A Page -- Nov. 2, 2011 -- AM Edition

Birze (L), Marchant (R)
A baker’s dozen of tennis S/A’s from the area garner all-state honors

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


Five area tennis Student/Athletes were named All Ohio First Team and eight others were named to the Second Teams, the coaches association announced last night.

Heading up the list is Westlake High junior Lauren Golick, the sole area player to make the First Team in Division I.  Golick was one of four singles players selected to the First Team.


Garnering First Team honors in D-II were Laurel School’s Alison Biltz and Danielle Buchinsky, and Orange’s Amy Smedira and Adrian Young, both couplets as doubles teams.

Making second team in the first division were Kenston’s Natasha Birze and Mandy Marchant, and Mitsuki Fukamachi and freshman Jamie Vizelman of Mayfield. Both sets made it as doubles teams.

Fukamachi and Vizelman

Singles players making second team in the small-school division were seniors Emily Mazzola of Chagrin Falls and Surya Khadilkar of Hawken.

Canton Central Catholic seniors Hannah Lindesmith and Vicki Palagiano made it in D-II as a doubles team.

North alum Kevin Cindric named OAC soccer 

S/A of the week

AUSTINTOWNOhio—University of Mount Union senior Kevin Cindric (Willowick/Eastlake North) was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week.

Cindric scored all three Purple Raider goals to lead the team to crucial wins over Muskingum and Otterbein last week. He scored one goal in each half in a 2-0 win over Muskingum on Tuesday. 

On Saturday, he netted a goal just before halftime to lead Mount Union to a 1-0 win over Otterbein. Both games were must-win for the Raiders.

The Purple Raiders travel to Wilmington tonight for an OAC Tournament quarterfinal match a 7 p.m.

Spartan Volleyball’s McCutchan Earns Third UAA Athlete of the Week Award of 2011

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Case Western Reserve University senior middle hitter Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, Ohio/Stephen T. Badin) has been selected as the University Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week, making her a three-time UAA Athlete of the Week in 2011 and a seven-time UAA Athlete of the Week for her career.

McCutchan, the school's all-time kills leader amassing 1,875, totaled 12 kills without an error in 16 attempts (.750 hitting percentage) in a sweep of Oberlin College last Wednesday. McCutchan also recorded 11 digs for her 12th double-double of the season.

For the season, the two-time Capital One Academic All-American has 415 kills, 251 digs and 95 total blocks. Also of note, she is just one block away from tying the school career record of 469.

The Spartans, 21-8 overall, will prepare for the UAA Championship on Friday and Saturday, November 4-5 at New York University. Case enters as the No. 4 seed and will play host NYU on Friday at 2:00 p.m.

NCAA Field Hockey Tourney Announced

The seeds for the 2011 NCAC Field Hockey Tournament are:

#1 Denison -- 13-1

#2 DePauw -- 12-1*
#3 Wooster -- 8-6
#4 Wittenberg -- 7-6*

* - For NCAC Tournament seeding purposes ONLY, DePauw was awarded an NCAC forfeit win and Wittenberg was awarded an NCAC forfeit loss. Final NCAC records were not effected.

The tournament will begin with semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 2

#4 Wittenberg at #1 Denison, 3:00
#3 Wooster at #2 DePauw, 3:00

The championship game will be Saturday, Nov. 5 at the site of the highest
remaining seed.

Wright State Women Defeat Cleveland State in HL First Round

A Bekah Bonny goal early in the second half was the difference as the women's soccer team won at Cleveland State 1-0 Tuesday in the opening round of the Horizon League Tournament.  The goal was created by WSU's two representatives on the league's First Team.

Bonny tallied her seventh goal of the season at the 47:08 mark of the second half as she took a feed from Brittany Persaud, dribbled into the box and beat Viking goalkeeper Sarah Wood with a shot to the right side of the goal. 

It was Persaud's 10th assist of the year, tying for the most by a Raider in a season.  Sharon Roscoe set the mark in 2001 and Persaud tied it last season.  The senior midfielder now has 23 for her three-year WSU career, also a school record.

