A Page -- March 5, 2010


In a mini Duke-North Carolina type 

battle, two teams separated by 14 miles 

will meet for all the marbles tonght when 

Kent travels to JAR to face Akron; MAC 

only conference in the country in which 

two teams are playing for outright

league title on final weekend

March 5, 2010

By Jeremy Guy

MAC Men’s Basketball Daily – Friday, March 5

Kent State (22-8, 12-3 MAC) at Akron (22-8, 12-3 MAC)

8 p.m.  • ESPN2 • Kent State leads series 67-61

•  The 2010 Mid-American Conference title and an automatic bid to the postseason will be on the line Friday night as Kent State (22-8; 12-3) travels the 14 miles over to Akron (22-8; 12-3) for a winner-take-all showdown. 


• The MAC is the only conference in the country that will have its top two teams play each other for an outright regular season league title in the final game of the year.


• This is the fifth straight season Kent State and Akron have met in the final regular season game and the third straight with either an outright or shared MAC title at stake for one of the teams.  

Note from March 5, 10:10 p.m. Kent built a big 18-point lead in the first half and hung on for the victory to win the MAC title, 74-61. The Flashes are assured of at least an NIT bid with the win. Anthony Simpson had 23 points for Kent and Jimmy Conyers 18 for Akron.

• The Golden Flashes have won four straight and 12 of the last 13 following last Saturday’s 66-58 Senior Day win over Miami.


• Senior guard Chris Singletary is the only active player in the conference with over 1,000 points (1,181), 400 rebounds (448), 300 assists (309) and 150 steals (186).   He leads the Golden Flashes during MAC play averaging 13.7 points and 4.0 assists per game.


• Kent State is 22-2 this season when scoring 62 points or more. 


• Akron is playing for its first-ever MAC regular-season title. Having been a member of the league since the 1992-93 season, the Zips have twice been East Division champions (1998 and 2007). UA has assured itself a first-round  bye in next week’s MAC Tournament and is the event’s defending champ.


• Akron is enjoying its fifth-straight 20-win season (23-10 in 2005-06, 26-7 in ‘06-07 (tied school record for wins), 24-11 in ‘07-08, 23-13 in ‘08-09). It is just the second time in program history that has occurred (first in Division I era, dating to 1980-81) and first since the 1962-63 through 1966-67 squads did so under head coach Tony Laterza. The Zips have won at least 19 games in each of head coach Keith Dambrot’s six seasons (19-10 in ‘04-05).


• Akron leads the MAC in scoring margin (+6.4), is listed second in FG percentage (43.8 percent), rebounding margin (+2.9) and offensive rebounds (13.3 orpg), and third in assists (13.7 apg) and turnover margin (+1.0); while  also ranking second in FG percentage defense (allowing 40.9 percent) and 3-point FG percentage defense (allowing 31.0 percent), and third in scoring defense (allowing 63.8 ppg).

Eagles Too Strong For Yeowomen Tennis
Bookmark and Share
3/4/2010 11:32:18 PM

By Wes Davis 

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s tennis squad squared off against NCAA Division II Ashland University tonight. In a lengthy match, the Eagles proved to be just a bit more than the Yeowomen could handle. AU, ranked sixth in the Midwest Region, earned a 7-2 win tonight.

The Oberlin doubles lineup contained a couple of new pairings tonight. In the No. 2 spot OC’s Julie Christensen and Carolyn Ball would grind out an 8-6 win to keep Ashland from sweeping doubles play. In the top spot, the familiar duo of Ariel Lewis and Finley Gates were unable to get past Ashland’s Torrie Goudy and Paige Cooper falling 8-4.

Trailing 2-1 heading into singles play, the Yeowomen were hoping for better results. Oberlin’s lone winner was Lewis who found herself in a tight first set against Goudy. The Vacaville, California, native would prevail in the first set 7-6 (7-1) and then eased into a straight set win by taking the second set 6-2.

“Tonight we played okay. Ashland is a solid team from top to bottom and they were just better than we were in a couple of spots. I liked some of the things that we were able to accomplish though, our doubles pairings looked promising,” commented Head Coach Constantine Ananiadis.

