B Page -- May 10, 2010

Notre Dame Roundup

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HIT AND RUN:  In addition to Notre Dame setting a new program mark for batting average, the 2010 Falcons are now also the all-time team leaders in on-base percentage (.413) and slugging percentage (.462).  The NDC offense also set a new record in home runs (32). … On the mound Falcon hurlers established a new program record for strikeouts (249). … Tony Younis and Zientarski finished the year as the Falcons top clutch hitters.  Younis batted .423 (30-for-71) with runners in scoring position; Zientarski hit .458 (22-for-58).  Together, they accounted for 83 RBIs, with each player (Zientarski 43, Younis 40) eclipsing the previous NDC single-season record for runs batted in (39, Eric Pelot-2007).


NOTABLE:  Notre Dame went 3-5 over their final eight AMC games; third-place Mount Vernon Nazarene went 6-2 in their last eight.


QUOTABLE:  “This year was a tremendous step forward for us,” said Head Coach Nick Weisheipl.  “We now have an expectation of winning and a knowledge of the hard work it takes to produce that winning attitude.  A tip of the cap also goes out to all the families and friends that make up this program.  They were so supportive on Sunday and throughout the whole season.”





BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPS: The Falcons (25-24) went 3-1 last week en route to winning the AMC Tournament and qualifying for the NAIA National Championship Tournament for a second year in a row.  Notre Dame defeated Walsh in eight innings, 5-4, on Wednesday (May 5) in the opening day of the AMC Tournament.  The Falcons then defeated top-seeded Shawnee State, 7-0, on Thursday and won the tournament with a 10-6 victory over the Bears on Friday (SSU earned a victory over NDC earlier that day). 

Mallory Harder

Uniontown native Mallory Harder


TOURNAMENT TID-BITS: Great pitching and defense paced the Falcons in the tournament, as they committed just four errors in four games and compiled a 2.75 ERA.  Mallory Harder (Uniontown, Ohio) led the way for the Falcons in the tournament offensively, with a 7-for-16 performance that included four extra-base hits.  Michelle Dykes (Youngstown, Ohio) paced the Falcons with five RBIs in the tournament. Ashley Harbarger (Akron, Ohio) held her own as the ace of the Falcons staff, going 2-0 with a 1.03 ERA in the four-team tournament, which was held in Portsmouth, Ohio, at the home field of Shawnee State, the league’s regular-season champion. Harbarger fanned a dozen batters in the four games she pitched. 

Ashley Harbarger 

Akron native Ashley Harbarger

REGULAR-SEASON RECAP: While it was pitching and defense that secured Notre Dame’s second consecutive spot in the national tournament, it was the offense that carried the Falcons through the regular season.  Harder and Charisse Colston (Oakwood Village, Ohio) led the Falcons, each hitting .419 on the season.  Harder’s 70 hits were the most on the team and in the AMC.  Colston’s first season with the Falcons was nothing short of phenomenal -- she led the squad with seven home runs, 37 RBIs, and 58 runs scored.  Colston also banged out five triples to set a new single-season NDC mark.  Her 58 runs scored led the AMC. … Overall, the Falcons hit .324 (444-for-1371), and their 297 runs scored were tops in the AMC.


ON A ROLL:  With their 3-1 performance last week in Portsmouth, NDC is now 6-2 over their last eight games.  The Falcons, which at one point lost 10 straight games (March 2-6), are 15-5 (.750) since April 14.


HOME, SWEET HOME: NDC averaged 7.1 runs on 9.8 hits per game over 18 home contests this season. The Falcons are 27-7 at Campus Field over the last two seasons. The Falcons went 9-1 in conference home games this season. Notre Dame hit .355 (178-for-502) on College Road, and outscored their opponents, 129-67, in the 18 home tilts.


TRIPLE PLAY: The Falcons tallied a program-record 12 three-baggers in the 2010 season, besting their previous record of 11 triples set back in 2002.


