A Page -- May 18, 2010

EC Alum Rebecca Mittler (shown above) 

Five B-W Women's Tennis Players 

Earn All-OAC Honors; Bethlenfalvy 

Named Coach of the Year

May 18, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA - Five members of the 2009-10 Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women's tennis team were named to the All-OAC team and Head Coach Jack Bethlenfalvy  was tabbed as the OAC Coach of the Year, the league office announced today.

Junior No. 1 singles player Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/Columbus Bishop Hartley) highlighted B-W's player selections with her second straight first-team nod.

Caitlyn Pecinovsky

In addition, B-W had three second-team picks in sophomore No. 2 Jenny Greene  (Worthington/Thomas Worthington), freshman No. 3 Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic) and junior No. 4 Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/Green).  Also, junior No. 6 Katy Marshall (Medina/Senior) was tabbed as an honorable mention selection.

Bethlenfalvy, who has more wins than any other women's tennis coach in Ohio collegiate history, earns his third Coach of the Year acclaim with a 296-191 career record in 26 seasons.


Pecinovsky earns her third straight all-conference honor with first-team honors this season and last and a second-team selection as a freshman in 2007-08. In 2009-10, she posted a 15-10 overall record competing strictly at the No. 1 position and was 8-1 during OAC play. She also teamed with Mittler to post a 15-13 mark at No. 1 doubles. In three seasons, Pecinovsky posts an overall singles record of 49-32 and a doubles mark of 50-38.

Greene earns her second straight second-team honor. She played all but one of her singles matches at No. 2 and posted a 12-12 overall record with a 7-2 mark in the OAC. Greene also teamed with Pelosi for a 13-11 record at No. 2 doubles.

Mittler was 15-9 overall in her first collegiate season with all but one match at the No. 3 spot. She also went 8-1 during conference play and teamed with Pecinovsky for a 15-13 record at No. 1 doubles.

Green's Emily Pelosi

Pelosi earns her second straight second-team selection. She led B-W with an 18-5 singles record at the No. 4 position. She was unbeaten in conference play at 8-0 and teamed with Greene for a 13-11 mark at No. 2 doubles. Pelosi was named the OAC Player of the Week on May 3 and has an overall singles record of 48-25 in three seasons.

Marshall tied for the team lead with 18 wins (18-7 overall) competing mainly at No. 6 and was a part of B-W's No. 3 doubles team that was 14-11. She also was undefeated in OAC play at 8-0 and was named OAC Player of the Week on March 29. In three seasons, Marshall has a career singles record of 36-22 and a doubles mark of 48-38.

Medina alumna Katy Marshall

The Yellow Jackets finished the season at 18-8 overall and won both the OAC regular season and tournament championships. The Yellow Jackets made their third trip to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament and have won three of the last four OAC titles.

In the last four years, B-W has an outstanding combined record of 74-29.


The Viking Report

A Look At What Is Happening In Cleveland State Student/Athletics

Baseball To Play Final Home Games As Athletic Year Comes To A Close. . .

Vikings End Regular Season With Three Game Series At Butler

May 18, 

By Brian McCann

The Viking baseball team will play four games this week, including a 4:00 p.m. home game on Tuesday (May 18) against Akron that will serve as the final home event of the 2009-10 athletic year.



A Look at the latest happenings of Falcon Student/Athletes

May 18

By Andy Barch


SOUTH EUCLID -- The following is a weekly wrap-up of Notre Dame College Student/Athletics.


BOUND FOR ‘BAMA:  On Tuesday, May 11, Notre Dame learned its opening-round foes in the upcoming 2010 NAIA Softball National Championship Tournament.  The tournament is organized into four-team pools. NDC will be grouped with three other squads -- Lee (Tenn.), Savannah Art & Design (Ga.) and Trevecca (Tenn.) -- in the tournament’s Pool B. Two of those teams -- No. 2 Lee and No. 17 Trevecca -- are ranked in the most recent NAIA Coaches’ Poll (May 4).  There are eight pools composed of four teams each, for a total of 32 teams in the field. Pool play will take place on four fields May 20-22, with the pool winners advancing to an eight-team double-elimination bracket that will be played out May 24-26. The 2010 champion will be crowned on May 26.  The National Championship Tournament will be held at the Wilson Morgan Softball Complex in Decatur, Ala., which was also the site of last year’s tournament.


