A Page -- March 28, 2011

Gilmour coach Jeff Klein

Lancer girls are vying to earn Coach 

Klein a fifth state championship; GA 

T&F gang on a string of six straight top 

two finishes

By Kristy Booher

GATES MILLS -- There is no need to rewrite history considering the Gilmour Academy girls track and field program has been one of the top two Division III programs in the state for the past six years. In 2011, the Lancers plan to make it year number seven in one of those top two spots.

Gilmour won the OHSAA Division III State Championship in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, while ranking as the state runner-up in 2008 and 2010. Last year’s runner-up status came without the talents of state record holder Candace Longino-Thomas who was forced to sit out because of an injury. The sprinter returns for her senior season and is just one of the reasons 16-year head coach Jeff Klein believes a return trip to the state is quite a reasonable goal for the Lancers.

“Our team strengths are three-fold,” said Klein, “with sprints, distance and throws. Longino-Thomas anchors our strong sprint crew and is one of the top sprinters in the state. Sophomore Briah Owens looks to come into her own this year coming off a very successful indoor season and senior Allie Dalhausen and junior Maggie Schmidt will run hurdles and add depth to the relays.”

Gilmour was the state champion in the 4x400-meter relay in 2010 and returns half of that group with sophomores Alexis Anton and Meghan Pryatel. Anton was also a part of the state runner-up 4x400-meter relay team, while Pryatel finished 10thin the 1600-meter run last season.

Freshmen standouts Halle Markel and Rachel Novinc , as well as senior Kierra Finelli, anchor the distance corps. Markel already had an impressive fall cross country season, finishing fifth in the 5K race at the state championships, whereas Novinc finished 49th and Finelli was 77th out of the 144 runners competing for state honors.

In the throws department, Klein expects seniors Taylor Vala and Jess Cowan, as well as sophomore Hope Herten to pick up where graduate Mary Kramer left off, as a district runner-up and regional qualifier.

“We want to enable every athlete to have fun, set and reach personal goals and build a strong team/family,” said Klein. “More specifically-speaking, we want to repeat as district and regional champions and advance six individual athletes and all four relay teams to state competition. Finally, we want to reach the highest platform possible once in Columbus.”

The Lancers begin the season at the Lakeside Early Bird Invitational, which is new to the schedule, on April 2. Another addition is the Avon Relays on April 30. Gilmour is also looking forward to the Euclid Relays on May 6 which will have a plentitude of Division I athletes competing..

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, Michele Bachmann, Elizabeth Dole, Jan Brewer, and Laura Ingraham, to name just a few.


Spartan Softball Splits Doubleheader at 

Wittenberg University

SPRINGFIELD, OH – The Case Western Reserve University softball team split a pair of road games with Wittenberg University on Sunday, March 27 at Betty Doughman Dillahunt Field. The Spartans won game one, 5-2, but dropped the day’s second contest, 6-2, to move their season record to 6-16.

The Spartans led 2-0 in game one after a solo home run by junior Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge) in the second and an RBI single by senior Beth Andrasik (Sagamore Hills, OH/Nordonia) in the third. Meanwhile, freshman starting pitcher Mackenzie Lein (Petersburg, MI/Ida) was cruising on the mound and held Wittenberg scoreless through six.

In the seventh the Spartans added three crucial insurance runs as freshman Amy Taylor (Brier, WA/Inglemoor) recorded an RBI single to center. Kaeleen Boden (Strongsville, OH/Holy Name) then doubled in a run and later scored on a fielder’s choice by freshman Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus). The Tigers rallied for two off Lein in the final frame, but the freshman was able to close out the win to improve to 4-4 overall on the season.

The bats went cold in game two, however, as Case did not score until the fourth inning on an RBI single by sophomore Kayla Lang (Broadview Heights, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.). Wolz added an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough as Seo took the loss of the mound to fall to 2-6 on the season. Senior Mary Kruszka (Lakeview, NY/Immaculata Academy) pitched three shutout innings in relief, scattering three hits and recording a strikeout.

Case has now won four of six in the last week and will look to continue its recent success as Waynesburg University (PA) visits Mather Park on Tuesday, March 29 at 3:30 p.m. for an afternoon doubleheader.

Oberlin falls, 11-0

Clermont, FL - The Oberlin softball team lost the first game of its spring training trip to Middlebury College 11-0. The Yeowomen were shutout by the Middlebury pitching tandum of McAnaney and Lesenskyj. 

The Yeowomen were unable to match Middlebury in the field or at the plate. The Yeowomen pitching trio of Megan WidmerEmily King and Melanie Budney were unable to stop the Middlebury hitters.


