A Page -- March 17, 2011

Bulldog captains Denton Sagerman (L) and Zack Ferster 

Olmsted Falls baseball team coming off 

season in which it redefined the term 

"paradox" -- finishing in the bottom of its 

league but in the top four in the top 

division in the state; Sagerman, Ferster 

Laird lead Bulldogs who are ready for 

another fine season

March 17, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

OLMSTED FALLS – On paper, Olmsted Falls’ baseball team is looking like it is coming off a mediocre season, but then also on paper, the Bulldogs look like they are coming off a great season.

Paradoxically, the Bulldogs did have a not so exciting season but at the same time provided all kinds of stimulation and pleasant surprises, posting an overall record of 16-18 while at the same time advancing to the State’s Final Four in the Big School Division before falling to eventual state champion St. Edward in the state semis.

Due to some injuries to some of its multiple-sport Student/Athletes during the fall and winter sports seasons, the Bulldogs were without some key players during most of the first month of the season, particularly experiencing a void in the mound area, where they had a dearth of sound and healthy pitching arms.

During all of April the Bulldogs had at least two if not three Southwestern Conference games each week and with only one strong healthy pitching arm available each week, the end result was the Dogs winding up with one of the two worst league records in the SWC.

That is not to say that a second division league team cannot have a strong post season. With the rains that fall here in April and May, sometimes only one tourney game is played each week and with one or two arms, a team like Falls could do the old Spahn-and-Sain-and-two-days-rain thing and be successful.

However, it was more than just that. From the very start of the season, the Olmsted Falls baseball club was known as a “tournament team,” scheduling several mini two- and three-game weekend tournaments and either winning them or winning all its games prior to the rest of the tourney getting cancelled due to rain.

Consequently, the Bulldogs were ready once the sectionals began and then they moved into districts in Lakewood. Here, in the tourney that counted the most, the Bulldogs stated winning and kept winning and winning and winning ….

At Lakewood, they shocked a loaded St. Ignatius team that was projected to win the Lakewood District and the subsequent regional and go on and play its arch-rival St. Ed in the state semis. That was not to be as the Eagles did wind up getting a West Side team as an opponent, but instead it was the tournament tough Bulldogs, who also knocked off perennial powers Strongsville and Perrysburg in regionals.

Some from that team have gone on to play Division II and III college baseball and others have gone on into other sports as collegiate Student/Athletes, but some are back for second-year coach Dan Largent, who brought a wealth of experience to the fold as a rookie head coach, having had a history as a collegiate Student/Athlete at Otterbein prior to joining the teaching a coaching ranks.

Luckily, the Bulldogs do have their top pitcher returning in Denton Sagerman, who once again proved why he is regarded as one of the best pitchers in NE Ohio, if not the state, during the 2010 campaign.

Sagerman (#11 White uniform)

Sagerman went 6-3 overall as the Bulldogs No. 1 starter, including a win in the Regional Championship game over Perrysburg. He struck out 60 batters in 63 2/3 innings on his way to 2nd team All-SWC honors. As a sophomore two years ago, Sagerman earned 1st team All-SWC while going 5-1.

Sagerman is one of 9 returning lettermen back from that squad, which gives the Bulldogs good reason to look forward to another successful campaign.

Another three-year starter returning for the Bulldogs is Zack Ferster enters the 2011 season as a two-year incumbent starting middle infielder. Having the two years of starting at shortstop and second base under his belt, he brings leadership and confidence back to the team.

Ferster is also a fine hitter. In 2010, he hit .392 with 12 extra base hits, including 9 doubles, 2 triples, and a home run. He had 15 RBIs, 19 walks, and was 9-for-9 in stolen base attempts, which helped him garner 2nd Team All-SWC honors.

Also aiding that pitching staff will be Brennan Laird, who earned his first varsity letter as a sophomore in 2010, where he finished the season as the everyday first baseman. Laird batted .350 with 18 RBIs, 6 doubles, and 2 triples. As a pitcher, in part-time action due to injuries that slowed him, he earned 1 varsity win and struck out 10 batters.

