A Page -- Feb. 10, 2012

Payne Scores 24 as B-W Beats Cross-Town 

Rival JCU, 78-62, in Berea

BEREA, OHIO  – Sophomore forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored 24 points as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team defeated Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University, 78-62, tonight (Wednesday, February 8 2012) in a key Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center. The victory ended a seven-game losing streak to the Blue Streaks and increased B-W’s series advantage to 57-52.

With its win, B-W improved to 14-8 overall and 9-6 in the OAC and has won six of its last eight games. With its loss, JCU dropped to 15-6 overall and 10-5 in the OAC and lost its second straight game.

In addition to Payne for B-W, junior guard Ben Umbel (Poland/ Seminary) had scored 11 points and junior forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/ Walsh Jesuit) had 10.  JCU was led by senior forward Mark Hester with 17 points and senior guard Corey Shontz had 14.

JCU  opened the scoring at 19:40 mark when senior guard Joey Meyer made a layup.  After a pair of lead changes, the Blue Steaks grabbed an 8-5 lead at 17:24 when Hester made a layup. B-W then went on a 6-0 run to take an 11-8 lead when Payne scored three straight baskets with the last coming at 13:42.
The B-W lead grew to six at 18:12 with 7:55 left before the intermission when sophomore backup center Aaron Selmek (Columbus/ St. Francis DeSales) made a layup. It increased to double digits at 26-15 at 4:57 when Payne canned a three-pointer.
JCU climbed back into the game with a 9-2 run to close to 28-24 when Shontz made a jump shot at 3:10. The deficit closed to 28-26 at 2:13 when Hester grabbed an offensive rebound and scored. B-W got the final point of the stanza when freshman guard Jaron Crowe (Mentor) made a long-range triple with 55 seconds left and gave B-W a 31-26 halftime lead.

In the second half, each team scored a basket before B-W went on a 7-0 run to rebuild its 11-point lead at 40-29 when Crowe made another three-pointer at 16:44.  The lead again grew to 16 points at 52-36 when Umbel made a three-pointer at 12:25.

The lead went to 17 at 58-41 when Payne made a triple at 9:45 and again at 60-43 when Krakowiak canned a jumper at 8:11. The closest JCU would get after that point was 10 points at 62-52 with 5:13 left when Hester dunked. B-W gained its largest lead of 18 points when sophomore guard Grant Fairhurst (Ashland/ Senior) made two foul shots with 35.6 seconds left for a 78-60 lead.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, February 11 when they will host first place Capital University in an OAC game in the Ursprung Gym at 3:00 p.m. Fans can listen to the game live on the internet at http://real.bw.edu/ramgen/broadcast/WBWC_LIVE.rm.  The pregame show starts 15 minutes prior to tipoff.

Media and fans are reminded that the B-W will televise its Feb. 18 men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader versus Ohio Northern University on SportsTime Ohio. The game will be shown on STO on Feb. 18 at 9:00 p.m.  B-W has broadcast more of its athletics events on regional cable TV than any other Division III school.

In addition on Feb. 18, the B-W men will host the Fourth Annual “Take a Kid to the Game” Day. Children up to the eighth grade will be admitted for free when accompanied by an adult. Prior to its 4:00 tipoff versus ONU, children can have their faces painted by the B-W Cheerleaders or can play games with the cheerleaders and “Stinger”, the Yellow Jacket mascot. Following the game, B-W Student/Athletes and coaches will be available to sign autographs. 

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Posts Win Against Allegheny (Pa.) College


February 8, 2012


HIRAM, OHIO – Senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) poured in a game-high 26 points as the Hiram College men’s basketball team beat Allegheny (Pa.) College, 83-68, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 8) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]


Following tonight’s game, the Terriers improve to 13-9 overall and 6-7 in the NCAC. The Gators fall to 5-17 overall and 3-10 NCAC.

Hiram looked to make a statement early, outscoring Allegheny, 17-4, in the first 5:58 that was capped by a three-pointer by sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) at the 14:02 minute mark. The triple would be one of four Stefanov recorded on the night. Allegheny came right back though with a 10-2 scoring run of its own to pull to within five points, 19-14, with 11:14 left in the half. The Gators got as close as four points, 21-17, but an ensuing 9-0 run by Hiram that ended in a jumper by Stefanov pushed the Terrier lead back to double-figures at 13 points, 30-17, with 6:21 left before halftime. Hiram maintained a sizeable advantage the rest of the period and took a 38-27 lead into the locker rooms.


Near the midway point of the second half, another 9-0 run by Hiram that was capped by a fastbreak dunk by Watkins, gave the Terriers a comfortable 20-point lead, 63-43, with 10:32 left in the game. Allegheny mounted one final charge late in the game and managed to cut the Hiram lead to just eight points, 72-64, with three minutes to go. Following back-to-back buckets by senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) and Watkins, the Gators were forced to foul and sent the Terriers to the free-throw line where Hiram connected on seven-of-nine attempts in the final 1:08 to clinch the 83-68 victory.


