A Page -- March 13, 2012 -- AM Edition

Chardon's Hollinger Named UAA Athlete of the Week for Second-Straight Week

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – On the heels of her third career All-American performance, Case Western Reserve University senior Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) has been named a University Athletic Association Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week, announced the league office on Tuesday.

Hollinger, who earns the UAA award for the second-straight week, turned in a career-best third-place national finish in the high jump on Friday, March 9 at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship in Grinnell, Iowa.

Hollinger cleared a height of five feet, five inches to tie seven other competitors, and she claimed third as the only remaining participant who had not missed the tying height.

A four-time Capital One Academic All-American® between basketball and track & field, Hollinger is also a three-time All-American high jumper. Her two previous All-American performances came via a fifth-place finish outdoors in 2009 and a fourth-place showing in 2011.

Three Mount Union wrestlers named Scholar All Americans

MANHEIM, Pa. -- Three Mount Union wrestlers were named Scholar All-Americans and the Purple Raiders as a team were one of 25 honored for its academics by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Seniors Josh Malave (Rocky River/Lutheran West), Kevin Shadrach (Parma/Parma) and Andy Jenkins(Stow/Woodridge) all earned Scholar All-American honors.

Malave, a two-time Ohio Athletic Conference champion at 141 pounds, finished seventh at the 2012 NCAA Championships to earn All-American honors while off the mat, he holds a 3.21 grade point average as a History major.

Shadrach won the OAC title at 149 pounds and competed at the NCAA Championships this past season, he also is a Health and Physical Education major with a 3.85 grade point average.

Jenkins is a two-time OAC champ at 184 pounds and competed in each of the last two NCAA Championships.  He holds a 3.74 grade point average as a Criminal Justice major.

Mount Union as a team was one of 25 teams honored as a Scholar Team Award as the Purple Raiders starting lineup had a cummulative grade point average of 3.24.

Mount Union head coach Mark Hawald is a three-time Scholar All-American himself when he wrestled at John Carroll. 

Spartans Fall In Extra Innings to Washington-St. Louis, 3-2

SANFORD, Fla. – A third-straight outstanding effort on the mound by senior Bradley Potter (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) wasn't enough as the Case Western Reserve University baseball team fell to Washington University-St. Louis, 3-2 in extra innings on day three of the 2012 University Athletic Association Championship at Sanford Memorial Stadium.

The Spartans slip to 7-4 overall and 1-2 in the UAA, while the Bears improve to 10-3 overall and 3-0 in the Association.

Potter held Washington-St. Louis scoreless for the first 6.1 innings and allowed just one run for the game on two hits while striking out a pair. Through three starts in 2012, Potter is 2-0 with a 1.66 earned run average.

The Spartans got on the board in the top of the fourth inning as junior first baseman Brett Ossola (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) was hit by a pitch and later came around to score an on RBI single to left by sophomore outfielder Jordan Dague(Barberton, Ohio/Barberton). The Bears threatened to even the score in their half of the frame, but Potter was able to strand runners at first and third with a called third strike on a full count.

Case then added some insurance in the seventh when junior shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) hit a two-out single to right to drive home Dague.

Senior left-hander A.J. Boshinski (Alpharetta, Ga./St. Pius X) came on in-relief of Potter with a runner on in the seventh and held the lead as the Bears picked up a sacrifice fly by Andrew Goldstick to make the score 2-1.

However, Washington-St. Louis kept the pressure on in the eighth and took advantage of an error and a wild pitch to tie the score before Spartan freshman Kevin Johnstone (Placentia, Calif./Valencia) came out of the bullpen to stop the rally.

Later in the bottom of the 10th, Wash. U.'s Dylan Reid singled, stole second and came around to score on a botched pickoff attempt, giving the Bears their third-straight UAA victory.

For the game, Dague, Keen and freshman infielder Kerrigan Cain (Hartville, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) were each 2-for-4. Johnstone (0-2) suffered the loss on the mound, allowing one unearned run with two strikeouts in two innings.

