A Page -- Feb. 26, 2010


With healthy U. of Buffalo-bound Bill 

Michaels on the mound and Jack 

Hannum returning to the hill, 

Lakewood hopes to rebound in NEO 


Feb. 26, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





LAKEWOOD – If sheer numbers plays a factor, Lakewood’s baseball team is sure to have enough competition within the squad that if transferred to the outer circles that it would be able to compete in its division in the Northeast Ohio Conference.


Coach Chris Lamphear has 28 freshmen out for the team this year and while there is no substitute for experience, at least it is good for him to know that young boys in this town are hungry to succeed in baseball.


He is going to need to find someone to step up from that group or other youngsters to fill gaps in two of the four key defensive positions.


“If we stay healthy, we can compete because of our top two starting pitchers,” said Lamphear. “We have a lot of holes to fill; most importantly we need to find a bona-fide catcher and competent second baseman.”


The top two starters returning on the mound are Bill Michaels and Jack Hannum. Lamphear will be handing them the ball often in hopes of improving upon the 3-7 conference record from last year.


Hannum made 13 pitching appearances with six starts, posting a 4-4 record in 38 innings. He had a 4.9ERA with 33 strikeouts. Unfortunately, Michaels was injured last year, but already has a proven track record and his return will only make the Rangers stronger. Michaels has already committed to play MAC baseball at Buffalo next year.


Also the starting shortstop, Hannum is one of the better hitters on the team, batting at a .367 clip last year with nine doubles, 19 RBIs, 17 runs scored.


The top returning hitter for the Rangers is Alex Rerko, who batted .413 with seven doubles and 30 runs scored. Rerko, also a senior, pitches and plays the infield. He is one of the more durable players on the team, nearly setting the single season record for most at bats in a season at LHS.


Another key bat returning for the Rangers is senior first baseman Brian Wick, who batted .317 with a couple doubles and five RBIs.


Senior outfielder Conor McKee is another returning letterman who batted.269 with two doubles, a home run and six runs scored.


“With two of our top pitchers and two of our top hitters returning, we should have a decent amount of hitting and pitching, but could always use more of both,” Lamphear said. “We need to hit the ball better and manage in-game situations. We really need to work on the mental side of the game.


As far as the two key defensive spots go, the top two guys competing at catcher are Ryan Carpenter and David Reulbach. At second base: Danny Hartsel, Julio Santana, Alex Rerko, and Danny Harrington are front-runners.


Elsewhere, at shortstop, the Rangers have: Jack Hannum, Alex Rerko, Danny Harrington as the frontrunners; at third Base: Alex Rerko, Danny Hartsel, and Danny Harrington are the  frontrunners; and in left-field: Joe Cooper, Chris Beilopetrovich, Matt Piter, and Michael Gonzalez are competing.

Mike Shestina, son of Rangers' quarterback Dave Shestina (from the early 1980s), will also offer senior leadership in center field and on the mound. Shestina is a two-year letterman.


The Rangers will begin the season by hosting the Tony DiBiasio, Jr./Jerry Gruss Tournament the first weekend of the season (April 1-3).


Since Gruss passed away three years ago, the Rangers are 23-33 in two seasons under Lamphear, including finishing just shy of .500 last year at 12-16.


In addition to a divisional championship, the Rangers area hoping to at least make the districts this year after winning a first-round sectional game over Rhodes before bowing out in the final to Valley Forge last year.


Baldwin-Wallace Softball

Team Looks to Compete 

for OAC Title in 2010

Feb. 26, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA --  Baldwin-Wallace College softball Head Coach Tom Spencer expects the 2010 edition of the Yellow Jackets to build on its 24-16 finish a season ago and compete for a spot in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament and ultimately an OAC title this spring.

"Our goals for the year are simple," noted Spencer, who has a 111-91 record in five seasons and two stints at B-W. "We want to win more games than we won last season and we want to qualify for the OAC Tournament with a chance to win an OAC title. Our win total has improved each season since I've been back and we are looking to do that again this year."

Spencer returns 12 letterwinners and six starting position players as well as his top three pitchers from last season.

