A Page -- March 11, 2011

Firelands High Alumna Ali Stack, B-W 

Women’s Basketball Teammate Amanda 

Schroeder Named Academic All-OAC 

For Double Student/Athletic Success

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA -- Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball senior student-athletes Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) and Ali Stack (Vermilion/ Firelands) have been named as 2011 Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference players.
Stack (L) and Schroeder (R)

Schroeder, who carries a 3.41 grade point average in pre-physical therapy and exercise science, is this year’s OAC Women’sBasketball Helen Ludwig Player of the Year, a three-time first-team All-OAC player as well as a 2-time Academic All-OAC selection. She led the Yellow Jackets in scoring at 15.1 points-per-game and in steals with 37, blocked shots with 20, field goal shooting at 53.7 percent on 138-of-257 attempts, three-point shooting at 48.1% on 25-of-52 attempts and free throw shooting at 84.3% on 91-of-108 attempts.  She was second with 6.1 rebounds-per-game and third with 32 assists.

Schroeder became the 12th player in school history to surpass the 1,000 point mark when she scored seven points in a 56-41 victory against Alma (Mich.) College on November 19.  She was also named the Women’s DIII News Player of the Month for December. She was named the OAC’s Women’s Basketball Player of the Week December 6 and 20. Schroeder’s 1,374 career points ranks third all-time in B-W history and led the Yellow Jackets to an 86-27 record with a pair of OAC titles and NCAA Division III National Tournament berths.

Stack, who carries a 3.64 GPA in pychology and communication studies, is a four-year letterwinner and receiving her first Academic All-OAC honor. This season, she was a team captain and came off the bench to average 14.5 minutes per game. She led the team in free throw shooting at 89.5% on 34-of-38 attempts. Stack scored 3.3 ppg., grabbed 1.6 rpg. and had 20 assists, and 19 steals.

In addition top her with grade average, Stack is a Dean’s List student, Jacket Scholar and a member of the Chi Sigma Alpha HonorSociety.

Spartan Baseball Team Unable to Hold 

Off Rochester at UAA Championship

By Nick Minerd

SANFORD, FL – A four-run eighth inning was the difference as the Case Western Reserve University baseball team lost 9-8 to the University of Rochester (NY) in its first game of the 2011 University Athletic Association Championship on Wednesday, March 9 at Sanford Memorial Stadium.

The Spartans fall to 6-4 overall, while Rochester improves to 4-1.

Case led 6-2 after three and a half innings before the Yellowjackets scored two in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in their final at-bat in the eighth.

Charles Chanatry (1-0) pitched 2.2 innings in relief to earn the win for UR. Spartan freshman reliever Jose Vega (Strongsville, OH/Padua Franciscan) was the victim of the late rally and falls to 1-1 this season.

At the plate for Case, sophomore shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, OH/Tallmadge), the 2010 UAA Championship Most Valuable Player, picked up where he left off last season with two hits and four runs batted-in. Senior catcher Steve Bills (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

The Spartans scored two in the third with RBI infield hits by junior leftfielder Jimmy Abed (Westlake, OH/Westlake) and Keen. Rochester took advantage of three walks and evened the score with a two-spot in their half of the inning, but Case answered with four in the fourth. Bills and Abed each hit RBI singles, while Keen drove in two with a hit of his own.

Rochester came back with a pair in the fourth as Dominic Caruso and Alex Caghan each drove in a run, but junior A.J. Boshinski (Alpharetta, GA/St. Pius X) was able to strike out the final two in the inning to hold the lead. The Yellowjackets kept the pressure on and got one more in the fifth thanks to an RBI double from Tyler DeClerck, bringing the score 6-5.

Junior Noah Lieberman (Evanston, IL/Evanston) came out of the bullpen for the Spartans and tossed the next 2.2 innings without surrendering a hit, but left in the eighth after walking the leading batter. Rochester then scored four runs with the help of two infield singles and an error to move ahead 9-6. Rob Barnard provided the key at-bat of the inning with a two-run single.

Case refused to go quietly in the ninth, loading the bases twice and scoring a pair of runs, but Rochester’s Corey King was able to strand three runners for his first save of the season.

Divers Todd Richert of Royalton and 

Julie Pinter of Broadview to Compete at 

DIII Nationals on March 23-26 in 

BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College senior six-time All-American diver Todd Richert (North Royalton) and sophomore two-time All-American diver Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Heights) will compete at the 2011 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet that will be held March 23-26 at the University of Tennessee Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Both athletes qualified for the one and three-meter diving events.

Richert has competed at the Division III national meet in each of the last three years and has earned All-America honors twice during each trip. The top-16 competitors in each event earn Div. III All-America accolades.

As a junior last season, Richert placed eighth in the 1-meter event and 13th in the 3-meter. As a sophomore in 2008-2009, he placed sixth in the 1-meter event and 14th in the 3-meter. As a freshman in 2007-08, he was 12th on the 3-meter board and 13th on the 1-meter. He is only one of two student-athletes in the history of the Yellow Jacket swimming & diving program to earn multiple All-American awards.

