A Page -- March 12, 2010

With Varley, Miller back on the 

mound, experience, depth, smarts, 

proven success in youth corps, 

Copley should be serious contender 

in Suburban League baseball race

March 12, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


COPLEY – With senior Matt Varley and junior Tyler Miller back on the mound, Copley should at least have the solid pitching to be one of the chief competitors for the Suburban League title this year.


Miller and Varley combined for eight mound victories in 2009, each notching four.  The multi-faceted Varley is also the top returning hitter with a .420 batting average during his junior campaign. He had 29 hits with 24 RBIs and two homers. Varley also had a save on the mound to go with his four wins.


In posting a 4-2 record, Miller let up 23 earned runs in 41 innings pitched while striking out 27.


“Although we have talented pitching, offensively, we need to do a better job of situational hitting and capitalizing when we have runners in scoring position,” said Copley coach Mike Chuppa. “As we continue to work hard and players develop on and off the field, the level of confidence for both the players and coaching staff will grow.”

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This group of Indians has the ability to learn the necessary things to overcome things such as situational hitting that might be a blockade in the beginning of the season.


As a team, the players in the varsity program have a combined 3.5 GPA. The Indians have two players who are in the top three of their graduating class and four varsity starters with a GPA over 4.0.  In addition, they have four players who are members of National Honor Society.


“I could not have asked for a group of students more committed to excellence on the field and in the classroom,” Chuppa said. “They are the hardest working group of kids I’ve ever been around. We have an excellent work ethic within this very intelligent group.”


Chuppa does have a decent amount of hitting coming back for this season. In addition to Varley, he has Joe D’Attoma, a senior who has won two letters and hits for a .368 average on 28 hits in the last campaign. He also had 14 RBIs.


Three-year letterman Mike Ferguson batted .274 with 23 hits and a baker’s dozen of RBIs. Ferguson is also one of the swiftest players on the team, swiping 10 bases last year.


Zach Hays, a junior returning letter winner, should be either the third man in the pitching rotation or the top guy out of the pen. He had a win and a save last year.


Experience is on the side of the Indians. Seven of nine starters are returning. Other starters back are Andrew Schott (SR, 1 year letter winner), Kevin Dressler (SR, 1 year letter winner), and Alex Worner (JR, 1 year letter winner).


Newcomers who are expected to competing for starting or regular playing roles are Lou Gigliotti (SO), David Borchik (JR), Sam Kotran (JR), and Mike Thutt (SO).


“We have many guys who can play multiple positions in both the infield and outfield and have varsity experience there,” Chuppa said. “We are a much deeper team than last year along with the addition of a few key sophomores taking the next step.”


The freshman team was 15-6 last year, which is an encouraging sign for the future for the Indians.


“This year’s sophomore class is the strength of our program and gives us a bright future, and one that we can be excited about as coaches,” Chuppa said.


Gigliotti is a sophomore who will be a starter in the infield. The Indians have two catchers, Worner and Kotran, who will be alternating behind the plate.


“The rest of our defense is very experienced and has logged many valuable innings over the past few seasons,” Chuppa said.


Chuppa is on the 50-percent plan with the Indians. He would like to improve his team’s win total by 50 percent. Both the Berkshire team he coached in 2008 and his Copley team last year won 12 games. Two of the primary team goals are to win 18 games and win the Suburban League title.


“We play a very difficult schedule and are in a very tough league, year in and year out,” Chuppa said. “We play five double headers, which is many more than years past and something we will have to do a better job of adjusting to in order to remain consistent.”


The Indians will have key nonconference games against Louisville, Massillon Washington, Twinsburg, Hoban, St. Vincent St. Mary, and Aurora.


“It makes things very difficult, but it is a challenge we look forward to and enjoy,” Chuppa said.


Obviously, other goals are to win the district and regional and advance to state, which would also mean 20 wins or more. After finishing 8-6 in the SL, the Tribe won their sectional game against Akron North and then lost to Tallmadge in the next round in ‘09.


Chuppa has added Ray Fantozzi as his new pitching and assistant varsity coach. “He has been a tremendous addition and it an asset to our pitching staff and to our program,” Chuppa said.

2009 Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship

Vikings knock off top seed Green 

Bay and move into Horizon title 


 March 12, 2010

By Greg Murphy

GREEN BAY, Wis. - There is something about Green Bay in mid-March for Cleveland State.

For the second time in the last three seasons, fourth-seeded CSU knocked off top-seeded Green Bay in overtime in the Horizon League Championship semifinals to earn a berth in the league title game on Sunday (March 14) at 12:00 p.m. CST. CSU will play second-seeded Butler which beat third-seeded Detroit in today's first semifinal.

The Vikings improved to 18-13 with tonight's win, while UWGB fell to 27-4.

It was just Green Bay's second home loss in the last 28 games with both losses coming to the Vikings.

Kailey Klein was named the U.S. Army Player of the Game after scoring 28 points with five rebounds, five assists and five steals, while Shawnita Garland added 21 points and six boards. Angel Roque added 12 points, six assists and five rebounds, hitting four three-pointers.

