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Adam Shoemaker
Oberlin Men's Tennis Recruiting Class Ranked 25th
in the Country; class includes Hawken's Charlie Marks
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6/11/2010 12:43:52 PM
By Mike Mancini

Oberlin– The Oberlin College men’s tennis recruiting class received some high praise from tennisrecruiting.net, as Head Coach Adam Shoemakerhas inked the 25th best class in the country at the Division III level according to the website. 

The promising group of incoming freshmen includes two-star recruit Logan Chun (Honolulu, HI/ Iolani School), and one-star players Charlie Marks (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Hawken) and Alex Koeberle (Irvine, Calif/Sage Hill School). Also joining the Yeomen this fall is Huntington, New York, native and Harborfields High graduate Thomas Fischl. 

“This core of players will help our team from day one,” Shoemaker said. “Each of them has the potential to be highly competitive against other players from our conference and I looking forward to working with them over the next four years.”

Chun, who is the seventh ranked player in the entire state of Hawaii, registered 12 singles victories this past season. 

Koeberle also racked up 12 wins on the circuit en route to winning the Academy League title. 

Marks, who is ranked 20th in the state of Ohio, had 12 singles victories on the year and also won the Division II sectionals in doubles. 

Oberlin will begin its 2010-11 season on September 24 at the ITA Regionals on the campus of Kalamazoo College.

Smith goes seven innings 

to get win as Crushers 

open six-game home stand 

by sending Grizzlies back 

to the wilderness


June 11, 2010


By Norm Weber         

Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com Editor



AVON – The Lake Erie Crushers opened up a six-game home stand tonight in front of 3,471 fans here in All-Pro Freight Stadium with a 2-0 win against the Gateway Grizzlies.


Jodam Rivera got the scoring started for the Crushers with a solo home run over the right field wall in the bottom of the first inning. It was his first home run since July 28 of last year.

Eddie Tisdale
Eddie Tisdale

Eddie Tisdale, who did his undergraduate studies at Winthrop University, bounced a ground rule double in the second but was left stranded to leave the score at 1-0 by the end of the inning.


Speedy Dom Duggan, who studied at Coastal Carolina, beat out a bunt and stole his 11th base of the young season in the third innings, but again the other sticks could not plate him, leaving it 1-0 through 1/3 of the contest.

Dom Duggan
Dom Duggan

The Crushers finally got their second run when in the fifth inning Wayne Bond, who studied at both Lincoln Trail College and Ball State, and Duggan walked, and Jodam Rivera singled for his second RBI of the night.


The Grizzlies nearly sliced their deficit in half with an unearned run in the sixth when Tisdale was pulled off the bag at first on an errant throw but alertly fired home to Julio Rivera to nail Gateway’s Logan Parker trying to score from second base on the ground ball, ending the inning with the third out.

Wayne Bond

Wayne Bond

Matt Smith, who did his undergraduate work at Wichita State, started on the hill, hurling the first seven innings, yielding three hits, no runs, two walks, striking out four, throwing 96 pitches (57 strikes) and picking up his third win of the season.

Listen to post-game interview with winning pitcher Matt Smith conducted by S/A Editor Norm Weber by clicking on link:



Matt Smith

Alberto Rolon pitched the final two innings to get the save.

 Avon Lake's Christine 

Chiricosta named Academic 

All American for second 

straight year

June 11, 2010

By Mike Cihon

Bowling Green State University tennis standout Christine Chiricosta has been named to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Women’s At-Large Academic All-America Team, it was announced yesterday (June 10). Chiricosta, an Academic All-American for the second consecutive year, was named to the second team in 2010.

2010 ESPN The Magazine Acad. A-A Team - PDF

Last year, Chiricosta was chosen to the third team, at the time becoming the first women’s tennis player in BGSU history to be named an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Christine Chiricosta

Chiricosta, a junior in 2009-10, was named to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team this season, after earning all-conference second-team honors in each of her first two years at BGSU. A native of Avon Lake (Avon Lake HS), she had an overall singles record of 22-9 in ‘09-10, leading the team in wins. Chiricosta had a 15-7 record in dual matches, having played at the number-one flight in all 22 of BGSU’s duals this spring, and went 5-3 in MAC regular-season action.
BGSU vs Akron tennis April 23, 2010 - photo by Jason Knavel

In doubles, Chiricosta finished with an overall record of 21-9, including a 16-6 mark in dual-match play. She teamed with freshman Maddy Eccleston at the top flight for every dual match, with that duo going 6-2 in MAC contests.

Chiricosta’s total of 43 victories this season led the team, and ties her for 10th in BGSU history.

Entering her senior season, Chiricosta has a combined career total of 128 wins, with 64 singles and 64 doubles victories. She has moved into 12th place on the BGSU doubles wins list, and is tied for 12th in overall wins and deadlocked for 14th in career singles wins. Chiricosta is within striking distance of all three school records.

While Chiricosta’s list of athletic accomplishments is lengthy, her academic exploits may be even more impressive. In April, she was named BGSU’s Junior Scholar/Athlete of the Year at the athletic department’s Academic Honors Night. That award is given to just one male and one female Student/Athlete in the junior class for all BGSU sports.

BGSU vs IPFW - Jan 30, 2010 - Doug Sampson photo
Last month (May 13), Chiricosta was named to the Academic All-MAC Team for the second year in a row.

Chiricosta was named the MAC’s Female Scholar/Athlete of the Week three times this season. Last year, she was named an ITA Scholar/Athlete for the second-straight year, and, as mentioned, also was chosen to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team. She was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team in both 2009 and ‘10, and was named an ITA Scholar/ Athlete in each of her first two years (this year’s ITA awards have not yet been announced).

In the classroom, Chiricosta maintains a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade-point average as an adolescent/young adult/secondary education major at the time of nomination.

The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team was the result of voting by CoSIDA members within District IV. The district consists of schools in the states of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. To qualify for nomination, a Student/Athlete must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale). Additionally, she must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing (true freshmen, redshirt freshmen and ineligible athletic transfers are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at the institution.

The at-large team hopefuls consisted of district Student/Athletes in the women’s sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo. The first-team all-district selections then were eligible for All-America honors, which were determined by a vote of members of the CoSIDA Academic All-America Committee as well as the CoSIDA Board of Directors.

The tennis Falcons concluded the 2009-10 season with an overall dual-match record of 12-10.