A Page -- May 8, 2011


Freshman Lauren Feciuch’s ninth-inning 

homer gives B-W 2-1 win over Northern 

and the OAC title; Jackets could be 

headed to NCAA tourney but a queer 

quirk could keep them home

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Lauren Feciuch blasted a two-out home run over the center field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday (May 7) to give Baldwin-Wallace a 2-1 victory over Ohio Northern in the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship, propelling the Yellow Jackets into a position to win a  trip to the NCAA softball tournament that begins next week.

The Yellow Jackets came into the tourney a No. 3 seed, barely making it into the No. 3 slot after Capital nipped Mount Union in a double-header two days ago. B-W upset No. 1 seed ONU twice in this tourney and also beat the No. 24 seed Mount Union to earn what normally would be a trip to  the Division III National Tournament.

The OAC Softball Tournament is a double elimination tournament consisting of the top four regular season finishers.   John Carroll University and ONU tied for the best regular season record. The Polar Bears won a tie-breaker with JCU to earn the top seed and host site. 

Due to a quirk in the OAC rules, if the regular season winner advances to the OAC Championship Game, it receives the automatic berth, Kevin Ruple, the CoSIDA Hall of Fame SID from B-W, explained.

So far, that rule has benefitted ONU in both 2010 and this season. A year ago, JCU won the tourney title but ONU received the NCAA berth.

Despite beating ONU both times at the OAC Tournament and in two of three meetings this season, all in Ada, B-W could be shut out of the NCAA tourney.  ONU will receive the OAC’s automatic berth in this year’s NCAA Division III National Tournament, while the Yellow Jackets are left hoping to earn an At-Large berth.

Feciuch, who hails from Kent and is an alumnus of Field High, is one of 12 freshmen on the team and one of six starters, and one of three frosh full timers from the Field program.
Academic All American Tanya Davis

The Yellow Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Ashley Elber singled home Holy Name alum Kat Resek, who started the rally with a double. Elber was replaced on the base paths by a grounder by Academic All American Tanya Davis, who after the fielder’s choice, stole second but as left stranded.

The lead stood until the top of the seventh when ONU tied it. 

At the plate, Elber and Davis (Hinckley/ Medina Highland) led the way as each player had two base hits.  On the mound, Justina Wise, also a  freshman  (New London), made her 19th start this season, gained her 15th victory for a 15-5 record as she pitched all nine innings for her 12th complete game of the season. She allowed seven Polar Bears hits, one run (earned), struck out three and did not walk a batter.

The Yellow Jackets have also won more games and lost fewer than the Polar Bears this season.

With its win, B-W is now 27-9 overall, has won six straight games, 11 of its last 12 and moved within one win of tying the school single-season record of 28 (B-W finished 28-11 in 1992). ONU, which had to beat JCU, 5-3, and the University of Mount Union, 14-6, to make it to the championship game, advances to the NCAA tourney with a 26-12 record.

The NCAA will announce its at-large berths to the Division III national tourney on Monday.

South alumna Katy Newman pitches 

Polar Bears to win over Mount Union; 

ONU earns right to play B-W in title 

game and it clinches NCAA berth

ADA, Ohio -- The Mount Union softball team was eliminated from the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament with a 14-7 loss to Ohio Northern on Saturday.
The Purple Raiders (20-17) were unable to overcome a nine-run deficit. They pulled within five runs on three different occasions, but could not close the gap any further.
A three-run homer by Mara Palombaro (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) highlighted Mount Union's biggest inning -- a four-run third.

Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) led off the frame with a walk and Marissa Earl (Massillon/Massillon Washington) reached with an error, setting the stage for an RBI single by Shelby Carmichael (Dalton/Dalton) and then Palombaro's bomb.
Fairless alumna Kristen Gromes

The Raiders added single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
During the fifth, Sarah Woody (Uniontown/Green) plated Alex Mayo (Greenville/Ansonia) with an RBI double.

In the sixth, Rachel Jesso (Mount Pleasant, Pa./Mount Pleasant) reached with a double and scored on a single by Earl.
Sarah Woody

The Raiders' final run was set up by a double from Mayo. She moved to third on a single by Rachel McAninch (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) and scored on a single by Haley Martinelli (Austintown/Austintown Fitch).

Mayo finished with two doubles in four at-bats. Jesso also was 2-for-4.

