A Page -- March 13, 2011

Free Athletic Training Series offered  to 

high school students by Kent State, 

Summa, Otto Orf/HOS

March 13, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENT – For those interested in getting a head start on a career as an athletic trainer, Kent State is the place, Otto Orf is the guy, Summa Health System is the conduit and May 18 and 19 are the dates.

Any high school student who is interested in athletic training will want to consider the 2011 Two Night Athletic Training Series at Kent State. On Wed, the 18th, from 6:30 to 8::30 p.m., the instructional focus will be the fundamentals of ankle injuries and on the following night during the same times, the focus of learning will be neck and head injuries.

This is a free event offered to all Greater Cleveland and northeast Ohio high school students brought to Kent by the university’s athletic training staff, Otto Orf’s HandsOnSoccer/HandsOnSports 501(c)(3), and Summa Health System.

Both night’s events will be held at the MACC Annex and will be diverse complete with both group discussions and lab activities. Participants will be working in direct fellowship with Certified Athletic Trainers from the Summa Health System and KSU, with added input from Kent State students.

This program is designed to teach basic athletic training skills and creating an awareness of preventing and treating ankle, head and neck injuries on a basic level and also at managing said injuries beyond the initial treatment.

To register free of charge or for more information please call (330)779-9229. A confirmation email with a parental consent form would follow subsequently to the tendering of an application for participation.

More information could also be obtained by emailing Arietta Paulus at the Summa Center for Sports Health at paulusa@summahealth.org.


Also, early registrations for the 27 HOS Summer Soccer Camps are still beign accepted online by going to www.handsonsoccer.com.

 Nordonia has more experience, talented 

freshman and sophomore groups, more 

leadership, and lots and lots more

 "home" games 

March 13, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


MACEDONIA – With 10 full or part-time starters returning from the 2010 edition of the Nordonia High Knights baseball team returning, this year’s outfit will have experience on its side and if that counts for as much as it should, a lot of good things could happen here in northern Summit County.

“Pitching will be the strength this year’s team,” Nordonia coach Scott Koenig said.  “Last season our pitching staff was young and it gained a lot of experience in close games last year that should translate into wins this season.  The core of our projected starters have played summer ball together for several years and bring a positive energy to the team that we haven’t had in the recent past.”

In addition to the cohesiveness built through spending the summers together as a larger group and the experience gained through taking a few lumps here and there as a staff on the mound, the Knights were blessed with a strong freshman class last year and also have a promising one this year.

Of the three teams, it was the freshman team that had the most success last year. While the varsity was and 5-23 and the JV brigade 14-10, the frolicking freshman group was 17-5, which included a 13-game winning streak.  Several from the freshman team have a chance to leap one level and earn varsity spots this year.

Incoming freshmen who have promising attributes are Nick Carson (left-hand hitting second baseman), Nick Nolan (a hard-throwing pitcher/shortstop, who some coaches believe could be the best all-around athlete in the program), Gino Spadero (a third baseman with good hands who was freshman football team’s quarterback) QB, and Kevin Ross (a first baseman who is a power hitter with a strong work ethic).

Among the veterans are Zach Lewis (senior, 3-yr. letterman, 3.3 GPA), Anthony Saveriano (senior, 2-yr letterman,.326 batting average and .442 on-base percentage,  3 doubles 1 triple  3.5 GPA), Chris Hawks (senior, 1 -yr. letterman, 3.3 GPA), Anthony Ciocca (senior, 1-yr. letterman, 3.5 GPA), Jacob Sindelar (senior, 1-yr. letterman, BA .270, OBP .427, SB 9, SAC 3), Tyler Eliason (senior, 1-yr. letterman), Dylan Danko (junior, 1-yr letterman, 3.3 GPA), Mike Miller (junior, 1 yr. letterman), Mike Sutkaytis (junior, 1 yr. letterman), and Billy Smith (sophomore, 1-yr. letterman, 2-1 record with 1 save as a freshman)..

The Knights will start the season with a mini spring trip by going down to Cincinnati for weekend to play Princeton HS. Coaches and athletic directors are hoping to expand that trip in the next few years to a full-fledged out-of-state swing in all likelihood to some of the Dixie states.

They will also play a game at Canal Park vs. Brunswick in Canal Park Classic.


“This is our last year in NOC and aiming to win our division and leave on a high note as we head into Suburban league in 2012,” the coach saod.

Some changes have been made to the non-league part of the schedule with Canton McKinley appearing on the list as the opponent for the home opener. Nordonia has also added another doubleheader at end of April with defending state runners-up Walsh Jesuit.

