A Page -- June 13, 2011


Cloverleaf’s Jacob Dunbar makes First 

Team All Ohio in D-I; Wyoga Lake strip 

places four S/As on state tennis all-star 


Cloverleaf’s Jacob Dunbar was the lone area tennis player to get named to the All-State First Team in Division I, as voted by the state high school coaches association in Ohio.

However, four area Student/Athletes garnered second-team honors in Division I. Westlake’s Colton Buffington, Kenston’s Nolan Marks, and Walsh Jesuit’s Garrett Cona and Matt Spittler nabbed second-team honors in D-I.\

Cona (L), Spittler (R)


Wyoga Lake Road was well-represented on those teams as the Walsh duo was joined by Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy’s Lou Konstan and Alex Aleman, who gained distinction as the only northeastern Ohioans to be named First Team in D-II.
Aleman (L), Konstan (R)

Warren JFK’s Mike Fredericka made second team in D-II.

Listed below are the members of the 
2011 Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association
All-State Boys Tennis Team.

Division I First Team:

Evan Bechtel, Toledo St. John Jesuit; Jacob Dunbar, Lodi Cloverleaf; Nick Wong, Lexington; Zach Mueck, Liberty Township Lakota East; Miguel Cepeda + Luke Tsai, Mason; Ryan O'Gara + Zach Berry, Springboro; Brad Boll + Ruben Geeraert, Centerville; Billy Waldon + Stu Little, Upper Arlington.

Division I Second Team:

Colton Buffington, Westlake; Hiromi Nakayama, Dublin Coffman; Nolan Marks, Chagrin Falls Kenston; Casey Cempre, Thomas Worthington; William Schmit + Eric Vannatta, Upper Arlington; Grant Dolven + Weston Niermeyer, Columbus St. Charles; Sean Stein + Kent Seitz, Dublin Jerome; Garrett Cona + Matt Spittler, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit.

Division II First Team:

Chris Diaz, Columbus Bishop Watterson; Ian Wagner, Columbus Wellington School; James Trevino, Tipp City Tippecanoe; Patrick Wildman, Cincinnati Country Day;  Lou Konstan + Alex Aleman, Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Christian; Jackson Heintz + Wyatt Heinz, Bellbrook; Mason Bourbon + Gustav Plattenburg, Cincinnati Wyoming; John Kidd + Alex Swick, Lima Central Catholic.

Division II Second Team:

Christian Henderson, Sidney Lehman Central Catholic; John Buerschen, Dayton Chaminade- Jullienne; Andrew Linden, Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic; Michael Fredericka, Warren John F. Kennedy; Sam Rutter + Johnny Rutter, Lima Shawnee; Michael Rosile + John Acomb, Columbus St Francis de Sales; Ben Williamson + Matt Harlan, Dayton Oakwood; Langston Hughes + Chris Perrini, Ghanna Columbus Academy

Kenston Alumna Annie Dubovec Selected 

First Team Academic All-America; 

becomes first RMU Female S/A to Earn 

National Classroom/Playing Surface 


Moon Township, Pa. - Robert  Morris senior Annie Dubovec (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston) of the Robert Morris University softball team was selected Capital One Academic All-America First Team in an announcement by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday morning.

Dubovec becomes just the third Student/Athlete in school history to earn First Team Academic All-America honors and the first female ever at RMU to claim this esteemed distinction.

"We are extremely proud of Annie's accomplishment, both in the classroom and on the field," Robert Morris head coach Craig Coleman, M.D., said. "She is an outstanding representative of our softball program, our athletic department and our university as a whole. She exemplifies the true meaning of a 'Student/Athlete.

Dubovec carries a 3.93 grade point average while studying applied mathematics.

She was also one of only three non-Ivy League/Patriot Conference S/As to make Academic All District in the College Division.

Dubovec, who is the RMU softball program's first-ever Academic All-America selection, also becomes just the fourth softball Student/Athlete from the NEC to earn Academic All-America First Team honors in league history. She is also the first-ever designated player to collect any type of Academic All-America honors in NEC history.

