A Page -- March 28, 2012


Cleveland, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced today the addition of West Virginia as an affiliate member in men’s soccer beginning in the 2012-13 academic year.

The addition of the Mountaineers will increase the MAC men’s soccer membership to eight members—five from MAC full-time membership (Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan) and three affiliate members (Florida Atlantic University, Hartwick College, West Virginia).

“I am pleased to welcome West Virginia University as an affiliate member in men’s soccer beginning with the 2012 season,” said Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. “The Mountaineers have a wonderful history in men’s soccer and will depth and strength to the Mid-American Conference.”

The 2012 season will be the 51st season of competition for men’s soccer for West Virginia. The Mountaineers have a 410-339-81 all-time record (1961-2011) and have 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, including five since the 2005 season, and 14 All-Americans.

“West Virginia University is committed to remaining a national player in men's soccer. We believe an affiliation with the Mid-American Conference provides our institution a platform to partner with quality soccer programs represented by a loyal, passionate fan base. We look forward to continuing a proud tradition of soccer excellence in the Mid-American Conference,” said Oliver Luck, West Virginia University Director of Athletics.

“Our team has a tradition of success and an incredible fan base with record-setting crowds,” said Dr. James P. Clements, West Virginia University President. “We have some very exciting soccer to look forward to this year and I have no doubt our men's team will continue to make Mountaineer nation very proud.”
West Virginia is led by head coach Marlon LeBlanc, as the Mountaineers finished the 2011 season with an 11-8-1 record and an RPI of 24 and strength of schedule of 19th in the nation. Last season, West Virginia defeated Xavier, 2-1, in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament First Round, before falling at Maryland, 4-0, in the Second Round.

Last year marked the fourth time in the last six seasons for the program to be ranked among RPI in the Top 25. LeBlanc was named 2006 Soccer America Coach of the Year, as well as the 2006 FieldTurf National Coach of the Year and 2006 NSCAA/Adidas Northeast Coach of the Year. In addition, West Virginia has ranked in the Top 25 in attendance in each of the last four consecutive seasons.

"I would like to thank Commissioner Steinbrecher, Associate Commissioner's Donyale Canada and Jeff Bacon, and the Mid-American Conference member institutions for inviting West Virginia University as an affiliate member in the MAC for men's soccer,” said head coach Marlon LeBlanc. “Athletic Director Oliver Luck gave me the green light to pursue whichever conference avenue was going to be the best fit for our men's soccer program. After extensive research, spearheaded by West Virginia Associate Athletic Director Terri Howes, we believe the MAC provides us the best opportunity to partner with a conference that recognizes soccer as a priority sport, and with other institutions that share an uncompromising vision and expectation of excellence on the field and in the classroom. 
Our goals of competing for and winning National Championships remains unchanged, and clearly, the Mid-American Conference has proven that it prepares its programs to win national championships. The MAC, which was already a very competitive league, is now even stronger with the addition of West Virginia University and has the potential to be one of the better leagues in the NCAA. With the continued support of our university President Dr. Jim Clements, Athletic Director Oliver Luck, the Morgantown community, and the Mountaineer Maniacs, which provide us with one of the best atmospheres in all of college soccer, I am confident that West Virginia soccer will continue to flourish in the Mid-American Conference."

West Virginia witnessed goalkeeper Zach Johnson drafted in the 2011 supplemental draft by the L.A. Galaxy. Also, defender Raymon Gaddis became the first West Virginia player to ever be drafted in the MLS SuperDraft, selected in the second round, 35th overall, by the Philadelphia Union in 2012. All combined, coach LeBlanc has witnessed seven former players turn professional.

Amateur Bowling Notes

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 3/27/12


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Eric Benny, Avon3/20/12, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Eric Kuchenmeister, Brook Park, 3/21, Buckeye Lanes;

Phillip Sillia Jr., North Olmsted, 3/21, Buckeye Lanes;

Matt Fleming, Parma, 3/23, Brookgate Lanes;

Joe Sabo, Parma, 3/23, Brookgate Lanes;

Mark Shust, Parma, 3/23, Brookgate Lanes;

Jesse Smith, Garfield Heights, 3/23, Roseland Lanes;

Jacob Vance, Youth, 3/24, Brookgate Lanes;

Jason Fitzgerald, Parma, 3/26, Red_Circle Lanes;

Robert Connelly, Cleveland, 3/26, Buckeye Lanes;



