A Page -- May 5, 2010

Crushers' Media Day gets the ball 

rolling in quest to repeat as FL 

champs; Wadsworth's Drew Saylor, 

Shaker Heights High alum Ardie 

McWilliams, rookie sensation Eddie 

Tisdale, Maz, Jodam talk about 

upcoming season

May 5, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AVON – Some of the 2009 leaders along with new leaders will have to step up this year to fill a void in the Lake Erie Crushers’ request to repeat as Frontier League champions as they begin their 2010 season in less than two weeks. The team held its annual Media Day this morning, opening interviews to the local press.

Pitching ace Paul Fagan and home run king Gordie Gronkowski have moved on, leaving 2009 holdovers Drew Saylor, Andrew Davis, Ardie McWilliams, Jodam Rivera and Eddie Tisdale to take on larger leadership roles. All were exited to talk about the upcoming season.

“The league only allows us to keep three veterans so to make way for some rookies, we had to trade Gordie even though we know he was a crowd pleaser,” said Crushers manager John Massarelli. “We wanted to keep that infield intact and teams who keep a designated hitter as one of their allotted veterans rarely have had success in this league.”

Rivera, Saylor and Davis return to the infield that led the league in turning the double play last year.

Listen to interview with Massarelli, the Canton Central Catholic and U. of Akron alum, talk about the pitching staff, infield, difficulty of repeating as league champs and the element of having three catchers all injured at one time at the end of last season by clicking on link:



Listen to Eddie Tisdale, last year’s rookie sensation, talks abut his venture into non-rookie status as well as his Southern Home Cooking and Dixieland dishes he introduced to the team last year::


 Eddie Tisdale

First baseman Eddie Tisdale

Listen to Wadsworth native, Kent State alum,  Cleveland State coach and Crushers’ third baseman Drew Saylor talking abut his added leadership responsibilities, the quest to repeat as champs, and the idea of bringing more MAC and Horizon League players to the Crushers and Frontier League. Click on link:


Andrew Saylor 


Listen to shortstop Jodam Rivera talk about the infield returning from last season and his taking on more leadership roles:


 Jodam Rivera


Listen to Shaker Heights native Ardie McWilliams talk about recruiting more East Side fans to the Freight, playing quarterback for the football Red Raiders back in the day and following in the footsteps of the late Paul Newman, a Shaker native, in his off-season acting career:


Arden McWilliams


Lakewood Sectional to begin 

Monday; Iggy, Parma, Garfield, 

Royalton top seeds

 May 5, 2010

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 LAKEWOOD – The Division I baseball district begins here Monday with four games slated. St. Ignatius, Garfield, North Royalton and Parma drew the top seeds and have first-round byes.


In first round-action, Lakewood will play at Valley Forge, Rhodes will be at Bedford, Lincoln-West at Midpark, and John Marshall at Olmsted Falls.

Garfield Heights

The Patriot-Ranger winner gets Ignatius Tuesday, the Bearcat-Ram winner Parma, the Midpark-LW winner Royalton and Falls-Marshall winner Garfield. All Tuesday games will be played on the fields of the seeded teams. 

North Royalton

Tuesday’s winners will adjourn to the districts on the turf here starting May 17.

Olmsted Falls could be the darkhorse this year after having a fine post season last year before getting eliminated by Iggy. The Bulldogs are led by Zack Ferster, who is batting .424 with 19 runs scored and 12 RBIs.

Actually, the Bulldogs carry quite a bit of lumber. In fact, the Bulldogs have six guys with 35 at bats or more batting over .300.

Brennan Laird is batting .361 with 11 RBIs and 11 runs scored, Chaz McGrain is batting .354 with 14 RBIs and six doubles, Erik Kolar .340 with four home runs and 21 RBIS., Cory Maddocks .333 with two home runs and 11 RBIS, and Dave Venezuela .333 with two doubles and 21 runs scored.

Denton Sagerman leads the Dog pitching staff with 4-2 record, 3.55 ERA and 41 strikeouts.

B-W Men's Tennis Beats 

Heidelberg, 5-1, in OAC 

Quarterfinals in Berea; Advances 

to OAC Final Four

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- The third-seeded Baldwin-Wallace College men's tennis team defeated six-seeded Heidelberg University, 5-1, in theOhio Athletic Conference Tournament Quarterfinals today (Wednesday, May 5, 2010) at the "Pop" Collins Courts in Berea. The Yellow Jackets improve to 18-3 overall and advance to the OAC Final Four on Friday and Saturday.

B-W has now won four matches in a row and will play arch-rival Mount Union College in the semifinal round on Friday, May 7 at 4:00 p.m. at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio. Host and top-seeded Ohio Northern University plays in the other semifinal match versus the winner of today's #4 John Carroll University/#5 Capital University match. The winners of Friday's semifinal matches meet in the championship match on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament up for grabs.



