A Page -- Feb. 18, 2010

Richie Baker, Darian Thomas, Mike 

Haszto, Jr. to represent Elyria 

Catholic at college hockey nationals

Feb. 18, 2010

By Mike Haszto, Sr.

Two North Ridgeville natives and one Elyria resident (all three Elyria Catholic graduates) will be representing their teams in the ACHA National Championship tournament for Division I college hockey, next month in Chicago.

Elyria Catholic grads Mike Haszto ( Junior defenseman/forward for the University of Central Oklahoma) makes his second appearance in the tournament, Darian Thomas (Junior forward from Kent State) also makes his second appearance, and Richie Baker (Sophomore forward from Kent State) will make his first appearance.
Mike Haszto

Haszto and Baker are from North Ridgeville, while Thomas is from Elyria.

Haszto has five goals and four assists in 29 games for the Bronchoes, while Richie Baker has amassed two goals and three assists in 33 games and Thomas one assist in 22 games for the Golden Flashes.
UCO is seeded 10th in the tournament, while Kent State is seeded 12th.
Final rankings will be released tomorrow.  Currently UCO is ranked 13th, but will move up into the top 10 after sweeping two games from both #10 Arizona State and #4 Illinois on the road the past two weekends.

B-W Wrestler Tristan Stoll's 

Competitive Drive Fuels Him 

Inside and Outside the Mat

Feb. 18, 2010

By Jeremy Lasiter
Special to Student/Athlete-Cleveland

BEREA, OHIO  -  Baldwin Wallace College junior Tristan Stoll, a resident of Milan, Ohio and graduate of Thomas Edison High Schoolhas unique story when it relates to his wrestling career at Baldwin Wallace College.

Stoll first came to B-W two years ago as linebacker for the Yellow Jacket football team.  Stoll felt it was necessary to focus his attention on academics and not continue to play football. However, at the beginning of this school year, Stoll's came to the conclusion that he felt empty without athletics as a part of his college life.

"I missed the joy of competing," said Stoll, who leads the Yellow Jackets with a 17-3 record as the 197-pounder heading into this Saturday's (Feb. 20) Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Meet at Mount Union College. "I have always been a competitor since I was a child and could not stomach the thought of losing.

"When I was young and then through junior high and high school, I played football, and baseball, wrestled and ran track. I always wanted to win and strive to be the best at it. The thrill of competition and winning is what makes athletics enjoyable for me."

Stoll's competitive drive heavily influenced his decision to return to a place where he has not been since his senior year of high school.  This place was the wrestling mat.  Stoll has had success while wrestling at Edison High School.  During his junior year, Stoll finished seventh at 171 pounds at the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) State Championship Tournament. s a senior, he a posted 15-2 mark in the 189-pound weight class after coming back from an illness halfway through the season.

Stoll is very happy after reflecting on the college search process.

"Baldwin Wallace was the right choice for me," said Stoll, who is a business administration and sistainability major. "The College has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My uncles, Mike Stoll '81 and Matt Stoll '81, who both played football, and Kurt '88, who wrestled, all received their educations from B-W and that heavily influenced my decision. I immediately felt a strong connection and it was the right decision for me and my family."

Stoll knew that his decision to return to wrestling would be met with some opposition and some people would doubt that he could succeed after a two-year absence from competitive matches.  Stoll's decision to return to the mat has turned out to be a wise decision as his 17-3 mark attests. In addition, he won a title two weeks ago at the 24th Annual John Summa Memorial Tournament in Berea and pinned both his opponents.

Stoll has been quite surprised by the success considering his transition back into the daily routine of being involved in intercollegiate athletics.

"The biggest challenge I faced was the grind of everyday practice," said Stoll, who also leads B-W with 10 pins and is second in both takedowns (28) and near falls (16).  "My body just wasn't adjusted to the difficulty of an everyday practice schedule. I also had to shape my class schedule around wrestling. Time management became a very important issue."

Another person who has seen Stoll's success as a very pleasant surprise is Yellow Jacket veteran Head Coach Rich Fleming, who is in his 22nd year of coaching at B-W and in his 42nd year overall.

"Tristan is one of the more interesting stories that I have had in my coaching career due his success in his first year of college wrestling," said Fleming.  "I was disappointed that Tristan did not come out for the team his freshman year, but also understood his reasoning. He is a young man who has his head on the right way and is striving to be successful academically and now athletically.

