A Page -- Sept. 21, 2011

Wadsworth’s Bobby Over runs fastest time in Allegheny history, winning the Knight Invitational in under 25 minutes

In cross country over the weekend, Allegheny Junior Bobby Over (Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth) won the men’s portion of the Knight Invitational with a time of 24:35 over eight kilometers.

Bobby Over

It was the fastest 8K time by a Gator runner in program history.

The Allegheny women’s team finished ninth of 16 teams while the men’s squad was second amongst 18 teams.

 Dee Salukombo

Lakewood's Salukombo 

DENISON’S senior Dee Salukombo (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) won his third race of the season after taking first in the Pre-NCAC Invitational, hosted by Wittenberg.


He covered the 8K course in 25:11.8, which was 30 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. It was Salumkombo’s 13th career victory.

HIRAM placed sixth of 14 teams at the Penn St-Behrend Invitational as senior Joe Hengoed (Seven Hills, OH/Normandy) was fifth overall


In the women’s race, the Terriers took ninth of 11 teams. Sophomore Laila Almassri (Parma,OH/Normandy) led the way in 34th place with a time of 21:17.5.

Leading Ohio Wesleyan to a title in the Pre-NCAC Invitational was Freshman Hannah Sampson (Kent, OH/Roosevelt) with a third-place finish (19:14.8).


OBERLIN junior Matt Misorski (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area) had a career-high 14 tackles in the Yeomen’s 14-3 setback against Wooster in a non-conference contest.

Senior receiver Cory Kidd (Wellington, OH/Wellington) led the offense with six receptions for a career-high 108 yards.

Wellington's Cory Kidd

WOOSTER picked up its first victory of the season with a 14-3 triumph over Oberlin in a non-conference matchup between NCAC foes.

Harvey alum Rich Barnes

Sophomore quarterback Richard Barnes (Painesville, OH/Harvey) was the Scots’ leading rusher with 52 net yards, including a two-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put Wooster up for good, 7-3, in the second quarter. He also completed 10 passes for 95 yards in the 11-point victory 


HIRAM scored a single-game school record 11 goals in the Terriers 11-0 victory over PSU-Beaver last week. Senior midfielder Kevin Haramis (Norton, OH/Norton) collected six total points in the victory with two goals and two assists


ALLEGHENY went 3-1 at last weekend’s Gator Invitational to win the team title. Senior outside hitter Audra Batdroff (Louisville, OH/Louisville) smashed 72 kills, had 14 digs and six block assists in the tournament.

Louisville's Batdroff (13)

In its only action last week, DENISON fell to Capital in straight sets. Senior Lauren

Strowder (Cleveland Hts., OH/Cleveland Hts.) led the way for the Big Red with nine kills.

Heights' Strowder

HIRAM won five matches last week, including four to win the Hiram Invitational. The Terriers have won nine straight matches and have not lost a set in those matches (24-0). Senior outside hitter Shaina Bryan (South Euclid, OH/Brush) was named tournament MVP after she hit 73 kills, made 55 digs and 13 total blocks.

Baldwin-Wallace Junior Quarterback Ryan 

O’Rourke From Avon Named OAC Football 

Offensive Player-of-the-Week

BEREA, OHIO -- Baldwin-Wallace College senior three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference forward Ryan O’Rourke (Avon) has been named as OAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Week for his performance during last Saturday’s (September 17, 2011) 35-20 home and OAC-opener against Heidelberg University.  This is the second time in O’Rourke’s career that  he has earned the weekly honor.

Avon's O'Rourke

O’Rourke completed 24 of 29 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns.  He threw TD passes of four yards to freshman running back Willie Jackson (Citrus Springs, Fla. / Crystal River), seven yards to senior wide receiver Troy Van Meter (Gahanna/ Westerville North) and 14 yards to sophomore wide receiver Josiah Holt (Elyria/ Grafton Midview).

The Yellow Jackets are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 24 when they host Capital University for the 31st Annual Lee Tressel Shrine Classic game at the George Finnie Stadium at 1:30 p.m.  Partial gate proceeds from this game will go to benefit children who suffer severe burns and injuries caused by fire.

No. 11 HEIDELBERG OPENS conference play with Wilmington

TIFFIN, Ohio-The No. 11 Heidelberg University volleyball team will open Ohio Athletic Conference play tomorrow evening when it hosts Wilmington College at 7 pm. at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.  The match will be the
second of six home dates for the Berg in 2011.

Mount Union Head Lacrosse Coach P.J. Kavanagh Named Assistant Coach of MLL's Ohio Machine

COLUMBUS-- Mount Union head men's lacrosse coach P.J. Kavanagh has been named an assistant coach of the Major League Lacrosse's Ohio Machine. 

This will be in addition to his duties with the Purple Raiders as the MLL season runs from May-August.


