A Page -- Feb. 28, 2011

Andrea Nicholson
Avon Lake's Andy Nicholson

Avon Lake High alumna Andy Nicholson 

set to start another season as Grand 

Valley State's chief pitcher

Feb. 28, 2011  -- 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Avon Lake High alumna Andy Nicholson has splitting time in the mound with two other hurlers, but among the three Grand Valley pitchers, ovee the past two seasons she has seen most action – in terms of starts, complete games and appearances—and is the front runner to start on the mound when GVS begins its season Saturday..

A former Southwestern Conference and Lorain County MVP, as well as player of the year for several area newspapers while pitching for the Shoregals, Nicholson started 19 of Grand Valley’s 46 games in 2010, posting a record of 8-9 with 13 complete games in 113 innings pitched in her second season of collegiate softball.\


In 2010, Nicholson, struck out 69, walked 39 and given up 51 earned runs.

Still, Nicholson did not readily yield the long ball really at all. Of the all home runs given up by Grand Valley pitching in 2010, only one was off Nicholson, who faced 457 batters compared to a combined 720 by the other pitchers on the club.

The pre-med major, was an instant regular at Grand Valley as a rookie in 2009, turning in a 5-2 record that included a one-hitter.

More importantly, Nicholson earned Scholar/Athlete honors, which carried over from ALHS, where she was a National Honor Society student.

Nicholson is one of only two gals from Ohio on the Lakers’ team. All other team members are from either Michigan or Illinois.

The Lakers will open up Sunday in Clermont, Florida against Post.

Mount Union adds tourney title to regular season 

league wrestling championship

By Lenny Reich

ADA — No. 8-ranked Mount Union won the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestling Championships Saturday at the ONU Sports Center.

The victory was the 11th in program history and the first for the Purple Raiders since 1997.

It also snapped a string of five consecutive team titles for Heidelberg, who finished second.

Josh Malave, Luth. West alum and 141-pound champ

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Massillon's Jamil 
Named Freshmen Field Athlete of the Year, Storm Men 5th in GLIAC Debut

PAINESVILLE – Freshman high jumper Edward "Jamil" Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Freshman Field Athlete of the Year after winning the men’s event at the 2011 GLIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships which concluded Saturday (Feb. 26) at the James E. O’Neill, Jr. Arena in Saginaw, Mich.


Dudley, who cleared 6’ 11” to win, and sophomore Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) each won individual GLIAC championships as the men finished in fifth place as a team with 68 points in their league meet debut.  The Storm women were eighth with 30 points.

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Spartan Swimmers Compete at Midwest Invitational in Chicago


By Nick Minerd

CHICAGO – Select members of the Case Western Reserve University men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams looked to reach or improve NCAA qualifying marks at the Midwest Invitational Last Chance Meet on Friday and Saturday, February 25-26 at Myers-McLoraine Pool.


For the women, freshman Maggie Dillione (Newton, PA/Council Rock North) improved her B-Cut time in the 100-yard butterfly and re-set her own school record with a mark of 57.41. Dillione also hit a B-Cut in the 200 fly with a time of 2:06.07.

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Spartan Women’s Tennis Tops Saint Mary’s College (IN), 7-2


SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH – The Case Western Reserve University women’s tennis team swept doubles and took the top-four singles matchups, improving to 4-2 on the season with a 7-2 dual match win over Saint Mary’s College (IN) on Saturday, February 26 at the Cleveland Skating Club.


The Spartans were snowed out yesterday against Youngstown State University, but rebounded from back-to-back defeats to hand Saint Mary’s its second loss of the season (0-2).

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Spartan Men’s Tennis Posts Perfect Saturday with 

Wins over Hope College (MI) and No. 23 Whitewater


KALAMAZOO, MI – The Case Western Reserve University men’s tennis team picked up a pair of dual match wins on Saturday, February 26 against Hope College (MI) and theUniversity of Wisconsin-Whitewater on the campus of Kalamazoo College (MI). 