Bears' starter Matt Kenahan dueled Potter most of the way, pitching the first 6.1 innings and allowing two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts. Brandon Rogalski threw the final inning and picked up the win.

The Spartans will look to rebound tomorrow versus the University of Rochester (N.Y.) at 11:00 a.m. Case opened last season's UAA Championship at 0-2 before reeling off four wins in a row to place second.

Gilmour Academy to Host Miele Invitational
GATES MILLS, Ohio, March 13— On Saturday, April 14, Gilmour Academy will host the 18th Miele Track and Field Invitational at the school’s Weber Stadium. Athletes from a total of 40 boys’ and girls’ track teams will participate in the event, which begins at 9:00 a.m. The meet is a very competitive early-season meet, with nine of last season’s state champions and countless state qualifiers competing. The field of athletes will be drawn from strong programs such as St. Ignatius, Magnificat, Medina, Shaker Heights, Hudson, Rocky River, Louisville, Gilmour and many others.

Field events begin at 9:00 a.m. and running events start at 9:30 a.m. Running event finals will be held at 11:40 a.m. followed by an awards presentation in the grandstand area. The Dr. A.J. Miele Memorial Award will be presented to the winners of the 1600-meter run in the boys’ and girls’ competitions.

The invitational is named for Gilmour Alumnus Cameron Miele, who won the state championship in the 800-meter run in 1994, the year he graduated. He continued his stellar track career at the University of Virginia. The Miele family has generously supported Gilmour’s track team throughout the years.

Gilmour Academy is a Catholic, independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school. It is sponsored by the Brothers of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Ind., and offers a

Montessori preschool program and traditional Kindergarten through Grade 12. A boarding program is offered to students in Grades 7 through 12. It is located at 34001 Cedar Road in Gates Mills, Ohio.

South Euclid native Jamaal Watkins named All Region

HIRAM, OHIO  --  Senior Hiram College men's basketball player Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) has been named second-team d3hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region.  [All-Great Lakes Region Team]

Already this season, Watkins has been named first-team NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) All-District and first-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference.  He is just the second Terrier to garner first-team All-NCAC honors since Hiram joined the conference.

This past season, the Terriers finished the year with a 14-12 overall record and made their ninth conference tournament appearance.

Individually, Watkins led the team and was second in the NCAC in scoring average at 20.1 points per game. His 20.1 ppg. scoring average puts him in a tie for eighth all-time in program history in a single-season and his 522 points this year ranks fifth best in a single-season. He shot a team-best 56.0 percent (223-of-398) from the floor and had the fourth-best shooting percentage in the NCAC. In addition, Watkins led the team in free-throws made (75), free-throws attempted (107), blocked shots (20) and steals (30). He averaged a career-high 7.5 rebounds per game, which ranked second on the team and was also amongst the league leaders, and had a single-season high 58 assists.

For his career, Watkins played in 94 games primarily as a bench player before becoming a starter this past season. He ends his career with 848 points while shooting an impressive 55.9 percent from the floor in four seasons. His shooting percentage is the third-best all-time in program history. Watkins also recorded 411 career rebounds (4.4 rpg.) to go along with 79 assists, 70 steals and 38 blocked shots.

Case Reserve Freshman Rebecca Taylor Tabbed UAA Pitcher of the Week Once Again

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The impressive start to the career of Case Western Reserve University freshman pitcher Rebecca Taylor(Greensburg, Pa./Great Latrobe) continues to yield accolades. On Tuesday, Taylor was named University Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week for the second time in as many weeks of team competition.

Taylor pitched the Spartans (3-2 overall) to a pair of victories on Saturday, March 10 at the National Training Center Games in Clermont, Florida. In 14 innings of work, the rookie hurler posted a 1.00 earned run average with 17 strikeouts. In Case's 3-1 win versus the State University of New York-Plattsburgh, Taylor allowed just one run on six hits and struck out a career-best 12 batters.

With five complete games this spring, Taylor has a 1.44 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 34 innings of work.

The Spartans open UAA Championship action this afternoon versus Washington University-St. Louis at 12:30 p.m. in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Overall, Case plays eight conference games in five days.