A Page -- Oct. 30, 2011

Middleburg's Allison Davila (L), Stow's Alyson Kolsar (R)

After two seconds, Mount swimming has eye on 

No. 1 prize in the OAC

The Mount Union women's swimming and diving team is looking to take the final step up the Ohio Athletic Conference ladder.

Head coach Eric Mojock enters his fifth season at the helm of Mount Union's swimming and diving programs and this appears to be his best women's team yet. The Purple Raiders return seven All-OAC swimmers from last year's team that finished second at the OAC Championships for the second consecutive season.

Nine senior swimmers have been key to the program's growth. Allison Davila (Middleburg Heights/Midpark),Taylor Harrison (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia), and Alyson Kolesar (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) earned All- OAC honors last year.

Kolesar is an eleven-time All-OAC honoree, including five last year. She earned individual honors in the 200-yard freestyle (first place), 400-yard freestyle (first place), 500-yard freestyle (first place), and 100-yard freestyle (second place) in addition to being a member two relay teams that placed in the top two.

Harrison is a six-time All-OAC honoree, including three at last year's championships. In addition to the 400-yard freestyle relay team, she took second in the 400-yard IM and third in the 200-yard IM.

Davila was a member of the 200-yard medley relay team that finished second for all-conference honors and the 400-yard medley relay team that set a school record at the OACs with a time of (4:05.38).

Copley's Noble (L), Firestone's Alkire (R)

Other seniors include Laura Gricol (Newalla, Okla./McLoud), Julia Kaszycki (Solomon, Kan.), Kerry McCann(Bow, N.H./Bow), Sarah Noble (Copley/Copley), Jessica Shetler (Homeworth/St. Thomas Aquinas), andKamiren Veisz (Youngstown/Boardman). Noble earned a pair of individual All-OAC honors at the 2010 OAC Championships, finishing first in the 200-yard freestyle and second in the 200-yard butterfly.

Four underclassmen who garnered All-OAC honors last year return in juniors Katy Alkire (Akron/Firestone) andJocelyn Gaydos (Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional) and sophomores Courtney Gabel (Fremont/Fremont Ross) and Shelbey Mitchell (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls).

Alkire (400-yard IM, 1650-yard freestyle) and Gabel (50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle) both earned individual honors in a pair of events. Gabel, Gaydos, and Mitchell earned All-OAC honors as members of the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay teams, while Gabel was also part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team.

The Purple Raiders set a total of six school records at last year's OAC Championships. Additionally, the 400-yard freestyle relay team set a conference record with a time of 3:36.17. Gabel, Harrison, and Kolesar were members of that relay team.

Harrison, Kaszycki, and junior Elizabeth Juran (Independence/Independence) will captain the team. Although they finished a distant second to Ohio Northern at last year's OACs, the Raiders firmly believe they have the opportunity to win the program's first OAC title since 1999.                            

Juniors Megan McDonough (Cuyahoga Falls/Cuyahoga Falls) and Madalyn Zalewski (New Kensington, Pa./Valley) round out the list of returners for the Raiders. A small, but talented, freshman class will provide needed depth. The freshmen include Carly Brown (Strongsville/Strongsville), Wilma Levengood (New Philadelphia/New Philadelphia), Rebecca Mann (Louisville/Louisville), and Paige Pezzato (Byron Center, Mich./Byron Center).

The Purple Raiders open the season Saturday at home against Hiram. Dual matches with Ohio Wesleyan, St. Vincent (Pa.), Wooster, Penn State-Behrend, and Westminster, a tri-meet at Florida Tech, and the Wooster Invitational round out their non-conference schedule. The OAC Championships are scheduled for Freburay 16-18 at the University of Akron.

Mount men's swimming young but returns two 

all OAC performers; Mentor's Rob Brocious, 

NDCL's Mike Greisl headline group

The 2011-12 edition of Mount Union's men's swimming and diving team will be very young, setting a solid foundation for the future. The Purple Raiders have just one senior on the roster, but return two All- Ohio Athletic Conference swimmers that will look to push their young teammates to reach their potential.

