A Page -- March 6, 2010


With district qualifier Alex Mihas 

returning, rising coaching star Chris 

Johnson back for another season 

and team coming off school's best 

season in decades, Lakewood 

looking forward to start of tennis 


March 6, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




LAKEWOOD – Coming off a fall when he guided Magnificat’s tennis team to a state championship, Coach Chris Johnson is back for another season at the helm of the Lakewood boys’ team after turning around the LHS program to the level of being one of the best in the district.


The Rangers had their best year in several decades in 2009 and Johnson has many of the boys from that group returning for this season.


District qualifier Alex Mihas leads the group of five lettermen/starters coming back for another season. Mihas returns as the No. 1 singles player after qualifying for the Oberlin Districts out of the Oberlin Sectionals last year. He was 17-5 and finished fourth at sectionals.


Other top players returning for the Rangers are Jerry Jancik, Connor Meehan, Max DiFilippo, and Alex Mezin.


With 5 returning letter winners back, we should be solid all the way through the lineup,” Johnson said. “Our goal is to win our division of the NOC and to qualify at least one player to districts.”


With the success of last year’s team, interest in the program has stirred, giving Johnson depth with which to work. Incoming players jockeying for the other two playing spots are Jimmie Mathison, Daniel Mezin, Kyle Kubovcik, and Dragoslav Cuijetinovic.


“The numbers of our program are way up,” Johnson said. “We have well over 20 players out for the team, which will give us considerable depth. We are looking to repeat as NOC division champs. With plenty of returnees, there is no reason we can’t accomplish that.”


In addition to Coaches’ Cup state team tournament, the Rangers will be in the Rocky River Invitational this year.


“The confidence level is higher than it has been in the past decade,” Johnson said. “Our conditioning, consistency, match strategy need work although the boys’ effort and desire levels are high. We need to find doubles teams that have good chemistry.”


The Rangers certainly do have one of the top coaches in Johnson, now in his ninth year. He was named the Northeast Conference Coach of the Yeah, LHS’ s all-sports coach of the year and the state honor in girls tennis for leading the Blue Streaks to the sate title for the second time in three years.


With that in mind, whatever the players might lack in natural ability can certainly be learned from someone with the knowledge of how to win as Johnson has. In turn, his players have the learning curve in place with all of them 3.0 students or better. Last year Alex Mezin earned the Sliver Raquet Award for his work in the classroom.


“The kids are very quick to pick up new techniques and strategies,” Johnson said.

Pinter and Richert Selected to 

Compete at NCAA National 

Championship Meet

March 6, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- Baldwin-Wallace College freshman diver Julie Pinter  (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville) and junior four-time All-American Todd Richert (North Royalton) have been selected to compete at the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet that will be held March 17-20 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Pinter will compete on the 17th and 19th and Richert competes on the 18th and 20th.



Baseball - Mount Union Falls in Season 

Opener at Maryville (TN), 10-4 

March 6

By Lenny Reich

(MARYVILLE, TN)--Mount Union's baseball team had a 3-1 lead but a six-run sixth inning gave Maryville (TN) College a 10-4 win today in Maryville, Tennessee.

Junior Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) drove in two runs and hit his first home run of the season while fellow juniors Dan Henderson(North Canton/GlenOak) and Matt Tracy (Pittsburgh, PA/Central Catholic) each drove in runs to lead Mount Union at the plate.

Senior Paul Mariotti (Copley/Copley) made his first start since off-season surgery and allowed six runs on nine hits with a strikeout over five innings of work for the Raiders. 

An RBI single by Henderson in the top of the third got the Purple Raiders (0-1) out to a 1-0 lead, but Maryville tied the game in the bottom half of the frame.

Mount Union got things going again the fifth inning as Mike Griffith (Louisville/East Canton) started the inning with a single, moved to third on a double by Bobby Huth (Massillon/Massillon Washington) then scored on an RBI ground out by Tracy.  Ferrell then had the drove in Huth on an RBI double to make the score 3-1.

Maryville got six hits to start the sixth inning with a big hit coming on a three-run home run from Kyle Cyprysiak.  The Scots would get one more hit and along with a Mount Union error resulted in a six-run inning.