The Ohio Machine will play their inaugral season in Major League Lacrosse in May 2012.

"P.J. is a fantastic coaches and brings a wide array of expertise to the Machine," said President and General Manager John Algie. "We are thrilled to have him as part of the team for our inaugural season."

Kavanagh joins the Machine with more than 15 years of coaching experience, including his current tenure at Mount Union where he was recently named the first-ever varsity men's lacrosse coach.

Twelve football contests this week involving 

schools from Cleveland-based Mid American 


There are 12 contests this week, including matchups against ACC (Maryland), Big East (Syracuse, Rutgers, UConn), Big Ten (Illinois, Michigan State, Penn State) and Independent (Army) FBS opponents. All these contests will be televised by national or regional television networks. Check your local listings.

Conference play continues with defending MAC champion Miami hosting Bowling Green in their home opener at Yager Stadium this Saturday at 1 pm ET (ESPN3).

Buffalo’s homecoming is Saturday at 6 pm as the Bulls host Big East foe UConn at UB Stadium (ESPN Plus/ESPN3).

Ohio improves to 3-0 for the first time since 1976. The Bobcats defeated Marshall, 44-7, last Saturday night in front of a crowd of 24,244, the third largest crowd at Peden Stadium.

'BERG to host Indiana Tech at Hidden Valley on Wednesday

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University women's soccer team will make its
season debut at Hidden Valley in Tiffin on Wednesday, Sept. 21 when it hosts
Indiana Tech at 3:30 p.m.

The Berg enters Wednesday's matinee 3-3 overall and riding momentum of a 4-1
win over The College of Mount St. Joseph last Friday.  In that match,
sophomore midfielder Kelsey Hogan (Cincinnati/Mariemont) recorded her second
career hat trick and added an assist to lead the Berg over the Lions.  

Case Western Reserve Spartans at 

Case Reserve football seeks to get back into winning form in Piper Stadium against Denison

Denison Big Red

Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 1:00 p.m.
Deeds Field - Piper Stadium - Granville, Ohio

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

LIVE VIDEO: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/denison.portal#

LIVE STATS: http://live.denison.edu/athletics/mens/football/xlive.htm

Download the complete Spartan Games Notes in .pdf format by clickingHERE.


The Case Western Reserve University Spartans look to get back to their winning ways at Denison University on Saturday, September 24 at Deeds Field - Piper Stadium in Granville, Ohio. The Spartans are coming off of a bye week after falling to 1-1 for the season with a 17-7 loss to the University of Rochester (N.Y.) on Sept. 10. Denison is 2-1 following a 42-14 victory versus Hiram College last Saturday, Sept. 17. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.


The Spartans and Big Red have met 25 times on the gridiron with CWRU holding a 17-7-1 lead in the all-time series. Case has won six consecutive meetings and 10 of the last 11 overall, including a 37-7 home victory in 2010. The first-ever meeting between the schools resulted in a 45-13 Spartan victory at home in 1984. Denison's last win in the series came in 2004 by a score of 36-21 in Granville.


Case Western Reserve is coached by Greg Debeljak, who is in his eighth season in 2011 with a 53-23 (.697) 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 40-6, 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 (2007-10).

Denison is coached by Jack Hatem, who is in his second season with an overall record of 6-7. Hatem became Denison's 20th head coach in the 121-year history of Big Red football in March of 2010. He had spent the previous five seasons at Denison as an assistant coach, serving as defensive coordinator for the final three seasons of that stint. Prior to coming to Denison, Hatem spent 13 years as a high school football head coach. He also served three seasons as the head baseball coach at his alma mater, The University of Rio Grande.


The Spartans improved to 3-0 in 2010 and stretched their regular season win streak to 34 games with a 37-7 victory on Heritage and Fireworks Night at Case Field on September 25, 2010. Running back Derek Bush rushed for 62 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Quarterback Joey Baum completed 21-of-30 pass attempts for 248 yards and a score and wide reciver Zach Homyk hauled in seven receptions for 83 yards. Defensively, current senior tackle Dale English (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Holy Name) totaled four tackles, including three for loss, two sacks and two pass break-ups.  Denison was led offensively by WR Lucas Graham with five receptions for 85 yards. The Big Red defense was paced by cornerback Pat Effinger with a game-high eight tackles.


Through two games, the Spartans average 15.5 points, 114 yards rushing, 139 yards passing and 253 total yards. Case opponents average 12 ppg, 108 yards rushing, 258 yards passing and 366 total yards per game. The Spartans have a +1 turnover margin after checking in at +11 last season.


