A Page -- March 7, 2010

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Former Defenseman Mike 

Haszto, Jr. of 

North Ridgeville and EC scores 

goal, registers 

assist to lead Central Oklahoma 

to an upset over Oklahoma 

Sooners at nationals

March 7, 2010

By Mike Haszto, Sr.

(Editor's note: Student/Athlete-Cleveland Writer Mike Haszto is in Chicago this weekend for the Division I collegiate hockey national championships to dispatch reports on all Cleveland area players on the various college's teams (i.e. Ohio U) in the tourney, including his son Mike who plays for Central Oklahoma, and on Cleveland area teams in general such as Kent State and John Carroll) 
Last night's games:

#10 Central Oklahoma beats #7 Oklahoma in 2 OT

     (Bensenville, IL)--North Ridgeville native and Elyria Catholic grad Mike Haszto scored a goal and assist in helping his Bronchos upend the Sooners 5-4 in double overtime.
Senior goalie Justin Sgro was stellar between the pipes, stopping 45 shots to give UCO the chance to win it.
     Haszto has taken advantage of a switch in position the past seven games to right wing, and he has tallied three goals and two assists since the change.  Tonight, his sixth goal of the season broke a 2-2 tie late in the second period, as he stuffed a rebound from his own shot past a sprawling Sooner netminder.
     UCO (25-12-2) took a 4-2 lead into the third period, only to relinquish it to Oklahoma, who had beaten UCO four times previously this season.
Haszto (16)

     The game was evenly played through two periods.  The Sooners (32-8-1) controlled the third period with a 16=8 shots advantage in scoring two goals to tie the game.  They also controlled the first overtime, outshooting the Bronchos 12-5.  The second overtime was all Bronchos, with a 3-0 shot advantage.
     On the game winning goal, senior captain AJ Alfrey took control of a loose puck along the right faceoff circle and fired a shot on goal.  Haszto scooped up a rebound and went five hole on the goalie, who made the stop.  Haszto and center Alex Jackson both hit the rebound through the legs of the Sooner gaolie for the win.  Jackson was credited with the goal.
     Next up in the ACHA College Hockey Division I Tournament is #2 Penn State, a 7-3 winner over #15 SUNY-Canton earlier in the day.

     #12 Kent State, cached by St. Edward alumnus and North Olmsted native Jarret Whidden, lost an overtime game to #5 Iowa State before the UCO-Oklahoma game in a wild contest 7-6. 

After trailing early, the Golden Flashes came back to take a 4-3 on a power play goal with a little more than two minutes left in the second.  That score came from Kye Budziszewski (Bethel Park, PA) off assists from Padua High alumnus Justin Phenny and Olmsted Falls' Kevin Colleran.

Women's Basketball - #19 Mount

Union Survives and Advances to 

Sweet 16 with 62-61 Overtime Win 

at #17 Messiah; Westlake's 

LaMattina leads way with  a dozen

and a half

By Lenny Reich


(GRANTHAM, PA)--No. 19 ranked Mount Union rallied from a 15-point deficit to knock off No. 17 ranked Messiah in the second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship last night in Grantham, PA.

The Purple Raiders are now 26-4 on the season and advance to weekend's sectional (round of 16) against No. 6 ranked Washington (MO), an 80-64 winner over No. 13 ranked Thomas More next Friday (Mar. 12) at a location to be announced Sunday.

Freshman point guard Rosa LaMattina (Westlake/Westlake) scored six of her team-high 18 points in overtime to lead Mount Union, while junior forward Lauren Forquer (North Canton/Green) scored 14 and senior guard Tessa Pohovey (Strasburg/Tusky Valley) had 12 points.

Julie Henninger scored 16 of her game-high 24 points to lead Messiah that sees its season end at 24-5 overall.

Messiah came out and hit eight of its first 11 shots while Mount Union made only one of its first nine shots and the Falcons led 18-3 seven minutes into the contest.

In fact, the Purple Raiders would hit only four shots from the floor the entire first half (4-of-23, 17.4-percent) but hit 12-of-14 from the free throw line and forced 12 Messiah turnovers and rallied to within five points, 28-23 at the half.

Mount Union then scored eight of the first 10 points of the second half and took its first lead of the game on a Pohovey three-pointer with 12:47 left in regulation.

