A Page -- Sept. 16, 2011

B-W to open 107th home football schedule with "Community Day" against Heidelberg tomorrow

THE BALDWIN-WALLACE COLLEGE Yellow Jacket football team opens its 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference schedule when it hosts Heidelberg University on Saturday, September 17 on Community Day on Tressel Field in The George Finnie Stadium in Berea at 6:30 p.m.

The annual Community Day picnic begins at 4:30 p.m. and is followed by the football game between B-W and The Student Princes. This is the 107th season of football at the College.

2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks. See more on this later in The Yellow Jacket Notebook.
Prior to this game, the College will honor the memory on Donald "Don" Delapenha '86 and mark the 10th anniversary of his death in the September 11 enemy-within attacks.

The Yellow Jackets opened the season with a 23-0 shutout victory at The College of Wooster on Thursday, September 1. It marked the eighth time in Head Coach John Snell's 10 years in Berea that his team opened the season with a win. B-W is picked to fi nish third by both the OAC Coaches and the Media that cover
the league at the annual OAC Media Day in Canton on August 9.


The Student Princes opened their season with a 34-28 overtime win versus Alma (Mich.) College in Tiffi n on Sept. 3. Heidelberg was selected fifth in the OAC Preseason Coaches Poll.

The Yellow Jackets and Student Princes have previously met 64 times on the gridiron with Baldwin-Wallace holding a 45-19 series lead, including wins in 18 of the past 21 meetings. Last season, the Jackets ended a three-year losing streak to 'The Berg' when they won 35-20 in Tiffin. 

Prior to those three contests, B-W won 17 straight games by a combined score of 575-186. The series began in 1897 when the Yellow Jackets defeated the Student Princes, 36-0.

John Snell 8-2 in Season Openers -- Yellow Jacket Head Coach John Snell has an 8-2 record in season-openers, including this season's 23-0 shutout victory at The College of Wooster. Snell's Yellow Jackets defeated Allegheny (Pa.) College in the opener from 2002 through 2005, beat perennial NCAA Division III power Augustana (Ill.) College in both 2006 and 2007 and Wooster the last two seasons.
Coach Snell

Trio of Great Coaches Have Reached the Century Club at B-W -- Three former B-W legends, Ray E. Watts '23, Lee Tressel '48 and Bob Packard '65 are the only three football coaches in college football history who have won 100 or more games at the same school. Watts won 104 games, compiled a 104-58-14 with a.631 winning percentage and coached from 1928 through 1948. Tressel won 155 games in his College Football Hall of Fame career, compiled a 155-52-6 record and had a .742 winning percentage. Bob Packard won a school-record 156 games, compiled a 156-54-2 mark and had a .741 winning percentage.

Comparably after nine seasons, John Snell '87 is 57-36 with a .613 winning percentage.

Finnie Stadium Success -- Since Finnie Stadium opened in 1971, the Yellow Jackets have compiled an impressive 147-31-2 home record with an .822 winning percentage.

Finnie Stadium Attendance Always Among National Leaders -- The faculty, administration, students, parents and friends of the B-W football have a long history of supporting the Yellow Jacket program. Every year since the NCAA has kept statistics on home game attendance, B-W has ranked in the Top-10 nationally
in Division III. 

A year ago, B-W's six home games attracted 25,872 fans and ranked fourth in Div. III attendance by averaging 4,312 fans per game. That was an increase of 204 fans per contest.

Lake Ridge tops Hathaway Brown in tennis action

In girls’ high school tennis Wednesday, lakew Ridge Academy was  a winner over Hathaway Brown.

The Lions got two wins at first single and also took second doubles for a 3-2 victory.

LRA d. HB 3-2

Singles: Feng (LRA) d. Babcox (HB) 6-0, 6-0; Schgal (HB) d. Rice (LRA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1; Beals (LRA) d. Gallagher (HB) 6-1, 7-5. 

Doubles: Kilroy/Cristal (HB) d. Miraldi/Bandyopadhyay (LRA) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5); Al-Haddad/Ridel (LRA) d. Zhou/Kaur (HB) 4-6, 6-2, 11-9.

Mount Union drops No. 24 Allegheny

ALLIANCE, Ohio—The Mount Union men's soccer team defeated previously unbeaten and 24th-rankedAllegheny (Pa.), 3-0. Thomas Beck (Poland/Cardinal Mooney) scored a pair of goals for the Purple Raiders (3-2) in the first half to help lead them to victory.

In the 9th minute, Beck took a pass from Chris Felker (Boardman/Cardinal Mooney) down the sideline, cut back to the middle, and buried the ball in the top of the net to give the Purple Raiders a 1-0 lead. Beck netted his second goal of the game shortly before halftime when he stole the ball from an Allegheny defender in the box and was able get his shot past the goalkeeper.


Chris Motley (Kent/St. Vincent-St. Mary) added the final score for Mount Union. After a shot by Beck, he was able to knock the ball free from the goalkeeper and into the net to seal the victory.

Jon Critell (Youngstown/Cardinal Mooney) recorded the shutout for the Purple Raiders. He made six saves as Mount Union outshot Allegheny, 23-14.

The Gators had their best opportunity to score in in the 76th minute when Critell made a diving save of an Andrew Zimmer shot to the upper corner of the goal.

Allegheny (5-1) suffered their first loss of the season as goalkeeper John Lichina allowed three goals and made seven saves.

The Purple Raiders return to action Saturday, when they host the team that eliminated them from the OhioAthletic Conference Tournament last season, John Carroll at 1 pm. This will be both the first OAC game of the season for both teams.

