A Page -- Sept. 10, 2012

Royalton, Solon begin football crossover play in NOC

Friday evening, the Solon Comets will board the bus to take on North Royalton in an NOC Crossover battle which will be Solon’s first road game of the season. The North Royalton Bears enter Week Four with a 3-0 record, having won against Brecksville, Revere, and Highland. Combined after three weeks, North Royalton has put up 148 points, while the Comets have scored 77.

Friday night will begin Northeast Ohio Conference Crossover play for teams in the Valley and River Divisions. Solon and North Royalton will meet for the eighth time overall and the first time at the new Serpentini Stadium. The result of this game will not count toward the overall NOC divisional standings.

The Solon Comets bounced back from a Week Two loss with a 36-14 win over Akron Buchtel, last week at Stewart Field. The Comets had many players stand out as contributors last Friday night including, Khoury Crenshaw, Keon Hemerlein, Darian Hicks, Ryan Pastor, and Ben Peterson. Crenshaw had 109 rushing yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns.

Hemerlein was perfect on extra point and also kicked two field goals, one for 37 yards and another for 32 yards. In the second quarter, Solon trailed 14-7 but that did not last long as Darian Hicks returned a Buchtel punt 78 yards for the score. On the defensive side of the ball, Ryan Pastor, assisted by Ben Peterson, came up with a safety late in the second quarter. Solon improved to 2-1 on the year and Buchtel fell to 0-3.

Last Saturday afternoon, Solon Head Coach Jim McQuaide was inducted into the War-ren, Ohio Sports Hall of Fame for his success as a high school football coach and his con-tributions to high school athletics. McQuaide, a graduate of Warren John F. Kennedy High School, was All-League and All-Diocese as a senior in 1975 and re-turned to JFK in 1977 to coach the Fresh-man football Eagles. Recently, on Novem-ber 10, 2010, Coach McQuaide led his un-defeated Solon Comets to Warren’s Mol-lenkopf Stadium, where he played high school football and where his dad coached the JFK Eagles, to take on Austintown Fitch in the Division I, Region 1 semi-finals. The Comets were a winner that night, 41-0, and that win secured McQuaide his 150th career victory as a head coach.

As we enter the fourth week of the season, all 18 teams in the Northeast Ohio Confer-ence will either begin league divisional play or league crossover play. Overall, the NOC was 27-22 against non-league opponents this year and had winning records against the Akron City Series, North Coast League, South-western Conference, West Short Conference, and teams that do not belong to a confer-ence.

With the non-league portion of the schedule behind us, the Comets look to make their mark on the NOC in 2012. First up for Solon will be a contest with North Royalton to kickoff the short NOC crossover portion of the schedule. Since the inception of the Northeast Ohio Conference in 2007, Solon owns a 9-1 record in crossover games. The quest to improve upon that 9-1 record begins this week with preparation for a 3-0 North Royalton team that has put up some high offensive numbers here in 2012. Friday night will be Solon’s first visit to the new Serpentini Stadium at North Royalton High School and the Comets are looking forward to that experience.

“We want to be remembered at Serpentini Stadium on Friday night,” said Head Coach Jim McQuaide. “Our team has worked extremely hard to improve after our Week Two loss and our guys are fired up as we get into this next part of our schedule. This is a key week for us to build upon the things that we did well last week against a very good Buchtel team.”

BW Trio Earn OAC Football Player of the Week Honors

BEREA, OHIO -- A trio of Baldwin Wallace University football student-athletes, junior transfer wide receiver Cory Lanterman (Streetsboro), senior defensive end Joe Fitch (Elyria/ Catholic) and junior cornerback/ kick return specialist Kevin Johnson (Maple Heights/ Cleveland St. Ignatius), have been named as this week’s Ohio Athletic Conference Football Players-of-the-Week.  The trio received the honor by virtue of their performances in a 45-13 victory against Bluffton University last Saturday in Berea.

