A Page -- Jan 27, 2011

Jeremiah Townes
Jeremiah Townes

Jeremiah Townes is Beachwood High's 

Student/Athlete of the Week

Jan 27, 2011

By Ryan Peters

This week's Bison Athlete of the Week is 12th grade Boys Basketball player and team Captain Jeremiah Townes. This past weekend Jeremiah led the Bison to a 64-52 victory over the Kirtland Hornets, scoring 25 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. The Bison basketball team is on a three-game winning streak following recent wins over conference opponents Hawken and Berkshire.

They improved their record to 6-6. In the past three games, Jeremiah has averaged 22 points per game. He leads the team in points scored with 208 points and is averaging 17.3 points per game for the season. Head Coach, Jason Pecjak points out that "Jeremiah is a very special player and one of the most exciting players that I have ever coached.

 His natural athletic ability, and his understanding for the game allows him to be one of the most dominant players in the Chagrin Valley Conference."

 Last season Jeremiah was voted 1st Team All-Conference and team MVP.

Purple Raiders move up to No. 9 in national rankings

 January 27, 2011 

The University of Mount Union wrestling team moved up to No. 9 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Brute/Adidas National Rankings this week.  The Purple Raiders travel this weekend to the Pete Willson Invitational at Wheaton College in suburban Chicago.

The Pete Willson Invitational is one of the premier college wrestling events in the nation as nine nationally ranked teams including Mount Union will compete at the event. 

Results throughout the weekend will be posted online - RESULTS

No. 2 Wisconsin-LaCrosse, No. 8 Olivet (Mich.), No. 16 Ohio Northern, No. 19 North Central (Ill.), No. 20 Wabash (Ind.), No. 21 Wisconsin-Whitewater, No. 22 Elizabethtown (Pa.) and No. 24 Elmhurst (Ill.) are all part of the 31-team field.

Mount Union returns to dual meet action next Tuesday (Feb. 1) at defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Heidelberg in a key conference match at 7:30 pm in Tiffin.

Schindel (L) and Reynolds

Schindel and Reynolds Nationally Ranked
Mount Union senior Bill Schindel at 197 and sophomore Riki Reynolds at 125 also moved up in the national individual rankings.  Schindel, a two-time All-American, is now ranked No. 3 at 197 and is a perfect 18-0 this season.  Reynolds, who won the 125 pound OAC title and advanced to the NCAA Championships, is now ranked No. 6 and is 14-5 on the season.

Both have a shot to face some nationally ranked competition this weekend.  You can view the entire individual rankings by clicking here.

Training Facility To Be Dedicated to Gorman
The athletic training facility within the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex at Mount Union will be named in honor of director of the athletic training program Dan Gorman.  Gorman was tragically killed in an accident involving the bus bringing the wrestling team back from Ohio Northern on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Lake Erie Hosts GaREAT Collegiate Open This Weekend in Geneva


aJan. 27

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE-- The Lake Erie College track and field teams will host their only indoor home meet of the season this weekend. The GaREAT Collegiate Open will be held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28-29, at the GaREAT (Geneva Area Recreation, Education and Athletic Trust) Complex in nearby Geneva , Ohio . Over 100 men’s and women’s teams from NCAA Divisions I, II and III and NAIA teams and 1,400 total athletes are expected to compete in the meet. 

Four races (men's and women's distance medley relays and 5K) will be held Friday night beginning at 7 p.m.  A full slate of events will be held on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

The Storm men currently are ranked sixth in the Midwest Region by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).  Last weekend, Lake Erie placed eighth overall among Division I and II teams at the All-Ohio Championships at Kent State University .

Individually, freshman Jamil Dudley  has turned in the second best performance in all of Division II so far in the high jump (7' ½") while sophomore Isaac Snyder is fourth in the heptathlon.  The Storm has two other individuals, sophomore sprinter Chris Burrows and hurdler Ethan Snyder – outdoor All-Americans last year- and a relay team all in the top 20.

On the women's side, Lake Erie is in the number nine spot in the Midwest . Sophomore sprinter/hurdlert Andrea Boyd ( Bedford , Ohio /Bedford) has already provisionally qualified for the national championships with the eighth best time so far in the 60-meter hurdles.  


All information available online at LakeErieStorm.com

Mount Union Student/Athletes reach out to citizenry; fans given free admission to events and asked to pay savings forward to local charities

January 26, 2011

By Lenny Reich

Rather than charge admission to winter sports events, the University of Mount Union athletic department asked fans to donate to Alliance area charities.  

Last night at halftime of the men's basketball game with John Carroll, the first of those donations was made as a check in the amount of $523.50 and presented to Kimberly Stanley of the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter by members of the Mount Union Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

"It is a real testament to our fans, parents and alumni that attend our events to make such generous donations to worthy charities in the community," commented director of athletics and head football coach Larry Kehres.  "This also provides local families a great entertainment option during challenging economic times."

Funds collected at this week's wrestling match, men's basketball game, swim meet and basketball doubleheader on Saturday will all go to the Alliance Area chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Saturday is "Pack the MAAC" Day wear fans are enouraged to wear white for White-Out at the basketball doubleheader.  Face painting for kids and a sign making station will be set up in the lobby.

