A Page -- March 4, 2011

Magnificat softball preparing to bounce 

back after rebuilding year but still 

relatively young

March 4, 2011 –12:01 a.m.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – As is the case in most seasons, Magnificat will have one of the better teams in the region, but, as always, the goal is to make it to States and ultimately win it all in the big-school division.

However, the Blue Streaks will have to overcome a down year from 2010 in which they finished an out-of-character 6-19-1.

“Our goal is to improve and get team to compete with all by the end of the season,” Mags coach Chris Barrow said.  “We have a solid, young nucleus to build on in order to accomplish that.”

Although graduation and injuries has caused the coach to make some adjustments for this season, the Blue Streaks do return four starters.


The key returning Student/Athletes are Callan Ganim (JR. – Catcher), Bridget Popovic (JR. – CF), and Alexis Setta (SOPH. - 2B, 3B).

Among the promising newcomers are Brianna Mills (FR. – Pitcher), Destinie Keeton (FR. - Catcher, SS), and Carly Levindofske (FR. - Catcher, 1B, 3B).

“The team will be very young with only 4 starters returning,” said Barrow, now in his 17th season at Mags and 13th as the head coach.  “Our pitching will be young and inexperienced.”

While the pitching is green, Barrow is loaded with catchers, three proven ones, to handle them once they come around and garner the necessary experience to be successful and highly contributory.

State-bound freshman wrestler Ryan 

Harris is Beachwood Student/Athlete of 

the Week

March 4, 2011 –12:01 a.m.

By Ryan Peters

BEACHWOOD -- This week's Bison Student/Athlete of the Week is freshman wrestler, Ryan Harris. This past weekend, Harris won the Division III

Northeast District wrestling tournament at 125 pounds, which qualified him the OHSAA State Tournament that begins later today.

During the course of the tournament, Harris defeated his first-round opponent by a technical fall,17-2, and in the second round he won, 9-0.

Ryan Harris


In the semi finals he faced the defending State Runner-Up from Keystone High School and beat him by a controlled score of 4-2. In the finals he won a 5-3 victory over a highly ranked opponent from CVCA.

Harris heads into the State Tournament as a top-seeded wrestler and a record of 44-4.

He joins Jordan Lipp (2005 graduate) as the second freshman in school history to win a District Championship.

"Ryan was simply awesome this weekend. His semifinal victory over the defending state runner up was impressive, but was expected. Ryan is that good! Mentally, physically and technically, Ryan has all of the tools necessary to win a state championship this upcoming weekend," Head Coach Dugan Bentley said.

The State Tournament begins today at 3 PM and continues through Saturday.

Seven Lake Erie Track & Field Student/Athletes 

Earn All-Region Honors from USTFCCCA


March 4, 2011 –12:01 a.m.

By Jason Tirotta

PAINESVILLE – Seven Lake Erie College track and field Student/Athletes, five men and two women, earned indoor all-region honors for the 2010-11 season.  The performance-based honors, awarded by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the first time on Tuesday (Mar 1), recognize individuals ranked in the top five in each event in the region.


 Leading the way was sophomore Chris Burrows (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison), who earned All-Midwest Region honors in three events.  Burrows, a national qualifier in the 200- and 400-meter dashes, also earned all-region honors in the 60-meter dash.

Massillon's Dudley (L), Highland grad Klukar (R)


Four other Storm men earned honors in single events, including three national qualifiers. Freshman Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) in the high jump, sophomore Eric Klucar (Medina, Ohio/Highland) in the pole vault, sophomore Isaac Snyder (Salesville, Ohio/Buckeye Trail) in the heptathlon and sophomore Cameron Whitner (Westerville, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) in the 60-meter dash all received All-Midwest recognition.


Burrows, Dudley, Klucar and Snyder will represent Lake Erie at the NCAA Division II Indoor National Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque , N.M. , March 11-12.

Bedford's Boyd (L), Brunswick's Bednar (R)


On the women’s side, sophomores Andrea Boyd ( Bedford , Ohio /Bedford) and Colleen Bednar ( Brunswick , Ohio / Brunswick ) were All-Midwest Region selections.  Boyd did so in the 60-meter hurdles while Bednar was a top-five performer in the long jump.