Look for the B-W lineup to be led by ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-District IV junior catcher Tanya Davis (Hinckley/ Medina Highland) and NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-Central Region senior outfielder Mallory Kobak (Independence).

Highland alumna, academic all district Tanya Davis

Davis batted .382 last season and led the team with 40 runs scored and 16 doubles. She also recorded three homeruns, three triples, 39 runs batted-in and nine stolen bases in 11 attempts. Davis earned both first-team All-OAC and first-team NFCA all-region honors as a freshman in 2008.

"Tanya is the best pure hitter I've ever coached," said Spencer, who also coached at NCAA Division I Butler (Ind.) University and then at Notre Dame College of Ohio before returning to B-W. "She consistently gets the bat on the ball and makes solid contact."

Kobak batted a team-best .404 in the leadoff spot and set B-W single-season records with 59 base-hits and 34 stolen bases. Her 34 steals and six triples also led the OAC.

"Mallory is our leadoff hitter and really makes us go," said Spencer. "The rest of the lineup feeds off of what she does at the top."

Independence alum Mallory Kobak

The Yellow Jackets also return All-OAC senior outfielder Chelsea Saunders (Medina/ Highland), junior shortstop Katrina Resek (Strongsville), senior second baseman Lauren Sabolik (Strongsville) and senior third baseman Megan Coyne (Valley City/ Keystone).

Saunders earned honorable mention All-OAC status after finishing second on the team with a .392 batting average and leading the Jackets with a .448 on-base percentage. She also scored 30 runs, drew 13 walks and was successful on 10-of-11 stolen base attempts. Resek hit .302 with 18 runs scored, four doubles, two triples, three homeruns, and 18 RBI. Sabolik started all 40 games and batted .216 with three doubles, four homeruns, and 15 RBI. Coyne hit .325 with 18 extra base-hits and 25 RBI.

On the mound, expect sophomore Sarah Baker (Mentor/ Lake Catholic) to once again anchor the B-W pitching staff. She led the team with a 2.36 earned run average, a 12-8 record, four shutouts, 16 complete-games, and 133.2 innings pitched. She also was named the OAC Pitcher of the Week after posting back-to-back shutouts at the Maryville (Tenn.) Tournament in late March.

B-W's pitching staff also will feature juniors Mackenzie Rohrbacher (Sandusky/ Senior) and Alyssa Brosious (Westfield, N.Y./ Westfield Academy and Central School). Rohrbacher had a 10-7 record with a 2.80 ERA and a team-high 72 strikeouts. Brosious came onlate in the season and finished with a 2-1 mark and a 3.45 ERA in 22.1innings pitched.

Lake Catholic alum Sarah Baker

"We need our pitches all to come through when we call on them," said Spencer. "If one our of pitches is having a bad day, someone else will need to step up and perform."

The B-W roster also contains six newcomers with infielder Katie Finley (Vermilion) and freshman outfielder Morgan Brasee (Wellington) expected to held solidify the Jacket lineup.

The Yellow Jackets open the 2010 season on their annual spring break trip to Tucson, Arizona from March 7-11 where they will play in the Tucson Invitational Games (www.tigsports.com). B-W opens play against Madonna (Mich.) University on March 7 at 8:00 a.m. and then plays Peru State (Neb.) College at 2:30 p.m. Overall, B-W plays 10 games on the trip.

The first northern action is on March 27 when B-W opens OAC play with a double-header at rival Capital University at Clowson Field in Columbus at 1:00 p.m. The Yellow Jacket home-opener is March 30 versus the College of Wooster at 3:30 p.m. at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Field.

Green's Lauren Forquer's 15, 

Westlake's Rosa LaMattina's 13 

propel  #25 Mount Union into 

OAC  Championship Game

With 71-61 Win Over


Feb. 26, 2010

By Lenny Reich 

(BEREA, OH)--Mount Union put together a 13-5 run late which capped a 48 point second half as the Purple Raiders scored a 71-61 win tonight over Baldwin-Wallace in the semifinals in the Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament at The Capital Center in Columbus.


