A Page -- March 9, 2011

Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Tennis Perfect 

at 12-0 after Tuesday win; Ellet alum 

Brad Minrovic, Avon Lake grad Alex 

Trzeciak 10-2 as team's top doubles pair

By Kevin Ruple

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team shut out Eastern Nazarene (Mass.) College, 9-0, on the third day (Tuesday, March 8, 2010) of its annual Spring Break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina to remain undefeated. The Yellow Jackets, 4-0 so far on its trip, will play three more matches in Hilton Head, including a match this evening versus Ohio Wesleyan University at 6:30 p.m.

With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 12-0 while Eastern Nazarene is now 1-1 overall.  B-W dominated the match by winning all nine team points. The Jackets captured 97 of 127 possible points, including 73 of 93 singles poin ts and 24 of 33 doubles points.  The shutout by B-W was its seventh in 12 matches this season.
Minrovic (left), Trzeciak (r)

B-W gained an early 3-0 advantage after doubles play as the No.1 team of junior No.1 singles player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) and freshman No. 5 singles player Brad Minrovic (Akron/ Ellet) won, 8-3, the No.2 doubles duo of junior No.2 singles player Alex Kearney (North Olmsted) and junior Taylor Long (Ashland/ Senior) won, 8-2, and the No.3 tandem of junior Andrew Orens (Brunswick) and freshman Josh Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley) won, 8-4.

B-W won all six singles matches. Trzeciak won at No.1 by the scores of 6-4 and 6-3; Kearney won at No.2 by the scores of 6-1 and 6-2; senior Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ Lakewood St. Edward) won at No.3 by the scores of 6-4 and 7-6 (7-4 in the second-set tie-breaker), senior No.4 player Sam Burris (Wooster/ Senior) won by the scores of 6-1 and 6-0; and both Minrovic, at No.5 singles, and senior Bobby Irwin (Ashland/ Senior), at No.6 singles, each won by the scores of 6-0 and 6-0.

Oberlin's Field Hockey Team Earns National Team Academic Honor by the NFHCA
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By Mike Mancini

Chandler, Ariz. – For ninth straight season under Head Coach Deb Ranieri, the Oberlin College field hockey team was named as a SGI/NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Team by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

To be eligible for the award, a team must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 during the fall semester. The Yeowomen continue to meet that standard year in and year out and this year was no different. In the coming weeks, the NFHCA will announce its All-Academic Team comprised of student-athletes who have a GPA of 3.30 or higher. Last year the Yeowomen had six players meet that standard. 

Shortly, Oberlin will take part in its non-traditional spring season as it prepares to return to action this fall.

Lutheran West's Josh Malave, 

Woodridge's Andy Jenkins, Tallmadge's 

Bill Schindel among five Mount 

wrestlers in NCAA nationals beginning 


By Lenny Reich

Five University of Mount Union wrestlers will compete at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships this Friday and Saturday (Mar. 11-12) at the LaCrosse Center in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.


Senior Bill Schindel (Tallmadge/Akron Hoban) at 197 pounds, juniors Derick Hesson (Dexter City/Caldwell) at 285, Andy Jenkins (Stow/Woodridge) at 184 and Josh Malave (Rocky River/Lutheran West) at 141 along with sophomore Riki Reynolds (Marion/Pleasant) at 125 will all compete after winning their respective weight class championships at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships two weeks ago.

(L to R) Hoban alum Schindel, L. West grad Malave, Woodridge High product Jenkins

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

Schindel is a two-time All-American who placed eighth in 2009 and seventh in 2010.  He enters this year's championship ranked No. 4 in the nation and a 26-1 overall record. 

He is 26-0 this year against NCAA Division III foes as that one loss came to an NAIA wrestler in the finals of the Wheaton (Ill.) Pete Willson Invite.

Reynolds, made the national meet a year ago as a true freshman, is 23-6 this year and ranked No. 4 in the nation.

Malave is making his first national championship appearance and he has a team-best 30-6 mark and is ranked No. 9 in the nation.

Jenkins, 23-11 overall this season, and Hesson, 25-6 overall, are also making their first appearances at the national championship.

Mount Union has not had multiple All-Americans since 1996 when Brian Malloy and Jason Weigand each placed fifth at 150 and Heavyweight respectively.

The Purple Raiders have one national champion in school history as Dan Bobish won the Heavyweight title in 1992.





By Nick Minerd

LA CROSSE, WI – Case Western Reserve University junior 149-pounder Isaac Dukes (Ravenna, OH/Ravenna) will defend his National Championship at the 2011NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship on Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, at the La Crosse Center in Wisconsin.

