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Cleveland area will have to wait until 

the end of spring to see a local 

Student/Athlete on a D-I National 

championship team although a half 

dozen did come close this winter

April 10, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor




With the regional gymnastics championships, national men’s hockey championship and national bowling championships going on tonight, the Cleveland area is on the verge of being shutout for the winter season in NCAA Division I, as far as team championships are concerned.


It appears as if, fans of Cleveland area Student/Athletes playing Division I NCAA sports will have to wait until the end of this spring season to see one on a championship team.


However, a few did come close this winter.


Rocky River native Carter Camper and Pepper Pike resident Brandon Smith were on the Miami hockey team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation almost all season before getting eliminated in the Frozen Four semifinals by Boston College Thursday. Ironically, it was Boston University that just sneaked by Miami in the title game last year. Boston U and Boston College have more combined NCAA championships than Tiger Woods has mistresses.

Carter Camper

Carter Camper


The Eagles were playing Wisconsin tonight for all the marbles. Neither the Badgers nor BC nor the other Frozen Four club, Rochester Institute of Technology, have anyone from Northeastern Ohio.

Brandon Smith


In basketball, while Butler, a primary Cleveland State rival, is as close as one is going to get to having representation in the final four, the team did not recruit any players away from CSU or Youngstown State. Duke and West Virginia did not have anyone either.


Delvon Roe
Delvon Roe

Michigan State, which was upset by Butler in the Final Four semis, did have two area guys in St. Edward alumnus Delvon Roe and Canton McKinley product Raymar Morgan.


Morgan was tied for second on the Spartans with 11 points per game, second in rebounds with 222 and third in blocked shots with 25
Raymar Morgan
Raymar Morgan

Roe led the team in blocked shots with 35, was third in rebounding with 185 and fourth in steals with 31.


In the women’s final four in hoops, no one from the Cleveland area played for Baylor, Stanford, Oklahoma or UConn, the champs. Ditto for the women’s Frozen Four as  no gal from the area was recruited to University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, UofM-Duluth, Mercyhurst or Cornell.


No one from Cleveland made it on to the Gainesville for women’s swimming championship team at Florida or to Austin for the men’s title game at U. of Texas. No Cleveland men made it to theGainesville for the Florida indoor track title team or to Eugene for the Oregon women’s title team.

Bill Woods

In the 1980s, Dan Gable had a pipeline to St. Edward with the Heffernan boys Bubba Strauss and others, but no one from the area was on this year’s Iowa championship wrestling team.


Farleigh Dickinson and Nebraska are meeting for the bowling title tonight but no one from Northeastern Ohio will be a part of either’s team’s winning it.


Mary Pozydaev


Penn State won the fencing title last month. Ohio State came close, finishing fourth. Bay’s Bill Woods and Fairview’s Mary Pozydaev swung the swords for the Bucks.


The NCAA is hosting six regional gymnastics championships tonight. UCLA, Stanford, Georgia, Oklahoma, Alabama and Florida are the No. 1 seeds in each region but none have a Clevelander among them.

Baseball - Colly's Complete Game Salvages Split for Mount Union at Muskingum

April 10

By Lenny Reich

(NEW CONCORD, OH)--Mount Union junior Cody Colly (Massillon/Massillon Washington) struck out a season-high seven batters and pitched a complete game, four-hitter in a 5-1 game two victory that salvaged an Ohio Athletic Conference split against Muskingum Saturday in New Concord.  The Muskies edged out the Purple Raiders with a 1-0 eight inning win in game one.

Cody Colly


The split puts Mount Union at 10-9 overall and 2-4 in conference play, while Muskingum is 11-11 overall and 2-2 in the OAC.

Colly did not allow an earned run and won his second straight OAC start to move to 3-1 on the season.

Senior catcher Connor Nell (Powell/Olentangy) and junior leftfielder Britt Williams (Canton/Massillon Jackson) each had two hits as the Raiders took advantage of four Muskie errors to run out to a 5-0 lead in the first five innings.



B-W Women Win Team Title; Men Third at OWU Marv Frye Meet in Delaware

BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s track and field team placed first and the men were third of 15 teams competing at the annual Marv Frye Invitational Meet at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio on Saturday, April 10.  This is the fourth week of spring competition for the Yellow Jackets.

The B-W women scored 97.50 points to capture the team championship and the men had 79 points to finish third.