Widmer was roughed up to start the game allowing one walk, two hits and four runs. King was unable to stop Middlebury as she allowed four hits and four runs through two innings of work. Budney stepped in in the third and allowed five hits and three runs in 2.2 innings of work. She also tallied up one strikeout.

The team also competed in an exhibition game against McHenry County College. The Yeowomen lost 6-5. Brittany Dawson went 1-2 with two walks and one RBI. Teammates Kristine KuchtaEmily King and Caroline Rogers each posted one RBI each.

The Yeowomen return to action tomorrow against Cornell and Williams.

Oberlin lacrosse dinged by Ferrum

Oberlin and Ferrum were tied at five at the break, but the home Panthers used a big third quarter en route to taking down the Yeomen 13-7 on Sunday afternoon in Ferrum Va. 

Dylan Holmes scored two goals and to go along with one assists, while Connor Jackson also added two assists to guide the Yeomen offense. 

After the closely contested first half, the Yeomen offense went stagnant in the second half. The Yeomen’s scores in the third period came courtesy of freshman Matthew Rodgers and an own goal by the Panthers’ defense. 

Mickey FiorilloRob Bond and Dan Fineman added the other three goals for the Yeomen. 

The Panthers out-shot the Yeomen 38-32 and won the groundball game 35-26. Both teams got whistled nine times each for penalties. 

Ted Pallis and Glen Gerbush made six saves apiece in goal. 

Oberlin returns to action on Wednesday afternoon at Guilford College. The opening face-off is set for 4 p.

North Royalton's Todd Richert Ends B-W 

Career As Eight-Time All-American with 

15th-Place Finish

By Jeff Miller

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE -- Baldwin-Wallace College senior diver Todd Richert (North Royalton) placed 15th in the three-meter diving event today (Saturday March 26, 2011) at the NCAA Division III National Championship Meet in Knoxville, Tennessee. By placing 15, Richert earned his school record eighth Division III All-American honor.

Richert scored 429.00 points in the finals to finish in 15th place. He scored 427.80 points in the preliminary round.  In addition, Richert finished a career-best fifth in the one-meter event on Thursday night (March 24).

Besides Richert, B-W four-time women's All-American diver Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) finished sixth in the three-meter event on Wednesday night (March 23) and fourth in the one-meter event on Friday night (March 25).

A Poised James and ’Berg Tops Case Reserve

By Morgan Hawley

Tiffin, Ohio – March 27, 2011 – Senior Nathan James (Rockport, Ind. / South Spencer) struck out a career-high 10 batters and his poise carried over on offense as the Heidelberg University baseball team topped Case Western Reserve University 15-4 at Peaceful Valley. The win secures a three-game sweep for the Berg over the Spartans and increases Heidelberg’s overall record to 14-3. Case Western drops to 14-10.

The Heidelberg hitters showed confidence at the plate and stepped up to a two-out challenge on multiple occasions. Of its 15 runs plated, the Berg scored 12 of them with two outs on the board.

After Case Reserve scored a run in the first, Heidelberg answered with four of its own, but with the assistance of a Spartan miscue.Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Canton Central Catholic) knocked in the first run of the game and with two-outs, and the bases loaded, a dropped fly ball in right field cleared the bases and gave the Berg a 4-1 advantage.

A two-out RBI single by Gar Keen (Sparta, Ohio / Highland) in the second extended Heidelberg’s advantage to four runs, 5-1.

After three scoreless innings on both sides, Case Reserve found the scoreboard with two runs in the top half of the sixth. However, the Berg came back in the bottom. Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo, Ohio / Roy C. Start) had a two-RBI single to left field and Keen stepped up with the bases loaded and two outs. Keen doubled down the right field line to make it five runs in the inning and increased Heidelberg’s lead to seven, 10-3.

Heidelberg followed up its five-run sixth with another five runs in the seventh to close out its scoring on the day. Two of its final five runs came with two outs and off the bat of pinch hitter Joe Staab (Bellville, Ohio / Clearfork).

James finished the day giving up nine hits, two earned runs, while walking one. He improved his record on the year to 2-1.

For the day, Heidelberg finished with 12 hits from nine different players. Keen, Elvin Williams Jr. (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) and Andrew Buelow (Marysville, Mich. / Marysville) led the way with two hits apiece. Keen knocked in a team-best four runs, while Lizcano, Staab and Buelow had two RBI apiece.

#21 Spartan Men's Tennis Team Sweeps Local Rival 

John Carroll

The No. 21 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's tennis team improved to 6-6 in dual matches this season with a 9-0 sweep of local-rival John Carroll University on Saturday evening, March 26 at the Cleveland Skating Club.