Dukes enters the tournament as the top seed at 149 with a 33-2 overall record and earned an automatic bid to nationals with his championship at the NCAA Midwest Regional in late February. His only two losses this season have come to opponents from Division I and Division II – he has not lost to a DIII foe since November of 2009.

“I guess there is a different feeling heading in this year,” said Dukes when asked about having a target on his back as the top seed. “But, I’m not really thinking about that. I’m going to use the same approach as last year and take it one match at a time.”

At last year’s championship, Dukes was the No. 5 seed and reeled off five consecutive victories just eight days after separating his shoulder. He defeated three of the top 149-pound wrestlers in the nation, including No. 1 seed Blaine Woszczak (Ithaca College) and then defending national champion, Matt Mauseth (UW-La Crosse).    

Dukes became the fourth wrestler in school history to win a national title under Head Coach Bob Del Rosa and first since Derek Messmer in the heavyweight division in 1996. Dukes also was the 17th CWRU wrestler to earn All-America acclaim.

Even with last year’s performance and a nearly flawless run this season, the Ravenna-native doesn’t feel like keeping the focus on one match at a time will be a problem.

“I’ve got a large support system that won’t let me look ahead,” noted Dukes. “My family, my coaches, my past coaches have been with me the whole way and they will make sure I don’t look too far ahead.”

Baldwin-Wallace Baseball Team Beats 

OAC-Rival Wilmington; St. Ed alum 

Brian Harrison notches first win as 


PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA. – The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team won its first game under the direction of first-year Head Coach Brian Harrison today (Tuesday, March 8, 2011) when it defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Wilmington College, 14-6, on the third day of the team’s spring break trip at the Snowbird Baseball Classic at South County Regional Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.  B-W plays five more games during the next four days.

Former Eagle Brian Harrison

With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 1-2 overall prior to play OAC-rival Muskingum University later today at 4:00 p.m. With its loss, Wilmington dropped to 1-4 overall.

The Yellow Jackets gained a 3-0 advantage with a run in the first inning and two more in the top of the third before Wilmingtonscored its first run in the bottom of the third to close to 3-1. B-W blew the game open with four runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings and added three more in the sixth for a 14-1 lead.  The Quakers scored twice in the seventh and three more times in the ninth to make the outcome closer.

For the game, B-W outhit Wilmington, 20-14.
John Ulanski

At the plate, the Yellow Jackets were led by senior catcher John Ulanski (Bay Village/ Bay), sophomore second baseman Keith Blazek (Erie, Pa./ Cathedral Prep) and sophomore centerfielder Nolan Neuschaefer (Elyria/ Senior) as each player had three base hits.

Ulanski had a triple, scored three times and drove in a career-high five runs.  Neuschaefer scored four times and had a double. Blazek had a pair of triples, scored three times and drove in one run.
Iggy Alum Kory Gillissie

In addition, freshman rightfielder Kory Gillissie (Parma/ Cleveland St. Ignatius) was two-for-two, freshman LF Ryan Weed (Chardon) was two-for-three with an RBI and junior shortstop Anthony Longhitano (Cuyahoga Falls) had two hits in six at-bats with a run scored.
Chardon's Ryan Weed

On the mound,  senior righthander Josh Scott (Strongsville) earned the win as he tossed six strong innings, allowed seven hits and one earned run, struck out six and walked just one. Freshman righty Adam Feely (Springboro) followed Scott to the mound, pitched three innings in relief and earned his first collegiate save.

B-W Men’s Golf Team Defeats Mount San Jacinto 

(Calif.) in Dual Match on Spring Trip to California

SAN JACINTO, CALIF. -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s golf team defeated Mount San Jacinto (Calif.) College today (Tuesday, March 8) in a dual match at the Country Club at Saboda Springs on the team’s spring trip to PGA West in California.

B-W carded a total of 422 strokes to defeat Mount San Jacinto, who recorded a team score of 446. The match was scored under play six, score five format.
Walsh Jesuit alum Augie Ward

The Yellow Jackets were led by freshman Augie Ward (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) who fired an 80 on the par-72, 7,101 yard Saboda Springs C.C. layout to claim medalist honors. Ward was followed by freshman Chris Nader (Westlake) and sophomore Stephen Spalding (Stow/Walsh Jesuit) who both shot an 82. Also for B-W, junior Ricky Jaskolski (North Royalton/Padua 
Franciscan) had an 87, junior Kyle Lewis (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) returned to his home state and shot a 91 and junior Matt Warren (Copley) golfed a 95.

Playing as individuals, junior Scott Rosenau (Amherst/Steele) shot a 100 and senior Brian Routhieaux (Gibsonia, Pa./Mars Area) had a 102.

