A Page -- May 6, 2010

Ever-declining Ohio economy has 

retrofitted college football recruiting; 

"power shift" spearheaded by exit of 

"power football," entry of national 

talent, winning programs 

are proving

May 6, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ALLIANCE – At one time, if a young high school Student/Athlete playing football in Ohio had talent but lacked size and speed to play at the big-school college level, he usually would opt to play for either Baldwin-Wallace or Wittenberg if he wanted to be a part of a winning program.

It was “Witt” or “B-Dub.” It did not matter if the S/A was from Cleveland, Cincinnati or anywhere else in Ohio. The Tigers and Yellow Jackets got the best ones at the Small College ranks, which was later renamed Division III under the new restructuring.

Coaches like Dave Maurer, Dr. Ray Watts, Lee Tressel and Bob Packard were legends in the Buckeye State. They knew how to convince parents and high school coaches that these boys would get a great education first due to the strong liberal arts base (the idea that “learning about learning” is the most enriching part of the college experience) and also have a good football experience along the way.


The late Lee Tressel

The Tigers and Jackets slugged it out year after year, decade after decade, from the 1920s to the 1980s -- for the Ohio Athletic Conference championships, for bragging rights to the state, the North/South competitive piece and the playoffs.


In fact, one year (1978) the Tigers and Jackets played three times. Up until the mid-1980s, virtually every small college in Ohio was in the OAC so the league had to be split into two divisions, a Blue and a Red one. Teams would play each team in their division with perhaps a crossover game or two during the regular season, and then the two divisional winners would meet in a championship game the week after the regular season and prior to the start of the national playoffs (once the latter was organized).



Two Stark Countians, Charles Pratt 

and Ty Griffin, named 

Student/Athletes of the Meet at OAC 

Track Championships

AUSTINTOWN --- Mount Union won the women and Heidelberg the men's championship at the Ohio Athletic Conference championship, leaving locals with special honors.

On the men’s side, three Purple Raiders earned individual awards as sophomore Sean Denard (Naperville, IL/Naperville North) was named OAC Field Athlete-of-the-Meet, junior Ty Griffin (Massillon/Massillon Perry) was OAC Distance Runner-of-the-Meet and
freshman Charles Pratt (Canton/GlenOak) was Co-OAC Sprinter-of-the-Meet, along with Capital freshman Josh Woods.
Perry Alum Ty Griffin

Griffin won both the 1500-meter run (3:58.22) and 5000-meter run (15:10.95) and was part of the third place 4x800 meter relay team (7:47.17). Pratt was second in both the
100 meter dash (11.06) and 200 meter dash (22.16) and part of the second place 4x100 meter relay team (42.32). 

Heidelberg second-year head coach Keith Roberts Jr., along with his staff were voted the Coaching Staff-of-the- Year
B-W Senior Pitcher Justin Novak 

of Strongsville and Junior 

Catcher Tanya Davis of Hinckley 


Academic All-District IV

May 6, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA -- Baldwin-Wallace College senior baseball pitcher Justin Novak (Strongsville) and senior softball catcher Tanya Davis (Hinckley/ Medina Highland) have been named as first-team ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-District IV selections by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The duo now qualify for the National ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-Americaballot.  Davis is a repeat first-team honoree.
Strongsville High alum Justin Novak

Novak, who carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average in B-W's Masters of Business Administration in Accounting program and had a 3.97 undergraduate grade average, is a four-year starter in the Yellow Jacket pitching rotation.  He will make the final start of his career this Saturday when B-W hosts Capital University at Heritage Field at 1:00 p.m. on Seniors' Day.

The ace of the Yellow Jacket pitching staff has a 4-3 record this season with 29 strikeouts in a team-leading 52 and one-third innings of work. He has made eight appearances, all starting assignments, with five complete games and one shutout. He has walked just three batters this season.  For his career, Novak has made 33 appearances, including 21 starts, with eight complete games. He has a 9-9 record with 69 strikeouts in 152 and two-third innings pitched.

In the classroom, Novak is a Dean's List student, a member of the Alpha Lambda, Chi Alpha Sigma and Dayton C. Miller honor societies and a Jacket Scholar. He was an Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference pick in 2009 and this spring received the Leadership Award at the annual Student/Athlete Awards Dinner at the College. He also received the Guy Fisher Award for Academic Excellence in 2008 and is a member of the Accounting & Investment Club.
Highland alumna Tanya Davis

Davis, who carries a 3.92 grade point average in pre-physical therapy and athletic training, is en route to being the best player in Yellow Jacket softball history.

This season, Davis led B-W to a 23-17 overall record as she appeared in all 40 games, batted .409 (52-for-127) with 27 runs scored, nine doubles and a team-leading seven homeruns and 39 runs batted-in. Davis also stole eight bases in nine attempts, had a fine .987 fielding average with just two errors in 153 total chances and led the team with a .646 slugging and .434 on-base average.  After three seasons, Davis has a .404 career batting average (160-for-396) with 109 runs scored, 42 doubles, five triples, 16 homers, 117 RBI, 26 steals in 30 attempts and a .978 fielding average.

In the classroom, Davis is a Dean's List student, a member of the Alpha Lambda and Chi Sigma Alpha honor societies and a Jacket Scholar. In addition to being named to the ESPN THE MAGAZINE Academic All-District IV team a year ago, she was an Academic All-OAC selection and is a member of both COAST (College Association of Student Prainers) and the B-W Pre-Physical Therapy Club.
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