Hitting in the fifth spot, Ball and AU’s Alex Ware were in a battle. Ball would take the first set 6-3 before slipping in the second 6-2. The Eagles had already earned the match win when this final match evened out at a set apiece. A super tiebreaker was used instead of a third set, and Ware would outlast the Yeowomen netter taking the tiebreak 10-4 and putting the first blemish on Ball’s record.

Rebecca Brown would come up just a bit short in the No. 4 singles slot. Corinne Pasley would use identical 6-4 sets to earn Ashland the fifth team point of the match.

The Yeowomen will next be in action following a two week hiatus when they play host to John Carroll University in a match scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. start on March 19. Depending on weather the two teams will either meet in John W. Heisman Field House or on the Don Hunsinger Outdoor Courts.



March 5, 2010

By Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND - The grand stage of a NCAA Championship can be intimidating for any student-athlete, especially an underclassman. Case Western Reserve University sophomore Isaac Dukes just may be the exception and for good reasons.

Ravenna's Dukes

When Dukes, a Ravenna, Ohio native, takes the mat this weekend at the 2010 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he will do so unfazed by the limelight and pressure because he's a returnee and his coaches give him the confidence to do so.

"The bad thing about doing it (qualifying for Nationals) the first time around is the fact that if you don't qualify the next year, it is a disappointment," Dukes explained.  "I was so nervous last year when I went that I threw up.  You look up (at the crowd) and see all these people - it's a little nerve racking."  

The two people Dukes will see when he looks up from the mat again this year again will be two highly decorated in the wrestling community and luckily for him, they're both on his side.  

Head Coach Bob Del Rosa, a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, is currently in his 48th year at Case Western Reserve and has coached more national qualifiers than Dukes is years old.  Assistant Coach Chris Nader, currently in his seventh season with the Spartans, was a two-time All-American on the mat for Case Western Reserve back in 2001 and 2002 at 157 and 165 pounds, respectively.

"I always look over at the coaches," Dukes said.  "I see Coach Del Rosa just sitting there with his legs crossed relaxing.  It tells me he's not worried about the outcome so why should I.  I'm usually ahead anyways, but seeing him so calm takes the pressure off.  He knows I'm going to win."

"Coach Nader is always worried about our well being," Dukes said.  "He's always telling us not to have too much fun and making sure we are prepared as possible for each match.  They are a good mix."

Family and friends can be another support area for student-athletes, but not for Dukes, at least not at this meet.  The University Athletic Association (UAA) Co-Wrestler of the Year does not want any distractions and that includes his family, who has been at just about every other match/meet this season.

"I don't want anybody to be there," Dukes said in regards to Nationals.  "When your family is there or friends, you want to go talk to them and that can be distracting.  I just want to be by myself and think about what I need to do to win and become and All-American."    

Dukes is 35-2 overall this season and ranked fifth at 149 pounds by D3Wrestle.com.  After getting a wildcard selection at 157 last year, he drew the defending national champion, Aaron Wernimont [Wartburg], in the first round and took the match to the wire in a 7-6 loss.  Wernimont went undefeated on the season and would repeat as national champion.

He could of easily wrestled at 149 or even 141 his freshman year.  Dukes did not out of respect for his senior teammates, which included Drew Gardella, who earned All-America honors at 149.  Team wise, it is better for Dukes to wrestle at 149 pounds this year, but he could have competed at 141.  Right now, he has to cut about ten pounds a week.

"I get a lot of extra work outs in," Dukes said in regards to dropping the extra pounds.  "I'm usually in the room from 2:30 - 7:00 p.m. every day.  I also play a little hoop (basketball) - it breaks up the monotony."

It's not all wrestling for the philosophy and sociology major as Dukes has two internships lined up this summer.  He will head to the nation's capital in June (June-July) where he will be working for the Institute for Responsible Citizenship. 

The program prepares high-achieving African American men for successful careers in business, law, government, public service, education, journalism, the sciences, medicine, ministry, and the arts.  When he returns from Washington DC, Dukes hopes to continue working in the Office of the Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

"During the season it is hard for me to do things outside of wrestling and school work," Dukes said.  "I am looking forward to this summer and getting some experience in my field of interest.".

