A Page -- May 17, 2012 -- AM Edition

Copley tops Westlake in district semifinals of state team tennis tournament

Westlake (2) v. Copley (3)
Semi-Finals of OTCA
1. Colton Buffington (W) d. Andrew Ong (C) 6-3, 6-1
2. Jarad Pennington (C) d. Krish Shah (W) 6-1, 6-2
3. Alan Du (C) d. Aakash Shah (W) 6-0, 6-0
1. Austin Aten/Michael Ellison (C) d. Stephen Fleischer/Connor Michelich (W) 6-2, 6-4
2. Kent Dinchman/Cal Craven (W) d. Max Pristie/Keval Yerigeri (C) 6-3, 6-0

Alex Kovalik

Kovalik Qualifies For NCAA Meet in

Decathlon at Ron Althoff Invite

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Mount Union sophomore Alex Kovalik (Aurora/Aurora) scored 6,445 points to win the decathlon and qualify for the NCAA Championships Tuesday at the Ron Althoff Invitational at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Kovalik's 6,445 points is the seventh-best total in the nation so far this season in the event that includes -- the 100m hurdles, shot put, discus, javelin, long jump, pole vault, 100m dash, high jump, 1500m and 400m.

Sophomore Levi Simmons (Uniontown/Lake) was the other event winner as he won the long jump (22-10.5).

Freshman Tyler Mettille (Canfield/Canfield) placed second in the 400 hurdles but his time of 53.21 moved him up to 13th on the provisional qualifying list for next week's NCAA Championships.

Other top performances came in second place finishes from sophomore Sam Ludgood (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) in the triple jump (46-7.5), freshman Sean Donnelly (Willoughby/Willoughby South) in the hammer throw (179-4).

Senior Chase Clark (Belmont/Union Local) was third in the pole vault (14-7.5) while freshman Ravaughn Pope(Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa) was fourth in the 110 meter hurdles (14.82).

After this week, the top 20 men in each event and top 16 relay teams will qualify for the NCAA Championships to view the national performance lists - click here.

OAC Announces 2012 Clyde A. Lamb Scholar-Athlete Award Winners


    Ten male and ten female student-athletes from each of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC)

institutions have been chosen as the 2011-12 Clyde A. Lamb winners. All 20 recipients were recognized at the 28th

annual OAC Awards Banquet on Monday, May 14, at the Holiday Inn-Worthington.

   The Clyde A. Lamb Awards are named in honor of the man who organized the Department of Health and

Physical Education at Ohio Northern in 1929. He served as coach, department chairman and athletics director at

ONU from 1929-64.

   Criteria for the award include at least two year's participation in an OAC-sponsored sport, senior status, a

minimum grade point average of 3.00 and sportsmanlike conduct in a manner that has brought credit to the studentathlete

and his/her institution.



Male Recipient (Hometown)/Sport

Female Recipient (Hometown)/Sport


Alexander Trzeciak (Avon Lake) Tennis

Catherine Spisak (Sandusky) Basketball


Kelly Winter (Dublin) Basketball

Shalena Hawkins (Cincinnati) Basketball


Derrick Arbogast (Tiffin) Football

Jaclyn Reinhart (New Riegel) Volleyball

John Carroll

Eric Davis (Canfield) Swimming

Brittany Danilov (Canfield) Softball


Kevin Knab (Lakewood) Basketball

Ashley Bault (Atwater) Track & Field

Mount Union

Alex Ferrara (Independence) Football

Amanda Rose (Uniontown) Basketball


Todd Spadaro (Grove City) Baseball

Molly Scholl (Cambridge) Volleyball

Ohio Northern

Scott Schnelle (New Bremen) Basketball/Track

Jacqueline Mangola (Cranberry, PA) Softball


Karl Wunderle ( Cleveland) Track & Field

Lindsey Russell ( Dublin) Volleyball


Pat Carroll (Cincinnati) CC/Track & Field

Annie Cekada (Mineral Point, PA) CC/Track & Field


Washington & Jefferson Men, Westminster Women Capture 2011-12 PAC All-Sports Trophy Races 

WEXFORD, Pa. -€“ The Washington & Jefferson College men and Westminster College women have each captured the 2011-12 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) All-Sports Trophies. The all-sports trophies are awarded annually to the schools which perform the best across the board in league competition. First-place finishes are worth 10 points (nine for men), second place is worth nine points (eight for men) ... last place is worth one point. 

