A Page -- March 2, 2010

Olmsted Falls has the athletic and 

academic make-up for full physical 

and mental package to compete for  

SWC, district baseball crowns

March 2, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OLMSTED FALLS – With a new coach and a new era, Olmsted Falls’ baseball team is focusing on keeping up the fine tradition that has made the Bulldogs contenders over the years in the Southwestern Conference.


Dan Largent takes over for the retired Dick Szalay, the long-time Dogs head man. He inherits a proven program that is long on both talent athletically and more importantly soundness academically. His senior has a collective accumulative GPA of better than 3.0, junior Denton Sagerman is seventh in his class academically and Cam Trefny represented the school at the Buckeye Boys’ State Competition.


Largent served for nine years as an assistant under Szalay so he knows the ropes via learning from the master. He was also the JV and freshman coaches since his indoctrination into the program in 2001.


Obviously, the goals this year are to win the SWC and to make it out of the district. Falls lost to St. Ignatius in the big-school district semis last year and in the district finals in ’08.


“We need to replace a lot of the depth we had at pitcher last year,” Largent said. “On the plus side, this team is very confident, and they know that they can win.”


Despite the lack of depth, the Bulldogs do have a lot of accomplished starters, lettermen and all-league performers returning.


Leading the corps of returners is second-team All-Ohio catcher Chaz McGrain. The senior two-year letterman batted .389 with 23 runs batted in and an on-base percentage of just a hair under .500. McGrain is still deciding where he will play baseball in college. He is also a two-time SWC wrestling champ


Also among the stellar performers returning to the fold is Sagerman, a junior letterman who was 1st team All-SWC pitcher as a sophomore with a 5-1 won-loss record, 3.09 ERA, 31 Ks-and just seven walks. Sagerman is a next-level kind of player and with his track record in the classroom should have a nice college studying/playing situation available to him. Notre Dame, Stanford, Pitt, Kentucky and Cleveland State have all expressed interest in him. He will participate in the Walsh Jesuit Showcase this summer.



Trefny, a senior, will also be handed the ball on the mound in key SWC and tournament games.-Trefny, also the shortstop, is a two-year letterman and .300 hitter. He was 3-2 as Pitcher, with a 3.86 ERA, 29 strikeouts  and 16 bases on balls.


Zack Ferster, a junior letterman, started at second base as a sophomore before back injury, but is100 percent now. He hit 292 and stole four bases. Another key senior is Eric Kolar (1B/OF) who hit .269 with a home run.


Expect to see Cory Maddocks on base a lot. The senior third baseman/outfielder and letterman hit.421 and had a .463 OBP. Fellow senior David Venezuela, who was injured most of 2009 but lettered as a sophomore, will probably start in the outfield. Kurt Carlisle is another guy the Dogs will want to move around the bases. The senior letterman who pitches and plays the outfield had a .346 average at the plate and reached base at a .414 clip last year.


Among those off the JV and freshman teams and move-ins in the front running for starting spots are Brennan Laird, a sophomore IF/OF/P who hit a home run in his only varsity game as a freshman; southpaw Nick Riolo, who played JV as a junior will pitch and play outfield; Bryan Corrigan, who also played JV as a junior, will provide depth in the outfield; Nate Ferster, a sophomore who played one game as a freshman on varsity, will compete for an outfield spot; junior Dan Moon will compete for a varsity infield spot;  junior Connor Doris  will compete for a pitching spot; and Mike Newhouse, a junior-will compete for a pitching spot.


“We have a very talented group this year,” said Largent. “They have a lot of experience as varsity baseball players, and have played in big games against very good teams. I expect us to make a run at the SWC championship this season, and hopefully, a good run into the tournament.”


While the Bulldogs have been contenders in the SWC, they have not won the league title since 2001. This year’s group of seniors did win the SWC title as a JV unit two years ago and are hoping that this will be the year to end the drought.


 “We will contend for the league title this year, as long as our offense comes through when we have runners in scoring position. I feel that our pitching and defense will keep us in every game. This is the hardest-working team I’ve had in my 10 years as a coach in the program,” Largent said.


“We are very deep in the outfield, and also have a lot of guys who can give us innings on the mound,” he added. “We are not deep in the infield, but hopefully some newcomers will step-up to provide depth.”


