A Page -- March 4, 2010

Akron Springfield

With Errington and heavy hitting 

O'Neil and Honek, Akron Springfield 

returns a full veteran outfield; Coach 

Swan moving around others 

elsewhere to find the winning 


March 4, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




AKRON – With two of its top hitters in Dave Honeck and Joe O’Neil returning this season, Akron Springfield is expecting a breakout year in baseball after making it to the sectional final before falling to Coventry in 2009.


Along with left fielder Joe Errington, the Spartans return their entire outfield from last year, with O’Neil back in center and Honeck back in right. ): O’Neil, a senior and 2-year letter winner, hit for a.353 batting average on 24 hits (3 doubles/1 triple/ 2 HR) and 8 stolen bases in 2009.


Honeck, a junior and 1-year letter winner, posted a.309 batting average on 17 hits (6 doubles/2 HR) and had five steals. Errington, also a senior 2-year letter winner, had .a .224 batting average. He also had 13 walks and six stolen bases.


The top pitcher returning for the Spartans is senior letter winner Adam Rosen, who had a 2-3 pitching record with a 4.08 ERA.


Other returning varsity players include: Brandon Gower (Senior), Ryan Hershberger (Senior), Adam Lesar (Junior), Bobby Santy (Junior), and Nick Barlow (Sophomore).


Herschberger and O’Neil are two of the strongest in the classroom on the team.


“Our top returning player, Joe O’Neil, is an excellent student and leads by example on and off of the field,” said Springfield coach Scott Swann, now in his second year as the head man. “He was selected All-League in football this past fall and Honorable Mention All-League in baseball last spring.


“Ryan Hershberger is another excellent student-athlete that excels in the classroom & many playing fields (soccer, basketball, & baseball). He is very intelligent and it transfers well into the sports domain.”


After finishing 7-19 last year, Springfield has undergone some coaching changes. Swan has brought on new varsity assistants  Ed Rasnick and Dan Leffler and new JV assistants Danny Walker and Vinnie Ursetti.


The coaching staff is also shuffling the lineup to see if it can find the right chemistry to get back over the .500 mark and beyond the sectionals. Brandon Gower (Senior) is making the move from a crowded outfield to try third base. Rosen played a lot of 2B last year and may end up there again, but not before trying short and catcher. Errington played exclusively in left last year, but is going to try his hand at pitching, as well this year.


“Offensively, we need to hit for average and put more balls into play,” said Swan. “We also have to be cutting down on strikeouts or we will be stressed. Defensively, our infield needs to improve on eliminating fielding & throwing errors. We can’t afford to give our opponents extra outs.

B-W's Greg Patrick has emerged as 

one of the elite throwers in the OAC

March 4, 2010

By Jim Rodriguez 

BEREA, OHIO – It’s really a simple formula for Baldwin-Wallace College senior thrower Greg Patrick Put in the time, dedicate yourself to the sport and results will follow. But Patrick doesn’t just talk about getting better; he goes out and actually does it.

Patrick, a native of Collins, Ohio and graduate of Western Reserve High School, has developed into one of the elite throwers in the Ohio Athletic Conference and all of Division III during his time in Berea. He became the first shot put All-American in school history when he finished eighth at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships last May. Along the way, he racked up numerous accolades, including several All-OAC, All-Ohio and All-Region honors.

Greg Patrick

“Greg is a fierce competitor,” said veteran B-W Head Track & Field Coach Dr. Bill Taraschke. “He works very hard and wants to do well every time he competes.”

Patrick’s work ethic and dedication to throwing has led to some impressive statistics. But the most impressive of all is the fact that he has improved each of his marks in every season and every event he competes in.

Patrick stays busy by competing in the weight throw and shot put during the indoor track season and three events, the shot put, discus and hammer throws during the outdoor season.

After his first season of indoor track at B-W, his personal-bests were 47 feet, nine and three quarter inches for the shot put and 43’0.50” in the weight throw.  He has improved on those marks to now having career bests of 54’6.75” in the shot and 53’7” for the weight throw.

Outdoors, Patrick’s improvements are even more evident. He has bettered his shot put mark by nearly seven feet to a career-best mark of 54’0”, has increased his discus PR by 24 feet to 162’6” and hammer throw by 42 feet (163’2”).

Patrick has numerous positive attributes as an athlete which have allowed him to flourish at the collegiate level. “Greg has many strengths, but if you take one look at Greg in his uniform you will be hard pressed not to notice one of his biggest strengths: his power. The guy is one huge muscle and he’s extremely explosive,” said B-W Throwing Coach Jarrod Davis, a three-time Horizon League Champion thrower while competing for Youngstown State University.