Lake Erie College Spring Sports results

* Junior Nick Lovick (Mentor) homered and drove in three runs in game two as the Storm (2-2) earned a split at Barton College.  Matt Toth (Lorain/Admiral King) scored twice in each game and junior Zach Justice (Cleveland/John Marshall) did not allow a run in either game out of the bullpen, earning the win in relief in game two. The Storm will play at the second-ranked team in Division IIMount Olive College, on Friday. 
Barton College 5, Lake Erie College 3 (03/04/10 at Wilson, N.C.) (Game 1)
Lake Erie College... 001 010 1 -  3  5  1      (1-2)
Barton College...... 110 030 X -  5  6  3      (8-5)
Pitchers: Lake Erie College - Michael Backes; Tyler Minnich(5); Zack Justice(6) and Nick Lovick
. Barton College - Sneed, K.; Frazier, M.(3); Meekins, H.(5); Norville, K.(7); Anderson, J.(7)
and Carty, K..
Win-Meekins, H.(2-0)  Save-Anderson, J.(1)  Loss-Michael Backes(0-1)  T-2:15  A-50
HR BC - Lewis, B. (2); Sisler, Ja. (1).
Backes faced 2 batters in the 5th.
Lake Erie College 7, Barton College 6 (03/04/10 at Wilson, N.C.) (Game 2)
Lake Erie College... 012 202 0 -  7  9  5      (2-2)
Barton College...... 011 112 0 -  6  8  2      (8-6)
Pitchers: Lake Erie College - Jimmie Shaw; Zack Justice(3); Logan Nordquist(4);
Tyler Minnich(5); Glenn Stewart(5); Mike Morgan(6) and Nick Lovick. Barton College -
Sherrill, P.; Oliver, C.(3); Holmes, J.(3); Williams, P.(5); Massey, B.(7) and Crumpler, Z.;
Murray, L..
Win-Zack Justice(1-0)  Save-Mike Morgan(1)  Loss-Oliver, C.(0-1)  T-3:03  A-75
HR LECB - Nick Lovick (1).
Oliver, C. faced 3 batters in the 3rd.
Minnich faced 1 batter in the 5th.
Stewart faced 2 batters in the 6th.

* Sophomore Megan Foley (Brunswick) hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the 5th to lead the Storm (2-6) to a 5-3 win over Gannon at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.  Classmate Lauren Malicki (Independence) earned the win in the circle. In its firs game, Lake Erie lost to West Virginia Wesleyan for the second time on its spring break trip, 7-1.  The Storm wraps up its trip Friday with a pair of games.
WV Wesleyan 7, Lake Erie College 1 (03/04/10 at Kissimmee, Fla.)
WV Wesleyan......... 000 303 1 -  7 12  2
Lake Erie College... 100 000 0 -  1  2  1      (1-6)
Pitchers: WV Wesleyan - P. Moreno and S. St. Peter. Lake Erie College - Sam Ronde;
Lyndsie Delprato(6) and Megan Foley.
Win-P. Moreno  Loss-Sam Ronde(1-2)  T-1:48  A-28

Lake Erie College 5, Gannon 3 (03/04/10 at Kissimmee, Fla.)
Lake Erie College... 002 020 1 -  5 10  3      (2-4)
Gannon.............. 210 000 0 -  3  8  3
Pitchers: Lake Erie College - Lauren Malicki; Lyndsie Delprato(5); Sam Ronde(7) and Ali Hemming
; Megan Foley. Gannon - Brickman and Schwenk.
Win-Lauren Malicki(1-2)  Save-Sam Ronde(1)  Loss-Brickman  T-1:51  A-34
HR LECS - Megan Foley.

Three Purple Raiders Wrestle

at NCAA Championships

Starting Tonight

March 5

By Lenny Reich

    * NCAA Championships Official Site- http://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-wrestl/champpage/m-wrestl-div3-index.html
    * Video Interviews with all three Mount Union wrestlers and Coach Hawald - http://www.youtube.com/mountunioncollege

(CEDAR RAPIDS, IA)--Three Mount Union wrestlers, Riki Reynolds (Marion/Marion Pleasant) at 125, Richie Clark (Solon/Solon) at 149 and Bill Schindel (Tallmadge/Akron Hoban) at 197, all compete this weekend at the NCAA Wrestling Championships at US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Reynolds is a freshman with a 23-6 record on the season and will take on No. 4 seeded Jake Oster (13-5) of Elmhurst (IL).

