A page -- March 20, 2011

Otto Orf, HandsOnSoccer set to return to 

Costa Rica to donate 500 pairs of shoes 

to Student/Athletes, also food processor, 

water purifier, Internet, school supplies,

fans to schools, children, students

March 20. 2011


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AKRON – Otto Orf, the president of HandsOnSoccer, spent all day Saturday, preparing his third annual Costa Rica trip, aimed to assist the school children (Student/Athletes and general students alike) of the Central American country.

Orf, who led the Cleveland Crunch to the area’s only major professional world championships since 1964 with three league titles in the 1990s, will be taking an entourage down to Costa Rica, but along with them will go 500 pairs of shoes, a food processor, a water purifier and the technological equipment to set up and provide Internet service for five schools HOS has adopted.

1,000 shoes now in Akron will be on their way to Costa Rica in a week

Also, at the Akron Sports Center near the University, where HandsOnSoccer and the Cleveland Futsal Federation are housed, Orf brought in over 180 youth soccer and futsal players Saturday to help in his overall effort to aid underprivileged Student/Athletes and then had a youth futsal match between two clubs, Alpha Phi Alpha and Green.

Alpha Phi Alpha is a college fraternity that also does outreach to inner city youth. It is very similar to the mythical Lambda Lambda Lambda that was headed up by Bernie Casey in the Revenge of the Nerds movies.

Two years ago Orf took his family to Costa Rica for an exploratory mission to indentify schools that could use donations and help from Orf’s army of generous American youth. Once he was able to make his way around, he was able to establish relationships with four schools. Then last year, he was able to make his first bona fide supplies drop off with shoes, clothing, food and other gear.

Now, the delivery has gotten bigger and the plan more organized. For those who do not play soccer, Orf and his group will be bringing scores of school supplies and fans.

“They have a cafeteria at the one school where the ladies spend six hours chopping up carrots to make enough carrot juice for all the children,” Orf said. “The food processor we are taking them could turn it into a six-minute job instead of a six-hour job.”

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On the first trip two years ago, Orf used his “Spanglish” to get around and find out the needs of the inhabitants, but found it very difficult to make any headway but finally was able to make the necessary inroads with enough patience.

He tried his Spanish to ask one girl a few questions and when she realized that he was struggling, she offered, “I can speak English,” and it turned out she spoke very good English.

“What I think happens is that when someone is taught English, he or she tends to hide it for fear of the other children getting embarrassed because they don’t know it,” Orf said. “I guess it might get the other children to feel inadequate or less wealthy or something so they keep it under wraps and use it only when they absolutely must.”

Coach Orf takes over the Costa Rican class

Typically, with help from Orf and HOS, the school children learn their English by singing popular American songs. Other ways of learning it is through soccer, the one sport that speaks an “international language.”

In the classroom with the HOS group, Costa Rican children are taught to say words like “Cleveland,” or “Rootstown,” the school where Orf’s daughter is a Student/Athlete.

Watch video of Orf with Costa Rican children in playful time after school. One could tell by their enthusiasm that they were in no hurry to get home from school on this day.
By comparison to those in most Central, Latin, South and Caribbean American countries, girls in Costa Rica have moved along in soccer and education at a more rapid pace since the culturally ingrained machismo and other antiquated customs akin to predominantly Hispanic countries is not as powerful and prevalent in Costa Rica. Thus, it makes it easier for Orf and the group to impart soccer knowledge with both the boys and girls of Costa Rica in equal doses.

Watch video of Orf take over the classroom

While Costa Rica has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world with clear water, a deep blue sea, greenery filling the land all around the waters, sunny skies, and no noise pollution, smog generated by gas guzzling cars and natural earth overrun by asphalt and cement, youth and adult inhabitants have become desensitized to some shortfalls like burning mountains.

“There will be a mountain on fire and they will think nothing of it and say it just happens all the time,” Orf said. “Maybe it is just because they can’t do anything about it.”

Upon his return, Orf and his Chief of Staff, Rick Holland (who is from England and it might be added in a hypothetical if he were from Holland could have the surname of “England”), will get ready for the 27 youth soccer camps HOS will be holding for Student/Athletes all over Greater Cleveland this summer.

Orf (L) and a guy named Holland who is from England (R) in Akron

Orf and HOS, a 501c3, are in their third decade of servicing northeastern Ohio Student/Athletes. The community service outreach, which obviously reaches international levels, is one component of the total program HOS offers youth ages 4-18 in the area.

Sometimes it becomes a challenge matching up the shoe sizes with the right youth in Costa Rica, but HOS has developed more of a system to get the right shoes to the right people.

