A Page -- May 7, 2011

Several area Student/Athletes Earn 

Academic All District/American

Ridgeville's Mike Haszto Named 

Academic All American (see more area 

Academic All Americans/Districts below)
The University of Central Oklahoma and the American Collegiate Hockey Association congratulate University of Central Oklahoma forward Mike Haszto with achieving Academic All-American honors for 2010-2011.  Mike is a Senior majoring in Economics, who was recently named Economist of the Year at the university.

Mike is President of the Delta Mu Delta Academic Fraternity for the second year, as well as Student President of the Business College at UCO.

Mike played four seasons at Central Oklahoma for the Bronchos, finishing among the tops in several categories at UCO.  This past season, he was tied for third on the team in goals (10), and was second in power play goals (4).  He finishes his career there with 38 goals (18 power play goals) and 22 assists for 60 points.  He tallied 196 penalty minutes and was a leader each season in the +/- statistic.

The Bronchos, during Mike's four seasons, reached the National Tournament (Top 16) twice, achieving the Final Four in 2009-2010, when they fell to the eventual champion.  They finished that season ranked fourth nationally.
Mike's claim to fame at the school was scoring the first goal in the program's history.
Haszto was a standout defenseman for the Elyria Catholic Panthers, under Coach Dave Phiel, attaining several awards through his high school career.  He went on to play on the Junior level with the Queen City Cutthroats and Phoenix Polar Bears (where he played twice for national championships), as well as in the NAHL with the Helena Bighorns and Youngstown Phantoms.

While he has invitations for professional tryouts at the minor league level, his current plans are to graduate and go on to graduate school at the University of Oklahoma.  He aspires to work for the Fed, and beyond.

Heidelberg Baseball has Program-Best 

Five Academic All-District Honors

Tiffin, Ohio – May 6, 2011 – The Heidelberg University baseball team has placed five Student/Athletes on the Capital One Academic All-District Team in 2011. Earing first team honors was seniors Jason Lash (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) and Andrew Buelow (Marysville, Mich. / Marysville), while seniors Andy Lowe (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll), Nathan James (Rockport, Ind. / South Spencer) and Alex Monroe (Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Kenston) were second team honorees.\
Kenston alum/Academic All District Alex Monroe

The five selections are the most in the history of the program, topping its four from a season ago. It is the third straight year Lash has been selected, while Buelow and Lowe are repeat honorees from last year.  Heidelberg led the entire division with its five honorees, and was one of five Ohio 
Athletic Conference institutions represented. District 4 is comprised of NCAA Division II, III and NAIA institutions from the states of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.
To be eligible for academic district honors one must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or important reserve in at least his sophomore season. The award is voted on by members of the College Sports Information Director’s of America (CoSIDA).

Strongsville High Alum/Heidelberg Academic All District Jason Lash

Lash will graduate with a degree in chemistry and a minor in biology. He has also earned a spot on the Academic All-OAC team twice. On the field, Lash was a 2010 All-American and has earned All-Mideast Region honors every year, along being named to the OAC First Team every season. In 2011 he leads the team with 16 doubles, while standing second in batting average (.379), hits (53) and home runs (3). He is third on the team with 36 runs scored.

Buelow is a health and physical education and sports management major. Over the last four years Buelow has battled back from adversity and has been a mainstay in the outfield, patrolling center field for the last two seasons. He has saved his best season for last, recording career-bests in nearly every statistical category. At the plate this season, Buelow is batting .333 with 38 hits in 114 at bats. He has knocked in 19 runs, while scoring 22 of his own.

Lowe is studying accounting with a minor in finance. His academic all-district honors join his Academic All-OAC selection from a season ago. He has been named an All-American the last two years, as well as the OAC’s Kent Tekulve Pitcher of the Year. Lowe is a three-time All-OAC and all-region honoree and set a new Heidelberg single season record for saves every year and overtook the career record as a junior. In his final season he became the NCAA Division III career saves record holder. 

This season he has made 26 appearances on the mound and boasts a 1.98 earned run average with 13 saves and a 4-1 record. He has struck out 45 batters in the process.

