A Page -- March 10, 2011

John Carroll University and St. Norbert 

College will meet in Dublin, Ireland on 

August 31


March 10, 2011

By Mike Preston

GRANBURY, TX - Two top Division III American football programs - John Carroll University and St. Norbert College - will face off in the Global Football event GIFT 2012 -the Global Ireland Football Tournament - on August 31, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland.


The game will be one of three double headers to be played on the eve of the game between longtime rivals University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the US Navy Academy Midshipmen on September 1, 2012.  Specific details including the venue of GIFT 2012 games will be announced soon.


The ground breaking GIFT 2012 tournament is organized by Texas-based Global Football which will produce a series of American football games featuring top high school and college teams, within the celebratory football weekend in Ireland.


A stellar list of invited teams are finalizing their plans to kickoff their 2012 seasons in style in Dublin, with the games being the focal point of a five-day educational football tour to the Emerald Isle. The high school and college programs from across the United States will put in two practice sessions prior to their games, along with numerous local area tours to historic and cultural sites, culminating in attending the Notre Dame-Navy game in Aviva Stadium.



The John Carroll University football program, led by head coach Regis Scafe, is no stranger to Global Football events, having participated in their European Tours every three years since 1996.  Most recently, in May of 2010, the Blue Streaks traveled to France for ten days of football and sightseeing, culminating in a game against the Brussels All-Stars.  

Regis Scafe


"This is obviously an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said coach Scafe. "This is not an exhibition game like our past trips overseas have been. This will be our 2012 season opener, and will be played in one of the most famous cities in the world. I am excited for our team, our university, our alumni and the entire John Carroll community.  We feel extremely grateful for this opportunity and it could not have been possible without the help of our great JCU alumni and administration."  


John Carroll University will face off against St. Norbert College, led by head coach Jim Purtill a position he has held for twelve seasons. During his tenure, the Green Knights has registered a tremendous overall record of 107-21 and have won nine Midwest Conference championships, appearing in eight NCAA Division III playoffs.


"This will be a wonderful educational opportunity for our student-athletes, and I am appreciative of our administration for supporting this endeavor," said Coach Purtill. "This experience will be great for those who might not normally get a chance to travel abroad in not only an athletic setting, but an educational one as well."


Global football President Patrick Steenberge said of the event: "Through the help of American football leaders in Ireland, we have found a number of top quality stadiums which are eager to host our games.  Since there currently are no high school or junior level league teams there, it will be a chance for the American coaches and players who travel to Ireland to demonstrate their abilities to passionate Irish sports fans and media."


The football program at JCU, a Jesuit school founded in 1886, boasts a strong tradition, which includes a streak of 21 consecutive winning seasons spanning the most recent three decades. The Blue Streaks have been ranked nationally during the preseason or regular season in 16 of the past 21 years.  They have made three NCAA Division III playoff appearances, (1989, 1997, 2002). The 2002 team earned the Championship of the East Region and participated in JCU's first NCAA DIII national final four contest.


Head coach Regis Scafe completed his twelfth season at the helm of the program and has posted ten consecutive seasons at .500 or better for the Blue Streaks. In going 71-35 over those ten seasons, Scafe has helped John Carroll to extend its current run of consecutive non-losing campaigns to a school record 22 years.


Scafe was also recently on the coaching staff of the 2010 Team Stars & Stripes, that included two players from JCU, which participated in the Global Football organized Tazon de Estrellas featuring a game between a collection of 41 Division III all-stars and the CONADEIP Mexican All-Stars. Team Stars & Stripes dominated defeating the Mexican hosts 48-7, and JCU's wide receiver Frank Ross was named MVP of the game. 


The only Norbertine college in the world, St. Norbert is a four-year, Catholic liberal arts college, devoted to the Norbertine traditions of the community, prayer and service to others. Founded in 1898 by Abbot Bernard Pennings, as a school to prepare men fro the priesthood, St. Norbert College became coeducational in 1952. Today the residential campus serves approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students hailing from throughout the United States and more than 30 countries. The school is located on the banks of Fox River in the residential community of De Pere, Wisconsin, neighboring Green Bay. The academic excellence of college is nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges.


Marching bands, cheer squads and alumni groups are also gathering forces to put on a true 'Dublin Friday Night Lights' celebration in multiple stadiums for the GIFT spectacular.   


Travel arrangements for the Global Ireland Football Tournament 2012 are being handled by Anthony Travel, which has partnered with Global Football for more than a decade. Travel details for alumni, fans and family will be announced on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, and will be found at www.GIFT2012.com 


Global Football President Patrick Steenberge lettered 2 seasons at quarterback for Notre Dame, 1970-'71, and his Texas-based company has produced American football games in 18 different countries since 1996. He also created the Notre Dame Football Fantasy Camp in 2003, in partnership with the ND Monogram Club, produced the Notre Dame Japan Bowl led by Coach Lou Holtz in 2009, and in May 2011 will produce the first American football game on African soil, the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl. www.kilibowl.com featuring Drake University and the Mexico CONADEIP all-stars. 

