A Page -- March 15, 2012

Trine doubles up on Oberlin

Angola, Indiana- The Oberlin College softball team lost both games of their double header Wednesday. The final scores of the game were 9-1, and 8-1.
The Yeowomen struggled at the plate today, managing only seven hits combined in the two games. Katie Baldonieri had two hits in the first game, and Katie Pieplow had two hits in the second game.
Sophomore Emily King hit her first homerun of the season in the second game, while Jennifer Goldsmith and Paris Gravely each had a hit on the day.
The Yeowomen tied the game at 1 in the second inning of the lid-lifter after Cheryl Lindsly was hit by a pitch. She advanced to second on a wild pitch, and would come around to score after a throwing error by Trine’s shortstop. Trine would then score three in the bottom half of the second inning, and add five more runs to make the final score 9-1.
In the second game of the double header, Trine scored seven runs in the first inning, and the Yeowomen were not able to come back after the large deficit. Two Oberlin errors in the inning allowed five of the seven runs to be unearned. Starting pitcher Emily King would settle down and only allow one more run through the next six frames. The run would come in the bottom of the seventh, and was unearned as well.
King also hit a one out homerun in the top of the fifth inning with one out, giving her the lone RBI on the day for Oberlin, and scoring the only run of the game.
Pieplow got the loss in the first game, allowing 12 hits and seven earned runs.
The Yeowomen are back in action on Monday, March 19th as they travel to Franciscan University for a double header. The game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.

Beavers chop Yeomen

Oberlin, Ohio- The Oberlin College baseball team lost a close fought game to the visiting Bluffton University Beavers Wednesday afternoon. The final score of the game was 5-4.
Oberlin was lead by sophomore catcher Steve DiNanno. He was the only Yeoman with multiple hits, going 3-for-4 on the day with a double and a RBI. Sean Cohen added a double, while Mike McDonald and Eric Knight both added RBI's and singles.
Senior Jason James got the start on the mound, and scattered seven hits over five and a third innings. He gave up 3 runs, and left the game with the score tied at 3-3.
The Yeomen jumped on the score board first in the bottom of the second inning when Dinanno singled and scored Zach Kisley from second. Kisley reached base on a fielders choice.

Stephen DiNanno 
Bluffton would answer with a run in the top of the third. In the bottom half of the inning, the Yeomen would once again score, as they plated two. Robin Witjes got things started with a single to right field. Cohen would then lace an opposite field double. The Yeomen would have two consecutive groundouts that would score both Witjes and Cohen.
Knight came in to pitch with one out in the sixth, with runners on first and third. He would work out of the jam, but not before Bluffton would tie the score with a groundout.
Bluffton took the lead again in the seventh inning, by a score of 4-3. In the bottom half of the frame, Oberlin answered with a run of their own. Kevin Verne started the inning off with an infield single, and Witjes would get on first with a fielders choice to third, but an error by the third baseman would see Verne safe at second. The Yeomen then performed a double steal, and during the next at bat, Verne scored on a wild pitch. 
Bluffton took the lead for the final time in the top of the ninth, as Knight gave up a single to lead off the inning. After a sac bunt and a hit by pitch, Knight would get Bluffton’s Nick Broyles to fly out to left field. After an intentional walk, Knight would battle with the next Beaver batter, but ended up walking in the go ahead run.
The Yeomen tried to rally in the ninth, as Verne would wear a pitch to get on first, and Cohen would walk after falling behind 0-2 on the count. However, the Yeomen were not able to plate either runner, and the game ended with a score of 5-4.
Oberlin will travel to Avon, Ohio this weekend to play D’Youville in a four game set at All Pro Freight Stadium. Both days are scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

Oberlin men's LAX edged by Albion

Oberlin, Ohio – It was a tale of two halves for the Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team as they visiting Britons of Albion College were able to come from behind to steal away a 6-5 win to spoil the home opener for the Yeomen on Wednesday night at Fred Shults Field.

Connor Jackson was the lone Yeoman to score more than one goal as he finished with two on the night. Sean HigginsDaniel Fineman and Thomas Cool added the other OC tallies.

After leading 4-1 at the half, Oberlin quickly let the Britons back into game thanks to some defensive miscues. Albion was able to take advantage, scoring three times within the first three-and-half minutes of the third quarter to tie the game at four.

It would remain tied heading into the fourth quarter, but Albion was able to separate itself with two scores in the first four minutes of the frame to take a two-goal lead.


However, Oberlin wouldn’t go down without a fight as Jackson’s second score of the night at the 7:06 mark would cut the Britons’ spread in half.

The Yeomen had multiple chances to tie it down the stretch, but Britons goalie Ian Monkman recorded five of his 12 saves over the final seven minutes of play. However, one of the shots he didn’t save came in the final 15 seconds as Mickey Fiorillo ripped one off just outside the crease that hit off the post.