The Raiders got a run back as Ferrell hit a solo home run to right field in the seventh but Maryville tacked on three more in the bottom half of the inning to end any threat and go on to the 10-4 final. 

Scott Roselli picked up the win in relief for Maryville (10-4 on the season).

Liam Geither's overtime goal gives 

St. Ignatius 2-1 win over Padua and 

first trip to Frozen Four in 10 years

March 6, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




BROOKLYN – Liam Geither scored the winning goal in the seventh minute of overtime to send St. Ignatius to the Frozen Four next weekend, the state hockey semifinals, with a 2-1 win tonight over Padua her in the John M. Coyne Recreation Center.


Sam Nader brought the puck down, took a shot, and then Geither grabbed the rebound and slammed it home for the winning goal.


This is the first time St. Ignatius has made it to the state tourney in 10 years. The Wildcats will play Kent District winner and defending state champ University School in the Frozen Four semis at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, in Columbus’ Nationwide Arena.


Padua’s Justin Goebel and St. Ignatius’ Josh Potts put on quite a display of goaltending as each team had numerous scoring chances and quality ones at that. The two goalies combined for nearly 100 saves, which obviously was the driving force in sending the game into overtime.


St. Ignatius took a 1-0 lead in the first period on a Liam Geither goal and then Padua tied it on a Nick Placko goal midway through the third period.

Lake Erie College Saturday Roundup

March 6

By Jason Tirotta

Amherst's Rua, Mentor's Lovick lead baseball group

 Jae Leeworthy (Newton Falls) drove in a career-high five RBI and was one of three Lake Erie College players to homer as the Storm wrapped up its spring break trip with an 11-2 win Saturday at Saint Augustine’s (9-3).  


Nick Lovick (Mentor) had three hits, including a homer, and Ryan Rua (Amherst) homered and pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Storm.  Pat Mulligan (Brookfield) got the win with 5 2/3 innings of work.



Lake Erie College 11, Saint Augustine's 2 (03/06/10 at Raleigh, NC)


Lake Erie College... 040 020 410  - 11 15  1      (3-3)

Saint Augustine's... 000 011 000  -  2  4  3      (9-3)


Pitchers: Lake Erie College - Pat Mulligan; Adam Beach(6); Ryan Rua(9) and Nick Lovick;

Patrick Kilway. Saint Augustine's - WHITE,Kevin; ROGERS,Chris(6); PIERCE,Joe(8) and BISHOP,Josh


Win-Pat Mulligan (1-1)  Loss-WHITE,Kevin(1-1)  T-2:55  A-24

HR LEC - Ryan Rua; Nick Lovick; Jae Leeworthy.



Bedford's Boyd leads tracksters


* Freshmen Chris Burrows (Trotwood) and Andrea Boyd (Bedford) each set two school records for the Lake Erie College track and field teams in their outdoor season debut at the North Florida Spring Break Open this weekend (March 5-6).  Burrows won the 200-meter dash at the event 

(21.72 secs), beating a field of 59 runners, and finished 7th in the 100 (10.78 s).  Boyd was 8th in the 100-meter hurdles (14.87 s) and ran the 200-meter dash in 26.03 seconds.  Total the two teams combined to set 13 school records over the two days.


 Complete results at www.lec.edu/athletics  




* Freshman Julie Kudla (Harleysville, Pa.) scored six goals and had two assists and classmate Meredith Howe (Fayetteville, N.Y.) added three goals as the Lake Erie College women’s lacrosse team rallied from an 8-5 deficit for its historic first-ever win with a 15-14 victory at Erskine College on Friday. 


 Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)

Lake Erie College vs. Erskine

Date: Mar 05, 2010  Location: Due West, SC          Stadium: Huggins Field      


SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  Tot


Lake Erie College... 10  5 - 15

Erskine.............  8  6 - 14


Lake Erie College SCORING: GOALS: Kudla, Julia 6; Dang, Kim 3; Rabuano, Brittany 3; Howe, Meredith 3.

ASSISTS: Dang, Kim 1; Rabuano, Brittany 1.


