A Page -- March 15, 2010

The late Dennis Collins

NCAC All-Sports Update



March 15, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- For the first time in 26 years, the North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy has a name, the league here announced today. The award will be christened the Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy in tribute to the Conference's former executive director. Collins passed away suddenly in June, 2009. 

The highest honor bestowed by the Conference, the All-Sports Trophy is given annually to the school that performs the best across the NCAC's 22 sports. Men's and women's performances in all sports are combined into one total, exemplifying the North Coast's commitment to equity and balance among programs. 

"The North Coast Athletic Conference joins colleges that are not only neighbors, but that share an understanding of athletics as a participatory activity pursued by student-athletes who are fully integrated into campus life and committed, first and foremost, toacademic achievement," shared Dr. Dale Knobel, president of Denison University, who is in his second term as NCAC president. "Dennis Collins played a key role in building the NCAC into one of the most respected conferences in NCAA Division III, and naming the coveted All-Sports Trophy for Dennis is our way of perpetuating the integrity and commitment to our common values that he represented during his quarter century of conference leadership."

Collins became the first, and only, executive director of the NCAC when the league began its first playing season in 1984. For 25 years, he was devoted to the league and served as the chief proponent of its guiding philosophies. He firmly believed that athletics can and should complement academic life, rather than compete with it, and sports should enhance the experience of students during their college years.

"If anyone ever wanted to know what the NCAC was about, they'd just need talk to Dennis for a few minutes," said Keri Alexander Luchowski, acting executive director. "He was our biggest cheerleader. He was so proud of this conference because he thought that this was the way sports should be. He would be so humbled by this honor, and would probably say he didn't deserve it. But I can think of no better way for us to pay tribute to him."

Collins was a respected national leader and had served as president of the NCAA Division III Commissioners Association, a group he helped to organize in 1989. From 1992-1996, he served as a member of the NCAA Council, the national association’s equivalent of a board of directors. In the same period, he chaired the NCAA Dist. IV Postgraduate Scholarship Committee, served on the Division Special Restructuring Taskforce, which helped lay the groundwork for federation of the Association, and he completed a six-year term on the NCAA Interpretations Committee in 1999. At the time of his death, Collins was serving on the Division III Nominating Committee

He was awarded the prestigious Meritorious Service Award from the Div. III Commissioners' Association in 2006. The Associationannounced a special career achievement award in his name this winter.  That honor will be presented occasionally to a conference executive who “best exemplifies the leadership, dedication and service” shown by Collins during his 25-year tenure as a commissioner. The award will be presented when deemed appropriate to “recognize and honor extraordinary career achievement in guidance, commitment and duty to Division III and the Division III Commissioners Association.” 

Additionally, Collins was a founder of the Intercollegiate Officiating Association, a cooperative amongst 27 NCAA/NAIA colleges that provides regional officiating services. Collins served 17 years as that group’s chief administrator.

Wooster won three of the first four All-Sports championships, interrupted only by Denison in year two. Ohio Wesleyan followed with a six-year run leading to titles by Wooster (twice), Wittenberg (once), Denison (nine), OWU (once) and finally, a tie between Ohio Wesleyan and Denison last spring. Wittenberg leads the 2009-10 race as we head into the spring season.

Ridgeville Author Mike Haszto 

releases another life-based 

book -- this one on hockey

March 15, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



North Ridgeville author Mike Haszto has just released his eighth book, an account of his career in hockey titled Blood & Ice: Tales of 32 Years in the Crease.

Haszto has been coaching at Elyria Catholic and also prepped USA Olympic goalie Brianne McLaughlin.

The author is a sixty three year old goalie who has played at nearly every level of hockey and who has coached a number of levels for better than two decades as well.  He is also the biological father of four sons who have played high school hockey and two who are or have played college club hockey.

This night, he celebrates his final OHH team appearance, and the Commissioner of the OHH declares the retiring of his number.

Be there for the celebration, and for 32 years of stories and tales from behind the mask and in the crease, and from the perspectives of friends, family, peers, adversaries, and himself.

