A Page -- May 1, 2012 -- PM Edition

Hudson Senior Kolbie Haines to Play Soccer and Lacrosse at Mount Union

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Hudson High School senior Kolbie Haines has committed to attend the University of Mount Union this fall and be part of the women's soccer and lacrosse teams.

Haines, a midfielder in soccer and a defender in lacrosse, was a four-year letterwinner in both sports. She was an All-Ohio, all-district and all-conference selection that was the team MVP in soccer for coach Costa Kalorides. In lacrosse, she was an all-district and team defensive MVP for coach Marisa Rainieri.

She plans to study Art and is the daughter of Donald and Julie Haines.

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution in Alliance, Ohio, is starting men's and women's lacrosse in 2012-13 academic year. The Purple Raiders head women's lacrosse coach is former Hudson (Ohio) High School head coach Emily Fisher. Mount Union will play its home games in Mount Union Stadium starting in the Spring of 2013.

In women’s soccer, the Purple Raiders had their most wins since 2003 a year ago.

WJ sweeps to double header win behind Brown and Miletti heroics

Pair is consistent all day as WJ improves to 16-2

Game 1

Big day by Brown highlights Warrior win

Junior RHP McMaster provides solid relief

CUYAHOGA FALLS, April 27: Junior Cassidy Brown had one of the finest days of his stellar Walsh Jesuit Baseball career thus far, propelling the Warriors to a 15-5 victory over visiting Nordonia on Friday in Game 1 of a double header. The talented Junior had a double, a grand slam (his 4thHR of the year), and a six RBI day. To boot, he came on to finish the sixth inning on the mound in fine fashion. Junior RHP Nate McMaster provided the Warriors with some healthy relief as he pitched very well in 2-2/3 innings.  Also hitting well was Senior Ohio Wesleyan recruit Drew Miletti who scored four times, and had two hits including a two run double. Also hitting well for WJ was Sophomore Nate Romans with two hits, Senior Zack Leonatti with two hits, Sophomore Kyle Holdsworth with two hits, as well as Sophomore Konner Klein, Senior Anthony Nemer, Freshman Blake Jenkins, Sophomore Gino Sassano, and Junior Andy Wagner with a two run double.

Game 2

Miletti and Brown provide late game Heroics as Warriors sweep

Marsinek shuts door to improve to 7-0

CUYAHOGA FALLS, April 27: Junior Cassidy Brown belted a walk off RBI double in the bottom of the 7th inning, scoring Senior Drew Miletti from first as the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team secured the double header sweep in dramatic fashion on Friday with a 6-5 win over visiting Nordonia. Brown finished the game with three hits, capping his outstanding day. Senior Drew Miletti also provided late game heroics himself, ripping his fourth HR of the year deep over the left field trees, a two run shot to knot the game at 5 in the fifth inning. Miletti also would finish the day with three hits, and was a triple away from the cycle. Senior LHP Michael Marsinek was outstanding in relief to earn his 7th victory of the year on short rest, pitching two perfect innings, striking out two, while Freshman RHP Ryan Feltner also pitched well. Also hitting well for WJ were Sophomores Nate Romans and Trevor Ray, as well as Senior Zack Leonatti.

With the wins, the Warriors improve to 16-2 on the year

Mount Union and B-W to meet in OAC tennis quarters

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The fourth-seeded Mount Union women's tennis team will host No. 5 Baldwin-Wallace in an Ohio Athletic Conference Quarterfinal match Tuesday at 3:30 pm in Alliance.

Scouting Mount Union

The Purple Raiders (12-6, 5-3 OAC) won their final three regular season matches to earn the right to host the opening round of the tournament. All three matches were 9-0 shutouts.

Senior Krissy Hallett (Willoughby Hills/Willoughby South) leads the way at No. 1 singles for the Raiders. A three-time All-OAC selection, Hallett (9-9) is tied for third on the school's all-time wins list with 102 victories. She is 9-6 on the season with sophomore Megan Czuchra (Mantua/Crestwood) at No. 1 doubles.
Megan Czuchra  Hannah Arvidson 
Czuchra l, Arvidson r

Freshmen Mandy Wise (North Canton/Hoover) and Hannah Arvidson (North Canton/GlenOak) have been the team's top doubles pair with a 12-6 record at second doubles. Wise is 12-6 at No. 2 singles while Arvidson is 13-5 mainly at No.3 singles.

