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Nov. 19, 2010

DAYTON -- University of Dayton senior quarterback Steve Valentino was named Pioneer Football League co-Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Dayton’s championship-clinching 41-34 double-overtime win at Marist on Saturday. The UD co-captain and Walter Payton Award candidate improved his career record to 19-2 as a starting quarterback.

Valentino shares this week’s honor with Rudell Small, senior running back of Jacksonville and Godfrey Smith, senior wide receiver of San Diego.

In Saturday’s win, Valentino had 311 yards in total offense, completing 16 of 31 passes for 227 yards and running for another 84. In the first half, Valentino ran for just 22 yards, and completed just five of his first 15 passes, but he led Dayton from 10 points down by completing 11 of his last 16 passes for 123 yards and rushing for 62 critical yards. His 25-yard TD strike to Luke Bellman in the second overtime proved to be the game-winner.

Valentino led the Flyers this season in both rushing (712) and passing (2218) yardage. He completed 163 of 289 passes (.564). He also recorded 25 total touchdowns (16 passing, 8 rushing, 1 receiving).

In not quite two years as a starting QB, Steve Valentino is second in career pass completions (341), career passing yardage (4,630 yards) and career total offense (6,218). He also finished his career Valentino sixth in all-purpose yardage at UD with 3,125 yards.

Steve Valentino is now second in total offense (266.4), fourth in passing efficiency (135.0), fourth in rushing (64.7), fourth in passing offense (201.6), and sixth in scoring (TDs) (5.1) in the PFL.

The two-time captain was part of Dayton’s 31-man senior class that was 39-7 overall. They are the first senior class in school history to be a part of four seasons of at least nine wins while playing at the Division I level, and only the fifth since football became a varsity sport in 1905. They have now been a part of three PFL championships (2007, 2009, 2010).

Lake Catholic alumnus Pat Sweigert

A total of 22 Student/Athletes from the Cleveland area helped the Flyers win the title this year.

They include:

Nick Collins

RS Senior


6' 2"

190 lbs

Broadview Heights, OH

Padua Franciscan

Jake Voigt



6' 0"

185 lbs

Solon, OH



Steve Wirkus



6' 1"

185 lbs

Broadview Heights, OH

Brecksville-Broadview Heights

Nate Miller



5' 10"

185 lbs

Medina, OH



Joe Janasek

RS Freshman


6' 1"

200 lbs

Solon, OH



Tom Hunt

RS Freshman


5' 10"

185 lbs

Rocky River, OH

St. Ignatiu

Brian Cugliari

RS Sophomore


6' 0"

170 lbs

North Royalton, OH

St. Ignatius

Clay Krafft



6' 1"

225 lbs

North Royalton, OH

North Royalto

Matt Dorenkott

RS Freshman


6' 0"

195 lbs

Hudson, OH









Sean Belanger

RS Sophomore


6' 2"

225 lbs

Rocky River, OH

Rocky River

Patrick Sweigert

RS Sophomore


6' 2"

230 lbs

Mentor, OH

Lake Catholic

Tim Pallay



6' 3"

250 lbs

Hudson, OH


Bill Petraiuolo

RS Sophomore


6' 1"

260 lbs

Highland Heights, OH


Jon Warford

RS Sophomore


6' 1"

260 lbs

Amherst, OH

Amherst Steele

Jamie Mewhinney

RS Sophomore


6' 2"

255 lbs

Brunswick, OH

St. Edward

Andy Powers



6' 1"

185 lbs

Chesterland, OH

West Geauga

Tyler Schutz

RS Sophomore


6' 2"

205 lbs

Mentor, OH


Charlie Vasey



6' 2"

240 lbs

Chagrin Falls, OH

Chagrin Falls

Pat Dowd



6' 3"

230 lbs

Cleveland, OH

St. Ignatius

Brian Horansky



6' 3"

210 lbs

Cleveland, OH

St. Ed

Matt Bennett



5' 11"

180 lbs

Akron, OH

Walsh Jesuit

Collins was one of Valentino's targets. He caught 10 passes, including three for TDs, and 280 yards.

Padua alum Nick Collins

Wirkus had an interception and was among the teams leaders in tackles with 39.

Broadview Heights native Steve Wirkus

Miller was the back-up kicker, connecting on the only field goal he attempted and was the stating punter, averaging 36 yards a kick with a long of 56 yards.

Medina High alum Nate Miller L and Rocy River's Sean Belanger

Belanger had 30 tackles, four pass break ups and two quarterback hurries.

Lori Henary becomes new 

Springfield basketball coach; 

Spartans expecting 

turnaround soon

Nov. 19, 2010

Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AKRON – After undergoing a 3-17 season, Springfield’s girls’ basketball team is undergoing a facelift this season with a brand new coaching staff.

Lori Henary takes over as the head coach while Kevin Beasley becomes the new JV coach. Henary was the assistant coach at Ellet High the past five years. This is her first head coaching assignment.


“We are looking to rebuild after coaching changes, but we are young with very strong sophomore and freshman classes,” Henary said.

The Spartans lost four starters from last year’s team. Henary does have four seniors for leadership purposes.

Seniors on the squad include Brittany Sandy, Brittany Williams, Lamia Habbiyyieh and Sophie Tharp.

Other returning regulars include McKenzie Hedrick-11th grade, Renee Manges-11, Brittany Alekna-10, Cara Hathaway-10, Jamie Alcorn-10, Kennedy Halman-10, Marisa Lucco-10, Miranda Toman-10, and Sam-Karas-10.

All newcomers this season are freshmen. The frosh group includes Alexis Slider, Ally Graham, Brandalyn Colson, Genny Pratt, Kassy Flores, and Mandi-Moore.

