A Page April 26, 2011

White-Dzuro (L) and Shah

Yeowomen upset nationally ranked Witt;

move to 4-1 and challenging for  NCAC


By Wes Davis

Oberlin, Ohio - The Oberlin College women's tennis team continues to bounce North Coast Athletic Confernce foes from the court.  The Yeowomen competing for the third straight day defeated Wittenberg University, ranked 18th in the Central Region, by a 5-3 scoreline to improve to 4-1 in the conference standings.

Today's NCAC win garuntees the Yeowomen of at least the third seed in next weekend's conference championships.

The Wittenberg Tigers jumped out in front after doubles action taking two of three matches.  The Yeowomen's second pairing of Ariel Lewis and Carolyn Ball looked to be in serious trouble trailing 7-3 but got Oberlin off on the right foot defeating Emma Bilyeu and Leah Ann Miller in dramatic fashion claiming six straight games to win 9-7. 

In the top spot the Tigers' Maggie Stewart and Anne Beauch were able to get past Finley Gates and Rebecca Brown 8-5.

The Wittenberg duo of Jayne Miely and Rachel Bundy, at No. 3, managed their way back into the match after trailing 7-3 to Preeya Shah and Brie White-Dzuro.  At 7-6 the OC partnership had triple match point opportunities to earn the win but the Tigers celebrated the win claiming a final score of 9-8 (7-1). 

"Today's win was all about heart, gutting it out and grit.  We did not play the quality of tennis that we did in the previous two matches but the girls found the way to win today.  This win may actually be more gratifying for those reasons," commented head coach Constantine Ananiadis.

Lewis' win in the top singles spot put Oberlin back on even footing with the dual match even at 2-2.  She won easily in straight sets over Miller 6-1, 6-2 winner her tenth singles match in a row and to remain unbeaten in NCAC play.

At No. 3 Shah put down the Tigers' Beauch 6-1, 6-1 providing Oberlin with a slim lead.  Wittenberg would claim victory at No. 2 singles to make the match interesting at 3-3.

Ball and White-Dzuro came through at the bottom of the line up winning crucial matches providing the Yeowomen with their third straight conference win.

In the fouth spot Ball defeated Maggie Stewart 6-4, 6-2 while White Dzuro, hitting sixth, remains unbeated in conference play after winning 6-1, 6-1 over Kristin Wright.

Ananiadis noted, "Their were a couple of strange doubles matches today, at No. 2 we probably shouldn't have won but Ariel and Carolyn rolled off six games to win and the loss at No. 3 could have caused lots of problems but Preeya and Brie each entered singles deteremined to win and they both did quite easily."

Oberlin (11-10, 4-1 NCAC) will round out NCAC play with their final regular season match at Kenyon College, ranked 12th in the region.  The match is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Oberlin Men Pose Greater Challenge

In NCAC Golf Tourney

By Mike Mancin

Wooster, Ohio – Despite tough playing conditions, the Oberlin College men’s golf team was able to shave off six strokes from their team total from yesterday as they checked in at 369 on the day.

“It pretty much rained throughout, but I thought our guys did a great job battling through it to play some solid golf today,” Head CoachBrett Nichols said.

Rookie Will Gautier was the low man of the day for the Yeomen as he finished with a score of 90, reducing his round-one total by seven strokes. He got things started with a birdie on No. 1 and continued to play well on the back nine, where he shot 43. The Norwich, Vermont, native wrote down six four’s on his scorecard today and finished with three pars and three bogeys over his final six holes.

Sophomore Sean Downgray matched his day-one total with a score of 91. He posted a 44 on the front half of the course that featured a chip-in on No. 4 to save par. 

Freshman Chris Pickens, who checked in with Yeomen-low round of 88 yesterday, was five shots off his day-one total as he finished at 93. However, Pickens was the fifth Yeomen to tee off and had to deal with the most severe rainfall. He played very consistent throughout, but was plagued by two bad holes. The Monterey, California, native was able to finish strong by paring three out of the final five holes. He finished with a team-low score of 181 (88-93).

Senior Ron Rupard dropped four strokes from yesterday as he carded in a 95 on the day. Jake Panka rounded out the Yeomen lineup at 108.

Oberlin will enter the final three rounds of the NCAC Championships Series with 744 (375-369) strokes. The conference members will conclude the five-round event by playing 27 holes next Saturday and Sunday at Fowler’s Mill Golf Club in Chesterland, Ohio.

