A Page -- May 13, 2011

Chris Richardson (L) and James Oliver, two Lakewood residents from different high schools, are both one match away from qualifying to district tennis

Unranked Westlake dominates sectional 

tennis; could wind up sending five to 


OBERLIN – Defending state runner-up Colton Buffington from Westlake High, Demon teammates Jason Wissman and Abhinay Ramashandron, three-time state qualifier James Oliver from St. Ignatius, Wildcat teammate Christian Zuber, Lakewood’s Chris Richardson, Ranger teammate Jimmy Matthiesen, and North Royalton’s Arun Murugesan advanced to the quarterfinals of the state sectional tennis tournament here at The College.


They will play for district qualification and seeding over the next few days.


Westlake, which was 12-2 during the regular season and swept  the entire slate in the Southwestern Conference Tournament will all seven individuals winning a personal title and team title, is dominating this tournament as well. Still, the Demons are unranked in the state polls.

Troyer (L) with last year's doubles partner  Nick Trzeciak, now an S/A at Ohio Northern

Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team Defeats 

Bethany (W. Va.) in Opening Game of 

NCAA Central Regional Tournament, 6-3

ADRIAN, MICHIGAN – The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team defeats Bethany (W. Va.) College today (Thursday, May 12) in the team’s opening game of the eight-team NCAA Central Region Tournament hosted by Adrian College at the Adrian Softball Field. The Yellow Jackets were led by senior second team All-Ohio Athletic Conference player Tanya Davis (Hinckley/Medina Highland) as she was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in, two runs scored and an assist from centerfield.

B-W, the champions of the OAC Tournament, received an at-large bid and was seeded third while Bethany, the champions of the Presidents Athletic Conference, was seeded sixth.  

The other game in the bottom half of the bracket features the seven-seed Hiram College, the champions of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament, versus the second-seed Alma (Mich.) College, who received an at-large bid out of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The Yellow Jackets will face the winner of that game at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow.

With the win, the Yellow Jackets improve to 28-9 and Bethany is now 29-15. The win ties the Baldwin-Wallace school record for wins in a season with 28 and improves their all-time  NCAA tournament record to 2-2 overall.


B-W opened the scoring in the first inning when senior first baseman Katrina Resek (Strongsville) led off the inning with a double to right field and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Freshman leftfielder Ashley Elber (Huron/Edison) was then hit by a pitch. Davis then singled up the middle to score Resek and advanced Elber to second base. 

Elber then scored on an error by the shortstop; Davis stole second on that as well. Freshman third baseman Kaity Mullen (Avon Lake) then singled to the shortstop allowing Davis to advance to third on the play. Junior right fielder Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) then hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Davis and giving the Yellow Jackets an early 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second inning, Resek singled to right field with one out in the inning. Following a stolen base by Resek, Davis singled up the middle to score Resek and extend the B-W lead to 4-0. Following a stolen base by Davis, freshman OAC Player of the Year Tabitha Murray (Mogadore/Field) singled to centerfield scoring Davis. After two wild pitches advanced Murray to third base, Mullen then singled to center field scoring Murray, extending the Yellow Jacket lead to 5-0.

In the sixth inning, B-W answered a three run top of the sixth inning from Bethany by putting up another run in the bottom half of the inning. Resek walked with one out, then advanced to second on a groundout by Elber. Following a fly out by Davis, Murray smacked a single up the middle for her second RBI of the game and extended the B-W lead to 6-3.

At the plate, Davis once again led the Yellow Jacket attack as she went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Murray was 3-for-4 with two RBI, Resek also contributed two hits as she was 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored. In addition, Mullen had two hits and Elber had one.


On the mound, freshman Justina Wise (New London) picked up her team leading 16th win of the season and her 14th complete game of the season. Wise threw seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and only one walk.

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Tennis Team Loses to 

Wheaton (Ill.), 5-0, in First Round of NCAA Tourney

GREENCASTLE, INDIANA – The Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team ended another outstanding season today (Thursday, May 12) when it lost 5-0 to Wheaton (Ill.) College in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division III National Tournament at host DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. This is the fourth time in the past five years that the Yellow Jackets have represented the OAC in the Div. III national tournament.

With its loss, fifth-seeded B-W ends its season at 18-8 overall. With its win, fourth-seeded Wheaton improves to 21-2 overall and advances to play No.1-seed and host DePauw in a semifinal match tomorrow morning at 10 am. The Yellow Jacket loss also ended the careers of three outstanding senior student-athletes. They are No.1 singles and doubles player Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley), No.4 singles and No.2 doubles player Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green) and No.5 singles and No.3 doubles player Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior). The trio combined for 380 career singles and doubles wins.