They will start the season in the South with a spring trip to Bluffton, SC for a 4 game spring trip against four schools from Dixieland. The conference schedule is always demanding with the likes of Brecksville, Westlake, and Amherst. Others on the non-conference schedule are Toledo St. Francis, Medina, Mentor, Kenston, and Kent Roosevelt.


Assisting Largent are Greg Sagerman as the returning pitching coach, Chris Odon in charge of the infielders and defensive calls. Bob Englehart as the returning JV coach, and Andrew Hoslar and Chuck Reimer overseeing the freshman team.

B-W’s Amanda Schroeder and Ariel 

Brough Earn All-OAC Honors

March 2, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA – Baldwin-Wallace College junior guard Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove) and senior center Ariel Brough (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) have been named to the 2009-10 All-Ohio Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball team, the league office in Youngstown announced today.


Schroeder was tabbed as a first-team selection for the second consecutive season and Brough was a second-team pick after being named honorable mention last year.

Schroeder led the Yellow Jackets and tied for fifth in the OAC in scoring at 14.5 points-per-game. She led B-W with 28 three-pointers and averaged 5.1 rebounds per-game and shot a league-best 87.6 percent (120-of-130) from the free-throw line. In 87 career games, Schroeder has 980 points (11.3 ppg.), 334 rebounds and 84 three-pointers.


Brough was second on the team in scoring at 10.9 ppg. and first in rebounding at 6.8 rpg. She also ranked second in the league with a team-high 63 blocked shots. In 113 career games, Brough totaled 862 points, 657 rebounds and a school-record 236 blocks. She was a member of 87 wins (87-26 overall) and an OAC regular season and tournament championship. Brough also was named an ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-American earlier this winter.

The Yellow Jackets finished the season at 19-8 overall and advanced to the semifinal round of the OAC Tournament. B-W also tied for second during the OAC regular season with a 14-4 mark.

Avon Lake Alumna Kym Wenz about 

to claim unprecedented third NCAC 

scoring championship

March 2, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





WESTLAKE – The league office for the North Coast Athletic Conference is transitioning from winter to spring sports currently. Both  men’s and women’s basketball teams from the league have made the NCAA tournaments that are beginning this week.


Women’s basketball


Avon Lake High alumna and North Ridgeville resident Kym Wenz should win her third league scoring championship, which will be declared in a few weeks once the NCAA tourney winds down and no NCAA student/athletes are scoring any longer. Wenz finished averaging 20 points and no other NCAC gal this season averaged better than 17 so it is a foregone conclusion even though not yet official.

Kym Wenz

Kym Wenz


It would be unprecedented. No women’s player in the 26-year history of the NCAC has won three scoring titles. In fact, not many in all Division III conferences have won three titles. In the OAC, Cathy Clark won four titles for Marietta (1986-90) and Sandy Buddelmeyer three for Capital ('90-93).

Carrie Dyer

Copley's Dyer

Three local females made the NCAC all-tournament team. Wittenberg had senior Carrie Dyer (Copley, OH/Copley), while Kenyon had sophomore Morgan Korinek (Cuyahoga Falls, OH/Woodridge), and Ohio Wesleyan placed junior Pam Quigney (Mentor, OH/Mentor).

Cuyahoga Falls's Korinek

[ Pam Quigney ]

Mentor's Quigney

North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament champion Denison (21-7) received its sixth bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. On Friday, the Big Red will travel to Holland, Michigan, for a first-round game against Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion Hope College (27-1). The other first-round contest in the bracket pits DePauw (25-3) of the Southern Collegiate Conference against Lakeland (22-6) out of the Northern Athletics Conference. Tipoff times are to be announced later today. Friday’s winners face off the next evening. Saturday’s winner advances to one of four sectional-round sites March 12-13. Sectional winners then move on to the Finals, March 19-20, to be held at the Shirk Center in Bloomington, Illinois, home of Illinois Wesleyan. More information on the NCAA III tournament can be found at http://www.ncaa.com/sports/w-baskbl/champpage/w-baskbl-div3-index.html

Men’s basketball


North Coast Athletic Conference regular season and tournament champion Wooster (23-5) has received its 19th bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.  The Fighting Scots will host a first-round game against Grove City (19-8) out of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference on their home court on Friday.  The other first-round contest in the bracket, also to be played at Timken Gymnasium, pits Wisconsin-Whitewater (22-5) of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference against Defiance (23-5) of the Heartland Conference. Game times for all matchups will be announced later today. Friday’s winners face off the next evening in Wooster.

