A Page -- Feb. 25, 2010

Avon Lake alumna Christine Chiricosta

Tomorrow night's Bowling Green-

Cleveland State tennis match at

River Oaks in Rocky River will be 

more of a "home" match than

"away" one for Falcons No. 1

singles player and Academic

All American Christine 


Feb. 25, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




ROCKY RIVER – Tomorrow night’s non-conference collegiate tennis match between Cleveland State and Bowling Green here at River Oaks Racquet Club will be a “home” event for the Viking women, but it will be more of a “home” dual meet for Bee Gee’s No.1 singles player Christine Chiricosta.



The ESPN At-Large Academic All-American from Avon Lake grew up at River Oaks, hanging out there as an infant while parents Rick and Sheila, both former Division I college tennis coaches, kept up their tennis game as young parents. As she got older, she played and learned the game at River Oaks.


“It will be weird playing an ‘away’ match at the club since I have been going there since I was a baby,” Chiricosta said. “It is the closest to home I have ever played since I started my college career, It really is more of a ‘home’ match than when playing at BG. A lot of friends and family will be there. I hope I can at least give a good showing against Cleveland State’s No. 1.”

Christine Chiricosta



Earlier this spring, Chiricosta, a junior, surpassed the 100-win mark (Combined singles and doubles and tournaments and duals) in NCAA competition. The closest she has played to Cleveland previously has been at the University of Akron, but that is over an hour from her home. Kent does not have a women’s team.


Catrine Bjerrehus is Cleveland State’s No. 1 singles player. Chiricosta defeated her 6-4, 6-1 at the 10-team BGSU Invitational in September. Bjerrehus, a native of Denmark, is 7-12 n singles play this season. She was a 6-1, 6-1 single winner in her most recent match against Robert Morris.

Catrine Bjerrehus


Chiricosta is 14-4 this season after splitting over the weekend, winning against Michigan State and losing against Illinois Chicago.


Chiricosta was also 1-1 over the weekend in doubles with partner Maddy Eccleston. Although they have had success as a new doubles team this year, there is a good chance they won’t be playing as one next years, since Avon Lake High senior Nikki Chiricosta signed a letter of intent to Bee Gee for the next year. The sisters were Division I state doubles champs in 2006.


University Heights native and Beaumont alumna Molly Drake has been playing as the No. 6 singles player and on the No. 3 doubles team for the Vikings. She won in straight sets in singles against Robert Morris and 8-0 in doubles with Maria Lazaris.

Molly Drake


Chiricosta is a secondary education and English major at Bee Gee.

One of top national women's 

baseball players now playing

college softball, Jennifer Hunter,

has Cleveland, Lake County ties

 Feb. 25, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




Jennifer Hunter, the daughter of Collinwood native and Eastlake North alumna Brenda Greathouse Hunter and Cleveland area native Dave Hunter, is currently one of the top hitters on the fast pitch softball team at Brevard Community College, in Melbourne, Fl.


Hunter, who still has Cleveland area and Lake County ties among her aunts and cousins living here, began in regular baseball ( overhand fast pitch hardball) at a young age in the Tampa-St. Pete area, first playing co-ed on predominantly boys’ teams, which eventually led her to the national pool in 2006 as a member of the Team USA, a women’s national baseball (hardball) team. She was ranked by USA Baseball as one of the top 30 girls’ baseball players in the country. Because baseball in the girls/women’s divisions has not picked up much outside the warm weather states, Hunter naturally added fastpitch softball to her repertoire of sports due to its popularity in colleges and high schools in the US.


A freshman infielder, Hunter is batting .362 for the Titans in 20 games so far this season. In 20 games this spring, Hunter has 58 at bats with 21 hits and 13 runs batted in. Among the 21 hits, seven have gone for extra bases – six doubles and a triple.

Jennifer Hunter

She leads the team in doubles and is tied for the top spot in RBIs. Also, her 12 runs scored place her third on the team in that category.


In a 5-4 win over Daytona State College, Hunter drove in a run in the eighth inning to tie the game 4-4 and charge the comeback victory. Then in the nightcap, she clubbed a double and triple, driving in three runs in an 8-4 win.


Hunter batted .500 for Tarpon Springs High School last year.


