A Page -- March 21, 2011

Emily Kurtz

With three-time .600 hitter Emily Kurtz, 

veteran catcher Tera Soto returning as

the crux of veteran contingent, Lake 

Ridge has the makings of a D-IV district 


March 21, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – With a shortstop that has hit over .600 each of the past three seasons as the apex of the team, Lake Ridge should be a serious contender in the district softball race, and have a shot at the State’s Final Four in Division IV.

Senior Emily Kurtz returns as the team leader and the incumbent starting shortstop, where she has been the regular since her freshman season.


Kurtz batted .639 last season top the lead the Lions for the third consecutive year. Kurtz, also the soccer goalie, has the raw athletic talent to get Division I looks, but since her overall talents lean heavily toward the antecedent of the Student/Athlete concept, she will study at a private D-III play sports as a subsequent to it.


Also, a long-time regular for the Lions is Tera Soto, the senior catcher who batted .324 in .2010.

Another one providing both hitting and senior leadership is Charly Culberson, a senior who returns at 2nd base after batting .378 one spring ago.

Offensive punch should also come from Erin Maldonado, a senior utility player who hit at a .324 clip in ’10.

Others who were regulars and full or part time starters who bring back experience for Lake Ridge are junior Mikey Jackson Smith in left field, Alexa Malinowski at 1st base, and Tahani Hresko in right field. Hresko, a senior, is a two-time letter winner while the former two each lettered last year.

On the bases, the team’s stolen base leader in ’10 was Kurtz with12. Defensively, the most put outs was registered by Soto with 81.

In terms of incoming talent, transfers Sydney Clark, a sophomore, can play infield or outfield, while Stephanie Vukovic, a senior, will be used at 1st base.

Freshman hurler Taylor Soto takes over as the starting pitcher.  “Taylor will receive encouragement from her big sister behind the plate,” said Lake Ridge Coach Sue Bus, who has also coached basketball and volleyball at both the upper and lower schools at LR the past 10 years.

For the Lions, the highlight of last season came when they rallied from behind to beat Christian Community. 

“We have speed, which can account for our ability to have aggressive base running,” Coach Bus said. “However, overall as a team, we lack experience.”

This year's assistant coach is Cody Dean. The Lions will play an independent schedule.

Maroon Team claims 2011 Walsh Jesuit Baseball Maroon & Gold World Series Title;Warriors Set to Start Regular Season Against Cats in All-Jesuit Bash

Lundy, Brown, Snyder and Mockbee excel in victory

March 19, 2011 – Abundant offense and abundant sunshine were the key ingredients to the enjoyable conclusion of the 2011 Walsh Jesuit Baseball Maroon & Gold World Series that saw the Maroon Team take home the 2011 Championship with a 10-6 victory. Leading the way for Maroon was Senior Nate Lundy (undecided) with an opposite field two-run home run as well as an RBI double.

 Sophomore Cassidy Brown hit the ball very well with two balls to the fence and also pitched well on the mound in one inning of work, while fellow sophomore Joe Mockbee (LHP) was also very sharp on the mound. Senior Slippery Rock recruit Kolton Snyder also hit well on the day with a deep double. 

The Cactus Team was led by Senior Slippery Rock recruit Jake Nogalo, Senior Dan Keller, Junior Anthony Nemer, and Junior Dane O’Driscoll. Also hitting well for the Warriors were Freshmen Nate Romans, Tim Benner and Gino Sassano, and Sophomores Rory Ziegler, Nick Musgrave, and Tyler Porvaznik. Also pitching well on the day also was Junior Bobby Hird, Sophomore Mark Mittiga, Sophomore Bennet Stuffel, and Freshman Konner Klein.


The Warriors open the season on Monday, March 28 against Jesuit school brother and rival Cleveland St. Ignatius.

Oberlin Golf Wraps Up First Tournament of the Spring
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North Bend, Ohio
 – Under the guidance of first-year Head Coach Brett Nicholsthe new look Oberlin College golf team concluded their first tournament of spring on Sunday. 

Battling extreme weather conditions that included gusting winds and steady rainfall in addition to challenging layout of the Aston Oaks course, the Yeomen had some positive results happen. 

“The scores are really irreverent as the course conditions were so challenging,” Coach Nichols said. “We had balls in the fairway getting eaten up due to standing water and some tough breaks along the way. However, it wasn’t just us who fought through it as 40 percent the field was significantly over par.”