Alexis Gray’s 87 leads Solon to 10th in Turkeyfoot Invite

Aided by a 40 on the back nine, Alexis Gray shot an 87 to lead Solon golf to a 10th-place finish in the Turkeyfoot Tournament.

Highland won the event, while Magnificat took second place.

Results from Turkeyfoot Tournament @ Turkeyfoot Links Golf Course 9/13

Solon 372 (tie 10th)

Solon Scores:

Aly Ales 46-43--89

Alexis Gray 47-40--87

Tiffany Li 47-49--96

Grace Gutierrez 52-48--100

Leah Wilson 56-55--111

Overall Scores:

Medina Highland 311

Magnificat 325

Strongsville 338

Medina 350

Ashland 351

Kent Roosevelt 352

North Royalton 365

Hathaway Brown 367

Perry 370

Solon 372

New Philadelphia 372

Hudson 379

Copley 381

Marlington 382

Archbishop Hoban 383

Uniontown Lake 388

Dover 391

Nordonia 406

Cuyahoga Falls 417

Canton Glen Oak 429

Olmsted Falls 438

Garraway 467

In all-Cleveland-college battle, Graf Scores Winner and Vandendriessche Twice to Tie Career Record as B-W Beats CWRU, 3-2
BEREA – Senior  forward Carlin Vandendriessche (Medina) scored twice and junior Kirk Graf (Ashland) had the match-winner at the 86:53 mark as theBaldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team erased a 2-0 halftime deficit to defeat Cleveland cross-town rival Case Western Reserve University, 3-2,  tonight (September 14, 2011) on Tressel Field at The George Finnie Stadium.

Vandenriessche (yellow)

With its win, B-W, ranked seventh in the Great Lakes Region poll, improves to 5-1 overall and has won five straight overall.  With its loss, CWRU, ranked fourth in the region,  falls to 4-1 overall . The Yellow Jackets next play on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1:00 p.m. in the first match of a men’s and women’s doubleheader at Grove City College of Pennsylvania. The B-W and GCC women kickoff at 3:30 p.m.

The two goals by Vandendriessche, a 3-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference player, give him 36 career goals and ties him with B-W legend Jeff Schenk (1983-86) for the school-record. His four points give him 77 in his career and leaves him three shy of Tyler Leister (2007-10) for third on the all-time scoring list.  Schenk was in attendance at tonight’s game. Graf’s goal was his third.

CWRU opened the scoring at the 7:57 mark when Pat O’Day  took a cross and beat the Yellow Jacket keeper for his sixth goal of the season. Junior midfielder Eric Erb was credited with the assist. The Spartans increased their advantage to 2-0 when O’Day tallied his seventh goal this season at the 18:40 mark following a cross from senior forward Vinny Bell. CWRU led 2-0 at the intermission.


Early in the second stanza, Vandendriessche scored his first goal at the 47:59 mark via a pass from junior Kirk Graf (Ashland/ Senior) to make the score 2-1. The goal was Vandendriessche’s 35th of his career.
With B-W being the aggressor, Vandendriessche tallied the equalizer and the career-record at the 63:18 mark during a scramble in front of the CWRU goal.

Following Saturday’s twinbill at Grove City, the Yellow Jackets return home to play Allegheny (Pa.) College on Wednesday, Sept. 21 on the Tressel Field pitch at Finnie Stadium at 7:00 p.m.


The University of Dayton will begin the defense of its 2010 Pioneer Football League championship Saturday when the Marist Red Foxes visit Welcome Stadium.  Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET

Not only is this the first PFL game of the season, it is the only one being played this week.

After winning their season openers, both teams come into the game 1-1.  Dayton had its 10-game winning streak snapped by Duquesne by the deceiving score of 22-13 (UD lined up for a potential game-tying 50-yard field goal, which not only was blocked but run back for a superfluous TD with no time on the clock).  Marist, who has not played at home yet in 2011, fell to Bucknell 28-14. 

The Flyers return 11 starters (four offense, six defense, and one specialist) from a team that won a share of the 2010 Pioneer Football League title with a record of 10-1 and was ranked 25th nationally.

Head Coach Rick Chamberlin is back for his fourth season at the helm for the Flyers. He entered the year with the best three-year start in program history (28-6).

Among the Flyers’ 11 returning starters is senior defensive end Devon Langhorst. Langhorst was a member of the 2010 Third Team AP FCS All-America team and was First Team All-Pioneer Football League. He ranked second nationally in sacks with 14 and was second on the team in tackles with 77. Langhorst has been nationally recognized as a Preseason Third Team All-American by College Sporting News and Preseason Honorable Mention All-American by JB Scouting.  He had 2.5 sacks at Robert Morris.

Two other Flyer football players received preseason honors. Kick returner Gary Hunter and punt returner Tyler Hujik were named to the College Football Preseason Awards watch list. Hunter led the conference with 28.2 yards per kick return with one return touchdown.


The Flyers entered the 2011 season with the second- best winning percentage (.792, 97-24) in FCS football since 2000 AND the most football Academic All-Americans (21) at any level of competition in this century.



Miller (L), Wirkus (R)

Once:  Brannon Dunn, Owen Elger, Taylor Harris, Nate Miller, Tyler Shutz, Steve Wirkus


Once:  Joe Blume, Kevin Cripe. Anthony Davis, Ross Smith, Anthony Zervas

SCOUTING THE RED FOXES                         

Marist coach Jim Parady reached a big milestone in his team’s season-opening 20-7 win at Sacred Heart.  It was his 100th career win.  Parady is in his 20th season, all on the banks of the Hudson at Marist. 

Senior quarterback Tommy Reilly threw for 417 yards and three touchdowns against Dayton last year, and set Marist records for completions, attempts and yardages in a single season. But sophomore Chuckie Looney has thrown all the passes so far in 2011 for the Red Foxes. 

