A Page -- March 29, 2010

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Former Cleveland State, Mount 

Union volleyball player Sarah Parker 

receives NCAA Post Graduate 

Academic Scholarship

March 29, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN)--Former Mount Union and Cleveland State volleyball player Sarah Parker (Geneva/Geneva) has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.  Parker is one of 29 female Fall Sports/Student-athletes in the entire nation to earn a $7500 scholarship.

After spending two years at Cleveland State, Parker transferred to Mount Union where she played in 98 matches over three seasons and was a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference selection, two-time All-Great Lakes Region and this past season was only the third player in school history to be named an All-American.

She helped lead the Purple Raiders to a school-record 30 wins in 2007 while in 2009 Mount Union made its first-ever appearance and earned its first-ever win in the NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship.

Off the court, she was a two-time Academic All-OAC and Academic All-District selection who in 2009 was Mount Union's OAC Clyde Lamb Award winner given annually to the top female scholar athlete.  

Parker completed her studies this past December with a 3.93 grade point average and earned a degree in business administration.  She is currently pursuing a master's degree inhealth systems administration at Cleveland State.

Men's Track and Field - Mount 

Union Places Second at Wheeling 

Jesuit Invite

By Lenny Reich

(WHEELING, WV)--Mount Union's men's track and field team won six events and placed second at the Bill Horne/Wheeling Jesuit Track Invite in Wheeling, West Virginia.

The Purple Raiders scored 141.5 points which left them just 2.5 points behind Malone that won the 14 team event with 144 points.

Senior Judd Lutz (Tiffin/Tiffin Columbian) and sophomore Sean Denard (Naperville, IL/Naperville North) went 1-2 in the the discus with marks of 170-10.68 and 160-9.12 respectively to both qualify for the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships.

Lutz also won shot put and provisionally qualified for the national meet with a mark of 52-8.64.

Junior Ty Griffin (Massillon/Massillon Perry) also won a pair of events as he claimed titles in the 800 (1:56.87) and 1500 meters (3:57.03), while the other wins came from junior Marc Aukerman (Greensburg, PA/Latrobe) in the javelin (176-5.28) and senior Scott Thomas (Salem/West Branch) in the 100 meters (11.24).

Other top performances included second place finishes from sophomore Tim Kelly (Lakewood/Lakewood) in the 800 (1:57.13), freshman Jesus Garza (Round Rock, TX/Stoney Point) in the shot put (49-3.72), junior Erik Reed (East Liverpool/East Liverpool) in the 3,000 meter steeplechase (10:09.74) and Charles Pratt (Canton/GlenOak) in the 100 meters (11.24).

Judd Lutz had the second-best discus throw in the nation so far this season at the Bill Horne Invite.

Mount Union will compete Saturday, April 3 at the OAC Gold Meet in Marietta.

Kenston Alum Travis Papay 

playing/studying  for/at Mount named 

tennis Player of the Week in the OAC

(AUSTINTOWN, OH)--Mount Union senior Travis Papay (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week today.

Papay scored the Raiders only point at No. 4 singles in an 8-1 loss to nationally ranked Denison, then came back and scored wins at No. 4 singles and at No. 3 doubles with partner Zach Perry (Hudson/Hudson) at No. 3 doubles in a 9-0 win in the OAC opener against Heidelberg.

On the season, Papay is 7-1 overall in singles play for a Mount Union team that is 7-1 on the season and 1-0 in the OAC.

Mount Union hosts Ohio Wesleyan Wednesday, Mar. 31 at 4 pm in Alliance.

Mount Union Announces 2010 Football Schedule

March 29

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE)—To take words from a Jack Kerouac novel, Mount Union will be on the road again, again and again to start the football season as a total of six road contests highlight the 2010 schedule released today.

The Purple Raiders head north and west to start the season Saturday, Sept. 11 at The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in a game that will kick off at 2 pm eastern (1 pm central) from Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Mount Union will start the Ohio Athletic Conference portion of its schedule seven days later (Sept. 18) at John Carroll then stay on the road the following week (Sept. 25) heading to Wilmington.

After covering 1,690 miles round trip, the Raiders host rival Ohio Northern in the home opener which will also be Family Day on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 1:30 pm.