“Last year turned out to be a rebuilding year having lost two seniors in the first week of season that were starting pitchers and also outfielders and two of our top hitters, which meant bringing up four younger boys with no experience to fill their spots,” Koenig said.  “We also played 26 of our 28 games on the road since we did not have a varsity field which took a mental toll on the kids.  We feel we have good team chemistry this year and senior leadership that we have not seen for a while.”

While the pitchers took their lumps last year while young, they improved over the summer and have conditioned hard over the winter, making them ready to win the close games that might have gone the other way last year due to mistakes that come with growing through the experimenting stages.

“Our biggest obstacle to overcome will be catching and keeping runners from stealing after we threw out only two runners last year on the steal attempts,” Koenig said. “We are looking for one of three players to step up and fill that role and get the job done this year.  Our seniors are focused and ready to show people that last year was a fluke and to bring things back to reality by going out with a winning record. We should have a good chance to win our division in the NOC and expect good competition for it from Brush and Parma, both of which were on top of the division last year.”

Within the adult realm of the team, this year will see some role changes: Aaron Debord will be the Varsity Assistant, Andrew Payne the JV Head Coach, Nic Carucci the JV Assistant and Program Pitching Coach, and Pat Leneghan the Freshman Head Coach. A new coach to the fold is Ken Roeten, whose first role will be to function as the Freshman Assistant.

This group of coaches also has things in perspective, embracing the order of the priorities (“full-time students” and “part-time athletes”) of the individuals they are teaching/coaching.

“We stress the term ‘Student/Athlete’ in our program, meaning they are a students first and foremost, and that athletics are a privilege to them and should not be taken for granted,” Koenig said. “Overall the GPAs are just above 3.0 for the majority of the players.  This year’s group of seniors is one of the most respectful, hard working and focused group I have had the pleasure to coach and they are showing senior leadership which has been lacking the last couple of years.”

The coach has seen the discipline the veterans have learned in the classroom and from their other adult male role models transferring to the playing field.

“The last few years we have not had leaders coming and stepping forward as young men,” Koenig said. “They have been avoiding stepping into that role and taking charge. They have opted instead to just be around buddies and ignored teammates’ foolish behaviors and left all the discipline processes to the coaching staff.  This should be a much more pleasant experience this year.”

Baldwin-Wallace Golf Teams Have a 

Strong Spring Trips and Now Seek

OAC Titles; Both Teams Are Led By 

a Freshman

March 13, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m

By Jeff Miller

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and golf teams each had a strong spring break trip and return to campus ready to challenge for the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference title and a berth at the NCAA Division III National Tournament.  The action over spring break was B-W’s first since its five-tournament fall season.

The Yellow Jacket men compiled a 1-0 mark on its trip to California and beat San Jacinto Junior College in a dual match.  The B-W women also had a 1-0 slate on its trip to Pinehurst, North Carolina and defeated OAC-rival the University of Mount Union in a dual match.

The Yellow Jacket men were led by freshman and transfer Augie Ward (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) with an 80 on the par-72 and 7,101-yard layout at the Country Club of Saboda Springs in San Jacinto. Ward transferred to B-W from Kent State University at the semester break.

Former Walsh guys Augie Ward (L) and Steve Spalding

In addition to Ward, sophomore Stephen Spalding (Stow/ Walsh Jesuit) and freshman Chris Nader (Westlake) each carded an 82, junior Ricky Jaskolski (North Royalton/ Parma Padua) had 87, junior Kyle Lewis (Riverside, Calif./ Riverside Poly) had 91, junior Matt Warren (Copley) had 95, junior Scott Rosenau (Amherst/ Steele) had 100 and senior Brian Routhieaux (Gibsonia, Pa./ Mars Area) had 102.

This fall, the B-W men participated in five tournaments and was led by Routhieaux with a 77.63 stroke average over eight rounds of 18 holes. Jaskolski also had a sub-80 average at 78.11 for nine rounds.

The Yellow Jackets are idle until March 25-26 when they travel to play at the Muskingum University Invitatiuonal Tournament at the Eagle Sticks Golf Club. Tee times are to be announced.

Freshmen Becca Jones (L) and Emilee Wolf

The B-W women were led by freshman Rebecca Jones (Hillard/ Darby) who carded an 86 on the par-72 Longleaf Golf & Country Club in Pinehurst. She was followed by freshman Emilee Woolf (Ravenna) with an 89, freshman Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/ Christian) with a 93, sophomore Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) with a 95, sophomore Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) with a 96, freshman Sarah Allred (Akron/ Green) with a 97, senior Nicole Carlone (Canton/ St. Thomas Aquinas) with a 106 and sophomore Sarah Terrill (Cuyahoga Falls/ Cuyahoga Valley Christiuan Academy) with a 108.