Reilly injured his knee in Marist’s 2010 finale against Georgetown and was held out of spring practice, but has been cleared to play with no restrictions.  Looney took advantage of the opportunity in the spring, and threw for 278 yards (15 of 26 passing) and three TD’s in his first career start at Sacred Heart

Senior running back Ryan Dinnebell has 19 career rushing touchdowns.  Dinnebell, nose tackle David Toriola and safety Brandon Kicklighter are Marist’s three captains.


In a scheduling twist, the Flyers will start the quest for their 12th PFL title against the team they defeated to clinch a share of the 2010 crown.  UD edged Marist in a 41-34 double-overtime thriller last year on Nov. 13 in Poughkeepsie.

This is third meeting between the two teams.  The first came in Marist’s first year in the PFL, on Nov. 21, 2009.  It was a win that also clinched a PFL championship for the Flyers, with UD winning by the score of 27-16 in Dayton.

Saturday’s game is a matchup between the two stingiest defenses in the PFL after two games.  Both Dayton and Marist are allowing 17.5 points a game, which not only leads the league but is tied for 17th in FCS football.

THE EYES OF THE NATION                           

After finishing a season nationally ranked (25th in both the Sports Network and AFCA polls) for the first time in school history as a Division I team, UD received 21 votes (48th) in the preseason Sports Network/FCS Poll.  The Flyers are receiving one and five respectively in the latest Sports Network and AFCA Coaches Polls.


UD has not been shut out in a school-record 388 straight games, the best such active string in all of college football. The last team to shut out the Flyers was Marshall, 9-0, on Oct. 16, 1976.  That is also the all-time FCS record. 

THE MAN AT THE TOP                                                                

Head coach Rick Chamberlin has guided UD to 28 wins in his first three seasons, going 9-3 in 2008, 9-2 in 2009 and 10-1 last year. That’s the best three-year start by any Flyer football coach. Dayton has won a share of PFL championships in two of his three years, and missed the third by just five points at Jacksonville in the final game of 2008.


Rick Chamberlin has been a part of 323 of UD’s 623 wins – 26 as a player, 268 as an assistant coach, and 29 as a head coach.


Rick Chamberlin’s career .806 (29-7) winning percentage is the best among PFL coaches.  Drake’s Chris Creighton is next among the league’s coaches (.760, 117-37).

LEADING FROM THE FRONT                                                                    

You will find the Flyers’ 2011 captains in the trenches.  Defensive end Devon Langhorst and offensive tackle Dan Prindle are UD’s co-captains this season.  Both are redshirt seniors and members of three PFL title teams in their careers.   

LONG TIME STARTERS                                                                

Eight Dayton players own double-digit start streaks.  Justin Griffis leads with 24 (although 22 were at center and he is now a guard).  Right behind is Dan Prindle with 23.  Brian Mack has 17, Zach Weber 14, and Tyler Hujik, Devon Langhorst, Matt Pfleger and Kyle Sebetic each have 13. 

FIRST TIME STARTERS                                                                

Twelve Flyers started for the first time at Robert Morris.  They were QB Will Bardo, RB Taylor Harris, WR Jordan Boykin, FL Branden Johnson, OT Tom Corcoran, C Bill Petraiuolo, DT Phil DeBoer, DE Anthony Sadler, LB Sean Belanger, and Flyer Andre Crawford.  As redshirt freshmen, Bardo and Johnson also saw their first Flyer action at Robert Morris.  Offensive tackle Jamie Mewhinney had his first start against Duquesne.

FIRST TIME QB                                                                             

Redshirt freshman Will Bardo took over at quarterback for Dayton at Robert Morris, following two-time PFL Offensive Player of the Year Steve Valentino.  This was the first game that Bardo played in (that counts, at least) since he led Ft. Thomas Highlands High School to the 2009 Kentucky 5A Championship.  In his debut, Bardo was 14 of 24 for 180 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions.  Against Duquesne, he was just 13 of 31 for 124 yards, but ran for 95 yards.

NOT HIS FIRST RODEO                                                               

Having an inexperienced quarterback step into the starting lineup is nothing new for Dayton offensive coordinator Dave Whilding.  Of the 17 new starting quarterbacks in Whilding’s 31 years of coaching the position, 11 took over with less than 20 career passes to their credit (including Steve Valentino and two QB’s now in the UD Hall of Fame – Kevin Johns and Steve Keller).  Three (Kevin Wilhelm, Kelly Spiker and Brandon Staley) had the same number as new QB Will Bardo -- zero.

OUT OF THE BULLPEN                                                                

Backup quarterback Zach Splain came at Robert Morris.  With starter Will Bardo cramping up, Splain came in and completed all five of his pass attempts for 32 yards and gained two first downs.

GOOD HANDS PEOPLE                                                                               

Four Flyer receivers have combined for 28 of UD’s 32 receptions this season.  Luke Bellman leads in catches (8), yards (132) and average per catch (16.5).  Branden Johnson and Tyler Hujik both have seven catches, and Jordan Boykin has six (with a per-catch average of 14.8) 

SACK RACE                                                                                    

Dayton is tied for the #1 spot in leads FCS football for sacks with Georgia Southern (5.5).  UD had eight in the Robert Morris win.  Seven different Flyers got into the sack act.  UD also had two QB hurries and forced four holding penalties at RMU.  Dunn is tied for first in the nation with a 2.0 sack per game average.