The rest of regulation included four lead changes and two ties before LaMattina hit a jumper with 21 seconds left to give Mount Union a 52-51 lead.  Out of a time out, Henninger would find an opening in the press and was streaking down for a layup before she was fouled.  She went to the line and hit one-of-two to tie the game at 52.  LaMattina had a baseline layup attempt not fall with a second left to send the game to overtime.

Both teams would have the lead in the overtime before a Forquer layup tied the game at 58 and LaMattina made four straight free throws in the final minute to ice the victory.  Messiah would score a layup with less than second remaining for the 62-61 final.

Lutheran West's Rodney Bassett 

earns Silver Medalist honors at state 

high school bowling championships

March 7, 2010

By Bob Kolarik

Two exciting tournaments were conducted on Friday and Saturday to close out the 2009-10 high school bowling season.  The results can be found on the OHSAA website at  http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/bw/default.asp
For the boys on Friday, qualifiers from the NE District were seeded #2 (Struthers), #5 (North Ridgeville), and #7 (Warren G. Harding).  Harding beat Struthers and advanced to the finals, while North Ridgeville lost in the first round.  Defending champion Kenton Ridge beat Harding in three games to defend its title.  The state champion bowler,Daniel Glascoe - Beavercreek, shot 730, while Rodney Bassett from NE Rocky River (Lutheran West) had 723 as the silver medalist.
On the girls side yesterday, four of the five NE district qualifiers advanced to the bracket round.  GlenOak started strong, but faded and finished 14th in the State - congratulations Lady Golden Eagles on a great season.  .
Minerva was seeded 6th and finished in that position bowing out to Hubbard in three games - congratulations to the Lady Lions!  Hubbard then lost to Boardman who advanced as the #2 seed to meet top-seeded Westerville Center who knocked out NE qualifier Hudson.  WC had the state champion and runner-up in Mary Wells (729) and Melissa Klodnick (694), respectively.  Boardman then defeated WC in four games to win the state girls title.
Karlee Eick (Minerva sophomore) was the SCHSBC's highest finisher as she was named to the all-state 2nd team as her 640 which garnered a 7th place finish.  Fallon Tallman (GO sophomore) received state honorable mention finishing 14th with a 608 series.  Other SCHSBC finishers were Casey Reese (Massillon senior) 27th with 558, Michaela Wilson (Minerva freshman) 31st with 548 and Katlin Thayer (Minerva junior) 36th with 545.

The SCHSBC and NE district bowlers represented us well and distinguished themselves with their fine performances.  Again, congratulations.  The tournament will be broadcast on SportsTime Ohio starting this week.

Baldwin-Wallace Drops Season  

Opener, 5-4, as Misericordia 

Scores in the Ninth

March 7, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO - The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team dropped its 2010 season opener today (Sunday, March 7) with a 5-4 ninth-inning loss to Misericordia (Pa.) College on the first day of the team's annual spring break trip to play at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in Winter Haven, Florida.  This is the first of 10 games in six days for the Yellow Jackets, 0-1 overall.

Misericordia, now 4-1 overall, jumped on Yellow Jacket senior starter Justin Novak (Strongsville), the Ohio Athletic ConferenceScholar-Athlete for the Month of March, for a pair of runs in each of the first and third innings to build a 4-0 advantage. B-W cut the advantage to 4-1 with a run in the fifth and then stung the visitor for three more in the seventh to knot the game at 4-4. Misericordia won the game by scoring a run in the top of the ninth inning and holding the home team scoreless.
Ridgeville alum Sam Wasylyshyn

At the plate, Misericordia outhit the Yellow Jackets, 10-6, including three doubles. Six B-W players, junior centerfielder Sam Wasylyshyn (North Ridgeville), senior second baseman Matt Rollins (Walbridge/ Millbury Lake), junior catcher John Ulanski (Bay Village), senior first baseman Chris Nealon (Avon Lake), senior catcher Matt Bush (GraftonMidview) and junior leftfielder Ben Stoper (Medina/ Senior), each had one base hit. Wasylyshyn and Chris Nealon each had a double and Ulanski's hit was a run-scoring triple in the fifth. Rollins highlighted the three-run seventh by driving in a pair of runners.
Midview alum Matt Bush

On the mound, Novak pitched the first six innings and allowed seven hits and four runs (all earned). He also struck out four batters and walked just one in facing 25 batters. Senior pitcher/ designated hitter Brian Boveington (Stow/ Stow-Munroe Falls) replaced Novak in the seventh inning and pitched the final three frames, allowing three hits and the one earned run in the ninth. He struck out three and walked three and faced 12 total batters.
Stow's Brian Boveington

The Yellow Jackets are back in action tomorrow, Monday, Mar. 8 when they face Eastern Nazarene (Pa.) University in a doubleheader beginning at 9:30 a.m. B-W then plays another twinbill on Tuesday, Mar. 9 versus Trine (Ind.) University. The first pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m.