On the men's side, the Presidents used a PAC title in golf and a second place finish in baseball in the spring to finish with 60.5 points, edging Saint Vincent (58) and followed by Grove City (52.5), Westminster (52), Thiel (45.5), Thomas More (45), Waynesburg (38.5), Bethany (37.5), and Geneva (25.5). Washington & Jefferson has won or shared the last eight PAC Men's All-Sports Trophy titles.

The women's race saw Westminster break open a first-place tie with Grove City after the winter season by capturing both track & field and golf in the spring, along with a third-place finish in softball. The Titans finished with 72 points, ahead of the Wolverines (61.5) and followed by Saint Vincent (53), Thomas More (50.5), Washington & Jefferson (50.5), Bethany (46), Waynesburg (45), Geneva (43), Thiel (31.5) and Chatham (14). Westminster has now won five of the last six PAC Women's All-Sports Trophies.

Founded in 1955, the Presidents'€™ Athletic Conference continues its mission of promoting intercollegiate athletics and the pursuit of academic excellence. Consisting of 10 select private institutions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky, the PAC remains a unique organization in this day of high pressure intercollegiate athletics. With academics at the center of each member'€™s philosophy, the PAC is built on the principle that an athletic program is a part of college life, but not an entity in itself. The PAC annually crowns champions in 19 sports (10 men, nine women) as a member of NCAA Division III.

Following are the final 2011-12 PAC Men'€™s & Women's All-Sports Trophy Standings through the 2012 spring season:

FINAL 2011-12 PAC Men'€™s All-Sports Standings
1. Washington & Jefferson (W&J) - 60.5 points
2. Saint Vincent (SVC) - 58 points
3. Grove City (GRO) - 52.5 points
4. Westminster (WES) - 52 points
5. Thiel (THI) - 45.5 points
6. Thomas More (TMC) - 45 points
7. Waynesburg (WAY) - 38.5 points
8. Bethany (BET) - 37.5 points
9. Geneva (GEN) - 25.5 points

Football -1. TMC (9); 2t. SVC (7); 2t. W&J (7); 2t. WAY (7); 5t. GEN (4.5); 5t. WES (4.5); 7t. BET (2.5); 7t. GRO (2.5); 9. THI (1)

Soccer - 1. TMC (9); 2. GEN (8); 3. GRO (7); 4. BET (6); 5t. SVC (4); 5t. W&J (4); 5t. WAY (4); 8. WES (2); 9. THI (1)

Cross Country - 1. SVC (9); 2. THI (8); 3. GRO (7); 4. GEN (6); 5. W&J (5); 6. WES (4); 7. WAY (3); 8. BET (2); 9. TMC (1)

Basketball - 1. BET (9); 2. TMC (8); 3. THI (7); 4. SVC (6); 5. GRO (5); 6. GEN (4); 7t. W&J (2.5); 7t. WES (2.5); 9. WAY (1)

Swimming/Diving - 1. GRO (9); 2. WES (8); 3. W&J (7); 4. SVC (6) 5. BET (5)

Wrestling - 1. THI (9); 2. WAY (8); 3. W&J (7)

Tennis - 1. GRO (9); 2. SVC (8); 3. WES (7); 4. TMC (6); 5. WAY (5): 6. THI (4); 7. W&J (3); 8. BET (2)

Golf - 1. W&J (9); 2. SVC (8); 3. THI (7); 4. WES (6); 5. GRO (5); 6. TMC (4); 7. BET (3)

Track/Field - 1. WES (9); 2. W&J (8); 3. GRO (7); 4. WAY (6); 5. BET (5); 6. THI (4); 7. SVC (3); 8. TMC (2): 9. GEN (1)

