A Page -- Sept. 29, 2010


No. 2 in nation hosts No. 8 in nation 

in Mount Union Stadium Saturday

Sept. 29, 2010

By Lenny Reich

Alliance -- In an Ohio Athletic Conference American football match-up, defending national runners up Mount Union will host highly ranked Ohio Northern Saturday.


2010 University of Mount Union Football
#2 Mount Union Purple Raiders (3-0, 2-0 OAC) vs
#8 Ohio Northern Polar Bears (3-0, 2-0 OAC)
Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 - 1:30 pm - Williams Stadium

TV: SportsTime Ohio/WIVM TV-52 (Tape Delay - Joe Tait, play-by-play; Harry Paidas, color):
Replay Times - Oct. 3 - 5am; Oct. 4 - noon; Oct. 7 - 5am

WDPN 1310 AM (Alliance): LISTEN LIVE
WRMU 91.1 FM (Alliance): LISTEN LIVE

LIVE STATS: http://livestats.prestosports.com/mountunion

Complete Game Notes in PDF Format: CLICK HERE

Ohio Northern: Roster | Schedule | Statistics | Media Guide 

No. 2 ranked Mount Union hosts No. 8 ranked Ohio Northern in a key Ohio Athletic Conference matchup Saturday at 1:30 pm in the home opener at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.

The Purple Raiders posted their 46th consecutive regular season and 97th consecutive road victory with a 51-0 win at Wilmington.  Five turnovers by Mount Union was balanced out by a defense that forced four turnovers and held Wilmington to minus four yards rushing in the second half and 151 total yards.  Sophomore defensive end Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) led the unit with 10 stops, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble.  On offense, Zac Lemmon (Granville/Granville) rushed for three scores while Cecil Shorts III(Cleveland/Collinwood) caught two TD's and scored another on a 68-yard punt return.

Ohio Northern has a school-record 10-game win streak, dating back to last season, after beating Muskingum, 36-0, last Saturday.  Brent Donley carried the ball 28 times for 143 yards and a TD and senior Kyle Simmons completed 12 of 23 passes for 155 yards and two TDs and ran 11 times for 51 yards and another score for ONU.  The Polar Bear defense limited the Muskies to just three yards rushing on 28 attempts and just 158 yards of total offense in the shutout.



All Mount Union football games will be broadcast on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM and WRMU 91.1 FM and simulcast online along with a LIVE STATS game tracker at http://athletics.mountunion.edu. 


Ric Brienza and Mark Grossman broadcast the games on the radio on WDPN 1310 AM in Alliance.  You can listen to Mount Union's student radio feed on WRMU 91.1 FM on any phone by calling (330) 445-7900.  This game along with the other three home games will be shown on television via tape delay on SportsTime Ohio and WIVM TV52 (Stark County).  Image Video produces the broadcasts with Joe Tait, who enters his 39th and final season as the radio voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, does the play-by-play and Harry Paidas handles the color commentary. 

This is the 53rd meeting between the teams with Mount Union holding a 38-13-1 lead in the series that dates back to a 52-0 Mount Union win on Thanksgiving Day 1907.  The Raiders have won four-straight meetings after Ohio Northern's 21-14 win in 2005 in Alliance.  Prior to that game, Mount Union had won 20-straight meetings dating back to a 14-9 Polar Bear win on Sept. 8, 1984. 


Larry Kehres (Mount Union '71) is 292-22-3 (.925) in his 25th season as head coach as one of the most successful coaches in college football history.  His teams have won 20 OAC Championships, including the last 18 in a row, along with 10 of the last 17 NCAA Division III National Championships. This year he is president of the American Football Coaches Association.

Larry Kehres

Dean Paul (Mount Union '90) is 45-18 (.714) in his seventh season at Ohio Northern. He has averaged seven wins a season with three second place finishes over his six seasons in Ada. Prior to coaching the Polar Bears, Paul spent five seasons as the head coach of Thomas More (KY) College, where he amassed a 40-12 record that included an 11-1 season in 2001. His combined head coaching record is 85-30.