Yeomen Outlast Cardinals in Season Finale
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Westerville, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team concluded its season on a high note as they upended Otterbein College 10-7 on Wednesday afternoon in Westerville, Ohio. 

First-year Thomas Hake capped off his outstanding rookie season by leading the Yeomen with four goals in the game. Sophomore Dylan Holmes also added two scores in the win. 



No. 2 ranked University School 

tops Ignatius on courts

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




HUNTING VALLEY – In a battle between two of the four all-boys schools in Cleveland, University School, the No. 2 ranked team in the state (Div. II), defeated St. Ignatius 4-1 tonight.


St. Ignatius only win came at first singles at which 2009 Division I district qualifier James Oliver defeated Billy Lennon, 6-3, 7-6 (5).

St. Ignatius High School logo


Nick Smedira took Sean Frebes at the No. 2, 6-4, 6-2, and J.D. O’Brien downed Tom Mascia at the No. 3, 7-5, 6-1.


Josh Adler and Will Young won at first doubles for the Preppers, 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-3, over Mike Nichols and Amar Shah. Winning at second double in a comeback for US were Alex Denmuth and Ashwin Chak 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 over Mark Goergy and Chad Burton.

North Olmsted alum Brett Katana 

cranks five hits, drives in 

three runs and gets record eighth 

save on mound to propel Ohio 

Northern toward OAC semis

May 5

By Lenny Reich

ADA, OH)--Mount Union's baseball team saw its hopes of making next week's four-team Ohio Athletic Conference swept away as Ohio Northern won both ends of a conference twinbill, 6-5 and 6-1 today in Ada.

The sweep leaves the Raiders at 15-16 overall but at 5-9 in the OAC and close out the season at home with doubleheaders Friday at 1 pm against Heidelberg and Sunday against Capital at 1 pm

Ohio Northern took a huge step forward in securing a tournament bid as the Polar Bears are 26-10 overall and at 10-6 in the OAC can lock up a bid with a sweep Saturday against John Carroll.

Playing for the first time in two weeks, Mount Union suffered a similar fate as it did back then as the opponent scored in its final at-bat for the win.



Ohio Northern pushed across a run in the bottom of the sixth inning as Greg Gibbons drove in the go ahead run on a fielder's choice then Brett Katana allowed two hits but worked a scoreless seventh for his eighth save of the season and a 6-5 Polar Bear win.

Katana finished the day 5-for-8 with two doubles, two RBIs and his eighth save of the season in Game 1.

Katana now has 167 career hits, sixth best in Ohio Northern history. Katana is four hits away from being tied with Roy Henson for fifth.


Bennies LAX/ice hockey 

Student/Athlete Luke Kramer 

accepts appointment to West Point


May 5, 2010

By Wally Mieskoski

CLEVELAND -- Luke Kramer  is carrying on a tradition at Benedictine High School by receiving an appointment to West Point.

For the 11th time in the last 13 years, a Benedictine senior has been appointed to a military service academy. And in one of those years, two Benedictine seniors received appointments.


In addition to being a two-year captain of both the Bengals hockey team and the lacrosse team, Kramer is also very active in other organizations.


Kramer is a member in the Key Club, National Honor Society, Junior Statesmen of America Organization, Math and Latin clubs, photo editor for The Bennet(school paper), and Knights of the Altar. Luke is also an altar server at St. Leo the Great Parish and is in the Boy Scouts


Kramer holds down a 4.196 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. He takes Advanced Placement (AP) classes in Calculus, European History, Government, Physics and English. He also takes Honors Latin IV and Introduction to Russian.


He is one of approximately 1,300 freshmen who will report to the Academy on June 28, 2010.


He applied to the academy in early fall and received nominations from Senator Sherrod Brown and Congressman Dennis Kucinich to help see his dream come true.


“I’ve always wanted to attend a military academy,” said Kramer. “It’s been a dream. It may sound corny, but I want to give back to this country. The United States has given me and others so many opportunities.”


Mike Fink, Benedictine lacrosse coach, said about Kramer, “Luke is a hard worker and has a great work ethic. He has the discipline to fit in well at West Point.” Kramer will be one of school’s first four-year players in lacrosse. Coach Fink feels that Kramer is an All-Ohio candidate at LSM (Long Stick Middle) position.


Benedictine Principal Joe Gressock said, “Luke is a true Man of Benedictine. He lives the ideals of Benedictine High School. We are very proud of him and his accomplishments.”


