A Page -- May 11, 2010


Avon's Phil Brua, Jackson's Ben 

Puterbaugh make first team NCAC 

baseball all-star unit; Westlake's 

James DiBiasio, St. V. alum Matt 

DeGrand make second team

May 11, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


WESTLAKE – Avon High alumnus Phil Brua and Jackson High graduate Ben Puterbaugh were named first team All-North Coast Athletic Conference Baseball, the league office here announced today.


Both Brua and Puterbaugh play for Oberlin College, now the flagship school of the NCAC. Due to the efforts of Brua, Puterbaugh and others, the Yeomen enjoyed one of their finest seasons in decades.

Brua, a junior pitcher, earned his distinction by posting a 6-3 record and 2.78 ERA. Puterbaugh, also a junior, was named the NCAC first-team third baseman. He cracked the ball for a .459 batting average, blasting two home runs and driving in 32 runners.


Westlake’s James DiBiasio and St. Vincent-St. Mary grad Matt DeGrand earned second-team honors.

[ James DiBiasio ]


DiBiasio, whose dad Tony III and uncle Bobby played ball at Lakewood High in the early 1970s, is a sophomore second baseman for Ohio Wesleyan. James D. batted .365 with a home run and 22 RBIs fr the Battling Bishops.

 Matt DeGrand


DeGrand, who hails from Stow, posted a 5-1 record as a senior pitcher for league champion Wooster. DeGrand had a 4.12 ERA.

The Viking Report

A Look At What Is Happening In Cleveland State Athletics

Men's Tennis To Face Kentucky At NCAA 

Championships in Bible Belt

Softball To Host Horizon League Tourney at 

Viking Field

May 11, 2010  

By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND With CSU student-athletes taking winter semester final exams this week, the end of the athletic year is in sight as just three of the 17 Viking teams will compete this week.

The men's tennis team will be in Lexington, KY to take part in its third consecutive NCAA Men's Tennis Championship.  In a first round rematch from last year, CSU will take on 12th-seeded Kentucky in an opening round match on Saturday (May 15) beginning at 1:00 p.m.  A victory in that contest would advance CSU to a second round match vs. the winner of Friday's Georgia Tech vs. Binghamton matchup.

The softball team, which ended the regular season with a school record 42 wins and a league record 22 conference victories, will play host to the 2010 Horizon League Championship this week.  The Vikings enter the tourney as the No. 1 seed, playing their opening round game on Thursday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m. against the winner of the No. 4 Valparaiso vs. No. 5 Green Bay game that will be played earlier in the day.


Baldwin-Wallace Faces Calvin  

in First Round of NCAA Women's 

Tennis Tourney in Chicagoland

May 11, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women's tennis team, 18-7 overall, riding a school-record 15-match winning streak and the Ohio Athletic Conference regular season and OAC Tournament champions, faces Calvin College of Michigan in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Division III National Tournament at the University of Chicago on Thursday, May 13. No match time has been announced at this time.

"We are extremely pleased to be representing Baldwin-Wallace College and the Ohio Athletic Conference and look forward to playing a quality opponent like Calvin in the regional tournament," said 26-year veteran Head Coach Jack Bethlenfalvy.  "Our young ladies are excited to play in the NCAA Tournament and the challenge that Calvin poses.

"This has been an exciting season with some very close matches," said Bethlenfalvy. "The ladies have played well and handled the pressure.  I think our tough, early-season schedule helped quite a bit.  We are having a tremendous season so far."
Junior No. 1 singles player Caitlyn
Pecinovsky is 15-9 overall

The University of Chicago, ranked third nationally in Division III, hosts the six-team regional and is the top seed in the upper part of the bracket while B-W is listed in the bottom portion. The first round is on Thursday, the semifinals on Friday, May 14 and the regional championship match on Saturday, May 15. The regional winner advances to the Final Eight on May 26-27 at the Battleground Tennis Complex in Fredricksburg, Virginia.

