A Page -- Feb. 4, 2010

Medina's Russ Mika, Ashland's 

Nate Smith, Avon Lake's Zac 

Gaydosh, Revere's Jamie 

Shipley collect soccer balls at B-

W to donate in their "Soccer 

Balls 4 Haiti" Project

Feb. 3, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BEREA – Much of what a college student/athlete learns is sponged up in a classroom while a good number of other things are learned on the playing field, court or pitch, but for four Baldwin-Wallace soccer players, community service has become one of the greatest classrooms of all.

Medina native Russ Mika, Ashland’s Nate Smith, Avon Lake alumnus Zac Gaydosh, and Revere graduate Jamie Shipley have assembled a project titled “Soccer Balls 4 Haiti” in which they along with other men’ and women’s soccer players at B-W are collecting soccer balls to ship to Haiti so that displaced, orphan-ized and otherwise earthquake victim children have something to play with while the country is recovering from the major disaster of last month.


The College is having a collection site at all home basketball games at which people can drop off new and used soccer balls for B-W's "Soccer Balls for Haiti" campaign. The balls will be transported to Haiti for use by the children of the country. Thus far, a total of more than 100 balls have been collected.


They learned of this project from a woman whose corporate organization’s outreach wing is assisting the devastated country with normal essentials such as food, medical care, shelter, cash, etc. and suggested the B-W men could partake in a project that would be particularly akin to their interests.


“One of the soccer parents on our team told us at our banquet that with our soccer contacts we could collect 50 balls and throw them on a plane with some of the other things that are getting sent down by the corporation,” said Mika, the Jackets’ goalkeeper. “We thought about it and decided it might be nice to be able to help out kids.”



The men are involved in an organization called SIFE, an acronym for Students In Free Enterprise, an organization that connects the business community with college students. It was suggested that they send 50 balls, but they have set a goal for 250.


“We did not know how much was a lot, but we hit the ground running, set up a web site, sent out a Facebook feed and before we knew it, we had 100 balls,” said Mika, who works part time at a soccer center in North Royalton.”


They are collecting new and used balls and have gone anywhere they can to find them and accepting donations from anyone. One can go to the Web site at www.soccerballs4haitiweebly.com r call Smith in the B-W sports information office at 419-651-2647 and e-mail at nesmith@mail.bw.edu.


“We want to get as many soccer balls as possible sent to Haiti and bring smiles to as many kids’ faces as possible,” said Smith.  “The Red Cross is taking care of their immediate needs like food, water and shelter and that soccer is something we love and that we could provide them with an outlet from what they are experiencing. All of us have used soccer to get away from things we are dealing with and things we don’t like in our lives, so we want to provide these children with the same opportunities.”



It is no secret that in times of tragedy and oppression, sports and entertainment have flourished as workable diversions. Many sports stadia were built and Hollywood movies created in the 1930s during the Great Depression despite economics being a barricade because American leaders knew their inhabitants needed to keep their minds off not having work and mounds of time on their hands.


“Since soccer is the most popular sport in the world and we know a lot about it, we knew we could outreach with this,” Mika said. “Even though we don’t know much about Haiti, we knew we can speak to them through these soccer balls.”


Many of the soccer fields there now have been covered with tents, which serve as recovery camps for all the homeless that have surfaced in the country. While recovery is taking place, some of the children can use the soccer ball as a tool to the future.


“We thought about that,” said Smith, a defender. “We thought what if some kid gets one of these balls, practices with it and in the future becomes an Olympic star fort the country. He might get quoted in the media then and say that getting the free balls from the US in 2010 helped him get better at the game. That would be a great feeling if a time like that ever comes.”


The  men have noted that they have spent more time on this project than on their studies (but are still keeping up and passing).


“Last week I put in 40 hours on this,” Smith said.

Registration Now Open For Career In Sports Networking Event
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Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College Athletics Career in Sports Networking Event is less than a month away, so don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity by registering today

The event, which is open to current Oberlin College students and recent alums, will take place on February 19 from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. in the Science Center Perlik Commons. 

Some of the guests panelist include Don Blumenthal ’74, Oakland Raiders Football Scout; Laura Pierce ‘03, Head Cross Country Coach, Millikin University; Scott Kretchmar ‘66, Professor of Exercise Science, Penn State University; Chad Kutting’06, Account Executive, San Francisco ‘49ers; Tim Carver, Purdue ‘88 Director of Sports Medicine at Oberlin and others. Chris Broussard ‘90, a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

In addition to this event, the department of athletics has created an online career network for current student-athletes and alums. The goal is to connect current job-seeking varsity student-athletes and/or alums to hiring managers throughout the country. Click here to learn more about the athletics career network.