This fall, the Yellow Jacket women played in five tournaments, won two team titles and compiled a 53-14 record. Woolf led the way as she averaged 82.75 strokes per 18 holes and was followed by Cunningham (85.9), Hamilton (86.4), Kapusta (86.5) and Jones (88.8) with averages below 90.

Canton Central Catholic alum Willie 

Brechun's Key RBIs Spark A 3-2 Win 

Over Rhodes That  Improves #1 Heidelberg To 6-0

By Morgan Hawley

Port Charlotte, Fla. – March 12, 2011 – The Heidelberg University baseball team, under the guidance of 12th-year head coach Matt Palm, posted a hard fought 3-2 victory over Rhodes College this afternoon at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. The victory increased Heidelberg’s overall record to 6-0, while the Lynx fall to 6-10.

Heidelberg entered the contest as the top-ranked team in the nation according to D3Baseball.com and the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.


After three scoreless innings on both sides, Heidelberg’s found the scoreboard off a sacrifice fly to right field by Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Canton Central Catholic). Brechun knocked in Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo, Ohio / Roy C. Start), who led the inning off with a single through the right side.

Heidelberg doubled up its lead in the seventh with another sacrifice fly. Derek Andrzejczak (Sylvania, Ohio / Sylvania Northview) sent one to left field and scored Jason Lash (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville), who was at second base with a leadoff double to left field.

Brechun knocked in the eventual game-winning run in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded Brechun had a ground out to second base to score pinch runner Andrew Zenczak (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick). Rhodes erased a shutout in the bottom half of the eighth with two runs. The Lynx had its first four batters reach base and scored a run before Heidelberg closer Andy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) came in to close out the contest. After a ground out to second base to pull Rhodes within a run, Lowe forced a fly out and registered a strike out to end the inning.

Rhodes threatened in its final at bat. The Lynx had one on, with one out, but a double play from Gar Keen (Sparta, Ohio / Highland) to Lash and across to Andrzejczak at first ended the ballgame.

Sophomore right-hander Ethan Holt (Galion, Ohio / West Holmes) got the start and went 7.0 innings to improve to 2-0 on the year. He gave up just four hits, while striking out four. Lowe, the all-time saves leader at the Berg, picked up his second save of the year. In two innings of work he did not allow a hit, while striking out one.

At the plate Heidelberg recorded six hits. Finished with two apiece was Lizcano and Lash. Brechun had two RBI to lead the way.

Dukes Falls in Semis, Recovers to Finish Third at 2011 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship

LA CROSSE, WI – After a dramatic finish on day one the 2011 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship, Case Western Reserve University junior 149-pounder Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, OH/Ravenna) lost by fall (6:46) in the semifinals session on Saturday, March 12 against defending national runner-up, Tony Valek, of Augsburg College (MN), but rebounded to win two in a row and finish in third-place, earning All-American status for the second consecutive year.

The loss marked his first loss to a Division III opponent since November of 2009. Dukes finishes the season with a 37-3 overall mark.

In the semis, Dukes led 3-2 with the match all but settled until Valek pulled a successful reversal to pin the defending national champion with just 14 seconds left on the clock.

The Ravenna-native rebounded to take a 10-9 decision against Wartburg College’s Jacob Groth in the consolation semi-final. Trailing 6-4 after the first period, Dukes recovered with three points in the second and a match-clinching takedown in the third to advance to the bronze medal matchup.

Facing Ithaca College’s (NY) Blaine Woszczak in the third-place match, Dukes took a tight 4-3 decision. A second period takedown and reversal were all the points the junior would need to secure his top-three spot.

Spartan Softball Drops Two on Day Three at UAA Championship

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL – The Case Western Reserve University softball team dropped a pair of five inning games, losing 11-1 in an early contest against Washington University (MO) and then 12-1 in the day’s second tilt against No. 10 Emory University (GA) on Saturday, March 12 at the University Athletic Association Championship at Seminole Field.

With the losses, the Spartans fall to 2-9 overall and 0-5 in the UAA. Emory improved to 19-0 (5-0 UAA) with the win, while Wash U. moved to 6-3-1 (3-1 UAA) on the season.

The Bears jumped on the Spartans early with five runs in the first and led 7-0 before Case plated its only run in the third on a sacrifice fly by freshman infielder Courtney Branson (Orient, OH/Teays Valley). Freshman Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus) took the loss for the Spartans as Polonsky led the charge for Washington, going 3-for-3 with four RBI.

