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In all-Jesuit affair, St. Ignatius and St. Xavier, two Jesuit preps, to play on Jesuit-college turf in Don Shula Stadium

By Ed Daugherty

It will be an all-Jesuit affair when two of the state’s most formidable American football programs, St. Xavier and St. Ignatius, both Jesuit high schools, will meet Saturday on Wasmer Field in Don Shula Stadium, on the campus of a Jesuit College, John Carroll University.

St. Ignatius, 7-1 and off a wild come-from-behind overtime thriller victory in Upstate New York, is looking to avenge a loss to the Bombers last fall in Cincinnati.

St. Xavier moved its all-time record above .500 against St Ignatius by defeating the visiting Wildcats, 19-9 on an overcast and blustery days at Ballaban Field on the St Xavier campus in the Queen City last Oct. 23.

The Bombers dominated the game with its defense, holding the Wildcats to minus 14 yards rushing and forcing four turnovers. JR RB Connor Hundley led all rushers with 90 yards and a touchdown, those totals coming on 28 carries. Max James carried the ball 10 times for 54 yards and an additional Bombers score.


St. Ignatius quarterback Matt Hoyer threw for 245 yards, but completed just 15 of his 36 attempts and was picked off three times. JR PK Tim Shenk kicked a 46-yard FG in the 3rd quarter to get the Wildcats on the board.

Last week against Athol Springs St. Francis, the Wildcats won through the difference of a point after touchdown conversion.

Extra points usually are the most routine plays in football. The kicking, the wind and St. Ignatius' 21-20 overtime victory over St. Francis were anything but Saturday night on the far eastern shore of Lake Erie in

Athol Springs, N.Y. St. Francis scored first in overtime on a 4-yard touchdown but missed the extra point in a stiff wind.

St. Ignatius followed with a 3-yard touchdown run by Tim McVey, and senior Tim Shenk made his third extra point to send the Wildcats (7-1) home a winner. St. Francis (4-3) led at the half, 14-0, after a pair of first-quarter touchdown runs by Akeel Lynch, a Boston College recruit.

St. Ignatius quarterback Eric Williams threw two third-quarter touchdown passes to tie it, 4 yards to Connor Hennessy and a 30-yard one to Jake Mooney.

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Both of these schools started out as colleges in the 1800s, St. Ignatius of course starting out as John Carroll then on the Ohio City campus as named after the first Ohio bishop.

St Xavier High School officially opened in 1831 as part of St. Xavier College in downtown Cincinnati

When Xavier University moved its campus in 1919 to its current location about 5 miles from downtown, the high school remained on-site in downtown.

In 1934, St. Xavier High School officially split from the University and became a separate entity

With expanding enrollment in the ‘40s and ‘50s, the high school moved to its current location in 1960. The new high school and the then $4- million facilities, became known as the Finneytown Hilton.

Last week, The Bombers moved to 6-2 on the season Saturday afternoon, as St Xavier defeated St. Edward 17-10 at Ballaban Field.

On offense, the Bombers SR RB back Connor Hundley had 22 carries for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns.

He averaged 7.3 yards per carry and capped the day with a 48-yards TD in the fourth quarter. Hundley was shaken up late in the game with an apparent leg injury and had to leave the game. SR QB Griffin Dolle completed 5 of his 16 passes for 38 yards. Dolle played most of the game with an injured arm

Defensively, the Bombers were led by SS Spencer Stroube, who had two turnovers in the game. Stroube had an interception, as well as a fumble recovery and six tackles.

Gators trip up Yeowomen

The Oberlin College volleyball team led in all three sets, but unfortunately could not finish off the Gators in any of the three games as they fell 25-23, 25-16 and 25-20 on Wednesday night at Philips Gym.
Junior sensation Laura Jessee led the way as she hit an impressive .476 with 14 kills on 21 attempts. Rookie Jenna Bange also continues to improve during every match in running the offense as she dished out 34 assists on the night.
Chinwe Okona was stellar as well with a team-high 10 digs to go along with nine kills. First-year Emma Kimmel chipped in with nine digs and four service aces.