Wheaton jumped out to a 3-0 lead in doubles play as the No.1 duo of Pecinovsky and sophomore Rebecca Mittler (Elyria Catholic) lost, 8-0, to fall to 22-9 overall. The No.2 duo of Pelosi and junior Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Columbus Worthington) lost, 8-2, to fall to 18-6 this season. The No.3 tandem of Marshall and freshman Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria Catholic) lost, 8-3, and ended its season at 12-9 overall.

In singles play, Wheaton won the first two matches to close out the win. At No.4, Pelosi lost, 6-2 and 6-0, to fall to 22-9 overall, and Baker lost at sixth singles by the scores of 6-2 and 6-1 to fall to 2-7 overall.


In addition, Pecinovsky finished 19-9 at No.1 singles, Mittler was 16-13 overall and 9-5 at No.3, Greene was 20-6 overall and 13-3 at No.4 and Marshall was 18-10 and 10-3 at No.6 singles. Unfortunately junior Safaa Hajji, who compiled a 13-2 mark at No.2 singles and combined with a number of partners for a 6-3 total doubles slate, was not available to play in today’s NCAA tourney match.

“We ended another very successful season and our student-athletes had great support and fun,” said Head Coach Jack Bethlenfalvy, who won his 300th match this season as one of the highlights. “We won the OAC title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, so we accomplished two of our three major team goals.

“But more importantly, we played well, bonded as a team and program and had a lot of fun doing it,” continued Bethlenfalvy. “Our three seniors each had a great career. We will really miss them as family members, good tennis players, excellent students and as leaders. They leave a legacy of success that is unmatched in our program’s history.”

Baldwin-Wallace College Women’s Golf Team

Stands 15th After Day Three of NCAA Tournament

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, FLORIDA – The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team stands 15th of 19 teams after the third day (Thursday, May 12) 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 fourth and final 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 350-stroke total to go with its first two rounds of 358 and 340 for a three-day and 54-hole total of 1,048 strokes. B-W is three shots back of 14th place and 24 shots shy of 13th. 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.


In the third round, sophomore No.1 player Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) and freshman No. 2 player Emilee Woolf (Ravenna) led the way as each shot an 86 on the par-73 and 5,884-yard El Campeon course layout. After three rounds, Woolf is second on the team at 260 strokes and Hamilton is third at 266. The 86 today for Hamilton and Woolf was the best round of the tournament for both golfers.

Sophomore No.4 player Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) recorded an 88 today and after three rounds is the team leader at 257 strokes. Freshman No.5 player Rebecca Jones (Hilliard/ Darby) fired a 90 for her best round of the tournament thus far. Jones has a three-day total of 287 strokes. In addition, freshman No.3 player Miranda Cunningham (Dayton/ Christian) rounded out the day with a 97 and sits at a three-day total of 272.

Hiram College Softball Defeats Alma 

(Mich.) in First Game of NCAA 


May 12, 2011

ADRIAN, MICH. – The Hiram College softball team defeated Alma (Mich.) College, 4-0, in its first game of the 2011 NCAA Division III Tournament today (Thursday, May 12) hosted by Adrian College in Adrian, Mich.

With the win, the Terriers improve to 26-12 overall and the Scots fall to 33-7 overall.

Hiram took an early lead scoring two runs in the top of the first inning with RBI singles by senior two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield) and freshman shortstop Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) to give the Terriers an early 2-0 lead. 


Hiram added runs in the second and third innings on a defensive error and a RBI single by junior All-NCAC outfielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) increasing the margin to 4-0. The four runs would be all the Terriers would need as freshman All-NCAC pitcher Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) pitched a complete game shutout to seal a 4-0 victory.

At the plate, Hiram tallied six hits and was led by sophomore All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Bath/Revere) who finished two-of-four with a run scored. Four other Terriers each recorded a hit in the win.

Lane pitched all seven innings and claimed her 14th win of the season and is now 14-7 overall. She allowed no runs on five hits and struck out four batters.

Hiram advances to the winner’s bracket and will face Baldwin-Wallace College tomorrow (Friday, May 13) at 4 p.m.

Lake Erie Places Five on All-GLIAC Baseball Team, 

James and Rua Named to First Team

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Following the most successful season in program history, the Lake Erie College baseball team placed five players on the 2011 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Team, including a pair of first-team selections. The all-star squad, picked by the league coaches, was announced on Thursday night (May 12).

