A Page -- March 18, 2010


North Ridgeville diamond girls still 

young, but year two of rebuilding 

phase could see Rangers turn

corner with raw team speed

  March 18, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





NORTH RIDGEVILLE – After dominating the West Shore Conference in the first few years of the league as a carryover from the success the program had in its Pioneer Conference days, North Ridgeville was rebuilding last year with the bend that it will be a league and district contender again this year.


Those familiar with North Ridgeville softball know that last year’s 9-15 record posted by the Rangers was an aberration. Norm Frindt, now in his 30th season as the Rangers’ head coach, certainly has something up his sleeve to turn around things this year.


However, he is going to have to do it with youth since the only returning starter is Haley Gall, who hit .364 with two home runs last year. The third baseman also drove in 16 runs. Because of school levies not passing, incoming players did not have a middle school program to prep in before coming here to the high school.


“We have all new players,” said Frindt. “They are all are underclassmen and the freshmen and have no history. We will be very young with new players coming from the freshmen class coming in and some sophomores.  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.”


Prior to last season, Ridgeville was 13-10 in 2008, 19-5 in 2007, and 19-4 in 2006.


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


On the brighter side, Frindt does have a healthy amount of speed among his loins and while green they have the confidence to compete with Midview and Avon for the SWC title. However, the depth of the team is yet to be tested.


The Rangers have added several new opponents to the schedule, which includes two trips to Columbus. Also among the out-of-region types, Warren Howland appears on the Ridgeville schedule this year.


“It will all come down to how quick we learn on the job,” Frindt said. “We expect to contend in our conference. The girls need to believe in themselves and it will need to come early and often. We still need a lot of work on the defense with so many new people.”

Lake Catholic alum Ricky Stanzi, 

St. Ed alum Anthony Gardner, 

South grad Dan Whalen, St. 

Ignatius' Mark Myers, Avon Lake 

coach Dave Dlugosz, Chagrin's 

Chris Trinetti, Collinwood alum

Cecil Shorts III among those 

honored at Cleveland Touchdown 

Club Charities Awards Dinner 

Saturday at B-W

March 18, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA --  The 62nd Annual Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities Awards Dinner will take place on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at theBaldwin-Wallace College Strosacker College Union on the corner of Tressel and Grand streets in Berea.  The program will include a reception at 5:00 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m. and a two-hour awards program.  The CTCC organization is one of the oldest in the country and is in its 72nd year of existence.

Local high school, college and professional honors will be awarded at the event (see the names and awards listed below). Tickets for the event are $40 each and are available by contacting CTCC President Lou Carouse at (216) 526-1665.

Longtime Greater Cleveland sportswriter Steve King will serve as the Master of Ceremonies. The main speakers will be David Jenkins,Chief Financial Officer of the Cleveland Browns, former St. Ignatius offensive lineman-turned WKNR Sports Talk Show host LeCharles Bentley, author Terry PlutoCleveland Gladiators General Manager John Adams and Notre Dame College Head Coach Adam Howard.

Receiving the CTCC Browns Alumni of the Year award winner is former All-Pro cornerback Ernie Kellerman, a former Chanel High standout.

Ricky Stanzi and the Iowa Hawkeyes will square off against Georgia Tech in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl.

Ricky Stanzi

The Joe Fogg Memorial Award winner is current University of Iowa and former Lake Catholic High quarterback Ricky Stanzi, the Chuck Heaton Hometown College Award winner is current Mount Union College and former Collinwood High wide receiver Cecil Shorts, III. The eight local John Payton Most Valuable Players are Baldwin-Wallace College and former St. Edward High School quarterback Anthony GardnerCase Western Reserve University and former Willoughby South H.S. QB Dan Whalen, Hiram College and Brush H.S. linebacker Humphrey Caswell, John Carroll University and Canfield H.S. WR Frank Ross, Lake Erie College and Brunswick H.S. QB Sean Bedevlsky, Mt. Union and Lake Catholic H.S. WR Vince Petruziello, Notre Dame College and Midpark H.S. defensive end Bob Hansen and Oberlin College and Deerfield N.C. Academy defensive back Solomon Turner. 


Anthony Gardner

In addition, CWRU Head Coach Greg Debeljak will accept the Bob Gain Cup as the top area collegiate team and B-W Head Coach John Snell will receive the Northeast Ohio College Coach Service Award.


