A Page -- March 4, 2012

St. Edward stuns St. Ignatius in district championship game; shades of 1986 and Coach Gray’s pleasant memories wafted through the air

St. Edward center iceman C.J. Hoy likened beating 39-0 St. Ignatius, 3-2, Saturday in the district championship hockey game a lot like the United States team beating the Russians in 1980, but St. Ed’s hockey historians liken it more to something that hits close to home.

Ignatius was trying to become the first high school hockey team in Ohio to win 40 games in a season and only the second to go undefeated from beginning to end, the 1980-81 Shaker Heights doing it with much fewer games.

Cleveland Heights came close in 1986, going 30-0 all the way up to the state championship game, won by St. Edward on the Bowling Green Ice. In that year, Heights had gone 3-0 on St. Ed’s before the championship game the same as Iggy had this year coming into this game.

Prior to that game in 1986, Heights came in with the attitude that winning the title would be a foregone conclusion. The arrogance of the fans in the stands before the game was so thick it could be cut with a knife.

A member of that 1986 St. Ed’s team was a skinny guy named Troy Gray. Then he was a Student/Athlete, but today Gray is the head coach of the Eagles.

Watch post-game interview with St. Edward Student/Athlete C.J. Hoy by clicking and downloading


Some of the current S/A’s said after the game that he gave pep talks while Ignatius was on that run and how things could seem so perfect, setting the table for their own team to open a new door and a shot at getting the school’s 12 state championship in hockey next weekend.

In this game, St. Edward made a statement early, taking a 2-0 lead fast and skating off at the first-period intermission with the two goal lead.

Watch post-game interview with St. Edward Student/Athlete Mick Bartholomew by clicking and downloading:


After 11 minutes of scoreless hockey, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead at 11:03 of the first on a goal by Mick Bartholomew that was assisted by Josh Greenaker.

Bartholomew was able to stuff it in after a large scrum in front of the net.

Then one minute later, St. Ed’s got another break when the Wildcats were called for cross checking.


Watch post-game interview with St. Edward Student/Athlete Gabe Lampron by clicking and downloading

St. Ed’s took advantage of the power play, making it 2-0 at 12:33 on a bell ringer by Gabe Lampron that was assisted by Connor King and Hoy.

The shots were about even in the first period with Logan Galati saving 15 for the Eagles and Matt Kovesdy stopping 15 for the Cats, but the Eagles were able to block up that middle and not give the Iggy guys much in terms of clear looks.

Watch post-game interview with St. Edward Student/Athlete Logan Galati by clicking and downloading

The Wildcats needed to regroup and do something fast with their time in the dressing room.

The Eagles got another power play after a roughing penalty but Ignatius gained some momentum by killing it and then making its first power-play opportunity pay.

After the Eagles were called for boarding, the Cats wasted not time in slicing the deficit in half, Michael Abood scoring 10 seconds after the power-play started at 7:45. Paddy Spellacy and Liam Geither assisted.

Ignatius had another power play in the period after a cross checking penalty but the Eagles were able to kill it.

The Eagle defense did a stellar job of containing Spellacy, St. Ignatius’ all-time leading scorer, for nearly two and a half periods. On one play. Alex Norton and Bartholomew double team Spellacy checking him up against the boards to kill a threat and enable a teammate to cycle the puck out of the zone.

That was short lived though as just a few seconds later Spellacy finally got his goal, tying it at 8:45 of the third, 2-2.

 Watch post-game interview with St. Edward Student/Athlete Connor King by clicking and downloading:


The game winner came at 9:31 when King scored with passes from Hoy and Lampron.

Both Kovesdy and Galati wound up with 38 saves.

St. Ed's will play University School in the semis Saturday.

Wabash, OWU capture NCAC indoor titles

The Wabash College men's squad and the Ohio Wesleyan women's team captured the 2012 North Coast Athletic Conference team titles on Saturday evening at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Wabash, which won the 2011 team title as well, accumulated 238 total points to edge out Ohio Wesleyan (172) for the team title, while Ohio Wesleyan earned its sixth-straight women's title after earning 192 points to edge out Oberlin (108) for the team title.

Wabash Championship Website 

Complete Meet Results - http://www.onthemarktiming.com/past_results/results.2012/ncacIN12/

Wabash and Ohio Wesleyan were followed in the men's standings by Allegheny (67), DePauw (57.5), Oberlin (54), Wittenberg (49), Denison (42), Wooster (12.5) and Kenyon (10).