It is back on the road the following week (Oct. 9) with a 1:30 pm contest at Marietta, before back-to-back home games the next two weeks (Oct. 16 and 23) with Heidelberg and Capital.  Both of those home games kick off at 1:30 pm with homecoming being the Oct. 23 matchup with the Crusaders.

Road contests at Otterbein (Oct. 30, 1:30 pm) and at Baldwin-Wallace (Nov. 6, 1:30 pm) take the next two weeks before the regular season finale and M Club Hall of Fame Day against Muskingum on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 1:30 pm at Mount Union Stadium.

Season and single-game ticket information will be released later in the spring and every home game is slated to be broadcast on television on WIVM/WIVN TV (Canton/New Philadelphia) and cable sports network SportsTime Ohio.

The Purple Raiders enter the 2010 season winners of 18 consecutive OAC championships dating back to 1992.  Mount Union has played in each of the last five Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowls (NCAA Division III National title game) and the Raiders have a record 10 NCAA Division III National Championships.  This coming season also marks Larry Kehres' 25th as head coach at Mount Union and he enters the campaign with a 289-22-3 (.925) record.


Shaker alumnus Polster tennis player of 

the week, Hudson's Burke jumper of the 

week; Falls' Faris wins two events; 

Heights' Hemmings,  Broadview's Rymut, 

Kenston's Henry also event winners; 

Avon's Brua earns win and save on 

mound, Oberlin's Phinney sizzles for

five-hit day


March 29, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- Men’s Tennis – Shaker Heights native Jeremy Polster, the second singles player for Kenyon, has been named the NCAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league office here announced today.


Kenyon junior Jeremy Polster (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.) posted victories at second singles and third doubles. He led the Lords to a win over 29th-ranked Bates, 5-4.

Women’s Tennis Player of the Week -- Elissa Lauber, Wooster

Wooster senior Elissa Lauber (Dover, OH/Dover) posted three victories as she went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and picked up a win at No. 1 doubles against Heidelberg. The two victories in singles play were her first two wins of the season. The Fighting Scots topped The Berg, 8-1, and fell to Wittenberg, 8-1.

Men's Notes

DENISON went 3-1 last week as they posted victories over Ohio Wesleyan, 9-0, Mount Union, 8-1, and Earlham, 9-0, but fell to 29th-ranked Bates, 5-4. Sophomore Matt McErlean (Hudson, OH/Hudson) remained perfect on the season as he went 4-0 last week and now has a record of 9-0, including 8-0 at No. 2 singles.

Hudson alum Matt McErlean

KENYON snapped a two-match losing streak when it defeated 29th-ranked Bates, 7-2, last week. Junior Jeremy Polster (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.) posted victories at second singles and third doubles.

OBERLIN had its spring break opening match cancelled due to rain last week.

Women's Notes

WOOSTER split a pair of matches last week as it defeated Heidelberg and fell to Wittenberg, both by 8-1 scores. Senior Elissa Lauber (Dover, OH/Dover) posted three victories as she went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and picked up a win at No. 1 doubles against Heidelberg. The two victories in singles play were her first two wins of the season.


Men’s Field – Athlete of the Week David Burke, Ohio Wesleyan.

[ David Burke ]Burke

Ohio Wesleyan senior David Burke (Hudson, OH/Hudson) won the triple jump ( 13.78 meters/45 feet, 2.5 inches) and was second in the long jump (6.61m/21-8.25) at the Cedarville Invitational on March 27.

Women’s Distance Runner of the Week:- Clara Shaw, Oberlin

Oberlin senior Clara Shaw (Roseville, MN/Roseville) won the 1500 meters (4:47.67) and 5,000 meters (18:20.88) at the Wooster Invitational on March 27.

EARLHAM competed at the Hanover Invitational. The women’s team was seventh as junior Ramona Hemmings (Cleveland, OH/Cleveland Hts.) and sophomore Liz Ross (Davie, FL/Pine Crest) won the triple jump (34-4.25) and and high jump (5-0.75), respectively. Hemmings was also second in the long jump.

Heights' Hemmings

KENYON’S men placed seventh, while the women were ninth at the Wooster Invitational. Sophomore Robert Wolf (Brunswick, OH/St. Ignatius) paced the Lords by placing third in the 400 meters (51.87), and as part of the fourth-place 4x100 (45.12) and eighth-place 4x400 (3:44.16) relays.

