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The Spartans defeated John Carroll, 30-13, last season at Case Field.

Spartans, Blue Streaks to meet in Don Shula Stadium for the "College Football Championship of Cleveland's East Side"

Case Western Reserve Spartans at John Carroll Blue Streaks
Saturday, September 3, 2011 - 7:00 p.m.
Don Shula Stadium - University Heights, Ohio

TV: Tape Delay (Adam Mendoza, play-by-play; Brendan Gulick, color)
SportsTime Ohio, 11:30 p.m. -- Sept. 3

INTERNET AUDIO: http://tv.case.edu/athletics 
(Dave Wilson, play-by-play; Ed Daugherty, color)

LIVE STATS: http://www.sidearmstats.com/jcu/football/

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The Case Western Reserve University Spartans open the 2011 campaign at local-rival John Carroll University on Saturday, September 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Don Shula Stadium in University Heights. The Spartans finished last season at 8-2 overall and 1-2 in the University Athletic Association. During the past four seasons, CWRU has a remarkable overall record of 39-5. John Carroll finished last season at 5-5 overall and 5-4 in the Ohio Athletic Conference with four wins in its final six contests.


The Spartans and Blue Streaks have met 18 times on the gridiron with John Carroll holding a 9-8-1 lead in the all-time series. The two squads met last season for the first time since 1988 and Case was victorious 30-13 at home. JCU won the previous meeting in 1988, 27-10, at then Finnigan Field in Cleveland. The first ever meeting was a 0-0 tie at Case in 1970 and the two squads met annually until 1985.


Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who is in his eighth season in 2011 with a 52-22 (.703) record. Debeljak led the Spartans to three consecutive undefeated (10-0) regular seasons from 2007-09 with back-to-back-to-back NCAA postseason appearances and UAA titles. Since the beginning of the 2007 season, Case Western Reserve has posted an outstanding overall record of 39-5, earning Debeljak and his staff the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year award for three straight seasons (2007-09). In addition, Case has been ranked in the AFCA top 25 in each of the past four seasons.

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John Carroll is coached by Regis Scafe who enters his 13th season with a 77-47 record with the Blue Streaks. The 2011 season-opener will make Scafe the longest tenured coach in JCU history. He has an overall head coaching record of 93-83 in 17 seasons and led the Blue Streaks to 10 consecutive seasons with a .500 or better record prior to the 2009 season.


Both Greg Debeljak and Regis Scafe have a very strong connection to their opponent this week. Debeljak graduated from John Carroll in 1988 and coached for 12 seasons on the Blue Streak staff. In addition, Debeljak was a standout football and basketball player at JCU and held the school basketball record for assists (13) in a single game. Ironically, Scafe graduated from Case Western Reserve in 1971 and was the Spartans' head coach from 1994-98 with a 16-34 overall mark. Most of Debeljak's current coaching staff served with him at JCU as a part of Scafe's staff.


The Spartans opened the 2010 season with a 30-13 victory versus the Blue Streaks on Saturday, September 4 at Case Field. Running back Billy Deitmen rushed for a career-high 164 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Joey Baum completed 9-of-13 passes for 133 yards and 2 TDs. Current senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) recorded a team-high 12 tackles with 2.5 for loss and a sack in his first collegiate start. JCU was led on offense by QB Michael Locke with 44 yards rushing and 111 passing. John Cooley led the Blue Streak defense with a game-high 15 tackles.


The Spartans return 30 lettermen and 13 starters -- eight on defense, four on offense and one on special teams. Last season, the Spartans averaged 28.3 points, 132.1 yards rushing, 250.1 yards passing and 382.2 total yards per game. Case opponents averaged 14.1 ppg., 135.0 yards rushing, 141.8 yards passing and 276.8 total yards per game. The Spartans also had a +11 turnover ratio.


Offensively, sophomore running back Kenny Riordan (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton) rushed for 115 yards on 20 carries with one touchdown. Riordan had a team-best 60-yard run and averaged 5.8 yards per carry. Senior wide receiver Bryan Metlesitz (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) recorded 15 receptions for 128 yards and one TD. Senior tight end Bryce Coleman (Solon, Ohio/Solon) made 12 catches for 116 yards and two TDs.