The Wright State defense preserved the shutout from there as, despite CSU having a 13-10 shot advantage, goalkeeper Brooke McCurdy recorded six saves.

Wright State (9-7-3) now advances to a semifinal matchup Friday at 5:00 Eastern against #2 seed Detroit at Engelmann Stadium in Milwaukee.

JCU Defeats B-W, 2-1, in OAC Women’s 

Soccer Quarterfinal in University Heights

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO -- The fourth-seeded John Carroll University women’s soccer team defeated fifth-seeded Baldwin-Wallace College, 2-1, tonight (Tuesday, November 1, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal match on Wasmer Field in the Don Shula Stadium.

With its win, JCU improves to 13-7 overall advances to play No.1-seed Ohio Northern University on Thursday, Nov. 4 in Ada at 2:00 p.m. The winner of that match adavnces to this Saturday’s OAC Championship match.  With its loss, B-W ends its regular season at 11-9 overall.

JCU opened the scoring 30 seconds into the match when senior forward Rachel Grdina scored her fourth goal of the season via a pass from senior forward Colleen Harmon. It ended up being the only goal of the first half.  At the intermission, JCU led in shots, 9-7.

Mikula (L), Grdina (R)

In the second half, the Yellow Jackets equalized at the 53:20 mark to tie the match at 1-1 when sophomore forward Kari Trivisanno (Mentor) scored her first career goal via an assist from junior midfielder Lindsey Mikula (Rocky River/ read a feature story on Mikula at http://www.bw.edu/athletics/ws/features/1112/mikula_feature_2011/).

In the final five minutes, John Carroll put the game away when freshman forward Kaylin Akerly scored off an assist from freshman defender Gabby Corwin. The final score of the match was in favor of JCU, 2-1.

In net for B-W, freshman Gabrielle Bodo (Alliance/ Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas) played all 90 minutes, faced seven Blue Streak shots, allowed two goals and made five saves as she finished the season with a record of  7-8. For the Blue Steaks, freshman goalie Haley McDonald faced six Yellow Jacket shots, allowed one goal and made five saves as she improves to 6-2 this season.

John Carroll won the battle of shots, 18-15, and B-W had more corner kicks, 4-2.

The winner of the 2011 OAC Tournament receives the OAC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

'Berg Volleyball Sweeps Muskingum

, Advances to OAC Semifinal

TIFFIN, Ohio-The ninth-ranked and top-seeded Heidelberg University
volleyball team swept Muskingum University (25-13, 25-16, 25-17) tonight in
a quarterfinal match of the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament at
Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.  The win advances the Berg to the
semifinal round for the fifth straight season.

With the victory, Heidelberg (30-5, 9-0 OAC) recorded its second 30-win
season in the last three years and 22nd consecutive victory over an OAC
opponent, and will host both the OAC Tournament semifinals and finals on
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5.  Muskingum's (12-16, 2-7 OAC) loss is the
third straight to the Berg in the quarterfinals.

Heidelberg will face the winner between No. 5 seed Ohio Northern University
and No. 4 seed Baldwin-Wallace College in the semifinal round.

Senior two-time All-OAC outside hitter Venessa Haase (Miamisburg) led the
Berg with her ninth double-double of the season, notching 10 kills and 12
digs.  Junior second-team All-OAC outside hitter Marian Bevington
(Celina/Parkway) helped Haase on the attack with a match-high 12 kills.
Bevington also had two blocks.

Junior setter Rachel Ferguson (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) (23) and sophomore
setter Alexa Frank (Tiffin/Calvert) (14) set the offense with a combined 37
of the team's 43 assists.

Freshman libero Tessa Benanzer (Fort Loramie) notched 28 digs, nearly half
of the team's total (59).

Heidelberg tallied nine service aces, including three from senior reigning
OAC player of the year Jackie Reinhart (New Riegel), who also had nine kills
and 10 digs.