Individually for the Yellow Jacket men, junior Kevin Phipps (Pataskala/ Watkins Memorial) won both the discus with a throw of 160-feet and nine inches and the hammer with a throw of 190’4”.  In addition, senior Greg Patrick (Collins/ Western Reserve) won the shot put with a throw of 53’7.5."




Hiram College Softball Sweeps Ohio Wesleyan University in Extra Inning NCAC Doubleheader

April 10, 2010

By Jeff Hoedt

DELAWARE, OHIO  –  The Hiram College softball team swept a pair of games against Ohio Wesleyan University today (Saturday, Apr. 10) in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener at Margaret Sagan Field in Delaware, Ohio.  The Terriers defeated the Battling Bishops, 9-4 in game one in nine innings and 4-3 in the nightcap in 10 innings.  

With the victories, Hiram moves above the .500 mark with an 11-9 overall record and are 2-0 in the NCAC.  OWU is now 13-11 overall and 1-3 NCAC.



Yeomen Get Back on Track With a Sweep of Wittenberg; Avon alum Phil Brua sets school saves record

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By Mike Mancini

Oberlin, Ohio -
 Phil Brua set the single-season saves record and Ben Puterbaugh extended his hitting streak to 19 games as the Oberlin College baseball team gutted out a doubleheader sweep of Wittenberg University on Saturday afternoon, winning the lid-lifter 10-9 before taking the nightcap 8-7. 

By busting out the brooms on the Tigers, Oberlin improved its record to 16-9 overall and is just one victory shy of tying the school record for wins in a season. Moreover, the Yeomen are now 6-2 in one-run ball games. 

Rookie Eric Knight finished the day for 4-for-6 with three doubles, three RBI’s and four runs, while Puterbaugh ended 4-for-8 with a pair of doubles. 

In game one the Yeomen found themselves down 5-0 until the fourth inning when they sent two runs across the dish on RBI’s by senior Zach Berman and freshman Matt Fish

The Tigers would strike back with a three-spot in the top of the fifth to make it 8-2, but another pair of Oberlin runs courtesy of Knight and fellow rookie Robin Witjes kept them within striking distance with two full innings left to play.

Oberlin would make Wittenberg pay for letting them hang around as the Yeomen pounded out six hits and also benefited from three Tigers’ errors in the home-half of the sixth inning to take a 10-8 lead. The big hit in the inning came courtesy of Knight, who welcomed relief pitcher Darrin Mumaw into the game by driving the second pitch he saw into the right-center-field gap for a two-run double. Ben KauderMax Phinney and Witjes also had RBI’s in the frame. 

In the top of the seventh things got a little shaky for the Yeomen as Brua had to work around three Oberlin errors to preserve the win and earn his school-recording setting fourth save of the season. However, the Yeomen defense did come through with a huge play as the Tigers tried to tag up from second base on a sac fly to center that scored one run, but Witjes made a perfect throw to cutoff man Jason James who relayed it Puterbaugh at third base to gun down the potential tying-run. 

Freshman Greg D’Agincourt earned his first collegiate win as he tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless relief that saw him allow just two hits while recording three punchouts along the way. 

Game two was a seesaw affair from the start as the two teams traded runs in nearly every inning. The winning run happened to come across in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out balk call that scored Knight who led off the inning with a single, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. 

The Yeomen posted crooked numbers in the second and fourth innings. Oberlin pushed three across the board in the second on run-producing singles by Witjes and Fish, and would add a third on a squeeze bunt by James. 

Puterbugh would put OC on top 7-6 with a two-run double in the fourth, but Wittenberg would tie things up with an unearned run in the fifth before giving it right back with the balk in the bottom of the frame. 

After a bloop single to start the sixth, Brua would strikeout the side and then sit down three of the four hitters he faced in the seventh to increase his school-record saves total to five. 

Softball Secures Milestone Split
Julia Chauvin
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4/10/2010 5:15:16 PM

By Brett Nichols

Oberlin, Ohio – On a day where Oberlin celebrated the dedication of the Mary Culhane Field, the Yeowomen earned a split in doubleheader action dropping the first game 20-0, but rebounding in emphatic fashion to earn the first ever win over Wittenberg in school history - with a 5-run, 2-hit shutout that allowed the final score to read Oberlin 5, Wittenberg 0.

The opening game was all about Wittenberg. The visiting Tigers pounded out eighteen hits and scored twenty runs in a score shortened five inning contest. Nearly half of Wittenberg’s runs came on three three-run bombs, two of which were hit by shortstop Jessica Snyder. Senior flame-thrower Brooke Boswell pitched 4 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before a seeing-eye single by Katie Baldonieri broke up the perfect game.

