A Page -- March 30, 2011

Strong, deep, senior group with two 

college scholarship-bound S/A's could 

mean Twinsburg's softball team has 

makings of NOC, district contender

March, 30 2011

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


TWINSBURG – With collegiate Division I and II Student/Athletes in its veteran corps, Twinsburg High’s softball team at least has high-level talent at the top end, and as long as the drop off of the performance of those at the rest up the upper level and the mid and still developing levels, the Tigers should challenge in both their NOC division and the district.

Leading the Tigers this season are seniors Ambur Farmer and Taylor Menhart who will go on to study and play ball next year on scholarship at Division I Niagara and Division II Ashland, respectively.


Lisa Lash, a senior pitcher, will also be counted upon to provide veteran leadership as well as function as the cornerstone of the Tigers’ defense.

“We have strong pitching with Lisa on the mound, said Twinsburg coach Tiffany Yehle, who is now in her seventh season as a head coach second with the Tigers. “We have a very talented group of young ladies that is led by our senior class.”

Farmer and Menhart will make up two thirds of the all-senior outfield that also includes Kristen Flipski. The other four-year veterans in that senior group, Jess Besquette and Morgan Thompson, will play first and second base, respectively.

Others expecting to contribute are Morgan Wright (Junior/catcher), Holly Adkins (Sophomore/catcher), Alyssa Carcioppolo (Sophomore/SS), Nicole Markey (Sophomore/3rd base and outfield), and Emily Sheets (Sophomore/3rd).

Kourtney Pauls is the Tigers’ only freshman this year. “Kourtney has a lot of athletic talent and can play infield or outfield,” Yehle said.

In Yehle’s first season as the head coach last year, the Tigers were 14-9. Paul Burnside will be in his 1st year as the assistant coach.

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


Mount's Miller named OAC golfer of the Week

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union senior Scott Miller (Wycoff, N.J./Ramapo) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Golfer of the Week.

Miller placed fourth among 82 golfers at the Muskingum Spring Invitational on Friday and Saturday. He carded a two-day total of 141 (74-67), which left him at one-over-par.In team competition, the Purple Raiders finished third out of 15 teams.

Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team Splits Opening OAC 

Doubleheader with Capital

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team split its Ohio Athletic Conference opening doubleahder today (Tuesday, March 29) with Capital University at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Field.  The Yellow Jackets won game one, 7-3, but fell in the nightcap, 8-1.  The contest was origianlly scheduled for March 26 but was postponed due to the temperature conditions.

With the split, B-W is now 9-3 overall and 1-1 in the OAC while Capital moves to 11-5 overall and 1-1 OAC.

In game one, the Yellow Jackets scored all the runs they needed with a four-run first inning. With two outs and B-W leading 1-0 via a homerun by freshman left fielder Ashley Elber (Huron/ Edison), the Capital third baseman dropped a foul pop fly in foul territory for what would have been the final out of that inning. B-W then responded by scoring three more times for the 4-0 advantage. The Elber homer was the first of her career.

The Yellow Jackets increased their lead to 5-0 with a run in the second and Capital made it 5-1 with a run of its own in the third.  B-W gained its largest lead at 7-1 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth before the Crusaders scored their final two runs in the sixth.

Kaity Mullen 

At the plate, B-W outhit Capital 15-9. Freshman third baseman Kaity Mullen (Avon Lake) had a perfect four base hits in four at-bats, scored two runs and had two runs batted-in. In addition, Elber and freshman RF Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/ Field) each went 3-for-4 and had a RBI. Elber also scored twice and Murray once. Freshman designated hitter Justina Wise (New London) and freshman shortstop Lauren Feciuch (Kent/ Field) each had a base hit and an RBI.

On the mound, junior pitcher Sarah Baker (Mentor/ Lake Catholic) improved to 4-1 overall as she tossed a complete-game seven innings, allowed nine hits, three runs (two earned) and had four strikeouts.

In the second game, Capital gained an early 2-0 advantage with a pair of runs in the top of the first. The Crusaders added three runs in the fifth to extend their lead to 5-0. B-W answered with a run in bottom half of the fifth on an RBI single by senior centerfielder Tanya Davis (Hinckley/Medina Highland) but the Crusaders tacked on three more in the seventh, making the final tally 8-1.