In game two, the Spartans were done in by a nine-run second inning and trailed 12-0 when they scored their only run in the fourth inning on ground out by senior Anneliese Fetterman (Cupertino, CA/Monta Vista), which  scored Seo. Senior Mary Kruszka (Lakeview, NY/Immaculata Academy) was saddled with the loss to fall to 0-3 on the season.

Mount "keen" on the idea of a double 

dip and then follows through with

two-for on Kean

By Josh Reilly

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Mount Union's softball team closed out its Spring Break trip with a pair of victories in Rebel Spring Games action at the Osceola County Complex on Saturday. The Purple Raiders defeated Kean (N.J.), 1-0, and Westminster (Pa.), 10-1.

Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) spun a three-hit shutout in the win over Kean. She recorded 13 strikeouts and no walks. At one point, McAninch retired 15 consecutive batters.

Sarah Woody (Uniontown/Green) smacked an RBI double to provide the game's only run.

McAninch (L) and Gromes

Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) led off the fourth inning and reached base on an error. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) and then scored on Woody's two-base hit to left-center field.

The Raiders rapped 12 hits and benefitted from seven Westminster errors in the nightcap.

Palombaro led the attack, batting 4 for 4 with a double three RBIs. Jasmine Bentley (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) added three hits, including a double, and two runs scored.

Rachel Jesso (Mount Pleasant, Pa./Mount Pleasant) and Jill Rader (Ashland/Ashland) also scored two runs for Mount Union (7-3). Gromes tripled.

The Raiders got on the board in the third. Bentley looped a double into shallow left field and scored on a Palombaro single.

Mount Union then added three runs in the fourth, taking a 4-0 lead, with help from two Titan errors. Palombaro had an RBI single during the frame.

Westminster struck back for one run in its half of the fourth on a single by Katie Hughes.

The Raiders built upon their lead with four runs in the sixth inning and two in the seventh.

Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless), who earned the win in the pitcher's circle, led off the sixth with a single. She was briefly lifted for pinch runner Amanda Pool (Bergholz/Edison) who scored on a single by Jesso. Palombaro added an RBI double later in the inning.

In the sixth and seventh innings combined, Mount Union pushed across four runs on two different plays featuring costly Westminster errors.

Willis went the distance, finishing with four strikeouts and two walks. She allowed one run on three hits.

The Raiders will return to action next Saturday for a doubleheader at Trine (Ind.). First pitch is at 2 p.m.

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Yeomen Sting Hornets

3/12/2011 2:58:59 PM
Box Score

By Mike Mancini

Shenandoah, Va. – Freshman Mickey Fiorillo scored two times in the first period to get the Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team off to a fast start in a 8-3 win over Shenandoah University on Saturday afternoon. 

Fiorillo, a native East Lyme, Connecticut, finished the day with three goals and now has five scores on the season. Classmate Matt Owen was the only other Yeoman to find the back of the cage multiple times as two of his triggers were on point.

A quick score by Thomas Hake got things started for the Yeomen as they led 3-1 after one period. Owen and Fiorillo would net both scores in the second quarter to make it a 5-1 cushion at the break. 

After scoring at the 6:53 mark of the first quarter, the Hornets were held without a goal until just 3:13 remained in the third. However, Rob Bond would counter that score just seconds later. A Courtney Leeden goal would put some pressure on the Yeomen as his score just before the third-quarter horn would make it a 7-3 game going into the final stanza.

However, the scare was short-lived as Dan Fineman rifled in a shot with an assist coming from Dylan Holmes. From that point the Yeomen did a good job possessing the ball to keep the Hornets at bay. 

The stingy defensive effort by the Yeomen was back-ended by Thomas Cool’s six saves. Rookie Paul Paschke also had a game-high nine groundballs. 

The Yeomen (2-1) out-shot the Hornets 30-18 and won the groundball battle 47-41. OC was also successful on 22-of-27 clear attempts. 

Oberlin returns to action on March 16 when it travels west to Angola, Indiana, to take on Trine University. The opening face-off is set for 6 p.m.

University of Dayton Flies by Women's Tennis
Story Reported by Wes Davis
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By Wes Davis 

Dayton, Ohio - The Oberlin College women's tennis team traveled a few hours south to challenge NCAA Division I University of Dayton this afternoon.  Playing a bit out of their league the Yeowomen managed to hang around with the Flyers but Dayton would earn the win 6-1.