McAninch suffered the loss. She started in the circle and added a relief stint, finishing with three innings pitched, four strikeouts and two walks. Of the nine runs scored against her, only three were earned.

The Polar Bears took the lead on Michelle Sweet's two-run home run in the second. In the third, they exploded for seven runs -- three on a homer by Jackie Mangola and then three on a triple by Christin Miller.

Sweet batted 5-for-5 with three runs and four RBIs. Miller added a 4-for-5 game with two runs and three RBIs while Kimi Blewett doubled twice.
South alumna Katy Newman

Katy Newman, a Canton South alumna, was the winning pitcher. She threw five 
innings in relief, finishing with five strikeouts.

Ohio Northern (26-11) moves to the championship game against Baldwin-Wallace and the Bears by virtue of OAC rule get the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular season title

Baldwin-Wallace Baseball Team Splits an OAC 

Twinbill at Capital

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College baseball team split an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader today (Saturday, May 7) at Capital University in Columbus.  The Yellow Jackets won the first game, 5-4 in eight innings, and the Crusaders captured the nightcap, 5-2. This was the final doubleheader of the season for both teams.

With its split, B-W ends its first season under the direction of Head Coach Brian Harrison at 17-7 overall and 5-11 in the OAC.  The Crusaders end their season at 12-22 overall and 8-10 in the OAC.

In the first game, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning before the Crusaders tied it at 3-3 with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third and took a 4-3 lead with a run in the fourth. B-W tied the game with a run in the seventh and scored the winning run in the eighth.

In the first, sophomore centerfielder Nolan Neuschaefer (Elyria) led off with a triple and scored on a single by sophomoreRF Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y./ St. Josephs Collegiate). After an out, Toughey advanced to second and then senior LF John Ulanski (Bay Village/ Bay) walked. Freshman first baseman Matt Kulick (Wilmot/ Navarre Fairless) singled home Toughey and Ulanski advanced to third. After Kulick stole second base, sophomore 2B Keith Blazek (Erie, Pa./ Cathedral Prep) brought home Ulanski with a sacrifice fly.

In the seventh, B-W tied the game when freshman designated hitter Drew Mahler (Wooster) his first career homerun to lead off the inning. The winning run scored in the eighth when Kulick singled with two outs. Freshman Kory Gillissie then ran for Kulick and stole second base and then scored on a Blaxek single.

At the plate, Kulick led the seven-hit Yellow Jacket attack with three, Neuschaefer, Toughey, Blazek and Mahler each had one hit.  On the mound, sophomore Brett Edmonds (Olmsted Falls) started and pitched the first two and one-third innings. He was replaced by freshman Cory Waite (Willoughby/ South) who pitched the next three and two-third innings before giving way to sophomore Jon Tenley (Wadsorth) pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth innings to gain his first win of the season (1-0). In fact, Tenley pitched 10 and two-third scoreless innings this spring and had a 1-0 record with four saves.

In the nightcap, B-W gained a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first inning and gained a 2-0 advantage with another tally in the top of the fourth. From that point forward, it was all Capital as the Crusaders scored twice in the fourth, once in the fifth and twice in the sixth to gain the split.

At the plate, B-W had just three hits with Toughey getting two of them and scored B-W’s run in the fourth frame.  On the mound, sophomore righthander Pat Havens (Twinsburg) pitched the first five and two-third innings and suffered his first loss of the season to fall to 4-1 this season. Junior Bill Bostelman (Marion/ Harding) replaced Havens and retired the only batter he faced.

Yeowomen Finish in Second Place

Oberlin, Ohio – It was another great day for the Oberlin College women’s track and field as the Yeowomen placed second at the NCAC Outdoor Championships with 143 points. 

Senior Joanna Johnson was named as the NCAC Outdoor Distance Runner of the Year as she followed yesterday’s second-place effort in the 10K, by winning the 5K today with a new school record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 17:09.33. Junior teammate Christine Moore followed behind in second place at 17:46.60. 

Just like the prelims, the Yeowomen trio of Melissa Elie, Marissa Clardy and Amanda Miller were able to claim the top three spots in the 400 meters, totaling 24 points in the process. Elie was first in at 59.08, Clardy followed at 59.51, while Miller was close behind at 1:00.20. The threesome also joined Sybil Levine in the 4x400-meter relay to win the event in 3:58.34. Levine led off the race and was followed by Miller, Elie and Clardy. Levine also contributed individually by checking in second in the 800 meters, completing the course in 2:19.58. 