While with the women’s national baseball team in 2006, she was teammates with members of the 2004 USA World Cup gold medalist team and played in the 2006 tourney in Taiwan that repeated as Gold Medalists.


For trivia buffs, Melbourne, Fl. happens to be the birthplace of the late Jim Morrison, the great American poet and songwriter.

St, Thomas More in Brooklyn going 

after its third city championship this 

school year

Feb. 25, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





BROOKLYN – St. Thomas More’s eighth grade boys’ basketball team is playing in the Cleveland Diocese’s Final Four CYO basketball championship this weekend.


The Wolverines are going after the school’s third city championship this school year. They won the football title in Bedford Bearcat Stadium in the fall and the wrestling title a couple weeks ago.


One of the most storied student/athletic histories in the Cleveland Diocese, STM won four city championships during the 1985-86 school year, a class that included Joe Pickens, Mark Ruddy, and Casey Baker, who were all on the first two St. Ignatius state football championship teams in 1988 and 1989.


Pickens went on to play quarterback for Ohio State and Duke and is now a Columbus area attorney.


Ruddy can claim distinction of having gone undefeated in football for seven consecutive years. The wide receiver’s sixth through eighth grade teams at STM all went undefeated. The Iggy freshman and JV teams went undefeated his freshman and sophomore years in high school, and the Wildcats’ varsity teams went a combined 27-0 in 1988 and 1989, culminating in state championships over Princeton and Moeller, both in the Horseshoe in Columbus.


Ruddy did not taste losing until his freshman year at Northwestern.


There is one other year that is known that STM had garnered city championship in four different sports and it has a current tie. Kyle Daugenti, who scored three touchdowns in the football title game in November, is a member of this eighth grade class. His grandfather Nick played sports at STM in the 1950s when the school won city titles in football, basketball, track and baseball.

The 1986 class claimed championships in football, basketball, wrestling and baseball.

The basketball team topped St. Dom's at Elyria Catholic in the quarterfinals last weekend to qualify for the semis. 

Crimson Outlasts Gold in Men's Basketball Alumni Game
2010 MBB Alumni
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio - Mike Loll made a triumphant return to the hardwood at Oberlin as he carried the crimson squad to an exciting 111-103 victory in the 2010 Men’s Basketball Alumni Game, played on Saturday, February 20.  Loll who missed the second half of his senior year due to an illness poured in a game-high 44 points. 

The Crimson squad got out to an early lead with first half threes from all five members of their team.  They built as much as a 17-point lead, but the gold squad would not be turned away easily.  Cameron Leveritt ‘04Miguel Curl ‘85and James Knight ’01, all connected on big shots late in the first half to cut the halftime deficit to seven points at 53-46.

The Gold team came out of the break firing on all cylinders as they briefly took the lead at 59-58.  Knight scored 25 of his team-high 36 in the frame and Curl added 19 of his 32 points, while going a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe.

Despite the run by the home team, Loll and his Crimson teammates kept pushing the ball for easy baskets wearing down the Gold squad.  With the game close and less than three minutes to play, Crimson guard Colin Sallee’09 hit two monster three pointers to put the game effectively out of reach.  Sallee finished the game 4-of-6 from behind the bonus arc with 14 points.

Chris Broussard
Oberlin crowd favorite and OC record-holder for most 3-pointers makes in a season Jordan Beard ’09 also added 14 points for the Crimson team.  Beard’s teammate, Chris Broussard ’90poured in 23 of his own for the winners on 10-of-21 shooting; while Associate Head Coach Brett Nichols, who battled foul trouble for much of the game chipped in 16.

The Crimson squad shot 49.4-percent (41-of-83)  for the game and connected on 19 triple-hits, eight more than thier Gold counterparts.  The victors also held a slight edge on the glass 34-31 and scored 22 points off of 12 Gold turnovers.

Also competing in the game for the gold team were Julius Hill ’04 and Oberlin assistant coachMitch Gillam. 



Women's Basketball - #25 Mount 

Union Plays Baldwin-Wallace 

Friday in OAC Tourney Semifinals; 


Feb. 25, 2010

By Lenny Reich

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No. 25 ranked Mount Union plays Baldwin-Wallace in the semifinals of the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Friday at 8 pm at The Capital Center in Columbus, Ohio.  The game will be broadcast LIVE on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with LIVE VIDEO and STATS.

