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Spartans, Tartans to play Academic Bowl

Nov. 10, 2010

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND -- The Case Western Reserve University Spartans wrap up the season in the annual Academic Bowl versus Carnegie Mellon University (PA) on Saturday, November 13 at Case Field in Cleveland.
The Spartans are 7-2 overall and 0-2 in the University Athletic Association following last Saturday’s
14-13 heartbreaker versus Washington University (PA). The Tartans are 4-5 overall and 0-2 in
the UAA following a 62-21 loss to the University of Chicago (IL). The game also is designated as
Seniors’ Day with 15 Spartan seniors being honored prior to kickoff.

The Spartans and Tartans have met annually since 1970, but the matchup wasn’t designated as
the “Academic Bowl” until 1986. Carnegie Mellon owns a 26-13 lead in the all-time series, but Case
Western Reserve has won the last three meetings, including a 34-17 victory in Pittsburgh last season.
CMU owns the longest win streak in the series, having won seven straight from 1975 to 1981.
The Spartans won the first-ever meeting between the two by a score of 21-0 at home in 1970.

Since 1986, Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon meet on the gridiron in the annual Academic
Bowl. The rivalry game recognizes not only a football rivalry, but an academic rivalry between
two of the nation’s elite research and scholastic institutions. The winning team each season
is presented with a trophy that bears the results of each Academic Bowl matchup.

Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who is in his seventh season in 2010 with
a 51-22 (.699) record. Debeljak led the Spartans to three consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular
seasons from 2007-09 with back-to-back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances and UAA titles.
Since the beginning of the 2007 season, Case Western Reserve has posted an outstanding overall
record of 37-5, earning Debeljak and his staff the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award for three
straight seasons. In addition, Case finished the last three seasons ranked in the top 25 in the nation
according to the AFCA.

Carnegie Mellon is coached by Rich Lackner, a 1979 graduate of CMU. Now in his 25th season,
Lackner has compiled an overall record of 170-79-2 with eight UAA Titles. He also has been tabbed
UAA Coach of the Year on five separate occasions and was named the D3football.com All-South
Region Coach of the Year in 2006.

The No. 7-ranked Spartans improved to 9-0 with a 34-17 victory at Gesling Stadium on Saturday,
November 7. Then senior quarterback Dan Whalen completed 31-of-41 pass attempts for 386 yards
and three touchdowns. Current senior wide out Zach Homyk (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius Prep) hauled
in a career-high 13 receptions for 162 yards and two scores.

Case Western Reserve (7-2, 0-2 UAA) dropped a heartbreaker, 14-13, to visiting Washington
University (MO) on Saturday, November 6 at Case Field. The Spartans had two late field goal attempts
blocked in addition to a blocked punt and a fumble that led to Washington (7-2, 2-0 UAA)
scores. Despite the loss, Case sophomore fullback Trevor LeBarge (St. Louis, MO/Chaminade
College Prep) rushed for a career-high 117 yards on 21 carries against his hometown team.

Raiders can win it outright against Musky

By Lenny Reich

No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts Muskingum in the regular season finale Saturday at 1:30 pm at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders claimed their 22nd overall and 19th straight OAC title and an automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Division III Football Championship with a 41-13 win at Baldwin-Wallace. Cecil Shorts (Cleveland/Collinwood) caught two TD passes and returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferrry/Martins Ferry) ran for 170 yards on 32 carries while the defense held B-W to 200 yards, with six sacks, three interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Muskingum suffered its fifth straight loss with a 27-24 defeat to Capital last week. The Muskies held a 21-17 lead at halftime, and even after losing senior quarterback Jake Burns to an injury, almost came back to pull off the victory before the Crusaders hit a 44-yard field goal with just over seven minutes to play.


All Mount Union football playoff games will be broadcast on the television on SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV52, on the radio on

WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker at http://athletics.mountunion.edu. Ric Brienza and Mark Grossman broadcast the games on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM. You can listen to Mount Union's student radio feed on WRMU 91.1 FM on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.


Hall of fame broadcaster Joe Tait has done Mount Union games on TV since 1986. He was in Oshkosh and did the Ohio Northern games for the Raiders, but on a road trip, Joe took ill and returned home to Cleveland to find out he needs heart surgery. Jeff Shreve '87 will fill in for the remainder of the 2010 Mount Union football season and our thoughts and prayers are with Joe and we look forward to seeing him 2011.