Oberlin Goalie Erickson Andrews had a nice performance in the cage with 11 saves and a team-high six ground balls.

The shot totals were extremely close with Albion nipping Oberlin 30-29. The Britons also won the ground ball battle 33-29 and really controlled the face, winning 12-of-15.

Oberlin was successful on 21-of-27 clear attempts, while Albion was just 14-of-23. Both teams struggled during man-up opportunities with Albion going 1-of-9 and Oberlin finishing at 2-of-6.

The Yeomen return to action in one week when they host Ohio Wesleyan University for the NCAC opener. The opening face-off is set for 7 p.m.

Case Western Reserve Ranks 25th in First Winter Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings

CLEVELAND, Ohio – One of the most successful fall athletics seasons in school history coupled with another solid campaign during the winter has earned Case Western Reserve University the No. 25 ranking in the first set of winter standings of the 2011-12 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, announced today by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

Spartan Athletics totaled 100 points during the final fall standings and has added another 119.50 through the track & field and wrestling seasons.

Case Western Reserve (219.50 points) is the second-highest ranked team from the University Athletic Association behind Washington University-St. Louis (511.50), who ranks first in the nation. Emory University (Ga.) is the third UAA squad in 30th place (193.00), while University of Chicago (Ill.) and New York University each rank in the top 100 of the 229 ranked institutions.

“Much to the credit of our student-athletes and coaches, our department continues to advance competitively while maintaining superior performance in the classroom," said Director of Athletics Dave Diles. "We are thrilled with the results through the fall and winter sports seasons, and we are looking forward to continued success in the spring. I am very proud of our department’s collective commitment to excellence in all areas of our work.”

During the fall, the Spartan men’s and women’s soccer teams each scored 50 points in the Directors’ Cup Standings with their respective first round victories in the NCAA Championship Tournament. The women (13-4-3) set a school record for wins and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The men (15-5) won a second UAA Championship to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the second time in team history. Both team served as hosts for the NCAA Championship first and second rounds.

Through three winter sports, Spartan Athletics has produced three All-Americans with one each in both men’s and women’s indoor track & field as well as wrestling.

Three-time All-American senior Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) placed third in the nation in the high jump to score 45.5 points in the standings. Senior Matthew Jurcak (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/Olmsted Falls) placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdles, adding 34.5, while senior three-time All-American wrestler Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, Ohio/Ravenna) placed seventh at 157 pounds to score 39.5.

To date, three of seven winter NCAA Championships have been completed. The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 18 sports – nine women’s and nine men’s.

Cizmar qualifies for B final

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Lake Erie College freshman Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia) and sophomore Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukraine) finished 16th and 17th place respectively in the preliminary swim of the 400 Yard IM. 

Cizmar improved on this qualifying time by 1.5 seconds at 4:00.70 to make it to Thursday night's final.  By doing so he can finish anywhere between ninth and 16th place and guarantees the Storm team their first points of the meet. 

Milinkovskyi finished in 4:02.59 to place 17th for the second straight day.  He has one race left in the championships. 

Wednesday March 14

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Sophomore Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukraine) opened up the 2012 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving National Championship for Lake Erie College with a 17th place finish in the 200 Yard IM. 

Milinkovskyi finished the race in 1:51.34 to earn points for the Storm.  However he did not qualify for tonight's A or B finals.

Milinkovskyi came into the meet seeded third in the 200 Yard IM after winning the GLIAC Championship in the event in February. 

Milinkovskyi and freshman Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia/) will be in action tomorrow for the 400 yard IM.  The duo is seeded 14th and 16th in that race respectively. 


Janice Kampf, Ken Kaiser inducted into Ohio tennis hall of fame

The Ohio Tennis Coaches Association inducted two members into its hall of Fame on Sunday, February 26, at its Annual Clinic at the Columbus Marriott Northwest in Dublin Ohio. Inducted were Janice Kampf, former head coach, and now assistant at Hudson High School, and Ken Kaiser, State Tournament Manager, and Elyria High School graduate.

 Janice Kampf graduated from New Providence High School, New Providence, New Jersey and from Bowling Green State University in 1980 with a degree in Health and Physical Education. She received her Master’s of Arts degree in Sports Administration from Kent State University in 1992. She taught health and physical education at Hudson High School for twenty-nine years and at Hudson Middle School for one year. She has had a variety of coaching experiences at several different schools.

Janice coached Varsity girls’ tennis at Hudson High School from 1981-87 and again from 1991-97. She also coached the Hathaway Brown Varsity B girls’ team for seven years and, since 2008, has served as the Hudson JV girls’ coach. While coaching Varsity girls’ tennis at Hudson, her teams won thirteen of fourteen con­ference titles and eighteen of her players were individual league champions. She has had three singles players and twelve doubles teams qualify for the OHSAA State Tournament. Two of those doubles teams reached the final four. Her total coaching record for girls’ teams is 320-127.

