A Page -- March 6, 2012 -- AM Edition

The Start of Two Seasons and a Trip to Nationals for One Track Star Highlight the Week in Oberlin Athletics

Oberlin, Ohio – Rookie Head Coaches Jacqueline McDevitt and Mimi Mahon will lead their respective teams for the first time, whileMolly Martorella will look for her second All-America honor of the year as part of the week ahead in Oberlin Athletics.
Men’s Lacrosse (1-1, 0-0 NCAC)
3/8/12 - Oberlin at Adrian College (2-1, 1-0 MIAA) – 7 p.m.
· Last week the Yeomen won their first game of the 2012 season. Paul Paschke led the way as he had a career-high 10 ground balls.
· Junior captain Connor Jackson has led the offensive charge for the Yeomen so far this year. He currently leads the team with six goals, and is tied for the team lead with two assists.
· The Yeomen and Bulldogs last faced each other in 2009, where Adrian came out on top with a final score of 21-8.
Track and Field
3/9-3/10/12 - At NCAA Indoor Championship (Hosted by Grinnell College) – 12 p.m.
· Sophomore Molly Martorella will be the only member of the track and field teams to compete in the championships. She will run the mile.
· Last week she broke the NCAC Indoor meet record by running the mile in a blistering 4:58.32. She bested the old record by almost five seconds. She is the first female in the history of the NCAC to run a sub-five-minute mile at the Championship meet.
· Going into the weekend Martorella has the 12th fastest time in the country at 4:57.63.
Men’s Tennis (4-6, 1-0 NCAC)

3/10/12 – Oberlin vs. Grove City (2-2, 0-0 PAC) – 11 a.m.
· The team went 1-2 last week, with a win coming against Mount Union, and losses coming to Hope and #19 Case Western.
·  Charlie Marks went 2-1 from the number two singles spot this weekend, earning wins against Mount Union (6-4, 4-6, 6-1) and Hope (2-6, 6-4, 6-4).
Women’s Lacrosse (0-0, 0-0 NCAC)
3/10/12 - Oberlin at Otterbein (0-0, 0-0 OAC) – 12 p.m.
· Oberlin will be Otterbein’s first ever opponent in the sport of lacrosse as this is the Cardinals first-year as an NCAA program.
· Head coach Jacqueline McDevitt will make her head coaching debut. During the offseason she bulked up her roster with nine fall sport athletes, and will rely on their athletic creativity to carry them.
· Molly Bloom comes back as the leading goal scorer from last year. In 2011 she was second on the team with 31 goals, and tied for a team high six assists. The two-time All-NCAC Honorable-Mention selection was second on the team with 37 points. She was also able to pick up 17 ground balls on the year.
Softball (0-0, 0-0 NCAC)

3/10/12 – Oberlin at Centre College (0-5, 0-0 SCAC) – 2 p.m.
3/10/12 – Oberlin vs. Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (2-6, 0-0 HCAC) – 4 p.m.
3/11/12 – Oberlin vs. Spalding University (1-3, 0-0 SLIAC) – 11 a.m.
3/11/12 – Oberlin vs. Rose Hulman Institute of Technolgy – 1 p.m.
· First year head coach Mimi Mahon makes her debut this weekend as the team travels to Centre College for the Centre College Invitational.
· Katie Baldonieri will make the move from the outfield to third base this season. In 2011, she started all 32 games and hit .273. She led the team with 99 at bats, and was second on the team with 27 hits. She was second behind King in every power category, hitting eight doubles, one triple, and two home runs.
· Emily King will be playing shortstop. She moves to the position after playing third base in 2011. Last year she led the team with a .308 batting average and had a team-high 28 hits. She also was the Yeowomen’s main power threat, as she had nine doubles, three home runs and 15 runs batted in (all team highs). King started in all 32 games as a freshman.
Baseball (0-2, 0-0 NCAC)
3/11/12 – Oberlin vs. Concordia (MI) (5-5, 0-0 WHAC) – DH, 1st game starts at 12 p.m. (at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio)
The game will broadcast live on goyeo.com by veteran announcer Steve DeDoes, who is the voice of the Concordia Cardinals and the father of Oberlin sophomore Mattie DeDoes.
· Junior Eric Knight took a tough loss last weekend as he threw six innings in the season opener. He allowed seven hits, but only one earned run. A few costly errors allowed four unearned runs to score. Knight also went 3-for-8 at the plate, including an RBI double, and a solo home run.
· Robin Witjes led the way with the bat for the Yeomen in their season opener against Case. He went 3-for-7 with a walk, and added three stolen bases.

