A Page -- Nov. 12, 2010

Warren's Mollenkopf Stadium

Return to Warren will be a homecoming for 

three Solon coaches, but Comet players, 

coaches hardly looking at tomorrow's playoff 

encounter with Fitch as a "vacation" situation

Nov. 12, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


WARREN – Solon’s football team will take the trek down Route 422 to here tomorrow night for the second round of computer playoffs against Fitch High School, with kickoff time at 7 in Mollenkopf Stadium.

The Comets have won 11 games in a row and remain undefeated on the season while the 10-1 Falcons’ only loss was a 34-28 setback to Lake.


This will mark the first time these two schools have ever met on the football field. The winner will meet tomorrow’s St. Edward-Glenville winner, which will be a battle of unbeatens on Byers Field in Don Bolton Stadium.

Fitch had to go to overtime last week to get to this game, nipping Willoughby South on its own Falcon Field in Austintown, escaping with a 42-35 win.

Kyle Hammonds

The Solon Comets, as they have done all year, dominated the entire game to reach a 31-7 victory over Brecksville in fist-round play on Stewart Field.

Chris Humphrey

Chris Humphrey, Kyle Hammonds, AJ Hicks, Drew Barksdale all scored TDs and Alex Knight added the other seven Comet points on kicks.

The versatile Hicks led the defense in tackles with 11 and also scored on a 49-yard pass from quarterback, Pat Kramer. The Comets closed out another perfect home season at 6-0.

AJ Hicks

“How you go about your practice and preparation leading up to big games like what we have on Saturday night, is crucial,” said Solon Head Coach Jim McQuaide. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Annarella and the Fitch Falcons. We look forward to visiting historic Mollenkopf Stadium on Saturday night, in what should be a great atmosphere for our fans.”

The last time the Solon Comets visited Mollenkopf stadium for a playoff game was in 2003, as the Comets took on the War-ren Harding Raiders. At that time, two Solon assis-tant coaches were on the opposite sideline. Offen-sive Coordinator Thom McDaniels was the Head Coach at Warren Harding and Running backs coach Matt Richardson was on Coach McDaniels’ staff.

Coach McDaniels

Also, Coach Richardson played his high school foot-ball at Mollenkopf for the Warren John F. Kennedy Eagles. The latter program also produced McQuaide, who was a Student/Athlete at JFK, graduating in 1976 and attending the city’s Catholic high school during virtually the same years as nationally syndicated talk show host, columnist and law professor Hugh Hewitt, who worked for both Presidents Nixon and Reagan.

Esq. Hugh Hewitt

The Comets lost that game in 2003 to Harding but are hoping for better results this time with all three coaches with Warren connections now on the same side.

State soccer pool representing Cleveland 

area naturally dominated by private, single-

sex, faith-based, and Jesuit schools

Nov. 12, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor



Again, we find a direct correlation between academic success and athletic success when examining the quintet of teams and the Student/Athletes on them representing the Cleveland area today and tomorrow at the high school state soccer championships in Crew Stadium.

As stated on Monday’s A Page here on Student/Athlete-Cleveland (see hyperlink to Nov. 8 on left pane here), repeatedly those institutions and school districts that place a high premium on academics tend to have greater success at athletics than those who do not and subsequently their Student/Athletes tend to more often move on to the next level whether it is advancing to further rounds and deeper into a tournament or the next level of S/A play/education – to high school for grade school S/As and to college for high school S/As.

Of the five Cleveland area teams participating in the soccer tournaments, four are private schools. In boys’ Division I, the area has St. Ignatius, and in Division III, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. In girls’ play, Cleveland has Walsh Jesuit in D-I and Hathaway Brown in D-II.


Only Revere High, in boys’ D-II, is a public school, barely outdistancing Walsh Jesuit in the state semis to get into the finals today.

For those who read Monday’s A Page, it was learned that Jesuit schools not only highly achieve academically but also athletically. The Jesuits were the schoolmasters of Europe for better than three centuries and this academic edge in athletics is reflected in the disproportionate amount of those from Jesuit schools who go on to become Academic all league, district and American selections in college.

It was also reflected in the four teams who were on the Rocky River pitch this week for the two D-I semis with three of the four (Walsh, Iggy, St. John) operating under the Jesuit banner.