A Weekly roundup of Notre Dame 

College Student/Athletes

May 5

By Andy Barch



SOUTH EUCLID -- OVERBEARING: The Falcons went 1-2 last week, and dropped a pair of key conference games to Shawnee State on Saturday (May 1).  After defeating Baldwin-Wallace, 9-6, on April 30, the Falcons fell 9-1, and 5-3 to the Bears.


BEAR NECCESSITY:  Notre Dame (27-19, 12-10 American Mideast) will host a doubleheader against the first-place Bears of Shawnee State University on Sunday, May 9.  The games constitute a rescheduling of a postponed NDC-at-SSU twin bill last Sunday (May 2).  Game one in the battle of contenders for the American Mideast Conference flag is set for a 12 p.m. first pitch.


BASHING INTO THE RECORD BOOKS: Senior Brett Zientarski (Vermilion, Ohio) has homered in three out of his last four games, and has set the program record for home runs in a single season.  Zientarski smashed a three-run homer in Notre Dame’s 5-3 loss against Shawnee State on Saturday, giving him eight round-trippers on the season. 

Brett Zientarski

Vermilion's Zientarski


ROAD WARRIORS: Zientarski, Travis Brown (Bellevue, Ohio), and Pat Ross (Gahanna, Ohio), are all hitting over .370 on the road this season.  Brown is the leader of the pack in road tilts with a .426 (26-for-61) average away from home.  Zientarski is hitting .406 (26-for-64) in 20 road games this season, while Ross is batting .373 (25-for-67) on enemy grounds in 2010. 





CRUSHING THE CONFERENCE:  Last week, the Falcons (21-22) went 3-1 in their final four games of the regular season, and secured a spot in the postseason for a sixth straight year.  Notre Dame swept Point Park (Pa.) on April 29, and earned the second seed in the AMC Tournament, which begins on May 5. … The Blue & White finished the season with a record of 12-4 in the conference.  Notre Dame is hitting .361 (167-for-462) in 16 conference tilts during the 2010 season, with a 2.51 team ERA.

Charisse Colston

Oakwood's Charisse Colston 


LEADERS OF THE PACK: Notre Dame leads the AMC in runs scored, with 273. Their .331 (412-for-1244) overall team batting average is tops in the circuit as well, and they lead the AMC in hits (412) and triples (12). Charisse Colston (Oakwood Village, Ohio) is the AMC leader in runs scored, with 52. The sophomore transfer from Lincoln Universityalso leads the circuit in both triples (five) and total bases (96). Mallory Harder’s (Uniontown, Ohio) 63 hits on the season are tied for the most in the AMC.

Mallory Harder

Lake's Mallory Harder


CAMPUS FIELD KARMA: NDC averaged 7.1 runs on 9.8 hits per game over 18 home contests this season. The Falcons are 27-7 at Campus Field over the last two seasons. The Falcons went 9-1 in conference home games this season. Notre Dame hit .355 (178-for-502) on College Road and outscored their opponents, 129-67, in 18 home tilts in the 2010 campaign.


TRIPLE PLAY: The 2010 Falcons have set a single-season program record for triples.  The Falcons tallied a dozen three-baggers, besting their previous record of 11 triples set back in 2002.





BIRDIE AT THE LAST:  Turning the tide of a shaky history at the American Mideast Conference title event, the Notre Dame Falcons placed third at the AMC Championship on Friday.  Seniors Tony Pinzone (Parma, Ohio) and Brooks Steputis (Tustin, Calif.) closed out their careers on College Road by pacing NDC with Top-10 finishes, and the Falcons earned their best finish in the circuit’s season-ending, three-round tournament. Pinzone carded a seventh-place finish with a 12-over 228 (72-76-80). Steputis tied for ninth in the 50-man field, with a 75-79-78--232 (+16). As a team, NDC’s four-man score was 305-314-317--936. That score topped seven teams of the 10 in the field. Prior to Friday’s finish, NDC had never placed higher than ninth in the tournament, and in five previous years (2005-09) the Falcons had gone a combined 3-50 in the league event.


NOTABLE:  With their performance at the AMC Championship last week, Notre Dame closed out its season with an aggregate won-loss record of 46-31 (.590). The Falcons’ previous best single-season record was posted last year (2008-09) when the Blue & White went 16-38 (.290).


QUOTABLE:  “What a great way to end the season,” said Head Coach Nick Formica. “The guys really stepped up the last few events and played well. I think the program took a big step forward this year and in particular, this spring.”


A BIRDIE THREE: Freshman John Angelo (Mayfield Heights, Ohio) finished 14th at the AMC Tournament, carding a 79-78-78--235. In posting those scores, Angelo closed out the 2009-10 season by notching a program-best seven straight rounds in the 70s. The product of Mayfield Heights HS finished the season by nipping Tony Pinzone and Brooks Steputis for the team scoring title: Angelo posted a season stroke average of 77.5; Pinzone averaged 77.7; Steputis averaged 77.9. … NDC’s final team average was 80.0.