Ohio Wesleyan and Oberlin were followed in the women's standings by Kenyon (85), DePauw (81), Wooster (75), Wittenberg (60), Allegheny (58) and Denison (43).

Women's Most Valuable Performers:

Women’s Sprint/Hurdles - Denison Sophomore Tiffany Davis (Madison, TN/Pope John Paul II) took first in both the 60-meter dash (7.85) and the 200-meter dash (25.79), and was a member of the fourth place 4x400-meter relay and the fifth place 4x200-meter relay. Davis' clocking in the 200-meter surpassed former DU graduate Jackie Berner's 2002 NCAC record in the event of 25.82.

Women's Distance - Oberlin sophomore Molly Martorella (Winchendon, MA/Murdock) won the one-mile run with a NCAC record time of 4:58.32 and crossed the line first in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 10:23.73.

Women's Field - Allegheny senior Lauren Butler (New Kensington, PA/Kiski) earned her third consecutive Field Athlete of the Year award after taking first in the shot put with a toss of 12.31 meters and second in the weight throw with a heave of 13.51 meters.

Coach of the Year - Kris Boey, Ohio Wesleyan

Men's Most Valuable Performers:

Men’s Sprint/Hurdles - Allegheny senior Taylor Throckmorton (Chagrin Falls, OH/Chagrin Falls) won the 400-meter dash with an NCAC record clocking of 49.32, finished second in the 200-meter dash (22.47) and was a member of the fourth place 4x400-meter relay.

Men's Distance - Wabash senior Kevin McCarthy (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) won the one-mile run in a NCAC record time of 4:10.46 and was also a member of the winning Distance Medley relay squad that also set the NCAC record with a time of 10:19.12.

Men's Field - Oberlin junior Alex Guo (Tokyo, Japan/American School in Japan) won the men's triple jump with a leap of 13.54 meters and finished second in the long jump with a leap of 6.54 meters.

Coach of the Year - Clyde Morgan, Wabash









Chardon’s Hollinger Betters Mark at Mount Union Last Chance Meet

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Case Western Reserve University senior Erin Hollinger<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wtrack/2011-12/bios/hollinger%20erin%207jfo> (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) increased her odds of qualifying for the 2012 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship with an indoor career-best performance in the high jump at the University of Mount Union Last Chance Meet on Saturday at Peterson Field House.

Hollinger cleared a height of five feet, six and one-half inches to tentatively move into seventh place in the nation.

The two-sport standout entered the Last Chance Meet with a season-best mark of 5'5", which she hit last weekend at the University Athletic Association Indoor Championship – just one day after completing her storied career with the Spartan basketball team.

Hollinger is a two-time high jump All-American with fifth-place performances during the outdoor championships in both 2009 and 2011.

The NCAA Indoor T&F Championship is set for next Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, at the Grinnell Fieldhouse at Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center in Grinnell, Iowa. With plenty of last chance meets still in progress, qualifiers for the event will be announced tomorrow. The top-15 high jumpers automatically qualify.

Mount Union to Host Muhlenberg in next round of NCAA tourney

Nationally ranked Mount Union (#6 in D3hoops.com and ESPN/USA TODAY Coaches polls) plays No. 25 Muhlenberg in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship Saturday at 7 pm at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex in Alliance.

The game will also be LIVE on the radio on WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online with LIVE AUDIO and LIVE STATS right here.

Tickets will be available at the door starting at 6 pm for $6 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.


Mount Union won its third-straight Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship and knocked off LaRoche (Pa.) 73-63 in the opening round.  Muhlenberg won its Centennial Conference championship for fifth time in seven years, then dispatched Catholic (D.C.) in the first round 63-54.

The OAC and CC are two of 43 conferences that receive automatic bids into the tournament. There were also 20 national al-large bids and a final spot reserved for teams not in one of the automatic bid conferences to make up the 64-team NCAA Tournament field.  


Mount Union will be making its third-straight and sixth ever NCAA Tournament appearance. The Purple Raiders have an 15-5 record in NCAA Tournament games making it to the round of 16 in 1995 and 2010, losing in the national championship game in 1996 and finishing third in the nation in 1998.

The Mules are making their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance overall and their sixth in the last seven years.  Muhlenberg is 7-7 in its NCAA appearances and has advanced to the "Sweet 16" two of the last three years.


This will be the first-ever meeting between the schools in women's basketball.  Muhlenberg is located in the Eastern Pennsylvania town of Allentown and the Mules have only ever played two games against teams from Ohio.  They beat Ohio Wesleyan and lost to Wittenberg both in 1999.


