A Page -- May 25, 2010

North Olmsted's Steve Price, 

Walsh alum Mitch Supan, Berea 

native D'Arcy Hlavin among six 

B-W Student/Athletes competing 

at NCAA nationals right at home 


May 25, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- Six Baldwin-Wallace College outdoor track and field Student/Athletes have qualified to compete at the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship Meet hosted by B-W from Thursday through Saturday, May 27-29, at The George Finnie Stadium in Berea.

The six Yellow Jackets are junior 3,000-meter steeplechaser Kim Chinn (Zanesville/ West Muskingum), senior 1,500-meter runner D'Arcy Hlavin  (Berea), senior two-time All-American shot putter Greg Patrick   (Collins/ Western Reserve), junior 2-time All-American Kevin Phipps  (Patalaska/ Watkins Memorial) in both the discus and hammer, senior decathlete Steve Price   (North Olmsted) and freshman discus thrower Mitch Supan  (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit).

Berea native B-W S/A D'Arcy Hlavin 
right at home for NCAA finals

Chinn will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase beginning at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, May 28. She enters the meet ranked 10th in the nation by virtue of her first place finish at the Allegheny College Gator Invitational where she ran in a career-best time of 10:45.10.  Chinn was the Ohio Athletic Conference champion in the 1-mile and 3,000-meter steeplechase en route to earning the OAC Distance Runner of the Year award. She and Hlavin also competed this fall at the NCAA Div. III National Cross Country Championship Meet that was hosted by B-W.

Hlavin will compete in the 1,500-meter run beginning at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 27. She enters the meet ranked 16th in the nation following her school record-breaking time of 4:32.61 at the Gregory Invitational last weekend at North Central (Ill.) College.  She was named OAC Track Athlete of the Week for her efforts in leading B-W to the team title at the Marv Frye Ohio Wesleyan University Meet on April 10. Hlavin also was the 2008 OAC Cross Country Runner of the Year and a past Julie Zajac OAC Indoor Championships Most Valuable Runner.

Patrick will compete in the shot put beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 28.  He ranks seventh in the nation after he re-set his own school record with a toss of 55'10.50" at the Toledo Tune-Up Meet on May 7. Patrick earned All-OAC honors after winning the shot put event with a throw of 54'2.75" at the OAC Championship Meet. Patrick earned All-American honors at last season's NCAA Div. III Outdoor Meet when he placed eighth in the shot put with a throw of 53'1.50", and was named the Div. III Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year for the 2009 season.  This March, Patrick again earned All-American status by placing third in the shot put with a throw of 55'0.25" at the 2010 NCAA Div. III Indoor Championship and became the school's first-ever All-American in the indoor shot put.

Phipps will compete in both the hammer and discus throws.  The hammer throw begins at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 27 and the discus will start at 2:30 p.m. on May 29.  He ranks fourth in the nation in each event entering the meet.  Phipps re-set his own school-records in the hammer with a throw of 194'10" at the All-Ohio Meet on April 17 at Ohio Wesleyan, and the discus with a throw 172'11" at the Allegheny College Gator Invitational on May 14.  Phipps received All-OAC honors in both the hammer throw and the discus after he placed first (191'11") and third (172'05"), respectively at the OAC Championship Meet.  Last year, he finished seventh in the discus at the 2009 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships to earn All-America honors. This past March, Phipps earned his second All-American award when he placed seventh in the 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 60'1.75" at the 2010 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship Meet.  He also has played three seasons of football for the Yellow Jackets.

Price will compete in the decathlon beginning at 12:00 p.m. on May 27.  He ranks seventh in Division III after scoring a career-best 6,718 points, including career-bests in five-of-10 events at Liberty (Va.) University Meet on April 3.  A year ago, Price placed 12th at the Div. III National Meet in the decathlon. He also played three seasons of football as a wide receiver for the Jackets.