Lanterman, who transferred to BW last winter from NCAA Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania, caught three passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns to earn the OAC Offensive Player of the Week award. He caught a 35-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Ryan O’Rourke (Avon) at the 10:42 mark of the second quarter to make the score 10-0 and grabbed a 20-yard scoring strike from O’Rourke with 2:02 left before halftime to make the score 24-0. For his efforts, Lanterman also received the BW Dick Miller Community & Family Day Most Outstanding Player Award. Last spring, he placed individually in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes and ran on the 4 x 400-meter relay team at the OAC Championship Meet.

Fitch took part in three quarterback sacks, including one on the first play of the game and 2.5 total in the contest to earn the OAC Defensive Player of the Week award. He helped a BW defense that limited Bluffton to 111 rushing yards in 34 attempts, sacked the QB five times and forced three turnovers.

Johnson returned the second half kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown to mark his second career kick return for TD was named as the OAC Special Teams Player of the Week. He also had one tackle and a pass breakup on defense. Last spring, Johnson earned NCAA Division III All-America honors as a member of the Yellow Jackets’ fifth-place 4 x 100-meter relay team at the national meet. He also placed fourth in the 100-meter dash and was a member of the OAC-champion 4 x 100-meter relay squad.

This Saturday, the Yellow Jackets travel to University Heights to play OAC and Cleveland cross-town rival John Carroll University in the 24th Annual Battle for the Cuyahoga Gold Bowl Trophy (BW leads that series, 12-11). The game will kickoff at Don Shula Stadium at 6:00 p.m. with BW leading the all-time series, 24-23-4, including a 45-37 win in Berea a year ago.

MAC Football Players of the Week

East Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Akron QB Dalton Williams

Senior quarterback Dalton Williams (Coppell, Texas) completed 27-of-54 passes for 313 yards and a school-record-tying five touchdowns in a 41-38 OT loss at FIU. The five TD tosses matched the mark set by Luke Getsy vs. Northern Illinois on Sept. 24, 2005. He was the first Akron quarterback to throw for 300 yards since Chris Jacquemain had 389 against Western Michigan on Oct. 6, 2007. Additionally, Williams' 54 pass attempts were the third most in a game in program history, while the 27 completions tied as the 12th highest in a contest in the school record book. Williams had two TD passes in the fourth quarter, the first was a 21-yard strike to Jawon Chisholm followed by a two-point conversion pass to Dee Frieson to give the Zips a 31-28 lead, and the second a 15-yard completion to Marquelo Suel to help Akron regain a 38-35 lead with 1:53 to play. Williams completed 7-of-15 passes for 105 yards in the fourth quarter.


Defensive Player of the Week:  Bowling Green DT Chris Jones

Senior defensive tackle Chris Jones (Brownsburg, Ind.) had five tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss in the Falcons 21-13 win over Idaho. The senior defensive tackle managed his first sack, even while drawing a holding penalty on Idaho and later sacked Idaho’s quarterback, helping the Falcon defense hold the Vandals to a field goal late in the first half.


Special Teams Player of the Week:  Ohio K Matt Weller

Senior kicker Matt Weller (Twinsburg, Ohio) connected on 3-of-4 field goals, hitting from 37, 25 and 26 yards out and was a perfect 6-for-6 in extra points as he became the school’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing former Bobcat Kareem Wilson, in a 51-24 win over New Mexico State. Weller now owns five Ohio University school records. In addition, Weller booted 10 kickoffs for an average of 61.6 yards, notching three touchbacks.


West Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Toledo QB Terrance Owens

Junior quarterback Terrance Owens (Cleveland, Ohio) completed 25-of-41 passes for 300 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions in a 34-31 road win at Wyoming. Owens also ran for a career-high 74 yards on 13 carries.  His 41 pass attempts were a career high and his four touchdowns equaled his career-best effort.