The Spartans swept Hope 9-0 before defeating the 23rd-ranked Warhawks in a tight one, 5-4, at the Markin Racquet Center. The Spartans improved to 3-3 overall on the season with the wins.


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Oberlin loses tight battle with Luther

By Wes Davis

Greencastle, Ind. - The Oberlin College women's tennis team traveled to DePauw University for a weekend of tennis action.  Saturday afternoon the squad took on Luther College (IA) in a marathon match lasting five hours which saw the Yeowomen narrowly fall 5-4.

Luther finished the 2010 season as the 25th ranked team in the country and entered today's match with a 13-2 record from their fall competition.  

In doubles action the Yeowomen found themselves down 2-0 to start the contest as they dropped the No. 3 and No. 1 match ups.  Ariel Lewis and Farah Leclercq were edged out by Alana Humpal and Katie Nichols 8-6 in the top spot.

The combination of Finley Gates and Brenna Sheldon were 9-7 winners in the second slot defeating Fran Fairchild and Katy Lindstrom.

Finley Gates

Oberlin quickly found themselves in a 3-1 hole after losing the No. 4 singles match.  The Yeowomen would rebound and even the team score at three all with wins in the top two spots.

"This was a well played college tennis match between two good teams.  All the matches were really tightly contested, we let up a bit in a match or two and we experienced some momentum changes that may have cost us this match.  We will look to recover as quickly as possible and prepare for another competitive match tomorrow against a really good DePauw team", said head coachConstantine Ananiadis.

Lewis notched her tenth win of the season when she defeated Humpal in the first singles position.  After easily winning the first set (6-0), Lewis dropped the second but rallied for a 6-1 win in the third.

At the No. 2 singles slot Leclercq also found herself in a three set match eventually winning by a scoreline of 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 earning her tenth win of the season as well.

The match stood at 4-4 after an incredible effort from Gates at third singles.  She narrowly edged out Cassandra Calhoub 7-6 (7-4) in the first set before dropping the second 6-2.  With the match even at a set apiece it looked as if Calhoub was enroute to sealing the victory with a 5-2 lead in the third set.  Gates was able to hold off four match points and swing momentum stealing the set, winning 7-5

Defending champ Rocky River moves 

into St. Joe district semis; McCue scores 

13 as Pirates double up in juicing of 


Defending district champion Rocky River will be playing in Thursday’s district semifinal game in St. Joseph Academy Gymnasium after its 49-24 win over Orange.


Hannah McCue led the Pirates’ effort in squeezing Orange for the sectional championship victory by scoring a baker’s dozen.


Allyson Helleis dripped out nine points and Ciara Kessler pealed the nets for eight points for the Pirates, while the rest of the River scoring was a little pulp here and there.

In the semis, the Pirates will face Beaumont, a 62-29, winner over Chagrin in the sectional finals.

Greenmen's Cinderella season finally comes to an end with a sectional loss to CVCA

Aurora’s basketball team, which won 16 games this season (three times more than it won last season), finally had its surprise season come to an end in falling to CVCA in the sectional finals.

Schroeder (L) and Howard

For the Greenmen, Allison Howard had 13 points, Camilla Brown 12 and Heather Schroeder 11.


Gilmour reaches 20-win plateau with 

sectional rout over Richmond

Jess Janota scored 18 points while Brittany Layton and Abbey Deckerd each scored a baker’s dozen to lead Gilmour’s basketball team to a sectional championship over Richmond Heights,. 60-29.

The victory makes the Lancers 20-game winners on the season.

In the battle of the S'es, Stow nips Solon

Solon closed out its regular season for boys’ basketball with a tight 59-58 loss to Stow.

Chris Cromity had 15 points, Nate Brillhart 11 and Brandon Marshall 10 for the Comets.

