A Page -- May 24, 2010

Brecksville's Salay, Hinckley's Davis, 

Uniontown's Reese, Maple's Lucak, 

Cuyahoga Falls' Horning, 

Valley City's Coyne, Hartville's Allen, 

Louisville's Woolf honored for 

Student/Athleticism as 

Academic All OAC picks for softball

May 24, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



AUSTINTOWN – Green High alumna Katherine Reese, Brecksville-Broadview High alum Katie Salay, Valley City native Megan Coyne, Lake graduate Meghan Allen, Medina Highland grad Tanya Davis, Cuyahoga Falls resident Anna Horning, Louisville grad Katie Woolf, and Trinity High product Alex Lucak were honored today for their Student/Athleticism as members of the Ohio Athletic Conference All-Academic First Team for softball, the league office here announced today.



In addition, Akron Springfield alum Stephanie Cain, North Olmsted native Katie Knox, and Strongsville resident Katrina Resek received the Academic/Athletic honor for softball as members of the Honorable Mention All Academic team.

The academic award winners are selected by the OAC Faculty Athletics Representatives. To be eligible, a Student/Athlete must have at least a 3.25 cumulative gpa, be a starter or key reserve and be in at least her second year of participation in the sport.

Salay, a senior outfielder for Ohio Northern, is a pharmacy major and has a 3.98 cumulative GPA.



Reese studies English and on the side plays second base for Muskingum. The senior has a 3.70 GPA.



Horning plays third base for Mount Union. The senior from Woodridge High is studying history and has a cumulative GPA of 3.42.

Katie Woolf


A graphic design major, Woolf plays catcher for Marietta. The senior has a 3.54.


Coyne, who played high school ball at the nationally recognized for softball Keystone High, is the third baseman for B-W. The senior studies business administration and has a 3.35.



Allen, a Hartville native, is studying middle childhood education. The Mount Union senior has a 3.30. She also plays outfield and sometimes is the designated player for the Purple Raiders.


Davis is a pre-physical therapy major and is studying athletic training as an undergrad. The B-W catcher from Hinckley has a 3.92 and just completed her junior year.



Lucak, a Maple Heights native, is also an athletic training major. The junior second baseman at Mount Union has a 3.86.

Knox 2010

Magnificat alumna Katie Knox

Knox, a junior infielder for John Carroll, has a 3.88 GPA while studying engineering physics.

With a double major in exercise science and sports medicine, Resek has a 3.58 GPA. The junior also happens to play first base for B-W.


Marlowe 2010


In addition, those studying/playing at colleges in the S/A-Cleveland coverage area but attended high school and grew up outside the circle who received the Academic/Athletic honors include John Carrol’s Julie Marlowe, Angela Vistocco, Michelle Murphu, and Laura Boselovic, and Mount Union’s Mara Palomabro.

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Westlake, Solon, Jackson, US, 

CVCA ranked in final state tennis poll

May 24, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



COLUMBUS- The Ohio High School Tennis Coaches Association put out its fifth and final poll tonight, with only five area teams listed among the Top 10 in divisions I and II combined.


Student/Athlete-Cleveland readership area teams pulled up the rear in Division I, claiming the lower three spots in the Top 10. Jackson finished eighth, Solon ninth and Westlake 10th.


The Polar Bears were playing Walsh Jesuit tonight for the right to get into the Elite Eight and play Westlake tomorrow. The Demons-Polar Bears/Warriors winner will go to the state’s Final Four Friday.


Walsh was not ranked this week, which means that a team that was not in the Top 10 opinion poll at the end of the season could wind up winning the state title or finish fourth. In fact one team that finished no higher than eighth will finish no lower than fourth when it comes to on-the-court achievement.


This is the first time Westlake was ranked all year and first time a Cleveland-area team west of the river was ranked. Also, among the three Division I ranked teams from the S/A-Cleveland area all will be sending S/As to the individual state tourney. Solon has two doubles teams, Jackson a doubles team and Westlake a singles player. Walsh also has the district doubles champion.


