B Page -- Nov. 2, 2010

Mount seeks to clinch 19th consecutive 

OAC title Saturday in Berea

Nov. 2, 2010

By Lenny Reich

ALLIANCE -- No. 2 ranked Mount Union travels to Baldwin-Wallace for a key Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at 1:30 pm in Berea. A Mount Union win would clinch the Purple Raiders at least a share of their 19th consecutive and 22nd overall OAC title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Football Playoffs. B-W can keep its playoff hopes alive with a win. Mount Union enters the contest with a 99-game regular season road winning streak that dates back to a 28-21 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.


The Purple Raiders posted their 51st consecutive regular season with a 28-10 win at Otterbein. The Cardinals had a 3-0 lead after the first quarter but 21 points in the second quarter staked Mount Union out to a 21-10 halftime lead. Sophomore running back Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) had 174 yards rushing - 38 of those coming on a TD run early in the fourth quarter to put the game away. The Raider defense allowed just 138 total yards as sophomore defensive back Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) had an interception and fumble rec.

B-W rallied with 20 unanswered points in the second half to score a 27-16 win at Muskingum. John McGraw rushed for 125 yards, Tim Miker rushed for 110 yards and quarterback Ryan O'Rourke threw three TD passes to the lead the offense. Corey Hildreth had eight tackles to lead a defense that had seven sacks and three interceptions.



All Mount Union football games will be broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker at http://athletics.mountunion.edu. Ric Brienza and Mark Grossman broadcast the games on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM. You can listen to Mount Union's student radio feed on WRMU 91.1 FM on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900. The final regular season home game (Nov. 13) will be shown on television via tape delay on SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV52 (Stark County).


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


This is the 49th meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 26-21-1 lead in the series that dates back to a 10-0 Mount Union win in 1896. The Raiders have won 15-straight meetings dating back to a 23-10 Baldwin-Wallace win in 1994 in Alliance.


Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71)

is 297-22-3 (.925) in his 25th season as head coach as one of the most successful coaches in college football history. His teams have won 20 OAC Championships, including the last 18 in a row, along with 10 of the last 17 NCAA Division III National Championships. This year he is president of the American Football Coaches Association.

John Snell (Baldwin-Wallace '87) is 56-34 (.622) in his eighth season as head coach at his alma mater. Snell spent eight seasons as an assistant coach for the Jackets before taking over as head coach in 2002. In his first season, he won OAC Coach of the Year honors leading B-W to an 8-2 season, then seven years ago he led B-W to a 10-2 mark with its first NCAA Playoff berth since 1991.


Baldwin-Wallace has bounced back from a 3-7 season a year ago by cutting down and creating turnovers while putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

On offense, Baldwin-Wallace has one-two running punch of junior tailbacks Tim Miker (535 yards, 6 TD's) and John McGraw (401 yards, 1TD). Sophomore transfer quarterback Ryan O'Rourke is completing nearly 55-percent of his passes for 1,186 yards, 14 TD's and six interceptions. Aaron Hurd (19 rec., 211 yds. 2 TD), Aaron Manders (11 rec., 186 yds. 2TD) and Troy Van Meter (11 rec., 138 yds. 1TD) lead the receiving corps.

B-W/Capital Tourney Soccer 

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In the first half, the Crusaders jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Josh Thaboune headed the corner kick assist from Daniel McCarthy into the back of the net just 2:42 into the game. Capital extended its lead (2-0) when Daniel McCarthy knocked in a shot off an assist from Mitch Weaver at 18:50.  B-W responded and cut into the lead (2-1) at 25:15 when senior and 2010 ESPN Academic All-District IV midfielder Jeff Grater (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) tallied his second goal of the season as he buried a shot to the far post from 28-yards out.  The Yellow Jackets evened the score (2-2) when sophomore and 2010 ESPN Academic All-District IV midfielder Pat Brennan (Akron/Walsh Jesuit) slid a shot pass Crusader goaltender Bob Weisgarber off the career-high seventh assist of the season from senior forward Tyler Leister (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) at 37:24.   The goal was the career-best seventh of the season for Brennan.

In the second half, B-W took its first lead of the game (3-2) when Leister scored the game-winning unassisted goal at 54:35.   The goal marked the third game-winning goal of the season as well as the career-high 11th of the season for Leister.

