A Page -- Oct. 29, 2011

Spartan Sister Act

CLEVELAND (University Circle) – Sisters serve many roles; just ask anyone who has one. From the moment they are born, sisters are each other’s collaborators, bodyguards, confidants, friends, rivals and joint sources of envy and pride. At Case Western Reserve University, they are also teammates.

Perusing through the 2011 Spartan fall rosters, it might appear as if there are several typos, as four last names are duplicated in three different lineups. That isn’t the case, however, as four sets of sisters are competing as student-athletes on three separate Spartan teams this fall. 

Three of the four sets of Spartan sisters hail from different parts of the state of Ohio. The fourth hails from the other side of the country in California. And although their paths to University Circle have each been unique, all eight of the student-athletes have shared similar experiences and triumphs at one of the nation’s top universities.

Sisters, it seems, also work well together on the field, gymnasium and court as Spartan women’s soccer, volleyball and women’s tennis are all in the midst of the most prosperous times in their respective program’s histories. 

When asked how they portrayed the Case Western Reserve experience to their younger sister, each older sibling expressed their thoughts and feelings in similar fashions. The younger sisters echoed many of those thoughts and also explained what a treat it was to garner advice about where to live on campus and how to go about choosing a major. In true sister fashion, they also had some interesting facts to share about their sibling.

The Spartan women’s soccer team has two sets of sisters competing this fall – Ashley and Allison Debeljak as well as Deena and Leah Levey. The team, nationally-ranked for the first time in program history, is on pace to challenge the school record for wins along with being in the hunt for its first University Athletic Association title and NCAA Tournament berth.

Leah Levey

Hailing from nearby Beachwood, Ohio, the Debeljak sisters had many higher education options on their radar, but each chose to stay close to home and attend Case Western Reserve.

“A lot of factors impacted Allison’s decision to come to Case,” said Ashley, the older sister by two years. “We are extremely close, so she came to visit me a lot last year and she loved the environment as well as the people here. And, our dad being the head football coach may have persuaded her the most. We have played soccer for most of our lives, so it wasn’t a surprise she chose to continue playing the sport. I like having her on campus because I missed her when she was still in high school.”

Ashley is a junior, dual-majoring in psychology and sociology, while Allison is a freshman who has yet to declare a major. Adding to the Case connection for Ashley and Allie is their father, Greg, who has served as the head football coach of the Spartans since 2004.

“Coming to visit Ashley and seeing the environment completely convinced me that Case was the right place for me,” Allison agreed. “Ashley definitely influenced my housing choices as well. She suggested that I see if there was room in Hitchcock Hall, as a lot of student-athletes tend to congregate there, and there are just really cool people there in general.”

Deanna (3)  

When considering what colleges and universities were on her radar, Deena Levey had many choices around her hometown of Bexley – a suburb of Columbus. But, with Division III schools like Otterbein University and Capital University right in her backyard, Deena decided to trek away a little further and continue her education at Case Western Reserve. Just a year later, younger sister, Leah, followed in her footsteps.

“I tried very hard not to influence her too much,” said Deena, an All-UAA and Academic All-UAA performer for the Spartans. “But, I couldn't keep myself from putting my two cents in. I told Leah how amazing the girls on the team were at Case, about the great trips we get to take to in the UAA to New York, Atlanta, Chicago among others, and of course that she would already have a best friend at school.”

Leah Levey was a highly touted prospect coming out of Bexley High School. She had just been named Ohio’s Most Valuable Women’s Soccer Player after leading the Lions to the 2009 Ohio Division III State Championship. On top of that, she earned high school All-American and Academic All-American honors.

“I tried really hard my senior year to make my own decision of where I should go for college,” said Leah. “I looked at a bunch of different schools, and I made multiple visits at some of them. But, I knew Deena was happy here at Case, and since we are basically the same person, I knew I would be happy here as well. Also, playing collegiate soccer with my sister was an opportunity that would be impossible for me to turn down.”

The Spartan volleyball team made the first NCAA Tournament berth in program history in 2010 and just reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth-consecutive season. Playing a vital role in that success has been junior libero Rachel Gulasey, who excelled during her prep years at Magnificat High School in nearby Rocky River.

