A Page -- Oct. 22, 2011

Coach Kaczmar
Walsh Jesuit baseball coach Chris Kaczmar becomes only the 23rd coach nationally to receive prestigious Easton Master Award; baseball showcase for cancer has made Warrior S/A’s winners on field, in classroom and in spirit

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CUYAHOGA FALLS – Through community service, Student/Athletes often gain the spirit that gives them the character to succeed both academically and athletically.

Thus has been the case for the baseball Student/Athletes at Walsh Jesuit High, whose alumni and current program S/A’s can hold their heads high as Coach Chris Kaczmar, who was just named the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Easton Master Coach Award, which goes to only one high school baseball coach every year.

Kaczmar becomes the 23rd Student/Athletic coach to win the award and it was bestowed upon him partly because of the Baseball Showcase for Cancer his program puts on at the start of summer each year. The Walsh Jesuit S/As participate in the showcase that brings in coaches and corporate leaders from all over the country, raising awareness, research instruments and financial support for cures to various cancers.

“We always want to feed our own good advice we give to players,” Coach Kaczmar said. “In any season of adversity, most coaches will go along with the common thread of turning those setbacks into positives. Unfortunately, with our program we have had a number of tragedies arise in the families in our program. It is an awful thing to face so we wanted to find away to make an impact and honor those people.”

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If an S/A was enduring the grief of a death in the family, Kaczmar would gather the rest of the baseball S/As to not only have a positive impact on the situation but then take it a step further and actually have an impact on the rest of the world.

“That was the foundation of it, but it was only part of our jobs to help the players to advance to the next level of baseball,” said Coach Kaczmar. “We consider our program a year-round one and when we considered the many for-profit showcases around our players were going to every year, it just hit a light bulb one day and we decided we could make a fundraising project out of it.”

Kaczmar’s wife was running in road races that were for the benefit of the cure to breast cancer, which gave him the idea to turn baseball showcases into fundraising events for cancer.

“We decided to tie the road races into our event and this laid the seeds for our move to raise funds for cancer research,” Coach Kaczmar said. “Our players were spending a great amount of money to attend these showcases anyway so we decided to channel it into our own project. Each year it has grown exponentially. It has gotten bigger and better and the attendance for the event has gone through the room.”

The whole organizing of the project has become a year-round event. The coaches, scouts, lecturers and manufacturers have all come to treat it as a rather festive event. This year they will even have a band playing.

The best part about it is that the Walsh S/As through being winners off the field have also become winners on the field (Kaczmar’s teams in 15 years have compiled a 376-72 record that includes four state championships in 1999, 2004, 2006 and 2008 and two runner up finishes in 2009 and 2010 and ranking in national polls during six of the last seven years) and in the classroom, as an average of five WJHS baseball S/As each year go on to play at some level of college baseball while studying in the higher education after graduating from preps.


Through the showcase as a fundraiser, Walsh has found a direct link between academic and athletic success as fueled by the Holy Spirit, Walsh’s and Loyola at the Lake’s brothers and priests having been prepped under the Society of Jesus banner.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Easton, but any coach will tell anyone that it is a program award,” Coach Kaczmar said. “It’s not a one-man show. It is a great family effort. Our program is better on the field from having gone through the showcases for the cure. The inner satisfaction our players get from having done a good thing leads to an inner calmness that enables them to compete better on the field.

“So much of our game is not just physical and mental, but also spiritual. So many of the things they go through enables them to benefit in so many ways.”

The next turn would be for other Student/Athletic programs in Greater Cleveland and even regionally and nationally to take Walsh baseball as a model and mold their own community service/fundraising event out of it.

“Some of the Student/Athletes in other sports at Walsh have taken notice of us,” Coach Kaczmar said. “Our cheerleading team has been backing us, which is great that not all the support from cheerleaders goes to football and basketball but also now to baseball.”

Josh Birkline’s hat trick, Notre Dame-bound Connor Klekota’s two goals lead Amherst to sectional title

Amherst Steele boys’ soccer won a sectional final match against Elyria, 7-1. Josh Birkline led the charge for the Comets with his first hat trick of the season.

Connor Klekota added two goals and two assists and Andrew Souders and Cole Plumb scored the final two goals for Amherst.