This is the 65th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 33-29-2 lead in the series that dates back to a 23-0 Muskingum win on November 3, 1906. The Raiders have won 21-straight meetings since a 17-17 tie in 1988 in Mount Union Stadium. The last Muskie win in the series came in a 24-19 victory in 1984 in Alliance.


Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71)

is 298-22-3 (.925) in his 25th season as head coach as one of the most successful coaches in college football history. His teams have won 20 OAC Championships, including the last 18 in a row, along with 10 of the last 17 NCAA Division III National Championships. This year he is president of the American Football Coaches Association.

Al Logan (Muskingum '82)

is 10-29 (.249) in his fourth season at Muskingum. Logan came to New Concord after serving four years as the offensive coordinator at Wittenberg University. Logan also had assistant coaching stints at Davidson (NC), Sewanee (GA), John Carroll and Miami (OH). Logan's career head coaching record is 14-41 after serving as head coach for two seasons at Sewanee.


Mount Union will find out Sunday afternoon between 3 and 3:30pm on ESPNews who will be their first round opponent and where the game will be played in the 2010 NCAA Divsion III Football Playoffs.


After winning three of its four games, Muskingum has dropped five straight games. A few numbers that have worked against the Muskies are a minus-9 turnover margin, converting 28-percent on third down (35/123) and allowing 32 quarterback sacks.

The offense is led by senior quarterback Jake Burns, who is among the OAC's leaders this season in total offense (207.4 yds/game) and is the Muskies' all-time passing leader, but left last week's game with an injury and his status for this week is uncertain. Burns is also the Muskies' leading rusher with 268 yards and seven TD's on the ground. Three different receivers have at least 20 catches and junior Antowan Logan has 28 catches for 276 yards and three TD's.

Junior linebacker Alex Thomas leads Muskingum and is fifth in the OAC in tackles with 80. Thomas also has three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two sacks. Senior defensive end Chad Bajc anchor's the line with 5.5 sacks and junior defensive back Anthony Zarcone has six pass breakups.


For the sixth year the NCAA Division III Football Championship consists of a 32-team field with four eight-team regions. For perspective, in Mount Union's first appearance in the playoffs in 1985, the field was 16 teams. This year's field breaks down like this: Automatic bids will be given to 23 conference champions, three spots are reserved for teams that are independents or in conferences not granted automatic bids and the final six spots are national at-large bids.

Three to go in Mount Hall Saturday; Holy 

Name's Dana Zarzycki, Forge's 

Rob Rodgers among them 

The University of Mount Union M Club Hall of Fame will induct its 2010 class of Anna Panteleyeva, Rob Rodgers and Dana Zarzycki Saturday, Nov. 13.

The inductees will be recognized in a ceremony at 10:30 am Saturday morning at the Haupt Presidential Home on S. Union Ave.  Tickets for the ceremony are $15 and available by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations and University Activities to RSVP at 330-823-2030 or alumni@mountunion.edu.

Each of the inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the Mount Union football game with Muskingum that kicks off at 1:30 pm in Mount Union Stadium.

Anna Panteleyeva '95 (women's tennis), a native of Tallinn, Estonia, was a seven-time All-OAC selection as she claimed four OAC singles titles and three OAC doubles titles from 1991-1994 at Mount Union.  She was ranked as No. 9 singles player in the nation in 1994.  She posted a combined record of 106-7 (63-3 singles/43-4 doubles) which still leads the Raider program.

Rob Rodgers '95 (football), a native of Parma and Valley Forge High School grad, was a linebacker that was a two-time All-OAC First Team selection, two-time All-American and two-time OAC Bill Edwards Award winner given to the conference’s top linebacker.  From 1992 to 1994, he totaled 184 tackles and was a member of Mount Union’s first National Championship team in 1993.

Dana Zarzycki '95 (women's basketball), a native of Middleburg Heights and Holy Name High School grad, helped lead Mount Union to its first-ever women’s basketball NCAA Tournament appearance in 1995.  In the 1994-95 season, she led the OAC in scoring and second in rebounding on her way to All-OAC and OAC Player of the Year honors.  She was also a 1995 All-American who finished her career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,580 points.  She still holds the school’s single-season (310) and career (933) rebounding records.

To be inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame, a student-athlete must have earned a degree from Mount Union and received two letters in one sport, or one letter in two or more sports. Athletes are eligible for selection 15 years after graduation. Consideration will be based solely on Mount Union varsity participation, preceding graduation.

