A Page -- Jan. 31, 2011

Sulzer (left) and Allie

St. Edward alumni Nick Sulzer, 

Stetson Allie lead the field of finalists 

for Greater Cleveland Sports 

Awards; Euclid's Beard, CCC's 

Lavender, Lake Catholic alum

Stanzi, Glenville's Jones among the 

candidate field of Student/Athletes

 Jan. 31, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


St. Edward’s Stetson Allie and Nick Sulzer head up the list of nominees for this year’s Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, to be presented by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission next month in the Renaissance Hotel Downtown.

Allie, the Eagles’ heat-throwing pitcher from Olmsted Falls, led the Eagles to the state championship this past June in Columbus. Allie was offered a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill.

Sulzer, state champion at 160 pounds last March, currently is wrestling for the University of Virginia, where he is teammates of former Eagle Guy Sako.

Also a three-time National High School Coaches Association National Champion, Sulzer was undefeated last year at 40-0 and had a career record of 138-16 during his tenure at St. Ed.

Most important, Sako was a 3.5 student at St. Ed. Sulzer is also a cousin of former St. Edward and Ohio State football standout Alexander Boone.

Both Allie and Sulzer are joined by Glenville High quarterback Cardale Jones as the three finalists for GC High School Athlete of the Year.

Ricky Stanzi

Lavender (L) and Stanzi

Former Lake Catholic High alumnus Ricky Stanzi, the quarterback at the University of Iowa the past five years, and former Cleveland Central Catholic basketball player Jantel Lavender are two of the candidates for Collegiate Athlete of the Year. 

The other candidate is the national champion University of Akron men’s soccer team for this “individual” award. Former St. Edward standout Darlington Nagbee, the mover and shaker for the Zips, was passed up as a viable individual candidate for this award, possibly because there are already two former St. Ed chaps in the overall field.

Jessica Beard

Beard (L) and Spotz

Lavender has been playing collegiate basketball for Ohio State, down in Columbus.


The three candidates for GC Amateur Athlete of the Year are Mentor’s Katie Spotz, Euclid’s Jessica Beard and Brooklyn Heights native Kelli Stack, the goalie for the USA women’s national hockey team. Stack played college hockey at Boston College.

Beard runs track for Texas A&M, down in Bryan-College Station.

Anderson Named NCAC Player of the Week
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Westlake– Sophomore stalwart Allison Anderson was named as the North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week, the league office here in Westlake announced.

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Jan. 31, 2011

By Erin Dugan

Cleveland -- The Mid-American Conference announced today that the upcoming women's basketball game between Central Michigan and Western Michigan has been selected for its February basketball television package on the official home for MAC athletics, SportsTime Ohio.

Fresh off their win over reigning MAC Champion Bowling Green, third year WMU head coach Tasha McDowell and the Broncos will travel to rival Central Michigan, who currently sit in third place in the West Division, on Saturday, February 19th. Tip time is set for 12 Noon as Mike Cairns will call the game and Jacki Windon will serve as the color analyst. The game will air live on SportsTime Ohio as well as Comcast Michigan (channel 900).

Olmsted Falls alumna Erin Owen 

among the inductees into the Case 

Reserve Student/Athletic Hall of 


Jan. 31, 2011

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND – The Spartan Club, in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University, has announced its Hall of Fame induction class of 2011. Seven former student-athletes will join the 321 members previously inducted since the club’s inception in 1975. The new members will be enshrined at the annual Spartan Club banquet on Saturday, April 30.

The class of 2011 will mark the first group inducted into the newly named Spartan Club, which was formerly known as the Case Reserve Athletic Club.

This year’s class includes five Case Western Reserve inductees, one Heritage selection, and one special category pick.

Erin Owen

The five CWRU inductees include: Steve Cullen ’95 (cross country/track), volleyball’s Lindsey Sech ’01 (formerly Lindsey Deyer ), Jim Donnelly ’85 (football), Erin Owen-Salters ’87 (swimming), and Erin Rogalski ’01(basketball).

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Mount's Ricky Reynolds named Wrestler of the Week in the OAC

January 31, 2011 

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union sophomore Riki Reynolds (Marion/Pleasant) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week, the league office here announced today.

Reynolds placed second at 125 pounds at the Pete Willson/Wheaton Invitational this past weekend and helped the Purple Raiders place fifth in the 32-team field.

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A Plethora Of Oberlin Track Stars Honored by the Westlake-based NCAC
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Westlake – After a strong showing at the North Coast Athletic Conference Relay Meet over the weekend, the Oberlin College track and field teams had a total of six Student/Athletes honored by the league office here today.

On the men’s side it was seniors Josh Gallagher and Jacob Fogel who were named Field Athletes of the Week for their efforts in the shot put relay. On the women’s end the 4x400 grouping of Marissa ClardyAmanda MillerSybil Levine and Laura Vernon were tabbed as Sprints/Hurdles Athletes of the Week.

Gallagher and Fogel won the shot put relay for the first time in school history. Gallagher’s toss of 47-08 bested the entire field by over three feet.

The clique of Clardy, Miller, Levine and Vernon won the 4x400 with a season-best time of 4:07.61, which was nearly five seconds better than the second-place team from Wittenberg. 

