A Page -- Oct. 25, 2011

Magnificat tennis finishes third in the state in team tournament, matching third-place finish of coaches’ rankings; Streaks top Toledo Notre Dame in consolation match

The Magnificat tennis team finished their season Sunday by defeating Toledo Notre Dame, 3-1, to finish third in the Division I state team tournament, which was held at Hilliard Davidson.

Cousins Lawless (L) and Hollis

Winning were freshman Lauren O'Malley at second singles, the first doubles team of seniors Annie Foliano and Kelly Plagens, and the second doubles team of seniors Jess Hollis and Abby Lawless.

Kelly Plagens (L), Annie Foliano (R)

 Earlier in the day in the semifinals, the Blue Streaks lost a hard fought battle to Cincinnati Ursuline, 3-1.


Against UA, winning for the Blue Streaks was sophomore Emily Witt at second singles. This was Magnificat’s third appearance in the last five years in the state Final Four. The school won the state title in both 2007 and 2009.

The Blue Streaks finish the season with a record of 18-5. 

Three-time defending state champion Magnificat cross country wins district meet in preparation for this week’s Tiffin Regional

Three-time defending state champion Magnificat High cross country completed the first of three legs in the quest to “four-peating” by winning the district championship in Elyria over the weekend.

“The team did a great job to compete despite the muddy conditions and bring home the District Championship trophy,” said Blue Streaks Coach Anjanette Arabian.

 Abbie Marquard led the team with an impressive 4th-place finish overall.  Three of her teammates also finished in the top 16 to earn not only the team title but ran well enough to deserve individual advancement to the Regional meet as well.  

These Student/Athletes included Katie Kerr (8th), Elise Horning (12th) and Gretchen Horning (16th).

”We were very pleased with how the team took charge of the race and worked for excellent placing,” the coach said.  “They had a great understanding of how to compete with the other teams and establish their positions early. 

“We look forward to the opportunity to compete again on Saturday at the Regional meet in Tiffin.”

Howloween Hoopla Set for Saturday at Nutter Center

Howloween Hoopla is back. As the basketball teams gear up for another season right around the corner, they will hold an open scrimmage followed by a chance for trick-or-treaters to get candy and meet the players Saturday afternoon at the Wright State Nutter Center.

The event will start at 2 pm as teams will take the court for an opportunity for the fans to see their 2011-12 Raiders in action for the first time. Tables and booths will be manned by WSU student-athletes and student organizations on the concourse level for trick-or-treaters
and fans, starting at 2:30 pm.

After the basketball exhibition, fans will be encouraged to stay for the WSU volleyball match on the main floor. The Raiders will take on Valparaiso at 4 pm, with warmups beginning at 3 pm. For more information, call the athletics department at 775-2771.

Fans may still purchase season tickets by calling Mark Gazdik at 937-775-4936. Ticket information can be found at wsuraiders.com.

Amateur Bowling Notes

Amateur Cleveland USBC Bowling Association honor scores through 10/17/11


Format: Bowler, Hometown, Date, Bowling Center


    300 Games

James Yurick, Olmsted Falls, 10/12, Seven Hills;

Anthony Lyons, Cleveland, 10/13, Freeway Lanes of Parma;

Michael Clark Jr., Lakewood, 10/13, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Gary Tahsler, Parma, 10/13, Cloverleaf Lanes;

Jim Walch, North Ridgeville, 10/14, Buckeye Lanes;

Troy Hamby, East Cleveland, 10/14, Southgate Lanes;

Ronnie Guinn, Brook Park, 10/13, Brookgate Lanes;

Dale Heise, Parma, 10/17, Buckeye Lanes;

Biltz, North Ridgeville, 10/17, Buckeye Lanes;

Allan Srsa, North Royalton, 10/17, Freeway Lanes of Parma;



    299 Games

Raymond Pagor, Cleveland, 9/29, Freeway Lanes of Parma;



    298 Games

Allan Srsa, North Royalton, 10/17, Freeway Lanes of Parma;



    800 Series

Kenneth Bruening Jr., Strongsville, 10/12, Buckeye Lanes (821);

Jeffry Grabski, Cleveland, 10/13, Freeway Lanes of Parma (804);

Sean Greenly, North Ridgeville, 10/14, Buckeye Lanes (814);

Dale Beran II, Cleveland, 10/14, Buckeye Lanes (802);

Jeffery Biltz, North Ridgeville, 10/17, Buckeye Lanes (845);

Allan Srsa, North Royalton, 10/17, Freeway Lanes of Parma (831);

Twinsbug's Matt Weller named POW in the MAC

Special Teams Player of the Week:  Ohio K Matt Weller

Junior kicker Matt Weller (Twinsburg, Ohio) was a perfect 3-for-3, connecting from 24, 27 and 23 yards out in the Bobcats 37-20 win at Akron

Weller has not missed a field goal from 40 yards or less this season. He also had seven kickoffs for 463 yards (66.1 average) and had one touchback.

