A Page -- May 12, 2011

Unranked Westlake gives St. Edward the 

blues in the battle of teams in green to 

move to 12-2

As it had all league opponents and most of its non-conference foes this spring, unranked Westlake dominated St. Edward, 5-0, in high school tennis.

Westlake’s dual season record is 12 and 2, while the Demons’ (stands for “Dover Men” -- D-Men) SWC record was 7 and 0, and with the cleaning of the clocks in the league tourney, were SWC champions for the third consecutive year.

Yet they are still not ranked in the top 15 in the state as a team, nor is Shaker Heights the team that knocked the Demons out of the state team tournament this year, one in which Westlake made it to the state’s Elite Eight last yaer.
In Singles play, defending state runner up Colton Buffington clubbed Brian Malloy 6-0, 6-0, to get the golden ball at No. 1 singles.

At No. 2, it was Jason Wissman with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Ols (something like “Cher” or “Pele`,” or “Nostradamus”).
Abhi Ramachandran also collected the golden ball at No. 3 with a trouncing of Mason Feagan 6-0, 6-0.

In doubles it was the Demon No. 1 JT Rapaport/ Kevin Wang team clipping the wings of the Eagles’ duo of Michael Swartz/Jeffrey Williams 6-3, 6-4.

The Westlake No 2. doubles’ Stephen Fleischer/Kent Dinchman configuration popped Eds’s RJ Hill/Brendan Wasilko tandem 6-1, 6-2.

SV's Oliver in Sixth Place; Cuy. Heights' Eddy and 

North Olmsted's  Price 14th and 17th After Day One 

of Deacon Combined Events

WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA – Three Baldwin-Wallace College multi-event athletes competed in the first day of the Wake Forest (N.C.) University Demon Deacon Combined Events meet on Tuesday, May 10.
After four of seven total events in the heptathlon, Division III All-American pentathlete Emily Oliver (Waynesburg/ Sandy Valley) stands in sixth place and is the top Division III heptathlete with a total of 2,751.  She placed sixth in the high jump with a 5’0.5” (666 pts), seventh in the shot put with a toss of 32’ 10.25” (530 pts), ninth in the 100-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 15.33 (799 pts) and 10th in the 200-meter dash in a time of 26.48 (756 pts). Oliver will compete in the long jump, the javelin and 800-meter run in the second and final day.\

In the decathlon, freshman pole vault specialist Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights) is in 14th place with 3.071 points and freshman Josh Price (North Olmsted) is in 17th place with 2,495 after five of ten total events.  Eddy and Price are the two lone Division III athletes in the meet and will compete in the 110-meter high hurdles, discuss, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run on the final day.

Eddy took eighth in the high jump with a leap of 6” 1.25” (679 pts), 18th in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.99 (653 pts), 13th in the long jump with a distance of 20’ 1.75” (617 pts), 16th in the 400-meter dash in a time of 53.89 (644 pts) and 18th in the shot put with a throw of 32’ 5” (478 pts).

Price was 12th in the high jump with a jump of 5’8.5” (602 pts), 14th in the shot put with a throw of 35’11.5” (543 pts), 15th in the 400-meter dash in a time of 53.43 (663), 16th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.82 (687 pts) and did not mark in the long jump,

In addition, other members of the outdoor track and field team will travel to Meadville, Pennsylvania this Friday, May 13 to compete in the annual Allegheny College Gator Invitational. The final “last chance” meets take place from May 17-20 at either North Central College or Augustana College in the Chicago, Illinois area.  The 2011 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio is on May 26-28.

St. Joe’s Gallagher and Chagrin’s Stancik shine for 

Gators in the NCAC meet

For Allegheny at the North Coast Athletic Conference track championships, Chagrin Falls High grad and Russell Township native Katie Stancik also shined in the race after finishing third with a PR of her own (11:16.66).

Although she was fatigued, she showed tremendous toughness in doubling back with a strong 5,000m. 

