A Page -- May 19, 2010


WEEK (May 7-14) 

– James Oliver, St. Ignatius Tennis



This Week’s Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Athlete of the Week is St. Ignatius first singles player James Oliver.

Oliver qualified to this week’s Oberlin District Tennis Tournament by finishing sectional runner-up to Westlake’s Colton Buffington for the second consecutive year in Oberlin. Oliver needs to finish in the top six this weekend in order to qualify to next week’s state tournament.

During last week, Oliver defeated Steve Boslet of Hudson 6-3, 6-3; Garrett Cona from Walsh 6-3, 6-1; Billy Lennon from US 6-3, 7-6 (5); Alex Mihas from Lakewood 6-2, 6-0; Alex Haley from Medina 6-1, 6-1. In the previous week he defeated Kyle Krist from Perry 6-0, 6-0; and Jeff Williams from St. Ed 6-1, 6-0.

In the St. Ed's tournament he lost to Sean Bandy of St. Xavier 1-6, 1-6 and then defeated Josh Adler from US 8-5 and Nicko Bagnolo from Hoover 8-5.  He is presently 18-2 in dual matches and is 26 - 6 overall.

Most importantly, Oliver, a Lakewood resident, carries a 3.7 grade point average in the classroom.


Student/Athlete of the week: Submissions are now being accepted for student/athlete of the week. To qualify for consideration, one must be a contributor to his team’s successes the previous week and carry a 3.0 accumulative grade point average in the classroom. Submissions will be accepted from coaches, athletic directors or sports information directors only. No submissions will be accepted from parents or students. A coach who is also a parent must have an assistant coach submit on his behalf for his own offspring. If your school does not have s sports information director, get one. Submit summaries, stats, quotes AND a photo to norm_nfun@yahoo.com.

Interim CSU AD John Parry 

discusses move to change 

management of Wolstein Center, 

addition of an American football 

team and extending practice 


May 19, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



CLEVELAND – John Parry, interim athletic director at Cleveland State, had a sit-down with the local media this afternoon and discussed his plans for the Student/Athletes here.

John Parry (S/A-Cleve. Photo by Norm Weber)

Three major projects he is involved with on an immediate basis include 1) outsourcing the Wolstein Center’s management and subsequent marketing operations to an outside company (preferably private), 2) advancing the movement to add an American football team to the assortment of varsity sports teams at the school, and 3) annexing a wing so that is a secondary practice area so that the men’s and women’s basketball teams can practice simultaneously (one now has to practice each day from 12-3, during prime time of class offerings).

Listen to interview of CSU Interim AD John Parry conducted by Elton Alexander and Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


Parry is the retired athletic director at Butler, and was chosen for the temp job because of his familiarity with CSU through his long involvement in the Horizon League.

He did draw one analogy between Indiana and Ohio. When he arrived at Butler, that school was considered to be a part of the “other colleges” category after Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame, much the same as CSU is in “other colleges” land after Ohio State and the MAC. 

By the time he retired, Butler was in the “Top Four” and no longer “other.”

It is interesting that someone who never attended Ohio State deems himself an “Ohio State fan” for no other reason other than “because I live in Ohio.” However, that logic does not follow suit when that so-called fan lives in the Greater Cleveland area and Ohio State is playing Cleveland State in any sport. 

Listen to Mr. Parry discuss football, making CSU bigger than the public perception has made it, “Academic Merit Money” for S/As and his path to CSU

The tendency is still to root for Ohio and not extend it to “I root for CSU because I live in Cleveland."

The bigger-is-better misconception takes hold more often than not.

Parry seems to be genuine in suggesting that Cleveland State can become bigger just as Butler had, and that the persisting stigma around the Horizon League of coming to Cleveland for a game or tournament  as a dreaded thought (even though Johnny Carson and his Cleveland jokes have been dead for years) could also be eliminated.

“We need to get more people to believe that this is a good place to come to school and if they live down here that the games would be part of their social activity,” Parry said.


Parry is walking the talk. He is living downtown, three blocks from campus. 

Listen to Mr. Parry discuss the CSU coaches’ accepting him, how he plans on marketing the Viking Student/Athletic product, the significance of building relationships with the local pro teams and the other facilities projects outside The ‘Stein

He has children who will be or are attending college on the East Coast and is considering moving there, which is understandable, due to the stronger academic culture in the region and by extension the Student/Athletic culture.

The goal is to get 25 percent of the student body living on or near campus.