Royalton's Metlesitz (L) and Solon's Coleman (R)

Defensively, senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) led the team with 91 tackles and had 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. Senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) had 64 tackles and team-highs with 13.0 tackles for loss and nine sacks. Junior end Adam Watson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) has 42 tackles, eight sacks and two fumble recoveries. Senior end Richard Doolin (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) posted 7.5 sacks and senior cornerback Matthew Davis (Chatsworth, Calif./Chaminda College Prep) made 13 tackles with one interception.


The Blue Streaks return 38 lettermen and 10 starters. Last season, JCU averaged 24.2 points, 204.7 yards rushing, 148.0 yards passing and 352.7 total yards per game. JCU opponents average 30.9 points, 194.2 yards rushing, 208.7 yards passing and 402.9 total yards per game. The Blue Streaks had a -12 turnover ratio.


Offensively, senior QB Devin O'Brien completed 72-of-124 pass attempts for 1,036 with nine TDs and 6 INTs. O'Brien also rushed for 715 yards on 127 carries with six TDs. Junior QB Michael Locke completed 38-of-68 passes for 402 yards with five INTs. Junior RB DaQuan Grobsmith led the team in rushing with 758 yards on 111 carries (6.8 ypc) and eight TDs. Junior TE Ben Madden recorded 23 catches for 433 yards and 2 TDs.

Kirtland's Ben Madden L), Willoughby's Ryan Winchell (R)

Defensively, senior LB C.J. Seitzinger posted a team-high 136 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, with two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one INT and a blocked kick. Junior DL Dan Valore totaled 32 tackles and led the team with five sacks. Junior DB Dominique Hopkins had 52 tackles and one INT.


Three-time All-UAA senior defensive tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) has led the team in sacks and tackles for loss in each of the past two seasons. In 2010, he totaled 64 tackles, including 13 for loss, with nine sacks. The D3Football.com All-North Region selection also posted a stretch of seven straight games with at least a half-sack.


The Spartans return their entire starting defensive line from 2010 in senior tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name), senior end Richard Doolin (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park), junior end Adam Watson (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and junior nose guard Michael Harris  (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights). Each player earned All-UAA honors and the group combined for 186 tackles, 36 tackles for loss, 26.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.


The Spartans have won nine consecutive season-openers, including last year's 30-13 victory versus John Carroll. The last season-opening loss came prior to the Greg Debeljak era, 42-14 at Carnegie Mellon on September 8, 2001. Debeljak is 7-0 in season-openers.


The number of consecutive regular season victories that Case Western Reserve posted from November 4, 2006 until October 30, 2010.

Mags wins tri-meet with Hawken, NDCL; Lions second; Ali Nageotte earns medalist honors 

Magnificat golf was double winner in Tuesday’s tri-meet at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin's home course, Fowler's Mill, against NDCL and Hawken.


Ali Nageotte was medalist with a 39 for the Blue Streaks, who bettered the Lions by 19 strokes and the Hawks by 34.

Magnificat - 166
NDCL - 185
Hawken - 200

Top individuals:
Ali Nageotte (Magnificat) - medalist 39
Jillian Hollis (Magnificat) - 41
Olivia Jereb (NDCL) - 41
Alley Vonderau (Magnificat) - 42

Shoremen stay unbeaten with win over Hudson; Alex Yungvirt scores goal; Zac Strimbu notches another shutout

Avon Lake’s boys’ soccer team remained among the unbeaten ranks with Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Hudson.

Alex Yungvirt scored the match’s only goal. Zac Strimbu had six saves in goal and Nick Stephenson the assist on Yungvirt’s goal.


The Shoremen and the Explorers hooked up for a great game on this Tuesday night, almost a year since Avon Lake last lost a regular-season match to these very Explorers.  

Yungvirt scored the goal for the Shoremen at the 29-minute mark in the first half when he got behind the Explorers defense and put it up and over senior goalkeeper Duncan Moran.

Ryan Schneider

The Explorers had the majority of the run of play in the second half but could not score.  Ryan Schneider cleared a ball off the endline late in the match to seal the shutout for the Shoremen.