They’ll open the outdoor portion of the team’s schedule next weekend in Myrtle Beach , S.C. , at the Coastal Carolina University Invitational March 11-12.

Defending Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division Football Champion Solon Fills 2011 Schedule; Buchtel Added As New Non-League Foe For At Least Two Seasons

March 4, 2011 –12:01 a.m. 

By Jim McQuaide, Jr.

The 2011 Solon football schedule has been filled with the addition of Akron Buchtel. Solon and Buchtel have entered into a two-year contract that will bring the Buchtel Griffins to Solon in week three this coming season and also in 2012.

Akron Buchtel will start the home portion of the Comets 2011 schedule, as Solon opens up on the road at Shaker Heights and Worthington Kilbourne, to begin the 2011 campaign. The Griffins come off a superb 2010, having reached the State Championship Game and finishing as the Division III State Runners-Up.

“We are thrilled to have Akron Buchtel on our 2011 schedule,” said Solon Head Coach Jim McQuaide. “Buchtel has proven over the years that they are a premier Ohio program and they come off a tremendous season in 2010. The Griffins will be a great challenge for us the next two years.”

The Griffins are coached by Ricky Powers and compete in the Akron City Series.

The Northeast Ohio Conference portion of the 2011 schedule will be different than in previous years. The league welcomed Mentor into the Valley Division and Solon’s cross-over games have been changed. To begin NOC cross-over play, Solon will welcome the North Royalton Bears to Stewart Field and will visit Parma Normandy the following week.

The 2010 campaign was another historic season for the Solon Comets, as the team finished with a 10-0 regular season record, an NOC Valley Division title, and advanced to the Division I Region 1 final. 

Yeomen Golf Season Preview

March 4, 2011 –12:01 a.m.

By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – On day like today with one of the worst winter storms of the season it is hard to think golf, but that is exactly what we are doing as we take an in-depth view at the new-look Yeomen golf team. 

The Yeomen enter a new era in 2011 behind the leadership and energy of first-year Head coach Brett Nichols. The Yeomen will return just two players from the 2009-10 season and will take a young and talented team into a full tournament schedule this spring. 


Leading the Yeomen will be freshman standout Will Gautier. The Norwich, Vermont, native is coming off a senior year in which he finished tied for 11th at the New Hampshire State Championships, where he garnered All-State Honorable-Mention honors. Gautier will immediately step in and play near the top of the lineup for the revamped Yeomen. \

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Spartan Men’s Basketball Duo Named All-UAA


PITTSFORD, NY – Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball sophomore forward Austin Fowler (Farmington Hills, MI/Brother Rice) and senior center Eric Duerr (Gibsonia, PA/Pine-Richland) have been named to the 2011 All-University Athletic Association team, announced by the league office on Thursday, March 3.

Fowler (L) Duerr (R)


Fowler garnered first-team honors in his first season with the Spartans, while Duerr earned honorable-mention status for the second straight year.

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Purple Raiders Defeated by Oberlin
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Oberlin, Ohio - The Oberlin College men's tennis team continued its run of good play as they extended their win streak to two matches with tonight's victory over Mount Union 6-3.

In a great start to the match the Yeomen notched two doubles wins through solid play and gut-check effort.

Joe Leffler and Charlie Marks hit together for the first time this season.  In the top spot they were slow to find their rhythm falling behing Nate Fockler and Patrick Yackmack 5-2.  Once the Oberlin pair found their strokes and settled into the match they turned in a great performance earning a 9-7 win.

Hitting in the third spot Sam Towne and William Broderick notched their second win together closing out their match with strong play defeating the Purple Raiders' Jeff Looker and Drew LeGrendre 8-5.

In the No. 2 doubles position Eliot Heaton and Logun Chun came up a bit short as they were edged out 8-6.

"This was one of the better team performances in the recent past and certainly of the season.  The guys played really well putting forth great effort in doubles helping us to the early lead and some confidence heading into singles", noted head coach Adam Shoemaker following the match.

In singles action Oberlin continued to play solid tennis winning four of six matches.

Chun, Oberlin's first-year ace, continued to play well earning his fourth win in row defeating Zach Perry 6-1, 6-0.

Heaton, hitting as the Yeomen No. 5 also found himself in a rather easy match as the winner of a 6-0, 6-1 contest with Looker.