Marcus Schmitz, Mark Ferber, and Tommy Wesley notched assists. Maximo Meggitt and Niko Malobabic earned the win in goal for the Comets, who improve to 14-2-1.

Andrew Souders  U.S. U-17 Men's National Team

U-of-Akron-bound Souders

The Comets, currently ranked tenth in the state, host the winner of the Olmsted Falls/Strongsville game in district semi-final action on Monday at Amherst Jr. High. Game time is slated for 4:30.

Amherst Steele 7, Elyria 1
Goals: Josh Birkline (3), Connor Klekota (2), Andrew Souders, Cole Plumb
Assists: Connor Klekota (2), Marcus Schmitz (2), Mark Ferber, Tommy Wesley
Saves: Maximo Meggitt (1), Niko Malobabic (1)
Goal: Connor Mariner - PK
Saves: Rameriz (5), Cake (4)
Records: Amherst - 14-2-1; Elyria - 8-9-1

Yeowomen Cross Country Receiving High Praise

Oberlin – Coming off an impressive first-place performance at its own Inter-Regional Rumble event, the Oberlin College women’s cross country team is earning lofty praise from not only its fellow conference members, but from the national cross country community.

The Yeowomen, who were selected to win next weekend’s North Coast Athletic Conference Championship Meet by their league peers, also made large strides in the eyes of the national voters as they moved up nine spots in the latest USTFCCCA Poll to 14th. It was the fifth time in the last six years Oberlin has been selected by the league to win the conference title.
Oberlin also moved up to second in the Great Lakes Region, trailing only Calvin College who sits at eighth in the country.
The Yeowomen will look to defend their conference crown and make it three in a row on Saturday, October 29 at Wittenberg University.
The top scoring defense in the Pioneer Football League will take on the PFL’s top scoring offense on its home turf Saturday when the University of Dayton football team visits Morehead State in Morehead, Ky.  Game time is 1 p.m. ET.

Dayton allows just 16.4 points a game, while MSU scores at a 37.0 points per game clip.   The Flyers enter the game 4-3, and 2-2 in the PFL, while Morehead is 2-5 and 1-3. 


The Flyers return 11 starters (four offense, six defense, and one specialist) from a team that won a share of the 2010 Pioneer Football League title with a record of 10-1 and was ranked 25th nationally.
Among the Flyers’ 11 returning starters is senior defensive end Devon Langhorst. Langhorst is a National Football Foundation Campbell Trophy semifinalist. 
Langhorst was a member of the 2010 Third Team AP FCS All-America team and was First Team All-Pioneer Football League. He ranked second nationally in sacks with 14 and was second on the team in tackles with 77.
This season Langhorst leads the team in hits (48), sacks (8.5), QB hurries (8) and TFL (12).
Taylor Harris has three 100 games already this season.  It’s been eight years since a Flyer runner has done that.  His 148 yards at Jacksonville is the most for UD in eight years as well. 
The Flyers entered the 2011 season with the second- best winning percentage (.792, 97-24) in FCS football since 2000 AND the most football Academic All-Americans (21) at any level of competition in this century.
Dayton leads the series 11-5 and has won the last two encounters.  Last year, the Flyers won 34-28 at home on Sept. 18 after leading 24-0 at halftime.  UD has won six of the eight games at Jayne Stadium. 
SCOUTING THE EAGLES                               
For the fourth straight week, the Dayton defense will face one of the top 15 passers in FCS football, and in terms of yardage, this week’s foe is the best of the bunch.  Junior QB Zach Lewis is fifth in yards per game (308.0). 
MSU is second in FCS passing, averaging 358.0 yards a game, and also leads the PFL in total offense (481.3), scoring (37.0), first downs (25.7) and time of possession (31:28).
The Eagle defense leads the league in opponent third-down percentage (26.3%, 25-95) and interceptions (10, tied with Dayton and Butler).
UD has not been shut out in a school-record 393 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976.  That is also the all-time FCS record.

