A Page -- Dec. 5, 2011 -- PM Edition

Medina’s Andrew Miller, Strongsville’s Mike Cook, Orange’s Austin Viny to get rings fitted for national championship at Ohio Wesleyan

WESTLAKE -- The Ohio Wesleyan men’s soccer team captured the 2011 NCAA Div. III National Championship with a 2-1 victory over Calvin on Saturday night at the Blossom Soccer Complex in San Antonio, Texas.


The Battling Bishops (23-2-0), led by legendary head coach Jay Martin, earned the program’s second national title all-time after also taking home the Walnut & Bronze in 1998.

In addition, Martin became the winningest coach in NCAA history (all divisions) with the victory as his career record now stands at 608-115-49. He surpassed Joe Bean who previously held the record after compiling 607 wins from 1962-2006 at Quinnipiac, Bridgeport and Wheaton (IL).

The Bishops and Knights were caught in a defensive struggle for much of the first half, but OWU finally lit up the scoreboard in the 39th minute. Sophomore Paolo Bucci (Dublin, OH/Bishop Watterson) slipped a pass to senior All-American Travis Wall (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) who beat the

Calvin goalie to give OWU a 1-0 lead. Just two minutes later, Bucci fired a shot of his own in the back of the net to give the Bishops a 2-0 halftime advantage.

Calvin made things interesting in the 51st minute with a goal by Travis Vegter, but OWU junior goalie

Paul Hendricks (Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne) and the defensive unit bowed their necks and stymied the Calvin offensive attack down the stretch to lead the Bishops to the national crown.

Wall, who scored first-half goals in both the semifinal and championship matches, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player, while senior Dylan Stone (Easton, CT/Barlow) was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player. They were joined on the all-tournament team by Bucci, senior Matt Bonfini (Dublin, OH/Coffman) and senior defender Andrew Miller (Medina, OH/Medina).

Other locals who are Student/Athletes for OWU soccer are Strongsville’s Mike Cook and Orange High alumnus Austin Viny.


HIRAM placed 5th of 5 teams at the Grove City Invite. Sophomore Job Fields (Chillicothe, OH/Chillicothe) finished in the top-ten in three events: 500 free (5:22.02-10th), 400 IM (4:54.11-4th) and the 1650 free (18:38.08-4th).

OBERLIN finished 9th out of 10 teams at the Wooster Invite. Freshman Chris McLauchlan (East Lansing, MI/Haslett) won both the 1- and 3-meter diving events at the meet.

Kate Melanson

For the women, OBERLIN finished 9th out of 10 teams at the Wooster Invite. Senior Kate Melanson (Jupiter, FL/Suncoast Community) and sophomore Anna Saltzman (Evansville, IN/Hotchkiss) led the way for the Yeowomen with multiple season-best times ..

HIRAM finished 5th of 7 teams at the Grove City Invite. Senior Caitlin McCurley (Apple Valley, OH/Granite Hills) posted two top-ten finishes in the 500 free (5:42.64-10th) and the 1650 free (19:40.70-5th)


HIRAM extended its current winning streak to four-straight with a pair of victories over Thiel, 61-59, and Wooster, 54-53, last week. Senior Tiffany Shields (South Euclid, OH/Brush) led the Terriers with 34 points (17.0 ppg) and 10 rebounds (5.0 rpg) on the week.

Morgan Korinek

KENYON senior Morgan Korinek (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Woodridge) eclipsed the 1,000 point mark in her career in the Ladies 71-49 thrashing of Heidelberg last week. Korinek, who scored 15 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the victory, is just the eighth player in Kenyon history to surpass the 1,000 career point mark as she currently sits at 1,007 career points.

HIRAM senior Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid, OH/Brush) scored a career-high 31 points in the Terrier’s 80-78 loss against Case Reserve. Hiram also dropped a 68-46 NCAC contest against Denison last week.

Jamaal Watkins 

OBERLIN senior Josh Merrit (San Francisco, CA/International) scored 24 points in the Yeomen’s 69-57 loss against Wittenberg. In an 88-61 loss against Case Reserve, sophomore Geoff Simpson (Simsbury, CT/Simsbury) netted a career-high 16 points.