Mount Union is in the semifinals for the third time in the last four years, while B-W has made the title game in each of the last two seasons.

OAC Tournament History
Mount Union is making its 25th tournament appearance and has an 19-23 record with one title in 1998 and four runner-up finishes (1994, 1995, 1996, 2001).  Head coach Suzy Venet played on three of those teams including being a senior on the 1998 squad and the Raiders have been in the semifinals now in three of her five seasons as head coach.

Baldwin-Wallace holds a 33-20 tournament record. The Yellow Jackets are one of only four teams to make all 26 tournaments. The Yellow Jackets have the second most OAC tournament titles with five (1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008) been runner up six other times (1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009).

The Series
This is the 73rd meeting between the teams with B-W holding a 38-34 lead in the series.  The teams split their regular season series this season with the Jackets scoring a 65-53 win Alliance on Jan. 6, while Mount Union beat Baldwin-Wallace, 81-78 on Feb. 10 in Berea.

The teams have met previously met five times in the OAC Tournament with the Purple Raiders holding a 3-2 edge. The teams have met in the tournament championship game in 1998 and 2001. 

2007: #6 Mount Union, 65, #3 Baldwin Wallace, 61 (Quarterfinals)
2001: #1 Baldwin Wallace, 73, #6 Mount Union, 66 (Championship)
1998: #1 Mount Union, 84, #3 Baldwin Wallace, 78 (Championship)
1995: #2 Mount Union, 71, #3 Baldwin Wallace, 68 (OT) (Semifinals)
1989: #8 Baldwin Wallace, 70, #9 Mount Union, 58 (First Round)

The Coaches
Suzy Venet (Mount Union ’98) is 75-56 in her fifth season at her Alma mater.  Venet was an All-American for the Purple Raiders and is the conference’s all-time assists leader.  She was an assistant coach at Minnesota State-Mankato then got her first heading coaching job at Manchester (IN) College.  Including her season at Manchester, her career coaching record is 86-72.

Cheri Harrer (Findlay ‘85) is 415-144 in her 20th season as head coach at Wilmington.  She has been named OAC Coach of the Yearfour times (1998, 2000, 2006, 2008) and ranks 16th in Division III in winning percentage and 26th in total wins.

Projected Mount Union Starters
10    Rosa LaMattina    G    5-6    Fr.    Westlake/Westlake    11.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg
15    Tessa Pohovey    G    5-6    Sr.    Strasburg/Tuscarawas Valley    11.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg
24    Kori Wiedt    G    5-5    So.    North Olmsted/North Olmsted    10.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg
23    Amanda Rose    F    5-10    So.    Uniontown/Green    8.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg
45    Lauren Forquer    C     5-10    Jr.    North Canton/Green    8.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg

Scouting the Game
Something has gotta give as this matchup features the OAC second highest scoring team in Mount Union (69.9 ppg) and the team that is second-best in points allowed in B-W (60.4 ppg).  Tuesday’s win against Otterbein was only the second time all season that the Raiders have won a game that they scored less than 65 points (2-4), while Baldwin-Wallace has kept an opponent under 65 points in 18 of its 19 wins.

North Olmsted alumna Kori Wiedt

The Raiders are led by OAC Freshman of the Year candidate Rosa LaMattina at 11.2 ppg along with senior Tessa Pohovey at 11.0 ppg and sophomore Kori Wiedt at 10.6 ppg.  Guard Amanda Schroeder is 5th in the OAC in scoring at 14.5 points per game, while Ariel Brough averages 10.9 ppg with 63 blocked shots to lead B-W.

Up Next ...
The winner of this game will play the winner of a matchup between top-seeded Capital and No. 5 seed Ohio Northern Saturday at 3 pm at The Capital Center.  The tournament winner claims an automatic bid into the 64-team NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship.

2010 OAC Women’s Basketball Tournament
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Quarterfinals (at higher seeds)
All games 7:30 pm
No. 1 Capital 68, Heidelberg 45
No. 2 Mount Union 59, No. 7 Otterbein 56
No. 3 Baldwin-Wallace 68, No. 6 John Carroll 65
No. 5 Ohio Northern 77, No. 4 Wilmington 63

Friday, Feb. 26
Semifinals (at The Capital Center - Columbus, OH)
No. 5 Ohio Northern 77 vs. No. 1 Capital, 6 pm
No. 3 Baldwin-Wallace vs. No. 2 Mount Union, 8 pm

Saturday, Feb. 27
Championship (at The Capital Center)
Semifinal winners, 3 pm
Yeomen Sink The Berg, Men's Tennis Earns 8-1 Win
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By Wes Davis

Obelrin, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s tennis team, with a commanding 8-1 win over Heidelberg University notched their second win of the season.

