A Page -- May 1, 2011

Avon Lake’s Chiricosta sisters have one 

last hurrah as Student/Athlete teammates 

in the MAC tennis tourney; N.C. and 

C.C. surpass 100-win mark combined 

doubles, singles for ‘10-‘11 season 

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

YPSILANTI –  In a tourney that was split between the indoor courts in the Chippewa Club and on the Eastern Michigan home outdoor courts, Avon Lake sisters Nikki and Christine Chiricosta are coming to a close in their one and only season as collegiate Student/Athlete teammates, playing in the Mid American Conference Tournament this weekend for Bowling Green.
The only other time they were S/A teammates was four years ago when Christine was a senior in high school and Nikki a freshman at ALHS, where they together won the big-school state doubles title in the fall of 2006. Christine, a 4.0 student in English and secondary education, is graduating later this month and is expected to earn her third Academic All America honor later this summer when CoSIDA and Capital Investments eventually announce the teams.

Other post/tail-end season awards have been and continue to also come the way of the Chiricostas, who just reached the combined “family100-win mark” for the season with the combined singles and doubles triumphs between the two of them. 

Christine Chiricosta and Buffalo's Diana Popescu shared the honor of winning the Leann Grimes Davidge Sportsmanship Award in the MAC. The award is presented to the S/A who has displayed outstanding sportsmanship in MAC competition. “C” Chiricosta leads the Falcons program all-time in wins and served as No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles players this season and last.
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"N.C." and "C.C." (right) 

Earlier this month C. Chiricosta, the team’s only senior, scored the tri-fecta, establishing herself as the school’s all-time leader in singles wins, doubles wins and combined wins. Friday she was also named All MAC First Team for the third time in her career.
Christine honored by Coach Penny Dean on Senior Day
In order to get to Saturday’s semifinals, Bee Gee blanked Toledo, 4-0, Friday in a rain-shortened match with the outcome already determined once the Falcons earned their fourth team point.

Nikki was a two-time winner Friday, figuring into half of the Falcons’ total team points in the quarterfinal win. The two wins also put N. Chiricosta at 53 wins this season, which is third best in school history for a single campaign. Her 28 singles wins is second best ever at Bee Gee for a single season.

With 25 wins in doubles play this season, N.C. just passed on the list sister C.C., who earned 24 as a freshman in 2008. Nikki is fourth and Christine tied for fifth with two others for most doubles wins in a season..

After being down 4-2, Nikki and doubles partner Mary Hill came back to defeat the Rockets’ Amanda Border and Silvia Carvajal. They were down 2-1 and 4-2, but then Chiricosta and Hill came roaring back, winning six-straight games for the 8-4 win that clinched the doubles point for the Birds.

“Mary and I had a ton of confidence in this match,” said Nikki in the post-match SID video interview. “We went down and were not playing our greatest, but we never gave up and knew we could do it. Once we got a few shots, we got the momentum and took the win.”
Hill (front), Nikki (back)

Then she moved outside and won her singles match over Toledo’s Kelsey Anonsen in a match she just hustled through with lightening-like swiftness. Playing fast, “N” rammed across by winning six straight games to take her opening set and then spotted Anonsen a game in the second set before winning six more games in succession for the 6-0, 6-1 win. 

“Getting the doubles point is always the big momentum builder,” Nikki C. said. “I went out to compete and played the best match I’ve played all season. I was really excited about that win. I did not want to let up from my game. 

“She is a pretty good player and it was a good win for me. I know how important this is and I went out and stayed completely focused.”

“N” Chiricosta was asked by Falcon SID reporters about the timing of her premier performance of the season.

“In that match, I would say I was peaking at the right moment,” Nikki C. said. “It was bittersweet to beat Toledo.”

The bittersweet feeling of beating Toledo perhaps emanates from the fact that the Chiricostas’ dad, Rick, was a Student/Athlete tennis man at Toledo and their mom, Sheila, an S/A tennis woman at UT at the same time in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. In addition, Sheila was the women’s coach at Bee Gee in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. 