The Yeomen, who really just started swinging this week, vastly improved from day one compared to day two, shaving 22 strokes off of their team total. Ron Rupard played a big role in that effort as he erased 15 tallies off of his second-round scorecard. 

Playing in the No. 5 position, sophomore Sean Dowgray turned in an impressive back nine on Sunday, totaling 44 strokes and overcoming a triple bogey on one hole. The 44 marks the lowest nine-hole score of the weekend for the Yeomen.

Freshman Will Gautier and junior Jake Panka each had at least one birdie per round. 

Rookie Chris Pickens, who also had a much better effort on day two, joined Gautier and Rupard as those who had both of their scores count towards the team total for the Yeomen.

Oberlin, which placed 11th, will return to action on April 1 and 2 during its Intersquad Weekend at the Oberlin Golf Club. 

Case Western Reserve Baseball Sweeps Mount Aloysius College (PA)

JOHNSTOWN, PA – The Case Western Reserve University baseball team utilized a late-game surge in game one and a solid pitching performance in game two to sweep a pair of games, 13-9 and 5-2, from Mount Aloysius College (PA) on Sunday, March 20 at Point Stadium.

With the wins, the Spartans improved to 13-6 overall on the season and have now won seven of their past eight. Case will play another pair on the road on Tuesday, March 22 against Grove City College (PA) at 2:00 p.m.

Freshman Jose Vega (Strongsville, OH/Padua Franciscan) was the winner on the mound in game one, closing out the game with 2.1 innings of one run relief to improve to 3-1 on the season.

The Spartans trailed 4-3 as late as the third inning, but put together a five-run fourth highlighted by pair of RBI on a double by sophomore shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, OH/Tallmadge) and a two-run homer by sophomore designated hitter Brett Ossola (Potomac, MD/Bullis School) - pictured, above.

Another five-run outburst in the sixth inning, capped by a two-run single by senior catcher Steve Bills (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield), snapped an 8-8 tie to secure the 13-9 win. Six different regulars recorded RBI in the game as Case cranked out 16 hits. Juniorright fielder Sam Alexander (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) also left the yard in the third inning, knocking in a pair of runs.

In the day's second game, freshman Josh Suvak (Independence, OH/Independence) - pictured, right - tossed a complete game, striking out five and allowing just two earned runs on four hits to pick up his first win of the season (1-0).

After Mount Aloysius jumped out to 1-0 first inning lead, the Spartans struck back with two in the second on a single by junior catcher Peter Zak (Brookline, MA/Brookline). Case added another three runs as Suvak limited the Mounties' offense, two coming on RBI singles by Alexander in the third and seventh to close out the 5-2 win.







In all-Cleveland College Double Dip, B-W Clubs Oberlin Twice
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Game One Box l Game Two Box 

Chillicothe, Ohio – The early season struggles continued for the Oberlin College baseball team as they fell to Baldwin-Wallace 7-6, and 9-1 on Sunday afternoon in Chillicothe. 

Ben Puterbaugh and Zachary Kisley each had three hits in the twinbill, but it was the Yeomen pitching and defense that hurt the cause on this day. 

In the lid-lifter Oberlin appeared to be in control as senior Grady Campionworked four scoreless innings and was pitching with a 3-0 lead. The Yeomen would add another tally in the fifth on an RBI double by Brandon Cantrill. However after that moment things took a turn for the worse. 

Campion ran into trouble in the fifth as a pair of hits, a hit batter and an error resulted in two runs coming across with nobody out. At that point with the bases still loaded Head Coach Adrian Abrahamowicz elected to turn to Phil Brua to limit the damage, but the Yellow Jackets had other ideas. A single off Brua and yet another OC miscue resulted in two more runs. The Avon, Ohio, native was not his normal self as he allowed three hits and hit three batters before things were 

In East Side-West Side Clash, Blue 

Streaks defeat Yeomen Tennis
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Oberlin, Ohio - In their final contest before heading south on spring break the Oberlin College men's tennis squad fell to John Carroll University this afternoon 6-3.

The Yeomen fell behind 2-1 after doubles play picking up a win in the third position and narrowly losing the match at No. 2.

Eliot Heaton and Logan Chun took down the Blue Streaks' Rico Certo and Michael Hulseman 8-5 evening the team score at a point each.

Joe Leffler and fellow Junior Sam Towne battled with Matthieu Menard and Sean Graham but could not managed to string together enough points late in the match as they fell 9-7.

