A Page -- Nov. 5, 2011 -- AM Edition

Oberlin basketball set to start season in 10 days

By Phil Brua

Oberlin, Ohio – On November 15 the Oberlin College women’s basketball team will tip-off its 2011-12 season under the tutelage of fourth-year Head Coach Kerry Jenkins.

The Yeowomen, coming off an 8-18 season are still young, but have as much experience as any team in the conference. The oldest members of their team are juniors, which means they will all be able play and grow as a team for the next two years. The Yeowomen, who were picked to finish eighth in the NCAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll that was released today, return six players who averaged nearly 20 minutes a game last year. The team also returns six of their top seven scorers and their two leading rebounders from a year ago. All things are pointing towards a successful 2011-12 campaign.

Point Guard
Junior Allison Anderson returns as arguably the best point guard in the NCAC. As a sophomore she was sensational averaging 15.1 points, 6 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 2.8 steals per contest, while also leading the NCAC in minutes played per game at 37.9… The 2010-11 All-NCAC Second-Team selection for the second straight year led the conference in assists (150, also 6th in the nation) and steals.

The Yeowomen lose 1,000-point scorer and four-year starter Syrea Thomas and will look to sophomores Malisa Hoak and Ashley Young to step in and fill the void. Hoak averaged 19.9 minutes per game, while adding 20 steals and 4.1 points per game. Young averaged 31.6 minutes per game last year, while averaging 2.4 steals, 3.9 rebounds per game, and 3.8 points per game.
Hoak (L), Young (R)

The Yeowomen also welcome the return of redshirt-sophomore Lillian Jahan who missed her entire freshman year due to a knee injury. Jahan will look to insert herself into the Yeowomen lineup and contribute.

Junior Kelly Warlich joins Anderson as another scoring threat for the Yeowomen. One of the most versatile players in the conference, she proved last year that she can play outside by knocking down 39 3-pointers while still having the ability play down low on the block. She had a team high 27 blocked shots last season (5th in NCAC) and is the second leading returning scorer averaging 12.1 points per game. She led the team with 7.2 rebounds per game last year and her 6.2 defensive boards per game were the most in the league.

Joining Warlich at the forward position is sophomore Allison Gannon, who provided a spark off the bench for the Yeowomen last year. She ended up starting the final six games of the year, and had a respectable freshman season by averaging 6.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

The Yeowomen bring in two freshmen this year. The first is Jackie Toland, from Cooper City, Florida. Her senior year she averaged 11 points and six rebounds, and was named honorable mention Broward County for the 6A-5A-4A class.

The other freshman this year is Christina Marquette, from Huntington Beach, California. The Orange County all-star averaged 9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game at Edison High School, while helping her team go 29-4 her senior year. She was a three time first team member of the Sunset League.

Junior Ellen Neumann will control the middle for the Yeowomen, with help from Warlich. In her first year as a full-time starter, Neumann averaged seven points a game and added 5.2 boards per contest. She averaged 2.6 offensive rebounds per game, which was fifth in the conference. She also averaged 22.9 minutes per game last year, and will be relied on heavily again this year as a presence in the middle.

Oberlin will tip-off the year on Tuesday, November 15th when they travel to LaRoche, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The home opener is set for three days later (11/18/2011) against Kalamazoo at 7:30 p.m. The Yeowomen wait until December 3rd to open conference play, when they travel to Wittenberg.

Wildcats on 'HK-1420 this week

The high school football game - Division I, Region 1 Quarter Final - Saturday November 5th between St. Ignatius High School and Youngstown Boardman High School at Byers Field (Parma, OH) will air LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 at 7:00 pm.  Pre-Game begins at 6:45 pm .

Baldwin-Wallace Picked to Finish Fifth by 

Coaches in both the OAC Dual Meet Poll and 

Championships Poll

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College wrestling team was picked to finish fifth by the Ohio Athletic Conference wrestling coaches in both the OAC Dual Meet and Championship polls.

In the Dual Match poll, B-W and Wilmington College tied for fifth with seven points each.  In the OAC Championship Tournament poll, B-W was ranked fifth with eight points.  The University of Mount Union topped each poll.

“We embrace the ranking that we were given and based on our finish last season and I think the poll positions are fair,” said first-year Head Coach Jamie Gibbs. “But, as we always say, it’s not where you start. It’s where you finish.” We will look to get better each and every day, working harder than our competition to have the best season possible.”
New Jacket Coach Jamie Gibbs

Last year, the Yellow Jackets finished the 2010-2011 season with a 10-9 overall record, third in the OAC with a 4-2 dual match mark and a fourth place showing at the 25th Annual John Summa Memorial Tournament in Berea.  In addition and highlighting that season was defeating OAC and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University for the second straight season and besting six-time defending OAC-champion Heidelberg University.

