“I think it will be a positive effect,” Phillips said of the new assistant coaches. “Both coaches coach very differently than the previous coaches, which is always a challenge at first wondering how athletes will handle it. But both groups seem to have really welcomed it and had a really positive experience with them so far.”

While the RedHawks have had success in the distance events the past few years, thanks in part to the strong cross country program Miami has, Phillips has focused on getting better sprinters at Miami to make a more well-rounded team, which then helps the ‘Hawks compete for Mid-American Conference Championships.

“We’re definitely ahead of schedule a little bit. We certainly were last spring, being right in the hunt for the championship,” Phillips said of Miami’s third-place finish at last year’s MAC Outdoor Championships, where the RedHawks finished just 10 points back. “It was unexpected. We obviously didn’t get it, but it was still nice to be in position to win. We’re still super young, our team is mostly freshmen and sophomores now but on the track side, even if you look at the point spread from 2010 to 2011, it’s much more spread out; it’s not just heavy on distance. Quite honestly I need to step it up to hold my end (the distance events). We have some really talented freshmen who will come in and score at the conference meet, which is always exciting.”

Miami also finished third at the 2011 MAC Indoor Championships, but were 37 points out of first and loses Rachel Patterson, who was the Most Outstanding Performer at the meet, to graduation after she won both the 3K and 5K at last year’s league meet. The ‘Hawks do return three All-MAC performers, however, in sophomore Erica Mudd (Cincinnati, Ohio), who won the high jump in her first season, and senior Alexandra Roberts (Hilliard, Ohio) and junior Layne Baggett (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who both earned Second-Team All-MAC honors indoors after taking second in the shot put and 60m hurdles, respectively.

The sprints group should be one area that sees great improvement, led by senior Diona Graves (Fenton, Mo.). Graves was the runner-up in the 100m dash at last year’s MAC Outdoor Championships and ranks third in school history in the 60m dash after posting a 7.52 in last year’s season-opening meet. Freshmen Nina Grambling (Canton, Ohio) and Gretchen Walter (Piqua, Ohio) will also give the sprints group good depth.

“It will be exciting to see Diona run some 200s and 400s. She’s a lot stronger this year and should be ready to run a really good 200. Her 400 and the (4x400) relay she’s kind of had to do in the past because we needed her. Typically she’s more of our shorter sprinter but she’s doing a lot more strength work this year so it should be fun to see what she will do in the 200. She is typically a good 60m runner but we have two freshmen who are good 60m runners so that event should be pretty darn good for us, which is not usually the case at Miami.”

In the hurdles, Baggett will be the leader after her runner-up finish at last year’s MAC indoor meet while she won the 100m hurdles at the MAC Outdoor Championships. She moved into third in school history in the 60m hurdles last year, posting a time of 8.54 at the MAC meet. Sophomore Xerina Hughey (Galloway, Ohio) should also see improvement after clocking 8.84 last year in the 60m hurdles, which ranks her ninth in school history. Junior Katie Scannell (Cortland, Ohio), who runs hurdles during outdoor season, will be more of a contributor in the long sprints during indoor season.

“Layne’s doing a really good job. Charlotte Myers could be a little bit of a surprise. Not a surprise to us but somebody we weren’t counting on. Scannell and Rachael Clay are going to be really fun to watch this year as well,” Phillips said. “They’ve done so much. They’ve done a lot more strength this year so they’re just going to be animals.”

The middle distance runners will be one of the youngest groups on the team as Katie Lenahan, who is second all-time in the 800m run, graduated and senior Kelley Miller (Dublin, Ohio), the school record holder in the mile run, is redshirting indoor season.  Taking over the reins will be sophomore Kate Carter (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and freshman Taylor Wickware (Geneva, Ill.).

“We’re not going to be as strong in the 800m as we have been in the past because we’re redshirting Miller, but hopefully we’ll have someone who can sneak in there and surprise us with some speed,” Phillips said.

Miami’s distance runners are another group that will have to rebuild after losing Patterson, who holds the indoor and outdoor 5K school records. Senior Maggie Bingham (Carmel, Ind.) leads the charge after earning All-MAC honors during cross country season in the fall. Freshman Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio), who also earned All-MAC honors in her first cross country season, will look to help fill the void left by Patterson as well. Fellow freshman Alex Chitwood (Carmel, Ind.) and senior Jillian Dickman (Madison, Ohio) will be in the mix as well, along with junior Monica Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio), who had a strong cross country season and will move up from the middle distance group, where she ran last year

“Losing Patterson is huge because obviously she was the MVP last year and would score 20 points on her own so that’s hard to replace. But with that, we have Jess who has done a phenomenal job as a freshman so she’s going to be really strong and then Alex has really stepped up,” Phillips said. “We have the opportunity to kind of sneak in points at the back end of the distance events. Maggie could be our leader and should be quite honestly as she’s really strong and a really good competitor. Jillian is another one who could step in. We don’t have that number one runner that could win two events like Rachel, but we have more depth and we can get a lot of different points different ways.”

