A Page -- May 3, 2011


Olmsted Falls' Denton Sagerman 

commits to Dayton for baseball

Olmsted Falls senior right handed pitcher Denton Sagerman has verbally committed to continue his academic and baseball career at the University of Dayton.
“We are pleased to announce that Denton will be playing college baseball in the southern part of the state and continue his studies into higher education as a Student/Athlete,” said Olmsted Falls coach Dan Largent.

Sagerman, a 2-year captain, has been the ace of the Bulldog staff since he was a sophomore, when he was named 1st team All-SWC.
During his junior year last season, Sagerman started 5 games during the Bulldogs miraculous turnaround postseason run that led to the school's first ever State Tournament appearance, in Columbus, where they fell to eventual state champ St. Edward in the semis.

Last year he garnered 2nd-team All-SWC honors.
Denton, who has a 4.1 GPA, is 13-5 in his career on the mound, and leads the Bulldogs with 8 doubles at the plate. He was recently awarded the Southeastern Baseball Classic Scholarship in April, and is the school's all-time leading tackler in football (1st Team All-SWC).

It was a "Bloody" nice day at the plate

for the Storm
UNIVERSITY CENTER, MICH. -- Sophomore Cody Blood (Conneaut) had a career-high four hits, including a home run, and drove in a career-high four RBI and Zach Mosbarger (Bellefontaine) hit the go-ahead homer in the 12th as Lake Erie pulled out an 8-6 win in extra innings in game one at Saginaw Valley.

Conneaut's Cody Blood

The win was the 20th for Lake Erie this season (20-21, 13-15 GLIAC), marking the first time in school history the team has won that many games (program began in 2002)   

The Storm rallied in game two from down 8-5 to tie it, but the Cardinals walk-ed off with a run in the seventh for the 9-8 escape to take the series from Lake Erie three games to one.  

Lake Erie now trails Saginaw by a 1/2 game for the fourth and final GLIAC playoff spot with just six games remaining in the regular season. 



PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Case Western Reserve University junior softball designated player/first baseman Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) has been named first-team All-University Athletic Association, announced the league office on Monday, May 2.

Wolz becomes the first Spartan to be named to the All-UAA softball team since 2008. The Spartans finished the season at 19-25 overall with a 10-win improvement under first-year head coach Josie Henry.
Wolz returned in 2011 after missing the end of last season due to injury and led the team with a .408 batting average, 10 homeruns and 49 runs batted-in. She also doubled 11 times, scored 25 runs and struck out only five times in 130 official at-bats.

US remains No. 1 ranked team in the 

state in D-II, CVCA second; Walsh 

Jesuit 5th in D-I rankings; powerful 

Westlake team nowhere to be found

Area teams claimed the top two spots in the state in the second weekly rankings by the tennis coaches’ association as University School maintained the No. 1 spot while Cuyahoga Valley Christina Academy is ranked second.

The guys across the street from CVCA, Walsh Jesuit, came in on Monday right’s (May 2) poll is the area’s top ranked D-I team, coming in the No. 5 spot. Student/Athletes on Cleveland area teams claimed three of the top eight sports and five of the top 15 in D-I, and three of the top nine spots in D-II.

Hoover is ranked seventh, Solon eighth, Lake 14th and Kenston 15th in D-I. Hawken is ninth in D-II.

Despite making a clean sweep and winning in every position at last week's SWC tourney, Westlake is nowhere to be found in the top 15.

Division I
1. Cinti St. Xavier    (7)  111
2. Upper Arlington  (1) 106
3. New Albany         (2)    93
4. Toledo St. John Jesuit  (1)   88
5. Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (1)  62
6. Cinti Sycamore           58
7. North Canton Hoover  43
8. Solon                            32
9. Cinti Mason (1)            30
10. Lexington  (1)            23
11.  Dublin Coffman         12
12. Lakota East                 11
13. Springboro                  10
14. Uniontown Lake           9
15. Chagrin Falls Kenston 8

Division II
1. Hunting Valley University School   (10)   116
2. Stow Cuyahoga Valley Christian  (3)      104
3. Columbus Bexley                  96
4. Cinti Seven Hills                   85
5. Columbus Bishop Watterson   60
6. Gahanna Columbus Academy   59
7. Cinti Wyoming      44
8. Dayton Chaminade-Julienne  33
9. Gates Mills Hawken        29
10.  Cinti Country Day       21
11. Lima Shawnee    17
12. Cinti Indian Hill    12
13. Wooster Tri-way  10
14. Cinti Hills Christian  9
15. Dayton Bellbrook  7

Bursac Finishes Fourth in the Decathlon

Gambier, Ohio – Oberlin College sophomore Vlad Bursac picked up five team points for the Yeomen that will go towards next week’s NCAC Championship total as he finished fourth in the decathlon.

His best efforts came in the discus, pole vault and 1,500-meter run as he finished second in all three events. He threw the discus 80-04, cleared 11-11.25 on the vault and flew through the 1,500 in 4:45.85

Men's Golf Concludes NCAC Championship Series

Chesterland, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s golf team played its final 27 holes of the season on as they finished the five-round NCAC Championship Series with a five-round total 1,862. 