The Yeowomen had the Gators on the ropes late in set one as they were clinging to a 19-15 lead before Allegheny rallied back to tie the match at 21 and eventually take the game 25-23.
In the set second, Oberlin jumped out to a 5-3 lead, but the Gators responded scoring 17 of the next 19 points and never looked back.
Like the opening game, the third set was nip-and-tuck throughout. The Yeowomen led 5-1 right out of the gates, but Allegheny eventually got even at 8-8. OC fell behind by two, 12-10, but they responded by tying it up at 15.  The Yeowomen found themselves down 21-19 and still in the match, but Allegheny closed out the game on a 4-1 run to secure the win.
The Gators, who recorded 57 digs as a team, were paced offensively by Caitlin Rothman with 11 kills.



TIFFIN, Ohio-Senior Luke Terndrup (Columbus/Bishop Ready) made five saves
tonight in his first start in goal of the season, but the Heidelberg
University men's soccer team fell to John Carroll University, 2-0, through
driving rain in an Ohio Athletic Conference match at Mayer Field in Tiffin,
.  The match was broadcast on the 'Berg Athletics Network
<http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/heidelberg.portal> ) and an
archived recording will be available.

The loss drops the Student Princes to 2-9-4 overall and 0-5-1 in the OAC.
The Blue Streaks move to 10-5-0 overall and 5-0-0 in the OAC.

Despite rain-soaked field conditions, both teams combined for 11 shots in
the opening half, with JCU holding a slight 6-5 advantage.

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Terndrup made two saves in the first period.

The Blue Streaks took a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute when Mariusz Trzeciak
received a pass from the left side from Alex Petro and put a well-placed
shot into the lower right corner of the goal.

Kevin McKamish increased JCU's lead to 2-0 in the 71st minute with an
unassisted goal.Senior midfielder Michael Juart (Hilliard/Darby) paced the 'Berg offensive
attack with five shots, including four on frame. In goal, Terndrup faced seven shots in 90 minutes of action.

Mount Union Names Mike Bluey and Dave Spires Assistant en's Basketball Coaches

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union head men's basketball coach Mike Fuline has filled out his coaching staff with the additions of assistant coaches Mike Bluey and Dave Spires.

Bluey served as an assistant coach for Mount Union head coach Mike Fuline for seven years at both Rootstown and Massillon Jackson High Schools.

He also spent four years at Akron Springfield High School serving as the head coach for three seasons while also spending five years as an assistant coach at Kennedy Catholic High School in Sharon, Pa.

The Fairview, Pa. native, has a bachelor's degree in education from Youngstown State University, a master's degree from Marygrove (Mich.) College and is a Health, Physical Education and Career Intervention teacher at Tallmadge High School.

For the last 12 years, Spires was an assistant boy's basketball coach at Boardman High School.

The Boardman, Ohio native, was a four-year letterwinner, two-time team captain at Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College, where he led the Presidents in rebounding both his junior and senior seasons on his way to All-PAC Second Team honors.

He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Washington & Jefferson and has spent the last 12 years as representative for Pfizer Pharmaceutical.

Gators Overcome Yeowomen

By Phil Brua

Oberlin, Ohio- The Oberlin College women's soccer team was unable to handle NCAC opponent Allegheny on a very wet and gloomy Wednesday night. The final score was Allegheny 4 Oberlin 0.

Oberlin had their scoring opportunities throughout the match, but was unable to capitalize and put the ball in the back of the net. The best scoring chance came in the 32nd minute when Charlotte Istel tried a chip shot over the goalie's head, and the goalie just was able to get enough of a hand on it to knock it over the goal post. The Yeowomen offense was stifled by the wet and sloppy conditions for the rest of the night.

The women are back on the pitch Saturday, October 22nd when Denison comes to town.

Miami Soccer Hosts NIU, WMU in Key MAC Battles

Sunday’s match with the Broncos will be Breast Cancer Awareness Day

OXFORD, Ohio – With just three games remaining in the regular season, the Miami University women’s soccer team makes a final push to earn a berth in the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament beginning this weekend when the RedHawks begin a three-game home stand. Miami hosts Northern Illinois Friday at 3 p.m. before welcoming Western Michigan Sunday at 1 p.m., which will serve as the RedHawks’ breast cancer awareness game.