Defensive Player of the Week:  Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward

Junior safety Jimmie Ward (Mobile, Ala.) led Northern Illinois in tackles for the second straight game, broke up two passes and claimed the Huskies’ first interception of the season.  Ward had 10 tackles, five solo, as he was all over the field during the Huskies’ 35-7 win over UT Martin.  He returned his second career interception 18 yards to the Skyhawks’ 20-yard line in the fourth quarter.  Ward led another strong defensive effort as the Huskies gave up just 63 rushing yards on 33 attempts and allowed only one touchdown in the game.


Special Teams Player of the Week:  Western Michigan K Andrew Haldeman

Redshirt freshman kicker Andrew Haldeman (Ferndale, Mich.) solidified himself as the Broncos' place kicker with seven made PATs, extending the program record of consecutive PATs to 137, in a 52-31 win over Eastern Illinois.  He also made his first career field goal from a distance of 37 yards.  Haldeman added nine kick offs with one touchback and forcing Eastern Illinois into an average starting field position of its own 27-yard line.





Mags Tennis on the Road Again

By Emily Witt

With the girls’ tennis season in full swing, Magnificat’s Varsity A Team took a road trip on September 8th to test their game against top teams from across the state. 

Mags played a double header on Saturday in Columbus at Dublin Jerome High School, where the rain held off making for a beautiful day of great tennis.  The girls even showed their buckeye pride for the Ohio State Game day by donning scarlet and grey hair ribbons.

 At the courts, they faced highly talented competition with their first match against the defending Division 1 State Champions, Dublin Jerome.  The Dublin Jerome Celtics swept the Blue Streaks 5-0.  Despite getting overpowered, Mags bounced back to get the 4-1 win over Cincinnati’s Lakota East. 

“Playing teams from around the state is one of the best parts of Magnificat tennis,” said Coach Chris Johnson. “We get to gauge our talent with the top teams.  I like the way we competed this weekend, but I think not playing a match in two weeks hurt us.  I know the girls will rise up and push their limits in order to play their best.

 The Mags tennis team returns to action this week with rivals Kenston and Hawken coming to Magnificat’s home turf.  “These next two weeks will tell us whether we have what it takes to make another run at the final four,” said Johnson. 

The Blue Streaks head down once again on Saturday to Columbus for two competitive matches at Upper Arlington High School.    

Spartan Sophomore Natalie Southard Named UAA Volleyball Player of the Week

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – For the first time in her young career, Case Western Reserve University sophomore middle hitter Natalie Southard (Buffalo, N.Y./City Honors School) has been selected as the University Athletic Association Volleyball Player of the Week. Southard shares this week's honor with Kelly Pang of Washington University-St. Louis.

The reigning UAA Rookie of the Year, Southard was named to the Marcia French Memorial All-Tournament Team on Saturday, September 8, as the Spartans ran their season record to a perfect 8-0.

Natalie Southard earns UAA Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career. (photo by Ryan Baker)

In four matches and 13 sets, Southard tallied 45 kills with just 10 errors in 88 attempts for a .398 hitting percentage. She also recorded 11 total blocks and recorded a career-high 20 kills in a victory versus John Carroll University on Friday.

For the season, Southard ranks second on the team with 67 kills and first with 17 total blocks. As a freshman in 2011, she finished 20th in the UAA regular season with 239 kills, sixth with a .320 hitting percentage and third with 106 blocks.

The Spartans (8-0) are off to the best start in program history and will face their biggest test to date this Wednesday, Sept. 12 at No. 18 nationally-ranked University of Mount Union at 7:00 p.m. in Alliance. 

Mount Union kicks off four-game homestand

The Mount Union women's soccer team capped off a perfect weekend by dropping Oberlin, 3-0, on Saturday night. They now get set to kick off a four-game homestand starting on Sept. 12 and concluding Sept. 22.

Eight different players have scored a goal for the Purple Raiders this season, but freshman Shannon Evans(Newbury/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin), who scored in Friday's victory over Hiram, currently holds the team and Ohio Athletic Conference lead with four. She is the only player with more than one goal for Mount Union.