Greg Debeljak

The top high school award winners will be Maple Heights High QB Shaq Washington as the Lou Groza Most Valuable Scholastics Player Award, St. Ignatius QB Mark Myers and Glenville OL Christian Bryant as the CTCC Offensive Players of the Year, Glenville DB Latwan Anderson and Solon DE Daryl Baldwin as the Defensive Players of the Year and the President's High School Special Teams Player of the Year is Mayfield placekicker Carey Spears. In addition, Glenville Head Coach Ted Ginn will receive the Billy Reynolds Community Service AwardMaple Heights Head Coach Todd Filtz will receive the Dr. Lee & Eloise Tressel Award, Tom Guzowski will receive theBobby Brown Officials Award and Bobby Brown will receive the CTCC's Life Membership Award.


The local Cuyahoga County Award winners include Offensive Player of the Year Chris Trinetti of Chagrin Falls, Defensive Player of the Year Jake Ryan of St. Ignatius and Coach of the Year Mike Iammarino of Chagrin Falls. The Summit-Portage County Offensive Player of the Year is Hudson's Richie Piesarski, the Defensive Player of the Year is Walsh Jesuit's Cameron Ontko and the Coach of the Year is Woodridge's Eric Ervin. The Medina County Offensive Player of the Year is Wadsworth's Ben Buzzelli, the Defensive Player of the Year is Brunswick's Ryan Conway and the Coach of the Year is Billy Burke of Medina Buckeye. The Lake-Geauga County Offensive Player of the Year is Lake Catholic's Jarrod Ronyak, the Defensive Player of the Year is Kenston's Pat Behm and the Coach of the Year is Lake Catholic's Mike Bell. The Lorain County Offensive Player of the Year is Avon Lake's Mike Mansnerus, the Defensive Player of the Year is Anthony Hitchens of Lorain Clearview and the Coach of the Year is Dave Dlugosz of Avon Lake.

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Shorts III

CTCC is currently taking applications for new members.  An application can be downloaded by going to the CTCC Web site atwww.ClevelandTouchdownClub.com. Please fill it out and mail it to CTCC Membership, P.O. Box 81103, Cleveland, Ohio 44181-0103. You also can call 330-656-4736.

FOR MORE INFORMATION on the banquet, please contact Touchdown Club President Lou Carouse by telephone at 216-526-1665 or via cell phone at 216-906-3416.







Returning state qualifiers 

Baranauskas, Vendeville, Clifford, 

Garden to lead experienced Perry

girls track and field unit

March 18, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


PERRY – With individual state qualifiers Marissa Baranauskas, Cara Vendeville, Abbie Clifford, Michaela Garden returning to the fold, new Perry (Lake County) coach Layne Richards at least inherits some proven success among his girls track crew.


Vendeville holds the school record in the long jump and pole vault, while Clifford has the record for t he 1,600-meter run. Baranauskas and Rachael Greuber will lead the distance crew, while Garden—is the team’s top hurdler.


“We have many outstanding student/athletes and who provide great leadership on the team and for Perry High School,” Richards said. “We have a lot of experience with a large returning class with great new additions to our roster.”



Also returning are Ashleym Adamik, Caroline Dugan, Bobbi Isabella, Ally Nelson, Heather Pritschau, Meghan Sell, Rachel Stoss, Olivia Szadkowski, Jackie Tenney, Lorene Tooley, Mary Wills, Olivia Woycheck, Emily Brainard,, Lauren Pughm and Mikala Blakesmith.


“We have great upperclassmen,” said Richards, who was an assistant at Perry for three years before taking the head job this spring.

Oberlin's Aheron Narrowly Misses the Cut in 400-Yard IM
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By Mike Mancini

Minneapolis, Minn. – Swimming in her first of three events at the NCAA Division III Championships, freshman Grace Aheron improved her seed, but narrowly missed the cut to advance to the finals of the 400-yard IM. 

The Roanoke, Virginia, native, who rewrote the record books at Oberlin this season, finished 17th in the prelims of the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:32.40. Going into the race she was seeded 20th. 

The top 16 finishers in each event earn a spot in the night finals. On this day it was Kelsey Roggensack of Williams who claimed the last spot with a mark of 4:31.89. 

Aheron will get another chance to shine tomorrow morning in the 200-yard fly. She is the school record holder in the event with a timestamp of 2:04.10. 

Tomorrow’s prelims will get underway at 11 a.m. EST, with the finals set for 7 p.m. EST. Fans can follow all of the action live and get complete results via theNCAA Championships Website.
Oberlin Announces 2010 Hall of Fame Class
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Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College John W. Heisman Club is pleased to announce its 2010 Hall of Fame class. Six all-time great Oberlin athletes will officially be inducted on Friday, October 1, 2010 as part of the athletics department Homecoming Weekend. 

