A Page -- May 10, 2012 -- AM Edition

(L-R): Will Drougas, Kyle Gerber and John Healey will be the first from CWRU Tennis to play at the NCAA Championship Tournament. 
Drougas, Gerber and Healey Selected to NCAA Championship Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time in the program's history, Case Western Reserve University Tennis will be represented at the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Freshman No. 1 singles player Will Drougas<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/drougas%20will%201loa> (Roanoke, Va./Salem) along with the No. 1 doubles tandem of junior Kyle Gerber<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/gerber%20kyle%20tl2z> (Columbus, Ohio/St. Charles Preparatory) and sophomore John Healey<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/mten/2011-12/bios/healey%20john%20d4pz> (Columbia, Md./Atholton) have been selected to compete at the NCAA singles and doubles championships, respectively, on May 24-26 in Cary, North Carolina.

The Spartan men (15-8 overall), ranked 17th in the nation, were likely one of the first teams left out of the team championship when the NCAA announced its field on Tuesday, but the trio of Drougas, Gerber and Healey have assured the program of its first-ever competition at the national championship tournament.

Ranked as the No. 6 singles player in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region, Drougas has turned in a spectacular rookie campaign with a team-best 20 wins (20-13 overall) while competing mostly in the top singles position. Just last week, he was named the University Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, becoming the first CWRU tennis player to accomplish that feat. He is one of four singles participants from the highly-competitive UAA to be selected.

Gerber and Healey enter the national tournament as the No. 2-ranked doubles duo in the ITA Central Region. When playing together, the pair matched up exclusively against the opposition's top doubles tandem and racked up a 12-5 record with a perfect 5-0 mark against regionally-ranked foes. The Spartan duo will be one of three tandems participating from the UAA.

Drougas, Gerber and Healey helped the Spartans a third-place showing at the UAA Championship late last month, matching the 1999 squad for the best finish in program history.

B-W Women’s Golf Team Shoots a 331 Stroke Total on 

Second Day of NCAA Championship Tournament

ANGOLA, INDIANA--  The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team carded a 331 stroke total on the second day of the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament on the Zollner Golf Course at Trine University in Angola, Indiana. The tournament is four days and 72 holes with round three tomorrow, Thursday and the final round on Friday.

The 331 team total is one stroke higher than yesterday's first round of 330 and gave the Yellow Jackets a 661-stroke total at the halfway point.

The team was led by sophomore All-Ohio Athletic Conference player Rebecca Jones (Hilliard/ Darby) with an 80 on the par-72 and 5,990-yard Zollner G.C. layout to equal her eight-over-par total of yesterday. She had a team-high two birdies today and has a 160-stroke total after two days.

Jones was followed by junior two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference student-athletes Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) and Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) as each player had an 83-stroke total in round two.  Kapusta, who carries a 3.5 grade average in education, had an 80 yesterday and has a 163-stroke total and Hamilton, who carries a 3.94 grade average in English and philosophy and was a candidate for the NCAA Division III Elite 89 award, had an 85 on day one and has a 168-stroke total so far.

In addition, sophomore 2-time All-OAC player Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/ Christian) had an 85 today and an 80 yesterday for a two-day and 36-hole total of 165 strokes.  Sophomore 2-time first-team All-OAC player and 2012 OAC individual runner-up Emilee Woolf’s (Ravenna) had an 87 on the first day and a 91 total for a two-day total of 178 strokes.

Please check the NCAA Division III National Tournament web site at http://www.ncaa.com/content/diii-women-team-leaderboard for tomorrow's tee times. They will be announced following bthe end of today's round. This is B-W’s fourth NCAA tourney appearance since 2000, including its second straight.

Snode Tied for 9th Halfway Through NCAA Women's Golf Championships

ANGOLA, Ind.—Mount Union senior Mary Snode (Alliance/Marlington) shot a 75 in Tuesday's second round of the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships at Zollner Golf Course on the campus of Trine University in Angola, Indiana.

