A Page -- March 26, 2011

Gilmour celebrates after winning the district 
(Student/Athlete-Cleveland Photo by Claire Zangerle)

Gilmour boys' prep hockey team set to 

take on California Stars in Nationals 

Wednesday; Richmond Hills' Michael 

Phillips, Aurora's Andrew Pikul 

instrumental in championship win getting 

them here

March 26, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


GATES MILLS – While the high school ice hockey season is over for nearly every Student/Athlete in Ohio, here at Gilmour Academy there are 20 boys/men who still have some “season” left in their hockey this spring.

The Lancer boys’ prep team, one of four teams in the school all of whom perform all of their practices and a good portion of their games and tournaments on campus here, will embark on a quest to win the National prep-school level championship when they take on the California Stars Wednesday in the USA Hockey Tier I U18 National Tournament, in Simsbury, CT.


They will follow with games Thursday against the Mid Fairfield Blues and on Friday against the DC Capitals.

The GA boys’ prep hockey team (the school is also the only one in the state that also has a girls’ prep ice hockey team) qualified for the USA Hockey tourney by winning the regional championship, GA will be representing the Mid-America District, in this 11-district tournament. 

In district round-robin play, the Lancers defeated the Youngstown Phantoms and lost to the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets in a shootout earning them the 4th seed in the 9-team district qualifier. 

 A 4-2 semi-final victory over the top-seeded Cleveland Barons moved the Gilmour prep team to an early evening game vs. the Pittsburgh Hornets last weekend. 

Against the Hornets, after a hard-fought two periods, the Lancers trailed 3-1 with fewer than 5 minutes remaining in the third period.

Junior Anthony Guaiani scored on a wrist shot through traffic to cut the lead by one.  Soon thereafter, senior Thomas Crabtree buried a rebound with a minute left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Senior goalie Andrew Pikul, of Aurora, Ohio, was rock solid all weekend, and made several clutch saves down the stretch in the championship game. 

For the game winner, Richmond Hills, OH native Michael Phillips scored his 38th goal of the season in dramatic overtime fashion. 

The Lancers exploded off the bench, with gloves, sticks and helmets strewn about as the on-ice celebration began and did not die down for at least 20 minutes. 

Gilmour begins its quest for the USA Hockey Tier I U18 Nationals with the three games starting Wednesday in the hopes that national championship round play will be in store for Saturday and Sunday.

Gilmour’s Varsity A Hockey team, which made it to the Frozen Four in the high school state tournament before losing to St. Edward in four overtimes, is sort of a feeder team to this one in that this prep team represents the top 20 male hockey Student/Athletes in the school, the Varsity A team the 21st through 40th, varsity B team 41st through 60th and the girls’ prep team 1-20 on the female side.

Today's Mount-Berg softball game postponed and rescheduled to Tuesday

March 26, 2011 --12:01 a.m.

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE -- The University of Mount Union softball team will not play its scheduled doubleheader against Heidelberg on Saturday.

Originally slated for March 26, the twinbill has been moved to Tuesday, March 29, due to impending weather. The first pitch will be at 3:30 p.m


Today's Case Reserve Softball Doubleheader 

Tentatively Moved to Westminster; Baseball 

Detoured to Tiffin

March 26, 2011 --12:01 a.m.

By Nick Minerd

Due to playing field conditions, the Case Western Reserve University softball doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, March 26 versus Westminster College (PA) has been moved to New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. The twinbill is tentatively scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. Sunday's DH at Wittenberg University remains on schedule at 1:00 p.m.

Also due to playing field conditions, the Case Western Reserve University baseball doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, March 26 versus No. 2 nationally-ranked Heidelberg University has been moved to Tiffin, Ohio. The twinbill will begin as scheduled at noon, but will now be played at Peaceful Valley. Sunday's single, nine-inning game at "The Berg" will also be played as scheduled at 1:00 p.m

B-W Men's Golf team in seventh of 15 at 

Musky Invite

By Kevin Ruple

The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s golf team is currently in seventh place out of 15 teams at the Muskingum Spring Invitational at EagleSticks Golf Club in Zainesville, Ohio.  This is day one of a two day tournament.

