A Page -- March 8, 2010

Varsity Cheerleaders from Lutheran West

Lutheran West Cheerleaders double 

dip at home -- win PAC 

championship in both varsity and JV 


March 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – Host Lutheran West did a double home delight tonight by winning the Patriot Athletic Conference Cheerleading championship in both the JV and varsity Divisions,

In varsity, the Longhorns improved one step from last year when they finished runners up to Medina Buckeye, which finished third this year. Keystone took runners up honors in varsity this year.

Black River finished second in JV with Brookside coming in third.

Members of the Lutheran JV team earning first place are Erin Jones, Janine Dunn, Marissa Redden, Megan Lau, Jay Walker, Jessica Mecklenberg, Valerie Green, Kaitlyn Spaudie, Kaylee Anchlulis, Madison Hahn, Danielle Abbott, Taylor Stacho, Johanna Webster, Karlie Kujaua and Rita Gonzalez.

West JV Group
(Photos by Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor Norm Weber)

Longhorn varsity girls included Jamie Liese, Erica Thomas, Amy Yakir, Nicolle Kemmett, Natalie Corle, Mary Warren, Jessica Tischler and Katie Holick.

The Longhorns were able to get their senior leadership from Liese, Thomas and Yakir, the three seniors on the squad.

Liese is one of the top volleyball players in the PAC as well and is being recruited by Walsh University in North Canton and LaGrange down in Georgia. She is considering college cheerleading as either an adjunct to volleyball or as a replacement to it.

Listen to the post-event interview with Liese by clicking on link:


Jamie Liese

Yakir will attend Cleveland State and is considering exploring college cheerleading, She cheered for the World Junior Championships of American Football in Canton last summer. Listen to Amy by clicking on link:


Amy Yakir
Thomas also cheered in front of large crowds in Canton last summer. She is going to study nursing at Kent or Hiram and said the workload in the sciences would mean that she wouldn’t want to cheer in college. Click on link to hear Erica Thomas


Erica Thomas 


Central Oklahoma continues 

upset theme, puts away #2 Penn 

State in OT!

March 8, 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 (an Elyria Catholic grad and North Ridgeville native) who plays for Central Oklahoma, and on Cleveland area teams in general such as Kent State and John Carroll) 

Bensenville, IL - The second quarterfinal of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Division I National Championship Tournament saw the same result as the first: a top seeded team upended in overtime.  This time the victim was #2 Penn State as #10 University of Central Oklahoma pulled off a miracle finish for a 2-1 victory on March 7, 2010, at theEdge Ice Arena in Bensenville, IL.

Trailing 1-0 and the Nittany Lions going all out to kill the clock for the win, UCO defenseman Nick Novak (Green Bay, WI) blasted a shot into the back of the net.  Shawn Steggles (Caledonia, MI) got the assist on that game-tying goal with just 1:29 left in regulation.

An unassisted tally 1:42 into extra time from Jonathon Cannizzo (Downers Grove, IL) gave OCU its second straight upset win and propelled them into the national semifinals.

Justin Sgro (Blarsville, PA) stopped 39 Penn State shots to earn the win for the Broncos.
Central Oklahoma  advances to the tournament semifinals on Tuesday evening at the Edge.  Their opponent will be determined after the four semifinalists are reseeded.

 In a match-up of Central States Collegiate Hockey League rivals, the third-seeded Bobcats of Ohio University broke a one-all tie with the #14 Eagles of Robert Morris University (IL) on a goal just 32 seconds into the third period, then made it stand up for a 2-1 victory in the opening round of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Men's Division I National Championship Tournament on March 6, 2010, at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, IL.

After a scoreless first, the Eagles' Eriks Ozollapa (Riga, Latvia) found the net at the 19:27 of the second.  OU's Josh Fodor (Pittsburgh, PA) tied the game six minutes later, then got the game winner in the third.

Bobcat goalie Paul Marshall (Orland Park, IL) made that narrow lead stand up for OU, even weathering a late 5:00 major penalty. Marshall stopped 19 shots for the win.

Micah Robbins (Cheybogan, MI) had 38 saves for RMU.

Ohio advances to the quarterfinals on Sunday versus #11 Arizona State. The puck drops in that game at 7:00 PM CST at the Edge.