Al Wellington ’70
 was a two-sport athlete earning letters in lacrosse and basketball. He was a key member in Oberlin’s 1970 Ohio Athletic Conference championship on the hardwood. Randy Miller ’70, who averaged 13.8 ppg as a senior, was a teammate of Wellington on the record-setting basketball team that won four games in six nights to claim the conference crown. 

Robert Burham ’53 was a three-sport star, earning letters in football, basketball and track. Former NCAA All-American and five-time conference champion in diving Kyron Cook ’74 completes the class of male inductees. 

Soccer star Alice Hauschka ’91, who earned an array of awards on the pitch, and former four-time first-team selection in both doubles and singles tennisBethany Pribila ‘97 complete the class. 

For more information, please contact Natalie Winkelfoos, Assistant Athletics Director, at (440) 775-6463 or natalie.winkelfoos@oberlin.edu.
Baseball to Finally Open the season; Add Tuesday Home Game
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Oberlin, Ohio – After getting five games washed out this past weekend, the Oberlin College baseball team will finally start its 2010 season on today against local rival Case Western Reserve University at Nobby’s Ballpark. 

The game against the Spartans was just added by Head Coach Eric Lahetta in effort to make-up the lost games against Berea and Maryville. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m. Moreover, the Yeomen also added a home game on Tuesday, March 23 at 3:30 p.m. against Notre Dame College. Both contests will be single nine inning games. 

CWRU has already played in 13 games this season and sit at 6-7, while the Yeomen will be making their first appearance on a diamond this spring.

Oberlin is slated to open up conference play on Saturday at Hiram, but if the Terriers’ field remains unplayable, there is a good chance those games will be moved to Dill Field. Please check goyeo.com throughout the week for the latest information on those games.

B-W Freshman Diver Julie 

Pinter from Broadview Places 

Sixth to Earn 

First All-American Honor

March 18

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College diver Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Heights) continued her stellar freshman campaign by earning the first All-American honor of her career with a sixth-place finish on the one-meter board at the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championship meet on Thursday, March 18 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Pinter ranked seventh after the preliminary round with 391.25 points and moved up a place into sixth with 400.55 points in the finals.

Pinter also competes in the three-meter event of this year's championships on Saturday, March 20 and will look to become only the second athlete in B-W swimming & diving history to earn multiple All-American honors. Five-time All-American junior diver Todd Richert (North Royalton) competes on the one-meter board tomorrow. He placed 13th on the three-meter board yesterday. Finals for each event begin at 6:00 p.m.
Baseball Drops Season Opener at Case Reserve
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By Mike Mancini

Cleveland – The Oberlin College baseball team dropped its 2010 season opener on Thursday afternoon to local rival Case Western Reserve University by a score of 13-7 at Nobby’s Ballpark. 

The Yeomen managed just seven hits in the nine inning affair, but the biggest knock of the day came in the third inning when junior Brandon Cantrill belted a two-run shot to temporarily put the Yeomen on top 4-3. 

The Spartans (7-7), who were playing in their 14th game of the season jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first and after Cantrill’s long ball they would retake the lead 5-4 and would not trail the rest of the way. 

Senior Jack Dunn took the loss after giving up five runs (four earned), five hits and three walks in his three innings of work. 

The Yeomen would take advantage of two errors by the Spartans to add a single tally in the fifth and two more miscues in the eighth would lead to two more OC runs, but Case scored eight times between the fifth through the seventh innings to put the game on ice. 

Oberlin begins conference play on Saturday afternoon at Hiram College.

Mount Union sweeps Malone

on home diamond

March 18

By Ryan Fishleigh

ALLIANCE, OH)-- Mount Union's softball team improved its record to 9-5 on the season as they swept a doubleheader against Malone at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

Mount Union won the first game by a score of 13-8 and the second game by a score of 5-1.

In game one, sophomore pitcher Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) threw for four and one-third innings as she improved her record to 4-2 on the season.  Senior third basemen Anna Horning (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge) went three-for-four and drove in three runs and also hit a two run home run.  Junior catcher Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) also drove in three runs as she went two-for-three and hit a solo home run as well.
Anna Horning

In game two, freshman pitcher Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) pitched all seven innings while allowing one earned run, three hits and struck out four Malone batters.  Palombaro went two-for-four in the game with a triple and driving in two runs.  Junior second baseman Alex Lucak (Maple Heights/Trinity) scored twice and drove in a run while going three-for-four at the plate.

The Raiders will remain at home as they host Trine (IN) in a doubleheader Saturday at 2 pm at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

East Canton alum Karre Thompson had three hits in the two games for Malone.