Junior Courtney Adamsky (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) is a team-best 14-4 at No. 5 singles. Freshman MacKenzie Jenkins (North Hampton/Northwestern) is 12-3 since taking over at No. 6 singles in the spring.

Scouting Baldwin-Wallace

The Yellow Jackets (9-13, 4-4 OAC) are the two-time defending OAC Tournament Champions and have won four of the last five overall. They suffered their first sub-.500 season since 2003-04.

Senior Jenny Greene and junior Rebecca Mittler have split time at No. 1 singles for the Yellow Jackets. A three-time All-OAC selection, Greene ranks 7th in school history with 116 career wins and is 5-5 at the position and 11-13 overall while Mittler is 4-8 at the position and 12-12 overall. Junior Danielle Rueger has a team-best 13 wins at No. 4 singles and is 7-3 over her last 10 matches.

In doubles, Mittler and sophomore Morgan Baker lead the Yellow Jackets with a 9-13 record at first doubles.

Last Meeting

Mount Union defeated Baldwin-Wallace, 5-4, in their previous match this season. The Yellow Jackets took two of three doubles points before the Raiders' dramatic comeback. With the score tied, Adamsky defeated Whitney Yoder at No. 5 singles in a thrilling 6-4, 7-6, 9-7 decision.

Series History

Baldwin-Wallace saw its nine-match winning streak over Mount Union come to an end in April. The last Purple Raiders victory was March 30, 2004 by a 6-3 score.

2012 OAC Women's Tennis Tournament

The top eight teams during the OAC regular season qualify for the OAC Tournament with the top four seeds hosting first round matches. Ohio Northern (19-4, 8-0 OAC) enters as top seed after claiming the regular season championship.

The OAC Tournament Final Four is played at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, which is home to professional tennis' Western & Southern Open. The stat-of-the-art facility has 10 courts and a main center court that has been the site of numerous professional and amateur championship events.

Live stats for the Final Four will be provided online by tournament host Ohio Northern.

Lake Erie's Whites and Hunter Show Well At GLIAC


PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie senior Frank Whites III (Wickliffe, Ohio/Wickliffe) and junior Troy Hunter(Aurora, Ohio/Crestwood) played some of their best golf of the year in the final tournament of the season at the GLIAC Preview Saturday (April 28).

The Storm finished 11th of 12 teams with a score of 325. Ohio Dominican University won the team event, hosted by Ashland University at Elyria Country Club, with a score of 301 on the par 72 course.

Whites placed tied for 12th as Lake Erie's top finisher with a round of 40-36-76. Whites made three birdies in the round, which was just one off his season-best score of 75.

Hunter shot a career-best 38-40-78 to finish tied for 27th, including the lone eagle of the tournament. The junior had not broken 80 prior to his strong round Saturday. He did his best work on the par 4s, playing them in +1.

Rounding out the Lake Erie efforts were senior Matt Hennessey (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) and sophomoreTyler Walters (Middlefield, Ohio/Cardinal) with rounds of 45-38-83 and 44-44-88, respectively.

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 4/30/12


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Travis Podvorac, Cleveland, 4/27, Buckeye Lanes;

Wayne Rolen, Grafton, 4/28, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Tracey Lego, Cleveland, 4/29, Buckeye Lanes;

Jeffery Hilt, Cleveland, 4/29, Buckeye Lanes;



    299 Games

Todd Stadler, Seven Hills, 4/26, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Robert Mravec, Rocky River, 4/27, Buckeye Lanes;



    298 Games

Warren Apger, North Olmsted, 4/27, Buckeye Lanes;



    800 Series

Jeffery Hilt, Cleveland, 4/29, Buckeye Lanes (805);


Delaware, Ohio – The Oberlin College track and field teams totaled 11 points at the NCAC Multi-Events that came to an end on Sunday.

The tandem of Sean Dembowski and Vlad Bursuc picked up six team points for the Yeomen by placing fourth and eighth, respectively in the decathlon. Dembowski totaled 5,425 points, while Bursac recorded 5,054 points.

Dembowski’s best event of day two was the 1,500 as he finished third overall at 4:36.56, while Bursuc followed in fourth place at 4:45.05. Bursuc’s top performance came in the pole vault as he tied for third at 12-07.25.

