A Page -- March 16, 2011

Gilmour Student/Athletes "speak out" for 

autism with shirt program; vocalizing to 

other area S/As to follow the lead

In an effort to raise funds for research in the treatment and cure for children with autism, Gilmour Academy’s sports information and athletic departments are encouraging area high school, middle school, elementary school, CYO and club Student/Athletic teams to participate in a program its spring S/A teams adopted a year ago and plan to continue for this season.

Gilmour Academy is pleased to present the “Second Annual Swing for a Solution,” an event which raises awareness and funds for the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks.  This event was developed by the Gilmour Academy varsity softball team and school sports information director/assistant softball coach and Kristy Booher to honor assistant coach Mandy Hansen’s autistic son Michael, and others like him, with the hopes that this event will catch on nationally.

This year, the Lancer softball team has invited its opponents to participate, which means wearing Autism Speaks/”Swing for a Solution 2011” official shirts during the game when the schools meet each other and during at least one other game this season.  The Gilmour varsity baseball team and GA Middle School softball team also plan to participate in this event.

Schools would be able to maintain their normal coloring and identifying logo mark with the alternative jerseys. Apparel is sold with each team’s logo as well as the official Swing for a Solution design as developed by official Solution vendor Sports ‘N Sports.  Shirt colors are customized by each participating school.  All items are reasonably priced with $5 from each item getting donated to Autism Speaks.

T-shirts are ($13), long sleeves ($15), crew sweatshirts ($16) and hoodies ($21) in sizes small through extra large.  An additional $1 is added to double extra large sizes and an additional $2 is added to triple extra large sizes.

No team makes a profit from these items as the price covers the cost of the item and the $5 donation. The remainder of the cost goes to the shirt makers and sellers.

Any team interested in participating in this event should contact Kristy Booher at booherk@gilmour.org or 440-473-8198.  Teams do not have to be opponents of Gilmour Academy to participate and could be at any level.

Willoughby South High alumna Krissy 

Hallett named OAC Tennis Player of the 


By Josh Reilly

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union junior Krissy Hallett (Willoughby Hills/Willoughby South) has been namedOhio Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week.

Krissy Hallett

Hallett was 1-2 as the Raiders' top singles player and 3-0 with No. 1 doubles partner Megan Czuchra(Mantua/Crestwood)

Hallett claimed her singles win over Trine's Jennifer Wall, 6-1, 6-3, but dropped decisions to Mount Saint Mary's Gabriela Murphy-Goldberg, 7-5, 6-1, and Wittenberg's Leah Ann Miller, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1).

Hallett and Czuchra were strong in doubles play. They defeated Mount Saint Mary's Murphy-Goldberg and Annmarie Llewellyn, 8-6; Trine's Wall and Lauren Schlueter, 8-6; and Wittenberg's Anne Beauch and Maggie Stewart, 8-2.

The Mount Union women went 1-2 during Spring Break. They defeated Trine (Ind.), 5-4, but lost to Mount Saint Mary (N.Y.), 6-3, and Wittenberg, 7-2



By Nick Minerd

BLOOMINGTON, MN – Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) has been voted Second Team Women's All-Great Lakes Region squad, announced D3hoops.com on Tuesday, March 15.

The awards keep piling up for Hollinger, a three-time All-University Athletic Association selection, who was also recently named a national finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy. She averaged 16.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game with 46 blocked shots this past season, leading the UAA in both scoring and blocks.

In addition, Hollingerwas named the league’s Athlete of the Week on three separate occasions and became just the 10th woman in CWRU basketball history to reach 1,000 career points. The Chardon-native ended the 2010-11 campaign in seventh place on the school’s all-time list with 1,093 points.

Hollinger also helped the Spartans to a 13-12 team finish during the 2010-11 campaign and 7-7 mark in the UAA. The winning season was Case’s third in head coachJennifer Reimer’s four-year tenure and the .500 UAA slate was the best for the program since a 10-4 finish in 2001-02.