Erskine SCORING: GOALS: Lisa Kmonicek 5; Jaclyn Glendinning 4; Alesia Jerrells 2; Von McKenzie 1; Anna Dailey 1; Sara Goodman 1.  ASSISTS: Alesia Jerrells 2; Lisa Kmonicek 1; Sarah Tibbits 1.



Painesville's Tanksi, Forge's Sostre lead diamond girls


* Freshman Erica Tanski (Riverside) homered and fifth-year senior Pam Bykowski (Perry) picked up the win in the circle as the Lake Erie softball team concluded its spring break trip with a 6-3 win over Northern State Friday at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. 


Freshman Chelsey Bleck (Lexington, Ky.) had two hits and two RBI in the win.  In the day’s first game, junior Brittany Sostre (Parma/Valley Forge) hit a three-run homer but the Storm lost to St. Rose 7-5.




Saint Rose 7, Lake Erie College 5 (03/05/10 at Kissimmee, FL)


Saint Rose.......... 002 001 4 -  7 12  2      (2-8)

Lake Erie College... 003 000 2 -  5  9  1      (2-7)


Pitchers: Saint Rose - Arbogast; Traylor(5) and Woodard. Lake Erie College - Sam Ronde; Lauren Malicki(7) and Megan Foley. Win-Traylor(1-1)  Loss-Lauren Malicki (1-3)  T-2:00  A-0

HR STR - Kuilema. HR LECS - Brittany Sostre.



 Lake Erie College 6, Northern State 3 (03/05/10 at Kissimmee, Fla.)


Lake Erie College... 000 030 3 -  6  7  1      (3-7)

Northern State...... 000 002 1 -  3  4  2      (1-4)


Pitchers: Lake Erie College - Pam Bykowski; Lauren Malicki(6) and Ali Hemming. Northern State - Bornander, K and Bruns, T. Win-Pam Bykowski (1-2)  Save-Lauren Malicki (1) Loss-Bornander, K T-1:50  A-40

HR LECS - Erica Tanski.





* Keegan Bal (Coquitlam, B.C.) scored twice as Lake Erie College made its East Coast Conference debut in a 22-3 loss to third-ranked NYIT (2-0) on Saturday.


Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)

Lake Erie College (0-2, 0-1 ECC) vs. NYIT (2-0, 1-0 ECC)

Date: Mar 06, 2010  Location: Old Westbury, NY      Stadium: Presidents Stadium 


SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot


Lake Erie College...  0  2  0  1 -  3

NYIT................  6  8  4  4 - 22


Lake Erie College SCORING: GOALS: Bal, Keegan 2; French, Joeyjohn 1.  ASSISTS: Curcio, Matthew 1; Donatelli, Andrew 1; Manley, Chris 1.


NYIT SCORING: GOALS: Carino, Austin 5; Cooke, Quinn 4; Bagnasco, Ryan 3; Quinn, Dan 2; Sullivan, Matt 1; Amengual, Ryan 1; Hennessy, Kevin 1; Gil, Bryan 1; Palmer, Mike 1; Nist, AP 1; Haiduk, Billy 1; Tyrrell,

Mike 1.  ASSISTS: Sullivan, Matt 11; Amengual, Ryan 3; Gil, Bryan 1; Hennessy,

Kevin 1; Palmer, Mike 1.  

Mount Union's Bill Schindel All-

American For Second Year in a 

Row After 7th Place Finish for 

Akron Hoban alum at NCAA 

Wrestling Championships

March 6, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(CEDAR RAPIDS, IA)--Junior Bill Schindel (Tallmadge/Akron Hoban) earned All-American honors for a second straight year with a seventh place finish at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, IA today.  Schindel is one of three Raiders at the national meet along with Riki Reynolds (Marion/Marion Pleasant) at 125, Richie Clark (Solon/Solon) at 149 who both fell in their first two matches.

