A Page -- Nov. 28, 2011 -- PM Edition

Walsh Jesuit’s Drew Miletti commits to Ohio Wesleyan University

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, November 28, 2011 — Walsh Jesuit’s Andrew (Drew) Miletti has made a commitment to continue his academic and athletic career as a Battling Bishop under head coach Tyler Mott with Ohio Wesleyan University. 

Miletti will play for the school’s NCAA Division III baseball program, and becomes the third member of the class of 2012 to advance to the collegiate baseball level.


Heidelberg Hosts Capital in OAC Opener

TIFFIN, Ohio-The Heidelberg University men's basketball team will open Ohio
Athletic Conference play Wednesday, Nov. 30 when it hosts Capital University
at Seiberling Gymnasium in Tiffin, Ohio.  Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Live stats for the game will be available at

Heidelberg (1-2) is coming off a narrow, 67-66 loss at Albion (Mich.)
College (Nov. 22), in which a tip-in at the buzzer beat the 'Berg.  Despite
the loss, four Student Princes scored in double figures, led by senior guard
Darion Capers (Clayton/Trotwood-Madison), who tallied 17 points on a
five-of-seven shooting performance and matched junior honorable mention
All-OAC forward Nate Davis (Dayton/Stivers) for a game-high eight rebounds.

Capital (2-2) is looking to end its two-game losing skid following a 90-76
loss in its home opener against Denison University.  Michael Sommer and
Kelly Winter poured in 22 and 20 points, respectively, against Denison.

Four of five Student Prince starters are averaging better than 10.0 points
per game, led by Capers (16.3), sophomore forward Victor Fortkamp (St.
Henry) (14.7), Davis (12.0) and junior second-team All-OAC guard Dane Giver
(Pittsburgh, Pa./Harvest Prep).  Davis also averages a team-best 8.7
rebounds per game to lead a unit that has posted a plus-11.3 rebounding
margin, and has blocked seven shots.  Junior guard Quentin Aden (Canal
Winchester/Harvest Prep), who has passed for six assists, will direct the

The Crusaders are led in scoring by Spencer Niekamp (16.3 ppg.), Winter
(14.3 ppg.) and Sommer (13.5 ppg.).  Niekamp, Winter and Ben Jackson are
tied for the team-lead with 4.5 rebounds per game and Winter boasts a 2.0
assists-to-turnover ratio.  Capital shoots 48.8 percent (101-of-215) as a
team and averages 32.0 rpg.

Following their conference opener, the Student Princes will face OAC foe
Wilmington College on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Wilmington.

St. Ed alumnus Sam Geiger

Spartan Men’s Swimming & Diving Ranked No. 10 in First CSCAA Poll

CLEVELAND (University Circle) – The Case Western Reserve University men's swimming & diving team has been ranked No. 10 in the nation in the first College Swim Coaches Association of America national poll of the 2011-12 season.

The Spartans, a perfect 8-0 in dual meets, are one of four University Athletic Association teams ranked in the Top 25.

Senior Sam Geiger (Westlake, Ohio/St. Edward), sophomore Nick Clyde (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor) and twin freshmen Alex Haufler(Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) and Eric Haufler (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) each lead the team in three events.

Geiger is the Spartans' top performer in the 500-yard freestyle (4:54.54), 1,000 free (10:09.03) and 1,650 free (17:09.09). Clyde is tops in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.17), 200 individual medley (1:58.20) and 400 IM (4:18.56).

Eric Hauffler leads the squad the the 100 freestyle (47.52 seconds), 200 free (1:45.59) and 100 butterfly (52.15), while Alex Hauffler has the top times in the 50 backstroke (24.91), 100 back (53.53) and 200 back (1:56.36).

School record-breaking sophomore diver Daniel Jacobson (Solon, Ohio/Solon) has top scores on both the one-meter and three-meter boards.

Both the Spartan men and women are in action this Thursday-Saturday, December 1-3 at the annual College of Wooster Invitational. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. each day with finals slated for 7 p.m., 6 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.