Orf also works with Coach Sam’s Inner Circle (headed up by former Browns coach and master of psychology Sam Rutigliano) and the Cleveland Police Athletic League, and Akron Sports Center.

B-W All American Kevin Phipps throws 

personal bests in Tar Heel Territory; 

Walsh alum Mitch Supan also throws 

well for Jackets

 By Kevin Ruple

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams both competed on the final day (Saturday, March 19, 2011) of the two-day unscored University of North Carolina - Charlotte Invitational Meet at the Irwin Belk Track.

The B-W men were led by senior four-time All-American Kevin Phipps (Pataskala/ Watkins Memorial) and freshman Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights).

Phipps broke his own school records from last year placing third in the hammer throw with a toss of 198 feet and third in the discus throw with a mark of 173’11”. Phipps also automatically qualified in both events for the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, May 26-28.

Eddy placed first out of 26 competitors in the pole vault with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 15’ 7”.

Phipps (L) and Supan (R)

Sophomore Mitch Supan (Medina/Walsh Jesuit) placed fourth in the discus throw with a toss of 171’7”, which was good enough to provisionally qualify him for the Outdoor National Track and Field Championships. He also finished ninth in the hammer throw with a throw of 163’ 4”.

In addition, junior Josh Miller (Willard) was ninth in the high jump at 6’2” and

The B-W women were led by and freshman Victoria Brown (Berlin Center/Western Reserve) who placed 6th in the high jump with a mark of 5’3”, sophomore Cristina Perrine (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) who placed eighth in the hammer throw with a mark of 144’7” and sophomore Stephanie Shockley (Tiffin/Columbian) who tied for 9th place in the pole vault after clearing a height of 10’0”.

Sophomore Stefani Graber (North Royalton/Parma Padua Franciscan) placed 10th in discus with a mark of 131’10” and also placed 12th in the hammer throw with a toss of 134’4”.

Junior Leslie Purnell (Springfield/Catholic Central) placed 11th in the discus throw with a toss of 127’8”, placed 11th in the shot put with a mark of 38’3.5” and placed 13th in the hammer toss with a mark of 134’1”.

In addition, senior Carrie Ritzler (Fostoria/Hopewell-Loudon) placed 12th in the javelin throw with a mark of 111’5”.

Mount Union men tracksters claim Stark County 

College Championship

NORTH CANTON -- Mount Union's men's track and field team won 10 events on its way to the team title at the Stark County Championships held at Walsh Saturday in North Canton.

Berea High alum Derick Schwedt

Mount Union tallied 204 points which was 64 ahead of Walsh while Malone rounded out the field with 137.

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Jimmy Corrigan

Jimmy Corrigan, Joey Kinsley combine 

for 38 points, but Pirates hit point of 

"Rogers, over and out"

Jimmy Corrigan scored 23 points and Joey Kinsley came off the bench to drop in 15, but it was not quite enough as Rocky River’s boys’ basketball team saw its season come to an end Saturday, 78-68, at the hands of Rogers High School.

The Toledo school was only the third school to have the number of the Pirates, who close the season in the Division II tournament as a regional finalist and a 22-3 overall, becoming the second basketball team at the school to post a 20-win season the past two years (the girls’ team did it last year).

Rogers moves on to the State’s Final Four in Columbus next week.



CLEVELAND, OH – The Case Western Reserve University softball team opened the home portion of its 2011 schedule with a pair of losses to Alma College (MI) on Saturday, March 19 at Mather ParkThe Spartans were downed 11-5 in the opener and 12-5 in the nightcap.\

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Oberlin Baseball Splits on Saturday; Avon's Phil Brua gets win in relief

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Chillicothe, Ohio – The Oberlin College baseball team rallied for a 7-6 come-from-behind win against Ohio Christian, but dropped its second game of the day to Baldwin-Wallace College by a 6-3 count. 

In the lid-lifter senior Phil Brua got the win in relief.

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 Oberlin Softball Falls to Carlow

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Game 1 Stats
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Pittsburgh, PA
 - In the first game of the double header, the Yeowomen lost 5-2. The game was tied through four innings. In the fifth inning the Yeowomen allowed 4 runs to score and were unable to put up enough runs in the latter portion of the game.

Junior Kristen Dix went 1-3 with a solo homerun and first-year Melanie Budneypitched 6 innings with six strikeouts and allowed one walk. Budney also went 1-3 with double and scored a run.

