B Page -- Oct. 12, 2011

Otto Orf’s HandsOnSoccer and Great Lakes Futsal open up league enrollment for winter matches to be played in Akron Sports Center and Lost Nations SportsPark

Otto Orf’s HandsOnSoccer, which has been running a futsal league for over 200 teams in NE Ohio the past 3 winters, has opened up registration for Student/Athletic teams again for this winter with matches to be played at two exciting sites.

Orf and his group are proud to announce the opening of futsal league play at two new facilities: the Akron Sports Center and Lost Nations SportsPark in Willoughby.

With the opening of these sites the organization is changing its name to GREAT LAKES FUTSAL and is proud to be affiliated with US Youth Futsal and US Soccer.

“I wanted to make the public aware of the recent futsal explosion in the US and especially here in NE Ohio,” Orf said. “As a former US National Futsal Team member I was fortunate enough to win a CONCACAF gold medal, win a goalkeeper of the tournament award and participate in a World Cup in Spain. I was invited to help out at the recent US team training camp in Los Angeles as they prepare for their trip to one of the most prestigious tournaments, the Futsal Grand Prix, in Brasil this coming week.

With his partner, local all-American, high school, collegiate and pro soccer player Chris Dore`, Orf’s group has taken those experiences and created 3 Futsal leagues across NE Ohio in Willoughby, Parma and at its new facility in Akron.

“We are going to land a player on the US National Team and those players have been preparing for the opportunity for a few years now,” Orf predicted.

Great Lakes Futsal offers:

·                                 teams for individuals and for teams from ages 5 through 50 at 3 locations

·                                 3 divisions to accommodate every level of player

·                                 training for individuals or teams at 3 locations

·                                 regional tournament play

The HandsOnSports Foundation and the Inner City Futsal Initiative have been working hard to:

·                                 provide an all-star program to compete at the National Championships

·                                 create inner city facilities for public futsal play in Akron and Cleveland

·                                 instruction to 2nd and 3rd grade students through the Cleveloand schools in coordination with Coach Sam's Inner Circle

·                                 instruction and programming for high school aged refugees in conjunction with WSEM and El Barrio on Cleveland's West side

·                                 shoe donations and scholarships for Akron inner city soccer and Alpha Phi Alpha groups


NO. 8 'Berg volleyball takes on Baldwin-Wallace in OAC match in Berea

TIFFIN, Ohio-The No. 8 Heidelberg University volleyball team will take its
13-match win streak to Berea, Ohio on Tuesday, Oct. 11 to face
Baldwin-Wallace College in an Ohio Athletic Conference match.  Game time at
Ursprung Gymnasium is slated for 7 p.m.

The Berg, 21-2 overall and 4-0 in the OAC following a conference sweep of
Muskingum University and non-conference win over Case Western Reserve
 on Sunday, has won 39 of 41 sets during its 13-match winning
streak, including streaks of 12 and 21 matches.  Heidelberg has claimed 16
consecutive victories against OAC opponents dating back to last season.


Against CWRU, senior reigning OAC player of the year Jackie Reinhart (New
Riegel) had her first career 20-20 game, with 20 kills and 25 digs, and
senior second-team All-OAC outside hitter Venessa Haase (Miamisburg) had a
double-double of her own with 10 kills and 19 digs.

The Tri-Color is led by Reinhart, who assumed the team lead in kills with
165 (2.50 kills per set) over the weekend, and junior second-team All-OAC
outside hitter Marian Bevington (Celina/Parkway) with 163 kills (2.67 kps)
and a team-high .352 hitting percentage.  Haase has notched 153 kills (2.48

The setting combination of junior Rachel Ferguson (Brighton, Mich./Brighton)
and sophomore Alexa Frank (Tiffin/Calvert) will direct the offense.
Ferguson owns a team-high 386 assists (6.13 assists per set), while Frank
has tallied 258 helpers (4.37 aps).  Both have combined to set the offense
up for a team hitting percentage of .285.

Defensively, three student-athletes have tallied 200 or more digs, led by
freshman libero Tessa Benanzer (Fort Loramie) with 280 (4.59 digs per set).
Reinhart (264, 4.00 dps) and Haase (200, 3.23 dps) have also eclipsed the
200-dig mark.  At the net, Bevington leads with 72 total blocks (1.18 blocks
per set).

The Yellow Jackets, 13-10 overall and 1-2 in the OAC, are led offensively by
Amanda Sawicki with 276 kills (3.21 kps) and Jessica Stitts with 620 assists
(8.99 aps).  On defense, Natalie Emmons has totaled a team-high 445 digs
(5.17 dps), while Rachel Switalski leads with 36 total blocks.