James is an athletic training major and is no stranger to academic success. In 2011 he won the inaugural NCAA Elite 88 Award, which honors the student-athlete with the highest gpa of the teams competing at each of the NCAA’s 88 championships. He is also a two-time Academic All-OAC honoree. On the mound this season James leads the pitching staff with a 1.53 earned run average. He is second with a 5-1 record and fourth with 39 strike outs.

An accounting major, with minors in economics and finance, Monroe’s first academic all-district honor joins his Academic All-OAC selection as a junior.

Last year he helped guide the Berg through the OAC Tournament and the Mideast Regional and earned a spot on the all-tournament teams for his efforts. For the year, Monroe leads the team with 21 hit by pitches, while batting .353 with 48 hits and 42 runs scored. He has also knocked in 23 runs.

Heidelberg, ranked ninth in the nation according to D3Baseball.com, stands at 30-8 overall and 12-4 in the OAC. It is the fourth straight season, seventh overall, that the Berg has amassed 30 wins. 

Tomorrow Heidelberg closes out its regular season with the University of Mount Union for senior day at Peaceful Valley. Heidelberg has clinched a spot in the four-team OAC Tournament set to begin May 12 at Marietta College.

Navarre native Kristen Gromes makes 

Academic All District for Mount

Sophomore Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference First Team honors and Capital One Academic All-District IV Second Team honors for the Mount Union softball team.

Gromes was one of three Purple Raiders to play in all 37 games and she was second in the team in batting average (.337), hits (34), RBI (15) and home runs (1) along with a team-best seven doubles. 
Off the field, she posted a 3.84 grade point average as an engineering major and was joined on the Academic All-District list by fellow sophomore Marissa Earl (Massillon/Massillon Washington).  Earl started 36 games and hit .206 with five doubles and 14 RBI while maintaining a 3.96 grade point average in exercise science. 

The Capital One Academic All-District IV Teams includes every NCAA Division II, III and NAIA school in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.  Student-athletes must be a starter or key reserve and have at least a 3.30 grade point average.  Members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) nominate and choose the teams.

Another sophomore, pitcher Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) was with Gromes on the All-OAC First Team.  It was the second-straight year McAninch made the All-OAC squad as she posted a 10-7 record with a 2.09 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season.

Other all-conference selections were senior Jill Rader (Ashland/Ashland) on the All-OAC Second Team and freshman Shelby Carmichael (Dalton/Dalton) picking up honorable mention honors.
Rader started 33 games and put up a team-best .341 batting average to go along with 12 RBI, five doubles and three home runs.  Carmichael hit .326 in 33 games with 14 RBI, six doubles and three home runs.

Rader was also named to the 2011 All-OAC Tournament Team along with Alex Mayo.
Mount Union finished the season 20-17 overall, fourth in the OAC at 11-7 and fell in the consolation finals of the OAC Tournament. 

Elyria's Tess Sito Named Third Team 

Academic All-District

Viking Sophomore Carries A 3.71 GPA

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland State sophomore pitcher Tess Sito has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District IV team in a voting of the membership of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Sito, who owns a 3.72 grade point average majoring in communication, is the top all-around player in the Horizon League this year, owning a 24-14 record and 1.58 ERA with 278 strikeouts as a pitcher while ranking among the league leaders with a .364 batting average.

"It is a honor that Tess received this award because it shows the balance that she has in her every day life, being able to excel on the softball diamond and in the class room at the same time," CSU head coach Angie Nicholson said.  "She plays on a team that is filled with championship caliber student-athletes who are also committed to performing at the highest level in the class room as well.  This honor means a lot to our team."

Sito, a native of Elyria, Ohio, was the 2010 Horizon League Player of the Year after hitting .409 with a school record 18 home runs, 51 runs scored and 45 RBI.  She has taken on the additional role as the No. 1 pitcher on the squad, becoming just the fourth player in school history to win 20 games in a season.  She currently leads the Horizon League in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched (260.2).

The Academic All-America program honors male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, a 2,000 member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached at least sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. District IV consists of the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

Mount's McDuffie OAC Coach of Year

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Mount Union head coach Dan MacDuffie has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Golf Coach of the Year.