Avon Lake 1 Hudson 0


Hudson: none. AL: Alex Yungvirt

Goalies: Hudson, Duncan Moran (5 saves); AL, Zac Strimbu ( 6 saves)

Assists for Avon Lake: Nick Stephenson

Score at half: Avon Lake 1 Hudson 0

Shots for Avon Lake: 11 

Shots for Hudson:   14

Corners for Hudson: 4

Corners for AL: 1

Mags tennis team moves to 7-1 with win over Kenston

Magnificat’s varsity A tennis team upped its record to 7-1 with Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Kenston.

Mandy Marchant (L) with sister Victoria, who is now an S/A at Dayton

The Bombers’ only winner was first singles player Mandy Marchant with a victory over Kelly Plagens.

 Magnificat 4 Kenston 1.                                                                    Singles:Marchant(K) d. Plagens 6-2,6-2; Witt d. Birze 3-6,6-2,6-2;Omalley d. Marks 6-4,6-2.                                             Doubles: Foliano/Patrick d. Kure/Althans 6-1,7-6; Lawless/Hollis d. Kyle/Althans 6-3,6-0.                                                          Magnificat is now 7-1.                

Corynn Krieg breaks school record for Avon Lake girls golf as Shoregals hand Avon first loss of season in rivalry match-up

Corynn Krieg broke a nine-hole school record for Avon Lake High girls’ golf with a 34 at Sweetbriar Tuesday as the Shoregals came out with a win in the battle of the railroad tracks with Avon.

Corynn Krieg 

Krieg’s 34 was good enough for a one-under-par finish and helped Avon Lake hand Avon its first loss of the season.

Alexis Brent, now a student at Clemson, held the previous record.

Avon (Overall 7-1) @ Avon Lake  (6-1 SWC 10-1 Overall)   Sweetbriar par 35

Avon Lake 
Corynn Krieg    34**** School Record -Broke Alexis Brent 36 in 2006
Niki Schroeder 39
Mallary Koeth   46
Sarah Crist      55
Total  174
Kaitlyn Neumann  39
Mary Dickson       44
Taylor Doehne     47
Amanda Emery    50
Total  180
Avon Lake 176 Avon 180  C. Krieg 34(AL). N. Schroeder 38(AL), K. Nuemann 39(A)

Mount Union to induct three into 

Student/Athletic Hall

The University of Mount Union M Club Hall of Fame will induct its 2011 class of Heather O’Shea ’95, Mike Sessor ’86 and John Topoly ’93 on Saturday, September 24.

The inductees will be recognized in a ceremony at noon Sept. 24 at the Haupt Presidential Home on S. Union Ave.  Tickets for the ceremony are $15 and available by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations and University Activities to RSVP at 330-823-2030 or alumni@mountunion.edu.

Each of the inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the Mount Union football game with Wilmingtonthat kicks off at 7 pm in Mount Union Stadium.

        Heather O’Shea ‘95 (women’s track and field), a native of Wheeling, W.Va. and graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic, is one of the most decorated female student-athletes in Mount Union history.  She won 17 Ohio Athletic Conference (9 indoor and 8 outdoor) track and field titles and was a two-time OAC Most Outstanding Indoor Athlete (1994, 1995) and 1995 OAC Outstanding Outdoor Athlete.  A six-time All-American she was a two-time NCAA Champion in the 800 meters and part of the 1995 national champion 4x400 meter relay team.  She had seven Mount Union track and field records and six of those still stand today.  An Academic All-American, she was awarded the OAC’s Clyde Lamb Award in 1995 as the conference’s top female student-athlete and an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.

Mike Sessor ’86 (wrestling), a native of Navarre, Ohio and Fairless High School grad, claimed three straight OAC wrestling titles from 1984-86 and was an All-American with an eighth place finish at the 1985 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships.
John Topoly ’93 (wrestling), a graduate of Lake Catholic High School in Mentor, Ohio, is a two-time OAC wrestling champion.  He was also a two-time All-American with fifth place finishes in the 1990 and 1991 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships.

To be inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame, a student-athlete must have earned a degree from Mount Union and received two letters in one sport, or one letter in two or more sports. Athletes are eligible for selection 15 years after graduation. Consideration will be based solely on Mount Union varsity participation, preceding graduation.

"The record of the proposed inductee must be exemplary in both performance and in character. There must be no question as to the deserving qualities that the inductee possesses."