'BERG men's & women's soccer teams 

open final week of regular season at ohio


TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University men's and women's soccer teams will
open their final week of regular season play with Ohio Athletic Conference
matches against nationally ranked Ohio Northern University at the ONU Soccer
Field in Ada, Ohio.  The men's team faces the Polar Bears on Tuesday, Oct.
25 and the women's team plays Wednesday, Oct. 26.  Both matches are slated
for 4 p.m.

The Berg men, 6-9-1 overall and 1-5-1 in the OAC following their first
conference victory of the season last Saturday, a 1-0 win over Marietta, are
looking to string two wins together for the first time since defeating St.
Vincent (Pa.) College on Sept. 11 and Kenyon College on Sept. 16.  Against
the Pioneers, senior midfielder Jeff Gordon (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview)
scored the game-winner-his first career goal-in the 74th minute off a senior
midfielder Michael Juart (Hilliard/Darby) set piece from 45 yards out.  In
goal, junior two-time All-OAC keeper Ryan Smith (Roanoke, Texas/Keller) made
eight saves to record his third shutout of the season.

Freshman midfielder Hamid Sheriff (Centennial) leads the team this season
with five points on a team-high two goals and one assist.  Freshman
midfielder Nicholas Samaniego (Huron) has three points on one goal and one
assist.  Senior goalkeeper Luke Terndrup (Columbus/Bishop Ready) is expected
to make his second career start in goal against ONU.  Terndrup, in his first
career start last Wednesday against John Carroll University, made five saves
in a 2-0 loss.

The ONU men, ranked 15th nationally and second in the Great Lakes Region by
the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, enter the match 14-2-2
overall, 6-0-1 in the OAC and riding a six-match win streak following a 2-0
shutout of John Carroll last Saturday.  Nathan Bascom leads the team and
ranks second in the league in goals (11), assists (six) and points (28).
Cameron Johnson has 20 points on eight goals and four assists.  In goal, Mac
Church has logged all 1,673 minutes this season and has made 67 saves while
allowing just 15 goals.  His 0.18 goals against average and 10 shutouts lead
the conference.  ONU has already clinched a first-round bye in the upcoming
OAC Tournament.

The two teams last met in the 2010 OAC Tournament finals on Nov. 6, 2010.  A
101st minute goal by Christian Huelsman sent the Polar Bears on to the NCAA

The Berg women, improved to 6-9-1 overall and 3-4-0 in the OAC following a
2-1 win over Marietta on Saturday.  Against the Pioneers, an 88th minute
goal by sophomore midfielder Aleseya Evans (Troy) off a corner kick from
senior midfielder Kristen Schneider (Evendale/Mount Notre Dame) gave the
Tri-Color its third win in its last five matches.  Sophomore midfielder
Kelsey Hogan (Cincinnati/Mariemont) also scored a goal.  Heidelberg
currently sits in a three-way tie with Baldwin-Wallace College and
Wilmington College for fifth place in the league standings with a chance to
claim either the fifth or sixth seed in the OAC Tournament.  Hogan leads the
team with 13 points and six goals and has an assist to her credit.  Evans is
second on the team with eight points on four goals.

In goal, junior Molly Schriber (Sidney) is 4-7-0 in 14 appearances and has
made 71 saves while allowing only 18 goals in 947 minutes for a 1.71 goals
against average.

The Polar Bear women, ranked 11th nationally and first in the Great Lakes
, sit atop the OAC standings at 13-1-2 overall and 7-0-0 in the
league.  ONU has won nine straight matches, including a 2-1 win at JCU on
Saturday in its last game.  Kristina Klusek leads the OAC with 26 points and
11 goals and has four assists.  Sami Atkinson is second on the team with 22
points on nine goals and four assists.  Alyssa Merrick leads the conference
with 10 assists.  In the net, Erin Waehner has started all 16 contests and
has made 52 saves and allowed 12 goals in 1,394 minutes while recording
seven shutouts.