Suzy Venet (Mount Union '98) is 131-62 in her seventh season at her Alma mater.  Venet was an All-American for the Purple Raiders and is the OAC's all-time assists leader.  As head coach, the Raiders have won two OAC regular season titles, three OAC Tournament titles and made three-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.  She is a two-time OAC Coach of the Year and was WBCA Region and D3hoops Region Coach of the Year in 2012.  She was an assistant coach at Bowling Green and Minnesota State-Mankato then got her first heading coaching job at Manchester (Ind.) College.  Including her season at Manchester, her career coaching record is 142-78.

Ron Rohn (Fordham '82) is 226-72 in his 11th season at Muhlenberg.  The two-time Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year has led the Mules to seven Centennial Conference titles and seven NCAA Tournament appearances.  Twice Mulenberg has reached the Sweet 16 under Rohn, who is a former NCAA Division I head coach at both Hofstra and Colegate.


Mount Union is on a school-record 21-game winning streak and has won 24-straight at home dating back to an 84-82 loss to John Carroll in Dec. 2010.  

Junior point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) and senior guard Kori Wiedt (North Olmsted/North Olmsted) both shared OAC Player of the Year honors and are a 1-2 punch on the perimeter for the Raiders.

LaMattina leads the team and is fifth in the OAC in scoring at 15.3 points per game, while leading the OAC in steals (3.3 per game) and third in assists (4.1 per game).

Wiedt is sixth in the OAC in scoring at 14.8 points per game and is third in the nation in three-point shooting (.479). 

Taking care of things inside is All-OAC Second Team senior forward Amanda Rose (Green/Green), who averages 11.3 points per game and leads the team in rebounds at 5.3 per game.  

The trio have all eclipsed 1,000 career points this season marking the first time in school history that three active 1,000-point scorers have played together.  On the school's all-time list, Wiedt is fifth with 1,253 points, LaMattina is ninth with 1,135 points while Rose is 11th with 1,081 points.  They bring the total to 13 players in Mount Union history with over 1,000 points.

Mount Union leads the conference and is 10th in the nation in scoring offense at 74.0 points per game and is the top defensive team in the conference allowing 56.6 points per game. The Raiders help that defense with a full court press and leading the OAC in steals at 12.2 per game.

Like Mount Union, Muhlenberg is a veteran tournament-tested team.  Seniors Kimberly Mui, Alexandra Chili, Kathleen Naddaff and Rossino have a career record of 93-21 as the winningest class in school history.  

In the national rankings, Muhlenberg ranks 17th in turnover margin (plus-6.26), 19th in fewest turnovers per game (14.9) and 35th in scoring offense (70.7 points per game).

Chili is a three-time All-Centennial Conference First Team selection who is the conference's all-time leading scorer with 1,984 points and also holds the CC record for career threes (332).

The hero in the first round game was junior Alita Zabrecky, who had 19 points and eight rebounds in the win over Catholic.  Zabrecky leads the team in rebounding at 6.4 per game.

Baldwin-Wallace Track Athletes Perform Well at “Last Chance” Meet in Alliance

BEREA, OHIO – Select Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s indoor track and field participants competed today at the University of Mount Union’s “Last Chance” Meet in the McPherson Academic & Athletic Complex.  The meet is designed to give participants one more opportunity to qualify for next week’s NCAA Division III National Championship Meet.

For the men, junior All-American Mitch Supan (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) won the weight throw with a toss of 60-feet and two inches for the 17th best throw in Division III this year. In addition, junior Jake Buckey (Geneva) had a season-best throw of 51’11.25”

In the shot put, junior Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) had his best throw of the year with a toss of 54’8.25” to rank eighth nationally in Division III. Although, Supan only had a throw of 48’4.75” at Mt. Union, his season-best throw of 53’0.25” still ranks him tied for 17th nationally. Senior Miles Moore (Gettysburg, Pa./ DeLeone Catholic) did not compete at Mt. Union and is ranked 39th in Div. III with a season-best of 51’0”.

Also not competing at Mt. Union was sophomore heptathlete Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights). Despite not participating, he still leads the national in the heptathlon with 5,065 points, is ranked in a tie for 11th in the pole vault at 16’0” and tied for 18th in the high jump with a best of 6’7”

For the women, senior Leslie Pernell (Sprinfield/ Catholic Central) and junior Cristina Perrine (Middleburg Heights/ Midpark) placed first and second, respectively, in the weight throw with tosses of 54’2.5” and 54’2”, respectively. Perrine currently ranks 11th nationally with a season-best throw of 55’9.75” and Pernell is 16th at 55’2.75”.