The Yeomen set the tempo for the match early as they displaced all three Berg doubles pairings. An 8-0 win at No. 3 doubles by Sam Towne and Joe Lefflerput a stamp on doubles action. The Bens are a perfect 5-0 in the No. 1 spot.Ben Godlove and Ben Turchin are at this point in the season untouchable as they defeated Bobby Lochotzki and Cliff Goetz 8-1.

“Our doubles effort was great and really started the match off right. The pairing at No. 3 of Towne and Leffler is working really well. They have formed a solid partnership,” commented head coach Adam Shoemaker.

OC (2-3) controlled the action through singles play only faltering at the No. 3 spot. In the top spot Godlove, who won in straight sets, was the lone Yeomen winner to drop more than three games to a Heidelberg opponent.

Towne put in a good effort in the fourth slot earning a 6-2, 6-1 victory to get back in the win column. Jon Wachtel, inserted into the lineup at No. 6 defeated Tim Hanes 6-1, 6-1.

Shoemaker added, “This was a good team performance from the top of the lineup down and should prove to be a good tune up for our conference match against Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday.”

The Yeomen find themselves back on the court Saturday when they visit OWU in a conference match scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.


Gilmour hosting prep league 

hockey championships this 

weekend; games to be

video streamed

Feb. 25, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




GATES MILLS – Gilmour Academy here will be hosting the Midwest Prep Hockey League playoffs this weekend (Friday through Sunday, Feb. 26-28), which will include 10 teams from this region of the United States and Canada.


In addition to Gilmour’s high school prep hockey team (different from the Varsity A team competing in the high school districts in Kent this and next week), the tourney will include Edge School (Alberta),, Lake Forest Academy (IL), Loyola Academy (IL), National Sports Academy (NY), Ridley College (Ontario), St. Andrews College (Ontario), St. Francis School (NY), Shady Side Academy (PA), and Stanstead College (Quebec).

Facade of the two-ice-sheet Gilmour hockey arena


For fans who cannot make it to the ice haus here at the GA Gates Mills campus this weekend, the games will be streamed (both audio and video) at http://www.ihigh.com/mphl/.


Gilmour’s first game is Friday at 7 against Edge. Gilmour’s prep team is typically in the pool of the top 20 players athletically in the school. The 21-40 pool typically makes up the varsity team competing in the Ohio high school tournament. A good number of players on the prep team wind up playing at Ivy League or other East Coast colleges and five-year prep schools, while others go to other varsity and club college teams once done at Gilmour.


“The objective of the MPHL to provide colleges with well-prepared student athletes that succeed in the college hockey environment,” said John Malloy, the director of coaching for the four-team program and head varsity A coach. at Gilmour. “The league has maintained a competitive level of play throughout the USA and Canada over its history and many former MPHL players dot University rosters around the country.”

Yellow Jacket Junior Guard Ali 

Stack from Vermilion, Firelands 

Hopes to Help B-W Win an

OAC Title

Feb, 25, 2010

By Derron Hamilton

BEREA – Baldwin-Wallace College junior basketball student-athlete Ali Stack is hoping to lead the Yellow Jackets to an Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament title and a spot in next week’s NCAA Division III National Tournament.

“Our goal each season is to win the Division III National Championship,” said Stack, who will lead the 19-7 overall Jackets into an 8:00 p.m. OAC tourney semifinal contest versus arch-rival Mount Union College on Friday (Feb. 26) at 8:00 p.m. at the Capital Center in Columbus. “Every year B-W is a contender for the OAC regular season and OAC Tournament titles.

“We knew coming into this season that we had a young team that did not have a great deal of experience and that we would have to work really hard to reach our goals of winning the OAC titles and making it to the NCAA tourney,” continued Stack, a resident of Vermilion, Ohio and a graduate of Firelands High School.  “Overall, we have made great progress and fell just short of the OAC regular season title. We are hoping that we can play well this weekend and bring home an OAC Tournament title and the automatic berth into the NCAA tourney.”