Among the teams receiving first-place votes in D-I were one from the Southeast/Central Region of the state (Upper Arlington), one from the Southwest (St. Xavier) and one from the Northwest (St. John Jesuit). No teams from the Northeast Region received a first-place vote.


In D-II, University School dropped from second to fourth. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy finished third in D-II. Despite finishing in the top four and being ranked in the top four virtually the whole season, neither the Preppers nor the Royals received any first-place votes.

Division I

1. Cinti St Xavier (6) 69
2. Upper Arlington (1) 61
3. Toledo St. John (1) 59
4. New Albany 46
5. Cinti Sycamore 39
6. Lakota East 29
7. Olentangy Liberty 27
8. Massillon Jackson 25
9. Solon 12
10. Westlake 10

Division II

1. Gahanna Columbus Academy (8) 80
2. Cinti Seven Hills 64
3. Stow Cuyahoga Valley Christian 58
4. Hunting Valley University Shool 53
5. Columbus Bishop Watterson 35
6. Cinti Country Day 31
7. Maumee Valley Country Day 30
8. Cinti Wyoming 20
9. Columbus Bexley 12
10. Cinti indian Hill  10












By Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND (May 24, 2010) - Three Case Western Reserve University student-athletes will participate at the 2010 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships at Baldwin Wallace College Thursday through Saturday (May27-29). 

Senior Obinna Nwanna (Maumee, OH), senior Elaine Simpson (Arlington Heights, OH-pictured to right) and sophomore Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH) will travel 30 minutes southwest of Cleveland to Berea, Ohio for the meet.
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Nwanna, a three-time All-American, will participate in the decathlon.  He is a two-time All-American in the pentathlon (2009 & 2010 indoor) and earned All-America status in the decathlon at last year's championships.  He is currently ranked 12th (6,542) in the decathlon.


Simpson is making her second consecutive (5,000-meter run aT 2010 indoor) trip to Nationals for track and field.  She became an All-American at the 2009 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships and is currently ranked 11th (17:02.89) in the country in the 5,000-meter run.
Chardon's Erin Hollinger

Hollinger returns to her third straight National meet as she became and All-American in the high jump at last year's outdoor Nationals and also jumped at this past year's indoor championships.  She enters the meet tied for 7th in the country in the high Jump (1.68 meters).

The top eight finishers from each event earn All-America honors.

RECORD SEETING RUN ... Case Western Reserve graduate student Britta Kumley (Solon, OH) traveled to Illinois this past weekend for North Central College's last chance meet.  Britta's set a school record in the 1,500-meter run (4:35.45, old record by Esther Erb 4:41.01), but was unable to make the cut for the National meet.  She also set a school record in the 800-meter run (2:15.78, old record 2:16.94 by Kathy Beck, 2003). 

Four Mount Union Student/Athletes Headed to NCAA Track & Field Championships in Berea

May 24, 2010


By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE, OH)--Four Mount Union student-athletes will compete at the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships this Thursday through Saturday (May 27-29) at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. 



Senior Judd Lutz (Tiffin/Tiffin Columbian) will compete in the shot put (Friday 1:30 pm) and he and teammate sophomore Sean Denard (Naperville, IL/Naperville North) the in the discus (Saturday 2:30 pm), while on the women's side freshman Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) will run in the both the 200 meters (Thursday 6 pm) and 400 meters (Friday 4:10 pm) and sophomore Aubree Jones (Falconer, NY/Falconer) throws the discus (Saturday 12 pm).

Lutz will be making his fourth straight national meet appearance and he is a two-time All-American in both events (shot - 2008, 2009; discus - 2007, 2008).  Part of two National Championship teams as a member of the Mount Union football team, Lutz enters the meet ranked second in the nation in the discus (174-6) and 14th in the shot put (54-6.5).