In the shot put, freshman Danielle Torrence (Canton/ South) busted off the best throw of the day with a season-best toss of 44’0.5” to rank 11th in Division III. Pernell also had a season-best toss with a throw of 43’10” and that ranks her 12th in Division III. Although Perrine only had a best of 40’6” at Mt. Union, she still ranks 23rd in Div. III with a top throw of 42’4.75”

In the high jump, sophomore Victoria Brown (Berlin Center/ Western Reserve) had a season-best leap of 5’4.5”. That ties her for 30th in Division III this year.

In the women’s five-event pentathlon, freshman Nicole Christner (Minerva) placed third with a season and career-best score of 2,942 points.  That ranks her 40th in Division III. She ran the 60-meter hurdles in 9.83 seconds for 744 points, long jumped 16’5.25” for 562 points, threw the shot put a season-best 33’8” for 546 points, high jumped a season-best 4’10.25” for 599 points and ran the 800 meters in 2:47.35 for 491 points.

The qualifiers to the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet will be announced tomorrow, Sunday, March 4, evening.

The 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 9-10 at Grinnell (Iowa) College.  In addition, the rest of the men’s and women’s team members are either on Spring Break or beginning the 2012 outdoor season with a week of training. Next weekend, the men and women open the outdoor season by participating in the Coastal Carolina Invitational Meet.

Spartan Women Outlast Regional Foe Oberlin

OBERLIN, Ohio – In a match-up of regionally-ranked programs, the Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team picked up a 5-4 victory at Oberlin College late Friday night at the John W. Heisman Fieldhouse.

The Spartans, ranked 14th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region, improve to 7-2 overall. Oberlin, 19th in the region, falls to 5-4.

Opening with doubles action, Case took a 2-1 lead as the No. 1 duo of junior Erika Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20erika%20emv7> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) and freshman sister Alexandra Lim<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/lim%20alexandra%20jlxi> (Fullerton, Calif./Fullerton Union) earned an 8-6 victory versus Finley Gates and Grace Porter.

Oberlin won at No. 2, but junior Emily Pham<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/pham%20emily%20a3ca> (Mason, Ohio / William Mason) and freshman Marianne Bonnano<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wten/2011-12/bios/bonnano%20marianne%20wdo3> (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) won 8-3 versus Brenna Sheldon and Preeya Shah at No. 3.

In singles play, Alex Lim at No. 4 and Pham at No. 3 increased the Spartan lead to 4-1 with straight-set victories. Oberlin stayed alive with a decision at No. 1, but Bonnano would put the match away with a 7-5, 6-2 win versus Sheldon at No. 2.

The Spartans are right back in action on Saturday, March 3 versus Allegheny College (Pa.) at 6:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Skating Club.

Peter Zak, Jarrett Gish Propel Spartans to Two Victories Versus Oberlin
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – Senior catcher Peter Zak<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/zak%20peter%2068e6> (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) was 3-for-4 with a homerun in the opener and junior pitcher Jarrett Gish<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/gish%20jarrett%20tdhq> (Jupiter, Fla./Suncoast) threw seven innings of one-run baseball in the nightcap as Case Western Reserve University began a weekend quartet of games with a doubleheader sweep of Oberlin College on Saturday afternoon at V.A. Memorial Field.

The Spartans (5-1 overall), who defeated Oberlin by scores of 5-2 and 9-1, conclude their weekend series in Chillicothe with a twinbill versus Ohio Wesleyan University tomorrow at 12:00 p.m.

In the opener, the Spartans overtook the Yeomen with a pair of two-run innings in the fifth and sixth.

Zak led the charge with three hits, including his first homer of the spring and sixth of his career, with a solo blast to left center in the bottom of the sixth. Overall, six different Spartans collected one hit apiece.
On the mound, junior left-hander Jamie Hora<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/hora%20jamie%203vmt> (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg) threw the first six innings to improve to 2-0, allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts. Sophomore Ray Kelly<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/kelly%20ray%20fsvf> (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) hurled two innings in relief allowing just one hit before turning the ball over to sophomore Jose Vega<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/vega%20jose%20lumi> (Strongsville, Ohio/Padua Franciscan), who tossed a perfect ninth inning for his third save of the spring.

In the nightcap, the Spartans pounded out 15 hits and scored twice in the first, second and seventh. Junior first baseman Brett Ossola<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/ossola%20brett%20oej3> (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) was 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two runs batted-in. Junior shortstop Matt Keen<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/keen%20matt%20hlye> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) posted two hits in six at-bats, while junior centerfielder Paul Pakan<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/pakan%20paul%209rv5> (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) ripped his first homerun in a Spartan uniform in the top of the eighth inning.