“I know we have the potential to compete, but I will need to change attitudes and raise confidence levels of individuals,” Henary said. “We want to be competitive, and definitely look to improve on our record from last year. Our team goals are to be competitive, put ourselves in a position to be in every game in the fourth quarter.”

Some of the things the new staff has been working on rectifying from last season include ball handling, ball control, and offensive production.

“We plan to be aggressive,” the new coach said. “All our girls are excellent students.”

B-W women have "Hope" this 

weekend after tonight's win

BEREA, OHIO --  Sophomore guard Olivia French (Bucyrus/Colonel Crawford) had a perfect night as she scored a season-high 17 points on a perfect six of six from the field, three of three from three-point land and two of two from the foul line as the Baldwin-Wallace College women’s basketball team defeated Alma College of Michigan, 56-41, tonight (Friday, November 19, 2010) in the first round of the Hope College Tip-Off Classic in the DeVos Fieldhouse in Holland, Michigan.  The Yellow Jackets will now face No. 2-ranked and host Hope tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.


French was joined by freshman forward Lexi Rohrbach (Tiffin/Columbian) with a career-high nine points and team-high tying five rebounds while senior two-time All-OAC guard/ forward Amanda Schroeder (Columbus Grove), who became the 12th player in B-W history to score 1,000 points and now is tied for 11th all-time with 1,002 in her career, tallied seven points .   Alma was led by senior forward Sydney Beckwith with a game-high 18 points while freshman guard Bailey Gooding added nine points and a game-high eight rebounds.


In the first half, the Yellow Jackets opened the scoring when Schroeder scored the first two B-W baskets to take an early 4-2 lead at 18:10.  The Scots took their first and only lead of the game at 5-4, when freshman guard Bailey Gooding hit a three-pointer at the 17:22 mark.  The Yellow Jackets regained the lead at 7-5 for good, when sophomore guard French nailed her first three pointer of the season with 16:40 remaining.


The B-W defense stifled the Alma offense for over eight minutes from the 14:15 mark until 5:58 when freshman forward Sarah Stinson hit a jumper in the paint, 27-9, which ended a 16-0 run by the Jackets.   Schroeder scored her 1,000 career point with a shot in the paint with 5:29 remaining giving B-W a 29-9 lead.  The Yellow Jackets increased their lead to as many as 22 points, at 36-14, at the intermission.

B-W was led in the first half by French with nine points and Schroeder with seven points.  Rohrbach (Tiffin/Columbian) had a first half-tying three rebounds.  The Scots were led by Beckwith with seven points and Gooding with a first half-tying three rebounds.

In the second half, the Yellow Jackets maintained their strong play on defense, collapsing on the Scots offense.  B-W extended its lead to as many as 28 points in the stanza at 42-14 at 16:36.  Alma would not get any closer than 15 points at 56-41 with 14 seconds remaining in the game as the Yellow Jackets did not score over the final 2:20.

Overall, the Yellow Jackets outrebounded Alma, 37-32.

B-W Swimming & Diving Teams Split in 

a Dual Meet With Mount Union; Travel 

to Wittenberg for Tri-Meet tomorrow 

Nov. 19, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

The Baldwin-Wallace College swimming and diving teams split in dual meet competition tonight (Friday, November 19, 2010) to Ohio AthleticConference rival the University of Mount Union in the B-W Natatorium inside the Lou Higgins Center in Berea.

The B-W men won, 127-116, to improve to 3-2-1 overall and a perfect 2-0 in the OAC, but the women lost to the Purple Raiders, 143-93, to fall to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the OAC this season.  The teams are back in action tomorrow when they travel to Springfield, Ohio and Wittenberg University where they will compete in a tri-match with the host Tigers and traditional rival Oberlin College in the Wittenberg HPE Center at 3:00 p.m.

The Yellow Jacket women were led by sophomore two-time NCAA Division III All-American diver Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Hts.), the reigning two-time OAC Women’s Swimming Athlete of the Week, as she placed first in both the one-meter voluntary and one-meter optional diving events as she recorded scores of 178.45 and 262.10 points, respectively.  Her 262.50 points eclipses her own school-record of 259.50 points, set two weeks ago in a home meet versus Penn State Behrend. In addition, sophomore Kelsey Richards (Wadsworth) and freshman Angela Musille (Canton/ GlenOak) each swam on the winning 200-yard medley relay team and won an event individually. Richards won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.30 seconds and Musille won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:35.45 and Gerdes.

GlenOak alum Ryan Musille

The Yellow Jacket men were led by senior 6-time Division III All-American diver Todd Richert (North Royalton) as he won the 1-meter voluntary event with 185.00 points and captured the 1-meter optional event with 304.50 points.  In addition, senior Ryan Musille (Canton/ GlenOak) swam on the winning 200-yard medley relay team and won the 50-yard free in 22.26 seconds.

Collinwood High grad Cecil Shorts III, 

Walsh Jesuit product Alex Ferrara, 

Jackson Township's Lambert 

Budzinski, Louisiville's Neal Seaman, 

Buckeye's Chaz Jordan head up 14 

MU Raiders on All-OAC team

November 19, 2010 

By Lenny Reich

AUSTINTOWN—Highlighted by eight first team selections the University of Mount Union had 14 football players named to the 2010 All-Ohio Athletic Conference football teams by the conference's 10 head coaches.

The first teamers include senior wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood), senior tight end Kyle Miller(Elida/Elida), senior right guard Samy Guerrero (Dublin/Dubin Scioto), junior center Brett Ekkens (East Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood), along with senior defensive end Lambert Budzinski (Canton/Massillon Jackson), senior linebacker Sam Kershaw (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) and defense backs in senior Chaz Jordan(Medina/Buckeye) and junior Alex Ferrara (Independence/Walsh Jesuit).