Following Tuesday's match, Heidelberg will host the University of Mount

Union on Saturday, Oct. 15 in another OAC tilt at 7 p.m.

Former swimming great Kiri Ulmschneider took the time reminisce about her time as an athlete at Oberlin in this Q & A piece with goyeo.com. A 2008 graduate, Ulmschneider is a former school record holder in the 400-yard IM and 200-yard butterfly. She is also a member of the 400-yard medley relay team that still holds the school record.

A double major in biology and biochemistry, Ulmschneider is currently a Molecular Cell Biology Ph.D. Student at Washington University in St. Louis.

How has being a student-athlete at Oberlin prepared you for life after college? 

The most important thing that I learned from swimming was time management; planning experiments is actually much easier than juggling practice, classes, co-op hours, and research while at Oberlin. Swimming also forced me to learn how to keep going after a failure, which I’m finding is key in grad school.

What message would you give to current student-athletes at Oberlin?

Stay with it, and enjoy the time you have! I thought about quitting swimming my senior year, but now I am so glad I continued.  I still remember all the good times, and I value what I learned from swimming. There is nothing in your life that will be quite like being part of a team working toward a common goal.

What is your favorite memory of being a student-athlete at Oberlin?

Unquestionably, my favorite memory is my last conference race.  I had the kind of final race that everyone wishes they could have, as I exceeded even my goal time. It was the perfect finish to my swimming career.

Describe the relationship you had with your coach.

Mark Fino  was a great coach that matched my style perfectly. He knew that I was always the one who was hardest on myself so that he didn’t need to be. He was always there for me when things weren’t going so well, and he celebrated with me when I had success.

What was your favorite spot to hang out at when you were on campus?

I was a science major, so I spent most of my time in the science center, particularly the Love Lounge study area on the second floor that overlooks the big atrium on the first floor. I spent a lot of time doing work there because I liked the background noise from the atrium, and lots of people I knew worked there also.

Why should someone go to Oberlin College?

Someone should go to Oberlin if they are looking for a place full of smart, unique, and challenging individuals. At Oberlin, I was never afraid to be myself because everyone else was just as interesting as I was.

What do you miss most about being a student-athlete at Oberlin?

I definitely miss my teammates the most. Being part of the swim team was like being part of a family.

Miami Hockey Slips to No. 4/5 in National Polls

RedHawks still earn one first-place vote in USCHO.com Poll

OXFORD, Ohio – After a season-opening weekend split, the Miami University hockey team fell from its preseason No. 1 national ranking, landing at No. 4 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll while earning the No. 5 spot in the USCHO.com Poll, as both polls were released Monday. The RedHawks were ranked second in the preseason USCHO.com Poll.


Miami garnered 384 points in the USA Today Poll after totaling 453 in the preseason poll. In the USCHO.com Poll, the ‘Hawks earned 742 points, including one first-place vote, compared to 722 points and 12 first-place votes in the preseason poll.


With each of the top three teams losing over the weekend, Boston College in the new No. 1 team in the country in both polls, receiving 27 of 34 first-place votes and 495 points total in the USA TodayPoll while tallying 973 points and 36 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO.com Poll. CCHA foe Notre Dame is No. 2 in both polls, staying put in the USA Today Poll after splitting with defending champion Minnesota Duluth while dropping from No. 1 in the USCHO.com Poll. The Irish, who Miami hosts in late February, received three first-place votes in the USA Today Poll and seven in the USCHO.com Poll.


Denver, who has yet to play a regular-season game, is No. 3 in both polls, moving up one spot in both, while receiving a pair of first-place votes in each. The Pioneers and RedHawks clash Nov. 26 in the Denver Cup. CCHA rival Michigan is No. 4 in the USCHO.com Poll, jumping two spots with 806 points, while the Wolverines sit behind Miami at No. 5 in the USA Today Poll (338 points), though they did jump four places. Miami and Michigan play four times during the season, twice in Ann Arbor and twice in Oxford.


North Dakota is No. 6 in both polls, falling from No. 3 in each, while Colorado College is No. 7 in the USCHO.com Poll followed by Boston University at No. 8. In the USA Today Poll, the Terriers are No. 7 while the Tigers sit at No. 8. Minnesota Duluth and Yale round out the top 10 in each poll, respectively.


Western Michigan is the only other CCHA member ranked, sliding up one spot to 12th in both polls. Union is No. 11 in both polls while Merrimack and Minnesota are 13th and 14th, respectively, in each. New Hampshire is ranked 15th in the 20-team USCHO.com Poll while Nebraska Omaha rounds out the 15-team USA Today Poll. Bemidji State, who the RedHawks split with over the weekend, is now receiving votes in both polls.


