A Page -- May 26, 2010

Baldwin-Wallace College Junior 

Softball Catcher Tanya Davis 

Named Third-Team ESPN The 

Magazine Academic All-American

May 26, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA -- Baldwin-Wallace College junior softball catcher Tanya Davis (Hinckley/ Medina Highland) has been named as third-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Hinckley's Tanya Davis

To qualify, a student-athlete must be of sophomore or better standing academically with a minimum of a 3.3 grade point average and be a starter or key backup.

Davis, who carries a 3.92 grade point average in pre-physical therapy and athletic training, qualified for the team as a two-time first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV player and is en route to being the best player in Yellow Jacket softball history.

This season, Davis led B-W to a 23-17 overall record as she appeared in all 40 games, batted .409 (52-for-127) with 27 runs scored, nine doubles and a team-leading seven homeruns and 39 runs batted-in. Davis also stole eight bases in nine attempts, had a fine .987 fielding average with just two errors in 153 total chances and led the team with a .646 slugging and .434 on-base average.  After three seasons, Davis has a .404 career batting average (160-for-396) with 109 runs scored, 42 doubles, five triples, 16 homers, 117 RBI, 26 steals in 30 attempts and a .978 fielding average.  She is among the school's all-time leaders in every single hitting catagory.

In the classroom, Davis is a Dean's List student, a member of the Alpha Lambda and Chi Sigma Alpha honor societies and a Jacket Scholar. She is a two-time Academic All-OAC selection and is a member of both COAST (College Association of Student Trainers) and the B-W Pre-Physical Therapy Club.

Crushers'comeback falls 

short in morning school 

day at park Matinee

May 26, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



AVON – On a special school day 10:30 a.m. start in front of 4,626 fans (most of them playing “hooky” along with their teachers), the Lake Erie Crushers could not rally enough to overcome an early deficit and went down in defeat to the Oakland County Cruisers in this morning’s coffee time game.


Stringing together a few mini rallies to chip away at an early 3-0 Cruisers’ lead, the Crushers fell just short of erasing it all together this morning.


They got one back in the fifth when Lee Huggins walked and Julio Rivera brought him home with a double.

Julio Rivera

Julio Rivera


They then made it 3-2 in the sixth on a triple by Wadsworth native Drew Saylor and single by Travis Vetters.


Five times the Crushers ended an inning by leaving a runner in scoring position stranded (on at least second base).


The Crushers defense had its first two-nailed-runners inning of the season in the top of the first inning. First they added to the caught-stealing total by catching Bobby Andrews in a pickle between second and third base. Then after Jeremy Jones walked, he tried to steal second, but Joel Rivera threw him out at second base.


Thus, in the top of the first, Oakland County had two base runners, no runs scored and no one left on base, perhaps the penultimate in making outs without swinging a stick.





By Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND (May 26, 2010) - Case Western Reserve University junior center fielder third basemanChad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH) has been named to the All-Mideast Region Second Team by theAmerican Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

Mullins, a multiple All-UAA selection during his collegiate career, batted .445 with five home runs, 50 runs batted in and 45 runs scored.   The junior has now been the top hitter on the team in each of his three seasons and he was ranked nationally (Div. III) in hits (69) and doubles (18) doubles.



Amherst Logo

Germany-born Moritz Koenig

does it again for Amherst 

College, coming back after being 

down in tie breaker, 1-6,  to get 

the Jeffs into NCAA title match

May 26, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


OBERLIN – For the second night in a row, a pressure cooker sat on the shoulders of Hamburg, Germany born Moritz Koenig and again he delivered as No. 7 seed Amherst (NY) came from behind and moved into the NCAA Division III Tennis match tomorrow with today’s 5-4 semi win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.


Last night, Koenig, the No. 3 player for the Lord Jeffs, won a tight battle for the fifth and final point in a 5-4 win over No. 2 seed Emory. After the doubles matches, the Jeffs were down 3-0, but came back in the singles.




Today, against CMS, it was more of a back and forth battle, Amherst holding a 2-1 lead after doubles play and then went up 3-2 after two singles matches had been completed. CMS tied it, 3-3, and then took the lead , 4-3, while Koenig was in a tie-breaker battle with Eric MacColl.

Listen to post-match interview of Moritz Koenig conducted Norm Weber by clicking on link below and downloading



This time, instead of having to win his match in order to enable his team to win, Koenig, had to battle to win his match in order to “avoid having his team lose the match.” The Jeffs’ Wes Watterman was still playing Russell Brockett in fourth singles on the court next to the pressure cooker. They were also in split sets but it could have been immaterial had Koenig not pulled it out in a tenacious comeback.


Koenig lost the first set, 4-6, but won the second, 6-0. Then they get to 6-6 in the third set and MacColl went up 6-1 in the tie breaker. Two serves away from losing the match and having to go with his team into the consolation match tomorrow, Koenig bounced back to tie it and eventually win the tie breaker, 11-9.


With the team score deadlocked at four, Waterman went on to win his third set, 6-2, just a few minutes later, sending the Jeffs into a small on-court celebration.



