A Page -- May 10, 2011

Texas A&M swimmer, Hiram football player win the two Jim McKay Scholarships; Chris Sabo to attend UCLA Grad School of Cinematography, which claims Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Harrison Ford, the late Jim Morrison, and Ray Manzarek among its alumni

The NCAA has selected Texas A&M’s Julia Wilkinson and Hiram College’s Chris Sabo as recipients of the 2011 Jim McKay Scholarships.

Hiram's Chris Sabo -- Hut 1 and Take 2

Established in 2008 to honor the contributions of pioneer sports journalist Jim McKay, the program annually awards $10,000 to one female and one male Student/Athlete in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement and potential to make a contribution in the sports communication industry

Wilkinson, a swimmer and member of the Canadian National and Olympic teams, graduated in May 2010 with a 3.875 grade-point average in communication and a minor in sports management and English. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in broadcasting and journalism.
Jim McKay
She has appeared on Fox Sports Network and co-hosted the Aggie Fan Zone Broadcast. She was captain for her team and competed in the2008 Olympics in Beijing.

“For as long as I can remember, I have only ever had two major goals: to swim in the Olympics and to work in broadcasting,” she wrote in her application essay. “Working in the communication industry has taught me skills and shown me how much I enjoy broadcasting, but swimming at the Beijing Olympics has also given me experience from the other side of the camera.”
Manzarek -- the only guy in rock and roll in 1965 with a masters' degree
and currently in one of the longest marriages in Hollywood (44 years to Dorothy)

Sabo played football for four years at Hiram, where he majored in communications with a 3.7 GPA. Sabo will complete his undergraduate career this May.

He plans to attend UCLA where he will enroll in the master of arts program in cinematography, which produced directors Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, actor Harrison Ford, and the late Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek, the two founding members of the Doors, the first American band to forge five Gold Record Albums.

 Sabo has interned for NFL Films and has done video work for Hiram.

When I was in eighth grade, I received my first camcorder as a birthday present,” he wrote in his application essay. “Since then, I have been infatuated with media arts.”

McKay Scholars demonstrate a unique aptitude and commitment to the sports communication industry. They exhibit the highest level of professional integrity, including the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability with the element of compassion that was the hallmark of its namesake.
Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher and have competed in intercollegiate athletics as a member of an NCAA varsity team. They must be currently enrolled in graduate study or be committed to enrolling in a degree program within five years of being awarded the scholarship.

The scholarship is open to student-athletes in all three NCAA divisions, participating in all sports. Go toNCAA.org for more information and application deadlines.
Kaeleen Boden






CLEVELAND (UNIVERSITY DISTRICT) -- Case Western Reserve University junior third baseman Kaeleen Boden (Strongsville, Ohio/Holy Name) has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District IV Softball Third Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Monday, May 9.

Boden, a biology and cognitive science major with a 3.79 grade point average, completed her best season as a collegian in 2011. She batted .350 with two homeruns, 14 runs batted-in and seven doubles while starting all 44 games.

Boden earned University Athletic Association All-Academic honors earlier this spring and was selected as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar/Athlete last season.

The Spartans finished the season at 19-25 overall with a 10-win improvement from last season’s total. Case also posted a 13-5 record in its final 18 games.

Oberlin has 18 Track Stars Earn All-

Conference Honors

Westlake, Ohio – Eighteen members of the Oberlin College track and field teams earned All-NCAC honors for their efforts at the NCAC Outdoor Championships over the weekend. 

To receive all-conference accolades, one must finish in the top three of an event at the meet. Both teams had multiple athletes with numerous all-conference performances. 

The women squad, which finished second overall, had 11 members of the team be recognized. They are Melissa Elie, Sophia Brancazio, Jasmine Owens, Amanda Miller, Marissa Clardy Laura Vernon, Sam Dudzinski, Joanna Johnson, Christine Moore, Sybil Levine and Molly Martorella. 

Headlining the group of female winners were Elie and Miller as they each racked up three all-conference awards. Clardy and Levine were two-time recipients. Johnson, who was named Distance Runner of the Year also had two All-NCAC worthy runs. 

The Yeomen, who checked in third, had six different athletes earn the prestige with three performers garnering the praise in three different events. The group of six winners includes: Alex Guo, Terrance Embry, Peter Morris, Shawn Chrapczynski, Josh Gallagher and Stephen Williams.

The trio of Guo, Gallagher and Chrapczynski turned in all-conference performances in three different events. 

Select members of the team will be competing this Friday at the Gator Invite. 

Open Door shuts down Lake Ridge, 6-4

In high school softball Monday night, Open Door was a 6-4 winner over Lake Ridge.
Emily Kurtz had a double and a triple for the Lions while Sydney Clark also cranked a two-bagger for LRA.