Clark is a senior with a team-high 26 wins (26-12) on the season and he goes up against Isaac Dukes (37-2) from Case Western Reserve.

Schindel at 21-2 on the season is seeded sixth in the 197 bracket and the junior was an All-American after an eighth place finish a year ago.  He will take on Martin Porter of Delaware Valley (PA) to open this year's championship.

The top eight finishers in each weight class earn All-American honors.

Action starts Friday (Mar. 5) at 11 am.

Mount Union finished second in the OAC for a second year in a row.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports 

Fest on this weekend in 

With 44 sports and events, including 12 Olympic sports, the 2010 Arnold Sports Festival presents fitness and fun for all ages March 4-7th in Columbus, Ohio. The festival has expanded into the world's largest multi-sport fitness weekend since its 1989 beginning as The Arnold Classic as a one-day professional men's bodybuilding competition.

About 170,000 sports fans are expected to see 18,000 athletes compete in a variety of more than 40 sports and events at five premier venues: the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Franklin County Veterans Memorial, LC Pavilion, Nationwide Arena and the Dispatch Ice Haus. At the popular three-day Arnold Fitness EXPO packed audiences enjoy 700 fitness-related booths and ongoing stage entertainment.  
Many Arnold Sports Festival participants are youth competing in archery, boxing, cheerleading and dance, dancesport, fencing, figure skating, gymnastics, martial arts, skateboarding, table tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.  Top student athletes compete for one of nine $2,000 college scholarships presented by the Columbus Rotary and the Arnold Sports Festival.
Olympic Sports:  The Arnold Sports Festival is a proving ground for many aspiring athletes.  Former Olympians and Olympic hopefuls will appear or compete in 12 Olympic Sports:  archery, boxing, fencing, figure skating, gymnastics, judo, karate, 5km run, table tennis, tae kwon do, weightlifting, and wrestling.
New in 2010:
* Arnold Figure Skating Exhibition is scheduled Saturday in the Dispatch Ice Haus
* Arnold Amateur Strongman will bring 50 of the world's top amateurs to compete in a   
    new event separate from the professionals in the Arnold Strongman Classic
* Art at the Arnold where artists compete in a drawing and painting competition
* Skateboarding competition
* Amateur MMA Festival
* Arnold Sports Photo Workshop
* Ohio Senior Olympics competitions added to the Active Living Festival
* CrossFit multisport event that promotes overall physical fitness 

Notre Dame leads tourney 

heading into tomorrow's 


Four Wrestling Falcons 

bound for title bouts on 

final day


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Notre Dame had four wrestlers remain undefeated through Saturday’s action at the 2010 NAIA National Championships, as the Wrestling Falcons widened their lead at the tournament to a whopping 47 points.


NDC has garnered 152.5 points through Friday’s action at Abe Lemons Arena in Oklahoma City.  Southern Oregon (105.5 points) sits behind the Falcons, in second place.


Continuing what has been a dominant season for the Notre Dame program, currently in its fourth season since being instituted in 2006, the Falcons will send four grapplers to the mats for Saturday evening’s championship bouts.  Jeffrey Pelton (149 pounds, Bellevue, Ohio), Thomas Straughn (157, Massillon, Ohio), Derek Foore (197, Wadsworth, Ohio) and Orlando Scales (HWT, Cincinnati) will all have a crack at earning national titles for Notre Dame.


Notre Dame had the maximum 12 grapplers start the tournament on Thursday.  Heading into Saturday’s championship and placing bouts, 10 are still alive in the brackets.


The team’s strong performance puts them in an excellent position to win the College’s first national championship in any sport. 


# # #


The Falcons of Notre Dame College (South Euclid, Ohio) have been the No. 1 wrestling team in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll since Nov. 24. On March 4-6, Notre Dame will be competing in the NAIA National Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., with an opportunity to earn the College’s first national championship.


Notre Dame College fields 23 varsity athletic teams, the second most (Ohio State, 33) among 53 colleges and universities in the state of Ohio.  NDC was founded as a women’s college but has been co-ed since 2001.





