A Page -- May 11, 2011

Queen Bee certainly has resided in Berea 

this spring; all around the OAC the sting 

from the sweeter-than-honey B-W female 

Student/Athletes has been felt; three 

league titles and a runner-up spelled a 

hoarding of the hives

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Norm’s Notebook

The “queen bee” of Student/Athleticism has certainly resided in Berea this spring.

All around the Ohio Athletic Conference, opposing teams have felt the sting of the Yellow Jackets, as within the last couple weeks Baldwin-Wallace has won league titles in golf, tennis and softball.

Let’s see. Baldwin-Wallace has four spring sports for gals so that leaves only track. Oh, yeah, they also were among the best, finishing a not-too-shabby second place in the OAC.
All four groups of B-W girl jocks are competing in the NCAA tournaments this week. One would be hard-pressed to find such across-the-board success from a school’s S/A contingent of the finer and sweeter-than-honey sex.

While ladies on the outside, the Yellow Jackets have all had the killer instinct cat-like claw on the inside, making them competitive enough to rise to the hottest/highest wax of the hive the past two months.
L to R -- Hamilton, Kapusta, Woolf

The golf gals, led by St. Joe Academy product Brooke Hamilton and Independence’s Rebecca Kapusta and Ravenna’s Emilee Woolf, are competing in then NCAA nationals today. As of Tuesday, they were 15th.
This Cotter was "welcomed back" with "sweet" 
bees instead of "sweat" hogs

The golf team was sparked with the input of coach Alyson Campbell, who earned coach of the year honors in the league. Campbell was Alyson Cotter while a Student/Athlete at B-W just three years ago, but like all ladies changed her surname when she got married.
The softball gals received an at-large bid in the 60-team Division III NCAA national tourney after winning the OAC tourney and winning near 30 games  and are in the Adrian Regional, playing Bethany (WV) tomorrow (Thursday) in the first round.'
Davis (L), Murray (R)

They are led by Senior Academic All American Tanya Davis from Hinckley and a very special group of freshmen that have brought their stingers they have not lost despite doing a lot of stinging to opponents. 

That frosh fort is led by Mogadore product Tabi Murray, who was just named the rookie of the year in the OAC.
Tennis is led by Greene and Green: Jenny Greene, and Emily Pelosi from Green High and although Pelosi is an Italian surname and the dominant color in the flag of Italy is green, Green High’s colors are Massillon Tiger Orange and Black. 
Greene (L), Pelosi from Green (R)

However, one of Elyria Catholic’s colors is green and certainly two major contributors to tennis have been former Panthers Rebecca Mittler and Morgan Baker.
Mittler (L), Baker (R)

This is the fourth trip in five years to the nationals for the 18-7 tennis team, which plays tomorrow against Wheaton, the alma mater of Evangelist Billy Graham.
No matter what the colors of the high schools or colors in the names of high schools, this spring has certainly brought the brown and gold in blossoming spring seem that not many around the OAC, region and nation are to forget.

B-W Women’s Golfers Stand 15th After 

First Day of NCAA Division III 

National Tournament in Florida

BEREA, OHIO -- The Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team stands 15th of 19 teams after the first day (Tuesday, May 10) of the 2011 NCAA Division III National Tournament at the Mission Inn & Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. This was the first of four days of competition in the 72-hole event.

The Yellow Jackets, playing with two sophomores and three freshmen, recorded 356 total strokes as a team. Each team consists of five student-athletes with the top four scores counting toward the team total on the par-73 and 5,884-yard course. B-W entered the tourney ranked 38th nationally in Div. III and earned its automatic berth by winning the OAC crown.

For the Yellow Jackets, Sophomore Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) led team with an 86, including a pair of back-to-back birdies on the seventh and eighth holes and a 40 for her first nine holes. Freshman Emily Woolf (Ravenna) had an 87 that also included a pair of birdies en route to a team-low 41 on the back nine holes. Sophomore Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) was next with a 91, including a 45 on the back nine.