Men’s Tennis and Outdoor Track 

and Field Championships



May 26, 2010

By Jenny Popis

NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships


WHAT: Hosted by Oberlin College and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, the top eight men’s teams along with the nation’s best 32 individuals and top 16 doubles pairings from across the country will battle for NCAA championships.


WHERE: Oberlin College , Don Hunsinger Courts (behind the Athletics Building ), 200 Woodland Street , Oberlin , Ohio 44074


WHEN: Tuesday, May 25 – Sunday, May 30, 2010. For detailed schedule click here: http://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-tennis/champpage/m-tennis-div3-index.html

NCAA Tennis


Today, May 26th:

1:00pm – Final Four -- Amherst v. Claremont Colleges: Middlebury v. Wash U

Thursday, May 27th:
12:00pm – Third Place Match

1:00pm – Team Championship Match
6:30pm – Championship Banquet – 100th Bomb Group Restaurant – Jeffrey Ballroom ( 20920 Brookpark Road , Cleveland , Ohio 44135 )


Friday, May 28th:

9:00am – First Round Singles

1:00pm – Second Round Singles

2:00pm – First Round Doubles


Saturday, May 29th:

9:00am – Quarterfinals of Singles
1:00pm – Semifinals of Singles

2:00pm – Quarterfinals of Doubles


Sunday, May 30th:

12:00pm – Finals in Singles

1:00pm – Semifinals in Doubles

4:00pm – Finals in Doubles

DETAILS: All tennis matches are free and open to the public. 



NCAA Division III Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships


WHAT:  Hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, more than 1,000 student-athletes representing nearly 100 institutions from around the nation will compete for a national championship.


WHERE: Baldwin-Wallace College , The George Finnie Stadium, 141 E. Bagley Road , Berea , Ohio 44017


WHEN:  Thursday, May 27 – Saturday, May 29, 2010. For detailed schedule, click here: http://www.bw.edu/athletics/10tracknationals


Thursday, May 27th:

11:50am – 7:50pm – Decathlon events include 100m, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump and 400m. Heptathlon events include 100m Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put and 200m.


Friday, May 28th:

10:50am – 6:05pm – Decathlon events include 110m Hurdles, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin and 1500m. Heptathlon events include Long Jump, Javelin and 800m.


Saturday, May 29th:
11:20am – 4:55pm – Running and Field Finals, closing with 1,600m Relay


DETAILS: Tickets start at just $5 and can be purchased on-site at The George Finnie Stadium.


The NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis and Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships are both part of the NCAA Championship City program and are estimated to have a combined local economic impact of over $2 million as Student/Athletes and visitors travel to Cleveland from across the nation. In 2008, NCAA selected Cleveland as one of six cities throughout the United States to serve as inaugural members in its new “ NCAA Championship City ” program. The Championship City pilot program will feature multiple host opportunities of NCAA Division I, II and III men’s and women’s championships through 2012. These championships will celebrate Cleveland and provide an enhanced experience unlike any other for NCAA student-athletes and fans.



May 26, 2010

By Creg Jantz

CLEVELAND - Case Western Reserve University senior student-athlete Obinna (Obi) Nwanna has come a long ways according to Head Track & Field Coach Steve Rubin.  Nwanna, whose only event his freshman year was the high jump, will pursue his fourth consecutive All-America honor in the decathlon tomorrow.

"I didn't even know what the decathlon was coming into college," Nwanna said with a smirk.  "With that said, I couldn't even have imagined being at this point."

Nwanna and two other Spartan student-athletes will compete at the 2010 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships Thursday through Saturday at local Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.  The ten-event decathlon starts at noon on Thursday (five events) and at 11:00 a.m. Friday (five events).

"There is a lot of technical learning," Rubin said in regards to the multi-event pentathlon and decathlon.  "While that is going on you also have to continue to get better physically - meaning faster, stronger and more powerful.  It's definitely hard."

Most would say Nwanna, a Maumee, Ohio native, has made it look easy.  His junior year, the multiple All-UAA selection became an All-American in the Pentathlon at Indoor Nationals (4th) and followed that up with another All-America performance outdoors in the decathlon (8th, 6,649 points).  

"I have only worked with one other decathlete that had a higher score than him," Rubin said.  "That guy was 26 years old, post collegiate and an elite pole-vaulter.  Obi is pretty much right in that ballpark.  He is still a baby in this event, but he's one of the best I ever seen."

"What Obi is one of the best at is staying cool and relaxed," Rubin continued.  "He just goes with the flow of a competition.  It is one of his true strengths and to be great in the decathlon, you have to have that.  You can't get wrapped up in success or failure at one event because you have another right after."  

Nwanna placed fifth in the nation (Div. III) in the pentathlon this past March, going three-for-three in the multi-event.  He enters tomorrow ranked 12th (6,542) as Coach Rubin and Nwanna gambled this spring, choosing not to try and better his position by attending a last chance meet, rather resting.

"I had to rush to a last chance meet a week before nationals last year in order to qualify," Nwanna said about the decathlon.  "This year I am rested and ready to make a run at it (National Championship)."