 The 53rd Annual NAIA Wrestling Championships will be held at the Abe Lemons Arena in Oklahoma City.


 The event includes 32 contestants in each of the NAIA’s 10 weight divisions.


*  Competition to be held over three days, from March 4-6.  Final eight compete on Saturday, March 6.


*  The tournament host-school is Oklahoma City University.




*  NDC Wrestling was instituted in 2006.


*  The Falcons finished fifth in the national tournament a year ago.


*  Notre Dame has been ranked No. 1 in the nation (NAIA Coaches’ Poll) since Nov. 24.


 NDC owns a 10-1 record in dual meets, with a nine-match win streak.  The Falcons only loss came at D-I Ohio State (Nov. 22). NDC has outscored opponents, 301-42, in the nine-match streak.


*  The Falcons have won four tournament titles in the 2009-10 season (National Catholic Invitational - Erie, Pa., Nov. 7; RITTournament - Rochester, N.Y., Dec. 5; NAIA National Duals - Cedar Falls, Iowa, Jan. 10; NAIA East Region Qualifying Tournament - Lebanon, Tenn., Feb. 20). … Notre Dame also dominated a pair of open tournaments, earning a combined 12 individual titles at opens hosted by Ashland University-Ohio (Nov. 14) and Mount Union-Ohio (Jan. 17).



*  NDC has 12 grapplers (maximum allowed) competing in Oklahoma City.  The combined record of those 12 wrestlers in 2009-10 is 227-35 (.866) with 78 pins.


*  Ten of the Falcons’ 12 wrestlers are currently ranked (NAIA Coaches’ Poll, Feb. 16).  Eight of those are rated in the top three of their respective weight classes. … Derek Foore is the top-ranked grappler at 197 pounds.





Weight  |  Wrestler (Yr., Hometown)  |  09-10 Record, Current NAIA Rank


125  |  Tyler Savage (Jr., Carlisle, Ohio,)  |  19-8, No. 2


125  |  Dante Rini (Jr., Massillon, Ohio)  |  12-2, No. 3


141  |  Adam Koballa (Sr., Twinsburg, Ohio)  |  27-2, No. 2


149  |  Jeffrey Pelton (So., Belevue, Ohio)  |  19-0, No. 2


149  |  Ashtin Primus (So., Connellsville, Pa.)  |  22-3, No. 10


157  |  Thomas Straughn (Jr., Massillon, Ohio)  |  22-3, No. 2


165  |  Kevin Hardy (So., Solon, Ohio)  |  21-3, No. 3


174  |  Cody Butzer (So., Canal Fulton, Ohio)  |  11-0, NR


174  |  Kurt Wolff (Jr., Genoa, Ohio)  |  20-5, NR


184  |  Alex Denman (So., Painesville, Ohio)  |  17-7, No. 10


197  |  Derek Foore  (Jr., Wadsworth, Ohio)  |  22-0, No. 1


285  |  Orlando Scales (Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio)  |  23-3, No. 2




Senior Adam Koballa (141) is the defending national champion at 141 pounds.  Koballa - a product of St. Peter Chanel High School in Bedford, Ohio - was the national runner-up at 141 in 2008.  He was 30-5 last season, when he became the program’s second national champions.  Koballa is 58-10 in three seasons at Notre Dame. … Derek Foore (197) was selected by coaches as the 2009-10 Wrestler of the Year in the NAIA East Region.  The Wadsworth, Ohio, native and transfer from Eastern Michigan has dominated foes during the season.  He arrived in Oklahoma City toting a 22-0 record and has pinned 12 opponents. …




Frank Romano has been Notre Dame's head coach since the program's inaugural 2006-07 season. With early successes, he has built the Wrestling Falcons into a nationally recognized program.


While at NDC, Romano's teams have sent 42 grapplers to the NAIA National Tournament, winning two national championships (Victer Crenshaw-2008, Adam Koballa-2009) and eight All-America awards.


Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, Romano served as head coach at Kent State University from 1996-2003. While with the Golden Flashes, Romano coached three All-Americans, 64 national qualifiers and 44 Mid-American Conference (MAC) individual champions. He compiled an overall record of 99-41-1 as the head coach of the Golden Flashes.