Shorts, who missed three games with an injury, is a three-time All-OAC First Team selection as he has 32 catches for 575 yards and a team-best 11 receiving touchdowns.  He also is averaging 21.1 yards a punt return with two returns for touchdowns along with an 80-yard kickoff return for a score.


Miller, a two-time first team selection, is second on the team with 44 catches for 624 yards and four touchdowns receiving.  He is also the team's long snapper and was named to the ESPN Academic All-District IV First Team.



Guerrero and Ekkens, both on the first team for the first time, anchor an offensive line that produced the conference's No. 1 rated rushing and scoring offense.  Guerrero was a second team pick a year ago and the duo continue a streak of 21 seasons that at least one Purple Raider offensive lineman was named to the All-OAC First Team.


Budzinski leads the Purple Raiders in tackles with 76 and his 12.5 quarterback sacks are the second highest total in the nation.  He has also forced three fumbles and blocked a kick for the OAC's highest rated and nation's No. 2 defensive unit.


Kershaw is on the first team for a second straight season as he was second on the team with 63 stops.  He was named to the ESPN Academic All-District IV First Team and is on the all-conference team for a third season after being an honorable mention selection in 2008.



Jordan, a second team pick in 2009 and Ferrara, an honorable mention selection last year, both lead a secondary that has 19 interceptions on the season.  Jordan has two interceptions, a fumble recovery and 26 stops, while Ferrara has three interceptions and 32 tackles.

Four sophomores are on the All-OAC Second Team in running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry), offensive lineman Matt Mattox (St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph), defensive end Charles Dieseul (Winter Haven/Lake Region) and Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood).

Two more sophomores were included in the honorable mentions in quarterback Neal Seaman (Louisville/Louisville) and wide receiver Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva).  

Euclid's Mike Preston, St. Edward 

Alum Germany Woods, Keystone 

Grad Andy Fadenholz Among 

’Berg Football Grid Guys  

Represented on All-OAC List

By Morgan Hawley

Austintown – November 19, 2010 –Eight Heidelberg University student-athletes earned a spot on the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference football team as voted on by the league’s head coaches. Of its eight honorees, four were named to the first team, with three earning top honors at their respective position and a member of the coaching staff was recognized.



Senior quarterback Andrew Miller (Dalton, Ohio / Dalton) was tabbed the Bob Packard Most Outstanding Offensive Back, while his leading receiver, and fellow classmate, Mike Preston (Euclid, Ohio / Euclid) was named the Ed Sherman Most Outstanding Receiver. Helping to set the stage for a stellar offensive campaign in 2010 was the Ken Wable Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman senior right guard Nate Kater (Villa Hills, Ky. / Covington Catholic).


Rounding out the list of top honors in the OAC was the late Jason Bendekovic. Coach Bendo, as he was affectionately called, passed away on Sept. 27 and he has been honored as the league’s assistant coach of the year. In five seasons at the Berg, Coach Bendo led the offensive line and was the recruiting coordinator.


As a program, the Berg has claimed eight top awards prior to 2010, but it never won more than one in a single season. Walt Livingston (1956),Bob Hunt (1972) and Bryce Tuohy (1988) won the former Mike Gregory Award for the top offensive back, while Chuck Longnecker (1985) andShaun Martin (1991) claimed the former Mike Gregory Award for the most outstanding offensive lineman.


Preston joins Bob Aleksandrovic (1989) as an Ed Sherman award winner. Rounding out the list of top award winners at the Berg was Tom Coffman (1973) with his nod as the Defensive Player of the Year and Adam Smith (1994) with his selection as the Lee J. Tressel Award winner for most outstanding defensive back or punter.


The Berg coaching staff was previously honored with the coach of the year on four occasions, including Pete Riesen (1972), Dick West (1988, 1993) and current head coach Mike Hallett (2007). In 2007, former assistant coach Jeff Filkovski was tabbed the assistant coach of the year.


Miller, Preston and Kater all earned a nod on the first team offense and were joined by junior left tackle Paul Dunn (Tiffin, Ohio / Mohawk).



Garnering a spot on the second team offense was freshman tailback Germany Woods (Cleveland, Ohio / St. Edward) and senior linebackerVaughn Klein (Galloway, Ohio / Central Crossing) was named to the second team defense.


Concluding Heidelberg’s all-league selections was junior right tackle Derrick Arbogast (Tiffin, Ohio / Calvert) and junior linebacker Andy Fadenholz (Grafton, Ohio / Keystone) as honorable mention honorees.



Heidelberg had one of the most veteran offenses in the league this season and it combined to set, and or tie, 20 individual and team records at the Berg. The success of the offense was due large in part to a solid offensive line that was anchored by Kater, Dunn and Arbogast. Kater has started every game he has played in for his career and entered the year voted a preseason All-American by D3football.com. He is picking up his second straight nod on the All-OAC First Team. Dunn and Arbogast are first time honorees and both found a spot in the starting line up three seasons ago and have never left. A few weeks earlier Arbogast earned a spot on the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District IV First Team and is now on the ballot for Academic All-American honors.


Miller became the all-time leader in passing touchdowns (69), while setting new single game marks for Heidelberg in passing yards (569), passing TD’s (7) and net yards (587). He also tied the completions record of 30. In the OAC he moved atop the single game list for passing yards and net yards. His first team selection joins his spot on the honorable mention team last year.


Preston will graduate with his named inked all over the Heidelberg annuals. He moved atop the career lists for receiving yards (2,748) and receiving touchdowns (27). In the single season record book he set new marks for receiving yards (1,213) and touchdown receptions (15). This is the second straight season that he has been voted to the first team.