The Oberlin story though really came in the second game, as the Yeowomen got to Burke with back-to-back-to-back singles by Kristen DixBrittany Dawson, and Julia Chauvin. An error by Wittenberg’s second baseman allowed a run to score and a fielder’s choice pushed another Oberlin run across. Chauvin’s first inning hit was the 100th of her career, making her the first woman in Oberlin Softball History to reach that plateau.

Oberlin was at it again in the second inning with singles from Cheryl Lindslyand Kristine Kuchta. The big hit of the inning was a two-out single by Dawson to score both runners. Chauvin approached the plate and delivered again with an RBI single that scored Dawson.

While the offense clicked early on, senior Jen Sees pitched 5 1/3 innings of no-hit ball of her own to start game two.

Head Coach Adrienne Davis commented, “Jen pitched flawlessly and really pounded the strike zone all game. We have been trying to get her to do that all year and let our terrific defenders make plays. She dealt with the pressure of a no-hitter and some adversity when they broke through late in the game. I thought she executed the game plan seamlessly and was a huge part of this milestone win for our program.”

Wittenberg laced two one-out singles in the sixth inning breaking up the perfect game for Sees; but once again the defense buckled down and retired the side before Wittenberg could even get a runner to third base. 

The terrific defenders that Coach Davis eluded to were in full force on this day.  All game long Chauvin and Kuchta swallowed potential hits on the left side of the infield. At first base Megan Widmer also played spectacular in the field; picking several balls out of the dirt, saving an errant throw from Sees, and making an acrobatic catch over her shoulder in foul territory to record an out in the fifth inning.  Several other terrific plays were made in the outfield.  In fine fashion the defense came through one final time in the top of the seventh as Kuchta turned a scorching ground ball up the middle into a routine looking 6-4 double play to seal the victory.

Coach Davis said, “I couldn’t be more proud of every member of our team. They worked together and everyone contributed in this victory. We played great team defense and were confident in every at bat against a very good pitcher. “

Oberlin played Wittenberg close twice last year before falling 3-2 and 2-1, but it was the improved offense, outstanding team defense and pitching performance from Sees that allowed Oberlin to defeat the Tigers for the first time in school history.
B-W Softball Team Splits Key

OAC Doubleheader at Rival John 


April 10, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA – The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team split a doubleheader with Ohio Athletic Conference and cross-town rival John Carroll University today (Saturday, April 10, 2010) in University Heights. The Yellow Jackets won the opener, 2-1, but dropped the nightcap, 3-2. 

With the split, the Jackets move to 13-8 overall and 4-2 in the OAC. JCU moves to 12-12 overall and 3-3 in the OAC.
Highland alum Tanya Davis

In game one, John Carroll got on the board early with a single run in the bottom of the first, but the Yellow Jackets evened the score in the third when junior catcher Tanya Davis (Hinckley/Medina Highland) singled and senior shortstop Mallory Kobak (Independence) scored on an error. B-W then picked up the winning run in the sixth when junior first baseman Katrina Resek (Strongsville) hit her first homerun of the season.
Katrina Resek 

Reigning OAC Pitcher of the Week Sarah Baker (Mentor/Lake Catholic) was stellar on the mound. She logged the complete game and allowed only four hits and two walks and struck out four.
Sarah Baker

The Yellow Jackets outhit the Streaks 8-3. Davis and Kobak were each 2-for-4 and Kobak stole a base.

In game two, B-W scored twice in the second when Baker scored on a bunt by sophomore centerfielder Meredith Fogg (Sandusky/Senior) and Resek scored on a fielder’s choice by sophomore second baseman Katie Finley (Vermilion). The Blue Streaks tied the score in their half of the inning with a pair of RBI singles and scored the winner on an error in the fourth.
Katie Finley

Baker (11-4) tossed a complete game and allowed three earned runs on six hits and three walks and struck out four. 

At the plate, Davis was 1-for-3 with two stolen basesFogg was 1-for-3 with an RBI. 

McGee Becomes Winningest Coach in 

School History as Storm Outlast 

Charleston, 19-13

April 10, 2010

By Jason TIrotta

PAINESVILLE, OHIO --  Seven players had two or more hits as the Lake Erie College baseball team rallied from a 5-0 first-inning deficit to give head coach Brian McGee his school-record 45thcoaching victory in a wild 19-13 win over the University of Charleston (W. Va.)  today at Appalachian Power Park.


