A Page -- May 5, 2012 -- AM Edition

Will Drougas is the first UAA Rookie of the Year in program history. (photo courtesy of Chicago Sports Information) 

Klawitter and Patel Earn All-UAA Honors, Drougas Named CWRU’s First Rookie of the Year

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Case Western Reserve University senior co-captain Rohan Patel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) and sophomore Eric Klawitter (Arlington Heights, Ohio/Hershey) have been named to the 2012 All-University Athletic Association Men's Tennis Second Team for doubles, while freshman Will Drougas (Roanoke, Va./Salem) has been tabbed the conference's Rookie of the Year, announced the league office on Friday.

Patel and Klawitter are the program's first all-league selections since three earned second-team honors in 2009. Drougas is the first-ever UAA Rookie of the Year in Spartan Tennis history.

The No. 17 nationally-ranked Spartans (15-8 overall, 2-1 UAA) matched the best conference finish in program history (third) at last weekend's league championship tournament in Florida, squaring off with three top-30 foes.

Klawitter and Patel were each 1-2 in singles play, but the duo combined to win two out of their three doubles matches with victories versus No. 30 University of Chicago and No. 13 Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.). For the season, the tandem has combined for a 6-3 record with all nine matches coming at No. 3 doubles.

Individually, Klawitter is 15-12 in singles play, mostly at No. 5, with a combined doubles mark of 11-7. In his two seasons, the sophomore is 32-22 in singles and 19-16 in doubles.

Patel was 8-12 in singles during the regular season with a majority of his matches at No. 4. The senior also posted a doubles record of 12-6. For his career, he ranks third all-time in program history with 92 victories – current junior Kyle Gerber is second with 93, while Ben Sinder (2003-07) is first with 95.

Drougas joined the team this fall as the highest-ranked recruit in program history, and he certainly didn't disappoint in his rookie campaign. Playing almost exclusively in the top singles spot, he posted a team-high 20 wins (20-13 overall), including a 2-1 mark in conference action. He was also 10-6 in doubles action en route to the highest freshman win total in school history.

With one of the best regular seasons in program history in the books, the Spartans now await word on the team's first-ever at-large berth to the NCAA Championship Tournament. The selection show is set for this Monday, May 7 at 10:00 p.m. on NCAA.com.

Hosted by Saint Vincent College - Latrobe, Pa. - May 3-4, 2012

Game E - Saint Vincent College - Latrobe, Pa. - 11 a.m. - #2 Thiel 1, #3 Westminster 0
The second-seeded Tomcats used a strong defense to take a 1-0 win from the Titans to advance out of the losers bracket to the PAC championship game. After four and a half scoreless innings, Thiel freshman Amanda Callahan (Austintown, Ohio/Austintown Fitch H.S.) singled up the middle to score senior Sarah Szczypinski (Pittsburgh, PA/ Carlynton H.S.) for the only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Both pitchers had impressive games, as Westminster junior Chelsea Brown (New Castle, PA/Mohawk H.S.) gave up just four hits, while striking out four and walking one. Callahan took the complete game win in the circle for the Tomcats, giving up only four hits, while striking out two and backing up her pitching effort with six assists and one putout in the field. 

2012 PAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - Game F - Saint Vincent College - Latrobe, Pa. - 1 p.m. - #4 Geneva 1, #2 Thiel 0
Fourth-seeded Geneva completed a perfect 3-0 run through the conference tournament with another pitcher's dual victory, giving the Golden Tornadoes and head coach Van Zanic their first-ever PAC softball championship and an automatic berth in next week's NCAA Division III Championship. The GTs captured the title game despite being one-hit by Thiel senior P Kristen Moreland (Dover, OH/Dover H.S.), who struck outr seven in the hard-luck loss. In the fifth inning, Geneva's lone hit cam on a single by sophomore Ashley Davis (New Middletown, OH/Springfield Local H.S.), which advanced sophomore Christina Fuqua (Derwood, MD/Richard Montgomery H.S.), who had previously walked, to third. Fugua then scored on a Tomcat error on a faulty throw between the catcher and pitcher. GT senior P Julie DiLonardo (New Kinsington, PA/Plum H.S.) was also outstanding in the circle, earning a complete-game three-hit shutout victory with no walks and eight strikeouts for Geneva. Sophomore Ashley Dolan (Export, PA/Franklin Regional H.S.) paced the Thiel offense by going 2-for-2 at the plate in the loss.