Exploding out of the backfield in his inaugural campaign was Woods. He finished the year eclipsing 100-yards rushing in each of the final four games. His streak began with his first 100-yard performance where he ran for a career-best 231 yards and four touchdowns. The four TD’s tied the single game record for rushing touchdowns. He closed out the year with 1,034 yards on the ground, which marked the first 1,000-yard rusher since 2002.


Returning to all-league status in his final campaign was Klein. He previously was honored by the league in 2008. Klein was a four-year starter that led the defense to new heights over his career. Providing depth for Klein in each of the last two years has been Fadenholz, who is a first time honoree. Fadenholz moved into the starting rotation a season ago and has come on strong. He recorded a career-best, and team-leading, 23 tackles at Capital University in October.  Fadenholz led the team in tackles with 83 followed by Klein with 75. 

B-W men top Bethany

BEREA, OHIO --  Freshman forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed five rebounds as the Baldwin-Wallace College men’s basketball team defeated Bethany (W. Va) College, 76-71, tonight (Thursday, November 18, 2010) in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center in Berea.  This was B-W’s home opener.

Payne was joined in double figures for the Yellow Jackets, now 1-1 overall, by senior guard Zane Meeder (Erie, Pa./Fairview), who scored scored 15 of 18 points in the second half on a career-high four of five from three-point range, and sophomore forward Chris Ameen (Broadview Heights/ Walsh Jesuit) had 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds.  The Bisons, now 1-1 overall, were led by junior forward British Alexander with 18 points and six rebounds.

In the first half, the Yellow Jackets scored the first points of the home season on a layup from Ameen off the assist from sophomore guard Brandon Schmidt (Wellington) just 39 seconds in the first half to take an early 2-0 lead.   Then, after Bethany tied the game at 2-2, freshman forward Kyle Payne (Brunswick) and Ameen sparked a B-W a 12-2 run to take an early 14-4 lead.

The Bisons responded with a 14-4 run of their own to tie the game at 18-18 on a deep three-pointer  by sophomore guard Reece Mabery with 9:49 remaining.  The game was tied three more times with the last coming at 24-24 at 7:37 before Bethany took its first lead of the game at 27-26 on a three-pointer by senior guard Dustin Opalka at 6:52.   The Bisons increased their lead to as many as six points, at 39-33, at the intermission.

In the first stanza, the Yellow Jackets were led by Payne with 12 points and Ameen with 11 and freshman center Aaron Selmek (Delaware/ Columbus St. Francis DeSales) pulled down a first-half high four rebounds.  Bethany was led by senior forward Ryan McFadden and Opalka with nine points apiece.

In the second half,  B-W cut into the lead several times and got it to one point, at 45-44, on a reverse layup by  Meeder  at the 14:43 mark.  The Yellow Jackets regained the lead  48-47 on a three-pointer from Meeder  with 12:55 remaining. B-W extended the lead to 51-47 on the first collegiate three-pointer for freshman guard Kevin Krakowiak  (Valley City/ Parma Heights Holy Name) at 11:41.

The Bisons outscored the Yellow Jackets 11-6 to regain the lead, 58-57 on a fast break layup by senior guard Ray Gardner  at  7:34.   B-W quickly took back the lead at 59-58 on a pair of free throws from junior guard Scott Voiers (Westlake/ Lutheran West) at 7:06.   The Yellow Jackets extended their lead to a second half-high eight points after a three-pointer from Schmidt at 5:10.  Bethany cut the lead down to one point,  at 68-67, on a three-point play by sophomore forward Nick Wilcox at 2:18.   B-W outscored the Bisons 8-4 over the remainder of the contest, including four straight foul shots, to secure its first win of the season.

Overall, the Yellow Jackets outrebounded Bethany, 44-23, including a 12-5 advantage on the offensive boards. B-W also canned 25-of-29 foul shots for 86.2 percent compared to just 10-of-14 for the visitors. That offset 20 Yellow Jacket turnovers.

Hiram College Men’s Basketball Defeats Otterbein College in Overtime

November 19, 2010

BEAVER FALLS, PA.  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team defeated Otterbein College, 74-63, tonight (Friday, Nov. 19) in a non-conference game on the first day of the Geneva College Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-OffTournament in Beaver Falls, Pa.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 2-0 overall for the season.  The Cardinals begin the season with a 0-1 overall record.

Otterbein looked to take control early in the first half leading by as many as nine points, 18-9, at the 13:52 minute mark.  Hiram then outscored the Cardinals, 25-8, to lead 34-26 on a layup by senior two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) with 4:40 left in the period.  The Terriers led by as many as nine points on two occassions, including a halftime score of 45-36 thanks to a jumper by Roberts as time expired.

In the second half, Hiram opened the period with a 7-2 scoring run that ended in a pair of free-throws by senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) making the score 52-38 at the 16:33 mark.  Otterbein answered with a 21-2 run to take the lead and have a 59-54 advantage with 4:40 left to play.  The Terriers battled back and evened the score at 61-61 on a three-point play by Roberts with 47 seconds left to go.  Neither team scored the game-winning basket in the final seconds keeping the game deadlocked at 61-61 and sending the game into overtime.

Hiram took over the game in the overtime period outscoring Otterbein, 13-2, as the Terriers went to to the 74-63 final.

Otterbein was led in scoring by Chris Davis with a game-high 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting (66.7 percent) and also grabbed a game-tying high 12 rebounds.  Zach Bakenhaster was second with 11 points to go along with 10 boards.  Rounding out the high scorers for the Cardinals was C.J. Julian with 10 points. 

Hiram was led by Roberts’ 23 points on seven-of-11 shooting from the floor (63.6 percent), including nine-of-11 (81.8 percent) from the free-throw line.  Freshman guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) was the only other Terrier in double figures with 15 points.  Junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) grabbed a game-tying high 12 rebounds.

