A Page - April 26, 2010

Olmsted Falls goes 2-0 at Kent 

tourney for prostate cancer/breast 

cancer awareness

April 26, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


KENT – Olmsted Falls’ baseball traveled here this past weekend where it went 2-0 at the Cancer Awareness Classic. The Bulldogs wore pink-lettered jerseys made up for the event that was conceived to heighten awareness of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.

On Saturday the Dogs beat Mentor, 7-6. However, Falls’ game against Kenston was postponed in the second inning, with the Bulldogs up 2-1.

Nick Riolo got the win against the Cardinals, and was helped by Chaz McGrain, who got the save. McGrain was also a big help at the plate, stroking the single that produced the go-ahead run in the top of the 7th. Zack Ferster had an inside-the-park home run to provide more offensive punch for Riolo.

Olmsted Falls High School logo

On Sunday, the Dogs topped Kent Roosevelt in 8 innings. McGrain, normally the catcher, came in to pitch the 7th and 8th and struck out 5 batters to garner the win.

“That is not bad for a catcher,” OF coach Dan Largent said. “He throws in the mid-80s from his ear, so he does a good job hiding the ball.”

McGrain has had only three pitching appearances this year, with one ending in a no decision and now the other two in a save and a win, which would be a pretty good batting average on the offensive side figuratively speaking.

Literally speaking on the pitching side, one can’t get much better than McGrain, who has a 0.00 ERA.

Denton Sagerman leads the pitching staff with a 3-1 record, a 2.80 ERA and 30 strikeouts.

Ferster leads the club in hitting with a .388 batting average. Erik Kolar leads in RBIs with 15 and in doubles with six.

Mentor High alumnus and B-W 

Junior Matt Weiss Named OAC 

Men's Golfer of the Week for the 

Third Time in His Career

April 26

By Nick Minerd

BEREA - Baldwin-Wallace College junior Matt Weiss (Concord/Mentor) has been named as the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Golfer of the Week for his performance at the Nye Intercollegiate Tournament this weekend. This is the third time in his career that Weiss has received the OAC weekly honor, the league office announced today.

Weiss placed third overall of 75 golfers in the field at the Nye Intercollegiate hosted by the College of Wooster on Friday and Saturday (April 23-24) at Wooster Country Club.

In round one, Weiss fired a school-record round of 68 on the par-72 layout. He followed with a 79 on day two and finished at 147 strokes for the tournament. Weiss won the Nye Intercollegiate at 152 strokes last season.

For the season, Weiss is second on the team with a 77.27 stroke average in 11 rounds of spring action.

Regina alumna Catherine Kuerbitz 

earns 1/4 of Sprinter of Week 

honors in the NCAC

April 26, 2010

By Keri Alexander Luchowski


WESTLAKE -- Running for Wittenberg, Regina alumna Catherine Kuerbitz earned ¼ of the Sprinter of the Week honor in the North Coast Athletic Conference as a member of the Tigers’ mile relay team.

Women’s Sprint/Hurdles - Kari Domiano, Jordan Stafford, Shawna Johnson, Catherine Kuerbitz, Wittenberg.


The Wittenberg 4x400-meter relay combination of Kari Domiano (Dublin, OH/Coffman), Jordan Stafford (Springfield, OH/Greenon), Shawna Johnson (Ulrichsville, OH/Claymont) and Catherine Kuerbitz (Cleveland, OH/Regina) won the event at the Wilmington Invitational. They posted a time of 3:59.85.

Maddie Schultz

Women’s Field - Madeline Schultz, Oberlin
Oberlin senior Madeline Schultz (Concord, MA/Concord Carlisle) won the NCAC Heptathlon at the conference’s multi-event championships. She successfully defended her title with 4,044 points.



Hudson's Matt McErlean earns 20th 

win of season, tying Denison 

school record' moves to 18th on 

all-time Big Red list

April 26

WESTLAKE - In Men's tennis, DENISON defeated Wooster in its lone match. Sophomore Matt McErlean (Hudson, OH/Hudson) earned his 20th victory of the season. 

He is now tied for first in Denison history for wins in a season and 18th with 31 career victories.

Explorers discover themselves 

ranked in Div. I and II; Solon, 

US, CVCA also ranked in first 

state tennis poll

April 26, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


COLUMBUS – In the first state tennis coaches' poll released tonight, four area teams made the top 10 in Divisions I and II combined.

In a rather interesting “Exploration,” Hudson appeared in both polls, the Explorers getting ranked seventh in Division I and ninth in Division II.

University School came in ranked second in Division II. The Preppers received 76 points but no first-place votes. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy took the fourth-place spot in Division II.

Solon was ranked ninth in Div. 1.




