A Page -- March 18, 2012

Yeomen Down D'Youville Twice

Avon, Ohio – The Oberlin College baseball team used a great team effort en route to earning a doubleheader sweep of D’Youville College on Saturday afternoon at All-Pro Freight Stadium. The Yeomen took game one 10-6 and followed with a 7-1 victory in the nightcap.

Offensively the Yeomen just ran all over the Spartans, going 18-of-21 on stolen base attempts. Zach Kisley was 6-for-6, while Robin Witjes was a perfect 5-for-5 in thefts. Witjes also led the way at the plate, going 4-for-6 in the twinbill.

Rookie BenWhitener powered the offense in game one, going 3-for-3 with RBI. Sophomore Mattie DeDoes got the win on the bump as he worked five innings and struck out a career-high seven, while allowing two earned runs.

Oberlin jumped on the Spartans with four runs in the first inning which was highlighted by Eric Knight’s two-run triple. D’Youville responded with three of their own in the top of the second to get right back into the game.

The Yeomen would add a pair in the third and in the fifth to grab an 8-3 lead. However, the Spartans would try to crawl back into it, scoring three runs in the sixth off of relief pitcher Justin Kidd.

In the home half of the sixth the Yeomen would leave no doubt on the eventual outcome, as Mike McDonald and Kisley would come through with RBI singles to provide some added insurance.

In the nightcap, starting pitcher Kevin Swanson battled through five innings allowing just one earned one on three hits. He did walk six, but was able to strand the bases loaded in the second and third innings. Drew Karlin worked a scoreless sixth and seventh to finish off the victory.

The Yeomen scored two runs in each of the first two innings. McDonald had an RBI single and rookie Jeff Schweighoffe added s sac fly in the first. In the second, freshman Mitch Novak doubled to right center for his first-career hit and would later score on sac fly by Kisley.

Oberlin used some small ball to manufacture a pair of runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to cap the game’s scoring.

These same two teams will do it again tomorrow afternoon from All-Pro Freight Stadium. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.

Trine blanks Mount Union twice

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union softball team dropped a pair of games to Trine (Ind.), 13-0 and 1-0, Saturday afternoon at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders managed just two hits—a pair of singles by Leigh Siedlak (Westerville/Westerville South)—in the first game. Andi Gasco picked up her fifth win of the season, striking out five batters in four scoreless innings for Trine. Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) pitched three innings and allowed five earned runs in the loss for the Raiders.

Gasco also led the Thunder offense, going 2-for-three with three RBI and connecting on her second home run of the season in the top of the fourth inning. Carly Searles was also 2-for-3 with with 4 RBI while Leah Hall went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI.

Mount Union was held scoreless again in the second game, but managed four hits this time. However, the Raiders were unable to score any runs and left 10 runners on base. Their best scoring opportunity came in the first inning. 

The Raiders loaded the bases with two outs, but grounded out to end the inning.

They threatened again in the fifth inning. Marissa Earl (Massillon/Washington) singled to start the inning. A throwing error on a bunt by Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) resulted in runners on second and third with no outs. Gasco entered the game in relief for the Thunder and recorded three straight outs to get out of the jam.

Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) pitched a complete game for the Raiders. McAninch did not allow any earned runs and had six strikeouts. Searles got the win for Trine. Gasco struck out six batters in relief duty for the save.

Trine scored its only run of the game in the second inning on a solen base by Jamie Lydick. Haleigh Daniels advanced home on the play.

Mount Union (7-9) returns to action on Monday when they go on the road to rake on Malone in a doubleheader.

B-W Finishes Final Day of the Annual 

University of North Carolina Charlotte 49er 

Invitational Meet

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA --  Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s track and field teams competed today (Saturday, March 17, 2012) on the final day of the annual University of North Carolina Charlotte 49er Invitational Meet. The meet includes schools from Division I, II, III, NAIA and the Junior College ranks.

For the men, junior Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) and senior Miles Moore (Gettysburg, Pa./Delone Catholic) finished second and fourth respectively in the men’s shot put. Marinucci had a distance of 16.37 meters and Moore 15.83 meters. Senior Mitch Supan (Medina/Walsh Jesuit) finished eighth overall in the men’s discus throw with a distance of 47.45 meters. Marinucci had a throw of 47.09 meters placing ninth overall. Finishing tenth overall, was the men’s 4x400 meter relay team consisting of  freshman Dannie Mack (Massillon/Washington), Cody Smith (Brunswick) and seniors Mike Smith (Wintersville/Indian Creek) and Dan Sloat (Medina) with a time of 3:22.16 Mike Smith also finished 14th overall in the men’s triple jump with a distance of 13.11 meters.