His training regimen is intense as well. Patrick will throw for around two hours at practice, getting in anywhere between 20 and 40 throws, throwing less as the season progresses as he starts his peak phase. He also lifts three times a week and does plyometrics once a week. In the off-season, Patrick lifts four times a week and also throws on his own.

Patrick points to the mental aspect of throwing as one of his strengths as well. “I believe I have gained a mental edge. I have learned how to prepare for a meet and execute on meet days.”

“Greg is an intense competitor,” commented Davis. “Sometimes I literally have to warn the rest of our athletes to give him a little space when he is getting ready to throw. He’s a super nice guy, but he turns it up a couple notches on meet days.”

Listed at 5’11” and 255 pounds, Patrick is no small man, but Coach Taraschke notes Patrick’s quickness in the ring as one of his strengths as well.  “Greg has great quickness. For a big man, he is very fast. He also is goal-oriented and has the desire to improve.”

When asked why he has been able to consistently improve, Patrick points to his dedication to the sport and credits his teammates and Coach Davis. “With Coach Davis’ weight program, I’ve gotten stronger each year. Plus, working with him and the other throwers, I have definitely improved my technique,” said Patrick.

Patrick says he enjoys the camaraderie and team bonding with his  throwing group and his Coach, Davis. “We spend a majority of the time together at practices and meets and we have a good variety of people with different experiences,” noted Patrick.

In addition, Patrick says he enjoys competing in practice with teammate and fellow All-American, junior thrower Kevin Phipps (Pataskala/Watkins Memorial), who has automatically qualified for the 2010 Indoor National Championships in the weight throw.

“It absolutely helps having someone there who is a great competitor and who has already been to nationals,” said Patrick. “We went to the outdoor nationals together last year and have become close friends.”

Davis notes, “I challenge all of my athletes to review their season and determine what they could have changed to be more successful. Greg has really done a great job in realistically assessing his weaknesses and working to eliminate them.”

“I have always had the strength and athleticism, but my technique was my weakness,” said Patrick. “Now I have turned that into one of my strengths and figured out how to throw. Things are starting to come together.”

His junior year between the indoor and outdoor season is when Patrick says everything began to click. During that indoor season, Patrick earned All-Ohio and All-OAC honors in the weight throw and shot put, and hit a season-best throw of 51’3”, which met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the shot. However, his NCAA rank was not high enough to be invited to the ‘09 Indoor Nationals.

“I wanted to go the nationals,” said Patrick. “But my body wasn’t where it needed to be and my form wasn’t the greatest. But from that point on and going into the outdoor season, I really picked up.”

“I think the thing that sets Greg apart from most throwers at the Division III level is the combination of his focus and drive,” said Davis. “Throwing events are extremely technical and can be completely frustrating at times. I have seen Greg at some very trying times and I have seen him push through that to become one of the most talented throwers that I will ever get the chance to work with.”

Patrick, who is a double major in business management and accounting, had a breakout outdoor campaign in the spring of 2009. He was named the OAC Sparky Adams Field Event Athlete of the Year for his performance at the OAC Outdoor Championships, where he won the shot put (54’0”) and was second both the discus (152’5”) and hammer throws (163’2”).

He qualified for the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the shot put and discus. He finished 13th in the discus, but in the shot put, Patrick made the final round and finished eighth, thus becoming B-W’s first ever All-American in the shot put. For his efforts, Patrick was named the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Now a senior, Patrick has picked up his performance once again. He and Phipps set meet records at the OAC Relay Meet in January by combining to win the weight throw relay (108’7”) and shot put relay (101’4”). They were named OAC Co-Field Athletes of the Week. He is currently provisionally qualified in the shot put for the 2010 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 12-13 at DePauw(Ind.) University.

At last weekend’s OAC Indoor Championships, Patrick was named the Bud Yoest Most Outstanding Field Athlete as he placed first in the shot put (54’6.75”) and second in the weight throw (53’7”), both personal-bests. His indoor shot put mark reset his own school record, which he had previously broken at the Greater Cleveland Colleges Meet the week before. Patrick is now ranked fifth in the nation for the shot and has a strong chance of going to nationals.

“It’s cool to have your name with a record,” said Patrick. “But personally I’m more interested in getting better and hitting the big throws when it counts. As of now, I am happy with my performance this season. My throwing has improved every week and I’m looking forward to hitting some bigger marks.”

He also realizes he has a unique opportunity to close out his career as B-W is the host institution for the 2010 NCAA Division IIIOutdoor Track & Field Championships from May 27-29.