Freshman Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/ Christian) rounded out the first day scores that counted toward the tea total with a 92, including a 43 on the front. Freshman Rebecca Jones (Hilliard/ Darby) finished her first round with a 98 with her best nine being a 48 on the back.

The Yellow Jackets begin second round play on Wednesday, May 11 with tee times between 12:30-1:10 p.m. B-W is paired with Carroll (Wisc.) University the first two days. The final two days will be determined by the first two days of results.

This is the third time that the B-W women’s program has qualified for the NCAA Division III National Tournament. The first two appearances were in 2000 (seventh place) and 2001 (10th place).  The OAC title this spring was B-W’s third.

Lewis Headlines a Trio of All-NCAC 


Westlake, Ohio – Junior Ariel Lewis was named to the All-NCAC First-Team for the third straight season, while teammates Finley Gates and Preeya Shah earned honorable-mention accolades, the league office announced on Tuesday.

Lewis, a native of Vacaville, California, finished the season at 24-5 overall and was a perfect 8-0 against league foes, which includes the conference tournament. The former NCAC Player of the Year, ended the season on a 13-match winning streak, with her last loss against DIII opponent coming all the way back on February 27 when she dropped a hard-fought three-setter against nationally ranked Kelly Gerbert of DePauw. 
Lewis, who is currently ranked No. 8 in the Central Region, was 7-1 against regionally ranked players this season. She is currently 70-20 in her career in singles play. Lewis, who went to the NCAA Individual Championships as a freshman, will find out if she will be making a return trip there when the seeds are announced tomorrow. 

Gates, who split time between the No. 2 and 3 flights, garners honorable-mention honors for the second straight season. She finished the year 16-14 overall.

Shah, who played in positions three and four throughout the season, ended the year at 12-17 overall, but was 3-3 against NCAC opponents. This the first time in her career she earned league honors. 




GRANBURY, TX - Tuesday, May 10, 2011- Football fans eager to follow the fortunes of the Drake University Bulldogs and the CONADEIP All-Stars can stay in touch with every minute of their activities at the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl through social media.
Whether the players who will take part in the historic first-ever game of college American football to be played on African soil are in action on the gridiron, serving on a community project, coaching youngsters in Tanzania, or preparing to climb the imposing Mount Kilimanjaro - the experience will be captured on Twitter, facebook and YouTube. 
The popular social media platforms will feature every aspect of the once in a lifetime experience as Drake University prepares to take on the CONADEIP All-Stars at the 20,000-capacity Sheik Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium in Arusha at 1pm local time (US ET +7 hours) on Saturday, May 21.
"Social media allows us to share this wonderful experience with people everywhere, while we are on the other side of the world with relative ease," said Global Football President PATRICK STEENBERGE.  "We will face some logistical challenges with internet connections not being as readily available as we have become accustomed to, but we are committed to updating the various sites so that families and friends of the players and football fans everywhere can also enjoy our adventures in Africa."
Social media highlights of the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl:
Devotees of the social networking site can find daily updates, photos and links to videos through the event's official pages at  www.Facebook.com/globalkilibowl.  On Saturday, May 21, all the key plays, scores and highlights will be posted following the historic game.
Follow Global Football President Patrick Steenberge @GlobalSportsGuy as he arrives in Tanzania and prepares to welcome the participants and then as the representatives of Drake University and CONADEIP enjoy the African experience.
The official Global Football YouTube channel - www.YouTube.com/GlobalSportsGroup - will feature daily Flip Camera updates from all aspects of the event from the teams arriving in Tanzania to hitting the practice field, coaching local youngsters and giving back to the community.
Official website
Visit www.KiliBowl.com for all the latest news from the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, and revisit some of the earlier visits to Tanzania by Global Football and Drake University during the planning stages of the event.
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.
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. 
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.