For the women, junior Cristina Perrine (Middleburg Heights/ Midpark) finished ninth overall in the women’s shot put with a distance of 12.34 meters. Also in the shot put for the women, senior Leslie Pernell (Sprinfield/ Catholic Central) finished 11th overall with a distance of 12.07 meters. The women’s 4x100 relay team finished tenth overall with a time of 49.99. The team consisted of sophomore Shequella Greeno (Lima), senior Lauren Nanni (Parma/Padua Franciscan), and juniors Kaylan Lemon (Canton/Massillon Perry) and Brittany Sterling (Lima/Senior).

The Yellow Jackets will be back in action March 31, when they compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference Split Meet (East) at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.

Yeomen top Blue Streaks

Oberlin, Ohio - The Oberlin College men's tennis team enjoyed playing outdoors for the first time this spring defeating the visiting Blue Streaks of John Carroll University this afternoon 7-2.

A season ago John Carroll were the victors winning the match 6-3 when they visited John W. Heisman Field House.  Today, however, solid doubles combinations and smart singles play throughout the line up allowed for the turn around.

Oberlin jumped out in front winning two of three doubles matches.  Seniors Joe Leffler and Sam Towne cruised in their match against Erick Grimaldi and Cass Stadnik dropping the Streaks 8-0.

Ben Turchin and Logan Chun partnered at No. 2 and managed to down John Carroll's Michael Hulseman and Peter Scanniello 8-3.

In the top spot JCU's Ryan Mullaney and Sean Graham upended Charlie Marks and Soren Zeliger 8-5.

Leffler carried the Yeomen momentum into singles play and earned a convincing 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 6 defeating Paul Olexa.

Hitting in the third position Zeliger turned in a good match defeating Hulseman 6-0, 6-1.

A hard fought second set by Towne clinched the match for the Yeomen.  He was a 6-3, 7-5 winner over Grimaldi at No. 5.

Oberlin's No. 4 and No. 1 hitters each fought off their Blue Streaks opponents in tight second sets.  Turchin held on to down Scanniello 6-1, 7-5 and Chun hitting in the top spot won in straight sets 6-3, 7-5.

The Yeomen's lone loss in singles action came at No. 2, however, Marks put in a good effort as he forced a tiebreak in the second set but didn't quite have the finishing touch as he dropped the match 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

Oberlin (6-6) is next in action during the College's spring break.  The Yeomen will take to the courts in Hilton Head, S.C. March 26, 2012 when the take on DePauw University at 8:30 a.m.  Oberlin will also play matches against Hartwick and Wisconsin Whitewater before they return home to face North Coast Athletic Conference foe the College of Wooster, April 3rd.


Mount Union wins Stark County Championship

NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's track team won the annual Stark County Championship meet Saturday at Walsh University in North Canton.  The Purple Raiders had 171 points, Malone was second with 101.5 and Walsh third with 92.5 points.

Mount Union won nine events headlined by school-record setting performances from senior Sean Denard(Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) in the discus with a throw of 174-3 and freshman Sean Donnelly(Willoughby/Willoughby South) in the hammer throw with a mark of 162-3.

Other event winners were sophomore Levi Simmons (Uniontown/Lake) in the high jump (6-6.75), seniorChase Clark (Belmont/Union Local) in the pole vault, sophomore Sam Ludgood (Wesbster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) in the triple jump (46-11), senior Tim Kelly (Lakewood/Lakewood) in the 1500 meters (4:04.00), freshman Ravaughn Pope (Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa) in the 100 meter hurdles (15.20), and freshman Tyler Mettille (Canfield/Canfield) in the 400 hurdles (55.16).

The 4x100 meter relay team of junior Charles Pratt (Canton/GlenOak), sophomores Kadeem Johnson(Brooklyn, N.Y./Hudson Catholic) and Chase Swisher (Lewis Center/Olentangy Orange) and freshman Dustin Matak (Salem/Salem) won the event with a time of 42.03.

Mount Union next competes in two weeks (Mar. 31) at the Ohio Athletic Conference Gold Meet at John Carroll University in Unviersity Heights.