“I’m pretty excited for that,” said Patrick. “It will be a good chance for me to end by college career by competing at the national meet. It’s not often that athletes have the national meet at their home school and for me, it would be a special end to my career.”

Davis concluded with his thoughts on Patrick: “Greg is physically, technically, and mentally ready to throw much further this year. All he needs to do is relax and let it happen.”

In other words, don’t be surprised to see Patrick’s formula work and for him to once again improve.


Once Boduszek and Buehner are  

ready to turn in their hockey sticks for 

baseball lumber within the next two 

weeks, Gilmour diamond men will set 

their sights on regional and state 


March 4, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




GATES MILLS – With two of its top hitters about to come off the school’s highly successful Varsity A hockey team (the Lancers are playing in the district championship against University School tomorrow for a trip to the state’s Frozen Four) as key back end players, Gilmour should be able to field one of the better baseball teams in the area.

Goalie Graham Boduszek and defenseman Zach Buehner will be trading in the their hockey sticks for baseball lumber in a one day turnaround (which they obviously hope will be 14th and 15th, the day of  and after the state championship game), and the Lancer diamond men are certainly anxiously awaiting them.

Both seniors, Boduszek hit for a .377 average with 29 runs scored, 26 hits, 15 RBIs, 7 doubles, a .527 on base percentage and seven stolen bases; Buehner in 2009 batted .338  with 24 runs, 26 hits, 20 RBIs, a .481 OBP, 10 swipes.

Other key players returning for the Lancers are senior Nate Fiala (20 R, 11 RBI, 4 SB), junior Matt Debick (9 RBI), junior Matt Pestotnik(.368 avg.), senior Jake Hurley(1.62 ERA, 35IP, 29K, 5-0 Record), and junior Mike Zavagno (24IP, 2W, 17K).

With Hurley’s ability to win games and keep opposing runners from crossing the plate and Zavango’s control on the mound, the Lancers will be tough to beat when coach Jay Fowler hands them the ball.

“We have a nice group of seniors coming back who have plenty of playoff experience being that we made the state semifinals two years ago and the regional semifinals last year,” said Fowler, who is in his first year as the Lancer head coach.This group complements one another very well in that we have nice balance between speed and power both at the plate and on the mound.”

The Lancers should be able to get some help from a couple of transfers in Jeff Rousseau, a junior catcher-infielder-pitcher, and Sam Handy, a junior third baseman-pitcher.

“As a coaching staff the only real expectation we have for this team is that they give everything they have for the time they spend on the field each day,” Fowler said. “We could only hope that the effort they give will be one in which the players hope to get better as individual baseball players as well as a team on a daily basis. Through the hard work our goal is to win a state championship.”

Returners from the last year’s JV unit are Cam Carmen (junior 1B), Frank Pines (junior-IF),  John Mohorcic (junior catcher), Oliver Flesher (sophomore catcher), Brad Gazdag (sophomore-P/IF), Rob Catanese (sophomore –IF/OF) and Connor Moriarty (sophomore-P).

The JV team had an average year against very difficult competition.  The coaching staff is looking for several of the then freshman, now sophomores, to help contribute on the varsity level. 

“We take pride in the importance of learning at the JV level so that the players will be prepared to make the jump to varsity,” Fowler said. “We have the utmost confidence in each and every one of our players that they will give their best day in and day out.  As a team we instill the idea that we can win every single day no matter the opponent.  We know we can succeed and we know that we will fail but in the end it will be how we respond and learn from our mistakes.”

 The Lancers were 16-7 last year.

“Every year our team goal revolves around winning our league (Cuyahoga River Conference) and ultimately wanting to win a state championship,” Fowler said.The most important goal for us will be to keep focus for every inning and to be able to rely on being fundamentally sound.

“Our biggest area that we need to improve in is understanding what it means to be consistent and show up with goals to accomplish each day.  This team has the ability to do so and the chemistry of these athletes will help get us there.”

Each year Gilmour plays a very challenging schedule that helps it get ready for the postseason.  This year is no different with conference foes in St. Ignatius, Walsh Jesuit, Benedictine, St. Edward, and SVSM.  The Lancers also will play rivals Hawken and University School.

“This team has a great chance to continue the recent success of the Gilmour Academy baseball program,” Fowler said. “We have a nice combination of experience and youth that should give us a balanced attack on the mound and at the plate.  We look to contend in our conference each year and hope to regain the magic of 2 years ago and return to the state tournament in Columbus, OH.”

Fowler also has the luxury of having quality students as well as coachable athletes.

The student in student/athlete truly comes first for our players,” said Fowler.  “As a whole we do very well in the classroom.  The focus in the classroom carries over on to the field where these athletes are able to analyze situations and find the solution in and quick and consistent fashion.”

