A Page - June 2, 2010

Brian Harrison

St. Edward alumnus, Westlake 

native Brian Harrison is new 

Baldwin-Wallace baseball coach

June 2, 2010

By Kevin Ruple

Baldwin-Wallace College has selected University of Dayton Assistant Coach Brian Harrison to succeed Dr. Bob Fisher as its baseball coach.  Fisher retired this spring after 42 seasons and 700 victories.

Harrison, who is a graduate of Lakewood St. Edward and grew up in Westlake, also served as the Head Coach at Cuyahoga Community College and Urbana University before assisting at Dayton.

"Baldwin-Wallace College is pleased to announce Brian Harrison as its baseball coach," said Athletic Director Kris A. Diaz.  "Coach Harrison brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and talent to our program, and we feel that he can take the Yellow Jackets to the next level."

Woodridge High School 

Senior Bickel to Wrestle 

at Mount Union

June 2

(ALLIANCE)—Woodridge High School senior Zach Bickel has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the wrestling team.

Bickel, was a 4-year letterwinner and a state tournament qualifier for coach Mike Massey at Woodridge High School.

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution an hour southeast of Cleveland, is coached by fourth year head coach Mark Hawald and has finished second in the Ohio Athletic Conference for a second straight year, had three wrestlers advance to the NCAA Championships and one of those wrestlers earned All-American honors for a second straight year.

Bickel plans to study Sport Business and is the son of Chuck Bickel and Cyndi Montoney of Cuyahoga Falls.


Mentor High School Football
Mentor High School Senior 

Dan Cowdrick to Play 

Football at Mount Union

June 2, 2010

(ALLIANCE)—Mentor High School senior Dan Cowdrick has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the football team this Fall.

Cowdrick, a 6-0, 265-pound defensive lineman, was an all-district, all-county, all-league and team MVP for coach Steve Trivisonno at Mentor High School.  He was a team captain, three-year starter who had 147 tackles and 16 sacks over 43 games including two state championship games.

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution an hour southeast of Cleveland, went 14-1 last season, won its 18th consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the Stagg Bowl, national championship game, for the fifth year in a row.  Mount Union has won a record 10NCAA Division III National Championships and head coach  Larry Kehres begins his 25th season as head football coach with a 289-22-3 record.  The Purple Raiders open the 2010 season Saturday, Sept. 11 at 2 pm (Eastern time) at The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Cowdrick plans to study Sport Business and is the son of Jake and Julie Cowdrick of Mentor.

Rascals’ nine-month 

wait is over; finally 

find winning formula 

again against the 



June 2, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com Editor



AVON – The River City Rascals, runners up in the Frontier League last year, snapped a four-game losing streak against the defending champion Lake Erie Crushers with a 2-1 win tonight here in All Pro Freight Stadium, before 2,592 fans.


The last time the Rascals defeated the Crushers was in the second game of the Frontier League Championship Series in September in St. Louis. The Crushers won the last three games of the series to win the pennant.


It not only snapped the four-game spell the Crushers have had over the Rascals but also prevented the hosts from extending their season winning streak to three games, which would have been their longest of the season.


Lake Erie had a chance to come back in loading the bases with three walks in the eighth inning, forcing River City to use four pitchers in the inning. However, they could not score, leaving the bases loaded to end the inning on a called third strike.


Dom Duggan tripled with one out in the ninth, but he was left stranded.

Eddie Tisdale

LE 1B Eddie Tisdale, Tonight's Player of Game


A two-double second inning gave the Crushers a 1-0 lead that was short lived. Eddie Tisdale and Lee Huggins creamed two-baggers (with an out between their respective at bats) for the early lead.


The Rascals dittoed the two-double inning with one of their own in the top of the third, with Scott Robinson and Steve Holdren juxtaposing them in the back-to-back variety after Doug Sanders singled.


Starting pitcher Travis Risser then bore down, retiring the next three batters and closing the top half of the inning with the hosts down only 2-1.



Buffington, Dunbar, 

Konstan boys, Bernier, 

Aleman earn First 

team all state tennis 


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com Editor




COLUMBUS – Westlake’s Colton Buffington and Cloverleaf’s Ethan Dunbar made first team all state in Division I, while Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy’s Alex Aleman and Will and Lou Konstan, and Canton Central Catholic’s Colin Bernier made it in Division II, the Ohio High School Tennis Coaches Association announced today.