Sophomore Matt Toth (Lorain, Ohio/Admiral King) doubled twice and matched his career-high with four RBI while classmate Matt Vanni (Willowick, Ohio/Benedictine) score five runs.  Those two, along with sophomore DH Matt Lott (Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic), each had three hits as the Storm (12-18) won its second straight to take the three-game series.



Softball – Mount Union Takes Two From Muskingum
Mount Union 9-4, Muskingum 3-0

April 10

By Ryan Fishleigh

(ALLIANCE, OH)--Mount Union's softball team belted out 25 hits, blasted three homers and got two strong pitching performances in sweep of Muskingum in an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader today at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

Mount Union has now won three games in a row to go to 15-11 overall and even its OAC record at 3-3, while Muskingum falls to 13-13 overall and 3-3 in the OAC.



Senior shortstop Meghan Simons (Minerva/Minerva) had three hits and drove in four runs including her team-leading sixth home run of the season. 



Yellow Jackets Defeat OAC Rival 

John Carroll, 7-2, and Division 

II Lake Erie, 9-0

By Kevin Ruple

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women's tennis team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference and Cleveland cross-town rivalJohn Carroll University, 7-2, and beat non-league foe NCAA Division II Lake Erie College, 9-0, today (Saturday, April 10) at Purvis Park in University Heights. B-W has now won six matches in a row.

With its win, B-W improves to 9-7 overall and a perfect 3-0 in the OAC, while JCU fell to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the OAC. Lake Erie is now 0-6 overall.


Against John Carroll, the Yellow Jackets took a 2-1 lead in doubles the number one duo of junior Caitlyn Pecinovsky (Whitehall/ Bishop Hartley) and freshman Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Elyria Catholic) won 8-5, and the No.3 team of junior Katy Marshall (Medina/ Senior) and senior Andrea Essig (Conneaut/ Ashtabula Edgewood) also won 8-2.



B-W Women's Golf Team Places 

Ninth at Capital Purple & White 


By Kevin Ruple

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women's golf team shot a final round 407 on the second and final day today (Saturday, April 10) of the 2010 Capital University Purple & White Invite at Foxfire G.C. in Lockbourne.

The Yellow Jackets were short-handed this weekend as two players failed to make the trip due to illness.

Brooke Hamilton

On day two, freshman Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) led the Jackets with a 94 on the par-72 and 6,576-yard course. Freshman Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/St. Joseph Academy) shot 96 on day two and tied for Kapusta for the team tournament lead at 201 strokes.



Yellow Jackets Defeat Rival John 

Carroll, 7-2, 

By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College men’s tennis team defeated Ohio Athletic Conference and cross-town rival John Carroll University, 7-2, today (Saturday, April 10, 2010) at the “Pop” Collins Courts in Berea to improve to 13-1 overall and 3-0 in the OAC this season.  The Yellow Jackets have now won seven matches in a row.

John Carroll gained an early 2-1 advantage after doubles play as the B-W duo of sophomores Taylor Long (Ashland/ Senior) and Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) won 8-5 at second doubles.


However in singles play, the Yellow Jackets won all six matches, five of which came in straight sets. At first singles, Trzeciak won a key matchup with JCU freshman Ryan Mullaney, 6-3, 6-2. Junior No. 2 Matt Lachman (Cleveland Heights/ Lakewood St. Edward), senior No. 3 Andy Redd (Archbold), freshman No. 4 Joe Horvath (North Royalton) and junior No. 5 Sam Burris (Wooster/Senior) all were victorius in straight sets. Freshman No. 6 Tyler Beaton (Bemus Point, N.Y./ Maple Grove) also won in three sets, 6-0, 3-6, 6-0.

John Carroll drops to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the OAC.



Men's Tennis Drops Final GLCA Match to Albion
Joe Leffler

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By Wes Davis

Granville, Ohio – The Oberlin College men’s tennis squad concluded play this morning in the Great Lakes College Association Tournament with a match against Albion College. The Britons notched an 8-1 win over the Yeomen.

Joe Leffler and Sam Towne, Oberlin’s No. 2 pairing in doubles play, were the lone winners in today’s match. They defeated Albion’s Ben Miller and Billy Sessions 8-3.