As part of Sunday’s Think Pink game, Miami will don pink jerseys to help promote breast cancer awareness. T-shirts supporting breast cancer awareness will be sold at the game while donations to help breast cancer research will also be accepted.

Miami (8-7-0, 3-5-0 MAC) enters the weekend in a tie for the eighth and final spot in the MAC Tournament along with Buffalo, as both teams have nine points, but UB holds the head-to-head tiebreaker. The ‘Hawks sit just four points out of first place in the East Division however, as Ohio is first with 13 points, followed by Kent State with 12 and Akron with 11 – all three of which Miami has beaten. The top four teams overall reside in the West Division, led by Toledo with 22 points while Ball State is fourth with 14 points.
Katy Dolesh
NDCL alumna Katy Dolesh

The RedHawks are coming off a two-win weekend on the road, downing the Bobcats, 2-1, in double overtime in dramatic fashion last Friday. Junior Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) scored with 10 seconds remaining in regulation to force the extra session while sophomore Katy Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio) tallied the game winner giving Miami a third straight overtime win over Ohio. The ‘Hawks then scored three second-half goals to top the Zips, 3-0, on Sunday. Dolesh was named MAC co-Offensive Player of the Week after tallying a goal in each game.

On the year, Kodiak leads Miami with 18 points, which is tied for third in the MAC, while her seven goals tie for second in the league. She also has a team-best four assists. Sophomore Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) is second on the team with 16 points and also has seven goals while Dolesh has totaled 13 points and six goals. Senior Giselle Mangal (Mississauga, Ont.) and freshman Hailey Pleshakov (Brighton, Mich.) each have three assists for Miami as well. As a team, the RedHawks lead the MAC averaging 1.80 goals per game but are tied for fifth in league play with 1.12 goals per game.

On defense, Miami has a 1.30 goals-against average, which ranks seventh in the MAC, and a 1.33 GAA in league play, which is eighth. Redshirt freshman Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) has played every minute in net for the RedHawks, compiling a .730 save percentage with three shutouts.

Northern Illinois (2-12-2, 1-7-0 MAC) comes to Oxford in last place in the MAC with just three points while riding a three-game losing streak. NIU’s lone wins on the year came over Loyola (Ill.) and at Buffalo Oct. 7. The Huskies are averaging just 0.44 goals per game and have just seven on the year, including four in league play, all of which rank last in the MAC. Frances Boukidis leads NIU with seven points on two goals and three helpers. Defensively, the Huskies have a 1.63 goals-against average, which is 10th in the MAC, but a 1.49 GAA in league play (11th). Amy Carr has seen most of the time in goal for NIU, posting a 1.53 GAA with a .729 save percentage and two clean sheets.

Miami is 9-4-1 all-time against Northern Illinois. The RedHawks have won three of the last four meetings but NIU won in DeKalb last year.

Western Michigan (9-7-0, 5-3-0 MAC), who plays Bowling Green Friday before heading to Oxford, is in third in the MAC with 15 points after beating Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan last weekend, with the win over the Eagles coming in overtime. Stephanie Skowneski leads WMU on offense with 19 points on six goals and seven assists, with the 19 points and seven helpers tying for the MAC lead. Anina Cicerone has a team-best seven goals, which ties for second in the league. As a team, WMU is fifth in the league averaging 1.50 goals per game but rank second in MAC play with a 1.62 gpg average. The Broncos are also fifth with a 1.16 GAA overall and sixth with a 1.09 GAA in conference games. Keeper Michelle Watson has started 15 games in net for WMU and has a 1.15 GAA with a .790 save percentage and seven shutouts, which are second-most in the MAC.

The RedHawks are 12-2-1 all-time against Western Michigan but tied the Broncos in Kalamazoo last year and lost to WMU in Oxford in 2009.

Live stats for both games will be available via Gametracker on MURedHawks.com. Sunday’s game with WMU will also be streamed live through Miami’s All-Access subscription package. Following this weekend, Miami wraps up regular-season play by hosting Bowling Green on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m
No. 7/10 Miami Opens CCHA Play at No. 14 Ferris State

RedHawks battled Bulldogs Friday and Saturday in Big Rapids, Mich.

