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Honorable Mention All-OAC Volleyball

TIFFIN, Ohio-Heidelberg University junior right side hitter Jacki Street
(Grafton/Midview) was named to the 2011 All-Ohio Athletic Conference
Volleyball honorable mention, announced today by the league office.  The
honorable mention is her second in as many seasons.

Street is third on the team in hitting percentage (.267), blocks (39) and
blocks per set (0.39), and fifth in kills (217) and kills per set (1.92).

This season, Street helped lead the Berg to its third straight OAC regular
season title and fifth straight appearance in the OAC tournament finals.
Heidelberg began the season ranked 12th (American Volleyball Coaches
Association) before vaulting to fifth in the midst of a 20-match winning
streak, in which it won 60 of 67 sets.  In conference play, the Berg
recorded its second consecutive 9-0 season and ran its winning streak
against conference opponents to 23 matches prior to the 2011 OAC tournament
Joining Street on the All-OAC team are first-team selections in senior
two-time OAC player of the year Jackie Reinhart (Grafton/Midview), senior
three-time All-OAC outside hitter Venessa Haase (Miamisburg) and junior
two-time All-OAC middle hitter Marian Bevington (Celina/Parkway), and
second-team pick Amber Welfle (Norwalk/St. Paul).

Heidelberg continues its season this weekend when it will make its fifth
appearance in as many years in the upcoming 2011 NCAA Division III
Volleyball Tournament.  Opponents, regional sites and start times are to be

The first, second and honorable mention All-OAC teams, and the player,
libero, freshman and coach of the year awards were selected by the league's
head coaches.

Jackie Reinhart Named 2011 OAC Volleyball 

Player of the Year, Headlines

All-OAC Team

TIFFIN, Ohio-Senior outside hitter and Jackie Reinhart (New Riegel) was
named the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference volleyball player of the year for
the second consecutive season and headlines a list of five student-athletes
who received All-OAC honors, announced today by the league office.  Junior
middle hitter Marian Bevington (Celina/Parkway) and senior outside hitter
Venessa Haase (Miamisburg) joined Reinhart on the first team, while
sophomore middle hitter Amber Welfle (Norwalk/St. Paul) earned second-team
honors and junior right side hitter Jacki Street (Grafton/Midview) was
tabbed honorable mention.  Jason Miller, in his 12th season as head coach,
was named coach of the year.

Reinhart is the fifth student-athlete in league history to repeat as OAC
player of the year.  A four-time All-OAC honoree and two-time first-team
selection, Reinhart recorded her 1,000th career kill and 2,000th career dig
earlier this season to become one of three student-athletes in school
history 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.  The OAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month
for October has guided the Berg both offensively and defensively this
season, ranking among the team's top four in kills (260), kills per set
(2.26), service aces (37), digs (461), blocks (52) and blocks per set

Bevington moved up from the second team in 2010, while Haase, a first-team
pick as a sophomore in 2009, rejoins the first team after a second-team
selection a year ago.  Bevington leads the team in kills (311), kills per
set (2.34), hitting percentage (.320), blocks (121) and blocks per set
(1.08).  Haase is second on the team in kills (268) and kills per set
(2.41), is third in digs (399) and digs per set (3.59) and leads with 52
service aces.  In addition, Haase also recorded her 1,000th kill this season
to join Reinhart in the 1,000-1,000 club.

Baldwin-Wallace Men’s Soccer Team Receives 

First-Ever NCAA Division III Tourney Berth; 

Jackets to play first match near Soccer Hall of 


BEREA, OHIO – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team, 16-5 overall, received its first-ever NCAA Division III National Tournament berth.  The Yellow Jackets will play host SUNY-Oneonta in Oneonta, New York on Saturday, November 12 (time is still TBA).  B-W joins Ohio Athletic Conference champion Ohio Northern University, Ohio Wesleyan University and cross-town rival Case Western Reserve University as Ohio schools selected to the 61-team field.  Regional Championship matches will be played on Sunday, Nov. 13.

In the other half of B-W’s bracket, Hobart, N.Y. (16-3) plays Penn State-Behrend University (12-6-1). B-W defeated Penn State-Behrend, 2-1 in double overtime, in its second game of the season. Overall, B-W had a 4-1 record against teams ranked regionally with wins against CWRU, Centre (Ky.) College, Penn State-Behrend and Allegheny (Pa.) College. Its loss was to ONU.