At the plate, Elber was 2-for-4 and Mullen was 2-for-3 with a double. Capital outhit B-W, 12-8. On the mound, Wise started and took the loss as she went the first five innings, allowing five runs (all earned) on eight hits. Senior Mackenzie Rohrbacher (Sandusky) threw the final two frames, allowing three earned runs on four hits.

Raiders nip Berg in eight

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- The Mount Union softball team earned a split in its home and Ohio Athletic Conference opener on Tuesday, taking a 2-1 eight-inning decision before dropping an 8-3 contest against Heidelberg at 23rd Street Field.

Winning pitcher Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) worked all eight innings in game one whileJill Rader (Ashland/Ashland) was 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) worked a one-out walk in the eighth, moved to second base on a groundout and then scored on Rader's game-winning, two-out bloop single into shallow right field.

Rader also plated Gromes in the sixth inning. Gromes reached with a single, advanced to second on a groundout and then crossed the plate after Rader hit a two-out liner into center field.

The Student Prince (13-3, 1-1) tied the game with a run in the seventh. Jami Wagner and Lauren Childs led off with back-to-back singled and moved up one base apiece on a double steal. Wagner then scored on an RBI groundout by Hannah Brumit.

McAninch scattered seven hits while allowing the one run. She struck out six batters and walked none.

Heidelberg's Ashley Stromack was 2-for-4 in support of pitcher Dana Thoms, who had four strikeouts and four walks in 7 2/3 innings.

Kelly Martz and Megan Reinhart added doubles for the visitors.

The Berg broke out the bats in game two, collecting 15 hits including seven for extra bases. It scored in six of the seven innings.

Brumit was 4-for-4 with a triple, two doubles and two RBIs. Martz batted 3-for-4 with two triples and two runs scored.

Also, Wagner went 3-for-4, Reinhart was 2-for-4 with a homer and Erica Huffman doubled.

Down 6-0 in the sixth, the Raiders made a push and mustered three runs.

Brenna Longo (Moon, Pa./Moon), Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) and Gromes opened the frame with consecutive singles; Gromes's hit plated Longo.

Haley Martinelli (Austintown/Austintown Fitch) added an RBI fielder's choice and Sarah Woody(Uniontown/Green) had an RBI groundout, but Mount Union went without a big knock to pull it closer.

Gromes finished with a 2-for-2 game.

Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) suffered the loss. She pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up four earned runs on nine hits while recording six strikeouts.

Woody had one strikeout in 2 1/3 innings of relief work.

Lexie Pinkelman went the distance for Heidelberg. She had four strikeouts and two walks.


Two days left to take advantage of early 

signing with discount on HOS summer 

soccer camps

March, 30 2011

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENT -- Soccer Student/Athletes participating in the HandsOnSoccer training camps this summer still have three days remaining to earn a $25 discount on their registration fees and could still take advantage of it by signing up online.

Otto Orf’s HandsOnSoccer is offering 29 summer soccer camps this year at nearly two dozen locations all over Northeastern Ohio. HOS and Orf are in their 21st year of servicing area soccer Student/Athletes with top-level professional soccer training.


Among the training S/As receive in the HOS program is instruction from college soccer Student/Athletes, most of who were high school S/As here in recent seasons and are now bringing home soccer knowledge gained from their college programs to share with up-and-coming are younger S/As during the summer months.

HOS Student/Coach Matt Mason (L) played for state power CVCA and national power Akron

Both half day and full day programs are available. The early bird discount for a half-day sign up includes a $15 reduction as opposed to $25.

Also for high school teams, full team training is available in which HS S/As could collect, digest and adapt soccer knowledge as a group,

For early registration and all other information, click on the link: www.handsonsoccer.com.







CLEVELAND  -- Senior Devin Dye (Canton, OH/Jackson) tossed seven shutout innings as the Case Western Reserve University baseball team defeated cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College, 8-0, on Tuesday, March 29 at Nobby's Ballpark.

With the win, the Spartans snap a four-game losing skid and improve to 15-10 overall. B-W has its six-game win streak snapped and falls to 10-5.Dye allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out five Yellow Jacket batters.


The Spartans got on the board twice in the bottom of the first when sophomore first baseman Brett Ossola (Potomac, MD/Bullis School) drove a two-run double to left. Case added two more in the second as senior catcher Steve Bills (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) hit an RBI triple to right then came around to score on a double play. 

The Spartan lead grew to 5-0 in the fourth when senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) walked to force home a run. Case then blew the game open with three runs in the eighth. 