B-W Softball Coaches Named Ohio Athletic 

Conference Coaching Staff of the Year

BEREA, OHIO --  Baldwin-Wallace College Head Softball Coach Tom Spencer and his outstanding staff of assistant coaches, Joe Yocabet and Gary Saunders, have been named as the 2010-11 Ohio Athletic Conference Coaching Staff of the Year.  This is the second time that Spencer has been honored by the OAC. He was the 2001 OAC Coach of the Year.

Spencer and his staff have led the Yellow Jackets to the 2011 OAC Tournament title, a 27-9 overall record and a possible NCAA Division III National Tournament berth. That announcement will come at 12:00 noon today (May 9, 2011).\
(L to R) Coaches Spencer, Saunders, and Yocabet

Spencer in the midst of his fourth season of his second stint as the Head Softball Coach at Baldwin-Wallace College in 2011. Spencer also served as head coach from 2000-2002 and returned to B-W in 2007-08 as the head coach and a professor in the Division of Health and Physical Education. 

In seven total seasons at the College, Spencer has a record of 161-117 for a .579 winning percentage. In 13 total seasons as a head coach, he has a career record of 300-248-1 with a .547 winning percentage, including a 51-94-1 mark at NCAA Division I Butler (Ind.) University and an 88-37 mark in three seasons at NAIA Notre Dame College (Ohio).

This season's 27 victories are just one shy of the school-record of 28 which was set in 2000-2001 and during Spencer's first stint at B-W. A year ago, his Yellow Jackets finished 23-17 overall. The 23 victories are the fifth most in school history.

In Spencer's first stint at B-W, the Yellow Jackets won 20 games each year, including the school-record 28 in 2001. Overall, his teams were 70-52.

In addition to coaching softball at the College during his first stint, Spencer was the Head Women's Golf Coach and served as an assistant women’s basketball coach.

With the B-W women’s hoops team, Spencer served as Cheri Harrer’s main assistant and helped B-W  to five consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III National Tournament, including two straight “Elite Eight” finishes.

As women’s golf coach, Spencer began the program, led it to a No.3 regional ranking in its first season and then to consecutive appearances at the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

In 2002, Spencer left B-W to coach for three seasons at Butler (2002-2004) and helped to rebuild the Butler program into a winner before leaving the program on solid footing. Spencer’s intent was to come home to the Greater Cleveland area with his family and then coached at Notre Dame College (Ohio) for three seasons (2005-2007) and turned the Falcon program into a winner. When the opportunity to return to B-W presented itself in 2008, he returned to his roots in Berea.

Spencer earned a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in 1984 and a teaching certificate from Cleveland State University in 1988. Prior to his first stint at B-W, he served as a teacher and softball and basketball coach at Fairview High School.

GRANBURY, TX - Monday, May 9, 2011- Players and coaches taking part in the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl will hold their first practices, coaching clinics for youth and a press conference at the Tanzania Game Trackers (TGT) facility in the city of Arusha on Thursday, May 19.
The media availability comes two days before the first game of college American football to be played in Africa sees Drake University from Iowa take on the CONADEIP All Stars from Mexico at the 20,000-capacity Sheik Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium in Arusha at 1pm local time (US ET +7 hours) on Saturday, May 21. 