Furthermore, the OC relay unit of Elie, Sophia Brancazio, Jasmine Owens and Miller flew through the 4x100-meter relay in 49.87 to take the top spot in the event. 

Rookie Molly Martorella capped off her fine freshman season by finishing second in the 1,500 meters with a timestamp of 4:50.09. 

Adding points in the field events today were Courtney Konow, Melissa DeLombaert and Owens. Konow finished sixth in the javelin with a toss of 91-11, while DeLombaert (32-06.25) and Owens (32-03) placed fifth and seventh, respectively in the triple jump. 

Select members of the team will be competing next week at the Gator Invite. 

Yeomen End Third at NCAC Outdoor Track 


It was an all-around outstanding meet for the Oberlin College Yeomen as they finished in third place at the NCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships with 135 points. 

During the morning field events the Yeomen were able to add a plethora of points to their total. Sophomore Alex Guo followed up yesterday’s second-place effort in the long jump, by winning the triple jump with a leap of 44-04. Junior Inyang Udo-Inyang also add six points by placing third in the event with a mark of 41-10. 

Coming off yesterday’s win in the discus, senior Josh Gallagher finished third in the hammer throw with a new-school record toss of 153-05. He also placed seventh in the javelin with a launch of 159-04. However, highlighting the javelin throw for the Yeomen was junior Danny Enright, who was just added to the team this week to help in the event. He did just that by placing fifth overall with a throw of 166-06, earning four more points in the process. 

Lorain native Shawn Chrapczynski

In the first running event of the day, junior Stephen Williams checked in second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a school-record run of 9:12.36. The timestamp, which erased Andrew Bent’s Oberlin record that had stood since 1981, also broke the NCAC meet record, which had stood since 1994. Williams, a native of Cordova, Tennessee, also set a new OC-best in the 5K as he came in fifth place by completing the course in 15:10.36. 

Local product Shawn Chrapczynski continued to display his athleticism by winning the 200 meters in 22.33. He also placed fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.25). In the 4x100 relay, he ran the anchor leg to help the team finish third overall. In front of him was Guo, Terrance Embry and Peter Morris. 

Another impressive performance came from first-year Quinn Hull who placed fifth in the 800 meters at 1:56.54. 

The Yeomen concluded the amazing weekend by finishing second in the 4x400-meter relay as they pushed conference-leading OWU from start to finish. Senior Solomon Turner led things off and was followed by Morris, Hull and Chrapczynski as they combined to finish the race in 3:21.26, just slightly back of OWU (3:19.93). 

Select members of the team will compete at next week’s Gator Invite.

Two weeks into new job, Mount 

basketball coach already sets summer 


Mount Union head men's basketball coach Mike Fuline will host a Day Camp July 5-7 and the "Running with the Raiders" skills camp Jully 11-13 both for boys entering grades 4-9 on campus in Alliance.
Coach Fuline

SITE: McPherson Academic and Athletic Complexon the Mount Union campus (8 basketball courts)
AGES: The day camp is open to all boys entering grades 4-9, while the skills camp will be broken up into 4-6 grade group and a 7-9 grade group.
TIMES: Day Camp 9 am to 3 pm each day; Skills Camp 9 am to 12 pm (Grades 4-6) - 1 pm to 4 pm (Grades 7-9)
FOOD: Day Camp campers will pack their own lunch
COST: Each camp costs $125.00. $200.00 to come to both camps ($50.00 savings).
WHAT TO WEAR: Campers should bring a pair of basketball shoes, T-shirt, shorts, and socks.
Checks will be accepted only with pre-registration. Walk-up registration at the camp is welcome, but payment must be cash or money order.
FAMILY DISCOUNT: Families can recieve a $5 discount per child from same household attending. Forms must be turned in togehter.
Expert teaching by mount union coaches and players
Campers receive Free T-Shirt
Camp Store to buy Gear & Snacks 
The University of Mount Union men's basketball staff is excited to bring you the inaugural "Running with the Raiders" Skills Camp. Our goal is to provide young men the opportunity to enhance their basketball skills and understand the importance of competing. Through drill work and actual games each camper will learn and look forward to what the next day brings. This will lead each camper into their upcoming season with a better overall understanding of the game of basketball.
Mike Fuline is in his first season as head men's basketball coach at Mount Union after spending the last eight years as a head coach at Massillon Jackson (2005-11) and Rootstown (2003-05) and high schools.