This latest achievement for Dubovec is the most significant in a long line of awards that recognized both her academic and athletic accomplishments. She was named a national semifinalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in February, an honor which took into account her numerous community service efforts, and was also chosen as the NEC's Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the conclusion of the 2010 season.
The applied mathematics major has compiled a 3.92 cumulative grade-point average. She has made the dean's list every semester she has attended RMU and has been named to the NEC's Academic Honor Roll in each of the past three years. Dubovec, who is also minoring in actuarial science, is set to complete her degree this December after student teaching during the fall.

Dubovec recently completed another impressive offensive campaign for the Colonials, hitting .357 with a .397 on-base percentage and a .518 slugging mark, as she earned her third-career All-NEC honor and her second-consecutive First Team award.

 She led the team with a career-high 60 hits, a mark that ranked sixth in single-season school history, and also topped the squad in RBI with 30, total bases with a career-best 87 and doubles with 7. She started all 52 games, tying her for second place in single-season history at RMU in games played, and absolutely crushed opposition pitching within league play yet again.

 She posted team-highs with her .424 average and .472 OBP in NEC games and also recorded a .606 slugging percentage in conference contests. Dubovec highlighted the campaign with a home run off University of Florida All-American, and fellow First Team Academic All-American, Stephanie Brombacher, who has yielded just six blasts in 132 innings in 2011.

Dubovec's 2011 season helped her cement her legacy as one of the top hitters in school history, a rare player who could hit for both average and power. She completed her four years as a .338 career hitter, a figure which currently is tied for sixth in program history among those with at least 250 at bats.

 Dubovec blasted 17 home runs, including two grand slams, and tallied 91 RBI in her career, leaving her tied for fourth all-time in both departments with Colonial assistant coach Lauren Dickinson. She is one of just two players in program history, along with Brooke Panepinto, to rank among the top six all-time in career batting average, home runs and RBI. 

She completed her career with 158 hits and mashed NEC pitching to the tune of a career .415 average, a .451 OBP and a .595 SLG% as she hit .420 or better in conference play in three of her four seasons. Dubovec was also a measure of durability for Robert Morris as she started in 104 consecutive games to close her Colonial career.

Dubovec also aided Robert Morris over the years with her arm as she hurled over 300 innings in her collegiate career, claiming 19 wins, 21 complete games, five shutouts and 165 strikeouts. Earlier this season, she twirled three innings against Florida, who ranks second nationally in runs scored per game, and allowed zero earned runs, making her one of only five pitchers across the country to achieve that feat against the national powerhouse this season.

As a result, she became just the second player in school history, along with Dickinson, to have won a NEC honor in both the player of the week category and the pitcher of the week category.

Dubovec helped lead Robert Morris to the 2011 NEC regular-season title, qualified for the conference tournament in each of her four years and was never a part of a losing season.

Senior captain Amanda Graham (Melbourne, Fla. / Eau Gallie) of the RMU volleyball team and sophomore defensive lineman Nolan Nearhoof (Gibsonia, Pa. / Mars Area) of the RMU football team were both named Academic All-America Second Team in their respective sports in late November.

Dubovec had previously joined Graham in being the only two Student/Athletes in RMU history to earn Academic All-District honors three times in their careers.

The Colonial softball program is no stranger to academic success as Robert Morris has posted the highest GPA among all Division I softball programs in each of the past two years. The RMU softball program has also garnered 15 Academic All-District selections in its history, including 10 in the past six years, and at least two in each of the past four years.

To be named an Academic All-American, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at his or her current institution. Additionally, Student/Athletes are not eligible until they have completed one full calendar year at their current institution and have reached sophomore athletic eligibility.

Robert Morris went 15-5 in league play to take first place in the conference in 2011 while earning a spot in the NEC Tournament for the fourth consecutive season, the longest active streak in the league. The Colonials won their opening-round tournament game before being eliminated on the second day of competition in a tight, one-run affair.