The key to B-W this season is its depth.  A total of 21 student-athletes have played in 10 or more matches and Head Coach Reid Ayers (104-59-15 in 10 seasons) is not shy about playing 15-to-18 players per match. The Yellow Jackets have scored 51 goals and allowed just 22 in 21 matches, including six shutouts.

The Yellow Jackets are led in scoring by senior 3-time All-OAC forward Carlin Vandendriessche (Medina/ Senior) with an OAC-leading 16 goals and five assists for a single-season school-record 37 points. Joining him up front are freshman Ben Deighton (Richfield (Revere) and senior Noah Eubanks (West Bloomfield, Mich./ West Bloomfield).  Deighton has five goals and one assist for 11 points. Eubanks has a pair of assists.

In the midfield, look for juniors Kirk Graf (Ashland) and All-OAC and Academic All-OAC player Pat Brennan (Akron/ Walsh Jesuit) to be the top players and they are joined as starters by seniors Andy Thompson (Huron) and Pete Childerson (Alliance/ Senior).  Graf is second on the team with eight goals and six assists for 22 points Brennan is third with 21 points on seven goals and seven assists.

The defense is led by its starters in senior Tommy Kramer (Worthington/ Kilbourne), sophomore Judson Sprandel (Akron/ Green) and freshman Vince Milner (Mayfield).  That duo stands in front of junior goalie Ryan Hulings (Centerville). The defense allows 1.02 goals per game. Hulings individually has played in 1731 minutes, has allowed 20 goals and has 72 saves, a .794 save percentage, has a 15-4 record and five shutouts.

In addition, look for freshmen Cody Smith (Brunswick) and Mike Womack (Mentor) to help offensively and senior Sean Maloney (North Versailles, Pa./ East Allegheny), junior Ricky Barth (Strongsville), sophomore Ashkon Bahrami (Newark), freshmen Trey Arney (Coshocton), Bill Gamble (Brunswick), Nick Gallo (Richfield/ Revere) and Michael Brennan (Akron/ Walsh Jesuit) to all come off the bench and add strength and depth.

Olmsted Falls' Julie Radigan named All OAC 

first team

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio—Senior setter Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) was named to the All-Ohio Athletic Conference First Team while sophomore outside hitter  Taylor Webb (Geneva/Geneva) freshman right side hitter Nicole Snyder (Mentor/Lake Catholic) earned Second Team honors.

Julie Radigan

Julie Radigan

Radigan, who was First Team last year and Honorable Mention in 2008, earns her third All-OAC honor. She ranked second in assists per set within the OAC (10.01) and will finish her career second in school history (3,753). The team's most accurate hitter (.303 hitting percentage), Radigan averaged 1.14 kills per set and 2.14 digs per set this season.

Webb led the conference with 3.68 kills per set and ranked sixth in hitting perecentage (.294) in her first season as a starter. She was third on the team with 0.61 blocks per set, helping the Purple Raiders rank first in the conference and 12th in the nation.

Snyder was second on the team in kills per set (2.32) and third in hitting percentage (.239). She also contributed 1.09 digs per set and 0.60 blocks per set.

The Purple Raiders finished the regular season with a 24-7 record and won their first OAC title by defeating No. 9 Heidelberg in Saturday's OAC Tournament final. All three were major contributors in that match as Webb had a career-high 23 kills, Snyder was one short her career-high with 18 kills, and Radigan had a season-high 58 assists.

Hiram College Volleyball Receives At-Large Bid to NCAA Division III Tournament


November 7, 2011


HIRAM, OHIO – The Hiram College volleyball team received an at-large bid to the 2011 NCAA Division III National Tournament and will be one of 64 teams making this year’s field that was announced today (Monday, Nov. 7). [NCAA Tournament Bracket] [NCAA Tournament Information]


The Terriers enter the tournament with a 26-8 overall record after making their 11th straight appearance in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament and advancing to the championship matach for the 10th consecutive time and finished as runners-up. Hiram will face Stevenson (Md.) University in the first round. The Mustangs enter the tournament with a 31-3 overall mark and finished as Capital Athletic Conference runners-up.