DEFINTELY DEVON                                                                      

Defensive end Devon Langhorst was a member of the 2010 Third Team Associated Press Championship Subdivision All-American team and was First Team All-PFL.  He ranked second nationally in sacks with 14 and was second on the team in tackles with 77. Langhorst has been nationally recognized as a Preseason Third Team All-American by College Sporting News.   Langhorst had 2.5 sacks at RMU.

WIRKUS UP                                                                                                  

Safety Steve Wirkus was named CollegeSportsMadness.com’s PFL Player of the Week after leading UD with nine tackles (7 solo), getting the interception that set up Dayton’s go-ahead touchdown and diving to bat away a pass at the goal line.  He added another INT and shared team honors with eight hits vs. Duquesne.  His two interceptions are tied for second in FCS football.


Sophomore cornerback Howard Savage led UD with two “Hammer Hit of the Week” awards to his credit last season.  Fittingly, he got the first one of 2011 at Robert Morris.  He led UD in tackles (8, tied with four other Flyers) and passes broken up (3) against Duquesne.


UD returns its entire stable of top running backs from 2010 -- seniors Taylor Harris, Dan Jacob and Brian Mack.  They combined for 946 yards and 22 TD’s between them last year with a 4.7 yards per carry average.  Harris is currently listed as the starter but all three have started in the past.


Taylor Harris’ 83-yard touchdown run against Duquesne was the third-longest in Dayton history, and the longest at Welcome Stadium.  Leroy Ka-Ne (the Hawai’ian Hyphen) holds the record of 94 yards vs. Scranton in 1949 at Baujan Field, and J.P. Ragon scampered 85 yards at Morehead State in 1997.  Harris carried the ball seven times for 110 yards against Duquesne, and leads UD in rushing with 124 net yards (7.8 yards per carry).  He was second in the PFL in scoring last year with 13 touchdowns.


Sophomore Gary Hunter led the PFL and was ranked eighth in FCS football in kickoff return average as a freshman in 2010.  Hunter averaged 28.2 yards a return.  He had what is believed to be the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a freshman in the history of University of Dayton football. Early records are incomplete, but no Flyer freshman has returned a kickoff for a TD in the modern era of UD football.  After playing corner last year, Hunter has moved to the offensive side of the ball and is a wide receiver.


Redshirt senior offensive tackle Dan Prindle was a member of the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Honorees were selected based on their contributions to their community and campus.  Prindle has volunteered at Children’s Medical Center, St. Vincent DePaul and the Bombeck Center on campus. In addition, he was a part of Christmas on Campus, YMCA Summer Camp and has also helped with the Special Olympics. This summer he was a camp counselor at UD’s engineering camp for gifted students.  He is also an executive officer of Dayton’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has served as a representative at the NCAA’s APPLE Conference which concentrates on improving substance abuse prevention programming and policies in athletics departments.

DOUBLE DUTY                                                                             

Senior Nate Miller handled placekicking and punting chores for the Flyers in the RMU win.  He was perfect from the turf (2-2 FG, 1-1 PAT) and averaged 38.3 yards a punt.  He was averaging over 40 yards a boot until the most critical punt of the day.  With UD leading by six with 2:47 to play, he hung up a 27-yarder that was fair-caught at the 18, giving UD 82 yards to work with in protecting the lead on RMU’s final possession of the game.  He kicked two field goals and averaged 41.6 yards per punt (with three inside the 20) against Duquesne.

FLYER FAMILY                                                                              

Seven current members of the Flyer football team have had relatives who also played for UD, including four players whose fathers played -- Austen Alber (Tim, 1986-88), Alex Johnston (Jim, 1973-75), Matt Dorenkott (Brian, 1976-78) and Kyle Pignatiello (Mike, 1980-82). 


After two weeks in 2011, the Flyers are tied for the lead FCS football in sacks (5.5) with Georgia Southern.  Brannon Dunn is tied for first individually (2.0) and Devon Langhorst is tied for 17th (1.25).  Last year, Dayton was second in sacks per game (3.6) and rushing defense (78.4).  In other national rankings, UD was sixth in scoring (35.5), seventh in team kickoff return average (24.1) and eighth in turnover margin (1.0).  Individually, Devon Langhorst was second in sacks (1.3) and tied for eighth in tackles for loss (1.7).   Gary Hunter was eighth in kickoff return average (28.2). Tyler Hujik was 11th in punt return average (13.1). Taylor Harris was 12th in scoring (8.7).

PFL MEANS PIONEER FOOTBALL LEADERS                            

In 2010, UD led the PFL in rushing defense (78.4), KO returns (24.1), sacks (3.6), sacks allowed (1.5) and 4th down conversions (78.9%, 15-19).  UD was also second in scoring offense (35.5), total offense (380.5), total defense (314.3), first downs (20.6), opponent 3rd down conversions (36.0%, 58-161), red zone offense (85.2%, 46-54) and turnover margin (+1.0).  So far in 2011, UD leads in sacks (5.5), scoring defense (17.5, tied with Marist) and sacks allowed (0.50)


Two PFL teams’ last shutout was by the Dayton defense.  One is Davidson, who UD beat 17-0 on in 2009 (16 games ago).  The other is San Diego (124 games ago, 41-0 in 1999).

600 CLUB

The Flyers became the 11th NCAA FCS team (and the first west of the Alleghenies) to win at least 600 games in its football history when UD beat Davidson on October 18, 2008. Here are the 14 members of the club, heading into the 2011 season.  Yale (864), Penn (813), Harvard (812), Princeton (785), Fordham (748), Dartmouth (651), Lafayette (650), Delaware (649), Lehigh (639), Dayton (622) Cornell (620), North Dakota State (613) Northern Iowa (610), North Dakota (604) and Colgate (603).  Of the 600 Club members, Dayton has played the fewest seasons (103, nine fewer than Northern Iowa’s 112).  UD moved into the Top 10 in 2010.