Oberlin's No. 6, Broderick, put in a good performance in singles play earning his second win of the day.  He set back LeGrendre 6-4, 6-3 to earn his first singles match in dual match play.

The deciding match for Oberlin came from the third position where Towne got out to a great start with a 6-0 first set win before stumbling in second falling 6-4.  He gutted out the third set clinching the match for the Yeomen with a 6-4 victory in the set over Yackmack.
Season-Opening Lacrosse Action Moved to Case Western Reserve
Lacrosse Cancel Team Loss
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Oberlin, Ohio – The lingering winter weather on the campus of Oberlin College has left Fred Shults unplayable, thus forcing the respective men’s and women’s lacrosse season openers to be played on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Both games will still be played on their original dates and at the originally scheduled times. The Yeomen will battle Aurora University on Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m., while the Yeowomen will take on Medaille on Monday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m. 

Due to the games being moved, no webcast will be provided for either contest. 

NCAC Track & Field Championships Get Underway Today
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Oberlin, Ohio –
 The John W. Heisman Club Field House will be action packed over the next two days as Oberlin College plays host to the 2011 North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday and Saturday.

Competition for the conference crown on both the men’s and women’s side will be fierce as the Yeowomen look to put an end to Ohio Wesleyan’s four-year winning streak, while Wabash, Allegheny and Oberlin all hope to end the Bishops three-year streak on the men’s side. 

In the pre-championship poll, the OWU women received all seven first-place votes from the league’s coaches, while Oberlin was picked to finish second by everyone as well.

The Lady Bishops excel in all the areas needed to win. In addition to their success in the individual running events, they also excel in relays and throws. However, that doesn’t mean they are unbeatable as Oberlin tied OWU in 2009 with 138 points to become Co-Conference Champions. 

The Yeowomen are led by senior distance specialist Joanna Johnson who has the fastest time in the NCAC in the 3,000 and 5,000. Oberlin’s 4x400 meter relay team also has the best mark in the conference by nearly six seconds. 

The Little Giants of Wabash received three of the eight first-place votes in the men’s poll, with the other five going to OWU. The Bishops have posted league-best times in eight of the 17 events that will be contested this weekend. 

Allegheny was picked third with 45 points, while Oberlin was right on its tails with 42. 

The Yeomen should fare will in the field events with senior Josh Gallagherleading the way in the throws and sophomore Alexander Guo pacing the field in the jumps. 

The titles are on the line so come out and join us. Admission for adults is $5 dollars per day or $10 for an all-sessions pass. Children and students with a college ID are $3 dollars a day. 

If you cannot make it out to the event, fans, parents, and alums are encouraged to watch the free live video online and follow along with live results. This will mark the first time in conference history that NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships will be streamed live online. 


Scoring of Hannah McCue, intense team 

defense, gutsy play of Allyson Helleis

put Rocky River into district title game; 

Pirates drop Beaumont

 March 4, 2011 – 12:01 A.M.

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 CLEVELAND (WEST PARK) – Hannah McCue was making baskets from all over the court in all four quarters, scoring a game-high 27 points, thanks in a large part to the aggressive defensive gems of her teammates, the conjoined effort leading Rocky River to a 45-25 Division II district semifinal win over Beaumont here in the Academy Center on the St. Joe campus.

The Pirates will play Hathaway Brown in Saturday afternoon’s championship game here.

Watch a few short videos from Thursday’s Rocky River-Beaumont game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Perhaps the key to the game was more defensive than offensive though as a chief turning point came when a strong defensive stand by Rocky River kept Beaumont in the icebox the last three and a half minutes of the first half and the first seven minutes of the second half.

The tight and aggressive River defensive play kept the Blue Streaks scoreless for the seven-minute stretch at the start of the second half and in the meantime River was able to get enough off the not- too-shabby Beaumont defense, as well, to build its biggest lead, 25-13, with two and a half minutes to go in the third quarter.

After scoring its first points of the half with a minute to go in the third on a Maribeth Teresczuk basket, the Blue Streaks made a rush run. Annie Bova hit a three and then off a steal, Bova came down with a chance to cut the deficit to five with the layup but Allyson Helleis drew the charge, sending the ball back to River.

Helleis came through on defense again in the fourth quarter on a play that for the most part put it away for River.

