A Page April 19, 2010

Avon Lake Alumna Christine 

Chiricosta named Bowling Green 

Junior Scholar/Athlete of the Year; 

distinguished award given to only 

four Student/Athletes each year for 

combined stellar accomplishments in 

Athleticism and Academics

April 19, 2010


By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor





BOWLING GREEN – Avon Lake High alumna Christine Chiricosta received the distinguished Bowling Green Junior Scholar/Athlete of the Year Award at the college’s banquet over the weekend.


Over 350 Student/Athletes in the school were candidates for four such awards that are given out each year – a junior and a senior award for each sex. Chiricosta, the No. 1 singles and half doubles player for the Falcons’ tennis team, had to compete with female Student/Athletes in the junior class in all varsity sports to receive the award.

BGSU vs IPFW - Jan 30, 2010 - Doug Sampson photo


A Tennis Academic All-American and COSIDA/ESPN At-Large (all sports) Academic All-American, Chiricosta last month was named the Mid American Conference Tennis Player of the Week, an award she received last spring as well.


Better yet, during this school year, Chiricosta has received the MAC Scholar/Athlete of the Week three times, receiving it for the third time from the league last week. The award of course honors Student/Athletes that excel in the classroom and on the playing surface equally as soundly.

Christine Chiricosta


An English and secondary education major, Chiricosta has amassed nearly 135 victories (doubles and singles combined) in fewer than three seasons with the Falcons and keeps moving up the Top 20 all-time wins list at the school for singles, doubles and overall.


“We went up there for the ceremony because we had a feeling she was going to win it,” said Sheila Chiricosta, her mother and also the former Bee Gee tennis coach. “She was one of the three finalists so we knew with all the Scholar/Athlete awards she has already earned, that that would help her get the award. They also gave away awards for combined team GPAs and alumni/alumnae awards. It is a great feeling to see her win this award especially since they have two tough matches coming up this weekend (Buffalo and Akron).”


This past Friday, Chiricosta helped the Falcons to a 5-2 win over Northern Illinois with a 6-0, 6-1 singles win over Kathryn Friedlund and an 8-5 doubles win over Brooke Frosberg and Emily Rogers along with her sidekick Maddy Eccleston. 

Baldwin-Wallace All-American 

Junior Thrower Kevin Phipps 

Named OAC Field Athlete of the 


April 19, 2010

By Nick Minerd

BEREA - Baldwin-Wallace College All-American junior thrower Kevin Phipps (Pataskala/Watkins Memorial) has been named as the Ohio Athletic Conference Men's Field Athlete of the Week for his performance at the All-Ohio Championships on Saturday, the league office near Youngstown announced today.


Phipps won the hammer throw with a mark of 194 feet and 10 inches. He also placed second in the discus with a throw of 159'3" at the All-Ohio Division III Championship Meet in Delaware.

To date, Phipps is automatically qualified in the hammer throw (194'10") for the NCAA DIII Championship Meet that will be hosted by B-W from May 27-29. He also has a high provisional qualifying mark in the discus (166'9").

Phipps earned All-American honors with a seventh-place finish in the discus at last year's NCAA DIII Championship Meet. He was an indoor All-American this season in the weight throw as well.

Lake Catholic alumna Abby Silvester 

named NCAC Lacrosse Player of the 


April 19

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE -- Lake Catholic alumna Abby Silvester was named Lacrosse Player of the Week in the North Coast Athletic Conference, the league office here announced today.



Player of the Week - Abby Silvester, Allegheny
GP: 2
G: 7
A: 0
PTS.: 7

Allegheny junior Abby Silvester (Mentor, OH/Lake Catholic) led the Gators to a pair of victories last week. She scored twicein an 18-2 decision over Waynesburg. She followed that performance by posting a season-high five goals in an 11-10 victory over Denison, including the game-winner in the second overtime.

Abby Silvester


The conference regular season draws to a close this week. Wooster (4-0, 9-2) holds a one-game lead in the standings with two games remaining on the Fighting Scots’ schedule. They host seventh-place Oberlin (0-4, 3-9) on Tuesday and  travel to meet second-place Kenyon (3-1, 11-1) on Saturday. 