He was 95-42 (.693) in six years at Jackson, with a 76-19 (.800) mark over the last four seasons that also included winning the 2010 OHSAA Division I State championship. The Polar Bears have won each of the last two Federal League titles and he was named Federal League Coach of the Year both seasons.
At Rootstown, his 2003-04 team posted a 16-6 record and won a sectional championship while his 2004-05 team went 20-4, shared the league title and won a district championship. Fuline was named 2004 Ohio's Division III Co-Coach of the Year

Kaila and Conner alliterate quite a “field” 

and “track” day at Optimists’ Meet and 

make MVP-type “Neus” for Midpark

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

AUSTINTOWN --- Midpark had quite a “field day” (and “track day,” for that matter) at Saturday’s 31st Annual Optimists’ Meet here at Fitch High as the Meteors’ Kaila Barber was named the Most Outstanding Overall Performing Student/Athlete on the girls’ side and the Meteors’ Conner Neu the Most Outstanding Field Student/Athlete on the boys’ side.

Nate Harris of Buchtel was named Most Outstanding Performer in the boys’ division.

Barber, who will be a Student/Athlete in South Bend at Notre Dame in the fall, scored 28 points for Midpark including a record-breaking performance in the 300-meter hurdles.

“Trimming” nearly three seconds off her time from the preliminaries, Barber “cut” through the field to win the hurdles in 42.96, a record for the meet that is now in its fourth decade of continuity. Barber’s mark is just a few “hairs” off the state record for Division I -- which is 40.79. 

She was just seven-tenths of a second off the stadium record set by Shaker’s Delanda Jackson 12 years ago.

In addition to the record breaker in the hurdles, Barber “clipped” out a first-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 17 and a half feet.

Barber had the best time in the prelims of the 100 dash, but then Lakeview’s Laurie Schattinger “shaved” a quarter of a second off her premlim time in the finals to just edge out Barber, who had to settle for the second-place “chair.” 

Neu took fourth in the shot put and won the discus throw to earn 14 points for the Meteors.

Green wound up winning the 28-team girls’ field, followed by Shaker, Hoover, Fitch, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Midpark, Buchtel and Stow in the top eight.

Green was led by Krista Roelhig’s victory in the two-mile race and a pair of girls named Morgan (first name), Estes and Kelly, who took first and second, respectively, in the pole vault..

Fitch and Buchtel tied for the first in the 31-school boys’ division, followed by St. V, Hudson, McDonald, Massillon, Midpark and Twinsburg in the top eight.

Harris won the 100 and 200 dashes. Jake Swords won the 800 for St. V and Matt Pelletier the two-mile for Berkshire.

In the other hurdles race, Beca Maj was the winner for Hoover. 

Stow was led by Katie Betts’ championship in the mile run, while Alec Hernandez won the other mile race for the Hoover boys. Also for the Vikings, Maddie Morrow won the high jump.

Shaker had Naleta Andrews win the 400 dash and Amber Davis win the 800 run.

Elliott Tedquist won the pole vault for Cuyahoga Falls. Massillon was led by Devin Smith’s first-place leap in the long jump.

Led by Hayley Smik, two-time state placer Kalpana 

Beach, Jenkins sisters, Westlake girls win 46th 

Westlake Relays; led by  Chris Screen and Elias 

Chbeir, Demon boys also take first; former 

coach/teacher Simpson makes it 40 WRs 

Alflen leads Shoregales, Young paces Shoremen, Kuerbitz hauls 


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


WESTLAKE – Host Westlake was a double winner Saturday in the 46th Annual Westlake Relays held at the track behind the high school in an event sponsored by the Westlake Kiwanis Club.

Led by two-time state placer Kalpana Beach, Hayley Smik, and the Jenkins sisters (Grace and Maddie), the Demons did second-place St. Joseph Academy 16 points better with 110 points to win the girls’ title.

Led by Chris Screen and Elias Chbeir, the Westlake boys with 106 points did runner up 17 points better.

St. Joe S/As warm up before Saturday's Westlake Relays in which the Jaguars finished second behind the host Demons. Check tonight’s ( before midnight Sat. and by 12:01 a.m., May 8) A Page for Complete coverage (audio, video, photo, text) of the 46 Annual Westlake Relays.