Raiders' six-game winning streak stopped

STRUTHERS, Ohio -- Mount Union's baseball team saw its six-game winning streak stopped after dropping a pair of games 3-1 and 5-1 against Westminster (Pa.) Saturday at Cene Park in Struthers, Ohio.

The Purple Raiders (9-4) were held to a combined 12 hits in the two games as Westminster (7-5) got a pair of complete game pitching victories from Justin Prejsnar and Ron Sullivan.

In the opener, Westminster pushed a run across in the third ininng to take a 1-0 lead.

Mount Union tied the game in the fifth on an RBI double from Connor Mathis (Akron/Firestone).

The Titans retook the lead in the sixth with a pair of runs on just one hit -- a Kyle Allen RBI single -- as they took advantage of a wild pitch and a passed ball for the 3-1 final.

Mathis and Jimmy Dobran (Poland/Poland Seminary) each had three hits to pace the offense.

The lack of offense spoiled a solid pitching performance by Raiders starter Matt Murzynski (Mentor/Lake Catholic) who allowed only four hits and went the distance in the loss.

In game two, Westminster scored a run in the first and three in the third to jump out to a 4-0 lead.

Mount Union got on the board with a run in the fifth as C.J. Stotler (Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum) started the inning with a double and would later score on a ground out from Anthony Morino (Strongsville/Strongsville) but the rally ended there.

Sullivan was strong on the mound for the Titans as he gave up just the one earned run off four hits. He fanned four and walked two.

Beau Smith (Frederick, Md./Frederick) struck out six but took his first loss of the season on the mound for Mount Union and falls to 3-1.

Mount Union is back in action Sunday as they host Wittenberg in a non-conference doubleheader at 23rd Street Field in Alliance with first pitch slated for 1 pm.

Spartans Fall to Emory, 4-1, in UAA Championship Finale

SANFORD, Fla. – The Case Western Reserve University baseball team wrapped up University Athletic Association Championship action in the "Sunshine State" with a 4-1 loss to league champion Emory University (Ga.) on Sunday at Sanford Memorial Stadium.

The Spartans (10-6, 4-4 UAA) place third in the UAA and now head north to open the home portion of the 2012 schedule. Emory (14-7, 7-1 UAA) wins its second-straight league title.

Both teams scored in the third as Case got an RBI single in the top of the inning from junior centerfielder Paul Pakan<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/pakan%20paul%209rv5> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge), while Emory took advantage of an error and picked up an RBI single from Brandon Hannon. The Eagles then moved ahead in the fifth when Hannon reached on a single and came around to score on a double by Jared Welch.

The Spartans had their best chance of tying the game with two in scoring position in the seventh, but Emory's Paul Schwendel danced his way out of trouble by striking out the side. The Eagles then put the game away in the bottom of the eighth as pinch hitter Daniel Iturrey drove in two with a single.

Senior starter Bradley Potter<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/potter%20bradley%207f86> (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) was the tough-luck loser on the mound, allowing just one earned run in five innings with four strikeouts. In 26.2 innings pitched this season, Potter is 2-1 with a 1.69 earned run average. Freshman Edward Abramson<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/abramson%20edward%20y7n8> (Maitland, Fla./Winter Park) threw the next two frames and did not allow a run while striking out a pair.

Schwendel (3-2) was lights out for Emory, striking out 11 in seven innings of work. Mike Bitanga recorded the final three outs for his seventh save.

Storm LAX erupts for six-goal quarter, eventual win

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – A big first half propelled the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team to a 13-5 nonconference win Saturday night (March 17) at Coker College.  The Storm jumped out to a 9-1 lead at halftime and kept that eight-goal margin by the time the game was called due to lightning with about five minutes to play.

Junior Matthew Curcio (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) scored three times in the first half , including twice during a six-goal second period for Lake Erie (2-2).  The Storm led 3-1 after the first quarter, but scored six times on just nine shots in the second frame to break the game open.

Curcio was one of four players to score multiple goals for Lake Erie.  Sophomore Reagan Harding(Saskatoon, B.C./Bishop James Mahoney) also scored three times overall, getting a pair in the four quarter.  Sophomore Matt Missel (Buffalo, N.Y./Iroquois) and junior Andrew Stockton (Medford, N.Y./Patchoque-Medford) each scored two times.  