“When I decided on Case, my family was pretty excited because it was so close to home,” said Rachel, a 2010 All-UAA selection. “Sara would come up to visit on the weekends, and she really got to know the campus and my friends. When she started to look at schools, I really pushed for Case. I loved going to high school with my sister, so I figured college together would be even better. We are only two years apart, but this is actually the first time we have been on the same team. On and off the court we each have a pretty unique personality, which makes for an interesting combination.”

Rachel’s experience made Case an obvious destination for younger sister, Sara.

“I love the atmosphere, in terms of both the academics and athletics, and the fact that I can be a true student-athlete here,” stated Sara, a freshman defensive specialist. “Playing volleyball for an excellent team is just a plus because it helps me find a balance and manage my time better. Rachel opened the door for me to view this campus, and I fell in love with it on my many visits. My sister and I have always been very close, so being able to go to such an amazing school with my sister and play volleyball just made it all worthwhile.”

The Spartan women’s tennis team is also reaching new heights, and right at the forefront of the team’s recent surge onto the national scene has been juniorErika Lim. Earlier this fall, she became the first player in program history to reach the title match of the USTA/ITA Central Region Championship.

Her experience thus far has made the trip cross country well worth it – both for her and younger sister,Alexandra – who is now her partner on the Spartans’ number-one doubles team.

“I told Alexandra about the amazing girls on the team and the friendships I've made,” said Erika, who is studying nursing at Case. “I also thought she would fit in well with the people and the culture here at Case Western Reserve. Of course, I left out the part about the piles of snow.”

The Lim’s had a little longer trek across the United States from their hometown of Fullerton, California – a city just north of Anaheim and over 2,300 miles away from Cleveland.

“I heard about Erika’s fun and crazy tennis stories, and the great friendships that she made with the girls on the team here at Case Western Reserve,” said Alexandra. “Those experiences are what made me want to leave warm and sunny California to be a part of this new experience right alongside her.”

With Ashley Debeljak, Deena Levey, Rachel Gulasey and Erika Lim all in their junior years, there is still plenty of time for these Spartan sister acts to deliver many more memorable experiences and successes. And as evidence by the on-field performances this fall, each of these young women are relishing the opportunity to put aside the sister-rivalry and team up against the competition.

Baldwin-Wallace Women’s 

Soccer Team Defeated By John Carroll, 2-0

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s soccer team was defeated by Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University, 2-0, today (Wednesday, October 26, 2011) in an Ohio Athletic Conference match at Don Shula Stadium.

With the loss, B-W drops to 10-8 overall and 3-5 in the OAC.  With the victory, John Carroll improves to 12-6 overall, 6-2 in the OAC and secures a home match in the quarterfinals of next week’s OAC Tournament.

The Blue Streaks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Kaylin Akerly scored the goal off the assist from Kayla Acklin at the 15:17 mark of the first quarter.  John Carroll would close out the scoring (2-0) when Akerly scored her second goal of the game off the pass from Kristen Profeta with 12:50 remaining in the opening period.

In net for John Carroll,  Haley McDonald tallied seven saves and improved to 5-1. For B-W, freshman goalie Gabrielle Bodo (Alliance/St. Thomas Aquinas) made 10 saves and now has a record of  6-7 on the season.

John Carroll outshot B-W, 20-14, and won the corner battle, 4-3.

The Yellow Jackets will close out the regular season this today, October 29, when they travel to New Concord to take on the Fighting Muskies ofMuskingum University in the first game of a men’s and women’s OAC soccer doubleheader on the Muskie Field at 1:00 p.m. The OAC Tournament begins on Tuesday, November 1. Please visit the OAC web site at www.oac.org for the latest details on the OAC tourney seeding and bracket.




TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University men's soccer team will end the 2011
campaign Saturday, Oct. 29 with an Ohio Athletic Conference match against
Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.  Kickoff from Charlie Gilhart Field
is slated for 5 p.m.