Stancik was seventh. Also for the Gators, St. Joe Academy alumna and Westlake resident Kelly Gallagher closed 12th  in the 5k.

Hiram College Softball Has Six Named 

to All-NCAC Teams

May 11, 2011

WESTLAKE  –  Six members of the Hiram College softball team were selected to the 2011 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Teams that were announced today (Wednesday, May 11). 

 Senior catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield), junior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) and junior outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) earned first-team honors.

L to r – Singer, Cooney, Ervin

Sophomore All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Bath/Revere) and freshman pitcher Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) were both second-team picks and senior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) was tabbed honorable mention.  [2011 All-NCAC Teams]
All six players have played key roles in helping the Terriers post a 25-12 overall record so far this season and a second NCAC Tournament Title. 

L to r -- Lane, Langland, Padilla

Ervin earns her second All-Conference award and her first first-team selection after earning honorable mention honors last year.  This season, she batted .310 in conference play to go along with a homerun and seven RBI.  Overall, Ervin has started all 37 games and is fifth on the team in batting average at .320 (33-of-103).  She has hit one homerun, scored 16 runs and tallied 16 RBI.  Defensively, Ervin has a .996 fielding percentage with 214 putouts, 18 assists and just one error as the team’s starting catcher. 

Langland improves upon her second-team All-Conference selection last year as a first-team pick this spring.  Against NCAC opponents, Langland had an impressive .489 batting average with three homeruns and 17 RBI.  In 37 games, she is tied for second on the team in hitting with a .388 average (47-of-121).  She is also second in runs scored (31) and tied for second in homeruns (four).  She leads the team in triples (five), doubles (15) and is tied for the team-lead in RBI (30). 

Cooney earns All-NCAC honors for the first time in her career.  She posted a .447 batting average in conference play to go along with three RBI.  Against all opponents, Cooney has started all 37 games in left field and leads the team in batting average (.430), runs scored (40) and stolen bases (26).  Her 40 runs and 26 stolen bases are both Hiram single-season records. 

She has also hit two triples, five doubles and has driven in 15 runs.  On defense, Cooney has an impressive .975 fielding percentage with 34 putouts, five assists and has committed just one error.

Singer repeats as an All-Conference player in only her second season as a Terrier.  She garnered first-team accolades last season as a freshman.  This year against NCAC opponents, Singer had a .326 batting average with one homerun and eight RBI.  

Overall, she is currently tied with Langland for second on the team in batting average at .388 (45-of-116).  She is also tied with Langland for the team lead in RBI (30) and is tied for second in homeruns (four).  In addition, Singer is amongst the team leaders in runs (27) and doubles (12).  Defensively, she has a .987 fielding percentage with 218 putouts, 11 assists and three errors as the team’s starting first baseman.

Lane earns All-NCAC honors for the first time in her career as a freshman.  She has made an immediate impact for the Terriers both as a hitter and the team’s top pitcher. 

 At the plate, she has a .213 batting average (19-of-89) with two homeruns, three doubles, 12 runs scored and 11 RBI.  On the mound, Lane leads the team in every statistical category.  She has made 30 appearances, with 19 starts, and has posted a 13-7 overall record, including 10 complete games, three shutouts and one save.  Lane also leads the NCAC in several categories including wins (13), strikeouts (129) and appearances (30).  In addition, she has a 2.10 earned run average in a team-best 123-and-a-third innings.

Padilla earned All-Conference honors for the first time in her career.  She posted a 4-0 record in conference play with a 3.25 ERA.  For the season, Padilla made 20 appearances, with nine starts, and had an 8-1 overall record.  She pitched two complete games while striking out 39 hitters in 59 and two-thirds innings.

Hiram will make its second appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament which begins tomorrow (Thursday, May 12).  The Terriers will take on Alma (Mich.) College in its first game of the NCAA Regionals hosted by Adrian College in Adrian, Mich.  The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m

Baldonieri Named All-NCAC Honorable-Mention

Westlake, Ohio - Oberlin College junior softball player Katie Baldonieri was named as an All-NCAC Honorable-Mention selection, the league office announced on Wednesday. 