CSU used a strong second half, hitting 15-of-20 (.750) from the field, including 7-of-8 (.875) from three-point.

"This is such a wonderful feeling," head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "I feel like we played two of our best games and we have been building to get to this point all season. We are playing better than we have all season and it's a tribute to our seniors who do not want to let our season end.

"I thought we executed our game plan to perfection, hit big shots and didn't get frustrated when things didn't go our way. This is the right time of year to be playing like this. I am going to enjoy this for a few moments and then get ready for Butler." 

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Green Bay appeared to seize control of the game, taking a 40-33 lead with 14:50 left in the game on Julie Wojta's three-pointer.

However, a 12-3 CSU spurt gave the Vikings a 45-43 on a Klein three-pointer. The game was tight from there, featuring four more ties and no team leading by more than four points.

A Klein three-pointer with 1:05 left in the game gave CSU a 67-64 lead, but Celeste Hoewisch answered with a three-pointer on the other end with the shot clock winding down to tie the game at 67-67. CSU had a chance to take the lead, but Stephaine Crosley couldn't convert a shot, giving UWGB one last chance, but Klein came up with a steal at midcourt, sending the game into overtime.

Hoewisch opened the extra session with a layup, but Crosley answered with a layup in the paint and Janelle Adams scored with 2:15 left to give CSU its first lead in the extra session. After Hoewisch split a pair of free throws, Angel Roque nailed a three-pointer to push the lead to three (74-71; 1:36). Adams followed with another layup, but a Hoewisch bucket brought the Phoenix back within three (76-73) with 54 seconds to play.

However, Roque came right back with another three-pointer, her fourth of the game, giving the Vikings six point lead and after a UWGB turnover, Garland hit two free throws to ice the game.

"We are starting to see what kind of team we are," Peterson Abaid said. "This is what we were trying to be all season, but I think we learned throughout the year and are peaking at the right time."

CSU shot .596 (31-52) for the game, the second highest percentage in school history, while also hitting 10-of-18 (.556) from three-point.

CSU started strong, taking an 8-2 lead on a Stephaine Crosley basket three minutes in, but six straight Phoenix points knotted the game at 8-8 about a minute later. The Vikings regained a four point lead (12-8) on baskets from Klein and Garland, but back-to-back three-pointers from UWGB gave them a 14-12 lead with 13:31 to play.

Tied at 16-16 with 11:29 on the clock, both teams went into a cold spell, combining to miss eight straight shots with nine combined turnovers over the next five plus minutes. A Lydia Bauer three-pointer at the 6:50 mark finally broke the tie.

UWGB extended the lead to six points (24-18), its largest of the first half, on an Adrian Ritchie fast break layup. But CSU came right back, using a Jessica Roque three-pointer and a Destinee Blue layup to get back within one (24-23) with 4:48 left.

Green Bay led at the half, 30-28.

Kayla Tetschlag led the Phoenix with 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Hoewisch had 20.



















The Lake Erie Crushers and Ohio State Park Lodges launch online contest”

March 12, 2010

By Nicolle Meyer

AVON — The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, have teamed up with Ohio State Park Lodges for a trophy tour within our state’s beautiful parks and resorts. Starting March 15, fans can follow the progress of the Championship Trophy as it makes stops at our state’s most well known landmarks through a ten-week online contest.

Each week, the Crushers will post a new photograph of the trophy in a mystery location at one of Ohio’s beautiful parks and resorts. Throughout the week, the Crushers will provide clues to the location via the team’s E-Newsletter, Facebook (www.Facebook.com/LECrushers) and Twitter (www.Twitter.com/LECrushers) pages. as well as through Ohio State Park Lodges’ social media pages. Helpful information can also be found by visiting links on www.atapark.com.

The first five fans each week to submit the correct location will win two tickets to a Crushers game in May or June, where they will compete with other weekly winners for a chance to win a two night package at an Ohio Park State Lodge. The package includes two nights lodging at on of the eight Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers, breakfast for two each day, a $50 dinner voucher and a $25 credit in the lodge gift shop. The Grand Prize winner will be determined at a Crushers game on Sunday, June 27.

“We are very excited to partner with Ohio State Parks and Resorts,” said General Manager Ryan Gates. “This contest is a fantastic opportunity for our team to share our championship with the State of Ohio while at the same time highlighting the beautiful travel destinations located right in our backyard.”


"We are very happy to be working with the Crushers and look forward to celebrating both the beauty of the parks and the championship of the Crushers!" said Diana Rom, Regional Director of Sales for the Ohio State Park Lodges and Conference Centers.

The Ohio State Parks are a grandiose 174,000 acres in all, allowing for plenty of room to revel in Ohio's remarkable landscape. There are 8 lodges across the state, each with their own personality and plenty of indoor and outdoor activities. There really is something for everyone at the Ohio State Park Lodges. For more information call 1.800.ATAPARK or visit www.ATAPARK.com.