In the women’s heptathlon, Ryan McChesney earned four team points for the Yeowomen by placing fifth overall with 3,440 points, while Ava Keating tacked on one more point buy finishing eighth with 3,173 points.

The best event of the day for each of the women was the 800-meter run. McChesney blew away the field in 2:26.56, while Keating checked in fourth at 2:33.24. McChesney, a senior from Seattle, Washington, also placed third in the long jump with a mark of 15-05.50.

All four of these athletes will play a vital role when the NCAC Champions get in full swing next weekend.


(L-R): Female Athlete of the Year Erin Hollinger along with Track & Field Head Coach Steve Rubin. (photo by Dain McKee)
L-R): Female Athlete of the Year Erin Hollinger along with Track & Field Head Coach Steve Rubin. (photo by Dain McKee) 

Chardon's Erin Hollinger named Female Athlete of the Year at Case Western Reserve

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Case Western Reserve University Athletics along with the Case Association of Student-Athletes (CASA) presented its annual department awards on Monday, April 30 at the 2012 All-Sports Banquet at the Veale Center.

Dorothy L. Hoza Award - Given to the female freshman, sophomore, or junior student-athlete, who has made a strong contribution to the Women's Intercollegiate Sports Program, maintained a high level of academic achievement, shown leadership on the team and contributed service to the Department and University.

Kendra Simmons (Medina, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit)
Women’s Soccer – Junior - Midfielder

Kendra Simmons helped lead the women’s soccer team to the best season in program history with a school-record 13 wins (13-4-3 overall) and the squad’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. She was named a third-team All-American by National Soccer Coaches Association of America as well as Collegiate Scholar All-American. A University Athletic Association All-Academic performer as a medical anthropology major, Simmons was also tabbed first-team All-Great Lakes Region, first-team All-UAA, first-team All-Ohio and Academic All-Ohio. Simmons serves as secretary for the CASA and as the chair for the Student-Athlete Formal committee.

Emily R. Andrews Award - The award is given to the outstanding senior who has made a strong contribution to the Women’s Intercollegiate Sports Program, maintained a high level of academic achievement, shown leadership in team, and contributed service to the department and University.

Anna Kennedy (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township)
Women’s Soccer – Senior - Goalkeeper

Anna Kennedy captained the women’s soccer team to the best season in program history with a school-record 13 wins (13-4-3 overall) and the squad’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth. She earned first-team All-UAA honors to conclude her career as a three-time All-Association pick, leading the conference in mostly all major goal-keeping statistical categories. A solid academic performer as a civil engineering major, Kennedy serves as President of CASA and was CWRU’s student representative chosen to speak at the UAA 25th Anniversary banquet.

Arthur P. Leary Award - The award is given to the outstanding freshman, sophomore, or junior who has demonstrated leadership on the team, maintained good academic standing in the University, demonstrated good sportsmanship, and made a contribution to the department and University.

Matt Keen (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge)
Baseball – Junior – Shortstop

Matt Keen was selected team captain as a junior for the Spartan baseball team and has started all 134 games over the past three seasons. He ranked second in the nation in runs scored last season on his way to earning All-UAA honors for the second-consecutive year. Keen’s performance has helped lead the team to the top two wins totals in program history (33 in 2011 and 27 in 2012) as well as the team’s first NCAA Tournament berth last spring. A two-time UAA All-Academic pick, Keen also earned Capital One Academic All-District status as a sophomore and is a strong candidate for the award once again in 2012. Off the field, he is a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, serving as Vice President of Finance for Inter-Fraternity Congress, and is a student-worker in the department for facilities and operations.

Philip K. “Nip” Heim Award - Presented annually to the senior male student-athlete who has made the most outstanding contribution to Case Western Reserve University through the athletics program. The selection is based on if he demonstrated leadership in the team, maintained good academic standing in the University, demonstrated good sportsmanship, participated in at least two years in the Case athletics program, and demonstrated loyalty to team and University.

Niro Wimalasena (Mason, Ohio/Mason)
Men’s Soccer – Senior - Defender

Niro Wimalasena will graduate with one of the best athletic and academic combined resumes in men’s soccer history. In 2011, he was a second-team NSCAA All-American and a Collegiate Scholar All-American in addition to earning Capital One Academic All-America ® honors. The backbone of the Spartan defense, he helped lead the team to the second UAA Championship and NCAA Tournament berth in program history. A chemical engineering major with a 3.72 grade point average, Wimalasena earned All-UAA and Academic All-UAA in three-straight seasons. Off the field, he served on the CASA executive board for public relations and as Vice President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Amongst his many other activities, he was on the CWRU Relay for Life planning committee and the Delta Tau Delta Executive Board.