Lead  evaporates on Mount; both 

GlenOak boys go bam-bam

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Mount Union's baseball team led 13-4 in the seventh inning before Thomas More rallied to score 12 runs in two innings and steal a 16-14 victory Tuesday in Auburndale, Fla.

Mount Union falls to 1-4 after the loss, while Thomas More (2-0) began its comeback with an eight-run bottom of the seventh as they sent 12 batters to the plate and took advantage of four walks, two errors along with four hits.

The Saints started the bottom of the eighth with three-straight singles and Andrew Thole, who finished with six RBI, hit a grand slam home run to complete the rally and give them their first lead of the game at 16-14. 

Andy Roenker pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save while David Etscheid got the win in relief for Thomas More.

Kyle Moles took the loss in relief for Mount Union (1-4).

Offensively Mount Union had season-highs with 14 runs and 18 hits as five players had multiple hits.

Senior second baseman Matt Tracy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) had four hits, scored three times and drove in two runs. 

Senior centerfielder Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) along freshmen Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) and C.J. Stotler (Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum) each had three hits and senior left fielder Britt Williams(Canton/Massillon Jackson) had two hits.

Henderson (L) and Knott

Senior Dan Henderson (Canton/GlenOak) and junior Craig Knott (Canton/GlenOak) each hit their first home runs of the season as Henderson had a two-run shot in the second and Knott hit a three-run bomb in the seventh

B-W Women’s Tennis Team Shuts Out Division II Clarion (Pa.) and Millersville (Pa.) in Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. –  The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team shut out a pair of NCAA Division II opponents, Clarion (Pa.) University and Millersville (Pa.) University today (Tuesday, March 8, 2011) on the third day of its annual spring break trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina.

With its wins, B-W improves to 6-6 overall.  The Jackets dominated their match versus Clarion by winning 97 of 123 total games, including 72 of 89 singles games and 25 of 34 doubles games. With its loss, Clarion is now 2-8 overall.

Greene (L) and Pecinovsky

B-W gained a 3-0 advantage in doubles against CU as the number one tandem of senior number one singles player Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ 
Columbus Bishop Hartley) and sophomore No.2 player Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/Elyria Catholic), won 9-7; the duo of junior No.3 singles player Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) and senior No. 4 player Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) won, 8-1; the No.3 duo of freshman Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria Catholic) and freshman Whitney Yoder (Medina/ Senior) also won, 8-1.

In singles play, B-W swept all six matches as Pecinovsky won in a super tie-breaker at No.1 by scores of  6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6); Mittler won at No.2 by the scores of 6-4, 6-0; Greene won at No.3 by the scores of 6-0, 6-0; Pelosi won at No.4 by the scores of 6-0, 6-2;  senior Katy Marshall (Medina/Senior) won at No.5 by the scores of 6-0, 6-0; and freshman Laura Teigeler (Perry) won at No.6 by the scores of 6-1, 6-0.

Against Millersville, now 2-3 overall, B-W won all three doubles matches. The Yellow Jackets earned wins at No.1 from Pecinovsky and Mittler by the score of 8-5, at No.2 from Greene and Pelosi by the score of 8-4, and at third doubles as Marshall teamed with Baker to win 8-1.

B-W swept all six singles matches all via straight sets as Pecinovsky won at No.1, junior Safaa Hajji (Rabat, MOROCCO/Ryad Al Maarifa) was victorious at No.2, Mittler at No.3, Greene at No.4, Pelosi at No.5, and Marshall at No.6.

CSU Men's Basketball Plays Post-Season Waiting Game

Vikings Hope 26-8 Record Good Enough To Earn Tourney Bid

After posting a 26-8 record, the third-highest single season win total in school history, staking claim to the Horizon League regular crown and finishing third in the league tourney, the Vikings can only sit and wait until Sunday (March 13) when the brackets for the four post-season tournaments are announced to see where they will close the 2010-11 season.

The Vikings played well in the Horizon League Championship, defeating both UIC (73-61) and Wright State (73-58) before falling to well-rested Butler (76-68) in the semi-finals on Saturday (March 5).

"I thought we were ready for the tournament and played pretty well," head coach Gary Waters said.  "It just wasn't our tournament and we let our opportunity to win the title get away from us.  I am proud of the way we played but we just came up short.  Now we need to wait and see what tournament that we are going to get into and then do our best to bring that trophy back to Cleveland."

