A Page -- May 16, 2012 -- AM Edition

Greene (L), Rueger (R)

Three Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Tennis 

Players Selected as All-OAC

BEREA, OHIO -- Senior Jenny Greene (Worthington/ Thomas Worthington) and juniors Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Elyria Catholic) and Danielle Rueger (Ashland) have been selected today (Tuesday, May 15, 2012) as All-Ohio Athletic Conference players.  Greene was tabbed as a second-team selection and Mittler and Rueger each earned honorable mention honors.

Greene  earns her fourth straight second-team honor.  This season, she posted an overall record of 11-13 and split time between the number one and No.2 singles position, including a 5-3 record in OAC play.  Greene teamed with Rueger in doubles action to post a record of 7-3.    For her career, she has compiled an overall recorded of  56-48 in singles play and a 60-51 mark in doubles action.  The 56 singles wins ranks sixth all-time in school history and her 60 doubles victories ranks seventh all-time.

Mittler earns her third All-OAC accolade after being selected to the first-team a year ago and to the second-team as a freshman.  She had an overall mark of 12-12 this season as she also split time between the No.1 and No.2 singles position, including a mark of 7-2 at second singles.  Mittler partnered with sophomore Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria Catholic) and had a mark of 9-14 at No.1 doubles.  In three seasons, she has tallied an overall record of 43-34 in singles and 47-35 in doubles. The 43 singles wins ranks 18th and the 47 doubles wins ranks 15th.

Rueger is making her first appearance on the All-OAC team.  She posted a record of 13-13 overall at number three, four and five singles, including a mark of 10-7 at number four.   In three years, Rueger has a career-record of 20-16 in singles play and 14-14 in doubles action.

The Yellow Jackets finished the 2012 season with a record of 9-14 overall record.  Four of the past six years, the B-W women have won the OAC title and advanced to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.  Veteran Head Coach Jack Bethlenfalvy is the winningest women’s tennis coach in both OAC and Ohio collegiate history and has a 323-213 career mark after 28 seasons.

Five B-W Men’s Tennis Players Earn All-OAC 

Honors; Rector Named Coach of the Year

BEREA, OHIO -- Five members of the Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team were named to the All-OAC team and Head Coach Brian Rector ‘89 was tabbed as the OAC Coach- of-the-Year.

Senior No. 1 singles player Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) highlighted the selections with his third straight first-team nod and was joined on the first team by sophomore No. 2 player Joe Horvath (North Royalton). On the second team are freshman No.3 player Kyle Patterson (Wooster/ Triway) and senior No. 4 player Alexandre Bourdiaux (Paris, France/ Lycee Saint Dominique).  Also, junior No. 5 Tyler Beaton (Bemus Point, N.Y./ Maple Grove) was tabbed as an honorable mention selection.
North Olmsted native Brian Rector

Rector is the winningest men’s tennis coach in OAC and Ohio collegiate history with a 414-84 career record and an outstanding .831 winning percentage. This past season, he led the Yellow Jackets to a school-record 29 wins, his third OAC regular season title with a 9-0 record, the school’s fourth OAC Tournament title and its first-ever NCAA Division III National Tournament appearence that included a 5-4 victory in the first round. This is Rector’s third OAC Coach of the Year acclaim.

Trzeciak, who was a first-team All-OAC selection the past two seasons as well as a two-time Academic All-OAC member, posted a 26-6 record. In singles, he was 8-1 during OAC competition and was a part of the No. 1 doubles team with Bourdiaux. Trzeciak was 25-8 overall in doubles, including a 21-5 mark with Bourdiaux. For his career, Trzeciak finished with a singles mark of 87-22 and a doubles record of 82-28.  His 26 single wins this season ties him for fifth all-time. His 87 career singles victories ranks second all-time behind James Daly’s ‘08 school-record of 105. His 82 career doubles wins are third all-time.

Horvath, who was a second-team All-OAC selection for the past two seasons, posted an outstanding 28-2 record. He was 9-0 in OAC matches. His 28 wins this season ranks second all-time, and is one off of Daly’s school-record of 29 in 2005. Horvath was 26-8 overall in doubles, including a 20-5 mark with Beaton as the No. 2 tandem.  In three seasons, Horvath is 73-8 overall in singles and 67-16 in doubles. His 73 career singles victories is seventh all-time.

