A Page -- July 30, 2010


MAC ANNOUNCES 2010 FOOTBALL PRESEASON POLL
  

Temple and Northern Illinois Picked 


to Win Respective Divisions; Owls 


Selected to Win MAC 


Championship; OU, Kent, BG, 


Miami Picked for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th 


in East, Toledo 4th in West, in 


Cleveland-based league

  
Friday, July 30, 2010

 

By Ken Mather


DETROIT, Mich. -- The Temple Owls and the Northern Illinois Huskies have been selected to win their respective divisions in the 2010 Mid-American Conference Football Preseason Poll. The poll was announced at the league’s annual Football Media Preview today at Ford Field in Detroit and was determined by 20 members of the league’s media contingent. The Owls also received 11 votes to win the 2010 Marathon MAC Football Championship.

 

Temple garnered 17 first-place votes en route to the top of the poll in the MAC East Division. The Owls return 56 letter winners and 16 starters from last year’s 9-4 team that finished 7-1 in the MAC (East Division Co-Champions) and earned a bid to the EagleBank Bowl. Leading the way on offense for fifth-year Head Coach Al Golden is sophomore All-American and Heisman Trophy candidate Bernard Pierce at running back. Pierce, the 2009 MAC Freshman of the Year, led the conference with 1,361 yards rushing while rewriting the school records books in several categories, including rushing touchdowns with 16.  Temple also has three All-MAC offensive linemen in junior center John Palumbo, senior right guard Colin Madison and senior right tackle Darius Morris. The defense returns five All-MAC selections from 2009 including the MAC Defensive Player of the Year, senior defensive end Adrian Robinson. Robinson racked up 13 sacks last year and is joined by returning All-MAC players junior tackle Muhammad Wilkerson, senior linebackers Elijah Joseph and Amara Kamara and senior safety Jaiquawn Jarrett. All-MAC kick returner James Nixon is back on special teams with kicker Brandon McManus and punter Jeff Wathne.

 

The Owls were followed by Ohio, who received three first place votes in the East Division preseason predictions. Kent State was picked third, followed by Bowling GreenMiami, Buffalo and Akron.

 

Northern Illinois racked up 15 first-place votes in the MAC West Division. The Huskies welcome back 49 letter winners and 17 starters from last year’s team that went 7-6, 5-3 in the MAC and made a bowl appearance in the International Bowl. Third-year Head Coach Jerry Kill returns first-team All-MAC running back senior Chad Spann, who rushed for 1,038 yards and led the MAC with 19 rushing touchdowns last year.  Junior QB Chandler Harnish is back and senior WR Landon Cox led the team last season with 45 catches for 535 and four TD. The offensive line returns three players with veteran experience in juniors Trevor Olson, Joe Pawlak and Adam Kiel.  The 2009 MAC leader in total defense returns senior All-MAC defensive end Jake Coffman, senior LB Alex Kube, junior safety Tracy Wilson and sophomore DE Sean Progar.  All-MAC punt return specialist Tommy Davis and punter Josh Wilber are back on special teams.

 

Defending MAC Champion Central Michigan was picked second in the West Division and earned three first place votes. Western Michigan was selected third and also garnered two first place votes.  Toledo was fourth, while Ball State and Eastern Michigan round out the predictions in the MAC West.

 

The 2010 season kicks off on Thursday, September 2 with five teams playing non-conference opponents. The first MAC game of the year takes place September 9 when Central Michigan travels to Temple. The Marathon MAC Championship Game is Friday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. from Ford Field in Detroit. The complete poll follows.

 

Team (First Place Votes)          Points

East

1. Temple (17)                         137

2. Ohio (3)                               116

3. Kent State                            94

4. Bowling Green                     74

5. Miami                                  53

6. Buffalo                                48

7. Akron                                  38

 

 

West

1. Northern Illinois (15)                       115

2. Central Michigan (3)                        83

3. Western Michigan (2)          77

4. Toledo                                 75

5. Ball State                             50

6. Eastern Michigan                 20

 

Marathon MAC Championship Game Winner

Temple 11, Northern Illinois 5, Ohio 1 (three voters did not choose a winner for MAC Championship)  



      

FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW: 

Baldwin-Wallace Looks to Compete 

for OAC Title in 2010

July 30, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA --  The 2010 Baldwin-Wallace College football team returns 29 lettermen, including a number of key starters on offense, defense and special teams as it hopes to compete for both an Ohio Athletic Conference title and a berth into the NCAA Division III PlayoffsHead Coach John Snell enters his ninth season at the helm of the Yellow Jacket program with a career record of 49-33 (.598).