Offensively, junior quarterback Erik Olson (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) has completed 29-of-53 passes for 278 yards with thee interceptions. Freshman running back Manny Sicre (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit Prep) has a team-high 199 yards on 26 carries (7.7 ypc) with a touchdown. Sicre also has a team-high nine receptions for 52 yards. Sophomore running back Kenny Riordan (Spring Grove, Ill./Richmond-Burton) has 80 yards rushing on 20 carries (4.0 ypc). Senior wide receiver Bryan Metlesitz (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) has seven receptions for a team-high 74 yards.

Defensively, junior linebacker Ryan Ferguson (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) has a team-high 22 tackles, including three for loss, with an interception and fumble recovery for a touchdown. Senior linebacker Jacob Adams (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) is second on the team with 20 tackles and is tied for the team-lead with 1.5 sacks. Senior defensive end Richard Doolin (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) has 14 stops with a team-high six tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.





Shaker Heights Grad, Spartan Senior Natalia Cabrera Named UAA Athlete of the Week

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Case Western Reserve University senior Natalia Cabrera (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) has been named the University Athletic Association Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week after her performance at the Knight Invitational on Saturday, September 17.

Cabrera finished the 5k course in a time of 17:56.90, placing fifth out of 187 runners in the women's field. The Spartans were third overall as a team amongst the 16 schools competing in one of the NCAA Great Lakes Region's premier events.

A three-time all-region performer, Cabrera has led the Spartans in each of their two races this fall.

Following a week off from competition, the team is back in action on Friday, Sept. 30 at the All-Ohio Championship hosted by Cedarville University. The Spartan women have won the last five All-Ohio titles.

CVCA ranked first in D-II, Westlake, Mags crack the top five in D-I tennis polls

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy is ranked No. 1 in Division II in the first state tennis poll this fall, while Westlake is ranked third and Magnificat fifth in D-I.

Walsh Jesuit came in ranked No. 6 anmd Hoover 10th in D-I, while Chagrin Falls was picked for third, Hawken eighth and Hathaway Brown ninth in D-II.

Division I  

1. Dublin Jerome (6)    77

2. Upper Arlington (1) 73

3. Westlake  58

4. New Albany (1)  52

5. Rocky River Magnificat 51

6. Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (3) 50

7. Cinti Ursuline 35

8. Chagrin Falls Kenston 34

9. Lakota East 32

10. (tie)  Cinti Mt. Notre Dame   17

         North Canton Hoover   17

         Columbus Bishop Watterson  17

Division II

1. Stow Cuyahoga Valley Christian (3) 62

2. Lexington (1) 45

3. Chagrin Falls 42

4. Dayton Oakwood (4) 41

5. Cinti Hills Christian (1) 40

6. Gahanna Columbus Academy 35

7. Cinti Wyoming 30

8. Gates Mills Hawken 27

9. Shaker Hts. Hathaway Brown 26

10. (tie) Cinti Indian Hills 15

       Toledo Ottawa Hills 15

Avon Lake girls’ soccer upsets D-II state runners-up Hathaway Brown, 5-4, in wild one

In a wild affair on a rainy afternoon that featured 9 goals scored, Avon Lake girls’ soccer was able to slosh by Hathaway Brown 5-4. 

The Shoregals continue to play a high level schedule that features both nationally ranked and state ranked teams with a combined winning percentage of over 60% in 2010. 

On this afternoon, the opponent was 2010 State Div. II runner-up Hathaway Brown and it took a true team effort to earn the victory as 5 different girls scored for the Shoregals.

The goals were netted by senior midfielder Jillian Strimbu, sophomore forward Emily O'Connor, senior midfielder Rachel Gates, who scored her first Varsity goal, and senior midfielder Danielle Liszka.

Haley Mills
The game winner was booted in by senior midfielder Haley Mills for her first goal of the year. Dana Strimbu was in goal for Avon Lake and recorded the victory. 

With the win, Avon Lake moves to 4-1-2 and Hathaway Brown drops to 5-3-1.

Girls Soccer

Avon Lake vs. Hathaway Brown

Game Date:    Monday Sept. 19, 2011

Final Score:
Avon Lake (AL) - 5        Hathaway Brown (HB) - 4

AL    4-1-2            HB    5-3-1

AL    Jillian Strimbu        HB    N/A
    Emily O'Connor
    Rachel Gates
    Danielle Liszka
    Haley Mills

AL    Dana Strimbu

HB    Rachel Horton

Zingale scores twice as Ridgeville ties Midpark, 2-2

Kayla Zingale scored two goals and Shayna asp had an assist for North Ridgville soccer in Monday’s 2-2 tie with Midpark.

NR:         2

Midpark:      2

Half NR 1-0


NR:         Zingale 2

Midpark: Unknown 2


NR:         Shayna Asp

Trinity girls’ soccer rolls over Lake Ridge

Trinity High School girls’ soccer team visited Lake Ridge Academy Monday night and came away with a solid, if soggy and rain-soaked 5-1 victory.

The halftime score was 2-1. 