Akron Hoban grad Bill Schindel at the NCAA Wrestling Championship; Photo for Student/Athlete-Cleveland By Tim Glon

Schindel, an All-American with an eighth place finish as a junior last year, entered this year's championship as the No. 6 seed and opened with an 8-6 win over Martin Porter of Delaware Valley (PA).  His next match was a 6-4 loss to No. 3 seed Andy Moore of UW-LaCrosse.  In the consolation bracket, he scored a major decision (13-4) over Adam Latella of UW-Whitewater, before losing a tough 7-6 decision to Zach Pizarro of Wilkes (PA).  He will closed out the tournament with a 4-3 decision over Martino Sottile of Cortland State (NY) in the seventh place match.

Reynolds drew a tough matchup to start as he was pinned by three-time All-American and fourth seeded Jake Oster of Elmhurst (IL).  He then was edged out in a 6-5 heartbreaker in the consolation bracket to George Gogonas of Augustana (IL).  Reynolds finished a fantastic freshman season with a 23-8 record.

Clark, a fifth year senior finished with a team-high 26 wins (26-14) on the season.  He took a 7-4 loss to fifth seeded Isaac Dukes (37-2) from Case Western Reserve in the opener then fell 6-2 to Isaiah Britton of Lycoming (PA) in the consolation bracket.

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.

Jake Oster (Elmhurst, IL) pinned Riki Reynolds (MTU), 4:27
George Gogonas (Augustana, IL) dec. Riki Reynolds (MTU), 6-5

Isaac Dukes (Case Western Reserve) dec. Richie Clark (MTU), 7-4
Isaiah Britton (Lycoming, PA) dec. Richie Clark (MTU), 6-2

Bill Schindel (MTU) dec. Martin Porter (Delaware Valley, PA) 8-6
Andy Moore (UW-LaCrosse) dec. Bill Schindel (MTU), 6-4
Bill Schindel (MTU) maj. dec. Adam Latella (UW-Whitewater), 13-4
Zach Pizarro (Wilkes, PA) dec. Bill Schindel (MTU), 7-6
Bill Schindel (MTU) dec. Martino Sottile (Cortland State, NY), 4-3 (Seventh place match)

2010 Baldwin-Wallace College 

Baseball Team Seeks an OAC Title 

March 6, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team will look to win the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference title and earn a spot in the NCAA Division III National Tournament in the final season in the 42-year career of coach Bob Fisher.

The Yellow Jackets open the season tomorrow in Winter Haven, Florida when they play Misericordia (Pa.) University in the first game of their annual spring break trip. B-W will play 10 games in six days in Winter Haven at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.

Fisher, who announced to his team in February that this is his final season in the third base coaching box for the Yellow Jackets, has compiled an outstanding 688-618 career mark and returns as the active career leader in wins in the OAC.  In addition, his final edition of the Jackets' return 17 lettermen, including five starting position players and three starting pitchers, from a squad that finished 19-19 overall and seventh in the Ohio Athletic Conference at 8-8.

"Our goals as a team are to win the OAC regular season and OAC Tournament titles and adavnce to the NCAA Division III National Tournament," said senior right-handed pitcher and team captain Justin Novak (Strongsville). "We want to be successful as a team and we want to send Coach Fisher out in a positive way."

This season, Fisher will rely on an experienced infield and a deep pitching staff to hopefully lead the Yellow Jackets to their first OAC Tournament berth since the 2003 campaign.

The B-W infield will feature three returning senior starters in third baseman Scott Nealon (Avon Lake), shortstop Jim Martin (Euclid) and second baseman Matt Rollins (Walbridge/ Milbury Lake) as well as returning sophomore middle infielder Anthony Longhitano (Cuyahoga Falls). The Jacket outfield will be led junior Ben Stoper (Medina/Senior).
Scott Nealon

Nealon alternated between second base and designated hitter last spring and batted .360 with 11 doubles, one homerun, 27 runs batted-in and a .505 slugging percentage. He alternated at 2B with Rollins, but look for him to move to third base this season.  Also look for sophomore Phil Van Ryzin (Massillon/ Washington) and freshman Jay Yost (Bascom/ Hopewell-Loudon) to also see some action at the "hot corner."

Rollins was second on the squad in batting with a .367 batting average with three doubles, two triples and 14 RBI. Look for Longhitano and senior Ed Michalski (Cranberrt Township, Pa./ Seneca Valley) to also see some playing time at 2B. Martin split time at shortstop with Longhitano last spring, and that very well could happen again this spring. Martin batted .295 with two homers, six stolen bases and drove in 16 runs. Longhitano played in 18 games and started nine and hit .278 with a double and six ribbies en route to being named the Most Outstanding Freshman.