Mount Union goes back on the road next week heading to Marietta for an OAC matchup with the Pioneers at 1:30 pm from Don Drumm Stadium.

Ohio Northern features a balanced attack on offense with a physical aggressive defense that stops the run and gets after the quarterback (10 sacks) ... stop me if this sounds familiar.  Also they have a win against a team from Wisconsin this season (Wis.-River Falls).

The difference with the Polar Bears is that they feature one of the most experienced lineups in the OAC.  Six seniors start on offense led by All-American running back Brent Donley and 2009 All-OAC First Team quarterback Kyle Simmons.  Donley averages 117 yards rushing per game and has three TDs, Simmons has 540 yards and 6 TD's passing and is the team's second-leading rusher with 3 TD's on the ground.  Receivers Brook Crawford and Jay Priest are tied for the team lead in receptions with 12.

The ONU defense is also a veteran group being led by senior linebacker Chad Coward, who has 20 tackles, 4.5 for loss, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble.  Defensive tackle Cody Kelly has 18 stops and a sack up front, while safety Jesse Richards has 16 tackles in the secondary.  In all, eight different players have at least one sack with four fumble recoveries and four interceptions.

Mount Union returns nine starters and 31 letterwinners in 2010.


142-5  Mount Union's win-loss record since 2000

55, 54 The Raiders hold the NCAA's two longest consecutive college football win streaks -- 55 from 2000-2003 and 54 from 1996-99

46   game regular season win streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14  loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

41 game home winning streak for Mount Union dating back to a 21-14  loss to Ohio Northern in Alliance on Oct. 22, 2005.

97 consecutive regular season road victories for Mount Union dating back  to a 21-18 loss at Baldwin-Wallace on Sept. 28, 1991.

101-0  Since 1996, the Raiders record when winning the turnover battle.

146-1  The Raiders record since 1990 when winning the turnover battle.  That lone loss was a 20-17 loss to Wisconsin-LaCrosse in a 1995 national semifinal game in Alliance. In that game, the Raiders had a +1 turnover  margin.

1675.8 miles combined round trip for Mount Union in its first three road games to start the 2010 season.




Sept 29

By Nick Minerd

PITTSFORD, NY – Case Western Reserve University senior women’s cross country All-American Justine Jeroski (Murrysville, PA/Franklin) and sophomore women’s tennis athlete Samantha Lewis (Nashville, TN/Harpeth Hall) were both awarded University Athletic Association Player of the Week honors for their performances this weekend. 




Jeroski finished second of 178 runners overall to lead the Spartans to a second-place team finish at the Carnegie Mellon University (PA) Mideast Pre-Regional on Saturday, September 25. Case placed two runners in the top-five spots and were led by Jeroski’s time of 22:20.


Lewis was one of several Spartans to post 4-0 marks while competing at No. 2 singles and doubles as Case posted back-to-back wins on Saturday in dual matches against Baldwin-Wallace College and John Carroll University.



The cross country team is back in action this Friday, October 1 at the All-Ohio Championships hosted by Cedarville University at 2:00 p.m. The tennis team is at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Championship at Washington University (MO) in St. Louis on Friday-Sunday.


Oberlin ranked 19th, Mount Union 

24th, Case Reserve 30th in national 

men's cross country ratings

September 29, 2010 

NEW ORLEANS, La.--The University of Mount Union's men's cross country team is ranked No. 24 in the nation in this week's poll done by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Purple Raiders posted the highest finish of any NCAA Division III team, placing second overall at the Otterbein Invitational last weekend in Westerville.

Mount Union is the only Ohio Athletic Confernece team and one of only three teams in Ohio (Oberlin, No. 19; Case Western Reserve, No. 30) in the poll.

This week, the Raiders will race both those teams along with every other program in the state at the All-Ohio Championships Friday afternoon in Cedarville.