Viking Report 

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Fresh off a win over No. 1 Akron, the men's soccer team will face another unbeaten ranked opponent when CSU travels to Indianapolis, Ind. to take on No. 8 Butler on Friday, Nov. 5 beginning at 10:00 a.m.  CSU is assured a spot in next week's league tourney but may need a win over the Bulldogs to claim a first round home contest.

The men's and women's swimming teams will each put their unbeaten records on the line this week when the squads swim at Ohio State on Friday, Nov. 5 beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Denison, a NCAA Division III squad, will also take part in the meet.

The wrestling team will open up its schedule this weekend when the team takes part in the Eastern Michigan Open on Saturday, Nov. 6.  Action begins at 10:00 a.m.

Volleyball Hosts Loyola & Valparaiso In Final Home League Matches
Vikings Are A Win Away From 12th 20-Win Season

The Cleveland State volleyball team concludes its regular season home slate when the Vikings host a pair of matches this week, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. match against Loyola on Friday (Nov. 5). CSU will then host Valparaiso on Saturday (Nov. 6) at 4:00 p.m. in a Senior Day contest in which Amy Benz and Meghan Mental will be honored in a pre-match ceremony prior to the duo playing in their final regular season match in Woodling Gym.

"This is going to be a very exciting weekend for us, especially with Senior Day on Saturday," head coach Chuck Voss said. "That is always a very emotional day and we will have to be able to maintain our focus and intensity, while also saying thanks to our two seniors for what they have done for this program."

The Vikings enter the week with an overall record of 19-4, needing just one more victory to clinch their 12th, 20 win season in school history and the third in the last four years. CSU is also in third place in the Horizon League with a 9-3 mark, behind first place Milwaukee (12-1) and second place Butler (11-1).

CSU won both of its matches last season, earning a 3-1 win over Robert Morris on Tuesday (Oct. 26) in the final nonconference match of the season before picking up a 3-0 sweep at Youngstown State on Friday (Oct. 30).

Sophomore Kara Koch averaged 5.71 kills and 2.86 digs per set in the two matches, including her team-leading 10th double-double of the season in the victory over RMU. The CSU defense was at its best last week, holding its opposition to a .063 attack percentage and making 13 blocks.

Women's Basketball Hosts Slippery Rock For Exhibition Contest
Vikings Return Two Starters From Horizon League Championship Squad

Cleveland State begins its 38th season of intercollegiate competition when the Vikings host their first of two exhibition games on Wednesday (Nov. 3) against Slippery Rock at 7:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Center. All fans attending the game will receive a men's and women's basketball schedule magnet courtesy of Pepsi.

The Vikings welcome back two starters and seven total letterwinners from last year's squad that won the Horizon League Championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three seasons. CSU finished the year with a 19-14 mark, the third consecutive year the Vikings won 19 games.

"We had a very special season last year, but we have to put that behind us and focus on our mission this year," eighth year head coach Kate Peterson Abiad said. "We have been working very hard in practice and are excited to get the season started and play against someone other than ourselves. With the loss of four seniors from last year's team and so many talented, yet unproven players, these two exhibition games are going to be very important for us."

Headlining the list of returnees is senior Shawnita Garland, a preseason first team All-Horizon League pick after earning second team all-league honors in each of the last two seasons. Garland ranked 10th in the league in scoring last season at 12.4 points per game, while also leading the league with 100 steals.

Sophomore Shalonda Winton (6.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg) is the other returning starter, while juniors Janelle Adams (5.0, 3.8), Destinee Blue (2.0, 1.9) and Takima Keane (2.1) and sophomores Honesty King (3.4) and Kaila Montgomery are also returning veterans.

Men's Soccer Faces Unbeaten Butler To Close Regular Season
Vikings Are Coming Off Stunning 2-1 Win Over Top-Ranked Akron

One week after beating unbeaten and top-ranked Akron, the Cleveland State men's soccer team closes its regular season this week by facing another unbeaten team, No. 8 Butler (15-0-1, 7-0 HL) on Friday (Nov. 5) in a 10:00 a.m. match that will have a big impact on the final Horizon League standings.

The Vikings (8-9, 4-3 HL) are currently tied with Detroit (4-3 HL) and Milwaukee (4-4 HL) for third in the Horizon League with 12 points.  Green Bay, who the Vikings defeated, 3-1, earlier in the season, sits at second with a 5-2 conference record, while Loyola (3-3-1) is in sixth.  A victory over Butler combined with losses by Green Bay and Detroit would give CSU the second seed and a first round bye in the Horizon League Championship postseason tournament, while a loss could seed the Vikings anywhere from 4th-6th.