Baldonieri finished third on the team hitting with a .273 batting average. She led the Yeowomen with 20 RBI’s and was second on the squad in hits (27), doubles (8), slugging (.434), and total bases (43).
The native of Manheim, Pennsylvania, had a tied for a team-long six-game hitting streak during the season. She also had six multi-hit games and four games with two or more RBI’s. 

Mount Finishes 20th in NCAA golf

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Mount Union finished 20th at the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.

The Purple Raiders were five shots better on day two posting a team score of 300 after a 305 on day one, but the 605 total left them five shots past the cut line as only the top 15 teams after 36 holes advance to the final two rounds.

Senior Scott Miller (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo), who shot an opening round 75, came back with a two-under 70 in the second round to card a two-day total of +1 and get into a playoff for one of five individual spots reserved for non-advancing teams.

Miller was in a four-man playoff and bogeyed the first playoff and was eliminated from the tournament.

Freshman Ben Lehrke (North Ridgeville/Lutheran West) posted a score of 149 (76-73), senior Cory Muller (Akron/Green) had a 153 (77-76), sophomore Jon Lieser (Minerva/Minerva) had a 159 (77-82), while senior Steve Guerrieri (Canton/Massillon Jackson) had a 160 (79-81) as the other Mount Union scores.

The 20th place finish is the second-highest finish ever for a Mount Union team as the 2008 team placed 12th overall

Lewis earns trip to NCAA Nationals

Indianapolis, Ind. – Junior Ariel Lewis will be making a return trip to the NCAA Individual Championships as she was one of 32 players selected to participate in the tournament, the NCAA selection committee announced on Wednesday afternoon. 

Lewis, a native of Vacaville, California, will be playing in her home state as the event is set to take place May 27-29 on the respective campuses of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in Claremont, California. Lewis will also be familiar her surroundings, having played there earlier this season during the Yeowomen’s spring break trip. 

Just yesterday she was named to the All-NCAC First-Team for the third straight season. She will enter the tournament riding a 13-match winning streak while sporting an overall record of 24-5. Lewis last played in the NCAA Individual Championships in 2009 during her freshman season. 

For complete tournament coverage, visit the NCAA Championships site here.

Lake Ridge has bittersweet senior/tourney 

day, sends S/As off to Seven Sister 

schools, doctoral programs and collegiate 

Student/Athletic deals; Open Door moves 

on in tourney

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – It was bittersweet for Lake Ridge Academy’s softball team Wednesday as the shortened season had the Lions have seniors’ day and tourney day on the same afternoon.

The Lions were eliminated from the sectional tournament by Open Door, 8-7, ending the season 3-3. When a softball team is able to get in only six games in an entire spring, it is good reason to make a case for recalling the committee who decided to change the rule quite a few years back to limit the number of summer coaches’ contacts for baseball and softball, escort them out to the back of the OHSAA building in Columbus and have them flogged.

For a long time, the OHSAA gave the green light for high school softball and baseball coaches to keep their teams together after the last day of classes in June and play a summer schedule together for two more months to get the sophomores and juniors ready for the next year. They allowed this because the weather usually washed out so much of the spring schedule that it would only be fair when comparing spring sports to fall and winter ones
Ally Overs sent Lake Ridge down under, 8-7, and turned the knob Wednesday in 
pitching Open Door into today's sectional championship game

This served softball coaches like Don Chadwick at Bay and baseball coaches like Paul Serra at Euclid well, opening the road for them to win state Hot Stove and Connie Mack state championships, respectively, over the summers with the groups that were to be their teams for the following spring.

Then some schmuck came along and suggested “10 contacts” only to make a heavy bureaucratic system even more bureaucratic with more and more layers.

If nothing else, Lake Ridge at least was able to average a game a week this spring --- whoopee!

