A Page -- Sept. 27, 2010

Tim Beckman
Berea native Tim Beckman

Berea High alum Tim Beckman has 

Toledo football program spiraling 

upward; with win over Purdue, Rockets 

have now beaten a BCS team in each

of the past five seasons

Sept. 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


CLEVELAND – Berea has had a strong reputation of being a “football town” at all levels – the Browns training center, the rich college tradition at Baldwin-Wallace and the many great years of high school accomplishments of the teams that made Finnie Stadium home in the 20th century such as Berea, Midpark, St. Ignatius and St. Edward – and moreover several great coaches have come out of this Cleveland suburb including Toledo Rockets coach Tim Beckman.

At this point, Beckman, the second-year head coach at Toledo, has the Rockets at 3-1 and for the fifth consecutive year defeated a BCS Championship Series Conference (upper tier of Div. I college football) program when his club defeated the Big Ten’s Purdue Saturday, which extended UT’s winning streak to three games.

Toledo Center Kevin Kowalski from Nordonia High

“There are definitely things we are to improve upon, but we are happy with the total team effort on the road and look forward to getting back home to the Glass Bowl against Wyoming Saturday,” Beckman said on the Cleveland-based Mid American Teleconference this morning. “Our young team took it as a challenge to go into West Lafayette and win a game. UT football is all about this. I am proud to be part of a program that is tied for third in the country for consecutive wins against BCS opponents. It speaks highly for the program.”

Beckman played under the late, great Tom Madzy at Berea High in the early 1980s, when the Braves were incessantly making the playoffs and getting into state championship games. After a playing career at Findlay, Beckman was an assistant under Pat Dye at Auburn and under Jim Tressel at Ohio State.

The Late Tom Madzy

“The biggest thing we have to prepare for is worrying about the next game and not looking back at what just happened,” Beckman said. “Our players did not play well after a win last season and our players have taken that on as a challenge. We will practice the same way as we practiced after the other two wins and the loss to Arizona. It’s a plan our coach staff has come to see works.”

He also spent parts of his 21 years as an assistant at Oklahoma State, Western Carolina, Elon and Bowling Green.

Two organizations tabbed Beckman’s recruiting class this year as the best in the nation. Those, some Cleveland area Student/Athletes who have been in the program for a few years, and others have all come together to remain unbeaten and ranked at this point.

North Royalton native Dan Molls

In the 31-20 victory at Purdue, Padua alumnus Dan Molls had eight tackles, Elyria High grads Danny Noble caught six passes including a TD from his tight end slot and Nordonia product Kevin Kowalski played center on the offensive line that provided enough pass protection to allow quarterback Austin Dantin to complete 24 of 31 pass attempts and no interceptions, and long snapper Colin McHugh from Lutheran West snapped successfully on 4 of 4 PATs, 1 of 2 field goals and on four punts in which the Rockets’ two punters averaged 45 yards a kick.

Danny Noble

It is Toledo’s first three-game road winning streak since 2002..


“I remember my first of coaching when I was at Auburn under Pat Dye,” Beckman recalled. “One of the first things he said was that in college football, a team needs to learn to win on the road. Our team has taken on that challenge.

Pat Dye

Toledo had a down year last year and was a rare year in which Beckman was not coaching in a Bowl game in December or January.

 “It was our first year last year so what has happened now is just a result of the players having been around the system for more than a year and learning it,” Beckman said. “We just needed a year of rebuilding and the seniors have done a great job of leading.”

Former Panther, current Raider Ty 

Griffin named Runner of the Week in 

the OAC

Sept. 27

By Lenny Reich

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio--Mount Union senior Ty Griffin (Massillon/Massillon Perry) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week.


Griffin was the top NCAA Division III finisher and led the Purple Raiders as he was fourth overall in a field of 192 runners with a time of 26:02.

It was the second time this season that Griffin has won the award.

Mount Union, ranked No. 21 in the nation, will run Friday at the All-Ohio Championships in Cedarville, Ohio.

Raiders finish second after second, 

final day of Mount Fall Invite

September 27, 2010 

By Josh Reilly

ALLIANCE -- The Mount Union men's golf team placed second among six teams at the two-day Mount Union Fall Invitational, which wrapped up today at the Alliance Country Club.

Alex Welch was the Purple Raiders' top golfer of the event, tying for third with a 146 (70-76). The Raider team scored a 595 (288-307), falling only to Otterbein who finished with a 588 (294-294).

Jon Lieser tied for sixth with a 149 (74-75). Cory Muller and Jesse Spacek, who played as individuals, also tied for sixth with 149s


Spartan Men Compete at ITA


Sept 27

By Nick Minerd

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Case Western Reserve University men’s tennis team spent the weekend competing at the USTA/ITA Central Region Championships atKalamazoo College (MI) and compiled a 24-15 team record , including an 11-5 mark in doubles play over the course of the three day (Friday-Saturday, September 24-26)  tournament. The Spartans saw two doubles teams advance to the quarterfinals and another reach the semifinals for the first time in program history.