First-Year Oberlin Duo Honored by 

NCAC; Hawken's/Chagrin's Charlie 

Marks quickly makes his "mark" on 

college tennis

Westlake – Oberlin College freshmen Logan Chun and Charlie Marks each received All-NCAC honors, the league office announced on Tuesday. Chun was named as a second-team selection, while Marks garnered honorable-mention accolades. 
Chun, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, finished the season at 13-12 overall and was 11-10 at No. 1 singles in dual meets. The rookie was also a part of 11 doubles wins on the season. 
Marks, a product of nearby Chagrin Falls, Ohio, finished the season with eight wins will playing mostly at No. 2 singles. He also added five wins in doubles play, which included two victories in the top spot at the conference tournament.

Baldwin-Wallace to Face Bethany (W.Va.) in First 

Round of NCAA Tournament in Adrian, Michigan

BEREA, OHIO --  The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team, 27-9 overall and champions of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament, faces Bethany, W.Va. College, 29-14 overall and champions of the Presidents Athletic Conference, in its first game in the 2011 NCAA Division III National Tournament on Thursday, May 12 at 2:00 pm.  The Yellow Jackets, seeded third, and the Bison, seeded sixth, are part of the eight-team Central Region Tournament taking place in Adrian, Michigan from May 12-15. The winner of the regional advances to the Division III World Series.

In addition to B-W and locally, Hiram College (25-12), champions of the North Coast Athletic Conference, is the No.7 seed plays No.2-seeded Alma, Mich. College (33-6) at 4 pm. The winner of that game plays the winner of the B-W versus Bethany game on Friday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m.

“We are pleased to receive an NCAA At-Large berth and are looking forward to the challenge of playing some outstanding competition in Adrian,” said Head Coach Tom Spencer. “We have the talent and ability to play well and hope to continue the momentum that began a few weeks ago. We can’t just be satisfied with making the tournament, we have to go to Adrian believing that we can win this regional.”

The Yellow Jackets advanced to the regional tournament by virtue of its strong, 3-0 finish in the OAC tourney. third-seeded B-W defeated No.2-seed and OAC regular season co-champ John Carroll University, 3-0, and then beat No.4-seed the University of Mount Union, 6-5 in eight innings, to reach the championship game. B-W beat ONU, 2-1, in the OAC Championship game on a solo walkoff homerun by freshman shortstop Lauren Feciuch (Kent/ Field) with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Lauren Feciuch (Kent/ Field)

“Our team believes that we can win,” said Spencer. “We played well in the OAC Tournament, got solid pitching and timely hitting and really, really grew up as a team. It was an exciting tournament for us as we won twice in extra innings and also defeated our cross-town rival, John Carroll.

“We also became much closer as a team, and that’s important as we head into the regional,” continued Spencer.  “Each student-athletes believes in each other.  We are definitely excited.”

B-W enters its second NCAA tourney appearance one win shy of its school-record of 28 and is led on offense by freshman leftfielder Ashley Elber (Huron/ Milan Edison) with a .425 batting average, six homeruns and 24 runs batted-in and senior CF Tanya Davis (Hickley/ Medina Highland) with a .393 career average with 52 doubles, 20 homers and 144 RBI. This season, Davis is hitting .358 with nine doubles, four homers and a team-leading 27 RBI. Freshman pitcher Justina Wise (New London) is 15-5 with a 2.30 ERA, including a 3-0 mark in the OAC Tournament.
Justina Wise (New London)

The B-W softball staff is this year’s OAC Coaching Staff of the Year and includes Spencer and assistants Joe Yocabet and Gary Saunders. Spencer enters his second NCAA tourney with a 300-248-1 career mark, including a 161-117 mark at B-W.

In addition to starting Elber in LF and Davis in CF, look for junior pitcher/OF Sarah Baker (Mentor/ Lake Catholic) to play RF and be utilized on the mound along with senior Mackenzie Rohrbacher (Sandusky) and possibly freshman OAC Rookie of the Year Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/ Field). 