Canton South's Brian Mogus, 

Hudson's Zach Perry, Kenston's 

Travis  Papay, 


Andrew Korba

earn OAC tennis 


May 18, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




Canton South alumnus Brian Mogus and Hudson grad Zach Perry earned first team All-Ohio Athletic Conference tennis honors, the league office announced today.




Both Mogus and Perry play for Mount Union. In addition, Purple Raider teammate Travis Papay, a Kenston High grad, earned honorable mention recognition. Also Mount’s Brian Widdoes earned second-team honors.




Also receiving honorable mention honors was Ohio Northern’s Andrew Korba, who lives in Streetsboro and was a Student/Athlete at Solon High before becoming a Polar Bear.

Andrew Korba



Mogus went 15-2 as a singles player and 12-5 as a doubles player teaming with three different Raider partners.


Perry went 13-5 in singles play and 15-4 in doubles play, including 14-3 while buddy-ing up with Papay.




Papay was 15-3 in singles play and 16-3 overall in doubles play.


For the Bears, Korba was 15-12 in singles play and 23-6 with doubles partner Jeff Carter.

Three Yeomen Garner Conference Honors
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Westlake – Sophomore Dylan Holmes was named as the North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Sportsman of the Year, while first-yearsThomas Hake and Eli Clark-Davis garnered All-NCAC Honorable-Mention honors, the league office announced today. 

Holmes turned in a sensational season as he led the team with 30 goals – 11 of which came on man-up opportunities. The Seattle, Washington, native also added seven assists to finish second on the squad with 37 points. 

Hake, who was arguably the best rookie in the North Coast this spring, paced the Yeomen with 42 points as he checked in with 28 scores to go along with 14 helpers. 

Clark-Davis emerged on the scene halfway through the season and quickly became one of the top face-off specialists in the conference. The Madison, Wisconsin, native won 81-of-153 chances in the circle for a 52.9-percent success rate. 

Strong senior leadership from Rob Bond coupled with a young core of talent and promising recruiting class has the Yeomen looking strong as they head into 2011.


Hlavin and Patrick Named 

Outstanding Senior


at Baldwin-Wallace College

May 18

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- Baldwin-Wallace College cross country and track & field student-athletes D'Arcy Hlavin (Berea) and Greg Patrick (Collins/Western Reserve) have been named as the College's 2009-10 Outstanding Senior Athletes.

Hlavin is the Outstanding Senior Woman Athlete and Patrick is the Kenneth F. Steingass Outstanding Senior Male Athlete.

As a senior, Hlavin helped lead the women's cross country team to an Ohio Athletic Conference title and a berth to the NCAA Division III Championship Meet. She placed third during the OAC Championships, 16th during the All-Great Lakes Region Meet and 134th at the Div. III National Championship Meet. In addition, she was tabbed as an OAC Runner of the Week honoree.

During the indoor track season, Hlavin was named the Julie Zajac Co-Most Outstanding Distance Athlete at the OAC Championship Meet. She was the OAC champion in the 1-mile run, placed second in the 800-meter run, seventh in the 5,000-meters and ran on the champion distance medley relay team.

In outdoor track this season, Hlavin has provisionally qualified in both the 800 and 1,500-meter runs at the NCAA Division III National Championship Meet that will be hosted by B-W from May 27-29.

Overall, Hlavin's is one of the most celebrated women's cross country and track student-athletes in school history. She is a three-time All-OAC honoree in cross country, including being the OAC Runner of the Year in 2008-09, twice earning All-Great Lakes Region honors and twice ran at the national meet.  In track, she is a multiple All-Ohio and OAC champion.