The coaching clinics will be held following team practices at TGT and will introduce local youngsters to the basics of American football.  Global Football will work in association with Tanzania Irie, which provides a free sport service to underprivileged youth by running camps, lessons and events with experienced coaches around Arusha.
"The practices and clinics will be the first time the media and youth of Arusha have been exposed to American football and that will create an exciting and unique story, said Global Football President and event organizer PATRICK STEENBERGE.
"I have seen the smile on a child's face when he or she catches and passes a ball for the first time.  That is something special that should be captured by TV and newspapers for all to see. The press conference offers an opportunity to meet all the coaches and star players from both teams and a chance to talk to the organizers of the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl.  We are thankful to TGT for the use of their facilities."
The sport is a new concept to the people of Tanzania, so the Bulldogs and CONADEIP players and coaches will work on the simple fundamentals of passing, catching and running with a ball and will teach the key rules that are applied on the field of play.
Tanzania Irie, a not-for-profit company, began with rugby as its primary target providing kits, transportation and free training to several groups of youths in Arusha and Moshi. Acknowledging that many youth involved do not attend school and have negative influences in their lives, providing access to sports training gives the kids something to enjoy and aspire to.
"The youth clinics and interaction with the players will play a vital role in bringing this new sport to Africa and insuring the continuity of the game," said ANDRE DE BEER from Tanzania Irie.  "The youth attending the clinics will be drawn from a cross section of the Arusha society and will not only have a great opportunity to play sports but also a chance to break down cultural barriers and transcend social norms."
The students involved in the clinics will also take part in the halftime celebrations giving them a chance to show off some of the American football skills they have practiced and will perform in cultural dancing and acrobatics.
"All of the youth are extremely excited and have already started practicing and identifying with their favorite teams," added De Beer.
The spectacular Kili Bowl event also includes a three-day service project to benefit area orphanages, and features both teams also climbing the imposing 19,341 feet high Mount Kilimanjaro.  The historic and unique game will be broadcast live across the African continent and beamed to countries around the world by ITV (Independent Television Ltd), the largest private TV network in Tanzania.
TAHA, the Tanzania Horticulture Association, which promotes and oversees the expansive flower and fruit production and export in Tanzania, is providing fruit for both teams during their stay in the country, as well as decorating the Arusha Stadium with flowers and providing flower necklaces for the arrival reception when players and coaches land at JRO Airport.
TAHA was established with the aim of promoting and developing horticulture and addressing the general and specific needs of its members.  This involves among several things providing a collective voicing platform for issues affecting the sector, providing a common front for promoting the members businesses in and outside the country, advocacy for the improvement of the environment in which the sector operates.
The Arusha Hotel will serve as host for the Drake Bulldogs, media and game officials, while the Kibo Palace Hotel is hosting the CONADEIP Mexico official party.  Kilele Savane, Ltd of Arusha is handling all local transport; safari coordination and the Kili climb operations.  Full details and photos are available at www.KiliBowl.com, as well as on www.facebook.com/globalkilibowl.com.
Younger Optics will supply polarized Rx sunwear, equipped with Drivewear lenses that will be part of the players, coaches and staff's essential defense against blinding glare and harmful UV rays. For more information about Younger Optics and their other products, visit the company's website at www.youngeroptics.com or call (800) 877-5367.


Tourney-tough Olmsted Falls baseball 

team wins Cure Tay-Sachs Classic for 

school/Dakota; Dogs’ Brennan Laird 

wins MVP award 

Olmsted Falls High’s baseball team won the first Cure Tay-Sachs Classic over the weekend by defeating North Royalton, 7-4, in the championship game for what is planned to be an annual event in ensuing years.
The Classic was created this year to help raise awareness of the neurological disease known as Tay-Sachs. Dakota Bihn, an 11 year-old Olmsted Falls girl, has been bravely battling Tay-Sachs since she was in pre-school.  
Earlier in the day, the Dawgs defeated Midview 13-2 behind a strong pitching performance by Tournament MVP Brennan Laird. Zack Ferster went 3-3 at the plate, with 2 doubles and 4 RBI. In all, the team pounded out 9 hits from Nate Ferster, Brennan Laird, Zack Ferster, Wesley Allen, Rick Gorski, and Ryan McGuire.  
MVP Brennan Laird
In the Championship game against a very solid North Royalton team, Olmsted Falls started freshman Scotty Lemin, who was making his 1st ever varsity appearance. He kept the Bulldogs in the game through 4 innings, and that's when Jared Kurz came in and limited the Bears to 1 run over 3 innings. In the 7th, Kurz struck out the side to earn his 2nd victory on the week.
Two-time winner Jared Kurz
The Bulldogs offense was paced by Brennan Laird (3 for 4), Ryan Humenik (3 RBI), and Nate Ferster (2 for 4).
Nate F.

Laird was named the MVP for the tourney. Kurz and both Fersters made the all tourney team for the Dogs.
Zack F.

North Royalton had Alex Albright, Austin Adams and Sam Lacinski on the all-tournament team, while Midview had Steven Frye and Cody Callaway, and Clearview Ian Mezlak and Mark Andrews.

With an unofficial count of well-over $2,000 raised, the 1st Annual Cure Tay-Sachs Classic was a big success. North Royalton won the team fundraising competition by collecting over $630, and they were awarded backpacks for their efforts from the CTSF.

Baldwin-Wallace’s Tabi Murray Named 

OAC Rookie-of-the-Year  
Baldwin-Wallace freshman outfielder/pitcher Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field) has been named the 2011 OAC Rookie-of-the-Year. Murray is the only Yellow Jacket to receive this award and has been named First-Team All-OAC .

Tabi Murray

Against OAC competition, Murray batted .458 with 27 hits, 12 runs, three doubles, four homeruns and 14 RBI. On the mound, Murray tallied a 1.95 earned run average and struck out 22 in 32 innings of work.   

Mount Union to add men's and women's 

LAX as varsity sports

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The University of Mount Union Board of Trustees approved to add men's and women's lacrosse teams to the intercollegiate athletic program during its annual spring meeting.
Starting in the fall of 2011 lacrosse will be offered as a club sport, with men's and women's varsity competition beginning in 2012-13.