Matt Fegan 

Strongsville grad Matt Fegan of NCAA-bound Scots


Oberlin College claims two Student/Athletes of the Week

OC garnered two student/athletes of the week honors in the NCAC this week, Madeline Schultz and Clara Shaw.


Women’s Field - Madeline Schultz, Oberlin
Oberlin senior Madeline Schultz (Concord, MA/Concord-Carlisle) won the first-ever NCAC Pentathlon. She scored 2,920 points to top the nine-competitor field.


Women’s Distance - Clara Shaw, Oberlin
Oberlin senior Clara Shaw (Roseville, MN/Roseville) won the 800 meters in 2:16.95 at the Denison Last Chance meet.

Falls' Emily Hammeren

DENISON hosted a Last Chance meet, and senior Emily Hammeren (Olmsted Falls,OH/Olmsted Falls) won the women’s pole vault when she cleared 10 feet, 6 inches.


Men’s track – River’s Kolakowski does it again in PV; Hudson's Burke takes third in “5”


At the Denison Last Chance meet, Wittenberg’s David Kolakowski (Rocky River, OH/Rocky River) won the pole vault.



OWU Senior Dave Burke (Hudson, OH/Hudson) wound up third in the NCAC Pentathlon with 2,787 points.

[ David Burke ]




Mount Union’s Dave Pellerite from Olmsted Falls and Jim Wood Named All-OAC Men's Basketball

March 2, 2010

By Lenny Reich




Dave Pellerite

Jimmy Wood

(AUSTINTOWN, OH)--Mount Union junior forward Dave Pellerite (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) and sophomore forward Jimmy Wood (Wintersville/Indian Creek) were both named All-Ohio Athletic Conference honorable mention selections by the league's 10 coaches.


Pellerite, an honorable mention selection for a second straight year, led the Purple Raiders in scoring (13.8 ppg), rebounding (7.0 rpg) and was second in assists (65).  He started all 26 games and became the 25th player in school history to score over 1,000 career points.

Wood also started all 26 games and was the team's top shooter (.530) from the floor and shot blocker (10) while being second in scoring at 12.6 points per game.


The duo led Mount Union to an 11-15 record and a fifth place finish in the OAC (9-9).


Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 3/1/10


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Tim Voytko Jr., Lakewood, 2/13, freeway Lanes of Parma;

Chinnawatt Scott, University Heights, 2/18, Twin Lanes;

Keith Mixter, Parma, 2/24, Brookgate Lanes;

Phil Sillia Jr., North Olmsted, 2/24, Buckeye Lanes;

Paul Piwinski, Avon, 2/25, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Louis Kastelic, Broadview Heights, 2/25, Seven Hills Lanes;

Norm Loescher, Russell, 2/26, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Robert Lorentzen Jr., Cleveland, 2/26, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Donald Treadwell, Cleveland, 2/27, Ambassador Superior;

Michael Bobal, Parma, 3/1, Buckeye Lanes;

Kenneth Kolberg Jr., Cleveland, 3/1, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Brian Hasinski,, Cleveland, 3/1, Brookgate Lanes;

Donald Murphy, Strongsville, 3/1, Brookgate Lanes;

Mike Broz, Cleveland, 3/1, Brookgate Lanes;

Perry Rossi, Parma, 3/1, Brookgate Lanes;



    299 Games

Larry Cannon Jr., Cleveland, 2/13, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Richard Jesset, North Olmsted, 2/25, Buckeye Lanes;

Mike Brabander, North Ridgeville, 2/25, Buckeye Lanes;

Randy Taylor Jr., Cleveland, 2/25, Seven Hills Lanes;

Glen Case, Parma, 2/26, Buckeye Lanes;

Robert PorterStrongsville, 2/26, Buckeye Lanes;

Curtis Ramsey, Cleveland, 2/26, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Al Kan, Olmsted Township, 2/26, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Bill Lego, Cleveland, 2/26, Cloverleaf Lanes;



    298 Games



    800 Series

Bob Newman, Strongsville, 2/24, Brookgate Lanes (811);

Robert Porter, Strongsville, 2/26, Buckeye Lanes (811);

Chuck Lupcia III, Olmsted Township, 2/26, Cloverleaf Lanes (803);

David Patz Sr., Wickliffe, 3/1, Freeway Lanes of Parma (811);

Mike Broz, Cleveland, 3/1, Brookgate Lanes (834);














Ignatius in district championship 

game fourth consecutive year; 

advances with 4-1 semifinal win 

over Brecksville

March 2, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




BROOKLYN -- Top-seeded St. Ignatius, the No. 2 ranked hockey team in the state,  advanced to the district championship game for the fourth consecutive year and gained some valuable public school experience tonight, eliminating upstart Brecksville in the semis, 4-1, in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center.