This is not to say that academic, and by extension athletic, success can be found only in Jesuit schools but this edge and transference of academics to athletics can be found in other private schools, faith-based schools and single-sex institutions.

Three of the five schools in this soccer pool are faith-based schools, two of the five are single-sex and again four of the five are private schools.

St. Ignatius, for example, fits into all four categories – private, faith-based, Jesuit and single-sex.  Of all 10 schools at the state tourney this weekend, the school in its 11 team sports has won more state championships than any other – 23 (*Walsh has won 24 in boys’ sports but has only a girls’ team here). It has also won at least one state championship in each sport in nine of the 11 sports it sponsors. It has come very close in swimming (one of the two without a title) and bowling (the other one) has been a varsity sport in Ohio for only a few years.

Also in a non-OHSAA sport, rowing, St. Ignatius has also won eight Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championships since 2000 and a national title. It also has a national title in soccer and three in American football.

Walsh, the other Jesuit school, was a single-sex school up until two decades ago when it began admitting girls, yet the Warrior soccer girls have already won four state championships. The school itself is only 45 years old and yet has won 36 state titles in all sports along with six national titles. It has also won three state titles in boys’ soccer.

In fact, Ignatius tonight is trying to get out of that five-way tie for second-most state soccer titles with three and gain its fourth, which would tie it for the most with North Olmsted (the town where Iggy coach Mike McLaughlin grew up), Kettering Alter and Columbus De Sales, the latter two of which are, incidentally, private and faith based schools.

Ignatius and HB, in fact both single-sex schools, had to settle for second place last year, but both on paper. HB won the title on the field but then the paper pushers in their government jobs found a way to deem a player “ineligible” and strip the Blazers of the title so a public school could wear the crown.

Same goes for Ignatius. Two of its top players this season – Matt Foldesy and Brendan Cash – had to sit out last season because of transfer from another private school (Brad Friedel’s academy) ., making it easier for a public school to win the title.

It’s been said that public schools attract the better teachers because “they pay more” than private schools. On the contrary, private school teachers do it more for passion than for monetary gain and therefore have more of a genuine concern for their academic and athletic success, the gratitude gained from the vicarious participation in their success having a price tag of “priceless” as it has been stated.

So while their public school counterparts are busy figuring out ways of padding their teachers’ union contracts, ways they can double dip buy retiring and continuing to work and collect two paychecks, avoiding having to pay even a fraction of their health care premiums, manipulate doublespeak and paper pushing to their personal advantages, etc., these private four private school teacher/coaching staffs are busy guiding their S/As to state championships, stemming from academic success (HB sent 13 girls to states in debate last year).

Baldwin-Wallace College Swim and Women’s Cross Country 

Teams Participate in “Hour of Power” Event to Benefit 

Cancer Research

Nov. 12, 2010

By Jeff Miller

BEREA --  It is nearly impossible to find anyone whose life has not been touched by cancer, whether it is through a friend, family member, or even a teammate. The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s swimming and diving and women’s cross country teams have found one more way to fight back: by combining and participating in the fifth annual Ted Mullin “Leave it in the Pool” Hour of Power Relay for Pediatric Sarcoma Research.

The Yellow Jacket teams join with nearly 6,000 student-athletes from 124 collegiate, high school, and club teams across the nation as well as students abroad to participate in the “Hour of Power”.  The event honors those who are fighting or have succumbed to cancer, including former Carleton (Minn.) College swimmer Edward H. “Ted” Mullin, who passed away from synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, in September 2006.

The event—held in each team’s home pool—is a one-hour, all-out, leave-it-in-the-pool practice consisting of continuous relays, using any stroke. Wherever possible participating teams begin and finish the “Hour of Power” workout at the same time, using their respective and corresponding time zones from the East Coast to the West Coast. This means thousands of swimmers will be in the water at the same time in support of the battle against cancer. Although some teams are forced to schedule their event at another time due to various conflicts, the official start time was set for 4:00 p.m., Central Standard Time on Nov. 9.

“We raised more than $600.00 this year for Sarcoma Cancer Research”, said fifth-year Yellow Jacket Head Coach Sara Gildea. “We were excited to have the women’s cross country team join us in the event.  It marked the first time a non-swimming team took part in the event.