Oberlin swimming begins season today

Oberlin, Ohio - The Oberlin College men’s swimming and diving team begins their 2011-12 campaign on October 22nd, when they travel to Transylvania for a dual meet with the Pioneers.
The Yeomen come off of a 2010-11 season that saw them finish sixth in the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship Meet. The Yeomen return a core group experienced swimmers, including six seniors.
Head Coach Mark Fino enters his sixth season as the leader of the Yeomen swimming team. He’s excited about this year’s squad and feels that they have the talent to make significant strides in the highly competitive North Coast Athletic Conference. While the roster features a lot of young talent, and the senior leadership is still there which will allow them to flourish.
The senior class is highlighted by Jebran Haddad who holds the school record in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 59.41, which he set in 2010. He looks to return to championship form after an injury plagued junior year. Senior Bud Stracker, who held the 100 breaststroke record before Haddad broke it, is back on the team and the two will be able to push each other to compete.
Freshman standout Chris Pickens comes into his sophomore year as the Yeomen’s top distance swimmer. Pickens had top times in the NCAC in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:14.98, 11th) and the 1650-yard freestyle (16:40.26, 10th).
Luke Harrison takes over the duties as the team’s top fly specialist after the graduation of Corey Spiro.  Harrison had the 22nd best time in the NCAC last season in the 200-yard fly with a mark of 2:00.02.
Last year the Yeomen graduated three seniors, and the 2011 freshmen class brings in five new swimmers and a diver. The addition of rookie diver, Chris McLauchlan will give the Yeomen a chance to pick up critical points in conference meets. Fino has been happy with the practices so far this year and feels that the team, and the freshmen are ready to start the season in top form.
Following three away meets to start the season, the Yeomen will host their first home meet of the season on November 18 against Baldwin-Wallace.
Yellow Jackets to go quaking in southern 


The Baldwin-Wallace College Yellow Jacket football team (currently receiving votes in both the d3football.com and AFCA Coaches
national Division III polls) travels to Wilmington, Ohio to play the Quakers
of Wilminton in another key Ohio Athletic Conference game.

The Yellow Jackets are 5-1 overall and tied for second place in the OAC
at 4-1 following their 20-6 victory against Ohio Northern University last
Saturday (Oct. 15) on HOmecoming in Berea. B-W is tied for second place with
OAC and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University.

The Quakers enter this game at 0-6 overall and 0-5 in the OAC following
a 31-6 lost against in Marietta last Saturday. Wilmington has lost 22
straight games dating back to the 2009 season.

The Baldwin-Wallace Versus Wilmington Series Notes -- The Yellow Jackets and
the Quakers have previously met 12 times on the gridiron with
Baldwin-Wallace holding a 9-3 series lead, including a 38-0 victory a year
ago at George Finnie Stadium in Berea. The series began in 1922 with the
Quakers defeating the Yellow Jackets, 16-7. The last Wilmington win came in
2008 when the Quakers beat the Yellow Jackets, 27-21, in Wilmington. Since
coming into the OAC in 2000, B-W holds a 9-2 record, including four shutouts
and a combined 354-126 scoring advantage.

Last Year's Game in Berea:  Baldwin-Wallace -- 38, Wilmington -- 0 --  A
year ago in Berea, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Quakers, 38-0, on Tressel
Field in The George Finnie Stadium in Berea on October 23, 2010.  The Yellow
Jackets led 14-0 after one quarter, 24-0 at halftime and 38-0 after three
B-W was led offensively by current junior quarterback Ryan O'Rourke
(Avon/ Senior), current senior wide receiver Troy Van Meter (Gahanna/
Westerville North), current senior tight end Aaron Hurd (Tiffin/ Columbian)
and current senior running back Tim Miker (Parma/ Senior). 



O'Rourke completed 19-of-26 passes for 259 yards with a career-high four touchdown
passes. Van Meter caught a career-high and game-high nine catches for 113
yards and a TD. Hurd grabbed six balls for 57 yards and a TD. Miker, who is
out for the 2011 season with an injury, had eight rushes for 50 yards and a
TD. The defense recorded a shutout and was led by current senior outside
linebacker John Harasyn (Mentor) with team-high nine tackles and a QB sack.

Scouting the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin-Wallace College -- Baldwin-Wallace is
5-1 overall and 4-1 in the OAC and returned 43 lettermen and 18 starters.  