Romano has more than 35 years of coaching experience on his resume, which includes time as an assistant at KSU and stints at a number of high schools in Northeast Ohio, including at prominent programs such as Aurora, Maple Heights and St. Edward (Lakewood).


As a coach, Romano has received honors such as the Northeastern Ohio Coach of the Year, Chagrin Valley Coach of the Year, BuckeyeConference Coach of the Year and Greater Cleveland Conference Coach of the Year.


Romano is a former wrestler at Maple Heights High School, where he won two Ohio State Championships. At Ohio State University, the two-year team captain was a three-time NCAA qualifier, a two-time Big Ten place-winner, an Ohio U.S. Wrestling Federation champion and a U.S. East-West All-Star. Romano was inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1988.


Romano’s NDC teams are 38-15 (.717) in dual-meet  competition.  His collegiate record is 137-56-1 (.709).




Matt Wipper's goal in second 

overtime gives US 2-1 win over 

Gilmour and 4-0 lead in Som Center 

Series, sending Preppers to Frozen 

Four for seventh time in nine years

 March 5, 2010

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





KENT – After a two-year absence, the Battle of Som Center Road renewed on the Kent State Ice tonight as two schools down the street from each other, Gilmour Academy and University School, met for the district championship and the right to go to next weekend’s Frozen Four in Columbus.

The Lancers and Preppers met in the Som Series each year in both 2006 and 2007 with US wining both times until the series was interrupted when Mentor wound up upsetting US two years ago and Lake Catholic upsetting Gilmour last year in overtime in the district semis.


In 2004, US and Gilmour met in the Kent district semis with US winning, 4-0, and going on to beat Shaker to go to states.

This year’s was a Som Center Classic, having to go to overtime to decide a winner with sophomore Matt Wipper scoring at 5:59 of the second overtime to give US a 2-1 win an send the Preppers to the Frozen Four for the seventh time in the last nine years. The Preppers are now 28-2 in the Kent District since it began in 2002.

Coach Bill Beard has guided US to eight Frozen Fours now

Gilmour used its trademark of fine defense and strong goaltending to keep it a fairly even in the first period tonight despite US outshooting the Lancers, 16-4, in the opening frame. Finally, US took the lead at the 14:45 mark when Connor Clemens took a centering pass from Kevin DeGulis and was able to fire a wrist shot past Lancer tender Graham Boduszek. .

The Lancers kept it where they wanted it in the second period – a defensive tango. As a result, they wound up generating more offense in the period, outshooting the Preppers, 15-7.


Matt Panzo’s goal assisted by Eddie Asher at 1:28 of the third period tied it and then the Lancer defense and Bodusczek took over for the rest of the period to keep it 1-1 and send it into overtime. The Lancers kept up the stingy defensive play that has been so characteristic of Gilmour teams over the year that not only denied the Preppers a goal for more than two periods but kept them in single-digit shots for the second consecutive period.


Both Boduszek and US goalie Jamie Regan continued to make sensational plays in goal in the first overtime frame to keep it 1-1 and send it to a second overtime.

Boduszek wound up with 45 saves while Regan stopped 31 Lancer shots. DeGulis had assists on both Prepper goals. Spencer Antunez and Asher each had an assist for Gilmour.

After Gilmour’s 15 shot outburst in the second period and early third period goal, the US defense buckled down, allowing the Lancers only five more shots in the third period and five in the two overtime periods combined

Redd Seeks Successful Senior 

Season of Men's Tennis at 

Baldwin-Wallace College

March 5

By Emily Pelosi 

BEREA, OHIO --  Baldwin-Wallace senior men's tennis captain Andy Redd (Archold) has come a long way to become an accomplished student-athlete and tennis player who is prepared to graduate this spring. Throughout his collegiate career, Redd has set an example for his younger teammates to aspire to while always making sure that he that he was progressing both academically and athletically.

This spring, Redd has two main goals -- to lead the Yellow Jackets to the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season title, the OAC Tournament title and the school's first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

Redd was first drawn to B-W for a multitude of reasons.

First, Redd decided from the very beginning that he wanted to major in education. One of the reasons he chose the College was the reputation it holds for an outstanding education program.  Now, almost ready to graduate with a teaching degree, Redd also has acquired minors in math and social studies. He has maintained his academic career with a solid 3.5 grade point average.