His other books were poetry and life-based/fictional efforts, with much of the themes surrounding talk, sports, old-time and music radio.

The book can be purchased by following the link:


High School Hockey Fans can view video on the state 

championship from the St. Ignatius Broadcasting Club 

through the link below:



Lake Erie College Spring Football Starts Tuesday, March 16

March 15

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO –  Preparation for the 2010 Lake Erie College football season gets underway on Tuesday, March 16, when the Storm opens spring practice.  Coming off a successful second varsity season in which it finished with a 7-4 record at the NCAA Division II level, the Storm enters the spring faced with a new set of challenges.


“We’ve got a lot of work to do to prepare ourselves for competition in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC), which is arguably the toughest Division II conference in the country,” said head coach Mark McNellie.  “We had a good year last year, but it is time to put the focus on moving forward and getting ready for 2010 and beyond.”


The Storm lost just three seniors from last year’s team and returns its two-deep lineup virtually intact.  Without much turnover, the offensive and defensive units can focus on repetition in the spring as opposed to learning new schemes or inserting new players into different spots – though there will be some position shifts and battles.


All practices will be held at nearby Chardon High School and are open to the media with prior approval from the Lake Erie Sports Information & Marketing Office.  If you wish to attend a practice session, please make arrangements by calling (440) 375-7475 or email jtirotta@lec.edu.


Spring practice wraps up on Saturday, April 17, with the annual Green-White Spring Game at 2 p.m.  More details surrounding that event will follow.

Tuesday's Men's Lacrosse Match Against Adrian Canceled
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3/15/2010 1:39:16 PM
By Mike Macnini

Oberlin, Ohio – Coming off their thrilling 7-5 season-opening win over Shenandoah, the Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team will have to wait a little longer to return to action Tuesday’s home contest against Adrian College has been canceled. 

Wet and soggy field conditions remain at Fred Shults Field, leaving the Yeomen no choice to postpone the game. It is undetermined at this time if the two teams will make-up the match. 

With a favorable forecast projected for the rest of the week, Oberlin should be able to make their season debut at Fred Shults Field on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against Hendrix College.

Mount Union Baseball Game at Walsh Pushed Back From Tuesday to Wednesday


March 15

By Lenny Reich

Mount Union’s baseball game at Walsh scheduled for Tuesday, March 16 at 3:30 pm has been pushed back to Wednesday, March 17 at 4 pm due to field conditions at Walsh.


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McKinley alumna Gina 

Pirolozzi named Pitcher

of the Week

By Sue Penicka

WESTLAKE – This Week in North Coast Athletic Conference Spring Sports.



Pitcher of the Week - Gina Pirolozzi, Wooster

Freshman pitcher Gina Pirolozzi (Canton/Canton McKinley) went 3-1 in five appearances with a pair of shutouts and a no-hitter. She compiled a 3.07 earned-run average in 27.1 innings, and struck out 23. Her five-inning no-hit shutout of Rockford, won by a 9-0 score, was the first thrown by a Fighting Scot pitcher since 2005.

Gina Pirolozzi



HIRAM dropped its only game last week, 14-6, to Notre Dame College in nine innings. Sophomore Steve Dunn (Westlake, OH/Westlake) led the Terriers as he went 3-for-4 with an RBIa.

KENYON began its first week of play at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida by posting a record of 2-4.Freshman pitcher Tyler Dierke (Hudson, WI/Hudson) is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA. 



OHIO WESLEYAN went 2-1 last week as junior Pam Quigney (Mentor, OH/Mentor) was a double winner in the Battling Bishops’ 9-0 defeat of Trine and 7-2 win over Misericordia ... 


Over 1,200 wrestlers to participate in tournament and Youth Olympic Games Qualifier


By Jenny Popis

AKRON – March 15, 2010 – USA Wrestling and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission will host the ASICS University & FILA Cadet National Championships for the fourth consecutive year at the Louis and Freda Stile Athletic Field House at the University of Akron , April 8-11, 2010. This tournament is estimated to bring over 1,200 male and female athletes from across the nation.