Head coach Eric Mojock enters his fifth season at the helm of Mount Union's swimming and diving programs. Twelve of 17 swimmers are freshmen and sophomores, making this Mojock's youngest since his first season as a Purple Raider. That team finished third at the 2008 OAC Championships, while the team has finished fourth each of the past three seasons.

A pair of All-OAC performers in juniors Rob Brocious (Mentor/Mentor) and Mike Greisl (South Euclid/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) headline the returners for the Purple Raiders. 

Brocious (L), Griesl (R)

Brocious had a strong performance at last year's OAC Championships, earning three All-OAC honors. He was the only individual on the men's team to win an event, taking the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:39.93 to go along with a pair of third-place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke and 1650-yard freestyle. He was also a member of last year's school-record-setting 200-yard medley relay team (1:37.38) that placed third at the OACs.

Also returning from that relay team are Greisl and sophomore Mike Zappa (Shelby/Shelby). Greisl and Zappa were joined by Dominique Melvin (Woodmere/Orange) as members the 200-yard freestyle relay team that set a school record with a time of 1:26.33, also good for third place.

Greisl was an All-OAC performer as a freshman, placing among the top five in three events, including a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Last year, he finished fourth in both the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle.

Melvin is the team's lone senior and will captain the team along with Brocious. He is sort of the "big brother" on the team, not only figuratively but also literally. His younger brother, Zach, is a sophomore on the team.

Other returners for the Purple Raiders include juniors Ben Davies (Willoughby/Willoughby South) and Ian Perry(Perry/Perry) and sophomores Tom Bricmont (Bay Village/Bay) and Austin Moreland (Dover/New Philadelphia).

The team welcomes an eight freshman—Nick Bester (Chagrin Falls/Kenston), Hayden Birnbrich(Pataskala/Columbus St. Charles Prep), Aaron DeAngelis (Euclid/Euclid), Harrison Falconer (Canton/Central Catholic), Adam Figliuzzi (Bay Village/Bay), Ryan Kmet (North Royalton/North Royalton), Brian Ruhe(Versailles/Versailles), and Thomas Spichiger (Granville/Granville)—for the second straight year.

The Purple Raiders open the season Saturday at home against Hiram. Dual matches with Ohio Wesleyan, St. Vincent (Pa.), Wooster, Penn State-Behrend, and Westminster, a tri-meet at Florida Tech, and the Wooster Invitational round out their non-conference schedule. The OAC Championships are scheduled for Freburay 16-18 at the University of Akron.

RedHawks score three unanswered goals, but fall 5-3 to Lake Superior State

OXFORD, Ohio – No. 16 Miami mounted a furious comeback over the final 30 minutes of play, but couldn’t overcome an early 4-0 deficit as the RedHawks were swept at home for the first time since 2006-07, falling 5-3 to No. 18 Lake Superior State Friday night at Steve Cady Arena.


With the loss, Miami falls to 2-6-0 overall and 0-4-0 in the CCHA while the Lakers move to 7-1-0 overall and 5-1-0 in the CCHA and remain in first place in the conference, after topping the ‘Hawks 3-2 in overtime Thursday.


“I thought we did a decent job of trying to get ourselves back into the game,” head coach Enrico Blasi said. “It just seems like every time we make a mistake right now, we are paying for it. There’s no real good explanation on why this keeps happening, but we need to continue to work hard and try to play through it.”


Lake Superior State jumped on the ‘Hawks early when Nick McParland, who scored twice in Thursday’s game, took a pass between the circles and sent a low wrist shot past Miami senior goaltender Connor Knapp for the 1-0 LSSU lead at 8:45 of the first period. The Lakers added another tally just over four minutes later when Kyle Jean finished off a one-timer from McParland on a 3-on-1 in transition to take a 2-0 lead.