Offensively, the Yellow Jackets average 22.2 points and 363.8 yards of
total offense, including 185.7 rushing and 178.2 passing yards.  Junior QBs
Ryan O'Rourke and Andrew Dziak (Maple Heights/ Parma Padua Fransiscan) run
the offense. O'Rourke has started all six games this season and has
completed 88-of-149 passes for 1,052 yards with seven TD and six
interceptions.  Dziak enters the game in "wildcat" situations and has
completed 1-of-1 passes for 17 yards. He also has run 24 times for 126 yards
and a TD. In the backfield, junior Tyler Lohr (Kent/ Roosevelt), last week's
OAC Offensive Player of the Week, and freshman Willie Jackson (Citrus
Springs, Fla./ Crystal River) carry the load and are replacing the injured
Miker. Lohr starts and has a team-leading 641 rushing yards in 129 attempts
with six TD's. Jackson is second with 368 yards in 66 trips (5.6 yards per
carry) with one TD. 
Padua grads Pat Laguardia (L), Andrew Dziak (R)

He also has six catches for 97 yards and another score.
Sophomore Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton Midview) leads the receiving corps
with 18 catches for 189 yards and two TD's.  Eight separate receivers have
each caught four or more passes with Holt, Aaron Hurd, Jackson, Troy
VanMeter and sophomores WR/DB Kevin Johnson (Maple Heights/ Cleveland St.
Ignatius), Mike McGervey (Canton/ St. Thomas Aquinas) each catching one TD
pass.  The offensive line returned four starters, including senior guard
Rudy Ackerman (Sheffield Village/ Brookside), senior tackle Travis Barnhill
(Findlay/ Senior), senior center Jimmy Basar (Parma/Senior) and sophomore
guard Jason Cook (Streetsboro).

Defensively, the Yellow Jackets allow 291.7 yards of total offense per
game, including 97.7 rushing and 194 passing yards. The defense is led by
senior 2-time All-OAC safety Ryan Dugan (Mentor) and senior OLB Brett
Thompson (Shelby) with 46 and 39 tackles, respectively. Senior Derron
Hamilton (Euclid) leads the OAC in tackles for a loss (13.5) and QB sacks
(11). In addition, senior LB John Harasyn (Mentor) has scored two defensive
TD's and senior All-OAC cornerback Matt Bowen (Tiffin/ Columbian) has a
team-leading three interceptions.

On special teams, sophomore Chris Mohler (Kent/ Roosevelt) does the
placekicking, senior Dave Cantu (Amherst/ Steele) does the kicking off and
sophomore Matt Harmon (Canfield) is the punter. Mohler has started the past
three games and is 1-f-3 in field goal attempts and has made 7-of-9 PAT
kicks for 10 points. Cantu, who started the first three contests, is 2-of-3
on field goals and 5-of-9 in PAT kicks for 11 points. Harmon is averaging
38.6 yards in 31 punts, including an OAC-high of 11 that have landed inside
the opponents 20-yard line. 

The sophomore kick-return duo of Johnson and Holt are two of the best in Division III. Each was among the national leaders a year ago and have forced opponents this season to kick short.

Johnson is averaging 19.6 yards in five returns and Holt is averaging 19.0
in seven attempts. Look for junior RB Pat LaGuardia (Brunswick/Parma Padua
Franciscan) and sophomore DB Kory Gillissie (Parma/ Cleveland St. Ignatius)
to return punts. LaGuardia averagtes 11.5-yards in 11 attempts and Gillissie
averages 14.0 yards in seven tries.

HEIDELBERG men's & women's soccer teams host Marietta 

In Final Home matches of 2011 season

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University men's and women's soccer teams will
close the home portion of their regular season schedules tomorrow when they
host Marietta College in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader in Tiffin,
.  Kickoff for the women's match is slated for 1 p.m., while the men
will play at 4 p.m.  Both matches were scheduled for Hidden Valley, but have
been moved to Mayer Field.