The Flyers’ 76-19 PFL record is the best in the history of the league. UD has won 11 league championships (including ties) in the 18 years the PFL has existed. The rest of the league has 13 combined.


After picking up “Loose Change” for Catholic Social Services in 2008, scoring “Touchdowns for Tots” in 2009, and taking down “Sacks For Groceries” in 2010, the University of Dayton has a new charity of choice this season.  It is “Completions For Cystic Fibrosis.”  For every pass completion during the 2011 season, PNC Bank will make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 


For the fifth straight year, the Flyers sponsored “Tuesday Night Lights,” the free program where pee wee football teams take the field for a practice with the University of Dayton football team. Every Tuesday from Sept. 6 to Oct. 25, teams that sign up in advance get a pre-practice talk from Flyer head coach Rick Chamberlin, take the field to warm up with the UD football team, and observe practice until they go home at 8:30 p.m. 


The UD Flyers moved to Welcome Stadium in 1974. The word “Welcome” implies hospitality, but UD has been anything but hospitable to its opponents at home, where it is 199-41-2 (.826). The “Welcome” is not a greeting, but an honor to the late Percival Welcome, longtime AD for the Dayton Public Schools.  Dayton has won seven of its last eight games at Welcome Stadium.


Dayton has won five straight road games, and nine of its last ten.  The last loss was at Duquesne, 35-31, on Sept. 11, 2010.


The University of Dayton football team put the nation’s longest FCS winning streak on the line Saturday in the Flyers’ home opener against the Duquesne Dukes at Welcome Stadium. But the Dukes prevailed 22-13 in a back-and-forth game. The Flyers had won 10 straight games, with their last loss at Duquesne last season. Duquesne’s special team play was the difference in the game. The Dukes blocked two Flyer field goal attempts, returned one for a touchdown, and made three of their own.

After a first half that saw both teams score a touchdown, Nate Miller gave the Flyers the lead in the second half with a career-long 42-yard field goal with 11:24 left in the third quarter. Duquesne kicker Charlie Leventry countered with a career-long of his own, a 40-yard field goal to tie the game at 10-10 with 6:49 left in the third quarter and then added a 28-yard field goal to give Duquesne its first lead of the game at 13-10 with 59 seconds left in the third quarter.

The score stayed that way until 11:33 left in the game when Miller kicked a 30-yard field goal to tie the game up, yet again, at 13-13. That field goal drive was set up by a 35-yard scramble by Will Bardo from the Duquesne 45 yard line to the 10.






St. Edward grad Germany Woods and North Ridgeville alum Michael Mees capitalize on getting early nods at Heidelberg; the two to lead a plethora of Cleveland area S/As from the Student Princes into Finnie Stadium Saturday

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


TIFFIN -- North Ridgeville’s Michael Mees and St. Edward alumnus Germany Woods are two guys who knew they could play a lot and play early if they took the trek to Tiffin to do their higher studies and athletics at Heidelberg and that’s just what they did and are doing.

Woods and Mees are two of a couple dozen Student/Athletes from Cleveland-area high schools who will be playing for the Berg Saturday when they come home to play Baldwin-Wallace in the Ohio Athletic Conference season opener for both teams.

Woods (3)

A freshman last year, Woods became an instant starter and gained over 1,000 yards rushing to earn All-OAC Second Team honors. Mees is the freshman this season. Both have been instrumental already with the season only 1/10th completed. Woods gained 173 yards rushing and Mees came off the bench to quarterback five scoring drives en route to an overtime win over Alma in Week One.

“Anyone going to play college football would love to start and become a contributing factor early, but the really mean it at Heidelberg when they tell you that,” said Woods. “I like that we could get the chances to prove ourselves here and when given that chance it only makes sense to take advantage of it and play well.”

Mees was the starting quarterback at North Ridgeville High last year and now he is a collegiate starter.

“I got a chance to play last year as a freshman and I knew that I could get my chance early based on that example,” said Mees. “I was excited about getting my chance the first week of my first year in college, but I was ready for the challenge.”


Since they played at West Side high schools, both are excited to be playing against a West Side college in Greater Cleveland, setting the stage for camaraderie in the stands and on the field.

“It’s great that it is going to be on the West Wide since I had been to B-W for a number of things like 7-on-7s,” Woods said. “I’ll be playing against a lot of my CYO buddies and some of the guys I played against in high school.

“I’ve been texting my buddy Kevin Johnson (Yellow Jacket wide out/kick returner/defensive back) from my high school rival team St. Ignatius all week. He’s one good friend I have on B-W’s team and we keep asking each other if we are ready for Saturday’s game. We both have been acknowledging that we are.”

Kevin Johnson from the largest intense/friendly
rivalry in the nation (St. Ed-St. Iggy)

Mees will be able to see a lot of familiar faces when he looks across the sidelines to the B-W side.

“A lot of the guys on our team and B-W’s team are from schools I played against and guys I was teammates with in all star games over the summer,” Mees said. “There are a lot of Lorain County guys at Heidelberg and B-W so this game is going to involve a lot of guys who know one another, so it should be an exciting game.

"A lot of guys on the high school team now who I was with teammates last year are coming to the game and there are also a lot of guys from around the county and west side who are planning to go.”

B-W’s quarterback, Ryan O’Rourke, played at Avon, right down routes 611 and 83 from North Ridgeville’s football yard.

“I remember watching Ryan O’Rourke play at Avon when I was in high school,” Mees said. “I was a sophomore when he was a senior and remembering how good of a quarterback he was. It will be quite a deal to play against him in college and be wearing the opposite number as him.”