Allegheny shot 40.3 percent (25-of-62) from the field, including 13-of-16 (81.3 percent) at the free-throw line. The Gators were led in scoring by the duo of James Ness and Ryan Stanko who both scored 23 points. David DiBernardi was the only other Gator player in double-figures with 10 points. In addition, Clark Tritto grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.


Hiram shot an impressive 60.8 percent overall from the floor (31-of-51), including an equally impressive 58.3 percent (seven-of-12) from behind the arc. Watkins paced the Terriers with his 26 points on 12-of-17 shooting (70.6 percent). He also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Stefanov was second with 22 points and finished four-0f-six (66.7 percent) from three-point range. Junior guard Alan Sheppard rounded out the high scorers with 16 points.


Hiram will host Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday, Feb. 11 in a NCAC game at Price Gym. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team. The women will also take on OWU beginning at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.

Green's Amanda Rose goes over 1,000 points in 

Mount Union win

MARIETTA, Ohio -- Senior forward Amanda Rose (Green/Green) scored 16 points to become the 13th player in school history to score over 1,000 career points and led No. 7 ranked Mount Union to a 74-56 win at Marietta.

Amanda Rose

The Purple Raiders move to 21-1 overall, extend their school-record win streak to 16 games and maintained first place in the Ohio Athletic Conference at 14-1.

Mount Union can clinch at least a share of the OAC regular season title with a win Saturday at 3 pm at Ohio Northern.

Along with Rose, senior guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) had 11 points while junior point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) and senior forward Erin Schmidt (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) each had 10 points.

Rose joins Wiedt and LaMattina as Raiders with over 1,000 career points -- It is the first time in school history three 1,000-point scorers have been on the active roster at the same time.

Aleisha Guiler had game-highs with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Marietta (9-13, 4-11 OAC).

With score tied at 5, Mount Union went on an 11-2 run and never looked back as the Raiders extended the lead to as many as 25 points before taking a commanding 48-24 lead into the half.

Mount Union forced 23 turnovers and scored 20 points off those miscues while the Raiders outscored Marietta 40-22 in the paint.

Ekkens wins Rimington Award

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- University of Mount Union senior Brett Ekkens (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) has been selected as the 2011 Rimington Award winner given to the top center in NCAA Division III.

Ekkens is the first Purple Raider to ever win the award that started in 2000 and starting in 2003 a winner in each division -- FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA was awarded.

He started 25 straight games on the offensive line and is a two-time All-OAC selection that has also has been an All-American, All-North Region and Academic All-OAC selection. 

Ekkens was also one of only 10 Academic All-American first team selections in school history and was part of the Raider Buddy program that has football players metoring youth at local elementary schools.

He helped lead the Raiders to their 20th consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference championship and seventh straight appearance in the NCAA Division III National Championship game -- the Stagg Bowl.  

Ekkens played on the 2008 Mount Union team that won the program's record 10th NCAA Division III National Championship.

Academic All-American Brett Ekkens (Photo by Ryan Baker)


The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The twelve-year old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised nearly $100 million for CF Research.

For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visitwww.rimingtontrophy.comave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman.

Two-time All-UAA junior shortstop Matt Keen batted .387 and finished second in the nation in runs scored last spring. 
Tallmadge's Matt Keen

2012 Spartan Baseball Preview

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Following a school-record season that produced 33 wins and a third-place finish at the NCAA Mideast Regional, the Case Western University baseball team has its sights set on a University Athletic Association Championship and another deep NCAA Tournament run during the spring of 2012.

The Spartans finished the 2011 campaign with a school-record 33 wins (33-15 overall) and earned the first NCAA Tournament berth in program history.

Despite the graduation of five key players, including 2011 D3Baseball.com National Player of the Year Chad Mullins, the Spartans expect to surpass last season's performance behind nine returning starters, 20 letterwinners and a talented group of 15 newcomers.

"We definitely hope to build on the success that we have had," said sixth-year Head Coach Matt Englander. "We had a taste in 2011 of what success is like, and you always hope to accomplish more than what you have done in the past. That is our goal each year, and we understand what it takes to reach a certain level. We are going to strive to achieve even more success through continuous hard work and dedication to all of the details."


Three full-time starters return from last season's infield in addition to a pair of part-time players.

Leading the way up the middle is two-time first-team All-UAA junior shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge), who has started all 90 games during the past two seasons. In 2011, Keen batted .381 with 37 runs batted-in, 68 runs scored and 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts. The UAA's Rookie of the Year in 2010, Keen also led the league and ranked second in the nation last season in runs scored while totaling four triples and 18 doubles. He was a UAA Championship All-Tournament Team selection and a Capital One Academic All-District honoree. In two seasons, he is batting .389 with eight homeruns, 29 doubles, six triples, 78 RBI, 116 runs and 24 steals in 27 attempts.