    299 Games

Randy Wood, Cuyahoga Heights, 3/23, Roseland Lanes;



    298 Games



    800 Series

Ben Baranovic, Cleveland, 3/20, Cloverleaf Lanes (801);

Eric Benny, Avon3/20/12, Cloverleaf Lanes (801);

Jason Foland, Cleveland, 3/23, Freeway Lanes of Parma (13);

Jesse Smith, Garfield Heights, 3/23, Roseland Lanes (800);

Randy Wood, Cuyahoga Heights, 3/23, Roseland Lanes (814);

Oberlin baseball gains split with Thomas

Mesa, AZ – The Oberlin College baseball team pounded out a season-high 16 hits in game two en route to a 12-1 victory against Thomas College (Maine) on Tuesday afternoon at Gene Autry Park. However, the Yeomen did drop game one, 7-4, to earn their fourth straight split.

Sophomore Mattie DeDoes led the way offensively as he went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and four RBI’s. Zach JaspersEric Knight,Zach Kisley and Kevin Verne all had two hits in the rout as well.

Junior Kevin Swanson improved to 3-0 on the bump this season and won his second start of the trip. The right-hander worked six innings and allowed just five hits and one unearned run. He struck out four and walked just one on 92 pitches of work.

The Yeomen scored two runs in the first on RBI singles by Knight and DeDoes. In the second inning, Oberlin jumped on the Terriers with seven runs in the frame as they sent 11 men to plate. The big hit of the rally came courtesy of DeDoes as his triple to the gap in right center scored two.

Oberlin added a single tally in the third and two more in the sixth to cap the game’s scoring. Knight provided a sac fly in the third andKevin Verne and DeDoes had run-producing hits in the sixth.

In game one, the Yeomen trailed 3-2 after three innings of play. However, they would gain the lead in the top of the fourth inning onBen Whitener’s two-run single that found some pasture in left center field.

Unfortunately, things unraveled in the home-half of the fourth for Oberlin starter Jason James. Three hit batters, two hits and an error in the inning resulted in four Terrier runs. James was chased from the game after hitting his third batter of the inning, giving way toMike McDonald who gave up both hits in the frame. From there both teams went scoreless the rest of the way.

Rookie Andrew Hutson joined Whitener as those with two hits in the game.

Oberlin returns to action tomorrow with a doubleheader tomorrow against Middlebury.

Gish’s Nine-Strikeout Gem Lifts Spartans Past Otterbein, 5-0

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Junior lefthander Jarrett Gish<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/gish%20jarrett%20tdhq> (Jupiter, Fla./Suncoast) logged eight shutout innings on the mound with a career-best nine strikeouts to lead the Case Western Reserve University baseball team to a 5-0 shutout versus regional-foe Otterbein University on Tuesday afternoon at Nobby's Ballpark.

With the victory, the Spartans improve to 14-8 overall heading into a Saturday, March 31 home doubleheader versus Westminster College (Pa.) at 1:00 p.m. Otterbein drops to 13-6 for the season.

Both starters cruised through the first three innings as neither team generated a run. However, in the home half of the third inning, Case put a crooked number on the board with three runs on three hits. Sophomore outfielder Jordan Dague<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/dague%20jordan%208kld> (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) reached on an Otterbein error and senior second baseman Bobby Marko<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/marko%20bobby%20yb4t> (Lyndhurst, Ohio/Brush) was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second.
Jarrett Gish went eight strong innings Tuesday surrendering just four hits while striking out a career-high nine. 

Dague and Marko then came around to score via RBI singles off the bats of junior shortstop Matt Keen<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/keen%20matt%20hlye> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) and junior centerfielder Paul Pakan<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/pakan%20paul%209rv5> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge). The Spartans tacked on the third tally of the inning when Keen scored his team-leading 21st run of the spring on a ball hit by senior outfielder Sam Alexander<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/alexander%20sam%20j11o> (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) that took a wicked hop off the lip of the grass and past the Cardinal shortstop.

The score remained 3-0 until the bottom of the sixth when sophomore infielder Andrew Frey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/frey%20andrew%20t9id> (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) laced a single to right field scoring freshman third baseman Andrew Gronski<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/gronski%20andrew%20x01d> (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson), who reached base via a one-out double down the right field line.