Academically, Hlavin graduated last week Magna Cum Laude with a degree in sports medicine and pre-physical therapy and carried a 3.64 grade average.  The Dean's List student who is a member of the Alpha Lambda and Chi Sigma Alpha honor societies was an Academic All-OAC and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV selection in 2008-09 and is a candidate for both honors again this year.

Patrick has turned in one of the most accomplished seasons by any thrower in school history. During the 2010 indoor season, he earned the second All-American honor of his career with a third-place finish in the shot put at the NCAA Championship meet.

Prior to nationals, Patrick won the OAC Championship in the shot put with a school-record throw of 54 feet, six and three-quarter inches. He also placed second in the weight throw and was named the OAC's Bud Yost Most Outstanding Field Athlete.  Patrick also teamed with junior Kevin Phipps (Pataskala/Watkins Memorial) to set OAC Relay Meet records in the weight throw relay (108'7") and shot put relay (101'4") in February.

During the current outdoor season, Patrick won the OAC Championship in the shot put and has broken his own school-record in the event with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 55'10.5."

Last outdoor season, Patrick placed eighth in the shot put at nationals to become the first male in school history to earn All-American honors in the outdoor shot put. Prior to the meet, he was named as the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year.




Westlake is double boogeyman as 

upstate and West of the River outfit; 

still left out of state tennis poll despite 

earning spot in Elite Eight 

May 18, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Again, the opinion trail must have hit a blockade in the form of heavy road construction on I-71 somewhere near Mansfield as Westlake’s tennis team, which just made it into the Division I Elite Eight last night with a win over Hudson, continues to get left off the sate poll top ten rankings.

The Demons get the double black mark because 1) they are from the Cleveland area and 2) they are from the West Side of the Cuyahoga River. Neither metro or sub-metro area get much play when it comes to downstate opinion of high school Student/Athletic teams, only the latter getting lost more in the shadows than the former.


Westlake repeated as Southwestern Conference champions with an undefeated dual season and tournament title, defeated a series of formidable opponents in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Tournament and in independent matches, and claims one of the highest ranked players in the Midwest in Colton Buffington, yet it has not been ranked in the top 10 all season by the OTCA.


Maybe if they get to the Final Four with another win, they will get ranked, but no one is holding his breath in this corner.

The rankings that just came out last night are not much different than the others that came out earlier this month and last month. Only two Cleveland-area teams, Solon and Jackson, are among the “ten best” in Division I, and only University School, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Hawken are ranked in Division II.


Possibly some of that opinion sneaked out of the road construction around Mansfield and hooked east on 80 or 480. Yeah, that must be it.

Even St. Ignatius, which sometimes gets to have honorary East Side presence traditionally because of the St. Ann pipeline and recently because the high academic standards makes travel from places like Mentor to West 30th well worth the time and cash investments, was not even ranked all season despite the Wildcats winning 14 matches and also making it as far as the Sweet 16 in the OTC tourney.

However, it already had been established in an earlier drivel what the general downstate opinion is of Cleveland-area, single-sex private schools so it is a given that the Cats were caged on this one. (Could also be why the Preppers have been stuck at No. 2 in II all season).

Hudson has been ranked this season, but after losing to Westlake last night there should be no chance that we would see the Explorers there again. Just being east of the river will not work – they are just too far north.

In fact, no Cleveland area team has had the top ranking all year, with US getting the closest as a No. 2.

Let’s just hope that either the Polar Bears or Demons could win the Cup in D-I and either the Preppers, Hawks or Royals can do it in D-II to prove once again that opinions are based on nothing but a need to "assume" and we all know the etymology of that word.