B-W carded a total of 308 strokes which places them in seventh in the Invitational.

The Yellow Jackets were led by sophomore Stephen Spalding (Stow/ Walsh Jesuit) who fired a 76 on the par-70, 6,500 yard EagleSticks layout. Spalding was followed by junior Ricky Jaskolski (North Royalton/Padua Fransican) and sophomore Augie Ward (Medina/Walsh Jesuit) who both shot a 77. Also for B-W, junior Matt Warren (Copley) had a 78, and freshman Chris Nader (Westlake) rounding out the day with an 83.

Playing as individuals, junior Kyle Lewis (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) shot an 80 and senior Brian Routhieaux (Gibsonia, Pa./Mars Area) had an 88.



Otto Orf, HandsOnSoccer roll out new 

high school soccer program; NE Ohio HS 

teams could train as a unit in chunks of 

time over the summer months to prepare 

for fall season

March 26, 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENT – Since high school soccer teams in Ohio, as most other Student/Athletic teams in today’s social/legal climate, are limited by the number of contacts they are permitted to have with their school coaches, another option for more intense team training is now available through Otto Orf’s HandsOnSoccer, which, along with its 29 regular NE Ohio summer camps, is rolling out its team-training summer sessions program.

Orf will take two teams at a time, boys or girls, a train them as the unit on a weeklong basis in a specially designed program that will enable then to learn the same concepts and while still on the same page take those concepts in their consistent and synergist form to their high school camps in August.

This will be a team event with professional coach/s at discounted team rates. Only two boys’ or girls’ teams per location will be accepted.

A camp T-shirt will be included in the total camp offering for every Student/Athlete.  An evaluation of each player will be included as part of the exchange for the fee. In addition each S/A on each team will have ongoing coaching consultation with HOS staff during pre and post camp times.

The high school pre-season team training camps have been structured to prepare each high school team physically, tactically, technically and mentally.


Watch video of Otto Orf explain the concept behind building from fundamentals to match situations, filmed by Norm


Among the topics covered each week are: 1) Individual ball striking, passing, trapping, heading and dribbling, 2) Corner kicks, free kicks, throw-Ins and all restarts, 3) Defensive shape, Offensive build-up along with transitional focus, 4) Pre-game preparation including communication skills and team tactical goals, and finally 5) specific/individual concerns including specific issues identified by each HS team’s coach and/or captains.

The fees are based on teams of 13-18 players, with additional players to be included as an option for an additional $100 each.

For a half-day program (9-11:30am or 12:30-3pm) the cost per team is $1,400 (this includes 2.5 hours of in-depth training, instruction and insight daily.

For the full-day program (9am-3pm) the cost is $2,500 per team (6 hours daily)

If daytime schedules do will not fit the consensus schedule of team members, evening 2.5 hour sessions are available upon request.

There are also lunch options available and remember, a 2-team limit per location per week so as to keep the numbers low and allow for more individual and one-on-one instruction.

In order to “Get your HandsOnSoccer” interested parties may email handsonsoccer@aol.com or call 330-329-5883.

March is Women's History Month

Editor’s Note: March is Women’s History Month and an ideal time to honor the many female Student/Athletes who have made study and athletic play such a great joint process over the decades.

 In fact it is also a good time to honor the many great women who have made public discourse so robust over the decades including Ann Coulter, Phyllis Schlafly, Sarah Palin, Elizabeth Dole, Jan Brewer, and Laura Ingraham, to name just a few.

Today's C. Reserve-Berg  Baseball Doubleheader Moved to Heidelberg

March 26, 2011

By Morgan Hawley

Due to playing field conditions, the Case Western Reserve University baseball doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, March 26 versus No. 2 nationally-ranked Heidelberg University has been moved to Tiffin, Ohio. The twinbill will begin as scheduled at noon, but will now be played at Peaceful Valley. Sunday's single, nine-inning game at the Berg will also be played as scheduled at 1:00 p.m