Lash (L), Colatruglio

Sixth-Inning Rally, Fueled With Key

Hits By Strongsville's Jason Lash And 

Brunswick's Zach Colatruglio, Sends 

Top-Ranked Heidelberg Into Win 

Column Again

By Morgan Hawley

Port Charlotte, Fla. – March 9, 2011 – The top-ranked Heidelberg University baseball team rallied for five runs in the sixth inning to erase a 3-2 deficit to lead to an eventual 7-3 victory over Bluffton University. The victory improves Heidelberg to 4-0 during its season opening trip to Port Charlotte, Fla. for the Snowbird Classic. Bluffton stands at 3-4.

Down 3-2, Heidelberg’s Jason Lash (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) singled through the left side to knock in Gar Keen (Sparta, Ohio / Highland) who led the inning off with double. Two batters later, and with two outs, designated hitter Zach Colatruglio (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) was behind 1-2 in the count before he connected for a two RBI single up the middle to plate the eventual game-winning run. Jordan Martin (Powell, Ohio / Olentangy) followed with a RBI single before rounding the bases to score on a passed ball to bring the final score to 7-3.

The Heidelberg hitters finished with nine hits on the day, with four coming during its sixth inning rally. Leading the way was Keen who finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Canton Central Catholic) went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Leading the way with two RBI was Colatruglio, to go along with a hit. Also finishing with a hit apiece was Elvin Williams Jr. (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid), Lash and Martin.

(L to R) Medina's Stucky, CCC's Brechen, Euclid's Williams

On the mound, junior right-hander Sylvester Nino (Willard, Ohio / Willard) got the start and threw a five-hitter in 7.0 innings of action to earn the win. He closed out the game with six strike outs. Throwing the final two innings was senior left-hander Branden Stucky (Medina, Ohio / Medina). Stucky allowed just two hits, while striking out three.

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Tennis Team 

Defeats Elizabethtown (Pa.) 8-1 in Final Match of Spring Break Trip

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team won its third consecutive match to finish up play on the final day of its annual Spring Break trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina today (Wednesday, March 9) with a 8-1 victory over Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. B-W posted a 3-3 record in Hilton Head.

With the victory, B-W improves to 7-6 overall. Elizabethtown falls to 1-1 overall.

The Yellow Jackets, who played six matches in four days in Hilton Head, are seeking to win their fourth Ohio Athletic Conference title and earn their fourth NCAA Division III National Tournament berth in the last five seasons.

EC alumna Rebecca Mittler

B-W gained a 3-0 advantage in doubles as the number one tandem of senior number one singles player Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/Columbus Bishop Hartley) and sophomore No.3 player Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/Elyria Catholic), won 9-7; the duo of junior No.4 singles player Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) and senior No. 5 player Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) won, 8-1; the No.3 duo of freshman Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria Catholic) and senior No.6 player Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior) also won, 8-1.

In singles play, B-W won five of the six matches as Pecinovsky won at No.1 by scores of 6-3, 6-4; junior Safaa Hajji (Rabat, MOROCCO/Ryad Al Maarifa) won at No. 2 by the scores of 6-1, 6-2; Mittler won at No.3 in a third set super tie-breaker by scores of 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-3); Greene won at No.4  also via super tie-breaker by scores of 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5); and Pelosi won at No.5 by the scores of 6-0, 6-1.

Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team Stays Undefeated With Two Wins on Day Four of the Rebel Spring Games; Lake 

Catholic alumna Sarah Baker moves into 

tie for third on all-time wins list 

By Jeff Miller

KISSIMMEE, FLA. – The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team remained undefeated with a pair of victories today (Wednesday, March 8) over Mitchell (Conn.) College and Webster (Mo.) University on day four of the annual Rebel Spring Games at the Fortune Road Athletic Complex.

B-W improved its record to 8-0 overall by defeating Mitchell, 9-1, in five innings and shut out Webster 9-0 in six innings.   The Yellow Jackets have outscored their opponents 65-7.

Former Cougar Sarah Baker

Against Mitchell, senior pitcher Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) improved her record to 3-0 and moved into a tie for third place on the all-time wins list with 34 career victories.  The B-W offense pounded out 11 hits and was led by freshman right fielder Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field) who went 3-for-four with a double, two RBI and a run scored.  Seniors Katrina Resek (Strongsville) and Tanya Davis (Hinckley/Medina Highland) each went 2-for-4 with an RBI each while Baker also went 2-for-2 with two RBI.

