A Page -- March 10, 2010

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Norm Weber
Senior Writer, Greater Cleveland High School Hockey Writers Association

March 10, 2010

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A "Wildcat" Frozen Four: The 

Northview, SWC, public school and 

US factors all can put the strangest 

twists on this year's state 

hockey championship

In the “year of the public school” in high school hockey, it would be only fitting that one of the four teams in this weekend’s Frozen Four would be none other than Sylvania Northview, which is joined by Dublin Coffman, St. Ignatius and University School.

Northview has a storied history in the Ohio Frozen Four annals. Under long-time coach Jim Cooper, the Wildcats made it to the Frozen Four seven times. Shortly after Northview lost to Padua in the championship game to Padua in 2006, “Coop” called a breakfast meeting with his Godson Mike Jones.

“Coop” has been a hockey icon, an ambassador to the high school sport in the Toledo region along the lines of how Bob Whidden, Doug Hauser, Mark Ferfolia, Mike Bartley and John Malloy have been to the Cleveland region. Jones knew something was up and sure enough “Coop,” a class act who has been good for hockey all around the state as well as the northwest area, told him he was stepping down after three decades and that he would like for Jones to take over after all the necessary public school board red tape surrounding coaching hires was to be unraveled.

Now Jones has the Wildcats in the Frozen Four. Findlay, another one of the finest public school programs over the decades, proved that state poll champion St. Francis was overrated by eliminating the Knights from the district and then Northview won the all public school final over the Trojans.

Despite the 100s of coaching wins and his congenial nature that incessantly gained the respect and of his student/athletes and thereby a desire for winning, “Coop” never enjoyed coaching a state championship team. Three of his seven Frozen Four teams made it to a championship game. Two lost to Catholic schools (St. Ed the other one).

It is interesting to note that of Coop’s four teams that lost in the Frozen Four semis, three were to Catholic schools (Shaker was the only public to do it to the Wildcats). Also of interest is that all three times Coop’s teams advanced from the semis to finals, it was through defeating a non-Catholic school. This year, Northview gets a public school in the semis in Dublin Coffman and then either a Catholic (Iggy) or non-Catholic private school (US).

Now here is where the irony factors into the whole picture. This is only the sixth time since 1987 that there is only one Catholic school among the Frozen Four field. However, all six times, one of the other three teams was a non-Catholic private – all six having been US.

Moreover, the last two times Northview made it out of the semis and into the championship game, US was among the Frozen Four field (’90, ’06). Both times the Wildcats beat US in the semis to get into the final.

High school hockey in Ohio has sometimes been dubbed a “private school sport,” but that is a bit premature. True, Cooper’s Frozen Four teams were 0-5 against Catholic schools, but 2-0 against private/non-Catholic and 1-2 against public. US is 0-2 against Northview in Frozen Four play but 3-3 overall against publics in FF play.

In the early years, it was the public schools that dominated the sport. Of the first seven Frozen Fours (1978-84) only three of the 28 teams represented were Catholic schools. The other 25 were public (US was still not in the OHSAA at the time because it still had PGs playing other sports). In fact, one high school athletic conference, the Southwestern, was able to claim three schools that were among at least one of the first seven Frozen Four fields – Bay, Rocky River and North Olmsted.

In an all public school Frozen Four in 1982, Northview beat North Olmsted in the semis while Kent Roosevelt topped Sylvania Southview in the other semi. Kent then went on to beat Northview in the title game. Starting in 1985 when St. Ed beat North Olmsted in the state title game, the only year that had three public schools in the field was 1987, which was the year Cleveland Heights beat St. Ed in the final in Brooklyn. Ironically, that Heights team was coached by Malloy, who is now at a Catholic school, Gilmour.

St. Ignatius coach Pat O’Rourke, the fourth different head coach (Gil Ratcliff, Mike Bauman, Scott Pick) to lead St. Ignatius (ironically also a team called the Wildcats) to a Frozen Four, was happy he was able to play Brecksville in the district semis. Another Southwestern Conference reference is that the Bees were part of an SWC crew that had a great year in the districts this year. Brecksville was 2-1, Amherst 2-1, North Olmsted 2-1, Olmsted Falls 1-1, and Avon Lake 0-1. Two of those losses can be thrown out since Amherst eliminated Avon Lake and Brecksville eliminated Amherst.

O’Rourke was happy to play Brecksville for reasons beyond the idea that his group will face a public school in the finals if the Cats can get by US in the semis (Iggy was 11-1-2 against publics this year with the only loss coming at the hands of the defending state champs from Indiana).