If you frequent Case Western Reserve's University Circle campus on the eastern edge of Cleveland, you have seen Nwanna working out, whether at the Veale Center's indoor track and weight room or over at the Bill Sudeck Track (outdoor) surrounding Case Field.  It's what he enjoyed the most.

"I really don't think about the accolades," said Nwanna when asked about what he will remember when he walks off the track for the last time as a student-athlete.  "I will think more about the time I spent training and just how fun all that was.  If I could have spent more than 24 hours on the track I would of."

A little thing called Biomedical Engineering, one of the toughest and highest ranked (nationally) majors at Case Western Reserve, prevented him from doing that. Nwanna graduated with a degree in BME earlier this month.  

The multiple UAA All-Academic honoree will continue his senior research project in critical bone fractures this summer on campus in a mechanical biology lab.  Last summer, Nwanna had to make one of the toughest decisions of his young life - continue work or education in the BME field or pursue a professional track career?

"It's a difficult question because my parents are pulling me one way and rightfully so," Nwanna said.  "Right now I am just concentrating on Nationals." 

NCAA Tennis

Middlebury "comes back" after being 

up 4-1, splitting three sets and

getting enough to eliminate 

Wash. U in NCAA semis

May 26, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



OBERLIN – Even though it was up 4-1 in the team score needing only one point to win it, Middlebury, the No. 1 seed in the Division III NCAA men’s tennis national championship tournament, had to in a sense “come from behind” to defeat Washington University, 5-4, here on Hunsinger Courts today and advance to the national championship tomorrow against Amherst (NY).


With four singles matches still left to be completed, Wash U. was still able to win the semifinal match by sweeping all four and staging quite a comeback. The Bears were in a fairly good position to do it too, due to the four singles players still on the court winning their first sets, putting the Panthers in a position of needing at least one guy to come back from being down one set and winning the last two to gain the fifth point. But still, it was a decent enough hole for the Panthers to climb out of nonetheless.


Not easy to do and Wash U certainly didn’t make it any easier. No. 6 Kareem Farah beat Middlebury’s Peter O’Dell in straight sets after winning the first set in the tie breaker. That gave Wash U its second point.


It left Andrew Peters, Conrad Olson and Andrew Thomson – all down 1-0 – in a position to be the guy to save the day.


It came down to Olson, a senior from Belgium, in the No. 3 spot to come back and win it just a few minutes after Wash U. tied it, 4-4. Thomson and Peters did come back to split their sets, but they went down in their third sets to Max Woods and John Watts, respectively.


Olson lost the first set to Adam Putterman, 3-6, but then bounced back to win the last two, 6-2 and 6-2, sending the Panthers into the title match in an all-East Coast final.


Listen to post-match interview of Conrad Olson 

conducted Norm Weber by clicking on link below 

and downloading


Middlebury’s third Andrew, Andrew Lee, won at second singles and Eliot Jia at fifth singles to put the Panthers up 4-1.



Hoover, Wadsworth win two-mile 

relay regional titles; Shaker, 

Euclid, GlenOak, Solon, Mentor, 

Aurora also sending 3,200 teams 

to state

May 26, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



After the first day of competition, Hoover leads the girls division and Perry Township the boys’ division of Region I, Division I Regional Track in Austintown.


The Vikings lead Brecksville by eight points, Fitch by 10 and Euclid by 12. The Panthers are actually tied with Boardman, two points ahead of Stow, and three ahead of Massillon, Fitch, Mentor and Wadsworth.


Hoover was led by its 3,200-meter relay team of Erin Garfield, Kelsey Peare, Hannah Christ and Allison Peare that won the regional championship.


Euclid, Shaker and Solon also qualified by finishing second through fourth in that order. The Panthers had Kamari Jackson, Emily Sweet, Jennifer Brown and Kayla Whitlow in the race.


The Red Raiders used Alyssa Binczyk, Erin Cullen, Naleta Andrews, and Amber Davis. Running for the Comets were Claire Wieczorek, Melissa Yasnowski, Therese Haiss and Caitlin Hartnett.


Wadsworth won the regional title in the boys two-mile relay with Jacob Sussman, Aaron Tipton, Russ McCune, and Jake Hiltner.


GlenOak (Kyle Esber, Marcus Mazzaferri, JB DeRosa, Christian Jones) also qualified by taking second, Aurora (Justin Morrison, Scott Black, Matt Davis, Jeff Smith) by taking third and Mentor (Max Ostrowski, Ben Kisley, Michael Suhan and Brian Palmer) by taking fourth.


Also qualifying to state were Solon’s AJ Hicks and Mentor Andy Stevenson in the discus; Hoover’s Maddie Morrow, Aurora’s Jessica Baker, and Twinsburg;s Brittani Reid in the high jump; Brecksville’s Becki Famurewa and Wadsworth’s Hannah Gospodinski in the shot put; Perry’s Charlie Steiner, Willoughby South’s Cory Biro, and Chesterland’s Joey Drockton in the pole vault; and Massillon’s Devin Smith, Stow’s Duane Mitchell, and Copley’s Martel Durant in the high jump.


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