Late Free Throw Gives Spartan Women 64-63 Win versus Muskingum at Radisson Classic

PITTSBURGH, PA – Sophomore guard Evy Iacono (Cincinnati, OH/Mount Notre Dame) scored a game-high 20 points and senior forward Caitlin Henry (Fairfax, VA/Robinson) hit the game-winning free throw with two seconds remaining as the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team defeated Muskingum University, 64-63, on day one (Friday, November 19) of the 2010 Radisson Classic hosted by Carnegie Mellon University (PA).

With their win, the Spartans improve to 2-0 and will play Earlham College (IN) tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. With its loss, Muskingum falls to 0-2.

Iacono’s 20 points were accompanied by seven rebounds and a game-high six assists. Junior forward Erin Hollinger (Chardon, OH/Chardon) was the other Spartan to score in double-figures with 10 points.

Muskingum led 12-7 when Yasmyn Inkeep connected on a pair of free throws at the 14:05 mark. The Spartans rallied with a 9-2 run and moved ahead 16-14 when Iacono hit two free throws at 11:53. The Muskies then outscored Case 7-3 to go back ahead 21-19 with 10:20 left in the half. Undaunted, the Spartans answered with a 13-0 run culminating in a pair of Hollinger free throws that made the score 32-21 with 5:16 remaining before the break. However, Muskingum was able to chip away at the Spartan lead and the game went into intermission with Case ahead by five, at 39-34.

The Spartans opened the second half fast with a 14-5 run ending in an Iacono three-pointer that made the score 53-39 with 14:34 left to play. Muskingum then rallied with a 10-2 run of their own to get within six, at 55-49, with 10:40 remaining. The Spartans briefly regained control and re-built their lead to 59-49 when Hollinger scored a layup at 8:15.

The Muskies then outscored Case 14-4 over the next eight minutes and tied the score at 63 apiece when Suzanne Nichols made a pair of free throws with 00:17 remaining. The Spartans took the next possession down the court and Henry was able to draw a foul with just two ticks left on the clock. The senior missed her first charity shot, but connected on the second to give the Spartans the 64-63 win.

Raiders swim to six individual wins

November 19, 2010 

BEREA, Ohio -- The Mount Union women's swimming and diving team swam to six individual race wins -- all by different competitors -- and claimed a 143-93 victory over Ohio Athletic Conference opponent Baldwin-Wallace.

Jennie Ciccantelli (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls), Megan McDonough (Cuyahoga Falls/Cuyahoga Falls) and Kerry McCann (Bow, N.H./Bow) won the 200-, 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle events, respectively. Ciccantelli touched the wall in 2:05.11, McDonough finished in 5:47.05 and McCann clocked in at 11:53.71.

Other victories were recorded by Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) in the 200 backstroke (2:14.35),Madalyn Zalewski (New Kensington, Pa./Valley) in the 200 butterfly (2:29.41) and Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia) in the 400 individual medley (4:49.05).

The Purple Raiders also claimed first-place points in the 200 free relay (1:43.94). Team members were Harrison,Courtney Gabel (Fremont/Fremont Ross), Ciccantelli and Kolesar.


Maple advances to Final Four in 

Division II; bounces Olmsted Falls 

in football playoffs on Tressel in 


Nov. 19, 2010

10:01 EST

Norm Weber




BEREA – For the second year in a row, undefeated Maple Heights moved into the state’s Final Four, this year by way of a 48-16 lashing of Olmsted Falls in the Division II Regional Football Championship Game tonight here on the Tressel Field in the George Finnie Stadium.

 It marked the first time B-W has hosted a high school playoff game in 10 years.

All S/A Action Photos by Duane Sycz

DRS Photography


The Bulldogs, who began their eight-game winning streak right here on the this field against Midpark in September, wasted time in getting on the scoreboard and used the infantry and trenches to do it, going to the ground for seven consecutive plays on the opening drive to take a 7-0 lead with 9:05 to go in the first quarter.

Although they did need to put the ball in the air to get the score, the Bulldogs did get their variety from using a trio of backs with Denton Sagerman hitting paydirt on a 13-yard run.  Brennan Laird, and Jeremy Ortiz also ran in the ball in the 65-yard drive, each guy picking up between 18 and 25 yards in the drive.

Watch a few short videos of tonight’s Mustangs-Bulldogs game, filmed by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Maple wasted less time to tie the game as Devonte Ransom returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards all the way for the TD to tie it.


Listen to post-game interview with Maple Heights Student/Athlete Devonte Ransom from tonight’s Mustangs-Bulldogs game, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


After a short punt that would rival the size of Rhode Island if it were a state, Maple went to offense for the first time in a decent spot near midfield.

The Mustangs, who have been averaging nearly 500 yards and 44 points per game of total offense, turned on the juices from the onset as Ransom rambled for a big gain to the Red Zone.

After two strong defensive plays by the Dogs in which Evan Rieke turned in a sack and Jordan Bohlen a tackle for loss, Maple clicked on third down when Shaq Washington threw 13 yards to Andre Stubbs for the score and the Mustangs’ first lead, 14-7, with 3:43 to go in the first quarter.


Listen to post-game interview with Maple Heights Student/Athlete Shaq Washington from tonight’s Mustangs-Bulldogs game, conducted by Tim Warsinskey, Mike Cairns and Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Maple then matched the Bulldogs’ defensive effort and did it one better, forcing the Falls guys to punt after Claybourne and John Welcome threw back the Dog runners for losses on successive plays.

The Bulldogs followed with their best defensive series up to this point, with Rieke registering a tackle for loss and Connor Cantrell creaming Washington for a sack to set up the first Maple punt of the night.


