A Page -- Nov. 14, 2010

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St. Joseph Academy's Rachel Caja 

signs letter of intent to play 

volleyball, study at Wheeling

Jesuit University

Nov. 14, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND (WEST PARK) – Rachel Caja, a senior middle/outside hitter, became the fourth St. Joseph Academy Student/Athlete to join the college volleyball ranks when she signed a letter of intent this weekend at the school to accept a scholarship to Division II Wheeling Jesuit University.

Caja will begin playing and studying theology in Wheeling in August. Current Jaguar alumnae functioning as collegiate Student/Athlete volleyball players are current All_Ohio Athletic Conference selection Meredith McDiarmid at John Carroll, Amy Grabiec at Cleveland State, and Kelly Heilman at Kenyon.

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A lot of excitement surrounded Caja’s signing ceremonies in a crowded room at SJA. She was flanked by her parents, Loretta and Rich Caja, and surrounded her siblings and a couple dozen other teammates, classmates, friends and family members including her grandparents. Most of her cousins have the same surname as her because her dad came from an immediate family that had 11 boys and no girls in the same household.

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Narrowing her choices down to Gannon College Wheeling, Caja decided on Wheeling after visiting both places and participating in the Gannon camp last summer. She verbally committed to Wheeling in July because it was more secluded than Gannon (Pennsylvania) and that she wanted that “tucked-away” feeling while spending four years in college.

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After she sent a tape to Wheeling before the start of the season her junior year at SJA, coaches came to West Park to watch one of her matches and wasted no time in making a decision, offering her a scholarship on the spot.

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While her volleyball skills are helping her pay for college, Caja realizes that the most important part of her role as a Student/Athlete at Wheeling Jesuit, as it has been at SJA, is the academic portion. Caja is interested in studying theology so that she could become a religion teacher.

She couldn’t have picked a better place due to the large focus the Jesuits place on education. The Jesuits became the “Schoolmasters of Europe” for three centuries after St. Ignatius of Loyola arranged to have over 1,000 Jesuit institutions built on the continent during the 16th and 17th centuries.

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Her brother Mickey graduated from St. Ignatius High in Ohio City in the early 2000s so the family is quite aware of the educational foundation, particularly in the theological area.

Wheeling Jesuit dominated the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this fall and go into the NCAA Regional Tournament next week with a 31-4 overall record. The Cardinal volleyball Student/Athletes also swept all the awards in the WVIAC.

Twinsburg's/WJU's Jennifer Mahoney

Caja will not be all alone as a Clevelander at Wheeling next fall. Also on the Cardinals volleyball team are Magnificat alumna and North Olmsted native Kristen DuBroy, Medina native Corrin Early, and Twinsburg High alum Jennifer Mahoney. 

WJU coach Christy Benner declined to comment on her new recruit despite the signing of the necessary papers.

Mount runners 20th at Great Lakes

November 14, 2010 

HOLLAND, Mich.--Mount Union's women's cross country team placed 20th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships Saturday at West Ottawa Golf Course in Holland, Michigan.

Senior Christin Handley (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois Central) was the top Purple Raider with a 30th place finish and a time of 22:51.3. 

Raiders remain unbeaten; Mentor's 

Brocious swims to two individual 


By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE,-- Mount Union improved to 4-0 on the season Saturday with a 156-85 victory over Ohio Wesleyan at the Hammond Natatorium. The Purple Raiders, swimming for the second day in a row, were led by sophomore Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor) and senior Matt Carlozzi (Canfield/Canfield), who earned two individual wins and one relay victory each. 



Brocious's solo victories came in the 100-yard backstroke (:55.78) and 200 freestyle (1:47.98) and as part of the 400 medley relay team (3:47.15).

Other members of the medley relay were Ian Perry (Perry/Perry), Mike Zappa (Shelby/Shelby) and Austin Moreland (Dover/New Philadelphia).

Carlozzi won both the 200 individual medley (2:02.47) and 500 free (4.57.00) and was also on the 200 free relay winner (1:31.19).

Aurora High alum Paul Carpenter

Paul Carpenter (Aurora/Aurora), Dominique Melvin (Woodmere/Orange) and Michael Greisl (South Euclid/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) joined Carlozzi on the 200 free relay.

Greisl (:22.77) and Zappa (:55.97) also earned wins for the Raiders in the 50 free and 100 butterfly, respectively.

NDCL's Mike Griesel

On the 1-meter diving board, Tommy Pellett (Newark/Newark Catholic) scored 281.50 points to claim first place.

The Raiders will be back in action on Friday when they travel at Berea to take on OAC foe Baldwin-Wallace.