"Habitat for Humanity is a great organization that helps gets housing for needy families," stated Kehres.  "I have supported this organization in the past and I hope that our fans join us and help us raise money that will directly benefit people right here in Alliance."

Case Reserve tennis team begins season this week]

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND, OH – The spring season kicks off for the Case Western Reserve University tennis program this week, and a pair of youthful Spartan teams will each enter with their own sets of lofty expectations.

The Spartan women’s squad is coming off a season in which it improved from 2-16 in 2008-09 to 10-13 in 2009-10 and features a roster with just one upperclassman. Despite a lack of experience, the Spartans coasted through their fall slate and finished 3-0 in dual match competition against the likes of Oberlin CollegeBaldwin-Wallace College and John Carroll University.

"We are certainly ready to be competitive this year in the conference," said second-year head coach Todd Wojtkowski. "It's tough, as the top-three teams in the UAA are also in the top-eight nationally and the next three teams are all top-25 as well. We lost to two of those teams 5-4 last year, but with adding a few new players I feel we now have the depth to compete and win the tight matches."


The squad will look to sophomore Erika Lim (Fullerton, CA/Fullerton Union) and freshman Bianca Patel (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) to continue to provide points from the top of the lineup at singles. Lim closed out the fall with an 8-2 singles record, while Patel put together an 8-1 mark. Both also reached the top-16 at the USTA/ITA Regionals and went 3-0 against dual match opponents.

Lim returns to the program after earning second-team All-University Athletic Association honors as a freshman in 2010. A standout on an up-and-coming program, Lim was the first Spartan women’s tennis athlete to garner All-UAA status since 1993.

"Erika holds a strong role in that she gives us that reliable point each time she goes out," said Todd Wojtkowski. "There aren’t many people in the region that can beat her and therefore we always know what we are getting from her.  That being said, each point counts the same and we really try to emphasize that each player is equally important to the team."

Erika Lim

Aside from Lim and Patel, Case will expect contributions at singles from sophomores Emily Pham (Mason, OH/William Mason) and Kathleen Evers (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame), who recorded solo marks of 5-4 and 3-3, respectively, during the fall. Evers should make an impact at doubles as well, where the sophomore proved to have good chemistry with three different teammates and put up a combined 8-1 record in the fall season. 



A pair of freshmen, Kara Richardson (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) - pictured, left - and Evelyn Qi (Tampa, FL/C. Leon King), have also shown the ability to hold their own amongst the college ranksRichardson compiled a 4-4 singles record, while Qi went 3-3 as they each got their first taste of collegiate competition in the fall.

On the men’s side, big things will be expected from the young, yet established, doubles duo of freshman John Healey (Columbia, MD/Atholton) and sophomore 


Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights). The pair checked in at No. 22 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Poll over the offseason and now owns the distinction of holding the first-ever national ranking of any kind for the Spartan tennis program.

Healey and Howe recorded a 7-5 record together during fall play, highlighted by a 4-1 record and an appearance in the semi-finals of the main draw at the USTA/ITA Regionals.

The men’s team, coming off an 11-13 campaign in 2009-10, won its lone dual match of the fall season in convincing fashion, shutting out Oberlin College 9-0 on October 6.

In singles play, the Spartans will lean on juniors Rohan Patel (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) and Sean Carr (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) at the top two spots, where the team’s elder statesmen went a combined 9-11 in the fall. Sophomores Kyle Gerber (Columbus, OH/St. Charles Prep) and Howe also split their singles matches in the fall with 5-5 and 3-3 marks, respectively, and will be expected to contribute in the middle of the lineup.

“Rohan has been like a senior ever since last year in the way that he leads the team,” Wojtkowski said. “This year I have found that our freshman are coming along extremely faster than in the past.  I think this is because of the leadership we have up top. I expect that the team will continue to improve as this has been our main focus all along.  I expect that our doubles will continue to be a very strong point and put us in position to win matches.  I expect that we will fight extremely hard and will not be outmatched when it comes to mental and physical fitness.”

Healey put together a 5-4 mark in his fall singles matches and another rookie, Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, IL/John Hershey), showed promise with a 6-4 record as the pair should round out the five and six spots for Case.

“As most of our freshmen continue to settle in and let the smoke clear, they will soon start realizing that they are able to compete with any player at the Division III level,” Wojtkowski said. “Our lineup is extremely deep from one through 13 and, on any given day, our eight could beat our one, which makes for great practice and preparation for matches. I think, as the season goes on, you will see these freshmen steadily moving forward in the lineup. When they finally settle in, as I believe has already started to happen, they are going to be major parts of our success as a team.”


The Spartan men will return to the courts after nearly a two month hiatus in a dual match against the University of Toledo on Friday, January 28 at 1:00 p.m. in Toledo, OH. The women will compete next along with the men against the University of Chicago (IL), hosted by the University of Notre Dame, on Friday, February 4 at 6:00 p.m.