Spartan Women Finish Fourth, Men Seventh at UAA 

Indoor Championships

CHICAGO – The Case Western Reserve University men's and women's track & field teams wrapped up action at the 2011 University Athletic Association Indoor Championship on Sunday, February 27. 

The Spartan women were fourth, tying their outdoor finish from a year ago as the best in school history. The Spartan men were seventh.

Emory University (GA) won the team title on the women’s side with 119.50 points and was followed by Washington University (MO) with 109.50, host University of Chicago at 99.50 and Case Western Reserve with 55.

For the Spartans, junior Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) won the high jump in her first track & field competition of the season with a mark of 1.63 meters. Hollinger just completed her season with the Spartan women's basketball team yesterday.

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Yeomen Tennis Defeats Heidelberg

By Wes Davis

Oberlin - The Oberlin men's tennis squad returned to the courts in John W. Heisman Field House after a week of preparation to defeat Heidelberg University this afternoon 7-2.

Joe Leffler and Logan Chun started the match off on the right foot notching the first win in doubles play defeating Ryan Earl and Zach Schwenning 8-2.

Hitting in the No. 3 double spot for the first time this season Sam Towne and William Broderick were 8-3 winners over Dorian Kempf and Matt McDivitt.

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B-W Women’s Tennis Team Falls, 7-2, at Kenyon 

in Final Match Before Spring Trip

GAMBIER, OHIO –  The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team lost 7-2 to host Kenyon College of the North Coast Athletic Conference today (Sunday, February 27, 2011) at the Jasper Tennis Center. 

With its loss, B-W drops to 4-3 overall prior to department this Friday, March 4 on its annual spring break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina where it will play six matches in four days.

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Oberlin Women's Tennis Concludes Weekend Action with Loss to #15 DePauw University

The Oberlin College women's tennis team fell to DePauw University Tigers (9-0) this afternoon to conclude their weekend of highly competitive tennis.

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With experience on its side, Brunswick  

expecting to be divisional contender in 

NOC tennis

Feb. 28, 2011 – 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BRUNSWICK — With four of seven starters returning from last year’s outfit, Brunswick High is expecting to be a serious divisional contender in Northeastern Ohio Conference boys’ tennis this spring.

After finishing 7-9 in 2010, the Blue Devils return Ryan Gerhart, Taylor Horton, Matt Kaminski, and Danny Poutz.


“We have a very cohesive group; on their own they were doing as lot of league play in off season at Paramount (indoor facility in Medina),” said Brunswick coach Christina Mars. “Individually, each player has developed over the winter. We are building a tenacious group of players that fight for each point and match.”

As a group, the Blue Devils would like to loop over above .500 winning percentage and take at least a 2-3 placing in the conference.

Assisting Mars will be former Blue Devil Student/Athlete Nicholas Mehalic as the volunteer varsity assistant and Francesca Settanni as the JV coach.

Newcomers vying for the other three varsity starting spots as well as possibly challenging incumbents include Phil Alfano, Bart Barrett, Nathan Canterbury, Ian Kurela and Billy Lawrence.

“We are rebuilding, but with four returning players, we have experience on our sides,” Mars said.  “We have awesome chemistry as a team.”

Mars has the luxury of having some of the top scholars in each grade on her team.  Most team members are taking honors and AP level courses year to year.

“This groups is successful on and off the court,” Mars said .

Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Tennis Shuts Out Division II Lake Erie, 9-0, To Remain Undefeated at 8-0 Overall

BEREA–  The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team shut out NCAA Division II Lake Erie College, 9-0, today (Saturday, February 26, 2011) at the North Ridge Racquet Club in North Ridgeville.  Earlier today, the Yellow Jackets defeated Div. II Malone University, 8-1, at the Paramount Tennis Club in Medina. The Lake Erie match was the final winter indoor match prior to B-W’s annual spring break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina from March 5-13.