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Yeowomen Roll On the Road; "Longley's Lassies" Come from Behind with Perseverance for Win

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Cincinnati – Sophomore Molly Bloom scored six times as the Oberlin College women’s lacrosse team used a big second half to knock off the College of Mount St. Joseph 19-10 on Saturday afternoon. 

Blooms’s sophomore classmates Grace Amber and Ilyssa Meyer also finished with four and three goals, respectively. Meyer added five draw controls in the victory. 

“I felt we did a great job in letting the game come to us,” Head Coach Liz Longley said. “Once again I felt we displayed great patience and poise throughout. The past two games, we played with a lot of confidence and this is a great way to head into our home opener on Wednesday.”

After falling behind 1-0, the Yeowomen responded with six straight scores to take control of the game. However, the Lions responded to make it a 7-5 OC lead at the break. 

Following the intermission the Yeowomen would leave no doubt who was going to win on this day as they scored eight of the first nine goals of the stanza and never looked back. 

Junior Alice Zicht was the only other Yeowoman with more than one tally as she found the back of the cage three times.

Hathaway Brown three-peats as state 

champs; Molly Crosby comes off the 

bench to score a baker's dozen and 

grab six rebounds as Blazers come 

from behind to be best in Ohio once 


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Led by a 13-point off-the bench effort by Molly Crosby and three other double-figure scorers, Hathaway Brown won its third consecutive state basketball championship Saturday (March 19) with a 54-51 win over Carroll High School out of Dayton, in the Division II finals.

Crosby is center (blonde with brace on right shin)

Crosby scored her baker’s dozen by connecting on all-four of the field goals she attempted and by making five of six at the foul line.


Vanessa Smith and Tanisha Lawler each scored 12 points and Nia Marshall added 10 for the Blazers.


Marshall attained the double-double by grabbing 10 rebounds to go with her 10 markers.


Also for HB, Sarah Poland grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots. Cosby also had six rebounds.

The Blazers had dig down to come back from a deficit after falling behind by as many points as 10 in the first half and trailing after the first quarter, 17-9, and late in the second quarter by a few,.

HB did not get its first lead of the game until 1:08 remained in the half and Alanna Guy hit a layup to make it, 27-26. A Crosby layup a minute later gave HB a 29-26 halftime lead.

Carroll was able to tie it, 33-33, but a Smith free throw gave the lead back with 3:24 to go in the third. HB held a slim two-point margin, 42-40, with one period left to play.

After Carroll tied it at 46, a Crosby jumper gave HB a 48-46 lead with 4:37 left in the game.

Carroll regained the lead one more time, but a Lawler layup made it 50-49 with 2:58 to go and gave HB the lead for good.

Marshall is #24 (center of the pic)

Two Marshall layups in the end sealed it and complete the three-peat by HB.

Storm Men Win Third Straight, Defeat Host Molloy 

7-6 in ECC Opener

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE -- Trailing 5-4 entering the fourth quarter on the road at Molloy College, the Lake Erie College men's lacrosse team scored three times in the final 11 minutes and held on for a 7-6 win on Saturday (March 19) in Rockville Center, N.Y.
The win was the third straight overall for Lake Erie (3-1, 1-0 ECC).
Sophomore Keegan Bal scored three times and classmates Joeyjohn French and Kyle Larsen each scored twice to back sophomore Ian Wolfe's 15 saves in goal.

The win snapped a 6-game East Coast Conference losing streak for the Storm and was Lake Erie's first road win ever in league play (1-6). The Storm hosts 2nd-ranked Mercyhurst on Tuesday night (March 22) at Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville.

Defending state runner-up Walsh Jesuit holds intra-squad pre-season tourney series

Maroon and Cactus Teams to vie for 2011 Maroon & Gold World Series Championship

Faix and Benner lead teams to Round 1 victories

Game One

Faix and Marsinek dominant in MGWS Game 1 in 1-0 Maroon victory over Gold Team

Ace Junior faces the minimum, striking out 11 of 12 in four inning no hitter; Sophomore Southpaw Keller also sharp for Gold 

March 18, 2011 -- 
Junior LHP Michael Marsinek and Senior Kent State recruit Tim Faix got the 15th Annual Walsh Jesuit Baseball Maroon and Gold World Series off to a great start yesterday, as Faix led the Maroon Team to a thrilling Opening Round 1-0 victory over the Gold Team with a four inning, four-hit shutout, striking out seven.

Marsinek was also extremely sharp, allowing only two hits, and remarkably striking out ten in four innings pitched in the annual event marking the celebratory end of the Spring Training pre-season. Junior 2B Drew Miletti doubled home sophomore Joe Mockbee who had singled, while Senior Nate Lundy (undecided) also singled in the game. 