“We have faced a couple of outstanding goalies in a row in Johnny Miller from Brecksville and Justin Goebel from Padua, and Jamie Regan from US is no different,” O’Rourke said. ”We need to get tons of shots on net, and some must be quality chances in close.  US has great forwards who are very speedy, so we must control their transition game, too.”

In an all Wildcat battle in the St. Ignatius Christmas tournament, Iggy and Northview skated to a 0-0 tie. Not far away during the same week, Dublin Coffman made Padua work for a game victory and enough period victory/tie points to win the St. Ed tourney. Coffman was the only southern team in the state’s top 10 poll early in the season but then dropped out by January. Still Coffman was ranked No. 1 in the southern poll that came out of Columbus each week along with the state poll.

“I have never seen Dublin Coffman play, but the word is their goalie is excellent,” O’Rourke said.

US and Iggy have met three times this year. All three were one-goal games. The Cats won 2-1 early in the season. US won the last two, both by 3-2 counts in overtime.

“It is too bad that US and Iggy have to play each other in the semi,” said Malloy, whose Lancers lost in double OT in the district finals to US. “I think it would be a good bet that this game could easily be the state finals. But I also think that Northview has a team that skates well enough to win it all as well. Dublin has a good goalie but I don't think they have the depth to get past any of the other teams that are there.”

St. Ignatius and US were ranked No. 2 and 3, respectively, in the final state poll. With St. Francis gone, it means that only one of the top three ranked teams will be in the championship game due to the way the brackets were set.

US being the returning champion has the goaltending and experience to repeat, but both Iggy and Northview have what I would consider the best forwards in the final four,” Malloy said. “But offense can be stymied with good defense and goaltending. So I would have to give US the edge.”

For the record, St. Ignatius is 0-2 against public schools in Frozen Four play. The semis are first though and the Cats are 0-0 against private/non-Catholics. Only when the ice cools Saturday around noon will anyone know how this one shakes.

2010 Baldwin-Wallace College 

Women's Spring Golf Team Seeks

to be in the OAC Title Hunt; St.

Joe alumna Brooke Hamilton

slated to be a leader

March 10


By Nick Minerd

BEREA --  The 2009-2010 Baldwin-Wallace College women's golf team enters its spring season with goals to win the Ohio Athletic Conference and earn a berth to the Division III National Championships.  The collegiate golf season is split between the fall and spring seasons.

"We are working toward rebuilding the women's golf program back to be among the best in the OAC," said second-year Head Coach Sean Strickland.  "We know that it is going to take a lot of hard work, dedication, determination and a commitment by our student-athletes to improve every day.  We are excited to begin our season in Florida and work toward realizing our goals."

The Yellow Jackets open the 2010 spring season on Wednesday, March 10 when they participate at the Northern Illinois Snowbird Intercollegiate during spring break at the Pebble Creek Golf Club in Tampa. The final round will be played on Thursday, March 11.

In the fall of 2009, the Yellow Jackets had an 8-19 overall record that was highlighted by a second-place finish at the Heidelberg University Invitational Tournament.

"We made constant and consistent improvement throughout our fall season," said Strickland. "We feel that each of the young women in our program are committed to helping our program get better with the goals of winning an OAC title and making the NCAA tourney."

St. Joe Alumna Brooke Hamilton

This year's team boast no seniors, so Strickland will have to rely on the experience of juniors Nicole Carlone (Canton/ St. Thomas Aquinas) and Sam Migalski (Monahawkin, N.J./ Southern Regional) as well as sophomore Caci Lewandowski (Sharon Center/ Medina Highland) and freshmen Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joesph Academy), Rebecca Kapusta (Independece), Emily Eighmy (Erie, PA/ Villa Maria Academy) and Sara Terill (Cuyahoga Falls/ Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy).

During the fall season, the team was led in stroke average by Hamilton and Kapusta with Carlone and Migalski rounding out the top four (a team score at the collegiate level is accumulated by counting the top four scores of five total players with the high score discarded from the group).

St. Thomas Aquinas Alum Nicole Carlone 

Hamiltion led the team in stroke average at 91.56 per 18 holes and carded a team-best 85 at the first day of the Yellow Jacket Invitational. Kapusta had the second-best average at 97.11 strokes and shot a season-best of 93 on the first day of the Gannon (Pa.) University Invitational. Carlone, a two-year letterwinner who has already shown vast improvement each year she has played on the varsity, averaged a 100.89 strokes this fall and carded a career-best 91 at the B-W Invitational. Migalski is playing her third season of golf and averaged a 105 strokes this fall and carded a season-best 96. As a freshman, she averaged 100 strokes per round with a best of 88.