With its 19-7 overall and 14-4 OAC regular season mark, Stack and the Yellow Jackets tied with Mt. Union for second place and were one game back of first place Capital University’s 15-3 OAC slate.  A win against Mt. Union would vault B-W into the title game against either top-seeded Capital or fifth-seed Ohio Northern University on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 3:00 p.m. in Columbus.

Firelands alumna Ali Stack

“We are excited to go to Columbus to play Mt. Union with a chance to reach the finals,” said Stack, who has started the past three games and averages 4.3 points and 1.7 rebounds-per-game and has 40 assists, 24 steals and 10 three-pointers this season in 17.2 minutes of playing time per game. “We split our season series with Mt. Union, beat ONU twice and lost to Capital twice. We definitely have the talent and ability to win both games. Now we just have to go out and play well and do it.”

Stack’s best game this season came three weeks ago in a 65-52 victory against Muskingum University in New Concord when she scored a career-high 10 points. She also had a career-high eight rebounds in a 73-46 win versus Marietta College and twice has passed for a career-high four assists. For three seasons, Stack’s improvement has been both constant and consistent.

A year ago, Stack saw limited action off the bench as B-W compiled a 22-8 record and advanced to the OAC title game and as far as the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She played in 17 games and averaged 1.4 ppg. in six minutes of action per contest. This season, she served as the backup to point guard Rachel Rossman (Olmsted Falls) and shooting guard Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) until recently moving back into the starting lineup.

Vermilion native Ali Stack

“As the season progressed, Ali just got better and more comfortable,” said veteran 20th-year B-W Head Coach Cheri Harrer<http://www-staged.bw.edu/athletics/wbb/staff/harrer/>, who takes an outstanding 415-144 mark into the game versus Mt. Union. “And, recently, Ali again stepped-up her game so we elevated her back into the starting lineup.

At the beginning of the season, Harrer started Stack because she was one of just five veterans who had experience from last season. As her younger players gained “their legs” and experience, Harrer moved Stack to a role of coming off the bench.

“She definitely added stability to our second group of the rotation that came off the bench,” said Harrer. “Ali does alot of things pretty well. She has good fundamentals and is an intelligent student-athlete.  Ali is a solid student and a member of the Dean’s List, so she utilizes her intelligence to make her a better basketball player.

“Ali also brings a great deal of energy to our team and lineup,” continued Harrer. “Everybody feeds off of her energy. I really feel a big reason for the team success this season is her improved play.  When Ali’s on the floor, a lot of good things happen.”

Stack didn’t mind the role switch, especially if it helps her team.

“I will do whatever it takes to help my team and be a better leader for the team,” said Stack, who carries a 3.532 grade point average in middle childhood education and is a candidate for 2009-10 Academic All-OAC accolades. “I want to contribute on offense and I need to step up more on the defensive end.”

As a freshman in 2007-08, Stack felt the experience of being an OAC champ as B-W won both the OAC regular season and OAC Tournament titles en route to a 27-3 record. The team also advanced to the third round of the NCAA tourney.

“We know what its like to win the OAC title,” said Stack, a two-year letterwinner who will earn her third award this winter. “We know that it takes hard work, dedication, perserverence and commitment as well as chemistry.  We have worked hard all season long to do these things and to get to this point. Now we have to take it to the next level this weekend.”

“We knew that it would take some time for this team to build its chemistry,” said Harrer. The team is a lot closer, the team chemistry is better and everybody is on the same page.  I like the improvement.  Now we have to take it to the next level this weekend and play well versus Mt. Union.  If we do that, then we will have a shot to win a title and accomplish two of our four main goals (national title, NCAA berth, OAC regular season title and OAC Tournament title).”

Fans and media can listen to the game live on campus radio station WBWC, 88.3 FM, and via the Internet at www.wbwc.com. Live video and statistics also will be available by logging onto the B-W Athletics Website atwww.bw.edu/athletics<http://www.bw.edu/athletics>.



February 25, 2010

By Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND - A lot has changed during senior outfielder Phil Keefe's four years on the Case Western Reserve University baseball team.  His first year on campus was also Head Coach Matt Englander's first season at the helm and numbers were down.