In field events, Mudd leads the jumps group coming off her high jump title at the MAC indoor meet in her first year. She cleared 5-8.5 at the MAC meet a year ago, which ranks her second in school history. She also ranks third in school history in the long jump with a Miami season-best leap of 18-8.75 last year. Graves, who competed in the long jump during outdoor season, could long jump indoors this year along with Mudd. Senior Krista Stillson (Naperville, Ill.) will lead the ‘Hawks in the triple jump as she looks to fill the void left by Hope Alexander, who won the triple jump as a senior at last year’s MAC Outdoor Championships.

“Diona started doing the long jump and we’re just going to kind of play that by ear to see how she’s doing. Oddly enough, Mudd could be a descent jumper as well so there’s a possibility that she may jump. We’re going to struggle a little bit in jumps,” Phillips admitted. “Then Krista has been jumping really well. She’ll do just the triple but she could be a surprise if she believes in herself as much as her coach does.

While Miami may struggle in the jumps, the throws should be one area that is very sound. Roberts leads the way after taking second in the shot put both indoors and outdoors at the MAC meets a season ago, as she holds the indoor school record in the shot. She also ranks third all-time in the weight throw. Sophomore Tori Paterra (Elizabeth, Pa.), who was an honorable mention All-American outdoors in the javelin as a freshman, looks to improve in the shot put during indoor season. The ‘Hawks will be without Samantha Gable (Greenfield, Ind.) for the year however, as she is redshirting while completing an internship. Freshman Adaora Anunike (Galena, Ohio) will step in to help fill the void in the weight throw, where Gable excelled.

“Alex is throwing very well and it’s her senior year so I think that she’s ready to get after it. Adaora, who’s just starting to learn the weight throw, has picked it up really well, so it will be fun to see what she can do. I think she can surprise herself and has the potential of being a pretty good lead thrower,” Phillips said.

In the pole vault, sophomore Kori Tatman (Amanda, Ohio) returns after a stellar freshman season that saw her score at the MAC meet and move into fourth in school history in the event. Seniors Sarah Kinnaman (Carmel, Ind.) and Hannah Tabler (Wapakoneta, Ohio) both rank in Miami’s all-time top 10 as well and could make the pole vault one of Miami’s strongest events.

“Between Tatman, Kinnaman and Tabler, I think Tabler’s going to be the surprise this year. She’s been vaulting really well and is kind of a quiet,” Phillips said. “Tatman should come back stronger because last year she was just a freshman and still did well and with the other two being seniors, they want to get after it a little.”

The pentathlon will feature Mudd and redshirt sophomore Ashley Zaper (Whitehouse, Ohio) as Miami’s two competitors. Mudd ranks sixth in school history after taking fourth at last year’s MAC indoor meet while Zaper ranks 10th and took ninth last year in the pentathlon.


The University of Dayton Flyers will play away from home for the fourth time in the last five games heading to Murray State to face the Racers on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Ohio, carried by WHIO Radio and is available with live streaming video, stats and streaming audio at DaytonFlyers.com.
Dayton enters the game 5-2 overall, having played its first seven games in an 18-day span beginning Nov. 12. When Dayton is most successful, it’s because of a potent offensive attack. In Flyer victories, UD averages 76.6 points, shooting .453 from the field and out-rebounding opponents by 3.8 per game. Conversely, in the two Flyer losses, Dayton’s averages drop to 61.0 points per game, a .384 field goal percentage and being out-rebounded by 10.0. 
Kevin Dillard, who earned the Old Spice Classic MVP award and the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week, leads the Flyers in several categories including scoring (13.0 ppg), assists per game (5.3), steals (18), minutes (31.4), blocks (5) and free throw percentage (15-of-16, .938). Chris Johnson is averaging 13.2 points in his last five contests.

Kirtland High wins school’s first state football title ever; Christian Hauber, Damon Washington each score twice

MASSILLON – Kirtland High won its first state football championship ever today here in Paul Brown Tiger Stadium with a 28-7 win over Coldwater in the Division V title game, in front of 6,652 fans.

The Hornets (15-0) scored twice in each half and never trailed in the game.

Kirtland burned up two time outs on its first offensive possession of the game but it turned out to be well worth it as the Hornets carved out a 7-0 lead before the Coldwater offense even touched the ball and six and a half minutes had been wiped off the clock.

Watch videos/Listen to audios of Kirtland Student/Athlete Christian Hauber


The Hornet drove 66 yards for the opening score, using a grind-it-out game to pick up the incessant first downs, ultimately resulting in a six-yard scoring run by Christian Hauber. Jared Lyon added the extra point and Kirtland had the seven-point lead with 5:30 to go in the opening quarter.

The Hornets’ defense came up with a nice stop on the Cavaliers’ first possession, forcing them into pass situations after they had driven into decent field position in Kirtland territory. Jake Finkler and Tim Blankenship put on a nifty quarterback hurry to fore an errant pass to perpetuate the pass necessitation.