Tondo and Chardon alumna Erin 

Hollinger named first team All-

UAA selections

By Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND, OH (March 4, 2010) - The Case Western Reserve University women's basketball team had three players represented on theUniversity Athletic Association teams which were announced today, including two first team selections


The women's team was led by a first team nod for senior guard Ashleigh Tondo (McDonald, OH ~ pictured), who has now been a first team selection the past three seasons.  Joining her on the first team was sophomore forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH), who  earned a second team selection last season.  Junior guard Caitlin Henry (Fairfax, VA) was also an honorable mention choice.



Tondo's selection brings to a close one of the most storied careers in Case Western Reserve history as the first three-time first team All-UAA selection for either the men's or women's program.  A do-it-all guard, Tondo  finished third in the UAA in scoring (13.2 ppg), fifth in rebounding (7.0 rpg), first in assists (95) and second in steals (70), Case Western Reserve closed with a winning record (13-12), as Tondo ends her Spartan career fourth in school history in points scored (1,183), seventh in rebounding (568) second in assists (358) and second in free throws (287).

"Ashleigh has really made her mark not just at Case Western Reserve but in the UAA ," said Head Coach Jennifer Reimer.  "With what she has accomplished, she's one of the best players to ever come through Case and she will be missed." 

Chardon alum Erin Hollinger

Hollinger, a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, provided a dominant force down low for the Spartans this season and finished second in the UAA in scoring (14.2 ppg), first in blocks (49, 59th nationally), sixth in field goal percentage (.449) and third in free throw percentage (.784).

"Erin's recognition shows all the hard work she puts in day in and day out," said Reimer.  "She's an amazing athlete and student and the recognition in both areas is well deserved."

Henry solidified the guard/forward position, scoring 11.9 points per game, good sixth in the conference.  Her .464 field goal percentage [third in UAA] and .379 three-point percentage [third in UAA] make her a valuable asset.  

"Caitlin does a lot of things behind the scenes to make are team go and it's nice to get recognized for that," said Reimer.

Women's Basketball - #19 Mount Union Plays #24 Washington & Jefferson (PA) in NCAA First Round at Messiah (PA) Friday 5 pm; LISTEN on WRMU 91.1 FM; All Five Slated Starters for Mount are Alumnae of Cleveland Area High Schools 

March 4, 2010

By Lenny Reich

The Game
Mount Union plays Washington & Jefferson in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Friday at 5 pm at Messiah College in Grantham, PA.  The game will be broadcast LIVE on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM (Alliance) and simulcast online with LIVE STATS with Lenny Reich calling all the action starting at 4:50 pm.

How They Got Here
Mount Union won the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship and claimed the conference’s automatic bid to NCAA Tournament.  The OAC is one of 41 conferences that receive automatic bids into the tournament.  Washington & Jefferson finished second in the Presidents Athletic Conference and was awarded one of 21 national al-large bids to the NCAA Tournament.  The final three spots in the NCAA Tournament went to school’s not in one of the 41 automatic bid conferences.

NCAA Tournament History
Mount Union will be making its fourth ever NCAA Tournament appearance but first since 1998.  The Raiders have an 11-3 record in NCAA Tournament games making it to the round of 16 in 1995, losing in the national championship game in 1996 and finishing third in the nation in 1998.

The Presidents are in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in its 35-year history (1995, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010), but the Presidents are still in search of their first national postseason victory.

The Series
This is the sixth meeting between Mount Union and Washington & Jefferson and the Raiders hold a 4-1 lead in the series.  The last meeting was a 46-41 Mount Union win on Nov. 18, 2006 at the W&J Holiday Inn Tip Off Tournament in Washington, PA.

The Coaches
Suzy Venet (Mount Union ’98) is 77-56 in her fifth season at her Alma mater.  Venet was an All-American for the Purple Raiders and is the OAC’s all-time assists leader.  She was an assistant coach at Minnesota State-Mankato then got her first heading coaching job at Manchester (IN) College.  Including her season at Manchester, her career coaching record is 88-72.

In six seasons at W&J, Head Coach Jina DeRubbo has collected a 133-37 overall record (.782), won two PAC championships, taken four teams to the NCAA Tournament and competed in postseason play in all six seasons.  DeRubbo has 13 years of experience as a Division III head coach (Bethany, 1997-2004) and her career record stands at 264-95 (.735).  Her teams have competed in the postseason 11 times (8 - NCAA, 3 - ECAC).  She has also led teams to six Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championships.