Supan will compete in the discus starting at 2:30 p.m. on May 29.  He ranks 11th in the nation after his throw of 170'2" which he hit at the Allegheny College Gator Invitational.  Supan finished fourth at the OAC Outdoor Meet with a throw of 155'0".  This is his first-ever trip to the Div. III national meet.


A Weekly Look of the Happenings of 

Notre Dame College Student/Athletes

May 25, 2010

By Andy Barch


SOUTH EUCLID -- This is a weekly wrap-up of NDC Student/Athletics


END OF THE LINE: Notre Dame had its season come to an end on Monday, bowing out of the opening round of play in the 2010 NAIA National Championship Tournament in Decatur, Ala., with an 0-3 record in three games. 

Champions of Character

 NDC lost to Lee (Tenn.), Trevecca Nazarene (Ten.) and Savannah A & D (Ga.) and was outscored, 16-4, along the way. … Notre Dame’s leading hitter for the tournament was sophomore catcher Nicole Spehar (Mogadore, Ohio), who went 4-for-9 over the three games at the Wilson Morgan Softball Complex. 

Nicole Spehar


The Falcons’ leading pitcher was Ashley Harbarger (Akron, Ohio), who notched an ERA of 2.62 over 16 innings of work. … The Falcons were undone by solid pitching and defense by their three foes, two of which (No. 2 Lee, No. 17 Trevecca) are currently ranked (NAIA Coaches’ Poll). Lee, Trevecca and Savannah had a combined ERA of 1.27 against NDC, and they committed just one error in 86 fielding chances.







By Jenny Popis

Cleveland (May 25, 2010) – AC Milan, the world’s most successful soccer institution and most decorated club, in conjunction with the 2010 Cleveland Clinic Sports Health International Youth Sports Festival and the AC Milan Continental Cup, will conduct a free Soccer Clinic from July 1-3 at Lost Nation Sports Park in Willoughby, Ohio.

 The clinic’s objective is to enhance training and direction for localyouth soccer teams as well as visiting teams who are participating in the AC Milan Continental Cup. It will be administered by AC MilanTechnical Directors, Alessandro Musicco, and Luciano Torrie.  Both Musicco and Torrie have over 20 years of experience in coaching in highly competitive Italian Youth Soccer Leagues



Amherst comes back from 3-0 

deficit to down Emory and 

jump into NCAA Final Four on 

Hunsinger  Courts

May 25

]By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



OBERLIN -- No. 7 seed Amherst College came from behind to upset No. 2 seed Emory, 5-4, in an Elite Eight Div.-III NCAA Men’s Tennis Match today here on Don Hunsinger Courts.


Emory swept the doubles matches to go up 3-0, but then Amherst nailed it down with wins in five of the six singles matches.


Amherst was not a true No. 7 seed, having lost a lot of matches it should have won during the season and playing in a tough regional. The scuttlebutt it that Emory was not too happy about having to face this team in the first round, but certainly must be more unhappy once the results came through the wash early this evening.

Moritz Koenig ’11 (Hamburg, Germany) completed the miraculous comeback for Amherst, winning his third set in tiebreaking fashion to conclude what was nearly a five-hour marathon for the Jeffs and Eagles. 

Hamburg, Germany native Moritz Koenig 


Amherst will play Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the semis tomorrow at 1.  Middlebury faces Wash U. in the other semi. The final and consolation match will be played Thursday. The individual singles and doubles NCAA championships will run Friday and Saturday here.

Jackson's tennis team in 

position of winning school's 

second state sports title ever 

and also second in two 



Advances to Final 

Four with 

win over Westlake

May 25, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




Massillon Jackson’s tennis team put itself two matches away from scoring the school’s second state championship in school history, which would occur almost exactly two months after the first one, with a 4-1 Elite Eight win over Westlake, giving them a regional title and getting them into state’s Final Four, which begins Friday.


