A Page -- May 22, 2010

Shaker Student/Athlete 

David Gabriel to preface his 

national history competition 

with trip to state tennis 

tourney; Cloverleaf's Ethan 

Dunbar is district champ for 

second year in a row

May 22, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




OBERLIN – Shaker Heights High’s David Gabriel joined teammate Tommy Marx today as two Red Raiders who will be going to the state tennis tournament next week.


Gabriel, who went down in doubles last year and in singles two years ago as a freshman, got in today by staving off a second set rally by St. Ignatius’ James Oliver in the backdraw to win 6-3, 7-6, 6-4.

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Gabriel (S/A Photo by Norm Weber)

The true embodiment of the concept “Student/Athlete,” Gabriel is in the top two in his junior class at Shaker and will be going to another competition within the next month, a history studies competition. He and a partner will give a presentation on Peter the Great.

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Education is at the core of the Gabriel family. He has a sister who just graduated from Wake Forest and was carrying around a GRE Study Guide here on the courts in preparation for her intended graduate school entrance exam and studies. He also has an Ivy League sister studying at Columbia.


Marx had already qualified Thursday by getting into the semifinal round as the top six out of the Oberlin College Division I District.


Westlake’s Colton Buffington defeated Kentson’s Nolan Marks, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, in the semis while Cloverleaf’s Ethan Dunbar topped Marx, 6-0, 6-4, setting up the Marx-Marks final. A three ring circus could have had them going to one of Marc Glassman’s stores after the match, so it could have been a Marx-Marks meeting at Marc’s. However, having someone named Marx on the campus of Oberlin, sometimes known as the Berkeley of the Midwest, was enough of a coincidence for one day.

“Nolan and I have been going back and forth about 12 times now,” Buffington said. “We just keep beating each other every other time.”


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The title match was the first meeting ever between Buffington and Dunbar, although the latter recalled that they might have played when they were 10 or 12.


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Buffington went to state last year as a No. 3 seed so at least now he will be in a better position in terms of seeding. This year he will go in as a No. 2 as he was downed by Dunbar, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3).


Dunbar has now won two consecutive district championships. He was down 6-5 in the second set before rallying to take it in straight sets.


Westlake High is hoping it can take seven Student/Athletes to Columbus next week instead of just Buffington by himself. The Demons are still alive in the team tournament. Now in the Elite Eight, the Demons play Monday’s Jackson-Walsh winner on Tuesday for the right to go to the final four, which begins Friday.


Westlake has a 50-50 chance of going. The Demons beat Hudson in the Sweet 16 to get here. Hudson has beaten both Walsh and Jackson, but then has also lost to both Hudson and Jackson in separate matches.


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Lake’s Ross Whittaker, a freshman qualified through the back draw along with Gabriel by beating Solon’s David Shankman, 4-6, 6-4, 3-0. Whitaker’s coach, Bryan Whittaker, was the first one in school history at Lake to qualifytot state, doing it 20 years ago.

Nolan Marks

Marks (Photo courtesy Kenston High Web site)

Then, after being down one set, Whitaker came back to take the second and then win the third in a tie breaker against Gabriel for fifth place. Marx beat Marks in two sets for third.

Abby Wambach scoring a goal for USA on a penalty kick for USA tonight at the Stadium against Germany

(S/A-Cleveland photo by S/A Student/Photog Rob Ivory)

U.S. Soccer Logo

USA avenges 2003 loss to 

Germany, 4-0, at stadium 


May 22, 2010


By Norm Weber



CLEVELAND – The USA Women’s National Soccer Team avenged a FIFA World Cup loss to the German National Team from seven years ago (the last time the two world powers met), with tonight’s 4-0 win here in Cleveland Browns’ Stadium.


USA’s first goal came on a penalty kick by Abby Wambach in the 29th minute. The Americans added an insurance goal in the 35th minute when Amy Rodriguez fed Heather O’Reilly, who in turn sneaked it past German goalie Nadine Angerer.


After one half, the Americans had an 8-5 advantage in shots and 7-3 lead in shots on goal.


Wambach and Germany’s Birgit Prinz were issued yellow cards in the first half.


The Americans added a second period goal, coming in the 62nd minute off foot off  Kristine Lilley. Wambach earned the assist.