Oberlin at Sparky Adams

Berea, OH – The track teams traveled down the road to compete at the Sparky Adams Invitational hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College. The team had several athletes post life time bests and a new school record was set in the men's hammer throw.

“This was a great tune-up for our team as we move closer to the conference championship,” said Head Coach Ray Appenheimer. “We had two first place finishers, multiple lifetime bests today and one school record was broken. I am very happy with the performances today.”

The Yeowomen had a strong showing in the 400-meter dash. Melissa Elie was 5th with a time of 59.48 seconds while teammate Amanda Miller took 9th (59.76).

Marissa Clardy ran to a life time best in the women’s 800-meter run with a time of 2:17.69. The Yeowomen had 4 more runners place top 10 in the event. Sybil Levine was sixth with a time of 2:23.45. She was followed up by Amanda Gracia (9th- 2:27.15) and Molly Martorella (10th-2:27.37).

Gracia also took 3rd place in the 1500-meter run (4:57.49). Saga Briggs was 9th (5:05.68) and Martorella was 10th (5:09.90) in the event.

Christine Moore took the top spot in the 5000-meter run with a time of 18:11.90. Margaret Lindman was 4th (19:20.88), Kristina Witcher 6th (19:27.15) and Hillary Tipton 10th (20:05.45).


The Yeomen were led by Alex Guo. Guo won the triple jump with a lifetime best of 45 feet 6.50 inches. He also took 6th in the long jump (21 feet 4.25 inches).

Josh Gallagher was 10th in the hammer throw with an effort of 149 feet 1 inch. That mark sets a new Oberlin school record.

In the 1500-meter run Stephen Williams posted a lifetime best with a time of 4:02.76. He was 7th in the event.

Shawn Chrapczynski was 7th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.30 seconds. Teammate Matt Bernstein took 9th place in the 5000-meter run (15:59.07).

Monday's Mount Union softball game postponed

because of rain

By Lenny Reich

Rain and a forecast of severe weather have forced the the OAC baseball series between Mount Union and Capital scheduled for Monday at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe to be postponed.

No make up date or location has been announced as of Monday morning as Mount Union enters final exams this week.

The Purple Raiders are currently 13-16 overall and tied for third place in the OAC with John Carroll at 7-5 while Capital is at 9-18 overall and in sixth place in the OAC at 5-7.

CSU Men's Golf Claims Another

Horizon League Crown

Vikings Win Fourth League Title In Six Years

The Cleveland State men's golf team brought the Horizon League Championship to Cleveland for the third time in the last four years and fourth time over the last six years when the Vikings claimed the title in Florida over the weekend (April 22-24). CSU shot rounds of 308-308-309 (925) to beat second place Wright State by seven shots (932) at the par-72, 6,933-yard Mission Inn Resort.

The win gives CSU the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals, which will be played from May 19-21 at a site to be determined. The official announcement will be on Monday, May 9, at 6:00 p.m. on NCAA.com

St. Ignatius alum Andrew Bailey

"It feels great to bring the league title back to Cleveland," head coach Steve Weir said. "We didn't play our best golf any of the three days, but they hung in there and battled hard all weekend. We went down to Florida with the goal of winning the league title and were able to accomplish that goal by staying mentally strong and hitting key shots when necessary."

Freshman Andrew Bailey and sophomore Michael Klaric paced the Vikings all weekend, tying for medalist honors with 54-hole totals of 224. Bailey followed an opening round one-under-par 71 with 77-76, while Klaric shot rounds of 75-74-75. Both players were named to the all-tournament team.

In addition, both Bailey and Klaric were named to the All-Horizon League first team and were joined by senior Kent Monas who was tabbed the Horizon League Player of the Year. Weir was honored as the Coach of the Year, the third time in the last four years he has won the award (2008, 2009, 2011).

CSU Women's Golf Closes Season By Finishing Fourth

At Horizon League Championships

Young Viking Lineup Comes Through With Strongest

Effort Of The Season

Fielding the youngest team in the Horizon League with three freshmen and two sophomores, the Cleveland State women's golf team finished fourth of seven teams at the 2011 Horizon League Championship at the par-73, 5,884-yard Mission Inn Resort from Friday through Sunday (April 22-24).

The Vikings 54-hole total of 1,004 (338-332-334) was just four shots behind third place Loyola. Butler won the title at 975, while Detroit was the runner-up at 983.