Senior outfielder Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and junior shortstop Ryan Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele), both all-region selections a year ago, were named to the All-GLIAC First Team while junior outfielder Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) was a second-team selection.  The trio represented three of the four players in the conference to bat .400 or better this season.

Junior first baseman Jae Leeworthy (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) and sophomore relief pitcher Doug Fox (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge) were named to the team as honorable mention selection.


James led the conference in hitting with a .414 average and was second to teammate Rua with 65 hits.  The four-year letterwinner and two-sport standout capped his baseball career as the school's leader in 14 different statistical categories.  He played in all 47 games, making 46 starts in left field, hit 10 doubles and two home runs while driving in 31 runs and scoring 32 times.  He also swiped nine bases and was sixth in the league in total bases.

A finalist for the league's Player of the Year award, Rua started all 47 games and batted an even .400 with an LEC single-season record and GLIAC-leading 68 hits in 170 at bats.  He led the league in doubles with 16 and total bases with 101 while ranking second in home runs (five) and stolen bases (19) and third in RBI (44) and runs scored (42). Baseball America's fourth-ranked draftable Division II prospect heading into the season, Rua also pitched in six games going 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA and two saves while striking out nine in just 5 2/3 innings.

In addition to setting the school record with 25 walks this year, Toth also batted .400 which tied Rua for third in the GLIAC.  He was 62-of-155 at the plate with 41 runs scored, a home run and 21 runs batted in. The Storm's leadoff hitter also banged out 13 doubles and stole 13 bases while committing just one error in right field along with five outfield assists.  Toth led the team in on-base percentage and did not hit into a double play all season.

Leeworthy appeared in 46 games and started 45 as the team;s first baseman.  He batted .284 for the year but was third on the team with four home runs and also drove in 20 runs and scored 23.  On defense, he committed just five errors in 303 chances and also stole five bases in six chances. 

The left-handed Fox appeared in a team-high 16 games out of the bullpen for the Storm and had a 1-2 record with an impressive 2.55 ERA which was lowest among all LEC relievers.  He struck out 16 and walked just nine in 17 2/3 innings and held opponents to just a .224 average. 

Lake Erie finished with a 21-26 overall record and was 14-20 in the GLIAC.  The Storm finished sixth in the league and was in contention for a playoff spot until the next-to-last day of the season. 

Wolz Named First-Team NFCA All-Region

 STARKSVILLE, Miss. – After a record-breaking junior season, the accolades continue to roll in for Case Western Reserve University junior designated player/first baseman Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge). Most recently, Wolz was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Central Region First Team, announced by the NFCA on Wednesday, May 11.

Wolz’s first-team all-region selection – the first in program history – is one of many highlights in a season that saw the Spartans post a 10-win improvement and a 13-5 mark in their final 18 contests under first-year head coach Josie Henry.

Wolz returned in 2011 after missing the end of the 2010 campaign due to injury. After starting slow during the team’s spring break trip to Florida, she exploded over the final 18 games en route to school single-season records for homeruns and runs batted-in.

 Overall, Wolz hit .408 with 10 homers and 49 RBI. She also doubled 11 times, scored 25 runs and struck out only five times in 130 official at-bats. Just last week, she was tabbed first-team All-University Athletic Association.



PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Case Western Reserve University baseball landed five of its players on the 2011 All-University Athletic Association team and senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, Ohio/Waynedale) was named the conference’s Player of the Year, announced the UAA office on Thursday, May 12.

In addition to Mullins’ fourth consecutive All-UAA selection, CWRU landed four more of its players on the All-Association squad. Sophomore shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) and senior catcher Steve Bills (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield) earned first-team honors while junior rightfielder Sam Alexander (Alexandria, Va./T.C. Williams) and sophomore first baseman Brett Ossola (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) were second-team picks.

Mullins, now a three-time first-team All-UAA pick, has been of the nation’s top hitters this season. He has started all 43 games and batted .473 with eight homeruns and 68 runs batted-in. Currently leading the UAA in each of the triple crown categories, Mullins also leads the nation in RBI, while ranking second in hits (80) and fourth in average. He is the CWRU career leader in average (.418), hits (260), RBI (183), runs (157) and doubles (61). Mullins is also one long ball away from tying the school-record for homers (22). A three-time UAA Athlete of the Week in 2011, Mullins was honored at last week’s CWRU All-Sports Banquet with the Dr. David Hutter Male Athlete of the Year award. 