“This [the participation by women’s cross country this year as well as other Yellow Jacket teams inquiring following the event about participating next year] only goes to show how dedicated the B-W student-athletes are to awareness and research as well as their loyalty to the other sports teams on the campus”,  continued Gildea. “I am proud of our teams, both swim and women’s cross country, and would like to especially thank Coury Stricker and Ryan Stover for being our two biggest contributors.”

First held on Nov. 7, 2006, the “Hour of Power” Relay has grown from 15 teams in its first year to its current level of participation noted above.

Since the event began four years ago, participants have raised more than $190,000 for the Ted Mullin Fund for Pediatric Sarcoma Research at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital where Ted received treatment. The “Hour of Power” also aims to promote team spirit and to generate awareness of sarcoma, a rare cancer that disproportionately affects adolescents and young adults.

Funds raised during the event act as seed funding for the University of Chicago pediatric sarcoma research program, allowing collaborative efforts between clinicians and physician-scientists in the identification of the causes of sarcoma, at the most basic molecular and cellular levels. With a team of dedicated pediatric oncologists, orthopedists, and radiation therapists in place, the Ted Mullin Fund enabled the University of Chicago to recruit Stephen X. Skapek, M.D., an expert in the study and treatment of sarcomas. Dr. Skapek and team are working in the lab to translate new scientific discoveries into improved therapies for sarcoma patients like Ted Mullin.




PITTSFORD, NY – Four Case Western Reserve University men’s soccer players earned All-University Athletic Association honors and junior forward Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, OH/Valley Forge) was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, announced the UAA office today, November 12. 


A first time MVP, Bell was named First Team All-UAA for the second straight season. He is joined by junior defender Niro Wimalasena (Mason, OH/Mason), who earned second-team All-UAA honors for a second consecutive season. In addition, senior midfielder Jordan Fox (Bexley, OH/Bexley) and junior goalkeeper Ben Yabrow (Marietta, GA/George Walton Comprehensive)were tabbed as honorable mention picks.

Bell started all 19 games and led the team in scoring (20 points), goals (9), shots (59) and shots on goal (28). The accounting major, who has twice been named to the UAA All-Academic team, registered two game-winners and turned in a hat trick in a 3-2 win on October 17 versus the University of Chicago (IL). A major contributor since his freshman season, Bell now has 23 career goals and stands fifth all-time in the school record book. 

Wimalasena saw action in 19 matches with 18 starts.  A team captain, he notched a goal and an assist from the backline while helping the team post six shutouts. A 2009 All-Great Lakes Region pick and three-time UAA All-Academic pick, Wimalasena also was voted a First-Team ESPN Academic All-District IV honoree earlier this month.

Fox finished his career with his highest scoring season as a Spartan, playing in all 19 matches and totaling six goals with an assist (13 points). A three-time UAA All-Academic selection, Fox wrapped up his career with 15 goals.

Yabrow started all 19 matches with a 9-6-3 overall record and three shutouts. The junior stopped 67 shots for a save percentage of .744 and posted a 1.21 goals against average. In three seasons, Yabrow has a career record of 20-17-6 with 153 saves.

The Spartans finished the 2010 season with an overall record of 10-6-3 and a 3-4 mark in UAA play. Case also ended the season ranked eighth in the Great Lakes Region according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).




FROSTBURG, MD – Competing in its first NCAA Tournament action in school history, the Case Western Reserve University volleyball team battled to the end but dropped a 3-2 decision to SUNY-Cortland during regional play on today, November 12 at Frostburg State University.

The Spartans’ season ends at 24-11 overall. SUNY-Cortland improves to 34-7 and advances to round two tomorrow.

Cortland State won sets one and two by scores of 26-24 and 25-18, respectively. Case refused to go away and won sets three and four, 25-23 and 25-17. But with the deciding set tied at 11, SUNY reeled off four straight points to win the match.

Junior middle hitter Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, OH/Stephen T. Badin) and junior outside hitter Rachael Suchy (Venetia, PA/Peters Township) led the attack with 19 kills apiece. Sophomore Bre Freeman (Geneva, OH/Geneva) set the offense with 52 assists and contributed 13 digs to the defense. Sophomore libero Rachel Gulasey (Cleveland, OH/Magnificat) led the defense with 25 digs.

Despite the loss, the Spartans conclude one of, if not the most successful season in school history. In addition to the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth, the team also earned its best finish (fourth) in the University Athletic Association, posted an 11-match win streak, and beat the No. 1 team in the nation, Washington University (MO). Case also placed three players on the prestigious All-UAA team.