Locals making second team were Walsh Jesuit’s Garrett Cona and Matt Spittler, and Hudson’s Steve Boslet and Pat Ohanian made second team in Division I.


Making second team in Div. II were Norwalk’s Trevor Bowers, University School’s Billy Lennon and Nick Smedira, and Beachwood’s Mark Goldberg and Ricky Bortz.

Spittler and Cona 

CVCA finished second in the state in the team tourney in D-II, while Jackson finished fourth in D-I.

Bostlet and Ohanian

West Geagua High School Senior 

Anthony Rodriquez to Play 

Baseball at Mount Union

June 2, 2010

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE)—West Geagua High School senior Anthony Rodriquez has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the baseball team.

Rodriquez, a 5-10, 165-pound pitcher, was an all-conference selection for coach Jay Kletecka at West Geagua High School.

Mount Union, an NCAA Division III institution, is coached by Paul Hesse who enters his 15th year in the dugout and is one of only 11 coaches in the history of the Ohio Athletic Conference to win over 200 career games.

Rodriquez plans to study sport business and is the son of Steve and Kathy Rodriquez of Chesterland, Ohio.

Collinwood native 

Cecil Shorts III 

tabbed pre-season 

All American; Mount 

ranked No. 2 

nationally in two 

polls; ONU, Witt, 

Case Reserve also 


June 2, 2010

By Lenny Reich

The release of preseason annual magazines from Lindy’s and The Sporting News signal the rise toward the start of the 2010 football season and the Mount Union football team is again prominently featured in both publications.

Both publications have the Purple Raiders ranked No. 2 in each preseason top-25 poll.

Mount Union's Stagg Bowl opponent in each of the last five seasons and defending national championUniversity of Wisconsin-Whitewater holds down the top spot in each poll.

Fellow OAC member Ohio Northern is ranked No. 11 in both polls and both publications listed thePolar Bears visit to Mount Union Stadium on Oct. 2 as a national game to watch.

Another conference rival in Otterbein is ranked No. 24 by the Sporting News, while scrimmage partner Washington & Jefferson (PA) is listed at No. 13 by Sporting News and No. 21 by Lindy's.
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Cecil Shorts III

Seniors in wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (Cleveland/Collinwood) and linebacker Sam Kershaw (West Jefferson/West Jefferson) are preseason All-America first team selections in both publications.

Copies of both publications are available at local newsstands.

Mount Union opens the 2010 season against the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 2 pm.

Lindy’s Preseason Top 25
1. Wisconsin-Whitewater
2. Mount Union
3. Wesley (DE)
4. Linfield (OR)
5. Trine (IN)
6. Bethel (MN)
7. Delaware Valley (PA)
8. St. John's (MN)
9. Wittenberg
10. Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX)
11. Ohio Northern
12. Johns Hopkins (MD)
13. Central (IA)
14. St. John Fisher (NY)
15. North Central (IL)
16. Ithaca (NY)
17. Willamette (OR)
18. Thomas More (KY)
19. Monmouth (IL)
20. Mississippi College
21. Washington & Jefferson (PA)
22. Wartburg (IA)
23. Bridgewater (VA)
24. Otterbein
25. Augustana (IL)

The Sporting News Preseason Top 25
1. Wisconsin-Whitewater
2. Mount Union
3. Linfield (OR)
4. St. John's (MN)
5. Wesley (DE)
6. Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX)
7. Delaware Valley (PA)
8. Wittenberg
9. Central (IA)
10. St. Thomas (MN)
11. Ohio Northern
12. Thomas More (KY)
13. Washington & Jefferson (PA)
14. North Central (IL)
15. Johns Hopkins (MD)
16. Monmouth (IL)
17. Hardin-Simmons (TX)
18. Coe (IA)
19. Trinity (TX)
20. Trine (IN)
21. Wisconsin-Stout
22. Hampden-Sydney (VA)
23. Wabash (IN)
24. Case Western Reserve
25. Franklin & Marshall (PA)