Bill Sudeck Outstanding Student-Athlete Award - This award honors the individual who best exemplifies the attributes of the Case Western Reserve University student-athlete in the spirit of legendary coach, mentor and friend William “Bill” Sudeck. Coach Sudeck spent more than half his life - 46 years - shaping the young minds of cross country, basketball, and track and field athletes. The award is given to the student-athlete that has demonstrated and achieved significant athletic accomplishments, academic achievements, engagement in campus activities, and has shown leadership in athletics and in the classroom.

Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, Ohio/Stephen T. Badin)
Volleyball – Senior – Middle Hitter
Tricia McCutchan will graduate from the Spartan Volleyball program as its most accomplished student-athlete. A school record-holder in kills, blocks, points and hitting percentage, McCutchan was a four-time All-UAA selection with a first-team nod in 2011 and was a two-time All-Great Lakes Region pick by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. A biomedical engineering major with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, she earned Capital One Academic All-America® honors in all three seasons she was eligible for the award with first-team status in 2010 and 2011. Her performance both on the court and in the classroom also earned her a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. In addition, she served as Undergraduate Chair for the CWRU Relay for Life and was a multiple-time Case School of Engineering Outstanding Student.

Bill Sudeck Rookie of the Year

Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem)
Men’s Tennis – Freshman

Will Drougas has been the No. 1 player for the No. 21 nationally-ranked Spartan men’s tennis team. A UAA Player of the Week, Drougas leads the team with 20 singles wins (20-13 overall) playing strictly in the top spot. He scored the winning point to lead the Spartans to an upset of No. 13 Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.) this past weekend, guaranteeing the team of a school record-tying UAA finish (third). Regionally-ranked as a singles player, Drougas is also a candidate for several regional and national awards within the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Academically, he is a solid performer as an economics major.

Nancy Gray Rookie of the Year

Rebecca Taylor (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe)
Softball – Freshman – Pitcher/First Baseman

Rebecca Taylor has been the ace of the Spartan pitching staff as the team has completed a remarkable turnaround with a 26-15 overall record – the second-highest win total in program history. Taylor has set school records for wins and strikeouts in a season and is a three-time UAA Pitcher of the Week. She also earned first-team All-UAA honors, leading the conference in several major statistical categories.

Glenn and Peggy Nicholls Female Athlete of the Year

Erin Hollinger (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon)
Women’s Basketball - Forward/Track & Field – Senior

Erin Hollinger is a repeat selection as the department’s top female athlete. She will graduate as one of the most accomplished student-athletes in school history as a two-sport standout. In basketball, she was a four-time All-UAA selection with three first-team nods and was named a finalist for the Jostens Trophy (DIII Player of the Year) in each of the past two seasons. She ranked second in program history with 1,421 points and was a two-time D3Hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region honoree. In track & field, Hollinger is a three-time All-American in the high jump with her career-best national finish (third) this past winter during the NCAA Indoor Championship. Also a multiple-time UAA Champion in several events, she is on track to qualify for the national meet once again in hopes of earning her fourth piece of All-American hardware. Academically, Hollinger boasts an outstanding 3.94 grade point average as a macromolecular science & engineering major and is the only four-time Capital One Academic All-American® in school history with three selections for basketball and one in track & field. She is also a member of Sigma Psi sorority and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

Dr. David Hutter Male Athlete of the Year

Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio/Valley Forge)
Men’s Soccer – Senior - Forward

Vinny Bell will graduate as the most accomplished player in men’s soccer program history. CWRU Soccer's only two-time All-American, he was named a second-team honoree by the NSCAA in 2011 in addition to being tabbed a Collegiate Scholar All-American as an accounting major. D3Soccer.com also pinned Bell as an All-American. The two-time UAA Most Valuable Player holds the CWRU career and single-season records for goals and points, and he is a three-time first-team All-UAA selection. This past season, he was one of the nation’s top offensive players as the Spartan won the second UAA Championship in program history with the team’s second NCAA Tournament berth.

Patricia B. Kilpatrick Award – Four-year varsity participant with the highest GPA

Lucy Bollinger (Boulder, Colo./Fairview)
Women’s Swimming & Diving – Senior – Mid-Distance Free

Lucy Bollinger has compiled a 4.0 grade point average as an anthropology and biochemistry double-major.

Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, Ohio/Stephen T. Badin)
Volleyball – Senior – Middle Hitter

Tricia McCutchan has compiled a 4.0 grade point average as a biomedical engineering (pre-med) major.  

Bradley Potter (Rochester, N.Y./Gates-Chili)
Baseball – Senior - Pitcher

Bradley Potter has compiled a 4.0 grade point average as a chemical engineering/materials science engineering double-major.

Ethan Teare (Burton, Ohio/Berkshire)
Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field - Distance

Ethan Teare has compiled a 4.0 grade point average as a mathematics major.

Hogue Chosen As GLIAC Pitcher of the Week

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College freshman righthanded pitcher Russ Hogue (Belle Center, Ohio/Indian Lake) was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Pitcher of the Weekby the league office on Monday (April 30).
Russ Hogue 

It was the second time this season a Storm starter earned the honor after junior Adam Beach (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) did so March 26th.

Hogue tossed the best performance of his young career with a complete-game shutout against Ashland University Wednesday. The right-hander needed just 94 pitches to retire the Eagles for his first college victory. Hogue scattered eight hits but walked just one batter and was in command the entire way in the 9-0 victory.

That win was the 22nd of the season for Lake Erie (24-20), setting a new school record for single season wins. The Storm enter the final week of the regular season, in second place in the GLIAC at 20-10.

Click here for the complete GLIAC release and weekly notes.

Yeomen Finish Seventh in Thrilling Fashion

Gambier, Ohio - In a dramatic come from behind win the Oberlin College men's tennis squad finished in seventh place in the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships.  Oberlin defeated Ohio Wesleyan 5-4 this afternoon claiming the seventh spot after dropping their morning match with Allegheny 5-1.

Leave it to a senior in his final match to pull out all the stops.  Joe Leffler clinched the match against Ohio Weslyan winning at No. 6 singles.  It was no easy feat as all three sets went to extra games, Leffler dominated the first set tiebreaker winning 7-6 (7-1) then dropped a close second set 5-7.  In the third and decisive set Leffler and OWU's Matt Swaim battled to their second tiebreaker.  Swaim held a 5-3 advantage when Leffler rattled off four straight points to seal the win for the Yeomen.

Oberlin got off to a shaky start in doubles action playing a bit flat.  Ohio Wesleyan grabbed two of the three matches; Logan Chunand Ben Turchin pulled a point back with their 8-4 win over Will Thieman and John Russell.

"The team struggled all day with their energy in doubles, we were fortunate that Logan and Ben salvaged a point for us with their win against OWU.  I am proud of the guys for their comeback effort.  What a send off for our seniors and Joe put an exclaimation on his career with his win today," commented head coach Adam Shoemaker.

OWU extended their lead winning at third and fourth singles.  Soren Zeliger fell in straight sets to Ryan Leslie at No. 2 and Ben Turchin also dropped a straight set decision to John Rissell providing the Bishops with a commanding 4-1 lead nearly handing the match to Ohio Wesleyan.

In the second spot Charlie Marks found himself down 5-2 in the first set before initiating the Yeomen comeback.  Marks rallied to win the set 7-5 and then used the momentum to take the second set 6-3 giving Oberlin a little breathing room.

Chun, at No. 1, and Sam Towne, at No. 5, each earned very important wins to even the match at four all and set the stage for Leffler's thriller.  Chun defeated Thieman 6-3, 6-3 and Towne earned a 6-4, 6-2 win over Russell.

Oberlin struggled to find rhythm In their morning match up with Allegheny.  A slow start in doubles play saw the Yeomen fall behind 3-0.

Leffler provided a brief spark winning his match at No. 6 in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1 before Marks dropped a match at No. 2 to Alex Hurtuk 6-2, 6-0.  Allegheny gained the decisive fifth point when Zeliger fell to Charlie Murphy in a first set tiebreaker and 6-3 in the second set.

Shoemaker added, "We essentially held our place finish from a year ago and are looking to add to the current foundation of young players.  The team will miss the leadership of Joe and Sam."

Oberlin (11-14, 3-0 NCAC East) concludes the 2011-12 season with a better overall and NCAC mark from a year ago and is optimistic for the upcoming season with the loss of only two seniors.