A Page -- Oct. 8, 2010

Yellow Jackets playing for first place 

in the OAC this late in the season for 

the first time since 1998; 4-0 going 

into Saturday's game against 


Oct. 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


BEREA – Even though for about 70 years, it seemed as if it was an annual occurrence at one time or another, it has been a long time since Baldwin-Wallace’s football team was playing a game for first place in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

For those who have been doing a Rip Van Winkle the past five weeks, wake up now because the Yellow Jackets are alive and well and living in Berea. Make no mistake, as they are for real and are ready to show that Saturday when the OAC co-leaders host second place Otterbein here on the Tressel Field in the George Finnie Stadium.

After a 3-7 season in 2009, the worst at the school since 1958, the year before Lee Tressel took over as head coach, the Yellow Jackets are undefeated at 4-0, 3-0 in the OAC, and already beyond their entire win total of last year with still six games to play.

The last time the Yellow Jackets were remotely this good was in 2003, Walsh Jesuit product Dan Larlham’s senior season. Larlham quarterbacked the Yellow Jackets into the playoffs that year. They beat Hanover here in the first round and then lost to Wheaton in Chicago the second week of the playoffs.

Dan Larlham

Still, they did not have a first-place marbles type of game that year. Mount Union was the first league game of the season and it does not take a genius to deduce that they were 0-1 in league play after that game, unless one were to count two 0-0 teams as a “game for first place.”

They did win their first three games, including two OAC games in 2007, and played John Carroll the third week of the league season, but at that time there were more than two 2-0 teams.


Right now, the Yellow Jackets can claim to share what no other OAC team can claim – undefeated league and overall status along with the regal Division III program in the country Mount Union this late in the season.

John Carroll had been neck-and-neck with the Raiders a few times early in the first decade of this century, but typically by this time of the season, Mount often is the only standing undefeated team in the league although Capital and Ohio Northern have also hung for a few weeks with them in recent years.

Another team that has been a major challenger for second place in the OAC in recent years has been Otterbein, which for a long time was a mediocre football program at best but in the last four years has been one of the top two challengers to the Raiders.

Otterbein is 2-1 in league play  and 3-1 overall coming into this contest and would like to get into some form league leadership sharing with a win and some miracle like help involving Mount Union.

On the other hand, the Yellow Jackets want to hang on to a share of the co-leadership (or sole providing a miracle involving Mount Union) going into the road trip next weekend to Ada against nationally ranked Ohio Northern.

For the record, the last time the Yellow Jackets were undefeated and playing for first place this late in the season was 1998. In fact, several of their games that year for first place. After losing by one-point in the season opener to long time OAC rival Wittenberg in a non league game (the Tigers had already been in the Westlake based North Coast Athletic Conference for a decade by then), the Jackets rattled off eight straight league wins before losing to Mount Union the last week of the season, the salt seeping farther into the wound when they were denied a playoff berth despite an 8-2 record.

The Jackets would not want to have the same thing happen again and know that even if the upset the ninth week of the season here against Mount Union will be a tall order to fill, they know that the more wins they can pile on in key games like this one, will at least allow them to maintain a share of the league lead and thereby increase the chances of play in Week 11, which also has not happened since eth Larlham years.


B-W has dominated the All-time series with the Cardinals, 33-7-1, but Otterbein has won the last two meetings and three of the last five.

Although neither of these two teams are ranked nationally, the Yellow Jackets were listed as “others receiving votes” in the various polls.

Note: Look for coverage of the B-W Otterbein in Sunday's Plain Dealer provided by S/A-Cleveland Editor Norm Weber

Firelands tops North Ridgeville in 5

games in West Shore Conference 


Oct. 8, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – In a West Shore Conference High School volleyball match that went the distance, Firelands came back to post a 3-2 win over North Ridgeville.

The Rangers fell behind after the first game in a very tough battle won by the Falcons, 25-19. They then bounced back to win two straight, 25-17 and 25-13.

Then the Falcons did a rebound of their own, taking the fourth game, 25-19 and the rubber game, 15-9.

