A Page -- May 10, 2010

Andrews Osborne Academy Senior Alicia Kasunic to Play Tennis at Mount Union

May 10, 2010


By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE)—Andrews Osborne Academy senior Alicia Kasunic has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the women’s tennis team this Fall.

Kasunic was a three-time letterwinner who was the two-time team most improved player and team captain this past season for coach Jim Goodwin at Andrews Osborne Academy.

Mount Union has made the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament semifinals for the last six years in a row and went 15-6 this season which matched the second highest win total in a season in school history. 

Kasunic plans to study early childhood education and is the daughter of Carl and Cindy Kasunic of Kirtland.

Walsh Jesuit Senior Lauren Olivier to Play Tennis at Mount Union

May 10

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE)—Walsh Jesuit High School senior Lauren Olivier has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the women’s tennis team this Fall.

Olivier was a four-year letterwinner was a three-time award winner of the team’s most improved player award and was part of the 2009 Division II state championship squad coached by Rocco Cona ad Ron Gander.

Mount Union has made the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament semifinals for the last six years in a row and went 15-6 this season which matched the second highest win total in a season in school history. 

Olivier plans to study education and is the daughter of Mark and Kathy Olivier of Chagrin Falls.

Mount Union’s Rachel McAninch Headlines All-OAC Softball Selections; Freshman Named Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year; Trinity Alumna Alex Lucak, Fairless grad Bre Willis make second team

May 10




McAninch has the second most pitching victories as a freshman in school history.

(ADA, OH)--Mount Union freshman Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) earned both the Ohio Athletic Conference John Wells Pitcher of the Year and Robert Jordan Rookie of the Year awards to headline the 2010 All-OAC teams selected by the conference's 10 head coaches.

In 121.1 innings pitched, McAninch had a conference-best 1.62 ERA and was among OAC leaders with 77 strikeouts.  Her 14 wins (14-3 overall) was the most by a Mount Union freshman since All-American Lindsay Royer won 17 in 1995 when she swept both awards.  

Named for longtime Muskingum pitching coach John Wells, McAninch is the second Purple Raider, Royer did it twice, to be named OAC Pitcher of the Year and she is the third Raider joining Royer and Crystal Thomas to win the OAC Rookie of the Year Award named for longtime Mount Union assistant coach Robert Jordan.  Ironically, McAninch is sharing the Rookie of the Year Award with former high school teammate and Capital freshman Devan Boggs.

Joining McAninch on the All-OAC First Team is seniors in shortstop Meghan Simons (Minerva/Minerva) and third baseman Anna Horning (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge).  

For Simons, it is her third All-OAC and second-straight first team selection, as she led the Raiders with a .415 batting average, nine home runs and 20 doubles.  She also was named to the All-OAC Tournament team this past weekend and was a 2009 All-Central Region pick.

It is also a third-straight All-OAC selection for Horning who was named to the second team in 2008 and the first team in 2009.  Horning hit .359 with seven doubles, three triples and four home runs and also was a 2009 All-Central Region and Academic All-OAC selection.



Two other Raiders earned recognition as junior second baseman Alex Lucak (Maple Hts/Trinity) was named to the All-OAC Second Team, while sophomore pitcher Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) was an All-OAC Honorable Mention selection.

Lucak was named to the second team for a second year in a row and started all 40 games and hit .389 with 14 doubles, three triples and five home runs.  She has also been an All-Central Region, Academic All-OAC and two-time Academic All-District IV pick. 

Willis had a 10-8 record with a team-best 81 strikeouts and 137.1 innings pitched to earn honorable mention honors for a second-straight year.



Mount Union went 25-15 this season and finished second in the OAC.  

NDCL alumna Alex Murray named 

to all-tournament team in helping Big 

Red to fifth NCAC Diamondwomen 

title; Broadview's Rymut places 

second in Ohio Open

May 10, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- Denison (30-15) claimed its fifth NCAC Tournament title, and is the first team in the 10-year history of the tourney to come out of the losers’ bracket and win the championship. 

NCAC Sportsmanship

The Big Red began the tournament with a 3-1 loss to Wittenberg (19-21), then rebounded to top Hiram, 2-1, later in the day. On Day 2, Denison defeated Ohio Wesleyan, 5-4, then got revenge on the Tigers with a pair of victories, 4-1 and 6-2, to claim the crown. It was only the fourth time a seventh game was needed to decide the tournament crown.


