A Page -- March 20, 2012

Wiedt (L), LaMattina (R)

Westlake's LaMattina, North Olmsted's Wiedt earn All American honors

Mount Union women's basketball players Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) and Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) both earned All-American honors while head coach Suzy Venet was named Regional Coach of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

LaMattina was an All-America first team selection by the WBCA and a fourth team pick by D3hoops.com.  She is only the fourth player in Mount Union history to be a first team All-American joining Dana Zarzycki (1995), her coach Suzy Venet (1997 and 1998) and Keri Canning (2000).

LaMattina was the OAC Player of the Year, All-OAC First Team and All-Great Lakes Region First Team.  She started all 30 games, led the Purple Raiders was fifth in the OAC in the scoring at 15.3 points per game and also led the conference in steals (3.23 per game) while she was third in assists (4.0 per game).  LaMattina also went over 1,000 career points this past season and currently has 1,166 points.

Wiedt was an honorable mention All-America selection by the WBCA and shared OAC Player of the Year honors with LaMattina.  She was a four-time All-OAC selection and two-time all-region pick that played in all 30 games this season and was second on the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game.  She was the top three-point shooter in the conference and fifth in the nation at .462 percentage from beyond the arc.  She finishes her career at No. 5 on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,280 points and she holds the school record for three-pointers made at 241.

For Venet, it is the second-time in her seven seasons as coach at Mount Union that she has won the WBCA and D3hoops.com regional coach of the year honors. The last time she won both was in 2010 when like this year she led the Purple Raiders to an OAC title, NCAA Tournament appearance and advanced to the Sweet 16.  

Since taking over as coach, she has brought the Raiders back to being one the nation's top programs as they are coming off a 29-1 season, two OAC Tournament titles, an OAC regular season title and three-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament including making it to the Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2012.  Venet was named the OAC Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year by both the WBCA and D3Hoops.com in 2010.

Before returning to Alliance, Venet spent a season as head coach at Manchester (IN) College, where she guided the Spartans to a seven-win improvement from the year prior to her arrival.  Venet also spent four years as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN.

As a player, Venet was part of the most successful women's basketball runs in school history as the Raiders made three trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament finishing second in the nation in 1996.  Mount Union also won a school-record 29 games, the OAC title and was third in the nation in 1998.  She finished with numerous school records, including most points in a season (587 in 1997-98), most career assists (843), career triple-doubles (10) and is fourth on the all-time scoring list (1,528 points). 

Mount Union to host girls' basketball camp

March 19, 2012 

Download Day/Skills Camp Brochure

Download Team Shootout Brochure


This is a 1-day team shootout (8:30 am - 6 pm) that guarantees teams four games and one instructional session.

  • Friday, June 22 - JV Team Shootout
  • Saturday, June 23 - JV/Varsity Team Shootout
  • Monday, June 25 - Varsity Team Shootout
  • Tuesday, June 26 - Varsity Team Shootout

Cost is $220 per team

DAY CAMP: June 27-30

This camp is for girls entering grades K-10. Each camper will receive a great deal of individual instruction. The goal of the camp is to develop the basic skills of basketball. Each day will include ball-handling, shooting, offensive and defensive stations, 3-on-3 games, 5-on-5 games, and numerous camp contests and awards. Each camper will be observed and evaluated at the end of camp. Sessions will run daily from 9 am to 12 pm.

CHECK-IN: Wednesday, June 27 - 8:30-9 am

AWARDS: Saturday, June 30 - 11:30 am

FEE: $70 (Includes camp t-shirt)

WHAT TO WEAR: Campers should bring a pair of basketball shoes, T-shirt, shorts, and socks.

DISCOUNTS: $10 off if you attend day camp and all three skill clinics...your total would be $140 ($60 for day camp and $80 for skill clinics)

FAMILY DISCOUNT: Siblings from the same family may be eligible for a family discount, but you must call in advance. Call 330-823-4678.