Registration will be open until the day of the event. For additional information please contact Heisman Club President Carla White Freyvogel ataida1898@yahoo.com.

Schedule Announced for U.S. Open 

Wrestling and FILA Junior Nationals

Cleveland Wolstein Center, April 22-25th


ByJenny Popis

CLEVELAND, Ohio (February 4, 2010) – The event schedule has been finalized for the 2010 U.S. Open Wrestling Championships and the Men’s FILA Junior National Championships, set for Cleveland, Ohio, April 22-25. This year’s event will be held at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University . The local host for the event is the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.


The U.S. Open Wrestling Championships are the annual national championships for Senior-level athletes in the three Olympic styles of wrestling: men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. The nation’s best international wrestlers will be showcased.


USA Wrestling is once again calling the event by the name it has been commonly referred to for decades, the U.S. Open.


The Senior competition format has been changed, with all three styles competing over two days, Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24.


On Friday, the men’s freestyle Qualification Tournament will be held, along with the preliminaries in the U.S. Open in women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. On Saturday morning, the U.S. Open for men’s freestyle will begin. All three styles at the U.S. Open will be completed on Saturday.


The format has been changed so that all of the gold-medal championship matches in all three styles will be held in one session, at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening.


The Men’s FILA Junior National Championships feature the nation’s top 17-20 year-old wrestlers competing in Greco-Roman and freestyle.


The FILA Junior Greco-Roman Championships will be held on Thursday, April 22. The FILA Junior Freestyle Championships will be held on Sunday, April 25.


The top seven athletes in each weight class at the U.S. Open Wrestling Championships qualify to compete at the 2010 U.S. Senior World Team Trials in Council Bluffs , Iowa , June 10-12. The Men’s FILA Junior National Championships is a qualifying event for the FILA Junior World Team Trials in Colorado Springs , Colo. , May 21-22.


The Cleveland Local Organizing Committee will include the following organizations:

• USA Wrestling – Ohio

• Greater Cleveland Wrestling Coaches & Officials Association

• Cleveland State University

• Mid-American Conference

• City of Cleveland

• Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

• Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland


Information on purchasing tickets and hotel reservations will be announced in mid-February. For more information, visit www.USOpenCleveland.comClick here for complete schedule for U.S. Open and FILA Junior Nationals:  http://www.themat.com/events/USOpenFILAJr.pdf

Baldwin-Wallace's Ariel 

Brough Earns ESPN THE 

MAGAZINE Academic All-

District Honors

Feb. 4, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA  --  Baldwin-Wallace College senior basketball Student/Athlete Ariel Brough (Powell/ Olentangy-Liberty) has been named to the 2009-10 ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-District IV teams. Brough is a first-team selection for the third straight year and moves on to the Academic All-America National ballot.

Student/Athletes qualify for the team by being a starter or key reserve and maintaining a minimum 3.3 grade point average. Voting is conducted by Sports Information Directors in Districtv IV which comprises the states of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.

Ariel Brough

Brough, a 6’2” center who maintains a strong 3.97 grade point average in political science and plans to attend graduate school next fall, is a three-time first-team ESPN THE MAGAZINE pick, a two-time Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference choice (the 2009-10 team has not yet been selected) and earned All-OAC honors for her play a year ago. She is a Dean’s List student and member of a number of academic honoraries on campus.

On the court, Brough is a three-year starter and the all-time leading shot blocker in school history with 218 entering this Saturday’s, February 6 key OAC game against rival Capital University at 3:00 p.m. in the Ursprung Gymnasium of the Lou Higgins Center in Berea. She also ranks eighth all-time with 613 career rebounds and has scored 780 points. This season, Brough is having her best campaign as a collegian and is scoring a career-high 10.7 points-per-game, tops the team with 7.0 rpg. and leads the OAC with 48 blocks. She was last week’s OAC Player of the Week when she had back-to-back 18-point performances in wins against John Carroll University and Marietta College.

“Ariel is extremely deserving of this honor,” said 20-year veteran Head Coach Cheri Harrer, who herself was an Academic All-American as a collegian while at Division II Findlay University. “Ariel is a leader both on and off the court and is definitely someone our younger players look up to and hope to emulate both in the classroom and on the basketball court. We are pleased for Ariel.”

