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

Postwaite Claims Second Title: GLIAC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year Award

ALLENDALE, MICH. – Freshman Joe Postwaite (Rochester, N.Y./Gates Chili) won his second individual title and scored in his third event Friday (May 4) during the final day of competition at the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Grand Valley State University.

Postwaite, who earlier won the long jump and placed seventh in the high jump, bested the field of 16 competitors to win the triple jump and was named "Freshman Field Athlete of the Year" at the meet. Postwaite jumped 48' 10" on his second attempt, two inches past the next best jump.

It's the second time a Storm student-athlete has been named "Field Athlete of the Year" at the GLIAC Championships and the third time overall Lake Erie has claimed an Athlete of the Year honor at the conference meet.

Postwaite finished the competition with 22 total points individually. As a team, the Lake Erie College men scored 40.5 points and finished seventh of 12 teams at the event. The Storm women finished 12th.

In addition to Postwaite, two other Storm men scored points on Friday afternoon. Junior Garrett Ondrus (Oregon, Ohio/Clay) ran a school-record time of 14.96 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles and placed eighth while junior Eric Klucar (Medina, Ohio/Highland) tied for sixth in the pole vault (14' 11").

On the women's side, the only Storm individual to score points was freshman Destiny Prusky (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton Falls) who tied for eighth in the high jump. The 4x100-meter relay team also placed eighth.
Leigh SiedlakRachel McAninch
Siedlak (L), McAninch 

John Carroll tops Mount in OAC tourney

ADA, Ohio—The Mount Union softball team lost an early lead and fell to John Carroll, 4-2, in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinal Friday afternoon in Ada. The Purple Raiders (21-19) saw their seven-game winning streak come to an end.

John Carroll scored twice in the top of the 7th inning to complete the comeback after trailing 2-0 early. Michelle Murphy, Olivia Matthews, and Colleen Brady delivered consecutive doubles to give the Streaks a 4-2 lead that they would hold onto.

Leigh Siedlak (Westerville/Westerville South) delivered her team-leading sixth home run with two outs in the bottom of the 1st inning for an early 2-0 lead.

John Carroll tied the game with a pair of runs in the 5th inning. With one out, Erin Riccardi doubled to score Samantha Becker, ending the day for Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson). After a walk and RBI single by Olivia Matthews, Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) was able to get out of the bases-loaded jam with the scored tied.

Willis (11-9) received the loss for the Raiders in 2.2 innings of relief duty. Willis allowed two earned runs on five hits in her first loss since April 12th against John Carroll. McAninch went 4.1 innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Brittany Danilov (21-5) won her second game of the day for the Blue Streaks.

Danilov recorded six strikeouts and allowed just two hits after the Raiders' two-run 1st inning. Mount Union will play the winner of Ohio Northern and Otterbein in an elimination game Saturday at 10 am. If the Raiders are victorious in that game, they must defeat John Carroll twice to claim the OAC Tournament Championship.

NCAC Softball tournament changes schedule

Due to inclement weather today (May 4), only three games were able to be completed at the 2012 NCAC Softball Tournament.

The tournament schedule will resume under the following format at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Saturday, May 4th:

Game 4: Allegheny vs. Wooster, 12:00 PM
Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs. DePauw, 2:00 PM

Sunday, May 5th:

Championship Round:

Game 6: Denison vs. Winner Game 5, 10:00 AM
Game 7: Same Teams as Game 7, 12:00 PM (if necessary)


James and McDonald Named to CoSIDA 

Capital One Academic All-District Team

Oberlin, Ohio – Senior Jason James and sophomore Mike McDonald were named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Team, the organization announced on Friday afternoon.

This is second straight year James has earned the honor, while McDonald finds himself on the list in his first year of eligibility. The award is voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

James, who was team captain for the Yeomen this season, was one of the team’s top performers on the mound. He made 10 starts and allowed just 19 earned runs over 52.1 innings of work. His ERA of 3.27 was second amongst the starting staff as was his 33 punchouts. The Lakewood, Colorado, native really raised his level of play in conference as he posted a 2-1 record and 1.85 ERA against NCAC foes. Following graduation, James will be attending the University of Washington to purse a Ph.D in Soil Ecology. He will be graduating at the end of the month with a cumulative GPA of 3.94.