Keen, last year’s UAA Rookie of the Year, has started all 43 games and leads the nation in runs scored (64) while ranking 10th in hits (68). He has batted .384 with 34 RBI, 14 doubles, four triples and has struck out only seven times in 177 official at-bats. Keen is also a perfect 11-of-11 in stolen base attempts. Earlier this week, he was named a second-team Capital One Academic All-District IV selection.

Bills hit .309 with a pair of homers and 19 RBI in 30 games played. He will leave the program as one of the most productive catchers in CWRU history, batting .275 (124-of-451) with seven HRs, 82 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 146 games behind the plate. Bills, also a member of the 2011 UAA Championship All-Tournament Team, was a second-team All-UAA selection in both 2010 and 2009.

Alexander has had his best season as a collegian after moving to the outfield full-time. In 42 games, he’s batting .387 with four homers, 51 RBI and a team-best 19 doubles and five triples. He was a two-time UAA Player of the Week and an All-Tournament team selection.





A Mayer, a Meyer and a Royal Flush 

highlight the district-qualifying field 

through the Rocky River Sectional; six 

schools sending at least one 

Student/Athlete in HS tennis tourney

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

ROCKY RIVER – Six schools from the Rocky River sectional will be sending at least one Student/Athlete to the Canton District next week, but it was Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy that will get the “royal” treatment as five from Wyoga Lake Road will be making the trip down to the Hall of Fame city.

The Royals will be sending both doubles teams and Mason Blake, who upset No. 3 seed Melvin Medina (unlike the city and county, it is pronounced Meh-Dee-nah) in three sets in the quarterfinals to earn a qualification to districts.

Listen to post-play interview of CVCA Student/Athlete Mason Blake conducted by Norm by clicking link
Oberlin was shut out of the districts as No. 4 seed Dina Bosch was upset by Rocky River’s Dave Morse in the third round, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. 

Then Morse lost out to youth. The Pirates senior was eliminated in the quarterfinals by freshman Caleb Mayer from Lake Ridge Academy in two sets. Mayer is not only new to high school tennis, but he is also new to mainstream schooling as he was home schooled until now. Obviously, the next best thing to home schooling is an academy/prep/private type of situation.

Listen to post-play interview of LRA Student/Athlete Caleb Mayer conducted by Norm by clicking link

Of course, one of the benefits to mainstream schooling is Student/Athleticism as Mayer is now learning. He almost missed out as he was cramping while ahead in the second set and used up his final medical timeout but was able to bounce back and make it through to earn the trip to Stark County.

James Meyer of Rocky River could redefine the term “unfinished business.” The four-time West Shore Conference champion has missed making it to a state tournament by one leg four times including three in tennis. He finished fifth in the district last year and his freshman year in singles and was fifth in doubles as a sophomore.

Listen to post-play interview of Rocky River Student/Athlete James Meyer conducted by Norm by clicking link


Also one of the key cogs in River’s 20-game winning basketball team, Meyer and his mates made it to the regional finals in March before getting eliminated by Rogers High out of Toledo.

Meyer was also a notch away from winning the sectional title in tennis last year, finishing runner-up here in 2010. He’ll get his chance to win the sectional Saturday as Thursday came to a close after the quarters. In two matches Thursday, Meyer gave up only one point, getting the golden ball in the third round and then topping Woodridge sophomore Tyler Batu in the quarters, 6-0, 6-1.

Also qualifying according to Hoyle was No. 2 seed Chaz Hansen of Vermilion. Hansen dropped River’s Scott Saunders, 7-5, 6-4, in the quarters.

Listen to post-play interview of Vermilion Student/Athlete Chaz Hansen conducted by Norm by clicking link
CVCA had No. 1 doubles team Alex Aleman and Lou Konstan and the No. 2 seed Will Konstan and Mike Stoddard qualify according to normal expectations. The No. 1 seed was playing Fairview’s Cole Ziegler and Cass Stadnik in the semis when the rain forced the play inside from Trio-City Park to the Force Fitness Center
No. 3 seed Dan Johnson and Pete Scanniello from Bay also qualified and were playing the other CVCA team when the rain forced the singles inside. Tourney director Jeff Sinnema decided to just complete the doubles semis Saturday, since all the qualifiers had already been determined.

