A Page -- May 11, 2012 -- PM Edition

Westlake sends six tennis S/A’s to next week’s districts; Colton Buffington two wins away from fourth sectional title

Westlake High will be sending six tennis Student/Athletes to next week’s Oberlin district via this week’s Division I sectionals at The College here in Oberlin.

Three-time sectional champion Colton Buffington of the Demons will go after his fourth title Saturday after advancing to the semis with a 6-0, 6-0 win over St. Ignatius’ Nick Sicilano.

He’ll be joined in district singles play by teammate Connor Michelich, who pulled off a 6-3, 7-5 upset over Alex Mihas in the quarters to advance to the semifinal match against Iggy’s Nate Griffin, who was a 6-1-60 winner over Elyria’s Eli Thompson.

Westlake’s other quartet of district qualifiers comes in doubles play. The Demons’ Kent Dinchman and Cal Craven play Iggy’s Chad Burton and Yaw Boakye in the semis while the green and white’s Steve Fleischer and Kevin Wang get Avon lake’s Jim Darkow and Greg Miller in penultimate sectionals play.

Pat Kilway


Lake Erie's Back Against The Wall After Loss To Wayne State

CHILLICOTHE, OHIO – Lake Erie College's path to a GLIAC title became more difficult after a 6-1 loss toWayne State University in its second game in the GLIAC Tournament at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Lake Erie (27-25) is now 1-1 overall in the tournament and needs two straight wins Friday to reach the Championship game. The Storm plays at 2:00 p.m. vs. Saginaw Valley State University in an elimination game. If Lake Erie wins that game it will play either Grand Valley State University or Wayne State University for a spot in the finals.

Wayne State (32-17) got on the board in the bottom of the first with a sacrifice fly following a Brad Guenther leadoff triple. After both teams were held off the board in the second, the Warriors broke the game open in the bottom of the third with four runs on four hits and a pair of walks.

That 5-0 lead was more than enough for WSU's Alex Pierce (7-1), who did not allow his first baserunner until the fourth inning. Lake Erie got two runners out in the fourth and another in the fifth but could not get a two out hit.

Wayne State got another solo run in the sixth, knocking junior Adam Beach (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) from the game.

Lake Erie got on the board in seventh when junior Pat Kilway (Tallmadge,Ohio/Tallmadge) walked and freshman Sean Mathews (Washington, Mich./Warren De La Salle) singled in junior Zach Mosbarger(Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine), who pinch ran for Kilway.

The Storm threatened to cut further into the WSU lead in the eighth when a pair of runners reached but Pierce ended the rally with one of his seven strikeouts on the evening. He then proceeded to put Lake Erie down in order in the ninth for the complete game victory.

Beach (6-3) suffered the loss, allowing six runs (five earned), on 11 hits.

Kilway, Matthews and senior Brayan Cacique (Caracas, Venezuela/John I. Leonard (Fla.)/Lakeland CC) each had hits for the Storm


Hamilton (L), Cunningham (R)

B-W College Women’s Golf Team Finishes 

in 16th Place at 2012 NCAA Division III 


ANGOLA, INDIANA--  Led by a career-high-tying 79 for the second straight day, junior Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) helped the two-time defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team finished 16th at the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament on the Zollner Golf Course on the campus of Trine University.  This is the second straight year that the Yellow Jackets qualified for the tourney.

Today, the Yellow Jackets totaled a team-low 327 strokes on the par-72 and 5,990-yard Zollner G.C. layout. That score combined with a 330-stroke first round, a 331-stroke second round and a 333 third round gave. B-W 1,321 total strokes.  You can view all of the final results on the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships web site at http://www.ncaa.com/content/diii-women-team-leaderboard.

Hamilton's career-low-tying 79 marked the fourth time that she has carded that score durng her three years at B-W. The round included two birdies. Hamilton, who was nominated for an NCAA Championships “Elite 89” award at the tournament banquet for her excellence on campus and in the classroom with a 3.94 grade point average in English and philosophy, had rounds of 85, 83, 79 and 79 for a 72-hole total of 326 strokes.

She was followed today by sophomores Rebecca Jones (Hiliard/ Darby) and Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/ Christian) with 82s, junior Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) with an 84 and sophomore Emilee Woolf (Ravenna) with an 89.

For the tournament, Jones had rounds of 85, 80, 83 and 82 for a 330-stroke total; Kapusta was third on the team with rounds of 80, 83, 88 and 84 for a 335-stroke total; Cunningham had rounds of 80, 85, 91 and 82 for a 338 total; and Woolf had rounds of 87, 91, 83 and 89 for a 350 total.

"I am proud of the ladies," said second-year Head Coach Alyson Campbell, the 2011 OAC Coach of the Year. "We played consistent golf and each one contributed during the four days. We improved our scores from a year ago and that is another positive.

"We hae had a great two-year run and look forward to the challenge again next season," said Campbell, who returns all seven players on her roster.

"We will have the same goals again," continued Campbell. "We will work hard during the offseason to recruit good, solid student-athletes who are excellent golfers. We will work hard during the season to improve every day. And, we will battle for the prestigious OAC title and hopefully an opportunity to return to the national tournament to represent the OAC.

"I am just so proud of these ladies... all seven," concluded Campbell.

The past two years, the B-W women’s golf program has been one of the best in the region. The Yellow Jackets have won nine tournament titles, including back-to-back OAC crowns, and have a 140-44-1 record.  All five Yellow Jacket starters have each earned All-OAC accolades the past two years. A year ago, B-W placed 15th and had rounds of 340, 358 and 350 and the final round was cancelled due to inclement weather during the middle of the round.