Baker is hitting .274 with a homer and 14 RBI and has a 6-4 pitching mark with a 3.04 ERA and a team-leading 78 strikeouts in a team-leading 112 and two-third innings pitched. For her career, Baker ranks second all-time in school history with 47 wins, ninth in ERA at 2.43 and sixth with 175 strikeouts.  Rohrbacher is 0-0 this season with a 3.88 ERA and 13 whiffs in 21 and two-third innings of work. Like Baker, Rohrbacher ranks eighth all-time with 161 strikeouts.
Mackenzie Rohrbacher (Sandusky

Unfortunately, B-W did not have the services of Murray in the OAC tourney as she suffered an injury in the final inning of the final regular season game and her availability for the regional is not known at this time. She is a key to the B-W attack. Murray, who can pitch, play RF and serve as the designated hitter, had an outstanding first collegiate season. At the plate, she had a .404 batting average, six homers and 24 RBI. On the mound, she compiled a 6-0 pitching mark with a 1.65 earned run average. If she is available, it would give Spencer a quartet of reliable hurlers.

In the infield, look for Spencer to start senior Academic All-OAC player Katrina Resek (Strongsville) at first base, junior Katie Finley (Vermilion) at 2B, Feciuch at short and freshman Kaity Mullen (Avon Lake) at 3B. Resek is hitting a career-high .328 with a homer, 14 RBI and a team-high 16 steals in 18 attempts. She also has a .312 average with seven homers, 69 RBI and 42 steals. Finley is hitting a career-high .295 with a homer and nine RBI. In addition to her OAC Tournament-winning homer, Feciuch is hitting .284 with two homers and 19 RBI. Mullen is hitting .352 with four homers and 26 RBI.

Behind the plate, Spencer has utilized the duo of freshman Meghan Kassow (Tonawanda, N.Y./ Tonawanda) and Samantha “Sam” Brown (Kent/ Field).  Kassow is hitting .325 with a homer and six RBI in 19 starts and Brown has a .227 average with a homer and five RBI in 19 starts.

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Tennis Team Makes

Fourth Trip to NCAA Tourney in Five Years

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team, 18-7 overall and winners of its last seven matches, will compete in its fourth NCAA Division III National Tournament in the past five years when the Yellow Jackets travel to Greencastle, Indiana to play Wheaton (Ill.) College in a first round match on Thursday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m.  The winner of that match will face top-seeded and host DePauw University on Friday at 10:00 a.m.

Baldwin-Wallace earned its NCAA berth last Saturday when Head Coach Jack Bethlenfalvy’s Tellow Jackets upset No.1-seed Ohio Northern University, 6-0, in the Ohio Athlketic Conference Championship Match to win for the seventh straight time and 12th time in their last 13 matches.  Virtually every year, Bethlenfalvy’s team starts slowly due to the difficult preseason and spring break schedule that includes numerous NCAA Division II and quality Division III opponents, including an 8-1 win versus NCAA-tourney bound Elizabethtown (Pa.) College.

“It is my feeling that if we continually challenge the ladies during the fall, during the winter and on our annual spring break trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina that it will pay off when we play in the OAC and in the OAC Tournament,” said Bethlenfalvy, the winningest women’s tennis coach in B-W, OAC and Ohio Collegiate history with a 314-198 career mark. “The theory has worked well for us, especially in the past five years.
Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior)         Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley)

“But ultimately it comes down to talent and the ladies commitment to excellence,” continued Bethlenfalvy. “We have a great group of young women who are committed in the classroom and on the tennis court. Of our seven starters, six have a 3.5 grade point average or better and the other is well above 3.0.  Add that to the success that we have enjoyed on the court and its a clear indication that these young women are extremely competitive.  More than anything else, they are all great people. They are simply a joy to teach and coach.”