ASICS University athletes are 18 to 24 years of age (born 1986-1992) and will feature some of the nation’s top wrestlers from college wrestling programs and the U.S. Military team. FILA Cadet Nationals will feature many of the best high school wrestlers in the United States ages 15 to 17 years old (born 1993-1994 and 1995 with a medical certificate).  Both age divisions will compete in the Olympic-styles of Greco-Roman and Freestyle.


The top seven place winners in the University Nationals in both men’s styles in the seven Olympic weight classes qualify to participate in the University World Team Trials in Colorado Springs , Colorado , May 28-29. The finalists in the women’s division qualify for the U.S. Senior Team Trials in Council Bluffs , Iowa scheduled for June 11-12. The top three place winners at the FILA Cadet Nationals qualify for their state’s Cadet Nationals team above the state limit and will adhere to all state policies.


In certain weight classes, the FILA Cadet National Championships is also a U.S. qualifying event for men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman for the Youth Olympic Games. The Youth Olympic Games is a brand new event hosted by the International Olympic Committee. It will be held in Singapore from August 14-26, and will bring together 3,600 young athletes to compete for medals in 26 sports. Athletes from all 205 nations who compete in the Olympics are eligible to try out for the Youth Olympic Games. Competing in the FILA Cadet Nationals is the first step in making the U.S. team for the Youth Olympic Games. The champions must also compete in a Pan American Qualifier in Mexico to qualify for Singapore .


Athlete registration is now open at www.themat.com and will officially close April 6th. On-site registration is also available. To attend the ASICS University & FILA Cadet Nationals, tickets can be purchased at the door and start at just $5.


2010 ASICS University & FILA Cadet Nationals Schedule:


Thursday, April 8th:

6:00PM – 8:00PM:  University GR & FILA Cadet GR Registration

8:00PM – 8:30PM:  University GR & FILA Cadet GR Medical Check/Weigh-ins


Friday, April 9th:
9:00AM – 1:30PM:  University GR & FILA Cadet GR Preliminaries

3:00PM – Conclusion:  University GR & FILA Cadet GR Preliminaries through Finals

6:00PM – 8:00PM:  University (Men) FS & FILA Cadet FS Registration

8:00PM – 8:30PM:  University (Men) FS & FILA Cadet FS Medical Check/Weigh-ins 


Saturday, April 10th:

9:00AM – 1:30PM:  University (Men) FS & FILA Cadet FS Preliminaries

3:00PM – 8:30PM:  University (Men) FS & FILA Cadet FS Preliminaries

7:00PM – 8:00PM:  University (Women) FS Registration

8:00PM – 8:30PM:  University (Women) FS Medical Check/Weigh-ins


Sunday, April 11th:

9:00AM – Conclusion:  University (Women) FS Preliminaries through Finals

9:00AM – Conclusion:  University (Men) FS & FILA Cadet FS to Completion




2009 ASICS University & FILA Cadet National Champions:


University Greco-Roman Champions

55 kg - Bernard Futrell of Illini WC; 60 kg - Nikko Triggas of Ohio State; 63 kg - Reece Humphrey of Ohio State; 66 kg - Ben Sanchez of USOEC; 70 kg - Donnie Vinson of Binghamton/Shamrock; 74 kg - Aaron Briggs of USOEC; 79 kg - Andrew Bisek of USOEC; 84 kg - Chad Hemerson of USOEC; 96 kg - Robert Smith of USOEC; 120 kg - Peter Kowalczuk of USOEC


University Men's Freestyle Champions

55 kg - Zach Sanders of Minnesota Storm; 60 kg- Jordan Oliver of Gator Wrestling Club; 63 kg - Reece Humphrey of Ohio State; 66 kg - Mario Mason of Minnesota Storm; 70 kg - Brett Robbins of Panther WC; 74 kg - Lloyd Rogers, unattached; 79 kg - Mike Benefiel of unattached; 84 kg - Mack Lewnes of Cornell; 96 kg - Clayton Foster of Gator WC; 120 kg - Zack Rey of Lehigh Valley AC