Dayton's Senior Kicker Has 3 Field Goals, 3 PAT’s & 3 Punts Inside The 20
University of Dayton senior kicker Nate Miller was named the Pioneer Football League’s Special Teams Player of the Week for his role in UD’s 30-28 win at Morehead State on Saturday. 
Miller accounted for 12 of the 30 Flyer points in the win, making field goals of 23, 26 and 32 yards, and converting all three PAT’s he attempted.  He also averaged 38.8 yards a punt on five punts, placing three inside the 20-yard line and on fair catch.
Miller’s 11 field goals this season are tied for the best mark in the PFL this season, and his 18 punts inside the 20-yard line are six more than anyone else in the league.
He is the second Dayton player to be honored by the PFL this season.  Safety Steve Wirkus, a Broadview Heights native, was the PFL Defensive Player of the Week after the Marist game on September 18. 
Dayton, 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the PFL, is at Valparaiso Saturday.  Game time is 2 p.m. ET.

Wright State Women Tie at Valparaiso

An Allie Metzler goal with 2:35 remaining in regulation resulted in a 2-2 tie for the women's soccer team at Valparaiso Sunday afternoon.

For Valpo, Avon Lake's Trish Wladecki played 70 of the 110 minutes in the midfield and Westlake's Brooke Henderson 80 minutes, enough time to take three shots including one on goal.

Westlake's Henderson (L), Avon Lake's Wladecki (R)

Bekah Bonny gave the Raiders a quick 1-0 lead just 57 seconds into the contest as she tallied a goal from the middle of the box off a cross by I'esha King from the right side.  It was the sixth goal of the season for Bonny and the second assist for King.

Valparaiso (8-6-3, 4-2-1 Horizon), though, answered right back with a goal to tie the score at the seven-minute mark and the Crusaders went up 2-1 with another score at the 35:32 mark of the first half.

It stayed that way until the 87:25 mark of the second half when Metzler scored her first collegiate goal, a header off a free kick by Brittany Persaud.  The assist was Persaud's ninth of the year and 22nd of her career.  She now becomes WSU's all-time leader in that category, eclipsing the 21 set by Debbie Dunn and JoAnne Paxton, who both played for the Raiders from 1988-91.

Neither team attempted a shot in the first overtime and even though Wright State outshot Valparaiso 4-1 in the second overtime, the match ended as a tie.

WSU finished with a 20-16 shot advantage overall and had a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.

Wright State (8-6-3, 3-2-2 Horizon) closes out the regular season on Friday, October 28, as the Raiders host Cleveland State at 7:00.  A WSU win guarantees a home game in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament on Tuesday, November 1.

Miami Falls to WMU, 2-0

RedHawks outshoot Broncos, 23-11, despite the loss

OXFORD, Ohio – Despite creating several good scoring opportunities and outshooting Western Michigan, the Miami University women’s soccer team was unable to solve Bronco keeper Michelle Watson as WMU used a pair of first-half goals to earn a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon at Miami Soccer Field. Sunday was also Miami’s Think Pink game for breast cancer awareness, as the team donned pink jerseys, socks and shoelaces and sold t-shirts to help raise money.

With the loss, the RedHawks (9-8-0, 4-6-0 Mid-American Conference) saw their three-game winning streak snapped and now sit in the eighth and final spot for the upcoming MAC Tournament with one game remaining. Western Michigan (11-7-0, 7-3-0 MAC), meanwhile, won its fourth straight game in the process.

Miami finished with a 23-11 edge in shots but Watson stopped all nine shots on goal to pitch her ninth shutout of the year. The ‘Hawks were blanked for the fourth time this season. Sophomore Katy Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio) had a great chance to put Miami up early, as she had a point-blank shot in front of the net in the sixth minute but Watson got her body in front of it for the save.
Katy Dolesh
NDCL Alumna Katy Dolesh

The Broncos then grabbed the lead in the eighth minute on a goal by Nikolette Rivera. Anina Cicerone fired a shot from just outside the 18-yard box that was blocked by a Miami defender but the rebound went right to Rivera, who ripped a laser into the upper left-hand corner of the goal from 25 yards out, putting WMU on top, 1-0.

The RedHawks kept up the attacking pressure though, earning a pair of corner kicks, the second of which nearly resulted in the equalizer. In the 13th minute, freshman Kelsey Dinges (Smithton, Ill.) sent in a cross right to Dolesh, who headed the ball down to the near post but Watson sprawled out to make a stabbing leg save. Sophomore Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.) then had a good crack at goal in the 21st minute but it hit the crossbar.

WMU tacked on its second goal in the 26th minute when Cicerone found the back of the net for the eighth time this year. Stephanie Skowneski played the ball to Cicerone on the left flank where she dribbled into the 18-yard box and let an arcing shot go that sailed into the far corner of the net over the head of redshirt freshman goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.), making the score 2-0 at halftime.