Mount Union to play 

St. Lawrence in first 

round of football 


No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts St. Lawrence (N.Y.) in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Football Playoffs at noon Saturday, Nov. 20 at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

Mount Union earned an automatic bid into the 32-team tournament by winning its 19th straight Ohio Athletic Conference championship.  The Purple Raiders just completed their fifth straight undefeated regular season and have won 53 consecutive regular season games.

Mount Union is making its 22nd playoff appearance and holds a 65-11 record in the NCAA Playoffs and the Raiders have won a record 10 National Championships.

St. Lawrence, located in Canton, N.Y., is making its fourth appearance in the playoffs and first since 1982 and have a 2-3 all-time record in the playoffs.  The Saints are 5-5 overall and in the tournament after winning the championship of the Liberty League.  

The five-week playoff culminates in the Stagg Bowl on Dec. 18 at 3:30 pm in Salem, Va.  Mount Union has played in the Stagg Bowl 13 times an each of the last five seasons.

Westlake boys' basketball looks to 

continue success under Patton, Jr ; 

Demons have size but it is young; 

veteran Jason Labroo to 

lead club

Nov. 14, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


WESTLAKE – Although Westlake’s boys’ basketball team finished a respectable 16-6 last season, four-year coach Bob Patton, Jr. is still going to use youth and mesh it with that recent past success to go even further in the tournament and post more wins this season.

Patton, who was the Kenston High coach prior to his three yeas here, is playing three freshmen and sophomores on the varsity this year.


“We think we can be good but need some young guys to step up who haven’t played varsity basketball before this season,” said Patton, a Lakewood High and Stanford University alumnus. “

Returning players for the Demons are Jason Labroo, Paul Appel, Grant Gase, Oliver Mooney, and Ahmad Hamdan.

Those getting added to the fold this season are Shawn Turk, Ezzat Assad, Andrew Guirguis, Jamie Lackner, Bryan Mackenzie, Max Rodriguez, and Gavin Skelly.

The Demons will be led by Labroo(3 year starter, 6’3”, Sr.), Appel (5’7”, Sr.) , and Gase (6-3, Jr.)  -- all three mainstays and retuning starters (at least part time if not full).


“We hope to play great defense, execute offensively, take opportunities to push ball when available, and play together,” Patton said. “

The Demons do have size with Hamdan, Mackenzie, Skelly and Lackner all 6-2 and taller.

“One concern though is that all our size is young and inexperienced<” Patton said. “We have good shooting returning and coming up from the JV and freshman groups. We should be solid in backcourt.”

Despite three mainstays returnin, the Demons will have youth at many positions.

“We need to continue developing young players and build upon success previous 2 years,” Patton said.

Labroo will become all time leader in 3 point shots made very early in year.  He already holds percentage and single season makes for school.

2010-11 Oberlin Men's Basketball Season Preview

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Nov. 14, 2010

By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio – The 2010-11 Oberlin College men’s basketball team has a nice blend of veterans and young talent that could come together to make some noise in the North Coast Athletic Conference this season. 

With the start of the season just around the corner, here is an in-depth look at the Yeomen by position. 

Senior James Tompsett is poised to have a career-year in the middle for the Yeomen … His 6-foot-7 inch frame will cause problems for fellow bigs, and despite his height he has great athleticism that allows him to be even more dynamic on the offensive end … Last season he tied for the team lead in shooting at .529 (64-121) and averaged six points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

Junior Mazi Farris will also see time at the five position and is arguably the team’s best interior defender … A lanky 6-foot-4 presence in the paint, his long wing span also presents problems for opposing offensives. 

Oberlin returns one of the premier sophomores in the conference in 2009 All-NCAC Honorable-Mention selection Andrew Fox … Last year the Tempe, Arizona, native was the only player in the NCAC to finish the season in the Top 10 of the league in scoring (15 ppg/6th), rebounds (6.3 rpg/9th), assists (62/10th) and field goal percentage (.529/4th)

Highly-touted rookie Geoff Simpson along with junior Hal Sundt will also be heavily relied upon this season … First-year Trey Levy, who checks in a 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, is another big body Coach Cavaco can use inside. 

Junior Josh Merritt returns as one of the most experienced point guards in the North Coast having played in 47 games over his first two seasons … He ended the 2009-10 campaign scoring in double figures in 10 out of the last 14 games and finished fifth in the league with 3.2 assists per game. 

Senior Pat Bernhard has worked hard throughout the off-season on his jump shot and early in the preseason his hard work has been paying off … The co-captain has the potential to be one of the top shooters in the conference. 

Sophomore Charlie Crawford-Silva also busted onto the scene last season and displayed his ability to score, producing points in the team’s final six games after scoring in just three of the prior 19 games.