Brennan Laird (#7 White uniform)

Laird is a premier Student/Athlete in the Cleveland area. Also the starting quarterback on the football team, he directed the Bulldogs to the regional finals, where they also were downed by the eventual state champion, Maple Heights, the D-II state football champs.

Another junior, Nate Ferster made an immediate impact as the starting center fielder for the Bulldogs’ varsity squad in 2010. He batted .286 on the year, with 5 extra base hits and 11 RBIs. In the outfield, he had a .981 fielding percentage, making only 1 error.

Nate Ferster

After a hot start in 2010, the Bulldogs hit a rough patch during the middle of the season before catching fire in the post season and reaching the OHSAA Division I State Final Four for the first time in school history.

Zack Ferster and Sagerman will be the team captains. Sagerman was recently named to the Buckeye Scout Top 100. Ferster led the team in hitting and after starting at second base last year, will probably move to first this season.

Laird (L) and Kurz (R)

Also returning is Jared Kurz, the utility infielder and a relief pitcher as a sophomore, who looks to become an everyday starter for the Bulldogs this season. In basketball, Kurz came on strong at the end of the season as did the whole Bulldog team after a slow start due to inexperience.

Moon (L) and Newhouse (R)

Rounding out the list of returning lettermen are outfielder Dan Moon (.316 avg), Mike Newhouse (3.8 ERA), Rick Gorski, and Brad Edmonds.

Edmonds (L) and Gorski

Newcomers to the varsity squad include Ryan Humenik, Jon Roche, Ryan McGuire, Nick Chalfant, Ryan Hanks, Wesley Allen, and Kenny Hanna.

Sundt's Scribes: Chris Schubert
Schubert Force
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Chris Schubert will officially begin his third season in professional football when his Fayetteville Force will host the Carolina Speed on Friday (March 18) in the season opener. Goyeo.com contributor Hal Sundt recently chatted with Chris to find out what it is like to truly “live the dream.”

It’s a good thing Chris Schubert has a long history of proving his doubters wrong.

I was supposed to interview Schubert over the phone, and I was skeptical, to say the least. Interviews over the phone are supposed to ineffective, incapable of revealing the subtle nuances of people; their facial expressions, the way they sit, their body language. And would an interview over the phone even work? Would the volume on the phone be loud enough? Would he be able to here me? How could I possibly capture his personality and emotion as we were separated by over 500 miles, held together by an unsteady phone connection? And further, after a long day of class, I was exhausted and even considered canceling the interview 15 minutes before it was supposed to begin and rescheduling for another day. 

I hesitantly dial Schubert’s number.

“What’s up Hal,” says a voice loudly, clearly and energetically. 

Because of his preseason football schedule with the Fayetteville Force, a professional football team in the Southern Indoor Football League (SIFL), Schubert could not be interviewed until the end of his practice day. The process begins around 8 a.m., when he grabs breakfast and stretches out. Team meetings and position meetings begin at noon. Skill position players, like Schubert who plays wide receiver, have practice from 1-3 p.m. Players report back to the facilities around 5:30 p.m. to get taped up and stretched out before a second practice in the evening that usually lasts from 6:15 p.m.-8:30 p.m. By the time Schubert is free to kick back and relax (or let me pepper him with questions), it is 10 o’clock in the evening and he has been working out over a period of nine hours. 

But Chris doesn’t sound tired. 

So we begin with the basics; his height (5’9’’), weight (180 pounds) and 40-yard dash time (4.45 seconds), before we move to the stuff that really matters. 

“What’s it like to play professional football?” I finally ask.

“It’s most people’s dream to do what they want to do,” Schubert says. “A lot of people don’t have the chance to do what I am doing.”

It’s true. Most student-athletes hang up their cleats at the end of their college careers, replacing their jerseys with business suits. But Schubert wasn’t like most student-athletes. Following a four-year career at Oberlin College which saw Schubert become the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards (2,536), touchdown receptions (23), kick return yards (2,867) and punt return yards (343), he decided to pursue his aspirations of playing professionally. 