 Resek swiped two bases and now has a team-leading 10 on the season.
In shutout of Webster, freshman pitcher Justina Wise (New London) allowed just four hits and struck out four batters to improve to 4-0 overall with three complete games and one win in relief.  Wise now has 20 strikeouts and an earned run average of 0.38 in her four appearances.

Field High product Lauren Feciuch

The Yellow Jacket offense once again had 11 hits and was led by freshman shortstop Lauren Feciuch (Kent/Field) who went 2-for-3 with her second triple of the season, two RBI and one run scored.  Freshman left fielder Ashley Elber (Huron/Edison) went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and one run scored while Davis also went 2-for-4 with an RBI, run scored and astolen base.

Bearcats Claw Yeomen
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Box Score 

By Mike Mancini

Latrobe, Pa. – On a wet and sloppy field the Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team was unable to keep pace with the St. Vincent College Bearcats as the Yeomen fell victim to a 17-4 defeat on Wednesday afternoon. 

“They are a strong offensive team and were able to force the crease way too easily today,” Head Coach Topher Grossman said. “We didn’t do a good enough job defensively and missed some opportunities on offense.”

The Yeomen (1-1) hung tough for the first 15 minutes and trailed just 4-2 after one period. The Bearcats netted the first four goals of the frame, but back-to-back scores by Thomas Hake and Connor Jackson got the Yeomen right back in the contest. 

Unfortunately the momentum was short-lived as St. Vincent (3-1) scored 12 straight goals before Dylan Holmes was finally able to stop the run with 7:33 left in the fourth quarter. Jackson, who finished with a team-high six groundballs, was credited with the assist on the play. 

Rookie Matthew Rogers would add the final OC tally, but it was too little too late. Senior captain Rob Bond had a strong performance inside the circle as he won 7-of-10 face-off opportunities. 

With a wintry mix falling, gusting winds up to 40 miles per hour and mid-30 degree temperatures the home Bearcats were able to out-shot the Yeomen 46-27 while also winning the groundball battle 41-28. 

The Yeomen will go right back to work on Saturday afternoon when they travel south to Shenandoah University. The opening face-off is set for 1 p.m..


HandsOnSoccer/Otto Orf set special 

online discounts for Student/Athlete 

summer camps at 27 NE Ohio locations

March 10, 2011


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENT -- As Winter sports are winding down for Student/Athletes in Greater Cleveland/Northeast Ohio and Spring sports are on the eve of beginning, it is never too early to start thinking about Summer sports, and HandsOnSports has such a sports planner in mind with an early bird special for online applications for soccer camps.

Otto Orf’s HandsOnSoccer is offering a $25 discount to all online registrations made prior to April 1 for any of this summer’s soccer camps for Student/Athletes at any of its 27 locations in the Greater Cleveland area.

Any youth, age 4 to 18, is eligible to register. Starters groups are for ages 4-7. There are also special instructional programs for Intermediate Field Players, Goalkeepers (both beginners and advanced), and Advanced and High School Players (S/As).

Orf, a multiple-year professional league champion with the Cleveland Crunch and national world champion, has been offering soccer instruction to the Greater Cleveland area boys and girls Student/Athletes for 21 years now. A native of Upstate New York, Orf adopted Northeastern Ohio as his home because of desire to give back to soccer what soccer here gave him. 

The track record speaks for itself, with hundreds of HOS alumni/alumnae having earned current or past college soccer S/A situations.

S/A-Cleveland Photo by Norm Weber

Also, half-day programs are available, as well, for those with busier schedules or those who want to take the time to get the full breadth of the program(s).

S-A Cleveland Photo by Norm Weber

In order to register, please use the online link www.Handsonsoccer.com. 

To see a video promo about the camps, click below:


Conor Sweeney 2011

Robertson (left) and Sweeney (right)

Ignatius alum Conor Sweeney, Olmsted 

Falls grad Dave Pellerite and Berea

native Scott Robertson earn Academic

All OAC for dual success as 

Student/Athletes in the 

classroom and on the court

March 10, 2011


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AUSTINTOWN – Three Greater Cleveland area Student/Athletes received special recognition for their dual success in both the classroom and on the court for men’s basketball in the Ohio Athletic Conference, it was announced Wednesday through the league office here.

Berea High alumnus Scott Robertson, Olmsted Falls graduate Dave Pellerite, and St. Ignatius product Conor Sweeney were all named Academic All OAC for their Student/Athletic accomplishments throughout the year.

In order to receive Academic All OAC, an S/A must be either a starter or major contributor to his/her athletic team and maintain at least a 3.25 overall grade point average in all his/her academic program.

Robertson and Pellerite were two of only four to receive First Team Academic honors. Robertson plays for and studies at Capital while Pellerite is a student at Mount Union, where he is also on the basketball team on the side.


In addition, Pellerite’s Mount Union teammate, Ben Hodkison, playing for a Greater Cleveland area college but who played high school ball elsewhere, also received First Team Academic recognition.