In the top part of the bracket, Webster, Missouri University (11-4 overall) faces Grove City College of Pennsylvania (11-2 overall) on Thursday with the winner facing hist Chicago on Friday. In the bottom of the bracket, B-W plays Calvin with the winner facing Wash U.

The Yellow Jackets, under the direction of Bethlenlenfalvy (296-190 career mark with three OAC titles), have won three of the last four OAC regular season and OAC Tournament titles and won the OAC's first-ever women's tennis match in NCAA competition with a 5-4 win versus Albion College of Michigan in 2007.  Calvin enters the match with a 17-3 overall record and as the champion of theMichigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

The Yellow Jackets and Calvin have one common opponent, that being OAC rival Otterbein College. B-W beat Otterbein twice this season, both by identical 5-4 scores. Calvin beat the Cardinals, 8-1.

The Yellow Jackets are led by junior number one singles standout Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley), arguably the best player in the OAC this spring. She is joined in the starting lineup by sophomore Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) at No.2, freshman Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic) at No.3, junior Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) at No.4, senior Andrea Essig (Conneaut/ Ashtabula Edgewood) at No.5 and junior Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior) at No.6.  In doubles, Pecinovsky and Mittler form the No.1 duo, Pelosi and Greene are the No.2 tandem and Essig and Marshall play at No.3.
Green alumna Emily Pelosi

After 25 dual matches and one fall tournament, Pelosi and Marshall are tied for the team lead in singles wins with 18 each. Pelosi is 18-5 overall and Marshall is 18-7. Pecinovsky and Mittler are tied for third with 15 wins each and both have identical 15-9 marks. Greene is next with a 15-12 slate and Essig has a 10-14 overall record. In doubles play, Pecinovsky and Mittler have a team-leading 15 wins and are 15-12 overall. Essig and Marshall are second with 14 wins and a 14-10 mark, and Greene and Pelosi are 13-10 overall.

Calvin enters the regional with a five-match winning streak and is led by junior No.1 player Melissa Oosterhouse, who is ranked 13th individually in the Central Region and has a perfect 21-0 singles mark.

NCAC All-Sports Update 



IN 2009-10

May 11, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- Wittenberg posted top-five finishes in 18 of 22 sports on the way to its second North Coast Athletic Conference
All-Sports Championship, the league office here announced today.

The Tigers opened the year with outright championships in football and volleyball and a shared title with Wooster in field hockey. Wittenberg then rolled through the winter season with top-five finishes in all six winter sports, including first-place in women's basketball.

The Tigers capped the year with a strong spring performance, earning championships in golf and men's lacrosse (shared with Ohio Wesleyan) and five additional top-five finishes to compile a year-long total of 156.5 points. Wittenberg also won the All-Sports crown in 1995-96.

Ohio Wesleyan, fourth after both the fall and winter seasons, totalled 154.5 points to earn a second-place final standing. The
Battling Bishops turned in eight top-five spring finishes, and 16 overall, including the men's and women's outdoor track & field
championships and shared titles in men's lacrosse and softball (with Denison). Denison (151.5) finished third, followed by
Allegheny (143.5) and Wooster (134.0) in fourth and fifth, respectively. Kenyon (127.5), Oberlin (117.5), Wabash (79.5), Earlham (50.0) and Hiram (49.5) rounded out positions six through 10.



May 11, 2010

 Hudson tops Ignatius, 4-1; 

Advances to State Final Four

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Hudson defeated St. Ignatius tonight 4-1. James Oliver won at first singles over Steve Boslet for the Wildcats, while Pat Ohanan defeated Sean Frebes at second and  KevinCaldwell topped Tom Mascia at third for the Explorers.

St. Ignatius High School logo


The Explorers swept the doubles divisions. Hudson does not make its roster available.

This was a state quarterfinal match in the Ohio Tennis Coaches State Tournament Cup.


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