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Pinter (L), Torrence (R)

Baldwin-Wallace College Winter Sports Teams 

Are Extremely Successful and Continue 

Yellow Jacket Trend of Athletics Excellence

BEREA, OHIO --  The Baldwin-Wallace College winter sports season was a success with its seven teams combining for an outstanding record of 118-52 with a .694 winning percentage. The success continue a trend of athletics excellence in Berea.

Highlighting the winter season was the crowning of Division III track All-Americans in freshman shot putter Danielle Torrence (Canton/ South) and sophomore heptathlete Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Falls). In addition, junior four-time All-American diver Julie Pinter (Brecksville-Broadview Heights) will compete at the NCAA Division III National Championship Meet from March 21-24 in Indianapolis.

Torrence placed third at the Division III National Meet in the shot put with a school-record throw of 46-feet and eight inches. In the last two weeks of the season, she improved her career-best by an amazing six feet. Eddy placed fourth in the 7-event heptathlon and was 11th individually in the pole vault.

In addition to the All-American duo, junior men’s shot putter Zach Marinucci (Brunswick), senior shot putter Lesie Pernell (Springfield/ Central Catholic) and junior weight thrower Cristina Perrine (Middleburg Heights/ Midpark) each placed ninth at the national meet and narrowly missed making Div. III All-American by one spot. The top eight in each event earn Division III all-america status.

This winter, the indoor track teams, led by Coach Bill Taraschke, in his 26th season and with 46 OAC titles to his credit, combined to win six meet titles (three men’s and three women’s) and compile a 77-11 record  with an .875 winning percentage.

Pinter, who carries a 3.7 grade average in speech and learning disorders, his hoping to earn her fifth and sixth NCAA Division III All-American awards. So far this winter, she has already earned her third straight OAC Diver of the Year accolade. She is truly an exceptional student-athlete. In addition, sophomore Angela Musille (Canton/ GlenOak) has an NCAA “B” cut time and may be invited to swim at the national meet.

This winter, Duane Sheldon’s men’s basketball team had a 16-10 record with a young team that was led by All-Ohio Athletic Conference selections in sophomores Kyle Payne (Brunswick) and Kevin Krakowiak (Valley City/ Parma Heights Holy Name) and junior guard Ben Umbel (Poland/ Seminary), who compiled a 3.97 grade average in pre-med.  The 16 victories doubled the total of a year ago and included wins against the top three teams in the league.

Cheri Harrer’s always-tough women’s team had a 17-10 record and increased to 17 straight seasons with 17 or more victories and ran her streak to 20 consecutive winning seasons. Coach Harrer has 450 career wins in 22 seasons at B-W to rank second on the all-time OAC win list. Her youthful program was led by 2-time junior All-OAC forward Jessica Carpenter (North Canton/ Hoover).

Despite the wrestling and swim teams each having below-.500 records, the programs will improve under the new leadership of Jamie Gibbs and Laura Wolff. Both took over this winter and both teams are already moving in a positive direction.

The winter success followed a strong fall when all 10 B-W teams had winning records and combined for a 282-158-1 record with a .641 winning percentage. Nine of the ten teams had winning records. Overall, it illuminates a rich winning tradition of Yellow Jacket success both in the classroom and on the athletics field.

Since Kris Diaz took over as the Director of Athletics in 2008-2009, Fifty-nine of 80 Yellow Jacket teams have had winning (55) or .500 (four) records, equating to a .713 winning percentage. Overall, the 23-sport athletics program, including lacrosse which becomes a varsity sport in 2013-14, has compiled a mark of 2,143-1,295-26 for a .625 winning percentage prior to the 2012 spring season.

Fans of the Yellow Jackets can expect the success to continue this spring too as the women’s softball, golf and tennis teams return to defend OAC titles. Last spring (2010-11), six of the eight teams had winning records and the other two were at .500 for a combined mark of 296-110 with a .694 winning percentage. Already the spring teams have a 37-14 combined record, including a 14-0 mark by the men’s tennis team.

