A Page -- Oct. 2, 2011

Priorities in order, SAT tests come before games for Elms Student/Athletes; Panthers still roll for third win of the week on Scroggins'/Rogers’ kills, Metz’s blocks, Charley’s aces, Kozer’s leads and strong bench

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


AKRON – Using an alternative lineup due to the two senior co-captains not being available for the first two games of the match, Our Lady of Elms volleyball made it 3-for-3 on the week and extended its new winning streak to three matches with Saturday afternoon’s 3-0 win over Timken.

The senior captains, Mara Esber and Wendy Kuzmishin, arrived late because they were busy being students first (the no. 1 reason they are in school, thank you) and athletes second by taking the SAT test in the morning and their studious diligence keeping them at it into the early afternoon.

That did not stop the other Panthers from using their Student/Athleticism from figuring out a way to make it a go in their absence as they posted 25-18 and 25-15 wins in Games 1 and 2. Then with both leaders back, they coasted to a 25-7 win to close it out.


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Esber, also the team’s leading setter, was spelled quite well by junior captain Aubrey Kozer, who handled the setting duties for the first time and also kept the rest of the group glued together enough in the leadership role to carry over to Game 3.

The match did start an hour later than scheduled, which was enough time to group the girls together and get the usual production out of the normal stats posters and some strong subbing efforts from some of the non-regulars, as the Panthers moved to 15-2 on the season. They had a 12-match winning streak snapped last weekend by Norton during a tournament, so they still have not gone a day without winning (at least once) or remaining idle since August.

On the front line, it was the usual Laura Scroggins and Ali Rogers with the kills. Gabby Charley did her normal libero duties and also had a nice run serving in the second game.


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Melissa Metz came up with some key blocks and also had a few kills when Scroggins and Rogers were not doing the honors over the nets.


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Also coming in with a fine afternoon serving was Emily Scupholm.

Things did not start off on a rosy note for the Panthers as they fell behind, 4-0, in the first game. However, they did not become decomposed with the absence of their senior leaders and setter.

After falling behind 9-3, Scroggins came off the bench and leveled a kill that shifted the momentum toward The Elms for good. A kill by Kozer brought the Panthers to within three, 10-7, and then with Scupholm serving, the Panthers scored seven unanswered points to take a 14-11 lead. Metz had a key block in the run for one of the points while Scupholm served up two aces.

A kill by Noelle Colant made it 17-13 and an ace by Torie Luckenbaugh made it 18-13.  A Colant ace made it 22-16 and Scroggins ended the first game with a kill.

Again, in the second game, Timken took an early lead, 2-0. Another Metz block gave the Panthers the lead for good in the game, 4-3. They ran it up to 8-3, 9-4 and 10-5 on Rogers kills.


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Timken was able to pull to within two, 13-11, but then came Charley’s serving run when the hosts scored six straight points to take a 20-11 lead. Charley had three aces in the run while Scroggins and Rogers each had kills.


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A Metz block made it 22-13 and another Metz block ended the game.

Kuzmishin served two aces as the Panthers took a 3-0 lead in Game 3. Rogers had five kills in the third game. A Metz block made it 14-3, a Scroggins kill 20-3 and a Scroggins hit ended it.

Our Lady of the Elms defeated Canton Timken 25-18, 25-15, 25-7
Service Points
    Emily Scupholm - 12 - OLE
    E. Gudaitis - 6 - Timken
    Emily Scupholm - 3 - OLE
    Gabby Charley - 3 - OLE
    Ali Rogers - 9 - OLE
    K. Faulkner - 4 - Timken
    Noelle Colant - 8 - OLE
    E. Gudaitis - 8 - Timken
    Gabby Charley - 4 - OLE
    K. McDermitt - 9 - Timken
    Melissa Metz - 3 - OLE
    K. Washington - 3 - Timken
JV Scores - 25-4. 25-12



Baldwin-Wallace College Women’s Soccer Team Shuts Out Marietta College, 2-0, For First OAC Victory

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer team shut out Marietta College, 2-0, today (Saturday, October 1, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference match on the Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium. The shutout was B-W’s third in its last four contests and fourth in its last seven.