Horizon League announces women’s basketball postseason awards

Cleveland State's Kailey Klein makes first team again

March 7

By Matt Segal

INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler senior Melanie Thornton has been named Player of the Year, which highlights the Horizon League’s 2009-10 Women’s Basketball All-League Teams and specialty award winners. 

Thornton has also been selected as Defensive Player of the Year, while classmate Susan Lester earns Sixth Player of the Year accolades, Detroit redshirt freshman Yar Shayok Newcomer of the Year honors and UDM’s Autumn Rademacher Coach of the Year laurels.

Thornton is joined on the All-League First Team by Cleveland State senior Kailey Klein, Detroit senior Brigid Mulroy and Green Bay juniors Kayla Tetschlag and Celeste Hoewisch.

Kailey Klein


Klein, a guard from Cherry, Ill., earns first-team accolades for the third consecutive season.  The conference’s Preseason Player of the Year, who became Cleveland State’s all-time leading scorer on Feb. 6, ranks among the circuit leaders in scoring (1st, 17.8), rebounding (6th, 7.4), blocked shots (T-6th, 0.7) and free-throw accuracy (10th, .765).

Cleveland State junior Shawnita Garland, made all-league second team.

Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team 

Opens Season by Losing Twice at 

Tucson Invitational in Arizona

March 7

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO - The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team opened the 2010 season today (Sunday, March 7) with a pair of losses at the annual Tucson Invitational in Tucson, Arizona.  The Yellow Jackets play eight more games in four days.

In the first game, B-W lost to the number-14-ranked team in NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), Maddona (Mich.) University, 3-2, and then lost a rain-shortened game to Peru State (Neb.), 10-9, in game that was called due to the weather in the sixth inning.

Lake Catholic alumna Sarah Baker

Versus Madonna, now 3-0 overall, sophomore pitcher Sarah Baker (Mentor/ Lake Catholic) threw six innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits and struck out three. At the plate, sophomore outfielder Meredith Fogg (Sandusky/Senior) was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt and a run batted-in. Senior outfielder Chelsea Saunders (Medina/Highland) was 1-for-4 and drove in the other B-W run.

Meredith Fogg

Versus Peru State, junior pitcher Mackenzie Rohrbacher (Sandusky/ Senior) went the first 2.2 innings in the losing effort.

MacKenzie Rohrbacher

At the plate, senior outfielder Mallory Kobak (Independence) was 3-for-4 with two stolen basesFogg was 2-for-3 and senior third baseman Megan Coyne (Valley City/Keystone) had a three RBI double.

Mallory Kobak

The Yellow Jackets are back in action tomorrow, Monday, March 8 when they play Calumet College of St. Joseph's (Ind.) at 12:30 p.m. MT and then face Viterbo (Wisc.) University at 2:30 p.m. MT. On Tuesday, March 9, B-W plays Northwestern (Iowa) College at 8:00 a.m. MT and then faces the College of St. Mary's (Neb.) at 10:00 a.m. MT.

Notre Dame College: National 

Dominance Confirmed (NDC)

Wrestling Falcons earn

ND’s first national 

title; Massillon's Tom 

Straughn, Wadsworth's Derek 

Foore among three NDC 

individual champs 


March 7, 2010

By Skip Snow

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Notre Dame grapplers garnered three national championships and nine Falcons placed, as the mat men from College Road earned NDC’s first national championship in any sport with a victory at the 53rd Annual NAIA National Championships on Saturday. 


Sophomore Jeffrey Pelton (149 pounds, Bellevue, Ohio) and juniors Thomas Straughn (157, Massillon, Ohio), and Derek Foore (197, Wadsworth, Ohio) won national championships, as the fourth-year program from South Euclid, Ohio, steamrolled to a decisive team victory.