O’Brea Williams dittoed Cantrell’s defensive gem buy lowering Laird on a third-down sack, setting up another Dogs punt.

Defense continued to be the trend of the second quarter as the first points of the second frame came from a defender. After a nice punt that put the Stangs way back, Rieke made it three tackles for losses in 14:33 of play fro himself, wrapping up Washington in the end zone for a safety, making it a 14-9 game with 9:27 to play in Half One.

After an Olmsted Falls fake punt did nothing but give Maple decent field position near midfield, the Mustangs scored their third TD of the night in a third kind of way. Washington matched his own TD throw and Ransom’s ramblin’ run on the kick return by scoring on the QB keeper, gliding over a 12-yard stretch to nab the six-pointer, making it 21-9 midway through the second quarter.

Falls special teams matched Maple’s Ransom effort on the early kickoff return when Cantrell nailed a coffin-corner punt at the two-yard line with three minutes to go in the half.

However, it went for naught as the night turned into “Day” for the Stangs but got darker for the Dogs. Dana Day took a hitch pass from Washington and dashed 87 yards for the score to make it 28-9 with 1:42 to go in the half.


Listen to post-game interview with Maple Heights Student/Athlete Dana Day from tonight’s Mustangs-Bulldogs game, conducted by Norm Weber, by clicking and downloading


Falls drove into the Red Zone in the waning moments of the half. A pass interference penalty put them inside the 10 with one play left. The Dogs reached to the trick bag and found the magic rabbit, Jeremy Ortiz throwing seven yards to Laird on the “fullback option”for the score with no time left in the half.

Again a special-teams gamble backfired on Falls. After attempting an onside kick to start the second half, the Bulldogs found themselves down 34-16 with only 11 seconds gone in the half. Ransom ran 50 yards for a score on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter.

Washington threw 40 yards to LeVon Perkins later in the period for a score to make it 40-16.


Washington scored on a keeper and the Stangs went for two to make it 48-16 in the fourth quarter.

Amherst's Ryan Kish, Elyria's Mitch Tulk, Mentor's Ryan Dugan Among Seven Baldwin-Wallace College

Football Players Named to the 2010

All-OAC Team

Nov. 19, 2010

By Jeff Miller

BEREA – Seven Baldwin-Wallace College football players have been named to the 2010 

All-Ohio Athletic Conference squad announced today (Friday, November 19, 2010).

Headlining the list is senior defensive tackle Keith Darbut (Miami, Fla./ Palmetto Senior), who was named as the OAC’s Paul J. Hoernemann Most Valuable Defensive Lineman and as a first-team All-OAC selection. He is joined on the first-team by senior middle linebacker Ryan Kish (Amherst/ Marion Steele), who was a second-team choice in 2009.  On the second-team were junior safety Ryan Dugan (Mentor), junior tight end Aaron Hurd (Tiffin/ Columbian) and senior defensive tackle Mitch Tulk (Elyria/ Senior), and named to the honorable mention squad are junior defensive back Matt Bowen (Tiffin/ Columbian) and senior defensive tackle Kevin Phipps (Patsakala/ Watkins Memorial).

(l to r) Amherst's Ryan Kish, Mentor's Ryan Dugan, Elyria's Mitch Tulk

Darbut, a business administration major, is a four-year varsity contributor who had his best season as a collegian this fall. This season, he had a career-high 43 tackles, including a team-leading 15 tackles for losses of 97 yards and 10.5 quarterback sacks for minus 85 yards.  He also forced tow fumbles and recovered two others.  The highlight of his season came on the first offensive play from scrimmage when he caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Ryan O’Rourke (Avon).  Darbut ends his career with 82 tackles, including 26.5 tackles for losses of 147 yards and 21 QB sacks for minus 131 yards.

(l to r) Hurd, Bowen, Phipps, Darbut

Kish, an exercise science major, ends his career ninth on the all-time tackle list with 270 career stops.  He was second on the team this season with 80 tackles, including 14 tackles for losses of 48 yards and 4.5 quarterback sacks. He also led the team with 35 solo tackles, forced two fumbles, recovered two others, intercepted one pass and had four other breakups. The highlight of his season came in a win at Heidelberg University where he stripped the Student Prince QB for a sack and forced fumble, scooped up the loss ball and ran 23 yards for a TD.  A year ago, Kish led B-W with 90 tackles. He was a four-year starter at outside (freshman and sophomore) and then middle linebacker (junior and senior).

Dugan, an exercise science major with a 3.13 grade point average, is a second-team choice for the second straight season. This season, he had 39 tackles, including 28 solo stops, and led the Yellow Jackets with three interceptions. He also had 14 total pass breakups, caused one fumble and recovered another. A year ago, Dugan had an OAC-leading six interceptions. He will enter his senior season with 129 career tackles and 11 interceptions.  His 11 thefts ranks 10th all-time in school history and is seven shy of Dave Coad’s school-record of 18 set between 1968-71.

Hurd, who is a business administration major, led the team in receiving with a career-high 24 catches for 283 yards and three TD. He also was a key blocker for a Yellow Jacket running game that accounted for 149.6 yards per game.  He enters his senior season with 41 career catches for 434 yards and five TD.

Tulk, who maintains a sport management and business administration major with a 3.1 grade average,  had a career-high 39 tackles, including 11.5 tackles for losses of 43 yards and four QB sacks.  Overall, he had 48 career tackles, 14 tackles for loss and four sacks.