Patterson had a strong first season of collegiate tennis as he compiled a 27-3 record, including a 21-1 mark at No. 3. His 27 wins are tied for the fourth most in a season. Patterson was 20-6 overall in doubles, including a 14-5 mark with senior Taylor Long (Ashland) at No. 3. Long finished his with an 85-25 career doubles record, including a doubles record of 24-9 during his senior season. His 85 career doubles wins are second all-time.

Bourdiaux joined the team as a senior transfer student and was a strong addition to the team. He ended this season with a 24-1 singles record and compiled a 22-5 doubles mark. His 24 singles wins ranks tied for eighth all-time. He had a 24-0 singles mark until losing a first-round NCAA tourney match.

Beaton finished the season with a 20-3 overall record, including a perfect 7-0 slate in OAC matches and competed mostly at No. 6 singles. He and Horvath posted a 20-5 doubles mark. In two seasons, Beaton has a 24-3 overall singles record and a 40-8 mark in doubles competition.  He did not play as a sophomore. Beaton also is the backup goalie on B-W’s NCAA Division III National Tournament team that set a school-record last fall with a 16-6 mark.

OHSAA Board of Directors Meeting Highlights – May 10


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors met last Thursday morning in Columbus for its regularly scheduled May meeting. The following are highlights from the meeting. The complete set of meeting minutes will be posted at OHSAA.org.


-          The Board approved the 2012-13 general sports regulations and the sport-by-sport regulations. Of note, the start date for football practice this fall is July 30 and all other fall sports begin practice on the first Monday in August, which is August 6. In future years, however, the Board approved a proposal that the start date for practice in all fall sports other than football will be August 1 (unless August 1 is a Sunday, in which case all fall sports will begin practice on August 2). A decision on whether to modify the future start dates for football practice has not been finalized.

-          The OHSAA’s annual Seminar for Newly Appointed School and Athletic Administrators will be held on Tuesday, August 7 at the Doubletree Hotel Crosswoods/Worthington.

-          Eleven member schools were recently penalized for committing infractions of OHSAA bylaws or sports regulations. The list of schools, along with their infractions and penalties, will be included in the meeting minutes, but media members may obtain the list in advance by contacting Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Information Services, at tstried@ohsaa.org.

-          The Board was updated on several informational items from the OHSAA staff. Of note, the OHSAA staff met with the presidents of the various coaches associations on April 11, the OHSAA Diversity Committee met Feb. 2 and the OHSAA staff conducted 14 Athletic Discussion Meetings around the state to explain the referendum items currently being voted on by the membership. The voting period ends May 15 and the results are expected to be announced May 16, which includes the Revised Competitive Balance Proposal.

-          The OHSAA has finished and posted the 2012-13 Eligibility Brochure to the eligibility page at OHSAA.org. Of note, the OHSAA will not print any copies of the brochure this year, but has sent the link to the membership so each school can print the appropriate number of copies.


CLEVELAND -- DePauw University posted top-five finishes in 18 of 23 sports to earn the North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship in its inaugural season in the league. The Tigers opened the year with top-five finishes in six of the seven fall sports, including a share of the field hockey title with Denison, and vaulted into first place in the All-Sports standings after winning the women's basketball title outright in the winter season. DePauw capped off the year with a strong showing in the spring season, finishing in the top-five in seven of the 10 sports, including outright titles in women's golf and women's tennis. The Tigers secured the 2012 All-Sports title by compiling 153.5 total points, edging out second-place Denison (153) by a half a point. 

Denison, which was third in the All-Sports standings after both the fall and winter seasons, moved into second place after totaling 153.0 points, including a conference leading 70.0 points for the spring season. The Big Red turned in 14 top-five finishes, including outright titles in men's swimmingwomen's swimmingmen's lacrosse and women's lacrosse, while sharing the title in field hockey with DePauw. Ohio Wesleyan finished third (151.5), followed by Wittenberg (137.0) and Allegheny (133.5) in fourth and fifth, respectively. Kenyon (129.0), Wooster (127.0), Oberlin (109.5), Wabash (73.0) and Hiram (47.0) rounded out position six through nine, respectively.