"We're excited to play Butler," head coach Ali Kazemaini said. "How could you not be? If we win, we have a good chance of at least hosting a playoff game, and we're going to go into the match with a lot of confidence. We know we are good enough to win this match, and we're going to go into Butler and try to prove that."

CSU will enter the Butler match with momentum, having earned one of the biggest wins in program history last Saturday (Oct. 30) as the Vikings knocked off Akron, who entered the match as the top-ranked team in the country, 2-1.  A pair of freshmen, Aslinn Rodas and Jordan Hart, scored goals for the Vikings, while CSU goalkeeper Brad Stuver recorded five saves in the victory.

Women's Soccer Ends Season With Program's First Winning Record
Natalie Daniels & Kelly Zinkiewich Are First Vikings Named To All-League First Team

The record-setting season for the Viking women's soccer team ended on a sour note on Saturday when CSU could not make a 1-0 lead hold up before falling, 2-1, to Detroit in the opening round of the Horizon League Championship.  The Vikings end the year with a 9-8-2 record, the first winning season in school history.

"I am dissapointed how the season ended for us, but I am excited about the breakthrough that we made as a program this year," head coach Derrek Falor said.  "We had a great group of seniors who worked hard and succeeded in their efforts to make this program better.  Now it is time for the junior class to step up and start working to having an even better season in 2011."

The Vikings were rewarded for their strong play this season when four Vikings were named to the All-Horizon League team.  Snior Kelly Zinkiewich and junior Natalie Daniels became the first players in program history to earn first team all-league mention with Zinkiewich being tabbed as the Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year.  In addition, sophomore Valerie Stahl was named to the all-league second team and freshman Frederike Dubeau was honored on the all-newcomer team.

Zinkiewich ended her career as the holder of the CSU career records for saves (385), shutouts (15), minutes played (6,221) and goals against average (1.94).  She ranks fourth in league history in both saves and minutes played.  Daniels, who assisted on the lone CSU goal against Detroit, ended her season with a school record nine goals and 23 points. 

Cross Country Takes Week Off Before Great Lakes Regional

The Cleveland State cross country team will take the week off before concluding its season at the Great Lakes Regional Championship on Saturday (Nov. 13) in Oakland, Mich. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m.

The Vikings competed at the 2010 Horizon League Championship on Saturday (Oct. 30) at Montrose Beach in Chicago, placing sixth of 10 teams. It was the best finish for the Vikings since CSU placed sixth in 1996 and also the first time that the Vikings finished ahead of four teams at the league championship.

"We ran such a great race as a team at the league championship over the weekend," head coach Joe Jaketic said. "My goal going in was to run well and finish ahead of two teams and we went in there and beat four teams, which had not happened here in over 10 years. Everyone on the team has worked so hard since August and the results have showed all season, culminating at the league championship."

Junior Allison Craine was CSU's top finisher, placing 16th in 19:01 and just missing all-league honors by just eight seconds. Junior Brittany Elmlinger was 20th in 19:12, while junior Kari Haywood ran a personal-best time of 19:47 to place 38th.

CSU finished with 157 team points, finishing just eight points behind fifth place Wright State (149).

Men's Swimming Continues Fall Slate At Ohio State

The Cleveland State men's swimming and diving squad will travel to Columbus, Ohio this Friday (Nov. 5) for a meet with Ohio State and Denison. The competition is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.

"Ohio State won the Big 10 last season, and is one of the best teams in the nation this year," head coach Wally Morton said. "Denison is a very respected Division III program, and it will be interesting to see how our swimmers stack up against theirs. This will be one of the toughest meets on our schedule."

The Vikings continued their undefeated season on the road at Miami of Ohio last week, albeit in an unusual way. Cleveland State (4-0-1) tied the RedHawks, 150-150, earning only the second draw in Morton's 30 years as head coach.

Mark de Swardt, Deni Gasparin and Berry Thompson each turned in strong performances for the Vikings. de Swardt swept the three individual meets in which he swam, winning the 1,000 free (9:32.09), 500 free (4:35.94) and the 200 fly (1:51.08). Gasparin won the 100 (59.03) and 200 (2:10.12) breaststroke events, while Thompson took first in the 50 free (21.01) and the 100 free (46.73).
Women's Swimming To Take On Ohio State & Denison

The Viking women's swimming and diving team will compete in one of its toughest meets of the season this Friday (Nov. 5), as the squad will travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State and Denison in a 5:00 p.m. meet.

