A Page -- Sept. 26, 2010

A 12-1 Hathaway Brown tennis team 

looking forward to more than an 

after-season dinner this fall

Sept. 26, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


SHAKER HEIGHTS – Hathaway Brown tennis coach Don Stevens has coached a state champion at HB twice in the first decade of this century, but has not had one since 2007 and the Blazers are hoping they could make a nice run once the sectional tournament begins in a week.

So far, the Blazers are having another fine season with an 12-1 record, with the only loss coming to Magnificat, a program that has won the state team title in the big-school division two of the last three years and ranked No. 2 in the state.


The Varsity A tennis team has posted 3-2 wins over Kenston, Walsh Jesuit, and Solon. Kenston has one the top singles players in the state in Dvision I and in the Midwest Region in the United States Tennis Association

Also among those 12 wins are shutout wins over Bay, Our Lady of the Elms, Laurel, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Elyria Catholic, and Beachwood.

Leading the way this season for HB have been No. 1 Singles player Jenny Heyside; the #1 Doubles team of Jennifer Mazanec and Lesley Wellner; and the #2 Doubles team of         Rachael Perskey and Michelle Chapman.

“They have been growing as tennis players in terms of ability and have been having fun and team bonding,” Stevens said. “Most of our players are of equal ability and are a good solid team. We are particularly strong at # 1 singles, and # 1 Doubles.”

Stevens said the chemistry was good at the start of the season and that they had hoped to finish 500 and have a winning season, but they have far exceeded that. He was hoping to add more matches and while some have been added, it is not enough and they are still hoping they have had enough game experience to be prepared for the sectionals.

“In tennis, there are endless areas of improvement,” said Stevens, now in his ninth season at HB. “Craig and I try to keep our coaching vary basic and focus on the concept of high percentage tennis.”

Still, they have made quite an improvement over the 9-8 season they had in 2009. It appears as if they have more to look forward to this year.

“All we had last year was our end-of-season dinner,” Stevens said.

Mount Union leads after one day at 


Sept. 26

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE, Ohio—Mount Union men's golf team finished day one of the Mount Union Fall Invitational with a six stroke lead over the competition. The Purple Raiders posted a team score of 288 at Tannenhauf Golf Course today.

Junior Alex Welch (Niles, Mich./Niles) and freshman Ben Lehrke (North Ridgeville/Lutheran West) led the Purple Raiders, posting two-under-par 70s. The pair currently sits in a three-way tie with Otterbein's Cody MacLean.


Yeowomen Knock Off Bishops; Fall to Ladies
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– The Oberlin College volleyball team picked up their first North Coast Athletic Conference win of the season as they took care of Ohio Wesleyan University in four games on Sunday afternoon. The Yeowomen also fell to Kenyon College in four sets. 

In the 25-12, 25-17, 21-25, 25-13 win over the Bishops, Oberlin hit .345 as a team and totaled 52 kills. Laura Jessee led the attack with 16 finishes, whileMaggie Jacobson and Amanda Wysk added 12 kills apiece. 



DEFEATS B-W, 8-1 and JCU, 9-0, 

in Dual Match Play

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND (U District) --The Case Western Reserve University women's tennis team defeated visiting Baldwin-Wallace College, 8-1, and John Carroll University, 9-0, in a pair of dual matches on Saturday, September 25 at the Carlton Courts.