Eight Student Princes will be making their final appearances in the
Tri-Color: forwards Matt Condon (Powell/Bishop Watterson) and Mike Harling
(Manchester, England/Holy Cross), midfielders Dillard Anu (Westerville/
North), Jeff Gordon (Grand Rapids, Mich./Northview) and Michael Juart
(Hilliard/Darby), defenders Andrew Bertram (Medina/Cloverleaf) and Joe Trejo
(Tuscon, Az./Sabino), and goalkeeper Luke Terndrup Columbus/Bishop Ready)
have helped Heidelberg to a 34-33-10 overall record entering their final

The Berg travels to Wilmington with a 3-10-4 overall and 1-6-1 OAC record
following a 2-0 loss to No. 14 Ohio Northern University on Tuesday.
Freshman midfielder Hamid Sheriff (Centennial) has paced the offense this
season with five points on two goals and one assist.  Freshman midfielder
Nicholas Samaniego (Huron) and Juart have three points on one goal and one
assist each.


St. Edward could make it three home games in a 

row with a win over arch-rival St. Ignatius 


By Adam Mendoza

LAKEWOOD – A win for either team in Saturday’s Holy War between St. Edward and St. Ignatius would assure a home game in Week 11 for the first week of the playoffs


This will be the 48th matchup with St. Ignatius. The Wildcats lead the series 25-21-1.   The first meeting between the two schools was back in 1952.  The Wildcats have won 4 of  the last 5, including twice in 2008. 

In 2010, The Eagles beat  St. Ignatius 33-10 to finish 10-0 for  its 5th unbeaten regular season in  school history, ompleting a 15-0 year with a state title.

Note: This story could also be found at S/A-Cleveland's national electronic paper, S/A-Jesuit:

And By Clicking on Oct. 29 A Page

The bragging rights of the west side of Cleveland are on the line for the 49th time Saturday between the Eagles and Wildcats.

Both teams have clinched playoff spots, but home games for the first round are on the line as the winner is likely to host in the first round of the playoffs.

The  Wildcats come into the game with an identical 7-2  marks as St. Ed’s but are coming off a heartbreak loss to St. Xavier  14-12 on a fumble late in the game.

St. Ignatius’ other loss during the year was to Mentor in week three of the season, 38-24. 

The Wildcats are led by their QB Eric Williams a transfer from the state of Oregon.  The Cats also have relied on the strong leg of Kicker Tim Shenk, who holds or tied 4 school kicking records.

The defense of Coach Chuck Kyle remains as strong as ever as Tim McVey and Mike Svetina led the defense. 

Kick off for Saturday’s game at Lakewood Stadium is set for 7:00 pm live on the internet www.ihigh.com/stedward. The game can be seen on tape delay on SportstimeOhio at 11:00 pm Saturday night.

Last week, St. Ed’s Snapped a two game losing streak  in an impressive fashion over Archbishop Moeller  Crusaders 42-27 in Lakewood Stadium.

The Eagles came into the game banged up with 4 key players out with injuries, but knowing they had a week of preparations with no traveling and lots of home cooking was just what the doctor  ordered. 

Moeller jumped out quickly in the first quarter with a 13-7 lead but St. Ed’s would answer in the second quarter.

The Eagles would score 21 unanswered points against a crusader team that allowed 13 points a game this season. QB Ryan Fallon and WR


Anthony Young would combine on 2 touchdowns from 30 and 53 yards. Kenny Butler would add one of his 3 touchdowns in the quarter as well.

Ryan Fallon threw 3 touchdown passes to Anthony Young and Kenny Butler scored 3 td’s on the ground as the eagles move to 7-2 on the year.


Ryan Fallon had a career day against Cincinnati Moeller. The Junior quarterback was 19 of 25 for 353 yards passing  and 3 touchdowns.

Fallon’s 19 completed passes tied a school individual game record set by Bob Misch in 1982 vs Moeller and Shaun Carney  vs Solon in 2000.

The 19 completions also tied a team record as well.

Fallon missed the Individual school record for most yards in a game. He threw for 353 yards, the record is 356 yards by Bob

Adams vs Padua in 1993. Anthony Young’s 3 Touchdown  catches against Moeller also tied a single game mark set by Mark Angelo in 1974 vs  Newark.  
Ed's-Ignatius game on 1220/'HKW this week
The high school football game Saturday October 29th between St. Ignatius High School and St Edward High School at Lakewood Stadium (Lakewood, OH) will air LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHKW-AM 1220 at 7:00 pm. 
 Extended Pre-Game begins at 6:30 pm.

Jacqueline McDevitt Tabbed as Head Women's 

Lacrosse Coach at Oberlin

Oberlin, Ohio – 
After an extensive national search by the athletics department, Oberlin College Delta Lodge Director of AthleticsWilliam Roth has named Jacqueline McDevitt as the school’s Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach.