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– Last week the first ITA Rankings of the 2010-11 season were released and a couple of Yeowomen found themselves amongst the best in the Central Region. 

After an impressive fall debut, Oberlin sophomore transfer Farah Leclercq sits at No. 15 in the rankings. She went 5-2 in tournament play this fall, with the highlight being a trip to the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional Championships back on September 26.

"We knew last year during the recruiting process that Farah would have an immediate impact on our program and that she would be able to compete right away with the top players in the region,” Head Coach Constantine Ananiadissaid. “Farah has a strong work ethic and competes very well and I'm confident that she belongs in the top 8-10 players in our very deep region. While No.15 is a good starting point for her, she'll have lots of opportunities to move up in the spring if she plays within herself." 

The doubles tandem of Leclercq and junior Ariel Lewis are in a four-way tie for spots seven through 10. 

The combo went 3-2 overall in the fall with a pair of wins coming at the ITA Regional. However, their most impressive victory came in dual-match play against Case Western Reserve when they dismantled the seventh-rank doubles team in the region from a season ago in Erika Lim and Emily Pham.

"Farah and Ariel played with a lot of energy this fall and although they started off a bit slow in their first match together at our home invitational, they really took off at ITA's and finished off their fall season with a very convincing win over a very good Case Western team,” Ananiadis added. “It's really neat actually to see Ariel's doubles game come as long as it has since her freshman year when she knew little about the game of doubles. It is a testament to her dedication and poise as a competitor and a Studentthlete."

Carlozzi wins three individual events for Mount

November 12, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

HIRAM, Ohio -- Matt Carlozzi (Canfield/Canfield) won three individual events and was part of a victorious relay team as the Mount Union men's swimming and diving team stayed unbeaten with a 174-117 win over Hiram on Friday.

Carlozzi claimed his victories in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter freestyle events with times of :54.58, 2:00.54 and 4:18.70, respectively.

Carlozzi joined Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor), Austin Moreland (Dover/New Philadelphia) and Mike Greisl (South Euclid/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) in winning the 400 free relay in 3:47.51.

Brocious had two solo victories of his own in the 200 backstroke (2:20.77) and 800 free (8:54.67).

Tommy Pellett (Newark/Newark Catholic) also won two events on the 1- and 3-meter diving boards. He had a score of 173.35 on the lower board and 162.20 on the 3-meter.

Raymond Balint (Columbia, S.C./Lexington) added a win in the 200 breaststroke for the Raiders, touching the wall in 2:42.00.

Nine different gals win races in Mount rout of Hiram

November 12, 2010 

HIRAM, Ohio -- Nine different Student/Athletes claimed individual victories for the Mount Union women's swimming and diving team as the Purple Raiders defeated Hiram, 151-121, in a non-conference meet on Friday.

Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) and Alyson Koleser (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) won events and were part of Mount Union's winning 200-meter medley relay team.

Harrison claimed her victory in the 200 freestyle (2:14.93) while Kolesar won the 100 backstroke (1:11.34). Both joined Callie Jesso (Mount Pleasant, Pa./Mount Pleasant) and Jennie Ciccantelli 

(Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) on the medley relay team, which opened the meet with its finish in 2:12.48.

In the freestyle events, Elizabeth Juran (Independence/Independence) touched first in the 400 (5:04.01) and Kerry McCann (Bow, N.H./Bow) bested the 800 field (10:25.17).

Indy's Juran

Allison Davila (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) and Victoria Ljubi (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) won the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, respectively, with times of 1:24.22 and 2:58.20.

Midpark alum Davila

Katy Alkire (Akron/Firestone) added a win in the 200 butterfly (2:49.12) while Shelbey Mitchell (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) took first in the 200 backstroke (2:38.10). In 1-meter diving, Tia Marquinez (Hudson/Walsh Jesuit) was a winner with 211.65 points.

The 400 free relay team of Harrison, Courtney Gabel (Fremont/Fremont Ross), Ciccantelli and Kolesar did not gain an official victory, but swam the meet's top time (4:16.54).

Battle of the unbeatens in Boulton, on Byers 

when St. Ed and Glenville meet in regional 

semifinal tomorrow

Nov. 12, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


PARMA – Saturday’s match-up on Byers Field in Bob Boulton Stadium will mark the third time in the last seven yeas that Glenville and St. Edward will have met in a playoff football game.