The Oberlin track and field teams will be back in action on Friday night when they play host to the Crimson and Gold Invite.

Jackson alumnus, current Oberlin 

College S/A Ben Puterbaugh tabbed as 

one of top 16 third basemen in the 


Posted on January 31, 2011 by Chris Webb
Buckeye State Baseball

Player: Ben Puterbaugh

Position: Third baseman

Year: Senior

Honors: 2010 First-team All-NCAC, third-team All-Mideast ABCA


Few people pegged Oberlin in a position to advance to the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament as the season was in its final weekend. Similarly, few saw the Yeomen third baseman Ben Puterbaugh as a potential all-region selection.

Well both would come to pass and as attention turns to 2011, both Puterbaugh ( who grew up in Canton and played high school ball in Jackson Township in suburban Massillon) and Oberlin are in a position to leave a lasting imprint in Ohio Division III baseball.

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Mount Union travels to the Berg for key wrestling dual; Hoban alum Bill Schindel ranked No. 3 in nation for Raiders; Lakewood grad Matt Curley ranked 10th in US for Student Princes

January 31, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

No. 9 ranked Mount Union travels to defending Ohio Athletic Conference champ Heidelberg in a key conference dual tomorrow night at 7:30 pm in Tiffin.

Heidelberg will have LIVE VIDEO of the match which you can access by clicking the link above (You need to register for FREE before match then link will be active). 

Mount Union is a perfect 11-0 on the season and in first place in the OAC with a 3-0 record, while Heidelberg is 9-7-2 overall and 2-0 in the OAC.

Schindel and Reynolds Nationally Ranked

Mount Union senior Bill Schindel at 197 and sophomore Riki Reynolds at 125 are both nationally ranked. 


Schindel, a two-time All-American, is ranked No. 3 at 197 and is 22-1 this season after taking his first loss of the seaosn in the title match of the Pete Willson/Wheaton Invite. 


Reynolds, who won the 125 pound OAC title and advanced to the NCAA Championships, is ranked No. 6 and is 18-6 on the season and he finished second at this past weekend's Pete Willson/Wheaton Invite.

Lakewood's Matt Curley

Scouting the Student Princes

Lakewood High product Matt Curley is No. 10 in the nation at 165 and leads Heidelberg with a 22-1 record. Olmsted Falls High alumnus Jerry Knapp is 17-6 at 285 and Andrew Lovins is 16-4 at 197.

Jerry Knapp, Jr.

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Jan. 31, 2011

By Brian McCann

A Championship Preview. . .

Men's & Women's Basketball Face The Best Of The Horizon League As Schedule Heats Up

Although the post-season for winter sports is still a couple of weeks away, the competition couldn't get any tougher for the Vikings this week as the winter sports prep for their respective league tournaments.

Winners of five straight games, the men's basketball team sits in sole possession of first place in the Horizon League but will have that standing challenged.  The Vikings host Valparaiso, who is just a half-game back, on Thursday (Feb. 3) at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center.  CSU will then entertain 2010 national runnerup Butler for a 12:00 noon matchup on Saturday, (Feb. 5).  It will be Black Out Butler Day with CSU fans being urged to wear their dark clothes for the contest.

The women's basketball team will be in Wisconsin this weekend, taking on defending league regular season champion Green Bay on Thursday (Feb. 3) at 8:00 p.m. before traveling to Milwaukee for a 12:00 noon contest on Saturday (Feb. 5).

The men's and women's swimming teams will close their respective regular season schedules when both squads are in Chicago to take on UIC on Saturday (Feb. 5) at 2:00 p.m.

The wrestling team continues Eastern Wrestling League play at home against Bloomsburg on Saturday (Feb. 5) starting at 1:00 p.m. in Woodling Gym.

Both tennis teams are at home this weekend at the Paramount Tennis Club in Westlake.  The men will host Niagara on Saturday (Feb. 5) at 6:00 p.m. and then both teams take on St. Bonaventure on Sunday, the women starting at 11:00 a.m. and the men at 3:00 p.m.
John Marshall
CSU fencer John Marshall

The fencing teams are both in Evanston, Ill. to take part in the Northwestern Duals.  The two-day tourney runs from Saturday (Feb. 5) through Sunday afternoon (Feb. 6).

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Cassie Pawlak's 380 series leads 

North Ridgeville past Open Door

Jan. 31, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Cassie Pawlak led North Ridgeville’s girls’ bowling team to a win over Open Door tonight  with a  two-game series of 192-190 -382, on the Rebman Recreation Center lanes.

Others for the Rangers were Samantha  Crist  171-120-291, Shauna Shields  114-103 -217,  Devan Freeman  141-159-300, and Ashley Schoonover 173-147 -320.

CSU to Travel to Old Dominion for BracketBuster Contest 

Vikings to Face Monarchs 
On Sunday, Feb. 20

January 31
, 2011                                 

CLEVELAND Cleveland State will travel to Norfolk, Va. to take on Old Dominion on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 1:00 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally on either ESPN or ESPN2 as part of the ninth annual BracketBusters.

The game will pit the top traveling team in the RPI (CSU) against the top home team (ODU) as the Vikings enter the week ranked No. 29 while Old Dominion is No. 31.  Utah State, which is traveling to St. Mary's, is No. 30.