The week was a record-setting one for senior Norris Cole, who became the first player in league history to be named both the Horizon League Player of the Year and Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.  He scored 67 points in the three tourney games, setting a league record by going 24-for-24 from the foul line.  The performance allowed him to break the CSU record for points in a season with 735, raising his career scoring total to 1,933 points, 14 points from moving past Clinton Ransey and into third place on the CSU career scoring list.

Sophomore Trey Harmon earned a spot on the Horizon League All-Defensive team after finishing second on the team with a 13.5 scoring average and fourth in the league with 52 steals this year.

MAC Downtown schedule

Cleveland, Ohio – The 12th season of Mid-American Conference basketball in Cleveland will be celebrated this year as the 2011 FirstEnergy MAC Men’s and Women’s basketball tournaments will be on display at Quicken Loans Arena on March 9-12. 


2011 FirstEnergy MAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament Schedule:

Wednesday, March 9 – Women’s Quarterfinals (Cleveland, Ohio)

No. 2 Bowling Green vs. No. 10 Ohio, Noon

No. 3 Central Michigan vs. No. 6 Buffalo, 2:30 pm*

No. 1 Toledo vs. No. 8 Akron, 5:00 pm*

No. 4 Kent State vs. No. 5 Eastern Michigan, 7:30 pm*


Thursday, March 10 – Men’s Quarterfinals (Cleveland, Ohio)

No. 2 Western Michigan vs. No. 7 Bowling Green/No. 10 Northern Illinois Winner, Noon (SportsTime Ohio)

No. 3 Miami vs. No. 6 Akron/No. 11 Eastern Michigan Winner, 2:30 pm* (SportsTime Ohio)

No. 1 Kent State vs. No. 8 Buffalo/No. 9 Central Michigan Winner, 7 pm (SportsTime Ohio)

No. 4 Ball State vs. No. 5 Ohio/No. 12 Toledo Winner, 9:30 pm* (SportsTime Ohio)


Friday, March 11 – Men’s and Women’s Semifinals (Cleveland, Ohio)

Women’s Semifinal No. 1/8/9 vs. No. 4/5/12 Winner, Noon (SportsTime Ohio)

Women’s Semifinal No. 2/7/10 vs. No. 3/6/11 Winner, 2:30 pm* (SportsTime Ohio)


Men’s Semifinal No. 2/7/10 vs. No. 3/6/11 Winner, 7:00 pm* (SportsTime Ohio)

Men’s Semifinal No. 1/8/9 vs. No. 4/5/12 Winner, 9:30 pm (SportsTime Ohio)


Saturday, March 12 – Men’s and Women’s Finals (Cleveland)

Women’s Championship Game, 1:00 pm (SportsTime Ohio)

Men’s Championship Game, 6:00 pm (ESPN2)

Purple Raiders split on the diamond

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Mount Union's softball team split its two games on Tuesday, losing a 5-0 contest to Greensboro (N.C.) before claiming a 5-2 decision over Methodist (N.C.), in Rebel Spring Games action at the Fortune Road Complex.

Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) hammered a two-run homer in the Purple Raider win against Methodist.

Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless), the pitcher of record in both games, recovered from a rough outing against Greensboro and tossed a complete game victory in the nightcap.

The Raiders jumped ahead of Methodist with a two-run first inning; Brenna Longo (Moon, Pa./Moon) worked an RBI walk and then Jill Rader (Ashland/Ashland) smacked an RBI single.

Palombaro's dinger came in the fifth inning and increased a one-run lead to 5-2 for Mount Union.

Jasmine Bentley (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) had two hits in the win while Shelby Carmichael (Dalton/Dalton) scored twice.

Willis allowed seven hits and no earned runs in the win. She struck out four batters and walked none.

Palombaro was Mount Union's top hitter in in the loss to Greensboro, finishing with a double and single.


Willis worked 1 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits. Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) pitched the final 5 1/3 innings and did not allow an earned run.

The Raiders (4-2) will be in action next on Thursday when they take on Aurora (Ill.) and Beloit (Wis.) at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively.

Solon's Kourtney Brown becomes first 

Student/Athlete in MAC history to be 

named league overall MVP and league 

defensive MVP in same season and 

first Buffalo player ever to get MVP; 

two Hoban alumnae make all-league 

teams; tournament begins Cleveland 

phase of play later today

March 9, 12:01 a.m.

By Erin Dugan

CLEVELAND - The Mid-American Conference announced today the 2010-11 MAC Women's Basketball post season awards. Highlighting the awards were the MAC Coach, Player and Freshman of the Year.


Buffalo senior Kourtney Brown became the first player in school history to be named MAC Player of the Year and just the second player in conference history to win both the Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the same season. 