"I am so proud of the way this group worked all season and culminated at the league championship," head coach Steve Weir said. "I have never had a group of girls work as hard as this one and with three freshmen and two sophomores, I feel that we have a solid foundation for years to come in this program."

South High alumna Lisa Barber

Sophomore Ariel Sparrow paced the Vikings with a third place finish, carding a 54-hole total of 237 with rounds of 83, 80 and a final round career-low 74. It was the lowest final round by any player. Sparrow, last year's Horizon League Newcomer of the Year, earned a spot on the all-tournament team and was also selected to the all-league first team.

Sophomore Lisa Barber, who tied for 22nd at the league championship, joined Sparrow on the all-league first team.

By going "Stagg," Collinwood native

Cecil Shorts III just might find his way to

an NFL career but by doing so through

his own way and doing his own thing

April 26, 2011

By Norm Weber
Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor

Norm’s Notebook

ALLIANCE – Simply by taking the independent route and going his own way, Collinwood native Cecil Shorts III will probably get picked in the NFL draft later this week despite the odds being heavily stacked against the type of path he took to get there.

Shorts III, who has some national championship rings for his fingers and has played in five national championship games for Mount Union. The NCAA Div. III title game known as the Stagg Bowl, which is not named so because no one is allowed to take a date to the game, but after another free thinker who was named Amos Alonzo Stagg.

Still, the naming fits Shorts III so perfectly since he did “do it Stagg” all along the way. Growing up in the city of Cleveland, Shorts III could have gone to any high school in the city he wished because they are all in the district that surrounds the perimeter of the city.

He could have chosen to go to one that has won the Senate Athletic League championship each year the past two decades and has made the state playoffs nearly two dozen times now, but Shorts was not about groupthink nor were his mentors.

Cecil Shorts III

Shorts III decided to go to the school in his Cleveland neighborhood of Collinwood, historically an area that housed many blue collar jobs in the first seven decades of the 20th century at the New York-Penn and Erie-Lackawanna railroads, GE, Coit Road’s Fisher Body plant and Tow Motors to name a few. Then came all these recessions ….

Shorts wound up going to Collinwood High, where Phil Gary was the coach in the early ‘00s and Cecil Shorts II held the top coaching reigns in the mid ‘00s. Although like any Senate coach, they had to bare the burden of passing along to their Student/Athletes that they could only play for second place, and not first, in their league, as neither of the two is a “yes man” nor adhere to groupthink of any kind.

Gary, now the baseball and football coach at Rhodes, takes each of his S/As on a case-by-case basis, treating them as individuals. Ever the psychologist, Gary has been known to sit with an S/A after a game for up to 45 minutes, letting the boy/young man talk it out when the S/A might be having a problem with his teammates not carrying their end of the load or how to bounce back after being ahead in a game for 47:52 only to lose in the last eight seconds of the game.

Or, when an S/A might be trying the pull the wool over his eyes in an attempt to cut corners on an off-field responsibility, Gary might stiffen with that stern, silent stare only J.J. (actor/comedian Jimmy Walker) could come to see and fret over when his father came home after work and would take none of his joking around and shenanigans, on the old Good Times series.

Collinwood went from having a father figure to having Shorts III’s actual father, Shorts II, as the head coach of the Railroaders. Shorts II had no problem telling his players that playing in Week 11 was realistic.

“Collinwood has a very rich history in the city playoffs here in Cleveland,” Shorts II often reminded his S/As and anyone who would lend an ear and would listen about his team and his special prize package that he knew could go places with the right kind of independent thinking.

Yes, those Charity games at the old Municipal Stadium that old timers love to reference each fall were not always only four Catholic powers beating up on one another every year. If one were to take a look at the annals all the way back to the 1930s, one would find a lot of public schools making those championship games, including the one right there on Five Points.

In recent years, Collinwood has been competitive enough to play in the game that is now for 2-3 in the league, and one year when Slavic Village South also made the state tourney, Gary’s Rams made it in a 3-4 game. Instead of downtown though, the games are played at the multi-million dollar Collinwood Stadium, which was built in coincidence in 2004 with Shorts III’s tenure as a high school S/A.