Another reason Redd was attracted to B-W was 21-year veteran Head Coach Brian Rector <http://www-staged.bw.edu/athletics/mt/staff/> , a 1989 graduate and former Academic All-American student-athlete at the College. He enjoyed the atmosphere Rector created for his players.

"The determining factor for why I chose B-W was Coach Rector," said Redd, who has already led the Yellow Jackets to a perfect 4-0 dual match record prior to  their annual spring break in Hilton Head, South Carolina on Sunday (March 7, 2010) against Trine (Ind.) University. "I also liked the openness of B-W's campus environment.

"When I came to college, I wanted to play competitive tennis, but not have the commitment a Division I program demands," Redd summarized.  "Coach Rector always stresses the importance of being a student first and an athlete second. The great part of being at B-W is that you truly have the opportunity to be a student-athlete and successful both as a student and as a tennis player. The education program is strong and the tennis program is as good as you'll find in the OAC."

"Andy is a young man who has always had his priorities in the right place," said Rector, the winningest collegiate men's or women's tennis coach in the history of the State of Ohio with a 349-71 career mark. "He knew that he wanted to be a teacher and a coach from day one and has worked extremely hard in the classroom to become an outstanding student and campus leader, and he has excelled on the court as a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference player and team leader. As a coach, that's all you can really ask."

Since coming to B-W, Redd has only added to the accomplishments of the men's tennis program. The three-year letterman has been a contributing player at singles positions 2, 3 and 4 and has compiled an overall record of 53-27 and is tied for 13th all-time in career wins, including a career-best 19 victories and a 19-6 slate a season ago. His overall doubles standings at 62-22 ranks ninth all-time, and that includes a 7-0 mark so far this season.

"We are looking for Andy to be a strong team-leader again this season," said Rector of his only senior on the roster. "He is already among the best players to ever play at B-W. Even so, Andy is an even better team leader and player. He leads by-example and has the ability to make this a very special senior season."

Individually, Redd has been successful each of his first three seasons. He earned honorable mention All-OAC honors as both a freshman and sophomore and first-team All-OAC accolades a year ago.  As a freshman, Redd played third singles and compiled a 16-7 mark and third doubles with a 17-6 record.  As a sophomore, he had a 16-10 singles mark as he split time between third and fourth singles and had career-high 21 doubles victories and a 21-8 overall slate. Last season, he produced a career-high 19 singles wins and had a 17-8 mark in doubles.

"I know Andy is more than ready to have an outstanding trip to Hilton Head and season," said Rector. "And, more importantly, he has done the things academically that will set him up to be both an outstanding educator and coach following graduation.  We are very proud of Andy and all that he has accomplished so far, and we are looking forward to watching him continue to grow and mature this spring."

Redd does much more than play tennis and study. Since January, he has been student-teaching at Roehm Middle School in Berea and works with an eighth grade math class and a seventh grade social studies class.

"It [student-teaching] is exciting for me because it is the final step before I get a job, and the product of four years of hard work at B-W," said Redd with a briming smile on his face. "It [working with the children] makes school fun for me, and I enjoy helping the kids learn."

Redd also is pursuing his ambitions of coaching in the future by coaching the boy's tennis team at Villa Angela - St. Joseph High School in Cleveland. It is his first year coaching the team after taking over the position from past B-W graduate, Ryan McCartney.

"I love coaching because it gives me an opportunity to teach the kids to love the sport and have fun with it like I do," continued Redd.

Even though Redd is a team captain this year, he also does a bit of coaching and leading with his own team, but not too much. His leadership philosophy is that "every person on the team has something to bring to the table."

"Everyone, at some point, can be a leader," said Redd. "There are 12 of us on the team this year, and as far as I'm concerned, 11 of us can learn from just one person, and just one person can learn from the other 11."

He believes B-W will be one of the top contenders in the OAC and plans on being very competitive.

"This year, it's going to come down to who plays better tennis during the OAC Tournament," said Redd.  "There are a number of talented teams and players in this league, so improving every day in practices and matches is important. We want to be playing our best tennis of the season when we play in the OAC Tournament."

His teammates appreciate his leadership style a captain.