Miami would not go quietly in the second half, controlling much of the play, including a 15-3 advantage in shots and a 3-1 edge in corner kicks. In the 74th minute, Dolesh nearly completed a spectacular goal, trying to finish a cross from senior Giselle Mangal (Mississauga, Ont.) with a sideways bicycle kick, but the ball just went over the crossbar. 

Watson again robbed Dolesh in the closing seconds, getting a hand on a shot with Dolesh on a breakaway, as she made her fifth save of the half to close out the 2-0 Bronco victory.

“We did have a lot of chances. I wasn’t real thrilled with our first half. I thought our midfield was a bit disorganized and certainly you have to give credit to Western Michigan. That first goal was a heck of a strike,” head coach Bobby Kramig said. “We played reasonably well and our kids responded positively in the second half. We were a bit unlucky some of our shots didn’t go in but they’re not going to go in themselves; somebody’s got to put them in.”

The ‘Hawks ended with a 7-6 edge in corner kicks but were also whistled for offsides three times. Dolesh led Miami with six shots, including four on goal, while Dinges, Mangal and junior Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) each had three shots. Norenberg finished with two saves in net for the RedHawks.

Miami still controls its own destiny to get in the MAC Tournament, which starts Sunday, Oct. 30, but needs to beat Bowling Green to assure itself of a berth. The RedHawks host the Falcons Thursday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. at Miami Soccer Field. Miami is just one point ahead of Akron, who rests in ninth place, and could still get in with a tie depending on other results, while a win would put the ‘Hawks anywhere from eighth to fifth in the standings.

“It’s a must win. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love the pressure so bring it on and let’s see what happens,” Kramig said.

Watch video of Case Reserve kicker discussing kicking the winning field goal in win over weekend

Senior kicker Dan Vasil kicks a game-winning, 31-yard field goal to lead the Case Western Reserve University football team to a 24-21 overtime victory at The College of Wooster in the annual Baird Brothers Trophy game.


Complete video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11wgX-WzfvM




TIFFIN, Ohio-The No. 6 Heidelberg University volleyball team will look to
clinch its third straight Ohio Athletic Conference regular season
championship outright Tuesday, Oct. 25 when it hosts conference rival Ohio
Northern University
 in an OAC match at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio
at 7 p.m.  The match will be broadcast live on the 'Berg Athletics Network
<http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/heidelberg.portal> ) beginning
with a pregame show at 6:45 p.m.  In addition, live stats for the match will
be available at http://www.heidelberg.edu/statcrew/msoc/xlive.htm.

Three senior outside hitters-Melissa Eck (Parma/Valley Forge), reigning OAC
player of the year Jackie Reinhart (New Riegel) and Venessa Haase
(Miamisburg)-will be playing in their last regular season match at
Seiberling Gymnasium.

The Berg enters the match winners of 18 consecutive matches, 27-2 overall
and 8-0 in the OAC following sweeps of OAC foe Marietta College and Pitt -
Bradford and a 3-2 win over Thiel (Pa.) College last weekend in Marietta.
The Tri-Color has already secured home court advantage throughout the OAC
tournament.  The Polar Bears, 14-13 overall and 4-3 in the OAC following a
sweep of John Carroll University last Friday, have four of their last six
matches and are tied for fourth place with Marietta in the conference
standings.  A Heidelberg win would cap a second straight undefeated
conference season for 12th-year head coach Jason Miller.

Leading the Berg offense will be junior second-team All-OAC outside hitter
Marian Bevington (Celina/Parkway), who leads the team with 222 kills and a
.352 hitting percentage.  Reinhart has 205 kills to her credit.  Junior
setter Rachel Ferguson (Brighton, Mich./Brighton) and sophomore setter Alexa
Frank (Tiffin/Calvert) will set the offense.  Ferguson leads the team with
510 assists, while Frank has 318.  The pair has combined for more than 80
percent (828-of-1,095) of the team's assists.

Haase, who has 201 kills and 280 digs, has recorded a team-high 29 service
aces this season.

On defense, freshman libero Tessa Benanzer (Fort Loramie) has totaled a
team-high 381 digs, while Bevington has blocked 93 attacks.  Reinhart will
also receive a number of attacks, having accounted for 352 digs.

Ohio Northern is led offensively by Cenzie Yoder with 226 kills and a .217
hitting percentage and Amanda Volosin with 562 set assists.  Defensively,
Jeni Kmic leads the team with 555 digs, while Yoder has accounted for a
team-high 54 blocks.

Tuesday's match is designated as a Berg Pride, and fans can purchase
incentive-based Berg Pride cards and t-shirts.