Women’s Tennis (5-4, 0-0 NCAC)
3/10/12 – Oberlin at University of Dayton (1-9, 0-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) – 4 p.m.
· Ariel Lewis defeated the #2 ranked player in the region last weekend as she beat Erika Lim of Case in straight sets.
· The team has hit a bit of a skid after playing a stretch of stiff competition, including top 10 ranked DePauw and Division II Ashland. This weekend will not be any easier as they take on Division I opponent Dayton.

B-W Women’s Tennis Team Beats St. John Fisher (N.Y.), 7-2, 

on First Day of Spring Trip

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA -- The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team opened its 2012 Spring Break Trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina today (Sunday, March 4) with a 7-2 victory against St. John Fisher (N.Y.) College. The Yellow Jacket women will play six more matches down south.

With its victory, B-W improves to 1-5 overall. St. John Fisher dropped to 6-7 overall.

In singles play, junior number two player Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic) won by the scores of 7-5 and 6-2, sophomore No.3 player Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria Catholic) won by the scores of 6-0 and 6-0, junior No.4 player Danielle Rueger (Ashland/ Senior) won by the scores of 6-2 and 6-2, sophomore No.5 player Whitney Yoder (Medina/ Semior) won by the scores of 6-1, 2-6 and 6-0 and freshman Rachel Bertrand (Avon/ Senior) won by default.

In doubles action, the No.1 tandem of Mittler and Baker won by the score of 8-2 and the No.3 tandem of senior Emily Brown (Vermilion) and Rueger won by default.

Storm's 3-point shooting finds a solution

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – When Lake Erie College women's basketball coach Bob Booher committed to the "Shoot for a Solution" campaign prior to this year, he had no idea the kind of shooting season his squad had in store.  

After the Storm drained a school-record 182 three-pointers Coach Booher's wallet is a little lighter, but he doesn't mind that one bit. 

"Before the season I figured we would make more threes than last year (136), but no one saw this coming," said Booher. "The end result is really win-win.  Making those threes helped us to one of the best seasons in program history and also helped raise some additional funds to help out a great little boy."

This season, Lake Erie's "Shoot for a Solution" has been raising money for the non-profit organization Autism Speaks and specifically Team Mighty Mike.  Team Mighty Mike supports eight-year old Michael Hansen, the youngest son of Booher's daughter's best friend, who was diagnosed with Autism in 2003.

Coach Booher personally pledged to donate $3 for every three-pointer his squad made prior to the season, meaning he will donate $546 to the campaign.  The team has received several other donations as well in moving towards their goal of raising at least $1,000.

For those still interested in joining the cause, flat donations to the Shoot for a Solution campaign will be accepted though the end of March.  Donations are tax deductible.

Pledge and donation forms are available by clicking here or by contacting Coach Booher at bbooher@lec.edu

Mount Union tennis ready to start season

The Mount Union women's tennis enjoyed a successful fall season, going to 2-1. Head coach Jeff Wojtowicz looks for that success to carry into the spring season and a return to the four-team Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament.

A pair of seniors, Krissy Hallett (Willoughby Hills/Willoughby South) and Carolann Sterkenburg(Geneva/Geneva), will be counted on to provide leadership for a team that features seven freshmen.