Leading the way for the Yeomen was freshman Chris Pickens. He posted a team-best round of 87 on the first 18 of the day, but after posting a 41 on the additional nine yesterday, he was five shots back at 46 today. All-in-all he still finished the 54-hole event with 265 (91-41-87-46) swings. 

Yeowomen Fourth After Falling to Gators in NCAC 


Oberlin - The Oberlin College women's tennis team playing in the North Coast Athletic Conference third place match were setback after a marathon contest tonight with Allegheny College.  The Gators used a late match surge to earn a 5-4 win over the Yeowomen who end their season fourth in the NCAC.

Oberlin and Allegheny played themselves all square at four points apiece with only the fifth singles match remaining in play to determine third place.

Oberlin's Rebecca Brown and Elyse Schmitt battled back and forth at No. 5 singles and held their respective team's fate in their hands and on their racquets.  Schmitt managed a 6-4 win in the first set before Brown cruised to a 6-1 win in the second.  The third set was a back and forth affair with Brown up 5-3 before Schmitt evened the match at 5 all before the Gator No. 5 pulled out two games to defeat Brown 7-5 and helping Allegheny to third place.

Allegheny raced out to a 3-0 lead after sweeping the doubles matches.  In a weeks time the Gators managed to find a way to defeat Oberlin's doubles pairings, the Yeowomen were winners at the second and third positions during the regular season a week ago.  

The Gators' Lauren Kristofco and Sarah Longo defeated Finley Gates and Brown 8-1 at No. 1.

Former Spartan QB Dan Whalen Leads AFL’s Cleveland Gladiators to 34-30 Victory versus Tulsa Talons
CLEVELAND – Former Case Western Reserve University All-American quarterback Dan Whalen (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) came on to lead the Cleveland Gladiators to a 34-30 comeback victory versus the Tulsa Talons in Arena Football League action on Friday, April 29 at Quicken Loans Arena.
Whalen entered the game in the third quarter for injured starter Kurt Rocco and proceeded to lead a pair of touchdown drives as the Gladiators rallied from nine down to improve to 4-2 this season.

GlenOak alum Craig Knott "ties" together 

titillating week to tote S/A of the Week 

honors in OAC for Mount

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union junior third baseman Craig Knott (Canton/GlenOak) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week.

Knott was 7-for-9 at the plate as drove in five runs and scored five runs to help lead Mount Union to a doubleheader sweep of Ohio Northern this past Saturday.

On the season, Knott is hitting .372 with a team-best 42 hits, nine doubles and 26 RBI as one of only two Purple Raiders to start all 31 games so far on the season.

Mount Union, 15-16 overall and third in the OAC at 9-5, has busy final week of the regular season as the Raiders are scheduled to play Wednesday at Westminster (Pa.), an OAC series Thursday at Capital, the home finale Friday against LaRoche before games Saturday at Heidelberg.

Walsh Jesuit alum Joey Baum, Solon’s Dan Jacobson 

receive Bill Sudeck Awards, Bennies' Cory Pecoraro 

Heim Award and Chardon’s Erin Hollinger Nicholls 

Award, as Case Reserve passes out honors to top 


Bill Sudeck Outstanding Student/Athlete Award - This award honors the individual who best exemplifies the attributes of the Case Western Reserve University student-athlete in the spirit of legendary coach, mentor and friend Bill Sudeck.
The Late Coach Sudeck
Coach Sudeck spent more than half his life -- 46 years - shaping the young minds of cross country, basketball, and track and field athletes. The award is given to the student-athlete that has demonstrated and achieved significant athletic accomplishments, academic achievements, engagement in campus activities, and has shown leadership in athletics and in the classroom.

Joey Baum (Dalton, OH/Walsh Jesuit)
Football – Senior
Joey Baum was an Academic All-American in the fall and one of just 29 male student-athletes from around the nation to be awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
A political science major with a 3.93 GPA, Baum started all 10 games at quarterback and was the UAA’s top-rated passer in his first year as a starter. He completed 210-of-324 passes (64.8 percent) for 2,446 yards and 23 TDs versus just seven interceptions. Also heavily involved in the community, Baum brought with him to University Circle an initiative known as “Labre,” a program aimed at aiding the homeless – through both donating supplies and relationship building. In addition, Baum is involved with the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and CASA.

Bill Sudeck Rookie of the Year

Dan Jacobson (Solon, OH/Solon)
Swimming & Diving – Freshman
Dan Jacobson turned in an impressive freshman campaign that included school-records on both the one and three-meter diving boards as well as All-UAA selections in each event. 

He was named UAA Athlete of the Week on three occasions and posted NCAA “B” cuts on both boards.