Christine did not figure into any of the team scoring Friday, perhaps only because both of her matches were washed out when the rain refused to let up and the fourth team point had already been notched and the doubles point had also been determined.

The Falcons never trailed at the top flight, but that match was abandoned once the other two contests were completed.  At the number-one doubles flight, “C” Chiricosta, the senior co-captain, and sophomore Maddy Eccleston held a 6-4 lead over UT's Polina Guimaraes and Anonsen when play was halted. 

The top-flight contest was tied at both 1-1 and 2-2 before Chiricosta and Eccleston won the next four games.  Guimaraes and Anonsen took the next two contests to get within two games before the match was stopped.

C.C. “CC’d” her doubles’ exiting-in-winning scene in staging a lead before closing the curtain on the evening. She lost her opening set in a tiebreaker to Polina Guimaraes at the top flight.  But, the senior bounced back for a 6-3 win in the second set, and Chiricosta had won the opening game of set number three.

Including her doubles match with Hill, N.C. won 18 of her final 19 games on Friday.

Saturday (April 30) was not as pleasant as the Falcons were downed, 4-0, by defending MAC titlist Miami in the semis, but not before giving up a good fight, the RedHawks earning the doubles point only through a tie breaker at third doubles with Anastasia Dracheva and Cara Wald coming out on top against N.C. and Hill, 9-8 (10-8).

First doubles was also a tight match with C.C. and Eccleston getting nipped by Revere High alumna and Akron native Steph Danesis and Megan Martzolf, 8-6.

In the second singles match, Eccleston won the fis4tr set against Danesis, who came back to win the second and held a 4-2 lead int eh third whenthe match was scrapped due to non-effect on the total team outcome.

N. Chiricosta and Hill also defeated the Border/Silvia Carvajal duo, 8-3, just two weeks ago in a dual match.

“I think that makes it tougher when facing a team that lost like that and is going to come out feeling like ‘we were right there,’’’ N.C. said. “It is hard to beat good team twice in a row. It made us more fired up and we used it.”

Nikki also lost in a tie breaker in the first set against Miami’s  Martzolf at third singles
Mary Hill, from Indiana and "N.C."

I incidentally, N.C.’s doubles’ mate, Hill, is from Indiana but came to Bee Gee via North Carolina (N.C.), where she was an S/A at Coastal Carolina.

Heidelberg Cannot Overcome Early Deficit and

Splits with Crusaders

Tiffin, Ohio – April 30, 2010 – The nationally ranked Heidelberg University baseball team closed out the month of April with an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader split with Capital University this afternoon at Peaceful Valley. Heidelberg posted a 5-3 victory in game one, but could not overcome an early 7-0 lead by Capital in game two and suffered an 8-5 setback. Following the OAC outing the Berg is 28-8 overall and 12-4 in league play, while Capital stands at 10-20, 6-8.
In the opener Alex Monroe (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston) walked in the second inning and rounded the bases to score on a RBI ground out to second base by Andrew Buelow (Marysville, Mich. / Marysville) to put Heidelberg on top 1-0.

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Baldwin-Wallace Men and Women Each Place 

Second at OAC Track Championships in Alliance

DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s track and field teams each finished second today (Saturday, April 30, 2011) at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Meet at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. Highlighting the day for B-W was the selection of senior three-time Division III All-American Kim Chinn (Zanesville/ West Muskingum) as the Dave Lehman Most Outstanding Distance Runner for the second straight year and sophomore All-American Mitch Supan (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) was the Sparky Adams Most Outstanding Field Athlete.
The Yellow Jacket men totalled 126.5 points to finish second of 10 teams and the women had 147 points to place second of 10 schools.  Host Mt. Union won both team titles. B-W women seek a 17th OAC outdoor crown since 1988 while the men hope to win its first since 1995 and 16th overall.   Fans can view LIVE RESULTS at http://www.neohstrack.com/uncategorized/oac-championships-mount-union.