Tristan has the potential to be a national qualifier and an All American," continued Fleming, but he'll have to compete at a very high level at the OAC Tournament. He must continue to work hard improve everyday"

Stoll's main competition at the OAC Tournament will be the only conference wrestler to beat him this season -- Mt. Union's Bill Schindel, who is both the defending champion at 197 pounds and placed seventh at last year's NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament.  When they met earlier this season, Schindel had his way with Stoll and beat him 11-3 in Berea. Overall, Stoll was 4-1 in his five matches against OAC opponents.

"I'm not sure Tristan was ready to wrestle Schindel the first time," said Fleming. "If he gets the chance at the OAC Tournament, I'll bet he takes a bit of a different approach. Both are outstanding wrestlers and would represent the OAC well on the natiuonal level."

Stoll is by no means satisfied with the success has had thus far and knows a lot of work is to be done if he wants to achieve his goal of becoming a national qualifier.

"I try not get to overconfident," said Stoll. "I feel have many things to improve upon and I try to work at my weaknesses every day in practice."

Stoll's work ethic during practices has been noticed by teammates and has made him a more than welcomed addition to the team.  B-W junior Phil Payne particularly appreciates Stoll's enthusiasm.

"Tristan brings a lot energy to the team," said Payne who has a 15-8 record as the starting 133-pounder. "He is very outgoing and pumps every one up during practice.  That is a must considering how monotonous practices can be.

"Tristan also works extremely hard,"continued Payne. "He doesn't just want to wrestle. He wants to be a highly successful wrestler and puts in the time and effort to be the best he can be. He certainly has taught all of us a thing or two about how to develop a great pin move."

Fleming also agrees. "Tristan loves to pin his opponents," said Fleming. "If you make one mistake, he wil take advantage of it very quickly and put you on your back faster than you can blink your eye.  He is just very fun to coach and watch compete."

"I love to pin my opponents," said Stoll. "One of my long-term goals is to break the school record for pins in a season and maybe in a career. I know it will take a lot of work."

Stoll is currently a sustainability major and works very hard in the classroom. When asked about his future goals, Tristan wants to work in the business field.

"I hope to use my degree to gain a job in the sustainability field helping organizations use alternative sources of energy to help preserve our planet's resources," said Stoll. "B-W is one of the first school's in the country to make sustainability a major and a major part of its business major."

In his time at B-W, Stoll has learned invaluable lessons on how to succeed in athletics as well as in the classroom environment.  Stoll plans to use his experiences at B-W as a platform for future success.

'I know that in order to achieve the goals I want, I must use the competitive drive I have in the ring and use it in the professional world," said Stoll. "Those are some of the most valuable lessons you learn by competing in athletics. I feel I'm ready for the challenge."

Stoll's work ethic and willingness to compete can only guarantee him that he will go beyond achieving his goals and live up to the vast potential that awaits him.

Heights bombs Canfield to advance 

in Kent hockey sectionals

Feb. 18, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENT – Blue North Division co-champions Cleveland Heights advanced to the sectional semifinals with tonight’s 7-2 quarterfinal win over Canfield here in the Kent State University Ice Arena.


Heights took the early lead with a first-period goal by Zach Murray, who took a pass from Ian Kraus and shot from between the circles for the score at 1:25. Sam Brown also assisted.

Zack Murray

Zach Murray


That was short-lived as Canfield tied it with an unassisted goal (the school provided no roster) at 2:00.


The Tigers regained the lead at 10:43 when Kraus lit the lamp at 10:43 with an assist from Pete Century.

Ian Kraus

Ian Kraus


Heights dominated the first period, outshooting Canfield, 17-5.


The big break for the Tigers came in the second period when Canfield was called for head butting (which really means grasping the neck/face area of an opponent and should not be affiliated with a professional wrestling move).


Still it is a severe penalty, which officials call for safety and medical reasons. The total verdict was five minutes and a game misconduct.


The beneficial part for Heights is that the full five minutes had to be served, leaving the power-play on for the duration. This allowed the Tigers to score two power-play goals within the same man-advantage span.

Jordan Shoger

Jordan Shoger

Jordan Shoger scored the first power-play goal, getting an assist at 2:29 of the second from Chris Zirm. Brown made it 4-1 at 4:21 with his power-play goal assisted by Tyler Rudy.