In the top spot for the Yeomen Ben Godlove and Eliot Heaton had the match slip from their fingers. The Briton’s Jonny Vinson and Brent Parshall edged out a 9-8 (8-6) win.

#Sergion Sanchez hitting six singles today battled with Dave Blake but struggled to finish a couple set points leading to a 7-6 (7-0), 7-5 setback.

Towne squared off against Sessions for the second time in the match at No. 4 singles, however in singles action Session ended with the victory using identical 6-4 sets to take the match.
Blustery Day for OC Track & Field

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By Brett Nichols

Delaware, Ohio – The men’s and women’s track & field teams traveled to the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University to compete in the Marv Frye Invite. The women finished with 59.5 points (6-of-15 teams) while the men scored 46 (7-of-15 teams).

The highlight of the day on the men’s side came from junior Josh Gallagher. The West Harrison, New York native set a personal best and Oberlin school record with a toss of 139-04 in the hammer throw. The school record distance was good enough for 8th place in a very competitive field. Gallagher also finished fourth in the discus with a throw of 147-01.

For the women, the relay team of Madeline SchultzLaura VernonAmanda Miller, and Marissa Clardy provided some excitement of their own as they won the 4x400 meter relay in a time of 4:03.64.

Clardy, the first-year from Kittanning, Pennsylvania also took third place in the 400-meter dash, crossing the line in 59.89 seconds. Seth Wimberly equaled Clardy’s finish for the Oberlin men. Wimberly stopped the clock at 50.35 seconds, which also gave the Yeomen third place.

Also performing well for Oberlin was Stephen Williams who battled the elements to finish second in the 3000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 9:46.25.

Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said, “Both our teams really competed hard today. Unfortunately despite the sunshine, it was pretty windy here and difficult to post a really good time or distance.”

Hiram College Baseball Earns Split Against Kenyon College

April 10, 2010

GAMBIER, OHIO  –  The Hiram College baseball team ended a 15-game winless streak with a two-game split against Kenyon College today (Saturday, Apr. 10) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Gambier. 

With the split, the Terriers are now 4-21 overall and 1-11 in the NCAC.  The Lords are now 8-13 overall and 5-7 NCAC.

In game one, Kenyon jumped out of the gate early scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Hiram narrowed the gap to 5-1 in the top of the second inning thanks to a RBI double by sophomore infielder Randy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes).

 The Lords began to pull away with four runs in the bottom of the inning making the score 9-1.  The Terriers scored their final run of the game in the third on a solo homerun by freshman outfielder Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius).  Kenyon went on add a run in the third, two in the fourth, four in the fifth and one in the sixth to cruise to the 17-2 final.


Hiram recorded four hits in the game with Sewolich, Miller, sophomore infielder Steve Dunn (Westlake) and junior outfielder Doug Adkins (Frazeysburg/Riverview) each reaching base safely. 

On the mound, freshman Travis Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local) started the game and pitched two innings allowing nine runs on 10 hits and struck out four batters.  He would also be credited with the loss and is now 0-5 for the season.  Junior Eric Schaffer (Kent/Roosevelt) and freshman Josh Weber (Lorain/Clearview) both pitched two innings of relief.  Schaffer gave up three runs on three hits and had two strikeouts.  Weber allowed five runs on six hits and had a strikeout.


In game two, Hiram scored the game’s first run in the top of the third inning to grab an early lead, but Kenyon answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning to lead 2-1.  The Terriers regained control with a five run fourth inning that included a two-RBI double by senior All-NCAC infielder Kyle Kovach (Garfield Heights) and a three-run homer by Sewolich, his second homerun of the day and team-leading fourth of the season, making the score 6-2.  Kenyon got one of those runs back in the fourth and both teams traded runs in the fifth to make the score 7-4.  The Lords came back to tie the game at 7-7 with a three-run sixth, but Hiram took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the seventh for the 9-7 win.

Hiram totaled 12 hits in the second game and was led by Sewolich who finished three-of-five with a run scored and three RBI.  Adkins finished the game two-of-four with two runs scored and a RBI.  Travis Richey also recorded a pair of hits going two-of-four with a run scored and a RBI.

Freshman Mike LaLonde (Willowick/South) got the start at pitcher in the nightcap and pitched four innings allowing four runs on 10 hits and had three strikeouts.  Junior Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brashear) pitched an inning of relief and gave up one run on no hits and struck out one batter.  Junior Andy Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) pitched the final two innings to grab the win and improve to 2-3 overall.  He allowed two runs on four hits.