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Hutson clan leads St. V. to Poland 

title; CVCA on the daily double as 

runner-up; distance field goes 

"Exploring" to catch Williams, Sauers 

April 25, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


POLAND -- St. Vincent-St. Mary and and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy took the top two spots in the women’s division and CVCA also took second in the boys division behind Warren Harding at the 15th Annual Poland Invitational Track Meet.

The Irish gals were led by Erica Hutson, who won the 400-meter dash; Emily Tomei, Sam Kirk, Tessa Weigand, and Marie Anone, who won the 3,200 relay. Hutson and Weigand were joined by Rachel Hutson and Chelsea Laury in winning the mile relay as well.

The Royals had Rachel Miller, Lisa Worthey, Chanel VanDyke, and Taylor James win both the 4000 and 800 relays. CVCA’s boys had Matt Mucha, Marl Talbott, Ross Crocker and Brad Adams win the two-mile relay.

In the girls’ distance races, runners had to do some “Exploring” to catch the Hudson runners. Caroline Sauers won the two-mile and Angela Williams won both the mile and half mile for Hudson.

Elisio Hairston won the long jump for Cornerstone Christian Academy.

Forge alum Brittany Sostre blasts 
two home runs; Chanel alumna 
Jamie Wodecki,  Vermilion grad 
Brittany Athey also go downtown for 
PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Despite hitting four home runs, the Lake Erie College softball team couldn’t keep up with a suddenly rolling Hillsdale College offense as the Chargers banged out 23 hits in a 15-8, 10-0 doubleheader sweep of the Storm at Slattery Field on Saturday (April 24).
Junior Brittany Sostre (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge/Walsh) hit a pair of home runs and drove in a season-high five runs in the opener for the Storm (8-32), but a seven-run fourth inning propelled the Chargers (12-26) to victory.
Sostre singled in two runs in the first and another in the third as Lake Erie took a 4-1 lead. Hillsdale took advantage of a pair of Storm errors in the top of the fourth and got a two-out, two-run single from Kellie Hirst to cap the seven-run frame and take the lead.
Sophomore Jamie Wodecki (Northfield, Ohio/St. Peter Chanel) led off the bottom of the fourth with her first home run of the season and with one out, sophomore Brittany Athey (Vermillion, Ohio/Vermillion) went deep for her first career round-tripper. The two homers, which both went to left field, cut the deficit to 8-6.
Sostre’s solo shot in the fifth made it a one-run game, but the Chargers responded with three runs in the sixth, highlighted by Kate Hoop’s two-run single, and added four more in the seventh. Sostre added another solo homer in the seventh, tying the school single-game record with her second bomb and matching her career high with her fourth hit, but Brittany Hulett set the next three hitters down in order to close it out.
Miriam McKay hit a home run in the opener as part of the Chargers 13-hit attack while three players each scored three runs for Hillsdale. One of those players was Kellie Hirst, who drove in three runs with her bat and earned the win in the circle. Hirst (3-4) allowed three runs on three hits in 3 2/3 innings of relief.
After a scoreless first in game two, Devon Trimmer hit a two-run double as part of a three-run second and then cleared the bases with a three-run double during a five-run third to put the Chargers ahead 8-0. Taylor Schulty (4-11) held the Storm to just three hits over five shutout innings.
Brunswick's Megan Foley
After four hits in the opener, Sostre went 0-for-3 in game two. Athey, sophomore Haley Rathge (Edon, Ohio/Napoleon) and sophomore Megan Foley (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick), who had two hits and scored twice in game one, each had a hit in game two.
Trimmer finished 3-for-4 in the nightcap, driving in five. She also drove in a run in game one.   
Sophomore Sam Ronde (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg) suffered the defeat in both games for the injury-depleted Storm pitching staff, but was not helped out by five Lake Erie errors in the opener.
The Storm will look to put an end to its current six-game losing streak on Wednesday, April 28, when it hosts Ohio Valley University at 3 p.m.