The tournament champions placed six players on the all-tournament team. Denison senior pitcher Samantha Rumschlag (Carmel, IN/Cathedral) was named MVP after she won all three games on Day 2, allowing three earned runs in 13.1 innings. Joining her were seniors Leslie Brenner (Deerfield, IL/Deerfield), Alex Murray (Mayfield Hts., OH/NDCL), Brie Berkopec (Mars, PA/Senior), sophomore Lauren Lynn (Cincinnati, OH/Sycamore) and freshman Jessica Robertson (Mt. Gilead, OH/Mt. Gilead).


OHIO WESLEYAN senior Sharon Rymut (Broadview Hts., OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) placed second in the women’s discus (146 feet, 7 inches) and third in the women’s hammer (154-7) at the Ohio Open, hosted by Ohio University. She met NCAA Division III provisional qualifying marks in both events

[ Sharon Rymut ]


OBERLIN sophomore Shawn Chrapczynski (Lorain, OH/Amherst Steele) improved his season best time in the men’s 200 meters (22.42) to finish third in the event at the U. of Toledo Tune-Up meet 

Canton Central Catholic 

Alumnus Willie Brechun 

named OAC Hitter of the 


By Morgan Hawley

Austintown, Ohio – May 10, 2010 – Junior third baseman Willie Brechun (Canton, Ohio / Canton Central Catholic) of the Heidelberg University baseball team has been named the Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for the week of May 10, 2010, the league office here announced today. It is Brechun’s first hitter of the week honor of his career.
Last week Heidelberg produced a 4-0 record large in part to the offensive output by Brechun. In four games he hit .650 with 13 hits in 20 at bats, while knocking in 10 runs and scoring five of his own. He had two doubles as well.

In a doubleheader sweep of Capital University on Wednesday, Brechun opened up the day with a 4-for-5 outing with five RBI and a run scored in a 13-2 Heidelberg victory. In the nightcap he registered a 5-for-6 outing at the plate with an RBI, a run scored and a double in a 14-9 win. His double marked the 23rd on the year, which set a new OAC single-season record. His OAC record breaking double came one week after moving atop the Heidelberg single-season record book in the same category.
On Friday, the Berg swept host Mount Union College, 9-4 and 11-4. In game one, Brechun went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and a run scored and returned in game two and went 2-for-5 with two RBI, two runs scored and a double.


Wildcats claw the sting out of 

the Bees

May 10, 2010

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



St. Ignatius won its 15th match of the tennis season tonight with a 3-2 win over Brecksville.

 St. Ignatius High School logo

The Wildcats did it by sweeping the singles matches all in straight sets. James Oliver at first singles, Sean Frebes at second and Tom Mascia at third were the Cat winners.


Brecksville does not make its roster available.

Falcon Diamondmen narrowly miss 

making AMC Tourney and possible 

NAIA playoffs



A Weekly Encapsulation of Notre Dame College Student/Athletes

May 10, 2010

By Andy Barch




SOUTH EUCLID -- Notre Dame needed to turn two on Sunday (May 9) against the Bears of Shawnee State University: win twice and they’d live to play another day, earning a spot in postseason play.  But after winning, 7-4, in the opener, the Falcons’ hopes were dashed with a 9-4 loss in the nightcap.  The split closes out NDC’s season, with the Falcons compiling a program-best 28-20 record, including a 13-11 mark in American Mideast Conference play.  Notre Dame finished in fourth place in the seven-team AMC, one game out of third which would’ve brought with it a berth in the AMC Tournament. … Sunday’s games marked NDC’s only action of the week.  The tilt against SSU was a rescheduled date from a previous rainout (May 2).


TOP-NOTCH TURNAROUND:  The Falcons 28-20 record in 2010 represents an 18 ½-game improvement from their 10-39 mark a year ago.  In AMC play, the year-to-year improvement was even more pronounced -- the Falcons went 4-28 in league games a year ago.


NEW HIT KING:  Freshman right fielder Pat Ross (Gahanna, Ohio) went 5-for-8, with two doubles and a triple in Sunday’s twin bill against Shawnee State.  The former Gahann Lincoln HS standout set a new program mark for most hits in a single season (62) with his first hit of the day, and he finished the season with the highest single-season batting average (.410, 66-for-161) in NDC history.  Ross also set a new single-season mark for on-base percentage (.508). … For the season, Notre Dame batted .334 (485-for-1,453) and scored a program-record 318 runs; both are new program highs.


SPLITS-VILLE:  Sunday’s games were played in Gates Mills (Hawken Upper School) but were make-up games from a washed out doubleheader at SSU, so the games were recorded as neutral-site affairs with the Bears batting as the home team in each.  For the season, the Falcons went 9-3 in neutral-site games, 11-6 at home and 8-11 on the road. … Other splits: 24-15 vs. right-handed starters, 4-5 vs. left-handed starters; 10-2 in one-run games, 10-8 in games decide by five or more runs; 6-0 in extra-inning games; 5-0 in shutouts; Feb. - 5-1, March - 14-6, April - 8-10, May - 1-3; 22-9 when scoring first, 6-11 when opponent scores first; longest winning streak - seven games (March 20-27), longest losing streak - four games (March 27-April 1).