Players were recommended for the all-region teams by Sports Information Directors from each player’s respective institution. This year, a record-high total of 680 players were nominated and voted upon from across the country.

North Olmsted's Kori Wiedt named to 

D3 All Region Team

Mount Union junior guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) was named to theD3Hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region Third Team.

Mount junior Kori Wiedt

Wiedt, who was also honored on the All-Ohio Athletic Conference First Team, led the Raiders in points per game (12.4) while ranking second on the squad in steals (1.3) and 3-point field goal percentage (.399).

Mount Union (26-4) won the OAC Tournament and regular season titles to advance to the NCAA Tournament. It defeated Wisconsin-Whitewater, 69-55, before falling in the second round to Thomas More (Ky.), 76-63.

Massillon's Cody Colly named OAC 

Pitcher of the Week

By Lenny Reich

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union senior Cody Colly (Massillon/Massillon Washington) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Colly did not allow an earned run and struck out 19 batters over 15 innings pitched in a pair of outings last week.

Former Tiger Cody Colly

In the season opener against Trine (Ind.), Colly allowed only four hits, struck out seven, did not allow an earned run and went the distance but took the loss as the Raiders suffered an extra inning 1-0 loss.

Colly came back in his next start against Clarkson (N.Y.) and struck out a career-high 12 hitters, did not allow an earned run and pitched a complete game two-hitter as he led Mount Union to a 10-4 win.

The Raiders, 2-7 overall, play Thursday at 3:30 pm at Walsh University in North Canton.


Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 3/15/11


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Tracy Nedoma, Medina, 1/29, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Ulyess Rand Jr., Cleveland, 1/23, Roseland Lanes;

Phillip Sillia Jr., North Olmsted, 2/23, Buckeye Lanes;

Michael Bryda, Fairview Park, 2/23, Fairview Lanes;

Thomas Macuna Jr., North Olmsted, 2/23, Fairview Lanes;

Charles Worthy, Cleveland, 2/26, Ambassador Superior;

David Quillin, North Ridgeville, 3/2, Buckeye Lanes;

William Keegan, Westlake, 3/2, Buckeye Lanes;

Joseph Chiara Jr., Parma, 3/2, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Tony Campana Jr., Parma, 3/3, Yorktown Lanes;

Jim Taylor, Parma, 3/3, Yorktown Lanes;

Bob Kovach, Independence, 3/4, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Edward Streich, Strongsville, 3/9, Red Circle Lanes;

Rodney Bassett, Brook Park, 3/9, Buckeye Lanes;

Jim Segert, Brunswick Hills, 3/10, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Phillip Sillia, North Olmsted, 3/11, Buckeye Lanes;

Charles Scott, Cleveland, 3/11, Buckeye Lanes;

Greg Sliman, Cleveland, 3/12, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Darrell Soukup, Middleburg Heights, 3/13, Brookgate Lanes;

Tom Thomas, Brook Park, 3/14, Brookgate Lanes;



    299 Games

Greg patz, Garfield Heights, 1/23, Roseland Lanes;

Tracy Nedoma, Medina, 2/23, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Mike Clark Sr., Lakewood, 2/22, Madison Square Lanes;

David Quillin, North Ridgeville, 3/2, Buckeye Lanes;

Darrell Bregitzer, Garfield Heights, 3/8, Fairview Lanes;

Travis Podvorac, Cleveland, 3/13, Brookgate Lanes;

John Forgus Jr., North Ridgeville, 3/14, Freeway Lanes of Parma;



    298 Games

David Sirocky, Brook Park, 3/3, Cloverleaf Lanes;



    800 Series

Mike Clark Sr., Lakewood, 2/22, Madison Square Lanes (811);

Tracy Nedoma, Medina, 2/23, Freeway Lanes of Parma (826);

