A Page -- June 4, 2010

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St. Edward eying third state 

baseball title, 40th state all-

sports team title since late 

‘70s; drops Olmsted Falls

 in today’s D-I semis


June 4, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



COLUMBUS – St. Edward’s baseball team is one game away from winning the school’s third Division I State baseball title and the school’s 40th state team title overall with this afternoon’s 10-2 win over Olmsted Falls, here at Huntington Park.


The win in the battle of two West Side teams put the Eagles (27-3) into tomorrow’s championship game against Elder, which nipped Moeller, 1-0, in today’s first game. All 39 of St. Edward’s state team titles have been won since the late 1970s.  Only St. Xavier and Upper Arlington have won more.


Vince Bartolone went the distance to earn the win on the mound.


St. Ed scored first when Alex Lavisky walked to start off the top half of the second inning, Cody Cooper creamed a double off the mini Green Monster (known as Hamburger Balcony here) in right field off the Wendy’s sign near the top of the wall, and Andrew Busser drove home the senior catcher with a sacrifice fly.


The Eagles added one more run in the inning to garner to 2-0 lead through three half innings.


It could have gotten out of hand in the third, but, for Falls’ sake, thanks to a diving catch in left field by David Venezuela with his back to the plate to end the inning, it did not. The Eagles had loaded the bases on singles by Tommy Mirabelli and Cooper and a walk to Stetson Allie to set up the circus catch on a line drive off the bat of Busser.

Listen to interview of Tommy Mirabelli conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


The catch charged up the Olmsted Falls bats. On a hit and run play, Chaz McGrain doubled home Zack Ferster with a gapper to right center. Ferster coaxed a two-out walk to start the rally, which ended with two Bulldogs stranded on the basepaths.


The Eagles got the run back when Steve Kisan led off the fourth inning with a long ball over the left field wall. It was Kisan’s first home run of the season.

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Starting pitcher Denton Sagerman was then replaced by Cam Trefny. Bartolone and Ross Kivett then followed with singles and then came in on a two-out error, charging Trefny with two unearned runs.


Alex Lavisky was walked and stole second and then Coody Cooper walked to load the bases, but Trefny was able to get out of it without getting charged with any more unearned runs, leaving the score 5-1 at the halfway point.


Again, the pitching/defense forcing the Eagles to leave three runners stranded charged up the Bulldog bats. Kurt Carlise reached on an error and Trefny made it to first safely on an infield hit. The rains had begun in the middle of the rally and at 2:24 the delay was put into force as the tarpaulin came onto the field.

Listen to interview of Falls coach Dan Largent conducted by Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading



Just as the tarp was put in place, the rain stopped. At 2:36 the tarp was removed, but puddles draped the infield and dry dirt had to be dropped and raked before play could be resumed. The delay wound up lasting a full hour.


The rest of the inning did not last long for Falls, as Bartolone whiffed Nate Ferster and Venezuela to end the inning with the Dogs stranding two runners.


The LOB luck would run out on the Bulldogs in the fifth inning as Allie drilled a two-out single with the bases loaded to score Aaron Morrero and Mirabelli, who both reached on two-out, infield hits.


Kisan did it again in the sixth, going downtown for the second time this season and second time in this game, moments after Busser reached on a single, making it 9-1.


Eds added a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Copper. Mirabelli, Allie and Lavisky singled to load the bases for him.

Cory Maddocks

Falls loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and tallied a run on a Cory Maddocks single, but the game ended when Kivett nailed a runner at the plate with a prefect throw from the outfield.

Ross Kivett

Kivett (left) and Andrew Busser

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Actually, it was Falls who threatened first, putting runners at first and second with one out on singles by Dave Venezuela and Chaz McGrain in the first inning. However, the Eagles’ defense stiffened and got out of it with no runs allowed.

Mentor High School Football

Mentor Senior Jim Rainone 

and Riverside Senior 

Tyler Atwell to Play 

Baseball at Mount Union

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE)—Mentor High School senior Jim Rainone and Riverside High School senior Tyler Atwell have committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the baseball team.

Rainone was a two-year letterwinner and pitcher for coach Len Taylor at Mentor High School.  He went 1-1 with three saves and a 2.71 ERA this past season.  He plans to study Pre-Law and Sport Business, and is the son of Pat and Rosemary Rainone of Mentor.

Atwell was a pitcher for coach Ed Humes at Riverside High School.  He plans to study Information Technology and is the son of Shannon Powers and Donald Atwell of Painesville.

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution an hour southeast of Cleveland, went 15-20 last season and is coached by Paul Hesse who enters his 15th year in the dugout and is one of only 11 coaches in the history of the Ohio Athletic Conference to win over 200 career games.
B-W/Berea's D'Arcy Hlavin 

and Padua alumna Krysten 

Kovach Named ESPN The

Magazine Academic All-

District IV

Jan. 4, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA - Two Baldwin-Wallace College cross country and track & field Student/Athletes, senior D'Arcy Hlavin (Berea) and junior Krysten Kovach (North Royalton/ Parma Padua Fransiscan), have been named to the 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV honor squad.

Hlavin, who is a first-team selection and now qualifies for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America ballot, is a repeat selection. This is Kovach's first ESPN The Magazine honor, and she is a second-team choice.

Hlavin, who competed in the 1,500 meter run at last week's 2010 NCAA Division III National Outdoor Track & Field Championship Meet which B-W hosted in Berea, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in sports medicine and pre-physical therapy and carried a 3.694 grade point average. The Dean's List student who is a member of the Alpha Lambda and Chi Sigma Alpha honor societies was an Academic All-OAC and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV selection in 2008-09.