Just a minute later Wambach scored her second goal with an assist coming from Lori Lindsey.

The US wound up with a 14-12 edge in shots and doubled up in shots on goal, 12-6.

(S/A-Cleveland photo by S/A Student/Photog Rob Ivory)

Crushers bummed out 

by Traverse City, 6-2

May 22, 2010


By Norm Weber



AVON – The Lake Erie Crushers went down in defeat for the first time this season, getting set back by Traverse City here tonight, 6-2, in front of 2,000 and change in All Pro Freight Stadium. The Crushers and Beach Bums will conclude their three-game series tomorrow at 5 here.


The Crushers opened up an early 2-0 lead on a pair of sacrifice flies, one by Julio Rivera in the second and one by Travis Vetters in the third.


The Bums then exploded for five runs in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead.


The Crushers nearly tied it in the bottom of the inning when Andrew Davis, the MVP of last year’s Championship Series, drove a long shot to the warning track in right field with two runners aboard, but Matt Brown made the catch against the fence to end the inning and scoreless rally.


Traverse City added another run when a runner scored as the infield turned a double play.





Jackson's Nathan Kanam 

and Will Eisenberg will try to 

ditto their Polar Bear state 

basketball title at state tennis 

next week; Walsh's Garrett 

Cona and Matt Spittler win 

district doubles title

May 22, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




OBERLIN – Walsh Jesuit won the district doubles championship today here at The College as Garrett Cona and Matt Spittler defeated Solon’s Evan Schrode and Zach Singerman, 6-2, 6-1, to take the Division I title.

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Spittler and Cona were the only No. 1 doubles seed to advance to the district final four as upsets abounded the first day here. Geneva’s Kyle O’Dell and Jack McMahan did advance as a No. 1 district seed, but through the backdraw, eliminating Brecksville’s(Paul Forbush and Matt Dietrich earlier in the morning, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 (7-2).

Spittler (left) and Cona

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Massillon Jackson, a No. 3 seed, also qualified through the backdraw, with a 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 win over Hoover’s Nick Fockler and Justin Carpenter.

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The Polar Bears’ doubles team of Nathan Kanam and Will Eisenberg are no strangers to state competition although this will be the first time for them in tennis. Both played on the Jackson state basketball team that beat Gahanna Lincoln for the state title, a rarity (a suburban public school winning state in Division I boys’ basketball).

Kanam (left) and Eisenberg

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That state basketball title was the first ever in school history.

They then went on to beat the Geneva couplet in straight sets to take fifth place.

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Schrode (left) and Singerman

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Solon will have two doubles teams going with the S&S team beating Comet teammates Andrew Branstetter and Liam O’Brien, 6-4, 7-5 in the semis earlier in the morning to get the right to play the Walsh duo.

Branstetter and O'Brien

Listen to post match interview of Andrew Branstetter and Liam O’Brien


The second Solon team then lost to Hudson’s Patrick Ohanian and Steve  Boslet in the battle for third place, 6-4, 6-1, but will still go down as a No. 4 seed.

Boslet and Ohanian

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The Polar Bears and Warriors will be playing in a dual to determine who will go to the Elite Eight to play Westlake for the right to go to the Final Four team tournament Friday and Saturday in Columbus.

Canton Central Catholic wins district 

championship; Marina Capuano, 

Sara Heck qualify to regionals in four 

events for Crusaders; Tierra Moore 

also makes it in four for South

 May 22, 2010


By Norm Weber



Canton Central Catholic’s girls’ track team hung on today to win the Division II champion, but the Crusader boys’ team dropped to seventh.


Both Central Catholic teams led after the first day Thursday. Salem wound up winning the boys’ division. The highest local finisher in boys was Northwest, which finished sixth.

 CCHS sign.jpg

Canton South was third in the girls division while Tuslaw finished ninth.


Tierra Moore qualified for South to the regionals in both the 100-meter and 300 hurdles. Nat Highben from Farirless and Shayne Taylor from Alliance qualified in the boys’ 110 hurdles. Highben also made it in the 300 ones.