While Ray Budoi of the Westlake Kiwanis was the dedicated Man of Honor for this event, it was also, in the same vein, the retired Westlake cross country and track coach and social studies teacher Gary Simpson who was the Man of the Hour for this event.

Simpson’s hour came when the number 40, as in years, was announced as to how many Westlake Relays Simpson has been a paid and now volunteer worker. Simpson began working the relays right after graduating from Baldwin-Wallace and has not stopped. He has coached a number of state champions.

Shoremen, Demons warm up (S/A-C Photos by Norm Weber)

Beach led the high jump relay team to a first-place finish with a meet record 5 feet-6-inch leap.

Also in the field events, Smik led the Demons to a first in the long jump relay with a meet-best of 15-3.75. Smik also the third leg of the winning mile relay team and third leg of the runner-up two-mile relay team.

She also ran the first leg of the Westlake 800 relay team that led most of the way until the Jaguars’ Brenna McGrath passed Sarah Stachowiak on the final turn to give St. Joe it second first of the day. The Jaguars also won the discus medley. 

Watch a few short videos of Saturday’s Westlake relays by clicking below (All films by Norm Weber)


The Jenkins gals ran the fist two legs of the winning four-mile relay team. Grace Jenkins was also on the two-mile with Smik. Jenkins ran the opening leg.

Screen had the best high jump (6 feet) of the day on the boys’ side, leading the Demons to a first.

Chbeir had the best discus throw with a fling of 148 feet and eight inches. 

Elyria girls get ready for the next race

Sarah Alflen led Avon Lake which took second in the boys and third in the girls’ event. Alflen had the best girls’ discus throw of the day with a 101-10 heave and the best shot put with a 34-11.5 thrust.

Christine Bohan also helped the Shoregals with best pole vault of the day (11 feet). Avon Lake took first in the pole vault relay for Coach Yvonne Craigo. Bohan went to the sky with her body in the pole vault and also up in the air with the medicine ball as she was also on the winning shot put relay with Alflen.

Watch short video of Taylor Nedrich cross the finish line as Avon Lake wins the 3,200 meter (two-mile) relay by clicking link. (All films by Norm Weber)


Devin Flowers led Elyria’s long jump relay team to a first with a 20-3 fly through the sky. Flowers’ blossoming jump was the best of the day on the boys’ side.

Jake Young led the Shoremen to a first in the shot relay with a meet-best 52-9 throw. Young also led the discus team to a first.

Also for the Jaguars, Rachel Caja, who will be a Student/Athlete at West Virginia Wesleyan in the fall, ran the first leg of the winning 800 team, the fourth leg of the fourth-place shuttle hurdles team, and the first leg of the second-place 400 team, which also had McGrath anchoring. 

Benedictine, which finished third as a team, had Josh Dingus turn in the best vault of the meet (13-3). Dingus also ran a leg of the second-place sprint medley relay team.

Also for Bennies, Dan Kuerbitz ran the first leg of the winning two-mile relay team, the third leg of the runner-up distance medley relay team, and the fourth leg of the four-mile relay team that took third.

Running a total of two miles in three events in one day like that might seem like "work" to some, but to Kuerbitz it is a day at the beach. Kuerbitz carries a 4.7 grade point average, takes three advanced placement  courses, is a National Merit Finalist, is a Key-Club member, has been playing the violin for a few years, already has his aviation pilot’s license, and has accepted an appointment to Annapolis.

Kuerbitz (far left and with two teammates to his left)
Look for an upcoming video feature story on Kuerbitz on Student/Athlete-Cleveland next week.

B-W Defeats ONU, 6-0, in OAC 

Women’s Tennis Title Match to Earn 

NCAA Berth

MASON, OHIO –  The second-seeded Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team defeated top-seeded and regular season champion Ohio Northern University, 6-0, today (Saturday, May 7) to win the 2011 the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament title at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati.  With its victory, B-W advances to next week’s NCAA Division III National Tournament for the fourth time in the last five years.