The Tarblooders (11-0) an Eagles (11-0) will tee it off at 7 tomorrow night in a Division I regional semifinal and the right to go to next week’s regional title game (possibly right here) against the winner of tomorrow’s Solon-Fitch hook-up down in Warren.

The two teams met in the 2004 playoffs. That year Glenville let everyone know it was for real by pulling off the then unthinkable – beating both St. Edward and St. Ignatius during the same playoff season.


The Eagles returned the favor the following season and also hold an advantage in the all-time series, 6-2. The only other Glenville win came on a Saturday afternoon in Lakewood in 1988, which was just a couple years before they began building Glenville into the city power it has been for almost two decades now.

These are two different teams offensively, St. Edward relying a lot on power football, featuring its huge offensive line (nearly an average of 300 pounds per guy) and strong running game (similar to its teams from the late 1980s but only one that has more pass plays in its playbook, which were almost non existent then), while Glenville relies on an element of surprises off broken plays, almost an “organized disorganization,” at the risk of promulgating an oxymoron.


Glenville has been ranked in top 10 nationally in a number of polls, while the Eagles have hovered in the top 50 and even top 40, but have not been anywhere near the top 10 this season.

The Tarblooders started their playoff run with a 41-6 victory over Warren Harding. Glenville is looking to get back to the State finals after losing to Hilliard Davidson last year.

The Eagles beat Mentor for the second time this season last week to get here. Both teams are in search of their first state title although both programs have come close three different times during six different years.

Cardale Jones has thrown for 1,839 yards and 23 td’s while also rushing for 8 TD’s and 267 yards for the ‘Blooders. Glenville has amassed nearly 4,000 yards of total offense this season, about half of it on the ground and half in the air.

Reggie Terrell

In the 35-21 win over the Cards, the Eagles used a balanced running attack, but also mixed in the pass well. Senior RB Terrell Bates, Reggie Terrell and QB Kevin Burke rushed for a combined 305 yards and 4 touchdowns. Kevin Burke also through for 151 yards as the Eagles rolled 456 total yards.

Kevin Burke

Rob Walton leads Glenville with 560 yards on the ground.


The special -teams edge might go to Eds with kicker Mike DiNunzio neatly perfect on the season, connecting on a perfect 51 of 51 point after touchdown kick attempts and nailing through 10 of 14 field goal attempts.

Shane McManamon

The St. Ed defense has held its last four opponents to under 100 yards rushing each. The defense has also let up fewer than 100 yards in five of the last seven games

Greg Kuhar

In eight of the last 11 games, the defense has allowed opponents fewer than 200 yards of total offense per game.


The defense -- let by Shane McManamon, Tom Lally and Greg Kuhar have posted shutouts in 25 of the last 32 quarters the Eagles have played.

Colin McManamon

The other McManamon, Colin, has caught at least one pass in all 11 games.

Spartan Swimming & Diving Program Recognized in the National Polls


Nov. 12, 2010

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND - With a new head coach and plenty of new faces, the Case Western Reserve University men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams have each started  the season either ranked or receiving votes in the first 2010-11 TYR/College Swim Coaches Association of America Poll. The men’s squad is ranked No. 23 overall, while the women’s team is receiving the 30th most votes in the nation (37).


Case  Reserve kicked off its season on October 30 at the University of Rochester (NY) tri-meet, competing with the hosts and New York University. The Spartan men won three individual events and two relays and defeated both NYU (205-154) and UR (244-116), while the women’s team had four solo winners and one relay champ splitting a win versus UR (179.5-174.5) and a loss against NYU (179.5-171.5) at the two-day event.


On the men’s side of the poll, seven fellow University Athletic Association members are either ranked or receiving votes and six UAA schools are ranked or receiving votes amongst the women’s squads.


The rankings were determined by members of the NSCAA, and the next poll is due to be released on December 15.

Solon High's/St. Rita's Hawald, Walsh 

Jesuit's Mitchell, Alliance's Dreger join 

Mount Union wrestling staff

 Nov. 12, 2010

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE, Ohio--The University of Mount Union has named Mark J. Hawald, Sean Dreger and Scott Mitchell assistant wrestling coaches.