No. 4 Baldwin-Wallace Rallies To Defeat No. 5 Ohio 

Northern in OAC Volleyball Tournament Quarterfinals

BEREA, OHIO –  Junior outside hitter Amanda Sawicki (Mentor/Lake Catholic) led Baldwin-Wallace with a match-high 20 kills as the Yellow Jackets rallied from two sets down to defeat fifth-seeded Ohio Northern University, 3-2 tonight (Tuesday November 1, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal match in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center.  B-W won the match by scores 28-30, 16-25, 32-30, 26-24 and 15-9

With the win, the Yellow Jackets improved to 18-12 overall and advances to play No.1-seed Heidelberg University, who defeated No. 8-seed Muskingum University, 3-0 tonight, on Friday night November 4 in Tiffin at 5:00 or 7:00 p.m. With the loss, Ohio Northern ends its season with a record of 14-16.

Lake Catholic alumna Sawicki (L), Holy Name grad Switalski (R)

In tonight’s other quarterfinal matches, No. 2-seed Otterbein University defeated No. 7-seed Marietta College in straight sets and No. 3-seed the University of Mount Union defeated No. 6-seed Capital University also in straight sets. Mount Union and Otterbein advance to the semifinals and will face each other on Friday night November 4 in one of two semifinal matches at Heidelberg.  The match will be played at either 5:00 or 7:00 p.m. as the top-seeded Student Princes will determine what time their match will be played.

In addition to Sawicki, junior All-OAC middle hitter Rachel Switalski (North Royalton/Holy Name) recorded 17 kills and freshman middle hitter Nicole Christner (Minerva) added eight. The offense was set up by junior setter Jessica Stitts (Eastlake/North) with 45 set assists.
Burns (L), Mass (R)

Defensively, B-W was led by junior defensive specialist Natalie Emmons (Ashland) with career and match-high 46 digs. Sophomore right side hitter and defensive specialist Taylor Burns (Tiffin/Fostoria St. Wendelin) and senior defensive specialist Amanda Mass (North Royalton) both contributed career-best 31 and 22 digs respectively

The Polar Bears were led by freshman middle hitter Rachel Olach (Avon) with 14 kills. Sophomore middle hitter Julia Fuerst (Kalida) contributed 12 kills. The offense was set up by freshman setter Amanda Volosin (Boardman) with 45 set assists. ONU was led defensively by sophomore defensive specialist Jeni Kmic (Delta) with 45 digs.
The winner of the OAC Semifinal matches will advance to the OAC Championship and the winner of that match will receive the OAC’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III National Tournament.


Toledo and Bowling Green Tabbed As 

Preseason Favorites; Tallmadge's Rachel 

Teccca, Akron's Tenishia Benson named 

Pre-season All MAC 

CLEVELAND (Public Square) – The Mid-American Conference announced the 2011-2012 Women’s Basketball Preseason poll today as voted on by the league’s head coaches and select members of the media.  The 2011 WNIT Champion Toledo Rockets were selected to win the West Division along with the MAC tournament title, while the 2011 MAC Tournament Champion Bowling Green Falcons were picked to finish first in the East Division.

Toledo returns nine letterwinners from last season’s squad who lead the team to one of the most successful seasons in school history by winning a school record 29 games and becoming the first MAC women’s basketball program to capture a national postseason tournament.  Leading the way for the Rockets this season will be senior co-captain and WNIT MVP, Naama Shafir, who lead the team with 15.3 ppg and 5.1 apg and junior co-captain Lecretia Smith, who finished the season averaging 6.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.5 spg.  Other seniors include Courtney Ingersoll (4.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg) and Haylie Linn (3.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg). UT also returns junior WNIT All-Tournament team member Yolanda Richardson, who averages 7.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg.  In total, the Rockets welcome back 66.0 percent of their scoring, 71.9 percent of their rebounding, 80.0 percent of their assists and 76.3 percent of their steals in 2011-12.

Bowling Green returns just one senior in Jessica Slagle from last year’s team that won 28 games, captured the East Division title and the MAC tournament title while advancing to the NCAA tournament.  Slagle was the Falcons top bench performer last season playing all 33 games averaging 3.8 ppg and shot 42 percent from three-point range.  Also returning for BGSU is junior Chrissy Steffen and redshirt junior Danielle Havel.  Steffen started all 33 games for the Falcons and led the team in steals while averaging 10.4 ppg and 4.1 rpg.  Havel also played all 33 games off the bench averaging 2.1 ppg and 2.1 rpg.