But much has changed since the end of last season.

Enter Gibbs, who begins his first season at the helm with a goal of taking the Yellow Jackets to the top of the OAC and Division III.

“Both B-W and the OAC have a rich and strong tradition in wrestling,” said Gibbs. “We begin our first season looking to improve every day. We will work hard, recruit solid students who are interested in B-W and its rigorous academic programs and want to dedicate and commit themselves to building a championship program.  We look forward to the challenges ahead.”

Returning to lead this year’s team are five lettermen, senior 125-pounder Jeremy Dombrady (Copley), sophomore 133-pounder Andrew Taylor (Columbus/ Worthington Kilbourne), senior 141-pounder Grant Steward (Columbus/ Worthington Kilbourne), junior 165-pounder Joe Georgian (Eastlake/ Villa Angela - St. Joseph) and senior 197/285-pounder Ryan Tudor (Patsakala/ Watkins Memorial).

A year ago, Dombrady had a 21-17 record with five pins and tied for the team lead with 24 near falls. Taylor split time between the 133, 141 and 149-pound weight classes and had a 20-17 mark as a freshman with six pins and was among the leaders in takedowns. Steward had his best season yet and was 18-21 overall with three pins. Georgian split time between 184 and 197 pounds and fashioned a 19-13 mark with three pins. Tudor was the backup at 285 pounds and was 6-10 overall.

The Yellow Jackets open the season on Friday, November 11 when they host cross-town and nonleague rival Case Western Reserve at 7:30 p.m. in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center in Berea. It is one of four home meets this season, including the 26th Annual Summa Tournament on Saturday, February 4, 2012. The 2012 OAC Championship Tournament is on February 25 at Heidelberg University in Tiffin.

No. 3 seed Mount Union upsets No. 2 seed 

Otterbein in OAC volleyball tourney

TIFFIN, Ohio – No. 3 seed Mount Union knocked off No. 2 seed Otterbein, 3-1, in the semifinals of the OhioAthletic Conference Volleyball Tournament Friday in Tiffin, Ohio.

The Purple Raiders (23-7) are in the finals for just the second time in school history and first time since 1999.

Mount Union will play the winner of a semifinal between top-seeded and host Heidelberg and No. 4 seed Baldwin-Wallace Saturday at 2 pm.

By conference rule, if regular season champion Heidelberg advances to the title match they claim the OAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament regardless of finals result.

Both Otterbein (26-5) and Mount Union entered the match ranked in the NCAA Great Lakes Region rankings so the Raiders win can only improve its chances of getting one of 20 national at-large bids if they do not get the automatic bid.

Brown (left), Gromes (right)

The first two sets were close as no more than four points separated the teams as Mount Union pulled out 28-26 and 25-21 victories.

The third set was also close until Otterbein ended the match on an 8-0 surge to win 25-17.

The fourth set was also tight but the Raiders rallied from a 21-20 deficit to score five of the final six points to take the match. 

Freshman Nicole Snyder (Mentor/Lake Catholic) served out the run highlighted by two aces. They were two of only five aces the Raiders had for the match.

Sophomore Taylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) led Mount Union with 14 kills, senior Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) had 42 assists while junior Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) led the defense with 20 digs.

Ally Nagle had a match-high 18 kills, Tabatha Piper had 41 assists and Lindsey Russell had 20 digs to lead Otterbein.

Volleyball Box Score

#3 Mount Union vs #2 Otterbein (11/4/11 at Tiffin, Ohio)




6 Julie Radigan....... 4| 7 1 12 .500| 42| 0 1| 0| 8| 1 1 0| 0

8 Kristen Gromes...... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 2| 0 3| 1| 20| 0 0 0| 0

11 Maya Brown.......... 4| 4 4 18 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 2 0 0| 0

12 Taylor Webb......... 4| 14 5 42 .214| 1| 0 0| 0| 1| 1 1 0| 0

15 Deanna Glass........ 4| 11 3 26 .308| 0| 1 2| 0| 5| 1 3 0| 0

17 Nicole Snyder....... 4| 11 5 34 .176| 1| 2 0| 0| 6| 0 1 0| 0

Allison Insana...... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 1| 0| 10| 0 0 0| 0