Keefe, from Newtonville, Mass., is the only senior on the squad that has played all four years on the diamond for the Spartans. 

"My freshman year we had 16 players (total) and I think we were all pitchers," said Keefe, who finished second on the team in hitting in 2009 with a .373 average.  "Now we have 32 on our roster, 12 of which are pitchers.  Coach Englander and his staff have done a great job."     

Last year, Case Western Reserve's 3-3 finish at the University Athletic Association (UAA) five-day championship was its best since 1995 (4-2, 3rd place) and its tie for second place was the best-ever finish.

The 2010 UAA Championships are March 9-13 in Sanford, Fla. 


"We have a chance to make an impact in the UAA this year," Keefe explained.  "We were just a couple runs away from going 5-1 last year.  This time we want to go down there (Florida) and win.  Hopefully we can then come back (to Northeast Ohio) and win a bunch of games and make the NCAA tournament."

Keefe is a management (finance) major at Case Western Reserve and this past summer he did an internship with Game Plan Financial Advisors, LLC in Westlake, Ohio.  Game Plan is a wealth management group that advises professional/college coaches and NFL executives and their families.

"I learned a lot about professionalism there (Game Plan) and about how to treat the client," Keefe said.  "I also analyzed stocks and exchanged trade funds.  It was great to get out in the field and apply some of the stuff I have learned at Weatherhead (Weatherhead Head School of Management at Case Western Reserve)." 

Keefe is currently seeking professional opportunities in financial consulting or investment banking and hopes to land with one of the big four consultant firms.  

"A big four is the goal, but I just want to start a career at an established company where I can make an impact from day one. I am talking to everyone I can possibly talk to and hopefully I will catch on with a great firm," Keefe said.

The Spartan baseball team began its season last week.  They lost two close games at Averett College on Saturday in Virginia, but bounced back to sweep Guilford College on Sunday in North Carolina.  This weekend they head to Transylvania University in Kentucky for a twin bill on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) and will meet Kenyon College in Chillicothe on Sunday (12:00 p.m.) for another double header.

"Getting games in before the UAA tournament allows us to calm our nerves and gives us a benchmark for what type of team we have," said Keefe about the positive effect of getting games in before traveling to Florida for UAAs.  "After this past weekend, there is a lot of reason to be optimistic."

St. Edward moves into district 

semifinal game with tonight's 

sectional championship victory 

over Rocky River

Feb. 25, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




BROOKLYN --- Just when most hockey fans in the area were about to slam the door shut on St. Edward and write the season off as an “un-Eagle-like” year, the skaters from Detroit and Waterbury have come alive.


St. Ed, which has won a record 11 state championships, has been playing like the Eagles of old the past week as opposed to the series of B/C performances it strung together the first three months of the season, the latest development being advancement to next Wednesday’s district semifinal, thanks to a 6-3 victory over Rocky River in tonight’s sectional championship game here in the Coyne Recreation Center.


The Eagles (17-15-2) will play the winner of Saturday’s sectional championship game between a sputtering Padua team and a slightly surging North Olmsted team. Padua just won for the first time in 51 days Tuesday with a victory over Blue-Division Midview.


“We had a good second period, but other than that I don’t think we played as well as we did the last game,” said St. Ed coach Robbie Whidden. “Hockey is a physical game. These guys are in the weight room all the time. If they are not willing to take the body, they are going to get shot upon and scored upon, which is what happened tonight. We lacked physical intensity. We cannot be giving up 30 shots to a team like this.”


Rocky River (25-8) chalked up the first break of the game when the Eagles’ Danny O’Sullivan went into the box for hooking at 4:04 of the first period.


While the Pirates did not convert on the power play, the man advantage certainly did set up the game’s first goal and an early 1-0 River lead.


River was about to cross through the three lines on the attack with the puck when O’Sullivan left the box and skated across to the St. Ed bench so that the Eagles could send out another skater.


Although it was not a full line and shift change, the Eagles were still transitioning, scrambling to set up in a five-man defense when the Pirates hurried the puck toward the net. There was enough of a lack of rush hour traffic in front of the net for the Pirates to get a clear shot, Max Lurie doing the honors at 6:19 with an assist from Danny Schiau.


The lead stood for four minutes. The Eagles finally put the pressure on and tied it at 10:19 with a Justin Hoyt goal assisted by C.J. Hoy and Ross Kivett.