The Polar Bears won the Big-School state basketball title at the end of March, the first ever state title of any kind for the Massillon area (Jackson Township)  school and the first in many moons for the suburban public school in D-I boys’ basketball.


In fact, some of the members of that basketball team are also on the tennis team. This comes one day after the Bears beat Walsh Jesuit in the Sweet 16 and three days after the school qualified a doubles team to state in the individual tournament.

Nathan Kanam left and Will Eisenberg were also

on the sate basketball title team



Westlake’s only win came at first singles in which two-time state qualifier Colton Buffington topped Louis Thomas in straight sets.



Jackson won the other two singles matches with Nathan Kanam clipping Jason Wissman in two sets and dropping Kevin Wang in straight sets.


Both doubles matches were also over in two sets. No. 2 doubles was the only match that came close to splitting, the Bears’ Will Evans and Rohan Bhargava winning 6-2, 7-5, over J.P Rapaport and Max Salvatore.



Jackson alum Ben Puterbaugh & Avon grad Phil Brua Tabbed Third-Team All-Region
Putterbaugh (left) and Brua
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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, – First-Team All-NCAC selections Ben Puterbaugh and Phil Bruawere named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Mideast Region Third-Team on Monday. 

Puterbaugh needed just 20 games to break the school’s single-season hits record and went on to finish fourth in the NCAC in hitting with a .459 batting average – amassing 61 hits during the 37-game season for the Yeomen. 

The Canton, Ohio, product led the Yeomen in doubles (13), slugging (.602), RBI (31) and total bases (80). Moreover, he put together a school-record 19-game hitting steak, had 21 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI performances.

Brua, whose work on the mound played a large part in Oberlin setting the school’s wins record (18), established a new school record for saves in a season (6) and tied the Oberlin mark for wins with a record of 6-3. His 2.78 ERA was third best in the league, while his opposition batting average of .227 tied for tops in the NCAC. 

The sidearm specialist from Avon, Ohio recorded 8.18 strikeouts per nine innings. He totaled a team-high 55 innings, while making a school-record 22 appearances and racking up 50 punchouts along the way.

The pair of rising-seniors hope to lead the Yeomen into their first-ever NCAC Tournament next spring.

NCAA Tennis

Wash U., Middlebury win first-round 

NCAA matches on Hunsinger


May 25, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



OBERLIN -- No strangers to Cleveland nor the general Great Lakes Area, Washington University out of St. Louis won its NCAA nationals first-round match today here on Don Hunsinger Courts.


Although familiarity was not necessarily the impetus, the Bears used whatever advantage they could to eliminate Carnegie Mellon out of Pittsburgh, 5-0. Middlebury out of Vermont defeated North Carolina Wesleyan, 5-0, in the other first-round match.


Wash. U. plays in the same conference (UAA) as Case Reserve and Carnegie Mellon. Middlebury rarely sees any Midwest teams, but used the same advantage (winning all three doubles matches first) to go into singles play with a 3-0 cushion (each doubles win in D-III counts as a point instead of one point only available for winning two of three or all three doubles matches as in D-I).


Listen to Middlebury coach Dave Schwarz about his team’s first round match by clicking below:


Photo of David Schwarz 



Both Middlebury coach Dave Schwarz and and Wash. U coach Roger Follmer said getting the three points at doubles first was the  key.



Listen to Wash U coach Roger Follmer about his team’s first round match by clicking below:


Strongsville's Justin 

Novak, Streetsboro's Ted 

Cowling Named Academic 


May 24, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- Baldwin-Wallace College senior baseball pitcher Justin Novak (Strongsville) and senior outfielder Ted Cowling (Streetsboro) have been named as Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference student-athletes for recognition of their dual academic and athletic excellence. Novak is a three-time Academic All-OAC honoree.


Novak, who carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average in B-W's Masters of Business Administration in Accounting program and had a 3.97 undergraduate grade average, was a four-year starter in the Yellow Jacket pitching rotation. He has already signed a contract to work for the major accounting firm of Ernst & Young.