Lauren Mastroine.... 4| 1 1 4 .000| 2| 0 0| 2| 13| 0 0 0| 0

Riley Galant........ 4| 0 0 2 .000| 1| 2 0| 3| 3| 0 0 0| 0

19 Christine Frazier... 1| 0 1 1-1.000| 0| 0 1| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0

21 Melanie Patterson... 4| 6 3 27 .111| 0| 0 0| 0| 5| 0 0 0| 0


Totals.............. 4| 54 23 166 .187| 49| 5 8| 6| 73| 5 6 0| 0


Set K E TA Pct

1 19 9 60 .167 SET SCORES 1 2 3 4 TEAM RECORDS

2 16 4 44 .273 Mount Union......... (3) 28 25 17 25 23-7 (7-2 OAC)

3 5 7 27 -.074 Otterbein........... (1) 26 21 25 22 26-5 (8-1 OAC)

4 14 3 35 .314




1 Tabatha Piper....... 4| 4 3 14 .071| 41| 0 2| 0| 10| 0 0 0| 0

5 Kristen Bennett..... 4| 13 4 32 .281| 0| 0 0| 0| 4| 0 3 0| 0

6 Renee Willke........ 4| 0 0 0 .000| 1| 1 3| 1| 12| 0 0 0| 0

12 Ally Nagle.......... 4| 18 7 37 .297| 0| 0 2| 0| 1| 0 1 0| 0

21 Annie Juenger....... 4| 8 10 42 -.048| 0| 3 2| 3| 11| 0 0 0| 0

30 Liz Palmer.......... 4| 8 2 16 .375| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 6 0| 0

2 Kendel Kellogg...... 4| 3 1 28 .071| 0| 0 0| 0| 2| 0 4 0| 0

4 Evelyn Carus........ 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0

15 Emily Caldwell...... 4| 1 0 1 1.000| 2| 0 0| 0| 11| 0 0 0| 0

18 Lindsey Russell..... 4| 0 0 0 .000| 3| 2 0| 1| 20| 0 0 0| 0


Totals.............. 4| 55 27 170 .165| 47| 6 9| 5| 72| 0 14 0| 0


Set K E TA Pct

1 14 8 54 .111 Site: Tiffin, Ohio (Seiberling Gymnasium)

2 16 5 44 .250 Date: 11/4/11 Attend: 213 Time: 1:41

3 11 8 32 .094 Referees: Bob Baxter, Al Herbert, Masin, Allison

4 14 6 40 .200 #3 Mount Union advances to 2011 OAC Finals.

Mount Union will face winner between #4

Baldwin-Wallace and #1 Heidelberg.

Heidelberg Heading to NCAA Volleyball

Tournament, Sweeps B-W in OAC

Semifinal Match

TIFFIN, Ohio-The top-seeded and ninth-ranked (American Volleyball Coaches
Association) Heidelberg University volleyball team earned the Ohio Athletic
Conference's automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA volleyball tournament by
defeating No. 4 seed Baldwin-Wallace College, 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 26-24),
tonight in the second semifinal match of the 2011 OAC Volleyball Tournament
at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.  The Berg faces No. 3 seed
University of Mount Union in tomorrow's championship match at 2 p.m.

Heidelberg (31-6, 9-0 OAC) earned the conference's automatic qualifying bid
by virtue of winning the OAC regular season championship and advancing to
the finals match of the league tournament.  Under 12th-year head coach Jason
Miller, the Berg is making its fifth appearance in the finals and looking
for its second straight championship.

Mount Union (23-7, 7-2 OAC) is appearing in the finals for the second time
(1999) and looking for its first OAC tournament title.  The Purple Raiders
beat No. 2 seed Otterbein University in four sets in the first semifinal

Live stats and a live webcast of tomorrow's match will be available at
nals.  Josh Stallings and Drew Felton have the call.

Senior two-time All-OAC outside hitter Venessa Haase (Miamisburg) recorded
her 10th double-double of the season and second of the tournament with a
match-high 11 kills and 10 digs to lead the Tri-Color.  Haase also served
three aces.

Junior setter Rachel Ferguson (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) and sophomore
setter Alexa Frank (Tiffin/Calvert) set up 20 attacks and 17 attacks,
respectively, combined for more assists (37) than Baldwin-Wallace had as a
team (24) and set the offense to the tune of a .296 hitting percentage.

