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Berg Football 

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Fresh Faces:
 When Heidelberg and Alma take the field on Saturday they will be meeting for the first time in the history of both programs. However, head coaches Mike Hallett and Jim Cole will face each other for the second time. Alma, with Cole at the helm, faced Thomas More College in 1999 when Hallett was in his first year as the offensive coordinator with the Saints. The Scots posted a 35-7 victory.
Saturday’s Opponent: Alma’s 5-5 campaign in 2009 extended its non-losing record streak to 13 years. It has captured 25 MIAA championships in the history of the program and owns a 498-397-31 record. After opening the year dropping three of its first five games, the Scots turned the table and posted a victory in three of its final five game games. The Scots are under the guidance of 20th-year head coach Jim Cole, who is a 1974 Alma graduate. Returning to the line up are All-MIAA picks Andrew Schaar and Conrad Bovee.
Head Coach Mike Hallett: Entering his fourth year at the helm of the Heidelberg University football team is Mike Hallett.  In 2009, under Hallett’s guidance, the Berg closed out the year winners of three of its last four outings to stand at 4-6 on the year. Along the way the Berg returned to campus for the first time in 64 years en route to securing a D3football.comAll-American in Matt Grieves, along with four all-region selections, eight All-OAC performers and a host of academic honorees. Of its eight all-league nods, four were named to the first team, marking the most first team picks since 1991. In three seasons Hallett boasts an overall record of 12-18, which includes three straight seasons that saw the most wins since the 1999 campaign. In just three years, Hallett has coached 23 All-OAC performers, including seven first team recipients. Not to be outdone, nine have picked up Academic All-OAC accolades and five have earned ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District nods.
Last Time Out: Heidelberg closed out its 2009 campaign with a hard fought 31-28 setback to Muskingum University at Mayer Field. Then junior signal caller Andrew Millercompleted 13-of-24 passes for three touchdowns to lead the Berg. Miller’s main threat was fellow classmate Mike Preston. Preston hauled in seven passes for a career-best 192 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, Heidelberg held a slim 435-418 advantage in total offense. Muskingum held a 17-7 lead at halftime and withstood a late ’Berg attack to hold on for the win. Defensively, Matt Grieves finished with 11 tackles followed by Sam Driscoll and Andy Fadenholz with 10 and nine, respectively.
Scots Last Outing: In its 2009 season finale, Alma suffered a 60-10 loss to host Albion College. Alma connected for a 20-yard field goal in the first quarter, but went on to be outscored 53-0 over the next two quarters en route to the setback. Mac. McGrady threw for 214 yards (22-for-44) with two interceptions, while Tyler Wise had 60 receiving yards and Jon Reed had 36 yards on the ground. Alma recorded 331 yards of total offense, while giving up 573. Bart Blystone led the defense with seven tackles.
Oh Captain, My Captain: Providing a leadership role for the Berg in 2010 will be senior captains Andrew Miller, Mike Preston, Nate Kater and Vaughn Klein. Miller, Preston and Kater will look to lead the offense this season, while Klein is the veteran leader on the defensive side of the ball. Serving as a captain for the second straight year is Miller. The captains are voted on by members of the team.
Preseason Mentionables: Heidelberg racked up some media attention during the preseason this year. Leading things off was senior Mike Preston landing on theOhioCollegeFootball.com Wide Receiver Watch List followed by classmate Andrew Miller earning a spot on the quarterback watch list for the OCF. Senior offensive guard Nate Kater was tabbed a preseason All-American by D3football.com, while fellow lineman Derrick Arbogast was selected for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which represents the areas of giving back and volunteerism.
“Kater”-ing for the Berg: Helping to serve up on offensive explosion for Heidelberg over the course of the last three years has been senior offensive guard Nate Kater. Kater is entering his fourth season as a starter on the offensive line and has landed a spot on the D3football.com Preseason All-American list. A season ago, Kater was named to the D3football.com All-North Region Third Team, along with earning a spot on the OhioCollegeFootball.com Second Team. His all-region honors joined his nod on the All-Ohio Athletic Conference First Team. Kater has started every game he has played in over his three-year career and has been an integral part in quarterback Andrew Miller setting a new single season passing touchdown mark in back-to-back seasons, as well as clearing the way for a handful of all-league running backs. In 2009, Kater help guide the Berg offense to produce four games with multiple 100-yard rushers, along with a 100-yard receiver in five outings.