With the victory, the Yellow Jackets improved to 7-4 overall and 1-1 in the OAC and won for the third time in their last four matches.  The loss drops the Pioneers to 1-9-1 overall and 0-2 in the OAC.
The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring when sophomore midfielder Kayla Losco (Aliquppa, Pa./ Hopwell) scored off assist from sophomore midfielder Heather Keller (Parma) at the 22:23 mark. The goal was Losco’s team-high-tying fourth this season.
Parma's Heather Keller

Near the end of the first half, sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Helser (Fort Wayne, Ind./ Canterbury) scored the first goal of her career off a corner kick from sophomore midfielder Rachel Gokey (Seville/ Cloverleaf) at the 37:27 mark to extend the B-W lead to 2-0 going into halftime. 

The assist was Gokey’s third this season to rank second on the team.
In the second half, both teams had chances to score but neither was able to capitalize on any opportunities.
In net, freshman Gabrielle Bodo (Alliance/ St. Thomas Aquinas) faced six shots, including four on goal, and had for saves as she recorded her fourth win of the season (4-4).

Spartans Drop UAA Opener at NYU

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – A goal in the 96th minute lifted the New York University men’s soccer team to a 1-0 overtime victory versus visiting Case Western Reserve University in the 2011 University Athletic Association opener on Saturday at Gaelic Park.

The Spartans fall to 7-3 overall and will return to action this Wednesday, October 5 at Hiram College at 7:30 p.m. NYU improved to 5-3-1 overall and 1-0 in the UAA.

The first half was even at six shots apiece, while Case held a 4-2 advantage in the second. The Spartans’ best scoring chance came when senior midfielder Kyle Alsup (Avon, Ohio/Detroit Country Day, Mich.) chipped a shot that was punched away by NYU goalkeeper Jonah Poster with 13:07 remaining in regulation.

The lone shot of overtime ended the match when Matt Newman scored via an assist from Niki Chow at the 95:04 mark.

Senior goalkeeper Ben Yabrow (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive) recorded three saves and was saddled with the loss. Poster made five stops for the Violets.

Baldwin-Wallace College Football Defeats Marietta College, 17-7, In Rain Soaked OAC Contest

MARIETTA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College defense forced five turnovers (4 interceptions and one fumble) and running backs Willie Jackson (Citrus Springs, Fla./Crystal River) and Tyler Lohr (Kent/Roosevelt) rushed for 119 and 112 yards as the Yellow Jackets defeated Marietta College, 17-7, today (Saturday, October 1, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference game in the Don Drumm Stadium

With the victory, the Yellow Jackets improved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the OAC.   The loss drops the Pioneers to 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the OAC.

Both teams were held scoreless and were responsible for causing three turnovers in the opening period.  The Yellow Jackets first forced a fumble by senior linebacker Matt Higginbotham (Hartville/Uniontown Lake) and senior linebacker John Harasyn (Mentor) fell on the loose ball.  B-W tallied its second takeaway when junior cornerback Brandon Russo (Olmsted Falls) intercepted from Marietta quarterback Andrew Keller.  

The Pioneers were able to intercept Yellow Jacket junior quarterback Ryan O’Rourke (Avon) in the back of the end zone.

Mount Union Volleyball Impressive in OAC Road Victory

ADA, Ohio—The Mount Union volleyball team defeated Ohio Northern in straight sets to win their first Ohio Athletic Conference match of the year away from Alliance and remain unbeaten in conference play. In doing so, the Purple Raiders (16-4, 3-0 OAC) defeated the Polar Bears in Ada for the first time in program history.

Mount Men's Cross Country Places Third at All-

Ohio Championships

The Purple Raiders dominated the first set to set the tone for their 25-9, 25-20, 25-21 decision. Taylor Webb(Geneva/Geneva) had a team-best 17 kills while Maya Brown (Tiffin/Tiffin Columbian) added nine kills. Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) had 37 assists. Kristen Gromes (Navarre/Fairless) led the Purple Raiders with 12 digs.


CEDARVILLE, Ohio -- Mount Union's men's cross country team posted an impressive third place finish out of 22 NCAA Division III teams at the 2011 All-Ohio Championships Friday at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio.

Mount Union sophomore Joshua Clemence finished in 18th place (26:53.58) to lead the Raiders on a cold, windy and rainy afternoon in Cedarville.