In May of 2008 Schubert attended the rookie/free agent minicamp for the Cleveland Browns. While the Browns decided to cut him at the end of camp, Schubert proved that he belonged playing with the best. 

“I was pretty proud of my performance,” Schubert says. “The player personnel director at the time said that I did a very good job, better than some of the other guys they drafted.”

That summer and winter of 2008, Schubert hit the weights hard and worked out with top-tier competition, such as current New York Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham. Matching up with these other guys, Schubert knew he could play football professionally.

In November of 2008 Schubert signed a professional contract with the Mahoning Valley Thunder, a member of AF2, the Arena Football League’s development system, where he played in seven games. He caught 20 passes for 204 yards and scored three touchdowns. The following season Schubert joined the Richmond Raiders of the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) where he burst onto the scene. He caught 72 passes for 815 yards and scored 21 touchdowns on his way to a team-leading 132 points scored. At the end of the season, Schubert worked out for the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League, and was offered a contract by the team. However, Schubert and some of his teammates vowed to stick with their recently released Raiders head coach Charles Gunnings, who is now the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator of the Force.

“It’s really tough to find loyalty in professional sports,” Schubert explains. “We told him wherever you end up we would go with you.”

Even over the phone I can sense Schubert’s quiet confidence. He’s modest and humble, willingly offering up praise for his teammate and roommate Jerome Mann. “He’s the best defensive back that I’ve ever played against. He’s the truth.” but Schubert also possesses an edge like a player with something to prove. He turned down a scholarship at Ball State as well as the opportunity to walk-on at Kentucky, Purdue and every school in the Mid-American Conference, in order to attend Oberlin. Teams have labeled Schubert as “undersized,” and questioned his skill level for playing at a small school.

“I like challenges”, Schubert says definitively. “If you want to knock me for my size I’m going to prove to you that I can still get open.”

And yet, Schubert has found a balance that few athletes, at all levels, ever seem to fully grasp. He’s confident, not cocky, tough not mean. He knows what past coaches and scouts have said about his size and that motivates him. He has harnessed his competitive edge to push him to new heights on the football field, but simultaneously possesses the ability to step back and relish that fact that he is still playing football. Over the phone he remains upbeat, almost giddy as he reflects on his current form of employment. 

“While you’re in it,” he says, “sometimes you kind of lose sight. And then you get recognized in a mall and someone asks you for an autograph. I’ve never complained for playing a sport for a job, being able to chase a dream, I’m going to do it until my body says that I can’t, it’s a dream.” 

And for everyone else who is stuck in a cubicle from 9-5, cashing checks as they stare into a computer screen, Schubert can’t help but feel fortunate that he is still following his dream. 

“I’ve got a lot of friends who make a lot of money who say they’d trade it in in a second to still be playing ball,” Schubert says. “I know that this can be taken away from me at any point, but until then I’m going to go full speed ahead.”

Schubert’s energy and passion are contagious, the effect of talking to a professional about doing what he loves. Following our interview, I feel invigorated. And then I sit back and wonder what Chris Schubert thinks when he’s watching a college football game and he sees the commercial for NCAA Student-Athletes that reminds the general public of the future prospects of most college athletes.

"There are over 360,000 NCAA Student-Athletes, and just about all of us will be going pro, in something other than sports." 

Does he remember all of the times he was told he was too small to play at the next level? Does he feel fortunate that he attended a world-class academic institution and earned a degree that he could always fall back on in case he was one of those 360,000 soon-to-be non-athletes?

Or does he quietly lower his head, tie his shoelaces extra tight, and make his way to the weight room with a small grin on his face as he thinks, Not me. Not yet.