"Our goals never change at B-W," said Snell. "Each year we set out to win championships. "We're definitely not satisfied with where we have finished the last few years but that in no way changes our expectations for the upcoming year. We are motivated and feel like we have the right team and staff in place to return B-W football to where it belongs."

Offensively, the Yellow Jackets will be led by the running back trio of fifth-year senior Kyrell Crook (Columbus/ St. Francis DeSales), senior John McGraw (North Ridgeville) and junior Tim Miker (Parma/Senior).
N. Ridgeville High Alum John McGraw

Crook was the leading rusher in 2009 with 559 yards on 134 carries. He added six touchdowns on the ground and also caught 14 passes out of the backfield. Miker rushed for 543 yards and four touchdowns, despite missing four games due to injury. McGraw led the team with nine rushing touchdowns and accumulated 486 yards on the ground. Miker also returned nine kickoffs for an average of 22.9 yards.

"Our trio of running backs should be one of the most productive in the conference," said Snell. "Each guy is experienced in carrying the load and brings a different skillset to our offensive attack."

The receiving corps will be led by junior Devon Jennings (Euclid), who was the team's leading receiver in 2009, despite playing in only five games due to injury. Jennings caught 43 passes (8.6 receptions per game) for 419 yards and three touchdowns.
Euclid High Alum Devon Jennings

In addition to Jennings, B-W has a host of other weapons back in the passing game, including senior WR John Myers (Macedonia/Nordonia), junior WRs Anthony Fairhurst (Ashland/Senior) and Dan Turner (Youngstown/Ursuline) and junior WR/TE Aaron Hurd (Tiffin/Columbian). Hurd tied for third on the team with 17 catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Myers caught 10 passes for 152 yards and two scores. Fairhurst caught seven passes (two for touchdowns) and Turner added nine receptions. Fullback/tight end Danny Reineck (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah) also lettered last year.
Mentor product Ryan Dugan

"Our receiving corps is deep and talented," noted Snell. "We have a good mix of size and speed at the position.

With the graduation of All-OAC signal caller Anthony Gardner, the quarterback position is open for competition. B-W welcomes transfer sophomore Ryan O'Rourke (Avon) from Slippery Rock (Pa.) University to the mix of returning quarterbacks that will compete for the job. O'Rourke appears to be the front-runner but also look for sophomores Josh Masters (Akron/Archbishop Hoban) and Andrew Dziak (Maple Heights/Parma Padua Franciscan) to push for the starting role.

The offensive line returns three players with veteran experience. Senior Dan Paterline (Reynoldsburg) and junior Travis Barnhill (Findlay/Senior) were both starters last year at multiple positions along the line and junior Jimmy Basar (Parma/Senior) returns after starting six games at center. All three helped open holes for the B-W rushing attack, which ranked third in the OAC last year at 200.5 yards per game.

"Any success our offense has this season will have to start up front," said Snell. "We have a solid group of veterans that we need to stay healthy and help work our younger guys into the mix. Any successful offense needs to have stability on the O-Line."

Defensively, B-W will once again have a sound linebacking corps, paced by All-OAC senior Ryan Kish (Amherst/Marion Steele). Kish led the team in tackles with 90, including a team-high of 21 in the season finale at Capital, and had four tackles for loss. He enters his senior year with 190 career stops. Joining Kish are juniors J.J. Laseak (Mentor) and Brett Thompson (Shelby). Thompson was third on the team with 66 tackles and tied for the team lead with 10.0 tackles for loss. Laseak added 26 tackles. In addition, B-W returns lettermen in senior Ben Pahl (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) and junior Brian Ellis (Fort Mitchell, Ky./Dayton) at linebacker.