Green alumna Lauren Forquer

Lauren Forquer (North Canton/Green) scored a season-best and game-high 15 points while Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) scored all 13 of her points in the second half and Tessa Pohovey (Strasburg/Tusky Valley) had 11 points to lead Mount Union to its first OAC Championship game for the first time since 2001.

The Raiders will play top-seeded Capital, a 67-59 winner over No. 5 seed Ohio Northern, in Saturday's 3 pm title game with the winner claiming the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Amanda Schroeder had 14 points and Ariel Brough had 12 to lead Baldwin-Wallace.

Baldwin-Wallace was in control in the first half leading 31-23 at the half.  Mount Union converted 10-of-35 shots (28.6-percent) in the period.

Mount Union scored the first eight points of the second half and the game went back and forth until the decisive run. 

Cleveland State to host Wright 

State in men's hoops at the 

'Stein tomorrow

By Brian McCann

Game 31
Wright State (19-10, 12-5) at Cleveland State (14-16, 9-8)
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
Site: Goodman Arena (8,500), Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: WHKW 1220 AM (Cleveland) & WHKZ, 1440 AM (Warren) (Al Pawlowski)
TV: SportsTime Ohio (Mike Cairns & Franklin Edwards)
Promo: Family Value Saturday: Free Kid     Zone & Dollar Dogs At Concession Stands.
Series: WSU Leads, 27-24
Last Meeting: @WSU 73, CSU 64 (12/3/09)
Tickets: $8, $15 & $25

SETTING THE SCENE:  A first round home game in next week's Horizon League Championship will be on the line when Cleveland State closes out the regular season against Wright State on Saturday, Feb. 27 beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  The game will be televised throughout Ohio by SportsTime Ohio with Mike Cairns and Franklin Edwards providing the commentary.  The Vikings (14-16, 9-8) come into the game needing either a CSU victory or Detroit loss at Youngstown State in order to host a first round game on Tuesday (March 2).  Wright State (19-10), 12-5) has won four straight league games to clinch the No. 2 seed in the tournament, earning themselves a bye through the first two rounds and into the semi-finals.  This will be the 52nd series meeting with the Raiders holding a slim 27-24 lead in the all-time series, including a 73-64 decision in Fairborn, OH in early December.

CSU IN THE NCAA STATS:  Cleveland State received several mentions in the most recent NCAA men's basketball statistics, which were released on Monday (Feb. 22).  As a team, the Vikings are 15th nationally in steals (8.9), 19th in free throw percentage (.745), 22nd in turnover margin (+3.6) and 57th in turnovers per game (12.4).  Individually, D'Aundray Brown ranks 13th nationally in steals (2.6 spg).

CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDING:  With one game to go in the regular season, the Vikings can still finish as high as third or as low as seventh in the regular season standings.  A win over Wright State guarantees the Vikings a first round home game and a seeding from anywhere between No. 4 and No. 6.  A loss would drop the Vikings to 9-9 on the year and because they do not have any of the tiebreakers with either Detroit (8-9) or Milwaukee (9-9), the only way CSU can lose and host would be if Detroit loses at Youngstown State on Saturday.  If CSU, Milwaukee and Detroit finish tied at 9-9, Detroit would get the No. 5 seed and Milwaukee would be the No. 6 seed, hosting CSU for a first round game.  If Milwaukee wins on Saturday and CSU and Detroit finish tied, then the Vikings will travel to Detroit for a first round game.

BROWN STARTS CLIMB UP STEALS LIST:  With two steals against Detroit, junior D'Aundray Brown increased his league-leading season total to 77.  In the process, he moved past Clinton Ransey (76 in 1986-87) and into seventh on the single season steals chart.  With at least two games to go, Brown could do some additional damage on the CSU chart. At his current rate of 2.6 steals a game, he could challenge Kenny Robertson for third place on the chart (90 steals).  In fact, Brown can impact the league marks as well.  Cedric Jackson holds the top two efforts in Horizon League history, a record 112 last year and 88 in 2007-08.