Hallett is a two-time All-OAC honoree. Last season, she finished with a 10-6 singles record and 9-7 in doubles play. Sophomore Megan Czuchra (Manuta/Crestwood) was also an All-OAC selection a year ago after going 6-9 in singles and paired with Hallett to go 9-7 in doubles.

Other returners for the Raiders include junior Courtney Adamsky (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) and sophomores Rachel Amabeli (Alliance/West Branch) and Lauren Olivier (Chagrin Falls/Walsh Jesuit).

Several freshmen saw action during the fall portion of the season, including Mandy Wise (North Canton/Hoover), Hannah Arvidson (North Canton/GlenOak), and Taylor Dowling (Canton/Jackson).

The Purple Raiders will resume their season with a trip to Hilton Head, S.C. for four matches over spring break. Their first match will be against Catholic (D.C.) on Sunday, March 4th at noon. OAC play opens on Saturday, March 24th at Muskingum.

2012 Women's Tennis Schedule    
Sun.  4  vs. Catholic (D.C.)  12 pm 
Mon.  5  vs. Roanoke (Va.)  12:30 pm 
Tues.  6  vs. Alvernia (Pa.)  12:30 pm 
Thurs.  8  vs. St. John Fisher (N.Y.)  12 pm 
Fri.  9  vs. Trine (Ind.)  12 pm 
Wed.  21  at Ohio Wesleyan  4 pm 
Sat.  24  at Muskingum *  1 pm 
Tues.  27  at Malone  3:30 pm 
Sat.  31  OTTERBEIN *  1 pm 
Fri.  6  BALDWIN-WALLACE *  1 pm 
Wed.  11  at John Carroll *  3:30 pm 
Sat.  14  at Ohio Northern *  1 pm 
Tues.  17  CAPITAL *  3:30 pm 
Sat.  21  at Heidelberg *  1 pm 
Mon.  23  MARIETTA *  3:30 pm 
Sat.  28  at Wilmington *  1 pm 
Tues.  1  OAC Tournament  TBA

Spartan Men’s Tennis Player Healey Named UAA Player of the Week

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Case Western Reserve University sophomore John Healey (Columbia, Md./Atholton) has been selected as the University Athletic Association Men's Tennis Player of the Week, announced the league office Monday afternoon. Healey becomes the third Spartan men's tennis student-athlete to receive the award this season.

Healey posted a 2-0 singles record and 2-1 doubles mark while competing against Hope College (Mich.), Oberlin College and Division I Cleveland State University. The sophomore picked up a point at No. 4 singles in the Spartans' 9-0 victory versus Oberlin on Saturday before recording Case's lone point at No. 6 against CSU on Sunday afternoon.

Playing at No. 1 doubles, Healey and junior Kyle Gerber (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) earned an 8-3 victory versus Hope and an 8-1 win at Oberlin on Saturday before suffering their lone setback to the No. 1 duo from Cleveland State during Sunday's action.

The Spartans have some time off from action before they hit the courts and travel to NCAA Division II West Virginia Wesleyan University on Wednesday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m. Following that match, Case will head to Virginia to play three Division III opponents in the University of Mary Washington, Washington & Lee College and Bridgewater College. 

Spartan Senior Bradley Potter Earns First Career UAA Pitcher of the Week Nod

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – On the heels of his career-best outing yesterday, Case Western Reserve University senior pitcherBradley Potter (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili) has been selected as the University Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week, announced the league office on Monday.

Potter tossed a complete-game six-hitter to defeat Ohio Wesleyan University on Sunday at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio. In a career-high nine innings, the right-hander allowed just one run while striking out a career-high six batters and not surrendering a walk.

Through two games, Potter is 2-0 with a 1.17 earned run average and 10 strikeouts in 15.1 innings pitched.

The Spartans (6-2 overall) are back in action at the University Athletic Association Championship in Sanford, Florida from March 11-18. Case opens versus the University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.


