A Page -- Dec. 9, 2011 -- AM Edition

Baldwin-Wallace Junior Nancy Coulter Proves 

the Best Remedy for an Injury is a Positive 


By  Brett O’Connor
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

BEREA, OHIO  –  Baldwin-Wallace College red-shirt junior women’s basketball forward Nancy Coulter (Washington Court House/ Miami Trace) is truly a basketball player with the scars to prove it

Like many student-athletes, Coulter has faced her share of injuries and setbacks. But how she’s responded to those challenges is what distinguishes her from many others. An important part of her promising future is building on the challenges of her past.

A year ago, Coulter’s promising season ended in the seventh game when she suffered a serious injury that required surgery. It was her second serious injury as a basketball student-athlete.

“I knew instantly that it wasn’t good,” said Coulter.  “My teammates kept saying that maybe you just tore your meniscus [and that she could continue to play despite the injury], but I knew my season was over.”

And unfortunately she was right. Coulter found out soon after she was helped off the court at Wilmington College that she had a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).  Due to the timing of the injury, she will receive another year of eligibility if she chooses to utilize it.

“I was really lucky [in terms of the timing of the injury],” said Coulter, who will lead the 5-2 overall Yellow Jackets into a 2:00 p.m. game this Saturday (December 10) at 5-0 and undefeated Wilmington. “If I’d gotten hurt in the next game, this (the 2011-12 season) would be the last year I could play.” Fans can listen to all of the action of B-W’s men’s and women’s doubleheader versus Wilmington on campus radio station WBWC, 88.3 FM, and via the WBWC Internet web site at www.wbwc.com.

It’s a testament to Coulter’s love of playing basketball that she could see the injury in a positive way.  But, if you know Coulter, her view is not surprising.

“Nancy is such a positive person,” said 22-year Head Coach Cheri Harrer. “She always looks for the positives. She’s definitely a cup’s half full type of young woman.”

The Yellow Jackets salvaged the 2009-10 campaign by rallying around the remaining veterans and young players to produced a successful 18-8 season.

“The other girls had to step up and without question they did,” said second-year Assistant Coach Alyson Campbell, the 2011 OAC Women’s Golf Coach of the Year and a former Harrer basketball standout. “But we missed Nancy out there. I think we grew from it as a team and so did Nancy.”

“It was challenging,” said Coulter, a health and physical education major who would like to teach and coach following graduation. “I love basketball and I wanted to be out there with my teammates.”

Before the medical diagnosis was even decided, Coulter began anticipating her schedule for the year: -- a  challenging season on the sideline, then surgery and rehabilitation, more rehab and then training camp this fall. It was a routine she had become all too familiar with.

“It was the other knee in high school,” said Coulter, who enters the Wilmington contest averaging 81. points and 4.4 rebounds per game and leading the team in field goal shooting at 52.5 percent on 21-of-40 attempts.

As a three-sport standout student-athlete at Miami Trace, Coulter felt a pop in her right knee during her freshman year

“It was the last open gym and just before our first official practice,” said Coulter. “I was going up for a rebound and blew out my right ACL.  Again, I knew right away that I had hurt it bad.”

For many players, preseason open gyms are usually reserved for games of HORSE and shoot-arounds. But for Coulter and her teammates, basketball is only played at one speed -- fast.

Coulter overcame her first ACL related injury to become a model student-athlete for the Panthers. As a basketball player, she was All South-Central Ohio League, All District and All Ohio as well as a two-time district qualifier in track. In the classroom, she was a member of the National Honor Society member.

That success was not lost on Harrer, who enters the Wilmington game with 438 career wins and a 438-155 career record.

“We feel that Nancy has the talent and ability to be one of our leaders for the next two seasons” said Harrer.  “She is one of our starters again this season and is a presence in the post.  She is just beginning to get a bunch of her mobility back, and that is important.”

For the past three-plus seasons, Coulter has been a key member of a Yellow Jacket varsity that has produced a 64-26 record.

As a freshman, Coulter played in all 30 games for the 22-8 overall Yellow Jackets and averaged 2.1 points  and 2.8 rebounds per game with 10 blocked shots. She increased those totals to 7.6 ppg., 4.7 rebounds and 18 blocks as sophomore when B-W finished 19-7 overall. Then came last season when she was averaging 4.1 ppg., 4.4 rpg. and had 15 blocks in seven games as B-W was 18-8 overall.