"Our linebackers are our most experienced unit and we're expecting them to set the tone for the defense," noted Snell.  "We have sound tacklers at the position but we also have guys who have a knack for forcing turnovers and getting pressure on the quarterback."

The defensive line also returns three starters including senior defensive tackle Kevin Phipps (Pataskala/Watkins Memorial), junior DT Max Wagner (Mentor) and senior DE Keith Darbut (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior). Darbut had a team-high five sacks with 25 tackles and seven QB hurries. Phipps recorded 26 tackles and Wagner added 19.

In addition, junior DT Rudy Ackerman (Sheffield Village/Brookside) drew two starts and seniors Dan Brown (Kirtland) and Mitch Tulk (Elyria/Senior) also return for the Jacket "Swarm D".

The secondary will be led by two-year starter and senior All-OAC safety Ryan Dugan (Mentor). Dugan led the OAC with six interceptions last year, made 49 stops and had six pass break-ups after switching from the cornerback position. Junior Corey Hildreth (Massillon/Washington) returns at safety, where he made 31 tackles and had an interception in 2009. Junior Matt Bowen(Tiffin/Columbian) and senior Ryan Wallace (Uniontown/Lake) also return after seeing playing time in the secondary last year. Also expect senior Nick Clemons (Oak Harbor) and sophomore Brandon Russo (Olmsted Falls) to make an impact in 2010.

"Both our D-Line and secondary return all-conference caliber players," said Snell. "Both units have the ability to make impact plays and we are expecting them to do more of that this season."

On special teams, B-W returns senior placekicker Brad Pollock (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) and junior kickoff specialist David Cantu (Lorain/Amherst Marion Steele). Pollock was five-of-six on field goals last year with a long of 28 yards and 25-of-30 on extra point attempts. Cantu averaged 57.0 yards per kickoff and had four touchbacks. Snell expects to resolve the battle for the open punter position during preseason camp. Reineck also is back as the long snapper.

The 2010 schedule features six home games, including the season opener on Thursday, September 2 when B-W hosts The College of Wooster on Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium in Berea at 7:00 p.m. It marks the beginning of a two-year home and home series between B-W and Wooster and the first meeting between the two schools since 1983.

B-W then begins play in the always tough OAC, which has three teams ranked in the top 25 nationally in all major Division III preseason polls.

Week Two marks the OAC opener on Community & Family Night against Capital University on September 11 at 6:30 p.m. After a bye week, B-W hosts Marietta College on October 2 and Otterbein University on October 9 for Homecoming.

Wilmington College comes to Berea on October 23, which is designated as Professor Appreciation Day. The home finale pits B-W against the University of Mount Union on Seniors' Day in Berea on November 6 at 1:30 p.m.

The regular season wraps up with the "Battle for the Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Trophy" as B-W plays at rival John Carroll University in University Heights on November 13 at 1:30 p.m.

"We prepare for a tough schedule year in and year out", said Snell. "As a team in the OAC, you know you had better bring your best every week if expect to have a chance to win. No different than any season, we also know we have to get off to a good start to set the tone for the remainder of the year."

With veteran quintet led by defending 

state champion Alex Andrews, 

Gilmour golfers have good reason to 

eye top state team prize this year

July 30, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

GATES MILLS – With four multiple-year lettermen returning, Gilmour Academy’s golf team will at least have experience on its side when the high school golf season begins in fewer than two weeks and the Lancers embark on a quest to equal or better their fourth place state finish last fall on the Nicklaus course.

 

That foursome is led by 2009 Individual State Champion Alex Andrews and three-year letterman Greg Calabrese. They are oined by fellow senior Matt Oliver, who along with Andrews is a two-year letterman.

 

Also back is two-year letterman Duncan DeFino, a junior. Junior Connor Moriarty also earned a varsity letter last year, giving the Lancers quite an experienced starting lineup, assuming the underclassmen, JVs or newcomers do not create a more competitive situation and move into the top five.

 

Those vying to move into a varsity starting role and have an immediate impact are seniors Steve Greco and Kenzie Alexander, and sophomores Matt Dagg, Andrew Bieber, Kennedy Ricci and Nathan Coyne.