This season, Richert won the one and 3-meter titles at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships and was named the OAC’s Men’s Diver of the Year for the third time in his career. Richert owns all five of the program’s diving records, including the one-meter (514.60 points) and three-meter (527.47) championship events.

The men’s 1-meter dive is scheduled for Thursday, March 24 and the 3-meter event event is set for Saturday, March 26. Finals for each event begin at 6:00 p.m. each night.

Pinter competed in her first Div.  national meet as a freshman and placed sixth in the 1-meter event and fifth in the 3-meter dive. She became only the second student-athlete in program history to earn multiple All-American awards.

This season, Pinter won the one and three-meter titles at the OAC Championships and was named the OAC’s Women’s Diver of the Year for the second consecutive year. She was named OAC Female Swimming Athlete of the Week three times this season. Pinter owns four of the program’s diving records including the one-meter (524.20 points) and three-meter (446.92) championship events.

Baldwin-Wallace’s Taraschke, Davis and Phipps 

Receive National USTFCCA Great Lakes Regional Awards for Indoor Track & Field

BEREA, OHIO – Baldwin-Wallace College veteran Head Track and Field Coach Dr. Bill Taraschke, throwing coach Jarrod Davis and senior four-time NCAA Division III All-American thrower Kevin Phipps (Pataskala/ Watkins Memorial) all received Division III Great Lakes Regional Awards as named by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA).

Taraschke was named Great Lakes Women’s Coach of the Year, Davis was named Great Lakes Region Male Assistant Coach of the Year and Phipps was awarded Great Lakes Region Male Field Athlete of the Year.  All three men will receive their awards at a banquet tonight (March 10) and prior to this weekend’s (March 11-12) NCAA Division III National Championship Meet at Capital University in Columbus.

The award marks the 13th time Taraschke has been named a Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year. Overall, he has led 48 B-W teams to Ohio Athletic Conference Championships and has been named Coach of the Year or a member of an OAC Coaching Staff of the Year on 35 separate occasions.

This season, Taraschke guided the women’s program to its 19th OAC Indoor Track and Field title this winter and four other meet titles, including the Division III All-Ohio Championship for a combined 45-0 record. The OAC indoor title was the B-W women’s 17th in the past 22 years and the coaching staff was named OAC Staff of the Year.

Davis has taken the Yellow Jacket throwing program to new heights in just four years. During that time, he has developed the Yellow Jacket program as the premiere throwing program in the Great Lakes Region with 2010 graduate and multiple All-American Greg Patrick, Phipps and current throwers Mitch Supan (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit), Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) and Matt Kromer (Parma) leading the men and Stephanie Graber (North Royalton/ Parma Padua), Erin Norton (Lakewood/ Senior) and Leslie Purnell (Springfield/ Central Catholic) leading the females.

Phipps helped the men’s indoor track team to three meet titles and a 42-4 overall record this winter. He was named the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Bud Yoest Co-Most Outstanding Field Event Athlete after he won the weight throw (61’0.25”) and was second in the shot put (51’4.5”). He was also named OAC Field Athlete of the Week twice during the indoor season.

This season, Phipps reset his own school and OAC-record in the 35-pound weight throw with a throw of 62’3.25”inches. He also set a school record in the shot put with a toss of of 56’1”. Both marks hit the NCAA automatic qualifying standard. Entering the national meet, he is ranked in a tie for third in the shot put and eighth in the weight throw. He will compete in the weight throw on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and in the shot put on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Phipps earned All-American accolades indoors last winter with a seventh place finish in the weight throw.  He has twice earned All-America honors in the outdoor discus (2009 and 2010) and once in the outdoor hammer (2010).

Raiders will try it again today after getting rained out Thursday

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Mount Union softball team will wait until Friday before it heads back to the diamond;Thursday's games were cancelled due to rain.

The scheduled contests against Aurora (Ill.) and Beloit (Wis.) at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively, will not be made up.

The Purple Raiders (4-2) will resume competition on Friday with games against Simpson (Iowa) and Geneva (Pa.) at 9 and 11 a.m.

Mags alum Katie Knox, former Perry 

Panther Taylor Hartung, North Olmsted's 

Kori Wiedt, Green High grad Amanda 

Rose earn All Academic honors in OAC

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Magnificat alumna Katie Knox, North Olmsted High grad Kori Wiedt, Green grad Amanda Rose and Perry Township native Taylor Hartung were named Academic All OAC for women’s basketball, it as announced Thursday out of the league office in Austintown.

Those Student/Athletes maintaining an overall grade point average of 3.25 or better and contributing heavily or starting on their college varsity athletic teams are eligible to receive the distinguished dial success award.

Knox (L) and Hartung (R)

A physics and engineering major at John Carroll, Knox is also a senior center on the side on the Blue Streaks’ basketball team. The North Olmsted native has an overall GPA of 3.86.

Wiedt (L) and Rose (R)

Wiedt, Rose and Hartung all are students at Mount Union College and as a subsequent to the student antecedent are also on the basketball team that qualified to the NCAA nationals for the second year in the row. A biology major, Wiedt is carrying a 3.45 GPA and is a junior guard. Rose, a junior forward, has a 3.94 overall GPA and is majoring in business administration. Also a business administration major, Hartung has a 3.65 GPA and also happens to be a senior guard as a secondary activity.