Mullins singled in one and junior right fielder Sam Alexander (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) plated another two with a single to right.For the game, Bills was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.


Mullins was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, while Ossola was 3-for-5 with two RBI.Freshman reliever Jose Vega (Strongsville, OH/Padua) pitched the final two frames and struck out one to complete the Spartans' second shutout of the season.

In border battle of Portage and Stark, Hiram clubs 

Mount Union

ALLIANCE-- A late Mount Union rally fell short as the Purple Raider baseball team fell, 9-8 to Hiram Tuesday at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.Mount Union trailed 7-4 and scored a pair of runs in the seventh on a Ty Wood (Hudson/Hudson) double and a Connor Mathis (Akron/Firestone) single then tied the game in the eighth inning on a sacrfice fly RBI from Britt Williams (Canton/Massillon Jackson).

In the top of the ninth, Doug Adkins drove in the go ahead run with a double and Ian Sewolich had what turned into be a decisive sacrifice fly RBI for the Terriers, who snapped a five-game skid and moved to 7-8 overall on the season.

Mount Union rallied again in the bottom of the ninth as Mathis drove in another run and the Raiders got the tying run to second base before Torrey Stimson, who started the game at third base, slammed the door as he pitched the final two innings to pick up the win in his first appearance of the season.

Mathis drove in two runs on three hits, Craig Knott (Canton/GlenOak) also had three hits and Ricky Olasz (West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin) had a pair of hits as the Raiders totaled 11 hits for the game but left 11 runners on base.

Trent Vallinger (Poland/Poland Seminary), one of four pitchers to work, took the loss in relief for Mount Union that falls to 4-9 on the season

Storm, Cavs split softball double header

CANTON – Freshman Sarah Shields (Randolph, Ohio/Waterloo) fired her first career shutout, holding host Walsh University to just four hits in a 2-0 game one victory, to help the Lake Erie College softball team earn a split of a nonconference doubleheader on Tuesday (March 29) in Canton.  The hosts came back in the nightcap for a 9-1 win.

Shields (2-6) struck out a career-high eight and allowed just seven base runners in seven shutout innings in the opener to snap the Storm's (6-14, 0-6 GLIAC) six-game losing streak.  She was match inning-for-inning by Erin Ebert until the sixth when the Storm scored the game's only runs.

Freshman Krista Haley's (Holland, Ohio/Springfield Holland) two-out single scored classmate Jennifer Gratz (Richwood, Ohio/North Union) with the game's first run and junior Alison Heming's pinch-hit double scored Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) for the lead.  Pitching with the lead for the first time, Shields walked the first hitter in the sixth, but retired the last six hitters she faced to close it out.

Ebert (2-4) was the hard-luck loser, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings with one walk and five strikeouts.  The Cavaliers' (6-9) Dana Brown was the only player in the game for either team to record two hits.

The home team's bats woke up in the second game, banging out 15 hits, and got plenty of help from Lake Erie, who committed six errors in the contest.  The Cavaliers took a 2-0 first-inning lead and then added three in the fourth for a 5-0 lead.

The Storm got on the scoreboard in the fifth with an unearned run when Danielle Finkler(Chardon, Ohio/Berkshire) scored on Chelsey Bleck's (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) grounder that was mishandled by Kendra Gerber.

Walsh then got a two-run double from Crystal Pflegler in the sixth and Gerber atoned for her error with a two-run single in the sixth to end the game.

Kelsey Ford (4-2) held the Storm to just four hits – all singles- in the complete game victory.  Freshman Dawn Ondercin (Sheffield, Ohio/Brookside) took the loss, allowing five runs (two earned) on nine hits in four innings to fall to 2-5 on the year.

Westlake tops the 'Wood on the courts

Westlake opened the tennis season with a 5-0 win over Lakewood Tuesday.

 Westlake (5) v. Lakewood (0)


1. JT Rapaport d. Jimmy Matthiesen 6-2, 6-4

2. Abhi Ramachandran d. Dan Mezin 6-2, 6-0

3. Kevin Wang d. Brinich 6-1, 6-3



1.  Aroh Pandit/Stephen Flesicher d. Jacob Nebozuk/Max Difillipo 6-2, 6-2

2.  Pranay Arora/Austin Miller d. Dragoslav Cvetinovic/ Peter Barolow 6-2, 6-3