No. 7/10 Miami (2-2-0) heads to No.14 Ferris State to open CCHA play Friday and Saturday at Ewigleben Ice Arena with both games starting at 7:05 p.m. 


The RedHawks have won each of their last two league openers, both at home, and are 3-0-1 in their last four CCHA openers. Miami is coming off a split at Colgate in its first road games, winning 4-3 Friday before falling in overtime Saturday, 3-2. 

The ‘Hawks also split their season-opening series with Bemidji State, as Miami has suffered two losses in its first four games for the first time since 2003-04 when the ‘Hawks started 1-3-0.

Junior Reilly Smith led Miami in Friday’s win over the Raiders, having a hand in all four goals, including his second career hat trick in his first game of the season. With the win, the ‘Hawks won their road opener for the third straight year. 

Smith also scored in Saturday’s overtime loss as he leads the team with four goals and five points while his 2.50 points per game are tied for the national lead. Senior Alden Hirschfeld has a team-best four assists, notching one in each game this year.

No. 14 Ferris State (4-0-0) enters the weekend coming off a home sweep of RPI, pitching a shutout in both games. The Bulldogs have allowed just three goals on the year, both coming at St. Lawrence, but still won both games and have outscored their opponents 15-3 on the year. FSU leads the country in team defense, giving up just 0.75 goals per game while freshman goalie C.J. Motte leads the nation with a 0.50 goals-against average. Fellow goalie Taylor Nelson is fifth with a 1.01 GAA as the two have split time in net. Junior Kyle Bonis leads the Bulldogs with six points, including five goals.




Mags advances to state’s Final Four for third time in five years with win over Walsh Jesuit

In the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association District Final, Magnificat defeated, Walsh Jesuit, 3-0, to advance to the state final four for the 3rd time in 5 years.

Lauren O’Malley and Maddy Lugli were singles winners for the Blue Streaks while Annie Foliano and Kelly Plagens garnered a doubles point.

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Results: O'Malley d. Kurtz 6-0,6-0, lugli d. Costanzo 6-1,6-1. Foliano/plagens d. Cousineau/O'Riordan 6-1,6-4. 

All-Jesuit (St. X-Iggy at Shula) football game on 'HK this week

The high school football game Saturday October 22nd between St. Ignatius High School and Cincinnati St Xavier High School at Shula Stadium on the campus of John Carroll University (University Hts, OH) will air TAPE DELAYED on WHK-AM 1420 and on www.thesportsking.com at 9:00 PM 
Ron Jantz (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - TAPE DELAYED on WHK-AM 1420 at 9:00 pm.  

Oberlin field hockey scores 4-3 winner over 


Delaware, Ohio – The Oberlin College field hockey team earned a signature road win, taking down the Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon.
After trailing 2-0 at the break, the Yeowomen offense came to life in the second half by scoring four goals over the final 35 minutes of play.
“I thought we did an excellence job of executing our game plan today,” Head Coach Deb Ranieri said. “We were much more aggressive in our final 25 and I felt we did a really good job in controlling the game.”
After the two OWU scores late in the first half, it was sophomore Karin Yoshida who put the Yeowomen on the board just minutes in the second stanza.
Eloise Reid followed with a score in the 47th minute to tie things up at two. OWU would reclaim the lead just six minutes later, but rookie Jodi Helsel answered right back in mere minutes to tie the game at three with just under 15 minutes left to play.
With the two teams going toe-to-toe it was Yoshida who would provide the game-winner with just nine minutes remaining. She was assisted on the play by Reid.
The win avenges a 4-2 setback to OWU early this year and runs Oberlin’s overall record to 6-9 and 3-8 in the league.
OWU finished with a slight 18-16 edge in shots, but Oberlin worked its way into 13 penalty corners while the Bishops triggered just five.

Oberlin returns to action on Saturday afternoon when it travels to new conference member DePauw. All of the action is set to begin at 11 a.m.