Brett Zientarski

Vermilion's Brett Zientarski


FINE FINISH:  Senior Brett Zientarski (Vermilion, Ohio) closed out his Notre Dame career in style.  He collected hits in each of Sunday’s games to finish the season on a 10-game hitting streak.  The righty slugger came into his senior season having batted .298 (28-for-94), with one home run and 13 RBIs in 42 career games over three injury-riddled seasons.  In 2010, a healthy Zientarski put up gaudy numbers: .408 batting average (53-for-130), eight home runs and 43 RBIs.  The home run and RBI numbers stand as new single-season marks for the Falcons, and the .408 average ranks second behind Ross’ .410 mark



North Olmsted High Alum T.J. 

Murphy named to TranSouth All 

Academic team; playing for spot

in NAIA national playoffs today

May 10, 2010 

By Norm Weber 
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor 


North Olmsted High School Alumnus T.J. Murphy has been named to the TranSouth Scholar Athlete team, the conference announced. 

Murphy, a member of Cumberland University’s baseball team, qualified as a Student/Athlete for the team by carrying a 3.0 grade point average, contributing to his team, and maintain status as either a sophomore, junior or senior. Murphy played two years of junior college ball before transferring in the fall, establishing at least sophomore status by the start of the first of his two semesters so far at the school.


The Cumberland junior is carrying a 3.2 grade point average while carrying a double major in history or geography with the intent to establish teaching licensure. Coming from a long line of educators, Murphy would be part of a fourth generation of teachers in his family. 

Murphy is one of 65 Student/Athletes among the eight schools in the TranSouth Conference to be named to the team. 

Starting 24 of 35 games so far, Murphy is batting .307 with 18 runs scored for the 46-8 Bulldogs, who are playing in the conference tournament game today. A win over Freed-Hardeman today would put Murphy and the Bulldogs into the NAIA national playoffs.


Mayfield native Alex Murray named 

Academic All District by ESPN, 


Denison softball players Alex Murray (Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) and Erica Evans (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) have been named to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first-team as selected by The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

As a member of the first-team, both Evans and Murray will advance to the national ballot with the hopes of being voted on to the Academic All-America squad which will be announced on Wednesday (May 26).

A junior three-year starter, Evans is second on the team with a .421 batting average.  She leads the team with 47 runs scored and is tied for second with 41 RBIs.  Earlier this season she hit safely in 19 consecutive games, which is the second-longest hitting streak in program history. She was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week on April 6 after posting a .588 batting average with three home runs in six starts.

A two-time All-NCAC selection and a four-year starter at third base, Murray is making her first appearance on the ESPN Academic All-District squad.  She leads the team in RBIs (49), doubles (19) and is second on the team with nine home runs.  Murray has played in all 165 career games and will leave Denison with her name all over the DU record books.  She is the program's all-time leader in total bases (286) and walks (47), and is third in career RBIs (111) and second in home runs (20).

Murray and Evans will continue their 2010 seasons this weekend when they compete in the 2010 NCAA Division III Regional Tournament at a site to be determined.  The Big Red qualified for their fifth NCAA Tournament by capturing the NCAC Tournament Championship on May 8 in Granville, Ohio.

Created in 1952 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Teams Program is a premier, nationwide college scholar-athlete awards program.  It recognizes 816 outstanding student-athletes annually in Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports. 

Demons take wind out of Bay 

sails in tennis rendition of Little 

Brown Jug

May 10, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


In the tennis version of the Little Brown Jug battle, two-time Southwestern Conference champion Westlake defeated Bay tonight, 4-1.


The 14-4 Demons did it for all intents and purposes by sweeping the singles Divisions.

At first singles, it was Colton Buffington over former St. Ignatius Wildcat Curtis Lockhart 6-2, 6-1, at second Jason Wissman over Dan Johnson 6-0, 6-2, and at third Max Salvatore over Harrison Brill 6-3, 6-3.

Bay HS logo

The Rockets’ only win came at second doubles with Dave Johnson and Jackson Heller bouncing back after a valley in the second set to defeat Stephen Fleischer and Kevin Wang 6-2, 4-6, 10-5.

The guys in green on the south side of the tracks won the first doubles match with Brian Gottfried and Abhi Ramachandran sailing by Bay’s  Peter Scaneillo and CJ Franham 6-0, 6-1.

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