Indy's Rebecca Kapusta

"Both Brooke and Rebecca had a strong fall and combined with Nicole and Sam give us at least four solid players," said Strickland. "When you then add Emily, Caci and Sara, it gives us seven young women who can improve and grow with the program. We feel that all seven again can make great strides this spring with the sky as the limit on our improvement."

CVCA's Sara Terill

Eighmy averaged a 107.11 strokes this fall and had a season-best of 100. Lewandowski is back for her second season on the varsity and averaged a career best 107.33 in the fall a career-best round of 96. Terrill averaged a 110.33 with a fall season-best of 103.

During the spring season, the Yellow Jackets will play in five tournaments. The OAC Championship will be hosted by John Carroll University on April 24 -25 at the Fowlers Mills Golf Course in Chesterland. The winner of the 2010 OAC Tournament will receive an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

NCAC Women's Tennis Special    

DENISON VOTED PRESEASON 

FAVORITE IN 26TH NORTH 

COAST WOMEN'S 

TENNIS SEASON

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- 2010 North Coast champion Denison emerged as the preseason favorite in balloting by seven of eight North Coast Athletic Conference women's tennis coaches in their annual preseason poll.

The Big Red, who last season finished the season with a 3-0 divisional record and 16-6 overall mark, earned all seven first-place votes cast. Denison totaled 56 points, followed by Kenyon in second with 48 points. Allegheny was predicted to finish third with 39 points. Oberlin and Wittenberg were tied for fourth with 33 points apiece. Ohio Wesleyan (22) was picked sixth, followed by Wooster(14) and Earlham (7) in places seven and eight.

Denison is guided by head coach Peter Burling, last year's NCAC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year. The Big Red return senior Marta Drane (Wilmington, DE/Tower Hill) and junior Kristin Cobb (Dayton, OH/Oakwood). Last season, both earned first-team All-NCAC honors as singles players and they combined to earn first-team all-conference recognition in doubles.

In 25 years of North Coast women's tennis competition, three schools have claimed championships: Allegheny took the first one in 1985, then Kenyon went on a run to claim 15 of the next 16 titles, interrupted only by Denison's first title in 1994. The Big Red again broke the Ladies' streak in 2002, and have claimed every title since. Kenyon has a total of 15 North Coast titles to Denison's nine, including the past eight in a row.

NCAC Men's Tennis Special

KENYON VOTED PRESEASON 

FAVORITE IN 26TH NORTH 

COAST MEN'S TENNIS SEASON

WESTLAKE -- Defending North Coast champion Kenyon emerged as the preseason favorite in balloting by eight of nine North Coast Athletic Conference men's tennis coaches in their annual preseason poll.

The Lords, who last season finished with a 3-0 divisional league record and 21-7 overall mark, earned all eight first-place votes cast and totalled 72 points. Denison was selected second (64). Allegheny was selected to finish third with 52 points. Wabash (48) was picked to finish fourth, followed by Wittenberg (40), Wooster (30), Ohio Wesleyan (28), Earlham (14) and Oberlin (12) in places five through nine.

Kenyon, under the direction of head coach Scott Thielke, returns its top five players from last year.  The Lords are led by two-time NCAC Player of the Year, Michael Greenberg (Chapel Hill, NC/East Chapel Hill). He is a two-time first-team All-NCAC selection in singles, and was the NCAA Division III singles champion in 2008. Kenyon also returns last season's NCAC Newcomer of the Year, Tomas Piskacek (Sestajovice, Czech/Gymnaziuum Spitalska). He was also a first-team All-NCAC selection.

In 25 years of North Coast men's tennis competition, three schools have claimed championships: Denison, Wooster and Kenyon. The Big Red and the Lords have won or shared the most titles (12), though Denison has taken seven of the past eight. The Scots have claimed a share of four NCAC titles, last in 1996. All three teams shared the crown in 1989; Wooster and Denison shared the first one, contested in 1985.

Yellow Jackets Drop 11-10 

Decision to Thomas More (Ky.)

BEREA, OHIO --  The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team lost an 11-10 decision to Thomas More (Ky.) College today (Wednesday, March 10, 2010) to drop to 2-4 overall this season and on their annual spring break trip to the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in Winter Haven, Florida.  The Yellow Jackets play traditional and longtime rival Wittenberg University at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.  Fans can listen to that game and follow LIVE stats athttp://www4.wittenberg.edu/news/athletics/sportsnetwork/.