Getting an American football team might be one way of doing it. Although he was reluctant to admit it, Parry realizes that such a team would increase male enrollment (now only 40 percent of students at all US colleges) whether participants on the team or not.


“You really can’t have a marching band unless you have a football team,” Parry said.

Butler and Valparaiso added football teams recently and the numbers have revealed that male enrollment increased.

B-W Lands League-High Seven 

Student/Athletes on Men's 


All-OAC At-Large Team; 



Trzeciak, Royalton's 




May 19

By Nick Minerd

BEREA - Seven Baldwin-Wallace College male student-athletes were named to the 2009-10 Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference At-Large team. B-W's seven selections were the most of any of the 10 OAC institutions.

Included in B-W's selections were two golfers, two swimmers, one diver and two tennis players. The at-large category consists of student-athletes from the sports of wrestling, golf, swimming and diving and tennis.

The Yellow Jacket men's golf team was represented by senior three-time All-OAC performer Nick Bryan (Zanesville/Rosecrans) and junior Brian Routhieaux (Gibsonia, Pa./ Mars Area).

The swimming and diving team was represented by junior six-time All-American diver Todd Richert  (North Royalton), junior Matt Diamond (Ashtabula/Lakeside) and senior Jordan Irwin (Westerville/Westerville South).

The tennis team was represented by two-time All-OAC sophomore Alex Trzeciak  (Avon Lake) and junior All-OAC selection Sam Burris  (Wooster/Senior).

Bryan graduated Magna Cum Laude as a biology major with a 3.73 grade point average and earns his third straight at-large selection. He is a Dean's List student, a member of the Dayton C. Miller honor society and a 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV selection that is up for the honor again this year. As a senior, he earned his third top 10 finish (All-OAC) at the OAC Championship Tournament when he placed third with a two-day total of 147 (76-71). Bryan led B-W in stroke average during both the fall (76.25) and spring (76.54) seasons. He finished his career with a 77.38 stroke average and owns the top two seasonal stroke average in school history -- 74.00 in the fall of 2007 and 74.55 in the fall of 2008.

Routhieaux also earned Academic All-OAC At-Large honors last season. He is a business administration and accounting double-major with a 3.97 GPA and is a member of the Dayton C. Miller honor society. As a junior, he competed in eight tournaments and averaged 81.63 strokes per round.

Richert is an exercise science/physical therapy major with a 3.26 GPA. He is a Dean's List student and a member of the B-W honors program. In 2009-10, he earned the fifth and sixth All-American honors of his career at the Division III National Championshipmeet. In each of his three seasons, Richert has earned All-American status in the one and three-meter diving events. He also earned the second OAC Diver of the Year award of his career in 2010. Richert is the most accomplished athlete in B-W swimming and diving history and owns every school diving record.

Diamond is a business administration major with a 3.75 GPA and is a repeat selection to the Academic At-Large team. He is a Dean's List student and a member of the Alpha Lambda honor society. As a junior, Diamond served as a team captain and earned All-OAC honors with a pair of B-W relay teams including the champion 200-yard medley relay team. In each of his three seasons, Diamond has earned multiple All-OAC finishes at the OAC Championship meet.

Irwin is a business administration major with a 3.55 GPA and was awarded the Sportsmanship Award at the B-W Student-Athlete Awards Dinner. As a senior, Irwin served as a captain and earned All-OAC honors with the second-place 200-yard free relay team.

Trzeciak is a mathematical economics major with a 3.72 GPA. He also earned his second straight All-OAC honor, a first-team nod, for his play on the court in 2009-10. He 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.

Burris is a business administration major with a 3.63 GPA. He also was an honorable mention All-OAC choice for his play this season. He competed mainly at No. 5 singles and posted an 18-5 record with an 8-1 mark in the OAC. In three seasons, Burris has a fine 60-14 singles record.

St. Ignatius dominating Lakewood 

district track after one day; Mags 

breaks two-mile relay record 

again; Streaks lap two teams 

along the way

May 19, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



LAKEWOOD – Today’s first segment of the Big-School District Track meet here at the high school was highlighted by the dominant running of Magnificat’s 3,200 relay team.


The marquee event for the all-girls school from Rocky River for three decades running now, the 3,200 was a Mags event all the way this year as winner was a foregone conclusion. It was merely a race for second place.