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, B-W improved to 18-7 overall, including seven straight victories and 14 wins in its last 15 matches. The Yellow Jackets captured their fifth OAC women’s tennis crown, including its fourth in the past five years.  With its loss, ONU ends its season with a 21-6 record. Either B-W (four) or ONU (two) have shared the past six OAC women’s tennis crowns.
EC Alumna Becky Mittler

B-W took an early 3-0 lead by winning all three doubles matches.  The number-one duo of senior Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Columbus Bishop Hartley) and sophomore Becky Mittler (Elyria/Catholic) won, 8-6, to improve to a team-leading 22-8 overall; the No.2 duo of junior Jenny Greene (Worthington/Thomas Worthington) and senior Emily Pelosi (Uniontown/ Green), won, 8-3, to improve to 18-5 overall; and the No.3 tandem of junior Safaa Hajji (MOROCCO) and freshman Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria Catholic) won, 8-3, to improve to 2-1 overall.
Baker (L), Pelosi (R)

The Yellow Jackets clinched the OAC title by winning the first three singles matches to finish. Hajji won the fourth point with a 6-2 and 6-0 victory at No.2 singles as she improved to 13-2 overall, and Pecinovsky and Pelosi had the title-clinching wins at No.1 by the scores of 7-5 and 6-1 and at No.5 by the scores of 6-2 and 6-1, respectively. With her win, Pecinovsky improved to 19-9 this season and Pelosi improved to 22-8 overall.  In addition, Mittler was winning at No.3, Greene at No.4 and Baker at No.6.

The NCAA Division III National Tournament pairings are announced on Monday, May 9.

Vermilion's Beach Dominant as Storm 

Splits with Wayne State Saturday at 

Classic Park

EASTLAKE, OHIO – Pitching dominated on the regular season's penultimate day Saturday (May 7) at Classic Park in Eastlake, highlighted by sophomore Adam Beach's one-hitter in the opener as the Lake Erie College baseball team split a doubleheader with Wayne State University. 

Behind Beach (Vermilion, Ohio/Vermilion) the Storm (21-24, 14-18 GLIAC) won game one 2-1.  Brett Shankin threw a  six-hit complete game in the nightcap as Wayne State pulled out a 3-1 victory. 

The loss in the second game officially eliminated Lake Erie from playoff contention in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 

Beach (4-4) was sensational in the opener, matching his career high with nine strikeouts and working his way around five walks.  The only hit he allowed was a second-inning single to Michael Wiseman. Wiseman led off the frame with a single and later scored on a bases-loaded walk.

That second inning could have been much worse, as the Warriors loaded the bases with no one out, but battled back to strike out the side and hold Wayne State to just that one run. 

Lake Erie scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first.  Junior Ryan Rua (Amherst, Ohio/Amherst Steele) singled and scored on a two-out double to the gap by classmate Brayan Cacique (Caracas, Venezuela/Lakeland C.C.). 

Sophomore Pat Kilway (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge) singled with two outs in the second and came around to score on Zach Mosbarger's (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine) triple to right field that sent C.J. Maszal crashing into the wall.  Maszal left the game following the play.

But after that Beach and Warriors' starter Josh Wedesky (8-1) tossed up zeroes on the scoreboard in a classic pitchers' duel.  Wedesky allowed just the two runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts in suffering his first loss of the season.

Beach went the distance for the third time this season and picked up his team-leading fourth win.

In game two, Brett Shankin and Michael Backes (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) battled to a 1-1 tie through five innings. 

Mount Union baseball team splits with 

ninth-ranked Berg

TIFFIN, Ohio -- Mount Union scored an 8-4 win in game one at No. 9 in the nation Heidelberg Saturday in Tiffin to lock up the No. 3 seed in next week's Ohio Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament.  The Purple Raiders fell in the nightcap, 5-3.

In the opener, Beau Smith (Frederick, Md./Frederick) scattered eight hits over seven innings to pick up the compete game victory and move to 4-3 on season for Mount Union.

Greg Ferrell (Uniontown/Green) went 3-for-4 at the plate and drove in three runs including two on a first inning home run to right center.

Heidelberg got a run back in the bottom of the first but the Raiders blew the game open with a five run third to go up 7-1.  The Berg scored a run in third but Mount Union countered with another run in the fifth to stay ahead 8-2.  Heidelberg put two more runs up in the fifth to close to 8-4 but Smith ducked and dodged his way out of trouble the final two innings to preserve the win.