This clinic is for girls entering grades 6-12 who are serious about improving their game. It is designed to teach point guards how to become that coach on the floor. A great deal of emphasis will be placed on ball-handling, passing, getting open against pressure, reading the defense, penetrating and kicking to the open player and finishing at the basket. The clinic will be conducted at a pace and intensity that one should practice to be successful at the next level...come ready to work hard and sweat!

CHECK-IN: Monday, June 27 - 12:30 pm

CHECK-OUT: Monday, June 27 - 4 pm

FEE: $30 (includes camp t-shirt)

WHAT TO WEAR: Campers should bring a pair of basketball shoes, T-shirt, shorts, and socks.


This clinic is for girls entering grades 6-12 who are serious about becoming better shooters. It is an intense clinic designed to teach the fundamentals of shooting and proper footwork. A great deal of emphasis will be placed on footwork shooting off the screen, reading the defense, shooting off the dribble, and finishing at the hoop. The clinic will be conducted like a higher level college practice...come ready to work hard and sweat!

CHECK-IN: Tuesday, June 28 - 12:30 pm

CHECK-OUT: Tuesday, June 28 - 4 pm

FEE: $30 (includes camp t-shirt)

WHAT TO WEAR: Campers should bring a pair of basketball shoes, T-shirt, shorts, and socks.


This clinic is for girls entering grades 6-12 who are serious about improving their skills on the block. An emphasis will be placed on how to post up and use your body effectively, offensive post moves, footwork on post defense, and rebounding techniques. This clinic will be intense, so come ready to battle in the paint and improve your post game!

CHECK-IN: Wednesday, June 29 - 12:30pm

CHECK-OUT: Wednesday, June 29 - 4 pm

FEE: $30 (includes camp t-shirt)

WHAT TO WEAR: Campers should bring a pair of basketball shoes, T-shirt, shorts, and socks.

  • DISCOUNTS: If you attend all three skills clinics = $80 (a $10 savings if you come to all three clinics)


Contact: Suzy Venet-Pietz
(330) 823-4678 (Office)
(330) 823-2399 (Fax)

Spartans Set to “Rally for the Cure” versus 

Denison on Saturday

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The No. 23 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team will have its pink gear out in full-force when it hosts a "Rally for the Cure" event on Saturday, March 24 at Rockefeller Park in University Circle. All proceeds will go to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Foundation.

The Spartans host Denison University at 2:00 p.m. (weather permitting).

"We hope that this event will give Case Western Reserve students as well as our faculty and staff the chance to support the Rally for the Cure initiative and Susan G. Komen for the Cure," noted sophomore student-athlete and event organizer Derek Reinbold (Carmel, Ind./Park Tudor). "We as a team will be wearing pink, and we highly encourage all in attendance to do the same."

Rally for the Cure is a grassroots program that works to spread awareness about breast health and breast cancer in support of Susan G. Komen™. Its mission is to empower people to join the fight against breast cancer by educating their friends, family and community on the importance of early detection through volunteer organized golf, tennis and social events.

In addition to the match, the team will be raffling off t-shirts and other gear as well as accepting donations in support of the event.

The courts at Rockefeller Park are located at the intersection of East 105th Street and Liberty Boulevard. In the event of inclement weather, the match will be moved indoors to the Cleveland Skating Club at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on "Rally for the Cure," please visit http://www.rftcpromotions.com/.

Olmsted Falls striving to be more than a .500 team that is tournament tough; Nate Ferster, Brennan Laird, Jared Kurz among veterans

Olmsted Falls’ baseball team made it to the state semis with a non-winning record in 2010 and to the district semis with a winning record in 2011. Now it the Bulldogs could combine those to rather mixed achievements, they could go very far this season.

The Dogs finished the 2011 campaign at 13-13 overall and 7-7 the Southwestern Conference. They won the sectional and made it to District Semi and then lost to St. Ignatius.