Baldwin-Wallace College Spring Sports Teams Have 

Successful Southern Trips; combine for 27-8 mark

BEREA, OHIO --  Each of Baldwin-Wallace College’s eight spring sport teams had a successful southern trip last week. To date, the teams have combined for an outstanding record of 37-14 with a .725 winning percentage, including an even more impressive 27-8 mark down south with a .771 winning rate.  Look for each of the eight teams to compete for an Ohio Athletic Conference title this spring, including defending champs in softball, women’s tennis and women’s track and field.

The men’s tennis team had a 6-0 record in Hilton Head, South Carolina and is now 14-0 overall and veteran head coach Brian Rector will enter a March 24 home match versus Otterbein University with 399 career wins. He is the winningest men’s tennis coach in Ohio history (high school or college) with a 399-83 career mark. So far, senior No.1 player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) has a 16-3, junior No.2 player Joe Horvath (North Royalton) is 15-2 and junior No.5 player Alex Kearney (North Olmsted) is 13-4 overall.

The 3-time defending OAC-champion women’s tennis team had a 4-2 mark in Hilton Head and boosted 28-year Head Coach Jack Bethlenfalvy’s to an all-time Ohio best of 318-206. To date, junior Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic) has the top singles mark at 7-7. The women resume play at Kenyon College on March 23 and then open their OAC schedule at Otterbein the next day.

The women’s golf team won its tri-match with SUNY-Cortland (NY) and Point Park (Pa.) University in North Mrytle Beach, S.C. as junior No.4 player Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) tied for medalist honors with an 85 on the par-72 and 5,847-yard Barefoot Landing Resort Norman Course. The women are back in action on March 23-24 at the University of Mount Union Invitational.

The men’s team placed second of four teams on the Love Course and was led by senior No.1 player Ricky Jaskolski (North Royalton/ Parma Padua Fransiscan) and sophomore No.5 player Augie Ward (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) as each player had an 80 on the par-72 and 6,643-yard layout. The men are back in action on March 30-31 at the annual Muskingum University Tournament.

The extremely young baseball team compiled a solid, 7-1 record in Port Charlotte, Florida under the direction second-year head coach Brian Harrison and is 9-2 overall heading into this weekend’s Ohio Athletic Conference versus Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Challenge in Chillicothe. The Yellow Jackets hit .379 as a team and outscored their opposition, 119-32.

Offensively, freshman Kyle Chontos (Pickerington/ North) is hitting a team-leading .452 with five doubles, one homerun and 13 runs batted-in and senior shortstop Anthony Longhitano (Cuyahoga Falls) is batting .444 with four doubles and a team-leading 15 RBI. On the mound, junior righthander Pat Havens (Twinsburg) has been dominant with a 3-0 record and 0.00 earned run average with 27 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched. Senior righty Josh Scott (Strongsville) also is 3-0 and has a 2.50 ERA with 15 whiffs in 18 innings of work.

The softball team had a 6-4 record in Orlando, Fla. against a very competitive schedule. B-W hit .316 as a team and outscored the opposition, 46-22. Sophomore Lauren Feciuch (Kent/ Field), who hit a walkoff homer to win the 2011 OAC Championship Game, led the way by batting .433 with four doubles, one homerun and 10 RBI. Senior pitcher Sarah Baker (Mentor/ Lake Catholic) was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and is now two victories shy of the all-time school-record of  40 by Donna Wheeler (1989-92). The women return to action on March 20 with a doubleheader at Bethany (W.Va.) College.

The track teams competed at the unscored Coastal Carolina despite missing its five NCAA Division III indoor national qualifiers. With 47 teams participating, including NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA, the top Yellow Jacket performance was turned in by freshman long jumper Nicole Christner (Minerva) with a 16’1.75”.  The teams travel to Charlotte, North Carolina this Friday and Saturday to participate in the annual UNC-Charlotte 49er Invitational Meet.

