A Page -- March 16, 2010

With Stetson Allie, Alex Lavisky back 

for their fourth seasons as 

cornerstones of the team, 

St. Edward should be one of the 

favorites to win big-school state 

baseball championship


March 16, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

LAKEWOOD – After getting eliminated in the regional final last spring by Green in Canton’s Thurman Munson Stadium, St. Edward’s baseball team is determined to recapture the state championship it won in 2008 and the school’s 40th sate title since the 1970s in all sports.

 

The backbone of the team will be the battery of pitcher Stetson Allie and catcher Alex Lavisky, now back for their fourth season as a duo on the varsity squad. Lavisky, a prime Major League prospect, passed up his senior season and what would have been his third year as the starting quarterback for the football Eagles to concentrate on baseball. Allie will be pitching and playing for the University of North Carolina next fall.

 

The duo will provide experienced leadership perhaps never seen before at St. Ed.

 

Allie throws the ball at over 90 miles per hour, and Lavisky has just as much of a cannon from behind the plate, throwing out would-be base stealers at will.

 

Allie is the closer, coming into the games in the sixth or seventh innings when the Eagles have a lead. He gave up only four earned runs in 14 innings last year. While playing shortstop, the All Cuyahoga River Valley Baseball Conference first-team selection batted .446 with five home runs and 26 RBIs.


SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW


“Stetson leaned down his body and improved his physical strength,” said St. Ed coach Danny Allie. “He is a combination power arm-power bat, very athletic, and has tremendous passion. He is the best prospect in program because he is a tireless worker with vision. He hits for a good average and is an excellent student/athlete, “

Allie has been a Div. I guy, all-conference player every year from 07-09. The four year starter hit .440+ every year in the varsity program.

 

Lavisky was also All CRBC first team his junior year, hitting while leading the team in three power-hitting categories – doubles (13), fewest times struck out (7) and RBIs (27).

 

“Alex is one of the best catch-throw guys in state,” the elder Allie said. “He works well behind the plate and is an outstanding leader. He has an above average arm and lots of passion. Also, he is an outstanding kid,”

 

He is a Div. I guy, an ll-conference player every year 07-09, and four year starter. He hit .460+ every year and will be playing for Georgia Tech next year.

 

Other key players returning are hockey standout Ross Kivett, Kirk Mills, Cory Blackstock, Andrew Busser, Pat Egan, Cody Cooper, Vince Bartolone, Aaron Marrero, Cody Simon and Christian Iacullo.

 

Kivett hit .416 with seven doubles, two triples and a home run.

 

“Ross is an ultra competitor who has an outstanding day to day approach to the game, “ coach Allie said. “He practices hard/plays hard and is very determined to excel. Also, he is an outstanding leader and a super lead-off hitter”

 

Kivett is a Div. I guy who will be playing at Kansas State University next year and will be a huge contributor in 2010. He runs well (13 of 15 on stolen bases) and is an above average student.

 

Cooper, a junior, was the Co-Rookie of the Year last year in the league with University School’s Rob Winemiller. Cooper, a southpaw, was 4-0 on the mound with a 2.39 ERA and 26 strikeouts.

 

“He is very athletic and has good presence on the mound,” coach Allie said. “He throws in the mid 80s and is a guy with a lot of promise. His hitting ability is a work in progress, but he is a good student.”

 

Blackstock hit .339 with four home runs.

 

“Cory is  very athletic, two sport guy (football, DB/WR) who is a good runner,” Allie said. “He is a raw power guy with high ceiling, physical strength. Look for big things in 2010.”

 

As a sophomore, Blackstock was a starter in 2009.

 

“Cory has a lot of outfield potential, but his hitting ability is a work in progress,” Allie said. “He’ll learn since he is a great student.”

 

Busser batted .400 with four home runs and 23 RBIs. He had a save and a loss on the mound with a 2.25 ERA.

 

“Busser is athletic with an above avgerage arm,” Allie said. “He will playa role in the 2010 pitching staff. He has offensive potential with some minor swing adjustments.

 

Busser was on the all-conference team in 2009 and is a two year starter.

 

Egan, Simon, Iacullo and Bartolone saw limited time last year but all four hit over .400 when they did get their chances at the plate.

 

“Bartolone is athletic and a tireless worker, loves the game,” Allie said. “He was a contributor as a sophomore in 2009.  Look for big things both as a position player and off

the mound. He has great actions, works hard and plays hard, and is a great student. Marrero runs well and has good instincts in the outfield> He had limited time as a sophomore but, will compete for

starting job in 2010. Keep an eye on this kid; he’s a great student.”

