A Page -- May 29, 2010


Oberlin Bids Farewell to 45 Seniors

Jaffe & Shaw Highlight Class of 

Oberlin Award Winners

 By Ryan Mouch 
Stiudent/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer
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Oberlin – The Oberlin College athletics department honored its senior class at the annual awards luncheon on Thursday afternoon. Track and field and cross country Student/Athlete Clara Shaw and soccer star Dan Jaffe highlighted the event as the NCAC / John N. Stern Scholar/Athlete Award winners. 

At the event, all seniors received special recognition from their coaches, while select Student/Athletes were honored with special awards from the athletics department.

The assembly of 45 graduating seniors features multiple school-record holders and all-conference performers. 


NCAC / John N. Stern Scholar-Athlete Award

This award was established in 1992. Recipients will be recognized for performing with distinction on a varsity team or teams, achieving a grade-point average of 3.2 or above, and demonstrating strong character and high ideals. One male and one female Student/Athlete will be selected annually.



                                                Shaw

Recipients – Dan Jaffe (Soccer) l Clara Shaw (Cross Country/Track)

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Case Reserve's Nwanna wins 

decathlon at NCAA nationals here

By Norm Weber

Special to the Plain Dealer
May 28, 2010

(Note: this story can also be found in the Pee Dee and on  Cleveland.com)

BEREA – One decathlete from a Cleveland college was competing to become the national champion in the 10-part event while another from another Cleveland college was making the climb to at least attain All American status through the second pentathlon held today here at Baldwin-Wallace.

 

As it shook out, Case Reserve’s Obinna Nwanna wound up making the city of Cleveland and local area proud by winning the decathlon in the NCAA Division III Track and Field Nationals here on the Tressel Field Track in the George Finnie Stadium.

Nwanna

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Meanwhile B-W’s Steve Price, a North Olmsted native, made it two local college representatives in the top 10 spots in the decathlon by finishing 10th.

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Linfield's Lovell Twins do 20 events combined in two days


By: Gerry Henson
May 27, 2010

BEREA, OHIO -- They’re twins, yet they’re probably each other’s most dreaded rival.

Linfield College (Ore.) seniors Josh and Jeremy Lovell battled each other and 13 other contestants in the first five events of the men’s decathlon during first-day competition at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Baldwin-Wallace College on Thursday.

Josh Lovell

Josh

Josh, the event’s defending champion, came to the Berea campus with the nation’s top qualifying total of 7,125 points, 45 points better than his winning total in 2009.
Jeremy, last year’s runner-up with 6,857 points, had the third best qualifying total for the grueling 10-event competition (6,868).
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Four Wisconsin men and four 

Cleveland area men make up 

eight of  the nine best discus 

throwers at NCAA Nationals 

here


May 29, 2010 NCAA Track Nationals

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

(Note: This story can also be found on Cleveland.com tonight and in the PD tomorrow morning) 

 BEREA – Nearly an all cheese/buckeye final surfaced in the men’ discus event in the NCAA Division III National Track and Field Championships here today on the Lee Tressel Track in The George Finnie Stadium.

 

Four of the men who qualified for the top nine out of the semis came from an assortment of colleges in Wisconsin and four others came from Ohio schools, northeastern Ohio ones to be exact. The ninth in the finals was a fellow from Augustana College (Ill.)


FULL FINAL DAY MEET ROUND UP TO BE FOUND ON B PAGE ALONG WITH AUDIO ACTUALITIES OF S/A's FOR LISTENING


 

Mount Union’s Judd Lutz and Sean Denard threw well enough in today’s semis to join host Baldwin-Wallace’s Kevin Phipps and Mitch Supan in the finals.

 

All four young men from here attained All-American status for their work today and throughout the season by avoiding finishing ninth in the finals. On a day hot enough for any cheese brick to melt, the Wisconsin schools got only three in the top eight, leaving the Buckeye State as the more All-American of the two, at least as far as discuss throwing goes.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Harrison 

Dillard returns to his alma mater to 

watch NCAA national track 

championships

May 29, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

BEREA – Olympic Gold Medalist Harrison Dillard returned to his college alma mater, Baldwin-Wallace, this weekend to watch the NCAA national collegiate track and field championships.

The 1949 graduate of B-W and only man to ever win the Gold in both the hurdles and sprints in the same Olympics (1949) sat with his friend Ted Theodore, a teammate and classmate of his at East Tech and B-W in the 1940s, and long-time Cleveland sports writers Chuck Murr and Norm Weber in the infield on Tressel Field Track.