David Quillin, North Ridgeville, 3/2, Buckeye Lanes (826);

Darrell Bregitzer, Garfield Heights, 3/8, Fairview Lanes (802);

Michael Mravec, Lakewood, 3/9, Brookgate Lanes (824);

Greg Sliman, Cleveland, 3/12, Cloverleaf Lanes (814);

Anthony Doremus, Parma, 3/14, Freeway Lanes of Parma (809);

With new head coach Ben Malbasa and a league member for first time since leaving East Senate four decades ago, Benedictine announces 2011 football schedule -- a loaded one

By Wally Mieskoski

New Benedictine football coach Ben Malbasa and his Bengals will be tested early at the start of the 2011 football season.

The Bengals open with first-time opponent and Division I playoff contender Boardman and then will play its first North Coast League game against Akron Hoban.  Both games will be at Bedford Stadium.

“We won’t be able to ease into the season,” said Malbasa, a University School alumnus.who is now right at home at a single-sex school. “Opening with Boardman and then the next week against Akron Hoban, presents a great opportunity for our program to maintain a sense of urgency as we prepare for our season.” 

Coach/Esq. Malbasa

After almost 40 years of playing an independent schedule, Benedictine returns to league play for the first time since the Bengals left the Cleveland Senate at the end of the 1971-72 academic year. The Bengals will play in the large-school Blue Division of the North Coast League.

Benedictine will be able to once again compete for a league championship.

“Preparing for the North Coast League presents a great challenge and awesome opportunity for our  players,” said Malbasa. “They are excited to be competing for a championship against teams they know well, like Lake Catholic, NDCL and Walsh and look forward to developing new rivalries with teams like Akron Hoban and Padua,” he added.

There were a few adjustments made to the 2011 slate to accommodate the Bengals arrival into the NCL.

“Akron Hoban was willing to take the week two slot so that we could honor the final year of our contract with Columbus DeSales in week 10,” said Tony Russ, Benedictine athletic director.

 There are five new teams on the 2011 schedule that were not on the 2010 schedule.

These new opponents are Boardman (0-0, first meeting), Akron Hoban (10-4, 2004 playoffs), Bedford (1-3, 1937), Holy Name (21-17-3, 2008), and Padua (7-1, 1986). (The numbers in parenthesis indicates the all-time records and the last meeting of the two teams.)

With rising gas prices, Benedictine fans will love this year’s schedule. The Bengals and their loyal fans will travel only 414 round-trip miles to watch the Bengals. In comparison, for the 10-game 2008 regular season, Benedictine traveled a total of 1,277 round-trip miles when they traveled to such places as Fremont Ross, Columbus Watterson, Youngstown Mooney, and Cincinnati Elder.

It won’t be until week eight that the Bengals leave Cuyahoga County. In weeks 8-9-10, they play at Walsh Jesuit, at NDCL and at Columbus DeSales.

In an interesting twist, Benedictine fans will be the visitors for the first time at Bedford Stadium in week three, as the Bengals square off against Bedford High, the first time these teams meet since 1937. Benedictine has used Bedford Stadium as its home field since the new artificial turf facility was built in 1994. The Bengals will have six games at Bedford in the 2011 season.

Benedictine won back-to-back state Division III titles in 2003 and 2004 and last made the playoffs in 2005. The Bengals won a wire service state poll in 1957 and state playoff titles in 1973, 1980, 1981, 1996, 2003, and 2004.

Oberlin Baseball Will Have to Wait One More Day
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Oberlin, Ohio – With the rainfall that hit the city of Bluffton today (Tuesday) the Yeomen and Beavers have elected to push Wednesday’s game to Thursday to allow more time for the field to drain. 

Thursday’s forecast calls for a high of 64 degrees and just a 30 percent chance of precipitation. The game will remain at 4 p.m. 