SENIOR-LESS NIGHT:  Saturday's game against Wright State will be the final regular season home game for the Vikings, a day that is usually set aside to honor those seniors who will be leaving the program. That ceremony won't be needed however as the Vikings have no seniors on the roster, which is something that has not happened at CSU since the 1984-85 season.

COLE PASSES CONSECUTIVE GAME MILESTONE:  The Wright State game will mark the 102nd consecutive game in the playing career of junior Norris Cole, the ninth-longest streak in school history.  The streak covers his entire career as he played in 33 games off the bench as a freshman and has started 68 straight games over the last two seasons (7th longest starting streak in program history).

. . . AND HE PASSED THE 1,000 MINUTE MARK:  With 39 minutes played against Detroit on Thursday, junior Norris Cole became only the third player in school history to record multiple seasons playing 1,000 minutes or more.  Cole, whose 1,213 minutes played last season was the second highest single season total in CSU history, has played 1,014 minutes in 30 games this year, joining Cedric Jackson and J'Nathan Bullock, both of whom accomplished the feat in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

SOMETHING ABOUT MILWAUKEE:  Although the Vikings have done a great job of taking care of the basketball this season, ranking 54th nationally in the latest NCAA stats by committing just 12.4 turnovers a game, there is something about Milwaukee that makes them do an even better job.  In the two games against the Panthers this year, CSU has tied the school record for fewest turnovers in a game in both contests, committing just five each night.  The total equals the previous mark set against both Utica (1/5/85) and Brooklyn (12/30/82).

WOODS FINDS THE RANGE:  Cleveland State has received a big offensive boost off the bench recently from redshirt freshman Charlie Woods. Woods, who scored just 10 points in the first 24 games of the season, has erupted for 28 points over the last six games (4.7 ppg). Included in the total was a career-high 15 points against Toledo on Saturday, a game in which Woods connected on all five three-point attempts he made.  During his current hot streak, Woods has made eight of his 12 three-point attempts, to improve to .500 (10-20) for the season.

NOTES FROM SCOTT:  CSU athletic historian Scott Yaeger provides these notes of interest for this week:
    *    With his five-for-five effort from three-point against Toledo, Charlie Woods set the school record for three-point percentage.  Jamaal Harris held the old record of .875, making seven of his eight attempts against Green Bay (1/25/01).
    *    Woods also became the 12th CSU freshman to make five treys in a game.  The last freshman to accomplish it was Jeremy Montgomery at UIC, 2/5/09.
    *    When Lance James made a trey against Toledo, he became the 10th different Viking to make one this year, tying the school record set in both 2004-05 and 2006-07.
    *    CSU's average of 12.36 turnovers a game this year barely trails the school record of 12.27 set last year.
    *    The Vikings have eight games with single digit turnovers this season, the most in school history.  It tops the old high of seven set in 2008-09.



Lake Catholic wins hockey 

sectional championship over 

Shaker, 5-0

Feb. 26, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



KENT – No. 4 seed Lake Catholic blanked No. 5 seed Shaker Heights tonight for the sectional championship and advance to Monday’s district semifinal here in the college’s ice arena.


The Cougars will play the winner of tomorrow’s Mentor-University School game that was supposed to be played tonight but was postponed due to a school closing in Mentor, which is part of the infamous Lake Effect Snow Belt, but also happens to be where Lake Catholic is located as well.

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Andrew Gazdak had a two-goal game for the Cougars.  Andrew Mitch, John Baucco, and Tommy Michals scored the other goals.


Mitch had two assists, while Gazdak, Brad Rosser, Zach Johnson, Nigel Bennett, Matt London, and Kevin Bruss each had one.


Zach Nowak saved 22 shots to get the shutout. Eric Sterin saved 32 for Shaker.

Gilmour ties St. John, US 

beats Bowling Green in state 

JV hockey tournament

Feb. 26, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




LAKEWOOD – Some games were completed in the state high school state JV hockey championship tournament here tonight in Serpentini Arena, while eight games are slated for tomorrow.


Gilmour tied Toledo St. John, 3-3, while University School was 4-1 winner over Bowling Green tonight.