Falls lost 2 excellent players in pitcher Denton Sagerman (now at the U. of Dayton on a baseball scholarship) and SS Zack Ferster (who is starting as Frosh OF/2B at BW, where he is among the Yellow Jackets’ team leaders already). Both were All-Ohio players.

“They were great leaders and so they will be missed,” said OF third-year Head Coach Dan Largent.  “We have 10 players back who saw varsity action last season.”


Among the key Student/Athletes returning are Nate Ferster (HM), Brennan Laird (2ND TEAM), Jared Kurz (HM) are all returners who garnered All-SWC recognition. All 3 are 3 year letterman, and all 3 were key parts of the 2010 State Final Four Team.

Ferster (.338 AVG, 6 2b, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 23 Runs) is recovering from shoulder surgery, but should be at full strength by the end of April. He will DH to start the season.


Laird, (.384 AVG, 8 2b, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 20 runs, 4 wins on the mound) was the SWC MVP in football, is one of the most talented players in the state. He is currently in the top 100 according to Prep Baseball Report.

“He will play CF until Nate gets back and will lead our pitching rotation,” Largent said.

Kurz (3-1 as a pitcher in 2011) will play middle infield and pitch as he has since he was a sophomore.

“He had a rough year at the plate in 2011, but we think he will bounce back and finish his career on a high note,” the coach said. “He was a leading player on our basketball team.”

Wesley Allen (Outfield) and Kenny Hanna (Catcher) both started for the Dogs as sophomores and showed signs of being very solid players.

Jon Roche (Pitcher/OF), Nick Chalfant (Pitcher/3B), and Cody Rinas (1b) are returning letterman who could figure into the starting lineup/rotation. 

Also, Eric Riha saw some varsity time as a junior and Scott Lemin pitched one varsity game as a freshman, and will compete for an infield spot in addition to pitching.

“We actually have 7 sophomores and 2 additional juniors (Yako and Rader) who will get some varsity experience on our spring trip,” Largent said.  

Ferster is the only returning captain. And the team will be voting on 2 more this week.

“Nate is a quiet leader, mostly by example, but he has been more vocal this year than ever,” Largent said. “He is everything you want in a high school athlete: tough, talented, a good student, and a nice kid.”

Olmsted Falls under Largent has come to be known as tournament tough and somewhat mediocre in single games and league play.

“I know it's cliche, but we are tired of being a .500 team that made a couple good playoff runs over the past 5 or 6 years,” Largent said. “We have a nice blend of veterans and talented sophomores/juniors. We also have a lot of depth at pitcher for the first time in years, so I hope the result is more victories.

“We need to hit better - our offensive numbers really dropped last year. We have a lot of very capable hitters, so hopefully we remedy that situation.” 

Virtually all the S/As now in the program at all four grades came in under Largent has the head coach.

“I feel like we are really starting to get into "program" mode at OFHS, where all 3 levels are solid with talent. It's been awhile since we've had this much depth at all 3 levels.”

Knight Named NCAC Pitcher of the Week

Westlake, Ohio – One day after forever inking his name into the Oberlin College record book, junior Eric Knight was named as the North Coast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon.

Knight, a native of Scottsdale, Arizona, threw a no-hitter in Oberlin’s 3-0 blanking of D’Youville on Sunday. He struck out a career-high 10 hitters and induced 10 ground ball outs.

Knight needed just 82 pitches to get through the 23 batters he faced. The 6-foot-3 right-hander threw 57 strikes in the process. He walked just one hitter and had one error behind him in the field.

In 10.2 innings pitched during the week, opponents batted just .108 against him.

Knight also did some major damage at the plate this week to help Oberlin go 4-1 over five games. He batted .400 (6-of-15) with three doubles, a triple, and 9 RBI's.  For the week he accumulated 11 total bases, had a .733 slugging percentage, scored two runs and stole a base.

This weekend, Knight and the rest of the Yeomen will be heading to his home state of Arizona for their annual spring break trip. The Yeomen will play 12 games in six days, starting on March 24 against Gustavus Adolphus. Fans will be able to follow all of the action via live statistics.