"Matt (Keen) is crucial to our success," noted Englander. "He plays arguably the most important position on the field, and he plays it very well. He is very talented and very athletic, but the most important thing I have seen is his attitude and his ability to improve. He is very coachable and very detail-oriented along with being responsible for what he does."

Senior second baseman Bobby Marko (Lyndhurst, Ohio/Brush) completes the middle of the infield with 118 starts and 124 games played. In 40 games and 36 starts as a junior, Marko batted .280 with a homerun and 20 RBI. He has 19 doubles, five homers and 64 RBI in his career.

At first base, Case returns junior Brett Ossola (Potomac, Md./Bullis School), who could also see some at-bats as the designated hitter. A two-time All-UAA selection, Ossola has played in 88 of 90 games the past two seasons with 86 starts. In 2011, he batted .308 with three homers and 58 RBI – third on the team. He also doubled 13 times and scored 26 runs en route to earning second-team All-UAA honors. Ossola is a career .336 hitter with four HR and 84 RBI.

Third base and catcher will have new occupants for the first time in several years following the graduation of Mullins and Steve Bills. Each was instrumental in building Case Western Reserve into one of the Mideast Region's premier programs, and Mullins graduated with ownership of mostly every career offensive record.

"Obviously, we have losses each and every year with graduation and the dynamic of the team changes on an annual basis," said Englander. "Roles change and how you score runs and play defensively change, but our focus on continuous improvement will remain the same."

The favorite to fill the spot at third base is sophomore Andrew Frey (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor), who saw significant time at both third and second base as a freshman. In 38 games and 19 starts as a rookie, he batted .422 (38-of-90) with a HR and 20 RBI. The team's Rookie of the Year, Frey also posted back-to-back four-hit games on April 10 and 12.

Senior Peter Zak (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) is expected to see the most time behind the plate. Last season, he served as the team's main back-up to Bills and batted .312 (15-of-48) with two HR and 10 RBI. He also provided the most memorable moment of the season when he belted a game-winning, pinch-hit grandslam in the top of the ninth inning versus Adrian College (Mich.) during the team's NCAA Mideast Regional debut.


The Spartan lineup saw several players fill the DH role last season, namely 2011 graduate Cory Pecoraro. This season, Englander expects a similar rotation as he looks to keep several bats in the lineup. Senior Sam Alexander (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) is likely to see the most time in the DH role while also playing in right field.

In his first season as a full-time outfielder, Alexander started 47-of-48 games and batted .368 with four homers and 55 RBI to go along with team-bests of 19 doubles and five triples. He was a second-team All-UAA and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Mideast Region selection. Alexander was also tabbed to the UAA Championship All-Tournament Team and earned back-to-back UAA Hitter of the Week awards on Apr. 18 and 25. In 117 career games, he is a .333 hitter with six HR, 96 RBI, six triples and 29 doubles.


In addition to Alexander, the Spartans return another starting outfielder from 2011 with classmate Jimmy Abed (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) in left field.

Abed played in 42 games with 36 starts and batted .257 with a pair of homeruns, 16 RBI, 39 runs scored and 13 stolen bases in 16 attempts. He also homered during NCAA Mideast Regional action versus Heidelberg University. In 109 career games, he is a .270 hitter with 32 RBI and 36 stolen bases.

Transfer junior Paul Pakan (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) will likely start in center field with versatile sophomore Jordan Dague(Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) seeing most of his time in right.

Pakan was a two-year starter at Division I George Washington University (D.C.).

Dague played in only 23 games with four starts due to an injury midway through the season. He collected eight hits in 14 at-bats (.571) with three RBI and three steals in three attempts.

"We have a very talented group in the outfield," said Englander. "Paul (Pakan) will be making the transition into the outfield, and he is a really gifted athlete and a special offensive player. I think with him alongside of Jimmy (Abed) and Jordan (Dague) in addition to some younger guys in the mix, we will expect a lot from the outfield. It is an athletic group and it has the opportunity to be a special unit."


The Spartans rotation is deep with the top two starters from last year back in addition to the return of two starters who missed all of 2011 due to injury.

Honorable mention All-Mideast Region junior left-hander Jamie Hora (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) was the ace of the staff in 2011 with an 8-3 record and a 4.54 earned run average. In 14 games and 11 starts, he led the team in wins, complete games (6), innings pitched (77.1) and strikeouts (46). Hora was also a two-time UAA Pitcher of the Week.