Lake Superior State continued to pour on the goals as they netted two more early in the second period at 2:20 and 7:08 of the second period. After falling behind 4-0, Miami made a change in goal, substituting senior Cody Reichard for Knapp.


The RedHawks charged back on the penalty kill as senior co-captain Alden Hirschfeld scored a short-handed goal, his first tally of the season, with assists from junior Steven Spinell and senior Patrick Tiesling. Hirschfeld got behind the LSSU defense, made a series of moves and pushed the puck between Laker goalie Kevin Kapalka’s legs to chip into the lead at 4-1 at 11:19 of the second frame. Tiesling was whistled for a penalty immediately after the goal for checking from behind, taking a five-minute major and a receiving a game misconduct.


During the Lakers’ five-minute man advantage, Miami continued to pressure with a strong forecheck, scoring another shortie and killing off the entire power play. Freshman Tyler Biggs scored his first-career goal with assists from Spinell and senior Trent Vogelhuber. Vogelhuber poked the puck ahead to Biggs at the blue line, who carried it  into the zone behind the Laker defense. Biggs sent a hard shot from the right side that Kapalka couldn’t hold onto. The rebound bounced away into the faceoff circle to Kapalka’s left and Spinell, trailing the play, picked up the loose puck, sent a no-look, backhand pass to the other circle where Biggs, who had circled the net, picked it up and buried it to pull to within 4-2 at 15:42 of the second period.


Miami closed to within one with 6:12 remaining the third period when freshman Blake Coleman stole the puck at the offensive blue line, then used a move to get between two defenders, faked to his right, moved back to the left and beat Kapalka high, glove side to make it 4-3, Lakers. It was also Coleman’s first collegiate score.


As the RedHawks tried desperately to score the equalizer, pushing all five players deep into the Lake Superior State zone, the Lakers’ Domenic Monardo intercepted a pass at the point and raced up ice for a breakaway goal at 18:03 of the final stanza, securing the 5-3 victory.


Miami led in shots 31-30, tying a season high for shots, despite the loss, while finishing 0-for-2 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. Knapp made 11 saves while Reichard stopped 14-of-15 shots on goal. At the other end of the ice, Kapalka made 28 saves to earn the victory.


“We do show signs of being a pretty good team. I believe this is going to be a very good team when this is all said and done,” Blasi said. “We have to dig deep and somehow find it. There are no easy answers, you have to show up every day and fight the fight. We have some disconnect going on, and we need to get everyone together.”


Miami tries to snap a five-game losing streak next weekend, Nov. 4-5 at Alaska when the RedHawks look for their first CCHA win of the year.

Baldwin-Wallace College Volleyball Team Defeats Muskingum in Final Regular Season Match

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College volleyball team defeated Muskingum University in Straight Sets, today (Saturday, October 29, 2011) in the final regular season match in the Ursprung Gymnasium inside the Lou Higgins Center.  The match was also Seniors’ and Parents’ Day for the Yellow Jackets

B-W won the match by scores of 25-11, 25-17 and, 25-13 to record its third straight victory (all by straight sets) and improve to 17-12 overall and 5-4 in the OAC.  Muskingum ends the regular season with a record of 12-15 overall and 2-7 in the OAC.

The Yellow Jackets were led by junior outside hitter Amanda Sawicki (Mentor/Lake Catholic) with 11 kills and by freshman middle hitter Nicole Christner (Minerva) with nine. The B-W offense was set up by Jessica Stitts (Eastlake/North) with 29 set assists.

Defensively, the Yellow Jackets were led by sophomore defensive specialist Taylor Burns (Tiffin/ Fostoria St. Wendelin) with 18 digs. Freshman defensive specialist Paige Pileski (Elyria) and sophomore right side Shannon Deleur (Olmsted Falls) contributed 16 and 11 digs respectively.

Muskingum was led offensively by Hannah Rose and Lauren Tullis with four kills apiece. Setting up the offense was McKensie Smith with eight set assists. The Fighting Muskies were led on defense by Kim Seitter with 13 digs.