Not done yet, the Spartans added their final run in the bottom of the eighth as senior catcher Peter Zak<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/zak%20peter%2068e6> (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) reached on a fielder's choice and came all the way around to score from first on a double by Dague that one-hopped the fence in left field.

On the mound, Gish threw the first eight innings to improve to 3-1 for the season. The third-year Spartan scattered just the four hits while striking out a career-high nine and not allowing a walk. Sophomore closer Jose Vega<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/vega%20jose%20lumi> (Strongsville, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) threw the final inning, working his way out of a bases-loaded jam to preserve the shutout.

Greg Moomaw (1-3) took the loss for the Cardinals, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits with three punchouts and two walks in seven innings.

At the plate, Frey was 3-for-4 with a run batted-in, while junior first baseman Brett Ossola<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-1
2/bios/ossola%20brett%20oej3> (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) and Gronski were each 2-for-4.

Former Lancer Kyle Whitaker takes over as boys’ LAX coach at Gilmour

Gilmour Academy’s boys’ lacrosse team is under the direction of a new coach this season, but he is no stranger to Lancer Student/Athletics.

Gilmour graduate and former hockey and lacrosse player for the Lancers, Kyle Whitaker, takes over the LAX program that went 10-6 last year and made it to the Northeast regional final.

"We have a talented group of senior leaders," said head coach Kyle Whitaker, "We also have a couple young faces who will make immediate contributions to the program."

Leading that group of seniors is hockey standout Joey Lencewicz, who will be an attacker and be counted on for a lot of the scoring.


Others returning are Jason Musarra   (JR,  Attack), Alex Aleva  (JR, Attack), Chris Deming  (SR, Midfield),  Alec Hooper (SO, Midfield), Ryan Rowell  (FR, Midfield), Jamie Young (SR, Defense), Michael Mallak, (SO, Defense), Andrew Link (SR, Defense) and Aaron Elsmore (SR, Goalie).

"We do have low numbers though and a void left from skilled graduating seniors," Whitaker said.

Ryan Hall

Those who will also be vying for playing time include Ryan Hall (SO, Midfield), Tom Negrelli  (FR, Midfield), George Troicky  (SR, Midfield), Trey Rossbach  (SO, Midfield), and Evan McCuaig  (FR, Defense).

Mount Union winning streak at three

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union men's tennis team defeated Malone, 7-2, at Whitehill Tennis Courts on Tuesday for its third consecutive win since returning from South Carolina three weeks ago.

The Purple Raiders (8-4) two of three doubles points and won five of six singles matches in their victory over the Pioneers.

Nick Fockler (North Canton/Hoover) won a pair of matches to lead the way for the Raiders. He teamed with his older brother, Nate Fockler (North Canton/Hoover), to win the first doubles match over Nate Davis and Joss Celuch, 8-5, and then defeated Alex Steinmetz, 6-1, 6-0, in No. 2 singles.

Patrick Yackmack (Mantua/Twinsburg), Ben Swope (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin), Drew LeGendre(Toledo/Bowsher), and Jeff Looker (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) were also victorious in singles action for Mount Union.

Yackmack handled Celuch, 6-3, 6-1, at third singles; Swope defeated Brett Krejci, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4 singles; LeGendre beat Andrew Rearick at fifth singles, 6-2, 6-0; and Looker defeated Michael Berry by forfeiture at sixth singles.

Looker and Zach Nelson (Alliance/Marlington) earned a victory at No. 3 doubles due to a forfeit as well.

Mount Union has completed its non-conference schedule and will travel to Otterbein on Saturday for an Ohio Athletic Conference match at 1 pm.


Lakewood 4. Avon 1.
Singles: Matthiesen(L) d. Schmitz 6-2,6-7,6-2; Richardson(L) d. Robbin 6-2,7-5; Brinich(L) d. Nicklaus 6-1,6-2.                               Doubles: Badt/Hopner(A) d. Mezin/Northrop 6-4,6-4; Carlson/Levis(L) d. Zinn/Alexander 3-6,6-3,6-3. 

In all-Stark County match-up, Mount tennis downs 

Malone, 8-1

CANTON, Ohio—The Mount Union women's tennis team defeated Malone, 8-1, for its second victory in three days at the North Canton Racquet Club Tuesday afternoon.

The Purple Raiders (8-3, 1-0 OAC) swept doubles competition before winning five of six singles matches against the Pioneers.