It is the second time he has won the honor (2008) as he led the Purple Raiders to OAC title a week ago and a berth in next week's NCAA Division III Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

In his seven years as head coach, MacDuffie's teams have never finished worse than third in the OAC as he has led the Raiders to back-to-back conference titles in 2007 and 2008, back-to-back second place finishes in 2009 and 2010 prior to this year's title run.

A native of Portland, Maine, MacDuffie earned his bachelor's degree in sport management from Massachusetts in 2000 and a master's degree in history from Washington (Md.) College in 2002. Before coming to Mount Union, MacDuffie was an assistant men's basketball coach and admissions counselor at Hiram College from 2003-04.  He also spent five years as an assistant men's basketball coach at Mount Union and is in his fifth season as the head women's golf coach for the Raiders.

Four Mount Baseball Players Graduate

Four baseball players became graduates of the University of Mount Union Friday in a special ceremony in Peterson Fieldhouse on campus.

Cody Colly (Massillon/Massillon Washington), Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green), Matt Tracy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) and Ty Wood (Hudson/Hudson) each were awarded their bachelor's degrees Friday since the baseball team wraps up Ohio Athletic Conference action tomorrow in a doubleheader at Heidelberg University in Tiffin during the 165th commencement at Mount Union.

"I want to thank Dean Draves (Vice President of Academic Affiars Pat Draves), professors Scott Mason and Jeff Draves along with members of the Physical Plant for allowing us to do this ceremony," commented head baseball coach Paul Hesse.  "I know the student-athletes and their families appreciated that Mount Union took the time to think of them."

The ceremony included a prayer a speech by Dr. Mason (professor of chemistry) and the four graduates got to walk across the same stage that their fellow classmates will Saturday. 
The quartet will also go down in history as the first-ever graduates of the University of Mount Union as the school changed its name in August of 2010.

"All of us and our families are so thankful for allowing us this opportunity to share in the moment with our families," stated Greg Ferrell.  "It means a lot that so many people from Mount Union took the time to think about us."


Baldwin-Wallace Softball Team Defeats 

Mount Union in Eight Innings; Advances

to today's OAC Championship

ADA, OHIO – The third-seed Baldwin-Wallace College softball team defeated the fourth-seed University of Mount Union today (Friday, May 6) in the third game of the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Softball Tournament by a final score of 6-5 in eight innings at the Ohio Northern University Softball Field.   The extra inning affair was the first time this season that B-W needed extra innings.

Earlier today (Friday) , the Yellow Jackets defeated the second-seed John Carroll University, 3-0, in the opening game of the tournament and Mount Union defeated top-seed Ohio Northern University in the second game by a final score of 1-0.

The OAC Softball Tournament is a double elimination tournament consisting of the top four regular season finishers.   John Carroll and Ohio Northern tied for the best regular season record but due to the tie breaker Ohio Northern was given the top seed and is serving as the host for the tournament.

With the win , B-W is now 25-9 overall and advances to the championship game for the first time since the 2003 season.  The Yellow Jackets need just one victory in a potential two-game series on Saturday, May 7 to claim the school’s first OAC Tournament Championship and automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Division III National Tournament.  Mount Union falls to 20-14 overall and will play the winner of the Ohio Northern and John Carroll game, which will be played at 9:00 a.m. Saturday due to weather.  The Purple Raiders will play the winner at 11:00 a.m. and the first game of the championship will be played at 1:00 p.m.  with a sixth and final game to be played at 3:00 p.m. if  necessary.

Davis (L), Elber (R)

B-W opened the scoring in the first inning when freshman leftfielder Ashley Elber (Huron/Edison) singled to right field and advanced to second on a base knock by senior centerfielder Tanya Davis (Hinckley/Medina Highland).   B-W loaded the bases when freshman catcher Meghan Kossow (Tonawanda, N.Y. ) was hit by a pinch.  The Yellow Jackets would score their lone on a run batted-in ground out by freshman third baseman Kaity Mullen (Avon Lake) as Elber scored on the play.

In the top of the second inning, junior second baseman Katie Finley (Vermilion) led of the inning with a base hit up the middle and then freshman designated hitter Justina Wise (New London) advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt.  Senior first baseman Katrina Resek (Strongsville) walked and then Elber hit her sixth homerun of the season and second of the tournament to right field to give B-W a 4-0 lead.
Resek (L), Baker (R)

In the third inning, freshman third baseman Kaity Mullen (Avon Lake) singled up the middle and advanced to second on a ground out by junior pitcher Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic).  Finley reached on an error by the shortstop and Mullen scored, Finley advanced to second on the throw.