Derek Foore

Wadsworth's Foore completes perfect 27-0 season with NAIA title  


The Falcons, ranked No. 1 in the nation (NAIA Coaches’ Poll) heading into the event, won in dominant fashion.  NDC scored 179.5 team points, 59.5 points more than second-place Southern Oregon (120 points).  That margin of victory is the second-largest at the NAIA National Championship tournament since 1982.  Great Falls (Mont.) placed third, with 118.5 points.  Three-time defending champion Lindenwood (Mo.) placed seventh.


Pelton earned his title with a 7-5 decision over third-ranked (NAIA Coaches’ Poll) Byron Kuylen of Great Falls (Mont.).  The junior grappler went 5-0 at the tournament to remain unbeaten (24-0) on the season.


Straughn followed that up in the next bout with an 11-7 victory over eighth-ranked James Casadaban (Cumberland University-Tenn.). The Massillon, Ohio, native and now two-time All-American also went 5-0 in Oklahoma City; his final record for 2009-10 stands at 27-3.

Thomas Straughn

Former Perry Panther Thomas Straughn

Photos courtesy of ND College Sports Information Dept.


Foore defeated No. 3 Jake Kallestad from Dickinson State (N.D.) in a 3-1 decision to close out his remarkable season.  The Wadsworth, Ohio, native went 5-0 at the tournament and 27-0 with 13 pins on the season.


Six more NDC grapplers placed in the tournament, which was held at Abe Lemons Arena in Oklahoma City, from Thursday through Saturday.  The NAIA awards All-America recognition to top-six finishers in each weight class, so nine Falcon student-athletes will return to Cleveland as All-Americans.


Freshman Orlando Scales (Cincinnati) was among those placers - he was the national runner-up in the heavyweight division. The Falcons’ top 2009 recruit lost, 4-2, in a Saturday-night title bout that went into overtime.


“What an unbelievable performance,” said Notre Dame Head Coach Frank Romano.  “With all of the preparation that went into this, from our staff to every wrestler on the squad, to people at the College, it all makes this experience very gratifying.  It’s very special to be crowned as the national champs.”



Coach Romano

The win for Notre Dame closes out a remarkable season of dominance for the Falcon program, in just its fourth season since being instituted in 2006.  The Wrestling Falcons were ranked No. 2 in the NAIA Coaches’ Preseason Poll (Oc. 20) and after winning the National Catholic Invitational (Erie, Pa.) on Nov. 7 and obliterating the competition by earning seven titles at the Harris Open (Ashland, Ohio) on Nov. 14, NDC was voted as the top team in NAIA wrestling in the first Coaches’ Poll of the 2009-10 season, on Nov. 24.  The Blue & White then retained that ranking throughout the season.


NDC’s championship season isn’t just a first for Notre Dame - it perhaps goes down as one of the greatest in the history of small-college wrestling.  The Falcons earned a 10-1 mark in dual meets, losing only to NCAA Division I Ohio State, which is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation in DI wrestling (InterMat, Feb. 24).  After that loss to the Buckeyes, which was on Nov. 22, Notre Dame rattled off nine straight wins.  In those nine victories, the Blue & White decimated all challengers, winning by a combined 301-42 score.


During the 2009-10 season, NDC went 1-1 against DI foes, losing to Ohio State but beating Cleveland State in convincing fashion, 42-3.  The Falcons went 4-0 against DII competition, defeating three ranked DII programs (Ashland, Findlay, West Liberty-W. Va.) along the way.  Notre Dame went 2-0 against DIII schools and 3-0 against NAIA competition, with those three wins coming in collegiate wrestling’s most prestigious in-season tournament, the National Duals.


NDC won the NAIA National Duals on Jan. 10 by dispatching three Top-10 NAIA teams (No. 8 Oklahoma City, No. 4 McKendree-Ill. and No. 7 Missouri Valley) by a combined score of 97-15.


“Winning the NAIA Duals and the national championship in the same year is an amazing accomplishment for our kids,” said Romano.


Including the National Duals and NAIA National Championships, the 2009-10 Wrestling Falcons won five tournament titles.  By the time they reached Oklahoma City, Notre Dame had 11 ranked athletes in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll, nine of which were ranked in the Top-3 of their respective weight divisions.  The starting lineup of 12 arrived at the National Championships with a combined 2009-10 record of 227-35 (.866).