Case Reserve Volleyball 

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Versus Pomona Pitzer, the Spartans came back from one set down and won 21-25, 25-23, 25-17, 17-25 and 15-12.

Junior outside hitter Rachel Suchy (Venetia, PA/Peters Township) - pictured - led the attack with 24 kills. Junior ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Tricia McCutchan (Hamilton, OH/Stephen T. Badin) posted 18 kills and four blocks. Sophomore setter Breana Freeman (Geneva, OH/Geneva) paced the offense with 56 set assists and sophomore Olivia Stanton-Ameisen (Bryn Mawr, PA/TheBaldwin School) led the defense with 19 of the team’s 94 digs.

Following tomorrow’s matches, the Spartans are back in action on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10-11. Case co-hosts a tournament withBaldwin-Wallace College and will play four matches on its home court. The tournament opener versus Oberlin College at 4:00 p.m. will be the first athletic event played on the newly remodeled floor surface at Horsburgh Gymnasium.

Mount Cross 

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Leading the list of returning runners is senior Ty Griffin (Massillon/Massillon Perry), who was an All-OAC and all-region runner a year ago.  Other key returners include fellow seniors Erik Reed (East Liverpool/East Liverpool) and Scott Wolfe (East Palestine/East Palestine) along with junior Tim Kelly (Lakewood/Lakewood).
Massillon Perry alum Ty Griffin

"We have four solid returners, but if we are going to be successful we have to find a fifth runner," commented Homon.

Finding that fifth runner begins this weekend as Mount Union travels to Grand Island, N.Y. for the Daniel Walker Invitational hosted by Buffalo State (N.Y.) College.

"This is a very competitive meet that will show us where we are at and what we need to do," stated Homon.

The remainder of the schedule is highlighted by races Sept. 11 in North Canton at Walsh, Sept. 25 at Otterbein which will also hold the OAC Championships on Oct. 30 along with the All-Ohio Championships at Cedarville (Oct. 1) and the Oberlin Regional Rumble (Oct. 16)



AVON, Ohio - The Lake Erie Crushers opened the final series of 2010 with their third walk-off victory in four nights, upending theKalamazoo Kings 1-0 before 4,517 fans on Friday night.

Starting pitchers Travis Risser for Lake Erie and David Goodenough for Kalamazoo continued putting zeroes on the board. Risser pitched 7.2 shutout innings in his final start of the summer, walking one and striking out one. He allowed just six hits and trusted his defense to turn three double plays behind him, adding to the league best total.

David Goodenough worked into the ninth for Kalamazoo before exiting after walking leadoff hitter Wayne Bond. Bond fell behind in the count 0-2 and fouled off a pair of 3-2 offerings before drawing the walk. Andrew Davis greeted reliever Scott Reid by reaching on an error and Lee Huggins posted a bunt single to load the bases. Joel Collins knocked in the lone run of the game with a bouncer up the middle resulting in an infield hit to end the game. Goodenough tossed eight innings and allowed one run on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

Ronnie Morales earned the win in relief for the Crushers, his third victory of the homestand. He tossed 1.1 innings in relief of Risser to up his record to 4-2. Lee Huggins recorded three of the six Lake Erie hits. Joel Collins added two including the game-winner.

The final homestand of the season continues tomorrow night with a 7:05 p.m. contest against the Kings. The first 1,000 fans will receive a floppy hat. All-Star RHP Josh Roberts (9-5, 2.69) makes his final start of the summer for the Crushers with RHP Jimmy Stanley (1-4, 4.14) countering for the Kings. 


Ø       The walk-off victory was the third in four nights for the Crushers; All four wins on the homestand have been one-run contests

Ø       Joel Collins also posted the walk-off hit on Wednesday night, a 10th inning double to center

Ø       Jake Krause appeared at third base for the first time this season, entering as a defensive replacement in the ninth

Ø       The win was the eighth shutout of the season for Lake Erie, three of which have been 1-0 scores

Ø       The victory assured Lake Erie of at least a .500 season for the second consecutive year

Ø       The crowd marked the 17th gathering of over 3,500 this summer; All Pro Freight Stadium hosted 13 crowds of 3,500+ in the 2009 inaugural campaign