Sam Brown

Sam Brown


After a hooking call on Canfield, Heights had a two-man-ad, but that was killed. However, the wear-down process carried on to an even-strength goal by Shoger at 7:18 that was assisted by Rudy to make it 5-1.

Tyler Rudy

Tyler Rudy


The Tigers were able to get into another 5-on-3 skate later in the period. This time they were able to convert for the power-play goal, Shoger scoring with an assist from Brown at 8:36.


Canfield got one back at 12:04 to make it 6-2. It stood that way until the end of the second 15. Heights continued to dominate, holding a 41-11 advantage in shots with one more period to put into the books.

Chris Zirm

 Chris Zirm

Brown took the slap and Zirm redirected it for the power-play goal in the third. Murray also assisted.














Chiricosta could get 110th win 

for Bee Gee tennis this weekend 

against Illinois Chicago

Feb. 18, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


With  a win in either her doubles match with partner Maddy Eccleston or her singles match Sunday in the Perrysburg Tennis Center against Illinois Chicago, Christine Chiricosta, the Bowling Green junior, will reach the100-win mark for her college career.


The Avon Lake High alumna has already won 56 matches in singles for the Falcons, surpassing the century mark for combined singles and doubles wins at BG earlier this spring.



In a 5-2 win over Detroit last weekend, she won at first singles for the seventh time this spring last weekend against Michigan State, one day after winning against Detroit. At doubles, she and Eccleston split on the weekend. .She is 14-3 at first singles this season for fall and spring and tourneys and duals combined.


She beat the Spartans’ No. 1 Michaela Silesova, losing only two games. The hardest part of her adjustment to college tennis was playing against international players such as Silesova, but she appears to be on her way to cracking that nut.

BGSU Invitational Sept 19-20 2009

Chiricosta and Eccleston

Chiricosta and Eccleston are 10-4 in doubles this year. Their win over a Cincinnati duo last month pushed her to 50 for career doubles wins.

The English and secondary education major is also a two-time Academic All American, including the ESPN at-large all-sport team last summer.



Feb. 18

By Nicolle Meyer

Avon, Oh— The Lake Erie Crushers are pleased to announce the second year of Stomper’s Reading Club. The goal of the program is to promote the importance of education and literacy, while at the same time encouraging a life-long love of reading.



As part of the program, the Crushers challenge local students to read twenty books throughout the month of March, which is also National Literacy Month. Each participant will receive a poster to help track the number of books read and students who meet their goal will receive two tickets to a Crushers game during the summer. To make the challenge more fun, the team helps motivate the students with assemblies and classroom visits by Crushers players and the mascot, Stomper.


The Crushers hit a homerun with the Reading Club in 2009 with 15 schools and more than 4,000 students participating in the program. At the end of March, more than 1,800 had reached their reading goal and earned tickets to a Crushers game. This season, the program has quadrupled in size, growing to 56 schools and more than 21,000 students in Lorain and Cuyahoga County.


The Crushers will kick off this season’s program at Milan Elementary on Friday, February 19 at 9:00 a.m. Stomper and front office staff members will be hitting the road, visiting 31 schools in 16 days. For a complete schedule of school assemblies, please contact Nicolle Meyer at 440-934-3636 or nmeyer@lakeeriecrushers.com.

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Nordonia gets on the ball for three 

third-period goals and sectional 

victory over Aurora

Feb. 18, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENTAurora has a high school hockey program on the rise. After winning 35 games three years ago, the school has continued to build toward greater respectability.


By the same token, Nordonia has not been around as long as Aurora, but organized quickly (two years and with only players from the district during the club phase at that) and is also one of the up and comers in the Cleveland area.


Some setbacks forced Aurora to experience a “down year” this year, but the Greenmen came on strong near the end, playing tight games the last two weeks of the season with both Cleveland Heights and Mayfield, the top two teams in all of the Blue Division.


Nordonia experienced its disappointments the last couple weeks after a strong start that carried on into January. Both teams got together to display just how hungry they are for hockey success.


Tonight, here in the college’s ice arena, the Greenmen continued their late-season surge in a sectional quarterfinal game against the fast-developing Nordonia program, the Baron Cup III’s fourth seed in only its first year in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League.


But Nordonia showed tenacity and used that to advance, coming back with three third-period goals for a 4-2 win.


Joe Kramp scored the game winner with a shot off a cross from Mike Rudin at 9:46 of the third period. Rudin tied it with a power-play goal at 7:16 of the third.


