A Page -- Oct. 24, 2010

Broadview Heights' Julie Pinter, a 

Scholar All American 

Student/Athlete at Baldwin-Wallace, 

would like to communicate in a way 

that would make a difference in 

youngsters' lives

Oct. 24, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BEREA – At times, a small episode in one’s life could determine the path someone can take for a lifetime, especially when it evolved out of a desire to care.

Such is the case for Baldwin-Wallace Student/Athlete Julie Pinter, a Scholar All American and multiple All American diver on the Yellow Jacket swimming and diving team. The Broadview Heights native has a rather unique major area of study known as “communications disorders” but what is more of an anomaly is how she came upon choosing this focus of study.

Non-traditional majors are more common than they might have been in days long gone by what with people majoring in areas like golf and tennis at some Southern schools, but “communications disorders” is a broad-range concentration that could include everything from a genetic speech impediment to youths giving one another the “silent treatment” to an annoying New Yorker from the Bronx who interrupts anyone in site on every syllable uttered.

In today’s day and age, one would have reason to believe that we have become better at communications due to all the technology available – cell phones, droids, Internet, computers, instant messaging, affordability of long-distance calling, a more educated and communications device savvy work force, and advancements in visual communications such as streaming, social media, etc.

Yet many might agree that communications among those in the general populace has gotten worse, with even more misunderstanding, bitterness, and ruined friendships than ever before due greatly to communications breakdowns.

This is where special people like Julie Pinter, a Brecksville-Broadview Heights High alumna, come in to play as those who could become catalysts in remedying some of those communications problems that have brought on more ills in society than any citizenry should have to handle.

What led her to this path is truly amazing.

“There was this autistic boy in my high school named Dylan,” recalled Pinter. “Not many people ever talked to him and he was very shy and really didn’t speak to anyone himself. He just sort of sat there by himself all the time. One time I started talking to him. He was kind of cute and a smart guy. I kept talking to him and he began opening up to me.

“When his aide saw that I was the only one who would talk to him, she pulled me aside and asked, ‘Did you ever think about going into a career in speech pathology?’ I knew I was going to go to college and was considering a few different things that I might like to study, but that wasn’t one of them – until then. That triggered something in me. When that aide took special notice in my attitude toward that boy, I decided right then and there that I wanted to study communications disorders and work in that field the rest of my life. I shadowed the speech pathologist n our school and then started looking at colleges.”

Communications disorders study could take someone like Pinter in several directions. Possibly she will go into the traditional speech therapy linage and work with autistic and stuttering/stammering types or go into the more integral area of societal dysfunctions made popular by such authors as Deborah Tannen, but whichever branch she pursues, she knows one thing for certain.

“I definitely want to work with children,” Pinter said. “I might go toward speech pathology or one of the other parts of the tings I am learning, but I do know whatever it is, I want to be working with children. There are so many children who are misconstrued as being shy and or not having anything to say, but that is wrong. With help, people can learn who they really are.”

Pinter uses her friend from Brecksville-Broadview High, Dylan, as a great example of her concerns.

“Most people never really got to know how smart Dylan really is,” explained Pinter. “He is a history buff. One time in class I could remember Dylan correcting the teacher about certain dates in history. The dates given were inaccurate, but through his personal study, Dylan found out they were wrong. The teacher said, ‘No Dylan, you are wrong.’ He kept repeating that he was wrong, but in the end we found that Dylan was right all along.”

It is ironic that the boy is named Dylan. In the early 1960s, music “experts” in the Dinky Town section of the University of Minnesota told a young Jewish man named Robert Zimmerman to get lost and that he couldn’t sing if his life depended on it because his voice sounded too nasal. He moved to New York, legally changed his name to Bob Dylan and today is still performing at age 70 with over 50 albums to his name simply because he was a great wordsmith and had desire and people around him who cared.

Bob Dylan as a young man

Another example of how Pinter can play a big part in youngsters’ lives is more local. Yellow Jackets defensive backs coach Tommy Watts’ grandfather, Wade Watts, coached a skinny young man n the late 1940s who at birth had a problem with stuttering and stammering but was on the football team at East Liverpool, OH High School. Most believed that “Little Louie” would not amount to much in life because he did not have much athletic talent and no one could understand what he was saying and he actually seemed "sacred” to talk, based on some observations.

That “Little Louie” turned out to be one of the greatest college football coaches of all time. Lou Holtz not only prepped thousands of great Student/Athletes in a half dozen major Division I programs, but also over the decades became one of the most quotable coaches on the landscape, his great many one liners and quips humoring even thousands more.

Lou Holtz

For those who want more local examples, how about Nobby Lewandowski? Nobby was born with a speech disorder similar to that of Lou Holtz’s. After becoming a certified public accountant, Nobby donated the funds to build Nobby’s Ballpark, the baseball complex at Case Western Reserve, where the Spartans and his high school alma mater, the Benedictine Bengals, play their home games.

More important, Nobby has been on the national speaker’s circuit for decades and has published mounds of work on public speaking.