Women's Golf – Mount Union Places Third at OAC Championship; Mary Snode Tied For 11th Overall




Mary Snode finished tied for 11th at the OAC Championship.

(CHESTERLAND, OH)--Mount Union posted a team score of 375-368=743 to finish in third place at the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championship at Fowlers Mill Golf Course in Chesterland, Ohio.

Otterbein defended its title and advanced to the NCAA Championships with a two-day total of 668 (337-331).  Ohio Northern was second with a 685 (346-339).

Mount Union had its highest finish in the championship since a 2nd place finish seven years ago (2003).

Kelsey Tosca of Otterbein won medalist honors with a 162 (83-79).

Mount Union was led by sophomore Mary Snode (Alliance/Marlington) who carded a 175 (90-85) to finish in 11th place.

Junior Erica Swanger (Shelby/Shelby) matched her best round of the year with a 92 on Sunday to finish with a 186 (94-92).

Junior Meghan McInnes (Massillon/Massillon Jackson) was next with a 190 (97-93) followed by sophomore Megan Zenobi (Novelty/West Geagua) with a 192 (94-98) while freshman Alyssa King (Twinsburg/Twinsburg) with a 101-103=204 rounded out the rest of the scores for Mount Union.

Schultz Wins Second Straight NCAC Combined Events
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Heptathlon Results l Decathlon Results

Oberlin –
 For the second straight season Madeline Schultz has won the NCAC Combined Events as she finished with 4,044 points at this year’s event. 

Competing in her first outdoor heptathlon, sophomore Ryann McChesneyplaced eighth with 3,235 points. 

In the men’s decathlon Vlad Bursic placed fifth with 3,940 points. 

The efforts of Schultz and McChesney gave the Yeowomen 11 team points towards the overall total in the NCAC Championships, while Bursic registered four points for the Yeomen. 

The NCAC Championships takes place next weekend on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University. 
Sharp Shooting Offense Makes for Super Senior Day
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Box Score

 – Women’s Lacrosse wrapped up their 2010 campaign with a dazzling 19-12 win over the Cardinals of North Central College underneath bright sunny skies at home this weekend.

The Yeowomen jumped out of the gates quickly as first-year Green Mountain state native Grace Amber buried a shot into the back of the net with only 19 seconds off the game clock. Fellow first-year Molly Bloom scored the games’ second goal shortly thereafter, and junior Alison Masyr gave Oberlin a 3-0 lead only three minutes and change into the contest.

The scorching Oberlin offense continued its roll throughout the first half as Bloom and Amber each added two more goals in the opening session. Joining the first-year, first half barrage, was Ilyssa Meyer who also netted a hat trick in the first frame. After a dominating performance in the first period, Oberlin led 13-4.

The second half played out differently as North Central scored the first two goals to cut the Oberlin lead to seven. A nifty goal from Alice Zicht, who received a pass from Meyer over the back of the net and one-timed a shot past the North Central goalie, finally got Oberlin back on the board with 24:10 remaining.

Back and forth play shaped much of the second period as the visiting Cardinals chipped the lead down to five with 9:04 left in the game. Oberlin’s youth closed the door though, scoring three of the games' last four goals to secure a wire-to-wire 19-12 victory.

While the scoreboard displayed a solid victory for the Yeowomen, for those who were in attendance the game was played closer than the scoreboard revealed. “Madeleine O’Meara was fantastic in the net today” said Oberlin co-coach Nancy Boutilier. “She stepped up and made one save after another, stopping North Central’s very talented attack. Her play in goal really allowed us the chance to get the lead and hold on as they unleashed a relentless attack on us down the stretch.” 

O’Meara made 18 saves, many of which seemed to come from a point-blank range. While the Oberlin defense held strong, stopping 60% of the Cardinal shots on goal, the Oberlin offense was equally stellar, as the Yeowomen were able to cash in on nearly 70% of the shots they put on net.