Bluffton comes into the contest at 5-5, while the game will be the first of the season for the Yeomen. Fans can follow all of the action via live statistics









By NIck Minerd

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Case Western Reserve University football senior Joey Baum (Dalton, OH/Walsh Jesuit) has been named one of just 29 male Student/Athletes from around the nation to be awarded a National Collegiate Athletic Association Postgraduate Scholarship, announced the NCAA on Tuesday, March 15.

“Joey is probably one of the most all-around good people we have had in our program,” said head coach Greg Debeljak. “His service to the community, academic performance, leadership on our football team and performance on the field – he was the whole package. This scholarship is a credit to him and his family and how he was raised. I can’t think of a more deserving candidate for this award.”

Prior to Case Reserve, Baum did his secondary school studies at Walsh Jesuit in Cuyahoga Falls. For 300 years, the Jesuits were the "Schoolmasters of Europe" and since moving it to this part of western hemisphere have mastered athletic success as well, synthesizing the true "Student/Athlete" like Baum. Among Cleveland area schools, only St. Edward and Hawken have won more team state championships than Walsh and St. Ignatius.

Joey Baum  

Baum, an international studies and political science double-major, carries a 3.93 grade point average and plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree upon graduating from CWRU.

He started all 10 games at quarterback and was the University Athletic Association’s top-rated passer in his first year as a starter. He completed 210-of-324 passes (64.8 percent) for 2,446 yards and 23 TDs versus just seven interceptions.

In the fall, he was tabbed as a Capital One Academic All-American, a UAA All-Academic selection, and a second-team All-UAA performer. The Spartans finished the season at 8-2 overall and were ranked in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Top 25 for a fourth consecutive season.

Also heavily involved in the community, Baum brought with him to University Circle an initiative known as “Labre,” a program aimed at aiding the homeless – through both donating supplies and relationship building. In addition, Baum is involved with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and the Case Association of Student-Athletes (CASA).

Case Western Reserve University has a strong tradition of producing NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners.  The program was created in 1964 to promote and encouragepostgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated.

 An equitable approach is employed in reviewing each applicant's nomination form to provide opportunity to all student-athlete nominees to receive the postgraduate award, regardless of sport, division, gender or race.  In maintaining the highest broad-based standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study in an accredited graduate degree program.


Cleveland State basketball team set for 

post-season play; Vikings to see Indiana 

Purdue-Fort Wayne in the first round

By Greg Murphy

Cleveland State will make an appearance in the postseason for the third time in school history, all coming in the last four years, when the Vikings play at IPFW in the opening round of the 16 team Women's Basketball Invitational on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The Vikings, who are the No. 1 seed in the West Region of the WBI, enter the postseason with a 20-11 record, marking just the second time in school history that CSU reached 20 wins.

The Vikings had their eight game win streak snapped with a 64-58 setback to Butler in the Horizon League semifinals on Friday (March 11), the fourth straight year that CSU reached the semifinals.

IPFW, the No. 8 seed in the West region, is 20-10 overall this year and reached the semifinals of the Summit League tournament, falling to South Dakota State. This will be the sixth meeting between the two teams with the Vikings owning a 4-1 lead in the series, winning the first four meetings, before the Mastadons earned an 82-81 win in the last meeting on Jan. 26, 2004.

Kate Peterson Abiad

Coach Peterson

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Despite being in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season, eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad guided the Vikings to the Horizon League semifinals for the fourth straight year and just the second 20-win season in school history. With just two starters and three others back who saw significant playing time last season, 

Peterson Abiad has incorporated several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and continues to figure out what roles everyone will fill as the season progresses. The starting lineup is centered around guard Shawnita Garland (16.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.4 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a first team All-Horizon League pick.