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It was another commendable drive on the Hornets’ second possession. They drove well into the Red Zone and were faced with a fourth down at the visitors’ 8-yard line. Lyon lined up for a 25-yard field goal attempt but a bad snap had him do a Garo Yepremian imitation instead with the errant pass turning the ball over to the Cavs.

Defensively, the Hornets came up with a big stop midway through the second quarter. Coldwater drove down to the Kirtland 37 and apparently picked up the first down on a fourth-and-inches situation, but they didn’t push up quite enough to put the Kirtland D on its heels and as a result gave up the ball on downs.

Kirtland had a balanced running attack in the first half. In the first quarter alone, Hauber ran for 41 yards, Damon Washington 36 and Scott Eilerman 22. Kirtland had double the total offense of Coldwater in the first quarter and quadruple the rushing yards.

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The “goal line stand” on the 37 provided the impetus for the offense to do it again. The Hornets drove to the 11, endured Hauber getting knocked out of the game and took a 14-0 lead on a seven-yard run by Washington with 10 seconds to go in the half.

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By the end of the half, Kirtland had a 70-yard advantage in total offense and had quintupled the rushing output of the Cavs.

Hauber came back in the second half and appeared to be in full form as he turned in a sack on the Hornets’ first defensive series of the third quarter.

Coldwater got one of the touchdowns back when quarterback Austin Bruns sneaked over late in the third quarter to make it 14-7.

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Hauber answered with a 5-yard run for a TD with 8:49 left in the game to make it 21-7. Hauber set up his own score with a 39-yard run just after the Hornets were pushed back with a big penalty.

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The defense came through again for Kirtland after the guests traveled into the red zone late in the fourth quarter.

Washington added another TD run with 4:10 to go in the game.

After three quarters, Kirtland had six times the rushing yardage that Coldwater had.

'Berg Grapplers Return to Action at ONU 


TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University wrestling team returns to the mat
Saturday, Dec. 3 when it competes the Ohio Northern University Invitational
in Ada, Ohio at 9 a.m.

The Berg last competed two weeks ago at the Olivet (Mich.) College duals,
where it posted a 2-2 record, including wins over Trine (Ind.) University
and Alma (Mich.) College.  Sophomore 184-pounder Jason Russell
(Columbus/West), despite wrestling in the 197-pound weight class, went 4-0,
including a pin and a technical fall.

Through four events to start the 2011-12 campaign, Heidelberg, under
first-year head coach Ned Shuck, is 2-3 in dual matches and has finished
20th in two tournaments wrestling a large portion of its matches against
Division I competition.

Following Saturday's ONU Invitational, the Berg hosts Division II foe
Ashland University in a dual meet on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Student Princes Look to Snap Three-Game 

Slide Saturday at Wilmington

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University men's basketball team will look to
break its three-game losing streak Saturday, Dec. 3 when it travels to
Wilmington, Ohio to face Wilmington College in an Ohio Athletic Conference
game at Fred Raizk Arena.  Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.

The Student Princes (1-3, 0-1 OAC) have lost three straight games following
their season-opening victory against Ohio State - Lima (Nov. 18), including
an 80-73 overtime loss to OAC foe Capital University on Wednesday.  In that
game, junior second-team All-OAC guard Dane Givner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Harvest
Prep) poured in a game-high 18 points, junior honorable mention All-OAC
forward Nate Davis (Dayton/Stivers) recorded his first double-double of the
season with 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds and the Berg had four
double-digit scorers for the fourth time in as many games this season.
Heidelberg shot better than 40 percent from the field for the first 40
minutes, but cooled off in overtime, shooting just two-of-nine.

Senior guard Darion Capers (Clayton/Trotwood-Madison) (16.3), sophomore
forward Victor Fortkamp (St. Henry) (14.0), Davis (12.5) and Givner (12.0)
each average a double-figure scoring effort.  Davis is averaging a
double-double with a team-high 10.3 rebounds per game and has blocked a
team-high 11 shots.  Led by Davis (58.8), Capers (58.1) and Fortkamp (56.4),
the Student Princes shoot 45.9 percent (111-of-242) from the field, score
72.8 ppg. and outrebound their opponents by an average of 12.8 per game.

Wilmington (1-4, 0-0 OAC) is also on the heels of a three-game losing slide
following a 83-74 loss to No. 9 The College of Wooster on Sunday.  Malcolm
Heard led the Quakers with 19 points and seven rebounds.  R.J. Leppert
scored 16 points, while Tyler White and Antonio Bowman added 12 and 10
points, respectively.

The Quakers are led by Heard, who tops the team in scoring (17.2 ppg.),
field goal percentage (70.8), blocks (11) and steals (10), and is second in
rebounds with 5.4 rpg.  White averages 13.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game
and Bowman scored 10.8 ppg.  Wilmington is averaging 66.2 ppg., 10.4 ppg.
less than their opponents.

Following Saturday's tilt with Wilmington, the Berg will return home to face
OAC foe Baldwin-Wallace College on Wednesday, Dec. 7.