In Oklahoma City, from Thursday to Saturday, those dozen grapplers won 47 more bouts.  More important to them, Notre Dame Collegepicked up win number one - its first national championship.





STARS EARN STRIPES:  NDC’s nine All-Americans, their finishes in Oklahoma City and their final 2009-10 bout records - Tyler Savage (Carlisle, Ohio), fifth at 125, 23-10, Adam Koballa (Twinsburg, Ohio), sixth at 141, 29-3; Jeff Pelton, national champion at 149, 24-0; Ashtin Primus (Connellsville, Pa.), third at 149, 29-4; Thomas Straughn, national champion at 157, 27-3; Cody Butzer (Canal Fulton, Ohio), third at 174, 16-1; Alex Denman (Painesville, Ohio), sixth at 184, 19-10; Derek Foore, national champion at 197, 27-0; and Orlando Scales, second at HWT, 27-4.

Tyler Savage


Koballa’s sixth-place finish at 141 closes out his collegiate career.  The former standout at St. Peter Chanel (Bedford, Ohio) is now a three-time NAIA All-American.  Koballa was national runner-up at 141 as a sophomore and national champ at the same weight a year ago as a junior.  The Falcons’ team captain went 60-11 in three seasons, after transferring to Notre Dame from Old Dominion (Va.).

Thomas Straughn



BUSY WEEK:  John Bittenger (East Liverpool, Ohio) and Ashtin Primus had busy weeks, wrestling in eight bouts at the national tournament.  Primus went 7-1 in placing third at 149 pounds.  The Connellsville, Pa., native won five bouts on pins, two of which came in 37 seconds.  Primus finished the season with a 29-4 mark, winning 23 bouts by fall. … Bittenger went 6-2 in placing 7th at 174.


THE FALCONS’ QUICK ASCENT:  In its inaugural 2006-07 season, Notre Dame placed 20th at the 2007 NAIA National Championships.  The Falcons improved their place of finish to 13th in 2008 and then fifth in 2009. … In four seasons, Notre Dame has produced five individual national champions, 17 All-Americans and 56 national qualifiers.

Adam Koballa

Chanel alum Adam Koballa

Alex Denman

Painesville's Alex Denman


ABOUT NDC ATHLETICS:  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.  Eighteen of the College’s 23 programs have been launched in the last decade with the College going through a period of tremendous growth and development. … Last July, the NCAA announced that Notre Dame had a membership application approved. The Falcons are currently competing as a Candidacy Year-One institution in the NCAA Division-II membership process.

Yellow Jacket Women's Tennis

Team Opens Spring Trip in

Hilton Head, S.C. with a 7-2

Win versus Marian (Ind.)

March 7, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women's tennis team opened its annual Spring Break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina on Sunday, March 7 with a 7-2 victory against Marian College of Indiana.

The Yellow Jackets, who play six matches in four days in Hilton Head, are seeking to win their third Ohio Athletic Conference titleand earn their third NCAA Division III National Tournament berth in the last four seasons.

EC Alumna Rebecca Mittler

The Yellow Jackets, now 1-3 overall, built a 2-1 lead in doubls play as the number one duo of junior Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/Columbus Bishop Hartley) and freshman Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic) defeated its Marian duo, 8-5, and the No.3 tandem of senior Andrea Essig (Conneaut/ Ashtabula Edgewood) and junior Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior) won over its opponents, 8-5.

Andrea Essig

B-W also won five-of-six singles matches to put the match away as Greene won at No.2, Mittler won at No.3, junior Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) won at No.4, Essig won at No.5 and Marshall at No.6.  Greene, Mittler and Pelosi all won in straight sets and both Essig and Marshall won in a third-set super tie-breakers and both by a 10-6 count.

Green's Emily Pelosi

With its loss, Marian is now 11-3 overall, but this was its first spring match after compiling an 11-2 slate during the fall 2009 portion its schedule.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action tomorrow, Monday, March 8 when they play NCAA Division II the University of Charleston (S.C.) at 8:00 a.m. and then play nationally-ranked Washington (Mo.) University at 6:00 p.m.

The first spring northern matches will take place on Saturday, March 20 when B-W hosts a doubleheader against NCAA Division II Ashland University at 11:00 a.m. and then versus Ohio Athletic Conference rival Marietta College at 3:00 p.m.  All matches are played on the "Pop" Collins Courts ion the B-W campus.