The defending state champs already had a lead of nearly ¾ of a lap by the time All-American runner Maddie Chambers got the baton on the fourth leg. Chambers lapped both the seventh and eighth team, Lakewood and Normandy, crossing the finish line before the Invaders and Rangers had completed their seventh laps of the race.


The Blue Streaks won it in 9:20 to set a new district record, shattering their own set last year by two seconds. Three of the members are still the same. Erin Riley and Mary Whitmore were on the unit last year but Clare Fisher is new.


St. Ignatius won the boys’ 3.200 with Lamar Kemp, Nick Kobunski, Evan Baum and Drew Galang.

St. Ignatius High School logo


The 3,200 was the only final running event of the day. Some field events were completed today as well. Medina Highland’s Karissa Steffas won the high jump, while Highland’s Nate Chronister won the long jump.


Also qualifying to the regional were St. Ignatius Anthony Mascia, Adams’ Bart Evans and Iggy’s Adam North. Revere’s Magan Fakult, Normandy’s Marissa Hellisz and St. Joe’s Katelyn Seroka finished behind Steffas but qualified to next week.


St. Ignatius took 1-2 in the discus with Blake Thomas and Ryan Gibbons. St. Ed’s Aaron Zadella and Normandy’s Mike Vano also qualified to the regional.


The Cats also took 1-2 in the pole vault with Craig Krcal and Chris Hill. Highland’s Tony Morgano and Rever’s Dan Czejak also made it out.


The Invaders had Betsy Morchak win the district title in the shot. Padua’s Carly Molls, Revere’s Morgan Ford and Lakewood’s Monka Virag also qualified to the regional.


Revere is leading the girls’ division with 23 points, three head of Normandy and five ahead of highland.


Iggy leads the boys’ division with 59 points, outdistancing No. 2 Highland by a “mile.” The Hornets have 28 and Revere16.










USA Women's National Soccer Team 

practice at Krenzler this morning 

serves as knowledge source for

North Olmsted native Mike 

McLaughlin, coach at the all-boys

St. Ignatius

May 19, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND – Mike McLaughlin’s appearance at the United State’s Women’s National Soccer Team’s spontaneous practice this morning here at Cleveland State’s Krenzler Field certainly was not an indication that St. Ignatius has ideas of getting into the girls’ soccer business.

The Wildcats’ coach, who has prepped Iggy (the all-boys’ prep school) to three state championships and a national championship while earning national coach of the year five years ago, was in the stands to accumulate soccer knowledge. Sure, why not? Intelligence gathering for educational purposes has always been at the core of any Jesuit institution.

“I am here to get ideas,” said McLaughlin, who while sitting in the Krenzler stands was writing down copious notes upon his observations. “At the national and international level, they are doing some things here that a coach will not see at a run-of-the-mill soccer practice.”

McLaughlin looked on closely at the drills the coaches were running with the women, hunting for tactical and technical clues.

U.S. Soccer Logo

The US women, who play Germany at the Stadium Saturday, have been practicing at Laurel School for Girls. The Germans have been practicing at Heights High. A quick change in schedule had the USA gals adding a practice this morning here at CSU, perhaps to get them used to the downtown area.

McLaughlin is no stranger to International soccer. He was one of the early members of the legendary East-West Soccer Club in the early and mid 1980s and was part of a grouping of players that qualified for the McGuire Cup (The national Final Four for Under-19 Boys) an unprecedented three years running. East-West was the pioneer of Premier soccer in Cleveland and one of the chief founding clubs nationally along with Scott Gallagher out of St. Louis and the LaJolla Nomads out of San Diego.

Through his overseas travels while still a Student/Athlete at St. Ignatius and with East-West, McLaughlin accumulated the international soccer knowledge that placed him in a more advanced situation later as a player at Quincy and as the coach of the Cats the past 16 years.

East-West of course claims among its alumni and alumnae Bay Village native Brad Friedel, the former men’s national team goalie; Parma’s Herbie Haller, the captain of one of Jerry Yeagley’s national championship team at Indiana, and North Olmsted’s Pam Kalinoski, who collected five national championship rings at the University of North Carolina, where she was teammates of Mia Hamm and was coached by Anson Dorrance, the former US Women’s national coach.

Also at the practice perhaps to gain knowledge was Zoran Popovic, the director of girls’ coaching for the Internationals, the Premier club based in Medina. Popovic coached Strongsville’s Danielle Hubka, who is on the Under-20 National team. She had been called in to camp, but whether she suits up or is on the sidelines for Saturday’s match remains to be seen.