DePauw's championship season was highlighted by four NCAC titles. The Tigers also picked up two second-place finishes on the year in men's soccer and baseball to help secure the All-Sports victory. 

The All-Sports champion earns the Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy, given annually to the school that performs the best across the NCAC's 23 sports. Ten points are awarded for a first-place finish, nine for a second, eight for a third, and so on. Men's and women's performances are combined, exemplifying the North Coast's commitment to equity and balance among programs. Wooster won three of the first four All-Sports championships, interrupted only by Denison in year two. Ohio Wesleyan followed with a six-year run leading to titles by Wooster (twice), Wittenberg (once), Denison (nine), OWU (twice), a tie between Denison and OWU in 2009, Wittenberg in 2010 and finally Denison's title last spring.  

Ohio Wesleyan leads the way with 133 team championships during the NCAC's 28 playing seasons. Denison is next with 121 titles, followed by Allegheny (108), Kenyon (97) , Wittenberg (75), Wooster (73), Wabash (12), Oberlin (11), DePauw (4) and Hiram (2).
Focklers Named to All-OAC Men's Tennis Teams

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Mount Union's brother tandem of Nate Fockler and Nick Fockler (North Canton/Hoover) were named to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Tennis teams on Tuesday.

Nate, a junior, earned all-conference honors for the second time after being an honorable mention selection a year ago. He went 9-11 at No. 1 singles on the season.

Nick, a freshman, went 16-5 at No. 2 singles and set a school record with 19 doubles wins. His 35 total wins were the most on the team.

The Focklers were among the top doubles teams in the OAC, going 18-2 on the season at No. 1 doubles.

Hallett Headlines Three Raiders Named to All-OAC Women's Tennis Team

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—A trio of Mount Union women's tennis players were named to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Tennis teams on Tuesday. Senior Krissy Hallett (Willoughby/Willoughby South), freshman Mandy Wise (North Canton/Hoover), and freshman Hannah Arvidson (North Canton/GlenOak) were honored by the conference's nine head coaches.
Krissy Hallett  Mandy Wise 
Hallet (L), Wise (R)

Hallett, a four-time All-OAC honoree, is a First Team selection for the first time. She was 9-9 at No. 1 singles and 10-10 at No. 1 doubles this past season.

Hallett finished her career as Mount Union's all-time leader with 53 doubles wins and third on the all-time wins list with 105.

Wise was a Second Team selection after compiling a 12-6 record at the No. 2 singles spot for the Raiders. Arvidson was an honorable mention selection with a 14-5 singles record.

As doubles partners, Wise and Arvidson were 12-8 on the season, playing primarily at No. 2 doubles.

Mount Union finished the season 13-7 overall and was fourth in the OAC.

Gilmour Academy’s Jess Janota Identified as one of Nation’s Top 12 Volleyball Players in Age Group

            GATES MILLS, Ohio, May 15—Gilmour sophomore, Jess Janota, of Concord, has been selected to the USA Volleyball A1 team. USA Volleyball is the national governing body for the sport of volleyball in the United States. In addition to overseeing the USA National Men’s and Women’s Volleyball teams and the USA Olympic teams, the group oversees the USA Youth and Junior National teams for each gender. The Youth and National teams fall under the High Performance (HP) department.

The aim of the HP department is to advance volleyball talent and build a broader and stronger pipeline of athletes and coaches for the USA Olympic teams. To this end, the group hosts national tryouts across the country each year at which volleyball players who aspire to reach the elite level of the sport compete and are evaluated by USA Volleyball HP coaches. They assess overall skill, positional skill, athleticism and potential and give each athlete a ranking which then determines which program the athlete might be invited to attend.

After participating in this tryout, Janota was identified as one of the top 12 girls in the country in her age group. As such, she qualified for the USA Volleyball A1 team. She will train with the team this summer in Iowa. Gilmour varsity volleyball coach Kelly Coughlin says, “Jess has taken the first step towards potentially competing for the USA at an Olympic level in the future.”

Mount Union Wins OAC Men's All-Sports Trophy; Rose and Ferrara Honored as Top Student/Athletes

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Mount Union will be awarded a record 13th Ohio Athletic Conference Men's All-Sports Trophy and seniors Amanda Rose (Green/Green) and Alex Ferrara (Independence/Walsh Jesuit) will be honored with OAC Clyde Lamb Awards Monday night at the OAC's Awards Dinner in Columbus.