Iggy alum Robert Wolf

At the Wooster Invitational, OBERLIN was third in the women’s team standings and fourth in the men’s. Senior Clara Shaw (Roseville, MN/Roseville) won the 1,500 meters in provisional qualifying time (4:47.67) and crossed first in the 5,000 meters (18:20.88). Leading the Yeomen was senior Seth Wimberly (Covington, GA/Eastside), who won the 200 meters in 22.62 seconds. Sophomore Shawn Chrapczynski (Lorain, OH/Amherst Steele) was second in both the 100- (11.43) and 200-meter (22.67) races.

Amherst High alum Shawn Chrapczynski

Senior Kyle Faris (Olmsted Falls, OH/Olmsted Falls) won a pair of events to lead the OHIO WESLEYAN men to a third-of-15 team finish at the Cedarville Collegiate Open. He took the shot put with a throw of 51 feet, 0.75 inches, and topped the field in the discus with a toss of 157 feet, 5 inches. Faris met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the discus.

[ Kyle Faris ]



Senior David Burke (Hudson, OH/Hudson) and sophomore Kale Kooher (Covington, OH/Newton) won the triple jump (45-2.5) and steeplechase (9:38.46), respectively. The Battling Bishop women wound up sixth of 12 teams. Senior Sharon Rymut (Broadview Hts., OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) won the discus (123 feet, 4 inches), and set a school record in the hammer (146-4). She placed third in the event and bested her own school record of 144-3, set last week.

[ Sharon Rymut ]


WITTENBERG’S men finished 12th of 15, and the women were fourth of 12, both at the Cedarville Invitational. Sophomore Anna Henry (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston) led the Tiger women with a first-place finish in the 10,000-meter run. The men were paced by a third-place finish in the pole vault by freshman David Kolakowski (Rocky River, Ohio/Rocky River).

Chagrin Falls native Anna Henry

At its own Wooster Invitational, WOOSTER finished third of nine teams in the men’s standings and fourth of nine in the women’s. Senior Bryan Albani (Warren, OH/Howland) was second in the men’s 400 hurdles (59.08) and third in the 110-meter hurdles (15.56).

Rocky River alum David Kolakowski




Through the first two weekends of conference play, Oberlin (4-0, 6-3) and Wabash (5-1, 9-11) lead the East and West divisions, respectively. The Yeomen finish their spring break trip to start the week, then return home to host Kenyon (1-3, 4-9) for a conference series on Saturday and Sunday.

Phil Bura


OBERLIN went 2-2 last week, including a 2-1 record to start its spring break trip. Junior Max Phinney (Oberlin, OH/Oberlin) went 5-for-5 in a 3-2 win over Marian. Junior relief pitcher Phil Brua (Avon, OH/Avon) appeared in three games and picked up a win and a save. He allowed just one hit in 6.2 innings while striking out eight.

Max Phinney

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Mesa, Ariz. – The Oberlin College baseball team continued to stay hot as it swept a doubleheader from Hamline University this afternoon at Gene Autry Field in Mesa, Arizona. The Yeomen took the lid-lifter 7-5 in eight innings and scored three runs in the seventh in the nightcap to win 6-5. 

“We are continuing to play well and do the little things it takes to win ball games,” Head Coach Eric Lahetta said. “We have a lot of guys seeing the ball very right now and our pitching is getting better each game.”

Oberlin, which is now 8-3 overall and 4-1 on the trip to the left coast, trailed late in game one, but junior Ben Kauder came through with a two-out run-producing hit to tie the game at five in the bottom of the sixth. 

Kauder also factored into the extra-inning heroics after reaching on an error and stealing second, he scored the go-ahead run on a base-knock by Max Phinney. Phinney, a local Oberlin native, would add an insurance tally as he was driven in by rookie Matt Fish.

Sophomore Jason James went 3-for-4 in the game, while Fish and Ben Puterbaugh checked in at 2-for-4. 

Junior southpaw Grady Campion got the start on the bump and worked 5.1 innings, allowing just three earned runs along the way. However, it was juniorPhil Brua who came out of the pen to earn his first of two wins on the day. 