Junior Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C./Centennial Secondary) scored a goal and assisted on three others for a four-point game.  Classmate Joeyjohn French (Tully, N.Y./Tully) also had three assists.

The Storm outshot Coker (2-8) 34-21 and held the Cobras to just 1-9 on extra-man opportunities.  Steve LeClair and Steve Marciano each scored two times for Coker, which lost its fourth straight.

The game was delayed in the fourth quarter for lightning with 9:54 to play. A second delay four minutes after play resumed resulted in the game being called around 9 p.m.

The Storm, who went 1-1 on their annual Spring Break Trip, return north to resume East Coast Conference play next Saturday, March 24, at Mercy College.

Spartan Softball Drops Final Two Games of UAA Championship

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The Case Western Reserve University softball team lost its final two games of the 2012 University Athletic Association Championship on Saturday, March 17 at Seminole Field to Brandeis University (Mass.) by an 11-3 score in six innings before falling in a heartbreaking fashion in the nightcap to the University of Rochester (N.Y.) in eight innings, 2-1.

The Spartans, who on Tuesday ended a three-year UAA losing streak, fall to 6-7 overall and finish in a tie for fourth-place with a 3-5 conference mark.

The Spartans ended a three-year winless streak during the 2012 UAA Championship finishing with a 3-5 record. 

Against Brandeis (3-5, 3-5 UAA), Case fell behind 1-0 on an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning. However, the Spartans responded with a pair of tallies in the top of the third via a two-run double by senior first baseman Lauren Wolz<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/wolz%20lauren%20c4fu> (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) plating sophomore infielder Makenzie Lein<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/lein%20mackenzie%20x40l> (Petersburg, Mich./Ida) and freshman pitcher Rebecca Taylor<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/taylor%20rebecca%208w8k> (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe), who each drew walks.

Brandeis tied the score at 2-2 with a run in the home half of the third. The score remained knotted at 2-2 until the top of the fifth when Lein drove home freshman infielder Molly O'Brien<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/o-brien%20molly%20x4y7> (Northbrook, Ill.Loyola), who laced a one-out triple, with a sacrifice fly to center giving the Spartans a 3-2 advantage, but the Judges once again answered with a duo of runs in the bottom of the inning for a 4-3 lead.

Early Offense Lifts Spartans to 9-1 Victory Versus Brandeis in UAA Championship

SANFORD, Fla. – Junior shortstop Matt Keen<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/keen%20matt%20hlye> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, including scoring during rallies both in the first and second innings, as the Case Western Reserve University baseball team recorded seven runs in the opening two frames on its way to a 9-1 victory versus Brandeis University (Mass.) during day six of the 2012 University Athletic Association Championship Saturday at Sanford Memorial Stadium.

The Spartans, rebounding from a narrow 4-3 loss on Thursday to the Judges, improve to 10-5 overall and move above the .500 mark in UAA play at 4-3. Case will look to avenge Monday's loss to Emory University (Ga.) when it concludes UAA Championship play tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. against the Eagles. Brandeis slips to 5-10 overall and 1-7 in the Association.

The Judges got on the board with a single run in the top of the first. However, in the home half of the opening frame, Keen followed a leadoff double to right centerfield by senior second baseman Bobby Marko<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/marko%20bobby%20yb4t> (Lyndhurst, Ohio/Brush) with a single through the left side moving Marko to third. Junior centerfielder Paul Pakan<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/pakan%20paul%209rv5> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) brought home the Spartans first run plating Marko on a single through the right side for his team-best 12th run batted in of the spring.

After senior outfielder Sam Alexander<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/alexander%20sam%20j11o> (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) was hit by a pitch that loaded the bases, junior first baseman Brett Ossola<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/ossola%20brett%20oej3> (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) lifted a sacrifice fly to left scoring Keen. The Spartans got their fourth run of the inning, taking advantage of one of five Brandeis errors on the game, allowing Pakan to score.

After the Judges left the bases loaded in the top of the second when Spartan starter sophomore lefty Ray Kelly<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/kelly%20ray%20fsvf> (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) struck out Zach Bardwell swinging, Case kept the offensive roll going with three more runs in the bottom of the frame. Freshman catcher Robert Winemiller<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/winemiller%20robert%205zcg> (Twinsburg, Ohio/University School) led off with a base hit to left and made it 5-1 on a run-scoring single from Marko. Keen doubled to left center and Marko moved to third before scoring on the play on a Brandeis miscue. Keen scored the third run of the inning on a single to right from Alexander making it 7-1 after two.