"The record of the proposed inductee must be exemplary in both performance and in character. There must be no question as to the deserving qualities that the inductee possesses."

Jessee Named to All-NCAC Second-Team
Story Reported by Mike Mancini
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Westlake, Ohio - Oberlin College sophomore Laura Jessee was named as an All-NCAC Second-Team selection, the league office announced on Monday morning. 

Jessee, a native of Roanoke, Virginia, was a force in the middle for the Yeowomen. She hit over .300 in 14 of the team’s 30 matches and finished the season with a hitting percentage of .250. 

The sophomore racked up a total of 334 kills and her 3.12 kills per game average was third best in the North Coast. 

“Laura is very deserving of this honor,” Head Coach Carey Cavanaugh said. “She played very consistent all season long and I greatly appreciate the effort she put forth.”

Jesse also led the team in total blocks with 52, 12 of which were solo. 

Firestone's Imani Gordon signs with Vikings

Nov. 10

By Greg Murphy

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland State women's basketball program added three student-athletes to the mix as Imani Gordon (Akron, Ohio), Kiersten Green (Lancaster, Pa.) and Tess Zufall (Slicksville, Pa.) all signed National Letters of Intent to attend CSU and play basketball for the Vikings beginning in the fall of 2011.

CSU head coach Kate Peterson Abiad made the announcement on Wednesday (Nov. 10) afternoon.

"We were looking for players with specific attributes in our 2011 recruiting class," Peterson Abiad said. "We wanted to sign players who played with a high level of intensity and were the type of kids who wanted to spend their free time in the gym. With this class, I believe that we have a group of hard workers who are passionate not only about the game of basketball, but also Cleveland State."

A 6-foot guard, Gordon is one of the top players in Ohio, earning special mention all-state accolades after averaging 22.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.1 steals and 6.2 assists for Firestone last year. The city player of the year as a junior, Gordon also earned first team all-district honors after leading her squad to the league title with a perfect 12-0 mark.

Gordon helped the team to a 20-2 overall record and a spot in the Division I district semifinals.

"Today is a great day," Peterson Abiad said. "To sign a player of Imani Gordon's caliber from a program as highly-respected and successful as Akron Firestone makes this a very special day. Imani is an explosive, athletic scorer who will enjoy a great career at Cleveland State."

Green, a 5-foot-5 guard who preps at Manheim Township H.S., averaged 16.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a junior. An all-conference selection and two-time Lancaster Player of the Week pick last year, Green is one of just three players in school history with 1,000 career points. 

A 5-foot-8 guard, Zufall helped lead Greensburg Central Catholic to a 19-5 mark last season, averaging 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. She earned WPIAL all-region and all-conference honors last season and was a two-time Pittsburgh Post Gazette Player of the Week selection.

"Receiving the phone call from Tess today to tell me that she signed the National Letter of Intent and hearing the excitement in her voice, made it hard not to think about the future of our program," Peterson Abiad said. "Tess is a kid who will give her heart and sould to this program and will work everyday to become the best player she can be. She's exactly the right kid at exactly the right time."

The Vikings open the 2010-11 season with a pair of games in New York this weekend, beginning with a 2:00 p.m. contest at Cornell on Saturday (Nov. 13). Two days later (Nov. 15), CSU will play at Buffalo at 7:00 p.m.

Brunswick native Cory Buhrman named 

forward of Year in OAC

Forward-of-the-Year: Cory Buhrman, Heidelberg

Heidelberg University senior Cory Buhrman (Brunswick) has been chosen by the league coaches as
the 2010 OAC Forward-of-the-Year. Buhrman is the only Heidelberg player to be awarded this
honor. On the season, Buhrman tallied nine goal and three assists for 21 points. Buhrman leads the
League in game-winning goals with five. He helped the team to the programs first OAC Regular-
Season title with a 7-0-2 record.


Stow High alum Jeff Grater from B-W named 

Midfielder of year in OAC

Midfielder-of-the-Year: Jeff Grater, Baldwin-Wallace

Baldwin-Wallace College senior Jeff Grater (Stow/Munroe Falls) has been chosen by the
league coaches as the 2010 OAC Midfielder-of-the-Year. He is the third Yellow Jacket to acquire
this award. Grater tallied five points (two goals/one assist) this season and led the Yellow Jackets to
the OAC Tournament semifinals. He has been named First Team All-OAC.