Despite the loss to TMC, senior catcher Matt Bush (GraftonMidview) was a perfect four-for-four at the plate with two doubles and a triple.

The Yellow Jackets built a 5-1 lead before TMC had a six-run fifth inning to go ahead 7-5. After B-W finally tied the game with two runs in the top of the ninth inning, the Saints scored the game-winner in the bottom of the frame.


B-W Women's Golf Team Competes on Day One 

of NIU Snowbird Intercollegiate in Tampa, Fla.

BEREA, OHIO - The Baldwin-Wallace College women's golf team opened the spring portion of its 2009-10 schedule on day one (Wednesday, March 10) of the Northern Illinois University Snowbird Intercollegiate at Pebblecreek Golf and Country Club in Tampa, Florida. The Yellow Jackets were one of only three Division III teams competing in a primarily Division I and II field. The second and final day of competition is set for 9:00 a.m. tomorrow  morning.

The Jackets shot 429 as a team on the par-72 and 5,962-yard course.

Freshman Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) led the Yellow Jackets with an 18-hole score of 96. Freshman Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/St. Joseph Academy) was second at 108, freshman Emily Eighmy (Erie, Pa./ Villa Maria Academy) was third at 112 and junior Nicole Carlone (Canton/St. Thomas Aquinas) rounded out the scoring with a 113.

Junior Sam Migalski (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) and freshman Sarah Terrill (Cuyahoga Falls/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) also competed and each shot 116.


Softball - Mount Union Takes Two 

in Florida today


By Kate Kasunic 

(PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL)--Mount Union's softball team scored an 8-3 win over Methodist (NC) and a 5-4 extra innings win over Lake Forest (IL) Wednesday in Panama City Beach, Florida.

After jumping out to a 4-0 lead on Methodist, junior right fielder Jill Rader (Ashland/Ashland) belted a three run home run to add to the lead and make the score 7-0 as the Raiders went on to an 8-3 victory.

Rader drove in another run on an RBI single and finished the day 2-for-4 with four RBI.

Sophomore pitcher Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) allowed just three runs on eight hits and struck out five to get her second win of the season.

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Fairless alum Bre Willis

Rader also came up with the game-winning hit in a 5-4 eight inning win over Lake Forest later in the day.

Alex Lucak (Maple Heights/Trinity) drove in the Raiders first four runs on a two RBI double and a two-run home run that gave Mount Union a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning.

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Trinity alumna Alex Lucak

Lake Forest rallied to tie the game with a pair of runs in the sixth.

Freshman Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) struck out three over the first seven innings and Willis came in and slammed the door in the eighth to pick up the save.

After an off day Thursday, the Purple Raiders start tournament play on Friday with a day-night double header against Methodist at 11 am (CST) followed by Gustavus Adolphus (MN) at 6:30 pm (CST) at the Frank Brown Complex in Panama City Beach, Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medina High alumnus Paul Glass 

Named Academic All-OAC

March 10

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO --  For his efforts both in the classroom and on the basketball court, Baldwin-Wallace College senior Paul Glass  (Medina/ Senior) has been named to the 2009-10 Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference men's basketball honor squad.

Glass, a 6'3" small forward who maintains a 3.69 grade average in pre-physical therapy, was a team captain and four-year varsity player for the Yellow Jackets. He ended his career as a four-time letterman who scored 506 career points, grabbed 246 rebounds, passed for 77 assists, made 54 steals and made 26 three-pointers.
Academically honored Glass

This season, Glass had his best season as a Yellow Jacket as he averaged a career-high 7.5 points and 3.7 rebounds-per-game with 31 assists, 27 steals and five treys.

"Paul is a great team-leader, an unselfish student and player who puts his team first and well ahead of any personal recognition," said second-year Head Coach Duane Sheldon, who himself was an Academic All-OAC student-athlete as a collegian at B-W in the early-to-mid 1900s.  "Paul has an outstanding work ethic and is a strong role model for our younger players. He is well-respected on campus, in the classroom and athletic training room and definitely in our basketball program. We congratulate Paul on an honor well-deserved."

Glass helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 14-12 record.


Olmsted Falls alum Dave 

Pellerite, Midpark's Jim Smalley, 

Berea's Scott Robertson earn All 

Academic honors in OAC

March 10, 2010

 

Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

AUSTINTOWN – Four area men who are Student/Athletes playing basketball in the Ohio Athletic Conference were named to the all-academic team in the league, the OAC offices here announced today.