Lake Ridge's Mitchell Rice repeats 

as sectional champion; leads Lions

to Division III championship 

Sept 29, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


For the second year in a row, Lake Ridge Academy’s Mitchell Rice won the Division III sectional golf championship today to lead the Lions to the sectional team championship and a spot in next week’s district tournament.

Mitch Rice


Rice shot a 74 to lead all golfers. One stroke behind him in second place with a 75 was Berkshire’s Ian Monroe. Monroe’s Berkshire club also qualified to the disrtricts by taking runners-up honors behind the Lions.


“Mitchell was very steady today,” said Lake Ridge coach Andrew Edgar. “He played with more confidence than he did when he won the title last year.


The Lions did it with a team score of 320. Senior Nick Nemetz shot a 79, Spencer Scheeler an 80, Thomas Tavolara 85 and Ryan McCarthy 92.


“Nemetz hit the ball consistently and gave himself birdie opportunities,” said Edgar. “He didn't score as well as he'd like but made important putts for par. It was a good solid round from junior Thomas Tavolara. He gained valuable experience from last year's sectional and did what was necessary from the #4 position.


Still, with four guys shooting 85 or better, the Lions demonstrated team consistency.


“Overall, we are very pleased with the balanced scoring,” Edgar said. “We’re looking forward to another opportunity in next week's district tournament at Seven Hills CC in Hartville 


The third and final team to qualify to the district is Hillsdale. Other individuals qualifying were Trinity’s Jimmy Wild, and Central Christian’s Danny Kier and Isaac Haver. Wild shot at 78 and both CC guys 79s.


Berkshire had Kyle Blair shoot 81, Luke Coleman 85, Tim Ludlow 82 and Adam Tiber 93.


Logan Johnson led Dalton with an 87, Jacob Simon Columbia with a 90, Jimmy Schafer Cuyahoga Heights with a 93, Ian Sooy Open Door with an 84, and Pat Mastalski VASJ with a 92.


Andrew Mueller followed Wild with am 84 for the Trojans. Sam Lesueur shot a 90 for Trinity.

Baldwin-Wallace blanks Mt. St. Joe 

in men's soccer

Sept. 29, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA – The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s soccer team defeated the College of Mount St. Joseph, 3-0, tonight, (Wednesday, September 29, 2010) in a non-league match at Schueler Field in Cincinnati.

With the win, B-W is now 7-2-2 overall, and next plays on Saturday, October 2, when they travel to Marietta to play in their firstOhio Athletic Conference game of the season at 1:00 p.m. With the loss, Mount St. Joseph is now 2-6-1 overall.

Medina High alumnus Carlin Vandendriessche 

In the first half, the Yellow Jackets opened the scoring at the 6:51 mark when junior All-OAC forward Carlin Vandendriessche (Medina/Senior) scored his sixth goal of the season off a pass from junior midfielder Andrew Thompson (Huron).  Then at the 31:47 mark, senior forward Tyler Leister (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) scored off an assist by junior forward Noah Eubanks (West Bloomfield, Mich.) to extend the Yellow Jackets lead to 2-0 going into halftime.

STOW HIGH alum Tyler Leister

In the second half, Justin Peterson (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) scored his team leading seventh goal at the 66:19 mark to put the game out of reach.

The Jackets outshot the Lions 25-9, and out cornered the Lions, 6-2.

Nicholas Siko

Mt. St. Joseph's Nick Siko, an Avon Lake alum

In net, B-W sophomore Ryan Hulings (Centerville) played all 90 minutes and made four saves while recording his second straight shutout and fourth of the season.

Oberlin Field Hockey team Falls to Wooster
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Oberlin, Ohio – Emily Whitaker scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season, but it was too little too late for the Oberlin College field hockey team as they fell to The College of Wooster 6-1 on Wednesday afternoon. 

Despite the outcome, the Yeowomen fought hard against the Scots with both teams finishing with 11 penalty corners. However, the Scots high-powered offense proved to be too much to overcome as they triggered 34 shots compared to Oberlin’s nine. 