"These will be two of the toughest opponents we will swim against this season," head coach Wally Morton said. "Ohio State was picked to win the Big 10 this season. Denison is one of the top Division III programs in the country. This will be a very good challenge for our team, and we'll be training hard for it all week."

Cleveland State (6-0) will be well-rested for the meet, having had last week off. The Vikings are off to one of their best starts ever, having already defeated three Horizon League opponents, including knocking off five-time defending champion Green Bay, 126-117, in their previous meet (Oct. 23).

Fall Schedule Complete For Men's Tennis

The Cleveland State men's tennis team concluded its fall season by competing at the Vradevelt Invitational at Western Michigan from Friday through Sunday (Oct. 29-31). The Vikings had eight players compete at the event with everyone playing four doubles matches and three singles contests.

"I thought we had a very productive weekend to conclude the fall season," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We didn't win as many matches as we had hoped and had trouble closing out a few points, but sometimes it's not always about wins and losses in the fall. I think we showed a lot of improvement every time we took the court and we are going to continue working hard in preparation for the spring season."

Junior Yannick Goossens went 2-1 in the "A" singles flight, earning runner-up honors, while the doubles team of Rob Fox and John Haley went 3-1 in their flight to claim third place.

Goossens finished the fall with a team-leading 10 singles wins. Fox and Haley teamed to form a dominant doubles squad throughout the fall, going 12-4 together.

Wrestling Opens Season At Eastern Michigan

The Cleveland State wrestling squad will open the 2010-11 season this weekend, traveling to Ypsilanti, Mich. to compete in the Eastern Michigan Open on Saturday (Nov. 6). The competition will begin at 10:00 a.m.

"I'm excited to get the season started," head coach Ben Stehura said. "Nearly all of our starters are back from last season. We're also getting several guys off redshirt years, and we brought in a very strong group of freshmen. There will be some tough battles for the starting positions when we begin dual meets, and I'm excited to see what we have, starting with this week's open."

Thirteen members of the 2010-11 CSU wrestling team started at least once last season. Among the top returning wrestlers are sophomore Mike Mencini, who led the Vikings with a sixth place finish in the 141 pound division at last year's Eastern Wrestling League Championship, senior Robbie Michaels, who led the team with 15 wins last season, and junior Lawrence Cavello, who won 12 matches a year ago competing mainly in tournament competition.

Viking High Fives

Joe Jaketic:  The cross country head coach led the Vikings to a sixth place effort at the league championship, CSU's highest finish at the event since 1996.

Jordan Hart:  The freshman soccer player could not have scripted his first collegiate goal any better, tallying the game-winner with 6:49 left in CSU's victory over No. 1 Akron.

Brad Stuver:  The goalkeeper for the men's soccer team had one of the best games of his career in the Vikings' win over Akron, recording five saves and holding the nation's best scoring offense to only a penalty kick goal.

Mark de Swardt:  The junior swimmer won three events at Miami (OH), finishing first in the 1,000 free (9:32.09), the 500 free (4:35.94) and the 200 fly (1:51.08).

Shawnita Garland:  The lone senior on the women's basketball roster, she was one of five players named to the Preseason All-Horizon League first team.

Women's Soccer Defense:  The primary reason for the turnaround on the field this year was the stability of the defense as Jessica McCloy, Valerie Stahl, Frederike Dubeau, Marina Taylor and Carla Ragone worked together to allow just 25 goals in 2010, 14 less than the previous lowest total in school history.

The Schedule Ahead For The Vikings

Nov. 3 (Wednesday)
Women's Basketball hosts Slippery Rock (Exh.)
Wolstein Center, 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 5 (Friday)
Volleyball hosts Loyola
Woodling Gym, 7:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer at Butler
Indianapolis, IN, 10:00 a.m.

Swimming at Ohio State with Denison
Columbus, OH, 5:00 p.m.

Nov. 6 (Saturday)
Volleyball hosts Valparaiso
Woodling Gym, 4:00 p.m.

Wrestling at Eastern Michigan Open
Ypsilanti, MI, 10:00 a.m.

B-W one of only two OAC teams to beat 

Mount Union in past two decades, looking for 

a déjà vu from 1994

Nov. 2, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College Yellow Jacket football team, listed among the "others" in this week's d3football.com Division III National poll (www.d3football.com), host Ohio Athletic Conference rival and No.2-ranked The University of Mount Union in a key game for first place in the OAC.