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Bats Stay Hot as Baseball Beats 

Trine (IN) and Thomas More (KY) 

in Florida; Raiders Have Won 

Three Straight

By Lenny Reich

    * Mount Union 7, Trine (IN) 4
    * Mount Union 10, Thomas More (KY) 5

(AUBURNDALE, FL)--Mount Union's baseball team belted out double digit hits and again got solid pitching performances as the Purple Raiders beat Trine (IN) 7-4 and Thomas More (KY) 10-5 Monday in Auburndale, FL.

In the 7-4 win over Trine, senior Connor Nell (Powell/Olentangy) went 4-for-4 drove in two runs and scored twice, fellow senior Allan Krontz (Kent/Field) drove in a pair of runs on two hits while juniors Ty Wood (Hudson/Hudson) and Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) also had two hits to lead the Raiders at the plate.

Junior pitcher Matt Lambert (Massillon/Massillon Washington) got out of bases loaded jams in the first and second innings giving up just a run in each inning.  Those would be the only two runs he gave up as he allowed just seven hits over six innings and struck out four on his way to his first win of the season. 

Junior Cory Douglass (Independence/Garfield Heights) went the final 2.2 innings on the mound to get his first save of the season.

Mount Union scored runs in the second and third inning to take an early 2-0 lead against Thomas More.  The Saints took the lead, 4-2, four-run fourth inning highlighted by a three-run home run from Nick Zeiser.

The Raiders answered in the bottom of the fifth inning with five runs with four of those coming on a grand slam home run by Nell.  That gave Mount Union the lead for good as they went on to the 10-5 final.  

Nell finished with two hits and drove in four runs, junior Matt Tracy (Pittsburgh, PA/Central Catholic) had three hits and Ferrell went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs with one coming on his third home run of the season to once again pace the Raider attack.

Junior Cody Colly (Massillon/Massillon Washington) did not allow an earned run and scattered seven runs over seven innings for his first win of the season.

Mount Union, now 3-1 on the season, play Pitt-Greensburg Tuesday at 11:30 am at Chain of Lakes Parkin Winter Haven, FL.  The game will be broadcast LIVE online with LIVE STATS.

B-W Baseball Team Splits 

Doubleheader with Eastern 

Nazarene (Mass.); Scott Throws 

Shutout in Game 2

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO - The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team split a doubleheader with Eastern Nazarene (Mass.) College today (Monday, March 8, 2010) at the RussMatt Invitational in Winter Haven, Florida. The Yellow Jackets lost game one, 6-2, but rebounded behind a dominant pitching performance by sophomore Josh Scott (Strongsville) to win the nightcap, 1-0.

The Yellow Jackets improve to 1-2 overall heading into a twin bill versus Trine (Ind.) University tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.

In game one, B-W got on the board first with a single run in the top of the first before ENC scored four times in the bottom of the second and twice more in the fifth. The Yellow Jackets could only manage one more run in the seventh.

At the plate, junior catcher John Ulanski (Bay Village) was 2-for-2 with a walk and a stolen baseand senior first baseman Brian Boveington (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) was 2-for-3 with a double.

On the mound, senior Scott Luthman (Celina) started and pitched five innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits while striking out five. Senior Chris Nealon (Avon Lake) came on in relief and pitched a scoreless seventh.

In game two, the Yellow Jackets scored the lone run in the bottom of the fifth when junior rightfielder Ben Stoper (Medina/ Senior) reached on a single, stole second, advanced to third on apassed ball, and scored on an RBI single by freshman centerfielder Nolan Neuschafer (Elyria/Senior).

On the mound, Scott had his finest outing in the Brown & Gold, pitching seven scoreless innings and allowing four hits and three walks while striking out a career-high nine batters.

At the plate, senior third baseman Scott Nealon (Avon Lake) was 2-for-3 and Neuschafer was 1-for-3 with a steal.

Following tomorrow's DH versus Trine, the Jackets play Thomas More (Ky.) College on Wednesday, March 10 in a single, nine-inning game at 2:30 p.m.

For her work in prepping complete 

Student/Athletes, Jackson alumna, 

Akron resident, Internationals coach 

Keri Sarver named adidas National 

Girls' Coach of the Year 

March 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


MEDINA -- Internationals Soccer Club Women’s Coach, Keri Sarver was named 2009 US Youth Soccer adidas Competitive Coach of the Year for Girls in Fort Worth, Texas.  Sarver, an Akron resident who and Massillon Jackson alumna, was selected by the US Youth Soccer Board of Directors after being chosen Regional Coach of the Year late last year.