No. 20 B-W Men’s Soccer Team Defeats Mount Union, 2-1, In Rain Filled OAC Match

BEREA, OHIO -- The 20th-ranked (D3soccer.com poll) Baldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team battled torrential downpours enroute to defeating the University of Mount Union, 2-1, tonight (Wednesday, October 19, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference match on the Tressel Field in The George Finnie Stadium.

The victory for the Yellow Jackets, who are also ranked fourth in the Great Lakes Region of Division III, tied the school record for wins a season with 14.  B-W now is 14-2 overall and 5-1 in the OAC.  The loss drops, the Purple Raiders to 7-6-2 overall and 2-2-2 in the OAC.

The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring when senior three-time All-OAC forward Carlin Vandendriessche (Medina) buried the shot into the back off the net off the through ball from senior forward Noah Eubanks (West Bloomfield, Mich.) at the 32:08 mark of the first half.

Mount Union knotted the game back up, 1-1, when Chris Motley fended off two B-W defenders and scored the unassisted goal into the lower right corner at 40:55.

The Yellow Jackets regained the lead when freshman forward Ben Deighton (Richfield/Revere) was near the far corner and hit a shot that into the right upper 90 at the 74:31 mark.  The goal was the fourth of the season and the second in the last two games for Deighton.

With his goal, Vandendriessche tied the school record for goals in a season with 13, a record he previously tied in 2009 with two other players.  In addition, his 13 goals and 30 points lead the OAC and rank 16th and 18th nationally in Division III.  Vandendriessche is the all-time leader in goals scored with 43 and career points with 95.  He is two games away from becoming the all-time leader in games played (79) and is six points shy of holding the record for points in a season (36).

NO. 6 'BERG VOLLEYBALL looks to clinch 

OAC regular season title Friday at

TIFFIN, Ohio-The No. 6 Heidelberg University volleyball team will look to
clinch at least a share of its third straight Ohio Athletic Conference
regular season championship, secure home court advantage throughout the OAC
tournament and extend its winning streak to 17 consecutive matches Friday,
Oct. 21 when it plays Marietta College in an OAC match at Ban Johnson Arena
in Marietta, Ohio.  Live stats for the match will be available at

The Berg, 24-2 overall and 7-0 in the OAC following a sweep of John Carroll
 on Tuesday (Oct. 18) (25-10, 25-17, 25-19), has won 16 straight
matches dating back to Sept. 17 and 48 of its last 52 sets.  Junior
second-team All-OAC outside hitter Marian Bevington (Celina/Parkway) led the
Tri-Color in that match, tallying a match-high 11 kills and blocking four
Blue Streak attacks.


A win against Marietta will clinch at least a share of the OAC regular
season crown and guarantee Heidelberg home court advantage throughout the
OAC tournament.  The University of Mount Union (19-6, 5-1 OAC) and Otterbein
University (21-4, 6-1 OAC) enter this weekend's matches in a virtual tie for
second place in the conference standings with one loss each, but the Berg
would hold the advantage in any tie-breaking scenario, having beaten both
teams earlier this season.

Bevington leads the team with 278 kills and is fourth in the OAC with 2.78
kills per set, while hitting .376 to rank second in the conference.  Four of
the squad's remaining five starters have at least 150 kills on a team that
leads the league with a .285 hitting percentage.


TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University football team will look get back on
the winning track Saturday, Oct. 22 when it travels to Marietta, Ohio to
face Marietta College in an Ohio Athletic Conference game at Don Drumm
Stadium at 1:30 p.m.  The game will be broadcast live on the 'Berg Athletics
Network (http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/heidelberg.portal)
beginning with the pregame show at 1:15.  Jeff Garvin will have the call.

In addition, live stats will be available at

The Student Princes, under the direction of fifth-year head coach Mike
Hallett, enter the game 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the OAC following a setback
to No. 2 Mount Union last Saturday (Oct. 15), a loss which snapped a
three-game winning streak.  Hallett's offensive attack is one of the most
explosive in the conference, averaging 408.2 yards of total offense and 29.0
points per game to rank second and third in the league, respectively.


Marietta, under fourth-year head coach Jeff Filkovski, is 2-4 and 1-4 in the
OAC after defeating Wilmington College, 31-6, last weekend to snap a
four-game losing streak.