In Saturday's win over Oberlin, Kylee Kolesar (Mentor/Mentor), Gina Wall (Warren/Howland) and Kolbie Haines(Hudson/Hudson) each scored their first goals of the season in the shutout win over Oberlin. It was the first time in 2012 that Mount Union shut out an opponent and they are currently outscoring the opposition 11-6.

On Wednesday (Sept. 12), the Raiders (3-1) will face Penn State-Behrend (0-4) at Mount Union Stadium for its 6 p.m. home opener. PSU-Behrend beat Mount Union last September, 2-0, at the Clarion Classic in Fredonia, N.Y. The Lions are 0-2 against OAC teams this season, losing to Otterbein and Baldwin Wallace to start the year.

After Wednesday night's game, the Raiders will not have a match until next Monday (Sept. 17) against Grove City (Pa.). They play three home matches next week, starting with the Grove City contest.

Match 5: Mount Union (3-1) vs. Penn State-Behrend (0-4)

Oberlin Volleyball Defeats Wilmington in Straight Sets

Oberlin, Ohio- The Oberlin College women's volleyball team split in its final day at the Earlham College Invite, beating Wilmington College in three sets and dropping their final match to host Earlham in five sets.

In their first match of the day, the Yeowomen defeated Wilmington handily by the scores of 25-14, 25-16, and 25-12. Senior Laura Jessee led Oberlin in kills with 13 and capitalized on .480 of her attempts in the match.


Sophomore Christine Antonsen added nine kills of her own, while freshman Molly Powers led the team in digs with 15. SeniorChinwe Okona had a great day from service, as she finished with seven aces.

Sophomore Jenna Bange ended the match with 28 assists.

Oberlin lost its final match of the invite against Earlham in five sets. The Yeowomen were leading in the match through three sets before Earlham won the fourth set 20-25. Oberlin then lost the fifth set by the narrow margin of 11-15.

Okona led the team with 16 kills, as she also finished with 12 digs. Sophomore Emma Kimmel had eight kills and 13 digs in the match, while Powers led the Yeowomen in the second match of the day with 15 digs.

Bange added 14 digs of her own and led Oberlin with 40 assists.

The Yeowomen move to 5-4 on the season and will play in the their first home match when La Roche and Albion come to town for the Oberlin Invite on September 15.

BW Men’s Golfers Open Season With Second Place Finish at 

JCU Tourney

SHAKER HEIGHTS, OHIO--   The Baldwin Wallace University men’s golf team finished second of seven teams today (Monday, September 10, 2012) at the annual John Carroll University Fall Invitational Tournament at the Shaker Heights Country Club.  This was the season-opening event for the Yellow Jackets.

The Yellow Jackets totaled 307 strokes on the par-71 and 6,593-yard Shaker Heights C.C. layout. BW was 10 strokes back  of the host school and its winning 297-stroke total.

The Yellow Jacket men were led by senior All-Ohio Athletic Conference player Stephen Spalding (Stow/ Walsh Jesuit) who carded an even-par 71. He was followed by junior No.2 player Augie Ward (Medina/ Walsh Jesuit) with a 77, junior No.5 player Chris Nader (Westlake) with a 78, sophomore No.3 player Cody Lyon (Wadsworth/ Medina Highland) with an 81 and sophomore No.4 player Andy Ingram (Vermilion) with an 86. In collegiate golf, each team has five starters with the top four scores counting toward the team score.

Playing as individuals were freshmen Dillon Haynes (Fairborn) and Connor Duplin (North Canton/ Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas).  Duplin had a 75 and Haynes fired a 77 in their first collegiate event.

The Yellow Jackets will be back in action on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 16-17 when they travel to Findlay, Ohio to participate in the annual OAC Invitational Tournament at Red Hawk Run Golf Course. The collegiate golf season is broken into halves with both a fall and spring season. BW will compete in five events in the fall and five more in the spring, including the 2013 OAC Championship Tournament.