Mees' Route 83 Rival Ryan O'Rourke

Mees caught the Division III bug from a family situation when he saw his older brother James have a fine season at Earlham, also early in his collegiate Student/Athletic career.

“My brother had a really good year at Earlham in helping his team win the division as the team’s quarterback,” said Mees. “I saw how quickly he was able to get his chance in Division III and thought that would be a good route for me to go so I picked Heidelberg.” 

James Mees has transferred to Lorain Community College for this school year but expects to be back on the D-III football fields again next fall somewhere. 

Woods and Michael Mees did not know each other until becoming teammates this summer at Heidelberg.

“When Michael came down for 7on-7s over the summer, I quickly was impressed with how well he was able to throw the football. When he came in to play quarterback in the first game, I was confident he could run the offense as well as anyone who has been here for a long time.”


Quarterbacks love throwing the football, but it also helps to have a back like Woods to open up the seams for the passing game with the former Eagle’s running ability.

“I love having him in the backfield,” Mees said of Woods. “I love to throw the ball but I feel confident that he will get the yardage if I hand it to him.”

Woods had a couple of tough acts to follow at St. Ed. Much of the running and scoring was done by Frank Edmonds, who just graduated from a four-year Student/Athletic career at Ball State and Nate Oliver, who was an S/A at Ohio State after St. Ed. The pressure to keep it up at St. Ed gave him the juice to do well at the Berg.

“When I came to St. Ed, I was given jersey No.  32,” Woods said. “That was Frank Edmonds’ number and I knew I had to do my best at running back with that number. I just carried that same attitude here even though I am now wearing No. 3.”


Unfortunately, on the varsity side at St. Ed, Woods wound up playing under three different head coaches at St. Ed in John Gibbons, Scott Niedzwiecki and Rick Finotti. He just missed the state championship by one season but was a teammate of several of those on that 2010 club. At the Berg, Mike Hallett has built some consistence, fueled in great part by the high number of Northeastern Ohioans playing for him.

“That was tough going through three different head coaches in high school even though I played a lot on the freshman and JV teams while the first two were at St. Ed’s,” Woods said. “It is still the same system throughout the whole program and I kept having had to learn a new system. Coach Hallet has the consistency going at Heidelberg.

“There are a lot of good football schools in Cleveland; he has done a good job to get a lot of them to come here and he has confidence in us that we could win the game every time we step on the field no matter who the opponent is.”

Division III does give S/As like Woods and Mees chances to play early and often, but also has many at the administrative and faculty levels that make sure the “Student” part of “Student/Athlete” comes first.

“I love coming to Heidelberg and getting a lot of opportunities in football, but my mom told me I was going there to get an education,” Woods said. “Education comes first and football second for me at Heidelberg.”

Only a college S/A for one month, Mees  has not had much experience with the study table yet, but realizes its high-octane significance and relevance.

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“I know it will be hard to get around in life if all I have on my resume` is that I played college football; to have on it that I graduated from the college where I played football will go a lot further down the road,” Mees said.

B-W has had a long tradition of packing Finnie Stadium with large crowds going all the way back to the Lee Tressel and Bob Packard years and in Watts Stadium under Ray Watts. Heidelberg had been playing on a field in downtown Heidelberg since the 1930s but just began moving the games back on to campus under the Hallett regime to promote collegiality and now plays all of its home games on campus.

“I love that they moved the home games back on campus because of how big our games have become for the other students,” Woods said. “They bring couches out to the field and sit in the end zone and give me special cheers when I score a touchdown. It makes it more fun for everyone on campus.”

Playing the games right behind the buildings in which he studies really hits home for Mees.

“I like that they moved the games on campus just in time for my career because in high school at North Ridgeville, we did not play our games at the high school but at the middle school instead,” Mees said. “When they told me they had moved back to campus, that helped me make my decision to go to Heidelberg.”

Still Saturday’s game might not be on the campus in Tiffin, but it will have a homey kind of feeling for both Woods and Mees.

“We have been getting good crowds on campus and I have seen the big crowds they get at B-W games so I am excited about this game as much as I would a home game,” Woods said. “A lot of friends and family have been getting ready for this game all week. There will definitely be a lot more rooting for our side than most road games.”

Lake Ridge soccer blanks Firelands on Devin Sponseller and Sam Potoczak goals; Lafayette recruit shifts to center-mid; Baines gets third shutout

First-half goals by Lake Ridge seniors Devin Sponseller and Sam Potoczak proved to be the winning margin as the Lions defeated the Firelands Falcons 2-0 at the Falcons home field in South Amherst Wednesday evening.   

Sponseller's goal came on an assist from Potoczak, a Lafayette College recruit who is averaging an assist and a goal per game at her new center-midfield position.


Firelands enjoyed a 14 - 4 shots on goal advantage but the Lake Ridge defense, led by junior Sharday Baines with fourteen saves, denied any scores as the Lions recorded their third shutout and fourth road victory of the season. 


Cassie Muniga and Stephanie Dostall shared the goaltending chores for Coach Andy Marsh's Falcons, who fall to 3-4 for the season.

Lake Ridge improves to 4-2 with the win, and will play at home against St. Joseph Academy Saturday, September 17th at 1:00.  Firelands travels to Oberlin the same day for a 2:30 game against the Phoenix.

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CSU basketball schedule announced

CLEVELAND (THEATRE DISTRTICT) - A school-record tying 15 home games, including a four-game homestand late in the season, highlight the 2011-12 Cleveland State women's basketball schedule that was announced on Thursday (Sept. 15).