Stewart-Bates (L), Shields (R)

Stewart-Bates from Moreland Hills leads Kenyon relays; Broadview’s Jacqui Zola fuels OWU relays

KENYON finished fourth in the team standings at the TYR Invitational, hosted by Northwestern University.

The Lords’ 400 free relay team won its event and recorded an NCAA “A” cut time in the process (2:59.64).


Junior Ian Stewart-Bates (Moreland Hills, OH/University) swam a leg of that relay and earned a solo automatic qualifying time in the 100 freestyle (44.93). Stewart-Bates placed third in the event. 

OHIO WESLEYAN won the five-team Corbiere-Merion Invitational. The Battling Bishops won the 400 medley relay and touched first in the 200 freestyle relay. Sophomore Katie Helfrich (Marysville, OH/Marysville), senior Anne McComas (Beverly Hills, MI/Groves) and freshman Jacquelyn Zola (Brecksville, OH/Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) were all part of both first-place relays.

The trio combined with sophomore Melissa Ward (Delaware, OH/Hayes) to win the 400 medley relay in 4:15.61.

They later were joined by freshman Maggie Helfrich (Marysville, OH/Marysville) to win the 200 free relay in 1:47.10.


HIRAM defeated Westminster, 65-55, in its only action last week. Senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Hts., OH/Bedford) led the Terriers with a game-high 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

In men's basketball, HIRAM senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst, OH/Firelands) scored a career-high 23 points in the Terriers’ 73-68 loss against Bluffton.

Football game pushes back basketball at Mount 


Mount Union's men's basketball game against Otterbein this coming Saturday (Dec. 3) has been pushed back to a 4 pm starting time.

Mount Union is hosting an NCAA Football Playoff National Quarterfinal game against Wabash (Ind.) Saturday at noon across the street at Mount Union Stadium.

Tickets for the basketball game will be available at the door for $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Football ticket information is available - http://athletics.mountunion.edu/information/tickets

Lake Erie To Hold Ryan Rua Night Dec. 1 

During Basketball Doubleheader

Storm Athletics will recognize former baseball All-American 

and school’s first draft pick during men’s game vs. Wayne 



PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College will recognize former Storm baseball All-American Ryan Rua on Thursday night, Dec. 1, at halftime of the men’s basketball Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener against Wayne State.

After a spectacular three-year career which saw the Amherst, Ohio native set school records and become one of the top players in the region, Rua was drafted in the 17th round of June’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Texas Rangers.


He is the first Storm player to be drafted.


“Ryan obviously was a special player for us and now is a tremendous example and ambassador for our program,” said Head Coach Brian McGee.  “When he came into the program, we thought he could be a special player. He became even more than the player we thought or dreamed he could be. We are very proud of how hard he has worked to accomplish what he has accomplished and what he will continue to do in the future.”  


At two different levels in the Rangers’ minor league system this summer, Rua batted .303 with four home runs and 37 RBI in 52 games.  He also stole 10 bases without being caught.


At Lake Erie, Rua holds 15 career or single-season records. In his final season, prior to which he was named one of the top prospects in Division II, he hit .400 with five home runs, 44 RBI and 19 stolen bases and was a first-team All-GLIAC and NABC All-Midwest Region selection as well as a Daktronics® Division II Honorable Mention All-American.


In his three-year career, Rua had a .374 average with 27 home runs and 131 RBI.  He banged out 276 hits and scored 117 runs while swiping 33 bases.


“The statistics speak for themselves,” added McGee. “But Ryan is more than the numbers.  He works extremely hard to better himself and he is very cognizant of where he came from.  He has been back here on campus regularly through the fall working out with the team, helping out at our fall prospects camp and it really means a lot to our players.”


McGee and other LEC dignitaries will take part in a special presentation at halftime with Rua and his family. 


The men’s game against Wayne State is the second of a doubleheader that night at the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.  The Storm women play Wayne State at 6 p.m. while the men will tip-off around 8 p.m.