Hora is joined by a fellow southpaw in sophomore Ray Kelly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute), who was one of the UAA's top rookies, pitching in 12 games with eight starts. He was 5-1 with a 4.72 ERA in 47.2 innings pitched. The UAA Pitcher of the Week on Apr. 18, Kelly picked up the win when the Spartans broke the school single-season record for victories versus Oberlin College on April 13.

Also returning to the rotation is senior RHP Zach Fry (Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy) and junior LHP Jarrett Gish(Jupiter, Fla./Suncoast), who each missed the 2011 campaign with injuries.

In 2010, Fry posted a team-best 7-3 record and 4.93 ERA in 49.1 innings pitched. In 37 career games, he has 11 wins and 72 strikeouts in 155 innings.

Gish was 3-3 as a freshman in 2010 with a team-best 39 strikeouts in 49 innings pitched.

"Last year's team was unique in the fact that we had some guys really pitch well for us at crucial times," said Englander. "Overall, I think the staff will be much improved and deeper this year and will have more defined roles. We got a real shot in the arm with Jarrett (Gish) and Zach (Fry) coming back from injury. Last year, our offense carried us at times when our pitching staff was struggling. This year, we hope to be a bit more three-dimensional in terms of our pitching, offense and defense coming together at the same time."


Case's bullpen also figures to be deep with a mixture of experienced and young arms looking to eat up innings when called upon.

Sophomore Jose Vega (Strongsville, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) returns after making a team-high 15 relief appearances as a rookie. The right-hander posted a 3-3 record with three saves and led the team with a 4.03 ERA in 22.1 innings pitched.

Moving to the bullpen from the starting rotation is senior left-hander A.J. Boshinski (Alpharetta, Ga./St. Pius X), who pitched in a team-high 16 games with eight starts. He posted a 4-0 record with a 5.32 ERA in 47.1 innings of work with 38 strikeouts. In 41 career games, he is 8-7 with 105 strikeouts in 131.1 innings.

Senior Cory Smith (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) is also back in the mix after missing all but one game in 2011 due to injury. His only appearance in late February produced four shutout innings with five strikeouts at Guilford College (N.C.).

"There will be a lot of competition in the bullpen, and we will feel comfortable putting in just about any arm that we have," noted Englander. "That flexibility will afford us the opportunity as a coaching staff to make more in-game decisions. It will give us the option to do more situational pitching – matchup pitching per se – in terms of who is pitching well that week or against righties or lefties."


A highly touted recruiting class is expected to add even more depth to an already deep Spartan roster. Englander also anticipates that several of his newcomers will play significant roles in 2012.

"We are fortunate to have such a deep and talented class," said the head coach. "Quite honestly, there isn't a single guy I look at that I don't feel can help us this season. This is the first year since I have been at Case where we don't have an opening day starter that is a true freshman. But at the same time, this may be the best class that we have brought in here in the six years."

In addition to the aforementioned Pakan, freshmen Matt Diehl (Centerville, Ohio/Archbishop Alter), Andrew Gronski (Hilliard, Ohio/Hillard Davidson) and Kerrigan Cain (Hartville, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) are expected to impact the infield. Catcher Jordan Swisher (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) and catcher/pitcher Robert Winemiller (Twinsburg, Ohio/University School) will also be in the mix for significant playing time, while right-handers Edward Abramson (Maitland, Fla./Winter Park) and Kevin Johnstone (Placentia, Calif./Valencia) will likely factor into the pitching rotation.


The 2012 schedule features some of the top teams in the Mideast Region and is expected to be one of the toughest since Englander took over the program in 2007.

"Our goal is not just to get to the NCAA Tournament and regional round, but to succeed there," said Englander. "I think playing the teams we did last spring really helped us and prepared us for the NCAA Tournament. Once we got into the playoffs, we looked at it as we have competed with and in fact beat a number of playoff teams and we know how to handle the pressures that come along with it. You have to play against the best to have any expectation to beat them. It would be disappointing to our guys if we didn't roll out a schedule that wasn't challenging and difficult in 2012. Our guys want to play the best teams and show that last year wasn't a flash in the pan."

The Spartans open the season with a neutral site doubleheader on February 24 versus John Carroll University at 12:00 p.m. at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley, West Virginia. The team then heads further south to play a DH at Guilford on Feb. 26 and heads back north for a pair of regional twinbills with Oberlin and Ohio Wesleyan University on March 3-4 at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe. The UAA Championship Tournament is March 11-18 at Sanford Memorial Stadium in Sanford, Florida.

Other key dates include a three game series with Heidelberg split between Tiffin and Cleveland on March 24-25, a three-game series with The College of Wooster split between Wooster and Classic Park in Eastlake on April 7 and Apr. 10, a Sunday twinbill with Otterbein University on Apr. 15, an Apr. 19 match-up with Muskingum University at Progressive Field (home of the Cleveland Indians) and a four-game series at DePauw University (Ind.) on Apr. 21-22.