In addition, live stats for both matches will be available at

The Berg women enter their final home appearance 5-9-1 overall and 2-4-0 in
OAC play following a hard-fought, 1-0 loss to John Carroll University on
Tuesday (Oct. 18).  In that match, junior goalkeeper Molly Schriber (Sidney)
faced 10 shots on goal and made nine saves, a season-high against an OAC
opponent.  Three freshmen forwards-Annastasia Hicks (Cynthiana, Ky./Harrison
County), Mackenzie Gable (Cincinnati/Walnut Hills) and Bethany Mattern
(Youngstown/Austintown Fitch)-made their first collegiate starts.

Sophomore midfielder Kelsey Hogan (Cincinnati/Mariemont) paces the
Heidelberg offensive attack, ranking among the league's top-10 in points
(11), goals (five) and shots (48), and has landed 24 shots on goal for a
.500 shots-on-goal percentage.  Sophomore midfielder Aleseya Evans (Troy),
with six points on three goals, and senior midfielder Kristen Schneider
(Evendale/Mount Notre Dame), with four points on two goals, will also
provide the offense with a spark.  Schneider has placed 10 of her 18 shots
on frame for a .556 shots-on-goal percentage.

Schriber is 4-7-0 in 13 appearances in goal-including two shutouts-and is
saving 80 percent of the shots she faces.  She has made 68 saves while
allowing just 17 goals in 902 minutes of action for a 1.70 goals against

Marietta comes to Tiffin with a 1-13-1 overall and 0-6-0 OAC record2.  Cara
Nuss leads the Pioneer offense with seven points on three goals and one
assist, while Jennifer Wilder has scored three goals this season for a total
of six points.  Kaitlyn Pearse and Kelly Sommers will share time in the net.
Pearse leads with 53 saves in 855 minutes and has allowed 23 scores for a
2.42 goals against average.

The Tri-Color is 4-3-1 at home in 2011.

The Berg men enter the match 2-9-4 overall and 0-5-1 in the OAC after a 2-0
loss to John Carroll on Wednesday (Oct. 19).  Senior Luke Terndrup
(Columbus/Bishop Ready) made five saves in goal in his first career start.

Leading the offense this season has been freshman midfielder Hamid Sheriff
(Centennial), who has a team-high five points on two goals and one assist.
Freshman midfielder Nicholas Samaniego (Huron) is second with three points
on one goal and one assist.  Most of Heidelberg's looks at the net have come
from senior midfielder Michael Juart (Hilliard/Darby) and senior first-team
All-OAC forward Mike Harling (Manchester, England/Holy Cross), who have
combined for 60 of the team's 170 shots this season.  Juart has posted a
team-high 12 shots on goal.

In goal, junior two-time All-OAC keeper Ryan Smith (Roanoke, Texas/Keller),
2-8-4 in 12 appearances, has made 67 saves while allowing just 20 goals in
1,355 minutes of action for a 1.33 goals against average.  He is saving 77
percent of the shots he faces and has two shutouts to his credit.

The Pioneer men, 2-10-2 overall and 1-3-2 in the OAC, are led by Dustin
Zimmerman with eight points on four goals.  Zimmer has posted a team-high 35
shots, including 14 on goal.  Wesley Riley and Ben Federici, with two goals
apiece, and Michael Lomas with one goal and two assists, each have four
points.  Chris Stollar will man the net for Marietta.  Stollar, 1-9-2, has
made 74 saves and allowed 23 goals in 1,074 minutes of action this season.

The Berg men will be looking for their first win since Sept. 16.
















St. Edward looking for program’s 400th win against Moeller; Eagles return home after logging 1,500 miles on the road the past three weeks

By Adam Mendoza

LAKEWOOD – St. Edward football will attempt to snap a two-game losing streak when it hosts Moeller Saturday afternoon in Lakewood Stadium.

The Eagles return home for the final two regular season games after a rugged three-game road schedule.

This will be the 14th matchup with Archbishop Moeller. The Crusaders lead the series 9-4.


The first meeting between the two schools was in the 1975 State Championship Game. The Crusaders defeated the Eagles, 14-12. Current Eagles Assistant Coach Tom Cousineau, Jr. was the defensive captain of that St Ed team.

Tom Cousineau, Jr. 

Moeller has won three of the last four games in the series.  In 2010, the Eagles beat Moeller, 31-7, in Cincinnati.

Moeller suffered its first loss of the season in week 7 to Indianapolis Cathedral on a last second field goal, 26-24.