Last spring (2010-11), six of the eight teams had winning records and the other two were at .500 for a combined mark of 296-110 with a .694 winning percentage. It appears that this year’s spring teams are off to a strong start.

Mount Indoor gals take seventh at NCAA nationals

GRINNELL, Iowa -- Mount Union's women's track and field placed seventh at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships in Grinnell, Iowa.

Junior Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) finished a stellar indoor season with a second place finish in the 400 meters with a school-record time of 55.93.

It was her first All-American honor in indoor track as she was named Great Lakes Indoor Sprint Athlete of the Year just before the meet.

Mahoney also earned All-American honors along with teammates in fellow junior Daryn Herman (Fairview Park/Fairview) along with sophomores Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak) and Taylor Kring (Salem/West Branch) with a fourth place finish in the 4x400 meter relay.

Mazzaferri also claimed All-American accolades with a sixth place finish in the 800 meters (2:17.21) and Kring posted an All-American finish with a seventh place finish in the 60 meter hurdles (8.93).

Senior Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) also competed in the shot put and finished 15th.

Lake Erie nine splits at Northern Kentucky

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY. – Behind a pair of strong pitching performances, the Lake Erie College baseball team split a doubleheader at perennial power Northern Kentucky University on Saturday (March 10), picking up their first win of the season in the process.  After dropping game one 3-1, the Storm rebounded for a 2-1 victory in the nightcap.

Both games featured dominant pitching, with Lake Erie (1-4) getting strong starts from junior Adam Beach(Vermillion, Ohio/Vermillion) and sophomore Brian Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge), as well as some clutch hitting from sophomore infielder Reid Rizzo (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) and ace work from all-conference reliever Doug Fox (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge).  

Beach and Kilway combined to throw 12 1/3 innings and allowed just four runs combined on 11 hits.  The duo walked just three and struck out 14.  Each was backed up by Fox who tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings in the two games and struck out four.

Beach (L), Kilway (R)

The opener was scoreless until the fifth when Rizzo singled in the game's first run.  It remained a 1-0 game into the sixth until the Norse (6-7) got a two-out, two-run single from Pat Williams to take the lead.

Northern Kentucky added another run in the eighth with a solo home run from Max Colaner that ended Beach's day.  He went seven-plus and allowed three runs on six hits. Beach (0-2) walked two and struck out a season-high eight.  

Lefty Tim Clark (1-2) held the Storm to just four hits in six innings of work to earn the win.  Brett Loeding came on to throw three innings of one-hit relief, with four strikeouts, to earn his second save.  Brad Clement went 3-for-4 at the plate and Williams had two hits to lead the NKU offense in game one.

Game two played out much the same, with neither team scoring until the fifth inning as Kilway and Jim Ryan held the two offenses in check.

Lake Erie finally broke through and it was Rizzo again in the center of the action.  Sophomore outfielder Garrett Emling (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) opened the inning with a single and came around to score on Rizzo's two-out single.  Rizzo then manufactured a run by stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch.  From there senior Brayan Cacique (Caracas, Venezuela/John I. Leonard/Lakeland) brought him in with a base hit for a 2-0 lead.

Northern Kentucky got on the board in the sixth with Brett Cisper doubling in a run with one out in the inning to chase Kilway.  

But Fox came on and got Clement to line out to Cacique who tossed to Rizzo on the bag at second base to double off Cisper and end the threat.

Kilway surrendered that one run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings of work.  He walked one and struck out six to pick up his first win of the year (1-1).  Fox earned his first save with 1 2/3 of one-hit work. 

Ryan (0-2) allowed two runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings and Loeding, like Fox, came on in relief for the second time on the day and kept the Storm off the scoreboard in 2 1/3 innings.   

Senior Nick Lovick (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and junior Pat Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) each had two hits for Lake Erie.  

Zac Asman had two hits for the Norse.

The Storm continues its Spring Break trip on Tuesday, March 13, when it opens a series at seventh-ranked Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.