McDevitt comes to Oberlin from Occidental College (California) where she spent last two seasons as the lead assistant for the Tigers. While at Oxy, McDevitt’s tireless recruiting efforts paid dividends as she helped yield 20 incoming athletes for the classes of 2014 and 2015. In her second season, she also helped the Tigers win four more games than the previous year while mentoring a defensive unit that shaved off over two goals per game from their 2010 total.

“I would like to thank Director of Athletics William Roth and Associate Athletics Director Natalie Winkelfoos for this amazing opportunity to be the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Oberlin College,” McDevitt said. “The minute I stepped foot on campus, I knew this was where great things were going to happen. I am extremely excited about facilitating the next era of Oberlin women’s lacrosse and I know we have all of the right ingredients for success, a phenomenal liberal arts education, a highly supportive administration, and most importantly committed student-athletes. I cannot wait to get started.”

Prior to her arrival at Occidental, McDevitt served as an assistant coach at Union College (New York) in 2009 where she worked as the goalie coach and helped the team reach the NCAA Sweet 16.

From 2006-2008, McDevitt spent two seasons as the top assistant for the Marist College Red Foxes in Poughkeepsie, New York. While there she was a part of a coaching staff that produced a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, Six All-MAAC selections and 12 Academic All-MAAC recipients.

“I am extremely pleased to have Jacqueline McDevitt join the Oberlin Athletics community as our next Head Coach for Women's Lacrosse,” Roth said. “Throughout her career, Coach McDevitt has consistently made a significant impact in building excellent programs and developing outstanding women. Her genuine appreciation for the College's challenging academics and tight-knit culture coupled with her insightful coaching vision and personal passion for the sport of lacrosse distinguished her during our search process. I am certain that Coach McDevitt will thoughtfully and tirelessly commit herself to elevate our women's program to national prominence and in the process thoroughly enhance the experiences of our female student-athletes. She is a flat-out winner and I am confident she will be a positive force in the lives of our players and will help shape the broader success of athletics at Oberlin.”

In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, McDevitt recently started her own lacrosse company, LeftCoast Laxin, which serves as an information source regarding all things women’s lacrosse. Furthermore, she has also been the head coach for two lacrosse clubs – the Wave Lacrosse Club (California) and the Ultimate Lacrosse Club (Pennsylvania/New Jersey).

A 2006 graduate of Long Island University, McDevitt earned degrees in marketing and business management.  She was a three-year letter winner for the Blackbirds and was regarded as a tenacious defender.
McDevitt will officially begin her duties with Oberlin on November 1.




TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University women's soccer team will look to earn
a berth in the upcoming Ohio Athletic Conference tournament Saturday, Oct.
29 when it faces Wilmington College in an OAC match in Wilmington, Ohio.
Kickoff from Charlie Gilhart Field is slated for 7 p.m.

The Berg, 6-10-1 overall and 3-5-0 in the OAC, enters the match in a tie for
fifth place in the conference standings with Baldwin-Wallace College, the
University of Mount Union and Wilmington with nine points each.  A
Heidelberg win and a loss or a tie by either B-W or Mount Union will
guarantee and berth in the tournament for the Tri-Color.  A tie and losses
by both B-W and Mount Union, or a B-W tie and Mount Union loss, will also
move Heidelberg into the top six of the league standings.

In its last match, a 4-0 loss to OAC standings leader No. 12 Ohio Northern
 in Ada on Wednesday, Heidelberg had just 12 student-athletes
available, but will return to full strength this weekend.  Sophomore
midfielders Kelsey Hogan (Cincinnati/Mariemont) and Aleseya Evans (Troy)
pace the offense.  Hogan ranks in the top-10 in the conference in points
(13) and goals (six) and has placed 50.9 percent (28-of-55) of her shots on
goal.  Evans, who scored the game-winner in the Berg's last win, a 2-1
edging of Marietta last Saturday, has eight points on four goals.

Junior goalkeeper Molly Schriber (Sidney), 4-8-0 with two shutouts, is
expected to start in the net.  Schriber saves 78.0 percent of the shots she
faces and has made 78 saves while allowing just 22 goals in 992 minutes of