Amherst blanks North Ridgeville in boys’ soccer; Connor Klekota scores two goals

Connor Klekota scored a pair of goals to lead Amherst to a 3-0 victory over North Ridgeville.


Marcus Schmitz added a goal and an assist for the Comets, who improved to 12-1-1 on the season. Josh Birkline and
Tommy Wesley tacked on assists and Niko Malobabic and Tyler Clotz split the shutout.

The Comets next travel to St. Ignatius for a matchup between two of the top teams in the area. The Wildcats are ranked #1 in Greater Cleveland and #1 in the state, while Amherst is ranked #3 in Greater Cleveland and #12 in the state. Game time is 8 p.m.

Amherst Steele 3, North Ridgeville 0

Goals: Connor Klekota (2), Marcus Schmitz
Assists: Josh Birkline, Tommy Wesley, Marcus Schmitz
Saves: Amherst - Niko Malobabic (3), Tyler Clotz (1); North Ridgeville
- Sisnour (14)
Amherst record: 12-1-1

Kresevic, Schippers, Collica goals lead Solon girls soccer past Avon Lake

By John Kenny

In a game that featured a little of everything including bicycle kicks, 30 fouls, 5 yellow cards, a penalty kick, and even a full moon, Solon defeated host Avon Lake by a score of 3-0.

The game had a playoff atmosphere as the two teams nearly battled to a scoreless first half, when Solon sophomore Maddie Kresevic scored off a deflected ball in front of the Avon Lake net.

In the second half, junior Hannah Schippers, who attempted 2 bicycle kicks earlier in the game, received a pass in front of the Shoregal net and drilled it for a 2-0 lead.  The final goal was scored on a penalty kick with 3 minutes remaining by sophomore Maria Collica.

Getting the shutout in goal for Solon was sophomore Kristen Confroy who made 3 saves.

In goal for Avon Lake was senior Dana Strimbu who recorded 5 saves. 

With the win, Solon ups its record to a very fine 12-2-1, while Avon Lake drops to 7-6-2

Avon Lake vs. Solon
Game Date:    Monday Oct. 10, 2011
Final Score:
Avon Lake (AL) - 0        Solon (S) - 3
AL    7-6-2            S    12-2-1
AL    None            S    Madelaine Kresevic
                    Hannah Schippers
                    Maria Collica
AL    None               S    N/A
Shots on Goal:
AL    3            S    8
AL    Dana Strimbu - 5 saves
S    Kristen Confroy - 3 saves
AL    4            S    16
Corner Kicks:
AL    2            S    3
AL    4            S    0
AL    14            S    16
Yellow Cards:
AL       1            S          4
AL    0            S    1

Cara Dannemiller and Erin Mielcusny hit back of the net to lead Avon Lake JV soccer to win over Comets

In JV action, Avon Lake shutout Solon 2-0 behind goals from Erin Mielcusny and Cara Dannemiller. 

Molly Maloney also had an assist.  In goal, Abby Rogers recorded her 7th shutout of the season.

Kayla Zingale’s goal gives North Ridgeville 1-0 win in Battle of Route 10

Kayla Zingale’s goal stood the test of the time as North Ridgeville girls’ soccer hangs on for 1-0 win over Elyria in the Battle of Route 10.

The Rangers outshot the Pioneers, 14-6.

NR          1

Elyria     0

Half: 1-0

NR:         Zingale


NR:         Lesniak


NR:         14

Elyria:    6


NR:         Wiles (6)

Elyria :   Andress (13)

Oberlin College Club Sports Report October 3-9
Report edited by Cynthia Getschow

Badminton Club had a good session of open rec playing this Saturday. Many regulars came to Philips to hit some birdies, and they even had one newcomer!
-Anrey Wang

This past weekend, the Oberlin Thunder traveled to Adrian, Michigan to compete in the AC Open. Across three games, second year Griffin Sabelli averaged 224.67 pins/game for a three game pin fall of 674. He beat out Michael Erlingus of Michigan State by three pins to take home the title of All-Tournament Champion. Griffin Sabelli also made the All-Tournament Team. Two other Oberlin College students placed in the top 15 this weekend. Second-years Johnnie Kallas and David Morris respectively placed 11th and 15th. Overall, the team placed a solid 6th out of 14 teams, and 5th out of 9 'A' teams. In two weeks the team will compete in the UNOH Racer Classic with the hopes of continuing its momentum. Off to a good start, Oberlin looks to keep developing and progressing as the season continues.
-Maya Iverson

