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Three Baldwin-Wallace College Men’s Soccer 

Players Named All-OAC

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team placed three players on the 2011 All-Ohio Athletic Conference team, including two on the first-team. Senior defender Andy Thompson (Huron) and senior forward Carlin Vandendriessche (Medina) were selected to the first-team while junior midfielder Pat Brennan (Akron/ Walsh Jesuit) was tabbed as second-team.
L TO R -- Thompson, Vandendriessche, Brennan

The Yellow Jackets had a record setting season as the team set the school record for wins in a season with 16  (16-5) and will be making their first trip to the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer National Tournament.   B-W will take on SUNY-Oneonta in the first round this Saturday, November 12 in Oneonta, New York at 1:30 p.m.   With a victory, the Yellow Jackets will face the winner of Hobart (N.Y.) and Penn State-Behrend on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Thompson is earning his second straight second-team All-OAC award after posting one goal and a career-high tying six assist for the second consecutive season.  He is tied with Vandendriessche atop the career games played list with 83 games.   Thompson, a four-year letter winner and three-year starter, has taken 76 shots, including 32 on-goal, scored six goals, including three game-winners and added 16 assists for 28 career points.

Vandendriessche had a record setting season and is earning All-OAC accolades for the fourth straight season, including his second first-team All-OAC honor. He was selected first-team as a sophomore in 2009.  This season, Vandendriessche led the team and the OAC in goals with 16 and points with 37 and had a team-best seven game-winning goals.  He is the all-time Yellow Jacket leader in career goals scored (46), career points (102), goals in a season (16) and points in a season (37).

Brennan had his best offensive season and is earning his scored All-OAC honor, including his second straight on the second-team.  This season, he tallied seven goals and added a career-high seven assists to rank third on the team with a career-best 21 points.

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 In addition, Brennan was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District IV first-team for the second consecutive season and is currently a candidate for Capital One Academic All-America accolades.  He has appeared in 60 career matches, taken 126 shots, including 59 on-goal, scored 19 goals and added 16 assists for 54 career points.  In addition, Brennan was B-W’s “Rookie of the Year” in 2009 and has twice earned OAC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week accolades.

Mount Union volleyball begins tournament 

play this afternoon

ASTON, PA.—Head coach Leigh Ann Swartz leads the Mount Union volleyball team to the second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history as the Purple Raiders meet Lebanon Valley (Pa.) in a first round matchup. The match will be held on the campus of Neumann University in Aston, Pa. on Friday at 12:30 p.m.

The Purple Raiders (24-7) received an at-large bid, thanks in part to defeating No. 9 Heidelberg to win theOhio Athletic Conference title last weekend. Lebanon Valley (22-9) earned an automatic bid by defeating Messiah (Pa.) to win the Commonwealth Conference Tournament on Saturday and will make their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

Prior to last week's conference tournaments, Mount Union was the sixth-ranked team in the Great Lakes Region while Lebanon Valley was not among the eight teams ranked in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The final rankings, which were determined Saturday night after the conclusion of the conference tournaments, are not released.

Mount Union owns a 1-1 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament with 2009 being the only other appearance in program history. That win came against Lebanon Valley. The Purple Raiders opened with a 3-1 first round win before falling to Juniata (Pa.), 3-1, in the second round. Only one Purple Raider, junior middle hitterDeanna Glass (Medina/Medina), played in that match. In just one set, Glass had one dig.

Medina's Glass (L), Mentor's Patterson (R)

Lone senior, setter Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls), is the only other player with NCAA Tournament experience. Although she did not play in the first round against Lebanon Valley, Radigan had a team-high 26 assists to go along with two digs against Juniata.

Radigan leads a trio of Purple Raiders who earned All-OAC honors this season. A three-time all-conference honoree who will end her career with the second-most assists in program history, Radigan ranked second in the OAC in assists (10.1 per set)to go along with a team-best .303 hitting percentage, 1.14 kills per set, and 2.14 digs per set this season.

Sophomore outside hitter Taylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) and freshman right side hitter Nicole Snyder(Mentor/Lake Catholic) were named Second Team All-OAC to join Radigan as all-conference selections. Webb led the conference in kills (3.68 per set) and was sixth in hitting percentage (.293). Snyder is second on the team in kills (2.32 per set) and third in hitting percentage (.239) while also contributing 1.09 digs per set.

Other key offensive contributors for the Purple Raiders include freshman outside hitter Melanie Patterson(Mentor/Lake Catholic), freshman middle hitter Maya Brown (Tiffin/Tiffin Columbian), and Glass. Patterson averages 1.94 kills per set, Brown averages 1.77 kills per set and had a career-high 13 kills against Heidelberg in the OAC Tournament final on Saturday, and Glass averages 1.57 kills per set.