Sophomore second-team All-OAC running back Germany Woods (Cleveland/Lakewood
St. Edward) will anchor a Student Prince ground attack that averages 208.8
rushing yards per game, third in the OAC.  Woods ranks second in the league
and 25th nationally by rushing for 114.5 yards per game, and has rushed for
100 or more yards in eight of his last 10 games dating back to last season,
including in four contests in 2011.  He has totaled 687 yards in 137
attempts for a 5.0 yards-per-carry average and has scored three touchdowns.

Freshman quarterback Michael Mees (North Ridgeville) will direct the passing
game, which averages 200.2 yards per outing.  Mees has completed 49.1
percent (80-of-163) of his passes to date for 1,154 yards and 12 TDs against
only six interceptions, and has gone over 200 yards passing twice this
season.  His 192.3 passing yards per game rank him third in the OAC.

Among Mees' favorite targets has been junior wide receiver Mario Escalante
(Highland Heights, Ky./Newport Central Catholic) with team highs of 17
catches and 337 yards.  His 56.2 receiving yards per game are ninth in the
league.  Senior wide receiver CJ Powell (Detroit, Mich./Bishop Foley) will
provide the downfield threat, having caught a team-high five TD passes this
season, including three for 20 or more yards.

The Pioneer defense allows 349.5 yards of total offense and 30.0 points per
game, including 215.3 rushing yards and 134.2 passing yards per game, second
in the OAC and 18th nationally.  Linebacker Dan Starr has totaled a
team-high 38 tackles, including five for loss and two sacks.  Jake Green
leads the secondary with 35 tackles and an OAC-best four INTs, while Steve
Perrin leads the defensive front with 29 stops and a team-high seven tackles
behind the line of scrimmage.

Marietta's offense averages 280.7 yards of total offense and 19.8 points per
game and will be directed by Andrew Keller.  Keller has completed 58.6
percent (80-of-140) of his passes for 1,003 yards, has thrown eight TDs and
five INTs, and tallies 200.6 passing yards per game to rank second in the
league.  On the receiving end of most of his passes is Kirby Harris.
Harris' 35 receptions and 529 receiving yards both rank fourth in the OAC.
Tevin Dones will get most of the carries out of the backfield.  Dones
averages 42.2 yards per game and 3.1 yards per rush and has scored one TD.

The Heidelberg defensive unit is allowing 394.7 yards and 24.8 points per
game and is anchored by junior linebacker Craig Sykes (Centerburg), who
leads the team and is fourth in the OAC with 59 total tackles and is tied
for second in the conference with junior defensive back Tyler Levanduski
(Elyria/Amherst Steele) with three INTs.  Sophomore linebacker Dawson Gore
(Bellevue), who recorded a career-high 15 stops last week against Mount
, is second with 54 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, while senior
linebacker Andy Fadenholz (Grafton/Keystone) leads the team and is tied for
third in the league with four sacks.  Sophomore defensive back Chadd
Williamson (Land 'O Lakes, Fla./Land 'O Lakes), with 30 tackles, an INT and
two pass break-ups, will anchor the secondary.

Spartan Women's XC Ranked No. 35 in Latest USTFCCCA National Poll

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USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Poll
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Case Western Reserve University women's cross country team is back in the national rankings for the second time this fall after being voted No. 35 in the nation in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll. The national ranking marks the third time the Spartan women have landed a spot in the national poll this season.

Shaker Heights' Natalia Cabrera

The Spartans, who have competed in the last five NCAA Championship meets, placed second as a team out of 33 squads competing amongst the region's best at the Oberlin College Inter-Regional Rumble this past Saturday. Host Oberlin, ranked No. 14 in the national poll, won the team title as that same course will serve as the site of the NCAA Great Lakes regional meet to be held on November 12, with the women's race scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.