Common Opponents
Mount Union has played one team from the PAC this season knocking off Westminster (PA), 65-60 in the season opener.  W&J went 2-1 against Westminster this season sweeping the two regular season meetings then falling, 64-61 in the semifinals of the PAC Tournament.  Washington & Jefferson beat OAC regular season champ, Capital, 56-48 in its second game of the season on Nov. 20.  Mount Union went 2-1 against Capital splitting the regular season meetings and then scoring an 80-71 win in last week’s OAC Tournament title game.

Projected Mount Union Starters
10    Rosa LaMattina    G    5-6    Fr.    Westlake/Westlake    11.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg
15    Tessa Pohovey    G    5-6    Sr.    Strasburg/Tuscarawas Valley    11.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg
24    Kori Wiedt    G    5-5    So.    North Olmsted/North Olmsted    10.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg
23    Amanda Rose    F    5-10    So.    Uniontown/Green    8.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg
45    Lauren Forquer    C     5-10    Jr.    North Canton/Green    8.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg

Up Next ...
The winner of this game will play the winner of a matchup between #17 Messiah (PA) and Neumann (PA) in an NCAA Second Round matchup Saturday at 7 pm at Messiah.  The regional winner advances to the sectionals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship next Friday and Saturday.

Get to the Point
Things start for both teams at point guard in Mount Union freshman Rosa LaMattina and W&J senior Kennan Killeen.  

LaMattina leads the Purple Raiders in scoring (11.6 ppg), shooting (.479), three-pointers made (49), assists (74) and steals (62).  She was named OAC Freshman of the Year, OAC Tournament MVP and All-OAC Second Team.

Killeen, who was named the 2010 PAC Player of the Year last weekend, leads W&J in scoring at 12.0 points per game.  Killeen has played 112 games during her four-year career and has only come off the bench one time.  Earlier this season, she joined the 1,000-point club at W&J and now sits eighth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,178 career points and third with 438 assists. 

Youth versus Experience
Mount Union features just one senior on the entire roster while starting a freshman and two sophomores, while Washington and Jefferson has three seniors in its starting lineup.

The Raiders lone senior is Tessa Pohovey who play in her 99th career game against W&J.  Pohovey is a three-year starter who is second on the team in scoring this season (11.0  ppg) along with 4.5 rebounds per game on her way to All-OAC First Team and OAC All-Tournament team honors.  She is the first Raider to be on the All-OAC First Team since 2004.

Mount Union’s other upperclassman in the starting lineup is junior center Lauren Forquer who is second in rebounding at 5.3 per game to go along with 8.3 points per game.  She has come on late this season as she has scored in double figures in five of the last 11 games and matched a career-high with nine rebounds against Capital in the OAC Tournament championship game.

Along with LaMattina the rest of the Raiders’ starters are a pair of sophomores in guard Kori Wiedt and Amanda Rose.  Wiedt was an All-OAC honorable mention selection averaging 10.5 ppg and second on the team with 48 three-pointers.  Rose is the top rebounder at 6.0 per game.

Killeen with fellow seniors Maggie Gibson and Stephanie Smith have each appeared in more than 100 games throughout their careers at Washington and Jefferson.

Gibson averages 11.0 points and 9.7 rebounds and earlier this season, the 6-foot-0 forward became the first player in school history to reach 1,000 career points and rebounds. Gibson is ninth all-time in scoring at the college with 1,156 points and owns a school-record 1,118 rebounds.  Smith is the Presidents’ top long distance threat as she has connected on 54-of-130 attempts from three-point range.  Her 202 career three-point field goals are a school record.

Guards Alyssa Oursler and Vanessa Rivera round of the starting five for the Presidents.  Oursler is a 90-percent free throw shooter that is third on the team in scoring (10.0 ppg) and second in rebounding (3.9 rpg), while Rivera started the season as a backup point guard but has started 10 of the last 11 games.

Mount Union NCAA Tournament History
Appearances 3 (1995, 1996, 1998)
Record: 11-3

First Round
Mount Union 70, Ohio Wesleyan 63
Second Round
Mount Union 73, Defiance 63
William Patterson (NJ) 59, Mount Union 58

First Round
Mount Union 64, Wittenberg 51
Second Round 
Mount Union 65, Capital 62
Mount Union 79, Southern Maine 62
Mount Union 66, Defiance 61
National Semifinal
Mount Union 71, St. Thomas (MN) 57
National Championship
UW-Oshkosh 66, Mount Union 50

Second Round
Mount Union 57, Calvin (MI) 56
Mount Union 79, St. Benedict (MN) 74
Mount Union 67, St. Thomas (MN) 63
National Semifinal
Southern Maine 79, Mount Union 66
Third Place Game
Mount Union 68, Rowan (NJ) 64