Nobby (left) and Lou Holtz (right)

At any rate, all these people had someone like a Julie Pinter come into their lives to make a difference and what a difference it made.

Pinter carries a 3.66 grade point average. The Yellow Jacket swim and dive team last summer was named an All Academic Award by the College Swim Coaches Association of America. In addition, Pinter, a freshman last year, earned the Individual All Academic Award for Division III Student/Athletes.

Athletically, she became only the second Student/Athlete in B-W swimming & diving history to earn multiple All-American awards after placing fifth on the three-meter board (435.30 points) and sixth on the one-meter board (400.55).

“I could have chosen to dive at a D-I school, but I would have spent a lot of time diving and not get the chance to diver and not get to study as much,” she explained. “At a D-III school, I knew I could compete and also have enough time to study. I will not put my studies away until I know the material 100 percent. “

She learned of her academic award after reading it in the paper last summer.

“I was proud of that award; my parents have always told me the main reason I am here is to study,” said Pinter. “My academics and athletics are the same. I won’t turn in a paper unless I know I had done my best job on it. Also, I will not get out of the pool until I have had a good dive.”

Pinter started out in gymnastics. The Bees have been the dominant gymnastics program in the state over the past decade, but after a few years she saw that diving is very similar to gymnastics in that the same body muscles are used and that one scores by getting judged and decided to change her athletic course.

Magnificat upsets No. 1 seed Avon 

Lake to advance to district 

semifinal against Westlake; 

Shoregal coach Kiko Lopez named 

Coach of the Year in SWC

Oct. 24, 2010

By John Kenny

AVON LAKE -- The Magnificat Blue Streaks claimed a Division I Sectional championship by defeating host and district No. 1 seed Avon Lake, 2-1.

The Blue Streaks will now play No. 2 seed Westlake Wednesday on the pitch in the Rocky River High School athletic complex. Rocky River is at No. 3 seed Avon in the other district semi also on Wednesday.

Erin Lebold (11). No. 2 is Avon Lake's Emily O'Connor

(Photo Courtesy Magnificat High School)

Magnificat opened the scoring at the 19 minute mark of the game as senior Erin Lebold won the ball from an Avon Lake defender and rifled a shot into the back of the net.

Six minutes later in the first half freshman Jaycie Brown took possession of a loose ball near the Avon Lake goal and sent another shot into the back of the net.

Jaycie Brown

(Photo Courtesy Magnificat High School)

With the Shoregals facing a two goal deficit to start the second half, they went on the attack and were able to get a goal in the 66th minute off a free kick by junior Jillian Strimbu.

Jillian Strimbu

Avon Lake gained some momentum after this goal, but was not able to net the tying goal. Junior Dana Strimbu was in goal for Avon Lake and made 1 save while Blue Streaks goalie Amanda Copfer was credited with 3 saves.

No. 24 for Avon Lake is Morgan Srail, and 17 is Megan Bray, No. 10 for Mags is Shannon Fulton (Photo Courtesy Magnificat High School)

The victory improved Magnificat's record to 10-6-2 while Avon Lake finishes the season at 12-4-1. It was an historic season for the Avon Lake girls as they won their first Southwestern Conference championship.


No. 6 for Avon Lake is Kailey McClain and 18 for Mags is Emily McGee

Annie Lyons (3) and Natalie Guido battle for the ball

 (Photos Courtesy Magnificat High School)

Shoregal coach Coach Kiko Lopez was named Southwestern Conference coach of the year and also moved into a tie for the most wins in program history with former coach Tom Greene at 47 victories each.

Kiko Lopez

(Photo Courtesy Avon Lake High School)

Baldwin-Wallace Volleyball Team Beats Wilmington, 3-0, in Wilmington

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College volleyball team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference rivalWilmington College, 3-0, today (Saturday, October 23, 2010) in an OAC dual match in the Fred Razik Arena in Wilmington, Ohio.  The 25-18, 25-21 and 25-5 victory broke a three-match losing streak to improve to 18-12 overall and 3-4 in the OAC. 

Leading the way up front for the Yellow Jackets were junior outside hitter Chelsea Nissen (Wiliston/ Genoa) with 13 kills, sophomore middle hitter Rachel Switalsi (North Royalton/ Holy Name) had 11 kills and freshman MH Colleen Bonacci (Stow) had eight.

Senior setter and co-captain Casey Passen (Ashville/Teays Valley) led the team with 19 set assists and sophomore Jessica Stitts (Eastlake/ North) contributed 11 assists. Freshman OH/ defensive specialist Taylor Burns (Tiffin/ Fostoria St. Wedndelin) led the defense with 15 digs and sophomore libero and co-captain Natalie Emmons (Ashland/Senior) had 10 digs. Burns also led the team with four service aces.

With its loss, Wilmington fell to 5-19 overall and 0-8 in the OAC.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 26 when they host OAC and Cleveland-cross-town rival John Carroll University in a key OAC match in the Rudolph Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center at 7:00 p.m.  Next Saturday, Oct. 30, B-W hosts OAC rival Muskingum University on Seniors’ and Parents’ Day in Ursprung at 1:00 p.m.