A Page -- March 23, 2011

St. Joseph has three of its top pitchers, a 

healthy 2009 All-District selection and 

multiple accomplished academic 

performers returning; Jaguars eying 

district championship

March 23, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND (WEST PARK) – With a pair of .300 hitters and three others who could crack the extra-base hit returning to the starting lineup, St. Joseph’s softball team, with just a little more hitting, could just turn the corner this season and have a longer post season than in past years.

"We are expecting this to be the year to get over the hump,” St. Joe Coach Jim Wiegand said. “Our experience in the field and on the pitching staff should be above average. If our hitting improves over last year, success should come as a result.”

Still, the Jaguars do have sophomore Ashley Klimczyk back in the lineup. Klimczyk batted .369 and slugged .431 with 12 RBIs.

Three retuning hitters who combined for 10 doubles last season are Katie Keane, Gina Costanzo, and Melyssa Moenich. Keane and Moenich are seniors and Costanzo a junior.

Senior Kaitlyn Plogger batted .300 and walked nine times last season.

Last year the Jaguars did pitching by committee, rotating in and out a trio of hurlers. As a junior last year, senior Kayla DeCore was handed the ball the most, throwing 84 and 2/3 innings with 40 strikeouts and a 2.48 earned run average. She earned five wins on the mound last season.

DeCore has good control, allowing an average of two walks per game. She started on the hill 14 times and racked up 10 complete games.

The Jaguars’ “Four M” duo, junior Maura McGinty and Moenich, threw in just about equal amounts last season. McGinty threw 44 innings in posting a 3-3 record and a rather diminutive 1.75 ERA. She struck out 22 and notched five complete games.


Moenich was another one who did not give up many earned rather easily, posting a 1.83 ERA in 46 innings, and ending the season with a winning record at 4-2. Moenich also has control, yielding only one walk every four innings.

Other regulars who were either part-time or full-time starters returning are Sydney Ashby and Nikki Carpenter. Before she went down with an injury, Carpenter was batting .457 and had a slugging percentage of .543. She drove in eight runs and scored 11 in only 12 games.

A healthy Carpenter would bring a great deal to the offensive lineup as well as other areas. She was an All-District selection as a sophomore two seasons ago..

Incoming Student/Athletes to the varsity group are sophomore Katy Battaglia, and juniors Emma Reddy, Sammi Sohl, Laura Mayer, Abbie Graora and Therese Becker. A Regina transfer, Becker has long-time familial West Side ties, as well as long-time familial ties at the now-defunct Regina.

Wiegand, is now in his sixth year as head varsity coach and 13th in program. A new assistant varsity coach is Terry McGoldrick, while those returning for their second year are Darrin Radatz (JV head) and Allison Hinkel (JV asst.).

Liz Christensen is the head freshman coach and Katie Gillissie the freshman assistant. Gillissie, Christensen and Hinkel are all St Joe softball alumnae.

“We would like to have at least a .500 record and matching or exceeding our school record of 15 wins from last season,” Wiegand said.  We also hope to string together a winning record against Northeast Ohio Catholic schools and winning a district championship.”

The Jaguars have new opponents in Akron Hoban, Bellevue, and Sandusky Perkins. They will be in three tournaments: Bishop Brossart in Kentucky, Bellevue and Firelands.

St. Joe has a number of outstanding students are on the team. 

“I am still waiting for the necessary information to determine our team gpa, but we should have at least 4 and possibly 5 Academic All-Americans,” Wiegand said.

Case Reserve baseball team splits in 

Grove City

By Nick Minerd

GROVE CITY, PA – The Case Western Reserve University baseball team split a doubleheader at Grove City College on Tuesday, March 22 at Behringer Field. The Spartans used a 10-run sixth inning to win the opener, 15-9, but dropped a pitcher’s duel in the nightcap, 2-1.
With the split, the Spartans move to 14-7 overall. Grove City improved to 5-7.

In game one, Case jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a pair of two-run innings. Senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) slugged his sixth homerun of the season to make the score 2-0 in the first. Junior outfielder Jackson Stone (Arlington, TX/Lamar) added an RBI double in the second, then came around to score on a single by junior outfielder Matt Richards(San Juan Capistrano, CA/San Clemente). Grove City took over for the next three innings, scoring three in the third, five in the fourth and one in the sixth. Five different Wolverines drove in runs, including Andrew Patterson and Kyle Wolff who each totaled a pair of RBI.

Trailing 9-4, Case then rallied with 10 runs in the top of the sixth. Senior catcher Steve Bills (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) got the scoring started with an RBI single and later added a three-run double. Mullins also added a two-run double of his own as the Spartans totaled seven hits in the inning. For good measure, Case added one more run in the top of the seventh.