For North Ridgeville, Rachel Crow had 23 kills, 4 aces, and 2 solo blocks;  Jessie Lentz had 8 kills and 11 digs; Heather Snyder was 55/56 setting with 21 assist; and Alex Fererra 8 digs.

Mount Union Volleyball Team splits 

on first day of Bear Classic

By Josh Reilly

October 8, 2010 

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The Mount Union volleyball team split on day one of the Washington Bears Classic (Mo.), claiming a sweep over Webster (Mo.) before it was swept itself by the No. 1-ranked Bears.

Walsh Jesuit alumna Sarah Dean, Mount's Libero

In their first contest, the Purple Raiders won, 25-17, 25-17, 25-12. Then, Mount Union fell to defending national champ Washington, 25-22, 25-21, 25-14.

The Raiders (13-6, 2-1 OAC) will be in action again on Saturday with matches against Westminster (Mo.) and Dallas (Texas).

Oberlin Women's Soccer Upends Ohio Wesleyan
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Delaware, Ohio – The Oberlin College women’s soccer team turned in its best effort of the season, knocking off Ohio Wesleyan University 2-1 on Friday night to earn its first North Coast Athletic Conference win of the season.

“This is the best I have seen us play,” Head Coach Kristen Hayden said. “We did everything right and just played an all-around great game. Rachael picked us up in goal and made some great saves as well.”

The Yeowomen (4-9-0, 1-1-0 NCAC) got on the board first in the 31st minute when Ryann McChesney belted a shot from 25-yards out from the middle of the field that found its way into the goal. 

The Bishops (3-7-2, 0-2-0 NCAC) would get back to even in the 60th minute on a goal that got redirected twice – once by an Oberlin defender and one of a Bishops player – before making its way into the net.

However, Oberlin would not be denied on this night as just seven minutes laterLori Sako would book what proved to be the game-winner for the Yeowomen with a 30-yard strike from the right side of the field. 

As Coach Hayden mentioned, the Yeowomen got a tremendous effort from first-year Rachael Banderia as she recorded six saves on the night – including one in the final 30 seconds to preserve the win. 

Oberlin had a chance to take a 2-0 lead just moments into the second half, butLois Immerman’s shot hit off the crossbar. 

The Yeowomen earned the win despite being outshot 25-12 and also losing the corner kick battle 4-2. 

Oberlin, which has won three out of its last four games, will look to stay hot when it plays host to The College of Wooster on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. 



Holy Name uses "quarterback 

shuffle" to dance to 13-7 win over 

Hoban on Homecoming night

Oct. 8, 2010

By Norm Weber



NORTH ROYALTON --  With all the jigging and jagging it did all over the football field tonight, Holy Name’s football team might want to invent a new dance and call it the “quarterback shuffle.”

The Green Wave used the two-quarterback system coupled with some nice run backs by defenders upon turnovers to post a 13-7 North Coast League over Archbishop Hoban here at North Royalton High School, the Namers’ third “home”  field of the season.

Holy Name got a big break early in the first quarter when Hoban lined up to punt and on a miscue, Billy Vaccariello recovered on the guests’ 15-yard line.

The Green Wave capitalized on the turnover. Three plays later Jake Schaefer slipped into the end zone on a nine-yard quarterback keeper and then followed his own TD with the extra point. That made it 7-0 with 6:52 to go in the first quarter.

Schaefer would be seen again and again throughout the night in a platoon system that kept the Hoban defense flustered,


Listen to post-game interview with Holy Name Student/Athlete Jake Schaefer from tonight’s Namer-Hoban football game, conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


The turnover bug continued the rest of the quarter. Pat Costanzo intercepted a Dan Hinton pass and returned it 53 yards for Holy Name to the Hoban 27.


Listen to post-game interview with Holy Name Student/Athlete Pat Costanzo from tonight’s Namer-Hoban football game, conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


That was canceled out though as Evan Luse intercepted a Schaefer pass and returned it 25 yards to the Knights’ 37.

Dom Orsini then replaced Hinton at quarterback for the Knights, which at least for the time being ended the interception frenzy on both sides.