Baseball - 1. WES (9); 2. W&J (8); 3. SVC (7); 4. TMC (6); 5t. THI (4.5); 5t. WAY (4.5); 7. BET (3); 8. GEN (2); 9. GRO (1)

FINAL 2011-12 PAC Women's All-Sports Standings
1. Westminster (WES) - 72 points
2. Grove City (GRO) - 61.5 points
3. Saint Vincent (SVC) - 53 points
4t. Thomas More (TMC) - 50.5 points
4t. Washington & Jefferson (W&J) - 50.5 points
6. Bethany (BET) - 46 points
7. Waynesburg (WAY) - 45 points
8. Geneva (GEN) - 43 points
9. Thiel (THI) - 31.5 points
10. Chatham (CHA) - 14 points

Volleyball - 1. GEN (10); 2. BET (9); 3t. THI (7.5); 3t. TMC (7.5); 5. WES (6); 6. SVC (5); 7. GRO (4); 8t. W&J (2.5); 8t. WAY (2.5); 10. CHA (1)

Soccer - 1. TMC (10); 2. WAY (9); 3. W&J (8); 4. GRO (7); 5. WES (6); 6. BET (5); 7. SVC (4); 8. GEN (3); 9. THI (2); 10. CHA (1)

Cross Country - 1. GRO (10); 2. WAY (9); 3. WES (8); 4. GEN (7); 5. SVC (6); 6. BET (5); 7. W&J (4); 8. THI (3); 9. CHA (2); 10. TMC (1)

Tennis - 1. GRO (10); 2. WES (9); 3. SVC (8); 4. BET (7); 5t. GEN (5); 5t. TMC (5); 5t. WAY (5); 8t. CHA (2); 8t. THI (2); 8t. W&J (2)

Basketball - 1. TMC (10); 2. SVC (9); 3. WAY (8); 4. BET (7); 5. WES (6); 6. THI (5); 7. W&J (4); 8. GRO (3); 9. GEN (2); 10. CHA (1)

Swimming/Diving - 1. GRO (10); 2. WES (9); 3. W&J (8); 4. SVC (7): 5. CHA (6); 6. BET (5)

Golf - 1. WES (10): 2. W&J (9); 3. GRO (8); 4. SVC (7); 5. TMC (6)

Track & Field - 1. WES (10); 2. WAY (9); 3. W&J (8); 4. GRO (7); 5. GEN (6); 6. TMC (5); 7. BET (4); 8. THI (3)

Softball - 1. GEN (10); 2. THI (9); 3. WES (8); 4. SVC (7); 5. TMC (6); 6. W&J (5); 7. BET (4); 8t. GRO (2.5); 8t. WAY (2.5); 10. CHA (1)

Anna Jones
Anna Jones

Mahoney Makes Her Mark in 400 in Final Tune Up Before Nationals

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Mount Union junior Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) best her own school record and ran the third fastest time in the nation so far this season in the 400 meters at the Ron Althoff Invitational at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Mahoney ran a time of 55.56 in the 400 just one week away from the NCAA Division III Championships in Claremont, California.

Senior Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) won event titles in both the javelin (127-1) and discus (146-1). Twin sister Anna Jones finished third in the discus (141-11).

Other top performances came in second place finishes from sophomore Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak) in the 800 meters (2:13.89), junior Daryn Herman (Fairview Park/Fairview) in the 400 hurdles (1:04.47) and the 4x100 meter relay team of sophomores Lisa Brasdovich (Columbia Station/Columbia) and Taylor Ruffing(Attica/Seneca East), freshman Taylor Coghlan (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) and Mahoney (47.79).

After this week, the top 22 women in each event and top 16 relay teams will qualify for the NCAA Championships to view the national performance lists - click here.

OHSAA Membership Approves 13 of 14 Referendum Issues

Proposed Competitive Balance Issue Using ‘Athletic Counts’ for Team Sports Fails Again By Slim Margin

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thirteen of the 14 proposed Ohio High School Athletic Association Constitution and Bylaw revisions passed as voted upon by OHSAA member schools, Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D., has announced. Changes were approved to three Constitution items and 10 Bylaw items.