The Crusaders captured the Greater catholic Conferences South Division title going 3-0 this year. Moeller looks to rebound from last year’s 31-7 loss against the Eagles.

The Crusaders are led by highly recruited wide out Monty Madaris. Madaris has 905 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns.  Spencer Iacovone is the pilot of the Crusader air attack with 1,389 yards passing and 17 touchdowns.

The Eagles will have their work cutout as they face a defense that has held teams to under 100 yards a game rushing this season.

Tyler Williford leads the team with 3 interceptions on the defensive side. 

The Crusaders, like St. Edward had earlier this year, are in a three-game stretch playing against teams that have won state titles in 2010. Moeller, Number 1 in region 4, is also nationally ranked at number 16 in the USA Today.  

Kick off for Saturday’s game at Lakewood Stadium is set for 2:00 pm live on the internet at FoxsportsOhio.Com.

Last week, The Eagles concluded their 3-game road trip with their second loss of the season, 17-10, to St. Xavier.

St. Xavier would take an early 3-0 lead in the first half. WR Anthony Young would give St. Ed’s the lead with a 64 yard end around run for a touchdown.

St. Edward would struggle on offense for most of the day only gaining 102 yards on the ground.  They also found themselves with poor field position most of the game deep in their own end of the field.

The Eagles would have 237 yards in total offense but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 10 point deficit. Kicker Jake Wilhelm did cut the lead to 7 with a late field goal. 

The loss is the second in a row for St. Ed’s after winning 21 in a row.

The current two-game losing streak is the longest since the 2009 season. That year the Eagles lost 3 in a row (including one to Moeller) to end the season. Since 2001 the longest stretch of losses was 4 games at the end of the 2008 season.

Since 2000, the Eagles longest losing streak has been either three or four games. Coincidentally, it’s been to the same three teams: St. Xavier, Moeller and St. Ignatius.  

The four-game losing streak in 2008 was capped with back to back losses against St. Ignatius in the regular season and the first week of the playoffs.

The St. Edward football program will look for win number 400.  They currently have an overall record of 399-215-12. That is a .650 winning percentage.

In the last three weeks, the Eagles logged more than 1,500 miles of travel that included trips to the Queen City last week to play St. X, New York City and extreme eastern Ohio. They are 2-1 against 2010 state champions.

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. 

Avon Lake wins sectional championship; now 3-1 in ’11 against teams named the Eagles; Stephenson reaches baker’s dozen

Avon Lake earned a Sectional Championship win a 1-0 win over North Olmsted Thursday. 

Nick Stephenson scored his thirteenth goal of the season and another game winner.  

Alex Yungvirt set him up after Alex beat two defenders and slipped a ball to Nick.  Stephenson hammered it home and the Shoremen are off to the District Semifinal on Monday.


Zac Strimbu earned his eighth shutout of the season as Jordan Arch, Ryan Schneider, and Alex Voloshen came up huge for the Shoremen defense.

Avon Lake 1 North Olmsted 0 (ended in first OT)


North Olmsted : 6-11-0

Avon Lake: 10-4-3


North Olmsted: none

Avon Lake: Nick Stephenson


North Olmsted: none

Avon Lake: Alex Yungvirt

Goalies: North Olmsted, Alec DeAnna (4 saves); AL, Zac Strimbu (1 saves)

Score at half: Avon Lake 0 North Olmsted 0

Shots for Avon Lake: 13

Shots for North Olmsted: 3

Corners for North Olmsted: 3

Corners for AL: 7

Oberlin football to host Wash U in The Savage

Oberlin – The Oberlin College football team will take a break from NCAC play, as the Bears of Washington University come to Oberlin to take on the Yeomen.