The Yellow Jackets finish the season tied for fourth place with Ohio Northern but since B-W defeated the Polar Bears on October 15, it will enter next’s week OAC Tournament as the number four seed and will host number five seed Ohio Northern on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m.   The Fighting Muskies will enter the tournament as the eighth seed and will travel to Tiffin to take on the top-seed Heidelberg University, who captured its third consecutive OAC regular season championship, on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Turnovers Prove Costly for Storm at ODU Despite Comeback Attempt

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Three costly turnovers, including two in the opening minute of the second half, turned a close game into what appeared to be a runaway victory for host Ohio Dominican University over the Lake Erie College football team on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 29).  However, the Storm mounted a late comeback attempt, but couldn't come up with an onside kick attempt in the final minute, allowing the Panthers to escape with a 38-30 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)  win at Panther Field.

The three turnovers resulted in 21 points for the Panthers (5-4, 4-4 GLIAC) in the eight-point win.

The Storm (1-8, 0-8 GLIAC) trailed just 10-7 late in the first half and drove down to the Ohio Dominican 12-yard line, but an errant lateral on a throwback on third down was recovered by the Panthers. 

Mike Noffsinger went 40 yards on the first play after the turnover and later in the drive caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy Fudge to push the halftime lead to 17-7.

Lake Erie received the opening kickoff of the second half, but following a holding penalty on first down, Garrett Wilcox sacked senior quarterback Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick) and forced a fumble that the Panthers recovered at the Storm six-yard line.  Two plays later, Fudge ran it in from two yards out to make it 24-7 just 1:01 into the third quarter.

The Storm's miscues continued on the ensuing kickoff as junior Desmond Reed (Warren, Ohio/Warren G. Harding) couldn't hold on to the football on the return at the 34-yard line.  The Panthers recovered and on their first play, Fudge went up top to Tyler Maddox for a 34-yard scoring strike and a 31-7 lead.

Bedevelsky, whose six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter gave Lake Erie a 7-0 lead, hit senior receiverBrandon James (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) for a three-yard touchdown to make it 31-14, but Fudge and Tyler Purcell connected for a 29-yard pass on fourth-and-14 to make the score 38-14. 

The touchdown catch was the 20th of James's career. The two-sport all-league pick also went over 200 catches for his career (202).  Both are Lake Erie records.

The Storm forced three Ohio Dominican punts in the opening period and led 7-0 after the first 15 minutes and outscored the Panthers 23-7 over the final 23 minutes, but in between it was all Panthers.  ODU outscored LEC 31-0 from the start of the second quarter to the start of the third and proved to be the difference in the game.

Lake Erie got within two touchdowns midway through the fourth quarter after Bedevelsky scampered 34 yards and a two-point conversion made it 38-22. Bedevelsky then tossed a 32-yard strike to redshirt freshmanTommy Jackson (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) and then ran in the two-point conversion to get within eight with 54 seconds left. 

However, the onside kick attempt took a high bounce and deflected out of bounds, allowing the Panthers to take possession and run out the clock.

Bedevelsky finished with a season-high 92 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. He completed 29-of-47 passes for 279 yards and two TDs and an interception. James caught a game-high 11 passes on the day for 90 yards while Jackson had a career-high seven catches for 84 yards.  For Bedevelsky, his 371 total yards put him over 10,000 for his career.

Lake Erie outgained ODU 447-365 overall, however the Storm committed four turnovers.

Fudge was 14-of-23 for 177 yards passing with three touchdown passes and Noffsinger rushed for 122 yards on 25 carries for the Panthers, who gave the ball away just one time.  Noffsinger's big day pushed him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. 

Senior linebacker Gus Armbruster (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) made nine tackles while classmateCameron Bryant (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) had eight, including a quarterback sack.

Justin Bell had a game-high 14 tackles for the Panthers. Cody Culbertson made 13 tackles and intercepted a pass for ODU, which won its second straight and third-in-five games overall.