LATE KICK: In a nine-day period, from April 22-30, Notre Dame went a combined 27-7 over four events. That season-ending stretch included a fifth-place finish in a field of 17 (Wooster), a tournament victory in a field of eight (Grove City) and the third-place finish at the AMC Championship.





CAPITAL GAINS: The Notre Dame Track & Field team performed against some of the best NCAA Division-I schools in the country over the weekend, as they competed at the 25th annual Jesse Owens Classic at Ohio State University. On the men’s side, the Falcons held their own and placed well in their individual heats.  The highlight of the weekend occurred in the 4x100-Meter relay, as the team of Tom McKrill, Demar Sheffey, Joseph Leyland and Brandon Tolliver placed first in their heat, finishing the event in 42.50 seconds.  The Falcon women also performed well, totaling five top-10 finishes in their respective heats.  Jessica Thomas and Tiffany Tucker finished third and fourth respectively in their heats in the 100-Meter High Hurdles.  Thomas finished in 14.84 seconds while Tucker was right behind her at 15.11 seconds. 

Brandon Tolliver

MLK High alum Brandon Tolliver





REPEAT PERFORMANCE:  Notre Dame closed out its 2010 season in fine fashion, scoring 11 second-half goals en route to a 19-13 win at Indians Tech.   The victory for Notre Dame (11-5) marks their second over ITU this season -- the Falcons bested the Warriors, 14-1, in a home game on March 24. Senior attacker Jenn Morse finished with six goals on 12 shots to lead the NDC offense at ITU. Jen Hrobuchak (Lewis Center, Ohio) and Emily Knutson (Bloomington, Minn.) each scored three times.

Emily KnutsonJen HrobuchackHrobuchak


AREA 51: With her six-goal night at Indiana Tech, Jenn Morse posted a season total of 51 goals. That now stands as NDC’s second-best single-season total. Gena McPherson (2007-09) scored 57 goals in 2008. … Morse also had six draw controls on Thursday to finish the season with 51, a new Falcon record.


MORE MORSE: Morse also notched two assists on Thursday. She closed out the 2010 campaign with 60 points (51 goals, nine assists) and finished her collegiate career as a 100-point scorer (102 points, fifth-NDC).


FINAL TALLY: Notre Dame finished the season with a program-record 248 goals (15.5 per game), while allowing 141 (8.5). The team set new NDC marks for draw controls (270), shots (572) and shots on goal (435).

North Canton Hoover Senior A.J. 

Sarbaugh to Play Football 

at Mount 

May 5, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE)—North Canton Hoover senior A.J. Sarbaugh has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the football team this Fall.

Sarbaugh, a 6-0, 195-pound tight end/punter/kicker, was an All-Ohio, two-time all-district, all-league and all-county selection for coach Don Hertler Jr at Hoover High School.


This past season he had 30 catches at tight end, a 37.1 yard punting average and made nine field goals with a long of 43 yards.

The son of Jeff and Ginny Sarbaugh, A.J. plans to study education at Mount.

Lake Ridge Academy

Emily Kurtz homers, gets win on 

the mound for Lake Ridge in



Terra Sotto drives in 5

May 5, 2010 

By Norm Weber 

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor 


NORTH RIDGEVILLE -- Emily Kurtz blasted a home run and earned the victory on the mound in leading Lake Ridge Academy to a 17-16 victory over Christian Community School.
Emily Kurtz

To aid the offensive outburst, Terra Sotto blasted a double and drove in five runs.

Hoover alum Nate Fockler

Mount Union Blanks Otterbein 5-0
in OAC Tournament Quarterfinals; 

Raiders Play #3 seed B-W Friday in 


Nate Fockler led the way for the Raiders with wins at both sixth singles and third doubles in the 5-0 victory

May 5

By Jared Hubicsak

(ALLIANCE)-- Mount Union men's tennis team defeated Otterbein by a score of 5-0 in the quarterfinals of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament today in Alliance, OH.

The #2 seeded Purple Raiders improve to 17-2 and advance to face third seeded Baldwin Wallace, a 5-1 winner over Heidelberg, Friday at 4:30 pm at the Lidner Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

Mount Union was led by freshman Nate Fockler (North Canton/Hoover), who recorded a 6-3, 6-0 win at sixth singles and a 8-3 win at third doubles.
Canton South alum Brian Mogus

Also picking up two wins for the Raiders was senior Brian Mogus (Canton/Canton South) who won 6-1, 6-0 at second singles and 8-4 at first doubles.

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