Division I

1.  Cinti St. Xavier  (9)  90
2. Upper Arlington (1)   84
3. Toledo St. John     78
4. New Albany     62
5. Cinti Sycamore  60
6. Lakota East    41
7. Olentangy Liberty    36
8. Solon     29
9. Massillon Jackson  16
10. Dublin Jerome  15

Division II

1.Gahanna Columbus Academy  (7)  70
2. Hunting Valley University School   58
3. Cinti Seven Hills        53
4. Stow Cuyahoga Valley Christian  47
5. Columbus Bishop Watterson  37
6. Cinti Country Day    29
7. Maumee Valley Country Day 27
8. Cinti Indian Hill 16
9. Columbus Bexley  15
10, Gates Mills Hawken  12

 Anna Navatsyk 2010

John Carroll's Anna Navatsyk

Chardon alum Anna Navatsyk,

Broadview native Ashley Bonamer

Louisville’s Kacey Huff , South grad 

Kristina Hallett earn All OAC tennis 


 May 18, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AUSTINTOWN – Chardon native Anna Navatsyk, Broadview Heights native Ashley Bonamer and Louisville’s Kacey Huff earned first-team tennis honors in the Ohio Athletic Conference, the league office here, announced today.



In addition Willoughby South grad Kristina Hallett earned second-team honors.

Navatsyk posted an 11-3 record in singles and 8-7 record in doubles play as a senior for John Carroll this spring.

Bonamer, who played for Brecksville High, went 14-12 as a singles player and 15-4 as a doubles player for Ohio Northern.





Huff went 16-5 in singles and 18-3 in doubles with Hallett playing for Mount Union.



Hallett nearly dittoed Huff’s singles mark, going 16-4 holding up her end of the court on her own for the Purple Raiders.

Avon Lake's Alex Trzeciak, St. Ed 

alum Matt Lachman earn first-team 

OAC tennis honors; Royalton grad 

Joe Horvath makes second team 

for B-W

May 18

By Nick Minerd

BEREA - Five members of the 2009-10 Baldwin-Wallace College men's tennis team earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors for their play on the court this season. Sophomore Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) and junior Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ Lakewood St. Edward) highlighted the selections as first-team picks.


In addition to B-W's two first-team selections, freshman Joe Horvath (North Royalton) was a second-team pick and senior Andy Redd (Archbold) and junior Sam Burris  (Wooster/ Triway) were honorable mention choices.

Trzeciak, who was a second-team All-OAC selection last season, posted a 17-8 record while competing strictly at the No. 1 singles position. Trzeciak was 8-1 during OAC competition and was a part of B-W's No. 2 doubles duo that posted a 17-6 record. In two seasons, Trzeciak is 39-11 overall in singles play and 37-12 in doubles.

Cleveland Heights native Matt Lachman

Lachman was 14-8 overall and 7-2 in the OAC and competed mostly at No. 2 singles. He also teamed with Redd at No. 1 doubles for a 17-8 overall mark that included an 8-1 record in OAC play. In three seasons, Lachman posts a 46-18 overall singles record and a 52-19 mark in doubles competition.

Horvath posted a team-best 24-1 record competing at mostly fourth and third singles.  His 24 victories tied for fifth on the B-W single-season wins list. He also went unbeaten in OAC play at 9-0 and was a part of B-W's No. 3 doubles team that compiled a 19-2 overall slate.


It will be Cats and Dogs on the 

field Thursday (and hopefully not 

falling from the sky) in district 

championship; Falls gets another

shot at Iggy with carryover win

over Midpark 


May 18, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



LAKEWOOD – In a game that ended 23 hours after it started, Olmsted Falls marched into Thursday’s District Division I title game here in Jerry Gruss Memorial Field with tonight’s 14-3 win over Midpark.


For the third year in a row, the Bulldogs will be playing St. Ignatius, a 10-0 winner over Parma yesterday, for all the marbles in the district. Both games ended after six innings on the mercy ruling, but the Dogs had to wait a little bit longer than the usual six-and-done deal.


The game was started last night but after four innings, the rain would not stop and the decision was made to finish it to today and move the title game from today to Thursday so that Falls (or Midpark) would not be in position to have to win a district semifinal game and a district title game in the same day. Wednesday and Friday are out this week because of district track taking place in this Student/Athletic complex.