Following home exhibition contests against John Carroll (Nov. 1) and Case Western (Nov. 7), CSU opens the regular season on Nov. 11 with a home game against Tennessee State. Two days later, the Vikings welcome Big Ten member Illinois to the Wolstein Center.

The Vikings hit the road for the first time on Nov. 16 when CSU plays at Fordham and a nine day layoff follows before the Vikings play at Western Michigan one day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25).

CSU is back at the Wolstein Center on Nov. 27 against Cornell to start a three game homestand which also includes contests against Akron (Nov. 30) and Ohio (Dec. 5).

A Dec. 10 contest at Toledo, which won the 2011 WNIT title, is followed by two games at the Ole Miss Classic with the Vikings playing Murray State on Dec. 20 and host Ole Miss the following day. The final nonconference game of the season is at home against Lake Erie on Dec. 28.

The Vikings begin Horizon League play with three straight road games, starting with a Dec. 31 contest at Youngstown State and followed by games at Valparaiso (Jan. 5) and Butler (Jan. 7). 

CSU will play seven of its final 11 games of the season at home, starting with a string of four straight from Jan. 26-Feb. 4.

The Horizon League Championship begins with opening round games at campus sites on March 5. The quarterfinals are scheduled for March 7 at the top four seeds with the semifinals (March 9) and championship (March 11) being played at the highest remaining seed after the quarterfinals.

The Vikings are coming off a season in which they went 21-12 overall, marking the second most wins in school history.

CSU advanced to the postseason for the third time in the last four seasons, earning the No. 1 seed in the West Region of the Women's Basketball Invitational and defeating IPFW in the opening round for CSU's first-ever postseason win.

For tickets, call (216) 687-4848 or visit CSUHoops.com.

North Randall's Mitchell Kelly (Game One's defensive hero), rest of Berg defense ready for B-W, homecoming for many Princes

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University football team, 34-28 overtime winners against Alma (Mich.) College on Sept. 3, will travel to Berea, Ohio to take on Baldwin-Wallace College on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Tressel Field at the George Finnie Stadium at 6:30 p.m.  The game will be televised via tape delay by SportsTime Ohio and air at 11 p.m. Saturday night.

The Student Princes enter Saturday's game following a season-opening win against Alma, the fifth consecutive season the Berg has opened 1-0 under head coach Mike Hallett, who began his tenure in Tiffin prior to the 2007

Despite temperatures in the mid-90's and overwhelming humidity, Heidelberg came up with big plays on both sides of the ball.  Freshman quarterback Michael Mees (North Ridgeville) came off the bench in the first quarter to complete 21-of-40 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns, including the
go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and the game-winner in overtime.

Sophomore second-team All-OAC running back Germany Woods (Cleveland/St. Edward), a 1,000-yard rusher as a freshman, rushed for 174 yards on just 
17 carries, including a 66-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

In overtime, sophomore defensive back Mitchell Kelly (North Randall/Bedford) intercepted a tipped pass to thwart the Scots' effort and set up the winning touchdown drive for Heidelberg.

Bedford High alum Mitchell Kelly

Baldwin-Wallace enters the contest with a 1-0 record following its
season-opening 23-0 win at The College of Wooster (Sept. 1).  The Yellow
Jackets scored two offensive touchdowns and forced six turnovers, including
one fumble returned for a touchdown.  The offense was guided by Ryan
O'Rourke, who completed 10-of-18 passes for 119 yards and one TD. On the
ground, Willie Jackson carried the ball 14 times for 127 yards with a TD.

In four games against B-W, Hallett is 3-1 overall, including a 37-34 win in
overtime in 2008, the last time the two teams met in Berea.  Those four
games have not lacked for scoring, with the teams combining to score no less
than 55 points in each contest.  Heidelberg has outscored B-W, 140-125,
since 2007.

In addition, Saturday's game marks a homecoming of sorts for 32 football
student-athletes who hail from the Cleveland metropolitan area.  The list

North Olmsted's Arif (L) and Euclid's Rembert (R)

Name    Yr.    Pos.    Hometown/High School
Kamran Arif    So.    DL    Strongsville/North Olmsted 
Anthoney Budka    Fr.    WR    Vermilion
Shane Byrne    So.    LB    Euclid 
Matt Byrne    Jr.    OL    Euclid 
Adam Cepik    So.    LB    Lodi/Cloverleaf 
Andy Fadenholz    Sr.    LB    Grafton/Keystone           
Gage Falcone    Fr.    DL    Fairview Park/Fairview
Tony Gordon    Sr.    DB    Euclid
Cam Hilling    So.    DL    Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge 
Adam Hine    Sr.    OL    Cleveland/Garfield Heights
Kris Horton    Sr.    OL    Vermilion
Brad Jones    Jr.    TB    Lorain/Southview
Cody Kaya    Fr.    LB    Lorain/Southview
Mitchell Kelly    So.    DB    North Randall/Bedford 
Anthony Kelly    Fr.    TB    Cuyahoga Falls/Woodridge  
Michael Lehman    Fr.    OL    Mentor
Tyler Levanduski    Jr.    DB    Elyria/Amherst Steele
Ed Louloudis    So.    LB    Parma Heights/Valley Forge 
Matthew Malloy    Fr.    DB    Amherst/Steele
Michael Mees    Fr.    QB    North Ridgeville
Ryan Morgan    Sr.    OL    Elyria
William Nunnally    So.    DL    Euclid 
Shane Ramsey    Fr.    OL    Oberlin
Quentin Rembert    Jr.    OL    Euclid 
Tim Rigler    Fr.    LB    Mentor/Lake Catholic
Jose Sanchez    Fr.    TB    Fairview Park/Fairview
James Sheahan    Sr.    WR    Painesville/Lake Catholic
Jacob Smith    Fr.    OL    Valley View/Cuyahoga Heights
Alex Stanley    Fr.    OL    Vermilion
Robert Taw    Fr.    K/P    Sheffield Lake/Brookside
Wuane Wimbush    So.    WR    Lyndhurst/Brush 
Germany Woods    So.    TB    Cleveland /St. Edward


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Miami Soccer Wraps Up Non-Conference Slate This Weekend

RedHawks play at Evansville Friday, host Indiana State Sunday

OXFORD, Ohio – With Mid-American Conference play on the horizon, the Miami University women’s soccer team looks to fine tune its game this weekend when it concludes non-conference play against two Missouri Valley Conference schools. The RedHawks travel to Evansville Friday before hosting Indiana State Sunday. Friday’s match begins at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) while the contest with the Sycamores has kickoff set for 1 p.m.