In doubles action Oberlin continued with the line up that saw them win two matches against Division II Ashland University a week ago.  The pairings are continuing to work well together.  In the second doubles position Ariel Lewisand Brenna Sheldon had the Flyers' Liana Grote and Lonie Dickerhoof on the ropes.  Oberlin lead the match 5-4 before the Dayton duo was able to pull things together for the 8-5 win.

Against stiff competition Oberlin's top pairing of Finley Gates and Farah Leclercq were set back by Claire Dreyer and Maureen Stevens 8-1.  Brie White-Dzuro and Preeya Shah, hitting as the third partnership for the Yeowomen fell by the same 8-1 count to Kelly O'Connell and Claire McNulty.

"We actually played some of our best tennis today.  The level of competition required us to play well and I think we had one of our better matches of the season regardless of the outcome.  Dayton is a good team and playing against a Division I opponent will only make us better as we get ready for our conference opponents", commented head coach #Constantine Ananiadis.

In single action Dayton would win all but one spot.  Sheldon, a first-year from Sebastopol, Calif., earned the one singles win for Oberlin.  Hitting in the fifth position she stroked her way to a straight set win over Erin Filbrandt 6-2, 6-3.

Lewis put forth a great effort at the No. 2 singles spot squaring off against Dickerhoof again.  The Dayton junior was strong enough to hold on to identical 6-4 sets to earn the win.

In the top singles spot Leclercq matched up against the Atlantic 10's Rookie of the week.  The Dayton freshman has been unbeatable in the No. 1 position; Leclercq found that out falling 6-1, 6-2.














All Brothers of Holy Cross semifinal has 

St. Edward topping Gilmour in four 

overtimes; Clay Jarrell OT goal sends 

Eagles into school's 15th state hockey title 


March 13, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


COLUMBUS – Just when it appeared that Riley Egan’s two first-period goals in an All Brothers of Holy Cross high school hockey Frozen Four state semifinal game Saturday here in Nationwide Arena would stand for St Edward the whole day, Gilmour Academy dug deep for some late third-period heroics to score two goals and send the game into overtime.

However, that was only the start as the Eagles and Lancers would play four overtime periods before Clay Jarrell scored at 3:30 of the fourth overtime to give St. Ed the 3-2 victory and a spot in the championship game. Egan assisted on the winning goal.

 The Eagles will play St. Francis in the state finals to gain hockey kingship for all of Ohio later this afternoon in Nationwide, which will mark the 15th time a St. Edward team has appeared in the state hockey title game in the last 27 years.

St. Edward will be going after the school’s third team sports championship overall of this school year, 43rd overall for all team sports since 1978 and 12th in hockey since 1985 against a St. Francis team it has lost to four times in four tries this season.

Riley Egan

One must remember that St. Ed coach Troy Gray was a Student/Athlete on the 1986 St. Edward team that went 0-3 against Cleveland Heights November-February but then eventually handed the Tigers their first loss of the season in the state title game in the Bowling Green Arena that March.

Certainly, those in northwest Ohio will be rabidly loud for a St. Frank team that has been ranked No. 1 in the state all season long, but the Knights also will have a lot from northeast Ohio rooting for them as St. Ed often serves as a scapegoat for the herds, an Ohio hockey version of film lore’s Erich Von Stroheim, if you will.

St. Edward took the lead early in the first period when Alex Norton snatched the puck away from the Gilmour defense in the neutral zone and passed it over to Riley Egan who took it all by himself to score the even-strength goal at 3:40 of the first period, making it 1-0.

The Eagles made it 2-0 midway through the first period. Again it as Riley Egan on the goal, this time with assists from Nick Crosby and Danny O’Sullivan. Again, the goal, which came at 8:04 of the first, was set up when the Eagles took the puck away when the Lancers were attempting to break out of their own defensive zone.

The 2-0 St. Edward lead stood into the first intermission as the Lancers could not create any offense for the first 15 minutes of the game, salvaging only two shots on goal that Eagle goaltender Jon LaCoste was able to handle with ease.

It was a clean first period with no penalties and obviously no power-play situations. St. Edward put nine shots on goal on Lancer goaltender Oliver Flesher in the first period.

Gilmour gained a moral victory in the second period by killing three penalties and parts of a fourth that carried over to the third period, keeping the puck out of the net in all situations and keeping the score at 2-0 despite still displaying a lackluster offensive attack.

The game’s first penalty and special-teams situation came without the benefit of a physical infraction, Gilmour going on the power-play at 1:23 of the second period when the Eagles were called for too many men on the ice.