Spartan Women’s Tennis Opens Spring Trip With Two Victories

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team began its annual spring break trip with a pair of matches against NCAA Division III opponents in Georgia. When the day ended, the Spartans had cruised to an 8-1 versus Agnes Scott College (Ga.) and concluded the day's sweep with a 6-0 win versus Birmingham Southern College in a match played to decision due to darkness.

With the victories, the Spartans improve 10-2 in dual matches this season.

Against Agnes Scott (3-3), the Spartans jumped out to a 2-1 advantage following doubles action.  The No. 1 tandem of regionally-ranked junior Erika Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20erika%20emv7> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and younger sister Alexandra Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20alexandra%20jlxi> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) won by an 8-3 count versus Rachel Storz and Natalie Mayer. 

Erika (L) And Alex Lim

The Scotties won at No. 2, but the Case duo of junior Emily Pham<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/pham%20emily%20a3ca> (Mason, Ohio/William Mason) and freshman Marianne Bonnano<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/bonnano%20marianne%20wdo3> (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) put the Spartans ahead with a win at No. 3, 8-4.

In singles action, the Spartans claimed all six points highlighted by a 6-0, 6-0 victory from Bonnano at No. 2 over Agnes Scott's Mariel Herrara.

Versus Birmingham Southern, the Spartans swept doubles and singles action without dropping a set. During doubles, the Lim sisters were an 8-4 winner at No. 1, while the tandems of Evers and Sophomore Bianca Patel<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/patel%20bianca%20wa5r> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) at No. 2 and Pham along with Bonnano at No. 3 were both victorious by identical 8-1 scores.

In singles, Erika Lim was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 1 versus Moya Moore, while Pham swept her opponent, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3. Patel was a 6-2, 6-1 winner at No. 4 as the other three singles matches were unfinished.

Case continues its southern swing on Sunday, March 11 when it battles Huntingdon College (Ala.) at 3:00 p.m. in Atlanta.


Watch Live Stats and Video of the Lake Erie softball team as they open their season at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla Mar. 11-16

Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/lakeerie/

Live Video: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lake-erie-college-athletics

Storm gals fall due to seventh-inning rally

KISSIMMEE, FLA – Lake Erie College (0-1) was tied at 3-3 through six innings in its season opener but two seventh inning runs gave Edinboro University (2-1) a 5-3 win at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.

If the first play of the season, is an indication of how the year's going to go, the Storm is in for good thing as redshirt freshman shortstop Maddi Klemp (Akron, Ohio/Coventry) robbed Edinboro's leadoff batter of a base hit with a diving catch.  Both teams failed to score in the first inning, but in the top of the second, the Scots plated an unearned run on a double steal. 

Edinboro scored two more in the top of the third to take a 3-0 advantage, but Lake Erie used aggressive base running to respond back in the bottom of the inning with two runs.  Klemp led off with a single then took two bases on a passed ball.  Junior outfielder Chelsea Bleck (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) reached on an error then used aggressive baserunning to take an extra base and start a sequence of events which brought Klemp home.  Senior Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) then singled and sophomore third baseman Juliana Brotzman (Madison, Ohio/Madison) brought Bleck home with a sacrifice fly. 

Lake Erie tied the score 3-3 the next inning, as Klemp drove home sophomore catcher Fayth Atkins (Holland, Ohio/Springfield).  

The Storm had chances to score again in the fifth with a leadoff hit from Bleck and the sixth as two batters reached base but the score remained 3-3 until top of the seventh when the Scots scored a pair of ultimately game-winning runs.  Lake Erie went down in order in the bottom of the seventh. 

Foley, Bleck and sophomore second baseman Krista Haley (Holland, Ohio/Springfield Holland) each had a pair of hits for Lake Erie which did not have an extra base hit in the contest. 

On the mound for the Storm, sophomore Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) went the distance, allowing five runs (three earned), on nine hits and a walk while striking out five. 

The Storm is scheduled to play again Sunday vs. Slippery Rock at 11:00 a.m.