McDonald, a native of Weston, Connecticut, was a dual threat for the Yeomen as he played mostly at second base while also serving as he team’s top reliever. In 37 games, he batted .306 and finished second on the team with 26 RBI’s. On the bump, the side-arm specialist led Oberlin with 17 appearances. In 30.2 innings he struck out 21 hitters. He tied James with three wins to go along with one save. McDonald is currently carrying a 3.92 GPA while majoring in biology.

The Yeomen will surely miss James’ leadership and pitching ability next spring, but are surely grateful to have McDonald around for two more years.

State Team Tennis Tournament Results

Westlake (5) def. Lake (0) -- OTCA match
Westlake Seasonal Record: 11 and 5
Westlake SWC Record: 7 and 0

1. Colton Buffington d. Ross Whitaker 6-0, 6-0 - Golden Ball Award
2. Connor Michelich d. Nick Csonka 6-1, 6-0
3. Krish Shah d. Neil Beeman 6-2, 6-0

1. Stephen Fleischer/Kevin Wang d. Josh Dvkr/Dave Hohendel 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
2. Kent Dinchman/Cal Craven d. Justin Maranville/Clay Schnars 6-3, 6-1

Day One of the NCAC Championships is in the Books

Meadville, PA – The Oberlin College track and field teams fought through multiple weather delays on day one of the NCAC Track and Field Championships on the campus of Allegheny College.

Rookie sensation Tiffany Henry started the day for the Yeowomen by earning All-NCAC honors in the discus by placing third overall with a mark of 124-05. She also added a fourth-place showing in the shot put with a toss of 37-07.25 to account for 11 team points.Sam Dudzinski contributed with another OC tally by placing eighth in the shot put with a mark of 34-11.

Also earning All-NCAC accolades was junior Jasmine Owens as she placed third in the long jump by clearing 17-01.25. SeniorMelissa Elie chipped in with three more team points by placing sixth with a leap of 16-03.

The night came to an end with first-years Lindsay Neal and Erica Morelli finishing fifth and sixth respectively in the 10,000. Neal clocked in at 38:57.09, while Morelli was one spot back at 39:10.69 as the pair added seven team points.

In the men’s field events, Oberlin recorded a fourth-and fifth-place showing. It was Dom Babb who turned in a lifetime best heave of 43-09.75 to finish fourth in the shot put. Alex Guo was fifth in the long jump at 21-00.75 as the pair gave the Yeomen nine team points.

In the prelims of the 400 meters, Marissa Clardy was the top qualifier at 59.06, while Katrina Gelwick was fourth at 59.77. In the 100-meter prelims, sophomore standout Sophia Brancazio checked in third at 12.66, while teammate Jasmine Owens was the number seven qualifier at 13.08. Brancazio was also second in the 200 with a timestamp of 25.94.

Defending conference champion Ryann McChesney displayed her supremacy in the 400-meter hurdles as she qualified first in the event at 1:06.68. Ava Keating was seventh at 1:09.95.

In the women’s 800 prelims, junior Amanda Gracia was second at 2:19.63, while Pearl Rivers was eighth at 2:22.99.

In the men’s 800 it was sophomore Quinn Hull who secured a spot in tomorrow’s final by touching the tape in seventh with a mark of 1:55.13. Running in his first NCAC Outdoor Championship Meet, freshman Jerry Choi qualified eighth in the 400-meter hurdles at 57.01.

In the 200, senior Shawn Chrapczynski was the fifth qualifier as stopped the clock at 22.18.

The event will come to an end tomorrow evening. The field events will get started at 10 a.m., while the running events will commence at 2:30 p.m.

Warriors win in Tourney tuneup

Mockbee and Brown combine for shutout while Ray collects three hits

AKRON, May 4th: The Walsh Jesuit Baseball team prepared for Ohio Jesuit Tournament and OHSAA State Tournament play in an 11-0 victory over Akron Firestone in a game shortened to five innings by the run rule. Junior LHP Joe Mockbee hurled four shutout innings, striking out five to improve to 3-0 on the year. Junior Cassidy Brown came on to pitch a perfect 5th. Leading the way offensively for WJ was Sophomore Trevor Ray with three hits, while Seniors Drew Miletti and Graeme Frye, and Junior Cassidy Brown all had multi-hit days as well. Also hitting well for the Warriors were Seniors Zack Leonatti and Anthony Nemer, Sophomores Kyle Holdsworth and Gino Sassano, and Freshmen Nick DeLeone, Dominic Mittiga, and Connor Regan who had a deep two-run double.


With the win the Warriors improve to 18-3 on the year.