Leading the way for Bethlenfalvy are his three senior standouts Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley), Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) and Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior). The trio will play in their third national tourney and have combined for 380 career singles and doubles wins and all three rank in the Top-10 all-time in wins at the school.

Pecinovsky starts at number-one singles and teams at No.1 doubles with sophomore No.3 singles player Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic). Pecinovsky has played at No.1 for the past three seasons. This season, she has a 19-9 singles mark and has combined with Mittler for a 22-8 mark at No.1 doubles. For her career, Pecinovsky is sixth all-time in school history with 68 singles wins and a 68-41 record and fourth in doubles with 73 victories and a 73-46 slate. Mittler is 16-13 this season at No.3 and compiled a 15-9 slate at that position a year ago. Overall, she has 31 career singles and 38 career doubles triumphs.

Pelosi starts at No.5 singles and teams with junior No.4 singles standout Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) to form the No.2 doubles tandem. Pelosi is a four-year starter who has a career-high 22 wins and tops the team with a 22-8 singles mark. She and Greene have combined for an 18-5 doubles mark. Overall, Pelosi ranks fifth all-time in singles wins with 70 and a 70-33 career mark and is tied for eighth with 52 doubles wins and a 52-39 doubles mark. Greene is second on the squad with 20 singles victories and is 20-6 this season. In three seasons, Greene already ranks 16th all-time in singles wins with 45 and a 45-35 career mark and she is 10th all-time in doubles wins with 51 and has a 51-34 career mark.

Marshall is battling with freshman Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria Catholic) for the No.6 singles spot and the final spot on the No.3 doubles team.  She has an 18-9 singles mark this season and ranks sixth all-time with 54 wins and a 54-31 career mark. In doubles play, Marshall and Baker have a 12-8 slate this season. In doubles play, Marshall ranks sixth all-time with 63 wins and a 63-49 career mark (her older sister, Krista Marshall is fifth all-time with 69 career doubles triumphs). Baker, who started at No.6 singles and No.3 doubles at the OAC tourney, has a 2-6 singles mark. In addition to playing with Marshall in doubles, she has a 2-1 doubles mark with Hajji.

The final starter is junior Safaa Hajji from Morocco who joined the team this winter and has been a strong addition at No.2 singles and recently at No.3 doubles. Hajji has a 13-2 singles mark and has teammed with Marshall for a 0-1 record and with Baker for the 2-1 record.

In its past three trips to the NCAA tourney, B-W has compiled a 1-3 record, including the first-ever win by an OAC school in the NCAA tourney when Bethlenfalvy’s Yellow Jackets defeated Albion, Mich. College, 5-4, in 2008.

CSU Men's Tennis To Face Kentucky In NCAA Championship

Vikings To Represent Horizon League For The Fourth Straight Year

The Cleveland State men's tennis team will be making its fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Championship when the Vikings play at 10th-seeded Kentucky on Friday (May 13) at 3:00 p.m. in a first round match. It will be the third straight year the two teams will meet in the first round with Kentucky winning 4-0 in each of the previous two meetings.

The winner will advance to a second round match on Saturday (May 14) at 3:00 p.m. in Lexington, Ky., against the winner of Friday's other opening round match between Louisville and Cornell.

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to compete in the NCAA Championship for the fourth straight year," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We are very familiar with Kentucky having played them in the first round each of the last two years and playing against them in the regular season this year. They are a very good team and we know that we will have to play at a very high level and with a lot of energy and poise on every court."

The Vikings enter the postseason with a 16-7 overall mark after claiming their fourth straight Horizon League title with a 4-1 win over Green Bay on April 23, running CSU's win streak over league foes to 34 straight.