Hiram will making its third trip to the NCAA postseason in program history and first since the 2007 season. Other teams making up Hiram’s respective bracket include: Mount Union, Lebanon (Pa.) Valley, Juniata (Pa.), Cabrini (Pa.), Penn State-Altoona and Eastern (Pa.). The matchup between Hiram and Stevenson is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11 on the campus of Neumann University in Aston, Pa. The winner of the match will advance to play the winner of Eastern and Penn State-Altoona.


The regional final will be held Sunday, Nov. 13 and the winner of the regional will advance to the eight team finals at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri next weekend.


Cartel Brooks (Germany Woods' sidekick) 

Named OAC Offensive Player of the Week

TIFFIN, Ohio-Heidelberg University sophomore running back/kick returner
Cartel Brooks (Kokomo, Ind./Galion) was named the Ohio Athletic Conference
offensive player of the week, announced today by the OAC office, for his
efforts in the Student Princes' groundbreaking 41-28 win at John Carroll
University last Saturday.

Brooks rushed for 139 yards on only 14 carries (9.9 yards per carry) and
scored on a 57-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to put
the Berg ahead, 41-14.  Prior to his TD run, he scored on a 92-yard kickoff
return, his third kick return for a TD this season.  Brooks has rushed for
100 or more yards in three straight games and has helped anchor-along with
OAC leading rusher Germany Woods (Cleveland/ St. Edward)-a ground
attack that is averaging 272.9 rushing yards per game and has racked up 300
or more yards in the last three contests.

In eight games in 2011, Brooks has rushed for 655 yards in 58 attempts and
has scored six TDs on the ground.  He averages 81.9 yards per game to rank
fourth in the OAC and 11.3 ypc.

Six of Brooks' nine TDs this season have come from 57 yards or longer.  He
is averaging 40.2 yards per kick return, but does not qualify to rank
nationally (minimum 1.2 kick returns per game).

Heidelberg (7-2, 6-2, OAC) closes the 2011 regular season Saturday, Nov. 12
when its hosts Ohio Northern University (6-3, 5-3 OAC) at Mayer Field in
Tiffin, Ohio at 1:30 p.m.

North Ridgeville’s Jordan White leads all of college football in receptions; attributes success to camaraderie in the skill corps; WMU S/A is halfway through his MBA program

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND (PUBLIC SQUARE) -- This season, North Ridgeville’s Jordan White became the all-time leading receiver at Western Michigan University and on Monday White came in on conference call to all the Midwest Student/Athletic media to discuss the Broncos’ special Tuesday Night MAC football game with Toledo tonight.

White leads all of college football with 96 receptions and has amassed nearly 1,200 receiving yards for the Broncos.

Due to the college medical hardship rule and the petitioning that goes with it, White has been able to use up his fourth year of eligibility this year in his sixth year as a student and by extension a Student/Athlete.

“The main focus for me in having a sixth year was to help get us to the to MAC championship game,” White said by telephone. “It went slow at times this season as we did not execute against Northern and Eastern as we should have, but we got it back on the right track last week and still could accomplish those team goals.:

With the great success White has had as a wide receiver, WMU has become a greater threat overall offensively and has become a massive threat particularly in the receiving corps with the success that has rubbed off from White.

“Off the field we have gotten together a lot, particularly this past summer to get ready for this season,” White said. “We sat down at length so we could discuss what we needed to do to set out and to accomplish our team goals.

“We have a lot of camaraderie on the offense and in the skill positions and from the start of practice this summer, we have all been on the same page. We all had a good summer workout. Now in our receiving group we have about five or six guys in the equation all of us together can decide together who we need to go to in each situation to get the job done.

White and his running mates often make the defensive secondaries on the other side of the ball see stars.

“When we go with five wide, it is hard for opposing teams to double team us,” White said. “Our camaraderie and overall communication is the best there is in college football. We have not had many problems among us because of this great communications.”

The Mid American Conference has had several mid-week games this season and this Tuesday one between the Rockets and Broncos should be a dandy. However, sometimes the midweek games could be daunting on the studies and missed class time of the S/A.