On defense, Mount Union ranks 12th in the nation with 2.29 blocks per set. Glass led the conference with 1.15 blocks per set and Brown, Webb, and Snyder all provide help at the net. Junior defensive specialist Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) leads the Purple Raiders with 4.48 digs per set, followed by freshman liberoLauren Mastroine (Orrville/Orrville) with 3.83 digs per set. Freshman defensive specialist Allison Insana(Cleveland/Villa Angela-Saint Joseph) and junior defensive specialist Christine Frazier (Westerville/Westerville North) have also played roles for the defense, averaging 2.47 and 2.28 digs per set, respectively.

Lebanon Valley makes its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Dutchmen have a 1-3 NCAA Tournament record with the lone win coming over Ithaca (N.Y.), 3-1, last year. Head coach Wayne Perry, in his 25th year at Lebanon Valley, is one win away from 500 for his career and is among the top 25 active NCAA Division III coaches.

Three Dutchmen return from the 2009 NCAA Tournament team. Senior middle hitter Jamie Hawk had seven kills, senior outside hitter Nicole Barra had one kill, and senior libero Angela Kuperavage had a team-best 19 digs in that match against the Purple Raiders.

Hawk and Barra have led Lebanon Valley's offense this season with 3.46 and 2.40 kills per set, respectively. Freshman outsider hitter Kayla Confer (2.24 kills per set), freshman outside hitter Kellsie Groff (1.94 kills per set), freshman middle hitter Krystal Wirey (1.72 kills per set), freshman outside hitter Steph Klunk (1.60 kills per set), and sophomore middle hitter Sarah Godfrey (1.54 kills per set) have also contributed at times throughout the season. Freshman setter Kacey Mussleman averages 10.08 assists per set and has a team-best .338 hitting percentage, followed by Hawk's .315 hitting percentage.

Kuperavage leads the defense with 4.86 digs per set. Groff, Musselman, sophomore defensive specialist Sasha Birosik, and sophomore defensive specialist Jess Finlayson all contribute more than two digs per set as well. As a team, the Dutchmen average 0.99 blocks per set and are led by Hawk, who averages 0.43 blocks per set.

No. 8 Juniata (Pa.) and Cabrini (Pa.) will also meet at Neumann on Friday at 3 p.m. with the winner advancing to play the winner between Mount Union and Lebanon Valley. Juniata enters the tournament with a 25-7 record after winning the Landmark Conference for the 31st consecutive season. Cabrini enters the tournament with a 22-10 record after winning the Colonial States Athletic Conference for the third consecutive season.

In the other half of the region, Eastern (Pa.) will face Penn State-Altoona and Hiram will take on Stevenson (Md.). The regional final will be held Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. and the winner will advance to the eight-team finals at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. beginning November 18th.

‘Berg Volleyball Rallies for 3-2 Victory Against Geneva (Pa.), Advances to NCAA Second Round

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Facing elimination and the end of its season entering the fourth set, the Heidelberg University volleyball team rallied to take the frame and edged Geneva (Pa.) College in the fifth set to earn a 3-2 (24-26, 25-14, 22-25, 25-18, 17-15) victory in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Volleyball Tournament at Van Noord Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich. The win advances the Berg to the second round where it will face the winner between the Rose-Hulman (Ind.) Institute of Technology and No. 5Wittenberg University.

Heidelberg (32-6, 9-0 Ohio Athletic Conference), making its fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament, evens its all-time NCAA tournament record at 4-4 and is looking to advance to quarterfinals for the first time in school history.

The Berg fell behind, 5-2, in the fifth set, but went on a 5-2 run to tie the score, 7-7. The deciding set saw 11 ties, including seven after the switch.

Senior three-time All-OAC outside hitter Venessa Haase (Miamisburg) and junior setter Rachel Ferguson (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) each posted double-doubles to lead the Tri Color. Haase, who recorded her fourth consecutive double-double and 12th of the season, had 15 kills and 28 digs, while Ferguson guided the offense with a team-high 30 assists and 11 digs.

Junior two-time All-OAC middle hitter Marian Bevington (Celina/Parkway) led the offense with 17 kills and junior two-time All-OAC right side hitter Jacki Street (Grafton/Midview) added 11 kills of her own. In addition to Ferguson, sophomore setter Alexa Frank (Tiffin/Calvert) helped guide the offense with 21 assists.