Kourtney Brown (10)

Brown currently leads the conference and is in the top 10 in the nation in scoring (22.1), rebounding (11.7), field goal percentage (.595) and blocks (3.3). She is also just one of two players in the nation to average over 22.0 points and 11.0 rebounds this season. 

Brown has been named MAC East Player of the Week a conference-high five times this season and became the league's all-time leading shot blocker, breaking a record that has stood for 22 years. Her 663 points on the year are seventh in MAC history and her 352 rebounds are currently third most ever in the MAC.

The Rockets' 14-2 conference slate ties the second-best mark in school history since the MAC went to the 16-game league slate beginning in the 1998-99 season.

Jasmine Mushington of Akron and Taylor Johnson of Central Michigan were named Co-Sixth Player of the Year. This is the first season since the award began in 2003 that a player from Central Michigan has won and the second consecutive season that a player from Akron has revived this award. Mushington has been Akron's go-to player off the bench, averaging 7.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, and 19.0 mpg while hitting 47.1 percent of her shots from the floor. She is second on the team with 35 steals and 50 assists and has scored in double figures in seven contests this season, five of which came in conference action. Overall, she shoots 71.7 percent from the free throw line and 78.6 percent in league play. 

Johnson is the only reserve in MAC to average double-figures in scoring this season with 10.3 ppg. She is also leading freshman rebounds 6.4 rpg. Johnson has scored in double-figures 16 times and scored over 20 once this season.

Cassie Schrock

Rachel Tecca, a Hoban grad, (L) and Wadsworth native Cassie Schrock (R)

Joining Brown with First Team All-MAC honors were Rachel Tecca of Akron, Lauren Prochaska of Bowling Green, Tavelyn James of Eastern Michigan and Naama Shafir of Toledo. Prochaska received first team honors for the third time in her career while Brown and James received the honor for the second consecutive season.

Being named to the Second Team All-MAC were Kaihla Szunko of Central Michigan, Cassie Schrock of Eastern Michigan, Taisja Jones and Jamilah Humes of Kent State and Marke Freeman of Northern Illinois.

Humes (L), Jones (R)

Claiming Third Team All-MAC honors are Emily Maggert of Ball State, Tracy Pontius of Bowling Green, Shonda Long of Central Michigan, Courtney Osborn of Miami and Melissa Goodall of Toledo.

Rounding out All-MAC Honorable Mention are Kara Murphy of Akron, Brandie Baker of Central Michigan, Kristen Olowinski of Miami, Tenishia Benson of Ohio and Ebony Cleary of Western 


Tenishia Benson

St. V.  grad Kara Murphy (L), Hoban grad Tenishia Benson (R)

Headlining the All-Freshman team are DiGuilio and Johnson along with Carly Young of Akron, Shavon Robinson of Ohio and Andola Dortch of Toledo.

Shavon Robinson

Canton South product Shavon Robinson (L) and Kenmore grad Andola Dortch (R)

The 2011 MAC Women's Basketball Tournament continues Wednesday, March 9 as the team's head to Cleveland for the Quarterfinals. Games get underway at 12:00 p.m.

Strongsville's Jason Lash, Central 

Catholic's Willie Brechun, Kenston's Alex 

Monroe Drive in Key Runs As Top-Ranked Heidelberg Posts Third Straight Win to Open Year

By Morgan Hawley

Port Charlotte, Fla. – March 8, 2011 – The no. 1 ranked Heidelberg University baseball team continued its winning ways today, March 8, with a 6-2 victory over Ohio Wesleyan University at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. The win improved the Berg to 3-0 on the year, while the Battling Bishops fall to 3-4.

Picking up where he left off a season ago was senior right-hander Nathan James (Rockport, Ind. / South Spencer). In his first start on the year James opened with a strike out in the first inning en route to five on the day. Through seven innings of work James allowed just six hits and one earned run. Backing James was a flawless defense for the third consecutive game.

(L to R) -- Lash, Brechun, Monroe

In the first inning of action Ricardo Lizcano (Toledo, Ohio / Roy C. Start) got in scoring position to set the stage for a Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Canton Central Catholic) RBI double down the left field line to give the Berg an early 1-0 lead.

Ohio Wesleyan tied the game in the bottom of the third, but Heidelberg’s Alex Monroe (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston) answered in the top of the fourth with an RBI single to right field. Heidelberg doubled its run total in the sixth. With two outs Jason Lash (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) knocked in Elvin Williams Jr. (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) before Monroe added his second RBI single of the game.