Case tacked on a run in the fourth on an RBI groundout from Ossola, giving him 11 RBI on the spring, bringing home Keen who drew a leadoff base on balls.

The Spartans recorded their ninth and final run one inning later when Keen laced a ground-rule double scoring freshman infielder Andrew Gronski<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/gronski%20andrew%20x01d> (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) who singled through the right side to start the inning.

On the mound, Kelly went the first two innings for the Spartans giving up a run on three hits striking out two and walking one. Senior right-hander Zach Fry<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/fry%20zach%202umj> (Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy), making his first appearance of the year, logged the next 3.0 innings and was credited with the win allowing just one base hit while striking out two. Sophomore righty John Fortunato<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/fortunato%20john%20d74a> (Toledo, Ohio/St. Francis de Sales) and freshman righty Daniel Sondag<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/sondag%20daniel%20wg3s> (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) both pitched two shutout innings, respectively, as four of Sondag's six outs were punchouts.

Pat Nicholson, who recorded the save during Thursday's contest, took the loss for the Judges giving up seven runs, five earned, on seven hits in three innings.

Oberlin Handles Albion

Oberlin, Ohio- The Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team won their home opener against Albion on Saturday. The finals score of the game was 16-6.

Oberlin was led by junior Ilysa Meyer who had a game high five goals on the day. Molly Bloom was second on the team with four goals and an assist, while Kate Hanick had three goals and an assist.

Other notables were Sarah Andrews who had two goals, Alice Zicht added a goal and assist as well. Seung Yun JeeKate Frost andBronwen Schumacher all had an assist on the day as well.

Albion jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead as they scored three minutes into the game. Oberlin would then added three quick goals in a row and never really looked back. After one more Albion goal, the Yeowomen scored 10 straight goals. Albion didn’t score their third goal until the 23:20 mark in the second half.

Oberlin outshot the Britons 33-10 and led in draw controls on the day by a count of 17-8. They also added three free position goals.

Oberlin improves to 2-0 on the season and will have a quick turnaround, as they take on the University of Dallas at 11 a.m. 

Hiram Diamondmen sweep

UNIONTOWN, PA  --  The Hiram College baseball team won both games against Penn State-Fayette, 6-3 and 6-5, in a non-conference doubleheader.

With the sweep, the Terriers improve to 8-4 overall.  The Roaring Lions fall to 1-6 overall for the season. 

In game one, Hiram grabbed the early lead, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning that included RBI scoring plays by sophomore catcher/infielder Tim Calhoun (Canfield), sophomore outfielder/designated hitterGeorge Blake (Parma) and freshman outfielder Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./West Bloomfield).  The Terriers padded their lead with runs in the top of the second and third innings to make the score 6-0.  PSU-Fayette got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a solo homerun and scored additional runs in the fifth and sixth innings.  Hiram then held the Lions scoreless in the bottom of the seventh to claim the 6-3 victory.

Hiram totaled eight hits in the game with senior catcher/infielder Randy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes) finishing two-of-two with a run scored and a RBI.  Six other Terriers each recorded a hit.

On the mound, junior Mike Lalonde (Willowick/South) started and pitched five innings to post his first victory of the season.  He allowed three runs on three hits and struck out seven batters.

In the nightcap, Hiram again took the early advantage scoring three runs in the top of the second inning that included RBI base hits by sophomore infielder Shane Haidet (Alliance/Marlington) and senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference infielder Torrey Stimson (Hudson/Walled Lake, Mich.).  PSU-Fayette scored a run in the bottom of the inning, but Hiram got the run back in the top of the third thanks to a RBI single by Segal to make the score 4-1.  The Terriers added a pair of runs in the sixth to increase the margin to 6-1.  The Lions made things interesting scoring four runs in the bottom of the inning cutting the Hiram lead to a run heading into the final inning.  Hiram was held scoreless in its top-half of the inning and recorded three straight outs in Fayette's final at-bat to hang on for the 6-5 win.

Hiram was led at the plate by the duo of Stimson and Blake who both recorded a pair of hits.  Stimson finished two-of-three overall with two runs scored and a RBI.  Blake had two hits in four attempts.