The lone Lake Ridge goal was senior Kayla Daniel's fourth of the season on a pass from junior Sydney Clark. 

The Trojan goal scorers were Emily Krause (2), Catherine Hantak (2), and one by Rose Tupta.  Marissa Smego made seven saves for Trinity. 

Of the dual tandem of Lions goaltenders, Sharday Baines had four and Kyndall Wellons had five. 

Trinity evens up their record at 4-4 with the win and Lake Ridge, still looking for their first home victory, falls to 4-3-1.

Trinity will host the Eagles of Warren JFK (a team they have already beaten 4-2 this season) on Wednesday and Lake Ridge travels to Norwalk to take on the Truckers (currently 5-1-1) on Thursday.

Mount Union football hosting its third home game in a row

No. 2 ranked Mount Union plays its third straight home game Saturday at 7 pm hosting Wilmington in an OhioAthletic Conference matchup at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

Mount Union beat John Carroll 58-7 and rolled up 631 yards of offense as Jeremy Murray (Martins Ferry/Martins Ferry) rushed for a career-high 224 yards and three touchdowns while Jasper Collins (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) had a career-best three touchdown catches. It was all more than enough cushion for the defense that held John Carroll to 155 total yards.

Wilmington fell behind early and rallied before suffering a 26-12 loss at Capital last week. The Quakers had just 39 yards of offense in the first half and fell into a 26-0 hole before a pair of second half touchdown passes from Brandon Arehart. Devon Burton led the defense with nine tackles and an interception.


Mount Union, Wilmington, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) and the American
Football Coaches Association (AFCA) will be part of Coach to Cure MD, a one-day, nationwide event designed to raise awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy this Saturday . 

We need your help to stop this devastating disorder that robs young men of their mobility, their independence, and sadly their life. AFCA President and Mount Union head football Larry Kehres and his entire coaching staff and the Wilmington staff will wear Coach to Cure armbands and encourage fans to donate for this cause.

'Berg men's soccer returns to Tiffin for midweek 
tilt against Oberlin

TIFFIN, Ohio-After playing its last four matches away from home, the Heidelberg University men's soccer team returns to Tiffin to host non-conference foe Oberlin College in a Wednesday evening game at Mayer
Field at 7 p.m.

The Student Princes last played in the Kenyon College Tournament, where it came away with a 1-0-1 record.  The Berg defeated Kenyon, 2-1, and tied The College of Wooster, 1-1.  Freshman midfielder Nicholas Samaniego (Huron) and senior midfielder Michael Juart (Hilliard/Darby) each scored goals for Heidelberg.

Lake Erie lacrosse has highest GPA in in NCAA Division II

PAINESVILLE, OHIO – For the second year in a row, the Lake Erie College women's lacrosse team posted the highest grade point average in NCAA Division II, finishing the year with a combined GPA of 3.358. 

 The Storm was also one of three DII teams to earn Merit Squad recognition from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), earning that recognition for the second straight year as well.

Lake Erie was also among the 16 Division II teams cited as Academic Squads by the IWLCA.  All teams that post a combined GPA of 3.0 or better are named Academic Squads. The top three in each division are recognized as Merit Squads.

Baldwin-Wallace College
 Women’s Tennis Team Competed 

at Oberlin College Fall Invitational

OBERLIN, OHIO --  The defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin-Wallace College women’s tennis team competed in the Oberlin College Fall Invitational on Friday-Sunday, September 16-18.   Eight singles players and four doubles teams took part in the invitational.

In singles play, junior Danielle Rueger (Ashland) led the Yellow Jackets with three match wins over Emily Fuller of Oberlin (6-1 and 6-1), Abagail Svetlak of Walsh (6-2, 6-0) and Allison Mora of John Carroll (6-1 and 6-4).   Freshman Rachel Bertrand (Avon) and senior Emily Brown (Vermilion) each won two matches.

Bertrand defeated Allison Mora of John Carroll (6-3, 7-5) and Rebeka Beresh of Walsh (6-0 and 6-1) and Brown notched victories against Mora of John Carroll (6-0 and 6-4) and Fuller of Oberlin (6-4 and 6-3).

EC alumna Rebecca Mittler

In addition, B-W got single victories from senior Jenny Greene (Worthington/Thomas Worthington), juniors Anna Callahan (Williamsville, N.Y. /Clarence Central) and Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Elyria Catholic) and sophomores Morgan Baker (Vermilion /Elyria Catholic) and Whitney Yoder (Medina).

In doubles action, the Yellow Jackets picked up two victories.  The team of sophomore Yoder and Greene defeated the duo of Morgan Hertik and Angie Korpusik of Case Western by a score of 8-4 and the duo of Rueger and Bertrand defeated the team of Jenny Provost and Allison Talbert of Ohio Northern, 8-3.

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