Despite the quick end to Coulter’s junior season, she continued to contribute to her team’s successes.

“She went to every practice and every game unless she had rehab scheduled,” said Campbell. “She didn’t really have a choice. Nancy was committed to being a team player and to her teammates, and being at practices and games was extremely therapeutic for her and her recovery.”

The B-W women have a deep bond and an even deeper passion for basketball. For these players, time away from the game is out of the question, injured or not.

For Coulter, who was still managing her academics and rehab on her knee, it didn’t mean time away from her team, teammates and basketball.  It meant elevating her commitment, so she also took on the role of student coach.

“After tearing my ACL and missing the season, I gained a new outlook of the game because I was able to look at everything through ‘coach’s eyes,” said Coulter with a big, wide smile.  “It helped me understand the game so much more and it has helped me to be able to think tactically in different situations. It is going to help me a great deal when I finally coach my own team oneday.

“I also liked helping the girls in practice as much as possible when I wasn’t doing my rehab,” said Coulter. “It made me continue to be a vital part of my team.”

Coulter embraced her new role but deep down craved to get back on the court. But before she could do that she had to endure a long and trying rehab.

During the school year she juggled her time between team practices and the training room.

“Head Athletic Trainer Andrea Rugely was awesome,” said Coulter. “She was so helpful with everything I went through. She was a great source of strength for me and I appreciate all of her efforts.”

When the winter/ spring semester ended last May, Coulter returned to Washington Court House determined to be ready for the 2011-12 season. Like many Division III athletes, she worked a job in the summer to help pay for school. Unlike many Division III athletes she did this while rehabilitating a torn ACL.

“I worked full time in the summer at Domtar in Washington Court House,” said Coulter.  “It was demanding, working 12-hour shifts and doing physical labor consistently. It actually became another session of rehab for me and it definitely helped me increase my strength.

But being at Domtar and back in Washington Courthouse was another part of her successful rehab.

“Domtar is a good place to strengthen your leg,” said Coulter, again smiling. “And, being home in Washington Court House was another ideal place to strengthen my spirit [in addition to being at B-W and with her basketball family].”

Tucked away just off the path from Columbus to Cincinnati, Washington Court House is home to a small speck of the Ohio population.

“Rural” is what Coulter calls it, as only someone with a dialect from that small stretch of the state can. A small town which takes its basketball very seriously, Washington Court House is Ohio in every sense of word.

The setting and the support from her family ensured Coulter was back for fall practice as strong as ever.

While another year of school might seem like a burden to some student-athletes, Coulter sees it as an opportunity.

“Due to my major, health and physical education, I will be at B-W for a fifth year. If tearing my ACL was going to happen, at least I get that year back and get to make up for it on the court my fifth year.

“I stayed positive through everything and kept a positive lens on my situation,” said Coulter.

Coulter has no problem with discussing the injuries she has sustained. In fact, she is as fearless as when she is driving the lane or crashing the boards.  The only subject she stays quiet on is a tough loss.

“I don’t like to talk about it [losses],” said Coulter, who had her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 50-47 victory at Carnegie-Mellon (Pa.) University on Nov. 30. “When or if we lose, I’m just looking to take on the next opponent.”

That next opponent comes Saturday at Wilmington, the where she was helped off the floor last year with the knne injury. A game that should be more stirring for a person with matching scars on her knees.  While most competitors would have butterflies before facing an opponent they suffered a serious injury against, Coulter and her teammates face it like they face every game.

“We are so focused on ‘us’ and what we need to do as a team,” said Coulter with passion. “the opponents become faceless at some point.”

The bus ride down I-71 and west on Ohio Route 22 to Wilmington is less than 30 miles from Washington Court House.  But it is the 30-mile stretch that has helped to shape Nancy Coulter’s basketball career and character as much as her time shared with her teammates and friends at B-W. It has strengthened her every step of the way.

Following its game at Wilmington, Coulter and the Yellow Jackets are idle for a week during Fall Semester Final Exams. B-W then returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 17 when it hosts OAC-rival Muskingum University for a 3:00 p.m. game in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center.

Media and fans are reminded that two Yellow Jacket doubleheaders, January 28, 2012 with Wilmington and February 18 versus Ohio Northern University, will be televised by regional cable television network SportsTime Ohio. B-W has telecast more of its athletics events on regional cable TV than any other Division III school.