In the nightcap it appeared as if the Yeomen were going to settle for their second straight split, but this young upstart team had other ideas. 

Again it was Kauder who came through in the clutch with a bases-loaded two-RBI single to give the Yeomen the walk-off win. The hit was one of three he had in the game. 

Trailing 5-2 going into the home-half of the seventh, Fish started the inning with a hit and sophomore Brad Hantler later followed with a bunt single. Puterbaugh, who went 3-for-4 in the game, followed with an RBI single andBrandon Cantrill took one for the team to load the bases and setup the game-winning theatrics. 

Junior Ryan Mouch made his first-career start on the mound and pitched very well. The Toledo, Ohio, native worked 4.1 innings allowing three runs (two earned) before giving way to Brua who vultured his third win in just two days. 

Fish and Phinney each went 2-for-3 in the game. 

Oberlin plays a single nine-inning game tomorrow against Thomas College. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. EST. 

Medina's Katy Marshall, a B-W 

Junior, is Named OAC Women's

Tennis Player of the Week

March 28, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA - Baldwin-Wallace College junior Katy Marshall <(Medina/ Senior) has been named as the Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week for her performance in two Yellow Jacket victories this weekend, the league office announced today.

Marshall was undefeated as B-W stretched its current win streak to three matches with victories versus Walsh University and OAC-rival Capital University.
Medina's Marshall

Marshall posted a 2-0 singles record while competing at the No. 6 position. In doubles play, she teamed with senior Andrea Essig  (Conneaut/ Ashtabula Edgewood) for a 2-0 mark at No. 3.

Versus Capital, Marshall did not lose a set in either singles or doubles competition.

For the season, Marshall is tied for the team-lead with 10 singles wins (10-6 overall) and has combined with Essig for a team-best eight doubles victories (8-9 overall).

The Yellow Jackets, 6-7 overall and 2-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, are idle until a non-league match versus Malone Universityon Tuesday, April 6 at the "Pop" Collins Courts in Berea.

Mount Union’s Judd Lutz Named OAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week

B Lenny Reich


Judd Lutz is a two-time All-American in the discus.

(AUSTINTOWN, OH)--Mount Union senior Judd Lutz (Tiffin/Tiffin Columbian) was namedOhio Athletic Conference Men's Field Athlete of the Week, the league announced today.

Lutz won the discus and shot put at the Bill Horne Invitational in Wheeling, West Virginia.  His mark of 170-3 in the discus was the second-best throw in the nation this season and along with a throw of 52-8.75 qualified him in both events for the NCAA Division III Trackand Field Championships which will be held May 27-29 at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

Mount Union will compete at the OAC Gold Meet this Saturday, April 2 in Marietta.

The Viking Report. . .

A Look At What Is Happening In Cleveland State Athletics

Gross finishes 24th at NCAAs; 

Bjerrehus and Gibbons have won 

10 straight doubles matches

Start Of Horizon League Play In Baseball & 

Softball Highlights Busy Week. . .

Softball To Open Home Slate With Five Games

March 29, 2010 

By Brian McCann

The spring athletic schedule continues in high gear this week as five of the six spring sports will compete in a total of 14 events with all but five of them coming on the road.

Softball, which has opened the year by going 19-7, will be at home for the first time this week when the Vikings open an 11-game home stand with five contests.  CSU will host Buffalo for a pair of games on Wednesday (March 31) at 3:00 p.m.   The Vikings then begin Horizon League play with a three-game series against UIC, starting with a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader on Friday (April 2) and a single game on Saturday (April 3) at noon.

The baseball team will play a single game on Tuesday (March 30) at 6:00 p.m. at Ohio before heading to Milwaukee to begin its Horizon League schedule with a three-game series vs. the Panthers.  CSU will play a single game on Friday (April 2) at 3:00 p.m. and then close the slate with a doubleheader at 12:00 noon on Saturday (April 3).

The men's and women's tennis teams will play similar schedules this wek.  Both teams will be at Valparaiso on Saturday (April 3) with the women playing at 1:00 p.m. followed by the men at 3:00 p.m.  Action moves to Chicago on Sunday (April 4) when the women face UIC at 11:00 a.m. followed by the men's match at 3:00 p.m.

The men's golf team continues its string of spring tournamanets by competing in the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, IN.  The 54-hole tourney will feature 36 holes on Saturday (April 3) and the final 18-hole round on Sunday (April 4).