Should the Wildcats get by either St. Edward or Padua Saturday and the Kent district winner in next week’s Frozen Four semis, they will be facing a public school, a rarity in an Ohio state championship (save the six times Shaker Heights made it), since state poll champion Toledo St. Francis was upset Monday by Findlay, which is playing Northview in the Sylvania district final.


That leaves St. Ignatius as the highest ranking team still standing, with Kent District finalist University School, the third-place team in the final state poll, right there with the Cats as well. Not having Toledo St. John still alive at this point is also a rarity.


“We’ve been working for 365 days for this game,” said St. Ignatius coach Pat O’Rourke. “We played a little better tonight than we did against Holy Name. This game involved two tough goalies. That Brecksville goalie is a good one, as was his brother here a couple years ago.”

The Wildcats (28-7-3) broke the scoreless deadlock when Mike Wells sent a pass to the bottom circle to the left of Brecksville goaltender John Miller, where Paddy Spellacy picked up the puck and flicked it to a wide open Liam Geither who was a foot away from Miller to the goalie’s right. Geither then jammed it into the net at 11:33 of the first period.

“We set the tone early with Liam’s back-door goal to the point that they were just letting us have the puck,” said O’Rourke. “Either team we play Saturday is going to be tough.”


The Geither-Spellacy-Wells line then scored its seventh goal in the last two games (or three days) at the 14-minute mark with Geither posting his second lamplighter of the night and Wells assisting, making it 2-0.

“Mike just made a nice pass to me on that first one and it came about because of the two of us communicating well,” Geither said. “Paddy did all the work in getting it to me in a nice spot on the second one.”

Offensively, St. Ignatius dominated the first period, outshooting the Bees, 26-4, but Miller stood strong, garnering 24 saves. Each team had a power play in the first with Kevin Allen going in the box for Brecksville-Broadview Heights and Jason Petraska sitting for two for the Cats, but nothing shook for either team out of the man-ad during the scoreless tenure of the first period.

Brecksville (17-14-1) had a chance to get back into it in the second period, but could not capitalize on any of its four power-play opportunities, including a 5-on-3 for more than a minute, in the second period.

Asa Frebes made it 3-0 at 9:52 of the second period with an assist from Kevin Joseph. Miller had 43 saves and Iggy a 46-12 advantage in shots after two periods.

Wells scored with an assist from Spellacy in the third. Josh Potts, who played the second half of the game in goal against Holy Name Saturday, got the nod in goal and played the whole night, missing the shutout by 73 seconds as Matt Iwaszkiw scored a power-play goal at 13:13 with an assist from Dan Ringen to spoil the shutout attempt. Miller wound up with 57 saves and Potts with 16.

This group of seniors at Iggy has made it to the district final all four years of high school, getting closer each year, falling to Padua, 4-0, in 2007, 2-0, to Eds in 2008, and 3-2 to Eds in six overtimes in 2009,

 The Wildcat victory guarantees that the Padua-St. Ed-St. Iggy triangle will continue its dominance of the district championship games at the Coyne. Since the Brooklyn districts were split and half of it went to Kent eight years ago, every championship game has involved two of those three schools.

The last time Brooklyn had a district final not involving two of those three teams was in 2001, when Lake Catholic made it. During those times, East and West Side schools were mixed together within the two Brooklyn districts, making it possible for two East Side or two West Side teams to make up half the state’s Frozen Four field.

Since the Kent district was formulated in 2002-03, no West Side championship game involved any school outside the Catholic triangle.

Brecksville-Broadview can hang its hat on having its best hockey season ever in only its fifth year of varsity play. Also, the contemporaries of the Bees in other sports in the school compete in the Southwestern Conference, which does have a hockey tournament each year for the five league schools that have the sport.

Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees


“It’s good that we did not give up,” said Brecksville coach Dan Holden. “We could have hung our heads and concluded that we could not score against this team, but we got the goal when most teams might have given up at that point. We had so many scoring chances that might otherwise have been goals that their goalie was just all over the place to burry or spread out and make great saves on.”


The SWC fared quite well in the post season this year. Brecksville made it to the district semis. North Olmsted made it to the sectional championship game in a rebuilding year. Amherst won its first two games, including one over another SWC school Avon Lake and one an upset over No. 4 seed and new Red North tenant Strongsville. Olmsted Falls won its first game and hung with Eds for a couple periods before falling.

Another Battle of Som Center Road in 

the Kent ice haus surfaces for Friday; 

Gilmour advances to final with semis 

win over Walsh

March 2, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENT -- It will be the Battle of Som Center Road again Friday in Kent, as Gilmour and University School will meet in another great district championship battle. Gilmour advanced with tonight’s 5-2 win over Walsh Jesuit. 

Brian Anton gave Gilmour a 1-0 lead at 4:09 of the first period with an assist from Gordon Wells. Walsh tied it at 8:19 on a Vince Lavassuer goal that was assisted by Dan Filice and Nate Myeroff on the power play.


Gilmour went ahead for good at 10:22 of the opening period on a power-play goal by Eddie Asher that was assisted by Zach Buehner. Anton and Billy Davis lit the lamp in the second period as Gilmour began breaking open the game.


By the end of the night, Anton and Davis each had two goals for Gilmour. Myeroff picked up Walsh’s second goal. Chris Demming had two assists and Brad Baker one for the Lancers.

Graham Bodueszek stopped 31 shots for Gilmour and Joe Brodar 28 for the Warriors.

OhhhhhhhK-LAHOMA ......

Notre Dame wrestlers going after 

National wrestling championship in 


Weekly NDC Student/Athletic Report

March 2, 2010

By Andy Barch



THIS WEEK: The Falcons will head to Oklahoma City, Okla., to compete in the NAIA National Championships.  Notre Dame enters the highly anticipated event as the No.1 team in the nation, a perch they have occupied since Nov. 24.  Fifteen wrestlers have qualified for the tournament; NDC can send a maximum of 12 to the mats in the individual-bracket tournament which is slated to run from March 4-6. … Daily coverage of the national tournament will be provided on NotreDameFalcons.com.


LAST WEEK:  NDC Wrestling was idle.


TITLETOWN: Notre Dame heads to Oklahoma City having already won four team titles in 2009-10. The Falcons won the National Catholic Invitational in November, the RITTournament in December, the NAIA National Duals in January and the NAIA East Region Qualifying Tournament in February. The Blue & White also dominated two open events, winning a combined 12 weight classes at events hosted by Ashland and Mount Union. … A victory in Oklahoma City would mark the first national championship in any sport for Notre Dame.


TALON-TED FALCONS:  Three NDC grapplers will arrive on the mats of the Abe Lemons Arena in Oklahoma City with unblemished 2009-10 won-loss records. Cody Butzer (Canal Fulton, Ohio) is 11-0, Derek Foore (Wadsworth, Ohio) is 22-0 and Jeffrey Pelton (Bellevue, Ohio) is 19-0. … The combined record of the 12 NDC grapplers expected to compete in Oklahoma City is 227-35 (.866).

Twinsburg native Adam Koballa





THIS WEEK: Notre Dame will host the finale of the American Mideast Conference Qualifying Tournament at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2.  The Falcons will square off against No. 14 Cedarville, which played their way through a bracket of the AMC’s third-through-sixth seeds to reach the game.  Notre Dame reached the final game of the qualifying tournament via a loss to top-ranked Walsh on Saturday. The AMC receives two automatic berths in the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament, so the league will send Walsh plus the winner of Tuesday night’s contest at Murphy Gymnasium. … Free admission and complimentary pizza will be offered to Notre Dame students, faculty and staff with valid Notre Dame IDs.

 Falcon Closeup 2

LAST WEEK: Notre Dame (19-11) suffered an 85-57 loss to the Walsh Cavaliers in the AMC Championship game on Saturday (Feb. 27).  The Falcons fell behind early, trailing 18-7 in the game’s first five minutes, and were never able to recover.  Eric Dummermuth (Dover, Ohio) finished the game with 15 points and eight rebounds while Curtis McClure (Cleveland, Ohio) ended up with 11 points.