 

Top incoming prospect for Eds is sophomore Tommy Mirabelli.


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Notre Dame College celebrates 


national title; first one for a 


Cleveland college since 1978


B-W gridiron group


March 16


Andy Barch




WEEKLY NDC REPORT



WRESTLING

 

BANNER DAY FOR NOTRE DAME:  The NDC campus community gathered for a celebration of champions Thursday, as the members of the Falcon wrestling team and senior race walker Mike Mannozzi (Youngstown, Ohio) were honored for earning NAIA national championships last week. The event culminated with the hoisting of the 2010 NAIA Wrestling National Championship banner -- a red, white and blue ensign that will remain at Murphy Gymnasium, marking the first national team title earned by an NDC athletic team.


2010 NAIA Champs

 

FIVE IN FOUR:  With their three national title-winners in 2010 -- Derek Foore (197 pounds, Wadsworth, Ohio), Jeffrey Pelton (149, Bellevue, Ohio) and Thomas Straughn (157, Massillon, Ohio) -- NDC Wrestling has now produced five national champions in the program’s four years since being instituted in 2006. In those four seasons, the program has produced 17 NAIA All-Americans and 56 national qualifiers. The Falcons were ranked No. 1 in the nation (NAIA Coaches’ Poll) for the entire regular season and then won the championship in Oklahoma City, Okla., on March 6.

 

PRIDE OF CLEVELAND:  In earning the national title, NDC scored 179.5 team points, 59.5 points more than second-place Southern Oregon (120 points). That margin of victory is the second-largest at the NAIA National Championship tournament since 1982 and the third-largest in the 53-year history of the NAIA title event. The title for Notre Dame marks the first national championship for a college or university in Cleveland since 1978 (Baldwin-Wallace NCAA Division-III Football).

 

 

BASEBALL

 

THIS WEEK: The Falcons are slated play a pair of doubleheaders as they open American Mideast Conference play at Point Park (Pa.) on Friday and Saturday (March 19-20). 

 

LAST WEEK: Notre Dame (11-4) hammered Hiram, 14-6, on Sunday (March 14) in what technically was the Falcons’ home opener. The contest was relocated to a artificial-surface field at Hawken Upper School in Gates Mills, Ohio, due to unplayable field conditions at Paul Serra Field.  Travis Brown (Bellevue, Ohio), Benji Jarabeck (Painesville, Ohio) and Pat Ross (Gahanna, Ohio) all had three hits in the win.

Benji Jarabeck

Painesville native Benji Jarabeck

 

SEAMS DIFFERENT:  With their Sunday victory over the Terriers, Notre Dame has already eclipsed their 2009 win total; the Blue & White went 10-39 a year ago. … Newcomers Brown and Jarabeck are both sporting OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) figures above 1.000 through 15 games.  Brown is batting .400/.464/.540 (batting/OBP/SLG) and Jarabeck is hitting .400/.460/.578. … NDC has outscored foes, 91-66.  The Falcon have scored eight or more runs four times, with their 14 against Hiram being a season-high.

 

 

SOFTBALL

 

THIS WEEK: Notre Dame, No. 19 in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll, will square off against Findlay in a double header on Saturday, March 20.  The scheduled date against theNCAA Division II Oilers marks the Falcons’ 2010 home opener.  NDC went 14-2 a year ago on Campus Field.

 

LAST WEEK: The No. 19 Falcons (6-11) were idle last week.  

 

 

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

 

THIS WEEK:  NDC will be at Detroit-Mercy (Mich.) on Wednesday and at Monroe (N.Y.) on Saturday.

 

LAST WEEK:  Notre Dame dropped a 14-4 decision to NCAA-II No. 9 Gannon (Pa.) on Saturday.  Senior defender Emily Moore (Akron, Ohio) had seven ground balls in the game -- that’s a single-game high for the Falcons this season. … Jenn Morse (Brampton, Ontario) won 10 of 13 face-offs against GU. The Brampton, Ontario, native scored two goals against the Golden Knights and has now found the back of the net a team-high 12 times this season.

 Emily Moore

Revere alumna Emily Moore

 

TRACK & FIELD

 

THIS WEEK: Notre Dame will kick off their outdoor season to Cincinnati to compete in the Early Bird Relays on Saturday, March 20. 

 

LAST WEEK: The Falcons were idle last week.

 

 

MEN’S TENNIS

 

THIS WEEK: The Falcons will host Findlay in Medina, Ohio, at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 19. 

 

LAST WEEK: NDC was idle last week.