Using her hard-nosed play, Helleis stole the ball at the top of the key and dashed across the half-court line, outracing her defender and drawing the intentional foul at the other end as she went tumbling to the floor.


Listen to post-game interview with Rocky River Student/Athlete Allyson Helleis, conducted by Norm after the tonight’s Pirates-Blue Streaks game, by clicking and downloading


Unshaken, she made both tosses with 5:26 to go to give River a 33-18 lead and the ball.

Creating opportunities by allowing Beaumont to get into its half-court offense and then forcing the steal and the awkward shots, Rocky River was able to build a decent six-point halftime lead, 19-13 off baskets on the run after strong defensive turns.


Listen to post-game interview with Rocky River Student/Athlete Hannah McCue , conducted by Norm after the tonight’s Pirates-Blue Streaks game, by clicking and downloading


McCue scored 15 of the Pirates’ 19-first half points, most of those coming off the break or when she was able to break open in the set offense and the crisp passes from teammates were able to find her.

After McCue scored the Pirates’ first 11 points of the game, Ciara Kessler came in with the change-up and scored four on two successive baskets.


Listen to post-game interview with Rocky River Student/Athlete Ciara Kessler, conducted by Norm after the tonight’s Pirates-Blue Streaks game, by clicking and downloading


A slightly sloppy first quarter had more transition ball via the turnover by both sides more than anything else, but at least River was able to get the ball to McCue, who was able to score all seven of the Pirates’ first-quarter points, as they held a slight 7-5 edge after the first eight-minute segment of play.

Things picked up some in the second quarter. Teresczuk gave Beaumont its first lead, 8-7, with a three at the 7:30 mark of the second quarter.

River swiped the lead right back by making a steal on defense and then running, McCue making the layup to get it back, 9-8.

Another three by Teresczuk made it 11-9, Beaumont, with seven minutes to go in the half.

McCue tied it with a basket with 5:30 to go and then the pair by Kessler gave River a 15-13 lead with 3:05 to go in the half.

The only points scored the rest of the half by either team were the four by McCue.

Hathaway Brown uses 4/4ths of court on 

defense to build up early 28-point lead; 

then uses ¼ of floor on “D” for remaining 

7/8ths of game to pound out 80-25 district 

semifinal win over Central Catholic

March 4, 2011 – 12:01 A.M.

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND (WEST PARK) – Perennial state basketball power Hathaway Brown wasted no time in establishing dominance Thursday night in exploding both offensively and defensively on the way to an 80-25 win over Cleveland Central Catholic in a Division II district semifinal here in St. Joseph Academy Athletic Center.

Form the get-go, the full-court press of Hathaway Brown had the Ironmen flustered, forcing the early turnovers.

Watch a few short videos from Thursday’s HB-CCC game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Jumpers by Tanisha Lawler and Beth Brzozowski gave HB a 4-0 lead with the game only 70 seconds old.


Listen to post-game interview with HB Student/Athlete Tanisha Lawler, conducted by Norm after the tonight’s Blazers-Ironmen game, by clicking and downloading


The Ironmen finally got on the board, but the Blazers continued to create off the turnovers forced by their defense in the backcourt, opening up a 18-2 lead before the first quarter was even half completed.

Threes by Brzozowski and Lysette Roman aided the early 18-2 run, which before the quarter was completed wound up evolving into a 30-2 run as the Blazers turned in 14 steals as a team in the first quarter alone.


Listen to post-game interview with HB Student/Athlete Beth Brzozowski, conducted by Norm after the tonight’s Blazers-Ironmen game, by clicking and downloading


CCC already had players with three fouls in the first quarter. The scoreless streak for the Ironmen finally ended at 26 consecutive Blazer points when Robin Smith hit a pair of free throws with 1:04 to go in the quarter. Smith also hit a three later that was matched by Nia Marshall and HB had a 35-7 lead with still three full quarters to play.

HB Coach Paul Barlow took the full-court press off and cleared the bench before the first quarter was completed, which opened up some crevices for Ironmen scoring opportunities but not many.

A slower tempo in the second quarter resulted in the Blazers hitting the 50-point mark at 1:05 left in the half on the Steph Poland basket.