What: Washington University (St. Louis) Bears (3-3) @ Oberlin College Yeomen (2-4)
When: Saturday, October 22, 1 p.m. EST
Where: Savage Stadium – Oberlin, Ohio
Radio: AM- 1320 WOBL l Brian Deitz (play-by-play) l Don Vincent (color)
Web Audio: Listen
Live Video: Watch
Live Stats: View

Series: Oberlin trails the all-time series 0-3

Last Meeting Against the Bears: Oberlin lost to Washington University 21-7 at Washington in 2010

Last Time out for the Yeomen: Lost to Wabash College 37-23 (10/15/11)

Series Information ...
Oberlin trails the all-time series against the Bears 0-3. The first meeting between the two schools cam all the way back in 1947 when the Bears left the gridiron with a 35-7 rout of the Yeomen. Last year was the first meeting between the schools in 62 years. The Yeomen controlled the game in all aspects except for the score. They led in total yards (304-214), first downs (18-8) and had control of the ball for 37:28, however they were just unable to put points on the board. Quarterback Josh Mandel rushed for 70 yards and a score in the setback.

Scouting the Bears …
The Bears, who play in the UAA, the same conference as Case Western Reserve University, come into Saturday’s matchup with a 3-3 record after defeating Wooster last week 24-20, snapping a three-game skid in the process. Junior Chris Castelluccio, who rushed for a career high 103 yards last week on 26 carries, leads the Bear’s rushing attack. They have two quarterbacks who have seen significant time. Dan Burkett (67-126, 758 yards 7TD-3INT) gets the most snaps, but Adam Banks (26-46, 300 yards, 3TD-4INT) has seen action in every game this season. Easton Knott and Phil Stoecker are the leading receivers. Knot averages 17.5 yards per catch and has five touchdowns, while Stoecker is averaging just under 10 yards per catch and has three scores… Each level of the Bear’s defense has a playmaker. Defensive lineman Nelson Nwumech has 31 total tackles and 10 tackles for loss including four sacks. Linebacker Nick Hillard has a team high 46 tackles, with 4.5 tackles for a loss and a sack. He also has a team high two fumble recoveries. Defensive Back Tatye Byers has 32 total tackles, two interceptions, three pass break ups and five passes defended.

Fourth Quarter Spotlight…
The Washington University Bears have outscored their opponents by 35 points this season through the first three quarters of their games. However, the oppenents have the upper hand in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 more points on the season. The Yeomen have outscored their opponents by three in the fourth quarter this year. With Oberlin’s offense firing on all cylinders, especially late in the game the past few weeks it could bode well for the home team.

Reunited and it Feels so Good…
Junior WR Robin Witjes and DB Zach Kisley have some connections to the Bears football team. Bears' defensive lineman Danny Lee played baseball for the Yeomen last year and was teammates with Witjes and Kisley. The former teammates will be reunited as opponents for a different sport.

The Tri-fecta…
Drew Mixter’s three touchdown catches last week was a season high for a Yeomen receiver. The last time a Yeoman caught three touchdown passes was in 2010’s season opener when Adam Niec had three touchdowns against Kenyon. Mixter’s four receptions was a career high, and previous to his three touchdowns, Wabash had given up just two touchdown receptions through their first five games. Mixter also attempted and completed his first pass of his career against Wabash, which led to a successful two-point conversion. (Watch the play here)

Emerging Target…
Wide Receiver Dan Weintraub had a career game last week against Wabash. He had  a career high five catches for a career high 69 yards. In 2010 Weintraub had only two catches for 14 yards. Through six games this year he has 13 receptions for 153 yards. He has slowly emerged as one of Josh Mandel’s favorite targets, and will continue to have the ball thrown to him.

Fast Paced Offense…
The Oberlin offense has been able to put up points against some of the nation’s top defenses this year.  The 21 points scores against Case Western Reserve, who is now 5-1 this year, is the most of any Spartans foe so far this year. Last week they were able to score 23 points against Wabash, who hadn’t given up more than seven points to a team all year.  The most points Washington has given up this year was 21 to Knox College. If the season has been any indicator, the Yeomen will be able to put up points this week.

Thank You Seniors...
The class of 2012 will be playing their last home football game on Saturday. The eight seniors have amassed a 10-26 record over the last four years, with four games to go in their careers. Highlights of the four years they spent here include the first shutout since 1982 (42-0 win vs. Kenyon his year), and setting the single season offensive yards record (622 vs Hiram in 2010). Each Senior has contributed over the last four years, and will continue to help the Yeomen football team for the rest of the 2011 season, and many years to come.

Yeowomen to do Transylvania tank

Oberlin, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s swimming and diving team is poised for a promising season under eighth-year Head Coach Mark Fino.