John Carroll would put the match out of reach as they picked up the nessecary singles wins in four of six matches.

In the top spot first-year hitter Chun squared off against Menard, who is 6-1 as JCU's No. 1, the two played some outstanding tennis.  With the match even at a set each Menard had just enough to edge Chun in the deciding third set, (6-2, 3-6, 6-4).

In the sixt position William Broderick nearly pushed Hulseman to a third set but could not find the strokes in the breaker, falling 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).

Towne, the Yeomen's No. 3 was a winner over Chad Ruehs.  After falling behind losing the first set 6-3 he turned it up a notch cruising to a 6-1 second set win and then held on for a 7-5 third set victory.

Leffler, hitting in the fifth position also found himself in a three setter.  He took command early taking the first set 6-3, dropped the second 6-3 but regrouped and managed the match well earning a 6-3 win in the third.

"Today we played good tennis in spots.  Joe and Sam eached produced nice performances, to win in three is not always easy, they played well.  My hat off to Logan he worked hard and played well it was just that Menard truely won their match with tough tennis today," said head coach Adam Shoemaker.  "We've got a week to get in some solid practice before we head to Orlando for our first matches outdoors, we're looking forward to those matches as preparation for the conference season."d and done. 

The Yellow Jackets used a combination of three hits and two Oberlin errors to even things up at four. Two more OC errors in the sixth would allow B-W to grab a 5-4 lead heading into the seventh. 

The Yeomen wouldn’t go down without a fight as back-to-back one-out singles by Puterbaugh and Cantrill got things started. Cantrill would eventually score on a passed ball before sophomore Eric Knight would come through with a go-ahead RBI single to score Max Phinney.

With the Yeomen back on top they needed just three outs for the win. Brua got the first two with ease, but then once again trouble arose. A walk, a single, and hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for Anthony D'Attoma who roped a double to the gap to send the Yeomen home heartbroken. 

In the nightcap the Yeomen were out of it from the start as rookie starter Mattie Dedoes got roughed up for seven runs in the second. 

Oberlin (1-4) mustered just four hits in the game, all of which came in the third inning. The Yeomen’s lone run of the game came courtesy of Zach Jaspers’ RBI single in the third that scored Matt Fish



By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND – Thanks to a pair of stellar pitching performances by freshmen Mackenzie Lein (Petersburg, MI/Ida) and Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus), the Case Western Reserve University softball team swept visiting Albion College (MI) on Sunday, March 20 at Mather Park. The Spartans took game one, 4-2, and followed with a 5-1 victory in the second game.

With the sweep, the Spartans improve to 4-14 for the season. Albion drops to 7-6.

Lein led the way in the opener with a complete game, allowing two earned runs on 11 hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Seo was dominant in game two, tossing a complete game and allowing no earned runs on three hits with two strikeouts.

In game one, the Spartans got on the board first with two runs in the second. Back-to-back doubles from senior first basemanAnneliese Fetterman (Cupertino, CA/Monta Vista) and junior designated player Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge) provided the first run, and a two-out RBI single by Seo accounted for the second. Albion cut into the lead with one in the fifth following an RBI single by Kaitlyn Downey, but Lein was able to strand a pair of runners in scoring position to preserve the lead.

The Britonsthreatened again in the sixth with two runners in scoring position and no out, but a line-drive double play turned by senior shortstop Beth Andrasik (Sagamore Hills, OH/Nordonia) helped the Spartans out of the jam.
Nordonia alumna Beth Andrasik (L) and Broadview native Kayla Lang

Case added some insurance in its half of the sixth when Fetterman doubled home Lein, who led off the inning with a double. Sophomore OF Kayla Lang (Broadview Heights, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) also singled home a run several batters later to make the score 4-1. Albion could only muster one run in the seventh as the Spartans snapped a 12-game losing skid.

For the game, Wolz was for 2-for-2 and Fetterman was 2-for-3.
Former Namer Kaeleen Boden

In game two, the Spartans scored one in the second when Seo hit an RBI single. Case then added three more in the third thanks to RBI hits from Wolz and junior third baseman Kaeleen Boden (Strongsville, OH/Holy Name) and a double-steal attempt that plated junior catcher Ianna Wasser (Warwick, RI/Toll Gate). Case made the lead 5-0 in the fifth as Wasser grounded out to drive home Fetterman. Albion could only manage an unearned run in the sixth as the Spartans cruised to the 5-1 win.

At the plate, Seo, Wolz, Boden and Lang all recorded two hits.