Hawald has over 40 years of experience in the sport that has included assistant coaching stints at John Carroll University and Solon High School. In 1990, started a wrestling program and served six years as head coach at St. Rita's Catholic School is Solon, Ohio

(l to r) Hawald, Dreger, Michell 

As a competitor, he was an Ohio State Champion for Beachwood High School and a four-year letter winner at 134 pounds for John Carroll University. Hawald won two NCAA Division III National Championships (1975 and 1976), and was an NCAA Division I All-American.

He also was the team captain of John Carroll's 1975 Division III National Championship team and then the accomplished freestyle wrestler qualified for the final Olympic team trials in 1976 and 1984.

He earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1977 from John Carroll and attended the College of Financial Planning to earn his CRPC® designation (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor).

When not on the mat, he is a retirement planning counselor and investment advisor for Securus Financial Strategies in Solon and resides in Bainbridge with his wife Debbie.

Dreger, who spent last season as an assistant coach at Marlington High School, returns to the Purple Raider program where he wrestled at 141 and 149 pounds and was a three-time place winner at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships.

The Alliance, Ohio, native, graduated from Mount Union in 2009 with a degree in Mathematics and prior to attending Mount Union he as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army.

Mitchell has most recently served as an assistant coach at Lake Youth Wrestling and the Stark County Wrestling Club. In 2009, Scott founded Takedown Athletics Co., a wrestling club dedicated to the development of young wrestlers.

Mitchell was a part of three national championship teams and four state championship teams for northeast Ohio high school wrestling powerhouse Walsh Jesuit.

Mitchell wrestled one season at North Carolina State University before graduating with a degree in General Studies. He is also the president of Mitchell Technology Corporation and resides in North Canton with his wife Rachel.

Mount runners to Midwest regional this weekend; led by 

Perry alum Ty Griffin, the OAC champ

HOLLAND, Mich.--Mount Union's men's and women's cross country teams compete this Saturday at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional hosted by Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

The men's 8k race steps off at 11am and Mount Union is one of the favorites along with defending regional champion Calvin (Mich.), Albion (Mich.), Wabash (Ind.) and Case Western Reserve.

Mount Union won its 25th Ohio Athletic Conference championship two weeks ago and the Purple Raiders finished fourth at the regional meet last year to make their 19th appearance at the NCAA national meet.

Senior Ty Griffin (Massillon/Massillon Perry) won the OAC individual crown this season and last season placed fourth at the regional meet.  Fellow seniors in Scott Wolfe (East Palestine/East Palestine) and Erik Reed (East Liverpool/East Liverpool) also were All-OAC selections two weeks ago.


It will be the final regional meet for longtime Mount Union men's cross country coach John Homon. Homon is in his 31st and final season as the Purple Raiders coach.

The women's 6k race starts at noon with Calvin (Mich.), Hope (Mich.) and OAC champ Ohio Northern among the team contenders.

Mount Union's top runner is senior and first-year runner Christin Handley (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois Central), who placed 13th at the OAC Championships to earn All-OAC Second Team honors.

Second year coach Kevin Lucas led the Purple Raiders to a fifth place finish in the OAC.

St. Edward alumnus/Lakewood resident Darlington Nagbe named MVP in the MAC; Nine Akron U. players make first team including Walsh Jesuit alum Mike Nanchoff; US grad Chris Korb makes second team for Zips

AKRON, Ohio – For the fourth straight season, The University of Akron men's soccer team swept the Mid-American Conference specialty awards as Darlington Nagbe was named Player of the Year, Darren Mattocks was named Newcomer of the Year and Caleb Porter was named Coach of the Year, the league office announced Thursday.


Nagbe, who has recorded six goals and a career-high nine assists in 18 games this fall, is the eighth Akron player to earn the league's highest individual award since 1993 and followsTeal Bunbury (2009), Steve Zakuani (2008), Corey Sipos (2007), Sinisa Ubiparipovic (2006) and Ross McKenzie (2005) as the sixth consecutive Zips player to receive the honor. 

Nagbe, a native of Lakewood, Ohio, has been a key cog in the vaunted Akron attack, which enters the postseason ranked third in the nation averaging 2.56 goals per game. Of his team-leading nine assists, five have set up game-winning goals. Nagbe, who is a candidate for the Hermann Trophy, was an NSCAA Second Team All-American in 2009.