Community indifference toward 

Student/Athletes has made North 

Ridgeville's softball team more like a JV 

unit than a "varsity" one -- at least in 

terms of age; Rangers have no seniors and 

three juniors despite guidance by a

veteran coach

March 16, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Veteran Teacher/Coach Norm Frindt is now in his fourth decade of prepping Student/Athletes at North Ridgeville High School so it could be deduced that he can assess talent and knows exceptional ones when he sees them, but this season his Ranger softball team will be loaded with younger S/As, which means it will take some time before the “real” North Ridgeville Ranger emerges.

In addition to having a trained eye for talent, Frindt has proven to have produced winning softball teams at NRHS, taking league titles of several forms but most recently in the current West Shore Conference and the Pioneer Conference, which became defunct five years ago.


“We will be very young with new players coming from the freshman class coming in and some sophomores,” Frindt said.  “That of course translates into inexperience and mistakes. We either will learn what it takes to win early or the season will be very long for me and for them.”

While he has gals in those frosh and sophomore clans who can get on base and come around and score, defense is still a work in progress.

“One area that we need to improve in is our fielding, and, with 3 out of 4 positions to be filled by new infielders, that can be a reality that may not happen,” the coach said. 

It’s been three years since the Rangers last won or shared a league title after having a three-year run as the dominant conference team, but Frindt has found ways to win and at least give the contenders a run for their money even with undeveloped talent.

Although Frindt’s teams have compiled a lifetime coaching record for him of 421-288, the last three have gone 8-21 (’10), 9-15 (’09), and 13-10 (’08). Prior to that, they hovered around the 20-win mark for three years running.

The Rangers do have five returning full or part-time starters/regulars from last season in catcher Jenna Yost, Kailey Demarco, Rachel Jalowiec, Brittany Helmink, and Mariah Mattila.

Those making strides among the newcomers are freshman Marissa Caraballo and sophomore Kendra Moore.

With no seniors and only three juniors, this “varsity” team is about as young as “young” could get. School levies not passing, pay-to-play enforcement, and appropriations decisions to funnel public funds into community library renovation (with not a large increase in number of books) as opposed to community athletic facilities enhancement a few years ago all have causal connection in the lack of interest maintenance for the full four-year life of a high school S/A here.

Helping out Frindt this season as assistant coaches are Lora Baker,  Mark Skapin, and Rich Webb.

Also in relation to the appropriations issues, the Rangers have cut back on the trips. The only non-conference games are against schools that are relatively close -- Independence, North Royalton, Olmsted Falls, Twinsburg, and Westlake.

“How quick we learn on the job and our attitude towards practicing will determine our record,” Frindt said.  “I don’t lack confidence, but they (the S/As) sometimes do. We have expectations: of contending in our conference. They need to believe in themselves and we hope it will come early and often.”

Mount's Anno named OAC Player of the 

Week for men's tennis

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union sophomore Yasuhiro Anno (Fukucka, Japan/Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzoku) was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week.

While in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Anno compiled a perfect record in both singles and doubles competition.

As the Raiders' No. 4 singles player, Anno defeated Defiance's Mark Vandevender, 6-1, 6-1; Trine's David Murray, 6-4, 6-4; and Catholic's Brian Bradley, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

In doubles play, Anno teamed with Zach Perry (Hudson/Hudson) as Mount Union's No. 2 team. The Raider pair earned victories over Defiance's Vandevender and Austin Gray, 8-2; Trine's Chris Gin and Trevor Derby, 8-1; and Catholic's Bradley and Bernardo Nogales, 8-5.

CSU Men's Golf Heads To Florida For Spring Break

The men's golf team travels to Jacksonville, Fla., early this week to continue its spring schedule when the Vikings compete in the 54 hole Don Benbow Classic at the par 72, Jacksonville Beach G.C. The tournament begins with 36 holes on Monday (March 14) and concludes with 18 holes on Tuesday (March 15).