Curtis McClure

Cleveland native Curtis McClure





LAST WEEK: The Falcons (15-13) were eliminated in the first round of the AMC Tournament.  Notre Dame’s season ended with a 76-65 loss at Walsh. Chelsea Andorka (Canton, Ohio) paced the Falcons with 13 points; Alex Dackin (Lima, Ohio) and Taryn Wicks (Akron, Ohio) finished with 12 points.

Taryn Wicks

Akron East alumna Taryn Wicks





THIS WEEK: The Falcons will send 17 athletes (11 women, six men) to the NAIA National Championships in St. Charles, Mo.  The competition runs from March 3-6.


LAST WEEK: The Falcons were idle last week.  





THIS WEEK: The Falcons will send 14 athletes (eight men, six women) to Johnson City, Tenn., to compete in the NAIA Indoor National Championships, March 3-6.


LAST WEEK: Notre Dame was idle last week.





THIS WEEK: The Falcons fly south to compete in five matches in Florida during spring break.


LAST WEEK: The Falcons picked up an 8-1 victory over Heidelberg College on Tuesday, Feb. 23.  NDC had a match against Otterbein cancelled due to hazardous travel conditions on Friday, Feb. 26.





THIS WEEK: The Falcons are playing in the Central Florida Invitational Tournament in Winter Haven, Fla.  Notre Dame, 5-2 through their first seven games, is scheduled to play eight games in the tournament.


LAST WEEK: Notre Dame was idle last week.





THIS WEEK: Notre Dame will make stops in Savannah, Ga., and Mobile, Ala., in playing 17 games in eight days.


UPDATE: The Falcons are 5-1 through their first six games and pounding the ball to the tune of an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of 1.062.  Notre Dame has outscored their opponents, 72-27, thus far.   A batting order featuring mostly newcomers is hitting .410, with 19 extra-base hits. … Freshman third baseman Melissa Dykes (Youngstown, Ohio) is off to a fast start.  Dykes is batting .625, with four doubles and a home run.  She is also 4-for-4 in stolen-base attempts.  Charisse Colston (Oakwood Village, Ohio) owns a 1.564 OPS through her first 28 plate appearances.  Batting in the leadoff spot in Head Coach 

Amy Kyler’s batting order, Colston has reached base 18 times in six games.

Charisse Colston 

Oakwood Village's Charisse Colston




THIS WEEK: The Falcons are off this week, but the women will compete in the March 12 Allentown (Pa.) Sectionals, against 13 other teams, with a chance to compete in the USBC Intercollegiate National Tournament. 

Westlake's Rosa LaMattina Named OAC Freshman of the Year;

North Olmsted alum Kori Wiedt, 

Tusky Valley's Pohovey also 

Named All-OAC Women's Basketball for 

Mount Union

March 2, 2010

By Lenny Reich



Rosa LaMattina


Tessa Pohovey


Kori Wiedt

(AUSTINTOWN, OH)--Mount Union freshman point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year to headline three Purple Raiders named to the All-OAC teams by the league's 10 head coaches.LaMattina,Rosa.JPG

LaMattina, also an All-OAC Second Team selection, has started all 28 games and leads Mount Union in scoring (11.6 ppg), three-point shooting (49-102, .480), assists (74) and steals (62).  

Senior guard Tessa Pohovey (Strasburg/Tusky Valley) was named to the All-OAC First Team as she started all 28 games and is the team's second leading scorer at 11.0 ppg and hauls down 4.5 rebounds per game.  Pohovey is the first Mount Union playersince Ashley Bourdeau in 2004 to be a first team selection.



The duo were also named to the OAC All-Tournament team with LaMattina selected as OAC Tournament MVP after leading the Raiders to their second OAC Tournament title in history and first since 1998.



Sophomore guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) rounded out the selections as she was named All-OAC honorable mention. Wiedt played in 24 games with 23 starts, averages 10.5 points per game and is second on the team with 48 made three pointers.

The trio have led Mount Union to a 24-4 record, an OAC Tournament championship and back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.  The Raiders play Washington & Jefferson (PA) Friday at 5 pm at Messiah College in Grantham, PA.