The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, play ball at All Pro Freight Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium located in Avon, OH. Beginning in 2010, All Pro Freight Stadium will also be home to the Cleveland State University baseball team. The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 12 teams operating throughout the Midwest. Season tickets for the 2010 season are on sale now! For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at www.LakeErieCrushers.com or call 440-934-3636.

Crushers Baseball – Grand Slam Family Fun! 

Presented by Cleveland Clinic.

Kevin Phipps Places 7th at 

Nationals to Become B-W's

First Ever Weight Throw All-


March 12

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College track and field junior Kevin Phipps (Pataskala/Watkins Memorial) became the first athlete in school history to earn All-American status in the weight throw after placing seventh in the event on day one (Friday, March 12) of the 2010 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. The All-America honor is the second in Phipps' career, as he also placed seventh in the discus throw at last year's outdoor championship meet.


Phipps finished Friday's preliminary round with the fifth best throw of 59 feet, 11 and three-quarter inches. In the finals, he was one of seven throwers to top 60 feet and hit his best mark of 60'1.75" on his third throw. Phipps' mark also was only a half of a foot off of his own school-record (61'1.25").

Two other Yellow Jackets, senior thrower Greg Patrick (Collins/Western Reserve) and junior decathlete Emily Oliver (Waynesburg/Sandy Valley) compete on day two of the championships tomorrow. Oliver begins competition in the decathlon at 9:00 a.m. and Patrick throws in the shot put at 1:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball - Mount

Union's Cinderella Run Ends in 

Sweet 16 at Washington (MO), 


March 12

By Jeff Zupanic

ST. LOUIS, MO—No. 19 ranked Mount Union fell to No. 6 ranked Washington (MO), 76-57 in the sectionals (round of 16) of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship tonight in St. Louis, MO.

The comeback kids almost went into another hostile environment and stole another game.

Facing another tradition-rich opponent on the road didn’t seem to faze Mount Union. Not even the sight of all the national championship banners seemed intimidating enough to give a young team making its first appearance in the Sweet 16 in more than a decade a deer in the headlights look.

The Purple Raiders fought, clawed and scrapped with a Bears team that has four national titles and two second-place finishes in the last three seasons.

They just got out-played over a small stretch in the second half and suffered a 76-57 setback.

They didn’t back down at all.

In fact, they showed they could play with last year’s national runner-up. Washington University (26-2) used its tournament experience and a defensive change to open up a double-digit lead with 4:34 left in the game.

“They started switching the screens and we couldn’t get any open looks,” Mount Union head coach Suzy Venet said. “When a team switches on you, you think you have a mismatch with a post player against a guard but not against a big and long team like them.”

The Bears used their size, which featured four players 5-11 or taller, to alter shots and deflect passes. Mount Union finished with 22 turnovers, most of which came in the crucial second-half spurt that ultimately decided the game.

Prior to the 23-7 run, the Purple Raiders scored the first seven points of the second half and grabbed a 43-39 lead. They led 50-47 with 13:11 remaining before a damaging cold spell doomed them.

“We were aggressive and hit our shots then they made the adjustment (to switch the screens),” said Venet.

Washington University scored 10 straight points and what was once a three-point advantage become a 57-50 deficit. The Bears didn’t stop there. They scored 15 of the next 22 points to put the game away.

The first half was a neck-and-neck battle with 11 lead changes and neither holding more than a four-point advantage. Both teams went after each other in different manners.  The smaller, quicker Purple Raiders (26-5) used their motion offense to create outside shots while the taller Bears got virtually all of their points in the paint.

Washington University held a 26-8 advantage inside but couldn’t separate themselves due to Mount Union’s 6-of-11 effort from behind the arc. The Purple Raiders also used their quickness to get to the foul line 10 times to the Bears’ six trips.

A potential disastrous situation was avoided late in the first half when Mount Union had three of its starters were relegated to the bench due to foul trouble. Senior Tessa Pohovey and sophomores Amanda Rose and Kori Wiedt all picked up two fouls in a span of four minutes before halftime and could only watch the remainder of the half.

“We played a lot of players in that first half, probably more than I ever have this season (due to the fouls),” Venet said. “But they were all ready and I thought we got good production off the bench from Kelly (Evans) with six points and Erin Schmidt had six rebounds in the first half.”

Washington University led 35-34 at the time of Wiedt picking up her second foul and only outscored Mount Union by two points and held a 39-36 advantage at the break.

Both teams were shooting lights out in the opening 20 minutes.

The Bears hit 16-of-35 (45.7 percent) from the field while the Purple Raiders cooled off a bit in the latter stages due to the lineup changes but still hit 12-of-32 from the floor.

Washington University’s Zoe Unruh had a game-high 23 points as the Bears had four players in double figures. Jaimie McFarlin andJanice Evans each scored 14 points while Claire Schaeperkoetter added 10 points.

Pohovey finished with 17 points before fouling out of her final game. Wiedt also reached double figures with 10 points as nine different Purple Raiders scored.

“I am proud of how far we have come (in the last four years),” said Pohovey. “The faster style we played made us a better team than we were when I got here.