Balser-charged front line too much 

for Padua as sixth-ranked Magnificat 

comes back for 3-1 volleyball win

Sept 29, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


ROCKY RIVER – Sixth-ranked Magnificat bounced back from ne game down to post a 3-1 tonight over two-time defending Division II state champion Padua in high school volleyball.

 After a kill by Tabitha Meeks that brought the Bruins to within one, 20-19, in the first game, the Bruins continued on a 5-0 run with Mary Djukic serving four consecutive points that the Blue Streaks had a hard time handling, Meeks came back with another kill to put it to 24-21 and then served the final point in the 25-21 game.

Watch short videos of tonight’s Mags-Padua volleyball match filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


Mags (8-3) then used its front line sporting three-six footers to dominate on the kill and block as the impetus to go on and win the next three, 25-23, 25-18, and 25-14.

“At least winning a game against Mags gives us something to build on; usually against them we might get to 20 and just collapse,” said Padua coach Tony Messina. “We play a strong schedule like this to get us ready for the post season.”


Listen to post-game interview with Student/Athlete Brittney Balser from tonight’s Padua-Magnificat volleyball match, conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading: 


Incessantly, Mags used the kills of Brittney Balser (6 feet, 2 inches), Cayley Balser (6-2), Halle Kearney (6-3) and Clare Schirmer (5-11) put the kills, blocks and hits on the Bruins to rack up the fast points and making comebacks harder to surmount.

In the second game, Padua had an 8-7 lead, but an Elise Sako kill tied it and Brittney Balser kill gave the hosts a 9-8 lead. Padua tied it at 11, at 15, at 18 and at 19, but then Mags pulled away starting with a Jennifer Misencik


Elise Sako did the serving in a 4-0 run that gave the hosts a 7-3 lead in the third game. A Schirmer hit enabled the Streaks to open up a 15-7 lead. Carly Molls shaved two points off that deficit for the Bruins by not giving up and getting one back with a kill and the one right after it with a service ace.


Listen to post-game interview with Padua Student/Athlete Carly Molls followed by Mags Student/Athlete Elise Sako from tonight’s Padua-Magnificat volleyball match, conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading: 


The Bruins would get it down to four, 20-16, on an Emily Marchinowski kill, but the Streaks would get five of the last seven points.

Brittney Balser (15), Jennifer Misencik (13), Grace Conroy
(red hair), Cayley Balser (other white headband) --
Photo -- Courtesy Magnificat High School

Between the two of them, the Balsers would rack up 13 points in the fourth game on kills, blocks (including the two of them together on the same block) and hits.

Listen to post-game interview with Student/Athlete Cayley Balser from tonight’s Padua-Magnificat volleyball match, conducted by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:



In the first game, Padua had an early lead, but a Kearney kill tied it at 7 and then Mags took a two-point lead with Grace Conroy serving. The Bruins pulled to within one on a Becky Jay block and then with Meeks serving went on a 4-0 run to take a 13-11 lead. 

The Balser-Balser crunch earlier this year against St. Joe
Photo courtesy of Magnificat High School

Two Brittney Blaser kills tied it at 13 and another one tied it at 15. A block by Jay and Sarah Peterson brought Padua to within one, 19-18, after Ashley McCormick served a 3-0 run for the hosts before the Bruins went on their run with Djukic serving.

Padua, 9-6, is ranked 17th in D-11, but two of those losses were to Mags, one to No. 2 ranked Bishop Hartley, and one to No. 1 ranked Lake Catholic.


Fox-Marino combo put together final 

run to enable Mags JVs to topple 


Sept. 29, 2010

By Norm Weber    

Studentathletecleveland.com Editor


ROCKY RIVER – Behind the strength of the Sarah Fox-Allegra Marino, set-kill combination, Magnificat’s JV volleyball team put through the push for the final run to beat Padua in second game, 25-21, and take a 2-0 match.

Mags won the first game, 25-19.