St. Vincent - 2B Lindsey Daniels
Westminster - 2B Kelsey Squelch
Westminster - 3B Erica Kimmick
Thiel - P/LF Amanda Callahan
Thiel - 2B Ashley Dolan
Thiel - 1B Molly Jo Everett
Geneva - 2B Christina Fuqua
Geneva - SS Ashley Davis
Geneva - CF Marti Adams
Tournament MVP: Geneva - P Julie DiLonardo

Mount Union Tennis Falls to Ohio Northern in OAC Tournament Semifinals

MASON, Ohio—The fourth-seeded Mount Union tennis team had its season ended with a 5-0 loss to regular season champion Ohio Northern in the semifinals of the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Friday at the Linder Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

Ohio Northern (21-4) swept through doubles and earned wins at No. 4 and No. 5 singles to advance to the finals against John Carroll on Saturday at 10 am.

Mount Union battled at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles before dropping both matches, 8-6.

The Cardinals advance to Saturday's 10 am championship match against top-seeded Baldwin-Wallace with the winner getting an automatic bid the NCAA Tournament.

Senior Krissy Hallett (Willoughby Hills/Willoughby South) finishes were career tied with former doubles partner Kacey Huff for doubles wins (53) and third in overall wins (103).

Mount Union finishes its season at 13-7, which is a five-game improved from a year ago.

Ohio Northern 5, Mount Union 0

Singles competition:
1. Krissy Hallett (MTU) vs. Michelle Tuma (ONUW) 6-3, 6-5, unfinished
2. Mandy Wise (MTU) vs. Brittany Miller (ONUW) 6-3, 5-2, unfinished
3. Hannah Arvidson (MTU) vs. Carly Olmstead (ONUW) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished
4. Kristin Cellentani (ONUW) def. Megan Czuchra (MTU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Kelsi Wurm (ONUW) def. Courtney Adamsky (MTU) 6-2, 6-2
6. MacKenzie Jenkins (MTU) vs. Kristen Timperman (ONUW) 6-3, 4-4, unfinished

Doubles competition:
1. Michelle Tuma/Christie Gales (ONUW) def. Krissy Hallett/Megan Czuchra (MTU) 8-6
2. Brittany Miller/Kristin Cellentani (ONUW) def. Mandy Wise/Hannah Arvidson (MTU) 8-6
3. Lauren Rife/Carly Olmstead (ONUW) def. Taylor Dowling/Courtney Adamsky (MTU) 8-3

Ohio Northern women 21-4
Mount Union 13-7
2012 OAC Women's Tennis Tournament
No. 1 seed ONU advances to championship with 5-0 win over No. 4 seed Mount Union

Baldwin-Wallace Track and Field Athletes 

Compete at Rocket Invitational

TOLEDO, OHIO --  Select Baldwin-Wallace College individual performers competed today (Friday, May 4, 2012) at the Rocket Invitational hosted by the University of Toledo. The meet consisted of athletes from NCAA Division I, II and III schools as well as junior colleges hoping to qualify for the 2012 National Championship Meet.

The NCAA Division III Championships will be hosted Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont, California on May 24-26.  To date, the Yellow Jackets have three individuals and one relay team qualified as the championship meet will consist of the top 20 athletes in each event.

The men were led by junior All-American thrower Mitch Supan (Medina/Walsh Jesuit) as he finished second in the hammer with a throw of 179’2.39”, second in the discus with a season-best throw of 172’7” and second in the shot put with a mark of 52’11”.  In addition to Supan, junior Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) was first in the shot put (54’3”), third in the hammer (164’3.65”) and fifth in the discus (160’).  Senior Miles Moore (Gettysburg, Pa./Delone Catholic) took third in the shot with a mark of 50’5”.