Vanessa Smith had reached double figures scoring before the first quarter was completed; Nia Marshall and Roman had gotten there by halftime. The Blazers led 55-13 by the midway point.


Listen to post-game interview with HB Student/Athlete Vanessa Smith, conducted by Norm after the tonight’s Blazers-Ironmen game, by clicking and downloading


Steph Poland, younger sister of the starting post Sarah Poland, also wound up reaching double figures as she and the rest of the bench gained a plethora of playing time in this game.

One mishap in the second half had Lawler going up for a layup and coming down hard on the floor. She hobbled off and was on crutches after the game, but it only appears to be a twisted ankle and she should be OK for Saturday although this diagnosis is not official, nor professional.

Spartan Women’s Basketball Trio Named All-UAA


March 4, 2011 –12:01 a.m.

By Nick Minerd

PITTSFORD, NY – Three members of the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team have been named to the 2011 All-University Athletic Association Team, announced by the UAA office on Thursday, March 3. Highlighting the selections was a first-team nod for junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon).



In addition to Hollinger, sophomore guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) received second-team honors and senior forward Caitlin Henry (Fairfax, VA/Robinson) was tabbed honorable mention.


Hollinger, now a three-time All-UAA selection, was first-team last season and second-team as a freshman in 2008-09.

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Oberlin Women's Tennis Deflated by Ashland University's 5-4 Win in Marathon Five-and-a-Half-Hour Match
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By Wes Davis

Oberlin - The Oberlin College women's tennis team nearly avenged a 7-2 loss from a season ago in their match with NCAA Division II Ashland University tonight in John W. Heisman Field House.  After dueling it out for nearly six hours the Eagles claimed victory in the final match on the court to break the 4-4 tie.

The Yeowomen gained early momentum in the match through solid play during doubles action taking a 2-1 lead over the Eagles of Ashland University, ranked 6th in the Midwest Region in the latest Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings.

Falling behind 1-0 after dropping the No. 3 doubles match new pairings in the top two spots proved to be on point as Oberlin cruised to an 8-2 win in the second position.  Ariel Lewis and Brenna Sheldon combined tonight for the first time all season to crush Corinne Pasley and Alexandra Ware, who were previously 11-4 on the season.

In the top spot it took a little more effort for Farah Leclercq and Finley Gates to defeat Victoria Goudy and Paige Cooper.  The Yeowomen would be tested and required a tiebreaker to determine the match result but the duo held on for a 9-8 (7-2) win. 

Head Coach Constantine Ananiadis commented, "This was a tough and frustrating match for the girls.  We fought hard, worked hard but did not fight or work smart.  As a team we are still making the same mental errors that have lead to previous losses.  We need to make some positive changes in order to turn matches like this in our favor."

Oberlin continued to stretch the lead earning two wins in the first three singles matches.  Lewis was an easy straight set winner over Goudy, 6-2, 6-1 picking up her 11th win of the season hitting as the OC No. 1 tonight.

Ashland's Cooper (13-3) defeated Gates in the third singles position 6-1, 6-1.  Oberlin's No. 2, Leclercq, put victory within site for the Yeowomen as she took down Erika Sullivan, 6-3, 6-0 also earning her 11th win on the year.

The Eagles, Division II NCAA Tournament qualifiers from a year ago proved to be too strong for the bottom half of the Oberlin line up, winning all three matches.

Preeya Shah got off to a good start earning a 6-4 first set win over Pasley before falling victim to 6-0 and 6-2 scorelines in the fourth slot.

Alex Ware defeated Emily Thebaut in the sixth spot in straight sets to even the match and cause the tension in the Field House to rise.

The deciding match played between Oberlin's Carolyn Ball and Kira Katova was long and hard fought.  Trailing a set, Ball was able to even the match winning the second set 7-6 (7-3) before playing the final set as the lone match on the court.  Katova has lost just once this year earning her 14th win while securing the team victory for Ashland by taking the third set 6-0. 

"Carolyn played a good and competitive match, the first and third sets were closer than the scores might indicate and it's hard to be the only match on court especially when you know it will determine the outcome", noted Ananiadis.

Oberlin (4-6) will have a bit of down time to recuperate and regroup before competing again Saturday, March 12 when they travel to Division I University of Dayton for a match slated to start at 3 p.m.cc