In addition, the threesome’s teammate at Mount, Nicole Plant, who studied in her secondary school program and played high school ball in the Columbus area, also made Academic All OAC First Team with a 3.89 GPA.


Rose was an Academic All-OAC Honorable Mention last year and in moving up to the first team has been joined by the three teammates.

Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team 

Completes Rebel Spring Games with an 

Undefeated Record; Strongsville's Resek 

Strokes 16 Hits in Tourney

By Jeff Miller

KISSIMMEE, FLA. – The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team ended its annual spring break trip with a rain shortened perfect 8-0 record at the Rebel Spring Games.   The undefeated record marked the first time in school history that team did record a loss during the spring break trip.

B-W was scheduled to play Catholic (D.C.) University and Bluffton University on Thursday, March 10 but rain washed out the entire day of action.

The Yellow Jacket offense pounded out 83 hits, 12 doubles, three triples, two home runs and tallied 53 RBI and finished with a teambatting average of .371.   B-W outscored its opponents 65-7.  The Yellow Jackets were led by senior Katrina Resek (Strongsville) with a .533 batting average with 16 hits, five RBI, 10 runs scored and a team-leading 10 stolen bases.  

Strongsville's Resek (L), and Highland alumna Davis (R)

Senior Tanya Davis (Hinckley/Medina Highland)  was second on the team with a .520 batting average with 13 hits, three doubles, five stolen bases and 12 RBI, which moved her into first all-time on the all-time list.

On the mound, the B-W pitchers combined for a team earned run average (ERA) of 0.89 while striking out 38 and walking just 10 batters.  Freshman Justina Wise (New London) appeared in four games with three starts and ended with a 4-0 record.  Wise pitched in 18.2 innings and allowed just one earned run on 10 hits with 20 strike outs and just one walk to finish with a 0.38 ERA.  Junior Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) made three starts and finished with a record of 3-0.  Baker, who moved into a third place time on the all-time wins list, pitched in 15.0 innings and allowed three earned runs on 10 hits while striking out six and walking four to finish with a 1.40 ERA.

Oberlin Women's Lacrosse at Notre Dame College Canceled
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Oberlin, Ohio – Thursday’s women’s lacrosse game at Notre Dame College has been canceled due to unplayable field conditions. 

The continued rainfall throughout the area prevented the NDC grounds crew from be able to properly line the turf field for competition. 

With Monday’s washout, this is the second time Oberlin has had its potential season opener canceled. No makeup date for this game has been finalized as of yet. 

The Medaille contest, which was originally scheduled for Monday, will now be played on April 23. 

The Yeowomen will finally hope to open their season on Tuesday, March 15, at Trine University.

Cole Named As One Of 5 Finalists For Cousy Award; Honor Caps Off Record-Setting Season For Viking Senior

By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland State senior guard Norris Cole has been named as one of five finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, which is presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's top collegiate point guard.

The 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be awarded at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Monday April 4th in Houston as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.

"This is a big honor for myself and my teammates because it is reflects the sacrifices that this team made during the summer and off-season to improve and it honors the success that we have had this year," Cole said.

"To be considered as one of the five finalists for the Bob Cousy Award shows that a player from a mid-major school can compete at the highest of levels as long as he works hard," Cole added.

Cole was initially named as one of 72 candidates for the award in early December and the list was pared down by the selection committee to 20 in January and to 10 in February.

The most recent round of voting included an online voting that was open to fans nationwide with that vote being used to help trim the list from 10 to five.  Cole finished third among the 10 nominees with 13 percent of the vote.

Each of the final five candidates will be reviewed by the Hall of Fame's Blue Ribbon Selection Committee, chaired by former NABC President and Hall of Fame Trustee Ken Kaufman. The Blue Ribbon Selection Committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers.

The winner of the 2011 Bob Cousy Award will be announced on April 1 with the award presentation coming at the Final Four on Monday April 4 as part of the Basketball Hall of FameClass Announcement.

Cole has had a record-setting season en route to becoming the first player in league history to be named Horizon League Player of the Year and Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.  He led the Horizon League in scoring (21.6 ppg), steals (2.2) and free throw percentage (.853), ranked second in assists (5.3), third in minutes played (35.6), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.93) and defensive rebounds (5.2) and seventh in rebounds, setting the CSU single season records for points (715), free throws made (215) and free throws attempted (252).

Cole had the top individual game in the Horizon League this year in scoring (41 vs. Youngstown State), rebounds (20 vs. Youngstown State), free throws made (15 vs. Green Bay) and steals (6 vs. UIC).

Cole will enter post-season play next week as the Cleveland State career record holder in games played (138), consecutive games played (138) and minutes played (4,038).  He also ranks second in career victories (89), third in free throws made (473), field goals attempted (1,516) and fourth in career scoring (1,933 points), free throws attempted (573) and field goals made (662).