Keri Sarver

Among the various regionally recognized coaches, Sarver was chosen two weeks ago to receive the national honor.

“This is an incredible honor for Keri and our soccer club,” said Zdravko Popovic, the Cleveland-based Internationals Soccer Club co-owner and Director of Coaching. ”Keri is one of the truly outstanding young soccer coaches in this country, as well as a wonderful role model for all the girls in our program.”

The Internationals, comprised of mainly Cleveland area girls on its various age-group teams, is one of the top premier programs in the country as well as the region.

Sarver was recognized for this honor because she teachers her players that in addition to mastering the technical aspects of the game of soccer, they must also master the mental, physical and emotional aspects of the game to achieve success: in essence, she preps the true Student/Athlete, a role she fulfilled quite well herself in her younger years in high school and college.

She teaches life skills through athletics that help her protégés to be best on and off the soccer field.  Sarver’s U-17 Girls Internationals Soccer team bought into her philosophy, leading them to compete in the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championship in Boston in July, and win the United Soccer League Super Y League National Championship in Tampa in November.


Sarver’s 2009 coaching resume consists of one national finalist, two regional semifinalists, and five Ohio North State Champions.   A true student of the game, Sarver is a USSF “A” License coach, the first female in Ohio North to achieve this level.


Prior to coaching, Sarver was a standout player at every level.  While playing in high school for the Polar Bears at Massillon Jackson, Sarver was a Parade All-American selection, and Akron Beacon Journal Player and Athlete of the Year.

Sarver, who has a birthday coming up in three weeks, holds every offensive school record in the University of Maryland Women’s Soccer history (including career and single-season goals, assists and points), and was named the University’s Athlete of the Year her senior year in 1998.

In 1998 she made first team All Atlantic Coast Conference after making second team All ACC in 1997, neither of which is an easy feat considering that typically half the spots on both all league teams annually go to players from North Carolina University.

The coach was a star in the classroom as well, winning the University of Maryland President’s Cup Award for Academic Achievement, the Maryland Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, and was a regular on the Dean’s List before graduating with a Degree in Computer Science.

Following graduation from college, Sarver played professional soccer with the Washington Freedom, New York Power and Carolina Courage.  Sarver played her club soccer with the Cleveland Internationals, and attributes much of her success to Popovic.

Yellow Jacket Men’s Tennis Team 

Beats Elizabethtown (Pa.), 8-1, 

on its Spring Trip in Hilton 

Head, S.C.

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team improved to a perfect 6-0 this season as it defeated Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, 8-1, today (Monday, March 8, 2010) on the second day of its annual Spring Break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina. The Yellow Jackets will play five more matches in Hilton Head, including a match tonight against second-ranked Washington (Mo.) University at 6:00 p.m.

The Yellow Jackets built a 3-0 lead in doubles play as the number one tandem of senior Andy Redd (Archbold) and junior Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/Lakewood St. Edward) won 8-2, the No. 2 doubles team of sophomore Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) and sophomore Taylor Long (Ashland/Senior) won 8-4 and the third doubles team of freshman Joe Horvath (North Royalton) and freshman Tyler Beaton (Bemus Point, N.Y. /Maple Grove) won 8-2.

Eds alum, Heights native Matt Lachman

B-W also won five-of-six singles matches all via straight sets as Redd won at No. 2, Horvath at No. 3, junior Sam Burris (Wooster/Senior) at No.4, junior Bobby Irwin (Ashland/Senior) at No. 5 and Beaton at No. 6.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action tomorrow, Tuesday, March 9 when they play Eastern Nazarene (Pa.) University at 8:00 a.m. and then play Gordon (Mass.) College at 6:00 p.m.

The first spring northern matches will take place on Saturday, March 20 when B-W travels to Oberlin, Ohio to play traditional rivalOberlin College at 10:00 a.m. The Yellow Jackets then open their Ohio Athletic Conference schedule against Capital University on Saturday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m.  All matches are played on the “Pop” Collins Courts on the B-W campus.

