A Page -- Jan. 7, 2010

Culture of Champions

Rocky River's Carter Camper 

and No. 1 ranked Miami resume 

play tomorrow night in 

Pittsburgh area against Robert 


 Jan. 7, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




The top ranked Miami University hockey team returns to play tomorrow night after a month off for Christmas as it travels to Coraopolis to play Robert Morris College.


The RedHawks, who have been ranked No. 1 in the nation most of the season, go into the 2010 portion of their schedule with a four-game winning streak, ending their December schedule with a pair of wins over both Notre Dame and Ohio State.


In the second win over the Buckeyes, the RedHawks had to come from behind for a 4-2 triumph. In the first game against Ohio State, a 6-0 conquest, Rocky River native Carter Camper earned the 100th point of his career with an assist on one of Tom Wingels’s four goals in that game.

Carter Camper

 Carter Camper

Camper had a goal and an assist in the 4-0 blanking of the Irish. His goal came in the third period when Cameron Schilling picked up a loose puck in front of the Miami bench and fired a pass to Camper at center ice. He skated past the blue line and scored on a wrist shot.


The junior forward is second on the team in goals with eight and has 10 assists on the season, putting him only two behind the team leader. He is tied for second on the team in total points, only one behind team leader Andy Miele.


He has a plus six in the +/-stat and has had the fewest amount of penalties among those on the first three lines and pairs with two, both minors. His shot percentage (.145) is second best among the top scorers.


Camper also leads the team in faceoffs won with 224, which is better than half of all the times he’s challenged for the dropped puck.


When Miami is on the power play, Camper is the guy they want on the ice, as he leads the team in most points while in the power play with nine, on seven assists and two goals.


Brandon Smith, who hails from Pepper Pike and played high school hockey at Gilmour, has played in 15 of Miami’s 20 games, scoring one goal on 12 shots for a .083 shot percentage. He also has a plus-two in the +/- category. He has had to serve only one penalty and has blocked four shots.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith

Friday's Women's Basketball Game Pushed Back a Half Hour

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1/7/2010 12:13:30 PM
By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – Friday’s women’s basketball game between Oberlin and Ohio Wesleyan has been moved from a 7 p.m. start time to a 7:30 p.m. tip off time to allow the visiting Bishops more travel time due to potential poor road conditions. 

Ohio Wesleyan comes to town with a record of 8-4 overall and 3-0 in the NCAC. The Yeowomen, who have been playing inspired basketball all season long, are coming off an 80-69 overtime loss to Allegheny. 

Fans that cannot make it to Philips Gym to watch the action can follow the game via live statisticslive audio, or live video.

Oberlin Baseball to Host High School Showcase
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1/7/2010 1:43:43 PM
By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio -
 The Oberlin College baseball program is hosting a high school showcase on Saturday, January 30, at 12 p.m. in the state-of-the-art Williams Field House on the campus of Oberlin College.

The event is open to students in grades 9-12. Following instruction by showcase staffers, participants will have the opportunity to display their skills to college coaches throughout the area. The cost to attend the showcase is $75 per person. 

For more information or to register for the event please contact Associate Head Baseball Coach Adrian Abrahamowicz at 440-935-5593 or send the attachedregistration form via email to adrian.abrahamowicz@oberlin.edu. You may also contact Head Baseball Coach Eric Lahetta at 440-935-3953 or send the attached registration form via email to eric.lahetta@oberlin.edu. Spots are limited so reserve your place now!

 Lake Erie Crushers Trade Tyler Johnson and Jacinto Gonell


Jan. 7, 2010

By Nicolle Meyer

Avon, OH— Lake Erie Crushers’ starting center fielder Tyler Johnson will be join former teammate Paul Fagan in the independent Atlantic League next season as a Southern Maryland Blue Crab. Also traded this week is right-handed relief pitcher Jacinto Gonell, who was dealt to the Florence Freedom for a 2010 Frontier League first round pick.



Johnson joined the Crushers after the All-Star break and finished the regular season appearing in 39 games.  Johnson ended his 2009 regular season campaign with six home runs, 29 RBIs, and a .277 batting average.  He provided the team with solid power in the middle of the line-up as his six home runs in only 137 at bats placed him second on the team in home runs per at bats. 