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Walsh Jesuit alumna Lauren Olivier

ONU blanks Mount gals

ADA, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's tennis team lost 9-0 at Ohio Northern in an Ohio Athletic Conference match Saturday in Ada.

Ohio Northern moved to 19-5 overall and locked up the OAC regular season title (9-0 OAC) and the No. 1 seed in next week's OAC Tournament.

Mount Union finishes the regular season with a record of 8-9 overall, 5-4 in the OAC and will be the No. 5 seed in the OAC Tournament playing a quarterfinal match next Wednesday at 3:30 pm at No. 4 seed Otterbein in Westerville.

Freshman Lauren Olivier (Chagrin Falls/Walsh Jesuit) fought hard with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Christie Gales at No. 4 singles.

B-W Women’s Tennis Team Shuts Out Muskingum, 9-

0, in Berea on Seniors’ Day

BEREA –  The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rival Muskingum University, 9-0, today (Saturday, April 30) on the “Pop” Collins Courts in Berea in its final regular season match. With its victory, the Yellow Jackets recorded their 15th victory, eighth shutout and earned the number-two seed in next week’s OAC Championship Tournament. The B-W women have won three of the past four OAC Tournament titles, including a year ago, and have advanced to three of the past four NCAA Division III national tournaments.

With its win, B-W improved to 15-7 overall and ended the regular season at 8-1 in the OAC. The Yellow Jackets will open OAC Tournament play on Wednesday, May 4 on the “Pop” Collins Courts in Berea at 3:30 p.m. against a yet to be determined opponent. The winner advances to the Final Four next weekend in Cincinnati.  With its loss, Muskingum fell to 4-8 overall and 1-7 in the OAC.

The past five years, Jack Bethlenfalvy’s Yellow Jacket squad has compiled an impressive 89-36 record with a .712 winning percentage and three OAC crowns and three NCAA tourney berths.

The Yellow Jackets dominated the match by winning 72 of 79 singles, 24 of 26 doubles and 96 of 105 total points.
Seniors L to R -- Pelosi, Pecinovsky , Marshall

B-W gained a 3-0 advantage in doubles as the number-one duo of senior Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley) and sophomore Becky Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic) won, 8-0, to improve to a team-leading 19-8 overall; the No.2 duo of junior Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) and senior Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green), won, 8-0, to improve to 15-5 overall; and the No.3 tandem of senior Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior) and freshman Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria Catholic) won, 8-2, to improve to 10-8 overall.

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Mount diamond gals clinch playoff spot

ADA, Ohio -- Mount Union's softball team split a pair of Ohio Athletic Conference games Saturday at Ohio Northern in Ada.  The Purple Raiders fell 9-6 in the opener then came back and posted a 2-0 shut out in game two.
Mara Palombaro

The split makes Mount Union 19-13 overall and at 11-5 in the OAC clinch a spot in next week's four-team OAC Tournament.  It will be the fourth straight and 20th overall tournament appearance for the Raiders

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B-W Men’s Tennis Team Shuts Out Muskingum, 9-0, 

in New Concord for 20th Win

BEREA –  The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team shut out Ohio Athletic Conference rival Muskingum University, 9-0, today (Saturday, April 30) in New Concord in its final regular season match. 
Sam Burris

With its victory, the Yellow Jackets recorded their sixth 20-win season in the past nine seasons, had their 14th shutout this season and earned the number-four seed in next week’s OAC Championship Tournament.

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Oberlin Men's Tennis Finishes Sixth at NCAC 


Oberlin, Ohio - The Oberlin College men's tennis team finished their season with a sixth place finish in the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships, exactly as predicted by conference coaches in the pre-season poll.  
Eliot Heaton

Wittenberg University claimed two nail-biting wins in doubles to help themselves on to a 5-2 win over the Yeomen.

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Oberlin Men's Lacrosse Downs Thiel on Senior Day

Oberlin, Ohio – The visiting Thiel College Tomcats proved to be no match for the Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team as the Yeomen cruised by the Tomcats 16-5 on Saturday afternoon at Fred Shults Field.