The game remained in favor of Heidelberg 4-1 until the final inning of action. Monroe, Derek Andrzejczak (Sylvania, Ohio / SylvainNorthview) and Zach Colatruglio (Brunswick, Ohio / Brunswick) stepped up to the plate and loaded the bases on three straight hit-by-pitches to set the stage for Jordan Martin (Powell, Ohio / Olentangy) to draw a bases loaded walk. Williams sent another run across with a single up the middle.

OWU closed out the scoring in the bottom half of the ninth with a RBI ground out by Craig Phillips.

Heidelberg finished the game with nine hits. Leading the way was Williams with three hits, a RBI and a run scored. Monroe finished with two hits and a team-leading two RBI. Also picking up hits was Lizcano, Gar Keen (Sparta, Ohio / Highland), Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Canton Central Catholic) and Lash.

Cleveland State's basketball team begins 

defense of its Horizon League title later 


March 9, 2011 -- 12:01 a.m.

By Greg Murphy

Riding a season-high seven game win streak, tied for the third longest in school history, Cleveland State begins defense of its Horizon League Championship as the third seed and will host sixth-seeded UIC on Wednesday (March 9) at 7:00 p.m. in a quarterfinal game. 

The Vikings finished the regular season with a 19-10 overall mark and tied Bulter for second place in the league at 12-6, including a 79-68 win over UIC to conclude the regular season on Saturday (March 5). The Flames are 14-15 overall and tied Milwaukee for fifth place in the league with a 9-9 mark.

Wednesday's game will mark the third straight year that CSU will host the Flames in the quarterfinals with the Vikings winning both previous meetings. UIC leads the all-time series with CSU, 29-28, but the Vikings have won eight of the last 10 match-ups. The teams split their two contests this year, both winning on their own home courts.

PREVIEWING CLEVELAND STATE: Despite being in a bit of a rebuilding mode this season, eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad guided the Vikings to the second best start in school history after leading CSU to three straight 19 win seasons, including Horizon League championships and appearances in the NCAA tournament in 2008 and 2010.

With just two starters and three others back who saw significant playing time last season, Peterson Abiad has incorporated several talented, yet untested players into the rotation and continues to figure out what roles everyone will fill as the season progresses.

The starting lineup is centered around guard Shawnita Garland (16.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.6 apg), the lone senior on the roster and a first team All-Horizon League pick. 

She is joined in the starting backcourt by juniors Janelle Adams (10.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.9 apg) and Takima Keane (8.3 ppg, 3.0 apg). Sophomore Honesty King (6.0 ppg) and Danisha Cole, a junior college transfer, as well as freshman Ondrea Hughes (1.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg) have also figured into the rotation.

Brandee Kelly


Sophomore Shalonda Winton (13.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 3.3 apg) and junior Destinee Blue (10.0, 7.2) are the starters in the frontcourt. Sophomore Kaila Montgomery (1.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg), who is recovered from a knee injury that has sidelined her most of her career, and freshmen Brandee Kelly (0.2, 0.6) and Haley Schmitt (0.7 ppg, 0.5 rpg), have also fought for minutes.

Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team Remains Unbeaten 

With Two Wins on Day Three of the Rebel Spring 


By Jeff Miller

KISSIMMEE, FLA. – The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team remained undefeated by posting xxx victories today (Monday, March 7) over Wesley (Del.) College and Emmanuel (Mass.) College on day three of the annual Rebel Spring Games at the Fortune Road Athletic Complex.

The Yellow Jackets defeated Wesley by a final score of 8-0 in six innings and then posted an 11-run victory in five innings over Emmanuel, 12-1 in the second game of the day.

Against Wesley, senior center fielder Tanya Davis (Hinckley/Medina Highland) went 2-for-3 with three RBI including a double to plate three runs in the B-W fifth inning.  Senior Katrina Resek (Strongsville) went 2-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored and astolen base.   Freshman pitcher Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field) recorded her first career win as she pitched six innings while striking out five and not surrendering a walk.


In the second game versus Emmanuel, the Yellow Jacket offense exploded for 12 runs on 15 hits.  B-W had ten players collect at least one hit and was led by Resek who went 3-for-3 with an RBI, two runs scored and three stolen bases.

Davis went 2-for-2 with two RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases. Junior pitcher Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) recorded her second win of the season as she pitched four innings and struck out two.  With her victory, Baker moved into a fifth place tie on the all-time wins list with 33.

Spartan Softball Roughed Up in Final Two Games of NTC Trip


CLERMONT, FL -- The Case Western Reserve University softball team suffered a pair of tough losses on the final day (Tuesday, March 8) of its trip to the National Training Center games.  The Spartans fell to 11th-ranked Moravian College (PA), 9-1 in six innings, and Lebanon Valley College (PA), 11-1 in five innings. The team will now head to the University Athletic Association Championship in Altamonte Springs on March 10-14.