First doubles team of St. Ed alum Matt Lachman (L) and Royalton grad Joe Horvath

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Bison girls' basketball team wins first 

league title and earns collective honor as 

Beachwood Student/Athlete of the Week 

for accomplishment

By Ryan Peters

This week's Bison Athletes of the Week are the members of the Bison basketball team.

 Last Tuesday, the Bison girls captured their first league championship in school history. Tuesday night's 60-30 win against conference foe Independence allowed the girls to grab a share of the Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division title with Cuyahoga Heights. Leading the team in points scored were Maya Eddie with 22 and Krystal Pearson with 11. 

A few days later the girls defeated Cardinal 75-37. Leading scorers were Monique Kaiser with 19 and Maya Eddie with 16. The team's overall record in the Chagrin Valley Conference is 10-1 and they are 16-4 overall. 

2010-11 Girls Hoops Team

Front Row: Krystal Pearson, Kyndel Wilson. Second Row: Monique Kaiser, Mikah Aldridge, Mariah Parker, Amber Bogard, Maya Eddie, Hillary Hines. Back Row: Coach Jessica Cross, Mercedes Hudson, Aneisha Hardin, Head Coach Melvin Burke, Terrina Robinson, Autumn Daniel, Coach Angela Watkins

"I am very excited and happy for the girls on the team and the Beachwood community to share in this first-time feat," said first-year head coach Melvin Burke, who came over from Lutheran East to take over the team. "Our girls have worked very hard to accomplish this goal and it is truly a pleasure to have the opportunity to coach them. These are really special girls on and off the court. Winning the first conference title in school history means a lot to us and it is a moment that will be cherished for many years." 

The Lady Bison start the post season play this coming Wednesday, February 23rd, as they take on Cardinal at 6 pm at Lakeside High School.\

Perry alum Ty Griffin wins mile at OAC championships

BEREA-- Mount Union's men's indoor track and field team finished in second place and senior Scott Thomas (Salem/West Branch) was named Don Frail Most Outstanding Sprint Athlete at the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Thomas was one of four conference champions at the meet as he won the 55 meter dash (6.46) and 200 meter (22.41) titles.


Sophomore Cory Hoover (Alliance/Marlington) won the 500 meters (1:06.52), junior Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) won the shot put (51-8.25) and senior Ty Griffin (Massillon/Massillon Perry) won the 1 mile run (4:16.57)

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Spartan Women's Track & Field Fourth, Men Sixth After Day One of 2011 UAA Championship Meet


CHICAGO – The Case Western Reserve University men’s and women’s track & field teams put up two top-three finishes on day one of the 2011 University Athletic AssociationIndoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Chicago (IL).

After the first day of competition at Henry Crown Fieldhouse, the Spartan women stand fourth overall with a team score of 20 points and trail home-standing Chicago’s 41.50 team points. The Spartan men sit in sixth-place early with a tally of eight total points.

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Spartan Baseball Team Splits a Pair on Day One of 

Chillicothe Trip

CHILLICOTHE, OH – The Case Western Reserve University baseball team split a pair of games with Bluffton University and Wabash College (IN) on Saturday, February 26 at V.A.Memorial FieldThe Spartans dropped the opener to Bluffton, 8-4, but rallied from six runs down to defeat the Little Giants, 12-8

With the split, the Spartans move to 4-2 overall.

Brush alum Bob Marko

In game one, Case opened a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first with RBI singles courtesy of senior designated hitter Cory Pecoraro (Strongsville, OH/Benedictine) and juniorBobby Marko (Lyndhurst, OH/Brush). The Spartans increased their advantage to 4-2 with two more in the fifth when Mullins drilled a two-run homer – his second of the season. 

Bennies alum Cory Pecoraro

However, Bluffton (1-0) was able to score six runs in the top of the sixth as Miles Richardson highlighted the rally with a grand slam.

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Guy's 26 points leads Laurel gals by 

Lutheran West and to sectional title 

Alexis Guy poured in 26 points to lead Laurel School for Girls to a 62-46 Division III sectional championship win over Lutheran West in the Wellington basketball district.