“It’s nice to get exposure from ESPN for these middle-of-the-week games,” White said. “It could be hard on the younger guys since they are still getting acclimated to college life and getting used to harder studies and test taking and then they get hit with a big game to prepare for in the middle of all that adjustment. The midweek game might be a grind for them.

For me, since I am in grad school, I have no classes on Mondays and Tuesdays. It is different for me to have all that time off. I like the Tuesday game. It is nice to play in front of millions of people to watch on ESPN TV.”

He has done a superb job with the antecedent of the Student/Athlete concept. White received his bachelor’s in advertising/promotions and should have his MBA by the end of the year

“I am focusing on marketing research in my masters,” said White. “I’ve traveled to see as much as I could that should help me in my business career.

White has also been a good teammate as the camaraderie and communications he discussed attests.

“We got along well in the off-season well,: said White. “We go to eat, watch TV and play video games, or we hang out in locker room and not do anything. Our good communication off the field translates to good communication on the field. We have very good communication overall.”

Through this he has seen the running and passing games and the other S/As’ ability to reading defenses has improve.

“It will be good game,” White said. “Toledo does a lot of  good things on offense with Eric Page and a lot of different things on defense. It should be a high-powered fired-up game Hopefully we come out victorious.”

Cleveland State men's soccer to host Loyola in first round of Horizon playoffs tonight

SETTING THE SCENE: Third-seeded Cleveland State will host sixth-seeded Loyola in the opening round of the Horizon League Championship at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 8). This will be the second time these two teams meet after Cleveland State beat Loyola 4-0 on Oct. 8 thanks to a hat trick from Aaron Adkins. The Vikings won the Horizon League finale 2-0 over Detroit on Friday (Nov. 4) to enter the postseason with a 9-8-1 overall mark and 5-2-1 in league play. Loyola hasn't played since Wednesday (Nov. 2) when they beat UIC 1-0 to conclude the regular season at 5-11-1 and 3-5 in the Horizon League. If CSU wins, they would play No. 2 Wright State at 5:00 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 11) in Valparaiso, Ind. If Loyola wins, they could play either top-seeded Valparaiso or No. 2 seed Wright State. Both semifinal matches and Sunday's (Nov. 13) championship match will be played at Valparaiso.

REVIEWING LAST WEEK: Cleveland State closed out the regular season with a 2-0 win over Detroit on 'Senior Night'. Below is a quick recap of the match: 

Match 18: Cleveland State 2, Detroit 0 (Nov. 4, Cleveland, Ohio)

The Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute thanks to the seventh goal of the season from Admir Suljevic. The sophomore forward, playing for the first time since Oct. 14, took a pass from Jordan Hart and slammed it past Detroit goalkeeper Anthony Shepherd. CSU tacked on a second goal when Suljevic hit Aslinn Rodas who knocked it over to Jordan Hart. Hart scored his fifth goal of the season to give the Vikings some breathing room. Brad Stuver made two saves to secure his fifth shutout of the season and secure the club the third overall seed in the Horizon League Championships.


2011 SEASON PREVIEW: When looking at the Vikings 2011 roster, you’ll notice a lot of familiar names. The 2010 team finished 9-10-1, but expectations are high this season with nine of the team’s top 10 scorers returning from last season. Junior Brad Stuver (9-7-1, 63 saves) is one of the best goalkeepers in the league. He was named Horizon League 'Goalkeeper of the Year' last season when he had three shutouts and 87 saves - 14 more than the second place finisher. Stuver already has pitched five shutouts this season and led the league in saves (36) in Horizon League matches. 

The backline is led by sophomore Zach Ellis-Hayden (one goal, two assists) who has started all 18 games in the back, as well as Justin Mancine (15 starts) and Al James (12 starts). Brian Donnelly has moved around but the experienced defender has started 13 matches for the Vikings. Sophomore Justin Cree (10 starts), senior John Gulden (three starts) and senior Chris Koy (three starts, one assist) have added experience and depth. Senior Manuel Conde (three assists), first on the 2010 team in points, leads the charge in the middle. With injuries forcing John Wargo to redshirt, the club has needed major minutes from Aslinn Rodas (one goal, four assists) and freshman Mike Derezic (one goal, one assist) who has started the first 15 matches of his college career and excited the coaching staff with his level of play. The Vikings forwards have scored 22 goals in the 2011 season, with Aaron Adkins scoring a team-best nine goals. Admir Suljevic has missed time due to injury but still has scored seven goals, and Jordan Hart (five goals) and Cazz Warren (once) have found the back of the net. Adkins and Suljevic are the most well known of the bunch but Caleb Eastham (seven starts) and Hart (13 starts) are also very experienced for sophomores at the forward spot for the Vikings.