With the losses, the Spartans drop to 2-4 overall for the season.


In the opener, Case held its own and played even at 1-1 through three innings, but the nationally-ranked Greyhounds (2-1) took advantage of two walks, two hit batters and two errors to push six across in the fourth. Freshman Mackenzie Lein (Petersburg, MI/Ida) started on the mound and suffered the loss. Freshman Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus) walked and stole a base en route to the lone Spartan run in the first inning.


Still feeling the effect of the tough game one loss, the Spartans allowed Lebanon Valley (2-2) to score four in the first and were never able to recover. Senior Mary Kruszka (Lakeview, NY/Immaculata Academy) was the losing pitcher. Seo had a single and a stolen base, while Lein singled and scored the lone run.


CONWAY, SC – The Case Western Reserve University women’s tennis team shuffled the schedule around a bit on Monday, March 7 and played a pair of matches to wrap up its annual spring break trip in South CarolinaThe Spartans were defeated 7-0 by Division I opponent Coastal Carolina University, but rebounded to defeat NAIA foeSoutheastern University (FL), 9-0, at the Billy Nichols Tennis Center.

The Spartans moved to 5-4 in dual matches this season.

Against Coastal Carolina (7-2), the Spartans were unable to steal a point in the match, although the No. 2 doubles tandem of freshman Kara Richardson (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) and sophomore Kathleen Evers (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) did win their match, 8-7, versus Caitlyn Brooksbank and Amanda Malatek. The Chanticleers won the other two doubles matches to earn the point and swept all six singles matches.

Versus Southeastern, the Spartans swept both doubles and singles action without dropping a set. Sophomore Erica Lim (Fullerton, CA/Fullerton Union) was a 6-2, 6-2 winner at No. 1 singles, while sophomore Emily Pham (Mason, OH/William Mason) swept her opponent, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2.

Richardson was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 3; sophomore Bianca Patel (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4; Evers earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 5; and freshman Evelyn Qi (Tampa, FL/C. Leon King) won 7-6, 6-4 at No. 6.

Raider men rout Defiance

By Josh Reilly 

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The Mount Union men's tennis team claimed an 8-1 victory over Defiance on Monday, earning its second straight win.

Zach Perry (Hudson/Hudson), Patrick Yackmack (Mantua/Twinsburg), Yasuhiro Anno (Fukucka, Japan/Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzoku) and Drew LeGendre (Toledo/Bowsher) were winners in both singles and doubles competition for the Purple Raiders.

Hudson's Zach Perry

Perry won at first singles over Trevor Ault, 6-0, 6-3, while Yackmack was victorious in the No. 3 singles match against Austin Gray, 6-1, 6-0

Viking Men's Swimming Sets 3 CSU & One League 

Record At Horizon League Championship

The Viking men's swimming team set a Horizon League record and broke three Cleveland State marks at the Horizon League Championships from Feb. 23-26, culminating in a third place overall finish. Mark de Swardt earned men's performer of the meet and swimmer of the year honors while Justin Kermack was named the league's top men's newcomer.

The Vikings started the championships with a bang, breaking the league record in the 200 freestyle relay, the first event of the meet. The team of Justin Hill, Alex Lewis, Berry Thompson and Mike Marsico took first in 1:19.36, breaking the old mark of 1:19.50, set by CSU in 2009. Kermack and Berry Thompson broke CSU records on the final day of the championships, with Kermack setting a new time in the 200 fly (1:48.65) and Thompson breaking the school mark in the 100 free (44.0).

"We had over 90% of our swimmers post personal best times at the championships," head coach Wally Morton said. "They did a great job and they really swam extremely fast. I feel like we gave ourselves a chance to win (the meet), and some things just didn't go our way, but we were definitely in the hunt. I'm proud of all our swimmers for competing hard this week."

de Swardt, who had never lost an individual event at the league championships, improved his career record to 9-0 with wins in the 1,650 free (15:23.93), 1,000 free (9:06.34) and 500 free (4:29.80). One other Viking with a notable performance was Deni Gasparin, who posted the best time in the history of the Horizon League Championships in the 200 breaststroke, taking first with a time of 2:00.53.
CSU won five of the week's events and finished with a team score of 625.5 to place third overall. Milwaukee won the meet, scoring 820 points while UIC took second with a score of 793.

CSU Women's Swimming Set Eight Horizon League 

Records To Finish Third

The Cleveland State women's swimming and diving team finished its season with one of the most impressive conference championship performances in program history, breaking eight conference and 10 CSU records at the Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships, held at the Busbey Natatorium from Feb. 23-26. The Vikings finished the championships in third place with a team score of 625.5. Green Bay won the meet with a score of 788.5, more than 100 points better than second place Milwaukee (685).