"He tries to motivate all of us when we need it," said junior Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ Lakewood St. Edward). "Andy is not one to overcoach or overteach. He respects us and we respect him."

"Andy has strong communication skills in respect to coaching," said junior Bobby Irwin(Ashland/ Senior). "I can tell it's going to be a good year just by the way he leads by-example."

Irwin also has respect for the way Redd manages his tennis game.

"Andy can adjust his game well to his opponent and the situation in order to win the match," comments Irwin. "He is a talented player who utilizes his intelligence to create an advantage.  I have learned a great deal from Andy by his coaching and leadership and by just watching him play the game."

What does Redd personally attribute his success in tennis?

"I just have fun," said Redd. "Ultimately, you have to just remember that it is just a game. That's what I think helps me be successful. I realize when I'm out there playing, it's just for fun."

Now that his student-athlete career is coming to a close, Redd is already looking ahead to the future. After graduation in the spring, he will be searching for a teaching job in the Cleveland area and beyond. Even though he may be leaving the Berea area, he will be taking with him personal connections and memories that will last him a lifetime. Many people find the most rewarding part of being a student-athlete at B-W to be the personal connections one makes. Redd is one of those people.

"By playing tennis here, I've met some of the people that will be my best friends for the rest of my life," said Redd. "It's been a great experience for me to be able to compete and play the sport I love while getting a quality education. Going to school and playing tennis at B-W has been a very rewarding experience -- one that I wouldn't trade for anything."

For new and in-coming student-athletes, Redd only has this advice to give -- "Enjoy your time here, because it just flies by."

Following the spring trip to Hilton Head, B-W opens its northern schedule on Saturday, March 20 when it travels to traditional rival Oberlin College for a 1:00 p.m. dual match. The home schedule begins a week later, on Saturday, March 27, when the Yellow Jackets open OAC dual match play against the Capital University Crusaders on the "Pop" Collins Courts in Berea at 1:00 p.m.
By Andy Barch

Mannozzi wins national
championship this afternoon
for Notre Dame College

3/5/2010 1:20:53 PM
By Andy Barch

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio -- During the second day of the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Johnson City, Tenn., Notre Dame senior race walker Michael Mannozzi won the national championship in the 3,000-Meter Race Walk. 

Mannozzi finished with a time of 13.19.50, which was nearly seven seconds better than the second place finisher. The senior from Youngstown, Ohio, became the first Track & Field athlete to win a national championship in Notre Dame history. Mannozzi also became the third Notre Dame athlete in the history of the school to win a national championship of any kind. 

Last year, Mannozzi was an All-American in the 3,000-Meter, finishing sixth at Johnson City, Tenn., in the 2009 Indoor Championships.  He finished eighth in the 5,000-Meter Race Walk in the 2009 Outdoor Championships. 

Westlake's Rosa LaMattina scores 

11 and Brunswick's Katie Crider 

comes off bench to throw in 10 

and lead #19 Mount Union into 

second round of NCAA tourney

March 5

By Lenny Reich

(GRANTHAM, PA)--Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) scored 11 points and Katie Crider (Brunswick/Brunswick) came of the bench with 10 as No. 19 ranked Mount Union ran past No. 24 ranked Washington & Jefferson (PA), 71-48 in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship tonight in Grantham, PA.

Westlake's Rosa LaMattina (10 white) playing defense on Emily Abraham (10 black) in Mount Union's 71-48 win over Washington & Jefferson (PA) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Messiah College in Grantham, PA (credit - Messiah College)

The Purple Raiders move to 25-4 on the season and await the winner of a first round matchup between regional host and No. 17 ranked Messiah (PA) and Neumann (PA).

Kennan Killeen had 11 and Maggie Gibson 10 to lead Washington and Jefferson as its season ends with a 23-5 record.t

The Presidents looked good early as they built an early 9-3 lead in the game's opening six minutes.

Mount Union rallied to tie the game at 20 and stepped on the gas to finish the half on a 12-2 run and take a 32-25 lead at the half.

The Raiders then turned up their trademark press as they held W&J scoreless the first 7:16 of the second half and extended the lead to 13 points, 40-27 with 12:44 remaining.  Mount Union kept the pressure on and pushed the lead to 24 points with 4:32 left and never looked back.