Defensively, freshman libero Tessa Benanzer (Fort Loramie), who had three
aces of her own, totaled 12 digs to lead the Berg.  Senior reigning OAC
player of the year Jackie Reinhart (New Riegel) etched 11 digs in addition
to seven kills.  Junior second-team All-OAC middle blocker Marian Bevington
(Celina/Parkway) and sophomore middle hitter Amber Welfle (Norwalk/St. Paul)
each blocked a match-high four attacks.

Amanda Sawicki and Jessica Stitts led the Yellow Jacket (18-13, 5-4 OAC)
offense with eight kills and 17 assists, respectively.  Natalie Emmons
tallied eight digs on defense.

Heidelberg and Mount Union will face each other in the tournament
championship for the first time.  Earlier this season, the Berg defeated the
Purple Raiders, 3-1 (25-17, 20-25, 25-18, 25-22) in Tiffin on Oct. 15.

Heights will get quite a baptism in its debut in post-season football play; Tigers matched up against defending state champion St. Ed’s

By Adam Mendoza

In a first-round football playoff game, Cleveland Heights and St. Edward will engage in the first matchup ever between the two schools on the gridiron.

Cleveland Heights, the Lake Erie League Champion, is making its first appearance in the state playoffs.   

St. Edward, the defending state champion, will be making its 17th appearance in post-season play.

The OHSAA playoffs begin Saturday with a #3 (Cleveland Heights Tigers) and a #6 (St. Edward Eagles) hooking horns on the Heights grounds.  Heights has been holding its games in the afternoon but apparently has doubled up on security to have the special night game.


Jeff Rotsky’s Tigers are making their first ever appearance in post-season play. They are undefeated on the season at 9-0 and champions of the Lake Erie League. 

Cleveland Heights is led by dual-threat quarterback Bryce Jones, and he has a ton of playmakers to throw and hand the ball off to like wide receiver Shelton Gibson and Terrance Bailey. The Tigers average 36 points a game.

Cleveland Heights ended the season by beating Last year’s Division 2 state champion Maple Heights. This week they look to knock of the defending division 1 state champs St. Edward.

The Eagles come into the post season with a 7-3 record after losing in week ten 20-17 to St. Ignatius.

Kick off for Saturday’s game at Cleveland Heights is set for 7:00 pm. Live Audio coverage with Adam Mendoza and Carmen Angelo will be on the web at  www.ihigh.com/stedward. The game will  also  be televised live SportstimeOhio.

Last week, St. Ed’s  ended the regular season with a 20-17 loss to rival St. Ignatius before another full house in Lakewood Stadium.

The Eagles would hold a 10-3 lead going into halftime. When the 3rd quarter started St. Edward would lose its lead through  2 turnovers, one an interception the other a

fumbled punt return, which would lead to 14 temporarily unanswered St. Ignatius points and the Wildcats would take a  17-10 lead.

St. Ed’s would tie the game at 17 with a Ryan Fallon Touchdown run. Tim Shenk would give the Wildcats a 20-17 lead on a 35 yard field goal. 

Dwayne Aaron and Kenny Butler would combine for 165 yards on the Ground. Ryan Fallon was 10-16 for 160 yards. Chris Connors would have 8 catches for 120 yards and set a school record  for most receptions in a a single season.


St. Ed’s finished 8th in the Associated Press statewide poll. Hilliard Davidson finished as the number one ranked team in the state. 

The Eagles remained at the two spot  in the PC PD Top 25.

Senior Place Kicker Jake Wilhelm is 34 for 35  on extra points this season so far. 

He is also 10 of 12 on  field goals. Wilhelm’s  longest on the season is from 35 yards (season long) vs Elder

St. Ed’s is 7-2 in regional quarter final games. The last time it lost in the first round was in 2008 to St. Ignatius.

GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Lake Erie Travels to Tiffin in GLIAC Contest This Afternoon

Lake Erie College Storm (1-8, 0-8 GLIAC)
at Tiffin University Dragons (0-9, 0-8 GLIAC)

When: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.
Where:  Frost-Kalnow Stadium (4,500 capacity) in Tiffin, Ohio
Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/lakeerie  
TV/Internet Broadcast: None
Radio/Web Broadcast: ESPN 970 WFUN, Craig Deas (play-by-play) and Mark Richards (analyst)
Website: www.LakeErieStorm.com


QUICK NOTES: Lake Erie trailed 31-7 in the second half before attempting to mount a comeback at OhioDominican last Saturday, but ultimately came up short 38-30... the loss was the eighth straight for the Storm and dropped its record to 1-8 (0-8 GLIAC).