At first base, look for senior Brian Boveington (Stow/ Stow-Munroe Falls), senior Chris Nealon (Avon Lake) and junior Joe Wickens (Wooster/ Senior) to be the leading candidates to replace three-time All-OAC player Riley Kreisher '09.  Both Boveington and Chris Nealon can play 1B and are utilized as relief pitchers. A season ago, Boveington started 10 games as the DH and hit .325 with three doubles and eight RBI in 40 at-bats. Chris Nealon started 13 times in the outfield or at DH and hit .381 with two doubles, a triple and eight RBI in 42 at-bats. Wickens had one hit in six at-bats in limited duty on the varsity and primarily played on the junior varsity squad.

In the outfield, Stoper is the lone returning fulltime starter with the graduation of Academic All-American centerfielder Cody Kidd '09 and three-year starter Mike Brisky '09 in RF.  Stoper started 28 contests a season ago and hit .299 with four doubles, three triples, two homers and 18 RBI with seven steals in seven attempts. Look for seniors Sam Wasylysyn (North Ridgeville) and Ted Cowling (Streetsboro) to battle for playing time and for freshman Nolan Neuschafer (Elyria/ Senior) to take over for Kidd in CF. A season ago, Wasylysyn played in 21 games and started 10 and hit .225 with three doubles, five RBI and two steals. Cowling played in 20 games, including 14 starts, and hit .316 with three doubles, a triple, eight RBI and a steal. Chris Nealon could also see some time in the OF along with freshmen Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y./ St. Josephs Collegiate Institute) and Dan Mackey (Independence).

Behind the plate, Fisher will split time between transfer John Ulanski (Bay Village) and senior Matt Bush (Grafton/ Midview) with sophomores Jordan Barnett (Willard) and Anthony D'Attoma (Akron/ Copley) serving as backups. Bush started 17 games last season and hit .222 with a homer and seven RBI. Barnett saw action in six varsity contests and started two and recorded an RBI.

On the mound, B-W's pitching staff will be anchored by seniors Justin Novak (Strongsville) and Scott Luthman (Celina). The duo will be joined in the starting rotation by sophomore Josh Scott (Strongsville), sophomore Bill Bostelman (Marion/ Harding) and freshman Brett Gaj (Kent Roosevelt).

Novak, the OAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for March, posted a 3-2 record with a 5.02 earned run average in 43.0 innings pitched last season. Luthman also was 3-2 with a 5.02 ERA in 43 innings of work with 25 strikeouts. Scott had a 2-0 mark with one save and a 7.36 ERA with 16 whiffs in 22 innings pitched. Bostelman made three varsity appearances, including one start, and had an 0-1 mark and 6.75 ERA in eight innings.

The relief corps will be led by veterans in Boveington, Chris Nealon and sophomore Jon Connelly (Brook Park/ Middleburg Heights Midpark). The trio will be joined in Florida by a talented group of newcomers, and by veterans in sophomores Colin Wright (Lorain/ Admiral King) and Chris Terlop (Strongsville) who both will not travel south due to pre-season injuries.

Boveington posted an 0-1 record with two saves and a solid 1.59 ERA in seven appearances that covered five and two-third innings. Chris Nealon tossed seven and two-thirds innings and had an 0-1 record with a 5.87 ERA. Two seasons ago, he had a 0-0 slate in seven appearances and a 3.86 ERA. Connelly made eight appearances, covering nine and two-third innings a year ago and was 0-0 with a 3.72 ERA. The return of Wright and Terlop also will help. Wright led the relief corps with three saves last season and was 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 15 innings of work. Terlop, who missed all of his senior year of high school and most of last year after "Tommy John" surgery, was 0-0 in two-thirds of an inning.

In addition, look for freshmen David Redovian (Fairlawn/ Copley), Pat Havens (Twinsburg), Jon Tenley (Wadsworth) and sophomores Dom DePompei (Ottawa Hills) and Josh Stobinski (Ottawa Hills) all to see plenty of action between the varsity and J.V. games and hope to make their marks.