The bylaw issue that did not pass for the second consecutive year was a proposal to change how schools are assigned to tournament divisions in the team sports of football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball to address competitive balance. Rather than place schools into OHSAA tournament divisions based strictly on male or female enrollment, a proposal to develop a sport-by-sport athletic count would have used enrollment as the initial factor and then potentially added enrollment based on a boundary factor (how a school secures students) and a tradition factor (sport-by-sport success in reaching the regional and/or state tournament over an eight-year period), and then potentially lost enrollment based on a socioeconomic factor (the number of students involved in the free lunch program). The athletic count proposal to address competitive balance in OHSAA tournaments failed 339 to 301 (53 percent to 47 percent). A similar proposal failed 332 to 303 (52 percent to 48 percent) in May 2011.


“As was the case last year, we anticipated the vote would be close,” Ross said. “We tried the Competitive Balance Committee’s proposal two years in a row but the schools have spoken. I don’t anticipate getting the committee back together and bringing another proposal back to the membership, but at the same time I don’t anticipate competitive balance going away since this issue has engendered a lot of conversation among a lot of people. It’s an issue that a lot of state associations across the country are also dealing with and working on.


“I want to give special thanks to the Competitive Balance Committee, which was made up of school people, and those on our staff who worked on the proposal,” Ross said. “A lot of time and effort was put in to try to help make the proposal fair for all schools with the ultimate goal of ensuring that it was a proposal that made our tournament system better for the student-athletes in Ohio.”


All 14 proposals in 2012 were placed up for referendum vote by the OHSAA Board of Directors. High school principals had between May 1 and 15 to cast their votes, and a simple majority is all that is required for a proposed amendment to be adopted. The referendum issues that passed become effective August 1 unless noted.


The complete final voting results are available on the OHSAA web site (www.ohsaa.org), and the 2012-13 Constitution and Bylaws will be posted on the site sometime in late June or early July.


                                        A Review of the 2012 OHSAA Referendum Issues


Constitution 5-6-1, Powers and Duties of the Board of Directors — Adds as part of the powers and duties of the Board the ability to suspend membership of a school from the Association.

570 in favor; 63 opposed


Constitution Article 7, District Athletic Boards — This change stipulates that district athletic board members must be working full-time in a member school or schools and that those working in an Educational Service Center would not qualify unless the person is working directly in a member high

school. A revision also gives a district athletic board some flexibility in starting the process to replace a board member who no longer meets the requirements to serve on the board.

577 in favor; 56 opposed


Constitution Article 5-6-1, Powers and Duties of the Board of Directors — This permits the Board of Directors to appoint an Appeals Panel that would have exclusive jurisdiction over matters pertaining to student eligibility. Should such a panel be appointed, decisions by the panel would be final and bylaws could not be waived, amended or set aside and must be applied as written. Effective June 1, 2012.

554 in favor; 79 opposed


Bylaw 2, Classification (Competitive Balance) — This would have added a bylaw whereby each school would be placed into tournament divisions based on its sport-by-sport athletic count. The formula for determining athletic counts and to which sports the counts shall be applied would have been recommended by the standing Competitive Balance Committee and approved by the Board of Directors on a biennial basis. The formula for calculating athletic counts and the sports to which they are applied would have been listed in the General Sports Regulations — Tournaments. Effective August 1, 2013. 

339 opposed; 301 in favor


Bylaw 4-3-4, Enrollment and Attendance — Adds the notion that a student who does not attend any school for a semester(s) due to withdrawal shall have that semester(s) count in the total of eight that are permitted.

596 in favor; 35 opposed


Bylaw 4-4-1, Scholarship — Clarifies that in the statement that says “In order to be eligible in grades 9-12, a student must be currently enrolled and must have been enrolled in the school the immediately preceding grading period . . .”, the word ‘immediately’ refers to the school’s immediately preceding grading period as opposed to the last grading period during which the student attended any school.