Defensively, four players tallied 10 or more digs, including a team-high 33 from freshman libero Tessa Benanzer (Fort Loramie) and 28 from senior two-time OAC player of the year Jackie Reinhart (New Riegel). Junior second-team All-OAC middle hitterAmber Welfle (Norwalk/St. Paul) blocked a team-high four Geneva attacks.

Geneva (25-9, 17-1 Presidents’ Athletic Conference) was led on offense by Rachel Kuegler and Ashley Davis with 12 kills each and Deanna Briody with a match-high 38 assists. Brianna Mixter and Erin Smith paced the defense with match-highs of 34 digs and six blocks, respectively.

Oberlin College Ready to Host NCAA Great 

Lakes Regional

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College cross country teams are playing host to the 2011 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship Meet on Saturday, November 12.

The women’s 6K race and the men’s 8K race will feature 39 teams from across the region.

Highlighting the field in the women’s race is Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan. The Knights have won the last four Great Lakes Regionals and enter Saturday’s race as No. 9 in the country and first in the region.

Hope College, who defeated Calvin at the MIAA Conference Championship meet, checks in 13th in the country. Ohio Northern follows in 17th while the host Yeowomen are 18th in the nation after an impressive performance at NCAC Championships.

Like the women, the Knights of Calvin come in as the highest ranked men’s team at No. 4 in the country. They have won the last 15 Great Lakes Regionals and 17 of the last 18. The last time the Knights didn’t win the event was in 1995 when the Wabash College Little Giants claimed the title.

The Little Giants have a chance to shock the world again as they come in ranked second in the Great Lakes and 22nd in the country following their win at the NCAC Championships.  Manchester College (Indiana) rounds out the list of nationally ranked schools at 35th in the country.

All of the action will get underway at 11 a.m. from the Oberlin College woodchip trail.

Ed's-Ignatius game on 'HKW-1220 this week

The high school football game - Division I, Region 1 Semi Final - Saturday November 12th between St. Ignatius High School and St Edward High School at Judy Kirsch Field(Brunswick, OH) will air LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 at 7:00 pm.  Pre-Game begins at 6:45 pm


Ed’s and Ignatius to do it again; first time mid November to see a Holy War game as playoffs continue

By Ed Daugherty

For the second time in history and the first time this deep in post-season play, St. Edward and St. Ignatius football is taking the Holy War to playoff football.

The two clubs will meet Saturday in Brunswick in the regional semifinal game. The Eagles are 8-3 and Wildcats 9-2, including a 20-17 win over the Eagles just two weeks ago in Lakewood.

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St. Ignatius leads the All-time series in the Holy War, 26-21-1. The Wildcats won five of six meetings between the two schools in the 1950s, the series took a hiatus for 14 years, St. Ed’s won eight straight in the 1970s and 13 of 15 into the mid 1980s and then St. Ignatius won 13 of 15 from the late 1980s until 2000. St. Ed’s won three times in the ‘00s and in 2010. Ignatius has won five of the last six meetings

Last week, behind a balanced offense attack, the Wildcats scored 29 unanswered points against the Boardman Spartans on their way to a 29-14 win the Division I, Region 1 quarter final matchup at Byers Field.

The Spartans scored first, just 1:49 into the game when Devin Campbell found the endzone at the end of a 1-yard TD run. But the Wildcats responded on the ensuing drive with an Eric Williams to Blake Thomas

TD pass. 

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Tim Shenk would add two FGs prior to halftime. The Wildcats would pull away in the second half, as Williams threw two more TD passes.

Williams finished with nearly 300 yards in total offense and the Wildcats advanced to their 19th regional semi-final game.

Also last week, St Edward Head Coach Rick Finotti ran his playoff record to 6-0 with a 28-14 win over the Cleveland Heights Tigers at Crawford Field in the Division I, Region 1 quarterfinal game

The Eagles went back to their bread-and-butter, which is running the ball. Dwayne Aaron ran for more than 200 yards and Kenny Butler had more than 100 yards rushing in the win.

JR QB Ryan Fallon only threw six passes in the game against the Tigers, who were making their first ever playoff appearance. The Eagles are now 22-15 all time in the post season.

St. Edward HS opened in 1949 and is run by the Brothers of the Holy Cross - the same order running the University of Notre Dame

Following WWII, the Brothers of the Holy Cross would open 3 HS in the Cleveland Diocese -Gilmour Academy, Akron Hoban, and St. Edward Capital improvements over the last decade include: The Jack Kahl Student and Leadership Center, The Lowe Technology Center, and the Holy Family Chapel - with a replica Golden Dome, inspired by the one at Notre Dame.