'Berg Grapplers Hosts Ashland in Second of 

Five Home Duals This Season

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University wrestling team returns to the mat
Tuesday, Dec. 6 when it hosts Division II foe Ashland University in the
second of five home dual matches of the season at 7 p.m. at Seiberling
Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.  Following tomorrow' dual, the team will not
wrestle at home again for more than a month.

The Student Princes (2-3) last competed Saturday at the Ohio Northern
 Invitational, where they placed 14th.

Sophomore 141-pounder Chris Osborne (McComb) and senior heavyweight Jerry
Knapp (Clinton Township/De La Salle) each posted 3-2 records and advanced to
the fourth round of the consolation bracket to lead the 'Berg.

Ashland, which will be wrestling in its first dual meet of the season, also
competed at the ONU Invitational and came in seventh place.  Joe Brandt won
the 197-pound championship and Brandon Davis was the 125-pound runner-up.

Following Tuesday's bout, the Berg will enjoy a three-week layoff before
travelling to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. for the Citrus Open on Dec. 29-30.  The
Student Princes then return home to open Ohio Athletic Conference
competition with John Carroll University on Jan. 10.




Front Row - Left to Right: Emily O'Connor, Morgan Srail, Jillian Strimbu, Mary Donegan, Sarah HudsonCheyenne Lukstein, Paige Glasser Middle Row - Left to Right: Megan Braye, Kailey McClain, Jocey Spitz, Jessica Murdock, Danielle Liszka, Lindsay Quintero Back Row - Left to Right: Head Coach Kiko Lopez, Rachel Gates, Annie Lyons, Maddie Bernard, Dana Strimbu, Christine Gates, Haley Mills, Taylor Nedrich, Asst. Coach Caitlin Bodzioney





The Avon Lake Shoregals soccer team was awarded Team Academic All-America status for the 2010-2011 school year this past week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). 

This is the highest academic honor that high school soccer teams may receive in the country. Avon Lake
was one of only 215 teams nationwide (about 4 per state) to receive the award and the team GPA was 4.03.   

Furthermore, Avon Lake was one of only 26 teams nationwide to have a team GPA of 4.00 or above.  To qualify for the award, a team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year.   

The Shoregals also received this award in 2010 and 2008 and are on track to receive it again for the current academic year next November.

In addition, these Student/Athletes in maroon and gold also achieved on the pitch.

These Shoregals have earned individual postseason honors for the 2011

Jillian Strimbu

All Ohio Second Team:                    Jillian Strimbu (Sr.)

All Southwestern Conference First Team:        Dana Strimbu (Sr.) and
Jillian Strimbu (Sr.)

All Southwestern Conference Second Team:        Emily O’Connor (Soph.)
Emily O’Connor 

All Southwestern Conference Honorable Mention:    Taylor Nedrich (Sr.) and
Danielle Liszka (Sr.)

Southwestern Conference Goalie of the Year        Dana Strimbu (Sr.)

Dana Strimbu

All Greater Cleveland First Team:            Jillian Strimbu (Sr.)

All Greater Cleveland Second Team:            Emily O’Connor (Soph.)

All Greater Cleveland Honorable Mention:        Cheyenne Lukstein (Sr.),
Annie Lyons (Sr.),  Taylor Nedrich (Sr.), Lindsay
                              Quintero (Sr.)

Cheyenne Lukstein                                      

               All Greater Cleveland All Star game        Cheyenne
                                    Lukstein, Dana Strimbu, Jillian Strimbu

              Lorain County Senior All-Star game:        Taylor Nedrich,

                                    Dana Strimbu, Jillian Strimbu

Taylor Nedrich

Mount Union basketball game pushed back

Mount Union's women's basketball game against Capital this coming Saturday (Dec. 10) has been pushed back to a 4 pm starting time.

Mount Union is hosting an NCAA Football Playoff National Semifinal game against Wesley (Del.) Saturday at noon across the street at Mount Union Stadium.

Tickets for the basketball game will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Football ticket information is available - http://athletics.mountunion.edu/information/tickets