Gross Places 24th NCAA Fencing Championship
Vikings Senior Helps CSU To 26th Place Finish

Liran Gross ended the 2010 NCAA Championship with a 24th place finish in the men's foil, finishing the tournament with a record of 3-20. Gross' three points gave Cleveland State a team finish of 26th, ahead of Cal Tech.

Liran Gross
Liran Gross

"Overall, Liran had a great performance this weekend, he was able to record three victories against top competitors and showcase his talent on a national stage," head coach Andy Tulleners said. "It was great for him to be able to compete against some of the best fencers in the nation, and represent Cleveland State at the national championship."

Gross' three victories came on the final day of the competition, recording wins over Alex Simmons of Penn (5-1), Ben Van Son of Haverford (5-3) and Philip Jamesson of N.Y.U. (5-3).

Gross led the Vikings this season with a 32-23 record and finished sixth at the Midwest Regional to qualify for the NCAA Championship, his first appearance at the event.

Softball To Open Schedule With Five Games
Vikings Open Horizon League Play With A Three-Game Series vs. UIC

After opening the season with 26 straight games away from home, the softball team will finally return to Viking Field when CSU opens an 11-game home stand with five games this week.  The week opens with a doubleheader against Buffalo on Wednesday (March 31) at 3:00 p.m.  UIC then visits Clevleand for a three-game series over the weekend.  The teams will play a Friday (April 2) doubleheader at 3:00 p.m. and close the series with a 12:00 noon meeting on Saturday (April 3).

"It will be good to play at home this week," CSU head coach Angie Nicholson said.  "After playing so many games on the road, it will be a nice change to get back to Viking Field.  More importantly, nine of the games during this home stand are league games so this will give us a chance to get out to a nice start

The Vikings carry a 10-game win streak into the week, the second-longest in school history and one win shy of the school record of 11 straight set in 2004.

CSU played just one game last week, claiming a 6-1 decision in a rain-shortened five inning game at Robert Morris on Wednesday.  Tess Sito hit her team-leading 10th home run to give her the third-highest single season total in school history and three shy of teammate Lia Gordon's single season record.
Tess Sito
HR gal, Tess Sito from Elyria

In the first NCAA statistics of the year, which were released on March 23, Sito was third in the nation in batting average (.523), fifth in stolen bases (21), eighth in slugging percentage(.977) and 26th in home runs (10).  In addition, senior Amanda Macenko was sixth in victories (15).

Baseball Opens League Play At Milwaukee
Vikings Also Play Mid-Week Game At Ohio

The Vikings baseball team will begin Horizon League play this weekend, when they travel to Milwaukee to take on the Panthers in a three-game series. The teams will open the series on Friday (April 2) with a 4:00 p.m. game and will have a doubleheader on Saturday (April 3) with the first game beginning at 1:00 p.m. CSU will also travel to Athens, Ohio to take on Ohio University on Tuesday (March 30) in a 6:00 p.m. game.

"Last week we had every aspect of our game working, just not all on the same day," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "Going into league play we need to focus on getting the pitching and offense to work together and hopefully get some wins to open the league slate."

CSU ended their first homestand at All Pro Freight Stadium with a 1-2 record, posting a 12-1 victory over Case Western Reserve last Saturday (March 27). The Vikings also won at Kent State, 7-5 in 11 innings, to improve to 4-14.
Kyle Shaffer
Akron Garfield product Kyle Shaffer

The Viking offense was once again led by Kyle Shaffer, who went seven-for-17 at the plate over four games last week, including a grand slam in the victory over CWRU (March 27). Anthony Sambula (3-2) recorded his third win of the season against the Spartans, pitching 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run on just one hit and striking out seven batters.

Women's Tennis To Face Valparaiso & UIC

The women's tennis squad hits the road for a pair of Horizon League matches this weekend, beginning with a 1:00 p.m. contest at Valparaiso on Saturday (April 3) before the Vikings head to UIC for an 11:00 a.m. match on Sunday (April 4).

CSU improved to 11-10 overall and remained perfect in the league (3-0) by winning all three of its matches last week.