“We worked on the power-play all week,” said Joe Kramp, Sr. the head coach. “We said that we had to convert on those if we expect to win and tonight we got two of them.”


Not one to let the other team grab momentum for too long, Aurora quickly doused an early Nordonia lead, and then moved ahead in the second period and maintained momentum by holding a one-goal lead after two.


Aurora took the 2-1 lead at 9:37 of the second period when Aaron Jaskiewicz took a slap from the point. The puck redirected off the sticks of Courtney Rausch and Jake Meyer and into the net.


“The first period was OK but the second was not; we were too sluggish that period,” the elder Kramp said. “I laid it on the line in the locker room. I called a spade a spade. I saw some lazy hockey players out there in the second. I told them if they wanted to come back here again and play Saturday that they needed to get un-lazy. We had a good third period and got good goaltending.”


Nick Damczak saved 15 shots for Nordonia while Ron Schwartz saved 28 for Aurora.


In the first period, with the exception of a 10-second span, Nordonia and Aurora played scoreless hockey. The Knights made it 1-0 on a Ryan Gura goal at 1:04 and the Greenmen’s Jaskiewicz tied it at 1:14.


Tom Majkrzak assisted on Gura’s goal and Jon Deacon on Jaskiewicz’ first-period goal.


Rudin added an open-net goal in the last 10 seconds of the contest.

NOTE: No results from the Brooklyn 

Hockey Sectional were reported to 

Student/Athlete-Cleveland tonight.

B-W Men's and Women's Swimming & 

Diving Teams Each Fourth After 


One of OAC Championships

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed on day one (today, February 18) of the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship meet at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium. Both teams currently sit in fourth place.

Ohio Northern University's men totaled 87 points on day one and were followed by John Carroll University (62), Mount Union College(35), B-W (33) and Wilmington College (18).

JCU's women totaled 72 points on day one and were followed by ONU (64.5), MUC (40), B-W (28.5) and WC (22).

The top three individuals and the top two relay teams in each event earn All-OAC honors.

On the men's side, B-W's 200-yard freestyle relay team placed second with sophomore Nic Null (Shelby/Mansfield St. Peter's), junior Matt Diamond (Ashtabula/Lakeside), senior Jordan Irwin (Westerville/Westerville South), and junior Ryan Musille (Canton/GlenOak) touching the wall in 1:27.26 seconds. Null just missed earning All-OAC status as an individual, placing fourth in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.74.
Matt Diamond

For the women, freshman Gabby Parker (Girard, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) earned All-OAC honors with a third-place finish of 25.24 in the 50-yard freestyle.
Gabby Parker

Day two prelims begin at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow with finals slated to start to 6 p.m. The meet wraps up on Saturday with start times once again at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Mount Union Women's Swimming 

Set Three Records on First Day

of OAC Championships;

Both Teams in Third Place

By Lenny Reich

The women's 400 Medley Relay team of Katy Alkire, Sarah Noble, Alison Davila and Alyson Kolesar set a school-record and earned All-OAC honors with a second place finish.

(AKRON, OH)--Mount Union's men's and women's swimming and diving teams are competing at the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at The University of Akron.  The Mount Union women's team is in third place setting three school records and the men's team is also in third.

Ohio Northern's men lead after the first day with 87 points followed by John Carroll (62), Mount Union (35), Baldwin-Wallace (33) and Wilmington (18).

On the women's side, John Carroll totaled 72 points followed by Ohio Northern (64.5), Mount Union (40), Baldwin-Wallace (28.5) and Wilmington (22).

The top three individuals and the top two relay teams in each event earn All-OAC honors.

Freshmen Elizabeth Juran (Independence/Independence) and Jocelyn Gaydos (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) along with sophomores Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow) and Sarah Noble (Copley/Copley) finished third in the 200 Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:40.95

Noble then set another school record with a fifth place finish in the 500 Freestyle (5:20.35) and finished her night teaming back up with Kolesar along with freshman Katy Alkire (Akron/Firestone) and sophomore Allison Davila (Middleburg Hts./Midpark) to earn All-OAC honors and set a school-record with a second place finish in the women's 400 Medley Relay (4:09.76).

Junior Matt Carlozzi (Canfield/Canfield) had the Raider men's highlight from the first day as he earned All-OAC honors with a third place finish in the men's 500 Freestyle (4:44.10).


Action restarts tomorrow at 11 am.