In the first game of the tourney, Toledo St. John took gain an early edge by taking advantage of Gilmour penalties, opening up a 1-0 lead after one period. The Titans opened up the scoring with a power-play goal by Scott Flowers at 1:53 of the first period.


However, on the strength of the special teams play on the penalty kill, the Lancers got right back into it in the second period, first tying it and then taking the lead.


Gilmour killed one two-minute St. John power play in the first period and then a huge four-minute one that began in the last minute of the first period and carried over into 3;20 of the second frame.


That breath only lasted for a short span as the Lancers found themselves in another shorthand situation, but this time capitalized on it.


Alex Haluska scored a short-hand goal at 5:09 of the second to tie it for Gilmour. Nick Aleva and C.J. Valerian assisted. They then killed the rest of the penalty.


Gilmour took a 2-1 lead at 10:48 of the second on Haluska’s second goal of the evening. Ryan Drake and Aleva assisted.


The Titans tied it up again at the 13-mintue mark on a Scott Senci goal.


The Lancers killed another power-play of St. John’s in the third, but the Titans took a 3-2 lead on an even-strength tally by Senci at 11:27.


Not to be outdone, the Lancers tied it at 12:34 of the third on a goal by Aleva that was assisted by Kevin Rizzo and Valerian.


Gilmour (30-4-1) brought only nine players to the game since a good number of the Varsity B team (JV) players were on a Catholic Retreat for the weekend.


St. John had six power plays and Gilmour none.


“I thought we could have had at least one,” said Gilmour coach Mike Tinik. “We were so short on players anyway that we could have used a power play, but at least we did a good job of killing most of theirs and getting the shorthand goal. At least we came away with the tie and are still alive to win the state as of the end of tonight:”


On the other sheet, US took a 2-0 lead in the second period when Tyler Dalton nailed home a shot from the top of the right circle with an assist from Jared Rubin at 7:37.


It turned out to be the winning goal as US went on to win 4-1.


CSU's Charlotte Gibbons, Cat 

Bjerrehus chill BG's top tennis player 

Christine Chiricosta's return to 

Cleveland; rest of Falcons make 

Vikings' Brian Etzkin wait two more 

days for 100th coaching win

 Feb. 26, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




ROCKY RIVER – In a Division I college tennis match that was a home match for both Cleveland State and Bowling Green No. 1 singles and half No. 1 doubles player Christine Chiricosta, the Vikings came up just short in victorious singles and doubles matches to give coach Brian Etzkin his100th career win as a women’s coach, as BG was able to dominate the middle singles matches for the team victory.


Etzkin had already surpassed the century mark as a men’s tennis coach for the Vikings earlier this season and has a combined 206 college wins, but will have to wait un til Sunday when the Vikings host Toledo and Oakland.


Chiricosta, the Avon Lake High alumna who has played many a match throughout her juniors career here at River Oaks Racquet Club, was in quite a doubles match with partner Maddy Eccleston and the Vikings. No. 1 team of Catrine Bjerrehus and Charlotte Gibbons.


The CSU duo took an early 2-1 lead, but Chiricosta and Eccleston started getting hot  during the fourth and fifth points to take a 3-2 lead. They then went up 4-3, 5-4, and 6-5, before Bjerrehus and Gibbons turned it around and got hot at the end to win the last three points and take the match, 8-6.

Charlotte Gibbons

CSU's Charlotte Gibbons


CSU also won, 8-4, at third doubles and. Bee Gee won at second doubles, 8-4.


Chiricosta had defeated Bjerrehus at first singles in the fall in two sets, but this one was a closer one and on a different surface, favoring the Danish Bjerrehus who won in two close sets.


“The bounces are different indoors and especially with Cat, who plays the big serve,” Chiricosta said. “Besides that, she also played much better tonight. She came out firing and wanted revenge. I also beat her last year in doubles in addition to the fall in singles so she just wanted to get me back."

BGSU vs IPFW - Jan 30, 2010 - Doug Sampson photo



Chiricosta had a fairly large contingent of fans made up of friends and family members to cheer her on but said that it did not affect her play at all.