Walsh Jesuit grad Jake Milli of John Carroll 

named Defender of Year in OAC

Defender-of-the-Year: Jake Milli, John Carroll
Walsh alumnus, Royalton resident

John Carroll University senior Jake Milli (North Royalton/Cuyahoga Fall Walsh Jesuit) has
been chosen by the league coaches as the 2010 OAC Defender-of-the-Year. Milli tallied four
points (one goal/ two assists) on the season and helped to lead the Blue Streaks to four shutouts
and an appearance in the OAC Tournament semifinals. Milli is the fourth Blue Streak to garner this
award and had been named First Team All-OAC.

NCAA-Bound Spartan Volleyball Team 

Lands Three on All-Association Team; 

Coaches Named Staff of the Year; Mags 

alumna Gulasey gets HM honor

By Nick Minerd

PITTSFORD, NY – The NCAA Tournament-bound Case Western Reserve University volleyball team landed three of its players on the 2010 All-University Athletic Association team, announced by the conference office on Tuesday, November 9. In addition, fifth-year head coach Karen Farrell and her staff have been tabbed as the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.

The Spartans are 24-10 heading into an NCAA Tournament regional round match versus SUNY-Cortland on Friday, November 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Frostburg State University (MD). Case earned the program’s first-ever trip to the tournament following its best conference finish (fourth) since 2000.


Headlining the Spartan selections was a second-team nod for junior middle hitter Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, OH/Stephen T. Badin). Junior outside hitter Rachael Suchy (Venetia, PA/Peters Township) and sophomore libero Rachel Gulasey (Cleveland, OH/Magnificat) were also chosen as honorable mention selections.

Farrell, along with associate head coach Nelson Wittenmyer and assistants Jeff Harrah and Sami Yakey have helped lead the Spartans to a second straight 24-win season. The 24 wins are the most for the program since a 29-10 campaign in 1997.

McCutchan is now a three-time second-team All-Association pick and continues to turn in one of the finest careers in Spartan volleyball history.McCutchan leads the team with a career-high 510 kills and 86 blocks and was twice named UAA Player of the Week. The ESPN Academic All-American has 1,441 kills for her career, which is the second highest amount in program history after Lindsey Deyer’s (1998-00) 1,680.McCutchan’s career .321 hitting percentage is the best in Spartan history.

Suchy earns her second straight honorable mention All-UAA selection. She is second on the team with a career-high 376 kills. She also has 44 blocks and was named Player of the Week in mid-October for her performance during the UAA Round Robin #2 in which Case upset No. 1-ranked Washington University (MO).

Gulasey leads the team with 641 digs, the fourth highest single-season total in program history. She also ranks second on the team with 45 assists and third with 28 service aces.

Oberlin Teams up with the NCAA for TAKG Initiative
Story Reported by Eric Lahetta
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Oberlin, Ohio – Oberlin College invites all area children to attend their upcoming football game, on Saturday, November 13th against Allegheny College. Children have the opportunity to experience a college football game as Oberlin College hosts NCAA Football’s sixteenth annual “Take A Kid to the Game” (TAKG) program presented by Coca-Cola and sponsored by another Corporate Champion AT&T. Kids, accompanied by an adult will receive free admission to watch the Oberlin College Yeomen at Savage Stadium. 

Oberlin College is one of more than 200 schools across the nation that hosting a game in this campaign focused on allowing youth the opportunity to attend college football games. The Take A Kid to the Game® program is entering into its sixteenth year in the promotion of collegiate athletics.

“We encourage you to save the date. Oberlin College is excited about this event where kids from the community will have a chance to be apart of our game day experience and support NCAA Football’s Take A Kid to the Game® program,” Delta Lodge Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard said. “This game day experience is an opportunity for children to spend quality time with a parent or role model and learn about sportsmanship that can be demonstrated on the playing field.” 

All tickets for this special game are free. For more information, contact Eric Lahetta at 440.775.8534 or go to goyeo.com!

The Take A Kid to the Game program is one of the national promotions of NCAA Football, the marketing arm of college football. NCAA Football represents a coalition of the American Football Coaches Association, Collegiate Commissioners Association, Football Bowl Association, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Football Foundation. Please visit the official website, www.ncaafootball.com, for further information on current initiatives and to explore the newly updated interactive website that is the premier location to get all inclusive college football information with up-to-date scores, stats, audio and video streaming and unique content form every division.