The second penalty also came whack-free as Gilmour was called for too many men on the ice at the 3:01 mark of the second period. After 22 seconds of 4-on-4 play, GA’s special teams were able to kill the Eagle power-play just St. Ed was able to douse the front end of the 4-on-4. Nonetheless, the Lancers were able to push more rubber toward LaCoste in the man advantage and showed much more semblance of an offensive attack than they did all of the first period.

After an interference penalty on Gilmour at 6:39 of the second period, the Eagles went into the power play and even though they did not score, they were able to put more pressure on Flesher with more shots on goal.

Not long after killing the penalty, Gilmour had to go on the special teams again on another interference penalty at 9:01 of the second period. In addition to the power play, the Eagles got the first face off in the Gilmour defensive zone to start their third man-advantage affair of the period.

The Eagles were unable to sustain anything substantial off the 5-on-4 and while Gilmour could not get anything serious established the rest of the second period. St. Ed did also not pad its lead as it remained 2-0 at the 2/3 point.

St. Ed went into the power play again at the 14:36 mark of the second period, but Gilmour was able to at least kill ¼ of it on special teams by the time the second intermission came. The Lancers then killed the rest of their man disadvantage in the carry over penalty from the second period.

Gilmour had five shots on goal in the second period while St. Ed doubled that. Right after the penalty kill early in the second period, Gilmour got more aggressive on offense, giving LaCoste more action with a couple quick shots on goal.

Then the Lancers got a break when St. Ed was finally called for its second penalty, a holding verdict at 2:33 of the third period

Again, Gilmour was able to put some more heat on LaCoste during the power play. Still, St. Ed carried on with Gilmour’s theme of strong penalty kill by denying the Lancers a chance to get on the board.

 On the third-period power play, Gilmour finally got on the board when Joey Lencewicz took the puck right off a face off and flipped it past LaCoste with an assist from Jim Forsythe at the 10-minute mark.

A penalty on each team the last four minutes of regulation brought three different special teams situations, good enough for Gilmour to take St. Ed out of the 5-on-5 long enough for Spencer Antunez to score the tying goal, making it 2-2 and eventually sending it to overtime. Deming’s goal was also a power-play tally.

The two teams played eight minutes of scoreless hockey through the first overtime. After Gilmour outshot St. Ed. 11-8, in the third, the Eagles turned around and outshot the Lancers, 6-2, in the first overtime period.

The second and third overtime periods was more of the same, but in the third OT, Gilmour got a break when the fourth “too-many-men-on-the-ice” penalty of the game was whistled, this one on St. Ed, but Gilmour could not capitalize on the power-play chance.

Baldwin-Wallace Tennis Teams Have a 

Strong Spring Trip to Hilton Head, Seek 

OAC Titles; Men's Team Already 

Reaches Baker's Dozen Wins After 5-1 

Hilton Head Team Showing

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s tennis teams each had a strong spring break trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and return to campus ready to challenge for the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference title and a berth at the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

The Yellow Jacket men compiled a 5-1 mark in Hilton Head and own a solid, 13-1 overall record. The B-W women were 3-3 in Hilton Head after playing four of its sixth matches against NCAA Division II competition and compiled a 2-2 mark.

The Yellow Jacket men are led by a quartet of players who all have 14 wins and two other singles starters with 12 each.  Junior number three singles player Alex Kearney (North Olmsted), senior No.4 player Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ Lakewood St. Edward), senior No.5 player Sam Burris (Wooster) and freshman No.6 player Brad Minrovic (Akron/ Ellet) each have 14 victories.

Cleveland Heights native Matt Lachman ()L) and North Olmsted High grad Alex Kearney 

Lachman and Burris lead the way as each has a 14-2 slate, and both Kearney and Minrovic are 14-4 overall.  Junior No.1 player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) and sophomore No.2 player Joe Horvath (North Royalton) each have 12 wins with Horvath at 12-2 and Trezciak at 12-4. Both Horvath at No.2 and Burris at No.5 are 10-0 at their respective positions.
Avon Lake High alum Alex Trzeciak

In doubles play, the No.1 duo of Horvath and Lachman are 11-3 overall, including 5-1 at No.1; the No.2 tandem of Trzeciak and Minrovic are 12-2 overall, including 5-0 at No.2; and the No.3 pairing of Kearney and junior Taylor Long (Ashland/ Senior) are 11-1 overall at No.3.

The Yellow Jackets are idle until Saturday, March 19 when it hosts Thomas More (Ky.) College at 6:30 p.m. on the “Pop” Collins Courts in Berea. The OAC schedule starts on Saturday, March 26 at Capital University. B-W also will play a non-league match versus Cedarville University while at Capital.

