A Page -- March 18, 2011

With seven starters returning, two 

transfers from Regina, high academic 

achievers, Trinity's chances of three-

peating in NCL White Division softball 

race are very high

March 18, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GARFIELD HEIGHTS – With a good nucleus of starters and two transfer Student/Athletes from the now defunct Regina High School coming into the program, Trinity certainly has enough to again  be one of the main contenders in the North Coast League softball race this season.

Trojans Coach Ed DiFiore has a very fast team with returning starters at 7 of 9 positions. Repeating as at least a divisional champ in the NCL and post-season play beyond three games are not unreasonable expectations for Trinity.

“We look to repeat as Division Champions and to advance further in the post season than last year's District Final,” DiFiore said. “We lost our starting pitcher, one of the best (Sydney Moseby, now an S/A at Pittt-Bradford) in the area last year, to graduation. Senior Dawna Sergent will step in and handle the primary pitching duties. We have veterans at most every position who have played together for a few years. If our pitching steps up, we can surprise a lot of teams.”

In addition to Sergent (also ranking higher than her surname might indicate as a team tri-captain), the Trojans will be led by Senior Tri-Captains Amy Ferfolia (3 year letter winner and a .325 batting average, 14 runs scored, and 10 RBIs) and  Katie Jones (3 year letter winner with '10 stats of .398, 22R, 3 HRs, and 25 RBIs).

A two-year letter winner, Sergent hit .396 with14 runs, and 10 RBIs in ’10.

“Dawna Sergent will try to fill Sydney’s formidable shoes this year after being the #2 for the past two seasons,” Coach DiFiore said. “A team will go as far as their pitching takes them, and we have a huge hole to fill.”

Whatever they might lack in athletic talent, this group of Trojan gals can make up for by making adjustments through their quick learning skills, due to their proven academic aptitude.


Ferfolia, a long-standing family name at Trinity (Trojan ice hockey and the undertaker community in the Garfield/Maple area), is also a team leader in the antecedent part of the “Student/Athlete” concept with an overall GPA of 3.95 and membership in the National Honor Society. Ferfolia recently completed admissions testing at Capital University and was awarded a full scholarship based on her academic performance.

Another one who has excelled in both ends as a student and an athlete and brings extraordinary speed to the ball club is Catherine Hantak, a junior and 2-year varsity  letter winner ('10 stats: .391, 29R, and 32 SB). The Trojans are going to want to get Hantak, a near overall 4.0 student, on base and move her around with bunting, slapping, hitting-and-running and double stealing in case small ball becomes an issue in trend.

Another Trojan starting S/A who comes from a long line of successful Student/Athletes is Marissa Smego, whose father and uncle were both standout S/A baseball guys at Cleveland State in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s after fine careers as S/As at St. Ignatius.

Smego, a junior/2 year letter winner, batted a whopping .472 with 21 runs scored, 2 HRs, and 28 RBIs. Smego is also a standout S/A on the Trojan soccer team.

Another senior to provide veteran leadership and athletic skills is Ariana Wilin, a 2-year varsity letter winner who in '10 batted .342, with16 runs scored, and 10 RBIs.

Two other returning starters are Olivia Gilmour (junior, 2 year letter winner, '10 stats: .356) and Rachel Grabowski (junior, ’10 letter winner, '10 stats: .433, 21R, 10 RBIs).

Sophomore transfers from Regina are Jenna Schlessel and Nicole Griesl.

As a program under DiFiore, the Trojans have had quite a run with 2009 Record of 15-7 overall and 8-0 within North Coast White Division, and a 2010 Record of 18-9 overall and 8-0 within the North Coast White Division. They were NCL White Division Champs both seasons.

DiFiore will be assisted by Kelly Gilreath (2nd year) and Marc Schlessel (1st year).

Country Life Camp in Medina seeking 

soccer coaches for the summer

Country Life Kids Camp, Inc., Non Profit Christian Youth Summer Day Camp located in Medina, is looking for a soccer coach who has experience working with children between the ages of 5-12 years old to assist with its summer day camp, during the upcoming school recess beginning in June.