Sweeney, playing for John Carroll in University Heights near his home of Eastlake, received Academic Honorable Mention.

Pellerite earned Academic All OAC Honorable Mention in both 2009 and 2010 as well as this year’s first team award, while Robertson and Hodkinson were both OAC Academic HMs as basketball S/As in 2010.

A senior forward for the Purple Raiders, Pellerite is carrying a 3.44 overall GPA while majoring in history education.

Robertson and Hodkinson have been near flawless in the class room. A senior forward for the Crusaders, Robertson has a 3.98 overall and has a dual major in physical therapy and exercise science. Hodkinson has a 3.91 in health and physical education.

Sweeney comes from a long line of studious basketball types. In addition to his twin brother, Patrick (also on JCU and Ignatius), both his dad, Mike, and uncle, Marty Sweeney, played basketball and studied at Cleveland State in the late 1970s and early 1980s, both after finishing up at Ignatius. Marty Sweeney is the long-time Cleveland Councilman in the West Park/West Town Wards.

A junior guard, Sweeney has a 3.63 overall in his studies and is majoring in finance and economics.

All three are now eligible to receive CoSida/Capital One Academic All District and Academic All American recognition.

B-W Men’s Tennis Team Ends its 12-Match Winning Streak With a 5-4 Loss to OWU in Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team ended its 12-match season-opening winning streak when it lost, 5-4 to rival Ohio Wesleyan University today (Tuesday, March 8, 2011) on the third day of its annual Spring Break trip toHilton Head, South Carolina. Earlier today, B-W shut out Eastern Nazarene (Mass.) College, 9-0.

B-W gained a 2-1 advantage in doubles as the number one duo of sophomore number two singles player Joe Horvath (North Royalton) and senior No.4 player Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ St. Edward), won 8-2 and the No.2 doubles duo of junior No.1 singles player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) and freshman No. 6 player Brad Minrovic (Akron/ Ellet) won, 8-3.

St. Ed alum Matt Lachman

In singles play, OWU won four of the six matches, all in third set tie-breakers. Winning for the Yellow Jackets were Horvath at No.2 by the scores of 6-4 and 6-2, and senior No.5 player Sam Burris (Wooster/ Senior) by the scores of 6-3 and 6-1.

With the score tied at 4-4, the deciding match pitted Minrovic versus OWU sophomore Matt Swaim. Minrovic won the first set 6-0, butSwaim claimed the second at 6-4 and won the pro-set tie-breaker by a 10-8 score.

B-W Men’s Tennis Team Bounces Back later in the afternoon to post win over  Mount St. Mary College (N.Y.), 9-0, in Final Match of Spring Trip

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team got back to winning form with a 9-0 victory over Mount St. Mary (N.Y.) College today (Wednesday, March 9, 2011) on the final day of its annual Spring Break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina.

B-W, who posted a 5-1 record in Hilton Head, is now 13-1 overall. Mount St. Mary drops to 0-2 overall.

North Olmsted's Alex Kearney

B-W gained an early 3-0 advantage after doubles play as the No.1 team of sophomore No.2 singles player Joe Horvath (North Royalton) and senior No. 4 singles player Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ St. Edward) won, 8-1, the No.2 doubles duo of junior No.3 singles player Alex Kearney (North Olmsted) and junior Taylor Long (Ashland/ Senior) won, 8-5, and the No.3 tandem of junior Andrew Orens (Brunswick) and freshman Josh Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley) won, 8-4.

B-W won all six singles matches in straight sets. Junior Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) won at No.1 by the scores of 6-3 and 6-3; Horvath won at No.2 by the scores of 6-0 and 6-4; Kearney won at No.3 by the scores of 6-0 and 6-4; Lachman won at No.4 by the scores of 6-0 and 6-3; senior Sam Burris (Wooster/Senior) won at No. 5 by scores of 6-1 and 6-1; and freshman Brad Minrovic (Akron/Ellet) completed the sweep at No. 6 by scores of 6-1 and 6-0.

Six Yeowomen Honored by NFHCA
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Chandler, Ariz. – One day after receiving team academic accolades from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), six members of the Yeowomen field hockey team were honored as individuals.

Highlighting the list of recipients is senior cinema studies major Tasha Cohan. A native of Newton, Massachusetts, Cohan has now been named to the SGI / NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad for the fourth time in her career. A 2010 All-NCAC Honorable-Mention selection, Cohan started all 17 games this past season and played in 66 games in her career. 

Other members of the 2010 team that recorded a minimum GPA of 3.30 during the fall semester include sophomore goalie Kiran Puri and first-years Marissa Blackwell, Brady Eggleston, Laura Li and Karin Yoshida.

While Oberlin will be losing Cohan and fellow senior Gillian Winbourn#, the Yeowomen return a talented group of underclassmen that is ready for a breakout season in 2011.