Still, the Lions were jubilant in seeing off six seniors, including four-year starting varsity shortstop Emily Kurtz, four-year starting catcher Terra Soto, and basketball standout Erin Maldonado, who spent only her last two years at LRA after spending her first two as a Student/Athlete at Berea High.
Wellesley College-bound Emily Kurtz with parents Art and Denise

Kurtz, who will be going to Wellesley partly because it is the undergrad alma mater of New York Senator Hillary Clinton, went out with a bang, creaming a triple and a home run, respectively, in her last two at bats as a high school S/A.

Also a fine student, Kurtz will fit in well at a Seven Sisters college like Wellesley. She batted over .400 as a freshman and over .600 in each of her last three seasons. In addition she slugged over 1.000 this pint-sized campaign.

Soto, as a toddler, saw the arrival of a baby sister at just the right time as the three-year difference made it possible for them to be battery mates at the high school level. Terra re-welcomed sister, Taylor, this season and caught her to a fine rookie year.
Open Door Third basewoman Aubry Hayes
All Photos and film by Norm

Terra will move on to Findlay and matriculate into the six-year pharmacy program in pursuit of her doctorate as an RX.

Maldonado will play hoops for the Capital Crusaders this winter in Bexley.

The Lions did have some flashes of extending the season at least one more game, coming back from being down 2-0, with a big four-run fourth-inning to take a 4-2 lead.

Watch short videos of the fourth-inning LRA rally filmed by Norm by clicking link:

Kurtz started it off with a lead-off triple and Terra Soto drove in her with a single. After Alexa Malinowski was hit by a pitch, Maldonado, who missed quite some time this spring because of basketball commitments, chipped in when needed most, smacking a two-RBI single to make it 3-2,
Fun on Seniors'/Parents' Day

Maldonado then scored on a Taylor Soto single.

Open Door came back with five unearned runs in the sixth to take an 8-5 lead.

The Lions made a comeback in the seventh that just fell short. Again leading off the inning, Kurtz blasted a home run to give her eight total bases for the day and 25 for the season which consisted of the meager six games.
Findlay Pharmacy College-bound Terra Soto and parents

Terra followed with a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-7. OD pitcher Ally Overs put runners at second and third but was able to pitch out of it and get her club into today’s sectional final.

Open Door continues on with a 9-4 record. In this game for OD, Julia Miraldi reached base four times, stole two bases and scored two runs. 
Capital University-bound Erin Maldonado

Listen to post-game interview with Erin Maldonado conducted by Norm by clicking

Three-time .600 hitter Emily Kurtz

Listen to post-game interview with Emily Kurtz conducted by Norm by clicking:


Sis Club - Taylor (L) and Terra (R) Soto

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Listen to post-game interview with Taylor Soto conducted by Norm by clicking:


Warriors earn split at 2011 Ohio Jesuit Tournament

Marsinek, Keller, Nogalo, Frye, Brown, Snyder, Lundy, and Romans play well all weekend

TOLEDO: After streaking to a 15-0 record with a sweep of friendly CRBC rival Cleveland St. Ignatius, the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team had to settle for an overall split at the 2011 edition of the annually competitive Ohio Jesuit Tournament.

 With wins of 4-3 and 6-3 over Jesuit brother St. Ignatius, the Warriors dropped the next two games 17-11 and 13-3 to Toledo St. John’s Jesuit and Cincinnati St. Xavier respectively.

The SJJ defeat to SJJ, a Division 1 number one District seed, marked the first loss of the season for WJ, while St. Xavier, the #1 ranked Ohio Division I overall team, closed out the weekend. Pitching extremely well for WJ was Junior LHP Michael Marsinek, who appeared in both Warrior wins, as well as the Sophomore trio of RHP Mark Mittiga, RHP Bennet Stuffel, and LHP Joe Mockbee.Hitting well all weekend for WJ were Senior Slippery Rock recruits Jake Nogalo and Kolton Snyder, as well as fellow Seniors Dan Keller and Nate Lundy. 