Junior Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) pitched the entire game and got his third win of the season to improve to 3-0 for the year.  He allowed five runs on seven hits and had five strikeouts.

Hiram will be in action tomorrow (Sunday, Mar. 18) when the Terriers travel to Greensburg, Pa. to take on the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg in a non-conference twinbill.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Cizmar earns Lake Erie's first All American Distinction

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -Both participating Lake Erie College swimmers saved their best for last as the program saw its first All-American award and another honorable mention All-American at the final day of the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championship. 

Freshman Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia) earned those All-America honors with a seventh place finish in the 200 Yard Backstroke.  Cizmar guaranteed All-American status when his swam fifth in qualifying by breaking his previous best by over .8 seconds with a time of 1:46.77.  He came back Saturday night with a time of 1:47.94 in the final to place seventh.

Cizmar was not alone in scoring on the day as sophomore Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukranie) has his best showing of four events placing 16th in the 200 Yard Breaststroke.  Milinkovskyi qualified for the B final honorable mention All-America status in a time of 2:01.50.  He then placed 16th in the finals in 2:02.05.

Saturday's efforts from the pair of underclassmen, along with Cizmar's honorable mention All-American performance in the 400 Yard IM earlier in the week, placed Lake Erie 22nd of 27 teams with 19 points. 

"Ivan had a really strong meet and I am so excited that he was able to bring the first All-American award to our young program," said Head Coach Nicole Rose. "As a team, we didn't achieve everything we had hoped going into this meet but both Ivan and Julian had great first seasons for the Storm and I am proud of the accomplishments they garnered this year. This meet was a great experience for us and we are looking forward to these two young men continuing to lead the Storm to more appearances at the National Championship in coming years!"


Friday March 16

Sophomore Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukranie) and freshman Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia) each swam career-best races in the 100 Yard Breaststroke and 100 Yard Backstroke Friday at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships.  Milinkovskyi completed his third event with a 20th place finish in the 100 Breaststroke in 56.19. Cizmar placed 27th in the 100 Backstroke in 50.74.

Thursday March 15

In the Thursday Night Consolation final, Lake Erie College freshman swimmer Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia/) shaved over 2.5 seconds off his qualifying time and over four seconds over his previous best time to finish 11th place in the 400 Yard IM at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships. 

Cizmar swam the race in 3:58.05 to earn six team points for Lake Erie.  He became the first swimmer in the program's history to earn points at the national championship. The freshman still has two races to go this weekend.

Cizmar and sophomore Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukraine) finished 16t)h and 17th place respectively in the preliminary swim of the 400 Yard IM. 

Cizmar improved on his seed time by 1.5 seconds at 4:00.70 to make it to Thursday night's final.  By doing so he can finish anywhere between ninth and 16th place and guarantees the Storm team their first points of the meet. 

Milinkovskyi finished in 4:02.59 to place 17th for the second straight day.  He has one race left in the championships. 

John Healey

No. 23 Spartans Earn Split in Final Two Matches of Annual Spring Break Trip

LEXINGTON, Va. – The No.23 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team split a pair of dual matches that were played to decision on Saturday, March 17 against on the campuses of Washington & Lee University and Bridgewater College (Va.). The Spartans fell by a 5-3 to the Generals at the W&L Outdoor Courts before sweeping past the Eagles at the BC Tennis Courts, 5-0.

With the split, the Spartans move to 10-6 overall in dual matches.

In the morning match with the Generals, the Spartans' No. 3 duo of sophomore Eric Klawitter<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/klawitter%20eric%20g9jk> (Arlington Heights, Ill./John Hersey) and senior co-captain Rohan Patel<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/patel%20rohan%20hyx1> (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) managed the lone point in doubles with an 8-6 win versus Mac Davis and Vincent Kim.

For the Spartans in singles, junior Kyle Gerber<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/gerber%20kyle%20tl2z> (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) and sophomore John Healey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/healey%20john%20d4pz> (Columbia, Md./Atholton) recorded the other team points at No. 3 and No. 6, respectively. Gerber picked up the victory by a score of 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) versus Jeremy Becht, while Healey outlasted Ben Fass in a three-set victory. Fass won the first set, 6-4, but Healey rebounded to win the final two sets by tallies of 6-3 and 6-4.

Raider gals win Stark title

NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's track and field team won the annual Stark County Championships Saturday at Walsh University in North Canton.  The Purple Raiders had 134 points, Walsh was second with 128 while Malone had 110.