The B-W women, currently 16-4 overall and in first place in the OAC at 12-1, are on an 11-game winning streak entering the clash with the Crusaders.

Baldwin-Wallace College has a rich tradition of excellence in the classroom and on the athletic areas with 78 student-athletes having been chosen as Academic All-Americans since the programs inception in 1972. The 78 total Academic All-Americans is the most of any OAC school and the second most of any small college or university in Ohio.



Medina Alumnus Paul Glass 


MAGAZINE Academic All-

District Honors for B-W

Feb. 4, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- Baldwin-Wallace College senior basketball Student/Athlete Paul Glass(Medina/ Senior) has been named to the 2009-10 ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-District IV team as a second-team choice.

Student/Athletes qualify for the team by being a starter or key reserve and maintaining a minimum 3.3 grade point average. Voting is conducted by Sports Information Directors in District IV which comprises the states of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.

Academic All District Paul Glass

Glass, a 6’3” small forward who maintains a 3.69 grade average in pre-physical therapy, is a team captain and four-year varsity player for the Yellow Jackets. He has scored 464 career points, grabbed 217 rebounds, passed for 68 assists and made 45 steals.

This season, Glass is having his best season as a Yellow Jacket as he is averaging a career-high 7.7 ppg. and grabbing 3.3 rpg. with 22 assists and 18 steals.

“Paul is a great team-leader, an unselfish student and player who puts his team first and well ahead of any personal recognition,” said second-year Head Coach Duane Sheldon who himself was an Academic All-OAC student-athlete as a collegian at B-W in the early-to-mid 1900s.

“Paul has an outstanding work ethic and is a strong role model for our younger players. He is well-respected on campus, in the classroom and athletic training room and definitely in our basketball program. We congratulate Paul on an honor well-deserved.”

Glass and the Yellow Jackets, 12-8 overall and 7-6 in the OAC, take a two-game win streak on the road to Columbus on Saturday, Feb. 6 to play Capital in the Capital Center at 2:00 p.m.  Glass also has helped the B-W men win eight of its last 11 contests including hitting the game-winning overtime buzzer-beater on Wednesday night versus Heidelberg University.

Baldwin-Wallace College has a rich tradition of excellence in the classroom and on the athletic areas with 78 student-athletes having been chosen as Academic All-Americans since the programs inception in 1972. The 78 total Academic All-Americans is the most of any OAC school and the second most of any small college or university in Ohio.

Notre Dame announces football 

recruiting class that numbers 

54 strong; Adam Howard

signs Massillon's Bo Grunder,  

Padua's James Flowers,

Maple's Calvin Blackman,

EC's Jared Schuster, 

Solon's Brandon Nelli

By Skip Snow

SOUTH EUCLID, Feb. 4 -- Notre Dame Head Football Coach Adam Howard has announced the addition of 54 student-athletes to the NDC football program.


“I feel like our staff has done a tremendous job in adding some of the best players possible to our program,” said Howard, whose Falcons will compete in their inaugural season in the fall of 2010.  “We feel like we addressed some position needs and that we added depth in other areas that will allow us to compete in a tough slate of games in 2010.”


Notre Dame’s 2010 commitments include 48 high-school players and six college transfers.  The class is comprised of players from five states - in addition to the wellspring of talent culled from the Buckeye State, NDC recruited student-athletes from Arizona, Colorado, Florida and Pennsylvania. Howard, on the growing recruiting pool for Falcon Football:

Bo Grunder

Tiger Bo Grunder becomes Falcon

(Photo courtesy of Scout.com)


“We signed some notable players such as Bo Grunder (Massillon, Ohio), who was the Division-I Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the state of Ohio from Massillon Washington High School, and we expanded as far as Arizona to land one of the best wide receivers Arizona state-champion Chaparral High School. This diverse class of accomplished students and football players represent some of the best high schools in Ohio and surrounding areas, and we’re excited to see them contribute to the growing campus community here at Notre Dame College.”


The Falcons will play 11 games in their inaugural season, beginning with the season opener against Mercyhurst (Pa.) on Saturday, Aug. 28.


For media inquiries, contact Sports Information Director Skip Snow at 216-373-5319 or ssnow@ndc.edu.


2010 Notre Dame Recruiting Class