This is the fifth year for CLFC, which has had quite a bit of success with its soccer component and area coaches who have instructed the pre-teen Student/Athletes.

Interested coaches should call Tina Bildstein at 330-723-5532 or visit the Web site at www.countrylifekidscamp.com.

Rene Meulensteen from Manchester 

United to hold soccer clinic in North 

Olmsted later this month

Rene Meulensteen, a coach with Manchester United (which is to the English Premier Football/Soccer League what the New York Yankees are to baseball here or the Montreal Canadiens are to hockey  in Canada) will host a clinic in North Olmsted at 1 p.m., March 27, in the Sportsplex Soccer Complex.

Rene Muelensteen 

Every participant will gain valuable insight of the Rene Meulensteen, Manchester United First Team Coach, youth development method “Moves & Skills”. This method is currently used at Manchester United’s youth academy as well as the first team. Rene is one of the top youth development coaches in the world.

The topics are presented in such a way that each participant will be able to use this at his club. Each topic clearly demonstrates its purpose and value.

As time progresses the Rene Meulensteen vision becomes clearer and clearer. This is a must for every coach working  with Student/Athletes in the field of youth soccer, ages 6-19. A fantastic addition to any licensing course you ever attended.

The price includes a binder with course materials, snacks and food as well as a participation certificate.

The cost is $45.

To register for his event, use this link: http://meulensteen.eventbrite.com/

Mount Union sweeps W&J; Hudson's Zach Perry, 

Hoover alum Nate Fockler, Twinsburg's Pat 

Yackmack all win in straight sets in top three singles 

spots, allowing combined two points

By Josh Reilly

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Mount Union's men's tennis team swept Washington and Jefferson, 9-0, in non-conference action on Thursday.

The Purple Raiders (3-6) earned their victory in dominating fashion, dropping only two points to the Presidents.

Zach Perry (Hudson/Hudson) defeated David Dubois at first singles, 6-0, 6-1, while Nate Fockler (North Canton/North Canton Hoover) won the No. 2 singles match over Jon Piccinini, 6-1, 6-0.

Fockler (L) and Perry (R)

Patrick Yackmack (Mantua/Twinsburg) added a win at third singles against Adam Braithwaite, 6-0, 6-0;Yasuhiro Anno (Fukucka, Japan/Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzoku) won the No. 4 match over Christopher Fadil, 6-0, 6-0; Drew LeGendre (Toledo/Bowsher) defeated Justin Mondok, 6-0, 6-0, at fifth singles; and Jeff Looker (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) bested Nick Morelli, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6 singles.

In doubles play, Anno and Perry defeated Fadil and Piccinini, 8-0, in the first tier match.

At No. 2 pairs, Fockler and Yackmack were victorious over Dubois and Mondok, 8-0, while LeGendre andMarcus Suffolk (Canfield/Canfield) won the third doubles match against Braithwaite and Nick Morelli, 8-0.

Walsh tops Mount on diamond

NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- Mount Union fell in its first game up north of the season, a 7-4 loss at nearby Walsh Thursday in North Canton.

Walsh (9-7) blew a 3-1 game open with a run in the seventh and three runs in the eighth, then held on as Mount Union (2-8) scored three runs and brought the tying run to the plate before a bases loaded strikeoout and flyout ended the threat.

Tim Stinson and Dustin Lancy each drove in two runs and 10 different pitchers held the Purple Raiders to six total hits to lead Walsh.

Dan Henderson (Canton/GlenOak) was the only Mount Union player with multiple hits as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Craig Knott (Canton/GlenOak) and Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) each drove in a run andCody Colly (Massillon/Massillon Washington) allowed five hits and three runs over five innings to take his second loss of the season (1-2).

Mount Union next plays a doubleheader Saturday at Wittenberg in Springfield.


