Case Reserve wrestling heads into a new era

CLEVELAND (University Circle) – There will be a different feel around the Case Western Reserve University wrestling program in 2011-12. With the passing of Head Coach Bob Del Rosa this past summer, there will be someone new at the helm for the first time in 46 years. And with nine letterwinners returning from last year's roster, Interim Head Coach Chris Nader has high expectations for this group of Spartans.

"My expectations for these guys are extremely high," said Nader, a two-time All-American at 157 and 165 pounds for CWRU in 2001 and 2002. "I am really impressed by the athleticism and toughness in the room. We had a young team with some injuries last year. But, being in the room every day and wrestling with these guys, I'm expecting them to surprise a lot of people this winter."


Leading a roster that consists of seven upperclassmen (four seniors/three juniors) are senior captains Cale Harter (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Mount Pleasant) and Kyle Weaver (Delaware, Ohio/Olentangy).

Harter competed in a team-high tying 40 matches and posted a record of 21-19 with eight pins in the heavyweight division as a junior. He was also named a National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-American and the University Athletic Association Wrestler of the Week on February 14.


"I'm excited for our captains," said Nader. "Cale (Harter) is working extremely hard, and he has a good group of young upper weights to compete with at practice. I think he will be right there at the end of the season with a chance to go to nationals. He has improved every year, and I expect that trend to continue."

Weaver, a 157-pounder, wrestled in only nine matches as a junior due to injury, but he did compile a 22-15 mark as a sophomore with a UAA Athlete of the Week nod.

"Kyle (Weaver) had an injury-riddled junior year, but he won over 20 matches as a sophomore," continued Nader. "He has looked great in the room so far, and I believe he is going to have a tremendous season. He is setting a great pace in practice each day, and I can't wait to see him wrestle the top kids in his weight class. I think he can really make some noise at the national level."

Also back in the senior class is 149-pounder Kurtis Jensen (Marsfield, Mass./Marsfield) and 125-pounder Jimmy Millar (Dublin, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson). Jensen competed in three different classes (157,165 and 174) last season and posted three pins. Millar was 8-5 as a freshman in 2008-09 but did not compete during the past two seasons.

Shaker Heights' Peter Heggs

The junior class returns 184-pounder Peter Heggs (Cleveland, Ohio/Shaker Heights), 157-pounder Evan McDowell (Bellaire, Texas/Episcopal) and 197-pounder David Yeu (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage). Heggs earned five wins with a pin last season, McDowell was 8-13 with three pins and a technical fall, and Yeu missed the season with an injury after competing in seven matches as a freshman.

The Spartan sophomore class has four letterwinners with Frank Hu (Delaware, Ohio/Orange) at 125 lbs., Brian Snyder (Charlotte, N.C./East Mecklenburg) at 141,Dylan Novisky (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) at 174 and Rylan Pyciak (Rayland, Ohio/Buckeye Local) at heavyweight.

"Our juniors and sophomores are ready to make a statement this year," noted Nader. "They have been figuring out what positions they need to be in during matches, and I am confident they are going to have strong seasons."

Nader also welcomes a three-man freshman class into the mix, giving the Spartans 14 wrestlers heading into the season.

"Our guys have displayed a determination to embrace the process," said Nader. "They are actively trying to get better each and every day. There hasn't been a time where they have just gone through the motions. This is a hard-nosed and smart group of kids who are open to growth and committed to being their best. I am extremely excited to see how good we can be at the end of the year."

The Spartans are on the road for the entire 2011 portion of the schedule, starting with the annual Messiah College (Pa.) Invitational on Saturday, November 5 at 9:00 a.m. The team isn't home until the New Year with a dual match versus the University of Mount Union on January 21 at 1:00 p.m. The final month of the regular season will all be at home as Case hosts the UAA Championship on February 11, the Si Ostrach Meet on Feb. 18, and the NCAA Midwest Regional on Feb. 25.