After recording just one birdie during the opening round, Snode birdied two of her first four holes on Tuesday and finished the front nine with a 38. Snode made birdie putts on two of the first four holes on the back nine as well, finishing with a 37.

With two rounds remaining, Snode is tied for ninth place overall. She trails leader, Catherine Wagner from Wisconsin-Eau Claire, by five strokes.

Buffington three matches away from becoming sectional titlist for fourth time; St. Ignatius sends all three singles players to quarterfinals; both Westlake doubles teams qualify to districts

Three-time defending sectional and 2011 district champion Colton Buffington of Westlake advanced to the quarterfinals of the Oberlin sectional tennis tournament Wednesday with a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins.


Buffington, who placed at state each of the past two seasons after attending the Stan Smith Tennis School before his freshman year, is one match away from qualifying to districts and three from winning his fourth consecutive sectional title.


Also advancing to the quarterfinals of Division I singles play were St. Ignatius’ Nick Siciliano and Christian Zuber and Nathan Griffin, St. Edward’s Jeffrey Williams, Lakewood’s Alex Mihas, Elyria’s  Eli Thompson, and Westlake’s Connor Michelich.

Williams (L) with one of his former doubles partners

Doubles play made it all the way to the semifinals and thus four teams have already advanced.

Making it to the semifinals and thereby to the districts are St. Ignatius’ Chad Burton and Yaw Boakye, Westlake’s Kent Dinchman and Cal Craven, Avon Lake’s James Darkow and Greg Miller, and Westlake’s Stephen Fleischer and Kevin Wang.

Storm Scores Two in the Ninth to Stun Tiffin, 3-2, in GLIAC Tournament First Round

CHILLICOTHE, OHIO – Trailing by a run with one out in the ninth, freshman outfield Aaron Lindgren(Willoughby, Ohio/South) lofted a fly ball to center field that seemingly would have brought home junior Zach Mosbarger (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine) with the tying run, but Drek Koch dropped the ball, allowing sophomore Garrett Emling (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) to come around from first base with the winning run – just beating the throw from the outfield – to give the third-seeded Lake Erie College baseball team a thrilling 3-2 win over fourth-seeded Tiffin University Wednesday night (May 9) in the first round of the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.

An inning early, Koch had singled home the go-ahead run that put the Dragons up 2-1 – just the fourth hit allowed by Storm (27-24) sophomore Brian Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) in what turned out to be a complete game gem for the LEC righthander.

But his miscue – and a heads up play by Emling – sent the Storm into the next round for a matchup with second-seeded Wayne State University on Thursday, May 10.

With one out in the ninth, junior Pat Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) singled to left and Mosbarger came in to pinch run. Emling followed with a single through the right side, sending Mosbarger to third. Jared Liette got two strikes on Lindgren to start the at-bat, but his third pitch was hit deep to center which would have easily scored Mosbarger. But after Koch couldn't corral the ball, Emling took advantage and beat the tag at the plate to send the Storm into celebration mode.

Prior to the ninth, the story of the game was the pitching duel between Kilway and Liette. Neither allowed a run through the first four innings before both teams broke through with a run in the fifth. The Dragons scored an unearned run after Kilway threw away a grounder by Kyle Robinson that put a runner on third to start the inning. Lake Erie followed in the bottom half with a bases-loaded single by sophomore Reid Rizzo(Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle).

It stayed 1-1 until the eighth when Ryan Williams singled and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and wild pitch then came around to score on Koch's single up the middle.

Kilway (6-1) went a career-high nine innings for his fourth complete game of the season. He allowed just four hits and one earned run (two total) but did walk a career-high six batters. He struck out just one but battled to strand 11 Tiffin runners.

Liette (6-6) struck out seven in 8 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and walked a pair.

Senior Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) had two hits – a double and a triple – and was the only player with multiple hits in the contest.

Lake Erie will play Wayne State at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.