Most of McLaughlin’s Iggy players travel with the Internationals over the summer. George Nanchoff handles the men’s program for the Internationals.

B-W Women's Tennis Standouts 

Caitlyn Pecinovsky and Medina 

native Katy Marshall Named 

Academic All-OAC At-Large

By Nick Minerd

BEREA - Baldwin-Wallace College women's tennis junior student-athletes Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/Columbus Bishop Hartley) and Katy Marshall (Medina/Senior) have been named to the 2009-10 Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference At-Large team.

Medina's Katy Marshall

Pecinovsky makes her first appearance on the at-large team and Marshall is a repeat selection. The at-large winners consist of student-athletes from the sports of golf, swimming and diving, and tennis.


Pecinovsky is a psychology and criminal justice double-major with a 3.63 grade point average. She is a Dean's List student and a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta, Chi Sigma Alpha, Pi Gamma Mu, Psi Chi and Dayton C. Miller honor societies.

Pecinovsky also earned her second straight first-team All-OAC honor earlier this week for her play on the court in 2009-10. She posted a 15-10 overall record competing strictly at the No. 1 position and was 8-1 during OAC play. In three seasons, Pecinovsky posts an overall singles record of 49-32 and a doubles mark of 50-38.

Marshall is a psychology and Spanish double-major with a 3.8 GPA. She is a Dean's List student and a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta, Chi Sigma Alpha and Psi Chi honor societies. She was an academic at-large selection last year and was an honorable-mention pick in 2007-08.

Marshall tied for the team lead with 18 wins (18-7 overall) competing mainly at No. 6. She 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.

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 record of 74-29.


May 19

By Nicolle Meyer

AVON- The Lake Erie Crushers will receive their 2009 Frontier League Championship rings in a ceremony prior to Friday’s opening day game against the Traverse City Beach Bums at All Pro Freight Stadium.
The rings will be presented by Crushers managing member Steven Edelson at 6:30 p.m., 30 minutes prior to the first pitch of the Crushers 2010 season. Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee will also be on hand for the proceedings.
The team will open the gates at 5 p.m. to accommodate early arriving fans for Opening Day. The festivities will include several exciting pre-game events. Starting at 5 p.m. LifeShare will be accepting blood donations outside the main gate in the Baseball Boulevard cul de sac. At 5:45 p.m., the Crushers will present a military swearing in on the field, which will be followed by the ring ceremony and the raising of the 2009 Frontier League championship banner.



 Walz Steps Down as Men's Lacrosse Coach

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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin – Oberlin College Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Walz has resigned from his position to pursue other opportunities outside of coaching. He will officially remain on staff until July 30. 

"I have really enjoyed working with Coach Walz the past several years,” Delta Lodge Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard said. “He's been a great ambassador for the program, and he leaves our roster well-stocked with talent. I will miss working with him, but I am certain he will be successful in his next position."



Hudson, Twinsburg win two-mile 

relay district titles; Aurora's 

Jessica Baker wins girls high 

jump title; Tallmadge's Zack 

Price takes pole vault title

  May 19, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Hudson’s girls 3,200-meter relay team won the district championship today in the first day of the Big-school districts today in Austintown. After the first day of competition, Hudson is tied for fourth place with Aurora, each school with 13 and a third points. Fitch is leading the girls’ division with 20 points.


In the boys’ division, Twinsburg and Lake are tied for second with 17 points, four behind leader Canfield. Hudson and Tallmadge are tied for fifth with Fitch.


Caroline Sauers, Colleen O’Neil, Nikki Borher and Angela Williams won the two-mile relay fort the Explorers in 9:32, six seconds off the district record.


Twinsburg won the boys’ 3,200 relay with Tyler Chancellor, Will Myers, Brent Hunter and Josh Edmonds in eight minutes and four seconds, eight seconds off the district record.


Marlington finished second and Aurora third to also qualify to the regional. Seth Michael, Kyle Masterson, Brian Baum and Louis Ringelham took runners up for the Dukes. The Greenmen had Justin Morrison, Scott Black, Matt Davis and Jeff Smith qualify in the race.


Lake’s Levi Simmons and Wes Wilson both qualified in the long jump.


Jessica Baker won the high jump for Aurora, finishing three inches better than runner-up Brittani Reid of Twinsburg.


Zack Price won the pole vault for Tallmadge. Chris Moermand of Twinsburg and Ryan Sparber of Hudson also qualified to the regional.




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