“We approach every season looking to put the best talent possible on the field, but we also want to provide the best opportunities for our players to reach their goals,” explained Field Manager John Massarelli.  “This trade provides Tyler a chance to prove himself in what is considered to be the top independent league, talent wise.”


Gonell began the 2009 campaign as the team’s closer and ended the season with 36 appearances out of the bullpen. Gonell posted a 3-4 record and a 4.63 ERA in 44.2 innings of work. Prior to joining the Crushers, Gonell pitched four seasons in the Yankees organization after signing as an undrafted free agent.


“This trade benefits both the team and the player,” said Massarelli. “It gives us a little more flexibility to work within the League’s roster restrictions, which limit us to carrying only a certain number of veteran players. It also gives Jacinto the opportunity to fill the closer role with another competitive team within the League.”


The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, play ball at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, OH. Beginning in 2010, All Pro Freight Stadium will also be home to the Cleveland State University baseball team. The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 12 teams operating throughout the Midwest. Season tickets for the 2010 season are on sale now! For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at www.LakeErieCrushers.com or call 440-934-3636.


No. 2 ranked Ohio U. led by 

Aurora's Mike Schultz hosts No. 

12 Central Oklahoma led by EC's 

Mike Haszto this weekend in

Bird Arena

Jan. 7, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




ATHENS – Ohio University’s hockey team, which has won three Division I national championships in the club tier, is keeping up the tradition, currently ranked as the No. 2 team in the nation by the American Collegiate Hockey Association.


The best part of it is that, as always, the Bobcats are doing it with a hefty cluster of Cleveland area players.


OU, 23-3-1, is returning to play this weekend after the Christmas break with two home games against Central Oklahoma, which features as one of its top defenseman Mike Haszto, Jr. of North Ridgeville and Elyria Catholic. OU ended the 2009 portion of the season with a bang, chalking up victories over Lindenwood and Kent State. Lindenwood is ranked No. 1 in the nation and the defending national champs.


Student/Athlete-Cleveland Staff Writer Mike Haszto, Sr. will be on the beat in Athens this weekend. Check back to the site here the next three days for full game coverage.


Among the northeastern Ohioans playing for the Bobcats are Parma’s Mark Tracy, Mentor’s David Sundstrom, Chris Perko and Zack Barbis; Aurora’s Mike Schultz; St. Ignatius’ Jay Mazzarella; Medina’s Jimmy Irwin’ Westlake’s Billy Hemann and Alex DiMassa; Amherst’s Ben Gilles; and Gilmour’s Andrew Phillips.

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Schultz leads the team in two scoring categories, most goals (20) and total points (43). He is also second in assists with 23. Schultz is worth nearly two points per game, his 1.75 points per game also tpping the chart of Bobcats.


Hemann is one of the top five playmakers on the team with 13 assists and has also scored six goals. Barbis has five goals and 10 assists. Tracy has scored one goal and registered six assists in 24 games. He’s also racked up 42 penalty minutes while protecting his zone and goalie as a defenseman, placing him second on the team in time spent in the box.


Mazzarella has two goals and an assist, Phillips two assists and a goal, and defenseman Perko 27 penalty minutes. Phillips led the Lancers to their first Frozen Four appearance ever two years ago when they made it to the title game against St. Edward on a snow blizzard weekend.


Gilles has six assists and Irwin one goal and four assists.


Haszto has been one of the top scoring defensemen in the nation the past three years playing for UCO. This year Haszto has three goals and four assists.

Mike Haszto


Haszto and his Broncho teammates are skating into Athens this weekend with a 16-7 record, placing them fourth among Division I independents in the country. He scored in a goal in a 4-2 win over Robert Morris, ranked No. 22 at the time for the Bronchos ranked 12th at the time and currently nationally.

Yellow Jacket Wrestlers Lose to 

Central (Iowa), 30-18, in rare 

afternoon match in Berea

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team lost to perennial NCAA Division III wrestling power Central (Iowa) College, 30-18, today (Thursday, January 7, 2010) in a rare afternoon match in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea.