Schubert’s closest game to Oberlin will be on May 21 When the Force travel to Erie, Pa, to take on the Explosion at 7 p.m. The game will be played at the Louis J. Tullio Arena (2047 West 12th St., Erie, PA). For more information about the Force visit http://www.fayettevilleforce.net/


Early registrations still available for 27 

HOS/Otto Orf Summer soccer camps; 

current HOS Student/Athletes now have 

Bonus Bucks program

While two weeks still remain for early registration and the chance to get a $25 discount for signing up for one of the 27 Hands on Soccer Camps for this summer, HOS Coaching Director Otto Orf has made an offer to loyal Student/Athletes who have been past participants a chance to earn income credit by referring future campers.

Any S/A who was a camper at any of HOS’s camps all over NE Ohio last summer could refer a new camper and earn $10 in HOS Bonus Bucks for the new camper’s full-day registration or $5 in HOS Bucks for each half-day registration.

'10 HOS Student/Athletes take in soccer lesson from St. Bonaventure S/A Nicole Markert

HOS Bucks could be redeemed for soccer gear or could be used toward the reduction of the cost of one’s own registration.

In addition, anyone who registers for any of the 27 HOS camps this summer online by April 1 will receive a discount of $25 for an all-day camp and $15 for a half-day camp.

There is no limit on the number of HOS Bucks one could earn. Associations are also permitted to create a code and sell memberships as groups.

HOS Student/Coach Rachael Coyne, fromer CVCA, now Mount Vernon Nazarene S/A

HOS is a 501(C)(3) that offers top level training for S/As ages 4-18, using some of the best instructors, including former pros and current high school and collegiate S/As from area high schools and colleges.

To register online please use the following link:

 www.handsonsoccer.com

Bennies announces groundbreaking of 

Augie Bossu Field on school grounds

By Wally Mieskoski

Cleveland – Benedictine High School, a Catholic, all boys, college preparatory high school, has announced the groundbreaking of a practice athletic field with a two-lane track, a fan pavilion and a walk of champions.  The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Monday, March 21, 2011; the feast of St. Benedict, at 12:30pm behind the school’s gym located at 2900 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

The field project is in honor of three very significant members of Benedictine’s family.  Augie Bossu field will enshrine the memory of the late well-beloved and well-known Coach Augie Bossu who first came to Benedictine in 1953 and taught and coached there until retiring in 2006.  The Joe Rufus Pavilion will commemorate the man who was responsible for BHS getting the nickname “Home of Champions” from his successful early years of coaching and later efforts as athletic director during the period of 1945-1987.  The Bishop Roger Gries, OSB Walk of Champions will honor the current auxiliary bishop of Cleveland who was Benedictine’s second “Mr. Benedictine,” served as BHS principal from 1969-1977 and as abbot and chancellor from 1981-2001.

The late Coach Augie Bossu

 Fr. Gerard Gonda, OSB, President of Benedictine High School, said, “The campaign name “Honoring the Past-Building the Future” was chosen because it responds both to the expressed desire of many of our former students to give recognition to these three outstanding Men of Benedictine whose influence has touched many lives, and it also provides greater opportunities to enhance the impact of our Benedictine educational experience on our current and future students.”

This field complex will allow student athletes to remain on campus for daily practices and to host some athletic contests at home utilizing state-of-the-art facilities.  When completed this summer, the new practice facility will establish a venue for intramural and physical education activities, provide a host site for CYO and Muni athletic contests while also serving as a gathering place for events sponsored by alumni and other groups.

 Benedictine High School, founded in 1927 by the Benedictine monks of St. Andrew Abbey, Cleveland, OH, is dedicated to Catholic, all-male college preparatory liberal arts education in a culturally diverse setting.  Benedictine draws students from over sixty communities within the Greater Cleveland area representing over one hundred twenty grade schools.

Lee Hood resigns as Mount Union men's 


basketball coach


By Lenny Reich


The University of Mount Union has announced that Lee Hood has resigned his position as head men's basketball coach.

Coach Hood


"I have an immense sense of gratitude to current and former players along with assistant coaches who have enabled my family and me to have many positive memories of Alliance for 19 years," commented Hood.