Cameron Leathers-Clayborne

Cameron Leathers-Clayborne is 

Beachwood Student/Athlete of the Week; 

three-sport S/A is also a member of 

Scholars and Students Against Drinking 

and Drugs

By Ryan Peters

This week's Bison Student/Athlete of the Week is 8th-grade girls’ basketball players, Cameron Leathers-Clayborne.

Over the past two weeks, Leathers-Clayborne’s team has led the 8th Grade Girls Basketball team to three out of four end-of-season victories. She scored a total of 49 points in four recent games against conference opponents.

On February 28, she scored 17 points against Orange, leading the Bison to a 32-17 victory and on March 1 she recorded 23 points during the 32-28 victory over Kirtland. Cameron has been the Middle School Girls Basketball team's point guard the last two years.

Head Coach Dave Baker states, "Cameron's experience and leadership was important in running the team's offense and keeping the scores close. She has made tremendous progress this season to improve her work ethic and leadership on the floor. Her work ethic on the court was one of the main reasons the 8th Grade team won three of the last four games for the 2011 season." 

Cameron was recently selected to participate in the Richmond Heights Middle Girls School All-Star Basketball Game that was played on March 12. Her work ethic, attitude and skills earned her this honor. Cameron is also a star Student/Athlete on the volleyball and track teams. She is a member of Scholars and SADD.

Hiram College to Add Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse

to Intercollegiate Offerings

March 18, 2011

By Jeff Hoedt

HIRAM – Hiram College officials have announced they will add men’s and women’s lacrosse as intercollegiate sports and begin competing in the Spring of 2013. Hiram currently offers 14 intercollegiate teams and is a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference and NCAA Div. III.

“We have been considering lacrosse for several years,” said Hiram College Athletic Director Tom Mulligan. “We are in the process of bringing about some major improvements to our locker room facilities and installing synthetic turf on the Charles A. Henry Field. Those enhancements provide the facilities necessary to allow us to field lacrosse in a competitive manner.”

Hiram officials will initiate searches for head coaches for each sport with the intention of having the new coaches on board in August. The new members of the Hiram staff will spend the 2011-2012 academic year recruiting and play will begin during the 2013 spring season.

“We believe lacrosse is a sport which fits nicely here at Hiram,” said Mulligan. “The sport attracts good students who will be a good fit for our academic environment. Our athletic program continues to grow in strength and we feel strongly we can field competitive teams.”

Hiram currently offers intercollegiate competition in men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball, football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, softball, baseball, and men’s and women’s golf.

Oberlin Baseball Team Drops Season Opener at Bluffton
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By Mike Mancini

Bluffton, Ohio – Freshman Mike McDonald had an impressive collegiate debut, but it wasn’t enough as the Oberlin College baseball team dropped their season opener to Bluffton University 11-6 on Thursday afternoon.

McDonald went 3-for-4 with four RBI’s as he belted a double and a home run in the Yeomen setback.

The Yeomen got things started by scoring two runs in to the top of the first, but the Beavers plated single tallies in the home half of the first and second to even things up.

An RBI double by McDonald in the fourth put the Yeomen back on top, but Bluffton responded with three runs in the fourth, two in the fifth, and three more in the sixth to put the game out of reach. 

Brandon Cantrill pitched four innings and took the loss. 

Oberlin returns to action this weekend as they square off against Baldwin-Wallace and Ohio Christian.

Rocky River not "done" yet; Kyle 

Dunne, James Meyer, Jimmy Corrigan 

all score in double figures to do in  

Van Wert and move to within one game 

of State's Final Four

After being down by two points at the end of the third quarter, Rocky River’s boys’ basketball team came back with a strong fourth quarter Thursday night to post a 54-52 win over Van Wert and advance to the Division II regional finals Saturday, which if it turns out as an Elite Eight victory that could put the Pirates into States.

Kyle Dunne

Kyle Dunne led a trio of double-figure scorers for the Pirates with 16 points.

James Meyer

James Meyer, who is prolonging his spring season start as the Pirates’ No. 1 singles player again, added 14 points.

Jimmy Corrigan

Jimmy Corrigan added a dozen points for River, which goes to 22-2 with the win.