ALLEGHENY went undefeated last week with wins over Waynesburg and Denison in double overtime. Junior midfielder Abby Silvester (Mentor, OH/Lake Catholic) scored seven goals, including a season-high five and the overtime game-winner over Denison.

OBERLIN suffered a pair of home losses to Washington & Jefferson,12-6, and Ohio Wesleyan, 26-14.

Shaker Heights alum Jeremy 

Polster is NCAC tennis man of the 

week for the third time

April 19

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE – Shaker Heights High alumnus Jeremy Polster was named the Tennis Player of the Week in the North Coast Athletic Conference, the league office here announced today. It marks the third time he has received the award this year.

Men’s Tennis - Jeremy Polster, Kenyon
 junior Jeremy Polster (Shaker Hts., OH/Shaker Hts.) won all four of his singles matches, playing at No. 2 singles, and did not yield a set in the process. He also won all four of his doubles matches with four different partners, and covered all three doubles slots.


KENYON went a perfect 4-0 last week and only dropped one point as they defeated Denison, 8-1, Case Reserve, 9-0, Oberlin, 9-0, and Wooster, 9-0.  Junior Jeremy Polster (Shaker Heights, OH/Shaker Heights) was a perfect 8-0 last week as he won all four singles matches without dropping a set and then won all four doubles matches with four different partners at all three spots.

Kenyon Shield

OBERLIN was shut out by Denison and Kenyon.

B-W Softball Wraps Up Home Stand 

with Sweep of Ursuline, 5-4 and 


April 19

By Nick Minerd

BEREA - The Baldwin-Wallace College softball team won both games of a doubleheader with non-conference foe Ursuline Collegethis afternoon (Monday, April 19, 2010) at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Field in Berea. The Yellow Jackets took game one, 5-4, and won the nightcap, 6-4. Today's twinbill wrapped up a 10-game B-W home stand that included three doubleheaders in the last three days.

With the sweep, the Yellow Jackets improve to 18-13 overall and are back in action tomorrow at Ohio Athletic Conference rival Heidelberg University at 3:30 p.m. in Tiffin. The Arrows drop to 7-21 overall.



Mount Union's Bre Willis, a Fairless alumna, Named OAC Softball Pitcher of the Week

April 19, 2010

By Lenny Reich 

AUSTINTOWN, OH)--Mount Union sophomore Bre Willis (Navarre/Fairless) has been named Ohio Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league office here announced today.

The Purple Raiders won four games this past week and have now won seven in a row and stand at 19-11 overall and second in the OAC at 7-3.

Willis pitched a pair of complete game victories in two appearances last week.  She allowed just one run and scattered eight hits over seven innings in a 3-1 win at Baldwin-Wallace then against Otterbein surrendered two runs and five hits over seven innings in a 3-2 win.


On the season, Willis is 7-6 overall with 58 strikeouts and a 3.48 ERA.

Mount Union hosts John Carroll in an OAC doubleheader Tuesday at 3:30 pm at 23rd Street Field in Alliance.

North Olmsted High Senior Christian Klinec to Play Football at Mount Union

By Lenny Reich

(ALLIANCE)—North Olmsted senior Christian Klinec has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the football team this Fall.


Klinec, a 6-2, 190-pound safety was a an all-district and all-conference selection for head coach Mike Ptacek at North Olmsted High School.  He had 57 tackles and six interceptions this past season.

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 10 NCAA 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.

Klinec plans to study sport business and is the son of Joe and Debbie Klinec of North Olmsted.


Opening Day and single game tickets go on sale at 9:00 a.m.”


April 19, 2010

By Nicolle Meyer

Avon– The wait is over. May 21stOpening Day tickets as well as all single game tickets for the Lake Erie Crushers 2010 season will go on sale this Saturday, April 24 at 9:00 a.m. at All Pro Freight Stadium. Phone and online ticket orders will only be available after 12:00 p.m.