Hood has a 250-246 record and was named Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1997 as he led the Purple Raiders to a school-record 25 wins, OAC regular season and tournament titles and claimed the school's first-ever men's basketball NCAA Tournament bid.


Mount Union will immediately begin a search for a new head men's basketball coach.


SPARTAN BASKETBALL'S AUSTIN FOWLER 


NAMED TO NABC ALL-DISTRICT SQUAD


By Nick Minerd


KANSAS CITY, MO – Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball sophomore forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) was named to the 2011 National Association of Basketball Coaches Division III All-Great Lakes District Second Team, announced by the NABC on Wednesday, March 16.


Fowler was just one of three University Athletic Association student-athletes to receive the honor across the eight regions from around the nation.

A first-team All-University Athletic Association pick, Fowler led the team and ranked fourth in the association in scoring at 16.8 points per game. He also tied for the team lead in rebounding at 6.8 rpg and connected on 40 three-pointers. Failing to reach double-figures just four times this season, his four double-doubles led the Spartans and his 34-point performance versus the nationally-ranked University of Rochester (NY) on February 20 was the highest total on the team this year.


Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, the annual NABC All-District Teams from each division distinguish the finest basketball student-athletes and floor generals from across America.


The NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. The organization currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches.

CSU Fencing Awaits NCAA Qualifying Decisions

After concluding its season at the NCAA Midwest Regional Qualifiers in Detroit, Mich. last weekend (March 12-13), the Cleveland State fencing team will now wait to learn if anyone will be selected to represent the Vikings at the NCAA Championships, set to be held in Columbus, Ohio from March 24-27. The NCAA will make its decisions on Tuesday (March 15).

John Marshall had the best finish of the weekend for Cleveland State, taking seventh in the epee division. Marshall finished the day with seven victories, including three in the first group round and four in the second. Patrick Weber also placed for the Vikings, taking 11th in the epee with win over Eric Gurnowski of Ohio State (5-4) and Tim Nelson of Detroit (5-2).

"I'm very confident that we'll have someone qualify for NCAAs," head coach Andy Tulleners said. "I won't get an official phone call until Tuesday, but for all intents and purposes, I think at least John will qualify and possibly also Patrick. I'm very excited to see what happens on Tuesday."

Also fencing for the men's team were Tom Bienvenu and Bryan Twichell in the saber division. Bienvenu went 1-4 in his only group round, defeating Lawrence's Alex Chee en route to a 15th place finish. Twichell placed 18th.

Representing the CSU women at the regional qualifiers were Alex Dickinson, who placed eighth overall in the epee division, and Stephanie Lee, who took 16th in the foil. Dickinson won three bouts, defeating Nicole Tilley of Northwestern (5-4) in the first group round and winning against Notre Dame's Diane Zielinski (5-0) and Ohio State's Tasha Domashovetz in the second round. Lee scored 12 points in five bouts, dropping each match.

Oberlin Men's Lacrosse Falters at Trine
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Box Score

By Mike Mancini

Angola, Ind. – The Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team couldn’t overcome a slow start as they were upended by Trine University 12-4 on Wednesday night.

The Yeomen found themselves in a 5-0 hole before they finally got on the board in the closing minutes of the second quarter. Rookie Mickey Fiorillonetted the first OC score and just seconds later Dylan Holmes was able to make it a 5-2 game at the break. The goals were setup by a three-minute non-releasable penalty on the Thunder. Unfortunately, those scores were the only two man-up opportunities the Yeomen would cash in on, as they were 0-of-8 in their other extra-man chances in the game. 

“We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities and didn’t play a full 60 minute game today,” Head Coach Topher Grossman said. “They are a very good team, but I still felt we should have been able to give them a better game today.”

Following the intermission the Thunder (4-0) put the game out reach by scoring six straight times before back-to-back Oberlin goals by Connor Jackson and Thomas Hake

Senior captain Rob Bond had a nice game inside the circle as he won 11-of-17 face-offs. 

Ted Pallis made his first-career start in goal and made seven saves.