In addition, Janice has coached boys’ teams at various times during her career. From 1986-1991, she coached Varsity boys’ tennis team at Hudson High School. From 2000-2001, she was the JV coach at St. Ignatius. Since 2005, she has been the JV coach at Hudson. During her Varsity years at Hudson, her boys’ teams won six of six conference titles and five of her players were individual league champions. She has had one singles player and six doubles teams qualify for the OHSAA State Tournament. Her boys’ tennis record is 217-49 and her overall record including all teams is 587-176.

Janice has been a valued member of the OTCA Executive Board. She has served as recording and/or membership secretary for over twenty years and continues to hold the position of membership secretary. She has also been a sectional man­ager for ten years and has officiated numerous times at the OHSAA State Tourna­ment. In 1996, she was the first recipient of the prestigious OHSAA Sportsman­ship, Ethics, and Integrity Award.

Outside of tennis, Janice is active in the Hudson Jaycees and has held several board positions with them.

 Ken Kaiser graduated from Elyria High School in 1967. After 4 years of military service during the Vietnam era, he graduated from Lorain Community College in 1975. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1977 from The Ohio State University and subsequently earned his Master’s degree in Sports Management with the emphasis on Athletic Administra­tion in 1978.

Ken taught officiating and activity classes in a variety of sports at OSU from 1978-2011. At OSU, he also held a number of different administrative positions in the athletic department during his career. Most recently, he was the Director of Spe­cial Projects and the Director of Facility Operations while continuing his teaching and other administrative duties.

In addition, Ken has been the official timer and scoreboard operator for OSU foot­ball for twenty-five years and the public address announcer for OSU women’s basketball and volleyball. He has been the official scorer and official timer for OSU men’s basketball for thirty-four years. He was an OHSAA football official for twenty-five years and often worked post season games. He continues to be certi­fied as a basketball official and has actively worked basketball games for over 30 years. He has been an instructor trainer and clinician at state basketball and football officiating clinics.

Ken has been an Ex-officio member of the Executive Board of OTCA for many years. He has served as the chairman of the Tony Trabert Scholarship Committee since its inception in 1986. Perhaps his biggest contribution to tennis is his posi­tion as Tournament Manager for the OHSAA State Tournament. Ken has directed 59 State Tournaments (30 for girls and 29 for boys). He received the OTCA Presi­dent’s Award in 1998 for his contributions to tennis in Ohio.

A lifetime tennis player, Ken has served the sport as a competitor, club champion, and board member of his local tennis club. He was the faculty advisor for The Ohio State Tennis Club and received the USTA National Tennis on Campus Award for his contributions to collegiate tennis. While in college, he earned three Varsity letters in tennis, two at Lorain Community College and one at OSU.

Finally, Ken has received numerous awards for his contributions to the Special Olympics and earned the “Honorary Coach” Award which is the highest award given to a volunteer. Ken is a published author and is also a member of many professional organizations.


Wolz’s Six RBI Lead Spartan Softball to 9-1 Victory versus Rochester in Five Innings

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Senior first baseman Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) drove in a career-high six runs as the Case Western Reserve University softball team defeated the University of Rochester (N.Y.), 9-1, in University Athletic Association Championship action on Thursday at Seminole Field. The game was called after five innings due to the varsity run-rule.

The Spartans (5-4, 2-2 UAA) return to action tomorrow at the UAA Championship with a pair of nationally-ranked opponents in No. 21 Washington University-St. Louis and No. 2 Emory University (Ga.) at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively. Rochester drops to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the UAA.

Case pounded out 11 hits in the game with Wolz going 3-for-3 with a triple, a walk and a career-high six runs batted-in. Freshman infielder Molly O'Brien (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola) joined the hit parade going 3-for-4 with a double.

On the mound, freshman Rebecca Taylor (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe) allowed just one unearned run on two hits and two walks. Through nine games, Taylor (5-4) has logged 53.1 of the team's 59 innings and posted a 2.10 earned run average with 56 strikeouts.

The Spartans opened the game with five runs in the top of the first inning as the first three batters reached base and came around to score on Wolz's triple. Sophomore catcher Amy Taylor (Brier, Wash./Inglemoor) and sophomore outfielder Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, Utah/Olympus) also drove in runs with a single and a sacrifice fly, respectively.

Case added another tally in the second when Wolz singled home O'Brien then scored three more in the fifth as Wolz drove home two more with a single. Rochester scored its lone run in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a Spartan error.

Following tomorrow's doubleheader with Wash. U. and Emory, the Spartans conclude the UAA Championship and their trip to the "Sunshine State" with two games on Saturday, March 17.