Three area girls qualified to the regional in the 100 dash in Central Catholic’s Marina Capuano and Sara Heck, and South’s Imani Bush. Bryan Jones of Northwest made it in the boys’ race. Capuano and Heck also made it in the 200 and 400, that latter of which they went 1-2 in in the finals.


Norm Becton made it for the Crusaders in the boys’ 400.


South’s Eric Thompkins made it in the boys’ 200. Moore and Bush also made it with Alex Lancaster and Angie Grace in the 800 relay for South. Bush, Grace and Moore qualified with Deja Rizzo in the 400 relay.


South will also send a boys’ team in the 400 relay with Chance Bush, Thompkins, Justin Lynch and Mark Lancaster. Northwest is also sending one in Bach, Miracle, Jones and Ronnie Beers.


Jones was joined by Evan Bach, Seth Miracle and Zach Shuttleworth in qualifying in the boys’ 800 relay.


Marlington’s Heidi Steiner won the mile and will be joined at the regional by Northwest’s Becca Henderson and Fairless’ Danielle Wilson. Northwest’s Matt Peters won the boys’ mile run. Korey Carr made it for the Dukes in the 300 hurdles.


Two Stark County gals made it in the 800 in Tuslaw’s Abbey Warth and South’s Sarah Weaver. Marlington went 1-2 in the 3,200 with Megan Gonzalez and Steiner.


Chase Robinson won the 3,200 for Fairless as he certainly was “chased” throughout this race.


Lisa Dunnie, Brianna Byer, Alyssa Lombardi, and Warth made it for the Mustangs in the mile relay, as did Heck, Hollie Stuffel, Katie Nixdorf and Capuano for the Crusaders.


Treg Grub, Mason Miller, Tyler Alban, and Joe Sanders qualified the mile relay for Tuslaw, as did Northwest’s Shuttleworth, Kyle Stover, Mike Millard and Jordan Benson. Millard also made it in the high jump with Central’s Jack Anderson.


Fairless’ Courtney McMahon won the pole vault and will be joined at regionals by teammate Amie Hintz and Emily Keane and Melissa Wills of Central Catholic.


Carr also made it in the long jump.

The Berg going to 

College World Series 

for the first time ever; 

Strongsville's Jason 

Lash, Kenston's Alex Monroe,

make all-tournament team after 

regional championship 

win over Marietta

By Morgan Hawley

Marietta, Ohio - May 22, 2010 - The top seeded *Heidelberg University* baseball team posted a 6-2 victory over Marietta College in the Mideast Regional Championship game of the 2010 NCAA Baseball Championships today, May 22. Marietta was the host institution of the seven-team regional at Don Schaly Stadium in Marietta, Ohio.

Strongsville's Jason Lash made the All-Tournament team as the Berg's shorstop.

Strongsville's Lash

Alex Monroe, a Kenston High alum, also made the all-tournament team, as did Akron native Steve Deckert.


The regional championship is the first ever by the Berg in four appearances at the regionals. Its victory sends the Berg to Appleton, Wisc. for the Division III World Series at Fox Cities Stadium.

 The world series is slated for May 28-June 1. Heidelberg will face the winner of the Mid-Atlantic Region on Thursday, May 28, at 4:30 p.m. central standard time.

For the latest information visit the regional website <http://pioneers.marietta.edu/index.aspx?path=mideastregional>.
Click here <http://www.heidelberg.edu/athletics/teams/mbaseball/roster> for a complete Heidelberg baseball roster.


In addition to Lash and Monroe, other Cleveland-area players going to Appleton for the World Series with the Student Princes are Canton Central Catholic alumnus Willie Brechum, Brunswick’s Zach Colatruglio, Akron Coventry's Steve Deckert, Euclid’s Elvin Williams, Euclid’s Lashon Long, Medina’s Brandon Stucky, Akron native Steve Deckert, Avon Lake alumnus Ryan Kirkpatrick, and Brush grad Andy Crowl.


Heidelberg Wins Mideast Regional Championship

Marietta, Ohio - May 22, 2010 -* Heidelberg coach *Matt Palm* said he'll spend the evening celebrating the Student Princes' first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III Baseball Championshipswith his immediate family.
(L to R) Brechun, Colatruglio, Deckert

Just moments after Heidelberg (40-6) finished off a 6-2 victory over Ohio Athletic Conference rival Marietta in the Mideast Regional on Saturday (May 22, 2010), Palm celebrated with his extended family.