Mount Union scored all five of its runs in final four innings to send the game into extra innings.

In the eighth inning, Finley led off the inning with a base hit through the left side of the infield and advanced to third base on two separate wild pitches. Resek reached on a error by the shortstop that allowed Finley to score the winning run.

At the plate, Elber once again led the Yellow Jacket attack as she went 3-for-5 with a homerun, three RBI and two runs scored.  Finley also contributed three hits as she was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.   In addition, Davis and Mullen each added a hit.

On the mound, Baker started the game and pitched four and a two-thirds innings  while allowing three runs on sevens hits with one strike in a non-decision  Senior MacKenzie Rohrbacher (Sandusky) pitched a third of inning of relief after getting the final out of the fifth inning while allowing a run with a strikeout and a walk

Justina Wise came in to relieve Rohrbacher in the sixth and picked up her second win of the tournament after pitching three innings and allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts.

Highland Heights native Nick Palladino 

Selected for NCAA Golf Championships

University of Rochester freshman Nicholas Palladino has golfed in four different states this year. He'll golf in a fifth state with the biggest possible prize next week.

Palladino has been selected to compete as an individual at the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championships. The competition will be held May 10-13 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina.

He is a native of Highland Heights, Ohio and an alumnus of Highland Heights HS. This year, he has golfed on courses in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Florida.

Palladino is one of five individuals selected for the field. The others come from Pacific (Oregon), Maryville (Tenn.), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.), and Bridgewater (Va.).

A total of 205 participants will compete for the title. The NCAA Golf Committee awarded 28 Pool A (automatic qualifying) bids. Six teams were selected from Pool B (independents and schools not part of qualifying conferences), and six teams from Pool C (at-large).

Everyone will compete on the first two days. After completion of 36 holes, the NCAA Golf Committee will trim the field to the top 15 teams (sending 25 teams home) and the top six individual scores. The individual scores may include golfers on a team that does not qualify for the last two rounds.

Palladino will see some familiar faces among the Pool B teams: Emory of the UAA, Skidmore of the Liberty League, and Huntingdon College (Ala.), which competed in Rochester's Fred B. Kravetz Invitational at the Irondequoit Country Club in mid-April. Several of the Pool A teams have also competed against Rochester in golf this year, including Washington & Jefferson College and Penn State-Altoona.

In 21 rounds this year, Palladino averaged 73.6 strokes. He broke par six times and made par two other times. His highest score this season was a 79 - done in his first collegiate competition (the Hamilton Invitational) and his most recent competition (the Kravetz Invitational, when the low score for the event was a 78 due to rain and strong winds).

He was the medalist at three competitions: the Liberty League Championships (138 for 36 holes; 68 on day two; 42 golfers), the ECAC Upstate NY Championships (74-76-150; 64 golfers), and at the UAA Golf Championships in Florida (73-67-140, 20 golfers). The 67 on day two of UAAs was his low round for the year.

Palladino was the Liberty League Player of the Year and the Rookie of the Year for his 138 at the LL Championships. He was the UAA medalist and the Rookie of the Year for the UAA championships in Florida.

One of the individuals competing is the NCAA Division III defending national champion in golf. Tain Lee of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps shot a 280 last year in Hershey, PA to win the title.

Oberlin Has Great First Day at the NCAC 


Oberlin, Ohio – Despite a substantial weather delay that forced the meet to be halted for two hours, it was still a successful day one for both the Oberlin College men’s and women’s track and field teams at the NCAC Championships. Through six scored events, the Yeomen rest in second with 48 points, while the Yeowomen are also second with 36 points. 

Before the weather came the Yeomen and Yeowomen were able to post some outstanding results in the field events. On the men’s side the Oberlin pairing of Shawn Chrapczynski and Alex Guo claimed the top two spots in the long jump and in turned racked up 18 team points. Chrapczynski, a native of nearby Lorain, Ohio, claimed the top spot with a mark of 21-10.75, while Guo checked in at 21-05.25. 