Maroons Edge Spartans 1-0 in Opener of Weekend UAA Doubleheader

CHICAGO, Ill. – A goal in the 18th minute lifted the University of Chicago (Ill.) men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory versus visiting Case Western Reserve University during University Athletic Association action on Friday, October 28 at Stagg Field in the opener of a weekend Association doubleheader.

The Spartans fall to 12-4 overall and 3-2 in the UAA and will return to action Sunday, October 30, when they travel south for a key UAA matchup with Washington University-St. Louis (Mo.) at 12:00 p.m. EST. Chicago improves to 8-6-2 overall and 1-4 in the UAA.

The Maroons possessed a 10-2 advantage in shots during the opening stanza, while Case accumulated a 6-4 margin in the second. The hosts scored the match's lone goal when Stanton Coville scored on a header via an assist off a corner kick from Michael Choquette in the 18th minute.

Case's best scoring chance came when junior forward Eric Erb<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/msoc/2011-12/bios/erb%20eric%20xk5s> (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) attempted a shot from point-blank range that was saved by Chicago goalkeeper Elek Lane with 24:47 remaining in regulation.

Senior goalkeeper Ben Yabrow<http://athletics.case.edu/sports/msoc/2011-12/bios/yabrow%20ben%2047na> (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive) recorded seven saves and was saddled with the loss. Lane made three stops for the Maroons.

Following Sunday's match in St. Louis, the Spartans return home for their regular-season finale to take on UAA opponent University of Rochester (N.Y.) at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5 at Case Field.

CSU soccer tops Wright State

The women's soccer team led in the second half before Cleveland State scored twice in the final 16:18 to win 2-1 in the regular-season finale Friday night at Alumni Field.

The Raiders scored first at the 60:27 mark of the second half as I'esha King scored her fourth goal of the season, all four coming in the last four games.

CSU, however, tied it at the 73:42 mark on a goal by Taylor Vidovic, her seventh of the season, and won it with just 4:16 to go on a Frederike Dubeau goal, her first of the year, on an assist by Sarah Zawie, her second.

Wright State (8-7-3, 3-3-2 Horizon) and Cleveland State (10-6-2, 3-3-2 Horizon) will face each other again on Tuesday in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament, this time at Krenzler Field on the CSU campus.  Game time is still to be determined.

Sabers Notches First Career Game Winner in Battle of UAA Nationally-Ranked Teams

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Freshman midfielder Jessica Sabers (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) recorded the second goal of her career and first game-winning score leading the No. 18 nationally-ranked Case Western Reserve University women's soccer team past University Athletic Association opponent and No. 23-ranked University of Chicago (Ill.) by a 1-0 tally on Friday evening at Stagg Field.

With the win, the Spartans, ranked No. 18 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national poll, improve to 12-2-2 overall and 4-1 in the University Athletic Association. Those 12 victories tie the 1991 squad (12-6 overall) for the most team victories in a single season. Additionally, the clean sheet by senior goalkeeper Anna Kennedy (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) and the rest of the defensive unit gives the Spartans 10 shutouts this fall, also tying the 1991 team for the single-season team record.
Chicago, ranked No. 23 in that same NSCAA national poll, falls to 8-5-2 overall and 1-2-2 in the UAA.

The Spartans and Maroons were unable to break through into the scoring column in the opening 45 minutes with the hosts owning a slight 10-7 advantage in shots.

Following five more shots in the second half, Case finally broke through as Sabers scored her second goal of the season via an assist from junior midfielder Kendra Simmons (Medina, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) at the 76:27 mark. Sabers scored the lone goal on a breakaway after taking the helper from Simmons near midfield.
For the match, the Maroons managed two more shots (12-10), but the Spartans held a slight edge in corner kicks (4-3).

In net, Kennedy needed three saves for the shutout, while Chicago’s Emma Gormley was credited with four stops in the loss.
The Spartans conclude their UAA weekend doubleheader and will travel down to St. Louis, Missouri, to take on No. 17 Washington University at 1:30 p.m. (CDT) on Sunday, October 30.