In the running events, the B-W men were led by sophomore Kevin Johnson (Maple Heights/St. Ignatius) as he captured second in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.10.  Freshman Dannie Mack (Massillon/Washington) finished second in the 400-meter hurdles in a time 1:01.18 and freshman Alex Evers (Middlefield /Berkshire) was fourth in a time of 1:03.90. Senior Daniel Sloat (Medina) took third in the 200-meter dash in a season-best time of 23.59.  Sophomore Dusan Vasic Broadview Heights (Brecksville-Broadview Heights) placed third in 1,500-meter run as he crossed the finish line in a season-best time of 4:11.81 while senior Andrew Beck (Canandaigua, N.Y. /Canandaigua Academy) took fifth in a time of 4:16.38.  Sophomore Stephen Humbert (Middletown/Lakota East) finished third in the 3,000-meter in a time of 11:11.81.

The women’s squad was led by senior thrower Leslie Purnell (Springfield/Catholic Central) who finished second in the hammer (152’0.40”) and fourth in both the discus and shot with marks of 130’10” (discus) and a season-best throw of 43’5” (shot put).  Junior Cristina Perrine (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) took second in the discus (141’5”) and placed fifth in both the hammer and shot put with a marks of 145’4.09”(hammer) and season-best throw of 41’9” (shot put) . Freshman Danielle Torrence (Canton/South) took fifth in the discus with season-best throw of 127’5”.  Sophomore Victoria Brown (Berlin Center/Western Reserve) took third in the high jump with a leap of five feet two inches.

In the running events, the Yellow Jacket women were led by the winning 4x100-meter relay team of consisting of juniors Brittany Sterling (Lima),Kaylan Lemon (Canton/Massillon Perry) and Lauren Nanni (Parma/Padua Franciscan) and sophomore Shequello Greeno (Lima) as they crossed the finish line in a season-best time of 49.18.  Lemon also took fifth in the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.73. Sophomore Brooke Hradisky (Aurora) placed fifth in the 800-meter and 3,000-meter runs in a times of 2:22.19 and 12:25.30 respectively.

The Yellow Jacket qualifying hopefuls are back in action on Friday, May 11 when they will travel to Meadville, Pennsylvania to compete in Gator Invitational hosted by Allegheny College. The final last chance meet takes place on May 18 when the hopefuls will travel to Naperville, Illinois to compete in the  Gregory Invitational hosted by North Central College

Postwaite and Dudley Claim Jump Titles at GLIAC Outdoor Championships

ALLENDALE, MICH. – The Lake Erie College men's track and field team picked up a pair of individual titles and currently sits in fourth place after the first full day of the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday (May 3) at Grand Valley State University.

Freshman Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) and sophomore All-American Jamil Dudley (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) led the way for the Storm with first-place performances in the long jump and high jump, respectively.

Postwaite set a school record and reached NCAA Division II provisional qualifying in the long jump with a leap of 23' 5 ½", his first time breaking the seven-meter mark in the event. He also had a seventh-place finish in the high jump, clearing 6' 7", to finish the afternoon with 12 points.

Dudley, who has twice won the GLIAC Indoor championship in the high jump, added a first outdoor title to his resume, clearing the bar at 6' 11" on his final attempt at that height to win the event. He has already qualified automatically for the NCAA Outdoor Championship.

Two other Storm men scored points Thursday while another two qualified for Friday's race finals. Freshman David Bojalad (Saint Mary's Pa./Elk County Christian) placed sixth in the javelin throw with a heave of 176' 8" and junior Nathan Fox (Groveport, Ohio/Bishop Harley) took eighth in the decathlon with 4,832 points.

Junior Garrett Ondrus (Oregon, Ohio/Clay) claimed the final spot in the 110-meter hurdles with a school-record tying time of 15.09 seconds and advanced to the finals of that race. Fifth-year senior Andre Robinson (Cleveland, Ohio/Martin Luther King, Jr./Notre Dame) qualified fifth in the 400-meter run with a time of 48.49 seconds.

The Storm men totaled 26 points Thursday and are currently in fourth place out of 11 scoring teams. The women are one of three teams that have not recorded a point in the competition yet. Junior Colleen Bednar (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) just missed scoring in the long jump, finishing ninth at 17' 9 ¾" and freshman Ariana Jorgensen (Toronto, Ontario/Henry Carr Secondary) finished 10th in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles (10.58 seconds), missing the finals by one place.

The 2012 GLIAC Outdoor Championships conclude on Friday, May 4.