“Baseball season is right around the corner and we are looking forward to welcoming fans back to the ballpark to cheer on the Crushers as we defend our Frontier League Championship,” said General Manager Ryan Gates. “Last year, Opening Day tickets sold out by noon and with a successful first year under our belt we expect tickets to move even faster this year.  We recommend fans visit to the ballpark early for the opportunity to purchase their ticket for the May 21st Opening Day celebration.”

To guarantee yourself a ticket to Opening Day before Saturday fans can still purchase a Crushers 12-game mini-plan ticket package for just $99 which includes the opportunity to purchase Opening Day and the 3rd and 4th of July tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

In addition to purchasing tickets, fans can also enjoy a variety of activities inside the ballpark at the team’s Fan Fest. Fans can tour the ballpark, enjoy a hotdog, explore the Kids Zone or even play catch on the field. Crushers players and the team’s mascot Stomper will be on hand for autographs.  For those late arrivers Saturday, the Cleveland State Vikings will take the field at noon versus Butler.

For more information on the Crushers game schedule and 2010 promotions, fans should visit www.LakeErieCrushers.com.

Massillon Perry High School Senior Cy Guertal to Play Basketball at Mount Union

(ALLIANCE)—Perry High School senior Cy Guertal has committed to attend Mount Union and compete on the men’s basketball team, the college announced today.


Guertal, a 5-8, 160-pound guard, averaged 10.2 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game this past season for Rob Toth at Perry High School.

Mount Union went 11-14 last season and finished tied for fifth in the Ohio Athletic Conference which was the team’s highest finish in the conference since the 2003-04 season.


The Purple Raiders are coached by Lee Hood who is entering his 19th season at the helm and is one of four active coaches in the OAC with over 200 career wins and has won the both the OAC and Ohio Collegiate Coach of the Year honors in his career.

He plans to study in Mount Union’s new engineering program and is the son of Greg and Sharon Guertal of Canton.

Chardon High alumna Anna Navatsyk Tabbed As OAC Women's Tennis Player Of The Week
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Anna Navatsyk is the first Blue Streak women's tennis player to earn OAC Player of the Week since 2006
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By Chris Wenzler

John Carroll University senior Anna Navatsyk was selected as the Ohio Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week for her recent performances against Muskingum and Capital. 

It was a near perfect week for Navatysk as she did not drop a single game in any of her four matches.
Anna Navatsyk 2010

At Muskingum, Navatsyk had an 8-0 win with partner Maria Ciccolini as the number one double team. Navatasyk also won her singles match at the #2 slot by  6-0 6-0 score.

Against Capital, Navatsyk and Ciccolini again romped to an 8-0 win at #1 doubles, which was followed by another 6-0 6-0 sweep at #2 singles for the senior.

Navatsyk is the first John carroll player of the season to recieve this accolade, and the since first Lauren Castagnero earned the honor on March 20, 2006. She was recognized as both an All-OAC and Academic All-OAC performer last tennis season.

Lakewood High alumnus Dee 

Salukombo named NCAC Distance 

Runner of the Week

,April 19

By Keri Alexander Luchowski

WESTLAKE – Lakewood High alumnus Dee Salukombo was named the Distance Runner of  of the Week in the North Coast Athletic Conference, the league office here announced today. 


Dee Salukombo

Men’s Distance - Makorobondo (Dee) Salukombo, Denison

Denison sophomore Makorobondo Salukombo (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Division III All-Ohio Championships. He finished with a time of 9:22.21.

Ignatius nipped by Uniontown Lake

April 19

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


 St. Ignatius split two tennis matches today, getting nipped by Uniontown Lake, 3-2, and blanking Mayfield, 5-0.


James Oliver, first singles, was the only winner in the singles play against Lake. Mike Nichols and Amer Shah won at first doubles against Lake.

St. Ignatius High School logo


Against Mayfield, Oliver won at first singles, while Tom Mascia won at second and Sean Frebes at third.


Nichols and Shah were winners against the men in green as were the second doubles outfit of sophomore Chad Burton 10; and junior Mark Georgy.


The Cats are now 4-2. Lake is also 4-2 and Mayfield 6-2.


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