"It will be great to get back down to Florida and play against a great field and see where we are at as a team," head coach Steve Weir said. "I think this team is much further ahead that we were at the same point last spring. "We still have some things that we need to work on and fix, but I feel very optimistic about how this team is progressing."
Drew Davidson
Canton Central Catholic alum Drew Davidson

The Vikings opened the spring season at The Match Play by going 1-3 at the event. CSU's lone win was a 3-2 triumph over DePaul, while the Vikings also lost a pair of close 3-2 matches. Drew Davidson went 3-1 to lead the Vikings, winning his final three matches after a 3&1 loss to UConn in CSU's first match

Vikings' Men's Tennis Migrates South For Spring Trip

The Cleveland State men's tennis team returns to action this week when the Vikings head south for three matches for their spring training trip. The trip begins with a 3:30 p.m. match at Louisiana Lafayette on Tuesday (March 15) and continues at Nicholls State on Wednesday (March 16) and at Lamar on Friday (March 18).

The Vikings improved to 6-5 overall and 1-0 in the Horizon League as CSU won its last match with a 7-0 sweep at Youngstown State on Saturday, March 5. The win was CSU's 26th straight victory over a Horizon League team.

"Getting a win over Youngstown was a great way for us to open the league season," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We are continuing to play with more and more confidence every time we take the court and that is good to see. Our doubles are really coming together and we are continuing to get good action on every court when we play."

The Vikings swept the three doubles matches at YSU and won all six singles contests via sweeps. Junior Yannick Goossens earned his team-leading 15th singles win of the season with a 6-2, 6-3 win at the No. 1 spot..

CSU Women's Golf Opens Spring Season In Jacksonville

The women's golf team opens its spring season when the Vikings compete at the 54 hole Don Benbow Invitational at the par 72, Jacksonville Beach G.C. The field will play 36 holes on Monday (March 14) with the final 18 holes scheduled for Tuesday (March 15).

"We are very excited to get back out on the course for some competition this week," head coach Steve Weir said. "We have such a young squad with two sophomores and four freshman and I think they were able to gain some valuable experience throughout the fall against top-notch fields. Each player has grown since the first tournament we played in and if we continue to improve on some things like we did over the winter, we could accomplish some great things down the road."
Lisa BarberAriel Sparrow
Willoughby South grad Lisa Barber (l) and Strongsville's Ariel Sparrow (r)

Sophomore Ariel Sparrow led the Vikings in scoring average during the five fall tournaments, averaging 81.7 in 12 rounds, including a low round of 77. Sophomore Lisa Barber was close behind, averaging 84.1 per round.

Oberlin Women's Lacrosse Wins Season-Opener at Trine
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By Mike Mancini

Angola, Ind. – The Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team turned in an impressive effort on Tuesday afternoon as they went on the road to upend Trine University 11-7.

The win avenges a 20-8 loss to the Thunder last season and marks the first season-opening win for the Yeowomen since 2005 when they defeated Notre Dame College (Ohio) by a 4-3 count. 

“I was really please with the patience and poise we played with at the end of the game and was very proud of the way we finished,” Head Coach Liz Longleysaid. “I thought we took a lot of high-percentage shots and did a great job in the groundball game. 

The Yeowomen trailed 5-4 at the half, but they were able to lockdown defensively and take control of the game over the final 35 minutes. 

More details will be added once official stats are provided from Trine.

Pair of Canton Area/Federal League 

Student/Athletes to Play Tennis at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio --GlenOak High School senior Hannah Arvidson and Jackson High School senior Taylor Dowling have committed to attend the University of Mount Union this Fall and play on the women’s tennis team.

Arvidson is a four-time All-Federal League selection for coach Jim Jeffries at GlenOak High School.  She plans to study Education at Mount Union and is the daughter of David and Marianna Arvidson.

Dowling is a two-time All-Federal League selection for coach Keith Kohmann at Jackson High School.  She plans to study French and International Business at Mount Union and is the daughter of Michael and Karen Dowling.

Mount Union has finished among the top four teams in the Ohio Athletic Conference each of the last six years including a 15-6 and fourth place finish a year ago.