Zicht finished the season with one of her best games of the year scoring four times and assisting on four others. Amber and Meyer tied for the game-high in goals scored with five each. Also scoring for the Yeowomen were Bloom (3), Masyr (1), and Lori Sako (1).

Co-Coach Deb Ranieri said, “I am so proud of the way our girls competed all season long. This is a great way to send Maddie Fierstein out. She has been a great competitor for our program, a wonderful person to have around and we will definitely miss her.”

Oberlin finishes the season 4-11, and will return an impressive young nucleus of players who gained valuable experience this spring.



Wooster wins 10th consecutive NCAC 

East title with back-to-back sweeps 

of Hiram in 28-hour span 

April 25, 2010

By Hugh Howard

WOOSTER – The College of Wooster wrapped up the North Coast Athletic Conference East Division title for the 10th consecutive year on Sunday by completing a weekend sweep of Hiram College with 18-4, 5-1 wins, the second game being called during the bottom of the sixth inning due to inclement weather at Art Murray Field.


With the divisional crown, Wooster (31-7, 13-3 NCAC East) will be one of the top seeds at this week’s NCAC Tournament and will play the second-place team from the other division, Wabash College (18-21, 9-7 NCAC West), in a match-up scheduled for Thursday, April 29, at Chillicothe, Ohio.

Wooster swept a double header yesterday over the Terriers, 14-0, 15-3.

Matt DeGrand

Matt DeGrand

In  the first game today, Cuyahoga Falls native Mike DeBord reached base three times and St. Vincent-St Mary grad Matt DeGrand had a pinch-hit single.


 St. Ignatius product Ian Sewolich had one Hiram's seven hits in the first game and also scored a run. Garfield Heights native Kyle Kovach had one of the three Terrier hits in the second game.


Brunswick native Amanda Macenko earns CSU single-season record 30th win today

April 25, 2010

By Brian McCann

CLEVELAND - Amanda Macenko threw a five-hitter to pick up her school record 30th win of the season and Cleveland State won for the second time this weekend while being one-hit as the Vikings completed the sweep of Butler with a 2-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Viking Field.

Cleveland State improved to 36-11 on the year while Butler slipped to 35-14. More importantly, CSU improved to 16-2 in league play, leaving them one win shy of the league record for conference wins in a season. With a .889 winning percentage with six games to go, the Vikings are considerably ahead of second place Valparaiso (9-3, .750) in the battle for first place and the right to host the upcoming Horizon League Championship.

"We really battled today at the plate," CSU head coach Angie Nicholson said. "We knew that with (Jenny) Esparza throwing, that our opportunities would be limited so we needed to make the most of every trip to the plate. We did just that, being very disciplined and choosing our pitches wisely.

"We played real well in every other phase of the game. Amanda threw another awesome game, our defense was solid behind her and we ran the bases well. That is exactly what we need to do in a close game," Nicholson added.

With Macenko battling Bulter's Esparza in the circle for the third straight game, neither team had many good scoring opportunities.

Butler had a two-out double by Melissa Shofroth in the second and had runners on first and second with one out in the third but could not take advantage of either opportunity.

The Vikings managed just a pair of walks off of Esparza in the first three innings, but the Butler ace lost her accuracy in the fourth. She walked Katelyn Ciminelli to open the inning and then hit both Gordon and Amy Powellto load the bases. A wild pitch allowed the first run to score and, after Gabby Gillilan walked to load the bases again, Mimi Mahon battled back from being down in the count to draw a walk to score the second Viking run. 

Amanda Macenko moved into 25th place on the NCAA career wins list with her 110th victory on Sunday

That was all for Esparza, who was relieved by Breanna Fisher. Fisher induced Megan Bashak to strike out andJessica Burt to ground out to first to end the inning.

Butler got on the scoreboard in sixth when Meagan Sullivan, Lauren McNulty and Devin Dearing each singled, the last being a line drive up the middle that allowed Sullivan to score from second to cut the CSU lead to 2-1.