The B-W women are led by the trio of junior No.4 singles player Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) with 12 wins, a 12-6 overall record, including a 7-3 slate at No.4. Senior No.5 player Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) is second with 11 victories, an 11-7 overall mark, including a 7-0 slate at No.5.

EC alumna Becca Mittler 

Senior No.1 singles standout Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley) is third with 10 wins, a 10-8 mark, including 7-6 at No.1.  In addition, senior No.6 player Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior) is 9-9 overall.

In doubles play, the No.1 duo of Pecinovsky and sophomore No.3 player Rebecca Mittler (Elyria Catholic) have the most wins with 13, sport a 13-6 overall record and an 8-5 slate at No.1. The No.2 tandem of Green and Pelosi are 9-5 overall and 5-3 at No.2.

Westlake's Jimmy Abed scores winning 

run on wild pitch as Spartan Baseball 

picks up 3-2 win against Rochester to stay 

alive in 2011 UAA Championship

March 13, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

By Nick Minerd

SANFORD, FL – Junior outfielder Jimmy Abed (Westlake, OH/Westlake) scored the game-clinching run in the eighth off a wild pitch as the Case Western Reserve University baseball team took a 3-2 pitcher’s duel against the University of Rochester (NY) on Saturday, March 12 to win its second-straight at the 2011 University Athletic Association Championship at Sanford Memorial Stadium.

The Spartans rebounded from Wednesday’s 9-8 loss to the Yellowjackets to improve to 2-2 overall in the UAA Championship standings, just one game back of conference leaders Brandeis University (MA) and Emory University (GA).

Case led 1-0 early against Rochester, jumping on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first when sophomore shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, OH/Tallmadge) led off with a single up the middle, stole second and advanced to third on a fly out. Sophomore infielder Brett Ossola (Potomac, MD/Bullis School) then scored him on a base hit to center to give Case a 1-0 lead.

Junior outfielder Sam Alexander (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) doubled in classmate Matt Richards (San Juan Capistrano, CA/San Clemente) in the third to put Case up 2-0, but Rochester answered with runs in the fifth and eighth innings to knot the score at 2-2.
Bennies alum Corey Pecoraro

Senior infielder Corey Pecoraro drew a walk to begin the home-half of the eighth. Abed entered the game as a pinch runner for the designated hitter and promptly advanced all the way to third on a failed pickoff attempt. With one out, Abed crossed home plate on a wild pitch to give the Spartans the deciding run.
Padua grad Jose Vega

Freshman righty Jose Vega (Strongsville, OH/Padua Franciscan) entered late, pitching the final 1.1 innings and striking out two to earn the win (2-1) while another freshman, John Fortunato (Toledo, OH/St. Francis de Sales), started and gave Case five solid innings. The lefty scattered four hits and allowed just one earned run, fanning five batters. Adam Sullivan (0-1) was tagged with the loss for Rochester.

Case will be back on the field today  (Sunday, March 13) for two more games, beginning against Washington University (MO) at 11:00 a.m. In the day’s second game, CWRU will also have the opportunity move up in the standings versus Brandeis at 2:30 p.m.

Kim Chinn Places Sixth in One Mile Run at NCAA Meet to Become Three-Time All-American

COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College senior Kim Chinn (Zanesville/West Muskingum) became the first athlete in school history to earn All-American status in the one mile run after placing sixth in the event on day two (Saturday, March 12) of the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Capital University.

Chinn earned All-America honors for the third time in her career. With today’s sixth place finish in the mile, she also becomes the first athlete (male or female) in B-W history to be an All-American in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. Chinn was national runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase last May in outdoor track and finished 13th at this past fall’s NCAA Division III cross country meet.

Chinn finished today’s race in a time of 5:00.77, which was very close to her time of 5:00.36 in yesterday’s preliminary heat. She owns the indoor school-record in the mile (4:58.79) and 1,000-meter run (3:02.52) and in the outdoor steeplechase (10:30.53).

Chinn also joins fellow senior Emily Oliver (Waynesburg/Sandy Valley) as an All-American for the 2010-11 indoor track season. Oliver finished third in yesterday’s pentathlon with a school-record 3,411 points.

In addition, senior four-time All-American thrower Kevin Phipps (Pataskala/Watkins Memorial) participated in the shot put and finished fourth in his flight with a best throw of 48 feet, 10 and three quarter inches, which did not advance him to the final.

Yesterday, Phipps finished ninth in the weight throw with a best mark of 61’4”.  Phipps will look to repeat as an All-American in the outdoor season in the hammer throw and go for three straight All-America awards in the discus throw. Phipps owns school records in the indoor shot put (56’1”) and weight throw (62’3.25”) and outdoor discus (172’11”) and hammer throws (194’10”).