607 in favor; 26 opposed


Bylaw 4-6-3, Residence, New Exception 8 and Move Exception 4 from Bylaw 4-8-1, International and Exchange Students, to Become Exception 9 — New Exception 8 permits a student who is a U.S. citizen to retain eligibility when his or her parents are deported from the United States and the student maintains continuous enrollment in a member school. Exception 9, moved from Bylaw 4-8-1, does not change and grants eligibility to a student whose parents are citizens of the United States but reside outside the U.S.

579 in favor; 53 opposed


Bylaw 4-7-2, Transfer, Amend Exceptions 1 and 2, Delete Exception 3 — Exceptions 1 and 2 are rewritten for clarity and simplification. Exception 1 will now stipulate that if a student is compelled to transfer due to a bona fide move by both parents, the Commissioner’s Office may consider a waiver of the one year of ineligibility if it is satisfied that the transfer was not athletically motivated. Consideration may also be given to parents who are divorced or are in process of divorce or were never married. Exception 2 stipulates that when custody changes between parents, the office may grant the waiver if it is determined that the change was not athletically motivated. The OHSAA may also consider a change of custody to a non-parent in cases of neglect, abuse or delinquency. Exception 3 is rolled into Exception 1 and is no longer necessary. Effective June 1, 2012.

596 in favor; 39 opposed


Bylaw 4-7-2, Transfers, Exception 6 — This amends Exception 6 to clarify that the transfer into the public high school in the parents’ residential district may be used only if the parents have been residents of that school district for at least 90 days; clarifies that the exception cannot be used when the student is moving


from the district of one parent in a “shared parenting agreement” to the district of the other, and clarifies that the student transferring into a district with multiple public high schools shall be eligible only at the high school in the attendance zone or, if there are no defined zones and the student attends a “magnet school,” the student may not use this exception after the sophomore year. Effective June 1, 2012.

550 in favor; 81 opposed


Bylaw 4-7-5, Transfer — With an increasing number of students transferring from one school into a poor performing school and then immediately back out to another school under the provisions set forth in this bylaw, this clarifies that such multiple transfers do not fulfill the underlying purpose of this bylaw and shall be denied. Effective June 1, 2012.

582 in favor; 47 opposed


Bylaws 4-7-6 and 4-7-7, Transfer — Clarifies that a definitive description of the exact programmatic change that is motivating the student’s reassignment is now required prior to the request for eligibility so that a correct decision can be made in accordance with this bylaw. A list of those programmatic changes will be provided by the Commissioner’s Office so the membership will know which will be considered and which will not. Effective June 1, 2012.

557 in favor; 72 opposed


Bylaws 4-9-3 and 4-9-4, Recruiting — Clarifies what actions are considered recruiting for athletic purposes as well as those actions which are permissible. Bylaw 4-9-3 provides a list of “mass marketing” endeavors which would be compliant with the bylaw, while Bylaw 4-9-4 provides a list of endeavors which would not be compliant but provides an exception by permitting schools to provide a small token to students who “shadow” or visit a member school upon contemplation of enrollment so long as the value does not exceed $25 and the item is not related to the school’s athletic program.

523 in favor; 104 opposed


Bylaw 10-2-1, Forfeiture (Exception) — Rewords the exception by saying that if a student participates in an athletic contest and his or her eligibility has been established by falsified information, the student shall be declared ineligible (see Bylaw 4-1-2), but forfeiture of the contest may not be required. Using “may” rather than “shall” leaves the OHSAA Office with discretion to still require forfeiture(s) in the event a school does not do its due diligence or has been complicit with the falsification.

587 in favor; 45 opposed


Bylaw 11-1-2, Penalties — Increases that maximum amount in which the OHSAA could fine a school per occurrence for violation of the OHSAA Constitution, Bylaws and Regulations as imposed by the Commissioner’s Office to $10,000, which hopefully will serve as a deterrent and would be used in the most egregious cases.

471 in favor; 158 opposed


825 ballots were mailed, 645 ballots were returned (78.2 percent)