Macenko bore down, striking out Shofroth to end the inning and then set the Bulldogs down in order to secure the win.

As it did in the series opener, Cleveland State finally put a hit on the board in its final at bat when Amy Powellripped a single throught he hole between third and short to open the sixth inning.

Macenko was the winner to improve to 30-11 on the year and claim her 110th career victory, tying her for 25th place on the NCAA career wins list. She allowed five hits, striking out seven and walking just one.

Amanda Macenko

Brunswick alumna Amanda Macenko

Esparza slipped to 17-7 on the year, allowing two runs on no hits in three and a third innings of work. She struck out three but walked five and hit two batters.

The Vikings have a pair of mid-week doubleheaders scheduled this week, hosting Kent State on Tuesday (April 27) and Toledo on Wednesday (April 28) at Viking Field before traveling to Chicago for a three-game series at Loyola over the weekend (May 1-2).

B-W Women's Golf Team Places 

Sixth at OAC Championship 


By Nick Minerd

BEREA -- The Baldwin-Wallace College women’s golf team finished sixth of nine teams on the second and final day (Sunday, April 25) of the 2010 Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament played at the Fowlers Mill Golf Club in Chesterland, Ohio.

The Yellow Jackets had a round-two total of 380 strokes on the par-71 and 5,815-yard Fowlers Mill layout.  Combined with a 386 from day one, B-W shot 766 for the tournament.

Otterbein College won the team title at 668 strokes and was followed in the top five by Ohio Northern University (685), Mount Union College (743), Heidelberg University  (759) and John Carroll University (759).

"I'm very proud of how the team competed this weekend," said second-year Head Coach Sean Strickland. "While we didn't accomplish our ultimate goal (of winning a championship), we did shoot our two best rounds of the spring."

Leading the way for the Yellow Jackets on day two was freshman Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) with a career-best 85. The round also tied freshman Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) for the team season-best.

Brooke Hamilton

Also on day two, Hamilton was second at 89, freshman Sarah Terrill (Cuyahoga FallsCuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) shot 101, and freshman Emily Eighmy (Erie, Pa./ Villa Maria Academy) rounded out the scoring at 105. Junior Nicole Carlone (Canton/ Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas) shot 107.

Sarah Terrill

This was the final tournament for the season for B-W.

"It was a definite positive to finish the season strong, especially considering how many freshman we had playing for us," noted Strickland. I definitely like the direction the program is heading, especially with the next group of freshman we have coming into our program. The future looks very bright for B-W women's golf."

Yeomen Take Care of Carthage
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Oberlin – The Oberlin College men’s lacrosse team used a powerful offense and stingy defense to upend the visiting Carthage College Red Men 17-10 on Sunday afternoon at Fred Shults Field. 

Sophomore sensation Dylan Holmes continued to impress as he led the way with five scores. Senior Erik Strand racked up seven points on the day, finishing with two goals and five assists.

Thomas Hake and Rob Bond each found the back of the cage three times, while Alex Jacobs and Connor Jackson put in a pair of goals of their own. 

The Yeomen (4-7) were in a dog fight early on as the score was tied at five after one quarter of play. However, in the second period the Yeomen defense really buckled down as they allowed the Red Men to trigger just three shots in the sessions, while adding five goals of their own to lead 10-6 at the break. 

In the third in was more of the same as Carthage (7-5) netted just two goals, while Oberlin would add three more – one of those being a man-up goal by Holmes. OC finished the day 4-of-9 on man-up chances. 

Leading 13-8 going into the final frame, the Yeomen kept the pressure on, adding four more scores with two coming courtesy of Hake. 

Oberlin had a slight 35-33 edge in shots, but won the groundball battle 30-18. The Yeomen were also successful on 18-of-22 clear attempts. 

The Yeomen return to action on Wednesday night when they play host to Kenyon College at 5:30 p.m.