Lake Erie Announces Football Staff Changes

White, Dugan added to staff, Formaz leaving for OWU


PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College head football coach Mark McNellie has formally announced the addition of two members to the Storm coaching staff.  Brian White, who was a volunteer on the staff last year, has moved into a full-time coaching role and former Mentor High School and Baldwin-Wallace College standout Ryan Dugan is starting his coaching career as  graduate assistant with the Storm.



“I’m really happy to add coaches the quality of Brian and Ryan,” McNellie said.  “Coach White is very experienced and was a huge asset to us last year as a volunteer.  Having him now on a full-time basis will add tremendous value to our program.  And Ryan is young, energetic and was a great college football player.  I believe we are getting someone at the very beginning of what will be a great coaching career.”


Before volunteering with the Storm last season, White was an assistant coach in the college ranks for over a decade.  Most recently he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas Southern University (2008-10) where he helped the Tigers to their first outright SWAC championship in 2010.  He also has made stops at Kentucky State University (2006-08), Lock Haven University (2005-06) and his alma mater, Youngstown State (2002-04).  A three-year letterwinner and member of two NCAA Division I-AA national championship teams )1991 and 1993) with the Penguins under Jim Tressel , White also coached at the high school level for three years at Cleveland’s Shaw High School (1998-2000).


The New Kensington, Pa. native earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from YSU and resides with his wife, Stacey, and their family in Maple Heights.


Dugan recently completed a stellar college career that saw him earn four varsity letters at B-W and be named to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference Team three times as a defensive back.  He was twice named a team-captain and was voted the team’s most valuable player in 2011 by the Cleveland Touchdown Club. 


The 2007 Mentor graduate ranks fifth on B-W’s career interceptions list. Dugan earned his bachelor’s degree this past fall in exercise science and is pursing Certified Strength and Conditional Specialist certification.


Additionally, McNellie also announced that offensive line coach Ian Formaz, who had been with the Storm program since its inception, has resigned to take a similar position at Ohio Wesleyan University.


“Ian was a tremendous asset for our program and did a great job working with our young men,” McNellie said.  “We wish him well and I know he will do a great job at OWU.”

Baldwin-Wallace Softball Splits a Pair of Games on Day Two of 

Rebel Spring Games

KISSIMMEE, FLA. -- The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team split a pair of games today (Monday, March 5, 2012) against Simpson (Iowa) College and Waynesburg (Pa.) University on the second day of the annual Rebel Spring Games at the Fortune Road Softball Complex.

B-W fell to Simpson by a final score of 4-0 and then defeated Waynesburg by a score of 4-0.   B-W will play six more games in three days.

In game one, the Storm scored four runs on seven hits while holding the Yellow Jackets to just two hits both off the bat of senior outfielder Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic).

On the mound, sophomore pitcher Justina Wise (New London) pitched six innings and allowed four runs, seven hits and struck out four and walked one batter in her first action of the season.

In game two, B-W scored four runs on four hits and recorded four stolen bases.  Sophomore third baseman Lauren Feciuch (Kent/Field) led the offensive attack as she went 2-for-3 with an RBI, stolen base and one run scored.  Freshman shortstop Brittany Lightel (Tallmadge) and freshman first baseman Mackenzie Brua (Avon) each recorded their first career stolen base.

On the mound, Wise and sophomore Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field) combined for an eight hit shutout.  Wise pitched five scoreless innings, allowed seven hits and struck out four batters. Murray pitched the final two innings and struck out two and allowed just one hit.

Mount Union Men's tennis opens season with win

HILTON HEAD, S.C.—Mount Union's men's tennis team claimed a 5-4 victory over Eastern Nazarene (Mass.) in in their first of four matches during the spring break on Monday.

Brothers Nate Fockler and Nick Fockler (North Canton/Hoover) earned three points for the Purple Raiders as both were victorious in singles and they teamed up to win first doubles.

Nate won first singles, 6-4, 6-0, over Brandon Lum while Nick handled Sam McKay-Corkum, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 2 singles match. The duo also defeated McKay-Corkum and Austin Steelman, 8-5, in No. 1 doubles.