"We continue to improve each and every time we take the court and that is due to the hard work each player has continued to put in during practice," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "This is a big weekend for us with our first two league matches on the road and we have to go play our style of tennis."

The Vikings ran their win streak to four straight with a 6-1 win over Green Bay on Saturday (March 27) followed by victories over Milwaukee (6-1) and Case Western (7-0) on Sunday, March 28.

Senior Charlotte Gibbons and sophomore Catrine Bjerrehus continued their stellar play at No. 1 doubles, winning all three of their matches over the weekend to extend their win streak to 10 straight. Bjerrehus also won all three of her matches at No. 1 singles, while Maria Lazaris (No. 2), Gibbons (No. 3) and Nicole Janek (No. 4) also won all three of their singles contests.

Men's Tennis Continues League Slate At Valpo & UIC

The Cleveland State men's tennis team (11-6, 2-0 HL) continues its Horizon League schedule with two road matches this weekend, beginning with a 3:00 p.m. contest at Valparaiso on Saturday, April 3. The Vikings then head to UIC for a 3:00 p.m. match on Sunday, April 4.

"We are very focused right now as a team and have been winning some key points to help us in matches," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "With each match we play, our confidence continues to grow and that will only help us as we come down the stretch and get ready for the league tournament."

CSU began play in the Horizon League with a pair of victories last weekend, knocking off Youngstown State (7-0) on Friday, March 26 and Green Bay (5-2) on Saturday (March 27). The Vikings then dropped a 4-0 decision at No. 3 Ohio State on Sunday, March 28.

CSU played the entire weekend without three-time all-league performer Ryan Hamning who was out with an injury, forcing a number of players to move up a spot in the lineup. Phil Orno (No. 1), Yannick Goossens (No. 2) and John Haley (No. 5) all won two matches in singles play with Orno continuing to lead the team with 23 wins.

Haley and Rob Fox moved up to the No. 1 doubles position to win two matches over the weekend, improving to 4-1 in the top spot this season.

Men's Golf Returns To Participate In Indiana Invitational

The men's golf team is back in action on Saturday and Sunday (April 3-4) when Cleveland State competes in the 54 hole adidas Indiana Invitational at the par-71, 6,813-yard IUChampionship Golf Course.

"This is always a very tough tournament with a great field so we'll see how far we have come as a team this spring," head coach Steve Weir said. "We have been battling a lot of injuries this spring, but hopefully we'll get a few guys back this weekend and turn in some good rounds."

The Vikings placed 11th of 15 teams at the Ball State Cardinal Classic over the weekend (March 27-28), firing rounds of 313-305-305 at the par-72, 6,859-yard Sultan's Run G.C. CSU was playing with just four players as senior Kyle Cobb, normally the Vikings No. 1 golfer, missed the event due to illness.
Kyle Cobb
Strongsville alum Kyle Cobb

Sophomore James Boxley turned in his best finish as a Viking, tying for fourth place overall at 220 (75-71-74). His 71 in the second round was a career-low. Junior Kellen Erdman notched a top-20 finish, tying for 19th place with a three-round total of 225 (77-74-74).
Kellen Erdman
St. Ed product Kellen Erdman

Viking High Fives
James Boxley:  The men's golf sophomore fired a career-low 71 in the second round of the Ball State Cardinal Invitational en route to tying for fourth place overall.
Catrine Bjerrehus & Charlotte Gibbons:  The No. 1 doubles team won all three of their matches over the weekend, running their win streak to 10 straight.
Charlotte Gibbons
Catrine Bjerrehus

Brandy Holmes:  The freshman pitcher improved to 3-0 with a 6-1 win over Robert Morris last week.
Brandy Holmes

Dara Toman:  The softball freshman is quietly having a great freshman year, hitting .284 with six home runs, 20 runs scored and a team-leading 24 RBI.

Five Folks With Ties To Westlake-

based North Coast Conference To

Be Inducted to Ohio Basketball

Hall of Fame; Elyria native Ann 

Gilbert heads up list

March 29, 2010

By Jeff Miller

WESTLAKE -- Ann Gilbert, Don Henderson, Nan Nichols, Frank Shannon and Tom Toohig will represent the NCAC in the the OhioBasketball Hall of Fame's (OBHOF) class of 2010. The class comprised of 10 coaches, five college players, a club owner and a game official, as well as several team honorees, will be inducted on Saturday, May 22 at the Columbus Convention Center. The ceremony is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at http://www.ohiohoopzone.com/buy.html.