For the game, Bills was 2-for-3 with four runs batted-in, Mullins was 2-for-4 with four RBI, and sophomore designated hitter Brett Ossola (Potomac, MD/Bullis School) was 2-for-5 with two RBI.
In game two, Grove City needed just a pair of single runs in the first and fourth as starting pitcher Erick Locker hurled six innings without allowing an earned run. Junior Noah Lieberman (Evanston, IL/Evanston) was the tough-luck loser for Case, allowing just four hits and two runs in six innings with a season-high nine strikeouts.

At the plate, Mullins was 2-for-3 and drove in the lone Spartan run with a single in the sixth.


B-W’s Kevin Phipps and Josh Scott 

Named OAC Players of the of the Week

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – Baldwin-Wallace College senior four-time Division III All-American thrower Kevin Phipps (Reynoldsburg/ Watkins Memorial) and junior baseball pitcher Josh Scott (Strongsville) are this week’s (March 22, 2011) Ohio Athletic Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week and Baseball Pitcher of the Week, respectively for their efforts last week.

Phipps earned his award for his record-shattering performance in the hammer and discus events at a meet last Friday and Saturday (March 18-19) at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Scott earned his honor for being the fourth baseball pitcher in school history to throw a no-hitter when the Yellow Jackets defeated Ohio Christian University, 12-0, on Saturday.

Phipps broke two of his own school records from last year by placing third in the hammer throw with a toss of 198-feet and third in the discus throw with a mark of 174’0”. 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 from May 26-28.  This is the sixth time in Phipps career that he has earned OAC Field Event Athlete of the Week honors.

Scott pitched seven innings and struck out six without allowing a walk. He improved his season record to 2-0 overall and lowered his earned run average to a team-leading 1.72 overall. His perfect bid effort was derailed by an error and a passed ball on a third strike in the third inning as OCU only had two baserunners. Scott’s no-hitter was the fourth school history and the first since Aaron Krieger no-hit Ohio Northern University in 2005.

Three Student Princes to Play in Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl II

By Morgan Hawley

Tiffin – March 22, 2011 – The Heidelberg University football team will have three representatives playing in the 2011 Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl II. QuarterbackAndrew Miller (Dalton, Ohio / Dalton), offensive guard Nate Kater (Villa Hills, Ky. / Covington Catholic) and wide receiver Mike Preston (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) will play on the north squad in the April 23rd game at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Overseeing the second annual event is OhioCollegeFootball.com.


In the bowl's first season a year ago, Heidelberg had two players which included current student assistant coaches Matt Grieves and Jemar Lewis.


Heidelberg, under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Mike Hallett finished the 2010 season winners of three of its last four games to stand at 5-5 on the year.


Miller will graduate as the Ohio Athletic Conference’s Bob Packard Most Outstanding Offensive Back and OAC First Team recognition. He set new single game records at Heidelberg and in the OAC for passing yards (569) and net yards (587). He also set the Heidelberg single game record for passing TD’s (7) and tied the completions mark of 30. In 2010 he threw for 27 touchdowns to top the single season record at the Berg for the third year in a row. Finally he topped the career mark for passing touchdowns with 67.

(l to r) -- Miller, Kater, Preston

Kater helped to lead the Berg offense to combine to set over 20 individual and or team records on the year. The four-year starter was named a D3Football.com All-American earned a spot on the D3Football.com North Region First Team and the All-OhioCollegeFootball.com Team. He was also tabbed the Ohio Athletic Conference’s Ken Wable Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman, as well as landed a spot on the All-OAC First Team for the second straight year.


From his wide receiver position Preston closed his career out with three All-American accolades. Preston was also named to the D3Football.com All-North Region First Team and the All-OhioCollegeFootball.com Team. He was named to the OAC First Team and was named the Ed Sherman Most Outstanding Receiver. In the Heidelberg career annual, he set new marks for receiving yards with 2,748 and receiving touchdowns with 27. This year he hauled in 15 TD passes for a new single season record at Heidelberg and had 1,213 total receiving yards on the year to top another category.

Mount Union sets dates for volleyball camp

March 22, 2011 

By Lenny Reich

The University of Mount Union will host a volleyball camp for girls entering grades 6-12 on June 20-22 at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex on campus.


Resident/commuter camp for girls at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (The MAAC) on campus
--All Skills Camp for girls entering grades 6-8

--Advanced Skills Camp for girls entering grades 9-12

--Instruction on all aspects of the game

--7 Training Sessions + FREE Camp T-Shirt

-- Resident (2 nights housing + meals): $225

--Commuter (lunch and dinner each day): $150
---Any registration received after June 13 extra $20 charge