Avon's Elliot Runge (L), Euclid's Marisa Melchior (R)

Wright State Swimming Falls to Milwaukee; Avon’s Runge collects a fourth and two fifths; Euclid’s Melchoir a third and fifth

The swimming and diving teams fell to Milwaukee Saturday at the WSU Natatorium, the men by a 181.5-106.5 count and the women 167-133.

First-place finishers for the Raiders on the women's side were Molley Pipkorn in the 1000, 200 and 500 free, Neena Zwier in one and three meter diving and Rasa Zilinskaite in the 100 free and 100 fly.  On the men's side, Hermanus Botha won the 50 and 100 free.

Avon High alumnus Elliot Runge was fourth in the 100 breast and fifth in the 200 breast and fifth in the 200 IM, Euclid High alumna Marisa Melchior third in the 500 free fifth in the 200 free, Hoover graduate Tony Ventosa was third in the back

Wright State returns to action on Saturday, November 5, with a 2:00 meet at Oakland

B-W Women Finish Fourth and Men are Sixth at OAC 


ADA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s cross country team placed fourth and the men finished sixth today (Saturday, October 29, 2011) at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Ohio Northern University.

The B-W women scored 106 points and placed fourth of 10 total teams. The Yellow Jacket men had 161 points to place sixth of 10 OAC schools.

The women were led by junior Sarah Rospert (Milan/ Edison) as she placed 13th of 157 total runners and completed the 6K course in 23:11.4. She was followed in the top on the team by junior junior Shaina Kovatch (Parma/ Valley Forge) in 15th place in 23:15.2, junior Lauren McGaughey (Allison Park, Pa./ Hampton) in 21st place in 23:26.9, junior Tess Hoogeveen (Westerville/ South) in 26th place in 23:57.0 and sophomore Brooke Hradisky (Aurora) was 31st in 24:06.7.

In addition, sophomore Jamie Clapacs (Willoughby Hills/ South) was 42nd in 24:28.1, sophomore Lauren Hutka (North Ridgeville/ Grafton Midview) was 59th in 25:13.8, sophomore Blair Vrcan (Mentor) was 72nd in 25:38.6, senior Lynne Fahy (Ontario, N.Y,/ Wayne Central) in 78th in 25:47.8,  senior Judy Patterson (Alquippa, Pa./ Monaca Center) placed 88th in 26:08.1 and senior Julie Kotesovec (Litchfield Township/ Medina Buckeye) placed 110th in 26:45.3.

The Yellow Jacket men were led by junior Ken Janosko (Mentor), who was the individual runner-up of 156 runners as he completed 8k course in 25:44.8. He was followed in the Yellow Jacket top five by junior Nick Jeffers (South Amherst/ Firelands) in 36th place in 27:15.0, senior Thomas Wilkin (Powell/ Olentangy Liberty) in 46th in 27:30.6, freshman Greg Blevins (Mentor) in 50th in 27:32.8, senior Drew Beck (Canandaigua, N.Y./ Canandaigua Academy) in 53rd place in 27:39.0 and junior Davis Gerding (Strongsville) was 57th in 27:44.4.

In addition, sophomore Dusan Vasic (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Heights) was 62nd in 27:48.5, senior Zach Szablewski (Tiffin/ Calvert) in 77th place in 28:10.3, freshman Isaac Baker (Lithia, Fla./ Newsome) in 83rd place in 28:17.5, sophomore Stephen Humbert (Middletown/ Lakota East) in 95th place in 28:39.9, senior Michael Sisko (Olmsted Falls) in 97th place in 28:46.2, senior Brian Gibbons (Rocky River) in 125th place in 29:35.3, senior Justin Brown (Sandusky) in 137th place in 30:40.8 and junior Ryan Fallow (Medina) finished in 149th in 31:56.7.