Central Michigan was picked to finish second in the West Division.  CMU returns three starters in senior Skylar Miller, All-MAC junior Brandie Baker and MAC Freshman of the Year Niki DiGuilio. Baker last season became the first player in CMU history, men or women, to register a triple-double. She finished last season 22nd in the NCAA in assists to turnover ratio and tied the program record of 156 assists. DiGuilio finished last year with 17 double-figure scoring efforts, and ranked 25th in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage (40.8).

Rounding out the West Division is 2011 MAC Tournament runner-up Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ball State and Western Michigan.

Tabbed to finish second in the East Division was Miami.  The RedHawks return all five starters from last year’s team including Courtney Osborn, who led the team with 17.3 ppg and 4.4 apg and Kirsten Olowinski lead the team in rebounds with 11.1 rpg. 

Completing the East Division are Akron, Kent State, Ohio and Buffalo.

Joining Shafir, Baker and DiGuilio on the Preseason West Division All-MAC Team were Eastern Michigan’s Tavelyn James and Western Michigan’s Miame Giden.  James averaged 17.4 ppg scoring 642 points last season good enough for third in the MAC last season.  Giden averaged 11.7 ppg last season after missing 12 games due to injury.

Tecca (L), Benson (R)

Joining Steffen, Osborn and Olowinski on the Preseason East Division All-MAC Team were Tenishia Benson of Ohio and Rachel Tecca of Akron.  Benson  led team in scoring and rebounding in her first season of competition with the Bobcats with 13.6 ppg and 7.2 rpg. Tecca recorded one of the best seasons in Akron’s history, starting all 30 games for the Zips while talling 475 points and 288 rebounds in a team-high 853 minutes.

The 2011-12 women’s basketball season beings with games on Friday, November 11th.  The Mid-American Conference season kicks off January 4th. Keep up-to-date with all things MAC Women’s Basketball at www.mac-sports.com.

West Division Preseason Poll
1. Toledo
2. Central Michigan
3. Eastern Michigan
4. Northern Illinois
5. Ball State
6. Western Michigan 

East Division Preseason Poll
1. Bowling Green
2. Miami
3. Akron
4. Kent State
5. Ohio
6. Buffalo

MAC Tournament Champion – Toledo

West Division Preseason All-MAC Team
Brandi Baker, Central Michigan
Niki DiGuilio, Central Michigan
Tavelyn James, Eastern Michigan
Naama Shafir, Toledo
Miame Giden, Western Michigan

East Division Preseason All-MAC Team
Rachel Tecca, Akron
Chrissy Steffen, Bowling Green
Courtney Osborn, Miami
Kirsten Olowinski, Miami
Tenishia Benson, Ohio

In the Yeo with William Roth – Three Month Video Update Part Two

Watch video of Oberlin Athletic Direcotor Bill Roth by clicking below


Baldwin-Wallace Senior Freestyler Nic Null 

Named OAC Male Swimmer-of-the-Week

BEREA -- Baldwin-Wallace College senior freestyler Nic Null (Shelby/ Mansfield St. Peters) has been named as the Ohio Athletic Conference Football Male Swimmer-of-the-Week for his performance in the Yellow Jackets season-opening 138-87 win against Wilmington College on Saturday, October 29, 2011.  

This is the first time in his career that he has earned the weekly honor.

Null won the 50 yard freestyle in a time of 22.66, the 100 yard freestyle in 50.58 and was a member of the 200 yard medley relay team along with sophomores Ryan Stover (Napoleon), Patrick Donohoe (Columbus/ Bishop Watterson) and junior Chris Tuttle (North Royalton) in a time of 1:45.31.

B-W is back in action on Saturday, November 5 when it travels to Erie, Pennsylvania to take on the Lions of Penn State-Behrend in a non-conference dual meet at 1:00 p.m. The next home meet is on Saturday, November 12 when the team will host Washington and Jefferson (Pa.) University in a non-conference dual meet in the B-W Natatorium at 4:00 p.m.