Bowen, an accounting major with a 3.622 grade point average, had his best season as a collegian as he was the second-leading tackler in the secondary with a career-high 50, including 33 solo stops, four tackles for lost yardage and one QB sack. He also led the team with 15 total pass breakups and returned two interceptions for TD, including an 88-yarder against Otterbein University which was the second longest interception return for TD in The George Finnie Stadium history.  The two-year starter and three-year varsity contributor enters his senior season with 73 career tackles and 20 pass breakups.  In addition to his All-OAC honor, Bowen has already been named as a first-team ESPN Academic All-District IV selection and is currently listed on the ESPN Academic All-America ballot.
Phipps, an exercise science major and team captain, also had his best season as a collegian as he recorded a career-high 47 tackles, including 14 solo stops, eight tackles for lost yardage and three QB Sacks.  The three-year varsity standout and two-year starter ended his career with 77 tackles, including 9.5 for loss and 3.5 QB sacks.

Baldwin-Wallace College Senior 

Kim Chinn To Compete in NCAA 

Division III NCAA Cross Country 

Meet tomorrow

By Alyssa Brosious

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Student/Writer

BEREA, OHIO – Zanesville native and Baldwin-Wallace College senior cross country standout Kim Chinn, a graduate of West Muskingum High School, is set to run the last race of her collegiate career this Saturday when she competes at the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championship Meet at Warburg College in Waverly, Iowa.  The women's race begins at 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time. To check on Chinn's effort, please visit the B-W Athletics Web site at www.bw.edu/athletics.

This is Chinn's second straight national meet appearance, but this one will be a bit different than last year.  A year ago, Chinn qualified as a member of the Yellow Jacket team as it placed fifth at the Great Lakes Region Meet to qualify as a team.  This year, Chinn placed an all-time best third individually at the regional meet last weekend at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, but the team placed seventh and missed qualifying as a team.

"I am very excited to be returning to the national meet this year, although it is bittersweet," said Chinn, who has earned both All-Ohio Athletic Conference and All-Great Lakes Region honors three times in cross country. "Unlike last year, I will not be returning with my team and it will be the last cross country race.

"Last year was ideal," continued Chinn, who carries an outstanding 3.75 grade point average in broadcasting, mass communications and public relations. "I got to experience my first national cross country meet with my teammates and at our home course (B-W hosted both the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Meet and the 2010 Outdoor Track National Championship Meet). So, it will be very different this year at a different course and without my teammates on the start line with me."

Chinn also realizes that part of her success can be attributed to her teammates.

"It will be strange not having Katie [senior Katie White] and Karin [senior Karin Coyne] and the rest of the girls on the line with me," said Chinn. "They are a calming factor on race day. We also have traditions of a team huddle, so the atmosphere will be very different.

"There really hasn't been just one person who has influenced my running and success, said Chinn. "I feel it has been many people, teammates and coaches, who have helped me. It wasn't just this year, it was all four years where someone challenged me to run and little faster, a bit harder and a little further. All of those people have influenced my success, and I am so grateful."

Chinn has had an outstanding senior season. She began the season by placing first of 35 runners at The College of Wooster Invitational, then placed second of 130 runners at the Case Western Reserve University Bill Sudeck Classic and then second at the Ohio Wesleyan University Invitational Meet en route to being named as the OAC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week.  Her season has culminated by placing sixth at the All-Ohio Championships, being the OAC Championship Meet runner-up on Oct. 30 at Otterbein College in Westerville and then placing third of 240 runners at Hope last Saturday.

"Kim has the talent and ability to be an All-American, and I think she has a chance to have the best-ever finish by a B-W runner at the national meet," said veteran 27-year Yellow Jacket Head Coach Dr. Bill Taraschke. "She has gained confidence every year.  Last year, we [team] and she [Kim] were just happy to be there [at the national meet]. This year, after her NCAA Meet performance in track, she is poised to be an All-American."

Taraschke feels that during the past four years that Chinn has improved both as a team leader and runner.

"Kim is a caring person with a good sense for team unity," said Taraschke, who has led the B-W cross country and track teams to 46 OAC titles, including 16 of the past 23 in cross country. "She has in her quiet way used her position as a team leader to bring the team together, and not just the women, but the men too, and promote a good atmosphere.

"As a runner, Kim's OHSAA State Meet time as a senior was 19:48 and her best as a freshman, despite being injured, was 19:55," continued Taraschke. "Last Saturday, her 5K equivilent was 17:40, so she's improved by more than two minutes. More importantly, her attitude and confidence is so much better. She tends to save her best efforts for the big meets."

Chinn is no stranger to success at either the collegiate or high school levels, including her second place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at last spring's NCAA Outdoor Meet at B-W.

While at West Muskingum High School, Chinn participated and lettered four years in cross country and track and field and played soccer for four years and lettered three times.  She was a two-time All-Ohio, four-time All-District and three-time All-Muskingum Valley League and All-Region runner.

“I thought I was going to be done [running] when high school was over,” said Chinn about whether or not running was a deciding factor in choosing B-W.  “I’ve run my whole life, but my decision to run in college changed when I arrived on campus.

"I felt more comfortable and at home at B-W after visiting the College twice during high school," continued the Academic All-OAC and ESPN Academic All-District IV competitor that will be an ESPN Academic All-America candidate this spring.  “Everyone [the B-W student-athletes and coaching staff] was really welcoming and it was fun.  I felt like I could fit in with the team.

And, fit in she has.

Last season, Chinn was one of the top two runners on the OAC-champion cross country team. She placed fifth as an individual at the league championship meet, earned All-Great Lakes Region accolades and helped to lead the team into the NCAA Div. III National Championship Meet.  During the indoor track season, she won the OAC 1,000-meter run in a time of 3:03.11 to set a Marietta College facility record and was second in the 1-mile run.

But it was outdoors where she truly blossomed into a top-flight Division III-national challenger.