Stucky, Long, Williams (ltoR)

"There's been a lot of young men, a lot of families, a lot assistant coaches and great support from our administration that have made this possible," Palm said. "A lot of those players who started with me when I first got here and even recent graduates were here today. That is really special."

One of those former players, 2007 graduate *Matt Decker*, said he does feel a connection to Heidelberg's first Mideast Regional championship.

"We didn't say much after the game, but we just hugged and I congratulated him," said Decker, who is the older brother of Heidelberg catcher *Steve Decker*. "That's the first thing he said to me when he saw me was that all of the past players have a part in this."

Matt said it was the family atmosphere at Heidelberg that drew him to the program, and he felt it again Saturday.

"We had several past players here and my phone was blowing up afterward with texts," he said.

Palm said getting over the regional obstacle is something that can change the face of a program.

"You watch Marietta play in the regional setting and they just go out and play and I think that's because they've been to the Series. Every time you take that next step the step beneath it becomes easier," said Palm, the OAC Coach of the Year. "They don't have that fear of losing here. By making the statement we did today, not only beating Marietta, but Marietta at this place, is huge for us."

It was also a big day for junior pitcher *Andy Lowe*, who tossed the final three innings for his 12th save of the season.

Just two years ago, Lowe was on the mound in Terre Haute, Ind., in the ninth inning of the regional final. Leading 7-5, Lowe gave up three runs to Adrian and the Student Princes were denied a trip to Wisconsin.

"Not this time. This time I was going to get it done," said Lowe, the Mideast Regional Most Outstanding Player. "No one can say that to me any more."

While he was confident, Lowe acknowledged that Marietta is the type of team that could rally from four down in the ninth.

"When you get a four-run lead against Marietta it may not be enough."

However, Marietta's bats were pretty much silenced after the first inning. Heidelberg starter *Nathan James* (7-2) gave up a solo home run to Britt Meador to start the game and Casey Levens doubled home another run to give the Pioneers an early 2-0 lead.

James regrouped and allowed just three more hits over the next five innings.

"I needed to get into a groove. I had a little trouble the last time I pitched here," said James, who tossed two innings and allowed five hits and five runs in an 11-8 loss to Marietta on April 17.

The Student Princes have now defeated Marietta in four straight.

The Pioneers (36-13) won't get a shot at a fifth national championship, but coach Brian Brewer said he liked the way his players battled from a first-round loss to make the finals.

"The loss in the first round really hurt, but from there we played really well. The town and crowd gave us a little lift. … We rallied around each other," he said. "It was a great season, but not exactly where we want to be. For the seniors it was a great career. We're certainly appreciative of that."

Marietta starter Austin Blaski, who returned to the mound on two days rest, took the loss to fall to 9-4 on the season. Braden Park went 2-for-3, while Dan Jones had a single.

"As a senior going out there and giving it your all and everything you got. Toward the end of the season we talked to all of the guys about how we played," said Jones, a senior. "Everyone bought in and going out there and playing baseball the way we do here. Great to see younger guys follow and come through."

Jason Lash led Heidelberg's offense with a 3-for-4 day, including two doubles and three RBI.

"We were close our freshman year and last year. … We said we wanted to win the regional, but that's not all. We want to win the World Series too," Lash said. "Now we have to begin a new season. This is for everybody who has been a part of our program."


Heidelberg arrives in Grand Chute, Wis., for the championship tournament ranked second in the nation and riding a 17-game winning streak that dates back to April 17 when the Student Princes bested Marietta at Don Schaly Stadium in the second game of a doubleheader, 15-14.

*All-Tournament Team*
Thomas More—Nick Zeiser, catcher
Adrian—Alex Cowart, outfield
Penn State-Behrend—Jonathan Gray, outfield; Ryan Zamiskie, pitcher
Marietta—Brian Gasser, pitcher; John Snyder, outfield; Casey Levens, utility
*Heidelberg—Alex Monroe, outfield; Jason Lash, shortstop; Steve Decker, catcher; Andy Lowe, pitcher*
*Most Outstanding Player—Andy Lowe, Heidelberg*