University Women's Freestyle Champions

48 kg - Nicole Woody of OCU STARS; 51 kg - Gabrielle Henry of Univ. of Cumberlands; 55 kg - Michaela Hutchison of OCU STARS; 59 kg - Schuyler Brown of USOEC; 63 kg - Melissa Apodaca of USOEC; 67 kg - Lauren Knight of Univ. of Cumberlands; 72 kg - Kendra Lewis of Univ. of Cumberlands; 77 kg - Emma Randall of Lock Haven


FILA Cadet Greco-Roman Champions

42 kg - Max Rogers of New Jersey; 46 kg - Christopher Bostic of Arizona; 50 kg - Brandon Jeske of Virginia; 54 kg - Jesse Thielke of Wisconsin; 58 kg - Tyler Liberatore of Florida; 63 kg - Matthew Nereim of Florida; 69 kg - Sam Brooks of Illinois; 76 kg - Jahwon Akui of Illinois; 85 kg - Ben Brooks of Illinois; 100 kg - John Acors of New York; 125 kg - Donovan Green of Florida


FILA Cadet Freestyle Champions

42 kg - Brad Perkins of Missouri; 46 kg - Freddie Rodriguez of Michigan; 50 kg - Joey Dance of Virginia; 54 kg - Nico Megaludis of Pennsylvania; 58 kg - Jason Tsirtsis of Indiana; 63 kg - Dylan Ness of Minnesota; 69 kg - Taylor Massa of Michigan; 76 kg - Jahwon Akui of Illinois; 85 kg  - Kyven Gadson of Iowa; 100 kg - Matthew Loew of New York; 125 kg - Donovan Green of Florida


To learn more about the 2010 ASICS University & FILA Cadet National Wrestling Championships, please visit www.themat.com or www.clevelandsports.org.

NCAC All-Sports Update






March 15, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- Wittenberg won one championship and posted top-five finishes in all of the six winter sports to maintain its lead in the race for the 2009-10 North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports championship. 

The Tigers captured the women's basketball championship and tied for third in men's basketball. Wittenberg turned in a pair of fourth-place finishes in women's swimming & diving and indoor track & field and a pair of fifth-place standings in men's swimming and indoor track. The Tigers earned 43.5 points in the winter sports for a overall all-sports total of 96.5 points. They hold a nine and one-half-point lead over second-place Denison (87.0) in the race for the coveted Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy. The Big Red posted top-five finishes in four winter sports, including championships in men's and women's swimming.

Allegheny (86.0) is a mere one point behind the Big Red in third place. The Gators, who finished third in three sports: men's basketball (tie) and men's and women's track, are followed in the standings by Ohio Wesleyan (83.5) in fourth and Wooster (75.5) in fifth. Ohio Wesleyan, who shared the 2008-09 All-Sports title with Denison, swept both indoor track championships, and finished second in women's basketball. Wooster won the men's basketball championship and finished third in women's swimming. Kenyon (74.5), Oberlin (70.5), Wabash (49.0), Earlham (37.5) and Hiram (37.0) round out the standings in places six through 10, respectively. Kenyon finished second in men's and women's swimming and fourth in women's basketball, while Oberlin claimed second place in women's track and fourth in men's. Wabash turned in three top-three finishes this winter, with second-place standings in men's basketball and men's track and a third-place showing in men's swimming. Hiram tied for fifth in men's basketball.

The Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy is given annually to the school that performs the best across the NCAC's 22 sports. Ten points are awarded for a first-place finish, nine for a second, eight for a third, and so on. Men's and women's performances are combined, exemplifying the North Coast's commitment to equity and balance among programs. Wooster won three of the first four All-Sports championships, interrupted only by Denison in year two. Ohio Wesleyan followed with a six-year run leading to titles by Wooster (twice), Wittenberg (once), Denison (nine), OWU (twice) and finally, the tie between Ohio Wesleyan and Denison last spring.

Ohio Wesleyan leads the way with 121 team championships during the NCAC's 26 playing seasons. Denison is next with 107 titles, followed by Allegheny (104), Kenyon (94), Wooster (68) and Wittenberg (66).