Wickliffe's Suljevic (L), Bay's Adkins (R)

LEAGUE LEADERS: With nine goals, Aaron Adkins finished second in the Horizon League in goals behind only UIC's Ivan Stanisavljevic (10). Admir Suljevic scored seven goals to tie for fourth, but he missed five matches due to injury and wound up second in the league in goals per game (0.54). Adkins and Suljevic tied for second in the league with 19 points, and Suljevic (1.46) led the league in points per game. Goalkeeper Brad Stuver recorded five shutouts, the second most in the league. Of his 63 saves, a league-best 36 came in league matches.

VIKINGS HONORED: Six Vikings earned All-Horizon League honors when the league office made the announcement on Monday afternoon. The Vikings had a league-best three first team selections in Aaron Adkins, Manuel Conde and Admir Suljevic. Aslinn Rodas and Brad Stuver earned second team honors, while freshman Mike Derezic was named to the all-newcomer team.

DYNAMIC DUO: With nine goals from Aaron Adkins and seven from Admir Suljevic, Cleveland State has the second most prolific scoring duo in the league behind only UIC's Ivan Stanisavljevic and Eric Frazier. You would have to go back to the 2003 campaign to find the last time a duo scored more than 16 goals in a season. In 2003, Stephen Ademolu (12) and Spencer Lappin (five) combined for 17 goals. In each of the last six Horizon League matches, either Adkins or Suljevic has recorded a point.

REVENGE ON THEIR MIND: The Vikings handed Loyola its worse league loss of the season, blanking Loyola 4-0 on Oct. 8. The Ramblers lost a pair of non-league matches by the same 4-0 score.

POSTSEASON HISTORY: Tuesday's match will be the 25th league tournament match in the history of the Viking soccer program. CSU is 7-15-2 in league tournaments, including time spent in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. Twice the Vikings have tied, and they are 1-1 when the outcome is decided by penalty kicks. The Vikings and Ramblers have met in the postseason twice, with Loyola winning 3-2 in 2006 and 1-0 in 2008. Since joining the Horizon League in 2001, the Vikings are 5-9-2 in the postseason.

CLICKING AT THE RIGHT TIME: Loyola has won just five matches all season, but they enter Tuesday with a short two-match winning streak. Cleveland State and Wright State carry the longest unbeaten streaks into the league tournament as both clubs were winners in three straight to close the regular season. Loyola is third in that category after knocking off Milwaukee and UIC to end the year.

NEXT UP: A win over Loyola would send the Vikings into the semifinals on Friday (Nov. 8) against Wright State, a match that would get started at 5:00 p.m. and be held at Valparaiso. 

'Berg Football Receiving Points in National 


TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University football team is receiving five
points in both the American Football Coaches Association and D3Football.com
top-25 polls.  The Berg received points in the AFCA poll of Oct. 10, but did
not receive mention since.

Following its second three-game winning streak of 2011, the Student Princes
garnered points in both polls for the first time in 2011.

Heidelberg, under the direction of fifth-year head coach Mike Hallett,
enters the final week of the regular season 7-2 overall and 6-2 in the Ohio
Athletic Conference.  Last Saturday's 41-28 win at John Carroll University
secured the program's best record since 1994-its last winning season-when it
went 7-3 under Dick West.  A win in this Saturday's game against Ohio
Northern University (1:30 p.m.) will match the 8-2 mark set by the 1993

Hallett, who is 24-25 at Heidelberg, inherited a program that was 1-39
during the four seasons prior to his arrival.

The Berg and Baldwin-Wallace College sit in a tie for second place in the
league standings going into the final week of play.  A Student Prince win
and a Yellow Jacket loss against JCU will give Heidelberg sole possession of
second place to close the regular season.