Yellow Jackets, Scots to start college football season with second annual Thursday night edition of Division III ball

The BALDWIN-WALLACE COLLEGE Yellow Jacket football team opens its 2011 season on Thursday, September 1 against the Fighting Scots of The College of Wooster at John Papp Stadium in Wooster at 7:00 p.m. The game marks the beginning of the 107th season of football at the College.
TELEVISION -- The game will be broadcast on SportsTime Ohio on a delay basis on Friday, September 2 at 6:00 a.m. and again on Monday/ Labor Day, Sept. 5 at 4:30 p.m.. Veteran sportscaster Adam Mendoza will provide the play-by-play and junior Chris Terlop (Strongsville) will be the color analyst. For more information, please log onto the SportsTime Ohio Web site at www.sportstimeohio.com. Five of 10 B-W football games this fall will be broadcast on STO. You can view past B-W football and basketball telecasts (1978-2009) at www.bw.edu/athletics/video/.
RADIO -- B-W Campus radio station WBWC, 88.3 FM, broadcasts all home and away Yellow Jacket football games. You also can listen to the games live via the WBWC Internet Web site at www.wbwc.com. The pregame show generally starts 20 minutes prior to kickoff.
LOCATION : Berea, Ohio LOCATION: Wooster, Ohio
NICKNAME: Yellow Jackets NICKNAME: Fighting Scots
2009 RECORD: 7-3 2009 RECORD: 5-5
OAC RECORD: 6-3, third NCAC RECORD: 4-2, third
HEAD COACH: John Snell HEAD COACH: Mike Schmitz
ALMA MATER/ YEAR: Baldwin-Wallace / 1987 ALMA MATER / YEAR: Bowling Green / 1974
SERIES BEGAN: 1903, Wooster won, 56-0 ALL-TIME SERIES: B-W leads, 10-8-1
LAST METING: 2010, B-W won, 38-14, in Berea. SERIES STREAK: B-W, eight straight
The Game -- The Baldwin-Wallace College Yellow Jacket football team opens its 2011 season at North Coast Athletic Conference foe The College of Wooster. This is the second straight season that B-W and Wooster have opened the season.

The Yellow Jackets finished the 2010 season with a 7-3 overall and 6-3 Ohio Athletic Conference record. This season, B-W is picked to finish third by both the OAC Coaches and the Media at the annual OAC Media Day in Canton on August 9. B-W's seven wins was its most since 2006.

Wooster finished the 2010 campaign at 5-5 overall and 4-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Wooster was selected fourth in the NCAC Preseason Coaches Poll.

The Baldwin-Wallace Versus Wooster Series Notes -- The Yellow Jackets and the Fighting Scots have previously met 19 times on the gridiron with B-W holding a 10-8-1 series lead, including a 38-14 win a year ago (Sept. 2) in Berea. 

Wooster won the first eight meetings of the series, and its last win came in 1930. B-W has won 10 of the last 11 contests and there was a tie in 1944. B-W has won eight straightmeetings, and prior to last year's win, the last B-W versus Wooster game occurred in 1983 when it beat the Scots, 35-16, in Berea. The series began in 1893 when the Wooster defeated the B-W, 56-0.

Scouting the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin-Wallace College -- B-W returns 43 lettermen and 18 starters from last year.
Offensively, the Yellow Jackets averaged 28.4 points per game and 314.0 yards of total offense per game. Look for B-W to utilize a spread-style offense, with shot-gun snaps and multiple reciever sets. 

Offensively, Head Coach John Snell utilizes a two-QB rotation of juniors Ryan O'Rourke (Avon) and Andrew Dziak (Maple Heights/ Parma Padua). O'Rourke, who gets the majority of the playimng time, completed 119-of-213 passes for 55.9 percent for 1,513 yards with 16 TD and 10 interceptions a year ago. He also has rushed for three of TD. Dziak was two-of-four for 21 yards with a TD and rushed for 183 yards in 37 attempts with two TD. 
QB Committee -- Padua's Dziak (L) and Avon's O'Rourke (R)

The running backs are led by senior Tim Miker (Parma/ Senior), who was the leading rusher in 2010 with 595 yards on 129 carries with seven TD. Junior Tyler Lohr (Kent/ Roosevelt) and freshman Willie Jackson (Citrus Springs, Fla./ Crystal River) are battling with others to back up Miker.