Mount Union had two others finish in the top-25 as freshman Andrew Nelson (Louisville/Louisville) placed 21st (26:56.25) and junior Matt Miller (Lakewood/Lakewood) in 25th (27:03.69).

The Raiders had 138 points which left them 29 behind second place Ohio Wesleyan (107).  Fellow Ohio Athletic Conference member Ohio Northern won the event with 83 points.

RedHawks Take Sixth at All-Ohio Championships

Hartville's Eick leads the way in seventh place

CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Running on just six days rest, the Miami University men’s cross country team finished in sixth place Friday afternoon at the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Cedarville University at King Cross Country Course. The RedHawks won the All-Ohio Championship title a year ago and had won each of their first three races this year, including the LSU Invitational last Saturday.

Junior Jarrod Eick (Hartville, Ohio) paced Miami for the third time this year, placing seventh in a season-best 8K time of 25:19.36, despite running on a muddy course in cold, rainy, windy conditions. Redshirt junior David Eichenberger (Plainfield, Ind.) was Miami’s second scorer, finishing 26th in a season-best 25:51.07, while redshirt freshman Daniel Garleb (Pickerington, Ohio) was the third ‘Hawk to cross, taking 29th in 25:53.97, also a season best.

Miami Women Capture All-Ohio Championship

Madison's Jillian Dickman runs career best 

CEDARVILLE, Ohio – For the second straight year, the Miami University women’s cross country team won the All-Ohio Championship, as all five scoring RedHawks finished in the top 14 Friday afternoon at Cedarville University’s King Cross Country Course.

Miami totaled just 36 points, seven fewer than last year’s winning team, to capture the 5K race, despite a muddy course and cold, windy, rainy conditions. The RedHawks beat out runner-up Dayton, who had 46 points, and Mid-American Conference rival Ohio, who was third with 70 points. A total of 47 teams ran in the meet, including 10 Division I schools. Among the other D-I schools Miami topped were MAC foes Akron, Kent State and Bowling Green, as well as local rivals Xavier, Cincinnati and Wright State.

Senior Maggie Bingham (Carmel, Ind.) led the way for the second straight race, clocking 17:58.11 to earn runner-up honors behind Ohio’s Juli Accurso, who crossed in first in 17:55.38. Bingham’s second-place showing tied a career-best finish. Freshman Jess Hoover (Hilliard, Ohio) was the second RedHawk to finish, taking fifth place in a season-best 18:10.34.

Redshirt junior Jillian Dickman (Madison, Ohio) crossed in seventh place in a career-best 18:12.52 while senior Kelley Miller (Dublin, Ohio) was right behind in eighth in 18:13.24. Rounding out Miami’s scoring five was freshman Mattie Moncayo (Lexington, Ohio), who placed 14th in a season-best 18:31.67. The RedHawks’ sixth and seventh finishers were sophomore Kate Carter (Ann Arbor, Mich.) in 16th place and freshman Alex Chitwood (Carmel, Ind.) in 24th.

Spartans Strike in Final Minute to Rally Past Allegheny

MEADVILLE, Pa. – Junior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) threw the game-winning three-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Bryan Metlesitz (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) with 45 seconds remaining as the Case Western Reserve University football team rallied to defeat Allegheny College, 17-10, on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon at Frank B. Fuhrer Field.

The Spartans improve to 3-1 overall and will play at home for the first time in a month versus Oberlin College next Saturday, October 8, at Case Field. With the loss, Allegheny falls to 2-3.
Royalton's Bryan Metlesitz

The Spartan defense totaled three sacks and held the Gators to just 150 yards of total offense in addition to forcing a key turnover deep in Gator territory with under a minute remaining.

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/bios/calabrese%20dan%20k207> (Concord, Ohio/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) forced the decisive fumble, which junior cornerback Cary Dieter<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/fball/2011-12/bios/dieter%20cary%2029rb> (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour) recovered and returned to set up the winning score.

Two Place in Top 20 To Lead Mount Cross Country to Fifth Place Finish at All-Ohio Championships

CEDARVILLE, Ohio -- Mount Union's women's cross country team had two runners in the top 20 overall as the Purple Raiders placed fifth at the 2011 All-Ohio Championships Friday at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio.