The Yellow Jackets, now 2-7 overall, next compete on Tuesday, Jan. 12 when they travel to New Concord, Ohio for a dual match against Ohio Athletic Conference rival Muskingum University in the Muskingum HPER Center at 7:30 p.m.

Central, now 3-2 overall, has beaten both Wilmington College (24-16) and B-W on its Ohio swing and is en route to the Ursinus College Duals this weekend in Collegeville, Pennsylvania on Jan. 8-9.

Despite the loss for the Yellow Jackets, junior Tristan Stoll (Milan/ Edison) pinned Central’s Holden Blythe in 35 seconds to improve his season record to a team-best 9-1. Junior Korey Leonhard (Kinsman/ Pymatuning Valley) earned a 5-3 decision at 157 and sophomore Ryan Jones (Uniontown/ Lake) won 8-5 at 285. Junior Phil Payne (Orange Village/ Orange) also picked up a forfeit win at 133.

Tristan Stoll

Media and fans are reminded that the 24th Annual John Summa Memorial Tournament will take place on Saturday, February 6 in the Higgins Center Fieldhouse at 10:00 a.m.

FINAL SCORE:   Central -- 30, Baldwin-Wallace -- 18

125 lbs: Justin Marx (CC) dec. Jeremy Dombrady (B-W), 8-3

133 lbs: Phil Payne (B-W) wins by forfeit

141 lbs: Josh Atwell (CC) tech. fall Eric Schubert (B-W), 17-2

149 lbs: Joe Atewell (CC) pinned Grant Steward (B-W), 3:11

157 lbs: Korey Leonhard (B-W) dec. Zach Beekman (CC), 5-3

165 lbs: Reid Imerman (CC) maj. dec. Mike Hosta (B-W), 13-1

174 lbs: Ivan Gaeta (CC) wins by forfeit

184 lbs: Keith Rush (CC) pinned Cody Quick (B-W), 4:11

197 lbs: Tristan Stoll (B-W) pinned Holden Blythe (CC), 00:35

285 lbs: Ryan Jones (B-W) dec. Jacob Crawford (CC), 8-5

Mount Union College

Mount Union No. 22 in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings; Second Highest Ranked Institution in Ohio

Jan. 7, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(WESTLAKE)—Mount Union is ranked No. 22 in the nation in the Learfield Sports NCAA Division III Director’s Cup Standings after the Fall 2009 sports season.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the Westlake-based National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women’s and nine men’s.

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The Purple Raiders advanced to NCAA Championship competition in three fall sports placing second in football, tied for 17th in women’s volleyball and 32nd in men’s cross country to garner 150 points.

Williams (MA) tops the standings with 367 points while the only Ohio institution in the top 20 was Wittenberg at No. 16 with 170 points.

“This is a testament to not only the hard work and dedication of coaches and their student-athletes, but the support of faculty, staff and administrators at Mount Union,” commented head football coach and director of athletics Larry Kehres.  “I am proud of each of these programs and hope they will act as a springboard to continued success with all of our programs.”

The ranking caps off a fall season that not only saw tremendous accomplishments on the field, but also the dedication of the new McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex that was the result of an over $17-million dollar remodel and expansion of the McPherson Center for Health Human Well-Being, the Timken Physical Education Building, the Hammond Natatorium, the Peterson Field House along with a new fitness center and auxiliary gymnasium.

Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s Web site at www.nacda.com

About Learfield Sports: Learfield Sports enters its second year partnership of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. For nearly four decades, the company has been a preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace. It currently manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, conferences, associations and venues. These ever-expanding relationships feature various strategic sponsorship platforms including radio and television programming, stadium/arena signage, official university publications, Internet sites, digital media, hospitality and at-event impact. Learfield Sports is an operating unit of Jefferson City, Mo.-based Learfield Communications, Inc., which made its initial foray into the world of sports marketing in 1975 as the radio rights holder for the University of Missouri, a client still today. To learn more, visit www.learfieldsports.com