A Page -- May 30, 2010

No. 3 prep tennis player in the state, Colton Buffington 

Westlake's Colton Buffington wins 

rematch against Cloverleaf's Ethan 

Dunbar in state consolation match

May 30, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



COLUMBUS – Westlake’s Colton Buffington maybe has been in the traditional type of high school for two years, but he has might quite an adjustment, ending his sophomore year by taking third in the state in the Big-School Division of high school tennis.


Buffington, who was attending former pro Stan Smith’s school in South Carolina until the fall of 2009 when he transferred back home to Westlake High, had never seen Cloverleaf’s Ethan Dunbar in a match until playing him for the district championship in Oberlin, but now they have met twice in a singles match.


Dunbar won the district title last week for the second year in a row with a win over Buffington, but yesterday in the consolation match for third place in the state it was Buffington coming out on top, 6-4, 6-3. Both Dunbar and Buffington lost their semifinal matches in three sets.


“Having that one year of getting used to high school tennis really has made a difference since it is a lot different than playing n the USTA circuit,” said Buffington. “Last year I cam down to state and was done after one match. Now I knew what to expect and did all the things I needed to do to improve upon my placing. I would have liked to have won state, but I am very happy with finishing third.”



The sophomore came down as a No. 2 seed, but beat two No. 1 seeds, Dunbar and Zack Mueck from Lakota.


“I try not to let it bother me that someone else might be seeded higher,” said Buffington. “Anyone can be beaten if the underdog is playing his best game and having a good tournament. I was just thinking all positive thoughts when playing them.”


He went into the rematch with Dunbar by not changing anything.


“I went in with the same thought process, which was to make Ethan beat me instead of me beating myself,” said Buffington. “I just took advantage of the opportunities he gave me.


Canton Central Catholic’s Collin Bernier took third in Division II.

B-W's Kim Chinn makes a name for 

herself with second place in NCAA 

championships Steeplechase

May 30, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



BEREA – In making a national name for herself, Baldwin-Wallace’s Kim Chinn should no longer have to explain to new friends why her name and face do not quite match.

A 10th seed and rookie at the steeplechase, Chinn wound up taking second in the NCAA nationals today on her home course here.


 “Just about everyone who meets me for the first time who has heard my name expects to see an Asian woman,” said Chinn, who is fair skinned with light-colored hair and eyes. “I don’t know how many times people are surprised when meeting me and finding that I don’t look Asian at all. My grandmother said my last name is German, but maybe it was shortened from something else.”


“Just getting here in this event was enough of a thrill for me since it is still a new event to me,” said Chinn. “I was hoping to finish no lower than 10th and if I had a good race would have been happy taking eighth. The whole race I knew it could be my best race ever since I jumped out and was at least fifth most of the race. By the middle, I was hoping to finish at least eighth, and if I could get in the top five that would be great. I really surprised myself with a second place. Hearing all my friends yelling my name throughout the 7 ½ laps was a big help.” 



North Central Men, Illinois Wesleyan 

Women Win National Titles:

Nine Repeat as National Champs

Illinois Wesleyan women

By Norm Weber
Special to NCAA.com

BEREA – Seven men and two women repeated as national champions while three women were double national champions today in the NCAA Division III Track and Field National Championships on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College at The George Finnie Stadium in Berea, Ohio.

Repeating as outdoor national champions from 2009 were Salisbury University’s Cory Beebe in the 400-meter hurdles, Springfield’s Stephen Headley in the 100 dash, Moravian’s Eric Woodruff in the 200-meter dash, Greenville’s Edgar Townsend in the 110-meter hurdles, Centre’s Chrys Jones in the triple jump (including a Div. III season best 15.18 meters), Salisbury’s Brandon Fugett in the shot, and Concordia’s (Wisc.) Brock Solveson in the javelin.




Wildcats take second in nationals  

crew competition

St. Ignatius High School logo

St. Ignatius crew coach Matt Previts sent the following text message to S/A-Cleveland Student/Writer Mike Watts on his way back from the Wildcats' silver medal performance at nationals

Greetings from I-90 westbound!   I'm proud to report to you that the Wildcat Navy's Freshman 8+ raced to a silver medal today at the SRAA National Championships.    After qualifying for the National Championships three weeks ago at the Midwest Regionals, the freshman crew of coxswain Trent Wimbiscus, stroke Andrew Reichard and oarsmen Dan Drees, Robert Turcotte, John Tanis, Peter RogersKevin Foley, Clay Grove, and Dan Shea placed second in their heat on Friday morning.

Saturday morning found the Blue and Gold again earning second place, this time to New Trier (Illionois) who defeated the Wildcats at the Midwest Regional.      In the final race, St. Ignatius lined up in lane 2, the field was filled out by Burnt Hills (Burnt Hills, NY), St. Joseph's Preparatory (Philadephia, PA), New Trier (New Trier, IL), Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL),  and Canisius H.S. (Buffalo NY).   The Wildcats came off the line even with the field.   After the first 500 meters, St. Joseph's, St. Ignatius, New Trier and Loyola had separated and were running evening.   At the 1000 meter mark, St. Joseph's had taken a slight lead, with the Blue & Gold pushing away from New Trier and Loyola.   In the final 500 meters, St. Joseph's and St. Ignatius pushed away from the field.  The Prep earned 1st place, crossing the line 2.5 seconds ahead of the Wildcats, who defeated New Trier for the first time all season. This is the first medal at the National Championships for the Wildcat Navy since 2006.