A trio of first-years add depth to backcourt with Emmanuel Lewis likely to see the most minutes right away … Classmates Kyle Oblinger and Derrick Santprovide added depth … After missing all of last season due to injury, the Yeomen also welcome back one of the hardest working players on the team in junior Jacob Goldstein

Oberlin, which was selected ninth in NCAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, begins its season Monday night at home against Westminster … Conference play gets underway the first week of December with home tilts against Allegheny and Ohio Wesleyan … The highlight of schedule comes after Christmas when Oberlin will make the trek to Rhode Island to take on Division I Bryant University on Dec. 28. 

Note all home games will feature live video and live statistics. 

North alum Kevin Cindric 

among five Mount soccer 

players receiving All-OAC 


AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- Junior defender Anthony Grenga (Canfield/Boardman) and sophomore Joey Merlo(Niles/Cardinal Mooney) were named to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference Second Team while three other Mount Union soccer players -- junior forward Kevin Cindric (Willowick/Eastlake North), sophomore goalkeeper Jon Critell(Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney) and freshman midfielder Thomas Beck (Poland/Cardinal Mooney) -- received honorable mentions.


In 17 games, Merlo finished the season with 10 goals, including four game-winners. Currently, he is tied for third in goals per game (0.59). The All-OAC was his second in as many years; he was on the First Team in 2009.


Grenga had three goals and one assist in 19 games.

In net, Critell compiled an 8-6-3 record with three shutouts and a 1.25 goals-against-average. In 1583 minutes and 13 seconds of playing time, he made 92 saves and had a .807 save percentage. Critell was previously awarded an Honorable Mention in 2009.

Cindric, also a repeat Honorable Mention, scored four goals in 19 games this eason.

Beck appeared in 18 games, finishing with seven goals and two assists. He had a hat trick in Mount Union's 3-3 OAC Tournament first-round tie with John Carroll.

The Purple Raiders, who finished 10-6-3 and fourth in the OAC, appeared in the conference tournament for the first time since 2003. After playing the Blue Streaks to a tie, they lost a 5-4 shootout decision.

Hiram College Football Comes Up Short Against Ohio Wesleyan University in Season Finale

November 14, 2010

DELAWARE, OHIO  –  The Hiram College football team was defeated by Ohio Wesleyan University, 47-24, today (Saturday, Nov. 13) in the North Coast Athletic Conference and season finale at Selby Field in Delaware, Ohio. 

With the loss, the Terriers end the season with a 1-9 overall record and 1-5 in the NCAC.  The Battling Bishops end their season at 2-8 overall and 2-4 NCAC.

Hiram looked to make a statement early in the first quarter, scoring on its first possession of the game and marched 74 yards in four plays that ended in a 63-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback 

Brendan Rehor (Bay Village/Bay) to senior All-NCAC wide receiver Glenn Campbell (Akron/Buchtel) to give the Terriers a 7-0 lead.  OWU responded by scoring on its first possession of the game on a 10-yard TD pass from quarterback Mason Espinosa, his first of six TD passes on the day, to Dave Moglinicki with 9:02 left to play in the quarter. 

But the Bishops would miss the extra point as Hiram still led 7-6.  OWU took the lead on its next possession, this time on a 17-yard pass play form Espinosa to Jermar Rayford, making the score 13-7 at the 3:41 mark.  Neither team scored during the remainder of the quarter as the Bishops led 13-7 after the first stanza.

Oberlin Swimming and Diving Fall in Veal Classic Championship
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Cleveland - The Swimming and Diving Teams lost in the championship meet of the Veale Classic at Case Western this afternoon. The women lost to NCAC rival Wooster and the men were defeated by Case Western. 

"This was a good test for us this afternoon," said Head Coach Mark Fino. We need to get more accustomed to competing on back to back days as we get closer to our mid season invitational. We competed well this afternoon and closed out our races strong. Next weekend presents us with another opportunity to compete on back to back days."

Sara Kadi turned in a pair of victories. She came from behind in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.66) and 100-yard freestyle (55.04) after trailing at the half way point in both races.

Senior diver Christine Martin won both one and three-meter boards. She turned in a score of 184.15 on one-meter and 212.60 on three-meter.

The team also had second place finishes from Jenny Meltz in the 1000-yard freestyle (11:18.68), Jordan Jancosek in the 50-yard freestyle (25.94) and Jane McIntyre in the 200-yard breastroke (2:41.29).

On the men's side Chris Pickens swam to a third place finish in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:24.74). 

First-year Rob McConkey took second place in the 200-yard butterfly (2:08.48) followed closely by teammate Luke Harrison (2:08.54). 

Dylan Jordan and diver Jordan Attwood also turned in a second place performances. Jordan in the 200-yard backstroke (2:04.81) and Attwood on the one and three-meter boards.

The team returns to action this Friday at home against Allegheny College at 6 p.m. The meet will be streaming live on the Oberlin College Athletics website.