Mattocks, who is ranked 14th in the nation with 12 goals to go with a pair of assists, becomes the ninth UA player to earn newcomer honors and the fifth in the last six seasons, followingZarek Valentin (2009), Nagbe (2008), Zakuani (2007) and Evan Bush (2005). Mattocks, who hails from Kingston, Jamaica, is the second-highest scoring freshman in the nation and is tied for the team lead with four game-winning goals in 2010. 

It is the fourth consecutive season Porter, the reigning NSCAA National Coach of the Year, was been named MAC Coach of the Year. Porter has elevated the Zips to unprecedented heights under his watch and brings a five-year, career mark of 84-13-9 (.835) into the MAC Tournament. Of that total, Porter has posted a record of 26-1-1 (.946) in MAC play during the regular season and has won five straight MAC regular-season title and three consecutive MAC Tournament crowns.



A school record, nine Akron players were also named to the league's All-MAC First Team Thursday. Joining Nagbe and Mattocks were midfielders Anthony AmpaipitakwongMichael NanchoffPerry Kitchen; defenders Kofi SarkodieChad Barson and Zarek Valentin; and goalkeeper David Meves. Defender Chris Korb earned second-team honors. 


Three Baldwin-Wallace College Women’s Soccer 

Players Named All-OAC

BEREA -- Three Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer student-athletes have been named to the 2010  All-Ohio Athletic Conference team.

Freshman midfielder Heather Keller (Parma/ Senior) and freshman defender Liz Helser (Fort Wayne Ind./ Canterbury) were both named second-team All-OAC and junior midfielder Lindsey Cooper (Westerville/New Albany) was named to the honorable mention squad.


Keller had the second most goals this season with seven and added two assists to tie fellow freshman forward Bucky Gammiere (Mentor/ Lake Catholic) for the team lead in scoring with 16 points. She was second on the team in shots taken with 41 and tied for third in shots on-goal with 19.



Helser was a key defender for a Yellow Jacket team that recorded three shutouts and allowed 1.74 goals per game. She also took five shots, including three shots on goal.



Cooper, who transferred to B-W from NCAA Division I High Point (N.C.) University, scored four goals and added a team-high five assists to rank fourth in scoring with 13 points. Her 33 shot attempts ranked third and her 17 shots on-goal ranked fifth.

In 2010, the Yellow Jacket women compiled a 7-10-4 overall record and advanced to the first round of the OAC Tournament with an extremely young team.  In 2011, B-W returns its top seven scorers who combined to account for 33 of the team’s 38 goals and 15 of 21 assists.

Baldwin-Wallace Swimming & Diving Teams split with 

Transylvania (KY.) in Berea

BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s swimming and diving team defeated visiting Transylvania (KY.) and the women’s team lost to the Lions today (Friday, November 12, 2010) in dual meet action in the B-W Natatorium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea.

The B-W men won, 202-84, to improve to 2-1-1 overall this season, and the Yellow Jacket women lost, 170-95, and are now 1-3 overall.  The teams are back in action tomorrow when they travel to Washington and Jefferson for a dual match at 1:00 p.m in Pennsylvania and will return home to host OAC rival Mount Union University on Friday, Nov. 19 at 6:00 p.m.

GlenOak Alun Ryan Musille

The Yellow Jacket men were led by senior Division III All-American diver Todd Richert (North Royalton), senior Ryan Musille (Canton/ GlenOak) and freshman Elier Diaz (El Paso, Texas/Americas) as each won multiple events. Richert won both diving events with 271.20 and 189.45 points, respectively. Ryan Musille won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:00.29 seconds and the 100-yard free in 50.08 seconds.  Diaz won the 200-yard IM in 2:06.13, the 200-yard backstroke in 2:05.44, and the 200-yard free with a time of 1:51.66.

Avon High alumna Emma Gerdes

The Yellow Jacket women were led by freshman Emma Gerdes (Avon) who won the 100-yard back stroke with a time of 1:03.94 and finished second in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:17.71. In addition, sophomore Division III All-American diver Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Hts.)won the one-meter optional and one-meter voluntary diving events with 240.40 and 172.50 points, respectively.

Broadview Heights native Julie Pinter

Following its two meets this weekend, the B-W swimmers and divers host Ohio Athletic Conference rival the University of Mount Union for a dual meet in Berea on Nov. 19 at 1:00 p.m.