In game two it was Heidelberg that ducked and dodged as Mount Union had 13 hits, runners on base in seven different innings but managed only three runs and stranded 11 on base in a 5-3 loss.
Mathis (L), Wood (R)

At the plate, Matt Tracy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) had three hits while C.J. Stotler 
(Pittsburgh, Pa./Plum), Connor Mathis (Akron/Firestone) and Ty Wood (Hudson/Hudson) each had two hits to pace the Raiders.

Zach Carlino (Pittsburgh, Pa./Central Catholic) took the loss for Mount Union while Nathan James picked up the win and Andy Lowe the save for Heidelberg.

Mount Union (17-18 overall) finishes up OAC play with an 11-7 record, while Heidelberg (31-9 overall) is the No. 2 seed for next week's tournament at 12-6 in the OAC.  The two teams will open the OAC Tournament against each other this coming Thursday (May 12) at 3:30 pm at Don Schaly Stadium in Marietta.




Team to represent the United States in Canton, Ohio, as part of weeklong cultural exchange
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011 - PARIS, FRANCE - Twenty-two (22) youth football players from 14 states have been selected to play for the 2011 U.S. Under-15 National Team, assembled by USA Football. The team will represent the United States in the inaugural Four Nations Cup to be held July 16-24 in Canton, Ohio. The Four Nations Cup is a weeklong celebration and competition centered on football skill development featuring teams of players age 15 and younger spanning four countries.
The U.S. team will be coached by MERRIL HOGE, a member of USA Football's board of directors. A former standout running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1987-93) and Chicago Bears (1994), Hoge presently serves ESPN as an NFL studio analyst. Hoge is a veteran youth football coach who played under Pro Football Hall of Fame coach CHUCK NOLL at Pittsburgh and led the team in both rushing and receiving yards in four of his first five seasons.
"This is an exciting opportunity for me to teach football to exceptional young people and for all of us to share in our game's timeless values," Hoge said. "We'll hear different languages at meal times and on the practice fields, but we'll all celebrate one common game we love and we'll do it in a city that understands what makes football special. I can't wait to get to Canton."
Each Four Nations Cup team roster will consist of 26 players. The rest of the U.S. roster, U.S. assistant coaches and participating international teams will be determined later this spring.
Youth players age 15 and younger from across the country were considered for the team through nominations at www.usafootball.com. Youth players also were selected based on 2010 USA Football Player Academy skill evaluations. Player Academies are three-day age-specific youth football development camps conducted nationwide that focus on teaching proper fundamentals to strengthen players' skills.
USA Football is the sport's national governing body in the United States and is America's delegate to the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). IFAF, established in 1998, is comprised of 59 countries across five continents, each of which possesses a national federation dedicated solely to American football.
The Four Nations Cup will consist of cultural exchange through football, 7-on-7 exhibitions, multi-country joint practices and educational seminars for athletes and parents led by NFL coaches, players and football experts. Each team will play two games during the week.
The weeklong football celebration will take place during the annual NFL/USA Football Youth Summit in Canton, which unites youth football league decision makers and high school football coaches from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The summit advances the sport through seminars covering player and coach development, health and safety and other best practices.
Canton also hosted the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship comprised of eight national teams with players age 19 and younger. The tournament was won by the U.S. Under-19 National Team, led by Ohio High School Football Hall of Fame head coach CHUCK KYLE of Cleveland St. Ignatius.
2011 U.S. Under-15 National Team roster:
Andrew Abner
Fort Thomas, Ky.
Matty Biondich
Johns Creek, Ga.
Josh Brady
Hixson, Tenn.
Jimique Davis
Carol Stream, Ill.
Christian Drews
Ramona, Calif.
J.R. Griffin
Richardson, Texas
Dwayne Haskins
Higland Park, N.J.
Beau Hoge
Fort Thomas, Ky.
Tristen Hoge
Pocatello, Idaho
Dorian Maddox
Bowie, Md.
Cole McDonough
Bel Air, Md.
Paul Mesa
Riverside, Calif.
Richie Petitbon
Annapolis, Md.
Tyler Polk
Biloxi, Miss.
Bryce Rohrman
Indianapolis, Ind.
Zac Rujawitz
Edwardsville, Ill.
DeShawn Salter
Syracuse, N.Y.
Marvin "MJ" Stewart
Arlington, Va.
Ross Taklo
Cle Elum, Wash.
Levi Teschler
Fairfax, Va.
Griffin Urlage
Fort Thomas, Ky.
Jake Zembiec
Rochester, N.Y.

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