 

 

BOWLING  

 

LAST WEEK: The Notre Dame Women's Bowling team placed 12th out of 14 teams at the ITC Sectional tournament this past weekend. The Allentown Sectional was one of four tournaments nationwide. The top four seeds in each sectional qualified for the ITC National tournament in El Paso, Texas. The Falcons sent sophomore Emily Clevenger, and freshmen Cassi Sakenes, Marshae Sanders, Kayla Dukes and Kirstie Hegedus.

 

ACADEMIC ALL AMERICANS: Three Falcon Bowlers earn Academic All-American awards present by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association. The Award is presented to any collegiate bowler who obtains a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Falcon bowlers Emily Clevenger, Kirstie Hegedus and Matt Roche all earned the honor.

Kirstie Hegedus

Midpark alumna Kirstie Hegedus,an All American 

 

 

GENERAL

 

PULLING RANK:  According to the all-sports Directors’ Cup standings, as published by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today, the Falcons are ranked No. 11 among nearly 300 NAIA athletic programs.  The March 11th release of the broad-based ranking, which accounts for performance on a national level in 21 sports (11 men’s and 10 women’s) does not yet account for teams finishes in men’s and women’s basketball.  Falcon teams recently tallied points in Wrestling (national champions), Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving, (14th and 13th, respectively, at the national championships), and Men’s Track & Field (22nd). The No. 11 ranking is the highest achieved by NDC to date.

 

 

 

Joe Horvath

B-W Freshman Joe Horvath From 

North Royalton Named OAC Men's 

Tennis Player of the Week

March 16, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA - Baldwin-Wallace College freshman Joe Horvath (North Royalton) has been named as the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week for his play on B-W's annual spring trip last week.

Horvath, who plays mostly at B-W's fourth singles position, posted a 5-1 individual record in six matches in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Horvath also teamed with freshman Tyler Beaton(Bemus Point, N.Y./Maple Grove) to post a 5-1 mark at third doubles.

For the season, Horvath leads B-W with an 11-1 overall singles record and a combined 10-1 mark in doubles play.

The Yellow Jackets, 9-1 overall heading into a Saturday match at Oberlin College at 10:00 a.m., wrapped up their annual southern trip with five wins in six matches. The lone B-W loss came to the No. 2-ranked team in Division III.

B-W also opens its home and OAC schedule versus rival Capital University at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 at the "Pop" Collins Tennis Complex in Berea.

Mount Union’s Kacey Huff, a 

Louisville High grad, Named OAC

Women's Tennis Player of the Week

March 16


By Lenny Reich

 



Huff_Kacey.jpgKacey Huff

(AUSTINTOWN, OH)--Mount Union senior Kacey Huff (Louisville/Louisville) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week.

Huff went 3-1 at No. 1 singles and 3-1 at No. 1 doubles with partner Krissy Hallett (Willoughby Hills/ Willoughby South) last week as the Purple Raiders played four matches in Hilton Head, SC.

Mount Union won three of those four matches and now stand at 6-2 on the season.

Mount Union plays Wednesday at 4 pm at Ohio Wesleyan.


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Lucak


Trinity alumna Alex Lucak Named OAC Softball Hitter of the Week

March 16


By Lenny Reich

 


AUSTINTOWN- 


Mount Union junior second baseman Alex Lucak (Maple Heights/Trinity) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Softball Hitter of the Week.  

The Purple Raiders opened their season last week finishing fourth in the NFCA Leadoff Classic with a 7-3 record including knocking off a pair of nationally ranked teams.

Lucak hit .424 with a team-best four doubles, three home runs and nine RBI.  She also scored six runs with an .818 slugging percentage.

Mount Union is slated to open the home portion of the 2010 schedule Wednesday at 3 pm against Walsh at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.


Mount Union CF, Green Grad Greg Ferrell Named OAC Baseball Hitter

of the Week


March 16


By Lenny Reich

 


Greg Ferrell

(AUSTINTOWN, OH)--Mount Union junior centerfielder Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week.

Ferrell was 14-of-24 from the plate last week for a .583 batting average with nine of those 14 hits for extra bases with a 1.208 slugging percentage.  He also did not commit an error in the field with 24 putouts and an outfield assist.

Mount Union went 4-2 on its southern trip in Tennessee and Florida.  The Raiders are scheduled to play tomorrow (Wed., Mar. 17) at 4 pm at Walsh.



Oberlin's Holmes named NCAC Player of Week


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By Mike Mancini

Westlake – Sophomore Dylan Holmes was named as the North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday evening. 

Holmes, a native of Seattle, Washington, scored three times – including the game-winner to help the Yeomen knockoff Shenandoah University 7-5 in their season opener last Saturday. 