Despite the loss, senior QB Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick) went 29-of-47 passing for 279 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and ran for a season-high 92 yards and two more touchdowns. 

His 371 total yards of offense pushed him past 10,000 for his career (10,139) and it was the 14th time in his career he both ran and threw for touchdowns in the same game.

Mentor's James (L), Buchtel's Alexander (R)

Fifth-year WR Brandon James (Mentor) caught a game-high 11 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. It was his second straight game with double-digit receptions and gave him 202 for his career. The touchdown grab was the 20th of his collegiate career.

The Storm defeated Tiffin in last year's meeting 31-27 behind a school-record 214 rushing yards by current senior RB Kameron Alexander (Buchtel). Tiffin has lost 19 straight dating back to last season. The Dragons (0-9, 0-8 GLIAC) lost at Northern Michigan last weekend, 59-3.

Wright State makes it to Horizon League finals for first time in 11 years with win over Detroit

For the first time since 2000, the women's soccer team has advanced to the Horizon League finals, defeating Detroit 3-2 in the semifinals Friday in Milwaukee.

Senior midfielder Jen Agueci opened the scoring at the 6:58 mark of the first half as she played out wide and then cut inside for the goal, her fourth of the season.  Sophomore midfielder Sarah Gross provided the assist, her first of the year.

Detroit, though, evened the score on a goal by Rebekah Dornbos seven minutes later and it stayed that way until the Raiders regained the lead at the 60:09 mark of the second half.  Freshman forward Tiffany Wehmeyer put WSU back in front as she scored her second goal of the year off a rebound, with senior forward Brittany Persaud recording the assist.

WSU then added an insurance goal nine minutes later as senior forward Katie Broerman recorded her second goal of the season on another assist by Persaud, giving her 11 on the year.

Persaud's 11 assists in 2011 are a new school record, eclipsing the previous record of 10 set by Persaud a season ago and originally set by Sharon Roscoe in 2001.  Persaud, who was named First Team All-Horizon League earlier this week, now has 24 assists in her three-year Raider career, also a school record.

Detroit (12-6-2) closed the deficit to one with a Sarah Dzuris goal at the 75:43 mark, but the Raiders held on from there for the win.

For the match, Wright State outshot the Titans 15-12 despite a 9-1 Detroit differential in corner kicks.

With the victory, WSU advances the Horizon League finals for the first time since defeating Detroit 1-0 in the semifinals at Alumni Field on November 7, 2000.   The Raiders won the tournament that year, the final of a three-year run of league titles.

The win also allowed Wright State (10-7-2) to reach the 10-win plateau in each of head coach Pat Ferguson's seven seasons at the helm.  It is the 14th time that the Raiders have won 10 or more in the program's 28 years overall.

Wright State faces the winner of Friday's second semifinal between Milwaukee and Butler in the championship Sunday at 2:00, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Wright State Volleyball Rallies for Five-Set Win at Loyola

Down 12-6 and 14-13 in the fifth set, the Wright State volleyball team rallied back for a Horizon League win at Loyola Friday night.  The Raiders won the match 27-25, 21-25, 25-17, 21-25, 16-14.

The opening set featured 10 ties and three lead changes, with the final tie and lead change coming at the end as the Raiders scored the final two points on kills by Alaina McAuley and Aimee Schubert.

WSU went up 20-19 in the second set following a Rambler attack error, only to see Loyola close out the set with a 5-1 run, three coming on a pair of kills and a block from Laura Purcell.

Three straight points broke an 8-8 deadlock in the third set as Wright State went on to the win, but Loyola forced the Raiders into a fifth set for the first time this season by overcoming a 17-16 deficit with three straight points to go ahead to stay.

WSU trailed 12-5 in the final set before scoring eight straight points to regain the lead.  A Styler kill and block put Loyola up 14-13, only to see the Raiders tally the last three points to win the match.  A Dani Branco kill tied it and after a block from Branco and Ashley Langjahr, an ace by McAuley closed it out.

Overall, the match was tied 45 times and had 23 lead changes.  Wright State finished with a 63-57 kill advantage and outhit the Ramblers .230-.168.

Four Raiders recorded double figures in kills as Branco had 14 in hitting .407, Heidi Splinter a double-double of 13 kills and 11 digs, McAuley 13 kills and five block assists and Langjahr 12 kills and eight block assists.  Jessica Levy added 15 digs.

Wright State (5-22, 4-10 Horizon) heads to Green Bay Saturday for its final regular-season road match of the season, starting at 3:00 Eastern.