Only one other penalty followed in the first period, that a tripping on River.  No serious threat ensued during the Eagle power play, but one scrum in front of the net left a few tense seconds although no change on the scoreboard.


However, the Eagles did not let that affect the power-play effort. After a tripping penalty on Luke Riemenschneider, St. Ed scored a power-play goal at 1:26 of the second period with the same line that scored the first one, Hoy getting the goal and Hoyt and Kivett the assists.


Coach Whidden has said he’s needed the other players to increase their +/- ratio when on the ice without Kivett and that’s just what they did when they made it 3-1 on a Riley Egan goal assisted by Clay Jarrell at 6:41.


The Pirates did not fold up though. After a roughing penalty on Mick Bartholomew, River made it 3-2 on a power-play tally by Lurie at 9:17 of the second. Greg Soltes assisted.


Alex Kaserman made it 4-2 at 9:45 with an assist from Hoyt and then Hoyt took a slap shot that bounced off the pads of goalie Bridget Gipper and into the net, making it 5-2, at 10:57. Hoyt’s power-play goal was assisted by Kivett.


After the two teams were even on shots each with nine in the first, St. Ed turned on the jets in the second, outshooting the River boys, 17-7, for a two-period advantage of 26-16.


River regained some momentum in the third period, particularly at the 4:44 mark when Kaserman went in the box for roughing and Kivett for tripping, putting the Pirates iinto a 5-on-3 skate. Although they were being served concurrently, a River power-play goal would have put only one of them back on the ice, but they Eagles were able to strip down the golden opportunity by killing the two minutes.


However, again River took advantage of Eds’ reorganizing in the rush after the power play and put in what was to be its final netter, Lurie attaining the hat trick with the goal. Soltes and Jim McFarland registered the assists.


“We did a good job of keeping up with it at the end of those power plays, but we can’t give up three-power play goals to St, Ed or any other Red North team,” said River coach Chris Cogan. “We can’t score if we are in the box. We really gave up a lot of shots in that second period. Bridget had a rough night, but I can’t complain about her getting 33 saves against a team like St. Ed.”


The final goal came shortly after River was called for covering the puck in the crease. The Eagles were awarded a penalty shot. Kivett scored the penalty shot at 12:30 of the third.

Softball Field to be Rededicated in Honor of the Late Mary J. Culhane
Culhane Field Scoreboard
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – Softball became a varsity sport at Oberlin College in the year 2000 with the John W. Heisman Club providing funding for the construction of the field.  At the time of the program’s inception, it was decided that the field be named after a pioneer in women’s athletics at Oberlin, Mary J. Culhane. 

A proper scoreboard that bears her name was to be added at a later date and that vision will come to life this spring through the generosity of the Heisman Club and Cris Smith, class of ’68. 

Prior to the April 10th contest against Wittenberg, a ceremony will take place to honor Culhane and all she did for Oberlin athletics. 

Culhane came to Oberlin as an educator in 1956 when the College offered physical education as a major.  Her career was impressive and through the years her roles within the athletic department broadened to include women’s athletic director, women’s indoor and outdoor track coach, volleyball coach, swim coach and synchronized swimming coach.  She was at the forefront of the movement to form the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), one of the first collegiate conferences to be fully co-educational from its inception.

Culhane was an important figure to alumni and students at the College, as a mentor, a coach and an advocate for women’s athletics.  She also continued to set an example of her commitment to sports and fitness in her later years, successfully competing in masters swimming.  The Heisman Club, along with her extensive supporters, has long lobbied to have the existing scoreboard enhanced so that it clearly bears her name. 

Unfortunately, Culhane will not able to see the dedication of the new scoreboard as she recently passed away on December 31, 2009.

2010 OAC Indoor Track and Field 

Championships to kickoff Friday in 


Feb. 25, 2010

By Dan May

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MARIETTA, Ohio  — The Ohio Athletic Conference's best will descend on Marietta College's Dyson Baudo Recreation Center this weekend for the 2010 OAC Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship. The league's 10 schools will compete in 38 events over a two-day period Feb. 26-27. The top three relay teams and individuals earn All-OAC honors for the 2010 season. [Championship Site]

Friday’s competition will begin at 1:30 p.m., while Saturday’s events will start at 10:00 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for non-OAC students. Two-day passes are available for $8. OAC students will be admitted free of charge. Official results will be posted online as the individual events complete. 