At the 2010 OAC Outdoor Championships, Chinn was named the OAC Women's Distance Runner of the Meet as she ran on the first place 4x800-meter relay team and won both the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meter run. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Chinn set a school-record and was national runner-up in a time of 10:30.53 to earn All-America honors. Chinn’s time broke the school record by eight seconds and bettered her personal-best by 15 seconds.

So, in Chinn's mind, did that race change her.

"I'm not sure that placing second or being an All-American raised my confidence level, but I think it showed me that I can push myself to achiveve things I didn't think were possible," said Chinn. "My track success definitely rolled over to my summer and fall training. I felt that I could achieve similar things on the cross country course."

Coming into the race, Chinn has a few modest goals.

"I'm not really sure what to expect with this meet," said Chinn. "I am running better than last year and I finished 117th last year, so ideally, I'd like to be in the Top-75 this year.  I'm not sure what the course is like, whether it is hilly or flat, so I have no time that I want to hit, I just want to finish well."

Taraschke says, "I'm not surprised that Kim said that [of a Top-75 finish]. She such a good person and so modest, but once she gets out there and she becomes fully competitive, that will change.  I definitely expect her to be better than the Top-75, a lot better than the Top-75."

Just like athletics, Chinn is an over-achiever in the classroom.  It seems that after three-plus years at the College that Chinn has it [balancing academics and athletics] down to a science.

“I really have gotten time management down," said Chinn.  "I spend lots of time in the library.  In between classes I’m usually doing homework. It’s just me being dedicated to making sure that I meet the expectations for myself academically.”

Not all was well and smooth out of the gates in to the realm of college competition for Chinn as she suffered appendicitis her freshman year which put her out-of-play for the season.  Unfortunately for her, the following year Chinn discovered that recurring knee pain turned out to be a torn lateral meniscus, which put her out for about a month during her sophomore season.

“I was pretty cautious about running on it,” Chinn said of recovering from her injury.  “I’m more careful about watching my miles and making sure I’m not doing too much.  I listen to my body, and if it starts to hurt, I back off.”

So, following Saturday's cross country meet, what does Taraschke have in store for Chinn?

"Of course right after the New Year, the indoor track season starts," said a confident and smiling Taraschke. "We are looking for her to lead us to a conference title both indoors and outdoors. And, I think she is the best steepler in Division III.  With some things going the right way, she should be considered one of the favorites for the medal [given to the national champion in each individual event in track]."

Chinn has approached the idea of graduate school as well as jumping into the workforce after graduation, and she plans to continue running.

"After graduating, I plan on gettinhg a job in public or media relations and eventually obtaining my graduate degree in an area of communications."

After participating in a marathon two years ago, she intends on continuing with recreational running, so she can enjoy it without the pressure of competition.

“I’ll definitely keep running - for sure.”



CLEVELAND, OH – The Case Western Reserve University men's basketball team had the ball with seven seconds left and a chance to force overtime but could not complete a ferocious second-half comeback, falling by a final score of 57-55 versus Washington & Jefferson College (PA) on the first day (Friday, November 19) of the 2010 Stephanie Tubbs Jones Memorial Tournament at Horsburgh Gymnasium.


The Spartans fall to 1-1 for the season and will meet Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN) in tomorrow’s consolation matchup at 5:00 p.m. Washington & Jefferson improved to 2-0 and will meet Wilmington College in the tourney championship at 7:00 p.m.


Senior guard Reid Anderson (Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake) poured in 18 points to lead Case, but was trumped by a trio of Presidents in double-figures. W&J received 19 points from

Zach Bellhy, 18 from Paul Matthews and 11 from Ben Cecchini.


Spartan junior forward Tom Summers (Murrysville, PA/Franklin Regional) led all players with 11 rebounds and added seven points for Case, which shot just 26.1 percent in the first half and trailed by 17 at intermission. 


The Spartans began their furious comeback in the second half, creeping back to within nine points with 10:22 to play following a three-pointer by freshman guard Tim Chung (Cypress, CA/Los Alamitos). After whittling two more points off the lead, Matthews buried a three to put the President lead back at 10 before Andersonanswered at the 7:37 mark with a trey of his own.


W&J managed to work the advantage back to nine after two Bellhy free throws, but Anderson and freshman guard Mike Byrne (Newton, PA/Holy Ghost) both drained three-pointers within 23 seconds of each other to bring the Spartans all the way back to a three point deficit at 55-52.


Bellhy all but sealed the W&J win with a layup in transition and only 19 seconds remaining, but Summers hit on his first three point attempt of the season to make it a two point game (57-55) with 14 ticks left. Summersthen forced a steal on the Presidents’ next possession to give Case a chance, but a potential tying shot was missed in traffic, giving the visitors the win.

Mentor's Brocious swims to three firsts for Mount

November 19, 2010 

BEREA, Ohio -- Mount Union's Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor) swam for three individual victories, but the Purple Raider men's swimming and diving team suffered its first setback in dual action on Friday night -- a 127-116 loss to Ohio Athletic Conference foe Baldwin-Wallace.


Brocious touched the wall first in the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.81), 400 individual medley (4:22.78) and 1,000 freestyle (10:42.57).

Matt Carlozzi (Canfield/Canfield) claimed two solo wins and was a member of Mount Union's winning 200 free relay team. Carlozzi swam the 200 free in 1:48.77 and the 500 free in 4:57.32.

Carlozzi teamed with Michael Greisl (South Euclid/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin), Dominique Melvin(Woodmere/Orange) and Mike Zappa (Shelby/Shelby) in winning the 200 free relay.

Greisl added a first-place finish in the 100 free (:49.08).

The Purple Raiders (4-1, 1-1) will return to action on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Wooster Invitational.