NEXT UP: The Falcons are scheduled to begin play in the NAIA National Championship Tournament on May 20. The event in Decatur, Ala., runs from May 20-26 and features a 32-team field.  The tournament opens with a round of pool play -- opponents and times for those games will be released at a later date.

Demar Sheffey

Euclid High product DeMar Sheffey





WEATHERING THE STORM: The Notre Dame Track & Field team set a pair of program records and qualified for nationals in four separate events in wet, adverse conditions at the Campbell/Wright Invitational in Akron, Ohio, over the weekend. … relay team of Demar Sheffey (Euclid, Ohio), Jerrell Settles (Cleveland, Ohio), Joseph Leyland (Atwater, Ohio), and Brandon Tolliver (Cleveland, Ohio) highlighted the men’s side in Akron by winning the 4x100-Meter Relay, finishing with a time of 42.75 seconds. …

Jerrell Settles

Cleveland Heights High alum Jerrell Settles

There were several highlights on the women’s side, as NDC set a pair of school records and qualified for nationals in four events. Noelle Johnson (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) was the winner of the Long Jump, with a leap of 5.24 meters (17’2 ½’’), and she set a new school record in the Triple Jump, with a leap of 11.48 meters (37’8’’), which was also made her a national qualifier in the event.

Ava Woods

Buchtel alumna Ava Woods

Samantha Murphy (Columbus, Ohio) finished fourth in the Shot Put, and not only qualified for nationals, but also set a school record with a 13.27 meter (43’6 1/2”) toss. Tiffany Tucker (Akron, Ohio) and Jessica Thomas (Sandusky, Ohio) finished first and second, respectively, in the 100-Meter High Hurdles, with times of 14.73 and 14.85 seconds. Tucker’s performance made her a national qualifier in the event. The team of Davis, Tucker, Lauren Macer (Twinsburg, Ohio), and Ava Woods (Akron, Ohio) capped Notre Dame’s big weekend with a first place finish in the 4x100-Meter Relay in 48.80 seconds, a national-qualifying time.

Tiffany Tucker



Battling Bishops, Tigers share NCAC 

men's LAX title

May 10

Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- Wittenberg (4-1, 10-4) and Ohio Wesleyan (4-1, 10-3) share the 2010 North Coast Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse title. After the Battling Bishops handed the Tigers their first conference loss of 2010, 12-6,

Last week, OWU claimed a share of its 17th conference title. Wittenberg wins the championship for the first time. Both teams plus Denison (3-2, 10-3) have earned berths in the 23-team NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.

[ Casey Callahan ]

Ignatius alumnus Casey Callahan.

Among those playing for the OWU champs were St. Ignatius alumnus Casey Callahan, and Medina High grads Andrew Ball and Scott Chester. 

[ Andrew Ball ]

Medina's Andrew Ball

[ Scott Chester ]

Former Bee Scott Chester

Brady Christensen, a teammate of Chester's and Bell's at Medina High, is the local representative for the Witt title team.

Brady Christensen

Medina grad Brady Christensen

The Tigers travel to take on Roanoke (16-2), champions of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, in the first round on Wednesday. Wittenberg makes its first appearance in the national tournament since the team returned to varsity status in 1983. The winner of the Wittenberg-Roanoke game faces third-ranked Gettysburg (15-2) in the second round on Saturday.

Ohio Wesleyan meets Dickinson (14-2) on the road in the first round. The Battling Bishops make their sixth consecutive appearance in the national tournament, and 29th time overall. The winner of the OWU-Dickinson contest takes on Centennial Conference champion Haverford (11-5) at Salisbury in Saturday’s second round.

Denison makes its 18th appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament and sixth in a row. The Big Red

visit Colonial States Athletic Conference champ Cabrini (14-3) in the first round on Wednesday. The winner

of the Denison-Cabrini match faces top-ranked Stevenson (17-1) on the Cavaliers’ home field Saturday.

The final is set for Sunday, May 30, in Baltimore, MD