Oberlin (2-2) returns to action in one week when it begins conference play at Ohio Wesleyan University. 
Yeomen Basketball Names Year-End Award Winners
Year_end Basketball Awards
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Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s basketball team recently announced its year-end team awards for the 2010-11 season. Junior Josh Merritt took home two of the four awards as voted on by team members and coaches as he was tabbed as Team MVP and Best Defender. The “Mr. Hustle Award” went to Pat Bernhard, while Charlie Crawford-Silva was named Most Improved Player. 

Team MVP – Josh Merritt
All-NCAC Honorable-Mention selection Josh Merritt led the team in points (321), field goals (103), assists (104), offensive rebounds (24), steals (38) and minutes (816). 

The San Francisco, California, native also placed 11th in the NCAC in scoring (12.8 ppg), third in assists (4.2 apg), sixth in steals (1.5 spg), seventh in assist to turnover ratio (1.1) and fifth in minutes played (32.6 mpg).

Merritt scored in double figures in 17 games this season and also had the ninth-best season in school history with 104 assists. 

“Mr. Hustle” - Pat Bernhard
Senior captain Pat Bernhard is a coaches’ dream and is a four-time recipient of the “Mr. Hustle” award. The product of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, finished fourth in the NCAC with 53 3-pointers. He is just the 10th player in school history to make at least 50 threes in a season.

Most Improved Player - Charlie Crawford-Silva

While Charlie Crawford-Silva did win this award a year ago, he truly had a breakout season this winter. He led the team with a field goal percentage of 51.1 (67-of-131) and topped the squad with 22 blocked shots, which was good for eighth-best in the NCAC. Furthermore, he finished second in rebounds (79) and 3-point field goal percentage (.350).

Nothing illustrates more how well he improved than just comparing his numbers from his first year to his sophomore season …
1.9 ppg to 7.6 ppg
209 minutes in 18 games to 642 minutes in 25 games
37.9% to 51.1%
16.7% from 3-pt to 35%
0 double figure games to 8 double figure games
During a four-game stretch as a sophomore he 8-of-11 from long range...was 2-12 all of first year.

Best Defender - Josh Merritt
While he maybe undersized, one thing Josh Merritt doesn’t lack is heart and determination. Often assigned to guarding the other team’s best player regardless of position, Merritt was always up for the challenge. Contesting every shot and relentless pressure on the ball have become trademarks of his game and will help him be even more effective as a season next season. 

Cleveland State Will Host NIT Second Round Game

Game Time To Be Determined On Thursday

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland State has been informed that it will host an NIT second round home game in the Wolstein Center.  A game time will not be determined until Thursday.

The game will most likely be played at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday  (March 19), though it could also be played at 11:00 a.m. that day or on Monday evening (March 21).

Tickets will be available beginning Thursday morning (March 17) at the Wolstein Center ticket office or by calling (216) 687-4848.  Tickets between the baselines will run $20 and endzone seats will be $10


Battling Bishops top Purple Raiders; Mentor's Pam 


Quigney is a double winner for OWU


By Josh Reilly


ALLIANCE -- The Mount Union women's tennis team dropped a 6-3 match to Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday.


The Purple Raiders split singles play with the Battling Bishops, but were swept in doubles action.


Krissy Hallett (Willoughby Hills/Willoughby Hills), Carolann Sterkenburg (Geneva/Geneva) and Alicia Kasunic(Kirtland/Andrews Osborne Academy) won singles matches that went the 

distance.

[ Pam Quigney ][ Pam Quigney ]

Mentor's Pam Quigney


Mentor High alumna Pam Quigney was a double winner for the Battling Bishops, winning at both singles and doubles.


Hallett battled back for a 2-6, 6-3, 10-2, victory over Emily Kiourtsis at No. 1 singles.

Sterkenburg claimed her point at fifth singles over Mackenzie Conway, 3-6, 6-1, 10-7, while Kasunic won the sixth singles match against Mackenzie Keffalos, 6-4, 5-7, 13-11..
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