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Pellerite

 

Medina native Paul Glass of B-W was joined on the team by Olmsted Falls High alumnus Dave Pellerite (Mount Union), Midpark alum Jim Smalley (Heidelberg), and Berea native Scott Robertson (Capital).

Smalley 

Pellerite made the first team with Glass. He is carrying a 3.5 grade point average while majoring in history.

 

Smalley made honorable mention (second team, as only 11 men total were selected). Smalley is carrying a 3.66 while studying education.


 

Also on the second team was Robertson, who is holding down a 3.97 while studying physical therapy and exercise science.


CRUSHERS RETURN SOLID PITCHING CORE

 

March 10


By Nicolle Meyer


Avon— The Lake Erie Crushers are pleased to announce the return of four pitchers from their 2009 Frontier League Championship team. The team has received contracts for starter Brent Lysander and relievers Ronnie Morales, Alberto Rolon and closer J.J. Pacella.



Righty Brent Lysander was drafted by the Oakland Athletics after a successful collegiate career at Sonoma State University. He played two seasons in the Athletics’ farm system, spending time with the Vancouver Canadians of the Class A Northwest League in 2007.  In 2008, he split time between 


Vancouver and the Kane County Cougars of the Class A Midwest League. As the number two pitcher in the starting rotation for the Crushers last season, Lysander recorded nine wins and three losses in 19 starts. In 102.1 innings pitched, he posted an ERA of 4.75 with 54 earned runs, 39 walks and 57 strikeouts.


“Lysander was a solid starter for us last summer,” said Field Manager John Massarelli. “With the departure of Paul Fagan, we will look for him to be one of the inning-eaters in the rotation.”


Lysander’s college roommate and teammate at Sonoma State, Alberto Rolon, was a true rookie for the Crushers last season. The right-handed pitcher earned four wins and one loss in 15 appearances. 

Canton Central Catholic alumnus John Massarelli



Rolon spent time between the starting rotation and the bullpen, starting seven games and closing five and earning one save. In 53 innings of work, he recorded 20 earned runs, 20 walks and 28 strikeouts. Rolon was recognized by Baseball America for his outstanding season this past fall when he was named to the Independent League’s Prospect List.


“Solid rookie year for Alberto,” said Massarelli. “We are going to move him back to the bullpen this season. Rolon, Morales and Pacella will form a tough trio out of the bullpen this summer for opposing batters.”


Submarine pitcher, Ronnie Morales was a solid middle reliever last season for the Crushers. The lefty was drafted out of Wichita State University and played two seasons in the Chicago White Sox’s farm system. His best professional season was last year when he recorded two wins and no losses for the Crushers. In 23 appearances, he recorded an ERA of 2.43 with one save. Over 29.2 innings, he allowed only eight earned runs, 12 walks and recorded 30 strikeouts while holding opposing batters to a meager .204 batting average.


“Morales was a solid addition to the bullpen last summer,” said Massarelli. “We will look to him to take an even bigger role this season.”

Kent State alum J.J. Pacella


Closer J.J. Pacella joined the Crushers midway through the season after beginning the year with the 

Lancaster Barnstormers of the Class A Carolina League. The right-handed pitcher played college ball with fellow Crushers Andrew Davis, Drew Saylor and Todd Balduf at Kent State University. He began his professional career with the River City Rascals of the Frontier League before his contract was bought out by the Houston Astros organization after the 2007 season. In 2008, Pacella split time between the Astros farm teams in Lexington, KY and Salem, VA. While with the Crushers in 2009, he earned three wins and two losses, with nine saves as the teams closer.


“J.J. is a big reason the bullpen became the strength of the staff last year,” said Massarelli. “We will rely heavy on J.J. to be a dominant reliever again for us in 2010.” 


At 157 Pounds, Perry alum Zach Mizer Takes Home Runner-Up Honors

By Morgan Hawley

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – – Senior 157 pounder Zach Mizer (Canton, Ohio / Perry) of the Heidelberg University wrestling team closed out his collegiate career with a runner-up finish at the 2010 NCAA Division III Championships at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
 
Mizer suffered a 4-2 setback to Luke Miller of Ohio Northern University in the championship bout. En route to his second place finish he became the 15th All-American in the history of the Berg wrestling program. It is his first All-American accolade in three appearances at nationals.

Former Panther Zach Mizer now an All-American
 
For the season, Mizer posted a 30-9 overall record. He will graduate as just the fourth wrestler at the Berg to eclipse 100 victories and his 112 wins stand second all-time.
 