Megan Czuchra (Mantua/Crestwood), Krissy Hallett (Willoughby Hills/Willoughby South), Hannah Arvidson(North Canton/GlenOak), and Courtney Adamsky (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) all earned a pair of victories for the Raiders.

Hallett and Czuchra took first doubles, 8-4, over Kim Knisley and Alanna Phillips, Arvidson and Mandy Wise(North Canton/Hoover) defeated Kaley Kahoun and Julianna Blaisdell in second doubles, 8-1, and Adamsky and Taylor Dowling (Canton/Jackson) took No. 3 doubles, 8-3, over Janelle Linder and Marie Konstan.

In singles competition, Hallett defeated Knisley, 1-6, 6-4, 10-5; Arvidson defeated Kahoun, 6-0, 6-2; Czuchra defeated Linder, 6-1, 6-1; Adamsky defeated Konstan, 6-1, 0-6, 10-2; and MacKenzie Jenkins (North Hampton/Northwestern) defeated Blaisdell, 6-3, 6-3.

Mount Union returns to action on Saturday when they host Otterbein in an Ohio Athletic Conference match at 1 p.m.

Roberts Collects Six Hits as Spartans Split Doubleheader with Otterbein

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Freshman rightfielder Gena Roberts<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/roberts%20gena%20ndjd> (Miami, Fla./Palmer Trinity) posted a combined six base-hits as the Case Western Reserve University softball team split a doubleheader with Otterbein University on Tuesday at Mather Park. The Spartans saw their six-game winning streak snapped by a score of 10-6 in the opener, but rebounded to take the nightcap by an 8-3 tally.

Gena Roberts was 6-for-8 on the day. (photo by Matt Napfel) 


With the split, the Spartans move to 13-8 for the season, while Otterbein sits at 11-5.

In game one, Otterbein got on the board in the top of the first as Laura Basford led off with a double to right, stole third, and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Erin Carpenter. Bassford then teamed up with Casey Clarridge for back-to-back solo homeruns in the third, making the score 3-0. The Cardinals then put the game out of reach with four runs in the fifth on five hits and an error. Brooke Albright provided the key hit of the inning with a two-out, two-run single.

The Spartans broke through with a single run in their half of the fifth when senior designated player Ianna Wasser<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/wasser%20ianna%20khk8> (Warwick, R.I./Toll Gate) ripped a solo homer to left center. Case picked up two more runs in the sixth as Wasser hit an RBI single and senior third baseman Kaeleen Boden<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/boden%20kaeleen%20oafc> (Strongsville, Ohio/Holy Name) drove in one with a sacrifice fly, but Otterbein responded with three tallies on five hits in the seventh to make the score 10-3. The Spartans made things interesting with three in the bottom of the frame, but could get no closer as the Cardinals held on for the win.

On the mound, freshman Rebecca Taylor<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/taylor%20rebecca%208w8k> (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe) went the distance and dropped to 9-8 for the season, allowing 10 runs while striking out six.

At the plate, Roberts was 4-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a run batted-in. Wasser was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

In game two, the Spartans struck first with three in the bottom of the first. Senior first baseman/designated player Lauren Wolz<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/wolz%20lauren%20c4fu> (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) drove in one with a double before freshman pitcher Christina Hunger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/hunger%20christina%202qwh> (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) dropped a two-run double down the right field line.

Otterbein scored once in the second, but Case came back with three in the fifth as sophomore Makenzie Lein<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/lein%20mackenzie%20x40l> (Petersburg, Mich./Ida) hit an RBI single, then came around to score along with junior outfielder Chelsea Lasky<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/lasky%20chelsea%2009al> (Erie, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) on a double-steal and error.

The Cardinals got back into the game with back-to-back homers from Clarridge and Carpenter in the sixth, but freshman pitcher Hillary Bunnelle<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2011-12/bios/bunnelle%20hillary%20ickr> (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) came on in relief to hold the lead. The Spartans then tacked on two more scores in their half of the sixth with Roberts providing another RBI single.

Hunger (4-0) pitched five innings and allowed three earned runs, while Bunnelle threw the final two frames to pick up the save in her collegiate debut.

At the plate, Wolz and Lein were each 2-for-3, while Roberts was 2-for-4 , making her 6-for-8 on the day.

The Spartans return to action this Thursday, March 29 at cross-town foe Baldwin-Wallace College at 3:30 p.m. at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Field in Berea.