The Vikings were well represented on the all-league teams that were announced at the annual league banquet. Junior Yannick Goossens was named to the All-Horizon League first team for the second straight season, while senior Rob Fox was tabbed a first team all-league player for the first time in his career. Fox also won the Herb Foster Sportsmanship Award, which recognizes student-athletes who display admirable conduct both on and off the courts. Freshman Matt Kuelker was voted to the all-league second team and was also the co-Newcomer of the Year in the Horizon League.

Mount rests in 20th place after first round of NCAA golf

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Mount Union posted a team score of 305 and sits in 20th place after the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.
Lehrke (L), Muller (R)

Senior Scott Miller (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) led the Purple Raiders with a 75, followed by freshman Ben Lehrke (North Ridgeville/Lutheran West) with a 76 while sophomore Jon Lieser (Minerva/Minerva) and senior Cory Muller (Akron/Green) each carded a 77.

Mount Union will play 18 holes tommorow and needs to be among the top 15 teams to make the cut to Thursday and Friday's final two rounds.

Lake Ridge, which has played a 

"whopping" five games this season,

 to hold Senior Night today against 

Open Door

Lake Ridge Academy’s softball team is closing out its home season tonight against Open Door, and because of crappy Cleveland weather, it has been a short season for the Lions to say the least.

It's the fifth week of the season and they just played their fifth game two days ago.

Senior captains Emily Kurtz and Terra Soto, along with the other seniors, will be honored tonight. Both plan to continue their Student/Athletic careers in Division III college Student/Athletics. Kurtz is exploring some of the Seven Sisters colleges on the East Coast and Soto is also opting the private school route.

The Lions begin tournament play by hosting Open Door.  Since if they win, the next game would be on the road, Coach Sue Bus has decided to make this Senior Night. Kurtz and Terra Soto will wrap up their four-year run at Lake Ridge and Tahni Hresko will graduate with two year's experience.

New seniors to the team this year include Stephanie Vukotic (a valued player on this year's basketball team as a substitute center), Sara Bediako and Leah Bilski.  

Emily Kurtz and Sydney Clark have had excellent stats all year – or at least what could be salvaged of it With such a limited amount of games played and at bats, their stats are not as impressive compared to players with 18 to 25 games under their belts, but combined with the other three years and their successes in the classroom, they certainly are college Student/Athletic material.

LRA is 3-2 and Open Door is 4-8. 
Monday night, Open Door got on the scoreboard with two runs in the second, highlighted by a double by Morgan Pavlich.  A mishandled bunt allowed her to score, and Julia Miraldi's double scored Fekete, who reached on the error.  In the third, OD 's leadoff batter reached base on a bunt that was again misplayed, moved to second on a passed ball, and scored on a single by Cox.  Open Door scored in the fourth after Aubrey Hayes singled, stole second and came in on Baus' single.

LRA finally broke through in the fourth against Open Door pitcher Allysa Overs, who had retired the first nine batters she faced.  Sydney Clark beat out an infield hit to third and then stole second.  Emily Kurtz followed with a long triple to right-center to plate Clark, and then scored on Terra Soto's single up the middle.

Open Door added their final two runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Baus and a ground out to first by Overs.  Lake Ridge came back in their half of the inning to score when Kurtz led off with a double to right and came home on a wild pitch.  In the seventh, Lake Ridge finished the scoring when Clark, who had doubled to right, came home on Kurtz's second double of the game.

Alyssa Overs struck out nine Lions and walked none while giving up 4 earned runs on eight hits for her fourth victory.  Taylor Soto struck out ten Patriot batters but her seven walks surrendered and nine hits given up were enough to hand her her second defeat against three wins this year. 

Tuesday's Lake Ridge game with Christian Community got to the bottom of the third before a 1 1/4 hour rain delay; then five batters later another lightning flash convinced the umpires to suspend the game.

At least they could count the stats if not the victory; the Lions were up 4-0 and still batting when the game was called. Today's game is scheduled to start at 4:30. The Academy’s Lower School (“middle school” in public school parlance) team also concludes today.