Searches for head coaches of both teams will start immediately, and once hired, those coaching staffs will spend the 2011-2012 academic year recruiting.

"The addition of men's and women's lacrosse at Mount Union is compatible with the mission of the University – preparing students for fulfilling lives, meaningful work and responsible citizenship," said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union. "It advances our strategic plan, and as America's fastest growing sport, lacrosse is the perfect fit to our vibrant athletic program."

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution, is a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference but the Purple Raider lacrosse teams initially will compete as an independent as the OAC does not currently sponsor the sport.

The addition of the teams will bring the total number of athletic teams at Mount Union to 23 (12 men and 11 women). 

Mount Union currently sponsors intercollegiate athletic teams in men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, football, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and diving, wrestling, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf and men's and women's track and field.

B-W, Hiram, Stow’s Hurd, Mayfield’s Gaye,

Chardon’s McKenzie, South’s Newman, Cortland’s 

Bensing and Butler headed to NCAA national 

softball tournament

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

BEREA – Baldwin-Wallace’s softball team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA national tournament and will begin play in the 60-team field Thursday in Adrian, Michigan.

The Yellow Jackets won the OAC tourney this weekend in ADA, defeating Ohio Northern on its home turf for the second and third times this season. ONU received the automatic bid though due to a queer wrench in the league rules that grants the green pass to the percentage champion as long as it merely makes the championship game irrespective of winning or losing the tourney title.

B-W (27-9) was one of 19 teams to receive an at-large bid from the NCAA. The other 41 teams either won their league tournament or got in the way Northern did.

Hiram, the winner of the Westlake-based North Coast Athletic Conference, is the third team from the Northern Ohio area to qualify to the tourney
Gaye (L), Newman (R)
As usual, ONU will have representation from the Cleveland area with four girls on among its softball Student/Athletic field to have played at Greater Cleveland area high schools.
Bensing (L), Hurd (R)

Among those S/As for the Polar Bears are pitchers Lauren Hurd from Stow, Abbey Bensing from Cortland and Katy Newman from Canton South, third baseman Cassie Gaye from Mayfield, and utility player Carly McKenzie from Berkshire and Chardon.
Northern (26-12) plays 27-11 trine at noon, B-W 29-14 Bethany at 2, and 25-12 Hiram 33-6 Alma at four.

Bethany's Chelsea Butler from Cortland

Should ONU and Bethany get past the first two rounds, former Lakeview High teammates Chelsea Butler and Bensing could face each other.

Preppers still ranked No. 1 in the state; 

Westlake gets cold shoulder again 

For the third consecutive week, University School is the No. 1 ranked tennis team in the state for Division II outfits, according to the state tennis coaches association’s latest tabulation released Monday night.

The Preppers have held the top spot during the entire existence of the poll this spring.

Two of the top three schools in the state in D-II are from Cleveland as Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy comes in at No. 3 this week, dropping down one notch after getting nipped by Westlake last week.

Then one has to go to the bottom of the stack to find another Cleveland Student/Athletic outfit. Hawken remained in the top 15 at 15th, one spot below Canton Central Catholic. The Crusaders sneaked in this week after missing out the first couple.

The D-I polls also find little representation from Student/Athletes from Cleveland. The area is shut out of the top five with Hoover leading the area in the No. 6 hole, Walsh Jesuit taking the eight spot and Solon the ninth slot.

A queer configuration has Westlake shut out of the top 15 despite sweeping all five spots in the conference tourney and a dual win over the No. 2 ranked team in the state in D-II last week.

Kenston is the only other Cleveland team in the stack, coming in at No. 11.

This is the third of five weekly Tennis Polls conducted by the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association.  First place votes are in parenthesis.

Division I
1.Upper Arlington (3)    93
2. New Albany  (2)      86
3. Toledo St. John (1)  74
4. Cinti Sycamore (2)  73
5. Cinti St. Xavier (2)   71
6. Hoover   49
7. Cinti Mason  27
8. Walsh Jesiut  25
9. Solon   24
10. Lexington    16
11. Kenston   13
12.  Springboro  11
13. Dublin Jerome       8
14. Columbus Thomas Worthington  7
15. Dublin Coffman   6

Division II
1. University School (8)  80
2. Columbus Bexley     66
3.  Cuyahoga Valley Christian 61
4. Cinti Seven Hills  55
5. Columbus Bishop Watterson  41
6. Gahanna Columbus Academy  36
7. Dayton Chaminade-Julienne  27
8. Cinti Wyoming  19
9. Cinti Indian Hill  15
10. Cinti Country Day  12
11. Cinti Hills Christian  11
      Lima Shawnee   11
      Wooster Triway  11
14. Canton Central Catholic   8
15. Hawken  5