The tournament was watered down somewhat this year as University School (ranked No. 1 in the state in Division II), Hawken (also ranked, and Gilmour (where there is a good hockey school, a good tennis school should also be found) all left the sectional and moved to an eastern sectional.
The Preppers, Hawks and Lancers were replaced by Max Hayes, Martin Luther King, John Hay and Jane Addams. John Hay and Max Hayes did not show up while the other two schools were “one-and- done” in all matches with many golden balls earned by opponents. Then again, that is a school district in which the superintendent resigned in the middle of a school year.

Oliver Qualifies for National Meet in Heptathlon at the Wake Forest (NC) 

Decon Multi-Meet

BEREA –Baldwin-Wallace College senior NCAA Division III All-American pentathlete Emily Oliver (Waynesburg/ Sandy Valley) scored a career-best 4,487 points in the 7-event heptathlon today (Wednesday, May 11) at the Wake Forest University Multi-Event Meet in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Oliver’s effort qualified her provisionally for the 2011 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet from May 26-28.

In addition to Oliver, Yellow Jacket freshman Brandon Eddy (Cuyahoga Heights) scored a career-best 5,998 points in the 1-event decathlon and narrowly missed qualifying for the national meet by 52 points. Eddy is already qualified individually in the pole vault. Joining Eddy at Wake is fellow freshman Josh Price (North Olmsted) scored 4,487 points.

Oliver, who provisionally qualified for last year’s national meet with 4,130 points but did not make the final cut, placed 7th overall and put herself in good position to qualify this year. She placed sixth in the high jump with a mark of five-feet and one-half inches for 666 points, seventh in the shot put with a toss of 32’ 10.25” (530 pts.), ninth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.33 (799 pts.), 10th in the 200-meter dash in a time of 26.48 (756 pts.), 10th in the long jump with a leap of 16’11” (603 pts.), 15th in the javelin with a throw of 75’2.5” and fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:22.50 (790 pts.).

Eddy and Price were the only Division III student-athletes in the 22-competitor pool. Eddy placed eighth and Price was 15th.

Drake University and CONADEIP All-Stars from Mexico will meet on May 21 in the first-ever game of College American Football to be played on African soil
 GRANBURY, TX - Global Football President PATRICK STEENBERGE and his team are heading to Tanzania this week to finalize preparations for the historic Global Kilimanjaro Bowl.

The Drake University Bulldogs from Iowa will take on the CONADEIP All-Stars from Mexico in the first ever game of college American football to be played on African soil.  The unique game will kick off at 1pm on Saturday, May 21 at the 20,000-capacity Sheik Amri Abeid Memorial Stadium in Arusha and will be broadcast live across the African continent and beamed to countries around the world by ITV, the largest private TV network in Tanzania.
"We are preparing to do something very special and historical, something that will impact the lives of the college student athletes from Mexico and the U.S. who travel to Tanzania to compete, to live out an adventure, and to serve," said event organizer Patrick Steenberge, President of Global Football.  "They will in turn impact the lives of thousands of youngsters in Tanzania, now and in the future.  In addition, we will bring a dynamic team sport to Africa, known as American football.
The theme we have adopted for this event is 'Tupande Kileleni', Swahili for 'let's climb to the summit.' It clearly states how we approach the Kili Bowl, as well as everything we do."
The spectacular Kili Bowl event also includes a three-day service project to benefit area orphanages, and features both teams also climbing the imposing 19,341 feet high Mount Kilimanjaro. 

Battery of Brown and Frye lead Warriors to victory

Romans contributes key two-run double while Keller and Stuffel also pitch well
GARFIELD HEIGHTS: Behind the excellent play of battery-mates Sophomore Cassidy Brown and Junior Graeme Frye, the Walsh Jesuit Baseball team got back on track on Tuesday with a 7-1 victory over Garfield Heights Trinity. 

The RHP Brown improved to 3-0 on the year, allowing only a single hit in his five innings of work, striking out eight. Both Brown and Frye also belted their fourth home runs of the year, with the multi-talented Frye also chipping in a double. Senior LHP Joe Keller made his first appearance of the 2011 season, and struck out two in his one inning of work, while sophomore Bennet Stuffel came on to pitch a perfect seventh, also striking out two.

 Also hitting well for the game was Freshman Nate Romans, with a two-run double as well as a single, while Juniors Drew Miletti, Dane O’Driscoll, and Zack Leonatti as well as Senior Slippery Rock recruit Kolton Snyder also hit well in the game.
With the victory the Maroon and Gold improve to 16-2 on the year.