Tigers Sweep Yeowomen

Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg’s Rachel Ross threw a perfect game in the lid-lifter and the Tigers’ bats did the work in the nightcap as the Oberlin College softball team fell to Wittenberg 2-0 and 12-4 on Saturday afternoon.

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Oberlin Baseball Seniors Get Sent Off in Style

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College baseball team pounded out a season-high 17 hits in game one, but needed late-inning heroics in game two to defeat Hiram College 15-2 and 4-3 in what is likely the final home games for Oberlin’s seven seniors. 

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Mount wins 28th OAC track title

(ALLIANCE, OH)--Mount Union rallied Saturday to win the men's title at the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Track & Field Championship at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders tallied 151 total points which was 25.5 ahead of second place 25.5 points to secure their first team title since 2008 and 28th in program history

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Colton Buffington threepeats as First Singles SWC Champ

Westlake cleans house in SWC tourney; 

all seven Demon boys go home as league 

team champs and individual titlists; 

Buffington, Wissman each earn two gold 

balls; half of defending sectional doubles 

title team goes down to defeat at hands

of Demons

While Westlake won its third consecutive league title by virtue of its 7-0 dual record and Saturday’s cleaning of the house in the Southwestern Conference Tournament as expected by nearly all, the degree of dominance factor lifted a few eyebrows.
Jason Wissman also garners two gold balls

After nearly every SWC dual match the Demons played ended in a 5-0 finale with lots of golden balls, 6-1 set finishes and straight-set romps, the Demons delved deeper for a larger curve in the degree of dominance by taking all five individual spots and all seven boys going home as both a conference team champion and individual titlist.

It was a team sweep at all five positions with defending big-school state runner up Colton Buffington going all the way to his third consecutive No. 1 Singles title by not giving up a single point, notching two gold balls along the way.
At #1 Singles, Buffington started off with a default from Olmsted Falls and then dusted off his opponents from Amherst  and Brecksville/Broadview Hts. by identical 6-0, 6-0 blanks to earn two gold balls.
Then at #2 Singles, Jason Wissman started off by doing his Colton Buffington imitation by blanking opponents from each of the Berea District schools in the first two rounds and then getting a little more of a challenge from a Brecksville-Broadview Hts challenger in the finals but still wound up winning, 6-0 and 6-1, missing a three-gold-ball day by one but still triumphing in 18 of 19 games.
It was more of the same at #3 Singles. Abhi Ramachandran made it more of the Demon delight by losing only one game to his opponents in the first two rounds and then wound up getting pressured some in the title match but still wound up taking it 6-2 and 6-4.

Moving along to the pairs, at #1 Doubles, the team of J.T. Rapaport and Kevin Wang won in straight sets in the first two rounds, but then had to come from behind to win against Avon Lake, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. It was quite an accomplishment considering that half of the Shoremen’s doubles’ team, Ben Troyer, is half of a the doubles team that is the defending sectional champ doubles team overall from the Oberlin sectional, which begins next week.

At the #2 Doubles, Aroh Pandit and Stephen Fleischer got he gold ball in the  first round and won the last two rounds in straight sets although were challenged slightly.

Collinwood's Cecil Shorts III drafted in 

fourth round out of D-III 


Former Mount Union wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) was the 17th pick of fourth round (pick 114 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Shorts joins former teammate Pierre Garcon as Mount Union modern day players to be selected in the NFL draft as Garcon was the the 36th pick of the sixth round (pick 205 overall) of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2008 NFL draft.

Mount Union's Vince Marotta '48 was drafted by the New York Giants in 1948 as he was selected in the 26th round (pick 236) as a back.

Shorts played in 55 games at Mount Union and had 259 receptions for 4,705 yards and 63 touchdowns. 

He had 75 rushing attempts for 492 yards with 12 TD's on the ground along with two punt returns and a kickoff return for touchdowns. In total, he accounted for nearly 6,000 all-purpose yards (5,989 yards/108.9 yards per game).