Ben Swope (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) and Jeff Looker (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) also earned singles win for the Raiders. Swopr defeated Sam Son, 6-2, 6-2, in No. 4 singles while Looker took down Eric Johnson, 6-2, 4-6, 12-10, in No. 6 singles.

The Raiders (4-2) will be in action again on Wednesday when they take on Roanoke (Va.) at 8 am.

B-W Women’s Tennis Team Beats Saint Vincent (Pa.), 5-4, on 

Second Day of Spring Trip

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA -- The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team defeated Saint Vincent (Pa.) College, 5-4, this morning (Monday, March 5, 2012) in the second match of its Annual Spring Break Trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The Yellow Jacket women will play five more matches while in Hilton Head, including a 6:00 p.m. match this evening versus Catholic University (Washington, DC).

With its victory, B-W is now 2-5 overall, including 2-0 on its trip to Hilton Head. In addition, the Yellow Jacket victory was the 316th of Head Coach Jack Bethlenfalvy’s career. He is the winningest women’s tennis coach in the Ohio Athletic Conference and in Ohio colegiate tennis history. Saint Vincent, which had a 15-3 mark this fall, is now 0-1 this spring.

B-W took a 2-1 lead after the doubles competition and split the six singles matches to record its second straight victory in Hilton Head.

In singles play, junior number one player Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic) won by the scores of 6-1 and 6-1, junior No.4 player Danielle Rueger (Ashland/ Senior) won by the scores of 6-0 and 6-1 and freshman No.6 player Rachel Bertrand (Avon/ Senior) won by the scores of 1-6, 6-2 and 1-0, including 10-7 in the third set tie-breaker.

In doubles action, the No.1 duo of Mittler and sophomore Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria Catholic) won by the score of 8-5 and the No.3 tandem of Rueger and senior Emily Brown (Vermilion) won by an 8-6 count.


Erin Hollinger Named UAA Athlete of the Week, Set for NCAA Division III Indoor Championship Meet

Official NCAA Championship Site

GRINNELL, Iowa – Case Western Reserve University senior two-sport standout Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) will be looking for a third career All-American performance in the high jump when she competes at the 2012 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship on Friday, March 9 at the Grinnell Fieldhouse at Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center.

Hollinger earned her spot with an indoor career-best performance at the University of Mount Union Last Chance Meet on Saturday, March 3. Her mark of five feet, six and one-half inches moved her into a tie for seventh place in the nation and garnered University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week status – her second career AOW award for track & field.  

"It is always nerve racking after basketball season to go out and try to qualify for the national meet," said Hollinger, who recently completed one of the most accomplished careers in Spartan women's basketball history. "I had a good week of practice heading into the meet both mentally and physically."

A four-time Capital One Academic All-American®, Hollinger is a two-time high jump All-American with four previous national meet appearances (three outdoor/one indoor). Her two All-American performances came via fifth-place finishes outdoors in 2009 and 2011.

Now heading into the final indoor meet of her storied career, Hollinger draws from previous experiences as she looks for a successful performance against the best female high-jumpers from across the country.

"The main key for me, especially in high-stress meets, is to stay both relaxed and focused," noted Hollinger. "No matter how relaxed I get, my body will always be full of adrenaline. I am looking forward to having fun and staying relaxed. We (fellow competitors) have all competed together before and know each other from past meets. I look forward to the challenges ahead of me."

Hollinger will also be looking to get off to a solid start in Iowa this Friday.

"My goal is to jump 1.68 or 1.69 meters, which will likely get me into the top-eight and All-American status," said Hollinger. "I have been able to stay clean at the beginning bars in important meets in the past. The main key for me is to not miss early and ride that momentum as the bar continues to go up. I want to stay focused especially on the first few jumps to keep my misses at a minimum."

Hollinger will begin her quest in Iowa on Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. (CDT).