Women's Tennis Tabbed Fourth in Preseason Poll
Women's Tennis Team
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3/8/2010 3:43:21 PM
By Mike Mancini

Westlake– The Oberlin College women’s tennis team was selected to finish fourth in the North Coast Athletic Conference as voted on the league’s coaches in the annual preseason poll, which was released on Monday. 

So far this season the Yeowomen have compiled a 4-5 dual-meet record with seven of their nine matches taking place this past month. 

Oberlin is led by reigning NCAC Player of the Year Ariel Lewis. The sophomore from Vacaville, California, went to the NCAA Individual Championships last season. During the early portion of this season she has complied a 7-2 record at No. 1 singles. 

“This ranking is about where I thought the fellow coaches would put us,” Head Coach Constantine Ananiadis said. “However, it doesn’t mean that is where we are going to finish, as we have been able to finish third the last two years and will challenge for a top-three finish again this season.”
Cross Country Teams Honored by the USTFCCCA
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3/8/2010 10:51:47 AM
By Wes Davis

New Orleans – The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association recently honored both the Oberlin College men’s and women’s cross country teams, as well three individual athletes for academic excellence. 

The Yeomen and Yeowomen were both named as USTFCCCA All-Academic teams. To be eligible for the award, a team must have minimum grade point average of 3.10 and compile a team score at their respective NCAA regional meet. 

The Yeowomen posted a 3.42 GPA, while the Yeomen recorded a 3.20 team GPA.

In addition to the team awards, seniors Clara Shaw and Cordelia Revells, and junior Joanna Johnson earned All-Academic honors as individuals. To earn the prestigious distinction, one must have a minimum GPA of 3.30 and place in the top 35 at their respective regional meet. 

Johnson, Shaw and Revells each played key roles in helping Oberlin win the 2009 NCAC Cross Country Championship and earn a second-place finish at last weekend’s NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Yellow Jacket Women’s Tennis 

Falls to Division II University 

of Charleston (W. Va.), 7-2

By Nick Minerd

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team lost to NCAA Division II opponent University of Charleston (W. Va.), 7-2, today (Monday, March 8, 2010) on the second day of its annual Spring Break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina. The Yellow Jackets will play four more matches in Hilton Head, including a match tonight against 14th-ranked Washington (Mo.) University at 6:00 p.m

Charleston swept doubles competition and won four of six singles matches. In singles play, junior number one player Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/Bishop Hartley) won in a third set super tie-breaker by a score of 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6). Junior No. 4 Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/Green) also won 6-2, 6-2.

The Yellow Jackets, 1-4 overall, are back in action tomorrow versus Catawba (N.C) College at 8:00 a.m. and Elizabethtown (Pa.) College 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 at the “Pop” Collins Courts on the B-W campus.

B-W Men's Golf Team 

Opens Spring Season on 

Day One of Badger 

Invitational in Mobile, 


By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s golf team opened the spring portion of its 2009-10 schedule on day one (Monday, March 8) of the Spring Hill (Ala.) College Badger Invitational atSpring Hill Golf Course in Mobile, Alabama. The Yellow Jackets wrap up the tournament tomorrow with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

B-W’s “A” team shot 332 and the “B” team totaled 346.

For the “A” team, junior Matt Weiss (Concord/Mentor) led the way with a 76. Sophomore Ricky Jaskolski (North Royalton/Parma Padua Franciscan) was second with an 82 and was followed by senior Nick Bryan (Zanesville/Rosecrans) at 84 and freshman Stephen Spalding (Stow/Walsh Jesuit) at 87. Senior Mike Falk (Strongsville) rounded out the group with a 90.

For the “B” team, sophomore Chris Juszczak (East Liverpool) shot 81 and was followed by junior Brian Routhieaux (Gibsonia, Pa./Mars Area) at 88, freshman Connor Cronkite (Erie, Pa./Erie Cathedral Prep) at 88, and senior Cory Swaisgood (Fremont/St. Joseph’s Central Catholic) at 91. Sophomore Kyle Lewis (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) rounded out the group with a 93. 

Following tomorrow’s round, the Yellow Jackets have two days of training in Panama City, Florida before returning north. For a complete schedule of B-W’s training rounds in Panama, please visithttp://www.bw.edu/athletics/springtrips10/

B-W’s first northern action is Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, at the Muskingum University SpringInvitational at Eagle Sticks Golf Course in Zanesville, Ohio.