Also, Trent Dilfer, who was a quarterback (as was Shorts III at Five Points) for the local NFL team, also paid a visit to the high school one weekday afternoon so that the S/As (including Shorts III) and other students could gain some life insights through pep talk and Q&A. Yes, and Dilfer did ride the old elevator (with a live human elevator operator) to the upper floors that only the adults were allowed to ride at the ‘Wood.

Cecil Shorts III (10)

Shorts did have a fine high school S/A career in all his sports including his state-placing accolades in track and field.

Now it was time for college, and Shorts III certainly could have gone D-I but then Shorts II knew he had to keep Shorts III away from that herd mentality that goes something like, “Duh, the only way to the NFL is through big time metropolis type colleges, duh,” where one often could use a helicopter to get from one building to another many meters away on a whole other part of the campus between classes.

Nope. Groupthink was not for the Shorts clan. Dad and son decided on Mount Union, which has won 10 national championships since the 1990s, in the small-school division of course but one where he could 1) get all the individual attention he needed, 2) a great mentor in Coach Larry Kehres, 3) a winning attitude and approach to every minute detail, and 4) a league (the OAC), that actually has an Academic All League team in addition to the regular one to go along with CoSIDA’s, ESPN’s, and Capital Investment’s district, regional and American Academic teams.

What’s more, Alliance is far enough away from a major city that it could shield Shorts III from any other metro groupthink deterrents. Shorts III went there as a quarterback, but played mostly wide receiver, where he became a three-time All American.

After one Mount game a couple yeas ago, Shorts III and Raider defensive back Ryan Renbarger from nearby Euclid, were chatting with the press, and Shorts let it be known that even though he was playing mostly as a wide out that “I could still throw the football.”

What someone played in high school is not always going to be the same position one plays in college and what one plays during his higher education is not always what one might play at levels beyond the variant S/A tiers. Ohio State’s Rex Kern and Oklahoma’s (the late) Jack Mildren were quarterbacks who wound up becoming DBs after getting drafted, probably because they didn’t get to the throw much, the latter because of the wishbone and former because of the “Woody thing.”

Shorts had the luxury the past five years of having that private school education from the Christian/United Methodist Mount Union, and was able to in such an environment that cultivated his independent thinking even more, which is almost necessary in the NFL, which requires its on and off field personnel to be educated, unlike their counterparts in the other three major team sports, which have often opened the doors to teenagers without educations beyond high school.

Look, maybe those who have come out of Mount, Ohio Northern and B-W and played beyond their S/A years are starting to become less of one-in-a-million deals. As the public schools and all their groupthink that goes with them that we have come to know and not quite cherish over the past three decades might on their way out, so might these universities that among other things and among their many forms of groupthink, including one that serves as a “minor league” for their S/As in at least five sports are, in the words of one former US President, “as we know them,” on their way out as well.

At one time, a high school S/A playing baseball and a juniors (and some times high school) hockey S/A in his teens, would not think twice when offered a minor league contract over whether he wanted to go to play college sports or pro sports; he almost always took the pro route.

Then came the “Straw that Stirs the Drink,” Reggie Jackson, and Steve “if he is smart enough to graduate from Stanford, he is smart enough to start on the mound in the big tent” Dunning and the whole idea that college baseball might be able to do what the minors had been doing for 100 years but only give them a classroom education in addition to the on-field S/A bushel of knowledge they could gather. Paul Brown might have been the first to introduce the classroom and chalkboard to levels beyond college, but most agree that not “any dummy” could succeed at that level in any sport.

Counterparts would grow jealous of those as articulate as Jackson, Lynn Swann and Magic Johnson, who to reporters were like God raining copy down from heaven because of their stronger attitudes toward education and because they focused on independent thinking, dissing “multi-task” kind of thinking.

By the 1980s college baseball and college hockey became viable alternatives to the minors, as S/A-hood for at least another four years already had been for decades for football, basketball and to some degree soccer. Brett and Todd Harkins could have gone pros right after St. Edward/Juniors in the 1980s as could have Padua’s Brian Holzinger, but all opted for college hockey at places like Miami and Bowling Green and thus long pro careers followed. Now they are able to do other things in addition to coach hockey, partly because of the classroom knowledge gained within the antecedent of the Student/Athlete concept.

What we are now finding, though, is that the big 30-50,000 college campuses might not be the best route in the long run – for an S/A or a run-of-the-mill student, who inherently is less so in the smaller schools.