The Purple Raiders won OAC football championship, OAC wrestling tournament and men's outdoor track and field titles during the 2011-12 year.

Mount Union totalled 79.25 points as each team's finish is given a point total and added together. The 79.25 points was 1.75 points ahead of second place Ohio Northern while Baldwin-Wallace (68 pts.) was in third place.

It is the second straight season Mount Union has won the men's all-sports trophy.

Ohio Northern edged out the Purple Raiders for the women's all-sports trophy. Northern had 76.5 points while Mount Union was in second with 73.5 points. Otterbein was in third place with 62.5 points.

Mount Union won OAC titles in women's basketball, women's indoor and outdoor track and field while also winning the OAC volleyball tournament.

Rose and Ferrara are Mount Union's winners of the annual Clyde Lamb Awards given to the top female and male student athletes from each of the OAC's 10 institutions.

Rose is a three-time Academic All-OAC pick that was named to the 2012 All-OAC Second Team. She was the Purple Raiders' top rebounder at 5.3 points per game and was third in scoring at 11.5 points per game for a Mount Union team that won its third-straight OAC Tournament title and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. A two-time All-OAC selection, she is 10th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,111 points. Off the court, she is a business administration major with a 3.95 grade point average, who has done internships with Fannie May Confections in Akron, Mount Union's Office of Human Resorces and The Timken Company in Canton.

Ferrara was a four-year letterman on the Mount Union football team and joins Greg Micheli (2007, 2008) and Chuck Moore (2000, 2001) as the third two-time Academic All-American in school history. He holds a 3.77 grade point average as a Business major and is a three-time All-OAC and Academic All-OAC selection that was also a two-time All-North Region pick. Off the field, he did a mission trip to El Salvador and was part of Trick or Treat with Raiders project. He also was one of 10 finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy given to the top all-around student-athlete.

2011-12 OAC All-Sports Standings
MEN: 1. Mount Union 79.25, 2. Ohio Northern 77.5, 3. Baldwin-Wallace 68, 4. John Carroll 67.5, 5. Heidelberg 51.75, 6. Marietta 44.25, 7. Otterbein 39.25, 8. Capital 36.75, 9. Muskingum 28.25, 10. Wimington 27.75

WOMEN: 1. Ohio Northern 76.5, 2. Mount Union 73.5, 3. Otterbein 62.5, 4. Baldwin-Wallace 61.25, 5. John Carroll 53, 6. Capital 48.75, 7. Marietta 33.75, 8. Heidelberg 32.25, 9. Muskingum 25.5, 10. Wilmington 24.5.

OAC Men's All-Sports Champions

2011-12 Mount Union

2010-11 Mount Union

2009-10 Ohio Northern

2008-09 Ohio Northern

2007-08 Ohio Northern

2006-07 Ohio Northern

2005-06 Ohio Northern

2004-05 Otterbein

2003-04 John Carroll

2002-03 Mount Union

2001-02 Otterbein

2000-01 Mount Union

1999-00 Ohio Northern

1998-99 Mount Union

1997-98 John Carroll

1996-97 Mount Union

1995-96 Mount Union

1994-95 Ohio Northern

1993-94 John Carroll

1992-93 Mount Union

1991-92 John Carroll

1990-91 Mount Union

1989-90 Baldwin-Wallace

1988-89 Wittenberg

1987-88 Mount Union

1986-87 Mount Union

1985-86 Wittenberg

1984-85 Wittenberg

1983-84 Denison

1982-83 Ohio Wesleyan

1981-82 Ohio Northern

1980-81 Wittenberg

1979-80 Ohio Wesleyan

1978-79 Wittenberg

1977-78 Wooster

1976-77 Ohio Wesleyan

1975-76 Wittenberg

1974-75 Mount Union

1973-74 Mount Union

1972-73 Baldwin-Wallace

1971-72 Baldwin-Wallace

1970-71 Wooster

1969-70 Wittenberg

1968-69 Baldwin-Wallace

1967-68 Denison

1966-67 Baldwin-Wallace

1965-66 Wittenberg

1964-65 Akron

1963-64 Akron

1962-63 Akron

1961-62 Ohio Wesleyan

1960-61 Ohio Wesleyan