Hitting well for the Gold team was Freshman Gino Sassano, Senior Slippery Rock recruit Kolton Snyder, Junior Graeme Frye, and talented Sophomore Cassidy Brown with a sharp double in his first day back from Basketball’s regional run.

Game Two 

Benner leads Cactus team to 1-0 victory over Grapefruit

Freshman outduels Sophomore righty McMaster in second MGWS pair of gems of the day; O’Driscoll’s two hits pace Cactus

March 18, 2011 -- Freshman RHP Timothy Benner led the Cactus team to victory yesterday in Game Two of the MGWS, hurling a complete game 1-0 victory over the Maroon Team, striking out four. Sophomore RHP Nathan McMaster was also very sharp for the Grapefruit team, also with four Ks. 

Junior Dane O’Driscoll led the way for the Cactus squad with two hits including a sharp double, while sophomore Rory Ziegler and Junior Zach Leonatti also hit well for Cactus. Junior Anthony Nember collected two hits for the Grapefruit, while Senior Dan Keller had a double and Sophomore Andy Reed had a single.

Mount Union women win Stark County championship

By Lenny Reich

NORTH CANTON, Ohio -- Alexis Campbell (St. Clairsville/St. Clairsville) won three events and led Mount Union's women's track and field team to a first place finish at the Stark County Championships Saturday atWalsh University in North Canton.

Columbia Station's Lisa Brasdovich L) and Louisville's Heather Potts

Mount Union edged out Walsh by a score of 166-163 while Malone posted 150 points.

Campbell won the 100 meters (13.20), 200 meters (26.98) and combined with Lisa Brasdovich (Columbia Station/Columbia), Heather Potts (Louisville/Louisville) and Taylor Ruffing (Attica/Seneca East) to win the 4x100 relay (51.07).

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Spartan Baseball Splits with Ohio Wesleyan in Home Opener at Nobby’s Ballpark; Twinsburg's Jamie Hora throws two-hitter

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND – The Case Western Reserve University baseball team split a pair of games with visiting Ohio Wesleyan University in its home opener on Saturday, March 19, at Nobby’s Ballpark, dropping the day’s first matchup 10-6 before rebounding with a 6-0 win in the nightcap.


The Spartans moved to 11-6 overall on the season with the split and received a complete game, two-hit effort from sophomore lefty Jamie Hora (Twinsburg, OH/Twinsburg) in the second game of the afternoon.

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Mount Union diamondmen sweep 

twin bill; Massillon High alum Matt 

Lambert notches first win on the hill

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Mount Union got two superb starting pitching performances to sweep a non-conference baseball doubleheader with 9-2 and 7-1 wins over Wittenberg Saturday in Springfield, Ohio.

Beau Smith (Fredrick, Md./Fredrick) did the job on the hill in the opener as he moved to 2-1 on the season as he did not allow an earned run and scattered four hits over six innings for the win.

Britt Williams (Canton/Massillon Jackson) had three hits and drove in three runs and Craig Knott(Canton/GlenOak) had two doubles and drove in two runs as he went 3-for-4 from the plate to pace the offense


In the nightcap, Matt Lambert (Massillon/Massillon Washington) surrendered a run in the first inning but that was it as he allowed just five hits over 6.1 innings to pick up his first win of the season.

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Mount gals tripped by Trine, which tabled first in twin kill with two tallies

By Josh Reilly

ANGOLA, Ind. -- The Mount Union softball team dropped a pair of non-conference games to Trine (Ind.), 2-1 and 8-0, on Saturday.

Former Tigers Marissa Earl (L) and Jasmine Bentley

The Purple Raiders scored their only run in the third inning of the opener. Marissa Earl (Massillon/Massillon Washington) reached with a one-out single and eventually scored on an RBI single by Jasmine Bentley(Twinsburg/Twinsburg).

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Oberlin Women's Tennis Coasts Freeway in Cleveland Colleges Three-Way

Story Reported by Wes Davis
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Results vs. Case 
Results vs. John Carroll

Oberlin, Ohio - The Yeowomen were winners of two matches today, soundly defeating Case Western Reserve Universtiy this morning and John Carroll in the evening.  Oberlin, who won 7-2 reversed the mark in the win/loss column from a previous meeting this season where the Yeowomen fell to the Spartans 5-4 in the fall.  The Blue Streaks made the trip west to the confines of John W. Heisman Field House and found themselves overwhelmed by the Yeowomen lineup who turned in an 8-1 scoreline.