The other crews from Saint Ignatius finished 6th (Junior 4) and 8th (Junior 8).   Congratulations also go to Shaker Heights women's varsity double, which also earned a silver medal.

Coach Previts

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is Memorial Day Weekend. This weekend is the time to honor the more than one million American men who have died in wars since theRevolutionary War in the 1700s. It is because of their willingness to die for an idea (many of them 60 or more years earlier than they were supposed to die), we have the freedoms we have today, including freedom of speech and the press. This forum nor any other mass media outlet would be possible without their sacrifices. If you know a family who has a recent member or ancestor who died in a war, please thank that family for his sacrifices on this weekend since it is not plausible to thank him personally. Remember, freedom is not free.

Phipps and Supan Earn All-America 

Honors in Men’s Discus on Day 

Three of NCAA Meet

May 30, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA --- Junior Kevin Phipps (Pataskala/Watkins Memorial) finished sixth earning his second All-America honor in three days and freshman Mitch Supan (Medina/Walsh Jesuit) was eighth in the men’s discus on day three (Saturday, May 29) of the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Baldwin-Wallace at Finnie Stadium in Berea.
Walsh Jesuit grad Mitch Supan

As a team, the B-W men finished tied for 34th with nine points, their best showing at nationals since 1996, when B-W tied for 32nd. The Yellow Jacket women were 34th with eight points.


Phipps, who also finished sixth in the weight throw on Thursday, had a best throw of 168 feet-even on his third throw. He placed seventh in the discus last year.

Supan, making his first appearance at an NCAA Meet, hit a mark of 163’5” on his second throw, earning All-America status.

All together, B-W had five All-Americans at this year’s championships: Phipps in the discus (sixth) and hammer throws (sixth), Supan in the discus (eighth), senior Greg Patrick (Collins/Western Reserve) in the shot put (seventh) and junior Kim Chinn (Zanesville/West Muskingum) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (second).

The top eight finishers in each event earn All-American status at this year’s championships.  Fans can follow all of the action by logging onto the NCAA Championships web site at http://www.bw.edu/athletics/10tracknationals/.

Chardon's Hollinger places 


By Creg Jantz

BEREA == (May 29, 2010) - Case Western Reserve University sophomore Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH) and senior Elaine Simpson competed today at the 2010 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College in nearby Berea, Ohio.

Hollinger (pictured to the right), who earned All-America honors in the women's high jump at last year's Outdoor Nationals in Marietta, Ohio, finished 10th this afternoon, two places shy of repeating. By the end of the event, there were six jumpers tied at 1.67 meters, Hollinger's place was determined by the amount her misses.









May 30, 2010

By Harry Plummer

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Lake Erie Crushers won a back and forth affair this afternoon, snapping a four-game slide with a 7-5 win over the Kalamazoo Kings.

The Crushers were able to score two first inning runs for the second game in a row, taking advantage of four singles to jump ahead. Dom Duggan led off the game with a single, stole second, and scored on Andrew Davis' single to right. Davis scored later in the frame when Joel Collins singled up the middle off Kalamazoo starter Bernard Robert. 

Andrew Davis
Andrew Davis

Robert was forced to leave the game in the second inning following a comebacker off his pitching hand on a single by Drew Saylor. He did not record a decision because his teammates knotted the score in the bottom of the second. Brooks Robinson drew a bases loaded walk and J.J. Sferra singled to tie the contest. 

Lake Erie retook the lead in the top of the fourth, scoring a single run off reliever Chris Kupillas, who was making his 2010 debut. Drew Saylor posted a two-out single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Andrew Davis drove in his second run of the game with a single to left, scoring Saylor. The Kings tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a two-out single from Jodan Poulter. 

Kalamazoo took its first lead of the contest at 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth when Steve Malvagna doubled into the right-center gap against reliever Matt Smith, who entered in place of Phil Rummel to start the inning. Rummel tossed four innings allowing three runs on six hits while walking four and striking out three. Smith tallied the win with three innings of relief. Andrew Davis drove in his third run of the game in the top of the sixth to tie the score with another single to left.

Three unearned runs crossed in the top of the seventh as Lake Erie again established control. Lee Huggins doubled deep to center to knock in a pair and Dom Duggan followed with his first extra base hit of the season, a triple into the corner in right to push the lead to 7-4. Brendan Murphy homered in the bottom of the inning to bring Kalamazoo within 7-5. Alberto Rolon shut the door in the eighth and ninth to notch his second save.

A night after posting 13 hits, the Crushers mashed 15 in the victory. Dom Duggan and Andrew Davis posted three hits each with Davis driving in three and Duggan adding to his Frontier League leading stolen base total with his seventh and eighth of the season. Drew Saylor notched two hits along with Joel Collins and Lee Huggins. 

Lake Erie (3-6) returns home to meet the River City Rascals in a rematch of the 2009 Frontier League Championship Series on Tuesday night at All Pro Freight Stadium. RHP Mike Raymond (0-1, 3.00) will make his second start for the Crushers.

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