The Dogs took under an hour to score four more runs and do enough in the field to get out quickly and start preparing for the Wildcats in the hopes that all the Cat-Dog activity goes on on the field as opposed to falling from the sky as the expression goes.


Cam Trefny, the right-hander who came in relief of southpaw Nick Riolo last night, finished it up on the mound for Falls, striking out two more batters to bring is 4 1/3-inning total to seven over the two-day/one-game span.


Listen to post game interview of Cam Trefny conducted by Steve Byrne and Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Trefny is normally the shortstop. He helped himself with a double, RBI and run scored.

Dave Venezuela had a great all around game at the plate for the Dogs. He wound up with four hits, four RBIs and three runs scored.


Listen to post game interview of Dave Venezuela conducted by Steve Byrne and Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading



Eric Kolar and Kurt Carlisle also scored three runs to go with his three hits and two stolen bases and two RBIs. Zack Ferster had three hits. Brennan Laird reached base three times.

Listen to post game interview of Falls coach Dan Largent conducted by Steve Byrne and Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Coach Largent and his family


May 18

By Tim Calderwood

AVON - The Lake Erie Crushers have set their opening night roster. After using a three-game exhibition series with theWashington Wild Things over the weekend to closely evaluate talent in game situations, Manager John Massarelli let go of three players to bring the final number to 25 with one player on injured reserve.

The final cuts included two players who were members of the 2009 Frontier League Champions as catchers Brad Griffiths and Nick Maragas were let go. Griffiths hit .218 in 66 games for the 2009 Crushers with a homer and 24 RBIs. Maragas appeared in 32 games last year and batted .167 with a homer and seven RBIs. The final cut was infielder Zach Messer, a third-round choice in the 2010Frontier League Draft. To reach 24, reliever Cristobal Mata, a Crusher in 2009, was placed on the 14-day injured reserve on May 12.

Lake Erie fans will see many familiar faces on the field in 2010. The opening day roster includes nine returning players (10 with Mata) from the 2009 Frontier League Championship team. The entire starting infield returns with Eddie Tisdale, Drew Saylor, Jodam Rivera, and Andrew Davis. Davis was a Frontier League Midseason and Postseason All-Star selection. Outfielders Wayne Bond and Arden McWilliams are also back in 2010. The returners on the pitching staff include Cardoza Tucker, Ronnie Morales, and Alberto Rolon. Tucker will receive the opening night start. He pitched eight games for the Crushers last season and was 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA. Chosen by the Mariners in the 48th Round of the 2002 Draft, Tucker is in his eighth season of professional baseball
Andrew Davis

The catching slot will feature two newcomers in Joel Collins and Julio Rivera. Collins, a former 10th Round Pick, has logged time with three different Major League organizations, spending last season in the Giants system, where he reached the Carolina League(Class-A Advanced). Julio Rivera was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2005 and played for St. Lucie in the New York Mets systembriefly last year.

The roster features three veterans, three LS-2's, four LS-1's (five with Mata), and 14 rookies. Of the 14 rookies, 10 are on the pitching staff. All but two of the rookies have previous professional experience. Both true rookies are on the pitching staff. Right-hander Chris Smith was chosen in the First Round of the 2010 Frontier League Draft with the seventh overall selection out ofKentucky Wesleyan College. Michael Raymond is also a right-hander out of Belmont Abbey College.

Players come from 11 different states with five Ohio products. Two players hail from Puerto Rico with one coming from the Dominican Republic and another from Canada. The Crushers, open the 2010 season on Friday with a 7:05 p.m. contest against the Traverse City Beach Bums. FANtastic Fireworks will follow the game.

The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, play ball at All Pro Freight Stadium located in Avon, OH. Beginning in 2010, All Pro Freight Stadium will also be home to the Cleveland State University baseball team. The Frontier League is anindependent baseball league with 12 teams operating throughout the Midwest. Season tickets for the 2010 season are on sale now! For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at www.LakeErieCrushers.com or call 440-934-3636




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