Mizer opened the bout with an early takedown and led 2-1 after one period. Miller chose down to begin the second period and registered an escape to tie the bout. A few seconds later Miller got a takedown of his own to extend and rode out the remaining time in the period to erase Mizer’s riding time advantage. The third period would be scoreless giving Miller the 4-2 decision.
 
The sixth seed in the tournament, Mizer opened up his final trip to nationals with a 12-4 major decision over Justin Skilling of St. Olaf College. Mizer went on to upset the no. 3 seed Jesse Milks of UW-Platteville, 3-1, with a takedown in overtime to land on the All-American podium. His spot was secured in the championship bout by virtue of a 7-6 decision over Wartburg College’s Adam Weber.

Walsh Jesuit alum Tony Dipre, 

Hudson grad Dave Burke earn top 

running, jumping honors in NCAC, 

respectively; Dipre, Lakewood

resident Dee Salukombo to

nationals this weekend

March 10, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

North Coast Athletic Conference Spring Weekly

WESTLAKE – Walsh Jesuit alumnus Tony Dipre and Hudson grad Dave Burke were named distance runner and field student/athlete of the week, respectively, in the North Coast Athletic Conference, the league office here announced.

Dipre

Burke helped the Battling Bishops to the league championship. Dipre will be competing in the NCAA nationals at DePaw this weekend along with Lakewood High grad Dee Salukombo, the Denison distance runner.

[ David Burke ]

Burke

NCAC Student/Athletes of the Week

Men’s Distance - Tony Dipre, Allegheny

Senior Tony Dipre (Twinsburg, OH/Walsh Jesuit) of Allegheny won the mile in conference-record time of 4:10.84, which also automatically qualified him for this week’s NCAA Division III Championships. Dipre was also part of the champion distance medley relay that finished in 10:35.79.Baseball

 Men’s Field - David Burke, Ohio Wesleyan

Seniro David Burke (Hudson, OH/Hudson) won the triple jump with a leap of 46 feet, 10.75 inches, was third in the pentathlon (2878 points), and took fourth in both the high and long jumps.

 

BASEBALL

Senior Kyle Kovach (Garfield Hts., OH/Garfield Hts.) leads Hiram with a .440 batting average, 11 hits, five RBI and a pair of doubles. WITTENBERG split a doubleheader with Trine, losing the first game, 13-4, and taking the second, 6-1.

SOFTBALL

HIRAM went 4-6 on its spring trip. Freshman pitchers Gina Pirolozzi (Canton, OH/McKinley) and Jenn Horton (Worthington, OH/Thos. Worthington) combined to throw 21 strikeouts in 13.0 innings with one earned run.


Yellow Jacket Men's 

Tennis Team Beats 

Bridgewater (Va.), 5-4, 

to Improve to 9-1 Overall

March 10

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men's tennis team defeated Bridgewater (Va.) College, 5-4, today (Wednesday, March 10, 2010) to improve to 9-1 overall and 5-1 on its annual spring break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina. The Yellow Jackets end the playing part of their trip tomorrow when they face Ohio Athletic Conference rival Heidelberg University tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m.

B-W jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the doubles competition as the No. 2 duo of sophomore Taylor Long (Ashland/ Senior) and sophomore Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) and the No. 3 team of freshmen Joe Horvath (North Royalton) and Tyler Beaton (Bemus Point, N.Y./ Maple Grove) each won.  In singles play, The Yellow Jackets split the six matches with Trzeciak winning at No.1,  Horvath at No.4 and junior Bobby Irwin (Ashland/ Senior) at No.6.

To date, the Yellow Jackets are led in singles play by Horvath with an 11-1 mark and Irwin is 9-2. In doubles play, Horvath and Beaton are 7-1 at No.3 and the No.1 duo of senior Andy Redd (Archold) and junior Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ Lakewood St. Edward) are 10-2 despite losing today.

Following the Hilton Head trip, B-W opens its northern schedule on March 20 at traditional rivalOberlin College at 10:00 a.m. The first home match at the "Pop" Collins Courts in Berea is on March 27 versus OAC rival Capital University at 1:00 p.m.

 B-W Women's Tennis Team Loses to 

Div. II Brevard (N.C.), 9-0, in 

Final Spring Trip Match in 

Hilton Head

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women's tennis team lost to NCAA Division II Brevard (N.C.) College, 9-0, in its final match today (Wednesday, March 10, 2010) of its annual Spring Break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina.  The Yellow Jackets return to Berea with a 3-6 overall record against one of the most difficult season-opening schedules in its history.