His 63 receiving touchdowns is second all-time in NCAA Division III history just ahead of the 60 of his former college teammate and current Indianapolis Colts receiver Pierre Garcon. Garcon was the last Purple Raiders that participated in the NFL Combine.

The 4,705 receiving yards is the third highest total in Division III history.

Shorts is a three-time All-American, the 2008 and 2009 Ohio Athletic Conference Ed Sherman Award Winner (given to the conference's top wide reciever) and the 2009 D3football.com National Offensive Player of the Year.

Fighting Irish girls win Poland Invite; 

Taylor-Tyler hurdling tandem spikes up 

Nordonia; “J” crew racks up points for 


By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

POLAND (MAHONING  COUNTY) – St. Vincent-St. Mary won the championship in the girls’ division and took third in the boys’ class in the 23-school Poland Invitational Track Meet Saturday.

In the girls’ rankings, GelnOak finished fourth, Nordonia seventh, CVCA eighth, Firestone 10th, Hudson 12th, Laurel 16th, Tallmadge 18th and Hathaway Brown 23rd.

In boys’ action, Nordonia was sixth, GlenOak 7th, Euclid 10th, Cuyahoga Falls 13th, CVCA 15th, and John Hay and Crestwood tied for 21st.

Julia Mendiola and Tessa Weigand led the Fighting Irish to their championship in this meet with first places in the 400-meter dash and 800 run, respectively. The two were joined by Sam Kirk and Maria Arnone in winning the two-mile relay.

Caroline Sauers won both the mile and two-mile runs for Hudson. The Irish’s Maria Arnone was right behind her in second. Jaclyn Koza was third for Tallmadge in the 1,600. CVCA’s Chris Blair was second in the longer run with St. V’s Anna Mion and Marissa Rossetti talking third and fourth. 

The Golden Eagles had Nina Grambling and Reilyn Boone go 2-5 in the 100 dash, while Monique Ransome took second in the 200 dash for Firestone. Boone and Grambling were joined by Krys  Kirkland and Karynn Thomas in winning the quarter-mile relay.

It was Taylor and Tyler leading the hurdlers for Nordonia, which had Taylor McDonald take second in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the 100 hurdles on the girls’ side and Tyler Holmes win the 110 and take second in the 300 on the boys’ side.

St. V. had the top two boys in the half mile with Jake Swords winning and Sean Poholski finishing less than a second behind him. They were joined by two other half milers in Ian Walsh and Pat O’brien in winning the two-mile relay.

Mark Murphy took third for the Irish boys in the 100 dash. Danny Brown was fourth in the 400 for Falls.

Sal DelGiudice was second in the mile for the Knights.

The “J” Crew paved the way for Euclid to take second in the half mile relay, which was comprised of Javon Johnson, John Jackson, Carl Jones ansd Josho Scott. Jackson also took third in the 200 dash.

GlenOak had Justin Trawick win the long jump.

B-W Softball Team Sweeps OAC 

Twinbill in Berea on Seniors’ Day; 

Qualifies for OAC Tourney; Among 

Graduating Class are an Academic-All 

American and an Academic All-OAC

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team swept an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader today (Saturday, April 30, 2011) at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Field in Berea on Seniors’ Day. The Yellow Jackets won the first game, 4-1, and captured the nightcap, 7-6, with a comeback victory with six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to erase a 6-1 deficit.  With its wins, B-W has qualified for next weekend’s OAC Tournament for the first time since 2004.
Prior to today’s games, B-W honored senior standouts, Academic All-America centerfielder Tanya Davis (Hinckley/ Medina Highland), Academic All-OAC first baseman Katrina Resek (Strongsville native/Holy Name grad), third baseman Becky Miner (Berea) and pitcher Mackenzie Rohrbacher (Sandusky). The quartet has helped B-W to an 88-65 record with three 20-win seasons.
Academic All-American Tanya Davis (L), Academic All League Kat Resek (R)

With their wins, the Yellow Jackets improve to 24-9 overall and end the OAC regular season at 12-6. With their losses, the Fighting Muskies are now 12-23 overall and 5-11 in the OAC.
Rohrbacher (L), Miner (R)