In the second game, Mags led the majority of the early going although the Bruins kept it tight, tying it at 12 on a kill by Annie Printy. Julia Milano’s serving ace gave Padua a 14-12 lead.

Watch short videos of tonight’s Mags-Padua JV volleyball match filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


With the Bruins up 16-13, a Molly McCormick hit cut it to two and Nicole Keshock kills shaved it to one. The 4-0 run that wiped away the last Bruin lead of the evening concluded with an Alexis Setta serving ace that made it 17-16.

Padua would tie it one more time, but then the Blue Streaks pulled away on the Fox-Marino hook-ups.

Sarah Fox (20) -- Photo courtesy Mags High

A McCormick kill gave Mags the lead for good and then Fox would assist Marino on three kills that would make it 22-19.

A pair of hits by Keshock put across the final two points.

In the first game, Padua opened up an 8-2 lead, a kill by Marissa Jay four consecutive service points by Julia Milano helped make it happen.

A block by Emily Rowan and Emily Baznik made it 10-5. Mags tied it at 15-15 on a kill by McCormick and hit by Michaela Gabanic.

A Gabanic ace gave Mags a 17-15 lead and the Streaks were not to be caught again with the first game ending on a Keshock kill.

Mags freshman volleyball team tops 

Padua in two

Sept. 29, 2010

By Norm Weber

Studentathletecleveland.com Editor


ROCKY RIVER – Magnificat’s freshman volleyball team posted a 2-0 win over Padua this afternoon here.

The Blue Streaks blasted out to a 25-7 win in the first game and then a 25-21 come-from-behind win in the second.

The Bruins were up 13-8 when the Blue Streaks began their 17-8 run to end the game and the match.

Watch short video of tonight’s Mags-Padua freshman volleyball match filmed by Norm Weber by clicking and downloading:


After tying it at 13, the Blue Streaks went ahead 18-14 with timely serving by St. Raphael alumna Erin Castele.

Castele -- Photo Mags High

The Bruins cut it down to two twice, but Kelly Ryan and Renee Marinez gave them back at the serve at 19-16 and 20-17.

Padua came back to bring it to within one at 22-21, but then Claire Lambert, a St. Richard alum, set the assist for a Castele kill that made it 23-21.

Kristina Randall served the ball on the 24th point and then Castele set up Randall for the kill on the final point of the game and match.

Maeve Kessler leads Rocky River to 

volleyball win over North Ridgeville

Sept. 29, 2010

Maeve Kessler had 20 kills and six blocks to lead Rocky River to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-19) West Shore Conference volleyball win over North Ridgeville.

For North Ridgeville, Heather Snyder was 63/65 setting with 9 assists, and 15/15 serving with 3 aces: Kaitie Borges was 29/29 setting with 6 assists; Jessie Lentz had 8 digs and 4 kills and was 11/11 serving with  2 aces; Rachel Crow had 7 kills and was 9/9 on serves with 2 aces; and Briana Lehman had 5 kills.

Case Reserve goes after No. 35 in a 

row; to host yet another NCAC foe in 


Sept 29

By Nick Minerd

CLEVELAND (U District) -- Case Western Reserve will host Allegheny Saturday in a non-conference American football match  up here.


The Case Western Reserve University Spartans host the Allegheny College Gators for Homecoming on Saturday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m. at Case Field here. Case enters the contest with a 34-game regular season winning streak following its 37-7 victory at home versus Denison University last Saturday. Allegheny enters with a 2-1 record following its 24-21 loss versus then sixth-ranked (d3football.com) Wittenberg University.

National coach of year nominee Greg Debeljak


The Spartans and Gators have met 26 times on the gridiron with Allegheny holding a 20-6 advantage in the all-time series. The two schools met regularly in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, but have not matched up since the 1997 season when Allegheny won, 55-20, at Case. The Spartans’ last victory in the series came by a score of 21-3 at Allegheny in 1986. The first meeting between the two was in 1970 and resulted in a 20-3 home victory for the Gators.



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