Watch a few short videos of tonight’s Holy Name Hoban football game, filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


After the turnover, Hoban drove all the way down to the Holy Name 2-yard line, but wound up coming up empty handed as the Green Wave defense stiffened.

The running of Xavier Kirksey-Ivery enabled the Knights to pick up a good chunk of the 60 yards in the drive. The drive ended on a missed field goal attempt.

Schaefer’s early score and subsequent PAT stood until halftime, but Schaefer did not as he had to be helped off the field in the second quarter after getting injured on a quarterback keeper.

The regular starting quarterback, senior Brendan Boylan, who had been injured himself, was called on and apparently became healthy enough that he was able to come in and spell Schaefer. Boylan was already in as the starting punter after missing out on those duties lat week too.

Listen to post-game interview with Holy Name Student/Athlete Brendan Boylan from tonight’s Namer-Hoban football game, conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading



Late in the second quarter, Hoban again drove into the Red Zone, but a couple penalties and a big sack by Joe Olenik and Cristan Carreras pushed the Knights all the way back to midfield.

Again, Hoban made some adjustments on offense to start the second half. Hinton came back in at quarterback and the Knights went to a hurry-up offense.

The change coupled with some trickery proved beneficial for the visitors. After the Namer defense held, Hoban went for a fake punt on a fourth-and-one at its own 35. Nick Horning took the snap in the backfield and scampered for an 18-yard gain to the Green Wave 48.

On the next play, Hinton scrambled around a few defenders and took the left sidelines all the way down on the fast-lane score on the quarterback keeper. Zach Zust’s PAT tied it at 7 with 9:01 to go in the third.

The quarterback shuffle appeared to be the dance of the night because the hosts also reinserted their starter after the ensuing kick off. With Schaefer behind center, the Holy Name offense was in slow gear for a series and had to punt after a strong defensive segment by the Knights’ D.


Holy Name grabbed the lead back to start the fourth quarter. R.J. Frazier came up with big play, a 58-yard run that put the Green Wave to the 22-yard line.

Listen to post-game interview with Holy Name Student/Athlete R.J. Frazier from tonight’s Namer-Hoban football game, conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


The Namers used a two-quarterback system on the drive. A Boylan pass to tight end Seamus Day moved it closer, the 13-yard gain putting the ball at the 6.

Three plays later with Schaefer back in at quarterback and with three seconds gone in the final period, Frazier scored on a one-yard run but the conversion failed and the hosts clung to a 13-7 lead.

Hoban with Hinton at the helm threatened again on the next possession. Hinton flicked to his big tight end James Martter for a first down and then the big fullback Miles Light banged through for another first down.


After getting into the Red Zone again, the Knights shot themselves in the foot as Dan Dreher picked up a fumble and returned it 66 yards for a Holy Name first down. Despite the good field position, the HN offense could not capitalize with an insurance score, the defensive stop aided by a Jimmy Zazo, setting up a punting situation for the Namers.

Listen to post-game interview with Holy Name Student/Athlete Dan Dreher from tonight’s Namer-Hoban football game, conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading


Again Hoban picked up a first down on a fake punt by Horning and drove into Green Wave territory.  The Knights shot themselves in the foot again, twice in the drive having runs for TDs called back because of penalties. They then came a couple inches short on fourth down.

Oberlin Volleyball Stumbles at Wooster
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Box Score

Wooster, Ohio – 
The Oberlin College volleyball team dropped a North Coast Athletic Conference match-up against The College of Wooster on Friday evening in straight sets, falling 25-21, 25-15 and 25-11.

The Yeowomen (2-18, 1-5 NCAC) struggled offensively, hitting just .091 for the match while committing 18 errors along the way. Oberlin was also plagued by 12 serve receive errors in the contest. 

Laura Jessee continued to be a positive for the Yeowomen as she hit .273 with nine kills on 22 attempts. 

Chinwe Okona paced the defense with nine digs, while Amanda Wyskcontributed eight in the setback.

Oberlin will have a quick turnaround as it will do battle against Denison University tomorrow at 5 p.m.