Senior Natalia Cabrera<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wxc/2011-12/bios/cabrera%20natalia%204t3h> (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) led the Spartans to the finish line at Oberlin, placing second overall in a time of 22:24.5. Junior Corin Bowen<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wxc/2011-12/bios/bowen%20corin%20kgrv> (Midland, Mich./Bullock Creek) was second to cross the line for the Spartans in 16th with a time of 23:00.50. Freshman Erica Bauerbach<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wxc/2011-12/bios/bauerbach%20erica%20imay> (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) finished 38th in 23:33.0, sophomore Brooke Simpson<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wxc/2011-12/bios/simpson%20brooke%20v0fe> (Solon, Ohio/Solon) was 44th in 23:42.0 and freshman Kristen Ruckstuhl<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/wxc/2011-12/bios/ruckstuhl%20kristen%20k5n2> (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) rounded out the scoring in 47th place with a mark of 23:43.50.

Case Western Reserve is one of five University Athletic Association schools ranked in the USTFCCCA Top-35 and also one of five institutions from the NCAA Great Lakes Region.

Having this upcoming weekend off from action, the team will return to competition on Saturday, October 29 at the UAA Championship hosted by the University of Chicago (Ill.) at Montrose Beach. The Spartans, who finished third at last year's meet at Van Cortlandt Park hosted by New York University (N.Y.), will look to better that mark with the race set to begin at 10:30 am C.D.T.


WESTLAKE -- For the fifth time in the past six season's, North Coast Athletic Conference coaches have predicted that Oberlin will claim the NCAC women's cross country championship through a pre-championship coaches ballot, while Wabash was tabbed the favorite on the men's side for the first time in school history. 

The 2011 NCAC cross country championships will be held on October 29th at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and will be hosted by Wittenberg. The women's race starts at 11:00 a.m., followed by the men's race at 11:45 a.m. 
St. Joe alumna Kelly Gallagher

The Little Giants, who finished runner-up to Allegheny in the 2010 NCAC championships, earned seven of the 10 first-place votes cast for 95 points from the coaches to top second-place Allegheny. The Gators, who have captured the last seven NCAC titles, totalled 92 points, including the final three first-place votes. Ohio Wesleyan rounded out the top three in the poll with 81 points, while DePauw and Oberlin tied for fourth with 65 points. Rounding out the poll in spots sixth through ten, respectively, were Denison (49), Wittenberg (35), Wooster (32), Kenyon (26) and Hiram (10). Denison senior Dee Salukombo (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) is the top returning individual finisher from the 2010 championship after placing third behind a pair of Allegheny runners with a time of 25:44, while Ohio Wesleyan senior Sharif Kronemer (Silver Springs, MD/Springbrook) also returns as a top-five finisher from last year's championship event after finishing fifth in a time of 26:07.

The Yeowomen, who have won back-to-back NCAC titles, earned eight of the nine first-place votes for 80 total points, while NCAC newcomer DePauw collected the final first-place vote to land in second with 68 points. Ohio Wesleyan was third with 60 points, followed by Allegheny (54), Wooster (44), Wittenberg (37), Kenyon (31), Denison (21) and Hiram (10). Individually, Allegheny returns a pair of runners that finished in the top five in the 2010 NCAC championship, including junior Kelly Gallagher (Westlake, OH/St. Joseph Acad.) who finished third overall (23:11) and sophomore Kristina Martin (Holley, NY/Holley) who finished fourth (23:19), while Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Cara DeAngelis (Norton, OH/Ellet) rounded out the 2010 top five in fifth place with a time of 23:21.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference is made up of ten academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate member, Earlham College (field hockey).  The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.

Wright State Women Win at Detroit

Behind a first-half goal from I'esha King, the Wright State women's soccer team won their third straight Horizon League game Wednesday with a 1-0 decision at Detroit.

King's goal came at the 18:53 mark of the first half as she received a cross from the right side by Adrianna Guerrero and connected from 16 yards out.  It was King's third goal of the season, all of which have come in the last two matches.  Guerrero recorded her second assist of the year.

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That would be all the Raider defense would need as they held Detroit (12-5-1, 5-2 Horizon), which had scored 44 goals in 17 games coming into the day, to just five shots, with WSU goalkeeper Brooke McCurdy notching three saves in posting her fifth shutout of the season.

Wright State (8-6-2, 3-2-1 Horizon) heads to Valparaiso Sunday for another key Horizon League contest starting at 2:00 Eastern.