Last weekend, the RedHawks (3-2-0) hosted the Miami Shootout Tournament and won its lone game knocking off Tennessee-Martin, 2-1, on Friday, as Sunday’s championship match with East Tennessee State was cancelled due to lightning and heavy rains. Because the final game could not be played, a tournament champion was not named. Three RedHawks did earn All-Tournament Team honors however, as sophomore Kayla Zakrzewski (London, Ont.), freshman Hailey Pleshakov (Brighton, Mich.) and fellow freshman Lauren Colliver (Hillsboro, Ohio) were all recognized. Zakrzewski tied the game with UT Martin at 1-1 with six seconds left in the first half on an assist from Pleshakov. Colliver played strong defense to hold the Skyhawks in check while senior defender Courtney Clarke (Scarborough, Ont.) scored the game-winner with under four minutes to play.

Miami enters the weekend leading the MAC in goals per game, averaging 2.40 per contest, which ranks 37th nationally. Zakrzewski is tops among RedHawks with eight points, which ties for fourth in the league, on three goals and two assists. Junior Jess Kodiak (Naperville, Ill.) and sophomore Katy Dolesh (South Euclid, Ohio) each have three goals as well, which ties for fourth in the MAC, while Pleshakov is tied with Zakrzewski for the team lead with a pair of helpers.

Defensively, the ‘Hawks rank third in the conference with a 0.99 goals-against average, allowing five goals in five games. Redshirt freshman Allison Norenberg (Palatine, Ill.) has started all five games in net and ranks fourth among MAC keepers in GAA (0.99). Her two shutouts tie for third in the MAC.

Evansville (1-5-3) enters the weekend winless in its last five games, going 0-3-2 during that stretch. Last weekend, the Purple Aces tied both Lamar and Northern Arizona in double overtime. Evansville’s lone win came over Valparaiso while it has dropped games to MAC foe Central Michigan, 3-1, and Xavier, 1-0. Miami also lost to Xavier, 2-1 on Aug. 26. The Purple Aces are averaging just 0.78 goals per game, led by sophomore Stephanie Thompson’s two goals, though six different players have scored for UE this year. Evansville is allowing 2.00 goals per game while junior goalkeeper Chaviel Harrison has played every minute in net for the Purple Aces and has a 1.86 GAA with a .775 save percentage.

Indiana State (3-5-0), who plays at MAC rival Ohio Friday before coming to Oxford, was riding a two-game winning streak until falling to Purdue, 4-0, on Wednesday. The Sycamores are 0-2 against the MAC this year, dropping games to Central Michigan (2-0) and Ball State (2-1 in double overtime), both at home. Indiana State did beat IUPUI, 2-1, while Miami defeated IUPUI as well, 4-0, to start the season. ISU is averaging a goal a game, led by freshman Natalie Vaught and senior Seyma Erenli, who each have two goals. Vaught also paces the team with three assists and seven points. The Sycamores are allowing 1.62 goals per game and have used two keepers on the year. Senior Emily Lahay has played in six games and has a 1.92 GAA while sophomore Briana Supulski, who has played in just three games, has the better numbers with a 1.00 GAA and .750 save percentage, though Lahay has ISU’s lone shutout, a 2-0 win over Murray State.

The RedHawks are 1-1 all-time against Evansville, with Miami winning in Oxford, 3-2, last year. Sunday’s meeting will be the first between Miami and ISU.

Both games this weekend will have live stats available and will be streamed live. Friday’s game at Evansville can be viewed on www.gopurpleaces.com, while Sunday’s game will be broadcast on MURedHawks.com via the All-Access subscription package. Following this weekend, Miami opens MAC play at Kent State Friday, Sept. 23 before moving on to face Buffalo on Sunday, Sept. 25.

HEIDELBERG women's soccer to play first of two consecutive matches at home

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University women's soccer team will return to

Tiffin, Ohio on Friday, Sept. 16 for its second night game of the season
against The College of Mount St. Joseph at Mayer Field.  The match is slated
for 7 p.m.

'Berg comes into the match with a 2-3 overall mark following a 3-1 loss at
The College of Wooster last night.  In that game, freshman forward Kristen
Smith (Lancaster/ Bloom Carroll) prevented Heidelberg from being shut out by
scoring her first career goal.

Junior Molly Schriber (Sidney) and sophomore Brittany Labry
(Aurora/Twinsburg) will likely split time in goal.  Schriber has made 13
saves and allowed just three goals in 180 minutes of action, while Labry has
recorded 11 stops and allowed five goals in 157 minutes in the net.

Mount St. Joseph enters tomorrow night's match with a 1-3-1 record.  The
Lions are led by Andrea Caldwell and Jenna Shull with one goal apiece.
Shelbi Benzinger has started all five games in the goal, and has allowed 10
goals and made 36 saves while tallying 451 minutes.