Glenn Waligora's 421, two-game series not 

enough for Ridgeville, as Keystone prevails on 

varsity lanes

In high school boys' bowling, North Ridgeville High and Keystone High split, the Wildcats winning the varsity and Rangers the junior varsity.

The results are as follows.

Boys Varsity
Stephen Elder 169-211 (380)
DJ Cyrus  188-162 (350)
Riley Braun  200-213 (413)
Bradey Clanin 189-193 (382)
Blake Benko  -  - 
Derek Stewart 180-156 (336)
Baker Games  209-233 (442)
Game 1 Total 1135
Game 2 Total 1168
Grand Total Pins  2303
North Ridgeville
Glenn Waligora  208-213 (421)
Logan Gedeon 171-179 (350)
Ryan Kordish 146-164 (310)
Nico Dennis  -  -
Joey Peterson 185-208 (393)
Alex Scullin -  -  
Tyler Davis -  - 
S.A.W.  136-157 (293)
Baker Games 228-235 (463)
Game 1 Total 1074
Game 2 Total 1156
Grand Total Pins 2230
Boys Junior Varsity
Colten Sword  138-145 (283)
Jimmy Moffit 143-153 (296)
Eli Benko  155-169 (324)
Ben Ziemba  107-84 (191)
Cody Christuff 102-121 (223)
Baker Games  131 - 169 (300)
Game 1 Total  776
Game 2 Total  841
Grand Total Pins  1617
North Ridgeville
CJ Schneider  -  129 (129)
Caleb Barbosa  163 - (163)
Donny Ciryak  178-189 (367)
Joe Harnden  188-169 (357)
Joey Casement  214-223 (437)
Zack Pulvino 187-146 (333)
Baker Games 200-158 (358)
Game 1 Total  1130
Game 2 Total  1014
Grand Total Pins   2144

Eaton Earns More Postseason Honors

Oberlin, Ohio – The postseason accolades for Clay Eaton continued to roll in on Thursday afternoon as he was named to the OhioCollegeFootball.com Second-Team, in addition to be selected as a Beyond Sports Network (BSN) All-American finalist.

Eaton, who garnered All-NCAC First-Team honors, was also recently named to the D3Football.com All-North Region second team as well.

Eaton led the NCAC with 11 sacks this season.  Against Wabash College, a team that played in the NCAA Division III Semifinals, he had the best game of his career with career-highs in tackles (9), tackles for a loss (5) and sacks (3).

A native of Findlay, Ohio, Eaton had at least one sack in seven games this season and recorded multiple sacks in six of those contests.

He will find out if he has been selected as a BSN All-American on January 5, 2012.

Heidelberg Hoops to Face Muskingum in OAC 

Men's & Women's Doubleheader


TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University men's and women's basketball teams
will travel to New Concord, Ohio on Saturday, Dec. 10 to face Muskingum
University in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader at Performance Court.
Tip-off for the women's game is slated for 2 p.m.  The men's game will
follow at approximately 4 p.m.

Both 'Berg teams are looking to snap losing streaks of four games (women)
and five games (men).  In their last game, the Student Princes fell to OAC
foe Baldwin-Wallace College, 90-69, in Tiffin, while the Berg women dropped
a road contest to B-W, 70-63, in Berea.

Against the Yellow Jackets, senior guard Darion Capers
(Clayton/Madison-Trotwood) poured in a game and season-high 22 points on an
eight-of-10 shooting night and sophomore forward Victor Fortkamp (St. Henry)
scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds.  Heidelberg rebounded from a 26.7
percent (eight-of-30) shooting clip in the first half to shoot 42.9 percent
(15-of-35) in the second, and held a 49-41 advantage on the glass, including
18 second-chance looks.

Four Student Princes average double-figure scoring, led by Capers, who
tallies 15.7 points per game.  Fortkamp scores 13.0 ppg. and Davis averages
close to a double-double with 11.5 ppg. and 9.2 rpg. and leads the team with
13 blocks.  Junior second-team All-OAC guard Dane Givner (Pittsburgh,
Pa./Harvest Prep), who has a team-high 22 assists, averages 10.5 ppg. and is
second on the team with 6.2 rpg.  The trio of Davis (60.0), Capers (56.7)
and Fortkamp (55.6) combine to shoot 57.2 percent (91-of-159) from the
field, as Heidelberg paces at a 44.5 clip (158-of-355) overall, tallies 71.0
ppg. and outrebounds its opponents by an average margin of 9.2 caroms per

The Muskingum men (2-5, 0-2 OAC) have lost two straight games and three of
their last four following an 87-77 loss at No. 10 Marietta College on
Wednesday.  Kyle Clinedinst led the Fighting Muskies with 17 points and
eight rebounds, while Josh Brindley added 14 points and nine rebounds and
Jonathan Primes tallied 13 markers of his own.