2009-10 All-Sports Standings (Fall/Winter)

School    Points
1.    Wittenberg University     96.5
2.    Denison University     87.0
3.    Allegheny College     86.0
4.    Ohio Wesleyan University    83.5
5.    College of Wooster    75.5
6.    Kenyon College     74.5
7.    Oberlin College     70.5
8.    Wabash College*  49.0
9.    Earlham College     37.5
10.    Hiram College     37.0


USTA Kids' Day Set for Saturday
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s tennis team has partnered with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to offer a Kids’ Day in conjunction with its match on Saturday, March 20. 

All kids aged six and up are encouraged to come out and participate in multiple contests and games with many prizes to be given out as well. Kids with their own racquet are welcome to bring their own, while those without racquets will be able to borrow one from the team. 

Everyone in attendance is encouraged to come out early and support the Yeowomen in their 1 p.m. match against Ohio Northern University. Following the conclusion of the contest at approximately 4 p.m. free pizza will be served and the kids in attendance will have the opportunity to meet the Yeowomen players.

"It's always special when we have opportunities like this one to connect with our local community and especially the local kids to help grow our game,” Head Coach Constantine Ananiadis said. “This is a great initiative by the USTA and we hope to be able to make it an annual event."

The event is free so come out early and support the Oberlin College women’s tennis team. For additional questions contact Coach Ananiadis via email atconstantine.ananiadis@oberlin.edu or by phone at (440) 775-6752.

NCAC Weekly Winter Sports Recap - Mar. 15

 Lakewood's Dee Salukombo,Walsh

alum Tony Dipre earn All American

honors again


March 15 

By Sue Penicka


WESTLAKE -- Nine men and three women from North Coast schools competed at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at DePauw University March 12-13. The NCAC had a stellar showing as four men took home All-American honors and Wabash finished tied for ninth out of 57 teams.

ALLEGHENY junior Tony Dipre (Twinsburg, OH/Walsh Jesuit) was the top NCAC performer as he placed third in the men’s mile in a time of 4:11.92. With the third place finish, Dipre claimed his secondstraight All-America honor. Senior Mia Symoniak (East Snyder, NY/Amherst) placed 12th in the women’s 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:44.39.

Tony Dipre


DENISON sophomore Dee Salukombo (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) placed seventh in the men’s mile in a time of 4:13.88. Salukombo earned his first track All-America honor but his second award of his young career after placing 33rd at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships. He is the first Denison male indoor track and field athlete to earn All-America status since 1999.



OBERLIN junior Joanna Johnson (Chico, CA/Chico) competed in the women’s 5,000-meter run

B-W Divers Todd Richert of 

Royalton and Julie Pinter of 

Broadview to Compete at DIII 

Nationals on March 17-20 in 


March 15

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- Baldwin-Wallace College four-time All-American junior diver Todd Richert (North Royalton) and freshman diver Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville) will compete at the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet that will be held March 17-20 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Royalton's Richert

Richert has competed at DIII Nationals in each of the last two years and has earned All-America honors twice during each trip. As a sophomore last season, Richert placed sixth in the one-meter event and 14th in the three-meter. As a freshman in 2007-08, he was 12th on the three-meter board and 13th on the one-meter. He is the only athlete in the history of the B-W swimming & diving program to earn multiple All-American awards. This season, Richert won the one and three-meter titles at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships and was named the OAC's Men's Diver of the Year for the second time in his career. Richert owns all five of the program's diving records including the one-meter (510.20 points) and three-meter (527.47) championship events.

Julie Pinter

The men's three-meter dive is scheduled for Wednesday, March 17 and the one-meter event is set for Friday, March 19. Finals for each event begin at 6:00 p.m.

Pinter has had an outstanding freshman campaign. At the conference championship meet, she won the one-meter dive with an OAC-record score and placed second in the three-meter dive en route to being named OAC Women's Diver of the Year. Pinter also set school-records in the one-meter (467.53) and three-meter (446.92) championship events in B-W's regular season finale.

The women's one-meter dive is scheduled for Thursday, March 18 and the three-meter event is set for Saturday, March 20. Finals for each event begin at 6:00 p.m.