Stetson Allie, the high school Student/Athlete of the Year in 2010 as voted by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, and his St. Edward teammate, Alex Lavisky, were set on attending North Carolina and Georgia Tech, respectively, on free baseball rides, and if they would have followed the mantra that had been in place since the 1980s both would still be S/As today. But wait, both passed up that chance and are now in the minors instead.

As it is for Shorts the III, it was the sensible thing to do. Today, there are far more people with degrees from four-year state universities doing jobs that have nothing to do with their degrees than there are ones that have jobs in which they are doing functions that have something to do with their degrees.

While Lavisky and Allie might have been treated better at the two selected schools in Dixie (where rights to work and to worship and to bare weapons are cherished more than anywhere) than they might have in some other places around the country, state universities are still on the whole men-unfriendly in this now 45-year emasculation project, which could be why only 40 percent of all college students today are men whereas 50 years ago more than 70 percent of them were.

Allie (L) and Lavisky (R)

Oberlin's Guo is NCAC Runner of the Week

Westlake, Ohio – The North Coast Athletic Conference named sophomore Alex Guo as its Field Athlete of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday evening.

Guo, a native of Brooklyn, New York, won the triple jump at the Sparky Adams Invitational with a career-best leap of 21-04.25. The sophomore sensation also placed sixth in the long jump with a mark of 45-06.50

Guo and the rest of the Oberlin track and field teams return to action this weekend at the Hillsdale Invitational.

Oberlin’s Ball named NCAC POW for tennis

By Mike Mancini

Westlake, Ohio – Oberlin College junior tennis player Carolyn Ball was named as the NCAC Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon.

Ball turned in a 5-1 week, with her only blemish coming in a super tiebreaker against Becky Simon of OWU. She was a 6-1, 6-4 winner against Elyse Schmitt of Allegheny and downed Maggie Stewart of Wittenberg 6-4, 6-2.

Ball, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, teamed up with Ariel Lewis to go undefeated at No. 2 doubles. On Sunday against regionally ranked Wittenberg the pair battled back from 7-3 down to win six straight games and claim the 9-7 victory. The point loomed large as the Yeowomen were able to outlast the Tigers 5-3, and without that point the match could have easily swung in the Tigers favor.

Ball and the rest of the Yeowomen will conclude their regular season on Wednesday afternoon at Kenyon College. The match will determine the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s NCAC Tournament at Oberlin.

Oberlin Basketball Announces Alumni Weekend 2011

Oberlin, Ohio – Oberlin College Head Men’s Basketball Coach Isaiah Cavaco announced that the 2011 Alumni Game will take place in conjunction with the athletics department Homecoming on Saturday, September 24.

Yeomen hoopsters of old are invited to return to campous to dawn the Crimson and Gold once again. Coming off last year’s great showing of 25 alumni, Coach Cavaco believes this could be the best-attended alumni game in recent history. “We are looking forward to an exciting weekend. With so many people attending last year’s event, I wanted to have this year’s game coincide with the homecoming festivities to try and draw even more alumni back to campus.”

The itinerary for September 24 is as follows:

9:00 a.m. - Light breakfast at the gym and warm-ups
10:00 a.m. - Game tips off
12:00 p.m. - Tailgate in athletic facilities – mingle with current and former OC students
1:00 p.m. - Attend home football game and other sporting events on campus
5:00 p.m. - Oberlin men’s basketball dinner at Stevenson Dining Hall

To RSVP, please contact Coach Cavaco at isaiah.cavaco@oberlin.edu or at 440-775-8407.

Crouch Stepping Down as Assistant Field Hockey Coach

Oberlin, Ohio - Oberlin College Head Field Hockey Coach Deb Ranieri has announced that her lead assistant, Ashley Crouch has stepped down to take a graduate assistant coaching position at Hood College.

Crouch, a 2009 graduate of Randolph-Macon College, spent the last two seasons on the Yeowomen staff as the team’s goalkeeper coach. This past season she helped Kiran Puri finish second in the conference in total saves (216) and saves per game 12.71.

“Ashley's been a great addition to our program for the last two seasons,” Ranieri said. “On the field she's worked the goalies hard and has helped with the overall growth of the program. We will all miss her contagious smile and weight room workouts. I wish Ashley the best as she pursues her master’s while attaining additional coaching experience at Hood College."

At Hood she will serve as an assistant coach while pursing a master’s degree in marriage counseling. A national search for her successor will begin immediately.