Amateur Bowling Notes

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 10/31/11


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

Joseph Slusarczyk, Bedford, 10/24, Pawnee Lanes;

Jason Wenz, Lakewood, 10/27, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Jim Taylor, Parma, 10/27, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Fred Hannak, Medina, 10/18, Brookgate Lanes;

Traws Podvorac, Cleveland, 10/28, Buckeye Lanes;

James Hill, Wickliffe, 10/28, Roseland Lanes;

Steve Bednarski, Rocky River, 10/30, Buckeye Lanes;

Tony SeguinCleveland, 10/31, Buckeye Lanes;

Kevin Hansinger, Brunswick, 10/31, Brookgate Lanes;



    299 Games

Steve Wild, Brunswick, 10/26, Seven Hills Lanes;

William Harris, Parma, 10/27, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Anthony Prock, Cleveland, 10/27, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Phil Sillia Jr., North Olmsted, 10/28, Buckeye Lanes;



    298 Games

Michael Clark Jr., Lakewood, 10/19, Madison Square Lanes;



    800 Series

William Harris, Parma, 10/27, Cloverleaf Lanes (802);

Scott Januszewski, North Royalton, 10/28 Seven Hills Lanes (823);

Purple Raiders Advance to OAC Semis with 

Win over Capital

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union volleyball team took care of Capital in an Ohio Athletic Conference quarterfinal match Tuesday night at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. The third-seed Purple Raiders (22-7) advance to their eighth straight OAC Tournament semifinal with the 25-17, 25-12, 25-18 win over the Crusaders.

The Raiders came out determined not to drop the first two sets as they did in their first meeting of the season. Leading 9-8 in the opening set, Mount Union used a 10-3 run to swing momentum in its favor. They would never relinquish that momentum in cruising to victory.

Sophomore Taylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) and freshman Nicole Snyder (Mentor/Lake Catholic) led the Raider attack with 10 kills apiece. The Purple Raiders had a team hitting percentage of .283, which is their best since playing Earlham (Ind.) on October 8 (.443). Senior Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) had a team-high 31 assists on the night 

Snyder (L), Mastroine (R)

Freshman Lauren Mastroine (Orrville/Orrville) and Radigan were integral to the Raider defense, recording 18 digs and 14 digs, respectively. Junior Deanna Glass (Medina/Medina) and Snyder tied for a team-high five total blocks.

Capital (20-12) was led by sophomore Sanaya El-Naggar with eight kills and 12 digs. Freshman Marissa Price had a team-best 16 assists.

The Purple Raiders return to action on Friday when they travel to Heidelberg to face Otterbein in the OAC Tournament semifinal. The Cardinals defeated Marietta, 3-0-, Monday night to advance to the semifinals. Mount Union and Otterbein have split their two previous matches this season, with Otterbein winning the most recent match, 3-0, in Alliance this past Saturday.

Yeowomen Drop Season Finale

Oberlin, Ohio- The Oberlin College volleyball team lost their season finale to the Fighting Scots of Wooster by a score of 3-1. The scores of the sets were 17-25, 25-22, 15-25, and 11-25.

The Yeowomen once again showed the future of their core group of underclassmen, when they took down NCAC tournament qualifier Wooster in the second set.  In that set, freshman Jenna Bange had 11 assists to go along with a block assist, that scored the 24th point of the match. Sophomore Laura Jessee was the other player that was in on the block assist, and added three kills in the set. Junior Chinwe Okona added five kills and so did freshman Christine Antonsen. Senior Liz Wong, who played her final match as a Yeowomen, added two kills, two assists, and a crucial serving ace in the latter parts of the game to help the Yeowomen take the second set. The Yeowomen were down 22-21, and went on a 4-0 run to end the set and win.

For the match,  Okona led the Yeowomen with 12 kills and 10 digs. Jessee added 10 kills, a serving ace and three block assists.  Bange had 34 assists. Wong had six kills to go along with two assists, one block assist, and six digs. Labero Emma Kimmel had a team high 12 digs.

The Yeowomen wrapped up a tough 2011 campaign with an overall record of  1-27, and 1-15 in the NCAC. They return a group of experienced underclassmen next year, and look to continue improving.