In the first game, the Fighting Muskies gained a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the third inning.  The Yellow Jackets then gained the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth when Davis led off with her third homerun this season and the 19th of her career to tie the game at 1-1, and freshman third baseman Kaity Mullen (Avon Lake) hammered her fourth roundtripper this season to give B-W a 2-1 lead.
Avon Lake's Mullen goes deep twice in 24-hour span
B-W added to its lead in the fifth with a run for a 4-1 lead as freshman shorstop Lauren Feciuch (Kent/ Field) walked with one out, stole second after there were two out and scored when freshman LF Ashley Elber (Huron/ Milan Edison) singled.

Elber, who moved to second base when the Muskies tried to throw Feciuch out at home plate then scored when freshman designated hitter Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/ Field), this week’s OAC Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, singled her home.
At the plate, Mullen led the way for the Yellow Jackets with two base hits in three at-bats, a run scored and an RBI on her fourth inning homer.   On the mound, freshman Justina Wise (New London) pitched a complete-game five-hitter, allowed one run (earned) and struck out five and walked one as she improved to 12-5 this season. The complete game was her team-high 10th.

In the nightcap, Muskingum again gained a 1-0 lead, but this time with a run in the top of the second frame. B-W tied the game at 1-1 with a run in the bottom of the fourth when Mullen doubled with one out, and after freshman Stephanie Durig (Vienna/ Matthews) pinch ran for Mullen, she scored on a single by junior pitcher/ RF Sarah Baker (Mentor/ Lake Catholic).  Undaunted, the Fighting Muskies scored five times in the top of the fifth to claim a 6-1 lead. That is when B-W began its comeback.
In the bottom of the sixth, Mullen reached on an error, advanced to second when Baker singled and to third when freshman catcher Meghan Kossow (Tonawanda, N.Y./ Tonawanda) walked to load the bases. After junior Kim Parkinson (Stow/ Stow-Munroe Falls) pinch ran for Kossow and there was the first out of the inning, Feciuch doubled home the first two runs to make the score 6-3. Resek then reached via a fielder’s choice with Parkinson scoring the third run of the stanza to make it 6-4. 
Davis (22) played long ball twice on her last home date 

Elber then drove home Feciuch with a sacrifice fly to make the score 6-5. And, B-W took its first lead of the game one batter later when Davis hammered her second homer of the day, fourth of the season and 20th of her career for what proved to be the game-winning hit.
At the plate, Baker led the way as she went 3-for-3 with a run scsored and an RBI. Mullen and Feciuch each had two hits. Mullen scored a run and Feciuch scored once and drove in two.  On the mound, Murray started and pitched the first four and one-third innings. She was followed to the mound by Rohrbacher, who pitched the next inning and two-thirds to pick up the win and improve to 1-0 this season. Baker gained her first save of the seadon by pitching a scoreless seventh inning.

Case Reserve Honors Seniors, Splits with 

Walsh to Close Regular Season at Mather 


CLEVELAND (UNIVERSITY DISTRICT)  – The Case Western Reserve University softball team closed its season with a split, winning game one 7-3 before falling 8-1 in the second matchup, on Seniors’ Day against Walsh University on Saturday, April 30 at Mather Park. The Spartans finished the year with a 19-25 overall record, a ten-win improvement from last season.
Anneliese Fetterman
Beth Andrasik (UR), Katie Green (LL), and Mary Kruszka (LR)
Prior to the doubleheader, the Spartans honored their four graduating seniors: Anneliese Fetterman (Cupertino, CA/Monta Vista), Mary Kruszka (Lakeview, NY/Immaculata Academy), Beth Andrasik (Sagamore Hills, OH/Nordonia) and Katie Green (Mount Vernon, OH/Mount Vernon).