The Berg women (2-6, 0-2 OAC) will be wrapping up an eight-day stretch in
which it will have played four games.  Both of the team's victories this
season have come on the road and Heidelberg is 2-2 away from Seiberling
Gymnasium.  Against B-W on Wednesday, sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips
(Sandusky/St. Mary's) poured in a game-high 25 points and led the team in
scoring for the fifth straight game and seventh time in eight contests this
season.  Sophomore guard Emily Giel (Burton/Burkshire) followed with 10
points.  The Tri-Color shot 37.9 percent (22-of-58), its best mark in four
games, and 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the charity stripe, its second
highest mark of the season. 

Phillips leads the team in scoring at 18.1 ppg., is tied with junior guard
Jordan Ickes (Wooster/Triway) for the team lead in field goal percentage at
37.9 percent (48-of-121) and shoots 83.9 percent (26-of-31) from the free
throw line.  Ickes averages 8.0 ppg. and has passed for a team-high 11
assists.  Giel scores 7.9 ppg. and has 11 assists of her own.  Sophomore
guard Megan Miller (Tiffin/Columbian) averages 7.4 ppg. and leads all active
players with 4.5 rpg.  Freshman guard Paige Ricketts (Mineral City/Tusky
Valley) has come off the bench to average 7.0 ppg. over her last five

The Fighting Muskie women (2-3, 0-2 OAC), have lost two straight contests
following a 68-40 defeat at Ohio Northern University last Saturday.  Hannah
Nelson led Muskingum with 11 points and four rebounds, while Gabbi Davis
chipped in 10 markers.

Following Saturday's doubleheader, the Berg men return to Tiffin to host two
games next week, beginning with Waynesburg (Pa.) University on Thursday,
Dec. 15.  The Heidelberg women will enjoy a 10-day layoff and resume OAC
play on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Both Oberlin Soccer Teams Earn Academic 


Kansas City, Kansas - The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced earlier this month that both the men’s and women’s soccer teams of Oberlin College have been awarded the 2011 NSCAA College Team Academic Award.

A total of 789 soccer teams (218 men, 571 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 academic year.

The Yeomen had a grade point average of 3.27, which was the highest in the NCAC. They were one of four teams from the conference to win the award.

The Yeowomen posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.38. It was the second highest in the conference, behind Kenyon College. Oberlin is one of seven NCAC schools to win the award for women’s soccer.

Both teams will have the winter off and start back up again in the spring for their non-traditional season.

John Carroll wins battle of NE Ohio against 

Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's basketball team made just 9-of-33 shots in the first half to find themselves in a 44-23 hole at halftime and went on to lose to John Carroll, 79-62 in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Wednesday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

Corey Shontz scoed a game-high 29 points for John Carroll (5-1, 2-0 OAC).

Mount Union got 23 points from Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) and 15 points and seven rebounds from Matt Wier (New Castle, Pa./Mohawk) as the Purple Raiders fell to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the OAC.

There were six lead changes and three ties in the game's opening seven minutes before John Carroll took control with a 20-5 run over the next 10 minutes as a Conor Sweeney jumper put them up 36-18 with four minutes to play in the half.  The Blue Streaks ended up taking a 21-point lead, 44-23 at the break as Greg Brown hit a three at the buzzer.

Mount Union rallied in the second half as the margin was down to 10 points, 64-54 when Wood, who scored 18 in the second half, hit a three with 4:40 to play.  Shontz then scored five-straight to take the lead back to 15 and ice the game.  