Revere High School Senior John 

Battaglia to Play Football at Mount 


May 25

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE, OH)—Revere High School senior John Battaglia has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the football team this Fall.

Battaglia, a 5-11, 185-pound running back, was an All-Ohio, all-district and all-league selection for coach Terry Cistone at Revere High School.  As a senior he rushed for 1,260 yards and for his career had 2,597 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Battaglia plans to study Criminal Justice and History and is the son of Anthony and Sheri Battaglia of Akron.


Claremont Colleges joins 

Middlebury, Wash U in NCAA 

Final Four in Oberlin

May 25, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



OBERLIN – Claremont Colleges (California) came back after being down 2-1 upon the completion of doubles play to win five singles matches and post a 5-2 win over Trinity College (Texas).


Claremont Colleges (made up of five small formerly all-women colleges on one large campus about 15 miles east of Los Angeles) joins Wash U. (St. Louis) and Middlebury (Vt) in the Division III Men’s NCAA Final Four, here on Don Hunsinger Courts at Oberlin College. The other two schools had already qualified this morning.


Trinity, which had its 14-match winning streak snapped, completed the season with an 18-10 record. Claremont (22-4) meets the winner of Emory and Amherst in Wednesday's semifinals.


Claremont, which beat Trinity 9-0 last March in California

, won all four of the completed singles matches.



The clincher was at No. 3 singles, as Eric MacColl won a three-set battle with Erick DelaFuente 6-0, 2-6, 6-2.

Crushers snap two-game 

losing streak with win over 

Oakland County; Shaker’s

Ardie McWilliams delivers big 

bang with big bat


 May 25, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



AVON – Shaker Heights native Ardie McWillliams delivered the two big hits to enable the Lake Erie Crushers to snap a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Oakland County Cruisers tonight before 1,679 fans in All Pro Freight Stadium.


The Crushers were one out away from escaping  with a shutout win, but one swing of  the bat with two outs in the ninth tied the game at two. Alberto Rolon served up a two-rune homer over the right field wall by Martin Parra to tie the game.

Arden McWilliams


McWilliams cracked a bases-loaded single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win, evening their record at 2-2.


McWilliams also got the scoring started by opening up the home half of the third inning with a triple into the gap in right center field. After Dom Duggan was hit by a pitch and stole second, McWilliams scored on ground ball by Jodam Rivera.

Listen to post game interview of Shaker’s Ardie McWilliams conducted Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading


It was the first triple of the season by a Crusher. McWilliams also can lay claim to the first Crusher home run of the season as well.


Duggan then scored on Kent State alumnus Andrew Davis single to right field to give the Crushers a 2-0 lead.  That lead stood for the next 6 2/3 innings.


Lake Erie Crusher starting pitcher Phil Rummel got himself into a jam and out of the same jam in the second inning, loading the bases, but then striking out ninth batter Ben Barrone to end the inning with zero runners crossing the plate.


Rummel went six innings before getting the hook, allowing no runs and one hit while striking out eight batters.


Esmelvin Jimenez took the mound in the seventh inning for the Crushers to keep the shutout going. He kept the door shut on the Cruisers during his two innings of work, paving the way for the closer, Rolon. Jiminez also allowed only one hit.


The only thing Rolon closed was the idea that Crusher fans would get home early enough to get back up for tomorrow’s early coffee break game.

Andrew Saylor


Wadsworth native Drew Saylor started the ninth inning rally by coaxing a walk in a 10-pitch at bat. Travis Vetters singles and Jo Collins was hit by a pitch to load the bases.


Rolon, who also allowed only one hit, got the win. McWilliams and Rummel shared player of the game honors as voted by the local media.


The Oakland County Cruisers were known last year as the Midwest Sliders, based in Ypsilanti. The two teams will go at it again here tomorrow morning at 10:30.








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