Ohio Northern University swept the 2009 OAC Indoor Championship, which was hosted by Capital University. The Polar Bear men, who captured their fourth title in school history, finished with 183.5 points. Heidelberg University placed runner-up with 137 points, while Mount Union College was third with 118 points. Baldwin-Wallace College (68.5), Otterbein College (51), Marietta (46.5), John Carroll University (32), Capital (28), Wilmington College (22.5) and Muskingum University (15) rounded out the men's team standings.

The Polar Bear women captured their first title in school history after finishing with 147 points. Otterbein was runner-up with 104.5 points, while Baldwin-Wallace took third with 92.5 points. Marietta (91), Capital (84),  John Carroll (52), Heidelberg (47), Wilmington (39), Mount Union (34) and Muskingum (11) followed in fourth through tenth, respectively.

Three previous special award winners return for the men's championship in 2010, including Heidelberg senior Julius Higginbotham, who was named both the Don Frail Sprinter of the Meet and the Bud Yoest Field Athlete of the Meet in 2009. Higginbotham was also awarded the Bud Yoest Field Athlete of the Meet in 2008. The 2008 and 2009 Long Jump champion is the top seeded in that event. He is also seeded third in the Triple Jump and fifth in the 55m Dash, which he won in 2009. 

Muskingum junior Demetrius Bailey shared Bud Yoest Field Athlete of the Meet honors with Higginbotham in 2008 and is back as a two-time defending champion in the Triple Jump. Bailey is the top seed in the Triple Jump, while seeded ninth in the Long Jump and 13th in the High Jump.

Ohio Northern senior Alan Bowsher, the 2009 Distance Athlete of the Meet, returns as the 3,000m Run championship. Bowsher enters the championship as the top seed in both the 3,000m Run and 5,000m Run. 

Seven other male competitors will look to defend their individual event titles from 2009. Capital junior Cory Trump will try to win the High Jump for a third straight season. Mount Union has a pair of returning champions, junior Ty Griffin in the 1,000m Run and senior Judd Lutz in the Shot Put. Heidelberg junior Seth Robertson is back to defend his title in the 400m Dash. Otterbien sophomore Austin Curbow returns as the 55m Hurdles champion. Ohio Northern junior Andrew Lammers is the defending champion in thePole Vault. In addition, Baldwin-Wallace junior Kevin Phipps will defend his crown in the Weight Throw.

The women's championship will also feature all three of the its special award winners from a year ago as well as another from 2008.

Wilmington senior Callen Martin, the 2009 Fred Raizk Sprinter of the Meet, returns to compete in three events. Martin is the top seed in both the 55m Dash, which see won in 2007, and the 200m Dash while seeded sixth in the Long Jump.

Heidelberg senior Judy Bataille, the 2008 Fred Raizik Sprinter of the Meet, will look to win her third straight 55m Dash title in 2010. She is seeded second behind Martin in the event as well as fourth in the 200m Dash. 

Ohio Northern senior Rachel Smith returns as the 2009 Julie Zajac Distance Athlete of the Meet. Smith, who captured the individual crown in the Mile Run last year, will defend her title in that event as the fifth seed and also compete in the 1,000m Run as the sixth seed.
Jackson alum Aubrey Loy

Mount Union senior Aubrey Loy, the 2009 Phil Gordon Field Athlete of the Meet, will compete in four events at the championship. Loy, who is the top seed in both the Long Jump and Triple Jump, will look to defend her individual title in the Long Jump. She is also seeded fourth in the 55m Dash and entered as a wild card in the 200m Dash.

Six other female student-athletes will be attempting to defend or reclaim event titles in 2010. Ohio Northern senior Courtney Zupancic has won the last two Weight Throw titles, while her junior teammate Aubrie Stechschulte is the 2009 champion in the Pole Vault. Capital returns a pair of 2009 champions, sophomore Kwesi Seabrook in the 400m Dash and junior Emily Goerig in the Shot Put. Baldwin-Wallace junior Kimberly Chinn is back after winning the 1,000m Run title a year ago. In addition Heidelberg senior Jamie Depinet is attempting to recapture the 400m Dash title after winning the event in 2007.