"We really had a spectacular meet, by any definition," head coach Wally Morton said. "Our women's program has come so far. The first year that I had the team we were second to last (in the conference championships), and they've moved up to one of the premiere programs in the league."

Carys Behn went undefeated at the championships, winning three individual races, four relays and setting six Horizon League records. The junior broke records in the 200 free (1:31.67), 400 free (3:23.89), 800 free (7:27.75) and 200 medley (1:41.77) relays and also set new Horizon League marks in the 100 free (50.23) and 200 free (1:48.05). Behn also won the 500 free in 4:53.89, the second fastest time in CSU history. Her performance earned her the title of women's co-performer of the meet, an honor she shared with Emily McClellan of Wright State.

Alice Sommerville and Joanna Olsson set the other two conference records at the championships. Sommerville, a member of the record-setting 200 free, 200 medley and 400 free relay teams, set a new mark in the 50 free as the lead-off swimmer in the 200 free relay (23.06). Olsson, who also was on the 400 and 800 relay teams, broke the league record in the 400 IM, winning the race in 4:19.76. Olsson additionally broke the CSU record in the 200 IM (2:03.94) and combined with Sommerville to lead the 400 medley relay team to a 3:46.77 finish, the best in program history.

Kacey Cummings earned the honor of women's diver of the meet. The junior came from behind to win the 1-meter dive, finishing with 263.75 points. She also scored 279.85 in the 3-meter dive, good for third place.

Mount tripped by Trine

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The Mount Union men's tennis team dropped a 6-3 decision to Trine (Ind.) on Tuesday.

Yasuhiro Anno (Fukucka, Japan/Kyushu Kokusai Daigaku Fuzoku) and Jeff Looker (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) were singles winners for the Purple Raiders.

Anno defeated David Murray, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 4 singles while Looker handled Nick Ihrie, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 10-7, at fifth singles.

Anno also earned a point in doubles play, teaming with Zach Perry (Hudson/Hudson) for an 8-1 victory over Murray and Chris Gin at second doubles.

Mount women trip Trine

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The Mount Union women's tennis team scratched out a 5-4 victory againstTrine (Ind.) on Tuesday.

Krissy Hallett (Willoughby Hills/Willoughby Hills) and Megan Czuchra (Mantua/Crestwood) led the Purple Raiders with points at first and second singles, respectively, and teamed for a victory at first doubles.

Hallett claimed her decision, 6-1, 6-3, over Jennifer Wall. Czuchra took down Lauren Schlueter, 7-5, 6-3. In doubles, Hallett and Czuchra defeated Wall and Schlueter, 8-1.

Alicia Kasunic (Kirtland/Andrews Osborne Academy) added a win at sixth singles while Carolann Sterkenburg(Geneva/Geneva) and Stefanie Dayton (Wickliffe/Wickliffe) teamed for a point at third doubles.

Kasunic bested Kaylynne Goeglein, 6-2, 6-3. Sterkenburg and Dayton defeated Goeglein and Susan Breinling, 8-6.


 #21 Spartan Men's Tennis Drops A Pair of 6-1 

Decisions against the Johns and the Jameses 

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University men’s tennis team dropped two 6-1 decisions againstDivision I foes, Saint John’s University (NY) and James Madison University (VA), on day two of its spring break trip on Tuesday, March 8 at the Earle Tennis Center.
In the day’s first tilt, the Spartans squared off against No. 64 Saint John’s and picked up a point at sixth singles from freshman Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, IL/John Hershey), who moved to 11-8 overall on the season after getting the best of the Red Storm’s Dustin Goldenberg in a three-set thriller 6-2, 4-6, 10-3.
Klawitter also teamed up with sophomore Richard Brunsting (Nashville, TN/Montgomery Bell Academy) to defeat Mischa Koran and Goldenberg, 8-3, at third doubles.
The Spartans earned the doubles point, but were swept in singles play against JMU in the day’s second match.
Junior Rohan Patel (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) and freshman John Healey (Columbia, MD/Atholton) took the first doubles contest 8-6 against the Dukes’ Matt King and Bertrand Moulin, while Brunsting and junior Sean Carr (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) were victorious at the three spot by the same score.
With the losses, Case has now suffered three straight setbacks, all by the same score and all against D-I opponents. The Spartans are 4-6 overall in dual match play and will have a ten day layover before hitting the courts again against Adrian College (MI) on Friday, March 18. First serve is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.