Glenn/Peggy Nicholls Female S/A of the Year Award

Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon)
Women’s Basketball/Track & Field – Junior

Erin Hollinger has excelled in a pair of varsity sports this season in addition to a stellar performance in the classroom. On the basketball court, she was a national finalist for the Jostens Trophy (Division III Player of the Year), as well as being selected to the All-UAA First Team and D3hoops.com All-North Region squad. 
Sheaveraged 16.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game with 46 blocked shots, leading the UAA in both scoring and blocks. She also became the 10th woman in school history to reach 1,000 career points. Just one day after the basketball season ended, she joined her track & field teammates and won the UAA Championship in the high jump event.

 She followed up by defending her title during the outdoor season in addition to scoring in the pole vault and 100m hurdles. In the classroom, she earned her third career Academic All-American honor as a macromolecular science and engineering major with a 3.96 GPA.

Philip K. “Nip” Heim Award - Presented annually to the senior male student-athlete who has made the most outstanding contribution to Case Western Reserve University through the athletics program. 

The selection is based on if he demonstrated leadership in the team, maintained good academic standing in the University, demonstrated good sportsmanship, participated in at least two years in the Case athletics program, and demonstrated loyalty to team and University.

Cory Pecoraro (Strongsville, OH/Benedictine)
Baseball – Senior
Cory Pecoraro is a two-year captain for the Spartan baseball team. This season, he has batted .274 with a homerun and 17 runs batted-in as the Spartans have won a school-record 30 games (30-13 overall).
He is a UAA All-Academic selection and is best known for his leadership and work ethic.

Dorothy L. Hoza Award - Given to the female freshman, sophomore, or junior student-athlete, who has made a strong contribution to the Women's Intercollegiate Sports Program, maintained a high level of academic achievement, shown leadership on the team and contributed service to the Department and University.

Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, OH/Stephen T. Badin)
Volleyball - Junior

Tricia McCutchan earned Academic All-American honors for the second straight season and was one of only two juniors in the nation to earn College Division first-team status. She was a second-team All-University Athletic Association pick and helped lead the Spartans to their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth.

Emily R. Andrews Award - The award is given to the outstanding senior who has made a strong contribution to the Women’s Intercollegiate Sports Program, maintained a high level of academic achievement, shown leadership in team, and contributed service to the department and University.

Justine Jeroski (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional)
Cross Country/Track & Field – Senior

Justine Jeroski capped off her cross country career in the fall with an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championship Meet – the best finish in program history. During the indoor track season, she posted two runner-up finishes at the UAA Championships in the 3,000-meter run and 5,000m.

Arthur P. Leary Award - The award is given to the outstanding freshman, sophomore, or junior who has demonstrated leadership on the team, maintained good academic standing in the University, demonstrated good sportsmanship, and made a contribution to the department and University.

Niro Wimalasena (Mason, OH/Mason)

Men’s Soccer – Junior

Niro Wimalasena was a first-team Academic All-District IV selection in the fall and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-East Region scholar. In 19 games at defender, he totaled a goal and an assist and helped lead the Spartans to six shutouts en route to being named second-team All-UAA.

Gray Rookie of the Year

Maggie Dillione (Newtown, PA/Council Rock North)
Swimming & Diving – Freshman

Maggie Dillione was the women’s swimming & diving MVP this season as a freshman. She scored the highest amount of points at the UAA Championship Meet and earned All-UAA honors in two events. During the season, Dillione achieved four school-records and four NCAA “B” cuts.

Oberlin Falls Short Twice at Allegheny

Meadville, Pa. – The Oberlin College baseball team fell to Allegheny College by the scores 4-3 and 5-2 at Robertson Field.

With losses the Yeomen will likely end their season with a record of 16-23. If they so choose, they could schedule a single nine-inning game this week to reach the NCAA maximum of 40 games in a season. The game-one setback was the Yeomen’s eighth loss of the season in games decided by one run. With the sweep the Yeomen also fell to 1-14 in traditional road games. 

Game one was a nail bitter throughout but sophomore Eric Knight (2-5) ended up being charged with the loss despite allowing just four hits and striking out a career-high eight in his complete-game effort. The Gators’ Kyle Davis (6-2) was the victor as he too went the distance.

Former Mount Union S/A Nate Kmic 

selected to play in World Seniors football 

in Austria

USA Football announced the first 26 spots for the 2011 Men's National team for the Seniors Tourney in Austria in July.

Mount Union alumnus Nate Kmic was one of the first 26 S/As and former S/As picked. 

The fourth IFAF Senior World Championship will feature the best players from eight countries competing for the coveted title. 

The tournament will be held in three cities in Austria - Graz, Innsbruck and Vienna from July 8-16, 2011.

The eventual 45-man roster will compete in Austria from July 8-16 in the 2011 IFAF Senior World Championship.

Football Canada in partnership with the Ontario Football Alliance (OFA) will host a Senior Men's National team identification camp on Saturday, May 7. The camp is scheduled to be held prior to the CIS East-West Bowl game at the TD Waterhouse Stadium on the campus of The University of Western Ontario.

The identification camp, open to all players 20 years of age and up, will assistant in in the select of the Football Canada Men's Senior National team that will compete this summer in Austria at the 2011 IFAF Senior World Championship, July 8-16.

For more information about the Canadian National team visitwww.footballcanada2011.com