Mount's Thomas finishes sixth at NCAA nationals

COLUMBUS -- Mount Union senior Scott Thomas (Salem/West Branch) finished in sixth place in the 55 meter dash at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships at The Capital Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Thomas ran a time of 6.45 which was .08 seconds behind Phillip Jones of Dubuque (Iowa) and Xavier Mateen of Buffalo State (N.Y.) who tied for the championship at 6.37.

His sixth place finish earned him All-American honors as the top eight finishers win the award.

Burrows and Snyder Add Three More All-American Honors for Storm

Chris Burrows finished 3rd in the 200 and 6th in the 400, while classmate Isaac Snyder placed 8th in the hepathlon to join Jamil Dudley as All-Americans at the 2011 NCAA Div II Indoor Championships Saturday. The Storm scored 16 team points, good enough to tie for 16th place (of 45) at the national meet.
By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE –Lake Erie College men’s track and field team came away with three All-American honors on Saturday (March 12) giving them a total of four at the 2011 NCAA Division IIIndoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.

All Americans (l to r) Dudley, Burrows, Snyder

“It was amazing for our program to come home with four All-American honors and is a testament to how hard these kids work,” said head coach Bryan Harmon. “This was a great way to cap and outstanding indoor season, and an amazing experience for the first timers (to nationals) and I know they are excited to continue this momentum into the outdoor season.”

Sophomore Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) led the way with two All-American awards, including a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a school-record time of 21.07 seconds.  Earlier, he placed sixth in the 400-meters in 47.64 seconds, also a school-record.

“Chris ran two great races on Friday and came back with even better performances on Saturday,” Harmon said.  “He has proven himself to be among the national elite in the 200, both indoors and out, and also shown he’s very strong in the 400, plus he did well in the shorter sprints throughout the year.”

The performance runs his career All-American total to three after having earned those honors at the 2010 Outdoor National Championships in Charlotte, N.C. in the 200.

Classmate Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail), who entered the day in eighth place through four events in the heptathlon, was unable to gain any ground in the multi-events and finished with 4,943 points.  He broke his own school record for points in the event and joined his twin brother Ethan Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) as All-Americans. Ethan was an outdoor All-American in 2010 in the 400-meter hurdles.

“Competing in seven events over two days is not easy, but Isaac is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen,” said Harmon.  “And even though he had a great Championships, scoring his highest point total ever and earned All-American honors, I know he won’t be satisfied with that and will strive to improve and come back next year and do even better.”  

The two sophomores joined freshman high jumper Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon), who placed third on Friday night to earn the school’s first indoor All-American honor by clearing 7’ ½”.

“For Jamil to come out as a freshman and finish in the top three nationally shows the kind of natural ability he has,” said Harmon. “There’s a lot of pressure at this time of year and I thought he handled it okay. I expect him to build on this and have a great outdoor season and be a regular at the national level for years to come.”

Sophomore Eric Klucar (Medina, Ohio/Highland) was the fourth member of the Strom to qualify for the NCAA Championships, but was hampered by a bad back and did not register a clear in the pole vault on Saturday.

As a team, Lake Erie’s 16 team points ranked tied for 16th out of 45 squads that scored points at the meet.

“I think last year at the outdoor championships, we might have made a blip on the national radar,” Harmon added.  “But now after this weekend, I think people in this sport are aware of the Storm and the talent we have and the program we are building.”

Johnson Finishes Fourth at Nationals
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3/12/2011 9:43:45 PM

Columbus, Ohio
 – Senior Joanna Johnson added another All-America honor to her impressive resume as she finished fourth in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday night. 

Johnson, a native of Chico, California, flew the course in 17:04.46. 

“It was a great race and a great atmosphere,” Head Coach Ray Appenheimersaid. “Joanna is truly something special.”

Oberlin Softball Falls to Manchester and Centre
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Danville, Ky – Oberlin College started its season by falling to Manchester 9-5 and Centre 8-3 on Saturday afternoon. 

“We had some positive things happen, but we still had some opening-game jitters,” Head Coach Adrienne Davis said. 

In the lid-lifter against Manchester Cheryl Lindsly went 3-for-3 with four RBI’s and two home runs. 

The Yeowomen jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after one, but Manchester scored two in the third and used a five-run fifth to take control of the game. 

Megan Widmer also went 2-for-4 in the contest. Rookie hurler Melanie Budneyfanned six batters, but took the loss. 

In the nightcap Widmer went 3-for-4, but starter Emily King got touched up for six runs in the first two innings.