 

“Our No. 1 asset is our experience since all of our players return from last years 4th place State team,” said GA coach Charles Tremont. “Our goals are simple: to win Sectional, District and State Championships – in that order.”

Fourth-place state finishers (Photo courtesy of Gilmour Academy)

 

In addition to experience, the Lancers have depth and team chemistry, the latter from having been together for so long and with the veterans having established a connection with the sophomore quadrant last year. A Division III school, Gilmour will get the heavy competition with the good number of D-I and D-II schools on the regular season schedule.


FALL SPORTS PREVIEW


“Our team chemistry and individual motivations should drive us toward a State championship,” Tremont said. “Our team should be very competitive in tournaments and in post-season play. We have a high level of confidence balanced with a general sense of humility. We are also building depth for future years through the development of underclassmen.”

 

Gilmour is certainly the class of D-III boys’ golf in Northeastern Ohio, as the only team in this region to finish in the top 12 in the state in 2009.

 

Also a golf culture has been created at GA with five alumni either playing college golf or working in the golf business as club pros, club managers, or private instructors.

 

One coaching change this year is that Anne Caja has been hired to be the JV coach.

 

“We are going to have Greater emphasis on JV program this year,” Tremont said.  “We have a full JV schedule of matches and practice daily on off days.”

 

The Lancers posted quite impressive numbers at the varsity level last year, going 7-3 in duals/tri-meets and 73-18 in tournaments. If they keep it up, they can get Coach Tremont’s 50th career dual win and 400th tournament win. Tremont, a 1970 GA alumnus, has in six years coached Lancer teams that have posted a 39-24 match record and 345-178 mark in tournaments.

 

In addition to the fourth-place state finish, the Lancers also won their sectional and district I 2009.

 

The members of the team also have a high academic commitment and performance with three earning All-Ohio Academic Awards last year.


 CRUSHERS SWEPT BY THINGS


July 30

By Harry Plumer

WASHINGTON, Pa. — The Lake Erie Crushers fell to the Washington Wild Things, 6-2, tonight in CONSOL Energy Park as the Wild Things capped a sweep of the Crushers.

The Crushers got on the board first, taking the lead for the first time in the series in the top half of the third. Trae Gore picked up his second professional hit with a single to right. After Dom Duggan was hit by a pitch, Jodam Rivera sacrifice bunted both runners into scoring position for Eddie Tisdale. Tisdale grounded out to second but Gore was able to scamper home to give the Crushers the 1-0 lead.

That lead, however, would not last long as the Wild Things broke through against Crushers rookie Jon Durket in his first professional start. With runners at the corners and one out, Luis Rivera lined a single to right to score Billy O’Conner and tie the game. After a John Delaney walk loaded the bases, Eric Stephens stepped in for what turned out to be a ten-pitch battle with Durket. On the tenth pitch, Stephens hit his fifth home run of the year for a grand slam.  Mark McGonigle doubled before Wilson Matos brought him in with an RBI-single to put Washington ahead 6-1.

The Crushers would score in the seventh against Wild Things reliever Ben Roldewald when Dom Duggan roped a triple down the right field line with one out to bring Arden McWilliams around from first. But Duggan would fail to score as a botched squeeze by Jodam Rivera resulted in Duggan being tagged out by Billy O’Conner. Rivera, attempting to make a heads up play to hustle to second, was then thrown out by O’Conner to end the inning with the score 6-2. 

Justin Edwards turned in the third quality start in the three-game series for the Wild Things, pitching six innings allowing just the one run on four hits and striking out seven Crushers on his way to his fourth victory of the season.

The Crushers return home to All Pro Freight Stadium Saturday night for the opener of a three-game set against the Kalamazoo Kings. RHP Matt Smith (7-4, 3.69) takes the hill against RHP Joe DiPietro (4-7, 6.46).

EXTRA SWINGS:
>The Crushers bullpen pitched 5.2 scoreless innings to extend its shutout streak to 10 innings.
>Travis Risser was activated from the 7-day injured list Friday, throwing four pitches to retire the side in the fifth.
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