The Gators also got a dozen points from Katie Kafjez.


Leading the Longhorns was Katherine Konstan with 17 points.

The Gators get Northwest in the district semis Thursday. 

Season comes to a close for the Dukes in the sectional 

Victoria Reisinger had eight points but it was not enough as Wellington’s basketball team saw its season come to a close with a 60-38 loss to Manchester in the sectional semifinals.

Manchester, a 20-game winner this season, has lost only once during the campaign.

Kauffman, Coleman kick out 40 points to lead Avon to 

draining of Bay in West Shore play

Avon staved off a late Bay rally to post a 66-63 win over the Rockets in West Shore Conference play to end the regular season for boys’ basketball.


The Eagles, 14-game winners during the regular season, were ignited by the scoring of R.J. Kauffman and Marv Colemen. The two Eagle Student/Athletes combined for 40 points, R.J. ringing the rim for a game-high 24 points.

Spartan Baseball Splits High-Scoring DH with Wabash

CHILLICOTHE, OH – The Case Western Reserve University baseball team split an afternoon doubleheader with Wabash College (IN) on Sunday, February 27 at V.A. Memorial StadiumThe Spartans took the first game 13-9 and were downed in a 20-15 offensive showcase in the evening’s re-match.

In the early affair, junior lefty A.J. Boshinski (Alpharetta, GA/St. Pius X) hurled five innings, allowing just three earned runs, and struck out five to improve his record to 2-1 on the season. 

Offensively, senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) knocked in five and hit his third homer of the season, while senior designated hitter Cory Pecoraro (Strongsville, OH/Benedictine) pitched in with another three RBI to lead the Spartan offense.

Junior outfielder Jimmy Abed (Westlake, OH/Westlake) led off the first with a single to left before sophomore shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, OH/Tallmadge) tripled him in with a long shot to the right field gap. Mullins then followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Spartans up 2-0 early.

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Oberlin Women Third; Men Sixth in Preseason Tennis Polls

By Mike Mancini

Westlake – Even though matches have started, the North Coast Athletic Conference announced its preseason polls for both men’s and women’s tennis over the last two days. 

The Yeowomen, who have placed third in the league the last two seasons, were picked to finish there again by the league’s coaches. Oberlin, which finished 13-10 a season ago, is hoping to make the jump up this season, but Head Coach Constantine Ananiadis believes the ranking is right on point.

“This is a fair and accurate assessment of where we are right now as a team,” Ananiadis said. “We haven’t beat Kenyon in a really long time and we need to prove we can do that on court first before we worry about anything else.” 

The Yeowomen, who are riding a three-match winning streak, will have two tough matches on the road this weekend against regionally ranked Luther and DePauw.

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Spartan Men’s Tennis Team Completes Weekend Sweep at Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team made it a perfect 3-0 weekend in Michigan with a 7-2 victory versus Kalamazoo College on Sunday, February 27 at the Markin Racquet Center.

With the win, the Spartans improve to 4-3 overall in dual matches heading into their spring trip in Charleston, South Carolina on March 7-8. With its victory against the 30th-ranked Hornets, Case is now 2-2 versus nationally-ranked competition this season.

In singles play, Case won four of six matches with victories coming from junior Sean Carr (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) at No. 1, junior Rohan Patel (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) at No. 3, sophomore Richard Brunsting (Nashville, TN/Montgomery Bell Academy) at No. 5 and freshman Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, IL/John Hershey) at No. 6.

The Spartans swept doubles play, with freshman John Healey (Columbia, MD/Atholton) and sophomore Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights), the sixth-ranked doubles tandem in the region, earning an 8-2 victory at No. 1. At the second position, sophomore Kyle Gerber (Columbus, OH/St. Charles Prep) and Carr were winners by a score of 8-3. Patel and Brunsting teamed up at No. 3 for an 8-4 decision.

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