The receiving corps will be led by senior All-OAC tight end Aaron Hurd (Tiffin/ Columbian) who led the team with 24 catches for 283 yards and three TD.

 In addition, look for junior wide receiver Aaron Manders (Toledo/ Cardinal Stritch), who had 16 grabs for 239 yards and two TD; senior Troy Van Meter (Gahanna/ Westerville North), who had 17 receptions for 219 yards and two TD; sophomore Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton Midview), who had 16 catches for 134 yards; and senior Dan Turner (Youngstown/ Ursuline), who had seven grabs for 88 yards and a TD, to be the top wideouts.

The offensive line returns four starts, including senior guard Rudy Ackerman (Sheffield Village/ Brookside), senior tackle Travis Barnhill (Findlay/ Senior), senior center Jimmy Basar (Parma/Senior) and sophomore guard Jason Cook (Streetsboro). There also is depth to back up the quartet.

On special teams, B-W returns senior kickoff specialist David Cantu (Amherst/ Steele), who also is battling to be the placekicker. Cantu averaged 54.1 yards per kickoff a year ago. Sophomore Matt Harmon (Canfield) earned the job as the stating punter during training and is eagar to show off his abilities. 

The return squad is led by sophomore cornerback and kick return specialist Kevin Johnson (Garfield Hts./ Cleveland St. Ignatius), who averaged 28.7 yards on 20 kick returns with a TD, and Holt, who averaged 29.6 yards on 16 kick returns with a TD. Lohr, junior Pat LaGuardia (Brunswick/ Parma Padua) and sophomore DB Kory Gillissie (Parma/ Cleveland St. Ignatius) are battling to return punts.

Defensively, the Yellow Jackets allowed 21.3 points and 305.3 yards of offense per game. B-W will be led by its outstanding secondary which is headed by a pair of All-OAC standouts in two-time All-OAC safety Ryan Dugan (Mentor) and senior cornerback Matt Bowen (Tiffin/ Columbian). 

The duo anchor a veteran secondary that includes Johnson, junior CB Brandon Russo (Olmsted Falls), senior safety Corey Hildreth (Massillon/ Washington), Gillissie, sophomore Zach Barley (Hudson) and junior Tom Goebel (Parma/ Padua). 

Hildreth led the secondary with 55 tackles, including 34 solo stops, and had 2.5 tackles for loss, a QB sack, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Bowen was second with 50 tackles, intercepted two passes and returned both for TD in back-to-back games and had a team-high 15 pass breakups. 

Dugan, who missed one full game and parts of two others with an injury, had 39 stops, led the team with three interceptions and was second with 11 breakups. He has 11 career thefts. Russo rounded out the starters with 35 tackles and seven breakups.

The line will be led by a pair of returning starters in senior defensive end Sonny Hazelwood (Elyria/ Senior) and senior tackle Max Wagner (Mentor). Also look for junior “rushing end” Derron Hamilton (Euclid), senior end Joe Fitch (Elyria/ Senior), senior end Matt Lewis (Bay Village/ Bay) and sophomore tackles Addison Carbone (Hudson), Isiaiah Kimmie (Cleveland/ Glenville) and Brad Hollifield (Barberton) all to add strength, speed and depth up front. Hazelwood had 27 tackles, six tackles for loss, including a sack, intercepted a pass and had a team-leading three forced fumbles.

 Wagner, who missed eight games due to an injury and began the season as a starter, had seven stops in 2010 after making 19 stops as a sophomore. Hamilton, who played mostly in passing situations, had 34 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and six forced QB hurries. Lewis and Carbone both saw some playing time and contributed a combined 23 stops. 

Fitch returns after missing all of last season with an injury. He started several games in 2009.

For decades, B-W has been known for its outstanding linebackers. It graduated one of its all-time best in Ryan Kish '11 but returns at least two others excellent players in seniors Brett Thompson (Shelby) and J.J. Laseak (Mentor). The duo return as starters and will joined as candidates for the open position by seniors Brian Ellis (Fort Mitchell, Ky./ Dayton), Matt Higgenbotham (Hartville/ Uniontown Lake) and John Haraysyn (Mentor) and junior Ben Penman (Warren/Harding).