Sophomore Caitlin Goggin (Mantua/Crestwood) finished in 13th place (19:08.97) and freshman Hayley Buzulencia(Warren/Howland) came in 19th place (19:12.48) to pace the Raiders.

Mount Union, ranked sixth in the region, posted 156 points which left them just six behind fourth place Case Western Reserve.  Oberlin won the event with 64 points followed by fellow Ohio Athletic Conference members Ohio Northern (80) and John Carroll (124) in second and third respectively.

Hiram Football Defeated By Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) University

October 1, 2011


HIRAM, OHIO – Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference linebacker Jon Hull (Buford, Ga./Mill Creek) recorded a career-high 20 tackles as the Hiram College football team fell to Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) University, 24-7, this afternoon (Saturday, Oct. 1) in a non-conference matchup at the Charles A. Henry Field on Homecoming Weekend. [Game Stats]


With the loss, the Terriers drop to 1-4 overall and the Tartans improve to 3-2 overall for the season.


CMU took the lead midway through the first quarter with a 23-yard field goal by Dylan Munoz at the 7:57 mark that ended a nine-play, 29-yard drive to give the Tartans a 3-0 advantage.


The Tartans found the endzone twice in the second quarter with a pair of touchdown completions from quarterback Rob Kalkstein to Alexander Lum. Kalkstein connected with Lum for the first score with 10:45 left to play in the half ending a two-play, 27-yard drive that was set up by a botch punt attempt, giving the Tartans excellent field position. The duo would hook up again just before the end of the period, this time on a 15-yard TD pass play that was set up by a Hiram fumble and extended the CMU lead to 17-0 at halftime.


In the third quart

er, CMU put the game out of reach with its final score with 51 seconds left in the period on a fumble that occurred on the Hiram one-yard line and was recovered by an offensive lineman in the endzone capping a 12-play, 85-yard drive and increased the margin to 24-0.

B-W Men and Women Finish 

9th of 22 Division III Teams at 

All-Ohio Championships

CEDARVILLE, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s and women’s cross country teams both competed in the All-Ohio Championships today (September 30, 2011) hosted by Cedarville University. The men’s team finished 27th of 45 teams from all divisions of NCAA and NAIA as well as finising ninth of 22 Division-III teams. The women’s team finished 20th of 47 teams and finished ninth of 22 teams in Division-III.

The Yellow Jacket men were led by, junior Kenneth Janosko (Mentor) who finished 39th overall out of 310 total runners and fourth of  147 Division-III runners in a time of 26:03.20. Following Janosko was freshman Greg Blevins (Mentor), who crossed the finish line in a time of 27:42.25 as he placed 160th overall and 55th. Senior Thomas Wilkin (Powell/ Olentangy Liberty) placed 167th and 60th in a time of 27:50.77, junior David Gerding (Strongsville) placed 175th and 65th in 27:55.15, senior Zach Szablewski (Tiffin/ Calvert) finished 201st and 84th in 28:15.07, sophomore Dusan Vasic (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Heights) placed 203rd and 85th in 28:15.76 and Drew Beck (Canandaigua, N.Y./ Canandaigua Academy) was 210th and 91st as he crossed the finish line in time of 28:28.32.

Wright State Volleyball Falls at Valparaiso

The Wright State volleyball team dropped a three-set Horizon League decision at Valparaiso Friday night, falling to the Crusaders 25-12, 25-14, 25-16.

Valparaiso jumped out to a 14-4 lead in winning the first set and broke open a 15-12 lead in the second set with five straight points and a 10-2 run overall.  The Raiders led 7-4 early in the final set on an Ashley Langjahr kill and tied the score at 11 on a block from Anna Norman and Ashleigh Lucco, only to see the Crusaders later tally six consecutive points to take control.



CEDARVILLE, Ohio-Battling the rain, a wet course and winds ranging from
between 20-25 miles per hour, the Heidelberg University men's cross country
team placed 21st among 45 teams and the women came in 33rd place out of 47
teams-despite missing freshman Julia Darling (Amsterdam/Carrollton)-today at
the All-Ohio Championships on the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course in
Cedarville, Ohio.  The men's team placed sixth among 22 NCAA Division III
teams, while the women came in 15th.


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