Former Red Raider Nic Howe

The doubles duo of sophomore Nicolas Howe (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) and freshman John Healey (Columbia, MD/Atholton) had a banner weekend for Case, putting up a 4-1 match record to reach the semifinal round of the main draw before dropping a close 8-5 match to Andrew Kahn and Noah Swiler fromDePauw University (IN).

Westlake still ranked No. 1 in the 

state; defending state champ 

Magnificat drops from second to 

fourth; Hudson moves into No. 3 spot

Sept. 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


COLUMBUS – Westlake maintained the most honorable spot as the No. 1 ranked high school tennis team, but Magnificat dropped this week from second to fourth in the state coaches’ poll that came out today, the second poll of the season.

In the first poll of the season, the two Hilliard-Road schools had the top two spots, but after a few happenings last week, some jockeying took place in the top rungs on the latter after No. 

Hudson moved into the No. 3 spot right behind the Demons and Ursuline Academy. No other Cleveland area schools appeared in the top 10 beside the Demons, Explorers and Blue Streaks. Kenston is the lone Cleveland school in the next five, taking up the 12th spot.

Three East Side schools did make it into upper echelon of the Division II rankings, led by Chagrin Falls in the No. 3 spot. Hathaway Brown, 12-1, came in as No. 4 while Hawken grabbed the No. 8 spot.

Two other East Side schools made it into the 11-15 grouping with Orange in the No. 12 spot and Walsh Jesuit in the 14th slot.

 Division I.

1. Westlake (10)  114

2. Ursuline Academy (1) 85

3. Hudson  69

4. Magnificat  68

5. Upper Arlington (1) 62

6. Lakota East 45

7. Jerome 41

8. Springboro 24

9. New Albany 21

10. Canfield 18

Others receiving votes

11. Lakota West 17

12. Kenston 11

13. Perrysburg 10

14. Mt. Notre Dame 9

15. Sycamore 8

Division II

1. Indian Hill (1)  90

2. Lexington (2) 88

3. Chagrin Falls (4)   84

4. Hathaway Brown 77

5. Hilliard Bradley 70

6. Dayton Oakwood (4) 66

7. Kettering Alter (1) 50

8. Hawken 45

9. Columbus Academy 31

10.Ottawa Hills (1) 28

Others receiving votes

11. Hills Christian 13

12. Orange 8

13. Port Clinton 7

14.Walsh Jesuit 6

15. Miami Valley 4

West G.'s Kendra Dean, Aurora's 

Claire Conner combine for 10-point 

week for Hiram's soccer team

Sept. 27, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


WESTLAKEHiram College’s soccer team was led last week by a couple local gals in Aurora High alumna Claire Conner and West Geauga High graduate Kendra Dean.

Each Terrier from East suburban Cleveland high schools clanked home two goals and had an assist last week for the Terriers, which garnered a 4-2 win over Hilbert before getting set back by Heidelberg in overtime, 3-2.

Conner appeared to be the go-to gal for the Terriers, as she peppered opposing goalies with 18 shots, most of them on goal, in two matches.

Elsewhere in the Westlake-based North Coast Athletic Conference, in volleyball, Louisvillle High alumna Audra Batdorff drilled 56 kills in four matches for Allegheny this past week. She had 23, a season-best for the Gators, against Ohio Wesleyan.

Shaina Bryan led led Hiram’s volleyball team to a 4-0 record on the week with 77 kills, 83 digs and 12 blocks.

Cleveland Heights High alumna Lauren Strowder had 49 kills in four matches for Denison.


Elyria High alum Sarah Hawke had 39 kills, seven blocks and nine blocks for Wooster.

Sarah Hawke


For Hiram’s American football team, Canton Central Catholic’s Oliver Dickerhoff had 10 tackles. Aurora High alum Beau Calcei had a game-high 15 tackles for Kenyon in a one TD loss to Carnegie Mellon.


West. G grad Chad Murawski had 15 tackles in Ohio Wesleyan’s loss to Wooster.

In golf, Wellington High grad Brad Sword finished ninth overall to lead his Wooster outfit to a fourth-place finish in the Guy Kuhn Invite.

Blake Sword

Wellington's Sword

Liz McBean, a Hawken alumna, had a career week for Kenyon’s field hockey team blasting across four goals and tallying an assist. The Cleveland Heights native scored two each against Earlham and Oberlin.


Wooster junior Meredith Shaul, a Firestone High alumna, finished 10th among 221 runners at the Otterbein Invite Cross Country meet

Meredith Shaul


Shaul was named Runner of the Week in the NCAC for her effort.





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