'Berg Women's Hoops Drops Road Game at 


BEREA, Ohio-Sophomore guard Kathleen Phillips (Sandusky/St. Mary's) poured
in a game-high 25 points, but the Heidelberg University women's basketball
team lost an Ohio Athletic Conference game at Baldwin-Wallace College,
70-63, tonight at Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in Berea, Ohio.  The game was
the third in five days for the Berg.  Catherine Spisak recorded a
double-double for B-W, scoring 10 points and pulling down a game-high 15

Heidelberg (2-6, 0-2 OAC) was led by Phillips, who was 10-of-26 shooting and
four-of-four from the free-throw line, and led the team in scoring for the
fifth consecutive game and seventh time in eight contests this season.
Sophomore guard Emily Giel (Burton/Burkshire) followed with 10 markers and
freshman guard Paige Ricketts (Mineral City/Tusky Valley) scored nine points
and was a perfect seven-of-seven from the charity stripe.  Sophomore forward
Kyra Dorney (Fairborn/Greenon) grabbed a team-high five rebounds.

In addition to Spisak for the Yellow Jackets (5-2, 1-1 OAC), Jessica
Carpenter tallied 20 points, Nancy Coulter added 12 points and five
rebounds, and Jessica Lairson had 10 points.

Heidelberg started the game with a 4-0 run as sophomore guard Megan Miller
(Tiffin/Columbian) and Phillips both canned jumpers by the 17:02 mark.


Carpenter then led B-W on a 17-5 run, making three field goals, including a
pair of three-pointers, as B-W took a 17-9 lead following a Carpenter triple
with 10:43 on the clock.

The Berg went on a 16-9 run of its own that spanned nearly nine minutes to
close to within 26-25 at the 2:11 mark when Giel buried a triple.  Following
a foul by Lexi Rohrbach, Giel gave Heidelberg a 27-26 lead with a pair of
free throws with 1:41 to play in the opening half.

The Yellow Jackets regained the lead, 28-27, when Carpenter made a lay-up
with 48 seconds to play and went into the locker room at halftime with a
30-27 advantage as Coulter made a buzzer-beating lay-up.

B-W opened the second half on a 10-2 run to take a 40-29 lead at the 16:53
mark when Spisak made a lay-up.

Phillips closed the gap to 45-44 with 12:34 to play with her fifth field
goal of a 15-5 run.

Coulter increases B-W's lead to 50-44 with an offensive rebound and tip-in
with 10:39 on the clock, but freshman guard Emily Hopton (Wickliffe/Athens)
and Miller made a lay-up and a jumper, respectively, on consecutive
possessions to close to within 50-48.

The Yellow Jackets again extended their lead to six points at 54-48 with
8:31 to play following a pair of free throws made by Lairson and Carpenter.
B-W began to pull away, leading by as many as 12 points with 4:31 left in
the game.

Heidelberg would cut the deficit to six points on two separate occasions,
with the last coming with 26 seconds on the clock as Ricketts canned a pair
of free throws.

The Tri-Color shot 37.9 percent (22-of-58), its best mark in four games, and
78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the charity stripe, its second highest mark of
the season. 

B-W was 42.9 percent (24-of-56) shooting, 85.7 percent (18-of-21) from the
line, and held a 44-28 rebounding advantage.

The Berg ends a stretch of eight days in which it will have played four
games Saturday, Dec. 7 when it faces Muskingum University at 2 p.m. in New
Concord, Ohio in the first game of an OAC men's and women's basketball

Mount Union NCAA semifinal game to 

be broadcast live all over NE Ohio

Mount Union's NCAA Football Playoff semifinal against Wesley (Del.) Saturday at noon at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance will be broadcast LIVE locally on WIVM TV 39 Canton/Massillon, WIVN TV 29 New Philadelphia/Coshocton, WIVX TV 51 Loudonville and MyYTV 33.2 in Youngtown.

The game will also be carried throughout all of Northeast Ohio on Time Warner Cable's NEON network (check your local listings.)
WIVM TV-39 is also available on Time Warner Cable in Stark County at channel position 989. WIVN TV-29 can also be seen on Time Warner Cable on channel 4 in Tuscarawas, Holmes and Carroll Counties.   It is also on Massillon Cable channel 128 and Clear Picture Cable in Wayne County on channel 128.
MyYTV is available on Time Warner Cable in Mahoning, Columbiana, Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer county in Pennsylvania on channel 997, on Armstrong Cable channel 13 in Mahoning county and Comcast Cable channel 3 in Columbiana county.
The game will kickoff at noon and will be broadcast on LIVE television online on ESPN3 and also available on ESPN GamePlan pay-per-view platform.  Check with your internet provider to make sure you have ESPN3 and your cable or satellite provider to order the game on ESPN GamePlan.