Mount Union claimed wins in nine different events and one of those wins resulted in a school-record as juniorMary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) bested her own record in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.37.

Mahoney also teamed with sophomores Taylor Kring (Salem/West Branch), Taylor Ruffing (Attica/Seneca East), Lisa Brasdovich (Columbia Station/Columbia) to win the 4x100 meter relay (48.82).

Senior Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) claimed wins in both the javelin (124-3) and shot put (41-3.25).

Other event winners were Kring in the 100 meter hurdles (14.73), senior Kelsey Shonk (Columbus/Bishop Hartley) in the discus (134-8), Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak) in the 1500 meters (4:50.90), freshmanTaylor Coghlan (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) in the 100 meters (13.18) and sophomore Juliane Liberati (Pittsburgh, Pa./Trinity Christian) in the triple jump (34-3.5).

Mount Union will compete again in two weeks (Mar. 31) at the Ohio Athletic Conference Gold Meet at John Carroll University in University Heights.


2012 Boys Basketball State Tournament Pairings

*Home team listed first

All Games at Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus


Division IV

Semifinal - Game One, March 22, 10:45 a.m.

No. 1 Jackson Center (26-0) vs. No. 9 Columbus Africentric Early College (22-3)

Semifinal - Game Two, March 22, 2:00 p.m.

No. 2 Berlin Hiland (25-1) vs. Arlington (23-3)

Championship: Saturday, March 24, 10:30 a.m.


Division III

Semifinal - Game One, March 22, 5:15 p.m.

No. 7 Chanel (23-3) vs. No. 3 Cin. Summit Country Day (24-1)

Semifinal - Game Two, March 22, 8:30 p.m.

Ottawa-Glandorf (19-6) vs. No. 6 Portsmouth (23-2)

Championship: Saturday, March 24, 1:30 p.m.


Division II

Semifinal - Game One, March 23, 10:45 a.m.

No. 10 Lake Catholic (23-2) vs. No. 1 Dayton Dunbar (26-0)

Semifinal - Game Two, March 23, 2:00 p.m.

St. Clairsville (23-2) vs. Elida (23-3)

Championship: Saturday, March 24, 4:30 p.m.


Division I

Semifinal - Game One, March 23, 5:15 p.m.

No. 5 Toledo Whitmer (23-2) vs. St. Edward (18-7)

Semifinal - Game Two, March 23, 8:30 p.m.

No. 4 Pickerington Central (24-2) vs. Fairfield (21-5)

Championship: Saturday, March 24, 8:30 p.m.


All-Session, Single-Session and Discounted “Four-Pack” Tickets Available for OHSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament 


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Plenty of tickets are available for the 2012 Ohio High School Athletic Association Boys State Basketball Tournament, and the public sale of single-session tickets and discounted “Four-Pack” tickets began Monday, March 12, at 10:00 a.m. through Ticketmaster or in person at The Ohio State University’s Jerome Schottenstein Center, the site of the state tournament that takes place March 22, 23 and 24.


Single-session tickets are priced at $15 for the Entry and Club Levels of the arena and $12 for the Terrace Level. Fans can also take advantage of discounted “Four-Pack” tickets, which allows them to purchase four tickets for any of the 12 sessions of the tournament for $30. Seats for those tickets will be located in the Terrace Level.


Boys state tournament all-session tickets are available and are priced at $144 for the Entry and Club Levels or $120 for the Terrace Level. Tickets can be purchased in person at Ticketmaster locations (including most Kroger stores), by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or by going on-line at www.ticketmaster.com.  If ordering on-line, type ‘OHSAA’ in the search area for a quick link to tournament tickets. Ticketmaster orders will also include applicable service charges. To avoid service charges, tickets can be purchased in person in Columbus at the OSU Athletic Ticket Office, located in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center with office hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The 90th Annual OHSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament schedule is as follows: Thursday, March 22: 10:45-Division IV semifinal; 2:00-Division IV semifinal; 5:15-Division III semifinal; 8:30-Division III semifinal; Friday, March 23: 10:45-Division II semifinal; 2:00-Division II semifinal; 5:15-Division I semifinal; 8:30-Division I semifinal; and Saturday, March 24: 10:30-Division IV final; 1:30-Division III final; 4:30-Division II final; 8:30-Division I final.