Overall, Hlavin's is one of the most celebrated women's cross country and track Student/Athletes in school history and capped her career by being named as this year's B-W Outstanding Female Athlete. She is a three-time All-OAC honoree in cross country, including being the OAC Runner of the Year in 2008-09, twice earning All-Great Lakes Region honors and twice ran at the NCAA Division III National Meet, including this fall when B-W hosted the championship meet.

In track, Hlavin is a multiple All-Ohio and OAC champion. At this winter's OAC Indoor Championship Meet, she was named as the Julie Zajac Most Outstanding Distance Runner as she won the 1-mile run, placed second in the 800 meters, seventh in the 5,000 meters and ran the anchor leg on the winning distance medley relay squad. She missed this spring's OAC Outdoor Championship Meet due to an injury. In addition to placing 18th in the 1,500 meters at last week's NCAA Meet, she was provisionally qualified in the 800-meter run.

Kovach is a chemistry and pre-med major and Dean's List student with a 3.835 grade point average. The Alpha Lambda Honor Society member also was a member of the OAC champion cross country team and ran a leg on the OAC outdoor champion 4x800 relay team. Individually, she placed second during the OAC Outdoor Championships in the 1,500-meter run and fourth in the 800 meters.

"We are extremely proud of the accomplishments, both academically and athletically, of both D'Arcy and Krysten," said veteran Head Coach Dr. Bill Taraschke .  "D'Arcy is simply one of the best to ever compete at B-W and is a fierce competitor and great team leader.  Krysten also leads by-example and is outstanding in every way.  Both young woman are highly deserving of the honor."

Indy loses in D-III 

baseball semis; Elder to 

play Eds in D-I for all 

the marbles

June 4, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


COLUMBUS – One of only four Cleveland area teams that made it to the four Final Fours, Independence was eliminated in the semi final round of the Division III baseball tourney, 5-0, to Clear Fork here in Huntington Park.

The Blue Devils could manage only one hit, that by Nick Kraus. Josh Suvak took the loss on the mound for the Blue Devils, who finish the season at 28-4.

In Division I in a semifinal between two teams from the Queen City, Elder topped Moeller, 1-0, on a game that ended on an appeal play with a Crusader runner called out after tagging too early from second base on a fly ball.

In that game, Moeller’s Kevin Thamann had a hit, a walk and a stolen base. He is from the Thamann Family that produced former Moeller and Cleveland State catcher Jim Thamann, who later coached both football and baseball at Benedictine and is now the North Royalton baseball coach. Kevin Thamann will play at the University of Dayton next spring.

Brush High School Senior

Tyler Johnston to Wrestle 

at Mount Union

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE)— Charles F. Brush High School senior Tyler Johnston has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the wrestling team.

Johnston, was a 2-year letterwinner and a district tournament qualifier for coach Frank Spano at Charles F. Brush High School.

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution an hour southeast of Cleveland, is coached by fourth year head coach Mark Hawald and has finished second in the Ohio Athletic Conference for a second straight year, had three wrestlers advance to the NCAA Championships and one of those wrestlers earned All-American honors for a second straight year.

Johnston plans to study Athletic Training and is the son of Dean and Donna Johnston of Lyndhurst.



June 4

By Harry Plummer

SAUGET, Ill. -The Gateway Grizzlies belted five homers on their way to a 17-4 victory over the Lake Erie Crushers in the opener of a three-game set tonight.

The Crushers wasted little time in opening a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. They were able to do so without the advantage of a hit. Three walks, a hit batsman, an error, and a wild pitch put the Crushers up against Gateway starter Mark Pawelek.

The Grizzlies answered immediately, scoring six run in the bottom of the inning to chase Lake Erie starter Phil Rummel from the contest after just .1 innings. Rummel, who studied at Penn State before going pro, walked four and unloaded a wild pitch after retiring the first hitter of the contest. Charlie Lisk contributed a grand slam to account for the first four runs.

Philip Rummel


Esmelvin Jimenez entered in relief of Rummel and allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the third inning as Breck Draper singled home Jareck West, who had reached on an error. Jimenez threw 4.1 solid innings in relief allowing just the unearned run.

Gateway blew the gates open in the seventh, scoring nine runs to grab a 17-3 lead. Charlie Lisk led off the inning with his second homer of the game and fifth of the season. Justin Baum belted a three-run shot in the inning and Jareck West connected on a two-run shot. Lake Erie was able to score in the ninth when pinch-hitter Wayne Bond singled up the middle to score Lee Huggins. Andrew Davis pitched the eighth inning for the Crushers.

The Crushers will continue the series tomorrow night with an 8:05 p.m. game. RHP Matt Smith (1-1, 5.62) will make his second start of the season for the Crushers with RHP B.J. Dail (0-0, 5.00) countering for Gateway.

Walsh Jesuit jumps into D-II 

championship baseball game with 4-1 


June 4, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



COLUMBUS – John Fasola’s third-inning triple that drove in two runs served as the winning hit and whipped Walsh Jesuit into the Division II championship game with tonight’s 4-1 over Hebron Lakewood.


The Warriors, who were tied 1-1 at the time of Fasola’s hit, reached the 30-win mark with the victory. Their only loss this season was to St. Edward, which made it into tomorrrow’s D-I title game against Elder.

Walsh will now play Jonathan Alder for the coup de grace.