Twinsburg native Pat Havens, a 

B-W Freshman, Named OAC Pitcher 

of the Week

April 26, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA - Baldwin-Wallace College freshman Pat Havens (Twinsburg) has been named as the Ohio Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for his performance on the mound last week, the league office in Austintown announced today.


Havens picked up his first career victory and complete-game in a 9-1 Yellow Jacket win versus Oberlin College on Thursday, April 22. In nine innings of work, Havens allowed one earned run on eight hits and struck out six without walking a batter.

For the season, Havens is 1-2 with a 4.11 earned run average and nine strikeouts in 15 and one-third innings pitched.

The Yellow Jackets, 10-18-1 overall and 4-7-1 in the OAC, are back in action tomorrow (Tuesday, April 27) at rival Otterbein College for a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader in Westerville.

B-W next plays at home on Thursday, April 29 when it hosts non-league foe Notre Dame College (of Ohio) in a varsity and junior varsity doubleheader at 2:00 p.m.


Westlake's DiBiasio, Iggy's 

Sewolich, Avon's Brua turn a West 

Side trifecta in the NCAC 

April 26, 2010

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


WESTLAKE – Westlake High alumnus James DiBiasio, St. Ignatius graduate Ian Sewolich, and Avon High product Phil Brua gave the West Side something to cheer about as all three had stellar baseball weeks in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

[ James DiBiasio ]

James DiBiasio

Playing for Ohio Wesleyan, DiBiasio batted .583, connecting on seven hits in a dozen at bats throughout the week. DiBiasio, whose dad Tony III and uncle Bobby played ball at Lakewood High in the early ‘70s, also scored three runs and drove in four.


Sewolich, a freshman who was also a standout hockey player at Iggy including having the distinction of playing in that six-overtime district final last year, batted .500 for Hiram on a 6-of-12 week that included two runs scored, an RBI and a double.


Brua continued to stay hot on the mound for Oberlin, which is having one of its best seasons ever. Brua set the school record for most saves in a season and most wins in a season. During the week he threw a two-hit shutout at Allegheny. He maintained his control in picking up the complete game, walking no batters and whiffing eight,

In a male cat fight, St. Ignatius 

claws out 3-2 win over Perry to 

advance to the third 

round of the state tournament

April 26, 2010

 By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


St. Ignatius advanced to the third round of the Ohio High School Coaches Tennis Association with tonight’s 3-2 win over Massillon Perry.

St. Ignatius High School logoPanther

The Wildcats (8-2) swept the doubles divisions with comeback wins after being down a set twice and James Oliver won handily at first singles in the successful collection of the three necessary points.


Nate Ott

Oliver breezed to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Panther senior Kyle Krist, but Perry would bounce back with wins at second and third singles. Junior Nate Ott topped Sean Frebes at No. 2 by a 6-1, 7-5 count. Sophomore Jake Lorenz also won in straight sets over Tom Mascia, 6-4, 6-4.



At first doubles the Wildcat variety of the male feline took the Panther with Amar Shah and Mike Nichols prevailing over Perry captain Shawn Hostetler and Mike Moline, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. Chad Burton and Mark Georgy were 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 over James Szittai and Tyler Yoder.

The Viking Report. . .

A Look At What Is Happening In 

Cleveland State Athletics

Men's Golf Attempts To Defend Titles As 

Spring Schedule Winds Down. . .

Softball Heads To Chicago With Eyes On 

Regular Season Title, Baseball Plays Four At 


April 26

By Brian McCann

With three of the six spring championships complete and a fourth in progress, the athletic year at Cleveland State begins to wind down this week as only three of the 17 Viking squads are in action.

The men's tennis team, which defeated UIC on Sunday (April 25) to claim its third straight Horizon League Championship, will wait until next Tuesday (May 4) for the announcement of the pairings for the upcoming NCAA Men's Tennis Championship.

The softball team will play five games this week, including a mid-week doubleheader against Toledo on Wednesday (April 28) at 3:00 p.m. at Viking Field.  CSU will then travel to Chicago for a three-game series at Loyola that could lock up the regular season Horizon League crownd.  The Vikings will face the Ramblers on Saturday (May 1) for two games starting at 2:00 p.m. EDT and then finish the series with a 1:00 p.m. EDT contest on Sunday (May 2).  With a 16-2 league mark, CSU could clinch the title, and the right to host the league tournament from May 13-16, if it wins all three games and second place Valparaiso (9-3) loses two of its six contests.

The baseball team will be at home for five games this week, playing mid-week games against Ohio at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday (April 27) and Bowling Green at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday (April 28) before entertaining UIC for a three-game series over the weekend.  CSU will host the Flames for a single game on Friday (April 30) at 4:00 p.m. and a Saturday (May 1) twinbill at 1:00 p.m.  All five games will be played at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio.



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