 A year ago, Laseak led the team in tackles with 81, was tied for third with 11.5 tackles for loss, had two sacks, forced one fumble and recovered another. Thompson was third with 60 stops, eight tackles for loss, three sacks, five pass breakups and six hurries. Ellis is coming back after missing last season with an injury. He played in nine games in 2009 and had seven tackles. 

Higgenbotham saw action in 10 games last season and had 24 tackles. Harasyn saw action in all 10 games, made 31 tackles, had a sack, an interception and two pass breakups.

Scouting the Fighting Scots of The College of Wooster -- Wooster returns 36 lettermen and 17 starters from its team that finished 5-5 overall and 4-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Offensively, Wooster averaged 25.9 points and 332.9 yards of offense per game. Look for Wooster to run a spread style offense. The Scots will be led by sophomore QB Richard Barnes, who was last year's NCAC "Newcomer of the Year". He completed 189-of-301 passes for 2,046 yards with 14 TD and 11 interceptions.

Extremely elusive, the 6'0" and 195-pound Barnes ran for 301 yards and six more TD. In the backfield, look for RB Robert Flagg to carry the load. Last season, he rushed for a team-leading 830 yards in 160 attempts and a team-high 10 TD. He also caught 29 passes for 319 yards and two TD. The receiving corps is led by junior Jordan McIntyre, who caught 36 passes for 402 yards and two TD; 6'3" senior TE Cameron Daniels, who caught 34 passes (in eight games) for 314 yards and four TD; and junior Zack Weidrick, who grabbed nine passes for 132 yards. In addition, four starters return on the line.

Defensively, the Fighting Scots gave up 18.4 points per game and an average of 310.5 yards of total offense per contest. Wooster runs a base 4-3 defense. Leading the way are senior Division III All-American tackle Dan Terhune, junior end Rob Holtz and senior nose guard Chris Moore. 
Rocky River's Breidegam (L), Kenston's Jimmy Tomcufcik

Terhune had 47 toral tackles and led the Scots with 11 QB sacks, Holtz had seven sacks and Moore has started the past 13 contests. The linebacking corps is led by senior Matt Breidigam who had 57 tackles last season. The Scot secondary is solid with three All-NCAC starters back and led by Quinton Howard, Girard Ogletree-Crawford and Taylor Trout (2009 All-NCAC). Howard led Wooster with 82 tackles while Ogletree-Crawford and Trout combined for six pickoffs and 15 pass breakups.

On special teams, the Scots return All-NCAC punter Dana Obery, who averaged 40.5 yards per boot a year ago. In addition, Ogletree-Crawford, the NCAC Special Teams Player of the Year in 2010, averaged 24.0 yards per kick return, and Trout has led the NCAC in punt returns two of the past three seasons.
Walsh Jesuit’s Michael Marsinek commits to Eastern Michigan
Cuyahoga Falls -- August 31, 2011 — Walsh Jesuit’s Michael Marsinek, 17, has accepted an academic and athletic scholarship to Eastern Michigan University, where he will play NCAA Division I baseball for Head Coach Jay Alexander. When Marsinek signs a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period in November, he will become the first member of the Class of 2012 to advance to collegiate baseball and the 42nd Walsh Jesuit baseball player in the last 16 years to advance to the Division I level.

The 6’-1”, 205-pound Marsinek, a left-handed pitcher, was instrumental in helping the Warriors reach the Division II state championship game in both 2010 and 2009. 

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During the 2010 season, in fact, the team enjoyed a national ranking from nearly every major baseball publication, including reaching the pinnacle of No. 1 by MaxPreps/CBS Sports, ESPN Rise, Collegiate Baseball, and Rivals.com. In addition, the team was ranked nationally as high as No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25. Marsinek, a four-year varsity player and three-year starter, went 8-0 last season in thirteen appearances on the mound.

 In just under 44 innings of work, he had 58 strikeouts and gave up only seven earned runs to close out the year with a 1.12 ERA. His performance earned him Walsh Jesuit’s Most Valuable Player award. 

Also, he was named the Cuyahoga River Baseball Conference Pitcher of the Year and was a First Team All Ohio selection.