Brevard won all three doubles matches by a combined score of 24-7, and the Tornadoes captured all six singles matches with just junior number six 
player Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior) extending her match to a super tie-breaker before losing. The win was Brevard's sixth straight and improved its season slate to 6-2 overall.

To date, junior No.4 player Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) tops all singles players with a 7-4 record and Marshall is second at 6-5. In doubles play, the No.2 duo of Pelosi and sophomore Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) have the best mark at 5-7.

"Yes, we played a very difficult spring trip schedule and I felt the women played well, competed against some very tough opponents and prepared themselves for the northern and 
Ohio Athletic Conference schedule," said veteran Head Coach Jack Bethlenfalvy. "This was a great way for us to prepare to make a run at another OAC title and spot in the NCAA Division III National Tournament."

To date, B-W has played against four 
NCAA Division II teams and two ranked Division III squads.

The first spring northern matches will take place on Saturday, March 20 when B-W hosts a doubleheader against 
NCAA Division II Ashland University at 11:00 a.m. and then versus Ohio Athletic Conference rival Marietta College at 3:00 p.m.  All matches are played at the "Pop" Collins Courts on the B-W campus.

Mount Union's Suzy Venet Named 

WBCA Regional Coach of the Year

March 10

By Lenny Reich
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(LILBURN, GA)--Mount Union head women's basketball coach Suzy Venet has been named Regional Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
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Venet has led the Purple Raiders to their second Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship in school history, a 26-4 overall record and into the sectionals (round of 16) of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship this weekend in St. Louis, MO.

"I am proud of everything this team and our program has accomplished and this really just another part of that," commented Venet.  "Obviously nothing this program has accomplished has been without the tremendous support of everyone at Mount Union, players past and present along with my coaching staff and family.'

It is the first time Mount Union made the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the sectional round since 1998 which ironically was Venet's senior year as starting point guard for Mount Union.  Venet is the only two-time All-American as a player for the Purple Raiders, scored over 1,500 points and is still the OAC's all-time assists leader.

Venet is in her fifth season at her Alma mater with a 79-56 record.  This season Venet has directed a squad that features just one senior, three underclassmen starters all while giving birth to her first child in the middle of the season. 

ALL FOUR TOP SEEDS ADVANCE IN MAC WOMENS QTRS

 

March 10

By Evan Meyer – Special to Studenathletecleveland.com

 

CLEVELAND - The top four seeded teams advanced to the semi-finals of the 2010 FirstEnergy MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

 

The first semi-final will have the Toledo Rockets the 2009 Western Division regular season champion facing the Kent State Golden Flashes. The second seed Rockets picked up their sixth win in the last seven games as they dethroned the defending tournament champion Ball State Cardinals 67-56. Kent State punched their ticket to the semi-finals for the first time since with a 68-55 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas

 

The bottom half of the semi-final bracket has the top seeded Bowling Green Falcons who looked awe inspiring in their 91-58 rout of the Miami Redhawks. They will face the Akron Zips who advanced to the Final Four for just the second time in their history as they opened an early lead and never looked back as they routed the Eastern Michigan Eagles 72-46.

 

Here is a brief look at the four games that were played on Wednesday.

 

TOLEDO 67 – BALL STATE 56

The Renaissance that is Toledo Women’s Basketball took another step on Wednesday afternoon as they defeated the seventh seeded Ball State Cardinals 67-56 in the first quarterfinal of the 2010 FirstEnergy MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament.

 

 Junior guard Naama Shafir led all scorers with 18 points and seven assists as Toledo (23-7) picked up their sixth win in the last seven games advancing to the semi-finals for the third consecutive year. Senior Tanika Mays and junior Melissa Goodall added 14 points each with Goodall pulling down 11 rebounds

 

“It was a battle” Rockets head coach Tricia Cullop said after the game. “It could have gone either way if we didn’t play with emotion. In the second half, I felt our players were much more inspired that we were in the first half”

 

Ball State (14-17) was led by Ty’Ronda Benning who had 16 points and six assists. Audrey McDonald added 13 points and six rebounds and forward Emily Maggert had 12 points and six boards.

 

“The difference between the two teams in this game was the energy” Cardinals head coach Kelly Packard said afterwards. “We became fatigued in the second half…our energy level went down, and they were ablke to exploit some of the gaps we gave them”

 

The Rockets were 11-19 just three seasons ago, today they have 23 wins the most since 2000-01. The win over BSU was their 42nd in MAC Tournament play first among all teams and their 20th visit to the semi-finals of a MAC Tournament

 

KENT STATE 68 – CENTRAL MICHIGAN 55

Junior guard Jumilah Humes scored 24 points and had nine rebounds 22 of those points came in the second half as the third seeded Golden Flashes erased a seven-point halftime deficit by scoring 47 points in the second 20 minutes to defeat the sixth seeded Central Michigan Chippewas 68-55.