Senior Josh Gallagher also came through to win the discus as he uncorked 148-06 toss to win the event by eight feet. The West Harrison, New York, product also placed third in the shot put with a heave of 45-09.25. Furthermore, teammates Adam Wigren (42-11.75) and Jacob Fogel (41-03.25) added four points in the shot by placing sixth and eighth, respectively. 

On the women’s end senior Laura Vernon was edged out in the pole vault in a jump off, but she still placed second with a new school record of 10-06. 

In the shot put, junior Samantha Dudzinski had a life-time best toss 34-09.50 to place third overall to add six team points to the Yeowomen total. Classmate Courtney Konow checked in fifth in the discus with a season-best launch of 101-05. 

In the long jump the Yeowomen were able to pickup nine points as Melissa Elie and Jasmine Owens finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Elie covered 16-07.75, while Owens went 16-08.75. 

In the women’s 400-meter prelims, it was a trio of Yeowomen that qualified at the top. Elie touched the tape first at 59.39, while Amanda Miller followed at 59.41. Sophomore Marissa Clardy completed the grouping by stopping the clock at 59.44.

The day came to a close with the running of the women’s 10,000 where senior Joanna Johnson finished second with a time of 38:06. 

Due to the weather delay, the prelims of the men’s and women’s 400-meter hurdles, 800 and 200 were canceled. Those events will be contested as timed finals tomorrow. 

Day two of the event will get underway tomorrow at 10 a.m

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s Tennis Team 

Wins 5-0 and Advances to the OAC Finals

MASON, OHIO –  The second seed Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team defeated the three seed John Carroll University , 5-0, today (Friday, May 6, 2011) in the semi-finals of the Ohio Athletic Conference Lindner Family Tennis Center.

In the OAC Tournament, all matches are ended when the winning team reaches five team points regardless of the current progress of other matches still on court.   Each match will start with the three doubles matches and will continue with singles action until the winning five points are obtained.

With its win, the Yellow Jackets improved to 17-7 overall and will advance to the finals to face the winner of the match between #1-seed Ohio Northern University and #4-seed Otterbein University at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason on Friday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m.  John Carroll ends its season with a record of 9-11 overall.

B-W took and early 3-0 by taking as the number-one duo of senior Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley) and sophomore Becky Mittler (Elyria/Catholic) won, 8-4, to improve to a team-leading 21-8 overall; the No.2 duo of junior Jenny Greene (Worthington/Thomas Worthington) and senior Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green), won, 8-2, to improve to 17-5 overall; and the No.3 tandem of senior Katy Marshall (Medina) and freshman Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria Catholic) won, 8-6, to improve to 12-8 overall.

In singles action, junior Safaa Hajji (Rabat, MOROCCO) captured the fourth point at No.2 singles as she won her match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0 and B-W closed out the match with the fifth point when Pelosi won at No. 5 singles by scores 6-2 and 6-0.  The Yellow Jackets were leading the remaining three matches when the deciding fifth point was secured.  Peckinovksy was leading her match at first singles 6-0 and 4-2, Mittler was up 6-2, 4-1 at third singles, and Green led her fourth singles match 5-2.

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James Named to Capital One Academic All-District 


Oberlin, Ohio – Oberlin junior pitcher Jason James was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Second-Team in district 4, the organization announced on Thursday.

James, who has cumulative GPA of 3.91 while majoring in both creative writing and environmental studies, has been key contributor to the Yeomen pitching staff during his three years on campus, but has been even a bigger contributor to the campus community. 

A recent honorable-mention selection for a Udall Scholarship, James volunteers at George Jones farm and is a tutor in the creative writing and biology departments. He is a member of Slow Food Oberlin, the Oberlin Coal Workgroup, and Keeper of the Mountains Foundation. Further more he has provided campaign support in the Oberlin City Council Elections, is the founder of the Kill-A-Watt Program and has had short stories published in The Plum Creek Review, an on campus literary journal. 

In his last start of the season on April 30, James was one out away from a no-hitter as he worked 6.2 innings and struck out a career-high eight against Hiram. 

The award is voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and to eligible for it one must have minimum GPA of 3.3 and have pitched in at least 10 innings.