AnnMarie Gilbert

Gilbert, a native of Elyria, Ohio, was a two-time Kodak first-team All-American, a two-time NCAC Player of the Year, the Honda Division III Athlete of the Year and the Champion USA/WBCA Player of the Year in 1991 during her career at Oberlin after transferring from Ohio University. In her first season at Oberlin, she led the nation in scoring (31.1 points per game) and was the nation’s second-leading scorer in her second and final season for the Yeowomen (31.3 ppg). Gilbert set the NCAA Division III recordfor points in a game with 61 against Allegheny, Feb. 6, 1991. She is still the Oberlin record holder for points in a season (778, 1989-90), field goals in a game (28), field goals in a season (319) and free throws made and attempted in a game (13-of-17 vs. Case Western Reserve, Jan. 6, 1990). In just two seasons as a player at Oberlin, she registered 1,527 points to become the school’s leading scorer, a record that stood until 2002. 
NCAC Sportsmanship

All told, Gilbert set 24 school records and 10 conference records as a player and still holds 10 standing NCAA Division III records. She received an invitation to compete for the U.S. team in the 1990 Pan Am Games trials in Colorado Springs. Oberlin retired her jersey in 1994 and in 2001 she was inducted into the Oberlin College Athletic Hall of Fame.

After her playing career, Gilbert began coaching at Oberlin as an assistant coach with the women’s basketball team in 1992-93 and was an assistant men’s basketball coach in 1993-94, before assuming the women’s basketball head coaching duties in 1994. She is still the winningest coach in Oberlin women’s basketball history as the Yeowomen made six appearances in the NCAC postseason tournament during her tenure. Gilbert assisted in the development of eight separate All-NCAC players including the 1999 All-NCAC Newcomer of the Year. After Oberlin, Gilbert headed to the Division I level as she served as an assistant coach at Michigan State for five seasons. Currently, Gilbert is the head coach at Eastern Michigan University and has compiled a 47-42 record in three years.

Henderson spent 36 years as a teacher of mathematics and coach for the Springfield City Schools. He is best known for having coached the boys basketball team at Springfield North High School for 29 years (1960-1989), but he also was head baseball coach for 22 years. His basketball teams had two undefeated regular seasons, won six Western Ohio League championships and four district titles. In one three-year stretch, the Panthers had a 65-5 record. North had five all-state players in Henderson’s tenure. Two wereOhio players of the year. An all-state high school basketball player himself, Henderson spent four years (1947-50) in the Air Force after graduation from Cadiz High School. He entered Wittenberg University in 1950 and earned eight letters in baseball, basketball and football. He was elected into the Wittenberg Hall of onor in 1996. He was elected to the Ohio High School Basketball CoachesHall of Fame in 1991. Henderson is co-chairman of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.

Nichols, one of the early leaders in the women’s sports movement, had a dramatic impact on women’s athletics, both at The College of Wooster and on the national level. Along with her colleagues, she built a broad-based varsity athletic program for women at Wooster, one that would become a model for other colleges and universities throughout the United States. Nichols first came to Wooster as a physical education instructor in 1962 but she left after one year to pursue her master’s degree at Bowling Green State University. She came back to Wooster for good in 1965 and her return marked the beginning of varsity athletics for women. As head women’s basketball coach, she guided the Fighting Scots to three national tournament appearances, one conference championship, and an overall record of 186-131. As head women’s swimming and diving coach, she led the Scots to a remarkable 70-8 dual-meet record, even though she had never been a competitive swimmer. Nichols served as Wooster’s Director of Women’s Athletics for 21 years between 1974 and 1995. Outside of Wooster, Nichols served as chairperson for the Midwest Association for Intercollegiate Sports for Women and the Ohio Athletic Conference Committee on Women’s Sports. She also played a major role in the establishment of theCentennial Conference for women as well as the NCAC. In 1996, Wooster Created the Nan Nichols Classic as a way of honoring the long-time coach and administrator. The NCAC recognized Nichols achievements by naming its women’s basketball tournament most valuable performer trophy after her, beginning with the 2009-10 season.