They went back and forth in the first set before Bjerrehus sneaked out with a 7-5 win.


Then Chiriscosta went up in the second set only to have a tenacious Bjerrehus came back for another 7-5 win.

Catrine Bjerrehus



Meanwhile, CSU won the second through fifth singles, matches with Katia Bablina, Sam Kintezel, Eccleston and Jess Easdale. 

B-W Women Third, Men Ninth After 

Day One of 2010 OAC Indoor

Track & Field Championships

By Nick Minerd

BEREA – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s indoor track and field team currently stands in third place and the men’s team ranks ninth after day one (Friday, February 26) of the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted byMarietta College at the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center in Marietta, Ohio.

On the women’s side, Ohio Northern University currently leads with 39 points and is followed by Mount Union College (27), B-W (21), Marietta College (20), Otterbein College (14), Heidelberg University and Wilmington College (12), John Carroll University (10) and Capital University (1). 

Ohio Northern also leads in the men’s standings with 38 points and is followed by Heidelberg (31), Capital (22), Mount Union (19.5), Otterbein (18.5), John Carroll (17), Wilmington (16), Muskingum (14), Muskingum (8), B-W (11) and Marietta (8). 

For the B-W women, the distance medley relay team placed first in a season-best time of 12:18.30. The team of senior D’Arcy Hlavin (Berea), freshman Tess Hoogeveen (Westerville/South), sophomore Julie Kotesovec (Litchfield/Medina Buckeye) and junior Kim Chinn (Zanesville/West Muskingum) also set a facility record with their time. 

For the women individually, junior Emily Oliver (Waynesburg/Sandy Valley) placed third in the high jump, clearing a personal-best height of five feet, two and one half inches to earn All-OAC honors.  Freshman Sarah Rospert (Milan/Edison) earned a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:50.54. 

For the men, freshman Jeremy Harris (Beachwood) placed fifth in the pole vault with a mark of 13’9.75”. The men’s DMR team of sophomore Tom Wilkin (Powell/Olentangy Liberty), sophomore Dan Sloat (Medina/Senior), senior Jimmy Eberts (North Canton/Hoover) and sophomore Drew Beck (Canandaigua, N.Y./Canandaigua Academy) finished fourth in a time of 10:37.86.

The OAC Championship Meet resumes tomorrow with action beginning at 10:00 a.m. For complete coverage, visit the OAC Website atwww.oac.org

Oberlin Records a Plethora of Wins at Denison
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By Mike Mancini

Granville, Ohio – It was an outstanding effort for both the Oberlin College men’s and women’s track and field teams on Friday evening at the Denison University Last Chance Meet as both squads recorded multiple wins and top times. 

“It was a great tune-up for the conference meet next weekend,” Head CoachRay Appenheimer said. “I was glad to see everyone perform well and show they are prepared for conference championships.” 

Thomas Shaw and his sister Clara Shaw each won the 800 meters with Thomas checking in at 2:02.32 while Clara finished with a mark of 2:16.95. In fact the Yeowomen claimed the top three spots in the event as first-year standouts Hannah Combe (2:21.95) and Marissa Clardy (2:22.27) finished second and third, respectively. 

Other Yeowomen highlights included Cordelia Revells winning the 3,000 meters in 10:41.69 and Laura Vernon touching the tape first in the 400 meters at 1:02.53. Vernon also cleared 10 feet in the pole vault in to place second overall. 

Lorain, Ohio, native Shawn Chrapczynski was victorious in the 55 meters with a time 6.73. Solomon Turner, who like Chrapczynski is also a member of the Oberlin football team, won the 200 meters in 22.99. 

Sophomore Stephen Williams added a win in the mile by completing the course in 4:31.44, and freshman Alex Guo covered a season-best 43-05 in the triple jump to take the top spot. 

Madeline SchultzRyann McChesney and Josh Gallagher will be competing in tomorrow’s NCAC Multi-Event Championships at Oberlin. The other members of the team will rest up for the conference meet which is slated to start next Friday.