 Mt. Union leads the OAC with a 7-0 record and B-W and No.12-ranked Ohio Northern University are tied for second place, each at 7-1 in league play.

The Yellow Jackets enter this game at 7-1 overall following their 27-16 victory at Muskingum University last Saturday (October 30) in New Concord. B-W has beaten The College of Wooster (38-14), Capital University (10-7), Heidelberg University (35-20), Marietta College (39-9), Otterbein University (35-34), Wilmington College (38-0) and Muskingum, but lost to ONU (41-21).

The Purple Raiders enter this game at a perfect 8-0 overall following their 28-10 win last Saturday against Otterbein in Westerville. Mt. Union has won 51 straight regular season games and can clinch a tie for the 2010 OAC title with a win versus B-W.

The Baldwin-Wallace Versus Mount Union Series Notes -- The Yellow Jackets and the Purple Raiders have previously met 48 times on the gridiron with Mount Union holding an 26-21-1 series lead, including a 30-0 victory a year ago in Alliance and victories in each of the past 15 meetings. The series began in 1896 with the Yellow Jackets defeating the Purple Raiders, 10-0. The last Yellow Jacket win came in 1994 when the Yellow Jackets beat Mount Union, 23-10, in Alliance.

In the Last Meeting Between B-W and Mount Union: Saturday, October 3, 2009 in Alliance -- Mt. Union -- 30, B-W -- 0 -- A year ago in Alliance on October, 2009, B-W lost to Mt. Union, 30-0. The Purple Raiders led 3-0 after one quarter, 16-0 at halftime and 23-0 after three quarters. Mt. Union also outgained the Yellow Jackets, 417-131. 

Despite the loss, B-W was led offensively by graduated All-OAC quarterback Anthony Gardner, who completed 10-of-22 passes for 84 yards. Graduated All-OAC safety Ryan Clokey led the defense with 11 tackles and forced fumble and current junior linebacker Brett Thompson (Shelby) had nine tackles. Mt. Union was led offensively by current senior RB Scott Panchik who rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns, graduated RB Terrance Morring with 105 rushing yards. Current sophomore QB Neal Seaman completed five-of-five passes for 50 yards and ran for 17 and a TD. Current senior LB Sam Kershaw had 10 tackles and two pass breakups.
Brett Thompson

Scouting the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin-Wallace College -- Baldwin-Wallace is 7-1 overall and 6-1 in the OAC. Offensively, B-W is averaging 30.4 points and 317.0 yards of offense per game, including 162.8 rushing and 154.2 passing yards per game. Defensively, the Yellow Jackets are allowing 17.6 points and 287.0 yards per game, including 87.5 rushing and 199.5 passing yards per game. The defense has created 21 turnovers and the offense has made eight for a +13 in the giveaway/ takeaway category

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Grater, an accounting major who carries a 3.922 grade point average, is a two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC), NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) All-Region, two-time Academic All-OAC and two-time ESPN Academic All-District student-athlete who led B-W to 36 victories the past three seasons and prior to playing in today's OAC Tournament contest versus Capital University in Columbus at 2:00 p.m.  Grater transferred to B-W after his freshman year at Calvin (Mich.) College. In his three seasons at B-W, he has appeared in 59 games while tallying six goals and five assists for 17 points.  He had a career-best three goals and three assists last season.  Grater has also recorded 92 shots which 37 of them were on goal.  He is a Dean’s List student, a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society and is a Jacket Scholar.

Brennan, an accounting major with a 3.79 grade average, has made an impact in the Yellow Jacket program since stepping on campus last fall.  In two seasons, he has netted nine goals and nine assists for 27 points on 61 shots.  Brennan has tallied a career-best five goals this season and had a career-high six assists last season.  In addition, he has scored three game winning goals in his career, including one this season.  Brennan is a member of the Alpha Lambda Honor Society.

Bonezzi, a health and physical education major with a 3.7 grade average, is completing his second season of soccer after running cross country for two seasons and running track for three. In soccer, he has appeared in 40 matches with three goals and four assists for 10 points. Bonezzi had tallied a career-best two goals this season and a career-high three assists a year ago.  In cross country and track, he was one of the top runners and earned All-OAC accolades in track in the 800-meter run.  Bonezzi is a Dean’s List student, a member of the Chi Sigma Alpha Honor Society and received the Dave & June Demmerle Scholarship

Following its match versus Capital today, the trio hope to move on to an OAC semifinal match on Thursday, Nov. 4 and then to the OAC Championship match on Saturday, Nov. 6.