Also hitting well was Sophomore Cassidy Brown, Junior Graeme Frye with multiple well hit balls, and Freshman Nate Romans.

With the weekend, the Warriors stand at 15-2 on the year.

Baldwin-Wallace College Women’s Golf Team Stands 14th After Second Day of NCAA Tourney

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, FLORIDA – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team stands 14th of 19 teams after the second day (Wednesday, May 11, 2011) of the four-day and 72-hole 2011 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, The third round is tomorrow.

The Yellow Jackets, 83-18 during the regular season with five tournament titles (in 11 events), including the Ohio Athletic Conference title last weekend, carded a 340-stroke total to go with its first round of 358 for a two-day and 36-hole total of 698 strokes. B-W is six shots back of 13th place and 11 shorts shy of 11th. The Yellow Jacket squad consists of three freshmen and two sophomores.

In collegiate golf, each team consists of five players with the four best scores counting toward the team total.

Today, sophomore No.4 player Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) and freshman No.3 player Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/ Christian) led the way as each shot an 83 on the par-73 and 5,884-yard course. After two days, Kapusta leads the way with a total of 169 strokes and ranks in a tie for 36th individually of 100 total competitors. Cunningham is third at 175 and ranks 61st individually..

Sophomore No.1 player Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) and freshman No. 2 player Emilee Woolf (Ravenna) were next as each had an 87. Woolf currently is second on the team and tied for 57th individually with 174 strokes. Hamilton is 77th with 180 strokes. In addition, freshman No.5 player Rebecca Jones (Hilliard/ Darby) fired a 99 and stands tied for 97th overall with 197 strokes.

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.

Gilmour hosting Swing for Solution Tomorrow

Gilmour Academy softball is hosting the Second Annual Swing for a Solution event Friday, May 13 at 4 p.m. at Gilmour when the varsity and junior varsity Lancers take on Geneva High School. 

 The Gilmour Middle School softball team hosted Laurel School in a Swing for a Solution game this past Tuesday. Through concession stand sales and other donations that day, Gilmour collected almost $800. Added to the apparel sales this year, the Lancers have raised $2,000 so far for Autism Speaks.

#9 Berg moves forward in OAC Tourney

May 12, 2011 

MARIETTA, Ohio -- Third seeded Mount Union fell to No. 9 in the nation and second seeded Heidelberg, 14-5, in the first round of the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament Thursday night at Don Schaly Stadium in Marietta.

Heidelberg (32-9) advances to take on No. 1 in the nation and top-seeded Marietta (36-3), a 4-1 winner over No. 4 seed John Carroll in Thursday's other game, Friday at noon.

Mount Union (17-19) and John Carroll (18-19) meet in an elimination game at 3:30 pm Friday.

The Student Princes started things early as Ricardo Lizcano hit a solo home run to right field in the first inning.

Heidelberg blew the game open in the third with five runs -- two on an RBI double with bases loaded by Jason Lash then a three-run home run from Alex Monroe, his first of the season.

The Berg made it 7-0 with a run in the fifth on an RBI triple from Andrew Buelow.

The Raiders got on the board in the sixth as Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) hit his first homer of the season a three run shot to close the gap to 7-3.

Heidelberg made the Mount Union rally short lived as it got those three runs back in the bottom of sixth to push the lead to 10-3, then tacked on another run in the seventh to lead 11-3.

Mount Union pushed two more runs across in the eighth on a two-RBI single by Matt Tracy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic).

The Berg finished scoring with three more runs in the bottom of the eighth for the 14-5 final.

Monroe finished the game 2-for-4 with five RBI, while Lash drove in three runs and Gar Keen had four hits as Heidelberg had 17 total hits.

Carlino, Tracy and Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) each had two hits to lead the Raiders.

Nathan James allowed just five hits and struck out three over the first 6.1 innings to get the win for the Student Princes.

Cody Colly (Massillon/Massillon Washington) fell to 5-4 on the season as he allowed six runs on eight hits over 2.1 innings for the Raiders