Denard is making his first appearance in the meet and he is ranked third in the nation in the discus with a mark of 173-10.  He posted that mark winning the Ohio Athletic Conference championship in the discus while earning field athlete of the meet honors.



In her first college season, Mahoney set the school-record in the 200 meters (25.02) and is ranked 18th in the nation in that event and the 400 meters (56.68).



Jones was the OAC's women's field athlete of the meet after winning both the javelin and discus at the OAC Championships.  She is ranked 14th in the nation in the discus with a mark of 144-6.

The top eight finishers in each event will claim All-America honors.

Follow complete coverage of this weekend's NCAA Championship right here. 

Elyria's Sito & Brunswick's 

Macenko Named To All-Region 


Viking Duo Are Two Of Three 

Horizon League Student/Athletes 


May 24

By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland State duo of senior pitcher Amanda Macenko (Brunswick, OH) and freshman Tess Sito (Elyria, OH) have each been named to the 2010 All-Midwest Region second team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, which made the announcement today.

The Viking duo joins Valparaiso's Sara Strickland as the only Horizon League student-athletes who were recognized.

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"I am happy for both Tess and Amanda and proud of their accomplishments," CSU head coach Angie Nicholson.  "They were two of the biggest reasons why we enjoyed so much success this season, but more importantly, they were also great teammates.  In order to win at this level, you have to have all nine players on the field working together and with Amanda and Tess as both examples and leaders, it made it very easy for the rest of the team to work together."

Sito, who earlier this month was named both the Horizon League Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, practically re-wrote the CSU single season record book in her first season.  She set records for runs scored (51), hits (74), home runs (18), slugging percentage (.773) and on-base percentage (.495) while ranking second all-time in stolen bases (39) and third in batting average (.409), RBIs (45) and walks (29).
Tess Sito

In the recent NCAA stats, Sito ranks in the top 40 nationally in six stat categories and her 18-game hit streak at the start of the season is a CSU record.  She led the league in nine of the 12 major offensive statistics.

"Tess had a phenomenal freshman season but she has barely begun to achieve all that she is capable of," Nicholson said.  "She is a very special player and I look forward to seeing how much better she can become in the next three years."

Macenko, a native of Brunswick, Ohio, closed her Viking career in fine fashion by earning Horizon League Pitcher of the year honors for the third straight season.  She was 38-15 with a 2.21 ERA, ranking second in the nation in wins, and eighth in both strikeouts (367) and shutouts (12).  She set CSU single season records for wins, appearances (56), game started (53), complete games (40), innings pitched (338.2), and strikeouts.

Macenko is one of 12 pitchers in NCAA history to win 25 or more games in a season four times and she has set Horizon League career records for wins (118), appearances (191), games started (167), complete games (134) and innings pitched (1,113).  She is second all-time with 1,028 strikeouts.

Macenko impacted the NCAA record books as well.  She ended her career ranked 17th all-time in career victories, seventh in games started, ninth in appearances and 14th in complete games and innings pitched.

Medina Buckeye High School Senior 

Kelton Keller to Play Football at 

Mount Union

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE)—Medina Buckeye High School senior Kelton Keller has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the football teamthis Fall.

Keller, a 6-3, 260-pound defensive end, was an All-Ohio, two-time all-district and four-time all-conference selection for coach Billy Burke at Medina Buckeye High School.

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution an hour southeast of Cleveland, went 14-1 last season, won its 18th consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the Stagg Bowl, national championship game, for the fifth year in a row.  Mount Union has won a record 10 NCAA Division III National Championships and head coach  Larry Kehres begins his 25th season as head football coach with a 289-22-3 record.  The Purple Raiders open the 2010 season Saturday, Sept. 11 at 2 pm (Eastern time) at TheUniversity of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Keller plans to study Business and is the son of Tom and Cathy Keller of Valley City, Ohio.