Mar 26, 2011 at Cleveland, OH

#21 Case Western Reserve 9, John Carroll 0

Singles competition
1. Sean Carr (CASE-M) def. Matthieu Menard (JCU-M) 6-1, 7-5
2. John Healey (CASE-M) def. Ryan Mullaney (JCU-M) 6-2, 6-4
3. Rohan Patel (CASE-M) def. Chad Ruehs (JCU-M) 6-2, 8-5
4. Kyle Gerber (CASE-M) def. Rico Certo (JCU-M) 6-0, 6-0
5. Richard Brunsting (CASE-M) def. Michael Hulseman (JCU-M) 6-1, 6-0
6. Eric Klawitter (CASE-M) def. Hunter Pellegrini (JCU-M) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Nicolas Howe/John Healey (CASE-M) def. Ryan Mullaney/Chad Ruehs (JCU-M) 8-5
2. Kyle Gerber/Sean Carr (CASE-M) def. Matthieu Menard/Rico Certo (JCU-M) 8-4
3. Rohan Patel/Richard Brunsting (CASE-M) def. Michael Hulseman/Hunter Pellegrini (JCU-M) 8-5

Match Notes:
John Carroll 4-6
Case Western Reserve 6-6; National ranking #21; Regional ranking #7

Avon Lake High alumna Andy 

Nicholson pitches Grand Valley 

to victory over Lake Erie 


Avon Lake High alumna Andrea Nicholson pitched Lake Erie College to an 11-5 win over Lake Erie College Sunday afternoon.

Andrea Nicholson

Andy Nicholson

Nicholson went five innings and allowed four runs.

Brookside High alumna Dawn Ondercin pitched the night cap for Lake Erie and while she had a fine outing, she just did not get enough hitting and Grand Valley completed the sweep, 5-4.

Ondercin gave up five hits in seven innings of work.

Walk-Off Win Part of a Yeomen Sweep

Chandler, Ariz. – Strong pitching and just enough hitting propelled the Oberlin College baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Thomas College on Sunday afternoon at Snedigar Park in Chandler, Arizona. The Yeomen took game one 2-0 and followed with a 5-4 walk-off win in game two. 

In the lid-lifter the Yeomen rode the left arm of senior tri-captain Grady Campion as he kept the Terrier hitters off balance for five strong innings, before giving way to fellow senior tri-captain Phil Brua for the final two innings as he locked down his first save of the season. 

Campion, a native of Brookline, Massachusetts, surrendered just three hits while registering four punchouts. He threw just 65 pitches – 43 of which went for strikes, and recorded eight groundball outs. 

The lone pair of runs in the game came in the top of third inning courtesy of an RBI single to center by Brandon Cantrill and wild pitch that allowed Ben Puterbaugh to come across the dish. 

The Yeomen, who had just seven hits in the game, were led by Max Phinney’s 2-for-3 effort. 

It was Phinney who also proved to be the hero in game two as his sac fly to center in the bottom of the seventh plated Zach Kisley for the game-winning run. 

An RBI single by Cantrill in the first and sophomore Eric Knight’s first-career home run in the second gave the Yeomen an early 2-0 lead. 

Yeomen starter Jason James cruised through the first three innings without giving up a hit and was pitching with a 2-1 lead, but he ran into some trouble in the fourth. Four hits and walk in the inning resulted in three runs coming across for Thomas and marked an end to James’ day. All things considered he still pitched a strong four innings as he had five strikeouts along the way. 

However, it was freshman Mike McDonald who did a tremendous job of the bullpen as he worked three scoreless innings en route to earning his first-career win. The Weston, Connecticut, native allowed just one hit and fanned four Terrier hitters. After a lead-off single to start the top of the sixth, McDoland was aided by a beautifully turned 6-4-3 double play that featured perfect footwork and a strong throw from freshman second baseman Sean Cohen

The Yeomen were able to get back to even by adding single tallies in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth it was sophomore Matt Fish who came through with a clutch two-out RBI single as he served a 1-2 pitch into right field to score Cohen. In the fifth it was a sac fly by Cantrill that allowed Kisley to come home. Kisley went 3-for-3 with three stolen bases and three runs scored in the game. 

In the seventh back-to-back walks to start frame set things up perfectly for the Yeomen. A sac bunt by Cantrill would move Kisley andBen Puterbaugh into scoring position and Phinney did the rest by lifting a fly ball to medium-deep center that allowed Kisley to slide in safely at the plate for the Yeomen win. 

The Yeomen return to action tomorrow at 12 p.m. PST and 3 p.m. EST with a doubleheader against Gustavus Adolphus.