Olympic logo 1948.png

Dillard discussed the old times in comparison to the new and how he might have done on the synthetic surface instead of the old cinders, how specialization has taken over in the sport, the various levels, the half dozen high school meets he attends each year, how much he enjoyed fielding calls from children on Saturday’s and Sundays in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s on his Sportswatch Show on WERE and how excited he was that his alma mater was holding a national meet like this.

Photo of Harrison Dillard

 

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Trinity High alum Elise Johnson in 

hurdles finals today for Williams 

College in national 

championships 

at B-W

May 29, 2010

 

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

 

Normweber@studentathletecleveland.com

 

(Note: This story can also be found at www.bw.edu at the NCAA's championship page at NCAA.com)

BEREA – When Elise Johnson heard that that NCAA National Championships for Track and Field would be held in her hometown of Cleveland, she was ecstatic, since it would mean a trip back home, where she could get fan support.

 

Of course, she had to qualify, which is what she did – and how. The Williams College qualified for three events, the 400-meter relay, the 100 dash and the 100 hurdles.

 

“I was so excited when it was first announced that the nationals would be here, I made a point of it to work hard to get here,” said Johnson. “I ran on this track in 7th grade, so it brings back a lot of memories. I love this track.”

 

Johnson went to middle school in the Berea School System, attended Midpark High down the street from here for one year and then transferred to Trinity High in Garfield so she would have a better springboard for getting into an East Coast college.

 

“I knew I wanted to go to college on the East Coast and my aunt applied to Williams a few years ago,” said Johnson. “Even though she did not get accepted, she knew some people who were able to help me get into the school. It has been a great academic and athletic combination.”

 

Johnson is an anthropology major at Williams, the alma-mater of Bay Village native and current New Yorker George Steinbrenner.

 

“I am well aware that Mr. Steinbrenner went to school there,” said Johnson. “I plan on graduate school after this but will work for at least a year in order to get some practical experience.”

 

Williams was also excited to come back to town for the event because it was the first time she was able to see her newly born nephew.

 

On top of it all, she had her own local cheering section near the finish line.

 

“That helped get me going,” said Johnson. “It’s nice to run in front of friends and family at a national meet.”

 

Johnson will be running in the finals today of the hurdles. She just missed qualifying in individual sprint and sprint relay.

 

“The hurdles race is my better event, but I still tried my hardest to get into the finals of the other two,” Johnson said.

 

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KALAMAZOO RALLIES PAST CRUSHERS 

May 29

By Harry Plummer

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Lake Erie Crushers failed to hold a 7-1 lead as the Kalamazoo Kings recorded their second straight walk-off win on Saturday night, scoring twice in the ninth to tally a 9-8 victory.



Lake Erie wasted no time starting the bats. Drew Saylor and Andrew Davis connected on back to back solo homers in the top of the first inning to build an early 2-0 edge. Kalamazoo countered with a run in the bottom of the inning but the long ball pushed the advantage to 4-1 in the second. Lee Huggins led off the inning with a single and scored when Wayne Bond knocked his second homer of the season over the wall in left for the third homer of the game.



The Crushers continued to build the lead, adding two runs in the fourth without the advantage of a hit. Julio Rivera struck out swinging but was able to reach on a passed ball. Rivera stole second while Dom Duggan followed with a walk. Drew Saylor followed by reaching when he was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Andrew Davis drove home a run with a groundout while Eddie Tisdale lofted a sacrifice fly to center to push the advantage to 6-1.



Lee Huggins belted his first homer of the season in the top of the fifth to stretch the lead to 7-1. Kalamazoo rallied with three unearned runs in the fifth against Lake Erie starter Josh Roberts to pull within 7-4. Roberts tossed five innings in his second start, allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits to go with a walk and five strikeouts. Julio Rivera connected on the fifth homer of the game for Lake Erie with two outs in the top of the seventh.



Kalamazoo responded in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three times and placing the tying run in scoring position. Destan Makonnen drove home two with a single and Leo Alvarez brought the Kings within a run on a single. The Kings won the game in the ninth as Jesse Orosco, Jr. walked the bases loaded. Jett Ruiz pushed a grounder through the left side of the infield to score two and win the game.



Lake Erie slugged 13 hits in the game including the five homers. Travis Vetters finished 3-for-5 while Lee Huggins also recorded a three hit showing, scoring two runs and driving in a run. Andrew Davis and Wayne Bond each posted two hits. 



The Crushers, who have dropped four straight one-run contests, conclude the series tomorrow afternoon with a 1:05 pm game. RHP Phil Rummel (0-0, 0.00) is the scheduled starter for Lake Erie with Kalamazoo placing RHP Bernard Robert (0-0, 2.08) on the hill.



EXTRA SWINGS

Ø  The five homers is a single game high for the Crushers in 2010

Ø  Dom Duggan netted his sixth stolen base of the season in the second

 

 

 

 

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