In addition to athletics, Marsinek has been involved with St. Joan of Arc Youth Ministries and has participated in Catholic Heart Work Camp missions.

“Walsh Jesuit Baseball is really going to miss Michael Marsinek. When you talk about a pitcher having mound presence, Michael personifies the ideal combination of intensity, competitiveness, and an ace pitcher’s demeanor,” said Chris Kaczmar, head baseball coach at Walsh Jesuit. “Michael has not only been such an impactful part of this era of Walsh Jesuit baseball, but more importantly, he is a good person and a sincerely good friend whose mere presence and sense of humor light up the dugout. He has a passion for his teammates, a passion for the game, and a passion for life. The year he had for us was very special, and I am thrilled he will play at the Division I level for Coach Alexander at EMU.”

Marsinek, who intends to major in Sports Administration at EMU, is the son of Mike and Mo Marsinek of Streetsboro, Ohio.

The Walsh Jesuit baseball program was the state runner-up in 2009 and 2010, a state final-four contender in 1989, and captured the Division II state championship in 2008, 2006, 2004, and 1999. In addition, the program was ranked No. 1 in the nation by nearly every major baseball publication for three consecutive weeks in the spring of 2010. Kaczmar, a 1988 Walsh Jesuit graduate, is beginning his 18th year of coaching at Walsh Jesuit and his 16th as head coach.

Walsh Jesuit is a Catholic, college preparatory high school and one of 47 Jesuit secondary schools in the United States. Recognized twice as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education (the only high school in Northeast Ohio to receive this prestigious award twice), Walsh Jesuit operates in the spirit of St. Ignatius Loyola, guiding its students to be intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious, and committed to doing justice. Founded in 1964 and located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the school has a coed enrollment of more than 900.

Mags tops Gilmour in varsity B tennis

The Magnificat varsity B tennis team was a 4-1 winner over Gilmour Tuesday.

The Blue Streaks improved to 7-2.

Magnificat (4) def. Gilmour (1)

Magnificat Varsity B season record 7 and 2


1. Anne Gacad (M) d. K. Caja 6-1, 6-2 (H)

2. Miranda Faranacci (M) d. N. Ertz (H) 6-1, 6-1

3. Katie McCabe (M) d. M. Hawkins (H) 6-3, 6-4


1. Deeya Basu/Kennedy Nock (M) d. M. Asher/L. Drake (H) 6-1, 6-2

2. A. Stefanski/N. Doe (H) d. Erin Coyne/Mary Grace Brandt (M) 6-4, 4-6, 7-6

NDCL tops the Elms in volleyball

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin was a 3-0 winner over Our Lady of the Elms  in high school volleyball Tuesday.

Laura Scroggins led Our Lady of the Elms with seven kills, while Gabby Charely had four digs and Ali Rogers had four aces.

Tuesday, August 30 at OLE

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin defeated Our Lady of the Elms 25-16, 25-17, 25-12

Stat Leaders

Kills - Scroggins (O) - 7, Williams (N) - 10

Digs - Charley (O) - 4, White (N) - 12

Aces - Rogers (O) - 4, White (N) - 2, Williams (N) - 2

Assists - Esber (O) - 14

Blocks - Williams (N) - 4



Wright State Volleyball Drops Home Opener to IPFW

The Wright State volleyball team dropped a three-set decision to IPFW in the home opener Tuesday night at the C.J. McLin Gymnasium. The Mastodons won the match 25-22, 25-17, 25-19.

A Heidi Splinter service ace tied the first set at 11 and the Raiders again knotted the score at 12 following an IPFW attack error. The Mastodons, though, scored the next four points to go in front to stay and the Raiders would get no closer than two the rest of the way.

IPFW (2-1) led throughout the second set and gradually pulled away in the final set to claim the match. The Mastodons outhit Wright State .240-.065 on the night and had a 40-25 kill advantage.

Anna Norman paced WSU with six kills in hitting .600 on the night while Splinter added five kills and 12 digs. Alaina McAuley also had five kills.

Wright State (0-4) heads to Rochester, Michigan, Saturday for a pair of matches at the Golden Grizzly Invitational, taking on Central Michigan at noon followed by host Oakland at 7:00.