Holmes, who finished second on the team in goals (18) and points (27) as rookie in 2009, cashed in the three scores on six shots. 

He and the rest of the Yeomen return to action on Saturday afternoon when they play host to Hendrix College at 1 p.m. 

Mount Union’s Suzy Venet Named D3Hoops.com Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year

March 16

By Lenny Reich


MINNEAPOLIS, MN)--Mount Union head women's basketball coach Suzy Venet has been named D3Hoops.com Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year.

Venet led the Purple Raiders to their second most wins in school history with a 26-5 record, the secondOhio Athletic Conference Tournament championship in school history, and an appearance in the sectionals (round of 16) of the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship.
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Venet

It is the first time Mount Union made the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the sectional round since 1998 which ironically was Venet's senior year as starting point guard for Mount Union.  Venet is the only two-time All-American as a player for the Purple Raiders, scored over 1,500 points and is still the OAC's all-time assists leader.

Venet is in her fifth season at her Alma mater with a 79-57 record.  This season Venet has directed a squad that featured just one senior and three underclassmen starters all while giving birth to her first child in the middle of the season.
 
Lake Erie Softball Recap and Line Scores (March 16)

By Jason Tirotta

* Soph. Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg) pitched shut-out ball for seven innings, but IUP broke through with three runs in the eighth for the 3-0 win in game one.  The Storm (3-9) managed just two hits and struck out 15 times against IUP's Erin Holloway.  In game two, IUP (10-1) scored in every inning en route to a 9-1 win.  Soph. Haley Rathge (Edon, Ohio/Napoleon) had two hits and drove in a run for Lake Erie. Monica Iachini had three hits and Stefanie Poates homered for the Crimson Hawks. 
Sam Roonde


Indiana Univ. (Pa.) 3, Lake Erie College 0 (03/16/10 at Painesville, Ohio) (Game 1)
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Indiana Univ. (Pa.). 000 000 03 -  3  9  3      (10-1)
Lake Erie College... 000 000 00 -  0  2  1      (3-8)
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Pitchers: Indiana Univ. (Pa.) - Erin Holloway and Sam Goettman. Lake Erie College - Sam Ronde
and Megan Foley.
Win-Erin Holloway(6-0)  Loss-Sam Ronde(1-3)  T-1:32  A-64
Weather: 52, mostly sunny

Indiana Univ. (Pa.) 9, Lake Erie College 1 (03/16/10 at Painesville, Ohio) (Game 2)
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Indiana Univ. (Pa.). 312 12 -  9 13  0      (11-1)
Lake Erie College... 000 10 -  1  7  1      (3-9)
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Pitchers: Indiana Univ. (Pa.) - Michelle Bivona and Stefanie Poates. Lake Erie College -
Pam Bykowski; Lauren Malicki(4) and Ali Hemming.
Win-Michelle Bivona(3-1)  Loss-Pam Bykowski(1-3)  T-1:32  A-64
HR IUP-S - Stefanie Poates.
Weather: 52, mostly sunny

SHAKER HEIGHTS NATIVE "MOTHER GINGER"  BACK TO PLAY RIGHT FIELD



The Lake Erie Crushers have re-


signed outfielder/thespian Ardie 


McWilliams and catcher Brad 


Griffith for the 2010 season”

 


March 16


By Nicolle Meyer


Avon— The Lake Erie Crushers are pleased to announce the return of outfielder Arden McWilliams and catcher Brad Griffiths for the 2010 Season.

 

McWilliams, a Shaker Heights native, started the 2009 season at first base for the Crushers before moving to right field for a majority of the season. A consistent presence in the starting line-up, McWilliams batted .257 in 84 games played. He also recorded 51 runs, 74 hits, seven doubles, three triples, 12 homeruns and 51 RBI.


 

An all-round team player, this off-season McWilliams moved from right field to center stage as Mother Ginger in Ohio Dance Theatres’ annual production of the Nutcracker at Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Performing Arts Center.

Shaker Heights native Ardie McWilliams

 

Field Manager John Massarelli is appreciative of McWilliams performance in the holiday classic, although he is looking forward to getting his outfielder out of drag and back into the Crushers’ pinstripes for the 2010 season, “Solid rookie year for Arden. We hope Broadway doesn’t take him away from us and he can continue his development as a professional baseball player.”

 

Griffiths has also signed a contract extension with the Crushers for the upcoming season. The rookie out of Lee University shared catching duties with Nick Maragas last season. In 66 games played, he batted .218 with 19 runs, 41 hits, three doubles, one homerun and 24 RBI.

 

“Griffiths will battle Maragas and Julio Rivera for the starting catching job,” said Massarelli.


Crushers' Championship trophy

 


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