Shannon was two-sport athlete at Wittenberg where he set the school scoring record in basketball and had a two-year record of 14-4 as a baseball pitcher. However, it was in coaching basketball that Shannon left his biggest impression. Known for the up-tempo style of his teams in an era when most coaches favored a deliberate game, he had great success both in high school and college. Shannon began coaching at Olive Branch High School in Clark County where he comprised a record of 83-18 in four seasons. In 1951, Olive Branch consolidated into Tecumseh High School, he took over as the head coached and tallied a four-year record of 84-14 with three district championships. Shannon accepted the head-coaching job at Ohio Wesleyan in 1958 and at the time the Battling Bishops had not had a winning record in six years. He turned the program around and won 214 games before he retired in 1979. Shannon coached the Battling Bishops to a record of 21-3 in the 1961-62 season and today that record still stands as the highest winning percentage in a season.

This winter, Toohig completed his 12th season as supervisor of men's basketball officials for the NCAC and its subsidiary, the Intercollegiate Officiating Association. He was a collegiate basketball official for 29 years, including 26 seasons in Division III. Toohig was a high school official for 46 years and worked his first game in 1969. He was chosen to officiate more than 20 regional tournaments and the state tournament on three occasions. In 1990, Toohig was called upon to teach the mechanics of three-person officiating for the Ohio High School Athletic Association. He was an assigner of high school officials for 30 years and still assigns officials for 12 colleges. 

Rachel Olach, Elisabeth Neumann 

double winners as Avon drops 

Fairview in West Shore track

March 29, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





AVON – Avon’s girls’ track team opened the West Shore Conference season tonight with a 96-31 win owe Fairview, which marks the last time the two will meet since the Warriors are leaving the league after this season.


Rachel Olach won both hurdles races, Elisabeth Neumann won the 100- and 200-meter dashes, Kathie Schlather, and Nicole Armstrong the 400 dash. Brittany Cox and Olach took 1-2 in the long jump.


In the boys’ event, Fairview was a 71-66 winner. Brian Hom won the mile and Wade Clark the 800  for Fairview. Bashir Ahmad won the long jump for the Warriors. Zak Wearsch the 110 hurdles for Avon.

Oberlin Softball Bounces the Bengals for First Win
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3/29/2010 7:16:29 PM
Box scores will posted once they become available.

Clermont, Fla. –
 The Oberlin College softball team recorded its first win of the season, outlasting the Buffalo State Bengals 7-6 on Monday afternoon in Clermont, Florida. The Yeowomen also fell to Cornell College 8-0. 

In the victory, Oberlin put together its best offensive performance of the season as Julia ChauvinKristine Kuchta and Lauren Luther each registered a pair of hits in the game. 

However, it was sophomore Megan Widmer who proved to be the hero as her two-out RBI single to right field in the top of the seventh scored rookie Brittany Dawson from second base for what proved to be the game-winning run. The win is even extra special for the Yeowomen as it avenges a 19-5 loss to these same Benagls just one day ago. 

Widmer, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, also got the win on the mound as she worked in the sixth and seventh innings. 

The Bengals would get the leadoff runner on base to start the home-half of the seventh, but after a sac bunt to advance her to second the next hitter would line-out to Chauvin at third who quickly threw back to second for the game-ending double play. 

Oberlin (1-11) returns to action tomorrow morning with games against Elmhurst College and Grove City College. The Yeowomen and Blue Jays are slated to get things going at 9:30 a.m.

Shaw & Schultz Honored by the NCAC
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3/29/2010 6:37:20 PM
Westlake, Ohio – Oberlin College seniors Clara Shaw and Madeline Schultzeach garnered weekly recognition from the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), the league office announced on Monday afternoon. 

Shaw was named as the NCAC Distance Runner of the Week while Schultz was tabbed as the NCAC Sprints/Hurdles Runner of the Week. 

Shaw, a native of Roseville, Minnesota, was a double winner at the Wooster Invitational. In Oberlin’s first meet of the outdoor season, she won the 1,500 meters in 4:47.67 and claimed the top spot in 5,000 meters in 18:20.88. 

Schultz finished second overall in the 400-meter hurdles with a mark of 1:05.65.

Both athletes will join the rest of their teammates at the Duke Invitational on Friday and Saturday.