The Oberlin College Dressage Team took part in their weekly lessons.
-Rebecca Ciota

The Flaming Blades enjoyed another week of regular practice.
-Alexandre Guevara

Men’s Rugby
The Gruffs crushed Cleveland State this weekend, scoring seven tries and completely shutting out the other side. The Gruffs' strong rucking and coordinated back-play ensured offensive dominance, and the team was able to capitalize on their speed to outmaneuver Cleveland's defense. This leaves Oberlin with its best Ohio Rugby Union record in history, 2-2. The team is inspired by this achievement, and plans on improving even further next season.
-Matthew Kendrick

Coed Soccer
With the heavy rains delaying their start to the season, the Squirrels finally headed to Hillsdale, Michigan for their first game of the year. It was a bright, sunny Saturday and all portents indicated a breezy ending to the day. The game began as soon as the Squirrels arrived at the field, and the lack of a chance to warm up led to initial sluggishness. Added to the mix were a few Nordic giants playing for Hillsdale. The Squirrels were quickly pressed back into their own half of the field. The first goal for Hillsdale came soon after, a fantastic save by Oberlin keeper Prakash only delaying a lucky shot by the Hillsdale offense. After half time, however, the Squirrels were well in the thick of it. A wall of defenders manned the fort while the midfield created chances and tried to blast one through the Hillsdale net. Despite the momentum, the second Hillsdale goal came via an incredibly soft penalty call that was nonetheless awarded by the ref. While the pace of the game now entirely shifted in the favor of a Herculean Squirrels counter-attack, no goals were forthcoming, and the game ended Squirrels 0, Hillsdale 2: an encouraging start to the season nonetheless, and one that promises of bigger things to come. The Squirrels have every intention of hitting the ground running for taking on ONU next week.
-Saksham Khosla

Table Tennis
The Oberlin College Table Tennis Club hosted a match against Ashland University last Sunday afternoon. Oberlin Club members Brian Jortner and Adam Darer came in 3rd and 4th in Men's singles and 2nd place as a pair in Men's doubles. Tim Gemesi and Ittai Korman got 3rd place for Oberlin in Men's doubles. Club member Sarah Verghese came in 1st place in Women's singles. The next match will be at Ashland University in November.
-Adam Darer

Men’s Ultimate
Men's Ultimate continues with to hold its members to a tight schedule. So far, only two of their original eleven rookies have dropped, and the Cows are beginning to gel as a team. Although they are still working toward achieving the skills of flow and fundamentals, the machinery, drive to succeed, and discipline to work hard are in place. The Horsecows make it a point to sprint throughout the entirety of practice. They then do extra sprints for each teammate who was late. With a determination to be the best team they can be, the Cows have made it through another successful week of practices.
-Raghav Goyal

Women’s Ultimate
After gaining a huge amount of experience at last week’s home tournament, the rookies on the Manti showed vast improvements in their knowledge of fundamental skills at practice this week. (In particular, their forehands are starting to look great!) The season just gets more exciting, with many Manti—both new and returning—learning the meaning of being scrappy. They look forward to competing in Fall Brawl this coming weekend in Columbus. 

-Cynthia Getschowz


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RedHawk Track & Field Adds Stacey Wannemacher to Coaching Staff

All-American thrower at Purdue will serve as Miami’s throws coach



OXFORD, Ohio – Stacey Wannemacher has been named an assistant coach for the Miami University women’s track and field team, head coach Kelly Phillips announced Monday. She will primarily serve as the RedHawks’ throws coach, replacing Ross Richardson, who took a similar position at the University of Virginia.


Wannemacher, who was already serving as the program’s director of operations as a graduate student at Miami, begins her first full-time coaching job with RedHawks after Richardson left earlier this season. She comes to Miami from Purdue, where she graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and supervision.


“We lucked into Stacey, having her here already as a graduate student, it made it an easy transition. She has great chemistry with the girls, threw at a very high level and knows what it takes to train and be an All-American. The throwers have already responded well to her training, so I couldn’t be happier to have her join our staff,” Phillips said. “Not many coaches have the knowledge of their event and can actually get in the ring, show you how it is done and more than likely out-perform you too. She will be a great role model for her girls.”


While at Purdue, Wannemacher was a three-time All-American in the shot put, qualifying for the Outdoor NCAA Championships in the event all four years and earning a spot at the Indoor Championships twice. She also qualified for the Outdoor NCAA Regionals in all three throws events (discus, hammer, shot put) all four years as a Boilermaker. Wannemacher captured the Big Ten title in the hammer throw as a junior as well in 2009.