The Yellow Jackets home and northern opener is on Tuesday, March 23 versus Walsh University at 4:00 p.m. at Heritage Field in Berea. B-W's OAC opening doubleheader is on Saturday, April 3 at Marietta College at 1:00 p.m.

Pairings set for 2010 Speedway Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championship

Vikings to Play Illinois Chicago in first round

Green Bay claims No. 1 seed after finishing conference slate 15-3


March 6

By Matt Segal

INDIANAPOLIS -- Green Bay has claimed the top seed in the 2010 Speedway Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championship for the 11th time in the past 12 seasons.  The winner of the League’s 10-team tournament earns an automatic berth into the 64-team NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship.

Green Bay, 26-3 overall and 15-3 in Horizon League action, snags the outright regular-season title after winning its final eight conference affairs.  The Phoenix owns a 162-16 (.910) League record over the past 11 seasons and has won at least 20 contests each year during the stretch.

2009 Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship

Green Bay has clinched at least a share of the Horizon League’s regular-season title in each of the past 12 campaigns, which ranks as the nation’s longest active streak.  The defending tournament-champion Phoenix has also guaranteed itself a 33rd consecutive winning season, dating back to 1977-78.

Butler (21-8, 14-4) earns the tournament’s No. 2 seed after tying its school record for most League wins in a season.  The Bulldogs, who have won nine of their last 10 contests, have posted a .500-or-better conference record in each of the past seven years.

Detroit (16-13, 14-4) improves five spots from a season ago and earns the tournament’s No. 3 seed.  The Titans began their campaign 1-9, but have won 15 of 19 affairs since.

Cleveland State (16-13, 11-7) earns the tournament’s No. 4 seed.  The Vikings, who have won four of their last five games, captured the 2008 conference tournament title.

No. 5 UIC (12-17, 9-9), No. 6 Loyola (15-14, 9-9) and No. 7 Wright State (10-18, 6-12) occupy the tournament’s next three positions, while No. 8 Valparaiso (9-20, 6-12), No. 9 Milwaukee (11-18, 6-12) and No. 10 Youngstown State (0-29, 0-18) sit in the final three spots.

The 2010 Speedway Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championship begins on Monday with two first-round tilts -- Youngstown State at Wright State (7 p.m. ET) and Milwaukee at Valparaiso (8 p.m.).

Wednesday’s schedule includes four quarterfinal contests -- UIC at Cleveland State (7 p.m.), Loyola at Detroit (7 p.m.), the #7/10 winner at Butler (7 p.m.) and the 8/9 winner at Green Bay (8 p.m.).

Friday’s semifinals and Sunday’s championship will be hosted by the highest remaining seed after the quarterfinals.  The tournament finale will be televised live by ESPNU at 1 p.m.

Top-seeded Green Bay posted a 65-41 win over seventh-seeded Milwaukee in the finale of the 2009 Speedway Horizon League Women’s Basketball Championship.  Green Bay advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament, while Butler moved on to the second round of the WNIT.  The Phoenix has reached postseason play every year since 1998.

Visit www.HorizonLeague.org and www.HorizonLeagueNetwork.tv for complete coverage of this year’s Speedway Horizon League Championship.



First-round – Monday, March 8

#10 Youngstown State at #7 Wright State           7 p.m. ET                HLN

#9 Milwaukee at #8 Valparaiso                            8 p.m. ET                HLN


Quarterfinals – Wednesday, March 10  

#5 UIC at #4 Cleveland State                              7 p.m. ET                HLN

#6 Loyola at #3 Detroit                                      7 p.m. ET                HLN

#7/10 winner at #2 Butler                                    7 p.m. ET                HLN

#8/9 winner at #1 Green Bay                               8 p.m. ET                HLN

Women End Second; Men Finish Fourth at Indoor Championships
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3/6/2010 7:10:34 PM

By Mike Mancini

Granville, Ohio –
 Both the Oberlin College men’s and women’s track and field teams turned in valiant efforts at the North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships as the Yeowomen placed second and the Yeomen ended fourth. 