The Spartans moved to 2-0 on the season and the entire singles roster went 2-0 on the day.  Sophomore Samantha Lewis (Nashville, TN/Harpeth Hall) was one of several Spartans to post 4-0 marks while competing at No. 2 singles and doubles.
EC Alum Becca Mittler

Case Western Reserve 8, Baldwin-Wallace College 1
Singles competition
1. Erika Lim (CASE-W) def. Caitlyn Pecinovsky (BW-W) 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4)
2. Samantha Lewis (CASE-W) def. Rebecca Mittler (BW-W) 6-2, 6-1
3. Emily Pham (CASE-W) def. Emily Pelosi (BW-W) 6-1, 6-0
4. Kara Richardson (CASE-W) def. Jenny Greene (BW-W) 6-4, 6-3
5. Theresa Smetona (CASE-W) def. Katy Marshall (BW-W) 6-3, 6-4
6. Bianca Patel (CASE-W) def. Bethany Halusker (BW-W) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Caitlyn Pecinovsky/Rebecca Mittler (BW-W) def. Erika Lim/Emily Pham (CASE-W) 9-7
2. Samantha Lewis/Kara Richardson (CASE-W) def. Emily Pelosi/Jenny Greene (BW-W) 8-3
3. Theresa Smetona/Kathleen Evers (CASE-W) def. Katy Marshall/Morgan Baker (BW-W) 8-0

Arch-rivals North Royalton, 

Strongsville to meet on the Memorial 

Pitch Tuesday

Sept. 26, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH ROYALTON – While Strongsville’s boys’ soccer team had its string of three consecutive shutouts snapped with a 4-1 win over Cuyahoga Falls four days ago, the Mustangs are not going to let that get to them as they have a big match to prepare as they will travel here to Memorial Park for a meeting with their “arch-est” of rivals, the North Royalton High Bears.

While the Mustangs, 8-0-1, have outscored their opponents 36-3 this season and hold a lifetime 22-5-6 record against the Bears, they know this one is going to be a tight one and in all likelihood, low scoring.


The Bears and Mustangs played to 0-0 ties in each of the past two seasons during the regular season and met both times in the district finals with each team winning by one goal including a 1-0 affair.

Royalton comes into the contest with a 5-2-2 record. The Bears’ last two matches ended in ties, 0-0, to Westlake (which also tied Strongsville) and, 1-1, to Solon, which is 5-2-1 against a strong schedule.

While the Bears have score only 12 goals this year, having a breakout offensive match against their arch-rivals is certainly not out of the question.


Strongsville team scoring leader Vlad Lekarev scored two goals against Falls, while Jamie Jindra and Cody Mizerik each added one.


Mike Cook picked up his team-leading 10th assist of the season on Lekarev’s first goal. Lekarev now has 10 goals and 25 total points, also tops on the club.


Justin Fink raised his record to 5-0-0 in goal despite getting denied his fourth shutout of the season against Falls.


In addition to the two ties, Royalton has won once (in the district finals in ’08) against the Mustangs in the last six meetings, but all four losses in that stretch were by one goal. The Bears also won by a 1-0 count in 2005, indicating that these two programs are as close as close could be and in more ways than just being neighboring towns.

Mount Union volleyball team extends 

winning streak to 10 matches

ALLIANCE-- Mount Union's volleyball team stretched its winning streak to 10 matches -- first with a sweep over Ohio Athletic Conference foe Wilmington and then with a sweep of Bethany on Saturday at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.

Roni Schroeder (Shelby/Shelby) led the attack with 14 kills in the Purple Raiders' 25-15, 25-13, 25-16 victory over WilmingtonLeah Hirsch (Frankfort/Adena) and Monica Hupertz (Willoughby Hills/Beaumont) added seven kills apiece.

Also for Mount Union, Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) made 31 assists and Sarah Dean(Strongsville/Walsh Jesuit) had 14 digs.

Walsh Jesuit Alumna Sarah Dean

The Raiders claimed a 25-18, 25-17, 25-11 decision in their match against the Bison.

Deanna Glass (Medina/Medina) finished with 10 kills while Hirsch and Schroeder contributed seven each. Hupertz added six.

Medina Alum Deanna Glass

Radigan had 32 assists, Dean made 15 digs and Schroeder came through with five blocks.

The Purple Raiders (11-4, 1-0) will be in action next on Wednesday when they host Marietta for a 7 p.m. start.


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