Case got off to a fast start in the first half of the doubleheader with a three-run homer to straightaway center by junior Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge) – her tenth long ball of the season. In the second, Case increased its lead to 5-0 on a sacrifice by Andrasik and a Walsh error. The Cavaliers got on the board in the fourth with a sacrifice of their own, but Case crossed the plate twice more in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Courtney Branson (Orient, OH/Teays Valley) and on a double steal attempt.
Copley High alum Ashley Virgin

Walsh would add two more runs, but freshman Makenzie Lein (Petersburg, MI/Ida) closed out the game to pick up the win, improving to 13-8 on the season and logging her 15th complete game of the season in the process.

In game two, the Cavaliers ran out to a 4-0 advantage as Case could not dent the scoreboard until the fourth on a Walsh error.  Walsh proceeded to add two in the fifth and sixth innings as Ashley Virgin shut down the Spartan offense, allowing just one unearned run. 

Aiding Virgin with support at the plate were Dana Brown (So., Uniontown, OH/Lake) was 2-4 with three runs scored and Alyssa Reed (So., Perry, OH/HS) was 2-5 with an RBI.

Freshman Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus) took the loss for Case to fall to 6-10 on the year.

Northern nixes MU; Hudson's Zach Perry plays last 

home match

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union suffered a 9-0 loss to Ohio Northern in an Ohio Athletic Conference match and regular season finale Saturday at the Whitehill Tennis Courts in Alliance.
Ohio Northern improved to 14-3 overall and locked up the outright OAC title and No. 1 seed in next week's OAC Tournament.
Mount Union ends the regular season at 8-10 overall and at 5-4 in the conference will be the No. 5 seed in the OAC Tournament and play Tuesday at No. 4 seed Baldwin-Wallace at 3:30 pm.
Senior Zach Perry (Hudson/Hudson) playing in his final home match suffered just his second singles loss of the season as he fell 6-4, 6-3 to Joey Frank

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Golf Team Stands Tied for 

Third After First Day of OAC Tournament in Alliance

LOCKBOURNE, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team currently stands tied for third of 10 schools today (Saturday, April 30, 2011) after the first day of the two-day and 36-hole Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Tournament at the Tannenhauf Golf Club in Alliance. The University of Mount Union is the host school. The final round will be played tomorrow, Sunday, May 1 with tee offs starting at 10:00 a.m.

The Yellow Jackets fired a 348-stroke first day total on the par-72, and 6,694-yard Tannenhauf G.C. layout to trail first place Otterbein University by 17 strokes. The winner of the OAC Tournament receives an automatic berth in the 2011 NCAA Division III National Tournament.

The Yellow Jackets were led by sophomore All-OAC player Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) with an 85 as she is tied for sixth individually. She was followed by freshman Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/ Christian) with an 86 to rank 10th, freshman Emily Woolf (Ravenna) with an 88 to tie for 12th, freshman Rebecca Jones (Hilliard/ Darby) with an 89 to rank 14th and sophomore All-OAC player Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) with a 90 to tie for 15th.

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Mount Tracksters make it back-to-back OAC titles

ALLIANCE, Ohio--Mount Union's women's track and field team claimed the title for a second straight season at the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.
Alexis Campbell

The Purple Raiders tallied 159 points, 12 better than second place Baldwin-Wallace and won the program's third-ever title (1995, 2010, 2011).

Kevin Lucas, in his second year as women's head coach at Mount Union and his staff claimed OAC Coaching Staff of the Year honors for the second consecutive season

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B-W Men’s Golf Team Stands Third After Second Day 

of OAC Championship Tournament in West Lafayette

WEST LAFAYETTE, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s golf team stands third of nine teams today (Saturday, April 30, 2011) after the second day of the three-day and 54-hole Ohio Athletic Conference Championship Tournament at the River Greens Golf Club in West Lafayette, Ohio. Muskingum University is seving as the host institution.  

Ricky Jaskolski

The third and final round takes place tomorrow, Sunday, May 1.  The winner of the OAC Tournament receives the OAC’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
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NCAC Golf Day One at Fowler's Mill

Chesterland, Ohio – The Oberlin men’s golf team grinded its way through 27 holes at Fowler’s Mill Golf Club on Saturday and finished with a team score of 555. 

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