For the second straight season Head Coach Ray Appenheimer was named as the NCAC Women’s Coach of the Year and after the meet he said, “both teams were just great this weekend. The guys challenged for third place throughout and the women were right there with Ohio Wesleyan as well. I am really excited for our program right now.”

Senior Clara Shaw was tabbed as the NCAC Women’s Middle Distance/Distance Runner of the Year and she lived up to the billing on this day. The Roseville, Minnesota, native won the 800 meters with an NCAA provisional-qualifying and school-record time of 2:16.35 and also claimed the top spot in the mile with a mark of 5:06.43. 

First-year sensation Marissa Clardy flew through the 400-meter dash in 59.39 to win the event, while teammate Amanda Miller ended third at 1:00.08. 

The Yeowomen displayed their relay dominance by winning both the 4x400 and 4x200. The foursome of Melissa ElieLaura Vernon, Miller and Clardy completed the shorter trek of the two in 1:48 flat, while pentathlon winnerMadeline Schultz teamed-up with Vernon, Miller and Clardy to win the 4x400 in a new conference-record time of 4:04.50. Schultz also finished second in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.04. 

Oberlin claimed spots three through five in the 3,000 meters with Joanna Johnson finishing third in 10:28.45. Senior Cordelia Revells followed behind at 10:40.11 and sophomore Christine Moore was next at 10:42.10. 

The Yeowomen ended with 150 points, while Ohio Wesleyan won the event with 164.5 points. 

Highlighting the day for the Yeomen was their school-record performance in the 4x200 meter relay. The clique of Solomon TurnerThomas ShawShawn Chrapczynski and Seth Wimberly completed the course in 1:32.16 to finish third overall while setting the new OC standard. 

Wimberly, the anchor of that recording-setting relay unit, also had a great meet individually as he placed second in the 400 meters (50.50) and 200 meters (22.81) as well. 

In the 200 meters Chrapczynski followed in third place at 22.85 and Turner ended fifth with a timestamp of 22.98. Turner also finished fourth in the 400 meters by stopping the clock at 51.19. 

Sophomore Stephen Williams recorded six team points for Oberlin by placing third in the 3,000 meters with a school-record run 8:47.84. 

The Yeomen also placed third in the 4x400 relay (3:29.96) and fourth in the DMR (10:50.29).

OC finished just four points back of Allegheny with 79 points. The Battling Bishops won the men’s crown as well with 165 points.

Oberlin Drops a Pair at Home
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Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s tennis team suffered a pair of setbacks on Saturday afternoon at the John W. Heisman Field House, falling to Hope College and Grove City College by identical 8-1 counts.

In the morning match against the Flying Dutchmen, sophomore Sam Townewas able to even up his record at No. 3 singles to 1-1 on the year as he battled from a set down to upend Harrison Doezema 6-3 in the second set and 10-6 in the super tiebreaker. 

“It was a very nice win for Sam,” Head Coach Adam Shoemaker said. “After dropping the first set 6-4, he was able to bare down and battle back for a very impressive win.” 

Sophomores Pedar Davis and Eliot Heaton played at No. 1 doubles for the first time this season and were able to take four games from John Gardner and Bobby Cawood before succumbing to the pair. 

With Ben Godlove out of the lineup, sophomore Joe Leffler made his season debut at No. 1 singles, but was unable to challenge Gabe Casher. 

In the nightcap against the Wolverines first-year Ben Turchin made an impressive debut in the No. 1 singles slot as he defeated Ricky Garrett in three sets. The Voorhees, New Jersey, native took the first set 6-4 and after getting blanked 6-0 in the second set, he displayed great composure by battling back to win the super tiebreaker 10-5. 

“That was a great win for Ben,” Shoemaker added. “He fought through some adversity and was able to gut out a tight match. We had some good performances elsewhere too, but we need to get healthy here in the next week or so to get everyone back into their normal spots.”

Leffler and Towne paired up and No. 2 doubles, but fell to Bill DeRocha and Shaun Mills 8-4. 

Oberlin returns to action next Saturday when it plays host to Washington and Jefferson at 12:30 p.m.