Baseball - Mayfield's Mark 

Sabatino gets Hitting Behind

Him to Pitch Mount Union Past 

Albion(MI) 14-1 For First Win

of the Season

March 7

By Lenny Reich

(LEESBURG, FL)--Mount Union's baseball team posted a six-run second inning and a five-run fourth inning while getting a super starting pitching effort from senior Mark Sabatino (Mayfield Hts/Mayfield) to score a 14-1 rout of Albion (MI) today in Leesburg, FL.

Mount Union evens its mark at 1-1 overall, while Albion starts its season at 0-1 overall.

Sabatino scattered seven hits, allowed only one run and struck out eight over six innings of work to get the win in his first start of the season.

Greg Ferrell
Green's Greg Ferrell

His offense gave him more than enough to work with as junior centerfielder Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) drove in four runs on a pair of hits including his second home run in as many days.


Mayfield's Sabatino

Every Mount Union starter had at least one hit and along with Ferrell, junior left fielder Britt Williams (Canton/Massillon Jackson) drove in three runs, senior designated hitter Connor Nell (Powell/Olentangy) drove in two runs and junior Dan Henderson(North Canton/GlenOak) had three hits as to headline the offense.

Steve Welich

Jackson's Britt Williams

Henderson started the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first and Sabatino got out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom half of the inning.

Dan Henderson

GlenOak alum Dan Henderson

Mount Union then blew the game open in the second inning after a leadoff fly out, the Raiders 
then had eight straight hits and after sending a total of 11 batters to the plate scored six runs to take a commanding 7-1 lead.  Ferrell highlighted the inning as he drove in two runs on a double.

The Raiders were not done as Matt Tracy (Pittsburgh/Central Catholic) reached on a error to start the fourth inning then Farrell blasted his second home run of the season to spark a five-run inning that put the game away.

Mount Union tacked on single runs in the sixth and eighth, while Beau Smith (Fredrick, MD/Fredrick) and Tyler Merkle (Wilmington/Clinton-Massie) pitched three innings of scoreless relief for the 14-1 final.

The Raiders play a pair of games Monday against Trine (IN) at 9:30 am and Thomas More (KY) at 1 pm and both games will feature LIVE AUDIO and LIVE STATS.

Lutheran West to host Patriot 

Athletic Conference Cheer 

Championships tomorrow night

March 7

By Norm Weber

ROCKY RIVER -- The Patriot Athletic Conference will be hosting its league cheerleading championship tomorrow night here at Lutheran West High School.

Teams competing will be Brooklyn, Clearview, Wellington, Columbia, Keystone, Brookside, Lutheran West, Oberlin, Black River and Buckeye.

Lutheran West's Cheerleaders after they cheered
for Team Mexico at the Junior Football Worlds

Yellow Jacket Men's Tennis Team 

Opens Spring Trip in Hilton Head, 

S.C. with 7-2 Win versus Trine

March 7

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men's tennis team opened its annual Spring Break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina today with a 7-2 victory against Trine University of Indiana.

The Yellow Jackets improve to 5-0 overall for the season and play six more matches in four days in Hilton Head.

B-W jumped out to a 3-0 lead by sweeping doubles competition. The number-one duo of senior Andy Redd (Archbold) and junior Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ Lakewood St. Edward) won 8-4; the No. 2 team of sophomore Taylor Long (Ashland/Senior) and sophomore Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) won 8-6; the No. 3 team of freshmen Joe Horvath (North Royalton) and Tyler Beaton (Bemus Point, N.Y./ Maple Grove) won 9-7.

In singles play, Redd won in three tie-breaker sets at No. 2 while Lachman, Horvath and junior Sam Burris (Wooster/Triway) each won in straight sets.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action twice tomorrow with an 8:00 a.m. match versus Elizabethtown (Pa.) College and a 4:30 p.m. match versus No. 2 nationally-ranked Washington (Mo.) University. WU will be the highest ranked team the B-W program has faced during the Brian Rector era.

Following the Hilton Head trip, B-W opens its northern schedule on March 20 at traditional rival Oberlin College at 10:00 a.m. The first home match at the "Pop" Collins Courts in Berea is on March 27 versus OAC rival Capital University at 1:00 p.m.