Fino, who needs just one win to become the school’s all-time leader in dual meet victories, will rely heavily upon seniors Jane McIntyre and Kate Melanson to lead the squad.

McIntyre, who is currently abroad but will return for the second semester, registered team top times in the 200-yard fly (2:09.33), 200-yard IM (2:10.80) and 400-yard IM (4:36.89) last season, while Melanson posted the fastest mark in the 100-yard fly at 1:00.12. Both of them will also play in a role in all five relay events this winter.

The Yeowomen will also get strong senior leadership from Claire BaytasLily Wennberg, and Lesley Whitaker.

Leading a young, but talented sprints unit is sophomore Anna Saltzman who posted the best time in the 100-yard free last year at 55.56.  She was a member of the relay teams that had season-best times in the 200, 400 and 800-yard free. Mary OkothAnnika Stridh and Katie Dunn, who are also all sophomores makeup what is potentially the best sprinting unit the Yeowomen have ever season.
Jane McIntyre

“I believe we have a nice mix of veteran leadership and youth blended with a ton of talent,” Fino said. “With the right attitude, drive and work ethic, I think this team can have great success this year.”

In the breaststroke Oberlin, will turn to junior Alden Gilliom for guidance with two first-years in behind her.

Leading the distance corps is sophomore Kelin Michael as she too will be mentoring first-years Sydney Spiro and Ellen Drake. Junior Alyssa Houser may also see some action in distance events, however, her main event is the backstroke. That unit is led by junior Rachel Coyte.

Chelsea Lane, who had an impressive rookie season off the boards, hopes to continue to grow this season.  Freshman Adrian Ziaggi and sophomore transfer Lauren Branson will also be joining her.

The Yeowomen, who finished sixth at last year’s NCAC Championships, will start the season this Saturday with a dual meet at Transylvania. Their first home meet of the season is not till November 18 against Baldwin-Wallace. 

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Storm Hosts Findlay On Youth Day Saturday Afternoon
Lake Erie and Findlay meet in a rematch of 2010's 48-45 shootout (won by the Storm) on Saturday afternoon at Britt Stadium. Saturday is Youth Day/Take a Kid to the Game Day in Painesville.

University of Findlay Oilers (4-3, 4-2 GLIAC)
at Lake Erie College Storm (1-6, 0-6 GLIAC)

 Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at 1 p.m.
Where:  Jack Britt Memorial Stadium (3,000 capacity/ProGrass) in Painesville, Ohio | Directions
Live Stats:
TV/Internet Broadcast: None
Radio/Web Broadcast: ESPN 970 WFUN, Craig Deas (play-by-play) and Mark Richards (analyst)
Website: www.LakeErieStorm.com


QUICK NOTES: Saturday is Youth Day/Take a Kid to the Game Day at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville.  All kids 14-and-under will be admitted free by wearing their youth football team jersey or with the purchase of an adult ticket.  There will also be a special "Trick or Treat on the Track" at halftime for all kids at the game… The Storm and Findlay meet in a rematch of one of 2010's most exciting games. 

Last year, Lake Erie rallied from down 10 in the fourth quarter as Sam Marcotte (Chardon, Ohio/Chardon) kicked the game-winning 22-yard field goal as time expired for a 48-45 victory.

 The win was the first GLIAC victory for the Storm…Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) had a record day for the Storm against UF, completing 34-of-50 passes for 441 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for two scores and three Lake Erie receivers – including Brandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and David Romeo (Eastlake, Ohio/Eastlake North) – had over 100 yards receiving… the Storm is looking for its first conference victory this year heading into its matchup with the Oilers. LEC trailed perennial power Grand Valley State by just two (33-31) going into the fourth quarter last week, before the visiting Lakers scored four times in the first seven minutes of the final period to pull away. 

Despite the loss, Bedevelsky was 22-of-38 for 280 yards and a pair of touchdowns and Romeo scored on a 72-yard run and a five-yard reception… Findlay has won two straight and four-of-five, most recently a 27-24 win on the road last week at Ohio Dominican.  Running back Monterae Williams is second in the league in rushing and ran for  202 yards against the Storm last year.