In the first meeting between the two schools this season, the Wildcats took advantage of two third quarter turnovers by the Eagles and in the process erased a 10-3 halftime deficit and turned in to a 17-10 lead. PK Tim

Shenk kicked the GW FG on the 1st play of the fourth quarter and the Wildcats advanced to 26-21-1 all-time vs the Eagles.

In the “Rule of 15,” the St. Ignatius Wildcats have NEVER won a game vs. the St. Edward Eagles scoring 13 or fewer points in a game.

Top 10 high school football rivalries in the nation

1) Massillon Washington vs Canton McKinley

2) Jenks (OK) vs Union (OK) - The Backyard Brawl

3) Lowndes (GA) vs Valdosta (GA) - The Winnersville Classic

4) Pahokee (FL) vs Glades Central (FL) - The Muck Bowl

5) St. Xavier (KY) vs Trinity (KY) - Battle for the Shillelagh

6) St. Ignatius vs St. Edward - The Holy War

7) Northwestern (FL) vs Jackson (FL) - The Soul Bowl

8) Periman (TX) vs Lee (TX) - Friday Night Lights

9) Las Cruces (NM) vs Mayfield (NM) - 9 Battle for the City

10) Mt. Carmel (IL) vs St. Rita (IL)

Ohio and Florida are the only states that claim two of the top 10 rivalries in the nation. The Massillon-McKinley rivalry (begun in 1899) is the oldest west of the Alleghenies (several New England and other East Coast prep schools began their rivalries shortly after the first college game between Princeton and Rutgers in 1869.

The Holy War is the youngest of the 10 rivalries. Although the two schools met six times in the 1950s, the real rivalry did not begin until 1971 since St. Ed’s was still a new school in the 50s and was considered what might be the equivalent of an expansion team a the time. St. Joseph was the original St. Ed’s (started in 1950) rival and Benedictine the original St. Ignatius rival (started 1929).

Storm Wrestlers Help Youngsters Beat the Streets

Aiming to make a positive impact with young wrestlers by providing quality coaching and instruction, Lake Erie College head coach Kevin Hoogenboom and six members of the Storm took part in USA Wrestling's "Beat the Streets" Fall Clinic Series in Columbus on Monday night, Oct. 24.

Team members included senior Sam Delpra (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga/Heidelberg) and sophomoresKevin Brunner (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake), Andrew Gasber (Madison, Ohio/Madison/Notre Dame), Zev Green(Marysville, Ohio/Marysville), Josh Linden (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights), and Tyler Tesny (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls).

Chesterland's Delpra (L), Avon Lake's Brunner (R)

"Coach Hoogenboom and his wrestlers did a tremendous job with the Beat the Street wrestlers," said Brian Church, organizer of Beat the Streets-Columbus. "Coach Hoogenboom is a very knowledgeable wrestling coach/teacher and did an excellent job explaining and demonstrating the different techniques and drills to maximize the wrestlers learning. They were very organized with a plan that worked perfectly with the age and level of experience they were instructing. It was such a positive evening having the team work individually with the wrestlers."

The Storm representatives worked with approximately 50 Columbus-area boys and girls on how to improve themselves both on and off the mat. The clinic, sponsored by the Columbus Wrestling Club, included a motivation speech from Coach Hoogenboom followed by instruction, demonstration and drills by Storm wrestlers and the clinic participants.

"I thought it was a great night for our guys to get involved with the future of our sport," Hoogenboom said. "We were able to work with young wrestlers from the youth program all the way up through middle school and into the high school age group. Some of the older attendees at the event even got involved and wrestled a bit with our guys, which was nice to see. I really like the 'Beat the Streets' concept and think it is great for the future of wrestling in this country."

Beat the Streets is a movement to promote wrestling through USA Wrestling at the local community level while making positive impacts in the lives of the wrestlers they work with by providing a healthy extracurricular activity.  Beat the Streets Columbus is part of the Columbus Wrestling Club, which hosts weekly clinics throughout the fall conducted by nine collegiate coaches and teams from all over the state of Ohio. 

"Beat the Streets- Columbus's mission is to grow and promote wrestling in the Columbus Area. We strive to enhance the athletic and overall lives of the wrestlers by providing leadership and direction while facilitating opportunities afforded by the many lessons learned through preparation for and participation in the sport of amateur wrestling," Church said. "The Lake Erie wrestlers and coaches made the evening of wrestling really fun and memorable. Those young men served as great role models for our kids and made it a point to stress the importance of being good students in school and how it can open doors and lead to a successful life.  I know our kids can't wait to have them back."

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