 

Kent State (20-9) won for the fifth time in the last six games and reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2005-06 and the 14th time in school history.

 

In addition, KSU reached the semi-finals for the first time since 2006 and will face Toledo in tournament play for the first time since 2001 when they lost to the Rockets in the Championship Game 74-65 in overtime.

 

“We played very poorly in the first half” KSU head coach Bob Lindsay said after the game. “I thought the second half we played great defensively and entirely with different energy.”

 

Central Michigan (12-18) were led by Kaihla Szunko with 16 points and seven rebounds. She was the only CMU player in double figures.

 

“We had a real good first half” Chippewas head coach Sue Guevera said afterwards. “Jamilah Humes only had four points, but great players make great plays and she really stepped up in the second half.”

 

KSU and Toledo met in regular season play back on February 3rd at the MAC Center in Kent with the Golden Flashes pulling out a 62-59 victory. Since then, the Rockets have won six of their last eight games coming into their semi-final matchup on Saturday afternoon.

 

BOWLING GREEN 91 – MIAMI 58

To put the quarterfinal match-up between the Falcons and the Redhawks in one word? DOMINATION!!

 

Bowling Green (25-6) the top seed in this 2010 MAC Women’s Tournament, and Eastern Division Champions, led from the opening basket and never looked back as they routed the eighth seed Miami (9-22) 91-58 to advance to the semi-finals for the seventh consecutive season.

 

Senior center Tara Breske led four BGSU players in double figures with 20 points and six rebounds. Junior Lauren Prochaska added 15 points, senior guard Tamika Nurse added 14 and junior forward Jen Uhl added 11.

 

“Without question that was our best post production as a unit all season” BGSU head coach Curt Miller said after the game. “We’re really excited because we’ve looked for that all year.”

 

The two teams finished the regular season on March 2nd in Oxford with the Falcons holding on for a 63-58 victory, but Miami came into this quarterfinal game short-handed with injuries to bench players Erin Wisner and Rachel Hencke.

 

“I am proud of my young team, and humbled by a very good Bowling Green team” Miami head coach Maria Fantanarosa said afterwards. “This is not the way I wanted our season to end. But at least it was to a quality opponent.”

 

Freshman forward Kirsten Olowinski led Miami with 16 points and eight rebounds while fellow freshman, guard Courtney Osborn had 10 points and four assists.,

 

Bowling Green will come into this semi-final with a chip on its shoulder after losing two-years ago in double overtime to Ohio in the semi-final and last year losing to Ball State in the Championship Game. “There is definitely a sense of urgency this year” Miller said. “We want to make the NCAA Tournament and win the MAC.”

 

AKRON 72 – EASTERN MICHIGAN 46

The magical season that is the 2009-10 Akron Zips will have another chapter written as they advanced to the semi-finals for just the second time since joining the MAC in 1992 as they took control late in the first half and pulled away in the second as they routed the fifth-seeded Eastern Michigan Eagles 72-46.

 

Akron (18-12) ended a nine-game MAC Tournament losing streak and picked up their first ever win at Quicken Loans Arena. The fourth-seeded Zips now have the daunting task in facing Bowling Green in the semi-finals.

 

‘What a year we’ve had” Zips head coach Jodi Kest said after the game. “Our defense was outstanding. Eastern Michigan is the highest scoring offense in the MAC and we had the best scoring defense. Something had to give. The kids played great”

 

Junior forward Kara Murphy led all scorers with 19 points as the Zips shot 57.1% from the field in the second half and held EMU to just 18 second half points. “I’ve never been past the first round” Murphy said. “Now we’re in the semi-finals and we have to take care of business.”

 

Eastern Michigan (22-8) were led by guard Tavelyn James who was the only Eagle in double figures with 17 points.

 

“They played an outstanding basketball game.” EMU head coach Anne Marie Gilbert said afterwards. “They outlasted us in every area. They came here and made a statement”

 

The Zips only other visit to the semi-finals was in 1999 where they lost to Toledo .The Zips have their work cut out for them on Friday as they have lost 14 straight and 42 of 44 lifetime meetings against the Falcons but did play them tough in their last meeting at Rhodes Arena.

 

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