Against Case Western, Oberlin set the tone for the match early as they swept all three doubles spots, highlighted by Farah Leclercq and Finley Gates'  8-3 win in the top spot over Emily Pham and Erika Lim, the Central Region's 14th ranked doubles pairing according to the latest Campbell's/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings.

Ariel Lewis and Brenna Sheldon continue to shine hitting in the second doubles slot as they picked up another win downing Kara Richardson and Kathleen Evers 8-2.  

Helping Oberlin to the three point lead following doubles action were Brie White-Dzuro and Preeya Shah as the earned an 8-3 win in the No. 3 spot over Bianca Patel and Evelyn  Qi.

Carrying momentum into singles action Oberlin continued to show dominence with victories in the three of the top four spots.

Lewis, ranked 19th, defeated Lim (ranked 6th in the latest poll) 6-0, 7-6 (7-2) in the top spot to move her season record to 6-1 as the Yeowomen's ace.

Oberlin's No. 2, Leclercq (14th), was an easy winner over Pham 6-1, 2-1 earning her 12th win on the year and she stays a perfect 5-0 in in the second slot.

Sheldon and Carolyn Ball each added wins.  Hitting sixth, Ball was a 6-2, 6-3 winner while Sheldon improved upon her win last week against University of Dayton defeating Patel 6-1, 6-2.

"We had a great day today playing some really good tennis.  Our line up is finally healthy and we are getting the results that we know we are capable of producing.  To defeat Case today was big they are a good team and we proved that we are becoming a team that can play with anyone.  Some of our tough, close early season matches are really starting to payoff", commented head coach Constantine Ananiadis following the days contests.

The Yeowomen were dominant again in doubles action against John Carroll as they would win in all three positions fairly easily.

Lewis and Sheldon combined again, this time as the No. 1 pairing, to defeat the Blue Streaks Cassie Simmerlink and Julia Ciccolini 8-1.  In the second spot Ball and Shah were winnes by the same score over Ashley Bauer and Emily Gorndt.

White-Dzuro partnered with Rebecca Brown to defeat Athena Pappis and Deanna Bouchahine 8-3.

Oberlin's singles play against John Carroll was nearly flawless as they were winners of five of six positions.  Leclercq and Lewis continue to dominate in the top two spots, each were winners of their thirteenth match of the season.

Shah moved up to No. 3 squaring off against the Blue Streaks' Bauer and was a straight set winner, 6-2, 6-2.

Hitting in the fourth and fifth spots Ball and Brown posted identical 6-0, 6-2 scorelines, respectively versus Pappis and Gourdt.

Emily Thebaut was the lone Yeowomen to falter to a John Carroll foe.  She was a 6-1 winner in the first set, hung close in the second falling 7-5 before dropping the third 6-3.

Vermilion's Beach, Tallmadge's Kilway, 

Mentor's James, Amherst's Rua charge 

Lake Erie win

Adam Beach and Brian Kilway combined on a five-hitter to lead Lake Erie College to an 8-5 win over Pitt-Johnstown.

Vermilion's Beach (left) and Tallmadge's Kilway (r)

Beach (Vermilion) allowed three earned runs in 6 innings. Kilway (Tallmadge) struck out the side in scoreless 6th for his first save. Brandon James (Mentor) and Jae Leeworthy (Newton Falls) each had three hits. Ryan Rua (Amherst) was 2-for-3 with 3 runs scored.

"More" or less, there is "no doubting" about this one as B-W Men’s tennis 

team improves to 14-1 overall with 9-0 

shutout of Thomas More (Ky.)

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team defeated non-league opponent Thomas More (Ky.) College, 9-0, today (Saturday, March 19) inside the Lou Higgins Recreation Center. With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 14-1 overall and have won two straight. Thomas More falls to 0-1 overall.

The Yellow Jackets dominated Thomas More, dropping only seven singles games and four doubles games.

Royalton alum Joe Horvath

B-W swept the doubles matches as the No.1 team of junior No.6 player Taylor Long (Ashland/Senior) and junior Alex Kearney (North Olmsted) won, 8-4; the No.2 team of junior Andrew Orens (Brunswick) and freshman Joshua Pecinovsky (Columbus/Bishop Hartley) won, 8-0 and the No.3 tandem of senior Sam Burris (Wooster/Senior) and freshman Brad Minrovic (Akron/ Ellet) won via forfeit.

B-W won five of six singles matches in straight sets as junior Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) at No. 1, sophomore Joe Horvath (North Royalton) at No. 2, senior Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/Lakewood St. Edward) at No.3, Burris at No.4 and Minrovic at No.5 were all victorious. At No. 6 singles, Long won due to a forfeit.