Gish took the starting nod on the bump and logged seven innings, surrendering just one run on four hits with six punch-outs and one walk. Sophomore John Fortunato<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/fortunato%20john%20d74a> (Toledo, Ohio/St. Francis de Sales) and freshman Robert Winemiller<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2011-12/bios/winemiller%20robert%205zcg> (Twinsburg, Ohio/University School) each threw in an inning in relief to close the game.

Following tomorrow's doubleheader versus OWU, the Spartans are idle until the University Athletic Association Championship in Altamonte Springs, Florida from March 11-18.

Hochendoner & Kidd Earn Postseason Praise

Oberlin, Ohio - Seniors Jake Hochendoner and Cory Kidd have earned more recognition after their outstanding four-year careers at Oberlin.

Kidd was selected to play in the Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl on April 14. He will share the field with seniors from all divisions across the state of Ohio, and will take the field as the punter for the north team. The game will be played at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio and will be televised on SportsTime Ohio.


Kidd, a native of nearby Wellington, Ohio, leaves Oberlin as the most successful punter in school history. His best season came in 2010 where he was Second Team All-NCAC, and was voted to OhioCollegeFootball.com’s First-Team. That season he broke the school record for single season punting average with 40.6 yards per kick. He also set the record for the best single game average with 48.8 yards per kick, coming against Wooster. His teammates and coaches also voted him “Special Forces Player of the Year” all four years of his career.

Hochendoner will be honored tomorrow night (March 3) at the Cleveland Touchdown Club Charities Incorporation (CTCC) Annual Awards Banquet on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College.

He will be recognized as one of eight local John Payton Most Valuable Players. The CTCC, which is in its 74th year of existence, honors outstanding student-athletes and coaches from high schools and colleges from the greater Cleveland area.

Head Coach Jeff Ramsey selected Hochendoner to earn the honor for his play on the field and his dedication to the team.

Hochendoner played in 39 games during his career - starting in 31 - including 30 over the last three years. In his career, he amassed 165 total tackles, 25.5 tackles for a loss, and 13.5 sacks, which is fourth all-time. His senior year was his best as he had career highs in all three categories. He recorded 59 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, and six sacks

Case Reserve nine sweeps Oberlin

Chillicothe, Ohio – The Oberlin College baseball team began its 2012 season by traveling down to Chillicothe, Ohio to take on the Spartans of Case Western Reserve at V.A. Memorial Stadium. However, the outcome wasn’t what they were hoping for as Case Western Reserve won both nine-inning games by the scores of 5-2 and 9-1. 

In the lid-lifter the Yeomen were let down by their defense as all but one of the Spartans five runs were unearned. Junior hurler Eric Knight was the tough-luck loser after scattering seven hits over six innings of work. He struck out three and walked three en route to surrendering just one earned run. Sophomore Mattie DeDoes worked the final two innings and fanned three while giving up just two hits.

The Spartans struck first in the second inning as a leadoff error allowed Sam Alexander to reach base and eventually score on a fielder’s choice RBI groundout.

However, the Yeomen would respond in the fourth inning when sophomore Mike McDonald and Knight lifted back-to-back home runs over the left field wall to make it a 2-1 game.

In home half of the fifth, yet another costly Yeomen error in the outfield resulted in the Spartans plating two unearned runs to reclaim the lead at 3-2. A lead off homer in the sixth by Peter Zak coupled with another Yeomen miscue allowed two more runs to come across in the frame to cap the game’s scoring.

In the top of the sixth Oberlin had a chance to get even with Robin Witjes standing on second base with just one out, but McDonald and Knight both went down on strikes to end the inning.

Jamie Hora earned the win for Case as he allowed just four hits over six innings. He racked up four strikeouts along the way. Hora, middle reliever Ray Kelly and closer Jose Vega did not a walk a hitter in the ball game.

In the nightcap it was more of the same for the Yeomen as two errors in the first inning resulted in an early 2-0 lead for Case Western. However, Oberlin responded in the bottom of the frame as a two-out single by McDonald was followed by a double in the gap from Knight to plate McDonald all the way from first base.

In the top of the second another fielding error allowed the Spartans to extend the inning which led to Brett Ossola coming through with a two-RBI single that sent two more unearned runs across the dish to make it a 4-1 game.

Senior pitcher  Jason James was the victim of the defensive miscues earlier on, but he battled through four innings without allowing an earned run. He walked three, struck out two and gave up five hits in the loss.